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22 Jun 04:58

quantumspork:skunkbear: Here’s the orbital period of our solar...



Here’s the orbital period of our solar system’s 8 major planets (how long it takes each to travel around the sun). Their size is to scale and their speed is accurate relative to Earth’s. The repetition of each GIF is proportional to their orbital period. Mercury takes less than 3 months to zoom around Sol, Neptune takes nearly 165 years.  

fuck this gifset do you know how long i sat here waiting for fucking neptune to drag its lazy ass into the frame

29 Jul 16:30

How stolen data affects you

by Nathan Yau


You typically hear about data breaches in terms of number of records that were hacked. "A million email addresses were stolen" or "hackers ripped off 100,000 passwords." Does anyone care? After the initial gasp-shock-horror, we move on and everyone forgets until the next time it happens.

However, if a hack affects you in some way, you pay closer attention. That long random string password reminds you every time you log in somewhere.

That's the idea behind this quiz from the New York Times. Answer a few quick questions. See the potential information bits about you that were stolen in the past couple of years.

It's a good spin on the record tally, and leads you right in to privacy tips and more information about each hack.

Give it a try.

Tags: New York Times, privacy, quiz

24 Jun 15:43

The Abandoned Soviet Space Centre complete with two Unfinished Spacecrafts Inside

by MessyNessy



After five years searching the internet for the abandoned and forgotten, it takes a lot to shock me these days. But this. This, is something you don’t see everyday.


Inside a remote rusting warehouse in the Kazakhstan desert that once housed the Soviet space shuttle program, Russian urbex photographer managed to gain access inside the hulking building to find not one but two spacecrafts, sleeping under layers of dust and twenty years worth of bird droppings.


Spacecrafts are not usually the sort of thing you just leave lying around, but then again, when you’re the losing team in a race between two world superpowers, it might seem like a good idea to hide away any reminders of that failure in a warehouse out in the desert.

“Russia is rapidly losing its status as a leading space power. For more than twenty years, the country has not produced anything new, continuing to exploit the legacy of the Soviet Union,” writes explorer wRalph Mirebs accompanying his photographs (I’ve done my best with Google translate). “Everything is just words on paper and ‘projects'”.


These two crumbling space crafts are inside a building that closed its giant sliding doors for the last time two decades ago. It’s located on the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility which launched the first manned spacecraft in human history, and before it, Sputnik 1.



The facility remains a busy spaceport under the current Russian space programme but its Soviet chapter in history remains frozen in time inside this building. These two spacecrafts were built for the Buran orbital vehicle programme, the largest and most expensive program in the history of Soviet space exploration.



In the 1970s and 80s, the Buran program was started by the Russians as a response to America’s Space Shuttle programme.


Despite the Soviet engineers initially being reluctant to design a spacecraft that looked similar to the American shuttles, you’ll notice they look pretty similar to the NASA shuttles because their design was already ideal.


The reusable spacecraft project that cost billions of rubles completed just one unmanned orbital spaceflight in 1988 before it was suspended to lack of funds and the political situation in the Soviet Union. The programme was officially terminated on 30 June 1993, by President Boris Yeltsin.


Our photographer didn’t stop at making his way inside the warehouse. Mirebs also found his way into the cockpit of one of the shuttles…







Find all the incredible photos of Ralph Mireb’s Soviet Space exploration here.

09 Jul 14:10

How to Climb a Hill

by Grant

Posters of this comic are available at my shop.
02 Jul 17:58

Babbler birds babble non-babble

by Tyler Cowen

I for one welcome our new avian masters

A study of the chestnut-crowned babbler bird from Australia revealed a method of communicating that has never before been observed in animals.

The bird combines sounds in different combinations to convey meaning.

The findings could help in the understanding of how language evolved in humans, researchers report in the online journal PLOS Biology.

Co-researcher Dr Andy Russell from the University of Exeter said: “It is the first evidence outside of a human that an animal can use the same meaningless sounds in different arrangements to generate new meaning.

