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Turn any Tumblr into an interactive Fractal Fest
IBM has created a site that will turn any Tumblr into a series of fractal images. Why? 38 years ago, one of its mathematicians, Benoit Mandelbrot, discovered that nature’s repetitive, complex patterns are based on simple math. Mandlebrot called these hidden patterns “fractals,” and in 1978 he and others began to visualize the formulas behind them. 

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Turn any Tumblr into an interactive Fractal Fest

IBM has created a site that will turn any Tumblr into a series of fractal images. Why? 38 years ago, one of its mathematicians, Benoit Mandelbrot, discovered that nature’s repetitive, complex patterns are based on simple math. Mandlebrot called these hidden patterns “fractals,” and in 1978 he and others began to visualize the formulas behind them. 

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At precisely 9 a.m. I touch a button on my remote mouse and play a sudden blast. After a 10-second burst of very loud music, I have every student’s undivided attention. I then lock in the connection: I smile, welcome them, thank them for investing a full Saturday in developing their careers. Only then do I begin the class. I have hijacked their amygdalas. We need audiences to feel first and then to think
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A website called Happier.co.uk created an interactive infographic that tells you roughly how much money some of the biggest companies in the world make per second. This is accomplished by taking each company’s yearly revenue, dividing it by the number of working days and then further dividing each day down to the hours and the seconds. The longer you’re on the site, the higher each company’s revenue goes.

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Ashton Kutcher is now a Lenovo product engineer
Following the time-honored tradition of hiring celebrities as advisors, Lenovo has just announced Ashton Kutcher is its latest product engineer. According to a press release from the company, Kutcher — who previously studied biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa — will work alongside Lenovo’s engineering teams around the world to “develop and market” its Yoga line of Windows 8, Windows RT, and Android convertible tablets. 

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Ashton Kutcher is now a Lenovo product engineer

Following the time-honored tradition of hiring celebrities as advisors, Lenovo has just announced Ashton Kutcher is its latest product engineer. According to a press release from the company, Kutcher — who previously studied biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa — will work alongside Lenovo’s engineering teams around the world to “develop and market” its Yoga line of Windows 8, Windows RT, and Android convertible tablets. 

two and a half poor decisions

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Xbox One, the destroyer: Microsoft’s weird marketing blitz is novelty sized
First, a giant Windows Phone consumed Paul Miller with its gaping live tile maw. Then, Microsoft erected a giant Surface tablet to conquer all of London. And today, to celebrate the upcoming Xbox One launch, Microsoft has revealed its latest product prop: a ridiculously large Xbox One in Vancouver. Straight reports that the console is 40 feet long and 20 feet wide, and that the prop will “unlock” if enough people “pledge” their gamertags — hinting that the next-generation monument could be preparing for some sort of human sacrifice. 

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Xbox One, the destroyer: Microsoft’s weird marketing blitz is novelty sized

First, a giant Windows Phone consumed Paul Miller with its gaping live tile maw. Then, Microsoft erected a giant Surface tablet to conquer all of London. And today, to celebrate the upcoming Xbox One launch, Microsoft has revealed its latest product prop: a ridiculously large Xbox One in Vancouver. Straight reports that the console is 40 feet long and 20 feet wide, and that the prop will “unlock” if enough people “pledge” their gamertags — hinting that the next-generation monument could be preparing for some sort of human sacrifice. 

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Facebook now lets teens post statuses and photos publicly
Facebook has just announced that it will now allow users under 18 to post publicly. Until today, users aged 17 and under could only post updates that their friends, or in some cases, friends of friends, could see — ostensibly because it helped protect them. The feature likely won’t entice any Facebook-loathing teens into using the service, but creates a level playing field where there wasn’t one before. Now all users will see the same drop-down “audience selector,” which lets you specify who can see each photo or status you post. 

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Facebook now lets teens post statuses and photos publicly

Facebook has just announced that it will now allow users under 18 to post publicly. Until today, users aged 17 and under could only post updates that their friends, or in some cases, friends of friends, could see — ostensibly because it helped protect them. The feature likely won’t entice any Facebook-loathing teens into using the service, but creates a level playing field where there wasn’t one before. Now all users will see the same drop-down “audience selector,” which lets you specify who can see each photo or status you post.