Latest stories - Rob Beschizza

Yesterday   The New York Times has a story out today about Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh's old schoolmates tattling on sexual misbehavior, and the FBI's refusal to talk to any of them in its abbreviated and crudely politicized investigation of him.

Yesterday   Two years ago, I informed you of the fully-functional golden toilet created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, then available for use at the Guggenheim. The installation, currently on tour, was stolen last night from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Yesterday   The shadow of the Jovian moon Io was captured by NASA's Juno probe. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill) Read the rest

2 Days Ago   A superearth 111 light years away shows evidence of water vapor in its stratosphere, reports National Geographic. Water on another world. The discovery, announced this week in two independent studies, comes from years of observations of the exoplanet K2-18b, a super-Earth that’s about 111 light-years from our solar system.

2 Days Ago   Trump wants to roll back regulations that promote low-power light bulbs, even though at this point the industry has moved on and isn't likely to do much in the way of modernizing incandescents.

2 Days Ago   Enjoy this video collection of hot rivets being put in. I must say, from beginning to end, I was ... engrossed. Hot riveting is an efficient joining method in which two materials are permanently joined at specific points by a form-closing process.

2 Days Ago   Two corgis do battle in this epic video confrontation posted on YouTube by Defacto Sound, which I suspect is exploiting the Corg Wars to show off its audio design talents.

3 Days Ago   Birds Aren't Real is an amusing parody of conspiracy grift merch, which is to say it is a site where you can buy t-shirts and other things emblazoned with a bespoke conspiracy theory that Birds Aren't Real (they are, of course, government surveillance drones).

3 Days Ago   laptop.css provides "laptop CSS for the modern world," which is to say, GIFs playing inside of monospace-typed drawings of laptops. There are three sizes: sm, classic, and lg.

3 Days Ago   At the EFF's Deeplinks blog, the foundation posts a copyright takedown demand sent to it regarding an illustration used on an earlier posting. Given that the EFF is paramount among organizations fighting for more liberal copyright laws and employs numerous lawyers, activists and experts to this end, this already seems a tentative prospect.

3 Days Ago   The Verge reports that top YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg is rescinding a $50,000 pledge to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that opposes antisemitism and supports Israel.

3 Days Ago   Buzzfeed's Vanessa Wong declares that Tim Cook Will Have To Pry My iPhone SE From My Cold, Tiny Hands. I admit it makes no sense. My behavior is so incomprehensible that I worry I’ll be boiled down to a caricature of myself: a frugal old lady with a frugal old phone.

3 Days Ago   The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Ohio State University's trademark filing on the word "The." The AP reports: OSU submitted the trademark application last month.

3 Days Ago   Daniel Beckwitt, a channer with a trust fund, began digging a bunker under his house after his mother died. Driven by survivalist paranoia and reinforced in adjacent ideologies by like-minded internet users, he hired another young man, Askia Khafra, to dig in the growing tunnel system while he blew the days on Reddit and 4chan.

3 Days Ago   Amazon offers this selection of delightful penis-shaped gummies, but critics claim that the tasty treats in fact resemble lighthouses, a perverse symbol of the shipping industry, long-associated with press-ganging, slavery, shipwrecks and other atrocities on the high seas.

4 Days Ago   The Cheney School in Oxford, England, apologized this week after asking students to write suicide notes as part of their English homework. The assignment generated complaints.

4 Days Ago   Natalie Beach recounts her time as the friend, then gofer, then ghostwriter for Caroline Calloway, an Instagram influencer who (for reasons that eventually become clear) is famous only in retrospect.

4 Days Ago   The MIT Media Lab is in crisis after the extent of child-abusing billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's donations became clear. Its director resigned in disgrace after an article at The New Yorker exposed the extent of those ties and apparent efforts to cover them up.

4 Days Ago   Announced yesterday, the new iPhones' most interesting feature is its triple-lensed imaging system, making the tiny gadget comparable to much more expensive cameras. But the holes are making people shudder and shiver, the sensation named trypophobia in the annals of internet lore, if not medical science.

4 Days Ago   I'm looking forward to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's memoirs, Permanent Record, (previously) and just pre-ordered a copy on Amazon. Given the title, I thought it might be interesting to share what Amazon represented as "Frequently bought together" with it and put in its "Customers who viewed this item also viewed" carousel.

4 Days Ago   Scientists drilled into the Chixclub crater in the Gulf of Mexico to learn more about the end of the mesozoic era. They learned more than they expected, reports Katherine Kornei in The New York Times.

5 Days Ago   President Trump this morning fired John Bolton, his national security mustache. Trump cited various disagreements with him over policy. I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House.

5 Days Ago   Washington Post columnist and Saudi Arabian dissident Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered by agents of the Saudi royal family at the country's embassy in Turkey.

5 Days Ago   Geoffrey Boycott was once a famous sportsman, but is now a domestic abuser convicted of beating up his girlfriend in a French hotel and leaving her to pay the bill.

5 Days Ago   Here someone states the obvious, because it must sometimes be asserted in the face of caviling over the ethics of stating the obvious: the president is not well.

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