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Ulysses S. Grant


Grant was, by most accounts, a bad president that happened to have a thick beard and a full head of hair

Evidently there are many people here in the South that will not accept $50.00 bills to this day. So I made him a cartoon demon-zombie

Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor was easily one of the most disheveled-looking American presidents. Just look at one of his more famous mug shots. It's day three of one of his epic whiskey benders somewhere on the frontier, which might be close to the truth because he died only 16 months into his term. His official cause of death is "bilious diarrhea," so perhaps we should cut him some slack.

Some interesting side-notes:

  • Taylor was a member of the Whig party, which was somewhat radical for its time. The Whigs only had two presidents elected to office and both died shortly after being inaugurated. Conspiracy or coincidence?
  • As his Whig membership suggests, Taylor was pretty progressive for his time. He was the last president to hold slaves and, though he was a Southerner, he took unpopular stances in favor of abolition.
  • When they make the Zachary Taylor movie, I like to think Tommy Lee Jones will star in it.

Piece six in OrangeCoat's month long celebration of the bald and bearded presidents of the United States.

Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren

Let’s be honest. We’ve all asked ourselves, “What would it look like if Doc Brown was President?” Thanks to 1.21 gigawatts and a little artistic license we now know. On a side note, the most exciting thing about the Martin Van Buren presidency was his hair. Good for him.

Piece four in OrangeCoat's month long celebration of the bald and bearded presidents of the United States.

John Adams

It's pretty clear to rise high in the Freemasons you need to grow facial hair. Is it a coincidence that many of the founding fathers also had mighty facial hair? Maybe. What is clear is John Adams hits a trifecta with sideburns, a mullet and a substantial bald spot. Freemasons don't give damn. Not that he is a Freemason. Maybe.

Piece two in OrangeCoat's month long celebration of the bald and bearded Presidents of the United States.

This is the first I've run across an audibilization, or the use of sound to illustrate complex information. But if you ever wanted to know what sort of sounds a sort algorithm makes, here's a clever audibilization for insert, heap, bubble, merge, and gnome sorts. Extra bonus material: a clever set of visualizations for many of the same algorithms.

If you're like me, and you enjoyed 1997 immensely, Men Without Hats has a website that you need to visit. Also, 1982 was a good year too.

David Lynch's Interview Project just killed about an hour and a half of my day. Sampling bias aside, it seems people around here are in rough shape.

I almost walked out of Avatar after a few moments when I realized the subtitles were set in Papyrus. I have to imagine that Avatar's digital imaging team was not thrilled about the selection either. Maybe they are the ghostwriters behind Papyrus's open letter to James Cameron thanking him for legitimizing a typeface that, until now, was relegated to "New Age spa owners, suburban party planners, and young couples looking to save money by making their own wedding invitations".

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