Tippity tops of 2009

Takashi Murakami

It was a good year for me. I hope it was a good one for you.

Below are the greatest hits of 2009:

  1. A scientific approach to Myspace’s Failure :: Still popular, and still unscientific
  2. The Emo :: A brief on the american hero.
  3. NFL Music Videos :: A musical history beginning in 1988
  4. Nigerian 419 Scammers :: Strangely relevant as of this Christmas.
  5. Takashi Murakami at MOCA Geffen in Los Angeles :: Some photos and videos of the exhibit
  6. Flirty Fishing :: Prostitutes for the lord. A brief.

Odds of being the victim of an airborne terrorist attack: 1 in 10,408,947

Nate Silver, the hero of statistics made famous by the past two elections has the following computation regarding airplane safety in light of recent inept terrorists:

There were a total of 674 passengers, not counting crew or the terrorists themselves, on the flights on which these incidents occurred. By contrast, there have been 7,015,630,000 passenger enplanements over the past decade. Therefore, the odds of being on given departure which is the subject of a terrorist incident have been 1 in 10,408,947 over the past decade. By contrast, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are about 1 in 500,000. This means that you could board 20 flights per year and still be less likely to be the subject of an attempted terrorist attack than to be struck by lightning.

via Fivethirtyeight

Standard Time: Menial timekeeping as public art display

At Rotterdam Central Station (NL) a “digital” clock was shown for 24 hours from 27 November to 28 November, which was meticulously kept by a total of 36 workers. Each minute was carefully adjusted.

The clock, circa 4 meters tall en 12 meters wide, stood on the location where in some years the new station will arise. The clock was part of a scaffolding construction, which made the whole 7 meters tall, 7 meters depth and 14 meters wide.

The performance was recorded on film and will be shown in Rotterdam throughout the city. The film will be precisely on time, which makes it a real clock for the people to check the time.

Standard Time is an artwork by Mark Formanek
Produced by Mothership. Commissioned by Bureau Binnenstad (City of Rotterdam). With thanks to Rotterdam Festivals and Rotterdam Centraal (NS, Prorail and Randstadrail)

The twelve days of minimalism/sustainability…

Check out 12 minimalist ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

I’m taking advantage of the author of  mnmlst’s ‘uncopyrighted’ policy and posting the whole durn thing below:

1. Eat less. Wrote about this recently. Less food consumed means less resources used up and pollution used to create the food and get it to you.

2. Eat less meat. Worldwide, beef production contributes more to climate change than the entire transportation sector. Pork and chicken are also big contributors to pollution and carbon emissions, compared to plants.

3. Eat locally. Transporting food from where it’s grown or raised to where it’s processed and packaged, to your supermarket, has a high environmental cost. Eating locally not only greatly reduces that transportation cost but it supports local farmers instead of corporations. Look for local foods, in season, at farmer’s markets near you, or at your supermarket or local health food store, or get involved with a CSA.

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