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Posted on December 9th, 2014 at 22:16 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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Assassin’s Creed’s Paris vs Paris, 2014

Posted on December 3rd, 2014 at 18:43 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Great Picture



Damien Hypolite, who by day works for Sciences et Avenir, is also a bit of an Assassin’s Creed fan. Seeing as the latest game is set in Paris, he figured he’d print out some screenshots, take them to the actual spots in the real world they’re based on, and see how they shape up.

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What am I running inside my bash?

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 19:07 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Software


I have a long running bash instance (inside a screen session) that is executing a complex set of commands inside a loop (with each loop doing pipes, redirects, etc). The long command line was written inside the terminal – it’s not inside any script. Now, I know the bash process ID, and I have root access – how can I see the exact command line being executed inside that bash?

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Assassin’s Kittens Unity

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 16:58 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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Graffiti Removal Guy Comes Back to Discover Image of Himself in the Same Spot

Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 14:35 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Great Picture



Street artist DS recently added a couple of paste-ups to a wall in London. It didn’t take too long before a graffiti removal guy removed the paste-ups. Shortly after that, DS was back with a paste up of the graffiti removal guy removing the graffiti. Gold!

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Social Engineering a Telemarketer

Posted on August 11th, 2014 at 16:10 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here’s how the conversation went:

Computer: “Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues”

TM: “Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?”

Me: “Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it.”

TM: “Oh… ok, well what do we need to do?”

Me: “We’re going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time”

TM: “Ok, nothing happened.”

Me: “Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?”

TM: “No, it’s a Yealink”

Me: “Ok, I see. You haven’t had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink.”

Me: “Alright, do you see an “OK” button on your phone?”

TM: “Yes I do”

Me: “Alright, you’re going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds.”

TM: “OK, pressing it now”

Me: “Perfect, let me know if you get a password request”

TM: “OK, nothing has popped up ye—-“

That’s right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can’t do it right away!

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  1. Almost as funny as this one

Storm Chasing on Saturn

Posted on August 10th, 2014 at 18:09 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


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REMUS SharkCam: The hunter and the hunted

Posted on August 5th, 2014 at 13:50 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

REMUS SharkCam: The hunter and the hunted from Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. on Vimeo.


In 2013, a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution took a specially equipped REMUS “SharkCam” underwater vehicle to Guadalupe Island in Mexico to film great white sharks in the wild. They captured more than they bargained for.

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  1. Blimey! I’ll stay inside the boat…

Don Buchla’s 1973 Music Easel

Posted on August 1st, 2014 at 22:20 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


Charles Cohen is a master synthesizer improviser who has been a central figure in Philadelphia/East Coast experimental, avant-garde, and improvisational scene for the past 40 years. He is one of the few living artists to own and have mastered Don Buchla’s 1973 Music Easel, a rare, performance-oriented portable synth made from two modules of the Buchla 200 series.

Cohen will host a workshop illuminating both his unique creative philosophy and musical practice. He will also present the new re-issue of the original Buchla Music Easel system, produced in close consultation with Don Buchla himself.

The workshop will culminate in a collaborative jam session, during which participants are invited to use their own analogue equipment, as well as the equipment found at Schneidersladen, famous with audiophiles world-wide for its expansive selection of weird and wonderful sound generating devices.

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Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 16:41 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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  1. He had more fun building it, than his kids have had playing with it! :-)
    Very neat!

Doctors Bow In Reverence To Cancer Victim Who Donated Organs ‘To Be A Great Kid’

Posted on July 28th, 2014 at 9:40 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Great Picture



Liang was diagnosed with the tumor at the age of 9, just after he moved to Shenzhen to join his brother and sister, and to attend primary school, Shanghai Daily reports. One day, Liang felt dizzy and the next day had trouble walking, so his sister took him to a hospital where he learned he had a brain tumor.

Before passing away on June 6, Liang told his mother, Li Qun, that he wanted to donate his organs.

“There are many people doing great things in the world,” he said according to China Daily. “They are great, and I want to be a great kid too.”

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Here’s A Super Simple Way To See Where Your Congressmen Get Their Money

Posted on July 11th, 2014 at 8:56 by Paul Jay in category: awesome


Wouldn’t it be nice to easily be able to see who’s funding your congressperson? A new browser plugin for Safari, Google Chrome, and soon Firefox, promises to do just that.

 The free plugin, called “Greenhouse,” was created by 16-year-old Nicholas Rubin, a self-taught programmer based in Seattle. Greenhouse was designed to expose the role that money plays in Congress by offering “detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation.”

