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01 Sep 15:00

Woof, That Joke Could Use Some Work

funny dogs image Woof, That Joke Could Use Some Work

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Tagged: dogs , funny , image
27 Aug 13:54

supatomic: kojangi

28 Aug 12:44

Hubble captures shimmering, luminous Twin Jet Nebula

by Andrea James

Bipolar planetary nebulae occur when a twin star system lies at the center, forming beautiful wing-like symmetrical lobes. The Hubble team estimates this translucent beauty occurred only 1200 years ago.

According to ESA/Hubble:

The characteristic shape of the wings of the Twin Jet Nebula is most likely caused by the motion of the two central stars around each other. It is believed that a white dwarf orbits its partner star and thus the ejected gas from the dying star is pulled into two lobes rather than expanding as a uniform sphere. However, astronomers are still debating whether all bipolar nebulae are created by binary stars. Meanwhile the nebula’s wings are still growing and, by measuring their expansion, astronomers have calculated that the nebula was created only 1200 years ago. Within the wings, starting from the star system and extending horizontally outwards like veins are two faint blue patches. Although these may seem subtle in comparison to the nebula’s rainbow colours, these are actually violent twin jets streaming out into space, at speeds in excess of one million kilometres per hour. This is a phenomenon that is another consequence of the binary system at the heart of the nebula. These jets slowly change their orientation, precessing across the lobes as they are pulled by the wayward gravity of the binary system.

Below is an example of the precessing jet of M2-9, a planetary nebula.

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28 Aug 12:51

Mars colony planned

by Rob Beschizza
buzz-aldrin

Space sailor Buzz Aldrin and the Florida Institute of Technology are planning to colonize Mars within 25 years.

More specifically, he’s shooting for 2039, the 70th anniversary of his own Apollo 11 moon landing, although he admits the schedule is “adjustable”.

He envisions using Mars’ moons, Phobos and Deimos, as preliminary stepping stones for astronauts. He said he dislikes the label “one-way” and imagines tours of duty lasting 10 years.

“The Pilgrims on the Mayflower came here to live and stay. They didn’t wait around Plymouth Rock for the return trip, and neither will people building up a population and a settlement” on Mars.

27 Aug 19:00

‘The Martian’ Promo Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Examines the Ares 3 Mission to Mars

by Ethan Anderton
Christopher Lantz

I know it is fictional.... but the prospect of this fills me with awe and wonder.

The Martian Neil deGrasse Tyson video

There are plenty of people who are already sold on The Martian, the latest sci-fi drama from Ridley Scott. It’s one of our 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015, and the most recent trailer really showed how good it looks.

But 20th Century Fox still has a little over a month to go before the film hits theaters, and they’re continuing their impressive viral marketing campaign with yet another cool video focusing on the crew of the Ares 3, another manned mission to the surface of Mars. This time, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson examines the upcoming mission in the style of the recent Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey series.

Watch The Martian Neil deGrasse Tyson video after the jump!

Aside from examining the Ares 3 mission on which the movie The Martian is focused, Tyson also gives us some information about the world in which the story exists. For example, the first manned mission to Mars happened back in 2029, and Hermes is the space station orbiting around Earth that will take the crew to Mars.

If it wasn’t for the fact that the crew of the Ares 3 is composed of famous actors like Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and more, someone might actually believe that this is a real video talking about an actual mission to Mars. Between this and the previous interviews with the crew after isolation training and the viral video from the Hermes with the crew on board, The Martian has one of the best viral marketing campaigns in recent memory, maybe the best since The Dark Knight.

Don’t forget, The Martian has moved up to an earlier release date on October 2nd, and you can watch the most recent trailer for the movie right here. Stay tuned for anymore cool viral marketing updates.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

The post ‘The Martian’ Promo Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Examines the Ares 3 Mission to Mars appeared first on /Film.

26 Aug 19:49

Retrospecs, An App That Converts Ordinary Photos Into Retro Computer or Video Game Pixel Art

by Justin Page

Nintendo Game Boy
Nintendo Game Boy

Retrospecs is an app by software developer John Parker that converts ordinary photos into retro computer or video game pixel art. Users can choose from a collection of fun filters to make their images look like they should be displayed on an 8-bit Commodore 64 computer, an old school Nintendo Game Boy, and more. The app is currently available to purchase for iPhones, iPods, and iPads from the iTunes App Store.

