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21 Jan 20:35

This Game of Thrones In Feudal Japan Art Is All I Want In Life

I don't know who Seiji is or whether anything other than "it'd look cool" prompted them to illustrate Game of Thrones as if it took place in feudal Japan. I don't care. I just want more of these. I'm staring at my screen and drooling. (via: ForeverGeek)
20 Jan 05:00


'Automating' comes from the roots 'auto-' meaning 'self-', and 'mating', meaning 'screwing'.
20 Jan 20:00


by Gav


Timothy Ferriss is an author, entrepreneur, blogger and television host. He’s best known as the 4-Hour guru who helped pioneer the ‘lifestyle design’ movement. This quote is taken from Ferriss’ first book, The 4-Hour Workweek, which I read when I was in the middle of my career change and helped motivate me to eventually start this website. The book teaches people to rethink the outdated idea of working a 9-5 job and to use today’s technology to find the perfect work/life balance.

Ferriss recently debuted his new TV show, The Tim Ferriss Experiment, where he applies his life-hacking rules to a number of different disciplines.

I was fortunate enough to meet Tim and contribute some illustrations to his latest book, The 4-Hour Chef. Here’s a blog post I wrote about it with some behind-the-scenes sketches.

RELATED COMICS Chris Guillebeau: 11 Ways to be Average. Terence McKenna: Nature Loves Courage.

- Zen Pencils was named one of PCMag’s top 100 websites of 2013!
- Yay, it’s finally the first comic of 2014. It’s taken me longer than I had planned to update the site again, but I’m happy to say my holiday really energised me for the year to come and I’ve already got a couple months worth of ideas for comics that I can’t wait to start drawing. Thanks for your patience.

11 Jan 17:59

Kazakh Professor Claims Solution of Another Millennium Prize Problem

by Soulskill

Tô curiosa se isso vai se sustentar ou não...

An anonymous reader writes "Kazakh news site reports that Mukhtarbay Otelbaev, Director of the Eurasian Mathematical Institute of the Eurasian National University, is claiming to have found the solution to another Millennium Prize Problems. His paper, which is called 'Existence of a strong solution of the Navier-Stokes equations' and is freely available online (PDF in Russian), may present a solution to the fundamental partial differentials equations that describe the flow of incompressible fluids for which, until now, only a subset of specific solutions have been found. So far, only one of the seven Millennium problems was solved — the Poincaré conjecture, by Grigori Perelman in 2003. If Otelbaev's solution is confirmed, not only it might be the first time that the $1 million offered by the Clay Millennium Prize will find a home (Perelman refused the prize in 2010), but also engineering libraries will soon have to update their Fluid Mechanic books."

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16 Jan 00:46

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead

by Christopher Jobson

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Just a cursory glance at a few storm photos by Mike Hollingshead and it’s clear this guy has probably seen it all, and probably put his life at risk to do so. The intrepid storm chaser has been enduring foul weather since the late 90s, clocking some 20,000 miles a year in his car as he stalks thunderstorms and other extreme weather occurrences waiting to capture the perfect shot. Hollingshead shares his story with Jakob Schiller over at Raw File, and you can see hundreds of his photos, many available for purchase as prints, over on his website. All images courtesy the artist. (via Raw File)

12 Dec 07:37

m1ssred: chemical reaction


chemical reaction

22 Dec 18:09

littlelimpstiff14u2: Antarctica from space Amazing.


Antarctica from space


23 Dec 04:34

wasbella102: :))

18 Dec 16:00

impostoralice: askfordoodles: smearedlipstick: ghdos: illran...


Whoa, não sabia disso!







Did a bunch of dogs breakup a fight between two cats? Am I seeing this right??

Having none of that shit today.

“Ay man, y’all chill the fuck out. Y’all fucking up the party.”


Pack animals like dogs don’t tolerate dissent in their group because it weakens the pack’s social structure… There are similar clips on youtube of them breaking up rabbit and rooster fights… They don’t care what species you are, they just want you to CUT THAT SHIT OUT.

They don’t differentiate species because dogs think everything else is just a weird dog. 

15 Dec 19:43

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11 Dec 19:55

20 Breathtaking Winter Landscapes That Will Give You the Chills, Literally

by admin


Winter has crashed down upon us and settled in for a long stay, but that does not mean nature’s beauty has faded away. As you can see in this series of winter landscape photographs, nature plays no favorites with beauty. She is just as cunning of an artist with ice and snow as she is with green grass. flowers, and trees. She paints the trees with a dusting of frost. She creates icy mirrors from the still lakes to reflect the beauty of her creations. She creates sculptures with her icicles and snow drifts. She intermixes snow covered trees and ground with open waters filled with wild geese. She floats snow through the nighttime air creating twinkling flakes reflecting lights. Nature’s elegance stretches through the seasons. We are thrilled that some photographer dare the cold to capture some of nature’s most dramatic scenes.

