Thursday, October 28, 2021

Miss Cellania's Links

The 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time. (via Mental Floss)

Costumed Canines from the 2021 Tompkins Square Dog Parade.

Meet The Confederate Terrorist Who Fought With Fire, Bombs, And Germs.

Welcome to the Keanuverse: A Keanu Reeves Supercut.

The Unceasing Cessna Hacienda. How two pilots, a small plane, and a truck shattered the world record for endurance flight.

A Wall of Wind Power. Joe Doucet designed the Wind Turbine Wall that turns 25 vertical rods to produce household electricity. (via Kottke)

Rescued from extinction, bison rediscover Romania mountains. (via Fark)

The Most Useless Things They Teach You In School. Or things that are completely wrong.

A hospital hiked the price of a routine childbirth by calling it an 'emergency.' A mother in labor was told to go through the emergency entrance because it was the only entrance open, but that meant thousands more dollars.

A blast from the past (2015): The Spellbinding Stories of 6 Historic Witches.


xoxoxoBruce said...

The Cessna Hacienda story was great. After the record was set it not only covered what happened to the people after but also traced the history of the plane and T-Bird.

I can't figure out if the wall of wind power works by wind blowing by or through the wall.

WilliamRocket said...

To answer Ex Oxo Ex Oh, I reckon it is both.
That layout could be anywhere and it would spin with the wind, even against that wall, which you would think would deaden any breeze, but just deflects it (normally upward).
The noise might be a problem, just get one ball or nylon bearing worn out and the squeak will be as that of a giant mouse, nibbling at your ears, confident in it's superiority.
Of course, they could put little pins at the holding brackets, be like those wind up toys that play Fur a'Louise (yeah, yeah, I just woke up) ... but then you'd get your American corporations having tunes like 'I'd like to buy the world a coke' or 'I'm Loving It'.

I went to school in multiple countries, heard different versions of the same history, allowed me a perhaps better world view ... the victors write the history books but not always truthfully - critical thinking is the most important lesson I have learnt.

Amazing that a county with, what, 375 million people ?, lets it's corporations rule the government, a fact visible in your health system and elsewhere.
I've had children, all grown up now with kids of their own, not a single cent did any of those births cost.
I've had a heart bypass, no charge, all built into the basic 17% tax we pay, mind I did have a bill for the ambulance to take me to hospital, $88 I think it was, not too bad for the hour and ten minute trip from where I am.

One day maybe you'll have your own French revolution, where the people rise up and hold the rich accountable for their transgressions - by rich you know who I mean, not some person in the next neighbourhood who has a Bentley.
Oh, maybe them too.

So good to see threatened species thriving ... the arrogance of humans is only denied my retribution because I am one, lol.
Around here, at my house, cats are in no danger of extinction ... doing my bit.

WilliamRocket said...

Fur Elise.

Anonymous said...

My dear Mr. Rocket: Maybe work on solving some of your nation's issues (housing affordability, spiking youth suicide rates, the destruction wrought by methamphetamine, the number of children in deepest poverty, mental health concerns brought about by the strict lockdown, racism...). That should keep you occupied. We do appreciate your concern, though.

gwdMaine said...

Duel is not a horror movie.

Fun fact: I first saw House of Usher in grade school. Every once in a while we had a movie day and that was it. Third or 4th grade I think. To this day I still think of that wondering how they'd ever get away with that today. Anyway, I was Frankenstein in our monsters club and I didn't think much of that movie - RT consensus says silly, this 4th grade monster lover said stupid. So that's not a horror movie either.

newton said...

Oh my goodness Duel is very much a horror movie. That movie scared the heck out of me when I was a kid. Heck, it even has a demon in it.

newton said...

A lot of people don't realize that the American Buffalo (the US Bison) almost went extinct, from 60 million down to only 541! It was due to overhunting, diseases from cows, and the terrible part of US history where they purposely tired to wipe them out to deprive Native Americans of a food source.

To bring it back they set up breeding farms around the country, including in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park! There are Buffalo in the Golden Gate Park to this day, but they aren't breeding them there anymore.