Retrospecs lets you convert/capture images so that they appear as they would on a variety of home computers and consoles from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. It’s part camera app, part tribute to the sort of computers I lusted after whilst pouring over copies of Byte magazine as a lad.

Commodore 64
Commodore 64

Computer Lynx
Camputers Lynx

Atari 400/800
Atari 400/800

Teletext
Teletext

Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Sinclair ZX Spectrum

images via Retrospecs

via The Creators Project

21 Aug 20:15

An Absurd and Hilarious Guide to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy

by Glen Tickle

Neil Cicierega has created an absurd and hilarious guide to Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings trilogy based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. The video outlines the plot and major characters in the three films while managing to get nearly every single fact wrong.

15 Aug 14:56

Furiosa's tampon ad

by Cory Doctorow
Christopher Lantz

sorry, not sorry

This is a million times better than oblique references to bloating and neat test-tubes of thin blue liquid. (via That Book Smell)

12 Aug 03:52

Remember to Wash Both Eyes After Interneting

by Brad
Christopher Lantz

It's good advice.

7be
16 Aug 11:00

Speed Dating In The Subway

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14 Aug 21:25

The 2015 Tianjin Explosions

by Don
Christopher Lantz

Frightening.

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These horrific detonations that occurred at a storage facility in Tainjin, China, which was captured on camera from a variety of angles, officially caused over 700 injuries and 50 deaths.

11 Aug 23:56

All Hail UNITIИU

by Brad
5d6

Nine years ago today, 4chan’s photoshop experts discovered this palindromic-mirroring technique (now commonly referred to as “UNITINU”) after a news photograph of the-then United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with her hand raised at a U.N. Security Council meeting went viral on /b/.

17 Aug 09:00

I Don't Want Stitches

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Tagged: students , puns , teacher , snitch
15 Aug 17:52

gothiccharmschool: halloweencrafts: DIY Bat Dress Pattern from...



gothiccharmschool:

halloweencrafts:

DIY Bat Dress Pattern from EvaDress.

This is an advanced sewing project Inspired by the illustration Travestissement Chauve-Sourisin in La mode Illustrée, Journal de la Famille, 1887

Jay. Infamous BlueJay. INFAMOUS BLUEJAY. I just need the gloves+wings thing! I NEED THEM.

(Because let’s be honest, I can pull everything else out of my wardrobe already, and there is no way in hell I am asking anyone to make a knife-pleated skirt)

Flipping sweet

10 Aug 16:40

Astronauts on the International Space Station Sample Their First Taste of Space-Grown Lettuce

by Glen Tickle
Christopher Lantz

This is super exciting. Yea space agriculture.

NASA Veggie 2

Astronauts on board the International Space Station have sampled their first taste of space-grown “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce grown in the station’s Veggie hardware validation test (Veg-01). This was the first time American astronauts have eaten space-grown vegetables, which have only been recently grown, analyzed, and deemed safe to eat.

The astronauts first cleaned the lettuce with a citric acid-based wipe to ensure the lettuce was safe to eat, and ate half their lettuce crop while the other half will be sent back to Earth for further study.

The technology used to grow the lettuce is important for the future of long-term space travel, and could one day be used to help colonize Mars. It also has applications here on Earth where similar technology can help grow food in harsh climates.

Space Grown Red Lettuce

NASA Veggie

images via NASA

06 Aug 19:05

Isaiah Mustafa and Terry Crews Do Battle Over Scents in the Latest Old Spice Deodorant Commercial

by Glen Tickle
Christopher Lantz

I'm sorry... but I'm not sorry.

And So It Begins” is the latest in the long-running series of over-the-top Old Spice commercials. The spot sees the return of former Old Spice spokesman Isaiah Mustafa as he does battle with his replacement Terry Crews over which Old Spice scent is superior. Mustafa is fighting on behalf of the Timber scent, and Crews is battling for Bearglove.

10 Aug 16:30

John Oliver Breaks Down Just Some of America's Sex Education Problems

13 Aug 07:47

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11 Aug 18:59

Terra Flamma: Stunning Long-Exposure Photographs of California Wildfires by Stuart Palley

by Christopher Jobson
The El Portal Fire burns on a hillside  in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park on Sunday evening July 27, 2014. The community of El Portal was under a mandatory evacuation. By Tuesday the blaze had burned nearly 3,000 acres.  Long exposure image.

The El Portal Fire burns on a hillside in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park on Sunday evening July 27, 2014. The community of El Portal was under a mandatory evacuation. By Tuesday the blaze had burned nearly 3,000 acres. Long exposure image.

