09 Feb 16:00

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Junk

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: We need to stop enabling Saturn, you guys.

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09 Feb 17:50

Extraordinary Interactive Hi-Res Exhibit of Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’

by Christopher Jobson


Teaching art history online can be tough, despite a wealth of tools and technologies it’s difficult to create an environment that compares to a great teacher who can make artworks engaging to a live audience. However, this new interactive exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous Garden of Earthly Delights completely nails it. This is the internet we were promised.

The site was created by filmmakers, photographers and art historians as part of an upcoming documentary by Pieter van Huijstee titled Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil. The ‘interactive documentary’ not only lets you explore the painting in incredible detail down to the most minute brush strokes, it also includes sound design as you move through various sections of the painting and a series of audio essays describing over 40 areas of the painting! This might be the crowning example of how to educate the public about a masterwork painting online, I wish there was something like this for more artworks.

The documentary and interactive exhibit coincide with the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, which is also being celebrated by the Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands that is currently exhibiting 20 paintings and 19 drawings by the “Devil’s Painter”—the vast majority of his surviving works.

To see more paintings in vivid detail you can also explore the Google Art Project (they beat us for a Webby a few years ago, but we’re not bitter). Also related: A new Bosch painting was identified in Kansas City last week. (via Metafilter)







10 Feb 17:13

The Witness & Bombshell

by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews The Witness & Bombshell.

10 Feb 21:15

Thin Gold Bangles

by Joanna Goddard

Trio of Bangles

For the past ten, maybe twenty years, I’ve worn a black hair elastic on my wrist (exhibits A, B, C, D…) I have it on as I type this very post!… Read more

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10 Feb 16:19

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Truth

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: Seriously, you can write whole books using this technique.

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How the Red Sox could win, with quantum mechanics.

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10 Feb 15:39

More Women Voted for Bernie Than Hillary Last Night

by Ashley Feinberg

Despite recent cries that empowering yourself to vote for your candidate of choice somehow makes you a Bad Feminist™ (assuming that person is anyone but Hillary Clinton), New Hampshire women evidently don’t give a shit. Because last night, Bernie Sanders won with women by 11 points.


09 Feb 15:00

Two Simple Upgrades Will Make Your Washer and Dryer Last Longer

by Heather Yamada-Hosley

Dealing with the damage from a burst washer hose or dust-clogged dryer duct is expensive and frustrating. Upgrading both those items will make your appliances safer, more efficient, and last longer.


09 Feb 22:00

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Describing Your Current Job in an Interview

by Richard Moy

If you’re anything like me, your job is not this easy to explain. And that can make answering interview questions with hiring managers overly complicated. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when they tell people about what they do for a living—and what to say instead.


09 Feb 17:20

The childhood of a coder: Can’t. Stop. Watching.

by CommitStrip


10 Feb 17:30

The Best Ways to Convince Seven Different Internet and Phone Companies to Lower Your Bill

by Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker

This month, we’ve challenged you to haggle your bills so you can save cash all year long. There are some tried and true negotiating tactics that should do the trick, but it helps to get specific. Over at Rather Be Shopping, Kyle James offers insight on seven specific providers, from AT&T to Time Warner.


09 Feb 19:04

Collaborative Total Synthesis: Routes to (±)-Hippolachnin A Enabled by Quadricyclane Cycloaddition and Late-Stage C–H Oxidation

by Monica E. McCallum, Christopher M. Rasik, John L. Wood and M. Kevin Brown

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b13586
11 Feb 05:01


by David M Willis
09 Feb 14:00

Gravity Isn't the Main Reason Your Breasts Sag

by Stephanie Lee on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker

Ladies, fret as we may, some of us have (or will have) saggier breasts than others. Some point their fingers at gravity and others at the bras we wear, but the bigger culprit is your genes.


11 Feb 00:00

Gravitational Waves

"That last LinkedIn request set a new record for the most energetic physical event ever observed. Maybe we should respond." "Nah."
10 Feb 06:18

Comic for February 10, 2016

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09 Feb 13:01

links: food

by megan

Rainbow Steam Cake Recipe – HowToCookThat. How to make a layered rainbow cake that doesn’t involve cutting and stacking.

Giant Ravioli with Egg Yolk, Spinach, and Ricotta. Recipe lookup inspired by Salty Seattle’s Instagram. Yum.

dubosc | Colossal. Edible zoetropes!

