- The Russia You'll Never See On Postcards Through The Lens Of Photographer Alexander Petrosyan. A bit of context would certainly be helpful for a lot of these ;)
- Has Coffee Gotten Too Fancy? - The New York Times:
Locol charges just $1 for a 12-ounce coffee, or $1.50 if you want milk and sugar. Rather than offer free condiments and pass on the cost to all customers, those who want milky, sweet coffee pay for their pleasures, while drinkers of black coffee get a break. As for getting it chilled, that’s on the house: Iced coffee costs the same as hot.
- Why Does North Korea Play Blade Runner-Style Music Every Morning? | Gizmodo Australia
- Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump:
Melania Trump is the woman least fit for public service in the entirety of the United States of America. We should expect nothing from her. She's living inside a dark fairytale, and in fairytales the women trapped in towers never save anyone but themselves.
- A 1986 bulletin board system has brought the old Web back to life in 2017 | Ars Technica
- Exclusive: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life | Reuters
- My Father Spent 30 Years In Prison. Now He's Out. (And I don't want him to text me)
- Web Directions A Tale of Two Products - Web Directions & Here's Why Juicero's Press is So Expensive – Bolt Blog
- This Dystopian Riot Control Truck Is The Vehicle Of The Future | Gizmodo Australia
- Inventor of World Wide Web Receives ACM A.M. Turing Award. It's a hell of a list: A.M. Turing Award Winners by Year
- Bidder faints during bidding war at Surry Hills auction - realestate.com.au
- Invader Zim is returning to TV with a new movie after more than a decade off the air (update) - Polygon. It's time to sing the doom song!
- Meet The Food Delivery Workers In The Decentralised Dickensian Online Gig Economy.
- To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old - The New York Times:
The more I talked to Dr. Goodenough, the more I wondered if his brilliance was directly tied to his age. After all, he has been thinking about energy problems longer than just about anyone else on the planet.
- The secrets of Rage — now the longest-running music show on TV
- Real-Life Fast & Furious Robbers Blow The Doors Off An Armored Truck Right In The Middle Of Traffic
- John Clarke, satirist and comedian, dies aged 68 | Media | The Guardian. A giant of satire who will be sorely missed.
- Zoo Sues Studio For Traumatising Raccoon Used In 'Erotic' Ad:
A Russian zoo says it's suing an advertising studio for overstimulating a raccoon it loaned out for a run-of-the-mill television commercial that instead ended up featuring a surprise topless model. The frustrated animal has since become obsessed with human breasts, an official told the BBC, which is hardly ideal behavior in a petting zoo.
- The 'Impossible' Veggie Burger: A Tech Industry Answer to the Big Mac - The New York Times. I suspect the choice will eventually be taken out of peoples' hands, as the cost of beef goes up simple business requirements will kick in. Mass produced burgers generally have a lot of filler in them; and whatever proportion of meat they do have isn't high quality. Which all adds up to the basic truth that cheap burgers can contain almost anything and people will still buy them. The burger connoisseur in the article could probably be made happy with the addition of more fat, besides which he has a vested interest in dismissing a veggie burger (he has an audience to play to). The world will end up eating more veggie alternatives not because they care, but because they will get good enough to replace supermarket meat at a cheaper price. The mince in a mid-week family spaghetti generally isn't top quality anyway; so if there was a healthy, indistinguishable option that cost $2 instead of $10 why wouldn't you use it?
- Humans Are Really Bad At The Most Critical Part Of Using A Semi-Autonomous Car:
Even in non-critical situations (that is, when the driver isn’t otherwise distracted by texting or eating soup or whatever), drivers needed between 1.9 and 25.7 seconds to adequately take control from a robot-car.
- Simon Stålenhag Art Gallery (dystopian future art)
- Rio's Olympic venues, six months on – in pictures | Sport | The Guardian (worse than you'd expect)
- John Oliver Has A Genius Plan To Force Trump To Learn Some Actual Facts
- HMD Global will launch the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 at MWC, plus a 3310 homage | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Evan Blass. 3310 homage? Interesting. There are a few ways you could modernise the form factor, wonder how far they'll go?
- This Love Affair With A 1987 Nissan Maxima Has Lasted 27 Years. A car doesn't have to be new or even fast for its owner to love it.