“It’s a very basic form of word generation – I’d be amazed if other animals can’t do this too.”

There is more here.  You will find further coverage here.

14 Jul 16:44

pleatedjeans: via

by joberholtzer

This has really changed my perspective

14 Jul 17:21

If the Moon were one pixel in size

by Nathan Yau

One pixel moon

Somehow these space-in-perspective graphics and interactives never get old. I guess the size of space is just that mind-blowing. In the latest addition to the collection, Josh Worth imagines the moon as one pixel for size and from there provides "a tediously accurate scale model of the Solar System."

It's a long side-scrolling page that starts at the sun and works its way out to Pluto. You can scroll manually with your mouse, or you can sit back and let it go at the relative speed of light (something to do while waiting for New Horizons images to get here). If you're impatient, use the icons at the top of the page to quickly navigate to the planets.

See also: the really slow speed of light and an orbital interactive documentary.

Tags: scale, space

13 Jul 10:30

Earth time-lapse from 22,000 miles out

by Nathan Yau

Satellite captures

Japan has a new weather satellite in stationary orbit, Himawari-8, that takes a picture of Earth every ten minutes. String those together and you get a super-detailed time-lapse video of the living planet, which is what Derek Watkins from the New York Times did.

Beautiful results.

Tags: Earth, New York Times, satellite, time-lapse

07 Jul 07:03

A more realistic perspective of country sizes

by Nathan Yau

More realistic perspective

Most of us have seen the True Size of Africa graphic that squishes multiple countries into an area we normally see as much smaller. This is because of projections, which places a spherical planet in a two-dimensional space. Different projections have different tradeoffs. Even the True Size graphic has issues.

This interactive by Zan Armstrong tries a different route by overlaying two globes against each other.

I was inspired to create this after reading a friend's account of his time fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone. He was frustrated with misunderstanding about the disease, including that a "school in New Jersey that panicked and refused to admit two elementary school children from Rwanda. Never mind that Rwanda is 2,600 miles from the epidemic area in West Africa. That’s the distance from my apartment in DC to Lake Tahoe."

Rotate each globe on the left to the areas of interest. The globe on the right shows two highlighted areas in the same view.


Tags: perspective, projections

05 Jul 15:58

Deep Dream BotIt eventually had to happen - an online web...



Deep Dream Bot

It eventually had to happen - an online web interface by Psychic VR Lab lets you upload Jpeg images to be processed with the Deep Dream code.

It should be noted that it may take a little while at the moment (at time of posting there is a queue of 164 images to be processed), but you can see the results at the web page or at this twitter profile here (some images not surprisingly maybe NSFW)

Try it out for yourself here

30 Jun 23:06

Great Barrier Reef at risk

UNESCO World Heritage delegates recently snorkelled on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, thousands of coral reefs, which stretch over 1,200 miles off the northeast coast. Surrounded by manta rays, dolphins and reef sharks, their mission was to check the health of the world’s largest living ecosystem, which brings in billions of dollars a year in tourism. Some coral has been badly damaged and animal species, including dugong and large green turtles, are threatened. UNESCO will say on Wednesday whether it will place the reef on a list of endangered World Heritage sites, a move the Australian government wants to avoid at all costs, having lobbied hard overseas. Earlier this year, UNESCO said the reef’s outlook was “poor”. -- By Reuters

Peter Gash (L), owner and manager of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, snorkels with Oliver Lanyon and Lewis Marshall, senior rangers in the Great Barrier Reef region for the Queenlsand Parks and Wildlife Service, at Lady Elliot Island, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 11. They are carrying out an inspection of the reef's condition in an area called the 'Coral Gardens'. Gash snorkels every morning before he attends to managing duties on the island, and was showing the Great Barrier Reef rangers the current condition of the reef. (David Gray/Reuters)

08 Jun 13:34

Pantograph Imagines Gadgets From A Parallel World

by Johnny

The binary typewriter!


