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8/28/2015

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

8/25/2015

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

8/23/2015

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

8/21/2015

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

8/20/2015

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!

8/19/2015

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

8/18/2015

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}

8/14/2015

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}

8/12/2015

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

8/10/2015

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

8/6/2015

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.

8/5/2015

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*

8/4/2015

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

8/3/2015

“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.

8/2/2015

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

8/1/2015

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

7/23/2015

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}

7/22/2015

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}

7/21/2015

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.)

7/20/2015

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}

7/17/2015

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.

7/16/2015

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}

7/9/2015

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.

12/17/2014

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

12/2/2014

Every Frame a Painting – How to Do Action Comedy: I appreciate the effort Jackie Chan puts into his movies, but this video emphasizes and revels in it.

ASCIIcam: this is really slick.

11/24/2014

A Tale of Momentum & Inertia: this is a well-done animated short about ingratitude.

11/20/2014

All About That Baste: well-done, Thanksgiving-themed parody.

11/14/2014

UNION 2014 – AoTY Video: very funny, but it’s probably not far from the effective truth.

11/5/2014

Star Wars as History: clever mashup with WWII photos.

11/4/2014

You Know How This Experiment Ends, But You Should Watch It Anyway: classic science in a modern setting.

10/28/2014

The NoPhone: did it make its funding goals? Of course it did.

10/12/2014

Weird Phenomena (with Explanations): nature’s pretty strange, I’ve got to say.

10/2/2014

The Dancing Traffic Light: this is an amazing installation. I just wish it were standard issue.

9/23/2014

Honest Names for Classic Childhood Games: so the “hide in Australia” strategy is well known? Crap.

9/11/2014

Clever trick will safeguard Apple Watch from thieves: read the comments. “Great, now thieves will cut off people’s arms.” *rolls eyes* Love this response: “I can just imagine someone at Walmart trying to pay using the watch attached to a severed arm they brought in a plastic bag. No problem, have a nice day sir….”

9/10/2014

Conan Visits The American Girl Store: hilarious!

9/6/2014

Jack the Ripper unmasked: what a wanker (literally).

9/4/2014

Buttolph Collection of Menus: they’ve digitized over 17,000 menus ranging from the 1840s to today. The navigation is pretty flaky but here is breakfast, lunch, and dinner from an 1899 Fred Harvey dining car.

Toasted Selfies: your image on toast. I like it, but I’d be surprised if it came out as well as it appears to. This, however, seems like a toaster innovation that I could get behind.

9/1/2014

iPhone ATM PIN code hack- HOW TO PREVENT: this seems like a useful technique for non-theft purposes, but it’s troubling how aware you must always be nowadays.

8/29/2014

On the Roofs: holy, holy crap. Someday, these will be the evidence for a posthumous Darwin Award.

8/21/2014

Ice Bucket Challenge – Dry Ice Version: I think the challenge itself is profoundly dumb (but whatever floats your boat) but this is a fun take on it.

[UPDATE (8/22/2014): Bob Parsons’ video is definitely my favorite so far.]

8/15/2014

“Oops!!” comes to Downton …: I can totally see how this might happen. Can you spot the goof? There’s a plastic water bottle on the mantle.

8/9/2014

How Does Google Work?: pretty sweet overview of how complex the effort to produce the results for a Google search.

8/8/2014

Oak Island Money Pit: I’ve covered this before, but it’s worth this re-hashing. Let’s just say that there is something down there and it’s pirate treasure: how were the pirates supposed to retrieve it?! The idea of caching your loot seems fine, but at some point you’d want to get at it again, right? On the other hand, why would anyone go through all that trouble otherwise?

8/6/2014

I am better than your kids: these kids’ll never get better without honest feedback.

[UPDATE: Pulled out to its own domain.]

8/1/2014

The Beach Vault: brilliant. This is one of the many, many reasons I hate going to the beach.

7/31/2014

Sentinelese people: residents of North Sentinel Island of whom very little is known. The number of contacts over the last two hundred years can be counted on two hands, maybe.

7/29/2014

Mary Poppins Quits – The Rebuttal w/ Remy: just about as funny as the original.

7/25/2014

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings: these are real gems.

7/22/2014

Apple – MacBook Air – TV Ad – Stickers: I love this ad.

7/16/2014

UroClub: what the holy hell. “Created by a Board Certified Urologist?” Why is that relevant?!

7/15/2014

There’s a Little-Known Craigslist Just for Rich People: the graphic design is about the same.

Artists vs TMNT – Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3 Finale: it’s a doozy of a season finale.

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes: oh yeah! New stuff from his new album Mandatory Fun.

7/11/2014

4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer: just in time as I try to solve my own Wi-Fi issues.

“If We Won” with Newcastle Brown Ale: this is one of the few pre-video ads on YouTube that I’ve actually watched all the way through.

7/10/2014

Coolest Cooler: this is pretty slick but I can’t see spending $299 to own one. I think there are a couple features that other cooler manufacturers will readily copy, which I look forward to.

BMW M4 – “Ultimate Racetrack”: don’t try this at home. Professional driver on closed track.

Twitter – “To find out your dolphin name, lick your finger tips and rub a balloon.”: funny.

7/9/2014

What should I watch out for when fighting a chimpanzee?: HOLY FUCK!

First Moon Party: absolutely hilarious

7/8/2014

This is Shanghai: what an incredible video!

7/7/2014

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings: so true.

Big Ass Solutions: makers of the Big Ass Fan. Love it!

7/3/2014

Namez: it’s a good problem to attack, as I’m sure a huge portion of the population has difficult-to-pronounce names. However, it’s a longstanding problem that people have been working around for forever, no one would ever pay for this service, and people with hard-to-pronounce names are more likely to have thicker accents that make their recorded pronunciations hard to understand—compounding the problem.

6/27/2014

Jeff Dean Facts: love these!

The Gunfighter: funny.

The Simpsons in CSS: holy crap, that’s slick!

6/20/2014

Two Dollar Club: $15 for $10 worth of two dollar bills. At least the roll of quarters had some heft to it that might justify a premium. $5 to mail what would cost 44¢?! The bigger mystery to me is why someone would opt for $300/month plan (you get 100 $2 bills). Delivery by courier merits $100 over face value?

Washboard: $15/month for a $10 roll of quarters delivered automatically. One problem: the chronically lazy with more money than brains probably don’t schlep their clothes to a laundromat—they just buy new clothes.

How to Whistle With Your Fingers: need to work on this.

Harley Morenstein’s post on Vine: guy in Mentos suit falls into a Diet Coke dunk tank. Six seconds of violent reaction (followed by asphyxiation, presumably).

6/17/2014

Unfortunate Warning Signs: funny all around.

A Rare Peek Inside Amazon’s Massive Wish-Fulfilling Machine: so amazing and inspiring.

6/16/2014

Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3: I knew about “Weird” Al but Chali 2na was a special treat. Hilarious as usual!

6/12/2014

Big money, fast cars, and a Nyan Cat – this is the Gumball 3000: weird.