As Elon Musk draws the wrath of investors and maybe the SEC, whither Tesla? Plus, the Boring Company heads to LA, and Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs tries to rethink the future of cities.
There are more tapes than people originally thought, apparently.
Your phone number is increasingly tied to your online identity. You need to do everything possible to protect it.
It’s an acknowledgment, half comic, half tragic, of the ambiguity that has always haunted computer programming.
Forget Twitter’s truncated timeline, terrible ad algorithm, spammy sponsored content, and overall bad vibes. Give Mastodon a shot.
Website not loading? Get the Google Cache
Sometimes a website is temporarily offline. It could be that the server is down, or the site is experiencing unusually high traffic. If that’s the case, enter the URL at the Cached Views website to see what the page looked like when Google’s indexing spider last scanned it. — MF
Three YouTube channels
I am wallowing in the deep motherlode of enthusiasm that is YouTube. Here are three ultra niche channels that I subscribe to and keep coming back to for more. One is FliteTest, where they turn almost anything into a flying object, from a pizza box to an Ikea chair. Another is Steve1989 with 600,000 subscribers, who collects and eats vintage military rations and ready-to-eat meals (MRE). Yes, he’ll try that ancient WWII snack box. If he is happy, I’m happy. The third is AvE, a faceless Canadian who takes apart old tools and motors while delivering commentary in his own private language of creative swearing, potty-mouth talk, and the most astounding technical knowledge I have encountered. — KK
Find out how long to read any book
Before you pick the next book on your reading list you should check out How Long to Read. Their search engine includes more than 12 million books and their speed reading timer will calculate approximately how long it will take you to read the book in its entirety. — CD
I’m totally paranoid about backups. I have my critical stuff backed up five different ways, and I don’t think that is too many. After 35 years, I have not lost anything. Main thing is you need at least one offline backup (I have two), away from your home or office. My main offline backup these days is Crashplan. They have individual, family and group plans, $10 per month. You want to ask yourself: if I lost my entire hard disk, how much would I pay to get it back? — KK
Hard pencil case
My daughter, an art student, bought this small hard shell pencil case ($7) to hold a few pens and an eraser. It’s just the right size for a small messenger bag or backpack. I ended up getting one for myself. — MF
Funny film recaps
I’ve been a long time fan of The Editing Room for their hilarious rewrites of movies in screenplay format. They make fun of movie tropes and call out every cliche. Reading their abridged scripts is like watching a movie with a funny friend. — CD
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Eating more fish increases sex and pregnancy for humans… apparently Couples who had fish more than 8 times a menstrual cycle had a 47% shorter time getting pregnant than those who didn’t, and had 22% more sex than those that didn’t.
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Universal apocalypse: This is how all of creation could end The ultimate fate of the universe is a mind-bogglingly thing to think about. So what’s the final outcome for it all?
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Why universal basic income costs far less than you think The Universal Basic Income (UBI) movement has a major problem: nobody really knows how much it would cost to implement it.
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This summer, we joined forces with the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance and Butternut Productions to create some “tasty” new videos with some Feast On chefs (Feast On recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario grown/made food and drink). Planning a fall camping trip? You’ll DEFINITELY want to try this crowd favourite! For this video recipe, we joined … Continue reading Grilled fall salad with ribeye steak
from Parks Blog
We all crave the peace and quiet of a moment in the darkness, gazing up at the beauty of the night sky. But sometimes it’s hard to make out things in the pure darkness of provincial parks. Did you know you can actually improve your ability to see in the dark? Most people do not … Continue reading How to see better in the dark
from Parks Blog
In 2015 I wrote about the Hasanlu lovers (left), two skeletons discovered at the site of an ancient Iranian city that had been sacked in the ninth century B.C.
In 2007 archaeologists discovered a similar pair at a Neolithic tomb near Mantua, Italy. It appears the two were no older than 20 when they died; though weapons were found in the grave, there was no evidence that the pair had died violently. Double burials were unusual in that period, but the reason for this one is unknown.
The skeletons are on display in the National Archaeological Museum of Mantua. Archaeologist Elena Menotti, who led the excavation, told Reuters, “We want to keep them just as they have been all this time — together.”
from Futility Closet https://www.futilitycloset.com/2018/08/18/the-lovers-of-valdaro/
Is the American public finally okay with GMOs? Um… A new survey of 1,021 Americans finds that we still have lots of questions and concerns about GMOs and that we don’t even really know when we’re consuming them.
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Two MIT students just solved Richard Feynman’s famed physics puzzle Richard Feynman once asked a silly question. Two MIT students just answered it.
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On this Tanzanian archipelago, conservation and economic development are intertwined.