Question of the Day

Abbi asks: What are you having for dinner tonight?

I’m actually in the process of moving right now to a new and improved Cynical Compound which means all this week I’m packing and have little time to worry about dinner so tonight’s feast will probably be catered by the good folks at McDonalds although after seeing the Dominos video earlier this week maybe I’ll just play it safe and eat whatever crumbs have fallen in my ice cube tray in the freezer.

So Cynics, what’s for dinner?

Photos of Child Labor in Bangladesh


For the last four years I have been working on child labor in Bangladesh.

Child labor has been forbidden in Bangladesh since 1992. In December 2005 I visited a garment factory in Narayanganj, which is the center of the garment industry in Bangladesh. I took a picture of the owner beating a 12-year-old boy because he had been too slow sewing t-shirts.

According to the U.N. Children’s Fund report, more than 6.3 million children under 14 are working in Bangladesh. Many of them work under very poor conditions; some of them even risk their life. Factory owners pay them about 400 to 700 taka (10 USD) a month, while an adult worker earns up to 5,000 taka per month.

25 Years of Growth in Las Vegas

From NASA’s Earth Observatory:

These images of the western portion of the Las Vegas metropolitan area show the city’s steady spread into the adjacent desert landscape. Undeveloped land appears along the left edges of the top two images. Here, the land on the city’s outskirts appears in shades of beige and tan, with just a hint of the street grid to come. By 1989, however, development filled the upper left corner—a residential area, complete with curving roads and semicircle streets. In subsequent images, development spreads southward, and by 2004, the entire image shows cityscape, including Interstate 215 passing through southwestern portion of the city.

In these images, buildings and paved areas appear in shades of gray or beige, the clearest example being the McCarran International Airport near the bottom center of each image. Meanwhile, the occasional park or meandering golf course appears green-brown. Perhaps the most conspicuous golf course appears in the lower left of each image. The course was still being developed in 1984, but appeared complete in later shots. In the 2009 image, grassy areas appear less intense in color, and their lighter hues likely result from the time of year that Landsat acquired the image. In the same image, patches of dark colors appear along the Las Vegas strip, thanks to tall buildings casting their shadows toward the northwest.

Uncomfortable Plot Summaries

Awesome! Here are some of my favorites:

ALIENS: An unplanned pregnancy leads to complications.
GROUNDHOG DAY: Misanthropic creep exploits space/time anomaly to stalk coworker.
HARRY POTTER: Celebrity Jock thinks rules don’t apply to him, is right.
RED DAWN: Despite shock-and-awe tactics, a superior occupying force is no match for a tenacious sect of terrorist insurgents.
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE – Religious extremist terrorists destroy government installation, killing thousands.
JUNO: Teen fails to get abortion, ruins lives.

(via Gerry Canavan)