RFI: RIP Internet Explorer: South Korean engineer’s browser ‘grave’ goes viral. “In honour of the browser’s ‘death’, a gravestone marked with its signature ‘e’ logo was set up on the rooftop of a cafe in South Korea’s southern city of Gyeongju by engineer Kiyoung Jung, 38. ‘He was a good tool to use to download other browsers,’ the gravestone’s inscription reads.”
From MakeUseOf, for a given value of “Useful”: The 5 Best Free Random Decision Makers. “If you’re trying to make a light-hearted, a random decision maker can help you to more easily make an unbiased decision. It can save you time and prevent overthinking. Of course, they won’t be suitable for large, life-altering decisions–you’ll need to ponder over those, sorry!”
Boing Boing: AI tries to generate chain restaurant signs with hilarious results. “Janelle Shane is an AI researcher and the author of You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place. In one of her more recent AI experiments, she tasked the Dall-e neural network with trying to generate corporate restaurant logos with some … interesting results.”
Vox: One Good Thing: An unsolicited dik-dik pic . “Few experiences are more jarring than opening your phone to find an image of genitalia that you didn’t request — an unsolicited dick pic. Such an occurrence is diametrically opposite, I’d argue, to getting an unsolicited dik-dik pic. Dik-diks are tiny antelopes that are no larger than an overfed house cat.”
A child born in 2020 tries to get hand sanitizer out of a brick, and everything else, in adorable video (Boing Boing)
Boing Boing: A child born in 2020 tries to get hand sanitizer out of a brick, and everything else, in adorable video. “A cute little girl born during the pandemic plays make-believe by walking around trying to squirt hand sanitizer from every square-shaped object in reach. A true sign of the times.”
Cracked: If Internet Service Providers Were Honest | Honest Ads (CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox Parody) (Video)
Another savage, enraging-but-funny video from Cracked: If Internet Service Providers Were Honest | Honest Ads (CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox Parody). “What if Internet Service Providers like Centurylink, Comcast, and Cox were actually honest about how horrifically terrible they are? Roger Horton investigates.” All sources cited in the video are included in the description.
XKCD: Rapid Test Results . This is a cartoon, and moreover it’s an XKCD cartoon so there’s no way I can do it justice. Just click on it. Of course, if you’re reading this on the Web and I’m not trying to keep a plain text newsletter plain text, I can just put the cartoon here. You’ll still have to hit the link for the Alt text, though.
Esquire: It’s a Miracle Anyone Survived Trump’s Meat-Headed Covid Response. “One of the least important problems with El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago is that he is a complete political maladroit who surrounded himself with other complete political maladroits. Not to be crass, but the pandemic was a golden opportunity for him to demonstrate smart, tough political leadership and, not incidentally, guarantee his election to a second term. Not only did this not occur to him, apparently, it didn’t occur to anyone around him, either.”
CNET: See how a giant T. rex gets fitted for a festive Christmas sweater. “As researchers explore important questions about Tyrannosaurus Rex, like how many roamed Earth and how powerful their bites were, we just got the answer to another big one: how to dress one up in a festive Christmas sweater.”
BBC: Italian man tries to dodge Covid jab using fake arm. “An Italian man who wanted a Covid vaccination certificate without getting the jab turned up for his vaccine with a fake arm, officials say. The man, in his 50s, arrived for his shot with a silicone mould covering his real arm, hoping it would go unnoticed. But a nurse was not fooled and the man has now been reported to the police.”