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[l] at 11/28/14 2:29pm


The giant, criminal rootkit distributor and the dying, sleazy extortion racket want a judge to say that ISPs should disconnect people from the Internet on their say-so. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Copyfight, graduated response, human rights, law, three strikes, web theory]

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[l] at 11/28/14 1:14pm
I don't know the inspiration of this fun (and clearly photoshopped) image of a border collie surrounded by sea otters, but I don't really need to because it's awesome. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/28/14 1:13pm
I don't know the inspiration of this fun (and clearly photoshopped) image of a border collie surrounded by sea otters, but I don't really need to because it's awesome. Read the rest

[Category: Post, border collie, conservation, endangered species, sea otter]

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[l] at 11/28/14 12:34pm
The Bigfoot Show is the best bigfoot podcast you're not listening to. That's saying a lot, because there are a LOT of bigfoot-themed podcasts out there. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/28/14 11:20am
This striking photo by Portland-based photographer Johnny Nguyen is one of the most memorable to emerge from protests around the country. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/28/14 10:59am

Music by Mr. Oizo, directed by Eric Wareheim, starring John C. Reilly as the father and Kyle Pacek as the son. It's an excerpt from the comedy project “Rubberhead,” available for on-demand viewing here.

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[l] at 11/28/14 10:56am

Mid-Century Crime Bosses, Civic Corruption and Forgotten Murders

Chandler and Fisher's crime history of Portland is fascinating. This fast reading study, leaning heavily on police files and notes, quickly demonstrates how well corrupt government officials can cover their tracks.

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[l] at 11/28/14 10:46am

“11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee.” By Chris Herridge:

Started out as just a collection of snaps as I stripped down an engine bought off ebay.

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[l] at 11/28/14 10:19am
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PBS NewsHour published this comprehensive, easy-to-understand analysis of witness statements in the not-so-grand jury proceedings over Darren Wilson's fatal shooting of Mike Brown. (more…)

[Category: Post, ferguson, mike brown]

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[l] at 11/28/14 9:55am

As you'd expect, Jay Smooth has just about the smartest, best, most empathic take on the civil unrest in Ferguson following the failure of the prosecutor to secure an indictment. He quotes Martin Luther King: "riots are the language of the unheard." (via Waxy)

[Category: Video, corruption, ferguson, law, race, usausausa, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 11/28/14 9:44am
Shoppers wrestle over a television as they compete to purchase retail items on "Black Friday" at an Asda superstore in Wembley

Shoppers wrestle over a television as they compete to purchase retail items on "Black Friday" at an Asda superstore in Wembley, north London, November 28, 2014. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/28/14 9:17am
Shawn Parcells pointing to the part of his body where brains are supposed to be found.


Shawn Parcells pointing to the part of his body where brains are supposed to be found.

Just when you thought the investigation into Ferguson cop Darren Wilson's shooting of an unarmed black teen couldn't get any more fucked up, it gets even more fucked up.

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[l] at 11/28/14 8:56am
Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black 18-year-old Mike Brown, will leave the Ferguson police force. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/28/14 8:22am

In Ferguson, Missouri, protests over a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen are taking place at Black Friday sales.

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[l] at 11/28/14 7:36am

Star Wars, you've come a long way from the original Lucas vision. This 88-second teaser trailer for the forthcoming JJ Abrams-directed episode proves it, and I can't wait to see the film. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be released Dec. 18, 2015.

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[l] at 11/28/14 7:30am

Star Wars, you've come a long way from the original Lucas vision. This new trailer proves it, and I can't wait to see the film. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be released Dec. 18, 2015.

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[l] at 11/28/14 4:40am

Welcome to this year's Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved items from 2014 and beyond. Books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides! For Boing Boing tees, check out our own shop. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, Special, buy, gift guide, giftguide]

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[l] at 11/28/14 4:21am

Welcome to this year's Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved items from 2014 and beyond. Books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides! For Boing Boing tees, check out our own shop. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, Special, buy, gift guide, giftguide]

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[l] at 11/27/14 11:41pm

Celestial Buddies sells huggable plush planets that are pretty danged adorable -- they come with little information booklets to nurture kids' curiosity about space. Read the rest

[Category: Post, gift guide, happy mutants, Kids, Space, toys]

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[l] at 11/27/14 10:29pm

In Endogenous adenosine A3 receptor activation selectively alleviates persistent pain states, a paper in Brain by researchers led from the St Louis University Medical School, scientists document their work in switching off neural pain pathways by activating an adenosine receptor. Read the rest

[Category: Image, health, pain, scholarship, Science]

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[l] at 11/27/14 10:11pm


Once again, a Walmart store has set out a collection box for food donations to support its own employees, who are paid so little that they depend upon social assistance (and public generosity) to survive. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, corruption, one percent, ows, poverty, usausausa, walmart]

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[l] at 11/27/14 10:00pm

As always, John Oliver's take on something newsworthy, corrupt, and jaw-droppingly absurd manages to nail it straight through the beating heart. (more…)

[Category: Video, asset forfeiture, corruption, crime, john oliver, law, police, usausausa, war on drugs, war on some drugs]

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[l] at 11/27/14 12:24pm

"The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!"

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[l] at 11/27/14 11:22am

Happy Thanksgiving!

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[l] at 11/27/14 8:40am

I read through Nick Cole's The Savage Boy in one sitting. This follow up to Old Man and the Wasteland is a great addition to the story.

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[l] at 11/27/14 8:34am
Jackson+Pollock+Thanksgiving As imagined by Hannah Rothstein. The vomitastic splatter above is, of course, Jackson Pollock. [h/t Heather]

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[l] at 11/27/14 8:13am

Uncle Bill, it's time for A Thanksgiving Prayer.

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[l] at 11/27/14 6:33am
John Hornor Jacobs's 2013 debut YA/horror novel The Twelve Fingered Boy established him as one of the scariest, most lyrical new writers for young people; with the 2014 sequel, The Shibboleth, Jacobs shows that he's got lots more tricks up his sleeve, and each one is scarier and more thrilling than the last. Cory Doctorow just read it and now he's sleeping with the lights on. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/27/14 2:03am

Yolanda Pila's tiny Madrid apartment is now a transforming, five-room space, thanks to the addition of novel, rolling, track-mounted storage units that hold all her possessions as well as a murphy bed, and can be rolled around to rearrange the space as needed. Read the rest

[Category: Video, design, happy mutants, housewares, spain, videos]

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[l] at 11/27/14 1:55am


Photographer Ernie Button noticed that the sediment from dried up single-malt at the bottom of his glasses was extraordinarily beautiful and set about creating a set of gorgeous, interstellar-looking photos documenting the residue from different whiskies. Read the rest

[Category: Post, booze, happy mutants, photos]

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[l] at 11/27/14 1:48am


You have to promise to wear the jeans for six months without washing them and upload regular photos you breaking them in to the Historytag site, keyed to each pair's unique identifier; in return, you get 20% of the jeans' sale price. Read the rest

[Category: Post, fashion, labor, uk, Weird]

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[l] at 11/27/14 1:33am

As you'd expect, Jay Smoove has just about the smartest, best, most empathic take on the civil unrest in Ferguson following the failure of the prosecutor to secure an indictment. He quotes Martin Luther King: "riots are the language of the unheard." (via Waxy)

[Category: Video, corruption, ferguson, law, race, usausausa, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 11/27/14 1:28am


When cops are fired or forced to resign for malfeasance, chances are they walk straight into another law enforcement job -- in LA, the Sheriff's Department operates a revolving door between its police force and its notoriously corrupt jails, transferring its worst police offers into its custodial service. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, police]

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[l] at 11/27/14 12:15am


The DC force plans out how much stuff they'll steal from the public through the corrupt "asset forfeiture" program years in advance, almost as though they don't rely on crime to seize assets, but rather just arbitrarily grab stuff from people and sell it to pay their bills. Read the rest

[Category: Post, asset forfeiture, Business, corruption, crime, dc, law, police]

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[l] at 11/27/14 12:04am


Syria's brutal Assad government uses censorware from California's Blue Coat System as part of its systematic suppression of dissent and to help it spy on dissidents; 600GB of 2011 logs from Syria's seven SG-9000 internet proxies were leaked by hacktivist group Telecomix and then analyzed by University College London's Emiliano De Cristofaro. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, censorship, censorware, corruption, hacktivism, leaks, scholarship, security, syria]

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[l] at 11/26/14 11:54pm

The newly released Dragon Age Inquisition has just about the best handling of transgender issues of any mainstream video-game title, handled with grace through character creation, cut-scenes, and play: Read the rest

[Category: Video, Games, gender, LGBTQ, trans, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 11/26/14 10:40pm


Writer Spider Robinson writes, "My daughter Terri Luanna da Silva, a Stage IV breast cancer patient since 2011, is now in hospice in the Palliative Care wing of Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St, Middletown CT 06457-36454. She is not expected to recover. (No visitors, please. But cards and flowers are welcome.)" Read the rest

[Category: Post, cancer, fuck cancer, obamacare, science fiction, writing]

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[l] at 11/26/14 3:31pm

When my Check Engine Light goes off I check the error codes with this WIFI enabled OBD-II plug. For $15 it buys me a lot of peace of mind.

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[l] at 11/26/14 2:54pm

On a recent episode of Chris Hayes' MSNBC show, the host speaks with Frank Ancona, Imperialist Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK. Read the rest

[Category: Video, ferguson, mike brown]

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[l] at 11/26/14 2:40pm

This. It's an archival clip from CBS Sunday Morning on the work of Florida State University biology professor Walter Tschinkel. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/26/14 2:20pm

A lot of dick jokes in this video. [via Devour]

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[l] at 11/26/14 2:19pm

A lot of dick jokes in this video. [via Devour]

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[l] at 11/26/14 2:01pm

Two months after Darrien Hunt was shot in the back and killed by Utah police, surveillance video that captured the moments before his death has been released. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/26/14 1:45pm
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Movie magazine Empire cornered director James Cameron with some questions about the forthcoming sequels to Avatar. (more…)

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[l] at 11/26/14 1:31pm
This terrific NPR radio segment is making the viral rounds for good reason. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/26/14 12:36pm
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An Icelandic hacker who was once an ally of Julian Assange pled guilty Wednesday to charges that he embezzled 30 million Icelandic crowns ($240K USD) from Wikileaks. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/26/14 12:27pm
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[l] at 11/26/14 12:21pm

Because “Shih Tzu” said aloud never gets old. The doggie's name is Munchkin. (more…)

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[l] at 11/26/14 12:05pm
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“Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. and British intelligence agencies on the European Union and a Belgian telecommunications company, according to security industry sources and technical analysis conducted by The Intercept.” [firstlook.org]

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[l] at 11/26/14 9:41am
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Nate Duke is selling his lifelong collection of Nintendo games. (more…)

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[l] at 11/26/14 9:36am

The Royal Imperial Boxed Set

The boxed, hardcover set of William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy, by Ian Doescher, is now available.

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[l] at 11/26/14 9:04am

When my Check Engine Light goes off I check the error codes with this WIFI enabled ODB-II plug. For $15 it buys me a lot of peace of mind.

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[l] at 11/26/14 8:33am


A newly released Snowden doc, published in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, shows how Cable and Wireless (now a Vodafone subsidiary) made millions of pounds illegally installing fiber-taps to help GCHQ conduct its programme of mass surveillance. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, gchq, nsa, snowden, surveillance, telcoms]

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[l] at 11/26/14 7:31am
This Star Wars-themed Indiegogo campaign seems unlikely to receive the official imprimatur of Lucasfilm. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Video, Disney, lucasfilm, potauntaun, star wars, tauntaun]

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[l] at 11/26/14 7:25am
When threatened by predators, they can inflate themselves into giant balloons that are too large to swallow. Parts of their bodies are highly poisonous. But did you know what males of one species of pufferfish do to attract mates? Create icthyological masterpieces under the sea. (more…)

[Category: Post, Video, animal art, bbc, pufferfish]

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[l] at 11/26/14 7:21am
Some more words of wisdom and perspective from Neil deGrasse Tyson. (more…)

[Category: Post, aliens, neil deGrasse Tyson, scifi]

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[l] at 11/26/14 7:16am
The trailer for the new Jurassic Park film "Jurassic World" has just been released, and it's awesome. (Hello, Chris Pratt-as-dinosaur-hunter!) If you haven't seen it yet, you need to.

But since everyone else is sharing and posting the trailer, I thought I'd share something Jurassic Park-related but a little bit ... different.

[Category: Post, Video, cats, Chris Pratt, Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, trailer]

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[l] at 11/26/14 7:05am

Ascent by Da Vinci

This review is part of a sponsored content series by Ascent by Da Vinci, a luxury hand-held vaporizer.

