Friday Links


Ever wondered how much foreign aid the U.S. gives to other countries? The Foreign Assistance Dashboard has the answer. Simply hover over a country to see how much they received in any given year. $330 million to Mexico in 2012, $625 million to Nigeria, $180 million to Indonesia. It’s no exaggeration to say that most of the world gets U.S. money in one form or another.

Forrest Gump: the remake

One of my readers was kind enough to e-mail me a link to this short, graphical story. Titled “A Day at the Park,” it’s a surreal, philosophical conversation about questions and answers and what good they are in the end. I love the art style on this.

Computer scientists: more handsome than you thought.

Ars Technica has an interesting piece on what it’s like to be a computer scientist dealing with politicians in Washington, D.C. “The idea that something is impossible or that it’s practically impossible due to issues of compatibility and so on tends not to sink in,” says comp sci professor Ed Felten. Politicians tend to think that “any system can be broken, any system can be made secure, and it’s just a matter of throwing resources at problems.”

FDA warning: looking at this image may raise your cholesterol.

So apparently this exists: maple bacon donut.

Nihilism: cuter than you thought.

The Onion reports: Newborn Loses Faith In Humanity After Record 6 Days. Gaze into the abyss, little guy, and it shall gaze back into you. Now let’s put on your jammies!

I have a sudden urge to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I mustache you a question.

This week: an SMBC double feature! Experience the Lovecraftian horror of Pac-Man, or see what happens when a lawyer gets a genie.


And finally: I can’t imagine the demographic for spelling bee humor is very large, but Penny Arcade has found their target audience in me.

That’s all for this week. Have a superlative weekend. See you on Monday!

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