Revisiting the best live TV interview ever

Ten years later, BBC News presents one of its funniest mistakes.

It's 10 years since Guy Goma became a celebrity after he was mistaken for an internet expert and interviewed on BBC News TV.

The unemployed computer technician had been at the BBC for a job interview. But the graduate from the Congo gained worldwide attention after a mix-up saw him interviewed on air instead of Guy Kewney

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Good puzzle: connect the six boxes without crossing any lines

Draw a line connecting the two boxes labeled 1. Draw another line connnecting the boxes labeled 2. Draw a third line connecting the boxes labeled 3. The lines can't intersect. The lines can't go beyond the bounds of the rectangle enclosing them. [ADD: The lines don't have to be straight.] There's nothing tricky or disappointing about the solution. (Here's the solution.) Read the rest

What is the future of Twitter?

Great article by Nick Bilton in Vanity Fair about the future of Twitter.

Vanity Fair special correspondent Nick Bilton reports on the state of Twitter, writing that the rise of its most famous user—Donald Trump—and the defection of its top executives, would seem to spell doom for the company. Early Twitter employees tell Bilton they regret their involvement in a company that became a tool of the alt-right, while a former developer says he regrets not building a tool to fight trolls.

“If anything,” Bilton writes, “Trump has become another headache for Twitter. Some in Silicon Valley have relayed to me that they wouldn’t work at Twitter precisely because of the platform it has afforded the incoming president. Early employees at Twitter have also said to me that they regret being involved in a company that would become a vessel for an army of alt-right trolls. One early Twitter developer recently told me that one of his biggest regrets in his career was not building some sort of design mechanism that could have helped Twitter extinguish its troll problem. If he had, we most certainly would be living in a different sort of world.”

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Blortasia: an abstract art world in the sky

My friend Kevin Mack (who did the Special Effects for Fight Club and many other movies) created a VR art experience called Blortasia for the HTC Vive. Here's a preview.

​Fly freely through a surreal maze of evolving sculptures. Take a break from reality and explore an animated psychedelic sculpture park. Wander through the labyrinth, soar across the open space, or just hang out and let the mesmerizing ever-changing sculptures provide a rejuvenating refuge for your mind. Blortasia combines art and flying in virtual reality.

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Beautiful Seymchan pallasite meteorite

m0nster0 posted this 3mm-thick slice of a Seymchan pallasite meteorite to Reddit. He says its "one of my favorite bits of space rock." I can't argue with that! He bought it on eBay from this guy, who sells some stunning specimens. Read the rest

I don't hanker for a hunk o' American flavored imitation pasteurized process cheese food

What is a SaNDWiCH SLiCe? It's not cheese. Nor is it mere cheese food. It's not pasteurized process cheese food, either. Don't be misled into believing those who would tell you that it is imitation pasteurized process cheese food. Anyone who claims that it's simply flavored imitation pasteurized process cheese food is an outright liar. Because a true SaNDWiCH SLiCe is American flavored imitation pasteurized process cheese food.

According to Wikipedia cheese food is "made from cheese (and sometimes other, unfermented, dairy by-product ingredients), plus emulsifiers, saturated vegetable oils, extra salt, food colorings, whey or sugar. As a result, many flavors, colors, and textures of processed cheese exist. Its invention is credited to Walter Gerber of Thun, Switzerland, in 1911."

Curse you, Walter Gerber of Thun, Switzerland. Read the rest

Website lists patents expiring today

Patents Expiring Today is a website that lists patents expiring today.

Now you can make and sell this method of upcycling a plastic soda bottle into a chic purse. Read the rest

Petition to make it illegal for police to have sex with sex workers before arresting them

In this video a former sex worker describes what happened when an undercover officer had sex with her in an attempt to arrest her for prostitution. Shockingly, it's "not uncommon for police to have sexual contact with sex workers before arresting them for prostitution," says Tara Burns, who has started a petition to end this barbaric practice. "This is actually state-sponsored rape, and it's perfectly legal in Alaska."

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Why Lindy West quit Twitter

Writer Lindy West is done with Twitter. From her essay in The Guardian:

Twitter, for the past five years, has been a machine where I put in unpaid work and tension headaches come out. I write jokes there for free. I post political commentary for free. I answer questions for free. I teach feminism 101 for free. Off Twitter, these are all things by which I make my living – in fact, they comprise the totality of my income. But on Twitter, I do them pro bono and, in return, I am micromanaged in real time by strangers; neo-Nazis mine my personal life for vulnerabilities to exploit; and men enjoy unfettered, direct access to my brain so they can inform me, for the thousandth time, that they would gladly rape me if I weren’t so fat.

