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26 Nov 07:40

ჯგუფი "მანდილი" - ჯაბუშანურო


There's significantly more where this came from.

05 Nov 20:04

Jupiter 'shepherds' the asteroid belt, preventing the asteroids from falling into the sun or accreting into a new planet.


Via Laszlo. Green dots are Trojans.

25 Nov 21:00

In Brief: Examining the Woodward Effect

by Norman Chan

Have you heard of the Woodward Effect? It's a decades-old theory for a method of generating thrust without expending mass--basically limitless propulsion without the need to refuel. It's no wonder that this concept has been used to fuel theoretical engine designs for spacecraft. Steady acceleration without the need for propellants sounds too good to be true, so BoingBoing visited the office and laboratory of Dr. James Woodward to learn about his theory and see an application of it in an experimental thruster. Real-world science is sometimes stranger and more awesome than fiction.

26 Nov 09:25

Henryk Górecki - Symphony Nº 3, of "Sorrowful Songs" | Dawn Upshaw. London Sinfonietta, David Zinman


Once, I laid on the floor next to a beautiful cellist and listened to this.

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933-2010). Symphony Nº 3, Op. 36, "The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs", 1976. Video Performance and Documentary:
26 Nov 09:24

Turkish Musician Shows How to Play the Yaybahar, His Mesmerizing, Newly-Invented Instrument


Bunch more yaybahar, click thru for soundcloud stuff.

Once upon a time, a handsome man was trapped in a tower overlooking the sea. To amuse himself, he built a magical instrument. It was constructed of wood and metal, but sounded like something one might hear over loudspeakers at the Tate, or perhaps an avant-garde sound installation in Bushwick. The instrument was lovely, but so cumbersome, it was impossible to imagine packing it into a taxi. And so the man gigged alone in the tower overlooking the sea.

Wait. This is no fairy tale. The musician, Görkem Şen, is real, as is his instrument, the Yaybahar. (Its name remains a mystery to your non-Turkish-speaking correspondent. Google Translate was no help. Perhaps Şen explains the name in the patter preceding his recent TEDxReset performance…music is the only universal here.)

The Yaybahar looks like minimalist sculpture, or a piece of vintage playground equipment. It has fretted strings, coiled springs and drum skins. Şen plays it with a bow, or a wrapped mallet, nimbly switching between spaced out explorations, folk music and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.

After many years, a passing prince or princess was bewitched by the beautiful music that reached his or her ears from the tower. He or she braved the brambles to free Şen and his instrument. 

It’s also possible that Şen enlisted a couple of pals to help him muscle the Yaybahar down the steps, crying out when they bumped the precious instrument into the walls, struggling to get a decent grip. No good deed goes unrewarded.

At last, they left the confines of the tower. Görkem Şen lifted his face toward the Turkish sunshine. The Yaybahar stood in the sand. A noblewoman whom an evil sorceress had turned into a dog hung out for a while before losing interest. The instrument reverberated as passionately as ever. The spell was both broken and not.

You can hear more sound clips of Şen playing the Yaybahar below:

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Ayun Halliday is an author, homeschooler, and Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine. Follow her @AyunHalliday

26 Nov 00:00

Jurassic World


This is without out a doubt the best XKCD in a good while.

Hey guys! What's eating you? Ha ha ha it's me! Oh, what fun we have.
26 Nov 08:49

The story of spatchcocking and how Mark Bittman changed Thanksgiving forever


Attn: Bird roasters.

Americans have been cooking Thanksgiving turkeys for more than 100 years. But it’s only the last few when a radical innovation in turkey preparation has started to become mainstream: “Spatchcocking,” or removing the backbone and flattening the turkey. This process—also known as butterflying, and common for preparing chickens—reduces the roasting time for a turkey from roughly three hours to around 45 minutes. Freeing up both oven and host, it’s a complete Thanksgiving game-changer.

Spatchcocking awareness—measured by Google Trends data, which represents search interest—grew modestly for years, until 2012, when it spiked. It has since become even more popular during Novembers, when Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.

Spatchcock chart Google Trends

Who’s to blame for this? Signs mostly point to one man: Mark Bittman, the long-time “Minimalist” food writer for the New York Times. Bittman’s “45-minute roast turkey” recipe first seems to have appeared in 2002.

