The Big Think

October 30, 2010

Repeating Itself

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 2:03 pm

you hatchet faced nutmeg dealer:


Filed under: Music — jasony @ 10:22 am

Holy schmack, Boston’s background singers can scream. E above high C? Are you kidding me? Full voice, too. Who says rock singers don’t have pipes?

(bonus points if you can name that tune)

October 29, 2010

Natural Law

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 1:42 pm

Bill Whittle, on Natural Law vs. Political Law. Whittle spells it out more clearly than I’ve heard. If you like this, don’t miss parts 1-3 of his series What We Believe.

Mike Reagan, Composer

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 10:35 am

SoundWorks Collection: Mike Reagan, Music Composer from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.


Filed under: Science — jasony @ 10:07 am

The incredible mimic octopus.

October 28, 2010

Adults Ruin Everything

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 9:14 am

Halloween taught marketers that parents are willing to be warned about anything, no matter how preposterous, and then they’re willing to be sold whatever solutions the market can come up with. Face paint so no mask will obscure a child’s vision. Purell, so no child touches a germ. And the biggest boondoggle of all: an adult-supervised party, so no child encounters anything exciting, er, “dangerous.”

Think of how Halloween used to be the one day of the year when gaggles of kids took to the streets by themselves—at night even. Big fun! Low cost! But once the party moved inside, to keep kids safe from the nonexistent poisoners, in came all the nonsense. The battery-operated caskets. The hired witch. The Costco veggie trays and plastic everything else. Halloween went from hobo holiday to $6 billion extravaganza.

And it’s worth noting: “No child has ever been killed by poisoned candy. Ever.”

read the whole thing.

October 27, 2010

File This Under: Here’s Your Reason…

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 12:26 pm



Homecoming 2010

Filed under: Education,Friends — jasony @ 10:54 am

Baylor Homecoming 2010 from Baylor Photography

Doc Brown, Temporal Terrorist

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Movies — jasony @ 8:39 am

Who is the real villain of Back to the Future? Why, Doc Brown, of course.

October 26, 2010

A Harmonica Sang in Carnegie Hall

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 5:33 pm

This is brilliant. Stick with it to hear some real mastery.

October 25, 2010

10 steps to Creativity

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 11:21 pm

Make: Online : On The Care and Feeding of Ideas: 10 steps in my personal process: “”

(Via .)

October 20, 2010


Filed under: Politics,Quoth — jasony @ 2:09 pm

“One of the underappreciated virtues of good manners is that they help you to avoid making an ass of yourself when you are not as smart as you think you are.”
Glenn Reynolds.

Words to live by, and that are on increasingly rare display in our culture.

October 19, 2010


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 9:20 am

“When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people. so create.”
Michael Mangino (h/t Sean)

October 14, 2010


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 11:54 pm

“Entrepreneurial motivation is not confidence, it’s an insatiable desire to improve. It’s not about thinking your ideas are better than everyone else’s, it’s about never accepting any idea as being best.”

wise words from Jason Cohen

Title Expurgated

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 12:51 pm

I thought this would be a cool gift idea, until I looked at the price. Are you kidding me?!!? Still, it seems like a potentially cool thing to make from scratch.

(I had three or four clever ideas for a title to this post but decided to forgo. Too easy…

With a Tiny Abacus

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 12:37 pm

Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: Physicists Count The Number of Atoms In 1kg of Silicon: “”

October 13, 2010

One Big Happy Family

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 8:01 am

I love the news this morning that genealogists have announced that Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh are all related via common ancestors. Heads exploding all around. 🙂

Of course, go back far enough and I guess we’re ALL related, but it’s still funny to see people freak out about this, as if it matters.

October 12, 2010


Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 6:32 pm

“And then, just when other hypercars — Lambos, Ferraris, Paganis and even rarer isotopes — run out of steam, the Super Sport accelerates harder. This experience quickly exhausts one’s supply of Old Norse oaths and curses and one is reduced to childish wows and holy cows. At full throttle in the Super Sport, the world comes at you in one ferocious, howling, soul-shaking, Newtonian sneeze.”

There’s a new kid on the block. The brand new Bugatti Veyron. Oh yeah….


Paradise Recovered

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 3:07 pm

Paradise Recovered has been named a Top Pick at the Heartland Film Festival. It’s been getting some very good press and is featured in not just one, but two film festivals. Not bad for such a small-cast, small-crew film!

The Original Marty McFly

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 3:04 pm

Eric Stoltz?

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