Singer Jonny Craig’s Heroin Addiction Exposed

Today an anonymous blog posted a stupendous amount of insider information regarding Jonny Craig’s whereabouts and drug use, and things are looking grim for the future of the enigmatic vocalist. The source claimed to have provided large sums of money to support Craig while he spiraled out of control into a lifestyle of homelessness and drug abuse.


$46.33 Billion in Comparisons

Tim Cook and Steve Jobs

Apple Inc just released their Q1 holiday earnings and the numbers are astounding—they are so megametrically high that nobody knows how exactly to approach them. Love them or hate them, it is irrefutable that the sheer scale of the numbers Apple put out are so astronomical that they must command respect—Respect for the numbers that it, not necessarily the company.

The scientific community loves comparisons. It allows people to take something obscure like massive numbers and contextualize them. It’s not so clear that $46.33 billion is the same as $46,330,000,000 or equivalent to working at minimum wage for 661,102 years (over three times longer than the existence of the human race).


Robotics Mastermind takes Education Online

Sebastian Thrun

Robotics guru Sebastian Thrun—a Google Fellow who pioneered their self-driving cars, and Stanford professor—has decided to turn away from traditional academia in favor of providing the world with a completely free online classroom. Thrun was inspired by Salman Khan (founder of Khan Academy), who created an educational mega-hive of video lectures in nearly every imaginable discipline.


Fat, Fierce, and Fearless: Über Pirate Kim Dotcom’s Descent

Dotcom has both a Woman in a Bikini and a Yacht

“Bit by bit, it’s a hit, it’s a hit!” cackles the six-foot seven, 300 pound Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (formerly Schmitz) in the controversial Megaupload Mega song. Now after a FBI raid of his home (the most expensive residence in New Zealand) and a seizure Megaupload servers domains and properties, Doctom sits in a New Zealand jail awaiting trial this coming Monday, January 23rd.


SOPA: Darkest hour has yet to come

Jimmy Wales
Wednesday, the 19th, will arrive and for a period of 12 hours, Reddit won’t deliver our beloved animal photos, rage trolls and LoTR memes; Wikipedia will interrupt our independent research cycles—you’ll actually have to ‘fess up and admit you don’t know everything for a day—and people will still likely not call up their congress people. And even if they did, would it really matter?

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