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September 14, 2013

Meet Eric Bert. He’s a rapper, and though is flow is as thick as lead, it totally works with his material—’80s action heroes. Above is his latest example—a video, speaking of the joys of Mr. T. It’s amazing. Bert also has a channel full of similar videos, including raps about Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hulk Hogan. You’re welcome.

11:57 // 10 months ago
September 13, 2013
And yet, to echo Kraus, I’d still rather live among PCs. Any chance that I might have switched to Apple was negated by the famous and long-running series of Apple ads aimed at persuading people like me to switch. The argument was eminently reasonable, but it was delivered by a personified Mac (played by the actor Justin Long) of such insufferable smugness that he made the miseries of Windows attractive by comparison. You wouldn’t want to read a novel about the Mac: what would there be to say except that everything is groovy? Characters in novels need to have actual desires; and the character in the Apple ads who had desires was the PC, played by John Hodgman. His attempts to defend himself and to pass himself off as cool were funny, and he suffered, like a human being. (There were local versions of the ad around the world, with comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb as the PC and Mac in the UK).

Heh, Jonathan Franzen’s essay on what’s wrong with the world is pretty all over the place, particularly this part about the “insufferable smugness” of the Mac platform compared to PCs. 

The Archie Bunker of the internet age is not Evgeny Morozov, as it turns out.

16:23 // 10 months ago
September 11, 2013
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September 7, 2013

This doesn’t seem like a gratuitous display: Github, the home of numerous software repositories and a coder’s best friend, has a replica of the Oval Office in its building. Because that’s not weird or anything.

15:14 // 10 months ago
September 4, 2013
This Building Fries Cars
Gonna let the lead paragraphs of this one speak for themselves:

A British property developer said Tuesday it was investigating after sun rays reflected from its half-finished London skyscraper melted parts of several cars, including a luxury Jaguar.
Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare bouncing off 20 Fenchurch Street — nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” because of its flared shape — while several drivers have complained that the beams have melted parts of their vehicles.

This is probably a criminal mastermind’s lair in the making. (photo by Leon Neal/AFP)

This Building Fries Cars

Gonna let the lead paragraphs of this one speak for themselves:

A British property developer said Tuesday it was investigating after sun rays reflected from its half-finished London skyscraper melted parts of several cars, including a luxury Jaguar.

Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare bouncing off 20 Fenchurch Street — nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” because of its flared shape — while several drivers have complained that the beams have melted parts of their vehicles.

This is probably a criminal mastermind’s lair in the making. (photo by Leon Neal/AFP)

11:47 // 11 months ago
August 31, 2013
A Salafi group called the “Popular Egyptian Islamic Association” has warned Muslims against eating tomatoes on the grounds that the fruit is a “Christian food,” NowLebanon.com has reported.

The group based its claim on the fact that a shape resembling a cross is revealed when one cuts a tomato in half.

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Read: 'Tomatoes are Christian,' Egyptian Salafi group warns - HurriyetDailynews

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In which there’s that.

12:31 // 11 months ago
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14:01 // 11 months ago
breakingnews:

Chinese man builds mountain on top of apartment
Daily Mail: A Chinese man has spent six years building his dream mountaintop villa - on top of a Beijing apartment block.
Eccentric Professor Zhang Lin shifted tons of rubble and rock onto the roof of the building to construct the outrageous home which looks like it has been carved from a mountainside.
Mr Lin could now be ordered to tear down his mountain penthouse if it is deemed unsafe.
'It has come to our attention that Professor Zhang did not apply for permission for this structure. So unless he can prove it is safe, it will have to come down,' explained an city official.
Photo: Mountaintop home in Beijing (EPA)

This rocks.

breakingnews:

Chinese man builds mountain on top of apartment

Daily Mail: A Chinese man has spent six years building his dream mountaintop villa - on top of a Beijing apartment block.

Eccentric Professor Zhang Lin shifted tons of rubble and rock onto the roof of the building to construct the outrageous home which looks like it has been carved from a mountainside.

Mr Lin could now be ordered to tear down his mountain penthouse if it is deemed unsafe.

'It has come to our attention that Professor Zhang did not apply for permission for this structure. So unless he can prove it is safe, it will have to come down,' explained an city official.

Photo: Mountaintop home in Beijing (EPA)

This rocks.

8:46 // 11 months ago