Eternal Sunshine of the 8 Bit Mind

August 24th, 2015

8 Bit Cinema's magnificent take on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind reminded me that it's been far too long since I last saw the original.

Also, I love me a bit of ELO on the soundtrack, even when it's in 8-bit form. What's it going to take to get Jeff Lynne the knighthood he so richly deserves? Surely he's done enough fine work post-ELO as a producer and a Wilbury to outweigh the stigma of Xanadu?1

[Via rogerebert.com]

  1. Joking aside, you've got to wonder whether he's just one of those public figures who quietly turned a gong down years ago.

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Everything that fits in a square mile

August 17th, 2015

The Jefferson Grid:

Everything that fits in a square mile…

#jefferson #grid #usa #america

A photo posted by The Jefferson Grid (@the.jefferson.grid) on

[Via BLDGBLOG]

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August 14th, 2015

Why Time Flies.

Time Flies

[Via swissmiss]

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All Splorch orders will include a free 6-egg mold

August 7th, 2015

Ovipositors – Primal Hardwere (Under Construction):

Yesssss… your body will do nicely for the young ones.

total height: 10.5"
shaft length: 9.5"
diameter: 2" (without eggs in it)
shaft circumference: 6.5"

Introducing the Splorch! It is an ovipositor designed for all those xenomorph fans out there who like the idea of alien eggs and impregnation. Made of soft platinum silicone, the Splorch is stretchy enough to handle chicken egg-sized gelatin eggs. […]

Check out our YouTube video to see it in action!

This video shows you how to make the eggs!

Thank you for being such an excellent host.

[Via jwz]

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Werner Herzog Inspirationals

August 5th, 2015

Perfect.

http://herzoginspirationals.tumblr.com/post/105684849598

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Workin' In A Cocktail Bar

August 4th, 2015

What sort of sick, twisted mind does it take to come up with the idea of doing this to one of the great New Romantic singles?

I'll tell you what sort: the mind of a bloody genius!

[Via The A.V. Club, via web-goddess.org]

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What kind of person does only the minimum?

August 1st, 2015

Moira Weigel for The New Inquiry on fitness tracking:

In the Middle Ages, theologians debated about what bodies would be like in the Resurrection. If you had lost a limb, would it grow back? Would people copulate? Would they poop? Imagine a heaven, St. Thomas Aquinas exclaimed, that full of shit!

He was being sarcastic, because he thought our immortal souls would not poop. But the question was dead serious. It meant: How should a person be? Which human activities are essential and which superfluous? What are the eternally significant data about ourselves?

The Catholic Church says the essential data point is the age 33. We will be resurrected as we were, or would have been, at 33 because that's how old Jesus was. Activity trackers say that our true selves lie in a broader range of biodata.

This does not mean that they hold out more, or more flexible, ways to salvation. Only different ones. Fans of FitBit believe that we are essentially productive. The good life divides cleanly. We should strive to leave no remainder untracked. […]

[Via Extenuating Circumstances]

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Alternative reward: 35,000 words about seasickness.

August 1st, 2015

A Kickstarter for your consideration: Maciej Ceglowski is soliciting donations to take a 36-day voyage to the Ross Ice Shelf, Bay of Whales and subantarctic islands, and write it up real good.

I propose to take a 36-day voyage to the Ross Sea in Antarctica in February, 2016 and write a series of articles about the journey. For the past 13 years, I have written a popular-ish weblog at idlewords.com, and I know some of you have read and enjoyed my posts. Don't try to deny it.

In the past I have traveled to, and written about: Yemen, Argentina, China, Poland, Iceland, Australia, Romania, Transnistria(!) and the mysterious land we know only as "Canada". I've done so on my own dime, and writing about it has been part of the fun of traveling for me.

This trip is a little different, in that visiting Antarctica costs a small fortune. So I am here, hat in hand, asking for help to make the journey in return for a promise to write some really interesting and engaging prose about it in return.

The trip I have in mind is a 36-day organized sea cruise on a Russian icebreaker to the Ross Ice Shelf and Bay of Whales, with stops along the way at Australian and American bases (including McMurdo sound) and numerous subantarctic islands. A detailed itinerary appears below.

Most Antarctic tourism is limited to voyages along the Antarctic Penninsula lasting just a few days. Only about 350 tourists a year visit the Ross Sea, an area of immense historical and natural interest reachable only from New Zealand.

I've written extensively about Antarctica before (a serious example at http://idlewords.com/2010/03/scott_and_scurvy.htm, a funny example at http://idlewords.com/2006/03/ruling_antarctica.htm). If those posts appeal to you, I think you'll be in for a treat if I manage to actually see the place firsthand.

In particular, I'd like to write about the Ross Ice Shelf (in connection with climate change), the curious German and Italian bases on our route, penguins and migratory birds (who doesn't love penguins?), whatever secrets I glean from the 25-member Russian crew, Polynesian history in the godforsaken cold sub-antarctic islands, the fight to eradicate rats and rabbits from these places before they can eat all the birds, and probably (if past Antarctic writing is any indicator) 49,000 words about ice.

In concrete terms, I pledge to write at least seven substantive articles, totalling at least 35,000 words, by May of 2016. People who pony up at least $11 will get this in a nicely formatted downloadable form, along with a podcast version (mp3 files) for listening to on the go. […]

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Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

July 30th, 2015

A Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki:

So many fantastic stories, so little time to get round to watching them all again…

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Making it so for M. Picard

July 28th, 2015

I was sure I'd posted about this theory about Star Trek before, but apparently not:

patio11 529 days ago

A heretical thought I have had about Star Trek: the Federation has no need for Star Fleet. They're fantastically wealthy and cannot meaningfully gain from trade in physical items. They're not just singularity-esque wealthy relative to the present-day US, they're equally more secure. Nobody kills mass numbers of Federation citizens. That occasionally happens on poor planets elsewhere. Sucks but hey poverty sucks.

So why have a Star Fleet? Because Jean Luc Picard is a Federation citizen, and he wouldn't be happy as other than a starship captain. It's a galaxy-spanning Potempkin village to make him happy. Why would they do that? You're thinking like a poor person. Think like an unfathomably rich person. They do it because they can afford to. He might have had a cheaper hobby, like say watching classic TV shows, but the Federation is so wealthy that Starfleet and a TV set both round to zero.

This makes Star Fleet officers into in-universe Trekkies: a peculiar subculture of the Federation who are tolerated because despite their quirky hobbies and dress they're mostly harmless. Of course if you're immersed in the subculture, Picard looks like something of a big shot. We get that impression only because the camera is in the subculture, not in the wider Federation, which cares about the Final Frontier in the same way that the United States cares about the monarch butterfly: "We probably have somebody working on that, right? Bright postdoc somewhere? Good, good."

[Via @m1k3y]

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