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15 Feb 23:13

Fantasy map generator

by Nathan Yau

There is literally generatively infinite amount of room in the world for procedurally generated fantasy maps!

This is fun. It’s a fantasy map generator with the following rules:

Project goal is a procedurally generated map for my Medieval Dynasty simulator. Map should be interactive, scalable, fast and plausible. There should be enought space to place at least 500 manors within 7 regions. The imagined area is about 200.000 km2.

Just click and there’s a new map generated on the fly.

Martin O’Leary’s generator is still my favorite, but I think there is plenty of room in the world for procedurally generated fantasy maps.

Tags: fantasy, generator

13 Feb 16:44

yGAN, fluid simulation, tiling.  also, cats.Video from Jason...


Nightmarish cat content :/

yGAN, fluid simulation, tiling.  also, cats.

Video from Jason Salavon demonstrates his ongoing research in generating videos using neural networks with tiled images (such as cat faces) - the end effect is that of a dynamic mosaic:

Jason also had a hand in the GenMo project which is a browser based version for single images, which you can try here

13 Feb 05:07

List: Five More Products Made Just for Women



“Bosses at Doritos have revealed they are to launch a new ‘lady-friendly’ version of the snack which are quieter to eat and a lot less messy.” — New York Post, 2/5/18

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We can’t fault women for loving coffee, but their sipping and slurping can be a distraction and reduce office productivity. Many women often avoid drinking beverages altogether if they know doing so will create a stir. But with the Sippy Cup Quiet Coffee Mug, ladies will be able to enjoy their liquids without garnering any unwanted attention. The design is modeled after sippy cups for children but decorated with inspirational quotes such as, YOU GO GIRL, WORK IT!, and RBG, AMIRITE?

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A new garment to help take up less space in public places hopes to capitalize on the majority of women who fear infringing upon the footprint of those around them. “I just hate feeling like I’m taking up too much space,” says focus group member, Allison Anderson. “The Take Up Less Space Jacket would be perfect for me. I could wear it on the train, in the grocery store, at the movie theater — even at home when my husband is sprawled out on the couch leaving me barely any room to sit."

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“We all know women hate the sound of their own voices,” says Sound of Silence CEO Chad Chadson. “Let’s face it, none of us are fans of women’s voices.” The Sound of Silence microphone aims to lessen the self-consciousness women feel when hearing themselves talk by making them sound more pleasing, whispery, and perhaps even completely silent, to their audiences. Chadson realizes he might run into trouble getting funding for his product, as many companies would rather women not have a microphone at all. But he hopes to sell people on the idea that as long as women think they are being heard, they will feel included.

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This flu season has done quite a number on our sinuses, but women often avoid blowing their noses in public due to embarrassment. Muffle Your Nose Tissues stifle nose-blowing women by slowly suffocating them until they lose consciousness. Consumer Maggie Phillips says, “I hate to be a burden on anyone, so being unconscious while I’m sick sounds like a dream!”

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This high-end device aims to solve the problem of women being seen or heard anywhere. Its lightweight frame makes it easy to carry, while the innovative soundproof material makes virtually anything and everything a woman does while using it completely unnoticeable. Susan Monaghan, a self-proclaimed gadget buff, is excited about the Go Anywhere Portable Soundproof Container. “If I could walk into a room and have no one notice that I’m there, well then that would be… kind of like how it already is.”

07 Feb 09:50


05 Feb 04:03

Check out this remarkable view of New York City captured by the...

Check out this remarkable view of New York City captured by the DigitalGlobe Worldview-3 satellite at an extremely low-angle. We’re pumped to announce that we just added this shot to our Printshop along with four others. You can check out what we added here: particular shot is made possible due to the focal length of the camera in this satellite that is roughly 32 times longer than that of a standard DSLR camera. Within the full expansive Overview, many of the city’s landmarks are clearly visible, including the Statue of Liberty, both JFK and LaGuardia airports, the Freedom Tower, the skyscrapers of Midtown, Central Park, and the George Washington Bridge.

03 Feb 02:52

will knight on Twitter: ““Human Uber,” developed in Japan,...


