In this Big Think video, Sean McFate explains how the State as a political superpower is coming to an end and how the world is shifting back to a Feudal-like free-for-all controlled by a new form of global superpowers: billionaires.66More
High above Bavaria in southern Germany, sits a castle that was built to inspire fantasy. But to construct this breath-taking building in such a unique location, the team faced harsh realities. Discover the incredible story of Neuschwanstein Castle in this short documentary!
If you have lived through the change to systemd you may have seen the rather unpleasant responses the community shot back to the developers. Benno Rice explains why the controversial change was needed.
systemd is, to put it mildly, controversial. As a FreeBSD developer I decided I wanted to know why.
I delved into the history of bootstrap systems, and even the history of UNIX and other contemporary operating systems, to try and work out why something like systemd was seem as necessary, if not desirable. I also tried to work out why so many people found it so upsetting, annoying, or otherwise rage-inducing.
Join me on a journey through the bootstrap process, the history of init, the reasons why change can be scary, and the discovery of a part of your OS you may…
If you need to end a relationship via text message, Quartz is here to help with their Bad Date Bot, which will coach you on how to properly end a casual relationship rather than just ghosting that person.
So before you ghost again, practice applying the experts’ advice by dumping our Bad Date Bot. Don’t worry—if you say the wrong thing, you won’t hurt its feelings. And there’s more advice from our panel of experts built into each scenario.
A low flyover of Jupiter's moon Europa using recently processed data from NASA's Galileo orbiter. Uses high resolution grayscale and low resolution color images taken between 1996 and 1998.
It was hard not to be taken aback by the sheer scale of what they found. “This content was almost everywhere we looked from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter”, Renzulli says. “And what we came to realise, after interviewing dozens of influencers around the world, is that these images were all part of a sophisticated global marketing strategy from an industry that is desperate to attract new smokers.”
Since every holiday has become an excuse for corporations to capitalise upon, Tomorrow/Today Videos explains how Valentine's Day became so commercialised.
Ever wondered how this religious holiday became the rampant, love-fuelled corp-fest it is now? Well, this is a story all about how (feat. Slavoj Zizek.)
“When you’re feeling like you could be gettin’ down for some action, you anonymously tap your button,” the page reads. “Your desire will be stored for a set time period. No risk of rejection here, and no pressure on your partner — if only one of you tap, nothing happens.”
Scientist Kurtis Baute proves the earth is round using nothing more than a bicycle, two sticks, and Canada.
The scientific method is an incredible thing. I use it to test if the Earth is flat or round, and to measure its size, with just my bike and two sticks.
Our project Laff track is a plugin to Chrome, which adds this craziness to all Youtube videos. It simply detects when people are not talking, and adds in a bit of laughter.
|Time Lapse of Planet Earth as Seen from the Space Station #Space|
|“There’s now a very large dataset of carefully curated photos of people from roughly 10 years ago and now.” #Privacy|
|“A short cut through spacetime allowing for travel over cosmic scale distances in a short period.” #Space|
|“If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you.” #History|
|“A low social rating could prevent her from working or traveling abroad.” #Technology|
|“A new study [...] suggests that quitting Facebook is unequivocally positive for one's mental health.” #Health|
|“[T]here has never been this kind of financial incentive to make shorter songs.” #Music|
|“An Android-based operating system for cars.” #Driving|
|“I protect my privacy as well as I can — which is not very well.” #Privacy|
|“A 3D printer that creates an entire object at once.” #Technology|
|“Could we cover an entire desert in solar panels?” #Environment|
|Folding Laundry Without Arms or Legs #Video|
|“Systemd is, to put it mildly, controversial.”|
|“The Reality of Building Fantasy.”|
|“That is actually not the way the world has worked for most of human history.”|
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|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|iPhone 6, the First Smartphone to Disrupt NSA's Spying|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“The Amazon Dash button for horny men and women who don’t feel comfortable telling their partner they’d like to have sex.”|
|“Make all videos fun to watch.”|
|“If you’re dating, you’re going to be let down. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.”|
|Testing Whether the Earth is Round or Flat|