Archive for October, 2013

Other Ten Percent 10/17/13

Oct 17 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

I’ve been realizing of late that I’ve been binge watching shows and the only thing they all have in common is that they unfold at an absolutely batshit insane pace and I’ve really got no clue how much that’s a coincidence, how much that’s about binge watching and how much that’s just a shift in televised storytelling. Anyway I have no more thoughts on this so I hope you enjoyed that insight.
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hello and welcome to fan-spider, the #2 talk show for fans of spider-man.
Okay so I love this comic but I actually love the link name even more. The dedication to making this a really HORRIBLE Spider-Man fan show is absolutely amazing.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
October 16, 2013 at 04:49AM
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Meet Elevated Element, a Husband and Wife Drone Team
“A husband and Wife Drone Team” will get you linked on here just so you know.
via MAKE http://makezine.com
October 16, 2013 at 04:00AM
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The REAL reason the Florida Haunted Mansion’s elevators go up
Who wants architectural minutia about a theme park attraction!? …No, seriously, who? I don’t mean to judge you but I’m kinda wondering what your whole deal is at this point reader.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 15, 2013 at 07:59PM
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This trailer for Blade Runner as a 1940s noir film is genius
Not sure about genius but it’s still a damn good bit.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 15, 2013 at 04:20PM
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Take a trip through the Milky Way with this brilliant interactive map
Space you guys! Space is pretty dang neat.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 15, 2013 at 04:00PM
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Somebody help – we can’t stop watching these trippy animated gifs
Space again you guys! It’s also neat in a warehouse in surreal animated gifs!
via io9 http://io9.com
October 15, 2013 at 01:20PM
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Ghost, A Simple, Open Source Blog Publishing Platform
Blogs you guys! …Okay I’m bored with this bit now. We all know wordpress is terrible right? I’d rearly love a NOT terrible blogging platform and I plan to check this thing out to see if this thing’s going to fit the bill.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 15, 2013 at 11:41AM
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The Museum of Four in the Morning
This is the kind of dedication to a supercut I expect to see more and more often in the future.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
October 15, 2013 at 10:25AM
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Medieval Land Fun-Time
There’s a rake-gag-like quality to this whole thing where it it’s actually a better deconstruction of wacky summer movies about awful themeparks than of Game of Thrones and then it flips and then it flips back and so on and so forth.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
October 16, 2013 at 08:28AM
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An Overview of 3D Printing Intellectual Property Law
Important legal precedents of the 21st century.
via Fabbaloo http://fabbaloo.com/blog/
October 16, 2013 at 09:00AM
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Other Ten Percent 10/16/13

Oct 16 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So I had a bunch of links I could talk about today but instead let’s just talk about the one link because there’s only one link I care about that much today.
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Lies I Will Tell My Children
Guys! Nikki was on The Toast today! we’re all super happy about this right? That’s…I don’t know why that was a question. We’re all super happy about this or I kinda don’t know why we’re hanging out here anymore.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
October 15, 2013 at 08:00AM
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Other Ten Percent 10/15/13

