- 10 Of The Best Shots Of The 2017 Solar Eclipse | Bored Panda
- 'I was sober in the morning': Tony Abbott defends drinking binge, hits out at drunks on welfare. So basically Abbott thinks it's fine to get blackout drunk at work if you are 'jocular' about it later; he thinks it's fine to binge drink if you exercise, but not if you're poor; and he has a whinge about the result of the vote he missed because he was blackout drunk at work.
- Tesla Remotely Extended The Range Of Its Florida Owners' Cars To Assist Hurricane Evacuation
- Dan Bricklin invented the spreadsheet—but don't hold that against him — Quartz
- Your iPhone is only guaranteed to last one year, Apple argues:
The lawsuit argues that “consumers reasonably expect that smartphones will remain operable for at least two years when not subject to abuse or neglect because the overwhelming majority of smartphone users are required to sign service contracts with (mobile) carriers for two year periods.” Despite publicly saying it makes the most durable devices Apple isn’t afraid to fall back on a legal technicality to win the case. In a bid to have it thrown out, Arturo González, the lawyer representing Apple in the case filed a motion earlier in the year arguing it is “not appropriate for courts to rewrite the express terms of a warranty simply because of a consumer’s unilateral expectations about a product.” To hold Apple accountable “simply because plaintiffs expect their iPhones to last the length of their cellular service contracts” would put an unfair burden on the company, reads the motion, which was published by Motherboard.
- This Rat Rod Rolls-Royce Is The Sequel To The 'Zero Fucks Given RX7'. Modern rat rodding.
- Over 150 People Tried To Draw 10 Famous Logos From Memory | Bored Panda
- John Doyle: 'The news had degenerated into watching people wank at a snuff film', Andrew Olle lecture - 2005 — Speakola:
The news had degenerated into watching people wank at a snuff film.Take the time to actually listen to it. It's still astonishingly good.
- Here's How Much Quicker A Stripped Out Tesla Model S P100D Is. Mostly I like this because it gives a taste of what's going to happen when gearheads get hold of second-hand Teslas. New-Tesla fans are often a curious breed who are really into Teslas but know absolutely SFA about any other car and don't care even a tiny bit about car culture in general. It was the same with the Prius, but in that case they weren't talking a legitimately fast car. So when you get Teslas into the hands of people who don't give a shit about Teslas but love cars, wrenching and going as fast as possible... well, that's going to get interesting!
- Greg Inglis speaks on mental health battle that led to rehab stint | Fox Sports
- 10 Famous Paintings That Look Better With Pandas | Bored Panda because internet
- Watch: A crowd of 65,000 sings %u2018Bohemian Rhapsody' perfectly while waiting for a Green Day concert
- Undercover police target London drivers who pass too close to cyclists | Environment | The Guardian:
The initiative's impact is helped by the public's knowledge that any cyclist could be a police officer. [...] “That might not be quite the right motive for looking out for cyclists, but it’ll do. So long as they’re looking out for cyclists, through fear or respect, I don’t mind.”
- How the Web Became Unreadable | WIRED
- Teach Them to Yearn for the Vast and Endless Sea | Quote Investigator
- Jamming GPS Signals Is Illegal, Dangerous, Cheap, And Easy | Gizmodo Australia
- We Need Cyberwar Rules of Engagement Now - Bloomberg
- [Readings] From the jury selection process that took place over three days in June for the trial of Martin Shkreli | Public Enemy | Harper's Magazine:
And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.
- Someone Peeled Off 30 Years Of Graffiti, And Here's What They Found Underneath | Bored Panda
- Car Horns Are Too Angry So This Guy Built A Nicer One
- A new study linking profanity to honesty shows people who curse are more authentic — Quartz:
In three studies, at both the individual and society level, we found that a higher rate of profanity use was associated with more honesty.
- President Trump's Lies, the Definitive List - The New York Times. Requires dataviz.
