Previous “Links” posts

Thank You, Climb Again 

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Recently, The Atlantic compiled a series of photos of tourist attractions in China that take place at impressive altitudes. The first image really had me thinking about the guy who runs this store:

Photo of a convenience store on 100 meters up on the side of a cliff

I don’t know what the markup is at that convenience store, but it’s not enough.

Grog Build Wall. Build Wall Tall! 

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

At this moment, the following is real content on the Department of Homeland Security’s website:

It’s a “news” release entitled “Walls Work”, and frankly, it’s just weird. Did DHS get hacked? Did they recently hire a caveman copy editor? Is this the work of a disgruntled employee? Anything seems possible, including the idea that this is the average level of education in America now.

Eel-Nose Is the New Cinnamon Challenge 

Monday, December 10th, 2018

The headline states “Young Seals Keep Getting Eels Stuck Up Their Noses, and Nobody Knows Why”. I believe that last part isn’t quite true.

This seal is high out of his mind.

I suspect I know what’s happening here. This is the hot new way for young monk seals to impress their friends. They don’t have Juuls to vape, or Tide pods to eat, so they’re snorting eels. It’s not even that original. Really, it feels like these are just ripping off the very similar condom challenge.

Tree of Blood 

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Thanks to a tweet shared by friend-of-the-site Daniel Jalkut, I’ve got a Barvd one-off to ruin your appetite today. As The Atlantic reports, this is an intact blood clot in the exact shape of the right bronchial tree.

It’s so very red!

That’s disgusting. It’s also oddly beautiful.

Puzzle Montage Art 

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Apparently, mass-produced jigsaw puzzles often use the same patterns. As a result, artist like Tim Klein have started merging pieces from multiple puzzles to create new images.

A puzzle merging a churche and a merry-go-round
Tim Klein’s “Mercy-Go-Round”

Holiday Workplace Celebrations Gone Wild 

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

I’ve never worked in a real office, so I have to assume every workplace party is like the ones described in this post.

Also, that “Frozen Flasher” entry is like a dirty version of “A Christmas Story”, and that’s deeply weird.

That Hot New Brand Palessi 

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

I love to see snooty pretensions get taken down a peg, like wine snobs who can’t even tell the difference between red and white wine. As such, I greatly enjoyed hearing about Payless ShoeSource giving the world of high fashion a poke in the eye. Given the success of this stunt, I guess the real question is why Payless stopped.

When Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Intelligent 

Friday, November 30th, 2018

In China, a high-level business executive was wrongly flagged as a criminal, and had her picture displayed on a public-shaming billboard as a result. Apparently, a facial recognition system spotted a bus ad featuring a picture of Dong Mingzhu’s face, and incorrectly tarred the real Mingzhu.

This story is so dystopian I thought it was likely to be fake when I first saw it on a Chinese news site. And yet now, western sites like the BBC seem to be confirming it. As technology advances, Chinese society seems more and more strange to me.

Previously in the growing Chinese dystopia: The List of Dishonest People and More

Won’t Somebody Think of the Koi Fish? 

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

In Vancouver, an enterprising river otter has recently managed to kill and eat 10 expensive koi fish. Officials are now evacuating the koi to the Vancouver Aquarium to stop the slaughter, but they’re having difficulty capturing them, which is both hilarious and ridiculous. Perhaps they could hire a white-hat otter to capture the koi for them?

An Interview With Olivia Jaimes 

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

As noted back in April, New Nancy is lit. Recently, Vulture scored a rare and extended interview with its pseudonymous creator, “Olivia Jaimes”.