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08 Sep 14:31

The Annual ‘Corso Zundert’ Parade Honors Van Gogh with Monumental Floats Adorned with Flowers

by Christopher Jobson

Photo by Erwin Martens

Another year, another Corso Zundert (previously), the legendary parade of giant floats adored with thousands of dahlia flowers that twist through the narrow streets of Zundert, Netherlands. This year 19 teams took inspiration from the work of Vincent van Gogh who was born in Zundert 162 years ago. The towering floats borrow colors, motifs, and imagery from van Gogh’s painting including several interpretations of the artist’s self-portraits.

Started in 1936, the parade celebrates the region’s reputation as a global supplier of dahlia flowers, an area now covering 33 hectares (81 acres) of 600,000 dahlia bulbs in fifty different species. The first Corso Zundert parades were modest in size featuring horse-drawn carts or bicycles covered in flowers, but the event has since grown dramatically. The floats now merge more ambitious aspects of contemporary/urban art with traditional parade floats as part of a friendly annual competition. You can see plenty more photos over on BN DeStem.

Photo by Werner Pellis

Photo by Werner Pellis

Photo by Malou Evers

Photos by Photo by Werner Pellis

Photos by Joyce van Belkom

Photos by Joyce van Belkom

Photo by Erwin Marten

Photo by Malou Evers

Photo by Werner Pellis

Photo by Erwin Martens

06 Oct 17:44

NASA Releases Trove of Over 8,000 HD Photos from the Apollo Moon Missions

by Christopher Jobson

Astronaut John L. Swigert, Jr., Apollo 13 Command Module Pilot, holds the “mailbox,” a makeshift device used to purge carbon dioxide from the Lunar Module that played a significant role in saving the doomed astronauts lives. Apollo 13 Hasselblad image from film magazine.

During the course of the Apollo space program astronauts were charged with enduring unknown perils, conducting science experiments, piloting spacecraft, walking on the surface of the moon, and comprehending sights, sounds, and physical stresses never before experienced by humans. All the while, they were also asked to snap a couple thousands photographs of practically every moment with a modified Hasselblad camera.

Last Friday, for the first time ever, NASA uploaded the entire catalogue of 8,400 Apollo mission photos to Flickr spanning Apollo 7 (the first manned test flight in 1968) through Apollo 17, the final lunar mission in 1972. The effort to bring the photos online was lead by Kipp Teague of the Project Apollo Archive who first began scanning camera film magazines on behalf of the Johnson Space Center in 2004.

While we’re all used to seeing the more iconic photos like Blue Marble, the Apollo 11 bootprint, or this image of Buzz Aldrin, this random assortment of mundane moments and blurry horizons seems to highlight the humanity of the entire endeavor. Collected here are a few of our favorite shots, and you can see thousands more organized by mission on Flickr. Digg and PetaPixel also have collections of their favorites.














06 Oct 06:07

Bitcoin, a waste of energy

by John Quiggin

I have a piece up on ABC (~ UK BBC, not US ABC) discussion blog The Drum, making the point that most of the market value of a Bitcoin reflects the electricity wasted in the calculations needed to “mine” it, with the obvious disastrous implications for the global climate. Unsurprisingly, it’s provoked some vociferous, if mostly incoherent, responses from Bitcoin fans. Hoping to use the heat energy arising for some useful purpose.

06 Oct 04:02

Las Vegas bets that SpaceX will make it to Mars before NASA

by Jon Fingas
NASA may believe that it'll be the first to land on Mars, but don't tell that to Las Vegas betting houses. Popular Mechanics has asked Docsports' Raphael Esparza to set odds for the first organization to reach Mars, and he believes that SpaceX stan...
08 Oct 13:28

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Kids


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06 Oct 14:46

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Most American Movie


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23 Sep 19:56

Google DeepMind's AI Beats Humans At Even More Computer Games

by samzenpus
An anonymous reader writes: Google DeepMind's learning algorithm has trumped human performance in an even greater range of games from the Atari 2600. The system's performance in classic games for the 80's games console has improved steadily since it was revealed in April last year (video) and a paper released yesterday shows it besting people in 31 titles.

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23 Sep 15:00

Take a Road Trip Across the US by Train for Under $500

by Melanie Pinola

A road trip is an epic adventure, but you don’t need a car to see some beautiful parts of America.