Oct 15 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Alright then. It was a super slow day on the internet but I eventually found ten things so here we go.
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a spooky tale from the spookyzone, presented by your host, Spooky Spatricia.
I love the idea that in the 1950’s with a real knowledge of the intricacies of the phone system this is a slightly less stupid story than it might appear to be at first glance but it’s STILL a stupid enough story that only children that aren’t really paying attention would have fallen for it when it was invented.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
October 14, 2013 at 06:14AM
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Design Fiction: the Vessel project
Space arcs are never going to happen but projects imagining space arcs seem likely to keep being a thing until we die so why don’t we enjoy them for what they are?
via Wired: Beyond the Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
October 14, 2013 at 12:17AM
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““The FBI has not been able to get to Ulbricht’s personal Bitcoin yet,” wrote Hill. An FBI…”
Is there like a statute of limitations thing where he will eventually be able to get this stuff back because the short story about him just waiting them out until they have to give him his bitcoins back and then discovering the market for them has collapsed after a decade would be pretty spectacular.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
October 14, 2013 at 12:00AM
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1915 photo of newsboys in Los Angeles
Hello newsies fans in my audience which is actually a slightly more efficient way of saying “every girl I went to college with.”
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 13, 2013 at 10:11AM
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How the Defiance TV show and videogame tell their story together
Transmedia storytelling!
via io9 http://io9.com
October 13, 2013 at 09:00AM
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Lulu – an app for girls to anonymously rate boys
So I’m not really interested in if this is a good idea or not (like basically all things that let you anonymously rate other humans it’s an AWFUL idea) but I do find the gendered implications of this thing hilarious. How many 15 year old boys do you think are discovering they’re mens rights activists based purely on this thing?
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 11, 2013 at 09:24AM
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Meanwhile, speaking of angry commenters who have stupid points my favorite part of this comedy sketch about firing Wolverine from the X-Men because he’s useless is all the Marvel nerds who are SO UPSET somebody might find Wolverine useless.
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Then, on the topic of Transmedia Storytelling: Marvel is apparently planning on four separate television shows and a miniseries. That seems insane to me but I am really looking forward to watching them try.
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Then, on the subject of things nerds have been saying in comments sections for almost as long as comments sections have existed: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are not sufficiently pretending to not be making out enough anymore so the internet has just decided they’re making out.
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Also, everybody, everybody, AVClub did a Homestar Runner retrospective. The fact that one of the Homestar creators has written for Gravity Falls isn’t the least bit surprising. The fact that the other one did that crazy movie about the real life crazy guy that impersonated an officer and demanded a fast food manager interrogate and strip search a female employee is…a bit more out of left field.

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Other Ten Percent 10/14/13

Oct 14 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Woooooah 23 entries today initially. Let’s get that down to 10. Then let’s write short descriptions of commentaries on each of those 10 links. Then let’s admit that “us” here is really just me and it’s a really strange rhetorical device. You know, like we do every day.
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These Futuristic City Wallpapers Will Take Your Breath Away
I used to provide a lot of wallpapers for people in here and I’m never really sure why that ended up not being a thing that happened anymore. I think I just took some random thing off my RSS reader and didn’t notice that meant most wallpaper posts disapeared. Here’s a really great one from io9 though!
via io9 http://io9.com
October 10, 2013 at 04:35PM
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Delusions that could be real, but they’re not
The creepiest part of being insane is the possibility that you wouldn’t even know it but probably the second creepiest part is the possibility that nobody else would know it either for quite some time.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 10, 2013 at 10:32AM
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New podcast series from an excellent history audioblogger
I should probably try and find some time in my week for non-comedy podcasts and these look really promising for that whole “holy shit Europe had history that wasn’t directly related to the founding of the United States that nobody ever told me about” thing.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 10, 2013 at 08:25AM
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High TED Talks, High Speakers Share Far Out Ideas in Parody Video
When did we all decided that TED talks were a joke? It seems like it’s been a while now right? Like some time in early 2012 maybe when everybody noticed that all these people had failed to fix the world after all these world changing talks? Or was it that weird time where they took down the talk from the genuinely outside the box socialist economist guy because his plan for fixing the world economy didn’t seem to have very much faith in our ability to disrupt our way out of economic crisis? Or was it just when all the famous people started showing up and everybody decided its moment was over? It was probably that last one.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 10, 2013 at 08:34AM
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Keytags
Christmas presents for every single person I know: SOLVED.
via swissmiss http://www.swiss-miss.com
October 11, 2013 at 11:35PM
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Why Microsoft Word must Die
Charlie Stross REALLY hates Microsoft Word. I think everybody does now though so this is mostly useful if you ever need to defend your stance.
via Charlie’s Diary http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/
October 11, 2013 at 11:23PM
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Hark, a Vagrant: Black Canary
New Kate Beaton! This one is about one of the best DC Superheroes aaaaaaand it’s adorable.
via Hark, A Vagrant! http://www.rsspect.com
October 11, 2013 at 02:29PM
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Full Screen Mario, A Browser-Based HTML5 Remake of the Original ‘Super Mario Bros.’
The march of progress (as measured by new Mario games and Mario remakes) continues unabbated.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 11, 2013 at 01:52PM
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If Owen Wilson was Loki
This is delightful and I kinda can’t stop watching it. It’s the gestures that make this.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 11, 2013 at 01:07PM
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Biologists Deliberately Hold Back Details on Deadly New Toxin
Oh hey, an actual example of that moral quandry in TV shows where scientists ask if the world is really a better place with the knowledge they’ve gained. I…did not know that was a thing that happened outside of Star Trek.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 11, 2013 at 11:20AM
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Other Ten Percent 10/11/13

