Lunch Links

1. What the civil unrest in Tunisia means for the rest of the Arab world. “After a month of civil unrest that went all but unreported in the West, the people of Tunisia have forced President Ben Ali, who had ruled the country for 23 years, out of power. This marks the first time in generations that an Arab dictator has been ousted by public protests.”

2. As if you weren’t getting enough caffeine in your diet, Starbucks has unveiled the “trenta” size, which is 31-ounces.  Only available for iced coffee and tea drinks, the larger cups will run $.50 more than a Venti when it rolls out on May 3.  [via]

3. “According to the AFP, a whopping 36.1 percent of teenage boys between the ages of 16-19 said they had little to no interest in sex, and in some cases even despised it, more than twice the 2008 figure of 17.5 percent. Futhermore, the survey, conducted in September 2010, reportedly found that 83.7 percent of Japanese men who turned 20 this year were not dating anyone, while 49.3 percent said they had never had a girlfriend. Girls, it seems, are suffering from a similar lack of heat: 59 percent in the same age group felt the same way, up 12 percentage points from 2008.”  Could be due to their interest in tentacle rape.

4. Florian Smolka made this video showing the history of gaming from a first-person perspective. [via]

5. You can watch the premiere episode of IFCs Portlandia (with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein) on Hulu.

6. I wonder if I’ll lose interest in ABC’s Castle if Det. Beckett and Rick Castle either don’t hook up soon or take too long to do so?  I pretty much stopped watching Bones because it was never going to happen, and the only reason I kept watching (for like three seasons too long) was to see if it was going to happen.  Weird how that works for shows built upon the sexual tension of its two leads.

7. If you cry easily, I suggest not reading the story of/looking at the photo of Leao — the dog “sits for a second consecutive day, next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in the week’s catastrophic landslides in Brazil, at the cemetery in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janiero, on Jan. 15.”

8. Sure why not: here’s the Jurassic Park theme song slowed down 1000%.

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