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


Inching closer to a DNA-based file system: this is a fascinating glimpse at the future. The information storage density and self-replication ability of DNA makes it a compelling data storage platform.


The Biggest Opportunity Everyone Is Missing In Self-Driving Cars: hear, hear!


Britain’s Giant Airship: I’ve read his book and it is wonderful. The writing is so compelling.


MetPublications: free digital versions of their publications back to 1964. I found this Frank Lloyd Wright one and another on the sculptor Bernini.

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.)


Ass Is The Most Complicated Word In The English Language: this is absolutely hilarious. {via}

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.


Family fun with deepfakes: I particularly liked his closing paragraph imagining legitimate uses of the technology. (It’s so easy to think of the evil that can be done: Black Mirror‘s “Shut Up and Dance” episode but without having actually done the initial act.) {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}


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.


Google Maps’s Moat: this is an impressive insight into Google’s mapping efforts. (It’s also impressive in its depth—I’d highly recommend looking at his other essays.)


Hooked On The Past – Exploring the history of architecture: the proprietor recreates demolished buildings digitally, providing a valuable service. The recreation of the Paulson house, for example, is so much more vivid than the elevations I had seen previously.

Pumped for the Future –
Fueling Up at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Visionary Gas Station
: I had heard of this project, but had never seen it.


Netflix Genre List: tens of thousands of genres, including Goofy Deep Sea Movies. {via}


Mike Rowe Wears Trump’s Robe, Fights a Drone, and Solves the Labor Shortage: such a compelling person and a wonderful interview.


Your Life in Numbers: gives you a little perspective.


Kitbashed: holy moly this is comprehensive. For just one example, look at this exploration of the Millennium Falcon. There is so much there for the film geek.


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


Ancient Rome: HBO’s Rome brought ancient Rome to life more, for me. But this is very captivating still. {via}


Space Tourism Posters @NASAJPL: something tells me NASA isn’t the one to get us to this future, but they are beautiful.


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


Frinkiac: wow. This is a very well done Simpsons quote search engine.


What’s Wrong With Craig Venter?: an amazing life and ambition.


The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy: very thorough.


Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS): this is a cool technology.


VertiGo – A Wall-Climbing Robot including Ground-Wall Transition: what an innovative approach to climbing a wall. I would’ve expected some sort of sticky wheels. {via}


Faraday Future: gah, so tantalizing and mysterious. I want to know more! (Watch the film and wait for CES, I guess.)


Unheard of Instruments in the Saxophone Family: there sure was a lot of saxophone innovation in the 1920s.


The $75,000 problem for self-driving cars is going away: this is an amazing advance.


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.