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16 Feb 15:29

The Phonautograph

by Greg Ross

In 1857, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville patented a device for recording sound: A person spoke or sang into a barrel, causing a membrane of parchment to vibrate and a pig bristle to record a mark on a moving surface of glass or paper.

This was useful in studying the characteristics of sound, but a century and a half would pass before we had the technology to play back the recordings. In 2008, audio historians recovered Scott’s “phonautograms” from the French patent office and converted his waveforms into digital audio files.

The recording below was made on April 9, 1860. It’s the French folk song “Au clair de la lune,” recorded 28 years before Edison’s first wax cylinder.

16 Feb 15:26

is it my responsibility to explain to other white people why their obviously racist bullshit is racist? i don't think i have the patience.

how the fuck you think the rest of us feel???

16 Feb 15:25

Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

This is probably the first projection in cartographic history that can be criticized for its disproportionate focus on Finland, Mongolia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
16 Feb 15:24

21 Amazing Life Hacks (Not Really)

by admin

These are just too great not to share. Read Here »

16 Feb 15:22

Naive Dramatic

by Reza

15 Feb 15:24

superman’s real secret identity

by kris

he had to say “yes” to avoid blowing his cover

later, a flying man covered in a trash bag diverted the meteor. the mysterious trash bag man is a hero, while clark kent is known for bringing pajamas to work and pooping his pants

13 Feb 16:04

I’m currently working with an elderly, computer illiterate client whose understanding of what a...

I’m currently working with an elderly, computer illiterate client whose understanding of what a computer can do seem to be wildly inconsistent.

First she asked me to Photoshop an entire person out of a photo as if it were a simple task. Then literally five minutes later was absolutely amazed to learn that you can draw a line on a computer. She thought I had to hand draw lines and scan them in.

13 Feb 15:48

Everythings fucked but here's one nice thing that happened; my grandmother's church agreed to hold every Saturday for several weeks presentation about white privilege- it been the biggest turn out in any event in the church in a year, and it was mainly white people in a room who had to be quiet and listen and forced to realize that they live in a world of privilege. That's happening in a church. In this sort of world. In a real conservative state. A tiny speck of hope, but a nice one nonetheless

Hey, fingers crossed they learn something.

13 Feb 15:46

Oh, Professor

by ohelli


10 Feb 15:37

Small World

by Greg Ross

paramount shooting locations 1927

In 1927, Chicago investment bank Halsey, Stuart & Co. published a prospectus inviting its clients to consider investing in the burgeoning motion picture business. Among the illustrations was this Paramount Studios map of international shooting locations in California.

“It was not mere chance that established the motion picture industry in Southern California,” notes the booklet. “The actual localization of production there came through a process of pure competitive selection in which the geographical advantages favorable to producers in that region literally forced competing directors and their companies to come to California — and Hollywood.

“The advantages of dependable sunshine, permitting outdoor production without delays, and of great variety in scenery at close range (the ocean on one side, the deserts, mountains, and forests in other directions), so that the sequence of almost any picture can be suitably filmed with but little cost for travel — all have militated to established Hollywood as the center of the motion picture world.”

(“The Motion Picture Industry as a Basis for Bond Financing,” reprinted in Tino Balio, ed., The American Film Industry, 1985.)

10 Feb 15:34

I think I have an answer to your question: being right-wing makes you unfunny, not the other way around. I know this because I am, sadly, unfunny, but I'm also left-wing and I try, though I often fail, to not be a total asshole and be more woke.

Here’s a data point.

10 Feb 15:32

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Nightmares


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Brain would like you to read comics for a while so Brain can take a break.

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10 Feb 15:31

See who cares.

by Jessica Hagy

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08 Feb 21:25


08 Feb 21:24

Bury Ourselves

by Reza

08 Feb 21:23

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Math Puzzles


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You come to a mysterious island where everyone always tells the truth...

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08 Feb 21:23

Face It

by nedroid

Face It

07 Feb 15:39

Neon Noir

I was doing design for a card game company that will remain nameless. 

Client: I’m designing a “noir” card game. I’m going to need it to be colorful and have hardly any shadows. Can you do that? 

Me: I can do that, wouldn’t it not really be “noir” then? The whole point is limited colors and heavy shadow, isn’t it? 

Client: Yes, it would. Just figure it out. 

07 Feb 15:38

Not that it matters cause nothing means nothing anymore, but KellyAnn told the same Bowling Green story to Cosmo, except she made very clear she thought it was a real massacre where soldiers died. And they waited to run it until after she said that shit somewhere else and tried to play it off as a slip of the tongue brainfart. Teen Vogue and Cosmo will lead us where CNN and the NYT fear to tread.

Well there you go: obvious liar is obviously lying.

07 Feb 15:24


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07 Feb 15:23


03 Feb 15:29


by Greg Ross
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Classical statues tend to lose their noses, and in the 19th century museums would commonly replace them with “restoration” noses, to preserve the appearance of the original sculpture.

In the 20th century some museums changed philosophies and “de-restored” their collections, thinking it better to present each piece in its authentic state.

This created a superfluity of noses, and some museums collect these into displays of their own. Charmingly, there’s even a word for this: A collection of noses is a Nasothek.

Above is the collection in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum in Copenhagen.

(Thanks, Carsten.)

03 Feb 15:27

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Multiverse Explained


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A lot of physics makes sense if you imagine it's designed by a tech billionaire with a confusing vision.

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02 Feb 14:43

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - True Love


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I have an idea for a romantic comedy called 'idiotic narcissists will probably get a divorce soon.'

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02 Feb 14:43

Bring Me Down

by Reza

01 Feb 14:51


by Greg Ross

Dentist William T.G. Morton was the first to use sulfuric ether as an anaesthetic, but he’d learned about this property at the chemistry lectures of Charles T. Jackson.

Which of them deserved a monument? Oliver Wendell Holmes suggested setting up statues of both men on the same pedestal, with the inscription:

To E(i)ther
01 Feb 14:47

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Largest Number


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At the end of the Universe, all series will converge.

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Only two days left to get your BAHFest MIT proposals in!

31 Jan 03:39

My eighth grade English teacher is friends on Facebook with many of her former students, myself among them. She's a very kind person but I've criticized her recently for wasting too much time politely disagreeing with my dipshit racist classmates. This weekend she finally took my advice and just started telling them to fuck off. I've never been so proud of anyone.

Tell racists to fuck off. It’s good!

31 Jan 03:38


You can apply special translucent films to your windows to help keep birds/Superman from accidentally flying into them.
30 Jan 15:11

Madeintyo Switches From Uber Everywhere 2 Lyft Everywhere

by admin

Branding and co-signing in Hip-Hop often come together. This goes back to RUN-DMC and Adidas. “My Adidas” wasn’t originally made to get an endorsement deal. RUN-DMC were just speaking about the sneakers that they rocked. That’s what Hip-Hop does. Madeintyo’s “Uber Everywhere” is an organic record in that sense. But the days of Madeintyo Ubering everywhere are over.

Due to Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick making his own executive order this weekend Madeintyo let it be known that he is making his move to Lyft. New York taxi drivers imposed a work stoppage Saturday Jan. 28th in response to President Trump’s executive order that stopped entry to travelers from certain Muslim countries. Uber ignored this strike and continued to offer service instead.

Uber’s number one competitor Lyft responds to President Trump’s Muslim ban by donating $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green announce their decision to donate to ACLU in an letter emailed to their costumers letting them know their decision to donate was to help defend our constitution. From this the #deleteuber hashtag was born and the rapper that has used the Uber brand for his hit single responds by switching for to Lyft himself.