There are so many gadgets out there designed to help "improve our lives" that it's hard to tell which ones are worth buying and which are simply a waste of money.
And you can't ask just anyone for advice on which gadgets are worth buying because people are often persuaded to buy garbage gadgets based on brand names or recommendations from their own circle of friends.
So if you're a gadget lover like me then you'll want to check out this video by TechZone, which is full of cool stuff actually worth buying, like the Meiosis backpack
The rugged polygons are attached to an elastic fabric, to enable both suppleness and rigidity as needed.
Like a sliced mango, the surface morphology enables the opening and closure of the bag.
The geodesic structure also keeps the bag full and firm, even when empty.
We've mentioned that there are "scientific journals" that will publish anything if you pay them. They just skip peer review and publish. It appears that some journals don't even have an editor read the submitted papers. The science blogger Neuroskeptic submitted a research paper about Midi-chlorians, the microscopic entities in the Star Wars prequels that gave a person the powers of the Force. We didn't even buy that in a fictional universe. Neuroskeptic talked to Gizmodo about the project.
“The goal was to see whether journals would publish a manuscript that, while seemingly scientific, was actually a joke,” Neuroskeptic told Gizmodo in an email. “I didn’t want to just submit nonsense (like a computer-generated text), or a bad paper, but rather something that was verifiably based on fiction (i.e. Star Wars).”
Most of the paper’s text comes from copying the Wikipedia page about mitochondria, replacing any instance of “mitochondr-” with “midichlor-,” and then rearranging the words so the paper didn’t look like straight plagiarism. Neuroskeptic even included the text of the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise, word-for-word.
The Power Rangers are total badasses on their own, but sometimes they need a little help from a massive mecha friend who can help normal sized humans take down giant kaiju jerks- and that's where the mighty Zords come in. Those great big baddies get all cocky when they see they're battling puny humans, but when the Zords come running on to the battlefield the ground trembles...and so do the giant kaiju who are about to be cut down to size!
Show the world you've got an army of mecha animals at your disposal by wearing this Mighty Zords t-shirt by MIKELopez, it's powerfully cool and sure to earn you a thumbs up from your fellow fans.
Visit MIKELopez's NeatoShop for more go-go-good designs:
The 1994 action thriller Speed has become a classic, not so much for its quality, but for the implausible plot that led to over-the-top special effects and the weird tension it induced in the audience. We knew none of it made sense as we watched it, but we went along for the ride anyway. It turns out those special effects were conceived and produced on the fly.
4. The bus jump scene wasn’t in the original script. The director added it when he noticed a section of an interstate missing one day.
5. A decked-out bus was also used for the scene where the subway crashes into Hollywood Boulevard. The producers ran out of money and used story boards for this section of the movie’s preview. The audience thought it was great so they found extra funds to finish the subway carriage.
Twenty-three years later, we also recognize the film as the inspiration for a book's worth of memes. Read the rest of the trivia about Speed here. http://www.tvovermind.com/movies/10-things-didnt-know-movie-speed
People have been in love with hedgehogs since they first set eyes on those cute little critters, and since then we've been expressing our love by making them the subject of many artistic masterpieces.
However, the human centric heads of the art world didn't want galleries displaying works of art depicting hedgehogs as superior life forms, so they censored the artwork by painting people over the hedgehogs.
Look at the legs on this cat! McPokie tells us that this longcat was taken in by his local animal shelter in Australia, where she finished weaning her litter of kittens. Her name is Quenda, and she is estimated to be about two years old.
Contrary to her leg length she is, in addition, ridiculously tiny for an adult kitto.
Also in addition, due to her legs going on forever and ever she had a high of applicants after the shelter posted an appeal for her to be adopted and so she has now found her forever home.
While we are happy that she now has a home, we are also glad the shelter photographed Quenda and her legs, or we'd never believe it. -via reddit
Fallout has left many players struggling with loot fever, an affliction which caused characters to fill their inventory with junk like teddy bears, tin cans and vacuum cleaners just in case they need them later on.
This fever causes players to do unspeakable things in order to keep their packs full of junk, like looting the dismembered bodies of fallen raiders or searching the battlefield for a chunk of Deathclaw needed to make gauntlets.
And, as this comic by Julia Lepetit shows, loot fever can also cause characters to lose all sense of style, leaving them looking like someone who has been hanging out in the radzone too long!
In a recent interview at ICP, Krupnick tells a story to illustrate the disconnect between child's instinct to explore and a parent's instinct to protect them.
While filming my daughter walking around Coney Island, she passed a boy her age who was tied up in one of those child nets, tethered to his mother, unable to experience life outside her reach. Ada, my daughter, marched past him. His look of astonishment read something like: what is that creature? Half an hour later, they met again along the boardwalk. He was still attached to his mum. He looked at Ada tentatively and tenderly offered her a piece of popcorn. In these moments, you come to see how desirable freedom is.
I can relate. While watching Bejla above and Tristan below, I had to keep reminding myself that not only was Krupnick right there filming, but the child's parents are no doubt just out of camera range. At the same time, in the back of my mind I wanted to reach out and hold their little hands.
"Dude, where's my car?" Nineteen-year-old Gavin Strickland traveled from Syracuse, New York, to Toronto to see a Metallica concert. He had to park a few miles away from the concert venue, and took a cab to the show. But after the concert, he couldn't recall where the car was. Strickland spent two days searching for the Nissan, but at least he called his parents the next morning. They helped out by posting an ad on Craigslist trying to find the vehicle.
2015 Blue / Green Nissan Versa Sedan was parked within a $8 cab ride (about 2 miles) of the Rogers Center this past weekend. Our doofy son parked the car in an indoor parking garage, in the first floor (slightly lower / basement level) but that garage cannot now be located.... It is near a Starbucks where there is some construction going on. Also nearby is allegedly a strange spiral outdoor sculpture, and possibly a bank- maybe RBC? The car has US Florida license plates, a small Canadian flag affixed to the door frame, and a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. A lost / missing vehicle report has been filed with the Toronto police. Please respond with photos of the car and specific location instructions to claim the reward.
“I love puzzles, I love challenges and escape rooms, all that. I read a few clues about where it could be and it honestly excited me,” she told CTV News Toronto on Thursday.
Riddolls found the vehicle Thursday morning, four days after the concert. Gavin, who took a bus home to Syracuse, took another Greyhound back to Toronto to fetch the car. Strangely, this is not the first time he's lost a car at a concert. He once dropped his keys and his car was stolen -and later recovered. -via The Daily Dot
You've seen this before. First it's "Yes, I'm happy. I'm single. I'm in a good place." Then a few drinks later, they're crying on your shoulder because they are SO lonely. That can be cathartic between good friends who are venting. On a date, it could lead to deciding whether that person is worth a second date. At a party, it could lead to more drinks, then a morning after full of cotton mouth and regret.
Most people have a set of inhibitions that cause us to think before we speak (or we should). One of alcohol's earliest effects is to loosen up one's inhibitions, which is why it's called a social lubricant. One or two drinks later, the rational face we present to strangers begins to fall away and reveal our emotional side. People become more open, which is what happened when The Cut asked some single folks to talk about love and relationships, before and after cocktails. -via Tastefully Offensive
Miss C recently shared the story of Symba the cat, a 35 pound stray that was surrendered to the Human Rescue Alliance and adopted by Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin, who promised to stick to his diet program.
If there were any doubts about his new owners' dedication, the couple proved their absolute adoration for Symba (who was since renamed Vito) by including him in their wedding photos.
On August 9, 1961, a group of 11 college students from Los Angeles boarded a train at Union Station. Their destinations: Louisiana and Mississippi. Their goal: to protest racism and segregation.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A' CHANGIN'
The Freedom Riders were people -black and white, generally male and under 30- who traveled on busses into the American South to protest racial inequality and violence. In the 1960s, even though nearly 100 years had passed since the Civil War, the South was still a stronghold of prejudice and segregation supported by Jim Crow laws, a series of state and local laws that discriminated against African Americans and maintained "separate but equal" facilities for whites and blacks. There were segregated water fountains, bathrooms, restaurants, public schools, and public transportation. In the 1950s and '60s, Americans began challenging those laws, maintaining that separate facilities were inherently unequal. There had been a little change already- in 1954, with the famous Brown v. Board of Education decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated public schools to be illegal. But in the Deep South, racial prejudice, segregation, and violence still reigned.
I guess you can say that Mom is one smart cookie! Her child doesn't even need the note now, and the bully can suffer not only the consequences, but the dread of the suffering to come. This is the latest from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.
They're a pack of mashed up toon headed twits from another dimension who have come to make our favorite sci-fi franchises even more confusing and convoluted- they're the Guardians Of The Portal, and they like to say stupid stuff like wubba lublub and caaaan do! But don't judge them by their pithy catchphrases, because these Guardians are actually capable of entertaining us by appealing to our chaotic nature, the side of us which thrives on ocular overloads.
