putting your money where other people’s mouths are

From The Guardian
For 14 of the last 16 years Bill Gates has been the richest person on earth. More than a decade ago, he decided to start handing over the “large majority” of his wealth – currently £36bn – for the foundation to distribute, so that “the people with the most urgent needs and the [...]

the uncanny valley

Here’s an unnerving collection of photos from The Real Doll factory

for the money

The erratic, yet brilliant Martin Amis, looks at porn and what he finds, isn’t pretty.  Not for the faint hearted – from The Guardian
There are, at present, two types of mainstream American pornography: Features and Gonzo. Features are sex films with some sort of claim to the ordinary narrative: characterisation, storyline. “We don’t just show you [...]

my mechanical heart

I’m Here, A Love Story
If this short film by Spike Jonze, about two robots in love, doesn’t break your heart, then you’re just not a real robot…..

sing along in the chorus….

Saw this on Boingboing had to post it here – because its so heartwarmingly good – Buskers get commuters to join them in a sing-a-long to that perennial favourite – “Hey Jude” Group hugs everybody! As they said – “how can anyone live in that urban hellhole?”
Hey Jude Times Square Subway Station from 39forks on [...]

viral spice

The American dating site,  OK Cupid’s blog is one of the most interesting places on the web.  This week, they have a story on the correlation in males and females between messaging and attractiveness.  If you take the time to study the graphs below, you’ll see a number of very interesting things.  Firstly, men are [...]

how to write erotic fiction

excerpt (From Cracked)
Details, People!
While it’s stupid to deny that Erotic Fiction is chiefly about fornicating, it would be dismissive -not to mention detrimental to your writing- to say that it is only about fornicating. Think of Erotic Fiction as a Tootsie Pop. Fornicating is certainly the rich chocolate center that everyone craves, but we still [...]

number cruncher

OK Cupid is a very large online dating site in the States.  Apart from an admirable devotion to the process of helping people scthupp each other they are also fascinated with the massive amounts of data the process throws up.  After all, this is data that really counts for something, like what music you like, [...]

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