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[l] at 11/26/14 6:49am

Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

And "prove your virtue"* by joining the Tom the Dancing Bug subscription service, the INNER HIVE! "You'll feel good!"*

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*Disclosure: these quotes actually apply to NPR pledges. (more…)

[Category: Comic, Feature, tomthedancingbug]

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[l] at 11/26/14 4:20am

We've covered Checkpoint Refusal videos before (1, 2, 3) -- these are videos recorded by people who object to the DHS's internal checkpoints, where you are asked (but can refuse) to state your citizenship and allow your car to be searched -- but I missed the most prolific, funniest, and weirdest checkpointer of them all: Robert Trudell. Read the rest

[Category: Video, Audio, authoritarianism, DHS, Funny, gwot, happy mutants, podcasts, police, videos, war on drugs, Weird, youtube]

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[l] at 11/26/14 4:18am
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, several years' worth of the wonderful webcomic Strong Female Protagonist has been collected in a book called Strong Female Protagonist Book One, and the story is now available in a single, powerful draught. Cory Doctorow reviews a comic that has a lot more to say about justice than the typical superhero story. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Book, Comics, gender, gift guide, justice, occupy, Reviews, superheroes]

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[l] at 11/26/14 3:16am

Andy writes, "This is the promotional video for a new campaign, We Stand with Shaker, aimed at securing the release from Guantanamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, who is still held despite being approved for release in 2007 and 2009." Read the rest

[Category: Video, corruption, gitmo, gwot, uk, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 11/26/14 1:06am


A newly released Snowden doc, published in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, shows how Cable and Wireless (now a Vodaphone subsidiary) made millions of pounds illegally installing fiber-taps to help GCHQ conduct its programme of mass surveillance. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, gchq, nsa, snowden, surveillance, telcoms]

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[l] at 11/26/14 12:58am


Shane writes, "@n8duke is selling his complete collection of every 8-bit Nintendo game (and some other NES things) for $25k.

[Category: Image, Games, gift guide, Old school]

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[l] at 11/26/14 12:32am


$12: 1/3 of profits go to Ferguson Public Library, 1/3 to This Week In Blackness Media and 1/3 to Feed the Children of Ferguson. (Thanks, Clive!)

[Category: Image, charitable giving, ferguson, gift guide, happy mutants, race, web theory]

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[l] at 11/26/14 12:21am


The Planetary Glass Set comprises ten glasses (one for each planet, plus one each for Pluto and Sol) representing the bodies of our solar system, very very very loosely sized to express their relative dimensions. Read the rest

[Category: Post, astronomy, gift guide, happy mutants, housewares, Science, Space]

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[l] at 11/26/14 12:15am


The Electronic Frontier Foundation has teamed up with organizations around the world to fight for net neutrality everywhere, because this isn't an issue that just effects Americans; you can help by finding a group in your country and joining in. Read the rest

[Category: Image, activism, cable company fuckery, eff, International, net neutrality]

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[l] at 11/26/14 12:10am


Paul Ford's short story "One Day, I Will Die on Mars," depicts a chilling, all-too-believable dystopian world where Uber becomes a massive transhuman immortal colony-organism that treats its labor force as its gut-flora, to be continuously measured and perfected or discarded. Read the rest

[Category: Image, corporatism, piketty, science fiction, uber, web theory]

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[l] at 11/26/14 12:02am

It's an incredibly arduous, tedious, and deliberately unfriendly process, but you can, in fact, opt out of the data-brokers that are most commonly used to doxx people, uncovering their home addresses, work details, and so on (but beware, you have to do this on a more-or-less monthly basis to stay out of their databases). Read the rest

[Category: Post, doxxing, gamergate, opsec, privacy, trolls]

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[l] at 11/25/14 11:50pm

@thestrangelog collects "the strange poetry of changelogs and patch notes," publishing them verbatim ("All byzantine emperors will now have clothes regardless of what DLCs are enabled."). Read the rest

[Category: Post, happy mutants, language, twitter, web theory, Weird]

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[l] at 11/25/14 6:20pm

For this Thanksgiving episode of the Futility Closet podcast, enjoy seven lateral thinking puzzles that didn't make it onto our regular shows. Solve along with us as we explore some strange scenarios using only yes-or-no questions. Happy Thanksgiving!

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[l] at 11/25/14 6:13pm

Jeff Newelt says: "Here's a video of a deep sublime conversation between Dick Cavett and Al Jaffee about cartooning... in a limo!"

Jeff wrote about the meeting in Heeb

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[l] at 11/25/14 5:21pm
Photographer Daniel Schaefer captures the grief, anger, and resolve of demonstrators who took to the streets of Manhattan after the announcement that the police officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown would not be indicted. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 4:49pm

In this week’s episode of the Cool Tools Show, Gary Wolf, Co-founder of Quantified Self, shows us how his favorite Quantified Self inspired apps help him stay consistent, motivated and aware about his most important daily routines. If you’re struggling to keep your healthy habits in check, this week’s episode may help you diagnose where those dips in motivation are coming from.

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[l] at 11/25/14 3:36pm

Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

And "prove your virtue"* by joining the Tom the Dancing Bug subscription service, the INNER HIVE! "You'll feel good!"*

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[l] at 11/25/14 2:18pm

My friend William Gurstelle told me: "Remember when you assigned me the Make magazine story about the Chaotic Double Pendulum?

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[l] at 11/25/14 1:54pm
It’s likely very easy for you to explain your motivations for going to work. David McRaney is not sure he believes you. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 1:21pm

There has long been a tension between the witch of legend and the modern day practitioner. The former has its origins mainly in polemical Christian ideas and folktales, where the witch is a consort of the devil, brewing wicked and foul smelling potions in a cast-iron pot, and eating children. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 12:37pm


Citizenlab's Ron Diebert lays out the terrible contradiction of putting spy agencies -- who rely on vulnerabilities in the networks used by their adversaries -- in change of cybersecurity, which is securing those same networks for their own citizens. Read the rest

[Category: Post, bullrun, corruption, cybersecurity, edgehill, nsa, security, snowden, surveillance]

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[l] at 11/25/14 10:28am
Ethan Gilsdorf explains why Socrates would have made a good DM and that John Stuart Mill was Lawful Neutral. Catch his talk on Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons tonight in Cambridge, Mass. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 10:04am
B3TP-JYIUAAMUbr I'm obsessed with Ewoks, so I had to share this awesome illustration that Black Mudpuppy posted on Twitter. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 10:00am

It's no secret that the Disney-fied versions of fairy tales that we grew up with in modern times pale in comparison to the originals, told by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.

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[l] at 11/25/14 9:06am

Amazing carved and painted wood sculptures from artist Tom Eckert.

My sculptures are formed entirely of wood and then painted. I use traditional processes to carve, construct, laminate and paint my pieces.

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[l] at 11/25/14 8:53am
I love it when nature inspires technology. A group of researchers has developed a glove that will allow humans to stick to and scale walls. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 8:36am
Doug DeMuro of Jalopnik explains the problem with the check engine light. (Experienced drivers solve it with a strip of electrical tape.) Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 7:35am
SS Taylor and Katherine Roy's adventurous YA series continues in a second volume that gets everything right: it's a steampunked alternate history story that's full of intrigue and light-touch, thoughtful critique of imperialism and colonialism, a story that lets you love your pith helmet while still questioning all that it stands for. Cory Doctorow (who loved book one) reviews the second Expeditioners book. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, books, gift guide, happy mutants, Kids, Reviews, science fiction, Steampunk, ya]

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[l] at 11/25/14 7:33am
Cece Bell's young adult graphic novel El Deafo is a beautiful, sweet, moving and funny memoir about growing up deaf. Take one part Ernie Pook's Comeek and two parts of Peanuts, mix thoroughly, and add some indefinable secret ingredients, and you'll get El Deafo, which Cory Doctorow thoroughly enjoyed. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 5:36am
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[l] at 11/25/14 5:23am
Mark Dery shines a light into the literary unconscious of Joanna Ebenstein, director of the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 3:54am


An ad on the Gumtree notice-board site offers up "Simon Hackett's Internode Death Ray" -- a TV ad prop -- free to a good home in South Australia. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/25/14 3:49am

Yannick writes, "We live-streamed our second annual Canadian conference of Citizens' Climate Lobby, a day of speeches, with a very interesting panel discussion." (more…)

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[l] at 11/25/14 3:36am

If the fleece hooded Captain America bathrobe wasn't to your taste, perhaps you'd prefer Batman, Harley Quinn, or Deadpool? $50 each from Thinkgeek.

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[l] at 11/25/14 3:27am


The Hollow Book Company (previously) has expanded its line of hollow book-safes (some with matching whisky flasks!), including this fabulous leatherbound Nicola Tesla book-safe. (via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 11/25/14 1:44am

"For perfectly cooked burgers every time, go to a restaurant."

"How to tell if your avocado is ripe: squeeze it, then cut it open and see if it is ripe."

" No time to boil water?

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[l] at 11/24/14 6:42pm

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 11/24/14 6:32pm
A St. Louis County grand jury has decided against indicting Darren Wilson, the Ferguson Police Officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/24/14 6:11pm

A memorial set up at the site of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 24, 2014.

Wilson

A St.

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[l] at 11/24/14 5:39pm

Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs plays a beautiful acoustic cover of Massive Attack's downtempo classic "Teardrop." Original version below.

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[l] at 11/24/14 4:23pm

Ben Marks says of Collector's Weekly says: "Did you know that in the good old days, when you paid a quarter for five shots in a shooting gallery, the guy behind the counter would hand you a .22 rifle loaded with real bullets?

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[l] at 11/24/14 3:27pm
Kevin Kelly searches for maximum vibrancy in Tokyo Read the rest

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[l] at 11/24/14 3:22pm
With the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/24/14 2:01pm

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[l] at 11/24/14 12:49pm

Celentano Woodworks makes novelty ukuleles and sells them on Etsy. The Atom Uke is sold out, but check out the apple, pickle jar, and cupcake ukes.

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[l] at 11/24/14 12:23pm

Celentano Woodworks makes novelty ukuleles and sells them on Etsy. The Atom Uke is sold out, but check out the apple, pickle jar, and cupcake ukes.

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[l] at 11/24/14 12:12pm

reality

I hope cartoonist John Atkinson does more of these spot-on TV show timelines.

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[l] at 11/24/14 12:00pm
scientology

How many lawyers does it take make a documentary about the Church of Scientology? Read the rest

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[l] at 11/24/14 11:40am

"To call the elevator, connect the two wires." [via]

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[l] at 11/24/14 10:51am

This past spring, the This is… series of graphic biographies about famous Western artists kicked off with a trio of handsome, modestly scaled books on Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, and Jackson Pollock, thereby covering its pop, surrealism, and abstract-expressionism bases in one swift stroke. This fall, This is… ventured into somewhat less predictable terrain with a pair of titles devoted to Paul Gauguin and Francis Bacon. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/24/14 10:13am
An excrement-filled cesspool exploded in the central Chinese city of Zhangjiaje, injuring 15 people and causing a nearbly building to collapse.

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[l] at 11/24/14 10:05am

When Jennifer Gable died suddenly, her family cut her hair, put her in a suit, buried her as a man, and published an obit with a name she had not used in many years.

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[l] at 11/24/14 10:05am
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Over at Matter, Bobbie Johnson wrote a killer analysis of our love-hate relationship with Uber, asking and answering "What exactly is it about the controversy-baiting, aggressive, indispensable taxi app that pisses so many people off?"

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[l] at 11/24/14 9:56am
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Over at Matter, Bobbie Johnson wrote a killer analysis of our love-and-hate relationship with Uber, asking and answering "What exactly is it about the controversy-baiting, aggressive, indispensable taxi app that pisses so many people off?"

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[l] at 11/24/14 9:46am
After purchasing the weapon, the victim is claimed to have "jokingly saying the couple were ready for Ferguson" while waving it around in a moving car, leading to a minor accident, during which the gun went off.

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[l] at 11/24/14 9:10am
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NASA is studying twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly to understand the affects of long space missions on the body and brain. Read the rest

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


New from Evil Mad Scientist Labs, the 2.0 version of their Watercolorbot, a plotter than uses a brush and a palette of watercolors to automatically paint watercolor pictures. (more…)

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[l] at 11/24/14 5:57am
For many decodes, a fantasy among space enthusiasts has been to invent a device that produces a net thrust in one direction, without any need for reaction mass. Of course, a reactionless space drive of this type is impossible. Or is it? By Charles Platt Read the rest

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[l] at 11/24/14 5:49am
373 "My idea of a compact yet powerful gaming PC with a little style added," writes Jeffrey Stephenson, creator of beautiful wooden computers. "Best viewed with Marvin Gaye playing in the background."

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[l] at 11/24/14 5:46am
Maggie Tokuda-Hall describes the special, intimate relationship between a woman and her office supplies. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/23/14 10:10pm

Portlandia star and BB pal Fred Armisen improvises a startling number of New York City neighborhood accents for nearly five minutes.

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[l] at 11/23/14 10:10pm

Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs plays a beautiful acoustic cover of Massive Attack's downtempo classic "Teardrop." Original version below.

