Before-and-after photos show depth of Houston flood

Startling before-and-after images from Houston, where hurricane Harvey dumped a trillion gallons of water after tearing up much of coastal Taxas. At least eight deaths are reported and it's expected to generate more damage than Katrina. Yet it's far from over, with no end to the rain. Nearly half a million people will need disaster…

Curious firsts from 1970s text adventures

Renga in Blue is a deep-divin' blog about old text adventures. Author Jason Dyer writes up his thoughts on adventure games from the 1970s, having completed all of them. curious firsts: – First defined player character: Aldebaran III– First use of choice-based interaction in a parser game: Stuga– First dynamic compass interface: Spelunker– First dynamic…

Unnervingly vague error messages from 1976

Marcin Wichary posted "an abridged list" of vague and therefore terrifying error messages from a 40-year-old word processor. Don't you just hate it when very bad footnote distribution failures happen? This all has me looking forwarding to "error messages generated by a recurrent neural network," or a science fiction thriller where the crew must contend…

Trippy ‘Krofft Super Art Show’ opens in LA

On August 26th, a group art show inspired by the delightfully-twisted minds of brothers Sid and Marty Krofft opened at LA-LA Land Gallery in Los Angeles. Curated by Kii Arens, the "Krofft Super Art Show" is a tribute to Krofft brother favorites such as H.R. Pufnstuf, Hanna-Barbera’s Banana Splits, and more. Here's a preview: Matthew…

Extend your smartphone camera’s capabilities for $10

Shooting better photos is often a matter of technique, but sometimes the tiny integrated optics on your device just won’t cut it. This 3-in-1 lens attachment can provide that camera some added versatility.This lens accessory gives your phone an easily detachable mounting bracket for its collection of lenses. It uses a simple clip mechanism, so it…

Magnetic hourglass

Kikkerland's Magnetic Hourglass is like any other, except that the sand is replaced with iron filings. This results in eyecatching structures and stalagmite-like prominences forming and collapsing upon the magnetic base. Check out this video they posted to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vErFLDzVFk It's set for a one-minute countdown, measures six inches tall—a little more with the stand!—and…

How the worst airline accident in history was avoided

https://youtu.be/3sEOwMfF7MA?t=1m18s My favorite air disaster documentarian, Allec Joshua Ibay, recreated last month's SFO taxiway near-miss, complete with real radio traffic. I skipped the scene-setting in the above embed: an inbound pilot mistaking a taxiway, with a bunch of loaded planes on it, for the runway. I find these quiet, unvarnished real-time recreations far more harrowing…

The League of Gentlemen returns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJzL_wyMahU Weird and unsettling UK sitcom League of Gentlemen is to return to our screens as a series of specials, reports the BBC. The three episodes will once again star Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss, who have written the new scripts alongside co-creator Jeremy Dyson. Filming will begin in Manchester and the Peak…