23 Sep 15:47

baked alaska + smitten kitchen turns 10!

by deb
baked alaska Over the summer, my husband and I took turns taking our son to out for dinner one a week night to give him a break from (I mean, not to point fingers or anything) the occasionally yelling/food-flinging dinnertime antics of The Interloper, a.k.a. his younger sister. On one of my evenings, he pointed to the top of one of the many mirror-covered walls at the restaurant with the menu scrawled over it and said "What's a Baked Alaska?" only the finest in homemade ice creama giant sundaemelted chocolate and butterone-bowl brownies "Well, son," I began because let's not even pretend I don't live for this kind of stuff, "It's a dessert in which ice cream is wrapped in cake and then covered in a marshmallow-y frosting that's toasted and then they light it on fire..." "CAN WE GET ONE OF THOSE?" Look, I don't know what stuff you're made of, but I consider telling a 6 year-old that ice cream wrapped in cake, frosting and fire exists but not for them is cruel and unusual punishment. And so we ordered it and I tried to warn him that they might not do the fire thing and maybe it won't be as cool as I made it sound and then this happened. <a href="Over the summer, my husband and I took turns taking our son to out for dinner one a week night to give him a break from (I mean, not to point fingers or anything) the occasionally yelling/food-flinging dinnertime antics of The Interloper, a.k.a. his younger sister. On one of my evenings, he pointed to the top of one of the many mirror-covered walls at the restaurant with the menu scrawled over it and said "What's a Baked Alaska?" only the finest in homemade ice creama giant sundaemelted chocolate and butterone-bowl brownies "Well, son," I began because let's not even pretend I don't live for this kind of stuff, "It's a dessert in which ice cream is wrapped in cake and then covered in a marshmallow-y frosting that's toasted and then they light it on fire..." "CAN WE GET ONE OF THOSE?" Look, I don't know what stuff you're made of, but I consider telling a 6 year-old that ice cream wrapped in cake, frosting and fire exists but not for them is cruel and unusual punishment. And so we ordered it and I tried to warn him that they might not do the fire thing and maybe it won't be as cool as I made it sound and then this happened. READ THE REST
23 Sep 05:00

Comic for 2016.09.23

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
23 Sep 04:00

Datacenter Scale

Asimov's Cosmic AC was created by linking all datacenters through hyperspace, which explains a lot. It didn't reverse entropy--it just discarded the universe when it reached end-of-life and ordered a new one.
24 Sep 05:00

Comic for 2016.09.24

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
23 Sep 10:57

Space Attack!

by Scandinavia and the World
Space Attack!

Space Attack!

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23 Sep 05:03

Comic for September 23, 2016

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24 Sep 05:01

Comic for September 24, 2016

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23 Sep 04:00

Girl Genius for Friday, September 23, 2016

The Girl Genius comic for Friday, September 23, 2016 has been posted.
23 Sep 00:00

Datacenter Scale

Asimov's Cosmic AC was created by linking all datacenters through hyperspace, which explains a lot. It didn't reverse entropy--it just discarded the universe when it reached end-of-life and ordered a new one.
22 Sep 16:11

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dinosaurs

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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22 Sep 11:40

Head-to-Head Linkage Containing Bithiophene-Based Polymeric Semiconductors for Highly Efficient Polymer Solar Cells

by Shengbin Shi, Qiaogan Liao, Yumin Tang, Han Guo, Xin Zhou, Yulun Wang, Tingbin Yang, Yongye Liang, Xing Cheng, Feng Liu, Xugang Guo
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Narrow bandgap (1.37–1.46 eV) polymers incorporating a head-to-head linkage containing 3-alkoxy-3′-alkyl-2,2′-bithiophene are synthesized. The head-to-head linkage enables polymers with sufficient solubility and the noncovalent sulfur–oxygen interaction affords polymers with high degree of backbone planarity and film ordering. When integrated into polymer solar cells, the polymers show a promising power conversion efficiency approaching 10%.

23 Sep 10:22

Comic: Part Of This Complete Breakfast

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Part Of This Complete Breakfast
22 Sep 17:15

The Old Reader Picks: Music!

The Weekly Reader Picks are a new series designed to introduce The Old Reader users to some of the great feeds that we enjoy.

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While it’s not always easy to recommend music to people, there are many great feeds that cover a large range of musical tastes and genres.  Without further ado, here are our current recommendations for music related feeds.

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American Songwriter offers album reviews, artist interviews, recording technology reviews and much more. A core group of regular (but not overly frequent posters) will get you up to speed on great new music from all genres.

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NPR Music offers a ton of great music related content. Our favorite is their tiny desk concerts feed, featuring anything from pop to jazz and world music. Artists play live standing behind a desk in the NPR office, usually playing into a single microphone.  It’s a great way to see and hear new artists in their purest form.

