Beware of This and That

I meant to post this a few weeks ago, when it was still on the front page of 3 Quarks Daily, but it’s one of those timeless essays that you can enjoy even after the Internet ADHD has kicked in: What We Talk About When We Talk About the Weather, by Alyssa Pelish. You’ll never think about random comments about the weather the same way again.

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The Found Objects blog describes itself as a hauntological dumping ground, which is as apt a description as any for the likes of the Number Lady:

Title sequence to never-broadcast TV series. Filmed by Southern TV in 1975, and abandoned for reasons that have never been fully explained (though all sorts of rumours abound). Even the subject of the series is unclear, some claiming it is a straightforward drama about shortwave number stations, and others that it’s a supernatural story about a a boy who can communicate with ghosts that have been trapped by pylons in a field near his home.

Either would be amazing and make Lost look like the paper thin soap opera we always suspected it really was.

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Speaking of blogs full of interesting, discarded bits of culture: If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats is about stuff. Also: things. It’s web archaeology with impeccable taste.

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I don’t know what to make of this. Maybe you can figure it out.

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And if you want to be a better writer, or just a better person, you need to bookmark this page on Wikipedia, describing the most common misconceptions. It’s got a little bit of everything, from Archimedes’ death ray and how it could never work to why Napoleon wasn’t really all that short.

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The weather has been rather peculiar today. Woke up to big fat fluffy snow falling like doomsday. Shortly before lunch, the sun came out. Then it got cloudy and hailed for almost an hour, covering the street outside my house with a fine blanket of ice. Now the sun is back out. But remember: global climate change is just a leftist plot against capitalism.