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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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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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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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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The Quantified Proposal

December 13th, 2014

Reddit user sesipikai recorded his heartbeat whilst proposing marriage:

Heartbeat during proposal (excerpt)
(This is just an excerpt: click on the image above to go and see the whole thing.)

The associated Reddit comment thread can be found here.

[Via Flowing Data]

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Fury Road

December 10th, 2014

As a rule I'm not a fan of film sequels appearing decades after the previous instalment, even when helmed by the same director as the originals. A flashy trailer can be deeply misleading. Bringing in a new lead actor in to play the hero can work, but it's a crapshoot. There are lots of reasons to be sceptical of George Miller's forthcoming addition to the Mad Max series.

But then there's this:

If the finished product is even 30% as much fun as that trailer makes it look then we're in for a treat.

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Blackout City

December 7th, 2014

Blackout City by Nicholas Buer:

In a metropolis like London light pollution makes the night sky invisible. Only a few of the brightest stars and asterisms force their celestial light through the man made glow of the city. The night sky, one of the most beautiful of natural wonders is extinguished from view. Blackout City is an experimental timelapse film that makes the invisible, visible. It attempts to show what the night sky would look like If there were ever to be a total blackout in the South East of England on a clear, moonless, summer's night.

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The Real Amazon Store

December 4th, 2014

John Herrmann's piece on how Amazon are gradually moving into making more and more – very carefully selected – categories of stuff is really good. But also deeply scary if you're a rival retailer with profit margins being bolstered by your sales of some of your less glamorous product lines:

Taken together, these products adhere to no particular aesthetic or theme – a house filled only with Amazon-brand products would look and feel like prefab model home. Again, since this is Amazon, the explanation is probably data. Not data about what people want, exactly, but data that suits Amazon's goals: these must be relatively popular and relatively expensive product categories where brand loyalty isn't too strong, and where Amazon can find cheap manufacturing partners. It's a logistics partner looking at its suppliers and saying, dozens of times, "how hard could that be?"

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A bunch of people getting hurt, instead of a bunch of people flailing around.

December 4th, 2014

Tony Zhou's latest instalment of Every Frame A Painting is Jackie Chan – How to Do Action Comedy, featuring a positively awe-inspiring collection of action sequences. The best of them are lit and shot so that you can clearly follow what's happening every step of the way and feel every blow. Which shouldn't be remarkable attributes of a fight scene, but apparently are these days.

It's unfair to highlight a favourite bit, but I must say I was very taken with a brief scene1 from a film I'm unfamiliar with called Miracles – Mr. Canton and Lady Rose featuring a spiral staircase. Also, the various sequences from the Police Story films. And … oh, just go and watch it.

  1. Starting at the 2:08 mark.

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