Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Good reads/random cool sites (3/19/2008)

Rationalist International has a fascinating account of an Indian mystic trying to use his "tantrik powers" to kill an atheist on live television. The whole thing actually reminded me of the Bible story where Elijah challenges the priests of Baal to call down fire from heaven (1 Kings 18:21-40), except the atheist doesn't have the the tantrik guys killed at the end. Those darned atheists are so civilized these days. (h/t: Bad Astronomy)

An "awareness test" (Just follow the instructions. I promise nothing will pop out and scream at you or anything like that. h/t: The Mutt's Nuts):

The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager graphs the popularity of baby names in the USA by decade (and by year in the '00s). (h/t: Freaknomics)

George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language" addresses political writing specifically, but its good advice is applicable to writing in general. (And I was surprised to learn that people were already writing "tow the line" in 1946. I'd thought it was just teh interwebs making people stupid. h/t: Paul Krugman)

1 comment:

  1. ***I promise nothing will pop out and scream at you or anything like that.***

    Last time I clicked on one of your links I was confronted by Rick Astley. I still haven't recovered from that.


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