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synesthesia

Synesthesia is a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.

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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]

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2door

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 [...]

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mousavi

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 [...]

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Hoooooly shit! Check out this trailer for Roland Emmerich’s 2012.

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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 [...]

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breaking out those linen shorts to animal collective’s “summertime clothes” live on letterman (hint: watch in HD)

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Lego Tank Man Tiananmen Square

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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gongli

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 [...]

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