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Other Ten Percent 2/28/13

Feb 28 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Man it’s not even one and I’ve managed to get everything except one project (admittedly a big one) done for the day. If this keeps up tomorrow might actually be a relatively low key day of prep for the vacation. It…probably will not keep up. Anyway I found some links though and they’re fun.

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Other Ten Percent 2/27/13

Feb 27 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Well I think the huge thing for my week is off my plate now so I just have to write a few more things and then I’m officially free to go on vacation. One of the things I’ve got to write are the OTPs for the rest of the week including this one so let’s get started with that. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 2/26/13

Feb 26 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Trying to knock out all my work fairly early this week so I can take a vacation with Nikki to LA starting this weekend. A vacation it’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that I really really need because I’m kind of starting to lose it from working without a clearly defined break for quite some time crossed with the regular old SADs. I’m not like, going to snap or anything but I do seem to be in a place where I write 2500 word speculative fiction about bad Atlantic blog posts so that’s about the stability level I’m at right now.
Space-age bachelor pad poster/papercraft set
For all your really tiny mod-obsessed male friends!
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 24, 2013 at 08:02PM
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Wow
Space is incredibly bizarre to the point where I feel really uncomfortable thinking about it sometimes you guys.
via Charlie’s Diary http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/
February 25, 2013 at 06:25AM
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Lamb of Columbia, A New BioShock Infinite Trailer
Yeah I’ll be in the theaters day one for this…wait it’s a what now? Oh yeah I thought it looked a lot like Bioshock. Oksy sure what the hell I’ll shoot people inbetween the sequences where all this stuff happens.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 25, 2013 at 08:11AM
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Rage is Back: graffiti crews save NYC from its lurking demons
I was with this review until I read “Hip-hop Holden Caufield” and now I’m trying my damnedest to not hold that against what seems to be a pretty interesting combination of early graffiti nostalgia and urban fantasy.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 25, 2013 at 09:21AM
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Material Utopias at Sandberg Instituut
All time great Bruce Sterling “I’m not quite sure if this is a burn or not” statements: “Sandberg is so cool that when they do a Maker class it’s somehow all about refuting Marcel Duchamp.” 
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
February 25, 2013 at 09:48AM
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We Buy White Albums
Hilariously strict collection criteria. Check. My favorite Beatles album. Check. Repeating an action until the repetition itself becomes more interesting than what you were doing in the first place. Also check. Yeah I think we’re ood here.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
February 25, 2013 at 10:39AM
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New & Necessary Punctuation Marks
Yeah I could use basically all of these.
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February 25, 2013 at 09:17AM
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Design Fiction: Urbanscale Farevalue
The fact that I want this piece of design fiction pretty much guarantees it’s never going to happen which just makes the modest scale and well thought out consequences all the more irritating to me.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
February 24, 2013 at 02:13PM
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Love & Sex on the Upper West Side: The Filming Locations of The Apartment
My favorite Souting NY posts are the ones that have a close to disturbing level of detail in them so HOORAY for this one.
via Scouting NY http://www.scoutingny.com
February 24, 2013 at 11:02PM
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That time the Russians designed a hovercraft so insane we had no clue what the hell it was
It seems like that should be a thing that happened more often actually. 
via io9 http://io9.com
February 25, 2013 at 06:20AM
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Other Ten Percent 2/25/13

