27 Sep 14:38

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Motivation

by tech@thehiveworks.com

Terribly sorry. The fourth wall is being reconstructed tonight and should be ready to go tomorrow morning.

New comic!
Today's News:

Tickets are on sale for BAHFest West! This is our third year doing this, and tickets have sold out the previous two times. To guarantee a spot, please buy soon!


26 Sep 06:35

Direct and Versatile Synthesis of Red-Shifted Azobenzenes

by Mickel J. Hansen, Michael M. Lerch, Wiktor Szymanski, Ben L. Feringa


A straightforward synthesis of azobenzenes with bathochromically-shifted absorption bands is presented. It employs an ortho-lithiation of aromatic substrates, followed by a coupling reaction with aryldiazonium salts. The products are obtained with good to excellent yields after simple purification. Moreover, with the presented methodology, a structurally diverse panel of different azobenzenes, including unsymmetric tetra-ortho-substituted ones, can be readily obtained, which paves the way for future development of red-light-addressable azobenzene derivatives for in vivo application.

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Red-shifted tetra-ortho-substituted azobenzenes were synthesized in a rapid manner with high functional group tolerance (see picture). The privileged tetra-ortho-methoxy, -chloro, and -fluoro azobenzenes become readily accessible, which paves the way for future applications of red-shifted azobenzenes in material and biological sciences.

25 Sep 16:00

Google Feud/Nippies/Fakespot/Splash

by Claudia Lamar

Google Feud is a game that challenges you to guess the top ten Google autocompletes for a particular word or term. For instance, the game might prompt you with “my friend is addicted to” and you have to fill in the rest of the query. (FYI, the top ten autocompletes for this example are weed, her phone, drugs, coke, pills, drama, oxycodone, crack, anime, and alcohol.) — MF

Over the years, I’ve had to buy a variety of bras for different types of dresses and tops (racerback, backless, strapless, etc.), but the most useful purchase I’ve made has been Nippies. I’ve had these for a couple years now. They are washable, reusable and so comfortable I forget I have them on. — CL

Before buying something on Amazon, enter the URL for the product at fakespot.com. This free service will analyze how many shill reviewers have rated a product, and award a “Fakespot Grade” from A to F. A low grade doesn’t necessarily mean a product is bad, it just means you shouldn’t take the reviews and user ratings into consideration when making your decision to buy something. — MF

I’m trying out Splash, a cool free experimental photo search engine from 500Pixels. You sketch the rough contours of a photo you seek in color, and it will display two dozen images that “match” your sketch. The match is mostly in color, mood, and rough shapes, but it does present you with some interesting images, all licensable. — KK

A long time ago, after a bad breakup I read If the Buddha Dated by Charlotte Kasi. By the time I had finished the book, it was covered in notes and dog-eared pages, and I felt healed and ready to move on. Now, as a newlywed, I am enjoying listening to If the Buddha Married on Audible. So many great insights and communication tips. — CL

All my dress shirts are now “Non-Iron” cotton material. I don’t know how this stuff works, but the ones I clumsily fold into my luggage, will unwrinkle shortly after I put them on. I use Non-Iron Oxford shirts from Land’s End and L.L. Bean, but most clothing brands seem to carry them. Eagle brand Non-Iron shirts are popular on Amazon. — KK

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25 Sep 23:00

Why You Get Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

by Patrick Allan

Dark circles under or around your eyes make you look tired, but there plenty of other reasons you might get them. Here’s the science behind dark eye circles, and how you can try to avoid them.


25 Sep 12:00

Sometimes You Just Need a Slip of Confidence

Submitted by: (via ABCXYZ123789)

Tagged: diving , FAIL , gifs , pool
26 Sep 04:00


by Christopher Hastings


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26 Sep 11:30

Focusmusic.fm Is Simple, Minimal, and Streams Music to Work To

by Alan Henry

Music for productivity comes in various forms, but if you’re the type who enjoys non-vocal electronica in the background while you get stuff done, Focusmusic.fm delivers. Best of all, it’s in a simple, minimal interface with few controls and no playlists or other tools to distract you.


