When News Corporation completes the separation of its news and entertainment divisions in a few months time, the latter will be known as 21st Century Fox. That much we knew back in April, but now we’re getting a look at the soon-to-be-independent company’s logo.
‘Ili: Logo is fine, but lmao @ at the audio
‘Ili: 21ST CENTURY
‘Ili: ::1960s computer bleeps::
Colin: The logo is quite nice actualy.
Colin: I like the type. Reserved but unique.
Colin: God yeah the audio is GARBAGE
Colin: Rest of it is great though.
Colin: Love the spotlight sweeps.
Colin: I am so tempted to replace this with modem dialing sounds.
Colin: SO TEMPTED
And some bonus commentary from Colin on a comment left on the logo’s Vimeo page:
NO. This is NO WAY of honoring a great movie studio’s legacy. This is an upraised middle finger in the face of almost 100 years of history.
Colin: Let’s break this down
Colin: “Honoring a movie studio’s legacy” specifically
Colin: Reminder that a movie studio is essentially a bank.
Colin: So the appropriate way to “honor” its “legacy” would be either with the text of a movie contract scrolling by very quickly or just dollar bills blowing every which way, money booth style.
Time magazine Washington deputy bureau chief Mark Thompson on Tuesday’s episode of PBS Newshour, talking about an annual Pentagon study on sexual assault in the United States military released on the same day:
This is a longstanding problem. I was on this show 16 years ago talking about it.
That line really stuck with me, although the whole thing isn’t quite as gloomy as those two sentences might imply; Thompson feels we may have reached a turning point with the culture of silence.
And you gotta love a guy who replies to the customary closing of “thanks a lot for being with us” with “you bet.”
Today, on a very special Wednesday edition of the Nullary Sources tunebox*, comes posu yan covering “Here’s How!” The original is by Aivi Tran and surasshu on their album The Black Box, which is pretty cool and available free on Bandcamp.
*: The special Wednesday edition may or may not be a result of my forgetting to post this yesterday.
DeWayne Wickham on Sam Lacy, the first black person admitted to the Baseball Writers Association of America:
Once, during a game in New Orleans, Lacy was forced to sit on the roof of the press box because no blacks were allowed inside. That outrage sparked several white sports writers to join him atop the press box. That act of protest helped shatter baseball’s other color barrier — the one that long relegated black sport writers to only covering Negro Leagues baseball games.
The column is generally about Lacy’s relationship with Jackie Robinson and how he was apparently omitted entirely from the recent film 42.
George Kokoris, who is stereoblind, on perceiving volume for the first time while playing a Nintendo 3DS:
Not only was I “seeing into the screen” the way so many others feel when playing a 3DS for the first time, I was seeing in a direction that had previously been literally invisible to me. It’s difficult to come up with a metaphor. Maybe it’s what Gomez saw the first time he spun the world in Fez. Maybe you can remember the first time you lay on the grass at night, looked up at the stars, and realized you weren’t looking up at all, because there is no “up”, and you were suddenly aware of being attached to the surface of a tiny sphere rolling through a vast emptiness.
These images of Earth were reconstructed from photos taken by three smartphones in orbit, or “PhoneSats.” The trio of PhoneSats launched on April 21, 2013, aboard the Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and ended a successful mission on April 27.
Check out the gallery page for longer info and a link to even longer info. At Nullary Sources we’re all about providing a series of nested links with ever-increasing detail.
Back in 2010, Dr. Dan Myers, professor of sociology at Notre Dame, blogged about his search for the shortest theoretically possible game of Monopoly. He found a game where the second player loses in four turns, with seven rolls happening between the two players (rolling doubles allows you to roll again). He even uploaded a video demonstration showing the second player bankrupted in thirteen seconds. Neat.
If you hate yourself, you can check the video’s comments to see people arguing with him about the validity of the rule set used in the solution.
In the Smithsonian Institution is a sixteenth-century automaton of a monk, made of wood and iron, 15 inches in height. Driven by a key-wound spring, the monk walks in a square, striking his chest with his right arm, raising and lowering a small wooden cross and rosary in his left hand, turning and nodding his head, rolling his eyes, and mouthing silent obsequies. From time to time, he brings the cross to his lips and kisses it.
A video of the figure is above. King wrote a whole lot about the historical background behind its creation, as well as its operation, so check it out.