18 Dec 10:07

When the end-client cancels a big, complicated job, after days spent meticulously planning



The PM Avenger

18 Dec 08:12

Цитата #431566

chuma: знаете, любой системный администратор слегка краснеет, если про валяющуюся у него дома обжимку спросить - "где купил?"
18 Dec 06:20


18 Dec 05:00

December 18, 2014

18 Dec 04:22

lady-feral: fluoxetineheck: whimsy-cat: Wing shawls by...




Wing shawls by MissMonsterMel. (shop


I’d totally wear these, fashion sense be damned.

Also, I planned to make something almost exactly like this with metal feathers a couple years ago, but I never got past mockup.

yooooo treesofarden

18 Dec 01:11

"1: all fungi are edible. 2: some fungi are only edible once"

“1: all fungi are edible.
2: some fungi are only edible once”

- Terry Pratchett (via dehanginggarden)
18 Dec 00:36

A must-watch 4-minute explainer of the entire Tolkien universe

by Jesus Diaz

A must-watch 4-minute explainer of the entire Tolkien universe

J. R. R. Tolkien's posthumous The Silmarillion describes the universe where The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place. It has all the secrets of Middle Earth, from individual characters to the genesis of wizards, elves, orcs, or men. This must-watch short explainer reveals its crucial elements in four minutes.


18 Dec 00:00

Lava Lamp

by xkcd

Lava Lamp

What if I made a lava lamp out of real lava? What could I use as a clear medium? How close could I stand to watch it?

Kathy Johnstone, 6th Grade Teacher (via a student)

This is a surprisingly reasonable idea, by What If standards.

I mean, it's not that reasonable. At the very least, I'm guessing you would lose your teaching license, and possibly some of the students in the front row. But you could do it.

Just a warning: I'm going to be linking to a lot of videos of lava flowing and people poking it with sticks, so you may have a hard time getting to the end of the article without getting sidetracked into watching a bunch of them like I did while writing it.

You have a few choices for transparent materials that could hold the lava without rupturing and splattering half the classroom with red-hot droplets. Fused quartz glass would be a great choice. It's the same stuff they use in high-intensity lamp bulbs, the surface of which can easily get up to mid-range lava temperatures.[1]This bulb, for example, can supposedly handle bulb temperatures of up to 1000°C, which is hotter than many types of lava. Another possibility is sapphire, which stays solid up to 2,000°C, and is commonly used as a window into high-temperature chambers.[2]That link wasn't a lava video, but this is.

The question of what to use for the clear medium is trickier. Let's say we find a transparent glass that melts[3]Some people say glass is a liquid that flows very slowly. Other people smugly point out that this is actually wrong. Then another group of people dissects how we know it's wrong, and where this incorrect idea got started. And then at the end of the chain, a Metafilter user steps back and asks some supremely insightful questions about what's really going on here as we variously repeat and debunk these kinds of factoids. at low temperatures. Even if we ignore the impurities from the hot lava that would probably cloud the glass, we're going to have a problem.[4]And later, when the school board finds out, we'll have another.

Molten glass is transparent. So why doesn't it look transparent?[5]Which sounds sorta contradictory. "This music is loud, but it doesn't sound loud." The answer is simple: It glows. Hot objects give off blackbody radiation; molten glass glows just like molten lava does, and for the same reason.

So the problem with a lava lamp is that both halves of it will be equally bright, and it will be hard to see the lava. We could try having nothing in the top half of the lamp—after all, when it's hot enough, lava bubbles pretty well on its own. Unfortunately, the lamp itself would also be in contact with the lava. Sapphire might not melt easily, but it will glow, making it hard to see whatever the lava was doing inside.

Unless you hooked it up to a really bright bulb, this lava lamp would cool down quickly. Just like individual blobs of lava, the lamp would solidify and stop glowing within the first minute, and by the end of the class period you'd probably be able to touch it without being burned.

A solidified lava lamp is just about the most boring thing in the world. But the scenario made me wonder: If making a lamp out of molten lava wouldn't be very exciting, then what about a volcano made of lamps?

This is probably the most useless calculation I've ever done,[6]Ok, there's no way that's true. but ... what if Mount Saint Helens erupted again today, but instead of tephra,[7]The technical term for "whatever crap comes out of a volcano." it spewed compact fluorescent bulbs?

Well, if it did, the mercury released into the atmosphere would be several orders of magnitude larger than all manmade emissions combined.[8]45% of which come from gold mining.

