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20 Nov 21:07

the bechdel test

by kris

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the show sets a record for number of times “bechdel” is uttered on air (average 5.6 BPM)

from a suggestion by mikey

21 Jul 16:46

A Softer World

20 Jan 21:58

New Site- The Silmarillion Project

by Aaron
Grstearns

wow...

Happy New Year, everybody! I’ve got some great news upcoming Dresden Codak in the next couple weeks, but for now I’d like to announce a new official side gig: The Silmarillion Project. I’m essentially illustrating every chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion, but also developing a comprehensive world and design that nobody else has yet to attempt. Not only am I looking to create an aesthetic unique from the Peter Jackson films (which are great, but far too ubiquitous), but I’m also trying to draw attention to the potential for racial and gender diversity in a genre that’s too often dominated by “more white dudes.” For more details on the project, check out the Q&A.

It’s something I unofficially started about a year ago, but public interest in the whole thing kind of spurred me on to continue it and really put something fun together. As it’s something I’m just doing when I have a free hour here and there, this won’t interfere with Dresden Codak updates. In fact I’m looking to double the amount of Dresden Codak updates this year, as I don’t have a massive Kickstarter to manage anymore!

2014 is the Year of Codak, we’re gonna make it happen. Stay tuned.

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08 Jan 04:00

26p86

by Christopher Hastings
Grstearns

A *primer* on the last few issues of McNinja

26p86

Bigger time chart here. All new adventure starts Monday!

26p86 is a post from: The Adventures of Dr. McNinja

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23 Jul 14:35

Unusual Tick-Borne Virus Lurks In Missouri's Woods

Grstearns

Doctors HATE HIM!
Get the Heartland virus from this one weird tick.

Last year, virologists traced the mysterious illness of two Missouri farmers to a virus never seen before. Now, scientists have found the so-called Heartland virus in ticks. The discovery means the U.S. has another tick-borne illness on its hands — and "another reason to avoid getting bit."

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04 Dec 18:35

cunning dessert moves

by kris

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holidays means there’s bad foods in the house again, and when they’re in the house you have to eat them. it’s illegal to waste food. well, when it’s ice cream
04 Dec 05:00

December 04, 2013


OH MAN
06 Aug 18:28

How We Got To Now

by stevenberlinjohnson
Grstearns

Yes. Yes, yes yes yes-yesyes. Yes.

Dubai picEvery now and then in life you find yourself in a situation where you have to pause for a second and ask yourself: what unlikely sequence of events has led me to this point? I had one of those moments a few weeks ago, when I found myself standing in front of a television film crew, 300 feet above the city of Dubai, harnessed to the sloping roof of a giant indoor ski slope, wearing a parka in 110 degree heat. 

I was there for the very first shot of a television series I’ve been working on, quietly, behind the scenes, for two years now. It’s been killing me not being able to post anything about it here or on Twitter, but as of this morning, the cat is finally out of the bag. Just a few minutes ago at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced a new six-part series that will air in the fall of 2014: How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson

The show builds on many of themes in the innovation history trilogy of The Ghost Map, The Invention Of Air, and Where Good Ideas Come From, but is based on new material with a completely different structure. Each hour-long episode takes one facet of modern life that we mostly take for granted -- artificial cold, clean drinking water, the lenses in your spectacles -- and tells the 500-year story of how that innovation came into being: the hobbyists and amateurs and entrepreneurs and collaborative networks that collectively made the modern world possible. It’s also the story of the unintended consequences of these inventions: air conditioning and refrigeration didn’t just make it possible to build ski slopes in the desert; they also triggered arguably the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species -- to cities like Dubai or Phoenix that would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable. 


