when the turtles entered my life, they taught me to be self-aware
Sunday, 17 January 2021

Why the bottles in Half-Life: Alyx look so dang good

quote [ The bottles are not transparent. But they look transparent, because Alyx is pulling the cube map for your approximate coordinates, and projecting that pre-baked image onto the side of the bottle you’re looking at. It shows you a distorted view of the space, but it’s a wild illusion that absolutely works. ]

Interesting deduction of shader fakes in simple English.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality]
[by Paracetamol@9:24pmGMT] [0 comments]

The Secret Society of Lightning Strike Survivors

quote [ After the sudden and intense drama of getting hit, they suffered from devastating symptoms that wouldn’t go away. It seemed like no one could help—until they found each other. ]

I was struck by lighting, walkin' down the street
[SFW] [people]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:40amGMT] [1 comment]

Natty Light Has Created The ‘World’s Most Expensive Piece Of Art’ In Grand Central Station

quote [ Dubbed ‘Da Vinci of Debt’, the beer-sponsored art installation is made up of 2,600 college diplomas ]

Never would have expecting this kind of compelling art from this source.
[SFW] [art] [+2]
[by hellboy@1:29amGMT] [6 comments]

Saturday, 16 January 2021

The Archaeologist Who Collected 4,500 Beer Cans

quote [ David Maxwell’s hobby has become essential to the field. ]

Take one down, pass it around
[SFW] [people]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:09amGMT] [2 comments]

Friday, 15 January 2021

Brexit stems from a civil war in capitalism – we are all just collateral damage | George Monbiot

quote [ Understood in this light, Brexit is scarcely about the UK at all. Oligarchs who have shown great interest in the subject tend to have weak or incomplete ties to this country. ]

An interesting deduction in this commentary. There's also one on the right wing media growth in the UK (thumb source).
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:25pmGMT] [2 comments]

The 15-Minute City Is Having a Moment

quote [ The concept of 'a ville du quart d’heure' is that daily necessities are within a 15-minute reach on foot or by bike. ]

A little older article on the benefits of the design; Honeycomb-shaped streets would stop traffic from getting sticky
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by steele@7:05pmGMT] [2 comments]

The Taint Bandaid Is Real Now

quote [ Last year, nestled among the booths at CES Unveiled, an untouched veggie platter, and hordes of tired tech journalists, I stumbled upon the taint bandaid. ]

It's like standing next to a portelet and a fish fry.
[NSFW] [science & technology] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:04amGMT] [8 comments]

Thursday, 14 January 2021

The Tragedy and Mystery of the ‘Best Game of the Decade’

quote [ Now that the fifth and final chapter of Kentucky Route Zero is out, we know how it ends—and have more questions than ever. ]

Apart from the interludes, I only finished part 2. The soundtrack and some of the Easter eggs on the web are exceptionally good. One of the few games pulling off a lot of artsy meta stuff without feeling pretentious.
[SFW] [art] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@7:52pmGMT] [2 comments]

Capitalism Facts

I strongly suspect these are not the actual subtitles, but I'm still laughing my ass off.
[SFW] [humor] [+3]
[by steele@12:58pmGMT] [4 comments]

The Art of Whaling: Illustrations from the Logbooks of Nantucket Whaleships

quote [ The 19th-century whale hunt was a brutal business, awash with blubber, blood, and the cruel destruction of life. But between the frantic calls of “there she blows!”, there was plenty of time for creation too. Jessica Boyall explores the rich vein of illustration running through the logbooks and journals of Nantucket whalers. ]

We will go far into the blue
[SFW] [art] [+3 Good]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:05amGMT] [0 comments]

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