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25 Apr 16:13

wtfevolution: Oh, evolution. You were doing so well with the...

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OMG BESTBESTBEST



wtfevolution:

Oh, evolution. You were doing so well with the lynx. You made it a fierce and graceful hunter, you gave it a luxurious spotted coat, you gave it pretty yellow eyes and tufted ears—and then you went and made it sound like this.

Source: Flickr/tambako (photo); Volodins Bioacoustic Group (sound)

12 Mar 10:57

Iceland. And yes, this happened. Though it was last year, I...

Berglaug

wut??



Iceland. And yes, this happened. Though it was last year, I believe.

25 Feb 18:10

jabinante: wowwww. (via APOD: 2014 February 25 - The Pleiades...

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this can go on my wall any time.

27 Jan 20:32

This Genderswap Cosplay Of The Hobbit Cast Is Hair And Back Again

by Jill Pantozzi
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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen some genderswapped Hobbit cosplay, and while these ladies are certainly beardless, we have to admit they did it with style and class. Check out their efforts photographed by Alexander Turchanin.

(via Tallest Silver)

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27 Jan 17:44

jabinante: (via Dinosaur Comics - January 27th, 2014 - awesome...

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because we're jealously guarding it all for ourselves, obvs.



jabinante:

(via Dinosaur Comics - January 27th, 2014 - awesome fun times!)

So many wasted years spent in non-Norse society.

11 Dec 21:41

“Christmas Ain’t About Me Anymore,” A Song About Being the Oldest

by Susana Polo
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ohgod
my LIFE!!!

The Doubleclicks have written a song about something every older sibling whose family celebrates a big gift giving holiday has gone through at one point. Youngest siblings and only children, you might want to sit this one out. This is for the big kids.

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11 Dec 19:08

RPGs to play with your kids

by wil@wilwheaton.net (Wil Wheaton)
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CHECK IT!

I just found out about the latest Bundle of Holding, which is a collection of amazing RPGs that you can play with your kids. This is the perfect way to introduce your children to roleplaying games, and you can do it for about five bucks.

Check it out:

Adventurer! The fellowship of Friends and Family brings you a large assortment of tabletop roleplaying games especially designed to introduce young players to the joys of roleplaying. With these .PDF ebooks, parents can teach these introductory games to their kids, and the kids can learn and play some of these games all by themselves. For just US$5.95, you get all the rulebooks in our core collection as DRM-free .PDFs:

  • Hero Kids: An ideal introduction to fantasy roleplaying for children aged 4 to 10.
  • Mermaid Adventures: Exciting undersea adventures and strange mysteries. (Ages 6-11.)
  • The Princes’ Kingdom: Young heirs to the throne of Islandia, visiting the citizens of their land and solving problems. This bundle is the first .PDF version of The Princes’ Kingdom sold anywhere! (Ages 5+, plus an adult.)
  • Happy Birthday, Robot!: The charming storytelling game by Daniel Solis for families or classrooms. (Ages 9+ — and especially good for grownups.)

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $13.06, you’ll level up and receive our entire collection of bonus games:

  • Adventures in Oz – Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: A loving journey into the lands of L. Frank Baum. (Ages 8+.)

  • Camp Myth: The RPG: Third Eye’s adaptation of the Chris Lewis Carter YA novel series about mythic creatures at summer camp. (Ages 8-13.)

  • Project Ninja Panda Taco: Jennifer (Jennisodes) Steen’s game of competing Masterminds and their biddable Minions. (Ages 8+.)

  • School Daze: It’s high school the way you wish it could be. (Ages 13+.)

  • The Zorcerer of Zo: Chad Underkoffler’s classic game of fairy tales set in the Zantabulous Land of Zo. (Ages 5+.)

There’s just about 20 hours left on the sale, so get on this while the getting’s good, as they say in those old movies.

01 Dec 17:40

The Astroscan telescope

by Jason Weisberger
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that looks very pretty. and becky-friendly. can be WORN on hikes!