Don't be surprised if you get stopped a lot while wearing this Guardians Of The Portal t-shirt by MikeGoesGeek (Mike Vasquez) because it's a lot to take in all at once, but when you stop and let people stare they will be pleased- and you will be a hero!
Flying is an elaborate system for getting people from one place to other places around the world that's been in the works for almost a hundred years now. Airports are a part of that chain, taking in people from the street and from planes, and sorting them into where they need to go, as smoothly as possible. Throw in ticketing, security, and baggage, and you can see how complicated the task can be. But those who design and operate airports have learned a few tricks along the way, in both make things run smoothly and to get you to spend money while you wait. For example,
6. The “golden hour” is key for profit
In airport manager lingo, the time between when a passenger clears security and boards their plane is called “dwell time.” This is when, as the Telegraph puts it, “passengers are at a loose end and most likely to spend.” Especially crucial is the “golden hour,” the first 60 minutes spent beyond security, when passengers are “in a self-indulgent mood.” Display boards listing flight information are there in part to keep you updated on your flight, but also to reassure you that you still have plenty of time to wander and shop. Similarly, some airports are installing “time to gate” signs that display how far you are from your destination. And because 40% of us would prefer to avoid human interaction when we shop, self-service kiosks are becoming more common in airport terminals. According to the Airports Council International, 50% of American airports now have robo-retailers.
7. They’re increasing dwell time
The “golden hour” is great, but two golden hours are even better. “One hour more at an airport is around $7 more spent per passenger,” says Lukaszewicz. Anything that’s automated, from check-in to bag drop, is meant to speed things up. And it works. Research suggests automated check-in kiosks are 25% faster than humans. “A lot of airports, especially in Japan and New Zealand, are now doing this, where you don’t actually get any assistance from any staff member from check-in,” says Lukaszewicz. “You print your own baggage tag. You put it on the bag on the belt. You go through auto-security and immigration where there is no one. At the boarding gate you just touch your barcode and they open a gate and you walk onto the plane without any interaction.” One study found that for every 10 minutes a passenger spends in the security line, they spend 30% less money on retail items. Last year, the TSA announced it would give $15,000 to the person who comes up with the best idea for speeding up security.
Puzzlewood is a 14-acre section of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. JRR Tolkien was quite charmed by the peaceful, green woods, which inspired his descriptions of the Shire of Middle-earth in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
During the early Victorian period a multitude of stone pathways were laid down. These are now close to hundred years old themselves and add to the feeling that you are in an ancient place. Many of the trees are much older than the pathways and as you walk through the wood you come across bizarre rock formations, hanging bridges and hidden caves.
Legendary former Air Force pilot Major Brian Shul reminisces about the day he flew the world's fastest jet, the SR-71 Blackbird across the western U.S. and listened in on air traffic control in LA. What unfolded was a classic case of male one-upmanship across the airwaves. Is it a true story? Does it really matter? -Thanks, hearsetrax!
Do you have a drawer full of old phones? Whether they are worn out, obsolete, or just not the latest version, they tend to accumulate because you paid too much to just throw them out. I've only used two cell phones in my life, but have boxes full of what the kids upgraded. There are ways to get some value out of those electronics, by turning them in for store credit or possibly even cash. Lifehacker has details on turning your old devices over to Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and Amazon, and some advice for selling them outright. I would also recommend reading the comments, for the experiences of people who have used these and other methods.
The women of the Marvel Universe are not disparaged or marginalized, they're extremely powerful and treated as equals by the guys they regularly best in battle.
They also each have their own signature style of dress which isn't limited to capes and spandex, and their costumes often become as much a part of their identity as their powers.
Now I wouldn't call these beautiful fan art pieces by illustrator and colorist Michi faithful adaptations of the characters from the comics, they're more like imaginative redesigns rendered in a painterly, post-modern style.
In other words they're quite nice to look at online but would look even more amazing hanging on your wall!
Sometimes searching for stuff on Amazon feels like you're stuck in the Amazon jungle, because you can search and search forever then click on a suggested product and end up down a different path, leaving you lost in the jungle.
I've searched for stuff on Amazon then realized I was still searching over an hour later yet unable to remember what I initially went on Amazon to find, making me feel like I have Amazon-esia.
Every time I head down the Amazon rabbit hole and look at all the crazy crap they sell I find myself wondering "who would buy this crazy crap?" and "who would admit to buying this crazy crap by leaving a review?"
A dad who wears a rubber penguin mask to sings lullabies to his kids, that's who!
