Matt Taibbi (still making Rolling Stone worthwhile all by himself) breaks down the situation in Camden – one of the USA’s dying cities. The man who struck the killing blow? Leading candidate for the Republican candidacy, Gov Chris Christie. (via Amund)
Twistiest tongue twister ever. But it’s a nonsense phrase as far as I can tell, which is cheating as far as I’m concerned…
People with opinions about the NZ film industry ought to read Jonathan King’s perspective on the thorny issues of subsidies.
I wrote a Python script to run the Monty Hall problem 1000s of times. You're better off changing your mind. Plus, I want that hour back.
— David Ritchie, Esq. (@dritchie) December 12, 2013
Confirmed: the Universe is a hologram! (Actually more technical and theoretical than this, of course, of course, but it’s always good to be reminded that for several decades hardcore scientists have basically concluded our perception of reality is wildly screwed up.) (via Chris Elder)
Love Actually movie critic showdown. I’ll just link to the opening salvo and finishing move, both by Christopher Orr. The second one links to a bunch of other responses. Sadly only five words survive of my post about it from a decade ago: “Went to see the new Brithope”. I said this whole thing that I’ve never seen anyone else get into. I might have also talked about the Keira Knightley/Egg storyline, because that’s by far the most interesting to talk about – Orr devotes most of his second piece to attacking it with gleeful ferocity. Love Actually! It has become a Christmas classic, though.
The world’s first real-life superhero. A gunfighting PI with hooks for hands. Weird and fascinating.
Upworthy headlines! Everyone is talkign about them now, not just me. They are a thing!
7-year old Russian kid draws pictures of himself riding around shooting bad guys. The pictures date from the 13th century.
Arresting series of nude photos – raises some questions about being “attractive”. Just fun. Not safe for work, obviously. (via Susan IIRC?)
This clip of Jason Segel and Paul Rudd, promoting 2009 bromance I Love You Man, has been doing the rounds. Because they are obviously really tired and it all goes very weird. Lovely
And it gives me an excuse to link to my review of the film, which was a real high point of this blog if you ask me.
You’ve all seen this dog breeding thing, right? Damn. The photos are intense.
And finally, via Hamish: find the invisible cow