The world is an absurd place, but some things are more absurd than others. Here are the most prominent absurdities in today’s news:
The government of China says it’s absurd for the government of Spain to issue arrest warrants for former Chinese leaders over their role abuses in Tibet.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog declares it [...]
My springtime mind advises that, if I do not rake the leaves out of my flower beds before snow covers the ground, the spring bulbs may have a difficult time getting enough sunlight to grow well in March. My autumn mind bends down to observe the thin tail of a garter snake disappearing under the [...]
One of the following titles is not from a real ethnography. Can you pick the fake study?
Sociable robots, jazz music, and divination: Contingency as a cultural resource for negotiating problems of intentionality.
You Have Dislodged a Boulder: Mothers and Prisoners in the Post Keynesian California Landscape.
Legos, gummy bears and helplessness: Facilitating ethnic identity [...]
Last night, my wife and I received the papers you see here as a part of our first.grader’s information packet. The children’s magazine Highlights would give the.classroom a thousand stickers in exchange for our names, address, telephone numbers and email addresses.
There was no promise that the information would not be shared, or used [...]
The Washington Post notes that despite receiving invitations, Republican members of Congress were entirely absent from the Washington, DC event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington to demand civil rights for all Americans regardless of race (source: http://wapo.st/17n2xGG).
Where were they? I can’t answer for all GOP senators or representatives who chose [...]
She seems to need a bucket.
The Shard, at over 300 meters tall, is the highest standing skyscraper in all of Europe. It’s also the home of Shell Oil’s headquarters in Britain. The combination of these factors led six activists associated with Greenpeace to climb the tower, without permission, as a dramatic protest against drilling for oil in the Arctic. They [...]
1. It’s just a game. 2. 50 years from now, no one will remember your top word score. 3. Somewhere outside, a sweet breeze is blowing.
Today I learned that:
Sunflowers are “allelopathic” — this means that they release substances inhibiting the growth of other plants. A “banana tree” is not actually a tree, because it doesn’t contain any woody stem. Technically, it’s a big herb! The word “canter” is a shortening of “Canterbury trot,” the less-than-galloping pace at which pilgrims [...]
The 13th floor of this building is being cleared out and given a new design and purpose. What do you wish the design and purpose would be?