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23 Oct 17:04

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young

by Christopher Jobson
Cooper Griggs

I reallllly like these type of sculptures.

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

Sculptor Ben Young (previously) just unveiled a collection of new glass sculptures prior to the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago next month. Young works with laminated clear float glass atop cast concrete bases to create cross-section views of ocean waves that look somewhat like patterns in topographical charts. The self-taught artist is currently based in Sydney but was raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand, where the local landscape and surroundings greatly inspired his art. You can learn more about his sculptures over on Kirra Galleries, and follow him on Facebook.

23 Oct 08:53

Hungary needs cash, so it wants to tax internet traffic

by Timothy J. Seppala
Cooper Griggs

Bad idea Hungary! I have met several excellent programmers from Hungary. They should look at ways of capitalizing on their abilities.

It's probably a good thing that Google got its Street View surveil of Hungary in when it did, because a new tax being proposed could make internet traffic in the country more expensive. A tax bill draft sent to parliament could impose a 150 forints...
23 Oct 03:00

Mark Zuckerberg does a public Q&A session — in Mandarin Chinese

by Mark Sullivan
Cooper Griggs

Ok, that's impressive.
via Abdulaziz Alhamidi

Mark Zuckerberg does a public Q&A session — in Mandarin Chinese

Mark Zuckerberg did a public Q&A session today — in Mandarin Chinese. Yes, the Facebook CEO set out to learn the (very difficult) language in 2010, in his spare time.

“On Wednesday I did my first ever public Q&A in Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing!” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook after the event. “We discussed connecting the world, Internet.org, innovation, and the early days of Facebook.”

Zuckerberg barely uttered a single word in English — just one quick “I’m sorry,” when he misspoke.

After the CEO gave a short answer to the first question, loud applause, laughter, and a couple of gasps could be heard from the audience.

He made convincing inflections. He made jokes. He seemed totally relaxed.

Here’s the first part of the Q&A:

You can find the full video here.


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23 Oct 10:46

Watch an episode of 'MST3k,' with or without the jokes explained

by Daniel Cooper
Cooper Griggs

I'll admit that several get by me each episode.

Ordinarily, people talking during a movie is our idea of hell, but in Mystery Science Theater 3000's case, we're more than happy to allow it. The thing is, unless you've got a pop culture brain that'd make Tarantino blush, you're not going to know...
23 Oct 13:20

Movie laser guns have nothing on the real thing

by Steve Dent
Cooper Griggs

cool! But scary.

Ray guns are high on the list of "physics gone wrong" movie tropes. Unlike the real thing, the blasts are much slower than light, visible in clear air and (depending on who's firing) highly inaccurate. However, laser physicists in Poland have just...
22 Oct 18:20

[power-cube]

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22 Oct 17:39

[stackola]

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22 Oct 15:30

snh-snh-snh: I keep thinking oh man, I’m so immature. How am I allowed to be an adult. Then I spend...

Cooper Griggs

yup.
via David Pelaez

snh-snh-snh:

I keep thinking oh man, I’m so immature. How am I allowed to be an adult.

Then I spend time with teenagers.

And it’s like, wow, okay, yeah. I am an adult. I am so adult. Look at me adulting all over the place.

23 Oct 14:33

ESPN investigates the historic Kasparov vs. IBM chess games

by Daniel Cooper
The battle of wits between IBM and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is one of the biggest moments in the history of artificial intelligence. After conceding defeat, the Russian suggested that the IBM team had cheated their way to a victory, something...
23 Oct 14:53

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

by Christopher Jobson
Cooper Griggs

Gads, the stained glass alone! Incredible.

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

Located in a park near the center of Lede, Belgium, the Castle of Mesen dates back to the 17th century where it served as a home for various lords before a conversion to an industrial site. Throughout the 1800s the complex was used as a gin distillery, a tobacco factory, and a sugar refinery. In 1897 the castle was then sold to a religious order who constructed an impressive neo-gothic chapel and turned the entire facility into a boarding school.

Although it was still in use up until the 1960s, a tragic storm of abandonment, looting, and a failed attempt to designate the castle as a monument lead to a decision to demolish of the entire castle just a few years ago. Lucky for us, photographer Jan Stel of Past Glory managed to sneak inside and capture a few amazing shots before it disappears forever. The juxtaposition of the stained glass windows and decaying roof and sprawling foliage is especially striking. See more from this series here. (via Arch Atlas)

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen history churches Belgium architecture

23 Oct 04:01

Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

slow to adopt this safety feature.

Automakers like Subaru and Volvo have had automatic anti-collision braking for a while, but what if you're a Ford fan? You won't have to wait long. The Blue Oval has revealed that it's adding its own smart braking system (Pre-Collision Assist) as an...
22 Oct 15:00

Bong Goes Boom

by snopes@snopes.com
Cooper Griggs

That's some pretty incredible makeup effects.

A young woman was disfigured when her bong exploded.
22 Oct 18:20

stax&cane

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22 Oct 20:17

Bank of America issues refunds after double-charging Apple Pay users

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

Soooooo not being an early adopter of this. And FUCK BofA. Big time.

