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[l] at 7/28/14 5:47pm
With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that correspond to the previous television season. No book spoilers past the TV show! Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 5:09pm

An Oculus earthquake simulator, a 3D-printed miniature drone, a solar-powered umbrella, pH paintings, a weather-forecasting necklace. It's easy to be enamored of the whimsical prototypes created during China's first Science Hack Day in Shanghai.

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[l] at 7/28/14 4:53pm
Reuters/Tommy Trenchar.


Reuters/Tommy Trenchar.

The West African nation of Liberia closed most border crossings and mandated strict health measures to try and stem the Ebola virus outbreak that has killed at least 660 people in West Africa since February, and continues to spread.

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[l] at 7/28/14 4:04pm

In Los Angeles Superior Court today, a judge gave Shelly Sterling "a sweeping victory," clearing the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's $2-billion purchase of basketball team the LA Clippers. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 2:59pm

David makes fun of me for having so many Menu Bar items. Now that I am using StatusDuck ($15, free to try), he has even more fodder.

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[l] at 7/28/14 1:03pm

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Police in New York City are said to be examining some 18,000 license plate numbers, looking through social media, poring over cell phone communications, and possibly collecting DNA in an investigation into who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge late at night to plant two bleached-white American flags. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 12:40pm

Alexander Borodai, and the GIF that keeps on giving. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 12:29pm
First they were told they'd be allowed to read the report, then the offer was withdrawn. Why was it made in the first place? Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 12:18pm
Government surveillance and secrecy "are undermining press freedom, the public’s right to information, and the right to counsel, all human rights essential to a healthy democracy," reports HRW and the ACLU. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 12:11pm
"A 'large percentage' of wiretap orders to pick up the communications of suspected spies and foreign agents are not being fulfilled, FBI officials said." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 11:37am

I’m always amazed when one of my daughter’s friends comes to me and says she’s bored. As if I’m supposed to put on a pair of tap shoes and dance a jig for her. My daughter knows better than to say the B-word, but I can always tell when she’s at a loss for something to do by the way she lies limply across the arm of the couch, her head dangling towards the floor, her voice depleted of emotion. Next time this happens I will suggest Unbored (which, when she picked it up for the first time yesterday, didn’t put it down for almost an hour).

A collection of inspiring activities, projects, and articles on freeing up your creativity (by the authors as well as many other DIY experts, including an introduction by my husband Mark), Unbored offers a zillion ways to keep busy, stay engaged, and connect with the outside world. Start a band, make a zine, teach “your grown-ups” how to geocache, trick your friends into saving the planet, tell your politicians what you think, build a backyard fort, make a pet robot controller… The book is fun, instructional, edgy (create different colors of fire, take an adventurous gap year between high school and college, spray paint your bedroom walls, read banned books), and has insightful lessons on how to engage with life rather than allowing life to pass by like a boring television commercial. And as a parent, it’s nice to be reminded not to fall into the trap of smothering helicopter parenting, passive parenting (screens!), over-scheduled parenting, and all the other pitfalls of modern life that turn our kids into lethargic, helpless, unthinking slugs. Unbored belongs in every kid’s – and parent’s – library. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 11:30am
"I don’t like the way women think. They haven’t mastered linear thinking."

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[l] at 7/28/14 11:14am

Here's what happens when you add Morgan Freeman's narration for March of the Penguins to American Juggalo.

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[l] at 7/28/14 11:06am
How dare they not give it away for free!

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[l] at 7/28/14 11:02am

Reddit has billions of page views, but scant revenues to show for it. The New York Times' Mike Isaac explains why it is about to change. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 10:42am
It's exactly what you expect. Wait an hour or so if you've just eaten! (more…)

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[l] at 7/28/14 10:39am

Priceonomics tells the story of "The Noid" who was Domino's Pizza's ubiquitous mascot until a mentally ill man whose last name was Noid took hostages at an Atlanta Domino's because he thought the commercials were making fun of him.

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[l] at 7/28/14 10:36am

The chance of getting a hole-in-one is roughly 1 in 12,500 for an amateur golfer. In many countries, anyone making a hole in one is bound by tradition to buy drinks for everyone in the clubhouse.

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[l] at 7/28/14 10:35am
The Atlantic's Rebecca J. Rosen writes about predatory lenders, such as USA Discounters, who extend expensive credit to soldiers, sue them in courts they cannot appear in, then garnish their wages.

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[l] at 7/28/14 10:27am

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I am absolutely thrilled with the Kindle Paperwhite. This e-reader seems perfect in just about every way.

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[l] at 7/28/14 10:07am
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The mother of pioneering hip hop producer J. Dilla, who died in 2006 at 32, donated his Moog synthesizer and trusty Akai MPC drum machine to the Smithsonian.

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[l] at 7/28/14 9:43am
Physicians examining a Scottish woman were surprised (as was she) to learn that a five-inch sex toy had been inside her vagina for a decade. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 9:08am
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From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, "Glover's Pika (Ochotona gloveri)," a lovely photo shared by Paul Jones, who was traveling in the Tibetan plateau when he spotted the little guy. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 9:07am

Horror maestros John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and John Landis discuss "Fear On Film" in 1982. (via Laughing Squid)

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[l] at 7/28/14 8:52am
"Linking is not a crime!," say those opposed to Spain's proposed "Google tax."


"Linking is not a crime!," say those opposed to Spain's proposed "Google tax."

Marilín Gonzalo, an Argentinian blogger and journalist living in Spain, writes in with news about "a terrible bill the Spanish government passed in Congress last week." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 8:49am
On Erik and Maja's Expanding Mind podcast, "crackpot historian" Adam Gorightly reveals the weird story of the Principia Discordia, the "religion disguised as a joke or the joke disguised as a religion," and his new book, Historia Discordia. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 8:45am
"Linking is not a crime!," say those opposed to Spain's proposed "Google tax."


"Linking is not a crime!," say those opposed to Spain's proposed "Google tax."

Marilín Gonzalo, an Argentinian blogger and journalist living in Spain, writes in with news about "a terrible bill the Spanish government passed in Congress last week." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 8:04am

On Sunday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced: "Yesterday we filed a motion for partial summary judgment in our long running Jewel v.

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[l] at 7/28/14 7:17am
United Against Nuclear Iran's website.


United Against Nuclear Iran's website.

The US administration "committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government" went to court to keep secret the files of a powerful anti-Iran lobbying group, arguing that the group's documents probably contain "information the government does not want disclosed." The Justice Department has ordered in favor of the White House argument, and the group's files will be protected. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/28/14 7:08am
Startling shots from Gaza, Israel, and elsewhere depict despair and outrage at a seemingly-intractable crisis. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/27/14 3:33pm

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'Repeal Prohibition, Again' says the New York Times editorial board. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/27/14 2:50pm
'In the Mood for Sex (2014),' Artist and animator Subin Hwang's short film "which describes sexual activity by using electric circuit diagram."

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[l] at 7/27/14 1:53pm

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Andrew Ohlmann makes "short animated loops and sketches and other stuff as well." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/27/14 11:51am

Photographer Lucian Perkins documented the thousands of Virginians who camped out in cars and waited in the rain earlier this month to get access to basic dental, vision, and medical treatment at a traveling clinic.

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[l] at 7/27/14 11:46am

Two doctors are pushing for the FDA to add information to drug packaging that explains how the medication compares to placebo.

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[l] at 7/26/14 12:10pm
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Shared on reddit/awwww by kilonad. "Asian small-claw otters cuddling at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington."

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[l] at 7/26/14 11:53am

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'Lady Prisons,' a series of illustrations by Anuwat Khaomanit, an illustrator and Graphic Designer based in Bangkok, Thailand. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/26/14 1:11am
Being a compendium of some of my most popular nonfiction reviews from the past year, from Capital in the 21st Century to The Divide Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 3:44pm
"The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget," the President said. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 1:20pm
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Artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros is best known for his dirty remixes of Disney iconography. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 12:53pm
Kim Dotcom (Reuters)


Kim Dotcom (Reuters)

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom tells the Guardian "governments want to engage in mass surveillance and have total citizen control." The political party he founded to contest New Zealand's September 20 elections, the Mana Internet party, promises to "abolish mass surveillance."

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[l] at 7/25/14 12:29pm
A team of researchers have been living in a simulated Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano for the past 4 months, to better understand what it would be like to live on Mars. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 11:42am
Continental Airlines travel poster for Hawaii, featuring a stylized image of a surfer in front of a volcanic island.


Continental Airlines travel poster for Hawaii, featuring a stylized image of a surfer in front of a volcanic island.

A new exhibition on the history and evolution of air travel to the Hawaiian Islands opens today at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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[l] at 7/25/14 11:23am
The woman, 32, was forcibly removed from a hospital in Freetown by her family after she tested positive for one of world's deadliest viruses. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 11:16am
The woman, 32, was forcibly removed from a hospital in Freetown by her family after she tested positive for one of world's deadliest viruses. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 10:32am
Hammil"We are just there to lend our support and grow contractually obligated beards," says Mark Hamill on filming Star Wars: Episode 7. (BBC News)

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[l] at 7/25/14 10:23am

The Russian space agency has lost control of a satellite containing geckos involved in sex orgy porn. Among other experiments, the five Geckos are on board, and monitored via video, in order to study "the effect of microgravity on sexual behaviour, the body of adult animals and embryonic development."

According to the Russian ITAR-TASS news agency, Specialists are restoring stable connection with Foton and are providing for fulfillment of planned orbital mission program."

"Russia loses control of gecko sex experiment satellite"

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[l] at 7/25/14 10:02am
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Residents of Orange County, California were creeped out this week when eight porcelain dolls mysteriously turned up on doorsteps in suburban neighborhoods. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 9:47am

"80s Computer Hacking: A Supercut." List of movies below: (more…)

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[l] at 7/25/14 9:41am
Dani Tinker, with the National Wildlife Federation, on the wonderful weird things growing in that felled log out back. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 9:05am

UntitledPhil "Bad Astronomy" Plait deconstructs Brusspup's "Crazy Circle Illusion" and ties it to the wonderful classic art/science/toy Spirograph.

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[l] at 7/25/14 8:56am

UntitledPhil "Bad Astronomy" Plait deconstructs Brusspup's "Crazy Circle Illusion" and ties it to the wonderful classic art/science/toy Spirograph.

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[l] at 7/25/14 8:33am
iDTzahtt4VJYBloomberg has a profile of legendary hacker Barnaby Jack, who died a year ago. "Recent interviews with Jack's family and longtime friends portray a much different person" than the one publicly portrayed, "one who was uncomfortable with being in the spotlight at the annual Black Hat and DefCon conventions, events that will miss his showmanship when they begin next week in Las Vegas."

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[l] at 7/25/14 8:19am

I love a good sarcastic fantasy packed with sideways glances at the genre. Robert Kroese's Disenchanted kept me laughing and laughing.

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[l] at 7/25/14 8:08am

"The fruit fly has a very long and distinguished career in science. At a facility considered a Nirvana for scientists, researchers pursue greater understanding of biomedical processes, using test subjects like dragonflies and zebrafish." PBS News science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how the Janelia Farm Research Campus supports groundbreaking basic research. Here's the YouTube link.

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[l] at 7/25/14 7:01am

A Madagascar day gecko sits on a perch. Image: Reuters.

"Ground control commands do not reach Russian satellite Foton," reports Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.

Satellite Foton-M4 was launched on July 19, 2014 with five Gecko lizards, Drosophilae flies, plant seeds and microbes onboard was scheduled to land in southern Ural’s Orenburg region in two months. Twenty-two sets of research equipment developed by leading Russian research organisations were mounted on the satellite. Several experiments and research are planned on board the satellite.

And by research, they mean lizards fucking.

The geckos were up there to mate. And mating means sex. And tiny space lizards fucking on a satellite means an opportunity for bored news headline writers to write publishable jokes about sex. In their headlines. On the internet.

Let's review. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 6:06am

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Making the rounds online this week, but without identifying information: these two photos of a T-Rex dinosaur beset upon by flamingos. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/25/14 5:57am
For his project 'Exobiotanica,' Makoto Azuma launched a 50-year-old Japanese white pine bonsai and an otherworldly sculptural floral bouquet into the stratosphere. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/24/14 10:27pm


Douglas writes, "My rooted CyanogenMod phone got hacked at HOPE X. I'm planning to get it write-blocked and imaged to crowdsource forensics." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/24/14 9:25pm


Thinkgeek's Bronze Spock Business Card Holder ($35) is a 1.3lb lump of high-grade, nerdy polystone desk-decor. The Starfleet uniform cuff is a nice touch! Also works for Klingons/Romulans who can explain that it's a grisly, amputated war-trophy.

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[l] at 7/24/14 2:28pm
From a classic FAQ by Michael Collins, command module pilot for Apollo 11, which splashed down 45 years ago today after carrying the first human beings to the moon: Read the rest

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[l] at 7/24/14 1:45pm
Anil Dash on the fragile reality of what is and is not public, and how within it a reasonable expectation of privacy may remain, in some contexts.

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[l] at 7/24/14 12:56pm


Right now, Google blocks "forgotten" articles on EU versions of its site. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/24/14 12:03pm
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Wonderful illustrations of "Animal Space Travellers" by Budapest designer/artist Norbert Mayer. (via Ariel Waldman) Read the rest

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[l] at 7/24/14 11:32am

Smithsonian writes about BevShots, a company that sells microscope photographs of the crystallized form of alcoholic beverages, like tequila, above, and white wine and scotch, seen below.

