Good morning, everybody! I wish I hadn’t stayed up quite so late last night. Pass me some tea, and lets see what the internet has to offer us this morning.
Dustin wrote a nice piece over at Warming Glow tying together some different pieces about violence in television and movies and how they affect viewers. The bottom line seems to be don’t let your preschoolers watch violent programming unless you’re trying to create new supervillains. (Warming Glow)
My alma mater, the University of Miami, has been under investigation since 2011 when an athletic booster talked about giving gifts to players in violation of NCAA regulations. Yesterday, Donna Shalala fired back about the rampant unprofessionalism of the NCAA. There are no winners here, just a lot of headaches. (Deadspin)
Patrick Carney of The Black Keys trolled some Justin Bieber fans, which is hilarious but not particularly difficult. (Gawker)
For Downton fans who are tired of reading about certain other plot points that happened recently, here’s a nice piece on the evolution of Lady Edith’s character over the three seasons of the show. Still spoilers. (Not The It Girls)
In news straight out of some sort of a teen movie; skinny, rich, popular Gwyneth Paltrow apparently admires down-home, curvy, adorably messy Jessica Simpson. Grass is always greener, right? (Celebitchy
Are you interested in polishing up your language skills or possibly even getting a start on a new language? Who isn’t, right? Check out Duolingo, which offers free language learning software. The languages offered are a bit limited (Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian) but I’m sure there’s something there you can use to impress someone. (Duolingo)
Last night HBO and Best Buy threw a big old nerd party for the release of the “Game of Thrones” Season 2 DVDs. Being big old nerds, my brother and I went. Here’s some pictures of that. (Rusty’s Ventures)
I know there’s a lot of Buffy fans around here, so you guys might be interested in the great Buffy rewatch that Jenny Trout is working on. She’s got eight themes she’s focusing on, and so far she has an analysis of the first episode up. (Jenny Trout)
One of my favorite current internet trends is the Harlem Shake trend. There’s been a lot of words written trying to explain it, but probably my favorite part of this trend is that it literally defies explanation. It just is. Here’s a few excellent examples for those who are unfamiliar.
Seriously, I can lose so much time watching these things, it’s insane. Y’all probably think I’m crazy now, that’s ok.
In more logical news, there’s a project on Kickstarter to fund a company that makes a pen that draws in three dimensions. Go take a look and see if you can throw some money at them.