Other Ten Percent 1/18/13

Jan 18 2013

Well I got some PCWorld writing done and I’m getting this done by 3pm AND I also got at least a little fiction writing done though I have to reengineer some stuff because the script is turning into a smaller scale story where Owen accidentally kills all his friends ancestors after he travels back in time…In related news I continue to think about how Children’s Hospital is a weird show because that actually ISN’T the kind of premise that’s too out of the episodic structure or budget to be written on spec. Also I’m thinking about the New Aesthetic a lot again lately and so there are more stories about stuff in that direction than in recent history. Wait actually looking at this I cut all of those with like, one exception. Thankfully there are also other links.
Horde of space GIFs
See this is another link. Can somebody start adding the traditional memes to this? #5 would make an absolutely solid “Deal With It” #6 is “Fuck this shit” material if I’ve ever seen it and #4 is a pretty great candidate for “look at all the fucks I don’t give” but that may be kinda high-concept. 
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
January 16, 2013 at 03:13PM
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The history of how-to
And now for some added historical context about how if anything today’s DIY set are way LESS crazy than they’ve been in the past.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
January 16, 2013 at 11:27AM
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The Event of a Thread, Stunning Interactive Installation by Ann Hamilton
You know, I’d heard from several people that this was awesome and I’d seen some pretty okay photos of the place but yeah seeing video makes me genuinely sad I’m not going to get to go to this in person.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
January 16, 2013 at 12:10PM
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The life and death of the American arcade
I finally did it you guys. I finally beat Bruce Sterling to a “Dead Media Beat” post. Arcades are dead and this is probably the most thorough account of their whole history I’ve ever seen. Also it still has some “come on guys, we can save it, let’s all clap for Tinkerbell” vibes here and there but compared to the average piece on arcades its refreshingly devoid of that.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
January 17, 2013 at 09:03AM
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Whites Only Laundry, Clueless Owner Gives His Laundromat Bad Names
You know I think this joke goes through one too many iterations but the first minute or so is really solid. It’s one of those bits that also works weirdly poorly on the internet. There’s some bizarre Atlanta analog to Portlandia out there in the multiverse where this sketch is a runner throughout the episode and it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
January 17, 2013 at 11:15AM
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Secret messages in games
Okay so I’m going to post a wiki of secret messages in games pretty much no matter what but you know it’s quality content when it spends time making fun of software pirates and BoingBoing publishes it anyway.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
January 17, 2013 at 06:36AM
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Mandolinsect, Kinetic Sculpture Made out of a Mandolin by Nemo Gould
Okay what do I have to pay for the hand carved wooden martian tripod that runs on top of antlers? Because I know if I have to ask I can’t afford it and I’d have no place to put it anyway but I feel like weeping softly to myself tonight so I’m curious. Oh God I just tried to check and he’s the same guy that did the octopus radio thing I’m not sure my entire yearly income’s going to cover one of these things.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
January 17, 2013 at 09:47AM
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Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlap this year…and then almost never again
Calendar systems are weird you guys. Also, let’s all make a pact that even though we’re spread out all over the place if we all make it to the year 79,811 we’ll all get together for Hanukkahgiving.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
January 17, 2013 at 10:58AM
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قلب is a new programming language exploring the role of human…
Okay so I don’t know enough Arabic to have any idea how interesting this project is in practice but in theory I really like how it pushes on that “why is some code aesthetically beautiful and some code not?” question Sterling was going on about for a while in that New Aesthetic essay.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
January 17, 2013 at 01:01PM
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Your 2013 Baby Name Guide: Puritan Edition, Part Two
Okay nobody can make it through this list without laughing. Nobody. If you manage it I will demand proof in the form of you reading all these names aloud without breaking because I simply will not believe you but then I will give you like $20 bucks and a public shout out in OTP. You won’t be able to though. Don’t even try. Just save this for when you’re upset.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com/
January 17, 2013 at 08:15AM
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