More lazy-man’s blogging:
Chomsky G! “I is with none other than me main man, professor Norman Chomsky.”
Andrew Lloyd Never: The Polish government has withdrawn permission for a theater company to perform the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The reason? The former Nazi death camp Majdanek was slated to be the venue.
ABCs of letterforms: “Look at the letters in the words of this sentence. Why are they shaped the way that they are? Why did we come up with As, Ms and Zs and the other characters of the alphabet? And is there any underlying similarity between the many kinds of alphabet used on the planet?” Scientists studying 100 writing systems have concluded that the letters we use “can be viewed as a mirror of the features of the natural world, from trees and mountains to meandering streams and urban cityscapes.”
Culture clampdown? Shortly after the Smithsonian revealed plans to partner with Showtime to manage rights of its documentary footage (to the ire of prominent filmmakers), Google gets a cease-and-desist from Artists Rights Society and the family of Joan Mir for yesterday’s surrealist logo treatment: