- How I Became the Kind of Person Who Can Work a Room
- Psychologists Discover How People Subconsciously Become Their Favorite Fictional Characters
- ‘Because’ has become a preposition, because grammar | Sentence first
- What the world must look like to a flying bird (hint: awesome)
- No need for 100Mbps NBN, Switkowski tells Senate - Delimiter. In essence, Switkowski has revealed that he's a stuffed suit for the coalition and has absolutely no ability to plan for the future. The truth is we don't really know what people will use 100mps for; but we know that demand for bandwidth grows extremely fast and we can safely assume we'll need at least that much by the time the NBN would have been finished. We know the copper network is absolutely on its last legs and no plan for the future should rely on it. But we also know Switkowski isn't in this to provide anybody with good broadband, he's here to mismanage it enough so the whole thing can be shut down as a failure and the infrastructure flogged off to a private operator. Australia will remain an internet backwater for decades longer thanks to this government. But hey, it's ok - Turnbull will wave iPads at us as though mobile devices are relevant to the need for high speed broadband in the home.
I don't know much about art, but I know what I like:
- Tony Abbott defends Gonski reversal, saying election pledge was misheard | World news | theguardian.com:
Tony Abbott has denied breaking an election promise over education funding and the Gonski reforms, insisting he never vowed to maintain the same money for each school. His argument that the promise was "plural" – matching total funding for all schools – comes despite the education minister, Christopher Pyne, declaring before the election: "You can vote Liberal or Labor and you'll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school." Abbott also told voters on 2 August that he would end uncertainty by "guaranteeing that no school will be worse off over the forward estimates period" – a reference to the four-year budget cycle.Presumably Pyne was only addressing those voters who send their kids to private schools, where the Coalition is sending the money 'adjusted' from public school budgets.
- Gonski report co-author labels Christopher Pyne 'a minister on L-plates', as funding stoush heats up - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Tony Abbott's controversial speeches wiped. Tony Abbott is at war with Eastasia. Tony Abbott has always been at war with Eastasia.
- His country, our grim future:
I will not go into other policies with likely adverse consequences, such as piling massive new spending (much of it on maintaining benefits for the already over-privileged) onto the government's declared "budget emergency", or the firing of most of the nation's government scientists, or the picking of a fight with China right on top of not picking up the phone to the President of Indonesia. These and many other of the early actions of the Abbott government are cause enough for worry, but education and climate change policies are the really scary ones because they each have irreversible lifetime consequences.
Skydiving planes collide in Wis., all escape. Also, many were wearing head cameras:
- Origins of Common UI Symbols | Visual.ly
- For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code at all Minuteman Silos in the United States Was 00000000:
Those in the U.S. that had been fitted with the devices, such as ones in the Minuteman Silos, were installed under the close scrutiny of Robert McNamara, JFK’s Secretary of Defence. However, The Strategic Air Command greatly resented McNamara’s presence and almost as soon as he left, the code to launch the missile’s, all 50 of them, was set to 00000000. Oh, and in case you actually did forget the code, it was handily written down on a checklist handed out to the soldiers.The nuclear launch codes were essentially written on the proverbial post-it note stuck to the monitor.
- The Aviationist » From the cockpit: F-16 solo, diving towards the ground while turning and releasing flares. Your selfie is invalid.
- The Coalition's Big Lie - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
When he decided to nearly double the Commonwealth's debt limit to $500 billion, Mr Hockey reassured us that the Australian economy was "growing as it should be" - further revisionism of the Big Lie. He justified the decision by arguing that "we are not going to allow Australia to become in any way as vulnerable as the United States". The implication that Australia needs the debt buffer to respond to shocks suggests that Mr Hockey's response to any crisis will be exactly the same as what the Big Lie slammed Labor for - borrowing to stimulate the economy.
- Drenched Sydney has wettest November week in 26 years (wild photos)
- Mix-tape spine-art - Boing Boing
- Sign Language Ring - 2013 | concept | Red Dot Award: Design Concept
- Swiss to vote on linking bosses' pay to wage of office cleaner | Reuters. An interesting idea, but the top execs will just get paid more in non-salary benefits (or other loopholes).
