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How Do Bikes Stay Up?
Originally Published June 30th, 2015, 10:00 AM

Why the UK Election Results are the Worst in History.
Originally Published June 16th, 2015, 12:04 PM

Originally Published June 14th, 2015, 07:00 PM

Originally Published June 11th, 2015, 04:16 PM

Thank you Squad, thank you kOS devs, thank you KSP to Mars. You helped me land my dream job!!! (self.KerbalSpaceProgram)
Originally Published June 11th, 2015, 08:38 AM

Submitted by TheGreatFez to KerbalSpaceProgram.


Now... I know there is a lot of "Thanks for this awesome game!" posts. So if this gets downvoted I don't mind, but I just wanted to say thank you to so many people in this community and to Squad that I figured this was the best place. I will try to make this short but here goes...

A small bit of backstory, I got put of for an interview by a friend because he recommended me for the job instead of himself. The position is a Controls Engineer and I mostly focused on that in school, he wasnt interested in that field.

After the phone interview and some waiting they called me in for an interview that happened yesterday. The job description asked for a lot of programming skills as well as modeling and simulation. I read up on a lot of a good portion of the skills since I wasnt as experienced as I am in using MATLAB and Simulink.

The interview starts and they go through the basic scary questions. Biggest weaknesses, how you handle situations, blah blah. And then it gets to the technical questions...

I feel proud of my performance here, I answered all their questions pretty thoroughly and technically sound. But what took me the MOST by surprise is when I mentioned about the KSP to Mars project.

(For those who don't know, although its slightly dead :( , go to /r/ksptomars to find out)

They were *actually really* interested in it, from the organizational stand point and our use of GitHub and the technical side. I almost had to go into all the details of my scripts!

That discussion lead to my autopilot script for landing on Mun and so on and so forth. Really in depth discussions that let me show the technical expertise needed to perform these tasks. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A GAME!!!

After the interview, not even an hour after, I got a call for an offer. I was in shock. It was such an amazing feeling. And so for that...


Thank you. like. I don't even know how much would be enough to thank. I have no words to describe how much I love this game and now even more for what its given me in my career.


Thank you. Thank you Nivekk for creating this mod. Thanks to everyone for keeping it going and creating an awesome community. I have learned so much programming just from fiddling around late into the night.

**KSP to Mars Project**

Thank you. You guys started something awesome. When I learned about it, I wanted NOTHING more than to desprerately be part of that team to do something amazing. What I learned from that project about how real world rockets are launched changed my whole perspective on astronautics. It let me sharpen my skills in programming and my skills in flight dynamics to what they are now.

And lastly, thanks to everyone in all the communities. Without your help, insipiration, jokes, expertise. I would have never learned as much as I did. I would have never even played KSP. And I would have never landed my dream job.

Just... Thank you all. so much. :')


Originally Published June 7th, 2015, 11:00 PM

These are from Emerald City in Seattle Washington.


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Originally Published June 5th, 2015, 04:44 PM

Submitted by EllenPaosCrustyCunt to funny.



jtotheizzoe: The Truth About Toilet SwirlWe’ve all heard the...
Originally Published June 3rd, 2015, 11:06 AM


The Truth About Toilet Swirl

We’ve all heard the claim: The water in flushing toilets and draining bathtubs swirls in different directions, clockwise or counterclockwise, depending on whether you’re in the northern or southern hemisphere. It makes scientific sense, at least when you factor in the Coriolis effect, the same rotational force that makes Earth’s hurricanes spin and winds swirl in hemispheric-dependent fashion, but is it true for toilets?

Destin from Smarter Every Day and Derek from Veritasium teamed up to answer that question once and for all. Turns out toilets and bathtubs aren’t quite enough to answer this question, so they upgraded to “expertly engineered kiddie pool” and put the famous claim to the test. The answer is going to blow your mind!

It gets better, though. Derek and Destin made synchronized videos. You can get the answer by watching either video from Smarter Every Day or Veritasium on its own, but you really should visit this page and watch them together, the videos will explain how to sync up your swirly viewing experience.

This video experiment has been in the works for three years, and I just want to be the first to stand up and applaud. If you’re not subscribed to both these channels, I just don’t know what you’re doing with your life. This is an awesome experiment, and some great knowledge that you’ll be able to wow your friends with.

Thanks so much Joe!!

