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And of course that splash image is actually a scrolling slide show, the biggest performance & reliability suck on the web.
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Google's got a new logo! I thought it was weird when I first saw it — but it's grown on me, and I think there are good reasons for it.

More details on "why" and "how" at the Google Design site:
https://design.google.com/articles/evolving-the-google-identity/
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Oh, I know. I just think that it's funny : )

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FYI +Paul Fisher​
Web developer Eric Andrew Lewis has created the emoji mosaic generator, which will take any image you upload and re-draw the image using only emojis. It's incredible, and we applied it to 5 NFL sta...
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LOOOOOOL 

"The district lines were drawn in a manner that attempted to avoid containing any eligible voters, meaning that property-owners themselves would get to decide on the sales tax increase as a way to avoid further property taxes to pay for improvements.

Unfortunately for them, things didn't exactly go according to plan. It soon became known that a single voter, University of Missouri student Jen Henderson, was registered to vote in the new CID. That means that she alone will get to decide whether or not to approve the sales tax increase. "
 
Map of the new Community Improvement District in Columbia, Missouri Normally gerrymandering in a medium-sized town that ...
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"Ya know, 'half-cent sales tax increase' doesn't sound that appealing, but 'half-cent sales tax increase and a brand new Ferrari for every resident of the district' sure does…"
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Via +Yonatan Zunger​ but with clickbaity article removed :) Very mesmerizing.
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I saw the same video silently last week, but it's better this way.
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Today I learned that there is a form of silk that comes from a clam, dates back to Biblical times, and there is literally one woman in the world who still has the knowledge and skill to make it properly.

"Her family remains Jewish, unlike many others in southern Italy and Sardinia who converted to Christianity long ago, but continued to set a table for the Sabbath on Friday evenings well into the 20th Century, without knowing why.

According to Gabriel Hagai, professor of Hebrew Codicology at the Ecole Pratique des Haute Etudes in Paris, Vigo is "the last remnant" of a combination of Jewish and Phoenician religious practices that was once far more widespread in the Mediterranean.

"I met Chiara through a fellow professor in Paris, and I was sceptical at first," he says. "This craft combined folklore and religion [but] she has allowed us to reconstruct a forgotten and missing part of our history.""
Silk is usually made from the cocoons spun by silkworms - but there is another, much rarer, cloth known as sea silk, or byssus, which comes from a clam.
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Pour one out for Timecube.

(By "one" of course I mean "four, simultaneously".)
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"You worship an evil god 
who allows babies to starve 
to death while you gorge?"
... there's some good stuff in here for sure.
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For healthy, glowing skin.

"Tho-Radia made a whole product line of perfumes, creams, facial powders, lipsticks and other beauty products that contained thorium-cloride and radium."

via http://io9.com/seriously-scary-radioactive-consumer-products-from-the-498044380?commerce_insets_disclosure=off&utm_expid=66866090-48.Ej9760cOTJCPS_Bq4mjoww.1
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Good marketing on that dude's part, then.
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I hadn't heard of this, but it sounds awesome.
 
Surrealistic video game based on Escher, Dali, and Magritte.

H/t +San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

If 20th century surrealists made a video game, it might look a lot like 'Back to Bed.'
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+Steve Esterly Such matters are always drug-related. Either you're on them or you need to be.
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Donald Trump: Making China great again.
Donald Trump says "China" 234 times 
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He's outsourced his popularity.
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#TIL   "Thank God It’s Friday!—then a popular expression with college kids—opened on the northeast corner of 63rd and 1st Avenue on March 15, 1965. Stillman painted the building bright blue with red-striped awnings and stocked the interior with Tiffany lamps, stained glass, brass rails and a floor lightly brushed with sawdust. He had his waiters wear loudly colored soccer jerseys and offered a menu both affordable and enticing to a younger person—burgers and fries, cheap beer, Long Island Iced Teas and Harvey Wallbangers. [...] It was like nothing anyone had ever seen, a bar so obviously meant for young people. [They] were like, ‘Whoa, we can actually go out and drink beers, meet people?’"
 
Wait, T.G.I. Fridays was the first singles bar?!

Before 1965, your average couple met each other via setups from friends or family, they had been high school or college sweethearts, maybe even co-workers or fellow churchgoers. But they almost certainly hadn’t met in a bar. Stillman wanted to change that and, in doing so, would inadvertently change dating in the latter part of the 20th century.

Stillman was a regular at a bullet-riddled, 1st Avenue saloon called Good Tavern. He’d hit the dive after work for an occasional beer and, annoyed there were never any women around, one day suggested to the owner that he might want to clean the place up and start serving the kind of food and drink that would attract a female crowd. The owner didn’t like that idea, but did like Stillman’s offer to buy the bar for $10,000. Even if he didn’t realize it at the time, Stillman’s idea to make a bar friendly to women was revolutionary.
In 1903 the Wright Brothers out of Dayton, Ohio built the world’s first successful airplane. By 1965, 20 percent of Americans had flown commercially and
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D&D. Visualizations. Data analysis. <3

"when it came to group and environment scenes it was a no-brainer most of the time for artists to say to themselves “well I gotta make sure I include at least one woman in here”, but when it came to single-character illustrations that the default impulse to depict a man was largely going unquestioned"
 
Today's post about 5th Edition D&D is the first in a series that will be either two or three parts about the equality of representation for women in the three D&D 5E Core books. In this first part, I look at data gathered for a variety of criteria across the three books, while the next post will start examining trends and actual images.

These are posts that I like to do every few months, because I firmly believe that having actual data about the state of representation in games is crucial to being able to improve that representation. However, these posts are the most time-consuming to produce by far. The amount of time it takes to write one of these posts is easily double or even triple what it takes to write just about anything else.

And mostly I'm okay with that; statistical analysis isn't something I'm super passionate about and it would get pretty dry to read about if that was all that I did. But it is something that I am passionate about doing from time to time, and the time investment can be a major strain in actually getting the work done. This post in particular wound up taking about fifteen hours of work to produce 1600 words of post (and a fuckload of charts) - which is really not great.

So if you're someone who supports creators on Patreon, I do ask that you consider becoming a patron if you think what I'm doing is valuable. Even $1/month is a huge deal, and it helps me to be able to continue doing what I'm doing.
Introduction Right before leaving for this year's GenCon, I put up a post about my frustrations with the lack of consistency of art direction between Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons; ...
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I thought I had seen a Dilbert strip with a female PHB before, but I can't seem to find it (note, I do not recommend searching for "female PHB"). 
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I proposed to my wife using obfuscated Perl code. My Erdős number is 4.
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    Ph.D. Computer Science, 2003 - 2009
  • University of Minnesota
    B.S. Computer Science, 1999 - 2003
  • Robbinsdale Cooper High School
    1995 - 1999
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