Shared posts

27 Aug 00:30

peterfromtexas: Anti public urination sign in the Czech...



peterfromtexas:

Anti public urination sign in the Czech Republic

27 Aug 07:26

HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords after reports of burns

by Jon Fingas
Heads-up: if you're holding on to an HP or Compaq laptop sold between September 2010 and June 2012, you may need to swap out its power cord. HP has recalled the cabling for about 6 million of these older portables (5.6 million of which reached the...
25 Aug 21:30

Photo





26 Aug 19:38

Photo





27 Aug 01:29

The Big Picture: a 3D-printed castle

by Edgar Alvarez
Yes, people, this isn't a dream. What you see above is, indeed, a 3D-printed castle. After working on it for a few months, an architect from Minnesota has now finished building a fancy home made out of 3D printing materials. The man behind it, Andrey...
27 Aug 04:32

Australia will let flight passengers use electronics gate to gate

by Edgar Alvarez
A number of countries are starting to change those outdated rules on the use of personal electronics on flights, with some places taking slightly longer than others. The latest to follow suit, in a gadget-friendly list mostly comprising of US-based...
26 Aug 23:30

Hannibal Buress on peer pressure. [via]



Hannibal Buress on peer pressure. [via]

26 Aug 20:51

lizclimo: good thinkin



lizclimo:

good thinkin

26 Aug 22:32

8TB hard drives have arrived

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

I know this is a lot of data storage, but for some reason it just doesn't sound like that much to me.

We're sorry to break the bad news, but that 5TB hard drive you bought last week? Yeah, it's already obsolete. Seagate has started shipping the first-ever 8TB desktop hard disk, doubling the 4TB capacities that seemed huge just a couple of years ago....
26 Aug 21:30

[anythingcomic]

26 Aug 19:28

tumblr_konp31AOtJ1qzu7ito1_1280.jpg 1182×1280 pixels

by mysteryman
19 Aug 18:59

Former Comcast Employee Makes Best Argument Yet For Blocking Time Warner Cable Merger

by Chris Morran

Since Comcast announced it would be buying Time Warner Cable, we’ve brought you story after story highlighting the various reasons that the merger should be stopped. But for all the thousands of words, charts, graphs and maps we’ve used, none has summed up the reason for blocking the merger than a recent quote from a former Kabletown staffer.

The Verge’s Adrianne Jeffries has written a compelling and thoughtfully researched piece that anyone even vaguely interested in this topic should read.

But it’s a closing comment from a former Comcast billing systems manager who left the company in 2013 that puts the cherry on top:

“This is not getting bigger to provide cheaper service, or economies of scale, or to provide better service,” the onetime Comcast staffer explains. “This is getting bigger for the sake of bigness. This is really like, ‘I own 10 Subway stores and now I want an 11th one.’… Well, if your 10 Subway stores have Cs from the health department, I don’t know if you should get an 11th one. Maybe you should work on getting them cleaned out.”

That’s a message that every FCC commissioner and every antitrust investigator at the Justice Dept. should have pinned to their cubicle wall.

26 Aug 11:44

World Health Organization calls for ban on indoor vaping and fruity e-cigarettes

The World Health Organization (WHO) today published a report calling for a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, as well as restrictions on e-cigarette advertising and sales to minors. The report also calls for regulations on the contents of e-cigarettes and raised concerns over the interests of major tobacco companies, which have begun to command a greater share of a market that saw $3 billion in sales last year.

Today's report comes two days after the American Heart Association (AHA) weighed in on the debate, saying in a statement that e-cigarettes could be used to help people quit smoking. Health experts are divided on the benefits and potential pitfalls of using e-cigarettes, with some saying they could save lives by turning people away from traditional cigarettes, and others warning that they could "renormalize" smoking and encourage youths to pick up the habit. But both the AHA and WHO agree that stronger regulations are needed, with each organization raising concerns over how the products are marketed. The AHA also said that they should be regulated under existing rules for tobacco products.


"not merely water vapor"

In its report, the WHO called for a ban on fruity- and candy-flavored e-cigarette products that may appeal to minors, and that their "e-liquids" should be regulated to "minimize content and emissions of toxicants." It also suggested that governments regulate the health claims that some manufacturers are making in the absence of strong empirical evidence, and recommended bans on vending machines in most places. The organization added that e-cigarettes expose non-smokers and bystanders to nicotine, and that evidence suggests that their emissions are "not merely water vapor" as many believe.

The report was published as part of the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, an international public health treaty that came into effect in 2005. Since then, 179 countries have ratified the treaty, with the US standing as a major exception.