27 Sep 13:30

The Best Tweets From The First Presidential Debate

by Kristy Puchko

Last night Americans were glued to their televisions watching one of the most anticipated/dreaded events of recent history: The First Presidential Debate. Hillary Rodham-Clinton faced off against Donald Trump in a riveting 90 minutes of debate, hosted by Lester Holt. Twitter went wild.

For those of us who desperately needed a community to cheer the inspiring responses and jeer the astonishing insanity that was on full display, Twitter was our everything.

For (so many) more cocaine tweets, click here.

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Trump just said he never said pregnancy is an inconvenience to businesses. #debatenight pic.twitter.com/3U8OjsviZ1

— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) September 27, 2016

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Did we miss your favorite debate tweet? Share it in comments.

Kristy Puchko would like to thank Twitter and wine for getting her through last night.

26 Sep 16:13

The Coolest Barn

by Joanna Goddard

Bellwood Barn rental in the Hudson Valley

This weekend, we drove a few hours north of Brooklyn and stayed at a 19th-century barn in the Hudson Valley with some friends. When we showed up, we were blown away…

Bellwood Barn rental in the Hudson Valley

The coolest part was that you could open the huge doors on either end of the barn.… Read more

The post The Coolest Barn appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

26 Sep 07:00

Comic: 2016-09-26

New Comic: 2016-09-26
26 Sep 02:03

Morning Calisthenics

27 Sep 16:25

my coworker wants us to call her boyfriend her “master”

by Ask a Manager

I gasped out loud when I received this letter, and so will you.

A reader writes:

An employee, “Sally,” started at our workplace about a year and a half ago. She’s not my subordinate, but is the subordinate to a peer of mine, and works frequently with my subordinates. A few months later she got a new boyfriend, “Peter.” (I found out about this through normal water cooler-type conversation.)

After she’d been with the company a few more months, at Christmas time of 2015, she invited her boyfriend to our holiday party. (This is totally normal in our workplace; people are welcome to bring any family or friends they like to the party as long as they RSVP.) Everything there seemed fine as well, although at one point Peter asked Sally to get him a drink, to which she replied “Yes, master!” in a very “I Dream of Jeannie” kind of way. We all laughed it off as a joke, and it didn’t come up again.

…until it did. We had an early summer party in late May at which Sally and Peter both attended (again, bringing SOs and friends was totally acceptable, so that was not in itself a problem). At this party, there was a good deal more of Peter ordering Sally around and Sally calling him “master”: he sent her to fetch drinks and hot dogs, he told her to find a place for them to sit, etc., to which she replied consistently with “Yes, master.” It made a number of people, myself included, clearly uncomfortable, but there was nothing objectively abusive about it (he never yelled at her or threatened her), and her immediate supervisor and her supervisor’s supervisor weren’t there, and so no one said anything (perhaps incorrectly?).

After the party, at the office, I overheard a conversation in which one of her coworker-friends was like, “so uh, what’s up with the master thing?” and she explained that she was in a 24/7 dominant/submissive relationship, and he wasn’t her boyfriend or her SO or her partner, he was her “master,” and needed to be referred to as such. Her coworker was clearly flummoxed and didn’t have much response to that.

Later, I heard her correct someone who referred to her boyfriend as her boyfriend/partner, saying that he wasn’t her partner, he was her master, and should be referred to using his appropriate title. She compared it to gay rights, saying that if she was a man, they wouldn’t erase her relationship by referring to “Peter” as “Patricia,” and so they shouldn’t erase the D/s relationship by calling him a partner instead of a master. It’s pretty clear that her coworkers aren’t comfortable asking her “will your master be at the end-of-summer barbecue?” or “did you and your master do anything fun this weekend?, though, and thus have just stopped referring to Peter at all.

Her direct boss, my colleague, is baffled as to how to sensitively address this issue. My instinct is that there’s a very big difference between insisting that colleagues acknowledge that you’re in a gay relationship and insisting that they refer to your partner as “your master,” and that it borders on involving other non-consenting parties into your relationship … but I can’t really articulate why. For what it’s worth, I am a bisexual woman, and our office has a number of gay/lesbian, trans, and poly individuals, so it’s not an issue of being against nontraditional relationships. It just seems to be that it seems very important to Sally that Peter be referred to as “her master,” and it seems equally clear that her coworkers find this intensely uncomfortable.

