Feb, 2012


ALAN MOORE on the use of the Guy Fawkes mask on Occupied Wall Street and various protest movements around the world. 

“In terms of a wildly uninformed guess at our political future, it feels something like V for validation.”

Everything I know about anarchy as a political theory I know from comics, of course. But it’s arguable that a picture of a Guy Fawkes mask at Occupy Wall Street is not only the best, but really only adaptation of V FOR VENDETTA possible.

While OWS was and is equal parts inspiring, troublesome, invigorating, and embarrassing, the disorganization and lack of a single, authoritative agenda that its critics attempted to use to discredit it was in fact its elusive and maddening strength.

What I took from it, at least, was pure anarchy: at the heart of a financial system that seemed unaccountable even to elected government, humans came and said: your control is limited.

You don’t control us. You don’t fully control even this PRIVATE public park. And except by virtue of our consent—or your sheer force—you never did.

OWS denied their consent to governance, and they were met with sheer force. This was always, logically what would and perhaps even SHOULD occur. But the point was proved.

And you still see that mask around.

That is all.



Feb, 2012



Parabolas (etc.) from Radiolab, which has the co-curator running around looking for parabolas everywhere we go.

“A video inspired by the mathematician, Steve Strogatz. At the age of thirteen, Steve was astonished to find that pendulums and water fountains had a strange relationship that had previously been completely hidden from him.” 

It was pointed out in some comments on vimeo that many of the shapes in the video are not parabolas but are actually catenaries. Since I won’t explain it best, you can check out more on parabolas vs catenaries next!

Thanks, @mindfulmimi

“… I suddenly understood what people mean when they say there’s a law of nature.

Can’t believe I’ve never seen this one before. From the great folks at Everynone, who were behind the Symmetry video for Radiolab.

Feb, 2012


by Venkat Rao

It is a sort of grim privilege for the generations living today to watch the slow demise of such a spectacularly effective intellectual construct. The Age of Corporations is coming to an end. The traditional corporation won’t vanish, but it will cease to be the center of gravity of economic life in another generation or two.  They will live on as religion does today, as weakened ghosts of more vital institutions from centuries ago.

Link: A Brief History of the Corporation

Feb, 2012


Beatrice the Biologist: Biology Doesn’t Support Gay Marriage Bans

When there’s such ravenous effort out there to classify marriage as only between a man and a woman, don’t you think we’d have a better definition of exactly what a “man” and a “woman” were? When you dig down into the alignments of and X and Y sex chromosomes, you come up with more gray area than black and white. Check out Beatrice’s full post for more.

Sex is not the binary system we think it is, and we can’t go around making rules about what people can and can’t do based on what anatomy happens to be between their legs. So on top of the fact that gay marriage bans are unconstitutional, unnecessary, and downright petty, they are also terribly unscientific.

Love the cartoons in this post:

Feb, 2012

From Katherine Bindley at the Huffington Post:

Tyler Clementi killed himself in 2010 after his roommate at Rutgers University filmed him kissing another man. Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old girl who moved to the U.S. from Ireland, killed herself the same year after being bullied by high school classmates in Massachusetts. Fifteen-year-old Amanda Cummings from Staten Island made headlines early this January when her family said that relentless bullying was to blame for her suicide.

Each of these tragedies mobilized a cultural army of anti-bullying advocates, celebrities, the media and policymakers who have said — or at least strongly implied — that bullying can lead to suicide.

But mental health professionals and those who work in suicide prevention say bullying-related suicides that reach the spotlight are painted far too simplistically. Bullying and suicide can indeed be connected, though the relationship between the two is much more complicated than a tabloid headline might suggest. To imply clear-cut lines of cause and effect, many experts maintain, is misleading and potentially damaging as it ignores key underlying mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.

Link to the rest of the article at The Huffington Post