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May 6, 2019

These are your M&Ms on LEGO

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From io9:

Created by Mary Coffelt and her colleagues at the Barrow Neurological Institute, this version of Akiyoshi Kitaoka's "Bulge" illusion uses strategically placed white and purple M&Ms to warp your perception of a checkerboard built from LEGOs of the same color.

See the illusion in action here.

[via Reality Carnival]

May 6, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The world's largest owl


It's pictured above — a female Blakiston's fish owl, an endangered species, near Amgu, Russia, in a photo taken in 2008.

From the New York Times:

"The largest owl species... is especially ferocious and nests outdoors in subzero temperatures.

Nearly a yard high, weighing up to 10 pounds and with a wingspan of six feet, Blakiston's is the world's largest owl, a bird so hulking it's often mistaken for other things, according to Jonathan Slaght [pictured up top with the owl] of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Russia program.

It could easily look like a bear in a tree or a man on a bridge.

This powerful predator can pull from the river an adult salmon two, three, or more times its own weight, sometimes grabbing onto a tree root with one talon to help make the haul.

Ferocity is essential for a bird whose frigid, spotty range extends across northeastern China, the Russian Far East, and up toward the Arctic Circle, one that breeds and nests in the dead of winter, perched atop a giant cottonwood or elm tree, out in the open, in temperatures 30° below zero Fahrenheit.

Dr. Slaght's colleague Sergei Surmach videotaped a female sitting on her nest during a blizzard. "All you could see at the end was her tail jutting out," Dr. Slaght said.

May 6, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Vladimir Nabokov on "Lolita"

The author discussed his 1955 novel on "Close-Up," a 50s-era show on CBC.

The Modern Library ranked "Lolita" the fourth most important novel published in English during the 20th century.

Rarified air indeed.

May 6, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Re-approaching Color: A new way to build color systems for accessible UIs that scale

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From Lyft :

While auditing the colors we use at Lyft, we found the remains of many previous color system attempts.

It felt a bit like an archeological dig as color names like moon, slate, and bone all pointed to similar shades of gray, and other color names like mulberry, purple, and violet pointed to similar shades of purple.

This was a big problem for us. especially when it came to our iconic Lyft pink.

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We found 15 variations of pink across our products.

Build your own system with ColorBox.io.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

May 6, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

Ha ha ha

Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: edible.

May 6, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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