snap culture: April 2008

  1. Of course... William, 4/25/2008 1 comments
  2. Sure plays a mean pinball William, 4/25/2008 0 comments
  3. They're Baaaaaack! ben, 4/03/2008 0 comments
  4. The Cubs have made me stronger, or weaker, or whatever ben, 4/02/2008 10 comments
  5. booming spaghetti crop ben, 4/01/2008 2 comments

4/25/2008 Add a comment

as soon as I post that pinball story, i see that gawker has ripped into it, saying it's a rehash of a BusinessWeek story from a few years ago. William

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4/25/2008 Add a comment

A story about the last pinball manufacturer in the world. That's kind of sad. William

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4/03/2008 Add a comment


The New Kids on the Block are reuniting! Everyone get out your old issues of Tiger Beat (with fold-out posters of Jonathan Brandis or Scott Baio) to get autographed at their upcoming world tour.

Clearly, this isn't going to be some trip down memory lane: "'I had no interest going out on a nostalgia tour and singing the same material,' said Wahlberg, 38....But he added: 'We absolutely will do the old songs for sure.'" You can almost hear the tour promoter elbowing him the ribs...tell them you're gonna do "The Right Stuff"!

No reason to think these guys have fallen on hard times or anything and need the money: "Wahlberg has acted on television and in movies, while Jordan Knight, McIntyre and Wood released solo albums." That's pretty good for doing stuff in the last 14 years, releasing solo albums. But then there's this: "Jonathan Knight became a real estate developer." Ding! Ding! Ding! The subprime meltdown captures another victim...America's ears. ben

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4/02/2008 Add a comment

An op-ed in the Times describes the benefits of willpower thusly:
[C]onsistently doing any activity that requires self-control seems to increase willpower — and the ability to resist impulses and delay gratification is highly associated with success in life.
And then there's this from George Will:
The sometimes terrible truth is that being a sports fan is a physical phenomenon as well as a psychological condition: It involves observable (with imaging technology) alterations of brain matter...."The scientific literature," Grafman says, "suggests that fans of losing teams turn out to be better decision-makers and deal better with divergent thought, as opposed to the unreflective fans of winning teams."
But there's a catch,
Studies of "induced sadness"—e.g., the brain activity of a person grieving about the end of a romantic relationship—might tell us something about a brain on Cubs....In fans, as in players, a team's success or failure can cause hormonal changes, particularly in the production of testosterone.
I guess I'll have to be satisfied with being successful (life-wise, not Cubs-wise) but not very macho. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some Cubs doilies to crochet. ben

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4/01/2008 Add a comment

I don't think we'll ever see a harvest quite like 1957's bounty: ben