Archive for March, 2013

Other Ten Percent 3/15/13

Mar 15 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Aaaaaaand I managed 20 for the entire week. Nobody is impressed but me I imagine. Next week I’ll cut it back down to the usual amount of links and bulk the commentary back up so I’m actually saying some stuff again. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 3/14/13

Mar 14 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Welp, managed to hit 20 again today. Really think I made be able to pull this off again tomorrow….then not do it again. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent March 13 2013

Mar 13 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Yeah screw it. I found 20 again so let’s see if I can keep this going for a full week to make up for not doing anything last week. Fair warning: I probably can’t.
Altered Hubble images transform nebulae into bizarre cosmic monsters
On some level this is just another post of things that I think look cool but I also always wonder about visualizing interesting stories at that scale. I mean it’s effectively so large that nobody’s ACTUALLY conceptualizing the scale and while there’s some 2001 starbaby shit going down here obviously it also just seems like an entertaining idea to have things going on at the cosmic scale. That’s a thing I always admired comics for doing, genuinely cosmic scale characters like Galactus who EATS PLANETS and trying to make that shit jive with like…Spiderman.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 12, 2013 at 08:40AM
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The Museum of Movie Sets
So who do I give money to to make this happen?
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
March 12, 2013 at 06:48AM
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Powerstation gone Rollercoaster?
Wait no. Who do I give money to to make THIS happen?
via swissmiss http://www.swiss-miss.com
March 12, 2013 at 07:12AM
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The Artist Who Helped Invent Space Travel
Space exploration concept art is the new space exploration. Ooof. Oh man I just made my own heart hurt. Sorry everybody.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 11, 2013 at 01:41PM
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Numbers stations on Twitter and other spook-y tweets
Twitter espionage is my new favorite thing I should have totally seen coming but didn’t.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 11, 2013 at 04:38PM
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Earthrise in Luna City
Seriously though. I’m really sorry about the space exploration crack. I take it back. Let’s all live on the moon.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 11, 2013 at 09:32PM
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Inside the awful world of RATters – the men who spy on people through their computers with “remote administration tools”
Listen I know a lot of interesting, principled, decent male computer nerds. Men who like gaming or coding or programing who are good human beings that genuinely make people’s lives better when they interact with them. I guess what I’m saying here though is that if setting all of those people (and myself) on fire is what it’s to get at THESE dudes then it may be time to start exploring that option.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 11, 2013 at 08:39AM
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Watch a radio-controlled plane’s breathtaking journey into the stratosphere and back
At least we can send cameras to space. They seem to like it way better up there than people do anyway.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 11, 2013 at 09:40AM
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Sorry, astrologers — this is what it really means when a planet is in retrograde
I feel like this is some pretty basic stuff? I dunno maybe this isn’t interesting but it’s the best explanation of the phenomenon I’ve heard in quite a few years.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 11, 2013 at 10:00AM
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National Geographic’s Tumblr
Pretty pictures for everyone.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 11, 2013 at 10:02AM
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Cats and optical illusions: Now with control experiments!
Weird pictures for cats!
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 11, 2013 at 10:29AM
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In 1959, a pair of newlyweds spent their honeymoon in a fallout shelter
I still hate reality TV but we really can’t pretend like people doing crazy things for attention is new.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 11, 2013 at 10:38AM
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Does the Loneliest Whale really exist?
This is the best existential question ever. As an actual question about an actual thing it’s not bad either.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 11, 2013 at 11:20AM
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Baby Seals Slip and Slide on a Surfboard
Seals. That’s…that’s all I’ve got.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
March 11, 2013 at 12:26PM
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Black Hole, High Speed Photos of Spinning Paint
I feel like the only art I blog about anymore is art where I’d rather see it getting made than actually look at it.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
March 11, 2013 at 12:29PM
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BitTorrent Live: streaming video that gets easier to serve as more people watch it
I saw a demo of this thing like a year ago at a conference and then never heard about it again. I was starting to wonder if it got shelved or something.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 12, 2013 at 09:35AM
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The Day My Grandfather Groucho and I Saved ‘You Bet Your Life’
Woah woah woah woah woah. You Bet Your Life is on Netflix now?
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 12, 2013 at 09:49AM
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Makerbot’s Reject Depository DEFCAD Launches
We now live in a future where there’s an outlaw repository of printable 3D models to make objects THE MAN doesn’t want you making.
via The Daily What http://thedailywhat.cheezburger.com/
March 12, 2013 at 02:30PM
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Internet Meme of the Day: It’s Day (X), They Still Suspect Nothing
Okay yeah I can get behind this bit.
via The Daily What http://thedailywhat.cheezburger.com/
March 12, 2013 at 03:00PM
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The greatest homes made from shipping containers around the world
Kid tested, William Gibson approved.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 12, 2013 at 03:11PM
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Other Ten Percent 3/12/13

Mar 12 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Once again 20 items. Once again fairly short commentary. I think this is the end of that trend though because I’m kinda low on old links to dig through. We’ll see though. Maybe tomorrow will just have a TON of great links in my RSS reader.

