Inside the Lively World of Competitive Stone Skimming
Fog shrouds Easdale Island, a windswept 62-acre chunk of slate, grass, and shrubs just off Scotland’s west coast, as rain intensifies on the roof of the Puffer Bar and Restaurant. I thought I was doing well with 5 or 6 ‘bounces’. Amateur!
The origins of the high five, and its inventor – an unsung gay pioneer
In 1977, Glenn Burke, a rookie outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Los Angeles Dodgers, lifted his arm high above his head and slapped palms with his teammate Dusty Baker to celebrate a milestone home run, marking what is widely regarded as the first documented instance of a high five. I was gonna write a witty comment but thought I’d just leave you all hanging…
Why Gary Lineker, Lily Allen and you shouldn’t comment
Don’t comment. Don’t comment if you’re poor or disadvantaged, because you’re a scrubber and a scrounger and basically a waste of space. Old news already but still worth reading. What the frick is this world we live in these days?
Who to Blame for the Attack on the Internet
Our worst hacking fears came true on Friday as criminals deployed millions of everyday objects—internet-connected cameras, printers, and so on—to launch an attack on a critical part of the Internet. It wasn’t me! (except it might have been a little bit me, and you). Count how many devices you have that access the internet, 3? 4? 10?
Don’t Dress Your Age
Ouch. I was 36. And apparently not even a lamb dressed as mutton, but fast approaching mutton dressing as jerky — if we accept that the way women dress can be likened to the life stages of a sheep. Ohh I’ve to wait before not dressing my age? Oops.
Don’t floss, peel veg or wash your jeans: 40 things you can stop doing right now
A group of senior doctors has released a list of 40 procedures it considers to have little or no benefit. Could we apply similar thinking to everyday life? If you’ve ever washed out a wound with saline instead of tap water or requested an x-ray for lower-back pain, you’re a fool. Yay!! (except, obviously, DO floss, no-one needs to see week old Spinach everytime you talk)
An epic battle between feminism and deep-seated misogyny is under way in South Korea
Last September, the Korean edition of Maxim, a men’s magazine, ran a cover showing Kim Byeong-ok, an actor who starred in cult favorite film “Oldboy,” posing with a cigarette in his hand next to a car. A pair of woman’s legs, bound at the ankles, was sticking out of the trunk. A different culture but familiar traits. Dear misogyny, your time is up, kindly leave the stage!
Watch Uber’s robot truck deliver 45,000 cans of Budweiser
As part of a small partnership with Anheuser-Busch, Otto, the self-driving trucking startup acquired by Uber, delivered 45,000 beers from a weigh station in Fort Collins, Colo. to Colorado Springs. The future is almost here. Once it can deliver beer AND pizza… welcome to the end of civilisation.
NaNoWriMo Triage Center: Helping You Get To 50K
There you are, happily pounding out words, the click and rattle of the keyboard creating a musical symphony in your writing space. Maybe you’re humming along, caught up in the frenzy of creation that oozes out every pore. Just in case anyone else is mad enough to be doing NaNoWriMo this year (roll on Tuesday!)
Iceland’s Pirate Party looks likely to take the country’s election next weekend
If you’re worn out and depressed with the US election campaign, ponder what’s going on in Iceland for a moment. The country’s Pirate Party, founded less than four years ago by a group of activists, anarchists, and hackers, is poised to upend Icelandic politics with an Oct. Not happy about this. Was dead set on moving to Canada but… avast this be interesting developments!
Meet The Smartest Dog In Hollywood
The most talented movie star in America is two and a half feet tall, 7 years old, and 39 pounds. He has brown eyes, a natural black vest and tail, and his pale chest, arms, and legs are dotted with tan freckles. His name is Jumpy. And he’s a dog. Jumpy! I have a new favourite dog name! (I don’t have a dog, but if I did…)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Ghost Stories for Kids (1962)
“Now of course, the best way to listen to ghost stories is with the lights out,” says the inimitable Alfred Hitchcock, as he introduces his 1962 vinyl release Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Ghost Stories for Young People. Available on Spotify and Youtube. For the Halloween weir… lovers out there.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Rules for Watching Psycho (1960)
Psycho, one of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic films, didn’t come together very easily. Hitchcock’s studio, Paramount Pictures, didn’t like anything about the film and denied him a proper budget. So the director went solo and funded the film through his television company Shamley Productions. I’m starting a new tradition this Halloween. Psycho and The Shining.