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20 Dec 06:00

Comic for 2014.12.20

19 Dec 18:48

hoi an, vietnam: city of lanterns each evening the beautiful...











hoi an, vietnam: city of lanterns

each evening the beautiful venice-like city of hoi an becomes a spectacle of lights when the lanterns are lit. what was a daytime town of flood-muddied sunflower and ochre colonial buildings becomes a dazzling warm glow of red, orange, and green globes that make the city seem to float.

19 Dec 21:02

Tesla's first Model S battery swap station opens next week

by Richard Lawler
Tesla's automated battery swap stations that boost cars with a fully charged power pack instead of a slow charge are finally becoming a reality. First shown off over a year ago, the company announced today that it's ready to start a pilot program for...
19 Dec 20:15

stunningpicture: Its not a model. Actual image of floodwaters...

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez



stunningpicture:

Its not a model. Actual image of floodwaters in the village of Jeram Perdas, Malaysia.

19 Dec 21:35

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19 Dec 21:38

(via tastefullyoffensive:local-lynx)

Cooper Griggs

Duuuude, I think it's kickin' in.

19 Dec 15:00

Bull Scorn

by snopes@snopes.com
Did Dr. Laura say all pit bulls are a waste of space and should be put down?
19 Dec 21:56

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19 Dec 19:10

President Obama says canceling release of 'The Interview' was a mistake

by Chris Velazco
Sony's already acquiescing to demands made by the North Korean hackers associated with the Guardians of Peace, and the US' commander-in-chief is none too pleased by it. In a press conference that led off with a recap of his past year in office, Presi...
19 Dec 18:28

Instagram is now worth 49 times what Facebook paid for it

by Aaron Souppouris
Cooper Griggs

If only we could all make investments like that.

Many baulked when Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg agreed to drop $1 billion on Instagram in April 2012. "That's $33 per user," said some; "there's no business model!" screamed others. Less than three years later and Citigroup now says Instagram is wort...
19 Dec 04:09

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by clapyrhands
17 Dec 05:01

SpaceX is going to land a rocket on a 'spaceport' barge

by Mat Smith
Cooper Griggs

Cuz doing it on a stationary pad is too easy? Wow!

SpaceX's next test flight hopes to land one of its Falcon 9 rockets on a platform -- in one piece. The company puts the odds of success at around 50 percent "at best" but it's apparently a major step towards reusable space rockets - and cheaper trips...
16 Dec 18:09

Apple found not guilty in iPod antitrust lawsuit

by Nicole Lee
Today, Apple was found not guilty in an iPod antitrust case that was brought against it almost a decade ago. The decision comes after a week-long trial that accused the Cupertino company of forcefully locking in consumers into iTunes software and pre...
17 Dec 19:47

Sony Pictures cancels 'The Interview' theatrical release (update)

by Richard Lawler
Cooper Griggs

now I want to see this

Threats posted by the people behind the unprecedented hacking of Sony Pictures appear to have had the desired effect. The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter both state, based on anonymous sources, that the largest movie chains will not de...
19 Dec 06:00

Comic for 2014.12.19

Cooper Griggs

Cue the Who music.

19 Dec 06:27

(photo via thedrck)



(photo via thedrck)

19 Dec 14:32

George R.R. Martin and indie cinemas want 'The Interview' to live on

by Aaron Souppouris
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has called the cancellation of Sony's The Interview "a stunning display of cowardice," and says he'd be glad to show it in his own theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in New Mexico. Like other celebrities (inclu...
19 Dec 14:56

Spectacular Ice Formations Atop a Windswept Mountain in Slovenia

by Christopher Jobson

Spectacular Ice Formations Atop a Windswept Mountain in Slovenia weather Slovenia ice

Spectacular Ice Formations Atop a Windswept Mountain in Slovenia weather Slovenia ice

Spectacular Ice Formations Atop a Windswept Mountain in Slovenia weather Slovenia ice

Spectacular Ice Formations Atop a Windswept Mountain in Slovenia weather Slovenia ice

Spectacular Ice Formations Atop a Windswept Mountain in Slovenia weather Slovenia ice

After a long period of pummeling wind, snow, and ice, weather photographer Marko Korosec sensed an opportunity to climb Mount Javornik, part of a mountain range in eastern Slovenia and the location of a popular ski center. What he discovered can only be described as otherworldly. Trees and lookout towers fully encased in hard layers of rime ice, formed by high winds and freezing fog. Korosec says some of the ice spikes growing off the tower reached well over 3-feet (100cm) long. To see more of his weather photography and additional images from this shoot, head over to his 500px page. All photos courtesy the photographer.

