Infographics!: Most Common Family Types In America

This strangely fascinating infographic from FlowingData shows the most common family types in America…. All fifty of them?! It honestly hadn’t ever dawned on me that there were anywhere close to this many possible family types, but upon closer inspection it makes sense. The top left is the most common, and the bottom right is the least. I would actually…

Secrets Of Japanese Horror

I just stumbled across a short, awesome video (below) which reminded me of just how unique Japanese Horror films are in the world of cinema. There are all sorts of scary movies, campy ones, serious ones, slashers, ghost flicks, supernatural horror, biblical horror, space horror, body horror, the list goes on. At this point not much scares me,…

Illusory Monsters

It is hard to overstate how successful Pokemon Go has been. It is also hard to overstate how terrible the coverage of this phenomenon has been. Every media outlet has been trying to manufacture stories to capitalize on the huge popularity, often getting the details all wrong in the process. Sometimes these are innocent failures…

Theo Jansen’s Living Sculptures

The work of Theo Jansen exists at a truly unique crossroads of art, science, and biology. The mechanical ingenuity at work in his creations is truly staggering, and the end results are breathtaking, literally breathtaking. No, really. Theo Jansen creates art that actually breathes, drinks, walks, and steers clear of danger. His work even “evolves” in a very real sense, continuously giving…

Infographic #9!: Red VS Blue

http://graphics.wsj.com/blue-feed-red-feed/ The Wall Street Journal fabricated two Facebook profiles, one conservative and one liberal. While this was by no means unassailable scientific method, the results are a fascinating infographic: two side-by-side feeds demonstrating how the same keyword can generate vastly different newsfeeds through Facebook’s algorithm/staff-curated process.  

No Man’s Sky & The Power Of Procedural Generation

We are mere days away from the release of No Man’s Sky, one of the most anticipated games of the year. It is a supermassive space exploration game that might also be one of  the most ambitious game worlds ever created. When I say massive, I mean truly, unimaginably massive. According to the developer there…

GENIUS TECH WANT: The Salt Home Defense Gun

People have probably owned guns for the purpose of home defense as long as they have existed. The major downside to this method of self defense is that someone has to die. There are other issues as well,  such as the safety of children who might inadvertently gain access to the firearms, or the fact that unless you…

Infographic! #7: Snake-Oil

Visit Information is Beautiful for a interactive infographic summarizing the actual evidence-based efficacy of many common health supplements.

No, that study can’t tell you how to raise your kids

The problem with science in the media… …they’re wrong 90% of the time (totally not made up statistic).  Here’s a run-down of the problem: Step 1:  Someone somewhere decides to do a study, most likely with a tiny sample size, studying something really arbitrary, and possibly on rats. Step 2:  Study is published in a…

Dave. Stop Trafficking, Dave.

Premptive TLDR: Use the TraffickCam website, or download the app (Android or iOS) to leverage new photo recognition technology and crowd-sourcing to fight sex trafficking. The thought that everything we do is being increasingly scrutinized is often terrifying. When we reference HAL spying on his human charges in 2001 Space Oddyssey, or 1984‘s Big Brother watching everything, it evokes fear…

Voltron: The Good Parts Version

The classic film the Princess Bride is a very faithful retelling of the book, but there are a few major differences. Perhaps the largest is the framing of the book–The author, William Goldman, writes himself into the book as an author suffering a mid-life crisis and desperately trying to find a book his father read…