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January 21, 2020

Earth at night: Mountains of light


From Information is Beautiful:

What if Earth's terrain was created by nighttime lights?

This 3D web mapping experiment by Jacob Wasilkowski sheds some light on the question with a complete resculpting of our planet's surface.


Human light emissions, provided by NASA satellite imagery, dictate the placement of new mountain ranges along with dark valleys and plains.


Tremendous in-depth Washington Post article with many more illustrations here.

January 21, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Radiohead Public Library

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From the Guardian:

Radiohead have launched a new online archive of their work, called Radiohead Public Library, as well as releasing previously unavailable rarities to streaming services.

Hosted at radiohead.com, the site features archival material grouped around each of the band's nine studio albums, including music videos, live TV performances, artwork and the group's quarterly w.a.s.t.e. newsletter series.

It also links to the frequently bizarre, nightmarish, and labyrinthine previous iterations of their website.

"Radiohead.com has always been infuriatingly uninformative and unpredictable," the band wrote on Twitter. "We have now, predictably, made it incredibly informative."

Visitors can create a downloadable library card, featuring a QR code that takes the holder to the website for data protection initiative GDPR.

Out-of-print T-shirt designs from each era of the band's history can be custom-made via the site.

Each of the five band members will curate a selection of the archival material on their social media channels this week.

The band have also uploaded songs that were previously unavailable on streaming services, including their first ever release, 1992’s "Drill" EP; the 2005 song "I Want None of This" from charity compilation "Help! A Day in the Life"; and the 2011 remix release "Tkol Rmx 8."

Streamable versions of the "office chart" playlists made by the band have also been collated.

Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning for Radiohead fans: there goes the day/week/month/rest of your life.

January 21, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Sleeping Positions on a Plane

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Choose from any of the eighteen poses featured in Natalie B. Compton's Washington Post story.

All guaranteed to leave you feeling exhausted upon waking or your fare cheerfully refunded.

January 21, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Which birth dates are most common* in the U.S.?


*For babies born 1973-1999

Created by Matt Stiles.

January 21, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Burning Love Music Box

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From the website:

Charming music box plays Elvis Presley's "Burning Love."

Place on hard surface like wood or glass.

Hand crank to play song.

3" x 1.5" x 1".

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January 21, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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