Yet another idea from science fiction, made into reality...
- Australia's rising debt: what happened to the Coalition's budget emergency? | Business | theguardian.com:
The big one is the one-off grant of $8.8bn given to the Reserve Bank for its “reserve fund”. This payment adds nearly $9bn to the deficit, yet has zero economic impact. It won’t boost demand as $9bn spent on infrastructure would. Nor will it impact inflation or employment. It will, however, impact the budget bottom line – which is its purpose. Because it is a one-off payment in 2013-14, it means even before he sits down to write the coming 2014-15 budget, Hockey will be spending $9bn less than he is this year.
- Everything You Need To Know About Make-A-Wish Foundation's Adorable, Crime-Fighting Batkid:
Five-year-old Miles spent the day keeping the streets of Gotham/San Francisco safe from ne’er-do-wells.
- Hands Down, This Is The Most Successful Commercial Of 2013 | Fstoppers
- Why red velvet cake was originally red (and why it can't be anymore)
- Pointless Diagrams | A new, meaningless diagram drawn daily, just 'cause.
- The Throwable, Panoramic Ball Cam Is Finally Here -- And It's Incredible | Gizmodo Australia
- Guy Builds a Bomb Just With Stuff You Can Buy After Airport Security
- Time lapse map of every nuclear explosion ever on Earth | memolition
- Our Logo Looks Like Underpants: A Case Study in Internationalization:
Without exception, every tweet that ever suggested that our logo looks like underpants had come from the United Kingdom.
- How to Get Even More Out of a Raspberry Pi | Gizmodo UK. Couple of pretty crazy ones in there.
- Those body image blues are all sewn up:
Who would have thought that the advent of mass market ready-to-wear fashion in the mid-20th century would have brought with it such a minefield of body image issues? Fashion, no longer tailored to unique, individual bodies, is now constructed to fit a made-up ideal body shape – an almost impossible task complicated further by the fact that, without industry sizing regulations, one label's 12 is another brand's 8.
- Sleeping on planes: why one extra inch makes all the difference:
Research by the European plane-maker has revealed that sleep quality improves by 53 per cent in an 18-inch (46-centimetre) seat compared to a 17-inch (43-centimetre) seat.
- I can haz kittens? Uber and Cheezburger will deliver you 15 minutes of cat playtime for $20 - The Next Web. Honestly, the only surprise to me is that it took this long to happen.
- Memorial of UTA Flight 772 - Imgur
- NSW strata law revolution:
the new model bylaws will, for the first time, cover smoke drift and allow pets by default, rather than banning them as is now the case. The issue of noisy timber and tiled floors will be addressed before the floors are laid, rather than after they become a problem, as happens now.When I rule the world, you'll need a license to live above the ground floor. What's that? You put on your hard shoes 45 minutes before you leave the house, then walk around your hardwood floor? Ground floor for you.
- 31 Tips For Taking The Perfect Wedding Photo
- By repealing the carbon tax, Tony Abbott is failing to protect his people | Adam Bandt | Comment is free | theguardian.com:
While much of the rest of the world is moving forward with action on climate change, including introducing carbon pricing, Abbott is taking us backwards. The OECD might urge action, but Abbott is as deaf to the economics of climate change as he is to the science. Like the Tea Party in the US, he has adopted a radical anti-market position, regardless of the economic consequences, as a political tool to mobilise extreme public opinion. In office he beats the same Tea Party drum, engaging in a new culture war, this time on climate action.
It is no surprise that one of his first acts in government was to abolish the body responsible for communicating the warnings of climate science, the Climate Commission. And he will continue to prosecute this culture war as long as he sees the political benefits.
- Minister wants boat people called illegals:
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has instructed departmental and detention centre staff to publicly refer to asylum seekers as ‘illegal’ arrivals and as ‘detainees’Because language shapes debate and the Liberals want to demonise asylum seekers for political gain.