Orangette: While you’re not looking. A technique for cooking dried beans, I’ve got to try this because my previous dried bean trials weren’t worth the time put in.

Scientists Say Psychopathic People Really Like Bitter Food | MUNCHIES. Uh oh.

Cooking with Manuela: Rose Shaped Eggplant Parmigiana.

The Politics and Cultishness of Hops – The Sauce – The Stranger. A primer on Washington hops.

Best Value in Booze: What’s the Best Single Malt Scotch Under $30? | Man Made DIY.

Why Cookbook Clubs Should Be the New Way We Entertain | Serious Eats. Yes! (Also, full disclosure, my trusty red dutch oven can be seen in one of these photos.)

The Cocktail at the End of the Universe – Eater. “In search of the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, an imaginary 1970’s cocktail from space.” A delightfully thorough look at bars then and now.

This Coconut Cake Is Better Than Your Grandmother’s Recipe | MUNCHIES.

Pulled Pork and Cornbread Make This Slow-Cooker Chili a New Favorite | Serious Eats.

ChefSteps Guide to Pike Place Market – Eater Seattle.

The Cool Way to Brew Good Coffee – The Awl. Oh gosh I had nearly forgotten about Clover machines! Anyhow, this is a good history of coffee hype from pre-aughts to now. Via Kottke.

The Food Lab: Introducing Vegetables Wellington, the Plant-Based Vegan Roast Even Meat Eaters Will Want | Serious Eats.

IDEAS IN FOOD: Sandy (Pretzel) Sticks.

Lumberjack cake: tartan batter? / Boing Boing. This is neato.

15 Edible Cocktail Garnishes to Snack on During Happy Hour | Brit + Co. Some good ideas in here, I like the pretzel stick as an option.

A Cadbury Creme Egg Cafe is Coming to London | Nerdist.

The Crazy History Of Your Cocktail Cherry – The Daily Beast. I got to watch as Scott discovered the superiority of Luxardo cherries this year.

The Best No-Carb Cloud Rosemary Bread with only 4 Ingredients. While I’m not looking for a no-carb thing, these do look good as a party appetizer for my celiac friends.

spaghetti pie with pecorino and black pepper | smitten kitchen. This is perfection.

Smoke Signals – Bon Appétit. All about Tara Jenson and her amazing pies and loaves of bread.

A Dozen Rose Cupcakes | Sprinkle Bakes. A cookie cutter that makes creating a sugar rose more like assembling a paper flower, very clever.

The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner | Cool Tools. It’s a square of chain mail!

Play Food « bakerella.com. I’m bookmarking this because the recipe doesn’t need to be chilled before rolling, but also because the tiny cookies are absolutely adorable.

Make Matchstick Cookies This Valentine’s Day | The Etsy Blog.

Valentine’s Magic Heart Dessert – HowToCookThat. A hidden heart in the lid, really clever. Does anybody know where this idea originated?

11 Feb 16:05

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Scrooge

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: Calm down Ghost of Christmas present. Please. You're drunk, and you're scaring us.

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From now on, all Christmas jokes will occur in February. 

10 Feb 19:21

16 Great Unsung TV Shows of the Past Few Years That Everybody Should Watch

by Charlie Jane Anders on io9, shared by Mario Aguilar to Gizmodo

We’re living in a goddamn Golden Age of television. But there’s also way too much TV to keep track of, and a few shows get the lion’s share of attention. So here’s our list of 16 recent TV shows that haven’t gotten their props. Time to start binge-watching!


09 Feb 17:03

Building a safer web, for everyone

by Google Blogs
Today is Safer Internet Day, a moment for technology companies, nonprofit organizations, security firms, and people around the world to focus on online safety, together. To mark the occasion, we’re rolling out new tools, and some useful reminders, to help protect you from online dangers of all stripes—phishing, malware, and other threats to your personal information.

1. Keeping security settings simple

The Security Checkup is a quick way to control the security settings for your Google Account. You can add a recovery phone number so we can help if you’re ever locked out of your account, strengthen your password settings, see which devices are connected to your account, and more. If you complete the Security Checkup by February 11, you’ll also get 2GB of extra Google Drive storage, which can be used across Google Drive, Gmail, and Photos.

Safer Internet Day is a great time to do it, but you can—and should!—take a Security Checkup on a regular basis. Start your Security Checkup by visiting My Account.
2. Informing Gmail users about potentially unsafe messages

If you and your Grandpa both use Gmail to exchange messages, your connections are encrypted and authenticated. That means no peering eyes can read those emails as they zoom across the web, and you can be confident that the message from your Grandpa in size 48 font (with no punctuation and a few misspellings) is really from him!

