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15 May 01:38

Giddy up

09 Mar 13:29


23 Feb 22:19

1 picture, 1,000 Words

1 picture, 1,000 Words

16 Feb 16:30

givemeinternet: I think there is a glitch in the matrix

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I think there is a glitch in the matrix

16 Feb 16:29

Anti-American street art in Hong Kong

10 Feb 12:21

pi4nobl4ck: Break’n the ice 


Break’n the ice 

10 Feb 09:44

February 05, 2014

Dr. Ed Chung's theory of GEEK Evolution:

10 Feb 02:28

Unlocked iPhones, the New International Currency

by John Gruber

Vernon Silver, writing for Businessweek:

I’ve been paying my bills with iPhones. Not with apps or on bank sites — I’ve been using the Apple hardware as currency.

It started by accident in December, during a business trip to New York. I live in Rome, where domestic work comes cheap and technology is expensive. An unlocked, gold, 32-gigabyte iPhone 5s that costs about $815 with tax in the U.S. goes for €839 (about $1,130) in Italy, roughly a month’s wages for workers who do laundry, pick up kids from school, or provide care for the elderly. When one worker heard I was visiting the States, she asked me to pick her up an iPhone in lieu of the equivalent cash for work she’d done. Lining up inside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue, I was surrounded by shoppers speaking languages from around the world. The salesman looked stunned when I said I wanted an unlocked iPhone. Just one?

10 Feb 02:27

Olympic Sized Gaffe - We have surveillance video of hotel showers...

by Kevin Murray
Responding to the western campaign of "deliberate sabotage" in the media, Paul Sonne of WSJ reports, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak said, "We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day."

(Say What?!?!?!) 

Then an aide whisked Kozak away before he could answer any follow-up questions...

...former NSA operative John Schindler has some counter-surveillance advice for Sochi's shower users...  Shut door and run shower hot for 10 minutes. Clear spot on mirror is the cam. (more)
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08 Feb 21:25

Suberb Owl

06 Feb 23:39

Are Young Prodigies Responsible For All Our Scientific Breakthroughs?

Einstein once quipped that “a person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of thirty will never do so.” Is this true?

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06 Feb 23:21

Tim Berners-Lee: We need to re-decentralize the Web


Twenty-five years after the Web's inception, its creator has urged the public to reengage with its original design: a decentralized Internet that remains open to all.

Speaking with Wired editor David Rowan at an event launching the magazine's March issue, Tim Berners-Lee said that although part of this is about keeping an eye on for-profit Internet monopolies such as search engines and social networks, the greatest danger is the emergence of a balkanized Web.

"I want a Web that's open, works internationally, works as well as possible, and is not nation-based," Berners-Lee told the audience, which included Martha Lane FoxJake Davis (aka Topiary) and Lily Cole. He suggested one example to the contrary: "What I don't want is a Web where the Brazilian government has every social network's data stored on servers on Brazilian soil. That would make it so difficult to set one up."

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04 Feb 03:15

YESvia reddit


via reddit

03 Feb 22:25


02 Feb 19:34

What a lovely family!

What a lovely family!

30 Jan 02:26

A map showing gender inequality around the world

by George Dvorsky

A map showing gender inequality around the world

By using data pulled from the United Nations Development Program, Time has compiled a map showing just how far the world has to go to reach gender equality.



30 Jan 02:24

Rather unknown but really special places on earth

by bspcn
The Bastei Bridge in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany
Herrenchiemsee New Palace, Lake Chiemsee, Germany
Popeye Village in Mellieha, Malta
The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, located at the Villa Escudero Resort in the Philippines
Sidari, Corfu, Greece
Bellinzona, Switzerland
Spiral Staircase in Taihang Mountains, China
A nice corner in London, England, where new and old buildings meet!
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Procida, Italy
The scarab beetle statue in Luxor, Egypt. The legend says that if you walk around the beetle counter-clockwise seven times, you will have good luck.
Bishop Castle in the San Isabel National Forest located North West of Rye, Colorado
Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, largely in Nev?ehir Province, in Turkey
Castillo de Colomares in Benalmadena, Malaga, Spain
Mount Ai-Petry at night, Crimea, Ukraine
The Sun Temple at Modhera in Gujarat, India
In front of the St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Samos, Greece
Ragusa, Sicily
Wroclaw, Poland
The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Wooden boats bridge, China
Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal
Again Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal, from the inside
Gloucester Cathedral n Gloucester, England. The cathedral has been used from as a location for the Harry Potter films.
Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands If you like this post, I’m going to make another! <- here it is, I really really hope you like it!:) <- the third one, thank you so much for your feedback! <- YOUR list:) Please continue to write me messages about your secret places!
10 Jan 11:27

Mobile Face-Recognition-App to identify Strangers

by René

Kiss your Meatspace-Anonymity goodbye: Eine kommende Mobile App gleicht Fotos per Gesichtserkennung mit Social Media-Profilen ab und schickt den Namen von Fremden inklusive Links zu Facebook und Twitter und Dating-Sites. Auf ihrer Website drohen sie schon mit: „this is just the beginning“. Bring out the Creeps!

