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    Mon. 10/25 - Music That Gives You Chills, and Why It Does

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 16:46

    The countercultural witchcraft music of the 1960s, and a study exploring what it is about certain songs that give us a spine-tingling chill. Plus, elephants in Mozambique have evolved to be born without tusks. And the guy who discovered a budget hack for spending just $150 on meals all year: eat every meal at Six Flags.Sponsor:NetSuite, netsuite.com/kottkeLinks:13 Vintage Halloween Songs from the 1910's, 20's, & 30's (History Tea Time with Lindsay Holiday, YouTube)A Look Back at America's Psychedelic Countercultural Witch Music (Atlas Obscura)The Munsters - At Home With The Munsters - Vinyl LP (Rough Trade)Researchers analyzed 700-plus songs known to give people chills. Here's the playlist (Quartz)Songs To Give You Chills playlist (Quartz, Spotify)Tuskless Elephants Escape Poachers, but May Evolve New Problems (NY Times)Poaching drove the evolution of tusk-free elephants (Ars Technica)Meet the Guy Who Spends Just $150 a Year to Eat All His Meals at Six Flags (Mel Magazine)Iron-stomached man discovers savings benefits of eating meals at a Six Flags par (A/V Club)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 10/22 - A Solar Storm Proved the Vikings Visited The Americas Exactly 1000 Years Ago

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 17:12

    Thanks to a collab between trees and the sun, we can now pinpoint an exact year that the Vikings were in North America. Plus, are sirens actually effective tools for emergency vehicles? And why are apples associated with Halloween? Like what is up with apple bobbing?Sponsor:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:Vikings visited North America in 1021 AD, long before Columbus (Syfy)Vikings Were in the Americas Exactly 1,000 Years Ago (NY Times)Sirens: Loud, Ineffective and Risky, Experts Say (NY Times)The Secret, Steamy History Of Halloween Apples (NPR)Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night by Nicholas RogersHow to Tell If Your Onions Are Linked to a Salmonella Outbreak (LifeHacker)Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Onions (CDC)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 10/21 - Using These Memes Is A Red Flag

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 18:28

    Open captions are coming to the big screen as AMC Theaters takes a big step towards accessibility, and a look at captions' growing popularity among the hearing. Plus, how some of the most popular memes are completely inaccessible. And the group of museums who have started an OnlyFans account.Sponsor:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:AMC Is Expanding Its Open Film Captioning Support Across the U.S. (Gizmodo) Do deaf people go to the movies? (Quora)Lauren Ridloff, MCU's First Deaf Hero in 'Eternals,' on Her Superpower (NY Times)AMC to Add Onscreen Captions at Some Locations (NY Times)How to Watch Netflix's Squid Game (or Any Translated Show) With the Right Subtitles (LifeHacker)The Real Reason You Use Closed Captions for Everything Now (Wired, 2018)The red flag meme is a red flag for accessibility (Tech Crunch)Vienna museums have started a fine arts OnlyFans account (A/V Club)Vienna museums open adult-only OnlyFans account to display nudes (The Guardian)Bone up on your math studies with calculus tutorials on Pornhub (A/V Club)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 10/20 - None Pizza With Left Beef: A Slice of History

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 17:30

    A brief history of one of the most famous pizzas on the internet. Surgeons have successfully transplanted a kidney from a genetically-altered pig to a human. And how to watch the Orionid Meteor Shower this week, if the big ol' full moon doesn't get in your way.Sponsor:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:"On this day in history: "None pizza with left beef" was first..." (Adam Quinn, Twitter) The Great Pizza Orientation Test (The Sneeze)None Pizza with Left Beef | Special Delivery Instructions (Know Your Meme)Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of None Pizza With Left Beef (Gizmodo)Sexy None Pizza With Left Beef Halloween Costume (Talia, Twitter)None Pizza With Left Beef's Creator Steve Molaro Interview (Intelligencer)The Truth about None Pizza with Left Beef (Vlogbrothers, YouTube)Pig-to-human transplants come a step closer with new test (AP)In a First, Surgeons Attached a Pig Kidney to a Human — and It Worked (NY Times)October's full Hunter's Moon of 2021 rises tonight! Here's what to expect. (Space.com)Full moon in October will obscure Orionid meteor shower (CNN)Orionid meteor shower 2021: When, where & how to see it (Space.com)Facebook plans to change company name to focus on the metaverse (The Verge)Facebook Plans to Change Its Name Because the Brand is Toxic (A/V Club)A Plague of Nosebleeds Hit Twitch Streamers, But It Was All an Apple TV+ Stunt (Ad Week)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 10/19 - Grand Duke Travis of Westarctica Wants To Save the Planet

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 16:07

    A look at the micronation of Westarctica, whose Grand Duke Travis started a nonprofit arm of the micronation to raise awareness about the consequences of the climate emergency in Western Antarctica. Plus, AstroAccess successfully completed their first zero-g flight with their disability ambassadors, taking an important step towards space accessibility and inclusivity. And, in our latest shortage report: the 12 foot Home Depot Skeletons.Sponsor:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:Westarctica, Antarctica: A Micronation With a Mission (Afar)Micronations in the United States prepare for coronavirus, send messages of goodwill to the American people (Newsweek) Fake Countries Have a Hard Time Dealing with the Pandemic, Too (Wall Street Journal)Westarctica, Land of the Brave (Lyric Video) (Westarctica, YouTube)Disability ambassadors successfully complete Zero-G flight (Space.com) They ordered a 12-foot skeleton online. They got a 12-inch one instead. (Input)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 10/18 - Thank Exoplanets For Your iPhone's Display

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 17:13

    How the push to search for signs of life on exoplanets fueled the development of the technology we use in our latest generation of smartphones. Plus, what your punctuation habits can say about you as a writer––and a new website based on a 2016 art project that allows you to visually analyze those findings. And walruses from space! Sponsor:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:How the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Helped Make Your Smartphone's Screen Possible (Wall Street Journal)NASA Spinoff (NASA)NASA Home & City (NASA)What I Learned About My Writing By Seeing Only The Punctuation (Creators Hub)Punctuation in novels. (Adam J. Calhoun) just the punctuation WWF'S Walrus From Space Project Seeks Volunteer 'Walrus Detectives' (NPR)Where's walrus? Scientists seek public ‘detectives' to spot giant animals from space. (Washington Post)Walrus From Space (WWF) Tech Meme Ride HomeKottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 10/15 - Responding to Pandemic Uncertainty Like an Engineer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 17:11


    A proposal for approaching this next phase of the pandemic less like an epidemiologist and more like an engineer. Plus, new findings from the Mars Perseverance rover that has NASA breathing a sigh of relief. And product placement in novels, added without the author's knowledge. It's a real thing that I hope remains in the past.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsRaycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:Reimagining our pandemic problems with the mindset of an engineer (MIT Technology Review)A Prayer for Our Next COVID Era (The Atlantic) Mars scientists now know where to look for life (BBC)Boulders On Mars Suggest a Warm and Humid Past (Time)The time Terry Pratchett's German publisher inserted a soup ad into his novel. (Literary Hub)Pratchett anecdote and responses with photos (Neil Gaiman, Twitter)Terry Pratchett and the Maggi Soup Adverts (Stuffed Crocodile)Heinz Halloween Tomato Blood Costume (Heinz)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Thu. 10/14 - Do Spoilers Actually Make Movies Better?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 19:25

