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03 Jul 12:16

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agoodcartoon:

Guys who complain about the friendzone often don’t care about their female friends’ personal boundaries, forcing their female friends build more walls up. A good cartoon.


- submitted by Gene

why is he tearing down a wall with an axe

i hate it when your put in the friendzone and made to tear down a wall

Mr. Gorbachev…tear down this friendzone

The Friendzone of Amontillado


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03 Jul 13:19

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03 Jul 13:30

grawly: why spent hundreds on textbooks when you can buy THESE

grawly:

why spent hundreds on textbooks when you can buy THESE

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01 Jul 17:00

A Horror Game Hidden In The Darkest Corners Of The Internet

by Patricia Hernandez on Kotaku, shared by Max Read to Gawker
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I didn't expect a screenshot Let's Play in my Gawker feed, but I'm ok with this

The internet is a vast, unknowable place. The parts you and I interact with on a daily basis are a very small sliver of what’s actually floating around out there. The web can go deep, and it can get dark.

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01 Jul 16:30

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on Gizmodo, shared by Leah Beckmann to Gawker

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

We’re living in an age of extremely ambitious urban technology. Floating pools that filter dirty river water. Artificial eco-habitats. And even green parks that sit under cities, nourished by actual sunlight literally piped down from above.

At least, that’s the idea. The Lowline, an underground park in New York City, was first proposed in 2011—a truly exciting time in New York and other cities. The second phase of the Highline had just opened. City officials were transforming city streets and throwing their weight behind sprawling projects to improve urban life. Kickstarter and IndieGoGo were just finding a footing in our culture at large, and the cynicism many people feel about crowdfunding today had not yet emerged. Lowline became one of the first city-scale projects to launch using crowdfunded money.

In the four years since, its creators Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have grappled with design, fundraising, and government bureaucracy. Now, they’re fundraising for the next, and perhaps most important, phase of their project: the technicalities of building an underground park lit with real sunlight.

How To Port the Sun

The Lowline team is now working out how to pipe real, grass-nourishing sunlight into the depths of a 112-year-old cavern. It’s known as the Williamsburg Trolley Terminal, and it’s where trolleys connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge began and ended from 1903 until the modern subway system took over.

Over the past year, the Lowline team has worked with SunPortal, a three-year-old company based in the UK and South Korea that sells “daylighting technology,” an emerging category of lighting that uses a complex series of mirrors and focusers to deliver “real” daylight into the depths of factories, tunnels, and spaces that are otherwise without natural light.

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

SunPortal and other daylighting technology startups are on the fringes of a broader effort to use technology to recreate the chemical and biological environment of Earth—in this case, its sunlight—in places where human life would otherwise be untenable. It’s a project that could end up having literally far-reaching implications, as NASA and the European Space Agency work to study how the human body could survive without the unique biological conditions of Earth, where our bodies flourish so perfectly. There are darker versions of that future, too, in which humans depends on artificial simulacra of Earth to survive on a planet damaged beyond repair.

Of course, the Lowline is just a park. But it’s a park that aspired to use a technology still in its infancy, and it could end up being a proving ground for other projects.

The Uncanny Outdoors

SunPortal’s founders reached out to the Lowline directly after their first campaign, offering to help them develop a workable design for the underground park–which must support the growth of plant life and grass.

“I hadn’t heard about them before,” said Ramsey, who is an architect by trade but is focusing on developing the hardware the Lowline will need to pipe in sunlight. “But they had a system and process that was perfectly suited to becoming what we had wanted to execute.”

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

Originally, the duo had proposed using a daylighting technology that transferred sunlight through fiber optic cables, but since then, they’ve shifted their focus to Sunportal’s reflector-based technology. Ramsey has been to South Korea three times since then to look at the company’s technology and develop the altered version that the Lowline will theoretically use–which is currently being custom-built in South Korea.

