Tim Minchin’s Storm the Animated Movie

I wish I could show this to anyone who’s ever used the word “energy” to mean anything other than electricity when talking to me. “Oh, man, that guy’s got such negative energy.” Fuck you, you uneducated cretin. Please stop lying to yourself about reality and dreaming that you live in a world where magic exists.

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Best of A Normal Day

Practice makes perfect. (I gotta try gettin’ that fireplace trick down…)

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A rad commercial for a Japanese cell phone, using a little wooden ball and a Rube Goldberg-like xylophone in a forest.

Yes, I am still trying to bring back the term “rad.”

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100 most often mispronounced words and phrases in English

Here’s a pretty good list from YourDictionary.com which I think should be mandatory reading for all middle school students. Especially those in the South : P

100 most often mispronounced words and phrases in English

I found I’d been messing a few of these up myself, and I’m a pronunciation nazi, so that’s saying something. Who knew you were supposed to pronounce the ph in diphtheria like an f sound? Or that there’s no s in pernickety?!

But there are a few that I’m really glad they included, because they irritate me every time I hear them mispronounced, such as “expresso” *rolls eyes*, February (there are two fucking r’s in there, people!), and the little-known forte, which is actually supposed to have a nearly silent e at the end, instead of the “for-tay” most people say. And don’t even get me started on “irregardless” and “nucular.”

One I wish they had included: Anti-Semitism — people always pronounce the Semi as “semuh,” which is just plain annoying as hell.

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William Shatner explains the microprocessor

Circa 1980. This is actually pretty cool.

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World’s biggest Harry Potter fan

Velma, aren’t you glad I’m not this obsessed with my own collections? (Well, give it time…)

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I would pay to see this

I bet they don’t have anything like this at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

[via ToplessRobot]

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Boldy going where no Vulcan has gone before

[via Tor.com]

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February 28 asides

Engadget: What’s coming in Mac OS X Lion

Inhabitat: Study finds LED light bulbs contain unsafe levels of carcinogenic toxins

NY Times: The dirty little secrets of search
A very good article about how JC Penney apparently successfully gamed the Google algorithm for several months.

Harvard Business Review:
The four phases of design thinking

“Having studied more than a hundred top designers in various fields over the past couple of years (while doing research for a book), I found that there were a few shared behaviors that seemed to be almost second nature to many designers. And these ingrained habits were intrinsically linked to the designer’s ability to bring original ideas into the world as successful innovations. All of which suggests that they merit a closer look…”

Pictures from Google offices

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NY Times goes inside Pixar

The New York Times gets a rare behind-the-scenes look at Pixar.

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