Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Base metals… IN SPAAAACE!

Just in case you weren’t convinced that we’re living in the future: a newly launched mining company might be about to start exploiting a record-breaking untapped iron ore deposit… in spaaaace: Supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google’s Larry … Continue reading

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Talk Nerdy To Me: Amazon EC2 backup shell script

Update: right, here’s a new version of the script that doesn’t spew when you run it as root. Update 2: made the path to /sbin/service explicit so that mysqld goes down properly.  Update 3: here’s a text version without the silly … Continue reading

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How to retire by forty OR NINETY

Well, yes, Melbourne Age, leveraging up 10:1 in a risky asset class will let you “retire by 40” .. if prices go your way. If not, well… what’s this “retirement” thing you’re talking about? Is it like “bankruptcy”?

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Don’t look directly at it; it’ll burn your retinas

An astounding scientific discovery has been made in northern Italy, near the town of Maranello: the heretofore unknown red-and-white buck-toothed small-winged duck-billed platypus. The paper will appear in next month’s Nature.

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Jokes go here, comrade

I TOLD YOU I WAS KIM JONG ILL, blared KCNA right on the dot of midday Korea time, sending equities into a tailspin and USDKRW through the roof. The beloved star of comedies such as South Park, 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live … Continue reading

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It’s always in the last place you look

Is it real? Have CERN researchers finally found the Higgs boson? You’ll find out… on next week’s show. CUT TO AUDIENCE GOING “AWWWW”. Also, you have to wonder whether Nobel-prize-winning particle physicist (and passable limericist) Sheldon Glashow likes being called “Shelly”.

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Anthony Bourdain has broken the omertà

Anthony Bourdain on San Francisco: “it’s a two-fisted drinking town, a carnivorous meat-eating town,” and “anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me”. Hear, hear: Q. Favorite city for eating in the … Continue reading

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Does YOUR shopping mall have trained hawks patrolling the skies?

Orchard Road, Singapore’s rich-git shopping strip (the three near-identical Louis Vuitton stores within two blocks should give you some idea) has a problem: thousands of starlings like to nest in the trees beside the road and do what birds do … Continue reading

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“No wireless. Less space than a Nomad.”

Ten years ago today, self-described “news for nerds” site Slashdot proclaimed it “lame“; the Register said it “isn’t exactly innovatory“; and Wired (not-so-seriously) said “the only ‘breakthrough’ here is a growing desire to break a 2-by-4 over Steve Jobs’ skull“. … Continue reading

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And that’s what you missed on Glee

Last week on Glee: Mike Chang gets an A-minus and his father flips his lid. This week in real life: The couple’s son is enrolled in an elite secondary school and has always done well enough to be among the top ten in his class. … Continue reading

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