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29 Jun 15:48

The first overnight camping trip for Dara and Snowy Owl was a...


I just deleted 800 feeds from my account and now I can use this tumblr bookmarklet workaround again.

The first overnight camping trip for Dara and Snowy Owl was a blast!

02 Jul 15:25

@firehose, where do these gifs come from?

@firehose, where do these gifs come from?

30 Apr 23:39

Warehouse 23 - GURPS Lite (Fourth Edition)

by hodad

Why not gurps, Firehose?


@gamerbros (@tgmoore, especially)

Tell me if GURPS and GURPS Lite would not be a good place to start once Dara is old enough to try role playing games. I also found a BURPS simplified character sheet that looks easy.

GURPS Lite is a 32-page distillation of the basic GURPS rules. It covers the essentials of character creation, combat, success rolls, adventuring, and game mastering for GURPS Fourth Edition.

The purpose of GURPS Lite is to help GMs bring new players into the game, without frightening them with the full GURPS Basic Set and a stack of worldbooks! With GURPS Lite, you can show your players just how simple GURPS really is.

NOTE: This is the latest edition, revised August 2004.


GURPS Lite is available in several other languages, too!

Visit the official web page for more info, resources, product support, and links.

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16 Apr 17:41

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14 Apr 16:20

I know shit about Game of Thrones but I got so much fucking life...

I know shit about Game of Thrones but I got so much fucking life from this

14 Apr 14:23

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03 Apr 16:20

‘Busk’, A Short Documentary About New York City Street Performers

by Brian Heater

“Busk” is a documentary short by Icarus that explores the lives of five musicians making their living by performing on the streets and subway stations of New York City. Released through Vimeo in 2013, the doc follows a diverse group of performers, including Japanese beatboxer Reo Matsumoto, bluegrass banjo player Morgan O’Kane and bucket drummer Anthony Smith-Little.

via Vimeo Staff Picks

25 Mar 01:16

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If I had to imagine the places where gender studies and feminism diverged, this might be one of them.

27 Mar 17:17

A Sad Remix of Pharrell Williams’ Song ‘Happy’ by Woodkid

by Justin Page

French graphic designer and neofolk musician Yoann Lemoine (a.k.a. “Woodkid“) has created a sad remix of the hit song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The remix is available to stream and download online from Soundcloud.

Pharrell Happy Woodkid Sad Remix

image via Woodkid

via Anthony De Rosa

05 Feb 05:57

levvis: half of a salmon fillet and a clarinet


half of a salmon fillet and a clarinet

25 Mar 18:44

Want to Buy a Private Oregon Island?

Image: zschnepf
Sea stacks at the Oregon coast (Not for sale, thankfully!)

The Northwest has islands for sale. Now, I know what you’re thinking—“Oregon has islands?” Yes, indeed. It’s every nature-loving hermit’s dream: a private island in the Pacific Northwest. A rugged, pine-soaked landscape to surround a tasteful two-story cabin with modern amenities. A lone dock pokes into the river, free from tourists with inflatable kayaks and digital cameras commenting on the cute baby ducks. Your boat sits silent in the lapping water while you sit on your deck deciding whether to go into town tonight, or just stay by the fire pit with a cold beer, counting the stars. It’s a beautiful life—if you have over a million dollars to kill.

Here are four of Oregon and Washington’s most prized private island real estates. The fantasy is free—the land is not. 

Tanglewood Island

Tanglewood Island
Location: Puget Sound, Washington (near Gig Harbor)
Size: 16 acres
Price: $889,000
For those that don’t want the responsibility of owning a whole island, this historic parcel may be the answer. Tanglewood supports four homes and a community lodge (complete with swimming pool). The available eighteenth century house has been completely remodeled, and sits nestled in the trees, evoking the intimate feel of a private island, but with the convenience of knocking on a neighbor’s door because you forgot to buy toilet paper. (And you really don’t want to fire up the boat just for a run to Fred Meyer.) Situated near Seattle and Tacoma, this is the perfect retreat from big city living—without having to leave the big city. 

McCaffrey Island

McCaffrey Island
Location: Newport, Oregon
Size: 1.5 acres
Price: $1,250,000
Located on the Yaquina River, this private island paradise comes with an elegantly rustic, fully-furnished, five-bedroom home, apple trees and the occasional deer. It includes a house built for entertaining, sporting a large, open kitchen with granite countertops, and a back patio complete with fire pit where guests can cook whatever creature they caught off the dock that day. A trip to the mainland will take five minutes depending on what kind of fancy boat you have to match your dapper new home, and is only six minutes to the open ocean—which makes this the perfect wealthy pirate hideout.  

