Sunday, December 09, 2018

Validation Attempt

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Burning the Wall Of Death



Back in 2007, crazy man Colin Furze built a motordrome, or a "Wall of Death" out of around 850 pallets. It started him on a career making YouTube videos about the strange things he builds. You can see the videos of him building it, crashing in it, and successfully riding his 70cc Honda scooter in it. Now, he decided to get rid of the "rotting pile of pallets" by sending it up in a glorious blaze, to the music oif a song written about it. (via Digg)

Time Travel Ethics

Killing baby Hitler is a popular thought experiment, but the implications of possible time travel raise a lot more questions. Once you contemplate a baby crying for "no reason" because of a stealth time traveler, you sink into the black hole of other possibilities. A couple are in the hover text and the red button at the comic site. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Sharing the Lore

The Holiday Account of Dr. Frankincense



Dr. Frankincense must confront his Christmas past before he can really enjoy the holiday. A video by professor Ray Kampf featured in his Fruitcake Fables.

Portrait

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Moose Plays Ding Dong Ditch



Kyle Stultz and Allie Johnstone of Anchorage, Alaska, were awakened by the doorbell at 1:30 in the morning on Wednesday. But there was no one at the door. Who would play a prank in the middle of the long Alaskan night? A look at their security video revealed that it was a large, clueless moose that had wandered into the garage, found the space too confining, backed its butt up against their door while trying to turn around, and pressed the doorbell button. The moose managed to make a clean getaway from the scene of the crime. (via Boing Boing)

Tweet of the Day


The first comment says, "it's like the movie Speed, but with national politics instead of a bus."

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Decisions, Decisions

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Legally Blonde



The 2001 Reese Witherspoon comedy is now offered to us online by YouTube Movies. Yay?



Christmas Bonus

Happy Hanukkah! (via reddit)

Star Trek: The Next Generation/First Contact Metal Cover



Enjoy Captain Meatshield's version of the theme from the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the movie First Contact. I don't know if this really qualifies as metal, but it sure rocks! (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Brain Enhancement

Suddenly, enhancing one's brain doesn't seem all that great. We'd just end up magnifying those things that we hoped to get rid of. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Adulthood

Bathroom Stall Door Designed by Committee



There are two basic kinds of doors: swinging doors and sliding doors. Latches for one kind of door will not work for the other kind. But one guy in the construction team got a deal on sliding doors, and another guy got a deal on latches. Or, more likely, the same guy made both deals and didn't care. (via Digg)

Christmas Ninja

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The Genius of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"



To mark the 50th anniversary of The White Album from the Beatles, YouTuber 12tone breaks down the George Harrison song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." He deconstructs every nut and bolt of the song. If you understand music theory, it's fascinating (although it goes really fast). If you don't know a thing about music, you are left with the realization that Harrison not only started out with talent, but his music grew exponentially during the Beatle years. (via Laughing Squid)

Tweet of the Day


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Friday, December 07, 2018

They Needed a Lot

A First Look at Avengers 4: Endgame



The first trailer for the conclusion to the Thanos story is here. The Marvel movie is called Endgame, and it lands in theaters in April 2019. Otherwise, they don't want to give away too much, so the trailer focuses mainly on the depression our superheroes feel after the chaos of Infinity War. But we learn that Tony Stark is about to run out of oxygen. Someone will save him, I'm sure, but there's no word on who or how. (via Digg)

That Head of Yours

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Ugly

If only we could all find someone who sees us like this. From Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Uranus

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Incredible 'Sea Monster' Fossil Still has Skin and Blubber. The remains of ichthyosaur was subjected to modern chemical analysis. (via Shaena Montanari)

Predictim Claims Its AI Can Flag 'Risky' Babysitters, So I Tried It on the People Who Watch My Kids. How would you like your trustworthiness judged by an artificial intelligence's judgement of the tone of your social media posts?

Two Women Erased $1.5 Million of Strangers' Medical Debt Just Because They Felt Like It.


It's not worth it, Steve.

Millennials Didn’t Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials.

A psychologist explains our obsession with other people’s opinions.

Pantone has named its "color of the year" for 2019. It's Pantone 16-1546, otherwise known as Living Coral.