Went on a spending spree with your Bank of America debit card the moment Apple Pay hit your iPhone? You might be in for a (brief) shock. The bank is now issuing refunds after it charged at least some Apple Pay users twice when they made purchases at...
22 Oct 19:34

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22 Oct 15:51

Extreme Winds Cause a Waterfall in England to Blow Upward

by Christopher Jobson

Extreme Winds Cause a Waterfall in England to Blow Upward wind weather waterfalls England

Extreme Winds Cause a Waterfall in England to Blow Upward wind weather waterfalls England

Hikers exploring England’s Derbyshire Peak District earlier this week stumbled onto a rare phenomenon caused by extreme winds. The River Downfall, a 30-meter (98 foot) waterfall was blown back almost vertically by a powerful updraft, making it seem as if the waterfall was simply flowing into nothing. Very cool. (via Twisted Sifter)

22 Oct 21:50

"Cats are like kids for socially awkward people."

“Cats are like kids for socially awkward people.”

- My co-worker, and proud cat parent, predictablyawesome
22 Oct 12:44

Nielsen and Adobe are teaming up to apply TV-style ratings to the internet

by Daniel Cooper
Cooper Griggs

Oh look, a really bad idea forming.

You've probably heard of the Nielsen Ratings, which are the figures relating to the number of people who watch a particular TV series. It's these statistics that Hollywood uses to decide if your favorite show gets a second season or if it'll only...
22 Oct 16:00

Offended by the 'Hatred' trailer? You're a hypocrite (and that's a good thing)

by Ben Gilbert
Cooper Griggs

@ Carnibore

This week, a game about a genocidal maniac was announced. There's a video trailer for the game that depicts ultraviolent bedlam: a murder spree of innocent victims, many begging for their lives. So it's basically another week in video games, then?...
22 Oct 12:04

Mimas: Small Moon with a Big Crater

Whatever hit Mimas nearly destroyed it.  Whatever hit Mimas nearly destroyed it.


22 Oct 04:44

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22 Oct 12:54

IKEA captures shopping horror with halloween tribute to 'The Shining'

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IKEAs are terrifying. The thought of spending a weekend inside the Swedish furniture giant is the stuff of nightmares for many. IKEA Singapore takes the idea one step further by incorporating the famous Big Wheel scene from The Shining. Watch as an adorable kid wheels slowly through a dimly lit labyrinth of sofas and high-end tables, even as lights flicker and skeletons sup in designer kitchens. Gasp at the excellent camera work, and make sure to watch the clip all the way to the end. It's not quite as slyly creative as HORRORSTÖR, but the finale is adorable enough to justify the extra time.

22 Oct 13:28

Smart earpiece with biometric sensors wants you to ditch your fitness bands

by Mariella Moon
Cooper Griggs

14 grams hanging on my ear? While jumping and such... no thanks.

Yes, there are a lot of wearable devices that can monitor your activities and health, but an earpiece called SensoTRACK claims to be able to do it all. By "all," we mean it can measure respiration and heart rates, detect oxygen saturation in your...
22 Oct 13:31

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo

by Christopher Jobson

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo stationery rubber bands office

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo stationery rubber bands office

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo stationery rubber bands office

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo stationery rubber bands office

Earlier this year Tokyo and Milan-based design firm Nendo (previously) accepted the challenge of redesigning the rubber band, one of the most common desktop items that seems so ubiquitous that it’s disposable. After all, the cost of a few hundred more is just a few bucks. But what if a rubber band was interesting, functional, and you didn’t want to throw it away. This was the idea behind Nendo’s cubic rubber band, a completely different form factor resulting in a desktop object that isn’t meant to be stashed away in a drawer or tossed in the trash. A set of three retails for 1080 yen (about $10), though you’ll need to be able to navigate a Japanese retailer, Marks, to snap up a set. (via Spoon & Tamago)

22 Oct 15:16

Congress won't pass a law letting the FBI access your encrypted data

by Jon Fingas
Just because FBI director James Comey believes his agency has a right to see your phone's encrypted data doesn't mean he'll get his way. Members of Congress from both major parties, including House Representatives Darrell Issa and Zoe Lofgren as well...
19 Oct 14:25

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16 Oct 17:17

flamingraichu: I googled ‘motion capture Groot’. I was not...

Cooper Griggs

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flamingraichu:

I googled ‘motion capture Groot’. I was not disappointed. 

22 Oct 17:01

The NSA can now use Samsung's Galaxy phones for classified work

by Steve Dent
Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets have just become the first consumer mobile devices approved by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to carry classified documents. The edict covers most of its newer Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S5, Galaxy...
21 Oct 23:13

Michigan's new law 'clarifies' ban on Tesla's direct sales model

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

blocking progress. wonderful.

If you're hoping to find a Tesla Motors store in Motor City, you may be waiting a long, long time. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 5606 into law, explicitly banning Tesla's direct sales model in the state. Snyder contends that the...
21 Oct 15:00

Renee Zellweger

by snopes@snopes.com
Cooper Griggs

I think her eyes are very telling here. The distance between the end of the eyebrow and the edge of the eye specifically. That being said, so what?

New photos of Renee Zellweger spark social media speculation.