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My favorite garlic crusher
I use this rocker garlic crusher several times a week. To use it, you just put a peeled clove of garlic under the crusher and rock the crusher over it a few times. It will smash the garlic through the holes, which you can then add to your food or skillet. When you are done, you can rub the stainless steel rocker underwater and "wash" your hands to remove the garlic smell from your skin. I like using this a lot more than a traditional garlic press, which seems to "juice" garlic more than mince it, as this rocker does. It's $15 on Amazon and will last forever. Here's a cheaper version (which I have not tried):
Explore this 3D model of Dunder Mifflin from The Office
Archilogic made this interactive 3D model of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin from The Office.
Little girl mistakes discarded water heater for a robot
"I wuv you, wobot."
Farmers in Canada are also reduced to secretly fixing their tractors, thanks to DRM
In 2011, the Canadian Conservative government rammed through Bill C-11, Canada's answer to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, in which the property rights of Canadians were gutted in order to ensure that corporations could use DRM to control how they used their property -- like its US cousin, the Canadian law banned breaking DRM, even for legitimate purposes, like effecting repairs or using third party parts. (more…)
A mother filmed the very invasive TSA pat-down of her teenage son
Every time you think that this TSA guy has finished rubbing every square inch of a boy's body, he comes back for another rubbing. It seems likes he's trying to discover a bobby pin the boy might have hidden in the seam of his clothing. The boy's justifiably upset mom taped the rubdown, which occurred at the Dallas Fort-Worth airport over the weekend. The TSA told Fusion it's all good:
Woman wears heavy bomb suit, can't get up
Like being on a planet with 3X Earth's gravity.
Twin Peaks theme song gets the Seinfeld treatment
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Google tries to define a valid family. Predictable awfulness ensues.
Ten years ago, a group of engineers and media executives sat down to decide what was, and was not, a real family. The results were predictably terrible. (more…)
Monopoly capitalism destroyed American black businesses, which provided safe employment for civil rights activists
For a generation, Americas anti-trust enforcers have walked away from their duties, gripped by an ideology that says that bigger companies mean more profits (which benefit the rich) and lower prices (which benefit everyone else). (more…)
Jenny Nicholson's "Top 10 Reasons I Won't Do ASMR" ASMR
I get a huge kick out of the videos of the always-entertaining nerd whisperer Jenny Nicholson. If you haven't seen her channel, check it out and watch as she sits on her bed, surrounded by sci-fi plushies, and shares her quirky, sometimes labyrinthine, and often convincing theories and opinions on sci-fi and fantasy films, comic books, novels, and other nerd media fodder.In her latest video, she answers many requests she's apparently had for doing ASMR videos by explaining ten reasons why her answer is no. But she delivers her ten reason AS an ASMR video, right down to tapping, scratching, and scrunching things as she talks. One of her ten reasons made me laugh out loud:"I just don't know how I'm supposed to take myself seriously when I'm crinkling bags for an hour."For those unfamiliar, ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is an intense tingling sensation some people claim they experience when they hear certain soft voices, pleasant repetitive sounds, or while watching someone doing a particularly mundane, repetitive activity.I'm sure Jenny is going to get a lot of grief from ASMRtists for seemingly making fun of them, but I would hope they'd have a healthy sense of humor about it all. Several commenters who claim to experience ASMR said that they laughed at her reasons for not doing it. I do not have ASMR, but I do enjoy listening to some ASMR audio as I'm going to sleep and I'm fascinated by the whole phenomenon and the numerous, surreal, and just plain bizarre videos people are producing in the genre. An hour of nothing but crinkling bags? Andy Warhol would be so proud.
Ikea vs Superfans: how paranoid trademark lawyers make everything suck
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Trump approval hits new low
Gallup's latest poll reveals that Trump's approval rating is at an all time low of 36%. This is probably his bare rock base, who would cheer him for repealing the Bill the Rights (except for the 2nd Amendment) on the grounds that it was Unconstitutional.
