4207
Australia's big things - Wikipedia
"The big things of Australia are a loosely related set of large structures, some of which are novelty architecture and some are sculptures. [...] There are big things in every state and territory in Australia."
australia  architecture  art 
6 days ago
US: Bird wearing tiny goggles safely flies through laser beam | Laser Pointer Safety - Statistics, laws, and general laser pointer news
"Unexpectedly, the wing tip vortices did not stay stable as happens with aircraft, but instead broke up quickly and violently."
birds  light  science 
18 days ago
blackout poetry generator
"In a certain sense, then, you can think of this process as turning each individual paragraph on the page into its own tiny poem."
poetry  mutation 
18 days ago
This site is “taking the edge off rant mode” by making readers pass a quiz before commenting » Nieman Journalism Lab
"On some stories, potential commenters are now required to answer three basic multiple-choice questions about the article before they’re allowed to post a comment."
internet 
27 days ago
kevan.org - The Skeleton Deck
"It's a regular poker deck, combined with the numbers 1-6 in eight coloured suits (red Stops, orange Bricks, yellow Suns, green Leaves, blue Drops, purple Shields, white Skulls and black Keys), six wildcards in six of those suits, and the numbers 1 through 52."
creations  cards  games  hacking 
27 days ago
KBNNO: Mineral turns sunlight, heat and movement into electricity all at once
"[KBNNO] may be considered a proper and capable candidate to trigger developments of all-in-one hybrid energy harvesting and multi-functional sensing devices based on only a single piece of material."
science  stone  electricity  light 
5 weeks ago
Gallery: 'Brain scans' map what happens during inside machine learning | WIRED UK
"The image shown here is the forward (inference) pass of the ResNet 50 layer network used to classify images after being trained using the Graphcore neural network graph library."
software  maps  brains 
5 weeks ago
Cern's electrocuted weasel to go on display | Science | The Guardian
"The partly-cooked corpse was duly secured for inclusion in [Rotterdam Natural History Museum]'s Dead Animal Tales exhibition."
death  mammals  science  museums 
8 weeks ago
Germany's chess village hopes heritage listing proves 'leap of joy' move | World news | The Guardian
"If, in spite of the home advantage, a Ströbeck player was about to walk into a trap set by the visiting opponent, members of the audience were allowed to shout out the warning “Vadder, mit Rat!” meaning “Father, be careful” in the local dialect."
chess  history  germany 
11 weeks ago
Automated book-culling software drives librarians to create fake patrons to "check out" endangered titles / Boing Boing
"Instead of being a tool, the data becomes a straightjacket: in order to get the system to admit the professional judgment of librarians, the librarians have to manufacture data to put their thumbs on its scales."
libraries  books  computers  illusions 
11 weeks ago
Sorry for the Inconvenience
"395,637 apologies this year. Last: 56 seconds ago by South West Trains."
transport  twitter  via:sarah 
december 2016
The Making Of "How It’s Made"
"At the studio, a researcher collaborates with an engineer at the plant to ensure that the script describing the manufacturing process is accurate."
television  meta 
december 2016
A mysterious 14-year cycle has been controlling our words for centuries - ScienceAlert
"The study suggests that words get a certain momentum, causing more and more people to use them, before reaching a saturation point, where writers start looking for alternatives."
language  science  history 
december 2016
London Tree Map | London City Hall
"The map shows the locations and species information for over 700,000 trees. The recent London iTree report estimated that there are over eight million trees in London, so the map is only a partial illustration of trees in London."
trees  london  maps  via:james 
december 2016
How It's Made Up (@howitsmadeup) on Twitter
"Acrylic-rimmed windows are fitted over the vials to protect them. They also pass under a metal detector. The key is those polymer particles."
twitter  creations  technology  mutation 
november 2016
"Intercapillary Space": Caleb Whitefoord: The Cross Reading, a Modernist Poetry Avant la Garde
"Whitefoord seems to have been the first person to notice that reading [narrow newspaper column] lines across the page, instead of downwards, produced some interesting results."
news  poetry  mutation  via:waxy 
november 2016
How my father, JG Ballard, foresaw our strange present | Bea Ballard | Opinion | The Guardian
"Given that he predicted a B-movie actor (Ronald Reagan) becoming president, I doubt he would have been surprised that a TV reality star ended up doing the same."
