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[l] at 10/22/14 6:53pm
Brian Ashcraft interviewed Nobuyuki Takahashi, originator of the wonderful word: "In Japanese, English and other foreign words are often combined and/or shortened, for brevity's sake."

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[l] at 10/22/14 5:56pm
Felicia Day. Photo: Cristina Gandolfo.


Felicia Day. Photo: Cristina Gandolfo.

Gamer and online personality Felicia Day hasn't said much about Gamergate. Today, she opened up on her blog. “Why have I remained mostly silent? Self-protection and fear.” Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 5:56pm


Spam writes, "I'm a fan of XKCD and so I decided to put together a watchface for the Moto 360 based on xkcd.com/now because I really like Randall Munroe's concept for a simple world clock." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 5:47pm
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"Bourdon, October 2014."

A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Bernard d'Astous.

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[l] at 10/22/14 5:14pm
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Sometimes rabbits are friends with cats. Sometimes, they are not. (more…)

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[l] at 10/22/14 3:38pm


By Roger Wood/Klockwerks

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[l] at 10/22/14 1:30pm
Priorities. "As he lay bleeding, Noll raised the phone and snapped a selfie."(via)

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[l] at 10/22/14 1:24pm

From my friend Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus: A modern take on the traveling circus, STEAM Carnival is a crazy reimagining of the classic carnival using high-tech amusement and amazing inventions.

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[l] at 10/22/14 12:59pm

On This Week in Science:

Kiki talked stem cells; not the controversial side of things, but the straight up science of figuring out more about these populations of cells as they exist inside our bodies throughout our lives.

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[l] at 10/22/14 12:52pm

"Spawn of Gerrymander" is a series in which some of our favorite illustrators use their talents to help us see the true shape of political mapmaking in the twenty-first century:

Over the course of this week, this series will present graphic visualizations of six gerrymandered U.S.

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[l] at 10/22/14 12:17pm

We had a lovely time chatting with author Delilah S. Dawson about her struggles with Ikea furniture, brilliance on Twitter and the coining of Whimsydark.

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[l] at 10/22/14 11:38am

John Denny's standing as an independent in the Minnesota Sixth District, running against Michele Bachmann's successor, and has offered a "legally binding" contract to forfeit his salary and a sum equal to twice any contribution should he ever lobby or take campaign money that puts him in a conflict of interest. Read the rest

[Category: Video, corruption, elections, gop, politics, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 10/22/14 11:34am


They've 700,000 miles, but mostly the same few thousand miles, over and over again -- because the cars only work if every single light, piece of street furniture, and other detail is mapped and verified by armies of human and computer analysts, and when anything changes, the mapping needs to be re-created. Read the rest

[Category: Post, geography, google, locative, maps, robot cars, robots, web theory]

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[l] at 10/22/14 11:26am


Jud Turner writes, "'Hive (middle class colony collapse)' is the latest in my series of sculptures depicting hallucinatory factory scenes, and ponders the loss of bees and an ever-shrinking middle class, both likely results of modern industrial methods and monopoly capitalism." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 11:23am

At least one gunman and a soldier are dead today after an attack in and around the parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada.

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[l] at 10/22/14 11:14am

John Denny's standing as an independent in the Minnesota Sixth District, running against Michele Bachmann, and has offered a "legally binding" contract to forfeit his salary and a sum equal to twice any contribution should he ever lobby or take campaign money that puts him in a conflict of interest. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 11:08am

And here are the photos to prove it.

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[l] at 10/22/14 10:59am

I liked this a lot.

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[l] at 10/22/14 10:15am
Also devastation, lies, falsehood, etc., warns Abdul Aziz Al-Sheik. [BBC]

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[l] at 10/22/14 10:01am

Megahex, by Simon Hanselmann, is a collection of his Megg and Mogg strips, first featured on his Girl Mountain Tumblr.

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[l] at 10/22/14 9:59am

"Microsoft Mobile's website is filled with words," writs Pete Pachal, "but one that you won't find is Nokia"

After partnering with Nokia in early 2011, Microsoft paid $7.2 billion in 2013 to acquire the company's device business, a deal that closed in April 2014.

