- This awesome dissection of internet hyperbole will make you cry and change your life | Charlie Brooker | Comment is free | The Guardian
- Cars And Characters At This Apocalyptic Hellscape Party Are Terrifying:
I'd describe "Wasteland Weekend" as "Burning Man" with a post-apocalyptic anarchy theme, but I think that might be redundant. It does take the Mad Max thing to a whole 'nother level though; with a fleet of horrifying cars and weapon-clad characters that just looks like... a lot of fun.
- Alan Penn on Shop Floor Plan Design, Ikea, and Dark Patterns. | 90 Percent Of Everything
- The McLaren F1's Owner's Manual Is Full Of Awesome Easter Eggs
- You'll Swear You Are On Endor When You See These Drones Forest Racing
- This Nissan Skyline Is A Sharpie Tribal Tattoo On Wheels
- Episode 576: When Women Stopped Coding : Planet Money : NPR. tdlr: deeply ingrained gender stereotyping, particularly in the marketing of kids toys around 1984, cast computers as things for boys right before their boom time. It can be turned around quite effectively by adding bridging courses to get people into IT/CS at uni, if they don't have existing experience.
- History wars: Pyne needs evidence to build a case to change the curriculum | Australia news | theguardian.com. Basically Pyne wants to change the history curriculum from teaching 'balance' to teaching Judeo-Christian Values(tm), with no real evidence beyond his personal beliefs. Plus the article quotes him thumping his chest about how his party governs only for the right wing.
- BBC News - Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant
These guys are crazy... Things Gets Hammered When You Offer Offroaders $10,000 To Climb A Hill
- DHL launches first commercial drone 'parcelcopter' delivery service | Technology | theguardian.com:
German delivery firm DHL has beaten the tech firms to the post, announcing a regular drone delivery service for the first time, nine months after it launched its “parcelcopter” research project in December 2013. The service will use an autonomous quadcopter to deliver small parcels to the German island of Juist, a sandbar island 12km into the North Sea from the German coast, inhabited by 2,000 people. Deliveries will include medication and other goods that may be “urgently needed”.
- How To Keep Your Cool When Your Brakes Fail At 154 MPH (jump to 1:30 for the crash). Intense just how fast it happens at full speed.
- The 42nd Crew To The ISS Made This Awesome Hitchhiker's Guide Poster
- This Science Museum Has Royally Pissed Off a Bunch of Girl Scouts:
Understandably, Scouts and concerned citizens across the country did not take kindly to this and made their displeasure known on social media. The Carnegie Science Center responded with a long and honestly pretty reasonable post, promising that they do feel very strongly about supporting women in STEM but they just haven't seen much interest in anything except [long, sad sigh] "Science with a Sparkle"
- The Amazing DIY Monster Tanks Of Mexico's Narco-Vigilantes
- These Beastly Disaster-Rescue Rigs Will Bring WiFi To The Apocalypse:
After tornadoes had ravaged Tuscaloosa, the trucks were many people's first opportunity to connect with their families after losing phones and electricity.
- Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time. A yearly note that DST is bullshit on basically every level and should be phased out.
- What Do Sneakers on Telephone Wires Really Mean? - The Atlantic
- BasicsCard users buying banned cigarettes with welfare, bartering groceries for alcohol and cash - ABC News. In other words, people will buy whatever they want to buy and get around any system like this.
- Last Call — Medium (the death of print journalism):
Contrary to the contrived ignorance of media reporters, the future of the daily newspaper is one of the few certainties in the current landscape: Most of them are going away, in this decade. (If you work at a paper and you don’t know what’s happened to your own circulation or revenue in the last few years, now might be a good time to ask.) We’re late enough in the process that we can even predict the likely circumstance of its demise.
- Wikihistory | Abyss & Apex:
Take it easy on the kid, SilverFox316; everybody kills Hitler on their first trip.
- Community TV: Malcolm Turnbull confirms licensing for stations will end in 2015 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Community television will be booted off air by the Federal Government in a little over 12 months.His solution? Move online. Good thing everyone has access to a high speed national broadband network, right?
