Questions for the Week of 2/2/09

  • Does anyone know what the units being measured or information being displayed was during Obama’s speech last night on MSNBC? Here’s the picture I snapped of it. It represented reactions from people who voted for McCain in 2008 and people who voted for Obama. As best I can tell it was constantly updating, but since both lines remained approximately flat (and sometimes disappeared both behind one another and altogether), it was impossible to tell if they represented the last 10 seconds, the entirety of the speech, or a by-the-millisecond emotional reaction to the tone of his voice. Whatever it was, it didn’t seem to be much use.
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  • Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PETA has composed an astonishing will regarding her body when she’s deceased. It includes, among other things, that her body “or a portion thereof, be used for a human barbecue,” that her “feet be removed and umbrella stands or other ornamentation be made from them,” and that her “eyes be removed, mounted, and delivered to the administrator of the U.S. [E.P.A.].” Who’s going to eat her?
  • Who discovered this lost Beatles recording?
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