Miscellaneous Links

I’m trying out a new feature here. I figure that I, like everyone else, come across so much quality content on the web, and it seems like a worthwhile enterprise to aggregate and highlight some of this content that made an impression on me. In this inaugural edition, I’m clearing out my archives, so some of these links are rather old.

Via Bill Harris’s wonderful blog (from which I “borrowed” the idea of spending a post once a week on links): Blindsided: The Jerry Joseph Basketball Scandal about an orphaned boy who stumbled into a small town in Texas, and who became a high school basketball star and a beloved member of the local community. But not everything is as it seems.

Via Slate: A Roman-era coin with a pornographic image on it, redeemable for the depicted sex-act in a brothel of the era. Apparently a direct antecedent of Renaissance pornography.

Via BoingBoing: A delightful video of Capybaras:

An older XKCD comic about the perils of how the media reports results of scientific research.

An essay by author Michael Chabon on the delights of The Phantom Tollbooth.

They Might Be Giants covering Chumbawamba’s Tubthumphing (video autoplays).

A must-read for 300 fans: A take-down of Frank Miller and his irrational hatred of the Occupy movement.

From Buzzfeed we have The 50 Funniest Headlines Of 2011.

And, finally, a chart showing just how regressive Mitt Romney’s tax plan is. Note that unlike many charts of this type, this one actually shows percentage change, rather than absolute change or change in federal revenue.

I’m still not totally caught up, but that’s enough for now. So there will be some older links in next week’s edition as well.

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