All in all, I think making a lava lamp out of lava would be kind of anticlimactic, and would much rather go find some actual lava and poke it with a stick. I also think that it's probably good that Mount Saint Helens didn't erupt compact fluorescent bulbs. And I think that if I were in Ms. Johnstone's class, I'd try to sit toward the back of the room.

Lastly, for old time's sake, I'd like to share one final link with you: The music video for Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."

17 Dec 21:10

Construction of Tetracyclic 3-Spirooxindole through Cross-Dehydrogenation of Pyridinium: Applications in Facile Synthesis of (±)-Corynoxine and (±)-Corynoxine B

by Jun Xu, Li-Dong Shao, Dashan Li, Xu Deng, Yu-Chen Liu, Qin-Shi Zhao and Chengfeng Xia

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/ja5121343
17 Dec 20:01

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17 Dec 18:44


17 Dec 18:00

Self-Assembled TiO2 Nanorods as Electron Extraction Layer for High-Performance Inverted Polymer Solar Cells

by Longfeng Lv, Qipeng Lu, Yu Ning, Zhenda Lu, Xin Wang, Zhidong Lou, Aiwei Tang, Yufeng Hu, Feng Teng, Yadong Yin and Yanbing Hou

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Chemistry of Materials
DOI: 10.1021/cm5028833
17 Dec 17:54

малые голландцы


Мосты, изображенные на европейских купюрах – вымышлены. Европейский банк не хотел выделять ни одну из стран и сделал «усредненный» вариант.
При строительстве нового жилого района под Роттердамом архитектор принял решение построить все эти мосты










17 Dec 16:50


17 Dec 16:23

A Skewed but Accurate Synopsis of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ That Makes Dorothy Sound Like a Serial Killer

by Glen Tickle


A skewed but accurate synopsis of the film The Wizard of Oz makes the main character of Dorothy sound like a serial killer. The description was written in 1998 by Rick Polito for the listing of a television airing of the film that ran in The Marin Independent Journal.

Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.

via The Los Angeles Times, Jim Romenesko, J. Grenzfurthner

17 Dec 16:03

Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

by Soulskill
schwit1 sends this report from The Verge: Most anti-piracy tools take one of two paths: they either target the server that's sharing the files (pulling videos off YouTube or taking down sites like The Pirate Bay) or they make it harder to find (delisting offshore sites that share infringing content). But leaked documents reveal a frightening line of attack that's currently being considered by the MPAA: What if you simply erased any record that the site was there in the first place? To do that, the MPAA's lawyers would target the Domain Name System that directs traffic across the internet. The tactic was first proposed as part of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2011, but three years after the law failed in Congress, the MPAA has been looking for legal justification for the practice in existing law and working with ISPs like Comcast to examine how a system might work technically. If a takedown notice could blacklist a site from every available DNS provider, the URL would be effectively erased from the internet. No one's ever tried to issue a takedown notice like that, but this latest memo suggests the MPAA is looking into it as a potentially powerful new tool in the fight against piracy.

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17 Dec 15:32

latenightseth: If you need more examples, 50 Cent is happy to...


If you need more examples, 50 Cent is happy to provide them. 

17 Dec 15:22

Dear The Toast and The Butter: Please Fix Your Rights Grab (UPDATE: They Did)

by John Scalzi

(UPDATE: The Toast and The Butter are indeed revamping their contracts; details at the bottom of the original entry.)

Writer Beware has posted a heads up for writers with regard to Web sites The Toast and The Butter, and the rights they are asking from contributors. Specifically, WB reports that contributors to the sites must hand over copyright (and, where applicable, moral rights). The specific freelance contractual clause in question, according to WB (relevant bits bolded by them):

The Contributor hereby acknowledges and agrees that the Work, including any drawings, images, sounds, video recordings, or other data embedded in the work and including adaptations or derivative works based on the Work is the sole and exclusive property of the Toast and the Toast has all rights under existing United States’ copyright law and all reproduction and republication rights. In the event that any portion of the Work is not copyrightable, The Contributor hereby irrevocably assigns any and all ownership of the Work’s intellectual property rights, including but not limited to: patents, trademarks, design rights, database rights, trade secrets, moral rights, and other proprietary rights and ll rights of an equivalent nature anywhere in the world to the Toast. The Contributor further acknowledges and agrees that the rights being granted to the Toast include the right to own and register all copyrights in the Work. The Contributor hereby irrevocably assigns all the above described rights herein to the Toast and agrees to execute such additional documents as may be requested by the Toast to evidence the Toast’s ownership of said rights in the Work. The Contributor further hereby waives any “moral rights” claims she may have with respect to the Work.