Bittman repeats the process in a 2008 video, which is as funny as it is helpful. “I have forgotten to roast the turkey,” he smirks. “However, thanks to the patented Bittman 45-minute roast turkey method, I’m going to save the day. Watch this.” He slices out the turkey’s backbone, presses the bird flat, dresses it simply, and puts it into the oven. He then hangs a wall-sized clock around his neck. “I’m not kidding, 45 minutes is the time, and the time is 45 minutes.”

Mark Bittman 45-minute turkey
Mark Bittman removes his 45-minute turkey from the oven in a 2008 video.(Screenshot/New York Times)

But I first learned about the 45-minute turkey in 2012, along with—it seems—most food enthusiasts. What happened that year that set things off? In my case, someone—probably my wife—sent me a link to Bittman’s video, and his 2012 edition of the recipe, “The 2-D Thanksgiving.” It worked great! And even better the next year.

But Bittman wasn’t alone to spatchcocking in 2012, and in fact, he tends to shy away from what he calls the “quaint” s-word, which dates to the late 18th century. The bigger performer seems to be this Serious Eats article, “How to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey,” which spread widely on Twitter after it was published on Nov. 6. A week later, on Nov. 13, Alton Brown, the witty host of Food Network’s “Good Eats” and “Iron Chef America” went on NPR’s “All Things Considered” show to talk about spatchcocking. “It’s a fantastic word.” Bittman’s articles are dated Nov. 15.

“It seemed like ‘spatchcock’ was the word of the day this year,” web developer Jim Ray said in a 2012 Thanksgiving-recap episode of his cooking podcast, Salt & Fat. “There seemed to be some consensus that this was the way to roast your turkey. And—I didn’t do that this year—I think it’s probably the last year that I won’t spatchcock my turkey.” Today, Ray tells Quartz, “I’m all spatchcock all the way.” Along with, it seems, many people.

I emailed Bittman to ask if he takes credit for this holiday cooking revolution. “I suppose it’s fair, for this generation at least,” he replied. “I mean, I didn’t make it up. You spatchcock an eel, that goes back forever. Spatchcocking a chicken I learned, probably from James Beard. Spatchcocking a turkey I might have made up, at least I was doing well before 2008, although that was the first video.”

25 Nov 22:01

New GOP Leaders Embrace Science But Don’t Hug Trees


Could be worse!

By Joshua A. Krisch | November 24, 2014 |  

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

man hugging big tree trunkCongress can be…chaotic. Last Thursday night, President Obama unveiled plans for immigration reform, and literally challenged Congress to stop him. The next day, Speaker of the House John Boehner said that the GOP would be suing the White House over unconstitutional changes to the Affordable Care Act. It’s a mess.

But for science—and scientific research—there’s a silver lining. The House Committee on Appropriations, which bankrolls the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, recently appointed two relatively science-friendly chairmen to powerful subcommittee seats.

In D.C. parlance, subcommittee chairs are known as “cardinals,” and in the powerful Appropriations committee, cardinals decide when the government spends and where it cuts. On Wednesday, Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers announced that Tom Cole would take over as cardinal of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, and tapped John Culberson to be cardinal of Commerce, Justice and Science. Here’s what that means for science:

Representative Tom Cole (R-OK)

Tom Cole will be the cardinal in charge of Health and Human Services, which means that he’ll be one of the key people holding the purse strings for the National Institutes of Health. The NIH is the largest source of funding for biomedical research in the world, and it gets its budget almost entirely from Congress.

Cole’s appointment is a victory for the NIH. In 2007, Cole co-sponsored a bill to establish a national childhood cancer database, and in 2008 he voted in favor of the Lantos-Hyde bill, which funded efforts against global diseases like AIDS and malaria. This year, Cole threw his support behind a legislation that would remove funds from political party conventions and instead put them toward pediatric disease research.

His environmental voting record is decidedly less science-friendly. In the past, Cole has voted against protecting wild horses and authorizing the “critical habitat” title for endangered species. That shouldn’t affect biomedical research. But it is a bit worrying that Cole, who voted against environmental education grants, will be influencing the federal education budget.