An upcoming app for Android, iOS, and Google Glass called NameTag will allow you to photograph strangers and find out who they are — complete with social networking and online dating profiles.

Spot someone out and about that you want to identify, and you can capture their face using your device’s camera. The app will send the photo wirelessly to NameTag’s server, where it will compare the photo to millions of online records and return with a name, more photos, and social-media profiles, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where the person (or their friends) might have publicly posted photos of themselves.

Facial recognition app matches strangers to online profiles (via Algopop)

10 Jan 11:27

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05 Jan 13:27

Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

by Soulskill
New submitter sfcat writes "Companies, headhunters and recruiters increasingly are using social media sites like Facebook to evaluate potential employees. Most of this is due to a 2012 paper from Northern Illinois Univ. that claimed that employee performance could be effectively evaluated from their social media profiles. Now a series of papers from other institutions reveal exactly the opposite result. 'Recruiter ratings of Facebook profiles correlate essentially zero with job performance,' write the researchers, led by Chad H. Van Iddekinge of FSU (abstract. Not only did the research show the ineffectiveness of using social media in evaluating potential employees, it also showed a measurable biases of the recruiters against minorities (African-American and Latino) and against men in general."

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03 Jan 20:52

privilege summed up in a rly cute little comic.

privilege summed up in a rly cute little comic.

03 Jan 11:34

Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field

by timothy
Daniel_Stuckey writes "But for whatever its worth, all that spinning is far from arbitrary. What dog owners witness is a small and furry version of the aurora borealis and a link between species and environment that's as holistic and beautiful as a dog pooping can be. A team of Czech and German researchers found that dogs actually align themselves with the Earth's magnetic field when they poop. Proving at least that they're really devoted to their work, the researchers measured the direction of the body axis of 70 dogs from 37 breeds during 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations over the course of two years, and found that dogs "prefer to excrete with the body being aligned along the North-south axis under calm magnetic field conditions." They fittingly published their results [abstract] in the journal Frontiers in Zoology ."

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03 Jan 11:32

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This humidifier sits right on your desk and can be screwed on any spare plastic bottle you have lying around. 

Ive honestly, literally, waited all my life for something like this

Crying real nigga tears rn

Holy shit I want this

my asthma desires this product

NEED!!!!!! Every winter my nose tries to bleed because of the heating/cooling issues in my office


i need this

Go nuts and get one then.

(Edit: I didn’t see the link in the OP. It is too early for meeeee.)

added to wish list!

03 Jan 11:29


03 Jan 11:28

TIL that an ignostic is ''someone refuses to discuss whether God exists until the terms are defined.''

03 Jan 11:28

LOL My Thesis

by Miss Cellania

A new Tumblr blog asks graduate and undergraduate students to submit their thesis in one sentence. Some cannot keep it to strictly one sentence, but that's all right, as long as it's short. The thing is, ask anyone about their thesis and they'll either talk your ear off or say it's too complicated to explain. When boiled down to one line, they become completely ridiculous. For example:

All I care about is food and I found a way to make it vaguely sociological.

When you collect oral folklore from your Southern family, you find out creepy things.

I spent 372 pages describing what Kafka meant by everything he didn’t write.

The government hiring people is a good way to bring down unemployment; we stopped doing it because we are stupid.

I stared at kids playing videogames to prove that kids like playing videogames.

Read more, or submit your own, at LOL My Thesis. -via Time Newsfeed

03 Jan 11:27

(via catasters)

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31 Dec 12:10

Evolution of reddit in stacked areas

by Nathan Yau

Evolution of reddit

Computer science PhD student Randy Olson likes to analyze reddit in his spare time. We saw his network of subreddits already, but his look earlier this year at the evolution of reddit is more interesting. The yearly breakdowns and explanations are the best part. I'm relatively new to reddit (and totally feel like an old man when I visit), so it's fun to see what the site used to be. More news and fewer Scumbag Steves, with a humble beginning in nsfw?

31 Dec 01:58

A Times reporter took three genetic tests and got three wildly different answers

by Russell Brandom

If a recent New York Times piece is any guide, direct-to-consumer genetic testing may have more accuracy problems than we thought. Reporter Kira Peikoff ordered three simultaneous tests of her genome from 23andme, Genetic Testing Laboratories, and Pathway Genomics — and the results varied more widely than you might think. According to 23andme, she had an elevated risk of psoriasis, with a lifetime risk of 20.2 percent, but GTL put her lifetime risk at only two percent, well below average. Both firms showed her Type 2 diabetes risk as slightly below the general population, but described it as "decreased" and "medium" respectively, two very different interpretations. It's a reminder of how far genetic testing services still have to go on the accuracy front, over a month after 23andme was blasted by the FDA for marketing their products without approval.

30 Dec 23:24

Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around