ballard  fiction  politics  society 
november 2016
Hanafuda - Wikipedia
"Each time gambling with a card deck of a particular design became too popular, the government banned those cards, which then prompted the creation of new ones. [...] Because hanafuda cards do not have numbers (the main purpose is to associate images) and the long length to complete a game, it has a partially limited use for gambling."
japan  cards  games  history  law 
november 2016
Pietra Paesina’s Ruined Facades | Dataisnature
"The patterns of fractured light and dark within these rocks gives the impression of ruined cubist cityscapes, disjointed mountainous terrains with foliage and vividly etched tautozonal landscapes near the moment of sunset."
stone  cities  illusions 
november 2016
A bot crawled thousands of studies looking for simple math errors. The results are concerning. - Vox
"...they’re 'typos,' errors in transferring data from one program to another, she says. But because academic journals are more likely to publish significant results, these erroneous findings may be more likely to find themselves in the published literature."
maths  mutation  science  software 
november 2016
What are the odds of one vote changing the US presidential election? - 80,000 Hours
"[A] vote with a 1 in 10 million chance of changing the election outcome would be worth $25,000 to your fellow citizens just through its effects on the likelihood of a nuclear war."
politics  maths 
november 2016
Inside the brain of the man who would be 'Blindfold King' of chess | Science | The Guardian
"In 1947, the Argentinian grandmaster Miguel Najdorf played 45 simultaneous games in his mind. He won 39 times in the 24-hour session and was reportedly unable to sleep for three days afterwards."
chess  memory  brains 
november 2016
Glowing statue eyes - Instructables
"[A]dding red LED's in the eyes of statues makes them look diabolical, and brings the focus back to statues after the sun goes down."
eyes  light  stone  monsters 
october 2016
How to Win at Monopoly and Lose All Your Friends - Album on Imgur
"At this point, you will be asked repeatedly to build some friggin' hotels already so that other people can build houses. Don't."
games  board  via:linkmachinego 
october 2016
Wild monkeys throw curve at stone-tool making's origins | Science News
"Without the intention of making a stone tool, and with the right rock types, capuchins produce objects that are shaped like stone tools. [The capuchins] did not use fractured pieces of sharp stone to cut, scrape or dig up anything."
monkeys  stone  history  illusions 
october 2016
Mercedes-Benz driverless cars will hit pedestrians rather than endanger occupants
"If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car."
transport  death  robots  future 
october 2016
Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford | Technology | The Guardian
"If you occasionally need human skill at short notice to navigate a hugely messy situation, it may make sense to artificially create smaller messes, just to keep people on their toes."
technology  psychology  transport 
october 2016
Do no harm, don't discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics | Technology | The Guardian
"Robots should not be designed solely or primarily to kill or harm humans; humans, not robots, are the responsible agents; it should be possible to find out who is responsible for any robot and its behaviour."
robots  law 
october 2016
The Skryf Robots Write Temporal Poetry with Sand
"Follow the words far enough backward, though, and they begins to smudge and scatter."
robots  writing  poetry  via:viv 
september 2016
Light Capsules from Craig Winslow | Ghostsigns
"These ‘Light Capsules‘ are a non-invasive way of bringing ghostsigns back to life, allowing the letter forms and colours to be fully visible again." Bankside and Stoke Newington, 17-24 September.
light  history  signs  via:sarah 
september 2016
Mobile meteorology: smartphone batteries will change the way we measure the weather - OpenSignal
"With a mathematical transformation, the average battery temperature across a group of phones gives the outdoor air temperature."
phones  weather 
september 2016
Seeing Yellow
"When you print on a color laser printer, it's likely that you are also printing a pattern of invisible yellow dots. These marks exist to allow the printer companies and governments to track and identify you -- presumably as a way to combat money counterfeiting."
paper  secrets  surveillance  technology  colour 
august 2016
'Industrial Painting', Pinot Gallizio: Summary | Tate
"Industrial Painting (1958) is a seventy-four metre long painted canvas by the Italian artist Pinot Gallizio. [...] Following this alternative mode of production, Gallizio’s paintings were sold by the metre in the street market of Alba as well as in commercial art galleries."
art  technology 
august 2016
Astra Nauseam (@astranauseam) on Twitter
Autogenerating a fictional constellation every hour.
