Quick Bytes: including a fireman saving a kittenby Fiona Rae
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BEER O’CLOCK: Yeah, all right, it’s a stunt for a well-known beer company, but a practical joke in which a bunch of Kiwi blokes plumb their mate’s house with beer has the ring of Kiwi ingenuity and it has been viewed more than three million times on YouTube:
HASHTAG TIMBERLAKE: We think we like Justin Timberlake’s acting and comedy more than his music: he was rather good in The Social Network, and he doesn’t mind looking like an idiot for spoof songs like Dick in Box. He appeared every Tuesday in September on his good mate Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show – it all started with The Evolution of End Zone Dancing. Here’s a skit for the Twitter generation about what it would be like if we all spoke in hashtags:
MAP OF THE iOS ART: Sometimes technology creates unintended random beauty, like these pictures of glitches in the Apple Maps app. Stockholm software engineer Peder Norrby discovered the broken landscapes while using the app’s 3D views and created a Flickr account called mapglitch. They look like something out of a graphic novel.
THE GATES OF PERCEPTION: Bill Gates recently participated in a fascinating Q&A at Harvard University to launch a fundraising campaign. He discusses dropping out of Harvard, the beginnings of Microsoft, his involvement in the early Mac era and how Control-Alt-Delete “was a mistake”:
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