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Carl Sagan Sings A Glorious Dawn ft. Stephen Hawking

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My Kind of Bookstore

via BoingBoing


Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles from Brent Barson on Vimeo.


Handcrafted with love by BYU design students and faculty, for the 5th Typophile Film Festival. A visual typographic feast about the five senses, and how they contribute to and enhance our creativity. Everything in the film is real—no CG effects!

Shot with a RED One, a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a Canon EOS 40D, and a Nikon D80. Stop motion created with Dragon Stop Motion.

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Check Out Houston’s Very Own Blockcast

September Opening from Blockcast.TV on Vimeo.

I’ve often said that Houston is a hard town to really get to know. Since so many of us are locked up all day in our cars or our cubicles, the opportunities for interaction take more initiative. Blockcast gives you a reason to get out and meet your city by showing you all the cool stuff that’s going on. Great idea, well-executed. Hopefully they’re around for a long time to come.

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Talk Like an Internet Geek Day

Noise to Signal
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The Myth of ‘No Zoning’ in Houston

Econoblog Marginal Revolution notes a very interesting paper by Michael Lewyn, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, who has published widely on the law’s effect on municipal ‘sprawl’ and quality of life issues. From the abstract:
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Music I Like: Radney Foster, Revival

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Real World Monopoly: Rich Uncle Pennybags (Mr. Monopoly) Discovers Google Maps


From the series of tubes that brought you I can haz cheezburger and stumbleupon comes the next great internet time waster Monopoly City Streets. The site softlaunched a few days ago according to the official blog and news reports such as the Guardian’s quickly brought it crashing back down again. It’s essentially exactly what it sounds like – a mashup of Google Maps and Monopoly, enabling a new look on the classic board game.

Monopoly City Streets, a link up between game owners Hasbro and Google Maps, launches on Wednesday for a four-month period. It enables one, in theory, to buy any street in the world.

Play Monopoly City Streets

Music I Like: Donora

Rather than provide any ex post facto rationalizations, I’ll just say that Donora’s particular brand of pop grows on you. The band first garnered widespread attention in the Calling All Bands competition sponsored by MySpace and Verizon Wireless which offered them “the chance to be the first unsigned band to launch their career on a wireless phone.” Thankfully they’ve transcended that dubious aspiration. The track Shh on their eponymous album was used in a viral valentine video that infused their career.

Postsecret‘s Valentine’s Day Video


Arcana from the internets: Bethany Hanner, the wife of drummer Jake, saw a road sign for the town and suggested it as the band’s name, although the band is from the Gibsonia section of Richland Township in Pittsburgh’s North Hills. The band had never been to the town until they performed there as part of a town celebration.

“I Think I Like You”

Hat tip to My Old Kentucky Blog