Busy? Extremely. Too busy to furnish links of distinction to the gentry? Of course not
- Man Flu - "Man Flu is a crippling and debilitating disorder indiscriminately striking down male members of the human species without warning. The illness is often referred to pejoratively by female members of the species who are in fact immune from the illness as man flu is now known to exclusively attack the XY chromosome carrier. If Man Flu is kind enough not to kill the infected party it will definitely leave him weak, sick, hurting everywhere and in dire need of TLC." All the facts, and many pernicious myths dispelled, in this excellent resource dedicated to modern medical science's greatest challenge.
- River Maps - "Rivers have been a key part of urban life for centuries. They have provided us with drinking water, protection, and a transit network that links us from one settlement to the next. I wanted to create a series of maps that gives people a new way to look at rivers: a much more modern, urban type of portrayal. So I turned to the style of urban transit maps pioneered by Harry Beck in the 1930s for the London Underground." Cool geography lessons from Daniel Huffman.
- The Someone You're Not - Ray Towler spent almost thirty years in prison for child rape, before DNA evidence finally proved his innocence. Here Mike Sager examines his case, and the way he has rebuilt his life since his release. He loves work. He got out May 5 and started working June 21. "Hell, I've been vacationing for thirty years."
- Shackleton’s Antarctica in colour, 1915 - "These are Frank Hurley’s famous early colour photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated ‘Endurance’ voyage, as part of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. Hurley was the official photographer on the expedition. Early in 1915, their ship ‘Endurance’ became inexorably trapped in the Antarctic ice. Hurley managed to salvage the photographic plates by diving into mushy ice-water inside the sinking ship in October 1915."
- Well, Actually: Why you are not getting laid - "As software developers, we develop habits that allow us to build products that work and do not fail under stress. Every software developer knows what an "off-by-one" error is, and like the Karate Kid, we train extensively so we can avoid those traps. We learn how to avoid these and other similar software problems and we sharpen our skills to find logic errors... But our engineering strength is also our social weakness." Miguel de Icaza explains how software developers become "patronizing douchebags."
- At the Nuclear Power Plant - "One Russian blogger has paid a visit to the modern Russian nuclear plant. Normally it is forbidden to take photos there, but they have made an exception for him. So now we have a rare chance to see what’s inside of the Russian most modern power plant."
- Grand Central's multimillion-dollar secrets - "If you want to know what the very latest tech toys are, don't go to Best Buy or an Apple Store. Go to the lost-and-found department at Grand Central Terminal." Daniel Terdiman takes a look at some of the lesser-known aspects of New York's famous railway station; be aware that, as is pointed out in the comments, the stuff about Roosevelt's secret bulletproof train is hogwash.
- Five Things TV Chefs Do That Are Wrong - "As hard as it may be to swallow, the people who cook on TV are occasionally wrong. It's not just pronunciations (it's "broo-SKET-tah", damn it), it's techniques. Some of them are TV tricks using previously prepared food, and some of them are just plain errors." Dave Lieberman doesn't actually suggest using this list as the basis of a drinking game, but it has potential.
- Billy Bulltulip: A compendium of complete and utter bollocks from out of the mouths of idiots… - "According to his Facebook profile, he is now married to a 21 year old blonde model, but also appears to still be living at home with his mum." And that's one of the tamer ones (BTW, I had to pass this one through a URL shortener to get it past the CUK naughty words filter )
- El Camino del Rey 2010 - "El Caminito del Rey (English: The King's little pathway) is a walkway or via ferrata, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in the province of Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to Camino del Rey... The walkway is one meter (3 feet and 3 inches) in width, and rises over 100 meters (350 feet) above the river below. It is currently in a highly deteriorated state and there are numerous sections where part of or the entire concrete top has collapsed away. The result is large open air gaps that are bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures. Very few of the original handrails exist..." - none of which stopped Daniel Ahnen from making his way along it with an HD camera attached to his head. Switch to the 720p HD version and go fullscreen for the best effect