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Taken for Granite => Rotting Corpse Takes Manhattan => Topic started by: Tatertots on December 19, 2007, 12:15:09 AM

Title: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on December 19, 2007, 12:15:09 AM
Here's a thread merely for "neat" links -- links that aren't crazy but instead contain interesting information, rare finds, and other "neat" stuff.

Because I've been on a jury for over a week and have found lawyers to be impossibly sleazy:

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/s/schopenhauer/arthur/controversy/chapter3.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on December 19, 2007, 12:05:18 PM
Can we have a thread for links about animals and/or bushes cut into the shapes of animals?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2007, 12:27:54 PM
I'm waiting for Cousin of Crazy Links:  Pages that return unusual errors.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on December 19, 2007, 12:34:10 PM
I'm waiting for Cousin of Crazy Links:  Pages that return unusual errors.

http://tysontate.com/dsfklhjadlsfkjhadsf/

I'm so wacky!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2007, 12:38:07 PM
Your mother's face is wacky!
</monkey>
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on December 19, 2007, 01:19:12 PM
gay uncle of crazy links:  videos about fanny packs and pottery
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2007, 01:24:11 PM
Every family has one.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: monkey! on December 19, 2007, 02:07:47 PM
Your mother's face is wacky!
</monkey>

Ugh
</Nacho>
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2007, 02:17:39 PM
Indeed.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: monkey! on December 19, 2007, 02:20:24 PM
Ugh.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2008, 01:23:38 PM
I guess I'll make use of this thread... Could also fit in the Dying Alone thread, no?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_be_Good_%28aircraft%29

http://www.ladybegood.com/

Quote
Parts of the plane were scavenged or returned to the United States for evaluation. Curiously, several aircraft that were repaired with parts scavenged from the Lady Be Good crashed. An Army 'Otter' that had an armrest from the bomber, crashed in the Gulf of Sidra. The only traces that were ever found from the plane were a few parts that washed ashore - including the armrest from the Lady Be Good.

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 10, 2008, 05:28:08 PM
Been going through an old TV freak out.  When I was a kid, I loved In Search Of.  found most of the episodes on Youtube.

Here's the episode on St. Germain (in three parts):

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GrSo_2BGBD0&feature=related

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2008, 11:48:12 AM
http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=6#more-6
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 12, 2008, 04:09:18 PM
Awesome.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2008, 04:15:58 PM
Anything to keep from working, eh?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 12, 2008, 04:17:02 PM
I'd answer you...but I'm busy reading past Damn Interesting articles.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on February 12, 2008, 04:18:10 PM
That is incredible!!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2008, 04:18:19 PM
I'm watching episodes of Bones!  And now I'm writing about watching episodes of Bones.  I love the Deschanel sisters.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2008, 02:28:35 PM
http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=922#more-922

Vela Incident

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vela_Incident

What I really want to know about, though, is the little footnote about the mysterious lifeboat.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on February 13, 2008, 02:55:40 PM
http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=922#more-922

Vela Incident

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vela_Incident

What I really want to know about, though, is the little footnote about the mysterious lifeboat.

Yeah!  Stocked with supplies and totally abandoned on the most remote island on earth?!  What's going on with that boat, man...
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2008, 03:06:33 PM
I can't find anything on it...
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on February 13, 2008, 03:31:58 PM
Yeah, me neither.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2008, 03:37:39 PM
I hate shit like that.  Now it'll be one of the many mysteries that nags at me.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on February 13, 2008, 03:41:39 PM
Yeah, I mean... the only thing I found was that it was "sunken".  But the nature of the supplies on the boat is a mystery, which means we can't even figure out WHEN the lifeboat was from.  I mean, it could be 200 years old for all we know.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 13, 2008, 03:42:10 PM
Let me help you:

I piloted that lifeboat there...through time!!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2008, 03:44:22 PM
Well, it sounds like it was modern when it was found (1964) in most of the footnotes.  But, yeah, it is sort of open to interpretation.

If it's some old lifeboat from the 19th century or something, that actually is more acceptable than a lifeboat from 1964. 

I'm also wondering if there's some sort of circulation in the Indian Ocean.  Like how shit thrown in the sea off the coast of Japan eventually circulates around to North America.

Alternatively, Reggie's explanation could be true.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on February 13, 2008, 03:44:41 PM
It was Reggie!!!  I knew it all along.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on February 13, 2008, 07:11:02 PM
what lifeboat?  I missed it in the links
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on February 16, 2008, 04:00:23 PM
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/10795

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/12340
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on February 16, 2008, 04:03:51 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=513820&in_page_id=1811
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Matt on February 16, 2008, 08:18:25 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=513820&in_page_id=1811

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=514652&in_page_id=1773

I would've taken care of her.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: monkey! on February 18, 2008, 01:07:48 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=513820&in_page_id=1811

Horrifying. Think that's Hiroshima fall-out?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on February 18, 2008, 05:55:59 PM
Yeah, it's definitely from when we bombed Hiroshima, India.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on February 18, 2008, 06:22:53 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=514652&in_page_id=1773

I would've taken care of her.

Obviously he should have gotten her a larger water bottle instead of flowers.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 20, 2008, 06:14:36 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7254939.stm

Self-healing rubber invented.  From piss!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 20, 2008, 10:22:40 PM
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/02/draft-the-water.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Matt on February 20, 2008, 10:23:56 PM
Dude, that could mean tires that never need to be repaired, ever.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 21, 2008, 01:10:20 PM
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32170.pdf
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on February 21, 2008, 10:03:24 PM
(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fphotos1.blogger.com%2Fblogger2%2F2106%2F4210%2F1600%2Fstrongman.jpg&hash=fba81e4c5c89c16b709d8692bff03020b0876046)



(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fphotos1.blogger.com%2Fblogger2%2F2106%2F4210%2F1600%2Fclear.0.jpg&hash=9a69c7f575dd9f407b81c9086fe9b88dc90dfb40)

etc.  start at the beginning of the archive.

http://bentobjects.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on February 21, 2008, 10:40:02 PM
(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fphotos1.blogger.com%2Fblogger%2F4921%2F3801%2F1600%2Fpaintbrush%2520bug.jpg&hash=d8d282342aa2b019af0510dde5ac240286c86231)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on February 21, 2008, 11:52:48 PM
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/10795

Here are two subdivisions mentioned.  Pan around both maps:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=30.582149,-85.579258&spn=0.008165,0.007296&z=17

Count the houses above and below the waterway:

http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&ie=UTF8&ll=26.915316,-82.21741&spn=0.016914,0.014591&z=16

wider view of same, with the "Rotonda" on the lower left:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=26.909059,-82.236013&spn=0.067659,0.058365&t=h&z=14

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on February 25, 2008, 05:51:36 PM
This is an old fart link, but I'm sharing it because I know there are a couple people here who use glasses.

http://www.zennioptical.com

Just over a year ago, I bought a pair of prescription sunglasses and one regular pair and it cost me about $550.  Both of my bosses now have ordered glasses from zenni.  My main boss just got 3 pairs of glasses with progressive lenses (like bifocals without the lines) and one pair was a pair of sunglasses.  With the frames, lenses and shipping, the 3 pairs cost $140.

Anyway, I am thinking of buying some extra glasses from this site.  All you need to do is visit your eye doctor and get your prescription, then zenni will send you your glasses in a week or two.

Good stuff.  Glasses are fucking expensive, usually.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 26, 2008, 07:23:31 AM
Sweatshop glasses!  Shipped in from China.  At least, that's what the guy on SA does.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 28, 2008, 04:45:32 PM
So the third story in the Dr. Sex book is abotu Alex the Parrot.  Finally getting around to gathering links for the webpage and, jesus, this parrot is really something.

The story's great, too.


http://www.youtube.com/v/R6KvPN_Wt8I
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on March 03, 2008, 03:13:57 PM
http://vanishingpoint.ca/tailrace.html?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 04, 2008, 09:25:55 AM
That's awesome.  I love the idea of exploring old crumbling stuff.  I wish there were more pictures though.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2008, 07:00:17 AM
I don't know why I like this...
http://www.alwayswatching.org/features/great-scenes-television-and-film-told-using-only-typography

Also related:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEVvEsEbl5I
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on March 24, 2008, 01:09:31 PM
niceones
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on March 24, 2008, 01:45:54 PM
browsed from the comments of nacho's link above, here's some design spooge for Tyson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur9OyD8BjP4
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on March 25, 2008, 03:25:29 PM
Hawt!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 01, 2008, 03:29:42 PM
I love this site.

Today's topic:

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=955
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on April 01, 2008, 03:45:27 PM
I love this site.

Today's topic:

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=955


hahahaha... Johnathan Swift was a badass.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 01, 2008, 03:48:40 PM
I know...great twist at the end!!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on April 04, 2008, 03:45:03 AM
http://weburbanist.com/2008/04/03/5-infamous-abandonments-used-in-famous-films-deserted-buildings-from-cult-classics-of-cinema/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 04, 2008, 07:44:36 AM
Nice...
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on April 04, 2008, 09:43:54 PM
I love this site.

Today's topic:

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=955


hahahaha... Johnathan Swift was a badass.

Oh, niiice.  Old school bad-assery.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 11, 2008, 12:35:50 PM
http://www.clicktracks.com/insidetrack/articles/kirk_analytics.php?source=nws072007


Quote
In my seminars, I enjoy teaching analytics because the fun is in finding effective and memorable methods to help people understand the concepts. One of my favorites is an analysis of the Red-Shirt Phenomenon in Star Trek.

What? You don't know about the Red Shirt Phenomenon? Well, as any die-hard Trekkie knows, if you are wearing a red shirt and beam to the planet with Captain Kirk, you're gonna die. That's the common thinking, but I decided to put this to the test. After all, I hadn't seen any definitive proof; it's just what people said. (Remind you of your current web analytics strategy?) So, let's set our phasers on 'stun' and see what we find...

The basic stats:
The Enterprise has a crew of 430 (startrek.com) in its five-year mission. (Now, I know that the show was only on the air for 3 years, but bear with me. 80 episodes were produced, which gives us the data to build from.) 59 crewmembers were killed during the mission, which comes out to 13.7% of the crew. So, that will be our overall conversion rate, 13.7%.

Data Segmentation:
However, we need to segment the overall mortality (conversion) rate in order to gain the specific information that we need:

    * Yellow-shirt crewperson deaths: 6 (10%)
    * Blue-Shirt crewperson deaths: 5 (8 %)
    * Engineering smock crewperson deaths: 4
    * Red-Shirt crewperson deaths: 43 (73%)

So, the basic segmentation of factors allows us to confirm that red-shirted crewmembers died more than any other crewmembers on the original Star Trek series.

However, that's only just simple stats reporting - ready for some analysis?

In-depth Analysis:
Analysis involves asking questions about the data. Analysis attempts to bring reason and cause to the reported data in order to find why something is happening. With that data, one can improve the situation based on the intelligence gained from the analysis.

Q: What causes a red-shirted crewman to die?

    * On-board incident - 42.5%
    * Beaming down to the planet - 57.5%

There were also many fights during the mission; on the Enterprise, on planets, and various space stations. The fights were also divided between alien races or crazed crewmen (usually wearing red shirts).

    * There were 130 fights over 80 episodes.
    * 18 of the 130 fights resulted in a fatality.
    * 13 of the 18 fatal fights resulted in a red-shirt fatality.

Q: what was the rate of red-shirt casualties?

    * 18 red-shirt fatality episodes:
    * 8 multiple fatality occurrences; involving 34 red-shirted crewmen.
    * 9 single red-shirt fatality situations.

It was found that red-shirted crewmembers tended to die in groups. In 17 red-shirt fatality episodes, 8 were multiple incidents, 9 were single incidents. In a little less than 50% of the fatal red-shirt situations, multiple crewmen were vaporized.

Q: What factors could increase/decrease the survival rate of red-shirted crewmen?
Besides not getting involved in fights, which usually proved fatal, the crewmen could avoid beaming down to the planet's surface, which is inherent to their end. However, that could result in a court-martial for failure to obey orders.

Besides not beaming down, another factor that showed to increase the survival rate of the red-shirts was the nature of the relationship between the alien life and captain Kirk. When Captain Kirk meets an alien woman and "makes contact" the survival rate of the red-shirted crewmen increases by 84%. In fact, out of Captain Kirks' 24 "relationships" there were only three instances of red-shirt vaporization.

The caveat to this is when Captain Kirk not only meets the local alien women, but also starts a fight among alien locals. The combination of these events has led to the elimination of 4 crewmembers (3 red-shirts).

Here are the statistics:
Red Shirt Death episodes = 18
Episodes with fights = 55
Probability of a fight breaking out = 70%
Kirk "conquest" episodes = 24
Kirk "conquest" + fights = 16
Kirk "conquest" + red shirt casualty= 4
Red shirt death + fight + Kirk "conquest" = 3

And the data trends;
Probability of a red-shirt casualty= 53%
14% of fights ended in a fatality (with a 72% chance the fatality wore a red shirt)
Probability of a red-shirt "incident" when Kirk has a "conquest" = 12%

The red-shirt survival rate is slightly higher when Kirk meets women than when a fight breaks out. This trend necessitates the question: How often did Captain Kirk "meet" women? In 30% of the missions.

