Saturday, November 2, 2013

There is a harmony in autumn...

The new Twinscapes album from bassists Colin Edwin and Lorenzo Feliciati is due out in February. Here's a teaser. More than just a teaser, Roy Powell posted the track Forelock from the upcoming Mumpbeak release.

Deadspin ranks each state's signature food. The list is topped by Chicago deep-dish pizza. Texas BBQ  brisket comes in at #20. ("It is very large. The end.") Ranked last at #52 (beat by D.C. at #36 and Being Hit by a Car at #51) is Cincinnati Chili. While I believe this ranking is totally undeserved their write-up is quite funny. ("a way to make the rest of us feel grateful that our shit-eating is mostly figurative.")
State by state animated maps of the most popular baby names from 1960 to the present: girls and boys. (In my birth year it was Lisa and Michael.)

Want to visualize in real-time denial of service attacks? See Digital Attack Map.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Monticello, 1986 is expected to fetch $1.2 million at auction.
Beer folks gonna loves these animations of beer labels. My favorite is Stone's Ruination IPA.

Want to drink your beer and eat it too? How about a beer grain granola bar.

Why should coffee brewers have all the fun? Brew your beer at the touch of a button with this tabletop brewery.

As a numismatist I can't condone these interlocking coin sculptures. But yet...
Despite Francis Ford Coppolla's fears that he was making "a piece of shit," Apocalypse Now is one of those films I will watch over and over again. Here's some original storyboard art and on-scene recollections of the helicopter attack sequence, The Valkyries Ride.

B-2 and a GBU-57
 How beautiful is mathematics? Just watch and see.

Just yesterday I was extolling the virtues of The Godfather to someone who claimed to be unable to stay awake through the entire film. So it was nice to browse through this list of things you may not know about The Godfather.

As a music lover I can't condone these Dremel-cut LPs. But yet...
Boys, here's some advice on manhood from Kareen Abdul Jabar. #6 Fight your fear of the unknown (physical bravery is easier than intellectual bravery).

Cold War propaganda posters.  (Do colleges have to hire red professors?)

A simple but very pleasant video demonstration of hand lettering with a paintbrush.

If states' boundaries were redrawn so they got water from a single source.
The 50 greatest breakthroughs since the wheel.
  • #6 paper
  • #12 sanitation
  • #25 alphabetization
  • #37 cement
  • #47 the nail
What? Another list? OK. How about 101 objects that made America special (from the collection of the Smithsonian). (Psst: don't tell Putin.)
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Barbie
  • Levi's
  • Wonder Woman
  • Stegosaurus
If you wanna get all medical about poop there's the Bristol Stool Form Scale using which you can identify your poops as one of seven types (Type 2: sausage-shaped but lumpy). But how do you make that less clinical and more useful for pediatrics? You make 3D poop models (i.e. tridimensional stool assessment instruments.) To get engineers interested you'd have to 3D print these faux feces which makes me wonder if there's a scat STL out there somewhere. (And about 20 seconds of Googling later I find the desired result.)

The things for which each country leads the world. Way to go UK!
The computer science field guide is an online resource for teaching computer science.

Lately I've been putting all my aviation pr0n on Pinterest (here) but this bit of news was too delicious to omit. Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works revealed to Aviation Week their work on a Mach 6 successor to the SR-71, the so-called SR-72.

The most decorated combat flight in U.S. history (including 2 Medals of Honor) wasn't even on a combat mission. Read about Old 666.

Want to know a brand by its color? (Yahoo! purple is #720e9e.)

Ze Frank gives us more true facts about the frog and cuttlefish.

Star Trek freaks, Scroll Down To Riker.

You can have fun for hours playing with Text Particles.
...and a luster in its sky. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

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