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Monday Roundup 1!

19 November, 2007

So I’m going to start something today that should hopefully last forever. Every Monday I’m going to post a bunch of links to interesting things I’ve found on the internet over the past week, be they Youtube movies, articles from other blogs, free computer programs, etc. etc. There is probably going to be no organizing principle other than that, except if maybe there is a holiday nearby. Using that logic, this should be Thanksgiving themed, but it’s not. Nobody’s perfect. And I think I’ll add a general theme, and maybe a rating of how much you really should look at it. So without further ado, the first Knight’s Trike Monday Roundup!

[Humor] 7/10 The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation: On November 19th, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in United States history. This is how would look at a business conference.

[Random] 9/10 Actor and “Science Guy” in Enviro-Smackdown: So, Ed Begley, Jr. and one of my personal heroes from childhood, Bill Nye the Science Guy are basically fighting to have a lower carbon footprint at their home. They live down the street from each other. Keeping up with the Joneses, except much nerdier and better for the environment. Awesome.

[Current] 8/10 Strike or No Strike, for a Select Few, Saturday Night Was Live: Basically the writers and actors of Saturday Night Live, both the current cast as well as old favorites such as Darrel Hammond got together at a theater in Chelsea on Saturday and performed Saturday Night Live. They used some new skits, and more importantly performed may skits that NBC rejected as too racy or offensive. Which presumably means they were hilarious. And, it was hosted by Michael Cera, George Michael on the wonderful Arrested Development (may it rest in peace). The performance was to raise money for the SNL crew that had been laid off because of the writer’s strike. And of course, it was not broadcast, due to the terms of the strike. I wish I had been there.

[Science] 7/10 23AndMe Will Decode Your DNA for $1,000. Welcome to the Age of Genomics: This is really cool. Basically the cost of DNA sequencing has gone down so much that private enterprises have started doing it for surprisingly low cost. They will tell you your ancestry, your family, as well as talents you may have and your risks for developing certain diseases. Raises a lot of interesting ethical questions, but I’m still amazed. [N.B.: The site of the company is, fairly obviously, 23AndMe.com]

So that’s it for this week. I only had the idea a couple days ago, so in general there will probably be a few more links. I’ve also realised that there may be a problem with my rating system, as everything I post will probably be at least 5/10, considering that I think they are cool enough to post. Perhaps I’ll work up something better later (suggestions welcome!). Finally, I’m going to archive these on another page of my blog (currently entitled “Roundup Roundup!“), by category and then by date, so you will always be able to find one you are looking for.

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