Are we already living in a dystopia?

will knight on Twitter: ““Human Uber,” developed in Japan, provides a way to attend events remotely using another person’s body. “It’s surprisingly natural” says its inventor, Jin Rekimoto of Sony #emtechasia…

02 Feb 23:30

For New Scientist. Order my book of cartoons ‘Baking with Kafka’...

For New Scientist.
Order my book of cartoons ‘Baking with Kafka’ here:

26 Jan 02:59

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Hubris


I was SO irritated by the geographic location of the penguins!

Click here to go see the bonus panel!

If you're more irritated about the geographical location of the penguins than the fact that the penguins can talk, I have nothing to say to you.

New comic!
Today's News:
21 Jan 00:10

Marbles on a Kinetic Block Track Perfectly Synchronized with Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers”

by S. Abbas Raza

This is tremendously satisfying!

18 Jan 05:26

In praise of the good old-fashioned hobby

by Austin Kleon

“Beware of turning hobbies into jobs.”
Hugh MacLeod

In chapter 5 of Steal Like An Artist, I sing the praises of the good-old fashioned hobby, the thing you do outside of work, for fun. “A hobby is something creative that’s just for you. You don’t try to make money or get famous off it, you just do it because it makes you happy. A hobby is something that gives but doesn’t take.”

Since I wrote that over half a decade ago, things have just gotten worse in America, and as steady jobs keep disappearing and the market continues to gobble up the culture, the “free time” activities which used to soothe us and take our minds off work and add meaning to our lives are now presented to us as potential income streams. (“Make money doing what you love!”)

how to stay alive

This week Ann Friedman wrote the piece I’ve been wanting to write, “Not Everything Is a Side Hustle.” Like me, she grew up in the Midwest, “practically born with a glue gun in my hand,” and she now practices a kind of “general craftiness.” Her new thing is deviled eggs (a personal favorite of mine):

For the past few years, I’ve been bringing these eggy experiments with me to barbecues and potlucks, where, through a mouthful of mayonnaise, someone will suggest that I start a deviled-egg catering business. It is a tempting idea (I could call the business “She-Deviled”!). And I know that people are suggesting egg-entrepreneurship as a compliment—their way of saying, “These are so good I would pay for them!”—but I take the implication seriously. At a time when Etsy shops and craft fairs and food trucks are decidedly mainstream, every domestic hobby is at risk of becoming a side hustle. I don’t want to boil and slice eggs for money. Messing around with a stand mixer or a sewing machine is fun for me because it’s not work. Personal pleasure is what makes a hobby a hobby.

I’m encouraged by Anne’s spirit, and I’ve been seeking other inspirations out there, examples of people who are out there happily practicing and protecting their hobbies.  Oddly, one of my favorite inspirations is fictional and foreign: the BBC series Detectoristsin which two friends go rambling around the countryside with their metal detectors. Director and actor Mackenzie Crook says he got the original inspiration for the show from thinking about hobbies:

I’m fascinated by people and their pastimes and their hobbies, the way people their free time. It seems to me like it’s a very British thing. (I don’t know if it is.) The way people can just immerse themselves and get obsessed by subjects that to a lot of other people would seem like a dull way to spend a weekend. I wanted it to be an affectionate study of people and their pastimes. I decided on metal detecting as a good… you know, there’s lots of metaphors there for what they’re really looking for in their lives.

Spoiler alert: a hobby which at first seems to simply be about seeking fortune in buried treasure turns out to be more about the hunt and spending time with your mates. I love how the show celebrates people doing something that everybody else thinks is a complete waste of time. In one episode, the character Lance talks about how a hobby is better if people don’t understand it: “What you want is for your partner to shake her head, roll her eyes, and look at you and say, ‘You and your hobbies.’”

George Carlin said he didn’t have hobbies, he had interests. “Hobbies cost money. Interests are free.” I think you need both, and I wonder if Crook’s hunch about the British being better at hobbies is true — it certainly feels true to me. As our empire crumbles, we would do well to observe how citizens of former empires enjoy a nice pint, a ramble, and a bit of tinkering.

16 Jan 19:58

newdarkage:Andy Coravos on Twitter: “@instagram strategically...



15 Jan 11:05

Check out this incredible shot of La Sagrada Familia in...



Check out this incredible shot of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, the church has been perpetually under construction since 1882. This view also captures the Eixample District - the area of the city that contains apartments with communal courtyards, a strict grid pattern, and octagonal intersections.

