“Physics isn’t a religion. If it were, we’d have a much easier time raising money.” — Leon Lederman
The students start moving in today. And you thought the construction traffic tie-ups were miserable this summer.
Within the next week, tens of thousands of kids and freshly minted adults will be lugging their used sofas up to dorm rooms and rental apartments.
Oh, and hundreds of pampered 19-year-olds will be careening around corners in oversized SUVs for the next nine months.
The Last Thing Many Of Us Will Ever See
Bloomington — ya gotta love it.
THE SMÖRBOLL SUITES?
IKEA is going to build a bunch of budget hotels in Europe.
It won’t be too long before the Swedish company opens up its hotels here in America.
Yeah, you’ll save money but you’ll have to assemble your room with your own screwdriver.
I Couldn’t Have Said it Better Myself:
“Let me just put this right up front, for all the die-hard disinfectors out there: REGULAR SOAP WILL DO. For almost everything. Really. Not every surface in everyone’s life has to be wiped with antibacterial agents, not every child needs to be autoclaved on the daily, not every sneeze needs to be medicated with antibiotics, and regular soap works just fine. Unless you are some sort of domestic mom-surgeon making sandwiches out of immuno-suppressed bologna, you do not need to scrub up just to live your life. You’ll be fine — and, most likely, better — without this antibacterial obsession.”
That’s from Jezebel’s Lindy West.
I’m telling you, few things bug the bejesus out of me more than those ubiquitous antibacterial sheets certain Moms — and it’s always Moms, make no mistake — scour down shopping carts with at the grocery.
Honestly, after Oprah hypnotized every Middle American Mom to tremble in terror at the very thought of s-e-x lest they immediately develop AIDS, the entirety of the Earth must be wiped clean every 13 seconds or so now.
You’d think our planet was nothing more than a gargantuan Petri dish of HIV, ebola, e-coli, gonorrhea, listeria, and every other bad boy microbe in existence. Which it is, actually, but that’s OK because we have immune systems which afford us a modicum of protection.
And those immune systems are going all to pot, thanks to our mania for rubbing down everything we see with disinfectant wipes. I shudder to think what some Moms might be wiping down when Daddy-o starts getting a little frisky.
Apparently, West reports, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has found that triclosan, an alarmingly common antibacterial substance, can actually stop your heart.
Read West’s piece, or if you’re really into arcana, peruse the study itself.
And relax, Moms, wouldya?
The Huffington Post reports that people are getting anal tattoos now.
Here’s a suggestion for anybody thinking of getting one of these: I Am An Asshole.
Here’s how I waste my time. How about you? Share your fave sites with us via the comments section. Just type in the name of the site, not the url; we’ll find them. If we like them, we’ll include them — if not, we’ll ignore them.
❏ I Love Charts — Life as seen through charts.
❏ XKCD — “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”
❏ Skepchick — Women scientists look at the world and the universe.
❏ Indexed — All the answers in graph form, on index cards.
❏ I Fucking Love Science — A Facebook community of science geeks.
❏ Present & Correct — Fun, compelling, gorgeous and/or scary graphic designs and visual creations throughout the years and from all over the world.
❏ Flip Flop Fly Ball — Baseball as seen through infographics, haikus, song lyrics, and other odd communications devices.
❏ Mental Floss — Facts.
❏ The Universe — A Facebook community of astrophysics and astronomy geeks.
❏ Sodaplay — Create your own models or play with other people’s models.
❏ Eat Sleep Draw — An endless stream of artwork submitted by an endless stream of people.
❏ Big Think — Tapping the brains of notable intellectuals for their opinions, predictions, and diagnoses.
❏ The Daily Puppy — So shoot me.
Electron Pencil event listings: Music, art, movies, lectures, parties, receptions, games, benefits, plays, meetings, fairs, conspiracies, rituals, etc.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2012
◗ Brown County Art Guild — 125th birthday celebration for Marie Goth; 5-7pm
◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Bonz; 6-8:30pm
◗ Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center — Workshop: Remorse & Guilt, presented by Ani Choekyi; 6:30pm
◗ Unity Church — Bloomington Peace Choir invites new members; 7-8:30pm
◗ Max’s Place — Open mic; 7:30pm
◗ The Player’s Pub — Post Modern Jazz Quartet; 8pm
◗ The Bluebird — The Personnel; 8pm
◗ Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington — Contra dancing; 8pm
◗ IU Kirkwood Observatory — Open house, public viewing through the main telescope; 9:30pm
◗ The Bishop — Woody Pines, Busman’s Holiday; 9:30pm
◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits:
“40 Years of Artists from Pygmalion’s”; through September 1st
◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
“A Tribute to William Zimmerman,” wildlife artist; through September 9th
Willi Baumeister, “Baumeister in Print”; through September 9th
Annibale and Agostino Carracci, “The Bolognese School”; through September 16th
“Contemporary Explorations: Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists”; through October 14th
David Hockney, “New Acquisitions”; through October 21st
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Paragons of Filial Piety”; through fall semester 2012
Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan, “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers”; through December 31st
“French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century”; through December 31st
◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibits:
Coming — Media Life; August 24th through September 15th
Coming — Axe of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters and Film Viewing Culture; August 24th through September 15th