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Kids Prefer Cheese: Birds, Monty Hall, and Nothing to Sneeze At

Are birds smarter than mathematicians? Pigeons (Columba livia) perform optimally on a version of the Monty Hall Dilemma via Kids Prefer Cheese: Birds, Monty Hall, and Nothing to Sneeze At.

Hedy Lamarr – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born American actress and engineer. Though known primarily for her film career as a major contract star of MGM’s “Golden Age”, she also co-invented an early form of spread spectrum communications technology, a key to modern wireless communication. via Hedy Lamarr – Wikipedia, the [...]

Mind Hacks: On riding the mistake wave

The best most of us can hope for is to be fruitfully wrong — and you need to be damned clever and courageous to be so. I can only dream of getting things as intelligently wrong, but there's time. via Mind Hacks: On riding the mistake wave.

The Cosmonauts: Floresfrescas.com confirmation email

This is the email you get from Floresfrescas.com when you purchase flowers via The Cosmonauts: Floresfrescas.com confirmation email.

russell davies: cheapfuturefashionfomatics

This is the S2H replay; an activity monitor/pedometer thing that does a similar job to the fitbit. Except it feels way more like the future than the fitbit because it's cheap, fashiony and simple. And you they'll actually deliver one outside the US. via russell davies: cheapfuturefashionfomatics.

Discovered on March 16, 2009 – Stung Eye – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Output from a Processing sketch I’ve been playing with. This is a visualization of hero collaborations in the Marvel Comics universe. Each circle represents a super-hero. The larger the circle, the more heroes they have worked with. (Captain America, Spiderman, and Ironman are the large circles in the top right corner.) The lines represent collaborations [...]

Sunlight Labs: Blog – ClearMaps: A Mapping Framework for Data Visualization

To help overcome some of the limitations with existing mapping tools Sunlight Lab is releasing ClearMaps, an ActionScript framework for interactive cartographic visualization. In addition to giving designers and developers more control over presentation the project aims to address some of the common technical challenges faced when building interactive, data driven maps for the web. [...]

Mimeo and the Kleptopus King // ShaunInman.com

It may sound like I took a vacation to get some work done but when you’re doing what you love, it’s really not work. via Mimeo and the Kleptopus King // ShaunInman.com.

My Year Of Flops, Case File 1: Elizabethtown: The Bataan Death March of Whimsy | Film | My Year Of Flops | The A.V. Club

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures. via My Year Of Flops, Case File 1: Elizabethtown: The Bataan Death March of Whimsy | Film | My Year Of Flops | The A.V. Club.

The Ethical Dog: Scientific American

Fair play, then, can be understood as an evolved adaptation that allows individuals to form and maintain social bonds. Canids, like humans, form intricate networks of social relationships and live by rules of conduct that maintain a stable society, which is necessary to ensure the survival of each individual. Basic rules of fairness guide social [...]