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February 24, 2011

Self-Doubting Monkeys Know What They Don’t Know.
Build Your Own "Watson Jr." in Your Basement by an IBM insider. Maybe not powerful enough to win on "Jeopardy", but you'll probably clean up on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?"

February 23, 2011

Animal Beatbox [YouTube, weapons-grade earworm] is the most recent winner of Australian short film festival TropFest. Finalists are listed here, and all are available to watch on the TropFest YouTube channel. more inside

February 22, 2011

NZ - another quake Tracicle. I hope you and family are ok.

February 19, 2011

Originally composed for Civilization 4 Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin has been awarded a Grammy. The lyrics are an arrangement in Swahili of the Lord's Prayer (that's quite a wiki entry, by the way). This is the first time a composition for computer game has been awarded by the Recording Academy.
To Talk With Aliens, Learn to Speak With Dolphins.

February 17, 2011

Same old, same old humans according to a new study based on tool making strategies. "A systematic comparison of variability in stone tool making strategies over the last quarter-million years shows no single behavioral revolution in our species' evolutionary history." more inside
Don't Fear the Reaper on Discworld From the So Bad It's Good department: a fan-made video of the Classic Rock staple using scenes from a lamely-animated version of Terry Pratchett's "Soul Music" that made the personification of Death look like Skeletor from He-Man.

February 16, 2011

The most fearless animal in all the animal kingdom? . SLYT Oh, the Honey Badger's just crayzee. (thanks to not_on_display at that OtherFilter)

February 13, 2011

Interactive map of Tahrir Square - (apparently Mubarak's time in power makes him the third longest serving Egyptian leader of the last 5000 years)

February 12, 2011

On photographing army ants - being a short treatise on the importance of rubber and benadryl. more inside
Must the multiverse come from a Big Bang? Does the idea of parallel universes resonate much?

February 10, 2011

Class Of 2011: If Social Media Were a High School

February 08, 2011

A fake movie site is the front for the latest New Pornographers video, a star-studded, high-production megaspoof. (yes, it's cynical viralbait but I don't care - just enjoy).

February 05, 2011

Bioluminescence courtesy of Synechococcus. Wonderful.

February 04, 2011

Journal of Universal Rejection No page fees, no submission anxiety, no articles accepted.
NOM NOM NO NO Proudly controversial webcomicker Zach Weiner's "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal" did a comic that the anti-gay "National Orginization for Marriage" interpreted as showing a 'technological threat to traditional marriage', so they put it on their blog (currently down), by 'hotlinking' it. So Weiner changed the image (totally SFW).

February 02, 2011

Who needs online-dating? As a rule, the ASPCA's advertising and promotion avoids the kind of controversy that (for example) PETA pursues. In light of that, its Valentines Day campaign for pet adoption is either immensely cute or rather creepy. (I guess it depends on what you're looking for in a date.)