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75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s Retirement Speech

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 at 14:12 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


75 years ago, Lou Gehrig — a man who played in 2,130 consecutive games, won six World Series titles, batted a career .340/.447/.632 (and batted .361/.477/.731 in his 34 World Series games) — was only 36 years old and dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

He stood in front of over 61,000 fans in Yankee Stadium and delivered this speech.

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Windmills 5 Don Quixote 1

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 12:00 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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Eric Cantor Loses: The Official Live Thread of the South Carolina and Virginia Primaries

Posted on June 11th, 2014 at 11:11 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


It’s a historic defeat. Not since the 2004 defeat of Tom Daschle has a party’s congressional majority leader lost an election; I’m still struggling to find a case where a majority leader lost a primary. And while I covered David Brat’s race against Cantor a few times, I joined the vast majority of journalists in assuming Cantor would take this. After all, he seemed to spot the voter unrest early on, and he spent nearly $1 milllion in the final weeks while Brat struggled to spend six figures.

Funding: Cantor: $5.4M; Brat: $207k

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  1. The Republican party needs to learn, you live by the sword, you die by the sword.
    They thought they could gerrymander or otherwise rig elections and electoral districts. They thought they could push the edge furthest from the political center to get a fired-up, always-dependable base to turn out & vote for them.
    What did they achieve? They made a political monster and now it’s out of their control.
    Where districts are finely balanced, only the centerist politicians can consistently win Primaries. In a finely balanced district, the centerist can honestly say to the party members, “Sure he’s more hard-line than me, but we all know he’ll never win the election. What do you want, a centerist winner from your party or a hard-line, extremist loser?”
    Now the Repugs will have to spend their time worrying. Not about the Democrats but about someone further out to the right challenging them in a Primary until finally, even the electorate in a gerrymandered district won’t vote for someone -that- crazy…

  2. In case you guys didn’t know, the problem here is Loony is being replaced by Loonier.

  3. The danger here is the 1% may not be able to buy elections anymore. There’s no profit in a $207K House seat.

  4. @chas: If that happens, expect a military coup.

Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did.

Posted on June 7th, 2014 at 18:57 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


…He had a comic strip idea he wanted to run by me.

Now if you had asked me the odds of Bill Watterson ever saying that line to me, I’d say it had about the same likelihood as Jimi Hendrix telling me he had a new guitar riff. And yes, I’m aware Hendrix is dead.

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Not Invited

Posted on May 27th, 2014 at 20:25 by Paul Jay in category: awesome, Funny!, Joke


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  1. I can just imagine R.R. Martin at the next wedding he goes to. He turns to the person sitting next to him and whispers that he’s ‘arranged a surprise’ for the Bride & Groom.

    And five minutes later, he’s the only person in the room and you can just hear the sounds of the stampede off in the distance as everyone bolts for the horizon…

  2. This wedding was all about green.

Pennsylvania’s Gay Marriage Ban Is Struck Down

Posted on May 21st, 2014 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized the practice throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III called the plaintiffs — a widow, 11 couples and one couple’s teenage daughters — courageous for challenging the constitutionality of the ban passed by lawmakers in 1996.

“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history,” the judge wrote.

Here’s the opinion.

For richer, for poorer
The plaintiff couples share their resources and support each other financially[…]

In sickness and in health
The plaintiff couples have supported each other through illness and medical emergencies[…]

For better, for worse
The plaintiff couples have shared in life’s joys[…]

Until death do us part
The plaintiff couples demonstrate an intention to live out their lives together.

Plaintiff Maureen Hennessey and her partner of 29 years, Mary Beth McIntyre, present a powerful example. When Mary Beth was diagnosed with inoperable Stage 4 lung cancer, Maureen left her job to care for her and to help run Mary Beth’s business until her death. Towards the end of her life, Mary Beth required Maureen’s help to get out of bed and to the bathroom, and to assist in self-care and administer medications. They were married in Massachusetts after Mary Beth fell ill, but because Pennsylvania does not recognize their marriage, the line for “surviving spouse” was left blank and Mary Beth was identified as “never married” on her death certificate. Maureen was listed as the “informant.”

Wishing to have their relationships recognized for what they are in the state they call home, and by doing so to transcend the pain, uncertainty, and injustice visited by the Marriage Laws, Plaintiffs brought this suit…

…The issue we resolve today is a divisive one. Some of our citizens are made deeply uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees…we are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them to the ash heap of history.

Now that the institution of marriage is destroyed and all morality abandoned, any stats on how many people have married their dogs during the past year? 100,000? 500,000?

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  1. None probably. I guess that means the dogs aren’t ready to commit.

A Better Way to Say Sorry

Posted on April 19th, 2014 at 10:15 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


I’m sorry for…

This is wrong because…

In the future, I will…

Will you forgive me?

