Thursday, April 26, 2018

Housing

America doesn't have enough affordable housing, and certainly not enough low-income housing. I was struck by the juxtaposition of these two stories, side-by-side on the front page of Digg this morning. The Seattle eviction story is here. The Ben Carson story is at the Washington Post, which means I can't read it without paying, but here is a CNN version of the story. The proposed rules are not as draconian as the pictured headline implies, but it's an extra burden on those who cannot afford what they pay already.

I know a woman who was paying $400 a month in rent on a monthly income of $640. One unexpected expense, and she lost her apartment. I drove her to a homeless shelter yesterday, which has a spot, but it's twenty miles from her bank and her mailbox, and the housing authority won't have anything for several months at least.  

Honk

Ride a Bike



This unbranded PSA asks, why anyone would put up with the headache of traffic when you could ride a bike? It's cheaper, more fun, and you can get in shape doing it. If someone asked me, I'd say, why do either when I can just stay at home or walk somewhere? Still, it's a neat video. (via Laughing Squid)

Miss Cellania's Links

Why Restaurants Love Buffets Even More Than You Do. While you get all you can eat, they profit in several ways.

Kate Middleton’s Postpartum Look Sums Up Our Untenable Expectations for Women. Seven hours after the prince was a born, she was posing for pictures.

When the U.S. Kept Losing Nuclear Bombs. Some are still out there, waiting to be found someday.

Play Saturn's Rings Like a Harp. An image of the rings from the Cassini probe has been linked to harp sounds, so you can pluck them with your mouse. (via Metafilter)

How the Trump Show Gets Old. Ratings on The Apprentice went down every year, but then as now, Trump still reaps the benefits.  

Woman Who Looks Like Trump Goes Viral In Spain. Dolores Leis Antelo is a farmer who is more interested in raising potatoes than building a wall. (via The Daily Dot)

Feed the World With Bad Music: The Wacky World of Charity Singles. There have been a lot more of them than you realized.

Mitchel Wu Has a Lot of Toys. They are the subjects of his photographs, placed in unexpected settings in odd combinations that show us another side to life as a pop culture icon toy.

Decoding My Pup's DNA. More evidence that mutts are the best.

Tia Freeman tells incredible story of how she used YouTube videos to carry out the waterbirth of her baby while alone in hotel room. (via Metafilter)

Tony

(via Fark)

Covering the Hot Tub



A woman in Colorado is trying to put the cover on her hot tub. But it's a very windy day, and Mother Nature is working against her. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day


(via The Daily Dot)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

That's Not How Breathalyzers Work

True Facts About the Frog Fish



It's been quite some time since we've seen a "True Facts" video from Ze Frank -years, in fact. He's back with a introduction to the frogfish, a tropical relative of the anglerfish. The frogfish is not only ugly, it comes in a variety of ugliness. You'd better believe that Ze Frank has plenty to say about that ugliness. They're kind of clumsy, too. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Video Store

(via reddit)

World Penguin Day



Today is World Penguin Day! Just ask Benedict Cumberbatch. He should just say "woggin." It's a good time to learn some things about penguins. For example, I knew that emperor penguins were the largest species, but I never thought about what a four-foot bird would be like up close. That's almost to my shoulder! So, in the picture above, piper Gilbert Kerr is about eight feet tell, or else that bird is some other penguin species. There are plenty of other things to learn about penguins, like

5. Fossils place the earliest penguin relative at some 60 million years ago, meaning an ancestor of the birds we see today survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

6. Penguins ingest a lot of seawater while hunting for fish, but a special gland behind their eyes—the supraorbital gland—filters out the saltwater from their blood stream. Penguins excrete it through their beaks, or by sneezing.
See more facts about penguins at Mental Floss.

Hush, Child

A Bad Lip Reading of Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional Testimony



The people behind Bad Lip Reading have gotten really good at what they do. In this retelling of Mark Zuckerberg's (or Bojane Bugabe's) congressional testimony, the lips match what they're "saying" perfectly, while the dialogue actually make sense in that setting. And it's funny. They had a ton of material to work with, and they made the most of it. (via reddit)


Miss Cellania's Links

The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History. It took a huge team of professionals to pull it off.

The Mountain Man Who Outran His Captors Barefoot and Naked. John Colter had to think fast to escape Blackfoot country.

A Program to Guide You to College Success. First-generation college students do much better when they have personal guidance from trained counselors.

When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm. He only knew eight words, but was the hit of the vaudeville circuit.

The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale. Dr. Joy Reidenberg shares stories from her unique job.

The reality of being a man with dwarfism in 2018. Eugene Grant, who has achondroplasia, explains that ridiculing dwarf bodies isn’t funny: it’s prejudice. (via Metafilter)

1960s Board Games For Girls Were Messed Up.

5 Insane Small-Town News Stories You Need To Know About.


Beanbag

(via Fark)

"Alfred Matthew Yankovic"



Michael William Hunter was impressed with "The Hamilton Polka" and came up with the idea of doing the opposite -a song about Weird Al, set to the tune of "Alexander Hamilton." It's the story of Yankovic's life, and it works really well. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Keep Looking

An Honest Trailer for The Incredible Hulk



With Avengers: Infinity War coming out this weekend, Screen Junkies looked back in their records to see if there are any Marvel movies they haven't done an Honest Trailer for yet, and The Incredible Hulk drew the short stick. It was ten years ago that we met this incarnation of the Hulk, back when Bruce Banner was played by Ed Norton -remember that? A lot has changed since then. True Marvel fans won't be surprised by anything in this Honest Trailer, but they may enjoy a nostalgic look back that reminds us of how many movies we've watched since The Incredible Hulk


Reasonable Explanation

(via reddit)