@TPRJones: Too funny not to share: NASA thought Sally Ride needed 100 tampons for a week in space "just to be safe."…
Originally Published June 2nd, 2015, 11:34 AM

Too funny not to share: NASA thought Sally Ride needed 100 tampons for a week in space "just to be safe."

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Originally Published May 29th, 2015, 12:39 PM

Submitted by amightyrobot to funny.



Illegally taken picture from one of the Greta Giza Pyramids (
Originally Published May 29th, 2015, 12:39 PM

Submitted by bobsaintclair to pics.



User figures out their grandfather was OP's grandfather's friend through old photo (
Originally Published May 28th, 2015, 08:48 PM

Submitted by benadreti to bestof.



User gives perfect explanation as to why people are fat (
Originally Published May 27th, 2015, 08:38 PM

Submitted by xietty to bestof.



Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Past
Originally Published May 6th, 2015, 10:00 AM

Hovertext: Can we make bio-history a thing? Can we? Pleaaaaase?

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What Is That
Originally Published April 26th, 2015, 11:03 PM

A short and sweet one today! Workin hard finishing up sketches and stuff for the JSPH book that's being Kickstarted RIGHT NOOOWW! The Kickstarter ENDS AT 11 AM ON FRIDAY, MAY 1ST. So you've only got like 4 days to back it. The book is going to be super rad, it's gonna be a giant book chock full of book-exclusive sketches. You gotta get this thing, dudes

"Safe Spaces" And The Mote In America's Eye
Originally Published April 19th, 2015, 05:06 PM

My three kids are sarcastic and irreverent. This isn't a shock to anyone who knows me. Their mouthiness can be irritating, but usually I manage to remember that I don't set much of an example of rhetorical decorum.

Maybe I should start giving the same consideration to other people's kids.

For some time I've been mean to university students who feel entitled to a "safe space" — by which they seem to mean a space where they are insulated from ideas they don't like.

I call these young people out for valuing illusory and subjective safety over liberty. I accuse them of accepting that speech is "harmful" without logic or proof. I mock them for not grasping that universities are supposed to be places of open inquiry. I condemn them for not being critical about the difference between nasty speech and nasty actions, and for thinking they have a right not to be offended. I belittle them for abandoning fundamental American values.

But recently a question occurred to me: where, exactly, do I think these young people should have learned the values that I expect them to uphold?

Today's college students came of age in the years after 9/11. What did we teach them about the balance between liberty and safety in that time?

We should have taught them not to give up essential liberty for a little safety. Instead, we taught them that the government needs the power to send flying robots to kill anyone on the face of the earth without review and without telling us why. The government, we're told, needs to do that for our safety. We also taught them that the government also needs the power to detain people indefinitely without judicial review, again in the name of safety. We taught them that to ensure our safety the government needs the records of what books we read and who we talk to. With that as a model, it seems like small potatoes to say that safety requires disinviting Bill Maher from a university commencement, because he's something of a dick.

We should have taught them that it's noble to speak out for liberty. We didn't. We taught them that concern with liberty is suspicious. They grew up in an America where police say that talking about civil liberties suggests involvement in criminal behavior and that criticizing law enforcement priorities provides a good reason to investigate you. They grew up in an America were the FBI monitors protestors and activists in the name of safety. They grew up in an America where questioning the War on Drugs is called unpatriotic.

We should have taught them that it's shameful to oppose liberty and work to undermine it. We didn't. They grew up in a world where a man can advise the government to disregard our liberties and waffle on whether the state can crush the testicles of children to torture information of of their parents, only to be rewarded by a prestigious position at a top law school.

We should have taught them to think critically when someone says that "safety" requires action. We didn't. We taught them to submit to groping by TSA agents recruited via pizza boxes who single us out based on transparently bogus junk science. We taught them that even if you demand policy changes based on junk science that is demonstrably deadly, you can still be taken seriously if your politics are right.

We should have taught them that our subjective reaction to someone's expression isn't grounds to suppress that expression. We didn't. They probably didn't learn that lesson from the freakouts over mosques at ground zero or in Georgia or in Tennessee. They probably didn't learn it from calls to deport Piers Morgan for anti-gun advocacy or by the steady stream of officials suggesting that dissent is treason or from their government asserting a right to "balance" the value of speech against its harm. They didn't learn it from state legislators punishing universities based on disagreement with curriculum.

