Friday, May 31, 2019

These Aren’t Your Ordinary Data Centers

Lynn McGuire's newsgroup post shared a Blackblaze blog post showing interesting data centers -- "Many of us would concede that buildings housing data centers are generally pretty ordinary places. They’re often drab and bunker-like with few or no windows, and located in office parks or in rural areas. You usually don’t see signs out front announcing what they are, and, if you’re not in information technology, you might be hard pressed to guess what goes on inside.

If you’re observant, you might notice cooling towers for air conditioning and signs of heavy electrical usage as clues to their purpose. For most people, though, data centers go by unnoticed and out of mind. Data center managers like it that way, because the data stored in and passing through these data centers is the life’s blood of business, research, finance, and our modern, digital-based lives.

That’s why the exceptions to low-key and meh data centers are noteworthy. These unusual centers stand out for their design, their location, what the building was previously used for, or perhaps how they approach energy usage or cooling.

Let’s take a look at a handful of data centers that certainly are outside of the norm..."

The Warp Zone's Funny YouTube Channel

The Warp Zone's YouTube channel that has many videos showing a pop-culture sketch comedy, gaming, and music video channel brought to you... We here at The Warp Zone have a passion for all things nerdy- such as video games, movies, tv shows, comics, superheros, and anime and we love making parody videos about them! Some of the pop culture characters and franchises we've spoofed..."

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

James Fridman's Funny Requested Photoshopped Photo(graphs).

James Fridman doctored many requested photo(graph)s. They also can be found in his Twitter account, Instagram, etc. BSR's VideoSift's post shared a musical 14 minutes and 24 seconds YouTube video that shows 106 of them since 6/20/2017.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

BAHFest's Funny Talk YouTube Videos

BAHFest has its official YouTube channel of BAH! The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses! ... we hope will be many celebrations of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory. Our brave speakers presented their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together determined who took home the coveted sculpture of Darwin shrugging skeptically. And eternal glory, of course..."

There are many funny talks videos!

Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary

YouTube has an almost 1.5 hours and decade old "Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary ... rediscovers the lure of a lost pop icon - pinball. The American invention made more money than Hollywood through the 50s and 60s. Its success swept the world making it the epitome of ‘cool’. But now pinball is all but forgotten. This is the definitive story of the rise and fall of pinball as told by the fans, collectors, designers and champion players from across the globe. Its history is charted with a series of uniquely stark and entertaining interviews with some of pinball’s greatest names. A game, a sport, a lifestyle – pinball takes this eclectic bunch back to their youth. It seems at times like an emotional and sensitive area, with the fans describing the game like a relationship, their faces lighting up as if they were recounting their first kiss. Archive footage of former US news anchorman Dan Rather opens the film from a 1977 60 Minutes segment on pinball. ‘I spent an incredible amount of time at gas stations, honky tonks and other off the beaten path places trying to appear cool...while obsessively following the descent of a steel ball down the playing surface of a garishly lit machine...a pinball machine". Pinball was everywhere. But now pinball is virtually nowhere. Kids don’t even know what a pinball machine is. Their world is online, not at the arcade or corner store. The fate of pinball seems decided yet there exists a passionate sub culture keeping the dream alive. Roger Sharpe, pinball authorative, tells the story of Pinball’s early rise to prominence in the Depression era, its eventual banning by the US Government for 30 years, the boom time in the 1970’s, and eventual defeat to video games. Living through the industry ups and downs, legendary game designers Steve Kordek, Steve Ritchie and Pat Lawlor reveal the inner workings of a game that fuses the mechanical and electrical ages. From a primitive steel ball rolling around on a flat piece of wood, designers craft a game based on the simple premise - easy to play, but hard to beat. And crucially, the collectors who feed off the designer’s handywork all crave one thing - more space. But pinball is a game with a score. And where there are scores there are competitions. ‘The Storm’, a stockbroker from New York City, confesses that you have to ‘build up your pinball muscles’ in order to compete at the highest level. From the European championships in Amsterdam and Sweden, to the World Pinball Championships in Pittsburgh, and a smattering of amateur backyard tournaments in between, Special When Lit shares the tension, dreams and disappointments of pinball’s tournament players. Rick Stetta, former World Champion, entertains with his flamboyant playing style, while current legend Lyman Sheats Jr. counters with ice-cool precision. Each to his own in a contest that is as much a mental game as physical. But it is in the final story of former arcade owner, Steve Epstein, who ran the famous Broadway Arcade in midtown New York City, that sets the inevitability of pinball. Describing pinball as a ‘universe in a box that is a lot like life - you never know what is around the corner’. Pinball was more than coins in the slots for Epstein, it became his whole social life. In a time where we can instantly access any song or movie from our past, pinball offers a throwback to a tactile physical experience that can’t be digitally reproduced. We now share our fun in a different way, but have we lost something in the process? Special When Lit recounts an alternative love for a game which brought out a wealth for memories for many generations but also the sad dissolution of what could be described as a certain way of living and playing. Perhaps pinball deserves a better fate than simply a nostalgic footnote. Whatever the future, Special When Lit will leave you searching for an arcade to line up your coins and master the silver ball.

There is also 2.5 minutes trailer on YouTube.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

When it rains in Los Angeles (L.A.), no one goes outside...

02:45PM AfterShock> We are in the middle of a huge thunderstorm right now, and it was sunny with only a few
          scattered clouds 45 minutes ago
02:45PM AfterShock>
02:45PM URL> [ When It Rains In L.A. - YouTube ] -
This ant panicked too. :P

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Demoscenedoc -- YouTube Channel of Finnish Demoscene Documentary

8/Eight years old Demoscenedoc "... is the YouTube Channel of the Demoscene Documentary - Documentary about the Finnish Demoscene."

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Why we love dogs and cats but not bats or rats

This over couple years old Washington Post article answers "Why we love dogs and cats but not bats or rats -- Why do we adore hamsters but abhor rats? Cuddle kittens but curse raccoons? Pay to keep birds inside and bats outside? A big reason, say researchers, has to do with our grandparents, our friends, Hollywood and the Queen of England. In other words, our culture..."

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Util's funny links of the day for 5/15/2019.

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03:55PM Mousey> lol
03:56PM Mousey> the plates is hilarious
[04:08pm] Ant> Technically, those are bowls. :P
[04:09pm] Ant> util++
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[04:25pm] Ant> ha

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lauris Beinerts' Funny short comedy films / sketches / skits & any other videos / movies.

Lauris Beinerts' YouTube channel shows "Funny short comedy films / sketches / skits & any other videos / movies..." There are currently only nine/9, and hasn't posted any new videos for a year.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Star Wars SC 38 Reimagined

VideoSift shared a six minutes and 11 seconds YouTube video showing "Star Wars Sc 38 Reimagined (Unofficial short scene) with fan made and movie clips -- 'Scene 38 ReImagined' is about the final confrontation between Ben Kenobi & Darth Vader in "A New Hope" nearly 20 years after the events of 'Revenge Of The Sith.' This is a one-off story driven scene reflecting the characters in its chronological order from the point of Revenge of the Sith through Rebels, Rogue One, and all canon material leading to A New Hope.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A Network Security Architecture (Funny)

11:58AM Mousey> heh,
11:58AM Mousey> @note util
11:58AM Flexo> can do, Mousey
[11:59am] Ant> haha
[11:59am] Ant> That's a good one.

Saturday, May 4, 2019