There’s an Alternate Universe of Pre-MTV Music Videos You’ve Never Seen. Featuring a wonderful half hour of "Soundies," which were music videos (actually film) produced produced between 1941 and 1947.

A blast from the past (2014): The Day the Mountain of Fire Was Born.


Horror Film

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The Artificial Intelligence That Deleted A Century



We are used to Tom Scott telling us about marvelous places or stories from history or science, but here he has a story from the future. A single successful artificial intelligence, owned by a private company, has taken over the world by scraping our collective information, and we didn't even realize it. Skynet? No, this is scarier. Maybe it's fiction; only time will tell.

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Yum!

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A Krampus Carol



Quite a few years ago, Anthony Bourdain wrote a story for a holiday episode of his TV series No Reservations. It features Krampus, the demon of Christmas, whose wrath is evoked when children are naughty. The animated version was not aired because producers thought it was too violent, which is kind of strange for a legend that was originally aimed at children only. (via Boing Boing)

The Difference

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I Can Haz Ur Face Off!



The Center for Biological Diversity shares a video of officials from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources releasing a bobcat kitten into the wild. This is no sweet baby kitten, however, but one that earned the nickname Mr. Murderbritches. He's angry and threatening wildly out of proportion to his size. I think Lucifer Jr. here will do just fine in the wilderness.  (via Metafilter)

Update: Read more a bout Mr. Murderbritches at the Salt Lake Tribune. (Thanks, gwdmaine!)

Alpha Centauri

Sometimes I feel our commonly-used rating system can work against us. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Snowing

Seven Million Years of Human Evolution



This video presentation from the American Museum of Natural History traces what we know about human evolution by combining a timeline, a map, animation, photographs, and artistic representations of various hominins. It's a wonderful visual presentation of data. You have to wonder what the world was like when different species of hominins lived in the same geographical era. It's hard enough for us to get along with each other now that we're all one species. (via Laughing Squid


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The Complicated History of the Human and Elephant Relationship. A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History shows how elephants went from prey to a revered species to conserve.

The Cheesecake Factory had a promotional giveaway on Wednesday that ended in chaos. Who knew that so many people would respond to an offer for free cheesecake delivered to their door?  (via Metafilter)

The Case for Treating Bigotry Like a Disease. If it’s both harmful and contagious, as research suggests, then a public health approach to the problem is warranted.

Feliz Navidad. (via Everlasting Blort)

Everyday Objects That Started Out As Something Else Entirely. Human resilience includes the ability to take a failed idea (or even a successful one) and use it for a completely different purpose.

Trump's Favorite Things. A new song from Randy Rainbow.

The Most Amazing, Smelly, and Deadly Fungi in North America.


Grounded

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Danemon's Monster Hunt



This Japanese cartoon was produced in 1935. A samurai who acts like Popeye but looks more like Bluto tries to save a damsel in distress. Instead, he is captured by an army of raccoon dogs! You can skip the first minute, but don't miss the later appearance of the one-eyed rokurokubi. I have no doubt that this cartoon is better if you understand Japanese, but it isn't crucial to follow the story. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tweet of the Day


Yeah, it's a riff on the Mike Flynn sentencing document. However, the comments below this Tweet are well worth reading, since Luke Skywalker honestly has plenty of things to confess.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Damage Estimate

The Surprisingly Interesting Story Behind "Strawberry Fields Forever"



We all know the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever," but Strawberry Field (without the "s") is a real place. Eddie Deezen touched on it when he told us the story of how the song came about. In this video, Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out gives us more on the history of the actual institution in Liverpool.

Wind Meter

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Neural Networks

You have to be nice to neural networks. Like Spot, they can turn on us at any moment. This is the latest from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Homemade Gingerbread House

Believe in Christmas



Enjoy this cute video about a hedgehog who's new to the school and doesn't quite fit in. Sure, it has a happy ending; it's a Christmas greeting from an Austrian bank. (Thanks, Sara!)


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old who defeated a powerful House Democrat, has an asteroid named after her — here's why. She's not only hard-working and progressive, she's pretty darn intelligent, too.

Our Facial Hair, Look At It.

