Linton Weeks http://wxpr.org en What Exactly Is That Birdlike Thing? http://wxpr.org/post/what-exactly-birdlike-thing For years I was convinced that there exists among us a strange, unidentified species of animal — something between bug and bird — jetting around gardens and flowers and trees.<p>Not too long ago one of these natural UFOs buzzed past me in broad daylight. Too big to be a bee, too itty-bitty to be a bird. Slow enough to glimpse, but too fast to identify.<p>Not exactly a hummingbird ...<p>Nor a bumblebee ...<p>What the heck was it?<p>The mystery was finally solved when a friend told me about ...<p>... the hummingbird moth.<p>It's a rare thing: An insect ... that acts like a bird. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 22672 at http://wxpr.org What Exactly Is That Birdlike Thing? What Your Junk Drawer Reveals About You http://wxpr.org/post/what-your-junk-drawer-reveals-about-you The Great American Junk Drawer can be an accidental time capsule, a haphazard scrap heap, a curious box of memories and meaninglessness. It can also serve as a Rorschachian reflection of your life.<p>You know what we're talking about: The drawer of detritus. The has-been bin. That roll-out repository where you toss your odds and ends. Sometimes very odd odds and ends. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:21:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 22530 at http://wxpr.org What Your Junk Drawer Reveals About You The Bush/Obama Quiz: What's The Difference? http://wxpr.org/post/bushobama-quiz-whats-difference Perhaps this is the sound of history repeating itself.<p>In the early days of his first term, President Obama was painted as "the anti-Bush" and many of his ideas — for instance his <a href="http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/nonbush-doctrine-still-waiting-obamas" target="_blank">foreign policy</a> and his approach to <a href="http://www.mysinchew.com/node/33273" target="_blank">global terrorism</a> — were considered non-Bushesque initiatives.<p>Of course, Obama has distanced himself — and his actions and his advisers — from President George W. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:16:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 22370 at http://wxpr.org The Bush/Obama Quiz: What's The Difference? Slow Walkers May Be On Their Way To Dementia http://wxpr.org/post/slow-walkers-may-be-their-way-dementia Wait a minute. Weren't we told by Simon and Garfunkel: "Slow down, you move too fast. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:21:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 21918 at http://wxpr.org Slow Walkers May Be On Their Way To Dementia Desk Desk Evolution http://wxpr.org/post/desk-desk-evolution <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU0Xk5pv3BA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEQj_b2nsn8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2qoiUWfWM4</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 21816 at http://wxpr.org Desk Desk Evolution Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains http://wxpr.org/post/smartsongs-refrains-brain-retains Now that <a href="https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/483281985024962560" target="_blank">Weird Al week</a> is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: <em><a href="http://www.weirdal.com/" target="_blank">Mandatory Fun</a>.</em><p>For word nerds, there is no question that <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc">Word Crimes,</a></em> a paean to punctuation and grammar sung to the tune of Robin Thicke's <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU" target="_blank">Blurred Lines, </a></em>is verbally v Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:24:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 21683 at http://wxpr.org A Surge In Concierges http://wxpr.org/post/surge-concierges Steve Sims is the founder of <a href="http://thebluefish.com/" target="_blank">Bluefish</a>, a luxury concierge service that takes care of rich people. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20958 at http://wxpr.org A Surge In Concierges Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies http://wxpr.org/post/bored-fourth-july-try-these-movies Cinema sites abound with lists such as <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2012/06/30/top-ten-movies-for-the-fourth-of-july/" target="_blank">Top 10 Movies ForThe Fourth Of July</a> from <em>Forbes</em> and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-fourth-of-july-patriotic-movies-pictures-photogallery.html" target="_blank">12 Patriotic Movies</a> by the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. After all, Hollywood knows that Americans love to celebrate American celebrations.<p>"Cinematically," says <a href="http://maryfpols.com/" target="_blank">Mary F. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20637 at http://wxpr.org Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day http://wxpr.org/post/freedom-not-celebrate-independence-day Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.<p>Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.<p>Like William H. Lamar IV. Last year the African-American preacher from Hyattsville, Md., wrote an essay that was carried by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/William-H-Lamar-IV/i-will-reflect-not-celebr_b_3516008.html">The Huffington Post. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20591 at http://wxpr.org Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day America's Search For Meming http://wxpr.org/post/americas-search-meming One reason Internet memes — the quirky photos with societal observations that are passed along like genes or around like germs — work so well, is that they tap into something of the moment, a fleeting notion that captures the here and now.<p>A visual meme is more like a snapshot than an "iconic image" — such as <a href="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/848/8f/aed3f1b1dfcfe0db0ec643c6075b3af37310f0.jpg" target="_blank">V-J Day in Times Square </a>-- says NPR photo editor Claire O'Neill. An iconic photo is timeless. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 20435 at http://wxpr.org America's Search For Meming