Photo above by EarthPix


Photo by Lake Baikal


Photo by Hideyuki Katagiri


Photo by Marcin Ryczek


Photo by Kent Shiraishi


Photo by Jan Machata


Photo by Dmitry Dubikovskiy


Photo by Norbert Maier


Photo by deep21

winter-landscapes-27 Photo by Friðþjófur M


Photo by Lars van der Goor



Photo by Thomas Zakowski


Photo by Edwin van Nuil


Photo by Evgeni Dinev



Photo by Mark Geistweite


Photo by Emmanuel Coupe


Photo by Peter From

winter-landscapes-5 Photo by oskarpall


09 Dec 09:00

139. BRENÉ BROWN: The Woman in the Arena

by Gav

139. BRENÉ BROWN: The Woman in the Arena

Brené Brown is a professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has dedicated her life to social work and studies vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame.

Her fantastic 2010 TEDxHouston talk, The Power of Vulnerabilty, is one of the most popular TED talks with over 12 million views and led to Brown giving the final speech at a 2012 TED conference. That speech, Listening to Shame, is where the above quotes are taken from. Turns out Brown and I both love the same Teddy Roosevelt Man in the Arena quote. It’s literally the second quote I ever adapted into a comic (although it was posted as number 8) and remains one of my favourite quotes. In her speech, Brown tells of how that quote helped her during a difficult time amidst her own failures and setbacks (around the 12min mark). The fact that she references a quote I’ve already adapted in her own inspirational quote gave me the chance to get meta again and give a nod to my long-time readers who would recognise the first part of the comic.

RELATED COMICS: The Man in the Arena, Nature Loves Courage, The Fig Tree, Ultimate Self-Help Book.

- Brené Brown’s official website.
- Thanks to Mike, Saquib and Cynthia for sending me the TED talks.

06 Dec 11:14

A volta ao mundo em 80 drinks

by Luciano Ribeiro

A gente pode até rejeitar ser conhecidos por rótulos, clichês e caricaturas, mas elas até que possuem uma função. Permitem que tenhamos referenciais fáceis, formas simples e acessíveis de conhecer culturas, países e até pessoas. Claro que eles sempre são negativos quando usados com a finalidade de discriminar, diminuir ou segregar, porém, se usados para reconhecer mais rapidamente alguma riqueza, pode ser até interessante.

Acho que foi o caso desse infográfico. A imagem foi feita pela Wine Investment e cataloga bebidas típicas – não necessariamente alcoólicas – de 80 países pelo globo. Temos desde a nossa caipirinha, passando por absinto, saquê, mate, Coca Cola e até algumas que possuem nomes impronunciáveis.

Dá pra passar  um tempo olhando os formatos dos copos e tentando identificar quais delas já se conhece.


Aqui eu separei alguns links contendo informações a respeito de cada uma delas. Infelizmente, nem todos me parecem confiáveis, em especial os links sobre bebidas da África – o que é uma pena.

Queria convidar vocês a me ajudarem a garimpar essas informações. Se encontrarem algum link com informações incorretas, me avisem e a gente vai montando um catálogo mais seguro.


27 Nov 01:07

no-puppy-eyes: The Skies of Skyrim ★


The Skies of Skyrim

23 Nov 18:10

Winter is coming

22 Nov 18:00

That is One Amazing Maneuver!

That is One Amazing Maneuver!

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21 Nov 16:22

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by jensen
21 Nov 17:00

juliasegal: bigcatrescue: BIG cats love boxes too!



BIG cats love boxes too!

22 Nov 17:30

Intense gamma-ray burst spells doom—for our models of gamma-ray bursts

by John Timmer
A massive star goes boom, leaving behind a black hole and sending off a burst of gamma rays.

Back in April, orbiting observatories started picking up the first indications of a gamma-ray burst. By the time observations wrapped up, the event (GRB 130427A) produced the largest outpouring of photons of any yet detected, and it set a record for the highest energy photon we've seen from these events. And because it was unusually close to Earth, GRB 130427A provided a wealth of information about these extreme events—and told us that we don't really understand how they produce the gamma-rays that are their signature.

