After All These Years Brain Finally Tells Off Pinky:
Some beautiful angel sent from heaven recently got together with the two voice actors who were responsible for Pinky and the Brain. He put them in a room, handed them a script, and watched them make fucking magic happen. Vulgar magic.
OMG THIS IS THE GREATEST THING ON THE INTERNET RIGHT NOW!
OK…first of all…LOOK AT THAT THING!
Secondly, how stupid is Mashable? The text of the article says:
The insects’ venomous stings cause victims’ bodies to swell and can lead to kidney failure and even death.
But, if you watch the video, at the 40 second mark they say:
A female’s bit will reportedly hurt a whole lot more than a male’s but it’s not believed to cause any significant health effects…
I’m sorry but I consider “swelling, kidney failure and even death” to be fairly significant…
Regardless, it gives me another reason to not want to go to China, Vietnam or India.
World’s Largest Flying Water Insect.
Velasquez Family Coffee:
Velasquez Family Coffee was started by Guillermo and Cathy Velasquez to sell the high quality coffee grown by our family and friends in the mountains of Honduras. This ensures them a livable income and supports their effort to protect and enhance the precious cloud forest ecosystem where they farm.
Sometimes it seems there are as many different kinds of coffee as there are beans on a….tree….bush…well…whatever coffee grows on…
A YML listener, Tom R, was kind enough to send me a couple of bags of his family’s favourite coffee – Velasquez Family Coffee.
While coffee can be a very personal thing – especially among coffee snobs – it can still be a pain finding just the right beans coupled with just the right grind, just the right brewing method, just the right machine, etc, etc.
So when Tom told me he was sending me a couple of pounds of Velasquez Family Coffee’s “Maximo’s French Roast”, I wasn’t holding out much hope it would be something I would like.
I was wrong.
I can always tell when a coffee type/brand/bean/grind is good and/or I’ve brewed it properly when I can drink it black. I’ve always put cream in my coffee (no sugar though). The only time I’ve ever had black coffee on a daily basis was when I was in Italy having their delicious espressos.
While I don’t drink every cup of Velasquez Family Coffee black, I’ve had a few cups black (I’m having one now!) and it is just as yummy as the same coffee with cream in it.
It’s a shame it costs so much to ship to Canada or this would become my new favourite coffee.
This is How You Make Selfie Toast:
If you want selfie toast, it’ll cost you $75 for the first toaster. Toast with your face on it for everyone!
If you are this vain, please just kill yourself. If you ever served this to me, don’t worry, I’ll choke you out with my bare hands. Surely you can find other, better ways to piss away $75, couldn’t you?
The Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook:
Rather than counting on news outlets to get it right, we’re looking at the other end. Below are some tips for how, in the wake of a big, tragic story, you can sort good information from bad.
New junkies like me already know many of these tips but for the rest of you, take these to heart when it comes to “Breaking News!” – or, for that matter, *most* news stories.
Can you spot where The Stupid starts?
Last week, we and many others ran the story of a rather astounding collection of photographs that were supposedly discovered in a foxhole where the infamous Battle of the Bulge took place.
Allegedly found by U.S. Navy Captain Mark Anderson and accompanying historian Jean Muller, the story goes that the duo found then scanned the images in an old camera, presenting them to the world seventy years after they were captured and left behind by a soldier who had been KIA. But that, it seems, is not the truth.
A few days after posting the article, our Editor-in-Chief began receiving emails from concerned readers notifying us that the story was fabricated and that they had seen these photos before. Unable to confirm anything at the time, we kept our eye on it, reaching out to a number of people in regards to the situation.
THERE! RIGHT THERE!
If they had simply waited to confirm the story before they originally posted it, maybe they wouldn’t be “crushed and embarrassed” that they were pulled into the hoax.
The idiocy of this story is their own line of “Unable to confirm anything at the time, we kept our eye on it…” But not until after they had already published it. They “kept their eye on it” only after their own readers told Petapixel about it. It’s not like Petapixel is a “breaking news” site or that this was news that absolutely had to be posted immediately and therefore may be cut (a little) slack on a “fluid” situation/story.
Their embarrassment is completely deserved and we should have zero sympathy for them. In their rush to post, they broke a Cardinal Rule of journalism: “Get it right first”.