See more on Instagram here:

Image captured from helicopter by Ian Harper

10 Jan 04:24


by things magazine

I'm so excited about the return of AIBO. So, so so excited!

Sony has announced the birth of an all-new AIBO at CES. The reception has been unsurprisingly ecstatic, especially as the original model, introduced back in 1999, was discontinued in 2006 to much disappointment and then, even worse, unsupported from 2015 … Continue reading →
05 Jan 01:01

Spoon & Tamago’s Most Popular Posts of 2017

by Johnny

This is one of my favourite design blogs - definitely worth checking these (and lots of other entries) out.

2017 marked Spoon & Tamago’s 10-year anniversary. We celebrated it in Japan, surrounded by 100 of our favorite artists. And we also made this short video that sums up our last 10 years of writing about Japanese design, art and culture. So instead of going on about how our year was, we’ll just let you […]
03 Jan 09:23

Top Stories of the Year 2017


Lots of interesting things to read here. And if you’re not following this feed, you should! It’s always packed with news I would otherwise miss.

1)   Goodbye, old guard

After 37 years in office, President Mugabe was finally forced out. The Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh tried to stay on, but he could not hold onto power after losing the election. The Gambia enters a new era. Joao Lourenco is the first new President in Angola in 38 years. And Cyril Ramaphosa is the new leader of the ANC in South Africa. One thing is clear: Intervention by other African countries is playing a very important role across the continent.

Nana Akufo-Addo began his tenure in Ghana. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo took the reins in Somalia. Thomas Thabane now leads Lesotho. George Weah finally won the presidency in Liberia. And Nigeria’s President Buhari returned home to govern the country (Elnathan John waited a long time).

RIP Etienne Tshisekedi and Quett Masire.

2)   Germany’s forgotten Genocide in Namibia

A new lawsuit by two indigenous Namibian groups has re-sparked attention about Germany’s Genocide in the country in the early 20th century. A colonial-era wound was reopened.

3)   Chimamanda Adichie elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Congrats to Chimamanda Adichie for this wonderful achievement. She always reminds us “what Americans get wrong about Africa.” She also has good ideas about how to raise a feminist. Dave Eggers provides his take on Adichie. Sisonke Msimang’s essay, “All your faves are problematic: A brief history of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, stanning and the trap of #blackgirlmagic,” is the essay of the year.

4)   Famines and droughts across the continent

Cape Town is in the midst of a serious drought—it is running out of water. Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria faced looming famine. The food crisis threatens 20 million people. Climate change is real. But as Amartya Sen taught us many years ago, famines are man-made. These photos show the massive scale of the problem. Poor families were forced to help each other to overcome the crisis—and they did.

5)   Infrastructural investments and public finance

Kenya launched the Nairobi-Mombasa railway after years of construction, scandal, and Chinese investment. The Lunatic Express is no longer. China will build a light rail service in Lusaka. Ghana will begin construction on the Accra-Kumasi railway soon. African countries still have trouble raising funds to pay for its road projects. China is investing billions across the continent (though not without debate). Here are some new ideas for development finance in developing countries. The politics of public finance will be one of the most important issues on the continent in the years ahead.

6)   Rising obesity on the continent

AIDS, malaria and Ebola still draw most of the attention. But the continent faces a rising obesity crisis that is fueling diabetes. The map in this article shows the rise of the disease across the continent. Africans are also dealing with a rise of hypertension, which is killing thousands of people. New public health challenges are real.

7)   The rise of secession movements

Secessionist movements are gaining momentum in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Ethiopia. And after Kenya’s disputed election, Raila Odinga has also threatened secession from the country. But African governments are turning to a powerful strategy to limit protest activity: shutting down the Internet. The Cameroon government did this in Anglophone regions of the country as dissenters took to the streets. This looks like a powerful strategy that might become more popular in 2018. #BringBackOurInternet.

8)   Slave auctions in Libya

The migrant crisis continues to contribute to deaths in the Mediterranean. But a new development was the exposure of slave auctions in Libya in open markets. CNN recovered video footage of the sales. But it is important to remember that Europe’s migration policies are complicit in these crimes against humanity. This is a must read: “The desperate journey of a trafficked girl.”

