Archive for September, 2013

Other Ten Percent 9/30/13

Sep 30 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

It’s always kinda tough to write the weekend OTP because by the time I get around to writing about this stuff it’s been a few days since it appeared on my RSS reader so it’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm in the same way I do during the week with stuff I just saw 30 minutes ago. Oh well, it’s Sunday so it’s time for the most exciting television event of the year tonight anyway. I’m going to see Comedy Bang Bang’s live tour tonight. I am absolutely certain that’s what everybody else is talking about when they talk about tonight’s huge TV event. Okay bye.
A mysterious fire transformed North America’s greatest city in 1170
By process of elemination archeologist’s best guess for what caused a huge fire in the largest native american settlement in history was a revolution against their ruling class.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 26, 2013 at 03:12PM
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How to beat jet lag
Vital information for our everyday lives. Has anybody else noticed that all their friends are suddenly business trip people because I’ve had this discussion twice now. If you have also noticed it then this will probably be of some help.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 26, 2013 at 10:54AM
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One Occult Sandwich Is Worth 300 Regular Sandwiches
Wich house.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 26, 2013 at 09:00AM
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How Miss Teen USA’s sextortionist got caught
Weeeeeeeeeeeeelp this is all really terrifying.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 28, 2013 at 06:20AM
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Some may say that the matching tie and handkerchief are for the…
I’ve kind of stopped posting fashion blog stuff on here but I think this Put This On entry has the only fashion rule you’ll ever need: nobody cares if you commit a fashion faux-pas if you’ve got a portrait of yourself as a sea captain with octopus legs.
via Put This On http://putthison.com/
September 27, 2013 at 07:36PM
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NBC has bought a TV show based on my story about psychics in love
Yay my favorite Charlie Jane story is maybe going to be a TV show. I’d certainly watch the hell out of it.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 27, 2013 at 05:03PM
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Beautiful Destroyed Structures of the Modern Age
I guess the real lesson here is that you should stop building cool looking structures made mostly of glass because they will just get destroyed in a fire.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 27, 2013 at 03:52PM
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Allies: meth merchants and big pharma
“Guys, Breaking Bad’s about to end maybe we can use this to get people to accidentally read in depth reporting about the weird relationship between legal and illegal drugs!”
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 27, 2013 at 12:37PM
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CHVRCHES, “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” (Whitney Houston Cover)
I kinda can’t think of anything to describe this as but adorable. If the original was a generational anthem of empowerment by a wronged woman this is a sarcastic blog post about an ex all your friends reblog on Tumblr and yet I enjoy it all the same.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 27, 2013 at 10:30AM
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When a Gang Member Puts a Murder on Instagram
I was going to write a larger thing about social media and crime and our weird relationship with what the word “public” means but then I just read this again and got depressed and now I don’t want to talk about anything.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 27, 2013 at 07:30AM
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Other Ten Percent 9/27/13