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Other Ten Percent 3/11/13

Mar 11 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So because I didn’t do this for a week there’s a LOT to catch up on. So much so in fact that we’re going to be doing 20 items at least for today and tomorrow. I’m still feeling kinda lazy after the vacation though so maybe don’t expect a dissertation on all of these…which is what I always say before writing way more than I usually do so who the hell knows.
The White House was completely gutted in 1950
There’s gotta be a book that’s just…this stuff right? Secret history that isn’t actually a secret but nobody remembers it? Like I feel like in OTP alone I’ve covered a books worth of weird historical periods and incidents that nobody really remembers or talks about.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
February 28, 2013 at 12:32PM
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If you like surreal Photoshop jokes, LiarTownUSA is the tumblog for you
Oh man FINALLY a real successor to True American Dog.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 08, 2013 at 11:37AM
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Photography exhibition under the sea
What is art really is it the location where it is displayed or the content of the work itself? How big of a role does context really play in the creation and consumption of art. Of course these themes have been explored before but I think you’ll find I have an original spin on it in my new paper “Fuck it, Put on a SCUBA Suit: We’re Having An Art Show on a Sunken Ship.”
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 08, 2013 at 11:38AM
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Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Punniest of Show at the 2012 O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
It takes a while to ramp up but eventually I’m won over by this guy’s moxie.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
March 08, 2013 at 11:43AM
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In praise of Quora’s weekly email newsletter
In the past week like 15 people have started following me on Quora and I feel bad because I NEVER answer anything on Quora. I totally agree with the premise of this article though and maybe I should try participating instead of just admiring other people’s answers.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
March 08, 2013 at 12:08PM
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Yes, the ‘Vanilla’ Boson May Be Real
Man, even weird sub-atomic science is boring lately. Come on underlying structure of the universe, get your shit together and surprise us like you used to.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 08, 2013 at 02:00PM
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MakerBot Digitizer, A Desktop 3D Scanner
Today in “Boy MakerBot sure is looking more and more like an actual company people should be afraid of” they come out with an easy to use copy of 3D scanning software that exists on the market from a middleware vendor they apparently don’t want to deal with anymore. I know that’s the kind of thing that’s ONLY interesting to tech journalists but…it sure is interesting.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
March 08, 2013 at 02:23PM
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Journalism and digital journalism
Speaking of journalists, here’s another example of an editorial that almost nobody in the world seems to like except for journalists themselves. I mean I get it, really I do, it sucks to try and get content in this environment but “you don’t understand how hard my job is” really isn’t a response that gets much play when the question is “why the fuck don’t you pay me?” 
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
March 08, 2013 at 02:52PM
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Edward Gorey’s illustrations for War of the Worlds
Oh man, I knew that the cover to this exists because I’ve seen every cover to every edition of War of the Worlds at this point but I didn’t realize there were interior illustrations…or maybe I did and I forgot? I dunno, point is these surprised me and I think they’re delightful.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 09, 2013 at 06:13AM
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Researchers Discover ‘Unclassified’ Bacteria in Antarctic Lake
KILL IT WITH FIRE AND THEN RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
March 09, 2013 at 07:25AM
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Daft Swanson
I cannot wait until the inevitable 8 hour version of this because it’s going to be the background of my next cocktail party.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
March 07, 2013 at 07:45PM
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A Letter to Everyone I Know Regarding RuPaul’s Drag Race GIFs
…If I were really smart I would have made the commentary on each and every post I made today a RuPaul’s Drag Race GIF. Sadly I forgot to do that and I’m too lazy to go back and make it happen.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com/
March 08, 2013 at 02:30AM
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Groan-Worthy Headlines About SXSW
I feel like I say this every year but I just don’t understand SXSW from the outside. Like it sorta just seems like everybody I know gets to give a talk saying things I already know that they know and that everybody in the audience already knows that they know and then they hang out while people not at SXSW complain about it. Also Bruce Sterling gives a talk telling people things they don’t want to hear so they just ignore him.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
March 08, 2013 at 07:57AM
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“Before the cardinals march into the Sistine Chapel, they’ll have checked away their cell…”
Christ, Does the Pentagon have digital security this good? Does anybody. I mean I can cynically list some reasons why but it does just seem like the Vatican is weirdly better at keeping secrets than any large organization has any right to be these days.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
March 08, 2013 at 10:00AM
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Filament Mind, Visualizing Every Library Search in Wyoming
Data visualization is the new reading so this seems strangely appropriate.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
March 07, 2013 at 11:14AM
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Google Glass app identifies you by your fashion sense
Man so, first off, hats off to the rest of the industry for letting Google catch all the shit about AR and ubiquitous capture despite them not being the biggest or creepiest offenders. Well played Apple. Second off I really wonder how well this works, or, more accurately, I wonder how easily I could screw with it. Like does me wearing a Hoodie to walk to the gym in the morning totally break this thing or does me wearing a suit in my 20s ALREADY break this thing?
via New Scientist – Online news http://www.newscientist.com/
March 07, 2013 at 12:00PM
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Beach House video starring Ray Wise
I need to have a music video party again so I can terrify people with this.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
March 07, 2013 at 04:33PM
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“To improve your use of location-based services, Google, as a location service provider, uses…”
So everybody wants to make every creepy thing (and this is legit creepy) that Google does into a big data issue but I can’t for the life of me figure out why nobody talks about how EVERYTHING that Google is doing lately has to do with trying to solve the registration issues of an internet of things. How can Google make every object Googlable if they can only figure out where things are to 30 meters or so with GPS? How about they cross-reference wi-fi data? How about they have everybody wander around with glasses that record everything? How about they just put Android on every physical object you even thing about touching?
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
March 06, 2013 at 04:00AM
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Making Facebook actually useful
Man, there’s a concept. Facebook as Twitter.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
March 07, 2013 at 06:48AM
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This just in: life on Mars is going to be awesome
CONFIRMED.
via io9 http://io9.com
March 07, 2013 at 09:40AM
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Other Ten Percent 3/1/13

