[Video Link] Chris Robinson produced a short documentary about his family's "sordid past with beanie babies." The tulipomania-like obsession started when Chris' brother wanted to get a Beanie Baby when he was four, and his father got hooked. He spent $100,000 on 15,000 to 20,000 Beanie Babies and Beanie Buddies, and they now sit on shelves and in boxes, nearly worthless.
(Ty Warner, the inventor of Beanie Babies, has a net worth of $2.5 billion, according to Forbes.)
A 72-year-old gent has been fascinated with marbles for 60 years. Each of the 1500 marbles he owns has a label and a place to keep it. (Thanks, Mathhew!)
The other day, someone asked me what the most surprising thing was that I learned while writing Before the Lights Go Out, my book about America’s electric infrastructure and the future of energy. That’s easy. The most surprising thing was definitely my realization of just how precarious our all-important grid system actually is. There are […]
For those of us who saw Mark’s post on the train simulator game and thought, “Man, I want that,” here’s a couple more bits of train-related goodness. First, back in February, I rode Amtrak’s Empire Builder from Seattle to Minneapolis and did my best to live-tweet the whole, multi-day adventure. It’s an amazing route, full […]
Isn’t it about time to stretch what your Mac can do? I mean, you’ve got plenty of great programs now…but don’t you think you could use some new tools to get your creative, analytical and organizational juices really flowing? It’s spring, so we cleaned up a whole bunch of super-cool apps lying around and packaged […]
In the world of app development, there’s no greater arena to find success than with Android users. About 80% of the smartphones in use today worldwide operate on the Android operating system, so if you build a great app that Android users love, you’re an international rock star. You’ll be able to make sure your […]
Unless you’re a programmer or webmaster, the term SQL probably doesn’t mean much to you. But for those looking to understand more about how and why the web works the way that it does, know this – SQL and its process of managing and presenting large data sets is everywhere…and it’s the most in-demand programming […]