White Wine

Scotch

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[l] at 7/24/14 10:29am

The Daily Grail delves into Frank Herbert's passion for mycology and how psilocybin mushrooms helped inspire Dune. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/24/14 10:15am
UntitledDuran Duran is suing its fan club -- not the fans mind you, but the company that runs its fan club, Worldwide Fan Clubs -- for not paying the band its cut of membership fees.

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[l] at 7/24/14 9:58am

Sign Painters looks to be a fascinating book and documentary about the traditional art and craft of hand-drawn signage that is being lost to digital prints and die-cut vinyl. The film is playing at venues around the US right now, including this Sunday (7/27) at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas!

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[l] at 7/24/14 9:48am
"10 Amazing Bets You Will Always Win, from From Richard Wiseman, author of the delightful Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things.

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[l] at 7/24/14 9:44am
Twenty years ago, Bill Barker's Schwa artwork revealed a world of alien abductions, stick figure insanity, conspiratorial crazy, and a hyper-branded surveillance state. It's now more relevant than ever. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/24/14 9:34am
Unlike some of its stablemates, the Amazon-owned comics platform is to allow authors and publishers to distribute their work without the shackles of proprietary rights-management, writes Cory Doctorow Read the rest

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[l] at 7/24/14 8:54am

A boy in India was brought in with swelling in his right jaw; doctors removed a myriad of tiny, toothlike growths caused by a condition called composite odontoma.

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[l] at 7/24/14 8:48am
A screengrab of the homepage of the Ouagadougou airport's Internet site (http://www.aeroport-ouagadougou.com) shows a map displaying AH5017's last contact zone, July 24, 2014.


A screengrab of the homepage of the Ouagadougou airport's Internet site (http://www.aeroport-ouagadougou.com) shows a map displaying AH5017's last contact zone, July 24, 2014.

A Boeing MD-83 passenger jet carrying 116 people disappeared while flying over the Sahara from Burkina Faso to Algeria. Later reports from aviation officials in the region confirm that it has crashed, and there are no presumed survivors.

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[l] at 7/24/14 8:44am
It was invented by Thanom Chakkapak in the seaside town of Si Racha—that sauce, however, isn't quite the same as the stuff you know and love.

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[l] at 7/24/14 8:43am

Adam Harvey's "Computer Vision Dazzle" is designed to keep facial-recognition computer algorithms from seeing the real face. But how to wear the dazzle for days while going about everyday life?

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[l] at 7/24/14 8:30am
"The trouble always starts," writes Elizabeth Green, "when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it."

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[l] at 7/24/14 7:17am

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, a hero who has treated hundreds of people in the recent deadly outbreak, is in a Doctors Without Borders isolation ward after working at a hospital where three nurses had previously died of the virus.

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[l] at 7/24/14 7:07am

We have lots of new information about Mars, writes Alexandra Witze at Nature, but scientists are still struggling with what that information means and how all the parts work together.

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[l] at 7/24/14 6:58am

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An execution in Arizona turned torturous yesterday, with convicted murderer Joseph Wood taking almost two hours to die after he was injected with a secret mixture of drugs.

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[l] at 7/24/14 6:57am


Logo Removal Service takes discarded gimme shirts bedecked with sponsor logos, and carefully patches over them with new fabric, transforming them into amazing and abstract new one-of-a-kind garments. (more…)

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[l] at 7/24/14 6:39am

The Center for Biological Diversity has distributed hundreds of thousands of free condoms in endangered species-themed wrappers, with the message that more humans means more extinctions.

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[l] at 7/24/14 6:28am

Remember that upper Midwest mayfly apocalypse that Xeni wrote about? Here's how those flies are born. The female dies while laying her eggs. The babies hatch within seconds.

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[l] at 7/24/14 6:06am

Being a compendium of some of my most popular graphic novel reviews from the past year, from The Encyclopedia of Early Earth to RASL Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, Comics]

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[l] at 7/24/14 5:21am


The UK parliamentary farce over #DRIP showed us that, more than any other industry, the political machine is in dire need of disruption. Read the rest

[Category: Image, collective action, corruption, drip, elections, kickstarter, politics, uk]

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[l] at 7/24/14 2:17am

Johannes from Monochrom writes, "Award-winning post-apocalyptic hackploitation comedy 'Die Gstettensaga' is coming to a couple North American hacker conventions, film festivals and other cool locations." Read the rest

[Category: Post, events, Funny, la, Weird]

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[l] at 7/24/14 1:19am

One year ago today Technologically illiterate MP who masterminded UK porn blocker gets hacked, threatens reporter for writing about it: Claire Perry is the UK Tory MP who architected David Cameron's idiotic national porno firewall plan.

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[l] at 7/24/14 1:15am

Dave writes, "This year, for its annual Comic-Con issue, San Diego Citybeat views the convention through the lens of the Bechdel Test. The altweekly is free on stands throughout the city." Read the rest

[Category: Image, Comics, gender, SDCC]

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[l] at 7/24/14 1:03am


Karl Schroeder's 2006 novel (review) set a new bar for imaginative worldbuilding and exciting adventure sf. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, Comics, gift guide, graphic novels, science fiction, Steampunk]

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[l] at 7/24/14 12:35am

The sudden reversal of Google's years-long insistence on "real names" for G+ users came after a long fight about the biases inherent in such a policy. Read the rest

[Category: Post, goog, gplus, human rights, real names, social media, web theory]

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[l] at 7/24/14 12:32am


The 166 page "March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance" was jointly authored by 19 agencies, and has been released in full on The Intercept. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, corruption, no-fly, nsa, security theater, spooks, surveillance, transparency]

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[l] at 7/24/14 12:20am


Raph "Theory of Fun" Koster has a wonderful, readable, theory-rich article that helps unpick the discussion about when a game is a clone of another game, when it's a skin, when it's a variant, and when it's a new game. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Business, Copyfight, Games]

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[l] at 7/24/14 12:15am

The "father of the Internet" explains why the Congressional posturing and global freakout about the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration stepping back from management of the Internet domain name system is misplaced. Read the rest

[Category: Video, censorship, icann, itu, surveillance, un, videos, web theory, youtube]

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[l] at 7/24/14 12:14am


It's raised more than $7M so far, with promises of a cooler that charges your USB devices, crushes ice, plays music through a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, and supplies a cutting board. Read the rest

[Category: Post, crowdfunding, Gadgets, kickstarter, videos]

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[l] at 7/24/14 12:06am


He's worried that "Orange is the New Black" has made orange prisoner uniforms too cool. Read the rest

[Category: Post, fashion, michigan, prison, tv]

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[l] at 7/24/14 12:00am


A large-scale, rigorous study published in the Lancet found that the go-to, front-line treatment for back pain was no better than a placebo. Read the rest

[Category: Post, health, pharma, Science]

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[l] at 7/23/14 5:13pm
In episode 184 of the Sword and Laser, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt talk of high fantasy, Neil Gaiman and saving humanity. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/23/14 4:46pm
In the latest episode of the RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews the author of multiple Kafka adaptations and a sketchbook diary chronicling his time in Mexico. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, Cartoonists, interviews]

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[l] at 7/23/14 2:27pm
Babar Suleman and his 17-year-old son Haris.


Babar Suleman and his 17-year-old son Haris.

The LA Times reports that an Indiana father and his teen son who were attempting to fly around the world together are believed to have crashed in American Samoa. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/23/14 2:14pm

Jonathan Zdziarski's HOPE X talk, Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices, suggests that hundreds of millions of Iphone and Ipad devices ship from Apple with intentional back-doors that can be exploited by law enforcement, identity thieves, spies, and employers. Read the rest

[Category: Post, apple, Business, ios, IT, lawful interception, mobile, nsa, security]

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[l] at 7/23/14 2:12pm

Camera-equipped drones, like the one that shot the video above, are a wonderful tool for photography at the annual Burning Man festival. But "if you're planning on flying a drone at Burning Man this year," says BB pal Eddie Codel, "You'll need to register and follow a ton of new rules."

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[Category: Post, aerial photography, burning man, DRONES, uavs]

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[l] at 7/23/14 2:03pm

Darth Vader's car as imagined and built (life-size) by Hot Wheels.

[Category: Video, automobiles, cars, hot wheels, star wars, vehicles]

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:58pm
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Elvis's 1963 Rolls Royce, complete with this car phone, will be auctioned off next month with an expected hammer price of $200,000 - $300,000.

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[Category: Image, Post, cars, vehicles]

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:57pm

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Area Mom grossed out to discover that ice cream she bought her kids contains so much artificial junk in it, it won't melt in the hot sun. This is a local television news segment of greatness. [via @nextdraft]

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:48pm

Darth Vader's car as imagined and built (life-size) by Hot Wheels.

[Category: Video, automobiles, cars, hot wheels, star wars, vehicles]

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:43pm

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Makeup vlogger Michelle Phan, who's huge on YouTube, is on the receiving end of a copyright lawsuit over the background songs in her videos. Read the rest

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:36pm

Uplifting contemporary psych from Austin, Texas trip-inducers The Black Angels' latest EP "Clear Lake Forest."

[Category: Video, music]

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:31pm

Here's video of the fantastic conversation between whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg at HOPEX hacker con last week.

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[Category: Video]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:55pm

School librarians say they weren't consulted about throwing away classics and important parts of the collection. (more…)

[Category: Post, books, libraries, wisconsin]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:53pm
"Le divin burger."


"Le divin burger."

These delicious images (and video) come from this genius little art tumblr: fatandfuriousburger.com.

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[Category: Post]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:49pm


The expanding powers, vicious unaccountability and violent, invasive searching conducted in America's 100-mile "border zone" should concern you. Read the rest

[Category: Post, authoritarianism, borders, migration, racism, usausausa]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:34pm

They only let them back on again after he deleted his tweet. Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, southwest, swa]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:32pm
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“Oral:phabet,” a 3D typeface exploring the expressive capability of the human mouth. Takayuki Ogawa, Japan, 2013. Read the rest

[Category: Image]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:25pm
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In a new report on "3D Printing In Space," the US's National Research Council says, “For in-space use, the technology may provide new capabilities, but it will serve as one more tool in the toolbox, not a magic solution to tough space operations and manufacturing problems.”

[Category: Post, 3d printing, Space]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:04pm
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A tumblog of greatness, filled with GIFs of greatness: thegifconnoisseur.tumblr.com.

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[Category: Image, gifs, tumblogs of greatness, tumblr]

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[l] at 7/23/14 11:58am

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In a story at National Geographic, bush firefighter Gabriel d'Eustachio describes multiple fires where the leading edge of flame was preceded by an invertebrate "wave of creepy-crawlies".

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[Category: Post, Science]

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[l] at 7/23/14 11:55am
Alice Lee created this absolutely stunning typographic study in LEGO for Dropbox’s 2014 Hack Week. Read the rest

[Category: Image]

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[l] at 7/23/14 11:40am

cats

"Men love to take up so much space and spread their legs while sitting down but it's because they're saving room for cats! Duh!" savingroomforcats.tumblr.com.

[HT: theremina.tumblr.com]

[Category: Image, tumblogs of greatness, tumblr]

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[l] at 7/23/14 11:22am
IMG 2925 Kopie Sandman "up cycled" a vinyl record and camera tripod into a neat studio lamp! (via Laughing Squid)

[Category: Post, lamp, maker, music, reuse]

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[l] at 7/23/14 11:17am

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This is scientist Zack Jud, posing with a lionfish he caught in a estuary river in 2010 — four years before 6th grader Lauren Arrington, who is now being credited with the discovery.

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[Category: Post, Science]

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[l] at 7/23/14 11:10am

My favorite hacker space, San Francisco's Noisebridge, is seeking donations via Indiegogo to fix its electrical system, repair tools, create a new audio/video workspace, and generally upgrade the facility! Read the rest

[Category: Video, hackerspace, makers, san francisco]

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[l] at 7/23/14 11:06am

Last night I read M. Luke McDonnell's The Perfect Specimen. This kindle short, by an old friend, takes some modern day ethical challenges and plays them out in the near future.

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[l] at 7/23/14 10:59am
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BB pal Scott Matthews snapped this sublime photo of Gabriel on the roof of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. He says, "Twice a year the sun rises aligned behind the statue, it's kind of my personal Manhattanhenge."

[Category: Image, church, photography]

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[l] at 7/23/14 8:34am

Pam writes, "Open Rights Group has produced a new satirical film to raise awareness of internet filters - a spoof campaign by the 'Department of Dirty'." Read the rest

[Category: Video, censorship, great firewall of cameron, org, uk, videos, web theory, youtube]

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[l] at 7/23/14 8:19am
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[l] at 7/23/14 7:57am
Being a compendium of some of my most popular novel reviews from the past year, from My Real Children to Raising Steam Read the rest

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[l] at 7/23/14 7:52am

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 9.36.56 AM

This is scientist Zack Jud, posing with a lionfish he caught in a estuary river in 2010 — four years before 6th grader Lauren Arrington, who is now being credited with the discovery.

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[Category: Post, Science]

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[l] at 7/23/14 7:35am

Blogger Mikki Kendall is black, female, and receives a daily deluge of violent, threatening invective. When she temporarily "became" a white man, all that changed.

