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Other Ten Percent 12/9/13

Dec 09 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

After writing these out to two weeks in the future past future me finally got far enough from past past me that Nikki finally found OTP kinda pointless one morning at about a little over a week out from the original writing date so I’m kinda deciding that’s going to be the ceiling. I’d considered going farther and farther out into the future to see if OTP would wrap back around and work as kind of a fun time capsule project eventually but that eventually just seemed like more work than it was worth. I like having a big of a buffer though so we’ll probably be consistently 3-4 days out from now on and given my recent trip to L.A. (for me, less recent for you reading this) it also seems like a good method to ramp up to vacations from OTP.
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The 1929 Rocket Car of Upstate New York
A new film by Wes Anderson I wish.
via io9 http://io9.com
December 03, 2013 at 07:40AM
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A Few Thoughts on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
This post helpfully lets me abdicate from writing a review of my own.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
December 03, 2013 at 09:00AM
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Earth’s galactic neighborhood sure is crowded
The fact that we can’t find aliens totally means there’s some hideous creature of pure darkness living outside the rim of the galaxy that periodically comes back and wipes out all civilized life right? I mean that’s rapidly approaching the simplest explanation for the issue.
via io9 http://io9.com
December 03, 2013 at 07:20AM
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A Gender-Flipped Version of “The Bodyguard” Starring Kanye West and Brienne From Game of Thrones
I would watch this pretty much every day for the rest of my life.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
December 03, 2013 at 07:00AM
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Unmanned Aircraft of the Day: Amazon Drones Will Soon be Delivering Your Orders
Why are people pissed about this? I get being pissed about almost every other aspect of Amazon’s business. I get the effect it’s having on local businesses. I get the fact that its bizarre warehouse system literally drives workers insane. I even get being pissed because we’re just hopelessly materialistic now and hell it’s not like Jeff Bezos didn’t HELP with that. But this? We’re really going to flip the fuck out now that the part of your daily life Amazon is destroying is the Fed-Ex truck? And we’re flipping out because it’s being replaced by a robot that shares nothing in common with military drones except the power of flight?
via The Daily What http://thedailywhat.cheezburger.com/
December 02, 2013 at 10:41AM
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“Texts From,” The Book
Hooray!
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
December 02, 2013 at 08:30AM
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A Linguist Explains the Rules of Summoning Benedict Cumberbatch
A quick lesson on how to play America’s favorite gameshow.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
December 02, 2013 at 08:00AM
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And now a few non-RSS links. Let’s start with this tumblr that addresses the problematic homophobia and sexism in rap by having two smug white dudes from Columbia explain to rappers how they could politely express their ideas. Since the issues of gender and sexuality in rap culture aren’t about systemic issues around class and race in America but are instead the result of nobody explaining polite society to N.W.A. in 1993 I’m sure this is going to go over like gangbusters.
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Meanwhile we don’t have to fire Tumblr into the sun just yet since somebody is making all the theme burgers from Bob’s Burgers into actual meals.
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Don’t believe the lies this headline tells you about Billy Joel’s new contract with Madison Square Garden. The contract says nothing about “until his death. It is a contract “for as long as there’s a demand.” Until then Billy Joel cannot die. Madison Square Garden WILL NOT LET HIM die. He didn’t start the fire but it burns forever in his bedroom fireplace, unnaturally, and now he will never escape the heat of it. At night the cinders cannot burn his skin but they leave their mark on his soul. Billy Joel is eternal but eternity is hollow when you cannot escape it. Billy Joel will be appearing at Madison Square Garden on January 27th. Get your tickets now.

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Other Ten Percent 12/6/13

Dec 06 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Welp, a lot of Doctor Who news today on the 6th of december when we’re almost as far from the 50th Anniversary special and the Christmas special as we can possibly be. Soooooo sorry about that?
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Other Ten Percent 12/5/13

Dec 05 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Man, I’m kinda bummed today and I have absolutely no idea why. Please note that by the time you’re reading this that won’t be true so it’s not really useful information even if you were planning on doing something with it but here in the past I’m just not feeling ANYTHING that I’m doing today. That bodes well for these links right?
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Other Ten Percent 12/4/13

