First and foremost, did you know the moon is shrinking? Why this didn’t make headlines is beyond me, but National Geographic reported that due to geological cooling, the moon has shrunk 600 feet since it was formed. That might not seem like much, but I wonder if it has any effect on our tides. And what about the werewolves?
Second, I’ve been reading a lot about animation and cartoons lately. Don’t ask me why, I can’t draw for anything, but I find their creative process amazingly interesting. Anyway, here are a few articles on an old Mickey Mouse comic strip from 1930 where Mickey tried unsuccessfully to kill himself after Minnie left him for another character. Apparently, the strip was even endorsed by Walt Disney. I’m sure the strip will be on emo themed t-shirts soon, if it isn’t already.
Third, here is a trailer for a movie on donkeys on the island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya. There are 20,000 people on Lamu and only two automobiles. One in four people owns a donkey and they use the animal for all sorts of labor. Should be an interesting documentary when it finally comes out. Should be even better when someone makes a youtube remix that includes Eddie Murphy’s dialogue from Shrek.
Fourth, speaking of Africa, a football (aka soccer) star from Ghana has become the first athlete to make an appearance in a Ghanaian hip-hop video. Of course, reaction has been similar to that of American athletes doing the same thing. Hopefully the Ghanaian people can nip that fad in the bud before the Ghanaian version of Kazaam is released.
Fifth, and keeping it international, here are some neat pictures of programs in Bolivia teaching kids to skateboard and breakdance. I don’t speak Spanish, but I’m sure the text says that these programs are usually followed by the state installation of “no skateboarding” signs all over town.
Sixth, bringing it back to the states, here is an interview with an author who wrote a book on how boxing helped him in his Wall Street investment job.
Seventh, between reading blogs, books on philosophy in the Star Wars universe (review coming soon!), and catching up on my financial magazines from 2007, I still enjoy the occasional book on baseball. This one, on legendary Hall of Famer Old Hoss Radbourn, looks like a great read. For those who don’t know, Radbourn pitched during the early days of baseball and in one season, long before the powers that be thought about arm injuries, he threw over 600 innings and won 59 games. I don’t think I can do that in a video game.
And finally, last but certainly not least, is an obligatory meta introspection into what is left of the organized sports blogosphere. People are still raising hell over Deadspin.com’s decline in journalistic integrity, especially in regards to a rumor that NFL quarterback Brett Favre sent former FSU cowgirl and current media personality Jenn Sterger pictures of his male anatomy. As I say in the comments, I’m personally more disappointed Deadspin stopped providing opportunities for new writers. If it wasn’t for Deadspin and Brian Spaeth’s YAY!Sports, I would probably still only be read by my brother, father, and a few friends.
(By the way, the image is of the legendary traffic cone monster. I heard he haunts highways.)