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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


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.


“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.”


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


Mario Kart can save your life.


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.)


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.”


A brief consideration of the meteoric rise of queer studies.


“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.


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?


How a 1930s photographer turned writers into literary celebrities.


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.


Bellingham Review’s first online issue is now available.


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

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