As the data shows, Captain Kirk "making contact" with alien women has an impact on the crew's survival. The red-shirt death rate is higher when a fight breaks out than when Kirk meets a woman and a fight breaks out. Yet the analysis shows that meeting Kirk meeting women only happens in 30% of the missions.

Conclusion:
We can reliably improve the survivability of the red-shirted crewmen by only exploring peaceful, female-only planets (android and alien females included).
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on April 11, 2008, 04:24:04 PM
delicious.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 14, 2008, 04:52:02 PM
I think it's Tyson who posted this site a while back...

http://weburbanist.com/2008/04/13/7-more-abandoned-wonders-of-the-former-soviet-union-from-island-fortresses-to-fighter-jets/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 21, 2008, 01:09:42 PM
Did someone say "Nazi German Navy?"

Awesome, as usual:

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=949
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 21, 2008, 01:31:29 PM
That page is so addictive.  Weburbanist, too.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on April 21, 2008, 02:20:46 PM
Excellent read!  I've yet to read a damninteresting link that wasn't damn interesting.

Hoover was a dick.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on April 21, 2008, 09:06:14 PM
Did someone say "Nazi German Navy?"

Awesome, as usual:

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=949


This is what I really miss: the triple eyebrow raises in press conferences.

Quote
The unsatisfied press room erupted with speculations about elite FBI agents infiltrating the Gestapo and the High Command. Hoover refused to confirm any such wild theories, but his triple-eyebrow raises, exaggerated winks, and menacing cackles encouraged the reporters to adopt their own conclusions.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 22, 2008, 10:38:36 AM
One for Tyson:

http://www.hawkwalk.com/

http://www.gadling.com/2008/04/22/hes-80-and-has-been-walking-the-world-for-16-years/

Quote
Henry Lee McGinnis has been walking the world for the last 16 years, Google him and I find nothing other than a one-minute video on BBC.

So far he has walked over 80,000 miles across the US and 66 other countries. He is currently entering South America and will finish around 2010 in Texas, after passing through Central America and Mexico.

According to his website, the former Methodist minister and World War II army sniper, carries a 100-pound rucksack with everything but a kitchen sink, and a six-foot steel-tipped walking staff for protection. When he is not camping out, he looks for local hosts for a bed.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 26, 2008, 09:09:51 AM
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/04/1500-belgians-b.html

The site has a great picture and a video.

Quote
This Wednesday, fifteen hundred Belgian students simultaneously inserted Mentos into Diet Coke bottles in Ladeuzeplein Square, instantly breaking what must be one of the world's most obscure records, reports Natalie Paris of Britain's Telegraph.

And, not that you care, but here's a scientific explanation of why this works from The Disgruntled Chemist:

    The reason that the soda erupts so violently from the bottle is actually twofold: a decrease of the surface tension of the soda (due to dissolving Mentos), and an increase in nucleation sites (sites where bubbles of CO2 can form) within the bottle (due to the rough Mentos surface). Both of these factors make the carbon dioxide in the soda less likely to stay dissolved and more likely to become gaseous. The fountain effect is from all of the CO2 going from dissolved to gaseous at once, and at a great rate.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 29, 2008, 03:55:53 PM
Wow... I have to do this some day:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/devilspool.asp
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 29, 2008, 04:00:08 PM
It looks absolutely terrifying.

Buuuut...I would do it given the opportunity.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 29, 2008, 04:05:04 PM
http://listoftheday.blogspot.com/2008/04/celebs-you-forgot-or-didnt-realize-were.html

Some are a surprise -- Like Paul Gleason from Breakfast Club.  And Kirk's son was a fag. 

Some are weird (accidental fall from cliff?)

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 29, 2008, 04:05:41 PM
It looks absolutely terrifying.

Buuuut...I would do it given the opportunity.

Yeah, I'd be like the journalist.  Let the guide go first, then I'd go in screaming.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on April 29, 2008, 08:43:45 PM
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/04/1500-belgians-b.html

The site has a great picture and a video.

Quote
This Wednesday, fifteen hundred Belgian students simultaneously inserted Mentos into Diet Coke bottles in Ladeuzeplein Square, instantly breaking what must be one of the world's most obscure records, reports Natalie Paris of Britain's Telegraph.

And, not that you care, but here's a scientific explanation of why this works from The Disgruntled Chemist:

    The reason that the soda erupts so violently from the bottle is actually twofold: a decrease of the surface tension of the soda (due to dissolving Mentos), and an increase in nucleation sites (sites where bubbles of CO2 can form) within the bottle (due to the rough Mentos surface). Both of these factors make the carbon dioxide in the soda less likely to stay dissolved and more likely to become gaseous. The fountain effect is from all of the CO2 going from dissolved to gaseous at once, and at a great rate.

It's nice to see that Mentos took the meme and ran with it. Most companies would be OMG SUE KOPYWRIGHT!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 09, 2008, 12:42:44 PM
http://www.walkscore.com/

34 for me.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 09, 2008, 01:32:55 PM
http://www.walkscore.com/

34 for me.

43.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on May 09, 2008, 02:05:35 PM
68
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on May 09, 2008, 02:48:45 PM
18

Also, I don't own a car.  Figure THAT out.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on May 09, 2008, 04:37:45 PM
ninety one at Chez Fajwat, the Krazy Kondo.

I'm tied with the White House.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on May 19, 2008, 05:19:22 PM
http://www.popfi.com/2008/05/19/creepy-kids-in-ads/

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.popfi.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fcreepy-kid-with-pork-and-beans.jpg&hash=6c5611d21d20a8d5beeffd81946873c084568003)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on May 19, 2008, 05:21:40 PM
linked from the above article

http://www.plan59.com/galleries/scarykids/scarykids.htm

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plan59.com%2Fimages%2FJPGs%2Fojboy56.jpg&hash=a437d7bc83a79bb4c9dfe220116ba51e36acf8b6)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 20, 2008, 12:32:53 PM
World's largest military hovercraft...and rock video.

http://englishrussia.com/?p=1908
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on May 20, 2008, 04:36:46 PM
um.  wow, other than as a gesture I don't see this being a very useful piece of hardware.

very useful statement, tho.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 20, 2008, 05:03:22 PM
We have quite a few hovercraft deployed in Iraq.  The militarized hovercraft had its debut in Vietnam, where we used it for rapid deployment of shock troops throughout the Mekong. 

It's the best way to get a large squad of men and material deployed really-annoyingly-fast (for the enemy) in swampland, when establishing a beachhead, and so on.

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 21, 2008, 07:46:12 AM
Nice...

http://youtomb.mit.edu/

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What is YouTomb?

YouTomb is a research project by MIT Free Culture that tracks videos taken down from YouTube for alleged copyright violation.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on May 22, 2008, 10:29:53 AM
That's a neat link!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 23, 2008, 11:36:54 AM
SARS!

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=952
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 09, 2008, 04:28:52 PM
I've been using the development builds of Firefox 3 for a long time.  It's great...fast...lower memory...fewer random crashes.  It's coming out soon.

What's different?  If you have 5 minutes...

http://people.mozilla.com/~beltzner/overview-of-firefox3.swf
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on June 09, 2008, 05:16:13 PM
For some reason, I never knew Firefox was Canadian.  He was pretty good, but he slipped at the end -- it comes oot in a couple of weeks!

That all looks cool.  I can't wait. 
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on June 09, 2008, 05:37:07 PM
The Boston Globe has started a "photo blog"

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/

China:
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/05/after_the_quake.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on June 10, 2008, 03:45:49 PM
I've been using the development builds of Firefox 3 for a long time.  It's great...fast...lower memory...fewer random crashes.  It's coming out soon.

What's different?  If you have 5 minutes...

http://people.mozilla.com/~beltzner/overview-of-firefox3.swf

So just put this on my work computer... It's awesome.  Except Google chat is freaking out but...that's fine.  I'm sure it'll all be sorted come the official release.  I noticed the improvement instantly.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Matt on June 10, 2008, 04:12:53 PM
I'll probably switch from IE to Mozilla in a few months after the official release, by then all the fun add-ons will be out. IE7Pro works great to make IE7 on par with most Firefox add-ons.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 10, 2008, 04:24:23 PM
There are add-ons today that will make Firefox ignore the compatibility check.  Then you can just use any add-on you like and not worry about whether the add-on developer has bumped the version up to work with the latest.

One is Nightly Tester Tools (http://www.oxymoronical.com/web/firefox/nightly)

Of course disabling the compatibility check is a risk...but I've never had issues with any of the major extensions (adblock plus, firebug, forecastfox, noscript, user agent switcher).
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Matt on June 10, 2008, 04:37:39 PM
Is there a website that highlights the most useful add-ons? Because I have to wade through tons of shit to find decent things, and the most useful add-ons were stuff that people suggested I add.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 10, 2008, 04:54:11 PM
It really depends on what you're looking for.

For ad-blocking I use Ad Block Plus combined with NoScript (blocks Javascript by default, then you tell it which sites to always allow).

I have Forecastfox for weather.

And I use User Agent Switcher for "you must be using Internet Explorer...blah blah".

This is a decent "Top-10" list:

http://www.wired.com/software/softwarereviews/multimedia/2007/02/wiredphotos37
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 20, 2008, 11:02:49 AM
Cola Wars!

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=964
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on June 20, 2008, 11:41:32 AM
Yeah, read that yesterday.  What a great site.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on June 23, 2008, 07:55:39 AM
I bet someone posted this three years ago and you'll all go, Nacho, you're an idiot.  But...

http://xkcd.com/

I've really grown to like his humor. 
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on June 23, 2008, 02:37:01 PM
Nacho, you're an idiot.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on June 23, 2008, 02:42:33 PM
Yeah, just did a search.  So the site has been recommended monthly in various threads for the last year. 

Maybe I'm just posting it because it needs posted again!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on June 23, 2008, 06:48:37 PM
We should just post every XKCD comic, anyways.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on July 02, 2008, 12:56:16 PM
yeah, pretty much.

Glad you're aboard,  Nacho!  Welcome.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 02, 2008, 01:05:11 PM
I was particularly thrilled to see a MacGyver related one today.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 03, 2008, 08:36:14 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jul/03/channel4.kubrick

Just an add for Channel 4's series...but they recreated all the sets for it, and got lookalikes, and it's just kind of cool.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 07, 2008, 11:11:02 PM
Crosspost to the "Dreaming of Mother Abigail" thread in Newsday...

http://www.healthmap.org/en

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When the next salmonella or avian flu outbreak hits, the internet will have the news first.

But good luck finding that news amid the chatter about Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, or the newly-touted benefits of watermelon.

A new website, HealthMap, addresses that challenge by siphoning up text from Google News, the World Health Organization and online discussion groups, then filtering it and boiling it down into mapped data that researchers -- and the public -- can use to track new disease outbreaks, region by region.

"There is so much information the web about disease outbreaks but it's obscured by garbage and noise," said John Brownstein, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and cofounder of HealthMap.org. "The idea of HealthMap is to get filtered, valuable information to the public and public health community in one freely-available resource."

The site's free accessibility could be particularly important in the developing world, where poor public health infrastructure and lack of money has handicapped epidemiological efforts. That's a problem because those regions are exactly where scientists predict new and dangerous diseases are likely to emerge.

HealthMap goes beyond the standard mashup and is more like a small-scale implementation of the long-awaited semantic web. The site, which the researchers describe in the latest issue of open-access PLoS Medicine , creates machine-readable public health information from the text indexed by Google News, World Health Organization updates, and online listserv discussions.

While aimed at public health workers, HealthMap is also usable by the general public. It locates the outbreaks on a world map and created a color-coding system that indicates the severity of an outbreak on the basis of news reportage about it. Users of the site can then analyze and visualize the data, gaining unprecedented views of disease outbreaks.

By doing it all with publicly-available news sources and low operating costs, the service itself remains free. After a small scale launch in 2006, the site's model and potential attracted a $450,000 grant last year from Google.org's Predict and Prevent Initiative, which is focused on emerging infectious diseases.

"We really like their approach in that they are trying … a really open platform," said Mark Smolinski, director of Predict and Prevent initiative at Google.org. "Anybody can go in and see what kind of health threats are showing up around the world."

Back in 2006, Google.org head Larry Brilliant told Wired.com about his vision for a service that looks a lot like HealthMap.

"I envision a kid (in Africa) getting online and finding that there is an outbreak of cholera down the street. I envision someone in Cambodia finding out that there is leprosy across the street," Brilliant said.

HealthMap doesn't have quite that level of resolution just yet--outbreaks are only mapped to the state/province level--but it's no standard Google Maps mashup. The back end of the system does far more than marry data points to locations.

