John Hodgman on Our First Nerd President
Repping the nerds in this 14-minute speech for the White House Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner is Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman. He drops references left and right to Star Trek, Dune, Conan, Superman, and proves the American Dream is possible — even a nerd can be powerful. [via /Film](Read more...)
Summer Music Roundup: Sunshine O’ Nine
Beats to go with the rays: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Carby (feat. Ezra Koenig) – Discovery Discovery is the electronica-indie hybrid project by Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmangli. Ezra Koenig, lead singer of VW, throws down some T-Pain on this fun track. [Audio clip: view full post [...](Read more...)
Peace in Iran?
Ali Khamenei, who declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the victor against opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi in the Iranian elections and demanded that the mass protests stop, has consequently prevented a fair and transparent election. Moreover, the veil thrown over the bloody crackdowns only escalates the urgency of the situation. President of the National Iranian American Council Trita [...](Read more...)
Jane Goodall Welcomes You to the Monkeyhouse!
I listened to chimp expert Jane Goodall speak at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong earlier tonight: about chimps, about our genetic and behavioral closeness to them, and about the inevitable link between the future of primates, of the environment, and of mankind. Did you know that a chimp’s DNA only varies from a human’s [...](Read more...)
Born in ’89: At the 2009 Tiananmen Square Anniversary Protest
1989. The earth was moving. The English musician Mike Oldfield said so: “Nothing but / A bridge to Paradise!” At Tiananmen Square, a man dug his heels into the gravel before four Chinese Type 59 tanks. From above, four men ducked and snapped variations of that iconic image, of that lone figure whom found himself [...](Read more...)
INDEPENDENCE DAY — OH WAIT!
20 years, and we still don’t want to rock the boat. with china’s economic boom, the student demographic is too satisfied and apathetic to even consider the issue. and they’re now provided with a slew of technological comforts that perpetuate such stagnancy (first foreign-imported, then soon after, cheaply replicated in efficient mainland fashion)–online gaming, cellphone texting, streaming TV [...](Read more...)
Why I Love Being Chinese: The Qi Pao
God, how sexy are 旗袍? For culturally ungrateful readers (or those who can’t read Chinese), I’m talking about the qi pao — the body-hugging, traditional dresswear that women don in China. Just take a look at this titillation. Not only do babes look killer in their dresses, but they can also play a nasty game of golf [...](Read more...)