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[l] at 8/31/14 12:48am


The official poster for the 1967 Michigan State Fair is a slice of heaven -- like the Schoolhouse Rock kids have gone to the carny for the day.

[Category: Image, happy mutants, illustration, michigan, Old school]

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[l] at 8/30/14 9:28pm

Our friends at Adafriuit, makers of cool electronic kits and components, have announced their first vinyl record: Frequency by Bartlebeets. They say it's the "soundtrack to your soldering." They are giving away the digital version at the link above.

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[l] at 8/30/14 8:31pm

Starring Adam West is a profile of the actor who portrayed Batman in the 1966 television series, became instantly world famous, and then hit a brick wall with his career. I don't think this documentary is available on Netflix or other streaming sites yet.

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[l] at 8/30/14 2:18pm


On Crooked Timber, Ingrid Robeyns presents a tough moral calculus: if you can save 50% of a group of trapped miners with 100% certainty, knowing the remainder will die; or you can try to rescue all the miners, with a 50% chance that they'll all die, which would you choose (And then: what if they were babies, not miners?) Read the rest

[Category: Post, ethics, morals, Safety]

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[l] at 8/30/14 2:16pm


Deviantart's Taffgoch creates beautiful models of spheres made from kinetic elements, primarily gears. Read the rest

[Category: Image, 3d printing, Gadgets, happy mutants, math]

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[l] at 8/30/14 11:42am


Etsy's Frockasaurus makes great, pop-culture-inspired clothes for men and women, such as the Men's Star Trek Book shirt and Men's Batman Comics shirt; Hobbit Cover skirt; Legend of Zelda dress; and the Lord of the Rings skirt. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, etsy, fantasy, fashion, gift guide, happy mutants, makers, science fiction]

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[l] at 8/30/14 11:20am
"An unfiltered list of games featuring a leading lady, because such a list should exist."

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[l] at 8/30/14 10:54am
COMPARISON Derrick Todd Lee didn't look much like the police artist's photo-composite. [via]

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[l] at 8/30/14 9:43am
Carl Douglas's 1974 Kung Fu Fighting made it ubiquitous, but NPR found that the distinctive, stereotyped combination of rhythm and scale dates to the 19th century, and arrived at its exact nine-note form in the 1930s: "It doesn't come from Chinese folk music; it's just a caricature"

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[l] at 8/30/14 9:30am
Companies are taking measures to limit the volume of internal email and its insidious effect on productivity, reports The New York Times.

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[l] at 8/30/14 8:54am
PA governor Tom Corbett is not popular among women, or, indeed, anyone: “I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a six-pack or two six-packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as three stops in Pennsylvania.” Read the rest

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 8/30/14 8:37am
BwL-LaDCUAAYCvv "Laughing at previous generations makes me feel bad," writes John Self, "but this *is* pretty funny."

A TC-377 in good nick may fetch $50 or so on eBay.

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[l] at 8/30/14 7:55am
Mark caught up with two of his favorite cartoonists, Gabrielle Bell, who has a new autobiographical book out, called Truth is Fragmentary, and Ruben Bolling, who announced his upcoming series of illustrated kids' books, called Emu Club Adventures. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, Gweek] [Link to media]

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[l] at 8/30/14 2:52am


Thinkgeek's Zombie Hoodie zips right over your face to form a frightmask -- $50, made of machine washable polyester and awesomely grody. (more…)

[Category: Post, fashion, gift guide, happy mutants, horror, zombies]

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[l] at 8/29/14 5:27pm

paradox-cardThe amusement I get from looking at this weird-looking card is worth more than the 60 seconds it took me to make it. No tape, glue, or hidden cuts are needed. If you can't figure out how to make one, someone in the comments will show you how to do it.

[Category: Post, family, how-do, playing cards, puzzles]

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[l] at 8/29/14 3:19pm

Kevin Underhill nails it: "Anyone who does not know their cane conceals a sword or dagger (almost certainly an elderly or disabled person with a second-hand cane) poses no threat, while anyone who does know it will not need, want, or follow this advice."

[Category: Video, aviation, stupid, tsa, videos, weapons, youtube]

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[l] at 8/29/14 2:56pm

Ladies and gents, Vine star Brandon Bowen. "Professional fatty, amateur viner, age: 16," from Georgia. He's on Twitter.

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[l] at 8/29/14 2:43pm


Kalev Leetaru programatically recovered all the images that were discarded by the OCR program that digitizes the millions of public domain books scanned by the Archive; these were cropped, cleaned up, and uploaded to Flickr with the text that appears before and after them, and links to see their whole scanned page. Read the rest

[Category: Post, archive.org, Copyfight, public domain]

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[l] at 8/29/14 2:38pm
A NSFW comix noir tale from the fetid depths of Dennis P. Eichhorn's troubled soul, illustrated by Aline Kominsky-Crumb. Originally published in Real Stuff #6, April 1992. (Read Part 1) Read the rest

[Category: Comic, Feature, Post, realstuff]

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[l] at 8/29/14 2:29pm
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Of course! Chocolate LEGO-style bricks. By designer and illustrator Akihiro Mizuuchi of Shizuoka, Japan. Read the rest

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 8/29/14 2:04pm

"This is exasperating," he says to his mommy. "Buy me some earplugs." [via Reddit]

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[l] at 8/29/14 1:56pm

tumblr_mvsamy0EIU1t0tb9do1_1280 Iconic works by Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, Velasquez--now with Apple iOS devices. By Kim Dong-Kyu (Instagram).

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[l] at 8/29/14 1:47pm

You know you want to be that chihuahua right now, dawg. [video link]

chilldoggie

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[l] at 8/29/14 1:37pm
Reuters


Reuters

In an apparent response to online criticism, the ALS Association has withdrawn their trademark application for "Ice Bucket Challenge." An admirable move. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/29/14 12:00pm

Video and GIFS: From 1986, the "Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends Show," which was offered over PlayNET, a system for the Commodore 64. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/29/14 9:55am
Niemanlab: "all media sites now rely on web analytics to make editorial decisions, but this does not mean that they all use and interpret metrics in similar ways."

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[l] at 8/29/14 9:44am
Hostages held in Syria, including recently-executed U.S. journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in captivity, reports The Washington Post. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/29/14 9:42am

Commenters on Penguin’s Facebook page have called the cover for new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ‘creepy,’ ‘sexualized’ and ‘inappropriate garbage.'”

In the New Yorker, Margaret Talbot says pretty much the same thing:

You can imagine what the designers were getting at.

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[l] at 8/29/14 9:39am

Paint the clouds with sunshine, and worship Thomas Wilson, head and soul of our splendid IBM.

We don't pretend we're gay.

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[l] at 8/29/14 9:36am

In this short mockumentary, we meet foley artist Grant Meyers, who uses raw meat, toilet plungers, junk food, and his own voice to make sound effects for porn videos.

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[l] at 8/29/14 9:08am

Cute overload!

[Category: Video, Delightful Creatures]

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[l] at 8/29/14 9:06am

The only macarena I could handle.

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[l] at 8/29/14 8:57am

Flattery, lies and attraction seem ever present for Guyla Krúdy's ghostly Sindbad, but is this love? This brilliant collection of stories, translated by George Szirtes, is a melancholy time capsule from the fading Hapsburg empire.

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[l] at 8/29/14 8:47am

I’m a sucker for trivia, and Listomania is on my top-ten list of fascinating facts books. As the title reveals, the book is loaded with fun tidbits of information (over 1,200 of them) that are organized by lists.

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[l] at 8/29/14 8:38am
The science fiction classic is 20 years old. Lisa Granshaw reports on the franchise's growth and fanbase, and the buzz--and mixed feelings--surrounding its forthcoming big-screen reboot. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Entertainment, movies, stargate]

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[l] at 8/29/14 7:28am


Redditor Recycledpaper baked and frosted these delicious-looking birth control cupcakes: can you name all the different methods they illustrate?

I Made Birth Control Cupcakes!

[Category: Post, Food, Funny, makers, not food, reddit, Sex]

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[l] at 8/29/14 7:01am

One year Things Cut in Half: Digging this twitter account: HalfPics. Above, a hand grenade.

Five years Random ham radio trollfight audio (explicit): Two trolls on ham radio, one identified as "G-K," the other as "Robert" or "R-J" overheard accidentally on August 29, 2009, while surfing first responder frequencies during the August 2009 Los Angeles wildfires.

Ten years RNC-NYC: daily geek protest roundup:

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[l] at 8/29/14 6:01am

It's pretty amazing looking, 1.6m x 1.86m, 0.95m, and accommodates a standard office chair, and works with VR headsets, projectors, or your imagination. Designed for easy breakdown and reassembly, and comes as a PDF (£50) or hardcopy (£300), with lots of customization options, and a kid-sized mini. Read the rest

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 8/29/14 5:49am

The Manhattan Project's Delancey Lamp ($56.25) is part of a whole line of industrial-looking, vintage-y lamps with safety cages and beautiful cords; they also sell the cords separately. (via Canopy)

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[Category: Post, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, housewares, Steampunk]

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[l] at 8/29/14 5:43am


It's great, and the tooltip's even better: "I'd like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher's 7th grade class every year)--and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Comics, education, happy mutants, Kids, literacy, webcomics, xkcd]

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[l] at 8/29/14 5:38am

One year Washington's $52.6 billion "black budget" exposed: Among the notable revelations in the budget summary: Spending by the CIA has surged past that of every other spy agency, with $14.7 billion in requested funding for 2013.

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[l] at 8/29/14 5:34am

The USPTO awarded Patent 8,609,915 last December for a mix of "evening primrose oil, rice, sesame seeds, green beans, coffee, meat, cheese, milk, green tea extract, evening primrose seeds, and wine" that "rebukes cancer, cancer cells, and kills cancer" -- the accompanying extract states, "it works." Sounds legit. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Copyfight, corruption, fuck cancer, patents, uspto, woo]

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[l] at 8/29/14 5:29am


Chinese Etsy seller Cbedroom makes digitally printed, two-sided, long-wearing silk bedsets bearing astronomical images, with a variety of tints and colors to match different decor, $148 for duvet cover, two pillowcases, and a sheet (top- or fitted). (via IO9)

[Category: Post, etsy, fashion, gift guide, housewares, Space]

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[l] at 8/29/14 5:24am

Triny Merry's bodypainting camouflage is incredible, like a CGI effect, but carried out with paint. The (pricey!) limited edition prints are for sale here.

New York City Camouflage

(via Asylum Art)

[Category: Video, art, happy mutants, makeup, nyc, photography, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 8/29/14 5:17am


Woody from Oshkosh, WI, makes amazing lamps out of old gaming gear: there's lamps made from NES lightguns, ROB the Robot and Powergloves; stacks of obsolete Nintendo controllers; stacks of obsolete Playstation controllers; NES and controllers; and a PS1 and controllers. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Gadgets, Games, gift guide, happy mutants, housewares, makers, Old school]

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[l] at 8/29/14 5:03am

This adorable camera necklace is also a 4GB flash drive. It comes in Canon, Nikon, and Sony, and is made from lightweight rubber by Etsy seller Tuesdays and Fridays, who charges $28 for it (the 8GB version is $33). (via Geekymerch)

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[Category: Post, etsy, fashion, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, jewelry, makers]

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[l] at 8/29/14 4:57am


When they unveiled the stupid idea of locking out competitors' coffee-pods, I predicted this would happen, and I still wonder if Keurig will be dumb enough to bring a test-case that makes some good law; after all, they are a good candidate for Battle Station Most Likely to Have a Convenient Thermal Exhaust Port. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, Coffee, drm, Gadgets, law, stupid]

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[l] at 8/28/14 8:49pm

For two years, Google has been running secret drone delivery tests with their own UAV prototypes. Over at The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal has the first look at Google's Project Wing.

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[Category: Post, DRONES, google]

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[l] at 8/28/14 6:17pm
James Foley

It ends, "Grammy, please take your medicine, take walks and keep dancing. I plan to take you out to Margarita’s when I get home. Stay strong because I am going to need your help to reclaim my life." (more…)

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[l] at 8/28/14 6:09pm
The big question: were the hacking attacks retaliation for US sanctions against Russia over aggression in Ukraine. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 5:59pm

This is wonderful.

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[l] at 8/28/14 5:35pm

The pilot for the new Amazon series Hysteria looks good and creepy. It's about an epidemic that seems to be transmitted via social media.

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[l] at 8/28/14 5:13pm
Now that 2014's biggest viral charity campaign has poured nearly $100 million into the ALS Association, greed is setting in. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:47pm
Coconuts is a goofy dexterity game from South Korea that has no business being as much fun as it is. Jon Seagull says its appeal is a testament to the power of great product design. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, board games, family, Games]

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:46pm
This screengrab from the ALSA website shows a trademark symbol next to the phrase "Ice Bucket Challenge." ALSA has filed for protection over the phrase, though the nonprofit didn't create the campaign.


This screengrab from the ALSA website shows a trademark symbol next to the phrase "Ice Bucket Challenge." ALSA has filed for protection over the phrase, though the nonprofit didn't create the campaign.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised almost 100 million dollars for the ALS Association of America. The non-profit did not create the viral campaign, but that didn't stop it from filing for control of the use of that phrase with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:39pm
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[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, psychology, self delusion, yanss] [Link to media]

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:27pm
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Public Domain Review has scans from "Illustrations from Everard Digby’s De Arte Natandi (The Art of Swimming) published in 1587, considered the first English treatise on the practice." Here's the complete set.

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:07pm

C.B. Gitty's "Pure & Simple" cigar box kit sounds and looks great. It's easy to make, and uses a unique bridge that goes around the neck to press against the cigar box to make it nice and loud. Only $60!

