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21 Jan 12:32

189. JANE GOODALL: The power of one

20 Jan 20:07

189. JANE GOODALL: The power of one

by Gav


Dr. Jane Goodall is an environmentalist, humanitarian, author, UN Messenger of Peace and one of the most famous scientists alive. Her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees changed our perception of our primate cousins and consequently, how humans looked at themselves.

Goodall was 23 when she first visited Africa and met the famous palaeontologist Louis Leakey. Although she didn’t have a university degree, Leakey was so impressed with Goodall’s knowledge of Africa and its wildlife, he hired her as his assistant. Goodall was the first of Leakey’s ‘Trimates’ who were chosen to study primates in the wild, the other two being Diane Fossey (gorillas) and Birute Galdikas (orang-utans). In 1960, aged 26, Goodall arrived at what is now known as Gombe National Park where she began her painstaking study of chimpanzees, living among them in their natural habitat.

Besides being the first human to be accepted into a chimpanzee community, Goodall made several pioneering discoveries. She was the first to record chimpanzees eating meat (they were previously believed only to be vegetarian) and use tools for finding food. Tool making was previously one of the traits that scientists believed made humans ‘special’, but with Goodall’s discovery that notion was shattered. Leakey famously said “Now we must redefine tool, redefine Man, or accept chimpanzees as humans.” Even though some experts criticised the unscientific methods of Goodall (she later earned her Ph.D in 1965), her findings were hugely important and defined our understanding of chimpanzees.

In 1977, Goodall founded The Jane Goodall Institute, dedicated to protecting chimpanzees, preserving their habitats and improving the world we all share. In 1991, she founded Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a global youth program dedicated to environmentalism, which now has over 150,000 members in 130 countries. Goodall, at 81 years old, still works tirelessly today as an advocate for the planet and its wildlife, travelling for most of the year and spreading her message.

The passage used in this comic is taken from an article Goodall wrote for Time magazine in 2002. In it, Goodall outlines the reasons for hope she has for our planet despite the overwhelming odds facing us. Thankfully, Goodall has recently updated her article for 2016, which can be read in full here.

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19 Jan 11:00


by Justin Boyd


I gotta watch The Fifth Element again. And again. And again.

Oh yeah! Keep an eye out for a Patreon I’m setting up. It’s gonna have some cool exclusives =)

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18 Jan 19:26

Adventures of God 8

by itsthetie


The post Adventures of God 8 appeared first on It's The Tie!.

24 Nov 22:52

Weird Wheels Move Robot In Four Directions Without Twisting

by Kelsey D. Atherton
Mecanum Wheel Robot

Mecanum Wheel Robot

Screenshot by author, from YouTube

Wheels, as we know them, could stand a little reinvention. They take fiddling and time to move into parallel spaces, and the whole world would be a better place if wheels could simply pull us sideways without any forward momentum. Fortunately, "mecanum wheels" exist. Here, watch a robot demonstrate them:

Here’s how botmaker MicroRobo describes their creation:

This Mecanum wheel mobile Arduino robotics car can be made to move in any direction and turn by varying the direction and speed of each wheel. Moving all four wheels in the same direction causes forward/backward movement, running left/right sides in opposite directions causes rotation, and running front and rear in opposite directions causes sideways movement. The platform rear wheels are mounted in a particular way, so that the suspension structure ensures that all four wheels can adhere to the ground, even when the ground is uneven.

Watch more of the robot's weird movements below:


18 Jan 16:00

Политическая карта мира за 5000 лет


Like ending a Civ game

Мегапиздатейший инфографический проект - Геакрон.

С 3000 года до н. э. по сегодняшний день на гуглооснове представлены политические карты за каждый год.

Охуенно смотрится и в общем масштабе, и в приближении. Можно перематывать по годам, по десять лет и по сто лет.

Проделана отличная кропотливая работа, наконец-то кто-то собрал вместе все сведения, оформил в виде карты и снабдил подписями и дополнительными ссылками, мегареспект разработчикам.

2016 год до нашей эры (египтяне, шумеры и инды - никакого, сука, ООН):

Первый год нашей эры (Христос еще жив, Римская империя видна):

1016 (покупаем набор разноцветных карандашей):

1216 (пошла мелка шинковка):

1316 (монголы пришли, епта):

1416 (митохондрии делятся):

1516 (вот это горчичное пятно в центре - это Россия):

1616 (горчичное пятно выросло):

1716 (горчичное пятно завоевало Сибирь):

1816 (Африка еще белая, да простят мне этот каламбур):

1916 (на свете около 100 стран):

2016 (на свете около 250 стран, Крым в очередной раз наш):

17 Jan 15:33

John Romero Creates New Doom Level

by samzenpus
jones_supa writes: Legendary game developer John Romero took to Twitter to spread the word that he has made a comeback to the world of Doom by designing an all new level. Romero's return to the game that jumpstarted his career in game development is a fun little Friday surprise for developers, especially Doom enthusiasts, some of whom are thanked in the readme file accompanying the level. The new level, E1M8B (ZIP), is described simply as "My Boss level replacement for e1m8...22 years later." E1M8 is, incidentally, the final level of Doom's first episode, Knee-Deep in the Dead.

