I love Mad Men, so I couldn’t pass this by. (originally saw it on Paste)
Uh, take that St. Louis…
Chicago has overtaken the Cardinals … though not in baseball.
The city has wrenched the Guinness World Record for “most people wearing Groucho Marx glasses” from an event held by a St. Louis Cardinals minor-league affiliate in Springfield, Mo.
The sparkling new record of 4,436–now verified by Guinness–was attained July 21 during a screening of the classic Marx Brothers movie “Duck Soup” at the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival in Grant Park, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events said Tuesday. The previous record of 4,077 was set in 2007.
“We are a city of many firsts, and I hope this is one of many records yet to be broken in the City of Chicago,” Mayor Richard Daley said in a statement. More
This is pretty non-sequitur, especially since I’m not posting at my usual 3-post-a-week rate right now… but it proves that I’m a left-over nerd that I still find xkcd funny. I was clicking “Random” and laughed pretty hard at this one, because it’s so true for me.
I love the Onion.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Classmates.com Employees Don’t Have Heart To Tell CEO About Facebook
SEATTLE—Employees at Classmates.com—an online service that enables users to find and communicate with people from their past for a monthly fee—have done everything in their power to keep the company’s CEO from finding out about the wildly popular social networking site Facebook. “He knows something is going on,” Classmates.com web coder Josh Krzysch said while combing his boss’s newspaper and removing any offending articles. “The other day he asked me why people aren’t interested in getting in touch with old friends anymore, and I told him that the Internet just isn’t very popular right now. What else was I supposed to say?” Employees claim that unless things somehow miraculously improve by next month, they plan to quietly pack up their desks and leave in the middle of the night.
If you know me, you know Over the Rhine is one of my favorite bands. Not the least because they write like being human depends on rich description and late night adjectives (maybe it does). Checking e-mail here in the early afternoon felt a little bit less to-do list ish because Linford sent an e-mail that warmed up gmail enough to make me want to share parts of what he wrote:
(the photo of Linford is when they played here in Chicago on 5 Nov 08)
His PS was great:
My brain is close to 100% fried from finals week and end of term writing. Here are some birds that were sitting outside my window.
(they’re prolly better if you click the blue link to jump over to my picasa album, instead of viewing really tiny here)
I love it. So, some nerdy, politically motivated programmers have now created a Space Invaders aracade game based on lies told by the Obama and McCain campaigns! Based on PolitiFact‘s ratings (which is a great site, although I more often use Factcheck.org), the site lets you choose a statement you think is a lie, and attack it until it reveals the truth about the matter.
Hee hee. Go play Truth Invaders (btw – it seems like you’ve gotta use Internet Explorer, Firefox didn’t work for me)
via my Treo 700p
Many people know I don’t own any DVDs. Except, well… all seven seasons of The West Wing. Though I know he mostly lives in writer-genius Aaron Sorkin’s head—the favorite President of my lifetime is none other than Jed Bartlett, the firey but compassionate economist (there’s part of the appeal) that Martin Sheen sometimes gets mistaken for on the street.
So imagine my grin when Barack Obama meets him.