links for 2009-04-15

  • "The Bible may be the foundation document of Western Civilization, but it hasn’t been revised in almost two millennia.

    Frankly, we’re astonished that anyone can still make sense of it.

    Even the majesty and poetry of the King James version sounds archaic to modern ears. Modern translations, on the other hand, just sound lame.

    What’s missing? Zombies."

  • "Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for their brains shall be eaten first."
  • "The findings from a wine jar dated to 5100 B.C. provide concrete evidence of ancient Egyptian organic medicine, which had only been ambiguously referred to in later papyrus documents, said Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, one of the researchers."
  • "You can grow your own oyster mushrooms on used coffee grounds!

    Bury fresh oyster mushrooms in a bucket of damp grounds, wait a while, keep moist. After several weeks, harvest your own homegrown gourmet fungus for free."

    (tags: food diy)
  • "I am Mark Sample, a professor of Contemporary American Literature and New Media Studies in the English Department at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. And this is my blog. I write about whatever interests me and maybe some of these things interest you too: comic books, terrorism, literature, suburbia, concerts, and a range of other eclectic topics."
    (tags: blogs academic)
  • "A Zen Scavenger Hunt is essentially a reversed-engineered scavenger hunt. The hunters go out and find ten or or so items and only afterward do they receive the list of the items they’re supposed to be scavenging for. The participants have to improvise a series of hacks and demonstrations to prove that their items perfectly match the list."
  • "FUSSELL BELIEVED IN an escape pod from this tyranny of classhood: residence in a special American psycho-emotional space called 'category X.' (Fussell borrowed his notion from Matthew Arnold’s analysis of the three British classes—even a century earlier, Arnold was describing this fourth set of 'aliens.') Fussell’s Xs were essentially bohemians, the young people who flocked to cities in search of 'art,' 'writing,' and 'creative work,' ideally without a supervisor. Xs disregarded authority; they dressed down on every occasion; they drank no-name liquor ('Beefeater Gin and Cutty Sark Scotch betray the credulous victim of advertising, and hence the middle class'); they wore moccasins and down vests (in 1983, Fussell considered L.L.Bean and Lands’ End natural X clothiers); they carelessly threw out, unread, their college alumni magazines."

    "… an X person … conveys the message 'I am freer and less terrified than you are.'"