    Should you read the spoilers for horror movies before you watch them? Plus, a butterfly species in Finland with parasitic wasps in its belly… and even more wasps inside of that one. And, what if instead of lamps we one day use glowing plants to light our homes?Sponsors:Raycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeIndeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:Read Spoilers First So You Can Watch a Horror Movie Without Feeling Terrible (Lifehacker)Spoiler alert: spoilers make you enjoy stories more (UC San Diego)17 Unscary 'Horror' Movies For Halloween Wimps (Lifehacker)Butterflies released in Finland contained parasitic wasps – with more wasps inside (The Guardian)‘Russian doll' set of stomach-bursting parasites released inside butterfly on remote Finnish island (LiveScience)The next generation of glowing plants (MIT News)Engineers create plants that glow (MIT News, 2017)Does the platform matter? Social media and COVID-19 conspiracy theory beliefs in 17 countries (New Media & Society) via Today In TabsKottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 10/13 - Who's To Blame For Candy Corn?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 18:40

    How candy corn went from a year round candy marketed at farmers to the love-to-hate it Halloween treat it is today. Plus, a new interactive image gallery that starkly shows what effects three degrees of global warming will have on coastal cities around the world. And, in ten years, one of the biggest comets ever recorded will be passing by Earth.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsRaycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:Why Is Candy Corn the Most Hated Halloween Candy? (Eater)Episode Three - Satan's Earwax (Preserve Halloween Podcast) Where Our Love/Hate Relationship With Candy Corn Comes From (The Atlantic)The Saccharine History of Candy Corn (National Geographic)Why Brach's Turkey Dinner Candy Corn Might Taste Different This Year (Mashed)All About Candy Corn (National Confectioners Association)​What To Know About Confectioner's Glaze (Taste for Life)Why is there shellac in my chocolate mints? (McGill)How Candy Corn is Made | Unwrapped (Food Network, YouTube)See how climate change could drown landmarks around the world (The Verge)What sea level rise will do to famous American sites, visualized (The Guardian)Google AR Brings Endangered Swedish Animals Into Your Living Room (Gizmodo)One of the largest comets ever seen is headed our way (National Geographic)Largest comet ever observed will come close to Earth in 2031 (A/V Club)The Biggest Comet Ever Discovered, Bernardinelli-Bernstein, Is Headed Our Way (The Daily Beast)Here's how to watch live coverage of NASA's next asteroid mission (Space.com)More about the Lucy Mission from the 09/22 episode (Kottke Ride Home)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 10/12 - Why Do We Casually Kill Spiders Without Remorse?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 14:20


    What is it that makes spiders so frightening to us, and why do most of us kill them without sparing a second thought? Plus, a Scottish nightclub that's using the body heat of their dancing patrons to heat and cool the venue. And Prince Charles, trying to out British everyone else, fuels up his Aston Martin with England's finest wine and cheese byproducts. Sponsors:Raycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeIndeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:Why so many of us are casual spider-murderers (BBC)Scottish nightclub to generate power from dancers' body heat (Planet Ark) This green nightclub traps dancers' body heat for later (Fast Company)Introducing a radical plan to power SWG3 using body heat (SWG3 TV) Prince Charles' Vintage Car Runs on Wine and Cheese Because Of Course It Does (Gizmodo)Blue Origin readies for space launch with William Shatner aboard (CBS News) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Mon. 10/11 - The Very Intense Miss Navajo Nation Pageant

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 21:28

    It's Indigenous Peoples' Day. More and more local governments are making it official, but why did we start celebrating Columbus Day to begin with? Plus, the impressive and gnarly competition to be crowned Miss Navajo Nation. And the history of National Coming Out Day, including the connection between Pride celebrations and Halloween.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsRaycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:Biden is first president to mark Indigenous Peoples' Day (AP)Indigenous Peoples' Day, as explained by Native Americans (NPR)Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day? How the holiday has been shaped by oppression (National Geographic)Miss Navajo Nation is a pageant like no other (LA Times)Reservation Dogs (FX)All My Relations PodcastNative Appropriations | Representations MatterNotable Native People by Adrienne Keene Dallas Goldtooth (@dallasgoldtooth) (Instagram)The history of National Coming Out Day contains both pride and pain (The 19th)Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on National Coming Out Day (White House)International Day of the Girl Child (UN Women)#GirlsGetLoud Day of the Girl (Twitter) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 10/08 - Is The Nobel Prize Bad For Science?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 17:33

    The winners of the Nobel Peace Prize have been announced! As well as the winners in Chemistry and Literature. More on each winner, as well as a question about whether we really need the Nobel Prize. Plus, the remnants of the oldest Black church in the US have been uncovered in Colonial Williamsburg. And a Google AI has recreated famous works of art by Gustav Klimt that were lost in World War II.Sponsors:Novo, BankNovo.com/kottkeLinks:Maria Ressa is only the 18th woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in its 126-year history. (NY Times)The Nobel Peace Prize 2021 - Press release (Nobel Prize) Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win Nobel Peace Prize (Washington Post)Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Scientists for Creating a Tool to Build Molecules (NY Times)Abdulrazak Gurnah wins the 2021 Nobel prize in literature (The Guardian)The flaws in the Nobel Prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry, and economics (Vox) Why COVID vaccines didn't win a science Nobel this year (Nature)Remnants of Black church uncovered in Colonial Williamsburg (AP)Colonial Williamsburg Project Unearths Foundation of First Baptist Church (NY Times)The Quest to Unearth One of America's Oldest Black Churches (Wired, 2020)Google used AI to recreate Gustav Klimt paintings burned by Nazis (Mashable)Klimt vs. Klimt (Google Arts & Culture)'The case remains open': FBI rebuts claim Zodiac Killer case is solved (NBC News)'Hot Garbage': Zodiac Expert Calls 'Bulls---' on Possible ID of Infamous Serial Killer (Rolling Stone)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 10/07 - It's Like Venmo, But For the Post Office

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 16:57

    The WHO has officially approved the first-ever malaria vaccine. The United States Postal Service is trying out being a bank. And the story of a white-naped crane named Walnut who fell in love with a human named Crowe. Sponsor:Novo, BankNovo.com/kottkeLinks:World Health Organization Approves First Malaria Vaccine (NY Mag)Malaria vaccine: When will it be available? (BBC)World's first malaria vaccine gets WHO recommendation (NPR)WHO recommends groundbreaking malaria vaccine for children at risk (WHO)The USPS is testing out becoming a bank, and it's about damn time. (Boing Boing)USPS Begins Postal Banking Pilot Program (Prospect)The crane who fell in love with a human (Washington Post, 2018)Crowe and Crane "It's complicated." (Amanda Deibert, Twitter)The 9,090-Piece Titanic Is Now the Largest Lego Model Ever Released (Gizmodo)Accurate Titanic Model (bikekill, TikTok)Wandavision Agatha Harkness Marvel Spinoff at Disney+ (iO9)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 10/06 - "Corpse Medicine," Brain Implants, & Actors In Space

