Other Ten Percent 8/24/12

Aug 24 2012

Another day another ten links from the internet…another failed catchphrase for Other Ten Percent. Anyway I totally for double secret sure locked down the new apartment today and picked up my newly resoled boots and wrote up some shit for PCWorld. Then I came home and packed. It was a productive day after a kind of frustrating (long, boring story) start during my workout. Anyway unlike yesterday a good day did not mean an awkward time collecting links so let’s be on our virtual way. 
WebCamMesh by Felix Turner is an HTML5 demo that projects webcam…
Not exactly the single most accurate tech demo I’ve ever seen but the fact that it ever works at all is pretty damn cool. The fact that it’s occasionally working from within the browser is even better. Wonder when/if we’ll start seeing Laptops with Kinect-like hardware on board.
via Ben Bashford – Notebook of Things http://journal.benbashford.com/
August 23, 2012 at 05:57AM
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The Dictator’s Practical Guide to Internet Power Retention, Global Edition
Going to be honest: haven’t read this. I’m going to go ahead and make the assumption that it’s not really a Swift-level satire of internet policy. I think we’re still 30-40 years out from really having anybody who’s internalized internet policy enough to pull that shit off. Which is a shame because by then internet policy is going to be totally unrecognizable.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
August 22, 2012 at 08:57PM
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Spain’s pocket communist utopia, Marinaleda
So first off, hi my name is David and I know nothing about the history of Spain and that weirds me out whenever I read shit like this. Second point is that there seem to be a lot of these odd communist havens popping up around Europe (Or is it just me? Does like 2.5 of these make a trend?) and I’m starting to wonder if this isn’t what the successor of the nation state looks like. I’m not talking about the communism which, frankly, I’ve never really been hard left enough to get excited about. Instead I mean the idea of just embedding yourself within a dying nation state that has neither the wherewithal or the spare political capital to squash you like a bug. Instead you end up nominally being a part of the state (my favorite part is the election where everybody just reelects the same guy who’s promised to put them all collectively in charge) while really just trying to ignore the state as often as humanly possible. It’s the exact opposite of nationalism, trying to forget your nation as often as possible and that, with whatever economic system you’d like to choose, feels like the future. It also feels like the future because I’m 99% sure it won’t scale worth a crap.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
August 22, 2012 at 09:04PM
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“Something primitive animates the darkness of the Tanks….
So the quote about the art is way more cool than the art itself (so what else is new) but I continue to be delighted by the regularity with which we’re putting giant robots into art museums these days.
via Ben Bashford – Notebook of Things http://journal.benbashford.com/
August 23, 2012 at 04:46AM
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Man-Eater, A Brilliant Vehicle Based Head Eating Monster Game
So I love this idea and I think it’s adorable but I honestly can’t decide if I’m delighted or annoyed by the little post production AR + signs that pop up whenever the camera eats somebody’s head.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
August 23, 2012 at 07:51AM
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WikiWeapons: 3D printed guns for everyone
So I’ve got no illusions that this is going to quickly lead to 3D printed automatic weapons any faster than RepRap has lead to ubiquitous 3D printers that can print out complete copies of themselves, BUT, we can all agree that this is still pretty terrifying right? WikiWeapons sounds like it should have been the name of a Charlie Stross novel 5 years ago.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
August 23, 2012 at 07:57AM
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The coming civil war over general purpose computing
So I’m partially posting this in case you actually haven’t heard this Cory Doctorow rant before because I’ve been acting bored by it for so long I’m not sure I ever actually linked to the argument before. If you HAVE heard it though then you should still go ahead and open up the link because it’s another one of the bespoke BoingBoing web design pages and it’s a pretty sweet trick. I’m not just saying that because I’ve used it for all the good OTP coding projects either.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
August 23, 2012 at 08:38AM
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History’s smoothest conman
Okay listen why is selling somebody the Brooklyn Bridge our go to con? Selling the Eifel Tower for scrap metal is so much better and has the added bonus of ACTUALLY HAPPENING IRL. Also when did I start using irl regularly and should I stop?
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
August 23, 2012 at 10:25AM
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Ubi, The Ubiquitous Voice-Activated Computer That Plugs into the Wall
What is with all the really specific hardware this week? I mean I’ve got no illusions that this thing is more than a really feature limited version of Siri strapped to apps in your apartment but that actually sounds really rad. A siri that I can create with a very specific purpose pretty much rids itself of most of the irritating parts of Siri.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
August 23, 2012 at 01:25PM
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Interview with the creator of Gravity Falls, Disney Channel’s fun new cartoon
Guys I am a huge fan of this show. I mean let’s start with the fact that Kristen Schall is on it and is actually allowed to show the constant and bizarre excitement that makes her hilarious unlike on some shows (looking at you 30 Rock). Then add in the fact that it’s basically like Twin Peaks for 12 year olds and you’ve got the potential for the new Adventure Time (in fact the voice of BMO guested on a recent episode).
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
August 23, 2012 at 02:08PM
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