Posts tagged why would you do that
Posts tagged why would you do that
The folks over at Rap Genius, a favorite site of Colin’s, have done something incredibly silly:
New York is the status-consciousness capital of our status-conscious culture, and this makes the Times’s wedding section a perfect natural experiment designed to answer the question, What do the world’s most self-important people think is important?
This is why we built WeddingCrunchers.com, a searchable database of about 60,000 Times wedding announcements published between 1981 and 2013. Specifically, WeddingCrunchers lets you measure the frequency of specific words and phrases in these announcements.
The post has about a million graphs charting age, mentions of political parties, religion, education, and a bunch of other stuff.
An utterly bizarre story to be sure, but my favorite bit is this quote from Robotiki studio head Robert Bowling, about how the studio’s panic button, which immediately alerts police, was activated in the first place:
You see on a security camera, them looking at this panic button, looking around, discussing it, then pressing it and looking around to see what happens. And nothing happened right away
This guy sure is a big idiot.
And now, for no particularly good reason, here’s Paul of LastLevelTech sending the video output of the Wii U into a Game Gear TV Tuner.
Ed Fletcher, Sacramento Bee:
Two Placer County teenage girls were arrested for allegedly using drugged milkshakes to knock out the parents of one of the girls so they could log on to the Internet, Rocklin police said.
Internet access at the Rocklin home was routinely shut off at 10 p.m., said Lt. Lon Milka, a department spokesman. […]
"The girls wanted to use the Internet, and they’d go to whatever means they had to," Milka said.
Oh for crying out loud.
For some reason today I am linking a mashup up Busta Rhymes “Don’t Touch Me (Throw da Water on ‘Em)” and Koji Kondo’s “Athletic” from the game Yoshi’s Island. Music by tenlettername, visualization by stuff3.
As part of his newest exhibit at the Palais de Tokyo, French artist Fabrice Hyber sculpted a massive cubic meter of red lipstick sitting atop a cold cement slab. The sculpture, entitled “1M3 de beauté” is part of a larger exhibition called “Matières Premières” (raw materials) showing through the holidays.
So, uh, yeah. A cubic meter of lipstick.
Parahawking is an activity that combines paragliding with falconry. Birds of prey are trained to fly with paragliders, guiding them to thermals for in-flight rewards and performing aerobatic manoeuvres.
(Via Julio Capote.)
I’ve been thinking about getting a Nook for a while now, but I haven’t for one reason: the inability to play Wipeout on one. I demand this of all my electronic devices.
Well, it seems it’s indeed possible to play Wipeout on a Nook Simple Touch after rooting it and modifying the kernel, so I guess I’ll have to put one on my Christmas list.
Anna Edgerton for The Miami Herald:
Eddie Archbold ate so many live roaches he had to cover his mouth with his hand to keep them from crawling out. He swallowed the three-inch insects faster than he could chew, trying to down as many as possible in four minutes to win a pet python in a most unusual eating contest.
Over the course of the night, Archbold ate more than 60 grams of meal worms, 35 three-inch-long “super worms” and part of a bucket full of discoid roaches. He started vomiting after the last contest and collapsed outside the store.
Dr. Bill Kern, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida, said it could have been an allergic reaction to so much foreign protein that killed Archbold.
Colin: I KNOW WHY HE DIED HE ATE A BUNCH OF GODDAMN BUGS