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19 Mar 02:39

Redrum Roll Cake, A Brilliant Replication of the Iconic Rug From ‘The Shining’ in a Delicious Edible Form

by Lori Dorn

Kaci Hansen of the aptly named Homicidal Homemaker horror themed cooking/cocktail series, has created “The Shining REDRUM Roll Cake”. This intricate log cake is an edible replication the iconic pattern of the red and orange rug that lined the hallways of the Overlook Hotel in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining.

You have no idea how excited I am to FINALLY share this recipe! It’s been tucked away in my arsenal of recipes for my horror cookbook for more than 5 years, but I figured it was the perfect way to kick off the new season of my show! The chocolate REDRUM filling has a splash of Deadhead Rum in it!

Hansen even dressed for the occasion, preparing the cake in a dress with the very same pattern.

The Shining REDRUM Roll Cake - The Homicidal Homemaker Horror Cooking Show

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19 Mar 02:31

Sometimes fish just want to see whats above the waterline.

17 Feb 08:15

The Main Thing That Saves Many Lives


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17 Feb 08:14

Everyone Who Looks At a Computer Screen For At Least 8 Hours a Day Will Get This

Funny webcomic gif that anyone that looks at a computer screen all day will get.

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17 Feb 08:10

Nova moda na China: o Biquíni de Beijing.

by Zanfa
17 Feb 07:51


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13 Feb 08:54

Apple, Google Both Hosting Saudi Government App That Lets Men Track Women, Restrict Their Travel

by Tom McKay

Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store both continue to host a Saudi government app, Absher, that allows men in the country to track their female relatives’ movements and restrict their travel.


13 Feb 08:52

500px reveals 2018 breach that exposed user data

by Mariella Moon
Photo-sharing platform 500px has revealed that it suffered a security breach that exposed its users' data and profile information. While the company's engineers have only just discovered the unauthorized entry, it actually happened way back on July 5...
10 Feb 08:39


by grossfater_m
Все сказки должны быть такими.



10х2 seyzuro за напоминание, а автору evgyakovlev - за работу.
28 Jan 07:59

All the Lonely Beetles…

by Jonco


Thanks, Elizabeth B

28 Jan 03:40

The most unintentionally hilarious court deposition of all time

by Archit Tripathi
28 Jan 02:40

Parenting is hard…

by Jonco
Gustavo Eulalio

I think it's an awesome name.

Thanks, Steve D

27 Jan 22:56

How do pull-back toy cars work?

by Archit Tripathi

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27 Jan 22:26

The Evolution of the Alphabet

by Lori Dorn

Evolution of the English Alphabet

Matt Baker of Useful Charts has designed a wonderful high resolution wall chart (larger) that explains the how each letter of the alphabet developed over various periods within thousands of years. The chart shows how modern English language evolved from the ancient Proto-Sinaitic script of biblical times to the Phoenician alphabet to the Archaic Greek alphabet to Archaic Latin to Roman script and the modern Roman form we know and use now. Baker explains that while the chart arranges the letters according to the English alphabet, the letters are not originally English.

I originally titled the chart “Evolution of the English alphabet” and many people commented that there is no such thing as an English alphabet and that the chart should be titled “Evolution of the Latin alphabet”. Actually, both titles are correct. Obviously, many European languages use the same Latin script. But some use a slightly different number of letters. When one is referring to the set of Latin letters used for a particular language, it’s ok to refer to that set as the “[language name] alphabet”. However, in the end, in order to be more inclusive, I decided to change the title to simply “Evolution of the Alphabet” and use the row titles to make it clear that it is the evolution of the standard Latin script that is being shown (as opposed to say, the Cyrillic or Hebrew scripts).

Baker also created a handy video explaining this evolution.

This alphabet evolution is a part of a larger wall chart that encompasses Writing Systems of the World, which is for sale on Baker’s site.

This beautiful wallchart outlines 51 different writing systems from around the world, divided into abjads, alphabets, abugidas, syllabaries, logosyllabaries, and signal-based alternatives. Includes: Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Braille, Burmese, Chinese, Ethiopian, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Inuktitut, Japanese, Kannada, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Malayalam, Morse Code, Oriya, Russian, Punjabi, Semaphore, Sinhala, Tamil, Telegu, Thai, Tibetan, and more… over 2000 symbols total!

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27 Jan 07:52

Yea, That Almost Sounds Fun!

27 Jan 07:51

But What If the 99% Becomes Antibiotic Resistant?

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27 Jan 07:50

Princess and Her Underlying Motives, Revealed

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27 Jan 07:49

Debt's Not Ready for You to Punch Your Ticket Just Yet


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Tagged: finance , debt , web comics
26 Jan 08:17

Video On The Overwhelmingly Positive Effects Of Exercise On Your Brain Might Make You Consider Doing It

Hearing that exercise is good for us, isn't enough for a lot of us. Sometimes it takes a video like this, or some other force built from within us, in response to external circumstances, to actually take to the open road, or the treadmill, or the weight rack. It looks like this video's making a splash, and sending off waves of encouraged positivity. We recommend checking it out if you're looking for that extra bit of inspiration to throw as fuel into your tank. 

