Periodic Table of Storytelling

February 1st, 2014

James R Harris has constructed a Periodic Table of Storytelling and it is awesome.1

[Via LinkMachineGo!]

  1. Warning: contains links to TVTropes. Do not follow that link if you had plans to get anything important done in the next three hours.

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Breaking Madden

January 31st, 2014

The Super Bowl, in which the machine bleeds to death:

Over the course of the season, I've discovered lots of different ways to hack Madden NFL 25 into a thing that no longer resembles football as we know it. I've played around with rules, injury settings, all manner of player ratings, player dimensions, and anything else the game's developers have made available to us.

This time is special, though, because I'm pulling out every single one of the stops at the same time. No other scenario I've built in Madden has been so abjectly cruel or unfair; no other scenario has even been close. […]

The GIFs, the GIFs…


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A**h*l* Reality, more like

January 30th, 2014

I'm fairly sure the Infinity Augmented Reality Concept Video is a spoiler operation, secretly backed by Microsoft or Apple or some other Google rival to turn the public against the very idea of augmented reality. I mean, Infinity AR can't seriously believe that this is an appealing vision of the world five years from now, can they?

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Thomas Friedman Clogged My Toilet

January 27th, 2014

I'm pretty sure I read Justin Erik Halldór Smith's Thomas Friedman Clogged My Toilet a couple of years ago, but as far as I can tell I didn't post about it. It's long past time that I rectified that omission:

It is not for nothing that some years ago I sought out a home with a semi-secret 1/2-bath in the basement, for who has not at some point been at a social gathering, and preferred to reabsorb rank toxins through the intestinal walls, rather than to risk, by the emanation of one's own stench even through a closed bathroom door, being found out as a defecator? This, I've long believed, has been the key to my reputation as a host.

[Via homunculus, commenting at MetaFilter]

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Who needs the NSA?

January 27th, 2014

What a brand knows…

The question is, would your privacy fare much better if you were logging in to Google+ or Twitter instead? And if so, would that be because those networks were being less intrusive on a point of principle, or just because they haven't yet persuaded you to hand over quite as much information about yourself?1

[Via Extenuating Circumstances]

  1. Your social network's customers, don't forget, being not you the user but the marketing executives who want your details to help them sell things to you.

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January 25th, 2014

Photographer Victoria Will shot some old-style tintype portraits of some of the actors attending this year's Sundance festival. Some people look like they'd fit right in to the mid-19th century:

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

My other favourites in the Esquire-hosted slideshow are Maggie Gyllenhaal1, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe with Rachel McAdams, and Anne Hathaway. Also Nick Cave.2

Victoria Will's own site has some more of her Sundance tintypes.


  1. Crazy eyes!
  2. But then, when does he not look like someone right at home in the 19th century.

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The Silmarillion Project

January 22nd, 2014

Dresden Codak artist Aaron Diaz has a new side project, designing the characters for a (sadly nonexistent) cartoon adaptation of The Silmarillion. If you're partial to his style (as I am) this is pure eye candy.

Take, for example, this illustration of Melkor and Ungoliant looking down on Telperion and Laurelin, the Two Trees that lit the Land of the Valar:

Silmarillion Chapter 8: Of The Darkening of Valinor

But now on the mountain-top dark Ungoliant lay; and she made a ladder of woven ropes and cast it down, and Melkor climbed upon it and came to that high place, and stood beside her, looking down upon the Guarded Realm.

…Then Melkor laughed aloud, and leapt swiftly, and leapt swiftly down the western slopes; and Ungoliant was at his side, and her darkness covered them.

Melkor and Ungoliant

Lovely work, best viewed full size at the the author's site.

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January 19th, 2014

From the Quote Database:

<Aoi-chan> everyone's first vi session.


[Via Ivan Fyodorovich, commenting at MetaFilter]

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Cute Animals. Bad Dates.

January 18th, 2014

Cute Animals. Bad Dates.

These are actual quotes taken from online dating profiles and Craigslist personal ads. Brought to you by cute animals, because that makes everything that much better.

[Via metamedia]

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The Time Travel Mart

January 15th, 2014

The Time Travel Mart in Echo Park caters for travellers from all eras:

Be careful with that 'fire' stuff...

There's even an online store to cater for the needs of those of us not able to get to LA.1

[Via fuck yeah, science fiction!]

  1. Confused? This Atlas Obscura article explains all.

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