Mar 01 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So I was going to make a big, clever storyline out of me taking a break from OTP while I was in LA and now it turns out I’ve got some serious senioritis so instead I’m just doing a normal OTP. You’ll hear more from me before long, maybe Friday of next week depending on how I’m feeling and how internet access looks down there.
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TEA, MY HERO
Well now I know what to get Nikki for her birthday. Oh wait shit I probably shouldn’t have typed that up.
via The Adventures of Dr. McNinja http://drmcninja.com
February 28, 2013 at 07:14AM
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“You are boring. So, so boring.”
So I enjoy both the take down of a specific kind of boring here and the proposed solutions. I find step one surprisingly hard though which is something I’ve been thinking about as I conducted a bunch of interviews these last few weeks. It’s not that I don’t have an interest in listening to what they’re saying, in fact it’s hard to imagine people I’d be more interested in than a collection of game designers who’ve run crowd-funding campaigns, it’s that I spend so much time outside of the specific moment in the conversation thinking back to see if I missed anything important and trying to figure out how to steer the conversation. It’s a weird issue and I’m not entirely certain how to resolve it. Anyway have fun with that peek into my psyche.
via Put This On http://putthison.com/
February 27, 2013 at 04:27PM
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The most amazing movie sets ever created (other than Lord of the Rings)
I like any io9 post that has a big still from Metropolis at the top of it.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 27, 2013 at 04:30PM
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Man at Arms, Web Series Shows How Film & TV Weapons Are Made
Soooo these vary wildly in quality but I’m a big fan of the one where they make Finn’s sword from Adventure Time.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 27, 2013 at 05:00PM
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Bob Paquette’s Microphone Museum, One Man’s Collection of Over 1,000 Early Microphones
Ooooooooooooooooh these all look neat.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 27, 2013 at 09:08PM
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Ice Age Aerial
Aerial photos of ancient construction! Not sure when that became my jam but it totally did.
via BLDGBLOG http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/
February 28, 2013 at 03:10AM
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registered symbol can mean you, as a legal entity, do indeed like to party down
Ryan North is probably the only person who can come up with a terrifying dystopia and I’ll take that as a sign that he’s in a good mood.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
February 28, 2013 at 05:52AM
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SpaceTop, An Ironman-Like 3D Interactive Interface for Computers
I’ll take it.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 27, 2013 at 01:21PM
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The JCrew crew
This is basically the best idea I’ve ever heard and I can’t believe I missed it earlier.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
February 28, 2013 at 09:08AM
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Virginia Woolf’s secret career as a science fiction writer who inspired Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
I want to go to that alternate universe.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 28, 2013 at 08:40AM
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