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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 
8 weeks ago by kevan
"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 
8 weeks ago by kevan
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 
11 weeks ago by kevan
The Song of La Palice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Alas! If he wasn't dead / He would be still alive."
death  language  mutation  humour 
april 2016 by kevan
Plagiarius | Innovation contra Imitation
A yearly product plagiarism award, with a museum of 300 item pairs in Germany. "The trophy of the black gnome with the golden nose is a symbol for the exorbitant earnings product pirates collect at the cost of innovative companies."
illusions  lies  mutation  museums 
april 2014 by kevan
Translating Lorem Ipsum « LRB blog
"Bits of it have surprising power: the desperate insistence on loving and pursuing sorrow, for instance, that is cheated out of its justification – an incomplete object that has been either fished for, or wished for."
language  mutation  via:matthew 
march 2014 by kevan
William Shakespeare Presents: Terminator the Second - Official Trailer on Vimeo
"...a parody of the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, constructed solely of lines and phrases from the plays of William Shakespeare. Only proper nouns, pronouns and verb tenses are subject to change."
theatre  mutation  robots  via:adrian 
january 2014 by kevan
Putting Weird Things in Coffee | A blog about putting weird things in coffee.
"I drink coffee every day, but get bored with the same old cream and sugar. I figured I might as well document my experiments for the benefit of all humankind."
drinks  mutation  via:sarah 
january 2014 by kevan
BBC News - 3D printing failures shared online
"It's a scan of a person, but she was wearing high heels and had thin ankles. When the print got halfway, the legs broke off and this is what I woke up to."
plastic  art  mutation  via:sarah 
august 2013 by kevan
New ebook DRM will change the text of a story to prevent piracy — paidContent
"Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is working on a new ebook DRM dubbed SiDiM that would prevent piracy by changing the actual text of a story, swapping out words to make individualized copies that could be tracked by the original owner of the ebook."
books  mutation  piracy  borges 
june 2013 by kevan
HulkOutList
Situations that caused David Banner to turn into the Hulk, in the TV series. "56. Somehow getting himself into a belfry and then realizing that a bell is there, just as it strikes the hour."
television  mutation 
january 2013 by kevan
Texting error leads to lockdowns at West Hall middle, high schools
"The text, saying "gunman be at west hall today," was received and reported to police around 11:30 a.m. But after police tracked the number, they learned the auto correct feature on the new cellphone changed "gunna" to "gunman.""
phones  language  mutation  illusions 
september 2012 by kevan
pareidoloop
"1. generate random polygons. 2. feed them into a face detector. 3. mutate to increase recognition confidence."
mutation  random  faces  emergence  via:waxy 
august 2012 by kevan
War and Nookd :: The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It
"The Nook version of War and Peace had changed every instance of “kindle” or “kindled” into “Nook” and “Nookd,” not just on Philip’s copy, but on ours too."
books  mutation  via:martin 
june 2012 by kevan
subpixel | F.A.T.
"subpixel is built from laser-cut acrylic, rubber bands, and nine razor blades. In two quick swipes, it transforms a small patch of subway advertisement [into] an 8×8 grid of pixel stickers, ready for two-way interaction with the public."
advertising  paper  mutation  via:waxy 
april 2012 by kevan
The HTML5 Gendered Advertising Video Remixer
"[It] lets you re-combine video from ads directed at boys with audio from ads directed at girls (and vice versa) to create hilarious and insightful fair use mash-ups."
advertising  children  mutation 
march 2012 by kevan
Benedikt Groß – Metrography – London Tube Map to large scale collective mental map
"The piece illustrates the topology of London reshaped according to the underground map."
london  maps  mutation 
february 2012 by kevan
Churnalism | Search
"If the engine finds any articles where the similarity [between the text of a press release and a news article] is greater than 20%, then it suggests the article may be churn."
news  mutation  via:tomscott 
february 2011 by kevan
502 - Hung Out to Dry: A Taxonomy of City Blocks | Strange Maps | Big Think
"The transformational process involved is threefold: the city on map A is deconstructed, its blocks are classified for size and shape, then reassembled in rows, arranged by type, on map B."
maps  cities  mutation 
february 2011 by kevan
British birdfeeders split blackcaps into two genetically distinct groups : Not Exactly Rocket Science
"Rolshausen thinks that the crucial factor was human altruism - by giving food to wintering birds, we also gave an advantage to any individuals with mutations that sent them in an unorthodox direction."
birds  food  genetics  mutation  travel 
december 2009 by kevan
Texas' gay marriage ban may have banned all marriages | McClatchy
"This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage." [...] "Radnofsky [says] the wording of Subsection B effectively 'eliminates marriage in Texas,' including common-law marriages."