- Dead Kennedys, 'Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables' (1980) | 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time | Rolling Stone
- How Volvo Lost The Plot
- Sydney man has Opal card implanted into hand to make catching public transport easier - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): even if only for the understated commentary on the guy's name
Bio-hacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, his legal name,
- 15 Years Later, Here's Why A Gamer Was Duct-Taped To A Ceiling | Kotaku Australia
- China Is Shaping Giant Solar Farms As Pandas, Because Pandas
- The Untold Story Of The Teen Hackers Who Transformed The Early Internet | Gizmodo Australia
- Australians don't loiter in public space – the legacy of colonial control by design
- Why Italy is 'giving away' 100 historic buildings for free - The Local
- Finally, Goth Latte Is A Thing And It Will Match Your Dark Soul | Bored Panda
- Arctic stronghold of world's seeds flooded after permafrost melts | Environment | The Guardian
- War on Waste: Do you know how many times you need to use your green bags? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). TLDR: you need to use them at least 53 times before the environment is winning.
- Roger Waters Brings Powerful Anti-Trump Message On New Tour, Offending Some Fans. The idea of someone being offended by politics in Floyd/Waters music is just hilarious.
- Alex Honnold Climbs Yosemite's El Capitan Without a Rope:
“Years ago, when I first mentally mapped out what it would mean to free solo Freerider, there were half a dozen of pitches where I was like, ‘Oh that’s a scary move and that’s a really scary sequence, and that little slab, and that traverse,’” Honnold said. “There were so many little sections where I thought ‘Ughh—cringe.’ But in the years since, I’ve pushed my comfort zone and made it bigger and bigger until these objectives that seemed totally crazy eventually fell within the realm of the possible.”
- London attack: Football fan shouted 'F*** you, I'm Millwall' and took on knife-wielding terrorists with his bare fists | The Independent:
A football fan reportedly yelled “F**k you, I'm Millwall” as he single-handedly took on the three knife-wielding London terror attackers armed with nothing more than his fists.
- This 'tree' has the environmental benefits of a forest - CNN.com
- The Russia You'll Never See On Postcards Through The Lens Of Photographer Alexander Petrosyan. A bit of context would certainly be helpful for a lot of these ;)
- Has Coffee Gotten Too Fancy? - The New York Times:
Locol charges just $1 for a 12-ounce coffee, or $1.50 if you want milk and sugar. Rather than offer free condiments and pass on the cost to all customers, those who want milky, sweet coffee pay for their pleasures, while drinkers of black coffee get a break. As for getting it chilled, that’s on the house: Iced coffee costs the same as hot.
- Why Does North Korea Play Blade Runner-Style Music Every Morning? | Gizmodo Australia
- Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump:
Melania Trump is the woman least fit for public service in the entirety of the United States of America. We should expect nothing from her. She's living inside a dark fairytale, and in fairytales the women trapped in towers never save anyone but themselves.
- A 1986 bulletin board system has brought the old Web back to life in 2017 | Ars Technica
- Exclusive: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life | Reuters
- My Father Spent 30 Years In Prison. Now He's Out. (And I don't want him to text me)
- Web Directions A Tale of Two Products - Web Directions & Here's Why Juicero's Press is So Expensive – Bolt Blog
- This Dystopian Riot Control Truck Is The Vehicle Of The Future | Gizmodo Australia
- Inventor of World Wide Web Receives ACM A.M. Turing Award. It's a hell of a list: A.M. Turing Award Winners by Year
- Bidder faints during bidding war at Surry Hills auction - realestate.com.au
- Invader Zim is returning to TV with a new movie after more than a decade off the air (update) - Polygon. It's time to sing the doom song!
- Meet The Food Delivery Workers In The Decentralised Dickensian Online Gig Economy.
- To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old - The New York Times:
The more I talked to Dr. Goodenough, the more I wondered if his brilliance was directly tied to his age. After all, he has been thinking about energy problems longer than just about anyone else on the planet.
- The secrets of Rage — now the longest-running music show on TV
- Real-Life Fast & Furious Robbers Blow The Doors Off An Armored Truck Right In The Middle Of Traffic
- John Clarke, satirist and comedian, dies aged 68 | Media | The Guardian. A giant of satire who will be sorely missed.