Oct 11 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So I’ve spent the day watching the first half season of Arrow and it’s…a remarkably good show for a show that has this many problems with it. It’s remarkable how well it understands how to repurpose DC comics characters on the B and C list to move its plot forward without being too showy about the nerdy bullshit. Also the main character alternates between being just absurdly cut (his favorite exercise is this thing where he does a pull-up so hard he pushes the bar up to another rung on this ladder and does it again and again) and flashbacks to before he was a hero where they give him a hilariously puffy shirt and Owen Wilson hair and the dichotomy never fails to make me laugh. Anyway, links.
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The pickup artist and socialized feminism
My new favorite argument for socialized everything.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
October 09, 2013 at 09:35AM
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Does this map prove that China discovered America before Columbus?
We’re rapidly approaching the point where Spain was actually the last country on earth to discover America but they had a super great PR team.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 09, 2013 at 08:40AM
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Men Apologizing To Me
This is…This is glorious and even though I follow Mallory Ortberg on Twitter I somehow missed this whole thing and I will always regret it.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
October 09, 2013 at 07:00AM
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1,661 pulp novels as free e-books
A part of our continuing series “shit to make sure you never again have time to read Other Ten Percent.”
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 08, 2013 at 11:01AM
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Learn to Code by Breaking Someone Else’s Code
To whatever degree I know how to learn code it was…okay it was Nikki fixing it when I tried to do this and failed but this was a big part of it and if I wasn’t such an idiot it would have been EVER MORE effective.
via Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com
October 08, 2013 at 09:30AM
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Gay Talese annotates Frank Sinatra Has A Cold
This is straight up adorable.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
October 08, 2013 at 08:53AM
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Book Review: I Am Dandy
Hey! One of my wardrobe blogs reviewed Natty’s book! And they’re usually super harsh on fashion books. This is basically the most effusive fashion review book I’ve ever seen from them.
via A Suitable Wardrobe http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/
October 10, 2013 at 07:01AM
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it goes a little a’something a’like a’this
I briefly considered just making this entire entry about this Dinosaur Comic because I’m continually amazed by what Ryan North is able to do with this format. I mean look at this format, really look at it. What he does here with Dromiceiomimus derailing the comic’s original premise entirely with a cogent point that sends the plot spinning out of control here is the equivilent of the Simpson’s classic “seven minute turn” where what you thought was the plot is discarded entirely in favor of something that almost but not quite entirely unrelated. But, even more remarkably he’s doing this in a format that’s the SAME SIX PANELS he’s been using for a decade now. When it was going to be a full day’s post I would go into the amazing range of structural configurations Ryan North has pulled out of just six panels but since I’ve got a few more of these to write I think I’ll leave it here.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
October 10, 2013 at 05:36AM
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Brides Throwing Cats Instead of Flower Bouquets
Nikki sent me this yesterday and I kinda couldn’t stop laughing. I considered sending it Jane (who got married this year(and man if you are reading this without being my personal friend today then GOOD LUCK figuring this shit out (*Ahem* talking to youNSA))) and didn’t but was pleased to learn that without any prompting from me she agreed that failing to do this was the one single flaw in her awesome wedding.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 09, 2013 at 03:11PM
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A supercut of people terrorized by things that turned out to be cats
And a second cat related post in a row! I posted this for two incredibly specific reasons. The first is the use of one of my favorite Presidents of the United States of America songs to introduce the meme here and the second is that recognition of this meme inspired one of my favorite community jokes of all time. In a halloween Zombie homage episode they not only include this bit where a cat jumps out of nowhere to terrify them while they’re already terrifed they then have the cat jump out a second time, and a third time until the main character of the show is more dedicated to tracking down this insane fucking cat than escaping from the horde of zombies out to kill them and every time I see this happen in a horror movie I think “why is nobody ever angry with this fucking cat that’s here for no reason but to screw with them!?” Haha oh thank God they included the set up to that whole joke in this supercut. Welp, thanks for reading!
via io9 http://io9.com
October 09, 2013 at 02:40PM
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Other Ten Percent 10/10/13

Oct 10 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Looking at the critical reception for the newest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m kinda weirded out that everybody seems to agree this week was a big step up from the second episode. As a single episode of television it felt like it was concentrating on character relationships (Skye and Secret Agent Man) and plots (The internet as a magic force for freedom) the show hasn’t quite gotten the reins on yet. But there are two decent reasons for an episode I felt was less entertaining than last week’s to be reviewed as more engaging.

