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Realistic storm surge depicted in Weather Channel forecast

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The Weather Channel is using a realistic 3-D depiction surrounding a reporter to show what a storm surge might bring. Here, just watch it:

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ameel
8 days ago
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This is really cool.
Melbourne, Australia

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I know someone that’s never signed up for Facebook. But they also track down every mention and photo of themselves on Facebook and ask people to remove them. Their extended network of family and friends helps remind others too, so they’re completely invisible from Facebook.

It makes me think of GATTACA and Idiocracy, where this person lacks the instantly scannable bar code on their arm and how that makes them truly unknown to The System That Everyone Uses.

It occurs to me that if those are the first two movies people think of when comparing your social network to films, maybe something isn’t quite right with your social network.



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A smart home, internet-of-things WiFi-enabled full-length mirror meant to be used while naked?

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?



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Seven flavors

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Jichang Lulu reports that an eating establishment in London has chosen the name qī wèi 柒味 ("seven flavors").  This comes via Yuan Chan on Twitter:

For "qī wèi 柒味", they surely meant "seven flavors", but — as Yuan Chan points out — in Cantonese that comes across as sapor pudendi virilis.  Cf. "The perils of '7' and '9' in Cantonese" (9/28/16).

She adds:  "There is more than one Chinese language. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise."

Bravo, Yuan Chan, for speaking the truth!  Cantonese is not a "mere dialect of Mandarin".

Lulu comments in hastily composed Latin:

…dulcem pudendi daps saporem iamne virilis an elaborat? (Cf. Hor. C. 3.1)

"doesn't now the banquet create/provide/give the sweet smell/taste of the male pudendum?"

A play on the Damocles allusion in Horace's Ode 3.1, where “Sicilian dainties will not force a delicious relish to that man, over whose impious neck the naked sword hangs” in one translation.

There is indeed a "Seveni Bar & Restaurant 柒味" in London, where they clearly were oblivious of what cat1 mei6  柒味 means in Cantonese.

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acdha
32 days ago
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dianaschnuth
32 days ago
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I love the smell of an unintended double entendre in the morning...
Toledo OH
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31 days ago
LOL

Charting the similarity of summer songs

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Popular summer songs have had a bubbly, generic feel to them the past several years, but it wasn’t always like that. Styles used to be more diverse, and things might be headed back in that direction. Sahil Chinoy and Jessia Ma charted song fingerprints over the years for a musical comparison.

Turn up your speakers or put on your headphones for the full experience. The song and music video snippets provide a much better idea of what the charts represent.

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