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Best Links of the Week

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Google NGrams Viewer – charts book searches over time.  Above is an example of a search for “inerrancy.”  (HT: MQ)

This has to be one of the craziest stories I have ever read: after police did nothing a father in Germany castrates a 57 year old man who was having relations with his daughter… with a breadknife.  The man is on trial for attempted murder, his only comment was, “I saw it as my duty as a father.”

Free Sufjan Stevens Christmas music.

Ron Paul to head up oversight committee of the Federal Reserve.  Awesome.

Mark Dever gives some wonderful reflections on the life of the late Roger Nicole.  Justin Taylor also has a nice writeup here.

Infographic of Facebook relationships.  (HT:  Scott B.)

Some interesting interactive demographic city maps from the NY Times.

Some good commentary from Paul Tripp on false Gospels.

Soft Drink Infographic map:  “Coke”, “Soda”, or “Pop”

There have been mounds of interesting gems mined from the WikiLeaks embassy wires, one of them is some commentary on Cuba’s coming insolvency.

Some solid J.C. Ryle quotes.

NPR’s top 50 albums of 2010.  Either I am pathetic and out of touch or NPR’s listeners are all esoteric snobs (more than likely the former).  I have only heard of maybe 5 of the artists on this list.

Really fascinating video behind the scenes of the Mars Hill video guys from pre-production to distribution.  They have a pretty minimal set of gear (a Red, and a few 5Dm2s and 7Ds) and do a lot with it in terms of a coherent aesthetic that matches the message.

20 Things that will be more expensive in 2011.

U.S. Navy test of railgun:

Some cool stop-motion:


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  1. NPR’s top 50.

    I’ve only heard of 6 of them, likely for the same reason as you.


    December 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm

  2. NPR’s top 50:

    I win with 15! I win the esoteric snob award today!

    The biggest strength of NPR’s music reporting is that they have dedicated reporters for genres that aren’t represented in the Top 40 rankings. The producers of the list know that no single person keeps current with whats happening in all genres of music. Thats exactly why the list includes the best new jazz, world, hip-hop, and classical: It contains the best music of the year in one place regardless of genre.

    The Carolina Chocolate Drops (one of my favorites!) would never make it onto another “best of” list because who really needs to know the top 50 old-time/bluegrass bands this year? The bands on the list stand out because they make incredible music that transcends categorization.

    Mark Q.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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