However, as our Safer Email Transparency Report explains, these things are not always true when Gmail interacts with other mail services. Today, we’re introducing changes in Gmail on the web to let people know when a received message was not encrypted, if you’re composing a message to a recipient whose email service doesn’t support TLS encryption, or when the sender’s domain couldn’t be authenticated.

Here’s the notice you’ll see in Gmail before you send a message to a service that doesn’t support TLS encryption. You’ll also see the broken lock icon if you receive a message that was sent without TLS encryption.

If you receive a message that can’t be authenticated, you’ll see a question mark where you might otherwise see a profile photo or logo:

3. Protecting you from bad apps

Dangerous apps that phish and steal your personal information, or hold your phone hostage and make you pay to unlock it, have no place on your smartphone—or any device, for that matter.

Google Play helps protect your Android device by rejecting bad apps that don’t comply with our Play policies. It also conducts more than 200 million daily security scans of devices, in tandem with our Safe Browsing system, for any signs of trouble. Last year, bad apps were installed on fewer than 0.13% of Android devices that install apps only from Google Play.

Learn more about these, and other Android security features — like app sandboxing, monthly security updates for Nexus and other devices, and our Security Rewards Program—in new research we’ve made public on our Android blog.

4. Busting bad advertising practices

Malicious advertising “botnets” try to send phony visitors to websites to make money from online ads. Botnets threaten the businesses of honest advertisers and publishers, and because they’re often made up of devices infected with malware, they put users in harm’s way too.

We've worked to keep botnets out of our ads systems, cutting them out of advertising revenue, and making it harder to make money from distributing malware and Unwanted Software. Now, as part of our effort to fight bad ads online, we’re reinforcing our existing botnet defenses by automatically filtering traffic from three of the top ad fraud botnets, comprising more than 500,000 infected user machines. Learn more about this update on the Doubleclick blog.

5. Moving the security conversation forward

Recent events—Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the Sony Hack, the current conversation around encryption, and more—have made online safety a truly mainstream issue. This is reflected both in news headlines, and popular culture: “Mr. Robot,” a TV series about hacking and cybersecurity, just won a Golden Globe for Best Drama, and @SwiftOnSecurity, a popular security commentator, is named after Taylor Swift.

But despite this shift, security remains a complex topic that lends itself to lively debates between experts...that are often unintelligible to just about everyone else. We need to simplify the way we talk about online security to enable everyone to understand its importance and participate in this conversation.

To that end, we’re teaming up with Medium to host a virtual roundtable about online security, present and future. Moderated by journalist and security researcher Kevin Poulsen, this project aims to present fresh perspectives about online security in a time when our attention is increasingly ruled by the devices we carry with us constantly. We hope you’ll tune in and check it out.

Online security and safety are being discussed more often, and with more urgency, than ever before. We hope you’ll take a few minutes today to learn how Google protects your data and how we can work toward a safer web, for everyone.

Posted by Gerhard Eschelbeck, VP, Security and Privacy https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ULzOadjY19s/Vr0Nptiu2II/AAAAAAAAR1s/1CC_5AacxzU/s1600/GOP-security_hero_1.jpg Gerhard Eschelbeck VP Security and Privacy
10 Feb 00:05

You Can Get 2GB of Free Google Drive Storage Today

by Jamie Condliffe on Gizmodo, shared by Alan Henry to Lifehacker

Want some more space for your documents? Of course you do. Well, you can grab 2GB of extra capacity on Google Drive for free today. Here’s how.


10 Feb 12:41

Bar Pets Revisited pt 2

11 Feb 06:11

Comic for February 11, 2016

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09 Feb 21:30

Remember the "Three Audience Truths" Before Giving a Speech

by Patrick Allan

Giving a speech or presentation in front of others is pretty nerve-wracking. If you remind yourself of the “three audience truths” before you go up in front of people, however, you’ll give yourself an opportunity to calm down and focus on your message.


11 Feb 05:10


10 Feb 12:24

Cationic Chiral Fluorinated Oxazaborolidines. More Potent, Second-Generation Catalysts for Highly Enantioselective Cycloaddition Reactions

by Karla Mahender Reddy, Eswar Bhimireddy, Barla Thirupathi, Simon Breitler, Shunming Yu and E. J. Corey

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b00100