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29 Jan 21:10

A supermassive black hole is really, really big

by Minnesotastan

In the schematic image above, there is a little dot in the center for size compairson.

That's not the earth.   That's our entire solar system.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space."
Discussed at the Space subreddit.
29 Jan 21:05

The seven "social sins"

by Minnesotastan
  • Wealth without work. 
  • Pleasure without conscience. 
  • Knowledge without character. 
  • Commerce without morality. 
  • Science without humanity. 
  • Religion without sacrifice. 
  • Politics without principle. 
Published by Gandhi in 1925.
Regarding "politics without principle", Gandhi said having politics without truth(s) to justly dictate the action creates chaos, which ultimately leads to violence. Gandhi called these missteps "passive violence," ‘which fuels the active violence of crime, rebellion, and war.’ He said, "We could work 'til doomsday to achieve peace and would get nowhere as long as we ignore passive violence in our world."

Politics is literally defined as, "The struggle in any group for power that will give one or more persons the ability to make decisions for the larger group."
29 Jan 21:04

A Dr. Seuss cartoon about refugees and immigration (1941)

by Minnesotastan

Discussed and explained at Snopes.
29 Jan 21:04

Apparently it's no longer safe to say the word "yes" on the telephone.

by Minnesotastan
What kind of #*@!# world are we creating for ourselves?
It’s not a Verizon commercial: If you receive a phone call from someone asking “can you hear me,” hang up. You’re a potential victim in the latest scam circulating around the U.S.

Virginia police are now warning about the scheme, which also sparked warnings by Pennsylvania authorities late last year. The “can you hear me” con is actually a variation on earlier scams aimed at getting the victim to say the word “yes” in a phone conversation. That affirmative response is recorded by the fraudster and used to authorize unwanted charges on a phone or utility bill or on a purloined credit card...

But how can you get charged if you don’t provide a payment method? The con artist already has your phone number, and many phone providers pass through third-party charges.

In addition, the criminal may have already collected some of your personal information -- a credit card number or cable bill, perhaps -- as the result of a data breach. When the victim disputes the charge, the crook can then counter that he or she has your assent on a recorded line.  
More details on what to do if you've been victimized and how to dispute the claims at CBS News.

I believe I received one of these calls this past week.  The caller (to my private cell which is not a publicly known number) started by saying he was calling in response to my job application.  I denied such and he replied "Can you hear me ok?"  My response was "you've either got the wrong number or you are spamming me" and I disconnected.

Scum.

AddendumSnopes indicates that this has not yet been proven to be a working scam.
27 Jan 23:34

Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector

On the other hand, the refractor's limited light-gathering means it's unable to make out shadow people or the dark god Chernabog.
27 Jan 02:37

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Theory of Awful TV

by tech@thehiveworks.com


Click here to go see the bonus panel!

Hovertext:
This theory does not apply to comics.

New comic!
Today's News:

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26 Jan 19:55

Belgian Parliament Decides to Keep Serving Itself Free [?] Beer

by Kevin

In what seems like a very unsurprising development, Belgian lawmakers have rejected a proposal that would have closed the parliament’s open bar. See Belgian MPs to keep free alcohol in parliament,” POLITICO (quoting “Parlement weigert eigen alcoholgebruik aan te paaken,” Nieuwsblad (Jan. 20, 2017)).

The MPs have been provided with free beer and wine since the late 1990s, a practice that reportedly started when the leadership got tired of trying to roust the MPs out of local bars whenever a vote was scheduled. Nieuwsblad quoted former speaker Herman De Croo as taking credit for this; although it’s kind of funny in Google translation it might be even funnier in the original Dutch, which is one of those languages that an English-speaker can sometimes get the gist of by saying it out loud, and then laughing. (I’m also providing my re-translation of Google’s translation.)

Tot dan gingen veel parlementsleden tijdens de debatten iets drinken in de cafés rond het parlement. (At the time, MPs would go drinkin’ in de cafés around Parliament during the debates.) In drie of vier cafés was zelfs een bel geïnstalleerd die afging toen de stemming ­begon. (In three or four cafés, they had even installed a bell that would go off when the voting began.) Om daar een einde aan te maken, heb ik wijn en bier ter ­beschikking gesteld in de koffiekamer. (To put an end to that, I had wine and beer provided in the coffee room.) Dan gingen de Kamer­leden automatisch ook minder drinken, omdat de sociale controle groter werd. (Then the MPs would mind der drinkin’ anyway, because social pressure was greater. Word!)