The first is that reviewers seem to have more realistic expectations for a series that’s still finding its legs now. We’re not grading it on the “is this the single best thing Joss Whedon’s been involved in” curve anymore. But, the second and more important reason is that this episode was the first time you could actually figure out what ISN’T working in S.H.I.E.L.D. and once you’ve figured that out it’s actually a pretty easy task to fix. It’s been obvious from the pilot that the show was a few different shows that were at war with each other but what exactly those shows were and why they weren’t meshing didn’t really become clear until this week.

I’ve decided the real problem S.H.I.E.L.D. is having is that it doesn’t know how to be the show that ABC needs it to be. Every week S.H.I.E.L.D. seems desperate to establish itself as a morally complex drama in a thoroughly ridiculous world grounded by Phil Coulson as the avatar for the people that have to make the tough decisions on the ground that let the Avengers run around playing dress-up and fighting off alien invasions. This is a fine idea for a show and one that could add some nice coloring to the Marvel movie universe but it’s also pretty clearly not a show that ABC has a lot of interest in airing. That’s a show ABC has been billing as a fun adventure that’s dedicated to showing adventure isn’t as fun as you think.

So instead that show shares a time slot with a 20 minute show about a sexy, sassy hacker chick learning how to be a sexy, sassy super spy. That combination, as it currently stands, isn’t working. It makes the super spy hijinks seem like the goofy paint-by-numbers bullshit you have to sit through to get to the actual plot (even the writers seemed bored by the “revelation” that Skye was a foster child this week) and the morally weighty parts seem totally absurd and unmoored from the reality of this world. Characters keep bringing up the unsettlingly totalitarian nature of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the dangers of a security state no matter how benign but those characters then instantly prove either terribly incompetent or cartoonishly evil in the next five minutes which makes it hard to feel like the moral ambiguity is going to get the treatment it deserves.

None of this is really all that uncommon in a first season show by the way. Most shows have some tension between what the creators envisioned and what the people handing those people giant piles of money would like the show to look like so they can be sure to get their giant piles of money back. The thing is, unlike with earlier Whedon shows that tension doesn’t seem likely to break any time soon. ABC isn’t desperate enough to give the producers everything they want without asking too many questions the way the WB was in Buffy’s early years and the show doesn’t really have the option to go out in a blaze of glory the way Firefly or Dollhouse did because Whedon presumably still wants to have a job with the ABC/Disney/Marvel hydra when this is all said and done.

There’s also the fact that the show ABC wants S.H.I.E.L.D. to be would actually be a pretty good show if the people involved in this were to just roll with it and I think this week put reviewers in a generally good mood because we’re starting to see what that show would look like. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to have a solid future ahead of it as a kind of “Alias turned to up to 11” where the super spy absurdity is allowed to go as absurd as you want because this is a universe where government experiments cause giant green rage monsters. In that show Coulson takes a bit more of a backseat and becomes kind of a Giles figure to a group of younger spies operating in the Marvel universe (albeit a Giles that’s probably allowed to do bad-ass stuff slightly more regularly) and it suddenly makes sense that Chloe Bennet’s Skye has been a quasi-lead here because she’s now the ACTUAL lead.

I’m not totally sure the show will break this way (though my money’s on ABC getting the show it wants) but I do know that once the show settles on one tone or the other as its dominant force it will, paradoxically, have a much easier time being the other show it wants to be at the same time. It’s not hard to imagine a second season for a super-spy show that asks some tough questions about the organization at its center with a long plot about moles and conspiracies within S.H.I.E.L.D. or a second season of a much darker show that’s regularly questioning if S.H.I.E.L.D. has gone too far while the characters try to do whatever good they can with the power they’ve been given. Either show could work the only questions now that its ratings seem to have stabilized and it seems a pretty safe bet that we’ll be seeing at least two seasons is which one we’re going to get and how soon.