Sep 27 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Hey so it’s Thursday afternoon and Kanye West just went insane on Twitter but this time it was about Jimmy Kimmel instead of rugs or whatever so we’ll see how that ends up playing out over the next three days of Buzzfeed articles I imagine. I was thinking of doing a stand-up routine made entirely of untopical comedy like I have a 300 sandwhiches bit that I don’t do for the next six months and spend the first 45 seconds of it explaining what the hell 300 Sandwhiches was to everybody in the audience. …My only goal in Standup is to have everybody in the audience hate me. They see through my clever ruse and just ignore me though so…that’s fun. Wow, this terrible bit about a standup bit got really heavy about the like one time I’ve ever done standup all of the sudden. Here are internet links.
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Someone in Chicago used a FTL drive to play the market (or cheated)
I kind of want to live in the world where this ISN’T just explained by some asshole cheating the market and somebody did just set up a large scale physics experiment to trade on the market a TINY bit faster.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 25, 2013 at 04:00PM
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Manyland: a virtual world where you draw stuff and it becomes real
Oh, MMO Skribblenauts. That could be cool…it could also be a total disaster but I could imagine a version of this where that world actually ends up being fun.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 25, 2013 at 02:23PM
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Room 237
Awww man. This sucked? That’s a shame.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 25, 2013 at 12:19PM
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Apocalyptic short film shows us Paris with all the people “deleted”
It’s weird how nobody does the apocalyptic cities with too many people in them since that’s the apocalypse we’re actually going to get.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 25, 2013 at 11:40AM
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This supercut of technology breaking down is cathartic and beautiful
I ended up cutting this yesterday because I had all those longreads to talk about but of all the tings I ended up cutting this was the only one I really regretted not showing to you guys so I’m glad it showed up in my RSS reader again. Also I can’t tell if I’m just resigned to supercuts now or if they’re genuinely getting better. It feels like there’s a narrative throughline to these that shows more artful editing than they had a year ago.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 25, 2013 at 11:20AM
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You can’t vaccinate an octopus
Sure this is just an interesting fun fact NOW but when the inevitable war with all the weird sea creatures comes along it’ll be known as HOW WE SAVED THE WORLD.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 25, 2013 at 09:28AM
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Kickstarter of The Day: Misery Loves Comedy
…Yeah okay this is all
via The Daily What http://thedailywhat.cheezburger.com/
September 25, 2013 at 11:00AM
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God fave the Queen!
fuddenly everything we affumed we knew about word fearchef if turned upfideown.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 25, 2013 at 10:05AM
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The Search for the King of the Original Narnia
It’s amazing how much of exploraton really was driven by “naw guys I’m like 90% certain there’s a magic city over the next hill so let’s keep going.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 25, 2013 at 09:26AM
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We’re all still reeling from the loss of our totally weird illusions about the nature of Horse Ebooks and the world needs a hero. That hero is a new parody account that makes fun of how insufferably hip Vice tries to make itself sound in headlines. If this hero turns out to be a marketing stunt from Vice though all bets are off. Nothing is real anymore and you can basically assume that all Twitter accounts are actually just elaborate “self-branding” efforts for somebody’s art showcase in Brooklyn. Including your own.

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Other Ten Percent 9/26/13

Sep 26 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Man so I spent the day consuming a hell of a lot of really interesting media but as a result I have…not exactly been writing up a storm. I feel like that’s okay though sometimes I kinda need to figure out what the hell is going on in the world if I’m going to write anything and hey, that’s kinda the entire point of this whole exercise. Ordinarily I can fit in a little time for both things each day but today was a day with a hell of a lot of long reads to go through. Three of them in fact are worth your time enough that I’m adding them in as links for OTP. So the only other thing to really discuss is the pilot to Masters of Sex which I watched today and which is the best new drama of the fall for people who enjoy period dramas with a strong feminist subtext, or Lizzy Caplan naked which….now that I think about it makes it a pretty good Litmus test for if I even want to associate with you anymore.
New York Introduces Text Stops to Encourage Drivers to Pull Over Before Using Mobile Phones
This is kind of brilliant. I mean this is obviously just a rebranding effort but it’s actually a kind of brilliant one recontextualizing public spaces for use in a behavior that basically doesn’t exist in order to get it to exist. I mean I have really low hopes it’ll actually work but as a thing to try I love it.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 25, 2013 at 08:59AM
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Google launches ‘Constitute,’ a new tool for designing governments | The Verge The…
I really enjoy Google’s insistence on just doubling down on disruption even as the rest of the tech/start-up world finally seems to be tiring of it. As everybody else realizes the only things left to disrupt are actually going to be really really hard to disrupt Google’s just like “fuck it, disrupt the human lifespan, disrupt the nation-state as a political unit” I wonder when they’re finally going to get bored enough to try and disrupt the global economy. I could actually see them pulling that one off.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
September 25, 2013 at 08:00AM
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This astounding video just took projection-mapping to the next level
I keep getting convinced that this is just some after effects bullshit when I watch this because while it’s physically possible to do this I just…it’s SO well done I feel like it’s gotta be a trick somehow.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 25, 2013 at 06:20AM
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Joseph Gordon Levitt, Stephen Merchant, and Jimmy Fallon Face Off in a Lip Sync Battle
You know I was going to declare that Stephen Merchant basically won this out of the gate but JGL manages to stage a pretty impressive come from behind victory here.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 25, 2013 at 06:00AM
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New TV show tells the story of young Jim Gordon, before he met Batman
Oh hey they finally managed to figure out they should make a Gotham Central TV show now that Joss Whedon did it for their greatest competitor. I really wish I could give network notes for this because all I’d ever send is “More Noir!” I wouldn’t even be watching the footage they send me first.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 24, 2013 at 10:28PM
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Beijing’s “mystery rooms”: single-room funhouses
Oh, hey, that’s what’s up with these things. I’ve been seeing them around SF for a while now and kinda thought they were a weirdly scaled down Sleep No More but they actually make way more sense now that I know they’re this thing.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 24, 2013 at 07:40PM
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Little Miss Misandrist
Soooo this is basically my new favorite thing in the entire world.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 24, 2013 at 10:35AM
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And now the longreads. Let’s start with the one that’s kept me from babbling endlessly about the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot: A seven page long interview with Joss Whedon about…basically everything. A lot of selections from this have been popping up for a while including his controversial opinion that The Empire Strikes Back ends badly since it…doesn’t end, an opinion that’s had a lot of nerds very angry with him because nerds are awful. The actual content of the interview though is…weirdly philosophical for Entertainment Weekly which turns out to be great because an interview trying to get him to talk about the projects he’s working on at any length seems doomed to be deathly boring.
Let’s do some compare and contrast because today also had me reading a seven page long interview/article about Hillary Clinton from New York magazine that’s distinctly NOT philosophical at all despite the interview subject really clearly wanting to operate on that level. In fact for a magazine that just got an interview with Hillary Clinton the whole article seems distinctly disinterested in things Hillary Clinton actually said to them which…given that Hillary Clinton’s current political limbo pretty much keeps her from saying anything about the topics you’d want to write about makes a certain amount of sense but lends a really weird heft to the article which seems to wander off into the backstabbing politics of the Clintons inner circle before remembering it has Hillary Clinton saying something vaguely related to the Clinton Foundation or something somewhere in their notes. …Why am I ragging on this thing so much? Anyway it’s a really interesting portrait of the way Clinton is framing herself as she winds up to a seemingly inevitable (my favorite anonymous quote in the article is the one that suggests that Hillary Clinton’s belief she has any say over if she runs for president is kind of adorable and that some invisible inexorable law of political nature will conspire to FORCE her into running) presidential campaign.
Also are you sick of reading about GTA V and how it is simultaneously the “greatest game of all time” and kind of awful? Well too bad because Grantland has one more that’s worth your time and takes time to ponder the generational stuff going on with the kind of weary response the games seems to have inspired in most games journalists.

