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A trailer for David Lynch’s Return of the Jedi

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Did you know that George Lucas approached David Lynch about directing Return of the Jedi? After a visit to Lucas’ studio described here by Lynch, Lynch turned Lucas down pretty quickly. But what might have been, huh? Well, this fan-made trailer gives us a taste of a Lynch-helmed Star Wars movie. (via one perfect shot)

Tags: David Lynch   George Lucas   movies   remix   Star Wars   trailers   video
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samuel
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Ahahahahahaha
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Sept 22nd, 2016: Fast Woman

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This is a bicycle...



This is American cyclist Denise Mueller setting a new woman's bicycle land speed record of 147 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.



That's a very fast woman. Next she's going after the men's speed record of 167mph.

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As you might imagine, the bicycle itself was also heavily modified for the world record attempt. The elongated frame, vibration-dampening seatpost, suspension fork, and custom 17-inch motorcycle wheels with bald tires help to lower Mueller's center of gravity for added stability and keep the ride relatively smooth even as she pushes 150 mph. In these land speed runs, it is critical that the cyclist stay within the draft zone of the pace car.

Bike gearing is often measured in gear inches—a measurement that takes the gear ratio of the drive train and multiplies it by the diameter of the rear wheel. With a standard 26-inch bicycle wheel, for example, a front chain ring with 48 teeth and a rear cog with 24 teeth would give the bike a gear ratio of 2:1, and therefore the setup has 52 gear inches—two times the diameter of the drive wheel. A very high gearing on a road bike will have about 125 gear inches. Mueller's custom bike has 488 gear inches, allowing her to accelerate by pedaling at about 102 RPM when she is already going more than 100 mph.
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The opposite of a single speed.
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Make Delicious Complex-Tasting Cocktails at Home With Just Two Ingredients

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Complex cocktails with five or more ingredients are certainly very popular, but you can get big flavor with just two ingredients by making what’s called a “50/50.”

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samuel
5 days ago
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Stinger or Sazerac for me please. I realize most consider cognac a night cap, but I can't argue with one of the few liquors I actually like.
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superiphi
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If it has two ingredients it's not a cocktail
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How Hampton Creek Sold Silicon Valley on a Fake-Mayo Miracle

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Olivia Zaleski, Peter Waldman, and Ellen Huet, writing for Bloomberg Businessweek:

In January 2014 a Creeker on the West Coast, who asked not to be identified, received an assignment in an e-mail under the subject line “Secret Shopper Squad Stores.” She was directed to buy 20 bottles a week of Just Mayo from each Whole Foods store in a large territory. […]

After the secret purchases, the e-mail instructed, she should open one or two bottles at home to check for quality — specifically, whether the mayonnaise had separated. If the jars were all right, she could donate the rest to a food bank or give it to friends. “Do not return them to Whole Foods,” the e-mail said. It also included a link to a quality-assurance survey the Creeker was supposed to fill out for each store. But no one noticed when she didn’t do it. Within weeks she had bought so much Just Mayo that her friends and local food banks couldn’t handle any more, so she began dumping it. She spent almost $12,000 purchasing the product, she says, and she could tell the buybacks had nothing to do with quality control. “But I really didn’t think about it because I cared so much about the cause.”

With the buyback program in full swing, Tetrick celebrated the product’s success. “Wow! Some @WholeFoods are selling 100+ jars of

justmayo/day,” he tweeted on Jan. 30. Four months later, a

company tweet said: “Proud to announce that #justmayo is now the

1 selling mayo at @wholefoods.”

This is just outright fraud, and Tetrick doubled down on it with his claims that the buy backs were only for the purposes of quality assurance.

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samuel
6 days ago
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Auuuugh! And the mayo's delicious, they should have just let it speak for itself. Seriously, a vegan mayo that tastes just as good as egg-based mayo is a win for everybody.
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duerig
6 days ago
A good product that slowly expands to fill a new niche is not enough any more. Unless your product has a growth curve steeper than smartphones did, it is a failure. I wonder how many good ideas have been destroyed by this crazy logic.
rtreborb
5 days ago
I didn't know people cared about mayo this much
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vl
6 days ago
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I use Vegenaise and it tastes good enough for me. In fact I prefer it's taste to "real" mayo.
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The Daily Spoon

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Daily Spoon

In 2014, Stian Korntved Ruud hand-carved a different wooden spoon every single day for the entire year. Yep, 365 spoons.

The past year Stian spent most of his time exploring the unique organic qualities of wood and how adding of a function can beautifully refine a piece of wood. The project consists of 365 unique hand carved spoons made from various types of wood. One carved everyday through a year.

By repeating the production of a spoon every day for a longer period of time (365 days), the goal is to challenge and explore a spoons aesthetic and functional qualities.

(via @pieratt)

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Magnificent work
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The adjective word order we all follow without realizing it

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From Mark Forsyth’s From Mark Forsyth's The Elements of Eloquence, a reminder of the rules of adjective order that fluent English speakers follow without quite knowing why.

…adjectives ...adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll you'll sound like a maniac. It’s It's an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out.

The Cambridge Dictionary lists a slightly different order: opinion, size, physical quality, shape, age, colour, origin, material, type, purpose. A poem by Alexandra Teague explores the topic in a creative way:

That summer, she had a student who was obsessed
with the order of adjectives. A soldier in the South
Vietnamese army, he had been taken prisoner when

Saigon fell. He wanted to know why the order
could not be altered. The sweltering city streets shook
with rockets and helicopters. The city sweltering

streets.

Did anyone learn this in school? I sure didn’t. didn't. How do we all know then? My daughter’s daughter's kindergarten teacher had a great phrase she used when things got a bit tricky as her students learned to read: “the "the English language is a rascal”. rascal". (via @MattAndersonBBC)

Update: Language Log’s post on adjective order is worth reading. (thx, stephen & margaret)

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samuel
14 days ago
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For some reason I think about this all the time.

"Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac."
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jlvanderzwan
13 days ago
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Really?

Being a non-native speaker I wonder how often I sound like a maniac.
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