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Screed Slope: I want it, I want it, so you can’t have it.

by on March 22, 2011

The NY Post says that there may be a shortage of iPad 2s in the West (or New York, but that’s North America’s navel) because too many are being shipped to China’s greymarket.  I’m guessing mainly Hong Kong and Shanghai, which aspires to be Hong Kong for some reason.

 All Apple products are status symbols here. At legitimate stores they cost nearly double what they do in the West. Unlike luxury clothing brands which …
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Evgeny Morozov ~ Net Delusion

by on March 20, 2011

The Clampdown Will Be Tweeted Also

In this latest illustrated lecture from RSA Animate, author of The Net Delusion, Evgeny Morozov takes to task the commonly tweeted, reposted and regurgitated notion that social connectivity (Internet freedoms) must necessarily lead to more open societies and to inevitable democratic governance. He lists off the many ways in which the charms of the Internet feed instead hedonism, myopia and lethargy. Some Internet …
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A Whale Tail Tale

by on March 18, 2011

By popular demand, as part of her Green Porno series, Isabella Rossellini dramatizes whale sex.

A penis has disadvantages in water.


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Potty Training Reactor Boy

by on March 17, 2011

And then there’s little Chernobyl, whom you hear about sometimes.
That was a really serious incident!
He pooped all over – and it was diarrhea!
And he was running around when it happened!

So, what’s the half-life of trauma-induced anal retention? Do we have a Freudian physicist who can speak to the issue?…
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OK, But How Do You Win This Game?

by on March 15, 2011

Via davidthompson

With many machines and appliances the consumer faces a trade off between performance and aesthetic values. I would argue that the walnut and oak Useless Box above is the more elegant and beautiful. The Lego one below, on the other hand, seems to possess more torque, and I believe it would be easier to service and repair. With Lego, however, comes the temptation to adapt and expand, and …
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Happy Pi Day!

by on March 14, 2011

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It’s an irrational number, that goes on to infinite decimal places without repeating, but its first three digits are 3.14, so math geeks enthusiasts celebrate its existence on 3/14.

In honour of Pi Day, I give you this song.

 

Hear more by Michael John Blake.…
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Public Washrooms: essential ideology (with help from Zizek)

by on March 12, 2011

I must write an essay on the organization of a particular object for one of my Library school courses. The object in question could be anything: grocery store, smartphone, Facebook… We are to show how the way an object is constructed affects the way we interact with it physically and mentally, and also how its organization tells us something about those who constructed it (basic ontology/epistemology). In light of Ottawa …
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Easybake Killer Android

by on March 12, 2011

Based on two recent technological advances, here’s a simple recipe for an undetectable robot death machine.

– Take one part ever-more-realistic-looking human simulacrum.

– Mix in a dollop of cellular circuitry.

Genetically modified cells can be made to communicate with each other as if they were electronic circuits. Using yeast cells, a group of researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has taken a groundbreaking step towards being


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Bite-Sized Eraserhead

by on March 11, 2011

I haven’t had much success convincing people that there ought to be a remake of Eraserhead, or that it ought to be in 3D, or that it should star Glen Beck. Sadly, that concept is likely to remain a dream. My hearty thanks, therefore, to Lee Hardcastle for this 60 second retelling of David Lynch’s unparalleled mind-bender. No Beck, no chicken hemorrhage spraying out of the screen – but I …
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Lego Moloko-Plus

by on March 11, 2011

Down at the Korova

There is a bunch of iconic movie scenes in Lego over at Bored Panda. Since Kubrick is fairly popular here at the PS, I grabbed these two. Now we’ve got both friends and playmates.

Double playdate (forever)


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Masters Of Sci-Fi – Who Birthed Whom

by on March 11, 2011

A brilliantly artistic – and somewhat colonic – representation of the history of science fiction. Artist unknown, although apparently it is a submission in this contest.

(h/t Roger Ebert via Wily Badger)…
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Gong Show: Exploring metal sound with Karen Stackpole

by on March 10, 2011

Musician and oud maestro Derek Monypeny tips me (and now you) to the sonic wonders of Karen Stackpole‘s obsession with the metallic music of the gong. Listen to a collaboration between Stackpole and Die Elektrischen from Machine Shop here. And watch below as she “illuminates the science, history, and construction of gongs, tam-tams, and metallophones”; beneath that, a look in on the composition process of the aforementioned experimental …
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