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 17:52

    A Russian film crew have arrived on the International Space Station to shoot the first-ever feature length film in space. A woman has received a brain implant that is successfully treating her depression by painlessly zapping her hundreds of times a day. And the seventeenth century health trend that was all the rage in Europe: corpse medicine.Sponsor:Novo, BankNovo.com/kottkeLinks:This Russian duo are set to make the first feature film in space (Euro News)Russian film crew in orbit to make first movie in space (AP)A Russian actor blasts off to make a movie on the International Space Station (NPR)This woman's brain implant zaps her with electricity when it senses she's getting depressed (MIT Technology Review)A surgically implanted brain stimulation device could help treat severe depression (The Verge)European 'Corpse Medicine' Promised Better Health Through Cannibalism (Atlas Obscura)Zodiac Killer Allegedly Identified by Team of Independent Investigators (Complex)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 10/05 - The Facebook Outage Revealed a Grim Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 17:38

    Are we prepared to reckon with how much of the world came to a stop when Facebook went down yesterday? Plus, thanks to a new discovery, you may soon be able to find out if you had an identical twin in the womb using just a simple cheek swab. And it's Nobel Prize week! The winners announced thus far produced groundbreaking work using everything from spin glass to chili peppers.Sponsor: Novo, BankNovo.com/kottkeLinks:​​Why Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp All Went Down Today (Wired)Millions of people rely on Facebook to get online. The outage left them stranded. (MIT Tech Review) Facebook's Apps Went Down. The World Saw How Much It Runs on Them. (NY Times)Why Facebook and Instagram went down for hours on Monday (NPR)All identical twins may share a common set of chemical markers on their DNA (Science News)DNA markers reveal if you shared a womb with twin that didn't survive (New Scientist)Identical twins carry genetic modifications no one else has (Science)Medicine Nobel goes to scientists who discovered biology of senses (Nature)Scientists Studied Spicy Chili Peppers and Cool Menthol for Their Nobel Prize–Winning Research on Heat and Touch (Smithsonian Mag)Nobel Prize in Physics Honors Work on Climate Change (NY Times)Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann win half of Nobel prize for modeling Earth's climate, Giorgio Parisi wins other half for describing fluctuating physical systems (Washington Post)Netflix establishes scholarship in Chadwick Boseman's name (A/V Club)Denzel Washington Paid for Chadwick Boseman to Study at Oxford (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, YouTube)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 10/04 - Thor's Antiviral COVID-19 Pill & Sexist Suitcases

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 14:55

    The sexist history of the rollerboard suitcases. Plus, the facts about Merck's new COVID-19 antiviral pill, including its connection to Thor. And the return of Nick Lutsko's absurdist Spirit Halloween music videos.Sponsor:Novo, BankNovo.com/kottkeLinks:Meet molnupiravir, Merck's Thor-inspired pill that hammers COVID (Ars Technica)How Merck's Covid-19 pill molnupiravir could change the Covid-19 pandemic (Vox)Merck's antiviral pill reduces hospitalization of Covid patients (STAT)How Merck's antiviral pill could change the game for COVID-19 (National Geographic)The hedge fund manager behind a long-shot coronavirus pill (Financial Times, 2020)Mystery of the wheelie suitcase: how gender stereotypes held back the history of invention (The Guardian)Who Actually Invented the Wheeled Suitcase? (Interesting Engineering)Reinventing the Suitcase by Adding the Wheel (NY Times)Spirit Halloween Planet (Nick Lutsko, Twitter)Halloween Planet EP (Nick Lutsko, Bandcamp)Spirit Halloween Theme - FULL TRILOGY (Nick Lutsko, YouTube)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 10/01 - Edibles In Your Kid's Trick-Or-Treat Candy? Don't Bet On It.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 14:30

    The persisting myth of tampered-with and tainted trick-or-treat candy, and why it's an urban legend that will never die. Plus, how we humans produce speech and a website that shows you both the beautiful engineering and the chaos of our mouths. And a selection of haunted houses you can sleep over at in case you're looking to up the ante on your spooky experiences this month.Sponsor:NetSuite, netsuite.com/kottkeLinks:For the Last Time: No One Is Trying to Give Your Kid Edibles (LifeHacker)Could THC candies make it into your child's Halloween haul? (The Takeout)Are People Really Trying to Drug Kids With Marijuana-Laced Halloween Candy? (Reason)Big Candy Is Angry at Look-Alike THC Treats (NY Times)Halloween: The History of America's Darkest Holiday by David J. Skall Those Treats May Be Tricks (NY Times, 1970)Pink Trombone From Grunting To Gabbing: Why Humans Can Talk (NPR, 2010) You can spend Halloween with Dewey Riley at the original 'Scream' house (Mashable)Stay somewhere spirited (Airbnb) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 09/30 - Chinese Takeout Boxes Are Americancore

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 17:39

    The very American history of the Chinese takeout box, and a look at the new “Americancore” trend. Plus, archaeologists have uncovered a hidden neighborhood in the ancient Maya city of Tikal that sheds new light on the imperialism of the Teotihuacán. And a lost David Bowie album is finally being released.Sponsor:NetSuite, netsuite.com/kottkeLinks:The Chinese Takeout Box is As American As Baseball and Apple Pie (The Dieline)Chinese Food Delivery Containers, Explained (Eater)The Chinese-Takeout Container Is Uniquely American (NY Times)Takeout and Delivery Food Can Teach You American History (TIME)America as an Internet Aesthetic (The New Yorker)Panda Express (Yuki Chikamori, TikTok)chinese food box (R & D Tool Engineering & Fourslide Production, YouTube)Ancient Maya City of Tikal Had a Teotihuacán-Like Neighborhood (Gizmodo)Startling Discovery Reveals Mysterious Citadel Hidden in Ancient Maya City (Science Alert)In Guatemala, archaeologist from Brown helps to uncover hidden neighborhood in ancient Maya city (Brown University)Lost Maya Neighborhood Is a Mini Replica of Teotihuacan Citadel, New Research Finds (ARTnews)David Bowie's Lost 2001 Album, Toy, Receiving Long-Awaited Release (Consequence of Sound)David Bowie's Unreleased Album Toy Set for Release (Pitchfork)International Podcast Day Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 09/29 - When Humans Die On Mars, What Will Happen?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 17:32