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Other Ten Percent 9/25/13

Sep 25 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

And now it is time for another day of Other Ten Percent. Since I’m writing this up before I watch the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (I’m trying to see how long I can keep up using the actual title before I go insane) pilot I have no real TV news to discuss. Oh, Trophy Wife is pretty good so I’m thinking of doing a “sitcoms with West Wing Alums” night for TV club if I can just bring myself to torture everybody, including myself, with watching Mom. Anyway, links.
The World’s Oldest Newspapers Still Being Published Today
I learned this last weekend that the America’s Cup is the world’s largest trophy shaped award and as instantly ammused that we apparantly keep track of that by shape now.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 23, 2013 at 03:05PM
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Two great long reads about fire, science, and the human lives caught in between
Is it just me or do BoingBoing headlines sound more and more like the taglines to movies lately? I mean this one would be a pretty awesome movie but it’s still kinda blatant.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 23, 2013 at 11:51AM
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Interactive Map of ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ by Johnny Cash
Finally conclusive proof that Johnny Cash has not been literally everywhere.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 23, 2013 at 11:12AM
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A History of the Last Meal, and the “Intimate Relationship Between Food and Death”
I’m into longreads about esoteric topics today…I mean I guess I’m into that every day but I usually don’t have two “go read this thing about a topic I have never mentioned before thats thousands of words long” posts in one day.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 23, 2013 at 10:30AM
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The 16th century exorcism that became political propaganda
In a sense they were all political propaganda though weren’t they?
via io9 http://io9.com
September 23, 2013 at 09:40AM
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Floppy ROM: distributing software on flexidiscs
physical media so old you can see the individual bits in them.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 23, 2013 at 08:40AM
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Twitter / Hoffm: “Four uniformed NYPD officers were at my…
If this is actually true it’s probably the only action of the NYPD I can really think of in the last decade that I’d just wholeheartedly support.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
September 23, 2013 at 08:00AM
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The voices in your head are culturally specific
While this shouldn’t be particularly surprising if you think about it the exact nature of the cultural changes to the voices in your head is pretty awesome.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 23, 2013 at 07:50AM
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The Dr. McNinja Omnibus is here!
Jesus, there have been 500 pages of Dr. McNinja? On one level I guess that’s not surprising since I’ve been reading it since I lived in New York but on the other hand that’s…that’s a lot of webcomic considering the thing is structured like a traditional print comic.
via The Adventures of Dr. McNinja http://drmcninja.com
September 23, 2013 at 07:27AM
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Moonrise Kingdom typography
Just one of the many reasons that movie is kind of criminally under-rated. I mean not that anybody hated it really but it’s weird that it didn’t get more awards attention.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 23, 2013 at 07:34AM
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Other Ten Percent 9/24/13

