Since it's been so long, I've accumulated a nice pile of excellence.
Let's start with this delightful picture of Tom Cruise, taken this week in Japan:
I must admire his consistency.
- You might have heard: MySpace is being sued for $30 million by a 14-year-old girl and her family. They claim that MySpace does not sufficiently protect kids from sexual predators. If only MySpace could file a counter-suit against the girl's parents making the same claim. Expect to see some changes from MySpace.
- Best Buy is going to sell Macs at some of their stores, and see how it goes. Best of luck, Best Buy.
Check this out (it's from a "woodcuts of modern movies" post):
All of the woodcuts are marvelous, and I can recognize some of them — but others are a complete mystery. Any ideas?
- Watch this video of Buzz Aldrin punching an obnoxious conspiracy theorist in the face. If I were him, and was continually accused of perpetuating the greatest hoax in history, I would be pissed too.
- And then there's this list of the Top 10 Hybrid Animals. The pictured liger is colossal.
The Consumer Electronics Association is running an ad in a Capitol Hill magazine reminding lawmakers that entertainment conglomerates (like the RIAA and MPAA) have always freaked out whenever a new technology emerges. The most famous example of this was the VCR, which the MPAA was certain would destroy television forever. The ad [PDF] features four quotes from industry reps. Here's one:
"When the manufacturers hand the public a license to record at home…not only will the songwriter tie a noose around his neck, not only will there be no more records to tape [but] the innocent public will be made an accessory to the destruction of four industries."
-ASCAP on the Cassette Tape (1982)
Obviously, none of this happened.
Seed Magazine has posted an article entitled "The Gay Animal Kingdom" which features Joan Roughgarden, a biology professor who analyzes homosexual behavior in animal societies and thinks Darwin's principle of sexual selection is wrong. Basically, she argues that, instead of being transgressive and anti-survival, homosexual behavior increases a species survival chance by forming a strong social bond:
According to Roughgarden, gayness is a necessary side effect of getting along. Homosexuality evolved in tandem with vertebrate societies, in which a motley group of individuals has to either live together or die alone. In fact, Roughgarden even argues that homosexuality is a defining feature of advanced animal communities, which require communal bonds in order to function. "The more complex and sophisticated a social system is," she writes, "the more likely it is to have homosexuality intermixed with heterosexuality."
Read the entire article; it's well-written and thought-provoking.
I would highly recommend that you subscribe to the Flickr group Stick Figures in Peril. It's active, highly-amusing, and features lots of delightful shots like this one: