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[l] at 3/31/15 12:09pm

Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1)

If pulpy space opera is what you want Rookie Privateer is the book for you! A run in with space pirates is sets Liam and Nick on an unforeseen adventure in the Mars Protectorate. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 11:54am

I heard about xkcd's Mysteries comic on the excellent Weird Things podcast. The hosts discussed the very weird unsolved "Lead Masks Case."

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[l] at 3/31/15 11:38am

When DEA agents aren't stealing Silk Road drug money or having sex with prostitutes given to them by Colombian drug cartels, they are designing and wearing these awesome patches!

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[l] at 3/31/15 11:24am
A graphic look at Ayn Rand’s life, libertarianism, the financial crisis of 2008, and where the financial world is headed now Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 10:49am
tide-buttonAmazon has started sending out Dash Buttons to Prime members. It's a Wi-Fi button that you place next to your dishwasher, coffeemaker, washing machine, or medicine cabinet so you can instantly re-order a consumable product.

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[l] at 3/31/15 10:42am
alltheracism

Yep, pretty sure this is all of it.

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[l] at 3/31/15 10:37am

Tony Marengo says: "We are used to seeing cars get towed out of the Walgreens lot next door with lightning speed (Clark & Ontario [in north Chicago]). Usually NOT WITH A PERSON IN THE CAR, though. And this guy definitely didn't want to get towed..."

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[l] at 3/31/15 10:28am

In this silent video three dogs rip a wooden chair to shreds. Why? Who knows, but it is fascinating. [via]

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[l] at 3/31/15 9:40am

Yes, it's April Fool's Day, the national day of acting like a jerk with impunity, but this is no trick: You can play Pac-Man in Google Maps right now.

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[l] at 3/31/15 9:02am
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Congratulations to my colleagues at Medium on the launch of BRIGHT, a new pop-up publication focused on the future of education. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 8:59am

My generation of girls grew up sneaking around online, pretending to be older, pretending to be supernatural, in order to meet strangers -- more important than the fleeting strangers, though, our Buddy List of names, was finding ourselves.

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[l] at 3/31/15 8:21am
All my life, winning was everything. These days I'm just proud I still show up. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 8:15am
"Netta" Elzie describes the first few traumatic nights in Ferguson following Brown's death—when the city saw massive police militarization—and the motivation she’s found to continue leading the movement. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 8:11am
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I can't tell if I find this GIF relaxing or overwhelming, but either way I can't stop watching it. (more…)

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[l] at 3/31/15 8:05am
Man, look at the detail on that salsa. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 8:01am
That's the premise behind the new interactive fiction game The Writer Will Do Something, which begins at a Monday morning meeting that's about to get ugly. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 8:01am
The lake was just beginning to thaw, which makes it look like the dogs are walking on water. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 7:52am
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via The White House website

It’s easy to scoff at an article focused on the fashion choices of female political figures. After all, we don’t usually spend time talking about what male politicians are wearing. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 7:49am
The comic put his skills to good use when he called out an inebriated jerk at his recent show in Wilmington, Delaware. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 7:40am

Because we're clearly living in the future, you can already watch a YouTube video of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko boarding the International Space Station. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 7:36am

The Force is clearly strong with artist Maria A. Aristidou, who uses coffee to paint stunning portraits of Star Wars characters and other pop culture figures. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 7:34am
That's the premise behind the new interactive fiction game The Writer Will Do Something, which begins at a Monday morning meeting that's about to get ugly. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 7:28am
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What better way to remember your dearly departed loved one than to put their name on a bullet with "Dad 44 Magnum Bullet Stainless Steel Cremation Jewelry." (more…)

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[l] at 3/31/15 7:20am

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Rafi of the blog So Let’s Talk About It recently made a startling discovery about subtle racial biases. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 7:18am

Banjo Buy Ollie's plays "Enter Sandman" from Metallica's selt-titled 1991 album.

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[l] at 3/31/15 7:00am
In which we review the penultimate episode of Better Call Saul’s debut season. Spoilers ahead. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 6:18am
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A woman attending a bar mitzvah in Arizona exposed her breasts, which had recently been surgically augmented, to a group of 7 teen boys in a private room.

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[l] at 3/31/15 3:32am
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Japanese artist Shoko Konishi created Transition, a paper sculpture with a geometric vaulted ceiling. Inside the somewhat nondescript sculpture, shadow and light dance across the teardrop-shaped tubes she's arranged in a fractal pattern that opens to the sky. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 3:09am
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Former DEA agent Carl Mark Force IV and former Secret Service agent Shaun W. Bridges were charged this week with money laundering and wire fraud stemming from their involvement in the Silk Road dark web undercover investigation. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 2:44am
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Every Car Listed published some interesting maps about America's gas-guzzling habits. In 42 of 50 states, the most popular vehicle is a pickup truck or SUV. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 2:29am
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The Eiffel Tower opened to the public on this day in 1899, but it was described as "a simple and useless dark peak in the Paris night sky" until the owners hired engineer Fernand Jacopozzi to light it in spectacular fashion in 1925. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/31/15 2:20am

Nightmares, hallucinations, daydreams, memories, and fantasies get mashed up in Dreamscience's well-crafted survey of dream sequences in film. NOTE: contains some disturbing images, like the eyeball scene in Un Chien Andalou. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 4:44pm

First off, this leash is incredibly comfortable to hold. You wouldn’t think so by looking at it but I have walked, run, skied and bushwhacked with it in every season and you hardly know it’s there.

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[l] at 3/30/15 4:22pm

The Teletubbies dance to Joy Division's Atmosphere, from Substance. Directed by Christopher G. Brown. (more…)

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[l] at 3/30/15 4:22pm

What do you do with a sick chemist? If you can't helium, and you can't curium, you'll have to barium! (more…)

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[l] at 3/30/15 4:01pm
My own son will see every superhero movie with me, but no matter how I strategically litter the house with comics, he won’t pick one up. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 4:00pm

More than 100 people living in Kalachi, Kazakhstan reportedly have fallen fast asleep for days at a time and woken with some amnesia.

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[l] at 3/30/15 2:48pm

Backchannel's Joseph Cox visited a Barcelona lab run by a fellow named DoctorX whose team will test the purity of the MDMA, cocaine, or V1AgRA you bought from one of the deep web markets.

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[l] at 3/30/15 2:33pm

Screen-Shot-2013-04-09-at-8.34.15-PM-e1396386522455 The New York Public Library compiled a Mad Men Reading List of the books read by characters on the show. It's a great collection of books from the era! Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 2:20pm

Banjo Buy Ollie's plays "Enter Sandman" from Metallica's selt-titled 1991 album.

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[l] at 3/30/15 2:16pm

Gross, and yet I can't take my eyes off it.

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[l] at 3/30/15 1:43pm

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Comedy Central today announced that Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old biracial South African comedian, will be the new host of “The Daily Show,” succeeding Jon Stewart after he steps down later this year. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 1:37pm

lilbullNow that the bull's genitalia have been removed from a restaurant sign in Hurricane, Utah residents there will have to find something else to get upset about. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 1:14pm
Charlie Shrem, founder of the Bitcoin Foundation, is going to federal prison for a couple of years. He wonders if something like bitcoin could work behind bars. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 1:13pm
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Via Futility Closet: Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 1:08pm
The trip is dedicated to focusing the world's attention on sustainable energy. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 12:27pm

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Asparagus on Hermes, Doritos on Hermes, all of the foods on fancy plates. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 12:07pm

Game of Thrones meets The Smurfs.

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[l] at 3/30/15 11:58am
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft returns to the realm of Saturn's icy satellites, and this dual view of the planet's icy moon Rhea marks this new phase of its voyage. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 10:39am

Games can be conversations, and a new anthology curated by Merritt Kopas called Videogames For Humans aims to explore those connections.

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[l] at 3/30/15 10:17am

When cartoonist Yao Xiao fell in love with video games, she was a 12-year-old girl growing up in China. Group sports had become less welcoming in adolescence, but PC games "provided a new 'arena' where I could be free of my physical form," she writes.

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[l] at 3/30/15 9:22am

Countercurrent News: "A police officer in Arkansas recently lost his job after he exposed a massive scheme that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes and then arrest them for servicing the undercover cops."

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[l] at 3/30/15 9:15am

Ecuadorian artist Oscar Santillan removed the top inch of England's tallest mountain for his exhibition in London, and people want him to return it.

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[l] at 3/30/15 9:13am

Grindz Coffee Grinder Cleaner

Espresso at home was getting some weird, off flavors. Running Grindz through my ceramic burr grinder fixed everything.

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[l] at 3/30/15 9:00am

John Oliver hates April Fools' Day. I agree with him. I propose we turn April 1 into "April Friendly Day," and delight friends and strangers with wonderful things.

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[l] at 3/30/15 8:50am

It might not be the album against which Kanye West recently felt the need to protest, but Beck’s Song Reader is so beautifully conceived and presented that in a perfect world it would warrant even more attention. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 8:47am

"I can't believe the loveliness of lovin' you."

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[l] at 3/30/15 8:46am

Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, an Indianapolis lawyer, says Indiana's gay hatred law (AKA the Religious Freedom Restoration Act), could have the side effect of making cannabis a legal sacrament there.

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[l] at 3/30/15 8:31am

Lloyd Kahn, founder of Shelter publications, writes about how the success of the Whole Earth Catalog 48 years ago lit the fuse of a west coast publishing explosion.

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[l] at 3/30/15 8:22am
The Big Bang is about to collapse catastrophically, and that's a good thing. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 8:20am

Lots of young people are growing up watching strangers play video games. But while "Let's Play" videos are fairly common in the West (I even do a niche series of my own), for some reason the format hasn't really taken off in Japan.

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[l] at 3/30/15 8:11am


My latest Guardian column, Allow Clean Reader to swap 'bad' words in books – it's a matter of free speech expands on last week's editorial about the controversial ebook reader, which lets readers mangle the books they read by programatically swapping swear-words for milder alternatives. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 7:51am

Aunt Flora's Mansion is a simple little block puzzle game from prolific designer and author Anna Anthropy. You might have played games like it before -- push a block thoughtfully and you can clear a path for yourself ahead, but shove them around in haste and you might block your own way, hey hey.

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[l] at 3/30/15 5:15am


From Frockasaurus (previously), this brilliant Femme Sixth Doctor Who cosplay set, a custom made, genderswapped version of Colin Baker's outfit including a jacket, corset/waistcoat, necktie and skirt. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

[Category: Post, Book, Copyfight, doctor who, etsy, fanac, fashion, gender, gift guide, happy mutants, science fiction]

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[l] at 3/30/15 5:05am

A classic thought experiment asks you to choose between doing nothing and letting an out-of-control trolley crash into a schoolbus, or pushing a fat man into the trolley's path, saving the kids but killing the bystander. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 2:09am

Dan's new video features a range of psychedelic styles. Off The Air has interviews with Dan and the artists: Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 2:09am
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Photographer Calder Wilson has been experimenting with photographing fireworks attached to his drone. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 1:32am

After Rory posted a house painting a house on a house, Pugsby doubled the depth to six degrees of houseception. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/30/15 1:12am
Maker Ben Saks of KinetiGear is crowdfunding BoXZY, a desktop fabricator bringing micromanufacturing to the masses. Users can shape wood, plastics, and many metals using most commercial CAM programs. Read the rest

[Category: Post, 3d printing, boxzy, kinetigear, laser engraving, maker, makers, micromanufacturing, milling]

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[l] at 3/29/15 12:37pm

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Every retailer has the right to lower prices to drive interest. Read the rest

[Category: Post, british, decor, guestblogger, interior design, taxidermy, Weird]

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[l] at 3/29/15 12:37pm
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You snooze, you lose. You have just missed the chance to bid on, and possibly own, the last car driven by Lee Harvey Oswald, which just sold on ebay. Read the rest

[Category: Post, cars, ebay, guestblogger, History, jfk, Lee Harvey Oswald]

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[l] at 3/29/15 6:06am


Maine's Tea Party Governor Paul LePage (R) has doubled down on his lie that Stephen King left Maine to avoid paying income tax; King is a proud taxpayer who views "taxes as a way of paying back the state that has given us so much." Read the rest

[Category: Post, class war, gop, horror, maine, piketty, tea party, usausausa, writing]

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[l] at 3/28/15 5:07pm

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When I travel on business, I often buy takeout food from Whole Foods or a similar supermarket and bring it back to my room to eat while I binge watch a show on my iPad. Instead of using plastic cutlery, I use the Toaks titanium spork ($9). Read the rest

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[l] at 3/28/15 8:16am

That jacket is amazing.

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[l] at 3/28/15 5:36am


James Krupa has taught University of Kentucky non-science majors their required biology course for 20 years, and he views the job as a mission, to undo the cowardice or squeamishness or lack of rigor that leads Kentucky's children to arrive at university never having learned the foundations of evolution, on which the whole edifice of biology rests. Read the rest

[Category: Post, creationism, education, kentucky, religion, scholarship, usausausa]

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[l] at 3/28/15 4:56am


Neil Moore was locked up in England's notorious Wandsworth Prison when he used a smuggled cellphone to send an email to the prison that appeared to come from a court clerk who was ordering his release on parole. Read the rest

[Category: Post, fraud, happy mutants, prison, social engineering, uk, web theory]

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[l] at 3/27/15 5:59pm

Sure it doesn’t include every great dancing scene in cinematic history, but this joyful supercut is still the perfect celebration of onscreen choreography. (more…)

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[l] at 3/27/15 5:59pm

Thanks to his TV show, Treehouse Masters, Pete Nelson is probably the best-known treehouse designer and builder in America.

His book, Be in a Treehouse, has photos of 27 beautiful treehouses from around the world, including many of his own design.

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[l] at 3/27/15 5:57pm
MattaNapkinComedy writer John Matta has written for numerous comedy, sketch and cartoon shows, but he is most well-known for what he has written on napkins. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 5:57pm

Engineering, Architecture and Planning students at Technion--Israel Institute of Technology are remembering the story of Moses this Passover as only engineers, architects and planners can. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Funny, guestblogger, jewish, passover, rube goldberg]

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[l] at 3/27/15 2:48pm

eggsRob Cockerham says: "I set up a table in Sacramento and challenged people to drink raw eggs like Rocky does in the movie. 60 eggs gone in less than two hours. I could have easily given out 100 more that night.

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[l] at 3/27/15 2:29pm

In this episode of the You Are Not so Smart Podcast you will hear an excerpt from a lecture I gave at DragonCon2014 all about unlearning, superseded scientific theories, post-hoc rationalization, just-so stories, laser eyes, goose trees, spanking and more. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 2:04pm

fauxGhostofAlyeska says he was "simply curious who Fox News' science reporters are. I wanted to know what kind of scientific backgrounds they might have." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 1:35pm

Godfather of Lowbrow (although he prefers the term "Feral Art”) and founder of Juxtapoz magazine Robert Williams will be signing a limited number of his forthcoming art book Slang Aesthetics at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery this Saturday, March 28th at 2:00 PM.

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[l] at 3/27/15 1:08pm

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The Tom Waits Map.Click on a pindrop to see the Tom Waits lyric associated with the location. (Thanks, Colin!)

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[l] at 3/27/15 12:55pm
On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, Rep. John Conyers openly praised the burglars who broke into the FBI office in 1971 to expose J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO domestic spying program. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 12:32pm


Rep John Carter [R-TX] chairs Homeland Security Appropriations and sits on Defense subcommittees, but he only found out that encryption exists when FBI Director James Comey gave bizarre congressional testimony about the coming Bad Times if we're allowed to know about math. Read the rest

[Category: Post, crypto, crypto wars, gop, privacy, stupid party, texas, usausausa]

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[l] at 3/27/15 12:28pm

He just turned three days old, at the San Diego Zoo. (more…)

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[l] at 3/27/15 11:44am

Thanos Films re-enacts what it's like when some jerk is screaming and moaning in the gym. (more…)

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[l] at 3/27/15 11:31am

Marin's Dale

Sleepy Marin's Dale, Colorado has been struck by an unnatural catastrophe. Something not of this Earth has come to challenge the town in this crazy, creepy horror! Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 11:24am


Youtube's stilted, one-sided dispute resolution system allows game companies like Nintendo to confiscate the earnings of gamers who produce hugely popular "Let's Play" videos. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, Copyfight, copyfraud, corruption, Games, google, lets play, Nintendo, piketty, youtube]

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[l] at 3/27/15 11:22am
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A lobbyist who has been making the media rounds saying the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is safe for humans to drink refuses to drink glyphosate when a French TV news host offers him a glass.

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[l] at 3/27/15 10:46am
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A lobbyist who has been making the media rounds saying the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is safe for humans to drink refuses to drink glyphosate when a French TV news host offers him a glass.

Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 10:43am

A stupefying collection of design from the patchwork of Northern European nation states vaguely known as “Scandinavia,” Scandinavian Design is both eye candy and an education. Read the rest

[Category: Image, design, gift guide]

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[l] at 3/27/15 10:34am

I love Blondie, and it was fun to listen to the original versions of songs that Blondie covered: "The Tide is High," "Hanging on the Telephone," and "Denis." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 9:36am

A group of biohackers is injecting a substance called Chlorin e6 into their eyes to give them temporary night vision.

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[l] at 3/27/15 9:14am

deaHow do you deal with DEA agents who participate in sex parties with prostitutes funded by Colombian drug cartels? By giving some of them suspensions of two to 10 days. Read the rest

[Category: Post, dea, drug war, Drug War Industrial Complex]

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[l] at 3/27/15 9:04am

San Francisco sheriff's deputy Scott Neu is accused of leading a ring of corrupt jail guards who coerced prisoners into gladiatorial combat with threats of rape and violence. Read the rest

[Category: Post, authoritarianism, corruption, crime, incarceration, police, rape, san francisco, violence]

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[l] at 3/27/15 8:50am
US_$20_1929_Federal_Reserve_Bank_Note "How Hard Would It Be to Change the Face on the $20?" asks Jaime Fuller. All choices, unfortunately, are "bound to cause political tantrums."

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[l] at 3/27/15 8:47am

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) asked her constituents to share their horror stories of Obamacare-caused "lost coverage, lost doctors, increased premiums, and a broken website" on Facebook. But to McMorris Rodgers' horror, most people shared non-horror stories about their Obamacare experiences. Read the rest

[Category: Post, obamacare]

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[l] at 3/27/15 8:44am
linnstrument straight, noaka 8-26-14-crop-u15412Roger Linn invented a brilliant new keyboard, sensitive to touch in three dimensions, for playing electronic music. Wired's Rene Chun covers how the Linnstrument has progressed since its debut. (more…)

[Category: Post, music]

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[l] at 3/27/15 7:18am


The ACLU is suing the TSA to get the details of its billion-dollar junk-science "behavioral detection" program, but in the meantime, here's the leaked 92-point checklist the TSA's psychic warriors use to spot bad guys. Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, corruption, foia, junk science, race, security theater, transparency, tsa, woo]

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[l] at 3/27/15 7:07am


Conservatives wring their hands at the "moral hazard" of letting people earn without working, but clever, long-running empirical research projects show that people who fear starvation and medical bankruptcy don't quit their jobs and start new business. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Business, economics, gop, piketty, scholarship, usausausa]

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[l] at 3/27/15 6:50am


The Intercept's Micah Lee explains how to use Diceware's to generate a passphrase that can survive the NSA's trillion-guess-per-second cracking attempts -- but which can still be easily memorized. Read the rest

[Category: Post, crypto, infosec, nsa, privacy, security, snowden, spooks]

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[l] at 3/27/15 5:53am


The $10 Monkey Business Clippa Mini Tools Clip is a hair-clip with a sawblade, trolley coin, wrench, phillips screwdriver, ruler, and eyeglass screwdriver. Read the rest

[Category: Image, fashion, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, multitools, tools]

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[l] at 3/27/15 5:36am

I came for the deadpan snark, but I stayed for the amazing autotuned mashup at the end. (via Memex)

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[l] at 3/27/15 5:05am

The ongoing multi-media project Art Assignment enlists professional artists to create unique artistic “assignments” and then challenges everyday people to complete them. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 5:00am

Makeup: Tool for patriarchy, fun hobby, or empowering aspect of self-identity? Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 4:59am

via Junk Drawer

I tend to think of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid as the Platonic ideal of mermaids, but these beautiful drawings by Tumblr artist Sully are making me reconsider my preconceived notions. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 4:58am
Even the studio’s missteps are eminently watchable. But some are more watchable than others. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 4:37am

Country songwriter Gregory Todd, a.k.a Sir MashAlot got famous for six songs, all by top Country artists, which he brilliantly cut together into one very enjoyable track that all sounds like it comes from the same band.

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[Category: Post, country, guestblogger, mashups, music, ProTools, youtube]

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[l] at 3/27/15 4:35am
Family Handyman home security

Ordinarily, the folks over at Family Handyman Magazine are a straight-laced bunch, but their slideshow 20 Secret Hiding Places shows that their practical creativity might be hiding something, such as fat stacks of cash. Read the rest

[Category: Post, DIY, guestblogger, home improvement, projects, secrets, security]

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[l] at 3/27/15 4:28am
New methods for treating anxiety, trauma and mental illness are emerging at the intersection of games and therapy Read the rest

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[l] at 3/27/15 4:18am

San Francisco-based Campo Santo is an indie studio currently at work on Firewatch, a visually-evocative game about being a volunteer fire lookout in the wilderness of Wyoming, with a handheld radio and a mysterious supervisor your only companion.

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[Category: Post, art, firewatch, offworld]

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[l] at 3/27/15 4:18am

Plenty of people play games to escape their real lives, and the character creators some games offer let us imagine ourselves in whatever image we'd like: realistic or idealized, some version of ourselves.

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[Category: Post, avatars, offworld, rust]

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[l] at 3/27/15 4:17am

Puzzle games aren't just something you play on consoles, computers and smartphones. They're also something you can play with a chocolate bar.

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[Category: Post, chocolate, delicious chocolate, offworld]

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[l] at 3/26/15 4:53pm


The FBI used to publish excellent advice about encrypting your devices to keep your data secure when your stuff is lost or stolen; this advice has been silently dropped now that FBI Director James Comey is trying to stop manufacturers from using crypto by default. Read the rest

[Category: Post, apollo 1201, bullrun, crypto, crypto wars, edghill, fbi, feebs, national security, privacy, surveillance]

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[l] at 3/26/15 4:17pm

An important warning about blasphemy and Satanic messages in rock music. (more…)

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[l] at 3/26/15 3:29pm
A residential apartment building in New York's East Village neighborhood collapsed and was engulfed in flames along with a neighboring building today, injuring at least twelve people. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 2:44pm


Kam Brock's car was seized by the NYPD in a bogus drug bust (they found no drugs, seized it anyway) and then they arrested her because she got upset and took her to a mental hospital; she tried to tell the doc that she was a good person, and cited the (true) fact that Obama followed her on Twitter. Read the rest

[Category: Post, authoritarianism, nyc, nypd, race, twitter]

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[l] at 3/26/15 2:17pm
chosen-game

Today my old friend David Hyman launched Chosen, a very compelling new talent contest app where you can be both the talent and the judge. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 1:56pm

A new Wikileaks-published leak from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) a secretive treaty reveals a January 2015 draft "Investment Chapter" of the agreement, where the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are set out, allowing companies to repeal nations' environmental, health and labor laws. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, corporatism, corruption, fast track, piketty, tpp, trade, transparency, wikileaks]

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[l] at 3/26/15 1:16pm
150323-NoKill

On March 13, Madrid became a no-kill city, making the euthanasia of stray or abandoned animals illegal. That means all animals—even homeless ones—are free to live their lives.

