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8/30/2018

First Ever Life-Size and Drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron Is a Pioneering Piece of Engineering and Design: very impressive and repairs would be very cheap.

6/18/2018

The Latest Private Jet Amenity Is a Theme Party for Your Children: for when iPads have lost their luster, I suppose. I am trying to not reflexively balk, but it’s tough.

6/16/2018

XM42-M Store: world’s most affordable flamethrower. I’m not sure who the target market is, though.

6/14/2018

Can today’s cars drive themselves?: this is about Tesla but this is an inherent flaw in automated systems that still require human interventions.

6/7/2018

A Russian Oligarch’s $500 Million Yacht Is in the Middle of Britain’s Costliest Divorce: that is a nice ship. The crew is always the one that suffers in a divorce.

6/1/2018

Injuries at annual cheese-rolling contest in UK: this is such a ludicrous event—and it’s apparently been going on for centuries. Google Street View goes to the top of Cooper’s Hill.

5/26/2018

Gravity Industries: lots of questions about the jet suit specifications but this is damn impressive nonetheless!

5/23/2018

Main Street Coalition: I sure hope this works because the progressive shareholder activism is aggressive and getting bigger.

5/14/2018

BNSF Head On Collision Kismet CA: that is so hard to watch because you know what’s coming. It looks like someone from the other train disembarks at 0:28, but that seems like the worst place to be.

5/7/2018

EUC contest 2016: very impressive! {via}

5/3/2018

Snooty dog owners hijacked NYC park for ‘private’ kennel club: New York values run up against New York values.

5/2/2018

United States Returns Thousands of Ancient Artifacts To Iraq: the other important Hobby Lobby case.

4/23/2018

Juicero, Cold Press Juicer for Rich Weirdos: funny teardown.

4/19/2018

Space Auction: bunk of NASA junk. These might be worth buying just to dare that one guy to eat them, you know that guy. [UPDATE: This one’s good for long trips.]

4/17/2018

The Cake Server: holy crap! I am in awe.

Deluxe – My Game: simply amazing video by one of my favorite bands.

4/13/2018

Montville Schools’ Failure To Report ‘Fight Club’ Activity ‘Egregious’: in his defense, the teacher didn’t leave a sub plan for him to follow.

4/10/2018

Scott Frederick Wegener charged with making, blowing up improvised explosive devices in Fort Pierce: to be fair, the neighbor did steal his BB gun. Who wouldn’t make an IED to put under the thief’s house or at least try to blow up his chickens.

4/5/2018

How It’s Made – Toilet Paper: mesmerizing. {via}

4/4/2018

Stockholm family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up weather: not a bad idea if you live in a very cold climate, I’d say. (I don’t.)

4/3/2018

Business owner building his own highway off-ramp: good luck with that. {via}

4/2/2018

Tesla – Robots are killing it: sometimes the incumbents are doing things a particular way for a good reason.

3/29/2018

Introducing MARTY, Stanford’s self-driving, electric, drifting DeLorean: mmm, donuts. (More details here.)

3/22/2018

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).

3/19/2018

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

3/15/2018

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?

3/7/2018

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

2/23/2018

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?!)

2/21/2018

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.

2/20/2018

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?

2/15/2018

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.

2/13/2018

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

2/12/2018

‘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.

2/9/2018

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

2/8/2018

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

2/7/2018

The blue marble: whoa. {via}

2/6/2018

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.

2/5/2018

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.)

2/4/2018

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.

2/1/2018

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

1/29/2018

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.

1/26/2018

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

1/17/2018

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}

1/10/2018

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}

1/9/2018

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

12/15/2017

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

10/5/2016

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

4/19/2016

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.

3/25/2016

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

3/2/2016

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

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

2/24/2016

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

2/12/2016

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

2/2/2016

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

12/21/2015

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

11/18/2015

CafePress Fake Electric Outlet Sticker: this looks super handy!

9/10/2015

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

9/9/2015

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?

9/3/2015

Huge wave hits cruise ship: yikes! {via}

8/23/2015

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

8/18/2015

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

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

8/6/2015

“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

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}

8/2/2015

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

7/22/2015

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

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.

7/17/2015

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

7/16/2015

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.

7/9/2015

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.

11/4/2014

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

9/10/2014

Conan Visits The American Girl Store: hilarious!

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.

8/8/2014

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?

7/10/2014

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

6/20/2014

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).

6/12/2014

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

6/6/2014

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

5/22/2014

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

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.

4/18/2014

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

1/23/2014

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

1/12/2014

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.

2/27/2013

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

2/19/2013

YOU HAD ONE JOB!: come on!

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.

2/7/2013

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.

2/4/2013

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

1/9/2013

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

12/17/2012

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