Double-Blind Violin Test: Can You Pick The Strad? : Deceptive Cadence : NPR
In fact, the only statistically obvious trend in the choices was that one of the Stradivarius violins was the least favorite, and one of the modern instruments was slightly favored.

The Quest of Behemoth
Tired of the graphical complexity of Nethack? Yearn for a game smaller than a favicon?

The fight goes on. —
When depression sufferers fight, recover and go into remission we seldom even know, simply because so many suffer in the dark…ashamed to admit something they see as a personal weakness…afraid that people will worry, and more afraid that they won’t.  We find ourselves unable to do anything but cling to the couch and force ourselves to breathe.

Longform’s Best of 2011
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Tintin au Congo à Poil
What it says on the tin.

When the Captain gives up drinking in Hergé’s comic to join the Society of Sober Sailors, it’s funny, because we know he doesn’t mean it. Here it’s just trite, a way to protect a young audience from the idea that drunkenness can be funny at all. When Spielberg deprives the Captain of his pipe, it’s not a joke, but judgment.