[Category: Video, howdo]

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[l] at 8/28/14 3:49pm

babies

Hayden Zezula, designer and animator based in Austin, creates graceful and immersive worlds within the limitations of the animated GIF. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 3:31pm
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One of numerous projects underway to celebrate The Ramones' 40th anniversary next year is a film involving Martin Scorsese! (Billboard)

[Category: Post, movies, music]

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[l] at 8/28/14 3:27pm

I have been using a rubber finger tip for about 4 months, 5 times a week, 2-3 times/day for approximately 5 minutes a session.

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[l] at 8/28/14 3:26pm
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New cut paper works from artist Elsa Mora. She uses acid-free paper and glue, and nothing more. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post]

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[l] at 8/28/14 3:17pm
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Scientists have now solved, through observation, the mystery of the "Sailing Stones" that travel across Death Valley's dry lakes. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, Science]

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[l] at 8/28/14 3:15pm

This is wonderful.

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[l] at 8/28/14 3:05pm

A short film (and GIF!) by Al Boardman. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 2:51pm

A small sample of the incredible macro photography of Yudy Sauw, who is based in Indonesia. You can buy prints, via Behance.

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[Category: Image, insects, photography]

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[l] at 8/28/14 2:41pm

"We Will Live Again" is a mini-documentary about the gamble of cryonics suspension and the caretakers of of 99 frozen stiffs who bet that someday science will bring them back. (via Daily Grail)

[Category: Video, anti-science, cryonics]

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[l] at 8/28/14 1:59pm
mark-david-chapman-mugshot Mark David Chapman, who said his 1980 assassination of John Lennon required "incredible planning, absolutely, incredible stalking," has been denied parole for the eighth time.

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[l] at 8/28/14 1:40pm

"We Will Live Again" is a mini-documentary about the gamble of cryonics suspension and the caretakers of of 99 frozen stiffs who bet that someday science will bring them back. (via Daily Grail)

[Category: Video, anti-science, cryonics]

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[l] at 8/28/14 1:29pm
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[l] at 8/28/14 1:20pm

Science News: "Death rates from overdoses on prescription painkillers or heroin and other illicit drugs appear to be an average of 24.8 percent lower in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without the laws."

[Category: Post, drug policy]

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[l] at 8/28/14 1:03pm

My daughter's British friend told me speed bumps are called "sleeping policemen" in the UK.

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 8/28/14 12:51pm

Public Citizen is helping Cindy Fox sue Accessory Outlet for charging her $250 when she complained that an Iphone case hadn't shipped when promised; the company's rep told her that he'd fine her even more for emailing him to protest, adding an ominous "You are playing games with the wrong people and have made a very bad mistake." Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, christ what an asshole, law, ripoff, streisand effect]

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[l] at 8/28/14 12:11pm


Todd, who made an appearance here last year, pondering how to support his little boy who'd been scared off wearing pink; now he's back with the latest chapter in his son's life. Read the rest

[Category: Post, gender, Kids, parenting]

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[l] at 8/28/14 11:51am
Australian psychedelic designers We Buy Your Kids turn their third eye to science fiction and cult movie posters for a mind-bending new gallery show. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, art, design, Entertainment, movies]

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[l] at 8/28/14 11:47am

The "Ernest Bread Pop Up!" is available from Japanese company Tokyu Hands, and comes with three facial expressions so you can customize your bear toast bear.

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[l] at 8/28/14 11:18am

AJ Jacobs, bestselling author and journalist, shows us how he rids himself of life’s common nuisances and hazards like an untied shoe, a noisy environment, or a half hour wasted in traffic so he can focus on larger pursuits, like bringing the world together in one great big family reunion.

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[l] at 8/28/14 10:41am

Another fantastic Major to Minor by Chase Holfelder. Song becomes sort of funny and ironic!

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[l] at 8/28/14 10:27am
Hello Kitty is apparently not a cat according to Sanrio. In other news, Snoopy is confirmed to be a dog. Read the rest

[Category: Post, comic, hello kitty, hellokitty, snoopy]

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[l] at 8/28/14 10:16am

dds

Photographer Emily Blincoe's latest photographic series: food and plants meticulously, OCD-liciously organized by color gradient.

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[Category: Post, Food, photography]

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[l] at 8/28/14 10:01am

It's fun to listen to Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court slap down disingenuous arguments against gay marriage. It's also fun to listen to the opponents to gay marriage try to defend their illogical opinions, such as Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, a real asshole.

Image: Chensiyuan/Wikimedia Commons.

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[l] at 8/28/14 9:48am

They lyrics were wrong. Some things have changed. I no longer feel my futile work day will be ended by nuclear war.

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[l] at 8/28/14 9:38am


From The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review, August 1893. (more…)

[Category: Post, Vintage Weird]

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[l] at 8/28/14 9:34am
JackhammerJill

A woman who seems to be dressed in the style of Boing Boing mascot Jackhammer Jill, shared by "SkeezixOtoole." [link, but beware ye of popup ads]

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[l] at 8/28/14 9:34am

The hot topic at this week's Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum is increasing the cross-links between African nations, who often have to route traffic through interchanges in distant nations (or on other continents!) in order to reach nearby networks. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 9:23am

James P. Blaylock's Knights of the Cornerstone is a light, nostalgic contemporary fantasy steeped in legend. Blaylock is a master of this genre.

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[l] at 8/28/14 9:20am

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "It used to be that air travel was like a ride in a flying limo, but today the ambiance is not much better than going Greyhound.

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[l] at 8/28/14 9:16am

It's the 40th anniversary of Sun Ra's science fiction epic film Space Is The Place and to celebrate, Grammy-nominated DIY musicologist David Katznelson/Harte Recordings launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund a limited hardcover book containing a DVD of the movie, the soundtrack, and a ton of bonus material!

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[l] at 8/28/14 8:59am

BB pal Adam Savage of Mythbusters made himself an incredible muscle suit! Check out those guns and boulders! (more…)

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[l] at 8/28/14 8:40am

eBoy is the name of a collective of four German artists who excel at drawing robots, blocky people and animals, cacophonous cityscapes, and weird weapons, machinery, and vehicles in the style of old video games. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 8:10am
Walter Goncalves suffered respiratory failure and multiple organ failure and was pronounced dead. His brother found him alive, hours later, at the morgue.

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[l] at 8/28/14 8:08am
So that's the word we're using these days!

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[l] at 8/28/14 8:03am
Desert power: do the insurgents effectively control territory, or merely roads and settlements? The former makes for much scarier maps.

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[l] at 8/28/14 7:27am
Ethan Gilsdorf got to stay at the most awesome hotel in the country. Meet Stanley the Stegosaurus and friends! Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 7:10am


Anita Sarkeesian, whose excellent Tropes vs Women in Video Games series is an important contribution to the discussion of gender and games, has been driven from her home by enraged male gamers whose stalking, and explicit, credible threats of sexual violence against her and her family convinced her to go into hiding. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 7:02am

Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

AND: Apply to join the highly selective INNER HIVE!

FURTHER: Are you omnipotent enough to wear the Official God-Man T-shirt? Find out here. (more…)

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[l] at 8/28/14 6:58am

Having watched all nine Hellraiser movies (yes, nine) in an epic feat of procrastination, JWZ provides a helpful summary of which ones have held up, and which ones were never very good in the first place (top pick: Hellseeker, which I'd never heard of) Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 6:47am


Anna Sarkeesian, who's excellent Tropes vs Women in Video Games series is an important contribution to the discussion of gender and games, has been driven from her home by enraged male gamers whose stalking, and explicit, credible threats of sexual violence against her and her family convinced her to go into hiding. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 5:13am


The tiny, $29 gadget can mix two audio sources with a simple fader, allowing friends to share the acoustic landscape and mix in effects in realtime. Read the rest

[Category: Post, crowdfunding, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, kickstarter, music]

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:57am


Ronald Reagan issued Executive Order 12333 in 1981, reversing the Carter and Ford reforms of government surveillance (sparked by the Church Commission, convened in the wake of Nixon's wiretapping scandal); GWB expanded it twice more, once during each term. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:39am

Al Billings writes, "Jacob Appelbaum discusses the fallacy of Americans thinking that they won't be targeted, passive and active surveillance methods, AI and human analyst systems working together, satellite networks, deep packet inspection & injection, military contractors getting special access to surveillance programs, proprietary vs open source software, OTR messaging, hoarding exploits for self-gain." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:31am

Tony C Smith writes, You can listen to the 1974 John W. Campbell Award winning Lisa Tuttle on this week's StarShipSofa (MP3) -- Tuttle is an American-born science fiction, fantasy, and horror author who's published more than a dozen novels, seven short story collections, and several non-fiction titles." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:22am


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The beloved, profitable, worker-friendly Market Basket grocery chain is back in the hands of former CEO Arthur T Demoulas, following a mass worker and management revolt at the news that Demoulas's cousin, Arthur S Demoulas, was taking over the company, bringing in a notorious former Radio Shack CEO, and getting set to break up and sell off the company in order to extract higher dividends for shareholders. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:19am

One year California school district hires firm to eavesdrop on students' social media activity: The Glendale [California] Unified School District has hired Geo Listening ["Your students are crying for help.

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[l] at 8/28/14 4:07am

Nydia Tisdale, a citizen journalist, was invited to a GOP rally in Atlanta, but State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens demanded that she (and not other, more friendly press) stop recording his speech; when she refused, he summoned a deputy who violently arrested her and then charged her with felony obstruction after she elbowed him while he was bending her over and pressing his groin into her buttocks. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/28/14 3:56am


Ashlee is a great shoepainter who sells hand-painted, pop-culture shoes on Etsy (like these Adventure Time chucks). (via Geekymerch)

[Category: Post, animation, Copyfight, etsy, fanac, fashion, gift guide, happy mutants]

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[l] at 8/28/14 3:51am

Two cops from Bloomfield, NJ's police department have been indicted, and another plead guilty after a suppressed dashcam video showed them beating a man who was facing years in prison for "resisting arrest" (the DA dropped his charges right away). Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 5:49pm
Goodness, this makes my OCD tingle. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 5:35pm
A Chicago police commander frequently praised for his tough approach to crimefighting has been charged in connection with a 2013 incident in which he allegedly placed the barrel of his gun into a suspect’s mouth. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 5:32pm


Levi says, "Lawrence Lessig will be lecturing at the University of Chicago in October, launching a new series with a series of talks on institutional corruption, with separate talks on the problem in Congress, finance, the media, and the academy, then wrapping up with a lecture that covers possible remedies." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 5:20pm

This pittie really enjoys playing with soap bubbles.

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[l] at 8/27/14 5:07pm

Our pal Joe Sabia interviewed Annie Potts, the actress behind one of my favorite "Ghostbusters" characters, for an ongoing Vanity Fair online video series.

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[l] at 8/27/14 3:24pm

I have dozens of tools and gadgets in my kitchen. Years working in the restaurant and catering world left me with an inventory of items that I bought for this job or that party. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 2:25pm

Translated from the Japanese intro: "To eat and lie it always, since had to eat the bait to stand on a chair well behaved unusually, I took the video (^ ^), but I started to eat it lying down ride on the table as usual after all was I have, ha-ha σ ( ^ _ ^);" Video Link.

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[l] at 8/27/14 2:18pm
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San Francisco's Spoke Art gallery is presenting an art show tribute to the films of director Stanley Kubrick, from September 6-27. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 2:15pm

Bedbug infestations are notoriously difficult to eradicate. Hotels are terrified of them because they will get reported on Yelp and Trip Advisor. Now bedbugs have taken to the subways of NYC. The lilliputian turnstile jumpers are biting conductors and shutting down trains. Officials have deployed bedbug-sniffing dogs to help out in their efforts to rid the subway system of the blood sucking insects. (Thanks, Carla!)

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[l] at 8/27/14 2:12pm

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Studio Markunpoika transforms hundreds of pencils into a vase. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 12:13pm
GravelMany countries have been surface-mapped in Minecraft, but here's one that goes right down to the bedrock, courtesy of the British Geological Survey: "Glaciofluvial deposits and superficial deposits of mainly gravelly composition are represented by Gravel."

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[l] at 8/27/14 12:10pm
Many countries have been surface-mapped in Minecraft, but here's one that goes right down to the bedrock: "Glaciofluvial deposits and superficial deposits of mainly gravelly composition are represented by Gravel."

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[l] at 8/27/14 11:25am
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619, mostly locals.

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[l] at 8/27/14 11:20am
Everyone knows about George Lucas's habit for messing with the Star Wars trilogy, but not how hard it is to see the unmolested originals--he even refused to give a copy to the National Film Registry.

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[l] at 8/27/14 11:07am
Police might be able to bash your home's door down and summarily execute you, but that doesn't mean they can use their qualified immunity to escape even the possibility of legal redress. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 10:58am
Rey Garza approached a "suspicious" car while wearing plain clothes, gun drawn, and allegedly without identifying himself as a cop. What happened to the teen driver is depressingly predictable. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 10:12am

Hyperlapse is a free iPhone app that lets you make stunning, stable timelapse movies without a tripod.

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[l] at 8/27/14 10:06am


Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, "The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has announced that they are removing the archives for 5 important courts from their infamous PACER system. PACER is the ten-cent-per-page access to U.S. District and Appeals courts dockets and opinions." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 10:00am

In "Mission Majority, you -- a little 8-bit elephant in a track outfit -- run through a minimalist Mario-field, trying to jump on top of ghosts hung with signs that say "TAXER." If they catch you, you die (if you play at all, you likely die inside, anyway). (Thanks, Joseph)

[Category: Video, Games, gop, terrible, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:54am

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:48am

Wikipedia: "Cicada 3301 is a name given to an enigmatic organization that on three occasions has posted a set of complex puzzles and ARGs to recruit capable cryptanalysts from the public. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:45am
A Bristol, UK apartment building manager called police after seeing a tenant's whiteboard diagrams of a planned nuclear attack on Washington. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:35am

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:31am

And this is how wars start. (Via Arbroath)

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:30am
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"You could say it's like torturing an image," says glitch image artist Sabato Visconti. Over at Medium's re:form, Doug Bierend writes about glitch art.

