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Jared Leto's Joker

CCMf5alUAAAB4l_ As posted by David Ayer on Twitter! Looks good to me--the traditional, slimier Joker--without any suggestion of overdoing it in camp fashion.

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Britain's new pylons look like scales of justice

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The UK is to see its first new electricity transmission tower design in nearly a century, reports the BBC.

The new design abandons the traditional "Mutant Eiffel Tower" style in favor of a sleek "T" shape.

This renders obsolete all those weird British science fiction TV shows from the 70s and 80s, where the regressed medieval future was illustrated with pastoral landscapes studded by the obsolete but still-looming pylons of the barely-remembered 20th century.

The new ones, however, are far more obscenely symbolic of totalitarian self-regard, and surely have a great future in spooky hauntological sci-fi where leather and sack-clad villagers worship science and its manifestations.

This is already most of West Sussex, yes, but just imagine everyone doing it. Pictured above is new pylon, with some classic pylon in the background.

Brushing your teeth has been gamified

"We make brushing teeth fun," declare the creators of Play Brush.

Tyrannosaurs ate one another, evidence suggests

150409083201-large Injuries inflicted on a tyrannosaurus in life appear to be inflicted by another tyrannosaurus. But a new research paper reports similar injuries on another t-rex skull inflicted after death, suggesting that tyrannosaurus scavenged its own kind.

There is no evidence that the animal died at the hands (or mouth) of another tyrannosaur. However, the preservation of the skull and other bones, and damage to the jaw bones show that after the specimen began to decay, a large tyrannosaur (possibly of the same species) bit into the animal and presumably ate at least part of it. Combat between large carnivorous dinosaurs is already known and there is already evidence for cannibalism in various groups, including tyrannosaurs. This is however an apparently unique record with evidence of both pre- and post-mortem injuries to a single individual.

The awesome painting of feathery t-rexes vying to devour one another is by Luis Rey.

Game of Thrones deaths as an interactive chart

x 2015-04-09 at 9.51.40 AM Go, spoil thyself. [WaPo, via]

Skye Terriers going extinct

x 2015-04-09 at 9.39.13 AM Dog breeds as we know them represent an unsustainable Victorian fad. "Skye terrier breeders are doing their best to change the tide," writes Rosie Cima, "but things don’t look good." [Photo: Plelpe2000]

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Apple Watch store availability list; reviews in (Updated)

"Don't plan on camping outside an Apple store," writes The Verge's Jacob Kastrenakes. "Steep learning curve," warns the NYT's Farhad Manjoo, "But once I fell, I fell hard."

Update: It will be available in select stores. [via]

The computer, tool of capitalism

x 2015-04-09 at 9.16.49 AM An unforced mistake of Stalin's Soviet Union: to condemn the computer as a capitalist tool and pour scorn on "cynernetics", dooming official work to the shadows.
Working with computers required special care: One had to avoid using any suspicious cybernetic terms. Even the phrase “logical operations” was risky, because it might be interpreted as implying that machines could think. Instead of “computer memory,” researchers used the more neutral, technical term, “storage.” “Information” was replaced by “data,” and “information theory” by the convoluted expression “the statistical theory of electrical signal transmission with noise.” A joke about Stalin’s henchman, Beria, who was responsible for the nuclear weapons program, became popular. Beria comes to his boss and asks permission to use the notorious field of cybernetics for military purposes. Stalin puffs on his pipe and says, “Okay, but just please make sure the other Politburo members don’t find out.”

Bonus: Now you know what the deal was with Dune. Despite Stalin's death improving matters for the thinking machines, everyday users in Russia were still puttering along on rickety clones 25 years later.

Ant City

antcity This log, spotted in Ohio's Hocking Hills park, has prior occupants.

Google purges some 200 bad Chrome extensions

The BBC: "Many of these extensions have hidden extras."

Shredder is lonely

Behind the mask, why does no-one ask, how Shredder feels? [via Laughing Squid]

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Rain releases aerosols (and it's beautiful)

High-speed video of falling droplets releasing petrichor, a key ingredient of the distinctive post-rainfall scent.

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The world's "most dangerous trail"

x 2015-04-07 at 11.25.20 AM The good news: it's open again. The bad news: they made it safer. [via]

Facebook and depression

150406144600-large "Linked". Is Facebook making us depressed, or does depression lead us to Facebook? Or the lure of contact that turns out to be merely the measure of ourselves against others' activities and accomplishments?

Salt may not be as bad for you as suspected

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I just shovel salt into my mouth like some kind of alien monster, so this is good news to me.

Walmart's $150 Chromebook not awful, say reviewers

k2-_8d372c8c-01b4-4d04-a02f-805a6a72063d.v2 HiSense's amazingly cheap laptop is "a good, basic experience that doesn’t feel as slow as some past ARM Chromebooks have," writes Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica. PC World agrees, writing that "it is now possible to buy an adequate computer for $149, a cash outlay many people can afford."

Matt Weinberger thinks that the design is surprisingly sleek for a low end machine "that's far more than I could have asked for" given the price.

CNET's Sarah Mitroff warns that the keys feel mushy, but says it's a promising pick for people who just want the cheapest decent laptop going.

One downside is that there's only one place you can get it.

Minimalist landscape maps

1423761014191 Michael Pecirno created a set of "minimalist maps" each showing the density of just one thing in the U.S. [via FlowingData]