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[l] at 11/23/14 10:09pm

This clip of a bizarre deep-sea anglerfish, taken by a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute robot sub in the dark depths of Monterey Canyon, is thought to be the first footage ever of this particular species of black seadevil.

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[l] at 11/23/14 10:02pm


You might already be familiar with Digital Dudz, the costume tees and bodysuits with pouches for a smartphone displaying an animation that adds comedy (or horror) to the effect; but did you know that Morphsuits also does full-head latex masks that work the same way? Read the rest

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[l] at 11/23/14 10:00pm
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Tyler Johnson, 31, claims he has brought 13 corpses back to life as part of his work on the Dead Raisers Team, a group of evangelicals who travel around sharing their gift for resurrection and faith healing, and teach others how to make miracles too. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/23/14 9:49pm

Sx Create writes, "Austin Tinkering School is a place where kids use real tools and real materials to build, create, and learn. Adults serve as collaborators rather than teachers for maximum engagement, interest, enthusiasm, and enjoyment." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/23/14 9:41pm
screenshot

NASA is studying twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly to understand the affects of long space missions on the body and brain. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/23/14 5:14pm

With some beasties -- birds, bugs, bacteria -- it's easy to dismiss their zombie-killing powers simple by adjusting the zombie scenario at hand.

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[l] at 11/23/14 3:12pm
The week, Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about their new gadgets for archival scanning and e-reading. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/23/14 3:11pm
For many decodes, a fantasy among space enthusiasts has been to invent a device that produces a net thrust in one direction, without any need for reaction mass. Of course, a reactionless space drive of this type is impossible. Or is it? By Charles Platt Read the rest

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[l] at 11/23/14 11:46am

Boing Boing favorites Hot Spice will be kicking out the jams at the Ramada Inn's "In Spot" on Highway 34 and S. Locust. I can feel my temperature rising already.

Please share your memories of going to see Hot Spice on our BBS! [via]

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[l] at 11/23/14 7:07am


The tights feature black cats, spooky moons and bat silhouettes -- they'd go great with the grotesque Monster Mash party dress.

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[l] at 11/23/14 5:46am


The downloadable PDF pattern for making your own droidel comes from Bonnie Burton's excellent Star Wars Craft Book.

[Category: Post, books, hannukah, happy mutants, housewares, Kids, makers, papercraft]

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[l] at 11/22/14 2:19pm

Jose writes, "A 12 year old child was forced by the police to give false testimony against three black teens in 1975; the last two men have just been released from prison. I was moved to tears by both the terrible injustice and the way one of these men, Ricky Jackson, spoke out without any sign of hatred." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/22/14 11:25am
B3CBAMFCMAAzkMa.jpg-large This is going around the 'net like lightning. But is it real? How likely is it that Lego would have used a proportional typeface like that in the early 1970s?

And on the other side, faintly visible through the paper! fdhdfh

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[l] at 11/22/14 4:53am

Cabbagetroll's masterful summary of the Bible (both testaments) on Reddi's /r/Christianity really captures the books' spirit. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/22/14 4:42am


After a redditor claimed to have gotten a computer virus from factory-installed malware on an e-cig charger, the Guardian reported out the story and concluded that it's possible. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 2:32pm

NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab just published two interesting new videos about the search for life beyond Earth. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 2:27pm
If you are a super-fan of samurai movies or the Tarantino flicks they inspired, hold on to your wallet. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 2:17pm

A judge failed to throw to book at a driver who killed a child, so the child's father threw a chair at her.

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[l] at 11/21/14 1:43pm

Effective January 17, all research funded in whole or in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation must be published in journals that are immediately free-to-access, under a Creative Commons Attribution-only license. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 1:28pm

"NO plans, no tutorials, but maybe for SALE soon!" (more…)

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[l] at 11/21/14 1:09pm
tman

He is a person, not a bat. Darren Cullen has improved the legendary logo; pray that he does not improve it further.

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[l] at 11/21/14 1:05pm
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NASA has issued a new image of Jupiter's moon, Europa. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 1:01pm
A rare Hitler is up for auction and is expected to fetch at least $60,000 when the hammer falls at Nuremberg’s Weidler auction house. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 12:30pm

Araki by Araki is a massively thick book that bares the soul of an artist who has no agenda other than to share his eclectic obsessions. As he states in the interview that runs in the book, “I don’t have anything to say. There is no special message in my photos.” Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 12:27pm
Tom Wilczak shovels snow from the roof of his home following a storm in Buffalo, New York November 20, 2014.   REUTERS/Aaron Lynett


Tom Wilczak shovels snow from the roof of his home following a storm in Buffalo, New York November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett

Western New York is buried in much of the snows. Here are photos. At least 8 people have died due to the intense wintry blasts burying Buffalo and neighboring areas in layers of cold.

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[l] at 11/21/14 12:22pm

What can we do when politicians, advertisers and journalists make misleading claims which fly in the face of evidence? Last year here at Sense About Science we launched a campaign (as featured on BoingBoing) to get more people asking for evidence – for the claims make by politicians, companies, NGOs or anyone else.

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[l] at 11/21/14 12:14pm
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[l] at 11/21/14 12:12pm

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 12.11.52 PMFlirtmoji. I don't understand what some of these are.

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[l] at 11/21/14 12:04pm
buttsetc Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick sell this map, in traditional and wordcloud form, for £22. If you ever visit, take the time to visit beautiful Shitterton, Lickham Bottom, and Marston Bigot.

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[l] at 11/21/14 12:03pm
Ebola Virus at 108,000 Magnification. The Los Angeles bus passenger is not believed to have actually contained this virus within his person.


Ebola Virus at 108,000 Magnification. The Los Angeles bus passenger is not believed to have actually contained this virus within his person.

Bandits in Guinea robbed a taxi and ran off with blood samples believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 11:22am
2 Gizmodo's Kate Knibbs reports on people who do the hard work of recovering and restoring forgotten games, so that they may be remembered—and, Heaven forbid, played again.

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[l] at 11/21/14 11:18am

Video game graphics, explained in gruff Estuary English. Part 2 below! (more…)

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[l] at 11/21/14 11:09am
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"Dystopian" films often depict an otherwise appealing future ruined by uncontroversial woes such as totalitarian government and environmental apocalypse. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 10:57am
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Marijuana_free Department of Justice officials say a couple in Northern California couple have been indicted on federal drug charges related to the Silk Road 2.0 “dark Web” drug market after agents traced their internet activity. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 10:28am
She hates Ubuntu and sexism. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 10:23am

"NO plans, no tutorials, but maybe for SALE soon!" (more…)

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[l] at 11/21/14 10:17am
Electronic cigarettes are charged by USB, and many of the devices are manufactured in China, so the question of e-cigs as malware vectors had to be raised. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 10:15am
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Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen fell asleep during a game against Viswantahan Anand in the World Chess Championship now taking place in Sochi, Russia; the game ended in a draw. "I wasn't in the best of shape," Carlsen said. (Yahoo! Sport)

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[l] at 11/21/14 9:46am
shinggg Wish we'd thought to do this one: siliconvalleyjobtitlegenerator.tumblr.com.

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[l] at 11/21/14 9:37am
Best thing ever for those of you who are hip moms and dads, or for those of you who like to sneer at hip moms and dads. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 8:10am

Sony’s Playstation advertising used to be clever and weird and manipulative. Now it just makes me think of a ship burning faster than it can sink.

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[l] at 11/21/14 7:52am
Sony’s Playstation advertising used to be a clever and weird and manipulative. Now it just makes me think of a ship burning faster than it can sink.

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[l] at 11/21/14 7:37am
Mike Evans was a founding member of the touring neo-swing band, Big Tubba Mista, and runs the family fun website, Secret Dad Society. He built a remote control seagull to see what real seagulls thought of it. See the video below! Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 7:20am

Beijing resident Zou Yi set out to illustrate the pollution problem in the city' by taking the same photo, at the same time each day, and creating a mosaic of the resulting images.

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[l] at 11/21/14 6:44am
NANANANANANANANNANANNA

DC Comics' lawyers object to the new design, for some reason! (more…)

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[l] at 11/21/14 6:29am
A guest on a French television show demonstrates a useful feature of his high-tech prosthetic arm. (Alas, it is merely a comedy show.)

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[l] at 11/21/14 6:22am
upload_2014-11-20_at_8-34-44_am A perfect evening in Florida: order food, on bicycle, at a just-closed Taco Bell's drive-through, refuse to leave, fight cops, then attain epiphany concerning the nature of the evening while being booked.

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[l] at 11/21/14 6:16am


Harry writes, "Ever since launching CPU WARS Volume 1.0 people had been asking me for more CPUs and gameplay. After a lot of work and research we have finally done it! CPU WARS Volume 2.0 - The Battle of the Servers has now launched! Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 6:14am
SPOONS

Spoons just magically stick to this youngster. It must have something to do with science. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 6:07am


Just because Congress can't even pass minimal NSA reform, it doesn't mean that privacy is dead: American tech companies are NSA-proofing their services because customers are demanding it. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 6:01am
The application is $950, you have to buy $100 software to take the exam, and using a credit card incurs a $15 "processing fee," but this isn't an MLM scam: "There’s been a lot of debate recently about whether a law degree is a smart investment anymore," writes Megan H., "and generally, the answer is maybe not."

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[l] at 11/21/14 5:54am
You know what's coming, but it doesn't make it any less breathtaking when it happens. [Video Link, via]

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[l] at 11/21/14 5:46am
battlestar_galactica_classic The producer behind Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica was often mocked as derivative, but he brought home screeen science fiction for generation X.

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[l] at 11/21/14 5:37am


Just because Congress can't even pass minimal NSA reform, it doesn't mean that privacy is dead: American tech companies are NSA-proofing their services because customers are demanding it. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 4:22am

Essa writes, "Andrew Huang has taken fragments of the audio from the Rosetta mission and arranged them into haunting rendition of The Beatles' 'Across the Universe'. Apart from his singing, no other sounds were used in the song." (more…)

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[l] at 11/21/14 4:15am


From 2011, Skeptical Science's excellent Debunking Handbook, a short guide for having discussions about climate change denial that tries to signpost the common errors that advocates of the reality of anthropogenic global warming make when talking to people who disbelieve. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 4:08am
Ivan Hernandez tells the story of a girl who just wants to ride, and the basketball game standing between her and freedom. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 4:08am


Just because Congress can't even pass minimal NSA reform, it doesn't mean that privacy is dead: American tech companies are NSA-proofing their services because customers are demanding it. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 4:07am
Hey, Brian K. Vaughan here with an exclusive excerpt for my friends at Boing Boing of the creator roundtable between artist Fiona Staples, letterer Fonografiks, and Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson featured in the back of SAGA: BOOK ONE, a new hardcover collection of our first eighteen issues. As the writer, I have arguably the easiest job of any of my collaborators, but check out how much I whine and complain at the scripting stage of our twelve-step process... Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 4:07am
Saga, the creator-owned gonzo science fiction comic from Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples may be the best sf comic since Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan, and the three collections published to date are already canon, with the long-awaited number four around the corner. To get all your friends ready for it, there's a new gorgeous, massive hardcover volume collecting the first three installments. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 3:52am



Mary O'Malley's "Bottom Feeders" sculpture-series depicts cups, teapots, plates, saucers and bowls that appear to have been recovered from the sea-bottom, covered in barnacles, coral, tentacles and crustaceans. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 3:40am


The Unicode Consortium is finalizing its plans for version 8, and 37 new emoji are among the candidates for the final release, including "ZIPPER-MOUTH FACE," "MONEY-MOUTH FACE," "SIGN OF THE HORNS" and "TACO". Read the rest

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[l] at 11/21/14 3:34am


Glove Power rebuilds old Nintendo Power Gloves as one-of-a-kind fashion accessories, lit with arrays of customized LEDs powered by a hidden battery-pack.

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:37pm
Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 12.36.35 AM [Link]

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:33pm

The London Borough of Camden has a new weapon in its eternal fight against dog poo: pink spray paint. The idea is to embarrass dog owners who fail to pick up after their animals—and they've offered cans of paint to local residents who wish to participate in the program.

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:21pm
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The beloved character of childrens' book and animated feature film has been banned from a Polish playground. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 8:46pm

The lovely and talented duo of She & Him, aka M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, bring their 1960s AM-radio joy to the Dusty Springfield tune "Stay Awhile." It's from their forthcoming covers LP, titled Classics.

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[l] at 11/20/14 8:45pm

No back and forth bullshit when Han Yue made the Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel park, 8 cm (3.15") in a MINI 3-door Hatch, during the China Drift Championship.