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:21am
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Clothing retailer Zara yanked this child's shirt from stores after complaints that it very closely resembles the uniforms worn by prisoners in Jewish concentration camps during the Holocaust. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:15am


It's called "Project Secret Identity," and it's a joint effort with Southeastern Browncoats, ; the Harry Potter Alliance, the Baker Street Babesa href="https://www.wattpad.com/">Wattpad, a Organization for Transformative Works, and IO9. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:11am
shoe Yet another sneaker containing a dismembered foot washed up along the Pacific Northwest coast, the 15th since 2007. This New Balance viral marketing campaign has gone too far. (Thanks, JLW!)

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:04am

Patrick Hall's slow motion video of people being tased.

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[l] at 8/27/14 9:02am

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[l] at 8/27/14 7:43am
A splendid thread at Reddit: "Living alone, toilet was warm."

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[l] at 8/27/14 7:28am
"All right full auto." [sfgate]

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[l] at 8/27/14 7:18am
According to data from Comscore, only 35,000 handsets are in the wild.

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[l] at 8/27/14 7:13am

Forever wonderful.

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[l] at 8/27/14 7:12am
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The art in airport restaurants is getting pretty spacey.

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[l] at 8/27/14 6:51am
Uber has acquired a reputation for using nasty business tactics against rival Lyft, such as . The Verge acquired its playbook of dirty tricks, which includes instructions on how to booking and cancelli Lyft rides en-masse

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[l] at 8/27/14 5:32am


My latest Guardian column, Adapting gadgets to our needs is the secret pivot on which technology turns, explains the hidden economics of stuff, and how different rules can trap you in your own past, or give you a better future. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 5:09am


It's not enough to pass rules limiting use of "stingray" mobile-phone surveillance devices by civilians: for so long as cops depend on these devices, the vulnerabilities they exploit will not be fixed, leaving us all at risk. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 5:01am


Seb writes, "Citizen Maths is a new CC-BY licensed open online maths course produced in the UK for adults and college students who want to improve their grasp of maths at what in the UK is known as Level 2 (the level that 16 year old school leavers are expected to reach, though many do not)." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 4:59am

One year The 1960s high schoolers who started a major pot smuggling empire: Epic tale about a group of friends from Coronado High in the 1960s who started the first major pot smuggling empire, with the help of their former Spanish teacher.

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[l] at 8/27/14 4:59am


The Mozilla Foundation -- who make Firefox -- have been doing some really cool things with Firefox's "start page" (the blank screen you get when you open a new browser tab or window), but this is the coolest: an interactive doodle that invites you to learn to code in the simplest, least-intimidating, most fun way possible. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 4:53am


James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins, eminent copyright scholars at the Duke Center for the Public Domain, have released their 788-page Open Intellectual Property Casebook as a free, open, CC-licensed download, replacing textbooks that normally sell for $160 (you can get a hardcopy is $24); it's not just a cheaper alternative, either -- it's a better one, enlivened with sprightly writing, excellent illustrations (including comics in the vein of Boyle and Jenkins's Bound By Law). Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 4:35am


Frank Wu writes, "Brianna Wu is a game developer and a frequent writer about gender issues in tech. As such, she frequently receives harassing, unpleasant emails. She got pissed off and wrote an awesome response to one here."

I got a harassing email today, and decided to respond with this letter. (Thanks, Frank!)

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[l] at 8/27/14 4:33am
Linda Rodriguez McRobbie on how art, history and software help us make educated guesses about unknown faces. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/27/14 4:11am
Linda Rodriguez McRobbie brings us the tale of how legendary author Jane Austen was brought back to life with help from art, history, a revolutionary computer software. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 9:51pm

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Some of the amazing animated GIF artistry of Ireland-based Dave Whyte. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 9:41pm

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Selections from the wonderful online portfolio of the gifted collage artist Joe Webb. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 9:27pm
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View the full comic here.

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[l] at 8/26/14 9:25pm
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium releases a free desktop/mobile/facebook/etc wallpaper image each month. This month, it's this gorgeous, breaching humpback whale. Here's an archive with more.

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:58pm

Anna Sarkeesian's brilliant, crowdfunded Tropes vs Women in Video Games web-series (previously) has a new episode, Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 [TW: rape, sexual violence, violence], which expertly dissects the use of violence against women, especially sexual violence as a lazy means of establishing skimpy motivations for player characters to hunt down the baddies. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:53pm

Drew from FARK: "the FArQ will be updated with new rules reminding you all that we don't want to be the He Man Woman Hater's Club. This represents enough of a departure from pretty much how every other large internet community operates that I figure an announcement is necessary." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 4:59pm

As a continuation of Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, author Lloyd Kahn (former Shelter editor of Whole Earth Catalog) brings us Tiny Homes on the Move, which showcases 90 nomadic homes made from trailers, school buses, vans, trucks, boats, and even a tricycle.

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[l] at 8/26/14 3:37pm
Brought to you by Automatic, an auto accessory that talks to your car’s onboard computer and uses your smartphone’s GPS and data plan to upgrade your car's capabilities. Special offer for Gadgets listeners: $80 with free shipping! Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 2:47pm
The Procrastination Doom Loop occurs because "(1) We're think we're in the wrong mood to complete a task, and (2) We assume that our mood will change in the near future, which will help us complete the task," but of course it doesn't.

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[l] at 8/26/14 2:10pm
What she says is what I'd say.

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[l] at 8/26/14 2:06pm
A prisoner on furlough allegedly soaked his underwear in methadone and shared pieces of it with fellow inmates, one of whom died.

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[l] at 8/26/14 1:01pm

Named after the legendary space battleship that saved Earth from the Gamilas, Dainese Yamato Evo pants are far more comfortable, tho less armored.

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[l] at 8/26/14 12:28pm

Amazing how little some things change.

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[l] at 8/26/14 11:57am
The band Beach Party, performing at the August Village Studios Twilight Sessions, co-hosted by Boing Boing and Audeze.


The band Beach Party, performing at the August Village Studios Twilight Sessions, co-hosted by Boing Boing and Audeze.

The August 16th installment of the Twilight Series, a music event held at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, was a total blast. Here are some photos of the fun and great bands. The next installment is in September, with a fun lineup planned. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 10:31am
The band Beach Party, performing at the August Village Studios Twilight Sessions, co-hosted by Boing Boing and Audeze.


The band Beach Party, performing at the August Village Studios Twilight Sessions, co-hosted by Boing Boing and Audeze.

The August 16th installment of the Twilight Series, a music event held at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, was a total blast. Here are some photos of the fun and great bands. We hope you'll join us in September for the next installment. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 10:30am

Phil writes, "Runa Sandvik of Freedom of the Press Foundation is systematically documenting the arrests of journalists in Ferguson, Missouri made during protests of the August 9 officer-committed shooting death of Michael Brown." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 9:43am

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"Who's covered in maple syrup, happy as can be and loves his coffee black? This guy!" Read the rest

[Category: Image, boing boing flickr pool, breakfast, Food]

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[l] at 8/26/14 9:38am

"High Camp on the Moon," a photograph shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Ben Leshchinsky.

The bright center of the Milky Way comforted our climbing group before a midnight trek to the summit of Mt. Shasta, Northern California's massive volcano. The best thing about camping, especially high camps, is the spectacle that is the night sky, a natural sight that never fails to make you feel insignificant.

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[Category: Image, astronomy, boing boing flickr pool, photography]

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[l] at 8/26/14 9:38am
"In absolute terms, states with a medical marijuana law had about 1,700 fewer opioid painkiller overdose deaths in 2010 than would be expected based on trends before the laws were passed," says the study's lead author, Dr. Marcus Bachhuber, of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania."

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[l] at 8/26/14 8:11am

Tim Powers' novella, Salvage and Demolition, is a film noir love story showing time travel may not be neat and orderly.

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[l] at 8/26/14 7:38am


Evil Mad Scientist Labs have updated their beloved open-source hardware Eggbot, a plotter that draws on curved surfaces, with a new all-metal model called the Eggbot Pro. Read the rest

[Category: Post, 3d printing, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, makers, oshw]

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[l] at 8/26/14 7:20am


Experimental & Clinical Cardiology published for 17 years out of Oshawa, ON, but is now owned by shadowy figures in Switzerland, whose payments are processed through Turks and Caicos, and they'll publish anything under the journal's banner, provided it's accompanied by a payment of $1200. Read the rest

[Category: Post, astroturf, Business, corporatism, corruption, scholarship, Science]

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[l] at 8/26/14 7:14am
A 13-year-old girl who ran away from home and resisted arrest was not only led on a chain into court, but refused permission to remove them so she could wipe her tears.

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:59am

Google's Image Search has apparently been hacked. All queries return a line or two of normal images, followed by thousands of differently-sized versions of the image above, depicting a grisly car-crash ganked from a Ukrainian news site's coverage of the wreck. This Reddit thread contains screenshots of other search-results that have images of Kevin Durant, a basketball player, in the mix.

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:47am


Exterminator John Birkett found the bed in a house in Winchester, England, in a spare room that had not been entered for several months. The crocheted blanket was saved.

5,000 wasps found in St Cross bedroom [Andrew Napier/Hampshire Chronicle]

(Thanks, PD Smith!)

[Category: Image, Delightful Creatures, entomology, horror, uk]

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:43am


Thinkgeek's Wampa Rug has a pillow head and soft synthetic fur, and is 62" long and 30" wide.

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

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:37am


The summer annual features stories "inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review," including "Petard," my story about hacktivism; and "Death Cookie/Easy Ice," an excerpt from William Gibson's forthcoming (and stone brilliant) futuristic novel The Peripheral. Read the rest

[Category: Post, happy mutants, science fiction, Technology]

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:28am

High-end locks rely on their unique key-shapes to prevent "bumping" (opening a lock by inserting a key-blank and hitting it with a hammer, causing the pins to fly up), but you can make a template for a bump key by photographing the keyhole and modelling it in software. Read the rest

[Category: Video, 3d printing, Business, hope, locksport, security, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:21am

One year Why CNN gave Miley Cyrus top spot over Syria: The Onion cooked up a brutal item today: a fake op-ed from CNN.com's managing editor, Meredith Artley, explaining why the above was CNN's homepage this morning.

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:16am


Malaysia Airlines, who suffered the unprecedented and tragic loss of two jets this year, is having an understandably hard time attracting passengers; though the circumstances of the two losses do not appear to be related to negligence or anything other than terrible, awful random chance. Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, Business, malaysia]

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[l] at 8/26/14 6:04am

American Commitment, a Koch-brothers-associated fake grassroots group whose previous campaigns include support for Keystone XL and the coal industry, has been circulating an alarmist petition against FCC action to preserve net neutrality, calling it "a Federal Internet takeover," that "sounds more like a story coming out of China or Russia." Read the rest

[Category: Post, astroturf, cable company fuckery, corporatism, corruption, net neutrality, picketty, telcoms]

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[l] at 8/26/14 5:55am

Like some of Thinkgeek's best products (like the Taunton guts sleeping bag), the Das Can-in-Stein started out as an April Fool's prank but sparked so much demand that they actually started producing them. It's a pewter-colored resin beer-can holder that makes it into a medieval-ish tavern stein. (via Oh Gizmo)

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[Category: Post, booze, Funny, Gadgets, gift guide]

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[l] at 8/26/14 5:49am


Kleargear destroyed the credit of customers who complained about getting ripped off, then disappeared when a court ordered them to pay restitution -- now they have a new US address, shared with a scammy auction site, raising questions about what other ripoffs the company's owners are involved with. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, ecommerce, ripoff]

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[l] at 8/26/14 5:42am

They say they have so much correspondence with the industry, and are apparently so incompetent at searching their own records, that they can't fulfil the request without being unduly burdened, and thus they are not required to comply with the Freedom of Information request. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Copyfight, corporatism, corruption, finance, foi, foia, london, transparency]

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[l] at 8/26/14 5:30am

Bravo, Allen Weh! It's not even been a week.

CNN: Weh, a Marine combat veteran and onetime New Mexico Republican Party Chairman, appears to be the first candidate this cycle to use Foley’s gruesome execution as campaign fodder, portraying the murder as one consequence of a rudderless American foreign policy mismanaged by President Obama and Udall. Foley himself is cropped out of the web video, leaving only the stark image of the black-clad jihadist, clutching a blade in the Syrian desert.

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[l] at 8/26/14 5:23am

Today in racist nonsense we have Linda Chavez, failed Bush labor secretary nominee. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/26/14 5:15am

DC attorney Mike Meier once worked with EFF to fight copyright trolls, whom he called "bill collectors for the movie industry...extorting money" -- now he's joined the trolls as a professional "bill collector," and now he wants evidence of his past life censored and is prepared to send outrageously bogus copyright threats to get his way. Read the rest

[Category: Post, barratry, Copyfight, copyright troll, corruption, streisand effect]

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[l] at 8/26/14 5:13am
6821375-large England's Western Daily Press reports that workers managed to misspell the word "BUS" during street repainting in Bristol. Officials were unavailable for comment on Monday. [via Abroath]

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[l] at 8/26/14 5:08am

Whatever the word is for the cultural pathology that makes me want to replace every light switch in my house with something like this, I suffer from it.