SavannahWe’re trying to weave together many historical strands in the series, but at the same time make it more dynamic and visually arresting (and funny.) There will be no historical re-enactments, no solemn voiceovers with archival photographs, no talking head interviews with historians. We’ve got some amazing visual FX (somewhat inspired by the animated video we did for Good Ideas), and we’ll have sequences all around the world in visually stunning locations. I’m the host and storyteller and tour guide; I’ll be the one descending into the sewers or staring through the telescope at the top of Mauna Kea. Or looking totally ridiculous dressed up as a 19th-century gentleman in a carriage in Savannah.

We have put together an amazing team for the series. The UK studio Nutopia (responsible for hit shows like America: The Story Of Us) is producing, led by the brilliant Jane Root, former controller of BBC2 and president of Discovery Networks. Jane’s brought in a team of other award-winning producers and directors to create the episodes. The series itself is being funded by both PBS/CPB, and the BBC, and will be distributed worldwide by BBC International. I’m co-authoring the episodes, and I’ll be writing a book to accompany the series for my longtime publisher Riverhead.

I’ll have much more information about airtimes around the world next year as we get closer to the finish line. In the meantime, I’ll be tweeting updates from the shoots at @stevenbjohnson and @howwegottonow. Stay tuned -- I think this is going to be a lot of fun...   

24 Oct 21:35

People can't decide if they want proper review critiques or product reviews in game reviewing

Grstearns

Spider Solitaire, 100060/100

Let’s go to a hundred point scale.

60 of the points are determined by the games frame rate. One point per frame.

40 points are determined by the hours it’ll take to beat the game, one point per hour.

Done.

19 Oct 03:17

Jeff, do you think we will ever find the secret gene that makes certain adult people feel such inexplicable passion for Sonic games?

02 Oct 19:28

09/30/13 PHD comic: 'Taking work home'

Grstearns

Replace watching tv with stressing out, then drinking and watching Giant Bomb

Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
www.phdcomics.com
Click on the title below to read the comic
title: "Taking work home" - originally published 9/30/2013

For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!

02 Oct 07:00

Dark Science #28 - Leviathan

by Aaron
Grstearns

NEWWW DRESDEN CODAK!!!!!!

Dark Science #28 - Leviathan

Goodness, Kim’s in quite a pickle!

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30 Sep 03:29

This “Discover Hip Hop” infomercial is the best...

Grstearns

Liwdel Ewfort and wise investment!



This “Discover Hip Hop” infomercial is the best thing the Black Eyed Peas have ever done. And I can only find it on some weird video site in Portugal, so… hopefully this embed works, I guess.

Otherwise, it’s here: http://videos.sapo.pt/aA82B7KoDNZAizkgw7Ov

21 Sep 16:23

DragonCon cosplayers who dressed up as Marriott carpet get a cease-and-desist for their fabric offering

by Cory Doctorow
Grstearns

Ridiculous (adj):
1) Awesome. "Did you see the guys who cosplayed as the carpet?!! That's ridiculous!"
2) Detestable. "They're issuing a C&D for that? Ridiculous."


There's widespread consensus that the best cosplayers at this year's Dragoncon were the people who dressed up in bodysuits patterned after the notoriously bizarre institutional carpet at the Atlanta Marriott hotel, one of the event's venues. But when one of the cosplayers offered to supply carpet-camo to other attendees, Couristan Inc (the company that designed the carpet) sent them a legal threat.

Of all the things to get a Cease and Desist over, of ALL the replicas I've made over the years, I've received one from Couristan Inc., designers if the Marriott Marquis Atlanta hotel carpet. Spoonflower has pulled the design, as is their right, so sorry everyone who wanted some fabric of their own!

The absurdity is palpable.

Carpet designer threatens cosplayers with legal action (via Super Punch)

    






01 Sep 15:34

David Edmonds on Trolley Problems

Grstearns

Favorite new term: "Trolleyology"

Is it ever morally acceptable to kill one person to save many? Most people agree that in some extreme circumstances this, though psychologically difficult, can be the right action to take. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, Nigel Warburton interviews David Edmonds (co-creator of the Philosophy Bites podcast) about the life and death thought experiments known as Trolley Problems. David Edmonds book about  Trolley Problems Would You Kill the Fat Man? will be published in Autumn 2013 by Princeton University Press.

