Bookmarks (203)

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    Cursed Chair

    The Wirecutter staff called the Herman Miller Siege Perilous "the most cursed product we've ever had...

  • Hamster Ball 2

    The worst is being teased by responsible, mask-wearing teens. They even spritz the hamster ball with...

  • Acceptable Risk

    Good thing I'm not already prone to overthinking everyday decisions!

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    Universal Rating Scale

    There are plenty of finer gradations. I got 'critically endangered/extinct in the wild' on my exam,...

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    Space Basketball

    My shooting will improve over the short term, but over the long term the universe will...

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    Oily House Index

    We're underwater on our mortgage thanks to the low price of water.

  • Five Word Jargon

    My other (much harder) hobby is trying to engineer situations where I have an excuse to...

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    Endorheic Basin

    My biggest fear is that colonial engineers will try to flood me to generate electricity. My...

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    Old Days 2

    The git vehicle fleet eventually pivoted to selling ice cream, but some holdovers remain. If you...

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    Modeling Study

    You've got questions, we've got assumptions.

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    ISO Paper Size Golden Spiral

    The ISO 216 standard ratio is cos(45°), but American letter paper is 8.5x11 because it uses...

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    Low-Background Metal

    The only effect on the history books were a few confusing accounts of something called 'Greek...

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    Millennium Problems

    The hard part about opening a hole in the proof of the Poincaré conjecture is that...

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    Large Number Formats

    10^13.4024: A person who has come back to numbers after a journey deep into some random...

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    Dynamic Entropy

    Despite years of effort by my physics professors to normalize it, deep down I remain convinced...

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    Pinouts

    The other side of USB-C is rotationally symmetric except that the 3rd pin from the top...

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    Hair Growth Rate

    Hourly haircuts would be annoying, but they'd be easier to do yourself, since you'd have adjacent...

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    Eventual Consistency

    Later I'm going to get a head start on the heat bath.

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    Carcinization

    Nature abhors a vacuum and also anything that's not a crab.

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    Wrong Times Table

    Deep in some corner of my heart, I suspect that real times tables are wrong about...

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    mbmbam

    Hello and welcome to Millibar Millibarn Attometer, an advice show for the Planck era.

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    Confidence Interval

    The worst part is that's the millisigma interval.

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    Great Attractor

    Living in the southern hemisphere was nice because I could jump extra high, but I like...

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    X

    The worst is when you run out of monospaced fonts and have to use variable-width variables.

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    Mount St. Helens

    It's a good mountain but it really peaked in the 80s.

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    Alive Or Not

    Computer viruses currently fall somewhere between prions and fire.

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    Common Cold

    Not even metapneumovirus, easily the common cold virus with the coolest name, warrants our sympathy. Colds...

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    Coronavirus Polling

    If you want to see the polling questions we agree on MOST, you can check out...

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    Preprint

    DOWNSIDES: Adobe people may periodically email your newsroom to ask you to call it an 'Adobe®...

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    Error Types

    Type IIII error: Mistaking tally marks for Roman neumerals

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    2020 Google Trends

    As the 'exotic animals in homemade aprons hosting baking shows' YouTube craze reached its peak in...

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    Turtle Sandwich Standard Model

    It's possible the bread and shell can be split into a top and bottom flavor, and...

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    Everyone's an Epidemiologist

    If enough people uphill decide to try the rolling strategy, they can make the decision for...

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    Coronavirus Genome 2

    [moments later, checking phone] Okay, I agree my posting it was weird, but it's somehow even...

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    Coronavirus Genome

    Spellcheck has been great, but whoever figures out how to get grammar check to work is...

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    Use or Discard By

    One of the things of bear spray says that, and I'm not one to disobey safety...

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    Sourdough Starter

    Once the lockdown is over, let's all get together and swap starters!

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    Garbage Math

    'Garbage In, Garbage Out' should not be taken to imply any sort of conservation law limiting...

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    Coronavirus Charts

    Adding data for South Korea but with their cases scaled to match the population of Japan...

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    Thermometer

    I hate how many times you have to press it to get to the system normal...

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    New Sports System

    Under my system, boxing and football suffered, pair figure skating still worked but had to adapt...

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    Homemade Masks

    I'm going to change the sign so the pole is horizontal and the sign is mounted...

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    Scenario 4

    Remember, models aren't for telling you facts, they're for exploring dynamics. This model apparently explores time...

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    Collector's Edition

    I'm sure you can find some suitable worldbuilding material if you scavenge through the archives.

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    Pathogen Resistance

    We're not not trapped in here with the coronavirus. The coronavirus is trapped in here with...

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    6-Foot Zone

    Technically now it's a 34-foot zone.

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    Recurring Nightmare

    Oh thank goodness, I forgot my clothes, so now everyone's looking embarrassed and backing away.

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    Sabotage

    So excited to see everyone after my luxury cruise home from the World Handshake Championships!

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    Exa-Exabyte

    To picture 10^18, just picture 10^13, but then imagine you connect the left side of the...