Sep 24 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So I had one of those days where I’m not sure that anything that I wrote is really going to show up anywhere or be all that useful but where I wrote A LOT and so I still feel weirdly good about everything? Let’s see if that extends to Other Ten Percent or if I’m kinda burnt out after a day of writing a lot of words in other places. Looking at the first few links here I’m afraid it’ll be the second option but who knows. Maybe this’ll just start rolling and I won’t be able to stop.
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Spy-gadget photos from Berlin’s Stasi museum
Hiding a pinhole camera lens as a button in a trenchcoat is probably the single most stereotypically spy gadget in the world that would actually have a decent chance of working. I’m imagining some super paranoid MI6 agent going “maybe the guy in the trenchco….nah, too cliched.”
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 19, 2013 at 08:44AM
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Getty Dubs, Stock Videos Augmented With Hilarious Dubbed Sound
The second best joke based on adding a new soundtrack to Stock Video footage I know of after the commentary Tracks on Adult Swim’s website. Adult Swim has actually been doing a lot of original video content for the web lately and I…don’t know what’s up with that. No regrets though especially if it’s producing stuff like this and giving the Superego Podcast a chance to do stuff like this.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 19, 2013 at 09:36AM
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What The Monopoly Properties Look Like In Real Life
Like everything tangentially related to Monopoly this is far more interesting than actually playing Monopoly. Also, wow this…actually pretty much conforms to the boardgame exactly. Like, you’d think the passage of time might make some of the streets go from actually just linearly being worst to best in terms of property value over almost a century but NOPE.
via Scouting NY http://www.scoutingny.com
September 23, 2013 at 06:02AM
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Terminator 2 reenacted entirely with lines from Shakespeare
I am frankly amazed by how well this works.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 22, 2013 at 03:00PM
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A short story about 2023 London, where temps bid on hourly jobs
Every once in a while a near future sci-fi story comes along that’s just depressingly plausible enough that I immediately find the most improbable thing about that future and latch onto it for dear life so I can avoid thinking it will in any way accurately predict what the world will be like in however many years. The last one was a short I think for some weird sci-fi issue of Fortune or something about a reputation economy that essentially turned all of society into a high-school popularity contest where you essentially got shunned out of the economy for not mindlessly agreeing with the cool kids. That one kept me awake at night for a while. I really felt the need to do that with this one though because JESUS CHRIST does this ever feel like what my life’s going to be like in a decade in a way I really hope is just me being really tired or something.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 21, 2013 at 10:30AM
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Strange Historic Photos Of Intelligent Animals
Oh my God I want to ride bumper cars with a bear. WHY ARE WE NOT ALL RIDING BUMPER CARS WITH BEARS ALL THE TIME. That alone is proof that we do not live in anything close to the best of all possible worlds. Nice try 17th century theologians but you’ve once again been bested by a bear riding a bumper car.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 20, 2013 at 03:44PM
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Honest Scarecrow, A Critical Parody of Chipotle’s ‘The Scarecrow’ Ad
Sometimes I wish Funny or Die didn’t have the money to do everything they wanted to do because while I really hated that sanctimonious Chipotle Ad I sorta feel like this would be funnier if it didn’t actually have do a musical parody and just straight up played the ad with huge flashing FEEL FEELINGS signs over the blatantly emotionally manipulative parts.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 20, 2013 at 01:00PM
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Crowdfunding real-life, citywide choose-your-own-adventure stories
Yeah okay I’d get in on this. If nothing else it seems like a way better format for tourist guides than anything we’ve got going.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 20, 2013 at 11:41AM
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8 Headlines That Sound Like Upworthy, But Are Simply Attempts To Express My Withering Contempt For That Collective of Neo-Liberal Douchebags
Oh hey, apparantly today’s miny theme is “making fun of sanctimonious crap people posted on Facebook recently.” Can somebody do a parody of Louis C.K. explaining why we’re not sad enough because phones so we can make this a hat trick?
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 20, 2013 at 10:30AM
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974 People Simultaneously Playing a Custom ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Level
Man the full scale of how brilliant/batshit this is can really only be experienced by cranking the resolution of the video way up and full-screening it. Anything less than that and it just sort of seems like a big mess but man when you get it up to 1080p you…holy shit I finally sound like everybody else describing HD sports and it’s about a bunch of people playing Mario. Of course it is.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 20, 2013 at 08:33AM
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Other Ten Percent 9/23/13

Sep 23 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Man, I got distracted trying to get super fancy with this stuff since I’ve got five links open that aren’t from an RSS reader but maybe I should just cover those and move on with my life.

