Friday, April 01

Bidet.Woot: Welcome To The New

by Scott Lydon

The rumors are true. Woot's thrown aside the shackles of normalism and slapped down firmly onto the veritable seat of the gods. Today we're Bidet.Woot. And we're not going back. Not ever.

So celebrate with us! Check out the official notification page from our CEBDO or enjoy our variety of bidet-related sales! Even better, we've got a little video summing up the changes:

And, as always, you can click through below to visit the official Bidet.Woot thread and talk about how great the changes will be for the community over the long-term! Because they really are long-term changes, you know. We're never going back. NEVER. LONG LIVE BIDET.WOOT

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Thursday, March 31

 

Tuesday, March 29

The Debunker: What Color Is the "Black Box" on an Airplane?

by Ken Jennings

In 2009, a global cabal of artists, designers, and scientists called the International Colour Association decided to create a day to honour—er, "honor"—color in all its forms. International Colour Day is now celebrated every March 21, since that's the spring equinox, the day when light and darkness are in perfect balance. All month, we're going to have Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings with us, debunking a full spectrum of chromatic claptrap. Your trivia knowledge will soon be in the pink.

The Debunker: What Color Is the "Black Box" on an Airplane?

Like many important inventions, you never hear about them unless something has already gone terribly wrong. By law, the rear fuselage of every commercial airliner in the world—sometimes the rear cargo hold, sometimes a compartment above the galley ceiling—carries a device that records flight data and cockpit audio while the plane is in flight. This is the famous "black box" that's designed to tell investigators what went wrong when a plane goes down.

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Monday, March 28

Music Monday: RIP Maurice White

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! On February 4th, the great and wonderful Maurice White passed away, and somehow Scott just didn't hear about it until right now. He's a big Earth Wind & Fire fan so he's going to make up for his mistakes right now! Let's pay tribute to a musical juggernaut together.

Earth, Wind & Fire - After The Love Has Gone

 

This is the first Earth, Wind & Fire song I ever heard. It was on the stereo in our downstairs room, it was summer, the back door was open and there was a light breeze. I had nothing to do and most of the day to not do it in. I was still a kid, and I didn't know the band's name, but I felt like it was the most perfect song for that moment and I still do. I didn't know anything about the history of the band or what they were trying to do or really anything at all, I just knew that it was an amazing song that felt like a nice summer's day. And that was really enough for me.

More coming up, as you'd expect.

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Friday, March 25

 

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Wednesday, March 23

 

Tuesday, March 22

The Debunker: Is There a Chemical That Makes Pool Water + Pee Turn Blue?

by Ken Jennings

In 2009, a global cabal of artists, designers, and scientists called the International Colour Association decided to create a day to honour—er, "honor"—color in all its forms. International Colour Day is now celebrated every March 21, since that's the spring equinox, the day when light and darkness are in perfect balance. All month, we're going to have Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings with us, debunking a full spectrum of chromatic claptrap. Your trivia knowledge will soon be in the pink.

The Debunker: Is There a Chemical That Makes Pool Water + Pee Turn Blue?

Odds are, you do it too. According to a 2015 poll by the Internet media company Travelzoo, fully 64 percent of Americans admit to peeing in the swimming pool rather than getting out and walking to the restroom like civilized people. With all these people turning the piscine into a total piss scene, you'd think someone would have wondered by now: where are the telltale plumes of dark blue, from the urine indicator in the water? We've seen this stuff at work in movies like Grown-Ups and Take This Waltz, right? Everyone knows public pools have a secret chemical that turns a different color in the presence of pee.

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Monday, March 21

Music Monday: RIP Keith Emerson

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! At this point it's pretty clear that it's NOT a good year to be a '70s rock star from the UK. The legendary keyboard warrior Keith Emerson passed away about two weeks ago, and only got time-shifted because the George Martin tribute was already done. But Keith was all about cool effects, right? He'd probably be fine with a little time-shifting. And prog rock wouldn't be prog rock without ol' Keith.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9

 

If we're being honest with ourselves, there's a real chance the Insane Clown Posse starts the first time two Detroit kids hear this song. But no matter if that's true or not, this bizarre mix of classic rock and future synth slips in and out of tomorrow funk and pre-rock classical. And don't forget the Giger album cover! If you're a prog head, you've had a beat up copy of this in your collection at one time or another. And it's not even the coolest thing Keith Emerson was involved with.

Unless you're a die-hard fan, you're gonna be surprised what Scott found. And if you are a die-hard fan, you're just gonna want to pay tribute. Come join us as we RIP a prog god.

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Friday, March 18