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15 Jul 05:00

#1046; A Soft Definition of Hacking

by David Malki

finding yourself in possession of both a series of unbagged bagels AND a stack of old CD spindles is a sign that matters may have progressed beyond the power of a 'hack' to solve

14 Jul 18:45

Lots of Little Girls Say They Want to Be Princesses; This Dad Took Action

Lots of Little Girls Say They Want to Be Princesses; This Dad Took Action

Jeremiah Heaton's 7-year-old daughter Emily expressed interest in being a real princess. While most dads would explain how the world actually works, Heaton found 800 square miles of disputed land in Africa, planted a flag, and "claimed" it. Emily now wears a crown and is called "Princess Emily".
There are no words.

(h/t HuffPo.)

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27 Jun 23:23

Photoshopped ideas of "beauty" around the world

by David Pescovitz

For Ester Honig's Before & After, she used freelance platforms like Fiverr to contract 40 people from 25 countries to make her "beautiful" with Photoshop.

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27 Jun 07:13

Publishers offer free/discounted ebooks of the print books you own with Bitlit

by Cory Doctorow

Bitlit works with publishers to get you free or discounted access to digital copies of books you own in print: you use the free app (Android/Ios) to take a picture of the book's copyright page with your name printed in ink, and the publisher unlocks a free or discounted ebook version.

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12 Jul 00:30

A Surprisingly Poignant Short Comic Set In A Side-Scrolling Video Game

by Lauren Davis

What happens when a video game character can't move either forward or backward in a side-scrolling game? This comic reveals the answer—and just might make you cry.


07 Jul 02:19

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03 Jul 21:43

House sparrow

House sparrow

25 Jun 09:51

Instant câlin

(Source + merci à Robin pour la suggestion)

26 Jun 20:32

Waves of Cut Glass

28 Jun 22:00

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06 Jun 11:07

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16 Jun 22:58

Space owl

by toni

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Space owl is especially adorable! I keep finding myself smiling back at her. If you want one for yourself, go to my Redbubble store!

11 Jun 13:14

The Bat-manager

by toni



Today’s meeting is bat-mandatory.

10 Jun 13:18

Salamander God

by toni

salamander god


The pantheon once included many, but one by one the great salamander god ate them to become the one God of the island.

23 May 17:00

Terrible real estate agent photographs

by Lawrence Wilkinson

Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs is a Tumblr devoted to “inexplicably bad property photographs."

06 Jun 18:14

The CIA has joined Twitter with the best first tweet possible

by Adi Robertson

The US government loves Twitter. For NASA, it's a public relations goldmine. For the State Department, it's a bizarre weapon in the fight on terrorism. For the CIA, it's a chance to revel in kitsch. The agency, which somehow did not yet have a real social media presence, has just posted its first tweet.

We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.

— CIA (@CIA) June 6, 2014

The Twitter launch comes a few days after the CIA opened a Facebook page, where it recently honored D-Day. The agency will post job listings, photos, trivia from the CIA World Factbook, and "reflections on intelligence history." It's part of what looks like a larger online overhaul, which will include event livestreaming.

The agency will also participate in Throwback Thursday.

The CIA has mostly escaped ire during the Edward Snowden leaks, but social media is still a clear way for the agency to humanize itself, drawing attention to tweets instead of drones. That doesn't mean organizations are immune from criticism online, though, and it should probably be careful about its hashtag campaigns. The Defense Department's research wing, meanwhile, has responded with its own quip, linking to a call for "vanishing" electronics that destroy themselves.

.@CIA, if that was, in fact, your first tweet, welcome! If you change your mind later on, might we recommend

— DARPA (@DARPA) June 6, 2014

Update June 6th, 2014 3:15pm: Added followup tweet from DARPA.

06 Jun 13:45

A hero’s best friend

by toni

heros best friend

04 Jun 16:26

The one purse ent

by toni

one purse ent



04 Jun 17:10

But, but, I was young yesterday.

by Jessica Hagy


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04 Jun 18:23

Sweet Story

by Greg Ross

In 1987, paleontologist Tom Rich was leading a dig at Dinosaur Cove southwest of Melbourne when student Helen Wilson asked him what reward she’d get if she found a dinosaur jaw. He said he’d give her a kilo (2.2 pounds) of chocolate. She did, and he did.

