Monday Edition

This is not the Weekend Edition. It is Monday, after all, so posting the Weekend Edition would be morally wrong. This is simply a short collection of links intended to dazzle and inspire. So, totally different.

Also, I’ve changed the design of the blog again, because I’m a restless spirit who likes to relax by toying with CSS. Some things in older posts may break the layout a little bit, but I’ll get to them.

Two students at the Tisch School of the Arts created this Plinko Poetry machine, which randomly generates poetry from the tweets of Fox News and the New York Times. It’s simple, but mesmeric.

Here are five common historical misconceptions, courtesy of Book Of Joe.

In December of 2011, ten thousand Japanese amateurs chorus singers performed Beethoven’s Ode To Joy. Ten thousand. It’s quite the occasion.

And speaking of Japan, one hundred thousand blue LED globes were recently released into the Sumita river as part of the Tokyo Hotaru festival. They’re beautiful, and, lest your brow be troubled be thoughts of the environmental impact, were gathered by giant nets at the end of their gentle journey.

Linking to new xkcd comics is something of a no-brainer, but this is particularly brilliant — although you may be left with the tune hanging around your head for the rest of the day…

And to conclude, some quick news form me: there’s a new StoryWonk Sunday podcast now available, and I was lucky enough to appear on this week’s episode of Popcorn Dialogues, in which Lani and I discussed Beverly Hills Cop. And speaking of my wonderful wife, here is her blog post about the importance of being good. It was the highlight of my week.

Thanks so stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your weekend Monday. Damn.


4 thoughts on “Monday Edition

  1. Hi Alastair – I’m not thrilled and overjoyed by the idea of Weekend Edition on Monday because, of course, it is not a Weekend Edition. But a Monday short collection is a beautiful thing. This one was particularly inspiring with history corrected AND Beethoven. Did any one else notice that the Soprano seemed to be the only person out of 10,000 who managed to wear a colorful evening gown? How awesome is that? She is upholding the time honored tradition of the Soprano to grab the spotlight by any means necessary. Rock on, Diva!

  2. Wow, Alastair, right off–love the new website design. Very cool. The blue lights got me–how amazing and beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us, whatever day you choose to do it. 😉

  3. Okay, so I just caught the continually changing taglines under your name at the top–that’s several minutes entertainment right there–just clicking to see what the next one will be…

  4. @June: You know, I noticed the soprano too — I think her plan to attract attention worked out rather nicely.

    @Nan: Thank you! I’m glad you like the random taglines — it was a goofy idea I threw into the first blog design I did, and it’s stuck since then. I add a new one every now and then, just to keep them fresh. 😉

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