Tales from the Tour Bus: Good-Luck Rock. In which George Clinton gives up crack and almost burns a hotel down. Video is NSFW. (via Everlasting Blort)

“Wear A Black Dress And I’ll Surprise You”: Woman Shares Her Worst Tinder Date Ever.

How a Cat Helped South Asia's Bikini Killer Escape Prison.

52 of the World’s Most Out-There Myths About Food. Many with funny stories attached.

Cat elected president.

Inside a 26-Year-Old Man's History-Making Face Transplant. The best results we've seen from this kind of surgery so far.

The Reason Many Ultrarich People Aren’t Satisfied With Their Wealth. Excuse me for my lack of sympathy.

A blast from the past (2013): 12 Wonderful Homemade Christmas Cards.

Lettie

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Princess Rajah Dance



A silent film from 1904. At first, you think that this is just a old-fashioned hoochie coochie dance, but then she dies that thing with the chair and oh my! I am impressed.

Tweet of the Day



It doesn't matter what Rudy Giuliani said in this tweet, because it doesn't make sense anyway. What's important is that he neglected to put a space after a period, and inadvertently created a link. Some genius immediately bought the domain. Go ahead, click the link.

Four days later, he's blaming Twitter.


Tuesday, December 04, 2018

What is a Calzone?

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Unicorns

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Harvard's HouseZero



Researchers at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities have completed a retrofit of a 1924 home that makes it a "zero emission" energy-efficient building. HouseZero employs both solar and geothermal energy, but the amazing part is all the computerized parts that make the house fend for itself. Sensors through the building compute what systems to employ, and the windows open and close themselves. That in itself will make you fear the repair costs when one thing stops working. Natural ventilation will save you tons of money on air conditioning, but here in the humid South, you may also have to contend with mold on your organic furnishings: wood, leather, and cotton. Don't ask me how I know. (via Digg)



Rebels in the Sky



A Star Wars song from Amontiock. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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The Glamorous, Sexist History of the Women’s Restroom Lounge. The lounge was a thing even before toilets were! (via Digg)

When the President and His Chef Feuded Over Cold Beans. Lyndon Johnson didn't see the use in a French chef the way the Kennedys did. 

She Thought She Was In Bed With Her Boyfriend, Until She Saw His Face. But a loophole in the law meant it wasn't technically rape.

11 Secrets of Hollywood Science Advisors.

Why Is Tucker Carlson Mad About Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? A Guide to the Content Cycle. (via Metafilter

The Fiendish Revenge of Achilles Bertoni. In 1907, he found out that his business partner Adolphus Zerbati, who was engaged to Bertoni's sister, was having an affair with Bertoni's wife. (via Strange Company)

Donald Trump Is Destroying My Marriage. It's happening; I've seen one divorce already in my community.

The Over-Celebration of Life Events. I have attended a kindergarten graduation, a gender reveal party, and a first moon party.

Someone tried to unlock your phone...”


Creepbay is a blog that finds and highlights the weirdest, most cringe-inducing products for sale on the internet. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2014): 8 Snowmen We Wish We'd Built.

Norman

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Spot Wants Out



Cyberdyne Boston Dynamics' robot Spot impressed us with its dancing a few weeks ago, but sometimes it acts like a typical big dog (not to be confused with BigDog). He wants out, and he knows how to open the door. The hockey player/roboticist in charge tries to assert his authority, but when you gotta go, you gotta go! This is why robots will end up killing us all. (via reddit)

Tweet of the Day


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Monday, December 03, 2018

Try Before You Buy

Grow



An old man in the apocalypse dedicates his life to protecting the last living plant on earth. Will he succeed? It won't take long to find out- the story wastes no time in exposition. This animation was produced by fourth-semester students at the Mediadesign Hochschule in Berlin. (via Laughing Squid)

Evolution

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Blanket Thief



Ignoramusky is back, with a new cat video from Russia! in this sequence, a cat decides this blanket is his, but it's in the wrong place. Notice the deft use of music to enhance the story. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Finnish Flag

How to Get Your Kid Ready for School in Five Minutes



This includes cooking him a bento lunch. Cute act! (via Bits and Pieces)


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How one man's quest to spread Christmas cheer led to a miserable four-year war with his neighborhood. (via Metafilter)

What Happened When I Unwittingly Married Into Money. Leapfrogging up the class scale can be uncomfortable and induces feelings of guilt.

