A surreal and supremely inane compendium of miscellaneous knowledge, Vol 16

Mark Frauenfelder:

Comics Journal readers pick their favorite lurid covers. (some NSFW) Link


NYT on the “simulation argument”: “if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.” Link


Reason’s Hit & Run blog on the trend of banning plastic bags and bottles as a way to conserve oil: “The US currently uses 20 million barrels of oil per day. First we’re going to ban plastic bags, slicing away a giant 0.16% of that consumption. Now, bring on the plastic bottle ban, slashing a full 0.02% from the oil guzzling. Take that, global warming!”(numbers updated) Link


Video: Yogic “flying” Link

Photo gallery shows what happens to bacon and egg sealed into plastic boxes for a year. Link

Excellent casemod: “I’ve modified an old newspaper vending box to deliver the latest headlines to my living room each morning, and I don’t even have to fumble around for quarters. The digital newsstand is powered by a Mac Mini 1.42 GHz G4, connected to a 17″ LG Flatron monitor. It runs an AppleScript that generates a slideshow of newspaper front page images using PhotoPresenter.” Link (Thanks,
Josh
!)

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