Open sourcing Magic →
Alex Stone’s new book Fooling Houdini shamelessly busts open the magic community’s code of silence.
JESP - Could Morality Have a Source? →
by Chris Heathwood It is a common idea that morality, or moral truths, if there are any, must have some sort of source, or grounding. It has also been claimed that constructivist theories in metaethics have an advantage over realist theories in that the former but not the latter can provide such a grounding. This paper has two goals. First, it attempts to show that constructivism does not in fact...
The Long History of the Espresso Machine | Design... →
A jet of hot water at 88°-93°C (190°-200°F) passes under a pressure of nine or more atmospheres through a seven-gram (.25 oz) cake-like layer of ground and tamped coffee. Done right, the result is a concentrate of not more than 30 ml (one oz) of pure sensorial pleasure.
Quiet At US Open? WTA Plans Crackdown On... →
DJ Mixer / Cross Fader, 1910 | Retronaut →
he Gaumont Chronophone System synchronised sound and film at the Gaumont Palace in Paris. The volume was enough for an audience of 4000. Initially the longest film which could have synchronised sound was 200ft due to the limited playing time of a record. Gaumont surmounted this problem by having two record decks; a skilled operator could switch between them to give a more or less continuous...
Shooting 2001: A collection of black and white... →
The Sounds of Mad Men: Relive Season Five Without Any Words
OMG Eye Chart Cocktail Shaker | Cool Material →
Every man should own a cocktail shaker. That doesn’t mean, however, that every man has to own the same standard silver one everybody else does. This shaker not only handles the mixing of your beverages, but also doubles as a test to see whether you should mix another. Here’s a hint, if you can still read the “OMG I am so wasted I can’t even read what this says” chart, you can still get your...
The real story of 'Headless Body in Topless Bar,'... →
Le Car Van Heuliez :: TOUT sur la RENAULT 5 →
Cinephilia&Beyond: Billy Wilder, two essential... →
cinephilearchive: Billy Wilder Speaks is the work of German director Volker Schlöndorff, who in 1989 had already known Wilder for twenty-five years. Difficult to pin down for interviews, Wilder was working with another documentarian in his little writing office in Beverly Hills when Schlöndorff piggybacked…
WGA 101 Greatest Screenplays: Chinatown (1974) →
cinephilearchive: Roman Polanski gives a masterclass on the making of Chinatown. Hear why he believes it to be his best film, and learn the stories behind his approach to script construction, mise en scene, directing difficult actors, and unhappy endings.
Did You Ever Wonder Whether Rats Laugh?:... →
A neuroscientist explains how he discovered serendipitously the guffaw of a rodent
The Obama event registry — Blog — Barack Obama →
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Why Do People Feel Phantom Cellphone Vibrations? -... →
I don’t suffer these mysterious vibrations alone. In one study into the phenomenon – variously dubbed “phantom ringing,” “phantom vibration syndrome” and vibranxiety – phantom phone vibrations were experienced by 68% of the people surveyed, with 87% of those feeling them weekly, and 13% daily. What is it that plagues our pockets? The phantom vibrations have only recently gotten the attention of...
Read an Infographic of Ray Bradbury’s Predictions... →
American Jewish World » Blog Archive » Class... →
A lawsuit filed in May alleges that Hebrew National, the famous manufacturer of hot dogs and other products throughout the United States, is not living up to its self-proclaimed standard of kosher “as defined by the most stringent Jews who follow Orthodox Jewish Law.”
FYI: Why Does Scotch Smell Like Band-Aids? |... →
I analyzed the chords of 1300 popular songs for... →
fat-birds: videohall: Duck Chase: “All I can think of is “Are you my mother?” That little thing can run! That is definitely the cutest thing I’ve seen today. The chirpy whistles and playful attitude are just great. TIL little ducks can run full speed and stop on a dime. omgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg