Braids

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Adult Wednesday Addams

There are four so far.

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Ms Mr

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DNA Lounge: Wherein there's some Best of the Bay action, and photos.

SFBG's Best of the Bay readers' poll is out, and: Best Dance Party: Bootie, Best Drag Show: Trannyshack, Best Burlesque: Hubba Hubba Revue, and Best Bar Staff: DNA Lounge. Well done, everybody!

Recently-added galleries:

Bootie: DJs From Mars
Bootie: Back to School
Bootie: Folsom
Bootie: Morgoth
Saxon
Book of Love
We Came As Romans
Starpause + Bleeds + Wizwars
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I love how all the Youtube comments are people saying "SHOPPED."

Grasshopper 744m Test

On Monday, October 7th, Grasshopper completed its highest leap to date, rising to 744m altitude. The view above is taken from a single camera hexacopter, getting closer to the stage than in any previous flight.

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Thorunn Arnadottir:

Blush:

Blush is a very important organ of the house. Regulates the temperature and keeps it warm and alive. Blue when cold, but blushes with red when warm.

The radiator, painted with thermochromatic paint, gradually turns red from top to bottom when it is heating up.

Also, The Devil's Pet:

Sweet little kittens are transformed in a fire. Crawling from the ashes come forth grinning metallic devils with sharp claws and fire blazing in their eyes.

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The new Fukushima Mascot:

Fukuppy.

The city wishes to refurbish its image as a dynamic, forward-looking, productive place. To that end, the Fukushima Industries Corporation (a leading manufacturer of commercial freezer refrigerators and showcase freezers) has devised a new mascot.
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This is the best headline I've read in a long time:

Space-Born Jellyfish Hate Life On Earth.

I mean really. Just savor that headline. Let it wash over you. Feel its turbulence.

Jellyfish tell up from down through calcium sulfate crystals that ring the bottom edge of their mushroom-like bodies. The crystals are housed in little pockets lined with hair cells, and when the jellyfish moves, the crystals roll around, signaling to the brain which way is up by stimulating those hair cells. The pockets seemed to develop normally in space, but the astro-jellies later had trouble figuring out how to swim around in normal gravity. They had abnormal pulsing and movement when returned to Earth compared to non-astronaut jellyfish.

Humans sense gravity and acceleration using otoliths, calcium crystals in the inner ear (similar to those jellyfish have) which move sensitive hair cells to tell the brain which way gravity is pulling. So if the jellyfish had trouble developing their gravity senses in space, it's likely human space babies would get major vertigo too.

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Pussy Riot Don't Surf

Beach Essentials in China: Flip-Flops, a Towel and a Ski Mask

"I'm afraid of getting dark," said the mask-wearer, Yao Wenhua, 58, upon emerging from the seaweed-choked waters of this seaside city in China's eastern Shandong Province. Eager to show why she sacrificed fashion for function, Ms. Yao, a retired bus driver, peeled the nylon over her forehead to reveal a pale, unwrinkled face.

"A woman should always have fair skin," she said proudly. "Otherwise people will think you're a peasant."

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Breaking: The Oatmeal still sucks

Since everyone on my Facebook feed feels the need to re-post that pandering Columbus Day comic, here:

But that's how the Oatmeal works. Stuef found a presentation given by Inman in which he explained the six principles that he uses to pick ideas for Oatmeal comics:

  • Find a common gripe
  • Pick things everyone can relate to
  • Create easily digestible content
  • Create an infographic
  • Talk about memes and current events
  • Incite an emotion

[...] As far as I'm concerned it doesn't matter whether or not Inman is misrepresenting himself as a relatable, struggling artist. Inman's comics aren't bad because he's a hypocrite or a faker (though it doesn't hurt). Inman's comics are bad on their own merits.

He can't draw. This is admittedly not an obstacle to success on the internet, where the Hallmark-for-engineers margin scribblings of XKCD's Randall Munroe can engender a kind of slavish devotion, but at least Munroe's stick figures, fedoras and all, seem to reflect some level of warmth or personality; Inman's jagged illustrations are reminiscent less of their creator's character or humanity than of the easiest shortcuts in whatever vector-graphics program he's using. [...]

The only thing that differentiates his comic "Why Nikola Tesla Was the Greatest Geek Who Ever Lived" from an illustrated essay is that it's white text on a black background, and Inman has hastily copied-and-pasted stars all over the graphic. It's indistinguishable from the hasty SEO-scam "infographics" -- really just long, haplessly illustrated lists of facts -- where Inman got his start. [...]

This, ultimately, is Inman's real failing: his inability to write comics that are his, from him, about him, by him, and not just comics that fill a space he's identified in the impossibly huge audience for content online. The Oatmeal doesn't feel like something from its creator's brain, marked by its creator's obsessions, driven by its creator's passions, the way even the worst newspaper strips do. It feels like something written by a committee. Or an algorithm.

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