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Wonders you can find on street view.

A site that compiles all the strange and interesting places you can spot on Google Street View.

Linked on the 31st of January, 2023 Details

The Soviet mechanical spaceflight computer.

An amazing-looking contraption built for the Soviet space program with a mechanical spinning globe and more cogs than an Enigma device.

Linked on the 30th of January, 2023 Details

Knightrider court, London. But better.

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An amusing 80s TV show intervention on the Knightrider Court sign in London.

Added on the 29th of January, 2023 Details

You've probably never tasted truffles.

I always hated the taste of truffles, or so I thought. It turns out nearly everything sold out there as containing truffles or truffle oil is just some cheap petroleum-derived product. And that includes in many higher-end restaurants.

Real truffles are incredibly rare and expensive:

Winter white truffle, or noble white truffle, is the most expensive and prized truffle. It can be found only in late autumn and winter, no earlier than September 15, no later than the end of January. The world's most famous winter white truffles are found in Alba, Italy, and Croatian Istria is also known for them.
Depending on how well the season was, this truffle can go for thousands of euros. In the case of large, first-class white truffles, the price per kilo comes close to 10,000 euros.

Maybe one day I'll taste the real thing and maybe I'll like it. Until then I'll keep avoiding anything with truffle in its name.

Linked on the 11th of January, 2023 Details

The products you own are worse now.

It's not your imagination, products you buy are worse now. Fashion falls apart. Gadgets become unusable, etc. Mainly due to accelerating market changes rather than a deliberate reduction in material quality alone.

Fast-forward a handful of decades, and now several generations of people are conditioned to buy the new thing and to keep replacing it. Companies, in turn, amp up production accordingly. It’s less so that objects are intended to break — functional planned obsolescence, if you will — but rather that consumer mindsets are oriented around finding the better object
Linked on the 11th of January, 2023 Details

Startup releases particles to tweak the climate.

From the "what could go wrong?" department:

A startup claims it has launched weather balloons that may have released reflective sulfur particles in the stratosphere, potentially crossing a controversial barrier in the field of solar geoengineering.
Linked on the 31st of December, 2022 Details