Friday, June 5, 2009

News - Friday, June 5, 2009 - I'm not selling crack anymore either

- I hate to quote so much from one source, even if it is Slate.com, but they've been even more ridiculously better than they normally are. One of their culture bloggers posts a quote from Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan about rappers getting older that is one of the greatest things I've ever read:
[E]verybody don't sell crack no more, man. I don't sell crack, yo. I ain't movin' no bricks or none of that other shit. I ain't shoot nobody in like ... since the early ‘90s, man. How long you gonna be 40 years old and actin' like you still sellin' cracks and you on the block and you doin' this and you doin' that when times is more serious, man. We in a fuckin' recession, B! Ain't nobody gettin' no money, man! We gotta stop lyin' to ourselves and lyin' to the fans. And the fans gotta stop bein' so dumb and ignorant, and know it's time to talk about grown-man situations. Shit that happen in the real life, inside your household, your love life, your personal life, that's just like, "Damn, it's hard for a nigga to get some money!"
Just wow. Also good is an article by Harold Goldberg about how the recession is harming video game development, which is obviously a topic near and dear to my heart. At the end of the article, there is a blurb saying that he is working on a book about the history of video games. About time! Although Steven Kent has a great book on the subject, it only goes to about the PS2 generation, so an updated tome would be appreciated.

- I'm not much for articles on "real" science, but the one area I do like is anything having to do with space travel and exploration, like this recent article on black holes. If you prefer fake science (also a big win for me), here is a blog post about the most awesomely complicated time-traveling scheme of all-time on... Wait for it... Carmen Sandiego. And mixing the two interests, an oldie but goodie web site is Intuitor's Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics.

- As another also, if you aren't reading Garfield Minus Garfield regularly, then you're effing insane.


- And finally, in stripper news... Again, this one isn't from Florida, but from Georgia, which is getting more ruined by each passing day. Disturbing parts about this story: 1) The woman seemingly staged the rape allegation. 2) The mom elicits absolutely no sympathy for her daughter, even if the daughter is lieing. 3) The mom is a truck driver, which is glossed over a bit in the story. 4) The mom feels the need to yap about every fabricated thing her daughter has done in the past. 5) This model of parenting virtue has SIX KIDS. 6) Her brother joins in on the slagging.

Nothing about this whole situation sounds remotely good, and while the daughter is clearly very nuts and broken, I imagine the apple isn't falling all that far from the tree.

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