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August 27, 2015
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  • Translucent Waves Captured In 19th Century Russian Paintings
     

    Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

    Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

    Yes, it’s an imgur post (which I hate), but these paintings and the way they capture the sea are incredible

  • No Country for Young Women
     
    Sufficiently tired of women as props—as raped and beaten and tortured and murdered bodies meant to motivate the real, male people at the center of the world—that I stopped reading/watching fiction not previously vetted. Then I had a baby, and even less energy for anger or time for nonsense. At the first hint of the poisonous defaults that make women disposable, I dropped novels and movies and series.

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August 25, 2015
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  • In Conversation With Quentin Tarantino
     
    I really liked It Follows

     

    What did you like about it?

     

    It was the best premise I’ve seen in a horror film in a long, long, long time. It’s one of those movies that’s so good you get mad at it for not being great.

     

    How could it have been great?

     

    He could have kept his mythology straight. He broke his mythology left, right, and center.

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August 22, 2015
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Chump

 

 

 

See also: #PixelsMovie

 

Although apparently I shouldn’t mock US politics…

 

Presume he is referring to the European parliament, and the MEPs that “include Holocaust deniers, fascists, xenophobes – and a leftwing war hero

 

August 22, 2015
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  • Work Hard, Live Well — Life Learning
    productivity

    So it is with deep sadness that I observe the current culture of intensity in the tech industry. My intellectual conclusion is that these companies are both destroying the personal lives of their employees and getting nothing in return. … I also hear young developers frequently brag about “48 hour” coding sprints. This kind of attitude not only hurts young workers who are willing to “step up” to the expectation, but facilitates ageism and sexism by indirectly discriminating against people who cannot maintain that kind of schedule.

     

     
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August 21, 2015
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Heath

 

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Late one night in the early 1970s during Heath’s reign as Prime Minister, she was taking her dog for a walk when she saw some lights. Quietly she moved closer to see what was going on. To her horror she saw that it was a Satanic ritual and in the circle was the then Prime Minister, Edward Heath, and his Chancellor of the Exchequer, Anthony Barber. She says that as she watched him, Heath began to transform into a reptile and she said that what surprised her was that no-one in the circle seemed in the least surprised. “He eventually became a full-bodied Reptiloid, growing in size by some two foot.” She said he was “slightly scaly” and “spoke fairly naturally, although it sounded like ‘long distance’ – if you can imagine the short ‘time’ lapses”. – The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the World by David Icke

Available as PDF too, if you wish to try before you buy.

 

August 21, 2015
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  • kern/filepizza · GitHub
     
    FilePizza enables fast and private peer-to-peer file transfers in your web browser.
  • How I Hacked Amazon’s $5 WiFi Button to track Baby Data
     
    Dash Buttons are small, $5 plastic buttons with a battery and a WiFi connection inside. Amazon wants you to stick them to the insides of your cabinet doors and use them to re-order products like diapers or toilet paper. Push the button, get a new pack of diapers in the mail in two days. I’m going to show you how to hijack and use these buttons for just about anything you want.

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August 17, 2015
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  • Slow Poison – Pacific Standard
     
    I can no more safely forget racism than a sea captain can forget about waves and weather. It must be heeded and understood to be navigated, and if I refuse, I will drown. I may drown anyway, despite my best efforts. That is not in my hands, and in a strange way it is freeing to know that even perfection might not be enough.
  • Why Stealing Jokes on Social Media is a Bigger Deal Than You Think
     
    Well actually there is a way to credit someone for their joke and that’s by simply retweeting them. Shocking discovery, right? Also how laughably smug is it to openly plagiarize and put the fault on the platform and not on your terrible self? “Sure I keep robbing people in the Wal-Mart parking lot, but that’s the shoppers’ faults because Wal-Mart’s hasn’t installing better security cameras.” … It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer using social media as a notepad for jokes you’re working on or a receptionist at a dental office that uses it every six months as a comedic outlet; taking someone else’s words with no credit given is wrong, but profiting off of it seems criminal.

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August 16, 2015
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  • Coworker With Two Computer Screens Not Fucking Around
     
    Piotrowski also speculated that if there’s a limit to how many tabs you can have open in your web browser at once, this guy’s gonna hit it.
  • Reducing Skyscraper Sway
     
    To keep residents comfortable, developers of skinny skyscrapers are placing “tuned mass dampers” at the top to slow building motion. These giant counterweights are increasingly an integral part of building design in New York as skyscrapers climb taller from smaller bases.

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