Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stay Weird This Weekend

How Weird Al Eclipsed (Almost) Every Star He Ever Parodied. After nearly 40 years, the accordion-playing nerd has become a legend in his own right.
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WHITE & NERDY
How Weird Al Eclipsed (Almost) Every Star He Ever Parodied
washingtonpost.com
After nearly 40 years, the accordion-playing nerd has become a legend in his own right.
A FATHER OF CONTROVERSY
The Cost Of Defying The President
newyorker.com
When my father went on strike with other air-traffic controllers, in 1981, he suffered in ways from which he would never recover.
CRT YOUR WAY OUT
America's Television Graveyards
motherboard.vice.com
How millions of old CRT televisions have wound up abandoned in warehouses all over the country.
HOW TO TAKE A LIFE
The 'Killologist' Training America's Cops
mensjournal.com
"Cops fight violence. What do they fight it with? Superior violence. Righteous violence."
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The Mattress Industry Doesn't Want You To Learn These 3 Secrets (So Here They Are)
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Here's the deal, most mattress retailers charge you 6-12x their manufacturing costs, plus you have to deal with a cheesy salesman pressuring you to buy. Cue Lull, the smarter way to buy a mattress — online with free shipping to your doorstep and a 100-night trial.
MARKET DISRUPTION
EXPENSIVE TASTER
Is Hong Kong's $30 Chicken Wing Worth It?
luckypeach.com
"Even if we take it off the menu for a night, we still sell as many as we do when it's on, says Belon chef Daniel Calvert. "People will come in and not even look at the menu. They'll just hold up their phones, show us a photo."
THE GANG MIGHT BE BREAKING UP?
WATCH: The Teaser Trailer For 'Silicon Valley' Season Four Is Finally Here
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"Silicon Valley" returns to HBO on April 23rd.
MEET THE NEW BOX
Apple Vowed To Revolutionize Television. An Inside Look At Why It Hasn't
bloomberg.com
Apple has essentially settled for turning the television set into a giant iPhone: a cluster of apps with a store. Which is not exactly the revolution many were hoping for.
MONOPOLY? WHO, ME?
Mark Zuckerberg Is (Inadvertently) Making a Great Argument For Breaking Up Facebook
nymag.com
Zuck finally grapples with the power of his creation.
WHO'S RUNNING THIS THING?
THIS LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN
Chinese Power Companies Are Using Flame-Throwing Drones To Keep Wires Clean
gizmodo.com
What happens when your power lines get all kinds of trash hanging from them and it's not safe to send up a human? In Xiangyang, China, you send in the drones. Specifically, the drones that shoot fire.
WHO WILL WE SEE TONIGHT?
All The Celebrities Who Have Offered To Play Trump Administration Members On 'SNL'
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Melissa McCarthy has been widely celebrated for her hilarious portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the last two episodes of "SNL". Now, actors and actresses are coming out of the woodwork with offers to play various members of Trump's administration.
WORLD'S MOST NONEXISTENT BOSS
No CEO: The Swedish Company Where Nobody Is In Charge
bbc.com
Software consulting firm Crisp holds four-day meetings for all staff two to three times a year. They are used to making decisions on issues that affect everyone, such as an office move, but workers are encouraged to make decisions themselves at other times.
WEEKEND WATCHES
BEAK, TOOTH AND CLAW
Undersea Face-Off Between An Octopus And A Crab Ends... Unexpectedly
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Not to spoil it, but — neither wins, really. But one definitely loses.
OFFLINE DATING
Single Guy Tries Something Revolutionary In The Age Of Tinder: He Actually Asks Out Random Girls In Real Life
digg.com
There's something weird about the modern era when this set-up feels like the premise of a "social experiment" prank video and not just how people sometimes meet one another.
Our advice for the weekend: Long walks through the park > fighting crabs on the sea floor.

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