September 5th, 2015
No doubt about it, there definitely are 2 Kinds of People in this world.
Me, I'm closer to the second type in terms of desktop clutter (unless you think all that Geektool output at the left of the desktop disallows me.)
[Via Daring Fireball]
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September 5th, 2015
Eleanor Rigby, reimagined as a horror story.
[Via Electrolite: Sidelights]
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September 2nd, 2015
Maciej Cegłowski on his experience of trying to attract fandom to Pinboard in the wake of the decline of Delicious:
[The single change…] that killed fandom dead on Delicious was no longer being able to type "/" into the search box.
There is no God, life has no meaning, it's all over when you can't search on the slash character. And fandom started freaking out on Twitter.
Being a canny businessman, I posted a gentle reminder that there was still a bookmarking site that let you search on a slash tag.
So fandom dispatched a probe to see if I was worth further study. The emissaries talked to me a bit and explained that my site was missing some features that fans relied on.
In my foolishness I asked, "Could you make me a list of those features? I'll take a look, maybe some of it is easy to implement."
Oh yes, they could make make a list.
I had summoned a very friendly Balrog.
Great stuff. Especially the part about how the Google Docs document that the users wrote to communicate with Maciej about what features they wanted ended up as the subject of fanfiction.
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August 30th, 2015
James Mickens has some thoughts about the state of online security:
The only thing that I've ever wanted for Christmas is an automated way to generate strong yet memorable passwords. Unfortunately, large swaths of the security community are fixated on avant garde horrors such as the fact that, during solar eclipses, pacemakers can be remotely controlled with a garage door opener and a Pringles can. It's definitely unfortunate that Pringles cans are the gateway to an obscure set of Sith-like powers that can be used against the 0.002% of the population that has both a pacemaker and bitter enemies in the electronics hobbyist community. However, if someone is motivated enough to kill you by focusing electromagnetic energy through a Pringles can, you probably did something to deserve that. I am not saying that I want you dead, but I am saying that you may have to die so that researchers who study per-photon HMACs for pacemaker transmitters can instead work on making it easier for people to generate good passwords. "But James," you protest, "there are many best practices for choosing passwords!" Yes, I am aware of the "use a vivid image" technique, and if I lived in a sensory deprivation tank and I had never used the Internet, I could easily remember a password phrase like "Gigantic Martian Insect Party." Unfortunately, I have used the Internet, and this means that I have seen, heard, and occasionally paid money for every thing that could ever be imagined. I have seen a video called "Gigantic Martian Insect Party," and I have seen another video called "Gigantic Martian Insect Party 2: Don't Tell Mom," and I hated both videos, but this did not stop me from directing the sequel "Gigantic Martian Insect Party Into Darkness." Thus, it is extremely difficult for me to generate a memorable image that can distinguish itself from the seething ocean of absurdities that I store as a result of consuming 31 hours of media in each 24-hour period.
[Via Schneier on Security]
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August 24th, 2015
8 Bit Cinema's magnificent take on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind reminded me that it's been far too long since I last saw the original.
Also, I love me a bit of ELO on the soundtrack, even when it's in 8-bit form. What's it going to take to get Jeff Lynne the knighthood he so richly deserves? Surely he's done enough fine work post-ELO as a producer and a Wilbury to outweigh the stigma of Xanadu?
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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.
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August 4th, 2015
What sort of sick, twisted mind does it take to come up with the idea of doing this to one of the great New Romantic singles?
I'll tell you what sort: the mind of a bloody genius!
[Via The A.V. Club, via web-goddess.org]