The music world today is mourning legendary producer George Martin, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 90. Martin was often referred to as the “fifth Beatle” for his contributions to the arrangements of the group’s songs. Although Martin was always very modest about his contributions to the Beatles’ success, there is no doubt that their recordings simply would not have been as strong without his input. Below I’ll go over five times Martin made some key Beatles songs even better. More →
Doughy Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump loves using Twitter to hurl insults at his many foes. He also has an army of trolls who subsequently pile on his targets and make their lives on social media completely miserable. Vocativ recently ran some analysis of what happened to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after her assorted spats with Trump and they found that her Twitter feed has been flooded with abusive trolls on an almost constant basis. More →
If you’ve been following the Republican presidential primaries recently, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about Trump University, Donald Trump’s shady defunct entrepreneurial initiative that is being sued by multiple parties for alleged fraud. The Daily Beast has done a review of some seminar transcripts filed in a class-action suit against Trump University and has found that it was staffed by several “huckster motivational speakers” as well as a convicted felon who had no college degree or any background in education.
If you’re shocked by this, you probably shouldn’t be.
It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when Windows 95 was incredibly exciting. While Microsoft has something of a stodgy reputation these days, back in the mid-’90s the company was lighting the world on fire by bringing a personal computer to every household. Today’s teenagers, however, have a lot more advanced computer systems to play with including iOS, Android and Windows 10.
Because of this, I was amused by the latest video from Fine Brothers Entertainment that shows how teenagers react when they see computers running Windows 95 for the first time. More →
I am personally not very fond of doughy presidential candidate Donald Trump — in fact, I think he’s an authoritarian demagogue who would be a total disaster as president. That said, I do not believe he’s the next Adolf Hitler. If anything, he’s the American version of the infamously corrupt and comparably flamboyant Silvo Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister whose greatest accomplishment was educating the world about the joys of bunga bunga parties.
That said, a lot of people from across the political spectrum actually do think that Trump is very Hitleresque and they all expressed varying degrees of alarm about his rise over the weekend. More →
One of the reasons that android BB-8 captured our imaginations in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that its spherical design gave it the ability to fluidly move over rough desert regions in a way that you just couldn’t imagine R2-D2 pulling off. Now Goodyear has taken the wraps off an incredibly cool new concept for spherical tires that essentially look like what would happen if you installed four different BB-8s under the frame of your car. More →
The good news about the vicious terrorists who comprise Islamic State is that a lot of their followers are comically stupid. If you’re looking for an example, then check out a report from IndiaToday that shows how pro-ISIS hackers declared war against Google and then brought down the wrong website. No, you cannot make this stuff up. More →
Lou Reed had Metal Machine Music. Musician and inventor Martin Molin has Marble Machine Music. Molin, who is a member of Swedish musical act Wintergatan, has designed a gigantic machine that is an enormously complex music box that circulates around 2,000 marbles through a series of chutes and directs them to fall on particular vibraphone bars, bass guitar strings and percussion pieces. If you have a hard time imagining what I’m talking about, you’ll need to check out the video below because the end product is absolutely incredible. More →
NASA’s Hubble Telescope regularly blows my mind by taking some incredible photos of the universe that make me realize just how small our humble little planet is. After combing through the archive of some of the best Hubble space photos on NASA’s website, I’ve picked out 10 that I found to be particularly incredible. Let’s check them out below. More →
There’s an increasing (and terrifying) likelihood that doughy billionaire Donald Trump could actually become our next president. To get a preview of the horrors that await us, some person has created a mod for the game Civilization V in which we can play a version of America that’s headed by President Trump. The results are both hilarious and depressing. More →
Former Microsoft CEO and current Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is clearly very happy to have his own professional sports franchise. The combustible tech industry icon often amuses Clippers fans by going completely nuts during games while showing the enthusiasm of the world’s happiest manchild. At a Clippers game this week, Ballmer performed a dunk off a trampoline before a roaring crowd and looked like the happiest man alive afterward. More →
And here I thought the $12 McDonald’s mega-burger was impressive! Japanese website RocketNews24 recently went to a Burger King and put their commitment to customer service to the ultimate test by asking them build a Whopper that contained an estimated $80 worth of pickles. The result did not look appetizing but it is nonetheless amazing. More →
The selfie stick phenomenon just got even stranger. If wielding a small smartphone or even a tablet at the end of a telescopic pole isn’t cutting it for you, then a group of artists may have the answer. More →
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