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13 Jan 12:17


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Hat tip to Stephen Law.

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10 Jan 16:02

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Evolution


Hovertext: Theory - sex evolved because there was nothing better to do on Sundays.

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09 Jan 15:45

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Philosophical Zombies


Hovertext: Debate resolved.

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11 Jan 15:53

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Whatever you need


Hovertext: When the cops showed up, he reached into the horn and pulled out his own hand with its middle finger up.

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05 Jan 17:29

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The Lions Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago) and are among some of the oldest surviving species in the world.

Absolutely wow.

I’m going to cry

that is absolutely horrifying.


Why am I finding out about this now??

“Foolish creature of the flesh. I am ancient. I am forever. I have seen Empires rise and fall. I have seen entire species wither to cinders. I have seen the depths and the cold and the abyss that lay beyond. You are no more a nuisance to me than plankton. You are so insignificant, and I am so exquisitely eternal that I am the closest thing you will have to a God.”
-What I imagine the jellyfish would say to a human







That is horrifying.

If that’s scary, than say hello to my little friend, the “Stygiomedusa gigantea.” 

This guy has only been spotted 18 times, and filmed only twice.

Its is also about 6 meters long and about a meter wide. 
Sadly it doesn’t have stingers, but it will still eat. It kinda just engulfs all it’s prey. I’m not real sure.

Aren’t Jellyfish so great? Because I think they are evil.

Jellyfish are actually the only creature we know of to have mastered total neurological regeneration as well as muscular regeneration, making them immortal.



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05 Jan 21:42

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Beleaf in yourself. (photo via idontcarrybags)

They are both 

THANK YOU bc I was seriously like, “you know what this leaf can be ANYTHING IT WANTS TO BE OK”

Is it wrong if this makes us teary? We’re kind of teary.


01 Jan 07:00

Suck It, 2015

by Miss Cellania

Things don’t get better just because the calendar changed. Things get better because you make them get better. Just a reminder from Megan McKay at the webcomic Doodle for Food. -via imgur

06 Jan 05:00

Judgment Day

It took a lot of booster rockets, but luckily Amazon had recently built thousands of them to bring Amazon Prime same-day delivery to the Moon colony.
06 Jan 18:18

A Logarithmic Map of the Entire Known Universe in One Image

by Christopher Jobson


Trying to imagine the scope of the cosmos is nearly impossible, but musician and artist Pablo Carlos Budassi decided to make a visual attempt by cramming the entire known universe into a single image. Using scores of satellite images and photos snapped from NASA’s rovers, he painstakingly pieced together many of the prominent features of the universe as observed from our solar system in the form of a logarithmic map. Logarithms are useful for understanding large numbers or distances, so in Budassi’s map each consecutive ‘ring’ around the circle represents several orders of magnitude further than the one before it.

Budassi was aided by similar (though less visually stunning) logarithmic maps produced by astronomers at Princeton back in 2005. In this map, our sun and solar system are seen in the middle, followed by the Milky Way Galaxy, another ring of nearby galaxies like Andromeda, all the way out to cosmic radiation and plasma generated by the bing bang on the furthest outskirts of the image.

You can see a much larger version of the map here and read a bit more about it on Tech Insider. (via I F*cking Love Science)

30 Dec 18:26

The 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

by FSR Staff

Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

Here at Film School Rejects, we believe that a healthy movie diet is at least one new release per week. We don’t all have time to see every single one of the more than 300 feature films that will be released in the next calendar year. Our critic Rob Hunter might come close, as will an elite few whose time and finances line up perfectly with seeing a bunch of movies. For the rest of us, we’ll have to be on a diet. There will be plenty of great TV to watch, a cornucopia of titles on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes to stream, and of course, plenty of time spent reading articles on the Internet.

As we’ve done in years past, we’d like to help you navigate the oncoming tidal wave of new movies. We believe that your movie diet is best balanced by seeing one new release for every week of the year. This doesn’t mean that there will be a good new release every week, but you get the idea. It’s with that in mind that we present our list of the 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016.