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 7/23/14 7:04am


Some bloody good advice: get there really early, opt out of the pornoscanner, bring a white flu mask, headphones and a set of noise-cancellers. Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, lifehacks, travel]

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[l] at 7/23/14 6:52am
Glenn Fleishman on the tricky new user-tracking method that sees through privacy controls. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/23/14 4:12am
Being a compendium of some of my most popular kids' book reviews from the past year, from Glorkian Warrior to Alan Mendelsohn

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[Category: Post, books, Comics, happy mutants, Kids, ya]

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:36am


It's Sysadmin Appreciation Day, and that means it's time, once again, to give our dear, tireless, essential administrator Ken Snider a sliver of the thanks that are his due. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:18am

One year ago today 14-year-old girl who was called a "whore" for her pro-Choice sign expresses disappointment in adult world: She was protesting Texas's misogynist, retrograde anti-Choice law.

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:15am


Olga writes, "Director and photographer Allan Amato is making a documentary film about how creative people wake up in the morning and persevere at being inspired and choosing to make art their living." Read the rest

[Category: Post, art, Business, documentaries, kickstarter, movies, videos]

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:10am

When the Comcast Rep From Hell insisted that Comcast had the "fastest network in the USA," he was speaking on behalf of the company -- and it was a lie. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, comcast, corruption, law, telcoms]

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[l] at 7/23/14 1:01am


It's not just a clever way to while away the time between ordering and eating -- this fork/penny/glass sculpture is also a clever way to understand the difference between theory and practice. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Funny, Science, tumblr]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:55am


You'd bring your dead to it on a boat, bear the body through a ceremonial labyrinth and the body lifted to the rooftop, exposed to the elements. Read the rest

[Category: Post, architecture, death]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:51am

Tim Sway turned an old Charlie's Angels pinball machine into a desk, cleverly repurposing the coinbox as a desk safe. It's not the first time he's done this, either: check out his Moon Cresta desk. (via Geekologie)

[Category: Video, Gadgets, Games, housewares, makers, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:26am

Zeynep Tufekci's scathing response to the establishment consensus that tech will create new jobs to replace the ones we've automated away makes a lot of good points. Read the rest

[Category: Post, automation, class war, economics, futurism, gender, piketty]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:11am


It's probably the most censored site on the Internet, blocked by national firewalls all over the world, but more people use it every day. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, censorship, petard, tpb, web theory]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:05am

The sudden reversal of Google's years-long insistence on "real names" for G+ users came after a long fight about the biases inherent in such a policy. Read the rest

[Category: Post, goog, gplus, human rights, real names, social media, web theory]

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[l] at 7/23/14 12:00am


It starts with "NO 'TELEPHONES'. TALK TO EACH OTHER. FACE TO FACE ONLY. WRITE A LETTER, SEND A TELEGRAM TO YOUR MOM, PRETEND IT'S 1860, LIVE." Read the rest

[Category: Image, Funny, signs, tumblr]

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[l] at 7/22/14 11:55pm


They proudly say that they comply with federal privacy law, eschewing cookies, but sneakily use Addthis's "canvas fingerprinting," a product whose other major user is Youporn (but they stopped after they were outed, and the White House didn't). Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, privacy, surveillance, web theory]

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[l] at 7/22/14 11:48pm


These "I Love You"/"I Know" Han/Leia mugs are $34 from Mugoos on Etsy; they're a great wedding/anniversary gift idea. (via Geekymerch)

[Category: Post, gift guide, happy mutants, housewares, star wars]

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[l] at 7/22/14 9:53pm

But they're going to be on-by-default, opt-out-only in the near future anyway, because the Great Firewall of Cameron is based on lazy populism, not evidence. Read the rest

[Category: Post, censorship, law, surveillance, telcoms, tories, uk]

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:53pm

Is "brain eating" a metaphor or exaggeration of how the amoeba works? No, actually. It really does literally eat brains. Here's how.

[Category: Post, Science]

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:47pm

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From the Wellcome Image Collection, this is how you pumped your breasts 150 years ago. Via the fantastic Twitter feed of Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris.

[Category: Post, Science]

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:46pm
If they did it, they didn't use an SU-25. [Locklin on science]

[Category: Post, mh17, military, Technology, war]

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:46pm
Seven years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Caroline Siede looks back on the book series that defined a generation. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, fantasy, Harry Potter, literature]

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:45pm
"In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills," said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week. This is where it begins, meatsacks.

[Category: Post, robots]

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:45pm
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There's something pleasantly old-school about the futurism in these paintings of how Heathrow airport could be turned into a less horrific environment for human beings--and creepily modern, what with all the drones.

Forget not the Aird of Sleat, Londoners.

[Category: Post, curses, london]

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:45pm

$30, and your phone becomes waterproof, or, rather, "Anti-wet". Any takers?

Impervious is an invisible nano spray with molecules 1000x smaller than a human hair with super-hydrophobic properties.

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:45pm

A police officer in Staffordshire, England, was suspended from duty this week after threatening a bystander during an arrest.

The Stoke Sentinel reports that cops were dealing with a rowdy group of late-night revelers in the city of Hanley.

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:27pm

Open science advocate Michael Nielson writes about how scientists can infer causation in situations where it's not possible to a randomized controlled trial.

[Category: Post, human experimentation, Science]

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:23pm

It holds a singular place in the American imagination today, but there was a lot of opposition to the Apollo program as it was happening.

[Category: Post, Science]

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:18pm

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It's not caused by erosion. Instead, the rock, itself, forms the arch and the erosion just washes away everything else around it.

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:09pm

Grist has an interview with activist and writer Paul Kingsnorth, a former environmentalist who has decided that the right way to deal with the end of the world is to just accept its inevitability.

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[l] at 7/22/14 6:53pm
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An amusing, but telling collection of generic logo concepts, trite design elements and hackneyed type. [gtgraphics.org; Archive.org cache; via]

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[l] at 7/22/14 5:10pm
The internet provider's COO admits the rep's retention attempts were “painful to listen to,” but that he “did a lot of what we trained him...to do.” Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 4:54pm

Recommended: Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

AND apply to join the highly selective INNER HIVE!

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[l] at 7/22/14 4:54pm

This NASA image of Mercury has been making the internet rounds anew this week, but has been widely reposted with some not-entirely-accurate information.

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[l] at 7/22/14 4:22pm
My friend Clayton Cubitt describes this wonderful documentary by a mid-1980s high school student as a "real life Breakfast Club."

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[l] at 7/22/14 4:00pm

George Harrison's memorial tree in L.A. was killed by beetles.

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[l] at 7/22/14 3:10pm

A photograph of a Lebanese journalist kissing her Jewish boyfriend inspired some young Twitter users to encourage others to post similar photos with the hashtag #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies.

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[l] at 7/22/14 2:05pm
Bauhaus and Love and Rockets bassist David J has a new memoir due out in the fall! Here are some details about the book, titled Who Killed Mister Moonlight?: Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction: Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, music]

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[l] at 7/22/14 12:21pm
On Friday, Boing Boing and Noise Pop were thrilled to celebrate "The Art and Allure of the Record Album" at the Oakland Museum of California! Read the rest

[Category: Image, music]

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[l] at 7/22/14 12:13pm

Lionfish have become an invasive challenge along the southern Atlantic coast of the United States. Lauren Arrington's science fair project demonstrated that invasive lionfish can survive in water far less saline than previously thought.

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[l] at 7/22/14 11:49am
"Come Down, Ma Evening Star" was a huge hit in 1903, but you'd be forgiven for not knowing it. But time has not been kind to the hits of Clay Aiken, either. [via Kottke]

Let's see if we can get the official youtube video of Clay's 2003 #1 hit "This is the Night" to 5,000 views by sundown! (It's at 4,954, though, so I'm not sure I fancy its chances.)

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[l] at 7/22/14 11:41am
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[l] at 7/22/14 11:37am
"Assassin Heroes Warhammer: Craft World War" might be an extreme example of a grossly trope-strewn game name, but the business has plenty more like it to offer.

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[l] at 7/22/14 11:36am

But they're going to be on-by-default, opt-out-only in the near future anyway, because the Great Firewall of Cameron is based on lazy populism, not evidence. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 11:32am
It's not so much that the scammers themselves are becoming better at their jobs, just that off-the-shelf scripts are so much more powerful. [NYT]

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[l] at 7/22/14 11:29am
3033350-slide-pigeoncamera1A gallery at Fast Co Design has some of the cool tools of spycraft.

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[l] at 7/22/14 11:24am

Some Florida men found a "mannequin" hanging in a vacant garage they were cleaning out. "Israel Lopez and Adam Hines told authorities they thought the former renters had left a "Halloween-like" hoax. Lopez hauled the debris to the landfill while Hines continued cleaning."

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[l] at 7/22/14 10:35am

LJ Kummer's Fun as Hell is a great kindle single. A fast read about a journalist and his girlfriend who take a training course intended to show civilians what war is all about.

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[l] at 7/22/14 10:35am
Legotumbb

The Lego Super Heroes model of Batman's Tumbler with Batman and Joker minifies will be available September 1 for $200, or right now from scalpers for $850-$1150 (caveat emptor). Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 10:33am


Dave Maass sez, "If you're going to San Diego Comic-Con, you might want to dodge the cameras on this map if you're not in costume." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 10:19am

"She never gave up, even when the aliens put a chip in her neck," says creator Ryan English. (via Dangerous Minds)

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[l] at 7/22/14 9:51am
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The George Harrison Memorial Tree in Los Angeles, planted in memory of the Beatles guitarist, was killed by beetles.

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[l] at 7/22/14 9:43am

Cats in movies with a soundtrack of The Cure's "Love Cats."

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:41am


Randall Munroe will take his hotly anticipated book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, on the road in September: Boston, NYC, SEA, SFO, Berkeley and LA!

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[l] at 7/22/14 8:10am

LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van 10220

I am deeply tempted to build this beautiful model of the iconic 1962 VW camper van. I may hold out for a Vanagon, however.

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[l] at 7/22/14 7:45am

Step 1: Wrap nice new jeans around tires. Step 2: Throw it to the cats. Step 3: Sell the remains.

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[l] at 7/22/14 7:45am
That's the second time this year this has happened in the Tampa Bay area. Tampa, Florida.

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[l] at 7/22/14 7:34am
You're welcome.

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[l] at 7/22/14 7:16am

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Randal Olson analyzed the duration of "the 25 most popular movies from each year from 1931 through 2013," and reveals the truth behind the myth that movies are "getting so much longer than they used to be." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 7:09am

Writes Brian Kahn at Climate Central: "The world just experienced its hottest June on record. The heat was driven in large by part by the hottest ocean temperatures since recordkeeping began more than 130 years ago. That makes this the third-warmest start to the year." I'm sure it's nothing.

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[l] at 7/22/14 7:04am
Click fraudsters "are setting up fake Facebook pages in the names of Australian MH17 victims to profit from a lucrative internet scam." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 7:00am

In The Atlantic, a thinkpiece that actually made me think: "Weird" Al Yankovic's savvy internet distribution strategy, and how the artist has managed to create a powerful, enduring brand that began in the age of vinyl and FM radio. [HT: @alexismadrigal]

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[l] at 7/22/14 6:54am

randal_olson_2014-Jul-21

Randal Olson analyzed the duration of "the 25 most popular movies from each year from 1931 through 2013," and reveals the truth behind the myth that movies are "getting so much longer than they used to be." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 6:48am

It's amazing to see these tiny, precision components being created and placed carefully together to create a mechanism. Each moment seems an exercise in human and technical precision--don't miss the branding being lasered in.

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[l] at 7/22/14 6:43am

In a rare complication of being a metalhead, a 50-year-old Motorhead fan developed a brain bleed after combining enthusiastic headbanging with a benign cyst.

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[l] at 7/22/14 6:29am

Earth and Mars are both so-called "Goldilocks" planets, writes Burkhard Bilger, each large, warm and atmospheric in a way seemingly conducive to life.

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[l] at 7/22/14 6:23am

Martin T Sherman voices Thomas the Tank Engine in the U.S., but he's leaving the show amid a dispute. In a post on his blog -- since taken town -- Sherman said that they just don't pay very well.

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[l] at 7/22/14 6:22am

Images shared on social media by observers at the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine show possible forensic evidence that yes, a surface-to-air missile did shoot down MH17. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 6:16am
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): "Since Friday, armed separatists with the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have briefly detained and threatened at least 10 foreign correspondents, according to international press reports and a Ukrainian press freedom group. Journalists in the capital, Kiev, have also told CPJ that DPR separatists are barring Ukrainian journalists' access to the region." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 6:13am

Sky News reporter Colin Brazier reports from the crash scene

The internet was abuzz this week with horror at the actions of Sky News reporter Colin Brazier, who was reporting live from the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Eastern Ukraine for the 24-hour news network. He picked up crash victims' luggage live on air, and rummaged through its contents, describing them to camera. Mr. Brazier now realizes he "crossed a line," and wrote a sort of mea culpa in the Guardian. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 5:54am

A few of Cuban sculptor Yoan Capote's wonderful works. More on the artist's website.

[via Asylum Art]

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[l] at 7/22/14 5:43am

Niam Yaraghi, a researcher at the Brookings Institution, determined that negative advertising against the Affordable Care Act only boosted enrollment.

Although the volume of spending on anti-ACA ads is driven by the competitiveness of the Senate midterm elections and may be effective in reducing the votes for the targeted political figure, they may not necessarily reduce the popularity of the ACA.