Yesterday's issue of Science contains four papers that describe the event, partly because it was unusually well-documented. The enormous stars that produce gamma-ray bursts were much more common in the early Universe and, as a result, most of them occur out at the edge of the observable Universe. But GRB 130427A is an exception; the Universe was already about 10 billion years old when it happened, meaning the supernova that produced the gamma rays occurred less than four billion light years from Earth. As a result, ground-based instruments that were directed to the right area of the sky by the orbiting instruments were quickly able to identify the supernova involved (SN 2013cq).

Meanwhile, the orbiting observatories like SWIFT and Fermi continued to track the event as it occurred. The data they gathered showed that GRB 130427A was an impressive event. At lower energies, it showed a characteristic initial burst followed by a pause of several seconds. The pause ended with a long and complex series of emissions that lasted for roughly 10 seconds, after which there was a gradual tailing off of activity. At the highest energies, however, there was a steady buzz of activity from five seconds out to at least 30, and gamma rays continued to be detected out to 20 hours, setting a record for these events

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18 Nov 21:30

New Plan: Let's All Move to Iceland

by Robert T. Gonzalez

New Plan: Let's All Move to Iceland

Green aurorae unfurl above Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest glacier, in this spellbinding photo by French photographer Stéphane Vetter.



13 Nov 16:24

Google Would Have Looked Like in the 80’s

10 Nov 15:37

Samoyed Dog Gets Attacked by a Tiny Kitten [via]

Samoyed Dog Gets Attacked by a Tiny Kitten


26 Sep 19:28

All Sci-Fi Spaceships Known to Man

by StephanieIvania

This is a visual comparison of all sci-fi spaceships known to man. Compiled by Dirk Loechel, based on work by others. Updated 2013.
04 Nov 13:35

bloodredorion: slavicinferno: What SciFi Movies Would REALLY...



What SciFi Movies Would REALLY Be Like…


Im laughing so hard

02 Nov 13:06

Jupiter's Triple Shadow Transit

Jupiter's Triple Shadow Transit This webcam and telescope image of banded gas giant Jupiter shows the transit of three shadows cast by Jupiter's moons in progress, captured in Belgian skies on October 12 at 0528 UT. Such a three shadow transit is a relatively rare event, even for a large planet with many moons. Visible in the frame are the three Galilean moons responsible, Callisto at the far left edge, Io closest to Jupiter's disk, and Europa below and just left of Io. Of their shadows on the sunlit Jovian cloud tops, Callisto casts the most elongated one near the planet's south polar region at the bottom. Io's shadow is above and right of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Of course viewed from Jupiter's perspective, these shadow crossings could be seen as solar eclipses, analogous to the Moon's shadow crossing the sunlit face of planet Earth.
28 Oct 18:22

Just Add Vision: Turning Computers Into Robots

by Tomasz Malisiewicz
The future of technology is all about improving the human experience. And the human experience is all about you -- you filling your life with less tedious work, more fun, less discomfort, and more meaningful human interactions. Whether new technology will let us enjoy life more during our spare time (think of what big screen TVs did for entertainment), or, let us become more productive at work (think of what calculators did for engineers), successful technologies have the tendency to improve our quality of life. 

Let’s take a quick look at how things got started... 

IBM started a chain of events by building affordable computers for small businesses to increase their productivity. Microsoft and Apple then created easy-to-use operating systems which allowed the common man to use computers at home for both entertainment (computer games) and being more productive (MS Office). Once personal computers started entering our homes, it was only a matter of a years until broadband internet access become widespread. Google then came along and changed the way we retrieve information from the internet while Social networking redefined how we interact with the people in our lives. Let's not forget modern smartphones, which let us use all of this amazing technology while on the go! 

Surely our iPhones will get faster and smaller while Google search will become more robust, but does the way we interact with these devices have to stay the same? And will these devices always do the same things? 

Computers without keyboards 
A lot of the world’s most exciting technology is designed to be used directly by people and ceases to provide much value once we stop directly interacting with our devices. I honestly believe that instead of wearing more computing devices (such as Google Glass) and learning new iOS commands, what we need is technology that can do useful things on its own, without requiring a person to hit buttons or custom keyboards. Because doing useful things entails having some sort of computational unit inside, it is fair to think of these future devices as “computers.” However, making computers do useful things on their own requires making machines intelligent, something which is yet to reach the masses, so I think a better name for these devices is robots. 