A few months ago I mentioned to Mark I was shopping for a simple, home telescope. Mere moments later he pointed me at this Edmunds Scientifics Astroscan telescope. I didn't have to look twice, this was the telescope for me.

The incredibly elegant, post-modern design of this device is astounding! It lives on a coffee table dead-center in my living room and everyone asks about it. The Astroscan is simple to aim, a joy to peer through (the combination of 16x and 30x eye pieces seems to perfectly meet my needs,) and super portable. You can easily fasten it to the lovely friction-based ball-and-socket base, and with the use of the shoulder strap, carry it on short or long hikes.

This is a fantastic, simple to use telescope that looks great in your home and can be used in the field. The Edmunds Scientifics Astroscan telescope

    






11 Nov 18:01

When you became a doctor, did you not swear an oath to, among other things, try to prevent disease as much as treat it? Refusing to advocate weight loss to obese patients breaks that oath; how do you justify continuing to practice medicine? Serious question.

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i want THIS doctor. please and thankyou.

First of all, I apologize for taking so long to answer your post. When I received it I was still out of town. Second, I wanted to write something thoughtful and I needed time to not write something out of anger. Anger that you would accuse me of doing harm by not mindlessly insisting on weight loss as the ultimate solution to a fat person’s health problems.

To start with I would like to state that I do not refuse to advocate weight loss, where it is appropriate to do so. I assume that you are operating on the false assumption that being fat automatically makes a person unhealthy. I can assure you that it does not.

"But, what about the obesity epidemic? What about the diabetes epidemic? But what about…?" I hear you ask.

There are lots of illnesses that have been statistically correlated with being fat. But the thing to understand is that correlation does not equal causation.

Lets use Type 2 diabetes and fatness as an example. Diabetes type 2 is an illness of insulin resistance. That means the body requires more insulin to produce the same sugar lowering effect than a nondiabetic body would need. Insulin is produced by cells in the pancreas called beta cells.

Contrary to popular belief, people don’t just go from being nondiabetic to diabetic overnight. Rather there is a process that occurs. We have found that there are differences in a person’s beta cells that happen long before a person even begins to show signs of insulin resistance. Many people who go on to become type 2 diabetics will have higher levels of insulin circulating in their bodies for years before they even become prediabetic. One of the other functions of insulin in the body is to promote the storage of excess energy as fat. So, insulin makes people fat, and keeps people fat (makes it harder to lose weight).

Can you see where I’m going with this? The question now becomes, are people diabetic because they are fat? Or are they fat because they are diabetic? This is an extremely important distinction to make.

When I see a diabetic person, fat or not, I tell them to make sure they get plenty of exercise and to watch what they eat to control their carbohydrate intake. What does this sound like? “Diet and exercise.” The difference is that I don’t tell people to lose weight. Many of my patients who follow this advice do in fact lose weight, and that is fine. Many of my patients do not. That is also fine. They all have better control of their sugars, and in most cases, to similar degrees. I fail to see how not insisting on losing weight is “doing harm.”

There are times when a person’s weight turns out to be a factor in their illness and where weight loss may help in treating it. In those cases, I do suggest some weight loss. But in NO case is it ever necessary for someone to get to their “ideal body weight” to help their condition.

Finally, let’s look at the idea of “doing harm.” Did you know that studies (link and link) have shown that the medical profession as a whole is biased against fat people? That there are countless stories about people having serious illnesses going undiagnosed because they are fat and doctors refuse to look beyond that? That fat patients stop going to their doctors after being repeatedly made to feel ashamed for being fat by their doctors? For trying so hard to lose weight but not being “successful?” That, to me is the real harm that is done. The psychological harm. The physical harm that results from not going to the doctor for a serious problem because the doctor will either ignore it or just embarrass them again.

Are you aware that the vast majority of people who lose weight are not able to maintain that weight loss over the long term? And that people can end up far fatter than they would have become otherwise due to the lose-gain cycle. That that cycle can also cause serious harm to a person?

I care about each and every one of my patients whether they are fat or not. Whether they are healthy or not. Fat patients get the same consideration given to their concerns as thin people. I don’t simply dismiss things because a person is fat or tell them that losing weight is the ultimate answer. If my medical work up indicates that losing a small amount of weight may help, then I suggest it. Otherwise, it is not necessary.