21 Sep 19:32

Minor Differences Part 6

by Matthew Inman
18 Sep 23:23

Begun the Ad-Blocking Wars Have

by John Gruber

What is the best ad blocker for Android? And for iOS?

Dave Mark:

With a content blocker enabled, I followed a link to a story on Here’s what I saw.

It didn’t take long for the whack-a-mole game to begin.

19 Sep 13:25

AVG Proudly Announces It Will Sell Your Browsing History To Online Advertisers

by timothy
An anonymous reader writes: AVG, the Czech antivirus company, has announced a new privacy policy in which it boldly and openly admits it will collect user details and sell them to online advertisers for the purpose of continuing to fund its freemium-based products. This new privacy policy is slated to come into effect starting October 15. The policy says: We collect non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free, including: Advertising ID associated with your device; Browsing and search history, including meta data; Internet service provider or mobile network you use to connect to our products, and Information regarding other applications you may have on your device and how they are used.

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21 Sep 04:00

Travel Ghost

And a different ghost has replaced me in the bedroom.
20 Sep 12:46

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Genetic Programming


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18 Sep 15:00

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Rendering


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12 Sep 19:00

20 People Who Don't Believe in Their Job But Still F**king Do It (Unlike Kim Davis)

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Some of us don't like our jobs. Some of us don't believe in our jobs. Some of us downright hate our jobs.

But we still do them.

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15 Sep 15:22

13 ‘Community’ Easter Eggs You Never Noticed


Gotta rewatch

Community is well known for its attention to detail, callbacks jokes, and obscure references. Fans pride themselves on their ability to uncover every little joke, but were you able to spot all of these Community Easter eggs?

1. Rick and Morty Have a Cameo

At the end of the season five episode, “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking,” Abed and Rachel can be seen watching an episode of the Dan Harmon show Rick and MortyRick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland (who provides the voices for both Rick and Morty) also appears in the season 6 finale of Community as Ice Cube Head.

But the crossover doesn’t end there. The Community gang makes a brief cameo in the Rick and Morty episode, “Auto Erotic Assimilation,” and Rick says, “Ok, now make them cry, but happy cry. Now make them all make fun of the blonde one. Now make them all do it on the table. I can’t believe you created a whole show for me. Now cancel it. Ok, now put it back on. Alright I’m bored.” His lines are direct reference to Community’s cancellation and return on Yahoo!.

2. Portuguese Translation

Several months ago, Reddit user sebhinton posted a question on the Portuguese subreddit, “I was wondering how to express that someone is a ‘knee-high mischief’ in Portuguese Portuguese.”

“The context is that they are short (only come up to your knees),” sebhinton explains, “and they create mischief (playful troublemaker), but are not children.” They eventually settle on the phrase “Esses pequenos patifes têm alguma fraqueza.”

So what does this have to do with Community? Well, three months after the question was posted, MadIrishRogue noticed that the phrase appears in the episode, “Lawnmower Maintenance & Postnatal Care,” where Abed and Annie rent the Portuguese Gremlins. It’s widely believed that sebhinton was a Community writer doing research for the show.

3. Whiteboard Contains Actor IMDB Pages

Reddit user Shambaree noticed that the whiteboard behind Annie contains links to several of the actor’s IMDB pages including newcomers Paget Brewster and Keith David.

4. Abed Delivers a Baby

If you watch closely during the episode “The Psychology of Letting Go,” you’ll notice Abed helping a pregnant women deliver her baby. This story line was later referenced in “Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts” when Abed claims to have delivered a baby before.

“The Psychology of Letting Go” aired about nine months after “Politics of Human Sexuality,” in which Abed tells students “If you’re going to have sex tonight, DON’T use condoms.” Many fans speculated that the baby Abed helped deliver was conceived in this episode, however Dan Harmon has said this was only a coincidence.

5. Abed Appears on Cougar Town

Abed has had a background story line in other shows as well. In the Community episode “Critical Film Studies,” Abed mentions his guest role on Cougar Town in which he poops his pants. Fans of Cougar Town were able to see Abed’s appearance in the season two finale.