Clark Freifeld, a software developer at Children's Hospital Boston and the technical lead on the project, said that a host of complex algorithms underpin the simple interface that the site's users see.

"It's not only what you see, but what you don't see," Freifeld said.

The site cuts out duplicate stories and other sorts of "noise" from the "signal" -- news of a disease outbreak.

For example, HealthMap can differentiate between a news story about an outbreak and a story about government vaccination or public health. By identifying the language reporters use in known outbreak stories, it can find similar new ones based on the same verbiage. For instance, key words like "mysterious" tend to pop up in outbreak stories, but not, say, in coverage of vaccine programs. Another common feature of outbreak stories is a small number in the headline, usually to denote a number of people infected or killed.
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Post by: nacho on July 09, 2008, 03:36:56 PM
Flying Dog is sponsoring these guys...

http://bikingthestates.blogspot.com/

A three month journey biking around the US.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on July 09, 2008, 03:39:43 PM
That's pretty much exactly what I'll be doing. I want a motherfucking sponsor!

Nacho - sponsor me and my vanity trip!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 09, 2008, 03:45:54 PM
Only if you can somehow add to book sales.

But I will put you up if you're in DC.  Though I can't promise that you won't wake to find me in the rocking chair, watching you sleep.

"N-Nacho?"

"Hello Tyson."
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on July 09, 2008, 04:30:07 PM
Vancouver to Tijuana, man. So I'll get creepy men in campgrounds looking at me from the window of their trailers. I'm thinking about just taking a sleeping bag and chaining my bike to my wrist. Gotta travel light, man.

I need to start a blog here soon so I can bore everyone to death with the planning phase. Then, when I'm on the trip, my iPhone will upload my location every half hour or so.

"Man, Tyson was going 40mph here and then he stopped right there pretty quickly. That's a wall, I think. Or a semi truck. Not sure."
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on July 09, 2008, 04:34:58 PM
Start a blog?  What about the asinine training blog!?!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 09, 2008, 04:39:12 PM
Wait -- so Vancouver to Tijuana is "almost exactly" like three months touring the States?  You're a liar, Tyson!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 09, 2008, 04:39:34 PM
Start a blog?  What about the asinine training blog!?!

What about the "what I ate today" blog?!
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Post by: RottingCorpse on July 09, 2008, 04:44:53 PM
Wait -- so Vancouver to Tijuana is "almost exactly" like three months touring the States?  You're a liar, Tyson!

I did it on my honeymoon trip, except backwards. It took about two weeks.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on July 09, 2008, 06:54:57 PM
Wait -- so Vancouver to Tijuana is "almost exactly" like three months touring the States?  You're a liar, Tyson!

They're doing, like 50-70 miles per day. I'll be shooting for 100 per day initially before descending into madness and biking the final 200 miles in one day.

"Dear blog: stool is bloody. Roughly the consistency of the oatmeal I ate off the street yesterday in Compton. That was funny oatmeal, come to think of it. Crunchier than I remember most e-mails. The government has something to do with it. Coordinates. Zion calls and the sheep bark. Hide now. Hide."
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on July 09, 2008, 06:56:21 PM
Start a blog?  What about the asinine training blog!?!

It got boring because I wasn't really doing anything exciting. I mean:

"Swam 3,000m. Biked 50mi. Whee."

But biking the west coast? Shit! I'll have tales to tell!

"Raped by hobo. Again."
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on July 10, 2008, 11:49:14 AM
Start a blog?  What about the asinine training blog!?!

What about the "what I ate today" blog?!

That blog's switched to communism...and now Sweden.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on July 10, 2008, 12:06:07 PM
I have a blogging blog where I blog about what I've blogged which is usually about food, boobs or beer or some combination of the three.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 10, 2008, 12:26:21 PM
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Check this out for rad firsthand history: http://archive.timesonline.co.uk/tol/archive/

For now it's free and only requires registration... for which u:login_hater@mailinator.com p:login_hater seems to work for the time being :)

http://archive.timesonline.co.uk/tol/viewArticle.arc?articleId=ARCHIVE-The_Times-1912-04-16-09-006&pageId=ARCHIVE-The_Times-1912-04-16-09
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Post by: nacho on July 15, 2008, 05:26:41 PM
Man, that's pretty...

http://www.gadling.com/2008/07/15/belize-it-or-not-diving-the-blue-hole/
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Post by: RottingCorpse on July 20, 2008, 02:21:50 AM
http://www.howmanyofme.com/ (http://www.howmanyofme.com/)
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Post by: Tatertots on July 20, 2008, 03:36:14 AM
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There are 21,325 people in the U.S. with the first name Tyson.

$10 says they're all black. That's been my experience, anyways.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on July 20, 2008, 04:01:53 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_project_management_software

I've downloaded ganntproject and am going to start writing project plans for everything, just because the charts are pretty and I like to idly obsess over things.  I hate MS project and if one of these can replace it I'd love to find out before the next time mgmt needs a chart from me.

So...  Project plans for everything!  Single resource projects!
* Getting up and to work (dressing depends on shaving depends on showering, which all depend on the waking up milestone)
Multiple resource projects!
* Getting to a play with my chick
* Dragging my crazy friend out for a bike ride

etc.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 22, 2008, 08:40:53 PM
Just about every other post on this site is great:

http://weburbanist.com/2008/08/22/amazingly-scary-haunted-houses-and-hotels-part-six-in-an-eight-part-amazing-houses-series/

(Yes, I know the site has been posted many times here on GS.)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on August 29, 2008, 10:10:11 AM
So, I have a friend who's covering the DNC with CNN...and blogging about it.

Pretty interesting stuff.  He definitely has access to more things than your average convention-goer.

http://jmofromthefloor.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on September 13, 2008, 10:14:15 PM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10041176-1.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5

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It looks like 3M is trying to bring back the good old-fashioned vacation slideshow.

The company is reportedly close to rolling out a miniature, portable digital video projector, the likes of which could be used to project digital photos, PowerPoint presentations, or cat-on-a-treadmill videos wherever you see fit.

The lucky ducks over at Popular Science got an early look at the MPro110 and report that after plugging it into a DVD player, they were able to project a movie up to 11 inches wide on various pieces of furniture, walls, and co-workers' body parts. The picture fared much better (and bigger) in a dark room.

Apparently 3M had planned to officially announce the projector in a few weeks, but an overly enthusiastic German division of the company let the cat out of the bag a little early with a press release.

Now, my German is not so gut, but according to PopSci, the MPro will cost $359. And a video on the 3M site indicates it will have the ability to hook up to a laptop, digital camera, iPod, and other mobile devices (a little Mario Kart racing action, perhaps?). At that price and with that kind of hookup capability, the MPro would be a viable option for taking business presentations on the road or even filling in as a less-expensive home theater device (though speakers aren't included).

Of course, when it comes to projecting video, size does matter. And the 11-inch width PopSci cites in lighted conditions just isn't going to cut it for some purposes, namely presentations in the average office conference room. But the technology seems like it's off to a great start--even if it's not ready to supplant larger, more powerful projectors quite yet.

And that's news worth celebrating with a Post-it note party.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 16, 2008, 02:06:17 PM
Japanese holdouts... I love these guys.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroo_Onoda

http://history1900s.about.com/od/worldwarii/a/soldiersurr_2.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teruo_Nakamura

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_holdout
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 22, 2008, 11:35:28 AM
Awesome!

http://www.shorpy.com/node/4502

I worked in the Woodward between 1997 and 2001.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 26, 2008, 01:03:17 PM
I was late to work today because I got sucked into this...

http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 26, 2008, 01:14:00 PM
I REALLY want to do this...someday:

http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/309-around-the-world-at-twice-the-speed-of-fogg/

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Post by: Nubbins on September 26, 2008, 01:19:09 PM
what a cool website!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on September 26, 2008, 01:21:34 PM
I REALLY want to do this...someday:

http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/309-around-the-world-at-twice-the-speed-of-fogg/



And it's only $5k!   That would be an awesome trip.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 26, 2008, 01:33:28 PM
So this guy has figured out how close presidential elections REALLY are, by taking a look at how many total votes would have to switch for the other guy to have won.

2000 was the closest with less than 300 votes in FL deciding the whole thing.  Interesting stuff!

https://www.msu.edu/~sheppa28/elections.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: fajwat on September 26, 2008, 03:51:38 PM
strangemaps is awesome.  i think nacho was a big fan a while ago.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 27, 2008, 10:04:40 AM
Yeah, it's a great site...
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on October 28, 2008, 04:48:59 PM
A Firefox extension for RC!

http://shanghaiist.com/2008/10/28/download_the_ultimate_great_firewal.php
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on November 12, 2008, 01:55:31 PM
Puppy Cam!!! (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shiba-inu-puppy-cam)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on November 19, 2008, 01:04:11 PM
Nice.  Google has archived all of the photos from Life magazine.

http://images.google.com/hosted/life
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on November 19, 2008, 01:31:14 PM
Nice.  Google has archived all of the photos from Life magazine.

http://images.google.com/hosted/life

holy shit, that's is fucking sweet!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on November 19, 2008, 01:32:13 PM
Nice.  Google has archived all of the photos from Life magazine.

http://images.google.com/hosted/life

holy shit, that's is fucking sweet!

On similar lines (may have been posted before)... The Apollo Archive: http://www.apolloarchive.com/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on November 26, 2008, 10:32:53 AM
Agreed!


http://www.toplessrobot.com/2008/11/the_8_reasons_why_they_live_is_cinemas_greatest_a.php#more
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 06, 2008, 10:02:34 AM
Looking all these old movie posters makes me realize what a lost art it is.

http://wellmedicated.com/inspiration/100-illustrated-horror-film-posters-part-1/ (http://wellmedicated.com/inspiration/100-illustrated-horror-film-posters-part-1/)

http://wellmedicated.com/inspiration/100-illustrated-horror-film-posters-part-2/ (http://wellmedicated.com/inspiration/100-illustrated-horror-film-posters-part-2/)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on January 16, 2009, 09:45:02 AM
http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/01/the_10_japanese_fast-food_joints_that_should_be_ex.php

Fuck that pizza looks good...
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on January 16, 2009, 12:05:18 PM
Goddammit, I'm hungry.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 16, 2009, 02:13:34 PM
Do not eat KFC's new "Crispy Hot Wings".  They are not hot.  In fact they are just fried chicken wings.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on January 17, 2009, 07:35:24 PM
Nothing in fast foods advertised as "hot" really is.  Wendy's chicken sandwich isn't bad, but still it's lacking.  Zaxby's is really the only place I've found that can give you some seriously spicy chicken.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 19, 2009, 03:49:31 PM
Chick-fil-a's spicy chicken sandwich is not bad either.  Unfortunately, Zaxby's is a Southern thang.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on January 19, 2009, 04:27:10 PM
"Unfortunately," indeed... Zaxby's is great by fast food standards.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2009, 02:23:55 PM
Strangely mesmerizing -- time lapse of the density of air traffic in a 24 hour period.

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on January 22, 2009, 02:30:17 PM
ok, that was cool as shit.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on January 23, 2009, 04:31:59 PM
yeah, but what if that map falls into the hands of dangerous birds?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on January 30, 2009, 05:47:51 PM
http://www.sfx.co.uk/page/sfx?entry=a_brief_history_of_sci

I love their comment about Spooks: Code Nine.  Jesus.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2009, 09:52:54 AM
Somewhat ashamed to admit that I have subscribed to the "string of failure" myth for Lincoln... My mom had a poster with the list of failures up on the wall all through my childhood.

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/lincoln.asp
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 25, 2009, 05:56:44 PM
FAS has updated the military deployments list.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32170.pdf

Fascinating just to prove that America has "always been at war with Eastasia."
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 04, 2009, 04:40:14 PM
Since you're all bike people.

http://weburbanist.com/2009/03/03/futuristic-strange-concept-bicycles-designs/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on March 04, 2009, 04:46:33 PM
I'd rather shoot myself than ride any of those. Jesus.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 19, 2009, 01:42:27 PM
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/undersea_eruptions_near_tonga.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 04, 2009, 11:54:53 AM
Suicide Girls do Fight Club:

http://suicidegirls.com/members/Missy/albums/site/13576/

Only seen a couple, the rest are blocked at work.  And this is, of course, NSW.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on May 04, 2009, 01:56:40 PM
This time... Bob's not the only one with bitch tits.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on May 04, 2009, 02:35:26 PM
Lawl!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 19, 2009, 02:25:02 PM
http://www.whereitsat.com

Ever wondered where they filmed Back To The Future? Or which firehouse the Ghostbusters used as their HQ?

Quote
Recently launched Where It's At is a fantastic collection of pop culture landmarks from the world of TV, music and movies. The map is extremely easy to search, and landmarks are filed into some great categories.

If you know of a pop culture landmark in your own back yard, you can submit it and get credited in the map. Submitting a location takes just a couple of minutes. Of course, the more submissions to the map, the more comprehensive the site will become.

