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— Did you ever play with those puzzles that are clues to phrases like 88
K on a P or God/nation? That's what these song lyric graphics remind me
of. I have to think they're inspired by the graphed rap songs but it could
be that there's a class of people who think in terms of this kind of
organization so the idea could crop up independently in a lot of places.

Speaking of funny songs, the Rickrolling has been out of control lately and I think I've finally figured out why. Rickrolling is when someone posts a link ostensibly to something worth clicking but actually points to the Rick Astley "Never gonna give you up" video. Or at least, that's what it was but now it involves a link to just about anything having to do with the song whether it's one of those lyric charts or even this comic, which apparently uses the music to the song even though that has nothing to do with the joke. Poking around to see if there was some tipping point I missed, I see it was played and performed at some of the recent anti-Scientology protests.

I'm pretty sure this song is not a Rick Rolling joke - All the world in a song.

Did you know Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is blogging?

Did you find anything good online following William F. Buckley's death?

This would have been a good one for the drug post the other day: "Teaser for Doug Benson's super anticipated documentary Super High Me, a documentary where he smokes pot for 30 days and then doesn't for 30 days." Obviously he's a comedian so it's meant to be funny, but maybe there's something to be learned in the end?

Speaking of trailers, The new Get Smart trailer

Still speaking of movies, "Christian Bale plays the adult John Connor, leading a rebellion against the sentient computer network known as Skynet that seeks to wipe out all of humanity." If it was anyone but Christian Bale I'd scoff. The T4 target release date is May 22, 2009. Hopefully by then it won't seem like it belongs in the Batman series instead of the Terminator series.

Also movies, The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 - 2007 - Another cool, if vaguely vaginal, infographic from the NY Times. Note that it scrolls (horizontally!).

The Entire Communications Industry, in Less than 200 Pages

You might as well start budgeting your time now because when Crayon Physics comes out you'll be losing a lot of it to game play. (That's assuming you can get to it. This is supposedly an official link but it's crashed for me. Try later. [Looks like it redirects to the blog.])

"Crazy Blind Date is a place where you can coordinate a date on extremely short notice." For what looks like a short notice hook-up/booty call site it certainly asks a lot of questions. I was curious to see if anyone was actually using the service but not curious enough to go all the way through with the registration process.

iPhone Haptic Keyboard Prototype debuts - You'll recall "haptic" is the word for tactile response when something is touched - specifically lately, a keyboard. There was concern that because there's no click to the iPhone's buttons that no one would feel comfortable using it. I guess that question is resolved but some people are still interested in the challenge of giving some sensory feedback when pressing a button that on its own doesn't offer any. The idea in this new prototype is to use the phone's ring-muting vibration.

Speaking of the iPhone, the strangely exciting answer to the question of what happens when the iPhone's built in stop watch reaches 1000 hours. NOTE: One very small S-bomb.

Is there a restaurant you like (and visit) enough that you'd consider a $5000 annual subscription? A restaurant in the Bronx is trying to work that as a business model. Apparently it's already been done in a more complex way at a few Vermont establishments. Disclosure: I occasionally contribute photos to Eater.com.

Do power lines really generate enough of a magnetic field to make a florescent bulb light up?

How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib - NOTE: Again, NOTE: The slide show on this story contains Abu Ghraib photos depicting torture, a dead body, some male nudity and probably other things my mind has blocked out. The article is clean but watch out for that slide show. (P.S. This is part of Wired's coverage of the TED conference going on now. Pretty much everything coming from there is fascinating and worth reading.)

Best first paragraph for starting your spy thriller novel of the day:  "The Home Office has launched an investigation into how an optical disc holding confidential information was discovered hidden beneath the keyboard of a laptop bought on the online auction site eBay."

Wow, this is a mindblowing statement about environmentalism and how we treat our air and water. (The blogger later confesses he can't vouch for the accuracy. I wonder how close it is.)

On the same blog I watched Clay Shirky on the power of love and technology.
20 Surprising Ways Wal-Mart Clinics Will Affect US Healthcare - I don't visit Wal-Mart often so I didn't know there was such a thing as a Wal-Mart health clinic but this is a pretty interesting list to think about. At first I thought it was a Wal-Mart shill piece but it seems to mix positive and negative. I'm still not sure about the host site, however. Looks like spam for online nursing classes. But even if the whole thing is linkbait it's still interesting.