9)   Resisting Boko Haram

Some of the best writing of the year took a deep dive into how local communities, and especially women, resist Boko Haram. Take a visit through Boko Haram territory, an excerpt from the new book The Chibok Girls. This series of articles documents stories from survivors of the terror group. These are fascinating portraits of children who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. This is how four boy soldiers survived the group. This is a must read about the teenage girls who survived Boko Haram. And another: They fled Boko Haram, only to be raped by Nigeria’s security forces. These are incredible aerial photos of the devastation left behind. This report offers a comprehensive profile of Boko Haram suicide bombings. Women and the War on Boko Haram looks like a must read. A Moonless, Starlight Sky examines how ordinary Africans are fighting violent extremism.

And how to write about Boko Haram.

10)                  #MeToo

Lupita Nyong’o wrote a powerful op-ed speaking out against Harvey Weinstein. Robina Marks concurs: #MeToo.

And some extra highlights from the year: tattoos in Kinshasa, Emojis for Africa, playing football in a hijab, Kenya’s vinyl king, Nigeria’s skate pioneers, Batswanan metalheads, James Bond in Dar traffic, Trump as a Nigerian dictator, the Accra City Hustle, tree-climbing goats, Hoverboarding through Mogadishu, a brief history of fufu pounding, women boxers in DRC, dancing Ghanaian pallbearers, Githeri man, #AfricansInAMeme, Maasai Cricket Warriors from Laikipia, Nairobi’s dandies, Nairobi’s rainy days, badass women wrestlers of Senegal, Meb Keflezighi’s last marathon, the Nigerian bobsled team, and the human sculptures of Nigeria’s Balogun Market.

21 Dec 19:24




18 Dec 18:24

19thC Life Hacks.

by P&C

As with today’s life hacks, these seem largely useless

On cigarette cards! Full collection here. 


18 Dec 18:19

С Рождеством!

by P&C

These are amazing.

Some old Christmas & New Year cards from the USSR. For lots more click here, here, here, here & here.

17 Dec 02:58


by kris

So many companies!

“we can’t wait for you to enjoy getting more when we give you less”

16 Dec 09:47


by personal message


13 Dec 21:11

Colorize by The Seaweed Sisters

by swissmiss


This video makes me happy.


13 Dec 20:16

Studio Ghibli breakaways Studio Ponoc release English trailer for first film

by Bryony Stone

Excited for this!


Attention Ghibli fans: Studio Ponoc, the new animation house from the Japanese animation studio’s former producer and director, Yoshiaki Nishimura and Hiromasa Yonebayashi, has released the English language trailer for its first film.

Read more

12 Dec 00:15

Potential EU leaving names

by Jason Kottke

These are amazing

Eu Leaving Names Map

A Reddit user made this map of potential EU leaving names (in the style of Brexit) and some of them are pretty funny:

Oui Out
Czech Out

12 Dec 00:09

For New Scientist. Order my new book of cartoons ‘Baking with...


TFW the fish wins

For New Scientist. Order my new book of cartoons ‘Baking with Kafka’ here:

08 Dec 23:18

Merry Christmas!

by cyriak

Happy/terrifying Christmas!

Yeah, I know. I’m terrible at updating this blog.

Anyway, three months ago it was Christmas, and I celebrated the festivities with a video.

As usual for my Christmas videos, it follows a rather dark theme. But such is the nature of the xmas ecosystem, where continual growth is counterbalanced by continual death.

Life is the beautiful and horrible explosion that never stops.

08 Dec 04:25

Your Mass Shooting Thoughts and Prayers Are Accidentally Going to the Angry God of a Distant Planet


"Mudslides, freak lightning storms, untreatable illnesses–those are God problems. But YOU killing each other with killing machines YOU created to kill each other seems like a YOU problem."

This quote!!

People of Earth,

S’nathrokhan here. I’m the God of a planet two galaxies, four dimensions, and nineteen possibilities away. Weird question… are you guys having horrifically frequent mass shootings? Because if you’ve been counting on your God to end those, I got some bad news: your prayers keep getting accidentally delivered to my house.

