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Archive for May, 2010

A Touching Tribute

David Bazan makes a touching tribute to his late friend and collaborator, Vic Chesnutt with his version of “Flirted With You All My Life.”

Happy Long Weekend!

We occasionally veer into the superficially cute on this site, rather than go for substance. Well I’m here to say here’s more of that, because cuteness NEVER gets old!

Stay (Wasting Time)

There’s something charming about wasting time. Don’t agree? This man said so and made tons of rubles.

There’s something equally — if not more — charming about wasting time on the Internet. Don’t agree? Well, neither does this man, but he’s unwittingly kicking the proverbial can down the inevitable road.

A week ago today, Google did humanity a solid and provided an innocuous, inconspicuous way to waste eons of time, as long as your speakers were turned off. You may have noticed:

You can’t play our image, but man, could you play theirs. According to the CBC, Google’s playable tribute to the 30-year-old Man of Pac squandered five million man-hours. To put that in perspective, the Great Wall of China was built inside a fortnight.

Somewheres in Seattle, there’s a company called Rescue Time that researches time-management to optimize nine-to-five efficiency. I’m sure they have honest intentions. According to their data, googlers were taking significantly more time to execute searches last Friday: A typical Google search takes about 11 seconds; a Pac-Man google averaged around 47. Booya.

Regrettably, Rescue Time’s president estimated that only a paltry percentage of searchers realized that the logo was playable:

I’d wager that 75 percent of the people who saw the logo had no idea that you could actually play it. Which the world should be thankful for.

We here at Goodosphere respectfully disagree.

Also, Rescue Time should be the title of an edge of your seat sci-fi thriller starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Sensational Science

This baby’s name is Jonathan. He is 8-months-old and deaf. Science allows him to hear his mother’s voice for the first time and for us to witness the extraordinary moment. Thank you, science.

"Is This Heaven?" – "It's Iowa."

You may have heard that the property in Iowa where Field of Dreams was filmed is up for sale.

The farm, which belongs to the Lansing family of Eastern Iowa, was built by Universal Studios for the film in the late 1980s. After the success of Field of Dreams, the farm became a tourist attraction operated by the Lansing family. Now, it can be yours for the paltry sum of $5.4M. (Adjusted for the cost of living in The Hawkeye State, that’s about $10 billion).

Still, it’s hard to deny that owning the actual Field of Dreams would be fun. Softball with your chums would be all the more interesting when the liminal spirits of baseball’s greats wandered in from the corn.

I Can Do Anything Good!

This Must Be The Place

A naive melody for another Monday I failed to spend dancing with a lamp:

When there's no one left in your library, who you gonna call?

In the age of Netflix, torrents, and page turning on a svelte plane of glass, it’s easy to forget that your local librarian cares and loves to share. Lest we forget, going to the library is one of the greatest downloads of all time.

New York knows. Well, the city’s officials certainly don’t — luxuries like knowledge are sadly the first to go when the times get tough. The city of New York is proposing a $37 million dollar cut to the New York Public Library (NYPL), but the NYPL is busting back with a winsome public relations campaign, enlisting the help of comedy group Improv Everywhere and various somethings strange:

Improv Everywhere

Hoping to stave off the measure that would potentially close 10 libraries and drastically cut back hours, the library dug in its heels with a 21st century PR onslaught. Once they employed the services of their friendly neighborhood Ghostbusters, librarians across the city were at long last able to assure bygone patrons that it was indeed safe to return to the vaulted ceilings and endless shelves for some socialized librarycare.

Double-Down: Raccoon and Hound

As a kid, I loved 1981’s The Fox and the Hound (tearful tale that it is). I have to say though, The Raccoon and the Hound might make one helluva sequel:

I wonder what percentage of raccoons in captivity are named “Bandit”. Probably at least as many as there are dogs named “Scout”. Also, is the videographer wearing any pants? What the hell kind of house is this?

Next, we have these tender warriors who really made me chuckle:

Who knew this was such a thing? These might be the most adorable playfighting pets I’ve ever seen. Here’s to our urban critters and domesticated wolves living in faux-ferocious harmony.

Happy Hump Day