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[l] at 8/26/14 5:03am

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Whatever the word is for the cultural pathology that makes me want to replace every light switch in my house with something like this, I suffer from it. [Buster & Punch via Uncrate]

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[Category: Post, decor, Gadgets]

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[l] at 8/26/14 4:44am


A Fuji-Xerox prototype printer-robot builds a model of the room and then drives itself to your desk to deliver your printouts, saving you the precious calories you'd waste, running around the office, trying to figure out which printer you sent your job to. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Gadgets, Japan, robots, security]

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[l] at 8/26/14 4:43am


Noah Swartz writes, "We live in what is now being hailed as the social media age. Every news article, blog post, or landing page is replete with links to various networks like Twitter or Facebook. More often than not these networks serve to wrap us in our own bubbles, rather than really giving us an experience akin to socializing in person via the Internet." Read the rest

[Category: Post, gifs, happy mutants, web theory]

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[l] at 8/26/14 4:40am
Clive Thompson's says that there are three principal biases that today's digital tools introduce to human thought. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, books, future, tech, Technology]

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[l] at 8/25/14 6:47pm


SF Slim: "Passing through Gerlach? Don’t be fooled by this seeming burner-in-need; he’s actually running a professional scalping operation, buying tickets with a variety of false stories and then selling them online and in-person for $800 or more."

[Category: Image, burning man, christ what an asshole, events]

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[l] at 8/25/14 5:35pm


Police turned people away from the Nevada festival in Black Rock desert, as rains reduced the playa to undrivable sludge; organizers warn it may be closed tomorrow, too. Thousands of cars turned back for Reno, and nearby gas-stations ran dry. Read the rest

[Category: Image, burning man, climate, events]

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[l] at 8/25/14 5:35pm
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A riff on Rockwell's "Runaway," from 1958, done in 2014 by Anthony Freda.

[Category: Post, ferguson, mike brown, mikebrown]

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[l] at 8/25/14 5:32pm
"The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a 'Google-like' search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept." Ryan Gallagher has more.

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:53pm
In my opinion the only thing crazier than baby boomer parenting is the kids they raised (of which I am one.) See how GenX has rebelled against its roots.

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:36pm
Knee Defender is a gadget that one can attach to the plane seat in front of you, preventing its occupant from reclining it. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:13pm
I Murdered My Library

I have always had a romanticized view of books. I surround myself with them. I decorate around them. Reading Linda Grant's Kindle single I Murdered My Library has caused me to rethink my relationship with the physical book.

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[l] at 8/25/14 3:37pm

You might call him The Sandman. Video link via Robert Popper, who has just enough of a backstory to weird you out even more.

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[l] at 8/25/14 3:36pm
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] [Link to media]

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[l] at 8/25/14 3:28pm

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Pierre-Antoine Moelo, a.k.a Péah (peahart): above, "Crossing," 2014. Read the rest

[Category: Post, animated gif, animated gifs, gifs]

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[l] at 8/25/14 3:18pm

Noble, Oklahoma school superintendent Ronda Bass is reported to have told an assembly of high school students that girls be expected to bend over during a dress code check.

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[l] at 8/25/14 2:43pm
On New Year's Day 1886, London grocer Edwin Bartlett was discovered dead in his bed with a lethal quantity of liquid chloroform in his stomach. Strangely, his throat showed none of the burns that chloroform should have caused. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, futility closet] [Link to media]

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[l] at 8/25/14 2:35pm

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The Huntington, a wonderful destination here in Los Angeles, has posted GIFs of the rare Corpse Flower blossoming. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/25/14 2:24pm
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Some of the fine GIFfery to be found on the tumblog of Brazilian designer Shadzpixels.

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[l] at 8/25/14 2:09pm

I was introduced to Hugo's Amazing Tape several years ago by a colleague. He uses the tape to keep board game boxes closed for storage, and it has quite a following in the board game and collectible card game community. Read the rest

[Category: Post, cool tools, Gadgets]

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[l] at 8/25/14 12:12pm

"DOGTV is cable's first network created exclusively for canines, and the humans who love them." (more…)

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[l] at 8/25/14 11:58am

In some countries, you need a doctor's prescription for a mood stabilizer this powerful. [video link]

[Category: Post, Video, video]

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[l] at 8/25/14 11:42am
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Photography by Ludovic Ismaël, 3D digital wizardry by Nicolas Delille: a clever series,Rock Heads. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/25/14 11:01am

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Gorgeous immersive paper work by UFO Cinque (aka Matteo Capobianco, aka UFO5), based in Italy.

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[l] at 8/25/14 10:43am

The mayor of Culver City, CA thought the above parking sign was too confusing, so she quickly remedied the problem:

15 feet high parking signs halved in size to prevent confusion

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[l] at 8/25/14 10:01am

Inspired by the hilarious and quirky TV show Portlandia, The Portlandia Activity Book, written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Jonathan Krisel includes all kinds of Portland-related activities, tests and advice, such as a “Build Your Own Chore Wheel,” conversation starter cards, conversation stopper cards, fashion tips, bird stencils, silly word games, and more. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, portlandia, Reviews]

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[l] at 8/25/14 9:06am

From one of the best movie soundtracks ever.

[Category: Video]

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

I picked up Harry Connolly's Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths for his new Twenty Palaces story, and found myself thrilled with his collection of modern fairy tales.

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[l] at 8/25/14 8:19am
untitled Over at Businessweek, I wrote a feature about soft robots, from inflatable robot arms to an exoskeleton worn like a jacket. Read the rest

[Category: Image, robots]

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[l] at 8/25/14 8:04am
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Caitlin T. McCormack creates astonishing specimens like these from cotton string and glue. She has a solo show of work, titled Interhaven, at Philadelphia's Paradigm Gallery + Studio until October 11. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/25/14 7:54am

James Brown hawks Nissin Miso Soup in a TV kitchen that BB pal Jim Leftwich noticed is a close reproduction of Graham Kerr's The Galloping Gourmet set from the 1970s!

[Category: Post, Video, advertisements, Cooking, Food, music, television]

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[l] at 8/25/14 7:42am
"The man allegedly ran into the street while naked from the waist down. Police say the man was banging on vehicles passing by while claiming he was the Messiah."

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[l] at 8/25/14 5:30am

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A study of group clustering--do your friends know each other?--shows that it does not change with city size. [via Flowing Data] Read the rest

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[l] at 8/25/14 5:16am
The 2022 soccer World Cup taking place in the 106°heat of the Qatari summer is already a baking examplar of FIFA's corruption; a new study suggests heat stress will make it physically dangerous even for spectators. (more…)

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[l] at 8/25/14 5:08am
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Decipher Culver City's parking puzzle, avoid a $73 fine! Photo: CBS Los Angeles. [via]

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 8/25/14 5:02am
He made £1,000 bootlegging copies of Fast and Furious 6. 134 of the 984 rapists jailed in 2010 in England and Wales were given sentences of four years or less.

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:38am

One year Can you identify these Daniel Clowes characters? Can you identify all of the silhouettes in these new drawings that Daniel Clowes drew for the Modern Cartoonist exhibition murals and "Chicago Views" prints?

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:34am


Those public USB charging points are tempting, but could be used to propagate all kind of grotesque malware (imagine what happens when your phone's camera, mic, storage, keyboard and GPS start leaking your data to voyeurs and identity thieves) -- sure, you can always buy a charge-only cable, but these crowdfunded adapters turn any cable into a power-only source. Read the rest

[Category: Image, crowdfunding, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, mobile, security]

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:34am


Jason Ruane bought a chunk of meteoric ore from the 1947 Sikhote-Alin impact (which originated in the asteroid belt) and welded it to a belt buckle, creating a genuine "asteroid belt."

Man-made Asteroid Belt

(via Evil Mad Scientist Labs)

[Category: Post, fashion, Funny, makers, Space]

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:34am
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[l] at 8/25/14 4:29am
The U.S. and U.K. have been able to track cellphones around the world for years, but the capability is going global thanks to off-the-shelf systems sold by private contractors, writes Craig Timberg.

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:15am


The Hollow Book Company makes modified books with hidden compartments in them, complemented by matching whisky flasks, which can be custom-laser-etched or skinned with full-color vinyl adhesive. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, books, booze, etsy, Gadgets, gift guide]

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:15am
Steve Hoefer returns with another guide to some of the things that make civilized life possible. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/25/14 4:12am
Jared Zichek decided to make his own, and says you can, too. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, art, Business, Comics, figurines, manufacturing]

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[l] at 8/25/14 3:57am


Award-winning horror writer David Nickle has been repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to have a frank and serious discussion of HP Lovecraft's undeniable racism; people want to hand-wave it as being a product of Lovecraft's times, but it is inseparable from Lovecraft's fiction. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, cthulhu, fanac, fantasy, History, horror, literature, race, science fiction, writing]

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[l] at 8/25/14 3:50am
Sarah Granger, author of the newly published The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life -- Online and Off, offers some important, clear and commonsense advice for protecting your kids online by teaching them to use the net wisely and welcome all it has to give -- not by scaring them into furtive, disastrous Internet experimentation. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, books, Kids, parenting, web theory]

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[l] at 8/24/14 1:08pm


From the Center for Applied Rationality, a "Checklist of Rationality Habits" intended to help you spot when you're tricking yourself. One of my favorites is the next-to-last: "I try not to treat myself as if I have magic free will; I try to set up influences (habits, situations, etc.) on the way I behave, not just rely on my will to make it so." Read the rest

[Category: Post, cog sci, cognitive bias, lifehacks, Science]

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[l] at 8/24/14 7:25am

"I was just a doggone fool, trying to be so doggone cool. Aint nobody's fault but mine."

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[l] at 8/24/14 6:46am


Spotted yesterday on a menu at my grandparents' retirement home in Toronto: "Kosher-style porkchops." I guess if you circumcise the pig and ensure that it has a suitable Bar Mitzvah...?

[Category: Image, Food, Funny, judiasm, not food, signs]

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[l] at 8/24/14 6:33am


Soheyl Bastami's Extreme: an Iranian sculptor's beautiful and trenchant take on our relationship to technology.

(via Super Punch)

[Category: Image, art, happy mutants, iran, sculpture, Technology]

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[l] at 8/24/14 5:20am

One year LOVEINT: NSA spooks illegally stalking their romantic interests: LOVEINT is the NSA practice of stalking people you are romantically interested in, using the enormous, illegal spy apparatus that captures huge amounts of Americans' (and foreigners') Internet traffic.

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[l] at 8/24/14 5:16am


Just in time for the new Doctor, Thinkgeek's K9 slippers, $30. (via Cnet)

[Category: Image, Post, doctor who, fashion, gift guide, happy mutants, merch, tv]

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[l] at 8/24/14 5:03am


Zimbabwe's dictator Robert Mugabe unleashed a storm of brutal, genocidal violence after losing the 2008 elections -- and now we know that it was funded by western hedge-funds and banks, led by Och-Ziff Capital Management, the largest publicly traded fund, with assistance from Blackrock, GLG Partners, and Credit Suisse, who raised $100M for Mugabe's weapons and torture-chambers in exchange for a sweetheart deal on the country's platinum mines. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, crime, finance, hedge funds, human rights, zimbabwe]

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[l] at 8/24/14 5:02am

The Port Authority in the Welsh town of Milford has installed a "Mosquito" -- a sonic weapon that produces tones that are mostly perceptible to children and teenagers -- in the library, where it has been used during opening hours. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Kids, libraries, petitions, uk, wales]

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[l] at 8/24/14 4:40am


The Horse Collar is a $20 monster kielbasa sold at the Green Bay Packers' Lambeau Field, intended for consumption by two persons ("If you can tackle this one alone, you're a champ" -Lambeau Field executive chef Heath Barbato). Read the rest

[Category: Post, Food, gross, not food, obesity, sports, usausausa, wisconsin]

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[l] at 8/24/14 4:33am


Bellingcat kickstarted £51K to do data-driven/crowdsourced citizen journalism earlier this month, and a week later, pinpointed the exact location of an ISIS training camp near Mosul by matching the jihadis' social media posts to online maps and geo-location services. Read the rest

[Category: Post, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, gwot, iraq, isis, Journalism, web theory]

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[l] at 8/23/14 1:35pm
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Boing Boing reader Simon Turkas shares this photograph in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

[Category: Image, boing boing flickr pool, caturday]

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[l] at 8/23/14 11:58am

Robbo writes, "This was the closing monologue from The Twilight Zone epsiode "The Obsolete Man" - where Rod Serling sums up the realities behind and flaws within any tyranny - and, as with almost all things Serling, it remains profoundly prescient and relevant."

(Thanks, Robbo!)

[Category: Video, Old school, politics, tv, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 8/23/14 4:07am
I've been haunted by Lewis Shiner's World Fantasy Award winning novel Glimpses since I read it in 1994; I rate it as one of the all-time great rock-n-roll novels, right up there with George RR Martin's stupendous Armageddon Rag -- so imagine my delight when I discovered that it was available as an audiobook! Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Audio, audiobook, books, fantasy, gift guide, happy mutants, horror, music, Old school, Reviews, science fiction]

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[l] at 8/23/14 3:47am

One year CNN and NPR can't be bothered to address Manning as female (UPDATED): "Manning hasn't taken any steps yet toward gender transition so use masculine pronouns ('he' and 'him')," the internal guidance reads.

