Other Ten Percent 8/23/12

Aug 23 2012

We got the apartment! Which means I get to experience like 8000% less stress about this whole thing. We even have a few days of overlap with our old apartments so we can do a low pressure move over the course of the week. Weirdly now that that part of my life seems to be totally sorted out the internet was really stubborn about providing me with good links today. It was almost 8pm before I could stagger my way to even the 8 traditional links I’ve got here and then I added in an extra two to round it out.
Happy Birthday, Dorothy Parker!
And then internet refused to provide on Dorothy Parker’s birthday of all days. I know once you read this it will have passed already but I’m a fan of The Hairpin’s commentary on the whole thing.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com/
August 22, 2012 at 03:30AM
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short story: someone gets to the oceanic pole of inaccessibility, someone else is there, they both fall in love but get back to dry land and the magic is gone. sorry, that was a sad short story. it happens sometimes.
Luckily no matter what day it is I can always count on Dinosaur Comics to provide me with a conversation I could swear I’ve already had in real life.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
August 22, 2012 at 05:02AM
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The David Byrne Bike Racks of New York City
You know I used to see these all the time in New York and I never realized David Byrne had anything to do with them. In fact I don’t think I ever put together that they were supposed to be representative of their neighborhoods or even that they were all part of the same project.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
August 22, 2012 at 07:30AM
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Drone News
Sterling’s got 3 sentences of commentary on these two drone related links that manage to be the only short story you need about the nature of the modern military industrial complex.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
August 22, 2012 at 09:09AM
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The Thrifty Gent has been running an interesting series of…
This one’s an oldie but as I was cleaning out my RSS backlog I decided that the tips in here might actually be useful to people besides myself.
via Put This On http://putthison.com/
August 17, 2012 at 10:40AM
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This Is Totally Worth $1 of the Day
Another link from a few days ago. I was waiting for reviews to roll in and YEP turns out this is in fact worth a buck.
via The Daily What http://thedailywh.at
August 20, 2012 at 11:50AM
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HOWTO survive a DDoS attack
It’s so weird to me that this is what a public service announcement looks like in the 21st century. The EFF provides a guide for what to do when a government tries to shut down your website.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
August 22, 2012 at 07:00PM
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Wireless Sensor Tags alert you to movement and temperature changes, fit on your keyring
Well these certainly look like they have a lot of potential. First person to use this IRL wins a cookie. First person to use this in a short story about high-tech ghost hunters using cutting edge technology to prove the supernatural gets A BAKER’S DOZEN.
via Engadget http://www.engadget.com
August 22, 2012 at 07:31PM
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So now for the non-formatted links. First off we’ve got this year’s mindset list and I’ve got no idea who wrote this one but it actually doesn’t make me feel old at all because the guy that wrote it is SO OLD. Usually they’re like “Saved By The Bell was ALWAYS the New Class” or some cultural touchstone that’s actually relevant to me but these seem to exclusively be cultural moments that were really brief and stupid (Oh no, kids don’t remember the Star Wars missile defense system!) or just a really old guy who seems amazed by modern technology (About half of these amount to “these kids have ALWAYS used the Internet!”).
Speaking of things I’m too young for I was really glad to find this article about the public perception of Spike Lee and Do the Right Thing. As it turns out dudes were super duper racist in the 80s and Spike Lee said a lot of ridiculous things and that’s how we ended up in the cultural position where he was a punchline in the pilot to Sports Night which is basically the first time I can remember actually having him on my radar.

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