So, how does SunPortal’s technology work? In the case of the Lowline, it will begin on the street level above the park, with huge sunlight collectors and parabolic dishes that concentrate that sunlight, made from silver and glass that help efficiently concentrate and reflect light and repel dust that would otherwise dim the intensity of the lumens. Then, a pipe full of roughly seven-inch-wide optical lenses reflects that light downward—until it reaches the park level, where it’s diffused through a fixture.

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

SunPortal says this technology can carry sunlight 650 feet in total, which is far deeper than the Lowline will need to go. At one of its projects in South Korea, the company installed 650 feet of daylighting in South Korea’s first hydroelectric power plant, which opened 35 years ago and includes vast underground workspaces that had to be lit artificially. Using a system of concentrators and lenses that’s similar to what the Lowline will use, Sunportal now illuminates those tunnels with 100 lux of light, which shimmers with an almost uncanny yellow-green light that’s shuttled through a clear pipe overhead.

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

While the Lowline is staying relatively mum about how the team will alter Sunportal’s existing technology—after all, the new Kickstarter campaign will fund the lab where it will be developed and tested—Ramsey was able to tell me a bit about how it’s changing.

“The transmission will be roughly similar to their existing system, but without glowing polycarbonate output,” he writes. “The output will be completely our own design, using a combination of high performance lenses, reflective surfaces, and in-line electrical lighting for times of darkness.”

The Business of Selling Sunlight

Daylighting is a big business, and SunPortal isn’t the only company trying to sell it. Cities are getting denser, energy is getting more expensive, and “The tracking and materials technologies are still relatively new in many instances, and the AEC industry is perhaps not well acquainted with them,” says Ramsey, “but there are numerous cost-effective solutions on the market that can produce some very useful and spectacular effects.”

There’s CoeLux, an Italian startup with radical take on daylight, even for an industry that sounds straight out of a dystopian thriller.

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

It uses a simple LED, behind a screen of titanium dioxide nanoparticles–yep, the stuff that’s often used in sunscreen because it absorbs UV rays. It also scatters light in a way that’s very similar to our own atmosphere, a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering, which you’ll often hear explained as the reason the sky is blue.

CoeLux is selling its nanoparticle screens in three varieties, each calibrated to recreate the angle and warm of light in a different part of the world—tropical, mediterranean, and nordic. Seeing it in action, for instance at a radiological center in Italy, is an uncanny experience: It looks truly blue, as though you were sitting inside one of James Turrell’s famous skyspaces.

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

While Sunportal’s systems pipe in what you could call “real sun,” CoeLux is doing something far more eerie: Creating a near-perfect aesthetic simulacrum of the sky with completely artificial materials—no sun involved. Its founders point out that access to sun and sky is shown to have positive effects on health and mood, and the benefit of recreating those effects inside a hulking hospital or office is clear.

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

The question, then, isn’t whether we can fake sunlight—either by reflector or nanoparticle—it’s whether we can get over the cognitive dissonance of knowing that this sunlight isn’t coming directly from the sky. Reviewers of simpler daylighting systems on Amazon, which use mirrors to concentrate sunlight from a roof into windowless interior rooms, seem torn.

“I did find the color of the light a bit sterile,” writes one. “I feel like pressure has been lifted from this low ceiling home,” says another.

For now, the Lowline team will keep fundraising. And even if it doesn’t usher in a new era of underground urban life, Ramsey and Barasch are seeing their experiment with natural daylighting through to its conclusion, which will serve as an important case study for designers and scientists working on related problems.

In a way, the old Williamsburg Trolley Terminal is the perfect location for their experiment: It was here that an old urban technology died, and here that they hope a new one will be born.

Update: This post linked to the Lowline’s old campaign, the URL of which has now been changed.


Contact the author at kelsey@Gizmodo.com.

01 Jul 17:40

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

by Sam Biddle

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

After Hillary Clinton’s apparent attempt to dodge federal transparency law by using a secret email server, a judge has ordered the release of all messages. Another email dump arrived last night, and it will stress you out.

