Frivolities du Jour - 2015-02-20

  • From the Washington Post:

    The author of a Minnesota newspaper slideshow that called President Obama an "assclown" for using a selfie stick apologized Monday.

    … "If any actual assclowns took offense at being compared to the President, I sincerely apologize to them."

  • I've been shovelling snow a lot recently. The mind tends to wander. Specifically: what if I had a flamethrower?

    I need wonder no more, because someone in a no doubt similar situation asked Randall Munroe:

    I've long thought about putting a flamethrower on the front of a car to melt snow and ice before you drive across it. Now I've realized that a flamethrower is impractical, but what about a high-powered microwave emitter?

    Short answer: his flamethrower idea is more practical than the microwave idea. But click through for the long answer, because the discussion is (as is standard for Munroe) funny and entertaining.

    I'm (slowly) reading Munroe's book What If?. Highly recommended.

  • Your Tweet du Jour:

  • Well, now, if we wanted our children to listen to Bob and Ray's Komodo Dragon sketch… where would be take the children to listen to Bob and Ray's Komodo Dragon sketch?