- Zoo Sues Studio For Traumatising Raccoon Used In 'Erotic' Ad:
A Russian zoo says it's suing an advertising studio for overstimulating a raccoon it loaned out for a run-of-the-mill television commercial that instead ended up featuring a surprise topless model. The frustrated animal has since become obsessed with human breasts, an official told the BBC, which is hardly ideal behavior in a petting zoo.
- The 'Impossible' Veggie Burger: A Tech Industry Answer to the Big Mac - The New York Times. I suspect the choice will eventually be taken out of peoples' hands, as the cost of beef goes up simple business requirements will kick in. Mass produced burgers generally have a lot of filler in them; and whatever proportion of meat they do have isn't high quality. Which all adds up to the basic truth that cheap burgers can contain almost anything and people will still buy them. The burger connoisseur in the article could probably be made happy with the addition of more fat, besides which he has a vested interest in dismissing a veggie burger (he has an audience to play to). The world will end up eating more veggie alternatives not because they care, but because they will get good enough to replace supermarket meat at a cheaper price. The mince in a mid-week family spaghetti generally isn't top quality anyway; so if there was a healthy, indistinguishable option that cost $2 instead of $10 why wouldn't you use it?
- Humans Are Really Bad At The Most Critical Part Of Using A Semi-Autonomous Car:
Even in non-critical situations (that is, when the driver isn’t otherwise distracted by texting or eating soup or whatever), drivers needed between 1.9 and 25.7 seconds to adequately take control from a robot-car.
- Simon Stålenhag Art Gallery (dystopian future art)
- Rio's Olympic venues, six months on – in pictures | Sport | The Guardian (worse than you'd expect)
- John Oliver Has A Genius Plan To Force Trump To Learn Some Actual Facts
- HMD Global will launch the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 at MWC, plus a 3310 homage | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Evan Blass. 3310 homage? Interesting. There are a few ways you could modernise the form factor, wonder how far they'll go?
- This Love Affair With A 1987 Nissan Maxima Has Lasted 27 Years. A car doesn't have to be new or even fast for its owner to love it.
- Chatham House Rule - Wikipedia
- Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into His Home, And The Interior Will Take Your Breath Away | Bored Panda
- Grand Tour 'most illegally downloaded TV programme in history' | Television & radio | The Guardian. Interesting that this knocked Game Of Thrones off the record - who knew people like cars more than violence?
- Accessorize to a Crime: Real and Stealthy Attacks on State-of-the-Art Face Recognition:
In this paper, we demonstrated techniques for generating accessories in the form of eyeglass frames that, when printed and worn, can effectively fool state-of-the-art facerecognition systems.
- How Group C Died
- To Save Real News - Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design:
Design won't solve all the problems facing newspapers, but it will help. And unlike more “immersive” approaches such as WebVR, original full-screen imagery, and original embedded video, the basics of solid, readable design should not be out of budgetary reach for even the most cash-strapped news publisher—budget being a problem for any business at any time, but especially for newspapers now.
- Bat chat: machine learning algorithms provide translations for bat squeaks | Science | The Guardian
- Honda's New Experimental Motorcycle Can Balance All By Itself Like Magic
- Supervillain Headquarters hiding in plain sight - Album on Imgur
- Dolly Parton's “Jolene” sounds quite interesting played at 33. The vocals go a bit weird but the lick slowed down would make an awesome base sample for remixes.
- This Collarbone-Saving Inflatable Motorcycle Jacket Is Finally Going On Sale In The U.S.
The self-indulgent backstory is eminently skippable, but if you care:
- David Bowie - Let's Dance: the playlists starts with a Bowie track for obvious reasons. I also listened, a lot, to the live version of Sunday from the Reality tour as it was a truly astonishing moment during the show and a memory I treasure. But after a while, I found Let's Dance felt like a better choice for the mix tape.
