Monthly Archives: November 2009

Automatic Mario – Don’t Stop Me Now

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For @mykgs as he recovers from his birthday.

This may be the best Automatic Mario I’ve ever seen.

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Evolution of Storage

/by Curtiss Spontelli

This to That (Glue Advice)

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A simple Single Serving Site that helps you figure out what kind of glue you need to bind two things together.

Handy shit.

thistothat

The Origin of Big

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How do whales get so big on such small food?

Whale

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The Legend of Devil’s Tower

There are several Native American legends about the origin of Devil’s Tower. One of the most popular involves seven young Indian girls who are chased by a giant bear. The girls pray to the Great Spirit and a rock rises out of the ground lifting the girls up with it into the sky where the girls become the seven stars in the Pleiadies. Another version of the legend involves three boys who become lost and are pursued by a giant bear. The boys pray to the Great Spirit who raises them up on a rock. There is no mention of how the boys eventually got back down. In the version depicted in this painting a group of Indians are chased by a giant magic bear. Again, the Great Spirit raises them up on a rock tower where the Indians are able to fight back and defeat the bear as it tries unsuccessfuly to climb the tower (scratching the rock and leaving the vertical columns that we see today). Part of the fable includes an explanation of how the bear lost its long tail, but I no longer remember the specifics of that part of the story.

/via Piedmont Fossil

Matthew M. Laskowski

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Illustration.

Matthew M. Laskowski

Brian Despain

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Paintings of robots.

Brian Despain

Fast Fourier Transform

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A short film by Peter Menich

The History of Thanksgiving

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1621 – “The First Thanksgiving”

1637 – Governor Winthrop declares a “day of thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of men from Massachusetts who had gone to Mystic, Connecticut to participate in the massacre of over 700 Pequot women, children, and men.


November 1777 – The Continental Congress declares a day of Thanksgiving to thank God for an American military victory over a powerful British general.


July 1861 – Confederate Congress declares a day of Thanksgiving to thank God for their victory over the Union in the First Battle of Bull Run


April 1862 – President Lincoln declares day of Thanksgiving to thank God for the Union victory over the Confederacy at Shiloh


September 1862 – Confederate Congress declares a day of Thanksgiving to thank God for their victory over the Union in the Second Battle of Bull Run


August 1863 – President Lincoln declares day of Thanksgiving to thank God for the Union victory over the Confederacy at Gettysburg


December 1865 – President Johnson establishes a national Thanksgiving holiday to celebrate the Union victory in the Civil War

October 1931 – President Hoover becomes the first president to actually make a rhetorical connection between the national holiday of Thanksgiving and the pilgrims

In other words, Thanksgiving was first the “thanks, Indians, for helping us colonists survive in your harsh New World” feast. Then, for around 240 years, Thanksgiving was a string of unrelated “thank you, God, for letting us slaughter the people who disagreed with us” days. Then for another 60+ years, it was the “thanks, God, for letting the North beat the South in the Civil War” holiday. And now, for the past 70, it’s been the Indian & Pilgrim thing again. Well, the Pilgrim thing coupled with pleasant/unpleasant family reunions and the baking of turkeys, pies and casseroles.

About the only true thing in the whole mythology is that these pitiful European strangers would not have survived their first several years in “New England” were it not for the aid of Wampanoag people. What Native people got in return for this help was genocide, theft of our lands, and never-ending repression.

Most of this is from Jake’s yearly thanksgiving post at Lying Media Bastards with some additions from elsewhere on the web.

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