I’ve recently been intellectually seduced (is that a thing?) by the website Wait But Why. The guy (Tim Urban) has got essays on everything from how much to tip in different situations, to how to pick a baby name, to Elon Musk, and lots more. He combines logic, good writing, compassion, and colorful stick-figure drawings in a way I find impossible to resist.
Last night I read the Wait But Why essay Why Procrastinators Procrastinate (which I strongly recommend). I’ve always been a procrastinator, and it’s always bothered me. This guy has the same problem, and he explains the mechanics of procrastination so thoroughly and so precisely that I feel like he has a webcam in my head. (The followup essay, How to Beat Procrastination, was also surprisingly insightful.)
Have a fabulous weekend!
It turns out that in 1946, Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney collaborated on a short film called Destino. Financial problems halted work on the project, and neither man saw it finished in his lifetime. But later animators took up the challenge and restarted work based on Dalí’s notes. The completed six-minute short was released in 2003.
It’s every bit as trippy and beautiful as you’d expect. Enjoy.
(Contains some artistic nudity.)
Just some random stuff I’ve found on the Internet over the years, mostly on Imgur. I don’t have sources for anything, except the last two, which are scenes from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Buffy, respectively.
Have the best weekend that you reasonably can. See you
Aside from today’s big news, I was also interested to see this fact-checked version of Trump’s speech. Remarkably, he does say some things that are true, and they’re almost as fascinating as the lies.
Speaking of which, here’s a surreal and captivating Japanese ad for Donald Trump. Except it’s not Japanese, and it’s satire, not an ad.
How to handle it when your daughter says she likes girls.
Any fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Buffy in the house? I made a thing.
Enjoy your freakin’ weekend!
First off, this wonderful bit of news:
John Kasich is in agony over his decision last year to support the eventual Republican nominee and the current reality that Donald Trump is his party’s presumptive standard-bearer.
“You know, it’s painful. It’s painful. You know, people even get divorces, you know? I mean, sometimes, things come out that, look, I’m sorry that this has happened,” the Ohio governor said in an interview aired Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “But we’ll see where it ends up. I’m not making any final decision yet, but at this point, I just can’t do it.”
I love my governor more all the time. Disagree with him a lot, but still love ‘im.
On a different subject, here’s a short discussion about the reluctance of soldiers to kill:
The results were consistently the same: only 15 to 20 percent of the American riflemen in combat during World War II would fire at the enemy. … The question is why. … [The answer] is the simple and demonstrable fact that there is within most men an intense resistance to killing their fellow man. A resistance so strong that, in many circumstances, soldiers on the battlefield will die before they can overcome it.
More on this is available from the wonderful Delanceyplace.
Finally, here’s one for the Buffy fans among my readers (all three of you):
Have a measurably superior weekend!
There’s this thing called TiddlyWiki, and despite the ridiculous name, it is – as the kids say these days – the best thing ever. Basically it’s Wikipedia, except it’s just on your own computer, so only you can edit it, and you start with a blank slate and make the articles about whatever you want.
It’s a great way to organize free-form knowledge and ideas. I’m using it for Crane Girl now – characters, settings, plot, etc.
It’s possible I might be a little obsessed. But then, that’s nothing new.
According to this, some elephants are self-aware.
Rock on, elephants.