CUE THE LIGHTBULB
( inewidea.com) This month in The Atlantic is a two-page article on emerging technologies intended to make life better—tsunami detectors, traffic sensors, that sort of thing. It’s some amazing stuff, and I probably would have been positively vajazzled by it if “I New Idea” didn’t exist. This awkwardly named blog is chockablock with wonders: “bed ladders” that enable the elderly to sit up without help; studio apartments with rotating walls that transform the space from a bedroom to a kitchen; and hybrid cars with windshields that repair themselves. Every single day, this blog heralds the future.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
( damncoolpics.blogspot.com) Another terrible site name—but as it turns out, “Damn Cool Pics” delivers as advertised. The blog is a compilation of cool pictures, from an apartment furnished in cardboard to glamor-shots of a woman who was fired from Citibank for being too sexy. Recommended: the “25 Best Boat Names” gallery (“Cirrhosis of the River”) and the “Celebrity Prom Pictures” gallery from May 26. Wouldn’t have figured Halle Berry for a tiara, but I fully expected one on Will Ferrell.
YOUR SOURCE FOR USELESS
( thedailywh.at) The people who brought you “I Can Haz Cheeseburger?” have provided a vital public service with this daily compendium of all the links that you friends and coworkers will forward to you a month from now. There’s actually some useful information in “The Daily What”—they dug up some fascinating stuff on the BP oil spill, including a great description of “Top Kill” from Bill Nye—but by and large, it’s full of stupid but entertaining links designed to help you make an optimal waste of your working day.