WB also notes that this transfer of copyright is not noted in the submission guidelines on the site. I checked, and this seems correct.

What do you get for this transfer of copyright and moral rights? According to Writer Beware:


So, yeah, no.

Note well I have been a huge, huge fan on The Toast and specifically the work of Mallory Ortberg, who is site editor, and who may in fact be one of the funniest humans alive on the planet at the moment. I’m also a very big fan of Roxane Gay, who recently signed on to edit The Toast’s sister site, The Butter. As quality reads online, I love them.

But no matter how much I like and admire Ortberg or Gay, or their writing, the sites’ attempting to grab copyright and every other possible right for $50 is a whole lot of egregious bullshit. Also egregious bullshit: The response of Nick Pavich, publisher of The Toast and The Butter, when questioned about the policy (see the above included image, which notes his response). It’s basically saying the publisher doesn’t actually give a shit about writers, which is not, generally, an excellent way to convince people to write for you, and which makes Ortberg and Gay’s positions more difficult.

I’ll be clear: I would not write for The Toast or The Butter for these terms, no way, no how. I’ve done work for hire (the formal term for work for which one does not retain copyright), but it sure as hell wasn’t for fifty bucks — if a company is requiring me to relinquish all rights and potential for future earning from my work, I better be adequately compensated up front, and fifty bucks doesn’t even come close to matching my definition of “adequately compensated” in that case.

Nor could I suggest other people write for them under those contractual conditions, especially as Mr. Pavich’s response above suggests he’s not especially interested in negotiation on that point. That’s his right, if that’s the case, but I’m not sure why I would want to write for someone who has that little regard for the economic concerns of the folks who populate his site with the stuff people want to read. Contempt isn’t a good look.

The good news here is that this is a relatively simple fix. The Toast and The Butter can easily change the language of their contract to avoid attempting to claim copyright and moral rights (the latter of which, as I understand it, may not actually even be possible for them to take in some jurisdictions), and instead work out a license commensurate to what $50 is actually worth, which (in my not entirely uninformed opinion, having been on online editor) would be first publication, a window of exclusivity and the right to non-exclusive archiving on their site. They could also reserve non-exclusive print rights (or compilations, etc) contingent on additional payment. That seems reasonable to me.

This is also a reminder that writers should always always always check their contracts and also understand them, and the market. Bluntly put: Selling your copyright is not a standard practice, and certainly not for five lousy Hamiltons. So what The Toast and The Butter are doing here is a flat-out rights grab. If you didn’t know it, you know it now. Again: I sure as hell wouldn’t take this deal, and I don’t know why anyone else would want to either.

I hope this gets fixed soon. I like reading The Toast and The Butter. But I would find them more difficult to read, if I don’t believe they treat their writers with respect. Demanding copyrights for next to nothing is not what respect looks like to me.

Update, 1:05pm – Two tweets of interest from The Butter editor Roxane Gay:

All, we are going to post a response later this afternoon. The Toast/Butter contracts will be revised.

— Sugah Daddy (@rgay) December 17, 2014

We have always prioritized writers on the sites and now our contracts will reflect that.

— Sugah Daddy (@rgay) December 17, 2014

Update: 2pm: Nick Pavich apologizes for his tweets on the issue and promises contractual fixes. I’m not really sold on his excuses for how they did the contracts previously, but if they’re fixing them now, all the better.

Update: 2:15pm: More on the changing contracts, from The Toast editor Mallory Ortberg: “[W]e’re changing our contracts to ask only for First North American Rights (so rights revert to the writer after 6 months), as well as online serial rights so that we can retain the work on our sites in perpetuity. We’re also writing into the contract the promise that we will revert rights in the case of a book deal, so that what we’ve always done in practice will be spelled out in writing.”

The only I note I would add to the above is that I would want it to be clearer if the online serial rights were exclusive or non-exclusive; this could be an issue if the publication which bought something for reprint has an online component.

But generally, this is a substantial improvement.

So: I can keep reading The Toast and The Butter! Hooray for me! And also, and rather more importantly, hooray for the writers of the site. And thanks to the Toast/Butter editorial staff for listening and making changes.

