Monday, June 3rd, 2013
If you woke up after being unconscious for half a decade, what would you want to do?
Evie Branan had been in a coma for five years and when she emerged, the first words out of her mouth were, “I want to go to a Bob Seger concert.”
Well, Ms. Branan got her wish.
This story was posted back in April, but it’s amusing enough to link even now. It’s also interesting to consider that perhaps the strangest thing about losing all the time since 2007 would be seeing the incredible changes in mobile phones.
Friday, May 31st, 2013
Border collies aren’t the only household pet with a stipple portrait. Now, the Internet’s own Grumpy Cat has one too, to go along with her new book and movie deal.
Grumpy Cat, Immortalized in the Wall Street Journal
Hilarious stipple portrait or no, I can’t imagine how this becomes a movie.
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
The economics of marijuana sales in America are fascinating.
Chuck used to sell marijuana in California. But the legalization of medical marijuana in the state meant he was suddenly competing against hundreds of marijuana dispensaries. So he moved to New York, where marijuana is still 100 percent illegal. Since making the move, he says, he’s quadrupled his income.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Though I loathe celebrity gossip and news, it does occasionally provide good fodder for this site. So it is again, with Amanda Bynes, who’s apparently in some trouble. That’s probably putting it mildly, in fact. Frankly, when Courtney Love tells you to “pull it together”, things must be really bad.
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
For decades, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 race has been presented with a bottle of milk with which to toast his victory. Apparently, prior to the race, the drivers are polled to determine their milk preference.
[Photo credit: Lindsay Czarniak]
It looks like this year’s winner, Tony Kanaan, opted for two percent.
Monday, May 27th, 2013
Last week, my pal Scott Simpson provided a helpful comparison to help envision what the purchase price of Tumblr actually meant. However, he can’t write such a beneficial companion piece to every news story. Enter Dictionary of Numbers, a tool which attempts to automatically provide context for large numbers.
A friend of mine, Glen Chiacchieri, has created a Chrome extension to help solve this problem: Dictionary of Numbers. It searches the text in your browser for quantities it understands and inserts contextual statements in brackets.
For instance, here’s what Dictionary of Numbers offers for last week’s story on Guantanamo Bay:
It’s no Cloud to Butt (thank you, Steven Frank, for that one), but it’s similarly entertaining.
Friday, May 24th, 2013
If you haven’t heard of App.net, it’s something of a Twitter alternative (and more). You can learn more with this link, and even sign up for a free account.1
For the purposes of this post though, you can think of App.net as “similar to Twitter”. And like Twitter, App.net is often used for conversations between folks directing public messages to one another. This can result in useful exchanges visible to the world, which is great. Sometimes those others join in, and on exchanges between users with many followers, that can be slightly less great.
Enter Riposte, an App.net client. Riposte has a setting to filter out excessive replies from bystanders who may not be contributing. This setting has my favorite preference name of all time:
You’re gonna get some hop-ons.
If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you’ll surely appreciate this.2 As the extent of the explanatory text shows, the concept of the setting is a bit difficult to convey. However, the name is perfect. And the icing on the cake? If the preference name doesn’t convince you to tap it and learn more, the icon surely will:
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Prior to his election in 2009, Barack Obama pledged to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. To date, that has still not happened, though a renewed push for its closure has occurred. Now, instead of closing the prison, the Pentagon is seeking nearly half a billion dollars to maintain and upgrade it.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
A simple statement of eagerness or an explanation as to why you were tackled to the ground by a federal air marshal and, following an immediate and unscheduled landing, forcibly removed from your flight?
Could Be Both, I Suppose
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Over at The Technium, Kevin Kelly has a great piece on how difficult it would be to restart modern society.
Starting a fire without matches is possible, but only after about as much practice as it takes to become an expert at a video game.
Don’t miss the ending, where Kelly explains why a clear view of the future does not mean that future is close.