- Big Brother, watch out!Forget about the G20 sticker blitz, another kind of revelry may be a thorny issue | Cairns Post:
SIXTY-year-old grandmother Myra Gold was asleep when four police officers raided her home. They were deployed to confiscate her phone, dig through her rubbish and search her car. For stickers. Anti-G20 stickers. The woman wasn’t cooking crack, she has no connection to any terrorist organisations and she wasn’t manufacturing homemade bombs in her back yard. Stickers. ... Myra’s sticker said, “G20 benefits the 1%”.
- On Death and iPods: A Requiem | WIRED:
In all likelihood we’re not just seeing the death of the iPod Classic, but the death of the dedicated portable music player. Now it’s all phones and apps. Everything is a camera. The single-use device is gone—and with it, the very notion of cool that it once carried. The iPhone is about as subversive as a bag of potato chips, and music doesn’t define anyone anymore. Soon there will be no such thing as your music library. There will be no such thing as your music. We had it all wrong! Information doesn’t want to be free, it wants to be a commodity. It wants to be packaged into apps that differ only in terms of interface and pricing models. It wants to be rented. It wants to reveal nothing too personal, because we broadcast it to Facebook [...] I miss the time when we were still defined by our music. When our music was still our music. I miss being younger, with a head full of subversive ideas; white cables snaking down my neck, stolen songs in my pocket. There will never be an app for that.Of course there will never be an app for digging through second-hand CDs at your university markets, nor digging through crates of vinyl, nor waiting by the radio for your favourite song to come on. Perhaps every major change of technology brings these feelings on. Perhaps we curate our shared playlists with the same love and attention we used to put in to dubbing a mix tape for a friend. It just doesn't quite feel that way.
- AGENDA Security laws may collect metadata, in which Brandis demonstrates either a) he has absolutely no concept how the internet works; b) he's lying through his teeth; or c) both.
- How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi | Threat Level | WIRED
- This Spacesuit for Exploring Mars Is a Form-Fitting Math Problem | Design | WIRED
- How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink - SFGate
- Insiders - 10/08/2014: Abbott on what happens when people dont agree - Insiders - ABC
- Poor spend most on petrol, figures show, as anger grows at Joe Hockey | World news | theguardian.com:
when expressed as a percentage of mean income for those same groups, the petrol spending represented 4.54% of income for the lowest-earning households but only 1.37% for the highest-earning ones.
- As the blunders grow in number, can anyone actually challenge Abbott? | Bruce Haigh | Comment is free | theguardian.com:
All Australians should be concerned at the political acumen of this government, and the poor quality of their decision-making. But is anyone in a position to seriously challenge Abbott?
- Home | elementary OS - a linux distro with (although they aren't so silly as to say it straight out..) OSX-inspired design.
- Cronulla's Paul Gallen accepts doping ban and wants to 'get on with life' | Sport | theguardian.com. Actually a number of players accepted backdated bans (ie. effectively hugely-reduced bans). Not a bad result given how hard it would have been to prove they didn't know they were being doped; and the club's at the bottom of the ladder anyway.
- BBC News - Mozilla's first low-cost smartphone on sale in India:
Mozilla, a company best known for its Firefox browser, has launched a new low-cost smartphone in India that will retail for 1,999 rupees ($33; £19.90).
- Brandis' leaked anti-piracy proposal is unrealistic:
The problem is that this move is not likely to make things better. Similar schemes have been tried around the world, but there is little evidence they actually work to reduce copyright infringement. This draft proposal does nothing to address the basic issue that Australians are not being fairly treated by the copyright industries. Compared to consumers in the United States, Australians pay more for digital downloads, have less choice in how they can access film and television, face large delays before content is released, and much foreign content is still not available at all in Australia.
- Unprepared - Matt Gemmell:
We’re all pretending, all the time. Putting on our suits, picking up our car keys, and going forth into the world.
