Category Archives: Culture

Facebook’s birthday

Facebook was launched from Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room 13 years ago today (it was called thefacebook back then), yet there is still no DISLIKE button after all these years. But when should the billionaire CEO celebrate Facebook’s birthday: when he … Continue reading

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Keyboard waffle iron

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Captcha arms race update

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Happy Birthday, Mr Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was born on this day (1/11) in the British West Indies.

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Top three list

Here’s a listing of our three most popular/most visited blog posts over the last three years: 1. Probabilistic business hours (2016) 2. Consumer surplus: “Print Wikipedia” art edition (2015) 3. Chess piece survival rates (2014)

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Train Track Art

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Merry Christmas: a “Blade Runner” sequel is in the works

We interrupt our sporadic Internet sabbatical with the following update: Forget the overhyped (and totally overrated) Star Wars franchise, because we just discovered that Blade Runner is coming back to the big screen. The “original” Blade Runner is one of … Continue reading

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The Mathematics of the Twelve Days of Christmas

Check out this fun blog post by math wizard Ben Orlin, who calculates the total number of gifts in “The 12 Days of Christmas.” In the words of Mr Orlin, “The song invited a lot of questions, but one in particular leapt out … Continue reading

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Check out Paperholm, a beautiful and whimsical paper city created by artist Charles Young, who has been adding a new paper structure to his tiny metropolis each day. More details here, via Colossal. Hat tip: kottke.

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Ben Franklin’s daily routine

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