Monday, June 18, 2018

Customer Loyalty Rewards

I honestly think all the local grocery is getting from me are my grocery-buying habits, which is obvious. I don't use a smart phone, and my store account is set up without email, much less social media. They still manage to send me coupons for what I'm going to buy. However, I'm sure there are plenty of hyper-connected people that make all that information accessible to them without even thinking about it. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Managers Special

Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World?

The worst mosquito tourist experience I know is Roanoke Island in North Carolina, and the best is at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. But when you go to Disney World in Orlando, you're too busy having fun to notice the lack of mosquitoes. The theme park is built on a swamp in Florida, so what gives? The truth is that Disney goes to great lengths to control the mosquito population. Rob Plays explains how that happens.

Miss Cellania's Links

How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture. When creating heroic tales, filmmakers still ask, "What would Indiana Jones do?"

The Unexplained Dancing Plague and Other Epidemics of Yore. The power of suggestion is still the most logical explanation.

The Bible Passage Jeff Sessions Used to Justify Detaining Children Has a Disgusting History. It's the verse you use when you don't have a moral leg the stand on. 

Reanimation! Science Stories About Frankenstein. This seven-part video series features conversations with scientists on Mary Shelley's book and the issues it addresses. (Thanks, WTM!)

George Lucas's Plan for Star Wars 7 through 9, Starring Mid-Chlorians. No matter how much you dislike any of the new Star Wars films, you can tell yourself it could have been so much worse. (via Ars Technica)

The Recipes of Cleopatra. Her elixirs were well-regarded in the fields of cosmetics, gynecology, and alchemy. (via Strange Company)

The Iroquois Theater Disaster. More than 600 people died in the stampede and conflagration, which led to new safety standards.

Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War. America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and re-engage with mainstream culture.

Watch Tiny Crab Spiders Take Flight With 10-Foot Silk Parachutes.

How to claim your maple syrup.

A blast from the past (2016): The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster.

The Cats' Orchestra

Anyone who ever saw The Aristocats knows that cats make music like nobody's business. Click the "more" button to see 14 cats playing their chosen instruments.

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grand Larceny

Once In A Lifetime: Isolated Vocals

"Once in a Lifetime" by The Talking Heads with just David Byrne and the chorus, without any musical instruments, sounds like the depraved rantings of a lunatic mind. (via Dangerous Minds)

Strategic Slice

(via reddit)

Blood Oath

Ew. Fresh blood is fairly clean, yet you don't know where that hand has been. But that's nothing compared to the world of bacteria crawling inside the mouth of someone with such weak gums. This comic is from Jake Likes Onions. -via Geeks Are Sexy

To Dad

(via reddit)

How to Film a Canada Lynx in the Wild

The Wild Canadian Year is a five-part TV series about Canadian wildlife. Sam Ellis' assignment for the show was to film a Canada lynx in its natural habitat. Not an easy task, as remaining invisible is a big part of a lynx's lifestyle. But over time, Sam tracked and got to know a cat he called Mad Max. He spent 76 days trying to get some good footage of Max hunting. So here we have a videographer following a cameraman following a lynx following rabbits for more than two months, so let's appreciate the result. 

Fathers Day Links

18 Of The Most Dad Things Dads Do On Family Vacations.

Literally Just 30 Celebrity Dads With Their Kids Who Are So Cute You Might Cry.

17 Pieces Of Advice For New Dads That Are Actually Really Helpful.

Why Father's Day Was 58 Years in the Making. It wasn't an official holiday until 1972!

Daddy’s finally home: 14 deadbeat TV dads who made good. Everything’s different when Daddy comes back.

20 Hilarious Comics That Get Real About Fatherhood.

The TV Dad is American History.

I Had No Idea What Fatherhood Was Going to Be Like.

Fathers Day Cake Wrecks.

The 10 Worst Movie Dads for Father's Day. 

A Comik.

Criminal Cat

(via Fark)

Advice for Dad

From the 1932 movie Horse Feathers. Groucho was 11 years older than his brother Zeppo, so he was convincing enough to play his Dad. Happy Fathers Day!

Tweet of the Day

Rob Rogers tell the story here. (via Metafilter)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

As You'd Expect

(via Bad Menu)

Marmalade Loves His Dad

Chris Poole brings us a cute Fathers Day greeting in which his cat Marmalade expresses his thoughts. (via Laughing Squid)

Father's Day Portraits

(via reddit)

Hot Enough For Ya?

I haven't turned on the air conditioning yet this year. It's not that bad in here at all. Part of it is getting used to not being in air conditioning all the time. The other part is crucial: I live in a 112-year old house with high ceilings and adequate windows. I have window fans in the front, pulling in air from the back. Ceiling fans, too. And the stairwell pulls heat upstairs, where no one lives right now. The real payoff comes with the electricity bill, which has a comparison of how much power I used in the same month last year.