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Posts Tagged ‘work’

QR Markham’s plagiarized spy thriller didn’t stop being good when he was caught

QR Markham’s plagiarized spy thriller didn’t stop being good when he was caught

Debutante plagiarist Q.R. Markham's temporarily-lauded spy thriller, Assassin of Secrets, is in fact a string of passages lifted from other books in the genre. No-one noticed until it was released, at which time readers noticed at once. The book's been recalled by publisher Little, Brown, whose president, Michael Pietsch, apologized in a [...]

Android Dreams: Time-lapse Tokyo Homage to Blade Runner

Samuel Cockedey created this lovely short, and explains... This is a tribute to Ridley Scott and Vangelis, whose work on Blade Runner has been a huge source of inspiration in my shooting time lapses. Please watch in HD with sound on! Shot over a year in Tokyo with a Canon 5dmk2, mainly in the Shinjuku area. Music: "Main Titles" and "Blush [...]

iPhone Siri vs Japanese Guy

Every time he tries to say "work" I burst into laughter.

Adventures in self-publishing: Why I took a year’s work and tried my hardest to give it away

Adventures in self-publishing: Why I took a year’s work and tried my hardest to give it away

When John F. Kennedy was asked how he became a war hero, he’s supposed to have replied: “It was involuntary. They sank my boat.” That’s how I became a self-published novelist: A large number of New York publishers rejected Thanks for Killing Me, my spiky little crime novel about the aftermath of a con gone wrong. They did so for an [...]

Impossible physics: Why My Little Pony can’t really fly

"Physical Impossibilities in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" is a student physics presentation that examines three scenes from an animated My Little Pony show (it looks like a recent adaptation, not the original) and identifies the physics at work, explains (with equations!) why the scenes don't work, and offers suggestions ("dark [...]

Why “this is fun” is 10x more secure a password than “J4S!2″

Why “this is fun” is 10x more secure a password than “J4S!2″

Security companies and IT people constantly tells us that we should use complex and difficult passwords. This is bad advice, because you can actually make usable, easy to remember and highly secure passwords. In fact, usable passwords are often far better than complex ones. So let's dive into the world of passwords, and look at what makes a [...]

3D printing’s first copyright complaint goes away, but things are just getting started

3D printing’s first copyright complaint goes away, but things are just getting started

More news on the first-ever DMCA threat for violating a copyright in a 3D object -- Ulrich Schwanitz has rescinded his complaint and will release his shape into the public domain today. Here's a summary for those of you who missed it: last week, Ulrich Schwanitz figured out how to print the "impossible" Penrose Triangle," a well-known [...]

How Facebook Ships Code

How Facebook Ships Code

I’m fascinated by the way Facebook operates.  It’s a very unique environment, not easily replicated (nor would their system work for all companies, even if they tried). These are notes gathered from talking with many friends at Facebook about how the company develops and release software. It’s been over six months since I assembled these [...]

Bunnie explains the technical intricacies and legalities of Xbox hacking

Bunnie explains the technical intricacies and legalities of Xbox hacking

Andrew "bunnie" Huang, who literally wrote the book on hacking Xboxes, was to be a witness in last week's first-of-its-kind trial for Xbox modding. However, the government prosecutor bungled his case so badly that he was forced to withdraw the charge and walk away, leaving the defendant unscathed. However, Bunnie had already prepared an [...]

Paolo Bacigalupi’s SHIP BREAKER: An adventure story in a post-peak-oil world

Paolo Bacigalupi’s SHIP BREAKER: An adventure story in a post-peak-oil world

Paolo Bacigalupi's remarkable debut novel The Windup Girl won the Nebula Award and tied for the Hugo award, so of course, I knew that his first young adult novel, Ship Breaker, would be great. And it was. But what I wasn't prepared for was how different Bacigalupi's young adult fiction would be from his adult work. Ship Breaker is set in a [...]

US President Obama just booked all 570 rooms at the Taj Mahal hotel

US President Obama just booked all 570 rooms at the Taj Mahal hotel

Your tax dollars at work. To ensure fool-proof security, the President’s team has booked the entire the Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants. Since his security contingent and staff will comprise a huge number, 125 rooms at Taj President have also been booked, apart from 80 to 90 rooms each in Grand Hyatt and The [...]

Must have Bug Out Bag item #19

Must have Bug Out Bag item #19

The Sven Saw is an ideal camping saw. I grew up watching my Dad use one to make short work of the tree limbs I dragged through the woods to the campsite. Now I take mine on every backpacking trip. It makes gathering firewood easier, because you don't have to search for logs you can break or hack through. Larger logs left by others or downed [...]

Hacking Work, a new book by Bill Jensen and Josh Klein

Hacking Work, a new book by Bill Jensen and Josh Klein

Josh Klein -- the fellow who trained crows to collect quarters and wrote an article for MAKE on how to toilet train your cat... and Bill Jensen wrote a new book called Hacking Work -- an "instruction manual for getting your work done faster, more efficiently, and with more fun no matter what your company manual says." It came out last week [...]

Lynd Ward’s wordless, Depression-era woodcut novels

Lynd Ward’s wordless, Depression-era woodcut novels

Library of America has announced a slipcased two-volume set collecting Lynd Ward's gorgeous, Depression-era woodcut "novels" - wordless, book-length stories told in stark imagery. The set is edited by Art Spiegelman, and LoA has a short interview (.PDF) with Spiegelman on Ward's work. (more…)

Stupid linux screen tricks

I use GNU Screen extensively to manage my work. Here are a few tips and shortcuts I've collected or developed... 1. Adding a status bar to screen. If you use screen inside screen, or screen on more than one machine, having a status bar is essential so you always know where you are. I have the following line in my .screenrc: caption always "%{= [...]