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Reed Hastings on Arrested Development, House of Cards, and the Future of Netflix

Did I really not link to this yet? It must be in lockdown in Instapaper. Anyway, it’s part of the press tour for House of Cards, which debuts on Netflix tomorrow (AV Club review of the first two eps here).

slitscanner.js by Sha Hwang

“Slitscanner is a little piece of Javascript you can run as a bookmarklet to start, well, slitscanning videos online.” Also see this catalog and explanation of the technique (via)

More on that new Apple TV’s likely SOC

The quiet revision to the Apple TV contains a process-shrunk update of the A5X, the chip that was in the iPad 3, the first Retina iPad. Marco theorizes that if this is a low-volume ramp-up of a chip that will soon be featured in a high volume product (iPad or iPhone), this could mean that a retina iPad Mini is happening this year. Good!

Bo Obama Receives Visiting Dognitaries From Furuguay

Onion gold.

 <blockquote>        <p><span class="caps">WOOFINGTON</span>, D.C.—Aiming to strengthen yiplomatic relations with the nation of Furuguay, Bo Obama welcomed a visiting doglegation from the overseas country to the White House Thursday for talks on a wide range of vital rufforms.</p>    </blockquote>

Gabe Newell: Steam Box's biggest threat isn't consoles, it's Apple

It’s going to be a really interesting next round in “the console wars” (via)

Forgiving streets: shouldn't “forgiving” for all users be the overriding principle?

So we built Kings Landing in Minecraft

amazing. (via)

In Conversation: Steven Soderbergh

Great interview (thanks, y):

I remember describing making movies as a form of seduction and that people should look at it as though they’re being approached at a bar. My whole thing is, when somebody comes up to you at a bar, what behavior is appealing to you? And there are certain things that I’m not willing to do to get a reaction.

When I read “On Seduction” by Baudrillard in college, I thought it was profound. Would I still think so now? Could I even get through it?

Philips Exits Consumer Electronics

““Since we have online entertainment, people do not buy Blu-ray and DVD players anymore,” Mr. Van Houten said.” (via)

Explosion caused by nearly-beheaded goblin

Idea: google news alert for any article mentioning goblins (and maybe wizards?) (via)

  <blockquote>        <p>Mr Kamuyedza acquired a money-spinning goblin from a nearby country to boost the fortunes of his transport business. He, however, decided to dispose of it after it started “to make extreme demands.’’</p>  </blockquote>

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

Introducing Courier Prime

new free font from John August, plus some history of the original Courier.

Data Storage in DNA Becomes a Reality


Canadians Make a Racket Over Mysterious 'Windsor Hum'

somebody call Fringe Division. Oh, wait…

Can We Finally Declare Peace in the 'War on Cars'?

a poll from Seattle – “73 percent of the 400 Seattle voters surveyed supported the idea of building protected bike lanes.”

I’ve wondered about this. I may be a biased driver as I probably bike more than I drive, but I prefer to drive on roads with bike lanes. I think at first motorists bristle at the idea of losing turf, but once they have experienced the order a good bike lane can bring, they don’t mind it.

Space Video

How am I just finding this now?

Having noticed that there are shared aesthetic qualities of video imagery that accompany disparate cultural and scientific phenomena including guided meditation, hypnosis, undersea and space exploration by NASA, motivational speaking, powerpoint backgrounds, science fiction, psychedelic drug culture, electronic music, popular spirituality, and computer effects, we have built a generative system that mixes an original non-linear narrative with YouTube videos on these subjects as they are uploaded in real time.

I will note that my space journey was riddled with ads, which I guess is what you get with YouTube.

Actual Facebook Graph Searches

Yikes. (via)

Death, “the projects,” and the new Regent Park

“What did the building have to do with Tyson Bailey’s death?”

ReadWrite – This Tiny Gizmo Could Be A Very Big Deal In 2013 – And Beyond

Kinect-style gesture control for PCs. Dunno, man – I get RSI just watching the video.

Toronto’s population growth triples as Echo Boomers flock to city

Now growing much faster than the burbs. Quick, someone plot this against gas prices.

How Tide Detergent Became a Drug Currency

Calamari made of pig rectum?

“a taste test showed that switching rectums for calamari might indeed go undetected” (via)

via kottke


Here’s the actual document the preceding link was based on. Some interesting stuff, and I’ve only just started:

the Toronto region has grown to become the third
largest industrial complex in North America (behind Los Angeles and Chicago), and the fifth largest office market on the continent (behind New York, Chicago, Washington, Dallas-Fort Worth). The GTA is also building an unprecedented number of high rise residential developments, with 150 projects under
construction – more than the five largest cities in the U.S. combined. In North America, only Manhattan
has more tall buildings than Toronto.

Yeah, might be time to up the transit a little, huh?

Congested Toronto needs a growth plan now: report

No big surprise, but worth remembering that office zoning and public transit planning should go hand in hand.

Nonetheless, the report said Toronto has become a tale of two cities: downtown office employees have access to amenities, good public transit, and an attractive quality of life, while other employees are working in areas without public transit or amenities and are consigned to long commutes by car, the report suggests.

And “rush hour traffic is now almost as bad leaving Toronto as it is coming into it.”