Feb 25 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

I feel bad telling everybody that I’ve had a pleasantly low key weekend every time it happens because it makes my life seem as boring as…it is. But it’s weirdly exciting to me when I don’t have anything to do. When I get to waste time it’s pretty fantastic. I got to do that this weekend. I enjoyed it.
Here’s how Obama’s brain mapping project will actually work
I have trouble reconciling my hope that a grand initiative like this will actually work with my belief that  
via io9 http://io9.com
February 22, 2013 at 11:06AM
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Interactive explorations of history
Yeah this is a way to waste time.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 21, 2013 at 09:38AM
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you can also name your child “[chosen name] Loves Facebook”, but only if you marry into the Facebooks
This is a dystopian future I can get behind being afraid of.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
February 22, 2013 at 05:10AM
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The semiotics of Double Dragon
Oh right THAT’S why I read Boingboing.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 22, 2013 at 07:00AM
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Topolsky in Mirrorshades, or, trying out Google Glass
I keep trying to not give a shit about Google Glass because…I mean we all know that it’s not the thing that makes this work right? That the odds of somebody else coming along and cutting Google’s legs out from under them is way more likely? When I read stuff like this I feel bad about that idea though because Google’s doing a lot of stuff right here. A lot of stuff that I enjoy. Why am I stopping sentences and then repeating them for explication?
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
February 22, 2013 at 09:01AM
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PBS Digital Studios: Shanks FX – Reverse Motion Effects
This is kinda adorable and yet it’s also weirdly informative.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 20, 2013 at 02:53PM
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Reconstructing the Chelyabinsk meteor’s path, with Google Earth,…
Basic algebra and ubiquitous capture. Two great tastes that go great together.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
February 24, 2013 at 12:00AM
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The first cola wars began in the 1700s—long before Coke and Pepsi
Chemistry is weird you guys. History is weird you guys. Turns out that the combination of the two is super weird.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 24, 2013 at 08:30AM
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Images of a massive, futuristic Megacity glittering in the night
I’d live in this fictional city. I’d live in a lot of fictional cities actually. I wonder if anybody bothers to do a “best cities to live in” list for fictional cities because I’d read the shit out of that list. I don’t care enough to look and see if anybody actually did one though.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 24, 2013 at 01:00PM
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Augmented Reality: The MIT Tongueduino
A multi-sensory tongue is the kind of cyborg future that’s so utterly bizarre that I kinda want to believe it’s the most likely option just to be contrary.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
February 24, 2013 at 01:59PM
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Other Ten Percent 2/22/13

Feb 22 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

I got a really good response from yesterday’s OTP. Maybe better than I’ve ever gotten actually and so I kinda wanted to do it again today but I’m not sure that’s really a daily goal. That thing was a confluence of me being really tired and needed a creative outlet so bad that I forced one into a format where one didn’t usually exist and me finding an article that was just so randomly bizarre that I wanted to write something long-form about it. Nikki described it as me going full VanDerWerff to the degree that she was maybe a little bit worried about me and I think that’s probably an accurate summation of that story or whatever it was. I’d love to do it every day but I think the ability to do it every day would probably prove I was a crazy person. It turns out it’s a good thing that fit struck me when it did though because there literally wasn’t a single link today I thought was worth OTP so having an extra day’s worth of links in reserve is kind of a Godsend. Here’s what I did figure out from yesterday though. I don’t give a fuck about format anymore…again. I’ll probably get rigidly into it again at some point but for now I’d kinda rather write six links up that I really care about than 10 where I’m kinda meh. Here are six. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 2/21/13

Feb 21 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

When the aliens first read Conor Friedersdorf’s proposal to give president Obama the power to kill with his mind they were somewhat confused as to why he’d need it. Earth was facing a rapid shift in its climate, few could agree on how to direct and control the rapid pace of technological development, and worst of all most of its major forms of government were grinding to a halt as people exploited fundamental imbalances of power inherent in democratic and representative systems of government. In short, Earth was stepping up to a confluence of events that killed 99% of intelligent civilizations in galactic history and so the obsession with religious conflict seemed odd to say the least.

Stil, like any caring beings witnessing such an event the aliens wanted to do what they could to help. So, when they intercepted digital information that told them that most Americans would support granting Obama telekinetic assassination skills they decided to grant Barack Obama telekinetic assassination skills. It was, as best they understood the issue, a way to help.

They appeared to him while he slept; slipping past the White House’s defenses and appearing in his bedroom while the First Lady was out of Washington. President Obama is an unusually rational man who, when confronted by aliens in the dead of night who tell him he can kill anyone he wishes with his mind, is more likely to believe he’s had an especially vivid nightmare than that he’s been gifted with extraordinary powers. Some part of him however couldn’t help but try at his morning security briefing. When shown a live image of a mid-level terrorist in Afghanistan who had authorized attacks on Americans abroad he stared at the screen, thought about it, and made the man fall over dead.

The President immediately ordered most of the junior staff members out of the room for fear of what they would think. He hesitantly, but thoroughly, explained to the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the dream he’d had last night. He assured them that he remained skeptical, but asked that another high-priority target with confirmed kills be brought to him with a live video feed. Within an hour he had yet another video, concentrated yet again, and yet again saw a terrorist fall to the ground dead.

At 10:32 A.M. the president arrived at George Washington University Hospital for treatment.

