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## Werner Herzog’s Entertaining Answer to “How Many Languages Do You Speak?”by Jason Kottke Wednesday October 7th, 2020 at 9:39 PM

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This clip of an off-screen interviewer asking film director Werner Herzog how many languages he speaks and then Herzog answering is only slightly more than 90 seconds long, but it’s a masterclass in how to tell an entertaining story. He playfully misdirects at first and then just goes from there.

I do understand French but I refuse to speak it. It’s the last thing I would ever do. You can only get some French out of me with a gun pointed at my head.

Tags: languages   video   Werner Herzog
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21 days ago

## Optimizing a peanut butter and banana sandwichby Nathan Yau Sunday August 30th, 2020 at 1:54 PM

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How do you assemble a banana and peanut butter sandwich that maximizes the number of bites with the perfect ratio of bread, peanut butter, and banana? Ethan Rosenthal, in a quest to work on something truly meaningless, solved the problem over several months with a truly roundabout solution:

So, how do we make optimal peanut butter and banana sandwiches? It’s really quite simple. You take a picture of your banana and bread, pass the image through a deep learning model to locate said items, do some nonlinear curve fitting to the banana, transform to polar coordinates and “slice” the banana along the fitted curve, turn those slices into elliptical polygons, and feed the polygons and bread “box” into a 2D nesting algorithm.

Best.

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59 days ago

## Doing Stupid Stuff with GitHub Actions Wednesday July 29th, 2020 at 8:22 PM

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Doing Stupid Stuff with GitHub Actions

I love the idea here of running a scheduled action once a year that deliberately fails, causing GitHub to send you a "Happy New Year" failure email!

Via Hacker News

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91 days ago

## Full-Day Rotation of the Earth Around a Stationary Skyby Jason Kottke Saturday May 30th, 2020 at 9:59 AM

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Last year I posted a pair of videos showing a sky-stabilized rotation of the Earth around the starry sky. Because the Earth is our vantage point, we’re not used to seeing this view and it’s pretty trippy.

Now Bartosz Wojczyński has created a video showing full-day rotation of the Earth with footage shot in Namibia. The rotation is sped up to take only 24 seconds and is repeated 60 times to simulate about 2 months of rotation. I find this very relaxing to watch, like I’m riding in a very slow clothes dryer.

Tags: Bartosz Wojczynski   Earth   space   time lapse   video
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151 days ago

## Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Socialby tech@thehiveworks.com Monday May 25th, 2020 at 9:46 AM

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Why aren't any covid models factoring this in?!

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156 days ago

## Flat Earthers Listening to Daft Punkby Jason Kottke Wednesday May 13th, 2020 at 5:23 PM

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This made me laugh really hard today:

Gotta be frustrating. ♪ Around the world, around the world, around the world, around the world, around the world, around the world… ♪ (thx, naomi)

Tags: Daft Punk   science   video