Finally, before you try to tell me about all the research that shows being fat is unhealthy, I have a few of links to lots of evidence-based medical research that shows that being fat does not necessarily make one unhealthy.

Link

Link with lots of individual links to various studies.

And finally,

Another link to lots of individual studies.

Serious question? Serious answer.

31 Oct 23:27

Taiwanese special forces

by Cory Doctorow
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oh what in the high holy fuck. creepy just got to a new level.


Here's the new Taiwanese Special Forces uniform -- what all the smart hypermilitarized coppers are wearing this year.

まるでホラー「台湾の特殊部隊」のいかつさは異常 (via JWZ)






    






30 Oct 21:44

How To Make Candy Apples That Look Like Spider-Man

by Susana Polo
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super pretty stuff.. but i kinda want to strangle this girl

J.J. Jameson didn’t think he would like these desserts at the Daily Bugle Halloween party, but then he saw one with a bite taken out of it.

Previously in Do it Yourself

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30 Oct 19:30

2-Year-Old Girl Dresses As All Eleven Doctors for Halloween

by Rebecca Pahle
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Todd Kent’s daughter Katie—who in previous years dressed as the Avengers and every color in the Lantern Corps—turns Halloween into Wholoween by dressing as the Doctor. All eleven of them. That little Nine jacket is… wait for it… fantastic.

(via Todd Kent on Comic Book Literacy)

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31 Oct 01:41

The Fabric of the Human Body: Spectacular edition of foundational 16th C anatomy text, 20 years in the making

by Cory Doctorow
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do want!


David Hast sez, "Karger Publishing has released an important new translation of a foundational book in the history of science, the 16th century 'De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem' by Andreas Vesalius. Vesalius was the first modern anatomist, relying for the first time in history on dissections of human cadavers. His anatomy is a foundation of modern medicine and of the understanding of the human body."

The edition is annotated, with fabulous reproductions of the original plates of the anatomical drawings (which were done by the school of Titian). The book has just been released, though its copyright is 2014 to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the birth of Vesalius.

My father, Malcolm H. Hast, an emeritus professor at Northwestern University Medical School, is co-translator of the book, along with Daniel H. Garrison, a Latinist, also from Northwestern. They took 20 years to complete this translation!

The Fabric of the Human Body: An Annotated Translation of the 1543 and 1555 Editions of "De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem", by D.H. Garrison and M.H. Hast [Amazon]

Transforming Vesalius: 1514-2014 [Karger]










    






29 Oct 23:50

A festival of eagles in Mongolia (Boing Boing Flickr Pool)

by Xeni Jardin
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aaaw... you use falcons for your hunting? how quaint! we use motherfucking eagles, 'cause we're not wusses!


Photo: Ahmed Zulkamal.

Boing Boing reader Ahmed Zulkamal shot this wonderful photograph, above and shared it in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. It's part of an eagle festival in Mongolia. Below are a few more. Check out his entire photoset here. What stunning images.


Photo: Ahmed Zulkamal.


Photo: Ahmed Zulkamal.


Photo: Ahmed Zulkamal.


Photo: Ahmed Zulkamal.


    






25 Oct 15:34

Photo

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captain, my captain! EITHER OF THEM!!!



17 Oct 01:20

Hi. Given the reaction and tone of your reply, I feel like maybe...

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if your privilege is blinding you to shit and you get calle don it, perhaps just shut your face, at least in public?



