We're all guilty of the "unspoken addiction" of technology. Just look around while you're waiting for a table at a restaurant, standing in line at the grocery, riding a train or a bus or worst of all having a conversation with a loved one. You'll see it. The disconnect. The mind or hand wavering elsewhere than the present. How often do we still have each other's undivided attention? Direct eye contact. No phone in sight. Focused. Undivided. Attention. Not often enough. One man went in search of not the attention of others, but the attention of self.
- The center of North America is literally a town called Center.
- Scientists answer whether or not urine is really sterile. What if you have a urinary tract infection? Just askin'...you know, for a friend.
- Imagine, if you will, a highway paved with red skittles.
- City streets were once a public place where pedestrians and peddlers had the right of way. In the earliest days of the automobile, it was the driver's duty to avoid hitting the people in the streets and not the other way around. But then an organized campaign by auto groups and manufacturers lobbied to create the crime of "Jaywalking". This fight between pedestrians and auto makers for control of the road is a fascinating, confrontational and often forgotten history.
- Hulu's going to offer a new streaming service this spring for under $40 and it could very well be the death knell for cable.
- An epic HBO original series is coming back soon:
- Netflix is now worth close to $40 billion dollars. Blockbuster could have purchased Netflix in 2000 for $50 million. Back then, Netflix was a DVD mailing service losing money and streaming and onDemand movie service industry was non-existent. So, Blockbuster turned them down. And I think that might be the last time in recorded history anyone turned down Netflix.
- Turning down Netflix wasn't the beginning of the end for Blockbuster. It was their Late Fees.
- Jerry Seinfeld is moving his Comedian's In Cars Getting Coffee series from Crackle to the Netflix behemoth next fall.
- History Lesson for the wee readers out there - Blockbuster was a very popular chain of actual stores that populated nearly every town in America. If you wanted to watch a movie, you had to actually drive to a Blockbuster, meander aimlessly up and down the aisles for an hour or so, arguing with family members about which movie to watch. The act of selecting the movie was an integral part of family movie night.
- If you're a functioning alcoholic with a coffee addiction, boy, does Jack Daniels have you covered with their Whiskey Infused Coffee.
- Could you go a month without sugar?
- If you've ever cussed out a piece of fruit while trying to remove one of those pesky little stickers then this story will make you really happy...and you might need some anger management.
- Eater ranks America's Fast Food Chicken Nuggets from Worst to Best.
- I agree that a smart refrigerator that automatically reorders groceries is inevitable.
- Mathematicians want to teach you how to cut a cake so it never dries out:
...The Last Drop
Grind #84 :: The Disconnect, Finding Center and The Proper Way To Cut A Cake ~ Fini.