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[l] at 7/22/14 5:33am
A close look taken at thousands of galaxies reveals that smaller ones revolve around larger ones in disc-shaped orbits, contrary to expectations of a more random-seeming distribution.

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[l] at 7/22/14 1:29am


Salim writes, "James Creedy hitched a ride with Project Red-Sands to take this set of photos from a these WWII era sea-forts."

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[l] at 7/22/14 1:27am

One year ago today Get ready for the big bang as 3D printing patents expire: The key patents covering a 3D printing technique called "laser sintering" are set to expire in the next year or two -- there are a bunch of them, so they'll trickle out -- and this will radically reduce the price of printing and printers.

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[l] at 7/22/14 1:24am


Why Are You So Afraid Of Your Own Anatomy? is Eleanor Beth Haswell's senior art project, a feminist fashion intervention. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 1:19am

If you're on city property and your pants hang more than 2" below your "natural waistline," you face a $500 fine, and for repeat offenders, jail. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 1:15am

Today, Teefury offers shirts based on Artistabe's brilliant Batman/Haunted Mansion stretch gallery mashups. (more…)

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[l] at 7/22/14 1:04am

The offices of Bornstein and Bornstein are notorious for running "boot camps" advising San Francisco landlords on legal loopholes for evicting long-term tenants so they can rent to the high-flying tech sector. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 12:43am

Kasim Reed's list of blocked journalists is a who's whom of Atlanta city-beat reporters; it's become a badge of honor for local writers.

(Thanks, Ben!)

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[l] at 7/22/14 12:39am


Wilfred Rose, a career NYC pickpocket now in prison, claims to be retired. In his decades as a "shotplayer," he became a legend. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 12:21am

As promised, the Open Wireless Movement's new sharing-friendly, privacy-minded router operating system was unveiled at HOPE X in New York last weekend. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 12:13am

The list included a lot of humorous entries ("Adobe Acrobat"), but also allegedly included the names of university staffers. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/22/14 12:04am

It's a damning turn of events in the horrible saga; after one of its officers was caught on video repeatedly smashing a homeless woman in the face, the force went to a psychiatric ward and seized her medical records. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 11:53pm


Mark CK researched doctor's journals and writings from the 17th and 18th centuries while working on a book about pirate surgeons and reports back with a guide to writing in the style of the day, which involves a lot of bad Latin, irregular spelling, and extra letters used as emphasis. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 11:10pm


You'll remember that my publisher sent 200 copies of Little Brother to Booker T Washington High School after the principal canceled the summer One Book/One School reading program because he was opposed to the book's "anti-authoritarian" message. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 8:06pm

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 7/21/14 4:26pm
Maggie Koerth-Baker on why the megafauna of George Lucas' parched desert world makes no sense. It's not the dry heat that's the problem; it's the food supply. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 3:38pm
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From Redditor Bruised_Bergina. (more…)

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[l] at 7/21/14 3:29pm

At CNN.com, an interesting piece on the hassles created for foreign firms by China's trademark 'squatters,' who register trademarks within China for world-known brands, and basically hold those marks ransom until the brand owner pays them off for rights to use the mark within China.

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[l] at 7/21/14 3:06pm

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London-based artist Eliza Bennett began by working in textiles and fashion design, and uses techniques from those realms on her own hands--her skin as cloth, for embroidered patterns that convey a narrative.

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[l] at 7/21/14 2:47pm
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Amsterdam artist Bas Srakel made the Bikecamper, a tricycle with an expandable coffin-like sleeping container meant "for homeless people, refugees and urban nomads." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 2:19pm
Untitled In Smithsonian, read about the new National Postal Museum exhibition where you can see the anthrax-laden letters that were sent to media outlets and two Democratic senators in 2001 and the mailbox into which they were dropped.

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[l] at 7/21/14 1:18pm


Dave from EFF sez, "Scorpion, Person of Interest and transformative art are among the highlights we're looking forward to most at San Diego Comic-Con this year. You can also meet up with me (Dave Maass) at the Alaska Robotics table 2 - 3 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday."

The EFF Guide to San Diego Comic-Con 2014

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[l] at 7/21/14 12:15pm
Nathaniel Mott: "it’s okay to post naked photos to Facebook, as long as you’re not a woman"

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[l] at 7/21/14 12:09pm

Included in the DRM-free bundle are a ton of Walking Dead collections, the amazing Witch Doctor comic (review, review) and loads more.

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[l] at 7/21/14 11:54am

Inateck SSD enclosure

My MacBook Air has a small SSD and there is no way to upgrade it, I've recently started carrying an SDD, in this handy $18 SSD optimized external storage case.

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[l] at 7/21/14 11:35am
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Disgusting grey clouds of millions of mayflies swarm the Minnesota skies this week. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 11:25am
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, shown here, is not going to like this themed hackathon at all.


North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, shown here, is not going to like this themed hackathon at all.

The Human Rights Foundation plans to host a two-day hackathon in San Francisco. The idea is to generate "new ways to get information safely into North Korea."

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[l] at 7/21/14 11:12am

caffeine

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers that ingesting pure powdered caffeine sold in bulk online is not a great idea. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 11:02am

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Some of the wonderful works of Southern California-based artist John Brosio [Facebook, website].

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[l] at 7/21/14 10:30am

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May Sum, an artist based in Hong Kong, is best known for carving figure portraits from lipstick. Her "Woman Power" series depicts the iconic busts of influential women, using many different shades. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 10:23am
LocalLathers BKbarsoap BrooklynBridge 1

My friend Malena Seldin and her pals launched Local Lathers, a wonderfully-creative new line of natural, handmade soaps that are inspired by neighborhoods and landmarks, like the "Brooklyn Bridge Daily Grind" that smells of sandalwood and coffee! Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 10:20am

One year ago today Creature from the Black Lagoon as outlaw biker tee: Ben Von Strawn's "The Creatcha" tees, which sport a version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon in biker drag and a coal-scuttle helmet.

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[l] at 7/21/14 10:06am
Borodai's response is best part of this totally bizarre interview: he dramatically rolls his eyes at Cuomo, and tells him basically, don't believe everything you see on the internet. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 9:57am

I've seen variations on pipe-and-wood bookshelves but this set (and howto) by Reddit user's bobatsfight is a terrific accomplishment! DIY Steel Pipe Shelves

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[l] at 7/21/14 9:48am

MIT student Patrick McCabe made a version of the classic game Connect Four where you play against a robot! (via Laughing Squid)

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[l] at 7/21/14 9:38am
Borodai's response is best part of this totally bizarre interview: he dramatically rolls his eyes at Cuomo, and tells him basically, don't believe everything you see on the internet. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 9:34am
Borodai's response is best part of this totally bizarre interview: he dramatically rolls his eyes at Cuomo, and tells him basically, don't believe everything you see on the internet. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 9:32am

They're the first major publisher to sign with Bitlit, an app that lets you send a photo of your book's copyright page with your name inked on it in exchange for a deal on the ebook. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 9:27am
The business has a knack for finding and cultivating talent of a certain kind. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 9:23am

He made the announcement at the HOPEX conference in New York this past weekend, calling on other attendees to join him in a project to "improve the future by encoding our rights into programs and protocols by which we rely every day."

(via /.)

(Image: SHH, Liz Welsh, CC-BY)

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[l] at 7/21/14 8:49am
Ethan Gilsdorf gets a first-look at some incredible high-res art from the latest edition of the classic pen-and-paper role-playing game. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 8:04am

To celebrate the release of his new album, Mara Altman interviewed Weird Al Yankovic. I'm completely unsurprised that Al is a wonderful artist who really loves what he does.

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[l] at 7/21/14 7:21am
The results of a multi-year participant census study show a lot of diversity, smarts, and civic engagement among regular Burning Man attendees--and some shame. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 7:15am
tumblr_n9162wpDFF1qlq9poo9_1280 Chinese artist and photographer Ju Duoqi works with vegetables. She was born in Chongqing in 1973, and studied at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. Shown here, selections from her 2010 series, “The Fantasies of Chinese Cabbage.” Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 7:08am
In the latest episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we follow postal enthusiast W. Reginald Bray as he sends bowler hats, seaweed, his dog and even himself through the British mail. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 5:33am
Ethan Gilsdorf gets a first-look at some incredible high-res art from the latest edition of the classic pen-and-paper role-playing game. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/21/14 4:49am
In storms 17 years ago, the Tokio Express listed so far it lost 62 shipping containers. One of them contained 4.8m pieces of Lego, and they're still washing up in Cornwall, "offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides"

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[l] at 7/20/14 10:22pm

Star Trek's reliance on shaking the camera and having the actors simulate delirium tremens is spotlighted in this fantastic video. The video was inspired by a subreddit: Star Trek Stabilized.

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[l] at 7/20/14 8:03am
Kim Jong-Un was already pissed over a forthcoming US comedy. Now he's super pissed about a viral video created by some dude in China. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/20/14 7:30am
Flowers left on debris of flight MH17 (Reuters)


Flowers left on debris of flight MH17 (Reuters)

On Sunday morning, reporters at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in Eastern Ukraine say armed pro-Russia militants have forced emergency workers to hand over all bodies and body parts recovered so far. The human remains were then loaded onto refrigerated train cars bound for a rebel-held city.

Ukraine's deputy prime minister Volodymyr Groysman said 192 bodies and eight body parts were loaded onto the railway cars.

The rebels say they also have the plane's "black box" data recorders, and will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/20/14 6:49am

Where were you when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, asks astronaut Buzz Aldrin? He invites you to share your story using the hashtag #Apollo45.

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[l] at 7/20/14 6:27am
A group of boys and a girl, referred to as “ghetto kids,” dance-battle to Ugandan Afropop artist Eddy Kenzo's 2014 hit “Sitya Loss” (“I'm not afraid of losing”) on a dirt road. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/20/14 6:25am
A wonderful video primer on African traditional and modern dance styles, from Ghanaian Azonto to Ivory Coast's Zoropoto. [The Dance Hall]

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[l] at 7/20/14 1:12am

Oliver Bienkowski, a guerrilla "light-graffiti" artist, splashed a projection of a caricature of Barack Obama's face on the side of the US embassy in Berlin, along with the phrase, "NSA IN DA HOUSE." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/20/14 1:06am

The Speicher Tie Company enhances your bowtie's nerdiness with the periodic table of elements, the oxytocin molecule, and more! (via Geekymerch)

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[l] at 7/20/14 12:58am

An article in The Wire, citing mostly tabloid and Ukrainian government sources, claims that locals and separatists looted the wreckage of MH17, creating difficulties for forensic investigators. Read the rest

[Category: Post, media theory, mh17, russia, Ukraine, web theory]

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[l] at 7/20/14 12:48am

The scale of the secret blacklist was revealed in a civil suit over the Terrorist Screening Database, and it shocked the judge. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/20/14 12:30am

Yesterday's HOPEX conference featured a 90 minute dialog between Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden. (more…)

[Category: Post, Audio, ellsberg, hopex, mp3, snowden, spooks] [Link to media]

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[l] at 7/19/14 10:53pm

Saturday Morning Slow Jams' slick R&B cover of the Transformers theme. Don't miss their takes on Muppet Babies (below), Ducktales, Pokemon, Animaniacs, and many more.

[Category: Post, Video, cartoons, Entertainment, music, television]

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[l] at 7/19/14 1:42pm

DTAC, a mobile phone company in Thailand, produced this 2-minute "Power of Love" spot that shows a father struggling to calm his crying baby. Why has this gone so crazy viral? Don't know, but it's a great ad. Also, babies!

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[l] at 7/19/14 1:08pm

Electric Mayhem shirt

Upon seeing the inherent glory, I immediately purchased this Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem t-shirt on Threadless.

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[l] at 7/19/14 7:29am
The unstylish but ultra-compatible console promises a nostalgic treat for casual and committed gamers alike, writes Brian Easton. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/19/14 5:28am

If you had a baby in Indiana after 1991, chances are your child's blood and DNA samples are being stored by the state. Originally meant for research, no samples have been used because consent of parents was never obtained.

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[l] at 7/19/14 4:25am

Статья в Википедии Список авиационных катастроф в гражданской авиации была отредактирована ВГТРК http://t.co/peZ60q07Fj

— Госправки (@RuGovEdits) July 18, 2014

A bot that monitors Wikipedia for edits from Russian government IPs recorded a change to the MH17 entry, assigning blame to "Ukrainian soldiers" (a previous edit had blamed it on "terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 11:39pm

It may be the longest coprolite ever found, a truly magnificent turd, virtually a relief casting of a horribly constipated dinosaur's ancient animal's colon.

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[Category: Image, Post, dinosaur, fossils, poo]

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[l] at 7/18/14 9:47pm

Brilliant, high-speed math vlogger Vi Hart has revisited the topic of the sizes of infinities. (more…)

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[l] at 7/18/14 9:43pm

One year ago today Toolbox on the International Space Station: British ISS astronaut Tim Peake has a Flickr gallery of pics of the drawers on an ISS toolchest, each an obsessive, knolled marvel of foam cutouts and the everyday life of a spaceperson.

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[l] at 7/18/14 9:41pm

Finally! A listicle I can love. I mean, "Play nug-a-nug" (1505)! What's not to like? (more…)

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[l] at 7/18/14 9:41pm


Tales83's "SUPRISE!!!" shirt offers some insight into the head beneath Mickey's fursuit.

