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12 Feb 02:34

Buzzes made of Fuzzes

by toni

little buzz fuzz

11 Feb 00:00


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)
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

31 Jan 17:19

Planet Earth In Infrared, At 4k Resolution

by Robbie Gonzalez

Planet Earth In Infrared, At 4k Resolution

Here's something you don't see every day: An ultra-HD time-lapse of Earth, as seen in infrared.


18 Oct 20:09

People always make Juliet out to be dumb in Romeo and Juliet, but I think she at least had some sense where Romeo didn't have much of any

Romeo: I was thinking about this chick earlier who I said I was in love with but now I love that girl over there that is very likely to either belong to my family's enemy or be close with my family's enemy as it is their party I am crashing
Juliet: I do not like being so young and forced into a relationship with an older man, but oh there's a cute guy more my age over there. And since he's here he must have been invited and is there for a reasonable love match for myself
Romeo: We should kiss right now at this party
Juliet: No that is a super dumb idea
Romeo: *kisses her anyway*
Juliet: That was dumb of you
Romeo: We should get married right now
Juliet: We don't know each other. Shouldn't we wait until at least a little time has passed?
Romeo: Like tomorrow?
Juliet: Sure, fine.
Juliet: We're married now, so we have to try and make things better between our families.
Romeo: Right.
Romeo: It seems I have killed your cousin and am now exiled.
Juliet: Ok so since Romeo fucked up I'm gonna fix this shit by taking a harmless sleeping liquid. He'll come and get me and we can go away together.
Romeo: *immediately kills himself*
Juliet: For fucks sake.
27 Jan 05:20

insurance probably wont pay

Today on Married To The Sea: insurance probably wont pay
26 Jan 23:10

Hark, A Vagrant: Monturiol

buy this print!

Narcis Monturiol i Estarriol, he of great ideas and great sideburns. I love this guy! He might not have been the first person to think up a submarine, but he was the first to put a lot of things together to make it work. The working man's inventor! Alas, the idea did not take off in his lifetime. But here is a link or two for you. Or three:

And I mean, come on, how cute is the Ictineo I? So cute.

come with me
under the sea
drive my fat baby around
26 Jan 10:13

RT @_youhadonejob: Seems legit.

by Osias Jota
26 Jan 07:37

TV show tricks chronic catcallers into harassing their own mothers

by Cory Doctorow

The Peruvian TV show "Harassing Your Mother" performs secret makeovers on the mothers of habitual catcallers, then uses hidden cameras to record catcallers shouting sexual remarks at their own mothers, who furiously upbraid them in the middle of the busy streets of Lima. (more…)

26 Jan 05:00

January 26, 2015

New BAHFest day! Ever wondere about the evolutionary origins of the handshake?

15 Jan 07:18

Rug "typo" at Sheriff's Office: "In Dog We Trust"

by David Pescovitz

A new $500 emblem rug sat in the entrance of the Pinellas County, Florida Sheriff's Office for two months before a deputy finally noticed that it said "In Dog We Trust." (more…)

14 Jan 17:40

Proof That We Need A 16-Bit Guardians Of The Galaxy Video Game

by Lauren Davis

CineFix has been reimagining all the recent action movies as pixellated videogames, but few movies translate so perfectly as Guardians of the Galaxy. Now we want to play this game for real — especially with that soundtrack.


22 Jan 11:32

How to sneak choclate into American movie theatres.

22 Jan 18:33

And so another continent was colonized.

by Jessica Hagy


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22 Jan 04:30

Note for Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

Washington's best known quote about friendship is: Be courteous to all but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence; True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. Five years of beating the crap out of Pat (and getting the crap beaten out of him) is probably plenty enough shock to deserve the term.

See you on Monday!

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20 Jan 14:12

Home Cooking

by Greg Ross

The map of the continental United States contains an elf making chicken.

He’s known as Mimal, after the states that make him up: Minnesota (hat), Iowa (head), Missouri (shirt), Arkansas (pants), and Louisiana (boots).

Fittingly, the chicken is Kentucky and the tin pan is Tennessee.

17 Jan 07:18

Eric Holder: no more civil forfeiture without warrant/charges

by Cory Doctorow

In a surprise move, the US Attorney General has ordered police departments to cease the practice of civil forfeiture (basically, stealing stuff and selling it) unless the forfeiture is related to a specific warrant or charge. Read the rest

19 Jan 16:55

Brown V. Board was handed down in 1954.

by Jessica Hagy


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17 Jan 22:00

"Tim is patient, Tim is kind.

by Robbie Gonzalez

"Tim is patient, Tim is kind. Tim does not envy, Tim does not boast, Tim is not proud. Tim is not rude, Tim is not self-seeking, Tim is not easily angered, Tim keeps no record of wrongs." Some Guy Named Tim Edits The Book Of Corinthians To Replace All Instances Of "Love" With "Tim."


