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15 Apr 04:09

Golden Lasso

sleep is dumb

Tonight’s comic is about Golden Lassos.

01 Apr 18:33

Unquote

by Greg Ross

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing that a tomato doesn’t belong in a fruit salad.” — Miles Kington

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26 Mar 20:16

Madrid becomes no-kill city

by Heather Johanssen
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On March 13, Madrid became a no-kill city, making the euthanasia of stray or abandoned animals illegal. That means all animals—even homeless ones—are free to live their lives.

31 Mar 10:32

Paper sculpture intricately transforms the sky above

by Andrea James
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Japanese artist Shoko Konishi created Transition, a paper sculpture with a geometric vaulted ceiling. Inside the somewhat nondescript sculpture, shadow and light dance across the teardrop-shaped tubes she's arranged in a fractal pattern that opens to the sky. Read the rest

02 Apr 16:47

Undulating jellyfish-like chandeliers

by David Pescovitz
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Design studio Studio Drift created "Shylights" that unfurl as they lower from the ceiling, looking more like glowing jellyfish than chandeliers (more…)

13 Mar 02:29

Chance Encounters With Greatness

sleep is dumb

Tonight’s comic is about meeting your heroes

11 Mar 22:43

Unquote

by Greg Ross

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“It has been said, not truly, but with a possible approximation to truth, that in 1802 every hereditary monarch was insane.” — Walter Bagehot

10 Mar 00:00

It's Not The Mightiest Lizard, But Bubble Dragon Has Stolen Our Hearts

by Lauren Davis

It looks fragile, but the Bubble Bath Dragon is remarkably adaptable creature, ever changing its soapy hide. And it doesn't hurt that every sentient that gazes upon it melts a bit at the sight of the bathtub dwelling beast. Concept art by Luke Mancini.

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04 Mar 04:43

Both a Purr-ticle and a Wave

sleep is dumb

Not everyone will get this comic. That’s my superposition and I’m either sticking to it or not.

20 Oct 22:00

Death Eaters WOULD Enjoy Standardized Tests!

26 Feb 18:21

Net Neutrality wins

by Rob Beschizza

In a 3 to 2 party-line vote, the FCC decided today that broadband internet access will be classified as a "telecommunications service under Title II," a utility like telephone service.

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20 Feb 16:00

Seeing eye Dog

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Submitted by: tedgarb

Tagged: awesome , dogs , flyer , have , husky , literalism , question , seen , sign , you
05 Apr 21:00

Rosenplantz and Guildenfern

23 Feb 20:10

Gorgeous Banknotes Feature Flora, Fauna—And Skeletons Under UV Light

by Robbie Gonzalez

For her Master's project, graphic designer Barbara Bernát created a fictional currency she calls the Hungarian Euro. Instead of people or monuments, the obverse and reverse of Bernat's notes feature beautiful illustrations of European animals and plants; beneath UV light, the skeletal anatomies of the former become visible.

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19 Feb 05:22

Flask disguised as baby in carrier

by David Pescovitz
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The Cool Baby is a beverage bottle hidden inside a baby doll worn in a chest carrier. Read the rest

22 Feb 00:30

There's Still Plenty Of Time To Celebrate World Pangolin Day!

by Cheryl Eddy

It's the third Saturday in February, which means ... it's World Pangolin Day!

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21 Feb 05:00

February 21, 2015


Hehehe. Marty made a recruiting video, involving explosions, for Pinterest.

20 Feb 00:00

Fundamental Forces

"Of these four forces, there's one we don't really understand." "Is it the weak force or the strong--" "It's gravity."
20 Feb 08:00

Page 90

by editor
19 Feb 05:00

The library

by Meg

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No, not that Library. It does not exist in Namesake canon. Meg won’t allow it.

