Mechanical engineer Pim de Groot created a "cursed" USB Type C device that "behaves differently based on the orientation of the plug." The proof of concept shows lights blinking in different patterns, but the possibilities are intriguing. My idea: a hidden volume that only reveals itself after you have inserted it one way, removed it, then inserted it the other way.
Nick Cave (of The Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party, Grinderman, The Dirty Three, and more) communes with his fans via The Red Hand Files. They ask him how he's doing, what he's writing, his favorite books, and general life advice as if he were some wonderful and terrifying fortune teller living on the outskirts of… READ THE REST
YouTuber NileRed figured out that some vinyl gloves contain phthalate ester, a compound similar to methyl anthranilate, the molecule used in many grape-flavored products. So he set about extracting the chemical from the gloves, altering its stucture, and making some soda with his creation. And he said it "tastes better than diet soda." That is… READ THE REST
Brian Heater of TechCrunch has a fascinating post on his SubStack about "music on ribs" — when people in Soviet Russia would rip audio onto discarded X-Ray printouts in order to share them with friends: It's difficult to say whether Philo was first to discover that the soft, pliable nature of X-rays made them –… READ THE REST
You've probably manned a grill or two in your day. You've stood over enough burning coals and seared enough animal flesh to have a pretty good idea of whether a slab of meat is properly cooked or needs some more time over the fire. But … do you really? E. coli contamination in ground beef makes… READ THE REST
If you really want to make Dad happy for Father's Day, give him the means to get away from it all. The job, the responsibilities, the family … maybe even you! Dad might even be so touched by the gift that he'll forget his natural inclinations for peace and solitude and let you come along.… READ THE REST
Sometimes, the world can bring back something that might have been headed for the dustbin of history if fate hadn't intervened. Case in point: journaling. While the art of chronicling your life and activities hadn't disappeared, it was definitely waning before last year. Then, COVID hit — and many of those who faced anxiety and new… READ THE REST