Hi. Given the reaction and tone of your reply, I feel like maybe you are embarrassed that I called you out on tumblr for not being aware of some pretty important issues going on in our society. I did not intend to bully you and if you feel like I did, I sincerely apologize. Bullying is never okay. I do think it is important to recognize that issues of racism affect more people than just me, and you can see that just by scrolling through all the comments people have left in the notes of my last post. They are saying some pretty powerful things based on their own experiences, and I think it is a mistake to ignore them. Unfortunately I don’t think that the answer to ending discrimination in casting practices is to simply “write your own stuff”. I think that oversimplifies the effects of an institution of oppression that has been in place for centuries. If it were true, that one needed merely to WRITE THEIR OWN STUFF in order to change everything wrong about our racist culture, then Tyler Perry’s movies would have single handedly obliterated all discriminatory casting practices in America. But that hasn’t happened. I AM doing something to “change this”, with the power that I have right now, which is voicing my opinion to anyone who cares to read about it.
There is power in using your voice. I know this because I spent most of my youth afraid to try it, and those are, undoubtedly, the unhappiest years of my life. Aside from complaining about things on tumblr, I also write comics about my experience as a queer woman of color and I post them on the internet. I don’t know how to nor do I have any current interest in writing screenplays. I am using the talents and voice that I DO have to try and bring awareness to a community of people who may not deal with this stuff on a regular basis (basically people who are not actors or involved in Hollywood). I will continue to blog about the racism and sexism I see in casting practices, and you are welcome to unfollow me if those posts are not to your liking. Or you could acknowledge that perhaps your experience in Canada has been one of privilege, one that not everyone has experienced, and you can allow that understanding to help you think a bit more critically of the world around you, of your friends, of yourself.
Your call.

16 Oct 18:25

Bad Lip Reading’s Take On Game of Thrones Is Delightfully Weird, As Usual

by Noelle Micarelli
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so. great.

I can’t decide what my favorite line in this video is. Possibly “Kind sir, I’m the evil stud muffin.” I think I’m going to have to start introducing myself that way.

(via: Kotaku)

Previously in Bad Lip Reading

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15 Oct 10:24

visitheworld: Up on the shelf, Abalone Cove Conservation Area...

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wowpretty



visitheworld:

Up on the shelf, Abalone Cove Conservation Area in California, USA (by PaulRojas).

Oh, wow. I used to go tidepooling there all the time as a kid.

14 Oct 05:34

Iceland's book boom

by Rob Beschizza
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we r literariez

"In Iceland," writes Rosie Goldsmith, "one in ten people will publish a book." [BBC]
    






11 Oct 17:59

Tabletop RPGs and Comics Make a Beautiful Baby in Rat Queens #1

by Jaydot Sloane
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want!

Holy smokes. It’s no terrible secret that on top of a love for comics and video games, I am also an RPG nerd (and sometimes RPG artist, if I may own-horn-toot). I am not alone in my penchant for high fantasy, either, but finding high fantasy themed anything that doesn’t slap some boobplate or a chainmail bikini on the ladies is sometimes few and far between. I know the official D&D comic lost me after the first issue, and while the Pathfinder comic is a better choice it still has its moments of broken spines and in general didn’t grab me. I mean, basically, D&D has long been the bastion of epic but predominately male heroes, and while women have always been players at the table, finding representation within that game is still rare enough that when you find it, you hold onto with everything you’ve got.

And boy howdy am I holding onto Rat Queens so damn hard.

I mean, not only is the art gorgeous, but never have I ever seen such an incredible cast of women where I wanted to be/hang out with/make out with all of them in their own way. Each of these characters comes out the gate as fully formed characters, each with a distinct personality dripping with backstory. And where Pathfinder lost me in terms of immersion—a little too heavy-handed with the old-timey Tolkien-esque dialogue and dramatic circumstance—these characters are immediately relatable. I think it has something to do with the way the author has managed to adapt modern anachronisms into a world full of swords and sorcery and make it feel entirely natural and relatable.

For example, why shouldn’t a high fantasy world have some kind of cell phone equivalent?

Even if it does come with a price.

Plot-wise it does start out as your usual standard high fantasy adventure. Party gets together, party gets handed a basic quest, basic quest gets infinitely more complicated; these are how our most memorable campaigns begin. Where Rat Queens shines is in taking the tropes we know and love and subverting them with almost whedon-esque skill. That’s right, I’m comparing this to our beloved female characters in Buffy or Firefly and telling you, point-blank, Rat Queens is on their level and then some.