18 Jan 15:44

Back to the gym

by The Awkward Yeti

Back to the gym

09 Dec 18:39

The story of Grace Hopper (aka Amazing Grace)

16 Jan 00:00


If you encounter a hex bolt, but you only brought screwdrivers, you can try sandwiching the head of the bolt between two parallel screwdriver shafts, squeezing the screwdrivers together with a hand at either end, then twisting. It doesn't work and it's a great way to hurt yourself, but you can try it!
10 Jan 14:00

There Are Now Lego Astronauts Aboard The ISS

by James Whitbrook

There Are Now Lego Astronauts Aboard The ISS

These aren't the first pieces of Lego to break the surly bonds of gravity, but they're some of the coolest - as part of New Year celebrations aboard the ISS, the current crew of station were gifted three custom-made Astronaut figures.


09 Jan 16:51

And eyes and ears and mouth and nose.

by Jessica Hagy


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07 Jan 10:56

maggie-stiefvater: destielhiseyesopened: umiko-hitara: poisonp...







Uh oh

wouldn’t that be awkward

Can I get some credible sources?

Here’s one

and another

and one more for the road

Theology nerd side of Tumblr, reporting for duty!

There are roughly five and a half fucktillion extracanonical gospels out there. For the first couple centuries after Jesus bit it, his followers wrote a ridiculous amount of fanfic. There were a gajillion different headcanons floating around about exactly who and what he even was (God pretending to be human? human who got possessed by God at his baptism? human who got promoted to demigod after his death? simultaneously God and human all along??) and lots of early Christian communities ~conveniently~ discovered a Totally 100% Authentic Eyewitness Account that supported their pet theory (and also, proved that their fave disciple was clearly the best).

Big Name Fans argued about all the major disagreements, periodically throwing conventions specifically to bicker until they reached some sort of consensus (more or less – sometimes the hold-outs ended up saying “screw you guys, we’re gonna go form our own church!”) Toward the end of the second century, a guy named Irenaeus wrote a meta arguing that there were four fics worth reading – no more, no less – and they were ones that folks somewhere along the line started to claim were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This idea caught on as a popular bit of fanon, and over the next couple of centuries it gained so much support that it was declared canon.

So, what’s the point of this Jesus fandom history lesson? Basically, that the discovery of yet another extracanonical text isn’t particularly earth-shattering. Headlines like “Ancient Bible changes everything! Pope freaking out!” are bullshit, but that’s how it’s always framed cause more accurate headlines like “Old manuscript discovered – Historians say ‘Ooh, nifty!’” aren’t very good click-bait.

The actual history and politics of the various gospel texts are really fascinating though (if you’re a huge fucking nerd, like me). In the Gospel of Judas, he’s the only disciple who really understands Jesus, who told Judas to “betray” him. Also, God’s a Glow Cloud. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas has kid!Jesus smite other kids for being little shits. The Gospel of Peter is hella anti-Jewish, but has one cool bit with a character that’s literally a walking, talking cross. There’s a whole book called “Q” which has never even been found, but scholars are pretty sure exists cause Matthew and Luke copied a lot from it.

Seriously, leaning about this stuff made me go “woah, this is freaking awesome – why the hell did my parents’ church make the Bible seem so damn boring??” Well, probably cause all those white upper middle class folks didn’t want us kiddies to dig too deep and find out what a radical, anti-establishment bamf Jesus really was, but that’s another rant for another time…

Reblogging because this is what I live for. As a medieval history major, I got taught first and foremost that we’d be spending four years reading lies and biased half-truths and mythologies. Our job was to find the places they agreed and work the rest out from there. “Do the edge pieces first, Maggie.” I took an entire seminar on forgeries, because so many of the sources historians use to piece together the past are known fakes, but the best they can do is read between the lines or have no lines at all. There’s a reason why medieval historians read farm reports featuring travel descriptions and saints’ lives involving demons-living-in-buckets with the same attention to detail. Every dry history text you’ve read in your life comes from a pile of sources like this, bits of maybe-truth cobbled together with toothpaste and narwhal horn dust.

The moral of the story is be curious, and look for the lies in truth and the truth in lies. It’s pretty great: hello, history, riddle me this.