- Russia's new tram is a Batmobile on the outside, tech hub on the inside
- A rocket scientist at Oxford University is designing better cookware
- Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld (alternative cover art)
- An Alarm Clock That Brews Coffee - DesignTAXI.com
- These Maniacs Cooked Steak With Molten Lava and Lightning
- William Gibson and Neuromancer: the man who saw tomorrow | Books | The Guardian:
"Neuromancer," says novelist and blogger Cory Doctorow, "remains a vividly imagined allegory for the world of the 1980s, when the first seeds of massive, globalised wealth-disparity were planted, and when the inchoate rumblings of technological rebellion were first felt. A generation later, we're living in a future that is both nothing like the Gibson future and instantly recognisable as its less stylish, less romantic cousin. Instead of zaibatsus [large conglomerates] run by faceless salarymen, we have doctrinaire thrusting young neocons and neoliberals who want to treat everything from schools to hospitals as businesses."
- War snaps Tony Abbott’s Ukraine plan back to reality:
What should perhaps always have been obvious is now clear. The site is in the middle of a war zone and getting access to it will be difficult and unpredictable. The small team that visited on Thursday took six hours to get there and reporters say there were explosions in the vicinity. None of this is Abbott’s fault but he now looks to have over-promised when he said he would be “very, very surprised” if the mission took more than two or three weeks. ... Questions are being asked about Abbott’s diplomatic tactics as well. He announced the mission the morning after a late-night phone call with Putin. It has been noticeable that Abbott has taken a much less confrontational tone towards the Russian strong man since.
- The Joy of Six: Australia's most terrifying away trips | Sport | theguardian.com. You know, I've always been amazed that any of the 1980s Lang Park punters would throw away a full beer.
- Penny Wong Blew Up And Tore The Government A New One In The Senate Today | Junkee:
It is an absolute disgrace and really demonstrates the arrogance of this government — that you would not even allow a committee stage in a debate when you have been given more time…in order to ensure a proper process. You have spat in the face of that offer; you have said ‘You know what? We don’t want a debate, we just want a media conference. We’re going to run the Senate in time for the media, and we will not even do the Senate the courtesy of telling Senators what our proposition is — we’re going to go out and background the media ahead.Presumably Abbott was too busy having people photograph his crotch to do more than organise the media conference.
- Why Google Is So Interested In Kenya's Transit System
- My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers. People do some weird stuff...
- What makes an Archibald winner? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)Ikea Advertises Adoptable Dogs In Stores, Because Every Home Needs A Rescue Pup. Part brilliant, part evil ;)
- Terminator 2 and the world’s biggest spoiler / The Dissolve:
Re-watching Terminator 2: Judgment Day, it’s actually frustrating to see how carefully crafted the first half-hour is, how thoroughly it takes advantage of audience assumptions, all in order to floor them with the big reveal, when Patrick and Schwarzenegger’s Terminators face off over a terrified John Connor, and Schwarzenegger’s is the one who saves John’s life and hustles him to safety. Counting Cameron’s first run at these characters and this basic idea, it took around seven years to build up this fake-out—and just a couple minutes of trailer (and a tagline, “This time he’s back… for good!”) to blow it. It’s one of the dumbest marketing missteps of all time—at least in terms of audience experience.
- The elegant art of not giving a shit:
Not giving a shit sounds like apathy, but it’s not. It’s simply a refusal to waste your energy and time on thoughts you’re not going to act on. So when you do give a shit, make sure that the point of this shit-giving is to figure out what you’re actually going to do in response to what happened, and then move on to the action part.As it turns out, this is incredibly fucking hard.
- Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful | MIT Technology Review
- 19 Epic Pictures Of The Monster Thunderstorm That Shook Sydney and Dramatic storm down under « Flickr Blog
- Twitter / noahWG: fish avoiding sharks
- Vintage Female Badasses | Pinterest
- Eleven photos that define 'American Cool' | Art and design | theguardian.com
- Photographs taken inside of instruments » Lost At E Minor: For creative people
- Magic Budapest trams jumping into hyperspace
- Behind the Scenes Photos of Actors Laughing Between Takes - My Modern Met
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