6. Beetlejuice

Throughout the series, the name “Beetlejuice” is spoken three times, during the episodes “Communication Studies,” “Cooperative Calligraphy,” and “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps.” On the third time, Beetlejuice himself shows up.

7. Annie’s Boobs is the Pen Thief

During the cold open of “Cooperative Calligraphy”, the monkey Annie’s Boobs can be seen stealing Annie’s pen.

8. Foreshadowing in Abed’s HUD

During “Aerodynamics of Gender,” Abed’s HUD display foreshadows several upcoming episodes including:

“Mixology Certification”: “Troy’s birthday in 14 days

“Critical Film Studies”: Record Cougartown

“Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”: Confirm Mom for Xmas

“Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design”: Make blanket fort

“A Fistful of Paintballs” and “For A Few Paintballs More”: Sell study group on paintball sequel

“Cooperative Calligraphy”: Projected Cycles: Annie 11/11/10

9. Fun With Room Numbers

During the opening moments of “Remedial Chaos Theory,” Britta asks about Troy and Abed’s apartment number, “Didn’t they say 304?” To which Annie responds, “No, 303. I wrote it down twice.” This is a reference to the episode’s production code. “Remedial Chaos Theory” was originally intended to be the third episode of the season, but was moved back due to the complexity of the plot.

Similarly, in season 4 episode 3, “In Conventions of Space and Time,” Jeff and Annie’s hotel room number is 404. This episode was originally scheduled to be the fourth episode of the season, but “a decision was made to move ep. 4 up into that slot, because we felt it was more promotable and we wanted it earlier in the run.”

10. Brick Joke

A brick joke is a joke that’s set up, but doesn’t pay off until much, much later. In “Remedial Chaos Theory,” Annie tells Troy and Abed that they shouldn’t use a brick to prop open their door. Fifteen episodes later, in “Curriculum Unavailable,” a policeman tells Troy and Abed that they shouldn’t use the brick to prop open the door because it’s a rare, antique brick worth $60. So basically it’s a brick joke about an actual brick.

11. Updates on Troy’s Trip

Season five features several updates about Troy’s trip around the world. In “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking,” while Hickey is watching the news, the bottom of the screen reads, “Levar Burton and non-celebrity companion captured by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Reddit user Mcnuttsack also noticed that the chalkboard in the episodes “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” and  “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality” reads, “GCC 506/507 Has anyone heard from Troy? Is it true? He may have fallen into a perfect storm? His last contact location was DMS 70′ 23′ 49.68′. Could a ‘live’ ‘Troy and Abed in the morning’ via satellite be on the Horizon? Throw us a lifeline! GCC513″ As another user, bellrunner, pointed out, the coordinates in the message refer to the Bermuda Triangle.

12. Latvian Independence Parade

A chase scene in the episode “Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design” is halted by a Latvian Independence Parade. The episode originally aired on November 18th, the anniversary of the actual Latvian declaration of independence.

13. G.I. Jeff

Originally discovered by Reddit user Death_Star_, one of the greatest Community easter eggs never even came to fruition because of a scheduling issue. During the G.I. Joe parody episode, “G.I. Jeff,” Jeff/Wingman kills Destro, a Cobra. It’s important to know that in the original cartoon series, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, no one ever died. Later at Cobra Headquarters, we see a sign that reads, “10,419 Days Since Last Casualty,” which is then reset to zero following Destro’s death.

“So, counting off 10,419 days from March 27, 2014 would land you on September 16, 1985. In other words, had the episode aired last week, it would have been a perfect alignment with G.I. Joe’s debut episode,” Death_Star_ explains. However, “G.I. Jeff” was delayed by a week due a NCAA basketball game, thus ruining the Easter egg.


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14 Sep 14:07

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dream Control


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12 Sep 18:00

If Someone Doesn't Understand E-Sports Please Make Them Read This Comic

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12 Sep 14:50

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Drone


Hovertext: I don't get helicopter parenting. Gliding drones can stay up WAY LONGER without refueling.

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09 Sep 18:17

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These genius “Solar Sunflowers” can generate 60 times more energy than typical solar panels 

This is the Solar Sunflower, a Swiss-made array that could be the future of solar energy. Looking like a huge, mirrored satellite dish, it combines photovoltaic solar power and concentrated solar thermal power to harness the sun’s energy at an efficiency of roughly 80% — a staggering amount. They’re promising but not without complications.