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Other Ten Percent 10/9/13

Oct 09 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Hey I got into the beta for Blizzard’s new collectable card game thing and I played that long enough to remember why card game nerd is the only kind of nerd I’ve managed to avoid being for my entire life. It’s well designed but man, collectable card games, why?
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Welcome to Tokyo, Synchronized Robotic Dance Video by World Order
Oh hey! It’s these guys again, these guys are back!
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 07, 2013 at 03:32PM
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Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City, A New Book on Urban Exploration
Is this a guide on how to do this myself because when’s somebody going to come out with a guide on how to actually do this yourself?
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 07, 2013 at 02:48PM
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Sam Sweetmilk, An Animated Sci-Fi Comedy About an Amnesiac Captain and His Robot First Mate
Yeah this sounds like it’s right up my alley.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 07, 2013 at 01:48PM
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Other Places, Beautiful Videos of Majestic Video Game Worlds
Lately I’ve been having way more fun looking at video games than I’ve had actually playing them.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 07, 2013 at 10:32AM
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HOWEVER: pitch it as part of an exhibition entitled “being a collection of artifacts from history showing our peoples stumbling towards inventing a holodeck” and i am extremely down.
Seriously, Ryan North seems to be on a kick of creating new characters for Dinosaur comics lately (I love that there are more off panel characters than on panel characters) if I was just awash in free time I’d chart out when Ryan North added new characters to the comic because I’m pretty certain he does it in bursts like this every year or two.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
October 08, 2013 at 06:08AM
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Link Roundup!
This one should count as two links because the Dunot Diaz quote is amazing and the Amy Poehler anecdote is ALSO amazing.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
October 08, 2013 at 06:00AM
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“Occupy.here began two years ago as an experiment for the…
It’s weird that occupy was really only ever interesting organizationally and that seemed to be the thing they were eager to cast off as soon as possible.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
October 08, 2013 at 12:00AM
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What Your Cat’s Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle Says About You
True story: in the five days I had an indoor cat all of these indoor cat facts became ABSOLUTELY TRUE about me.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
October 08, 2013 at 08:30AM
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A tiny light-emitting diode, or LED, attached to a self-guided…
“Let’s attach a light to a bullet and fire it to see if it’ll still operate if it’s fired out of a gun. Oh hey, it does and it even looks pretty cool.”
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
October 08, 2013 at 08:00AM
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A visit to the Scarehouse—and its creepy, adults-only basement
Visiting Scarehouse backstage seems way more interesting than actually visiting Scarehouse.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 08, 2013 at 07:03AM
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Other Ten Percent 10/8/13

