Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies (via metafilter)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I was a warehouse wage slave (mother jones)
As the sun gets lower in the curt November sky, I thank the woman for her help. When I start toward the door, she repeats her "No. 1 rule of survival" one more time.
"Leave your pride and your personal life at the door." If there's any way I'm going to last, she says, tomorrow I have to start pretending like I don't have either.
Drive Across Mongolia in 4 minutes (vimeo)

Drive Across Mongolia in 4 Minutes from Spots Unknown on Vimeo.
Make Your Thing: 12 Point Program for Absolutely, Positively 1000% No-Fail Guaranteed Success by Jesse Thorn (via boingboing)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Attacks paid for by big business are 'driving science into a dark era' (guardian, uk)
"Those of us who grew up in the sixties, when we put men on the Moon, now have to watch as every Republican candidate for this year's presidential election denies the science behind climate change and evolution. That is a staggering state of affairs and it is very worrying," said Professor Naomi Oreskes, of the University of California, San Diego"

Sunday, February 26, 2012

City of Samba
A tilt-shift view of Rio

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Secret Life of Ice (Science Friday)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

“Just wait. We’ll be sending you coupons for things you want before you even know you want them.”
NYTimes magazine on How Companies Learn Your Secrets

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"He leaves his cellphone and laptop at home and instead brings “loaner” devices, which he erases before he leaves the United States and wipes clean the minute he returns. In China, he disables Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, never lets his phone out of his sight and, in meetings, not only turns off his phone but also removes the battery, for fear his microphone could be turned on remotely. He connects to the Internet only through an encrypted, password-protected channel, and copies and pastes his password from a USB thumb drive. He never types in a password directly, because, he said, “the Chinese are very good at installing key-logging software on your laptop.” 
Traveling Light in a Time of Digital Thievery (NYTimes)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Looks like google's drive-in-the-sky is coming soon...

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Google launches We Solve for X
Solve for X is a place to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audaciousness of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical in the sense that there is some real technology breakthrough on the horizon to give us all hope that these ideas could really be brought to life.

Monday, February 06, 2012

A great map showing block-by-block energy consumption (zoomable down to the building level) for NYC. (from