Halestorm's kinda metal ode to metal
Somehow I ran across this music, I liked it, and it wasn't recorded 30+ years ago!I've been enjoying Halestorm's 2015 release Into the Wild Life.
Celebrity voice impressionist switches actors in famous roles
Ross Marquand (Walking Dead) is also a great voice impressionist. Here he is impersonating actors delivering lines for movies they never appeared in: John C. Reilly in Taxi Driver, James Gandolfini in The Godfather, Jack Nicholson in Taken, Brad Pitt in Jaws, and so on.
How America's obsession with hula girls almost wrecked Hawai'i
Over at Collectors Weekly, Lisa Hix has just written an incredibly in-depth history of the hula, from its roots as a sacred dance to its kitschy personification as a dashboard doll. For her piece, Hix spoke with Constance Hale, a hula dancer herself, whose new book, The Natives Are Restless, focuses on authentic, 21st-century expressions of the hula.Snip:
Escalator malfunction leads to injuries and arrests
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-W4-BIqFwsAfter an escalator malfunctioned and reversed its course at high speed, sending shoppers sprawling into a mall concourse, two engineers called in to investigate were themselves arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.
Monkeys helped man who mysteriously vanished in the Bolivian Amazon
Tourist Maykool Coroseo Acuña, 25, was lost in the Bolivian Amazon for nine days. He says that he was only able to survive thanks to "a group of monkeys, who dropped him fruit and lead him to shelter and water every day." And that isn't even the strangest part of the story surrounding Acuña. From Elizabeth Unger's fascinating article in National Geographic:
Weird laws from around the world
(NSFW language)Funny: In Florida, it's unlawful to have sex with a porcupine. Sad: In Russia, it's illegal to tell minors that gay people exist. (Sam O'Nella)
How many towns in the world have the same name as yours?
A weirdly fascinating single-serve site: How many places are named Pittsburgh? (Spoiler: three!)There are 15 New Yorks, 29 Londons, 53 Parises, 248 San Franciscos and 320 San Antonios. But there is only one Truth or Consequences.
Enjoy a startling "vintage cigarette commercial" from Japan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oBHeoF2nOcThis is presented on the viral internet as a clever 1991 cigarette commercial for "Sutaffu" cigarettes, but it appears to be from Topknot Detective, an Australian entry in the annals of Steve Oedekerk-style problematic remix humor. Note: includes child subjected to offscreen slapstick violence.Here is an indisputably real Japanese cigarette commercial from 1991, introducing Sir Charles Sheen as himself:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc21PlNtthU
A slingshot loaded with tiny glowing airplanes
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer endless entertainment. With three included, you can get into some midnight shenanigans with your two best friends (or with kids if you're into sharing or whatever). Launch them through the air with the rubber band sling, or just toss them by hand to see who has the strongest aviator arms.Each member of the fleet is complete with red-hot flame decals to ensure that you’ll be the reddest baron at the park. Pick up these LED Toy Planes for $19.99, reduced from $24.99.Explore other Best-Sellers in our store:
Watch how NASA trains astronauts with VR
NASA has always been an early adopter of technology like virtual and augmented reality for training. Here's a cool glimpse into how they train future ISS and landing party astronauts. (more…)
Two long-lost Mister Rogers episodes appeared for a hot second
Over the weekend, two episodes of Mister Roger's Neighborhood "Conflict" series unexpectedly appeared on YouTube after being unavailable for three decades. YouTube quickly removed them, but to many, the timing felt related to Trump's plans to defund PBS. (more…)
United Airlines bars girls in leggings from boarding flight: they're "not properly clothed"
Call it The Landmaid's Tale: two girls were barred from boarding a flight by a United Airlines agent Sunday, and the airline confirmed that leggings are against a dress policy it applies to people traveling on passes issued to employees and their dependents.
