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.
The Daily Dot:
According to Michelle Lam, 81% of women are wearing the wrong cup size.
As CEO of True&Co, a lingerie company that has been referred to as “Netflix for your boobs” and uses algorithms to determine which bra is the best fit for every woman, Lam knows what she’s talking about when it comes to women’s bodies. Over the past two years, True&Co has been assembling “boob data” from more than 500,000 women, using a personalized quiz that goes beyond asking women about their cup sizes.
Ladies, take the quiz. You will never think so much about your boobs in your life.
Another reason why I’ve never been so happy to have a penis. As much as I like boobs, the hassle women have to go throw to protect them, cover them and show them off is amazing.
Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets.
For most bikers, this advice is anathema. The importance of wearing a helmet has been drilled into everyone since childhood. And, it’s true that, as study after study has shown, you’re better off with a helmet if you’re in an accident.
But in the world’s most popular biking cities, particularly in Europe, very few bikers wear helmets. And there are good reasons for that: biking, it turns out, isn’t an especially dangerous form of transportation in terms of head trauma.
I don’t think even motorcycle helmets should be mandatory. But if you are so colossally stupid that you choose not to protect your brain, you should have to sign a waiver that allows us to harvest your organs if you get into an accident – whether you’re still using them or not.
I watched “Manhunter” last night. If you don’t know the movie, it was the first film to feature serial killer Hannibal Lecter (of “Silence of the Lambs” fame).
It is by no means, in my opinion, as good as SotL. It’s very dated and doesn’t hold up well style wise. It is fun to see all the character actors in the cast though and I didn’t even recognize Joan Allen in the film.
As a psychological thriller, it’s very slow paced and William Petersen’s moody stares get trying quickly. The best scenes are actually between Allen and Tom Noonan who plays the bad guy. There’s a point where you think he might be redeemable if only…
The best part was rediscovering the music of a band I loved in the 80s – Shriekback. I wore out their “Oil and Gold” album.
Overall, it would make a good doubleheader flick with the much lauded SotL.
I’ve been drinking a lot of water recently because A) it’s healthier and B) cheaper (every dollar counts nowadays). But it’s also “boring” and, of course, flavourless.
I’ve seen the ads for all of these “enhancers” but ignored them til this weekend when I picked up a little MiO Liquid Water Enhancer squirt pack.
I’m actually very pleasantly surprised at how much flavour there is out of a couple little squirts and how it makes me want to drink even more water – which I assume is a good thing.
They are a little bit expensive (over $5/box at my local grocery store) but I’ll “splurge” on them.
I noticed there are a bunch of others companies in the category. Does anyone have an opinion on some of the competitors or should I stick with the MiO’s?
For years, everyone has told you that you should be backing up your computer on a regular schedule — even though it’s a pain to do so — lest you lose precious data to a crash, to malware, to theft or just irreversible failure. But everyone has been wrong. In fact, you should back up your computer in three different ways, continuously. And it is easier than ever to do.
We harp on backups all the time but it’s because we’ve lost important data and don’t want the same to happen to you.
Whiskey stones are supposed to offer a modern answer for guys who enjoy a cooler beverage but don’t want any ice thinning out their drink. We rounded up a bunch to see just how effective they are. The results were surprising.
Not really. I interviewed a co-founder of the (very cool) Distiller app and asked him about whiskey stones. He confirmed what I expected and what Cool Material says – “most whiskey stones do little to nothing.”
Save your money. Drink faster.