The map is also a great way to plan your very own celebrity tour, and next time you take a trip, you can check to see whether any of the local buildings have a famous history.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 29, 2009, 10:23:03 AM
I love this site...

http://queencitydiscovery.blogspot.com/2009/05/unsolved-mystery-of-joe-wilcher.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 23, 2009, 08:09:46 AM
http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/401-whats-on-earth-tonight/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on July 31, 2009, 01:40:31 PM
(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F_sGYULzoQCgA%2FSTRb5oDUHNI%2FAAAAAAAACYU%2Ftn3NKlXnAMs%2Fs400%2F1958%2Brobots%2Bpopular%2Belectronics%2Bpaleofuture.jpg&hash=0b08ba0804031e340bd9f9fbe44f0e4d95955d12) (http://paleo-future.blogspot.com)

So this is a link off the Strange Maps blog Nacho pasted earlier (which is my new favorite site).  Paleo-Future is a blog about outdated futurism, i.e., silly and misguided predictions about the future from the past, complete with some wacky images.  right now it's a little wonky because he's moving stuff around, but there's some interesting stuff. 

ok, now, someone tell me how to use google reader to keep track of blogs, because my bookmark list is getting too big.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on July 31, 2009, 05:25:38 PM
ok, now, someone tell me how to use google reader to keep track of blogs, because my bookmark list is getting too big.

Are you IE or Firefox?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on July 31, 2009, 05:32:25 PM
firefox.  what do you think i am, some kind of nazi?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 31, 2009, 09:10:26 PM
You click on the little RSS button by the URL and it asks you how you want to subscribe.  Select Google Reader and then share with me!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on July 31, 2009, 10:41:05 PM
but what does that mean?  what if my girlfriend and i share the same browser?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 01, 2009, 09:50:22 AM
Reader is tied to your Gmail account.  So it's whoever is logged in.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 01, 2009, 09:12:04 PM
and it will just alert me whenever there's anything new?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 02, 2009, 01:07:06 AM
When you go to it, yes.

Am I talking to Cass from 1995?  Hey -- bet one million bucks on a black man being elected in 2008.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 02, 2009, 12:32:29 PM
there's some computer things i just don't keep up with. in ten years it'll all be beyond my grasp.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 02, 2009, 01:05:48 PM
wow! this is genius! 
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 02, 2009, 03:16:46 PM
Yeah, Google Reader's pretty awesome.  One stop shopping for all your blog needs!

Now subscribe to GS and the forums.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 02, 2009, 03:47:17 PM
i don't need all that.  but i did subscribe to sfwp.com
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 02, 2009, 03:56:44 PM
By the way, Sunday archives ends in two weeks...then Sundays are all Balloon Buddies all the time!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 02, 2009, 04:22:00 PM
i think i'm scheduled through the end of september.  also, i need more blogs. i'm an addict!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on August 02, 2009, 04:22:37 PM
YAY BALLOON BUDDIES!
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Post by: Cassander on August 02, 2009, 04:38:58 PM
i should have a balloon buddies contest of some sort.  win and you get your likeness featured in a comic!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on August 02, 2009, 04:41:35 PM
I'd totally be the only entrant, huh?

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs97.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fl236%2Fwonkalumps%2FFlight%2520of%2520the%2520Conchords%2Fth_fotc-2.gif&hash=07f8ef92e1705e844026cce0a729e5cd229d16f8)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on August 02, 2009, 04:41:57 PM
By the way, am I the only one who thinks Mel is totally hot?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 02, 2009, 04:46:39 PM
who is mel?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 02, 2009, 05:23:29 PM
i think i'm scheduled through the end of september.  also, i need more blogs. i'm an addict!

I'll start sharing more...give you ideas.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on August 02, 2009, 05:43:03 PM
who is mel?

Flight of the Conchords?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 02, 2009, 06:17:43 PM
I think Mel's hot.  See her superwoman strip tease on the Daily Show?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 02, 2009, 07:20:30 PM
Daily Show?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on August 02, 2009, 07:23:11 PM
I think Mel's hot.  See her superwoman strip tease on the Daily Show?

Link!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 02, 2009, 07:25:20 PM
I think Mel's hot.  See her superwoman strip tease on the Daily Show?

Link!

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-june-5-2008/sexism
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on August 02, 2009, 07:39:05 PM
Oh, I love her. She's great.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 02, 2009, 07:40:33 PM
Having her do Liv Tyler on Flight of the Conchords was hilarious.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on August 04, 2009, 02:38:37 AM
Well… Ok.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucydogdesign/3636648805/in/pool-birthday_party_club_for_pets
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 04, 2009, 07:27:18 AM
Everyone is to call me Snotty Bottom from now on.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on August 06, 2009, 06:10:46 PM
This is awesome and addictive.  Everyone sign up now and spend your days on this.

http://transparencycorps.org
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 06, 2009, 06:15:35 PM
Oh-ho!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on August 16, 2009, 10:55:12 AM
This site basically applies a Netflix-like queue to books. You can enter in books you're reading, books you've read, books you'd like to read, and then go on to rate or review them. Then you connect to see what your friends are reading and view their ratings/reviews. Sure, it's probably just helping Big Brother in his surveillance work, but if it scores you a good book suggestion or two . . .
 
http://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?i=LTM2MDQ1OTIyOTc6MzY3%0A (http://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?i=LTM2MDQ1OTIyOTc6MzY3%0A)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 16, 2009, 12:15:29 PM
Goodreads has been the "publisher's Facebook" for about four years now.  It's certainly better than the evil Librarything (or the goofy Shelfari).  It's also easier to maintain than a Facebook profile, since most of the author/publisher profiles are run by PR people.

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 19, 2009, 10:31:46 PM
(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.comixed.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2009%2F07%2Fkhanspoiler-4-panel.jpg&hash=ae2553d083d3de565454a3dddba729ab8821853c)

www.comixed.com
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 19, 2009, 10:32:53 PM
(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.comixed.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2009%2F08%2F128938828849146716.jpg&hash=39adc68817e804cec89c753f4087b3f01aa497bc)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 20, 2009, 08:07:40 AM
I need more of those.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 20, 2009, 09:03:23 PM
then get them in your google reader!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 21, 2009, 01:34:30 PM
Have we posted this one?

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/

I'll wait for five people to quote it from the page right before this one before I admit that I'm in the wrong.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on August 25, 2009, 12:48:31 PM
(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi30.tinypic.com%2F71lduw.jpg&hash=f7f5b92557a9b07212f9fdf624cd268813cba90a)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 25, 2009, 12:49:38 PM
That site is awesome.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on August 28, 2009, 03:01:53 PM
http://www.stumbleupon.com

Kind of neat.  You sign up and check items off a list of things you're interested in.  Once you've set up an account and done this, you click the "stumble" button at the top of the page and it takes you to a random webpage that fits a description of stuff you like.  I've found some really cool websites already and I've only played with it for maybe 5 minutes.  I can tell it's going to be addictive.  You can thumbs up and thumbs down the pages it gives you which, I assume, will help them refine their searches.  Anyway... fun to play around with.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on August 28, 2009, 03:21:46 PM
i used SU back in 2005 and found it annoying after awhile.  i'm sure it's improved since then, though.  also, their analytics engine could be evil or good for humanity.  i can't tell.

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/06/09/stumble-upon-supr/
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Post by: Nubbins on August 28, 2009, 03:23:59 PM
In the right hands, it will be pure evil.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on August 31, 2009, 05:58:11 PM
http://threeframes.net/

hypnotizing.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 01, 2009, 12:28:46 AM
That three frames site is really cool.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 01, 2009, 12:58:34 PM
It's awesome.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on September 01, 2009, 01:13:26 PM
I think it's made even cooler by the movies it uses for the clips.  I recognize a bunch, but a lot are from movies I've never seen before.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 01, 2009, 01:24:28 PM
I recognized far too many.  That was a fun game the NW and I played last night as we went through every single one... Got back to, what, June, and we were broken-hearted there wasn't more.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 09, 2009, 10:55:02 AM
The Cell Phone Radiation Guide:

http://www.ewg.org/cellphone-radiation

Here's the full list:

http://www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/Get-a-Safer-Phone?allavailable=1
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on September 12, 2009, 05:14:16 AM
Heh.

http://www.deanjackson.dj/nameanagram/index.php?n=Great+Society
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2009, 09:42:46 AM
Heh.

http://www.deanjackson.dj/nameanagram/index.php?n=Great+Society

 :a2m: :sissies: blowjob :cop: :hist101: :pokemonrocks: :flower: :king: :sunny: :sex: :female: :3some: :love4: :love7: :love8: :occasion9: :pottytrain2: :toothy2: :angel9: :hippy2: :angel12: :angel13: :naka:
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on September 12, 2009, 05:57:50 PM
Heh.

http://www.deanjackson.dj/nameanagram/index.php?n=Great+Society

 :a2m: :sissies: blowjob :cop: :hist101: :pokemonrocks: :flower: :king: :sunny: :sex: :female: :3some: :love4: :love7: :love8: :occasion9: :pottytrain2: :toothy2: :angel9: :hippy2: :angel12: :angel13: :naka:

:naka:
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on September 13, 2009, 12:57:08 PM
so i just did some real names...

OFF WEIRD, GRAND

SPRAY RANKS

TASTY NOTE

SEWERS LOSE

ABACK A RAMBO

my girlfriends is the best:

HALO A NERD

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 13, 2009, 03:32:48 PM
I am off weird, grand!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 14, 2009, 02:03:24 AM
Reginald Mcgraw's anagram name is WRIGGLER AND CAM
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 14, 2009, 02:23:31 PM
We've linked to this site many times before... Here's before and after Hurricane Ike shots.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/09/one_year_after_hurricane_ike.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 14, 2009, 04:14:03 PM
This is cool...

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/09/stratophoto/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on September 18, 2009, 05:14:30 PM
http://30dayflight.com

About: http://dustincurtis.com/30dayflight.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 18, 2009, 05:25:09 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on September 29, 2009, 11:53:09 AM
http://donttouchthat.ytmnd.com/

Name that movie! :D
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Tatertots on September 29, 2009, 12:06:11 PM
Ha ha ha! Oh, god.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 29, 2009, 12:40:55 PM
I wish it carried on with the whole song.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 17, 2009, 10:48:21 AM
http://www.exchange.telstra.com.au/training/flip.html

Quote
If you need further evidence that social media is here to stay in the corporate world, look no further than Telstra, the Australian telecom giant.

The 40,000+ person company makes social media training mandatory for its employees and formalized a policy of “3Rs” – responsibility, respect and representation. Taking things a step further, today the company is trying something about as transparent as it gets – publishing their entire social media training guide online, so that anyone can check it out, learn and critique.
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Post by: nacho on January 15, 2010, 01:17:10 PM
Before and after photos of Haiti.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/01/satellite-photos-of-haiti-before-and-after-the-earthquake/
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Post by: Tatertots on January 16, 2010, 02:10:02 AM
http://bullshit.tumblr.com/post/308875802/antonin-dvorak-mesicku-na-nebi-hlubokem-song

I love opera, man.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2010, 02:25:17 PM
This is neat... A map (and article) from 1919 theorizing what post-war central Europe would look like:

http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/xxx-austria-paying-the-fiddler/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2010, 06:52:46 PM
A comedic translation of The Road.  Part three caught my eye today, so I went back and started reading.

Only funny (somewhat) if you've read the book.

http://www.themillions.com/2009/10/the-road-a-comedic-translation.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 21, 2010, 11:09:51 AM
http://runleiarun.com/lebowski/

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Post by: Tatertots on February 21, 2010, 02:49:11 PM
That kid's been putting up great movie re-enactments on YouTube for years.

Also:

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 01, 2010, 05:18:24 PM
http://www.thebigmoney.com/slideshow/faces-behind-famous-hands

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 03, 2010, 10:31:05 AM
Uh...

http://issuu.com/soundofdrowning/docs/muppetwickerman

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 04, 2010, 01:24:43 PM
Dying kid gets to be a superhero for a day . . . get the tissues ready.

http://io9.com/5529877/childs-final-superheroic-wish-is-the-greatest-thing-youll-read-today (http://io9.com/5529877/childs-final-superheroic-wish-is-the-greatest-thing-youll-read-today)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Poppy Propercock on May 07, 2010, 01:44:51 PM
http://asianposes.com/

Nothing but hot Asian girls posing adorably.

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fasianposes.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2009%2F11%2Fvivi.jpg&hash=fadb187e8fa27b0163d8de8de6d76b1929ea4473)
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Post by: mrjoel on May 07, 2010, 02:57:24 PM
Well, there goes my afternoon.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 07, 2010, 03:13:42 PM
April 30th was the 35th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

Big Picture posted this:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/vietnam_35_years_later.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 07, 2010, 04:36:47 PM
http://asianposes.com/

Nothing but hot Asian girls posing adorably.



