Month: August 2020

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    The internet speeds up and Greenland melts down.

  • Lennon meets Wilson

    This story of the night John Lennon met Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), told by Alice Cooper is too good not to re-publish. As told by Alice Cooper:   “I was sitting backstage after the 1974 Grammys with Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s lyricist) and John Lennon. This was when Brian was really having some […]

  • Dean Elmore

    Boston University’s Dean Elmore has the unenviable task of leading BU’s student population safely thru the pandemic. He is normally jolly and approachable and, when you meet him, his love of BU is plainly infectious. Here he is taking the plunge into the Charles River after challenging at least 2,011 seniors (more than half the […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    The 71-year old president of Portugal swam out to rescue two women in trouble when their kayak capsized off a beach in the Algarve. Local authorities in the Florida Keys approved a plan to release 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes to prevent the spread of dengue fever and other diseases. Fans of a 2004 video […]

  • Scared Kitty

  • Don’t be UNC

    This year, more than ever, college students returning to campus will be tested. Not only tested for COVID-19 but also tested for their maturity to follow the health guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to other students, their professors, university staff, and the community that hosts them. UNC-Chapel Hill was […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    Three men stranded at a remote island in the Pacific were rescued by the oldest form of communication, an SOS message drawn in the sand. A cat was taken into custody at a high-security Sri Lankan prison for smuggling drugs to inmates (two grams of heroin, SIM cards and a memory chip in a plastic […]

  • Old Film, Transformed

    Two cities, each on the other side of the world, captured on old film which has been digitized, colorized, and upscaled using neural networks to 4k and 60 frames/second. Some of the technical details about what Denis Shiryaev, a YouTuber known for restoring vintage videos does to achieve his magic: 4k upscale – Each frame […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    A man’s Roomba was a bit too helpful when it cheerfully tried to clean up after the dog while he was out and spread dog shit all over his house. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, famous for his refusal to wear a mask, tested positive for the ‘rona during a pre-flight screening for a campaign […]

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