You all know how prayers work: You make a wish, it shoots up into the sky, gets intercepted by the pan-reality post office, and then dropped off at the correct God’s castle, where He/She/They/An Unfathomable Wriggling Mass Of Eyeballs reads it and makes it come true. But your prayers must’ve bumped into a black hole or gotten turned around in a nine-dimensional space bubble because I’m getting truckloads of your pleas to end gun violence. And they have started pouring in with, frankly, embarrassing frequency.

Now… I know this isn’t My place — and keep in mind, this is coming from a horned snake with 10,000 legs and infinite teeth who demands tri-annual virgin sacrifices and who wipes out all life on His planet every time someone has a single impure thought — but your relationship with guns is seriously fucked up.

You guys have been praying to end gun violence for decades! I got one prayer this morning, it was all banged up and covered with RETURN TO SENDER stickers — and it was from a shooting outside Littleton, Colorado in 1999! And nothing has changed since then!

Excuse My ignorance about your planet but… do you guys not have laws or something?

Also, I can’t help but notice that all your gun death-related thoughts and prayers are coming from one particular part of your Earth. Are the other people praying to a different God? Do the people outside your “America” have bulletproof skin? Might be worth looking into it and seeing what the differences are, is all I’m saying.

And, sorry if I’m overstepping My bounds here, but you might want to rethink what’s “prayer appropriate” and what’s not.

Just look what you’re praying for! A bountiful harvest? A “Thank You” for breathing life into you? No! You’re praying for humans to stop killing other humans! Now, I don’t really know your God that well — We’ve met a couple of times at conferences or whatever–but on My planet, that’s the kind of prayer that would be answered with a big “Go fuck yourselves.”

Mudslides, freak lightning storms, untreatable illnesses–those are God problems. But YOU killing each other with killing machines YOU created to kill each other seems like a YOU problem. Go do something about it! But, hey, that’s just this God’s opinion.

Anyway, I’ve pinned this note to the Fermi crater on the far side of your moon where surely one of your astronauts will pick it up soon. I’m trying to get through to someone at the post office but, in the meantime, you might want to get started on some non-prayer solutions to all your mass shootings. Take it from Me, an omniscient creature of pure Wrath, if there’s one thing even we Gods can’t fix, it’s poor mail delivery! (On My planet, that joke is groundbreaking and hilarious! And if you didn’t laugh, I would smite your entire village.)

Eternal Torture To All Non-Believers In S’nathrokhan and Seriously, Good Luck With Your Gun Problem,

— S’nathrokhan

04 Dec 23:26

How today’s animals would look if drawn like dinosaurs

by Jason Kottke

Those swans are terrifying. In fairness, actual swans are also terrifying.

It’s difficult to know how a particular animal might have looked if you only use its skeleton as a guide. For example, we used to think dinosaurs were mostly scaly like lizards until evidence was uncovered that many kinds of dinosaur were more birdlike with feathers.

Artist C.M. Kosemen, in his book All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals, illustrated some present-day animals like many dinosaurs are typically drawn, based only on their skeletons.

Most serious paleoart bases itself on the detailed findings of paleontologists, who can work for weeks or even years compiling the most accurate descriptions of ancient life they can, based on fossil remains. But Kosemen says that many dinosaur illustrations should take more cues from animals living today. Our world is full of unique animals that have squat fatty bodies, with all kinds of soft tissue features that are unlikely to have survived in fossils, such as pouches, wattles, or skin flaps. “There could even be forms that no one has imagined,” says Kosemen. “For example there could plant-eating dinosaurs that had pangolin or armadillo-like armor that wasn’t preserved in the fossil. There could also be dinosaurs with porcupine-type quills.”

Here are Kosemen’s drawings of a baboon and swans:

Kosemen Dinosaur

Kosemen Dinosaur

Tags: C.M. Kosemen   dinosaurs
04 Dec 21:18





04 Dec 08:41

Trump vs Talking Heads

27 Nov 20:47

"True story, per Googler: Most machines can now bypass CAPTCHA, and really the reason we’re..."


The future! :/

True story, per Googler:

Most machines can now bypass CAPTCHA, and really the reason we’re being forced to pick those images, instead of digits, is just to teach driverless cars and the like to recognize the world.

You’re not a bot, but you’re helping make one more human.

- Matt Chaban on Twitter: “True story, per Googler: Most machines can now bypass CAPTCHA, and really the reason we’re being forced to pick those images, instead of di…”