The parliament’s ethics committee, though, suggested that at least some MPs have not been  minden der drinken, and that some of them have in fact become “quite unpleasant” as a result. Although the report refers to “incidents” (plural), the only one mentioned is an allegedly racist remark made by one MP to a colleague. Alcohol is a major cause of these incidents, the committee concluded, saying that stricter rules might be necessary. One of their proposals, of course, was to close the open bar, which they speculated might increase the quality of debates.

But parliamentary leaders, at least, decided they didn’t like that idea one bit. “We’re not getting into the question of alcohol,” said current speaker Siegfried Bracke, saying he didn’t think the remark mentioned above had anything to do with that. The so-called probleem van alcohol, he said, is actually onbestaande (nonexistent). So, good news for parliamentary drinkers, bad news for local cafés.

Belgium is by no means the only nation that has been embarrassed by drunken lawmakers. (In the U.S. even the sober ones are embarrassing.) In 2012, we learned that there are at least four bars in the House of Commons, which offer cheap although not free drinks to MPs. Restrictions were also being considered at that time, after one MP admitted he was “too drunk to vote” on the 2010 budget and another headbutted two of his rivals while “hammered on red wine.” I don’t know how that debate came out (though I can guess), nor do I know whether the Australians ever installed breathalyzers, as some demanded a while back. See Breath Tests Demanded for Australian Legislators” (Dec. 16, 2008) (quoting one MP as stating “I subsequently put it to former minister Brown late last night that there are ‘too many reports of you in your underwear for me to ignore'”).

But I think we can probably guess.


UPDATE: Belgian sources report that while the leadership has firmly rejected the idea of a ban on alcohol in parliament, it looks like MPs may have to pay something from now on. See, e.g., “Gedaan met gratis alcohol voor parlementsleden [Done with free alcohol for MPs],” HLN [(Jan. 25); “Kamerleden zullen in het vervolg moeten betalen voor hun pintje [MPs will have to pay in the future for their beer],” De Redactie (Jan. 25). The HLN report quotes Bracke as saying that the decision has been made “in principle” but the details—namely what MPs would have to pay—are still to be worked out. My guess is that they will vote themselves some kind of a subsidy, like in the House of Commons, but I think that’s a pretty good guess.

26 Jan 19:50

Please Be A Joke Please Be A Joke Please Be A Joke...

by Jen
Luke.stirling

Order yours now from Dunning-Kruger Cake Decorators! Save up to 0.5% if you mention this ad. Act now. Supplies are limited (as it takes me ages to do even the simplest cakes).

A couple of eagle-eyed wreckporters found a local ad I think you'll agree speaks for itself:

"Top of the line," "cakes start at $200," and "no rude comments"?

Yep, nothing I can add here.

But in case you were wondering, "Just how long is Minnie's chin??" It's this long:

All yours for the low, low prices of TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS. And that's a U.S. ad, so sadly there's no chance of a foreign exchange rate that equals out to "I'm Make Cakes" paying YOU a few bucks, which we all know would be the only reasonable price.

 

Thanks, Beth M. & Mandi J.! Now, why the long face?

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25 Jan 01:34

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24 Jan 19:09

This Fernsehturm can make any LEGO micropolis look like tiny Berlin

by Alexander

“Aha, that tower again” my friends mumble rolling their eyes each time I tell them about one of the most famous and unusual towers in the world. Fernsehturm Berlin – which we’ve already seen in the LEGO Architecture Berlin 21027 – has a very distinctive shape and Υubnub perfectly captures it at 1:650 scale.

Berlin TV tower 1/650

Technically speaking, the tower itself has a pretty plain exterior of concrete and a sphere of steel in the middle. So what makes this build especially good is a couple of buildings on the ground, including a remarkably well executed Pavilion at the base of the tower. Garnished with a several very original varieties of micro trees, this small diorama is ready to shape a perfect skyline of any LEGO micropolis.

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23 Jan 19:33

Phone Numbers

Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.
23 Jan 19:29

China Bans Unauthorized VPN Services in Internet Crackdown

by Andy

blocked-censorWhile the Internet is considered by many to be the greatest invention of modern time, to others it presents a disruptive influence that needs to be controlled.

Among developed nations nowhere is this more obvious than in China, where the government seeks to limit what citizens can experience online. Using technology such as filters and an army of personnel, people are routinely barred from visiting certain websites and engaging in activity deemed as undermining the state.

