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Metro Cards Thursday, August 30, 2012 | comments


Core77 is pumping out the cool posts recently. Check these out: it's a deck of cards printed on old Metro Cards from around NYC from the past 10 or so years

Cards here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MetroDeck
Original Post here:

Wind maps! Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | comments

I've seen wind maps before. I think Ed posted them probably since he sometimes posts weathery things. I have not, however, ever seen a wind map with a hurricane. Today's windmap post comes from this Core77 post

Here are two regular wind maps.




Here is a hurricane wind map

[it should be noted that I think each map is relative wind speed, so you can't necessarily compare one map's white section to another]

People like to spend money just to keep stuff around. I get to see it first hand. | comments

As you remember, I rent apartments.  And all the time I see people coming in to rent space just to keep stuff.

I have had individuals living by themselves take 2 bedroom apartments.
  • One person wanted to keep her dad's big executive desk, and so she wouldn't take a 1 bedroom apartment because she needed a second bedroom to put it in.  So she's paying at least $420/year just for the right to keep that desk. 
  • I have had people who only wanted 2 bedroom apartments because they had a huge sectional couch they got for free years ago
  • I have had multiple instrances of people moving out of houses (because they couldn't afford them) and into apartments by themselves, saying they need a 2+ bedroom because they have a lot of furniture from the house.

I wonder what it must be like to work at a self storage place where people are very clearly spending a very apparent dollar amount to keep stuff. A 5x5 space in a self storage place in town would seem to cost about $50 per month.

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Thought about this because of this lifehacker article

http://lifehacker.com/5739254/how-much-money-is-your-clutter-is-costing-you
tl;dr your clutter is costing you money because it takes up space and you have to pay money for that space

Disclaimer: We have a basement that we need to finish going through, but I wish a very localized fire would go through only our basement.

via imgur Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | comments

This is what Mt Rushmore would have looked like if they didn't run out of money. Bigger

Mars, you guys | comments

bigger pics here [side links NSFW?]

via imgur | comments


Risk + Monopoly = Riskopoly Sunday, August 26, 2012 | comments

Someone made an official ruleset for playing Risk and Monopoly at the same time. You buy Risk armies with the money that you earn in Monopoly. And then everytime you pass Go, you get more money based on how you're doing in Risk.  Rules here: http://www.gilwood.org/riskopoly.htm. I'd love to try this sometime.

[Photo is mine w/ Karen's editing from Karen's post about our Monopoly game but we play cool games like Agricola too just FYI so I don't lose my nerdcred]

Awesome Star Wars Opening Crawl Escalator Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | comments


I heard you were holding open auditions for your nightmares | comments

koalas much cuter when dry

Harry Potter Joke | comments


B-17 Over Ann Arbor | comments

The past two days I've seen this B-17 flying low over Ann Arbor. This is the Yankee Lady which is apparently at the Willow Run Airport.
B-17 Yankee Lady over Ann Arbor Michigan from below blue sky

That's my photo, but you can see a whole lot of better photos of it if you just do a google image search for "yankee lady".  Apparently this particular plane in was in the movie Tora Tora Tora

I didn't realize it was this bad until I saw the image | comments

I had seen headlines about this but didn't see the actual painting. No joke, a woman took it upon herself to restore this fresco and completely messed it up.Here's the before and after.
"The woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to "restore" the image."


And here's the news story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19349921

Everything about this story makes me want to say this is a fake news story and someone is trolling the world, but it seems to be true.  The painting is just so terrible.

Here is a page from Violet's coloring book Thursday, August 16, 2012 | comments

It's a Bible stories coloring book Karen got at the dollar store. The page before it mentions people being wicked, and then you turn the page and it's just this with no explanation.

funny coloring book pages weird strange inappropriate


On a related note, the story of Moses according to this book is that
1) Moses is a baby who goes down the river and gets found and named Moses
2) Moses grows up
3) Moses saves seven daughters by a well
4) Moses gets married to one of those daughters and they have a baby
That's it!

[The picture above is from the story of Jonah]

No one else on the internet cares that you have work that day Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | comments

I've noticed something a lot recently. Someone will post an announcement like "Amazing Band has a concert on August 28th" or "Convention dates set for September 1st" and then someone will undoubtedly post something like "NOOOOOOOO! I can't believe I have to work that day!" or "That's the day after my birthday!"

Here's a more extreme example.

[Source]

It's like being some sort of Art Museum secret agent Monday, August 13, 2012 | comments


Starting this Thursday, if you go to the Museum of the Moving Image, there's a secret slot in the wall that you can find. If you put a blank DVD in there, a computer will burn you a DVD, spit it out, and you will "receive a digital art exhibition, a collection of media, or other featured content curated on a monthly cycle by Bartholl [the guy that made it] or selected artists."

More about it on their website. I found out about this on MAKEblog

Context is important Thursday, August 9, 2012 | comments

If you are walking around outside of a bank with a sign that says "You are being robbed," then you are protesting the bank.

If you walk inside the bank with that same sign, then you are going to leave the scene in handcuffs.

Whoops.

News story via Fark

Let's compare gold medal vaults 54 years apart [gif] Sunday, August 5, 2012 | comments