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[l] at 10/22/14 9:28am

Jeff sez, 'Scientists consulting with companies that sell brain games "falls in the same kind of category as medical researchers' taking money from drug companies,' says a Harvard educational-neuroscience professor. Or, as other scholars contend, should academics work with a growing industry to make their products better, and make sure their marketing isn't over-hyped. The Chronicle of Higher Ed delves into the science of brain training." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 9:21am

Yellow,” an online branded short film for Adidas was the last thing Neill Blomkamp directed before “District 9.” (more…)

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[l] at 10/22/14 9:11am

Adobe is the second major US tech firm to blunder into Gamergate, the hashtag crusade aimed at female game developers, feminists, and the journalists accused of helping them ruin manly games. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 9:11am


Just one of the many outstanding creations of Eva Senín Pernas, a talented make-up artist. (via Seanan McGuire)

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[l] at 10/22/14 9:10am
I had no idea porcupines made these weird sounds of pleasure. They sound like erotic pugs.

[video link, via Reddit]

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[l] at 10/22/14 9:07am

I'm math-brain handicapped, and wish I'd had this all my life. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 9:01am


"How can you be sure [the patient wasn't alive] Doctor?" "Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 9:01am
Give this man a Nobel diabeetus prize. (more…)

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[l] at 10/22/14 8:54am

John Denny's standing as an independent in the Minnesota Sixth District, running against Sarah Palin, and has offered a "legally binding" contract to forfeit his salary and a sum equal to twice any contribution should he ever lobby or take campaign money that puts him in a conflict of interest. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 8:36am


From designer Nendo, "the geometrical shapes make the bands easy to find in a drawer and easy to pick up." Eye-watering pricetag, though: about $10 for three from Mark's.

cubic rubber-band (via Colossal)

(Image: Akihiro Yoshida)

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[l] at 10/22/14 7:26am

Black Dynamite is Scott Sanders' 2009 action comedy that parodies 1970s blaxploitation films. Adrian Younge composed the psychedelic soul score that's as good as almost anything from the era it attempts to mimic, and now he's released a vinyl LP containing the instrumental versions of those killer cuts. Above, a documentary about the making of the score.

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[l] at 10/22/14 6:38am
B0jUtyMCUAA4YYG.jpg-large "Cheeky, sexy, English-language phrases sought for friendship bracelets at Thai market. Inevitable horror ensues," writes @sliderulesyou.

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[l] at 10/22/14 6:35am
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH fun facts about the city of Boston are Did You Known. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 6:33am
B0gxcCJCAAANTJL 'the internship is going well,' quips Michael J Hudson.

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[l] at 10/22/14 5:50am

Make your own delicious, edible BMO biscuits with this $9 starch-based 3D printed cookie cutter from Star Cookies, who also does Dragonball, Ghostbusters and more. (via Geekymerch)

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[l] at 10/22/14 5:43am

Etsy seller Wizard at Work makes delightful solid lotion bars in a variety of shapes, most notably this Doctor Who two-pack featuring a Dalek and a TARDIS. Made with only four ingredients (sweet almond oil, beeswax, shea butter and cocoa butter) and $8 per set. (via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 10/22/14 5:37am

A phenomenon that had long been suspected, but never directly observed, now finally videoed by a World Wildlife Federation photographer in Sichuan province.

(more…)

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[l] at 10/22/14 5:31am
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[l] at 10/22/14 5:25am

Michael says, "'The Conversation' has been in Australia for a couple of years: writing by academics, for a lay audience, which aims to be readable and relevant. Their slogan is 'academic rigor, journalistic flair', and they've done pretty well at that so far." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 4:58am
Twins_01-987x1024 Just in time for Halloween, check out these cool vinyl figures of some of the most iconic characters in the horror genre, courtesy of A Large Evil Corporation. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 4:55am
It's the deluxe edition! "Sounds like an ocean," wrote one fan.