So....can we get a pet Asian girl? 


(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greatsociety.org%2Fuploads%2Fuserfiles%2F3%2Fgirlwiththemousyhair.gif&hash=7bf4ff52a5e75989c58f8d13051354687e9b517c)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on May 07, 2010, 06:27:18 PM
Wow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawaii

Quote
The rise of cuteness in Japanese culture emerged in the 1970s as part of a new style of writing. Many teenage girls began to write laterally using mechanical pencils. These pencils produced very fine lines, as opposed to traditional Japanese writing that varied in thickness and was vertical. Also, the girls would write in big, round characters and they added little pictures to their writing, such as hearts, stars, smiley faces, and letters of the Latin alphabet. These pictures would be inserted randomly and made the writing very hard to read. As a result, this writing style caused a lot of controversy and was banned in many schools. During the 1980s, however, this new "cute" writing was adopted by magazines and comics and was put onto packaging and advertising. From 1984-86, Yamane Kazuma studied the development of cute handwriting, which he called Anomalous Female Teenage Handwriting, in depth. Although it was commonly thought that the writing style was something that teenagers had picked up from comics, he found that teenagers had come up with the style themselves, as part of an underground movement.

Later, cute handwriting became associated with acting childishly and using infantile slang words. Because of this growing trend, companies such as Sanrio came out with merchandise like Hello Kitty. Hello Kitty was an immediate success and the obsession with cute continued to progress in other areas as well. The 1980s also saw the rise of cute idols, such as Seiko Matsuda, who is largely credited with popularizing the trend. Women began to emulate Seiko Matsuda and her cute fashion style and mannerisms, which emphasized the helplessness and innocence of young girls. No longer limited to teenagers, however, the spread of making things as cute as possible, even common household items, was embraced by people of all ages. Now there are airplanes painted with Pikachu on the side, and each of Japan’s 47 prefectures, the Tokyo police, and the government television station all have their own cute mascots. Currently, Sanrio’s line of more than 50 characters takes in more than $1 billion a year and remains the most successful company to capitalize on the cute trend.
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Post by: nacho on July 09, 2010, 02:24:18 PM
Nice...


Quote
If you have Firefox on a Windows PC, type this into the URL window:

    about:robots





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Post by: nacho on July 29, 2010, 05:02:52 PM
Part of our boredom battle today has involved the question: How many people have walked across the US?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_persons_who_have_walked_across_the_United_States

And...what's the most unusual famous death?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on August 17, 2010, 01:30:32 PM
Beloit College's "Mindset List" for the Class of 2014 . . . as if I didn't feel old enough.

http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2014.php (http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2014.php)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Cassander on September 15, 2010, 10:17:13 PM
See, I hate that list because about a quarter of the items always reference the year you were born.  No one remembers shit from the year they were born.  I don't personally remember anything about Mt. St Helens exploding or hostages being freed, etc., just people talking about it.  I would be not even a full fifth of students entering college this year could tell you who Rodney King was and maybe only half would remember an Apple II.  Hell, I was born in 1980 and grew up in rural North Carolina and I never even used an Apple II. 
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 15, 2010, 10:37:35 PM
I remember Mt St Helens!  And the hostages!

And I owned an Apple II!

Hell, I remember Carter State of the Union addresses.

Yay!  Also --when I was a kid -- all this here used to be fields.

And that area there was owned by old man Peabody.  He had this crazy idea about breeding pine trees...
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Post by: nacho on September 20, 2010, 01:38:20 PM
Hah!  This is cool:

http://blastr.com/2010/09/little-known-sci-fi-facts.php
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on September 28, 2010, 03:17:53 PM
Atomic bomb photographs... pretty amazing.  The ones taken right after detonation are pretty phenomenal.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/09/14/science/20100914_atom.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on September 28, 2010, 03:22:16 PM
Hah!  This is cool:

http://blastr.com/2010/09/little-known-sci-fi-facts.php

Wow... that is nuts.  I wonder if there are any royalties for the scream? 
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 28, 2010, 03:37:24 PM
Hah!  This is cool:

http://blastr.com/2010/09/little-known-sci-fi-facts.php

Wow... that is nuts.  I wonder if there are any royalties for the scream? 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_scream
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on September 30, 2010, 01:42:14 PM
This world clock is kinda cool...

http://www.poodwaddle.com/worldclock.swf
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 30, 2010, 02:06:55 PM
This world clock is kinda cool...

http://www.poodwaddle.com/worldclock.swf

Oh...fuck you, Nubbins.  This is worse than a video game.

Now I'm dying for some sort of catastrophe so I can see if the deaths are reflected.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 30, 2010, 02:15:02 PM
And just look at what Malaria is doing.  That's what my buddy (the original template for the GS "James") has been working on for the last 7 years -- killer mosquitoes!  NIH is developing mosquitoes that won't feed on humans. Once they're stable enough (he estimates 2015), they're going to release them in Africa.  And, slowly (he says it'll be closer to 2030), they'll kill off all the normal mosquitoes and become the dominant species.

Which means your Etta will get carried away to a super nest whilst you stand there untouched!  Assuming...uh...that Etta lives 20 more years.  I guess you'll be on Etta III at that point.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 30, 2010, 02:22:27 PM
Also, what's with the electricity measurements?  "Hydro, nuclear, thermal, renewable."

Well... Hydro and thermal is renewable. You could even say nuclear is renewable. 

How about also measuring coal?  Most of the eastern seaboard, the south, and the midwest is coal power, as well as northern Europe and South America and elsewhere.  There are still oil-based power plants in the old Soviet east (which, yeah, should only exist in Simcity 2000, but, you know...). 
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 30, 2010, 02:30:23 PM
And, I'm keeping my eye on the horse-slaughtering for food statistic.  What, does that number represent time-traveling early-AD soldiers and 1880's desperadoes stranded in the Sahara?

(Yes, I know, horse meat is big in Asia and even in surprising first world places, but, still.... WTF?)

Another interesting statistic -- men outnumber women?  Is that true?  I always thought it was the opposite... Why has that changed? Is there anything to back that up? 

Oh!  And...fuck you, Nubbins.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Nubbins on September 30, 2010, 08:01:36 PM
HAHA! 
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Post by: Nubbins on September 30, 2010, 08:10:02 PM
Wait, they're really producing a super mosquito to release on the world?  That seems sketchy... I mean, isn't that the kind of shit that gave us killer bees?

AFRICANIZED MOSQUITOS!
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Post by: Nubbins on September 30, 2010, 08:15:03 PM
Also, what is the Oil Depletion Timer?  Is that how many days until we run out of fossil fuel?  13,833 days is not very long.
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Post by: nacho on September 30, 2010, 10:20:26 PM
Wait, they're really producing a super mosquito to release on the world?  That seems sketchy... I mean, isn't that the kind of shit that gave us killer bees?

AFRICANIZED MOSQUITOS!

Yes, they are.  And, yes, it's the same outfit that created killer bees. And, also, this is classified info given to me by "James" at the Buddhist temple mentioned in Tiger's Path (http://www.greatsociety.org/?p=1344) and you're not supposed to know! When it happens, it won't be made public...

Also, what is the Oil Depletion Timer?  Is that how many days until we run out of fossil fuel?  13,833 days is not very long.

30 or so years... The "Peak Oil" date for when we lose it all forever....even though there's easily more oil beyond that date.  Bu it'll cost as much as the artificial oil that the Nazi's pioneered in 1940, which we've inherited and been sitting on. 

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Post by: RottingCorpse on October 19, 2010, 05:43:17 PM
Wayne Manor, Illinois:
http://gizmodo.com/5666033/wayne-manor-illinois
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Post by: nacho on October 20, 2010, 06:53:22 PM
I can't see this at work... But it sounds promising:

http://blastr.com/2010/10/sean-youngs-amazing-1983.php
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Post by: Nubbins on November 19, 2010, 04:00:13 PM
This is AWESOME!

http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe/

Say goodbye to your afternoon.
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 20, 2010, 12:00:30 PM
This is awesome!
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Post by: nacho on April 25, 2011, 06:45:36 PM
From Big Picture -- the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/04/chernobyl_disaster_25th_annive.html
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Post by: RottingCorpse on June 01, 2011, 09:42:07 AM
Victorian paper silhouettes of famous (and infamous) scifi characters

http://io9.com/5806431/victorian-paper-silhouettes-of-famous-and-infamous-scifi-characters (http://io9.com/5806431/victorian-paper-silhouettes-of-famous-and-infamous-scifi-characters)
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Post by: RottingCorpse on August 17, 2011, 08:32:48 AM
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Marvel-Minimalist-Posters/1829335
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Post by: nacho on September 22, 2011, 01:57:00 PM
Your slavery footprint:

http://madeinafreeworld.org/

The idea is cool and loooong overdue. Site's getting slammed right now because it launched today and has been picked up by everyone everywhere and retweeted into oblivion. But the idea is to chart your slavery footprint in basically the same way you can chart your carbon footprint.

I've always been generally appalled that pretty much every aspect of our lives is based on slave labor. I mean...I don't really care about the slaves. I'm just appalled by the armchair liberal typees who don't really understand how the world is working, and how billions of people are being trod upon by them as they sit in pedant-ville and rehash everything that smug, smirking Rachel Maddow says.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on November 06, 2011, 09:37:14 PM
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thirteen movie poster trends that are here to stay and what they say about their movies

http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/64047251.html
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Post by: nacho on November 07, 2011, 10:22:00 AM
I dig on the Swinton love.
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Post by: nacho on February 13, 2012, 06:26:08 PM
http://twistedsifter.com/2012/02/underwater-photos-of-dogs-fetching-their-ball/

So simple...yet so amazing.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on May 02, 2012, 02:11:03 PM
Dead bodies on Mount Everest. Harrowing.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/toddvanluling/dead-bodies-on-mount-everest (http://www.buzzfeed.com/toddvanluling/dead-bodies-on-mount-everest)
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Post by: nacho on May 02, 2012, 02:21:38 PM
Blocked at work!

But is this just a catalog of the bodies that have accumulated over the years? Because, yeah, that's something...

Here's (maybe the same thing?) that's not blocked at work so Reggie and I can have frozen corpse screensavers on our office computers:
http://sometimes-interesting.com/2011/06/29/over-200-dead-bodies-on-mount-everest/

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Post by: RottingCorpse on May 02, 2012, 02:25:22 PM
Yeah, there's a lot of overlap between those two sites.

*shudder*
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Post by: nacho on May 02, 2012, 02:35:49 PM
Yeah. It's fucked up.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on May 22, 2012, 06:17:44 PM
I love these lists...

http://io9.com/5912307/10-epic-villains-who-were-supposed-to-be-one+offs
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Post by: nacho on May 22, 2012, 08:13:33 PM
I love these lists...

http://io9.com/5912307/10-epic-villains-who-were-supposed-to-be-one+offs

There's my Ben Linus!
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Post by: nacho on May 22, 2012, 11:31:40 PM
Wow... My score is 190.


http://xritephoto.com/ph_toolframe.aspx?action=coloriq
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Post by: RottingCorpse on May 23, 2012, 09:47:17 AM
I scored 20, but I got pretty impatient with the last one.
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Post by: nacho on May 23, 2012, 10:26:48 AM
Dead bodies on Mount Everest. Harrowing.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/toddvanluling/dead-bodies-on-mount-everest (http://www.buzzfeed.com/toddvanluling/dead-bodies-on-mount-everest)

I like how you sort of pre-saged the most recent disaster. Now all the headlines are "Is Mt Everest a Morgue?"

Why, yes! And GS was there first, CNN!
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Post by: RottingCorpse on May 23, 2012, 11:00:44 AM
I'm nothing if not a sage...

Which is why I totally suck at this religious quiz.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0105/Are-you-smarter-than-an-atheist-A-religious-quiz/When-does-the-Jewish-Sabbath-begin
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Post by: nacho on May 23, 2012, 11:09:48 AM
I'm nothing if not a sage...

Which is why I totally suck at this religious quiz.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0105/Are-you-smarter-than-an-atheist-A-religious-quiz/When-does-the-Jewish-Sabbath-begin

That quiz has hardly anything to do with religion, so you should feel really bad. It's all history and geography. The religious questions give you the answer in the question (or are idiotic: The Dalai Lama is...?).

Sorry. That's mean. I'm testing people who don't know that Guam is a US territory... I'm cynical and bitter. But, really, half those questions are gimmies. I got 100%. I hate everything.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on May 23, 2012, 11:46:48 AM
I got 26 out of 32... which as you say is shameful.

I missed the Jewish Sabbath question... and I stupidly thought the main religion of India question was a trick question and said Muslim not Hindu. (The Muslim population has skyrocketed there.)

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Post by: nacho on May 23, 2012, 11:55:49 AM
I got 26 out of 32... which as you say is shameful.

I missed the Jewish Sabbath question... and I stupidly thought the main religion of India question was a trick question and said Muslim not Hindu. (The Muslim population has skyrocketed there.)