    What will happen to the bodies of people who die on Mars? Plus, AI has indicated that a famous painting at the National Gallery might be a phoney. And festival-goers at Glastonbury are endangering rare eels with their drug-addled refusal to use public toilets.Sponsor:NetSuite, netsuite.com/kottkeLinks:How Would Humans Decompose on Mars? (Discover)What Happens If Someone Dies on Mars? (Atlas Obscura)How to die on Mars (Space)Was famed Samson and Delilah really painted by Rubens? No, says AI (The Guardian) AI study suggests a London gallery's been exhibiting a fake for years (The Next Web)Glastonbury Festival: Levels of illegal drugs high enough to harm wildlife found in river running through site (Sky News)Glastonbury: drug traces from on-site urination could harm rare eels (The Guardian) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 09/28 - Are Climate Companies Reliving the Dot Com Era?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 16:40

    Could removing methane from the atmosphere be a viable strategy for slowing global warming? And are all of these disparate new ideas and strategies to solve the climate crisis going to lead to real solutions? Plus, pulling back the curtain on the on-going supply chain problems. And the crypto-trading hamster showing up the pros.Sponsor:NetSuite, netsuite.com/kottkeLinks:Pulling methane out of the atmosphere could slow global warming—if we can figure out how to do it (MIT Technology Review)Climate Change Is the New Dot-Com Bubble (Wired)The Supply-Chain Mystery (The New Yorker)No End In Sight For The COVID-Led Global Supply Chain Disruption (Forbes)An Excerpt from My New Anxiety Dream Where I Personally Break the Global Supply Chain (McSweeney's)Brexit means Brexit (r/LeopardsAteMyFace)Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster beating human investors (BBC)A Hamster on Twitch Is Trading Crypto and Beating the Stock Market (Vice)mr_goxx (Mr. Goxx, Twitch)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 09/27 - 900 Year Old Cosmic Mystery: Officially Solved

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 16:57

    How 19th century New Yorkers took advantage of a loophole in the strict drinking laws and ended up creating the world's worst sandwich. Plus, a supernova that's been missing since the twelfth century has been found! And how a young woman on Tiktok accidentally caused havoc to thousands of scientific studies.Sponsor:NetSuite, netsuite.com/kottkeLinks:To Evade Pre-Prohibition Drinking Laws, New Yorkers Created the World's Worst Sandwich (Atlas Obscura)A supernova missing since 1181 AD has finally been found (Syfy)Astronomers solve 900-year-old cosmic mystery surrounding Chinese supernova of 1181AD (University of Manchester)A teenager on TikTok disrupted thousands of scientific studies with a single video (The Verge)'Great British Bake Off' Goes by Different Name in US Due to Trademark (Insider)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 09/24 - Ancient Teens Shake Up History of Human Migration

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 20:26

    Ancient footprints discovered in New Mexico are shaking up what we thought we knew about when humans first arrived in the Americas. Plus, how much plastic do we unknowingly ingest each year? The answer is probably more than you're comfortable with, but it also turns out that babies take in way more of it than adults. And a new, very unauthorized website that will bring you Chick-fil-A on a Sunday.Sponsors:Novo, BankNovo.com/kottkeRaycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:Ancient Footprints Suggest Humans Arrived In Americas During Ice Age (NY Times)Fossil footprints prove humans populated the Americas thousands of years earlier than we thought (The Conversation)Fossil footprints challenge theory of when people first arrived in Americas (National Geographic)Erosive forces tweet (Michael Roston, Twitter)Baby Poop Is Loaded With Microplastics (Wired)Infants have more microplastics in their feces than adults (Science Daily)You can now risk eternal damnation by buying Sunday Chick-fil-A (A/V Club)Chick-fil-A's Owner Is Bankrolling Hate Groups Targeting Trans Kids (them.)MSCHF Sunday Service Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 09/23 - Birds Are Real (and Got Louder During Lockdown)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 17:11

    The dark side of the history of epidemiology. Plus, a study that proves, yes actually, birds were louder and more numerous during lockdown. And two women in their hundreds who have lived incredible lives and refuse to quit doing what they love.Sponsors:Raycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeNovo, BankNovo.com/kottkeLinks:How Transatlantic Slave Trade Shaped Epidemiology Today (TIME)Birds Thrived During Covid-19 Lockdowns, New Study Shows (Wall Street Journal)Fri. 05/15 - Have Birds Gotten Louder During Lockdown? (Kottke Ride Home)107-Year-Old French Pianist Colette Maze Has A New Album (NPR)‘America's Oldest Park Ranger' Is Only Her Latest Chapter (NY Times)A few details NYT left out (Jennifer Schuessler, Twitter) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 09/22 - The Wonders of Fall, and the Cosmos

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 17:52


    Sharing some reflections, some poetry, and a bit of a historical context on what it is that makes fall strike such a strong chord with so many of us, in honor of this first day of fall. And a look at NASA's upcoming Lucy mission to Jupiter's asteroids that somehow includes facts about the Beatles, Mexican track and field athlete Norma Enriqueta Basilio Sotelo, and The Iliad.Sponsors:Novo, BankNovo.com/kottkeRaycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:Between Restlessness and Rapture: Autumn and the Sensual Urgency of Aliveness (Brain Pickings)A Sunset of the City (Gwendolyn Brooks, Poetry Foundation)Sonnet 73: That time of year thou mayst in me… (William Shakespeare, Poetry Foundation)To Autumn by John Keats (John Keats, Poetry Foundation)John Keats: “To Autumn” by Caitlin Kimball (Poetry Foundation)Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night by Nicholas RogersThe Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature a book by J. Drew Lanham by J. Drew LanhamNASA's Lucy mission will visit at least 8 asteroids on a loop-de-loop trajectory (Bad Astronomy, Syfy)Queta - The Story Behind the Name - Lucy Mission (NASA)Where Is Lucy?Netflix buys Wonka author Dahl's catalog (AP)Roald Dahl's Family Apologizes For His Anti-Semitic Comments (NPR)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Tue. 09/21 - Making 26,000 People Out of 20: Ted Lasso's Trick

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 16:16

    How Ted Lasso filled a whole stadium for a crowd scene during the pandemic, and how advances, especially in AI, are beginning to change filmmaking. Plus, a Colorado man has won a yearlong treasure hunt for golden tickets, making him the new owner of a candy factory. That last part wasn't a joke. It was literally a golden ticket competition for a candy factory. And finally, an ambient noise website for the most chaotic among you.Sponsors:Raycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeNovo, BankNovo.com/kottkeLinks:How Fake Crowds Are Made For Movies And TV (Insider, YouTube)AI might help edit the next generation of blockbusters (The Verge) Andrew Maas won The Gold Ticket competition after clues led him to Kokomo, Ind. (Washington Post)Colorado man wins candy factory after finding golden ticket in Highland Park (Kokomo Tribune)Wed. 09/09 - Modern-Day Willy Wonka Is Giving Away His Candy Factory (Kottke Ride Home)Ambient Chaos Last year's segment on Demi Adejuyigbe's 9/21 series (Kottke Ride Home)9/21 videos (Demi Adejuyigbe, YouTube)Sept21st.com Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 09/20 - Poison Ivy Vaccines & A Mosh Pit History

