Other Ten Percent 11/17/10

Nov 17 2010

I have less free time today than I was kinda hoping to have. Apparently√ā¬†going to a job for eight hours really takes a few hours out of your day. Weird.

*History* *Murder*
Digging up the Body of Tycho Brahe (Again)
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/11/16/digging-up-the-body.html
He had a moose he would lend people for parties? At this point I kinda assume that Brahe did stuff just to fuck with historians.

*Travel* *Terror*
The Israelification of Airports
http://www.thestar.com/iphone/news/world/article/744199—israelification-high-security-little-bother
Want to see what non-retarded airport security looks like?

*Architecture* *Ground*
A Visitor’s Center for the Center of the Earth
http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/visitors-center-for-center-of-earth.html
Brilliant. I’m angry I didn’t think of it first.

*Academia* *Lies*
How to Cheat Your Way Through College
http://kottke.org/10/11/how-to-cheat-your-way-through-college
Man this is some of the most accurate cynicism I think I’ve ever seen.

*Construction* *Biology*
The Bacteria that Make You Grow Concrete in Your Mouth
http://io9.com/5690968/the-bacteria-that-make-you-grow-concrete-in-your-mouth
I love this despite the kind of baseless nightmare scenario.

*Photography* *England*
80 Gigapixel London Panorama
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/11/16/80-gigapixel-london.html
Pretty.

*Design* *Computers*
Fancy Custom Dock Icons
http://www.swiss-miss.com/2010/11/fancy-custom-dock-icons.html
God, if I had just a little more free time I’d totally set these up.

*Games* *Driving*
Fun Theory Award Winner Rewards Safe Drivers With Lottery Tickets
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/11/fun_theory_award_winner_rewards_saf.html
Awww how cute, they think the function of speed limits is to get drivers to go under the speed limit. Still though, I do enjoy the gamification (which is a word I just made up to avoid the connotations of gaming in this context) of any aspect of life.

*Transport* *People*
The Subway Announcement Lady
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/announcing-the-subway-announcement-lady/
Awww, she seems nice.

*Architecture* *Media*
Urban Igloo of the Day
http://thedailywh.at/post/1586169507/urban-igloo-of-the-day-to-make-a-point-about
As social commentary about energy consumption goes it’s pretty stupid. But it sure looks cool.

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