Help? How can I advise my colleague? What’s reasonable in this situation?

You can read my answer to this (amazing) letter at New York Magazine today. Head over there to read it.

my coworker wants us to call her boyfriend her “master” was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

27 Sep 07:00

Comic: 2016-09-27

New Comic: 2016-09-27
26 Sep 21:53

The Concourse I Think Nate Silver Is Broken, Maybe?

by Kinja! on Kinja Roundup, shared by Alan Henry to Lifehacker
26 Sep 13:51

The Shirk Report – Volume 388

by twistedsifter


*Due to an extraordinary life event, the Sifter lamentably missed his first (Friday) Shirk Report in 388 weeks (that’s 7.5 years!). I’m happy to report that all is well and we will now return to our regularly scheduled programming :)
Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Twitter, RSS and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com



Friday! Monday!
– “Hey, Sifter. Don’t ever be late again”
Cheers to the troll that printed and affixed these
The NFL comes at you hard
Annnnd, action!
“Not now chief, I’m in the #$%^&*@ zone”
When karma hits you upside the head
When you’re the only female at a house party
When everyone’s at a 3 and you’re at 11
The cost of an Ikea umbrella is weather dependent
The cost of this travel photo is your watch
The moment you realize your house is haunted
The moment you realize why your hotel bathroom is still foggy eight hours later
Animals asserting their dominance | Part deux
Just a tribute | Hardly
I like the way this cat thinks | And the way this dog sits
How to start a fight with your partner
Gut check time
Until next week Friday



Is Artificial Intelligence Permanently Inscrutable?
Donald Trump Jr.’s terrorist-Skittle analogy is completely wrong
Before Beijing: A Rare View of China’s Last Dynasty
How Amazon’s Pricing Algorithm Is Designed To Hurt Consumers
‘Hangover-free alcohol’ could replace all regular alcohol by 2050, says David Nutt
The Man Who Got No Whammies
Making Sense of Modern Pornography
100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Man v rat: could the long war soon be over?
Genetically modified mosquitoes could wipe out the world’s most deadly viruses. If we let them


5 VIDEOS + an old guy laughing at his own joke















cheers1 The Shirk Report – Volume 388


26 Sep 07:22

Comic: The Problem Palace

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: The Problem Palace
26 Sep 07:00

Sexy Vampires and Existential Philosophy

Yeah I mean, life is meaningless and all, but it turns out being a sexy vampire is kind of alright.
26 Sep 05:52

SSSS page 604

Page 604 is up!
26 Sep 00:16

Girls With Slingshots - GWS Chaser #405

by tech@thehiveworks.com
New comic!
Today's News:

Jameson actually had sexy mood lighting installed in the coat room to avoid such mishaps as making out with a coat rack.

http://www.girlswithslingshots.com//comic/gws405">Here's the old strip!

26 Sep 04:31

Room Temperature Catalyst System for the Hydroarylation of Olefins

by Siu Yin Lee, Alexander Villani-Gale and Chad C. Eichman

TOC Graphic

Organic Letters
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b02492
26 Sep 12:30

Book 3 - Page 198

by balder

Call Waiting

26 Sep 05:21

Ctrl+Alt+Del: Developers be like

by tim@cad-comic.com (Tim Buckley)
27 Sep 05:42

Girls With Slingshots - GWS Chaser #406

by tech@thehiveworks.com
New comic!
Today's News:

Mullets: they're the new dick.

http://www.girlswithslingshots.com//comic/gws406">Here's the old strip!

26 Sep 21:05

Novel one-step synthesized and dopant-free hole transport material for efficient and stable perovskite solar cells

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6TA05254A, Communication
Xiaoming Zhao, Fei Zhang, Chenyi Yi, Dongqin Bi, Xiangdong Bi, Peng Wei, Jingshan Luo, Xicheng Liu, Shirong Wang, Xianggao Li, Shaik M Zakeeruddin, Michael Gratzel
One hole transport material ST1 was synthesized by a one-step Heck reaction. Compared to Spiro-OMeTAD, the perovskite solar cell with ST1 exhibits a remarkable overall power conversion efficiency of 15.4...
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