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[l] at 11/20/14 8:33pm
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The Nib, Medium's killer comix publication, is publishing a "2015 Calendar of Obscure Holidays" featuring original artwork by Nib editor Matt "War Is Boring" Bors, Erika Moen, Rich Stevens, Zach Weiner, Jen Sorensen, Brian McFadden, Eleri Harris, Andy Warner, Matt Lubchansky, Liza Donnelly, Scott Bateman, and Gemma Correll who did the cover. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 3:43pm

Google is rolling out a patronage service for websites called Contributor. Readers of sites like The Onion, Mashable, and wikiHow can pay a buck or two per month and will be rewarded with "Thank You" tile where they would normally see an ad. [via]

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[l] at 11/20/14 3:29pm
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[l] at 11/20/14 3:28pm
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“Care Package,” by James Curran, 2014. (more…)

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[l] at 11/20/14 3:22pm

Beginning in 2015 medical marijuana cardholders throughout the US will be legally allowed to buy weed from Nevada dispensaries.

When you consider that Nevada has fewer than 7,000 medical marijuana patients, it’s not a very large base.

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[l] at 11/20/14 3:16pm
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GIF of this video from Touch of Life Technologies: cadaver imaged head to toe with MRI and CT-scan on August 5th, 1993, for The Visible Human Project. [via Asylum Art]

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[l] at 11/20/14 3:10pm

This video is a good example of why men tend to have shorter lifespans than women.

[via Reddit]

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[l] at 11/20/14 2:54pm
What does it take for a condemned person to win a resentencing? Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 2:53pm

Travelon RFID Blocking Passport Case

For years I have been pretending this RFID blocking passport case is protecting me from a phantom menace.

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[l] at 11/20/14 2:09pm

Twelve years ago, Creative Commons made a big bet. We saw that the internet had transformed the ways in which people create, distribute, and consume content. And we believed that what it meant to be a creator was going to shift in a big way. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 1:16pm

As an amateur guitar player, this is a fantastic tool that allows me to achieve the following: Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 1:04pm

This giant hole is the result of water flowing into a salt mine in Russia. When the soil started shifting in 2005, the government shut off power to the area to encourage residents to leave.

On Tuesday, the mines were evacuated due to shifting earth, and the hole opened up on Tuesday evening. Russian authorities are studying the scene and performing air quality tests to determine whether noxious gasses are being released.

There Goes the Neighborhood

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[l] at 11/20/14 12:43pm

Ted Balaker says: "Agents suspected some high rollers staying at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas of illegal sports betting (the horror!). The feds didn’t have enough evidence to obtain a warrant, so they got creative: They cut the suite’s Internet, then showed up posing as repairmen. Once they gained access to the suite, they sneakily collected enough evidence to persuade a judge to issue a warrant. They then returned to the suite and arrested eight men for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation."

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[l] at 11/20/14 12:21pm
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Our thanks to our sponsors at Betabrand, who sent us these items to play with. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 12:10pm

In Utah, where the largest National Security Agency data center is located, a state legislative committee will soon consider a bill that could cut off millions of gallons of water for a major spy agency facility south of Salt Lake City.

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[l] at 11/20/14 12:00pm

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Entertainment icon Mike Nichols died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 83. He is best known as the director of films including “The Graduate” (1967) which won an Academy Award. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 11:36am

Basically, brain fireworks. (more…)

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[l] at 11/20/14 11:27am
Described as “the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel,” Solar Impulse is slated for an around-the-world flight attempt in 2015. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 11:08am

I never tire of the conceptual trick of applying the metaphor of a map onto something non-geographical. Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies by Hans Ulrich Obrist rounds up a set of maps created by artists and thinkers that chart what is often hard to visualize. The editor labels them “alternative cartographies.” Read the rest

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

More than 80% of California remains in a state of extreme drought, according to an update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, and things aren't expected to get better in the near future. At the Los Angeles Times, a graphic shows the progression of the drought from 2011 through today.

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[l] at 11/20/14 10:57am

PasswordsFew things are as universally despised as passwords. The strains they put on our memory, the endless demand to update them, their sheer number. But there is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 10:48am
This photo released by the Rocky Intertidal Lab at the University of California-Santa Cruz shows a starfish suffering from 'sea star wasting disease.' (Laura Anderson / Rocky Intertidal Lab UC Santa Cruz)


This photo released by the Rocky Intertidal Lab at the University of California-Santa Cruz shows a starfish suffering from 'sea star wasting disease.' (Laura Anderson / Rocky Intertidal Lab UC Santa Cruz)

Marine biology researchers investigating the virus linked to the “wasting” deaths of countless starfish are looking at what role environmental causes might play in the massive die-off. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 10:24am

The Internets Celebrities (Dallas Penn, Rafi Kam, and director Casimir Nozkowski) explore the culinary delights of 125th Street in New York City, where Old Harlem meets New Harlem. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:58am

PasswordsFew things are as universally despised as passwords. The strains they put on our memory, the endless demand to update them, their sheer number. But there is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:39am

“With sexual assault allegations gaining increasing attention, The Associated Press reviewed an on camera interview with Bill Cosby earlier this month and made the decision to publish his full reaction to questions about the claims.” [YouTube]

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:37am

She's funny even when she is impersonating celebrities I've never heard of!

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:35am

Our thanks to our sponsors at Betabrand, which send us these three items to play with. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:29am

And it was probably not a meteor. The videos and photos collected here and here suggest the explosion occurred on the ground.

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:22am

The NY Times' Nick Bilton took a deep dive into the world of Twitter bots, and even created his own army of Twitter bots (which the Twitter overlords murdered as soon as th article went live).

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[l] at 11/20/14 9:12am
Anti-semitism motivated top colleges to switch from entrance exams to more subjective—and more opaque—admissions criteria. By Dan Lewis Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 5:35am
Theresa DeLucci got a letter published in the only publication for girls that really attempted educational journalism—amid Twin Peaks fashion spreads and celeb interviews with grunge luminaries like Kurt Cobain and Kim Gordon. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 5:33am
There’s a move afoot to redefine “homesteading” in a way that makes available to anyone who wants to take part. If you live in the city, there’s urban homesteading, if you’re rural, there’s digital homesteading and “countrepreneuring.” But what does it mean to homestead in the desert? By Reanna Alder Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 5:26am
Anti-semitism motivated top colleges to switch from entrance exams to more subjective—and more opaque—admissions criteria. By Dan Lewis Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 3:39am


The Critical Hit D20 rug is 43"x38", with a non-skid backing, and ensures that your living spaces always make their saving throws.

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[l] at 11/20/14 3:34am


The leaked slides were prepared by Edelman, the largest PR company in the world, at the behest of Transcanada, and they constitute a blueprint for tracking and influencing platform that spies on its participants in order to psychologically profile them and nudge them into becoming advocates for the oil industry. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 3:19am


Princess Leia apparently decided the "walking carpet" should just become a carpet: comes in 6'x3' or 8'x4', $100/$150.

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[l] at 11/20/14 3:14am


In some ways, it's the inevitable outcome of Google's increased focus on Chrome and Yahoo's increased focus on getting anyone, anywhere to care about it before it runs out of money. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/20/14 2:53am


The Spectator has just run my review of Gabriella Coleman's Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous , an anthropological recounting of the glories and disasters of Anonymous. Read the rest

[Category: Image, anonymous, books, gift guide, happy mutants, Reviews]

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[l] at 11/20/14 2:42am


Something about the round toe and the Starfleet insignia just works: $20 from Thinkgeek comes in Sciences (blue), Command (yellow), and canon fodder (red).

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[l] at 11/20/14 2:25am


The realisation that knitting (and cross-stitch) is pixel-based has been dawning on the crafty gamer world for more than a decade, and I've enjoyed chronicling the rise of 8-bit nostalgia textiles. Case in point: the £40 Street Fighter Christmas Jumper. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 11:03pm

Engineers at Queen Mary University London fed data about the structure of certain magic tricks and their efficacy, the "artificial intelligence" generated new variations on a self-working puzzle trick and a smartphone-based mind-reading illusion. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 11:03pm
Over at TheLi.st, Glynnis MacNicol surveys the "girls toys section" of today's stores and asks: Where the fuck is Princess Leia? Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 10:52pm

Traveling through Russia and Ukraine, Danila Tkachenko photographed "people who have decided to escape from social life and lived all alone in the wild nature, far away from any villages, towns or other people.

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[l] at 11/19/14 10:40pm

Above, the extrasolar planet 16 Cygni Bb as rendered by artist Ron Miller, illustrator of science, astronomy, and science fiction, and author of "The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era." Below, Jupiter's moon Europa.

See more of Miller's otherworldly artwork at this LIFE gallery: Out of This World: Ron Miller’s Spectacular Space Art

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[l] at 11/19/14 10:15pm

Interstellar's supervising sound editor/designer Richard King: "Since we're not hearing any sound in space when they're in these precarious situations, we only hear, one, its effect on the ship and two, whatever sound it might activate in the atmosphere inside the ship." (SoundWorks Collection)

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[l] at 11/19/14 3:59pm
Photo courtesy Made In Space.


Photo courtesy Made In Space.

Another big milestone for humans in space: astronauts on board the ISS set up a commercial 3D printer, for a tryout in orbit. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 3:07pm
An ode to the first man in space, and a fun music video that makes great use of archival video. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 2:38pm
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HT: Clayton Cubitt

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[l] at 11/19/14 2:27pm

Not long ago, 80 percent of shops in Palermo, Sicily were paying pizzo, or protection money, to the Mafia. But a growing movement is putting a serious dent in the pizzo racket.

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[l] at 11/19/14 1:55pm

Terrie Schweitzer interviewed my wife, Boing Boing co-founder and Wink editor Carla Sinclair, about her daily work and fitness routine.

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[l] at 11/19/14 1:31pm

The drop shadows, details, and shading on these tattoos make them look 3D.

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[l] at 11/19/14 1:13pm

Three seniors in Washington do bong rips and play Jenga. Then they vape and play Cards Against Humanity. Then it's snack time.

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[l] at 11/19/14 1:12pm
The best breakdown ever penned of the long-running, insufferably white syndicated public radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion.” Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 1:09pm

Gavin writes, "The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on an important bill to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, America's open records law." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 1:06pm


Tommy writes, "I'm working with Verso Books (which just published Gabriella Coleman's Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous to provide free encryption workshops to groups in NYC." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 12:57pm


Chloe from Portland's Reading Frenzy bookstore writes, "Portland based, self-taught artist, Alicia Justus, is Kickstarting her first coloring book in collaboration with Show & Tell Press (publisher of Crap Hound)." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 12:53pm

Magicpeacelove writes, "This stunning 1954 contortionist act (from an Abbott & Costello TV special!) features the most sensual snake ever. Seriously, if Janik and Arnaut showed up on the scene today they could travel the world with this act." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 12:52pm

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The famed lead singer of the Sex Pistols and PiL, and former spokesperson for the virtue of butter substitutes, has a spending problem when it comes to apps. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 12:31pm


Sasha Costanza-Chock writes, "My book about transmedia organizing is now available for free, Creative Commons licensed download from the MIT Press!" Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 12:28pm
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In an interview with the umpteenth woman to come forward with rape allegations against Bill Cosby, CNN anchor Don Lemon said something unbelievably stupid. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 12:00pm

http://youtu.be/Ybh11kcDhfM

This video offers “A timelapse of Earth in 4K resolution, as imaged by the geostationary Elektro-L weather satellite, from May 15th to May 19th, 2011.”

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[l] at 11/19/14 9:58am
Noted dingdong Ashton Kutcher. Photo: Reuters


Noted dingdong Ashton Kutcher. Photo: Reuters

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BREAKING: Ashton Kutcher, an actor with 16.5 million Twitter followers who is also an investor in Uber, said something dumb on Twitter today. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 9:50am
A cheap DIY list to make home a little more welcoming. [Popsugar]

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[l] at 11/19/14 9:49am
Noted dingdong Ashton Kutcher. Photo: Reuters


Noted dingdong Ashton Kutcher. Photo: Reuters

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BREAKING: Ashton Kutcher, an actor with 16.5 million Twitter followers who is also an investor in Uber, said something dumb on Twitter today. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 9:37am

As with other books from DK, Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor is filled with high quality photographs along with neatly organized informative captions. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 9:30am

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Buzzfeed: “Uber said Tuesday that it is investigating its top New York executive for tracking a BuzzFeed News reporter without her permission in violation of what the transit giant says has long been its privacy policy.”

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[l] at 11/19/14 9:10am

I'm doing a live Q&A on IO9 about my book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free at 1PM eastern/10AM Pacific today -- come on along!

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[l] at 11/19/14 9:08am
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Uber's bad PR just got worse. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 9:02am
Ani Ucar of LA Weekly visits the gay wing of LA Men's Central Jail. It's no fun to be in jail, but the gay wing looks better than being in the general population. "Straight inmates fake being gay to live in the less menacing gay wing. Classification officers use a gay-dar test to keep the straight guys out." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 8:58am
Ani Ucar of LA Weekly visits the gay wing of LA Men's Central Jail. It's no fun to be in jail, but the gay wing looks better than being in the general population. "Straight inmates fake being gay to live in the less menacing gay wing. Classification officers use a gay-dar test to keep the straight guys out." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 8:55am
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When you've lost John Hodgman, you've lost America. Parody of Uber logo by Boing Boing BBS member M_dub.

