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At the Libraries: Reading is Good for You

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Awesome new library alert! If you live in the DC area, please check out the Francis Gregory library. * Sometimes I miss living in Brooklyn. If [...]

Menagerie of Mirrors

Arran Gregory, an artist in London, made mirrored sculptures that resemble taxidermied animals. His exhibition is on display at the Print House Gallery in London through September 6. Artist’s Website -via Colossal

Is There a Scientific Explanation for Justin Bieber?

For more than a century, social scientists have attempted to create a model that will accurately predict what images, songs, or memes will become popular. Now Gregory Berns, a neuroeconomist at Emory University, thinks that certain fMRI signatures in the brains of teenagers are reliable indicators of future popularity: The divination is performed with the help [...]

Gregory Brothers (Auto-Tune the News) Explain Their Success

The Gregory Brothers are well-known among internet nerds for their Auto-Tune the News video series. The band appeared last week at the Google ZeitGeist conference, and explained how it all happened — particularly how their recent “Bed Intruder Song” entered the Billboard Hot 100 without any label support, and while only available via the iTunes [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Movies Shot on Location

There’s a movie filming in town right now – it’s called Smitty and stars Mira Sorvino and Peter Fonda. I’m sure you Manhattanites and Los Angeleans are quite unimpressed, but it’s pretty unusual here in Des Moines. But not as unusual as it used to be – a couple of years ago Iowa approved legislation [...]