[Category: Post, animals, dogs, pets]

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[l] at 3/26/15 12:37pm
Details are emerging of the German co-pilot's past, and his motives for causing the crash remain a mystery. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 12:24pm


The exceptionally broad new surveillance bill lets the government do nearly unlimited warrantless mass surveillance, even of lawyer-client privileged communications, and bans warrant canaries, making it an offense to "disclose information about the existence or non-existence" of a warrant to spy on journalists. Read the rest

[Category: Image, australia, corruption, gwot, law, privacy, surveillance, warrant canaries]

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[l] at 3/26/15 12:15pm


Singapore's insatiable appetite for sand to use to expand its island's territory has led to a worldwide boom in illegal sand-mining, run by criminal gangs who are responsible for the destruction of entire islands in the Pacific rim. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, corruption, piketty, trade, war]

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[l] at 3/26/15 12:14pm
Making games in Twine has helped one woman cope with pain other methods haven't reached, and connected a community Read the rest

[Category: Feature, leadfeature, offworld]

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[l] at 3/26/15 12:04pm

"So kick off your shoes and don't forget your socks, I wash and wash up emcees like Clorox."

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[l] at 3/26/15 11:20am

The Backworlds

I was excited to read The Backworlds by M. Pax. This pulp science fiction style adventure is available free for Kindle!

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[l] at 3/26/15 10:15am

A film of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline's excellent sci-fi novel about a virtual reality treasure hunt that turns lethal, will be directed by the legendary filmmaker.

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:56am
Matt Hein and his dogs. (more…)

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:54am
Screen_Shot_2015-03-25_at_7.05.30_PM.0 I've tried 'em both. Periscope is pretty great--no surprise that a service offered by Twitter for integration with Twitter would do so more seamlessly than one offered by a third party. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:44am

“Hand-drawn animation with ink, white-out, coffee and collage.” (more…)

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:43am
Self-driving cars can't arrive fast enough. If you're a parent of a teen, I feel sorry for you, bro. And if you're the teen? Please don't do this. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:29am


Buzzfeed's Dan Meth has remixed the packaging for iconic American junk-food to make it look like the premium organic/handmade/artisanal products marketed to moneyed, design-forward customers. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Copyfight, design, Food, Funny, not food]

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:28am
While it may be earning less media coverage now, the movement is still very much alive both in physical spaces and online. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:21am

Conversations with Matt Dwyer

The internet calls it the golden age of audio podcasts. Read the rest

[Category: Post, comedians, guestblogger, music, podcast, writers]

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:18am
Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt tackle the week in science fiction. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Sword and Laser]

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:15am


A new book called Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World cites surveys that say that young readers increasingly prefer to read books from paper, not screens. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, bookselling, demographics, ebooks, education, happy mutants, Kids, publishing]

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[l] at 3/26/15 9:06am
Andy Davidhazy hiked 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. (more…)

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[l] at 3/26/15 8:52am

Well played, Ben Burst. Well played.

For those of you who aren't tweens, boy pop band One Direction lost a member yesterday: Zayn Malik. This abrupt breakup hit their fans right in the feels.

[via Reddit]

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[l] at 3/26/15 8:44am

In this Vanity Fair video shared by our pal Joe Sabia, FBI vet Candice Delong examines Breaking Bad's Walter White, and how the teacher-turned-king pin justified his crimes. (more…)

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[l] at 3/26/15 8:44am

"Service dog fraud" is a thing, now. Qualified handlers are aggravated by the increase of people saying their dogs are service animals, allowing them entry to cool human-only places, when they are not.

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[l] at 3/26/15 7:45am
micromax_joy_x1800_x1850_pouch_package The mobile market in India is flooded with new phones: three a day last year. Local provider Micromax has a gamble to claim a slice of that. Read the rest

[Category: Post, china, guestblogger, india, mobile phones, Technology]

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[l] at 3/26/15 7:42am
The Book of Mojo is a webcomic whose creators hope will become an animated series or feature. The main character, Creepy, is an African-American girl with magic powers; and her unlikely partner, Mojo, is a 7-foot tall man of stone with no memory. Read the rest

[Category: Post, animation, cool, guestblogger, indiegogo]

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[l] at 3/26/15 7:26am
Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 1.56.16 PM 2-year-old Quincy has a passion for trucks so naturally he wanted to meet two of the garbage men who actually get to drive one. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 7:26am
garlic-rice-jpg While nutritionists used to suggest that those looking to lose weight stay away from fats, newer research points to sugar and starch as the real enemy of weight loss. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 7:25am
I stumbled across this video for Plastimake, which is a moldable, resuable plastic that can be formed into just about anything, and now I want nothing more than to try it out. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 7:25am
tumblr_nd8tzgyFad1rdf0wdo1_500 Fighting for feminist causes is a necessary, but often exhausting struggle. What I love about these designs by Brazilian artist Carol Rossetti is that they are positive, uplifting, and empowering. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/26/15 6:34am
When I think of Zelda, I think of lots of things: smashing pots, collecting rupees, throwing boomerangs, and dancing to sick beats. Read the rest

[Category: Post, music, offworld, zelda]

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[l] at 3/26/15 6:26am
This Arduino kit ($85) from Seeed Studios includes an Arduino and a bunch of components, plus a 25 hour course on basic Arduino concepts. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Arduino, how-do]

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[l] at 3/25/15 5:26pm

The chair of the 57,000 attendee conference has written to Indiana governor Mike Pence to say that the conference will pull out of the state if a bill passes that lets businesses discriminate against LGBT people if their religion tells them to be hateful fucks. Read the rest

[Category: Post, diversity, Games, gop, indiana, lgbt, religion, usausausa]

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[l] at 3/25/15 5:19pm
An investigator today said audio evidence from the plane's cockpit voice recorder indicates that one of the flight's two pilots left the cockpit before the plane’s descent, and was not able to get back in. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 4:49pm
A French gendarme helicopter flies over the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 25, 2015. French investigators will sift through wreckage for clues into why a German Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline plowed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren returning from an exchange trip to Spain. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot


A French gendarme helicopter flies over the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

A mysterious new development in the recent crash of a Germanwings jet carrying 150 people on board: an investigator today told the New York Times that audio evidence from the plane's cockpit voice recorder indicates that one of the flight's two pilots left the cockpit before the plane’s descent, and was not able to get back in. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 4:05pm
"Deputies asked Keefer why he jumped on the vehicle and if he had consumed narcotics. Keefer said he had taken methadone and bath salts, deputies said." (via the Daytona Beach News Journal)

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[l] at 3/25/15 2:17pm

We do not know if that's really the story behind this little guy's grunts and moans, nor do we know the video's true provenance--there are many uploads. But it's funny. (more…)

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[l] at 3/25/15 2:06pm


Shaneka Monique Torres

Shaneka Monique Torres, 30, will spend at least two years in prison for felony use of a firearm, followed by a maximum of five years for shooting at an occupied building and illegally carrying a concealed weapon. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 1:53pm

In this video, Brian Flemming shares the story of how he lost 390 pounds “through diet and exercise.” Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 1:44pm

The Slow Mo Guys, Gav and Dan, present their slowest ever episode in which they spin a compact disc at 23,000RPM and film it shattering at 170,000 frames per second. [video link]

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[l] at 3/25/15 1:42pm


The excellent radical publisher AK Press has had a devastating warehouse fire and is fundraising $150K to stay in business. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, charitable giving, crowdfunding, Oakland, publishing]

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[l] at 3/25/15 12:37pm

A Vine from Sarah Briggs. (more…)

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[l] at 3/25/15 12:28pm
“It is hypocritical that some leaks will land you in jail, while others just lead to a slap on the wrist,” says Trevor Timm. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 11:53am

SideshowFrks_Group2

Attractive conversation piece decks are helping to cover my bad sleights of hand. This Sideshow Freaks deck is absolutely beautiful.

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[Category: Image, Post, playing cards, review]

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[l] at 3/25/15 11:51am
What is the very best beer you've ever tasted? How far would you go to re-engineer it, if it were lost? Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 11:18am

"We'd live the life we choose. We'd fight and never lose."

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[l] at 3/25/15 10:58am
x 2015-03-25 at 1.56.41 PM

Angered by the lack of hot food provided for him late at night, he verbally abused and ultimately physically attacked a colleague and had to be pulled away. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 10:54am

Maybe they need fewer fans. "The next innovative ballpark food is set to hit Miller Park this season, as Milwaukee Brewers fans will have a chance to take a bite of the Inside The Park Nachos." (via ESPN)

(Thanks, Seth Stevens!

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[l] at 3/25/15 10:39am

Jeremiah Gaver, member of a Christian family band that was arrested on Saturday March 21 after a deadly gunfight outside of a Walmart parking lot Cottonwood, Arizona.

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[l] at 3/25/15 10:13am

The December 20, 1972 episode of “SOUL!” a WNET New York public television cultural showcase ”devoted entirely to and aimed at the metropolitan area’s black community.” Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 10:07am

"We'd live the life we choose. We'd fight and never lose."

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[l] at 3/25/15 9:58am

Star-Wars-Rebels

Set after the fall of the Republic, Star Wars Rebels shares the adventures of a nascent rebel cell at the beginning of the resistance. My daughter and I watched the entire season last weekend. We loved it.

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[l] at 3/25/15 9:51am
Low poly playtime. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 9:50am
"A man in Norway faces jail after cutting off his own hair and beard and then gluing it to another man’s head in an apparent attempt to create a toupée." [The Local via Arbroath]

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[l] at 3/25/15 9:26am
snl-mom-jeans-skit-photoContrary to those who think it's some kind of "hipster thing," mom jeans are not normcore—they're just a return to what was fashionable a generation ago, straight-leg light-wash cotton jeans with high rises: "irony as a lifestyle choice is over."

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[l] at 3/25/15 9:25am
http://digg.com/video/dream-sequence-movies Exactly what it says on the dimly-remembered, surreal tin.

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[l] at 3/25/15 8:32am

Hello, my name is Gareth Branwyn and I’m a blank journal addict. I love the romantic, aspirational aspects of a blank book, the allure of the possible. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 8:27am
Jason Shiga's ambitious projects leap from one medium to another—and unite them. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 7:18am


They were the first company to dabble in a laughably crude version of the surveillance business-model, aggressively collecting your address every time you bought batteries so they could get into the direct-mail racket. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Business, corruption, pii, privacy, surveillance business model]

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[l] at 3/25/15 7:07am
An app called Clean Reader lets silly bluenoses swap swear words out of the ebooks they read, an idea I hate: but I hate the idea that anyone can tell me how to read even more. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, bowlderizing, censorship, ebooks, free speech, parenting, publishing, redaction, writing]

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:55am

How do you thank writer/director Joss Whedon for donating to your Kickstarter campaign? With a gospel cover of the theme song to his cult TV show, apparently. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:42am
Earlier this year, Boing Boing shared a video of two tiny hamsters going on a tiny Valentine’s Day date. I now invite you to celebrate Easter with Porkchop and Dumptruck, the rodent stars of the YouTube channel AprilsAnimals Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:42am

Amazing Stanford mathematician, statistician, and magician Persi Diaconis, author of Magical Mathematics, on "The Best (and Worst) Ways to Shuffle Cards."

