Via io9: ‘A major shallow earthquake hit near Kathmandu in Nepal just before noon on Saturday local time. Between high population densities, intense prolonged shaking, unstable slopes, and inadequate buildings, this has the makings of a very nasty disaster.’
via Gizmodo: ‘There are a few important ways you can contribute to the Nepal earthquake relief effort from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.’
I’m praying for all my friends in Kathmandu.
Via The Verge: ‘On the 81st anniversary of the iconic Surgeon’s Photograph — the fake image claiming to show the head and neck of the Loch Ness Monster — Google Maps will now let you search for Nessie yourself. Street View has been updated to include imagery of the 23-mile-long Loch Ness in Scotland, and Google even sent a team of divers into the depths of the nearly 800-foot-deep loch to capture underwater images of the legendary lake. Is the Loch Ness Monster real? Is it resting at the bottom of Loch Ness? The answer to your questions may now be hidden in a Street View image.’
Monster or not, Loch Ness is one of my favorite spots on earth, so this is good news.
Via Salon.com: ‘In 2007, Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone decided that guests at a party he catered for the Rolling Stones were too hip to eat their desserts with their mouths. So, he invented the “chocolate shooter” — a little line of cocoa powder designed to get you a little high and keep you tasting chocolate for hours.
Since then, Persoone has sold over 25,000 chocolate shooters and with it, established a super obnoxious trend.
“The mint and the ginger really tinkle your nose,” said the 46-year-old of the spices present in the shooter. “Then the mint flavor goes down and the chocolate stays in your brain.”
Unsurprisingly, this is not good for you. Stop doing it.’
[Just a thought: could the appeal of this have something to do with dyslexia?]
Via Open Culture: ‘Trust a genre-loving auteur like Quentin Tarantino (and one who made his very own Django a few years back) to know Spaghetti westerns inside and out. While even those of us who never turn down the chance to enjoy a good Spaghetti western might struggle to name ten of them, Tarantino can easily run down his personal top twenty:
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)
- For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone, 1965)
- Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
- The Mercenary (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
- Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
- A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone, 1964)
- Day of Anger (Tonino Valerii, 1967)
- Death Rides a Horse (Giulio Petroni, 1967)
- Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci,1966)
- The Return of Ringo (Duccio Tessar, 1965)
- The Big Gundown (Sergio Sollima, 1966)
- A Pistol for Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
- The Dirty Outlaws (Franco Rossetti, 1967)
- The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
- The Grand Duel (Giancarlo Santi, 1972)
- Shoot the Living, Pray for the Dead (Giuseppe Vari, 1971)
- Tepepa (Giulio Petroni, 1968)
- The Ugly Ones (Eugenio Martin, 1966)
- Viva Django! (Ferdinando Baldi, 1967)
- Machine Gun Killers (Paolo Bianchini, 1968)
You can watch all the trailers of these Spaghetti western masterpieces in the playlist…, created by The Spaghetti Western Database.’
This is a revelation for me. I have always loved Sergio Leone’s films, but I am excited to learn that there is a rich body of work of at least five or six other auteurs of the genre waiting for me out there!
Via Boing Boing: “Being gluten intolerant means you are entitled to tell people about the offensive things that happen to you if you eat gluten. Because they’re not gluten free, they’re obligated by law to listen.”
Disclaimer to my gluten-intolerant readers: I recognize that the verdict is not in on the reality of non-celiac gluten intolerance.
Via Big Think: ‘…[T]he question at the heart of this new report is, “Can the remaining whales ever recover?” Populations remain low — they’re whales after all, not rabbits — and other threats, such as changes in climate, unstable food supplies, and noise from military sonar, could stunt efforts to restore the population.’