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[l] at 10/22/14 4:43am
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH fun facts about the city of Boston are Did You Known. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 4:32am
Carl Hiaasen's novels are treasures of hilarity, violence, comeuppance and ardent love for Florida wilderness. The very best of them feature "Skink," a wild man of the woods with a fantastic history and a twisted sense of justice. With Skink No Surrender, Hiaasen brings his greatest character to a new generation by transforming the violent, profane anti-hero into the star of a young adult novel. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, books, crime, florida, Funny, gift guide, happy mutants, Kids, ya]

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[l] at 10/22/14 4:28am
2001: A Space Odyssey got a new trailer to celebrate BFI's theatrical UK re-release for Kubrick's genre-defining film. Even though every shot is already burned into our collective conscience, the trailer is surprising. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/22/14 4:04am
Cruising Electric (1980) is both 2014's best gay-themed comedy, and a pitch-perfect homage to 1980s movie toy merchandising. I was honored to have this hilarious short by Brumby Boylston play before my new film in New York last summer. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 10:22pm
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Artist emiko oye has been making Lego jewelry since 2006. (more…)

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[l] at 10/21/14 10:22pm
In 1959, Isaac Asimov penned an essay about the nature of creativity that was never published until it was recently discovered in a file by an old friend. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 9:44pm

In this Rolling Stone interview, Def Jam founder and legendary producer Rick Rubin returns to the New York University dorm room where his career began in the early 1980s and reminisces about the birth of hip hop. For more on this history, might I suggest...

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[l] at 10/21/14 9:34pm
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In the 1940s and 1950s, photographer Fred Lyon, now 89, magnificently captured the enticing noir decadence of San Francisco's Barbary Coast and the majesty of the rest of the city. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 5:48pm

We had a lovely time chatting with author Delilah S. Dawson about her struggles with Ikea furniture, brilliance on Twitter and the coining of Whimsydark. There's also a fair amount about blud and humans.

Full show notes at Sword & Laser
Support us on Patreon!

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[l] at 10/21/14 5:08pm
Across the US, 31 communities have joined forces to make the dream of fast, affordable, and reliable gigabit-speed broadband a local reality. The Next Century Cities program, launched this week, hopes to defeat the forces holding broadband back. The 31 inaugural signatories are: Read the rest

[Category: Post, Ammon, Auburn, austin, boston, broadband, cable, Centennial, Champaign, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Community, Internet, Jackson, kansas City, Lafayette, Leverett, Louisville, Montrose, Morristown, Mount Vernon, next century cities, Palo Alto, Ponca City, portland, Raleigh, Rockport, San Antonio, sandy, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, South Portland, telco, Urbana, Westminster, Wilson, Winthrop]

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[l] at 10/21/14 4:54pm

Nova Scotia’s Oak Island hides a famously booby-trapped treasure cache — or so goes the legend. In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we review the many attempts to recover the treasure and wonder who could have engineered such a site, what might be hidden there — and whether, indeed, it contains anything at all. We also puzzle over what a woman’s errands can tell us about how her husband died.

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[l] at 10/21/14 4:05pm
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Some great photos by reader A. Cromwell, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 3:57pm

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A photo by reader Fred Facker, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. (more…)

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[l] at 10/21/14 3:49pm
The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen and a guard boat are seen in the search for suspected 'foreign underwater activity' at Namdo Bay, Stockholm October 21, 2014. [TT News Agency]


The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen and a guard boat are seen in the search for suspected 'foreign underwater activity' at Namdo Bay, Stockholm October 21, 2014.
[TT News Agency]

Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, said a senior naval officer today. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 3:46pm
The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen and a guard boat are seen in the search for suspected 'foreign underwater activity' at Namdo Bay, Stockholm October 21, 2014. [TT News Agency]


The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen and a guard boat are seen in the search for suspected 'foreign underwater activity' at Namdo Bay, Stockholm October 21, 2014.
[TT News Agency]

Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, said a senior naval officer today. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 3:33pm
Economist Alan Blinder famously quipped, "You can't hammer a nail over the internet." YouTuber TheGoodRobot created this tongue-in-cheek attempt to prove Blinder right. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 3:25pm

In South Korea, researchers are developing a robotic pilot that could one day replace humans in the cockpit. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 2:45pm
Royce Hutain of GlowyZoey.com returns after last year's hit costume for daughter Zoey. This year's rainbow LED and Velcro homage to Minnie Mouse includes instructions on making your own. Read the rest

[Category: Video, Best Funeral Ever, costume, haloween, Kids, led, maker, minnie mouse]

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[l] at 10/21/14 2:12pm
Do you like your cyberphilosophy delivered via the dulcet voice of America's country music treasure Taylor Swift? Head over to Twitter and follow @SwiftOnSecurity. Below are a few of her most incisive critiques of techno-utopianism. Read the rest

[Category: Post, comedy, infosec, philosophy, taylor swift, twitter]

