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http://lawandthemultiverse.com/

Basically, what happens when you get a couple of comic book fans who happen to be lawyers geeking out about legal issues in alternate (comic) universes.
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http://www.boingboing.net/2010/07/26/street-fighting-math.html

"OH YEAH? PROVE IT! PROVE IT, YOU...APPROXIMATOR!" *wa-psh!*

:)

(I don't know anything about the book, but I am amused by the title...and the concept is one that I suspect I can get behind.)
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http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=13390

Probably the funniest "our company just got bought out!" letter-to-employees that I've ever seen. I hope it works out for them.
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Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur: If I had a warning label, what would it say?

And just because I love these warning labels so much: http://www.lifeboat.com/ex/warning.signs.for.tomorrow
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Star Wars Uncut: what happens when someone gets the looney tunes idea to recreate the original movie, shot-for-shot...crowdsourced.
http://www.starwarsuncut.com/trailer

Japanese cafe service as performance art:
http://www.cabel.name/2009/09/kashiwa-mystery-cafe.html

Ornithology as performance art...in reverse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T1vfsHYiKY

And to finish up, a music video involving Carl Sagan and autotuning...which is much cooler than it sounds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc
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"Physical Dynamic Rendering", or the analog of CGI to physical objects:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcaqzOUv2Ao

*quietly boggles*

Granted, this is a video of a technology under development. But...wow.
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...on surface of moon in large lunar soundstages:
http://www.vgg.com/tr/tr_102201_moon.html

heh. :)
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This is not at all new--it's from 2004--but I figured, what the hell, I'd never seen it. So here, /., have some more PageRank. And maybe one of you all will enjoy this:

http://interviews.slashdot.org/interviews/04/10/20/1518217.shtml?tid=192&tid=214&tid=126&tid=11

I sure did. :)
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and has some amusing and cogent things to say about jocks and nerds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW7OPByRGDY
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7996852.stm

One has to give props to the BBC science editor for letting that title through.

Don't remember where I found this, but I do remember the person linking to it invoking Time Bandits, so I'll pass that along for the Gilliam fans.

Personally, however, especially since this involves the theft of mass from a helium star, I get a mental image of a dwarf sucking in massive amounts of helium, eventually saying in a squeaky voice (realizing his impending {d,b}oom) "OH, SHIT!" and then exploding.

You're welcome.
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Screw Wolverine*, here's a better origin story that has the virtue of being in large part actually true (if perhaps visually exaggerated for comic effect): http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/lovelace-the-origin-2/

On reflection, she may be the closest match to Agatha Heterodyne that's actually existed in our history. Kind of scary, that.

*I figured that that suggestion ought to be popular, anyway--at least if we're talking about Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. :)
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*points up*
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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Dice_by_number_of_sides

Having a little trouble visualizing that.

I have one of those D34s. I have no idea when or where I acquired it; I suspect it was accidental (i.e., used to be someone else's and ended up in my dice bag).
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http://xkcd.com/556/

I've read John Christopher's Tripod books. I may not be able to look at windmills the same way again.

The conclusion, though, is just brilliant.

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