- Russian Officials Will Give You A Truck Full Of Coal If You Just Lose Some Weight. Weight loss... coal. Obviously?! Also didn't realise people were going through (literally) tons of coal to heat personal dwellings - didn't really have much concept how much coal you actually need to burn to heat a house.
- Eric's Archived Thoughts: A “Year in Review” Review - how Facebook learned from causing distress with well-intentioned features.
- 8 Vintage Pics Of Carrie Fisher Promoting “Return Of The Jedi” In 1983 | Bored Panda (mildly NSFW) - didn't know Carrie Fisher had done actual pinup-style photos in the slave girl outfit. On a beach...?!
- Proof That Jet Fuel Weakens the Hell Out of Steel Beams - as much for the ranty style as anything else!
- Can These Micro-Units Fix New York City's Housing Problems?
- Man's best friend also looks out for his canine mates, study finds - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Basically dogs will give treats to other dogs, even if they don't receive a treat.
- If it's hardware and programmable, geeks will piss around with it: The Tesla Model X Has a Christmas Party Trick. Regardless of how expensive it is: F1 car plays God Save The Queen - YouTube.
- What It's Like To Drive The Worst Car Ever Built
- Man Proudly "Open Carrying" New Pistol Is Robbed Of It At - Wait For It - Gunpoint - from 2014, but still relevant as people dredge up the 'guns stop crime' argument.
- Dick Smith is the Greatest Private Equity Heist of All Time - Forager Funds:
on the back of this rosy forecast, the business is floated for a $520m market capitalisation, some 52 times the $10m they put in. Anchorage were able to sell the last of their shares in September 2014 at prices slightly higher than the $2.20 float price and walk away with a quiet half a billion.
So this year Grooveshark and This Is My Jam both bit the dust, so I'm going to try a YouTube playlist. Hopefully that will last a bit longer ;)
- Ministry - Thieves. Saw Ministry live :)
- Leftfield - Universal Everything. First great album of the year.
- Mr Scruff - Music Takes Me Up. One of those bouncy little riffs that sticks with you.
- Thievery Corporation - The Forgotten People. And another bouncy little riff.
- The Delta Bombers - Tin Can Boogie. Feel like I should be sitting in a basement bar drinking whisky. This is a good thing, btw.
- Phosgore - Here Comes The Pain. Jokingly said we should play this during personal training.
- Regurgitator - Fuck You Sweetness. Hadn't looked into the Gurge's back catalogue for a while after we missed their sydney gig due to illness. This one's a cracker!
- Iron Maiden - Wasted Years & Caught Somewhere In Time. \m/
- The Bravery - Above and Below. For a while it was hard to get The Bravery's stuff due to various record label fuckery; but I finally heard something other than their self-titled album... and there's some great stuff!
- Sim Gretina - Friend Like Me (Sim Gretina Remix). Straight up due to ALADDIN MAGIC CARPET PRANK - YouTube.
- Professor Elemental - Under Command of the King & The Inn at the End of Time. Both are on YouTube but "unavailable"... you can always check back in on #ProfessorElemental - YouTube later I guess.
- Tycho Brahe - Savage. Tycho dropped part three of Triplex :)
- B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone. Obvious reasons.
- Motorhead - The Ace Of Spades. Obvious reasons.
Kick this off and it should play through:
- Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian:
“There will be people who own the AI, and therefore own everything else,” he says. “Which means homo sapiens will be split into a handful of ‘gods’, and then the rest of us. “I think our best hope going forward is figuring out how to live in an economy of radical abundance, where machines do all the work, and we basically play.”It doesn't have to be dystopian (see: The Culture). Our biggest barrier is not the machines, it's ourselves. Capitalism is based on selfishness and greed, not equality. It leaves people unprepared and incapable of dealing with the potential of the future. Why do we assume factory workers can't be the next generation of philosophers or technicians? Do we forget that inequality of education wastes brilliant minds? Do we forget that being poor robs people of the time and energy required to re-skill or upskill? What if every utterly bored worker (of any class or kind) could ditch their hated job and pursue their passion? Sure many would happily pursue passions that don't advance humanity, but what if we freed up just a handful of wasted geniuses who cure disease and reverse ageing?
