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August 26 2012

Additionally, going to a hairdresser is similar to going to a massage parlor, in that you're often being touched by someone of the opposite sex in a distinctly sexual way, but you're not allowed to think it's at all sexual. Getting your hair professionally shampooed and cut involves a whole lot of head-massaging and personal-space-invading. You're often straddling the hairdresser, and she's so comfortable that she barely realizes that, in many instances, her breasts are directly on your face, and there's literally nothing else you can think about. You don't want to do anything that might be misconstrued as sexual harassment while her boobs are at mouth level, so you stop breathing and completely freeze your face. She asks you how your day is going, and you want to answer, but at the same time you don't think she'll accept your complex series of motorboats as a valid response.
5 Terrible Situations for the Socially Awkward Man | Cracked.com

August 12 2012

The crux of the disagreement between liberals and conservatives in the software world is this: how much focus should you put on safety? Not just compile-time type-safety, but also broader kinds of "idiot-proofing" for systems spanning more than one machine.
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August 10 2012

5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.
Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others | Informed Comment

August 06 2012

AS long as its wings are level, an airplane is well mannered and slow to anger. If you pull its nose up and then release the controls, it puts its nose back down; if you push it down, it answers by rearing up. Like horseback riding, flying consists mostly of leaving the beast alone. The problem is that this particular beast does not stay on the trail unguided, and once it strays, it develops a strong impulse to self-destruct.
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August 01 2012

In this sequence, then, Louis C.K., the director, replicates the discomfort felt by the characters in his audience via the formal elements of his shot composition. Which, to bring this post full circle, is why the formal incoherence of The Dark Knight enhances the film while a very similar one nearly ruins The Dark Knight Rises.
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July 31 2012

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Borderlands 2 Wimoweh Trailer - YouTube

There is an implicit rule that most technical and engineering people grow into over the course of their education. But even though it is implicit, it is strong. Its violation causes great confusion. [..]

What is this rule? I’m going to call it the principle of rational equivalence: two rational people, given the same set of facts, must arrive at identical conclusions. [..]

And of course, this is violated all the time in the real world. People see a situation, which presumably is objectively invariant, and yet arrive at completely opposing conclusions.

Vivek Haldar : Rational Equivalence

July 11 2012

To the management, on the other hand, the vital issue was all this broken glassware... The head-waiter, swooping down on the fray like some god in the Iliad descending from a cloud, was endeavouring to place this point of view before Ronnie. Assisting him with word and gesture were two inferior waiters - Waiter A and Waiter B.
Ronnie was in no mood for abstract debate. He hit the head-waiter in the abdomen, Waiter A in the ribs, and was just about to dispose of Waiter B, when his activities were hampered by the sudden arrival of reinforcements. From all parts of the room other waiters had assembled - to name but a few, Waiters C, D, E, F, G, and H - and he found himself hard pressed. It seemed to him that he had dropped into a Waiters' Convention.
riz din: A quote from Summer Lightning by P.G Wodehouse

July 05 2012

The fact-dump that's coming now serves several purposes. It backs up his argument, it reveals him to be exceptional (what normal person has these stats at their fingertips?), but mostly it's musical. This is the allegro.
How to Write an Aaron Sorkin Script, by Aaron Sorkin: The Stream: GQ on TV: GQ

June 26 2012

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Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror - YouTube

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June 18 2012

The linked article is wrong about one thing though: whether or not the loss is considered an “act of God” is irrelevant. We talked about this back in our post on Thor, where we noted that “act of God” provisions are typically part of contracts other than insuring agreements, because insuring agreements are specifically intended to cover what would count as “acts of God,” i.e., lightning strikes, floods, fires, etc.
The Avengers: Who’s Gonna Pay for That? | Law and the Multiverse

June 14 2012

Those last seven words take care of the fact that the expected reduction in haul is £4,000 greater than the expected average haul. A screen in no case has actually resulted in raiders handing over £4,000 of their own money to the bank cashiers before fleeing the premises.
Economists demonstrate exactly why bank robbery is a bad idea | Ars Technica

May 19 2012

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