Elk Island

Elk Island
Location: Roseburg, Oregon
Size: 15 acres
Price: $2,200,000
This partially developed island is ripe with potential: it offers lush flora, making it the perfect space to open a botanical garden; it’s secluded enough for a small, private resort; and it comes with a plethora of local fauna (awkwardly, no elk), making it a shoe-in for a wildlife reserve and educational center. It seems silly to keep this island all to yourself. In addition to the island, it comes with 10 acres of water rights, an adjacent lot for building a bridge to shore, and a 2.5 acre lot, presumably for parking. It already has a home and a farmhouse, orchards and field crops—all you have to do is decide whether you want to run an island fairground or a relaxed fishing lodge.

Ram Island

Ram Island
Location: 9 miles from Anacortes
Size: 10 acres
Price: $3,500,000
This undeveloped wild land has 3,800 feet of water front. Thick pines give way to stony outcroppings where you’ll enjoy 365-degree views of landmarks such as Mt. Baker, the Olympics and neighboring islands. The end of the island slopes down to a narrow white sand beach—perfect for sunbathing or snorkeling—while the rest of the property is outlined by jutting sea cliffs. The land is zoned for a home, but is currently without power, access to fresh water or sanitation services. (Also, no rams.) But why should that matter? You just bought a three-million dollar island. Build a tree house a la Swiss Family Robinson and call it a day.

Every other Tuesday: Weekend escapes, travel deals, lodging and dining picks, and ideas for Northwest getaways. (See an example!)


18 Mar 16:55


04 Mar 21:48


Hey saucie

02 Mar 15:32


Fuck your cherry blossoms

01 Mar 21:48

#pizza #share


ThOR Boston IRL hangout, tonight, Monday, March 3, Brick & Mortar, 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA, 9pm, watch @multitasksuicide play some music.

(This means you, GN!)

#pizza #share

14 Feb 00:44

essediafoifoda: Esse dia foi foda Feliz volta de recesso a...


Esse dia foi foda

Feliz volta de recesso a todos :)

10 Feb 17:00


09 Jan 10:03

Alien vs Magician

by Doug
16 Jan 15:53

The sum of all positive integers

by Jason Kottke

What do you think you get if you add 1+2+3+4+5+... all the way on up to infinity? Probably a massively huge number, right? Nope. You get a small negative number:

This is, by a wide margin, the most noodle-bending counterintuitive thing I have ever seen. Mathematician Leonard Euler actually proved this result in 1735, but the result was only made rigorous later and now physicists have been seeing this result actually show up in nature. Amazing. (thx, chris)

Update: Of course (of course!) the actual truth seems more complicated, hinging on what "sum" means mathematically, etc. (via @cenedella)

Update: As usual, Phil Plait sorts things out on this complicated situation. (via @theory)

Tags: Leonard Euler   mathematics   video
12 Apr 11:18

This little #darkeyedjunco just ran into our patio door....

This little #darkeyedjunco just ran into our patio door.

09 Jan 18:24

A Deaf Linguist Explores Black American Sign Language

A Deaf Linguist Explores Black American Sign Language:

Well this is a fascinating read.

Many hearing people think sign language is universal, but it is not. Hill, who was born deaf, studied in Italy on a Fulbright and speaks Italian, as well as ASL, Italian SL, and Black ASL.

American Sign Language developed based on the French sign language that Thomas Gallaudet learned from Clerc, so American and French signers understand one another better than British and American signers do, for example.

Hill produced a chart that showed how the schools spread across the country. But the first school for black deaf children in the South… didn’t open until 1867, in North Carolina. Southern schools remained segregated until well after Brown v. Board of Education, in 1954… So it is not surprising that deaf African-Americans developed and were taught their own version of ASL.

02 Oct 14:28

A Trip Inside Philadelphia's Abandoned Subway Station

by Mark Byrnes
Spring Garden opened in 1928 as a busy subway station on SEPTA's Broad-Ridge Spur in Philadelphia, only to be closed in 1991 following years of declining ridership. Not to be confused with the still-active Spring Garden stations (named after the east-west city street they serve) on the current Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines, its entrances remain sealed off with galvanized metal more than 20 years later.

A green dot marks where the former Spring Garden station would sit on a current SEPTA map. The other Spring Garden stations are active and never connected to the former Broad-Ridge Spur station.
Riders can still get a glimpse of the old station, dimly lit and covered in graffiti, as their trains pass between Fairmount and Chinatown stations. Recently, local photographers Austin Hodges and Meredith Edlow joined Conrad Benner (who runs Philadelphia blog Streets Dept) to check out the former station as well as the portion of neighboring Fairmount station no longer in use.
Proclaimed by Benner on his site as a "mecca for graffiti artists and urban explorers alike," the former station was easy to find since it remains visible for SEPTA riders. "We had to walk on the tracks past a station being used," says Hodges. "Other than that it was fine."
Edlow, who visited the old Spring Garden station five years ago, was surprised at how different it looks even in that short period of time. "It's almost like there is such a limited amount of canvas space that everything is covered in graffiti," she says. "Because the walls get tagged so much, you are almost seeing an entirely different place." 
"It's like walking through ruins," says Edlow. "You can feel the people that were once there and the stories about why places closed ... it makes for a bit of an unsettling experience."
For Hodges, the experience was a little less morose. "Being down there was really exciting. Knowing that many people don't know about it or have been there put a smile on my face." 

