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.


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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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February 12th, 2015


[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?

[Via MetaFilter]

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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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Curtain Door

February 4th, 2015

Design Milk on the Curtain Door by Matharoo Associates:

[The Curtain Door…] is most definitely a door like no other I've seen. The massive door is made of 40 sections of thick Burma teak and sits between the entrance's concrete walls. Each section has been carved to incorporate 160 pulleys, 80 ball bearings, one wire rope, and a hidden counterweight.

Matharoo Associates Curtain Door

File under "Gorgeous, but possibly a tad high-maintenance".

[Via jwz]

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