PALE LUNA SMILES AT YOU


I just learned what a copypasta/creepypasta is. Though in concept fairly old, the name copypasta seems to have evolved in the 4chan community around 2007, describing something that is copied and pasted often – corrupting paste to pasta. Of course in the 4chan context this refers to pictures.

Copypasta (uncredited)

Copypasta (uncredited)

In it’s origin it is something that is done since digital text editing: Copying and pasting text over the internet, and therefore probably is as old as the internet itself. Some copypasta enthusiasts got together and now try collecting such copypasta texts, i.e. text that is or was often copied and therefore got around the internet, mostly short stories, fake reports, etc.

From this movement a subgenre came to existence: Creepypasta. While generally being the same as copypasta, creepypasta focuses on short horror stories and urban legends. As with copypasta, this has been in existence since we tell stories – everybody knows the tradition of fireside horror-story-telling while out camping. And there are also communities collecting those stories that originated from message boards and e-mails, probably the most famous being the Wikia page Creepypasta (there’s even a German version out there). Creepypasta is by far the famous of the pastas out there.

A story from the Creepypasta wiki inspired the Czech artist Schroeder Jones aka RomanJones (you might have stumbled upon his often shared “Dr. Carmella’s Guide to Understanding the Introverted!” for a little comic that he published on deviantART, which one of my faithful blog readers, nexx, showed me yesterday. It’s pretty good, I really enjoyed it, and got curious about whether or not this story is true – as far as I can make it out, it isn’t. But it well could have been, and it definitely makes a good campfire story. Enjoy the comic, and if you’re ready go on read the original – as is tradition with such story, I copied and pasted it into this article 😉

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Nachtfalter


I somehow always liked moths. Maybe, because in German there is another name for it, besides the direct translation of moth, Motte. We also call them Nachtfalter wich could be translated to butterfly of the night. Quite elegant, don’t you think?

Now, when it comes to insects I’m normally not that much of a fan – I can’t even tell why, but there are so many insects that I just cannot stand. And something that scared me a lot when I was a child, was imagining how insects would be like, if they where huge. Don’t know where that thought ever originated, though I have the hunch that it was Walt Disney that put those scary thoughts in my mind!

Anyways, I normally hate giant Insects, regardless if they are beetles, spiders or maggots.

Not so with this really beautiful insect – a hand-sized moth Butterfly of the night. Click on more, if you have the stomach for it 😉

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Khan Academy


Logo der Khan Academy Im Zuge der Vorbereitungen fĂŒr die AI- und ML-Kurse (siehe hier, hier und hier) ist auch der Name “Khan Academy” regelmĂ€ĂŸig gefallen. Ich hab (wie wahrscheinlich viele Deutsche) noch nie von der Khan Academy gehört, und daher mal danach im Internet gesucht und mich ein wenig eingelesen. Und ich muss sagen, ich bin ziemlich begeistert.

Wer beispielsweise mathe-online.at kennt und glĂŒcklich war, dort mal etwas nachschlagen zu können, dass man im vorangeschrittenem Alter niemanden mehr fragen mag, wird die Khan Academy wahrscheinlich lieben.

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Matrix scene in Lego


Pretty cool stuff that my girlfriend just showed me:

According to an article in the TAZ (worth reading, btw.) the two headed Australian team worked more than a year and more than 440 hours to create this short stop motion video. They earn my respect for their stamina and patience – and in my eyes the result is not only worth seeing but also really cool, considering the high detail level that they adapted from the original. Their websites allows us to have a glance behind the scenes.


Btw. it somehow reminds me of a classic:

You can experience the full version yourself – just do as shown in the video – open a terminal and type in:

telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

Of course you’ll need a telnet client. Many distributions of Unix have one already (including Mac OS X), but current Windows versions don’t. But this is off topic already – you’ll figure how to get a telnet client yourselves – just ask your always helping, all knowing friend!

Another one tagged with…


… Six Feet Under. Although this time I am not talking about the series. But yesterday (thanks to LX) I found a blog, which actually is written by an undertaker.

Of course there are also some articles on Six Feet Under (how couldn’t there be?). So if you ever wondered how much of the things in Six Feet Under are real, and what isn’t – and anyway if you ever wanted to know how the life of a real undertaker looks like, or if you just like some macabre, sarcastic, black humor jokes, then the next click is one you won’t regret:

Bestatterweblog (unfortunately only in German)