Other Ten Percent 9/17/12

Sep 17 2012

Writing this one up super early because that’s how I roll I guess. Or something…actually I just have some free time while Doctor Who finishes downloading and I’ve decided to use it efficiently. So here are nine links I found on my own and then a final link that Nikki found that’s super awesome.

An accountable algorithm for running a secure random checkpoint
I think we can all agree that this will never ever happen because the goals of the TSA and the goals of high level mathematics are very rarely inline but I still think the math behind this stuff is super cool.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 13, 2012 at 06:25PM
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Ask a Debt Collector
I find this fascinating less because of the attempts to justify Dept Collection as a job that isn’t soul sucking (I kind of believed it the first five answers and then began to suspect somebody was protesting too much) and more because I find debt collection’s focus on actually using all your formally private now publicly shared information to find you. Here are the employees of the shadowy corporations Cory Doctorow has warned us about who will seek us out and use the information that Facebook has so thoughtlessly made public and it turns out that…it kind of only works if you’re a bit of an idiot? I mean I don’t want to underestimate the danger here but there does seem to be a state of mind to the kind of sharing that makes you incredibly easy to track and it can only really be exploited in certain ways.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com/
September 14, 2012 at 05:00AM
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NEMO33, The Deepest Swimming Pool in the World
I feel like I would enjoy this more than I would enjoy swimming through actual underwater caves. And not just because I have a weird/irrational fear of deep water. There’s something about the design of this thing’s tunnels that appeals to me.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 14, 2012 at 08:34AM
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There is no money in answering letters
Is this an association that everybody knew was going on except for me or something because sometimes that happens. In fact I feel like it happens a lot with Groucho Marx especially where I keep being surprised who knew anybody outside of his brothers.
via Letters of Note http://www.lettersofnote.com/
September 14, 2012 at 08:42AM
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Goldfish Phone Booth Aquariums Installed in Japan by ‘Goldfish Club’
I cannot quite figure out why this feels so quintessentially japanese to me but oh man does it ever feel like that.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 14, 2012 at 09:44AM
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Showtime: Jonpasang, “Making of the Hyper-Matrix”
I want a Hyper-Matrix. I want one of these really bad. In fact this is my favorite kind of trick where the basic technical trick is incredibly simple but doing it in aggregate gets complex.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
September 14, 2012 at 09:49AM
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The Psychotic Cabin in the Woods Monsters You Didn’t See in Theaters! [Video]
Oh man, Cabin in the Woods comes out on DVD next week followed by Avengers the week after that. If you have somehow not seen one/both of these then I genuinely think they’re the 1st and 3rd best movies of the year (Moonrise Kingdom is #2) and Cabin in the Woods especially strikes me as a film that would work just as well and maybe better in some interesting ways when you watch it at home.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 14, 2012 at 12:40PM
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How a Simple Glass Case Terraformed the Entire World [Secret History]
Seriously, why do we even bother to learn non-secret history at this point?
via io9 http://io9.com
September 14, 2012 at 01:01PM
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Victorian and Edwardian proto-science-fiction
Just going to go ahead and post this because the title alone meant I was legally required to.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 14, 2012 at 06:06PM
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As Nikki said when she sent it to me here is how you use projection mapping in a theatrical setting.

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