25 Aug 23:38

California governor signs smartphone kill switch into law

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

This seems like a really bad idea.

Well, it's official: following a drawn-out Senate voting process, California governor Jerry Brown has signed his state's smartphone kill switch bill into law. Companies wanting to sell handsets in the state now have to include a remote disabling...
26 Aug 03:59

A fight about seat reclining privileges grounded a flight today

by Sean Buckley
Cooper Griggs

I had no idea there was such a thing. Being a tall person (6'-3"), it really sucks flying coach and I always look for a way to gain any space for my body.

If you've ever flown coach, you know that it doesn't provide much legroom -- in an effort to maximize passenger loads, airlines make a conscious effort of eliminating the divide between seating rows, often cutting out the customer's leg-room in the...
26 Aug 12:56

Netflix asks FCC to stop Comcast/TWC merger citing 'serious' public harm

by Steve Dent
As it promised, Netflix has filed a petition to the FCC demanding that it deny the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner. The 256-page document claims that it would result in "serious public interest harm," and no discernible public benefit...
25 Aug 20:28

Watch this: A robot traverses the English countryside on a hoverbike

by Billy Steele
Cooper Griggs

Cool! The future is nigh!

Oh, that? It's just a robot riding across the English countryside on a 1/3-scale model of a hoverbike. The folks at Malloy Aeronautics are hard at work on a similar full-sized vehicle for humans, but as part of its Kickstarter effort to raise funds...
25 Aug 22:25

Mono Monday: Thailand

by Arnold Chao

For Mono Monday this week, a fantastic smile captured in a portrait by Nicola Battistini led us on a journey for more black-and-white photography taken in Thailand. From street market scenes to majestic temples, the Southeast Asian country has much to offer.

ประเทศไทย
NicoArkประเทศไทย
ประเทศไทย
NicoArkประเทศไทย
floating business
Georgie Pauwelsfloating business
Wat Pho
J.LagoWat Pho
Praying
sitthisak.kPraying
Paint on me. Krabi night market.
Faisal AljuniedPaint on me. Krabi night market.
Banana For Cow.
Faisal AljuniedBanana For Cow.
The spiritual essence of painting
Kazi SudiptoThe spiritual essence of painting
IMG_1654_bw
BS photographsIMG_1654_bw
Phatthalung Thailand
ericloh1Phatthalung Thailand
Ayutthaya_1118
Jarno NevalaAyutthaya_1118
Enlightenment
TRANSPORTING GOODS THAILAND
davidjoyce581TRANSPORTING GOODS THAILAND
Chiang Mai
Hernan IrastorzaChiang Mai
Street Food on Soi Sukhumvit 38
Wil and LilStreet Food on Soi Sukhumvit 38
Buddhist monks.
thisisekkalakBuddhist monks.
Looking from behind
Fabrizio AlessiLooking from behind
Koh Chang - Thailand
6ft toddlerKoh Chang – Thailand

To take part of this weekly series, please feel free to share your best monochrome photos by: titling your photos with #MonoMonday or tweeting your Flickr images with #MonoMonday.

Thanks to everyone who participated last week.


25 Aug 18:46

Volkswagen's e-Golf to hit US highways this fall with a $35,445 price tag

by Billy Steele
We first got word that Volkswagen's e-Golf would finally make its debut in the States last year, and now there's a more precise arrival date. The VW EV is set to hit the road in the US this November with a pre-tax credit ($7,500) sticker price of...
25 Aug 19:52

Photo



25 Aug 20:41

Sound off! Have you replaced your remotes with a mobile device?

by Dave Schumaker
Cooper Griggs

Not replaced, but supplemented. Sometimes I'm not within line of sight of the home stereo so my iPhone works quite well.

Between Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, TiVo, Xbox One and Playstation 4, our entertainment centers are getting pretty crowded. Who even has room for all those remotes? Thankfully, though, there are a number of apps and devices that can turn your...
25 Aug 18:05

Humorous New Site-Specific Paintings on the Streets of Paris by Pejac

by Christopher Jobson

Humorous New Site Specific Paintings on the Streets of Paris by Pejac street art humor

Humorous New Site Specific Paintings on the Streets of Paris by Pejac street art humor

Humorous New Site Specific Paintings on the Streets of Paris by Pejac street art humor

Humorous New Site Specific Paintings on the Streets of Paris by Pejac street art humor

Humorous New Site Specific Paintings on the Streets of Paris by Pejac street art humor

Humorous New Site Specific Paintings on the Streets of Paris by Pejac street art humor

Humorous New Site Specific Paintings on the Streets of Paris by Pejac street art humor

Street artist Pejac (previously) was recently in Paris where he created at least three new works almost guaranteed to make you smile. The first appears to be a figure throwing a water balloon at a wall, but on closer inspection the giant splat contains a painting of Manet’s famous The Luncheon on the Grass. The second involves a pair of children who appear to be burning ants with a magnifying glass in a spot of sunlight, but once viewed close-up the tiny figures are revealed to be small people instead of insects. Lastly he made use of a thick wall crack to form the edge of a ghostly looking door. You can see a few more views over on StreetArtNews.

