misinformation effect

Turns out I’m not alone in memory-is-an-illusion kick. Just the day after I posted that, Kottke gave a nice shout-out to this funny new blog called You Are Not So Smart. Dude is chronicling all the ways in which we delude himself. In other words: He picked the perfect topic for a blog. His subject […]

the disintegration of the persistence of memory

I’ve got what I’d call a crappy long-term memory. My earliest memory is from kindergarten. All my classmates were stretched out on their cots in the dark for naptime. I stayed awake because my mother was on her way to pick me up. We were going to get my first pair of glasses. My mom […]

phrenology chart versus dermatome chart

My mom just sent me this dermatome chart (actually, she sent me this more useful chart, but the first link is prettier). [More on dermatomes here.] And of course the first thing that sprang to mind was: “Hey, phrenology wasn’t as bat-shit insane as I previously considered it.” I mean, ok, it was really crazy. […]

broken heart/valid heart t-shirts corrupted by Lacanian split subject

Yesterday at brunch it was suggested to me that the forward slash in my </3 t-shirt design (recently mentioned in Brooklyn Based and CRAFT Magazine’s blog, yaaayy!) could be replaced by the symbol of Lacan‘s split subject, which is written as . For those of you who were not self-loathing enough to take many literary […]

natural history observes itself

So the American Museum of Natural History has put online some archival photos of its exhibits being built and viewed from about the turn of the century to the mid-1960s [ok, ok, via kottke, he finds everything!]. And as this fellow Pruned points out the creepy/surreal shots of the dioramas being built are by far […]

meta-words‘s A.Word.A.Day e-newsletter has had some awesome themes lately. First, there was words from the Irish in honor of Bloomsday, and this week they sent out five meta-words — words describing words and language — along with this great quote from John Locke: So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of […]

optical illusion of glory

glory photo from wikipedia No, I’m not about to get all socio-philosophical on you. I actually saw an optical illusion called a glory about a month ago and didn’t even realize it until today! Earlier this afternoon I was reading up on the science behind rainbows and wound up at the wikipedia article for glory—a […]

some words from the Irish

In honor of Bloomsday (which is today, if you haven’t been at an all-day reading of Ulysses like some people), one of the two daily definition/etymology e-newsletters I subscribe to,‘s A.Word.A.Day, sent out five words from the Irish last week. They were: shebeen (shuh-BEEN): An unlicensed drinking establishment. A.Word.A.Day’s brief etymology: From Irish sibin, […]


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Cookie Monster on NPR

Elizabeth Blair and Cookie Monster Because NPR‘s In Character series has impeccable taste in fictional characters, they recently interviewed my favorite: Cookie Monster! Elizabeth Blair starts the inteview like so: “We at NPR News have high journalistic standards. So I sat down with Cookie Monster for an exclusive interview.” The original Wheel Stealer, from the […]