Sad news: Elizabeth Taylor died today, at age 79.
The date for the new Terry Pratchett book is Oct 13, 2011. (I know I’m late on this one but it was new to me!) It will be called Snuff and it will star Sam Vimes, (aka, Mr MacGuffin, aka Mr Sexypants, the official keeper of MacGuffin’s heart, the positive dream rabbit of all MacGuffin-esque romantic fanatsy). Guys, the dude has alzheimer’s and he’s still writing. How amazing is that? Confirmed here, and this is the blurb:
According to the writer of the best selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh-Morpork, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.
And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe, but many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.
He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, occasionally snookered and occasionally out of his mind, but not out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.
They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.
But not quite all…
Some folks on Reddit did a cool thing- they redesigned this fellows prosthetic leg to look like it came from a terminator! Neat!
Fuck Waldo, Where’s Stig? This is another brilliance flash from Rod Hunt, the great mind behind the safe sex penis theme park that we featured earlier. Rod is actively contributing to a better world, but there are two things I want to happen. A) I want a companion piece to Where’s Stig called Where’s Hammond, cause hes cute and teensy and B) I want the penis theme park to engage in unsafe sex with Candyland and birth the awesomest. game. ever.
On a depressing note, this is a map of human vulnerability to climate change. Moneyquote: “First global map suggests climate change will have greatest impact
on the populations least responsible for causing the problem”. Here.
This is an old McSweeny’s article that I still love. Unused audio commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, recorded summer 2002, for The Fellowship of the Rings, Extended edition, Part 1.
Chomsky: Well, what we see here, in Hobbiton, farmers tilling crops. The thing to remember is that the crop they are tilling is, in fact, pipe-weed, an addictive drug transported and sold throughout Middle Earth for great profit….. without the pipe-weed, Middle Earth would fall apart. Saruman is trying to break up Gandalf’s pipe-weed ring. He’s trying to divert it.
Zinn: Well, you know, it would be manifestly difficult to believe in magic rings unless everyone was high on pipe-weed. So it is in Gandalf’s interest to keep Middle Earth hooked.
This is a visual history of humanity, made from crunching wikipedia data. And its really cool. Here.
Antony Wiener is doing an AMA on Reddit. He will answer the questions with the most upvotes at 5.30 today. Currently the frontrunner is a fairly tough attack on his absolute support for Israel. Im very interested to hear his answer. Thread is here.
The Atlantic has an extremely revealing story about DoD funding, focussed on one fighter plane project that will cost Australia. That is not a typo. This project (the purchase and use of 2,433 F-35 fighter planes) will cost more than Australia’s entire GDP. $924 billion dollars to buy the planes, plus another $620 billion to actually operate and maintain them. This adds up to over $1 trillion dollars. On some airplanes. That we probably don’t need and will never really use. That won’t be ready until 2016. Read the whole thing here.
But cheer up- the Comic Relief Doctor Who special was priceless