Of course, a cat-and-mouse game is continuously underway, with citizens regularly trying to punch through the country’s so-called ‘Great Firewall’ using various techniques, services, and encryption technologies. Now, however, even that is under threat.

In an announcement yesterday from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the government explained that due to Internet technologies and services expanding in a “disorderly” fashion, regulation is needed to restore order.

“In recent years, as advances in information technology networks, cloud computing, big data and other applications have flourished, China’s Internet network access services market is facing many development opportunities. However, signs of disorderly development show the urgent need for regulation norms,” MIIT said.

In order to “standardize” the market and “strengthen network information security management,” the government says it is embarking on a “nationwide Internet network access services clean-up.” It will begin immediately and continue until March 31, 2018, with several aims.

All Internet services such as data centers, ISPs, CDNs and much-valued censorship-busting VPNs, will need to have pre-approval from the government to operate. Operating such a service without a corresponding telecommunications business license will constitute an offense.

“Internet data centers, ISP and CDN enterprises shall not privately build communication transmission facilities, and shall not use the network infrastructure and IP addresses, bandwidth and other network access resources…without the corresponding telecommunications business license,” the notice reads.

It will also be an offense to possess a business license but then operate outside its scope, such as by exceeding its regional boundaries or by operating other Internet services not permitted by the license. Internet entities are also forbidden to sub-lease to other unlicensed entities.

In the notice, VPNs and similar technologies have a section all to themselves and are framed as “cross-border issues.”

“Without the approval of the telecommunications administrations, entities can not create their own or leased line (including a Virtual Private Network) and other channels to carry out cross-border business activities,” it reads.

The notice, published yesterday, renders most VPN providers in China illegal, SCMP reports.

Only time will tell what effect the ban will have in the real world, but in the short-term there is bound to be some disruption as entities seek to license their services or scurry away underground.

As always, however, the Internet will perceive censorship as damage, and it’s inevitable that the most determined of netizens will find a way to access content outside China (such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter), no matter how strict the rules.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

23 Jan 19:24

If only vacuuming itself was this good-looking

by Caylin

I vividly remember having to vacuum with one of these things. I hated it. And as much as I despised this particular weekly chore, Andreas Lenader has done a brilliant job bringing this monstrosity to life.

The main portion of the vacuum is smooth, well done, and has a short cord to fully irritate you when you try and go from room to room. I particularly like the wall-plug detail, and the ribbed hose works perfect!

Vacuum cleaner

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22 Jan 23:27

"Mechanically stabilized earth" is more interesting than it sounds

by Minnesotastan

With a tip of the blogging hat/helmet to reader Platoni.
22 Jan 10:40

Piracy is Theft! Classic Anti-Piracy Ads From the ’90s

by Ernesto

piracytheftEvery now and then it can be quite amusing to look back at some of the anti-piracy campaigns deployed by rightholders in the past. Especially, when contrasted with newer initiatives.

Last week we reported on a new UK campaign where suspected pirates will get an “educational alert” in the mail if they are ‘caught’ sharing infringing content using BitTorrent.

The initiative breaks with the more aggressive traditions of scaring pirates with high fines, and rewarding snitches who tell on them, although there are still some remnants of this around.

How different was this in the early ’90s when the (now defunct) European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) ran a controversial series of ads, warning pirates of potential jail time.

piracywarn

In an attempt to connect with a predominantly young audience, ELSPA also promoted a series of cartoon PSAs in UK computer magazines.

These ads informed readers that “piracy is theft” and encouraged them to report suspicious behavior to the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST). In return, the informants could look forward to a £1,000 reward.

piratecartoon1

The cartoons showed teens how they could report suspicious software sellers at a local market, or even teachers who dare to allow students to make copies.

piratecartoon2

Or what about friends, who ‘gang up’ on people so they can score a sizable reward? It was all possible, if the cartoons were to believed.

piratecartoon3

If ELSPA’s goal was to be noticed, the ads were definitely successful. Soon after the first ones were placed, angry parents started writing letters to computer magazines, including this one Commodore Format received in the early ’90s.

“I would like to strongly object to the advert which appeared in your magazine,” a concerned parent wrote.

“It encourages young, vulnerable children to think that a phone call will lead to £1,000 very easily. It has caused a lot of ill feeling where I live between boys who were friends and then fell out, and thought this was a way to get back at one boy causing unnecessary upset to the families.”

cf-elspa

ELSPA responded in the magazine and argued that these types of ads were needed to counter the growing threat of piracy. While the organization suggested that the cartoons were instrumental in lowering piracy rates, we now know that it certainly didn’t stop the copying.