Representative John Culberson (R-TX)

John Culberson will be the cardinal in charge of Commerce, Justice and Science. His appointment has the space community excited—Culberson is an outspoken proponent of a NASA mission to Europa. Culberson’s district is home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and his new position means that he now has quite a bit of say over NASA’s budget. On his web site, Culberson emphasizes his interest in advancing in spaceflight technologies, like the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle.

Commerce, Justice and Science also covers the National Science Fund, which backs more than 20 percent of the basic research conducted at universities in the U.S. Culberson’s NSF record is exemplary. Of note, Culberson once called science and technology funding a “national insurance policy” and said that Congress needs to “pour it on.” This, from a well-known fiscal conservative.

Unfortunately. Culberson’s environmental voting record is about as disturbing as Cole’s. That’s bad news for NOAA, which his subcommittee is supposed to fund. It is likely that the NOAA will continue to receive substantial government funding—Culberson has almost never cut scientific research—but it is also likely that the NOAA’s concerns about climate change will fall on deaf ears.

Culberson was, after all, the sponsor of a 2013 amendment that claimed that carbon pollution is zero and produces no harm and no costs. Yikes.

The Bottom Line: Who Wins?

The new cardinals are basically good news for scientific research, with a few important exceptions. To sum it all up, here are your winners and losers:

Space Science: Win

Culberson supports NASA, and loves Europa.

Basic Science: Win

Culberson supports the NSF, and loves basic research.

Biomedical Research: Win

Cole will almost definitely throw money at the NIH.

STEM Education: Tie

Cole hasn’t been enthusiastic about paying for kids to learn about the environment. At the same time, he has funded scholarship programs for low-income families in the past, and there’s inevitably some STEM in there.

Climate Science: Lose

At least for NOAA, there’s some irony here. Culberson will probably fund NOAA, and then throw their findings about climate change in the trash.

Image credit: Flickr/Colin Jagoe

25 Nov 05:48

Grand Jury Evidence: State of Missouri vs. Darren Wilson


Expect this to get updated.
I've read through Wilson's testimony, and it is just ridiculous.

22 Nov 15:35

Going through the British countryside with Becky Cloonan is...


This is a good plan.

Going through the British countryside with Becky Cloonan is about as delightful as you think it will be

18 Nov 14:00

Interstellar SPOILERCAST - 11/18/2014

by Will Smith

I agree with Norm and Adam. Promising first act that just goes to shit.

Adam, Norm, and Will have mixed feeling about Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's latest project. Rest assured of one thing though, there will be spoilers aplenty. Enjoy!
24 Nov 05:01

overthinking it

by Ian

overthinking it

21 Nov 16:00

Tested: The Show — Rebecca Watson on Women in Geek Culture

by Joey Fameli

A good little talk, which drew the morons in the Tested community out of the woodwork to comment about the awfulness of equality and girls touching their stuff. I am very politely making fun of them.

18 Nov 20:00

The Best Digital Kitchen Scale Today

by Christine Cyr Clisset, The Sweethome

These have gotten so cheap!

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a list of the best gear for your home.Read the full article

If you need an all-purpose digital kitchen scale for baking, cooking by ratio, or even measuring beans to brew coffee, the Jennings CJ4000 ($26) combines some of the best features we’ve seen in a scale. It’s easy to use and store, comes with an AC adapter to save on batteries, and you can disable the auto-off function—so you can take your sweet time mixing or brewing. The Jennings costs only a few dollars more than a bare-bones model, but does something none of them can: it measures in half grams for even better precision.

How We Decided

We spent nearly 30 hours researching, interviewing experts, and testing digital kitchen scales over the last two years. Of the 45 models we’ve considered, the Jennings CJ4000 has proved the most versatile for a range of kitchen tasks and the best for most people.

Who should buy this?

Anyone who wants more consistent results from their baking, cooking, or coffee brewing should consider getting a kitchen scale. It’s far more accurate to weigh flour, diced vegetables, shredded cheese, or any number of ingredients than to cram them into a measuring cup or spoon. And since you can pour everything into one mixing bowl—subtracting cups and spoons from the equation—this type of cooking and baking cuts down significantly on dishes.

