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A double blind test of astrology:
http://www.muller.lbl.gov/papers/Astrology-Carlson.pdf

Does Stimulus Stimulate? An in-depth analysis of the history and philosophy behind economic stimuli:
http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/22/stimulus-keynes-taxes-oped-cx_bb_0123bartlett.html?partner=email

Johnny Depp in Japan:
http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1763610

Scientists threatened with prosecution by lie detector company:
http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dn.se%2FDNet%2Fjsp%2Fpolopoly.jsp%3Fd%3D1298%26a%3D877743&sl=sv&tl=en&history_state0=http://www.su.se/english/about/news_and_events/scientists_threatened_with_legal_action


Japanese guy spends over $170,000 on sex dolls.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGfaQCY_bo4

Gothic octopus dress:
http://www.vecona.de/fotoalbum/cabaret/cabaret_gothique.html

Fidel Castro's blog:
http://monthlyreview.org/castro/

Fox's hysterical coverage of Anonymous (they're apparently "domestic terrorists" but they still "get BIG lulz!"):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNO6G4ApJQY

Prop 8 the Musical:
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c0cf508ff8/prop-8-the-musical-starring-jack-black-john-c-reilly-and-many-more-from-fod-team-jack-black-craig-robinson-john-c-reilly-and-rashida-jones

Some Sandra Good interviews--this is sort of the impression I had of California liberals/hippies before I moved here--thank god not all of them turned out to be this braindead:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Xzuj74fBY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNv7NopYFUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMLc7FhlnL8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPMAhjV2rkE

Ironear--apparently, the "bolts for earrings" look I had in 1998 and 1999 was just ahead of the fashion trends:
http://veleda.livejournal.com/591493.html?view=4050821#t4050821

Atlas Shrugged, updated for the 2008 financial crisis:
http://mcsweeneys.net/2008/11/20tucker.html

The Demise of Dating:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/13/opinion/13blow.html?_r=1&em

really creepy short video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i__XhXf9rPI

The detox myth:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7811083.stm

History of Star Trek Porn:
http://io9.com/5120311/to-boldly-go-there-a-history-of-star-trek-porn-with-clips-%5Bnsfw%5D

Validation (short film):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao

Harper's Index of the Bush regime (Bush has the same approval rating as Joseph Stalin!?):
http://harpers.org/archive/2009/01/0082319

Barack and Michelle's fisting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neCIg0BiXbE

Wired article with video of 1st Annual Seasteading Conference (I appear in the front row a few times in the videos):
http://www.wired.com/techbiz/startups/magazine/17-02/mf_seasteading?currentPage=all

Where Sweatshops are a dream:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/15/opinion/15kristof.html?_r=1

The sprinkler rainbow conspiracy theory:
http://community.livejournal.com/physics/505866.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3qFdbUEq5s

1981 News story on "computer newspapers", the future of newspaper reporting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WCTn4FljUQ

Singularity University:
http://singularityu.org/

What Michael Phelps should have said about his pot:
http://www.theagitator.com/2009/02/01/a-letter-id-like-to-see-but-wont/

Don't make fun of grad students, Bart:
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=9586447068&oid=2213843823

Ecstasy is as dangerous as horseback riding:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7876425.stm

MMR-autism-link guy gets nailed for scientific fraud (how could people have been so gullible? to the point where they put their children at risk for horrible diseases and death, just because some crackpot made up some data on his whopping 12 supposed samples?):
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683643.ece
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683687.ece
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683642.ece

BMI of playboy playmate vs average American woman:
http://www.wired.com/special_multimedia/2009/st_infoporn_1702

Joaquin Phoenix's spaced out interview with David Letterman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAQ4x7rgS6I
(and for comparison... Farrah Fawcett's interview with David Letterman):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUmojv8Ui9g

Comments

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malathion
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I am six and a half feet tall. It's understood that height is attractive to women (it's far more unattractive to women for a man to be short than fat). A week or so ago I speculated to a friend of mine that while women who are average in height are maybe a bit attracted because I am tall, women who are themselves relatively tall are extremely attracted because of the novelty of dating a man taller than themselves. IOW, an average woman has dated men both taller and shorter than her, so though it's a plus it's not a big deal; whereas a tall woman has dated men who are largely shorter, and so dating a taller man is a much more rare pleasure. So it's like throwing food to the starving.

With that in mind...

BMI of playboy playmate vs average American woman:

Explanation: American women are getting fatter, and so in our desperation, skinnier women are looking more and more attractive to us, because they are more rare. The fattening of the general population makes the effect of a skinny woman all the more powerful in contrast.
easwaran
Feb. 19th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
Is it true that the average woman has dated men that are taller and shorter than herself? Even though I'm fairly short for a man, I believe I'm taller than most women. I suspect that the explanation for why tall women are more interested in tall men is slightly more roundabout.

Most men primarily date women that are shorter than themselves. For a tall women, many of the men she dates are going to be shorter than her, but used to being the tall one, and therefore slightly annoyed. So dating a tall man is a way to avoid this extra complication, and is therefore exciting, in a way beyond the intrinsic attraction that people seem to have for tall men. (Your theory would predict that average height women would be excited to date men that are shorter than them, which doesn't seem to be the case. Though maybe I'm wrong - as a shorter man myself, I tend to be most interested in both very tall men and men that are shorter than me, with a slight decline in interest for average height men.)
malathion
Feb. 19th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Is it true that the average woman has dated men that are taller and shorter than herself?

I have no idea, and everything I wrote is completely talking out my ass and rather tongue in cheek.

Your theory would predict that average height women would be excited to date men that are shorter than them, which doesn't seem to be the case.

Not exactly. I think the attraction to taller men in women is innate, not due to novelty. So the average woman always prefers a tall guy (though maybe not as tall as me), but the tall woman is more desiring of one.
geheimnisnacht
Feb. 18th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Stimulus:

Good read, I've been looking for some info on this. Let me know if you have more good links.

Playboy:

I noticed the BMI data was only fit linearly in the Wired article, which even by eye looks wrong. One of the commenters made a better fit, which suggests we are trending back up over the last few years.

I'd mention that, while humans were still evolving appreciably, there were probably extremely few fat women. If I had to guess, it wasn't until the Greco-Roman era where there were changes to both the distribution of women and their social standard of attractiveness. One could claim that it is more in men's nature to be attracted to women on calorie-restricted diets.
spoonless
Feb. 18th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
why calorie-restricted diets?
geheimnisnacht
Feb. 18th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Because people didn't have the same access to food that we have now. I haven't done any research on it, so I'm just taking a stab, but I'd guess prior to civilization people had significantly leaner diets. I've heard that when obesity first showed up, it was a sign of wealth and standing, thus looked on favorably. Perhaps it has taken this long to deconstruct the obesity-wealth link.

Not to say that modern women need to have calorie-restricted diets; sufficient exercise would accomplish the same thing in most cases.
geheimnisnacht
Feb. 18th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Wow, I just saw the Obama "fisting" video. That's awesome, the lady is supposed to be an expert on sex, and isn't aware of the term "fisting"?
spoonless
Feb. 18th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
yeah, maybe it's a generational thing?

That reminds me... I totally forgot to post this link in my link dump... Obama channelling Samuel L Jackson...

http://www.aprilwinchell.com/wp-content/cache/supercache/www.aprilwinchell.com/2009/02/05/barack-obama-is-tired-of-your-motherfucking-shit/index.html
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