There are few revelations in the release—instead, it’s a portrait of how immensely stressful it is to work for or even near the Secretary of State. Clinton’s outbox is a flurry of requests and schedules at all hours of day and night.

A glass of iced tea requires two people, including a middle man:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

POTUS insecurity, straight out of an episode of Veep:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

God. Poor Huma:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

Who has been twittering in the Secretary’s name? (A very 2009 exchange)

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

Clinton asked a colleague how to borrow a book with the subtitle “Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better”

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

Very interestingly, not even key members of the White House were allowed to even know Clinton’s secret private email address without her permission:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

Which undermines subsequent denials by Obama’s team that they knew nothing of Clinton’s email scheme. David Axelrod has claimed he was unaware of the private email account, and yet he... emailed it:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

This also means that there was a time when the White House Chief of Staff didn’t know Hillary Clinton’s private email address, but noted amoral shitbag Lanny Davis did:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

http://gawker.com/5866796/penn-s...

Some stress-inducing U AWAKE?? emails:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

Including one to Hillary’s private spy Sid Blumenthal, who makes frequent appearances in the dump:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

Some of the emails show Clinton’s mastery of the press: BuzzFeed editorial boss Ben Smith, then at Politico, says he’s been “successfully, mostly, talked out of” an article:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

Holding company magnate Lynn Forester de Rothschild offers Clinton a profile in Parade magazine with a “veto over content”:

Hell Is Other People's Email: The Best of Hillary Clinton's Inbox Dump

You can view the full email dump here, at the State Department’s website. If you find anything good, drop it below.

Photo: AP


Contact the author at biddle@gawker.com.
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01 Jul 16:30

How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on Gizmodo, shared by Leah Beckmann to Gawker

We’re living in an age of extremely ambitious urban technology. Floating pools that filter dirty river water. Artificial eco-habitats. And even green parks that sit under cities, nourished by actual sunlight literally piped down from above.

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30 Jun 20:35

White Men Wave Their Butts in the Air for the Confederacy

by Ashley Feinberg on Weird Internet, shared by Ashley Feinberg to Gawker

Remember planking? Remember how tired and unfunny it got in such a short amount of time? Thanks to Vice co-founder and anthropomorphized subreddit Gavin McInnes, the terrible internet trend of our past is back. And this time, it’s here to speak out against the atrocious shaming and reverse racism currently oppressing the country’s white males. Or something.

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01 Jul 00:00

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29 Jun 19:38

Orthodox Jewish Group Invents Uber For Protesting Gay Pride 

by Ashley Feinberg
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shocking twist: JPAC might be a one-man outfit

This weekend, as the elated masses took to the streets to celebrate Friday’s historical win for inclusiveness and equality, the hate groups of the world took it upon themselves to balance out all that joy. Or, in the case of the Orthodox Jews of the Jewish Political Action Committee, they took it upon the Mexican laborers they hired to dress up as Jews and do the protesting for them.

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29 Jun 22:01

Here’s a $79,000 FOIA Bill from the City of McKinney, Texas

by Andy Cush on Documents, shared by J.K. Trotter to Gawker

The City of McKinney, Texas, is claiming that fulfilling a Public Information Act request for records and emails regarding pool party cop Eric Casebolt would cost nearly $80,000. Here’s the full text of the letter from their attorney that informed us of the cost.

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24 Jun 20:01

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Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist 

Greg Dunne

I enjoy Asian art. I particularly love minimalist scroll and screen painting from the Edo period in Japan. I am also a fan of neuroscience. Therefore, it was a fine day when two of my passions came together upon the realization that the elegant forms of neurons (the cells that comprise your brain) can be painted expressively in the Asian sumi-e style. Neurons may be tiny in scale, but they posess the same beauty seen in traditional forms of the medium (trees, flowers, and animals). 

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25 Jun 01:32

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vine: man and pug share a tender moment



29 Jun 05:33

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yourdndstories:

If we eat the human, we will steal his strength.

