Weird is Relative is a kind of websmorg of bizarre, weird, interesting, and surprising news. As I was cleaning out my bloglines subscription lists (and ongoing, and unfinished, project), I finally looked through the old posts there and found a lot that turned my head. Here are some highlights, which show why this lj is staying in my subs list, and why you should add it to yours.
American kids think the Constitution is permissive. Are they the New Bush Jungen or are they just ignorant kids?
Available everywhere, but just a reminder: there was good press about the vote in South Vietnam, too.
Don’t know what to cook? Have a look. Got a date? Careful with your Mastercard. Got a job interview ahead of you? Think about these questions. Wondering about your height? Compare yourself to some celebrities. Feeling some regret? Send a letter to the Dead Letter Office. Not getting anything written? Make yourself work. Can’t keep fictional timelines straight? Double check them, then! Need to write a resume? Get some tips here. Wanna talk to your prelinguistic baby? Try sign language.
An accidental stalker? Jewish vampires staying kosher? Isn’t this prom dress ugly? (Why is it selling at all?) Hey, if you’ve screwed things up, don’t feel badyou could have done much worse! Hey, I remember reading about this statue being rubbed lewdly in some novel, but I can’t recall where… Now, this is a form of exercise I could get into!
The worst coporations of 2004… Malcolm Gladwell interviewed on his new book, Blink… Carl Zimmer writes about Neanderthals and stem cell research… The possibility of a cancer gene! More Foucault than you’ll ever digest. Men’s and women’s brains are different, see? And here’s an interview with Thebe Medupe on astronomy and apartheid. A review of Jared Diamond’s new(ish) book at Wired, and
Ah… an archive of old SF stories. Wonderful!
UPDATE: Another review of the Jared Diamond book Collapse, this time from the New York Times. It looks interesting, and I want to read this sucker…