Surprise!!! (via Super Punch)

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[l] at 7/18/14 9:36pm


Author Earnings has published its latest eye-popping data-analysis of ebook sales and rankings on Amazon. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 8:59pm


American Society of News Editors president David Boardman rails against the happy-talk optimism of the newspaper industry, who insist that the decline isn't that bad and will shortly turn around. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, media theory, newspaper]

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[l] at 7/18/14 3:13pm

The existence of this special is now public, and based on the development team, I'm very confident that it is going to rock. Read the rest

[Category: Post, animation, Disney, haunted mansion, horror]

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[l] at 7/18/14 2:06pm

In this infuriating video, Colin Nederkoorn records his computer streaming Netflix's test video over his Verizon FiOS connection. Then, via a VPN on the same home network, he receives a nearly ten-times faster stream.

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[l] at 7/18/14 1:49pm

Hold onto your bots: tomorrow is the fourth annual Robot Film Festival in San Francisco! Join the crowd of robotics researchers and enthusiasts in an all-day marathon of robot-related films, followed by the Botskers award ceremony hosted by Veronica Belmont.

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[l] at 7/18/14 1:11pm
Much of what you hear about the purpose of marriage is ahistorical. Lisa L. Spangenberg on what the institution was traditionally fit for. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 12:06pm

It may be the longest coprolite ever found, a truly magnificent turd, virtually a relief casting of a horribly constipated dinosaur's colon.

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[l] at 7/18/14 10:29am
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Tonight, please join Boing Boing and Noise Pop at the Oakland Museum of California with Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer, Wilco designer Lawrence Azerrad, and Dead Kennedys / Alternative Tentacles artist Winston Smith to explore the art and allure of vinyl records! Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 9:47am
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"It's only a matter of time before the chikungunya virus spreads in the U.S." Earlier this week, Boing Boing published a feature by Maggie Koerth-Baker with this very title. And now, word that "the first locally acquired case of the tropical disease chikungunya was reported in the U.S.."

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[l] at 7/18/14 9:20am


Make and Google have teamed up to offer six weeks' worth of online workshops and programs to help kids 13-18 find and realize their inner makers. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 8:20am
Ethan Gilsdorf celebrates the origins of D&D and presents Jon Peterson's exclusive video tour of the place where E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson set out on their first adventures Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 7:57am
"The passengers fell, one fighter stationed here says, 'from incredible heights'. As they came down, many were 'undressed by the air”. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 7:47am

Popular Science has a nice follow up to the news about the discovery of decades-old smallpox samples — including the fact that scientists found 327 vials of other forgotten disease samples in the same place.

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[l] at 7/18/14 7:43am


A person who "works for the TSA" accidentally posted a public comment to Facebook excoriating Rebecca Hains for expressing skepticism about the TSA's efficacy. Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, facebook, security theater, tsa]

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[l] at 7/18/14 7:42am

Stress does affect the body in numerous ways. But how we think about what stress is, what it does, and its connection to pop psychology, have all been shaped by cigarette companies.

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[l] at 7/18/14 7:31am
In honor of the centenary of World War One, we are proud to present Simon Ganes's illustrated adaptation of Osbert Sitwell's haunting, classic poem The Next War. It appears, with many other beautiful and thoughtful adaptations, in the new book Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 7:31am

The "kaffir" in "Kaffir lime" is actually a racial slur. At National Geographic, Maryn McKenna struggles with how to deal with foods that have offensive names.

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[l] at 7/18/14 7:02am


Ernst writes, "For over three years, I've been collecting photos of writers at work, including Hemingway, Faulkner, Didion, but also modern day authors like Safran Foer and... Cory Doctorow. My collection consists over 400 photos now." Although watching people type is canonically dull, there's a lot of motion and potential in these portraits (above: Pearl Buck)

[Category: Image, History, photography, writing]

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[l] at 7/18/14 6:27am

For years, Ukrainian science fiction writers have been producing novels about a Russian takeover of Ukraine. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 6:22am

Skyboat Media produced this great little documentary about Wil Wheaton's recording sessions for the audiobook of my novel Homeland, in which he had to read out Pi for four minutes straight, read out dialog in which the narrator had a fanboy moment about meeting Wil Wheaton, and many other fun moments.

[Category: Video, audiobooks, happy mutants, science fiction, videos]

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[l] at 7/18/14 6:16am


There are no effective legal limits on when and to whom police can disclose unproven charges against you, 911 calls involving mental health incidents, and similar sensitive and prejudicial information; people have been denied employment, been turned back at the US border and suffered many other harms because Ontario cops send this stuff far and wide. Read the rest

[Category: Post, big data, canada, crime, database nation, kafka, orwell, police, surveillance]

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[l] at 7/18/14 5:57am

One year ago today TSA orders airport valets to search parked cars: My prediction: the TSA will erect a sign at the valet drop-off saying, "By valet parking, you agree that we can search your car." And that will be the end of it.

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[l] at 7/18/14 5:53am


A remarkable moment from last night's remarkable Snowden video from the Guardian. Read the rest

[Category: Post, cloud, crypto, privacy, russia, snowden, zero knowledge]

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[l] at 7/18/14 5:51am

A particularly depressing addendum to the story of a passenger jet shot down in Ukrainian air space: Of the 298 people on board, roughly 100 were people flying to an international conference on AIDS research.

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[l] at 7/18/14 5:45am


American Society of News Editors president David Boardman rails against the happy-talk optimism of the newspaper industry, who insist that the decline isn't that bad and will shortly turn around. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 5:18am


The Foreign Office said it couldn't provide its files on secret CIA rendition of terrorism suspects for torture, because those files (and only those files) were "water-damaged." Read the rest

[Category: Post, CIA, corruption, foia, rendition, tories, torture, transparency, uk]

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[l] at 7/18/14 5:10am

The existence of this special is now public, and based on the development team, I'm very confident that it is going to rock. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/18/14 4:59am


Thinkgeek's fully operational, 52" Death Star rug is just the thing for your Star Wars play room.

[Category: Image, Gadgets, happy mutants, housewares, star wars]

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[l] at 7/18/14 4:56am


Cosplayer Yuri Ros created this character, called "Calne Miku," sporting insectile mouth-parts and terrifying symbiotic head-bugs. (more…)

[Category: Image, cosplay, fiction, happy mutants, Science]

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[l] at 7/18/14 4:50am

Parliament has passed #DRIP, a sweeping, illegal surveillance bill that doubles down on the old surveillance law, which was struck down by the European Court for violating fundamental human rights. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 10:41pm
Ateam

From the West Yorkshire, UK police Twitter feed: "We don't like to brag but we've just caught 4 suspects who've been on the run from a high security prison since 1972." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 10:20pm
Ateam

From the West Yorkshire UK Police Dog Section Twitter feed: "We don't like to brag but we've just caught 4 suspects who've been on the run from a high security prison since 1972." Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, police, television]

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[l] at 7/17/14 3:40pm
Photographer Rebecca Litchfield's gorgeous and haunting photo series and book, Soviet Ghosts: A Communist Empire in Decay, documents abandoned towns, factories, prisons, hospitals, theaters, and military bases in the Soviet Union and former Eastern Bloc. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 3:11pm
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Over at Scientific American, a fascinating, civil, and open-minded conversation between psi-doubter John Horgan and psi-researcher Rupert Sheldrake about morphic fields, psychic dogs, and other high weirdness.

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[l] at 7/17/14 1:42pm

The Guardian has published a video in which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks with Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger and reporter Ewen MacAskill in Moscow.

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[l] at 7/17/14 1:28pm
Foria, a new personal lubricant, is being marketed to medical marijuana patients in California. La Mota tells us that Foria is "A viscous, smooth, slippery substance that will allow you to enjoy at least 15 minutes of continuous orgasms."

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[l] at 7/17/14 1:08pm
Brian Heater hosts the latest episode of the RiYL podcast Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 12:32pm

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Armed pro-Russian separatists stand at the sprawling, burned site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014.

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[l] at 7/17/14 12:25pm

General Electric and Jack Threads are releasing a super-limited edition of Apollo 11-inspired speakers, called "The Missions," designed by Android Homme.

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[l] at 7/17/14 11:46am

MIT engineers have developed a pair of robotic fingers that are worn around your wrist to enhance your own grasp. The fingers are controlled by your own fingers via a new control algorithm.

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[l] at 7/17/14 11:13am

Mouse Trap (1963) became a classic but its cousin Crazy Clock (1964) vanished into history's toy chest. Above, vintage TV commercials for both (via Strange Universe).

[Category: Video, Games, toys]

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[l] at 7/17/14 10:49am
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If you miss your Big Wheel, you might dig this $2,000 motorized Big Wheel Drift Trike. (via Laughing Squid)

Below, video of trike drifters:

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[l] at 7/17/14 10:35am

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Interfax, CNN, and other news agencies are reporting that a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed on the eastern border of Ukraine, near the border with Russia. The Ukrainian interior minister says the plane may have been “shot down,” but that Ukrainian forces are not responsible. Early reports say the plane may have been shot down from the sky by a Buk anti-aircraft missile system, which could have been used by Ukrainian separatist forces, or pro-Russia forces, in the area.

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[l] at 7/17/14 10:27am

Joaquin Phoenix has a face in his forehead. (via Devour)

[Category: Video, actors, Entertainment, hollywood, movies]

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[l] at 7/17/14 9:42am
A visit through George Whitman's Paris bookstore on the eve of Marilyn Monroe's death. A comic by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 9:38am
Futility Closet on the curious cases of Ernest Cody and Charles Adams, two naval officers who vanished from a World War II surveillance blimp over the Pacific. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 9:16am

bswyrchcmaacvmq

Interfax, CNN, and other news agencies are reporting that a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed on the eastern border of Ukraine, near the border with Russia. The Ukrainian interior minister says the plane was “shot down,” but does not say by whom.

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[l] at 7/17/14 8:57am
A French judge ruled that a scathing restaurant review was "too prominent" in search results, and fined its author for hurting the restaurant's business. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 8:52am

Interfax, CNN, and other news agencies are reporting that a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed on the eastern border of Ukraine, near the border with Russia.

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[l] at 7/17/14 8:45am

There was a fellow from Redmond /
who ruled a while in Finland /
It was an odd little ruse /
but few are amused /
to see them sack eighteen thousand

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[l] at 7/17/14 8:35am
Human rights video nonprofit WITNESS created a guide to archiving video, after hearing from hundreds of activists and citizen journalists worldwide that preservation and future access to their media was a crucial concern. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 8:07am

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"Sea Flowers," A new acrylic painting shared by Boing Boing reader Robert Steven Connett in our Flickr Pool. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 7:48am

"If you thought low-cost air travel couldn't get any more bleak," reports Oliver Wainwright, "then Airbus has a treat in store for you."

The seating design, filed as "SEATING DEVICE COMPRISING A FORWARD-FOLDABLE BACKREST" at the European Patent Office and the US Patent Office by Airbus Operations, describes "a seating device with reduced bulk, for example in an aircraft."

For example indeed!

"The seating device comprises a backrest which describes circular translational movement toward the front and upwards of the device when the seating device is brought to the retracted configuration."

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[l] at 7/17/14 7:19am

This song always makes me think of you. Dunno why.

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[l] at 7/17/14 6:27am

Thank God he didn't try to dance. [YouTube]

A German television reporter launched into a rendition of Happy Birthday, Liebe Bundeskanzlerin (dear chancellor) at a news conference in Brussels early on Thursday – but got no backup from his colleagues.

Merkel laughed and said: "I should have sung along, then it would have been better. But thank you."

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[l] at 7/17/14 6:16am
Until 2013, chikungunya was an Old World disease, writes Maggie Koerth-Baker. Not any more. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/17/14 5:08am


He was allegedly drunk, and had at least two victims before SFO's crackerjack private aviation security outfit, Covenant, noticed (they're the same ones who smashed my brand new camera some years ago and refused to take responsibility for it). Read the rest

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[l] at 7/16/14 11:50pm


He was allegedly drunk, and had at least two victims before SFO's crackerjack private aviation security outfit, Covenant, noticed (they're the same ones who smashed my brand new camera some years ago and refused to take responsibility for it). Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, booze, california, rape culture, san francisco, security, tsa]

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[l] at 7/16/14 2:58pm

Anomalocarids are the ancient ancestors of spiders. They look like menu items from H.P. Lovecraft's seafood restaurant.

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[l] at 7/16/14 2:58pm
This episode of Apps for Kids is brought to you by Shoparoo - start earning for your school today. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/16/14 2:19pm
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[l] at 7/16/14 1:57pm

On Monday, we posted a phone recording of an aggressive Comcast "Retention Specialist" arguing with a customer (Ryan Block) who wanted to cancel his service.

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[l] at 7/16/14 1:57pm
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This Friday July 18, join Boing Boing and Noise Pop at the Oakland Museum of California with Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer, Wilco designer Lawrence Azerrad, and Dead Kennedys / Alternative Tentacles artist Winston Smith to explore the art and allure of vinyl records! We'll also be giving away a limited number of signed prints of Lawrence Azerrad's event poster seen here! Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, happy mutants, music]

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[l] at 7/16/14 12:35pm

I saw the movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes over the weekend and was amazed by its greatness. I applauded at the end with the rest of the audience.

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[l] at 7/16/14 12:11pm

One year ago today Maps of corporate tax-avoidance hairballs: OpenCorporates has a data-visualization tool for peering into the corporate tax-evasion structures of big corporations -- subsidiaries nested like Russian dolls made from Klein bottles.

