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Friday, 17 January 2020

The case for ... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones

quote [ And there’s a dumb solution to the spread of air conditioning, one of the greatest urban energy guzzlers: more plants. ]

Sounding a bit excited but has some nice examples.
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@9:24pmGMT] [0 comments]

The Ethical Dilemmas Surrounding 3D-Printed Human Bones

quote [ But the proliferation of faux bones also poses an ethical dilemma—and one that, prior to the advent of accessible 3D printing, was mostly limited to museum collections containing skeletons of dubious provenance. Laws governing how real human remains of any kind may be obtained and used for research, after all—as well as whether individuals can buy and sell such remains— are already uneven worldwide. ]

No longer human remains but still the likeness and identity of the original.
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by snowfox@10:46amGMT] [0 comments]

Dinosaurs: The Making of TV’s Saddest, Strangest Sitcom Finale

quote [ The show was called Dinosaurs, and it was essentially an inverse of The Flintstones. A sitcom set in prehistoric times, it followed a family of dinosaurs that used technology, got married, had kids, and went to work, all while humans lingered around as stupid creatures worthy of ridicule. But in its finale, the show’s creators twisted that premise to give a grave warning: Driven by ignorance and greed, the dinosaurs accidentally spark an Ice Age that causes worldwide extinction. ]

I have vague memories of liking this show.
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+2 Underrated]
[by snowfox@10:07amGMT] [2 comments]

The Story Behind One of Star Wars' Most Recognizable Posters

quote [ If two people made one of the most iconic Star Wars posters ever in less than two days, wouldn’t you want to hear that story? ]

I want the things that I had before
Like a Star Wars poster on my bedroom door
[SFW] [art] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:00amGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Nate Scheible – Fairfax

quote [ Visiting a north Virginia thrift shop, Scheible happened upon a cassette recording of a multi-part audio love letter recorded by an unnamed woman. Her voice is an emotional mix of sincerity, loneliness and age. ]

A very sad elder lovestory drowned in ambient.
[SFW] [music] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

A New Room Has Been Discovered in the Winchester Mystery House

quote [ The labyrinthine home was constructed over a period of 38 years by Sarah Winchester, the wealthy widow of William Wirt Winchester, of Winchester rifle fame. After the premature deaths of her daughter and husband, a shaken Mrs. Winchester reportedly consulted a medium, who informed her that the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles were haunting her family. ]

Maybe it wasn't ghosts. Maybe it was froggers.
[SFW] [travel] [+2]
[by snowfox@8:44amGMT] [5 comments]

Lev Parnas: "President Trump knew exactly what was going on."

quote [ Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, talks with Rachel Maddow in an exclusive interview about the extent of Donald Trump's knowledge of the work he was doing to manipulate the president of Ukraine to help Trump smear political rival Joe Biden. ]

The jig is up. Parnas says Trump, Giuliani, Barr, Pence and Nunes were all in on it, and it had nothing to do with fighting corruption. He has texts, notes, and tons of other documentation, which is now in the hands of the House Democrats.

(feel like I'm channelling bbqkink, but Maddow has the scoop of the decade here)
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Interesting]
[by hellboy@6:18amGMT] [6 comments]

Karl Patterson Schmidt: The Herpetologist Who Documented His Own Death For Science

quote [ Karl Patterson Schmidt was an eminent American herpetologist—one who studies amphibians and reptiles. He worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and then for the Field Museum in Chicago, during which he made several expedition to Central and South America to collect specimens for the museum. He was also the president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. During his long scientific career, Schmidt handled countless deadly snakes. But in 1957, he made the fatal mistake of underestimating the toxicity of a juvenile boomslang snake, sent to him by the director of the Lincoln Park Zoo for identification. ]

The sea is unbecoming, but still we take it on
[SFW] [people] [+5 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

An Elegy for Karachi’s Empress Market

quote [ The dismantling of Karachi’s markets and informal shops isn’t just robbing the city of its soul. It threatens the survival of the very people that make it a city. ]

Goin' down next year, gonna give Karachi hell, mama, yeah
[SFW] [food & drink] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Have you played… Liberal Crime Squad?

quote [ A satirical revolution 'em up from the creators of Dwarf Fortress ]

WARNING: The scope of this game is narrower than that of real life. We have attempted to include foul language, graphic violence, politics, religion, sexual references, adult situations, narcotics, prostitution, bodily functions and bad pickup lines, but Bay 12 Games recognizes that there might be omissions which will make some players uncomfortable. In light of these facts, use your discretion when making decisions about downloading LCS.

[SFW] [games] [+1 Original]
[by lilmookieesquire@12:41amGMT] [0 comments]

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