Trevor Macomber

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Hollywood Demonstrates Why 80 Percent of Lightning Strike Victims Are Male

If you play baseball with The Almighty, you should probably be aware of one niggling little ground rule up front: it's not three strikes and you're out. It's _one_ strike. And that's because the strikes are lightning. Cue "a recent tweet from the...
Trevor Macomber
7.6.12
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Incredible Edible Underwear and Other "Things" You Can Eat

Do you ever feel bad after eating three or four family size bags of BBQ rib-flavored potato chips? Yeah, I know how you feel. All that bag trash you're left with is enough to make you feel like a real enviro-jerk. But what if you could just eat the...
Trevor Macomber
6.29.12
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Why Reporters Hate YouTube

Though it may not seem like it at times, the average news reporter is, in fact, human (or, at least, carbon based). As such, they are as prone to fallacy as any lesser beings like you and I. The difference is, when _they_ make a mistake, it's broadcast...
Trevor Macomber
6.20.12
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I Believe I Can Flying Wallenda

Somehow I managed to go until yesterday evening before learning that Nik Wallenda—the 33-year-old acrobat of the world-famous Flying Wallendas—was planning to walk across Niagra Falls on a seven-ton, 1,800-foot long high-wire tonight. Naturally, the...
Trevor Macomber
6.15.12
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In Praise of the Banana Bunker

I know Christmas is very much old news, but as my A-Team lunchbox, Dawson’s Creek t-shirt, and Different Strokes underpants (HA!) will attest, I’m not a man who moves on easily. As such, I have recently been inspired (more on that in a minute) to...
Trevor Macomber
6.14.12
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Marvel at These Awesome Treehouses that Hopefully Won't Be Cut Down

When I was in elementary school, my dad and I built a treehouse in the medium-sized oak growing on the hill behind our driveway. Admittedly, it wasn’t so much of a tree _house_ as a tree _platform_, and I didn’t so much “build” it with my dad as I did...
Trevor Macomber
6.12.12
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Why 21st Century People Are Getting More Head

According to researchers at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center, the size of white Americans’ craniums (specifically white Americans—but only because there were more of them available to study) have actually increased in size...
Trevor Macomber
6.5.12
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Politwoops, There It Is: The Best Deleted Tweets from Politicians

Thanks to the Sunlight Foundation — a “non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency” — twits and twats alike may now revel in the perhaps-forgotten-but-never-gone...
Trevor Macomber
6.1.12
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Why Does a Nosy Computer Want to Ruin My Marriage?

There are many things about the corporate world that I'm forced to inhabit during normal business hours that regularly perplex and frighten me -- for example, the tendency of its residents to use "spend" as a noun and "parking lot" as a verb. (E.g...
Trevor Macomber
5.30.12
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Froody Towel Day, Everyone!

Trevor Macomber
5.25.12
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Website Names Are Lies

When creating a new online presence, it’s important to choose a name that’s both memorable and at least vaguely emblematic of your site’s intended purpose. This usually means following one of two broad naming strategies: 1) Choosing a random, possibly...
Trevor Macomber
5.24.12
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One Laptop Per Child and Epic Screens: 8.5 Questions with Pixel Qi's Mary Lou Jepsen

Mary Lou Jepsen is the founder and CEO of Pixel Qi Corporation, a manufacturer of low-cost, low-power LCD screens for laptops. She has also been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine for her work in creating One...
Trevor Macomber
5.10.12
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