Other Ten Percent 2/20/13

Feb 20 2013

I wish I accomplished more today than I seem to have. I guess I shouldn’t have expected quite so much gearing back up after a weekend of being lazy for my birthday though and I’m not like, dangerously behind or anything. Anyway now it’s time for an abrupt end to this.
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BarBot 2013, A Celebration of Cocktail Culture & Man-Machine Interface
Nikki and I are probably going to be in LA for this but if you’re around SF at the start of March I can heartily recommend this since I went last year.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
February 19, 2013 at 02:50PM
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Music For Shuffle sketch #15 (by Matt Brown) “Been playing…
You know there’s a weird thing that I haven’t quite figured out how to articulate about the New Aesthetic where a lot of the time the trick involves stripping away everything around a trick that’s actually been in use for a while now and forcing you to look at it. Enviromental audio in 3D games is…christ it can probably get a drivers license at this point it’s so old. But there’s something strangely compelling about a project that is JUST audio keyed to environmental triggers. It’s basically a tech demo as some weird artistic recontextualization and that’s somehow a whole class of object now. Game art is weird you guys.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
February 19, 2013 at 06:24AM
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Using Silk Road: game theory, economics, dope and anonymity
Underground economies and the problems of collective action. Two great tastes that taste great together.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 19, 2013 at 07:39AM
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China Miéville’s recommendations for socialist science fiction fans
Since most of my friends are either socialist or science fiction fans I feel like this list will have a lot of crossover appeal.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 19, 2013 at 09:04AM
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Create false memories at home for fun and profit!
Nikki took my joke for this and put it on Facebook! I was going to ask if everybody remembered the time I did this to them but I’m already dating somebody who did that joke in a public setting and now I am doooooooooooooomed.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
February 19, 2013 at 09:23AM
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Watch this airplane photobomb the Sun
Okay this is the coolest animated gif I’ve seen in a while.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 18, 2013 at 01:45PM
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Sorry, Neil deGrasse Tyson, but you’re wrong about Thor’s hammer
The rare case where being a nerd about a fictional thing that’s basically magic actually makes it better.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 18, 2013 at 02:29PM
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MeCam $49 flying camera concept follows you around, streams…
Anyway in another 30 years we’re going to have just swarms of these things following us around all the time if we can figure out the pathing issues and if not they’re going to be basically blanketing the skyline so…that’s a thing.
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
February 19, 2013 at 01:36AM
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bad guy is named “brussels samoa”, nobody else get character names from maps because i called it and it’s AMAZING
You know I didn’t really love this comic in general but I’m giving it a pass because the last panel is a bit that I was just telling Nikki I really missed now that studios take the time to craft the plot of a James Bond movie BEFORE they start shooting it.
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
February 19, 2013 at 05:04AM
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A software program that could reconstruct the earliest human languages
You know one of the most interesting things I learned in the etymology class I signed up for and then basically immediately started slacking off in and then took pass fail and became incredibly paranoid that I would fail it and then worked so hard at the end of the semester I got a B+ and felt stupid for taking it pass/fail was about the origins of language. Despite the fact that we have absolutely know idea what the first languages consisted of we can still tell with a shocking degree of certainty that it was languages plural. That is, we’re fairly confident that language developed independently in several different places instead of being an idea that somebody came up with and then just naturally spread to everybody because, obviously, language was a really great idea. Initially this kinda takes a while to wrap your head around because it seems like there kind of should have just been one group of people that pointed at a thing and went “fire” and then everybody else went “oh yes of course, fire” but once you accept it makes a weird amount of sense, like all the records we have at the origins of the written word complaining about how writing shit down was going to destroy the purity of spoken communication there were obviously going to be cavemen non-verbally shaking their heads who thought learning everybody else’s common names for “hard stuff on the ground” or “hot thing that you shouldn’t touch but makes food awesome” was just about the stupidest thing they’d ever heard. Naturally language would have to be discovered in a few different places and would have to slowly, over time, prove its value to humanity. The only shame is that unlike the written word we don’t have any record to laugh at all the people who hated the early adopters. That story has basically nothing to do with this io9 one but digital reconstructions of things are cool.
via io9 http://io9.com
February 18, 2013 at 12:06PM
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