The Etiwanda Fire burns shortly after dusk on April 30, 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Long exposure image.

The Etiwanda Fire burns shortly after dusk on April 30, 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Long exposure image.

The news of deadly wildfires ravaging California has been as awe-inspiring as it is terrifying. Great swaths of forests, mountains, fields, and entire neighborhoods can be incinerated in moments leaving nothing unscathed. For the last few years, Los Angeles-based photographer Stuart Palley has been shooting these fires as they rage across Southern California as part of a series he calls Terra Flamma.

More than just capturing flames or firefighters, Palley focuses instead on the entire landscape surrounding each event. By utilizing long exposure techniques he incorporates trails of sparks, the lights of firefighting aircraft, and even the stars above to create images that speak more to the strange beauty of wildfires than simple editorial documentation.

Though Palley often jumps at the opportunity to photograph a fire at a moment’s notice, he’s also well prepared. He takes a number of precautions including completion of the US Forestry Service’s “Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior” to better ensure his safety.

You can follow more of Palley’s work on Instagram. (via PetaPixel)

The French Fire burns overnight in the Sierra National Forest near the town of North Fork, CA on August 1st, 2014. The blaze was burning in steep, rugged, and remote terrain.

The French Fire burns overnight in the Sierra National Forest near the town of North Fork, CA on August 1st, 2014. The blaze was burning in steep, rugged, and remote terrain.

The Way Fire burns on August 19, 2014 in the Sierra National Forest near Kernville, CA overnight.  Long exposure image.

The Way Fire burns on August 19, 2014 in the Sierra National Forest near Kernville, CA overnight. Long exposure image.

The Meadow Fire burns overnight near Half Dome in Yosemite National Park early Monday September 8, 2014. As of Wednesday the fire had burned over 4,500 acres and was 10% contained.  Long exposure image.

The Meadow Fire burns overnight near Half Dome in Yosemite National Park early Monday September 8, 2014. As of Wednesday the fire had burned over 4,500 acres and was 10% contained. Long exposure image.

The Shirley Fire burns at night off of Old State Rd near Lake Isabella, CA while a helicopter circles overhead and crews work on a slopover. Long exposure image.  The Shirley Fire burns overnight near Lake Isabella, CA on the evening of June 15, 2014. By morning the fire had burned 2200 acres and was 10% contained. At least two structures were lost. Date 20140615 Date 20140615

The Shirley Fire burns at night off of Old State Rd near Lake Isabella, CA while a helicopter circles overhead and crews work on a slopover. Long exposure image.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday June 18, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 10,000 acres and was 5% contained. The Lake Fire burns along it's northern flank at night in the San Bernardino National Forest Late Thursday night. The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday June 18, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 10,000 acres and was 5% contained.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday June 18, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 10,000 acres and was 5% contained. The Lake Fire burns along its northern flank at night in the San Bernardino National Forest Late Thursday night.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday June 18, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 10,000 acres and was 5% contained. The Lake Fire burns along it's northern flank at night in the San Bernardino National Forest Late Thursday night. The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday June 18, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 10,000 acres and was 5% contained.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday June 18, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 10,000 acres and was 5% contained. The Lake Fire burns along its northern flank at night in the San Bernardino National Forest Late Thursday night.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday June 18, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 10,000 acres and was 5% contained. The Lake Fire burns along it's northern flank at night in the San Bernardino National Forest Late Thursday night. The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday June 18, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 10,000 acres and was 5% contained.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday June 18, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 10,000 acres and was 5% contained. The Lake Fire burns along its northern flank at night in the San Bernardino National Forest Late Thursday night.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Friday June 19, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 13,000 acres and was 10% contained.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Friday June 19, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 13,000 acres and was 10% contained.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Friday June 19, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 13,000 acres and was 10% contained.

The Lake Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Friday June 19, 2015. By evening the fire burned over 13,000 acres and was 10% contained.

03 Aug 18:34

Hungry Humanoid Robot Driving a Car Puzzles Unsuspecting Drive-Thru Employees

by Justin Page
Christopher Lantz

This one really got to me for some reason.

Magician Rahat Hussein recently puzzled and freaked out unsuspecting fast food drive-thru employees by pulling up to their window with a hungry humanoid robot in the driver’s seat in his latest prank. When employees made the gentle robot angry, his tone amplified and the blue glowing face quickly turned red with rage. This is a clever, futuristic take on his original Headless Car Driver Prank series.

