June 22, 2014
"Forty years after the original short-story publication, Keyes finished his memoirs and went to breakfast to celebrate. While eating he was reading the New York Times and spotted a headline: “Smarter Mouse Is Created in Hope of Helping People”. Keyes contacted the author of the mouse study, Dr. Joe Z. Tsien of Princeton, to ask when such a treatment might be used on humans. “After a long pause, Dr. Tsien said, ‘I expect it to happen in the next 30 years,’” Keyes wrote in an afterword to his memoirs, Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer’s Journey."

— The Honorary Unsubscribe: Daniel Keyes. He passed away on June 15 in Florida.

June 18, 2014

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space is depicted in this poster from 1967.
Translation: Our women - our pride!

Poor Valentina…


Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space is depicted in this poster from 1967.

Translation: Our women - our pride!

Poor Valentina…

(via brucesterling)

June 12, 2014
When the smart phone falls into the commode

There is something
Genuinely comforting
About the remedy

Because it is not plastic
And has no keystrokes
There are no “dry my circuits” trial downloads

User experience
is not integrated seamlessly
Into the interface design

There is no user at all.

Take out the battery
Put it in a bowl of rice
In the sunshine

And wait.

June 1, 2014

Bunny Yeager, maker of icons, Not Safe For Work Florida character, RIP.

May 16, 2014

So apparently one of the guys behind the actual Golden Record heard this thing I did with a talented poet about it (this thing: Barnard’s Star, by Squid Pro Crow), and had some nice things to say.

And I am all aflutter.

On Friday, May 16, 2014 11:57 AM, Kate Horowitz wrote:

Jon Lomberg, creative director of the original Cosmos series and the Voyager Golden Record, has heard “Barnard’s Star”—and loved it. He called it “perfect” and said it “beautifully captures the spirit of the Golden Record.” Albert Lin, National Geographic Explorer and all-around Cool Guy, agreed.

No big deal.

May 15, 2014
I Wrote a Song-Virus for 99 Percent Invisible About Radioactive Cats

Catchy songs… about science!

I am not alone.



Listen to the whole episode here. If you don’t know 99 Percent Invisible you should. The show rules generally, and this episode is particularly labyrinthine and mind-warping.

So how did this…

[via Liminal Nation]

May 7, 2014


Star Trek + Social Commentary (context in the captions)

and people try to tell me JJ Abrams Trek is good. Dude doesn’t know what Trek IS.

I normally don’t play the gif-set game, but I’m making an exception for this one.

(Source: thevoyagereternals, via quantumblog)

May 6, 2014

Sampled from the New York Times interactive MAD fold-in collection.

In honor of Al Feldstein, MAD editor, EC Comics creator, shaper of culture.

From the Washington Post obituary:
For decades, in order to preserve its sharp satirical edge, the magazine did not accept advertising. It had regular features, including “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” and “Spy vs. Spy,” but it built its reputation by puncturing pomposity, often with carefully wrought parodies.

“What we did was to take the absurdities of the adult world that youngsters were facing and show kids that the adult world is not ominpotent,” Mr. Feldstein told the New York Times in 1981. “We told them there’s a lot of garbage out in the world and you’ve got to be aware of it.”

In a Mad sendup, the bland middle-America magazine Better Homes and Gardens became “Bitter Homes and Gardens,” where you could learn how to “convert your spare bedroom into a basement.”

During the Vietnam War, the magazine asked readers to write to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to request an “Official Draft Dodger Card.”

In a predictably bizarre encounter, FBI agents paid a visit to Mad’s offices in New York, dropping hints that Hoover didn’t take kindly to such shenanigans.

April 24, 2014
"It was weary-sounding because it was 1996 and no one my age knew how to have fun. Maybe we were tired of screaming all the time. We were definitely the most slouch-shouldered generation in recent memory. When E sang, his voice sounded prematurely tired, he looked smart and worn, and we knew from his thrift-store leather jacket and safety glasses that he’d seen enough of life to know that elegant resignation was infinitely better than trying too hard."

— John Roderick on listening to the Eels and facing middle age.

April 23, 2014

"You can’t expect a language that well-traveled to be regular."

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