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August 2010

  1. Science

    Haunting Underwater Video of the Titanic‘s Sunken Remains

    Since earlier this month, Expedition Titanic has been using robots to take photos and video of the Titanic, which lies two-and-a-half miles below the ocean's surface, along with sonar and other measurements to survey a "full inventory of the ship's artifacts." They recently had to come back to shore due to bad weather caused by Hurricane Danielle, but they've brought with them some fascinating footage of the sunken ship's mouldering bow.

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  2. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 8/30

    Know Your Meme's month in review (KYM) Urlesque's Cee-Lo interview (Urlesque) Heavy drinkers outlive nondrinkers? (TIME) Personal papers of notorious comic book opponent open to the public (Library of Congress) New Chatroulette is live (TechCrunch) Arcade Fire and Google team up for interactive HTML5 video (The Wilderness Downtown) NASA joins Flickr, posts some amazing pictures (Flickr)

      (title image via jenga_d )

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    • Gaming

      ThinkGeek Cunningly Adopts the “XBox Model”

      (Context.)

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    • Science

      Project Z-Man: Scale Walls like Spider-Man

      Researchers at Stanford University have created a material similar to rubber which replicates the method geckos use to climb. The Stanford scientists have already successfully tested the material on a robot they adorably named Stickybot and are now working on a way to reinforce the material's strength to support human weight.

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    • Entertainment

      Movie Theater Will Marathon All 121 Episodes of LOST for Four Days Straight

      If sleeplessly pushing a button every 108 minutes just doesn't seem obsessive enough to you, you just may want to head the way of London's Prince Charles Cinema: Beginning September 13th, the movie theater plans to screen all 121 episodes of LOST back-to-back, for a total of 80 hours of onscreen delirium, spanning four days.

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    • Entertainment

      OMG Full-On Double Batmans! What Does It Mean!?

      Today, DC Comics allowed the New York Post to break some surprise news: as of this fall there will be two Batmans. If you can call it a surprise, since the covers of DC's November comics were released about two weeks ago and feature two different Batman costumes. Fan speculation was already off and speculating that this would mean that instead of Dick Grayson giving up the cowl when Bruce Wayne gets back, there might be some sort of timeshare agreement. So. Keeping up with Batman continuity is the reason I started buying monthly comics, and now it looks like it's going to be the reason I severely cut back on my monthly comics. I'm going to elaborate below, and I'm going to try to keep it down to a conversational level of nerdrage. I'm also going to try to keep from getting really depressed. So. Lets talk about continuity. (Yes, the plural of Batman is Batmans. Because it is a name. If you knew a family whose last name was Wolf you wouldn't call them the Wolves, would you?)

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    • Entertainment

      Homer Simpson vs. Army of Darkness

      This is as excellent as a 21st century boomstick. By DeviantARTist quadrophobia as part of a charity fund-raising art marathon project. Hit the jump for the whole poster.

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    • Gaming

      Microsoft to Raise Xbox Live Subscription Fee

      Without explanation, Microsoft's Major Nelson has announced that they are planning to raise their Xbox Live Gold subscription fees beginning November 1st, 2010. In the United States, a one month Gold membership will increase from $7.99 to $9.99, a three month gold membership will increase from $19.99 to $24.99 and the one year membership will increase from $49.99 to $59.99. The price increase affects other territories as well, including Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

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    • Weird

      This Beer Is Also a Musical Instrument

      Chris Mufalli and Matt Braun have devised an instrument that you can drink in the form of Tuned Pale Ale. It's not that the brew itself has any magical properties: Rather, the beer's label is covered with a musical scale that lets you track what note will play when you blow over the bottle's mouth.

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    • Gaming

      Acclaim Circling the Drain

      As of August 26th, 2010, anyone who visited Acclaim's website was greeted with a fairly solemn message stating all of their games will no longer be in service.

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    • Tech

      What Happens When You Take a Cellphone Video of a Plane’s Propellers?

      You get this: It looks like the plane is shedding propeller blade after propeller blade. (Hopefully, it isn't.) The rolling shutter effect in action.

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    • Entertainment

      Paper Rings Made from Books

      It might not look it, but the ring above is literally made from the pages of Oliver Twist. Artist Jeremy May has devised a process for transforming books into jewelry using a "unique laminating process."

      Littlefly jewellery is made by laminating hundreds sheets of paper together, then carefully finishing to a high gloss. The paper is selected and carefully removed from a book, and the jewellery re-inserted in the excavated space. Each piece is impossible to replicate, and is unique to the wearer. The beauty of the jewels extends within the piece: text and images pass all the way though the object, only exposed at the surfaces – giving a tantalising glimpse of the book within.

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    • Entertainment

      Pirates of Dark Water Finally Coming to DVD Tomorrow

      Chunga lunga! Seventeen years after the premature cancelation of the dark, weird, and wonderful Pirates of Dark Water, all 21 episodes from the show's original run will be coming to DVD as of tomorrow. We may not know what happened to the last five Treasures of Rule, but this is a decent consolation prize. TV Shows on DVD:

      Warner Brothers is releasing Pirates of Darkwater - The Complete Series on ... August 31st. Cost is $29.95 for a 4-disc set, which runs 462 minutes long for all 21 episodes of the show's run in the early '90s. Pirates of Darkwater - The Complete Series will not be available in local stores, but instead is found exclusively at Warner's online outlet, The WB Shop (WBshop.com), and is available to pre-order right now (when you land at the site, just use the "search" field in the upper right and start typing in "Pirates"; it will auto-fill in with the title for you to click on). You can pre-order your copy this minute, and it will ship out beginning next Tuesday.

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    • Weird

      Hipster Dinosaurs

      Musician Molly Lewis has gone through a bunch of old coloring books and exposed dinosaurs for the tweed-wearing, PBR-sipping hipsters that we always knew they were.

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    • Tech

      The Rebellion Against Digg v4

      If the comments on almost every Digg frontpage article are to be believed, today marks the day that many Digg users plan to jump ship, if they haven't already done so. "Make RIPP DIGG your profile image Monday is Abandon Digg Day," reads one often copy-pasted comment. Many commenters extol the newfound virtues of Digg's sorta-rival in the social bookmarking business, Reddit, which recently struck a rebellious, pro-user pose by defying its corporate masters at Condé Nast and running free advertisements in support of Proposition 19 when Condé forbid it to "benefit financially"off of the issue of relaxing anti-marijuana laws. Since last Wednesday, when Digg underwent a major overhaul and became Digg v4, the grievance against the site has been that it's sold its user base out to big publishers and advertisers. Whereas Digg content used to be driven by user submissions, now, publishers automatically submit articles via RSS feed, from whence they get Diggs up -- the unit of social currency that determines what content makes it to the site's front page -- primarily from their "followers," the users who subscribe to their feeds. The new Digg looks, therefore, like a mix of Facebook, Twitter, and RSS. Is the new Digg as broken as its detractors are saying? The front page, for its part, does not make the new Digg look like a site that anyone would want to read.

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