Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Meet the Beavers

The Coastal Watershed Institute surrounded a beaver lodge with cameras to see what they are up to in the middle of winter. They stay pretty busy, constantly reinforcing and repairing their home. They even incorporate the trail camera as part of the lodge! Watch Notch-Tail and Smooth-Tail and their kit doing what beavers do. Yes, the baby beaver we hear at the beginning does appear on camera at about five minutes in. (via Metafilter)

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Hans Landa: A Supremely Terrifying Villain

The 2009 Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds gave us bloodthirsty Nazi hunters, but we were okay with them because they were on the right side. The real bad guy was the actual Nazi Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar for his performance. But it was more than Waltz' acting that made the role memorable. Nerdstalgic breaks down his performance to explain the tricks used to make Colonel Hans Landa thoroughly charming while instilling fear and dread in everyone he encountered. And the audience, too. (via Digg)

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45 Jobs in 45 States: The Itinerant Life of Lyra Ferguson.

15 Controversial Casting Choices That Are Perfect in Hindsight.

Can you hold your breath for 95 seconds? You will if you watch this video.

"My new hobby is taking graphs of economic data over time and indicating the year that Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, in case people find that helpful or informative." There are a lot of them in the replies. (via Metafilter)

16th-Century Haunted Scottish Castle for Sale. The listing from Savills has details on Earlshall Castle, but you have to submit an application to find out the price.

Children Aren't Supposed to Die. An article about children dying may seem depressing at first, but the main point of this essay is how far we've come in the last 100 years in overcoming the diseases, injuries, and random bad luck that once took so many children. (via TYWKIWDBI)

This kid knows what's important. And that's the beginning of wisdom. (via Nag on the Lake

The frustrating Covid-19 test reimbursement process is a microcosm of US health care. 

Eating the Red Soil of Rainbow Island. Soils of other hues don't taste so good.

A blast from the past (2013): 16 404 Pages That Are Worth the Error.

Your Bowl

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The Original Cast of Saturday Night Live

The live show called Saturday Night (later known as Saturday Night Live) premiered on October 11th, 1975. A few days before that, Lorne Michaels took all seven Not Ready for Primetime Players to the Tomarrow with Tom Snyder show to introduce them. For the vantage point of 47 years later, it's hard to imagine that no one had ever heard of these seven people.
Snyder: "What should we look for in your show?"

Michaels: "Anxiety."
Ah, memories. Even when I didn't make it home by 11:30 on a Saturday night, I managed to watch the show wherever I was at the time. But that one time we kept Neilsen diaries, I made sure to watch at home and log it. Open Culture tells us about the beginning of the show, complete with audition on video and a classic sketch by Gilda Radner. (via mental_floss)

Tweet of the Day

That's a good dog. (via Fark)

Monday, January 24, 2022


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Where to Go?

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Click to the right to advance the comic. If it were only so. In the real world, there's always another kitty who needs someone to generate happiness for. This comic is from Chris Grady at Lunarbaboon.


The Clapper Caper

was a TV series in the 1950s and '60s about police work. This is not that. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson invited Jack Webb to recreate the show for a parody that's as memorable as any of the cases on the real show. The whole thing is a tongue twister that just goes on and on.  

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Robot Vacuum Escapes from Hotel. It was found not far away, but we'd like to think it had many adventures during its caper. (via reddit)

Bill McCamley was NM's labor secretary, but working at a local movie theater taught him the truth about what's ailing the workforce. (via Metafilter)
The Blue Cows of Latvia. (via Strange Company)

The History of That Three-Note Mystery/Suspense Sound. (via Boing Boing)

For Shouichi Yokoi, World War II Ended in 1972. He spent almost 28 years on Guam, hiding from the Americans.

Read the story behind a $35 million castle in Connecticut.

Don't Bring Cougars in the House.

Lil Bub's Human Has a New Cat. Mike Bridavsky refers to Mr. Marbles as a "magical space cat." (via Fark)

The Deathless Arm of Dan Donnelly; Or, You Never Know What Will Get You Into the History Books.

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


(Thanks, WTM!)

La Queue de la Souris (A Mouse’s Tale)

This is the story of a lion that captures a mouse. The mouse, being pretty desperate at that point, promises the lion anything. It’s a pretty good deal for the lion, since the mouse is only a bite at most. But the mouse proves that brains will defeat brawn in the long run. In French with English subtitles, by artist Reineke.   (via the Presurfer)

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Mixed Vegetables


This is about ten years old, but I don't recall ever seeing it. Still funny! (Thanks, Brother Bill!)

Work Requirements

Ya know, they could have just hired a bot. Both schemes are against Google's TOS, but a bot wouldn't have run off all your employees. (via reddit)

When Will the Pandemic End?

So, when will the pandemic end? The short answer is: we don't know. The more helpful answer is: it depends on a few different factors that we can't exactly predict now, but with a primer on what we've learned about coronaviruses and COVID-19 in particular, we can expect one of several different scenarios. Six, to be exact. Or at least that's what the guys from AsapSCIENCE tell us. They are basing these predictions on the history of the 1918 flu pandemic plus what happened to other coronaviruses, and the timeline of how COVID-19 has changed. They've been bathing in the latest research for the last two years, so we may as well learn a bit of it. (via Digg)