which do you prefer sir, high or low velocity?
Thursday, 24 June 2021

Apple Daily: Hong Kong pro-democracy paper announces closure

quote [ The tabloid's offices were raided last week over allegations that several reports had breached a controversial national security law.

Police detained the chief editor and five other executives, and company-linked assets were frozen. ]

This looks like the end of independent news in HK. Perhaps I've bought into western paternalism, or anti-China fervor, or I'm a sucker for yellow umbrellas, but it makes me sad.
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Sad]
[by endopol@7:24amGMT] [0 comments]

The Anatomical Machines of Raimondo di Sangro

quote [ Housed in glass cases in the basement of Sansevero Chapel in Naples, Italy, are two extraordinary exhibits. Called “anatomical machines”, they are two skeletons, one belonging to a man and the other to women. ]

Be turnin' into anatomical rust
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:11amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

A Sensational Murder Case That Ended in a Wrongful Conviction

quote [ The role of famed social reformer Jacob Riis in overturning the verdict prefigured today's calls for restorative justice ]

The judgment's my mistake
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:10amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Why does flying make me so horny?

quote [ Justin Lehmiller, research fellow at the Kinsey Institute and author of Tell Me What You Want, has found in his research that 53% of American adults — slightly more men than women — have fantasized about sex on a plane, and 9% have this fantasy often.

“People are turned on by the idea of doing new and different things with their sex lives because we tend to grow bored easily with sexual routines,” Lehmiller tells Mic. “Fantasizing about sex in different settings is one easy way of introducing an element of newness — and what I see is that people fantasize about sex in a wide range of settings, from public restrooms to beaches and parks to cars and trucks.” ]

Finally, someone asking the important questions.
[NSFW] [travel] [+3]
[by ModerateJohnson@4:01pmGMT] [5 comments]

Three Flavors, One Carton

quote [ Explaining why the multi-layer Neapolitan ice cream exists, and why it’s never actually appeared on a space shuttle despite strong suggestions otherwise. ]

Neapolitan's my favorite but you like rocky road
[SFW] [food & drink] [+5 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [7 comments]

Monday, 21 June 2021

How "Tom's Diner" Tuned the MP3

quote [ The man looked shocked. “No, Miss Vega, it is exactly the same.” ]

Interesting anecdote. The article links to a recollection of Vega herself (quote source), very cool.
[SFW] [music] [+2 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:51pmGMT] [1 comment]

Paid for their Tears: The Peculiar Profession of Professional Mourners

quote [ The business of death is one as old as time. Today the market size of global death care services is valued at over $100 billion annually and it's expected to double in the next decade too (an increase attributed to more demand for lavish funerals). ]

Also of mention would be the cost of professional mourners
[SFW] [people] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Plate Echo - The Greatest Studio Effect Of All Time!

quote [ Get out your good headphones and prepare to experience the awesome sound of plate echo through this 1980 vintage Ecoplate II! ]

Interesting info on classic music production. You can complement it with listening to the Reverberation surf music podcast.
[SFW] [music] [+5]
[by Paracetamol@7:35pmGMT] [0 comments]

Still Farther South: Poe and Pym’s Suggestive Symmetries

quote [ In 1838, as the United States began its Exploring Expedition to the South Seas, Edgar Allan Poe published a novel that masqueraded as a travelogue. John Tresch guides us along this strange trip southward, following the pull of its unfathomable mysteries. ]

In a south sea garden of paradise
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 19 June 2021

New York congressman puts forward federal right-to-repair bill

quote [ The proposed federal-level legislation, though, would compel original equipment manufacturers to provide consumers and independent businesses access to the tools, schematics, and parts required to fix broken devices. ]

I love fix stuff! Repair schematics make me ecstatic.

[SFW] [politics] [+4 Good]
[by endopol@6:31amGMT] [9 comments]

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