I saw South Korean rapper PSY's new video for the first time last night and have watched it at least a dozen times since then. It is quite possibly the greatest video ever made. What the hell is wrong with me?
Want to feel smart the easy way? Here's how: watch David McCandless' TED talk, and then go check out his stuff. McCandless is the latest rock star in the rapidly expanding field of data visualization. His imagery mixes graphic design and data together in such a compressed and visually enticing way that large amounts of information leap out of his images and straight into your mind. This is the best possible news for those of us who don't have time to painstakingly chart where the world's money resides, or determine whether the world's total nuclear arsenal is actually capable of eradicating humanity.
Ray Bradbury, you dog you. I don't know what you did to turn Rachel Bloom on, but whatever it was, you should write a book about that, bro.
According to this new set of stats at OkCupid's blog, iPhone owners are a bit more likely to have sex than folks with Blackberries, and get nearly twice as lucky as those poor suckers with Androids. I guess fiddling around with that sweet interface cuts down on the ol' eye contact.
But it's definitely not the camera on the iPhone that makes people think you're hot. The post also reports on which cameras make people look the most attractive, and the iPhone rates as barely passable. The Android is considerably worse at bringing out your good side, but at least it's not as bad as the Blackberry, which I can testify to having a truly miserable camera. So, how can you look your absolute best? The highest rated pics in the survey all came from the Panasonic Lumix GF1C-K dSLR - it'll only set you back about $800. But hey, who can put a price on beauty?
My wife and son are vacationing out of town for the next two weeks, so Canadian filmmaker Andrea Dorfman's new video built around Tanya Davis' poem, How To Be Alone, just completely nailed it for me today. Plus, is there anything quite so happy-go-lucky as a Canadian accent?
You're filling out the form at your favorite online dating site, and you get to the bits where, well, you feel like you fall a little short. Do you a) just say "what the hell" and go 100% honest, or b) give your vitals a wee bump? Online dating site OkCupid has compared the user data it gets to demographic data and finds that you (and most others) go for the bump. And why not? According to the stats, the difference between $40k and $60k a year, or 5' 6" and 5' 8" can be measured in a greater frequency of messages, better chances to meet people, and, one would hope, more sex. Check out the full post for juicy tidbits on the other sweet little lies we tell (at least the ones that can be summoned from piles of metadata and statistics).
If you've ever wondered just how much pornography is consumed in the world every day, check out this interesting new set of statistics from TopTenREVIEWS. There are some pretty detailed demographic breakdowns, as well as general revenue data on the industry itself. One of the big standouts is that the US lags behind China, South Korea, and Japan in porn revenue. I have to say, I think I may actually be a little disappointed in our Homeland's prurientologists. I can understand losing to China through sheer numbers (or Japan through sheer perversion), but South Korea? South Korea's per capita expenditure on pornography outstrips America's by a factor of 10! Shameful. You can do better, America!
Before Sesame Street or The Muppet Show ever came into being, Jim Henson worked in advertising. In the late 60's, IBM contracted with him to create a series of short films starring Muppets, designed to both break the ice at meetings and educate IBM staff about the systems and technology their company sold. Some very early versions of the Cookie Monster and Kermit the Frog are present, and though they're prototypes, many of the gags are the pure gold you'd expect from Henson.