Archive for the ‘reddit’ tag

#  Visualizing the History of Reddit →

June 12th, 2014 at 10:00 // In Worth Seeing 

I love Reddit. While it sometimes gets bad-mouthed for harboring some offensive communities, the meta-community, and the specific experience you can shape for yourself there is in incredible. Randy Olson recently used a copious number of graphs to explain it’s history. It’s a great experience, here’s just one chart:



#  Why We Prefer to Sleep in Cold Rooms →

May 1st, 2014 at 11:05 // In Worth Distraction 

An interesting little thread from /r/ELI5 about a thing I’d always known but never thought about: I sleep way better in cold spaces. The “five-year-old” explanation:

Sleeping in cold room with a thick blanket is better than a normal room with no blanket because; (ELI5 Answer) it is easier for your body to warm itself from a state of coolness, rather than cool itself from a state of warmth. This is because bodily functions use energy (create heat).
Source: I sleep with the window open every night

The thread also contains a fair number of more detailed and rigorous and not so 5-year-old-oriented answer.

#  Unexpectedly Simultaneous Historic Events →

March 14th, 2014 at 11:01 // In Worth Distraction 

Another case where someone else did a great job summarizing a great Reddit thread. Kottke’s distillation is too good not to pass on, this one is a the most crazy to me:

When pilgrims were landing on Plymouth Rock, you could already visit what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico to stay at a hotel, eat at a restaurant and buy Native American silver.

#  What is the world’s most irreplaceable profession? →

February 24th, 2014 at 16:13 // In Worth Distraction 

I really enjoyed this AskReddit thread:

If suddenly everybody in this one profession is dead, what profession do you think would cause most impact to the world?

I initially thought “well, doctors, probably.” But the top answer:

The people running the Power Grid.

convinced me differently. On the whole a really interesting hypothetical, which touches a lot of things I find interesting to think about.

#  True Facts that Sound False →

February 14th, 2014 at 11:30 // In Worth Knowing 

I thought of pointing you to the two reddit threads he points to, but Kottke curated it too well — as always — for that to make sense. My favorites from his selection:

When you get a kidney transplant, they usually just leave your original kidneys in your body and put the 3rd kidney in your pelvis.

Mammoths were alive when the Great Pyramid was being built.

#  Explaining Complicated Things Briefly →

February 6th, 2014 at 10:06 // In Worth Distraction 

A neat little AskReddit thread, “What is the most complicated thing that you can explain in 10 words or less?” A few highlights:

#  Gallery of Minor Annoyances →

January 26th, 2014 at 10:41 // In Worth Distraction 

Too much of a neat little diversion not so share — it’s the weekend anyway — picture of small thing which sucks.

(via /r/funny, where someone points out the existence of /r/mildlyinfuriating, which is precisely the topic of the gallery)

#  The Rise of the Ask Me Anything →

January 8th, 2014 at 10:36 // In Worth Considering 

Alexis Madrigal wrote a mini-history of the Reddit AMA format, along with some thoughts about what the form means. Most notable to me, the author’s fondness for a particular recent example:

Back to the two-penised guy.

You’d expect that particular Q&A to devolve into the worst kind of terribleness. I mean, it’s a guy with two penises answering questions on the Internet! What could go wrong? Everything, that’s what.

(via NextDraft)

#  Second Largest Religion Map

December 15th, 2013 at 11:07 // In Worth Seeing 

I’ve recently learned that I’m more interested in maps than I previously knew. And this one’s pretty cool, though the comment thread (linked below casts doubt on some of its specific data points). This is a map of countries shaded by the second largest religion in their territory. You can probably easily guess the first in most of them, but the second wouldn’t have occurred to me for many of these.second-largest-religion-world-map

(via /r/MapPorn — which is completely SFW; my efforts to find the creator came up empty)

#  Joburg’s Slum Tower →

November 15th, 2013 at 19:40 // In Worth Watching 

This isn’t the only such building to ever have existed in the world, but this short film about erstwhile fate of Johannesburg’s Ponte Tower — constructed for luxary in the wrong part of town immediately before a period of white flight — is well-shot and compelling.

(via Reddit, though don’t miss the image linked in the parent post)