17 Dec 14:38

Tuning the Crystal Polymorphs of Alkyl Thienoacene via Solution Self-Assembly Toward Air-Stable and High-Performance Organic Field-Effect Transistors

by Ping He, Zeyi Tu, Guangyao Zhao, Yonggang Zhen, Hua Geng, Yuanping Yi, Zongrui Wang, Hantang Zhang, Chunhui Xu, Jie Liu, Xiuqiang Lu, Xiaolong Fu, Qiang Zhao, Xiaotao Zhang, Deyang Ji, Lang Jiang, Huanli Dong, Wenping Hu
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The first example for thienoacene derivatives with selective growth of different crystal polymorphs is simply achieved by solution-phase self-assembly. Compared with platelet-shaped α-phase crystals, organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) based on microribbon-shaped β-phase crystals show a hole mobility up to 18.9 cm2 V−1 s−1, which is one of the highest values for p-type organic semiconductors measured under ambient conditions.

17 Dec 14:22


by villeashell

17 Dec 14:01

How I Make a Killer Cheese Plate. (Plus 3 Mini Cheeseballs.)

by Jessica

I get tell you about my most favorite thing ever!

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Wait. Let’s hope that “all the” phrases are phased out in 2015, right? Actually, they probably were in 2014 and I’m always annoyingly way behind.

Is it embarrassing that I’m showing you how I make my favorite cheese plate? It might be. This is actually a part of the snacks chapter in Seriously Delish (hi, please buy it for everyone for Christmas!) and just maaaaay be the best “recipe” in that chapter?

It’s obviously not an exact recipe, but it’s my method for a cheese plate to please.

I also like to make smaller versions and then force Eddie to eat them for dinner. He is slowly coming around to cheese plates for dinner. Maybe like… once every six months?


This cheese plate is extra special because I’m sharing three little cheeseball recipes that are oh-so excellent. You can make one big cheeseball or these adorable mini ones and then go to town.

Eat them for lunch.

Lots of crackers.


Here’s what we’ve got:

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Bacon, blue cheese and pistachio cheeseballs!

I know.

Yes yes.

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Caramelized onion, gruyere and roasted cashew cheeseballs. This is so a thing.

An amazing thing.

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AND… pineapple, toasted almond and goat cheese cheeseballs. Cannot get enough.

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These adorable little cheese puff spreads can be made waaaay ahead of time and thrown on your cheese plate at the last second. Get a pretty knife and lots of flatbread and baguettes.

Cheeseballs are famous in my family – my grandma used to make one for every occasion, and now my mom makes it just as often if not more.

She’s probably slightly horrified at my trashed up versions, but they are worth it.


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As for the actual cheese plate?

Let’s be real: one thing I don’t really ever put on my cheese plates? Vegetables. I just can’t. Unless we’re talking about pickled green beans or something, veggies are few and far between.

Everyone wants cheese anyway!

I always use a firm aged cheddar and/or gouda –  these are usually safe for people who aren’t crazy cheese lovers. A super hard cheese works too – like an asiago that flakes apart with a pretty cheese knife or my favorite – a merlot soaked parmesan. Soft goat cheese makes one or two appearances, depending on the crowd, and you know I can’t ever leave out my beloved humboldt fog. A blue cheese – I prefer smoked, is the best addition and if I have the time and space, I’ll warm up something soft like brie or camembert and toss it in the middle.

Can this be my breakfast?

Mandatory for me: a boatload of jams, spreads and chutneys. I love to add three or four different mustards because I’m mustard obsessed. A few fruit based jams or butters, along with a savory (hot pepper! Merlot!) jam and almost always a fig spread.

Oh and honey! Good old honey. You could use a honeycomb or some raw honey or just a big fat drizzle of the sweet stuff.

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Always present: a good baguette or two, plus sesame crackers, little toasts, hard breadsticks, water crackers and jazz like that. Anything bready. Spread lots of cheese and jam on top.

Fresh or dried fruits always rock a good cheese plate – but I prefer to keep it simple and use things that people can easily grab. Fresh or dried figs, dried pears and pineapple, grapes that can be yanked off the stem, bing cherries if they are in season.

It wouldn’t be a cheese plate in our house without meats, so I always grab a hard salami or two, some thinly sliced prosciutto and maybe even pepperoni. This is one scenario where I love the meat on the tray too – it’s not just dictated by Eddie.

