Thursday, October 26, 2006

This Associated Press article explains the origin of the "Wave."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

This New Scientist article imagines what would happen to the Earth if all the people disappeared.

"Imagine that all the people on Earth - all 6.5 billion of us and counting - could be spirited away tomorrow. . . . Left once more to its own devices, Nature would begin to reclaim the planet, as fields and pastures reverted to prairies and forest, the air and water cleansed themselves of pollutants, and roads and cities crumbled back to dust."

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Before the last presidential election, Washington Monthly asked a panel of 16 writers "What if Bush Wins?" Two years later, it looks like Kevin Drum got it right with his prediction, "The Scandals Finally Break."

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

This Washington Post article discusses the demise of cursive handwriting.

"When handwritten essays were introduced on the SAT exams for the class of 2006, just 15 percent of the almost 1.5 million students wrote their answers in cursive. The rest? They printed. Block letters.

And those college hopefuls are just the first edge of a wave of U.S. students who no longer get much handwriting instruction in the primary grades, frequently 10 minutes a day or less. As a result, more and more students struggle to read and write cursive."

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"Fast Film is an animated homage to motion pictures, hand-made by folding 65,000 print outs of film frames into three dimensional objects." Watch Fast Film here. The official Fast Film site is here.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Jon Stewart answers the question, "What Is the President's Job?" in this clip from The Daily Show.