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 15:46

    The history and science of mosh pits. Exciting developments in the treatment of poison ivy reactions, including a possible vaccine. And how to catch tonight's Harvest Moon, and why we call it that.Sponsors:Novo, BankNovo.com/kottkeRaycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:Moshing: The History, Anatomy & Art Of The Dance Form (Consequence of Sound)The Science Behind Mosh Pits (Professor Politics, YouTube)Moshpits.js (Jesse Silverberg et al)Mosh Pits Teach Us About the Physics of Collective Behavior (The Atlantic) A Vaccine against Poison Ivy Misery Is in the Works as Scientists Also Explore New Treatment Paths (Scientific American)The full Harvest Moon of 2021 rises tonight: Here's what to look for (Space.com)Harvest Moon 2021: All you need to know (EarthSky)Celebrate The End Of Summer With Monday's Harvest Moon (NPR)What Is the Harvest Moon? | Harvest Moon Facts and Folklore (Old Farmer's Almanac)The world's tallest nation is getting shorter (CNN)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 09/17 - Night-Lunch and the Origin of Food Trucks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 15:43

    The history and future of food trucks, and a look at the old tradition of “night lunch.” The visually-striking lanternfly that eastern US states are begging people to kill. And why you may not be getting that book you ordered anytime soon.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsUpstart, upstart.com/kottkeLinks:Before Food Trucks, Americans Ate 'Night Lunch' From Beautiful Wagons (Atlas Obscura)The Rise of the Taco Truck (JSTOR Daily)Taco Bell's Subscription Service: We've Gone Too Far (The Atlantic)Die, Beautiful Spotted Lanternfly, Die (NY Times)The Book Biz Tries to Avoid Supply Chain Disruptions (Publisher's Weekly) Supply Chain Challenges: Put Your Book Orders In Now For The Holidays (Book Riot)Booksellers warn over Christmas supplies amid UK lorry driver shortage (The Guardian)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 09/16 - Jane Austen's Advice for Social Media Users

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 18:00


    How the social lives of the characters from Jane Austen's novels are analogous to our digital ones today, and what we can learn from them about being over-stimulated. Plus, a study illustrating how we could build bases on Mars out of astronaut blood. And a couple of updates from the world of LEGO.Sponsors:Upstart, upstart.com/kottkeIndeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:Is Jane Austen the Antidote to Social Media Overload? (JSTOR Daily)Scientists Want to Build Mars Bases Out of Human Blood (Vice)​Concrete on Mars Could Literally Be Made Out of Astronaut Blood, Sweat, And Tears (Science Alert) LEGO releasing fabulous Queer Eye loft set (Digital Spy)European Championships 2022 to Feature LEGO Wheelchair Ramps (Mental Floss)22,000 LEGO bricks for Munich 2022 (European Championships)Colorado Gov. Jared Polis' Wedding Marks 1st Same-Sex Marriage Of Sitting Governor (NPR)Nonbinary 'Hacks' Star Carl Clemons-Hopkins on Being an Emmys First (The Advocate)Nonbinary Performers Say Gendered Award Categories Ignore Their Identity (NPR)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Wed. 09/15 - Civilian? Amateur? Private? Whatever, They're Going to Space!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 16:55

    SpaceX's Inspiration4 all-civilian crew is blasting off tonight in Cape Canaveral. Here's everything you need to know about the historic launch. Plus, the Māori Party in New Zealand has introduced a petition to rename the country its Māori language name, Aotearoa. And a newly identified species of insect has been named after RuPaul.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsUpstart, upstart.com/kottkeLinks:SpaceX's Latest Mission Will Launch Four People Into Orbit (NY Times)SpaceX Mission: How to Watch the Inspiration4 Launch (NY Times) Inspiration4: Why SpaceX's first all-private mission is a big deal (MIT Technology Review)Private astronauts are not 'space tourists' (op-ed) (Space.com)SpaceX's All-Civilian Inspiration4 Crew Readies for Launch (Wired)The era of orbital private spaceflight truly begins with today's launch (Ars Technica)Inspiration4's call signs: The crew of SpaceX's all-civilian mission have special nicknames (Space.com)Inspiration4 Launch: Where to Watch Netflix Livestream (Indie Wire)Māori Party campaigns to change New Zealand's name to Aotearoa (CNN)Bilingual road signs in Aotearoa New Zealand would tell us where we are as a nation (The Conversation)‘A neat trick': critics aim to shift Aotearoa debate, but historical fidelity no longer matters (The Guardian)‘Rainbow colours and legs for days': Australian fly species named after drag star RuPaul (The Guardian)Endangered fly with 'legs for days' named after drag queen RuPaul (ABC Australia)RuPaul fly among species named by CSIRO (CSIRO)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 09/14 - Steve Wozniak's New Space Company

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 17:05

    How gas stations actually make money, and their prospects for the future. Steve Wozniak says Don't Mess With Space. And, a timeless question for the ages: how many s'mores could you make from the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters?Sponsors:Upstart, upstart.com/kottkeIndeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:Why most gas stations don't make money from selling gas (The Hustle)Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak Starting Space Company Privateer (Business Insider)Steve Wozniak Announces Privateer, a New Space Company (Gizmodo)Steve Wozniak's latest moonshot is a private space company (Engadget) How Many S'Mores Can You Make from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? (Mel Magazine)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 09/13 - De-Extinct Woolly Mammoths & Potty-Trained Cows

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 15:05

    Could woolly mammoths help slow the effects of the climate emergency? It's not just a theoretical question. One entrepreneur is betting on it, and working to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction to prove it. Lorde has re-released part of her latest album with Māori language translations. And a new effort to potty train cows, for the environment.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsUpstart, upstart.com/kottkeLinks:Firm raises $15m to bring back woolly mammoth from extinction (The Guardian)This Texan Aims to Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth to Save the Planet (Texas Monthly)Tue. 09/08 - Long Live the (Cloned) Woolly Mammoth (Kottke Ride Home)Lorde Drops Maori-Language Album Of 'Solar Power' Songs (NPR) Te Ao Mārama (Lorde, YouTube)Scientists Potty-Trained Cows to Help Reduce Environmental Pollution (Vice)Toilet-Training Cows Is A Win For The Planet – And The Cows (IFL Science)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 09/10 - The Mystery of Blue Moon Ice Cream

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 16:29

    What exactly is blue moon-flavored ice cream and where did it come from? Plus, NASA is planning to purposefully hit an asteroid with a spacecraft, more on why and when. And this year's Ig Nobel Prize winners have been announced!Links:The Enduring Midwestern Mystery of Blue Moon Ice Cream (Atlas Obscura)BLUE MOON (Chicago Tribune)The Cult of Blue Moon Ice Cream (Food & Wine)Blue Moon Core Area (BMCA) (somethingaboutmaps)NASA is going to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid. Things might get chaotic. (MIT Technology Review)How to Build a Spacecraft to Save the World (Wired)Deflecting an Asteroid Before It Hits Earth May Take Multiple Bumps (NY Times)DART Mission Overview (John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)Ig Nobel Prize winners include scientists who cleared blocked noses with sex (Mashable)Sex can relieve nasal congestion, and other work honored by 2021 Ig Nobels (Ars Technica)Hemp Maze Minnesota Is Almost Surely One-Of-A-Kind (CBS Minnesota)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 09/09 - Roof Panels That Cool Your Home, No A/C Required!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 15:45