Two hours later, after the most most advanced medical imagery tests known to man the staff at the hospital declared there was nothing unusual in any of the president’s medical scans. Yet, by the end of the day the president was able to kill another 3 confirmed terrorists and so, slowly, uncomfortably, the military came to believe that the president now had the power to instantly kill any target they could get a visual of on the face of the earth.

It took a few days for them to gather a coherent strategy around the president’s ability to kill any enemy of the country he could look at on a television screen but, in their defense, it only took them a few days to gather a coherent strategy around the president’s ability to kill any enemy of the country he could look at on a television screen. Rapidly, two separate schools developed. The first and most popular felt that with the new ability to target opponents with no collateral damage the wisest move was to try and keep the president’s new powers secret for as long as possible. After all, the less the terrorists knew of their remarkable new power to destroy enemies in even crowded areas without any collateral damage the longer they could use their newfound tactical powers with no problem.

But a second group also emerged that felt that the need for secrecy was now a detriment to national security. Testing had shown that it took the president only two minutes to kill a target and by the country’s best estimates there were barely 400 Al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Given those numbers the wisest strategy, at least according to the second group, was to go public with their new powers and strike all at once. Killing as many officials as possible with their newfound ability before the enemy could react was the most militarily and politically advantageous move.

The best point the more conservative branches of the pentagon at the CIA could make was that the public would likely, and rightly, be alarmed that there were in fact extra-terrestrial beings and that they could, without the knowledge of the US government, grant the president the ability to kill people with his mind. But, the president was largely sympathetic to the more open elements of the military and so a compromise was reached.

The president would organize a coordinated strike on as many terrorist officials as we were able to monitor at once and would explain to the public what we were now capable of. The actual mechanism for the attack however would be explained away as a new, highly advanced drone system capable of precision sniper shots from ten to fifteen thousand feet.

So, barely two weeks after the president was visited by extra-terrestrials, the president killed every major official we had eyes on in the length of his usual security briefing. Within a week every terrorist official of any note in Afghanistan or Pakistan was dead.

Of course, the new system drew a great deal of criticism. You don’t kill over 100 people in a week without somebody taking you to task. But, among the more experienced members of the Washington press corps, an even more disturbing trend was taking place. They were asking questions about how and not just why.

With most of the high-value targets eliminated in one week the president’s daily kill-list dropped back down to the single digits which led to a certain laxity in keeping Obama’s powers secret. Eventually the truth came to light. Memos and mid-level sources within the Pentagon revealed that the president could kill terrorists with his mind. While the press found that hard to believe the evidence was soon so overwhelming that they went to print with their reports anyway.

An initial wave of denials from the military followed. When the news didn’t die down the White House felt the best move was to simply come out with the truth. While the public panicked over the news that aliens were real and panicked even more that they could grant the president psychic assassination skills with no real difficulty, they were, on the whole, supportive of the operations themselves. The president was defeating our enemies and he was killing less people while doing it.

To be sure the program had its opponents. Newsweek ran a cover asking if Obama was our first mass-murdering president. Slate meanwhile had a continuing series on “Obama’s Death Notes” based upon the Anime series with a shockingly similar premise. In general though, the war on terror continued much as it had for the last few years. The president’s ability to eliminate confirmed targets with zero risk of collateral damage was indeed a powerful asset in the War on Terror but terror, seemingly, had failed to notice.

That’s when the president noticed something remarkable. Due to the incredibly ambiguous language in Friersdorf’s article he didn’t even need a video feed to kill his target. After he was told a general description of a high value target our intelligence agencies were unable to locate by satellite (unable to even confirm the true name of in fact) the president found himself idly wondering about the terrorist in question. Suddenly, he had a very clear picture of the man’s name and location and, after two minutes of concentration, was able to kill him. It took the CIA three days to confirm the kill but it seemed that the president’s powers had expanded once again.

The discovery that the president could now effortlessly visualize the location and actions of every human being on Earth from just a general description raised any number of privacy concerns on the left. How long, The New Republic asked, until Obama turned these powers on American citizens? But it also raised a possibility for the War on Terror that hadn’t really been considered since it began: winning it. Suddenly, the president had the power to end the life of every terrorist on Earth and he could do so without any of the concerns that had plagued his drone assassination program for years.

Gone were the concerns over the expansion of executive authority since the aliens had gifted only Obama with these abilities. Likewise, concerns that other governments might abuse the precedent were eliminated since the was no precedent, only a superpowered US president. Finally, now that terrorists were essentially unable to act in secret Obama was able to publicly explain each of his targets in a transparant manner with no risk to American troops, ending the secret tribunals that had caused so much controversy.