We should have taught them to be suspicious of claims that speech is harmful in a way the law should address. We didn't. We taught them that making satirical videos about police is criminal "cyberstalking" and that stupid jokes by teens justify imprisonment and that four-letter words are crimes (or should be) and that swearing at cops online is "disorderly conduct" and that singing a rude song to imaginary children justifies prosecution.

We should have taught them to be suspicious of rote invocation of airhorn words like "racism" and "sexism" and "trauma" and "unsafe," especially when those terms are used to limit liberty. We sure as hell didn't do that. We taught them that jailing grandmas for buying two boxes of cold medication is justified because think of the children. We have taught them that cops can cops can rape and torture people because drugs are bad. We teach them that "terrorism" is an existential threat, a magic word that can be invoked to justify anything. Rather than teaching them to question catchphrases, we teach them to respond to them in Pavlovian fashion.

We should have taught them to question authority. Instead we taught them to submit to it without question if they didn't want to get shot or tased.

Instead, we are teaching them, even now, that climbing a tree outside our view, or visiting a park unattended (as many of us did when children) is a matter requiring state intervention. This is not a Yakov Smirnoff joke: in Russia, complete strangers will approach you on the street to scold you if you're wearing your scarf the wrong way. "You'll catch cold!" We are becoming the Russia our grandparents warned us about: not a Stalinist tyranny, but a tyranny of concern. For our own safety, of course.

Sure, occasionally we manage to assert that free speech trumps feelings or that speculative safety doesn't trump liberty. But those few messages are drowned out by the drumbeat of safety, safety, safety.

Should we expect universities to teach them to value liberty or question safety? Please. Universities think that free speech is something to be confined to tiny corners of campus to protect students from the trauma of being handed a copy of the constitution. Universities are places were administrators censor Game of Thrones t-shirts and Firefly posters then censor the posters complaining about censorship, all in the name of "safety." Universities are places where enraged educators cut down free speech walls and attack protestors and tell students to destroy displays they don't like. Sending people to American universities to learn to respect liberty is like sending them to a brothel to learn chastity.

Today's young people are responsible for their own actions. They are bound, like all of us, by this truth: the government saying something is right doesn't make it right. But it's not fair to ignore our culture's role in shaping the values that lead to an appetite for "safe spaces."

I'm not going to stop calling out university students who assert that they have a right not to be offended, or who claim that they are entitled to spaces safe from ideas they don't like.

But I hope that some of them will call me out — call all of us out — in return now and then.

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Op-Ed: Thank You, Angelina Jolie, For Celebrating Our Kids Who Are ‘Different’
Originally Published April 1st, 2015, 11:12 PM

I wrote a blog post for this week, but instead of being published here, it’s published as an Op-Ed on Entertainment Tonight’s website. Check out the links below to have a read.  Op-Ed: Thank You, Angelina Jolie, For Celebrating Our Kids Who … Continue reading

New Atmospheric Effects In Kerbal Space Program
Originally Published April 1st, 2015, 03:54 AM
New Atmospheric Effects In Kerbal Space Program

An exclusive look at a forthcoming enhancements to the atmospheric effects in Kerbal Space Program. We've got used to the reentry heating effect and the approximation of the Prandtl-Glauert...
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@TPRJones: What the hell, @MGM_Studios? James Bond: In Service Of Nothing is clearly fair use and you know it. Why do you have to be such shitheads?
Originally Published March 11th, 2015, 10:20 AM

What the hell, @MGM_Studios? James Bond: In Service Of Nothing is clearly fair use and you know it. Why do you have to be such shitheads?

Fat Girl Part 2
Originally Published February 22nd, 2015, 11:04 PM

Hoo boy feels good to write all this stuff out instead of letting it bounce around in my head, gettin me mad all the time! Plus now I have some panels I can screencap to use in responses to people instead of having to write words

I'm not sure if there will be a part three. If there was one, it'd be about my experiences as a fat girl, which may be a little too sad? Maybe someday!

And don't worry guys, I wouldn't be making these comics if I was super miserable. I am feeling great about myself right now, so there's no need to send me cheer-up messages or anything, I know I am rad and beautiful. Also don't send me long advice emails please

@TPRJones: I love this commercial:… #LikeAGirl Well done, @Always
Originally Published February 3rd, 2015, 04:12 PM

I love this commercial: #LikeAGirl Well done, @Always

3 Prophets Walk Into A Bar
Originally Published January 18th, 2015, 10:38 AM

Probably the one and only time I've ever agreed with the current PM


[Comic] 12-27-07: Victims
Originally Published November 23rd, 2014, 03:55 PM

Nose Grows Some
Originally Published October 6th, 2014, 08:41 PM

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That's Not Real Christianity
Originally Published July 8th, 2014, 02:30 PM
"Hello:I lived in Topeka and went to KU. I’m writing because I read the story about you... I watched your story...and...I don’t want you to give up on making the movie because of what I’m going to tell you.