29 Jul 09:01

This looks secur... wait a minute!

by sharhalakis
Grstearns

Physical insecurity via psychiatric insecurity

image by lk

29 Jul 09:01

This looks secur... wait a minute!

by sharhalakis

image by lk

28 Jul 00:18

Photo

Grstearns

Happy cappy
:}







18 Jul 00:00

July 18, 2013


Oh god. Flying out to SDCC this morning. See you all soon at the Overdue Media booth. God help me.

Also, just for SDCC, an SMBC Theater Superhero compilation!

15 Jul 08:40

NO BUT SERIOUSLY

jamietheignorantamerican:

WHY DOES NO ONE TALK ABOUT THE QUETZALCOATLUS?!

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I MEAN, JESUS F. CHRIST.

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PTERODACTYLS AIN’T SHIT NEXT TO THESE MOTHER FUCKERS. QUETZALCOATLUS FUCKING ATE BABY DINOSAURS FOR BRUNCH.

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LITTLE-FOOT, NOOOO!!!

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JUST IMAGINE SOMETHING AS TALL AS A MOTHER FUCKING GIRAFFE

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SOARING THROUGH THE SKIES AT 80 MILES PER HOUR, AND THEN SWOOPING DOWN AND FUCKING EATING YOUR FACE OFF. 

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FUCKING QUETZALCOATLUS

09 Jul 20:50

Prisoner's dilemma tournament results

Submitted by AlexMennen • 32 votes • 121 comments

The prisoner's dilemma tournament is over. There were a total of 21 entries. The winner is Margaret Sy, with a total of 39 points. 2nd and 3rd place go to rpglover64 and THE BLACK KNIGHT, with scores of 38 and 36 points respectively. There were some fairly intricate strategies in the tournament, but all three of these top scorers submitted programs that completely ignored the source code of the other player and acted randomly, with the winner having a bias towards defecting.

You can download a chart describing the outcomes here, and the source codes for the entries can be downloaded here.

I represented each submission with a single letter while running the tournament. Here is a directory of the entries, along with their scores: (some people gave me a term to refer to the player by, while others gave me a term to refer to the program. I went with whatever they gave me, and if they gave me both, I put the player first and then the program)

A: rpglover64 (38)
B: Watson Ladd (27)
c: THE BLACK KNIGHT (36)
D: skepsci (24)
E: Devin Bayer (30)
F: Billy, Mimic-- (27)
G: itaibn (34)
H: CooperateBot (24)
I: Sean Nolan (28)
J: oaz (26)
K: selbram (34)
L: Alexei (25)
M: LEmma (25)
N: BloodyShrimp (34)
O: caa (32)
P: nshepperd (25)
Q: Margaret Sy (39)
R: So8res, NateBot (33)
S: Quinn (33)
T: HonoreDB (23)
U: SlappedTogetherAtTheLastMinuteBot (20)


121 comments
09 Jul 19:07

On Tuuuuuesdays

by Ian
;_;

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When I was working in San Fransisco, my office was actually right across the street from the CNET building.  This was before Giantbomb.com.

It wasn’t until the site was well established that I was introduced to the personalities of Whiskey Media by a co-worker. Since then, I’ve pretty much have had their videos and podcasts running on a side monitor at all hours while I work. I like having that noise as it reminded me of my times growing up and playing video games with my friends late into the night; Something adulthood hasn’t had nearly enough supply of in comparison.

That’s why I feel like I’ve lost a friend with Ryan Davis’s passing even though we’ve never so much as exchanged a word. I’ve always wanted to get together a quick sketch or a fan art for those guys as a thank you. After all, I love getting fan art myself. I had fun making the above one, it’s just a shame it took loss to get me to take the time to do it.

