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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.

Vessyl: this is an amazing technology that’s solving a problem no one has. “What am I drinking?” Read the bottle or can. “How much am I drinking?” Figure out how many ounces your glass is, make a tick mark (|) after each glass, and then multiply the tick marks by the number of ounces. “How many calories am I consuming?” Same thing, but read the bottle or can for the number of calories per serving. I just saved you $99 (preorder) or $199 (later).

6/6/2014

Shocking Google Street Views Of The Decline Of Detroit: these aren’t even worth $100.

5/30/2014

This handmade Italian roadster is a Mini Cooper unlike any other: swoon. Holy swoon!

5/27/2014

20 Amazing Hotels You Need To Visit Before You Die: linkbait taken. These are stunning.

5/22/2014

Great Horror Campout: holy moly! I’d go for this except for the Tucker & Dale problem. Also, unstoppable music.

5/21/2014

What are some interesting examples of photographs which show historical figures in unexpected places or company?: there are some real doozies in here.

5/19/2014

Inside Heiress Huguette Clark’s California Mansion, Frozen in Time for 60 Years: no one from the family has visited in sixty-one years.

Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today: it’s a big difference.

5/6/2014

“Do You Wanna Go To Starbucks?”: cute parody.

5/5/2014

Oprah Interested in Buying Clippers: “The Oracle chief has had basketball courts on at least two of his yachts, said Tom Ehman, who handles America’s Cup matters for Mr. Ellison. He said Mr. Ellison liked to relax by shooting hoops on these courts, and has had someone in a powerboat following the yacht to retrieve balls that go overboard.” Whoa.

5/2/2014

Virtual Barber Shop (Audio…use headphones, close ur eyes): speaking of binaural, here’s a decent demo.

The Ultimate Headphones Test: I did the binaural test at home alone while sitting in my favorite chair. I hadn’t read the nature of the test and seriously thought someone was in my backyard. PHEW! (Incidentally, the RBH EP2‘s are some seriously awesome in-ear headphones.)

4/28/2014

List of common misconceptions: this is a pretty good list.

4/22/2014

Suicides account for most gun deaths: you hear about 30,000 gun-related deaths each year and you think, “It’s the Wild West out there, man!” But 60% of those are suicides, which puts a different spin on violence in America.

Packing like a Pro: wow, this is an eye opener about what is possible in packing.

Booksellers claim to have found Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary: this one is hard to believe. 1) did he provably own a copy of that book? 2) did he write in the margins of other books he owned? 3) are the marks consistent with other margin-writers of his day (if people actually did it that long ago)? The underlining, to me, seems modern—not twentieth-century or anything but at least eighteenth. They have a book documenting their discovery and making the case, as well as original scans on their site.

4/18/2014

How to Cut Tomatoes Like a Ninja – Cooking Hack: I don’t often need to cut that many tomatoes but I like the thinking behind it. (Just like the use of a tire to hold cut wood together.)

[UPDATE: This does not work well for English muffins, by the way.]

AMAZING !! STREET PERFORMER BATTLES NYPD COP TO STREET PERFORM: wow, what an amazing police officer. Or not.

4/17/2014

Confetti High-Fives: this would really liven up your celebrations.

4/9/2014

Kim Jong-un executes security minister by FLAME THROWER: bloodthirsty dictators need to get creative to stay engaged. Mortar round? Come on, that’s the province of the bored.

1/23/2014

Fake London Underground signs: these are hilarious and look like they belong.

1/12/2014

Airstream Sessions // Last Exit Live TV // Dry River Yacht Club // “Isabella”: can’t get enough of DRYC and this is one of my favorites.

S01E07 Miss Ping (Tumba Ping Pong Show): this was mystifying to me, until I found this video detailing how it’s done.

Dora the Explorer Movie Trailer (with Ariel Winter): I’d watch the actual movie, if it was done in this parody style.

Can You Walk on Water? (Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool): this looks like a lot of fun.

