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The Problem With OKCupid Is The Problem With The Social Web

On Monday, I tried to list some reasons why OKCupid's self-acknowledged experiments on its users didn't seem to be stirring up the same outrage that Facebook's had. Here at the end of the week, I think I was largely right: fewer people are upset,…

Jason Kottke • 4 years ago

This American Lear

This American Life host and radio superpersonality Ira Glass went to see a play and came away more vexed than Claudius walking out of The Mousetrap in Elsinore.

Jason Kottke • 4 years ago

Stranded On A Whale

A couple in a kayak gets too close to a whale and then the whale raises them right out of the water. And not just for a moment eit

Jason Kottke • 4 years ago

Tree-Eating Machine

This terrifying machine, called a DAH Forestry Mulcher, eats an entire 30-foot tall tree in less than 15 seconds. Ok humanity,

Jason Kottke • 4 years ago

RIP Aperture And iPhoto

"With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture," said Apple in a statement provided to The…

Jason Kottke • 4 years ago

How Graffiti Vanished From NYC Subways

Nice episode of 99% Invisible on how New York City got rid of the graffiti on all of their subway trains. For decades, authoritie

Jason Kottke • 4 years ago

What Else Is Out There?

Great post on the Fermi Paradox, aka if there are so many potential intelligent civilizations out there in the universe (possibly 10 quadrillion of them), why haven't we heard from anyone?

Jason Kottke • 4 years ago
Jason Kottke • 4 years ago

21 Years A Family

Beginning in 1991, Zed Nelson took a photo of the same family (father, mother, and son) in front of the same backdrop every year for 21 years. Here's the first photo:

Jason Kottke • 4 years ago

Soccer: 55 Vs. 2

Watch as two players from the Japanese national soccer team try to score against 55 kids. The kids had two opportunities to sto

Jason Kottke • 4 years ago

Fantastic Recursive Book Cover

The cover is a riff on, I think, Russell's Paradox, a problem with naive set theory described by Bertrand Russell in 1901 about whether sets can contain themselves.

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago

On This Weekend In 1984

On this weekend 30 years ago, in the summer of 1984, you could stroll into a movie theater and choose between the following films:

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago

Getting High On Programming

These days I write more than I code, but one of the things I miss about programming is the coder's high: those times when, for hours on end, I would lock my vision straight at the computer screen, trance out, and become a human-machine hybrid…

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago

Cheese Charts

In France, pie charts are called "le camembert" after the cheese. Or sometimes "un diagramme en fromage" (cheese diagram). In Brazil, they are pizza charts. (via numberphile & reddit)

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago

Infant Self-rescue In Water

The NY Times has a bunch of photos by Seth Casteel of babies undergoing infant survival swim training. Zoe was being introduced

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago

20 Outdoor Survival Tips

From Popular Mechanics, a list of survival tips covering a variety of outdoor situations, from watching a baseball game to cutting down trees to drinking too much water during exercise.

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago

Remembering Tony Gwynn

Former MLB player Tony Gwynn passed away the other day. Cancer. He was only 54. Gwynn was one of my favorite players as a kid...I've always liked the players who hit for average and rarely struck out. Rarely got to see him play because I lived in…

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago

The Infinitely Large .zip File

It's possible to make a .zip file that contains itself infinitely many times. So a 440 byte file could conceivably be expanded into eleventy dickety two zootayunafliptobytes of data and beyond. Here's the full explanation.

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago

Losing An Arm

Journalist Miles O'Brien lost his left arm in February. He wrote about the experience and what he's learned from it so far for New York magazine.

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago

Beautiful Iceland

I've seen the waterfalls and the hot springs and the rocky desolation, but I didn't know that Iceland was also this: I mean

Jason Kottke • 5 years ago