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103

by admin

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25 Jan 22:36

Unquote

by Greg Ross

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” — John Kenneth Galbraith

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25 Jan 15:07

An Early Valentine’s ‘GIF(T)’ from Lonac

by Christopher Jobson

heart

process

Here’s a fun new animated mural by Croatian artist Lonac (previously) who painted this anatomically-correct heart complete with an air duct aorta using nothing but freehand spray paint. You can take a peek at some of his ongoing projects over on Facebook.

18 Jan 20:49

Astronomers unofficially designate a David Bowie "constellation"

by David Pescovitz

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Studio Brussels asked astronomers at Belgium's MIRA Public Observatory to select stars that would make a fitting asterism in memory of David Bowie. (Of course, only the International Astronomical Union can officially name stars and other astronomical objects, and it's almost always with a number.)

In any case, this effort was tied to the "Stardust for Bowie" annotation project for Google Sky. There is also an unrelated Change.org petition to "Rename planet Mars after David Bowie."

(via The Guardian)

20 Jan 17:53

Slow motion video of drill bit covered in many colors of paint

by Mark Frauenfelder

lYRmKV

https://youtu.be/soMV-AkSOtA

The Slow Mo Guys aimed their high-speed video camera at a spinning drill bit covered in paint. The result was pretty.

17 Jan 07:27

not-so-secret-nerd: rowanwould: The best explanation I’ve heard so far for why R2 only woke up at...

not-so-secret-nerd:

rowanwould:

The best explanation I’ve heard so far for why R2 only woke up at the end, is that he actually does start booting up when BB8 first finds him; he just has to get through 10 years worth of updates before that.

I can literally accept that

21 Dec 16:40

IETF approves HTTP error code 451 for Internet censorship

by Cory Doctorow

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The 451 HTTP error code, first proposed in 2012 as a tribute to Ray Bradbury's classic novel is now an IETF standard and is the preferred error message for a server to send to a browser when content is blocked for legal reasons. (more…)

06 Jan 18:18

A Logarithmic Map of the Entire Known Universe in One Image

by Christopher Jobson

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Trying to imagine the scope of the cosmos is nearly impossible, but musician and artist Pablo Carlos Budassi decided to make a visual attempt by cramming the entire known universe into a single image. Using scores of satellite images and photos snapped from NASA’s rovers, he painstakingly pieced together many of the prominent features of the universe as observed from our solar system in the form of a logarithmic map. Logarithms are useful for understanding large numbers or distances, so in Budassi’s map each consecutive ‘ring’ around the circle represents several orders of magnitude further than the one before it.

Budassi was aided by similar (though less visually stunning) logarithmic maps produced by astronomers at Princeton back in 2005. In this map, our sun and solar system are seen in the middle, followed by the Milky Way Galaxy, another ring of nearby galaxies like Andromeda, all the way out to cosmic radiation and plasma generated by the bing bang on the furthest outskirts of the image.

You can see a much larger version of the map here and read a bit more about it on Tech Insider. (via I F*cking Love Science)

16 Nov 01:51

invokingbees: ultrafacts: The words on her tank: Боевая...





invokingbees:

ultrafacts:

The words on her tank: Боевая подруга means Fighting Girlfriend [x]

While living in Tomsk, she learned that her husband was killed fighting the forces of Nazi Germany near Kiev in August 1941. The news took two years to reach her. The news angered her extremely, and she became determined to fight the Germans in vengeance for her husband’s death 

Most of the men fighting alongside Mariya just saw her as a publicity stunt and didn’t take her seriously. However, their doubts were quickly laid to rest when Mariya drove her tank straight into battle and was the first tank to breach the German lines. In doing so, she destroyed several machine gun nests and German artillery. It wasn’t long until the Germans figured out that her tank was the one they needed to really worry about.

The Germans immediately started focusing their gunfire on her medium Mariya-Vasilievna-Oktyabrskayasized tank, temporarily crippling it. Mariya didn’t sell all her worldly possessions just so she could sit around in a crippled tank. She was determined to get her vengeance. She leaped out of her tank into a hail of gunfire and started patching it back together so that she could charge even further into the enemy lines.

A month later Mariya found herself in the middle of night raid when her tank was hit by an artillery shell severing the tracks on her tank. She once again jumped out of her tank and started repairing the tracks while her gun crew provided covering fire. A few days later and a little worse for wear, she rejoined the fight.

Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya  was the first female tanker to be awarded the Hero Of The Soviet Union award; the Soviet Union’s highest award for bravery during combat.

Sources: [1] [2]

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I FUCKIN LOVE IT

31 Dec 04:05

sonneillonv: theladyems: bramblepatch: bramblepatch: Ok so I know I’ve seen a few posts about...

sonneillonv:

theladyems:

bramblepatch:

bramblepatch:

Ok so I know I’ve seen a few posts about the Organa-Solos passing baby Ben back and forth and spoiling him rotten while rebuilding the Republic but also consider:

Chewbacca

Big, loud, belligerent, protective, huggable Chewbacca toting his best friend’s kid around

You know what, I’m doubling down on this. Give me a Kylo Ren who not only understands spoken Wookie but can also speak it with a passable accent because Chewbacca babysat him so much when he was bitty. Give me a confrontation between them in Episode IIX where Chewy is screaming at him and Kylo Ren just starts irately yodeling back.

YES PLEASE MAKE IT SO

Chewie has a life debt toward Han that includes Han’s family, so YES LET’S DO THIS IT IS CANON

06 Jan 18:38

yaelloush: PPHAHAHAHHAHAHA



yaelloush:

PPHAHAHAHHAHAHA

30 Dec 16:02

lung distance

by The Awkward Yeti

Lung Distance

25 Nov 22:27

And now, a summation of all the news:

by Jessica Hagy

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01 Dec 15:30

The Elf on the Shelf is a surveillance-normalizing little creep

by Rob Beschizza

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https://youtu.be/s9Pn16dCWIg

Important reminder, happy mutants! The Elf on the Shelf, the cherubic, round-eyed toy with a faux-traditional backstory, is yet another manifestation of the surveillance state. It watches you 24/7, then reports your behavior to an old white man with unaccountable authority who judges you and manipulates you with largesse or neglect.

Laura Pinto, a technology professor:

The gaze of the elf on the child’s real world (as opposed to play world) resonates with the purpose of the panopticon, based on Jeremy Bentham’s 18th century design for a model prison… What is troubling is what The Elf on the Shelf represents and normalizes: anecdotal evidence reveals that children perform an identity that is not only for caretakers, but for an external authority (The Elf on the Shelf), similar to the dynamic between citizen and authority in the context of the surveillance state. Further to this, The Elf on the Shelf website offers teacher resources, integrating into both home and school not only the brand but also tacit acceptance of being monitored and always being on one’s best behaviour--without question.

By inviting The Elf on the Shelf simultaneously into their play-world and real lives, children are taught to accept or even seek out external observation of their actions outside of their caregivers and familial structures. Broadly speaking, The Elf on the Shelf serves functions that are aligned to the official functions of the panopticon. In doing so, it contributes to the shaping of children as governable subjects.

The Washington Post asked her if she's serious. Yes and no, obviously:

“I don’t think the elf is a conspiracy and I realize we’re talking about a toy,” Pinto told The Post. “It sounds humorous, but we argue that if a kid is okay with this bureaucratic elf spying on them in their home, it normalizes the idea of surveillance and in the future restrictions on our privacy might be more easily accepted.”

The nastiest thing about the "Elf on the Shelf" is not that it elaborates the old "Santa's watching you" thing… ch090129 … but the life-overwhelming specificity with which it does it. The Elf on the Shelf's mythos controls the parameters of play, puts the observation of play expressly beyond the child's control, and defines who gets to touch what during play and who knows about it. It is a very creepy toy.

(Whether it's worse than toys that let parents secretly spy on children old enough to have a sense of privacy, or internet-connected ones that send recorded media over the internet, is another matter)

03 Dec 17:16

In historic shift, U.S. military to open all combat jobs to women

by Xeni Jardin

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter holds a news conference at the Pentagon.  REUTERS

The Associated Press is reporting today that U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will soon announce a historic change: The military will open all combat jobs to women.

(more…)

23 Nov 00:00

Supreme Court

Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy called the man's arguments that he could be either Alito or Ginsburg "surprisingly compelling, but ultimately unconvincing."
16 Nov 00:00

Snakes

The last band of color indicates the snake's tolerance for being held before biting.
22 Jul 13:08

Loving Touches

sleep is dumb

Tonight’s comic is about the kind of love only a cat can give you.

