28 Aug 13:57

Fear of Asymmetry

by By Paul Krugman
Why nerds don't want to understand politics.
27 Aug 19:26

Turning Supramolecular Receptors into Chemosensors by Nanoparticle-Assisted “NMR Chemosensing”

by Marie-Virgine Salvia, Giovanni Salassa, Federico Rastrelli and Fabrizio Mancin

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b06300
28 Aug 20:14

The Architecture of American Houses

by Jason Kottke

From Pop Chart Lab, a beautiful poster showing 121 architectural styles of American houses.

Architecture of American Houses

Architecture of American Houses

Useful if you don't know your Victorian from your Tudor from your Greek revival.

Tags: architecture   design   USA
28 Aug 14:00

Kate Winslet Says ‘Steve Jobs’ Is Really “About All of Us”; See a New Poster

by Angie Han

Steve Jobs - Michael Fassbender (2)

Just because Steve Jobs is called Steve Jobs, doesn’t mean it’s just about Steve Jobs. In fact, star Kate Winslet says, it’s “almost not about Steve Jobs at all.” Because really, “The film is about all of us.”

She’s speaking symbolically, of course, but it does sound like the film has much more on its mind than just the man in the title. In a new interview, Winslet dishes on the themes of the movie, her “extraordinary, feisty” character, and much more. Read her comments, and check out the new Steve Jobs poster, after the jump. 

Winslet ruminated on the themes of Steve Jobs:

[Screenwriter Aaron] Sorkin makes it almost not about Steve Jobs at all. It’s about how that man has 100 percent dictated how we all live our lives today and how we function as people. The film is about all of us, and all of us today, not in ’84 or ’88 or ’98. I mean, look at us all — how we function. You look at a lot of toddlers today, they’ll pick up any screen of any kind, and they don’t push a button, they swipe. It’s horrifying but kind of extraordinary, and that is Steve Jobs. As a parent of a small child, it’s alarming. I remember the days of rotary phones. I’m 39 years old, so it wasn’t that long ago.

It’s great to hear Steve Jobs will dig into the man’s outsized influence on our current culture, and not just his personal and professional drama. Sorkin accomplished a similar feat with The Social Network, using the story of Facebook’s beginnings to reflect on the way we connect and interact today.

Winslet also gushed about her character, a fictionalized version of Macintosh’s real-life head of marketing Joanna Hoffman:

She was like his work wife. She was head of marketing for the Macintosh, and then she stayed with him for his working life. She was an extraordinary, feisty Eastern European person who was pretty much the only person who could actually knock sense into Steve, and she was also kind of an emotional compass.

[…] One thing that was unique about her as a figure in Steve’s life was that she didn’t need anything from him. She just needed for him to be the best version of himself. And that’s what really set their relationship apart from any relationship with all his other colleagues.

There’s much more from Winslet at Vulture, including her impressions of the real-life Hoffman, the challenges of capturing Hoffman’s unique Polish-Armenian accent, her efforts to win the role, and so on. But for now, let’s move on to the new poster:

Steve Jobs poster

It’s stark and simple, in keeping with Jobs’ favored aesthetic. The hand-on-chin pose references Albert Watson‘s iconic portrait of the real Jobs (you may remember it from the cover of Walter Isaacson‘s bestselling biography, which serves as source material for the movie), while the choice to shoot Michael Fassbender in profile literally shows us Jobs from a different angle.

Directed by Danny BoyleSteve Jobs opens October 9.

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin, Boyle and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.

Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

The post Kate Winslet Says ‘Steve Jobs’ Is Really “About All of Us”; See a New Poster appeared first on /Film.

28 Aug 18:56

A Bio-Inspired, Catalytic E → Z Isomerization of Activated Olefins

by Jan B. Metternich and Ryan Gilmour

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b07136
28 Aug 04:00


by Christopher Hastings


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28 Aug 14:00

Menage a 3 - La violence is not the answer

Menage a 3 - La violence is not the answer
28 Aug 04:00


by Christopher Hastings


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27 Aug 19:12

Nanoparticle Probes for the Detection of Cancer Biomarkers, Cells, and Tissues by Fluorescence

by Alyssa B. Chinen, Chenxia M. Guan, Jennifer R. Ferrer, Stacey N. Barnaby, Timothy J. Merkel and Chad A. Mirkin

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Chemical Reviews
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00321
28 Aug 10:36

Engineering the Electronic State of a Perovskite Electrocatalyst for Synergistically Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Reaction

by Yuqiao Guo, Yun Tong, Pengzuo Chen, Kun Xu, Jiyin Zhao, Yue Lin, Wangsheng Chu, Zhenmeng Peng, Changzheng Wu, Yi Xie
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A surface hydrogen effect to modulate the pure electronic-state transition in perovskite Ca0.9Yb0.1MnO3 synergistically generates a more suitable eg electron filling status and better conductivity. This achieves 100 times higher catalytic activity compared to that of a pristine sample.