- The Sheep Of Sam Clams Disco: saw Skunkhour live. Didn't really think that would ever happen, but it did and it was awesome. Took a mate along to the show, his observation was they're
Australia's answer to The Rootswhich isn't a bad way to put it.
- Iron Maiden - If Eternity Should Fail: up the Irons! Finally saw Iron Maiden live. This track opened the show. So, so good!
- System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.: not sure how I got onto it but listened to a lot of SOAD this year.
- The Avalanches - Frankie Sinatra: couldn't quite believe we were really going to get a second album. I didn't really dig a lot of tracks on the album (gasp!), but this track is brilliant.
- Meat Beat Manifesto - Asbestos Lead Asbestos: dug into the MBM back catalogue a bit and got this song stuck in my head for days.
- Covenant - Sound Mirrors: first track released off the new album and it's a good'un.
- Deftones - Hearts/Wires: saw them live, supported by Karnivool. Would have included a 'vool track in the mix tape but they haven't released their new album yet ;)
- Leonard Cohen - Everybody knows: obvious reasons. My young teenage self found a sort of grim joy in music like this - songs that spit in the eye of the evil of the world, while still keeping a sweet humanity.
- Dan Sultan - Magnetic: saw Dan Sultan live, correcting the mistake I made by missing him on his Blackbird tour.
- Caiti Baker – Heavy On My Heart: bonus! Caiti Baker supported Dan Sultan and she absolutely blew the roof off the Manning Bar. Great set and really hope to see her release more solo stuff.
- Seth Sentry - Punch In The Face: heard this once on a Sunday afternoon out the back of The Vic, but never knew what it was. Just remembered one line from it -
if your best friend's a racist / your best friend's an arrrrrrsehole. Finally worked out it was this Frenzal cover from Like A Version 9.
- Garbage - Empty: finally saw Garbage live for the first time. Hard to pick a favourite from the gig... I loved seeing Queer live, Even Though Our Love Is Doomed was an amazing set piece in the gig, Sex Is Not The Enemy and #1 Crush both went off in a big way. In the end I picked Empty as it's one off the album they were touring; and it's a great track.
- Dead Kennedys California Über Alles: dug through an old box of CDs to find this album, which feels freakishly contemporary given the year's political climate.
- Twelve Foot Ninja - Sick: somehow picked up the name of this band from shirts and posters at other gigs and checked them out... subsequently thrashed their two albums at the end of the year.
Labels: mix tape
- From senator to saw mill owner, the rise and rise of Ricky Muir
- Driver Flips In Brutal High-Speed Crash And Wins Race After Sliding On His Roof
- The Must See Cars From the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show - Design Milk - 3D printed cars and bikes are a thing now.
- The Barnacle Is The Car Blindfold Cops Will Slap On Your Windshield When You Park Badly
- Neuroscientists Found The Most Relaxing Song. Well actually they helped create it:
The song was actually created for the purpose of stress reduction—it was a collaboration between the band and a group of sound therapists.
- Coles grocery shopping on a budget: What you can buy for $150
- Boom Technology supersonic jets: Startup wants to fly NYC — London in just over three hours. Interesting on two levels. First, fast transport yay! Second, current airline businesses are focused on the high-end tickets to the detriment of the low-end experience. So if something like this lops the head off, quite a few airlines will be in deep trouble if they don't respond somehow. Do they become budget airlines, or do they offer a more affordable but better-than-cattle-class experience? Yeah ok they'll all become overpriced budget airlines, but still it's an opportunity.
- New South Wales backpedals on plan to make cyclists carry ID | Life and style | The Guardian:
The government collected $1.3m from 3,171 fines issued to cyclists [...] Over the same seven-month period, only 15 fines were issued to motorists for violating one-metre passing rules introduced at the same time, raising $4,857.Confirming what was already known - there is no intent to enforce the one-metre rule, there is intent to get cyclists off the road.
- Moral Machine: MIT experiment asking people to judge what a self-driving car should do in an emergency brake failure.
Oddly well-produced video of a guy punching a roo in the face and not immediately being kicked to death: