Arcade Fire has a new album out (Millie’s verdict: not too shabby!) and to go with the current single (We Used to Wait), they’ve set up an interactive music video. You enter your childhood address, and the video uses footage from Google Maps to make it look like the video takes places in your old neighbourhood. It’s processor intensive, and works best in Chrome (and didn’t work well on Millie’s MacBook in Firefox) but it’s a pretty neat idea. Also, if ever you have a chance to see Arcade Fire, do your ears a favour and go: they’re absolutely FABULOUS live.
This post at Sociological Images is an impressively thorough examination of bathroom signs, and how gender is designated in visual shorthand.
Millie can’t get over how compact this apartment is! She used to live in a very small apartment, and she’s never doing that again if she can at all avoid it. The whole blog is an exercise in !!! to her.
Millie’s mind is also completely blown at the Antikythera mechanism, which she just heard about this past week.
What Makes Us Human? A short film by the Leakey Foundation (which Katie always reads as the “Leakey Fountain”) featuring some of the most famous researchers studying human evolution talking about what it means to be human.
Project Runway Remake Challenge – Burda Style’s challenge to refashion an existing garment into something fabulous. Better get going – you only have two weeks!
A Plea for Bees – TED Talk by Dennis vanEngelsdorp on the role of bees in contemporary ecology and economy. Very interesting and one of the best and most compelling summaries on bees Katie has seen (and she’s seen a lot).
It’s a wonder Millie’s got any mind left by now, especially after reading letters Morrissey wrote to a penpal back before he was, you know, Morrissey. A sampling:
Do you get out much? Or do you watch television all week? You really don’t tell me much about yourself. Are you catholic, or what? The questions are getting desperatesville. Who are you anyway? I know absolutely NOTHING about you. Maybe it’s just as well, Are you a nice person? Are your parents rich? Do you smoke (I supposed you do)? Failure to answer these questions may result in prosecution. I wish you’d send me a photo. I like to see who I’m criticising. Oh well, I’m off upstairs to play “Love Zombies”!
Your good friend of friends,
Barbie Roundup – Bizarre and disturbing facts about Barbie from the beginning of Barbie time.
Words We Need to Stop Misspelling - Oatmeal sets us straight. Now someone do a cartoon on how people keep misusing the word “impact.” Unless something actually hits something else, there’s no impact people. None!