It's, like, 10% of the population. Maybe slightly more. India, man! Bollywood! Men in Shiva outfits dancing on trains to sitars!
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 23, 2012, 11:36:33 PM
I got 29. Hadn't heard about the Jewish figure, was shocked about the saved by faith answer (what else do you have to do if you're Catholic?), and I didn't know about the Great Awakening.
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Post by: nacho on May 24, 2012, 08:39:09 AM
I got 29. Hadn't heard about the Jewish figure, was shocked about the saved by faith answer (what else do you have to do if you're Catholic?), and I didn't know about the Great Awakening.

Catholics take a page from the Jews -- sacraments, rituals, etc. Faith alone won't save you if you aren't baptized and confirmed, for example. Among other things. Hell, even if you're the Pope, you're on the outs if you don't get the last rites on your death bed. That was the whole point of the Protestant Reformation -- the corruption inherent in "being a good Catholic." Selling of indulgences, etc...

The Great Awakening(s) is drifting into college-level history, so it's okay to miss that. It's also retarded and boring.

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Post by: RottingCorpse on July 11, 2012, 11:08:26 AM
http://postmasculine.com/america (http://postmasculine.com/america)

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10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America

Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your distance from him. You don’t mind him for the occasional family gathering or holiday. You still love him. But you don’t want to be around him.

This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment.

I know that’s harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in a good place these days. That’s not a socio-economic statement (although that’s on the decline as well), but rather a cultural one.

I realize it’s going to be impossible to write sentences like the ones above without coming across as a raging prick, so let me try to soften the blow to my American readers with an analogy:

You know when you move out of your parents’ house and live on your own, how you start hanging out with your friends’ families and you realize that actually, your family was a little screwed up? Stuff you always assumed was normal your entire childhood, it turns out was pretty weird and may have actually fucked you up a little bit. You know, dad thinking it was funny to wear a Santa Claus hat in his underwear every Christmas or the fact that you and your sister slept in the same bed until you were 22, or that your mother routinely cried over a bottle of wine while listening to Elton John.

The point is we don’t really get perspective on what’s close to us until we spend time away from it. Just like you didn’t realize the weird quirks and nuances of your family until you left and spent time with others, the same is true for country and culture. You often don’t see what’s messed up about your country and culture until you step outside of it.

And so even though this article is going to come across as fairly scathing, I want my American readers to know: some of the stuff we do, some of the stuff that we always assumed was normal, it’s kind of screwed up. And that’s OK. Because that’s true with every culture. It’s just easier to spot it in others (i.e., the French) so we don’t always notice it in ourselves.

So as you read this article, know that I’m saying everything with tough love, the same tough love with which I’d sit down and lecture an alcoholic family member. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you. It doesn’t mean there aren’t some awesome things about you (BRO, THAT’S AWESOME!!!). And it doesn’t mean I’m some saint either, because god knows I’m pretty screwed up (I’m American, after all). There are just a few things you need to hear. And as a friend, I’m going to tell them to you.

And to my foreign readers, get your necks ready, because this is going to be a nod-a-thon.

A Little “What The Hell Does This Guy Know?” Background: I’ve lived in different parts of the US, both the deep south and the northeast. I have visited most of the US’s 50 states. I’ve spent the past three years living almost entirely outside of the United States. I’ve lived in multiple countries in Europe, Asia and South America. I’ve visited over 40 countries in all and have spent far more time with non-Americans than with Americans during this period. I speak multiple languages. I’m not a tourist. I don’t stay in resorts and rarely stay in hostels. I rent apartments and try to integrate myself into each country I visit as much as possible. So there.

(Note: I realize these are generalizations and I realize there are always exceptions. I get it. You don’t have to post 55 comments telling me that you and your best friend are exceptions. If you really get that offended from some guy’s blog post, you may want to double-check your life priorities.)

OK, we’re ready now. 10 things Americans don’t know about America.
1. Few People Are Impressed By Us

Unless you’re speaking with a real estate agent or a prostitute, chances are they’re not going to be excited that you’re American. It’s not some badge of honor we get to parade around. Yes, we had Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, but unless you actually are Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison (which is unlikely) then most people around the world are simply not going to care. There are exceptions of course. And those exceptions are called English and Australian people. Whoopdie-fucking-doo.

As Americans, we’re brought up our entire lives being taught that we’re the best, we did everything first and that the rest of the world follows our lead. Not only is this not true, but people get irritated when you bring it to their country with you. So don’t.
2. Few People Hate Us

Despite the occasional eye-rolling, and complete inability to understand why anyone would vote for George W. Bush, people from other countries don’t hate us either. In fact — and I know this is a really sobering realization for us — most people in the world don’t really think about us or care about us. I know, that sounds absurd, especially with CNN and Fox News showing the same 20 angry Arab men on repeat for ten years straight. But unless we’re invading someone’s country or threatening to invade someone’s country (which is likely), then there’s a 99.99% chance they don’t care about us. Just like we rarely think about the people in Bolivia or Mongolia, most people don’t think about us much. They have jobs, kids, house payments — you know, those things called lives — to worry about. Kind of like us.

Americans tend to assume that the rest of the world either loves us or hates us (this is actually a good litmus test to tell if someone is conservative or liberal). The fact is, most people feel neither. Most people don’t think much about us.

Remember that immature girl in high school, who every little thing that happened to her meant that someone either hated her or was obsessed with her; who thought every teacher who ever gave her a bad grade was being totally unfair and everything good that happened to her was because of how amazing she was? Yeah, we’re that immature high school girl.
3. We Know Nothing About The Rest Of The World

For all of our talk about being global leaders and how everyone follows us, we don’t seem to know much about our supposed “followers.” Here were some brain-stumpers for me: the Vietnamese believe the Vietnam War was about China (not us), Hitler was primarily defeated by Russia (not us), Native Americans were wiped out by a plague (not us), and the American Revolution was “won” because the British cared more about beating France (not us). Notice a running theme here?

(Hint: It’s not all about us.)

We did not invent democracy. We didn’t even invent modern democracy. There were parliamentary systems in England and other parts of Europe over a hundred years before we created government. In a recent survey of young Americans, 63% could not find Iraq on a map (despite being at war with them), and 54% did not know Sudan was a country in Africa. Yet, somehow we’re positive that everyone else looks up to us.

4. We Are Poor At Expressing Gratitude And Affection

There’s a saying about English-speakers. We say “Go fuck yourself,” when we really mean “I like you,” and we say “I like you,” when we really mean “Go fuck yourself.”

Outside of getting shit-housed drunk and screaming “I LOVE YOU, MAN!”, open displays of affection in American culture are tepid and rare. Latin and some European cultures describe us as “cold” and “passionless” and for good reason. In our social lives we don’t say what we mean and we don’t mean what we say.

In our culture, appreciation and affection are implied rather than spoken outright. Two guy friends call each other names to reinforce their friendship; men and women tease and make fun of each other to imply interest. Feelings are almost never shared openly and freely. Consumer culture has cheapened our language of gratitude. Something like, “It’s so good to see you” is empty now because it’s expected and heard from everybody.

In dating, when I find a woman attractive, I almost always walk right up to her and tell her that a) I wanted to meet her, and b) she’s beautiful. In America, women usually get incredibly nervous and confused when I do this. They’ll make jokes to diffuse the situation or sometimes ask me if I’m part of a TV show or something playing a prank. Even when they’re interested and go on dates with me, they get a bit disoriented when I’m so blunt with my interest. Whereas, in almost every other culture approaching women this way is met with a confident smile and a “Thank you.”
5. The Quality of Life For The Average American Is Not That Great

If you’re extremely talented or intelligent, the US is probably the best place in the world to live. The system is stacked heavily to allow people of talent and advantage to rise to the top quickly.

The problem with the US is that everyone thinks they are of talent and advantage. As John Steinbeck famously said, the problem with poor Americans is that “they don’t believe they’re poor, but rather temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” It’s this culture of self-delusion that allows America to continue to innovate and churn out new industry more than anyone else in the world. But this shared delusion also unfortunately keeps perpetuating large social inequalities and the quality of life for the average citizen lower than most other developed countries. It’s the price we pay to maintain our growth and economic dominance.

In my Guide to Wealth, I defined being wealthy as, “Having the freedom to maximize one’s life experiences.” In those terms, despite the average American having more material wealth than citizens of most other countries (more cars, bigger houses, nicer televisions), their overall quality of life suffers in my opinion. American people are on average, work more hours with less vacation, spend more time commuting every day, and are saddled with over $10,000 of debt. That’s a lot of time spent working and buying crap and little time or disposable income for relationships, activities or new experiences.
6. The Rest Of The World Is Not A Slum-Ridden Shithole Compared To Us

In 2010, I got into a taxi in Bangkok to take me to a new six-story cineplex. It was accessible by metro, but I chose a taxi instead. On the seat in front of me was a sign with a wifi password. Wait, what? I asked the driver if he had wifi in his taxi. He flashed a huge smile. The squat Thai man, with his pidgin English, explained that he had installed it himself. He then turned on his new sound system and disco lights. His taxi instantly became a cheesy nightclub on wheels… with free wifi.

If there’s one constant in my travels over the past three years, it has been that almost every place I’ve visited (especially in Asia and South America) is much nicer and safer than I expected it to be. Singapore is pristine. Hong Kong makes Manhattan look like a suburb. My neighborhood in Colombia is nicer than the one I lived in in Boston (and cheaper).

As Americans, we have this naïve assumption that people all over the world are struggling and way behind us. They’re not. Sweden and South Korea have more advanced high speed internet networks. Japan has the most advanced trains and transportation systems. Norwegians make more money. The biggest and most advanced plane in the world is flown out of Singapore. The tallest buildings in the world are now in Dubai and Shanghai. Meanwhile, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

What’s so surprising about the world is how unsurprising most of it is. I spent a week with some local guys in Cambodia. You know what their biggest concerns were? Paying for school, getting to work on time, and what their friends were saying about them. In Brazil, people have debt problems, hate getting stuck in traffic and complain about their overbearing mothers. Every country thinks they have the worst drivers. Every country thinks their weather is unpredictable. The world becomes, err… predictable.
7. We’re Paranoid

Not only are we emotionally insecure as a culture, but I’ve come to realize how paranoid we are about our physical security. You don’t have to watch Fox News or CNN for more than 10 minutes to hear about how our drinking water is going to kill us, our neighbor is going to rape our children, some terrorist in Yemen is going to kill us because we didn’t torture him, Mexicans are going to kill us, or some virus from a bird is going to kill us. There’s a reason we have more guns than people.

In the US, security trumps everything, even liberty. We’re paranoid.

I’ve probably been to 10 countries now that friends and family back home told me explicitly not to go because someone was going to kill me, kidnap me, stab me, rob me, rape me, sell me into sex trade, give me HIV, or whatever else. None of that has happened. I’ve never been robbed and I’ve walked through some of the shittiest parts of Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

In fact, the experience has been the opposite. In countries like Russia, Colombia or Guatemala, people were so friendly it actually scared me. Some stranger in a bar would invite me to his house for a bar-b-que with his family, a random person on the street would offer to show me around and give me directions to a store I was trying to find. My American instincts were always that, “Wait, this guy is going to try to rob me or kill me,” but they never did. They were just insanely friendly.
8. We’re Status-Obsessed And Seek Attention

I’ve noticed that the way we Americans communicate is usually designed to create a lot of attention and hype. Again, I think this is a product of our consumer culture: the belief that something isn’t worthwhile or important unless it’s perceived to be the best (BEST EVER!!!) or unless it gets a lot of attention (see: every reality-television show ever made).

This is why Americans have a peculiar habit of thinking everything is “totally awesome,” and even the most mundane activities were “the best thing ever!” It’s the unconscious drive we share for importance and significance, this unmentioned belief, socially beaten into us since birth that if we’re not the best at something, then we don’t matter.

We’re status-obsessed. Our culture is built around achievement, production and being exceptional. Therefore comparing ourselves and attempting to out-do one another has infiltrated our social relationships as well. Who can slam the most beers first? Who can get reservations at the best restaurant? Who knows the promoter to the club? Who dated a girl on the cheerleading squad? Socializing becomes objectified and turned into a competition. And if you’re not winning, the implication is that you are not important and no one will like you.
9. We Are Very Unhealthy

Unless you have cancer or something equally dire, the health care system in the US sucks. The World Health Organization ranked the US 37th in the world for health care, despite the fact that we spend the most per capita by a large margin.

The hospitals are nicer in Asia (with European-educated doctors and nurses) and cost a tenth as much. Something as routine as a vaccination costs multiple hundreds of dollars in the US and less than $10 in Colombia. And before you make fun of Colombian hospitals, Colombia is 28th in the world on that WHO list, nine spots higher than us.

A routine STD test that can run you over $200 in the US is free in many countries to anyone, citizen or not. My health insurance the past year? $65 a month. Why? Because I live outside of the US. An American guy I met living in Buenos Aires got knee surgery on his ACL that would have cost $10,000 in the US… for free.

