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