Let’s start off with Leigh Alexander’s GTA V review. The second one. The one she wrote for Gamasutra having actually played the game that discusses a lot of the underlying emotional stuff in the game that’s so weird. I played the game for a few hours today and most of this seems…totally on point. There’s a weird tonal disconnect between the story GTA wants to tell (essentially a Scarface riff about corruption and money and power) and what the game actually tells you (do whatever the hell you want, literally going head to head with the LAPD isn’t that big of a thing) and it makes the whole thing kinda exhausting.

Nikki and I spend a lot of time on Friday working through a solution to the other big criticism of GTA V, that you can’t play as a woman and what female characters there are are…kinda awful. We came up with a whole riff on Weeds and Breaking Bad where you’re a husband and wife team that used to rob banks and then retired that’s gotten dragged back into the life after moving to the suburbs. The idea that you’d have to keep up some measure of appearances around your home to keep the homeowners association happy while robbing enough banks to trick out your house endlessly amused us. Somehow I doubt that idea would make a billion dollars in three days though.

In other video game story news: who wants to read thousands of words about the level design in the original Portal and how it subtly teaches you the solutions to the puzzles it asks you to solve? Wait! Come back! It turns out the answer is actually you. You want to read that. It’ll be interesting even if you’ve never played Portal.

Hey remember when I shit talked the Omni reboot site for like eight billion words that one time and I was all “I dunno maybe it just needs to find its legs and I’ll feel stupid for saying all this later?” I feel super stupid. The Omni Reboot got pretty great pretty fast. Here’s a sci-fi tour of LA that’s even better because it turns out I did half of it without even trying when we went down there earlier this year.

If that wasn’t cool enough there’s also an article that’s EVEN BETTER. If Claire Evans was just a little bit more self serious…well she’d be almost as insufferable as I am, but she’d also title this article “J. G. Ballard and Seinfeld.” Instead she calls it The Parking Garage. It’s pretty cool either way.

Finally, so very many words on the history of slash fiction.

