The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 01.04.12

1/4/2012 10:48:42 AM

Tags: The Crockpot, movie theaters, Comet Lovejoy, Tahrir Square, Mario Kart, Roger Ebert, queer studies, e-books, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, media, staff

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Here’s a pretty distraction: a time-lapse video of Comet Lovejoy taken over South America’s Andes Mountains. As Kottke points out, it’s definitely worth watching through the last sequence.

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“When the rallies happened in Tahrir Square,” wrote an Egyptian army officer in his personal journal, recently written about by The Guardian, “we would all receive a large bonus.”

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Forget the Laundromat: these clothes need only sunshine to get clean.

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Mario Kart can save your life.

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the pointlessness of the Iowa caucus and its unsophisticated voters. One Iowa native blasts back. (Available in clean or saucy versions.)

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Why are movie theaters losing their charm? Roger Ebert posits a few of their problems. Price is one issue, of which he says: “No matter what your opinion is about 3D, the charm of paying a hefty surcharge has worn off for the hypothetical family of four.”

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A brief consideration of the meteoric rise of queer studies.

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“When Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type a half-millennium ago,” writes Nicholas Carr, “he also gave us immovable text.” According to him, e-books make literature both editable and collaborative—what amounts to the most drastic change to the book in centuries—for better or worse.

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There is something intrinsically different between people who know one or a handful of languages and those that know eleven. Have you ever met a hyperpolyglot?

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How a 1930s photographer turned writers into literary celebrities.

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More red tape: As of the first of the year, New Hampshire girls under age 18 have to notify a parent or guardian at least 48 hours before they have an abortion.

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Bellingham Review’s first online issue is now available.

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Newt Gingrich’s mission is no longer seeking the Republican presidential nomination; it’s destroying Mitt Romney.



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