Companies that help build Trump's wall could lose pension fund investments and California state contracts
It's not just Mexican cement giant Cemex that's refusing to bid on the Great Wall of Trump; many of the firms in the super-concentrated large-scale construction sector are signalling their unwillingness to participate in the wall's construction. (more…)
CCTV-studded, teargas-shooting, water-cannon-ed riot-control killdozer
Are you an urban police force thinking about how to control your fellow humans? Look no farther! Your pals at Bozena have an all-new RIOT system, a crowd-control killdozer for all your protest-suppressing needs! (more…)
Trump advisor Steve Bannon ordered conservative Republicans to vote for Trumpcare and they just laughed at him
Trumpcare went down in flames yesterday, and the flames smelled faintly of burning Trumphair. But the president's personal humiliation was shared with adviser Steve Bannon, according to reports, whose behavior around conservative Republicans made a joke of Trump's ultimatum.Mike Allen quotes him thus:
John Wick fights re-enacted with Nerf guns
Some pretty good action sequences in this sendup of John Wick, with hot lead replaced by pliant foam projectiles. (more…)
Redneck almost kills his buddy with a nitrous-powered office chair
If Mythbusters and Jackass had a brother they kept in the attic and never talked about, he would be FarmtruckandAZN. Farmtruck, the brains of the outfit, invented the Nitrous Chair. (more…)
AP stylebook now allows the "singular they" in some instances
The use of "them" as a gender-neutral pronoun goes back hundreds of years, but the weaponizing of grammar as a way to tell people how to talk (rather than a way to understand what speakers are saying) made the practice anathema, creating strong headwinds for people looking to adapt usage to accommodate a spectrum of gender identities. (more…)
Favorite tools of Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Co.
Our guest this week on the Cool Tools Show is Danielle Applestone. Danielle is a material scientist, co-founder and CEO of Other Machine Co., the leading manufacturer of high-precision desktop CNC milling machines. Formerly, Danielle ran a DARPA project to develop digital design software and manufacturing tools for the classroom. Danielle's team took that technology and launched Other Machine Co. in 2013.Subscribe to the Cool Tools Show on iTunes | RSS | Transcript | Download MP3 | See all the Cool Tools Show posts on a single pageShow notes:Monarch Instrument Examiner 1000 ($1,200)"I came across this electronic stethoscope as part of our manufacturing process. We would get motors from a manufacturer that looked balanced and met a spec, but once we put the whole machine together, sometimes a machine would have a lot of vibration and we didn't know how to quantify that vibration or to know what was good or what was bad. … There’s a lot of intuition when you're putting something complicated together like "Well, it feels right," or "It doesn't feel right." That's really hard to do so we found this amazing thing, which cut a ton of time out of our manufacturing process and now we have beautiful graphs of everything. We know exactly what things vibrate and which ones don't. You can use it on musical instruments. It's an amazing tool. Once you have one you realize how much you needed one in your life.”Bicycle inner tubes with holes in them"I came across bicycle inner tubes with holes in them through a friend who had made a sail boat that was attached only with these bicycle inner tubes —it was a catamaran. The reason why they’re so important is they are waterproof, they stretch, and you don’t have to tie them in knots, so you can latch things together really quickly and then undo them, and make a new configuration. … They’re used a little bit like a bungee cord, but bungee cords are really expensive and you have to make do with the hooks whereas if you take a long inner tube that has a hole in it — you’re not going to use it anyway — slice it up into strips. It’s like a variable length bungee cord, but it also doesn’t have the hooks so you can just wrap it around itself and tuck it under and it’ll stay put.”The Encyclopedia of Country Living ($20)"This is a great tool. This is so comprehensive for every little thing. I moved out into Kentucky and lived on 1200 acres for a while and didn't have much. It was the go-to for, "Okay, we need to build a shanty for chickens. We need to learn how to clean a chicken." It has everything, like “How to bury your own dead.” … The thing that’s magic about this book is it has the right level of detail, just enough to get yourself in trouble. … It’s just enough to get you going and then you can kind of DIY the rest. I still use it. The pages are all rained on, and moldy, and whatever, but it’s well loved.”X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer“Yeah, well we just went from just about the lowest tech to the highest tech thing I’ve ever laid my hands on. … What's great about this tool is it's super useful for telling what's on the surface of materials. I used to be a material scientist and I worked on lithium ion batteries. The surface is where all the action is. There's not a lot of techniques out there that are nondestructive. Usually, if you invent a material, you have a sample, you have to crush it up or put it on a slide, you have to do something to it that mixes the surface in with the bulk. Sometimes, you don’t want that. … The X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer is amazing because you can just put a sample in and it’s nondestructive …. How it works is you take a beam of x-ray, so you shoot photons at the surface of your material and those photons have enough energy to pick off electrons. A photon goes in, ejects an electron, and then there’s a collector that collects that electron and measures the kinetic energy, measures how fast it was moving. Then, if you know the energy of your x-ray going in, and the energy of that electron that you caught, you can just subtract and figure out how tightly bound was that electron to my surface. What's cool about that is if you know how tightly a molecule was hanging onto it's electron, you can tell what that molecule was. Whether it was a sulfur dioxide, or sulfur monoxide, the electrons that are swimming around those molecules will be held differently depending on what those molecules are. … The place that I used one was at the University of Texas at Austin. They’re quite common, but they’re usually at universities, or national labs … They’re millions of dollars.”
