- The movie Catfish: Real? Not real? John and I watched it last weekend, believing it was a mockumentary. By the end we realized it was supposed to be real. But is it? I don't know. Has anyone seen it?
- A mountain lion was shot at the H&H Car Wash in El Paso, Texas. This is one of my parents' favorite lunch places. They have good carne guisada.
- Marfa, Texas, has become a hipster destination (or, if you prefer, the object of postmodern tourism). There's even a restaurant in NYC designed to emulate it: "Marfa NYC captures the spirit of its West Texas namesake within the urbanity of the East Village." It's so banal, it's sublime.
- I lived in Texas for 22 years and the only thing I ever heard about Marfa was that it had lights. (I always thought they were like aurora borealis but apparently not.) See also Prada Marfa.
- See also: Taos Hum (just one of several geographies with unexplained hums, AKA The Hum).
- See also: "Julia" and other unexplained sounds. (Sexism or no sexism, pages like these are my favorite thing about Wikipedia. See also: Inventors killed by their own inventions.)
- By the way, this Slate article is bullshit: "The idea that these gender imbalances represent gatekeeper bias was demonstrably false even before the Wiki reality check ... Famously, Wikipedia has no gatekeepers. Anyone can write or edit an entry, either anonymously or under his or her own name. All that is required is a zeal for knowledge and accuracy ... Wikipedia provides a naturally occurring control group to test the theory that females' low participation rate in various public forums is the result of exclusion." Spoken like someone who has never actually tried to write or edit a Wikipedia page. It's de facto, not de jure, gatekeeperism, and anyway the problem is not who is doing the editing per se but the implications of that on the resulting content, given our pervasive reliance on it as a source. (Also, I thought DoubleX was Slate's attempt at a feminist "department"? So why are they publishing writers who say things like "the shameless legerdemain with which contemporary feminists and their allies preserve the conceit of a sexist society"? Ugh.)
Friday, May 13, 2011
Strange phenomena, reprise
I'm re-posting this due to the Blogger blip, in case it doesn't re-appear on its own. Comments on the original post are lost for now.