    Forget air conditioners, give me radiative cooling panels on my roof! That's what I hope I'll be saying a few years from now. Plus, a new species of giant carnivorous dinosaur with shark-like teeth has been identified. And Moderna has announced they're moving forward with their COVID-19 and seasonal flu combo vaccine.Links:Can nanoscience help make AC more efficient? (Popular Science)Designing an Air Conditioner That Doesn't Heat the Earth (Architect Magazine)Radiative cooling and solar heating from one system, no electricity needed (Science Daily) New, Giant Carnivorous Dinosaur Was a Terror to Smaller Tyrannosaurs (Smithsonian Mag)Gigantic 'shark-toothed' dinosaur discovered in Uzbekistan (Live Science)Moderna shares rise after company reveals single-shot vaccine booster for Covid and flu (CNBC)Moderna working on combination COVID-19 vaccine booster and flu shot (Reuters)Moderna developing a combo booster shot for Covid and flu (NBC News)7.00 ("COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic") (MIT)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 09/08 - What Happens When You Get Struck By Lightning?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 18:52

    What it's actually like getting struck by lightning, and the community of survivors helping each other cope. Plus, another team of scientists say they have achieved a crucial and record-breaking milestone in the quest for clean fusion power. And an iconic 1970s band that has spawned countless tribute acts over the years is about to reunite to become their own tribute act, with a little help from Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic. Links:Lightning strikes: A man hit seven times (Washington Post)The Secret Society of Lightning Strike Survivors (Narratively)MIT-designed project achieves major advance toward fusion energy (MIT News)Eni completes 'landmark' test in energy fusion project (Reuters)Cambridge startup takes big step toward clean fusion power (Boston Globe)Wed. 08/18 - A "Wright Bros. Moment" In Nuclear Fusion (Kottke Ride Home)Abba delight fans with new 10-song album and virtual concert (BBC) ABBA fans react to rush for 'Voyage' tour tickets: "robo-ABBA here we go" (NME) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 09/07 - Mars Rocks, A Billionaire's Utopia, & The Free Blockbuster Movement

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 16:47

    The Mars Perseverance Rover has secured its first rock sample, with big promise for insights to come. A billionaire is working on plans to build a new sustainable city “for the people” somewhere in America. And you may have heard of Little Free Libraries, but what about Little Free Blockbusters?Links:Mars rover grabs first rock sample, a major step in hunt for alien life (National Geographic)"I've got it!" (NASA's Perseverance Rover, Twitter)NASA says the Mars Perseverance rover has collected its first sample (Engadget)Telosa: Marc Lore and Bjarke Ingels unveil plans for 5-million-person city in the American desert (CNN)How Diapers.com Founder Marc Lore Plans to Build Utopian City Telosa (Bloomberg)TelosaForget Netflix, Some Movie Fans Rewind to VHS Tapes (Wall Street Journal)Free Blockbuster Is Bringing Back the Community Video Rental Hub (Thrillist)FreeBlockbuster.org Want A Free Dental Cleaning? Beat This Dentist At Smash Bros! (Neatorama)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 09/03 - The Billion Year Gap In the Grand Canyon's Rocks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 16:20

    What if a room could charge all of your devices just by them being in there? Like no wires, no charging pads, just being in the room. Some engineers have made that a reality. Plus, new insights into the billion years of time that are missing from the rock layers in the Grand Canyon. And why Red Delicious apples are so common in the U.S. even though they're not really that great.Sponsor:Raycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:This Room Could Wirelessly Charge All Your Devices (Scientific American)Wireless charging room powers your devices without plugs or cables (ABC)Welcome to the Age of Wireless Electricity (Interesting Engineering)Why One Billion Years of Time Are Missing in the Grand Canyon (Vice)Geologists dig into Grand Canyon's mysterious gap in time (CU Boulder Today)Erasing a Billion Years of Geologic Time Across the Globe (Eos)Red Delicious Apples Weren't Always Horrible (New England Today)Here's exactly how Red Delicious apples became an affront to God (A/V Club)Paralympics: Runner's Sighted Guide Proposes On The Track After Their Race (NPR)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 09/02 - What Is Grimace & Why Are Hyperlinks Blue?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 17:41

    Why are hyperlinks blue? You ever think about that before? Plus, a look at the tech behind the wheelchairs and prostheses used by Paralympians. And what the heck is Grimace, the big purple McDonald's mascot? A manager at a Canadian McDonald's dropped a bombshell on the internet, but is he correct?Sponsor:Raycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:Why are hyperlinks blue? (Mozilla Distilled)How Paralympic Wheelchairs and Prostheses Are Optimized for Speed and Performance (Scientific American)Specialized Sports Chairs and the People Who Use Them (New Mobility)Para sport explained: Wheelchairs in wheelchair sports (International Paralympic Committee)Award-winning manager opens up about life at McDonald's during pandemic (CBC)McDonald's manager explains that Grimace is "a taste bud" (Boing Boing)Is Grimace a taste bud? One McDonald's manager says yes (The Takeout)"Grimace is the embodiment of a milkshake" (McDonald's Corporate, Twitter)Archivist weighs in (McDonald's Corporate, Twitter)What the hell is McDonald's Grimace? (Mashable)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 09/01 - Flying EVs, Bedroom Pop, & Murder Hornets 2: Venomous Boogaloo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 17:05

    Would you take a flying rideshare taxi? NASA is betting on it. Plus, murder hornets are back and badder than ever. And the growing genre of “bedroom pop,” which isn't what it maybe sounds like.Sponsor:Raycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:NASA is testing electric air taxis with Joby Aviation (The Verge)Your air taxi has arrived: Why Joby could be the first commercial eVTOL (CNBC, Youtube)A Special Message from our CEO and Founder, JoeBen Bevirt (Joby Aviation, YouTube)NASA Begins Air Taxi Flight Testing with Joby (NASA)'Murder Hornets': Nest of 1,500 eradicated in the US (BBC)Department of Agriculture Officials in Washington State Attacked While Trying to Remove Murder Hornet Nest (Inside Edition)Just How Dangerous Is the ‘Murder Hornet'? (Scientific American)What's bedroom pop? How an online DIY movement created a musical genre (NBC News)Don't Call it Bedroom Pop: The New Wave of DIY (Complex)Elliot Page Is On a "Lo-Fi Bedroom Pop Adventure,” Drops Debut EP (them.)Mark and Elliot EP (Mark and Elliot, Bandcamp)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 08/31 - Could We Delete Our Memories One Day?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 16:41