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[l] at 8/23/14 3:44am

One of the operators of Doctor Who Media -- one of the oldest, most respected Doctor Who fansites -- had reps from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (who produce the awful "You Wouldn't Steal a Car" ads) and the BBC thunder at his door and tell him he'd be served with a warrant if he didn't shut down the site immediately and transfer his domain to FACT. Read the rest

[Category: Post, bbc, bullies, Copyfight, corporatism, corruption, doctor who, fanac, tv]

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[l] at 8/23/14 3:43am


Pop Sonnets is a tumblr that turns pop music into Shakespearean sonnets: above, YMCA ("Oh sweet and noble lad, be not aggrieved!"). Read the rest

[Category: Post, Copyfight, fanac, Funny, History, literature, mashups, music]

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[l] at 8/23/14 3:33am


The university's new head of technnology has instituted blocks for torrents, "obscene," and "unethical" pages, "misrepresenting identity," "political activities such as surveying, polling, material distribution, vote solicitation and organization or participation in meetings, rallies and demonstrations, among other activities" -- and any attempts to access blocked pages are logged and are grounds for disciplinary investigation by the school administration. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/23/14 3:10am


Mammal penises, including those of cetaceans, are pretty easy to find, while vaginas are more difficult to examine; historically, accounts of animal reproduction have emphasized the features of penises and theories of sperm competition, but a burgeoning scientific emphasis on whale vaginas is revealing structures and strategies that are amazing and wonderful. Read the rest

[Category: Post, biology, Science, Sex, whales]

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[l] at 8/23/14 3:08am

During a 2001 appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio, Robin Williams was asked to explain how he pulls off his incredible, high-speed improvisations; by way of answer, he ad-libbed a five-minute bit that is pants-wettingly hilarious.

(via Reddit)

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[l] at 8/22/14 5:46pm
Cartoonists Tom Scioli and Ed Piskor share a studio in Pittsburgh. We visited their studio to talk about what it’s like being professional comic book artists, selling their work, nostalgia, research, color theory, anger management, and "skewmorphism!" Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, Comic Books, tmsidk]

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[l] at 8/22/14 5:03pm
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 8/22/14 5:02pm

Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall died 10 days ago. Somehow, in the flood of tribute videos, I forgot about this appearance on The Dame Edna Experience , which is one of my favorite television shows of all time. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/22/14 3:10pm

Simba, a two-year-old giant Tibetan Mastiff, is sweet and friendly with Weiwei. They love to play together. Read the rest

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 8/22/14 3:08pm

April from EFF writes, "Help improve the Electronic Frontier Foundation's free software projects to defend freedom & enhance privacy and security online. Here's a list of all the projects we invite you to hack your heart out on!" Read the rest

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[l] at 8/22/14 2:31pm

A Gweek listener recommended The Magician and the Cardsharp to me (I can't remember who - sorry!) and I'm thankful he did.

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[l] at 8/22/14 2:02pm

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North American river otters. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/22/14 1:35pm

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Check out the large shell that man is handling! When they finished, they took a nice bath together:

(Via X-Ray Delta One)

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[l] at 8/22/14 1:01pm
Radiant Heated Dog House: Because shoving Rover’s paw in a light socket wouldn’t be cruel enough. By Matt Maranian Read the rest

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[l] at 8/22/14 12:57pm

I could watch this video all day. [Michael Cooperman, via d0gbl0g]

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[l] at 8/22/14 12:51pm

Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) underwater off the coast of Monterey.

Photographed by Monterey Bay Aquarium staffer Pete Bridson. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/22/14 12:42pm
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"Portrait of James Foley. War photographer. Rest in peace, hero." —Molly Crabapple.

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[l] at 8/22/14 12:39pm

fruit-juice

Check out the large shell that man is handling! When they finished, they took a nice bath together:

(Via X-Ray Delta One)

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[l] at 8/22/14 12:24pm
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A Squirrel Monkey peers into a photographer's lens at London Zoo, August 21, 2014. (more…)

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[l] at 8/22/14 12:22pm

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"Taking the fish for a ride, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/22/14 11:59am

Giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats past the Battleship Iowa through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro

Over a dozen tall ships and a 6-story-high Rubber Duck sailed into the Los Angeles harbor Wednesday, kicking off the Tall Ships Festival LA. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/22/14 11:49am

From The NYC forecast office of the National Weather Service: this radar loop from dawn, Aug. 22, 2014, which shows a vast gathering of tree swallows taking off from the Connecticut River. "They're likely Tree Swallows that roost on islands on the river every night around this time of year." Via Facebook , and Andrew Revkin/NYT.

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[l] at 8/22/14 10:19am

When I travel I often use earplugs at night (E.A.R foam are my preferred brand) to mute the sounds of strange places and get a good night’s sleep.

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[l] at 8/22/14 10:03am

This guy and his friend act out recorded conversations between his mom and his aunt.

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[l] at 8/22/14 9:28am

Lancashire Police who viewed the video say: "Police have investigated this incident. We're at the stage that there are no further lines of inquiry but would appeal to anyone with information to come forward."

(Via Arbroath)

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[l] at 8/22/14 9:07am

Drew Friedman is the great caricaturist of our age. His series of portrait books, Old Jewish Comedians, More Old Jewish Comedians, and Even More Old Jewish Comedians brought him well-deserved acclaim when they came out a few years ago.

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[l] at 8/22/14 7:39am

A skateboarder attacked and repeatedly kicked a park ranger, was arrested and charged, and will face the courts for his crime. The ranger was reportedly unharmed, despite the attack's brutality. To Philadephia police commissioner Charles Ramsey, though, this isn't an example of the justice system successfully identifying and prosecuting a suspect; it isn't even an issue of the crime at hand. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/22/14 7:37am

A surf rock masterpiece thrown over the top by an awesome spinning logo and monstrous center stand abuse!

That groovy little motorbike that is more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Probably fewer electrical gremlins than my BMW airhead, too.

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 8/22/14 7:05am
A German court ruled a landlady was within her rights to evict a man who "regularly disturbed his neighbors with 'sexual, athletic and squeaking noises' late into the night." [AP]

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:58am
Catholic archbishop Paul Coakley has sued a satanist group over stolen wafers that represent the transubstantiated body of Christ. A promise by the Satanists that their forthcoming "sacrifice" would comply with public urination laws appears not to have mollified him.

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:49am


The $30.60 Dark Knight branding iron is made from 3D printed steel and snaps onto the end of a Bic lighter, and is intended for branding Batmannish trade-dress on your school stuff, clothes, books, furniture, etc (Note: not pets or people).

(via Geekymerch)

[Category: Post, Comics, Copyfight, etsy, fanac, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, housewares]

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:44am
Already banned from leasing a room accessible only via a staircase with 27 inches of headroom, Yaakov Marom rented it out anyway for $700 a month, because the British economy is evidently now just a weird housing scam/deathtrap.

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:35am
"A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that."

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:34am
On the TV show "Naked Dating", young men and women date in the buff to entertain viewers. One contestant, Jessie Nizewitz, is suing the producers after it failed to blur out a scene.

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:31am


Building ​Ed Konowal's Raspberry Pi-based Internet Pressure Gauge (as seen at SIGGRAPH 2014!) costs about $425 in parts ($100 for the vintage gauge on Ebay, including metal-shop time for the refurb), or you can support the kickstarter for his kit, which gets you everything except the gauge for $310 (for $500 he'll build you one, but you still have to supply the gauge). Read the rest

[Category: Post, crowdfunding, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, kickstarter, makers, Steampunk]

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:22am
That feeling of having your butt grabbed by a ghost isn't an isolated stigma. Everyone is getting ghost-fondled. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:22am

I'm digging Modern Artifact Decor crazy USB charger, power outlet and lamp, a kind of artfully smashed together primitive piece with that trouble-caged bulb, big junction-box, toggle-switch (the best switch), and heavy power-cable: $195

(via Red Ferret)

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:15am

One year Pfc. Manning transitions gender: 'I am Chelsea': One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking secret government files to Wikileaks, Pfc.

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:10am


Mikayakatnt posted this image of the first Disneyland gate-ticket ever sold, from opening day, July 17, 1955. (more…)

[Category: Image, Disney, Old school, photos]

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:06am

Andrew Lewman, head of operations for The Onion Router (TOR), an anonymity and privacy tool that is particularly loathed by the spy agencies' capos, credits Tor's anonymous bug-reporting system for giving spies a safe way to report bugs in Tor that would otherwise be weaponized to attack Tor's users. Read the rest

[Category: Post, anonymity, bullrun, corruption, crypto, edgehill, gchq, nsa, petard, privacy, snowden, spooks, tor]

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[l] at 8/22/14 6:04am

Michael Daniel thinks "being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction"; Ed Felten counters, "Imagine reaction if White House economic advisor bragged about lack of economics knowledge, or Attorney General bragged about lack of legal expertise." Read the rest

[Category: Post, christ what an asshole, corruption, cybersecurity, politics, security]

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[l] at 8/22/14 5:58am

$20, made from real plastic, and a fitting tribute to one of the most delightfully weird comics in the universe.

[Category: Post, Comics, cosplay, Gadgets, happy mutants, Kids, toys]

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[l] at 8/22/14 5:54am

A Congressional staffer, or someone with access to their network, has repeatedly modified Wikipedia articles to insert transphobic slurs, prompting the second month-long lockout for the Congressional IP address in less than a month. Read the rest

[Category: Post, christ what an asshole, lgbt, politics, wikipedia]

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[l] at 8/22/14 5:39am


Ajit Pai's chief of staff says that the FCC shouldn't allow cities to set up public ISPs where state law prohibits it, even when no other broadband is available, and warns Democratic commissioners that they shouldn't do things that future Republican administrations might object to. Read the rest

[Category: Post, cable company fuckery, christ what an asshole, corruption, fcc, gop, law, net neutrality, scotus, telcoms]

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[l] at 8/22/14 5:31am


The $20 Zombie Striker Nerf Foam Machete is just what you need for your little monster-hunters.

[Category: Post, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, Kids, toys, weapons, zombies]

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[l] at 8/22/14 5:25am

Both Mayday and Counterpac -- who are raising super PAC money to elect politicians who'll vote against taking money from super PACs -- have released new campaign videos that beautifully lampoon the kind of political discourse we get from dark-money elections.

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[Category: Video, corruption, finance, mayday, politics, superpacs]

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[l] at 8/21/14 6:25pm
This Ice Bucket Challenge video is a reminder of what the viral campaign is all about. A slow killer for which there is no treatment. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 5:58pm
GQ's Michael Finkel tells the story of a hermit who lived in the woods for 30 years, coming out periodically to freak out locals and steal stuff. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 5:48pm
Just four of them? [Omni Reboot]

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[l] at 8/21/14 5:40pm

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published GoPro video footage by staff photographer David Carson "during his embed with the St. Louis County Police tactical team on Monday night." At about 2:45 in, police "come under fire and respond with tear gas."

It's really weird to see the term "embed," which we often use to describe reporters accompanying soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan war zones, being used in the context of local police action within the United States.

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[l] at 8/21/14 5:28pm
Sir Chompsalot had a rough day.


Sir Chompsalot had a rough day. Photo: ABC

In Melbourne, Australia, emergency crews received a call Thursday night about an injured koala in a tree, who dropped about 10 meters to the ground. Firefighters at the site caught him in a blanket as he fell some 10 meters to the ground. The Country Fire Authority named him Sir Chompsalot. Read the rest

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 8/21/14 4:28pm

I often mix stuff into my coffee: cream, coconut oil, medium chain triglycerides, taurine, even some resistant starches like inulin as part of my low carb life.

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[l] at 8/21/14 4:18pm

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[l] at 8/21/14 4:06pm


This recent Milo Manara cover painting for a variant issue of Spider-Woman #1 has generated a lot of comments on comic book enthusiast fora.

Poor J. Scott Campbell didn't get nearly the same amount of attention for his 1999 cover of Spiderman in a similar pose:

(Via Heidi MacDonald)

[Category: Post, Comic Books]

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[l] at 8/21/14 3:53pm
As host of Going Deep with David Rees on the National Geographic Channel, David teaches viewers how to master often-overlooked skills, like tying your shoes, shaking hands, lighting matches, and making a good first impression. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, david rees, Gweek] [Link to media]

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[l] at 8/21/14 3:40pm
A study proves what we all knew: people on conference calls do anything but participate, be it sending email (63%), eating (55%), shitting (47%), fooling around on twitter and facebook (43%), playing video games (25%), or taking proper phone calls (6%).

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[l] at 8/21/14 3:35pm

I've been eagerly awaiting Matthew Mather's second Atopia novel, The Dystopia Chronicles. His incredible, and eerily too believable future gets darker!

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[l] at 8/21/14 2:09pm

Shot off of Bird Rock, Catalina Island, California on a recent trip with Bamboo Reef!

(more…)

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[l] at 8/21/14 1:57pm

The draft of its official practices, third edition contains a requirement of human authorship: The U.S. Copyright Office will register an original work of authorship, provided that the work was created by a human being.

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[l] at 8/21/14 1:28pm

Shannon Renee McNeal (right), a 42-year-old woman, has filed a lawsuit against St Louis police and court personnel after they falsely arrested her on felony drug possession charges that were meant for Shannon Raquel McNeal (left), who was 13 years younger.

