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Meet the Philanthropic Vampire Courts of...

Today I learned about the Houston Vampire Court and the Vampire Court of Dallas/Fort Worth, both member-driven organizations for "Sanguinarians"...

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Startling, beautiful, and weird close-up...

Using Europe's largest solar telescope, GREGOR, researchers captured these incredible images of details on the surface of the sun....

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Heart damage to asymptomatic children with...

Many children who get Covid-19 are unlikely to show symptoms and very few will die from the disease. But the authors of a new paper...

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New Yorker writer recounts her second chance...

In 1984 The New Yorker published a story written by Janet Malcolm. The story, says Malcolm in the 24 Sep 2020 issue of The New York...

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Computer finds faces in grains of sand

In artists Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen's installation "Pareidolia," a computer vision system uses facial recognition software...

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Kentucky driver busted for hand-drawn license...

Police in Millersburg, Kentucky, pulled over a driver last week after noticing that their license plate looked a bit "off model,"...

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How Starbucks borrows money from its customers...

This essay from Moneyness by JP Koning is from 2019, but I just came across it. It's about Starbucks stored value accounts, which...

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Panda cub! The best of the National Zoo's...

On August 21 at the US Smithsonian's National Zoo, Mei Xiang gave birth to a beautiful panda cub. You can check out the Zoo's Giant...

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What do drawings of memory bikes have to...

This is from the 7 Sep 2020 issue of my new newsletter, The Magnet. Sign up for it here! (Before reading further, please draw a simple...

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Why The Animals' Eric Burdon is OK with...

Last week when Trump arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina for an appearance, The Animals classic 1964 hit "House of the Rising Sun"...

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The Adobe Creative Cloud is the center of...

When you're the king, someone is always coming for your crown. Nowhere is that more true than in the tech sector, where a perennial...

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Man giving away candy factory surprised...

A gentleman aggressively borrowing THE plot device from a beloved children's novel is surprised people want to win a candy factory....

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What happens when a supersonic baseball...

Since he was a kid, Destin Sandlin from Smarter Every Day has wondered what would happen when a baseball went supersonic. So he build...

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How to launch and run a remote D&D game...

Over at Wirecutter, my friend and colleague James Austin has a wonderful new guide that covers everything you need to run a remote/online...

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Smoke-A-Dope 'trolling papers'

From the makers of  General Jeff's "Old Rebel" Session Papers, comes this six pack of Smoke-A-Dope pre-rolled cones ($5). Introducing Smoke-A-Dope, the...

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Kool Moe Dee proves that new music video...

Sometimes, in my dreams, I am the lead in Kool Moe Dee's I Go To Work.

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This car mount provides wireless charging...

In the U.S., 32 states currently have either restrictions or an outright ban on driving with a smartphone in your hand. Whether you're...

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How the UK's drug prohibitions on spice...

The drug spice has been chemically altered to circumvent the UK's laws against it, and the new version is causing havoc in the streets....

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