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Striking B&W photos of humpback whales

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Cresswell Humpbacks

Cresswell Humpbacks

Jem Cresswell swam with humpback whales, took over 10,000 black & white photos, and whittled them down into his series, Giants. From Colossal:

In addition to being intrigued by the animals’ size, the Australian-based artist is also fascinated by their brains. In 2006, spindle cells, which were only thought to be present in humans and great apes, were also found to exist within the brains of humpback whales. These cells, which are tied to social organization, empathy, and intuition, were found to be more than three times as prevalent in humpback whales than they were in humans.

Humpbacks aren’t blue whales,1 but that reminded me of a passage I read recently from Robert Sapolsky’s Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst:

Many neurons are also outlandishly large. A zillion red blood cells fit on the proverbial period at the end of this sentence. In contrast, there are single neurons in the spinal cord that send out projection cables many feet long. There are spinal cord neurons in blue whales that are half the length of a basketball court.

Anyway, here’s a behind-the-scenes of Cresswell doing his work.

Beautiful. I may have to add “swimming with humpbacks” to my bucket list.

  1. Duh. As the largest animal ever known to swim the ocean or walk the earth, blue whales are almost twice as big as humpbacks and can live more than twice as long.

Tags: Jem Cresswell   photography   video   whales
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Net neutrality comments are being spammed with anti-Obama boilerplate

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Enlarge / Actual people who support net neutrality, rallying in front of the White House in November 2014. (credit: Stephen Melkisethian)

The FCC this week has received hundreds of thousands of new comments on its proposal to dismantle net neutrality rules, and more than 128,000 of them are identical comments calling for the reversal of the Obama administration's "power grab." It seems likely that the influx of anti-net neutrality identical comments is coming from a bot, but the FCC hasn't addressed the matter publicly yet.

Searching the FCC's net neutrality comment proceeding for the text of the spam comment today turned up 128,323 results:

The FCC's comment system has been struggling intermittently today, so you might have trouble loading the search string or filing comments of your own.

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hansolosays
102 days ago
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GOP learns to bot...
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rto
102 days ago
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The jerk goes through all the trouble but can't make up more than one version of the text?

The Americans vs. The Beastie Boys

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Some genius took footage from The Americans and cut it into an alternative music video for The Beastie Boys Sabotage. Compare with the real thing:

Pretty good! Plus it’s always great to hear that song. (thx, steve)

Tags: Beastie Boys   music   remix   The Americans   TV   video
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hansolosays
188 days ago
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this makes me want to watch that show
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robertdx
186 days ago
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The Americans is great
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winder

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hansolosays
225 days ago
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relaxing gifs...
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An SQL Injection Attack Is a Legal Company Name in the UK

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Someone just registered their company name as ; DROP TABLE "COMPANIES";-- LTD.

Reddit thread. Obligatory xkcd comic.

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hansolosays
228 days ago
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lol wonder what their URL will be...
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diannemharris
219 days ago
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lolz

F*** frequency in 2016

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Apparently something happened in early November.

The person who created the chart says "I tracked all mentions of ‘fuck’ on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, blogs, comments, forums and in the news using a tool called Netbase, which is a very powerful tool when it comes to monitoring social media."
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hansolosays
230 days ago
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oh lawd...
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jeterhere
218 days ago
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I wonder what the fuck it was ...
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chrisrosa
230 days ago
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that's a lot of fucks given
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