the deep breathing was my pr0n running in the background...
Friday, 20 July 2018

Community Plumbing: A History of the Hardware Store

quote [ Let’s hear it for the neighborhood hardware store. Here, amidst the nuts and bolts, we cultivate the potential to order things, places, communities, politics, and values — we might even say, to build and repair worlds. ]

There's a great big purple sign out front
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@4:27amGMT] [0 comments]

Americans will soon be able to legally download 3-D printed guns

quote [ Gun-rights activists have reached a settlement with the government that will allow them to post 3-D printable gun plans online starting August 1. ]

What could possibly go wrong?
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+4 Interesting]
[by satanspenis666@2:15amGMT] [7 comments]

Thursday, 19 July 2018

SE Digest: Volume 42 (What's Brevity? Episode)

quote [ Had a little problem with opiates when I was a teenager. And by little I mean I overdosed on them. ]

[NOTE: This was recorded on July 14th, but due to connection error issues in Japan I could not post until today.]

The answer to life, the universe, and everything is not to be found in this episode. Instead, hear me share experiences of my first week in Japan, proffer thoughts on the culture, and tell of an unexpected romance that occurred. A bit of SE talk on drugs and nutrition, but mostly this is a ME ME ME episode. Thanks for listening.

Photos of my trip thus far in extended.

[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+2 Interesting]
[by JWWargo@11:48pmGMT] [2 comments]

URBAN GEYSER steam pipes that power NYC. And one just exploded

quote [ A steam pipe exploded as the work day began in New York City July 19, opening a hole in the busy Flatiron District of Manhattan and sending steam spewing several stories into the sky...New York City is home to the largest steam-power system in the world, first set up in the 1880s. Beneath the streets, 105 miles of pipes snake from five steam generating plants to 2,000 of the city’s buildings, providing heating and cooling. Restaurants and hospitals use that same steam to disinfect things. In the winter, when demand for steam heat is highest, 10 million pounds of steam move through the system per hour, according to Con Edison, the city’s electricity and steam utility. ]

From the 1880's to 2018.
[SFW] [environment & nature]
[by yunnaf@9:50pmGMT] [1 comment]

Microsoft says Russia tried to hack three 2018 US midterm candidates

quote [ [Microsoft] has already worked with the US government to foil Russian hacking attempts on three candidates... the hackers targeted the candidates’ staffers with the kind of phishing tactics used to inveigle their way into the Democratic National Committee servers in 2016: They set up a fake Microsoft domain and attempted to direct staffers towards it.

When asked yesterday if he believed Russia was interfering in the US midterms, Trump said: “No.” ]

May one question someone's beliefs?
[SFW] [politics] [+1 WTF]
[by yunnaf@9:44pmGMT] [6 comments]

Just in case you forgot

quote [ Trump: I have no dealing with Russia ]

The bullshit is so deep you can't even see the bull.

Show your Damn Tax returns!

BREAKING: Trump invites Putin for US visit ...WOW

[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by bbqkink@7:49pmGMT] [17 comments]

The history behind the way Americans use forks

quote [ Using a round-ended knife and not having a fork, one would either have made considerable use of the fingers conveying solid foods to the mouth or made do with the spoon. This raises and interesting, if not conjectural, point. Americans often comment that Europeans use their forks “upside down.” ]

Intercontinental dining manners.
[SFW] [food & drink] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:18pmGMT] [8 comments]

Art technicians: The industry's dirty secret, or all part of the process?

quote [ All the work and none of the glory? Or just another job? Art technicians, and the artists who rely on them, open up about what goes on behind-the-scenes in the studio ]

[SFW] [art] [+6 Informative]
[by arrowhen@4:57pmGMT] [3 comments]

Inside the World's Only Chile Pepper Research Institute

quote [ The center has spread spicy knowledge for decades. ]

Now I put the pepper on my tongue
[SFW] [food & drink] [+4 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@2:05amGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

State Supreme Court removes measure to split California into three states from November ballot

quote [ The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to remove the three-state measure from ballot.

In a brief order, the court said it acted “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election.”

The court, meeting in closed session, also agreed to rule eventually on the measure’s constitutionality, a ruling that is likely to go against the initiative. ]

Adios you blatant attempt at large scale gerrymandering. Nice to see cooler heads prevailing on this.
[SFW] [politics] [+5 Good]
[by knumbknutz@9:02pmGMT] [22 comments]

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