For precision coffee brewing, as with pour overs, a scale can help you get an accurate combination of beans and water every time. (If you’re into home espresso, see our other recommendations below for even more accurate pocket scales.)

Why we like Jennings CJ4000 above all else

With a capacity of .5 grams to 4000 grams (about 8.8 pounds), the Jennings scale is precise enough for pour overs, but can also handle big batches of dough. Many cooks and bakers may not need the .5 gram level of accuracy, but we like that the precision gives you options down the road.

When turned on, the scale defaults to the last unit measurement used. Simply press the “mode” button to switch between grams, ounces, pounds, and pieces (the counting function).

We also like that the Jennings comes with an AC adapter. (Most of the other models we tested only use batteries.) This conserves battery, and could save you an emergency trip to the store when the batteries have finally died.

The Jennings scale was one of a few we found where you can disable the auto-off function, so you can take as much time as you need to measure ingredients without the scale turning off. If this isn’t disabled, the scale turns off after only a minute and a half of inactivity.

We found the Jennings scale’s bright orange backlit screen, which stays on as long as the scale does, easy to read. We also like that the scale has a small footprint, making it convenient to store in a cupboard or drawer.

Overall, we think the Jennings CJ4000 offers a lot of value for a very reasonable price. It also comes with a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Flaws (but not dealbreakers)

When testing with lab weights, the Jennings scale consistently read .5 g too high. The slight misread could prove problematic for some coffee people, but not a biggie for most bakers or cooks.

If using a big pot for mixing dough, it takes some maneuvering to see the screen. You definitely can’t see the measurement if using a sheet pan. Yet for most baking, cooking, and coffee tasks, we think the Jennings will work just fine.

If you bake in bulk

The $36 My Weigh KD8000 is a beast compared to the other scales we tested and only measures in full grams, but as with the Jennings scale, you can use an AC adapter, disable the auto-off function, and keep the backlight on as long as the scale. It’s a good choice for quantity baking, as it’ll weigh up to 17 pounds, 9 ounces. Just be aware it takes up quite a bit of counter space.

The best designed scale

The much sleeker OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale has an easier to read display, and the best overall design of all the scales we tested. But at $50 it’s relatively pricey and doesn’t function better than the Jennings CJ4000.

For extra precision

For weighing very small amounts very precisely—such as espresso, spices, or leaveners—we’d go with the $18 American Weigh 2KG pocket scale, which measures in .1 gram increments, or the American Weigh Signature Digital Pocket Scale ($8.50), which measures in .01 gram increments.

In Closing

Our favorite digital kitchen scale is the most versatile for a range of kitchen tasks, but some of our other picks have better designed features and even more precision. For most cooking, baking, and even coffee brewing, though, we’d buy the Jennings CJ4000.

This guide may have been updated. To see the current recommendationplease go to The

19 Nov 19:00

In Brief: Stanley Kubrick's Boxes

by Norman Chan

I'm in a bit of a Kubrick kick lately. After visiting the Kubrick touring exhibit last year, I picked up several books related to the show--the companion book from the original Berlin exhibition, a book about artist Ken Adams' set designs for Kubrick's films, and most recently, Taschen publishing's massive tome celebrating and studying Kubrick's films. (So bummed I missed out on Taschen's $1,000 2001: A Space Odyssey book). A friend referred me to this 2004 article published in the Guardian about Kubrick's legendary personal archive of research and reference material stored in his Childwick estate, offering just a glimpse into the director's organizational obsessions. The story is republished at Cinephilia & Beyond, a website that I can't believe I've only heard about recently--you could spend hours here poring over essays about all aspects of filmmaking. Also embedded below is a 45 minute short documentary on Kubrick's archives.

Bonus: this supercut of Kubrick's use of the color red in film:

21 Nov 08:23

Detail from page 349 of Family Man. In other news: the comic has...


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21 Nov 00:00

AI-Box Experiment


This super-intelligent AI may actually be a cat.

I'm working to bring about a superintelligent AI that will eternally torment everyone who failed to make fun of the Roko's Basilisk people.
11 Nov 19:16

Omas Ogiva Alba, Behind the Scenes

by Brian Goulet

For them's that likes to know stuff about things.