I’d write more but I’m still not over the incoherent internal screams of joy and it’s hard to form sentences over that excitement. Pick it up and check it out for yourself!

How about you? Read it? Loved it? Something else you liked better? Let us know in the comments!

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13 Oct 15:30

Watch Teenage Musician Michelle Kwan Cover ’80s Hair Metal On An Unconventional Instrument

by Rebecca Pahle
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i am so deeply in awe of this kid, i can't even. i can't. even.

It’s Sunday morning. You’re tired. Maybe hung over. You spent Saturday at New York Comic Con and you’re exhausted now (maybe I’m projecting). What better way to start your day than with Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” played on the guzheng, an ancient Chinese instrument? It starts out relatively soothing, and then about halfway through things start to get metal. Just like your day.

(via: The Huffington Post)

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11 Oct 20:15

Astronomer Reconstructs Middle-Earth Solar System, Earns Place In Geek Hall Of Fame

by Noelle Micarelli
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*slow clap*

Dr. Kristine Larsen is an astrophysicist from Central Connecticut State University, and she has decided to use her obviously giant brain for geek good and apply her knowledge to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. She has written over thirty papers and articles on the relationship between Tolkien and astronomy and has, over the years, given numerous talks on the subject at conventions and conferences.

One of her most impressive projects has been to recreate the astronomy of Tolkien’s fictional world, extrapolating from evidence in Tolkien’s various texts. That’s right. She figured out Middle-earth’s solar system.

According to Larsen’s paper on Middle-earth’s astronomy, “astronomical lore and knowledge played a significant role in the shaping of Middle-earth, both figuratively and literally” and “astronomy helped, and haunted, Tolkien as he set out to develop his universe.” Tolkien wrestled with creating a believable world in which his stories could take place, paying attention to every tiny detail from the stars to the phases of the moon. While he made occasional errors (requiring occasional massive rewrites), Middle-earth’s heavens are remarkably complete and the characters’ journeys coordinated around them nearly flawlessly. Larsen has used Tolkien’s writings to draw conclusions about how his fictional celestial bodies correspond to our real-life sky. After all, Tolkien wrote that Middle-earth was intended to be our familiar world in a time before recorded history.

Larsen’s work is more evidence of just how complicated and well-planned Tolkien’s universe is. Even 40 years after the author’s death, readers are still finding more to explore in the world that he created. From linguistics to religion to astronomy, there’s always something new to find, and you can count on fans to find it.

What I’m trying to say here is that J.R.R. Tolkien + A Lady Scientist + Fan Scholarship = Awesome.

(via: i09)

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12 Oct 11:23

rinabibliophile: Brilliant. Found on Deviantart, by nebriniel.

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ALWAYS AND EVER









rinabibliophile:

Brilliant. Found on Deviantart, by nebriniel.

11 Oct 00:38

Fossil Necklace: chronologically ordered beads from the planet's history

by Cory Doctorow
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DEWD. DEEEEEWD.


Katie Paterson's Fossil Necklace is a gorgeous piece whose each bead is a chronologically ordered artifact from a significant moment in our planetary history, signposting events like the cretaceous, the rise of hominids, and more. (this PDF has detailed, piece-by-piece labels)


‘Fossil Necklace is a string of worlds, with each bead modestly representing a major event in the evolution of life through a vast expanse of geological time. From the mono-cellular origins of life on earth to the shifting of the continents, the extinction of the Cretaceous period triggered by a falling meteorite, to the first flowering of flowers, it charts the development of our species and affirms our intimate connection to the evolution of those alongside us. Each fossil has been individually selected from all corners of the globe, and then carved into spherical beads in a secondary process of excavation.’ Guy Haywood, Kettle’s Yard.

Katie Paterson, Fossil Necklace (via Making Light)

    






10 Oct 14:26

The Long Dark, a game of survival

by Rob Beschizza
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ooo... do you think they will let you do water purifying and malnutrition and all that stuff? sounds cool.

Described as a "a first-person post-disaster survival simulation set in the Northern wilderness", The Long Dark sounds like an intriguing and unnerving experience.

