Other Ten Percent 2/6/13

Feb 06 2013

Today I finish up House of Cards which has KINDA gone off the rails as of the start of episode 7 but let’s see if it ever gets back ON the rails shall we? Look for an answer in the Now Streaming article that’ll be published on Tech Hive on Friday. Look for 10 links from the internet right now.
What is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer.
Not really buying this on anything but a metaphysical level (though I guess by definition this whole point of discussion is metaphysical) but I do like the idea that even the universe has its own shit to worry about.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 04, 2013 at 11:31AM
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Complaints about Saturday Night Live
Man, there is nothing more hilarious to me than boring people talking about interesting things. That may have accidentally been too revealing once again.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 04, 2013 at 12:49PM
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The Strange History of the Moscow Cathedral That Couldn’t Be Destroyed
What is it with Russia and things that can’t be destroyed? Is it just that shit gets destroyed there so often that it’s their favorite way of making something supernatural or is there some actual weird atemporal shit going on?
via io9 http://io9.com
February 04, 2013 at 01:26PM
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Is this really Abraham Lincoln’s business card?
Who cares it’s still awesome.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
February 04, 2013 at 01:43PM
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Adam Greenfield: The City Is Here For You To Use, one hundred easy pieces
Okay so at this point I would not be surprised if Bruce Sterling just gives up on the novel and announces he’s now a Stand-Up operating exclusively at SXSWi and futurist conferences. Not all of these bits are hilarious but the general concept of snarkily rating the accuracy of airy futurist sentiments about “open cities” is hilarious enough to me that his few truly high-quality burns are more than enough.
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
February 05, 2013 at 04:48AM
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An interactive map of what New Yorkers complain about, by borough
This….lines up pretty exactly with my own experiences everywhere I’ve lived. Though the weird influx of graffiti complaints around Wall St. isn’t really what I was complaining about when I lived down there I did see enough dudes who would have put on a monocle just to have it pop off when confronted with street art soooooooooooooo.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 04, 2013 at 04:30PM
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Beyonce and the Illuminati
At what point do you think Jay-Z, Beyonce et all stopped doing the illuminati references as a way of borrowing that legitimacy and started doing it just to fuck with conspiracy theorists?
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 05, 2013 at 09:08AM
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This explains everything
Speaking of conspiracy theories.
via Charlie’s Diary http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/
February 05, 2013 at 07:14AM
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How well did NYC’s flood analysis predict the reality of Hurricane Sandy?
Are we far enough removed from this now to get into some hardcore metrics? I’m genuinely asking. I really don’t know.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 05, 2013 at 09:33AM
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Improv Everywhere Stages Surprise Light Show at Grand Central
Is it just me or is this somehow kinda boring now that it’s officially approved by Grand Central? I know this kinda calls the whole thing into question but doesn’t it just kinda seem like people are offering to do a job for free at this point?
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 05, 2013 at 09:52AM
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One response so far

  1. In the interest of accuracy, I just want to point out that I’m not a futurist.

    Whether the material you refer to is “airy” or not is not for me to say. Of course, those 100 points are merely the topic summaries for ~15-20 page sections, and each section contains plenty of evidence in support of the contentions made within. But don’t let that stop you from snarking.

    Finally, there are four or five that Bruce has either misunderstood or deliberately mischaracterized for the lulz. If it’s the former, it’s my fault, because I’ve failed to communicate clearly. But if it’s the latter, boy howdy do I dislike being judged not on anything I actually said but on someone else’s inaccurate gloss of it.

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