Inbox: the week on the web

01:28, Dec 16 2011

Week's nearly over folks, here's some interesting/funny/cool stuff to tide you over until it's actually over for real. Enjoy, and feel free to post your own links in the comments!

1. Top news bloopers of the year, courtesy of Dan News. Some absolute crackers. Video below, and this link right here goes to a page with videos from previous years.

2. On the impracticality of a cheeseburger. A man tries to make a cheeseburger from scratch. And by "from scratch", he really means "from scratch". In his own words:

I'd really need to plant and harvest the wheat, raise a cow to produce the milk for the butter, raise another cow to slaughter for its rennet to make the cheese, and personally slaughter and process the cow or sheep.
He concludes:
Further reflection revealed that it's quite impractical-nearly impossible-to make a cheeseburger from scratch. Tomatoes are in season in the late summer. Lettuce is in season in spring and fall. Large mammals are slaughtered in early winter. The process of making such a burger would take nearly a year, and would inherently involve omitting some core cheeseburger ingredients. It would be wildly expensive-requiring a trio of cows-and demand many acres of land. There's just no sense in it.

3. It's that time of year when everyone trots out their Best-of lists. Here are a few that have caught my eye. Stuff blogger Henry Cooke details his top 10 internet memes (spoiler: no ghost chips), The Awl lists 100 great (don't say top!) songs of the year, Slate has their best books, Slate tech writer Farhad Manjoo has his favourite things (tech-wise), and Fubiz has a collection of the most powerful photos. Pfft, writing lists, lazy blogging.

4. Facebook chose New Zealand as the first country to receive its new Timeline feature. Back in October, I wrote that I was not particularly impressed with the new feature, even going so far as to say that I would quit the service entirely. Well, surprise surprise: I'm still on there. Seems like the consensus so far is that it's quite a cool feature, but also, creepy. Here's a Mashable post with some creative uses of the new layout. Also, according to this blog, apparently Facebook is hiding (some of) your messages? Worth checking, mine seemed to be fine, but I barely use the feature.

5. Longread of the week: probably this piece on Blackjack card-counting from the Fading the Vig series on McSweeney's. Once you've read that one, go back and read this one on the Occupy movement and chess. Bloomin' great. If gambling isn't your thing, the latest "Why's This So Good" from the Niemen Foundation is pretty much amazing, as always.