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Most of us who write for a living recoil at the thought of other people (outsiders!) watching us write, live, as it happens-- the masses would see not only our terrible typers typos, but also have a way to judge our ultra-slow progress. Most of us don't write in a gallery with a crowd watching. So it's surprising that author Silvia Hartmann has invited readers to watch her write her novel The Dragon Lords live on Google Docs. Yes, Hartmann has asked the world to watch every keystroke as it lands, every
The Original Sin City Las Vegas from way before the Strip. (While these pictures are fine, other parts of this site may be NSFW.) * Parachuting Off the Eiffel Tower Has Always Been A Bad Idea It is today. And it definitely was in 1912. * The Game of Kings. Slimy, Cheating Kings. Apparently, cheating at chess is on the
It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below, in this case movies, have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments. The
In the latest Symphony of Science video, John Boswell grabs the third rail of science topics: climate change. The video features Bill Nye, Isaac Asimov, David Attenborough, and Richard Alley. In light of the recent unpleasantness surrounding Nye's thoughts on Creationism, this takes guts. But aside from Nye-- whose contributions are the heart of the video-- Isaac Asimov's refrain really makes it sing. Enjoy: If you're not familiar with Boswell's work, he's the guy who does all those
If you ever find yourself in a Brewster’s Millions situation and have to burn through a fortune in a hurry, then all you need are this article, a few plane tickets and an empty stomach. (It never hurts to plan for the unexpected.) So just in case, here are 15 meals that can help you wipe out your bank account in no time. 1, 2 & 3. The Most Expensive
How To Cook Like A Cowboy. A lesson in authentic chuck wagon fare from the Lubbock, Texas, Cowboy Symposium. * Stephani and Jeremy got married on September 2nd in San Francisco, Gangnam-style! When you have a cousin with a video company, things just fall into place. * The 10 Finest Pieces Of Arrested Development Merchandise Available On Etsy. From paper dolls to shot glasses, craftsters know what their customers want. * In 1952, Air Force Captain James Robinson Risner and his wingman 1st
It may get a lot of credit now, but at the time of its debut in 1928, sliced bread received less-than-rave reviews. Baker and inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder had spent 15 years perfecting his bread slicer (finally settling on one that wrapped the sliced bread to hold it together as opposed to the hat pins he'd tried earlier), but consumers weren't quick to convert. People found the sliced bread strange and
Ticket Paid with 137 Origami Pigs An unnamed driver was issued a ticket for running a red light after being caught by a camera in Jersey Village, Texas. He paid his fine, all right, but in one dollar bills, each folded into an origami pig, then arranged in two doughnut boxes. He then uploaded a video of the exchange to YouTube and more pictures of the pigs at imgur. Officials were amused at the stunt, but then asked him to unfold the dollars. Plastic Flamingos Held for Ransom Arthur O'Neil of Mansfield,
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/User: We hope It's not unusual for actors to become so synonymous with the characters they play that they're forever known as that character. Think Adam West as Batman, Wayne Knight as Seinfeld's Newman, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Usually actors try to avoid this kind of relationship with their characters, but there was one man who really embraced it – Clayton Moore, better known as The Lone Ranger. Moore played the Ranger on TV from 1949 to 1951, when he was
"Kermit and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew in the digitally created world of the Muppet Institute of Technology, 1985."-Image © The Jim Henson Company On September 13, 1983, Jim Henson and author Douglas Adams had dinner for the first time. Henson noted the event in his "Red Book" journal, in characteristic short-form style: 'Dinner with Douglas Adams – 1st met.' Over the next few years the men discussed how they might work together-- they shared interests in technology, entertainment, and education,
Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a
New York’s Underground Park Will Have Everything Even sunlight. * When Did Sodas Get So Big? It started with the Great Depression. * A Big Ol' Book Brouhaha Books do so much for us- like give us really cool, smart insults to hurl at other people. * Get Your War Back On The once popular social and political commentary strip, which utilizes generic clip art-style images, is back in video form (NSFW language). * Imagine the Blueprints For These Buildings IKEA will now be
Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don't get much use today, but are worth sneaking into conversation.
From my friend Paul, a Korean drummer steals the show. Absolutely fantastic. This is a man who loves his job. How many of us get this happy about, well, anything? Joyous. * Need a rush now that "Breaking Bad" is done for the season? "Watching this scientist sample lava from an active volcano will make your heart race." * Stephen Fry discusses the evolution of language (I'll admit, I like sticking to the old rules, but he has some points), and, bonus, his words are turned into kinetic typography.
When I first saw this photo of blemished inverted solar beauty, I thought "well that's cool::shrug::" … then I clicked the picture to, as Phil Plait always says, "embiggen" and … wow. WOW! * Early movie concept art: see what your favorite characters could have looked like. Some didn't change a whole lot, but some are a world away from what they ended up being onscreen! Do you have a favorite concept that didn't make it? * Oh y'know, just a cat, sittin' and thinkin' like a human and stuff … (I
Gangnam Style is the hit song by K-pop star PSY (Jae-Sang Park). The music is catchy, the dance is goofy, and the video is everywhere. Which mean there are dozens of parodies and different versions popping up everywhere. Gangnam Style The original music video by PSY. * Gandalf Style * Deadpool Style * The Oregon Duck * Gunman Style The Western version involved rerecording the song, which earns extra points!* Pyongyang Style They did the best they could with available footage.
Looking for a way to liven up your Saturday night? Here’s a complete idiot’s guide to throwing a 155th birthday bash for America’s largest-and-in-chargest commander-in-chief: the great William Howard Taft. 1. The Food Almonds, almonds, and more almonds. Smokehouse, cinnamon, vinegar, chocolate – any flavor under the sun. Big Lub, as he was fondly known, couldn’t get enough of these delectable little nuts. In fact, he was known to consume a pound in a single sitting (in case you were wondering,
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Our Twitter feed was named one of BuzzFeed's 90 Best Twitter Accounts of 2011, and we were #1 on Mashable's list of 25 Twitter Accounts That Will Make You Smarter. Now we can add a math-based honor to our virtual trophy case. We just got word that in a study by Track Social — an analysis that looked at "quality and quantity of consumer interactions, per entity interaction, per audience member" — we're the 9th most engaging brand on