That didn’t eliminate all objections of course; there were legitimate pacifist reactions against Obama killing our nation’s enemies. Obama himself had to concede that, at least occasionally, killing a terrorist resulted in their friend or family member becoming a radical terrorist themselves. But, for the first time in human history, a superpower was able to kill its enemies with absolutely no risk of collateral damage so the public overwhelmingly supported the president’s actions.

Soon however the sheer scale of the problem began to overwhelm the administration. Rough estimates of the total number of terrorists on Earth varied anywhere from 300,000 to 1.1 million. Given that it took the president two minutes to kill each terrorist, ending terrorism might take every remaining moment of Obama’s administration. As the musical Rent taught us in what may be its only lasting contribution to society there are 525,600 minutes in a year, and Obama planned to use as many of them as possible to fight terrorism.

After a meeting with leading constitutional scholars along with several members of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Obama decided to try and exploit a loophole in the powers granted to him by the aliens. He had been told that his powers expired at the end of his administration but he gambled that abdicating the day to day responsibilities of the presidency to Joe Biden using Section 3 of the 25th amendment would not technically end his term. It turns out he was right and Obama dedicated his life, full time, to concentrating on enemies of the United States and murdering them with his mind.

Obama managed to identify and kill almost 100,000 terrorists before they all decided to attempt to wait out his presidency. He was able to identify a few more confirmed targets despite their lack of identifiable terrorist activity thanks to worldwide intelligence reports. Still, killing every open terrorist on Earth took him only six months.

His task completed for the moment and his legacy assured Obama faced a radically changed global landscape where world leaders now sought to prevent the reemergence of terrorism rather than minimize its threat and, increasingly, viewed Barack Obama himself as the greatest threat to global security. But Obama shocked the world once again. Mentally broken by six straight months of killing people with his mind Obama resigned his term of office, formally making Joe Biden the actual, rather than acting, president of the United States and destroying the mental gifts he was granted by extra-terrestrials. While it didn’t totally destroy terrorism on Earth it struck a blow from which most modern terrorist organizations would never recover.

In his remaining days Obama and his family retire to Hawaii but Michelle comments privately that she thinks she’ll never get her real husband back. Sasha Obama eventually writes a memoir, My Two Fathers, about how the experience of killing so many men (undeniably evil though they may have been) irrevocably changed Barack.

And, somewhere in Venice, California, Conor Friedersdorf feels like an idiot.
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I got bored tonight and this article pissed me off so this is what I wrote instead of OTP. There are any number of legitimate arguments against Obama’s program to kill people via UAV using secret tribunals. If somebody wanted to yell at me that the program was wrong and should stop I’d have basically no way to disagree with them. As a result though the continued existence of articles that seem to argue that the fact that drones kill less people is somehow a huge sin rather than the main feature of the program drives me crazy. We should be having a grand debate about executive authority and secrecy in this country instead of having commentators show off their skills in ethical philosophy by trying to argue that less death is worse than more death when it isn’t traditional warfare. The fact that giving the president superpowers has jack shit to do with any of that makes me even madder and made me go off on this article in particular. Should we be mad the president has the power to fly thanks to Air Force One or that he has X-Ray vision with a simple visit to the doctor’s office?

All the numbers in here are ballparked but I think they’re the right order of magnitude. I gave sources where I could and where I couldn’t you should assume I averaged a few sources or just made shit up. I’m not a columnist on terrorism anywhere and if you think I made a huge mistake I probably did. Given that I had less than 5 hours to research a story about the President gaining psychic powers I don’t think that’s that bad. We’ll see if I still enjoy this tomorrow or just decide I was insane to write this in the first place.

My apologies for all the spelling and gramatical mistakes that are probably in here. I finished this barely an hour before I needed to send it out so God knows how many titles and documents vital to United States history I incorrectly and inconsistently capitalized. My sins against the comma are, as always, innumerable. If anybody ever gives a fuck about this I promise I’ll clean it up.

