Saturday, June 23, 2018

To See Better

It's only logical. They have health insurance, but who's going to pay the electric bill? (via Bad Newspaper)

The Dinosaur and the Missing Link



The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy was created by Willis O'Brien in 1915, released by Edison Studios in 1917. The stop-motion animated tale concerns a courtship among prehistoric cave people, an ape-creature (the missing link), and a dinosaur. The real comedy comes in the intertitles, which would be quite at home in an Edwardian romantic comedy. I found this in an interesting article about the evolution of dinosaurs in movies at Vulture. 

We Should All Care



Art by Justin Teodoro.



Cucumber



My garden us growing well, and it won't be long til I can enjoy my regular summer meal of tomato and cucumber salad -sometimes with bacon. From the looks of the cucumber patch covered in blossoms, I will have bumper crop. If you are looking forward to a lot of fresh cucumbers, here's something that will get you in the right mood. Macka B sings the praises of the cucumber, from its refreshing taste to its many nutritional benefits. (via reddit)

Talking to the Counselor

Is it satill paranoia when everyone really is watching you? This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Go to the comic link to read the hover text, and push the red button for a bonus punchline.

Mind Blown

Cassette Navigation 1971



Imagine a GPS (or SatNav, if you're British) in 1971. There was such an idea, but it came on pre-recorded cassette tapes that gave you directions as you played it. Watch how it works in this clip from the erstwhile TV show Tomorrow's World. Of course it could never work as advertised. If you ever made a wrong turn, the whole system would suddenly turn useless. Or if you were caught in a traffic jam, didn't drive the speed the cassette expected, or the machine ate the tape- which was a common occurrence with cassettes. You would need to buy a new cassette for every new route, and once you drove there, you wouldn't need that tape again. I'm sure there are more reasons not to buy into this system. In 1971, it was easier to learn to read signs and maps, develop a sense of direction, and ask someone as a last resort. (via Nag on the Lake)

Cinnamon

(via Fark)

Kitten on the Freeway



Hope for Paws got a notification of a kitten on the freeway in Los Angeles, on a fast lane with no shoulder. Eldad Hagar and Loreta Frankonyte were out transporting a dog with puppies, and did a detour to make a scary rescue. The kitten was scared, hungry, flea-ridden, and had infected eyes. There's no telling how long he was out there on the road by himself. But Napoleon was fed, bathed, treated, and named, and now has a bright future. (via Laughing Squid)

Tweet of the Day


(via Mark Hamill)

Friday, June 22, 2018

Conflict Resolution

Did Mary Poppins go to Hogwarts?



Was Mary Poppins trained in the magic arts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? It makes so much sense! The various clues are explained in this video from Uproxx.

The Introvert's Attempt

(via reddit)

Doors



Go ahead and watch this without thinking about it being a campaign ad. MJ Hegar is a badass even without running for Congress in Texas' 31st district. If you can't vote in Texas, you can still donate to her campaign. Hegar's autobiography is called Shoot Like a Girl, eventually to be a movie.  (via Metafilter)

The Terrible Aerodynamics of Star Wars Ships



Extreme nerdery incoming! EC Henry used a virtual wind tunnel to test the aerodynamics of the ships seen in the Star Wars movies. It becomes clear that they were designed to look cool, and not to work in a real atmosphere. But when you compare them to each other, the Rebels with their ugly ships were more realistic and might have even worked. (via io9)

That Scam Has Expired

(Thanks, Lorrie!)

Embrace Your Truth



An excerpt from Justice League: War finds Wonder Woman the subject of a protest crowd. She needs to get to the bottom of things. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Miss Cellania's Links

How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water. Young gas giants throw debris toward inward planets, including hydrogen-rich materials.

These parents hoped to raise $1,500 for separated migrant families. Pledges now total $15 million. 

How to Decorate Like a Viking. Archaeologists have built a palette of the paint colors used on Viking homes and buildings. (via Metafilter

The Science of Hearing. Our ability to detect and interpret sounds is due to an amazing and complicated biological system.

Lucasfilm Might be Putting Future Star Wars Spin-offs on Hold. Solo's disappointing box office was a surprise glitch in the moneymaking machine.

Why Women Say Nothing Is Wrong When Something Is Clearly Wrong. She has plenty of reasons not to share it with you right now.

The Breastfeeding Zealots of the Neonatal Ward. Maternal lactation is pushed to the point of shaming mothers with hungry babies.

Religious leaders want Trump hotel's liquor license revoked because he's 'not a person of good character.' That's a requirement in the District of Columbia.

Terminator 6 Provides a First Look at the Return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor.

Poems about peeing off a cliff. (via Metafilter)

Sweet Talk

(via Fark)

June 1998



What were you doing 20 years ago? YouTuber thepeterson put together a nostalgic look at the pop culture that accompanies our memories of that time. Honestly, much of this passed me by, because I spent most of June 1998 in China, and then trying to recover from the trip and learning how to be a mommy to Princess. (via Tastefully Offensive)