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[l] at 11/19/14 7:48am

M. Sid Kelly's Used Aliens is a fantastic, hilarious tour of what can go wrong when prospecting planets for admission to the Galactic Pool.

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[l] at 11/19/14 5:18am

The forthcoming Netduma router has a geofilter that lets you restrict the games you join by distance, so you only play against nearby gamers, eliminating a leading cause of lag. (more…)

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[l] at 11/19/14 5:16am
When Steve Jobs departed the world, he had One Last Thing for those who attended his memorial service — a copy of Autobiography of Yogi by the Hindu guru Paramhansa Yogananda, the man who introduced America to yoga and meditation. It wasn’t as paradoxical of a gift as it might have seemed. By Jason Louv Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 5:10am

It runs an OS called Sailfish that can use Android apps as well its own native apps, and was created by a team with a bunch of senior Nokia refugees on it. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 4:37am


The hotel had no running water, miswired electrical outlets, and a contract with fine-print that said that they'd charge your credit card £100 if you posted a negative review on the Web. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 4:28am


The 2007 project to bring emoji to Android -- and thence to the Web -- involved an epic battle over the inclusion of the much-loved "pile of poop" emoji, whose significance to the Japanese market was poorly understood by various reactionary elements at Google. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 4:21am

11 minutes seems like a long ask for a gag video about an Internet-of-Things toilet-analyzer, but man, is it worth it. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 4:15am


The storybook has Barbie infecting all her friends' computers with a heart-shaped USB drive, then calling on the boys to fix the computers and program the video-game that she goes on to take credit for. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/19/14 3:36am


Thomas Richner spent more than 140 hours scratch-building a spectacularly detailed cardboard model of Star Wars's Millennium Falcon, working with scrap cardboard boxes and then shooting his model on a green-screen and compositing onto backgrounds from the movies. (more…)

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[l] at 11/19/14 3:13am


The 3-day, $2750/person Rovos Rail train safari from Pretoria to Durban is pulled by 1930s steam trains; features giant, luxurious staterooms with their own bathtubs; offers high tea; and, true to its Edwardian time-warp, passengers are prohibited from working in public areas, lest this break the atmosphere of idle wealth and privilege. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 9:12pm
Rob Beschizza presents these delightful and unexpected finds in the long-running saga of female humiliation and slavery. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:54pm

Lazy parasitic wasps make trees build homes for their larvae. (more…)

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:54pm

Over at Medium, Eric Meltzer writes about temporarily destroying his depth perception in Akhob, James Turrell's Ganzfeld light installation tucked away on the top floor of the massive Louis Vuitton store in Las Vegas.

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:32pm
oldest-photo.jpg__800x0_q85_crop Smithsonian posted a gallery of "ten of the world's oldest everyday objects," including the above photo by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce from 1826 or 1827, thought to be the oldest surviving photograph. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:17pm

Hot on the heels of their hit visualizations Europe 24 and North Atlantic Skies, air traffic management firm NATS returns with "UK 24 – your guided tour to some of what makes UK aviation work."

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:08pm
Over at Edge.org, evidence of HEADCON '14, legendary book agent, cultural impresario, and Boing Boing pal John Brockman's recent gathering of cutting-edge social scientists exploring the social, moral, and emotional brain. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 6:01pm
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[l] at 11/18/14 5:00pm

Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

And "prove your virtue"* by joining the Tom the Dancing Bug subscription service, the INNER HIVE! "You'll feel good!"*

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*Disclosure: these quotes actually apply to NPR pledges. (more…)

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[l] at 11/18/14 4:29pm

Here's John M Collins narrating the technique he used to create "Suzanne," his world-championship-winning paper airplane, which set a distance record in 2012 -- the whole thing, along with many more super-advanced paper aviation techniques are laid out in his book, The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book: Featuring the World Record-Breaking Design, with Tear-Out Planes to Fold and Fly. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 2:11pm
Star Trails and Rock Trails Collide at Arizona's legendary WAVE in this new timelapse film by Gavin Heffernan. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 1:11pm
What's as bad or worse than threatening journalists whose stories you don't like? Threatening cancer patients on their way home from radiation. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 12:01pm


Seen at full size, this hand-drawn cutaway of the Historic Landmark building is a wonderful way to visualize how the building was designed to convert people, information, power and water into newspapers.

This building is an organism for making newspapers [Kottke]

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[l] at 11/18/14 11:54am


It's the largest-ever deployment of end-to-end crypto, and assuming they didn't add any back-doors or make critical errors, this means that hundreds of millions of users can now communicate without being spied upon by governments, crooks, cops, spies or voyeurs. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 11:52am

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FATE, the magazine of "true stories of the strange, the unusual, the unknown," has been publishing 100%-true, woo-free articles since 1948. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 11:46am

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FATE, the magazine of "true stories of the strange, the unusual, the unknown," has been publishing 100%-true, woo-free articles since 1948, such as:

  • ARE THE SAUCERS SPACE ANIMALS?
  • SEX IN THE SPIRIT WORLD
  • MAGIC LAND OF MESCALINE
  • THERE'S SOMETHING ON THE MOON
  • THEY EAT DIRT AND LIKE IT
  • CAN YOUR DOG READ YOUR MIND?
  • I HAVE SEEN ZOMBIES

And now they have a Tumblr! They should do a Kickstarter to publish their best magazine covers. Check a few of them out here. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 11:46am

The actor, writer, producer, director, and martial artist Lexi Alexander drew fire for a cracking blog post explaining why she support copyright reform; even better than the post is her interview with Torrentfreak, where she explains what brought her to write it: Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 11:36am

It will be overseen by Internet Security Research Group with backing from EFF, Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai and others, and will offer free HTTPS certificates to all comers, making it radically easier and cheaper to encrypt the Web and make it resistant to mass surveillance.

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[l] at 11/18/14 11:31am

Molly Crabapple writes, "On August 9th, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot a black teenager named Mike Brown. Since then, the city has been protesting. The police did not react well." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 11:24am


Just look at it.

(Thanks, Jay!)

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[l] at 11/18/14 11:22am

Peter Frampton's performance on the television show “Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special,” circa 1975. [Update: we sure do love Peter Frampton around here.]

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[l] at 11/18/14 10:40am

Peter Frampton's performance at Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special, circa 1975.

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[l] at 11/18/14 10:15am
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Artist Jacky Tsai, famed for the floral skull at the center of Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection, has actually created a stunning array of curious craniums that meld Chinese painting traditions with pop art. (more…)

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[l] at 11/18/14 9:50am

Corrine Maier and Anne Simon, the duo who brought us the historical graphic novel Freud, are at it again with Marx, a graphic bio of the father of communism, Karl Marx. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 9:08am

Was it funny in 1969 when Bill Cosby joked about his quest to procure some Spanish Fly to drug women for sex? I don't know, but it isn't funny now. This bit is from the unfortunately titled comedy LP, Bill Cosby: It's True! It's True.

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:46am

"You can tell your friends about the big telling off you got from a policeman on a horse." [via]

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:29am
A man in Russia watches unfazed as a bunch of troublemakers stream into the cafe and reduce it to chaos, sending other customers fleeing.

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:21am
Police in New Orleans are hunting for a man who stole 30 (thirty) air fresheners from Family Dollar. The air fresheners have a street value of more than $200.

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:08am
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The non-Microsoft remains of Nokia is releasing an Android tablet in 2015. The $250 N1 has a 7.9" display, an Intel Atom processor, and look just like an iPad. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 8:07am

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The message brought to you by our sponsor Distillery No. 209, purveyors of handcrafted gin.

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[l] at 11/18/14 6:14am
Dan Purcell, one of Swartz' lawyers, writes about the spiteful and unreasonable charges that led to his suicide—and MIT's gutless support of his prosecutors. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/18/14 6:01am
Xeni Jardin interviews cannabis expert Lisa Marks. The worst-case scenario is you have to watch a Pixar movie and take a nap. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 11:34pm


Brian Ewing's delightful, monstrous art has been a regular feature on Boing Boing, and there's a ton of new work to be seen at Galerie F in Chicago this month. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 11:33pm


Johann writes, "One of the creators of notorious millennial website Bumfights has is accused of stealing preserved child body parts and flayed tattoos from the notorious Bangkok Black museum at the medical faculty of Siriraj Hospital. Then he attempted to DHL his swag back to the States, he has now fled to Cambodia." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 11:07pm

The $34, 3D printed branding iron snaps onto a standard Bic lighter and is perfect for pretending that you are a tiny, vain Superman whose heat-vision is used to tag random burnables with your awesome graffiti mark (please do not use this on animals or non-consenting humans). (via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 11/17/14 10:24pm


Carol writes, "The next installment in the Girl Genius prose novel series is out! Agatha H. and Voice of the Castle brings Agatha to her family's ancestral home, a sentient castle whose intelligence has become fragmented." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 10:00pm
JuxtapozJackyTsai07

Artist Jacky Tsai, famed for the floral skull at the center of Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection, has actually created a stunning array of curious craniums that meld Chinese painting traditions with pop art. (more…)

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[l] at 11/17/14 9:55pm


​Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell is a new short story I wrote for Vice Magazine's just-launched science fiction section Terraform, which also has new stories up by Claire Evans, Bruce Sterling, and Adam Rothstein. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 9:09pm
Cotard's delusion is a rare mental disorder in which the sufferer is convinced that he or she is dead. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 8:57pm
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Over at Cuepoint, interviews with vinyl hoarders, from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (above) to legendary rare groove DJ Keb Darge. (more…)

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[l] at 11/17/14 8:55pm
Uber executive Emil Michael boasted privately about plans to harass reporters critical of the company, reports Buzzfeed, revealing a specific intent to attack journalist Sarah Lacy and expose private information about her. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 8:49pm
Uber executive Emil Michael boasted privately about plans to harass reporters critical of the company, reports Buzzfeed, revealing a specific intent to attack journalist Sarah Lacy and expose private information about her. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 8:36pm
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As a teenager in the mid-1970s, Jack Turkel combined his passions for photography and space exploration by building this incredible spaceship-themed darkroom in his parents' basement. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 8:33pm

The Proud Cloud (Signed Limited Edition)

Hugh Howey has written a charming and sweet children's book, Misty: The Proud Cloud. This tale about the value of being ones self is beautifully illustrated by Nidhi Chanani.

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[l] at 11/17/14 7:58pm
"'The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates' of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder..."(via)

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:55pm
The co-director of legendary stop-motion TV specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman—and later of cel-animated hits The Hobbit and Thundercats--has died at his home in Bermuda.

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[l] at 11/17/14 3:58pm

Tuesday in LA, the place to be is at Meltdown Comics. Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor has pop and locked, Heavy D Shaked and prepped his way over to come out and give you one hell of a party along with the crew at Meltdown.

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[l] at 11/17/14 3:39pm
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New works by “vector ninja” Gerrel Saunders, also known as Gaks: “Golden.” Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 3:17pm
Flash-based animations and gorgeous, weird little GIF dreams. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 3:09pm
Fire up the fanciest monitor you have, then test-drive this gorgeous fluid simulator by George Corney. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 3:07pm

Between 1837 and 1904, rumors spread of a strange bounding devil who haunted southern England, breathing blue flames and menacing his victims with steel talons.

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[l] at 11/17/14 3:03pm

Ethan Persoff just released the second installment of Radio Wire, a bleak and fascinating webcomic about a disintegrating relationship.

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[l] at 11/17/14 2:55pm
Why? Same reasons everyone else digs Uber: it's a frictionless service that delivers a pretty consistent experience. But that may soon change, thanks to a long-running dispute with the Reserve Bank of India. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 1:45pm

Jude Pullen says: "I was part of a team at Design Spark, tasked with sending a Superman figurine to Space in a SpacePod, then have him 'jump out' of the pod and free-fall back to earth. I was responsible for making a SpacePod capable of surviving the assent (-40C, wind, rain, cosmic radiation), and ensuring that the 4K cameras and GPS equipment all survived the 5m/s descent to Earth."

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[l] at 11/17/14 1:09pm
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Found on the internet by our Mark Frauenfelder, provenance unknown.

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[l] at 11/17/14 12:56pm
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[l] at 11/17/14 12:30pm
R.A Montgomery, co-author of children’s book series “Choose Your Own Adventure,” died on Nov. 9 in Vermont. He was 78. Photo courtesy of Shannon Gilligan/Chooseco, LLC


R.A Montgomery, co-author of children’s book series “Choose Your Own Adventure,” died on Nov. 9 in Vermont. He was 78. Photo courtesy of Shannon Gilligan/Chooseco, LLC

Supercomputer_111108_gamebooksorg R.A. Montgomery, co-author and publisher of the long-running children’s book series “Choose Your Own Adventure,” which allowed generations of kids to choose from dozens of possible story endings, recently died at his home in Vermont. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 12:15pm
A gentleman in England chopped up his dad, put the parts in storage boxes, then used the boxes as a TV stand, reports the BBC.

