Uncanny!

March 4th, 2015

What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men?

[Via Comic Book Resources, via MetaFilter]

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Wholesale

March 2nd, 2015

We can marry you off, wholesale.

Facebook knew you were in love a long time before you did. It noticed you scrolling back through her timeline. Every millisecond lingering over the photos of her at the beach was faithfully logged.

When she sent a message to her best friend saying "Hot date tonight ;-)" it correlated all the messages that she'd been sending and rightly calculated that you were her probable partner.

When the two of you didn't send each other flirty message one morning, it concluded that you had spent the night in a… how to put this…? A state unobservable by Facebook.

On the surface, you two were perfectly suited to each other. But Facebook had detected a problem. […]

[Via The Null Device]

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Waterballet

February 28th, 2015

Waterballet:

Not CGI, surprisingly.

[Via jwz]

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Minimal Status Bar for Safari

February 27th, 2015

Minimal Status Bar for Safari:

This is an extension to provide a minimal (Google Chrome-like) status bar for Safari. It also has built-in longurl support to convert those pesky and opaque short urls to long ones again.

Minimal Status Bar

Neat.

[Via Useful Mac]

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Today: 30 Times Fridge Door Opened

February 17th, 2015

The Sid Lee Agency has gone to town in wiring up their office in Paris with Arduino-based sensors monitoring pretty much everything that moves across the working day and the Dashboard they've created to display the data they're gathering is insane:

Coffees poured

For the avoidance of doubt, when I say 'insane' I mean not so much 'impressively geeky', more 'Why the hell would anyone want to work for people who want to monitor how many times the fridge door was opened and how many times the toilet was flushed?'

[Via Flowing Data]

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Hail Iseb!

February 16th, 2015

The story of the hunt for Iseb, the toughest of all the machines:

This is a story that must be told. Perhaps it is still the influence of HER strength that makes me write now. Fuck knows when all this madness started. You like tunnels huh? If you are a true tunnel fan, maybe a true fanatic, then when you hear about boring machines (the mothers of all tunnels) then it makes you want to see them. Good. So that's what happened to us. Like grimey servants we followed every new trace that could lead us to her, the aim of our two year quest was always to see the toughest of all the machines. A dormant juggernaut that lies underground. Her name? Iseb, the worm maiden. It is for her love that we've done everything.

[Via BLDGBLOG]

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Most single people are crazy

February 16th, 2015

A Dynamic Theory of Romantic Choice:

So the next time you're at a bad date, feel free to let them off with "It's not you, it's the market structure".

[Via Paul Krugman]

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I really should watch 'Strange Days' again

February 15th, 2015

Strange Days (1995) – Trivia:

In a scene between Mace (Angela Bassett) and Lenny (Ralph Fiennes), Mace says "…Right Here Right Now." This is exactly where Norman 'Fatboy Slim' Cook obtained the sample from that is heard in his single "Right Here Right Now".

(Sorry, I can't remember where I saw this mentioned a couple of weeks ago.)

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Not one

February 15th, 2015

Truth in numbers:

There is no more reason to expect one graph to "tell all" than to expect one number to do the same.

— John Tukey, Exploratory Data Analysis, 1977.

[Via Flowing Data]

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Flipped Iceberg

February 12th, 2015

Alex Cornell, on shooting pictures of an inverted iceberg:

Of all the things I've made in my life, I would *not* have expected a photo of ice in water to end up being covered so widely.

I have to admit that I was half-hoping that the iceberg being inverted would mean that the whole nine-tenths-of-an-iceberg-is-underwater principle would also be inverted, so that the picture would reveal an immense inverted pyramid of ice sticking out of the water and towering over the photographer, with just a relatively tiny chunk of ice being below the waterline. Physics doesn't seem to work that way, sadly. Even so, the pictures Cornell shot are still pretty damn spectacular and definitely well worth a look.

[Via Daring Fireball]

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Wooper

February 12th, 2015

Wooper:

[Via kottke.org]

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The Steel House

February 9th, 2015

Robert Bruno's Steel House is a sculpture more than it's a home:

Robert Bruno labored for decades to build one of America's most striking houses, but died before he could complete it. Is there a way to preserve his work and legacy?

How on earth haven't I seen this before? Surely it should have shown up in some science fiction film or TV series as the alien base or the hero's desert refuge or a parked spaceship?

[Via MetaFilter]

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Sweet dreams are made of cheese…

February 5th, 2015

... made of cheese

[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

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Shake It Off (The Perfect Drug)

February 5th, 2015

So, apparently Taylor Swift is the Perfect Drug:

[Via kottke.org]

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Curtain Door

February 4th, 2015

Design Milk on the Curtain Door by Matharoo Associates:

[The Curtain Door…] is most definitely a door like no other I've seen. The massive door is made of 40 sections of thick Burma teak and sits between the entrance's concrete walls. Each section has been carved to incorporate 160 pulleys, 80 ball bearings, one wire rope, and a hidden counterweight.

Matharoo Associates Curtain Door

File under "Gorgeous, but possibly a tad high-maintenance".

[Via jwz]

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The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations

February 1st, 2015

APOD: 2015 January 26 – The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations. Pretty epic.

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Bless You

February 1st, 2015

Bless You:

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Gigantic rings

January 26th, 2015

Staying on the theme of what a big universe it is, astronomers think they've spotted a planet with a seriously big ring system:

"The star is much too far away to observe the rings directly, but we could make a detailed model based on the rapid brightness variations in the star light passing through the ring system. If we could replace Saturn's rings with the rings around J1407b, they would be easily visible at night and be many times larger than the full moon."

Big rings

[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

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Replacement stars

January 26th, 2015

If the Sun were replaced by some other stars.

Be sure to watch to the end when we get to see Polaris up close. It's a hell of a thing.

[Via kottke.org]

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Disgusting. (And the chestburster isn't helping.)

January 20th, 2015

I wonder if this is a sly attempt by Cadbury's social media team to remind us all that there are worse things than changing the type of chocolate.

(For the record, I'm ashamed to note that I completely failed to notice on my first view that that thing should really be a facehugger, not a chestburster.)

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