Things are super weird right now, but it’s not a glitch in the Matrix, says Harvard physicist

If the past 12 months have you feeling like you’re stuck in the beta version of some giant, buggy simulation, we’re right there with you, what with the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and depending on which side of the fence you sit, the US and UK elections. But despite what Elon Musk says, the barrage of weirdness we’ve been experiencing lately is just the way of the Universe, says Harvard theoretical physicist Lisa Randall, who once described the probability that we’re living in a giant video game of the future as “effectively zero”.   If you’re unfamiliar
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Valerie Jarrett moves in with the Obamas to plot Trump’s downfall « Hot Air

posted at 9:02 pm on March 2, 2017 by Allahpundit I’m skeptical — of the moving-in part, not the “plotting against Trump” part. But I’m less skeptical than I’d be if this story were about any other politician and his top advisor. Obama is being aided in his political crusade by his longtime consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, who has moved into the 8,200-square-foot, $5.3-million Kaloroma mansion with the former president and Michelle Obama, long time best friends… According to the family source, Obama was at first reluctant to assume the role of leader of the opposition… ‘He was weary and burned
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Zappos is a weird company — and it’s happy that way

HARI SREENIVASAN: But first: You might know retailer Zappos for the shoes it sells and its emphasis on customer service. What you may not know about is its quirky corporate culture, and why the company is banking on that for its long-term success. Our economics correspondent, Paul Solman, reports, as part of his weekly series, Making Sense, which airs every Thursday. WOMAN: Definitely the best port-a-potty experience I have ever had. PAUL SOLMAN: From its Porta Party P.R. to its campus in downtown Vegas, Zappos, the online shoe monger, is devoted to different. JASON BROWN, Zappos: Let me give you
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What’s behind weird weather week

From a tornado in Massachusetts, to a blizzard warning in Hawaii, there has been some weird weather around the country this week. There are always weather extremes, but is this the new norm? “The worst to me was just this bedroom and then the collapse of the ceiling,” says tornado survivor Jeanne Thomas.  A missing wall, damaged roof and downed trees are a reminder she survived the tornado that came through her small Massachusetts town. “The lights went off and then on and they wavered and then we heard this boom,” Thomas says. “My brother-in-law Roy Kimmel was thrown into the
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Weird bright blog of gas spotted in deep space baffles astronomers — RT Viral

Published time: 2 Mar, 2017 15:25 A vast luminous nebula spotted in a distant universe has baffled astronomers as there is no obvious source for the powerful light being emitted. The glowing ‘blob of gas’ was spotted by researchers at Santa Cruz University as they searched for the most dense galaxy environments in the early universe. READ MORE: ‘Rotten Egg’ death star: Hubble’s haunting images show nebula’s violent demise (PHOTO) “Our survey was not trying to find nebulae…We found this enormous nebula in the middle of the protocluster, near the peak density,”  Zheng Cai, a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at UC
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Livestock show a world of weird tricks – News – Herald Democrat

By Drew Smith Herald Democrat When show animals go before the judges at the Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show, they’re expected to stand out from the rest of the herd, flock or drove. That’s typically achieved with an exceptionally shiny coat, a smooth strut and a robust body. But talk to their owners and one is likely to find that show animals stand out for many other strange qualities and the process of raising a prize-winner can be just as bizarre. On Wednesday, exhibitors at the livestock show grounds were getting ready by tenderly bathing and blow-drying their bovines,
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Shinesty Outfits Keep Slopes Weird

Shinesty wants to see every skier in neon onesies and banana hammocks. Seriously. “We created Shinesty for one reason and one reason only: To bring you the most outlandish collection of clothing the world has ever seen.” This statement sits proudly on the website of Shinesty, a two year old retro and, um, whacky-weird-fun clothing brand based in Boulder, Colo. In college, Chris White and Jens Nicolaysen didn’t know one another but they were connected nonetheless. Nicolaysen saw weekend parties as opportunities to dip into his costume bin and put together something outrageous. His outfits always produced smiles. White was the
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GOP congressman calls female colleagues’ pantsuit solidarity ‘weird’

WASHINGTON — Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota is criticizing House Democratic women for wearing ‘‘bad-looking white pantsuits’’ during President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress. Cramer made the observation while talking with callers on a call-in radio show, ‘‘What’s On Your Mind,’’ that airs on several AM stations in his home state. Advertisement House Democratic women wore white to Trump’s speech to show solidarity with the women’s rights’ movement. Cramer remarked that ‘‘there is no question there is a disease associated with the notion that a bunch of women would wear bad-looking white pantsuits in solidary with Hillary Clinton
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Google Just Patented a Weird Camera Hat

Photographers join photo-sharing sites for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s as simple as a need for recognition and the occasional pat-on-the-back. In fact, I suspect that’s the reason most people join these sites in the first place; a little bit of recognition is worth big dollars in the feel-good bank. Same setting, same model, three different lighting scenarios. In this demo, Toronto wedding photographer Derrel Ho-Shing shows you the difference between shooting with natural light, regular strobe, and high speed sync. After one full year using the Sony mirrorless system for my professional work, I believe I can give
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