Galaxy car made with blackest black paint and a pearlescent topcoat

The world’s blackest paint, Musou Black, absorbs 99.4% of light. We’ve already seen a room painted with it, and now here’s a car that’s covered in it. That’s a tr… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

These five meditation apps will help get your 2021 started right

Well, if the opening days of 2021 are any indication of what’s to come, we may not find the peace and normalcy we hoped for after 2020 any time soon.  Of course, that doesn’t mean you ha… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

This Asus router is an industry favorite and could single-handedly fix your WiFi signal problems

For all the innovations in streaming, HD film quality, and web-based smart homes, none of it means much if all that power and connectivity bottlenecks in your janky old router.  Slow speeds, d… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Batman No. 1 sells for $2.22 million

A lucky bidder snagged a near-mint copy of Batman No. 1 (1940) for $2.2 million today. From Heritage Auctions: The finest known copy of 1940’s Batman No. 1 sold Thursday for $2.22 million, far and … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

The Kool-Aid Man magically cheers me up

Think of how much easier childhood would have been if we truly could just unleash a vengeful, animated pitcher of sugar water on our problems. In other beverage-related musings: I just learned that… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Army guys for peace and tranquility

These army guys have no guns, nor promote violence of any kind. Instead they strike yoga poses and are multicolored to enhance their gentle nature. Rainbow Joes is the colorful version of Yoga Joes… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Racing pigeon from Oregon shows up in Australia, and now faces a death sentence

A racing pigeon recently showed up in the backyard of someone’s house in Australia, looking super worn out. The owner of the home fed it, and discovered that it had an identification leg-band… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Modeling with plastic sprues

I have always had a thing for sprues, the plastic frames used in the injection molding process and to hold model parts in place. Anyone who does any scale modeling or tabletop game modeling likely … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Use promo code to get wireless charging pad for cheap

I got an iPhone 12 Mini a couple of weeks ago and bought a wireless charging pad for it. I use it to charge my phone on my desk. It’s a lot more convenient than using a lightning cable so I b… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Why flies are hard to swat, and how to outwit them

If you want to be smarter than a fly, aim your swat slightly ahead of it in the direction it’s likely to take. That’s the advice Michael Dickinson of the California Institute of Technol… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Tiny Paper Dungeons: pocket-sized, spiral-bound, randomly-generated paper adventures

As soon as I saw the photo of Tiny Paper Dungeons on the Kickstarter page, I signed up. How to play:Gameplay is simple but entertaining: you roll a 6-sided die to determine how far you’ll mov… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Black officers say racism is endemic in Capitol Police

If you’re wondering why the rioters in Trump’s coup attempt last week were able to breach barriers and break into the Capitol so easily, this ProPublica article offers a couple of reaso… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Smokers in New Jersey can get COVID-19 vaccine before teachers, general public

The state of New Jersey expanded its current limited access to COVID-19 vaccines to people over 65 years old, those 16 to 64 years old with certain underlying health conditions, and, er, cigarette … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Capitalism facts, sung by chibi characters

Kawaii communism. [Via Sensible Endowment] | Continue reading | 2 days ago

In 1948 James T. Mangan declared the entire universe to be a country under his protection

This is from last week’s issue of my newsletter, The Magnet — Mark Anyone can start their own micronation. The hard part is getting the snobbish macronations to accept you into their club. Wi… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Deep analysis of the new Indiana Jones video game's trailer

The folks at IGN share a near pixel-by-pixel analysis of the trailer for a soon to be released video game featuring Indy. They look at everything on the screen and try to tell us what is coming in … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

I am pre-ordering 'Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League'

Earl Mac Rauch’s long promised sequel to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is due out in August. I have pre-ordered Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League Per… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Favorite movie scenes: In 'Casablanca' Rick treats Ugarte like dirt

I have always loved this scene in Casablanca, although I prefer a single breasted white shawl collar dinner jacket to the double. Rick treats Ugarte like dirt, yet is ‘the guy’ Ugarte t… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

You can pick up a space shuttle thermal tile right out of the furnace

Watch as a tour guide pulls space shuttle tile material out of a 2200-degree furnace and picks it up immediately. Note that for best results, pick it up by the cool corner or edge rather than the w… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Gorgeous black-and-white images of plants

Photographer William Arnold got intrigued by the botanical life while on walks during his lunch breaks in Truro, Cornwall. He began gathering plants and making images of them using the Victorian-er… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

New study: Legalizing weed increases sales of junk food

A new research study shows that legalizing recreational marijuana leads to a noticeable spike in junk food sales. This breakthrough in duh comes from Georgia State University economists whose analy… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Deaths: Harold Bornstein, NY physician who lied that Trump would be healthiest president ever, dead at 73

The New York physician who declared President Donald J. Trump to be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” died last Friday. He was 73. From the New York Times: His death was an… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

On Fox, Peter Navarro still freely spews same disinformation that led to deadly Capitol attack

We regret to inform you that Peter Navarro and Maria Bartiromo are both at it again. Peter Navarro: “The Democratic Party did violence to this country by attacking a president who I believe was leg… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Entire National Mall to close on Inauguration Day amid security concerns, high domestic terrorism alert

The entire National Mall in the nation’s capital will close on the day Joe Biden is inaugurated as President of the United States, the Washington Post reports this morning. Just 6 days away. … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