Finally, I scatter on lots of nuts and seeds – you can use bowls or just throw them on the tray – and my favorite are the super seasoned marcona almonds, often tossed in olive oil. SO GOOD.

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Yep. So that’s that. This is a serious appetizer, easily a dinner, or perfect for a cocktail party with another snack or two and a dessert. I can’t get enough – and it’s simple to make it look pretty too – just toss everything together.

Now I don’t want to eat anything else for the rest of the day.

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How To Make a Killer Cheese Plate (and 3 Mini Cheeseball Recipes)


blue cheese, bacon + pistachio cheeseball
8 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces smoked blue cheese
6 slices bacon, crumbled
2/3 cup pistachios, chopped
pinch of salt and pepper

pineapple, goat cheese + toasted almond cheeseball
8 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces goat cheese
1/3 cup diced fresh pineapple
2/3 cup toasted sliced almonds
pinch of salt and pepper

caramelized onion, gruyere + cashew cheeseball
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 sweet onion, sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces gruyere, freshly grated
2/3 cups cashews, chopped


blue cheese, bacon + pistachio cheeseball
In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, blue cheese, bacon, 3 tablespoons of the pistachios, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine and mash it all together, then form it into 4 or 6 small cheeseballs. Roll each in the chopped pistachios to cover. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

pineapple, goat cheese + toasted almond cheeseball
In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, goat cheese, pineapple, 3 tablespoons of the almonds, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine and mash it all together, then form it into 4 or 6 small cheeseballs. Roll each in the chopped almonds to cover. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

caramelized onion, gruyere + cashew cheeseball
In a small skillet, heat the butter over low heat. Add the onion and salt, stirring to coat, then cook until the onion softens, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar and cook until the onions are caramely, about 8 to 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, gruyere, caramelized onions, 3 tablespoons of the cashews, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine and mash it all together, then form it into 6 or 8 small cheeseballs. Roll each in the chopped cashews to cover. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

aged cheese: aged cheddar, aged gouda
hard cheese: merlot soaked parmesan, asiago, parmigiano-reggiano
goat/chevre cheese: truffled goat, humboldt fog
soft/semi-soft cheese: brie, camembert
blue cheese: smoked blue, gorgonzola, buttermilk blue

breads: baguettes, hard sesame breadsticks, whole wheat crackers, water crackers, crostini, flatbreads, bagel or pita chips

charcuterie: paper thin prosciutto, hard salami sticks, pepperoni

jams + chutneys: fig preserves, quince paste, hot pepper jelly, sour cherry preserves, bacon marmalade, apple and berry chutneys, honey

fruits + nuts: grapes, dried and fresh figs, dried apricots and pears, shelled pistachios, marcona almonds, smoked almonds, pepitas

tart + briney snacks: cornichons, olive medleys, marinated artichoke hearts, pickled green beans, roasted red peppers, balsamic glaze, pickled jalapeño peppers, whole grain mustard, hot and sweet mustard

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this is probably what my heaven looks like.

©How Sweet It Is.

17 Dec 13:30

A Three-Dimensional Microporous Metal–Metalloporphyrin Framework

by Zhiyong Guo, Dan Yan, Hailong Wang, Daniel Tesfagaber, Xinle Li, Yusheng Chen, Wenyu Huang and Banglin Chen

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Inorganic Chemistry
DOI: 10.1021/ic502116k
17 Dec 13:00

A Biomimetic Strategy to Access the Silybins: Total Synthesis of (−)-Isosilybin A

by Benjamin R. McDonald, Antoinette E. Nibbs and Karl A. Scheidt

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Organic Letters
DOI: 10.1021/ol503303w
17 Dec 13:00

This Canadian Doctor Has a Form Letter For Companies That Require Proof of Illness

19 Dec 23:20

Stunning Photos of an Ice-Encased Ski Resort in Slovenia

by EDW Lynch

Stunning Photos of an Ice-Encased Ski Resort in Slovenia

On December 9, 2014, photographer Marko Korosec visited a ski resort at Mount Javornik in Slovenia and discovered a stunning ice-encased wonderland. Korosec found the ice-covered trees and structures at the mountain’s summit. According to Korosec, some of the icicles were more than three feet long. Korosec posts his latest photos of storms and other weather phenomena on his Facebook page.


Stunning Photos of an Ice-Encased Ski Resort in Slovenia

Stunning Photos of an Ice-Encased Ski Resort in Slovenia

photos by Marko Korosec

via Colossal