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It’s a JOKE!: excellent take on the British travesty. (Lots of warranted cursing.) {via}

Exchange students in Italy set fire by cooking pasta without water: 20-years old is an adult. How do you go through life that long without knowing that pasta is cooked in a microwave?! Geesh. {via}


Train Buffs Are Traveling Cross-Country in Super Luxe Railcars Hitched to Amtrak Trains: they’re called “varnish” but I’d prefer to call them “rail yachts.” I can’t imagine preferring this over private jets though (and I’m definitely in the “train buff” category).


Online Flag Waver: pointless, but pretty impressive.


450 W Grixdale, Detroit, MI 48203: ornate doesn’t even begin to describe this listing. {via}


Intern Crashes LGBTQ SxSW Meetup!: such intolerance.

Painful new engagement ring piercing trend growing in popularity: is there no limit to the efforts to stand out amongst the crowd?


The Politicization of the FBI: outstanding overview of the situation from a very-experienced source.


Fresh Prints of Bills Here: oh my. No. Uh uh.


Inching closer to a DNA-based file system: this is a fascinating glimpse at the future. The information storage density and self-replication ability of DNA makes it a compelling data storage platform.


Student investigated after allegedly saying a math symbol looked: zero tolerance for saying the g-word. The authorities searched his home and decided against criminal charges for the observation, but he may still face discipline at the school. (I know it’s different city and a different agency, but this got investigated thoroughly while actual threats were passed over?!)

This Week in Unnecessary Censorship: also funny.

Inappropriate Laugh Track: so hilarious. There are a ton of them.


The Winter Olympics Feature 2,951 Of The World’s Greatest Athletes, And Also This Woman: by hook or by crook, I suppose. I completely understand how galling it must be to Olympians who actually worked hard to get there.

Jamison Bachman, the Worst Roommate Ever: the range of people in this world will always surprise me.


China wages war on funeral strippers: that’s just weird. Imagine the first family that did this, before it caught on. Awkward!

Plyscraper city – Tokyo to build 350m tower made of wood: I don’t get the impetus behind this at all. What’s wrong with steel?


Passengers Recall ‘Flight From Hell’ After 3-Year-Old Screamed for 8 Hours Straight: I’m surprised no one on board was arrested. I can’t even imagine but I can easily believe it.

Facing the Death Penalty With a Disloyal Lawyer: this is a travesty and I don’t understand how his attorney isn’t facing ethics charges or disbarment. Oyez has more.


How Star Wars The Last Jedi Should Have Ended: damn straight—a huge improvement. {via


Skydio R1: this is pretty slick, might make GoPros obsolete. {via}

The #MeToo era is making dating more confusing: my favorite was the line “men have the power in courtship.” A backlash is surely coming.


‘Super blue blood moon’ leaves Venetian gondolas stranded on dried-up canal banks: it looks so eerie. Poor Venetians have to walk like those Florentine suckers.


The Japanese Office: pretty much nailed it.

Hermione Growth Spurt: funny SNL?!

English Sports: that pretty much nails their inscrutability to me. {via}

Entrepreneur developed a solution to smartphone addiction now used in over 600 U.S. schools: elegant solution, now they just need one for cars.

The #MeToo-Fueled Character Assassination of Nolan Bushnell: Brianna Wu is a menace. Her and her ilk want to turn every award into a Woke Award (In Some Category). It’s a social media pitchfork mob.


Jordan Peterson Is Canada’s Most Infamous Intellectual: the makeup/high heels answer is deliberately provocative and a convenient way to dismiss (or deliberately miss) the point he’s making. If you think he’s saying the harassed was asking for it, listen again.

The Biggest Opportunity Everyone Is Missing In Self-Driving Cars: hear, hear!

Vitapods – Pod-Shaped Multivitamins: love this idea. Naturally people are commenting that this is irresponsible. {via}


The blue marble: whoa. {via}


Britain’s Giant Airship: I’ve read his book and it is wonderful. The writing is so compelling.

Live Views of Starman: something about this whole stunt just rubs me the wrong way. The attention whoring? The precious details that put it over the top? The possibility that somehow taxpayers are paying for this malarkey?

Ehang’s passenger-carrying drones look insanely impressive in first test flights: I really thought this was vaporware when it was announced at CES two years ago. The problem—at this point—is much simpler than autonomous cars, but will face a very real coordination problem at scale.


MetPublications: free digital versions of their publications back to 1964. I found this Frank Lloyd Wright one and another on the sculptor Bernini.

The Fascinating Company That Tears Cars Apart To Find Out Exactly How They’re Built: this is an astounding amount of work. (I found out about this company when they revealed some Tesla Model 3 build issues. On that front, I suspect that the quality issues are due to the rumored hand assembly.)


Ass Is The Most Complicated Word In The English Language: this is absolutely hilarious. {via}

Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle: this was presaged by the events in The Lost City of the Monkey God. Far from being a dead field, archaeology is going to have a boom soon just to deal with excavating the findings from LIDAR.