law  nomic  politics  mutation  via:zarba 
november 2009 by kevan
Star Wars: Uncut
"You and 472 other people have the chance to recreate Star Wars: A New Hope. Below is the entire movie split up into 15 second clips. Click on one of the scenes to claim it, film it, and upload it."
films  mutation  videos  via:glinner 
september 2009 by kevan
The Diary of a Nobody
A 21st century day-by-day retelling, with updated line-drawing artwork. "Won't it be nice, in future years, to look back on the night we danced at a glittering event with Boris Johnson?"
books  mutation 
may 2009 by kevan
Eventyr: Misheard and Misunderstood
Jabberwocky through speech recognition. "It was bullied and the slightly toes / If you are in demand in the wake: / Augmented by the broke Graves, / On the Monmouth upgrade."
poetry  language  mutation  sound 
february 2009 by kevan
Zaratustra Productions - Omniludicon: OmniLudiCon Intro
Build and share single-level puzzle games, made by combining and mutating the ludemes from retro videogames. Impressive how many genres you can mimic using only a few simple mutation vectors.
games  meta  mutation  design 
august 2008 by kevan
Science News / Reviving Extinct DNA
"[To] re-create the thylacine [would] take years and be would be extremely costly, not to mention that at some point, a chimeric animal (part-mouse, part-thylacine) would be unlikely to survive."
genetics  science  rodents  mutation  australia 
may 2008 by kevan
The Naked Game
"What you are seeing is a primitive version of 'Pong', being played by two artificial intelligences, with the entire code governing the mechanics of the game exposed below it. [You] can remove lines of code and see the effects in real time."
programming  art  mutation  via:grandtextauto 
may 2008 by kevan
Richard Prince - Jim Krantz - Photographs - Art - New York Times
"What do the photographers who took the original pictures think of these pictures of their pictures, apotheosized into art but without their names anywhere in sight?" [...] "I never associated advertisements with having an author."
advertising  art  mutation  photos  crime  law  via:hoaxes 
february 2008 by kevan
The Overdub Tampering Committee
"We are a group of musicians who have downloaded newly leaked albums by popular artists, quickly recorded many subtle overdubs over the work, and then re-leaked it to the internet. We have done this for about three years now." Wonderful.
music  mutation  secrets  via:currybet 
january 2008 by kevan
FOODPAIRING
Mapping the overlapping flavour components of ingredients. "So I can reconstruct basil by combining coriander, tarragon, cloves, laurel."
food  science  mutation  via:waxy 
november 2007 by kevan
The Host (2006)
A sleekly-animated fish-monster pursues a badly-quarantined family through rain and disinfectant clouds, while heavy-handed Americans clunk around in the background. Always good to be slightly wrong-footed by the unfamiliar film tropes of another country.
filmlog  3stars  monsters  fish  mutation  pollution 
november 2007 by kevan
Alex McLean » Blog Archive » ASCII Rave in Haskell
"I've been playing with using words to control the articulation of a physical modelling synthesiser based on the elegant Karplus-Strong algorithm. The idea is to be able to make instrumental sounds by typing onomatopoeic words."
language  music  mutation  via:waxy 
november 2007 by kevan
Multiple Fluorescent Proteins Blend In Fantastic Images Of Neurons
"Brainbow allows researchers to tag neurons with roughly 90 distinct colors, a huge leap over the mere handful of shades possible with current fluorescent labeling."
brains  nano  paint  technology  mutation 
november 2007 by kevan
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Disappointing that turning-enemies-against-each-other is so minor, and that the ethical dilemmas are so narrow, but if I'm going to be playing the mighty System Shock 2 again, a beautifully derelict 1950s underwater dystopia is a great place to play it.
gamelog  4stars  apocalypse  cities  society  water  mutation  dereliction 
september 2007 by kevan
Theme Hacks - New Themes for Old Games
An old idea of mine; alternate settings for existing boardgames, leaving the rules intact. I was playing Shadows Over Camelot last week and realising that it'd work just as well (and actually feel more coherent) if it was played as a zombie mall siege.
creations  games  mutation  hacking  zombies  wikis 
july 2007 by kevan
Xorph Dot Com | Clockers
"In a world not quite like our own, where the industrial revolution was triggered not by steam, but by springs [...] Daedelus Murphy and his ragtag band of friends and rivals are about to learn that that curiosity can be the most dangerous crime of all."
films  theatre  mutation  technology  history  crime  hacking  monkeys 
june 2007 by kevan
Improve your photography with classical art
"I keep a directory of about 30 of my favorite paintings and anytime I need to do color correction, I just scan through them to find the one that gives the photo I'm working on the best look."
art  photos  paint  light  mutation  via:holly 
may 2007 by kevan
New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo DS)
Fun platformer; some of the usual obsessive-compulsive trial-and-error, but balanced by the ability to wander back through old levels, and gear up with the right power-ups.
