Monday, February 08, 2016

Flash Art

Nice "flash art" promotion for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. (Via R.W.)

Here "The Night Watch" painting featured in the video:

Fake Art In Museums

"Museums display perfect reproductions of fragile works and visitors can't tell the difference. Is nothing in art sacred?"

It's not much different than paying to attend a live concert, but hearing a lip-sync performance.

Not Dead Yet

Washington Post: "Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed".

I'm glad there was some justice at the end.

Thor's Well

Thor's Well: "On the Oregon coast there is a natural hole that seems to be draining the sea".

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Friday, February 05, 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Correlation Game

"Online Game Tests Your Statistical Abilities And It's Surprisingly Fun".

Direct link to "Guess The Correlation".

Arranging Tennis Balls

"How many ways can you arrange 128 tennis balls? Researchers solve an apparently impossible problem".

Worst Wifi Password Ever

Hah!: "Worst Wifi Password Ever".

"It's super easy, 'fourwordsalluppercase'." (Via A.O.)

Resting Bitch Face Explained

Washington Post: "Scientists have discovered what causes Resting Bitch Face"

Here's the original mock-PSA video about "Bitchy Resting Face"

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

An AI That Annoys Telemarketers

"Today's Hero Made an AI That Annoys Telemarketers For As Long As Possible". (Via H.R.)

Bonus feature:
[A]nyone can connect telemarketers calling and harassing them to Anderson’s auto-responding robot using the simple instructions he’s posted to his site:
  1. Press “add call”
  2. Dial my robot at 214-666-4321 While you’re dialing, keep chatting into your phone like you’re trying to get Mr. Jones (“yeah – phone for you”, “okay, he’s coming hang on…”, etc)
  3. Press “Add call” or “Merge call” or “Conference” or whatever will add the robot to the conversation.
  4. MUTE YOURSELF so your background noise doesn’t affect the conversation.
  5. Listen to the call, and hang up when the telemarketer hangs up.

Cell-Site Simulators And Law Enforcement

"Policing and privacy: The StingRay's tale"

Earth + Theia = Moon

"New Evidence For 4.5 Billion Year Old Impact That Formed Our Moon". (Via Alex Knapp.)

Tiny Lens

"Graphene optical lens a billionth of a meter thick breaks the diffraction limit". (Via H.R.)

Selfie Fatalities

"The Tragic Data Behind Selfie Fatalities". 

In particular, "One-third of all people who met their demise in the midst of a selfie fell from heights — most commonly, a cliff or a building."

Monday, February 01, 2016

Korean Girls Try American Barbecue For First Time

"Korean Girls Try American Barbecue for the First Time".   Yum, ribs!  (Via Instapundit.)

State Bans on Phone Encryption Are Moronic

Andy Greenberg: "Why Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Are Moronic"

Spam And China

"Spam Trail Leads to China's Three Largest Banks"

Earth's Winds

Near realtime map of the world's winds (updated every 3 hours).

Note: If you click on a location, you get the coordinates, wind direction, and wind speed for that location.

Fear Of Irrational Numbers

"How a Mathematical Superstition Stultified Algebra for Over a Thousand Years". (Via H.R.)

Sunday, January 31, 2016