Bag of Randomness for Friday, August, 11, 2017

  • I’ve never been to the United Kingdom, but I know they drive on the left side of the road or keep to the left side, or however you want to phrase it. That leads me to wonder, do sidewalk pedestrians in the United Kingdom also keep to the left side? What about escalators? In the U.S., the “up” escalator is always to the right.
  • If North Korea is attacked by anyone, I don’t think there’s any benefit for China to get involved, as long as their shared border is protected.
  • On Twitter, I follow a local reporter who tweeted she was happy shooting back to school stories. When I first glanced at the tweet, I thought there was another school shooting. I guess I’m Mr. Negative, always expecting the worst.
  • Yesterday on Twitter, I replied to a celebrity and got over 240 likes. I think that’s the most likes I ever have received.
  • Humans don’t get nine lives – West Texas A&M University officer dies after being bitten by feral cat
  • Amazon might take on Ticketmaster with concert and sports ticket sales
  • I’m sure a lot of conservative evangelicals would snicker at this – How faith led Hillary Clinton ‘out of the woods’.
    • If only she would have had someone like Rev. Dr. Robert Jeffress to spiritually guide her, she would have won the Electoral College.
  • The evolution of the napkin
  • The Extraordinary Size of Amazon in One Chart – Amazon is bigger than most brick and mortar retailer put together
  • GIF – There’s a better way to drive to Whataburger

  • That smaller aircraft is actually a drone developed back in 1962 – The Lockheed D-21

    • . . . the drone was intended for reconnaissance deep in enemy airspace. 

      The D-21 was designed to carry a single high-resolution photographic camera over a preprogrammed path, then release the camera module into the air for retrieval, after which the drone would self-destruct.

    • Several test flights were made, followed by four unsuccessful operational D-21 flights over the People’s Republic of China, and the program was canceled in 1971.

  • Biohackers Encoded Malware In A Strand Of DNA
    • . . . a group of researchers from the University of Washington has shown for the first time that it’s possible to encode malicious software into physical strands of DNA, so that when a gene sequencer analyzes it the resulting data becomes a program that corrupts gene-sequencing software and takes control of the underlying computer. 
  • 100-Year-Old Fruitcake Found in Antarctica Is ‘Almost’ Edible
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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, August, 11, 2017

  1. John Mackovic says:

    – Amazon may have a big market cap (and a ridiculous P/E), but Wal-Mart's revenue and profits dwarf Amazon's.
    – I saw the M-21 + D-21 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend it.
    – In Japan, they also drive on the left side of the road, and it turns out that they set up the train tracks so that trains pass on the left when they put two tracks side-by-side. (Like at train stations)
    – So a computer virus became an actual virus? Or is it the other way around?

  2. AndreaJN says:

    In the UK, on escalators and moving walkways, the British definitely have a system where the right side is for standing and the left side is for walking. I don't know if they position the Up escalator on one side or the other. But you might see arrows on the ground at pedestrian crossing, reminding you to look to your right for oncoming traffic.

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