Mar, 2013

The Hogwarts Sorting Hat has been said to place kids based on qualities they value rather than those they exhibit — still, each of the school’s Houses does tend to collect a certain kind of student. Gryffindors are often brave and daring; Ravenclaws brainy and witty; Slytherins ambitious and cunning; and Hufflepuffs patient and loyal. It stands to reason, therefore, that each house would appreciate its own collection of reading material — but what actual books might a Gryffindor read? How would they compare to the reading list of a Slytherin?

It was while perusing acclaimed HP fanfic Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality that Jesse Galef (half of the brother/sister duo behind Measure of Doubt — a fantastic blog dedicated to rationality, science and philosophy) got to thinking about this exact question; what might a rational student from each house actually read? He writes:

I realized that there’s actually quite a lot of potential for interesting reading in each house. Ravenclaws would be interested in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and mathematics; Gryffindors in combat, ethics, and democracy; Slytherins in persuasion, rhetoric, and political machination; and Hufflepuffs in productivity, happiness, and the game theory of cooperation.

After much brainstorming, Galef produced four incredibly well-thought-out reading lists (one for each house), photographed their physical counterparts on a bookshelf, and even created a series of Facebook cover images, “so that you can display your pride both in rationality and in your chosen house.” Here’s the cover image for Gryffindor (click to enlarge), followed by its corresponding booklist. For the other houses’ lists, go check out Measure of Doubt. [Source: Measure of Doubt, via i09]

Mar, 2013


Game of Thrones: King’s Roadmap

DirectTV has developed a high-quality interactive info-graphic of the entire Game of Thrones series. The maps allows you to scroll through major plot points guided by stylish parallax technology. Easily catch up on the story from Episode 1 through Episode 20 as you  journey through the entire Westeros. [SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched any of Seasons 1-2 you might not want to click!]

The map will also continue to expand and will be updated after every episode of the new season. Game of Thrones Season 3 returns to HBO on March 31 at 9PM.


Dec, 2012

In this enchanting animation from Fabian Koppenhöfer, a tiny old man, lost in the wilderness, finds himself between a wall of rock as high as the sky and a field of tall grass that reaches above his head. When he sets out on his quest through the field of grass, he immediately discovers he isn’t alone.

Faenger is a dreamlike  homage to Holden Caulfield’s fantasy in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Saligner.