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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Wooper

February 12th, 2015

Wooper:

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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:

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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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The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations

February 1st, 2015

APOD: 2015 January 26 – The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations. Pretty epic.

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Bless You

February 1st, 2015

Bless You:

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Gigantic rings

January 26th, 2015

Staying on the theme of what a big universe it is, astronomers think they've spotted a planet with a seriously big ring system:

"The star is much too far away to observe the rings directly, but we could make a detailed model based on the rapid brightness variations in the star light passing through the ring system. If we could replace Saturn's rings with the rings around J1407b, they would be easily visible at night and be many times larger than the full moon."

Big rings

[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

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Replacement stars

January 26th, 2015

If the Sun were replaced by some other stars.

Be sure to watch to the end when we get to see Polaris up close. It's a hell of a thing.

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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

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Soderbergh's 2001

January 14th, 2015

Steven Soderbergh has posted his edit of 2001: A Space Odyssey:

maybe this is what happens when you spend too much time with a movie: you start thinking about it when it's not around, and then you start wanting to touch it. i've been watching 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY regularly for four decades, but it wasn't until a few years ago i started thinking about touching it, and then over the holidays i decided to make my move. why now? I don't know. maybe i wasn't old enough to touch it until now. maybe i was too scared to touch it until now, because not only does the film not need my – or anyone else's – help, but if it's not THE most impressively imagined and sustained piece of visual art created in the 20th century, then it's tied for first. meaning IF i was finally going to touch it, i'd better have a bigger idea than just trimming or re-scoring.

Well, now I know what I'm watching this weekend.

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I call it the Moonbase Alpha treatment

January 13th, 2015

Super Planet Crash is a solar system simulator game that just proved what an asshole I'd be if I was in charge of the universe. There I was with my 10-planet system, chugging along nicely past the 300-year mark and I got bored and added a brown dwarf to the inner solar system.

The result:

Bye bye, Planet 10

Oh well, how many Earth-sized planets does a solar system need, really? Besides, just think how much more of the universe the inhabitants of Planet 10 will see this way (until the atmosphere freezes as they wander the interstellar depths.)

[Via APOD]

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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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Majestic gaffe by anonymous MP

January 8th, 2015

[Via Extenuating Circumstances]

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Crescent Rhea Occults Crescent Saturn

January 7th, 2015

APOD: 2015 January 4 – Crescent Rhea Occults Crescent Saturn.

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11 Spectacular 3D Printer Failures

January 3rd, 2015

11 Spectacular 3D Printer Failures.

Me, I don't think this one was necessarily a failure…

The Thing?

Isn't that from the scene in John Carpenter's The Thing where the alien reveals itself after it's locked into the dogs' enclosure?

[Via LinkMachineGo!]

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