Archive for May, 2012

Other Ten Percent 5/31/12

May 31 2012 Published by under Daily Posts

So for some reason I woke up at 6am this morning and I decided to just go with it and work out early which is fine except that it has resulted in me feeling SUPER tired all day. I’ve managed to roll with it and I still seem to be doing alright but I do not feel like I’m at 100% right now. I do feel like I’m at 100% on these links though. And like 200% on awkward transitions. So lets look at links now. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 5/30/12

May 30 2012 Published by under Daily Posts

Two productive days in a row! Though the addition of dinner and TV club to my schedule means that I still haven’t found the time to code up the new version of OTP just yet. Short term I’m just planning to make the front page of the site a really easy/obvious place to send people if you want them to sign up but longer term I’m hoping to code up a better editing solution that’ll auto-format OTP links for me if I just send a link its way from my RSS reader. Then I can just spend my time writing up commentary for the links. Anyway I’ve also got some links I think you might enjoy today instead of in the theoretical future. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 5/29/12

May 29 2012 Published by under Daily Posts

I have no idea why the date looks so odd to me but it totally does. Does that date look weird to anybody else? Nope? Just a weird misfiring neuron in my brain then. Super productive day on my end. Got a ton of work and chores done worked out and ate well and had time to actually do some creative work today. Hopefully I’ll keep that going for TWO FULL DAYS. For now however I’ve got quite a few links that I think you guys will enjoy.

Contrafactual comics: Jay-Z meets Batman, Jack Kirby meets My Little Pony
I first saw this one at io9 but they used the My Little Pony comic as their hook and it didn’t interest me at all. A Batman/Jay-Z teamup comic however is something that I’ve been waiting for basically my entire life. Also also, I’m declaring the ones on that comic cover to be the canonical 99 problems.

Sometimes I Think About Reinstating The Comments System
I’ve been quitting a lot of online communities lately (and I’m planning to quit a few more) and this post by Warren Ellis does a really good job of pinpointing why. Before long basically every online commenting community where there’s relatively little oversite on behavior and a lot of premium put on seniority starts to look a hell of a lot like a high school with a weird fascination with Libertarianism. I’m sure there’s a better solution to the problem but at the moment the only thing I can think of that actually works is just rapidly jumping from one community to the next before the ossification sets in.

Makey Makey, A Kit for Connecting Everyday Objects to a Computer
Well I’ll be damned if this isn’t EXACTLY what the future looks like. Everything is connected to computers but in a weirdly low-rent, hacked together, DIY sort of a way.

Affordable Basics
This is a post I would have written if I were still writing Minimum Viable Wardrobe. Unfortunately my interests have shifted slightly toward “losing weight so all my clothes fit me again.” Either way I think after a last ditch attempt to get back down to the 32 waist I had ever so briefly I’ll be buying some new clothes at the end of the summer in one waist measurement or another and I’ll be glad that I have this around to figure out where I should be headed for this stuff.

Body Area Networking
If that last futuristic post wasn’t futuristic enough and that last Warren Ellis post wasn’t terrifying enough then YOU ARE IN LUCK. Body Area Networking you guys. A wireless standard specifically intended for use with devices that are either attached to your body or are INSIDE OF IT to help create a local area network of wearable and sub-dermal life-logging devices to help you keep track of everything you can think of.

A meta tumblr about cool single-topic tumblrs. Not a lot of updates here and I’m not sure how long it’ll manage to last but it’s worth a link in my opinion since it brought me Animals With Casts which is one of the most adorable animal related blogs I’ve ever seen considering that it consists entirely of pets that have suffered some sort of injury. If you just can’t deal with a picture of a corgi with a broken leg however may I direct your attention to The Brokers With Hands on Their Faces Blog.

Security researcher: I found secret reprogramming backdoors in Chinese microprocessors
Yesterday’s hilarious paranoid made for TV movie is today’s modern state of computer security. I’m not sure if this a legitimate thing (and I love Cory’s “I tried to Google for it and couldn’t find anything so instead of actually calling somebody I just thought I’d tell you it might be bullshit) but man is it ever plausible. Computer Security is currently “China is hacking everything and we mostly don’t care because we’re just posting it all to Facebook anyway.”

