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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.