space  lies  twitter  creations 
july 2016
IFDB: PataNoir
"The Baron's daughter is missing, and you are the man to find her. No problem. With your inexhaustible arsenal of hard-boiled similes, there is nothing you can't handle."
metaphors  games  language  if 
july 2016
Data Mining Novels Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling
"In particular, the team says the most popular are stories involving two sequential man-in-hole arcs and a Cinderella arc followed by a tragedy."
books  words  graphs 
july 2016
Scientists have created a microscopic, real life-or-death version of Pac-Man | Polygon
"The goal of the study was to discover how euglena respond to being in a life-or-death situation when being chased by rotifers in an physical area that's less than 1mm in diameter."
games  simulations  death  mazes 
july 2016
Prehistoric tombs may have doubled as star-gazing observatories | New Scientist
"Now archaeoastronomers are making the case that [passage graves] could also have been used for spotting stars at dawn, when they are normally too faint to see."
history  secrets  space  light  eyes 
july 2016
Why elections are bad for democracy | David Van Reybrouck | Politics | The Guardian
"With sortition, you do not ask everyone to vote on an issue few people really understand, but you draft a random sample of the population and make sure they come to the grips with the subject matter in order to take a sensible decision."
politics  nomic  future 
june 2016
The London Underground's Iconic Typeface Gets A Redesign | Co.Design | business + design
"Today, the type foundry is announcing a new remastering of Johnston called Johnston100. [It] tries to bring a little bit of Johnston's original spirit back, with wider characters, looser spacing, and a slightly more eccentric feel."
fonts  design  history  london  tube 
june 2016
kevan.org - I charge thee, speak!
I played around with a different take on the same idea five years ago, but didn't do anything with it, so here it is. "Proposed Marcellus Shale Legislation Gets Mixed Reviews."
creations  writing  twitter 
june 2016
Word By Word: Twitter writes The Compete Works of Shakespeare / Shakespeare's Globe
"From Thursday 5 May, the typewriter will begin to type out The Complete Works from start to finish, sourcing its words from Tweets sent out in real time."
writing  technology  twitter  via:viv 
june 2016
Doc around the clock: BBC Arena celebrates 40 years in a day | Sight & Sound | BFI
"Approaching its 40th anniversary in characteristically thoughtful and ludic fashion, long-time producer Anthony Wall and editor Emma Matthews have revisited its archive of over 600 films from which they’ve terraformed a 24-hour film."
television  history  time 
may 2016
Antisocial network: how self-deprecation is taking over the internet | Technology | The Guardian
"...in a world of constantly switched-on, ostentatious displays of popularity and people having an ostensibly TOTALLY AWESOME TIME, perhaps it isn't surprising that things would start to pitch in the opposite direction (known as JOMO, joy of missing out)."
society  internet  illusions 
may 2016
How big tobacco lost its final fight for hearts, lungs and minds | Society | The Guardian
"Printed on the tray was an aphorism attributed to GK Chesterton: “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” Japan Tobacco International, owner of the Benson & Hedges brand in the UK, credited the packaging innovation with a near 47% year-on-year rise in sales."
chesterton  cigarettes  advertising 
may 2016
For World’s Newest Scrabble Stars, SHORT Tops SHORTER - WSJ
"The data showed how often a long word would leave the player vulnerable to a counterstrike or a series of bad draws."
scrabble  games  words 
may 2016
University ban on mortarboard throwing: 'We'll Photoshop them in' | Education | The Guardian
"...students were told that images of the headwear will be digitally added afterwards if they simply mime the act when photographs are being taken."
clothing  illusions 
may 2016
Science Advisor (@civadvisor) on Twitter
Civilization alert boxes plus Wikipedia's fads-by-decade categories: "Discovery of Gangnam Style by Germans renders reality television obsolete."
history  creations 
may 2016
Patrick Chaplin: Darts on the Wireless
"The BBC is determined to make us play games of one sort or another. Now they want us to play darts, not merely to listen to a commentary on someone else playing, but they are going to put one man in the studio to play against you!" (1938)
sport  radio  history 
may 2016
Accessibility Kit | 64 Ounce Games
"64 Oz. Games accessibility kits allow both blind and sighted players to play together with a [boardgame] retail product. [...] Most of our kits consist mainly of transparent sleeves and a printout with all of the text of all of the cards."