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Other Ten Percent 2/20/13

Feb 20 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

I wish I accomplished more today than I seem to have. I guess I shouldn’t have expected quite so much gearing back up after a weekend of being lazy for my birthday though and I’m not like, dangerously behind or anything. Anyway now it’s time for an abrupt end to this.
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BarBot 2013, A Celebration of Cocktail Culture & Man-Machine Interface
Nikki and I are probably going to be in LA for this but if you’re around SF at the start of March I can heartily recommend this since I went last year.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 19, 2013 at 02:50PM
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Music For Shuffle sketch #15 (by Matt Brown) “Been playing…
You know there’s a weird thing that I haven’t quite figured out how to articulate about the New Aesthetic where a lot of the time the trick involves stripping away everything around a trick that’s actually been in use for a while now and forcing you to look at it. Enviromental audio in 3D games is…christ it can probably get a drivers license at this point it’s so old. But there’s something strangely compelling about a project that is JUST audio keyed to environmental triggers. It’s basically a tech demo as some weird artistic recontextualization and that’s somehow a whole class of object now. Game art is weird you guys.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
February 19, 2013 at 06:24AM
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Using Silk Road: game theory, economics, dope and anonymity
Underground economies and the problems of collective action. Two great tastes that taste great together.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 19, 2013 at 07:39AM
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China Miéville’s recommendations for socialist science fiction fans
Since most of my friends are either socialist or science fiction fans I feel like this list will have a lot of crossover appeal.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 19, 2013 at 09:04AM
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Create false memories at home for fun and profit!
Nikki took my joke for this and put it on Facebook! I was going to ask if everybody remembered the time I did this to them but I’m already dating somebody who did that joke in a public setting and now I am doooooooooooooomed.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 19, 2013 at 09:23AM
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Watch this airplane photobomb the Sun
Okay this is the coolest animated gif I’ve seen in a while.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 18, 2013 at 01:45PM
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Sorry, Neil deGrasse Tyson, but you’re wrong about Thor’s hammer
The rare case where being a nerd about a fictional thing that’s basically magic actually makes it better.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 18, 2013 at 02:29PM
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MeCam $49 flying camera concept follows you around, streams…
Anyway in another 30 years we’re going to have just swarms of these things following us around all the time if we can figure out the pathing issues and if not they’re going to be basically blanketing the skyline so…that’s a thing.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
February 19, 2013 at 01:36AM
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bad guy is named “brussels samoa”, nobody else get character names from maps because i called it and it’s AMAZING
You know I didn’t really love this comic in general but I’m giving it a pass because the last panel is a bit that I was just telling Nikki I really missed now that studios take the time to craft the plot of a James Bond movie BEFORE they start shooting it.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
February 19, 2013 at 05:04AM
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A software program that could reconstruct the earliest human languages
You know one of the most interesting things I learned in the etymology class I signed up for and then basically immediately started slacking off in and then took pass fail and became incredibly paranoid that I would fail it and then worked so hard at the end of the semester I got a B+ and felt stupid for taking it pass/fail was about the origins of language. Despite the fact that we have absolutely know idea what the first languages consisted of we can still tell with a shocking degree of certainty that it was languages plural. That is, we’re fairly confident that language developed independently in several different places instead of being an idea that somebody came up with and then just naturally spread to everybody because, obviously, language was a really great idea. Initially this kinda takes a while to wrap your head around because it seems like there kind of should have just been one group of people that pointed at a thing and went “fire” and then everybody else went “oh yes of course, fire” but once you accept it makes a weird amount of sense, like all the records we have at the origins of the written word complaining about how writing shit down was going to destroy the purity of spoken communication there were obviously going to be cavemen non-verbally shaking their heads who thought learning everybody else’s common names for “hard stuff on the ground” or “hot thing that you shouldn’t touch but makes food awesome” was just about the stupidest thing they’d ever heard. Naturally language would have to be discovered in a few different places and would have to slowly, over time, prove its value to humanity. The only shame is that unlike the written word we don’t have any record to laugh at all the people who hated the early adopters. That story has basically nothing to do with this io9 one but digital reconstructions of things are cool.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 18, 2013 at 12:06PM
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Other Ten Percent 2/19/13

Feb 19 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

My birthday happened you guys! It was pretty great. I got gifts and went drinking with friends and had a pretty spectacular dinner thanks to Nikki. I will probably have another one this evening with my parents!
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Severely cheap geo-engineering
Yeah just some random rich dude doing this is…terrifyingly plausible.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
February 15, 2013 at 11:04AM
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The Last Barfighter, A Beer-Dispensing Arcade Game
When somebody first said “barcade” to me this is basically what I imagined. I like it a great deal more than the actual barcade in Williamsburg.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 15, 2013 at 11:33AM
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New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual (1970)
I think this was in my RSS reader just to show it to Nikki but then I forgot to do that so now you all get to see it. Lucky you though because it’s cool.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 15, 2013 at 11:40AM
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Medieval Mass Media
The only truly interesting article on the pope’s resignation that I’ve read this week.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
February 15, 2013 at 10:28AM
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6 videos of the Siberian meteor, synchronised by the New York…
The Russian meteor story isn’t cool enough on its own so maybe we should add in some ubiquitous recording to the scene.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
February 15, 2013 at 12:32PM
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“Netflix’s data indicated that the same subscribers who loved the original [House of Cards] also…”
This is like that chapter of Fast Food Nation where they went to the flavor lab and all of the framing was supposed to make me feel terrified and angry about what an abomination this all was and instead I just found it super interesting.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
February 18, 2013 at 01:36AM
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“This stuff” is a “ digital mermaid…
You know, the new media tech fashion stuff probably would have gotten this thing a spot by itself but then they added sharky cryssals to the equation.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
February 18, 2013 at 06:24AM
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SCATTERLANDS 001
Well I’ll be watching this experiment closely.
via Warren Ellis http://www.warrenellis.com
February 18, 2013 at 07:00AM
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Some of the World’s Spookiest Ghost Towns
Ghost Towns! It seems like the summer of ghosts is coming back around. Don’t worry though I’m not going to try and make that happen again.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 14, 2013 at 04:23PM
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Also the JV Club podcast with Tig Notaro that was probably my favorite show of Sketchfest is now online! Thankfully they mixed the audio levels pretty well so you can hear Tig Notaro being funny but can only barely hear my really loud laughter.

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Other Ten Percent 2/15/13

Feb 15 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Happy day after valentines day everybody! I hope you all have elaborate plans to celebrate my birthday on Sunday. Even if you don’t plan on seeing me this weekend. Also I hit 10 links exactly going through my RSS reader and I’m not going to look that gift horse in the mouth. Expect no OTP on Monday since it’s a holiday and I’ll be taking the day off as a birthday present. I’ve kinda needed a little OTP break for a while now. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 2/14/13

Feb 14 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

I got…nothing done today. Just stared off into space trying to write about an MMO. Not really proud of myself. Also happy Valentines day everybody.
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Four Million Followers
Social media you guys…that’s a thing.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
February 12, 2013 at 02:15PM
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This aerial view of Boston two days after Nemo is absolutely breathtaking
Snow you guys. I miss snow sometimes.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 13, 2013 at 09:55AM
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Proposal for a new punctuation mark
Yeah I’m in.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 13, 2013 at 10:25AM
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“The blue eyed people get 5 extra minutes of recess, while the brown-eyed people have to stay in”
Man it’s weird how I only ever hear about the sociology experiments that make sociologists sound like sociopaths.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 13, 2013 at 10:34AM
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Between Two Ferns, Oscars edition
Man even though it being star-studded is already the Between Two Ferns joke this is an amazingly star-studded episode of Zach Galifanakis asking people awkward questions.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 13, 2013 at 11:36AM
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Hey Learn This
Oh thank God now that I know we’re a nation that forgot how to walk somebody’s teaching us.
via swissmiss http://www.swiss-miss.com
February 13, 2013 at 11:43AM
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Being too cute is hurting the slender loris
This is the most tragic story I’ve read in years.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 13, 2013 at 12:25PM
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Vampire Threat Levels, An Informative Visual Guide by David Soames
Vampires are a grave threat to society and I’m glad somebody is finally ranking the…okay yeah I really had to reach for 10 today so hey look here’s a poster.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 13, 2013 at 03:19PM
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So here’s a fascinating thing. Video games are weird about authorship. Sure it’s not the only collaborative media we’ve got but it’s the one where we haven’t figured out the rules of who to blame yet. You’ve got superstar creators in video games of course but they aren’t quite a director or even an executive producer and tons of games aren’t made with that kind of a figurehead at all so when something goes as totally, hilariously, news-cycle-definingly wrong as Aliens: Colonial Marines you have the interesting problem of trying to figure out exactly who you’re supposed to blame. Not sure everybody is going to find the specifics of this interesting but I think the general idea of the article will be of interest.
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Also here’s a good interview with Aziz Ansari that Nikki insisted I read and she was right to because it’s awesome.

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