Ready Player One is a story that takes place in the future, the year 2044 to be exact, mostly in a virtual reality game with real-world implications that will entice all serious players. The Wikipedia link contains plot spoilers, so just watch the teaser from San Diego Comic Con.
If the movie becomes a hit and a classic, expect a backlash in the year 2044 as people complain we don't have the futuristic innovations of the movie -or else relief if we don't have the deprivations shown. Based on the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, the movie was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. Ready Player One will be in theaters in March of 2018. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Some people think their cat meows at them all day because it wants their attention or because it "likes to talk". But really their cat is meowing at them because they can't speak human but want their human to know something is up.
This something could be boredom, physical pain or simply to get their owners to praise them for their great meowing skills.
However, you shouldn't disregard your cat's meowing until you know for sure there's nothing wrong with them, especially if the cat suddenly becomes way more talkative than before.
I once had a cat who kept meowing her head off until she was hoarse, and we thought she was just after our attention- turns out she had a tooth that needed to be pulled and an abcess in her gums, and had we waited any longer to take her in to the vet she might have died. Listen to your kitties, folks!
This picture was taken at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota. This is an example of the kind of gallows humor that must have gone along with the assignment to man the ICBM launch facility. Tony Gatlin painted this door in 1989. As he tells the story, the Domino's Pizza theme was selected because of the colors of paint they had available.
At the time, Domino’s Pizza was famous for its “thirty-minute” guarantee – your pizza in 30 minutes or less, or your next one was free. Perfect. I decided to appropriate the slogan for our artwork and came up with my first draft, “Rapid City to Moscow in 30 minutes or less,” but Rob pointed out that was probably a little too, um, blunt, so we changed it to “world-wide delivery” to be a little less specific.
Note there is no handle on the door. The facility was manned 24 hours a day during the Cold War, and someone had to let you in from the inside. -via reddit
There is no creature more metal than the Cacodemon, because it looks like every dark fantasy dream you've ever had and blends perfectly in to the cover art of every heavy metal album you own. And to top it all off the Cacodemon is a creature from a Hell dimesion, so nothing says "metal rules!" like the doom and ultimate destruction of mankind at the hands, or should I say mouths, of demonic creatures like the Cacodemon!
Dress for the horror of the real world by wearing this Cacodemon t-shirt by daletheskater, it's the utterly terrifying way to keep your geeky wardrobe totally metal while making your gamer buddies grin like, well, like Cacodemons!
Any list of the 100 best in their field can start an argument, but when a list of the greatest American cooks started out with J. Kenji López-Alt, I knew it was legit. I discovered López-Alt because he has the answers to kitchen questions I search the 'net for, even after decades of cooking. I've learned a lot about food science from his easy-to-read posts at Serious Eats. Many of the cooks on the list have a full article about them linked, which could keep you busy for some time. For example, I discovered the story of Zephyr Wright, who cooked for Lyndon and Ladybird Johnson for decades.
Wright's influence extended beyond the White House kitchen. Back when LBJ was in Congress, the Johnsons would drive back-and-forth from Washington, D.C. to central Texas during legislative recesses. Wright suffered so many indignities on those trips due to segregation customs and laws that she ultimately refused to travel by car and stayed in D.C. year-round. While LBJ built support in Congress for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, he used Wright's Jim Crow experiences to shame reluctant legislators into supporting the landmark legislation. After signing the landmark legislation, LBJ gave Wright one of the signing pens. “You deserve this more than anyone else,” he said.
A man stranded on a tiny island has nothing but a stick and his imagination. The stick brings that imagination to life for him. Before long, the stick is a stand-in for everything he ever had or ever thought about. Through it, he experiences joy, excitement, humor, rage, despair, disappointment, and even jealousy. That's an awful lot to pack into one wordless cartoon with only one character. Unless you count the stick.
“We have never had a cat this big in the 10 years I’ve been here,” said Ginny Jenrette of Chatham County Animal Services (CCAS). “I also worked at a veterinary clinic prior to this and the largest cat I had seen there was 26 pounds.”
This feline, which is being kept in an office because he is too large to fit properly inside a standard kennel, weighs in at 31.4 pounds.
The shelter is now looking for a qualified home for Mr. Handsome. To be considered, an applicant must have a veterinarian willing to watch after his health and weight. The application form is here. -via Mashable
The next DC Comics movie is Justice League. The group established its core characters in Batman v Superman, with a glimpse of Wonder Woman, who we got to know better this summer. Next they will be joined by Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg from the comics. An extended preview was released at San Diego Comic Con.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.