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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.

8/9/2014

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

8/1/2014

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

7/15/2014

“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.

7/9/2014

First Moon Party: absolutely hilarious

7/8/2014

This is Shanghai: what an incredible video!

7/7/2014

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

6/20/2014

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

6/17/2014

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!

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.

5/21/2014

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

4/22/2014

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.]

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.

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.

2/15/2013

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

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.

12/7/2012

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

8/15/2012

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

8/14/2012

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

8/6/2012

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

6/9/2012

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}

6/1/2012

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

5/24/2012

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

5/19/2012

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

5/17/2012

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

5/9/2012

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

4/25/2012

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

4/12/2012

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

4/3/2012

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

3/8/2012

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

2/27/2012

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

1/30/2012

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

1/19/2012

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

1/18/2012

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

12/13/2011

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!

12/7/2011

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

11/11/2011

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

11/8/2011

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}

10/26/2011

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

10/20/2011

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

10/14/2011

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.

10/13/2011

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.

10/10/2011

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.

10/5/2011

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

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

9/13/2011

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

8/29/2011

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

8/24/2011

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.

6/23/2011

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

6/17/2011

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

6/5/2011

AirDisaster.Com: whoa. Just whoa.

5/20/2011

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

5/16/2011

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

5/5/2011

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg: awesomeness just got awesomer.

Incredible Star Wars Propaganda Posters: incredible sums it up.

3/28/2011

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

3/16/2011

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

3/15/2011

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.

12/29/2010

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

12/16/2010

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

8/19/2010

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

8/15/2010

“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.

8/2/2010

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

7/30/2010

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

7/28/2010

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

7/27/2010

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

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

7/26/2010

From Spy Plane to Monster Truck – a Photo Gallery of Awesome Cockpits: this is seriously neat.

The Ins-n-Outs of an In-N-Out Double-Double, Animal-Style: I knew there was a reason why I loved them. Also, you can get your french fries animal style as well.

50 Fantastically Clever Logos: many aren’t particularly clever but well-executed. The “Spartan Golf Club” logo blew my mind.

Eisenhower Interstate System Diagram Map Posters: beautiful work. Makes it seem like a cross-country trip is a short subway ride away. {via}

7/22/2010

Motivational Posters from the Movies: all good ones.

7/21/2010

How Do I Win Rock Paper Scissors Every Time?: I need to start playing some high-stakes Rochambeau.

7/19/2010

Launchlist: in the vein of “turn off the stove” checklists.

Monopoly: how the board game saved many Allied prisoners’ lives.

7/16/2010

Oxford Dictionaries FAQ: lots of fascinating answers here, like one indicating the origins of the dollar sign. (HINT: it didn’t come from the United States’ initials.) {via}

7/15/2010

Handmade Dollhouse Miniatures and Collectible: these are adorable and handmade.

Metafilter Turns 11: and I’ve been a member for over 10 years myself.

West Baden Springs Hotel: wow, this is a magnificent hotel. I want to go just to see it in person. {via}

10 Innovative Subway Advertisements: my favorites are the funeral home one and the Durex one, though I think it’s wildly inappropriate for a public space.

7/13/2010

LOST Encyclopedia: as much as the series finale disappointed me, I still really enjoy the mythology of everything that came before it. It’ll be published on August 24, 2010.

Balloons and Dyson Air Multiplier™ fans: simply stunning. As I said previously, it’s pricey but intriguing. {via}

7/9/2010

The Truth About Cold Water: the take-away lesson for me? Avoid cold water.

7/8/2010

Tierney Wins Peak Oil Bet: Julian Simon is sighing contentedly in his grave.

Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop: it’s jarring but I think I could come to appreciate such a reality.

7/4/2010

Did Americans in 1776 have British accents?: interesting question and informative answer.