A walk anywhere during winter will discover single, lost gloves, sometimes impaled upon iron railing spikes, more often lying forlorn and trampled on pavements, in gutters. There are so many on these streets, torn black leather, rainbow-striped wool, a tiny Hello Kittty mitten, all bruised with mud, all longing to be reunited with their long gone twin. I wonder what happened that they now lie lost and hopeless in the rain. They look so sad, so lifeless.
I will take a piece of white chalk on my walk tomorrow. It will join the smooth pebble in my pocket and the tiny silver hoop earring (itself an orphaned twin), my constant walking companions, and when I see my next lost glove I will dig the chalk from my coat pocket and with fingers red from the cold and white from the chalk, I’ll crouch down and trace a white line carefully around the fallen thing, across the wrist, up the thumb, down and up and down and up just so. Then I’ll walk on, leaving the glove with its own chalk outline to show that someone noticed its passing and will be back with the forensics kit. One day.
Can someone please draw me a picture of a social or colonial spider?
(via The Gothamist)
If you beat a dead horse long enough, it turns to gold.
Apologies to the horse.
When it comes to vanity license plates, the State of Ohio is not amused.
It recently released a list of more than 500 rejected license plates and boy are there some doozies.
When we say doozies, we mean shocked that someone thought they could slip “BIGSEXE” or “IFARTED” under the Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ nose.
One piece of creative work made every day for 365 consecutive days. January 1st – December 31st.
Google News Top Stories 1/26/13:
Casey Anthony Video Diary
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Every year cats in New Zealand destroy our native wildlife. The fact is that cats have to go if we really care about our environment.
Sheila Ryan on January 18, 2013
We are the unsinkable Molly Brown of inefficient socially mediumistic webbed sites.
Say, here’s an idea. What say we establish a bizarro clusterflock for hackers, extremists, and miscellaneous goofbuckets? SHOUTING! And the SWORD!
We could even make it user-friendly by modeling it on bilingual sites. You know, sites that offer you the GERMAN or the ENGLISH version.
Visitors to the bizarro clusterflock could opt, say, for the MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY-KRAZEE-CHRISTIAN version or the MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY-KRAZEE-MUSLIM version.
There are infinite variations.
I’m making some internet at deronbauman.com.
There was a very, very strange database error (strange to me, anyway) and we lost seven years of comments. It’s still not clear to me whether or not it was a hack or a database glitch, but last Sunday’s backup was the most stable, so here we are.
I actually have found loads of useful points on your web site About Donkeys And Weddings
I hope one day to build something just as beautiful.
You wrote a post about David Foster Wallace’s idea of the Decider a few years ago. Since then, has anything changed when it comes to your process?
It’s much easier to find interesting things to read and look at online than it used to be…the web is now largely filters on top of filters on top of filters. So I don’t have to sift through as much stuff as I used to. But also around the time I posted that link, I got much better at blogging. I don’t know if the 10,000 hours thing kicked in or what, but what used to take me 6-8 hours to do now takes me 2-3 hours.
Wired has a good overview, explaining their opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act:
Under the current wording of the measures, the Attorney General would have the power to order ISPs to block access to foreign-based sites suspected of trafficking in pirated and counterfeit goods; order search engines to delist the sites from their indexes; ban advertising on suspected sites; and block payment services from processing transactions for accused sites. If the same standards were applied to U.S.-based sites, Wikipedia, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Google and Wired could all find themselves blocked.
Such requests would need to be reviewed and approved by a judge. But accused sites would get little notice of a pending action in U.S. courts against them, and, once blacklisted, have little effective means of appeal.
and one reason only, that I put this photo here on clusterflock.
Joel, I love you, man, but that photo out of context was beginning to make my tummy sad every time I stopped by.
Besides, I know you love Culver’s.
I came across my grandfather perusing your blog site instead of taking out the waste
I just got chided by my 91-year-old mother for not being on Facebook more often.
Well, holy poop, clusterflock showed up in a Firefox for Android tablets commercial.
I was very privileged to be asked to contribute to this year’s Bygone Bureau list alongside some very fine bloggers. Worth a read, even if I cheated.
Just go here.
Be sure to scroll down and read some of the testimonials.