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Your Life in Numbers: gives you a little perspective.


The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st-Century Agriculture: the scale is so impressive. It explains why our food has never been cheaper. {via}


Every Joke from ‘Airplane!’ Ranked: my kind of research!


FlossTime: a smart floss dispenser that 20x as expensive (or more if you just use what your dentist gives you). Just one more thing to make you feel bad when you’re looking at the mirror.


Minister Pours Cold Water on ‘Boaty McBoatface’ Plan: if they think that that ship will not forever be known by that name, they’re dead wrong.


An Important Message from Postmodern Jukebox: my favorite band is breaking up. So sad.


Baeumer EP (Profiling machine): terrible background music, but this video demonstrates how eggcrate foam is actually cut straight and gets those peaks and valleys.

Ukulele Batman Vs. Bagpipe Superman – Theme Song Battle: whoa. {via}


Kitbashed: holy moly this is comprehensive. For just one example, look at this exploration of the Millennium Falcon. There is so much there for the film geek.


Flapit: this is a neat little idea but pricey. {via}

Wintergatan – Marble Machine: whoa. Just wow. {via}


CuriosityStream: this looks pretty compelling.


Smart Rope: neat idea but I think putting the LED system at the midsection of the rope is inherently flawed.

Atlas, The Next Generation: wow, but that guy’s a real jerk at 1’30”. Geesh.


Ancient Rome: HBO’s Rome brought ancient Rome to life more, for me. But this is very captivating still. {via}


China’s Enormous Derelict Shopping Mall Does Not Bode Well For Humanity’s Future: wow, that’s such a waste.


Space Tourism Posters @NASAJPL: something tells me NASA isn’t the one to get us to this future, but they are beautiful.


OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out: if only I liked their music.


Frinkiac: wow. This is a very well done Simpsons quote search engine.


NFL 2016 – Part One: these are always funny.


Watch ‘Sticker Boy’ Troll Hillary’s Iowa Speech: whoa. Looks like he was just having some fun.

What’s Wrong With Craig Venter?: an amazing life and ambition.


The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy: very thorough.


Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS): this is a cool technology.


VertiGo – A Wall-Climbing Robot including Ground-Wall Transition: what an innovative approach to climbing a wall. I would’ve expected some sort of sticky wheels. {via}


Faraday Future: gah, so tantalizing and mysterious. I want to know more! (Watch the film and wait for CES, I guess.)


The World’s First Underwater Tennis Court Could Cost $2.5 Billion: no amount of assurances would convince me to be a spectator there.

Unheard of Instruments in the Saxophone Family: there sure was a lot of saxophone innovation in the 1920s.


The $75,000 problem for self-driving cars is going away: this is an amazing advance.

flatev: Keurig for tortillas. Only $290 plus 90¢ per tortilla. Sigh.


CafePress Fake Electric Outlet Sticker: this looks super handy!


Later That Same Life: this is a great idea and well-executed. {via}


Caminito del Rey: holy crap. And I thought that trail in China was death-defying! As scary as it is (boy howdy is it scary!), the sobering thought is that people built this in the first place.


80×40: a collaborative ASCII art canvas. Naturally, it quickly devolved. (Click the back arrow and you’ll see what I mean.)


Voices in Your Head: the scene starting at 1:40 had me busting a gut. (The broadcast version lasted much longer and was much funnier.)


“Michael Dell”: that Conan. {via}


Scarfolk Council: blog about a fictional dystopian town trapped in the 1970s. I don’t understand one bit, but it’s well done.


Copter Mommy: sad and true. {via}

Lightest. Metal. Ever.: like aerogel, but metal. Material science is amazing! {via}


Squatty Potty: uh. Their marketing video doesn’t help.


Happy IT Professionals Day: nicely-done video.


Jeep GoPro Selfie Fail and Aftermath: selfie comeuppance. Love it! {via}


I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it: uhh, a) I’m glad that these two found each other, b) they sound absolutely insufferable, and c) their story was written by her on a Web site that, by all rights, they should have no idea even exists. Of course they have their own Web site. Money line: “Not everyone necessarily wants to live the same lifestyle we have chosen, of course.” {via}

Battle Sports Inc: Canadians have sublimated anger?

The Tardigrade – Practically Invisible, Indestructible ‘Water Bears’: so weird yet captivating. Here’s some video of them moving under a microscope. {via}


Currant Events: a blog dedicated to the goings-on of a MSNBC show’s plate of pastries. There’s also a Twitter account.


Fake A Baby: weird. {via}

360° Camera: drag around the video to see different scenes. It’s pretty impressive. {via}


Why drivers in China intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit: absolutely sickening. {via}

Russians are Scary: he makes a good point. {via}


Huge wave hits cruise ship: yikes! {via}

Star Wars’ adorable, impossible droid is real – Our impressions: wow, that is really slick. $150 is too pricey for me, but it’s definitely worth it.


The World’s Best Travel Jacket: uhh, wanted $20K and got $8.7M with 10 hours left to go?! That is bananas!

Lolo Lids: no one bats an eye at chugging coffee.


Showerthoughts: these beat anything from Neil deGrasse Tyson. {via}


Dismaland: I feel like they’ve really captured its essence.


Ridiculous Sky Pool Lets People Swim Between Buildings: ridiculous is right but, man, that first time would be great.


Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That: how did I miss this? Dang.


A Bad Lip Reading of the Republican Debate: whoa, that was hilarious.

Banksy Dismaland show revealed at Weston’s Tropicana: go visit nihilism-land and hate yourself!


The PocketLab: I love the idea of this but I’m struggling to come up with a use for it.


At Amazon, Employees Treat the Bathroom as an Extension of the Office: never worked there but I’ve worked at places where people took and made calls from the bathroom.

The Japanese Have Just Perfected the Skateboard: yeah, I’d agree. Except… none of the video show the user with neck bent and head down texting or scrolling through Instagram. {via}


Researcher makes himself into a GOAT with prosthetics to follow herd in the Alps: species is a social construction. “Funded by the government.” You don’t say! {via}

Amazing Tongue Twister Rap: forget the tongue twister impressiveness, that’s some serious breath work. {via}

Donald Trump, Through the Ages: very well done. {via}

The Incredible Chemistry Set: $600 for the whole kit and kaboodle seems awfully high but I like the idea a lot. {via}


Casa Brutale: very stark but utterly lovely. {via}


How to Remove a Stain: I’m sure there’s an easier way, but this one seems to work.


Build A 300-Mile Wall Around SF During Burning Man: he’s really thought this through.

“Server Couldn’t Ignore the Things She ‘Overheard’ Two Firefighters Say During Breakfast”: ignore the “what happened next” headline. This is an uplifting story about kindness and generosity on all sides.


This is the Most 3D GIF to Ever 3D: whoa. Here’s more. {via}

Arduino AR-15 Sentry Gun: pretty slick, but the training is pretty weak. Colors only? I agree with one of the commenters: OpenCV would make this more useful—video mentions it—and Airsoft would make it more legal. {via}

Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn’t): I am shocked at how much mundane parts of films (and TV shows) are touched up by computer graphics. {via}

Vandals attack vacation home of dentist who killed Cecil: *smh*


How I Gave Up Alternating Current: perhaps unsurprising, the creator of Soylent is a kook. {via}


“Con Man” Trailer: oh this looks good. Very good. {via}

Why Can’t You Use Phones on Planes?: à propos of my recent trip, where I saw a guy use his phone to text and view Instagram up until we were out of range of cell towers.


The Weird Origin Story of the World’s Most Viral Scooter: only $595?! so tempting… {via}


5 Quotes from Star Wars That are Total Lies: the one about “more powerful” from Kenobi has always bothered me.


MovieBob Reviews Pixels: super vulgar review, but does a convincing job of skewering the movie. {via}

10 “Seinfeld” episodes that are racist and sexist in retrospect: an article about nothing. {via}


Web Design – The First 100 Years: this feels important in a way that I can’t quite elaborate. Same as this conversation.

The University of Michigan opened an ultra-realistic testing site for futuristic cars: this is so cool and I hope it actually helps with the development of self-driving cars. (I fear that it’s not “real world” enough.) It seems like Detroit could’ve provided a much larger, more realistic setting for a lot less. {via}


A Brief History of Everything: I’m not a fan of deGrasse Tyson, but this is quite well done and fairly easy to understand.

I want this when I die: it’s all about leaving a legacy for future generations to benefit from. I hope I can be this crotchety someday.

Produce Shoplifters: very funny and then guffaws at the end. (Fixed the title, which was less than descriptive.)


Velazquez v. City of Long Beach: Circuit Court decision provides a valuable piece of information (in footnote on last page of decision). Don’t express gratitude or temporal-based salutations in the courtroom of Rhode Island District Court Judge Smith. {via}

Steve Jobs Insult Response: handled beautifully with a hard-won lesson delivered. (I’m sure many of the Apple employees in the room who knew Jobs were expecting his trademark fury. Bonus lesson: you don’t melt down on your customers.) {via}

Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences: I figured that it wasn’t part of Alfred Nobel’s original scheme, but I didn’t know that its money came from the Swedish Central Bank. Also, that Fredrich Hayek protested his award: “The Nobel Prize confers on an individual an authority which in economics no man ought to possess…. This does not matter in the natural sciences. Here the influence exercised by an individual is chiefly an influence on his fellow experts; and they will soon cut him down to size if he exceeds his competence. But the influence of the economist that mainly matters is an influence over laymen: politicians, journalists, civil servants and the public generally.” {via}


Green Dawn: sub-reddit for photos of army men in public places. Of course it exists. {via}

Bloom County 2015: I am thrilled to be reading it again. I just wish it wasn’t through Facebook, which makes it harder to follow along.


Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity: why is tuition so expensive? {via}

Glennz Tees: there are some real gems in here.

Surprising Applications of the Magnus Effect: surprising, indeed. More about the rotor ship, which is fascinating.

Comic Con the Musical: Whitney Avalon is amazing! Check out her Princess Rap Battles after this one.

Cup of Brown Joy: tea-themed rap that’s part of something called “chap-hop,” which apparently exists. Another example is “Just Like a Chap”. {via}


He Man – What’s Going On: bizarre yet it works somehow. {via}

MINI Basketball Fail: important life lesson: don’t gloat until you’re out of range.


Epic Caroling: this is why I love Improv Everywhere: it’s an uplifting prank.