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[Category: Image, drug policy, police state]

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[l] at 8/21/14 1:22pm

With a nucleus size of 3.5×4 km, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko seems like a mere speck. But Michel (@quark1972 on Twitter) shows what the comet would look like if it were gently set down in Los Angeles. I wish the city would commission a life-size replica as public art! (via io9)

[Category: Post, astronomy, comets]

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[l] at 8/21/14 1:06pm

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"When I was making my photographs I was thinking about masculinity and the power of men, particularly the acts of display and penetration that can define our sexual relationships with women." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 1:00pm
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Thinkgeek via ufunk

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:59pm
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Spiral ink drawings for a 2011 Ogilvy and Mather Singapore campaign for Faber Castell. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:54pm

With a nucleus size of 3.5×4 km, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko seems like a mere speck. But Michel (@quark1972 on Twitter) shows what the comet would look like if it were gently set down in Los Angeles. I wish the city would commission a life-size replica as public art! (via io9)

[Category: Post, astronomy, comets]

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:32pm
Artists Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong break into the sophisticated, rapidly growing world of infrographs with their exhibition, Info•Rama. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:25pm
Old friends Glen E. Friedman and Ian MacKaye get together at Dischord House near D.C. to discuss some of the photographs in Glen's forthcoming book. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, music, video]

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[l] at 8/21/14 11:41am
On the latest episode of Sword and Laser we congratulate all the winners of the Hugos and chat with Aidan Moher about how he took home the best fanzine Hugo for A Dribble of Ink. Veronica milks him for info on how to win, and then we learn a way you can help more people become better writers and win more Hugos! Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post]

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[l] at 8/21/14 11:20am

A few years ago my then 8-year-old daughter, Jane, started reading collections of old Nancy comic strips. I’d never paid attention to the strip and assumed it wouldn’t appeal to anyone over ten.

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[l] at 8/21/14 11:06am

Do you really need instructions on how to doodle? Sure! Shoobeedoodling's YouTube videos are inspiring and fun to watch. He has a soothing voice and excellent technique. I wish he'd post more frequently.

[Category: Video, art]

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[l] at 8/21/14 10:52am

DJ Kool with Doug E. Fresh and Biz Markie have nothing but fun. This live version is great too.

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 8/21/14 10:30am

Three Australian designers have made a butter knife that works like a cheese grater. No more torn bread! The Stupendous Splendiferous Butterup has raised $186,212 on Kickstarter. Reserve one for US$16."

[Category: Post, Food]

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[l] at 8/21/14 10:30am
Amnesty International says its delegation will remain in Missouri "until we have a clear picture of what is taking place on the ground, and we are able to work effectively with local activists on how to defend human rights at home." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 10:20am

Before he achieved fame with the Muppets, Jim Henson, a skilled animator as well as a puppeteer, was making all sorts of innovative work out of his home studio, in Bethesda, Md. Around 1961, he made the papercut animation above, which visualized jazz drummer Chico Hamilton's "Drums West."

(Via Smithsonian)

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[l] at 8/21/14 10:13am

This video like a condensed version of a book I loved as a kid: The Survival Book, by Paul H. Nesbitt, Alonzo W. Pond and William H. Allen. Read the rest

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 8/21/14 10:04am

He seems to enjoy doing it!

(Via Arbroath)

[Category: Video, Delightful Creatures]

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[l] at 8/21/14 9:56am

This video like a condensed version of a book I loved as a kid: The Survival Book, by Paul H. Nesbitt, Alonzo W. Pond and William H. Allen. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 9:24am


Clay Shirky has some some truths: "Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide 'Click to buy' is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 9:24am

Bruce Schneier nails it: "efficiency is not the most important goal here; security and liberty are." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 9:19am
Legendary cartoonist Charles Burns gives Patrick Lohier (and the rest of us) a glimpse into the dark, animated world of his haunting trilogy. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 7:51am

DJ Kool with Doug E. Fresh and Biz Markie have nothing but fun. This live version is great too.

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[l] at 8/21/14 6:55am
When a credit card bill goes unpaid for a few months, the bank sells the debt. To whom? These guys.

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[l] at 8/21/14 6:35am
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A free puzzle platform game where, in any given room, certain code might not work, leaving you able to fall without dying, float without falling, etc. Frustrating fun! [via] (more…)

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[l] at 8/21/14 6:24am
"Minecraft is digital Lego," says Lego marketing director David Gram. "We only wish we had invented it." This is mentioned in about the same breath as the phrase "core brand beliefs," a concise reminder why they didn't.

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[l] at 8/21/14 5:41am
Milton Tan: "Ever wondered what it's like in one of the busiest airports in the world?...Shoot a timelapse of that, and you get transported to a sci-fi world with shooting stars breaking into the atmosphere." (more…)

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[l] at 8/21/14 5:16am
Cocoon's Grid-It organizers are flat, rigid boards criss-crossed with tough, strong elastic straps, which let you lay out every small and useful thing you own in a pleasing, knollish layout. Cory Doctorow's carried one for a month now, and can't imagine how he ever lived without it. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 1:11am

Kuttner met his wife, the writer CL Moore, through a mutual correspondence with HP Lovecraft; when he died, she became his literary executor, then married a non-writer who ordered her to stop writing, and insisted that she suppress future publication of Kuttner's work -- but now you can get 14 of his books as ebooks. Read the rest

[Category: Post, ebooks, Old school, publishing, science fiction]

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[l] at 8/21/14 1:02am
In a beautiful essay on The Toast, Mallory Ortberg argues that while Bart, Lisa and Millhouse are kids, Ralph Wiggum is the only child on the Simpsons, full of childishness that's endearing and true.

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:58am

One year Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison: In a courtroom at Fort Meade today, Judge Army. Col. Denise Lind delivered the sentence in the trial of Bradley Manning: 35 years in a military prison, less 1,294 days for time served, and a 112-day credit for enduring "unlawful pretrial punishment," when he was held for 9 months at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, VA.

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:54am

Its creator, DJ Clulow, promises to start selling prints of it in his Etsy store ASAP.

Frozen Haunted Mansion [Instagram/DJ Clulow]

(via Walt and Mickey)

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:47am


Just look at them.

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:45am


Kassandra bought the books at thrift shops and nailed them in place, double-sided taping the top pages to keep them in place. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:36am


Ikeahackers -- a venerable fan-site that competed with Ikea's newly launched, empty "online community" -- were previously threatened by Ikea and looked to face extinction. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:29am


The Harper petro-Tory government's money comes from the people who got rich from the tar-sands, the dirtiest oil on the planet, and they've done everything they could to suppress science critical of Alberta crude; finally a scientist who wasn't under their thumb published his work and they started maneuvering behind the scenes to discredit him. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/21/14 12:15am

Name your price for more than 12 DRM-free books from Harpercollins, support charity, and strike a blow for freedom! Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 10:45pm


Man arrested for briefly failing to keep moving #Ferguson/Jon Swaine/@jonswaine

The ACLU was denied an emergency injunction against Ferguson's cops' illegal "no standing on the sidewalk" rule because Ferguson promised to erect a "free speech zone," but the only thing on that site is a fenced-off, locked-up pen that no one is allowed to use. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 6:36pm
Gimbb14, fishing off the coast of Florida near Bonita Springs, caught a black tip shark at least four feet long. As he tried to reel it in, however, a grouper emerges from the deep to claim his prize.

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[l] at 8/20/14 6:29pm
"Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words "gun" and "take care of business," and police were then notified on Tuesday."

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[l] at 8/20/14 6:23pm
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Ryan Hamilton might not have seen the Nissan Altima coming outside of his home in New Jersey. After all, it was 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday. By the time its driver had run him over, then run him over twice again in an attempt to get away, he probably knew it was there. And when the driver told him "Look what you did to my car," it's a fair bet he knew what had struck him. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 4:23pm

A vast majority of Floridians, including Republicans, are in favor of medical marijuana. That means Florida's Amendment 2 ballot initiative, which legalizes medical marijuana, is likely to pass in November.

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[l] at 8/20/14 1:29pm

According to the ACLU, Officer Go Fuck Yourself has just been removed from duty in Ferguson. (more…)

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[l] at 8/20/14 12:46pm
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The boxcar-living, Justin Bieber-loving, darkly funny, 12-year-old drifter @tweenhobo wrote a delightful book, Tween Hobo: Off The Rails, in (ahem) "collaboration" with playwright Alena Smith and featuring wonderful illustrations by my hypertalented designer pal Kate Harmer! Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 12:32pm


Part of Fantagraphics’ fabulous EC Library series, collecting and beautifully-presenting the best of Max and William Gaines’ EC Comics, Bomb Run collects the 50s-era war comics of Kurtzman and Severin. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 11:07am

This Saturday (8/23) in S.F., our pals at Noise Pop and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group are hosing the annual 20th Street Block Party, a truly killer food and music festival with performances by the likes of Melted Toys, Cayucas, and beloved indie power popsters Rogue Wave (video above). It's free!!!

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[l] at 8/20/14 10:49am

Over at re:form on Medium, Charles Moss gets nostalgic about the mixtape and how it embodies "emotional design" in a physical, tangible time capsule of the moment it was recorded.

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[l] at 8/20/14 10:07am

Cats with watermelon hats. Cats with watermelon pillows.

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[l] at 8/20/14 10:03am
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Astronaut Reid Wiseman tweets from the International Space Station: "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this. 10 minutes ago on the #ISS #aurora." Another shot below. Read the rest

[Category: Image, astronaut, aurora, ISS, Science, Space]

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[l] at 8/20/14 10:01am
Photograph by Mark Seliger


Photograph by Mark Seliger

"How does it feel to be America’s premier blow-job queen,” someone asked Monica Lewinsky at a public appearance in 2001.

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[l] at 8/20/14 9:57am
Courtesy of The New York Public Library/Lewis W Hine. Italian child finds her first penny, 1926.


Courtesy of The New York Public Library/Lewis W Hine.
Italian child finds her first penny, 1926.

The New Republic put together a photo gallery of some of the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954, when it closed. Many were children. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 9:53am


(Rapiscan images showing a subject carrying no weapon (left) versus a .380 ACP pistol sewn to the side of his pants leg, (right) which is practically invisible in the scan)

Researchers from UCSD, the U Michigan, and Johns Hopkins will present their work on the Rapiscan Secure 1000 at Usenix Security tomorrow; the Secure 1000 isn't used in airports anymore, but it's still in courts, jails, and government security checkpoints (researchers can't yet get their hands on the millimeter machines used at airports). Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, pornoscanners, scholarship, security theater, tsa]

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[l] at 8/20/14 9:52am
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The chocolate bathtub, bidet, toilet, and sink in this $133,000 fixture collection will last for six months at room temperature or until eaten. At least they hide the dirt. Read the rest

[Category: Image, bathrooms, chocolate]

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[l] at 8/20/14 9:51am
A police officer raises his weapon at a car speeding in his general direction as a more vocal and confrontational group of demonstrators stands on the sidewalk during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson


A police officer raises his weapon at a car speeding in his general direction as a more vocal and confrontational group of demonstrators stands on the sidewalk during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The Gawker blog Deadspin is asking for reader help gathering data on officer-involved shootings in America. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 9:45am

[via Reddit]

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[l] at 8/20/14 9:35am

Purple hails from east Texas. I'm looking forward to their new album, 409, which comes out later in the year. (Watch the video for their song, Wallflower.)

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[l] at 8/20/14 9:11am


If you know anything about nerdcore superstar MC Frontalot, then you know he's not just about ice-cold flow and deep rhymes: he's also funny as hell. Now, with Question Bedtime, Frontalot brings us an album for kids, 40 minutes' of hip-hop fairy tales. Read the rest

[Category: Post, gift guide, happy mutants, hiphop, Kids, music, nerdcore, parenting]

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[l] at 8/20/14 8:19am

"Did you ever mean those sweet things, that you used to say? Did you mean 'em baby?

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[l] at 8/20/14 7:46am

In a Korean-language press release issued Wednesday, North Korea said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was a "wolf donning the mask of sheep," but cursed with a "hideous lantern jaw." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 7:37am
Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex couples may legally marry from 8 a.m. Thursday: "In Richmond, deputy clerks will be brought in to assist that city's marriage-license desk in anticipation of a large crowd."

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[l] at 8/20/14 7:29am
BALLMER

Citing his new duties as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, etc., former Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer is leaving the company's board. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 7:14am
A woman found a 3ft boa constrictor in the trunk of an old Volkswagen she had just bought for $300. The snake is OK, according to the local reptile rescue.

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[l] at 8/20/14 7:09am
South African Babanto Chauke, 38, was killed earlier this week by two men who "starting throwing oranges at him until he died," according to Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe, a local police spokesman in Tzaneen, Limpopo.

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[l] at 8/20/14 6:54am
So far, this has meant tweets favorited by people you do follow, but the idea is clearly to get users accustomed to feeds made of all sorts of things you can't curate—"a terrible decision on Twitter’s part, and I’ve seen nothing but complaints about it," adds John Gruber.

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[l] at 8/20/14 6:35am

Recommended: Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

AND HAVE FUN by joining the Tom the Dancing Bug subscription service, the INNER HIVE! (more…)

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[l] at 8/20/14 6:30am
Watching the small-town cops of Ferguson play GI Joe with their Army-surplus machine-guns is scary enough -- but what happens when the tech-smarts of Google trickles down to the Barney Fifes of America? Tom Craver speculates on tomorrow's dissent-suppression tactics, and offers some countermeasures. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 3:42am

Dan Geer's Black Hat 2014 talk Cybersecurity as Realpolitik (also available as text) is thoughtful, smart, vital, and cuts through -- then ties together -- strands of security, liability, governance, privacy, and fairness, and is a veritable manifesto for a better world. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 2:55am
The principal of Pensacola, Florida's Booker T Washington High broke his own rules when he cancelled the entire One School/One Book summer reading program because he was worried kids might be exposed to the "anti-authoritarian themes" in my novel Little Brother. Then, when the English department head Mary Kate Griffith publicly objected, she faced misconduct charges from the school and her job was on the line. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 2:24am

Laurel writes, "Holdfast magazine (a free, online speculative fiction magazine) has launched a fundraising campaign for our first-ever print anthology." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 2:16am

Yes.