    The climate crisis is causing some animals to shrink, and that's definitely not a good thing. Experts weigh in on the possibility of humans ever being able to edit or delete their own memories. And Netflix cheat codes to help you shake off the algorithm.Sponsor:Raycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:When Insects Lost Their Homes, Evolution Clipped Their Wings (NY Times)Some birds, mammals, and fish are shrinking. Blame climate change. (Vox)Urbanization is Causing Mammals to Grow Bigger, New Study Says (Sci-News)Scary study finds urban rats and mammals are getting bigger (Fast Company)Will We Ever Be Able to Edit or Delete Memories? (Gizmodo)The Netflix Secret Codes Cheat Sheet (MakeUseOf)Thu. 05/13 - I'll Have What She's Having: The Decline of Personalized Recommendations? (Kottke Ride Home)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 08/30 - Electric Cars Almost Became the Norm in the 1800s

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 15:21

    Electric cars were being made as far back at the late 19th century, with entire fleets of electric cabs roaming the streets of several major cities. So what happened? Why didn't they become the go-to vehicle from the beginning? Plus, the history of the very delicious and confusingly-named Boston Cooler. And the middle schoolers trying to clear the name of a woman accused of being a witch back in 1693.Sponsor:Raycon, Get 15% off at buyraycon.com/kottkeLinks:Why weren't cars electric from the start? (Slate)How the 'Boston Cooler' Became a Classic Detroit Drink (Atlas Obscura)The Boston Cooler Was an Accidental Detroit Classic (Detroit Is It)She Was Declared a Witch at Salem. These Middle Schoolers Want to Clear Her Name. (NY Times)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 08/27 - The History of the ICEE, The Coolest Drink In Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 15:21

    The history of and science behind the ICEE. Plus, Glenfiddich is now powering their delivering trucks with spent whisky. And some tips on cleaning your earbuds because, c'mon, how long has it been since you've actually done that?Sponsors:Upstart, upstart.com/kottkeLinks:ICEE History: The Tech (and Science) Beyond a Sugary Frozen Drink (Tedium)Flashback: Raise your Slurpees to the drink that almost wasn't (Dallas Morning News)US3044878A - Process for the preparation of a beverage (Google Patents)US3628759A - Fishing rod holder (Google Patents)A Brief History of the Slurpee, a Frozen American Icon (Eater)Slurpee turns 40 (The Oklahoman)About Us – ICEE (The ICEE Company)Fizzies Drink Tablets (Old Time Candy)One for the road: Glenfiddich uses whisky waste to fuel trucks (Reuters)Whisky lorries in Scotland will run on ‘green biogas' made from distillery leftovers to tackle climate change (The Scotsman)How to Clean Your Apple AirPods, Galaxy Buds, and Pixel Buds (Gizmodo)An easy tip to keep your earbuds clean and sanitized (Komando)How AirPods Are Deep Cleaned (Insider, YouTube)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 08/26 - What If All Food Was Square?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 15:16

    The 7,200 year old skeleton of a teenage girl is shaking up what we thought we knew about ancient human migration. The creative solution an Oregon hospital has come up with to support its overworked staff, and what we can do to help lessen their load. And a new startup that wants to disrupt the way we eat our meals, specifically by making all of our food look like identical little bricks.Sponsor:Upstart, upstart.com/kottkeLinks:‘Genetic fossil': intact DNA from woman who lived 7,200 years ago discovered in Indonesia (The Guardian)Who were the Toaleans? Ancient woman's DNA provides first evidence for the origin of a mysterious lost culture (The Conversation)7,200-Year-Old Human DNA With Unique Denisovan Ancestry Has Been Found in Indonesia (Science Alert)First ancient human DNA found from key Asian migration route (Nature)Oregon, once a virus success story, struggles with surge (AP)Oregon hospital workers smash plates to relieve stress (Upworthy) WHO says Covid misinformation is a major factor driving pandemic around the world (CNBC) Covid: CDC study shows unvaccinated people 29 times more likely to be hospitalized (CNBC)Facebook moms' Vaccine Talk group is fighting misinfo and persuading skeptics (Washington Post)New start-up presents a selection of weird little food cubes (A/V Club)This Startup Wants You To Eat All Your Food In Cube Form (Vice)Are you ready to eat your delicious nutrient square? Yum, yum, yum (The Verge) What is SquarEat? 'Modular squared food' company is taking over Twitter (Today)How I Experience Web Today (h/t Garbage Day)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 08/25 - Comirnaty? How Pfizer's Vaccine Got Its Brand Name (and what it almost was)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 17:35

    The Paralympic Games kicked off in Tokyo last night. Here's what you need to know and a brief history of the games. Plus, how did the Pfizer vaccine end up with the brand name Comirnaty, and what were some of the other contenders? Sponsor:Upstart, upstart.com/kottkeLinks:Badminton And Taekwondo Make Their Paralympic Debut In Tokyo (NPR)When Did The Paralympics Start, And How Did The Event Get Its Name? (NPR)The Paralympics Finally Get To Prime Time (1A)Paralympics History - Evolution of the Paralympic Movement (IPC)Paralympics 2020: How much do you know about the sports on offer? (BBC)The 2020 Paralympics Will See the Most Openly LGBTQ+ Athletes Ever (them.)How does the Paralympic classification system work? (CNN)Murderball Trailer (Participant, YouTube)Pfizer's Covid Vaccine Is Named Comirnaty (Intelligencer)Comirnaty, Spikevax, and the weird world of branding COVID-19 vaccines (The Verge)Why ‘Comirnaty' Is The New Name For Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccines, ‘Spikevax' For Moderna (Forbes)The inside story behind Pfizer and BioNTech's new vaccine brand name, Comirnaty (Fierce Pharma)Samsung phone catches fire on airplane five years after Galaxy Note 7 debacle (Mashable)Starbucks' new apple crisp macchiato joins pumpkin spice latte on the fall menu (CNBC)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 08/24 - Pixels Aren't Square. Or Visible.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 16:37

    What exactly is a pixel? Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith discusses its math and history and his new book. Plus, farmer's markets, once a cornerstone of in-person weekend outings, have gone digital. And Liquid Death Mountain Water is selling skateboards infused with Tony Hawk's blood. For real.Sponsor:Upstart, upstart.com/kottkeLinks:A biography of the pixel, the elementary particle of pictures (Aeon)Hitting the Books: How our lying eyes trick the brain into seeing motion during movies (Engadget) The Real Story of Pixar (IEEE)Pixar cofounder Alvy Ray Smith's unseen 1990 presentation (Fast Company) Pixar cofounder Alvy Ray Smith on 'A Biography of the Pixel' (Fast Company) The farmers market is moving online (The Verge)Liquid Death Puts Tony Hawk's Blood In Limited Edition Skateboards (Liquid Death, YouTube)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 08/23 - Critics Hate Them! Netflix's UNBELIEVABLE Clickbait Strategies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 17:52

