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Thursday June 13, 2019. 02:08 PM
Survivors of London's Grenfell fire, where 72 perished in a tower block with no sprinklers but lots of flammable cladding, are projecting messages on similarly-unsafe buildings in the UK. The BBC reports that one of the towers, Frinstead House, is a 'stone's throw' from...
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Fried foods are a weakness for many of us. There's nothing quite like that extra crisp crackle on chicken, fries or onion rings. And for years, our arteries have been paying for the privilege. Lately, the air fryer has been a godsend for those who love the fried stuff but...
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Thomas Martin Lewins V has done what they said was impossible. He's made modern technology work with old fashioned devices. First, he installed Apple TV on his big, clunky floor console television and now he can watch TV apps, like Netflix and Hulu, on it. He writes: Best...
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If that cat ever figures out how this is done, it's gonna gut that guy in his sleep.
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Kraft has launched 'Salad Frosting' as part of a jokey marketing campaign about the lies that parents tell their kids. Because, y'know, deceit is funny and those kids who already like ranch dressing will be too dumb to recognize that this is the same thing while those who...
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More than 2,500 years ago in western China, people in mourning gathered at a cemetery for a ritual that involved getting high from cannabis plants burning in wooden pots. It's likely that they were trying to communicate with spirits. From Science News: Evidence of this...
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This is Digit, a new bipedal bot from Agility Robotics, out for a stroll in its hometown of Albany, Oregon. Next year, you'll be able to order your own Digit, but the price hasn't been announced yet. From Agility Robotics: Although still in testing, Digit is strong enough...
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In 1982, Japanese avant-garde filmmaker Toshio Matsumoto used video cut-up techniques to deconstruct a single residential building into a disorienting architectural puzzle. The short film is titled Shift (シフト 断層). Music by Yasuke Inagaki. From a 1996 interview...
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Wednesday June 12, 2019. 10:41 PM
When I struck out looking for this video I was hoping I'd find some really complex contraption inside old ice cream trucks.
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Unmute! Something wholesome for your internet enjoyment. This classic clip from AcousticTrench is going newly viral without attribution, so it's a good excuse to revisit the source -- first published on Aug 3, 2016. “Sorry for the vertical aspect ratio,” they wrote...
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A House panel today passed a bill to authorize additional funding for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund through the year 2090. The bill passed one day after comedian and 9-11 first responders advocate Jon Stewart spoke passionately in favor of extending the...
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Theresa Thorn (co-host of the excellent parenting podcast One Bad Mother and Jesse Thorn (proprietor of the excellent Maximum Fun podcasting network) have a transgender daughter; Theresa has written a beautiful, sweet picture book about gender identity based on her...
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A new study from Facebook AI Research evaluates common machine-learning classifiers' ability to label photos of objects found in households in rich countries versus household objects from poor countries and finds that the models' performance lags significantly when being...
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The GOP complained about the deficit for 8 years. In only 3 years of Trump, they've made it catastrophically worse.GOP family, who for 8 years complained regularly about the deficit, are going to be so embarrassed when they realize that they voted for people who have made it ...
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Hong Kong's 2016 Umbrella Revolution saw weeks of mass protests over a change to nomination rules for the city's ruling council, in which the central government in Beijing arrogated to itself the right to decide who could be on the ballot (Boss Tweed: 'I don't care who gets...
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Cops are increasingly turning to commercial gene-testing services to solve crimes, using a process called 'genetic genealogy' that uses the records of people who are near-matches for DNA from crime scenes to zero in on suspects; that's how they caught the Golden State...
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Every year, VC Mary Meeker (previously) publishes her must-read Internet Trends Report, which comes as a powerpoint deck with hundreds of slides (you can watch her power through them in 30 minutes flat at the Re-Code conference). This year's topline trends: * More than...
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Stalkerware -- spyware sold to people as a means of keeping tabs on their romantic partners, kids, employees, etc -- is a dumpster fire of terrible security (compounded by absentee management), sleazy business practices, and gross marketing targeted at abusive men who want...
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- I've listened to the radio play, enjoyed the text adventure, and read the book multiple times. Amazon has the Kindle version of Douglas Adams' masterpiece on sale at a low price.
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Emily Lakdawalla and her colleagues at one of my favorite science nonprofits The Planetary Society prepared this fascinating map titled 'Where We Are: An At-A-Glance Spacecraft Locator.' As William S. Burroughs once said, 'This is the space age and we are here to go.'
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