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Other Ten Percent 9/20/13

Sep 20 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Getting to this one in the early afternoon but whatever, I’m still pretty satisfied that that. Anyway let’s go ahead and talk about some of these internet links.
Nuclear Christ of Moscow, Idaho
I love that headline. Every single word is like an amazing new twist in a mystery novel that it takes you half a second to read.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 18, 2013 at 09:10PM
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Radio Man walks, talks, and yodels
I miss when robots were only threatening because of how uncanny they all were all the time. “What if we built a giant boombox man that just played the radio really loudly out of his stomach while constantly smiling a grin that’s literally been molded onto his face and never changed?” someone in history apparantly asked.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 18, 2013 at 04:08PM
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Designs for Great Architectural Landmarks that Were Never Built
Has somebody ever done a map of the seven wonders of alternate worlds? Somebody has to have right? I just assume any great idea it would take me less than a week to execute on has already been done at least a dozen times.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 18, 2013 at 03:00PM
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Photos of the Luminous Bobtail Squid
You know, I’m on the record that squids are out to get us but these pictures make me think we maybe need to try and get them on our side so they can be double agents against the jellyfish.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 18, 2013 at 03:01PM
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Google Announces Calico, A New Company That Plans to Combat Aging
My name is Larry Page, king of kings, look on my works ye mighty and despair.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 18, 2013 at 02:09PM
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Starbucks CEO: leave your guns at home
“We will not actually do anything to prevent you from having guns or even say out loud that we don’t want you to have a gun but we will constantly think about how we wish you didn’t have a gun.” Let it never be said that Starbucks doesn’t have its finger on the pulse of American gun control policy.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 18, 2013 at 01:22PM
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This graph of Boulder’s year-to-date rainfall is just staggering
I ummmm…I had no idea this was going on? Does this mean I should be reading CNN more? Huffpo? I was kinda under the impression that was really only going to let me know about unusual rainfall patterns in Colorodo if Miley Cyrus decided to Twerk in a rainstorm. How am I supposed to learn about thousands of people losing their homes using the giant information transmission system I am currently writing to you on that I apparantly cannot use to keep informed of monumental human tragedy.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 18, 2013 at 10:40AM
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Area man brews own beer in gut
How many times do you think this has happened in history and gone totally undiagnosed? Like even if this only happened once a century since we invented beer that’s at least 70 people in history who have been constantly drunk from their own gut flora in time periods where everybody just decided they couldn’t hold their liquor due to an imbalance in the humors or something.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 18, 2013 at 09:38AM
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Hey so, ironically I was never that much of a fan of “I Love It” but Pitchfork’s streaming the Icona Pop album and I’ve kinda been digging it. I mean sure it’s the same dance/techno song about/for partying over and over but it turns out “Pitchfork approved Andrew W.K.” is a niche I can really get behind. Other things I’m digging lately: consistently being one or two links down when I write these so I have to tell you about things I’ve been doing outside my RSS reader.
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Have you watched Sleepy Hollow yet? It’s Fox’s new supernatural buddy cop show. She’s a no-nonsense african-american cop who was this close to going to Quantico, He’s Ichibod Crane whose lifeforce has been magically bound to one of the horsemen of the apocalypse reviving him in the 21st century to be charmingly confused by phones and women wearing pants. Together they’re going to avert the apocalypse with a little help from George Washington’s secret bible. Fans of George Washington’s secret bible should run, not walk, to Hulu and watch the pilot. Seriously, watch it. For a show whose premise is so utterly unhinged it’s…actually pretty self-aware about how insane it is. I’d like this thing to at least last long enough for the show to say a bunch of crazy bullshit about The Culper Ring and Masons and stuff which you just know is coming. Unfortunately, I think that’s going to take considerably longer than the three episodes it’s got before a Fox executive figures out the only thing more insane than the show itself (Have I mentioned Crane’s wife is a witch and a major character despite the fact she’s been dead for 200 years?) is putting this show on Monday nights against The Voice. Will it find some way to make it that long? The answer to that, my friends, is a mystery…and therefore probably contained somewhere in George Washington’s Secret Bible.

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Other Ten Percent 9/19/13

Sep 19 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

I can’t say I’ve been insanely productive this week or anything but getting back into daily habits, including the daily vines Nikki and I have been doing, has really improved how productive I feel like I’ve been at the end of the day. Like just doing this by noon has vastly improved how much I feel like I’m getting done. Here are some links I’m writing up at 11am. Also ummmmm holy shit this is my 1000th post on OtherTenPercent.com that’s…that’s a thing. I’d honestly totally stopped counting and just noticed at the last possible second that was going on. I mean considering we’ve missed a few daily posts I actually wrote up and I did this e-mail only for almost a year before archiving it on the site it’s not really a milestone of any importance. But still. Shit.
Go Pro on a soaring eagle
At this point it’s pretty much a given that every single human being will be ambiently recording from their POV by the time I die but I do wonder if I’m going to make it long enough for us to get all the animals too.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 18, 2013 at 06:44AM
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on the other hand, the camera took some terrific landscapes
We’re all agreed the Robyn in this story is popstar Robyn right?
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
September 18, 2013 at 04:40AM
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Fuma-Kai, Performance Piece Blends Live Performers and Projected Animation
Oh this is just a thing now? I’m super happy this is just a thing now.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 17, 2013 at 02:07PM
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It’s Fall, Fuckfaces
At this point the best part of “It’s Decorative Gourd Season Motherfuckers” is watching it slowly rise in public opinion every year as we slowly reach consensus that it’s the best thing McSweenies ever published. Oh who am I kidding? The best thing about that article is reading it again every year.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 17, 2013 at 02:00PM
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Spitbank Fort: mid-Victorian fortress island turned into a hotel
I love that the default answer to “what do we do with this weird old structure that has no functional use anymore is just “let’s make it into a hotel for weird rich people!”
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 17, 2013 at 11:43AM
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The Shaq baby boom
I wonder how many babies have to be born with a certain name for it be basically a demographic certainty that somebody’s going to be playing college sports with that name.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 17, 2013 at 12:06PM
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Master Pickpocket Apollo Robbins on the Art of Misdirection
I really like this but I do worry nothing with this guy will ever be as good as the long form article about him.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 17, 2013 at 12:14PM
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Disneyland’s Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy Filmed in Night Vision
I once rode Space Mountain at Disney World and for some reason they had to turn the lights on in the middle of our run through the ride and it was simultaneously way more interesting and way more terrifying. For one thing you can actually see how close your head comes to smacking into stuff that makes them constantly tell you to keep you hands inside the little cart all the time. Anyway my point is this is way more terrifying in night vision mode than the mode where you can actually see the laughing holographic skull yelling at you.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 17, 2013 at 12:11PM
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Mirage Men: the story behind the UFO story
What the actual deal is with UFOs always turns out to be way more interesting than UFOs to everybody but UFO obsessives.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 17, 2013 at 10:00AM
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And since that’s only nine I guess I can just talk about a thing which I’ve been way too lazy to do most of the time lately so let’s talk about fall TV. Go watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. That’s basically all I’ve got to say on the matter right now. It’s basically a textbook example of how you structure a pilot and while some of the side-characters obviously still need to be developed the core trio and their relationships is better established than I’ve maybe EVER seen in a sitcom pilot. Seriously, if I was teaching scriptwriting I’d teach using this thing it’s that well constructed. It’s also really fucking funny as a result but, man, whatever.