A binary typewriter with keys for just zero and one

A tube amp wireless router? A binary code typewriter with only a zero and one? A record player that can play 4 records – vocals, guitar, base and drum – at the same time? These are all gadgets that almost seem like they could exist, but of course they don’t. And you won’t see them being funded on kickstarter anytime soon either. They’re imaginary gadgets thought up by the creative minds of Pantogram, a Japanese model making company.


a tube amp wireless router

Pantogram is a Japanese company of creative minds and hands who specialize in model-making for commercial applications. They’re work has been featured on the cover of magazines, CD covers, and textbooks. Perhaps you’re familiar with the April Fool’s pranks that Google Japan pulls off? Those models were all made by Pantogram.

Now, the company has collected 130 gizmos and gadgets that seem both useful and useless, and compiled them into a book that’s being published by Pie Books. The title translates to ‘Parallel World Souvenir Notebook‘ because the artists imagined what the gadgets of a parallel world might look like.


just pop open your smartphone and you’ve got a pair of binoculars – perfect for the opera or for birdwatching.


This diskmaker takes balls of data and flattens them into CDRs


a record player that plays 4 records – vocals, guitar, bass and drums – at the same time so you’ve got a full band.


A playful power surge protector that shoots a cord out its top if you plug into a wrong outlet.


In this parallel world, data is stored in barrels. Pull the cork out and out comes a red cable.

07 Jun 06:57

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is...

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
Other stockists and info at
(you can also buy prints there).

15 Jun 15:21

Adam J. Kurtz Matches Quotes To Help You Tackle Life With Calming GIFs

by Caroline Kurze

Don't you just love Mondays? No? We neither, though we found these ‘12 Perfect GIFs To Keep You Relaxed & Soothe Your Spirit’ that might help you to focus and get your stuff together while fading out your growing to-do list.

Graphic designer and illustrator Adam J. Kurtz created them from Twitter submissions he received from individuals who shared their personal mantras for keeping calm and focused—and turned them into hypnotizing hand-lettered GIFs.

All images © Adam J. Kurtz | Via: Buzzfeed

03 Jun 17:19

an all-day meeting

by kris


“then i say, ‘no, you’re the dumb one,’ and he says ‘well, maybe this will lose you my business’ and i say ‘fine! i don’t care! get out!’ and he starts to leave but trips on the rug”

i have spent more time in this meeting than i care to admit

26 May 20:36

The human condition.

The human condition.

29 May 09:54

Why the subway isn’t getting a move on already

by Nathan Yau

Subway Delay story

You're headed to the subway platform and you hear a train coming. The warm musty air that blows directly into your nostrils is near. So you speed up your steps. Oh forget it, who are you trying to impress? You run to make sure you get to the platform. Yes, you made it! You hop on with your heart rate up a few beats. Nice.

But the doors stay open.

The train isn't moving.

What gives? ARGH.

Of course, there's a perfectly logical explanation. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority provides a scenario in 8-bit format.

As we've seen, it doesn't take much to throw off the schedule of a transportation system. Sometimes the weird delay you experience is just the system trying to make things better overall. [Thanks, @reconbot]

Tags: subway, transportation

26 May 16:05

crystalpools: wuqs: please look at this entire page This is...


So much laughing.



please look at this entire page


This is the first time the Internet has really made me laugh out loud since my oral surgery ten days ago.

Thanks, Internet.

15 May 08:08


by Ben Hutchings


I made this as a present for my sister Sarah’s birthday but then it took me 7 months to finish.

12 May 14:44

Which country has the most venomous animals? (Hint - not...

Which country has the most venomous animals? (Hint - not Canada.) (map by redditor lanson15)

19 May 09:53

This Is How Lesbians Have Sex


It's buzzfeed but pretty funny! Also a little bit NSFW.