Photos by Austin Hodges

Photo by Meredith Edlow 

Photo by Austin Hodges

Photo by Meredith Edlow

Photo by Austin Hodges

Photo by Meredith Edlow

Images courtesy Meredith Edlow and Austin Hodges. They can be found on Instragram at @medlowminus  and @austinxc04

H/T Streets Dept


18 Sep 19:04

godfreygaobipls: alienswithankhs: therealklt: tymothius: GUY...






"I’ve learned fuck all."



11 Apr 14:14

HAVE YOU EVER FUCKING SEEN the Hamburger Helper? That shit is...

HAVE YOU EVER FUCKING SEEN the Hamburger Helper? That shit is terrifying. What’s worse than that? The sodium content. Get off the salt lick and grub on some real food.

Seriously someone in HH marketing should be fired.


1 block tempeh (~8 oz.)

1 yellow onion

1 bell pepper

2 carrots

3-4 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon olive oil

2-3 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon liquid smoke (It is near the BBQ sauce at the store I swear. You haven’t even looked yet so stop fucking complaining.)

14 ounce can of tomatoes (make sure you don’t buy some brand full of salt)

1 pound of pasta (whole wheat, rice, quinoa, whatever the fuck you want)

juice of 1 lemon

1 cup of green peas or other vegetable

Optional: add some steamed broccoli, spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, whatever you got that you need to use up.

Cook the pasta how the box tells you to. You got this.

Chop up the onion, bell pepper, and carrots. Mince the garlic cloves up nice and small. Heat up the oil over a medium heat in a big skillet or a wok. Crumble the tempeh into little pieces with your hands and toss into the skillet. Add the veggies and cook them until the onion begins to look all golden and the tempeh bits start to brown. Add the soy sauce, spices, and garlic and cook them for about a minute. Your place should smell fucking awesome by now. You’re welcome. Now add the liquid smoke and tomatoes and let the mixture start to bubble a little. Let this all stew together for a minute or two.

Add the cooked pasta, lemon juice, and any additional veggies you picked out to the tomato mixture. Mix everything together until the pasta is nice and coated. Add more spices if you think it needs it. I like to serve mine topped with red onion, jalapenos, and cilantro but you add your favorite shit.

Serves 4-6 people as a meal (or one bad mother fucker with leftovers)

27 Jun 01:06

Tic-Tac-Toe squared

by Cory Doctorow

Want to play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe that's genuinely challenging and hard? Try "Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe," in which each square is made up of another, smaller Tic-Tac-Toe board, and to win the square you have to win its mini-game. Ben Orlin says he discovered the game on a mathematicians' picnic, and he explains a wrinkle on the rules:

You don’t get to pick which of the nine boards to play on. That’s determined by your opponent’s previous move. Whichever square he picks, that’s the board you must play in next. (And whichever square you pick will determine which board he plays on next.)...

This lends the game a strategic element. You can’t just focus on the little board. You’ve got to consider where your move will send your opponent, and where his next move will send you, and so on.

The resulting scenarios look bizarre. Players seem to move randomly, missing easy two- and three-in-a-rows. But there’s a method to the madness – they’re thinking ahead to future moves, wary of setting up their opponent on prime real estate. It is, in short, vastly more interesting than regular tic-tac-toe.

Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe (via Kottke)


07 Jul 16:29




31 May 12:00

Animal Crossing

by drew

what's the deal with tOR and this game? did you all own 3ds's before it came out? why?


You can’t fool me, Animal Crossing. I bought the original and played it, and it was fun, and then boring, so I turned it off. Then I bought the Nintendo DS version and I was like “Wait, this is the exact same game.” Then I bought the Wii version and it was also exactly the same. Maybe the animals talked more. I don’t remember. All I know is that if I want to pick fruit for hours and go in debt to buy a house I can do that in real life.

The new one supposedly has new features, which I’m guessing amount to “there’s more fruit to pick” and “if you pick fruit for 50 hours in a row you can get a new couch.”

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me…. four times… We won’t be fooled again.

06 Jul 04:01

these two

these two

04 Jul 14:39

Study: Hawk moths use sonar jamming genitals in fight against bats

by Kadhim Shubber


Hawk moths may be jamming bat sonar signals by rubbing their genitals.

The behaviour, reported in Biology Letters on 3 July, creates an ultrasonic noise that could be used to scare off an attacking bat and to jam the bat's sonar.

By: Kadhim Shubber, Edited by: Nate Lanxon

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15 Jun 03:01

death-by-lulz: tastefullyoffensive: Movies That Can Be...

by aishiterushit



Movies That Can Be Described With The Same Sentence