gamelog  3stars  mutation  via:raven 
march 2007 by kevan
Early Europeans unable to stomach milk - New Scientist
"[Thomas] believes that the mutation for lactose tolerance [in adulthood] spontaneously arose in Europe within the past 7000 years and quickly became prevalent through natural selection."
evolution  drinks  mutation  cows 
february 2007 by kevan
Quadradius
An ultra-simple boardgame, with random powerups scattered on the board, to be collected and stored Stratego-style. There's some scope for clever combo-building, but the underlying randomness is frustrating. Needs to be more CCG-style.
games  board  web  random  mutation  via:jay 
february 2007 by kevan
The Color Purple
How Planar Chaos nearly had a new mana colour. "But this was the perfect opportunity to do it for just a single set, because once you left alternate reality and returned to normalcy, Magic would clearly be back to five colors again."
mtg  mutation 
february 2007 by kevan
Find Misspelled Listings on eBay Auction Sites
Explore the dark and unbidden corners of eBay by autogenerating a search full of common typos. "Slimeline playstaion 2 with 6 games."
shops  cheating  hacking  mutation  via:lmg 
february 2007 by kevan
Black Snow - Mikhail Bulgakov
Not as interesting a plot as expected; a brightly confusing tour through the backstage of monolithic Russian theatre, as a writer's art suffers arbitrary censorship and setbacks.
booklog  theatre  russia  depression  mutation 
january 2007 by kevan
Mike Libby - Insect Lab
"Insect Lab is an artist operated studio that customizes real insects with antique watch parts and electronic components."
insects  robots  technology  art  mutation 
december 2006 by kevan
Orchid Fever - Eric Hansen
Scattered interviews on the trail of collectors, judges, and smugglers. Some good historical angles, but the smuggling issue is laughably one-sided, CETIS never being interviewed, and Kew Gardens built up as a den of tea-drinking British supervillains.
booklog  plants  law  crime  police  mutation 
november 2006 by kevan
Teacafe patent invention
"The beverages known by the popular names Coffee and Tea, are well known from their usage in the daily lives of most Americans. The inventor has found no prior mixtures of these two products into a single beverage component."
drinks  mutation 
november 2006 by kevan
The Humanist Hymnal Index
Appalling atheist filk. "O, tidings of knowledge and truth, knowledge and truth. O, tidings of knowledge and truth."
music  religion  lunacy  mutation  dawkins  via:holly 
november 2006 by kevan
Eurogamer - First Impressions - S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl
Very odd press event for a Chernobyl-set FPS, sounding a lot like they've just been paid to pretend they were there. "Unbelievably, we're no more than 200 metres from Reactor 4, the site of the worst nuclear accident in human history."
games  russia  pestilence  dereliction  apocalypse  mutation  weapons  via:levez 
november 2006 by kevan
Modern Mechanix » How Nuclear Radiation Can Change Our Race
Enthusiastically muddled article about the genetic fallout of nuclear war, from 1953. "Will a new race, spawned out of the hellish radiation of a world-wide Atomic War, go on to challenge mankind's supremacy on Earth?"
science  evolution  genetics  war  future  mutation 
august 2006 by kevan
UK faces square-shaped melon invasion
"Square-shaped watermelons, imported from Brazil and taking 60 days to reach maturity, are to be sold in Tesco's British stores for the first time this autumn."
food  mutation 
august 2006 by kevan
YouTube - Eaaaaaaastenders
A clip from Eastenders with David Cann as a doctor, woozily stretched and soundtracked to resemble a Jam sequence.
videos  television  mutation  medicine  via:qwghlm 
july 2006 by kevan
Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale
Art exhibition. "The theme out of time place scale provides an opportunity to challenge the taxonomic limitations of hierarchy, linearity, chronology, and/or context that museums and art history manipulate to control presentation and reception."
art  mysteries  monsters  museums  mutation  via:wmmna 
june 2006 by kevan
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Dropping good, solid rule-based mythology into nervous-laughing, non-plussed western scepticism.
filmlog  4stars  monsters  zombies  london  secrets  love  mutation 
may 2006 by kevan
Gode Cookery: The History of the Cockentrice
"Take a capon, scald it, drain it clean, then cut it in half at the waist; take a pig, scald it, drain it as the capon, and also cut it in half at the at the waist; take needle and thread and sew the front part of the capon to the back part of the pig."
food  mutation  history  pigs  birds 
february 2006 by kevan
Anagrammed Tube Map
A London Underground map photoshopped with anagrams of all the stations, with an excellent sense of humour. Concerning Torments.
tube  maps  mutation  via:holly 
february 2006 by kevan

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