- Coliving: A Solution for Lonely Millennials? - The Atlantic. I reckon that would beat share housing.
- 'It's like swiping left on your soulmate': Alanis Morissette updates Ironic | Music | The Guardian:
Morissette also took a jab at herself with the line: “It’s singing ironic but there are no ironies”, addressing a long-standing gripe that the original song does not actually illustrate ironic situations.
- 6 Photographers Shoot the Same Guy But He Gives Each of Them a Different Backstory «TwistedSifter. Unsurprisingly, when asked to capture six different identities the photographers do so...
- Hyundai’s Virtual Owners' Manual Lets You See Inside Your Engine Bay With A Tablet (an actually-useful example of augmented reality)
- Momentary Ink - Test Drive Your Tattoo
- Can You Teach a Coal Miner to Code? — Backchannel — Medium:
As America switches from an industrial economy to a digital one, its bluest collar workers are facing the toughest challenge of their lives. Can miners really learn how to code?...obviously yes, but it's a great read hearing how one group is doing it.
- New App Lets You Borrow A Dog To Walk And Play With | Bored Panda
- Gun control: New York Times runs front page editorial for first time since 1920 | Media | The Guardian and End the Gun Epidemic in America - The New York Times:
It is not necessary to debate the peculiar wording of the Second Amendment. No right is unlimited and immune from reasonable regulation.
- You Can Change The Color Of These Sneakers Instantly So You Wouldn’t Wear The Same Shoes Twice | Bored Panda
- A Design Guru’s Work Lair - The New York Times. See also America Is Fucked... (Graphically at least) - YouTube.
- Think You're Brave Enough To Be A Motorcycle Paramedic?
- Shepard Fairey vandalism case 'disappoints' Detroit arts community | US news | The Guardian:
Fairey is now facing a sentence of up to 10 years, as well as two counts of malicious destruction of a railroad bridge.Seriously. 'Destruction of a railroad bridge' with WHEAT PASTE AND PAPER?
- Tattoo Gallery Mo Ganji
- Humans of New York | Lost ID
I lost my ID twenty years ago, and haven’t been able to get a new one, so technically I don’t exist. But for the record— I do exist, my name is Paul Ambrose, I was born on July 4th, 1948, I grew up in Tennessee, and on the day Martin Luther King was killed, I said ‘fuck this shit’ and bought a bus ticket to New York because it was $20 cheaper than a ticket to California.
- Artist Turns Parents’ Home Into Haunted House Straight Out Of A Tim Burton Film | Bored Panda. That's just a tad more impressive than a few spiderwebs and a bat from $2 store...
- Finally, Back to the Future’s Self-Lacing Nikes Are A Reality | Bored Panda
- A New Acoustic Instrument That Creates Sounds like a Digital Synthesizer | Colossal
- Founders: It’s not 1990. Stop treating your employees like it is. — Medium:
Ask most any founder — “What’s your biggest problem?” Nearly always: Hiring. “The person I want won’t leave Google to join my startup that hasn’t shipped anything. It’s only a 40% paycut and the options are worth a lot, I swear.” With logic like that, it’s astonishing that many startups are able to hire at all.
- 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of all time. Commence arguing ;)
- This Mi-8 Just Cruises Along A Highway In Ukraine To A Sweet Doors Remix
- Guy Builds Cat Feeding Machine That Requires His Kitty To Hunt For Food | Bored Panda
- Public Service Announcement: The Mystery Machine Is Not A VW Microbus
- Banksy Reveals Latest Installation – The Shovel
- These Guys Made a Live Action Zombie Shooter and then Went on Chatroulette… «TwistedSifter
- Street Art News: artist: Hopare
- The Ten Greatest James Bond Movie Cars That Weren't Aston Martins
- 25 Awesome Graffiti Artworks - Imgur
- The Truth Behind Instagram Photos | Bored Panda
- Kicking the Abbott | The Saturday Paper:
Abbott governed for the past and the few conservatives desperate to continue living there. He governed against science and in contempt of the environment. He governed in opposition to social equality, in terror of reform. His was a government of fear and avoidance, a rolling sideshow anxiously avoiding the fact it had nothing to add and no idea what to do.