I’m always a slut for fossil fuel alternatives



08 Sep 14:52

The Marvel Cinematic Universe in Chronological Watch Order

by Geeks are Sexy

Or just quit Marvel movies because they all are becoming the *same* movie, watch GoG for the soundtrack and Daredevil because you know, Netflix.


1-Captain America: The First Avenger
2- Agent Carter (Marvel One-Shot) – Included with Iron Man 3
3- Agent Carter Season 1
4- Iron Man
5- The Incredible Hulk
6- Iron Man 2
7- The Consultant (Marvel’s One-Shot) – Included on the Thor Blu-Ray
8- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (Marvel’s One-Shot) – Included on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray
9- Thor
10- The Avengers
11- Item 47 (Marvel’s One-Shot) – Included on The Avengers Blu-Ray
12- Iron Man 3
13- All Hail the King (Marvel’s One-Shot) – Included on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray
14- Agent of Shield (Season 1 – Episode 1-7)
15- Thor: The Dark World
16- Agent of Shield (Season 1 – Episode 8-15)
17- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
18- Agent of Shield (Season 1 – Episode 16-22)
19- Guardians of the Galaxy
20- Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix
21- Agent of Shield (Season 2 – Episode 1-19)
22- Avengers: Age of Ultron
23- Agent of Shield (Season 2 – Episode 20-22)
24- Ant-Man
25- Captain America: Civil War
26- Doctor Strange
27- Guardians of the Galaxy 2
28- Thor: Ragnarok
29- Black Panther
30- Avengers: Infinity War – Part I
31- Captain Marvel
32- Marvel’s Inhumans
33- Avengers: Infinity War – Part II

[Source: Fast_Is_Better]

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09 Sep 17:54

Previsão do tempo em Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogery chwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

by Joe

(sim, eu tive que dividir o nome no título porque não serviu)

Cara, quanto tempo esse cara ensaiou pra dizer isso? Meu Deus, promovam esse homem agora!

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09 Sep 16:28

Mikael Takacs Creates Superb Blurred Portraits Using Paper Marbling Techniques

by Tamara Akcay

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Mikael Takacs hand paints blurry portraits, distorted by a paper marbling effect. The outline of the portraits are clean and clear. From far, what’s inside the shapes seems messy and confusing but if we take a closer look it appears structured, almost forming a pattern. There’s a fine line between Mikael Takacs’ paintings and digital rendering. The diamond shaped patterns and the perfectly balanced and harmonized colors lead to confusion.

The artist applies acrylic painting onto an horizontal canvas with droppers to prevent the liquid from overflowing. He then painstakingly drags paint with small tools like sticks and combs in order to distort the portrait. The intricate work creates regular lines and shapes. If we look closely, we can see feathers, spirals and regular waves. The colors used are a blend of dark turquoise, camel and fuchsia. A color scheme that makes the series identifiable.

Mikael Takacs knows all the people he is depicting. He prefers to blur the lines and to present an abstract artwork. According to him, abstract art makes the dialogue between the viewer and the piece of art more interesting. The artist paints just enough for us to begin to have a idea of what we are looking at and leaves us halfway. To follow our imagination and introspect is the purpose of these paintings as they can lead to a million different interpretations.

Mikael Takacs’ work will be exhibited at Galleri Ramfjord in Oslo, Norway, in spring 2016. (via Hi Fructose).

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09 Sep 14:31

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Philosophy

10 Sep 07:01

Saddest Turtle Gets His Wish

Saddest Turtle Gets His Wish
07 Sep 18:10

YouTube Reportedly Bypassing Ad Blockers On Google Chrome

by samzenpus

So long and thanks for all the tabs, Chrome.

An anonymous reader writes: YouTube users have lit up twitter today, angry about an apparent change of policy by Google, which now seems to be showing ads in front of videos on YouTube even when using Adblock. Neowin reports: "Google's workaround seems to be applicable to all similar extensions and isn't exclusive to just AdBlock Plus. The company has not stopped at just skirting the extension, however. Users with AdBlock enabled will now have to see full-length video ads with no option to skip them half-way through, a feature YouTube has offered for a very long time. The only way to get the option back is to disable AdBlock, or to whitelist YouTube."

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