You’re already missed, Ryan. I hope where ever you are, it’s TUUUUUUUESDAY.

03 Jul 12:49

A few words on Doug Engelbart

Doug Engelbart died today. I tried to write a few words about his work.
01 Jun 09:51

Crystal history

by vaughanbell

Spiegel Online has an excellent article that traces the history of methamphetamine from its early days as synthetic soldier fuel in Nazi Germany to its recent history as street crank.

There is one curious bit though:

Pervitin remained easy to obtain even after the war, on the black market or as a prescription drug from pharmacies. Doctors didn’t hesitate to prescribe it to patients as an appetite suppressant or to improve the mood of those struggling with depression. Students, especially medical students, turned to the stimulant to help them cram through the night and finish their studies faster.

Numerous athletes found Pervitin decreased their sensitivity to pain, while simultaneously increasing performance and endurance. In 1968, boxer Joseph “Jupp” Elze, 28, failed to wake again after a knockout in the ring following some 150 blows to the head. Without methamphetamine, he would have collapsed much sooner and might not have died. Elze became Germany’s first known victim of doping. Yet the drug remained on the market.

This was probably not mainly due to increased pain tolerance. In fact, studies on the pain-killing effects of amphetamine show quite modest effects on reducing discomfort.

Being knocked out is basically where the brain has sustained so much damage that it cannot maintain sufficient arousal to support consciousness.

Amphetamine artificially increases arousal, so you’re likely able to sustain much more brain damage before passing out.

Or to put it another way, after dropping speed, the point at which you sustain enough brain damage to pass out becomes much closer to the point at which you’re likely to die.

There is also a chronic effect of amphetamine raising blood pressure, which increases the chance of stroke, so getting repeatedly punched in the head while on speed is probably not a good idea. I suspect this was the more likely route to the death of boxer Joseph “Jupp” Elze.

If you want a background on the science and history of stimulants, I never miss the opportunity to recommend the brilliant book Speed, Ecstasy, Ritalin: The Science of Amphetamines.

However, if you want a quick primer (no, not that sort) the Spiegel article is a great place to start.
 

Link to Spiegel article ‘The German Granddaddy of Crystal Meth’.


08 Jul 17:32

VG Cats : Dress Rehearsal

Grstearns

Even Weirder!

30 Jun 14:30

New Typewriter Part Birds by Jeremy Mayer

by Christopher Jobson

New Typewriter Part Birds by Jeremy Mayer typewriters sculpture birds assemblage

New Typewriter Part Birds by Jeremy Mayer typewriters sculpture birds assemblage

New Typewriter Part Birds by Jeremy Mayer typewriters sculpture birds assemblage

New Typewriter Part Birds by Jeremy Mayer typewriters sculpture birds assemblage

Artist Jeremy Mayer (previously) just completed this beautiful set of swallows using assembled typewriter parts. The pieces required Mayer to find multiple sets of identical parts adding a significant amount of time to sourcing materials, but as a happy accident the artist also discovered his design allowed for the wings to partially retract. If you’re unfamiliar with Mayer’s work it might surprise you to know that he doesn’t use solder or glue (or even objects that haven’t originated from a typewriter), but instead assembles everything using only native parts. You can follow his progress for this and other projects over on Tumblr.

01 Jul 03:53

Photo



26 Jun 15:37

The State of Web Articles

by DOGHOUSE DIARIES

The State of Web Articles

Happy reading folks, but stay safe out there.

17 Jun 13:35

Bad British baseball commentary

by Jason Kottke

Ok, it's no NFL bad lip reading but this fake commentary by a British broadcaster of a baseball game is still pretty hilarious.

He runs in to bowl...Mork and Mindy, that's going for six! No! Caught by the chap in the pajamas with the glove that makes everything easier. And they all scuttle off for a nap.

Tags: baseball   sports   video
05 Jun 17:09

A Softer World