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Remembering Richard Feynman

In this TEDxCaltech talk, physicist Leonard Susskind talks about his old friend Richard “Dick” Feynman. Susskind relates a series of stories about Feynman the man, the scientist, and the teacher. It doesn’t really get good until four minutes in; the whole talk is fourteen minutes long. Sample quote: “What Feynman hated more than anything else was [...]

Steampunk Laptops Now for Sale

If you have a handful of thousand-dollar bills and a penchant for all things clockwork, this might just be the best day of your life. Richard “Datamancer” Nagy is taking pre-orders for the Victorian Laptop for the first time. I’m not super interested in steampunk, but I do think Nagy’s handiwork is rather beautiful. There [...]

Ten-year-old Translator

Alexia Sloane is only ten years old, but she got the opportunity to work as an interpreter at the European Parliament in Brussels. Alexia received an exception to the age 14 minimum rule because she is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Mandarin, and is now learning German -and she does a great job interpreting. [...]

Stand By Me Reunion: Wil Wheaton Looks Back 25 Years Later

I loved Stand By Me – I even did a movie trivia post about it. It’s hard to believe it came out 25 years ago, but since Wil Wheaton (Gordie) just recorded commentary for a special edition Blu-Ray release, I guess it must be true. He met with director Rob Reiner and co-stars Jerry O’Connell [...]

Billionaire Richard Branson Loses Bet, Must Serve as Flight Attendant

Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire owner of Virgin Atlantic Air, lost a bet to Tony Fernandes, the owner of Air Asia. Consequently, he must serve as a flight attendant on an Air Asia international flight: Branson made the wager with Lotus racing team principal Tony Fernandes , who owns Air Asia, over which of their Formula [...]

Darth Vader Theme, Beethoven Style

How can you improve the iconic Imperial March theme from Star Wars? Just add a little Beethoven! Here’s Richard Grayson playing (and improvising the way only Richard Grayson can) the Darth Vader theme in classical piano: Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] – via Topless Robot

Inventor builds floating home from bottles

An inventor has built himself an ideallic island in the Carribean from plastic bottles. Richard ‘Rishi’ Sowar used 120,000 plastic bottles to keep his…

Pee-Wee Herman’s 1988 Christmas Special: Streaming Online!

Remember Pee-Wee Herman’s 1988 Christmas Special? It featured an insanely long list of guest-stars, including: Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Little Richard, Cher, Magic Johnson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Del Rubio Triplets, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, and Charo. It was a hell of a production, and as far [...]

Da Bears

I was actually going to post an informative piece about how bears hibernate during the winter, but a quick Wiki reveals that bears aren’t true hibernators. In true hibernators, body temperatures drop to near ambient and heart rate slows drastically, but the animals periodically rouse themselves to urinate or defecate and to eat from stored food. [...]

Giuliano Stroe 5 year bodybuilder 6 pack

Beef cake: Five-year-old Giuliano Stroe shows off his impressive physique A muscle-bound boy has been entered into the Guinness Book of Records after performing an incredible physical stunt. Romanian Giuliano Stroe, five, has been training since the age of two in Italy – where he lives with his family – and now the hard work has [...]