Friday, February 24, 2017

Light Posting

Admin note: Posting may be lighter than usual next week due to external obligations.

Lost Whitman

"A Graduate Student Just Discovered a Lost Work of Fiction by Walt Whitman"


"Identity and Origins of the Nazg├╗l"

Texts For Exes

"There's a spreadsheet where people are putting texts they want to send their exes." (Via GMSV.)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fitness Tracker Privacy

"Do fitness trackers pose a privacy risk?"

Paying To Join Mile High Club

"Business is booming for private flights catering to couples trying to join the mile-high club"

Eponymous Laws

"Eponymous Laws as Persuasion Tools and Other Tricks for Robbing Walmart"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Every Best Animated Feature Oscar Winner

"Every Best Animated Feature Oscar winner"

Tricorder Update

"With $10 million at stake, scientists compete to build a Star Trek-style medical tricorder"

Space Poop Challenge

"Air Force doctor wins NASA 'Space Poop Challenge'". (Via H.R.)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Woolly Mammoth De-Extinction Update

The Guardian: "Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal".

I, for one, look forward to trying mammoth burgers!

Fibonacci Straw

"McDonald's Re-Engineers Straw Using Fibonacci Formula To Let You Enjoy Shamrock Shake More". (Via H.R.)

How to Use a Password Manager

"How to Use a Password Manager"

Friday, February 17, 2017

iPhone Privacy Tips

"The Privacy Enthusiast's Guide to Using an iPhone"

Academia And Exploitation

"How the humanities survive on exploitation"


"This Ain't Your Grandma's SETI".

Call me paranoid, but I think humanity should talk less and listen more when it comes to SETI.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Expensive Cup Of Coffee

"Why the Most Expensive Cup of Coffee in the US Costs So Much".

Based on the description, I don't think I'd like it very much.

No More Overdue Book Fines

"Why public libraries are finally eliminating the late-return fine"

Best Fight Scenes of the 21st Century

"The 27 Best Fight Scenes of the 21st Century So Far, Ranked"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Extreme Swinging

"Inside the High-Flying World of Estonian Extreme Swinging".

Basically, "kiiking" = swinging so that you perform a 360 around the swing:
Before you assume that just vigorously swinging like an insane school kid will get you over the top, Laansalu says that you’d better be in top physical form if you want to be competitive, citing footballers, rowers, and roller-skaters (because Estonia is delightful) as prime candidates for the sport. It takes a lot of arm and leg strength, as well as solid technique to master the perfect timing of when to stand, when to sit, and when to thrust to complete a 360...

Devising Drug Names

"The creative science of coining drug names"

Favorite Fictional Object

"What fictional object would you most like to own?"

Tuesday, February 14, 2017