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Friday Finds – Jumping the Shark

Solid week, things are easy at the office.  Here are the week’s posts:

Other links worth your time:

Do Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Markets have gender bias?  From the ever so awesome Geekachicas multi-blog.

I don’t do any tabletop gaming, but these maps look badass.

The first transatlantic communications cable took years to successfully install…and three weeks to get destroyed.  This dude may not have been the sole cause of the cable failure, but maybe you should think through tripling the voltage on something like that.

The M101 ‘Pinwheel’ galaxy is awesome to photograph with any camera.

Stop.  Hammertime.  Obligatory xkcd link.

And finally, I give you the story of a man jumping a shark.  Literally jumping ON it.  The money quote:

“We circled around it a couple times, realized it was a basking shark, got comfortable, came up next to it and thought, ‘You know? I need to feel this fish,'” Jacobs said. “I need to swim with him and be part of this.”

Oh man.  Great way to lead up to Shark Week.

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Media Wacky

xkcd – Nerd Romance

The comic is chock full of stuff like this, but to delve a bit deeper, read this. Basically a detailed mathmatical analysis of a date in which you attempt to see the sun set twice. I did NOT study hard enough to deal with that…

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xkcd – TED Talk

ted_talk

Honestly, I have the same question. Is there a style guide entry for this? :)

(To those of you finding this through Google: click the picture, the link will take you to Randall’s site. Read his archives!)

the full saw 3d movie

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Wacky

xkcd – Change You Can Believe In!

You can now get an audio preview of your comment before you post it to Youtube. There was a recent xkcd comic on something similar to this, although Randall wanted a mandatory dramatic reading. Unfortunately, this will not stem the tide of idiotic Youtube comments. This might still be more useful for that. ;)

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xkcd – The End Is Not For A While

Just filling the time here until football and hockey seasons both get into full swing, I could totally see myself doing this if I were more adventurous:

alt text:  I THINK EVERYONE INVOLVED HERE IS CUTE.
alt text: I THINK EVERYONE INVOLVED HERE IS CUTE.

BTW, read the archives over at xkcd.com. NOW.

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xkcd – Babies

I know I felt like this when we first had my son (well, I didn’t want to disassemble him. I’m not so good with tools). Click on the picture to go to xkcd.com and get the alt-texty goodness. And read the archive if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

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xkcd – Stove Ownership

I had this realization when I first moved out as well. Though it was for nachos, not bacon.

Although maybe it's just a phase, like freshman year of college when I realized I could just buy frosting in a can.

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Wacky

Ball Pit Upgrade!

Randall Munroe (of xkcd infamy) and his friends have chipped in and quintupled the volume of his ball pit (previously mentioned). The blog entry comes complete with an environmentalist complaining about the ‘wastefulness’ of all the plastic. Awesome!

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Life

xkcd – Duty Calls

As usual, xkcd is right on the money.

duty_calls

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Gadgets Wacky

Forget Couches…

…go for a ball pit. That’s what Randall Munroe of xkcd did. I wonder if I can convince my son this is what he wants instead of a fire truck motif for his room. ;)