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26 Jan 07:28

Dung Beetles Fighting Over Dung

by Miss Cellania

A little ball of poo is a real treasure when you're a dung beetle. And in this little corner of South Africa, there must be a dearth of dung. Two dung beetles are locked in a deadly serious competition over a dung ball. The narrator can't help but laugh, while National Geographic brings us trivia about the insects in text. This has to be a metaphor for something. You can see a version of this battle with appropriate music here. -via Boing Boing

28 Mar 11:44

High Chair that Grows Up Too

by Troy Turner

The Froc high chair was designed with growing kids in mind, adjusting in just 3 simple steps (footrest, seat, and backrest) to accommodate children from the age of 6 months up to 10 years old. The adaptable design grows with kids, so there’s no need to endlessly replace chairs that become too small. The super-solid design also offers superior stability, focusing the center of gravity at the seat so kids and wiggle all they want!

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27 Mar 15:22

True Purpose Of DRM: To Let Copyright Holders Have A Veto Right On New Technologies

by Mike Masnick
A whole bunch of people have been submitting Ian Hickson's writeup on the true purpose of DRM. Given how many people have submitted it, perhaps you've seen it already, but there are some really good points in there. His main thesis is that the debates over DRM tend to focus on the wrong thing. The anti-DRM crowd points out that DRM does not and cannot stop copying. Supporters of DRM say that's not true. Hickson agrees that DRM does not stop copying, but he argues that the purpose of DRM has never really been about stopping copying, but about gaining control over software and hardware tools that play content:
The purpose of DRM is not to prevent copyright violations.

The purpose of DRM is to give content providers leverage against creators of playback devices.

Content providers have leverage against content distributors, because distributors can't legally distribute copyrighted content without the permission of the content's creators. But if that was the only leverage content producers had, what would happen is that users would obtain their content from those content distributors, and then use third-party content playback systems to read it, letting them do so in whatever manner they wanted.
He provides a few examples, such as how DVD players force you to watch "unskippable" ads, how services like Netflix can try to limit you from watching the same movie simultaneously on two devices, and how if you buy a movie on iTunes, and want to then watch it on a non-iPhone, you'll have to buy it again. As he notes none of those things are really about copyright violations.
In all three cases, nobody has been stopped from violating a copyright. All three movies are probably available on file sharing sites. The only people who are stopped from doing anything are the player providers -- they are forced to provide a user experience that, rather than being optimised for the users, puts potential future revenues first (forcing people to play ads, keeping the door open to charging more for more features later, building artificial obsolescence into content so that if you change ecosystem, you have to purchase the content again).
If you're wondering why copyright holders are soooooooo desperate to have anti-circumvention provisions in copyright law, this is why. In the past, we'd pointed out that it didn't make sense for the movie studios and record labels to be so focused on anti-circumvention/digital locks, since if people are violating copyright law (such as by reproducing or distributing copies), existing copyright law already covers that. So why add in a separate provision all about circumvention -- and then be so focused on making sure the same provision exists in all laws around the globe? It seemed silly, because the only "additional" benefit it seemed to be providing was to outlaw legal forms of copying, since everything else was already covered under existing law.

However, Hickson's argument explains much more clearly why anti-circumvention provisions are seen as an absolute necessity. It has nothing to do with copying, and everything to do with controlling the players so as to limit the kind of innovation they can provide. It's basically a de facto veto power over new technologies. And, really, that puts a bunch of other statements in context as well. Remember how former Copyright Register Ralph Oman was saying that new player technologies should be illegal until Congress approved them? Yeah, same basic thing.

All of this shows a legacy copyright industry that is so focused on holding back innovation so that they have a veto right and control over the pace of innovation. That, of course, is bad for the economy, bad for the public and bad for society. Innovation is important in growing the economy, and due to silly laws around DRM, we are purposely holding it back.

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27 Mar 15:15

Brazil's New Political Party: Green With A Shade Of Pirate

by Glyn Moody

Techdirt has been following the rapid rise and current problems of the various Pirate Parties in Europe for some time. Both their success and difficulties flow in part from the fact that they do not fit neatly into the traditional political categories. This makes them attractive to those who are disenchanted with established parties, but also makes it hard for Pirate Parties to devise a coherent political program that they can seek to implement, for example through alliances with others.

An interesting question is whether the Pirate Party is a one-off, or part of a larger movement away from traditional party lines towards a different kind of politics -- specifically one that recognizes the central importance of the Internet in modern life. That's just been answered by the appearance of a new party in Brazil, as reported by Global Voices:

A former Brazilian presidential candidate and famous environmentalist is leading the charge for the creation of a new political party in the country, one that seeks to use the Internet as a tool for action on sustainability issues.