25 Aug 17:28

I like that this spreads the love around. There are many great...



I like that this spreads the love around. There are many great causes to donate to out there.

25 Aug 19:09

The Big Picture: Inflated steel suit gets you up close and personal with fireworks

by James Trew
Cooper Griggs

This guy is f'ing crazy.

Making things -- it's pretty awesome whatever you're creating. But, some things really encapsulate the maker spirit -- and this is one of them. It's an "inflatable" (or rather, inflated) steel suit, designed so you can enjoy the next fireworks...
25 Aug 12:34

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors

by Christopher Jobson

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors maps digital

Madrid-based 3D artist Lee Griggs created some fascinating topographical illustrations using 3D animation and rendering software Maya Xgen and Arnold. Each piece is comprised of countless spheres, cylinders, or cubes that have been extruded and colored to create images reminiscent of ocean floors, bacterial growth, or even weather patterns. Griggs talks a bit more about how he renders these and shares a number of tutorials over on his blog. (via Colossal Submissions)

25 Aug 17:12

BREAKING

Cooper Griggs

bummer


Hard to believe, but it’s true. They have closed the gate due to rain (and hail).

RT @bmantraffic: Rain on Playa. Gate Road currently shut down at the 8 mile entrance. Stop before you get to Gerlach if you can.—
Burning Man (@burningman) August 25, 2014

Now Burners are being asked to stay in Reno, and not go past Gerlach.

If you’re in Reno, please stay there until we let you know the Gate has reopened.—
Burning Man (@burningman) August 25, 2014

RT @burningman: Due to rain, the BRC Gate will be closed for upward of the next 2-3 hours. Plan accordingly. Updates as they’re available.—
Burning Man Traffic (@bmantraffic) August 25, 2014

Gate Road unlikely to open anytime in the next 4 hours. Stay in Reno please.—
Burning Man Traffic (@bmantraffic) August 25, 2014

Prior to the close, the wait was 2-3 hours from Wadsworth to 8 mile then 5-6 hours to get through the gate.

Rain on Playa. Try not to drive on wet playa. 2 hours Wadsworth to 8 Mile! Woo Hoo! Estimate 5-6 hours on Gate Road.—
Burning Man Traffic (@bmantraffic) August 25, 2014

Get updates from Twitter @bmantraffic @burnersdotme and listen live at BMIR and iHeartRadio.

2014 man in dust

Like this:

Like Loading...

Related

22 Aug 21:36

Heterochromia – The Eyes Have It

by RJ Evans
Cooper Griggs

Wow, I didn't realize it was so common!

There are a number of reasons why animals can have one eye of one color and the second of another, but the term for the most likely cause is heterochromia.  It is more often than not to do with melanin. This is a pigment that is found almost everywhere in nature (spiders being a notable exception) and it dictates such things are skin and eye color.

Heterochromia occurs when there is either an excess or a lack of melanin.  Although eye color can be affected by disease or injury when they are different colors the odds are that it is heterochromia which is the cause.  The color of the iris in particular is determined first and foremost by the concentration f melanin and in most cases the eye is hyperpigmented – there is too much melanin.

Complete heterochromia is seen often in animals such as cats and dogs.  It almost always involves the affected eye appearing blue in color.  It happens in a white spot where melanin is absent – the cat species which seem to be affected are the Turkish Van and Angora.  The odd-eyed cats tend to be white or mostly white and with one normal eye and one blue eye – altogether very striking.

Among dogs the husky is often seen to have heterochromia and also the Australian Shepherd and the Catahoula Leopard dog.  Horses too can have heterochromia, mostly common in horses with pinto coloring.  The condition has also been recorded in cattle – and even water buffalo!  Ferrets too have been known to have heterochromia.

However, we think you will agree that these cats look quite amazing.

24 Aug 03:14

Photo



24 Aug 18:47

road trips i’ve had this map for 15 years. breaking out...

Cooper Griggs

My friend. She likes to travel. A lot. :)



road trips

i’ve had this map for 15 years. breaking out the pink highlighter to update it is one of my simple joys.

24 Aug 08:39

this isn't happiness.™

by cdiclerico