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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No. Just …. no.

June 22nd, 2015

Too soon. Way too soon.

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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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Craptastic Ladies bathroom art

December 27th, 2014

Holy crap!

(Yes, I'm pretty sure that's meant to be the United Nations HQ in New York.)

[Via @feelinglistless]

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W.T.F?

December 17th, 2014

W.T.F?

(Sorry, I can't remember who pointed me towards this a few days ago.)

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Here's hoping the happy couple were planning to move in to his place

December 14th, 2014

As an unfortunate sequel to yesterday's post about measuring one's heartbeat while proposing, today brings this story from Holland:

A Dutchman's attempt at a romantic wedding proposal was simply smashing.

The unidentified lover in the central town of Ijsselstein rented a crane, planning to descend in front of his girlfriend's bedroom window first thing Saturday morning, play her a song and then pop the question. […]

I'd imagine the poor guy's heart rate went higher and stayed that way for longer compared to the guy from yesterday's post.

[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

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Huggable Urn Keepsakes

August 23rd, 2014

I had no idea there was such a thing as a Huggable Urn Keepsake:

We offer an assortment of soft, huggable urn keepsakes. Each animal features a discreet compartment to hold a small amount of ashes and comes with a velvet pouch.

Huggable Urns Family Pack

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Algorithms As The Champions of Workers

August 18th, 2014

Danny Crichton's argument that Algorithms Are Replacing Unions As The Champions of Workers is a doozy:

At the heart of this movement is the right of workers to choose how and when they work. Uber, for instance, doesn't require strict hours for drivers, instead letting them choose schedules that match their needs. If a driver wants to take a two-hour lunch break or pick up their kids after school and only work late mornings and evenings, the system provides them the flexibility to do that. Carefully-tuned algorithms provide incentives through prices to ensure that the market is meeting the demand of customers and workers. The same flexibility holds true for most on-demand startups including TaskRabbit, Postmates, oDesk, Crew, and Guru.

Such convenience used to be the exclusive preserve of elite talent. Professionals like lawyers, doctors, engineers and consultants have had the flexibility in their work to take vacations and use "flex time" policies for many years now. Such policies make it easier to do everything from building a family to improving one's skills through education.

It also helps that all those professional types were earning hourly rates that allowed them to forego a week's work without substantially affecting their ability to make that month's mortgage payment.1 As if that weren't enough, Crichton also has some strange ideas about how a startup-driven labour market might work:

There is a long-tail to labor markets that startups are finally exploiting. Maybe I want to do a mix of cooking, Egyptian hieroglyphic travel blogging, and some regression analysis of health data. In the past, that would mean getting a job in marketing and living a corporate life until such time that one could quit and pursue their interests. Today, it is entirely possible to stitch together a set of opportunities to bring all of those passions together.

Let's just hope that the guy who is paying for the health data analysis doesn't want his report finalised the very same week in which you'd promised to supply one of your patrons with pre-publishing access to a meaty piece you're just getting to grips with about the hieroglyphs at Amenemhet I's pyramid at Lisht.

We can but hope that our multi-talented individual doesn't have a passion for, say, eating regularly, or being able to plan more than a few weeks ahead. Startups and those who make money from the sharing economy ideally want people with no family complications to mess up their schedules, and who will be at the beck and call of the business on what amounts to a zero-hour contract. Also, it'd be nice if as many regulations as possible governing established industries could be swept away/regarded as not applying to those doing exactly the same type of work but as part of the sharing economy. And this is an environment in which trades unions are obsolete?

Shoulda been published in The Onion.

[Via @Pinboard]

  1. Also, I know that attitudes to paid time off are a bit different in the USA, but might these sort of professionals not also be salaried employees and thus allowed some paid leave? Or is that another of those socialistic notions that has dragged down the living standards of citizens of western Europe's various social democratic nations?

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This Makes Me Uncomfortable

July 16th, 2014

This Makes Me Uncomfortable.

No kidding!1

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  1. Arguably NSFW.

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Clever girl

May 8th, 2014

The octopus is a creature both clever and dextrous.

And I, for one, welcome our new octopod overlords.

[Via kottke.org]

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