• I was able to name 42 countries in 5 minutes using this online quiz. How many can you get? I was stymied a few times by my poor spelling. (via Al Hsu)
  • Plenty Magazine has a good article by Bill McKibben about how to get rid of unwanted catalogs, which he calls “stuff porn”. Some environmental problems—that global warming thing, say—are understandably hard to solve. It stands to reason that rewiring the entire planet will probably cost some money and probably take some time. What’s annoying, however, is how hard you have to work to solve even simple problems. Take catalogs—say you’d like fewer delivered to your house.
  • I’ve mentioned this before, but if you haven’t visited his site you really ought to look at Brian MacDonald’s photos from his recent trip to Africa. After a night of hard rain and restless sleep I was awakened to the sound of Kenny Rogers music blaring in the complex we are staying at. It made for a surreal moment. During the downpours of the night my thoughts went to the children I had photographed, sleeping in their tiny muddy shacks in the slums.
  • A very funny, tongue-in-cheek top ten list: Why Men Should Not Be Ordained for Ministry. My favorite may be #7, Man was created before woman, obviously as a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment rather than the crowning achievement of creation. (via Eugene Cho)

3 thoughts on “links

  1. I was only able to name 39. There’s something about a timer that stunts thought. 🙂 I was only able to think of Brazil and Peru for South America. I could name more countries in the Mid East and Africa than I could Europe or South America or Asia, sadly. However, I was pleasantly justified (?) when Antarctica was a country as well as a continent. I was pretty sure of that but not 100% until this quiz.

    So I learned that today. 🙂

  2. I can’t spell!!!! I could spell 37 in the time allowed but that is not a good reflection of how many countires I can name in five minutes, oh well.

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