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[l] at 8/20/14 2:02am


Stephen Harper's petro-Tories have a well-earned reputation for suppressing inconvenient environmental science, but they attained new Stalinist lows when their ministers prohibited Canadian Ice Services from disclosing their government-funded research on the rapid loss of Arctic ice. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/20/14 1:51am

Brenna Twohy performs "Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them" [NSFW], a witty, epic rant about erotic Harry Potter fanfic and sexual politics.

[Category: Video, gender, Sex, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 8/20/14 1:44am


The knee-length Marvel Comics skirt is $34.11 from Interrobangirl, who also takes custom orders.

[Category: Post, Comics, etsy, fashion, gift guide, happy mutants]

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[l] at 8/20/14 1:41am

One year The water sommelier of Los Angeles: Martin Riese is the water sommelier at Ray's and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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[l] at 8/20/14 1:07am


Lev Grossman, author of The Magician's Land, recalls the journey that took him from a Harvard and Yale-proscribed life of reading classics to writing fantasy novels, and how much it liberated him. Read the rest

[Category: Post, science fiction, writing]

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:38pm


Despite denials from top Comcast execs, a leaked employee manual shows that all Comcast customer service reps, even tech support staff, are required to hard-sell every customer they deal with, using high-pressure scripts that interfere with doing their jobs. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:29pm


The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation wants the power to break into any computer on the Internet and to spy on any person in the world: Liberal MP Philip Ruddock says "We are now looking at how you find out what people are thinking about even before they do it." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:18pm

Here's video from a debate I participated in at last summer's Howthelightgetsin festival in Wales, with the BBC's Kate Russell and Steve Fuller, an advocate for creationism and transhumanism, who said some pretty silly things, as you might expect.

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[l] at 8/19/14 5:53pm

Episode One. (more…)

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[l] at 8/19/14 5:46pm

8 "Endlessly manifold. Self-contained. Replete." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 2:41pm

ISIS militants today released a video of journalist James Wright Foley, kidnapped in 2012, being beheaded. Describing it as a message to America, which has provided air support to Kurds battling the insurgent group, ISIS also threatened to kill Steven Sotloff, another captive American.

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[l] at 8/19/14 2:04pm

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“Paper—you can never predict what it will become in the end.” Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 1:30pm
Sunil Dutta: "If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 1:21pm
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At Medium, Robin Sloan writes an appreciation of Nerdhaven, the archetypal shop in Everytown "catering to comic book readers, the D&D players, the gatherers-of-Magic."

[Category: Post, books, Comics, Games, shopping, stores]

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[l] at 8/19/14 11:45am
oboecop

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[l] at 8/19/14 11:41am

For Haim's track "My Song 5" from the perfect Days Are Gone LP, the badass sisters take to a faux tabloid talk show with A$AP Ferg, Kesha, SNL's Vanessa Bayer, Grimes, Big Sean, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), and the girls' proud parents.

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[l] at 8/19/14 11:14am

CNN anchor Rosemary Church, asking a live guest about police response to mostly black protesters in Ferguson, MO: “Talk to us about what police are saying to you. Why they are using this strategy? Why the use of tear gas, stun grenades? Why not perhaps use water cannons?” Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 11:09am

Painter James Jean and astounding artisans Pressure Printing teamed up on this beauty, "Tiger III," only available until 7:59am PDT tomorrow, and future offerings coming to Jean's online shop.

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:46am
SF author/physicist Gregory Benford reminisces about his friend Philip K. Dick: Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:35am
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Hello Kitty is aboard Japan's Hodoyoshi-3 satellite orbiting the Earth. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:35am

Hardware-Wars

Star Wars before they ruined it, available again? So says Comicbook.com.

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:24am

"Every Movie Robot Supercut," Song A Day #2057 by Jonathan Mann.

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:23am
These arrests are a gross violation of the reporters' First Amendment rights, and attempts to prevent journalists from lawfully doing their job on the streets of Ferguson are illegal. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:20am
lead

The name of this band is Talking Heads (not The Talking Heads), indeed. At The Atlantic, Dale Eisinger examines the use of "The" in band names.

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:11am

By Tony Zhou.

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[l] at 8/19/14 10:04am
stl

What can you say? Other than: this is insane. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 9:55am
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Discovered and photographed by Miss Lili Potkin, one can only gaze upon its prolapsing pink folds in lingering, speechless awe.

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[l] at 8/19/14 9:14am

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"A 2-year-old, 12-foot-tall giraffe named Wally gave Hall a lick, then turned and kicked her in the face." (Via)

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[l] at 8/19/14 9:13am


The inimitable cartoonist and toy designer, Jim Woodring, is best known for his wordless comic books about Frank, a funny animal who lives in the Unifactor, an imaginary world filled with Hindu symbolism and nightmarish creatures that are beyond good and evil. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 9:02am

Well the little green men, they were real hep-cats Rockin' and a-rollin' to the crazy flats

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[l] at 8/19/14 8:57am

The 355 Congresscreeps who voted to continue Program 1033 (through which the military buys war-weapons at full retail, then gives them away free to local cops) accepted 73 percent more campaign donations from defense industry sources than the opposition. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 8:52am

Paranoid Magical Thinking (Unknown Kadath Estates Book 1)

Paranoid Magical Thinking introduces Zachary Rawlins' Kadath Estates, essentially televisions' Melrose Place for quasi-magical, super powered misfits.

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[l] at 8/19/14 8:26am

[Category: Comic, Feature, brain rot, Hip Hop Family Tree]

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[l] at 8/19/14 8:12am
Kentucky's tourism finance authority gave preliminary approval to incentives applied for by The Ark Encounter, a creationist theme park that requires employees to be religious, straight fundamentalists. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 7:55am
A dish titled "Long Live Nazi Spaghetti" was briefly served at an Italian restaurant in Taipei. The proprietor said she chose that name because the dish contains German sausage.

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[l] at 8/19/14 7:05am


In 2005, MST3K's Mike Nelson published Goth-Icky: A Macabre Menagerie of Morbid Monstrosities, part of the Pop Ink series -- it's a gorgeous graphic tour of four-color monster art that were pulled from the archives of the Charles S. Anderson Design Company. Read the rest

[Category: Image, art, books, gift guide, happy mutants, horror, illustration, Monsters]

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[l] at 8/19/14 5:32am
Fresh from killing hundreds at protest camps, the government of Egypt has expressed a desire for the U.S. to show “restraint and respect for the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion.”

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[l] at 8/19/14 5:15am
No sooner had activists revealed a KKK email aiming to raise money for Darren Wilson than the racist organization itself denounced the sender: "The Klan is not out soliciting money."

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[l] at 8/19/14 5:05am
His unfortunately-timed nastiness--"fuck you, then kill yourself"--is standard fare for the right-wing rocker. But the unexpected financial hit, caused by radio stations banning Kiss tracks, has at least elicited an apology, of sorts, for his "misconstrued" words. There's a bonus reference to his own cherished "political incorrectness", naturally.

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[l] at 8/19/14 4:49am
Kottke recalls the Metropolitan Police's original charter: "To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force ... To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police."

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[l] at 8/19/14 4:42am
A nice intro from Filthy Frackers, though the lettering is much higher-res than the backg... OK, I'll stop. Someone make the game!

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[l] at 8/19/14 4:19am
They go to Alabama, writes intrepid and daring sock smuggler Dan Lewis. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/19/14 12:53am


We're getting together to talk about Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future , a project that Stephenson kicked off -- I've got a story in it called "The Man Who Sold the Moon." Read the rest

[Category: Post, events, science fiction, seattle, Technology]

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[l] at 8/19/14 12:49am


Indiecade calls Max Temkin's latest card game "Blazing Saddles meets Egyptian Ratscrew"; it's $35 with shipping. Read the rest

[Category: Image, crowdfunding, Games, gift guide, happy mutants, kickstarter]

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[l] at 8/19/14 12:38am

"[A curfew] is profoundly patronizing. 'Look, let's see if you can all remain quiet for twenty minutes, and then we'll see if you can all go and play outside.' If even the governor can't distinguish between the good and the bad elements of the community, and has decided to punish everyone equally, then that should go both ways.

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[l] at 8/19/14 12:34am

One year UK intel officials enter Guardian offices, destroy hard drives with Snowden docs: The Guardian's editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, explains that he is now forced to work on stories about the US National Security Administration from New York City, because UK intelligence officials went into the Guardian's headquarters and destroyed hard drives that had copies of some of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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[l] at 8/19/14 12:32am

Rightscorp, the extortion-based startup whose business-model is blackmailing Internet users over unproven accusations of infringement, made record revenues last quarter, thanks to cowardly ISPs who agreed to lock 75,000 users out of the Web until they sent Rightscorp $20-$500 in protection money. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, christ what an asshole, Copyfight, corruption, vichy nerds]

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[l] at 8/19/14 12:03am


The 19th century German biologist's seminal illustrations of weird sea-life have been adapted for a gorgeous Betabrand cabana shirt. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, biology, fashion, History, Science]

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[l] at 8/18/14 6:42pm

Shocking results from a new Pew study. [Previously]

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[l] at 8/18/14 6:32pm

Acclaimed photojournalist Scott Olson was arrested in Ferguson this afternoon. He is the photog behind some of the most iconic images to come out of the 9 days of civil unrest that have followed the police shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed black teen.

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[l] at 8/18/14 5:57pm

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"Garden Fresh," a lovely series of fine art photoshops, by Indonesian designer Agan Harahap. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/18/14 5:13pm
This video shows Weta Workshop's huge glowering Smaug head being assembled at San Diego Comic-Con; the video after the jump, taken by Heather Beschizza, shows it fully-englowered.

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[l] at 8/18/14 5:04pm

PBS's Joe Hansen explains the biology of petrichor, the distinctive and pleasant scent that results when decomposed organic material is thrown into the air by rain. [via The Atlantic]

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[l] at 8/18/14 4:59pm
A micronation is an entity that claims, but is not recognized, as a sovereign state. Douglas Leguin has them beat: after shooting at firefighters dousing a dumpster fire and being cornered by cops, he disclosed that he is, in fact, a sovereign state too.

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[l] at 8/18/14 4:52pm
"Kanye," writes Alex Young, "is no stranger to collaborations with rock legends..."

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[l] at 8/18/14 2:23pm

"The other day I had a cool water sandwich and a Sunday go-to meeting bun."

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[l] at 8/18/14 11:05am
"Text printed on the best paper with no margins or unbalanced margins is vile," writes Craig Mod.

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[l] at 8/18/14 11:02am
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Those Minifigures are actually 2D anamorphic paintings flat on the ground created by the amazing Leon Keer at Legoland Deutschland. See the reality below. Read the rest

[Category: Image, art, lego, optical illusions, photography]

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[l] at 8/18/14 10:53am
On Feb. 9, 1855, the residents of Devon in southern England awoke to find a bewildering set of footprints in the newfallen snow. “These are to be found in fields, gardens, roads, house-tops, & other likely and unlikely places, deeply embedded in snow,” ran one contemporary account. “The shape was a hoof.” Read the rest

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[l] at 8/18/14 10:48am
It's actually multiple muscles, and the myth may have emerged because you've probably never felt your tongue get tired. Even still, it isn't the strongest muscle system. Read the rest

[Category: Post, anatomy, muscles, Science, tongues]

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[l] at 8/18/14 10:22am
Celebrities and public figures are pouring buckets of ice water over their heads to help spread the word about ALS, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease. Bieber followed suit--but without the ice. You have to do it again, Justin.

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[l] at 8/18/14 10:15am

From The Independent, curious Freedom of Information requests sent to UK local governments: What plans are in place to protect the town from a dragon attack?

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[l] at 8/18/14 9:51am

(Nobumichi Asai)

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[l] at 8/18/14 9:42am
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MotoArt, an outfit I've blogged before that transforms airplane parts into furniture, built this glorious conference table based on an engine scavenged from a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. (via Laughing Squid)

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[l] at 8/18/14 9:29am
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[Large size]

(Thanks, Andrea James)

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[l] at 8/18/14 9:28am

Wondering Sound presents a fantastic oral history of the classic hip-hop movie Beat Street that was based on an article written for the Village Voice. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/18/14 8:05am

Rael Dornfest from Charity:Water says, "Today is a huge day at charity: water as we launch our annual September Campaign.

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[l] at 8/18/14 8:04am

Michael Geist sez, "The debate over Internet governance for much of the past decade has often come down to a battle between ICANN and the ITU (a UN body), which in turn is characterized as a choice between a private-sector led, bottoms-up, consensus model (ICANN) or a governmental-controlled approach.

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[l] at 8/18/14 7:10am

From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy

The Futurological Congress is one of the best by master storyteller Stanislaw Lem. A tale of social politics and absurdist humor, this is a worthy read.

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[l] at 8/18/14 5:26am
Poor decision-making in Manchester, England. (more…)

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[l] at 8/18/14 5:22am

The New York Times reports that a private autopsy has found that the unarmed teenager killed last weekend by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was shot at least six times.

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[l] at 8/18/14 5:01am
The initial memo giving Obama legal cover to carry out an extrajudicial killings was a mere seven pages long, is described as "woefully incomplete ... legal analysis," and earned its author a lifetime federal judgeship.

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[l] at 8/18/14 4:57am

Facekini, as seen in this photograph, are "old woman style" in China. But that hasn't stopped them ending up in New York style mag CR Fashion Book.

