Imagining Windows 95 Running on a Smartphone — Laughing Squid

 

Microsoft released their Windows 95 operating system to the world in 1995. 4096 created an amusing video that imagines a mobile edition of Windows 95 running on a Microsoft-branded smartphone. Move over Cortana, Clippy is making a come back.

via Imagining Windows 95 Running on a Smartphone — Laughing Squid

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Slip Coaches: Back When British Express Trains Detached Passenger Cars at Speed [ARTICLE] — 99% Invisible

According to British railway lore, the “slip coach” was born when a rail official was riding in a train car that came an unexpected stop. The rest of the express train kept going while his carriage glided to a gentle halt in front of a midway station. As the story goes, the coupling chain broke…

via Slip Coaches: Back When British Express Trains Detached Passenger Cars at Speed [ARTICLE] — 99% Invisible

A Clever Rug That Creates the Illusion of a Gaping Hole in the Floor When Viewed at a Certain Angle — Laughing Squid

British designer Scott Jarvie has created the wonderful Void Rug, a clever floor covering that creates the optical illusion that, when viewed at a certain angle, makes it appear as if there is an unexpected gaping hole right in the middle of the room. The Void Rug, when viewed at a particular angle, creates the…

via A Clever Rug That Creates the Illusion of a Gaping Hole in the Floor When Viewed at a Certain Angle — Laughing Squid

Wikipedia Timeline of the Far Future

Wikipedia’s prediction of far-future events really makes me wish I could stick around to see the red supergiant star Antares go supernova in 10,000 years. “The explosion is expected to be easily visible in daylight.” I’m happy I’ll miss the 1km asteroid that’s likely to hit Earth in the next 500,000 years. Looking farther out, the moon Phobos will collide Mars in 50 million years. Anything alive 2.8 billion years from now will need good air conditions because “Earth’s surface temperature, even at the poles,” will be 300 °F.

via Wikipedia’s mindblowing timeline of the far future / Boing Boing

Brassy

This is a tongue-in-cheek response to todays WordPress Prompt of the Day, ‘Brassy’.

What sprang to mind was a three hour lecture we had once on my Product Design degree course on Brass, the metal. It was incredible.

It wasn’t at the time, it was far more information about brass than I ever wanted to know. I sat and listened politely (to a point but I day-dreamed the guest speaker and his wife, leaving in a brass car, heading to a brass home to sit at a brass table and sleep on a brass bed.

Only long after did I look back an admire that mans thorough knowledge on one subject but also the fact that his wife, who I assume had seen that same lecture many, many times, sat smiling at him throughout.

I also learned that brass kills germs and should be common as door handles, for that purpose. That’s all I can remember.

Prompted to write this via Daily Prompt: Brassy

Past Pricy Pizza

$20 Million Pizza On May 22, 2010, a developer bought two pizzas using 10,000 units of a then-little-known digital currency called bitcoin. Laszlo Hanyecz bought these pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins on May 22, 2010. Mike LazloToday, 10,000 bitcoins are worth more than $20 million (£15.4 million). Bitcoin is going nuclear. Its price is tearing upward,…

via Someone in 2010 Bought 2 Pizzas With 10,000 Bitcoin. That Would Be Worth $20 Million. — Futurism