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April 5, 2014
AirAsia, a direct competitor to Malaysia Airlines, published an article in its in-flight magazine informing the public that “your plane will never get lost.” Oops.

AirAsia, a direct competitor to Malaysia Airlines, published an article in its in-flight magazine informing the public that “your plane will never get lost.” Oops.

23:21 // 1 week ago
If we’ve learned anything in the last 60 years of building atomic clocks, we’ve learned that every time we build a better clock, somebody comes up with a use for it that you couldn’t have foreseen.
Steven Jefferts, a physicist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology • Discussing the agency’s newest atomic clock, the NIST-F2, which is so accurate that it could run for 300 million years without falling off by a single second. The clock is more accurate than the current gold standard for telling time, the NIST-F1, which was first introduced in 1999.
23:16 // 1 week ago
April 4, 2014

bobbycaputo:

Photographer Gives 11-Year-Old the Gift of a Walk Down the Aisle with Her Dying Dad

Photographer Lindsey Villatoro of Lovesong Photography recently did something that is warming the hearts of the entire photo community and beyond: she gave a daughter the surprise of a lifetime when she put together a ceremony where her dying father got the chance to walk her down the aisle — something he very likely won’t get to do again.

Villatoro is a wedding and portrait photographer who spends her free time working with charities and cancer organizations to give the gift of photography to terminally ill patients and their families. That’s how she met the Zetz family.

Jim Zetz, 62, has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and so he and his wife Grace scheduled a photo shoot with Villatoro. During the shoot she found out that their daughter Josie would be turning 11 on March 14th, and so she offered to do something for her as well.

When she got home she posted the story to her website to see if she could raise some money or gifts for Josie’s 11th birthday. This could be the last birthday she gets to spend with her father, and Villatoro wanted to make sure it would be extra special.

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A wonderful, bittersweet idea.

18:25 // 1 week ago

Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world’s greatest dangers and had one of the world’s loudest laughs. She photographed dying and death, and embraced humanity and life. She gave herself to the subjects of her lens, and gave her talents to the world, with images of wars’ unwitting victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and beyond.
Shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday, Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts. She trained her camera on children caught between the front lines, yet who still find a place to play. She singled out soldiers from their armies as they were confronted by death, injuries and enemies’ attacks.

Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was one of two Western journalists shot by the Afghan police officer ahead of the election in the country.

Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world’s greatest dangers and had one of the world’s loudest laughs. She photographed dying and death, and embraced humanity and life. She gave herself to the subjects of her lens, and gave her talents to the world, with images of wars’ unwitting victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and beyond.

Shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday, Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts. She trained her camera on children caught between the front lines, yet who still find a place to play. She singled out soldiers from their armies as they were confronted by death, injuries and enemies’ attacks.

Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was one of two Western journalists shot by the Afghan police officer ahead of the election in the country.

8:43 // 2 weeks ago
April 3, 2014
Quite frankly I would’ve said ‘C-section before the season starts. I need to be at opening day. I’m sorry, this is what makes our money, this is how we’re going to live our life, this is going to give our child every opportunity to be a success in life. I’ll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to because I’m a baseball player.’
Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason • Ripping New York Mets star Daniel Murphy for daring to take a three-day paternity leave this week, a period which just happened to coincide with the start of Major League Baseball’s regular season. Esiason, a radio talk show host, has his priorities in check, apparently.
23:04 // 2 weeks ago
This British teen got stuck in a drainpipe trying to save her phone. It was a BlackBerry.

This British teen got stuck in a drainpipe trying to save her phone. It was a BlackBerry.

21:29 // 2 weeks ago

You may have heard about the "Marine Todd" meme, but as shown by this clip from this past weekend’s protests over the Albuquerque Police Department’s shooting of a homeless man, the meme apparently has a ring of truth to it.

21:03 // 2 weeks ago

I like to think that David Letterman announced he was retiring today because this clip with Bill Murray, Lady Gaga and a bucket list was so amazing and weird that he realized there was no way he could top it.

19:36 // 2 weeks ago

This drug cures most cases of hepatitis C, but there’s a problem

  • 90% the percentage of cases of hepatitis C that can be cured by the drug Sovaldi within a three-month period
  • $1,000 the cost, per day, of said drug, which has far fewer side effects and is less invasive than cheaper alternatives; the high price has led to strong criticism of the drug’s maker, Gilead Sciences
  • $227B the cost, according to one healthcare company, of the drug if everyone who had hepatitis C in the U.S. used it; that’s roughly three million people
  • $260B the amount spent on ALL DRUGS made in the U.S. during the entire year source
19:26 // 2 weeks ago

jesustilapia says: did anybody besides okcupid boycott (or kinda boycott) mozilla because of the CEO?

» SFB says: Yes; the whole thing really heated up after the company Rarebit announced it would stop making products for the Firefox Marketplace specifically because of Brendan Eich’s appointment. OKCupid’s boycott came roughly a week later. (Rarebit, led by a married gay couple, expressed sadness that Eich ended up stepping down.) Also, the foundation’s board lost three members during this period, though the members insist they didn’t leave because of his donation. — Ernie @ SFB

19:11 // 2 weeks ago