19 Dec 15:06

Engineers are working for free to make Elon Musk's Hyperloop a reality

by Steve Dent
Nobody laughs much at Elon Musk anymore, but plenty of people snickered at his Hyperloop idea (okay, also the killer robot thing). To remind you, the Hyperloop is a series of underground trains powered by compressed air that transport folks between c...
19 Dec 01:21

ablacknation: This is so powerful.



ablacknation:

This is so powerful.

19 Dec 00:38

megustamemes: FBI’s priorities.



megustamemes:

FBI’s priorities.

17 Dec 07:57

myfighterplanes: Fitting a C-130 into a C-5 :D



myfighterplanes:

Fitting a C-130 into a C-5 :D

17 Dec 18:51

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Cooper Griggs

How would you like to be the guy behind the wheel?



17 Dec 19:22

Opening relations with Cuba also makes the U.S. less isolated

by Erik Voeten
Cooper Griggs

via lbstopher

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President Obama on Wednesday announced that the United States would normalize relations with Cuba. As he put it: “isolation has not worked.” Yet, the United States itself has been isolated in its attempt to isolate Cuba. The European Union, for instance, changed its position in 1996 and allows Cuba to benefit from some preferential treatments for its exports.

The United Nations General Assembly has voted since 1992 on an annual resolution on the “necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.” In 1992, with the Cold War just ending, fewer than 50 percent of all member states voted in favor of the resolution (more than half abstained). The graph above shows how quickly any semblance of support for the embargo evaporated.  In its latest iteration only Israel joined the Americans in voting against the resolution, although, to its credit, the United States did get the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau to abstain.

U.N. General Assembly resolutions have mostly symbolic value as they do not create binding legal obligations. Yet, U.S. isolation probably undermined the effectiveness of the embargo. Given its geographic location, the United States is a natural trading partner for Cuba, but trade with Europe, Latin America and Asia is not nothing. Moreover, having to lobby countries on an issue where the chances of success were minimal created a headache that U.S. multilateral diplomacy could well do without.








18 Dec 12:13

Double amputee controls two robotic arms with his mind

by Mariella Moon
Cooper Griggs

I wonder how much those weigh. And good luck finding a shirt that fits. So cool this tech.

Here's one other DARPA-funded robotic limb controlled by thoughts alone -- actually make that two, because Colorado man Les Baugh had two bionic arms attached from shoulder level. Baugh got them this summer, 40 years after losing both arms, as part o...
18 Dec 21:33

An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

by Steve Dent
If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an...
18 Dec 20:00

Cadillac's cars are getting smart rearview mirrors next year

by Jon Fingas
Hey, Nissan: you won't be the only big automaker with a camera-equipped rearview mirror next year. Cadillac has revealed that its future cars are getting a smart mirror that shows a 1,280 x 240 view of what's behind you without passengers or roof pil...
18 Dec 20:21

 The New Yorker

Cooper Griggs

via Burly.Thurr

18 Dec 21:00

Amazon Prime Now brought me candy in 23 minutes

by Devindra Hardawar
Amazon's new one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, works so well it might just inspire entirely new levels of laziness in all of us. After all, why bother going to the store when you just need to shell out $7.99 to get anything brought to your door i...
18 Dec 21:17

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo

by Christopher Jobson
Cooper Griggs

fantastic!

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Cheetah, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Wasteland, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Gaze, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Hawk, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food Hunting, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Lotus Pond, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Bones of a Snake, Metal, 200 x 38 x 9 cm, 2014

Artist Li Hongbo, whose flexible paper sculptures we’ve admired many times here on Colossal, recently created a new series of silhouette artworks as part of a solo show at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong. Each piece is delicately cut from the knife leaving a complementary negative space from which it appears to rise. Hongbo says the pieces are meant as a warning, that “human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.” You can see more from the series here. If you liked this technique, also check out paper sculptures by Peter Callesen. (via My Amp Goes to 11)