games  eyes  via:james 
may 2016
Helsinki Bus Station Theory - fotocommunity.com
"You take those three years of work on the nude to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the curator asks if you are familiar with the nudes of Irving Penn. His bus, 71, was on the same line. Or you take them to a gallery in Paris and are reminded to check out Bill Brandt, bus 58, and so on."
photography  art  work  transport  metaphors 
april 2016
Unbuilt London (@unbuiltlondon) on Twitter
"The Meat Grinder is a 250 ft tall designer research facility in Barnet."
london  architecture  lies  creations 
april 2016
Princeton University - Video-gaming fish play out the advantages of groups
"The researchers projected the simulated prey — which appeared as small reddish dots — onto one side of a tank containing the famously ravenous bluegill sunfish."
games  fish  simulations  illusions  emergence 
april 2016
Rules of Card Games: Cuttle
"The exact origin of this unusual two-player game is unknown. Dating from the 1970's at the latest, it is the earliest example I have found of a combat card game."
games  cards  history 
april 2016
I don't have time for a whole game, get me the EXPRESS!! | BoardGameGeek
"...taking popular games (or even thoroughly reviled games) that can take hours to play, and turning them into quick and light games that preserve the basic essence of the original game."
games  board  dice  hacking 
march 2016
Ex Astris Scientia - Re-Used Props - Miscellaneous Equipment
"Many props of Star Trek were later modified or even recycled without changes to represent equipment for a different purpose or of another civilization."
television  hacking 
march 2016
A Chindogu Clock for Procrastinators - Dave Seah
"It's guaranteed to be up to 15 minutes fast. However, it also speeds up and slows down in an unpredictable manner so you can’t be sure how fast it really is."
time  illusions 
march 2016
Dirty Hands - A cheating scandal in the world of professional bridge
"In eighty-two of eighty-five videotaped hands, Fantoni or Nunes led a card vertically when his remaining holding in the same suit contained an ace, a king, or a queen, and horizontally when it didn’t."
cards  games  cheating 
march 2016
Can an artist ever really ‘own’ a colour? | Art and design | The Guardian
"Painters are outraged that Anish Kapoor, the British sculptor who designed the blood-red Orbit tower for the London Olympics, has exclusive rights to the artistic use of [Vantablack carbon nanotube paint]."
art  paint  colour  law 
february 2016
The tube at a standstill: why TfL stopped people walking up the escalators | UK news | The Guardian
"In theory, he found, getting people to stand on both sides would mean that 31 more passengers would get on to the escalator each minute – an increase of 28%."
crowds  london  tube  walking 
january 2016
Drone wars: new UAV interceptor billed as net-firing solution to rogue flying | Technology | The Guardian
"Michigan Technological University’s latest drone-catcher system deploys an octacopter armed with a gun that fires out a net to entrap and carry off rogue unmanned aerial vehicles flying where they shouldn’t be."
drones  police  weapons 
january 2016
Plotto; a new method of plot suggestion for writers of creative fiction (1928)
"A Plotto Masterplot consists of three clauses: An 'A' Clause, a 'B' Clause and a 'C' Clause."
writing  emergence  books  simulation 
january 2016
kevandotorg/nanogenmo-2015
"Around the World in X Wikipedia Articles - generating a 50,000 word novel using Wikipedia's API to pull out location coordinates and descriptions. Written for NaNoGenMo 2015."
creations  books  fiction  programming 
december 2015
London Police ‘Super Recognizer’ Walks Beat With a Facebook of the Mind - The New York Times
"Facial recognition software managed to identify one suspect of the 4,000 captured by security cameras during the London riots. Constable Collins identified 180."
faces  memory  surveillance  police 
october 2015
How to choose an uncrackable password: Use meter and rhyme.