It's a thoughtful, exploration focused survival simulation set in the Northern wilderness in the aftermath of a global disaster. Brave the elements and other survivors, hunt for supplies, explore the world, uncover the mystery, answer the question: How far will you go to survive? If you're a fan of atmospheric, exploration-focused games like Fallout 3 or STALKER, you'll love The Long Dark.

Games like this tend to overwhelm players with minutiae of survival--purifying water, disease, malnutrition--that make for a lot of realistic boredom. Let's hope they get the balance right! [via The Verge]

    






09 Oct 19:00

Oreo-breaded deep-fried cookie ice-cream

by Cory Doctorow
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ok, even i will say that this is disgusting.


Behold! Dudefood's oreo-breaded deep-fried ice-cream, produced by de-cremeing a bunch of oreo-style cookies, pulverizing their carapaces, mashing the creme in with cookies-and-cream ice-cream, emballing the adulterated ice-cream, rolling the balls in the powdered husks, and deep frying the lot.


I wasn’t sure how well the Oreo cookie filling would work as part of a breading so I went through a package of cookies removing the filling from each cookie. Don’t worry though, because I didn’t let it go to waste. Instead, I mixed the cookie filling right into the ice cream! Yep, Cookies and Cream ice cream, mixed with Oreo cookie filling breaded in Oreo cookies!

One pint ended up being enough for five pretty decently sized balls of ice cream and after those sat in my freezer for about 30 minutes — mixed with the Oreo filling of course — I dipped each one in an egg wash and then rolled them around in crushed up Oreo cookies before placing them back in the freezer for another ten minutes or so. Then, just to make sure the breading was thick enough, I dipped each ice cream ball in the egg wash once again and rolled them in the crushed up Oreos a second time before putting them back in the freezer.

After 30 minutes my ice cream was finally ready for the deep fryer so I dropped each ball of ice cream in the 375° oil for about ten seconds, snapped a few photos and then started to eat! This is one of those times when I wish I owned a restaurant or a food truck or something just so you guys could actually taste the stuff I make because just saying over and over how great it is doesn’t do it any justice. This Oreo Cookie Breaded Deep Fried Ice Cream was good!

Oreo Cookie Breaded Deep Fried Ice Cream (via Neatorama)

    






07 Oct 19:30

Geeky Onesies, Because Being an Infant Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Cosplay

by Rebecca Pahle
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Commander Bryndís, do you have the science report ready?


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Look, we know that geeks can’t force their kids to be geeks, too. If I ever have a kid, there’s every chance they’ll end up obsessed with things like… I dunno, sports. And social interaction. And that’s fine. But while said hypothetical progeny is an infant without their own clothing preferences, they’re darn well dressing like they’re on Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Harry Potter. I gave birth to you, imaginary child. You’re doing this for me.

(by Etsy seller The Ciche Mom, via Reddit)

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03 Oct 15:05

3D-printed toothbrush that cleans your mouth in six seconds

by Mark Frauenfelder
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DO WANT!

That's about three seconds longer than I usually brush my teeth, so this is a step backwards.

The Blizzident custom 3D-printed toothbrush is a bizarre-looking toothbrush alternative that promises a 6-second scrub of your pearly whites. There is no one-size-fits-all Blizzident. Each one is custom-made to fit an individual’s mouth. The process starts with an impression or 3D-scan of your teeth… Using the Blizzident involves popping it into your mouth and making biting and chewing motions. It looks furry, but the plentiful soft bristles are angled to clean your gums and get between your teeth for quick cleaning.
3D-Printed Toothbrush Cleans Your Mouth in Six Seconds
    






03 Oct 12:30

7 Insects You'll Be Eating in the Future

by Marc Lallanilla, Assistant Editor, LiveScience
A growing number of experts claim that people will soon have no choice but to consume insects.
02 Oct 12:40

Tiny Primate Fossil May Link Asia to Africa Move

by Tia Ghose, LiveScience
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ooooh interesting!

The fossilized jaw of a pint-size primate that lived about 35 million years ago in Asia has been unearthed in Thai coal mines.