Other Ten Percent 11/27/12

Nov 27 2012

Welcome one and all to a new era of mankind where all of our burdons have been…oh wait no sorry the end of the Mayan calendar is still like a month away so mankind hasn’t ascended to its new state yet. Sorry if any of this didn’t get translated back from the pulses of light that beings of pure energy and thought use to communicate I’m kinda in a hurry today. Luckily there are still RSS feeds and links here in the theoretical future where mankind has become some sort of weird hyper-evolved energy being. Which I’ve traveled back from to write this post for some reason? Or maybe like I ascended early because I look at links on the internet? I’m not going to lie guys I’m pretty confused by my own premise at this point. We should probably just get to the links already.


Jamie is on The Hairpin you guys! Yes there are some spelling and probably factual errors in here but still: Jamie, Hairpin! You guys know what this means. Jamie has won the contest none of you knew we were having and now she gets the hat that says “First on The Hairpin” just as soon as I figure out how to make one of those and send it to her.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com/
November 26, 2012 at 02:30AM
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The 2nd American Civil War
I feel like the only movie that can truly unite Americans right now is an incredibly intricate hypothetical film about all of us just out and out killing each other. I can’t think of anyone I know in any state on either side of the aisle who wouldn’t watch that.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
November 26, 2012 at 07:10AM
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How NASA might build its very first warp drive
Guys this is…this is not going to work. Like there are at leas three fundamental assumptions here that we’d have to be really luck to have pay off and even the guy proposing this thing seems to recognize that it’s a long shot even if “the math works.” Still though, I kinda feel excited because NASA actually wants to research a warp drive. Maybe that’s an indicator of how desperate we’ve become instead of how optimistic but the fact that we’re actually looking into FTL drives with actual scientists makes me happy.
via io9 http://io9.com
November 26, 2012 at 10:13AM
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Here’s What $80,000 in Home Tech Automation Looks Like
The next time somebody asks where their flying car is tell them it got canceled because we actually invented the automated robotic house and nobody gave a shit. It’s weird how boring the future looks by the way when you see somebody’s highly personalized version of it. Sure we’re all psyched that we’ve got the PADDs from Star Trek now but if you traveled back in time and started showing everybody all your instagram photos of your meals on your iPad I sorta think the 1950’s would be just as bored as we all are now.
via Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/feedburnermain
November 26, 2012 at 11:15AM
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Showtime: PanGenerator, ‘Peacock’
Projection mapping is still awesome you guys.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
November 26, 2012 at 02:12PM
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Shredded confidential police documents discovered in Macy’s parade confetti
I had to include this because the next link is like the creepiest surveillance state link I think I’ve ever posted on OTP so a quick reminder of why the surveillance state fails (they’re super inept at it IRL) seemed in order.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
November 26, 2012 at 06:03AM
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NEC NeoFace Pervasive Monitoring Monitoring for unknown…
I had to go and confirm that this is an actual promotional video put out by an actual corporation because I literally could not believe that this wasn’t some weird design fiction art intervention piece about corporate surveillance or something. How does a company produce something like this without including even a single signifier that is at all comforting? I’m so crazily convinced that privacy is dead that I’m not even opposed to pervasive facial recognition and this thing creeps me the hell out! Here’s a hot tip for companies trying to brand the “smart future of cities” and their constantly recording cameras on virtually every surface: try and make your interface design more “foursquare without any intervention” and less “this is how Lex Luthor views the peons from his office high above the streets of metropolis.”
via Ben Bashford – Notebook of Things http://journal.benbashford.com/
November 26, 2012 at 06:32AM
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Gallery of 1960s Pelican paperback covers
And now a gallery of pretty pictures of a thing from the past because that gypsy curse on me is still in effect.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
November 26, 2012 at 08:47AM
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Do these conjoined twins share a mind?
Neuroscience continues to be super weird you guys.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
November 26, 2012 at 09:17AM
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Nikki just sent me this link that’s just five straight minutes of Bill Hader talking about writing Stefon that’s somehow the single most fascinating link on OTP today despite how incredibly narrow that topic is.

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