Other Ten Percent 1/21/13

Jan 21 2013

So I’ve gotten a lot done this weekend that has nothing to do with writing fiction which is kinda the story of my week. I’m not giving up though. We’re still doing this you guys. We’re still making this happen. That also applies to Other Ten Percent.

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True facts about the seahorse
The fact that these facts are true means that Ze Frank just needs to be in charge of Animal Planet from now on. Also it means that he’s finally found his legs with this second round of videos. His strengths in video have always been in a willingness to experiment that I found downright weird (have I mentioned I can’t finish writing my script that will never get produced to a show that cares about narrative continuity so little that they can kill off the actor that’s playing the character and I’m still not entirely convinced that character died because of nerves ?) I’m not sure how he figured out nature documentary is his new thing but boy is it.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
January 18, 2013 at 08:30AM
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Why We Should Switch To A Base-12 Counting System
Well since I’m about to bash io9 in their smackdown Bruce Sterling thing here’s a post I really love. Okay so we’re obviously not doing this and I don’t actually think the relative mathematical elegance of 12 is a particularly good argument since it requires like a 7th grade understanding of math that we still can’t get half the country to with a base 10 counting system still the reasons presented here are FASCINATING and actually explain something I’ve noticed about prime numbers when counting in alternate base systems which I do sometimes when I’m bored and also shut up. The point is that Base-12 isn’t more functional but it IS more elegant and that’s worth something.
via io9 http://io9.com
January 18, 2013 at 11:36AM
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A Video Tour of The Underbelly Project, A Secret Art Space in an Abandoned NYC Subway Station
I was going to do a thing about how making art in abandoned subway stations isn’t cool anymore now that everybody’s doing it but let’s be honest here: I’m not fooling anybody because of course it’s still cool and it always will be.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
January 18, 2013 at 01:50PM
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The Chariot from Lost in Space: an appreciation
You know, I never actually liked Lost in Space when I would catch it on sci-fi as a kid and basically the only thing that was halfway interesting about the movie was when Bill Mumy showed up to play the old version of Will Robinson that had been stuck on the planet for decades and had gone insane (well, and Lacy Chabert. Oh 12 year old David…you liked what you liked) HOWEVER I did always think that The Chariot was pretty awesome combining as it did the best parts of the popemobile and an SUV. There’s something about the 1960’s absolute fascination that they can make curved clear plastic that I’m on-board with even though that’s actually not impressive at all.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
January 19, 2013 at 12:10PM
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The two parts of pain
Maggie Koerth-Baker knows the deal: it’s way more fascinating that there are two types of pain than that lobsters maybe make the same distinction. I mean did any of us actually believe they didn’t NOT want to be eaten? Who are these weird meat eaters who are utterly convinced that animals are totally fine with us eating them. I mean I do it anyway but it’s not like they love the idea.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
January 17, 2013 at 01:38PM
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Doodle or Die, An Online Multiplayer Game of Telephone With Drawings
Oh man this is basically the best drawing game I have ever seen and I just talked Nikki into playing it with the tablet I gave her for her last birthday and this is going to be the best.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
January 17, 2013 at 03:06PM
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What Vernor Vinge actually said about the Singularity in 1993
So I was going to post a big response to the io9 post that Sterling is smacking down here but then he kinda did a better job of it and here we are. Basically all I have to discuss about the whole thing now is that I think Sterling is basically right about HARD AI, you know, lifelike androids like Data that are just as smart as us but just don’t understand feelings. That’s not happening. Future’s still going to be weird though because io9 is right that AI is going to keep advancing it’s jut not going to advance into a singularity so much as it’s going to advance into increasingly unrecognizable forms of thought that are really good at picking the best options out of incomprehensibly large datasets.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
January 18, 2013 at 03:16AM
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Bre Pettis Authors a Book
Seriously those Makerbot guys are ON IT. If I had money to invest I’d throw some money they wouldn’t take their way just to say I did it.
via Fabbaloo Blog http://fabbaloo.com/blog/
January 18, 2013 at 10:00AM
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John Hodgman’s Advice to Writers
This is actually…remarkably good advice and actually explains a whole lot about OTP and this new writing project I’m doing. If you have to know what you know before you can write well then OTP was how I sorted that out for non-fiction by just writing at a steady pace until I had the basic rules of grammar down (and then ignored them all again when I got busy. SORRY GUYS!) and, more importantly, until I understood my areas of interest. It also let me explore interesting stuff. I was basically just concentrating on the new fiction writing program as a program in getting the style down. I think the actual benefit of forcing myself to write for 30 different shows though, many of which I don’t love and haven’t ever watched, is that I’m going to come to understand what the hell it is I’m actually good at instead of just assuming. At least I hope so.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
January 18, 2013 at 02:01PM
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“As just a very basic investigative measure, once investigators acquired a forensic image of Bob’s…”
We live in an utterly bizarre reality you guys. Just thought I’d mention that in case you were still depressed that we’re probably not getting sweet robot bodies.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
January 20, 2013 at 05:00AM
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The weird way to eliminate—or evoke—phantom limbs
Huh, I knew about the mirror thing where you could trick a person into dealing with their phantom limb by pretending it was still there. This…is even weirder.
via io9 http://io9.com
January 20, 2013 at 08:00AM
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