- Chatham House Rule - Wikipedia
- Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into His Home, And The Interior Will Take Your Breath Away | Bored Panda
- Grand Tour 'most illegally downloaded TV programme in history' | Television & radio | The Guardian. Interesting that this knocked Game Of Thrones off the record - who knew people like cars more than violence?
- Accessorize to a Crime: Real and Stealthy Attacks on State-of-the-Art Face Recognition:
In this paper, we demonstrated techniques for generating accessories in the form of eyeglass frames that, when printed and worn, can effectively fool state-of-the-art facerecognition systems.
- How Group C Died
- To Save Real News - Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design:
Design won't solve all the problems facing newspapers, but it will help. And unlike more “immersive” approaches such as WebVR, original full-screen imagery, and original embedded video, the basics of solid, readable design should not be out of budgetary reach for even the most cash-strapped news publisher—budget being a problem for any business at any time, but especially for newspapers now.
- Bat chat: machine learning algorithms provide translations for bat squeaks | Science | The Guardian
- Honda's New Experimental Motorcycle Can Balance All By Itself Like Magic
- Supervillain Headquarters hiding in plain sight - Album on Imgur
- Dolly Parton's “Jolene” sounds quite interesting played at 33. The vocals go a bit weird but the lick slowed down would make an awesome base sample for remixes.
- This Collarbone-Saving Inflatable Motorcycle Jacket Is Finally Going On Sale In The U.S.
The self-indulgent backstory is eminently skippable, but if you care:
- David Bowie - Let's Dance: the playlists starts with a Bowie track for obvious reasons. I also listened, a lot, to the live version of Sunday from the Reality tour as it was a truly astonishing moment during the show and a memory I treasure. But after a while, I found Let's Dance felt like a better choice for the mix tape.
- The Sheep Of Sam Clams Disco: saw Skunkhour live. Didn't really think that would ever happen, but it did and it was awesome. Took a mate along to the show, his observation was they're
Australia's answer to The Rootswhich isn't a bad way to put it.
- Iron Maiden - If Eternity Should Fail: up the Irons! Finally saw Iron Maiden live. This track opened the show. So, so good!
- System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.: not sure how I got onto it but listened to a lot of SOAD this year.
- The Avalanches - Frankie Sinatra: couldn't quite believe we were really going to get a second album. I didn't really dig a lot of tracks on the album (gasp!), but this track is brilliant.
- Meat Beat Manifesto - Asbestos Lead Asbestos: dug into the MBM back catalogue a bit and got this song stuck in my head for days.
- Covenant - Sound Mirrors: first track released off the new album and it's a good'un.
- Deftones - Hearts/Wires: saw them live, supported by Karnivool. Would have included a 'vool track in the mix tape but they haven't released their new album yet ;)
- Leonard Cohen - Everybody knows: obvious reasons. My young teenage self found a sort of grim joy in music like this - songs that spit in the eye of the evil of the world, while still keeping a sweet humanity.
- Dan Sultan - Magnetic: saw Dan Sultan live, correcting the mistake I made by missing him on his Blackbird tour.
- Caiti Baker – Heavy On My Heart: bonus! Caiti Baker supported Dan Sultan and she absolutely blew the roof off the Manning Bar. Great set and really hope to see her release more solo stuff.
- Seth Sentry - Punch In The Face: heard this once on a Sunday afternoon out the back of The Vic, but never knew what it was. Just remembered one line from it -
if your best friend's a racist / your best friend's an arrrrrrsehole. Finally worked out it was this Frenzal cover from Like A Version 9.
- Garbage - Empty: finally saw Garbage live for the first time. Hard to pick a favourite from the gig... I loved seeing Queer live, Even Though Our Love Is Doomed was an amazing set piece in the gig, Sex Is Not The Enemy and #1 Crush both went off in a big way. In the end I picked Empty as it's one off the album they were touring; and it's a great track.
- Dead Kennedys California Über Alles: dug through an old box of CDs to find this album, which feels freakishly contemporary given the year's political climate.
- Twelve Foot Ninja - Sick: somehow picked up the name of this band from shirts and posters at other gigs and checked them out... subsequently thrashed their two albums at the end of the year.
Labels: mix tape
- From senator to saw mill owner, the rise and rise of Ricky Muir
- Driver Flips In Brutal High-Speed Crash And Wins Race After Sliding On His Roof
- The Must See Cars From the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show - Design Milk - 3D printed cars and bikes are a thing now.
