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Elon Musk’s proposal for a rapid-transit tube between LA and SF that would make the trip in a half hour.

Defending iOS with cheap iPhones


WinCo: Low-Key, Low-Cost Grocer Called 'Walmart's Worst Nightmare'


 <blockquote>        <p>Prices are kept low through a variety of strategies, the main one being that it often cuts out distributors and other middlemen and buys many goods directly from farms and factories. [&#8230;] what really might scare the world’s largest retailer is how WinCo treats its employees.[&#8230;] WinCo has a reputation for doing right by employees. It provides health benefits to all staffers who work at least 24 hours per week. The company also has a pension, with employees getting an amount equal to 20% of their annual salary put in a plan that’s paid for by WinCo.</p>     </blockquote>

Journalism and video games come together as a new form of storytelling in Brazil

aka serious games (via)

Rob Ford sought meeting with inmate in after-hours jail visit

Pairs well with a nice drunken stagger along the Danforth, doesn’t it?

The Making Of: Cart Life

Sounds like a great game, free here. There is great artistic potential in games if they let you put on the shoes of another and walk far enough to expand your horizons. (via)

How Not to Debate What We Should Be Doing at Movie Theaters

Richard Lawson takes on the Anil Dash “shushers” piece, which is great, because I’m too lazy.

Shushers: Wrong about movies. Wrong about the world.

Wow. Just, wow. According to Anil Dash, people pay money to go to the movies because they want to hear strangers talk and watch people randomly fire up their smartphones. And anyone who disagrees is “wrong about the world”, opposes marriage equality, and basically owns slaves.

All I can say is, I hope he’s trolling.

Now that’s a promo! Thanks y.

Spike Jonze’s latest. Interestingly, he is credited as the sole writer on this. He hasn’t done that before. (via)

“I make photographs of strangers because I’m afraid of talking to strangers.”

On the motivations for making art.

Stephen Colbert and friends dance to Daft Punk

Two disco fingers up.

Disney Insignia from World War II

Wartime logo-based appearances by some Disney regulars plus some delightful originals like Refueling Parrot, Flag-Hating Bear, and Repair Dwarf. (via)

A Lab-Grown Burger Gets a Taste Test

Microbes: The Trillions of Creatures Governing Your Health

On the “microbiome”, the collection of bacterial flora that may have a lot more to do with our health than we realize. A must-read for its description of a fecal transplant. Yeah, that’s right.

While We’re Trying To Follow His Game Of Checkers, Jeff Bezos Is Playing Chess

On Bezos’ acquisition of The Washington Post.

The photo that gets more incriminating all the time

Yup, the pic of Ford with the drug dealers.

Famous Writers' Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts

I think I need a bloggin’ shanty

The Rob Ford crack video: the truth

It’s a real crackstravaganza today!

  <blockquote>        <p>But what I do know is this: the video is in the hands of many people, now. And it has been seen by many more. And it shows Rob Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.</p>    </blockquote>

Man stabbed over alleged Rob Ford crack video

Ooh, this is juicy.

Sources told the Sun he was trying to cut a deal with the prosecution to hand over the tape in exchange for a plea bargain on his Project Traveller charges.

The tape is still in play.

How Ford’s support has more to do with urban form than anything else

I.e., pre-war neighborhoods oppose Ford, while post-war, car-based neighborhoods support him. Not quite an urban-suburban divide, but pretty close.

Stanley Kubrick's favourite films

Crack video seller currently in jail

Where he has been stabbed

3D revenues continue to decline

That’s good. (BTW I’m up at a cottage all week, so posting will be light or non-existent).