If you’d like, you can catch up on previous years below:

2015   |   2014   |   2013   |   2012   |   2011

52. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours

Release Date: January 15

The Pitch: It’s been a while since Michael Bay has made an earnest “Rah! Rah!” movie about the military, but it’s a theme that he’s continued, albeit in a minor way, throughout the Transformers franchise. The man loves to make movies that go boom, but he also loves to make movies that are favorable to America’s armed forces. Considering the acclaim that Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper received, this should be a movie that speaks to America’s most gun-toting, flag waiving demographic. Plus, as a bonus for more Conservative viewers, it’s all about Benghazi. The possibility of seeing a Michael Bay movie that unintentionally balloons into a political quagmire is far too interesting to pass up. Plus, Michael Bay does make blowing stuff up look really fun. Harrowing. I meant harrowing. (Neil Miller)

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51. I Saw The Light

I Saw The Light

Release Date: March 25

The Pitch: Earlier this month, Jason Bailey of Flavorwire wrote a great piece on why the biopic – and the “cradle-to-grave” narrative that it implies – was a bubble poised to burst. That’s not exactly great news for Tom Hiddleston, who looks and sounds the part of a young Hank Williams in I Saw the Light and certainly hoped for better than a March release date. Still, it’s not all bad news; movies like Ray and Walk the Line have shown that that audiences and critics alike will let their guard down for a quality movie about famed singer-songwriters, and the musical numbers included in the film will undoubtedly give it some cross-genre appeal. Maybe we’re tired of biopics, but a good ol’ fashioned Country musical? That dog’ll hunt. (Matthew Monagle)

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50. The Purge 3

The Purge 3

Release Date: July 1

The Pitch: The first film was a home invasion thriller focused on one family’s efforts to resist the Purge, and the sequel followed a small band of survivors trapped outdoors when all hell broke loose. Little is known about the third film’s plot specifics, but there’s really only one detail needed to get our butts in seats opening weekend. Will Frank Grillo be returning to kick ass for the underdogs? The answer is yes. (Rob Hunter)


49. Pete’s Dragon

Pete's Dragon

Release Date: July 1

The Pitch: We wouldn’t normally be excited about a rehash of a beloved Disney family film, especially since the Witch Mountain redo was merely passable. However, the studio has turned this new take on their 1977 sorta-classic live-action and animation hybrid into a kind of prestige pic by hiring visionary indie darlings David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks. They’re the writer/director and producer, respectively, of Ain’t Them Body Saints and have also been involved with such non-mainstream efforts as Upstream Color and Listen Up Philip. And with their acclaimed short Pioneer (watch it), they’ve already kind of tackled children’s story territory. Add to all this Robert Redford cast in the Mickey Rooney role and we see this as the most exciting auteur-helmed kids movie since Robert Altman’s Popeye — and yes, we love Robert Altman’s Popeye. (Christopher Campbell)


48. Synchronicity


Release Date: January 22

The Pitch: Writer/Director Jacob Gentry’s 2007 film The Signal is a film with which we had a lot of fun. We expect a little bit of the same from Synchronicity, his new film about time travel, love and corporate interests. In his review of the film at the Fantasia Film Festival last year, Rob Hunter called it “Gumby sci-fi,” a film that (for better and sometimes worse) is too worried about being bendy and fun. It’s the “bendy and fun” part that has the rest of us interested. It promises to be a little bit of Blade Runner with a twisted sense of humor. In fact, it sounds like a movie that might make a nice reprieve from the doldrums of January. (Neil Miller)

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47. Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle

Release Date: April 29

The Pitch: In a surprise debut at Butt-Numb-a-Thon in Austin this past month, Eddie the Eagle was met with cheers from a weary-eyed crowd of movie marathoning nerds. That is to say that apparently it’s a lot of fun. The story of Britain’s first ever Olympic ski jump competitor, the colorful Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, Eddie brings together a number of fan favorites. Kingsman‘s Taron Egerton stars in the titular role. Hugh Jackman plays his unorthodox coach. Christopher Walken is there, too. According to the vibes from the trailer, it’s going to be a rambunctious feel-good movie. One of those quirky, yet triumphant sports tales. And for those, we have a spot in our collective heart. (Neil Miller)

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46. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Neighbors 2

Release Date: May 20

The Pitch: It’s unlikely that this comedy sequel will be as good as the original, but as long as Rose Byrne is back, we’re on board, as well. We’re actually hopeful that director Nicholas Stoller and his writing collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have recognized that Byrne was the best thing about Neighbors and put her even more front and center in part two. After all, the adversary this time around is a sorority girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), and from a presumable gender-matching standpoint, she’d be the Zac Efron (who is also returning) to Byrne’s Rogen. Even if she’s not its primary lead, though, Byrne will still steal the show anyway. (Christopher Campbell)


45. Demolition


Release Date: April 8

The Pitch: Jean-Marc Vallée has been on an incredible run over the last 3 years. In 2011, he delivered Dallas Buyers Club and earned an Oscar nomination for editing. In 2013, he helmed the Reese Witherspoon soul searching drama Wild. In 2015, he took his new film Demolition to the Toronto Film Festival where it earned some praise from critics. The film tells the story of an investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) who struggles to deal with the loss of his wife in a car crash. Any movie that combines the eye of Vallée with talents like Gyllenhaal and his co-star Naomi Watts should be a film that deserves our attention. (Neil Miller)