But this isn’t really getting into the real problems of our health. Our food is killing us. I’m not going to go crazy with the details, but we eat chemically-laced crap because it’s cheaper and tastes better (profit, profit). Our portion sizes are absurd (more profit). And we’re by far the most prescribed nation in the world AND our drugs cost five to ten times more than they do even in Canada (ohhhhhhh, profit, you sexy bitch).

In terms of life expectancy, despite being the richest country in the world, we come in a paltry 38th. Right behind Cuba, Malta and the United Arab Emirates, and slightly ahead of Slovenia, Kuwait and Uruguay. Enjoy your Big Mac.
10. We Mistake Comfort For Happiness

The United States is a country built on the exaltation of economic growth and personal ingenuity. Small businesses and constant growth are celebrated and supported above all else — above affordable health care, above respectable education, above everything. Americans believe it’s your responsibility to take care of yourself and make something of yourself, not the state’s, not your community’s, not even your friend’s or family’s in some instances.

Comfort sells easier than happiness. Comfort is easy. It requires no effort and no work. Happiness takes effort. It requires being proactive, confronting fears, facing difficult situations, and having unpleasant conversations.

Comfort equals sales. We’ve been sold comfort for generations and for generations we bought: bigger houses, separated further and further out into the suburbs; bigger TV’s, more movies, and take-out. The American public is becoming docile and complacent. We’re obese and entitled. When we travel, we look for giant hotels that will insulate us and pamper us rather than for legitimate cultural experiences that may challenge our perspectives or help us grow as individuals.

Depression and anxiety disorders are soaring within the US. Our inability to confront anything unpleasant around us has not only created a national sense of entitlement, but it’s disconnected us from what actually drives happiness: relationships, unique experiences, feeling self-validated, achieving personal goals. It’s easier to watch a NASCAR race on television and tweet about it than to actually get out and try something new with a friend.

Unfortunately, a a bi-product of our massive commercial success is that we’re able to avoid the necessary emotional struggles of life in lieu of easy superficial pleasures.

*********************

Throughout history, every dominant civilization eventually collapsed because it became TOO successful. What made it powerful and unique grows out of proportion and consumes its society. I think this is true for American society. We’re complacent, entitled and unhealthy. My generation is the first generation of Americans who will be worse off than their parents, economically, physically and emotionally. And this is not due to a lack of resources, to a lack of education or to a lack of ingenuity. It’s corruption and complacency. The corruption from the massive industries that control our government’s policies, and the fat complacency of the people to sit around and let it happen.

There are things I love about my country. I don’t hate the US and I still return to it a few times a year. But I think the greatest flaw of American culture is our blind self-absorption. In the past it only hurt other countries. But now it’s starting to hurt ourselves.

So this is my lecture to my alcoholic brother — my own flavor of arrogance and self-absorption, even if slightly more informed — in hopes he’ll give up his wayward ways. I imagine it’ll fall on deaf ears, but it’s the most I can do for now. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some funny cat pictures to look at.
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Post by: nacho on July 11, 2012, 11:09:43 AM
Link's broken... Or...something.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on July 11, 2012, 11:54:07 AM
Try now.
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Post by: nacho on July 11, 2012, 01:15:07 PM
Thank you for quoting it.

Lots of preaching to the choir there. But also some nice points that I know the people around me on a daily basis don't think about... Nor would be able to read.
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Post by: nacho on October 04, 2012, 12:33:53 PM
This is stunning:

http://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/the_history_of_rome/2007/07/index.html

Basically a guy doing a podcast covering the history of the western empire over the course of 5 years. Part one linked above, and you can navigate via the archives on the right.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on October 04, 2012, 02:34:14 PM
Now I know what I'm listening to on my next road trip.
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Post by: nacho on October 04, 2012, 03:58:24 PM
Now I know what I'm listening to on my next road trip.

That would be one hell of a road trip!

The next entry has 35 parts covering roughly 400 years:

http://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/the_history_of_rome/2008/11/index.html

What an awesome geekfest road trip it would be, though...
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Post by: nacho on November 07, 2012, 05:43:33 PM
This is fun...

http://www.270towin.com/
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Post by: nacho on November 08, 2012, 01:19:58 PM
Looking at 51-star designs has led me down dark roads...

Flag design and analysis:
http://www.nava.org/flag-design/good-flag-bad-flag

The Flag Critic:

http://www.otago.ac.nz/philosophy/Staff/JoshParsons/flags/intro.html

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Post by: nacho on November 08, 2012, 01:29:11 PM
Looking at 51-star designs has led me down dark roads...

Flag design and analysis:
http://www.nava.org/flag-design/good-flag-bad-flag

The Flag Critic:

http://www.otago.ac.nz/philosophy/Staff/JoshParsons/flags/intro.html



And I had no idea we went through so many variations...

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Post by: RottingCorpse on November 15, 2012, 02:43:36 PM
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Fantasy Heroines From the '80s and '90s

http://cheezburger.com/6766816000 (http://cheezburger.com/6766816000)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on November 15, 2012, 03:53:28 PM
The Childlike Empress still makes me feel horrible every time I see her.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 01, 2013, 02:05:52 PM
Too long to repost here, but this was amazing:

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3531147

The story of an isolated Russian family discovered in Siberia 150 miles from the closest settlement. They'd been there for 40 years.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 25, 2013, 06:36:15 PM
No big deal, just quadrocoptors throwing and catching a pole.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pp89tTDxXuI
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 26, 2013, 08:03:56 AM
I want to get to the point where, when you explain it, it's like "They see each other and react accordingly" versus "500 people worked a million hours on this and it only works if they're exactly right."
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 27, 2013, 08:27:50 AM
This is fun...breaking down a 1969 sci-fi novel set in 2010 for accuracy...and it somewhat eerily hits the target. Which makes me want to pick up a copy!


http://www.themillions.com/2013/03/the-weird-1969-new-wave-sci-fi-novel-that-correctly-predicted-the-current-day.html
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Post by: RottingCorpse on March 28, 2013, 09:07:15 AM
Wow! That's crazy.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 24, 2013, 02:12:25 PM
I got 100%! Even though RC watched me add 19 and 5 last night using my fingers and with my face all screwed up angry retard style.

http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/science-knowledge/
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 24, 2013, 09:50:04 PM
100%!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 23, 2013, 11:15:12 AM
I find this therapeutic.

http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on July 23, 2013, 11:22:17 PM
Voltron precursor...

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 24, 2013, 08:17:47 AM
Voltron precursor...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcradVE9uts

Really? Because I didn't see one that was controlled by Princess Allura who had gotten in trouble and needed rescuing by the others before they could form up.
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on July 24, 2013, 08:25:54 AM
That was the first one that kept flying away when it tried to launch solo!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 24, 2013, 10:22:02 AM
She was always so hot-headed.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on August 04, 2013, 12:58:53 PM
Whoa...

http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/elaborate-fan-theory-about-labyrinth-will-blow-your-min (http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/elaborate-fan-theory-about-labyrinth-will-blow-your-min)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on August 05, 2013, 10:45:37 AM
Whoa...

http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/elaborate-fan-theory-about-labyrinth-will-blow-your-min (http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/elaborate-fan-theory-about-labyrinth-will-blow-your-min)

What I really hate about this is that there's no mystery to the motivations. Sarah started it all when she said the magic words. Plain and simple.
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Post by: nacho on August 15, 2013, 06:30:35 PM
Map addicts!

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/maps-that-will-help-you-make-sense-of-the-world/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on August 22, 2013, 12:04:02 PM
This is cool... and scary.

http://mashable.com/2012/06/19/pixar-artist-storybook-films/#gallery/movies-as-a-childrens-storybook/
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Post by: nacho on August 22, 2013, 12:54:44 PM
Beautiful! I love the movies he picked, too...
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 10, 2013, 11:53:21 AM
Okay...this girl gets it:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-8-2013/malala-yousafzai

Jon Stewart almost lost it.

I almost lost it here sitting in my office at work.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on October 10, 2013, 12:05:09 PM
Okay...this girl gets it:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-8-2013/malala-yousafzai

Jon Stewart almost lost it.

I almost lost it here sitting in my office at work.

She's something, eh?

Extended interview is worth watching (Stewart gave her 15 minutes!):

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-8-2013/exclusive---malala-yousafzai-extended-interview-pt--1
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Post by: nacho on October 10, 2013, 12:22:15 PM
Also, speaking of an educated populace...nobody here at work has ever heard of this girl.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on October 17, 2013, 04:39:02 PM
Right. Up. RC's. Freaking. Alley.

http://io9.com/all-the-evidence-that-time-travel-is-happening-all-arou-1446262029
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 18, 2013, 06:09:44 AM
John Titor internet hole opening... buh-bye!!!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on October 23, 2013, 06:15:27 PM
Also right up RC's alley!

http://the-toast.net/2013/10/23/texts-william-blake/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 24, 2013, 02:39:20 AM
Excellent.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on October 24, 2013, 08:34:59 AM
You're not allowed to have arrows! Did somebody give you arrows?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on November 20, 2013, 09:55:51 PM
Whew... Talk about a hole:

http://what-if.xkcd.com/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 21, 2013, 12:38:28 AM
Haha...yes, this is on my RSS feed.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 03, 2013, 11:47:58 AM
Two sleeps! Who knew?

http://slumberwise.com/science/your-ancestors-didnt-sleep-like-you/ (http://slumberwise.com/science/your-ancestors-didnt-sleep-like-you/)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 03, 2013, 11:55:43 AM
I knew! But I'm weird.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 14, 2013, 01:44:54 PM
An interactive real time wind pattern graphic. Have fun being hypnotized for a few hours.


http://earth.nullschool.net/
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Post by: nacho on December 16, 2013, 12:16:39 PM
Love this...

Color photos from the nearly-doomed 1915 Shackleton expedition: http://io9.com/these-incredibly-vivid-color-photos-of-antarctica-were-1484109679
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 16, 2013, 07:00:30 PM
An interactive real time wind pattern graphic. Have fun being hypnotized for a few hours.


http://earth.nullschool.net/

This thing is awesome and during hurricanes evenmoreso.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2013, 06:43:22 PM
http://mentalfloss.com/article/54288/16-404-pages-are-worth-error
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 30, 2013, 08:07:42 AM
Not as good as the wind pattern map...but fun enough:

http://io9.com/spend-hours-clicking-through-this-animated-1930s-atlas-1491113208

I would like it to be "animated" a bit more than it is... Only a few are interactive.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 31, 2013, 03:49:02 PM
What the U.S. map would like if all the secessionist movements succeeded.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/12/31/the-124-states-of-america/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/12/31/the-124-states-of-america/)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 31, 2013, 05:54:42 PM
Wow, Hawaii, Connecticut, N & S Carolina appear to be the only untouched states.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 07, 2014, 02:46:08 PM
I don't know if I'm disturbed or relieved by the fact that cosmically, nothing really matters.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140105-timeline-of-the-far-future (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140105-timeline-of-the-far-future)
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Post by: nacho on January 07, 2014, 02:49:27 PM
the fact that cosmically, nothing really matters.


I had assumed that was a given!
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Post by: nacho on January 07, 2014, 02:52:39 PM
Also -- if you're an Apple user, then, cosmically, the fallout of your horrific gadget choices today will last forever!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 07, 2014, 03:00:19 PM
I noticed that too.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 14, 2014, 07:06:12 PM
Nacho, I assume you've seen this: http://bit.ly/1dvgZOr

Click the double arrow when you get there.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on January 15, 2014, 10:35:15 AM
Nacho, I assume you've seen this: http://bit.ly/1dvgZOr

Click the double arrow when you get there.

I have. And just today figured it out! I'm one of those people who don't get the double arrow no matter what I do. It's been driving me crazy for months...but finally went hunting and found the shortcut today.
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Post by: Sirharles on January 15, 2014, 12:28:40 PM
Nacho, I assume you've seen this: http://bit.ly/1dvgZOr

Click the double arrow when you get there.

I have. And just today figured it out! I'm one of those people who don't get the double arrow no matter what I do. It's been driving me crazy for months...but finally went hunting and found the shortcut today.

And just going a little further with the image.  Hot Guns and Roses chick with the guy staring at her in the background.

https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m8!1m3!1d3!2d-0.193195!3d51.492333!2m2!1f235.58!2f61.57!4f75!2m9!1e1!2m4!1saK5C_rFIP5TfuBmPJ9dMFQ!2e0!9m1!6s%C2%A9+2014+Google!5m2!1saK5C_rFIP5TfuBmPJ9dMFQ!2e0!4m12!2m11!1m10!1s0x0%3A0xad8352768ee1781a!3m8!1m3!1d2484!2d-0.193028!3d51.49214!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1&fid=5
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Post by: RottingCorpse on January 17, 2014, 01:30:00 PM
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Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10562017/Melting-glaciers-in-northern-Italy-reveal-corpses-of-WW1-soldiers.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10562017/Melting-glaciers-in-northern-Italy-reveal-corpses-of-WW1-soldiers.html)
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Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2014, 07:26:47 PM
Genetics...

http://slowrobot.com/i/49073 (http://slowrobot.com/i/49073)
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Post by: nacho on January 22, 2014, 08:56:34 AM
Been some great links in this thread...
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Post by: RottingCorpse on February 17, 2014, 01:04:49 PM
Pretty interesting...

