Found on the Web
We Surf So You Don't Have To


Later That Same Life: this is a great idea and well-executed. {via}


Lightest. Metal. Ever.: like aerogel, but metal. Material science is amazing! {via}


The Tardigrade – Practically Invisible, Indestructible ‘Water Bears’: so weird yet captivating. Here’s some video of them moving under a microscope. {via}


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


The Incredible Chemistry Set: $600 for the whole kit and kaboodle seems awfully high but I like the idea a lot. {via}


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


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


This is the Most 3D GIF to Ever 3D: whoa. Here’s more. {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}


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


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}


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.


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}


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


First Moon Party: absolutely hilarious


This is Shanghai: what an incredible video!


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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.


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.]


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


The Official Epic Rap Battles of History: wow. This is like Keynes vs. Hayek but better. Wow.


Downton Abbey, Explained: yep, that about sums it up.


What is the most remarkable single physical performance in Olympic history?: every answer’s a winner, but I was floored by this gymnastics routine.


No Excuse List: list of educational resources available on the Web. Looks pretty comprehensive.


Hidden treat – The Easter Island heads also have BODIES: I had no idea. How has this been known for decades and it’s the first I’d heard of it‽ {via}


Google World Wonders Project: this is fascinating. {via}


The Best Thing This Year: a mailing list where members are only allowed to post one email a year. So far so good.


25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English: love these sorts of lists. {via}


Drive a Tank: they absolutely need to franchise this. These prices seem quite reasonable.


Download Kindle Best Sellers for Free – Zero Dollar Books: a surprising selection.


I am Molly Ringwald. AMA: sure to be a crowd pleaser!


Even in the 1870s, humans were obsessed with ridiculous photos of cats: people are people.


Learning From 11 Years of Personal Publishing Analytics: I’m a sucker for charts and analysis. {via}


The Personal Analytics of My Life: that is some serious tracking going on there.


Hindenburg: the only thing I ever knew about it was its fiery demise. It was so much more.


Star Wars Uncut – Directors Cut: that is simply amazing. {via}


Ask Cool Tools: the blog is outstanding and this looks to be just as helpful.


cluedb: this is the Internet at its user-generated finest. {via}


A Never Before Seen Optical Trick Creates Ultra-Secure Cash: a watermark that can’t even be seen? Microscopic holes that only let certain wavelengths through? Yowza!


The Right (and Wrong) Way to Die When You Fall Into Lava: whoa, makes total sense when you think about it.


The Man Who Pressed His Luck … and Won: memorizing five patterns under the circumstances is still amazing.


Not an animated GIF: nice. If you want to prove to yourself that it’s not animated, look at it at a high angle. {via}


I see what you did there Pixar: that is so awesome! {via}


Chuck Lorre Productions – Vanity Cards: the full archive of all those messages that Chuck Lorre appends at the end of his shows.


10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science: excellent list, I held a few of them that I clearly need to research more.


Shit That Siri Says: this reminds me so much of the old Apple—the one that produced Clarus the Dogcow and had Easter eggs all over its software.


Ladies and Gentlemen, the best pet Halloween costume of all time: agree wholeheartedly. My dog, however, would be the fastest damn AT-AT you ever saw.

Ask Jon Skeet: for when you don’t care what anyone else has to say on StackOverflow.


Wine Cellar: I hate wine but I love trap doors.

Storage on the Ceiling – Kiss Garage Clutter Goodbye: this is an awesome idea.


Nerdy Day Trips: nothing in Arizona?! Well, I guess that’s probably true.


Gold Coins – The Mystery of the Double Eagle: utterly fascinating.


Steve Jobs’s Best Quotes: his impact on computing cannot be overstated. Also, watch his Stanford commencement speech for more inspiration.

Blisteringly sexy, she killed Nazis with her bare hands and had a 5 million-franc bounty on her head. As she dies at 98, the extraordinary story of the real Charlotte Gray: quite the headline. The film adaptation is available on Netflix streaming.


Should I Change My Password?: check your email address against recently-hacked databases.


Dear Photograph: these are so touching. I wish I had more childhood photos so I could make these juxtapositions.


AirDisaster.Com: whoa. Just whoa.


The Legion of Super-Groomsmen: and I thought our Toyota jump photo was cool. Damn!


Go the F**k to Sleep: a children’s book that captures the frustration of the parent.


Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg: awesomeness just got awesomer.

Incredible Star Wars Propaganda Posters: incredible sums it up.


How Google Works: it’s an amazing piece of work.


Dear news media:: perspective doesn’t sell papers or page views.


Maine Town Declares Food Sovereignty: awesome stand, but it’s premised on the notion that the federal government can be restrained. We’ll see how that pans out. (It also neglects the tremendous benefits of trade, but I can forgive them that in the service of acting as a check for liberty.)

Word Puzzle Universal Wrapping Paper: this is wrapping paper I would buy and use.

Facebook Makes Us Miserable: I only go their for work purposes.


Explore Thomas Cole: I’ve always loved his paintings. This is a great showcase of them.


Mapping America — Census Bureau 2005-9 American Community Survey: this is a fun little tool.


48 Things Frugality Has Taught Me: it’s linkbait but it’s good linkbait.


“Did ‘Star Wars’ become a toy story? Producer Gary Kurtz looks back”: “… essentially ended the trilogy with a teddy bear luau.” perfect summation of what went wrong with Return of the Jedi.


Sergey Larenkov: photos of World War II-era Moscow, Berlin, and Vienna masterfully Photoshopped into the present. {via}


A Passing Thought: sometimes you just have to stop and think about the world you inhabit.


14 Famous Man Caves: personal retreats from the recent past.


Speaker Wiki: dang, that’s some serious honoraria. {via}

My Phone is Off for You: an important sentiment. {via}