- The Barnacle Is The Car Blindfold Cops Will Slap On Your Windshield When You Park Badly
- Neuroscientists Found The Most Relaxing Song. Well actually they helped create it:
The song was actually created for the purpose of stress reduction—it was a collaboration between the band and a group of sound therapists.
- Coles grocery shopping on a budget: What you can buy for $150
- Boom Technology supersonic jets: Startup wants to fly NYC — London in just over three hours. Interesting on two levels. First, fast transport yay! Second, current airline businesses are focused on the high-end tickets to the detriment of the low-end experience. So if something like this lops the head off, quite a few airlines will be in deep trouble if they don't respond somehow. Do they become budget airlines, or do they offer a more affordable but better-than-cattle-class experience? Yeah ok they'll all become overpriced budget airlines, but still it's an opportunity.
- New South Wales backpedals on plan to make cyclists carry ID | Life and style | The Guardian:
The government collected $1.3m from 3,171 fines issued to cyclists [...] Over the same seven-month period, only 15 fines were issued to motorists for violating one-metre passing rules introduced at the same time, raising $4,857.Confirming what was already known - there is no intent to enforce the one-metre rule, there is intent to get cyclists off the road.
- Moral Machine: MIT experiment asking people to judge what a self-driving car should do in an emergency brake failure.
Oddly well-produced video of a guy punching a roo in the face and not immediately being kicked to death:
- How do you solve a problem like Donald Trump? 'We could shoot him' says Sir David Attenborough - The i newspaper online iNews:
How do you solve a problem like Donald Trump? “We could shoot him,” Sir David Attenborough has suggested in an interview revealing a steely political edge behind the cuddly image.(spoiler - he was joking)
- Donald Trump Prepares for White House Move, but His Tower May Still Beckon - NYTimes.com:
Returning home to Trump Tower from the White House may not be Mr. Trump's only embrace of the familiar. His aides say he has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that were a staple of his candidacy. He likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide, and his aides are discussing how they might accommodate his demand.
- Donald Trump Doesn't Like This Any More Than You Do:
Donald Trump likes going to rallies. He likes hearing people scream his name in ecstasy while calling for the imprisonment and death of his enemies. He likes going on TV. He likes hearing about how high the ratings were after he goes on TV. ... What Donald Trump does not like, however, is keeping his promises, sitting still for more than five minutes at a time, or doing any kind of work whatsoever, tedious or otherwise. ... Donald Trump looks like he wants to die.
- Remembering Sydney's lost buildings – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian
- Vice President-elect Mike Pence gets an earful at 'Hamilton' show in N.Y. - Chicago Tribune:
Actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, the nation's third vice president, gave a speech Friday for his political descendant after the curtain call, telling Pence the multiracial and multicultural cast is worried about the Trump administration.
- Reince Priebus, Stephen Bannon Picked For Key White House Posts : NPR:
Well, it's kind of similar to how the campaign went down, aside from bringing Priebus in to now sort of run the trains. You know, make the trains run on time and the day-to-day stuff.I do not buy that anyone in politics would use that phrase accidentally. That right there is a dog whistle.
- Greetings From Mars - Julien Mauve — Julien Mauve
- Hilarious genius has built a Twitter bot that tricks idiots into arguing with it for hours | SBS Comedy
- Australia's new $5 bill is so high-tech it can play a vinyl record
- Trump's supporters talk rebellion, assassination at his rallies - The Boston Globe:
Anger and hostility were the most overwhelming sentiments at a Trump rally in Cincinnati last week, a deep sense of frustration, an us-versus-them mentality, and a belief that they are part of an unstoppable and underestimated movement. Unlike many in the country, however, these hard-core Trump followers do not believe the real estate mogul's misfortunes are of his own making. They believe what Trump has told them over and over, that this election is rigged, and if he loses, it will be because of a massive conspiracy to take him down.
- My first virtual reality groping:
My high from earlier plummeted. I went from the god who couldn't fall off a ledge to a powerless woman being chased by an avatar named BigBro442. ... What had just happened? I hadn't lasted 3 minutes in multiplayer without getting virtually groped.FFS, gaming world.
- Nerf Accustrike Darts Are the Company's Most Precise Projectiles Yet | WIRED
- First self-driving cars will be unmarked so that other drivers don't try to bully them | Technology | The Guardian:
Coelingh's concerns chime with the findings of a survey published earlier this month by the London School of Economics. It found that aggressive drivers will attempt to “bully” the occupants of autonomous vehicles, which they will see as easy prey on the roads because the cars will follow the rules of the highway.