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:38am
Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 7.54.52 PM For its latest installment of “Improv Imagination,” Vanity Fair asked Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark) to describe an episode of (the totally fictional) Real Housewives of Westeros, Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:32am

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:28am

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Randy Olson, a fourth-year graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, previously used a genetic algorithm to figure out the fastest way to find Waldo. Now Olson is back and he's using that same algorithm to map out the perfect U.S. road trip. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:27am
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Duck Dynasty snow sculpture

In the small southwestern Wisconsin town of Lone Rock, Darren Klingaman makes fantastic painted snow sculptures on his lawn. Read the rest

[Category: Post, art, guestblogger, sculpture, snow, wisconsin]

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:25am
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https://clarsmisadventures.wordpress.com/2012/04/

When we visited Taipei, my wife and I made it our singular goal to eat at Modern Toilet, even though we knew the bathroom-themed restaurant had caught on and was a bit of a tourist trap. That same spirit has been reignited in me, and my next trip to Seoul cannot come soon enough. I will not leave that city until I grab me some fresh, hot Poop Bread. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Culture, guestblogger, korea, poop, snacks, street food]

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:22am

Tetrageddon Games is a multifaceted and delightful project from Nathalie Lawhead, one of the participants in my feature about digital mysticism yesterday. Read the rest

[Category: Post, net art, offworld]

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:16am
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You, the mustachioed Wild West villain, have just tied your nemesis to the train tracks. Can you recite your entire evil monologue before the locomotive comes barreling down? You really need them to hear this. Read the rest

[Category: Post, offworld, play it now, trains]

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:15am

Liz Ryerson is one of my favorite game critics -- she has a great eye for the alien and oddly-beautiful design harmonies of game landscapes, and she specializes in the 1993 classic Doom, particularly its mods and maps. Read the rest

[Category: Post, doom, offworld]

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[l] at 3/25/15 6:07am
brilliant test

How do we identify and encourage smart kids? Y'know, like we do with kid athletes? Sue Khim, CEO of Brilliant.org, contrasts the U.S. to India, where there are more honor students than America has students. Read the rest

[Category: Post, education, guestblogger, Kids, ted talks, trends]

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[l] at 3/24/15 11:17pm

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 3/24/15 10:05pm

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will open in June 2016 in Springfield, MA, birthplace of Theodor Seuss Geisel. From Springfield Museums:

Visitors will enter the 3,200 square-foot exhibition through a large entry hall designed to simulate elements of And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

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[l] at 3/24/15 9:39pm

Kembrew McLeod sez, "For Kids and By Kids: Songs From Iowa Rock City is a new (and free!) children's album I put together with my wife Lynne Nugent, an editor at The Iowa Review. Her team created a beautiful gatefold CD package with a 24-page lyric and liner notes booklet." Read the rest

[Category: Post, happy mutants, iowa, iowa city, Kids, music]

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:55pm
screenshot Legendary French street artist Invader, best known for his ubiquitous 8-bit tile installations of videogame characters, posted this terrific 3D printing "test" of Bruce Lee on Instagram. (more…)

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:48pm
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Longtime Boing Boing co-conspirator Gareth Branwyn invites us to the rebirth of his Café Gaga event series, "a Noh future think tank for short attention spans," in Washington DC. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:35pm

Gabriel Adelman created this fantastic montage of dream sequences from films, titled "Subconscious Cinema."

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:32pm

The late, great happy mutant Buckminster Fuller talks to master interviewer Studs Terkel about "The Geodesic Life." (Blank on Blank)

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[l] at 3/24/15 3:05pm
These handmade chocolates look like edible works of art. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 2:52pm
Astronaut Scott Kelly explains from quarantine, just five days before taking off for a year in space. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 12:31pm


The U.S. Capitol, with a gazing tourist. Image: Reuters.

Today in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence introduced an internet threat-sharing bill, “The Protecting Cyber Networks Act.” Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 12:13pm


The U.S. Capitol, with a gazing tourist. Image: Reuters.

Today in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence introduced an internet threat-sharing bill, “The Protecting Cyber Networks Act.” Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 11:52am

New York Public Radio WNYC has launched a new series, Being 12: The Year Everything Changes. The website features broadcasts and videos around the thesis that age 12 is our most difficult age--the last year of childhood, when peoples' brains, bodies, circumstances, and relationship to language is changing at speeds as dramatic and tumultuous as when they were toddlers. Read the rest

[Category: Post, adolescence, childhood, guestblogger, neuroscience, Public Radio]

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[l] at 3/24/15 11:34am

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After a 13 year hiatus, Scully and Mulder are back for 6 new episodes.

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[l] at 3/24/15 11:14am

TIE Fighter is an incredible example of how truly amazing and painstakingly created a Star Wars fan film can be.

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[l] at 3/24/15 11:04am
The story is of a less-than-imaginative man who inherits the workshop of his puppeteer grandfather, and finds himself transported into a magical world of wonders where he will have experiences that blow his little mind. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 10:56am
A fantastic book to help photographers old and new learn to manage light. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 10:51am

Jesus help us all.

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[l] at 3/24/15 10:39am

And the owners were miraculously very ready to cash in on the hopes of the faithful. (more…)

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[l] at 3/24/15 10:34am


Tiny pancakes! Squee!

It’s hard to figure out exactly what’s so satisfying about these miniature food videos uploaded on the Japanese YouTube channel Miniature Space, yet for whatever reason I just can’t stop watching them. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 10:20am

Eric Wareheim's rather bizarre video for "Famous" from Charli XCX's rather excellent album Sucker.

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[l] at 3/24/15 9:25am

KTLA5's Family Film Festival ensured that Danny Kaye would be a hero of mine.

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[l] at 3/24/15 9:21am

At first glance I thought The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook might be too gimmicky to take seriously – recipes by top mystery authors, including Mary Higgins Clark, Gillian Flynn, James Patterson, Lisa Unger, and dozens of others.

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[l] at 3/24/15 9:15am
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It’s easy to assume Instagram is simply a place for food pics and post-workout selfies, but Pete Souza is using the social media platform for a more historic purpose.

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[l] at 3/24/15 9:07am

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Huh Magazine shares this beautiful, working record player made of LEGO.

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:59am

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These awesome #Sleevebucks Tumblr and Instagram accounts transform the ubiquitous mermaid from the Starbucks coffee sleeve into all kinds of different pop culture images. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:58am

It’s hard to figure out exactly what’s so satisfying about these miniature food videos uploaded on the Japanese YouTube channel Miniature Space, yet for whatever reason I just can’t stop watching them. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:56am
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Online clothing boutique Shinesty wants you to Shine On. Their mission is "to bring you the most outlandish collection of clothing the world has ever seen", and they deliver. Read the rest

[Category: Post, clothing, design, Funny, guestblogger, retro]

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:52am

Several years ago, cartoonist James Kochalka doodled a picture of an alien on a piece of paper. Now the Glorkian Warrior is the star of two graphic novels as well as a new video game created by Pixeljam, where the three-eyed hero must defend an asteroid with the help of his sidekick Super Backpack, a sentient knapsack who is both weapon and friend.

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:51am

Follow the dramatic 14,000-mile clipper ship race of 1866, in which five ships competed fiercely to be the first to London with the season's tea. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:50am
via NASA

via NASA

Two of my biggest passions in life are feminism and space travel, so naturally I have to share this incredible retrospective on Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:45am

Fluency (Confluence Book 1)

Jennifer Foehner Wells' highly recommended Fluency is a phenomenal story of first contact!

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:37am
Katusha

Amid the real war reporting on Medium's online magazine War Is Boring is a profile of comics artist Wayne Vansant, who, at 65, is still drawing wartime comics with his signature attention to accuracy and detail. Read the rest

[Category: Post, graphic novel, guestblogger, WarIsBoring, webcomic, WWII]

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:31am

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Leonard Nimoy’s recent death inspired a ton of great writing about his long, diverse career (I got a chance to share my thoughts over at The A.V. Club). But far and away my favorite piece comes from feminist writer Ijeoma Oluo on Medium. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:30am
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Vincente Albán; Ecuador, Spain (c. 1783)

Those who learn about history through pop culture (or even those who rely on their high school history education), might assume that medieval Europe was populated solely by white people. But the blog Medieval POC (which stands for people of color) is trying to change that misconception. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:28am

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After snapping a portrait of a volunteer subject, Brazilian artist Angélica Dass extracts a sample of 11x11 pixels of his or her face and matches it to the corresponding Pantone color. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:27am

Comedian, commercial director and documentarian Jordan Brady hosts a great podcast on commercial filmmaking called Respect The Process. He recently interviewed Ryan Berman, Chief Creative Officer for San Diego ad agency I.D.E.A.

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[Category: Post, advertising, creativity, documentary, guestblogger, Innovation, patent reform, podcast, SXSW]

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:26am

It's in Farsi, it's beautifully-shot film noir, it has a female lead, and you have to see it. Read the rest

[Category: Post, film, graphic novel, guestblogger, indie, iran, noir, vampire, women]

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[l] at 3/24/15 8:22am

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March is Women’s History Month, and Buzzfeed is celebrating with a list of 29 books featuring strong female protagonists. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/24/15 7:48am


The TSA refuses to explain how it spent $1B on a discredited "behavioral detection" program that led airport authoritarians to believe that when they racially profiled fliers, it was because they'd acquired the superpower of spotting guilty people through their "microexpressions." Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, behavioral profiling, Business, DHS, gwot, junk science, pork, post evidence based policy, race, security theater, transparency, tsa, woo]

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[l] at 3/24/15 7:39am


Sumana writes, "I was talking with a friend about trends in dystopian fiction, and about the underappreciated rights that don't get as much airtime. So I created Randomized Dystopia. You can hit Reload on the main page to get a right from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or use the Custom Terribleness page for the option of a specifically sexist or ageist dystopia." Read the rest

[Category: Post, happy mutants, human rights, science fiction, writing]

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[l] at 3/24/15 7:32am

Remember when the idea for Better Call Saul first floated around in television production gossip, and it was conceived as a half-hour comedy?

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[Category: Feature, Post, Better Call Saul, BREAKING BAD, Entertainment, recap, review, tv, TV Entertainment]

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[l] at 3/24/15 7:32am


The latest Oh Joy Sex Toy webcomic covers surgical abortion in its signature style: human, thorough and approachable. Read the rest

[Category: Post, abortion, choice, Comics, happy mutants, health, Science, webcomics]

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[l] at 3/24/15 7:13am
Fortune-telling games help us fumble toward deeper truths, at the junction of technology and mysticism Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, bots, fortunes, leadfeature, mysticism, offworld, religion]

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[l] at 3/24/15 6:45am

New text-based browser games by Caelyn Sandel and Lydia Neon ask searching questions we may prefer not to answer. I have a hard time being honest with these bots, even though they promise to help.

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[l] at 3/24/15 6:28am

Only in consumer video game fandom would there even be a debate about whether or not content "should be" political. We don't have that conversation about books, film, television or music, since naturally everything is, whether it wants to be or not, 'about' something -- the version of reality you present in the fiction you create necessarily says something about the world, or how you see it.

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[l] at 3/24/15 12:36am

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 3/23/15 9:53pm


Dave Ng writes, "My new book is Advanced Quantum Thermodynamics (is a subject I know very little about) collecting my science humor and creative non-fiction: great for the 'hipster that doesn't get science' but who wants to look like the 'hipster that gets Advanced Quantum Thermodynamics'" Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, ebooks, Funny, Science]

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[l] at 3/23/15 9:50pm


The classic Cheapass Game is getting a second life, with a brand-new second deck, thanks to you and Kickstarter! Read the rest

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

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[l] at 3/23/15 5:45pm

Jeff Scher created this lovely stop motion animated film about winter from 2,250 watercolor paintings on paper: "White Out"

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[l] at 3/23/15 5:36pm

The University of North Georgia pulled their course catalog after a newspaper called them out for the cover photo, a stock image of two white guys beating a black man and a woman in a race.

"After looking into the issue, we determined that this is an isolated case of poor judgment, and was not intentional," VP of University Relations Kate Maine told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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[l] at 3/23/15 5:27pm
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Very clever street art by OakOak in Saint-Étienne, France. (via saatchi_gallery Instagram)

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[l] at 3/23/15 5:26pm
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Luke Knapp, 11: "I’m going to teach you how to identify six planes: the Boeing 737, 747, and 787 Dreamliner, and the Airbus A320, A340, and A380. This probably sounds like Martian to you, but don’t worry, this should make sense by the end of this article (its just “plane” english)."

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[l] at 3/23/15 5:17pm

Eric Wareheim's rather bizarre video for "Famous" from Charli XCX's rather excellent album Sucker.

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[l] at 3/23/15 4:54pm

More fantastic DIY "Aug(de)mented Reality" from Marty Cooper (aka Hombre_McSteez) who makes magic with an iPhone, magic markers, and transparent sheets of plastic.

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[l] at 3/23/15 2:33pm
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Today, Pixar is releasing a free license to it's Renderman imaging software. This is the same software it uses on it's own films, which was invented in-house, and is used today by all major film and video game studios for animation and visual effects. The free license is for non-commercial use only,

[Category: Post, animation, cgi, guestblogger, pixar, software, Technology, visual effects]

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[l] at 3/23/15 1:43pm
Little kids basically are like tiny drunks. (more…)

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[l] at 3/23/15 1:35pm

Oops. Ordering fast food when you're supposed to be reporting about traffic conditions is a bad idea. (more…)

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[l] at 3/23/15 1:33pm

Oops. Ordering fast food when you're supposed to be reporting about traffic conditions is a bad idea. (more…)

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[l] at 3/23/15 1:14pm
It’s unclear how much exposure would be cancerous, or why glyphosate leads specifically to this kind of cancer. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 12:52pm
Photo by Caroline Siede

Photo by Caroline Siede

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a group of police torture survivors who are currently fighting for reparations from the City of Chicago. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 12:48pm
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At Freedom of the Press Foundation, we’re excited to announce the release of a brand new version of SecureDrop, our open source whistleblower system which media organizations can use to communicate and receive documents from sources.

