Nothing Fancy

Here's some things I find interesting.

npr:

Youtube/Klemens Torggler

Austrian artist Klemens Torggler has reinvented the door, and it’s mesmerizing. The Evolution Door, referred to as the “flip panel door” or (“Dryehplattenüh”) by the artist, consists of four panels that fold together effortlessly. The product is currently a prototype and comes in glass, steel and wood. 

L. Katz

So bad ass. I need this for every door in my house!!

imwithkanye:

Life in 420 Square Feet. Graham Hill, Founder of TreeHugger.

I’m not usually interested in the “tiny house” ideas, but this NYC apartment actually looks livable.

jtotheizzoe:

Holy Metal
I’m hard at work today on a pretty awesome if-I-do-say-so-myself script for the YouTubes, and I learned something neat. As you probably already know, at least if you’ve ever looked at a periodic table, Iron gets its symbol Fe from its Latin name “ferrum”. That’s not what I learned.
But what you might not know (I didn’t) is that “iron” comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which definition traces back to “holy metal”. Why? Because the earliest samples of pure iron collected by ancient humans, Egyptian beads dating back to 3500 BC, were collected directly from meteorites. 
It’s only natural that they viewed this metal as a gift from the gods!
(image of meteoric iron via Wikipedia)

You learn something new every day!

jtotheizzoe:

Holy Metal

I’m hard at work today on a pretty awesome if-I-do-say-so-myself script for the YouTubes, and I learned something neat. As you probably already know, at least if you’ve ever looked at a periodic table, Iron gets its symbol Fe from its Latin name “ferrum”. That’s not what I learned.

But what you might not know (I didn’t) is that “iron” comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which definition traces back to “holy metal”. Why? Because the earliest samples of pure iron collected by ancient humans, Egyptian beads dating back to 3500 BCwere collected directly from meteorites

It’s only natural that they viewed this metal as a gift from the gods!

(image of meteoric iron via Wikipedia)

You learn something new every day!

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This man was given $25,000 to shoot an ad for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. Instead he spent all the money on disaster relief in the Philippines.

Impressive, and good on the studio for not turning him down.

Awesome.

npr:

Friends, we need your help.
Last week, Gregory Warner and David Kestenbaum reported on the afterlife of American clothes. Lots of t-shirts from used clothes bin in the U.S. eventually make their way to sub-Saharan Africa.
Including the one above. From Jennifer’s bat-mitzvah from November 20, 1993. We want to find Jennifer.
What we Know: Jennifer’s bat mitzvah was on November 20, 1993. The theme may have been cartoons. And there’s a nametag in the shirt labeled Rachel Williams.
That’s all we know. Which is where you come in.
Do you know Rachel? Do you know Jennifer? Help us solve the mystery. Please email us at planetmoney@npr.org, and put “that’s my shirt” in the subject line. And please share this as much as you can. It would be really awesome to find Jennifer and talk to her about her bat mitzvah t-shirt’s journey.

Jennifer, are you out there??

npr:

Friends, we need your help.

Last week, Gregory Warner and David Kestenbaum reported on the afterlife of American clothes. Lots of t-shirts from used clothes bin in the U.S. eventually make their way to sub-Saharan Africa.

Including the one above. From Jennifer’s bat-mitzvah from November 20, 1993. We want to find Jennifer.

What we Know: Jennifer’s bat mitzvah was on November 20, 1993. The theme may have been cartoons. And there’s a nametag in the shirt labeled Rachel Williams.

That’s all we know. Which is where you come in.

Do you know Rachel? Do you know Jennifer? Help us solve the mystery. Please email us at planetmoney@npr.org, and put “that’s my shirt” in the subject line. And please share this as much as you can. It would be really awesome to find Jennifer and talk to her about her bat mitzvah t-shirt’s journey.

Jennifer, are you out there??

breakingnews:

New type of cockroach found in US for 1st time
A species of cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold has been confirmed in the United States for the first time, AP reports.
Scientists suspect the species Periplaneta japonica was likely a stowaway in the soil of ornamental plants used to adorn New York’s High Line park.
Photo: AP Photo / University of Florida

Well this is the worst news ever.

breakingnews:

New type of cockroach found in US for 1st time

A species of cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold has been confirmed in the United States for the first time, AP reports.

Scientists suspect the species Periplaneta japonica was likely a stowaway in the soil of ornamental plants used to adorn New York’s High Line park.

Photo: AP Photo / University of Florida

Well this is the worst news ever.

nbcnightlynews:

Despite severe injuries, Army Ranger Josh Hargis, wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, salutes his commander upon being presented the Purple Heart. Story/photo via Josh’s wife Taylor:"I received this picture today along with a letter from the commander of the team Josh was a part of on the night of his injuries. A letter to explain to me what kind of man I have the privilege of being married to. He explained to me what happened and what was going on in the picture:”"Josh was seriously wounded as you know and survived for almost two hours after his injury before arriving to the hospital. Josh was immediately pushed through a series of surgeries and emerged hours later into an intensive care unit here at our base in Afghanistan.Despite being in intense pain and mental duress, Josh remained alert and compassionate to the limited Rangers that were allowed to visit him bedside. Prior to Josh being moved to Germany for his eventual flight to America, we conducted a ceremony to award him with the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.A simple ceremony, you can picture a room full of Rangers, leaders, doctors, and nurses surrounding his bedside while the Ranger Regimental Commander pinned the Purple Heart to his blanket. During the presentation the Commander publishes the official orders verbally and leaned over Josh to thank him for his sacrifice.Josh, whom everybody in the room (over 50 people) assumed to be unconscious, began to move his right arm under the blanket in a diligent effort to salute the Commander as is customary during these ceremonies. Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes, and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen. I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day.Grown men began to weep and we were speechless at a gesture that speak volumes about Josh’s courage and character. The picture, which we believe belongs on every news channel and every newspaper, is attached. I have it hanging above my desk now and will remember it as the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army.”

nbcnightlynews:

Despite severe injuries, Army Ranger Josh Hargis, wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, salutes his commander upon being presented the Purple Heart. 

Story/photo via Josh’s wife Taylor:

"I received this picture today along with a letter from the commander of the team Josh was a part of on the night of his injuries. A letter to explain to me what kind of man I have the privilege of being married to. He explained to me what happened and what was going on in the picture:”

"Josh was seriously wounded as you know and survived for almost two hours after his injury before arriving to the hospital. Josh was immediately pushed through a series of surgeries and emerged hours later into an intensive care unit here at our base in Afghanistan.

Despite being in intense pain and mental duress, Josh remained alert and compassionate to the limited Rangers that were allowed to visit him bedside. Prior to Josh being moved to Germany for his eventual flight to America, we conducted a ceremony to award him with the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.

A simple ceremony, you can picture a room full of Rangers, leaders, doctors, and nurses surrounding his bedside while the Ranger Regimental Commander pinned the Purple Heart to his blanket. During the presentation the Commander publishes the official orders verbally and leaned over Josh to thank him for his sacrifice.

Josh, whom everybody in the room (over 50 people) assumed to be unconscious, began to move his right arm under the blanket in a diligent effort to salute the Commander as is customary during these ceremonies. Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes, and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen. I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day.

Grown men began to weep and we were speechless at a gesture that speak volumes about Josh’s courage and character. The picture, which we believe belongs on every news channel and every newspaper, is attached. I have it hanging above my desk now and will remember it as the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army.”

shortformblog:

Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

Makes sense to me…

shortformblog:

Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

Makes sense to me…