The mathematics of how sperm swim
A better understanding how a sperm swims its way toward an egg could help inform new treatments for male infertility. Researchers from the University of York have now come up with a mathematical formula to model how large numbers of moving sperm interact with fluid they're swimming through. From the University:
The BBC is using this excellent photo of Trump for everything
It's not even clear where it's from, but alongside various stories about Trump's healthcare legislation woes, it's been on the BBC News homepage for what, two days now? For this morning's one, they've started zooming into it. By tomorrow, if the legislation has yet to pass, we'll be inside his weird angry tired mouth.If someone could figure out the source (it doesn't seem to be Reuters) that would be fabulous. I've used a fractal image enhancement application to make this 2600-pixel wide enlargement, but it's just not the same as a nice raw wire shot.
Trump HQ's latest push-poll takes trumpism to unexpected new lows
The latest poll emailed by Trump HQ to its mailing lists asks supporters to click based on whether they "stand with President Trump" or "believe Democrats and Fake News": click the former and you're taken to a donation solicitation, click the latter and you are taken to a page where you're informed that "Democrats, the media, and the entire opposition have tried to take down President Trump by attacking him, spreading fake news and fake polls, and spreading fake news." (more…)
Ruin someones morning by turning hot drinks into a kids toy with these LEGO-friendly mugs
Custom coffee vessels are the perfect piece of office flair, but it’s just a matter of time before your VOTE FOR PEDRO mug will start to lose its relevant wit. Why not have a new one every day, with whatever silly nonsense you want sticking off the sides? You can save big on your novelty coffee cup budget with the Build-On Brick Mug.Do you want Batman villains sticking feet-first out of your mug? A blocky medieval chalice? A second coffee mug attached to your coffee mug? A mug on wheels? The possibilities are endless! When the boss gets wind of your constant creative output, you’ll be running the place in no time.Made from BPA-free plastic, this cup holds 12oz of liquid, so yes it does have utility beyond fun. Get the Build-On Brick Mug for 50% off the sticker price—just $19.99.Explore other Best-Sellers in our store:
Public entomologists struggle with an epidemic of delusional parasitosis
Dr Gale Ridge is a public entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, where an average of 23 people a day call, write or visit; an increasing proportion of them aren't inquiring about actual insects, they're suffering from delusional parasitosis, and they're desperate and even suicidal. (more…)
Trump's Time Magazine interview about truthfulness, minus all the lies
Time's cover-story about Donald Trump features a long interview with the president, in which he insists, over and over again, that he is not a liar. It is full of lies. (more…)
Rich-world agricultural subsidies ensure coca leaves are Colombia's only viable cash crop
With the shambolic FARC peace deal finally in place, the Colombian government is hoping to shift the country's farmers from Colombia's major cash crop: the coca leaves that are refined into the world's cocaine supply. Perhaps with the guerrillas no longer defending the crops they relied on for operating capital, Colombia can put coca behind it. (more…)
Roku's Streaming Stick helps make travel not as horrible
I hate to travel, but Roku's Streaming Stick lets me take my home TV viewing experience with me.While we've tried AppleTV, Xbox One, and a Google Chromecast stick, my daughter and I both prefer Roku. We've got all the apps we like loaded, and our profile's and linked devices keep everything current.The stick is just too handy. I plug it into the back of my hotel room's TV and magically all my media appears.Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) (2016 Model) via Amazon
Conservative trolls pretending to be black on Twitter "sad" and "obvious"
A sharp increase in right-wingers pretending to be black on Twitter as they troll people has been noted.