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[l] at 3/23/15 12:41pm
In the early 2000s, Ross Lee--armed with a hidden mic--pounded the streets, shops, and taxis of Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield and caused comedy havoc. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 12:22pm
"I always wanted to make a film on Mechanical Turkers but they were so rude whenever I inquired on reddit," writer Bassam Tariq says, "So I paid them to answer my questions." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 11:41am

He's learning, says his human. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 11:00am
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UPSO notes that "Ted Cruz's new logo looks like a mix between the Al Jazeera logo and a burning flag. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 10:52am
The Nazi escape routes known as “ratlines” during the fall of the Third Reich led to some remote, unexpected places. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 10:35am
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Three Minutes to Nirvana

Artist Eugenia Loli is based in California, and is originally from Greece. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 10:31am

Offering more grip and better dexterity than pot holders, I grab hot stuff with these $10 silicone oven mitts.

All my cloth oven mitts have gotten filthy and no amount of washing seems to really help.

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[l] at 3/23/15 10:03am
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Yes, chocolate and croissant. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 9:57am
The panel may also have just saved the career of a Navy nurse who refused to force feed Guantanamo captives. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 9:38am

This time of year, a glimmer enters my eyes as I see the store shelves stocked with Cadbury Creme Eggs. Knowing my lust for the particular confection, a friend of mine sent me this deliciously decadent recipe, which I tried out.

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[l] at 3/23/15 9:34am
It's as fun as it promises to be. (more…)

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[l] at 3/23/15 9:25am

I like Paul.

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[l] at 3/23/15 8:55am

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Amazon's new TV series The Man in the High Castle is an adaptation of an amazing alternate history by Philip K. Dick. I'm optimistic.

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[l] at 3/23/15 8:21am


A design classic from 1968, with all the dials, knobs, switches and buttons you could possibly need. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 7:38am

A paper by Ben Gurion University researchers to be presented at a Tel Aviv security conference demonstrates "Bitwhisper," a covert communications channel that allows computers to exchange data by varying their temperature, which can be detected by target machines within 40cm. Read the rest

[Category: Video, air gaps, Gadgets, infosec, scholarship, security, web theory]

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[l] at 3/23/15 7:25am


It's more complicated than it seems: the functional elements of a 3D print can't be copyrighted, but they may be blended with decorative elements that can be; what's more, if we err on the side of caution by "open licensing" stuff that isn't even copyrighted, the effort to open up copyright ends up normalizing the application of copyright to new subjects. Read the rest

[Category: Image, 3d printing, cc, Copyfight, floss, law, oshw]

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[l] at 3/23/15 7:13am

Artist Chad Essey sez, "I'm auctioning some animation frames from the music video for Shudders I created for MC Frontalot's Question Bedtime album, with proceeds to the Electronic Frontier Foundation."

[Category: Video, art, charitable giving, eff, happy mutants, housewares, nerdcore, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 3/23/15 7:01am
Science can now understand far better one of the previously intractable problems in evolutionary biology: the origin of novelty. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 6:59am
The fantasy world of Dragon Age grows beautifully with the telling, including its representation of Earthly minorities. Even so, something's missing... Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 6:28am

The chainmail bikini has long been a symbol of the absurd ways women are depicted in media, but cartoonist Hazel Newvalent has transformed it into something unexpected: the title of a new anthology of comics about women in games.

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[l] at 3/23/15 6:27am

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Professional and amateur cosplayers will spend hours, weeks, and sometimes even months recreating looks from their favorite movies, TV shows, and comics. And since the intricate details, moving parts, and personality of cosplay can be hard to capture in a single photo, UK filmmakers Sneaky Zebra put together sleek, cheeky video tributes to the art of dressing up.

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[l] at 3/23/15 6:25am
Photo by Caroline Siede

Photo by Caroline Siede

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a group of police torture survivors who are currently fighting for reparations from the City of Chicago. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 6:17am

lavatubes

We don't know if the moon actually has any subterranean lava tubes, but if they do exist, a new analysis suggests they could be enormous.

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[l] at 3/23/15 6:16am

ceresdrawing

At Popular Science, Sarah Fecht uses some awesomely old-school dataviz techniques.

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[l] at 3/23/15 6:07am

Solar wind models

The weird stellar winds of Eta Carinae are hard to visualize -- so astronomers used a Makerbot to create 3D models that they could hold in their hands. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/23/15 6:06am

Tinker Crate is a monthly subscription service, delivering cool toys to encourage engineering-style skills in kids aged 9 to 14. Instructions are included, but they also produce slick videos like the one above to further engage little minds. Project kits include parts and diagrams to make a trebuchet in one month, and a simple motor the next.

The site doesn't list more projects than that, but since they're offering subscriptions up to 12 months, we'll just have to sign up and be surprised. Read the rest

[Category: Post, children, Kids, maker, play, STEM, subscription, toys]

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[l] at 3/23/15 6:03am

Passover is coming! To get you into the mood for matzoh, America's latest cool Jew—rapper Kosha Dillz—(SoundCloud) has a Passover playlist to rock your noggin.

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[l] at 3/23/15 12:27am


Cast from a real fossil dino-shark tooth, available in milk, dark and white chocolate, just in time for Easter. (via Bruce Sterling)

[Category: Post, carbs, chocolate, dinosaurs, Food, gift guide, happy mutants, natural history, not food, sharks]

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[l] at 3/22/15 6:52pm
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Satisfy your Weird Science fantasy by owning the actual leather jacket worn by Kelly LeBrock in the 1985 classic John Hughes film. (more…)

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[l] at 3/22/15 2:35pm

In the 1990s, Steven Glew was the most infamous and successful smuggler of contraband Pez dispensers, sneaking thousands of them from Hungary and Slovenia into the United States and making $4 million along the way.

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[l] at 3/22/15 2:23pm
Over at Medium, a beautiful essay by open source advocate (and #hashtag inventor) Chris Messina about the visual concept of negative space and how flashes of brilliance can appear in the "negative space" of thoughts and ideas. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/22/15 2:13pm
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This albino tapir was a local legend in southeastern Brazil's Atlantic rain forest until National Geographic contributing photographer Luciano Candisani used a camera trap to grab this image of the strange pig-like animal. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/22/15 2:07pm

Martin sez, "I just completed my silliest projects to date: while running the risk of turning my laser cutter into a giant fire ball I actually succeeded in turning it into a real world version of the Space Invaders game." Read the rest

[Category: Video, Copyfight, fanac, Games, happy mutants, laser cutters, makers, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 3/22/15 1:58pm

Indian comedians nail a pitch-perfect "tribute" to TV show Seinfeld after Jerry Seinfeld's standup debut in India was recently cancelled by police due to traffic and parking concerns. (more…)

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[l] at 3/22/15 1:42pm
Press firmly on the back of Unimal, an unholy genetically-engineered beast created in 1951 by a Cornell professor of agriculture and life sciences, and it produces a bottle of milk, a stick of butter, a hotdog, a ham, or an egg. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/22/15 1:33pm
Spa-Lady-7 Impress and delight the guests at your next soirée with this scrumptious-looking Spa Lady Cheese Ball! (more…)

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[l] at 3/22/15 1:26pm
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Researchers are studying the "pre-industrial" sleeping patterns of Baependi, a rural community in Brazil, who go to bed and wake earlier than most people, mostly because they work outside. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/22/15 12:43pm
hulkmor

Butcher Billy envisions post-punk music icons as Marvel superheroes! Above, Morissey as Hulk. Below, Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) as Iron Man.

Butcher Billy (via Dangerous Minds, thanks Chris Arkenberg!) postpunkmarvel06

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[l] at 3/22/15 5:33am


Foxxfur has published "The Theme Park Trope List," a first approximation attempt to summarize the narrative gimmicks used in theme park attractions to move the action along, for example, "the book report ride," which "shows exactly the same events which occurred in the source film in the same order." Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, design, Disney, Entertainment, storytelling, themepunks]

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[l] at 3/21/15 11:06am


Microsoft has announced a relaxation of its "Secure Boot" guidelines for OEMs, allowing companies to sell computers pre-loaded with Windows 10 that will refuse to boot any non-Microsoft OS. Read the rest

[Category: Post, 1201, Business, competition, Copyfight, drm, floss, infosec, microsoft, security, security theater, uefi, war on general purpose computers]

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[l] at 3/21/15 6:27am


(moar)

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[l] at 3/21/15 5:47am


Legbacore's upcoming "digital voodoo" presentation will reveal an automated means of discovering BIOS defects that are vulnerable to remote attacks, meaning that your computer can be compromised below the level of the OS by attackers who do not have physical access to it. Read the rest

[Category: Post, bios, crypto, infosec, scholarship, security, tails, tor]

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[l] at 3/21/15 4:37am


New Zealand jeweler Charlie Meaden's OG gamer pieces include these shiny game-controller earrings and the Space Invaders ring, both available in gold or silver. (via Geeky Merch)

[Category: Image, Post, etsy, Gadgets, Games, gift guide, happy mutants, jewelry, new zealand]

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[l] at 3/20/15 4:51pm

I recently started using Grandpa Witmer's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer to mix peanut butter quickly and without a mess. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/20/15 4:19pm

There was just no way I could walk by this without picking it up, and there was no way I could pick it up without buying it. Oh my goodness. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/20/15 3:29pm

drum-machineThe HTML 5 Drum Machine is simple enough not to need instructions. You can record and download your patterns, too.

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[l] at 3/20/15 2:45pm


Covertly snapped last night at the AA baggage office in Memphis, after they lost my luggage: (more…)

[Category: Image, american airlines, aviation, gwot, security theater, usausausa]

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[l] at 3/20/15 2:39pm


Efrem writes, "The Jersey Journal is doing some good work during Sunshine Week, trying to publish the pay information of every public employee in the county. The results have been hilariously depressing. To whit:" Read the rest

[Category: Image, corruption, foia, new jersey, transparency]

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[l] at 3/20/15 12:13pm
“Leonard (Martin Starr - "Freaks and Geeks", "Silicon Valley") exists in slow motion but lives in a regular speed world.” Read the rest

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[l] at 3/20/15 12:01pm
“Why? Because Fuck You, that's why.”

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[l] at 3/20/15 12:00pm
“Why? Because Fuck You, that's why.”

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[l] at 3/20/15 11:55am

Dead City (Zombie D.O.A. Book 1)

JJ Zep's Dead City is just the fresh twist on the zombie genre I was looking for.

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[l] at 3/20/15 11:53am
EarthEclipse_ISS_1520

NASA's beautiful photograph taken by Expedition 12 crew members on board the International Space Station, observing Earth during a total eclipse of the Sun. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/20/15 11:44am

Exalt in the delicious rudeness. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/20/15 11:25am

“Just repeat after me: ‘I am I am I am the resurrection and life of my finances and the US economy.” (more…)

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[l] at 3/20/15 11:15am

I can't tell what's going on in this compilation, but the dog sure is cute. (more…)

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[l] at 3/20/15 11:06am

satan

Following complaints, the Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle Church in Tennessee has taken down a sign that read, "Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights." (more…)

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[l] at 3/20/15 11:00am

His owner says they go to the dog park everyday, and he still complains each time they have to leave. I love the other dogs barking at him to get over it.

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[l] at 3/20/15 10:58am
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Photography: Victoria Janashvili. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/20/15 10:42am

prison

"Back in 1979, African-American men who dropped out of high school had about a 15 percent chance of ending up in prison by age 30-35. These days, it’s nearly 70 percent." [via]

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[l] at 3/20/15 10:07am

I have always been told you can't fix anything with those automotive solutions-in-a-can. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I poured some fuel injector cleaner in my carbureted motorcycle and things got a lot better.

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[l] at 3/20/15 9:58am

This insane timelapse video shows the two minutes of darkness caused by the total solar eclipse in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands on March 20, 2015. (more…)

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[l] at 3/20/15 9:50am

Professor Brian Cox, Dara O'Briain and Liz Bonnin covering the 2015 solar eclipse, over the Faroe Islands. (more…)

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[l] at 3/20/15 9:42am

Dear god.

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[l] at 3/20/15 9:21am
Quarterly.co is a subscription service for wonderful things. My last Quarterly subscription box was a magic kit. (more…)

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[l] at 3/20/15 9:00am

Based on analysis of personal attacks and other machine-learned elements of language, a research company figured out which subreddits are the most toxic, then charted that toxicity against supportiveness.

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[l] at 3/20/15 8:19am

I have two kids, so like all parents, I've been through some gross moments. Still, the all-natural baby decongestant Nosefrida the snotsucker brings out the giggling 15 year old in me. The picture tells the story: mom holds baby down like a prisoner and with one end of the tube in her mouth (or in my family, Dad), and the chamber tip firmly pressed onto bambino's schnozz, and snot is sucked. "Of course" product devotees will tell you, "it doesn't go up the tube, it gets captured in the chamber!!" But still. But still. Read the rest

[Category: Post, babies, congestion, farts, gas, health, low-tech, mom, odd, parents, snot]

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[l] at 3/20/15 8:08am

The ideal of "getting home for Christmas" is tinged with romance, conjuring images of rushing through snow and the romantic chaos of transit to that ultimate family seat.

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[l] at 3/20/15 7:54am

156681_169821143051696_3150711_nHere's a new protest movement for all you old Hippies out there: "Bring the T5 VW Camper to USA". This sweet ride is like a Robocop update of the old VW bus, full of RV-like amenities including a fold-out bed, a sink, refrigerator and fold-out table; perfect for that cross-country drive to discover the soul of America you've been meaning to take. Read the rest

[Category: Post, automobile, camping, cars, cool, guestblogger, vw]

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[l] at 3/20/15 7:53am

If Mozart had thought to populate The Abduction from The Seraglio with Vulcans and Klingons, he most certainly would have.

Instead, this adaptation was left to Josh Shaw, Artistic Director of the Pacific Opera Project (POP).

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[Category: Post, Culture, fanfiction, guestblooger, Mozart, opera, StarTrek]

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[l] at 3/20/15 7:39am

Come along with me and revisit a classic Lucasfilm Games experience. There's a lot special about LOOM, which recently went on sale at the DRM-free digital store Good Old Games. Read the rest

[Category: Post, adventure games, asmr, lo-fi let's play, LOOM, offworld]

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[l] at 3/20/15 7:30am
Minority voices in games and tech present a necessary challenge to our imagined community. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, colonialism, leadfeature, offworld]

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[l] at 3/20/15 5:50am
Brian Barrett quotes creator Sonny Tulyaganov: “[Streak] allowed users track emails, see when, where and what device were used to view email…very disturbing, so decided to see who is actually tracking emails in my inbox.(more…)

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[l] at 3/20/15 5:46am
Times are a'changin' at the FAA: "The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday gave Amazon permission to conduct test flights of its drones outdoors, as long as the company obeys a host of rules like flying below 400 feet and only during daylight hours."

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[l] at 3/20/15 5:44am
[Youtube link, via] x 2015-03-20 at 8.44.18 AM

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[l] at 3/20/15 5:24am


I agree that mandatory voting is a powerful check against moneyed interests hijacking the government, but Australia, which has both mandatory voting and preferential ranked ballots, has still managed to elect some fucking awful politicians. Read the rest

[Category: Image, citizens united, class war, corruption, elections, mayday.us, one percent, piketty, politics, usausausa, uspoli]

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[l] at 3/20/15 5:14am

Iliad and Nicki 2 If you're on Genius reading Book V of The Iliad, the recommendation system has some suggestions for you. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/20/15 5:10am
Acid music creator

Twiddle a few knobs and in about five minutes you're making thick, lovely bleepy sounds. Great for a) creating indie-game background music b) procrastinating. (Thanks to Mefi for finding this!)

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[l] at 3/20/15 5:09am

Paul Dini is having a garage sale, and you're invited. No, it's not for charity, and these are not big ticket items, it's just, in his words, "Original art, collectibles, One-of-a-kind pieces, animation memorabilia, costumes, and generic crap I don't want to pay storage fees on anymore." It's his collection of mostly unopened toys and action figures; but to geeks, these are Paul Dini's toys!

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[Category: Post, auction, Comics, dc, ebay, guestblogger, marvel, memorabilia, Paul_Dini, toys]

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[l] at 3/20/15 5:08am

Lighten Up

Ronald Wimberly is a comics and animation artist, the author of Vertigo's Prince of Cats, and a character designer for Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Wembly has illustrated a work experience he had while working on an X-Men comic. His story, Lighten Up, appears on the excellent blog of The Nib, a site devoted to "political cartoons, comics journalism, humor and non-fiction." Read the rest

[Category: Post, animation, art, Comics, Culture, design, guestblogger, race]

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[l] at 3/20/15 4:21am


631 lovingly scanned pages for your perusal; may I draw your attention to the electronic toys, including Little Professor at $15, Speak and Spell digital at $62, Coleco Frogger at $60, Merlin at $31.50, Simon at $32, Pocket Dungeons and Dragons at $20 and Electronic Battleship at $40. Read the rest

[Category: Post, 80s, Business, Copyfight, Gadgets, Games, Old school, toys]

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[l] at 3/19/15 4:28pm
0a9d3c4691efc41a363dad5ca980a9bb (more…)

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[l] at 3/19/15 4:19pm
He has severely limited vision, and is almost blind. He uses various assistive devices so that he can create these GIFs. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 4:12pm

The Icelandic Pirate Party is out-polling all the country's other parties, with 24% of the population backing them. Read the rest

[Category: Post, iceland, icelandpoli, pirate party, politics, snowden]

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[l] at 3/19/15 4:03pm

The IP Box costs less than £200 and can guess all possible four-digit passwords in 11 hours. Read the rest

[Category: Video, apple, infosec, ios, lawful interception, mobile, security]

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[l] at 3/19/15 4:01pm
Oops. A quadcopter meets its untimely demise. (more…)

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[l] at 3/19/15 3:15pm

The IP Box costs less than £200 and can guess all possible four-digit passwords in 11 hours. Read the rest

[Category: Video, apple, infosec, ios, lawful interception, mobile, security]

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[l] at 3/19/15 2:51pm

Stian Korntved Ruud has been carving a new wooden spoon once a day. Some of them are wild. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 2:31pm
In a new television show, the "A Team" star will help people in need renovate their homes. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 2:19pm
Solomon Hoffman's squeezebox rendition of the "Serial" theme is wonderful. (more…)

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[l] at 3/19/15 2:01pm
Hammerskin Nation's growth has been tracked during a period when the Ku Klux Klan's membership appears to be on the decline. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 1:58pm

Lance Abernathy 3D printed and assembled what may be the world's smallest working drill. (more…)

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[l] at 3/19/15 1:17pm
The new Marvel Studios film written and directed by Joss Whedon looks like it's gonna be a ton of fun. Read the rest

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Voice recognition, video, VR, and 3D were all the rage in 1996. (more…)

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[l] at 3/19/15 12:41pm
A short film produced by paint manufacturer Valspar and vision aid firm EnChroma to help people with color blindness experience color for the first time. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 12:14pm

The Promark View Highlighter from Japan has a clear tip so you can see what you are highlighting. (more…)

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[l] at 3/19/15 11:54am
Now this sounds like a bad idea.

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[l] at 3/19/15 10:55am

stranhe-libraryI bought The Strange Library on a whim. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 10:44am

The Promark View Highlighter from Japan has a clear tip so you can see what you are highlighting. (more…)

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[l] at 3/19/15 10:27am

From NASA's Solar Eclipse page. (more…)

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[l] at 3/19/15 9:50am

Harry Harrison's Planet of the Damned is one of the first science fiction books I remember reading. It is available free for the Amazon Kindle.

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[l] at 3/19/15 9:45am
The acclaimed British documentary filmmaker has released his latest film in unusual, forward-thinking circumstances. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 9:38am

Silly innuendoes aside, this looks like a fun game from 1954. Time for someone to make it again? Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 9:27am

If there's a kid in your life who loves princesses, consider getting them a very different sort of children's book: The Princess Who Saved Herself.

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[l] at 3/19/15 9:27am
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Everything Pip & Pop create, I love. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 9:21am
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Images by Disney/GIF via Cartoon Brew

A woman who goes by the online name Every Flavored Bean looks at how Disney's animated male characters and females are designed, and concludes that the men's faces come in lots of different shapes, but the women's are all similar. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 9:12am

Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco installed a sprinkler system to keep homeless people from sleeping in the doorway. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 8:56am

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Astro Teller, chief of Google's Glass project, on its failure:

"I'm amazed by how sensitively people responded to some of the privacy issues," Teller explains, expressing frustration about the backlash against Glass in public, given the prevalence of mobile video.

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[l] at 3/19/15 8:55am

OXO Good Grips Complete Grate and Slicer Set

Easy to use, clean and store, this grater/slicer set has replaced my box grater and my mandolin.

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[l] at 3/19/15 7:18am
The Blackwater of browsers is to get a new name, which you will immediately start using, completely forgetting the old one and all its negative connotations.

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[l] at 3/19/15 5:37am
Sam Barlow's VHS-styled Her Story is a game about true crime, voyeurism, and the monstrous specter of women who kill. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 5:23am
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Facebook gets a bad rap, but where I live, it has brought neighbors together, and it started because of the things I didn't want to share. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 5:17am
Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt on the latest in science fiction and fantasy Read the rest

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[l] at 3/19/15 5:09am

TouchTone is a dark, smooth puzzle game about the surveillance state. The player manipulates simple, clean circuits of light -- and once they all connect, must review information logs and decide whether to flag them as suspicious.

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[l] at 3/19/15 5:09am

My friend Erin Robinson had been wanting to make games -- sketching, designing and editing them in her own imagination -- since childhood.

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[l] at 3/18/15 11:36pm


The beams of blue spacewarp light on Thinkgeek's $35 Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set detach from the Enterprise's nacelles to form chopsticks, while the saucer section unscrews to form a soy sauce dish. (via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 3/18/15 11:30pm


David Best, who builds the enormous, gorgeous temples at Burning Man each year, created "Temple" in London/derry, where survivors of the Troubles have left memorials to their dead in advance of the temple being burned on Mar 21. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 11:20pm

Noah Swartz writes, "Last night I got a chance to see a screening of It's Gonna Blow, a documentary about the underground scene in San Diego directed and produced by Bill Perrine." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:39pm


From A Slip of the Keyboard, Pratchett's very sensible advice to booksellers on care and feeding of touring authors. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 4:54pm
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Writer Kate Imbach and photographer Geoffrey Ellis stopped by Las Vegas's Bonanza Gifts, the 40,000 square foot cavalcade of crap billed as the "World's Largest Gift Shop." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 4:45pm

A man dressed as Darth Vader robbed a Pineville, North Carolina bank on Monday. We know it wasn't the real Darth Vader because he used a rifle rather than a light saber.

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[l] at 3/18/15 4:34pm

Above, the trailer for the forthcoming Hollywood film Pixels, starring Pac-Man, Adam Sandler, and Donkey Kong. Below, Patrick Jean's 2010 indie animated film that it's based on.

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[l] at 3/18/15 4:18pm

The Ghost Army of World War II is a new book about the "tactical deception unit" of artists, ad directors, actors, and other creative folks who used inflatable tanks, sound effects trucks, and good ol' fashioned bullshit to trick the German forces. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 4:00pm
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Listen to my far-out friend Erik Davis (author of Techgnosis) present to the San Francisco Psychedelic Society about the contemporary psychedelic community "at the crossroads of... the Underground, the Grey Market, the Clinic, and the Jungle." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 3:50pm
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From the very artisans at Pressure Printing and Porterhouse Fine Art Editions, this limited-edition intaglio print by the magickal Marion Peck. (more…)

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[l] at 3/18/15 3:38pm
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In the latest episode of the always-illuminating podcast The Memory Palace, Nate DiMeo tells the curious story of 14-year-old Rossa Matilda Richter, aka Zazel, a human cannonball who was launched to stardom in the late 19th century: Two Dimensional Projectile Motion Problems

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[l] at 3/18/15 3:26pm

The latest episode of The Memory Palace podcast is about human cannonballs and projectile motion physics.

