What happens when you pour 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill? (by seidbords32)
I have to say my immediate response was to feel bad for the ants even though I have killed every one I ever found in my home.
It just seemed especially unfair to wipe out an entire colony all at once. but then I remembered E.O. Wilson’s remark that “If ants had nuclear weapons, they would probably end the world in a week” and thought ok, fuck it, pour some molten aluminum in there and let’s see what’s going on.
What’s going on is quite amazing. You can skip forward quite a bit if you’re so inclined: it’s worth it.
I’d been living with a Samsung Chromebook for 2 months. I paid $170 (normally $250, but it was a Best Buy floor model) for a small, lightweight machine I didn’t have to worry about. At that price, I felt like I got my money’s worth, even though it often dumped web pages (and, er, the Tumblr posts I’d entered) from memory and needed to refresh them. But, hey, it’s a cheap machine.
On the other hand, the Chromebook Pixel I’ve used for the past week is beautiful and simple, and I wanted to love it. It’s a thoroughly cool machine with its high-res touch screen and LED bling on the lid.
It provides for 95% of my self-defined “laptop computing needs”, but that’s just not enough when a slightly cheaper Mac that’s (not as simple to live with, but is) lighter on my bad back would provide for 99%. I tried running Linux on the Pixel, but had to make sacrifices on the Chrome side when I did. For example, you then can’t watch Netflix with Linux installed — even from Chrome OS — because Netflix then seems to consider the machine insecure.
I don’t fault Google for any of this. They were honest in their description of the Pixel. I just needed to live with it to know whether it was for me. Oh well. So long, Pixel!
I use Smith’s Maze ski helmet mainly because it’s the lightest on the market. It’s also comfortable. A helmet likely saved me from spinal cord injury in 2005 so I likely pay more attention to brain buckets than most…
I like skiing with a mic and speakers in my helmet: I stay connected with friends on the slopes since I hear when texts, GroupMe’s and calls come in, and I can answer without taking off my ski gloves and fumbling for my phone. (Or, worse, fumbling for my phone with gloves on and eskimo kissing the touchscreen to answer a call before it goes to voicemail.) And I sometimes rock out to tunes when I’m skiing by myself.
So I like that the Maze helmet integrates with wired and Bluetooth headsets from SkullCandy. I less liked the price of these official add-on audio accessories: $50 for wired (even more of a pain in a ski helmet) or an outrageous $150 for Bluetooth. They both have good sound quality (which matters less in a ski helmet) and terrible build quality (which matters a lot for a ski accessory).