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Friday June 21, 2019. 05:03 PM
In 1996, Intel released USB (Universal Serial Bus) 1.0 and we have been annoyed ever since. National Public Radio spoke with engineer Ajay Bhatt who led the team that unleashed the perpetually frustrating non-reversible plug on the world. From NPR: 'The biggest annoyance is ...
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Simplified racing with weapons: it's not all about Super Mario Kart. the genre is surprisingly diverse and persistent, all the way back to the mid-70s. The genre got very crowded, very fast at the turn of the century. Roughly two dozen kart racers came out across all...
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Anna Lind-Guzik ('a writer, attorney, and scholar of Soviet history, international law, and human rights, with degrees from Duke University, Harvard Law School, and Princeton') has written an essay defending Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's use of the term 'concentration camps' to ...
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The 'business analytics' firm Mixpanel has released its figures estimating the total usage of Facebook (liking, sharing and posting) since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke; they showed usage falling off 10% in the first month following from the news of the scandal, and...
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'Let's follow the power cord and see where it goes,' the narrator says, and you know it's going to be good, but then find out that it's really good. Here's an update from 7 years later:
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While I travel, one of the biggest pains in the ass that I fret over is the possibility of having to get my hardware repaired. This past winter, the closest Apple-certified repair depot to where my wife and I set up camp (the work laptop supplied to me is a MacBook Pro,) was ...
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Can't help but get choked up watching Freddie Mercury belt out this recently unearthed, and undeniably poignant, 'Time Waits For No One:' 'For the first time ever, after four decades buried deep in the vaults, a previously unreleased version of ‘Time’, recorded in 1986...
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Does your résumé need an upgrade? These online learning bundles teach everything from project management skills to music production, and they're all on deep discount as part of our semi-annual sale. Take a gander: The Complete Learn to Code Master Class Bonus Bundle No...
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Jeff Crilly and his friends were participating in a mako shark fishing tournament off the Jersey Coast when a different kind of shark came by for a snack of chum. Yes, they're gonna need a bigger boat. John Chisholm, a shark expert at the Massachusetts Division of Fish and...
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'What if he never left? What if we locked him out here with us?' July 4.
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Rep. Matthew Hill [R-Jonesborough] is the proprietor of Dock Haley Gospel Magic, a business supplying 'Christian-themed magic supplies and teaching aids to customers around the world who use magic shows as a form of evangelism.' Hill -- who is hoping to be the next speaker ...
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Na-nu, na-nu fellow trekkies! The Kenneth Cobonpue Star Wars Collection features Dark Side-themed chairs and end-tables, a wookie 'rocking stool' (hot tip: ask for a sample before you get the whole stool!), and the standout, a powder-coated metal light-saber-battle lamp in...
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Thursday June 20, 2019. 11:15 PM
Idiot in car drives in circles around a supermarket parking while a cop on foot tries to shoot out the car's tires in the presence of bystanders. I don't know who's the bigger idiot here... from r/IdiotsInCars [via IdiotsInCars]
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Here's an amazingly huge collection of 'tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indy, rock, diy, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials' posted to archive.org. Completists who want this on a hard drive or USB stick can download the entire collection in a tar file...
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Despite all they've achieved for Trump and Putin, it really does seem like The End is beginning for the National Russian Association. The NRA's woes got woe-er today, as group accused its second-in-command and top lobbyist Christopher W. Cox of complicity in the recent...
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Dozens of demodex mites live inside the pores of your face skin. The little arachnids are fairly harmless,  feasting on sebum by day, and crawling across your face to find other demodex mites to mate with. [via The Kid Should See This]
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It's been five years since Ta-Nehisi Coates's groundbreaking The Case for Reparations ran in The Atlantic; yesterday, Coates appeared before Congress to celebrate Juneteenth with a barn-burning statement that starts as a response to Mitch McConnell's dismissal of racial...
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Anita Sarkeesian (previously) is a brilliant media theorist and critic whose Feminist Frequency/Tropes vs. Women in Video Games projects revolutionized the way we talk about gender and games -- and also made her a target for a virulent misogynist hate-machine of harassing...
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I've been using my Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter for about 7 or 8 years. It's the best way to get charcoal barbecues started. No starter fluid needed. Just add the briquettes, put two crumpled sheets of newspaper (I save newsprint junk mail for this) in the bottom, then...
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Private Join and Compute is a new free/open Google tool that implements the longstanding cryptographic concept of 'commutative encryption,' which allows untrusted parties to merge their datasets without revealing their contents to one another, do mathematical work on the...
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