Fodor’s picks the worst airport in the world: LAX

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According to Fodor’s Travel the best US airport is Burbank (BUR). I couldn’t agree more. It’s 7  miles from my house and takes 2o minutes to get there. “Burbank is an airport free of most of the hassles that take the fun out of travel plans,” writes Fodor’s. “It’s an agreeable airport in a perfect location, which is why it’s at the top of our list of airports to love.”

I’ll pay a premium to fly from and to BUR, because my alternative is LAX, which Fodor’s rates as the worst airport in the entire world. It’s 26 miles from my house and it often takes 2 hours to get there in heavy 405 traffic. And once you get there, you’ll get stuck in the “horseshoe.” for another 30 minutes. From Fodor’s: “Thanks to the improbably stupid design of its catastrophic horseshoe motor-loop, it regularly requires 30 minutes to travel the short mile from the outskirts of the airport to most of its terminals. And because Los Angeles was built as a city beholden to the automobile, there is no other way to arrive or depart from this maddening complex of suffering but through the interminable traffic.”

Image: Photo of LAX by Mark Frauenfelder


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This cast iron griddle is cheap and fantastic

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I’ve been using this 10.5″ cast iron griddle at my brother’s place, and it is just great.

I keep a #9 cast iron skillet on my stove at almost all times. My brother prefers a cast iron griddle. I can see the attraction.

The griddle is great all the things I do with a skillet, and also serves as a pizza stone. The lack of sidewalls can make grease management a bit more of a chore, however when making pancakes or otherwise looking to get under and flip frying items things become a lot easier. I didn’t notice how much angling around and dickery goes into using my skillet.

Eggs over easy are a lot easier to wrangle.

I have a #8 ‘Chicken Pan’ that is essentially a very deep walled skillet (with a self-basting lid) that I use for fried chicken. I could use that for deep frying, and a griddle for everything else… however I’m awfully fond of my skillet.

I have a griddle I picked up at a cast iron flea market ages ago, and never bothered to refinish. My brother has this Lodge item and it is wonderful. It will serve for generations.

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The making of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” plus new videos for the album’s tracks

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Joy Division’s post-punk masterpiece “Unknown Pleasures” turns 40 this year. NME just republished an interview with two of the three surviving members of Joy Division — bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris — about creating what is arguably one of the most influential albums of all time. Meanwhile, the surviving band members have invited ten video directors to create new music videos for each song on the album. Below is the first video for “I Remember Nothing,” directed by Helgi & Hörður. From the NME:

Was there anything that (producer) Martin Hannett did or asked you to do that was a bit too much?

Morris: “I was alright with what he was asking us to do mostly, although he did make me use the aerosol can on the 12-inch version of ‘She’s Lost Control’ like you see in Control. He shut me in a room with a can of tape-cleaning fluid and made me press it in time with the song. By the end, the booth was just filled with noxious fumes. I think he was just trying to kill me. If I’d have lit up a fag, the whole of Strawberry Studios would have gone up in smoke.”

Is it strange seeing that (album cover) design getting reproduced on just about anything and everything?

Hook: “We never actually did an official ‘Unknown Pleasures’ T-shirt until 1994 but they got bootlegged all over the world. When we got investigated by the taxman because of the Haçienda being all fucked up, he said that he couldn’t find any receipts for ‘Unknown Pleasures’ T-shirts.

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Trailer for Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining

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“Come and play with us, Danny… for ever, and ever, and ever.” The bigscreen adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s 2013 novel sequel to The Shining, is out November 8. From the film description:

“Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

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New Dropbox uses half a gig of RAM and “sucks”

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Dropbox syncs files between computers, but who wants that? The New Dropbox, announced this week, has all sorts of wonderful features to organize your cloud content, package your designs, integrate with slack, and to eat half a gig of RAM just by running on your computer.

John Gruber writes that it sucks.

All I want from Dropbox is a folder that syncs perfectly across my devices and allows sharing with friends and colleagues. That’s it: a folder that syncs with sharing. And that’s what Dropbox was.

Now it’s a monstrosity that embeds its own incredibly resource-heavy web browser engine. In a sense Steve Jobs was right?—?the old Dropbox was a feature not a product. But it was a feature well-worth paying for, and which made millions of people very happy.

At Hacker News, former Dropbox employee Taylor Schwimmer puts it bluntly:

Many people only use Dropbox as a backup and file share product. That’s great. However, it’s a terrible business, especially for Dropbox

It’s always interesting to go from using a simple, single-purple tool to being locked inside a toolshed full of rickety contraptions. You wonder what happened, then notice all the enterprise customers manacled to the walls. Read the rest

Guys, Brooklyn Ball Barbers cater to your manscaping needs

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Good gentleman of Brooklyn, there’s a place in your borough that specializes in artisanal manscaping. It’s called Brooklyn Ball Barbers and they claim, “Your dick pick game will be second to none.”

Oh nuts, Comedy Central. You had me going for about 12 seconds there.

But, can we just take a moment to admire the attention to detail in this video? For example, this logo:

And the barber chair with stirrups:

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Become a travel expert with this jetsetter’s crash course

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Heading abroad? Even if it’s just a short trip, there’s a lot to prepare for. Travel can be incredibly rewarding, but it can tricky to navigate different cultures and lodging arrangements – and even trickier to do it cheaply.

Before you go shopping for suitcases, here’s our pick for a good first investment: The Ultimate Travel Hacker Bundle 2019.