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Other Ten Percent 9/18/13

Sep 18 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

What? I’m writing this before noon? Madness. That never happens anymore. Also I am writing about links from the internet that I found in an RSS reader? …Oh, my assistant has just informed me that that part is actually just what I always do and it’s totally unremarkable. Also my assistant has informed me that I don’t actually have an assistant so that’s weird.
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Critical Hits: a history of a the battle between gamers and game-designers for nuance in combat systems
I am…basically always on the side of game-designers in these sorts of arguments so it’s kind of interesting to see the cognitive blindspots that come from that sort of thing.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 16, 2013 at 06:18PM
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Plain Sight, Photos Float Out of Moving Images in Uncanny Video
I’m not sure exactly what sort of evil deceiver would reveal themselves to you like this (David Lynch?) but it is uncanny as all hell and kinda unsettling.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 16, 2013 at 02:57PM
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“I take songs and turn them into other songs”: The Melker Project III
Hey a new Melker Mashup! It’s really good but I feel like it’s probably going to result in a lot of unflattering comparisons because he uses a lot of the same samples (I have to assume on purpose) as recent Girl Talk mixes and Melker’s much more likely to add in a sample from a pretty awful song just to kind of troll mashup culture which probably isn’t going to win him any friends setting himself up in opposition to Girl Talk. I have to say if I’m not just reading meaning into the whole thing though (which is a very real posibility) that I like that strategy a lot better actually. There’s something kinda Nostalgia-destroying about a Melker mix. He doesn’t let you just revel in how great music used to be in the past without also reminding you that the past is where Papa Roach comes from.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 16, 2013 at 12:15PM
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Watch this dancer do battle with a beam of light
I’d kind of be interested in this technique used to the opposite effect. Instead of creating the various After Effects objects he’s interacting with he’s constantly dodging just out of their path. I mean it’s essentially the same bit but I’d like to see how the coreography is altered.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 17, 2013 at 06:46AM
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Augmented Reality: Tabula FacadeSignage projection-mapping
Just $700. Act now. Seriously, somebody act now and buy this and let me borrow it.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
September 16, 2013 at 09:00AM
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Showtime: Ultra Lab, “Hello World! Processing”
Not going to lie, I only made it to the twenty minute mark but I’ve got a busy day ahead of me. A documentary about Processing, especially a super weird one kinda deserves a look though.
via Wired: Beyond the Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
September 17, 2013 at 08:28AM
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Expensive dollar bills
Yeah, people will buy anything. Alternate title of article “I’d buy a dollar for that.”
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 17, 2013 at 09:07AM
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Notes on communication
John Scalzi continues to be awesome.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 17, 2013 at 08:37AM
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All the colors, once each
Yeah, not going to lie, the picture in the article is the only REALLY impressive one so far but it’s an ongoing thing so who knows what’s going to show up by the time you read this link.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 17, 2013 at 10:15AM
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Disney Research: computational design of mechanical characters
Is it just me or has Disney basically forgotten they have imagineers? Like it sorta seems like at some point in 1998 or so they just kinda forgot to cut off their budget and ever since then the department has been drifting totally unsupervised into weirder and weirder territory. Like if LSD hadn’t already been invented I kinda feel like the Disney Imagineering lab is the most likely place on earth for it to be synthesized right now.
via Wired: Beyond the Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
September 17, 2013 at 09:35AM
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Other Ten Percent 9/17/13