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If you really want to get stay informed on new music, check out the Stereogum feed, which probes every nook and cranny of popular music.

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Song Exploder is one of our new favorites. Each episode features a different artist and uncovers the stories behind how one of their songs was written and recorded. It’s inspirational, and the diversity of the guests pretty much guarantees there will be something for everybody.

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The Needle Drop’s Anthony Fantano has been turning people on to new music since 2007. The self-proclaimed “Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd” continually posts reviews the best and worst pop, rock, and hip hop.

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We hope some of these will make interesting and new additions to your feeds.

23 Sep 12:13

Comic: Part Of This Complete Breakfast

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Part Of This Complete Breakfast
22 Sep 20:14

The Evolution of Pd0/PdII-Catalyzed Aromatic Fluorination

by Aaron C. Sather and Stephen L. Buchwald

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Accounts of Chemical Research
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.6b00247
23 Sep 04:01

Amber

by David M Willis
22 Sep 12:05

Toward High Efficiency Polymer Solar Cells: Influence of Local Chemical Environment and Morphology

by Cheng Zhou, Guichuan Zhang, Chengmei Zhong, Xiaoe Jia, Peng Luo, Rongguo Xu, Ke Gao, Xiaofang Jiang, Feng Liu, Thomas P. Russell, Fei Huang, Yong Cao

The chemical structure of conjugated polymers plays an important role in determining their physical properties that, in turn, dictates their performance in photovoltaic devices. 5-Fluoro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole, an asymmetric unit, is incorporated into a thiophene-based polymer backbone to generate a hole conducting polymers with controlled regioregularity. A high dipole moment is seen in regioregular polymers, which have a tighter interchain stacking that promotes the formation of a morphology in bulk heterojunction blends with improved power conversion efficiencies. Aliphatic side chain substitution is systematically varied to understand the influence of side chain length and symmetry on the morphology and resultant performance. This side chain modification is found to influence crystal orientation and the phase separated morphology. Using the asymmetric side chain substitution with regioregularity of the main chain, an optimized power conversion efficiency of 9.06% is achieved, with an open circuit voltage of 0.72 V, a short circuit current of 19.63 mA cm−2, and a fill factor over 65%. These results demonstrate that the local chemical environment can dramatically influence the physical properties of the resultant material.

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The unidirectional regioregular conjugated polymers using 5-fluoro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (FBT) asymmetric unit were synthesized. Compared with the regiorandom control polymers, the regioregular polymers with a unidirectional fluorine atom alignment can lead to a progressive dipole moment along the backbone. The regioregular FBT polymers exhibit tighter interchain stacking and better morphology in bulk heterojunction blends, giving rise to improved power conversion efficiency.

22 Sep 20:46

15 Career Tips From Smart Women

by Stella Blackmon

mindykaling

When I was teenager, my stay-at-home mom started her photography career. I remember assisting her on a shoot. Our backyard was filled with baby cousins waddling in every direction, and she had rented a cherry picker (!) to try to capture the scene from above.… Read more

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22 Sep 14:10

This is a non-political political post so stop yelling at me.

by thebloggess
So I’ve been hiding for a bit after posting a simple “NOPE” on twitter two days ago because everything on the news makes me want to stab myself in the eye and I can’t handle it mentally right now, but … Continue reading →
23 Sep 14:44

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Trolley Problems

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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Would you rather steal bread to feed a starving family, or eat a bowl of pig eyeballs?

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22 Sep 16:11

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dinosaurs

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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22 Sep 18:00

Get Stress-Free Time With Friends by Hosting a "Crappy Dinner Party"

by Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker

Dinner parties are a great way to gather your friends for a little quality time, but planning dinner parties can be a real source of stress. To cut down on anxiety but still break bread with your besties, consider what The Kitchn calls a “crappy dinner party.”

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22 Sep 19:05

I have found a secret tunnel that runs underneath the phone companies and emerges in paradise

by Cory Doctorow

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Calyx is a famous, heroic, radical ISP that has been involved in groundbreaking litigation -- they were the first company to ever get a secret Patriot Act warrant unsealed, fighting for 11 years to overturn the gag order. (more…)

22 Sep 10:49

This sexist music video gets real meta real fast

by Andrea James
stylo-video

Prepare to go down a rabbit hole of modern life in this incredible video for "Bike Engine" by Stylo G x Jacob Plant. (more…)

22 Sep 15:55

Four Fun Things

by Joanna Goddard

One Mississippi

Have you seen One Mississippi? Inspired by comedian Tig Notaro’s life, the series follows her as she returns to her hometown and her mother dies.… Read more

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