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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday Top 5+5

My Internet connection was down for almost nine days so I’m a bit behind in posting this Top 5. To make up for it, here’s an extra helping of interestingness, lols, and shenanigans.



TED Talks: Juan Enriquez shares mindboggling science
This is why I love science. “Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don’t look for it on your ballot — or in the stock exchange. It’ll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be...different.”



Captain Kirk deals with a strange alien culture
Trololololols.



Adam Carolla Project, Episode 1
I miss Adam.



Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at Barbican Centre, London
Very interesting art installation. Olya will like this one. I bet she’s never seen such musical birds before. [via Jason]



Time Traveling Geek



Dry ice bubble
Fun with science! [via Jason]



Tales Of Mere Existence, “God”

Dante’s Inferno
Amusing review: A scholar of medieval literature wonders if feminists wrote the video game Dante’s Inferno.

On the Media: Facing the (Free) Music
This was a really great OTM on the state of the music business (MP3 available): “For 10 years, music execs have waged a war against digital file sharing — and software like Napster and websites like The Pirate Bay — which have decimated the industry’s profits. But recently, there are signs from Europe that the battle over free music may be changing.” I haven’t mention it in a while, but this is one of my two favorite radio programs; I hate to miss an episode and often listen to them twice.

Top 10 funniest books according to the British
Abebooks asked their UK customers to name their favorites, and now I’m going to have to add some of these to my Wish List.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday Top 5



Art inspired by the series Lost



Logorama
Nominated for an Oscar. With good reason. [via Jason]



’80s Synth Medley
Three guys, six keyboards, 15 hits of the 1980s. See how many you recognize.



Dr. Who (How To Remake TV Theme)
How the BBC audio guys recreated and refreshed the Dr. Who theme in the 1980s.

Fireland’s favorite favorites of 2009
Some of them were pretty hilarious.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday Top 5




PACT underwear
New company PACT makes undies with low global impact. Here’s a good article about them at GreenerDesign: “PACT Underwear Blends Organic Cotton, Nonprofits and Short Supply Chains”.




Report non-humans
Teaser for the film District 9, which came out last week. The science fiction film looks like an interesting take on racism. [Sorry about the auto-play, can’t disable it.]



10 Things You Mother Should Have Told You About Photoshop
Some good Photoshop CS4 tips here, some of which I knew, but a few of which I always forget about. Good to have reminders about Masks and the new(ish) Adjustment Layers capabilities. I really should use those more.



Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster
Comics historian Craig Yoe examines the kinks in the crusader’s cape.



Cats that look like Hitler


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and Vegan Rhino Cutlet recipes
Jason Henninger brings us some Hitchhiker’s-influenced science fiction cuisine.



Steampunk keyboard mod
Made by the Steampunk Workshop.



Eco-art and fashion
Amazing living fashion by artist Nicole Dextras. Many of her other interesting works can be seen on Flickr or her main site.

Walmart’s sustainability index assessed
Joel Makower’s sober assessment of Walmart’s much-talked-about new Sustainability Index indicates that it may be a good first step, but it leaves much work to be done. For example: “...they don't mention toxic materials used in manufacturing or in the products themselves. They don’t talk about the energy efficiency of products or their recyclability or other disposition at the end of their useful lives,” writes Makower. They also “don’t address most worker issues, like wages, health care, and the right to air grievances.” And while Walmart is asking all suppliers to answer the questionnaire, the Index at this point only assesses companies, not their individual products.



“Her Morning Elegance,” by Oren Lavie


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday Top 5+3

Velma and I are going on a site visit to beautiful Sequioa National Park for a few days and I thought I’d be generous and post some extra distractions for those of you stuck behind desks while we’re backpacking through the redwoods. So here are three bonus links along with your normal five. Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’.



“Barney Miller” on Hulu
I loved this classic sitcom from the ’70s and ’80s, so I was pleased to see Hulu has added every episode. I’ve watched several so far, reliving my childhood with pre-adolescent glee. Plus the show had one of the all-time raddest theme songs (I can say “rad,” it was the ’80s!), and I found a free MP3 at TelevisionTunes.com. Now I just need to find all the episodes of “Taxi” somewhere online.



TelevisionTunes.com
Of course, I then spent half an hour looking up TV theme songs on this site. Best finds were the aforementioned Barney Miller, a semi-good quality version of the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” TV theme, and the awesome “Streets of San Francisco” intro, which I’ve been wanting for years.



The Unofficial Apple Weblog’s Mac 101 series
I’ve been a Mac user for almost 25 years now (*whew*) so it’s not surprising that I’ve picked up a lot of power-user tips over the years. But even I learn something new once in a while. For PC-to-Mac switchers, novices, and even old timers, the Mac 101 series on TUAW is a great way to pick up quick and easy tips that will make you more productive and save time and effort. I perused the entire series a few nights ago and there are some great shortcuts and tips that will undoubtedly leave most Mac users thinking, “Aha! That’s how you do that!”



The Evolution of Apple.com
Snapshots of Apple’s home page, from 1997 to today.



Brute force Hubble fix saves the day — again
Play-by-play description of the second time spacewalking astronauts had to resort to brute force to repair part of Hubble on this latest, and so far very successful, trip. Some other interesting play-by-play descriptions of the recent trip are available in other posts on CNET News’s Space Shot blog.



