Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Hyper Bowl

  • Random Pop Culture:
    • Watched a bit of the Jackson funeral and heard a lot about the rest of it. Good musical performances, even though Usher was a bit creepy in singing to the casket. Al Sharpton said that Michael Jackson's success made it possible for Tiger Woods and Barack Obama to be successful. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
    • The cover of the Washington City Paper is so funny that as soon as it was released on their website, their web servers crashed. Here it is. Very NSFW.
    • The Jordan Crawford storm is pretty amusing.
    • Continuing to re-watch Lost and got to Charlie's first flashback episode. There are some pretty interesting parallels to be drawn between Charlie and Mr. Eko, in regards to older brother-young brother relationship, drugs, and Catholicism. Too many to be coincedence, though I never noticed them before now.
  • Random Hatred and/or Love:
    • One of our cars broke down and I ended up having to push it, by myself, up a slight grade to get it into a parking spot. I feel like a caveman.
  • Underrated Historical Figure of the Day:
    • Let's give it up for Frederick Law Olmsted. The book I'm reading mentioned him a bit in regards to his travels in the South in the 1850s and his anti-slavery writings. I recognized the name from his place in the design of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, thanks to Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City (one of the must-reads of the last five years or so). He designed Central Park. As we Jews say around Passover, dayenu (that would have been enough). But he also designed the U.S. Capitol Grounds, the National Zoo, college campuses from Stanford to Yale to Cornell to Michigan State. He designed many, many more notable parks and campuses around the country. The list is in the Wikipedia article.

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