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This bridge cuts sea ice into tidy rectangles

1 hour agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

The 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge links Prince Edward Island with mainland Canada. In the winter, when the water in the strait freezes, the wind and tides can push the floating ice against the bridge, causing the evenly spaced piers...Show More Summary

Why are action movie trailers sounding more musical lately?

3 hours agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Did you watch the teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story or the recent trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp? Here they are if you need a refresher: In both clips, you’ll notice how the sounds of the action — phaser blasts, switch...Show More Summary

How to get yourself out of a funk

5 hours agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

On Tuesday, I woke up feeling a bit tired, uninspired, and just generally not in the mood to tackle my to-do list for the day. I understand myself well enough by now to know how to react to this situation (most of the time) but was curious about how other people deal with such episodes. Show More Summary

A timeline map of the 200,000 year history of human civilization

7 hours agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

This animation shows how humans have spread and organized themselves across the Earth over the past 200,000 years. The time lapse starts with the migration of homo sapiens out of sub-Saharan Africa 200,000 years ago, with a few thousand years passing every second. Show More Summary

8-bit scenes from TV shows

yesterdayHumor / odd : Kottke.org

For his Pixel Art TV project, Gustavo Viselner illustrates scenes from TV shows in a pixelized video game style. Looks like he’s done scenes from Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Breaking Bad, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Seinfeld, Star Trek, and several others. (via @john_overholt) Tags: art Gustavo Viselner remix TV video games

Mapping apps and how advertising subtly warps user experience

yesterdayHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Artur Grabowski spent much of 2017 comparing three mapping apps (Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze) to see which one was the most accurate and resulted in the fastest route times. After 120 trips, the data showed that Google Maps got him...Show More Summary

Black Panther, a suggested comics reading list

yesterdayHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Over the weekend, I saw Black Panther. Twice. It’s such a vibrant world that I wanted to experience more of, so I asked some comics nerds on Twitter: Black Panther is the first superhero movie I’ve seen that makes me want to read the comic book. Show More Summary

American teens have had it with this authoritarian crap

yesterdayHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Dina Leygerman is a high school teacher who teaches George Orwell’s novel 1984 to her students every year. Before she does, with the assistance of other teachers and the school’s administration, she turns her classroom into a totalitarian regime to give the kids a taste of life in Oceania. Show More Summary

Mister Rogers learns to breakdance and moonwalk

yesterdayHumor / odd : Kottke.org

In this clip from an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, breakdancer Jermaine Vaughn shows Mister Rogers and his television neighbors a few moves, including some popping and locking and the moonwalk. That guy is game for anything, even if it makes him look dorky…probably especially if it makes him look dorky. Show More Summary

Switzerland makes it illegal to boil a live lobster

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Come March 1, it will be illegal to throw a lobster into a pot of boiling water. Chefs and home cooks alike will need to quickly kill the lobster first and then cook it. The first such national legislation of its kind in the world calls for a more humane death for lobsters: “rendering them unconscious” before plunging them into scalding water. Show More Summary

Why do we forget most of what we read and watch?

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Do you remember the plots of books you read and movies you watch, even months later? I rarely do, so Julie Beck’s piece Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read really hit me square in the forehead this morning (even though I will likely forget having read it next week). Show More Summary

David Grann’s next book: The Wager

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

From the latest issue of Publisher’s Lunch daily newsletter comes the news that David Grann’s next book will be called The Wager, “an 18th century story of a shipwreck, a mutiny, a struggle for survival and a trial full of twists and turns”. Show More Summary

What is the mindful response to a school shooting?

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

In the latest issue of the Mindful Resistance newsletter, Robert Wright, author of the great Why Buddhism is True, explores what a mindful response to a school shooting like the one in Parkland might look like and what benefits might...Show More Summary

Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

You’d think it’d be simple enough: make a disposable lid for a takeout coffee cup. You should be able to drink the coffee without removing the lid and the lid should stay on if the cup tips over (most of the time). But this simple design...Show More Summary

The Winter Olympics, male & female physiology, and socially constructed bodies

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

This is a fascinating thread by Milena Popova about the differing performances of male and female athletes at the Winter Olympics. As they point out, humans are sexually dimorphic but the story doesn’t end there. Bodies are also socially...Show More Summary

The Spielberg Light

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Jorge Luengo Ruiz put together a supercut of scenes from Steven Spielberg movies where the director uses lighting to create high-contrast scenes. Typically, Spielberg uses brightly lit backgrounds with silhouetted figures in the foreground…think...Show More Summary

My recent media diet, special Black Panther & Olympics edition

3 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Quick reviews of some things I’ve read, seen, heard, and experienced in the past month or so. I have fallen off the book reading wagon…I really really need to find some time to start reading more. Maybe after the Olympics are done and I’ve made it through all of the levels in Alto’s Odyssey… 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Show More Summary

Warren Buffett won his ten-year bet about index funds outperforming hedge funds

3 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Ten years ago, investor Warren Buffett made a bet with Ted Seides of the investment firm Protégé Partners about the relative performance of index funds and hedge funds. The bet stated: Over a ten-year period commencing on January 1,Show More Summary

A obsessive search for the Golden State Killer

3 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

At the time of her death, Michelle McNamara was in the middle of several years of research for a book on the Golden State Killer. 1 After she died, her widower Patton Oswalt enlisted an investigative journalist and a researcher to comb through her notes and finish the book. Show More Summary

Mister Rogers is getting a US postage stamp!

3 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

The US Postal Service is honoring Fred Rogers with a stamp to be released next month. Joanne Rogers, Mr. Rogers’s wife, said in an interview that her husband would have approved of his appearance on a postage stamp because of the personal...Show More Summary

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