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[l] at 11/17/14 12:11pm
Personally, I like my arcade cabinets as authentic as my scanlines: dark and peeling, covered in cigarette burns and keyed graffiti, the buttons tacky with soda and fingerslime. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 12:00pm
8fc8cfcb-c1ed-47d4-a78c-cbd7c1ca4c9b-620x372 He did it after criticism of his female co-anchors', just to see if anyone would even notice a man's fashion faux pas. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 11:45am

https://youtu.be/4NJUKnFgGS8?list=PLI6R9qwXheraD43gyVcPCwRI8F4NyKZ7F

Includes obligatory shots of oldsters looking at the keyboard, pecking a key, looking up the the monitor and squinting, looking at the keyboard, pecking a key, and so on.

At 4:30 you will be surprised to learn the the Mosaic Internet browser was developed in 1933.

Thanks for digitizing and uploading this to YouTube, Andy Baio!

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[l] at 11/17/14 11:40am
Images from Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera over a half-hour period show Philae’s journey: it approached, then bounced, after touchdown on Comet 67P. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 11:20am

This video from Hoonigan, featuring Ken Block, is one of the most crazy wonderful tours of Los Angeles I've ever seen. The custom Mustang is also wonderful.

I started the video at 4:50, that was the most exhilarating scene for me.

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[l] at 11/17/14 11:18am
Unclassified U.S. State Department email systems were cyberattacked in recent weeks, around the same time as White House systems were breached. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 11:05am
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Pixactly is “an online tool that tests how well you know your pixels.” Just draw a box that matches the dimensions provided. “Sounds easy, right? Pixactly.”

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[l] at 11/17/14 10:47am
It never tastes quite as good as homemade. Dan Lewis blames the carrots. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 10:24am

Michael Hearst, composer of Songs For Unusual Creatures, has a new album out, called Songs For Fearful Flyers. Whoopi Goldberg pitched in to the worthy project by lending her voice. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 9:54am

A reader writes sez, "Can you leak a decision that has not yet been made? The local council at the London Borough of Enfield seem to think so, and sent a takedown notice to British Freedom of Information website WhatDoTheyKnow.com run by the non-profit mySociety." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 9:19am

Ann Lingard visited the Robin Rigg offshore wind farm in Scottland, and took a photo of a cross section sample of the undersea power cable the wind farm uses. According to Clifford Pickover, the cable costs $400 per foot. Cheap, by audiophile standards!

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[l] at 11/17/14 8:54am
Babes In Toyland, the Minneapolis-born trio Entertainment Weekly dubbed “rock’s first major-label feminists,” have reunited their Fontanelle-era line-up and will play their first live show in 18 years on February 12 at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets went on sale today. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 8:47am

For the last six months or so my 11-year-old daughter and I have become magic trick fanatics. I’ve purchased quite a few magic books, including several decades-old classic cards trick books that magicians have told me are essential. Magic: The Complete Course, is one of the best. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 8:34am

Super PACs are allowed to raise unlimited funds to support election campaigns, but can't coordinate with those campaigns; this especially means that campaigns can't share expensive private poll data with PACs to help fine tune their campaigns -- which is exactly what Republicans did with their cryptic, unlabelled Twitter accounts that acted as dead-drops with messages like "CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52-->49/476-10s" to let affiliated PACs know what the polls had shown. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 8:30am

Speed-Way Shelters Speed-Way Shelter - Standard/Sport MTS-GRY

This sturdy Speed-Way motorcycle shelter protects my bikes from the elements and keeps them a lot dryer than a normal cover. I've been using it almost a year, both the shelter and bike look as good as new.

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[l] at 11/17/14 7:45am
By Sinopop star genius Wang Rong. via Laughing Squid.

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:52am
A norovirus outbreak aboard the Crown Princess infected 172 people on the Pacific cruise, including 14 crew members. A spokesperson for Princess Cruises said the ship will receive a stringent "deep cleaning".

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:47am
Its capitalisation overtook the combined value of all Russian public companies, writes Srinivasan Sivabalan.

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:37am
207757017dw A gadget that burns toast with the image of our Lord Vader was posted here a long time ago—but now it is receiving an upgrade! The toaster itself is to be in the shape of Vader's head. It may be pre-ordered for $45.

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:31am
A soda for people who would never say anything untoward, but can't figure out why there isn't a White History Month.

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:27am

In 1969, a young James Earl Jones, considered the first celebrity guest on Sesame Street, was pessimistic about the show, saying that "this Muppet business has got to go, kids will be terrified." (more…)

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:27am

Brain City, this beautiful film by Noah Hutton made from neuroimagery collected at leading brain science labs, will screen in New York City just before midnight on Times Square's massive electronic billboards every night this month. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:27am

According to a study of the 2010 World Cup, facial width to height ratio (FWHR) predicts a player's aggressiveness in soccer. 

...midfielders, who play both offense and defense, and forwards, who lead the offense, with higher FWHRs were more likely to commit fouls. Forwards with higher FWHRs also were more likely to score goals or make assists.

 

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:26am

Whole genome sequencing has not found any single gene variation responsible for extreme longevity, according to a paper published in PLOS ONE:

We have sequenced the genomes of 17 supercentenarians (over 110 years of age) to see if we could uncover the genetic basis for their extreme longevity.

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:25am
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Make it look like a fish is swimming in your cuppa. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:25am

The always-entertaining and informative Slow Mo Guys dumped some oobleck (aka non-newtonian fluid) inside a speaker cone and filmed the fantastic results at 1600 frames-per-second.

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:25am
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Italian specialty coffee master Ettore Diana introduced a new menu item during a visit to NYC cafe Crave.It: Cappuccino served in a yellow bell pepper.

"Don’t knock this bell jar until you try it," writes Justin Rocket Silverman in the New York Daily News. "The bitter kick of the coffee is perfectly balanced by the cool sweetness of the pepper."

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:25am

The only live Batman worth watching, that is, the 1960s TV series, is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, and CineFix interviewed star Adam West who "Reveals Things You Didn't Know About Batman!" Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:23am
The creator of Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I. and Manimal died Friday at 77.

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:09am
His & Hers Bedding: for the couple who needs to be reminded of their genders, even while they’re asleep. By Matt Maranian. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/17/14 6:04am
"It felt like one of those horror-movie moments when a party of teenagers are lost in the woods and stumble upon some cute thing and everyone says, 'Aw, isn't that cute.' Then it turns from cute to evil and kills them." Tom Fassbender takes his kids to a monkey park in Bali. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/16/14 10:28pm

For Halloween, rock group Phish traditionally creates a 'musical costume' by covering a classic album from music history. This year, the band created a new set of music based around the 1964 Disneyland album Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. Interesting set of music with a cool stage design, the band uses the original narration and inspiration for the songs."

It makes for quite a concept album, to rival Kilroy Was Here and 2112.

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[l] at 11/16/14 10:17pm


Sacha Goldberger's "Super Flemish" series is a spectacular set of images of superheroes, sf movie characters and other futuristic figures (including some of his notorious aged superheroes) in the garb and affect of Dutch Renaissance portraits. (via Neatorama)

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[l] at 11/16/14 10:06pm

More news from the Openworm project, whose Kickstarter I posted in April: they've sequenced the connectome of all 302 neurons in a C. Elegans worm, simulated them in software, and put them to work driving a Lego robot. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/16/14 9:59pm


The 8 oz stainless steel flasks are $27.50 and sport an etched Sailor Moon logo -- they come with a free funnel that the seller will etch with your name (or, presumably, any other pithy thing) at no added charge.

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[l] at 11/16/14 9:51pm


It's a hell of an sf story, about the advent of a life-extension drug and the ensuing ghettos of "geezers" who live on the margins of society, marching towards 100 and higher, avoiding armed teen vigilantes -- and the parallel world they discover. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/16/14 9:39pm

The 20cm^3 plush Minecraft TNT block is covered in suede-effect polyester and stuffed with soft foam; for something less explosive, try the Chest or the Log (or get the 10cm set with Grass, TNT, Diamond and Creeper blocks).

(via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 11/16/14 5:52pm

Ravens are incredibly intelligent and are natural scavengers," says National Wildlife Federation naturalist David Mizejewski. "They’d easily rip off chunks of zombie flesh with their heavy beaks until there was nothing left to the undead but bones."

Animals eating the zombies is contingent upon the continued existence of animals.

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[l] at 11/16/14 5:13pm

Being good isn't always easy.

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[l] at 11/16/14 5:05pm

This wireless charging station keeps my Xbox One controllers functional. I hate using disposables in the controllers and swapping batteries is no fun.

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[l] at 11/16/14 7:43am

The $20 R2D2 measuring cup set decomposes into four measuring cups and his legs turn into four measuring spoons.

This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups disassembles into 4 measuring cups plus 4 measuring spoons and reassembles in a snap (fortunately, it's not as complicated as C-3PO).

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[l] at 11/16/14 12:02am
Hip Hop Family Tree trading card #23 by Ed Piskor Read the rest

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[l] at 11/15/14 11:04pm


Foxxfurr's latest article on Disney theme park history is yet another amazing and insightful read that uses the tenth anniversary of Stitch's Great Escape ("the worst ride in Disney World") as a jumping-off point to show how the history of theme-parks, animation, the elusive 5-12 year old boy market, and the entertainment business all influenced one another. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/15/14 11:02pm

Albert Michelson's harmonic analyzer -- a 19th century mechanical calculator that can do Fourier analysis with just gears, springs and levers -- was found at the University of Illinois, and then lovingly restored by a trio of makers who lavishly documented it in a book (free PDF/paperback/hardcover) and a mesmerizing video series.

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[l] at 11/15/14 10:41pm

Albert Michelson's harmonic analyzer -- a 19th century mechanical calculator that can do Fourier analysis with just gears, springs and levers -- was found at the University of Illinois, and then lovingly restored by a trio of makers who lavishly documented it in a book (free PDF/paperback/hardcover) and a mesmerizing video series.

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[l] at 11/15/14 10:26pm


Claire from the band Yacht sends us their newest project, Where Does This Disco?: "Among other things, it's a clear unplayable CD (without foil) containing our entire musical catalogue. It's also a microsite built to explain what it's like to be a band trying to design and sell physical media in an age where compact discs are both obsolete and still somehow ubiquitous." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/15/14 10:18pm


Looking for a stylish, science fictional romper-suit/kigurumi to lounge in this winter? Thinkgeek's $40 tenth Doctor lounger is just the thing.

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[l] at 11/15/14 10:08pm

Thom sends us an "Indiegogo flexible funding page for BLOOD & SNOW, a horror thriller creature feature film set in Alaska at a lonely ex-military research station, where 5 scientists discover something beneath the ice that is alien in origin." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/15/14 4:03pm

My daughter and I just baked a batch of our favorite, Bavarian-style, soft pretzels. Making them is so quick and easy.

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[l] at 11/15/14 3:26pm

Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 3.15.52 PMThe Central Japan Railway Company has invited members of the public to take test rides on its new magnetically levitated train, which goes over 300 mph. Visit the link to watch a video of happy riders. If Halliburton and Goldman Sachs hadn't taken all our money, we could have neat toys like this, too.

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[l] at 11/15/14 12:25pm

My daughter and I just baked a batch of our favorite, Bavarian-style, soft pretzels. It is so quick and easy, writing this post may take longer than making a batch.

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[l] at 11/15/14 12:14pm
Faith in humanity: restored. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/15/14 11:57am
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Winston's Raspberry.” Boing Boing reader Andrew Walsh shared this photo in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 11/15/14 11:38am

Composer Jim Wilson has recorded the sound of crickets and then slowed down the recording, revealing something so amazing. The crickets sound like they are singing the most angelic chorus in perfect harmony.

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[l] at 11/15/14 11:22am

Composer Jim Wilson has recorded the sound of crickets and then slowed down the recording, revealing something so amazing. The crickets sound like they are singing the most angelic chorus in perfect harmony.

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[l] at 11/15/14 7:26am

I went on up to the big ol' sky...

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[l] at 11/15/14 7:18am

I went on up to the big ol' sky...

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

The Addams Family - The Complete Series

Hoping to develop a well balanced child, this weekend I plan to show my daughter The Addams Family.

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[l] at 11/15/14 12:22am

From Sassy Skirts for Girls: made to order Haunted Mansion infinity scarves in canonical purple and black and fetching slate blue ($31 each).

