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A viral transmission

Story about the duo who wrote and produced the NPR rap video I posted the other day.

A viral transmission

Fresh out of Ivy League colleges, a pair of unemployed 2005 Corvallis High School graduates have created a rap parody song about National Public Radio. And in the time it takes to say “Talk of the Nation,” it’s gone viral on YouTube.

The four-and-a-half minute video parody, “Good Radiation,” is the work of Adam Cole and Jenna Sullivan. Since it was made public on YouTube on Monday, as of Wednesday it has drawn more than 28,000 views and comment from some of the best-known names in public radio.

Pretty good for two well-educated college graduates with biology degrees and stellar resumes who can’t find jobs. Both are currently living with their parents in Corvallis. Cole graduated with a master’s degree from Stanford University earlier this year. Sullivan earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 2009.
Both public radio fans, they wanted to do something creative. The whole project took about a week to produce, including the writing, recording and filming, which was completed at Cole’s parents house in Corvallis.

YouTube – Have Sex With a Guy With a Mustache Day

Seeing as this is tomorrow, I suppose I should post it, just to…er, raise awareness. Or something.

(Not safe for work, due to language, adult themes, and the high likelihood of the viewer making inappropriate outbursts of laughter and/or astonishment.)

YouTube – Good Radiation (public radio rap)

Yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about. You might think you have an Internet, but you don’t, ’cause these guys just won it.

(My only disappointment with this song is the complete lack of love for legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. That seems a grievous omission in an otherwise outstanding work.)

mental_floss Blog » The True Size of Africa

Perspective. Let me show you it.

(I love infographics like this. Sometimes, a picture really *is* worth a 1000 words.)

mental_floss Blog » The True Size of Africa

Africa is the world’s second-largest continent (Asia is #1), but gauging the actual size of something that seems so far away can be difficult. Fortunately, Kai Kraus has created this incredible visual aid to help put the mind-boggling size of the land mass into perspective. It is fascinating to see that the U.S., most of Europe, China and Japan still don’t fill up the entire surface area of the continent.

It would be interesting to see a few different models that contain other countries, such as Russia, Canada and Mexico.

(h/t Marian Call)

Wonka: Legacy

Fermilab Experiment Hints At Existence of Brand-New Elementary Particle | Popular Science

Fermilab Experiment Hints At Existence of Brand-New Elementary Particle | Popular Science

Physicists working with a Fermilab neutrino experiment may have found a new elementary particle whose behavior breaks the known laws of physics. If correct, their results poke holes in the accepted Standard Model of particles and forces, and raise some interesting questions for the Large Hadron Collider and Tevatron experiments. The new particle could even explain the existence of dark matter.

Working with Fermilab’s MiniBooNE experiment — the first part of the larger planned Booster Neutrino Experiment — physicists found evidence for a fourth flavor of neutrino, according to a new paper published in Physical Review Letters. This means there could be another particle we didn’t know about, and that it behaves in a way physicists didn’t expect.

The Dawn of Mass Computing: Promotional Photos

I actually used some of these systems, back when they weren’t antiques. 🙂

The Dawn of Mass Computing: Promotional Photos

Remember the days of 5 1/4 inch floppy disks, reel-to-reel tape drives, green or amber monitors, terminals, big mainframes, big daisy-wheel printers, and more? Here is a selection of vintage promotional photos showing computing equipment of yesteryear.

“Best Society” by Philip Larkin

Some call Larkin a misanthrope, but here I’d just call him a fellow introvert.

Jon Stewart interview

This is 50 minutes long, but I think it’s absolutely essential viewing.

Stephen Colbert quite obviously plays a character named “Stephen Colbert” on The Colbert Report, and I think it’s quite interesting to realize that, in many respects, Jon Stewart plays a character named “Jon Stewart” on The Daily Show. Every so often, like here, or in the Crossfire interview a few years ago, he drops the jester act and lets you see the very serious, passionate, and concerned person behind the comedian.

Take the time for this. It’s fantastic.

YouTube – The Sun: Page 3 – the woman you’d love your woman to be like

Whatever you think of The Sun and its “Page 3 Girls”, this is a great lampoon of the Old Spice commercial.

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