Not even SIIA’s Don’t Copy that Floppy!, one of the all-time anti-piracy classics that turns 25 this year, could manage that.

In the years that followed many similar campaigns were launched, some more aggressive than others. And while the “piracy is theft” mantra is still in circulation, the general sense is that a ‘scare approach’ is not all that productive.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the latest UK anti-piracy effort relies more on carrots than sticks. Whether that will be successful has yet to be seen, but it’s certainly less “amusing.”

You know who…
youknowwho

The advertising images published here were sourced from WoS, where you can find some more examples. The Commodore Format scan is courtesy of the CF Archive.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

21 Jan 06:40

Kenworth wrecker in 1:13 scale spares no detail

by Patrick

‘Lifelike’ isn’t a good enough adjective to properly describe this Kenworth K100 wrecker by Dennis Bosman. Built to 1:13 scale, this thing is not just big but beautifully detailed.

Kenworth K100 wrecker

At such scale, the little details really come to life. We can see how much painstaking effort was put into creating such an accurate model. I could go on and on about everything to love here, but a few details really stand out, like the fuel tanks, cab striping and the radiator build on an offset. Oh, and all those lovely chrome bits. And the liftable cab, exposing the nicely detailed engine. And, well, everything else, too. Can you tell I’m in love?

Kenworth K100 wrecker

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19 Jan 23:32

Record low water levels in Venice

by Minnesotastan

As Venice works on the €5.4 billion 'Mose' floodgate to counteract the eventual effects of rising sea levels, they face an interim problem of record low water levels.
The exceptionally water levels have been caused by abnormal tides this year, combined with drastically reduced winter precipitation rates across northeastern Italy... The drop in water levels has prevented some of the city's gondolas and vaporetti, or water buses, from navigating in some of the smaller canals. On Christmas Eve, the low tide even grounded the mayor's speedboat.
The low water is exposing the city's less attractive underside: garbage and crumbling infrastructure.  And I'll bet it's fragrant:
Historically, all waste produced by humans have been dumped into the canals although larger buildings are required to carry some kind of sewage treatment before dumping the filthy stuff into the canals. Some palazzos have their own septic tanks but there is always a certain amount of leakage, lending Venice its characteristic and at times overpowering stench.
The scavenger in me, however, imagines the excellent opportunity for mudlarking.


Think of the generations of artifacts that have been lost into the canals, the wedding rings tossed away, the rings and brooches.  But it looks like mostly forks.

Related: Mudlarking and Love tokens retrieved from the mud of the Thames.
17 Jan 19:21

Delivery of a cute LEGO cat called Jiji [Instructions]

by Elspeth De Montes

Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced, written, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The film’s protagonist Kiki is a trainee witch who has a black cat called Jiji as her best friend, and CK HO has built a fantastically cute LEGO version of Jiji the cat. Like most cats, Jiji has a lot of personality,  but the English-dubbed version of the film showed Jiji with a cynical and sarcastic attitude as opposed to cautious and conscientious in the original Japanese.

JiJi the black cat

We loved Jiji so much here at TBB that we asked CK to make some instructions and he very kindly obliged to allow us all to have a best friend called Jiji.

JIJI_PART LIST

JIJI_BODY_01

JIJI_BODY_02

JIJI_BODY_03

JIJI_HEAD_01

JIJI_HEAD_02

JIJI_HEAD_03

I get the feeling that this LEGO cat is more of a cautious and conscientious type but cats are notoriously hard to read.  Perhaps underneath that gently cross-eyed kitty’s cautious exterior some caustic sarcastic wit is waiting to come out.

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17 Jan 19:13

Recycling wind turbine blades

by Minnesotastan

It's not easy -
Unfortunately, one of the largest components of a wind turbine —the blades— are completely unrecyclable.

Turbine blades are made from glass or carbon-fiber composites. These materials are strong, lightweight and has a significant aerodynamic advantage, but they are nearly impossible to recycle. Hence, at the end of their lifecycle, most of these blades end up as waste on landfills. According to one estimate, there will be 50,000 tons of blade waste in 2020, which will rise to more than 200,000 tons by 2034.

The current scenario is grim. There is only one industrial enterprise that recycles end-of-life turbine blades, and that’s in Melbeck, in northern Germany...