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[l] at 10/21/14 1:53pm
Sad news from Kenya: the white rhino subspecies is down to one breeding male with the death of Suni this month. Only six remain. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 1:41pm
It began on a hot summer day with a cold wave of numbness that washed up from my thigh up into my groin; it ended six months later with a permanently damaged limb and a lifetime regimen of blood-thinning medication. By Gammy Hamhock Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 1:33pm


A Goldman Sachs report on stock buybacks shows a suspicious clustering in the fourth quarter, just when management bonuses are being calculated. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 1:04pm

Daniel writes, "As Halloween draws closer, CineFix presents The Silence of The Lambs retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16 bit) game tech." (Thanks, Daniel!)

[Category: Video, Copyfight, fanac, Games, happy mutants, horror, Old school, videos]

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[l] at 10/21/14 1:01pm

The dog is a great listener, but I still wouldn't want to be the guy with the padded arm. [via]

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[l] at 10/21/14 12:58pm


Kyle writes, "The US Department of Defense has a specific program to provide: "surplus DoD military equipment to state and local civilian law enforcement agencies for use in counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations, and to enhance officer safety" (Excess Property Program, or 1033 Program). This equipment can account for things like planes and helicopters, grenade launchers and assault rifles. Read the rest

[Category: Post, authoritarianism, corruption, guns, militarization, military, police]

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[l] at 10/21/14 12:50pm

Matt Brailsford combined an old cassette player with a Raspberry Pi. When you insert a cassette (that has has an NFC tag associate with a playlist), it streams music from Spotify.

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[l] at 10/21/14 12:31pm

From Futility Closet: a cool little origami boomerang.

Mathematician Yutaka Nishiyama of the Osaka University of Economics has designed a nifty paper boomerang that you can use indoors.

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[l] at 10/21/14 11:49am
A Halloween video to introduce you to some of the blob-like creatures found at the deeper depths of our ocean. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 11:44am
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Loving this massive, overwhelming color gradient installation by Dan Tobin Smith. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 11:37am
Jessica Joslin uses animal bones and found objects to create delicate, expressive sculptures. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, art, sculpture, skeletons]

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[l] at 10/21/14 11:30am
Etsyer Wintercroft offers plans and instructions to make your own 3D polygon skull mask from cardboard. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 11:25am

Men walk past a pre-election poster with a portrait of a candidate from the Internet party of Ukraine, Stepan Chewbacca, in the centre of Kiev

Men walk past a pre-election poster with a portrait of a candidate from the Internet party of Ukraine, Stepan Chewbacca, in the centre of Kiev October 21, 2014. Ukrainians will take part in an early parliamentary election on October 26. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko )

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[l] at 10/21/14 11:24am

Daniel Bernstein, the defendant in the landmark lawsuit that legalized cryptography (over howls of protest from the NSA) engages in a thought-experiment about how the NSA might be secretly undermining crypto through sabotage projects like BULLRUN/EDGEHILL.

Making sure crypto stays insecure [PDF/Daniel J Bernstein]

(via O'Reilly Radar)

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[l] at 10/21/14 11:16am

For years, airlines have provided complimentary seatback copies of the SkyMall catalog for passengers who don't know what to do with their used chewing gum.

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[l] at 10/21/14 11:15am


Autonomous sensory meridian response is a weird superpower/idiosyncrasy that makes you really (really!) enjoy soft noises and other gentle stimulus; in a guest cartoon on the awesomely dirty Oh Joy Sex Toy, Grace Allison offers some practical tips for exploring the erotic side of ASMR. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Comics, happy mutants, Sex, Weird]

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[l] at 10/21/14 10:42am

Rob Cockerham says: "I finished my halloween costume, it is Downton Abbey. The abbey itself."

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[l] at 10/21/14 10:37am
Somehow, Salon is representing Hachette as the defenders of art and freedom. Hugh Howey is an incredible author, a great voice representing independent publishing, and a very good friend. This silly Amazon vs Hachette fight is nothing more than Hachette trying to dictate price to a shop owner.

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[l] at 10/21/14 10:27am

My punk coming of age happened in the early 1980s, and by then the music had morphed into hardcore, with its shaved heads, flannel shirts tied around waists, and a sometimes disheartening snot-nosed machismo. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 10:05am

On the latest episode of the Cool Tools Show, Lifehacker founder and ThinkUp co-founder, Gina Trapani introduces us to a few web based apps that offer elegant design and features well worth their minuscule prices.