Oct 07 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Today is an architecture/buildings/city planning day! I didn’t really set out for that to happen but then there were like 3 separate lists of haunted locations and a bunch of articles about urban planning and how cities develop and here we are. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting and intelligent commentaries on where we live and why that I’ve discovered online.
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Modern Ewok
Oh. And this joke. Also this joke is here. It’s a pretty good joke in my defense and I sorta want to call all treehouses “Ewok Architecture” from now on because the kind of nerds that build really elaborate treehouses are also probably the kind of nerd that gets really upset when you compare them to Ewoks.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 07, 2013 at 12:23AM
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Is a city a tree? Foursquare and urban pattern languages
Anywhere then there’s stuff like this and I’m slightly more on the skeptical end of “big data will really transform the way we live in cities” after watching people try to make that work for a while but this is at least an optimistic view on that that has noticed all the problems with it.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 07, 2013 at 06:02AM
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The 10 Most Dangerous Places In New York City
Yay! A really long Scouting NY story! Like all long Scouting NY stories this one would make a really great way to tour the city with your cousin that’s in town for 4 days and you can’t figure out what to do with.
via Scouting NY http://www.scoutingny.com
October 06, 2013 at 09:30PM
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Banksy Converts a New York City Delivery Truck Into a Beautiful Garden
Mobile architecture? I dunno I’ve really been enjoying the latest round of Banksy stuff around New York City so this is actually mostly a chance to talk about how I really love the bit where he goes around and writes “The Musical” at the bottom of other people’s graffiti. Pissing off people precisely because you have a point is one of my favorite things in the world. So yeah this one is kind of a cheat but the concept of a mobile garden’s still pretty cool.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 06, 2013 at 06:16PM
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An abandoned, believed haunted, NASA launch site you can actually visit
Astronaut-Ghosts are the new Pirate-Monkeys. Tell your friends.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 06, 2013 at 01:03PM
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What Happens When Cities Fall Apart?
Aaaaand undead cities are the new ghost towns. Welp, now I made myself sad.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 05, 2013 at 09:00AM
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13 Places on Earth People Believed Were Entrances to Hell
It will probably not shock you to learn that Europe has way way better gates to hell than we do.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 06, 2013 at 07:00AM
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David Byrne on creative life in NYC: The Rent is Too Damn High
Reading this back to back with the New Yorker piece on why San Francisco has found THE WAY FORWARD for artists in the 21st century gave me cognitive whiplash.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 07, 2013 at 07:21AM
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How citizens can make cities better
“Old people in big cities afraid of the sky” continues to be Bruce Sterling’s best and most accurate prediction of the future but I’m sure we’ll fix all that by changing the nature of citizenship and taking the initiative on fixing urban life.
via New Scientist – Online news http://www.newscientist.com/
October 06, 2013 at 02:00AM
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Watch the Welcome to Night Vale podcast live show now!
No see this one isn’t a cheat because the Night Vale podcast manages to evoke an incredibly strong sense of place using only audio and so the architectural complexities of the…shut up okay I really like this podcast.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 05, 2013 at 04:02PM
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Other Ten Percent 10/7/13

Oct 07 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

The kitten is back with her real family which is great if you are a fan of sleeping through the night and you are me but sad if you are a fan of having a kitten around and you are also me. I will console myself with links.
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Mark Dery on Charles Manson
I’m just barely old enough that lingering cold war paranoia gave me some sense of the kind of psychological effects that had on everybody in America but the Manson family just seems downright foreign to me. Like I kinda get what’s terrifying about them in an abstract sense but actually being terrified of them honestly never occurred to me.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 04, 2013 at 06:45AM
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Guillermo del Toro’s Simpsons couch gag is the best thing ever
I’m simultaneously disappointed with how many of these bits are Guilermo del Toro parodies and impressed with how elaborate and well thought out all of those parodies are.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 03, 2013 at 04:58PM
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Jumping bananas! The new Middleman graphic novel will rock your world
This was one of my favorite shows in spite of the comically low production values and a chance to continue it in any way shape or form is absolutely worth everybody’s time. Try and track down DVDs if you’ve never heard of it.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 03, 2013 at 04:51PM
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A Healthy Disdain for American Literature
I think the greatest part of Jonathan Franzen’s Smugstock ’13 tour of being a jackass this year is that it’s made this a much more popular proposition. To be fair I don’t think American Literature is in QUITE this dire a state but I do think kicking its illusions out from under it and doing an honest assment of what other forms of narrative are doing would probably do it some good.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
October 03, 2013 at 09:50AM
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Watch 10 seconds of high-frequency stock trading in super slow motion
In so far as AI actually sees the world this is how it sees the world.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 04, 2013 at 01:38PM
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Codex Seraphinianus, A Surreal Encyclopedia of an Imaginary World
Your yearly remined that this thing exists, this time with the added possibility that you might actually be able to buy the damn thing for less that $250 at some point in the near future.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 04, 2013 at 02:25PM
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Astounding game-tokens from Cthulhu Wars, the $1.4M kickstarted board-game
I…really wish I’d thrown the money in for this thing now.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
October 04, 2013 at 12:52PM
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Why do we eat popcorn at the movies?
This is one of those weird articles where none of the facts involved are at all surprising but every single one is absolutely fascinating. I love the fact that popcorn was basically considered an incredibly rude interruption like cell phones are today back when everybody was busy trying to read their movies.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
October 04, 2013 at 01:04PM
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Apple’s Siri Voice Assistant is Voiced by Susan Bennett
Oh man so the voice of a bunch of local bank ads in Georgia and Delta Airlines announcements is ALSO the voice of Siri. I wish I had some way to confirm my theory that that makes Siri EVEN MORE unsettling for people that grew up in Georgia.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 04, 2013 at 08:17AM
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The deadliest events in history, ranked by deaths per day
I shouldn’t laugh at the Boston Molasses Disaster…I ALWAYS laugh at the Boston Molasses Disaster.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 04, 2013 at 07:40AM
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Other Ten Percent 10/4/13