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[l] at 11/14/14 11:47pm


Thinkgeek's $100 X-Wing Fighter knife-block comes with five kitchen knives of unknown quality (my guess is fair-to-middling, but they sure are shiny) and is a striking (if potenitally dangerous) way to display your kitchenware. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 11:41pm


The White Palace in Ankara has 1.6m square feet of floorspace, and features thousands of trees imported from Italy at a cost of up to $10,000 each; the taxpayer-footed electricity bill from the palace will run $313K/month. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 11:27pm


Sets the mouth to watering, it does. An image of the one true sauce, before which all other sauces are mockers, from the Vintage Ads LJ group. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 11:20pm


Rightscorp is a business based on the extortion business-model, founded on the idea that your ISP would lock you out of the Web unless you paid Rightscorp the arbitrary sums they decided you owed to them (but who was too scared to defend their business in court) -- but it looks like sleaze isn't as lucrative as they hoped. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 11:09pm

Thinkgeek's $20 Zombie Bookends are reminiscent of the Knob Creek Metal Arts line, but are less than one third of the price (though Knob Creek has much better sight-gags).

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[l] at 11/14/14 11:03pm


With the release of the Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game," interest in the Enigma cipher used by the Axis powers and broken by Turing and the exiled Polish mathematicians at Bletchley Park has been revived. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 10:56pm


Pedro Farré was head of corporate relations for the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, and he falsified €40K worth of receipts for all night binges where he consumed Champagne and sexual services at brothels, claiming the funds were spent entertaining and meeting with senior cops, journalists, and academics. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 10:46pm

David Cameron says that the reason Britons are fighting with IS is that they were hypnotised by unstoppable sorcerous "extremist" words on the net and that the best way to fight this is to get the big UK ISPs to agree to block any "extremist" content that's reported by the eagle-eyed public and added to (yet another) secret, unaccountable, extrajudicial list of websites that can't be reached from behind the Great Firewall of Cameron -- and the big ISPs agree with him! Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:18pm
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“Supercell tornado at West Point Nebraska.” via Reddit.

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:02pm

Created by AVBH [madebyabvh.tumblr.com]

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[l] at 11/14/14 4:53pm

Machinima is real-time computer graphics filmmaking. The Machinima Expo, now in its 7th season, will take place on November 23, 2014, from 9am to 4pm PT on its Ustream channel.

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[l] at 11/14/14 4:52pm

“Nick Offerman's solid oak emojis are a more old-fashioned, more personal, more American mode of communication.” From CONAN.

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[l] at 11/14/14 4:45pm

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A photo by Boing Boing reader John Sonderman shot at Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn, NY, and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 11/14/14 4:39pm
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Image by Avi Solomon, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 11/14/14 3:53pm

Human beings reached a new space exploration milestone this week: landing the Rosetta mission's Philae probe on a comet some 316 million miles from Earth. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 3:49pm

See more Big Mouth comics on Boing Boing. (more…)

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[l] at 11/14/14 3:32pm
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Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, a Baltimore-based pastry chef famous for creative sweets, has jumped on the camo-cake bandwagon with “Camouflage” and “Pink Camouflage” cake mixes. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 3:30pm

The University of Michigan campus newspaper, Michigan Daily, is investigating a campus scandal that resulted in the athletic director resigning and a football player being expelled for sexual misconduct, but the university has engaged in blatantly illegal destruction of records to stymie the investigation. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 3:16pm

The sheer number of OXO products available and the variety of price points they are built to makes it inevitable that some of them will be duds. Indeed, over time it has become clear that the presence of the brand on an item does not necessarily guarantee good design or build quality. That said, I have found their Good Grips steel measuring cups to be a great success in both regards. After more than a year of daily use, I still can’t think of anything that would improve them. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 3:08pm
His & Hers Bedding: for the couple who needs to be reminded of their genders, even while they’re asleep. By Matt Maranian. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 2:22pm
"It felt like one of those horror-movie moments when a party of teenagers are lost in the woods and stumble upon some cute thing and everyone says, 'Aw, isn't that cute.' Then it turns from cute to evil and kills them." Tom Fassbender takes his kids to a monkey park in Bali. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 1:43pm
Turns out soup is generating a little more controversy than you might expect. Also, carrots. By Dan Lewis Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 12:54pm
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Waze is a smartphone app that offers real-time smart route alternatives to help drivers avoid congested freeways. In Los Angeles, Waze often directs drivers to side streets through upscale neighborhoods, so surface streets in neighborhoods also become congested with traffic. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 12:51pm

A Pentagon study of the US nuclear weapons infrastructure revealed “systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise,” reports the New York Times.

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[l] at 11/14/14 12:40pm

#BreakTheInternet.

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[l] at 11/14/14 12:40pm

Waze, a smartphone app, provides route alternatives for congested freeways. In Los Angeles, Waze often directs drivers to side streets through upscale neighborhoods, so those neighborhoods also become congested with traffic. (more…)

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[l] at 11/14/14 12:17pm

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@SomeChrisTweets via thisisnthappiness.com

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[l] at 11/14/14 10:58am

From the 10th World Wushu Championships in Toronto (2009).

The martial art is Duilian, also known as Wushu. Based on this Wiki page, the spear she's slicing the air to shreds with is the Qiang, a flexible spear with red horsehair at the head.

Their screaming alone scares the hell out me. [via]

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[l] at 11/14/14 10:54am

I do the same thing!

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[l] at 11/14/14 10:45am

A Pentagon study of the US nuclear weapons infrastructure revealed “systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise,” reports the New York Times.

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[l] at 11/14/14 10:32am

Lantern is an Indiegogo funded project that receives data transmitted by satellite. You can pre-order one for $100.

Lantern continuously receives radio waves broadcast by Outernet from space.

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[l] at 11/14/14 9:49am

The chipmaker has reinstated its advertising at Gamasutra, reports The Telegraph. Intel had withdrawn its sponsorship after an email campaign by Gamergate supporters angry at Gamasutra's criticism of it and game culture. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 9:44am

The Wrenchies is one of the most intense, dizzying, and labyrinthian graphic novels I’ve ever encountered. I’m still not exactly sure what I just read.

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[l] at 11/14/14 8:16am
"Game Warden Cameron Waithman said the investigation that led to state and federal charges against several men started in June 2013, with an ill-advised Facebook post showing three men with two dead deer near Hiko, Nev."(via)

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

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This $15 handlebar mount heroically holds an iPhone to my buzzing old BMW airhead's bars. Finding a mount that does was not a cheap, easy or fun experiment.

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[l] at 11/14/14 6:42am
Glenn Fleishman reports on how the platform could fix its harassment problem. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:53am
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For sixty years, this 15-foot sign has pointed at a car dealership in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now though, petitioners are asking the proprietors to "Remove their Racist style of advertisement." Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:52am

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From guitarist/synthesist Mark McGuire -- formerly of Kosmische revivalists Emeralds -- comes this beautiful, experimental video journey (and it is a trip) for McGuire's composition Noctilucence, available on his new EP of the same name. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:51am
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At Re:form, Paul Lukas delves into TV reporters and political pundits' penchant for wearing the color purple during election coverage: Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:50am
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Behold the incredible cuteness of this newborn pangolin (aka scaly anteater) at the Taipei Zoo. Video below. More details at Laughing Squid.

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:50am

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne talks about the time he faced death at Long John Silvers, and how it changed him. From a 2002 interview, animated by Blank on Blank.

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:49am

Department of Justice lawyers told a judge that when the FBI gives one of its secret National Security Letters to a company, the company is allowed to reveal the NSL's existence and discuss its quality -- it lied. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:48am


You've got until Dec 7 to pre-order one of Rob De Maio's handmade, incredibly detailed masks from the game Dishonored. (via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:46am

After nearly a year of Amazon (the largest bookseller on earth) refusing to sell books from one of the largest publishers on earth, they've finally made peace. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:41am
David Cairns tells the story of an unholy sacrifice, a Boy Scout troop, and the lengths the mega-rich would go for power.

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[l] at 11/14/14 5:37am
Rob Beschizza found them all. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/14/14 12:00am

The campus newspaper, Michigan Daily, is investigating a campus scandal that resulted in the athletic director resigning and a football player being expelled for sexual misconduct, but the university has engaged in blatantly illegal destruction of records to stymie the investigation. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 11:33pm

It's pretty predictable that a list of the world's "100 strangest" foods would be mostly entrails and arthropods, but the digger wasp-crackers of Omachi, Japan are curiously appetizing (YMMV). (more…)

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[l] at 11/13/14 11:27pm


Pay what you like for more than 10 DRM-free audiobooks, including Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Warhorse, send some or all of your payment to Feeding America (gift download codes available, too!). (Thanks, Kelley!)

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[l] at 11/13/14 5:18pm

The Dislike Club is an ambitious program that will feature luminaries talking about where we are in 2014 when it comes to internet culture and internet and society.

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[l] at 11/13/14 5:06pm

When a jr. varsity street gang corners a stray dog in a dead-end alley, Street Angel springs into action! (more…)

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[l] at 11/13/14 4:16pm
This week, Mark and Xeni discuss their dueling carry-on bag picks and other travel faves, as well as this week's gadget giveaway — the Ascent Vaporizer by DaVinci. Enter to win by Nov. 17! Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 2:39pm

European space agency scientists believe the Philae lander may have plopped down on its side when landing on comet 67P. The first monochome image sent back from the space craft more than 300 million miles away from us shows the bumpy, crackled comet surface with one of Philae’s three legs in the bottom left.

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[l] at 11/13/14 2:01pm

Lately I’ve been buying card magic instructional DVDs (I recommend the Royal Road To Card Magic by R. Paul Wilson 5-DVD Boxed Set in conjunction with the classic book of the same name). I wanted to watch these DVDs on my iPhone while on a plane, so I used Handbrake, a free open source video transcoder, to rip the DVDs into MP4 files. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 1:54pm
Rob Beschizza found them all. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 1:11pm
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Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has detected a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 12:59pm

A classic animation from the mid-2000s internets. Provenance unknown.

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[l] at 11/13/14 12:42pm

GIFs of French farmers "protesting government agricultural policies by covering government buildings in manure and pelting police with apples."

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[l] at 11/13/14 12:12pm
Lava claims first home in Pahoa [USGS]


Lava claims first home in Pahoa [USGS]

Civil defense officials in Hawaii went door-to-door last night handing out evacuation notices to residents in the immediate downslope path of the Puna lava flow. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 11:51am

In a town outside Paris, cops, firemen and a hunting dog are searching for a large feline believed to be a juvenile tiger.

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[l] at 11/13/14 11:37am


The Betabrand Suitsy is machine-washable and shuts with a zipper hidden behind the fake shirt buttons -- add a tie and some smart shoes and you're dressed for success. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 10:52am

The world's shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, greets the tallest living man, Sultan Kosen, to mark the Guinness World Records Day in London November 13, 2014.

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[l] at 11/13/14 10:30am
Your facial hair will never be this epic. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 9:20am

He needed to cut some wood. (via)

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[l] at 11/13/14 9:12am

Darth Vader is showing less mercy than usual here. [via]

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[l] at 11/13/14 9:11am

James Islington's first novel, The Shadow Of What Was Lost" is an epic fantasy. I read this slowly to catch all the detail and appreciate the wonderful world building and terrific characters.

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[l] at 11/13/14 8:47am

Today, people buy books on Amazon based on recommendations and reviews. But before that, people browsed in bookstores, airport kiosks, drug stores, and newsstands with precious little information to go on (unless the author was famous). That’s why cover art was so important – shoppers judged books by their cover. And the best cover artist of the mid-20th century was Robert E McGinnis. A new book, The Art of Robert E McGinnis, showcases this major talent. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 8:40am


And those things aren't true, according to an Ipsos-Mori poll that put the USA second-from-the-top in the ignorance races, preceded only by Italians. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 6:21am

If you’ve sunk enough of your time into Android, the appearance of a new lineup of Nexus devices from Google can be both a yearly ritual and a source of exasperation.

Historically, Nexus devices have represented Android done right. They ship without the bloatware that manufacturers and carriers spackle onto Google’s operating system. They get software updates almost immediately instead of months later, or never.

And because Nexus phones come unlocked, free to use on any compatible service, they also feel like something that belongs to you, rather than a chain to the carrier that really owns it.

But in the nearly five years since the Nexus One’s debut, the Nexus lineup has shifted sizes, shapes and prices in a way that starts to look like extended A/B testing program. And the latest crop—the Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Nexus Player media streamer—is weaker than usual.

Nexus 6 : This phone dwarfs its ancestors—2010’s Nexus One andNexus S, 2011’s Galaxy Nexus, 2012’sNexus 4 (note:my own phone) and last year’s Nexus 5. The Motorola-built Nexus 6 sports a 5.96-inch, Quad HD display that packs in far more pixels than any human retina can discern, yet loses much of that resolution to oversized icons and text that’s too large by default.

More important, the Nexus 6 makes one-handed use a clumsy, fumbling routine—so much that it has me wondering what I found so awful about the first Galaxy Note.

Here, for instance, are the gyrations I go through to search Twitter when holding the phone in my left hand: First, curl my fingers to twirl the phone up and to the left, so my thumb can reach the top-right corner; second, rotate it back down so that my thumb can traverse the keyboard; third, hope the phone doesn’t slip free. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 5:53am

Johannes writes, "Poker? Meh! Billards? Bah! Tabletop RPG? YESSS! It's about time the notorious gaming dogs got something relevant to play.