- Look Who's Smiley Now: MoMA Acquires Original Emoji - The New York Times:
This emoji set was acquired through a licensing agreement with DoCoMo that lets the museum display the images in a range of forms. Starting in December, MoMA will show the emoji in the museum lobby, in a display that incorporates both 2-D graphics and animations.
- Inside the secret meeting that changed the fate of Vine forever. tldr: Vine didn't want to pay its top content producers or change the product; so they moved to other platforms. Noting the top producers were asking for $1m+ each.
- Google's Self-Driving Car Designer YooJung Ahn Discusses Her Design
- How To Make A Land Cruiser Faster Than A Lamborghini:
It's awesome when a corporation has a sense of humor and a savvy engineering team. And a bottomless budget.
- Meet The Shop That Keeps Alive Jaguar's Tortured Supercar, The XJ220
People run around, then get tackled. For 5-30 seconds anything at all is allowed so long as you don’t introduce edged weapons. When people start getting tired of stomping the poor sod on the bottom, someone picks up the ball and legs it. They get tackled but a cat in the alley outside rolls snake eyes in an illegal craps game; so you have a scrum.
The scrum involves getting the biggest bastards from your home town to tape their ears back, form up and ruin their backs in the quickest time possible. You have to push about three inches above the turf but if you are so ill mannered as to fall down because you’re experiencing tremendous force on a slippery surface, you are deemed to be bounders and cads and a penalty will be awarded.
The cat roles a seven and now you have a line out, where you shout random words before a couple of your mates pick up the lightest and least-liked guy on the team and hurl him into the air. If you’re lucky you can also scone the guy with the ball and retain possession.
Around this point a couple of guys who haven’t done much will have a kicking battle, showing that egg shaped balls can travel amazing distances and give the front row a bit of a breather.
Repeat for 80 minutes and declare the All Blacks winners with a margin determined by the crap shooting cat’s last five rolls, retire to the pub.
But I may not have all of the details exactly right.
- How the Dutch Reach Could Save Lives - YouTube (cut to ~40sec in to bypass the pointless intro)
- /dev/lawyer The MIT License, Line by Line
- Full Hanjin Ship Won't Dock Because No Plan to Leave – gCaptain. The ships can't dock, so they can't unload, so they can't take empty containers, so there's a shortage of the trailers used to move empty containers.....
- The 2020 Olympics may have medals made from electronic waste
- Songbird, A Mostly 3D Printed Pistol That Appears To Actually Work | Hackaday Note the mostly, but still; it's another step towards the inevitable successful project. Cue panic from the authorities, most of whom probably used to stick a firecracker and a ballbearing down a metal pipe on Cracker Night.
- "Nighthawks" re-imagined - Album on Imgur
- Deer killed in Woollahra causes confusion. WTF.
- This MIT Online Activity Lets You Choose Who Gets Killed If A Self-Driving Car Wrecks. The ethics of self-driving cars.
- Learn About The Dangers Of Towing From A Toy Mustang On A Conveyer Belt
- Speak, Memory:
For many users, interacting with the bot had a therapeutic effect. The tone of their chats is often confessional; one user messaged the bot repeatedly about a difficult time he was having at work. He sent it lengthy messages describing his problems and how they had affected him emotionally. “I wish you were here,” he said. It seemed to Kuyda that people were more honest when conversing with the dead. She had been shaken by some of the criticism that the Roman bot had received. But hundreds of people tried it at least once, and reading the logs made her feel better. It turned out that the primary purpose of the bot had not been to talk but to listen.
- Ping-Pong FM – Playing table tennis to control the BPM of the music | Ufunk.net
- Dennis Ritchie, Father of C and Co-Developer of Unix, Dies
By creating C, Ritchie gave birth to the concept of open systems. C was developed so they could port Unix to any computer, and so that programs written on one platform (and the skills used to develop them) could be easily transferred to another. In that way, Ritchie has shaped our world in much more fundamental ways than Steve Jobs or Bill Gates have. What sets him apart from them is that he did it all not in a quest for wealth or fame, but just out of intellectual curiosity.
- Man dressed as Batman chases 'killer clowns' in Cumbria