The Gettysburg Powerpoint

More reasons why Powerpoint rocks out.

This reminds me a little of that old nerd parlor game where you take a famous speech and use Word’s Autosummarize feature to generate these awesomely surreal fifty word 0r less summaries — perhaps the most entertaining example of which is the Bill of Rights.

Other awesome ones include The Ten Commandments and Beowulf.

Art from business applications = pretty awesome.

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The Gallery of Inept Child Outreach

Brought to you by your friends at the US government.

1) ReadyKids! (Department of Homeland Security)

2)  AMSville, brought to you by the US Department of Agriculture

More insanity, after the jump

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Another Two Rounds of Dork and the Ivy

More Dork and the Ivy today, pretty even day of fighting. Hwang +1, Chen +1.

It’s getting prohibitively long — so we might be moving the ongoing competition to its own separate blog. Stay tuned kiddies.

-Tim

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From the Dated Music Videos Worth Obssessing Over Department

Seamus Haiji’s Remix of “DJ Saved My Life”

RuPaul’s Redo of “It’s Raining Men”

Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited”

More ridiculousness, after the jump.

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altai…or canada? you decide!

so i got the chance to go to the altai mountains last weekend. i spent a fun filled 3 days riding sickly horses, pissing in holes in the ground, and watching the koreans get trashed with some fun russian newlyweds. all in all i’d say it was an awesome time, though the surroundings struck me as a picture postcard of canada, and made me wonder why i’d travelled so far to essentially see my pseudo-native lands. however it was worth the 8hr drive, and i’d recommend it to anyone interested.

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More gorgeous, after the jump

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On Loving Conformity

Notes from the forthcoming “PoPoMo Manifesto” —

Dorothy Gambrell’s Cat and Girl, if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, is a webcomic diamond in the rough. I was reading through the archives the other day and there’s this really awesome one that she does where she introduces the idea of Strummer’s Law, which states that —

Any rebellion against external conformity just reinforces internal conformity.

Which, while initially sounding like something profound and non-obvious, actually makes alot of sense when you think about it. In substance, the underlying principle of Strummer’s Law greatly resembles the Uncertainty Principle of Relationships, which states that —

One cannot define relational momentum and position simultaneously. For a relationship to exhibit motion, it must become ambiguously defined. Similarly, for a relationship to become more discernable, it must by necessity approach stasis.

That is to say, tautologically, that once you know for sure what a social phenomenon is, it ceases to change, or show unpredictability of behavior. Or, in short, that the act of defining defines — it sets boundaries on what something is. Strummer’s Law just states that rebelling against something requires the rebels to enforce some standard on themselves, to define who they are as a community.
In doing so, the community of rebels requires its members to be a certain way, follow certain rules, or believe in certain credos. Indeed, the very act of advocacy is a call for conformity. That is, advocacy is the act of expressing that others should. True, maybe a different code of conformity than what is commonly enforced, but a code of behavior nonetheless.

Of course, there’s an asshat meta-ing that you can do with this argument too. That is, that even advocating for choice is in itself a kind of conformity (conforming to the need to choose). Simply put: believing in ‘freethinking’ is just as constricting a belief as less traditionally free doctrines.

This much is a pretty unoriginal old hat critique on counterculture. What’s more interesting, I think, is how one deals with this.

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Infoporn: 2008 Prez Candidate Positions

Based on the Political Compass test. Pretty sweet — via Crooks and Liars.

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