In 2007, the Rotterdam municipality unveiled a playground for Kinderparadijs Meidoorn built out of rotor blades that were originally destined for landfills...
The city also has public seating at the Willemsplein square where nine intact rotor blades were placed at various angles to create ergonomic public seating with a diversity of seating options...
The rest of the story is at Amusing Planet.

Photo credit: Denis Guzzo/Flickr
16 Jan 19:00

Are These Boobs? Do I Censor This? WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING HERE

by Jen

Minions, all I know about today's cake is that it was for a shower. I'm guessing a baby shower? Though I suppose it could have been for a bridal shower. Heck, this thing's weird enough it could have been for an actual wrap-up-your-hair-and-grab-the-back-loofah shower. I have no idea, is what I'm saying.

Also, can nipples be yellow? I only ask because I don't know if I should censor this thing or not. I mean, maybe those aren't nipples at all, maybe they're... [head tilt]... little sombreros. On cantaloupes. Being held in a purple neck sling thingie.

Which brings me to another issue: is the purple thing supposed to be a bra? Because news flash, baker: bras don't work like that. AT ALL.

Oh yeah, I guess I should show you all the cake, huh? You're probably asking, "Jen, are we there yet?" Which is funny, you asking it that way, because that brings me to the final weird bit:

...are we WHERE yet? Who's asking? What does that have to do with sombrero-wearing cantaloupes in a neck sling? How is any of this shower related? Is this real life? WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE??

[sits back down]
[pats hair into place]

Ahem.

Well, thanks, Cindy W., for leaving us with only questions. I look forward to everyone's myriad hypotheses - and sketches of sombrero-wearing cantaloupes - in the comments.

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16 Jan 01:35

The 12 Most Scenic Train Trips In the World

by Patrick Allan

Traveling by train is one of the simplest ways to get around, and it can also be the most photogenic. These 12 routes from around the world are so visually striking you’ll be glued to your railroad car’s window for the entire trip.

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16 Jan 01:34

Use the Fibonacci Sequence to Quickly Convert Between Miles and Kilometers

by Eric Ravenscraft

Math has tons of fascinating quirks. For example, if you want to convert between miles and kilometers, you can use the Fibonacci sequence to make a conversion with a stunning degree of accuracy.

Read more...

15 Jan 23:14

Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain), Peru

by Minnesotastan

Located just 3 hours from Cusco, but comparatively unknown until recent years when climate change caused the overlying snow to melt and reveal the colorful formation.  More photos at Google Images.

Further discussion and relevant links at the EarthPorn subreddit. 

Tip: "there are locals with horses that charge $20-30 to take you to the top."  Useful to know because the hike begins at an altitude of 14,000 feet and rises to 17,000 feet where the above photo was taken.
13 Jan 19:46

I want you to show all the kids how you eat your broccoli!Like...

Luke.stirling

I'm not sure telling a parrot what it likes is an effective strategy. If I could say anything about the interests of this corella, I'd say that what it really enjoys is the drama.



I want you to show all the kids how you eat your broccoli!

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13 Jan 08:59

We’re in the pipe, five by five

by Jonathan

First there was Blacktron in 1987, then there was Blacktron II in 1991. Now Luc Byard may have created Blacktron 3.0 with this awesome updated Blacktron landing pad. His ship “Aerial Intruder” sits on the octagonal landing gantry with alien hieroglyphs. Sitting atop four carefully constructed legs on a tidy base with realistic  moon surface pocked with brick-built craters.

Blacktron Landing Pad 01

The whole construction took over a year to complete (6 months for the ship and 7 months for the pad). When you see the level of complexity and details that have gone into this incredible creation you can understand why.

Blacktron Landing Pad 07 Main Computer ext

Here Blacktron astronauts are busy looking over pre-flight checks at various computer terminals around the “Aerial Intruder” while another climbs into the deployment buggy.

Blacktron Landing Pad 05

Luc pays homage using traditional Blacktron colors while adding on his flare and style to create this masterpiece.

Blacktron Landing Pad: Legs

In the builder’s words, “Putting it on legs was ambitious and a royal pain in every conceivable way, but was worth it.”

It certainly was!

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12 Jan 08:18

Depths Of Love

by Robot Hugs

New comic!

Ugh, laundry. Woo, love! Life is full of contrasts.