The Great American Parrot Fever Panic of 1930.

Note to Trump: The Mueller Probe Costs Roughly $0.00 – Not $40 Million.

Policeman knocks on 10 Downing Street to let cat in. This high-ranking cat is named Larry.

The best and worst White House Christmas displays.

Somehow, The Wizard of Oz Is More Influential Than Star Wars. The 1939 film was named the most influential film of all time, followed by Star Wars and then Psycho.

Remember the chef who went to Puerto Rico and served four million meals to hurricane victims? José Andrés has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

Why Wilbur Wright Deserves the Bulk of the Credit for the First Flight. And why Orville ended up getting half the credit.

The Infamous and Bigamous John Blair Wills. When one decides one doesn't want to be married anymore, there's divorce, and there's murder, and then there's the incomprehensible tangled web woven by Wills. (via Strange Company)


A blast from the past (2007): Who Flew Before the Wright Brothers?

Alcohol

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A Couples Therapist Explains Iconic Film and TV Relationships



Young people get a screwed-up idea of what true love is supposed to be like from watching movies. Great movie romances are an idealized fantasy that end when the film does, and the success of the relationship is whatever the filmmaker wants it to be. Real life is not so much like a movie romance, or even a rom-com, but more like a straight up comedy. Therapist Omar Torres looks at some pop culture couples and gives us the straight dope on how realistic they are. (via Digg)


Sunday, December 02, 2018

Restaurant Math

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The Terminator



You can pay to watch movies through YouTube Movies, and a few are offered free (with ads). One od the classic from 1984, The Terminator. Yeah, it's 34 years old, but aside from Sarah Conner's hair, it holds up pretty well.




Chernobyl Review

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The New Face of Criminal Justice



Ronny Chieng went to Corpus Christi, Texas, to speak to newly-elected District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, who is a longtime member of the Calaveras Motorcycle Club. Come for the interview, stay for the tattoos.

Http3

Are your IT geeks current on all the latest tech updates? Yeah? Is that what they told you? How would you ever know? They know you'll never find out for sure. That's why they have the IT jobs and you don't. This comic is from Commitstrip.

Kid's Journal

Argentina



Our current president's visit to Argentina isn't going so well because he has a lot of other things on his mind. Ya think? This was the opening skit for last night's Saturday Night Live.

Spat

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Carrot Crazy



No cartoon bunnies were harmed in the making of this violent cartoon by Dylan Vanwormer and Logan Scelina. Carrot Crazy was their senior thesis film at Ringling College of Art and Design. (via the Presurfer)

Tweet of the Day



Saturday, December 01, 2018

Warranty

Bookstore

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Why Are There So Few Smartphones In Popular Movies?



You have to admit that smartphone use is way too common in the real world, and rare in movies. That makes our biggest movies totally unrealistic. So what? We don't go to movies to see the real world; we go to movie to escape the real world. Evan Puschak, the Nerwriter, analyzed the top movies of 2018 to determine how much and how smart phones are used in them, and found some interesting results. The "why" is pretty simple, if you ask me. While many of us use smart phones all day long, we don't really care to watch other people do it. That's not interesting. And if you think smart phone use is rare, Puschak also looks into the appearances of social media, too. (via Laughing Squid)

Fat Hibernates

Brain thinks he knows more than fat. Fat has a few tricks up his sleeve. A nice, warm, thermal sleeve. This is the latest from The Awkward Yeti.

Christmas Tip

Aquaman and Mera



This fan film combines stop-motion action figures with CGI to tell a cute little tale of shenanigans under the sea. (Thanks, Robin!)

Betcha

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An "Africa" Hanukkah



The a cappella group Shir Soul wanted to do a new song for Hanukkah, and settled on a parody of "Africa" by Toto. But what about the lyrics? The story of Hanukkah has been told many times in many songs, so they went with the story of how they produced the song itself. The outtakes after the song are pretty funny, too. Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown.

Tweet of the Day


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