This package of nine online courses covers the essential aspects of travel and can be useful even for those who’ve been around the globe a time or two. There are crash courses on Spanish and Chinese, plus lessons on how to navigate Airbnb and maximize your airline rewards. Best of all, the entire thing is up for grabs on a “pay what you want” basis. Make an offer, and any amount gets you part of the bundle. Beat the average price, and you take home the whole thing.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s included:

Become a Digital Nomad – Tips for keeping all your info safe and accessible anywhere you roam.
Travel Hacking Mastery: Fly Around the World for Cheap – Find out how you can save on airline tickets by signing up for the right credit cards, all while keeping your score intact and skirting fees.
The Abroaders Guide to Points & Miles – Booking the right flights to boost your rewards and reduce ticket prices by up to 90%.
Chinese Made Easy: Understand 65% of Chinese In 10 Hours – A language boot camp that lets you speak conversational Mandarin in less than a day. Read the rest

Couture fashion company Vetements is selling an unauthorized €800 Pirate Bay hoodie

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Vetements claims its clothes — like this £291 unauthorized DHL teecost so much because they use special factories and really good materials.

It’s hard to understand how its unauthorized €800 Pirate Bay hoodie pencils out, though — which is why Pirate Bay co-founder Marcin de Kaminski denounced the product, citing its price, rather than any notional infringement, as the source of his ire.

There’s plenty weird going on with this garment, like the list of the nations of the world on the back that omits Sweden — birthplace of The Pirate Bay.

While the full ship emblem on the front isn’t an exact replica of the original, it’s so close as to make very little difference. Those squinting to read the text along the bottom are advised it reads “Vetements Free Downloads”, in case anyone doesn’t recognize this is a Pirate Bay-themed hoodie, of course.

The back of this stunning piece of high-fashion cloth is adorned with an alphabetically-sorted list of countries of the world. While that’s perhaps expected given The Pirate Bay’s reach, Sweden – the site’s birthplace – is completely absent.

The big question here is whether someone in the setting department screwed up and left Sweden out, or is this one of those clever fashion things that’s designed to provoke conversation. The Pirate Bay can be found everywhere except Sweden? That works – on a couple of levels.

Red-Hot Vetements Fashion Brand is Selling an $845 Pirate Bay Hoodie [Andy/Torrentfreak]

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Over 5 years of service from this hammock kit in a rough marine environment

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Since May of 2013 I’ve enjoyed this Vivere double hammock and its space-saving steel stand.

The price dropped to around $90 on average last year. It has been down to $70-ish once or twice, but I’ve gotten so much service from this kit, I think it was a deal at $140. Here is my first review.

I have once replaced the hammock itself! I fault myself, and not the hammock due to my leaving it in the sun, wind, and rain for a few years. I now respectfully take the replacement hammock down at night and bring it in. Several years of use and the replacement looks good as new. I am sure if you care for yours it will last as well.

The stand is good as new. Even in the salty sea air, it has merely developed a patina. I have kept this hammock about 200ft from the Pacific Ocean.

My daughter and I frequently use the hammock. I love it for recovering from any illness, and sleeping outside at night. My kid likes to watch YouTube videos in out, as WIFI easily reaches the deck.

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A Korean bodybuilder describes how years of steroid use messed up his body

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Joint pain. Poor digestion. Hair loss. Erectile dysfunction. No libido. These are just a few of the lasting symptoms experienced by Kim Dong-hyeon, a bodybuilder in South Korea, after using over $3,000 of black-market steroids per month for many years. In this video he tells an Asian Boss reporter that he injected himself with steroids 20 times a day and that 98% of bodybuilders in South Korea take steroids. Read the rest

New ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ are on the way

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Evidently that wasn’t all, folks.

Animation Scoop:

Looney Tunes Cartoons is a series of new short form cartoons starring the iconic and beloved Looney Tunes characters. With a crew of some of the premier artists working in animation today, each “season” will produce 1,000 minutes of all-new Looney Tunes animation that will be distributed across multiple platforms — including digital, mobile and broadcast.

Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories. Each cartoon will vary from one to six minutes in length and, from the premise on through to the jokes, will be “written” and drawn by the cartoonists, allowing their own personality and style to come through in each cartoon.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and features veteran Looney Tunes voice cast members, including Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) and Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa) serve as executive producers.

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“Cursed” YouTube Video

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This video shows a lowpoly 3D Scooby Doo animation found in SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom, an XBox video game, where it served as an advertisement for the game Scooby Doo Night of 100 Frights. People who play the video report that the sound is badly messed up, giving it an unsettling, disorienting vibe. The timeline bar claims it is 3:48 long, but the bar fills and ends in 1:07. The video then displays a loading spinner for another minute, then … depending on the configution of your box … the rest of the music will begin to play. The rest of the video footage is, presumably, forbidden.

While one might assume it is obviously just a corrupted video/audio stream whose metadata the YouTube player is misinterpreting, it says right in the comments that it is cursed. I’d assume that it’s a very bad idea to FFprobe if you like living in this dimension.

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Save over 50% on this Air Fryer from legendary chef Wolfgang Puck

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Fried foods are a weakness for many of us. There’s nothing quite like that extra crisp crackle on chicken, fries or onion rings. And for years, our arteries have been paying for the privilege.

Lately, the air fryer has been a godsend for those who love the fried stuff but love their body too. If you haven’t tried one before, the Wolfgang Puck 7.2-Quart XL Air Fryer is a pretty failsafe bet.

With a 7.2-quart basket capacity, this chosen cooker of celeb chef Wolfgang Puck can accommodate almost anything you care to fry: Chicken, french fries, veggies – even a five-pound pot roast. But instead of submerging it in oil, this gadget circulates hot air evenly over the food, cooking it thoroughly and delivering that addictive fried taste – sans the additional fat or calories. With a 1700 watt capacity, it preheats in a flash and can cook for up to 30 minutes.

Right now, the Wolfgang Puck 7.2-Quart XL Air Fryer is $59.99 – more than 50% off the original list price of $129.95. Read the rest

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