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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Sweet dreams are made of cheese…

February 5th, 2015

... made of cheese

[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

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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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Holy war

January 19th, 2015

[Via acb, commenting at MetaFilter]

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The Internet of Shit

January 9th, 2015

Smart Pipe is a genuinely shitty idea.

[Via Schneier on Security

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If we had a solution, we wouldn't be bothering you with all these damn clues.

January 8th, 2015

18. Did we use the word "content" without quotes? We feel so dirty.

New Clues, from two of the authors of the original Cluetrain Manifesto. A mix of idealism, naiveté, and the odd CheapShot™. All in all, a hell of a lot of fun to read.1

  1. Even if it makes me feel old to realise that it's been almost sixteen years since the original.

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An Untimorous Beastie

January 3rd, 2015

Over at Crooked Timber, Maria Farrell relates the tale of life with her 'hugely fluffy and dolphin-smiling Samoyed dog, Milo':

Before Ed and I had the dog's shit to talk about, I don't know how we ever whiled away the hours. Quality, texture, main ingredients, frequency and volume. There's a lot to discuss. In this way, I have, finally, become a little bit English. For a while, there, Milo's daily rhythm was primed perfectly to require a straining squat precisely as we passed the entrance to the local Tube station at the height of rush hour. This was around the time when he was ingesting rubber bands daily. (Any reader of online gripes about Royal Mail will know a key one is how postmen discard on footpaths the rubber bands that keep packets of letters together. Another is leaving the gate open so someone else's dog can shit in your front garden.) The highlight of Milo's shitting career, however, was the party lights. […]

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Negligence and ingratitude

December 25th, 2014

A Tale of Momentum & Inertia.

[Via io9, via Extenuating Circumstances]

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Dada Data

December 21st, 2014

The Internet of Paternalistic Things:

My stupid refrigerator thinks I'm pregnant.

I reached for my favorite IPA, but the refrigerator wouldn't let me take one from the biometrically authenticated alcohol bin. […]

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We wanted LEGOs to appeal to girls more…

December 17th, 2014

"You just need to add one piece."

[Via Marco.org]

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Useless toilet paper machine

December 14th, 2014

This Useless toilet paper machine is, there's no denying it, pretty useless. And very funny.

[Via MetaFilter]

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'Bad Neil Gaiman' stories

November 30th, 2014

Neil Gaiman Reads "Bad Neil Gaiman" Stories. Be sure to stick around for the last story (which Gaiman declares to be his favourite.)

[Via The Millions]

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Panoraaaaaaammmmmmmaaaaaaaaa photography

November 12th, 2014

When Panorama Photography Goes Wrong:

Half a pony

The truncated pony is weird and all, but my favourite is the man I call the Human Silverback

[Via swissmiss]

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noPhone

August 23rd, 2014

Anyone for a noPhone?

A technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact.

With a thin, light and completely wireless design, the noPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment. Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand.

The noPhone simulates the exact weight and dimensions of your most beloved gadget in order to alleviate any feelings of inadequacy generated by the absence of a real smartphone.

[Via Subtraction.com]

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Justice

August 4th, 2014

From FML:

Today, I was cooking bacon while my dog watched me, drooling. I thought this was funny and I teased her a bit. I then slipped in the drool as I was carrying the bacon and she got to enjoy it. FML

Clever girl…

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This American Lear

July 28th, 2014

In the wake of This American Life host Ira Glass commenting that he found Shakespeare's plays difficult to relate to, loisbeckett brings us This American Lear:

Bravo! Author! More! More!

[Via kottke.org]

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Will it…?

July 26th, 2014

WILL IT BEARD? Good question.

[Via Pocket Lint #17]

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Woman? Frog? Korbinite? What's the difference?

July 23rd, 2014

By some margin my favourite response to the whole Thor-is-being-replaced-by-a-woman fuss:

Iron Man and Thor

[Via Bruce Munro, commenting at More Words, Deeper Hole]

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Neckbeard on top. Party on the bottom.

July 10th, 2014

You've disrupted the world. Now it's time to disrupt your outfit.

You're a rich white man.

You're used to being listened to. But while you're jabbering away, all anyone can see is your garbage shirt that you bought for twenty bucks and have been wearing all year, shoved nastily into your shiny off-the-rack suit. Why would you do this to your brand?

We're opinionated homosexuals.

Your days are busy. In the morning you're going to a sympathetic tech blog to defend yourself from charges of sexual assault; in the afternoon you're explaining to your board why it's fine that you're dating a direct report in your organization. Well, you should stop doing all that, but at least you should stop doing that while looking like a fucking putz. That's where we come in. We're the gays of Shirterate. And we're the first startup with a target audience of rich straight men. (Haha, JK, we're not the first, we're just the first to say it.) […]

[Via The Awl]

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*Sob*!

July 9th, 2014

Calvin has one last talk with Hobbes. I'm not going to quote a single line from this: if you know who "Calvin" and "Hobbes" are then you want to read this in full.

The only improvement I could possibly desire would be to have Bill Watterson draw the story, but then I'm not sure I could bear to read that story with Watterson's art.1

[Via Extenuating Circumstances]

  1. I got quite emotional enough just reading it in prose form, thanks.

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