Sep 17 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Why don’t we just go for doing this for a little while. I’m still not sure it’s really the most effective format for this anymore but it is the routine and I’ve kinda missed just having a routine of late. Here are ten links that I say a few things about from the internet.
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Netflix uses piracy stats to choose its programming
So I’m mostly just…shocked that Netflix had the balls to admit this? I mean it’s not like these statistics are hard to come by. You really think Netflix is the only one looking at these numbers? You think Community’s made it off the chopping block so many seasons in a row if nobody was going “yeah but clearly SOMEBODY’S watching. Jesus look how many seeders this show has” behind closed doors? Netflix is just in the unique position of not having advertisers for customers so they’re free to say they pay attention to formats that don’t make advertizers any money. Has HBO copped to this yet? On the one hand being over a barrel with Cable providers puts them in an even worse position to talk about this but on the other hand I’ve heard that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show on television so many times I legitimately think it might be in their press packet.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 15, 2013 at 12:06PM
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Extreme Puritan baby-naming
“Has-descendents” seems like a pretty cocky thing to name your kid. Also, way to put pressure on them in the bedroom 17th century puritan parents. Do you suppose they were originally going to name his “Has-ancestors” and then they were like “no, wait, that’s OBVIOUS” and changed it at the last second?
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 15, 2013 at 11:57AM
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Sailor Moon gets retro-cool with these space pulp redesigns
So I kinda love these redesigns but I’m mostly posting it so I have an excuse to link to my new favorite novelty Twitter account. Do you also know too much about both social media AND the original 90’s Sailor Moon cartoon? Then you will enjoy a Twitter account filled with hypothetical episodes from a remake of the series that discusses what the lives of the girls from Sailor Moon would be like in the digital age. Also, why was I not cooler in high-school? IT IS A MYSTERY.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 15, 2013 at 10:00AM
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Citi Bike fan fiction
More startups should have fan fiction. I mean they all basically do (they’re called business plans! ZING!) but they should actually call it that and just go whole hog. Instead of just really obviously trying to get bought up the next social media startup somebody launches (so…in two or three minutes) should just write some really graphic slash fiction about their company and Facebook getting it on.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 16, 2013 at 07:00AM
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Graffiti Briefcase Conceals Street Stenciling System
I am a big fan of secret compartments in general and secret compartments that contain mechanisms are probably my favorite kind of secret compartment. Let’s all go around the room and discuss our top five favorite types of secret compartments. These are the types of fun party games I would have played in high-school if people hung out with me a lot which, again, they mysteriously did not.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 16, 2013 at 10:36AM
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DIY Pneumatic Tube System For Delivering Teeth to the Tooth Fairy
This shows the kind of admirable love for lying to your children that I’ve come to think of as the hallmark of a responsible parenting strategy. Good work random DIY tech enthusiast, your commitment to the bit puts every parent that ever ate the milk and cookies left out for Santa to shame.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 16, 2013 at 09:36AM
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Flashy Music Video For ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’ by Daft Punk
My one complaint about this video is that nobody is describing it as taking place in a disco spaceship even though it OBVIOUSLY DOES. Sure, that’s arguably more of a problem with the reporting but since it’s so universal I can only conclude that Daft Punk needed to somehow make it MORE of a disco spaceship.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 16, 2013 at 08:52AM
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The Male Profession’s Female Relative
“Paris, 1919. The world’s leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly.” And that’s just the synopsis for the FIRST ONE of these. They’re basically all gold. Probably the greatest list post on Hairpin since they discovered women smiling while eating salad.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 16, 2013 at 09:00AM
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What the atomic tests of the 1950s looked like from Los Angeles
If God didn’t want us to do open air nuclear testing why did he make it look so awesome? What do you mean I can’t be president anymore?
via io9 http://io9.com
September 16, 2013 at 08:40AM
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The ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff ‘Better Call Saul’ With an 80s Style Intro
I continue to be a bad TV viewer because I’m way more excited about everything relating to a Better Call Saul spin-off than I am about the actual end of Breaking Bad.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 16, 2013 at 07:33AM
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