This is the world's oldest known painting of an animal

Inside a cave on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, archaeologist have found the oldest known painting of an animal. It appears to be a warty pig. Dated at 45,000 years-old by Griffith University a… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Airbnb host leaves savage review for MAGA guest who was a Capitol attacker

• POINT: “We stormed the Capitol.”• COUNTERPOINT: “I don’t recommend renting to Melissa.” A man who rented his home on Airbnb in Washington, DC, realized in horror that he’d hosted indi… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Watch this human bubble machine land a record for blowing the most bubbles inside a bigger bubble

In Taiwan, Chang Yu-Te landed a Guinness World Record for blowing the most bubbles, 783 of them, inside a bigger bubble. The fellow is a bubble master, having previously earned the record for most … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Which of America's biggest pizza chains has the best value? A deep dive

The fine folks at Food Theory tackle the question of who gives the most pizza bang for the buck among America’s four top chains. They also have some surprising insights about toppings. Warnin… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Siegfried Fischbacher of 'Siegfried and Roy' dead at 81, illusionist had pancreatic cancer

Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of Siegfried and Roy, has passed away from pancreatic cancer, a spokesperson confirmed to @ABC News. German news agency Bild was among the first to repor… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Unemployment claims in US jump to 965,000, highest since August

New U.S. unemployment numbers out today are bad, and it’s because the pandemic is surging after the holidays. “The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the m… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Where did the Gremlins go?

Last fall, Nick Lutsko posted this amusing song wondering why there hasn’t been a revival of Gremlins, the 1984 Joe Dante horror-comedy classic. Everything else from the era, from Ghostbuster… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Door is excellent jazz trumpeter

Mr. King: “An ingenious door in a Chicago parking garage will not “die with his music inside of him.” | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Gary Numan releases title track to forthcoming "Intruder"

On January 11th, Gary Numan released this title-track video for Intruder, his 19th solo studio album. I have had it on heavy rotation ever since.The record is scheduled for release on May 21st and … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

How China ended the lie of recyclable plastic

The plastics industry did a great job of convincing everyone that their product was easily recyclable, but China finally put an end to that pleasant fiction in 2017. A 2017 memo sent by China to th… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Alt-Mardi Gras: Carnival "float houses" popping up in New Orleans, local artists given work

Mardi Gras parades are COVID-cancelled this year. But that’s not stopping New Orleans from bringing the spirit of carnival season to their community. “Fat Tuesday” is February 16 … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

The Capital bares similarities and excepts it's kneads

The Capital building in Washington D.C. remained stationery in principal and has excepted it’s ability to go fourth. While the attacks on the police were complimentary to Precedent Trump̵… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

"Movie Critic Matchmaker" figures out which critic aligns with your tastes

Here’s a fun project by @EleanorClarinet — the “Movie Critic Matchmaker”: It gives you a bunch of movies to rate, swiping right or left, and then tells you which movie criti… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Get a 3-pack of nylon braided USB-C cables that are built to last, now at over 60% off

Considering a new smartphone requires years of development and can set you back up to $1,400, you’d think manufacturers would pay a little more attention to the means for powering up those devices.… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

FAA: 'zero tolerance' for unruly airline passengers, maskless MAGA jerks face possible jail

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson signed an order on Wednesday that directs the FAA to take a “zero tolerance policy” after Trump supporters were disruptive and refused to we… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Trump won't pay Rudy Giuliani's legal bills

• “The president is pretty wound up,” said one senior administration official Twice impeached U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed aides not to pay Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees, and has demande… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

On-camera blundering hits the same beats as song

A gentleman brandishing a guitar and a colorful blouse, who could easily sub-in for any member of Spinal Tap, falls back in his chair and crashes into a piano at the same moment Phil Collins beats … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

First recording of Ginsberg's "Howl" to be released in April

The first known recorded reading of Allen Ginsberg’s epic 1956 poem, “Howl,” will be released this April as Allen Ginsberg at Reed College — The First Recorded Reading of Howl and… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Wanna keep the car in the garage? This sale on personal scooters can get it done

From their compact size, to their simple maintenance, to their tiny carbon footprints, there are a ton of compelling reasons to consider using a personal scooter.  Sure, they make a short trip… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

TRUMP IMPEACHED a 2nd time, majority of House votes to impeach on 'incitement of insurrection'

PRESIDENT TRUMP IMPEACHED FOR INCITING 1/6 CAPITOL RIOT A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump a historic second time, on charges of ‘i… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Great deal on a good kitchen knife sharpener

I bought a KitchenIQ Edge Grip knife sharpener in 2015 and use it at least a couple of times a week. You can set it on a flat surface and draw the knife through the grooves (coarse and smooth) or h… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Best self-help books of 2020

Five Books asked Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, to select his five favorite self-help books from 2020. From the interview wit… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

QAnon migrates to Gab

After getting de-platformed on Twitter and Facebook, and with Parler down, QAnoners are flocking to Gab, the social media platform that rose to infamy in 2018. From Vice: Gab drew little attention … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Praying mantises watching TV

Four different species of praying mantises watch a dollhouse scale TV set made from a phone in their comfy living room. You might rightly assume that they have their preferences in subject matter- … | Continue reading | 3 days ago