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Don’t worry, I didn’t forget you today. (To be honest, though: I almost did. Long day at work, then went and sat around in the sun a bit to read. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
I’m still laughing about the Juicero. A 400USD WiFi-connected machine that squeezes very expensive juice out of aluminium pouches. Just like this dude I Just Love This Juicero Story So Much: People just squeeze the bags. How dare they. Juicero CEO Begs You: Do NOT Squeeze Our Juice Bags
But you know, it’s not only snark here. There’s even some meta snark about what ~we~ can learn from the whole thing: How Juicero’s Story Set the Company Up for Humiliation
I really liked the whole kottke.org guest host week last week. Mostly because what Tim Carmody collected as best of the web pretty much hits the nerve of old-school web geeks like me.
And then of course there’s the article on Ze Frank’s The Show which was basically a daily vlog before daily vlogs were even a thing. (There was a reboot, which was… underwhelming. But, eh… let’s remember simpler times when an US president Bush was the worst thing we could imagine for the world. And let’s watch the monkey dance. With a free advice by a young pre-fame Chelsea Peretti. Whose brother is now Ze Frank’s boss.)
Finally, an article about a hashtag: #Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement
This is actually a rather interesting and realistic look into what it takes to be a social media influencer these days.
The fact that there are actual real life people who think that this is a good idea is just boggling my mind: We Are Entering the Era of the Brain Machine Interface
It’s bad enough when people have to use some skill to interface with ~the machine~ – do we really want to lower that bar even more?
Toodles! (This is funny: Comedians in Cars Driving Fast & Furiously)
Hello internet friends,
I hope you all had a nice time playing with some eggs this weekend, but here we go – another Monday!
There’s a new Fast and Furious movie and this time it is not about tuna sandwiches. (Or tuner sandwiches. Ha. Ha. Sorry.) But what is it about? Well, some journalists did the maths and now we know:
These Graphics Chart The Decline In Street Races And NOS In Fast And Furious Movies
These days voice is a command line to networked computers. So what Burger King did – hijacking the Google Assistant for a commercial – is basically a hack. Tzk.
(Also, ha, ha, “hack” is also the German word for minced meat. Which is on burgers. I’m sorry. Again.)
Maybe you’re living somewhere where it is still a public holiday today. Then you might have enough time to watch this rather nerdy and very interesting talk about the whole history of emoji and how they work: Emoji for fun and profit
Guess which company sells more than half a million music CDs a month in Indonesia. I bet you didn’t guess KFC, but that’s what is happening: Selling CDs in Indonesia’s KFCs.
Do you want to have more chicken stuff from Indonesia? Well, there is Gereja Ayam, the Abandoned Chicken Church for you. Or maybe you’re more interested in music? Here are some young Indonesian ladies who like to rock: Teenage metal hijabi girl band slays stereotypes, melts faces with funktastic music in Indonesia.
Just read it all the way through: Australian rapper skips dinner bill by swimming off, court told It’s a short as it is amusing.
Hello internet friends!
Spring arrived here in full force so here I am, all doped up on antihistamines and hiding behind my sunglasses.
London Pod People
Self-driving cars might be the future but maybe they future has been around all along: The future of driverless cars is a bus
Mostly it looks like they took the PRTs from Heathrow (wait – weren’t those supposed to be a joke?) and put them on the public roads. Something that’s honestly a pretty good idea. Especially as driverless technology gets better and better.
I’ll be the first to admit – I did not know what a chinese Husband Exhibition might be. Now I know: apparently it’s some kind of festival where the chinese music industry markets their pop stars to a mostly female crowd – as charming enough to be their husband. Some of those pop stars might even be young ladies, who just happen to be very androgynous and (have to) play football: China’s hottest new boy band is actually made up of five androgynous girls.
Give me a ping, Vasili.
Space news! So, mysterious bursts of energy do come from outer space. It is probably just some stupid physics thing but who knows – maybe someone out there is scanning our planet.
Quick, name one of the big artists of our time. You’ll probably not name Pitbull, but that might be a mistake. Because Pitbull Will Live Forever.
Not a headline I expected to read in 2017: The Hippies Have Won. Now before we all cheer and strip naked and run around circles around our VW vans in a cloud of marijuana smoke, let’s be clear: it’s not that the age of aquarius has finally come. It’s just that capitalism managed to co-opt the superficialities of the lifestyle and now granola, kombucha and Birkenstocks have taken over the world.
Well, what a bum trip.
Well, be safe out there. Make sure there are no shards of glass around when you do decide to dance naked around your camper van.
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It’s April 3rd and, wow, luckily it’s not April 1st anymore and the jokes are over. Who likes these things anyway and why are they still around? The Verge is on it. (tl;dr: because brands)
Big Duck News
Last october we learned that big dinosaurs quacked. Now we actually know (for variable values of “know”) how at least one of them looks like: For the first time, we know what Tyrannosaur faces really looked like. Go ahead, click that link. Just for that last paragraph.
Twitter got rid of the eggs. Now before you rejoice, let’s take a break. They didn’t actually get rid of the egg people, they just got them a new icon. Now how clever is that?
On some days interacting with fellow human beings is just so hard. Sometimes these days coincide with days when there is no more food in the kitchen. Ugh. So basically at this point there are two options: actually do grocery shopping or order some food. Both of them require a tiny bit of human interaction.
Well, at least until now – Domino’s and Starship Technologies will deliver pizza by robot in Europe this summer. Honestly the first time I read something that might make me want to move to Hamburg.
As you can imagine, just from that previous section, any article that starts with “Talking to other humans, GOOD or BAD? It’s hard to say for sure.” speaks to me on a deep level. And since I’m a big fan of talking to people by typing (hi!) here we go: Messaging Apps, Ranked
I’m not sure I 100% agree on their results, but it’s a fun read anyway.