Encouraged, the students asked Rich what they’d get if they found a mammal bone. These are fairly rare among dinosaur fossils in Australia, so Rich rashly promised a cubic meter of chocolate — 35 cubic feet, or about a ton.

The cove was “dug out” by 1994, and paleontologists shut down the dig. Rich sent a curious unclassified bone, perhaps a turtle humerus, to two colleagues, who recognized it as belonging to an early echidna, or spiny anteater — a mammal.

Rich now owed the students $10,000 worth of chocolate. “It turns out that it is technically impossible to make a cubic meter of chocolate, because the center would never solidify,” he told National Geographic in 2005. So he arranged for a local Cadbury factory to make a cubic meter of cocoa butter, and then turned the students loose in a room full of chocolate bars.

“It was a bit like Willy Wonka,” Wilson said. “There were chocolate bars on the counters, the tables. We carried out boxes and boxes of chocolate.”

Fittingly, the new echidna was named Kryoryctes cadburyi.

26 May 05:05

Twitter / CaseyNewton: “911 emergency” “Yes ...

by gguillotte
“911 emergency” “Yes hello my boyfriend is trying to explain to me the differences between the X-Men movies and the comic books”
18 May 05:27

Ikea's Death Star lamp

by Cory Doctorow

As redditor Tomcruiseama points out, the $70 Ikea PS 2014 lamp is basically a Death Star: it's a Hoberman-sphere-like lampshade that can be mechanically expanded or contracted to control the amount of light it emits.

06 May 18:51

Second Chances

by Greg Ross

In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know, that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.

– Carl Sagan, in a 1987 address, quoted in Jon Fripp et al., Speaking of Science, 2000

14 May 06:33

The Good Parts

by Greg Ross

Library patrons are always asking for books with “romantic” episodes, so in 1964 librarian Robert George Reisner finally gave them what they wanted. Show Me the Good Parts: The Reader’s Guide to Sex in Literature catalogs the racy parts of hundreds of books, giving precise page numbers and summarizing each scene:

RICE, ELMER. Imperial City.
New York, Coward-McCann, 1937. 554 pp.
pp. 71-75:
Holding hands in the movies, a few drinks in his apartment, some small talk about books, and then down to business.

He gets as far upscale as For Whom the Bell Tolls (“History has proved that the good guys do not always win, but we still have the sweet memory of Loyalist fighters, Maria and the American Robert Jordan, making love in a sleeping bag”) and as far down as John B. Thompson’s 1953 novel Sandy (“Sandy finds her true love as they are lashed by bolts of ecstasy, fires that consume them, surges of blinding passion, and other hack literary physiological descriptions”). The entries are arranged in categories ranging from “Normal Heterosexual Intercourse” to “Mixoscopic Zoophilia,” and Reisner includes a section on “Unwarranted Reputations” — he just can’t find anything scandalous in The Decameron, Moll Flanders, The Art of Love, or The Satyricon.

Unfortunately he focuses mostly on popular novels of the 1950s, and no one seems to have carried on the work. But perhaps it’s not too late. “I have examined 2,000 books and kept a list of the tomes that produced nothing,” he writes. “This list I have given to my publisher so that anyone who wishes to go on with this research may not have to go over the same ground.”

(Thanks, Keith.)

09 May 16:00

Type I and II errors simplified

by Nathan Yau

Type I and II errors

"Type I" and "Type II" errors, names first given by Jerzy Neyman and Egon Pearson to describe rejecting a null hypothesis when it's true and accepting one when it's not, are too vague for stat newcomers (and in general). This is better. [via]

16 May 02:00

This Animated Film About Elephant Seals Could Have Been Made By Pixar

by Lauren Davis

With Pixar's attention to the natural world, this short film would be a great fit for them. Someone hire this fellow to make a whole series of animated animal shorts.


12 May 07:02

Calamityware: horrifying blue-china plates

by Cory Doctorow

With Calamityware, Don Moyer has turned his much-loved grotesque/horror designs for blue-print china plates into reality. The finished articles aren't cheap, but you can get the next one cheaper by supporting it on Kickstarter.

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13 May 16:45

The Pope says he'll baptize space aliens if they ask him to

by Dean Putney

In his weekly homily on Monday, the Pope explored the idea that extraterrestrial beings might want to join the Catholic church and determines that they should be accepted with open arms.

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14 May 00:00


New Cyanide and Happiness Comic.
13 May 03:45



Tonight’s comic is having a weird day.