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[l] at 8/18/14 4:50am
An unfair race. Tortoise vs. Truck [via Nothing To Do With Arbroath]

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[l] at 8/18/14 4:24am
Brian Fies's 2012 graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? expresses a beautiful, melancholic and hopeful longing for (and suspicion of) the futuristic optimism of America's 20th century, starting with the 1939 World's Fair. Cory Doctorow finally got caught up with the future and read it. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, books, Comics, futurism, gift guide, Science, Space, Technology]

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[l] at 8/18/14 1:59am


The 2014 Hugos were awarded at Loncon3 last night -- the largest Worldcon in history, with the largest voter pool in history, too. Ann Leckie won Best Novel for her excellent Ancillary Justice, and I accepted the Best Graphic Story for Randall Munroe's masterpiece Time, in full XKCD cosplay. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/18/14 12:30am


The great cathedrals and palaces of medieval England were designed by people who made it up as they went along, and often discovered midway through a multigenerational project that they'd run out of space for an arch, or designed a building that couldn't hold up its own ceiling. Read the rest

[Category: Image, architecture, ftfy, Funny, History, religion]

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[l] at 8/18/14 12:22am


Ryan Mungia's Protect Yourself: Venereal Disease Posters of World War II uncovers many obscure propaganda posters that were, once upon a time, just as popular as the iconic "We Can Do It!" woman. Read the rest

[Category: Image, books, design, gender, History, Sex, war, WWII]

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[l] at 8/18/14 12:15am

One year UK officials detain Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow, question him about Snowden interviews, steal all his gadgets & data: Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda was detained at Heathrow Airport under an anti-terrorism law that allows the cops to hold terrorism suspects and question them for nine hours without a lawyer.

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[l] at 8/18/14 12:13am


Podcaster and author PG Holyfield (of "Murder at Avedon Hill"), a widely respected and much-loved figure, is, quite suddenly and quite quickly, dying of cancer. Read the rest

[Category: Post, charitable giving, fuck cancer, podcasts]

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[l] at 8/17/14 8:51am

It's practically a civic duty in the age of #Ferguson, #Gezi, #Occupy and more. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/17/14 12:25am

From March, 1940, a fascinating look at the development of Hitler's reputation in Germany and the UK, and the way that his publishers were forced to change the way they marketed his book. (more…)

[Category: Post, books, History, politics]

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[l] at 8/17/14 12:24am


Norwegian artist Markus Moestue pedalled it around the countryside to protest "the dogmatic religious education of children."

Crossing the Bible Belt [Markus Moestue]

(via JWZ)

[Category: Image, art, bikes, happy mutants, norway, religion]

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[l] at 8/17/14 12:07am


Julia Reda, a German Pirate Party MEP, was allowed to visit Sunde in a Swedish prison, and came away with a sad and important report on his tenure there, and his views on the future of the Internet and copyright. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Copyfight, corruption, eu, germany, prison, sweden, tpb]

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[l] at 8/17/14 12:03am

Michael from Muckrock writes, "Wondering how the St. Louis County Police ended up armed with surplus military gear, and what other departments have?

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[l] at 8/16/14 11:59pm


It's really easy to understand the perspective of the companies that own the giant buildings down the street, especially when the other side is a bunch of weird new businesses that want to do stuff no one has done before. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/16/14 11:45pm

One year Student debt and tuition hikes: destroying the lives of America's children: Matt Taibbi takes a long, in-depth look at the scandal of student loans and tuition hikes, a two-headed parasite sucking America's working class and middle class dry as they plunge their children into a lifetime of ballooning debt in the vain hope of a better, college-educated future.

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[l] at 8/16/14 12:39am

On Spec, Canada's leading science fiction magazine, faces closure after its Canada Council grant was abruptly, unfairly cancelled. They're raising funds to keep going. Read the rest

[Category: Video, canada, publishing, science fiction, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 8/16/14 12:38am

It's a timely update to their 2011 edition, incorporating new Supreme Court precedents that give additional protection to protesters who face arrest while video-recording or otherwise documenting protests -- required reading in a world of #Ferguson. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Civlib, eff, ferguson, law, mobile, privacy, protest, scotus]

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[l] at 8/16/14 12:04am

Randy Credico is challenging Cuomo in the primary; so much for the NYPD's vaunted stop arresting photographers memo. Read the rest

[Category: Post, authoritarianism, corruption, crime, law, nyc, nypd]

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[l] at 8/16/14 12:04am


The makers of Clean Slate, a drive-wiping program, sued Warner over a fictional product with the same name in The Dark Knight Rises; the judge quite sensibly told them that trademark protects you from unfair competition -- it doesn't let you own words. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Comics, Copyfight, law, movies, trademark]

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[l] at 8/15/14 11:50pm


The NES tissue box is $25 from Toronto's K8bithero, who combines textiles, nerdery and housewares to brilliant effect. (via Geekymerch)

[Category: Image, Post, Copyfight, etsy, fanac, Games, gift guide, happy mutants, housewares]

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[l] at 8/15/14 11:42pm

One year Dutch ebook sellers promise to spy on everyone's reading habits, share them with "anti-piracy" group: What I totally failed to anticipate was that booksellers and publishers would use watermarking as a rubric for tracking and sharing information about everything that everyone is reading.

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[l] at 8/15/14 9:30pm
Action_Comics_1 The most valuable comic book in the world, a fine copy of Action Comics #1 (June 1938) with the debut of Superman, is up for auction on eBay in a benefit for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Here's the story of its provenance:

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[l] at 8/15/14 9:29pm
Action_Comics_1 The most valuable comic book in the world, a fine copy of Action Comics #1 (June 1938) with the debut of Superman, is up for auction on eBay in a benefit for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

[Category: Post, auctions, Comics, superman]

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[l] at 8/15/14 5:17pm

We are giving away a Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator to a lucky Gadgets listener! To enter, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes then send an email to gadgets@boingboing.net to let us know that you did. Deadline is August 20 at Noon PT. (If you've already subscribed to iTunes and emailed us about it, you are already in the running for this giveaway and subsequent giveaways.)

Subscribe to the Gadgets podcast on iTunes!

In this episode, we talk to journalist Quinn Norton, who writes about digital rights, hacker culture, copyright, and the strangeness of the world and the complexity of the people who inhabit it for Medium and other outlets. She has covered the Occupy Wall Street movement and civil unrest around the world for Wired and other publications.

Mark's pick:

StarTech Portable Wi-Fi Router ($36) Portable travel router fits over iPad charger and works as a repeater or as an access point. Hotels are starting to charge per device, and this is a way to fight back.

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Image: "Policeman in riot control gear checking the equipment of another policeman. Lausanne" by Rama. licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 France license. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 4:33pm

I don’t know what is more fascinating, the images or the accompanying anecdotes included in this collection of amateur snapshots taken from 1966-1980.

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[l] at 8/15/14 4:29pm
No human being can make the circuit from eyes to brain to muscles fast enough to hit a ball in midflight or avoid an oncoming fist. You can’t change those natural limits with any amount of practice. So how do they do it? Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 4:16pm

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A photograph by Derek (Kiwi) Clarke, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Caption this, please.

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[l] at 8/15/14 4:07pm
A grand jury has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former presidential candidate, for abusing the powers of his office. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 3:58pm
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Gemma Correll

We missed this wonderful illlustration when it hit the internet last month, but how timeless is Gemma Correll's map of an introvert's heart? (more…)

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[l] at 8/15/14 3:45pm
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Shay Aaron is a miniaturist based in Tel Aviv who specializes in teeny-tiny adorable food--collectibles, and wearables. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 3:28pm

Longtime Boing Boing pal SFslim, aka Aaron Muszalski, is out in the Black Rock desert of Nevada as he is every year around this time.

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[l] at 8/15/14 3:17pm
Rex

Flower Power is about challenging myself to approach pit bulls with a fresh perspective and an open heart. I invite the viewer to do the same."—Sophie Gamand. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 1:20pm
American skateboarder Jay Adams, one of the original members of the Z-Boys skateboarding team, is reported to have died. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 12:49pm

It's 1948. Charlie Parish, a screenwriter and "part-time reprobate," wakes up with a hangover in a bathtub he doesn't recognize. As flashes of the previous night's bacchanalia go through his dulled mind, Parish wanders through the abandoned bungalow, trying to piece together the bits into a coherent timeline.

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[l] at 8/15/14 11:15am

"Skimpy Skirts and Hippie Hair," a 1972 Christian pamphlet spotted by bruce_lee_webb, reminds me of another similar classic in my own library, titled "Communism, Hypnotism And The Beatles."

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[l] at 8/15/14 10:48am
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I have no idea how the OM/ONE bluetooth speaker sounds, but it kinda doesn't matter because it levitates. LEVITATES! (Ah, magical magnetism.)

[Category: Post, Audio, gadget]

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[l] at 8/15/14 10:43am

slateI like my new Blackwing Slate journal, which our friends at Pencils.com sent me to review. The paper has the perfect tooth for a Blackwing pencil, and comes lined or unlined. Best of all, it has a holster for the pencil, which solves the vexing problem of where to stash my pencil.

Read more about the Blackwing Slate at Pencils.com

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[l] at 8/15/14 10:31am

Kosher Nostra, Plug Uglies, Yakey Yakes, and the Potashes are just some of the excellent 19th century street gang names compiled for this Mental Floss post by Arika Okrent, author of In the Land of Invented Languages.

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[l] at 8/15/14 10:21am
Photos, videos and messages from the St. Louis suburb where police killed unarmed teenager Mike Brown. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 10:14am
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Above are before and after images of Chichen Itza's El Castillo step-pyramid in the Yucatán that the Daily Grail's Greg Taylor shared in a brief post about "How Far Should We Go in 'Restoring' Ancient Monuments?." Below, Stonehenge in the 19th century and now. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 10:12am
American skateboarder Jay Adams, one of the original members of the Z-Boys skateboarding team, is reported to have died. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 10:02am
American skateboarder Jay Adams, one of the original members of the Z-Boys skateboarding team, is reported to have died. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 9:58am

Professional skateboarder Cory Juneau enjoys skating with his clones. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 9:48am
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In 1974, Daniel Sorine photographed two mimes in Central Park. Turned out that one of them was Robin Williams. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 9:41am
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As we wait patiently for Waxwork Records' promised vinyl soundtrack to The Warriors containing the full and never-released film score, let's enjoy Barry De Vorzon's cinematic komische disco track "Baseball Furies' Chase."

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[l] at 8/15/14 9:25am

As I require my bacon crispy and perfectly flat, this bacon press is one of the best Hanukkah gifts I ever received!

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[l] at 8/15/14 7:32am

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon today reveled the name of the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend, outside an apartment complex in Ferguson: Darren Wilson.

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[l] at 8/15/14 7:04am
A short story by John Biggs, taken from his new anthology, School Police. (Reading time: Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, fiction, Jel, school police, short stories]

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[l] at 8/15/14 6:39am
Unknown to most of the world until the late '80s, Witold Pilecki was a leader of the Secret Polish Army. Dan Lewis on an all-round badass. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 6:37am
Unknown to most of the world until the late '80s, Witold Pilecki was a leader of the Secret Polish Army. Dan Lewis on an all-round badass. Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 2:04am


Skypirate Creations (Etsy) made these steampunk leather guinea pig wings as a showpiece; it's not for sale, which will disappoint your steampunk guinea pig. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

[Category: Image, Delightful Creatures, fashion, Funny, gift guide, Steampunk]

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[l] at 8/15/14 12:18am


Scout writes, "Billions of people experience a severely-censored version of the Internet -- most famously in countries like China and Iran. Now there's something you can do about it." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 12:13am


These "cel-shaded" jeans were created by decorating a pair of plain blue-jeans with markers and paint. It's a weird inversion of denim wear-fetish by way of games culture, and I could easily see it becoming the acid-wash of the mid-2010s.

Cel-Shaded Jeans Make You Look Like A Cartoon Come To Life

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[l] at 8/15/14 12:09am

One year Internal audit shows NSA often breaks privacy rules, made thousands of violations a year: In one instance, the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans.

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[l] at 8/15/14 12:06am


Paul writes, "I've created a free service called ParanoidPaul that notifies you when updates are made to the terms that affect you. I strongly believe that the websites we use every day should be accountable to their users, and transparent about changes made to their privacy policies and terms of services." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/15/14 12:00am

Typewriter assemblage scluptor Jeremy Mayer writes, "I just finished my latest big sculpture. Titled Nude VI (Theia), it stands over 7 feet, 4 inches (224cm) tall, and will be suspended on thin cables high above the offices of Oculusvr in Los Angeles.

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[l] at 8/14/14 11:56pm

David sends us this video featuring "Candid conversations between writer Charles Bukowski, his wife, and his producer took place in Bukowski's home during the recording session for his classic Run With the Hunted in 1993. Here the outtakes are brought to life."

Charles Bukowski Uncensored

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[l] at 8/14/14 11:53pm

Hull strawberries with a straw, cube a watermelon in the rind, easy-peel oranges, de-seed a pomegranate, extract a mango with a drinking glass (best in show) and peel a kiwi with a spoon.

(via Lifehacker)

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[l] at 8/14/14 11:46pm


It was a 2013 installation called "Bruise," installed at the Seattle Center by Lisa Hein and Robert Seng (more…)

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[l] at 8/14/14 11:40pm


Made by redditor Eduardoballestero, a man of great skill and patience.

130 binder-clips in all, and it's heavy. Instructions are forthcoming.

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[l] at 8/14/14 11:28pm


Four of the plaintiffs are US citizens, the other a permanent resident, and they say that their rights have been routinely violated by a secret, unaccountable terrorist watchlist system that impairs their ability to travel and subjects them to "the unimaginable indignity and real-life danger of having your own government communicate to hundreds of thousands of federal agents, private contractors, state and local police, the captains of sea-faring vessels, and foreign governments all across the world that you are a violent menace." Read the rest

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[l] at 8/14/14 11:28pm

Turd-polishing at its finest. What do you think they should call i