Thursday, November 23, 2017


Honestly, 2017 has sucked. I'll be thankful when it's over. Well, if I look hard enough, I can find a few things to be thankful for. Altogether, it's hard to think about this year without turning fatalistic. But I'm afraid to say, "Hey, things could be worse!" because you know what happens then.

Come One, Come All

Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Dinner, by Thomas Nast, 1869. There's room at the table for everyone. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sounds Expensive to Me

Get Ready

The Temptations from 1966.

The Difference

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The Saddest Thing at the Grocery Store

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Tweet of the Day

The FCC is about to kill net neutrality and make the internet work like TV cable companies. Want HBO? Another $10. Want to get AMC? Pay for a bundle that includes channels you don't care about -which includes a surcharge for sports. But on an even bigger scale for the internet. Want access a small website you like? Sorry, that one doesn't appear on any of our bundles currently, as they haven't paid the company to be considered. Want Hulu? We don't offer that, watch our company-run streaming service instead. But you'll have a limited monthly bandwidth. And it's not like you have a choice of another ISP in your area- the big telecoms have already taken care of that. Oh, yeah, that small website that couldn't afford to get on any bundles? They'll be out of business soon, and we who run them will be out of a job.

The FCC is determined to do this. They will vote December 14. Call your congressman and ask him/her to stop this, or send a message somehow. And be sure to explain this to everyone you see during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Following Directions

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Miss Cellania's Links

Cinemaps: Plotting the Fantasy Worlds of the Silver Screen. Artist Andrew DeGraff tells how he designed maps of our favorite films.

Your Reckoning. And Mine. As stories about abuse, assault, and complicity come flooding out, how do we think about the culprits in our lives? Including, sometimes, ourselves.

The True Story Behind Plymouth Rock.

They were once Olympic rivals- one the captain of the U.S. women's hockey team, the other the captain of Canada's women's hockey team. But now Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette are celebrating the birth of their daughter, and they're melting hockey fans' hearts. (via Metafilter)

The Savvy Marketing That Put Marshmallows on Your Sweet Potato Casserole.

America Rediscovers Its Love of the Front Porch.

12 Pieces of 100-Year-Old Advice for Dealing With Your In-Laws. Some of those tips will make you cringe. 

The Silver Trail: How An Italian Immigrant Made His Mark on Southwestern Jewelry.

The Long Ethical Arc of Displaying Human Remains. (via Metafilter)  

An Omen

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Russian Traffic Ice Ballet

Residents of Vladivostok, in far eastern Russia, woke Friday morning to snow-covered roads. The snow hid a layer of ice, which drivers soon discovered. Oh, you could go places, as long as those places were downhill. Police received reports of 350 accidents in one day, some involving up to twenty vehicles. 

The Russian news site has 19 videos taken of traffic problems due to the snowstorm. You can vote on which is best in a poll at the bottom. I particularly like #19, in which a camera was focused on a hill across the street.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Diane is Not Happy

The Mermaid

A 1904 film by Georges Méliès. (via Everlasting Blort)

Word Up

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How Job Surveillance is Transforming Trucking in America

Truck drivers are under scrutiny by technology from their employers. First, there were governors to prevent trucks from exceeding the speed limit. Then came satellite tracking, and then onboard computers to monitor everything a trucker does, to make sure they stay within federal regulations as to how many hours they drive, how fast, and where they go. All decisions have been taken out of the trucker's hands.  

This is not new; in fact it's one of the reasons my husband quit long-haul trucking. He didn't mind staying within regulations, but some trucking companies crunch the numbers and plot out an exact schedule for deliveries, which doesn't allow for any emergencies, commonsense route changes, or even personal care, like pit stops. And although it's technically illegal, some companies will dock a truckers pay for not delivering by the computer-generated schedule. 

Tweet of the Day

When tax cuts for the rich becomes the price of your soul.

Emotional Wellness

The German Town That's Literally Breaking Apart

Tom Scott has ended his tour of America and is back in Europe, finding places with interesting stories to tell us about. The picturesque town of Staufen, Germany, is one such place. A geothermal drilling operation in 2007 has caused the ground to swell up under the downtown area, and the buildings are cracking. When the foundation underneath has moved, there's not a lot you can do for the buildings on top. Those buildings stood firm for hundreds of years, but in the last ten, they are crumbling. The problem is explained in depth in this article from the journal Geothermal Energy. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

The First Detective. Sherlock Holmes, Jean Valjean, and the FBI can all trace their roots back to one Frenchman who turned a life of crime into a life of fighting crime.

Rare Photograph of Billy the Kid Found at a Flea Market. This is not a repeat of the 2015 story.

How many holes does a straw have?

America's private health-care is rationed, but socialized medicine is luxury medicine.

Colin J. Carlson‏ is a biologist, but he's not an expert on foxes. Still, he decided to make a list of foxes and rate them with letter grades for their "weirdness" in a Twitter thread. (via Metafilter)

Things People Should, But Don't, Tell You About Having Kids.

Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court. Many contain final and lasting insults. (via Strange Company)

Stray Cats Captured in Martial Arts Poses by Hiroyuki Hisakata. (via Swiss Miss)

The Twisting History of Blood on Film. (via Digg)

Meet Doug Jones, One Of The Biggest Movie Stars You’ve Probably Never Seen. That's because he's almost always buried under a layer of latex and prosthetics as an alien, a monster, or a ghost. (via Metafilter)


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