Monday, June 25, 2018

Scientist Man's Plan to Save Star Wars

The mediocre box office for Solo shows that movie tickets are too expensive, and people won't go to a movie just because it has some loose connection to Star Wars. It's a numbers game, according to Scientist Man. The solution: raise the ticket prices! (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

It's Complicated

Disaster in the Pantry

How would you handle this disaster? Redditor nerdy_J said a friend's kid did this to all the cans in the pantry. They were lucky that the labels were still there at all. Do you know what's in your cabinets well enough to figure out what's in the cans? Tomato paste, tomato sauce, corned beef, and tuna are pretty easy. I hope you store the cat food in a different place. Some folks at the post shared what they did back when they got unlabeled canned food free.
When I was a kid we were really poor and would volunteer to take food from local grocery stores to the local food pantry. Legally, the food pantry could not accept cans without labels, so rather than throwing them out we would take them home. We all got pretty good at guessing what was in a can by how it sounded when you shook it. We would also make “mystery can soup”. Basically get a cheap chunk of roast and then start opening cans: vegetables went in the soup, fruit went into a bowl for fruit salad and cat/dog food/mystery meat would go to the cats.
That plan gets a wrench thrown in when you open a can of tamales or chow mein, but those can be refrigerated for a while. I am reminded of a Girl Scout camp out where we all brought a can of our favorite soup and threw them all in a pot together. The real problem with your canned goods shelf is that you keep too much stuff around that you really don't want to eat. I once bought one can of French onion soup because I like it, but the hassle of preparing a couple of slices of French bread and melted cheese meant I never prepared it. Yesterday I checked and found the can expired four years ago!

Can Loneliness Kill You?

There's a big difference between being alone and being lonely. If you are alone because you enjoy solitude, that shouldn't be a problem. But if you feel alone and don't want to be, that is real loneliness. The feeling of loneliness and social isolation can do serious damage, but that doesn't mean you are doomed. For many people, feelings of loneliness come and go as life progresses, and smart folks learn how to change their life situation to meet their required spacial connections. AsapSCIENCE lets us in on the science of loneliness and its effects. (via Laughing Squid)

Windows to the Soul

Expect more of the same, and you won't be disappointed. This comic is from The Obscure Gentleman.


Casually Explained: Moving Out

James from Casually Explained gives young people a honest and detailed rundown on what it's like to move out of their parents' home. You'll only want to share this with your kids if they've already moved out, because it's pretty discouraging. When Baby Boomers moved out on their own, it was for the purpose of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, which kids these days don't do so much of. Also, we could find a place to live where the rent was only a week's income or less, if you weren't picky. Now the rental units are owned by Baby Boomers, and they demand exorbitant security deposits because they fear young tenants will act like they did at that age.  (via Tastefully Offensive)


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Never Bet Against a Raccoon

Think you're going to outsmart a hungry raccoon with your silly technology? Watch this trash panda foil a critter-proof bird feeder! You get the idea that it's not the first time he's seen this kind of setup. While the folks inside admit defeat, they are impressed with both the raccoon's intelligence and his dexterity. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

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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.


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)


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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)