Somm is a fantastic documentary, following four candidates who are working towards passing the incredibly difficult and demanding Master Sommelier exam. Since its inception about 40 years ago, there are less than 200 have ever passed. Liz and I were watching this on Netflix, and by the time the actual exam rolled around… it was absolutely gripping. It was a…
Today, I happened across a post titled Game Theory is Really Counterintuitive, and found myself returning to the examples throughout the day.
With those two pieces, you should now be able to set up a pretty sweet (and relaxing) screensaver. Watching your computer slip into standby mode has never been this relaxing! And I’m guessing you’ll be so mesmerized by the footage… you might never want to wake your computer up ever again.
“You can’t just be a good ice climber. You can’t just be good at altitude. You can’t just be a good rock climber. It’s defeated so many good climbers and maybe will defeat everybody for all time. Meru isn’t Everest. On Everest you can hire Sherpas to take most of the risks. This is a whole different kind of climbing.”
Musician Martin Molin (a member of the band Wintergatan) created a fantastic device that’s powered by 2000 marbles. The device handles percussion, xylophone, and bass, all the while recycling a torrent of marbles that makes the machine seem less like an instrument… and more like an entity with its own circulation.
Usually when someone yells out the name of a famous person at me, it’s done out of provocation: Bruce Lee, Mr. Miyagi, that sort of thing. When someone yells a name at me, I immediately tense up and prepare myself for some kind of altercation. But somewhere around 2013… strangers started coming up to me thinking I was Steve Aoki.
“We also need a murder robot that can drive and kill… all the cats and dogs that are pooping all over your nice, Scandinavian, white floors.”
On arriving, we met the newest addition to my sister’s family: Layla. She tended to bark a lot when first meeting us, but warmed up soon after. She was super sweet and got a lot of attention from me and Liz during our stay.
Starting with pure sugar and cinnamon oil heated to over 300 degrees, the video follows the process from start to end. It looks a little gooey and gross at points, but it’s super cool to watch.
It’s a little over the top at the start, but… stick with it. I love when they break character, and my absolute favorite moments are the death scenes (particularly in the second and third videos). I started crying laughing during those.
I’m not sure what this is, but it’s delightful. When you watch, make sure to click on the CC icon to turn on subtitles, because they totally make the video…
At that precise moment, I feel that Road House becomes a completely different movie. From here on out, things get incredibly violent incredibly quickly. Dalton (literally) rips out Jimmy’s throat, we start seeing all manner of firearms, and people start dying at regular intervals.
“Despite its big brain and weird eyes, the cuttlefish is colorblind. Which is curious because it is a color magician of the deep. Like a lactose-intolerant cheesemaker, the cuttlefish is unaware of its own gifts.”
Liz and I wasted the day today. Totally. Utterly. I mean… we literally spent the day in bed, watching TV. The few times we took breaks were to go to the bathroom, and maybe to get some snacks. But I’d estimate we spent about 90% of the day in the same spot. Conserving calories and killing brain cells.