This week, lots of you devoured our “morning inspiration” series—glad to know there are optimists reading Gizmodo! We did a deep dive into high-speed rail and continued to shame people about the California drought. Here are the favorites.

First off, I skipped the Best of Giz post last week, so let me give a shout out to our great coverage of all things Google last week. Highlights of I/O included the launch of Google Photos, so good it’s creepy, and the new Google Now features that solidify it as the best reason to use Android. Meanwhile last week we live-blogged the myth that a planetary alignment would cause an earthquake (spoiler: it didn’t), created a video explainer on how to take better photos, and made some people try out female condoms.

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And now, on to this week!

How to Get Started With Vinyl Records

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So you want to start spinning records in your living room. Here’s a collection of the advice I’ve given n00bs just like you over the last couple of years. Getting started can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Here’s how to get going.

Want to Save Water? Build a Pool, Says the Pool Industry

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Sure, you’re already doing a lot to save water—plucking the almonds from your granola each morning and shaming your grass-owning neighbors daily on Twitter. But when will you get serious about the drought and install a pool?

Why Japan’s Bullet Train Will Finally Bring High-Speed Rail to America

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High-speed trains—which can hit 300 miles per hour or more—are the ultimate example of how futuristic engineering can solve real-world transportation problems. In the past several decades, dozens of safe, sustainable high-speed train systems have started racing across the planet. And the place that does high-speed rail best is where it all started over 50 years ago: Japan.

I Was A Test Subject For Brain Experiments

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The summer after I graduated from college, I took an RA job on campus that gave me a lot of free time, but not much pay. So I did the natural thing one does at a research university: I signed up to be a guinea pig for neuroscience experiments.

If We’re Going to Do Celebrity #DroughtShaming Let’s Do It Right

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In April, snitchy Californians lodged 22,000 water-wasting complaints that resulted in 838 penalties issued. And guess what? The state reduced overall water use by 13.5 percent. It’s evidence that these kinds of reporting efforts might be working. What’s not really working? Posting photos of celebrity homes on Twitter.

The Ingenious Plan for the Ocean to Clean Itself Is Led By a 20-Year-Old

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A Dutch man barely out of his teens is leading one of the most ambitious ocean cleanup efforts ever: to halve the amount of plastic debris floating in the Pacific within a decade.

How Android Is Becoming the New Windows

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It’s more nuanced than you think.

Here Is Everything You Hate About Technology

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We asked Gizmodo’s readers about their biggest frustrations with technology today. Your answers were smart, poignant, sad, funny, and so compelling that we had to compile them.

Will a Robot Steal Your Job Tomorrow? Take Our Quiz!

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Will a robot steal your job in the future? NPR has a new tool to check the probability that you’ll be replaced by a robot in 20 years. But 20 years is so far away. What about tomorrow? Like, literally tomorrow. We’ve come up with our own quiz to answer just that.

Why Facebook Is Evil, According To Mindblowing New Series Mr. Robot

The dark, psychological hacker drama Mr. Robot slayed audiences at South by Southwest, and now it’s become a series on USA. It’s one of those rare shows that actually seems to understand what’s corrupt and rotten at the heart of the tech industry — and wants to burn it all down. We talked to the show creator.

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Microsoft Built a Cable Box Killer. Then They Killed It.

Last month, Microsoft confirmed that Windows Media Center would not be included in Windows 10. It was not a surprise, because almost no one uses Windows Media Center (it was only available as a paid add-on in Windows 8). But it is a shame, because Windows Media Center might be the best DVR software out there. And it should’ve killed the cable box.

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Use Google Searches to Figure Out How Racist Your Neighborhood Is

Want to know whether a given area has a higher number of racists than average? It turns out that Google searches can provide you with a pretty good answer, at least according to two recent studies.

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