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[l] at 3/18/15 3:21pm

Peter Baumann, formerly of Tangerine Dream, plays Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" in this exemplary 1980s video. (more…)

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[l] at 3/18/15 3:17pm
"States United To Prevent Gun Violence opens a fake gun store in NYC as hidden camera social experiment to debunk safety myths."

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[l] at 3/18/15 1:05pm


Michael from Muckrock sez, "Few American officials could even come close to the legendary paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover, but that didn't stop the notorious FBI chief from striking up a close friendship with Samuel Dickstein, House Committee on Un-American Activities founder, Supreme Court Justice -- and suspected Russian spy." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 1:04pm
kmashiIn 2013 I paid $80 for a 6000mAh USB charging unit. Here's a 10000mAh charger for $13. (more…)

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[l] at 3/18/15 1:03pm
The prime crew members for ISS Expedition 43.  L-R: Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA, Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos. Kelly and Kornienko will be spending an entire year in space on board the ISS. Image: Roscosmos/GCTC


The prime crew members for ISS Expedition 43. L-R: Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA, Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos. Kelly and Kornienko will be spending an entire year in space on board the ISS.
Image: Roscosmos/GCTC

The first one-year crew for the International Space Station is set to launch Friday, March 27. You can watch live coverage of the launch and the crew’s arrival to the orbital laboratory on NASA TV. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 12:17pm


Michael from Muckrock sez, "Few American officials could even come close to the legendary paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover, but that didn't stop the notorious FBI chief from striking up a close friendship with Samuel Dickstein, House Committee on Un-American Activities founder, Supreme Court Justice -- and suspected Russian spy." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 12:08pm


Cash-for-gold is a con so dodgy that it's visible from space, but Clancy Martin's inside account of working in his brother's rip-off high-class Texas pawnbroker is an especially compelling view of the internals of the ripoff. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 12:00pm

Corie Weaver, co-editor of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide a middle grade reader featuring diverse protagonists, sez: "31 percent of children's books have central female characters, and even fewer feature main characters of color." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 11:48am

There is no way around it. Habibi is a strange graphic novel. Not strange as in surreal, or ugly, or weird, but strange as in stranger, different.

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[l] at 3/18/15 11:40am
kmashiIn 2013 I paid $80 for a 6000mAh USB charging unit. Here's a 10000mAh charger for $13. (more…)

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[l] at 3/18/15 11:19am

From MAKE: this cute BMO replica with a Raspberry Pi brain. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 11:11am
cat-eye

Fewer than 1 person in 10,000 are born with bilateral colobomas, known as "cat eye syndrome."

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:54am
“Jurassic Park is brought to life in LEGO as a father, daughter and all their friends combine over $100,000 worth of LEGO pieces to make an epic stop-motion animation.” (more…)

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:45am
How quickly the tables are turned. (more…)

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:44am
Don't read the comments. [Video Link]

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:43am

"You think you're a groove, standing there in your wallpaper shoes and your socks that match your eyes."

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:41am

"Test your hip and chest size by trying to squeeze through the alternate entrance to Deep Cave at the Deep and Punkin Nature Preserve in Edwards County, Texas. The rest of the cave is huge and incredibly decorated with crystalline helictites, flowstone, draperies, and various other intensely colorful formations." [via]

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:36am

This one splits into two screens in the 1950s to show South Korea and North Korea. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:30am

“I'm goin' back to Cali.” (more…)

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:26am

Bicycle Black Ghost Second Edition Playing Cards Deck by Ellusionist

This incredibly beautiful deck of Bicycle playing cards also comes with a double backed card.

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[l] at 3/18/15 10:02am

What would visitors from space think if they saw your sexts? Nonsense words accompanied by alien knobs of human flesh -- the creases, the arresting hairs and things.

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[l] at 3/18/15 9:54am
gold

Fascinating article in Lapham's Quarterly by philosophy professor Clancy Martin, who worked as a swindler in a crooked Houston coin shop in the 1980s. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 9:48am

Kevin Bacon is now a spokesperson for eggs.

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[l] at 3/18/15 9:11am

Artist Michelle Erickson reveals the secret of an 18th-century amusement called a puzzle jug by making a beautiful replica. (more…)

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[l] at 3/18/15 9:03am


It's been years since the spam wars were at the front of the debate, but all the salient points from then remain salient today: when you let unaccountable third parties see your mail and decide which messages you can see, the potential for mischief is unlimited. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 8:56am
Viking-Islamic-Ring This beautiful glass ring adds archaeological weight to established history of Viking-Islamic contact: "Being the only ring with an Arabic inscription found at a Scandinavian archaeological site, it is a unique object among Swedish Viking Age material."

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[l] at 3/18/15 8:50am
Having received a birthday gift from Vladimir Putin, he is once again a viable candidate. [Daily Mail] (more…)

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[l] at 3/18/15 8:48am
An interview with Danielle Ofri, physician and author of “What Doctors Feel” – a book about the emotional lives of doctors. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 8:34am


The Illumask LEDs only fire for 30 15-minute sessions, despite being rated for 30,000 hours, thanks to a patented system. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 8:32am

Farhad Manjoo reports on the recent demise of GigaOm, the tech news website founded by Om Malik. Though it roasted $30m before creditors shut it down, "digital media darlings" are unfazed.

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[l] at 3/18/15 8:26am

Michael Geist writes, "Canada's Federal Court has issued its ruling on the costs in the Voltage-TekSavvy case, a case involving the demand for the names and address of thousands of TekSavvy subscribers by Voltage on copyright infringement grounds.

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[l] at 3/18/15 8:18am

Anoxia, heaven, or tall tales? Scientists are trying to pin down what happens to our consciousness on the edge of death. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 7:41am
Ben Esposito's Donut County will whet your appetite for compelling physics -- and consumerism metaphors Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 7:38am

Train stations are weird. Commercial art monoliths jammed into awkward industrial spaces for the arbitrary pleasure of the commuter -- and cracks, too, for all kinds of people to fall into.

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[l] at 3/18/15 7:36am

8tracks

When the Congressional Science committee wants to talk about the cold weather, and when NASA has to defend their budget by explaining why NASA is important, it can make people who believe in facts... a bit tense. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 7:34am

The internet is aflood with gratuitous St. Paddy's Irish-ness, so why fight it? My favorite Irishman, who knows where the pots of gold are, is Paddy Hirsch, Senior Producer of Marketplace Radio, by American Public Media.

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[l] at 3/18/15 7:31am
Explore the universe in Outer Wilds, a mysterious, award-winning game set in deep space Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 7:30am
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the question is put: Is God-Man a force for GOOD?? Read the rest

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[l] at 3/18/15 6:42am


Hugh writes, "Lego published annoying 'beauty tips' for young girls; Elbe Spurling has a nice response: beauty tips for male Lego executives." Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, gender, happy mutants, lego, parody, petard, toys]

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[l] at 3/18/15 1:02am


Robert Wechsler makes sculptures by notching and connecting coins to one another to great effect, thanks to the familiarity of the materials and the seeming impossibility of their arrangement. Read the rest

[Category: Post, art, happy mutants, money, sculpture]

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[l] at 3/17/15 11:31pm

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The folks who wrote SOPA are trying to get extremist copyright provisions into the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement -- the one that Congress is trying to 'Fast Track' right now." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 9:10pm
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[l] at 3/17/15 5:41pm
Take the "Realism Challenge" by creating hyperrealistic versions of common objects that look just like the real thing. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 5:05pm
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Buzz Aldrin at Stonehenge on Monday: "I decided to send a message to the cosmos." (more…)

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[l] at 3/17/15 4:55pm

"Newt Sex: Buff Males! Writhing Females! Cannibalism!" (more…)

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[l] at 3/17/15 4:23pm
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This gentleman, Jose Espinoza, 23, coated his face with black spray paint "in an effort camouflage himself" from police in Madera County, California. He's now in jail, charged with possession of stolen property and vehicle theft. (ABC News)

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[l] at 3/17/15 4:13pm
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At Sciency Stuff, a physical "zoom-in" of a Pentium III microprocessor, from the macro to the micro. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 3:43pm
Ubud has been called the cultural center of Bali, and at the heart of Ubud Village sits the literary oasis that is the Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Center. It was one of our favorite hangouts while we visited Bali. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 2:56pm
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Read all Big Mouth comics here.

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[l] at 3/17/15 2:45pm

RainbowPoopUnicorn is the Slinky Master. (via Devour)

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[l] at 3/17/15 2:27pm

For nearly a decade, residents of Cardinal Glen in Charlotte, North Carolina have been upset with a neighbor who frequently stands at his doorway naked.

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[l] at 3/17/15 2:17pm

"I have wrassled with an alligator. I done tussled with a whale." He was the greatest.

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[l] at 3/17/15 2:12pm

Caitlin Randall at Narratively wrote a fascinating article about father-son con artists from Northern England who sold at least 120 forged antiquities to museums, galleries, and auction houses. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 1:17pm

Bladerunner Model Shop

Via Imgur, "Images from slides taken during the construction of the miniatures for the film 'Bladerunner'" Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 12:00pm

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I've read 83% of Station Eleven on my Kindle, so I don't know whether it has a interesting ending or not (I'm one of those lowbrows who doesn't like books without a satisfying conclusion), but I am loving it so far. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 11:58am

station-eleven

I've read 83% of Station Eleven on my Kindle, so I don't know whether it has a interesting ending or not (I'm one of those lowbrows who doesn't like books without a satisfying conclusion), but I am loving it so far. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 11:02am
A very concerned fan just asked me if the weird rumours about 'my behaviour' on the CHAPPIE set are true, so i thought i'd help shed a little light here on Boing Boing. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 10:46am
A very concerned fan just asked me if the weird rumours about 'my behaviour' on the CHAPPIE set are true, so i thought i'd help shed a little light here on Boing Boing. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 10:38am
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, creators of Better Call Saul chat about how they came up with the show's intentionally awful opening sequence. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 9:46am

"Last night your shadow fell upon my lonely room, I touched your golden hair and tasted your perfume."

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[l] at 3/17/15 9:45am
Nintendo today announced it would partner with Japanese mobile game giant DeNA to create new games based on the company's brands. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 9:40am

There shouldn't be humans on Delta Pavonis, especially Matt. Landing in the middle of secret colony, with only the questionable help of his AI, Matt just became The Wizard from Earth.

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[l] at 3/17/15 9:39am

A giant space whale with wings, as one Redditor put it. This short film is described as a “Proof of Concept/pitch for The Leviathan,” created by Ruairi Robinson. Developed with the assistance of the Irish Film Board.

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[l] at 3/17/15 9:39am

A giant space whale with wings, as one Redditor put it. This short film is described as a “Proof of Concept/pitch for The Leviathan,” created by Ruairi Robinson. Developed with the assistance of the Irish Film Board.

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[l] at 3/17/15 9:38am

Harry Shearer narrates this short BBC cartoon about Benjamin Libet's experiments that suggest free will is an illusion.

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[l] at 3/17/15 9:22am
This is a wonderful video, and a wonderful work of art. (more…)

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[l] at 3/17/15 9:16am
Chris McCowage


Photo for Australian Red Cross: Chris McCowage

Ninety percent of the buildings were damaged or destroyed in Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, when it was hit by Cyclone Pam. Twenty-four people have died and over 3,000 are homeless. The hospital has no electricity and clean water is dangerously low. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 8:51am

Three men and one woman are being tried for selling property they didn't own to a German businessman. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 8:51am

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The March 5th episode of Nickelodeon's Oggy and the Cockroaches showed a framed photo of a topless cartoon character. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:34am

Tricia Wang two phones My friend Tricia Wang is an amazing tech ethnographer who's crisscrossing China -- and recording her observations on an amazing Instagram feed. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:29am

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Here's a gallery of programs written in the Wolfram Language, short enough to fit in a tweet -- and producing lovely results.

