Adult MerFins.

Mermaid mono-fins being held by a pair of insanely hot Caucasian surfer chicks
So I just discovered that mermaid mono-fins are a real thing. They are “soft, flexible and functional and will give you the speed and agility of any fish in the ocean”.

All good features, I’m sure, but if grown women want to swim like mermaids—and they are called Adult MerFins after all—I think it is completely justified to hope that these mermaid-wannabes also dress topless like real mermaids.

15 things every man should have.

A list for first world men as articulated by Tom Ford:

  1. A sense of humour
  2. A daily read of the newspaper
  3. A sport that you love and are good at
  4. Tweezers
  5. A good cologne that becomes a signature
  6. A well cut dark suit
  7. A pair of classic black lace-up shoes
  8. A smart blazer
  9. The perfect pair of dark denim jeans
  10. Lots of crisp white cotton shirts
  11. Always new socks and underwear (throw away the old ones every six months)
  12. A classic tuxedo
  13. A beautiful day watch with a metal band
  14. The perfect sunglasses
  15. Perfect teeth — if you don’t have them, save up and have them fixed

The stupid Web…

To maximize their profit, Google has spent the last nine years aggressively working to increase the share of ads on each page in their search results, as well as working hard to keep as many clicks as they can within the Google ecosystem. If you want traffic, […] you’re going to have to pay for it.

The ad tactics on every other site have to get ever more aggressive, because search traffic is harder to earn with good content. It means that content publishers are moving toward social and viral traffic, because they can no longer count on search to work for them. It’s this addiction to social that makes the web dumber. If you want tonnage, lower your standards.

Creating a bootable USB disk from an ISO file on OS X.

Like the original author says, finding information on how to get (or ‘burn’) an ISO file onto a USB stick on the Mac is a lot harder than it seems. Here are the basic steps (culled from the excellent and exhaustive instructions here):

  1. Use Disk Utility to wipe the USB disk — a single partition formatted as free space.
  2. Convert the ISO file to IMG with hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o some_filename.img some_filename.iso
  3. Identify your USB with diskutil list
  4. Replace /dev/diskX with /dev/rdiskX and finish the job with dd if=./some_filename.img.dmg of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1m