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[l] at 7/16/14 11:31am


Neeraj writes, "The Museum of Science Fiction in D.C. Has launched its first curated online gallery as part of our partnership with OMNI Reboot." Read the rest

[Category: Image, art, happy mutants, Old school, science fiction]

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[l] at 7/16/14 11:15am


John Schloendorn is distributing "open source" plasmids, giving away proteins that normally cost biotech startups thousands of dollars per milligram, ready to be inserted into bacteria and reproduced at will, without any royalties. Read the rest

[Category: Post, floss, open science, oshw, Science]

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[l] at 7/16/14 11:04am

Last night I tore through Hiroshi Sakurazaka's All You Need Is Kill. I have not bothered to see Edge of Tomorrow, a movie based on this fine piece of battle armor/combat genre sci-fi, but now definitely I will.

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[l] at 7/16/14 10:54am


The Senate has approved a bill (which already passed in the House) that makes it legal for you to unlock the phones you own so you can choose which carrier you use. Read the rest

[Category: Post, apollo 512, congress, Copyfight, dmca, if you can't open it you don't own it, jailbreaking, law, war on general purpose computing]

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[l] at 7/16/14 10:38am

Forklift lifts forklift to new heights.

[Category: Video, construction]

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[l] at 7/16/14 10:36am
DEADLINE
The FCC's site has been so hammered by comments from people angry about its plans to enact Cable Company Fuckery that many haven't been able to get through. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, cable company fuckery, fcc, net neutrality, politics]

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[l] at 7/16/14 10:34am

Weird Al Yankovic, still at it with "Foil," a parody of Lorde's "Royals," from his new album Mandatory Fun.

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[Category: Video, humor, music]

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[l] at 7/16/14 10:12am

The kingmaking evil billionaire offered $75B, and said he'd sell off CNN to avoid competition inquiries. (more…)

[Category: Post, Business, corruption, gop, media, piketty]

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[l] at 7/16/14 10:11am
Jurv

In celebration of today's Apollo 11 launch anniversary, BB pal and space enthusiast Steve Jurvetson shares this photo of the largest slice of the moon on Earth, on display in his office, and other Apollo 11 images, artifacts, and memories. Read the rest

[Category: Image, moon, NASA, Space]

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[l] at 7/16/14 9:57am


An amendment introduced by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will block the FCC's plan to allow cities to set up their own broadband connections, competing with Comcast and other monopoly/duopolies. Read the rest

[Category: Post, broadband, corruption, fcc, gop, regulatory capture, telcoms, usausausa]

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[l] at 7/16/14 9:56am

Beloved stop-motion animator PES is Kickstarting "Submarine Sandwich," the third in his "cooking series" of shorts that started with Western Spaghetti and Oscar-nominated Fresh Guacamole! (more…)

[Category: Video, animation, kickstarter]

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[l] at 7/16/14 9:54am

airbus-bike-seats-leg-room

Here's the patent application. The "good" news: It's just conceptual. Regulators wouldn't let Ryanair sell standing room tickets, so maybe this would be banned as well?

[Category: Post, Technology, travel]

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[l] at 7/16/14 9:45am

It's fun to take, but the results of a Myers-Briggs personality test are basically meaningless — inconsistent and based on unsupported, philosophical ideas about how the brain operates.

[Category: Post, Science]

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[l] at 7/16/14 9:41am

Dual core writes, "Car Hacker's Handbook is a book on car hacking licensed under Creative Commons." Read the rest

[Category: Post, automotive, books, ebooks, makers, oshw]

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[l] at 7/16/14 9:35am

The bill was introduced on Wednesday by Attorney General George Brandis, and it gives the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation the power to imprison leakers (including reporters) for five years, with ten year sentences for anything regarding "special intelligence operations" (illegal spy operations conducted under promise of immunity). Read the rest

[Category: Post, auspoli, australia, corruption, free speech, freedom of the press, surveillance, tories]

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[l] at 7/16/14 9:30am
88374_67bc366891391ebfccdbfd07d094ec88_4e12fbed79ed0e88e2591c3c81fb7592

Here's a touching and inspiring essay by Seth Menachem, father of a 2 year old boy and a 4 year old girl: "So my son wears a dress; what's it to you?"

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[l] at 7/16/14 9:16am

Your risk of contracting norovirus — that scourge of cruise vacations — depends both on the strain of the virus and what your blood type is.

[Category: Post, Science]

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[l] at 7/16/14 9:10am
"After years of cyberattacks on the networks of high-profile government targets like the Pentagon, Chinese hackers appear to have turned their attention to far more obscure federal agencies." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/16/14 8:57am

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Sverker Johansson, 53, has volunteered as a Wikipedia editor for the past 7 years and may be the online encyclopedia's most prolific contributor. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/16/14 8:52am
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Japan has long been a leading force in the development of robotic technology, and visiting Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, aka Miraikan (Future Hall) really drives home that point. Read the rest

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 7/16/14 8:34am

Thomas Hamm shot this video of a seaplane almost landing right on top of a humpback whale. "Right on that fuckin' whale!" as an observer is heard to exclaim. CNN explains.

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[l] at 7/16/14 8:18am
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In Oconee County, South Carolina, some residents report to have encountered bags tossed at their homes containing candy and a flyer inviting them join the KKK. Ku Klux Klandy? Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post]

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[l] at 7/16/14 7:36am

The Saturn V blastoff video is space nostalgia bliss, but nothing does it for me like this video of American hero Buzz Aldrin punching conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel in the face. Read the rest

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 7/16/14 7:27am

Recommended: Follow Ruben Bolling on Twitter and Facebook.

AND apply to join the highly selective INNER HIVE!

[Category: Comic, Feature, tomthedancingbug]

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[l] at 7/16/14 7:26am
5 frame shot of the gantry retracting while the Saturn V boosters lift off to carry the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon. Photo: TIME.


5 frame shot of the gantry retracting while the Saturn V boosters lift off to carry the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon. Photo: TIME.

Today is a big day in space exploration history: on this day, 45 years ago, NASA's Apollo 11 mission blasted 3 human beings into space, to set foot on our moon. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/16/14 6:42am

TE

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are known for live performances as weird as their television show, "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!." This Fall, Tim and Eric are going on a North American tour with Dr. Steve Brule (John C. Reilly) of "Check It Out," and the experience promises to be unmissable.

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[Category: Image, Post, comedy, events, television]

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[l] at 7/16/14 6:26am
"Comcast, after instructing its employees not to take 'No,' for an answer, is now throwing its representative under the bus because he refused to take 'No,' for an answer." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/16/14 6:12am

Most babies babble by 7 months of age. Most don't start talking real words until they're a year old. What's going on in their heads in the meantime?

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[l] at 7/16/14 5:58am

Tim Moynihan: "The most incredible super-slow-motion videos you’ve ever seen were probably shot with one of Vision Research’s Phantom cameras. They’re as high-speed as they are high-priced; past models have cost more than $100,000 and shot video at frame rates up to 22,000 frames per second at 1,280 x 800 resolution and a million frames per second at a teeny tiny 128x32 resolution."

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[l] at 7/16/14 5:56am

This chart, by Carrie Smith, is the tl;dr for David Anhtholz's article "Pack Like a Nerd." [via]

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[l] at 7/16/14 5:51am
Animal pasta.jpg

Where is your god now? [CaliG831 via Reddit]

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[l] at 7/16/14 5:48am
Carmine Cervellino, 49, was charged with threatening after he allegedly "carved a watermelon in a passive-aggressive manner," writes Isaac Avilucea of The Torrington Register Citizen/a>.

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[l] at 7/16/14 5:41am

To make your cheese, cows eat and process food that we are incapable of eating and processing. This video explains how the chemistry of the land (and grass) change the flavor of the cheese we eat.

[Category: Video, Science]

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[l] at 7/16/14 5:30am

Ren Ri (Weibo) creates sculptures in beeswax.

From HuffPo:

Ren Ri began keeping bees in 2008 and two years later felt his knowledge of honeybees had grown enough to start working on “Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry”, a collection of maps made of beeswax.

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[l] at 7/16/14 5:27am

Turns out using audio effects on image files can have startlingly harmonic results: see the echoed fence here. "A semi-complete documentation of Audacity Effects on image files." [via Kottke]

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[l] at 7/16/14 5:17am
A pretty great set until the 21st Century, which, um, might be the joke. Burgess Meredith, Dick Van Dyke, Vincent Price, Gene Wilder, Kyle McLachan, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum. [via Kottke] (more…)

[Category: Post, doctor whpo]

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[l] at 7/16/14 5:11am

Recommended: Follow Ruben Bolling on Twitter and Facebook.

AND apply to join the highly selective INNER HIVE!

[Category: Comic, tomthedancingbug]

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[l] at 7/16/14 4:57am

The memo -- requiring Brooklyn cops to continue their racist, brutal stop-and-frisk campaign to make minor drug busts -- is required reading for beat officers.

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[Category: Post, corruption, nyc, nypd, police, race, war on some drugs]

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[l] at 7/16/14 4:22am


$30 gets you printable STL files for three suits of Barbie armor -- you'll need your own printer (or use one at your local makerspace).

[Category: Post, 3d printing, Gadgets, gender, happy mutants, toys]

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[l] at 7/16/14 3:48am

One year ago today DHS to employees: reading newspaper coverage of Snowden's NSA leaks is "classified data spillage": The US Department of Homeland Security is warning its employees that they can be punished for opening up this Washington Post article, which includes a classified slide (above) illustrating how the National Security Agency spies on communications.

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[l] at 7/16/14 3:43am


It's not just Ikeahackers: Ikea has gone all-out war on its web-fans. Read the rest

[Category: Post, bullying, Copyfight, corruption, ikea, law, trademark]

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[l] at 7/16/14 3:27am

After years of criticism, Google Plus has finally dropped its controversial, Facebook-alike "Real Names" policy. Read the rest

[Category: Post, goog, gplus, nym wars, real names, social media, web theory]

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[l] at 7/16/14 3:17am


An Orlando TSA screener told a DC-based reporter that he'd need a passport to fly, because DC isn't a state, so a DC driver's license wasn't valid ID. Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, politics, security theater, tsa, usausausa]

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[l] at 7/16/14 3:01am

In "Persecuted," a forthcoming theatrical release movie, religious conservatives defend themselves against pluralism, secularism, reproductive rights, and feminism. Read the rest

[Category: Video, gop, politics, religion, videos, wingers, youtube]

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[l] at 7/16/14 2:53am

The New Mexico Corrections Department has a policy prohibiting inmates from "accessing the Internet through third parties," which they've interpreted to mean that prisoners whose families maintain Facebook pages for them can be punished with solitary confinement. Read the rest

[Category: Post, authoritarianism, law, prison, social media, web theory]

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[l] at 7/16/14 2:46am

Jeff Reifman's posted a video explaining more about his next-generation IMAP-filtering email project, Simplify Email. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Video, email, floss, videos, web theory]

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[l] at 7/15/14 5:24pm

NASA: "This rock encountered by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is an iron meteorite called 'Lebanon,' similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Lebanon is about 2 yards or 2 meters wide (left to right, from this angle). The smaller piece in the foreground is called 'Lebanon B.'"

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[l] at 7/15/14 5:09pm
white-australia-game-data

To win a round of the "White Australia Game," players had to "Get the Coloured Men Out and the White Men In.” Read the rest

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[l] at 7/15/14 3:42pm

From Bullseye with Jesse Thorn from NPR:

This week's recommendations come care of Boing Boing founder and Gweek host Mark Frauenfelder.

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[l] at 7/15/14 3:29pm
With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that correspond to the previous television season. No book spoilers past the TV show! Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, BGaS, comedy, fantasy, Game of Throne, George R. R. Martin] [Link to media]

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[l] at 7/15/14 2:55pm
This episode of Gweek is brought to you by Bombfell, the glorious clothing service for men that sends handpicked outfits to your door. Go to bombfell.com/gweek to get $10 off your first purchase. And by Stamps.com -- get a $110 sign-up bonus with the offer code GWEEK! Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, Gweek, toys]

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[l] at 7/15/14 2:46pm
TALIGENT2 Arik Hesseldahl at Recode:
Apple and IBM today announced a broad partnership to help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them. The combination brings together two historical competitors — who decades ago struggled to dominate the nascent market for personal computers — on the next wave of computing in business: Mobile devices with access to complex data running in the cloud.

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[l] at 7/15/14 2:21pm

Last year's Robot Film Festival, co-sponsored by Boing Boing!

My favorite San Francisco event of the year is coming up this weekend.

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[l] at 7/15/14 2:15pm

After this audio recording of an infuriatingly aggressive Comcast representative arguing with a customer went mega-viral, Comcast, which instructs its employees not to take no for an answer, is now throwing its representative under the bus because he refused to take no for an answer.

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[l] at 7/15/14 1:38pm

"An estimated 50,000 youngsters handled the Space Disintegrator Gun and Helmet. They just went crazy over them!"

(via Astro Devil)

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 7/15/14 1:13pm

I've owned almost all of these Frazetta books, at once time or another. My favorites are probably the hardback editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series that the Science Fiction Book club published in the mid-1970s.

