Virtual reality is all the rage these days, and if you have a VP headset then you’ll definitely want to check out a new video posted by AccuWeather that gives puts you right in the middle of a tornado chase. The action was shot with a 360fly camera near Wray, Colorado earlier this week and the storm chasers drive very close to it so we can see the base of the tornado tearing up its surroundings. More →
The nomination of Donald Trump has led to a lot of American interest in moving to Canada, although it’s unlikely that Canada is prepared to accept all the terrified refugees that will swarm across their border to flee a Trump presidency. That said, frightened Americans can take solace in the fact that there’s a new dating website that aims to hook us up with Canadians in the event of a Trump-related national emergency. More →
Reddit is famous for harboring some less-than-legal communities. Given the anonymity the site affords its users, it’s also not surprising to hear that people talk about drugs on the site, but this study shines a light on the level of discussion taking place.
Like Google, Facebook’s business is built around a simple design. It offers services to users for free, but those users are not Facebook’s customers. Instead, Facebook’s customers are companies that pay to run advertisements on its website and in its mobile apps. And the reason Facebook is so successful is that it offers its clients ways to target their ads better than most rivals. Why? Because Facebook knows so much about its users’ likes, dislikes and all sorts of other personal information.
It’s a successful model and it’s not going to change anytime soon. By using Facebook, you’re agreeing to let the company make use of your data in order to serve you targeted ads. As long as you understand that, then go right ahead and use Facebook all you’d like — but there are still a few things you’re better off keeping to yourself. More →
Oh, Jon Stewart. How we have missed you.
The former host of The Daily Show has been retired for months now, but that doesn’t mean he’s not following the news. In particular, he seems to be following the remarkable success of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump very closely. Appearing on David Axelrod’s “Axe Files” podcast this week, Stewart tore into the presumptive Republican nominee and said he wasn’t sure it was constitutional for a “man baby” to become president. More →
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. But what if there was a kind of ice cream that could actually make you scream? The CrazyRussianHacker recently tried to make a unique brand of homemade ice cream by mixing whipped cream with liquid nitrogen. While this is not something that everyone should try for themselves at home, it’s definitely an interesting way to make ice cream much more quickly than through the tedious process you normally have to go through when making it. More →
The original revelations from the Panama Papers leak were handled by a select group of news organizations. But if you’ve ever wanted to delve into the financial goings-on of the rich and famous, the entire trove of documents relating to 200,000 accounts is now online, in a handy searchable database no less.
The Offshore Leaks Database indexes and makes accessible the entire trove of documents. You can search by company, address, country, and a bunch of other fields. The database will even help you develop a web to show links between different offshore holding companies and trusts, a vital part of trying to understand the complicated finanical systems used to disguise ownership. More →
Every day we’re bombarded with new scientific studies that give us new information about our health and well being. But have you noticed that some of the studies you hear about in the news seem a little… crazy? Particularly studies that tell you things like having a glass of red wine every day is as good for you as an hour at the gym? John Oliver sure has and he’s put together a great new segment explaining why there are so many absolutely stupid scientific studies floating around these days. More →
Now that he has the Republican nomination wrapped up, doughy presidential candidate Donald Trump is determined to undergo an image makeover so you’ll hopefully forget about all the offensive and incendiary things that he’s said over the past several months. Since today is May 5th — a.k.a., Cinco de Mayo, a major holiday in Mexico that commemorates its army’s victory over French forces in 1862 — Trump decided to do a little cultural outreach to our neighbors to the south.
Will it be effective and win over the hearts of the immigrants whom he once trashed for being drug dealers, thieves and rapists? Well, we’ll let you be the judge of that…
As a longtime fantasy nerd, I have a soft spot in my heart for both George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. While I think Martin creates more fully developed overall characters in his stories — he writes women way better than Tolkien ever could, for instance — there’s no denying that the original sagas of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins were groundbreaking classics.
So which acclaimed fantasy author is really better? That’s the question that the Epic Rap Battles YouTube channel recently tried to answer when it pitted actors playing Martin and Tolkien against each other in a hilarious spoof. More →
Even the most hardcore Apple haters out there would have a tough time believing the company would turn away Jesus from one of its stores. And yet, that’s sort of what happened at an Apple Store in Philadelphia when a man known locally as “Philly Jesus” was arrested for refusing to leave after being asked multiple times. WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reports that Philly Jesus, whose real name is Michael Grant, was also arrested back in 2014 for refusing to leave Dilworth Plaza, where he had decided to go ice skating in his full Jesus attire. More →