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[l] at 11/13/14 5:34am
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Above, Hartmut Esslinger's incredible Wega Stereo Concept 51 (1978), from the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition "Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye" opening this weekend. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 5:34am
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A hunter in Celje, Slovenia shot and killed a unicorn that has almost certainly been misidentified as a roe deer with an antler deformity caused by an injury. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 5:29am
Imagine never having to take a pill again for anxiety, depression, or your heart condition. Imagine epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease being managed by the patient without drug interventions. What if control of these conditions were possible with a thought? Read the rest

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[l] at 11/13/14 3:01am

Last month, during my many-city book tour, I signed up for Gogo's in-flight wifi service; today I discovered that it's much harder to get shut of it. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 10:55pm


I've used a money-clip for years as an alternative to a wallet, and the idea of having a small, sharp blade (Gerber makes great tools!) built into it is immensely appealing, especially given the copious positive reviews for Gerber's $19.26 version (but I worry that I'd forget it and lose it to a TSA checkpoint). Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 10:44pm


San Francisco photographer Kevin Twomey shot an amazing gallery of images of the inner workings of a large collection of mechanical calculating machines from the collection of Mark Glusker, stitching together multiple images to ensure that every rod, gear and linkage was vividly rendered. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 10:35pm


XKCD celebrated the Rosetta comet mission in style, with a 142-frame flipbook that updated in realtime as the Philae lander made contact with 67P (you can browse the frames here).

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[l] at 11/12/14 10:30pm


Frozen's Olaf the snowman was the funniest animated character I've seen in years, and now there's a women's costume hoodie that'll let you (possibly) fool your friends into thinking that you're him.

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[l] at 11/12/14 10:21pm

What do you do if you sell a product on terms that legally bind your customers not to complain and they complain anyway? Pretend that the DMCA gives you the right to censor search results. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 10:05pm


Chrystal "Digital Soaps" Doucette makes soap in the form of detailed replicas of gaming gear and tropes: Minecraft creepers, NES cartridges, N64 cartridges, Xbox controllers, Mountain Dew shampoo, Gameboy cartridges and more. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 7:07pm

In this week's New Yorker, Allen Kurzweil details his forty-year-long hunt for his childhood boarding-school tormentor, and his discovery that the former twelve-year-old bully had grown up to be a convicted felon. He has also written a book about it, called Whipping Boy. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 6:48pm

Matt Haley, you are cruel. This is his poster for an imaginary sequel to John Carpenter's 1988 social satire classic, They Live.

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[l] at 11/12/14 6:18pm
Each one of us has a relationship with our own ignorance, a dishonest, complicated relationship, and that dishonesty keeps us sane, happy, and willing to get out of bed in the morning. By David McRaney Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 5:10pm

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Cute. But when I go out to pick up dachshunds, I just tell them they're cute and ask if they want to come over to my apartment and see my chew toys. (more…)

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[l] at 11/12/14 5:00pm
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A photograph shared by Boing Boing reader Romain Fontaine in our Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 11/12/14 4:40pm

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Read the other Real Stuff stories and listen to Mark's interview with Dennis Eichhorn here.

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[l] at 11/12/14 4:25pm

I am thoroughly wowed by this Dave Hax video that shows you how to do a pre-sliced banana magic trick. “Cut your banana into segments before you even peel it! All you need is a needle and a banana.”

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[l] at 11/12/14 4:14pm

I am thoroughly wowed by this Dave Hax video that shows you how to do a pre-sliced banana magic trick. “Cut your banana into segments before you even peel it! All you need is a needle and a banana.”

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[l] at 11/12/14 4:03pm


We've known for years that the FBI spied on Martin Luther King's personal life and sent him an anonymous letter in 1964 threatening to out him for his sexual indiscretions unless he killed himself in 34 days. Now we have an unredacted version of the notorious letter. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 3:59pm
NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule is seen in silhouette, set against the pad lights at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37B on Wednesday, Nov. 12. (collectSPACE)


NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule is seen in silhouette, set against the pad lights at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37B on Wednesday, Nov. 12. (collectSPACE)

The first space-bound Orion capsule has arrived at a NASA Kennedy Space Center launch pad. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 2:17pm

A friend left me with some Trung Nguyen Vietnamese coffee, so I bought this filter and went to town. I am buzzing and addicted.

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[l] at 11/12/14 1:42pm


The Pew Internet Project has updated its must-read 2013 work on privacy perception in the post-Snowden era with a survey of American attitudes to privacy and surveillance that shows that the number of Americans who worry about privacy is steeply rising. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 1:18pm

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Peter Brown grinds up plastic jugs and bottle caps in a blender, then melts them into bricks. He uses the bricks as stock to turn on his lathe. I want to make one just to admire it.

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[l] at 11/12/14 1:06pm

A mother who purchased an "Evil Stick" for her 3-year-old was unhappy when she found it contained a disturbing image. She wants the store to remove the item from its shelves.

It looks like a magic fairy princess wand but when you push the button it laughs manically and a light flashes behind the foil star top, revealing a picture of a demonic woman cutting herself with a knife.

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[l] at 11/12/14 11:07am

Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, delivered this TED Talk at TEDGlobal 2014 about the insanity of the drug war.

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[l] at 11/12/14 10:49am

This week on the Cool Tools show Veronica Belmont shared some of the tools that make her life as a professional podcaster for the show Sword & Laser a little easier: Patreon and Levelator. She also recommends Rootcup and Ello.

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[l] at 11/12/14 10:07am

I’m a huge fan of the Game of Thrones HBO series, and yet I admit I don’t retain half the details in this richly layered, complex, many-threaded fantasy series. Which is where Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 3 & 4 comes in. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 9:56am

Cartoonist Reed Crandall was one of EC Comics' many superstars in the 1950s, drawing stories for Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories, Tales from the Crypt, Two-Fisted Tales, The Vault of Horror, Extra!, Impact, Piracy, Weird Fantasy, and Weird Science-Fantasy.

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[l] at 11/12/14 9:40am

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The Time Is Money Chrome extension converts prices on online shopping sites to the number of hours you'll have to work to pay for them. [via]

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[l] at 11/12/14 9:27am
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My friend Lizabeth Eva Rossof created her own wonderful army of Terracotta Warriors that combine the famous Chinese statues with the heads of American cultural icons like Mickey Mouse, Bart Simpson, Spiderman, Batman, and Shrek. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 9:15am
One theory about the history of space is that comets like this one delivered water to the planets. And therein lies one possible true hidden reason for Philae's 316-million-mile trip. To get a drink. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 9:13am

Listen to the "truly hypnotic, pounding, buzzsaw drone [The Ramones] made as complete amateur unknowns" in this collection of demo recordings.

“[The early demo recordings] offer a fascinating alternative insight into how the eventual debut album might have otherwise sounded. Their dense, primal sound reveals the surprising amount of dilution that the first record’s somewhat conceptual mix wrought upon the quartet’s fundamental power.”

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[l] at 11/12/14 8:51am

"In this surveillance video from Treasure Coast Lawn Equipment a man is seen allegedly stealing a chainsaw by putting it in his pants."

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[l] at 11/12/14 8:36am
GoG is running big discounts on 700 recent and retro games for its fall sale. Every one is DRM-free.

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[l] at 11/12/14 8:30am


At the moment of touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the landing gear will absorb the forces of landing while ice screws in each of the probe’s feet and a harpoon system will lock Philae to the surface. At the same time, a thruster on top of the lander was supposed to push it down to counteract the impulse of the harpoon imparted in the opposite direction. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

UPDATE: Hugs and applause in Mission Control at 11:05AM ET, the sure sign of a successful landing despite incredible odds. What an incredible day for space exploration! Nothing like this has ever been done in the history of mankind.

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[l] at 11/12/14 8:05am


At the moment of touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the landing gear will absorb the forces of landing while ice screws in each of the probe’s feet and a harpoon system will lock Philae to the surface. At the same time, a thruster on top of the lander was supposed to push it down to counteract the impulse of the harpoon imparted in the opposite direction. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

UPDATE: Hugs and applause in Mission Control at 11:05AM ET, the sure sign of a successful landing despite incredible odds. What an incredible day for space exploration! Nothing like this has ever been done in the history of mankind.

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[l] at 11/12/14 7:49am


At the moment of touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the landing gear will absorb the forces of landing while ice screws in each of the probe’s feet and a harpoon system will lock Philae to the surface. At the same time, a thruster on top of the lander was supposed to push it down to counteract the impulse of the harpoon imparted in the opposite direction. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Watch live NASA TV coverage of the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta landing mission’s of probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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[l] at 11/12/14 7:49am
Britain's Literary Review has published its "highly anticipated" shortlist of finalists for this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 7:38am
Surprising result from New York University.

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[l] at 11/12/14 7:31am
thehobbit_2screenshot_mp_4-660x273 It's a big arrow, granted, fired from ballista rather than bow. But it's also a hell of a big dragon. [Wired]

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[l] at 11/12/14 7:11am
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The "offensive nudity" was removed after an anonymous complaint. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 6:47am
616IEaP3oTL._SL1000_ This yoga mat bag from YogaDirect is cheap and reliable, which are my only criteria for any bag I can't put food in. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 6:47am
Dan Hipp's drawings bring a cuteness and depth to pop culture, taking on everything from Marvel to Miyazaki to Parks and Recreation. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/12/14 4:17am

My latest Locus Magazine column is Stories Are a Fuggly Hack, in which I point out the limits of storytelling as an artform, and bemoan all the artists from other fields -- visual art, music -- who aspire to storytelling in order to make their art. Read the rest

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


If 29 year old Megan Rothbauer had been taken three more blocks to Madison, WI's, Meriter Hospital when she had a freak heart attack, she'd have owed $1500, but since the comatose woman was brought to St Mary's Hospital, which Blue Cross Blue Shield won't deal with, she owes $50K and is facing bankruptcy. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/11/14 11:46pm


Ever since 2013, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation started shaming email providers that did not encrypt their customers' email, more and more mail providers have turned on STARTTLS, which protects email in transit from snooping, without requiring users to take any additional steps. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/11/14 11:36pm


JM Schwartz's 3D printable T-Rex shower head is just about the best thing I've seen all week. It's a mashup of a T-Rex skull produced by Makerbot Academy and Schwartz's own shower-head design. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/11/14 11:29pm


Parisian crafter Big Stuffed makes beautiful, cuddly, handmade undersea creatures -- the big ones are huge, like the 90 cm whale made from fun-fur and jersey. (via Crazy Abalone)

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[l] at 11/11/14 11:00pm

Beck sings a cover of The Flamingos' doo wop classic "I Only Have Eyes For You." The tune comes from artist Doug Aitken's Song 1 exhibit, in which different musicians' recordings of the same song played under 360 degree video projections on the walls of Washington DC's Hirshhorn Museum.

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[l] at 11/11/14 11:00pm
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Somehow, the ideas of objectivist posterwoman and noted anti-feminist Ayn Rand have found new life in the world of girl power brand merchandising. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/11/14 11:00pm
Plane tickets never bought, EPs never recorded, mobile apps never to be made mobile, Kickstarter is littered with them. Now, Kickended tracks all of these projects into one sad repository. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/11/14 10:59pm

Over at Cuepoint, the incredible backstory of poet/musician/activist Gil Scott-Heron's incredible 1971 black power anthem, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." The context is the content.

"Why Gil Scott-Heron Wrote “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" (Cuepoint)

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[l] at 11/11/14 10:58pm
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In the basement of the University of Texas Mental Hospital, photographer Adam Voorhes stumbled upon hundreds of strange brains in formaldehyde that had been abandoned for decades. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/11/14 10:58pm
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My friend Lizabeth Eva Rossof created her own wonderful army of Terracota Warriors that combine the famous Chinese statues with the heads of American cultural icons like Mickey Mouse, Bart Simpson, Spiderman, Batman, and Shrek. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/11/14 10:58pm
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Spurred by her own financial hardship experiences, photographer Brittany Powell embarked on "The Debt Project," a series of formal photo portraits of myriad Americans in debt accompanied by their handwritten debt stories and, eventually, audio interviews. Powell is hoping to complete the project with funding from a Kickstarter campaign. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/11/14 10:58pm

Andrew Walker's beautiful time-lapse clips of Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic are a real treat for desk-chair travelers like me. "Moment Abroad"

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[l] at 11/11/14 10:42pm


Even when you factor in dark money, Super PACs and the rest of it, politicians are willing to sell out the nervous system of the 21st century to the worst companies in America for less than $100K. Read the rest

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[l] at 11/11/14 10:34pm

Having lost his trademark over its overt racism, Daniel Snyder has taken the unusual step of suing the five Native American people who testified before the US Patent and Trademark Office hearing, which led to the finding that Snyder's team's name was "disparaging to Native Americans." Read the rest

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