17 May 22:40

Set the budgies free! Indian Courts find for the birds

by Bob Gosford

Further to a landmark decision of the Indian Supreme Court in May 2014, the High Court in Delhi has found that birds have the fundamental right to “live with dignity” and fly in the sky without being kept in cages or subjected to cruelty, Delhi High Court has said while holding that running their trade was a “violation of their rights”. As reported in The Indian Express, birds have:

… the fundamental right to “live with dignity” and fly in the sky without being kept in cages or subjected to cruelty, Delhi High Court has said while holding that running their trade was a “violation of their rights”. Justice Manmohan Singh expressed anguish that instead of being allowed to fly free, they were “exported illegally to foreign countries without availability of proper food, water or medical aid”.

This case follows a 2011 decision in the High Court in Gujarat where Justice M R Shah emphasised the importance of fundamental rights of the birds to fly in the open sky. Criticising the manner in which the birds were kept, the court observed that “Nobody has a right to inflict pain or suffering to others, including animals and birds. To keep birds in cages would be tantamount to illegal confinement of the birds, which is in violation of right of the birds to live in free air and sky.””

In May 2014 the Indian Supreme Court banned the popular post-harvest Jallikattu (taming the bull) or bullfights in Tamil Nadu and bullock-cart racing in Maharashtra, Punjab and other states, saying they violated provisions of the 50-year-old Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Significantly, the court favoured constitutional status for rights of animals similar to those enjoyed by (human) citizens, saying that “Parliament, it is expected, would elevate rights of animals to that of constitutional rights, as done by many of the countries around the world, so as to protect their dignity and honour.”

08 May 13:22

Original illustrations by Tebe Interesno

by abvh

Original illustrations by Tebe Interesno

22 Apr 17:27

What plane seating would look like, laid out on the basis of the U.S. income distribution

by Chris Blattman

As I boarded a flight last night, I tweeted that airline boarding is the new caste system.

It could be worse. Suresh Naidu pointed me to Kieran Healy’s terrific illustration of the Air Gini. Here’s what seating in an Airbus A330-300 would look like if space were proportional to the US income distribution:


If there were more than three classes, I have to imagine the people in the back would be sitting four to a seat.

The post What plane seating would look like, laid out on the basis of the U.S. income distribution appeared first on Chris Blattman.

17 Apr 15:08

theWAREHOUSE comic 944 – Epithet Epitath

by carlh


He’s got me dead to rights.

16 Apr 23:55

So books get on your mark and spark that old censorship. Drats and double drats, I smiggedy-smacked the weekend.

by ben
22 Apr 22:50

say anything

by kris


yeah. we were happy once. but that was a long time ago

22 Apr 16:21

jennipoos: kungfucarrie: thessalian:oracleanne:good-night-white...






Really happy to see this at my local library

OOOOH. *happy YA librarian dance*

I want this in every library, everywhere. After all, some kids won’t even google this stuff because they don’t want parents/siblings checking their browser history.

This is really awesome. And if you’re not familiar with how the Dewey Decimal system works - the numbers subject-based, which means these numbers are applicable in EVERY library. So if you see something you want to research on this list - look for those same numbers in any of your local libraries.

Libraries!  The best.

Libraries AND librarians = the best!

01 May 18:58

The Night CafeVR experience by Mac Cauley recreates scenes and...

The Night Cafe

VR experience by Mac Cauley recreates scenes and objects from paintings by artist Vincent Van Gogh for you to explore. The work is a submission for the Oculus VR Jam:

What did the world look like through Van Gogh’s eyes? Enter into his painting to find out.

More Here

14 Apr 07:02

It’s All Greek (or Chinese or Spanish or…) to Me

by Nathan Yau


In English, there's an idiom that notes confusion: "It's all Greek to me." Other languages have similar sayings, but they don't use Greek as their point of confusion, and of course — there's a Wikipedia page for that. Mark Liberman graphed the relationships several years ago, but the table on Wikipedia references more languages now. So I messed around with it a bit.

"Chinese" is the leading point of confusion, then Spanish and Greek, and then you just move out from there. Languages with lighter border and towards the edges don't have any other languages that point to them.

Obviously the Wikipedia page isn't comprehensive, but hey, it was fun to poke at.

Tags: language