This footage of the MTS Oceanos sinking is still astounding
In 1991 the crew of the MTS Oceanos abandoned the ship and its passengers to disaster. Overcome by bad weather, and bad decision-making, I believe no lives were lost.
Star Wars Rebels season three draws to an end
Season three of Star Wars Rebels has been fantastic! This week promises an epic showdown.This season we've seen Mon Mothma bring the rebel fleet together, the Mandalorians begin to throw off the yoke of the Empire, and Obi-Wan dispatched an old evil in pure Kenobi style. Now, Grand Admiral Thrawn is set to spring his trap, destroy Phoenix Squadron and cripple the Rebellion.We may know how this works out in the end, but watching them get there is a lot of fun.
An art adventure in a magicians' lair with Olivia De Berardinis & Thomas Kuntz
Amazing sculptor and automata creator Thomas Kuntz, legendary pin-up artist Olivia De Berardinis, and master event creator Bob Self, have teamed up to create an occult cabaret and bohemian art salon where practitioners and connoisseurs of the darker things in life can meet, mingle, and create!They call it Spirit Drawing, and you can join them on June 3rd, 2017 in Los Angeles.From the Spirit Drawing kickstarter:
San Francisco: ODC's stunning new season of contemporary dance
Tonight (Thursday, 3/23), San Francisco's magnificent contemporary dance company ODC launches their 2017 season that includes two world-premiere dances, live music, and reprises of Brenda Way's Walk Back the Cat and Kate Weare's Giant. Every year, ODC astounds me with creativity, freshness, and compelling narratives told through sublime motion.Tickets available here.More: "ODC show examines what we hold on to, through dance" (SFGATE)https://vimeo.com/209625112https://vimeo.com/201354863https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZqKt95x2sM
Flexible, printable circuits inspired by goldbug beetle
Poking a golden tortoise beetle ("goldbug") triggers the insect's color to change from gold to a red-orange. Inspired by the natural system underlying that insectoid superpower, MIT researchers have developed flexible sensors circuits that can be 3-D printed. Eventually, the technology could lead to sensor-laden skin for robots. From MIT News:
Watch Star Wars: Rogue One ending flow into A New Hope beginning
The perfect plot flow fires me up even as Uncanny Valley Leia brings a tear to my eye. (Barre Fong)
I was seriously attracted to the human female host of this creepy children's TV show
Emmy Jo heated up my daydreams.
Libretaxi: a free, open, cash-only alternative to Uber, for the rest of the world
Libretaxi is an open source project that lets anyone become a rideshare driver in less than a minute; it has more than 20,000 users worldwide, and is maintained by Roman Pushkin, who started the project in December 2016 and is now planning to quit his job and work on it full time. (more…)
About half of Detroit can't read
America's public education system is failing the citizens of Detroit, where the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund reports that 47% of people in Detroit are illiterate. In nearby suburbs, up to one-third are functionally illiterate. (more…)
Internal Islamophobia and racism are costing the FBI its vital, tiny cohort of Muslim and Arab agents
FBI agents have described the 83% white Bureau as "Trumpland," where conspiracy theories about Sharia law takeovers of America are taken seriously; the far-right, racist nature of so many agents has resulted in the loss, firing, and purging of many of the Bureau's tiny, dwindling minority of Arab and Muslim agents, who have been identified as crucial to the Bureau's counterterrorism mission. (more…)
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