Former Brazilian Environment Minister Marina Silva officially launched her Sustainability Network in the capital Brasilia on 16 February, 2013, to a crowd of around 1,700 people, including supporters, founders and ideologues. The network aims to collect the required 500,000 signatures by September 2013 to become legally recognised as a political party.
What's interesting here is that the new party seems to draw on both traditional Green policies, with their emphasis on sustainability, and key ideas of the Net-based Pirate Party. For example, the idea of a network is central to the new party, as its name -- "Sustainability Network" -- makes clear. The party's manifesto (original pdf in Portuguese) expands on this aspect:
We believe that networks, as a means of aggregation and organization, are an invention of the present that bridges to a better future. The concept of a network is based on a democratic and egalitarian operation that seeks convergences in diversity. It is an instrument against the power of hierarchies that capture democratic institutions and, ironically, makes them their instrument of domination. For it is networked with society that we want to build a new political force, with alliances underpinned by an Ethics of Urgency, having as its aim the construction of a new model of development: sustainable, inclusive, egalitarian and diverse.
As the Global Voices article explains, like the Pirate Party in Europe, the new Sustainability Network is already coming under fire for its unusual platform. It will be interesting to see whether it can use the Internet to collect the signatures it needs in order to become a formal party -- and what happens afterwards.

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27 Mar 13:50

FBI Pursuing Real-Time Spying Powers for Gmail, Dropbox, Google Voice as “Top Priority” for 2013.

27 Mar 11:31

Awesome Accountant Made an Entire RPG Game Inside Microsoft Excel

by Casey Chan
Gustavo Eulalio


Click here to read Awesome Accountant Made an Entire RPG Game Inside Microsoft Excel Every accountant I know swears by the powers of Excel. But not every accountant can harness that power as beautifully as Cary Walkin, an accountant from Canada. Walkin made a full RPG game inside Excel. As in you can use Excel to actually have fun. More »

27 Mar 11:20

Digg quer voltar a ser relevante com novo leitor de RSS

by Joel Nascimento Jr


O Digg anunciou ontem mais algumas boas novidades para os órfãos do Reader, o serviço de leitura de RSS que recentemente recebeu o polegar para baixo do Google.

Através de seu blog oficial, o Digg afirmou estar aberto a todas as sugestões feitas nos comentários ou por emails. Com base nessas informações, eles acreditam que podem não apenas desenvolver um substituto à altura do Reader, mas também aprimorar alguns conhecidos pontos fracos do serviço do Google.

Os quatro pontos principais já foram estabelecidos:

  1. Manter o serviço simples (o famoso princípio KISS);
  2. Ser rápido, muito rápido;
  3. Sincronização entre diferentes plataformas;
  4. Facilidade para importar os feeds do Google Reader.

De resto, muita confete para o seu pequeno time de desenvolvedores, que tem pouco tempo restante para entregar um serviço com a responsabilidade de substituir o adorado Google Reader, que é uma unanimidade entre seus usuários. E surgiu até um aviso de que estão contratando funcionários.

O Digg tem até o dia 1º de julho para começar o êxodo de usuários, data que o Google marcou para puxar a tomada dos servidores do Reader. Boa sorte para eles.

Digg quer voltar a ser relevante com novo leitor de RSS

26 Mar 19:49


26 Mar 18:22

Why architects should stop drawing trees on top of skyscrapers

by Cory Doctorow

Vanessa Quirk argues that the practice of drawing trees on top of skyscrapers in architectural renderings should stop. First, because pretty, high-altitude foliage is the first thing that cost-conscious developers jettison when the actual building is underway; but secondly, because trees can't really survive at that altitude:

There are plenty of scientific reasons why skyscrapers don’t—and probably won’t—have trees, at least not to the heights which many architects propose. Life sucks up there. For you, for me, for trees, and just about everything else except peregrine falcons. It’s hot, cold, windy, the rain lashes at you, and the snow and sleet pelt you at high velocity. Life for city trees is hard enough on the ground. I can’t imagine what it’s like at 500 feet, where nearly every climate variable is more extreme than at street level.

Wind is perhaps the most formidable force trees face at that elevation. Ever seen trees on the top of a mountain? Their trunks bow away from the prevailing winds. That may be the most visible effect, but it’s not the most challenging. Wind also interrupts the thin layer of air between a leaf and the atmosphere, known as the boundary layer. The boundary layer is tiny by human standards—it operates on a scale small enough that normally slippery gas particles behave like viscous fluids.

Bottom line: if we're going to have skyscrapers, let's build them without the illusion that they'll harbor high-altitude forests.

Can We Please Stop Drawing Trees on Top of Skyscrapers? (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

(Images: “Le Cinq” Office Tower / Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Rendering by Visualisatie A2STUDIO, Pentominium / Murphy/Jahn. Image courtesy of Murphy/Jahn.)

26 Mar 11:43

Pen Decorated Animals

by Baptiste.B

Focus sur le travail de l’illustrateur et infographiste basé à Los Angeles Ben Kwok, aussi surnommé Bioworkz. Il compose de magnifiques créations basées sur des représentations d’animaux décorées et très détaillées uniquement à l’aide d’un stylo. A découvrir en images dans la suite de l’article.

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26 Mar 11:39

Modern Meditation

by K

Modern Meditation

I know a lot of people that use this form of “meditation” far too often.

Sorry about the lack of comics last week, I had some projects to finish up and I went to PAX East on the weekend! I promised everyone on Twitter that I’d get a comic up for you eventually and here it is! There will be a regular Tuesday comic as well!