WIRED: The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers

WIRED: The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers

A few things occurred to me as I read this:

  1. There must be employees of these stores who have figured this out as well. I can’t imagine working for Best Buy and being told to toss this stuff in the dumpster without realizing I could make a few bucks off it on Craigslist or eBay.
  2. I’m amazed these stores haven’t figured out that they can sell this stuff rather than send it to the landfill. It’s shameful that Walmart and other big boxes are now using huge compactors to “reduce” the amount sent to the landfill. Compact, recycle, or compost the actual trash, and then figure out a way to sell those bikes or donate them to a worthy cause. It’s just lazy.
  3. How many people will read this and immediately head for the back of the nearest strip mall or big box?
  4. $600,000 a year? Um, really?
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From kottke: 24 pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog

They’re are all fantastic, but I especially like these:

4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.
5. Learn to live with your mistakes.
6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.
11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
17. Don’t be fearful of rejection.
18. Develop your own voice.

The accompanying photo is priceless.

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Joseph Paul Jernigan (January 31, 1954 – August 5, 1993) was a Texas murderer who was executed by lethal injection at 12:31 a.m.

Joseph Paul Jernigan (January 31, 1954 – August 5, 1993) was a Texas murderer who was executed by lethal injection at 12:31 a.m.

“Jernigan spent 12 years in prison before his final plea for clemency was denied. His cadaver was sectioned and photographed for the Visible Human Project at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center.”

Be sure to read the full story.

{ via Macworld }

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Wired has a small sampling of the more than 18,500 close up images that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken over the last five years using its HiRise camera.

Dust Devil Tattoo from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

“These twisty trails were traced by dust devils, spinning columns of rising air that pick up loose red dust grains and reveal darker, heavier sand beneath. Dust devils have been blamed for unexpectedly cleaning off the Mars rovers’ solar panels.”

Isn’t it amazing that we have spacecraft on another planet?

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atmos studio 081-23MR stairs

Having recently built new stairs to our basement, I’ve become hyper-aware of stairs everywhere I go. How comfortable and consistent they are (or aren’t) and how we automagically find the rhythm of most good stairs within a couple steps.

The 081-23MR stairs designed by atmos studio are pretty spectacular. There’s a nice CAD animation on their site showing the design process. Their description of the bathroom underneath is appropriately over the top:

“… its toilet a throne from which to survey the magnificent carved bowers of the stair beams above”

MT saw these photos and immediately got queasy: “I wouldn’t wanna go in there drunk.”

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