It’s time for a bit of the old “clearing out the tabs” that have been open for way too long.

1. How all nine Best Picture nominees reassure us about the scary future.

2. The US Defense budget is actually twice as much as what gets reported.

3. I’m starting to get ridiculously pumped for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim. Basically, the movie is described as giant monsters fighting giant robots through the twisted mind of del Toro.

4. Kickstumbler was conceived by the folks behind The Hype Machine. It’s basically applying the Stumbleupon method of discovery to Kickstarter projects. It’s pretty brilliant, actually, and something that I wish Kickstarter had thought of to begin with. The major problem with Kickstarter is discovering new projects and this addresses that.

5. The reunited Blur played a five-song set at the Brit Awards. Here’s one of my favorites, “Tender.”

6. Modern American manufacturing is redefining marriage in this country.

Consider a married couple in the 1950s. The roles of husband and wife were as separate and specialized as those of the various food specialists in Brooklyn. Moms were homemakers. Dads were breadwinners. Even in shared tasks, like raising children, the roles were specialized. Moms nurtured; dads disciplined. The domains of husband and wife were completely separate. Indeed, it’s a wonder that couples had anything to talk about at the end of the day.

But married life today is completely different. Men and women take similar roles in the workforce. They both cook and clean and unload the dishwasher. They both nurture and discipline their children. The role of the household specialist has virtually disappeared.

Yet the decline of specialization within the household owes its existence to a broader wave of specialization outside of the household.

7. Chattanooga, TN invented their own font and it’s being adopted for roadsigns and by businesses and I feel like every city in America needs to do this. I’m almost ashamed that Portland, Ore. hasn’t already designed their own font.

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