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"'Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release. Clearly this is the control panel for an army of the undead.'"


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Ooh, Uhura!


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Aerial view of Manhattan in 1944:

Haha, I remember having my dad (or actually, the janitor who worked for the church my parents were assigning) "helping" with my pinewood derby car (aka doing everything)... nice to hear there's some science behind it!

"I wanted to smile like an adult-- understated and careful, like I knew what was going on and had decided to smile anyway."
--Victoria Loustalot in "This is How You Say Goodbye", her memoir about her gay father who died of AIDS.

death and taxes -- help on one of those
April 15 "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes" Today we are releasing an online comic to help you deal with one of those: , "the Skeptical Nerd's Comic Guide to Coping with Your Own Mortality".

It's beautifully illustrated by UK artist James Harvey, and has 8 small chapters, each one presenting a different way of coping with the fact that some day, for each of us, This Ends. Everyone has to make their own peace with that, but over the years I've had people write to me that the ideas here, now newly illustrated, are legitimately comforting.

We're trying to generate attention for this work, both because we know seeing it in its current web format can be useful to people who don't feel certain of a hereafter and because we'd like to pursue some print publishing options, so please share and pass around the link as you see fit.

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I just found out the old Exidy arcade game "Car Polo" exists. This is exactly the game I would have wanted to have made in that era.
Car Polo:

"Canada is just, like, the B-side."
--J.M. (Who is thinking about moving back...)


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"Mama, just for a moment we're happy. Let's really look at one another!...I can't. I can't go on.It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another. I didn't realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed. Take me back -- up the hill -- to my grave. But first: Wait! One more look. Good-bye, Good-bye world. Good-bye, Grover's Corners....Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking....and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths....and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth,you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every,every minute?"

"No... ...The saints and poets, maybe they do some."

"I'm ready to go back."

--Emily and Stage Manager, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town". There's a strong parallel with the ending of "American Beauty"

"More often than we think, it is better to be kind than to be right."
--Jonathan Kaufmann


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Dropping off a friend in Montpellier, VT-- by kismet a production of "Our Town", a play I've been meaning to see, is being put on by the local Lost Nation Theater company, so I'll get home a little later but culturally richer.


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Interesting article from Cracked, 4 Benefits of Your Job That Are More Important Than Money. I know some of the appeal is "I Want To Believe", but I think there might be more to it than that.


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I admit I kind of want a phone that looks like this:

And a UI that moves like this:

indirectly via Mininally Minimal



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march 1 second everyday (late, because of technical glitches)



  ...of the moment Haha, in my "reader interview" at Lost in Mobile I managed to plug both The Jamaica Plain Honk Band and The Exploding Voids...
Kirktrivia -- for years I've vaguely been wondering about this one organizer I had before I had senior year of college. I couldn't quite remember the name or the brand, but I remembered the color scheme, and that it was flat and had a "clip in frame" that let it ride easily in a 3 ring binder... turns out it was the Texas Instruments PS-9500 TimeRunner (with optional PS-9010 Clip-In Frame, natch)


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tuba tuba tubababa
Jaws offers a more interesting spin on the tuba-villain connection. It's not what you're thinking: that two-note, lurking, bah-dum... bah-dum played by string basses, not tuba. But composer John Williams did give the tuba the melody in the shark's theme. You have to listen for it, and it may not immediately strike you as a tuba because it's written in a very high register. In fact, Tommy Johnson, the tubist who played for Jaws and many Hollywood soundtracks (and also played those four losing notes on The Price is Right), asked John Williams why he didn't write the part for French horn. Williams answered that he wanted a "more threatening" sound. So there you have it--one of the most popularly recognized composers today hears menace in the tuba.
--from Elizabeth Eshelman's series I LIKE BIG BRASS AND I CANNOT LIE: CONFESSIONS FROM THE TUBA WORLD. It's interesting that those 4 notes from "Price is Right" is often notated "Sad Trombone" not "Sad Tuba".