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/2/maps-cartographycolonialismnortheurocentricglobe.html (http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/2/maps-cartographycolonialismnortheurocentricglobe.html)
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Post by: nacho on February 17, 2014, 01:15:11 PM
Oh-ho! You've forgotten that an entire self-masturbatory episode of The West Wing was devoted to the creation of a "true map" or the world.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on February 22, 2014, 03:06:00 PM
The "Geek" Alphabet. Pretty fun.

http://imgur.com/a/doIGS
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 22, 2014, 06:59:36 PM
The "Geek" Alphabet. Pretty fun.

http://imgur.com/a/doIGS

Nice.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 23, 2014, 02:44:26 PM
My next script is in here...

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/9-terrifying-urban-legends-from-victorian-london (http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/9-terrifying-urban-legends-from-victorian-london)
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Post by: nacho on February 26, 2014, 12:22:19 PM
Starlog posted all of their back issues online, free:

https://archive.org/details/starlogmagazine
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Post by: RottingCorpse on February 26, 2014, 12:53:17 PM
There goes my week.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on February 26, 2014, 01:09:38 PM
There goes my week.

No shit.
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Post by: nacho on February 28, 2014, 12:33:39 PM
Are you a witch?

http://mentalfloss.com/article/55276/17-signs-youd-qualify-witch-1692
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Post by: nacho on March 07, 2014, 02:16:47 PM
http://submarine-cable-map-2014.telegeography.com/
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Post by: nacho on March 12, 2014, 05:04:23 PM
http://io9.com/a-visualization-showing-just-how-thick-air-traffic-is-o-1542200848
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 12, 2014, 09:30:33 PM
Starlog posted all of their back issues online, free:

https://archive.org/details/starlogmagazine

So I hope you're getting these in you, RC. After Twin Peaks we're doing a Space: 1999 marathon! And Starlog's first year basically just dry humps the show.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on March 15, 2014, 03:50:50 PM
Because everyone at GS finds St. Patrick's Day in America offensive, yes?

http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-insulting-ways-people-act-irish-st.-patricks-day/ (http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-insulting-ways-people-act-irish-st.-patricks-day/)

I worked in American Irish pubs all through the late 90s, the heyday of the "Irish Invasion" when anybody who though they were a cool, rich douchebag wanted to drink at an Irish Pub. We all hated St. Patrick's Day because everybody had to work, nobody made any money, and the place got trashed.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 15, 2014, 06:23:23 PM
It's a fucking nightmare. It also kind of ruins any of the usual going out stuff for days ahead of time when there's a weekend involved.
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 15, 2014, 09:01:54 PM
Quote from my friend in NC:

"'St. Patrick was a Republican' - what a woman in the Pinehurst St. Patty's Day parade was shouting. Only in NC..."
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: monkey! on March 16, 2014, 07:20:41 AM
Saint Patrick was Welsh and hung out with Scottish pirates for several years, probably gang-b*nging.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 16, 2014, 10:27:42 AM
Saint Patrick was Welsh and hung out with Scottish pirates for several years, probably gang-b*nging.

This is what needs to be shouted at parades. "You all identify with a homosexual Welshmaaaaan!"
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: monkey! on March 16, 2014, 11:26:33 AM
Saint Patrick was Welsh and hung out with Scottish pirates for several years, probably gang-b*nging.

This is what needs to be shouted at parades. "You all identify with a homosexual Welshmaaaaan!"

Who lied about snakes and not sucking bell-ends.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on March 24, 2014, 02:59:56 PM
http://themetapicture.com/photographing-a-town-that-never-was/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 06, 2014, 04:21:18 AM
Neat!

http://io9.com/how-soviet-artists-imagined-communist-life-in-space-1558140402
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: monkey! on April 06, 2014, 07:40:56 AM
Strange.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 14, 2014, 01:10:13 PM
Man...20 things you didn't know about Ghostbusters is fascinating:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/56140/20-things-you-might-not-know-about-ghostbusters
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 22, 2014, 01:46:27 PM
MST3K is...gasp....25!

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/mst3k-oral-history/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 14, 2014, 09:45:07 PM
I laughed way too hard at this.

www.buzzfeed.com/mrloganrhoades/38-yahoo-questions-that-will-destroy-your-faith-in-humanity (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mrloganrhoades/38-yahoo-questions-that-will-destroy-your-faith-in-humanity)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 15, 2014, 07:47:47 AM
"I swallowed an ice cube whole and I haven't pooped it out" will be the title of the first Nacho Sasha book.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 28, 2014, 04:47:20 PM
I used to post links to OTIS in these threads all the time... Don't know why I stopped.

This one, though, has RC's name all over it:

http://www.oddthingsiveseen.com/2014/05/21-chainsaw-salute-texas-chain-saw.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on November 06, 2014, 04:29:05 PM
An interview with the creator of my go-to site, Snopes:

http://io9.com/meet-the-mysterious-creator-of-rumor-debunking-site-sno-1655124697
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 13, 2014, 12:37:40 PM
If I was in L.A. I would totally go to this.

http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/11/04/a-sneak-peek-at-sequel-an-art-show-of-movie-sequels-that-never-were/ (http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/11/04/a-sneak-peek-at-sequel-an-art-show-of-movie-sequels-that-never-were/)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 15, 2014, 08:56:44 PM
This was interesting:

https://what-if.xkcd.com/121/

But one of the reference links lead me to read an entire article about the flood control plans for the Mississippi River:

http://www.americaswetlandresources.com/background_facts/detailedstory/LouisianaRiverControl.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 19, 2014, 04:07:04 PM
Strangely soothing (and nerdy): http://whatcolourisit.scn9a.org/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2014, 05:08:25 PM
Strangely soothing (and nerdy): http://whatcolourisit.scn9a.org/

And...not applicable to me!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 19, 2014, 05:15:26 PM
Strangely soothing (and nerdy): http://whatcolourisit.scn9a.org/

And...not applicable to me!

:fajwat:
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 22, 2014, 11:40:44 AM
Super fun read... even if I'm mind-boggled by people who understand the mathematics of physics.

Quote
G-Forces in the Millennium Falcon

http://www.wired.com/2014/12/g-forces-millennium-falcon/ (http://www.wired.com/2014/12/g-forces-millennium-falcon/)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on December 22, 2014, 12:31:49 PM
Super fun read... even if I'm mind-boggled by people who understand the mathematics of physics.

Quote
G-Forces in the Millennium Falcon

http://www.wired.com/2014/12/g-forces-millennium-falcon/ (http://www.wired.com/2014/12/g-forces-millennium-falcon/)


What I find mind-boggling is that they don't mention inertial dampeners, which is the granddaddy of sci-fi tropes -- first used in Forbidden Planet and then used in every sci-fi movie and TV show since, including Star Wars. So, for the folks inside the Falcon, there are...no G's. 

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 22, 2014, 01:11:57 PM
So *that* is how they don't die!!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 03, 2015, 01:23:29 AM
So good...

http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/afe2541da4/game-of-thrones-gravity-and-breaking-bad-on-vhs-finally/ (http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/afe2541da4/game-of-thrones-gravity-and-breaking-bad-on-vhs-finally/)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 03, 2015, 08:37:25 AM
So good...

http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/afe2541da4/game-of-thrones-gravity-and-breaking-bad-on-vhs-finally/ (http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/afe2541da4/game-of-thrones-gravity-and-breaking-bad-on-vhs-finally/)

Those retro covers are soooo perfect.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 15, 2015, 02:14:40 PM
Man, I hate math...but I really got into this today:

http://gawker.com/can-you-solve-the-math-problem-that-has-torn-singapore-1697828833
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 15, 2015, 03:53:11 PM
I've avoided that like HPV.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on April 15, 2015, 04:02:28 PM
I've avoided that like HPV.

The answer is deceptively easy. And also at that link.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: monkey! on April 16, 2015, 05:04:40 PM
Answer: bomb the Asians?
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on May 14, 2015, 12:10:37 PM
Embarrassed that I got most of these...


http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-12/can-you-name-the-sci-fi-from-just-the-computer-screen
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 17, 2015, 07:03:49 PM
I sucked at that computer screen/movie guessing game.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on June 17, 2015, 03:55:15 PM
I got 100%. Spent 5 minutes on the test.

Go!

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/27136/would-you-pass-the-dc-driver-test-find-out/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 17, 2015, 05:13:42 PM
I got 3 wrong.

Number of feet before turning you should signal.
What you should do when approaching an intersection without a traffic light or control device (correct answer stop and make sure it's safe -- I was picturing a main street with stop signs on a secondary crossing street)
Action when skidding (correct answer was turn in the direction you want to go; I've always heard "turn into the skid" if you're skidding do you want to travel the direction you're skidding??)

Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on June 17, 2015, 05:17:40 PM

Something else


Getting a blowjob from a desperate Congressman who wants you to not release those photos of him while accidentally turning down a one-way street. What do you do?

A) Speed up and barrel down the street until you can turn off, honk angrily if someone sees you
B) Reverse without looking into your mirrors
C) Stop and freeze in a panic until an SUV comes down the street and nudges your bumper
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 17, 2015, 05:19:20 PM
Haha...I remembered what it actually was....
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on June 17, 2015, 05:19:25 PM

Something else


Getting a blowjob from a desperate Congressman who wants you to not release those photos of him while accidentally turning down a one-way street. What do you do?

A) Speed up and barrel down the street until you can turn off, honk angrily if someone sees you
B) Reverse without looking into your mirrors
C) Stop and freeze in a panic until an SUV comes down the street and nudges your bumper

D) Drive the car into the Chappaquiddick channel.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on June 17, 2015, 05:26:57 PM

Something else


Getting a blowjob from a desperate Congressman who wants you to not release those photos of him while accidentally turning down a one-way street. What do you do?

A) Speed up and barrel down the street until you can turn off, honk angrily if someone sees you
B) Reverse without looking into your mirrors
C) Stop and freeze in a panic until an SUV comes down the street and nudges your bumper

D) Drive the car into the Chappaquiddick channel.

I think the DC version would be "Tip your VW Bug into an open CSS storm drain and get washed all the way down to Blue Plains where they aren't able to identify what's left of you."
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 07, 2015, 02:29:27 PM
Woah! This is cool:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/07/blue-face-optical-illusion_n_7743488.html
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 07, 2015, 02:45:47 PM
She's following me! Kill her!!
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on July 07, 2015, 02:53:09 PM
She's following me! Kill her!!

Haha! I passed on the curse. Now I'm free!

*Cue montage from "It Follows."*
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: monkey! on July 10, 2015, 09:46:37 AM
I'm glad I read the posts before I didn't click that link.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 13, 2015, 11:03:07 PM
Researching the history of web video and found this. Pretty cool.

http://www.evolutionoftheweb.com/ (http://www.evolutionoftheweb.com/)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 27, 2015, 04:49:15 PM
*Very* NSFW, but also very, very cool.

https://shogofawafa.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/sex-and-psychedelics/ (https://shogofawafa.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/sex-and-psychedelics/)
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on October 27, 2015, 05:52:48 PM
That search for "cat vaginas" is paying off, I see.
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 27, 2015, 05:56:35 PM
 :fap:
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on September 06, 2016, 10:28:27 AM
Today's wormhole:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/guide-longest-science-experiments
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on October 27, 2016, 11:23:25 AM
Mesmerizing...


http://twistedsifter.com/2016/10/every-cargo-ship-in-the-world-in-2012/
Title: Re: Sister of Crazy Links: Neat Links
Post by: nacho on November 08, 2017, 12:15:19 PM
Wait, they're really producing a super mosquito to release on the world?  That seems sketchy... I mean, isn't that the kind of shit that gave us killer bees?

AFRICANIZED MOSQUITOS!

Yes, they are.  And, yes, it's the same outfit that created killer bees. And, also, this is classified info given to me by "James" at the Buddhist temple mentioned in Tiger's Path (http://www.greatsociety.org/?p=1344) and you're not supposed to know! When it happens, it won't be made public...

Also, what is the Oil Depletion Timer?  Is that how many days until we run out of fossil fuel?  13,833 days is not very long.

30 or so years... The "Peak Oil" date for when we lose it all forever....even though there's easily more oil beyond that date.  Bu it'll cost as much as the artificial oil that the Nazi's pioneered in 1940, which we've inherited and been sitting on. 



It begins!

https://qz.com/1123456/the-epa-has-approved-the-release-of-weaponized-mosquitoes-in-20-us-states/