- The Mystery Of The Illuminated Goodyears | The Jalopy Journal The Jalopy Journal
- Feast Your Eyes On How Gorgeous Vintage Race Car Lettering Is Drawn
- Video: Alex McKinnon tackle, what Storm captain Cameron Smith said during NRL clash | NRL, Rugby League, NRL Scores, NRL Ladder | Fox Sports. Selective editing, leading questions and no right of reply - 60 Minutes or Frontline? Sadly the supposed parody was simply documentary.
- The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit | GQ
- You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What?:
[The ‘re-entry movement’] tends to focus on solving structural problems, like providing housing, job training or drug treatment, but easily loses sight of the profound disorientation of the actual people being released. Often, the psychological turbulence of those first days or weeks is so debilitating that recently incarcerated people can’t even navigate public transportation; they’re too frightened of crowds, too intimidated or mystified by the transit cards that have replaced cash and tokens.
- This Prosthetic Arm Lets Kids Build Attachments Out of LEGO «TwistedSifter
- HP bans t-shirts at work and employees are furious | Business Insider. HP showing there's always a way to shout louder about how much you've lost touch with the market.
- Your enemy's enemy is your dog, scientists find | Science | The Guardian:
Dogs do not like people who are mean to their owners and will refuse food offered by people who have snubbed their master, Japanese researchers have said.
- 12 of the Best in Coffee Brewing Technology - Design Milk
- Joe Hockey claims $1000 a month in travel allowance to sleep at his wife’s house:
TREASURER Joe Hockey has charged taxpayers $184,000 to sleep in his wife’s $2 million Canberra home since he was elected to Parliament — more than half of the original sale price. ... [but because] Hockey has encouraged other MPs to share the house and pay rent to his wife when Parliament sits the costs to the taxpayers don’t stop there. ... taxpayers are likely to have spent more than the original $320,000-asking price.
- Blade Runner Recut with the Sci-Fi Masterpiece's Unused Original Footage | Open Culture
- The Future of Wind Energy? No Blades | The Free Thought Project
- Watch This Backcountry Pilot Land On A 50 Percent Grade
- Follow the money: inside the world's tax havens | Business | The Guardian:
If you blinked, you may have missed what happened here. It cost EcuadorCo $1,000 to pick and pack the container, and they sold it on for $1,000. So EcuadorCo records zero profits, meaning no taxes. Likewise, FranceCo buys it for $3,000 and sells it to the supermarket for $3,000. Again, no profits, and no taxes. HavenCo is the key to the puzzle. It bought the container for $1,000 and sold it for $3,000 – a $2,000 profit. But it is based in a haven, so it pays no tax. In short, all the profits have been stripped out of France and Ecuador, and shovelled into the haven. Hey presto!
- DxO ONE is a 20MP DSLR-Quality Camera That's Used with Your iPhone. On the one hand, great idea; on the other hand people are going to be *really* peeved when their $500+ camera no longer works with the new iPhone.
- Flower Sack Dresses From the Flour Mills (Historical Kindness) | Kindness Blog
- David Letterman’s final episode: a stoic but touching send-off for the Late Show | Media | The Guardian
- Australia's street art mecca: Powerhouse Geelong – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian
- Tron Legacy Motion Graphics Design - VFX
- What are Abbott and Hockey really trying to achieve? 20 tries for 20 failures
- How Malevolent Buffoonery Became The New Normal Of Australian Leadership | Junkee
- The Manul Cat Is The Most Expressive Cat In The World | Bored Panda
- Code | Bloomberg. 'What is code?' ... surprisingly long and amazing answer.
- Towards 2000: Introducing the amazing compact disc › Science Features (ABC Science)