Archive for May, 2007

Life as a House

Posted in Music, Movies & Entertainment on May 29, 2007 by weirleader

Just got through watching the aforementioned movie and was really very impressed.  I don’t watch many dramas and although I like many of them quite a lot (e.g., Walk the Line) I don’t often want to own them.  Stephen and I even had a discussion about what makes a movie re-watchable, and I tend to only want to own comedies or action flicks – but this one was unique (in its effect on me).  I described it when I rated it on Flixster as “American Beauty with a soul”, and that’s exactly how it struck me midway through the movie.  American Beauty was a fascinating and introspective movie that looked in some uncomfortable places, but as interesting as I found it I didn’t really care much about the majority of the characters in quite the same way as I did in this film.

It makes me want to take my kids to the beach – right away.  (If you’ve seen the film and are a parent, I’m sure you’ll understand)

And, you know, I really like Kevin Kline.

Deep Thoughts

Posted in Education, Humor on May 29, 2007 by weirleader

“If you consider the set of all sets that have never been considered, will it disappear?”

With the school year winding down, some of my students have had a bit more free time than usual and were looking up “math jokes” on t-shirts.  Inspired to do the same (because, sadly, many of mine have been worn down over the years), I came across the above quote and particularly enjoyed it.

Whether the rest of you enjoy it will show me if I am mainstream, or truly the nerd my wife claims I am. 😉

Do I detect a note of sarcasm?

Posted in Humor on May 24, 2007 by weirleader

edit (5/24/07 1:52pm EST): fixed a pretty stupid and misleading title. 😉

Half-Awake brought to my attention this great blog on “passive-aggressive notes from roommates, neighbors, co-workers, and strangers.” It’s cracking me up. I don’t know how this guy managed to get such a blog started (it really relies on lots of submissions from readers), but it’s great!

a tip of the Hatlo hat to H-A!

Bizarre post of the week #1

Posted in Bizarre on May 18, 2007 by weirleader

On new and unimagined uses of Lysol.

Hungry Like the Wolf

Posted in Humor, Music, Movies & Entertainment on May 18, 2007 by weirleader

can’t claim to have found this on my own (originally saw it on another blog), but it’s great!

If you don’t know Bruce Campbell, well you ought to!

All Around the World

Posted in Photography, Technology on May 17, 2007 by weirleader

Just came across this blog on Flickrvision while browsing some of my favorite blogs (nods to HalfAwake) – really intriguing concept. Feels almost like I’m snooping on all kinds of strangers. Just an interesting feeling – but fun, too. Check it out!

Quirkology and lying

Posted in Psychology, Science on May 15, 2007 by weirleader

So I’m randomly visiting The Situationist again – I needed to relax and do some reading for enjoyment – and I stumbled across some info on the site quirkology.com.  You should check it out.  In fact, it appears to be quite popular on YouTube.  If you get a chance to view the color changing card trick, please do.  I found it pretty interesting… though I’m not sure what insight it is supposed to grant us.

The second thing I looked into got me more curious, though it gives no feedback (at least, as of yet).  It’s a lie-detection video experiment and I’m very curious as to why I made the decision I did.  Does it have to do with my own personal taste?  Or did I really see something in his delivery that gave me a clue?  This is especially interesting since I’m still in the middle of Social Intelligence, which discusses at length how we read faces to make decisions on someone’s inner thoughts and/or intentions.   I’d be curious if you guys give it a try and share your feedback.

There’s lots more to see, but I wanted to get my thoughts down while they were fresh.