Professional musician performs masterpieces for change in a Washington metro station

How much does he make? The long, but enjoyable story at the Washington Post (via towleroad)

The Origin of Words and Names

So awful was deserving of awe? News to me, but makes complete sense.

Life stages

I can't stop pondering this slide

Kids, the Internet, and the End of Privacy

As younger people reveal their private lives on the Internet, the older generation looks on with alarm and misapprehension not seen since the early days of rock and roll.

Incomprehensible Intersections

Spaghetti junctions (via cmharrington)

Brief Interview with Michael Wesch

The Creator of 'Web 2.0... The Machine is Us/ing Us' video

World-Wide Labyrinth Locator

And there are some in Ohio. Nice presentation and info (via kiji)

Ayn Rand – Mike Wallace Interview 1959 part 1

YouTube to watch this evening while my Netflix queue refreshes. Via

In My Language

Fascinating and beautiful perspective of autism. Clear away 8 minutes to absorb this "statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not." (via zefrank)

Pimp my Bookcart

Excellent overview of the contest winners (thx whiskerfish)

electro^plankton: Sorry iPhone, Japan’s Not Impressed

The vending machine reads his bank information which is tied into his phone. He then places his thumb on the phone's tiny thumbprint reader to verify his identity.

Art Activities, Projects, Resources, and Games

For kids, or adults. I haven't checked these out, but I file it away to explore another day. (via pastpending)

I did not know that yesterday!

A blog about things unknown, then researched. (to explore later via yewknee)

Xbox (original) Manufacturing Process Pictures

I miss Mr. Rogers to give me tours of places like this (via linkfilter)

What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

Very well done. (via swissmiss)

Behind the scenes of UPS deliveries

Handheld computers optimize routes, limiting time- and fuel-wasting left hand turns. Tight. (via nickbaum)

Google Zeitgeist

I just want to know who searched for "bebo" - Tell me there's not some factory of folks typing in searches all day to weigh outcomes. As for Paris Hilton, well, I believe that one. Sad. But believable.

Syd Mead on The Diane Rehm Show

I missed this the first time around, and the second time in the car. To listen to later...

Giant squids

They're real.

MagWerk: an online magazine(s)

I've only looked through Encore, but I'm a fan

White-Blue Peacock

It's like a chocolate/vanilla puddling pop swirl (via Yewknee)

Restoring Santa and Rudolph

It's like watching that scene in Toy Story when Woody gets a polish (thanks beast)

At the Heart of the Wii (Remote)

An article + an infographic!

things magazine

An long overdue addition to the feed reader.

Person of the Year: You

First of all, I'd like to thank my mom and dad.

Welcome to Mr. McGroovy’s Box Rivets

For my friends with kids to check out. (via swiss miss)

Snowflake and Snow Crystal Photos

Zoomed in, they look just like the paper ones. (via populicious)


Blinged vehicles (via Coudal)

humane mousetrap, documented

A fella in Columbus Ohio finds success with the "trap"

The history of Lego

Some sad tidbits behind the toy that framed my childhood (via coudal)

The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.

And other odd tidbits (via feaverish)

The miniature earth

If the world's population was reduced to 100, it would look something like this... Worth the download (via vasta)

Nintendo Toys


Rock Band Name Origins

LYNYRD SKYNYRD - Named after Leonard Skinner, an annoying gym teacher/coach some of the members had in high school. Leonard is said to have moved on to sell real estate in Jacksonville, Florida. (via Coudal)

sketching at MIT is funner than normal sketching

Funner is a word if you use it enough. (via if/else)

Antique Farm Tools

This site lists antique agricultural hand tools collected by P.C. Dorrington (e.g., chaff cutters, dibbers, flails, etc.) originating mainly from England, Wales and Scotland. (via linkfilter)

Turn signals of yore

via land-o-links

Overlooked Gems of My Lifetime: The Carpenter’s Pencil

that flat, thick, rectangular pencil that is often sitting at the checkout counter, separating the real men from the boys (via dean sabatino)

The Nation Magazine Cover Archive

via kateconsumption

bobs your uncle melamine diner plates

neato photography on plates, via bblinks

wordless pancake recipe

(big image, via Make - and I now have internet access again!)

ufo clouds

via dooce

Profile Magazine: John Maeda (to read, via Coudal)

I believe that the biggest breakthrough will be the realization that the arts, which are conventionally considered 'useless,' will be recognized as the whole reason why we ever try to live longer or live more prosperously.

Veer: Ideas: The New Old

Read the statistics

The Artist Formerly Known as Paul Frank

Looks to be a good read, but I have to bookmark for later (via themorningnews)

Gay marriage and transitive verbs

A wonderful read with too many quotes to pull out

Animal Congregations: What Do You Call a Group of…?

A sloth of bears. A business of ferrets. A tower of giraffes. A troop of monkeys. (via pop)

Photographer’s Journal: A Teahouse in Hangzhou

NYT Interactive feature with wonderful photos I have to show my tea-lovin ma (via signal vs noise)


a blog of charts (via feaverish)

‘Xanadu’ may be Broadway bound

Sounds like a better idea than many of the remakes that have been appearing. They can dust off the Starlight Express skates to boot.

Failed icons.

Why it's so hard to make unforgettable architecture. A too short article (via the Marmot)

World map of happiness

(PDF download from article, also via Manmade)

Custom Heinz ketchup labels

(via bblinks)

The Brand Underground – New York Times

One reason an underground brand sounds nonsensical is that countercultures are supposed to oppose the mainstream, and nothing is more mainstream than consumerism. (_Long_ article to read via Thor)

Stephen Wiltshire: The Human Camera

5 min Flash video of an amazing panoramic drawing of Rome (by memory). YouTube compression fails to show the details, but it's still great. via whirledpeas

What do you see in this image?

I keep hearing Big Audio Dynamite signing "Innocent Child" after reading this... (via pop)

Disney Mobile

Locate your kids with GPS technology, Big Mother.

The Wilhelm Scream Compilation

(flashvideo) The same scream used over in over in films. – Exchange

CNN is encouraging citizen journalism with the launch of Exchange, a site where readers can submit digital videos, images, and stories of their own experiences. (via towleroad)

Robin Williams talks about ‘The Night Listener’ on Fresh Air

I suppose I'm going to have to install RealPlayer to hear this.