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Showing posts from April, 2010

The true story of Michael Oher

Here's the ESPN feature on Michael Oher, the subject of the award-winning film "The Blind Side":

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The film

The book

Getting Married, apt-get style

Surrogates coming soon?

Art imitates life and life imitates art.  Is the idea of the film Surrogates going to be a reality soon?

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A war crime in Iraq caught on video

This video shows one of the crimes committed by the American military in Iraq.  I can only imagine what would have been the media reaction if this was done to American citizens. Stripped bare of legalese jargon, this is plain cold-blooded murder.

What is the difference between those soldiers (who shot the van that came to pick up the wounded) from those suicide bombers (who detonate a second bomb when paramedics arrive at a bombing scene)?

Update: The context and implication of this video was discussed in the Dylan Ratigan Show.

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How to light a candle again

This is quite a cool trick!  How do you think it works?

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Lessons from the Aral Sea

The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest freshwater lake in the world.  Human ignorance and arrogance has caused it to lose 80% of its former size, and its now-exposed lake floor sends heavily-polluted dust to the far corners of the world.

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Why buying an iPad is a BAD idea

Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing wrote an article explaining what's wrong with the iPad, and the technological culture being promoted by Apple.  I'm providing it here (just for posterity's sake).

Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)
Cory Doctorow

I've spent ten years now on Boing Boing, finding cool things that people have done and made and writing about them. Most of the really exciting stuff hasn't come from big corporations with enormous budgets, it's come from experimentalist amateurs. These people were able to make stuff and put it in the public's eye and even sell it without having to submit to the whims of a single company that had declared itself gatekeeper for your phone and other personal technology.

Danny O'Brien does a very good job of explaining why I'm completely uninterested in buying an iPad -- it really feels like the second coming of the CD-ROM "revolution" in which "content" people proclaime…