13 Feb 18:50

Valentine’s Day Pressures

by The Awkward Yeti

Valentine's Day Pressures

12 Feb 18:09

The Facts

by Greg Ross

“Boarding-House Geometry,” by Stephen Leacock:

Definitions and Axioms

All boarding-houses are the same boarding-house.
Boarders in the same boardinghouse and on the same flat are equal to one another.
A single room is that which has no parts and no magnitude.
The landlady of a boarding-house is a parallelogram — that is, an oblong angular figure, which cannot be described, but which is equal to anything.
A wrangle is the disinclination of two boarders to each other that meet together but are not in the same line.
All the other rooms being taken, a single room is said to be a double room.

Postulates and Propositions

A pie may be produced any number of times.
The landlady can be reduced to her lowest terms by a series of propositions.
A bee line may be made from any boarding-house to any other boarding-house.
The clothes of a boarding-house bed, though produced ever so far both ways, will not meet.
Any two meals at a boarding-house are together less than two square meals.
If from the opposite ends of a boarding-house a line be drawn passing through all the rooms in turn, then the stovepipe which warms the boarders will lie within that line.
On the same bill and on the same side of it there should not be two charges for the same thing.
If there be two boarders on the same flat, and the amount of side of the one be equal to the amount of side of the other, each to each, and the wrangle between one boarder and the landlady be equal to the wrangle between the landlady and the other, then shall the weekly bills of the two boarders be equal also, each to each.
For if not, let one bill be the greater. Then the other bill is less than it might have been — which is absurd.

From his Literary Lapses, 1918. See Special Projects.

12 Feb 02:34

Buzzes made of Fuzzes

by toni

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11 Feb 00:00

Friendship

The only other Wikipedia vandalism that I would feel zero remorse about is editing the article on active US militia groups to replace "militia" with "fanclub".
10 Feb 18:48

A Late Contribution

by Greg Ross

A ghost co-authored a mathematics paper in 1990. When Pierre Cartier edited a Festschrift in honor of Alexander Grothendieck’s 60th birthday, Robert Thomas contributed an article that was co-signed by his recently deceased friend Thomas Trobaugh. He explained:

The first author must state that his coauthor and close friend, Tom Trobaugh, quite intelligent, singularly original, and inordinately generous, killed himself consequent to endogenous depression. Ninety-four days later, in my dream, Tom’s simulacrum remarked, ‘The direct limit characterization of perfect complexes shows that they extend, just as one extends a coherent sheaf.’ Awaking with a start, I knew this idea had to be wrong, since some perfect complexes have a non-vanishing K0 obstruction to extension. I had worked on this problem for 3 years, and saw this approach to be hopeless. But Tom’s simulacrum had been so insistent, I knew he wouldn’t let me sleep undisturbed until I had worked out the argument and could point to the gap. This work quickly led to the key results of this paper. To Tom, I could have explained why he must be listed as a coauthor.

Thomason himself died suddenly five years later of diabetic shock, at age 43. Perhaps the two are working again together somewhere.

(Robert Thomason and Thomas Trobaugh, “Higher Algebraic K-Theory of Schemes and of Derived Categories,” in P. Cartier et al., eds., The Grothendieck Festschrift Volume III, 1990.)

09 Feb 14:44

Aphorist proves Twitter is the form's perfect new home

by Colin Marshall

If we think of the aphorism a dead form, I would argue that we do it only because the best-known aphorisms tend to be the oldest.

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09 Feb 14:40

purple monster

by toni

purple monster

04 Feb 19:28

News Post: Precautions

by tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
Tycho: If the actions I’m likely to take were rendered in a fashion similar to a Final Fantasy game, “Leave Well Enough Alone” would not be represented there.  Here’s the reality: Spite is not a single item, but the header for an entire menu of Spite based attacks. I wouldn’t last very long in today’s school environment.  I’m not good at being like other people, and when “weird” became synonymous with “dangerous” in this context it did (and does) tremendous damage.  The range of acceptable selves is under more or…
04 Feb 19:17

Herd immunity.

by Jessica Hagy

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04 Feb 16:34

Saudi Arabia's all-man women’s rights conference

by Mark Frauenfelder

The University of Qassim in Saudi Arabia held a women's rights conference last year. No women attended. Read the rest