02 Aug 18:00

The Macarena Without Music is Still Just as Catchy

Christopher Lantz

sorry, not sorry.

Submitted by: (via House of Halo)

Tagged: Music , spanish , funny , Video
30 Jul 21:19

Stunning Photo Series That Feature the Delicate Alien Beauty of Carnivorous Sundew Plants

by Lori Dorn

Drosera

In the gorgeous photo series “Drosera“, Finnish nature photographer Joni Niemelä has captured the incredible up-close beauty of the colorfully tentacled carnivorous plants commonly known as Sundews. Sundews are also featured in his newest series “Other Worldly Blues“, where Niemelä played upon their alien-like appearance and their predatory nature.

Sundews have always fascinated me, and I have been photographing these alien-like plants for several years now. My first first photo series ‘Drosera’ was mostly bright and vibrant, so I wanted to have some contrast to that in my second series of Sundews. I think the colors and the mood of ‘Otherworldly Blues’ reflect aptly the true nature of these carnivorous plants.

Drosera

Drosera

Other Worldly Blues

Other Worldly Blues

Other Worldly Blues

images via Joni Niemelä

via Colossal

30 Jul 00:23

I could watch a Han & Chewie spaceship repair show

Christopher Lantz

My favorite part of Empire is the constantly failing Falcon.











I could watch a Han & Chewie spaceship repair show

28 Jul 22:03

Quit Procrastinating. Work On Your Art

by Ari Spool
85a

The Dark Knight gets persuasive.

29 Jul 11:00

Vincent Price vs. Boris Karloff: The Raven (1963)

by Heather Johanssen
Christopher Lantz

Want to fight? Want to have a wizard's duel?

Wizard duels in Harry Potter have nothing on this epic battle between Price and Karloff in the classic Roger Corman film of "The Raven," from 1963. Cinematic quality nevermore.

29 Jul 17:45

Avoid your job in this pleasantly oddball game

by Leigh Alexander
neverwork

The objective of NEVER GO TO WORK is in its title: Your alarm goes off just after 6 AM, and it's time to get to the office. Except arriving there ends the game, and you don't really want to go to work, anyway.

You are Agenesia, disgruntled and harboring a crush on your unreliable bus driver, and your meandering takes you all over town. Anything can go wrong: I was killed by ghosts on a mini golf course, and found myself inexplicably on a riverboat. I wanted to go to the strip club, but it was closed. I kind of like the gritty caprice of Agenesia's world: The rough textures of the graphical interface, the not knowing what to expect—is my intentional avoidance of efficient bus routes going to make my lateness to work sprawl wonderfully on the digital clock before me, or will I accidentally stumble into a game-over?

Some of the opacity doesn't serve the experience though, something I don't mind saying as developer Rani Baker (who also made this buggy but nifty nostalgic rebuild of Demon's Forge, the kind of Apple IIe game that I'm weird enough to still be excited about) is still taking feedback toward a final version of the game. I have a pack of cigarettes in my inventory slot, but while clicking it sometimes takes me to a wonderful neon ritual site, at other times it gets me stuck in an endless loop. I'm not sure what it's for. I enjoy the tension between needing to keep moving and not wanting to arrive at work, but while the collague of unpredictable moments feels creative and cool, at times I wish there were a little more for me to do.

NEVER GO TO WORK is free to play in your browser. It is the latest title to be commissioned by the Interactive Fiction Fund, which aims to support both established and up-and-coming interactive fiction makers with actual money (I'm a backer; consider becoming one yourself here). The last title was Morning Rituals, a game about a Satanic Keurig machine (which we liked).

29 Jul 13:00

Important Public Service Announcement: This Cat is Awesome

funny cats image Important Public Service Announcement: This Cat is Awesome

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Tagged: Cats , funny , image
29 Jul 15:30

What If Education Careers Were Covered Like Sports?

27 Jul 18:20

joga: Bill Gates, 1985

Christopher Lantz

I never understood these style of photos. What feeling is being conveyed here. Laziness? Sexiness? A rejection of chairs?



joga:

Bill Gates, 1985

27 Jul 12:16

Pink pigeon enchants and mystifies Britons

by Rob Beschizza

pigeon

One Wes Charnock observed the mystery pigeon, depicted above in London newspaper Metro. Expert consensus is that it has been dyed, or is a tourist from Mauritius.