Every week, our writers share some of their favorite finds from around the internet. Check back every week for great articles, insane news items, and interesting diversions.

Rich:
Eight reasons Twitter boosts your happiness

This guy went to the Penny Arcade Expo and realized that gamers can be kind of creepy sometimes.

Some photography people discuss that now famous photo of Obama and company in the situation room during the Osama raid.

Can playing Jesus kill your career? Apparently.

I reviewed a game! This one’s a doozy, a real fascinating and unflinching view of what it’s like to be a teacher amongst actual, horrifying, dramatic students. Read the review, then go get the game. It’s free! (though I should point out that it has some suggestive and obscene language)

Our own Jason Opus reviewed the Princess Ghibi album.

Here’s a list of games that will be displayed at the Smithsonian.

In case you’re interested, here’s the website of our newest writer, Erin Straza.

Drew:
Todd Hertz writes on what Osama conspiracy theorists don’t understand about faith.

I wrote this article for Relevant Magazine on Rock Star’s Red Dead Redemption and how it taught me empathy.

What we should learn from natural disasters and why we aren’t from the Boston Review.

Stephen Hale wonders what all the fuss is about Lady Gaga’s new video “Judas.”

Annie Lowrey says the real lesson to learn from the Three Cups of Tea scandal is don’t build schools in Afganistan.

Carissa:
Kottke.org comments on Pixar’s gender gap (and the original article, “The Fall of the Female Protagonist in Kids’ Movies,” is worth a read, too).

Jason:
A Minnesota Republican complains that a library gave Neil Gaiman $45,000 for a speaking engagement, calls Gaiman a “pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.” Gaiman offers his side of the story.

How Franklin Graham and Tim Keller represent two different approaches to politics and the Church

Osama bin Laden was killed earlier this week, so it shouldn’t really come as any surprise that the Hollywood adaptation — directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) — is picking up steam.

A sobering article about the effect that Osama bin Laden’s death has had on the small Christian population in Abbottabad.

An economics professor explains how the secret to happy parenting is doing less parenting.


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  1. RE Pixar: A couple years ago, when Up was first announced, I talked about the sex disparity there. I had two people unfriend me because I brought up the idea. It was awesome.

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