Why Do We Give Our Pets Death With Dignity but Not Ourselves?

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Working as a veterinarian, Catherine Ashe has seen the relief that assisted death can bring, and wonders why we don’t have the same compassion for humans.

Begging Robots Are Still Just Robots 

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

When a robot begs for its life, try to remember that it’s just a robot.

I Really Like Octopuses

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Actress Kerry Washington visited Boston on Sunday, and this overview of her day caught my eye. Emphasis has been added.

Kerry Washington had a busy Sunday in Boston…[she] and her family spent the morning on a VIP tour at the aquarium, where they got up close and personal with various marine life, including…Frea, a giant Pacific octopus.

Then it was off to the North End [where] the group feasted on eggplant parmesan, penne arrabiata, and octopus salad for lunch at Trattoria Il Panino.

Come on, Kerry! Octopuses (or if you prefer, octopodes, or even octopi) are bizarre creatures that possess incredible intelligence. Sy Montgomery has written about this in both her article “Deep Intellect” and the longer book “The Soul of an Octopus”. Even better, videos like this features some amazing shots of octopus intelligence (and camouflage1) in action.

Previously in octopus intelligence: Inky’s Done a Runner


  1. For still more on octopus camouflage, see the mimic octopus. ↩︎

At Least We Won’t Have to Watch the World Burn 

Monday, August 13th, 2018

It’s Monday, which seems like a good time to read the horrible news about how we’re all blinding ourselves.

Interview With an Old Person 

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Slate’s series “Interview With an Old Person” is fascinating, and their recent chat with 91-year-old Eleanor Tom Jaynes is no exception.

Police Arresting Florida Woman Assisted by Cows 

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Drug addiction is a sad disease. Still, infrared video of cows chasing a woman who was fleeing police is just objectively funny.

The wonders of modern technology

This Branding Is Muy Bueno 

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Speaking of great design work, a coffee brand named “Bandido” recently got this top-notch work.

Basic, bold, and brilliant

I have no idea about the quality of the coffee, but their cups are great fun.

Wine Personalized to My Tastes Is Actually Just Called “Beer”

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Last week, I received a spammy come-on to purchase some wine via the internet. The ad had more than a few issues.

An add that says 'Wine personalized to your tastes', with a swimsuit-clad woman lounging on a pool float holding a glass of wine she can't even drink.


  • Is that woman lying down on balloons? Ah, no, I see. That’s actually a rather cool-looking pool float.

  • Do you folks sell pool floats? I’d buy that pool float.

  • Did they change the calendar recently? This email arrived on Friday, August 3rd, which was not part of any three day weekend to my knowledge. While I too enjoy three day weekends, a month ahead of time seems a bit premature to celebrate Labor Day.

  • Oh jeez, is that a cactus behind the pool float? Don’t put an inflatable pool float near cacti!

  • Say, you mention wine, but I don’t see any. Am I missing it? I see ass. Legs and ass. Definitely no face though, and also, no wine.

  • Oh, there the wine is, all the way on the left. Did anyone on the marketing team notice that there’s literally no way this ridiculously-posed woman can drink wine in that position?1

  • In closing, I’d like to know where I can buy that pool float.


    1. Perhaps she could use some sort of straw, but only if she’s some kind of anti-environmental monster. ↩︎

A Premature Chain Reaction 

Monday, August 6th, 2018

When you’re attempting a world record domino run, it’s essential to control all of the variables.

Lamentably, the linked story completely lacks video. There’s no movies of Germans cursing a fly nor any great domino action. As a substitute, please enjoy this link.

Fear of a Blueberry Planet 

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Once someone asks “What if the entire Earth were instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries?”, you kind of really want to know the answer, don’t you?