The No-Fuss Dessert Generator
From Mark Bittman, the maker of the The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator, comes the final proof that I need to just go ahead and buy Mark Bittman’s food book.

Design Fiction: Avengers visual FX
The only thing I find genuinely interesting about this is the cost benefit analysis of all this stuff. I would have guessed that digitally reconstructing shit would be way cheaper than flying helicopters all over the city in the first place and, given that that isn’t true, I would have guessed that getting some quadcopters with decent cameras would be cheaper than either of those options and yet here we are digitally building the entirety of midtown manhattan (which, is it just me or has midtown been digitally mapped and built well over 100 times at this point? Probably time to just create an open 3D model of the city at this point.) for what probably amounts to less that 10 minutes of total screen-time in The Avengers.

The sordid history of a perfect poison
And now, a quick primer on discreetly poisoning people to death. Thanks Maggie Koerth-Baker!

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Other Ten Percent 5/28/12

May 28 2012 Published by under Daily Posts

I was going to skip OTP this week and spend that time coding up a new and improved website for OTP but then I talked over what I really wanted to do for it with Nikki and while there may be a longer overhaul later that would require more time just fixing up the wordpress blog so that it sucks less I could do in a day or two sooooo I’m going to do that. Still working out exactly what the new friday roundup post means for the week but at the moment I’m thinking that all videos longer than 10 minutes get held back for Friday along with any other non-internet media options and the roundup ebook file. Anyway here are links. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 5/25/12

May 25 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

So I’m not sure how to Format this so it’s more content heavy on my end because really all I’ve got for you today is a link. See– Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 5/24/12

May 24 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

A rather slow day today save for a trip down to the Double Fine offices in the evening for mysterious secret reasons and a little bit of time playing with a multi-button gaming mouse when I got home. Sometimes the life of a freelance game/tech writer is good times. Anyway let’s get this links on the internet show on the road. I decided to go for a concentrated OTP instead of doubling up today but that means there’s a lot of links here I’m a big fan of. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 5/23/12

May 23 2012 Published by under Daily Posts

Sorry for the late address this evening everybody. My roommate came home late and started talking shakespeare with me and I decided that was strangely more important that OTP but that doesn’t mean that I don’t care about you guys anymore in fact I kind of have a plan based upon a pattern that I’ve noticed over the past months. Based on some tweets and a few conversations I’ve noticed that a lot a lot of OTP readers have been reading the blog in chunks after a week or two. If only there was some sort of tool to facilitate doing that. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 5/22/12

May 22 2012 Published by under Daily Posts

Did you know: the average american household uses over 300 rolls of toilet paper a year. I have no idea if that is true or not but for some reason starting with a fun fact seems to be the new thing so I thought I’d just do that. I am starting to do some coding work for more than just fun and I am impostor syndroming out pretty hard about it. I’m not quite ready to show you guys what it is yet (super hard with the impostor syndrom you guys) but I’ll tell you this: as soon as I’ve got the free time I’m going to code up an alternative delivery method for OTP because this place has needed renovation for YEARS and WordPress can pretty much fuck right off. Oh hey I’m supposed to tell you guys about links aren’t I? Nah I think I’m just going to listen to the new Beach House album and chill out. Maybe watch some Supernatural because even though it’s totally a poor man’s Buffy I could use some TV that DOESN’T remind me how good Joss Whedon is. We get it dude. Leave some genre fiction for the rest of us. Man, now that I wrote that I’m tempted to actually follow through on it but I have all these links that I collected so I’d might as well just go with it. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 5/21/12

May 21 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

Getting this one out the door quickly so I can get back to work on some other projects. Forgive me if this is kinda scatered as well. Elaine is in the living room talking with a friend and you can kinda hear everything that goes on in that room even wearing headphones and it makes it somewhat hard to think. It doesn’t make it hard to find links on the internet though thank God. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 5/18/12

May 18 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

Well I beat Diablo III. Maybe now I can actually spend some time playing it. hit me up on my gMail address if you want to play some games. Let’s make this the last time I ever talk about the game up here in the opening section. I’d say the last time I talk about it in OTP but I’m going to be writing about it for PCWorld and linking those articles and once the real money auction house shows up there’s going to be all kinds of weird virtual economy discussions to have. Continue Reading »

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