(via Wonderful, Beautiful, and Strange Finds)

[Category: Post, Dejah Thoris, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Frank Frazetta]

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[l] at 7/15/14 1:04pm

Here's Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and others raving about Business Adventures, by the late John Brooks. It was written in 1971, and consists of 12 stories from The New Yorker. The print edition has been out of print for a while, but it is now available as an e-book. It sounds great! Read the rest

[Category: Video, Bill Gates, books]

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[l] at 7/15/14 11:56am
Southern California-based photographer Gregg Segal's portraits of people lying around in a week's worth of their own trash. Read the rest

[Category: Image, photography]

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[l] at 7/15/14 11:42am
led-zep-ii

With magnificent super deluxe reissues of Led Zeppelin I, II, and III now available, please enjoy this "fucking heavyweight" vintage Rolling Stone review of Led Zeppelin II upon its release in 1969: Read the rest

[Category: Post, music]

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[l] at 7/15/14 11:25am


Joris writes, "E-nable is a community of people working together to design and 3D print prosthetic hands." Read the rest

[Category: Post, 3d printing, accessibility, makers, oshw]

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[l] at 7/15/14 10:58am


Going to San Diego Comic Con? Be sure and drop by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's booth (#1920) to pick up this special Harbringer issue with a Gilbert Hernandez cover (see the full art here, exclusive to Boing Boing!), with proceeds to support the CBLDF's excellent anti-censorship work. Read the rest

[Category: Image, censorship, Comics, events, free speech, happy mutants, san diego, SDCC]

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[l] at 7/15/14 10:52am

Ed writes, "You know how every now and then a design studio releases a proposal for a redesign of Wikipedia? (there's a Wikipedia page listing them, of course)" Read the rest

[Category: Post, design, events, london, web theory, wikipedia]

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[l] at 7/15/14 10:50am
It's simple, writes Andy Baio: "Delete Your Mistakes."

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[l] at 7/15/14 10:26am

David Rees, author of How to Sharpen Pencils and creator of the Get Your War On comic strip, learns how to make ultra-pure water. He learns that ultra pure water does not like to be pure. If you drink it, it will try to grab electrolytes from your blood.

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 7/15/14 10:15am

A police officer in Newark, NJ responded to phone calls about two people having sex on the roof of a Chipotle restaurant.

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[l] at 7/15/14 10:10am
Scans of a wonderful old book about witches are making the internet rounds anew. Here they are in hi-rez glory. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, antiquarian books, books, occult, witchcraft]

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[l] at 7/15/14 10:09am

Robin Lehman is an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker who created a beautiful collection of 1970s educational films for young (and old) people, including "Wings and Things" about flight (clip above). Below, a clip from "Ocean Life." DVD collections of Lehman's films are available from Phoenix Learning Group. (via toys and techniques)

[Category: Video, documentaries, educational, Nature, Science]

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[l] at 7/15/14 9:50am

This looks like a good way to start a riot.

(via Weird Universe)

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 7/15/14 9:27am

Luluc passerby 1450

From Luluc, the Brooklyn-via-Australia duo of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett comes "Small Windows," a dreamy lullaby of exquisite indie folk from their album Passerby, produced by The National's Aaron Dessner. Read the rest

[Category: Video, music]

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[l] at 7/15/14 9:11am

I enjoyed learning about statistics, probability, zero, infinity, number sequences, and more in this heavily illustrated kids’ book called How to Be a Math Genius, by Mike Goldsmith.

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[Category: Post, books, family, math]

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[l] at 7/15/14 9:02am

Luluc passerby 1450

From Luluc, the Brooklyn-via-Australia duo of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett comes "Small Windows," a dreamy lullabye of exquisite indie folk from their album Passerby, produced by The National's Aaron Dessner. Read the rest

[Category: Video, music]

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[l] at 7/15/14 8:40am

Luluc passerby 1450

From Luluc, the Brooklyn-via-Australia duo of Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett comes "Small Windows," a dreamy lullabye of exquisite indie folk from their album Passerby, produced by The National's Aaron Dessner. Read the rest

[Category: Video, music]

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[l] at 7/15/14 7:35am
"A commercial for the Commodore Vic20 home computer, aired in 1982 on U.S. television." [HT: Theremina]

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[l] at 7/15/14 7:26am
The Church of England's ruling body will allow women to become bishops. The laity vote was 152 in favor, 45 against, 5 abstaining; bishops voted 37 in favor, 2 against, with one abstention. [BBC]

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[l] at 7/15/14 7:23am

67 giant snails, en-route to a California address, were seized by customs officials at Los Angeles International Airport. Inbound from Nigeria, the snails were incinerated after inspection due to fears they may carry parasites and bacteria—or be released to the wild.

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[l] at 7/15/14 7:12am
Rebecca Litchfield was willing to endure detention and harassment to get great shots of communist-era architectural marvels. There's a book out, too. (more…)

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[l] at 7/15/14 5:43am

Duke Engines demonstrate a new kind of internal combustion engine, based on a crazy, hypnotic, rotary system. I lack the mechanical engineering chops to know whether this is any good, but it's fun to watch. (via Sploid)

[Category: Video, automotive, Engineering, Gadgets, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 7/15/14 5:30am

Alan sez, "Microsoft is pushing out an update to its privacy policies." Read the rest

[Category: Post, big data, msft, privacy, webmail]

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[l] at 7/15/14 4:19am


Going to San Diego Comic Con? Be sure and drop by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's booth (#1920) to pick up this special Harbringer issue with a Gilbert Hernandez cover (see the full art here, exclusive to Boing Boing!), with proceeds to support the CBLDF's excellent anti-censorship work. Read the rest

[Category: Image, censorship, Comics, events, free speech, happy mutants, san diego, SDCC]

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[l] at 7/15/14 4:10am

One year ago today Animated maps of great empires: Vince Miklos collects GIFs of Empires, from the Roman to Soviet.

Five years ago today Video about wannabee amputee: ABC Catalyst posted a fascinating short documentary about an man who purposefully destroyed his leg with dry ice so that a physician would have no choice but to cut it off.

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[Category: Post, timemachine]

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[l] at 7/15/14 4:03am


Etsy seller The Shadow Studio makes hand-cut paper silhouettes including this fabulous Haunted Mansion stretch-gallery tightrope walker.

[Category: Image, Disney, etsy, gift guide, haunted mansion, makers]

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[l] at 7/15/14 3:59am

Home Depot stores in California, New York and Illinois are now stocking Makerbot 3D printers in their aisles, with staff on-hand to demo 3D printing for a wide audience.

[Category: Post, 3d printing, Business, makerbot]

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[l] at 7/15/14 3:57am


Billionaire VC Timothy Draper has gotten his longstanding proposal to break California up into six smaller states onto the 2016 ballot, where Californians will have the ability to vote on it. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/15/14 3:37am


The controversial "right to be forgotten" European court ruling has Google removing embarrassing (and worse) search results from search-results served in the EU. Read the rest

[Category: Post, eu, free speech, goog, privacy, search, streisand effect, web theory]

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[l] at 7/15/14 3:20am

Showman Mat Ricardo sends us "a little clip of one of the new tricks in the 2014 tour of my one man show 'Showman.' We've been touring it around the world over the last year, and can't wait to return for a limited run at the Edinburgh Fringe in August."

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[l] at 7/15/14 3:14am

Alexandre writes, "The first set of 34 AIGA symbols was published in 1974, and received a Presidential Design Award; 16 more symbols were added in 1979." Read the rest

[Category: Post, design, happy mutants, housewares, peds]

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[l] at 7/15/14 3:04am

You've got just hours to write to the FCC and stop the plan to nuke Net Neutrality, putting your phone company in charge of which of the services you love work well, and which ones go in the "slow lane." College Humor's got a great take on the issue. Watch, then do. (Thanks, April!)

[Category: Image, cable company fuckery, fcc, Funny, net neutrality, regulatory capture, videos]

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[l] at 7/14/14 6:56pm
"Grumpy Tech Support Man," a stock photograph from Shutterstock.com that seemed appropriate.


"Grumpy Tech Support Man," a stock photograph from Shutterstock.com that seemed appropriate.

"So this weekend, Ryan and I attempted to cancel Comcast over the phone," says Veronica Belmont. "This is how it went down."

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[l] at 7/14/14 6:12pm
This episode of Gweek is brought to you by Bombfell, the glorious clothing service for men that sends handpicked outfits to your door. Go to bombfell.com/gweek to get $10 off your first purchase. And by Stamps.com -- get a $110 sign-up bonus with the offer code GWEEK! Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, DRONES, Gweek, uavs] [Link to media]

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[l] at 7/14/14 2:19pm


A new Pew Study asked people all over the world how they felt about being spied upon by the NSA. (more…)

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[l] at 7/14/14 2:10pm

Idle No More is a quick RPG created by a Canadian Metis activist in which you defend traditional territory from encroaching oil pipelines. Read the rest

[Category: Video, canada, canpoli, first nations, Games, oil, petrotories, politics, videos]

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[l] at 7/14/14 2:00pm
There's only 36 hours left comment on the FCC's proposal to allow for Net Neutrality-shredding "Internet fast lanes" that let phone companies to pick Internet winners and losers—it's time to act. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Action, cable company fuckery, net neutrality, petitions]

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[l] at 7/14/14 1:40pm
And what are the ramifications of rubbing a beard with an infected chicken before conducting lab work? Tune in to the latest episode of You Are Not So Smart to find out! Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, cognitive biases, psychology, self delusion, yanss]

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[l] at 7/14/14 1:07pm
In the latest episode of the RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews Richard Hell, one of the pioneers of punk rock. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 11:46am

An internet classic. They're real, they're in Corydon, Indiana, and they're at buttdrugs.com. (more…)

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[l] at 7/14/14 11:35am

A strange honor! An illustration of mine was selected as the frontispiece for Comparing Religions, an otherwise bucolic-looking academic textbook by Jeffrey J.

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[l] at 7/14/14 11:16am

The dirty tricks used by JTRIG -- the toolsmiths of the UK spy agency GCHQ -- have been published, with details on how the agency manipulates public opinion, censors Youtube, games pageview statistics, spy on Ebay use, conduct DDoS attacks, and connect two unsuspecting parties with one another by phone. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 10:43am


Edward Snowden has spoken out on #DRIP, the surveillance bill that the UK's major parties have vowed to ram through without any debate. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 10:35am
Lisa Granshaw on why pop culture can’t let the Dark Knight go Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 10:34am


India's Zetatrek citizen science initiative is online workshop starting on 19th July, where science and math hobbyists from all over the world are invited to study the original manuscripts of Sir Isaac Newton. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 10:31am
Lisa Granshaw on why pop culture can’t let the Dark Knight go Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 10:19am

Now that you mention it, Steve Martin and Harrison Ford sound eerily similar to one another. (Thanks, Tom!)

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[l] at 7/14/14 10:12am

MIT researchers and Google-owned Boston Dynamics developed a new wax-and-foam material that can shift between hard and soft states as a basis for future "squishy robots." The research is funded by the US's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency could potentially lead to robots that might squeeze their way through the body performing surgery or mush through rubble in disaster situations.

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[l] at 7/14/14 9:54am
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested for allegedly distributing the digital file of a 3D model of her genitals as part of project to make a vagina boat, reports The Independent. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 9:37am

Davie504 plays a medley of 100 iconic bass lines. (via Laughing Squid)

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[l] at 7/14/14 9:19am

This small, flat, semi-translucent plastic card contains a sharp blade, an even sharper pair of scissors, a file, a tweezers, a toothpick, and a pen.

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[l] at 7/14/14 9:16am

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 7/14/14 8:48am
e8d9c465a5006e0b426ea98e25068dc6DashCon2014, a gathering of tumblr users and celebrities, "descended into chaos" this weekend, with the chaos including an alleged $17,000 friday night shakedown by the Marriot-owned hotel.

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[l] at 7/14/14 8:32am
Tsa

The TSA's Instagram continues to be a real hoot. Below, see a grenade-shaped vape, comb daggers, and Batarangs! Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 8:30am

Great new show. (more…)

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[l] at 7/14/14 8:27am
"What a day for Germany!" [NSFW language]

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[l] at 7/14/14 8:05am
The first card game based on the classic indie comic is being Kickstarted. I got to check out a prototype, and liked how it evoked the characters and mood of the stories and emphasized co-op play. A $30 pledge gets a set when it comes out in Feb 2015.

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[l] at 7/14/14 7:55am

Great new show. (more…)

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[l] at 7/14/14 7:51am

Michael from Muckrock writes, "It's not easy being a spy: MuckRock's cooked up two batches of complaints about the CIA's cafeteria service, everything from Pepsi and Diet Pepsi being swapped to offensively inauthentic Russian food. The carrots, however, are 'amazingly great' if you're ever in the area." Read the rest

[Category: Post, CIA, foia, Food, Funny, not food, spooks]

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[l] at 7/14/14 7:45am

"Matamoros," a dynamic new music video from my friends in the unbreakable Afghan Whigs, now on tour. Directed by Phil Harder, the clip features incredible NYC dance collective WAFFLE. Get up to get down.

Matamoros is the second single off Do To The Beast, my favorite album of 2014, natch.

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[l] at 7/14/14 7:30am
Before it was swept clean and purified with Disney goodness, you could enjoy New York’s 42nd street in all its noisy, colorful, rude, and vivid glory. Mitch O’Connell shares his treasure trove of late 20th century photos. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 7:26am
another-worldEnjoy Wired's retrospective of Eric Chahi's Another World. Brutal and frustrating as it was, the game remains so strange and gorgeous it hardly hatters.

