The Archive

The Archive contains all the posts from before the collapse. Users can rescue posts by crossposting from the archive to earn rewards.

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Have you ever drank unicorn urine?
Yes
66%
No
33%
Have you ever drank leprechaun urine?
Yes
33%
No
66%
Tell-all telephone
Green party politician Malte Spitz sued to have German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom hand over six months of his phone data that he then made available to ZEIT ONLINE. We combined this geolocation data with information relating to his life as a politician, such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and websites, all of which is all freely available on the internet.  
 
By pushing the play button, you will set off on a trip through Malte Spitz's life. The speed controller allows you to adjust how fast you travel, the pause button will let you stop at interesting points. In addition, a calendar at the bottom shows when he was in a particular location and can be used to jump to a specific time period. Each column corresponds to one day.
Radioplayer
Radioplayer is a not for profit company founded by the BBC, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group, Absolute Radio and RadioCentre to serve radio and its audiences by making listening easy.
Who couldn’t love the idea of the new Amazon Cloud Drive? You get at least 5GBs of free cloud-based storage, and its trivial to get 20GBs of free storage on Amazon Cloud Drive. Used in concert with the Amazon Cloud Player you get a fine cloud-based music player that can be used either from a Web browser or on Android tablets with the Amazon MP3 App. The new Amazon consumer cloud service also works well. It’s just too bad that you have to give up all privacy to use it.  
 
Don’t believe me? Read the Amazon Cloud Drive Terms of Use for yourself.  
 
Nice try Amazon, but you’ll excuse me if I don’t give you the right to access, retain, use and disclose my account information and my files.
This is the first in a series of articles about developments in Japanese popular music spanning from the mid-1960s to the late-1970s. Although much has been written on Japanese experimental and avant-garde music from this period, the 60s and 70s were also times of massive change and development for mainstream Japanese music, and the origin of the split between “underground” and “overground” in Japan’s pop music discourse.
Men Without Women
The ominous rise of Asia’s bachelor generation  
 
According to the United Nations, there are far more men than women on the planet. The gender gap is especially pronounced in Asia, where there are 100 million more guys than girls. This may come as a surprise to people in the Western world, where women outnumber men because—other things being equal—the mortality rate for women is lower than for men in all age groups. Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen calls it the mystery of Asia’s “missing women.”
Raising Katie
What adopting a white girl taught a black family about race in the Obama era.
Listening to music properly has a lot to do with having the right environment. A place that’s all your own. I like the warm glow from the perfect level of indirect, low lighting. I want to be surrounded by my favorite things to look at. And I long for seating that you just melt into and disappear in. And another thing– I love my iPod as much as the next guy– but sometimes there are those moments when you need to break out the turntable and throw on some old records. The warm hiss and crackle of needle on vinyl is like hearing your mother’s voice in the womb. Which is what a man cave really is– a dark, personal, intimate womb.
Do you ever absentmindedly blow on food that isn't hot to try to cool it down?
Yes!
50%
No!
37%
Only on bacon.
12%
Think manufacturing, and most likely your brain defaults to abandoned factories, outsourcing and economically devastated regions like the Rust Belt. So strong is our tendency to focus on American manufacturing as something that’s been lost that a chorus has risen up to decry the prevalence of “ruin porn” — those aestheticized versions of the decidedly un-pretty, with a particular focus on the once-triumphant automotive center of the universe, Detroit.  
 
But there are many parts of this country where manufacturing is very much alive, albeit in a different form. The monolithic industry model — steel, oil, lumber, cars — has evolved into something more nimble and diversified. As this country continues to figure out how to crawl out of its economic despair, we could benefit from focusing on the shift.  
 
(How To Hack the New York Times Paywall … With Your Delete Key)
Was there ever an instance in your childhood where an advertisement frightened you? Can be any media - print, tv, etc.
Yes! (please describe it in comments)
28%
Probably, but I don't recall.
14%
No.
14%
Not in my childhood, but yes to the scary! (please describe the scary advertisement in comments)
0%
Never in my life.
28%
Damn KSP, I had forgotten, but now I remember, I REMEMBER!!! AUGHHH!
14%
As LCD Soundsystem heads into retirement — its last show takes place Saturday night at New York's Madison Square Garden — we decided to pay homage to a band that helped define the sound of new music. With artists name-checked directly in "Losing My Edge," we created a music stream that pays tribute to where LCD Soundsystem came from and where the band was first inspired.  
 
Great stream-able mix including Human League, Yaz, Scott Walker, PiL, Lou Reed...
Lunch With Hal
Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google, sinks his teeth into data obesity and how to treat it.  
 
Not 10 minutes into our lunch at Google HQ in Mountain View, California, a groupie sidles up. He’s got a guest nametag and an outstretched hand. He wants to say hello to Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist. Varian, employee number 441, author of Information Rules, Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (where he was founding dean of the School of Information), and a former columnist for The New York Times is, it turns out, quite a star in the statistics world.  
 
The young man quotes a line from the elder circa 2009. That’s when Varian famously pronounced that “the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians.” He added: “I’m not kidding.”
This prototype time-piece from UK-based designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau traps insects on flypaper stretched across its roller system before depositing them into a vat of bacteria. The ensuing chemical reaction, or "digestion," is transformed into power that keeps the rollers rollin' and the LCD clock ablaze.