Fly Janet

Jalopnik's in depth look at Janet airplanes, the secret airline that flies between Las Vegas and secret government facilities is crazy interesting.

There are a ton of links off to a mix of conspiracy theories and stuff that really happened, including the scary-looking X-37B robotic space plane.

Some holes to fall down:
• The rumored Aurora reconnaissance aircraft
• Rat 55, the stealth 737

Cooling the Tube

I recently rode the tube (London Underground) during super hot temperatures and the mechanisms to keep it cool in the face of some complex problems are pretty fascinating.

Faster, Stronger, Weirder

I just stumbled across this great arrangement of Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger:

Which reminded me of the inventive finger-version for a decade (!!) ago:

And straight into the full body version:

A great post from Ozan Onay on choosing the right solutions for the problem at hand. Distributed systems always seems like an exciting solution to any size of problem.

Diablo 3 numbers

Internationalization, math and the way numbers make users feel. The design of Diablo 3 numbers is a really nice look at how these all interact.

Some great notes for each chapter in Gravity's Rainbow to try and follow how everything is connected. I've been trying to find out how many characters are mentioned during the book, but can't find it anywhere.

Legal and Illegal Builds

Jamie Beard's talk on Stressing The Elements looks in detail at how Lego bricks are meant (and not meant) to fit together.

Sushi Towels

Why are these Sushi Towels not actually available for purchase?

Current thinking puts the steepest street in San Francisco (Bradford above Tompkins) at an insane 41% grade. That makes Lombard street look flat.

Covers of Covers

These excellent covers of Ryan Adams' covers of Taylor Swift's 1989 are so hot right now.

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