Don't Mention the Techniker!

March 14th, 2015

A door in Germany broke down and The Most Memetacular Thing Happened.

[Via MetaFilter]

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No words

March 13th, 2015

I do wish Martin Belam, in posting about how UsVsTh3m marked the passing of Terry Pratchett, hadn't planted this delightful thought in my brain:

And personally, with Pratchett's death and Leonard Nimoy only recently departed, this has made me realise how deeply Tom Baker's death is going to affect me.

Now I'm thinking about it too, dammit!

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Facts are sacred. Spelling, less so.

March 12th, 2015

Alan Rusbridger, soon to depart after 20 years as editor of the Guardian, reflecting upon his early years at the paper:

For quite a long time the Guardian struggled to get my name right #oldcuttingsbooks

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js;dr

March 11th, 2015

js;dr = JavaScript required; Didn't Read.

Pages that are empty without JS: dead to history (archive-org), unreliable for search results (despite any search engine claims of JS support, check it yourself), and thus ignorable. No need to waste time reading or responding.

Also known as, if it's not curlable, it's not on the web. […]

Well said!

[Via tommorris.org]

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Not-so-BREAKING now…

March 8th, 2015

I know I'm days late posting this but I only saw it today so I figure I might not be the only one.

[Via Stellar Interesting]

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Solar-powered cats

March 8th, 2015

Time-Lapse Sun-cats.

[Via The Kid Should See This]

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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?

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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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