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[l] at 7/14/14 7:22am
Before it was swept clean and purified with Disney goodness, you could enjoy New York’s 42nd street in all its noisy, colorful, rude, and vivid glory. Mitch O’Connell shares his treasure trove of late 20th century photos. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 7:21am
Forming somewhere between old English to the modern uncanny, weirdness it is own language. Erik Davis offers a brief etymological look at the word weird and the place it lurks in our imagination. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 7:13am


There's a new Raspberry Pi model out, the B+, and the nice folks at Adafruit have delivered a massive guide to working with the technology (just in time!). Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 7:02am

A paper from University of Kansas economist Koleman Strumpf (whose work we've featured here for years) empirically examines the impact of file-sharing on box-office revenues. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, Copyfight, economics, scholarship]

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[l] at 7/14/14 6:49am

(top) People crowd onto 42nd Street as they take photos of the "Manhattanhenge" phenomenon, in the Manhattan borough of New York, July 11, 2014.

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[l] at 7/14/14 6:39am


The party line from MPs who are being told by their parties to vote in mass-scale, warrantless surveillance powers is that the law doesn't change anything -- it's a lie. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, data retention, drip, lawful interception, org, privacy, spooks, surveillance, uk]

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[l] at 7/14/14 6:24am

One year ago today Porno art-deco Soviet alphabet: The book encouraged adult literacy through erotic drawings of figures in various acts of copulation.

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[l] at 7/14/14 6:24am

Espen got a parking ticket for his Tesla, and he's pretty sure he can exonerate himself, if only the company would give him access to his car's data, but they won't. Read the rest

[Category: Post, apollo 512, automotive, data, makers, norway, tesla, war on general purpose computers]

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[l] at 7/14/14 6:23am


The controversial Hobby Lobby decision elevated religious belief over legal compliance -- this may be good news for Quakers, Amish, Mennonites and others who've historically faced punishing reprisals for withholding some of their tax to avoid funding the military. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 6:15am

CineFix offers ten of its favorite film edits from cinematic history, ranging from City of God to, yes, Space Odyssey. [via @brillhart and Kottke)]

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[l] at 7/14/14 6:02am
Vantablack is a material that reflects only 0.04 percent of the light sent its way, sufficiently dark as to be beyond human perception: any folds or other contours that may be present will remain completely invisible under normal lighting. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/14/14 5:56am

I will not yield! [via YouTube]

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[l] at 7/14/14 5:48am


A paper in Industrial Relations A Journal of Economy and Society performs a meta-analysis of a wide range of studies the impact of trade unions on productivity and finds a complex puzzle. Read the rest

[Category: Post, economics, labor, scholarship, unions]

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[l] at 7/14/14 5:37am

The @parliamentedits account tweets anonymous edits to Wikipedia made from the UK parliament's IP block, and thanks to an open codebase, it's being adapted to watch other legislatures, including the US Congress. (more…)

[Category: Post, corruption, floss, github, transparency, twitter, web theory, wikipedia]

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[l] at 7/14/14 5:21am

The secretive UK investigatory powers tribunal has begun its hearings into the legality of mass surveillance conducted by tapping fiber optic lines, through a Snowden-revealed programme called TEMPORA. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/13/14 6:28pm

Jeanne-Calment-1996

Jeanne Calment, who died at 122, is the oldest person whose age has been verified. Turns out that's hard to do, but UCLA's Gerontology Research Group is on it.

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[l] at 7/13/14 6:05pm

We have found only 17 mammoth specimens that are more than half complete with their soft parts preserved. All but one died a horrible death.

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[l] at 7/13/14 5:59pm

This is just a crazy level of fraud. A Taiwanese computer scientist has been caught creating more than 100 fake email accounts that allowed him to "peer" review his own research.

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[l] at 7/13/14 5:30pm

What this boils down to: A colon cleanse doesn't do much to help you and it does harm the good bacteria that really help your intestines work properly.

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[l] at 7/13/14 5:27pm

Lara Parker at Buzzfeed writes about her experience with vaginismus and vulvodynia — chronic pain conditions with no known cause, no known treatment, and a big impact on love and relationships.

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[l] at 7/13/14 3:34pm

I am delighted and honored to announce that my novel Homeland has won the Prometheus Award for best novel, tying with Ramez Naam's excellent novel Nexus.

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[l] at 7/13/14 1:11pm

One year ago today Texas passes draconian law limiting women's health care options: The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and hold abortion clinics to the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers, among other requirements.

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[l] at 7/13/14 1:04pm


Peter Biddle recounts the stories of his migrant ancestors and their journey to America, making the point that you can't escape your fate by staying put. Read the rest

[Category: Image, History, migration, racism, usausausa]

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[l] at 7/13/14 9:05am
manly-handshake

Aussie rules football uniforms strike me as having been designed by someone who wasn't really into sports.

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[l] at 7/13/14 9:00am
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"Just when I thought I've seen everything," writes Jerry Bradley. "That's a dead body on a stretcher that launched out of the back of a coroner's vehicle in Feasterville.’ The Bucks County Coroner’s Office says it deeply regrets this incident.

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[l] at 7/13/14 8:54am

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[l] at 7/12/14 5:43pm

Carl Hiaasen's amazing comic novel, Bad Monkey, is now out in paperback; I reviewed it last year in hardcover: Read the rest

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[l] at 7/12/14 3:28pm

"The way you swerve and curve, really wrecks my nerves"

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[l] at 7/12/14 12:34pm

This cute article on Elite Daily references a few studies demonstrating that people who read more have a deeper understanding of a wider range of life experience.

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[l] at 7/12/14 10:59am

David Kravets reports on the decision from U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman, with respect to negative reviews of Ubervita's "Thermogenic Hyper-Metabolizer" pills.

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[l] at 7/12/14 10:42am
A simple, straightforward website full of indie games. Bookmarked!

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[l] at 7/12/14 9:57am

The Economist offers yet another overview of why Japanese electronics companies are having so many problems competing with foreign rivals. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/12/14 8:52am


Thes new Crocs, which resemble hamburgers, are only available in Japan, and will be accompanied by custom bling in the form of plastic fries, burgers and soft drinks. [Akihabara News]

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[l] at 7/12/14 8:49am

Brian from Mayday.US writes, "Represent.us, a campaign finance reform and anti-corruption group, is running a satire candidate, Gil Fulbright, (though for the right amount of campaign donations, he's willing to change his name to Phillip Mamouf-Wifarts), in the Kentucky Senate race that is expected to cost more than $100 million." Read the rest

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[l] at 7/12/14 8:45am

An intrepid pregnant cosplayer had an inspired costume idea! It's from George Takei's Twitter feed, and a followup suggests that she's called Alison. (via Wil Wheaton)

[Category: Post, cosplay, Funny, happy mutants, pregnancy, science fiction, Sex, star trek]

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[l] at 7/12/14 8:37am


Toronto awesomedad CGS1 created an amazing Lego minifig costume for his son, documenting it on The Dented Helmet. Read the rest

[Category: Post, cosplay, fanac, happy mutants, Kids, lego, parenting, star wars]

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[l] at 7/12/14 8:33am

Here's Jari Bakken's collection of edits made to Norwegian Wikipedia from the IP range assigned to the Norwegian parliament and government offices.

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[l] at 7/12/14 8:25am

The Finnish national broadcaster has partnered with Kryptoradio to broadcast the Bitcoin blockchain over the digital television network making it accessible over a non-Internet channel to 95% of the Finnish population. Read the rest

[Category: Post, bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, dtv, finland, money, tv]

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[l] at 7/12/14 8:18am


Jeff VenderMeer has curated a name-your-price bundle of New Weird fiction of great repute and deep weirdness, hosted at Storybundle. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, bundles, Business, ebooks, publishing, science fiction]

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[l] at 7/12/14 8:01am


Mary Anne Grady Flores, a grandmother from New York State, was sentenced to a year in prison for nonviolently recording a likewise nonviolent protest over the training of drone pilots at Hancock Air Base near Syracuse. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/12/14 7:50am

In our podcast Gadgets, I recently reviewed my daughter's rubber band loom. This Monster Tail loom, made by the same folks is a new favorite.

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[l] at 7/11/14 9:40pm
Untitled

Very clever fingertip tattoo. (more…)

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[l] at 7/11/14 6:47pm

Because goats are all the rage and Pyrs are a favorite here at Boing Boing.

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[l] at 7/11/14 6:12pm

Ben Marks of CollectorsWeekly says: "Here's an interview with Tiki Pop author Sven Kirsten on the roots and shoots of Tiki culture in America.

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[l] at 7/11/14 4:37pm


I asked my friend Ryan Holiday, director of marketing at American Apparel and author of The Obstacle Is The Way, to take photos and write about the stuff he takes on trips. Take a look at Cool Tools.

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[l] at 7/11/14 4:28pm
This week in Gadgets, Gareth Branwyn, author of Borg Like Me, joins Xeni and Mark to discuss Rasta-colored earbuds, a music-based brain app for increasing one’s attention/focus, a scratch-resistant iPhone protector, and a free reverse phone number lookup site. Read the rest

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[l] at 7/11/14 2:31pm

Jane and I made this tutorial to show you how to easily make Giant Bubbles. We're going to run a free live video workshop with a dozen other fun grown-up-and-kid projects on August 4 and 5.

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[l] at 7/11/14 2:21pm

Some fabulous person recently uploaded a 90-minute video of the "New Wave Day" performances at the 1983 US Festival.

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[l] at 7/11/14 2:09pm
Amazon Prime Air

Earlier this year, news leaked that online retail giant Amazon plans to deliver packages to you by drone in 30 minutes or less, despite current airspace restrictions on commercial UAVs. Amazon has filed a petition with the Federal Aviation Administration asking for an exemption from those limits.

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[l] at 7/11/14 2:05pm
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CNET's Daniel Terdiman visited the food lab at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, and wrote a terrific feature with a related photo gallery.

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[l] at 7/11/14 1:36pm

I can feel the 80s trying to escape from this video.

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[l] at 7/11/14 1:35pm
Mettttt

My family always thought the sign for Met-L-Fab Inc in Cincinnati's ritzy Indian Hill neighborhood looked like it said "Meth Lab." Now it does. (Thanks Rick, Max, and Madeleine!)

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[l] at 7/11/14 12:49pm

My wife and I gave our kids a pair of tiny bearded dragons for Christmas. They are now probably 10 times heavier than when we got them 6 months ago.

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[Category: Video, Delightful Creatures]

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[l] at 7/11/14 11:19am

One year ago today Edward Snowden's statement on seeking asylum in Russia, as published by Wikileaks: Hello, My name is Ed Snowden.

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[Category: Post, fuck, timemachine]

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[l] at 7/11/14 9:57am

One year ago today After torture, and between Harry Potter novels, CIA allowed KSM to design a vacuum cleaner: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering, to design a vacuum cleaner?

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[Category: Image, timemachine]

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[l] at 7/11/14 9:53am

Every year, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund taps the greatest creators in the business for a highly collectible "annual" full of one-off art and stories celebrating freedom in all its guises.

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[Category: Image, books, Comics, free speech, gift guide, Sex]

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[l] at 7/11/14 9:36am
The leadership of the major UK political parties are set to ram through a sweeping surveillance bill without debate or study. It's a perfect storm of cowardice and arrogance, and it comes at a price. Cory Doctorow wants you to do something about it. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, corruption, data retention, drip, labour, lawful interception, libdems, politics, surveillance, tories, ukip]

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[l] at 7/11/14 9:36am

London's Studio Swine has created a beautiful and provocative collection of art-pieces made from human hair in resin. Read the rest

[Category: Video, art, Business, china, fashion, red market, sculpture, videos]

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[l] at 7/11/14 9:24am

Argue with me until you’re hopping mad. You won’t change my mind that Robert Crumb is the greatest living American artist.

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[Category: Post, Comic Books, Robert Crumb]

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[l] at 7/11/14 9:22am
The leadership of the major UK political parties are set to ram through a sweeping surveillance bill without debate or study. It's a perfect storm of cowardice and arrogance, and it comes at a price. Cory Doctorow wants you to do something about it. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, corruption, data retention, drip, labour, lawful interception, libdems, politics, surveillance, tories, ukip]

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[l] at 7/11/14 8:47am


America's police forces have demonstrated a bottomless appetite for army-style crowd control and CIA-style surveillance, and the private sector has stepped up to the plate in a big way. Read the rest

[Category: Image, aviation, Business, corruption, police, surveillance]

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[l] at 7/11/14 8:45am

A US Selective Service database merge used two-digit years, and didn't sanity-check its threatening notices to 19th century men who'd apparently failed to sign up for the draft by their 18th birthday. Read the rest

[Category: Image, glitch, History, military, opps]

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[l] at 7/11/14 8:33am


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is out of rehab and back in the news, homophobing it up for the cameras and trying to get re-elected. Read the rest

[Category: Post, canada, happy mutants, laughable bumblefuck, rob ford, toronto, web theory]

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[l] at 7/11/14 8:25am

An oldie but goodie (from a whopping two years ago).

[Video Link, thanks Joe Sabia!]

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 7/11/14 8:22am


Owl Turd's most recent webcomic, We Go Forward, has a surprising barb hidden in its lighthearted parable about life considered as a side-scroller. It brought me up sharply this morning when I read it, and I can't get it out of my mind.

[Category: Image, Comics, Games, Kids, Old school, philosophy, webcomics]

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