Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday Odds & Ends: Marvel & Disney sittin' in a tree, MacGyver, Gaiman, pen-free writing and one humiliated canine

+ Uh oh, Wolverine's gonna have to cut those muttonchops: Disney's buying Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion and a lifetime supply of free Magic Mountain rides.

+ Did you know that this week marks the 40th anniversary of the Internet? Yes indeed -- 40 years ago, people actually had to talk to each other and take three hour lunches to goof off at work. How far we've come!

+ From Lifehacker, 10 Tricks MacGyver Would Be Proud Of. Personally, I like the "how to dry out a doused cell phone." I could've used that one a few dozen times in my life.

+ Neil Gaiman talks about the resurgance of vampires in pop culture and why it kind of sucks. (Ha ha, get it? Get it?)

+ Scientists have found a way to track the eletrical impulses that produce handwriting...which means in the future, you won't need a pen or pencil to write. Does this mean I won't be able to go to the office supply store anymore and fondle the writing instruments? Because if so, I'm having none of that. Go away, science!

+ Have you guys ever seen the Cadaeic Cadenza? It's a short story in which the number of letters in each word equals the first 3,834 digits of pi. Here's a wiki write-up on it for more details. Very cool idea -- and thanks to Park Bench reader Laura for the tip!

+ And finally, via Topless Robot, here's a picture of a dog dressed as the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Personally, I love the Bud Light-fueled nacelles...and the look of horror on the poor dog's face.


Michele said...

Geez! Poor dog...

Hooray for the internet! Does this mean we get to goof off some more and attend virtual parties?

Alexander Lorenzen said...

Does this mean that Tim Burton will get to throw the Punisher into his new Alice in Wonderland movie?

Jenni Jiggety said...

Happy anniversary to the internet! Thanks so much for giving me something to do besides parenting!