The Expendables Trailer Looks Incredibly Silly, Explosion-y...
Microsoft's Nathan Myhrvold Wants to Dim the Sun With Sulfur Dioxide...Plants Know and Work With Relatives, Unlike Some People...Luxury Wine Vending Machine for Less-Wealthy Oenophiles...
The Expendables is a kind of supergroup action movie, starring Sly Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis. It has absolutely nothing to do with tech, gadgetry, or science, but enough members of the Giz staff went crazy for it that we had to put it somewhere—so it finds its way to Remainders. My take? Looks dumb, but not transcendently dumb like the Crank movies. [Expendables Trailer]
I'm in a weird place with plants right now. You see, I had this pretty flowering hanging plant in my window, but I went on vacation for ten days and came back to find that it had not only died due to lack of care from a certain roommate I won't name, but in death had afflicted my bedroom with a large and tenacious family of tiny black ants. I tried to save its life with gallons of water over the next two days—I pleaded with it, I begged it to hold on—but while the plant didn't survive, those fucking ants did. In short, screw plants.
But now, I'm starting to think there's more to plants than meets the eye. Research has shown that mustard plants actually favor members of their own family (plants also descending from the same mother, at least) by sharing nutrients and not competing for sunlight. That's adorable, isn't it? Maybe I'll buy a mustard plant next. [Wired]
A Tokyo wine bar has begun selling not just wine by the glass, but self-serve wine by the glass, poured from a luxury vending machine. What's nice is that you can actually see the bottle, though you don't get that weird thrill of approving a wine to a waiter without having any clue if it's good or not. (Side note: The last time somebody asked me what I thought of a particular wine, I learned that saying "I get a distinct grape flavor" will not win you much respect from oenophiles.) Anyway, it's pretty cool, but ends up here in Remainders because it's not new; apparently similar contraptions have been installed all over the States in the past year or two. But it's new to us, and a pretty cool idea to boot. [CrunchGear]