headline of the day

Teacher Sets Herself on Fire in Front of Students

one more thing to watch out for when riding a bike

I just hope that there’s someone right behind me with a video camera when something like this happens to me. (via)

kill comic sans


a dull yet cathartic first-person shooter for the casual type geek

writing prompts

Deron asked if I’d be willing to do a weekly update highlighting some of the stuff from the other places I post things. I said yes, especially because it sounded like a few others might be doing the same thing, which I know I would really enjoy. So, here goes. I’ll show you mine if… you know.

The main thing I’ve been throwing internet time at is a Tumblr where I post writing prompts.

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slow breaking news

Emily Roose’s thesis project, via Public School

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boxercising earthquake

A friend called a few weeks ago to tell me about a skyscraper that had to be evacuated after an earthquake in Seoul. For ten minutes the building made wide metronomic swings. Thing was, there had been no earthquake registered in the area. It was a mysteriously super local event. After a two-week investigation, the epicenter had been narrowed down to the building’s twelfth floor gym where the side kicking, upper-cutting, and fist-jabbing of seventeen middle-aged Korean women boxercising to Snap’s 1990s hit “I’ve got the Power” seemed somehow to have hit the building’s resonant frequency, sending the whole structure into convulsions.

(thanks, David)

tweet of the day

a library for extroverts: check out a person, not a book

At a library in Canada, you can check out experts, not just books:

The library has assembled a group of volunteers with particularly interesting skills or histories, and has a system in place to put these people in touch with knowledge seekers. If you’re looking for someone to practice your German with, or to ask about their experiences during the Great Depression, or their struggle with illness, the library will put you in touch with an appropriate individual. Once in touch, you can meet in the library’s cafe, keeping the entire operation under one roof.

the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton winner

Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.

(via Coudal)

music to be ashamed of

Last.fm publishes a list of most deleted tracks. Their whole playground of projects is pretty interesting.

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