Friday, October 20, 2017

Link Round-Up: October 20, 2017

"The Old Curiosity Shop" by Kevin M. Wilson
Prints available for purchase from Hero Complex Gallery.

10 Last Minute Halloween Decorating Ideas

Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait lays out problems of modern science and the Nobel awards.

English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro perhaps best known for The Remains of the Day has been given this year's Nobel Prize in literature. If you want to know more about Ishiguro, the British Council has a good profile on him, but it might also be a good idea to read these two dialogues, one between him and fellow Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe and another with Neil Gaiman [previously] or the Paris Review interview in the Art of Fiction series. For live updates, analysis and reaction, head to The Guardian's liveblog and The Comlete Review's Literary Saloon blog.

How Google Created The Least Offensive Design Ever

In her latest tutorial video, the super talented Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin of Pies Are Awesome celebrated fall by demonstrating how to make a beautifully decorated pumpkin pie featuring an edible self-portrait.

Make These Spoooky Masking Tape Mummy Hands

The Mega Builder of Garry's Mod by Craig Pearson ““How did they do that?” isn’t something you often ask yourself when looking at a Garry’s Mod screenshot. It’s generally obvious how it's done when you can see the joins. But I asked myself that when I came across Vioxtar’s work, because he doesn't build typical Garry's Mod contraptions. He builds worlds. Asking myself wouldn't get me any answers, so I took an extra step and asked him. His answers are as detailed and impressive as the work he produces, and gave me a whole new perspective on what it takes to turn Garry's Mod into art. He's broke the game more times than you can imagine, lost sleep, and worked for months on a single scene trying to bring the sandbox to life. I hope you enjoy his story.”

"That is not dead which can eternal lie: the aestivation hypothesis for resolving Fermi's paradox", by Anders Sandberg, Stuart Armstrong, and Milan Ćirković, is a cosmic horror journal article hypothesizing that the Old Ones are sleeping until the stars come right and the universe is cooler - "this occurs at time t = H ln(T0/TdS), in about 1.4·1012 years." Outline and FAQ.

ThinkGeek is offering a mechanical wooden combination lock safe kit from UGEARS that allows you to use each of the 179 scored pieces to build your very own personal safe for storing precious items.  Just make sure you don't store anything too precious in there.  Afterall, it is only Balsa wood.

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