28 Aug 08:50

Carbamate-Catalyzed Enantioselective Bromolactamization

by Yi An Cheng, Wesley Zongrong Yu, Ying-Yeung Yeung


A highly facile, efficient, and enantioselective bromolactamization of olefinic amides was effected by a carbamate catalyst and ethanol additive. The amide substrates underwent N-cyclization predominantly to give a diverse range of enantioenriched bromolactam products containing up to two stereogenic centers.

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A splash of EtOH: A highly facile, efficient, and enantioselective bromolactamization of olefinic amides was effected by a carbamate catalyst and ethanol additive. The amide substrates undergo N-cyclization predominantly to give a diverse range of enantioenriched bromolactam products which contain up to two chiral centers. Ts=4-toluenesulfonyl.

27 Aug 18:30

The Best and Worst Things to Buy at Walmart

by Melanie Pinola

Walmart is well-known for its low prices, but it’s not always the most inexpensive option (in some cases, Amazon is ). Go Banking looked to experts at deal hunting sites to find the best and worst deals at Walmart. Good news: LEGO sales abound.


28 Aug 04:40

Comic: Upstaged

New Comic: Upstaged
28 Aug 00:47

Tesla Model S broke Consumer Reports' rating system

by Autoblog
The 2015 Tesla Model S P85D is officially the highest-rated vehicle ever tested by Consumer Reports. In fact, it's so good, it actually broke the magazine's rating system, achieving 103 points on a 100-point scale. The reviewers call the sedan "a g...
28 Aug 17:21

SSSS page 380

Page 380 is up!
27 Aug 22:34

WestJet adds 4 new wide-body aircraft to fleet

by CBC News
WestJet Boeing 767-300s

WestJet took delivery of four new wide-body aircraft today, which will allow the airline to begin flying to Europe.

28 Aug 01:12

Charity Drive for Con or Bust: An Audio Version of “John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular,” Read by Me

by John Scalzi

UPDATE, 8/29/15: Donations top $10,000! The audio is up!

UPDATE, 8/28/15: As of 1pm today, the donations to Con or Bust — not counting my $500 matching gift — are $6869.17. Which is, uh, more than the $2,500 goal! Whoo-hoo! The audio has been recorded, and will be released Monday.

Now we are going for:

STRETCH GOAL: If the donations to Con or Bust reach $10,000 by 11:59 (Eastern) Sunday, August 30, 2015, I will commission or write a ditty with the title “John Scalzi is Not Very Popular,” in which my various perfidies and shortcomings are to be enumerated — in song! You know you want this to happen. So keep donating!

Plus: If the $10k is reached today (Friday, 7/28), I will release the audio as soon as we hit that goal line.

And now, the previous version of this entry, which explains everything prior to the update:

Short version: To benefit Con or Bust, a charity which helps fans of color attend science fiction and fantasy conventions, I will make an audio version of John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular: How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels, a parody of an actual book by a certain obnoxious bigot who is obsessed with me, if $2,500 is raised for Con or Bust by 11:59pm (Eastern), Sunday, August 30, 2015. You can donate to Con or Bust here. To goose the giving, I will gift-match for the first $500 in donations.

Somewhat Less Short Version: So, there’s an obnoxious bigot who is obsessed with me who the other day released a poorly-edited ebook on the subject of “social justice warriors” and how generally horrible they are, and allegedly (as I have not read the work), I am featured in the ebook quite a lot, because, again, the obnoxious bigot who wrote the book is obsessed with me.

So “Theo Pratt” wrote a parody of the ebook, entitled John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular: How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels. Here’s the writeup on it:

Everyone knows that SJWs always lie, but few know why they lie, or at whose bidding, or for whose benefit. While other books may claim to tell you how to take down the Thought Police, only one book is taking the fight right to the top.

Yes, from the mind that brought you the popular blog feature Sad Puppies Review Books comes this definitive takedown of the internet’s culture of Social Justice as embodied by the man who controls it all:


Read this book to learn everything you need to know about Social Justice Warriors, their tactics, their treachery, their perfidious entryism. Topics include:

* John Scalzi’s blog is not that interesting and no one reads it.

* John Scalzi does not understand satire as much as I, Theophilus Pratt, understand satire.

* John Scalzi did not get me, Theophilus Pratt, kicked out of the SFWA.

* John Scalzi’s deal with Tor was not a very good deal.

And more!

I love it already.

