The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike. We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still? I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans. I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously. … Continue reading The Great American Right to Complain

Spice Girls Van Converted to AirBnB

Looking for a fun unusual get away vacation? If you’ve ever enjoyed music by the Spice Girls, you might like this: the hit band’s tour van has been renovated into an AirBnB rental. They say can now book a night in the heart of Wembley Park in London, a place with lots of restaurants, bars and shops nearby. The interior of the bus has been completely renovated and converted into a rolling hotel room fit for three guests at a time, according to the Airbnb posting. Suzanne Godley, who, along with her boss, completed the bus overhaul, said the Spice … Continue reading Spice Girls Van Converted to AirBnB

R.I.P. Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca Actor

On April 30, 2019 Peter Mayhew passed away at 74 years old. The seven foot three inch actor most famously played Chewbacca, a two hundred year old Wookie warrior in the Star Wars movies. Peter William Mayhew (19 May 1944 – 30 April 2019) was an English-American actor, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. He played the character in all of his live-action appearances from the 1977 original to 2015’s The Force Awakens before his retirement from the role. Via Wikipedia His very first acting role was a year earlier in 1975 when he played the Minaton huge half-man half-bull bronze creature in … Continue reading R.I.P. Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca Actor

Brady Bunch House on the Market for $1.85 Million

The Brady Bunch house is for sale. It’s the story … of an iconic house that could get the wrecking ball. The home that served as the exterior for the TV sitcom “The Brady Bunch” is on the market for $1.885 million, but it could be wiped off the map, Deadline reported “I have several buyers already interested,” real estate agent Jodie LeVitus Francisco was quoted as saying in an article posted Wednesday. “They’re developers for the lot size. They might tear down, but the listing agent said the family was hoping to get someone to preserve the house, and at … Continue reading Brady Bunch House on the Market for $1.85 Million

Mastadon: A Decentralized Social Network, Twitter Alternative

Today I’m learning about Mastodon.social. What is it? Mastodon is a new social media frontier, a decentralized, open source social network of the future: “No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Join today: https://joinmastodon.org,” says the page. With no central servers, the experience may be similar, but the design is very different from Twitter and other large corporate social media players. Twitter must realize that there could be a rapid and massive “100th Monkey” type of migration of their users away to Mastodon. It might happen if the application continues to work well, avoids advertisements, and lets local … Continue reading Mastadon: A Decentralized Social Network, Twitter Alternative

Yanny or Laurel Auditory Illusion: “Audio Injection” Computer Hack ?

Here’s an angle on the Yanny vs Laurel auditory illusion debate you may not have considered: this storm of contention could be created with a technological magic trick: audio injection.  Unlikely, but not impossible. It’s being described as an optical illusion for your ears. Two words that look so different on paper can sound so alike to some, and are now causing us to rethink what we hear, reports CBS News contributor and Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson. Everyone is taking sides – some on team Yanny, others on team Laurel. Even the legendary performer who shares one of the names weighed … Continue reading Yanny or Laurel Auditory Illusion: “Audio Injection” Computer Hack ?

Thanos vs Obadiah Stane

I recently saw the infinity wars movie (enjoyed it!) but couldn’t help wondering through the whole movie if the actor who played Thanos was the same as the one who played Obadiah Stane, a previous Iron Man villain. It was not. Obadiah was played by Jeff Bridges and Thanos by Josh Brolin. Here are the two actors together. Here are the two characters, Obadiah on the left and Thanos right. Anyone else have this thought? Thanos was at times an oddly likable murderous villain. While malevolently misguided, he believes he is on a mission to improve the universe. His method … Continue reading Thanos vs Obadiah Stane