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Where are Bikram Choudhury's 43 missing supercars

Hotbox yoga magnate Bikram Choudhury made himself -- and a lot of his assets -- scarce after a Los Angeles court awarded almost everything he owns to the woman who won a sexual harassment case against him. Where did he hide 43 supercars? asks Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik.

A former employee of Choudhury, Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, has just won her sexual harassment case against Choudhury, and was awarded by a Los Angeles court pretty much everything the yogi has: his 700 franchises, for example, and, most relevant to us, 43 really expensive cars, including “13 Rolls-Royces, eight Bentleys and three Ferraris,” according to The Daily Mail.

The problem is nobody knows where the fleet of supercars is. The garage manager claims ignorance, though Jafa-Bodden’s law team suggests they have photographic evidence that he was involved with the removal of the cars.

Minakshi Jafa-Bodden told the Mail on Sunday: “Bikram is no longer the boss of Bikram yoga. I am. I’ve been to hell and back but the jury has spoken. Bikram has tried to conceal assets and has fled America but justice will be done.”

Jason writes, "This clip (above) from HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel probably gives a better idea of who this guy is than any description I can type." In the video, Bikram claims four women committed suicide because he refused to have sex with them, and that people are willing to pay $1,000,000 for a "drop of his sperm." Read the rest

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection, free Kindle edition

A couple of weeks ago I alerted you to the fact that the complete collection of Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard was available as a free Kindle edition. You have probably read all 853-pages by now and are hungry for more stuff to read. Here you go: The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, weighing in at 1136 pages, is also available as a free Kindle edition. Happy reading! Read the rest

The 20 best anime movies not made by Studio Ghibli

Tofugu (where my wife Carla is exec editor) has a great article about the 20 best anime movies not made by Studio Ghibli (Totoro, Spirited Away).

19. REDLINE

Often times, "anime" is defined by its lack of motion. Redline punches this "limited animation" concept in its motionless face. It's easily the busiest, most overstimulating animated film we've ever seen.

A daredevil speedster named JP enters the Redline, a high-stakes, weaponized space race that nearly took his life. But first, he's gotta get back into racing shape to challenge the best in the universe with pure speed and guts. Along his comeback trail, JP meets Cherry-Boy Hunter, a young female competitor who unearths old memories. Can JP return to form in time for the Redline? Is Cherry-Boy Hunter friend or foe? Can JP survive the intergalactic conspiracy that saturates the race?

Sure, Redline's plot plays like a giant stone soup of anime tropes: space, vehicles, aliens, and giant pompadours. Check, check, and check. The film took seven years and 100,000 hand drawings to create, all that hard work paid off. Down to its pop-art presentation, Redline is anime pulp fiction at its best. What it lacks in depth, it makes up for with an adrenaline-fueled circus of speed and action.

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Front seat and backseat charging with this USB charger

The Belkin Road Rockstar ($27 on Amazon) is a useful gadget for long road trips. It has four USB charging ports. Two ports are on the 12-volt adapter for front seat device charging, and two are in a unit attached to a 6-foot cable for backseat charging.

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Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown

From Wikipedia:

Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown is an animated short directed and animated by Jim Reardon, who would later become director and storyboard consultant for The Simpsons. The cartoon was made in 1986 while he was at CalArts.

Probably apocryphal anecdote from the YouTube comments:

According to someone I know in the animation trade, Charles Schulz was shown this on video at an animation convention. Jim Reardon and friends supposedly managed to talk Schulz into watching the film to get his opinion. He reportedly sat silent and motionless as he watched it. After it was finished he stood up, cleared his throat, and said, "Very clever, very funny, but just don't do it again, okay?" That was it.
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Eternal Dragon Guardian of Time demands Hot Topic employee's soul

"What do you know of the old ways?" It's a natural question to ask of a Hot Topic employee.

Here's part two:

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Amazon Alexa gone wild

[NSFW audio] Amazon Alexa gets saucy, much to the consternation of a toddler's parents. Read the rest

Video explains what GitHub is and how it works

GitHub is service that helps groups of software developers make changes to code without screwing everything up. This is a good video that explains what GitHub is and how it works. Read the rest

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