Thursday, August 27, 2009

Three posts from

Mystical Creatures Venn diagram


I like maps. Here's a list (with detailed pictures) of 20 distinctive old school maps.

Belgium as a Lion.


The Best of Wikipedia blog.

Nice little brain expansion page. For example, last night I looked up this one:

Experiments with the Revival of Organisms. Pretty cool stuf, and I knew they tried it, but got a few more details here. I decided to look up the movie, and wouldn't you know; youtube.

The video is a bit dry, and very slow moving, but the deliberate progression is certainly there, and nice to see it translated into English (complete with title and video overlays!).

or, this one:

Thought-terminating Cliché A thought-terminating cliché is a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissention or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating. Thought-terminating clichés are sometimes used during political discourse to enhance appeal or to shut down debate. In this setting, their usage can usually be classified as a logical fallacy. (via @thefigg88)

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