10 Nov 19:14

Take the First Shot With a Han Solo Blaster Flask

by Andrew Liszewski on Toyland, shared by Ria Misra to io9

The folks over at Insignificant Fish Industries run a popular Etsy shop selling geeky merchandise like glowing arcade coin slot belt buckles. But they also just teased this wonderful Han Solo blaster flask on their website that is sure to make them overnight millionaires if they ever start selling it.

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29 Oct 16:18

Where men and women like (and hate) to be touched

by Mark Frauenfelder

touch-zones

Your partner can touch you almost anywhere and you won't feel uncomfortable. A friend can touch your head, shoulders, hands, and upper back without ruffling your feathers. Your mother can touch you in the same places a friend can touch you, but she is also welcome to touch your lower back. Your uncle better not try to touch you anywhere but your arms and upper back, and a stranger can only touch your hands without causing you to be alarmed. (more…)

01 Nov 19:04

Reverse trick-or-treating

by Cory Doctorow
animation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhS_CjECO90

It's when you carry a frame and door to someone else's door, while dressed as someone who's staying at home and giving out candy; you interpose your door between you and their door, ring the bell, and when they answer, they're confronted with your door, with a PLEASE KNOCK sign. They knock, you open up, and offer them candy. Trick-airity ensues. (via Reddit)

13 Nov 18:03

Cop who unplugged his cam before killing a 19-year-old girl is rehired

by Cory Doctorow

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Albuquerque police officer Jeremy Dear was ordered to wear a body-camera after many of the city's residents complained about their encounters with him. Afterward, he routinely failed to plug in the camera. His camera was not running when he shot and killed a 19-year-old girl in 2014. (more…)

28 Oct 05:00

Comic for 2015.10.28

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
25 Aug 20:21

Exercise Hurts

by The Awkward Yeti
12 Nov 15:49

I mean, if you’re gonna fight a holiday:

by Jessica Hagy
11 Nov 06:11

Hark, A Vagrant: coxcomb




buy this print!

I've been reading this book of manners and enjoying it very much! It is actually pretty progressive for its time.

It's rare you see the scripts flipped like this isn't it? So I ran with that. But poor old fellow, everyone deserves respect and should be allowed to wear what they like without abuse. Isn't that right?

Here's a little postscript for you, for our friend. An alternate ending, if you will.


The store is updated for the holidays! Including PONIES PONIES PONIES! I only really update the store once a year so expect a bigger post on that. A gal's gotta make a livin', eh!

07 Oct 06:55

Ergonomics

by Greg Ross
Vvicked

A more efficient medium...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scriptingnews/3418293087

Image: Flickr

We’ve been making things awfully hard on spirits. The standard Ouija board lays out the alphabet in two simple rows, which means it’s easy for the dead to tell us about FEEDERS but terribly hard to refer to LAYAWAY, even though these words are equally long.

In the interests of better communication, Eric Iverson made a study of this for the August 2005 issue of Word Ways. Using an image of a Ouija board, he counted the number of pixels that a planchette would have to travel in order to spell out various English words. The results are dismaying: The most exhausting four-letter word, MAMA, requires fully 17 times as much travel as the simple FEED. Longer words are more consistent: The hardest 23-letter word, DISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM, requires little more work than the easiest, ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHIC. But do dead people have that kind of stamina?

What’s the answer? Iverson experimented with different layouts and found a hexagonal grid that minimizes the average travel distance for a typical word (see the link below). And he found a checkerboard grid that’s 3 percent more efficient than that. Even rearranging the letters on a standard board to ZXVGINAROFUPQ JKWCHTESDLMYB rather than the standard alphabet increases efficiency by about a third. Now maybe we can have some better conversations.

(Eric Iverson, “Traveling Around the Ouija Board,” Word Ways 38:3 [August 2005], 174-177.)

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08 Nov 23:09

awesome-picz: Cats Who Immediately Regretted Their Poor Life...





















awesome-picz:

Cats Who Immediately Regretted Their Poor Life Choices.

06 Nov 00:00

MarketWatch

Markets have been rocked by a second day of uncertainty after someone set up a giant Ouija board on the NYSE wall controlled collectively by the movement of the stock tickers.
29 Oct 02:57

Wilde Life - 155

by tech@thehiveworks.com
Vvicked

"Complimenting a teen is basically the same as inviting a vampire into your house." [from the comments]

New comic!
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