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:29am

Cats vocalize at higher frequencies than humans, so they often ignore our music. Now two scientists have made songs specifically for cats. (Audio here.) Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:28am
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Springtime turns American minds to college basketball, but the world is not watching. No, everyone else is fixated on the Cricket World Cup, going on right now, which brags a TV viewership of 1.85 billion.

Hating to be left out, my wife wanted to know what the fixation was, and she challenged my knowledge of the game, which my brain kept interpreting as an insect. Together, we spelunked down the YouTube rabbit hole, only to get more confused the more we tried to understand. Here's what we learned: Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:20am

Hindsight is 20/20 in this literal reimagining of the title sequence to the 90's cartoon Pinky And The Brain.

Back when we were laughing it up at Stephen Spielberg and Tom Reugger's hilarious characters, were we considering the horrors of animal testing? Of course not, we had a pocket-sized genius and his idiot sidekick, and they were hilarious! Still, this gross, frank and manic video has a laugh while landing a salient point about the ruthless treatment of lab rats.

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:15am

For a video promoting an art book, this is unusually fun and funny. To promote the 320-page Dark Horse book The Art of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, IGN made a promo video starring Skeletor, his evil adversary.

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:12am


Warpo's amazing, Kickstarted alternate-universe Cthulhu action figures have been reality for some months now, but now they're objects of commerce: $20 each at Thinkgeek. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:10am

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It's called Conquered by Clippy. Rule 34 continues to bestride the Internet like a colossus, apparently. Oh, and there's more ... Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:09am
In order for Better Call Saul to inch closer to the timeline it’s trying to meet, James McGill’s difficult life has to fester into bitterness. He’ll do anything to escape it. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:06am

We don't usually play as older women in games, let alone as moms. But in Little Party, you're a mother in a deep, wooded home that makes a perfect retreat for your teenage daughter, Suzanne, and her artistic friends.

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[l] at 3/17/15 7:05am

If you've ever wondered exactly what the zombie apocalypse would look like—and how long it would take to claim your city—this interactive map created by Cornell researcher Matt Bierbaum can help you envision all your darkest fears.

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[l] at 3/17/15 6:46am

Otome games” are an entire genre of visual dating games made with women in mind, and they enjoy a healthy fandom in online communities.

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[l] at 3/16/15 11:33pm


John Stump's 1980 composition Faerie’s Aire and Death Waltz (from 'A Tribute to Zdenko G. Fibich') is a parody of a composition and not intended to be played -- but someone did! Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 11:24pm


The two officers blamed for hundreds of anonymous edits to Wikipedia pages on victims of police brutality, made from the NYPD's IP block, will face minor discipline for using work computers for non-work activities. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 11:16pm


Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger normally produce beautiful commercial photos, but their hobby is recreating iconic photos -- the Hindenberg's explosion, Nessie 1934, Tiananmen 1989, 9/11, and more -- in miniature, so that their replicas are virtually indistinguishable from the originals. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 11:05pm


The wild and talented cyberpunk original Rudy Rucker is kickstarting a volume of his journals, from 1990-2014, inspired by Kafka's journals, and "as long as three or four novels put together." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 5:37pm

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In 1950 newspapers around the world reported that a 10-month-old kitten had climbed the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in Europe. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll wonder whether even a very determined kitty could accomplish such a feat.

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[l] at 3/16/15 5:14pm

Remember back in 2008 when President-elect Obama promised to run the most transparent White House in history? Well, you might remember, but President Obama seems to have forgotten. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 5:13pm

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In 1950, University of Innsbruck professor Theodor Erismann used a pair of custom goggles to turn the eyesight of his student, Ivo Kohler, upside down. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 5:05pm
Biopic starring longtime Boing Boing pal John Cusack opens in U.S. theaters on June 5. A new album from Wilson is out in April. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 4:49pm
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Over at Vantage, Sophie Gamand's striking photos of some very unusual-looking hairless dogs. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 4:39pm
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Andrew B. Myers's photographs of perfectly-organized objects -- from fruit to toys to telephones -- have a cartoonish illustrative style, but as you can see from the image below containing a strategically-placed human, they are quite real. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 4:19pm
In the 1920s, the USDA encouraged rural communities around the U.S. to put bulls on the witness stand — to hold a legal trial, complete with lawyers and witnesses and a watching public — to determine whether the bull was fit to breed. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 4:13pm
Not the actual rabid raccoon that attacked Cas Overton.


Not the actual rabid raccoon that attacked Cas Overton.

Cas Overton, a 75 year old t'ai chi master who has been teaching the martial art for 40 years, strangled with her bare hands a rabid raccoon that was trying to attack her. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 4:02pm
Symbolics.com, the first dot-com domain, just turned 30 years old. Computer workstation firm Symbolics, developer of the Lisp computer language, bought the domain on March 15, 1985. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 3:52pm
So very tired, this little duckling is.

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[l] at 3/16/15 3:49pm
If a skeeter does get a taste of you, I recommend this Therapik Mosquito Bite Reliever that zaps the itch away.

Video from Mental Floss: The Big Question.

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[l] at 3/16/15 3:46pm
Researchers have discovered two seafloor troughs that could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica's largest and most rapidly thinning glacier. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 3:32pm

Primordial is a mindbending animation of an imaginary planet's evolutionary timeline, created by Jason Kerr, Chris Bjerre, and Peter Clark. Enjoy the trip. And it is a trip. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 2:53pm

Last month we posted this video of Adam Savage building a better-than-realistic model of the Overlook Hotel maze from The Shining. Adam has now written some highly-entertaining and illuminating build notes about his ambitious undertaking. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 2:32pm

Head on over to the Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea in Milan for the opening reception on March 26th for Mark's Heshka's show, "Romance of Canada." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 2:16pm
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I've used an AeroPress to make my espresso almost every day for several years now, but I had no idea that the inventor, Alan Adler, 76, also created the Aerobie flying disc. Over at Backchannel, Steven Levy talks to Adler, an iconic maker. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 2:03pm
Dr. Mattson understood that dogs were haram, or forbidden, when she converted to Islam. It's more nuanced than that. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 1:00pm

A wonderful video by Ugoita. (more…)

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[l] at 3/16/15 1:00pm

keyboardMy 11-year-old has been using an old keyboard on her hand-me-down computer setup. Some of the keys are worn down to the point of being blank. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 12:52pm

I'm telling you, if Pringles or Lay's doesn't turn this into an ad, they're stupid. (more…)

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[l] at 3/16/15 12:27pm

Marshall Mullen recorded Michal Kollbek ridding the White Line in Sedona, AZ. [via]

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[l] at 3/16/15 12:16pm

He is very adorable. (more…)

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[l] at 3/16/15 11:45am
“Being gluten intolerant means you are entitled to tell people about the offensive things that happen to you if you eat gluten. Because they're not gluten free, they're obligated by law to listen.” Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 11:36am
I stopped being scared or creeped out by horror movies about 20 years ago, but when Carla and I watched It Follows on Saturday night we were both freaked out of our wits. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 11:25am
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The Church of Scientology is so scared of 'Going Clear,' the new HBO documentary by Gibney and Wright, they have a whole website devoted to attack documentaries of their own. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 11:07am
VA Dept. of Transportation


VA Dept. of Transportation

Virginia has become the first U.S. state in America strictly limit how long data from automated license plate readers can be retained by law enforcement.

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[l] at 3/16/15 10:48am
Human-motor-nerve-60x12 Do not bring a leaf  of any kind to Bedford Middle School  or vice principal Wilson will go ballistic on your ass. (Wikimedia)


Do not bring a leaf of any kind to Bedford Middle School or vice principal Wilson will go ballistic on your ass. (Wikimedia)

An 11-year-old boy was caught with a lighter and a leaf in his school backpack. Three separate tests on the leaf have come back negative for marijuana, so the school did the sensible thing and suspended the boy for a year. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 10:35am

Kenji Yoshino of MAKE shows you how to make a powerful microscope from "the focus lens from a cheap laser pointer or two, and about $10 worth of materials from the hardware store." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 10:27am

Architect Luciano Pia designed 25 Verde, a 63 unit apartment complex in Turin, Italy. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 10:15am
eyes Metaphor makes you more empathetic, it seems: When subjects in a new study read metaphors, they got better at identifing the emotion in pictures of people's eyes.

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[l] at 3/16/15 10:11am
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Casting Call Woe Tumbler

Acting is a crappy business. Like many artistic pursuits, it is a craps table where the hopeful toss fistfuls of their time and dreams onto the craps table because maybe THIS TIME will be THE time that everything changes. Still, the world needs actors, and since we live in a time when digital production and distribution has democratized filmmaking, anyone can be a casting director. Exhibit A is a new tumblr, Casting Call Woes, which has netted a foul-smelling collection of ripe ones from the sea of DIY casting calls. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 9:37am
"Life would be boring without gossip", he told reporters in St. Petersburg.

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[l] at 3/16/15 9:26am

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A Denver TV news program discovered a hidden camera installed at a post office in Golden, Colorado, which was "positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers." An hour after the camera was discovered it "was ripped from the ground and disappeared." Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 9:18am

From comic genius/Choose Your Own Adventure maven/Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal purveyor Zach Weinersmith comes the single-use, unlubricated monocle, in a package with a see-through back (so you can show it off without removing it and ruining the gag). Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 9:17am

Thomas Edison's test for job applicants was leaked in 1921. Gizmodo has all 146 questions, with answers supplied. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 9:08am
Games can be an inviting tool to educate young people on social issues -- like how to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship, how to help a friend or to seek help for oneself. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 9:08am

Bizarre and wonderful things can happen when you ask game developers to experiment with input devices. When teams are asked to work withalternative controls to the boring old keyboard and mouse, you get stuff like Butt Sniffin' Pugs.

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[l] at 3/16/15 9:07am
Its time to break down the walls between games and other creative fields. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 8:29am

The Avengers Vault

covers the histories and origins of Marvel Comics’ mightiest heroes, The Avengers. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 8:20am
Here's a genre mash-up you might not expect: Classic narrative-driven adventure games and two-dimensional space shooters? I'm not sure if it'll work, but I've been watching the gorgeous trailer for Starr Mazer on loop forever. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/16/15 8:20am

Do you need some time on your own? Do you need some time all alone? If you want to make games but feel the chorus to "November Rain" burning in your heart, you're not the only one.

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[l] at 3/15/15 11:39pm


You can explore it interactively for free and download a jumbo wallpaper JPEG, but the print edition is $250. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/15/15 11:33pm

Grant Shapps, the spam kingpin who moonlighted as UK Tory party chairman and then an MP, sued a constituent who accused him of working for his "marketing" company after taking office. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/15/15 10:06pm

Above, the trailer for Thunderbirds Are Go!, coming next month on ITV. Below, opening credits for the original Thunderbirds from 1964 I say Supermarionation FTW.

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[l] at 3/15/15 9:47pm
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US sales of "luxury" toilet paper -- that which is quilted, lotioned, perfumed, ultra-soft, or multi-ply -- hit $1.4 billion last year and sales are now growing faster than plain ol' TP. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/15/15 9:26pm
According to the new book "Becoming Steven Jobs," Tim Cook, upon hearing that Jobs had cancer, confirmed a blood match and then offered his boss a sliver of his own liver. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/15/15 9:17pm

Thomas Blanchard created these gorgeous time-lapse flower blooms from nearly 10,000 images. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/15/15 9:11pm
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On Thursday, San Francisco's groundbreaking contemporary art dance company ODC will premiere a new performance inspired by Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei's @Large exhibit now on Alcatraz that pushes on the issues of human rights and freedom of expression. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/15/15 8:42pm

Our pal Mark Dery has a new Daily Beast column exploring the rich realm of book cover art and design, beginning with an illuminating piece on 1950s surrealist science fiction artist Richard Powers. Read the rest

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[l] at 3/15/15 8:35pm

NSFW: In 1982, Vince Collins (director) and Miwako (graphic designer) created Malice in Wonderland, a fantastically strange short animation based on Lewis Carroll's famous story, but beginning with a white rabbit flying into a woman's vulva. (more…)

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[l] at 3/15/15 8:26pm

Photo by Sarina Frauenfelder.

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[l] at 3/15/15 6:42pm

Holy cow. This video is awesome. (more…)

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