Weekend Edition

The Weekend Edition is my opportunity to highlight everything awesome, nerdy and cool that has crossed my digital path in the last week.

Via Mental Floss, a history of video games, from Pong to… well, you’ll see.

If you recognize all of them, we should totally hang out and talk about video games some time.

Speaking of Mental Floss, they compiled a list of 27 quotes from graduation ceremonies this year. It’s fascinating and inspiring, but Aaron Sorkin wrecked the bell curve with his address to the graduates at Lani’s alma mater, Syracuse University:

You’re too good for schadenfreude. You’re too good for gossip and snark. You’re too good for intolerance… you’re too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy—unless they went to Georgetown, in which case they can go to hell.

… and…

Make no mistake about it, you are dumb. You are a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people… There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups … but they’re coming for ya. It’s a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.

RIP Ray Bradbury.

I don’t think about what I do. I do it. That’s Buddhism. I jump off the cliff and build my wings on the way down.

Something I think Mr. Bradbury would have enjoyed: a beautiful video of the transit of Venus last week. These transits happen in pairs, eight years apart; then, there’s a gap of 106 or 122 years. The next pair of transits will be visible from Earth in 2117 and 2125.

Sad news for people who consume podcasts as voraciously as I — well, I guess these shows are also broadcast through some magical, invisible beams that find their way to your home or car, but that sounds like voodoo to me. Tom and Ray Magliozzi from NPR’s Car Talk have announced that they’re going to retire in October.

And finally, this is your concentrated dose of happy for today.

That’s it for another week. If I missed anything awesome, shout out in the comments!


3 thoughts on “Weekend Edition

  1. What a great collection. Love the quote of Bradbury’s about jumping off the cliff and building wings on the way down. Also the Kids Sing video is awesome. Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  2. Love the Kids singing Cloud Cult Chemicals Collide, especially the two at the back on the floor, tapping and whispering or talking, just enjoying and being until the adult told them to stop. Loved the faces of the children and the pure clarity of their voices.

    Bradbury – RIP.

    Thanks, Alastair.

  3. Great collection, Alastair–you are truly my Internet wondrousness guru. I’m heartsick about Tom and Ray retiring–that is a Sunday morning staple at our house. I’ll miss their sense of fun, as well as their good practical car advice. The game at our house is to see if Husband can diagnose the problem before Tom and Ray do–he’s got a pretty good track record.

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