August 29, 2016

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August 26, 2016

These Mysterious Symbols Have Been in 19 Video Games and No One Knows Why

As it became clear that a larger metagame was taking shape, fans congregated at places like Game Detectives, a subreddit that’s become famous for decoding such puzzles. Through careful experimentation and data mining (a process through which players examine a game’s code), diehards have discovered 19 sigils. The most recent one was found in You Have to Win the Game, a retro platformer released back in 2012. The sigil was presumably added through a patch at some point, but no one’s quite sure, really.

Here are the collected sigils:

I love when stuff like this bubbles up from the depths of the internet.

August 26, 2016 · video games · mysteries

DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels - Nobody Speak

I agree with Kottke, this video is awesome. I like Killer Mike and El-P’s cameos.”

August 26, 2016 · Music · Videos

UX Bear

Have a conversation about user experience with an intelligent polar bear.

August 25, 2016 · UX · AI

Every Joke from Airplane!’ Ranked

  1. Captain Oveur: Joey, have you ever been in a… in a Turkish Prison?”
August 25, 2016 · funny · movies

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August 15, 2016


You don’t have to know anything about farming to enjoy the demo animated gif/video on FarmBot’s home page.

/via Christopher Butler’s recent tabs

August 12, 2016 · farming · robots

Eyvind Earle

I recently discovered the art of Eyvind Earle via a Guillermo del Toro retweet.

It’s amazing work:

It kinda reminds me of procedural terrain landscapes, like the screen caps I’ve been seeing from No Man’s Sky.

August 12, 2016 · art


FaveJet was created by Tom Taylor to fill the gap left by Jason Kottke’s shut down of Stellar. It lets you easily see what others are liking” on Twitter. Some more from Taylor:

Favourites are quieter than retweets, and more nuanced. A little nod of acknowledgement, a gentle arm around a shoulder, or sometimes just a smile.

Agreed, I like FaveJet (and formerly Stellar) they make Twitter much more interesting and fun.

August 12, 2016 · twitter

Swear Trek

@swear_trek takes Star Trek gifs and images and adds swear-laden funnies. The 13-year-old in me cackles with delight.


He’s dead, Jim.

— Swear Trek (@swear_trek) August 11, 2016

These remind me of the Fensler Films G.I. Joe PSA redubs.1

Tacitly related: Bad words are unexpectedly useful in fostering human relations because they carry risk.”

  1. My fave is #3.

August 12, 2016 · funny · star trek · gifs · swearing


Wonder lets you store facts you could forget and retrieve them via a text.

August 10, 2016 · apps · bots

August 9, 2016

Ambiance Jeune

Music, lots of it. /via

August 1, 2016 · music


This app lets you record, transcribe, and bookmark key moments in user interviews.” The bookmark feature sounds nice, during an interview you can knock twice on your phone to bookmark while your screen is locked.”

July 29, 2016 · UX · apps

Snap Text Ship

I like this concept. Take a pic, text it to 251.265.2848, pay two bucks, and send it as a postcard. I’ll try it on my next vacation.

July 28, 2016 · photography

Chekhov’s Gun

If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”

Chekhov, master of the short story, gave this advice: If it’s not essential, don’t include it in the story.The term has come to mean an insignificant object that later turns out to be important.”

The opposite of Chekhov’s Gun is the Asspull.

July 27, 2016 · words · television


Prisma is fun. I ran this photo from the Maryland Zoo’s otter exhibit through it:

And got:

Check out their Twitter feed for some more examples of what Prisma can do.

July 26, 2016 · apps · photography

Null Island

Null Island is a located at zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude, it also doesn’t exist.

July 26, 2016 · maps · faux places

Beastie Boys Mural

A tribute to Paul’s Boutique for the 25th anniversary of the album.

Here is the finished mural:

/via oscilloscope studio

July 25, 2016 · links · beastieboys · music

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