Other Ten Percent 3/19/13

Mar 19 2013

So it seems I have to make two small addenda to my prediction that Jane’s wedding would go too late for me to come home and correct the start of my post if it wasn’t awesome. The first is that Jane’s absolutely amazing wedding ended at 11:50 when she and Greg drove off in a vintage Rolls Royce (!!!), technically giving me enough time to run to a computer and make any necessary corrections before the 12:00 deadline if I had needed to. Which I didn’t. The second is that Ivan is a pedant. A big thank you to Ivan Askwith for bringing both of these issues to my attention last night during a brief after party at the Omni hotel.

History of Rap 4 by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake
If you watch only one video clip featuring Jimmy Fallon doing a Busta Rhymes impression today make it this one.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
March 17, 2013 at 09:09AM
– – – – –
Sheet music for the Mario “coin” sound
By the end of this year I’m going to come up with a reason to actually use this in real life.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 17, 2013 at 09:14AM
– – – – –
A musher explains why Radagast the Brown’s bunny sled isn’t so ridiculous
I haven’t seen The Hobbit yet and I frankly don’t plan to and yet I still find this explanation strangely transfixing.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 17, 2013 at 10:00AM
– – – – –
Truther mockumentary asks: Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job?
I think the music choices are actually the most inspired part of all of this. Though the quote from Wedge Antilles (also I can spell that without looking it up but still have the ability to fuck up the weather/whether distinction. Thanks brain. Great priorities.) is also a pretty brilliant bit.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 17, 2013 at 01:00PM
– – – – –
What is good and important about steampunk
So this guy seems like a reasonably intelligent human being like a lot of reasonably intelligent human beings I know who are really into steampunk but this argument just does not even begin to pass muster. Like it’s seriously a huge number of words to say basically “sure Steampunk’s racist but other things are way more racist and I like brass better than plastic in industrial design.” Good for you I guess. I don’t anymore and I think fetishizing early industrialism as a way to make you feel more connected to the products of consumerism is like fetishizing victorian repression as a way to feel more connected to feminism (which coincidentally ALSO happens in this essay and is hella weird), but putting aside the fact that it’s absurd bordering on offensive to suggest we should be lauding the victorians for paving the way for social justice (thanks slavers, without you Lincoln never could have freed those slaves!) there’s the fact that that isn’t even the issue. The vast majority of Steampunk fiction straight up pretends that the underprivileged just don’t exist not that they weren’t repressed and THAT is the problem. If it grappled with the downsides of victorian society or tried to comment on the resonances between 19th century social issues and the modern world (which, to be fair, a lot of good steampunk does but we seem to be just defending all of Steampunk here) then we wouldn’t be having a problem. The issue isn’t that victorians were racists and no racist should ever have a good thing said about them ever ever ever it’s that you think you get to pick and choose what parts of the 19th century you want and what parts you don’t and it doesn’t work that way. The victorian era wasn’t just an age of amazing machines used by adventuring gentry AND an age of incredible repression for women and minorities. It was the first thing BECAUSE it was the second thing. Pretending like those systems aren’t connected so that you can have wacky adventures in brass goggles and protest against the concept of invisible interfaces isn’t good or important, it’s whitewashing history to make a point about your fucking phone.
March 18, 2013 at 06:46AM
– – – – –
are YOU a dracula? our editors present the 15 weirdest ways to find out that you doctor WON’T tell you
Stay away from panel 5 you guys. It gets dangerous in there.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
March 18, 2013 at 05:02AM
– – – – –
Growing up in the future
Well now I know what kind of terrible parent I’m going to be.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 18, 2013 at 01:18PM
– – – – –
A strange discovery from a 3Dscanned Stonehenge
Ubiquitous capture is starting to make the world really weird you guys because eventually weren’t not just going to know everything about the present we’re going to read back the likely past with it too and I’m guessing that Google History is going to be about as weird as Google everything else.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
March 18, 2013 at 03:05PM
– – – – –
Proposal: cats could deliver mail
Guys I have a great idea on how to get Saturday mail delivery back.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 18, 2013 at 09:41AM
– – – – –
Bruce Sterling talked for an hour at the end of SXSW as he always does. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole thing yet since I’m still recovering from the wedding but the article I linked has some pretty choice quotes and it seems to have pissed off SXSW attendees who think the start-up market will just fix everything thanks to market pressure so my guess is it’s pretty great.

No responses yet

Leave a Reply