Basically as soon as its existence was made public, people started asking me to do an audio version of it, because that would be meta, wouldn’t it. And (with the permission of “Theo,” aka Alexandra Erin), I said fine — if doing so could have a positive benefit. In this case, raising money for Con or Bust, a charity which works to bring fans of color to science fiction and fantasy conventions (and yes, donations are tax-deductible in the US*).

So, the deal: If Con or Bust raises $2,500 by by 11:59pm (Eastern), Sunday, August 30, I will create the audio version of the John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular. And because I’d actually like to do it, because I think it would be fun and because I like the charity, I will gift-match for the first $500 in donations. You can donate by going here.


Is this like a Kickstarter? 

No! You’re straight up donating. If we don’t make it to $2.5k, your donation will still go through. So you’ll want to encourage everyone you know to donate so you get the audio. There’s risk! But I suspect we can between us cough up $2.5k in three days, no?

If this succeeds, where will the audio be? 

I’ll post it up here. The ebook is fairly short (28 pages) so it’ll be a manageable file size.

How will you accomplish this mighty task?

I have a microphone and recording software. It’s not rocket science.

When will the audio be ready?

Probably very soon afterward, because it’ll be short.

Why Con or Bust?

As I said, it’s a worthy charity with admirable goals, and also it’s run by people I know and trust.

Blah blah blah something something just giving the obnoxious bigot oxygen blah blah.

Whatever. This is a fun way to help foster diversity in science fiction and fantasy fandom while making fun of a jerk. I’m in.

Thanks and let’s do this thing!

* It’s been suggested that the Carl Brandon Society, under whose umbrella Con or Bust works, let their tax-deductible status lapse. I’ll check into that. That said, Con or Bust is run by Kate Nepveu, who I’ve known for years and who I know has the best of characters. Your money will go to where she says it will. Remember, I gave $500 of my own money. I have no doubt it will be well spent.

28 Aug 07:01

Comic: Coddus Interruptus

by tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Coddus Interruptus
28 Aug 01:49

People discover old safe in a house and it actually has cool stuff in it

by Matthew Williams

During a home renovation project, a couple in Mesa, Arizona discovered a safe buried in the floor of their new home.

Read the rest
27 Aug 21:38

10+ Funny Comics That Only Introverts Will Understand

27 Aug 18:35

moviebarcode: Enemy Mine (1985)

by villeashell
28 Aug 08:00

I love lists Friday!

by Tracy

I love lists Friday // shutterbean

Welcome to I love Lists Friday. It's Friday. Let's surf the net together!

  1. Breaking Bad was beautifully shot. That's a fact. Also I really miss that show.
  2. Banksy has a promo video of his new installation.....
  3. A lesson in perspective. (The lesson is that it's not worth it!)
  4. The Wedding Toast I'll Never Give (I've never had to give one)
  5. Screentime is making kids moody, crazy & lazy. Yes, I believe it.
  6. Luxury Cabins are luxurious. Spoiler Alert.
  7. Behind Little Free Libraries.
  8. Ladies talk about being bosses. YAAAS.
  9. 5 Ways to Stop Dwelling on Negative Thoughts.
  10. This drink made my mouth water.
  11. So, that's why I always have one foot out of the covers.....
  12. The story behind the pizza box.
  13. I remember the first time I tried dark chocolate. Ugh.
  15. Texts Toddlers Would Send...if they could.
  16. Can you spot the spaces that are CGI?
  17. Instagram dropped the square??!
  18. Don't be THAT person on a flight.
  19. Why is Everyone Succeeding Except Me?
  20. Why You Keep Waking up at 4AM
  21. I'm definitely a visual learner.




This week on Ebay, I wrote the following guides:

 10 Different Ways to Eat Eggs! -- that's right. They're not just for breakfast anymore.

What's In My Camera Bag - it's all that I use.

Coffee Talk- I go through all the machinery we have a home to make our cappuccinos. We're deeply into coffee here. It's obscene.


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28 Aug 02:00

Politely show the world you have no time for anyone's bullshit with one weird sticker

by Xeni Jardin
Politely show the world that you don't have time for anyone's shit with this colorful and classy sticker. Read the rest
27 Aug 18:19

Hark, A Vagrant: Book Tour 2015

buy this print!

Guess who just finished their second picture book! It's this guy, right here. Coming your way next fall!

But let's talk about THIS FALL

My lovely publishers and gracious hosts are taking me in and out of North America and the UK in the coming months, to see your smilin' faces and shake hands! It's been a heck of a year, where I finished two books and published two others. So I'll be well pleased if the end result finds your favour.

West coast/midwest comic shows and things might happen in the spring, but there are none planned yet. But I will let you know, of course!

Book tours are crazy things, I might be bleary and sideways by the time we meet but you will be in top form, and contrary to what so many people think, you're not awkward at all, you are enthusiastic and generous, and I'm glad to have you for a reader. As always, I would not be here without you.