Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Great links

I am completely endeared by this Lego street art. Using Lego for minor city repair work is brilliant. Here at Dispatchwork.

This is the scariest jewelry I have ever seen. There must be a better way to dispose of old Barbie dolls. (But, yes, baby limb coatrack is worse. Gah.)

More than you ever wanted to know about the giant sea creature that is leaving people startled and horrified.

Think you have a great gadget idea? Sorry, the Japanese already thought of it.

And, finally, why are we so grossed out by this and not the cheese we normally eat?


  1. Wow, Japan wins again.

    The milk thing is an interesting question. When you really think about it, drinking milk from any animal as an adult seems quite bizarre.

    Similarly, I find it interesting that people have all these relics left over from evolutionary history but not so much in what you think would be the most persistent of all evolutionary traits: Food. We don't salivate when we drive past a juicy cow grazing in a pasture. Why is that? It looks delicious between buns on a plate, but we have no appetite whatsoever for living creatures.

  2. Yes, Justin! I've thought about that too. It's just normal now, cheese and milk and yogurt, all made from pabulum intended for calves. We feel free to help ourselves to their sustenance. But it's so accepted, who questions it? Is the dairy lobby that powerful??

    And we are so disassociated from our food sources. Have you heard of people who can't drink milk after watching it come out of the cow? I don't mean the fresh milk, I mean they give up milk altogether because the reality of where it came from is more than they want to think about.

    Same reason, though slightly less dramatic, that visiting a slaughterhouse makes some people vegetarians. I suppose we don't remember what it was like to kill and prepare our food. We've lost the pressing need for survival that made it possible for us to connect our food with where it came from and not mind.

  3. I strongly recommend reading Barbara Kingsolver's _Animal, Vegetable, Miracle_. It discusses many of these food "issues" in depth and is a fascinating read in general.