What Would Penis Do?
The artist of these shorts has a new book.



Aerial Virtual Tour of New York
Dizzyingly cool. Switch it to full-screen and be amazed.

“Space Oddity: Steve Lamacq Live’s guide to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”
I recently found this broadcast from BBC Radio 1 about the history of the Hitchhiker’s phenomenon, produced to introduce the 2005 movie. Features interview snippets with Douglas Adams, Simon Jones, Stephen Fry, actors from the original BBC TV series and radio shows, fans, and a bunch of people involved with the movie. Oh, and it’s hosted by the original Marvin, in character of course. It’s actually quite a good show, regardless of the movie being rather a let-down. [31:24 min, RealPlayer stream]

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Carolyn Davis Catering
My friend Carolyn Davis (née Peters) has a new website, and although I didn’t design it, I heartily approve of its design: it’s great. Carolyn’s a fantastic chef, I’ve seen her at work at events she was catering and I can attest to her team’s excellence and her culinary brilliance as well. Hire her!



A Glimpse Ahead
Courtesy of Microsoft Labs. A lot of these technologies and interfaces are actually already in development and there are even some real-world working examples of some of them. I expect we’ll see quite a few of these in the next five to ten years. [1:54 min]



Maker Profile: Kinetic Wave Sculptures
Freakin’ cool. [10:41 min]



Extreme Sheep LED Art
I think some of this might have been digitally manipulated, but it’s pretty funny nonetheless. [2:45 min]

Ursula K. Le Guin’s work still resonates with readers
Pretty Good Los Angeles Times article.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” played by old computer parts
The maker says there was not sampling or effects used.



Japanese Olympics
Featuring awesome low-fi 3D effects.



Punk Kittens
My favorite new cover band. And then there’s this one.

The Lord of the Rings re-read
Kate Nepveu’s re-reading the entirety of The Lord of the Rings and writing about them on Tor.com.

San Francisco Center for the Book
Awesome. I didn’t know they have letterpress printing classes!

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Youngme Nowme
A thread full of photos of people posed the same way, then and now.



Think Taste — Not Waste!
My friend Laura Stec is featured on MSN’s Health & Fitness channel in this article and short video. She shows a quick tip for making soup stock from the detritus of your cooking chores, using mushroom stalks, pepper “skeletons,” carrot peelings, and more. This “food waste,” which you might otherwise throw in the garbage, causes our nation’s landfills to output more harmful methane (a climate-disruptive greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide) than all the livestock in the U.S. Buy Laura Stec’s book, it’s great!



San Francisco Bay Model
Velma and I were thinking of going to see this last weekend since we were going to explore Sausalito a bit, but it’s only open until 4pm on Saturdays, so it’ll have to be another trip. The walk-through hydraulic model takes up two buildings and is apparently the size of two football fields. According to the guy in the video, it was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s to test an idea they had to dam the bay. I once saw an old map of another Army Corps concept they had in the ’50s or ’60s, to fill the entire bay with landfill except for a narrow shipping channel. Communities could then build all the way into the middle of the bay. I shudder to think of the Bay Area we would live in today if that had been allowed to happen. [3:51min] More about the Bay Model (yes, their site is awful).

Neverland on the Block: Inside the Michael Jackson Auction
Michael Jackson’s Neverland is going up for auction. Rolling Stone has pictures of some of the creepy stuff for sale.

Interview with sci-fi author John Scalzi
I really enjoyed his book The Ghost Brigades, and I really enjoyed this interview too. It starts with this intro by interviewer Jason Henninger: “John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War took me by surprise. I picked up the book because I’d heard a lot of good things about him and decided I’d give it a one-page tryout. Either he’d grip me right away or I’d drop it. Twenty pages later I realized I hadn’t moved from the spot. OK, John. Grip achieved.”

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Steve Jobs demos Apple Macintosh, 1984
A short video of the historic unveiling (unbagging?) in 1984 of the first Mac, during which Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh, and the Macintosh introduces Steve. At the end, when the camera pans back across the Flint Center in Cupertino, people are practically leaping out of their seats with applause (where, incidentally, my high school graduation was also held, just four years after this video). Brings a tear to this geek’s eyes. *snif*



1983 Apple Keynote: The “1984” Ad Introduction
Many people remember Ridley Scott’s famous 1984 TV ad and think of it as the first salvo in the war between Apple and Microsoft. But it was really IBM that Apple was gunning for at the time.



Evolution of Dance
Dude must be freakin’ tired after this workout. [via Velma]



XXXS garments knit by hand for the movie Coraline

10 Things Science Fiction Got Wrong
A few of the things on this list bug me too, whenever I see them in a science fiction movie. Especially the first one: I hate it when filmmakers put sound in space. Spaceships don’t go “vrrrwhoooosh!” dammit! 2001 is practically the only film that gets this right. However, the rest of the article contains some pretty wild claims, some of them just plain wrong. The best part of the entire post is the comments, where a legion of often-self-proclaimed huge dorks pick apart the original article and provide endless evidence to counter the author’s claims.

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