Family fun with deepfakes: I particularly liked his closing paragraph imagining legitimate uses of the technology. (It’s so easy to think of the evil that can be done: Black Mirror‘s “Shut Up and Dance” episode but without having actually done the initial act.) {via}


‘Emotional support peacock’ barred from United Airlines plane: this is blatant avian discrimination. What is wrong with people!


How to ride a horse: this is helpful for a city slicker such as myself.

ACLU – Trump’s America is Exclusionary: this is not a winning strategy for them.


Fast rail – watch 1,500 Chinese workers build train station track in 9 hours: I’m a sucker for these time-lapse videos of Chinese construction. It almost makes you forget the perils of an authoritarian regime.

Stethee: a stethoscope for the app-enabled world. {via}

After Building New AU Headquarters, China Spies on Addis Ababa Facility: if you’re not paying for something, then you’re the product being sold. {via}


Woman Takes Service Turkey on Flight for Trip to Scatter Husband’s Ashes: no one sat next to this lady?! Hard to believe. It’s just a matter of time before someone brings some motherf’ing emotional support snakes on the plane.


Nutella ‘riots’ spread across French supermarkets: looks like the desire for a good deal isn’t limited to ugly, fat Americans, eh?

Washed Out – Get Lost: not my kind of music but it’s a well-done video. {via}

Cubes: there’s a key, if you’re curious. {via}

Patent US1926420 – Combined racing greyhound harness and rider supporting means: the 30s, what an era! Look at the first image. {via}

Optical Illusion Spatial Geometric design Coffee Mug: cool design. Overpriced, though. {via}

CES 2018 – Real Advances, Real Progress, Real Questions: great writeup of CES by a former Microsoft executive, for whom I have great respect.


The Humanity Star: it’s a disco ball. The only wonder it evokes in me is “were taxes used for this?” (Though the discussion on Hacker News did lead me to learn about the “Free Taco” contest during Mir’s reentry, so it’s not a total loss.) {via}

OjO Electric Scooter: I could see owning this. {via}


TrapAdventure 2: makes Flappy Bird look easy by comparison. More details here. {via}


Dutch police to ‘undress’ youths wearing clothes deemed too expensive for them: heaven forbid you store a cookie when visiting a Web site without consent. Europe. {via}

Map Showing Where Today’s Countries Would Be Located on Pangea: we’d still be having fights building the wall with Mauritania. {via}

#MeToo and the Taboo Topic of Nature: an informative perspective on the nature of gender. {via}

How McDonald’s Makes Its Fries: that explains why McDonald’s fries are so good and consistent. {via}

Rescue Drone Saves Two Boys from Drowning on Its First Day in Service=: sometimes you just need a good reminder of technology’s utility, especially if you’re a fan of Black Mirror. {via}


What Is NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission?: time will tell but I worry that the answer is “the cause of earth’s second mass extinction event.”

Police union slashes number of ‘get out of jail free’ cards issued: normally you’d have to be a diplomat to get that kind of discretionary courtesy. More context here.


Omoshiro Block – A Memo Pad That Excavates Objects as it Gets Used: so very clever. {via}

Tesla Model 3 – The First Serious Review: it almost makes me regret withdrawing my reservation.


Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes: Turkish does seem the obvious route to pursue, but for the stubborn opinion of a doddering dictator. {via}

Hubble just spotted something massive coming out of Uranus: and the news continues. {via}


Melting Toht Candle: great missed opportunity for movie merchandising.

Swiss town denies passport to Dutch vegan because she is ‘too annoying’: she’s married to a Swiss citizen so she’s not going anywhere. {via}


Queen Elizabeth’s Life in Banknotes: neat watching a life encapsulated in 20 seconds. If you’d rather read about it, the Washington Post has the text version. {via}


I tried Gold Star Pin: I could see giving these out as gags. {via}

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories: these sorts of windows into things you take for granted are wonderful. I could watch Dirty Jobs and How It’s Made all day.


Off the Wall Response to Rebecca Bright: Mike Rowe is an impressive man and Ms. Bright is the quintessential leftist.


What are some slang terms a 50 year old dad can say to his daughter to embarrass her?: this is great stuff, even though I don’t understand half of it. {via}


3 football player vs 100 kids player in Japan: it sure took them awhile to score. Geesh. {via}

Cops searching for suspect with Social Security face tattoo: it does make filling out a job application easier.


Google Maps’s Moat: this is an impressive insight into Google’s mapping efforts. (It’s also impressive in its depth—I’d highly recommend looking at his other essays.)


Death of Man in Skyscraper Fall in China Puts a Spotlight on ‘Rooftopping’: it’s unfortunate but inevitable. I hope people stop doing this.


Hooked On The Past – Exploring the history of architecture: the proprietor recreates demolished buildings digitally, providing a valuable service. The recreation of the Paulson house, for example, is so much more vivid than the elevations I had seen previously.

Pumped for the Future –
Fueling Up at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Visionary Gas Station
: I had heard of this project, but had never seen it.


Netflix Genre List: tens of thousands of genres, including Goofy Deep Sea Movies. {via}


Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen/PIKO-TARO: 80 million views. 80 million.


Mike Rowe Wears Trump’s Robe, Fights a Drone, and Solves the Labor Shortage: such a compelling person and a wonderful interview.


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.