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29 Jun 10:58

September Love (Daft Punk x Earth Wind & Fire)



September Love (Daft Punk x Earth Wind & Fire)

29 Jun 12:09

rosalarian: homolesbians: Just married! This is Vivian (91)...



rosalarian:

homolesbians:

Just married!

This is Vivian (91) and Alice (90), and they just got married. They’ve been dating for 72 years, and together they have visited all 50 US states, all the provinces of Canada, and been twice to England. Quote Alice: “We’ve had a good time”.

Crying

26 Jun 18:36

QUIZ: Can You Tell the Sexy Gorilla From a Normal Garbage Gorilla? 

by Kelly Conaboy

Women in Japan are reportedly very horny over a sexy, barely legal 18-year-old gorilla named Shabani, currently living in the Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya. But how sexy is this gorilla, really? Is he that much sexier than an average-looking gorilla? Take our quiz and find out if you can tell which gorilla is the sexy, famous one and which gorilla is a garbage nobody like the rest of us.

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28 Jun 15:15

New Study, Also Everyone You Know: Dudes Lie When They Feel Weak

by Tracy Moore on Jezebel, shared by Brendan O'Connor to Gawker

Dudes like to feel like dudes, and some would argue, they need to feel like dudes—or else. So the surest route to provoking a certain sort of dude to dude out is to question his dudeness in any way. It’s a truth as old as time and as obvious as its passing, but now, a very validating study has backed up the truth of dude overcompensation in a fairly hilarious way.

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22 Jun 21:23

Teen Tricks New York Times Into Reporting That Dylann Roof Was a Brony

by Jordan Sargent on TKTK, shared by Jordan Sargent to Gawker

On Saturday, the New York Times published an article about Charleston shooter Dylan Roof’s newly discovered manifesto and cache of selfies . It would have been a pretty straightforward news story had the Times not been fooled by a teen into reporting that Roof was a diehard fan of My Little Pony and was obsessed with 9/11 memes.

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22 Jun 16:18

dorkly: 15 “Fallout Shelter” Vaults That Are Super...

30 May 08:41

empartridge: warm weather vibes



empartridge:

warm weather vibes

22 Jun 18:38

animenostalgia: Today–June 22, 2015: The events of Neon Genesis...





















animenostalgia:

Today–June 22, 2015: The events of Neon Genesis Evangelion ep.1 take place. Originally airing in Japan on October 4, 1995, Megumi Ogata (the original voice of Shinji Ikari) even tweeted about it on her account in celebration.

21 Jun 16:14

jamesadomian: Dog the Bounty Hunter looks like the...

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Greetings, Terran Federation. I see no one has bothered to conquer you yet.



jamesadomian:

Dog the Bounty Hunter looks like the representative from an alien planet we grudgingly do business with.

22 Jun 05:13

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lipstickmanateequeen:

ginsbergg:

ginsbergg:

victoriel:

Test your colour vision

IM A FUCKING MOLE

i tried again and got dog HOW AM I AN ART KID

YO I GOT HAWK 29/29!!

21 Jun 19:38

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glitchwitch-the-gynoidbitch:

rabbivole:

raine-sage:

moonlandingwasfaked:

someone explain this to me this is so surreal there’s a fucking watermark on the cake

WHY ARE TGHERE BLUE TURKEYS, THEY DIDNT EVEN HEAT UP THE LIQUID ITMES IM SCREAMING

i was hoping more images would make these pictures make more sense but now i’m just more conufsed than ever

Now, this is quite a rabbit hole, but it was actually a commissioned series of photos titled “Male Chef Thanksgiving” by what I can only describe as surreal food photographer Chris Maggio for a blog called Food Republic for reasons as yet unknown.  Here are some more gems from the same set…

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21 Jun 14:36

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20 Jun 23:12

tastefullyoffensive: Batbat

19 May 17:16

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That heady cocktail of vexation and amusement.



20 Jun 11:14

skyecandi: press triangle to love dog



skyecandi:

press triangle to love dog