Friday, December 26, 2008

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein: "'We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.'


(Via Motivational Quotes of the Day.)

iBoobs denied entry to AppStore

gotta have standards I guess

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'Obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory,' says Apple.


(Via Boing Boing Gadgets.)

Snowmen in popular culture

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This image of a threatening snowman is from a 1927 postcard. It was reproduced in a Smithsonian magazine feature about the history of the snowman in pop culture. From Smithsonian:

While no one knows for sure when exactly the snowman began smoking a pipe and drinking hard liquor, it may have started as early as 1890, based on a label from a bottle of whiskey from that year. An 1898 postcard shows a snowman carrying two bottles of champagne off to an office party. On holiday greeting cards from the 1900s through and on (up to the 1930s), the snowman often has a drink in one hand and a pipe in the other, mirroring our society’s changes and America’s fascination with smoking and drinking. This would eventually escalate to the snowman cavorting with women and offering drinks to minors. One could argue that these depictions were, in a way, humanizing, but seeing a tipsy snowman chasing a girl with a stick is disturbing at best.

By 1908, there was clear evidence of his partying ways were out of control. In the silent movie The Snowman by Wallace McCutcheon, a chain-smoking snowman is swigging whiskey and appears in the rest of the film sloshed, inspiring a flogging by the townspeople. This behavior would continue on film and media through magazines and postcards as a pickled, skirt-chasing, under-the-table lush. In other words, he had become a frozen W.C. Fields. By the ‘30s and ‘40s, there is no question, the two started to look alike, both wearing straw hats, putting on more weight and looking more round and sporting crimson noses. And both enjoyed prolific silent movie careers based on their reputations as charming drunks. It’s hard to say if either had copied from the other but they were both enhanced by the other’s notoriety. Ironically, W.C. Fields hated the holidays and passed away on Christmas Day, 1946.

Snowman Gone Wild


(Via Boing Boing.)

Web Zen: New Years Eve Zen

Web Zen: New Years Eve Zen: "


drunkard's dozen

hr giger bar

sorry i missed your party

how to know when to leave the bar

community art makers

previously on web zen:

n.y.e party music zen

Permalink for this edition. Web Zen is created and curated by Frank Davis, and re-posted here on Boing Boing with his kind permission. Web Zen Home and Archives, Store (Thanks Frank!)


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Holiday / Christmas Music: An Open Thread.

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I'm not much of a Christmas music person. For me, Tchaikovsky and Guaraldi are pretty much the only things that don't make me hurl. Maybe because they're both a little melancholy.

I really like the YouTube video from a guy who calls himself 'alabamaharpist' (aka Steven Todd Miller) above, doing a cover of 'Christmastime is Here,' my favorite Guaraldi / Charlie Brown Christmas song. The harp is like the unicorn of musical instruments. It's easy for people to make fun of, because it's so pure and innocent. And like the unicorn, it ends up in a lot of bad, cheesy art, and is the stuff of fantasy cons and filkfests. But so what. I think the harp is totally awesome, and Harpo was my favorite Marx brother by far, and Christmas is about the only time of year I'll let my guard down to admit any of this in public, and by the way shut up.

I love this, too, and I could listen to it all day on loop, at least 'til the soy-nog runs out.

So what's your favorite holiday music? Post some linkage in the comment thread here. Internet videos, internet radio channels (surely Soma FM's multiple holiday channels deserve some props), MP3 blogs? What are you eating fruitcake to? Or when you spin the dreidel, what do you spin on the vinyl? Talk to me. Link-discuss-hohoho.


(Via Boing Boing.)

Surfer speak video

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I love the way this surfer talks in this TV news interview. (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)


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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Satan/Santa greeting card

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My post about Santa Claus's Fortean family tree reminded BB contributor Charles Platt of this delightful greeting card he made in 1994. Of course, as Charles points out, the Satan/Santa connection is no joke to some. Santa Claus: The Great Imposter


(Via Boing Boing.)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Dalek xmas tree


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Check out this fantastic Dalek Christmas tree, a nightmare of exterminatory, glittery cheer.

My badass Dalek christmas tree

(via io9)


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Flowchart: should you make a flowchart?

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A nice complement to yesterday's post on XKCD's flowchart of how to read flowcharts -- here's Thinkin' Lincoln's flowchart on whether you should make a flow-chart.

Flowchart =====> Comics

(Thanks, Miles!)


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Special Barbie commemorates Hitchcock's The Birds

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The Birds-themed Barbie doll is licensed Mattel toy.

In 1963, Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, gave us a tale of terror not soon forgotten in his film ‘The Birds.’ Dressed in a re-creation of the stylish green skirt-suit worn by the film’s ill-fated heroine in an iconic scene, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ Barbie® Doll celebrates the 45th anniversary of the acclaimed film. From the doll’s classic ensemble to the perfectly painted expression to the accompanying black birds, every aspect captures the film’s infamous appeal.

The Birds Barbie (Via BuzzFeed)


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