- Chris Hadfield: out of this world | Science | The Guardian:
Being in space, Hadfield says, "you recognise the unanimity of our existence. The commonality." The reason his Space Oddity video was such a phenomenon, he says, is not that it told us something about space, but that it told us something about ourselves.
- Gallery: 2013 F1 cars wearing retro liveries
- This Is Why You Shouldn't Interrupt a Programmer | The Slightly Disgruntled Scientist
- Splendour in the Grass gifs | Photos | Boudist
- Sarah - a set on Flickr - wartime pinup style done well.
- Adventures of a Serial Trespasser - In Focus - The Atlantic
- Traditional 40s Pinup Photos With Models Wearing High Speed Milk (quite odd, and sadly I just can't help thinking that studio must pong ;))
- Wonderland by Kirsty Mitchell: heart-breakingly beautiful photographic series in memory of an extraordinary life | Mail Online
- Amazing Miniature Scenes Shot with Model Cars, Forced Perspective and a $250 P&S
- 'Posh people love gangsters':
It was while serving one of these long jail stints he learnt that writing sentences beat the hell out of serving them. For it is as storyteller that Chopper Read, 58, will be remembered and with good reason. Long before Underbelly he knew solid citizens were fascinated by the dark side, or as he said, ''Posh people love gangsters.''
- This is pretty awesome. It would make me feel like I was ... | Geek S…
- Mr. Chemex: The Eccentric Inventor Who Reimagined the Perfect Cup of Coffee | Collectors Weekly
- How the Bible and YouTube are fueling the next frontier of password cracking | Ars Technica
- Obvious Winner - ow - This Blocktronics 'Acid Trip' is the Longest ANSI Art Ever Created
- How Hotels Are Engineering A Better Night's Sleep
- Terrible real estate agent photographs
- Knight v Snail - Medieval manuscripts blog:
As anyone who is familiar with 13th and 14th century illuminated manuscripts can attest, images of armed knights fighting snails are common, especially in marginalia.
- Learn X in Y Minutes: Scenic Programming Language Tours
- The 5 Weirdest Side Effects of Moving to a New Country | Cracked.com
- Mark Webber says he has starved for years as formula one struggles with 'heavy' drivers:
Red Bull's Mark Webber responded to the speculation by tweeting his sympathy for heavier drivers, claiming that he has been starving himself for years and adding that the perfect driver weight was now between 60 to 65kg. The Australian, 182cm tall, weighs around 75kg compared with his teammate Sebastian Vettel who is 175cm and weighs 64kg. ... The issue of driver weight is a long-standing one in formula one. David Coulthard admitted to suffering from bulimia as a teenager as he struggled to make his way in the sport. While Button said he was in no danger of developing an eating disorder, he admitted that he fasts before each race and "never" eats carbohydrates.
- Google Is Exploring an Alternative to Cookies for Ad Tracking - NYTimes.com:
Google’s idea, first reported by USA Today, comes as advertisers are beginning to panic about finding alternatives to cookies, and as other efforts to establish standards for online tracking fall apart.Advertisers need to start looking at the quality of their creative; promoting the value of tracking to users (targeting = relevant ads = not getting irrelevant shit shoved in your face); and generally just stop being so underhanded. People need to trust the idea of giving some data to get a return, before they'll give the data.
- What Do Car Badges Reveal About Japanese Design Culture?:
This is because, Shiro Nakmura explained, Japan is as East as East gets. A little island parenthesis right off the shore of Asia. As a result, Japan really, really appreciates the concepts and ideas they borrow from outside cultures, since there's a sense that they're tucked out at the end of the world. They respect outside ideas to such a degree that they want the words used in their language to maintain the character of where the orginal concepts came from. Cars came to Japan initially from primarily English-speaking countries, and certainly places that used the western/Latin alphabet. As a result, that alphabet is now always associated with cars in Japanese culture, and the idea of using anything other than Western characters to write the name of a car just seems absurd to Japanese people.