Oct 04 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Oh hey, yo, hi there. I have waited until the evening to do this and I guess I could pretend like that was because I wanted to see if anything was going to happen with the government shut down that let me follow up on that joke I did with Wednesday’s OTP without totally abandoning the premise that I’m considered a nonessential government function but like I’ve read more than half a news story about this so I think it’s pretty obvious nobody’s falling for that obvious lie. I was playing with a kitten. We are babysitting the kitten and I spent all day being like “oh hello kitten” and “don’t knock that over kitten” and “oh I guess we’re taking a nap now? Oh you’ll let me pet you that’s cool” and “oh wait that was all a trap so you can bite me.” Kittens you guys!
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This is Monsieur, the Robotic Bartender — Design News 10.02.13
Oh hey, I’m 90% sure I ended up seeing this at Barbot one year. As the only actual corporate drink making machine at the event it was of course broken the entire time under very very nice lighting and I felt really bad for the guy next to it. It seems like they’re really worked out the kinks.
via Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/feedburnermain
October 02, 2013 at 07:45AM
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Hip-Hop From the Future: Inside Deltron’s First New Record Since 2000
It really is weird how nostalgic an album set over a millinium from now feels and if anything it feels like it’s nostalgic for like…nostalgia. There’s a hint of that in the new Monae album as well a sense that what we’re really nostalgic for is a vision of the future that doesn’t seem depressing.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 01, 2013 at 01:04PM
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How L.A.’s “Last Bookstore” evolved from post-apocalyptic to magical
So when I mentioned that I’d been to half the sci-fi stuff in that sci-fi tour of LA that Omni Reboot did this was one of the things I HADN’T been to and it was the one I was immediately kicking myself for missing out on.
via io9 http://io9.com
October 01, 2013 at 12:39PM
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if your spell check doesn’t think “supergross” is a word, i respectfully suggest that your spellcheck has, up to now, lived a charmed life
I had actually never considered this about blackmail and now that I know it I’m kind of shocked it hasn’t been used as some weird libertarian defense of blackmail. And now that I’ve Googled “Libertarian defense of Blackmail” I see that it has been used for that any number of times and now I am sad about people and all the things that can be wrong with them.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
October 03, 2013 at 03:34AM
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The World’s First Mobile Inflatable Concert Hall ‘Ark Nova’ to Tour Quake-Damaged Japan
For a mobile inflatable concert hall this thing looks way nicer than most of the non-inflatable non-mobile concert halls I’ve been in recently.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 02, 2013 at 03:39PM
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The Making of Illuminated Stage wear
The most interesting thing you will ever read featuring multiple pictures of the Black Eyed Peas until Will.I.Am owns up to the fact that he grew Fergie and Tabboo in a vat.
via Featured Blog Posts – Fashioning Technology http://www.fashioningtech.com/profiles/blog/feed?promoted=1&xn_auth=no
October 02, 2013 at 01:51PM
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TunnelBear, A Simple VPN App For Secure Internet Access
I am contractually obligated to share this. Not because of my need to encourage a free and anonymous internet but because there is a bear.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 02, 2013 at 01:13PM
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Stephen Hawking’s party for time travellers
As somebody who’s planning to host a time travel party of his own I’d like to point out that this only proves that Time Travelers know Stephen Hawking throws kinda lame parties. I guarantee my time travel party will have way more games and several cool ladies. I might keep the ominous ticking clock though that was a nice thematic touch.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
October 02, 2013 at 12:02PM
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Blizzident, Custom 3D-Printed Full Mouth Toothbrush Cleans Your Teeth in 6 Seconds
3D printing: the future of being too lazy to go to a Walgreens. I’m thrilled about this as somebody regularly too lazy to go to a Walgreens.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
October 02, 2013 at 09:52AM
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How long will Twitter be around?
Every time I remember XKCD What If exists I feel stupid for not linking to it more often.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
October 02, 2013 at 08:27AM
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