Last year my mother and my sister and me went to a concert and Westboro was there with their signs. We were celebrating my sister’s birthday that night since she was 14. Even though we grew up in Topeka we had never seen the people and the signs up close until that night and we had to walk close by them to get in the building for the show. Two of the boys in the Westboro people and a woman picked on my sister and said mean things to her because she was kind of a tomboy. We went on to the concert but my sister was crying about what the boys and the woman said to her. Two days later my sister hung herself on the rod in her closet. She left a note that said she was gay and dying in the closet was easier then living in it. Those signs and the hateful things that Westboro did killed my sister. Three months later my mom overdosed on pills and was in a coma for two weeks until she died. She thought my sister dying was her fault because she made us go to church and they taught that gay was bad...

From a friend"

Saying anything beyond this seems to dilute the impact.  I've deleted some content in the interest of protecting the author. 

At the same time this letter came to my attention I was reading a blog by a friend. The blog wasn't what stirred me though. I mean, the blog was great...her blogs are always great...but it was the comments on the blog that got me thinking. Specifically, it was one of those comments where someone insists that Westboro isn't real Christianity, most Christians aren't that way. Then the commenter goes on to explain that "real" Christians don't hate, they just think that some behaviours are evil and those who engage in them will  suffer exquisite torture for eternity.  

See the difference?

Well I sure as hell don't!

For the young girl in this letter, I can guarantee-damn-tee you that the difference was lost on her. I have no doubt that this girl spent years listening to the teachings of "real" Christians as they played word games that let them feel good about hating, while sending her the loud and clear message that she was evil and would suffer for it.

It's times like these when I grow weary of the bullshit. It's times like these when I am disgusted that someone wants to parse words and try to carve out a middle ground where they can justify their kinder, gentler hate while people are dying! I don't give a damn about any particular version of fantasy/religion when I imagine the real world reality of a parent finding their child hanging in a closet, or when I try to put myself in the shoes of this writer as she struggles to come to terms with the real world loss of a sister and mother.  

Ideas have consequences. Don't you dare get on your self righteous  horse and try to tell me that your version of hate isn't just another version of hate.  If you follow "I don't have a problem with gay people" with a " but", you are responsible for the death of this girl. Period!

There is no middle ground here folks. Either you accept that every human on this planet has the same rights you do, or you are complicit in the deaths of those you would trod underfoot.

Two Birds, One Magical Girl Stone
Originally Published January 20th, 2014, 12:05 AM

Two Birds, One Magical Girl Stone

Before she left to fulfill her oath to Nickelodeon, Monica left me with a flash drive filled with anime. I’m no stranger to stuff, but I’m also not really a fan. I’ve seen my Narutos and Champloos, but I find the genre a little too frivolous on the whole. I was given a choice selection, though, so I’ve been working my way through. First is this Madoka show that’s been going around for months now. The “price” of turning into a Magical Girl sounds like a sweet deal to me, but of course it isn’t somehow. These school girls don’t know how good they’ve got it with their real magic. Honestly, the thing I like most about the show is that cat thing you can see in the comic. It’s pretty fucking cute, and you guys can share thoughts! And it’s so small. Just like a little Pokemon genie who grants wishes and let’s you kill monsters.


Texts From Sick Paul
Originally Published January 17th, 2014, 05:02 PM


Graham: Sorry you're still feeling rough. But at the same time, happy to have you on board, Snotzilla. I think you'll fit in well.


Graham: Good, good. And how are you at CSS?


Graham: Okay great I think we can work with that. Well, I look forward to working together.


Graham: Super.

Attack Ads, Circa 1800
Originally Published September 16th, 2013, 02:59 PM

The Gauntlet S2 Episode 1
Originally Published September 1st, 2013, 07:00 PM

Burnie and Joel welcome you to Season 2 of The Gauntlet! Thousands of attendees at RTX 2013 battled it out for the chance to make it onto the show. Find out who will advance to the next round of the competition on the debut episode of The Gauntlet!

Originally Published August 28th, 2013, 09:31 AM

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