Wired's Greg Miller takes a look at the huge risks involved in digging enormous, container-ship size canals.
There are many lingering questions. How HKND–apparently the only company to submit a bid–managed to land the deal, isn’t clear, leaving many Nicaraguans frustrated by their government’s lack of transparency. ... Exactly where the money to build the canal will come from is another mystery, as is the role, if any, the Chinese government will play. Wang Jing has denied that the government is involved in the project, as have government officials. But some analysts suspect otherwise. ... Nor has any assessment of the environmental impacts of the project.
Deepto Hajela with the AP
: "Apple filed papers on Tuesday telling a federal appeals court in New York that a judge's finding it violated antitrust laws by manipulating electronic book prices 'is a radical departure' from modern antitrust law that will 'chill competition and harm consumers' if allowed to stand." — Rob
Enjoying the crest of a wave, this crocodile shut down Cable Beach
near Broome, Western Australia, one of the country's most popular tourist hotspots. The animal has been slated for removal to the nearby Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Park. [Perth Now via Abroath
Shot at 240 frames per second, Li Hongbi's statues seem at first look to be a bizarre computer-graphic effect. But they are in fact incredible paper sculptures, a concertina of countless layers stretched this way and that. [Video link
Not all of them are beautiful, or abstract, but all of the photos in Wired's gallery of beautiful abstract photos of mines are, indeed, of mines. Here's Pete Brook on the vast marble tombs left by a slowing business.
We’ve been cutting chunks of marble out of the mountains of Vermont since 1785. The continent’s first commercial marble quarry was cut into Mount Aeolus, and stonecutters came from all over the world to work its stone throughout the 19th century. The Vermont Marble Co. was the largest U.S. corporation when it was founded early in the 20th century. The industry has dwindled somewhat in the face of mounting competition from China and changing tastes in architecture, but granite remains a fundamental part of Vermont.
Please hear all these quotes
in the voice of Mugatu from Zoolander
. "IS THIS A NAPOLEON DYNAMITE TALENT SHOW?"
Enjoy minutes of fun with Holy Stomping, a free video game tribute to the Monty Python foot. [via RPS]
Weird and wonderful
, as it often was. Particlarly haunting: Picture Box
. By "haunting," I mean "surprisingly creepy to see and hear that again decades later". [emoctv.tumblr.com via Kottke
. — Rob
This amusing picture, of an anti-drug propaganda pencil whose message is subverted simply by sharpening it, been doing the rounds. The truth is stranger than some of the fictions that accompany it: it was sent to schools and recalled only after a child noticed the problem. From a 1998 New York Times story:
As a result of the discovery by Kodi Mosier, a 10-year-old student at Ticonderoga Elementary School, the company, the Bureau for At-Risk Youth, based in Plainview, N.Y., recalled the pencils. ... A new batch of pencils will have the message written in the opposite direction, so when they are sharpened, they will read "Too Cool To Do" and finally "Too Cool."
Furniture megaretailer Ikea just screwed up a product relaunch. Its legendary LP-sized Expedit bookshelves got a blink-and-you'll-miss-it redesign and a new name, Kallax. But somewhere between the slightly blander, money-saving look (the new version loses some of the outside "bezel"), the tiresome rebranding, and that unfortunate word "discontinue", all hell broke loose. Fast Co Design offers some suggestions on how to repackage a product without meeting fury.
I mean, if it's trying to save money (or the trees), can't IKEA just stuff the Expedit shelf bezel with horse meat?
You may now play the agonizingly addictive thing on the Atari 2600
, the ZX81
(with 1 kilobyte of RAM!), your TI calculator
, and the most-impressive Commodore 64
, pictured here.
Assuming you don't have a C64 or an emulator set up, here's video!
Ukraine's new government has issued an arrest warrant for Viktor Yanukovych
, the ousted president who fled Kiev after recent unrest
. Reportedly holed up in the pro-Russian Crimea, he's being charged with the deaths of dozens of protestors. — Rob