What is a robot? 
If we want machines to help us out in our daily tasks (e.g., cleaning, cooking, driving, playing with us, teaching us) we need machines that can both perceive their immediate environment and act intelligently. The perception-and-action loop is all that is necessary in order to turn everyday computers into intelligent robots. While it would be “nice” to build humanoid robots which look like this: 

In my opinion, a robot is any device capable of executing its own perception and action loop. Thus, it is not necessary to have full-fledged humanoid robots to start reaping the benefit of consumer-robotics in-home robotics. Once we stop looking for smart machines with legs, and broaden our definition of a robot, it is easy to tell that the revolution has already begun. 

Current desktop computers and laptops, which require input in the form of a key being pressed or a movement on the trackpad, can be viewed as semi-intelligent machines -- but because the input interfaces render the perception problem unnecessary, I do not consider them full-fledged robots. However, an iPhone running Siri is capable of sending a text message to one of our contacts via speech, so to some extent I consider Siri-enabled iPhones as robots. Tasks such as cleaning cannot be easily automated using Siri because no matter how dirty a floor is, it will never exclaim, “I’m dirty, please clean me!”. What we need is the ability for our devices to see -- namely, recognize objects in the environment (is this a sofa or a chair?), infer their state (clean vs. dirty), and track their spatial extent in the environment (these pixels belong to the plate). 

Just add vision
We have spent decades using keyboards and mice, essentially learning a machine-specific language between us and machines. Whether you consider keystrokes as a high-level or low-level language is besides the point -- it is still a language, and more specifically a language which requires inputting everything explicitly. If we want machines to effortlessly interact with the world, we need to teach them our language and let them perceive the world directly. With the current advancements in computer vision, this is becoming a reality. But the world needs more visionary thinkers to become computer vision experts, more vision experts to start caring about broader uses of their technology, more everyday programmers to use computer vision in their projects, and more expert-grade computer vision tools accessible to those just starting out. Only then, will we be able to pool our collective efforts and finally interweave in-home robotics with the everyday human experience. 

What's next?
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a general-purpose machine vision API which would render the most tedious and time-consuming part of training object detectors obsolete? Wouldn't it be awesome if we could all use computer vision without becoming mathematics gurus or having years of software engineering experience?  Well, this might be happening sooner than you think.  In an upcoming blog post, I will describe what this API is going to look like and why it’s going to make your life a whole lot easier.  I promise not to disappoint...
24 Oct 19:00

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20 Oct 00:37

Kittens Befriend German Shepherd [x]

Kittens Befriend German Shepherd [x]

18 Oct 00:25

The Unlikely King of the Kuiper Belt [Starts With A Bang]

by Ethan

“It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

Although the innermost planets, from Mercury through Saturn, were known since ancient times, it’s only since the advent of the telescope that we’ve discovered what really lives in our Solar System. Over the past four centuries, the wonders of not only the distant Universe, but also our nearby neighborhood, have been uncovered in spectacular detail.

Image credit: NASA and – I believe – G. Bacon (STScI).

Image credit: NASA and – I believe – G. Bacon (STScI).

The third and fourth largest planets were discovered, as were a plethora of moons around other worlds, a belt of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter (at the ice-line of our Solar System, or where the strength of the Sun is insufficient to move water out of its solid phase), and a Kuiper belt out beyond the final planet. (And the Oort cloud even beyond that!)

Image Credit: Oort Cloud image by Calvin J. Hamilton, inset image by NASA.

Image Credit: Oort Cloud image by Calvin J. Hamilton, inset image by NASA.

Although Uranus was discovered in 1781 by William Herschel and its bizarre failure to adhere to Kepler’s laws led to the prediction-and-discovery of Neptune in 1846, it wasn’t until 1930 that a lone astronomer, looking at pairs of images taken at different times, happened upon the serendipitous discovery of a lifetime.

Image credit: Clyde Tombaugh's images, as they would have appeared in his blink comparator.

Image credit: Clyde Tombaugh’s images, with Pluto indicated by the arrows.

Even though it was the only world located out beyond the orbit of Neptune for nearly 50 years (until Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, was discovered), it was recognized relatively quickly that Pluto was a harbinger for many more such objects, now recognized (and confirmed, since 1992) to be just one of a great many located in the Kuiper Belt. The other bodies began to exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, and orbital characteristics, although they all had a number of properties that threw Pluto’s “privileged” status as a “planet” into question:

  • similar, trans-Neptunian orbits in the same direction and with similar periods,
  • masses and sizes of the same order-of-magnitude as Pluto,
  • Pluto-like densities and surface properties, with lots of surface methane ice,
  • similar atmospheric compositions to Pluto, as seen by occultations, and
  • numbers that grew from “a few” to “dozens” to more than a thousand as of today.

This all came to a head in 2005, when it was discovered that Pluto isn’t even the most massive object in the Kuiper Belt!