Dec 04 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Well that’s irritating. The process of sending things to other things that I automated to do OTP in it’s current format sometimes breaks if I’ve got the evernote window where I compose each day’s entry open in another tab and unlike Google Reader, Feedly doesn’t just let me trip the same read it later trigger on a blog post multiple times when that process screws up. I could probably get around it by setting up automation with a slightly different trigger and then re-triggering all the posts I’ve collected that way but finding an automated solution to a one time problem is a coder habit I’m pretty much fine with not having. Instead let’s do an old school OTP where I just link to each of the things we’re going to talk about in separate paragraphs. Don’t get used to this though because it takes like three times as long as doing it the regular way.
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So I’m sorry but I’m just going to keep posting these Pete Holmes Ex-Men sketches until he stops making them. This new one with Ice Man’s kinda extra fun because the comic actually knew how lame his power was so it kinda kept how powerful he was at making things cold until he was actually too powerful to keep around (at one point he was able to just sap all the heat out of everything within like, a mile of him instantly which pretty much makes any threat…not a threat) so instead they killed him by having his…wait where is everybody going?
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Guys, there is a Center for the Study of the Drone. They have a newsletter. A newsletter from the Center for the Study of the Drone. Guys…I’m worried you don’t need me anymore if they just post a few comedy videos to liven things up.
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So I continue to not quite know where this season of Scandal is going or how I feel about it but I think we can all agree that knowing anybody on that show in real life would be the most confusing thing that ever happened. The Toast wrote a story about that!
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Okay seriously the BBC is kinda kicking Google’s ass on the web experiments lately. The only example I have on hand is this interactive timeline of the entire timeline of the Doctor’s travels for all 50 years of Doctor Who. It’s not exactly packed with super impressive web tricks but I like it as a data visualization problem. My favorite parts are where it tries to figure out what to do with the times the doctor just gets flung entirely outside of the universe.
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Man, I knew about the Great Airship Hoax but I’ve never actually seen it framed in quite this way before. Nice work making everybody terrified of the sky Jules Verne.
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Woah woah woah, Adblock plus now takes away all of Youtube’s suggested video crap if you want it to? That’s…that’s going to be a big change to my web browsing habits.
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Oh hey, it’s a short documentary on privatized space travel and what it’s whole deal is.
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Automated systems to create personalized objects based on javascript and user input are the new cheap crap from ikea.
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While the concept of a Glass Concierge that looks over your virtual shoulder and gives you life advice mentioned at the end here sounds kinda fun at first, isn’t the WHOLE POINT of Google Glass to have Google’s anonymized machine brain doing that job for you? I mean if we just wanted some random guy looking at a video feed of our lives and telling us what to do the technology’s been there for that for quite some time now it just hasn’t sounded like a really pleasant experience to most people.
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Finally, here’s a guy talking about how machines need to become art in 1938.

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Other Ten Percent 12/3/13

Dec 03 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Hey guys just a quick update that a week and a half ago when OTP didn’t show up in the morning that’s because it got caught in Dreamhost’s announce list service and should be arriving in your inbox some time in the past that’s hopefully as far back in the past as it can be without causing some sort of temporal paradox now that I’ve written this. This has been “discovering the tech support implications of writing OTP weeks in advance” with Other Ten Percent. Also, just letting you know, I am FOR SURE going to screw up the date stamping of at least one entry now that I’m writing these for December while it’s still November and you will get something meant for like, a month from now, in the middle of the week and I’ll feel dumb. Links!
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Other Ten Percent 12/2/13

Dec 02 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

If you are reading this when I intended for it to be read then I’m returning with Nikki from what will hopefully have been a very nice weekend in L.A. in preparation for us moving there sometime early next year. If you are not reading this when I intended it to be read you could exist anywhere in the vast infinity of time and space. Perhaps you’re reading this after we’ve already moved to L.A. Maybe you’re reading this hundreds or even thousands of years in the future when, by sheer chance, this is one of the few surviving bits of written language that remains on some uncorrupted bit of disc-space somewhere that allows whatever civilization comes after ours falls to study us. Perhaps our understanding of wormholes is correct and we someday find a stable wormhole that leads to a point in our relative past and you’re reading this on some outpost located in the Paleolithic where you are studying early man while doing your best to not disturb the delicate series of events that causes human society to form in the first place. Probably though you are just reading this on saturday the 7th. A lot of people catch up with OTP during the weekends. I should probably do some sort of digest for that but I’m too lazy and I feel like it wouldn’t really be all that helpful for anybody. Links.
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