    Netflix is leaning into the clickbait game that soured online journalism ten years ago. Could this strategy affect the film industry overall, and has it been played before? Plus, how community members in Marseille took over a McDonald's and turned it into a mutual aid center. And Facebook has released another transparency report, and it doesn't make them look any better.Sponsor:Upstart, upstart.com/kottkeLinks:Netflix Top 10: The streaming service's clickbait problem threatens to ruin it. (Slate)Why Netflix Features Black Actors in Promos to Black Users (Wired)Artwork Personalization at Netflix (Netflix TechBlog)Blockbuster thread (C. A. Funderburg, Twitter)Unhappy Little Trees: The Dark Legacy of Bob Ross (Vanity Fair)Lovin it: How a group of Marseille workers seized a McDonald's and turned it into a foodbank (gal-dem)McDonald's In Marseille Turned Into Food Base To Help Needy (Forbes)Facebook releases Q1 'widely viewed content' report following criticism (Engadget)Aug 20: Why Facebook Shelved an Earlier Report on Popular Posts (NY Times)Q1Content Transparency Report VO (US) - internal copy (NY Times)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 08/20 - The Necrobiome: Dead and Loving It

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 17:00

    What is the necrobiome and why do some think it's crucial for restoring our ecosystems? More and more zoo animals across the US are getting their own special animal vaccine, but why doesn't your pet cat need one? And Disney's animatronics are getting a huge, AI makeover.Sponsor:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:Rewilding death: The plan to restore the necrobiome (BBC)Meet the Necrobiome: The Microbes That Will Eat Your Corpse (The Atlantic)Bears, baboons, tigers are getting COVID vaccines at zoos across the U.S. (National Geographic)US zoos giving special animal coronavirus vaccine to tigers, bears and gorillas (CNN)Disney kills FastPass for costly line-skipping app Disney Genie Plus (Polygon)Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots? (NY Times) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 08/19 - The #1 Site on Facebook is a Green Bay Packers Alumni Company?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 17:39

    Facebook has released a report of their most widely viewed content, but the #1 most viewed link on the platform shows how the report isn't exactly proving the point they're trying to make. Plus, are realtors engineering weird listing photos so they'll go viral? And it turns out we've been getting blue moons entirely wrong for at least forty years.Sponsor:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:How an Obscure Green Bay Packers Site Became the Biggest Thing on Facebook (Wired)Everyone's fighting about a dating simulator again (Garbage Day)Facebook releases a report on the most-viewed content in News Feed (The Verge)Facebook reveals top posts but still won't share key data about disinformation (Ars Technica)Knight in Zillow: A realtor explains what is going on in this bonkers real estate listing. (Slate)The August 2021 full moon is, somehow, a Blue Moon. Here's why. (Space.com)We'll have a Blue Moon this weekend (EarthSky)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 08/18 - A "Wright Bros. Moment" In Nuclear Fusion

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 14:14

    A lab in California has achieved a historic breakthrough in nuclear fusion. Three new species from the post-dinosaur mammalian revolution have been identified, including one that's been named after a Hobbit character. And recent studies shedding light on the pro's and con's of exoskeleton suits as consumer goods.Sponsor:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:US lab stands on threshold of key nuclear fusion goal (BBC)Physicists in California Achieve 'Historic' Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough (Science Alert)Lawrence Livermore Lab makes significant achievement in fusion (CNBC)Three Extinct Mammals Found in Wyoming Were Part of the Post-Dinosaur Revolution (Gizmodo)Discovery of prehistoric mammals suggests rapid evolution of mammals after dinosaur extinction (Science Daily) Newly discovered prehistoric creature named after The Hobbit character (CNET)Exoskeleton Suits: A New Device to Help You Walk and Run Better (NY Times)Exoskeletons have a problem: They can strain the brain Exoskeletons (Ohio State News)Pumpkin spice everything is coming back to Dunkin' this month (Houston Chronicle) Starbucks Introduces New and Returning Pumpkin Spice Products At Home Coffees (Starbucks)When does Pumpkin Spice come back to Starbucks? (Guilty Eats)Fast And Furious 10 hits the gas pedal, gets 2023 release date (A/C Club) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 08/17 - The Thriving Imported Mango Market on WhatsApp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 17:02

    Inside the world of the quasi-secret WhatsApp mango economy. It turns out Saturn is kind of jiggly inside. And the beginning of a season, marked by the end of an era for department stores. Sponsor:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:Why Are the World's Greatest Mangoes Almost Impossible to Buy in the U.S.? (Eater)Saturn's Insides Are Sloshing Around (MIT Technology Review)Saturn's Rings Are Like a Seismometer That Reveal the Planet's Core (NY Times)Saturn Has a 'Fuzzy' Core, Ring Ripples Reveal (Gizmodo)Barneys, Deader Than Ever, Is Becoming a Spirit Halloween (Curbed)Spirit Halloween Rises from the Dead. Again. And Again. (NY Times)12-Foot Skeletons Return: Associate Shares Halloween Inspiration (Home Depot)Spirit Halloween Theme Song (Nick Lutsko, Twitter)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 08/16 - Eerily Accurate 1990s Predictions of Current Tech Dangers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 16:29

    How one of the earliest bloggers predicted the dark side of the internet, and then went completely off the grid. Plus, the first tribally-affiliated medical school, on tribal land, in the US. is bridging gaps. And Yik Yak is back.Sponsor:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:Philip Agre predicted technology's pitfalls and then he disappeared (Washington Post)Everything is too complicated: our annual list of confusing tech questions (The Verge)Missing Internet Pioneer Phil Agre Is Found Alive (NPR)Phil Agre's articles in WiredFirst Tribally-Affiliated Medical School Bridging Gaps in Indian Country, Rural America (The Daily Yonder)Remember Yik Yak? Well, it's back and still anonymous. (Mashable)There would be no screen — only a locomotive (Garbage Day)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 08/13 - Woolly Mammoth Adventures & Goodreads Pages Held For Ransom

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 17:50

    The groundbreaking study that has basically given us a daily diary of the entire life of a 17,000 year old woolly mammoth. Why coffee prices are spiking. And a ransom scam targeting authors that says a lot about the state of the world.Links:A Woolly Mammoth's Tusks Reveal a Map of Where It Roamed in Life (NY Times)Ice Age mammoth's life story reconstructed in stunning detail (National Geographic)Mammoth's epic travels preserved in tusk (Nature)A Mammoth Tusk Reveals a Woolly (and Unprecedented) Tale (Wired)Your Daily Coffee Habit Is About to Get More Expensive (NY Times)Coffee Jolt Gets Pricier as Costs of Beans, Labor, Transport Rise (Wall Street Journal)The summer of writing scams continues with a series of Goodreads ransom notes. (Literary Hub)How the alt-right are resurfacing old tweets to get Trump's critics fired (The Guardian)Number of twins in Inverclyde schools hits 80 (The Scotsman)Fifteen sets of twins to start schools in Inverclyde (BBC)The number of twins in the world is the highest it has ever been (New Scientist)Countries With Most Twins Identified (Live Science)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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