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons user Lexicon; modified from the NASA original.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons user Lexicon; modified from the NASA original.

That distinction belongs to Eris, which weighs in at about 127% the mass of Pluto. That discovery paved the way for a new classification scheme that included an additional class of Solar System objects known as dwarf planets, of which Eris and Pluto are the two most massive at the present time.

But when it comes to the King of all Kuiper Belt objects, none of these little monsters can stake that claim. Because there’s one object that we don’t normally think of as a Kuiper Belt object that has them all beat.

Image credit: NASA / Voyager 2. Aren't you glad the shutdown is over?!

Image credit: NASA / Voyager 2. Aren’t you glad the shutdown is over?!

This is Neptune, the outermost planet in our Solar System. No, it doesn’t qualify as a Kuiper Belt object; it’s a planet, just like you’ve always learned. But back in 1846, there were some awfully powerful telescopes in the world, certainly much better and bigger ones than were around in 1781 (when Uranus was discovered) or at any time before that. Back in 1781, there was only one telescope in the world — commissioned in 1780 — that had a primary mirror of two feet (61 cm) or more in diameter.

By time 1846 came around, the largest telescope in the world had a primary mirror that was six feet (1.8 meters) in diameter, and amateurs with no formal training — like William Lassell — were building their own two foot diameter telescopes themselves.

Image credit: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside.

Image credit: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside; model of Lassell’s telescope.

The timetable for the discovery of Neptune was swift: Urbain Le Verrier announced his prediction for the undiscovered planet’s position on August 31, 1846, and composed a letter to Johann Galle, director of the Berlin observatory. Galle and his assistant, Heinrich d’Arrest, looked for the planet on September 23, and discovered it that very night in one of the greatest accomplishments of all-time in theoretical astrophysics.

But news traveled fast, and back in England, William Lassell was eager to view the newly-discovered world.

Image credit: Tony Kroes of

Image credit: Tony Kroes of

Just 17 days after the discovery of the hypothesized new world that had occupied many of the world’s greatest professional astronomers for decades, a virtually unknown and amateur telescope-maker discovered Triton, by far the largest satellite world of Neptune. (Although to be fair, it was the largest telescope in England at the time.) If all the Solar System’s moons were compared to one another, Triton would be the seventh largest in size, behind only Earth’s Moon, Saturn’s Titan, and the four Jovian moons discovered by Galileo.

Image credit: NASA, Wikimedia Commons users Deuar, KFP, & TotoBaggins.

Image credit: NASA, Wikimedia Commons users Deuar, KFP, & TotoBaggins.

But — up close — Triton doesn’t look like any other large moon in the entire Solar System! For one, every other large moon revolves around its planet the same way all the planets revolve around the Sun: counterclockwise, as viewed if you flew directly upwards above the Earth’s north pole. But not Triton, which revolves around Neptune in the opposite direction!

In terms of density, it resembles Pluto far more than it resembles either Neptune or any other Moon in the Solar System. And in terms of atmospheric composition, it’s virtually identical to the known worlds found in the Kuiper Belt.

Image credit: NASA / Voyager 2.

Image credit: NASA / Voyager 2.

What does all this mean?

That Triton isn’t a naturally occurring moon of Neptune, but has been gravitationally captured (by the same mechanism described here last week) from its place of origin: the Kuiper Belt. Even though it isn’t currently in the Kuiper Belt, that doesn’t stop it from being the largest, most massive, most accessible, first-discovered, and in many subjective ways, greatest Kuiper Belt Object of them all!

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons user Lasunncty, under the GFDL.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons user Lasunncty, under the GFDL.

But it’s real, it’s spectacular, and unlike every other Kuiper Belt Object (so far), we’ve been there! That was thanks to Voyager 2 in 1989; take a look at this photo mosaic of a large chunk of its surface!

Image credit: NASA / Jet Propulsion Lab / U.S. Geological Survey, via Voyager 2.

Image credit: NASA / Jet Propulsion Lab / U.S. Geological Survey, via Voyager 2.

If it looks cantaloupe-like to you away from the poles, well done; that’s the semi-official NASA term for it! So the next time you think about worlds from beyond our planets, don’t just think of frozen ice-and-rock-balls orbiting in deep space, nor only of the comets disturbed by passing gravitational bodies and hurled inwards towards the Sun, but also of the rogue worlds that migrate inwards and wind up captured by gas giants.

After all, if you didn’t include them, you’d be missing out on Triton, largest of all the trans-Neptunian objects and the onetime King of the Kuiper Belt!

15 Oct 14:55

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