Other Ten Percent 11/21/12

Nov 21 2012

Oh hey you guys I am playing Skyrim again somebody please save me oh God it’s too late for me nooooooo. Also I did find a lot of links for you guys so that’s actually a positive thing. Hooray for that!
Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012, Animated Lineup Of Odd New Balloons
The balloon ideas are kinda lazy and super lazily animated but the commentary actually sounds pretty accurate. Or at least it does when you’ve basically always been only half listening to the Thanksgiving Day Parade because you think it is weird and dumb.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
November 20, 2012 at 08:34AM
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Paolo Cirio’s latest net.art intervention, “Persecuting.US”
So besides the fact that the site itself is terribly designed I’m not sure what angers me so much about this art intervention piece. I mean I hate the idea that OH NO A LACK OF PRIVACY WILL KILL US ALL as I’ve discussed at length but I think what really gets me is how lazy this is. Okay, I get it, you want to sabotage the open society to make it clear how dangerous all that openness is and how it opens us up to hostile action for voicing our opinions by creating a feedback problem that exacerbates the issue. Well maybe actually create some fucking engagement loops to make abusing people even moderately interesting. Here’s the thing. People are not assholes on the internet out of just anonymity and a desire for attention there are actual structural reasons people act that way in certain places online besides “they can.” The problem of course is that that would require a nuanced view of privacy and behavior on the internet that precludes creating a website called persecuting.US in the first place. The political arguments and sorting system put this thing above bullshit grad school masturbatory art projects but it still fails to engage with any of those ideas in any real way either.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
November 20, 2012 at 04:21AM
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Memorize the 1,000 Most Common Words in a Language Before Immersing Yourself In It
Hey can somebody who has actually learned a language recently tell me if all the “learn a language much more quickly by doing x, y, and z” tips I’ve been seeing on actually legitimate sites are actually accurate. I’ve been seeing websites I actually respect tell me that learning a language well enough to go to a foreign country and get by in under 100 hours is fast and easy thanks to new methodology but I haven’t actually looked at that methodology because it sounds a lot like the polyglot wannabe’s version of “how I lost 15 pounds in just 7 days with these hot diet tips.”
via Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com
November 20, 2012 at 06:00AM
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The International Journal of Indexing
Oh hey an interesting look on how the minutia of an incredibly dry topic turns out to be incredibly interesting when you dig down into it and find the fundamental problems that actually lie outside of the discipline and in the pure realm of knowledge. That shows up often enough that I should start a tumblr of it. When I read the David Foster Wallace biography the whole thing actually just kinda depressed me and made me like DFW slightly less overall but one of the times I really did like him was when they were discussing the Pale King and how he researched the IRS for it by taking a ton of accounting classes and actually got incredibly geekily into it after initially taking the class mostly just to talk about taking it.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
November 20, 2012 at 06:15AM
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Grand opening of Makerbot Store in NYC today
Okay now that Bruce Sterling has pointed it out too: SERIOUSLY, who is on PR for MakerBot because they literally cannot be paying them enough money. I really want to meet them and shake their hand because they’ve turned evangelizing Makerbots from a difficult task into “here just look at this infographic” and they’ve done it while giving Makerbot more cultural cache than any DIY project on the planet and that’s saying something considering that I can name a half dozen DIY outfits that are practically drowning in their own culture cache.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
November 20, 2012 at 07:48AM
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Shut Up and Take My Money of the Day: Solitaire.exe
Alright we need a name for pixel art leaking out into the real world because now I want to own it and it certainly isn’t new aesthetic.
via The Daily What http://thedailywhat.cheezburger.com/
November 20, 2012 at 08:05AM
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Illusion of Choice, A Concept Dance Video by Dragon House’s Poppers
Oh hey it’s the dubstep dance guy again! He brought friends! Somebody finance him hanging out with those EL-wire dubstep guys from Japan.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
November 20, 2012 at 09:42AM
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The analog culture destroyed by digital culture does not come back
I don’t want to put words in his mouth but I think this is what Bruce Sterling was talking about when he predicted a backlash against the internet a few years ago and…I dunno I find it doesn’t trouble me very much. It seems like a lot of old-dude cane shaking. I mean I can’t help but notice he has a point (though he overstates it, anybody who says the internet has killed art has a very narrow understanding of art. Publishing and the music industry however… yeah, dude’s got a case.) but I also can’t help but feel like there’s enough going on that the end result of this will be the slow die-off of people who remember when it was all “better.”
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
November 20, 2012 at 11:55AM
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New York Transit Museum
The New York Transit Museum may genuinely be the coolest museum in New York if only because it is underground in an old non-functional subway station. People don’t believe me when I just tell them that though so I’m glad there’s a video to help me make my case.
via swissmiss http://www.swiss-miss.com
November 19, 2012 at 06:52PM
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one time andrew hussie and i were going to make a book that was all fake book covers you could fold back to make it look like you’re reading another, even more awesome book
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
November 20, 2012 at 04:01AM
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