Tower Climbers working: so very, very hard to watch.

7/29/2013

How does Elon Musk’s SF-to-LA-in-30-minutes Hyperloop work?: answers are coming in mid-August, but I’m dubious. Elon Musk is no Paul Moller but this seems too good to be true.

7/24/2013

Buying Cheap Property In Detroit: I wondered about this. Sounds like a war zone.

6/19/2013

Kidz Bop Kids – Thrift Shop Macklemore Cover: “This has more dislikes than views.”

5/31/2013

Prancercise Highlights: wow. I’m just stunned. (It’s better with a unicorn mask.)

5/10/2013

Riker sits down: given the height of those chairs, it seems pretty fluid but you’ll quickly notice that no one else does that.

fartscroll.js: this is exactly what The Onion‘s open-source contribution would look like. Oh, and they got one of the best pull requests I’ve come across. [UPDATE: Someone made a Chrome extension.]

5/1/2013

A Boy And His Atom – The Worlds Smallest Movie: holy moly! This is amazing stop-motion video. And from a company that seems to be circling the drain.

4/2/2013

What are the top five facts everyone should know about oil exploration?: incredible answer from an oil company engineer. Oil and its derivatives aren’t going anywhere in our lifetimes.

3/13/2013

Soylent: I had this idea years ago, but I’m sure this tastes better. I fully support making this a product.

3/12/2013

Charles Chase on energy for everyone: this is a game changer. I want as much information about this as possible.

3/1/2013

Astonishingly real Audrey Hepburn shills chocolate in new commercial: I, for one, thought this was exactly the sort of commercial she would’ve done and the effect is very realistic.

2/27/2013

How do farts behave in low gravity?: an answer to a question I never knew I had.

2/26/2013

Clear for Mac + Leap Motion: I don’t know. This seems like more work than clicking on a checkbox.

2/19/2013

YOU HAD ONE JOB!: come on!

2/18/2013

12 Letters That Didn’t Make the Alphabet: talk about dodging a bullet! English is difficult enough as it is—these guys would have made it dreadful.

Rules for the New Monopoly Cat Token: new tokens strikes me as heresy, but luckily I still have my old set in good condition.

2/15/2013

Go Daddy Employee Town Hall | Harlem Shake Style – YouTube: I was the hopping bucket behind the ToolZilla dude.

Purdue Technology students build supersonic ping pong gun – YouTube: the six-pack of cans part was the best.

2/11/2013

Leader of international religion: funny, but it looks like they’re doing some headhunting as well.

Think Nemo’s Bad? In Brazil It’s Raining Spiders: this should be a clue that it’s time to move.

2/7/2013

Supernatural pickpocketing skills!! Awesome to watch! – by Apollo Robbins: I read the article and couldn’t believe it. Now I see it and the article is real.

Rudolf Virchow – The Sausage Duel: riskier than, say, pistols?

2/4/2013

Crafting with Cat Hair – Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat: the “cat lady” market must be bigger than I thought.

1/29/2013

Zeppelin bend: looks like a good knot.

1/9/2013

Drive Thru Invisible Driver Prank: this and a few of the other videos are pretty funny, but most of this series are cringeworthy.

12/24/2012

Holland vs the Netherlands: what’s the difference? Watch and learn.

12/21/2012

Fever Phobia: this is a great explanation of fever—though it’s really hard not to panic when you see 105° or 106—.

12/18/2012

Us on Facebook: neat little feature that shows a combined profile of you and your significant other, if in a relationship that Facebook knows about.

12/17/2012

Anonymous Attacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Plans to Picket Sandy Hook Funerals: something about “two wrongs” springs to mind. Free speech must still be defended, no matter how vile the speaker

Unusual baby names of 2012: I was going to say that there’s no way that anyone named their baby boy “Google” but nothing surprises me any longer when it comes to people.

12/10/2012

@AvoidComments: this is good advice.