"The researchers trained their bit-translation program to spit out couplets of rhyming iambic tetrameter."
poetry  technology  secrets 
october 2015
Trade in invasive plants is blossoming
"Of all the plants for sale [on eBay], 510 are known to be invasive in at least one region somewhere in the world. And out of that group, 35 are on the IUCN's list of the 100 worst invasive species."
plants  pollution  internet 
october 2015
This Spider Makes Fake Spiders. But Why? | WIRED
"The decoy was about the size of a half-dollar, constructed from debris and food carcasses, with eight legs radiating from its bulky center."
spiders  illusions 
september 2015
BPS Research Digest: Weird things start to happen when you stare into someone's eyes for 10 minutes
"On the strange-face questionnaire, 90 per cent of the eye-staring group agreed that they'd seen some deformed facial traits, 75 per cent said they'd seen a monster, 50 per cent said they saw aspects of their own face in their partner's face, and 15 per cent said they'd seen a relative's face."
eyes  illusions  faces  monsters 
august 2015
A few key signs betray betrayal | Science News
"[Diplomacy players] who were excessively polite in general were more likely to betray, and people who were suddenly more polite were more likely to become victims of betrayal."
games  psychology  language  lies 
august 2015
How High Def Is Changing Your Brain—and Driving the Prop Master Crazy
"We used to say, if it’s not bigger than a two-inch circle, you’re not going to see it on film. [...] Now, with high def, it’s down to an eighth of an inch."
films  illusions  via:alex 
july 2015
OpenGeofiction
"OpenGeofiction (OGF) is based on the OpenStreetMap software platform. [...] This world is set in modern times, so it doesn't have orcs or elves, but rather power plants, motorways and housing projects."
maps  fiction  via:kake 
july 2015
Research Blog: Inceptionism: Going Deeper into Neural Networks
"This creates a feedback loop: if a cloud looks a little bit like a bird, the network will make it look more like a bird. This in turn will make the network recognize the bird even more strongly on the next pass and so forth, until a highly detailed bird appears, seemingly out of nowhere."
illusions  technology  emergence 
june 2015
A Folly for London
"In celebration of great British satire, this competition is an opportunity to propose an alternative but equally ridiculous project for the public space being lost to the proposed Garden Bridge on London’s South Bank."
london  design  architecture 
june 2015
Power beamed to camera via ambient wi-fi signals - BBC News
"The team realised that the energy contained in ambient wi-fi signals that are now ubiquitous often came close to the operating voltages required by a variety of low power devices."
technology  electricity 
june 2015
I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.
"We didn’t know exactly what would pan out—the headline could have been that chocolate improves sleep or lowers blood pressure—but we knew our chances of getting at least one “statistically significant” result were pretty good."
science  hoaxes  news 
may 2015
Anti-NSA Pranksters Planted Tape Recorders Across New York and Published Your Conversations | WIRED
"[The project] involves planting micro-cassette recorders under tables and benches around New York city, retrieving the tapes and embedding the resulting audio on their website."
surveillance  secrets 
may 2015
Sentinel Trees as a Tool to Forecast Invasions of Alien Plant Pathogens
"To determine the potential invasive fungi, a sentinel trees plot was established in Fuyang, China, using healthy seedlings of European tree species."
trees  pestilence  science 
may 2015
Shut Up & Sit Down | Review: Cards Against Humanity
"Our hobby isn’t new, yet it’s now growing in a way it never was before. It’s reaching more people in more places and, please God, I don’t want Cards Against Humanity to be its ambassador."
games  cards 
may 2015
« earlier      
2stars 3stars 4stars advertising air aliens america ants apes apocalypse architecture art australia ballard bees birds board bones booklog books brains brighton business camrad cards cheating chess children china cities clothes coincidences comics computers construction creations crime death delusions depression dereliction design dice download drinks drugs education electricity email emergence events evolution eyes faces filmlog films fire fish flash fonts food france furniture future gamelog games genetics germany gps graffiti hacking history hoaxes humour ice if illusions insects interviews japan language law lego libraries lies light litter london love lunacy magic mammals maps maths medicine memetics memory meta metal mmorpgs money monkeys monsters mp3s museums music mutation mysteries nethack news nomic nostalgia octopuses paint paper pervasive pestilence phones photography photos physics pigeons plants plastic poetry pointless poison police politics pollution prison programming psychology puzzles radio random religion robots rodents roleplaying russia science secrets shops signs simulation sleep society software sound space spam sport squid stone surveillance symbols technology television terrorism theatre time todo toys traffic transport travel tube twitter underground via:arbroath via:blech via:brendan via:collision via:foe via:hoaxes via:holly via:infosthetics via:jones via:leonard via:lmg via:mcios via:mindhacks via:qwghlm via:raven via:sarah via:waxy via:wmmna via:zarba videos viruses walking war water weapons weather web weblogs wikis world writing zombies

Copy this bookmark:



description:


tags: