Category: quickie

  • America’s Decline

    Coronavirus Brings American Decline Out in the Open: The U.S.’s decline started with little things that people got used to. Americans drove past empty construction sites and didn’t even think about why the workers weren’t working, then wondered why roads and buildings took so long to finish. They got used to avoiding hospitals because of […]

  • A Love Letter to Australia

    First Dog on the Moon writes a love letter to Australia: Hello Australia, I have always loved you. There isn’t space here to list everything as Australia takes up a lot of space. I love standing still in the bush when it is pushing 40 degrees… I love watching Test cricket. With the sound on […]

  • Amazon makes the checkout chick redundant

    I mean, even more so than previously: I wonder where people are going to get the money to pay for these fancy computer monitored grocery stores.

  • Did George Lucas predict the current political environment?

    A bit more US-centric, but this gives me the shivers: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, paralyzing political divisions threatened democratic governments. Disputes over free trade, and the free movement of people and goods, were a big reason. Stymied by polarization and endless debates, the Senate proved unable to resolve those disputes. […]

  • Putting space into perspective

    “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”

  • The New Devil’s Dictionary

    A guide to the terms of modern living: tab (n.): Something opened, then closed, then opened again, then closed again, for eternity. social (n.): An app or website that simulates what it might be like to interact with other people. Instagram (n.): A persistent reminder that people you know can afford more expensive restaurants and better vacations than you. So much […]

  • First Kiss

    Twenty strangers meet and kiss on camera for the first time. I’m amazed how intimate some of these get for a first kiss between strangers.

  • House of Cards Opening: West Wing Edition

    Spoilers for Season 2: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqewar6lMIg] Now imagine if these characters had been written by Sorkin instead… Hmm.

  • Reinventing the Smoke Alarm

    Nest, who recently reinvented the thermostat for the 21st century, are at it again with the smoke alarm: To improve safety, Nest had to find a way to thwart false alarms, which lead people to tempt fate by disconnecting their units. The company’s solution is the pre-alarm heads-up. Nest Protect detects the problem before it […]

  • Nintendo announces 2DS

    New from Nintendo: The new Nintendo 2DS system gives you all the features of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, minus 3D viewing. And the price makes the world of Nintendo games even more accessible. Did I miss something where Nintendo didn’t have a dual-screen console beforehand? Or where they can’t just implement this […]