Other Ten Percent 5/1/13

May 01 2013

If I were a braver man this whole post would be a link to the project I’ve been working on for most of April but it’s 4:30 in the afternoon and I don’t QUITE feel like it’s in a place where I can say with confidence that it’ll be done by midnight. Especially since I’ve got TV club to run this evening. Oh well, that just means that it’ll be in great condition to launch on either Friday or Monday depending on whenever I feel like there’s not enough content in my RSS reader or there’s polished enough content to show you on the project.

What Google’s self-driving car sees
Why does everybody want this to be what the computer sees? As an interface it’s way more interesting as a weird artifact of what humans want to see the computer processing than trying to pretend like the robot’s actually seeing things.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
April 30, 2013 at 07:10AM
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This history of the car in L.A.
To live and drive in L.A.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
April 30, 2013 at 07:52AM
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Bookmarks for 2013-04-30
I’m a big fan of cross media storytelling but these kinds of articles always seem odd to me because they all seem to be trying to identify a historical moment that seems to have simultaneously happened 5 years ago and will maybe sorta kinda happen in another five years. A lot of the the “books are TV are games” stuff has been going on so long now it’s just the state of pop culture now and a lot of the direct efforts to move us MORE in that direction, like Defiance, seem self-consciously gimmicky in a way that seems unlikely to accomplish what it’s hoping for. It doesn’t help that Defiance is the kind of decent but unremarkable show so far that doesn’t really breed the obsessive fans its transmedia trappings are clearly built for it comes off as Firefly by committee and maybe that’ll coalesce into a great show but I’m not sure anybody has a real handle on how all the moving parts go together to turn it into a cross media empire. 
via Warren Ellis http://www.warrenellis.com
April 30, 2013 at 03:00PM
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The Power of Books, Photo Series Takes the Power of Reading Literally
I am trying to post less galleries of photos that just look cool and I have no commentary on and I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job so maybe just let me have this one?
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
April 30, 2013 at 03:17PM
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1963 photo on the set of The Dick Van Dyke Show
I have no idea why I find sitcom set photos so fascinating but whenever I see a gallery like this I tend to click on it. There’s something about how quickly the artifice stops if the camera isn’t being pointed in the exact right direction I guess?
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
April 30, 2013 at 12:07PM
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Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick to Host New Funny or Die-Produced Late Night TV Show on Comedy Central
The lines between internet famous, TV famous, and actually famous continue to blur in the weirdest ways possible. Chris Hardwick is getting a TV show and that’s mostly weird because HE ALREADY HAS TWO along with a small but significant youtube empire and a small army of podcasters.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
April 30, 2013 at 12:16PM
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Interactive Map Reveals Origins of San Francisco Place Names
I knew…basically none of this.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
April 30, 2013 at 12:40PM
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Art forgery is high art in its own right
Is there a museum of forged art we can go to and if not can we start one?
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
April 30, 2013 at 02:43PM
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Winners of The Webby Awards 2013
So some of the individual winners here are interesting but I find the Webby awards more interesting for the general feel of what we’re rewarding on the internet than as a roadmap to the best content on the web. We’re starting to see “Webby bait” sites the same way we see Oscar bait movies (basically all content from Vice falls into this category) and while I could decry that as material that spends more time trying to look good than actually be good (basically all content from Vice falls into this category) it more seems like an interesting if inevitable side effect of the scrutiny the web is getting lately. There’s an aesthetics of award winning websites now and that’s kinda cool. 
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
April 30, 2013 at 02:45PM
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The Mixtape Volume Seven from The Hood Internet
As a full album it’s kind of disapointing, especially since a lot of the decent tracks already showed up in the year end mix they did for Hype Machine back in December, but there are some great high points here including a new version of the Suit and Tie/Get Lucky mashup that’s pretty spectacular.
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
April 30, 2013 at 07:06AM
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