FORWARD INTO THE PAST
(paleofuture.com) Yes, I wonder what happened to the flying cars we were once promised. I wonder also what became of the space colonies, plastic skyscrapers and the robot armies that would subjugate humanity and force it to build more robots. Answer: They all moved into Paleo Future. It’s a forward-looking journal of all the predicted futures that failed to materialize, beginning in the 1870s and continuing through to the 1990s. (In 1995, for example, Newsweek ran an article by Clifford Stoll that reads in part, “Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Internet. Uh, sure.”)
ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, PUT YOUR DUKES UP
(myfaultimfemale.wordpress.com) If you’re among the ever-dwindling minority whom still resolutely believe that a woman can’t change a tire, haggle with a repairman or run the State Department, there are a few ladies at My Fault, I’m Female standing with fists ready to have a meaningful exchange with your face. MFIF is a user-populated journal documenting the last days of sexism (one hopes), and it’s loaded with rants against bosses, sales clerks, boyfriends, mechanics and meddling mothers that would be kind of funny if the situations that inspired them had happened in a sitcom … from 1955. There hasn’t been a site that cuts this sharp since DisgruntledHousewife.com pulled the plug on The Dick List in 2008. Want to stay off MFIF’s radar? Then don’t be a dick, man. It’s not complicated.
YOUR VEGAS CAMERA
(nickleonard.tumblr.com) At the top of Nick Leonard’s Tumblr blog is a terse declaration of self and purpose: “17, Las Vegas native. Document everything.” He’s not being rude; judging from his prolific photographic output; short sentences may be all Leonard has time for. His blog overflows with brilliant street photography—pictures of Vegas’ people and places whose stylishness and inventiveness make you proud to live here. He makes this city look like what it is: a wholly unparalleled civic miracle.