Shadowless

April 5th, 2015

Casting no shadow:

Ingenious London architects have designed a new skyscraper for a site in Greenwich that doesn't cast a single shadow.

But this isn't witchcraft, just really damn clever design. To minimise the effect of the vertical build on nearby communities, the appropriately dubbed 'No Shadow' buildings are designed so that when one building creates shade, the other acts as a gigantic mirror, reflecting the light downwards into its shadow

[Via @cityofsound]

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Windscreenwiperman

April 4th, 2015

Windscreenwiperman is a thoughtful piece of work on a tricky subject:

A man makes friends with a young teenage boy online. This film explores the stigma around online friendships, and our global addiction to social media. Directed by Sam Baron. Written by Sam Baron & Raphael von Blumenthal. Produced by Mark Hopkins, Aidan Grounds & Emily Precious. Starring Raphael von Blumenthal, Joe Hurst & Rebecca Herod.

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Beautiful Maps

April 4th, 2015

Beautiful Maps presents exactly what the name suggests. Well worth a look.

Beautiful Maps tumblr

[Via swissmiss]

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Ask Cortana…

April 4th, 2015

Heh…

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RomancR

April 2nd, 2015

RomancR promises to disrupt your bedroom:

RomancR, which we plan to launch later this year, will bring the power and efficiency of markets to our romantic lives. You will leave your pitiful dating life where it belongs in the dustbin of history! Go beyond antiquated non-market systems for finding lovers. Why should we rely on people's fickle sense of taste and attractiveness, their complicated ideas of interpersonal compatibility, or their sense of altruism, when we can rely on the power of prices? With RomancR, we won't have to!

[Via Crooked Timber]

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gail period com

April 1st, 2015

Where you end up if you mistype 'gmail' as 'gail' and your browser autocompletes your entry:

Hello and welcome to the gail.com FAQ.

Q: Why isn't there any content here?
A: All personal web content is hidden on back pages to conserve bandwidth.

Q: Interested in selling gail.com?
A: Sorry, no.

Q: How did you manage to get gail.com?
A: My husband registered it as a birthday gift back in 1996.

Q: How many times a day is this page visited?
A: In 2014 this page received 1,829,385 hits, which is an average of 5,012 per day. Eighty-five percent of those hits were from unique IP addresses. Occasionally, we get Redditted and get several tens of thousands of visitors over a day or so.

Q: I think you're infringing on my trademark…
A: You can't have an exclusive trademark on a common word or name. My husband and I successfully defended ourselves against an attempted domain coup d'état in 2006; see WIPO Case D2006–0655 for more information.

Q: Don't you know that you could throw some ads up and make money?
A: Yes, I know, thank you. For those who feel they need more advertising in their life, have a look at our nifty EFF ad below.

Thanks for visiting,

Gail (faq at gail period com)

Bravo. Proper old school internet.

[Via @lexim]

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Don't Mention the Techniker!

March 14th, 2015

A door in Germany broke down and The Most Memetacular Thing Happened.

[Via MetaFilter]

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No words

March 13th, 2015

I do wish Martin Belam, in posting about how UsVsTh3m marked the passing of Terry Pratchett, hadn't planted this delightful thought in my brain:

And personally, with Pratchett's death and Leonard Nimoy only recently departed, this has made me realise how deeply Tom Baker's death is going to affect me.

Now I'm thinking about it too, dammit!

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Facts are sacred. Spelling, less so.

March 12th, 2015

Alan Rusbridger, soon to depart after 20 years as editor of the Guardian, reflecting upon his early years at the paper:

For quite a long time the Guardian struggled to get my name right #oldcuttingsbooks

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js;dr

March 11th, 2015

js;dr = JavaScript required; Didn't Read.

Pages that are empty without JS: dead to history (archive-org), unreliable for search results (despite any search engine claims of JS support, check it yourself), and thus ignorable. No need to waste time reading or responding.

Also known as, if it's not curlable, it's not on the web. […]

Well said!

[Via tommorris.org]

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Not-so-BREAKING now…

March 8th, 2015

I know I'm days late posting this but I only saw it today so I figure I might not be the only one.

[Via Stellar Interesting]

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Solar-powered cats

March 8th, 2015

Time-Lapse Sun-cats.

[Via The Kid Should See This]

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Uncanny!

March 4th, 2015

What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men?

[Via Comic Book Resources, via MetaFilter]

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Wholesale

March 2nd, 2015

We can marry you off, wholesale.

Facebook knew you were in love a long time before you did. It noticed you scrolling back through her timeline. Every millisecond lingering over the photos of her at the beach was faithfully logged.

When she sent a message to her best friend saying "Hot date tonight ;-)" it correlated all the messages that she'd been sending and rightly calculated that you were her probable partner.

When the two of you didn't send each other flirty message one morning, it concluded that you had spent the night in a… how to put this…? A state unobservable by Facebook.

On the surface, you two were perfectly suited to each other. But Facebook had detected a problem. […]

[Via The Null Device]

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Waterballet

February 28th, 2015

Waterballet:

Not CGI, surprisingly.

[Via jwz]

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Minimal Status Bar for Safari

February 27th, 2015

Minimal Status Bar for Safari:

This is an extension to provide a minimal (Google Chrome-like) status bar for Safari. It also has built-in longurl support to convert those pesky and opaque short urls to long ones again.

Minimal Status Bar

Neat.

[Via Useful Mac]

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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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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.

[Via BLDGBLOG]

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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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