  • (0:00) Intro
  • (0:29) Cotton resin seeds in raw form
  • (2:08) Piston/Clip installation
  • (3:52) Ebonite feed cutting and shaping
  • (6:00) Conclusion
Omas is an established pen company that does a great deal of hand work and craftsmanship to manufacture their pens. Luca Baglione, the Brand VP from Omas in Italy, was kind enough to shoot some footage of a few of the manufacturing processes for the new Omas Ogiva Alba and share it with me.

Check out here for my full introduction of the Ogiva Alba, and check it out on here.

What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

18 Nov 04:53

Properly Sourced


Everyone is made of meats.

sleep is dumb

Cats, amirite??

17 Nov 05:01

Not Sorry

by Ian

Not Sorry

07 Nov 02:43

2014 Ornament Giveaway

by ateliersisk

You should enter.

2014 Ornament Giveaway

Winner will be drawn on Twelfth Night (January 6th)

We’ve reached the fourth year of the Twelve Days of Christmas bas-relief ornament series. It couldn’t have been done without the support of many, especially with this year’s material learning curve for the Four Calling Birds and increased sales. To celebrate our growth and your support, this year’s giveaway prize is a set of any four (4) ornaments in the series. Thank you for a wonderful 2014!

14 Nov 04:07


14 Nov 00:00



I haven't been feeling xkcd for a while, but this one is pretty damn good.

Life goal #29 is to get enough of them rejected that I can publish a comparative analysis of the rejection letters.
12 Nov 19:00



Via Rosalind.

I love this forever.

12 Nov 00:00



If I could write javascript, I'd know what was going on.

12 Nov 08:19

Watch the ESA's Rosetta Probe Land on a Comet

by Will Smith

Includes link to livestream from the control room.

12 Nov 07:08

Bruce Campbell Will Star In Evil Dead Sequel TV Series. Hell. Yes.

Evil Dead is coming back in a big, big way, people. Original creators Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are joining forces to bring the gruesome horror franchise to Starz. And yes, this does mean that Bruce Campbell will return as the one and only Ash Williams.

Variety is reporting that the Evil Dead series is a go at Starz. The official name of the 10-episode series is Ash Vs. Evil Dead.

So where will we find Ash? Turns out he's "the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead." But there's no rest for the Deadites. A new undead evil is about to be unleashed, and Ash has to get his crap together to fight eit.

In an interview, the original film's director Raimi hinted at both the return of the chainsaw arm and the "boomstick." Good. No doubt this being on Starz, there will be plenty of pausing for undead sex. There was undead sex in the previous franchise, but thanks to Starz's lax TV guidelines and hungry-for-flesh audience, we suspect there will be a whole lot nudity and bright red blood for horror fans. Please just be good.

12 Nov 00:51



oh yea that feel gotta tell me mom some stuff oh boy

11 Nov 08:01

Fenrir the Wolfdragon

by Erika Moen

Weird Dildos. Do I really need to say "NSFW"?

So yeah, the type of silicone density and size of the Fenrir model I tried out weren’t quite right for me, but I do think this is still a well-made and attractive dildo. I’m totes up for trying out some different models till I find the dragon dick of my dreams!

If the Fenrir sounds interesting to you check it out here, bonus points if you read the silly mini story they add to their toy listings:

Whether you should buy in or not is up to you, but we whole heartily recommend trying a few of Bad Dragons toys, at the very least, just to say you have.

AND! I’m super delighted to announce that the Oh Joy Sex Toy BOOK RELEASE PARTY is happening December 7th from 7-9pm at the brand new She Bop located at 3213 SE Divsion, Portland. They’ll be selling my favorite toys for 10% off that night AND I’ll be giving away an exclusive print to anyone who buys anything in their store.


10 Nov 07:47

Einstürzende Neubauten / Der Beginn des Weltkrieges 1914 (unter Zuhilfenahme eines Tierstimmenimitators)


Blixa is really weird, and a total goof.

Einstürzende Neubauten / Der Beginn des Weltkrieges 1914 (unter Zuhilfenahme eines Tierstimmenimitator) From the CD "Lament"