Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Master Chef

(via The Chive)

Nuclear Weapons

John Oliver tells it like it is regarding nuclear weapons. I remember when we used to think about them every day. So many of my generation grew up just assuming that we would all die from a nuclear bomb eventually. I know I did.

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Our Neighbor, Mr. Rogers. How Fred Rogers developed educational TV for young children.

The story of the only Lucas to win an Oscar for Star Wars: Marcia, George’s ex-wife.

In order to secure a three-year purchasing contract with the state of New York, office supplier Staples agreed to sell 291 common items for a penny. Hilarity ensues. (via Metafilter)

The Destabilizing Truth: Only The Wealthy Can Afford A Middle Class Lifestyle.

Why Are Cans Shaped That Way? (Thanks, Nick!)

A Game About Squares is exactly what it says on the tin, and despite the lack of instructions, it’s not that hard to figure out. (via Metafilter)

Here are the 6 celebrities who went undercover at Comic-Con. That Spider-Man you took a selfie with may have been someone you kind of know.

How 14 Things That Happened To You In Childhood Shape You As An Adult. These research findings are for populations and do not apply to all individuals.

Abandon Ship: 5 Maritime Disasters Lost to Time. Read these and then thank your lucky stars for those swimming lessons you took.

10 Heroic Battlefield Medics. They went to war to save lives, while risking their own.

Cats Do The Wizard of Oz

Cats love the classics, especially The Wizard of Oz. Continue reading to see them act out the best parts of the movie!

Magic Numbers

Check out this amazing method for learning how to multiply! Well, it’s an amazing story for learning, specifically, what 4 x 9 is. Or maybe it’s not so much amazing as it is baffling.

Darren Michalczuk’s YouTube channel The Brick School has several videos along this line. They are a few years old, but Michalczuk continues to push his learning method at his website Brain Magic. You can even buy apps to teach your child this method! Michalczuk has written quite a few education articles about the magic of learning that are as incomprehensible as the Magic Numbers series.

Of course it’s satire, but it’s played so straight across the web for so many years that it’s a masterful feat. You have to wonder if anyone ever took it seriously. My guess is that it would be easy to take it seriously if you just read the ads for the apps. The articles, well, someone with less-than-stellar critical thinking skills might swallow them whole, but the videos area real WTF moment. (via Digg)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ground Beef

Star Wars Episode VII Jitters Song

In this little ditty from Adult Swim, a lonely geek contemplates Star Wars VII. What if it’s awful? So many things could go wrong! That’s what we call “managing expectations,” or “not getting our hopes up.” As with most of the big blockbuster movies these days, the anticipation is more enjoyable than the payoff. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Emotional Watermelon

(via The Chive)

The Peacocks of Palos Verdes

Rolling Hills Estates on the Palos Verdes peninsula in Los Angeles County has a lot of peacocks. They’re beautiful birds, but there’s a price to pay for such strange wildlife. From the vimeo description:
Peafowl first came to the Palos Verdes Peninsula almost a century ago when Palos Verdes founder Frank Vanderlip received 12 birds as a gift. Now, there are hundreds. The birds roam streets and roofs in the city of Rolling Hills Estates. Some residents love the peafowl and some wish the city would take more control.
Peacocks are wonderful in small doses. I recall peacocks in my neighborhood when I was a child -they mainly stayed behind the wrought iron fence of their owner’s home, where we could see them but did not have to deal with peacock poop or birds in the street. (via The Atlantic)

Giant Walking Eye


3-year-old Drummer Plays with Orchestra

Russian drummer Lyonya Shilovsky is three years old, but he’s already a pro! Watch him play drums with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. The song is Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” which most of just call “The Can-Can.” Lyonya only loses the beat twice: when he drops his sticks, and when his father interupts him to pose for a picture. How does that compare to your concentration when you were three years old? (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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Johnny Cash’s Captive Audience. The Man in Black spent years performing for prison inmates.

NERDS!!! 15 Facts You Might Not Know About Revenge Of The Nerds.

11 Movie Titles That Became Part of the Lexicon.

How a Jewish Doctor Duped the Nazis.

Can You Identify These Hit Songs by Just Their First Second? There are links to each section from all the other sections, so you may as well start with recent music. (via Metafilter)

The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care.

Pie Man to the rescue: 13-plus one-off TV superheroes. Any weird superhero can be interesting for a single appearance.

Eight-year-old Noah Aldrich pushed, pulled, and towed his disabled brother through a youth triathlon because they do everything together. They are the living embodiment of a Hollies song.

Rebecca Ehalt returned home after a two-year absence and was greeted by her family’s Schnauzer. The dog was so overcome with joy that he fainted!

10 Poetic Tributes to Cats. They are, after all, the world’s most amusing muse.

A Beautiful Cat Sleeping

The most beautiful cat in the world? I don’t know, but he sure is fetching. And even more interesting when he’s asleep. These pictures were rearranged by redditor shayne9512 from a series posted by BitterRaven, but we don’t know who the original photographer is. This cat introduced me to a subreddit called Animals Being Derps, which I will have to visit again.

80s Computer Hacking: A Supercut

The 1980s gave us some truly awesome movies. While the trope of hacking computers was quite useful to advance a plot, the depiction of how it’s done was woefully unrealistic. For those of us who actually used computers in the ‘80s, these seemed ludicrous even when they were new. Yeah, the unrealistic speed was due to movie pacing, we got that, but other things made no sense. A security agency requires a login but no password. If you’re nerdy enough, you can draw a picture by typing. Transferring data means they have to show you that data onscreen as it loads.

From our 21st-century vantage point, even the futuristic computers are lame: you have a 3D holographic display, but you can’t produce a decent human voice? This supercut is from the folks at Found Item Clothing, where you’ll find a list of the movies. (via Laughing Squid)

Sunday, July 27, 2014