44. The Accountant

The Accountant

Release Date: October 7

The Pitch: It feels like it’s been a few years since we spent any real time with “Ben Affleck, Actor”. Sure, we’ve spent months with “Ben Affleck, Husband” courtesy of the tabloids and the highly visible dissolution of his marriage. And sure, we’ve had plenty of time to check out “Ben Affleck, Human Action Figure” with the new publicity stills and trailers for the Batman V. Superman movie. Hell, we’ve even gotten used to “Ben Affleck, Prestige Filmmaker” thanks to Argo and the latest season of Project Greenlight. But “Ben Affleck, Actor”? Someone who reads a script, likes the character he is being offered, and does his best to play said character in an engaging and exciting way? We can’t think of a better way to get reacquainted than with a thriller about a professional killer. (Matthew Monagle)


43. Everybody Wants Some

Everybody Wants Some

Release Date: April 15

The Pitch: In March, Richard Linklater will bring his spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused back to Austin to kick off the South by Southwest Film Festival. About a month later, audiences around the country will have the opportunity to go back to the 1980s with one of film’s preeminent purveyors of Americana. This time it’s the story of a group of college baseball players who have recently become unburdened of supervision and make their way through the highs and lows of early adulthood. It’s not quite as ambitious as Boyhood, but Linklater’s comfort zone is riding around in cars with the good ole’ boys, so this should be a lot of fun. (Neil Miller)

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42. Zootopia


Release Date: March 4

The Pitch: If the rest of this movie is as good as the sloth-scene teaser currently killing it in theaters, we could be getting the best non-Pixar animated feature from Disney in decades. Or at least the funniest, which would make sense coming from the union of directors Byron Howard (Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph). Set in a metropolis populated by anthropomorphic mammals, the buddy cop comedy looks like the big-screen Richard Scarry movie we’ve never gotten. Zootopia stars the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin as a con artist fox teamed up with a by-the-books police officer bunny for a missing person — er, missing otter — case. (Christopher Campbell)

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41. The Free State of Jones

The Free State of Jones

Release Date: March 11

The Pitch: Matthew McConaughey plays a southern farmer named Newt Knight who, during the Civil War, teams up with a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederate Army. Aside from the fact that some of the puns just write themselves for this one (“Alright, alright, all Knight” or “Alright, alright, White Knight”), there’s also a great deal of prestige behind this pic. It’s written and directed by Seabiscuit and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross and it will co-star the rising talent of Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Also, Kerri Russell. This isn’t likely to be a charming McConaughey romp, but rather a dark, thoughtful movie about a small area of the deep south that stood up against the ugliness of the slave-owning states that surrounded it. Most importantly, the McConnaisance continues.  (Neil Miller)


04 Jan 16:00

Intel, Warner sue over device that strips 4K copy protection

by Jon Fingas
The media industry was more than a little alarmed when 4K bootlegs of Amazon and Netflix streams showed up this November. Weren't these feeds supposed to be relatively safe from pirates? It's no surprise, then, that they're doing something about it...
04 Jan 23:06

2015 Year in Pictures: Animals

A selection of images of some of the best animal photos of 2015 from photographers all around the world. -- By Leanne Burden Seidel

Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan, Feb. 25. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

04 Jan 14:56

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Feeling stupid


Hovertext: There are actually quite a few journals interested in Brian.

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01 Nov 14:33

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Technically Beautiful


Another day, another number-with-weird-name comic!

Hovertext: Don't worry. It broke my brain too.

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Augie and the Green Knight cosplayer AAAAAH 

07 Dec 17:44

Match me Vincent, Salavat Fidai

Match me Vincent, Salavat Fidai

29 Nov 02:56


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03 Dec 15:55

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Nostalgia


Hovertext: You think this hair curls itself? Huh? You think pony shoes grow on a fucking tree? Jesus Christ, Todd. I thought you were smart. But, you're just like all the others.

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06 Dec 22:47

Calligraphy by Seb Lester

Calligraphy by Seb Lester

08 Dec 02:05

dining elegance

by kris


it goes in my food whether i want it to or not, at least this way i’m choosing it

06 Dec 23:47

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..Happy Hanukkah?

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Rebloggin for y'all

06 Dec 17:02

I lied. SEEMS TO BE THE THING TO DO. Now I’m sick and the...

I lied. SEEMS TO BE THE THING TO DO. Now I’m sick and the computer isn’t even half set up. So have one from the archives!

…secretly sometimes I still wonder.

07 Dec 15:36

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Exercise


Hovertext: This is exactly how it works. No questions.

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