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12 Jan 01:35

Good Reason to Kill #66: Took a Bite of Your Grilled-Cheese Sandwich

by Kevin

So I’m working on some stuff about the Emoluments Clause, the anti-nepotism law, and property rights in space, and, I mean, all very interesting, of course, but sometimes you just want to quickly mention that a dude ended up in a standoff with police because somebody took a bite out of his grilled-cheese sandwich.

Certainly many of you wanted me to mention it, and far be it from me to ignore popular demand.

According to many reports (here’s one in Time magazine), a 55-year-old Maryland man started shooting on Sunday after his wife allegedly sank her teeth into his sandwich, thus ruining the geometric perfection and golden goodness of at least one of the two triangular treats. Neither Time‘s article nor the police report says who made the sandwich or otherwise explain the circumstances under which the bite was taken. I think we can assume she acted without consent, express or implied.

Some people apparently believe, it seems, that permission to nibble on someone else’s food without asking is inherent at least in any medium-to-long-term relationship (not that this sort of thing bothers me, of course), but I think this case shows the problem with relying only on implied consent. I’m not saying you need to get it in writing, it’s just polite to ask. So, you know, some irritation is understandable, it seems to me.

What’s not okay is to then go down into the basement, grab a weapon and start firing up through the kitchen floor in order to retaliate for sandwich infringement. We can all agree, I hope, that this represents a disproportionate response to the offense.

Happily, neither the wife nor the couple’s children—who were also in the house at the time—were injured by any of the four shots. (In an excellent example of police prose, the report says that “gunshots, the projectiles of which”—sometimes known as “bullets”—”came through the kitchen floor.”) They fled the house, the wife called police, and the sandwich-related standoff began. Although the police called in a SWAT team, because this is apparently necessary whenever something happens, even though regular police have guns too and are perfectly capable of killing people with them if necessary, or even if not all that necessary, they did not in fact kill this guy. Luckily for him, he was not carrying a weapon when he came out of the house after three hours, and police subdued him with pepper balls.

The man appeared subdued after his arrest

Among other things, possibly, based on his mugshot.

I have often criticized police brutality, but given that this guy was reportedly shooting at his family over a grilled-cheese sandwich, had multiple weapons that he’s not allowed to have because of prior convictions, was wearing at least an ammunition bag when he came outside, and reportedly had a loaded rifle with a chambered round just inside the front door, a pop in the eye in the course of ending this matter doesn’t seem at all unreasonable.

Now that I look back over the previous 65 Reasons, I notice (again) that several of them were food-related disputes. But they mostly involved somebody trying to bogart all servings (or the last serving) of something, not an infringement of this nature. And the only food-related dispute I can recall that turned into an armed standoff was the 2011 incident triggered by Beefy Crunch Burritos (although for some reason I didn’t put that in the GRTK category). But that was a price dispute, so not at all the same thing.

Each case must be judged on its own merits, you see.

10 Jan 20:11

That's not what I meant...

by Minnesotastan

From the archives of The New Yorker.
10 Jan 20:09

A revised "Girl's Life" cover

by Minnesotastan
Putting her graphic skills to work, in just a few minutes, Katherine [Young] swapped out the cover girl for Olivia Hallisey, the 2015 Google Science Fair Grand Prize winner, and photoshopped in some new, inspired and empowering headlines. The result? A magazine cover that offers girls better alternatives to tips on how to “Wake up Pretty.”
Background and more commentary (and a larger view of the revised cover) at Women You Should Know.
10 Jan 00:24

See? Not Just An American Thing

by john (the hubby of Jen)

And now, for a little international flair, here's a Cake Wreck all the way from Norway. We begin with a guy ordering a cake for his coworker, Arnold:

(The original article is written in Norwegian, so I've put this conversation through Google Translate.)
"Can I please order a marzipan cake?"
"That's fine. What is the name on it?"
"Yes it will be Arnold 60 years. Happy Birthday."
"Arne 60..."
"No. Arnold!"
"Arna?"
"No! Arnold like in 'Arnold Schwarzenegger.'"
"Oh... huh. Arnold like in 'Arnold Schwarzenegger?'"
"Yes."
"Are you sure."
"Yes in heaven's name. You shall write it as said!!! Yeah, print it! In a hurry!"

 

I want to believe Google Translate is completely accurate and this is exactly how Norwegians talk.
Because that would be hilarious. (Shhh, let me have this, Europe.)

Okay. Here's the cake in all its Norwegian glory:

 

Thanks, Karl E. - and hey, come with me... if you want to eat.

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