Other Ten Percent 12/2/13

Dec 02 2013

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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Pupil control for better underwater vision
So it’s not heat vision or anything but human adaptation kinda seems weird enough without mutant powers.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
November 20, 2013 at 09:03AM
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Your Ability to Can Even: A Defense of Internet Linguistics
Man I wish I wrote this as a paper when I was at Gallatin.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
November 20, 2013 at 10:00AM
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How to find Waldo
Unlike gaming out tic-tac-toe making Where’s Waldo incredibly easy just serves to make the whole thing weirdly fascinating.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
November 20, 2013 at 10:45AM
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Muppets Most Wanted trailer is just so damn charming
From a week and a half in the future is this trailer still good? It seems like it’ll still be good.
via io9 http://io9.com
November 20, 2013 at 10:52AM
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The Crowning of Adam Levine, The Sexiest Man Alive
I’m not sure when The Toast became my go-to source for magical realist fiction but it’s absolutely the best place for it I know of right now.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
November 20, 2013 at 11:00AM
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James Marsters reveals the secrets of his dark new Spike comic
So I like James Marsters but “actor writing a thing” sets off so many alarm bells in my head I cannot in good conscience recommend this thing until after I’ve read it which I can’t do until I’ve read a few reviews that say it’s actually solid. What I can do though is bring up that if you’re one of my friends who kinda gave up on Buffy in the later seasons on Netflix because I’ve repeatedly claimed that’s a thing you ought to do: consider the expanded canon of Buffy comics because they’re weird as hell. Consider Buffy season 8 which features Harmony getting a reality show about her being a vampire, Buffy traveling through time and getting the power of flight and at least three different extra dimensional spaceships. Consider reading the series of comics set slightly after that that’s basically an Angel and Faith buddy cop show where they compare brooding strategies. Consider the Angel Season Six comics but then don’t read them because the ending to Angel is perfect.
via io9 http://io9.com
November 20, 2013 at 12:05PM
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Google’s ‘Journey Through Middle-Earth’ Chrome Experiment Lets Users Explore Locations From ‘The Hobbit’
Guys, we need to talk about Chrome Experiments because this thing is just sad. The line between these things and showcase websites from 1998 that are really impressed with the quicktime VR view of a random room in a house is…practically non-existent. It looks like this thing is mobile complaint in a bunch of ways that probably would be more interesting if I was looking at in on my phone but it seems like websites are a particularly bad way to promote buying an Android phone and they’re more and more into trying anyway.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
November 20, 2013 at 12:10PM
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Two Mirrored Infinity Rooms by Yayoi Kusama Are On Display in New York City
I…huh. Can somebody report if these are cool or totally disappointing in person because I could go either way.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
November 20, 2013 at 12:49PM
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Why do you wake up before your alarm?
So Nikki seems to think the fact that I do this is a weird superpower but it’s totally normal right? People just kinda wake up when they need to give or take 10-15 minutes?
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
November 20, 2013 at 12:41PM
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A Real-Life Version of The Descent Where Everyone Lives
You guys, caves are the most terrifying thing on Earth except for “deep water” and “spiders that are somehow on you already when did they get on you AGH.” What I’m saying is that every time somebody climbs down into a cave a long way and doesn’t die we should probably have a parade or something.
via The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net
November 20, 2013 at 01:00PM
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