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Posted on March 11th, 2014 at 17:36 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

This data visualization was created from real flight data. It shows the air traffic which flies on a typical summer day and highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe – an operation which runs 24x7x365.

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  1. Wow! It’s amazing that there are so few serious accidents, imo.

    I love the latitude separation lanes over the Atlantic, btw. (They look like 1 degree apart).

  2. It really is remarkable – to me, anyway, when I think of all the technology behind this animation. Things like this make me realize people can be pretty awesome when we’re not being arseholes…
    Question for the better informed, tho – what are those flight paths that seem to go in tight loops like a NASCAR track? Is that just an optical illusion or did somebody forget something and have to go back to the terminal?

  3. Mark, I think what you’re probably seeing are the airport approach paths. Each airport has a specific route to follow to approach the runway, so planes can slot into the queue, and they follow each other on that route on intervals of 1 to 3 minutes. (In fact, usually a route per runway and per direction, and the approach route is paired with a farther-away “holding pattern” loop in case the plane has to wait for a slot.)

    You see similar predetermined-route patterns in the neat parallel paths over the north Atlantic.

  4. Stacks?

Hammerhead Shark Swarm

Posted on March 7th, 2014 at 14:01 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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  1. Amazing!

Stephen Wolfram’s Introduction to the Wolfram Language

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 14:42 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Software

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The art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian Oefner

Posted on February 21st, 2014 at 22:42 by Paul Jay in category: awesome, Great Picture



Millefiori No. 01 (2012) Ferrofluid is a magnetic, hydrophobic liquid that forms colorful curves and channels when deposited onto a magnet and injected with watercolor paints. More starting at 5:20 in Oefner’s talk.


Formally trained in art and design, Oefner says that he has always been interested in science. Though he can’t pinpoint the exact moment when he became interested in pairing his two loves, he views both pursuits as inextricably linked by a crucial bond: “The most important quality of science or art is curiosity,” Oefner tells the TED Blog. “That’s what keeps me going and always finding something new.”

On the TED stage, Oefner demonstrates the science at work behind three of his photographs. As he explains his process, the mystical quality of the images gives way to understanding. But how important to him is it that the casual viewer of his artwork know the underlying scientific principles? Actually, not very. “I’m not too didactic about my work. If people just want to appreciate it for its beauty, that’s absolutely fine,” he tells us. “And if I present it without an explanation, people tend to come up with their own, which is often even more poetic.”

For an imagination-friendly, explanation-free viewing of Oefner’s work, watch the first 45 seconds of his talk. For viewers who’d rather forego the poetry in favor of learning, here are 10 close-up views of Oefner’s fascinating work – and, just as fascinatingly, how he made it. This gallery includes works from series both new and old (the first three are the examples featured in the talk), inspired by everything from scientific papers to household chores.

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Sir David Attenborough

Posted on February 19th, 2014 at 16:32 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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  1. Easy mistake to make even for an expert, but these are male curlers.

De La Soul to give entire back catalog away for free

Posted on February 14th, 2014 at 15:10 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

De La Soul will make their entire back catalogue available for free for a 25 hour period to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut record 3 Feet High and Rising. The catalog will be downloadable from De La Soul’s website starting at 11am EST

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Otis Redding & Friends Stax Volt Revue ’67

Posted on February 4th, 2014 at 17:16 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

Live from Norway featuring Booker T and the M.G.s, The Mar-Keys, Eddie Floyd, Sam and Dave and Otis Redding.

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Tech Demo for Pillow Castle’s First Person Puzzler

Posted on January 9th, 2014 at 17:49 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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Don’t Sweat The Technique

Posted on January 1st, 2014 at 11:36 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

AMAZING 6 year old BGIRL TERRA vs Bboy Leelou – break dances at Chelles Battle Pro, France 2013 from artFido – fetching art on Vimeo.

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This Is What Happens When You Let Random People Lead An Orchestra

Posted on September 30th, 2013 at 9:29 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


Improv Everywhere stages pranks for one simple reason: to make people happy. The New York City-based prank collective dedicated itself to causing scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Since its creation in 2001, Improv Everywhere has executed 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents.

Their latest mission – “Conduct Us” – happened this week – they give random New Yorkers the rare opportunity to lead a Carnegie Hall orchestra. The orchestra, in collaboration with Carnegie Hall and Ensemble ACJW, was put in the middle of NYC with an empty podium in front of the musicians with a simple sign that said “Conduct Us.” The world-class orchestra would then respond accordingly to any random New Yorker that accepted the challenge.

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Rotating snake illusion

Posted on September 25th, 2013 at 17:54 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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  1. Gah, I don’t have a color printer anymore.

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