Cool Tools Show #12: Co-founder of ThinkUp, Gina Trapani

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[l] at 10/21/14 9:47am
"Importantly, the agreement specifically creates a financial incentive for Simon & Schuster to deliver lower prices for readers." (via)

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[l] at 10/21/14 9:26am
Somehow, Salon is representing Hachette as the defenders of art and freedom. Hugh Howey is an incredible author, a great voice representing independent publishing, and a very good friend. This silly Amazon vs Hachette fight is nothing more than Hachette trying to dictate price to a shop owner.

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[l] at 10/21/14 9:12am

Experience of Magic by Eugene Burger

This weekend I was introduced to Eugene Burger's Experience of Magic. More a philosophical discussion about the performance of close-up magic than an instruction book, this is a new favorite.

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[l] at 10/21/14 8:50am

Experience of Magic by Eugene Burger

This weekend I was introduced to Eugene Berger's Experience of Magic. More a philosophical discussion about the performance of close-up magic than an instruction book, this is a new favorite.

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

McDonald's earnings are down 30%. The company has bet everything on its Monopoly promotion. Or maybe McRib will help.

[Category: Post, Business, Food, ha ha, not food]

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[l] at 10/21/14 6:57am

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

(more…)

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[l] at 10/21/14 6:43am
Copywriter Nikole Dieker on how a convention creates a welcoming space with language Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Comics, conventions, feminism, gamergate, geek]

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[l] at 10/21/14 5:38am
Hoverboards are now a reality thanks to a Silicon Valley think tank. Caroline Siede chats with inventor Greg Henderson about the board's design and the company's newly launched Kickstarter campaign.

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[l] at 10/21/14 5:00am


[ Drifting Over the Ether ]

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[l] at 10/21/14 4:55am


Thinkgeek's Pi Fleece keeps you warm and irrational with the first 413 digits of Pi in machine-washable fleece, measuring 45"x64".

[Category: Post, gift guide, happy mutants, housewares, math, maths]

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[l] at 10/21/14 4:50am

Martin Holst Swende maintains a free/open tool for testing software that uses the (notoriously flawed) Iclass Software, which is used by Inside Secure for its RFID-based access systems. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, censorship, Copyfight, corruption, full disclosure, infosec, security, streisand effect]

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[l] at 10/21/14 4:19am


Michael I Jordan is an extremely accomplished computer scientist who is also deeply skeptical of claims made by Big Data advocates as well as people who believe that machine intelligence, AI and machine vision are solved, or nearly so. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/21/14 3:48am


As the tour with my graphic novel In Real Life draws to a close, my next tour, with my nonfiction book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free kicks off with stops down the west coast. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, events, happy mutants, pdx, san francisco, seattle, vancouver]

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[l] at 10/21/14 3:22am
The video sorely lacks for detail, but features three alleged Scientology "top managers" showering abuse on a former Scientologist at LAX. Read the rest

[Category: Video, christ what an asshole, cults, lax, religion, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 10/20/14 9:10pm
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Over at Re:form, Sam Dean tells the fascinating history of air puppets, from their invention and 1990s golden era to the laws that banned them in urban locales to their rebirth as scarecrows.

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[l] at 10/20/14 9:09pm

Dave Fothergill's hypnotic demonstration of the Miarmy digital crowd simulation plugin for Maya 3D animation software. (Thanks, Keith Axline!)

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[l] at 10/20/14 8:57pm

by DaveHax.

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[l] at 10/20/14 8:52pm

A mother in Fort Myers, Florida is leading a petition against Toys R Us selling Breaking Bad action figures, to which Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston responded perfectly:

"Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures." I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest

— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 20, 2014

(Time)

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[l] at 10/20/14 8:18pm

Artist Jesse England modified a typewriter to use a Comic Sans typeface. "If I'd made it in Helvetica people would've just observed it as a little design experiment," he says of his device, called the Sincerity Machine.

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[l] at 10/20/14 7:09pm


They're licensed CC-BY-SA and designed for use in mobile apps and other interactive stuff -- there's 750 in all! It's part of Google's Material Design project. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 7:03pm
sothebys-pocket-globe Sotheby's currently has auctions for several beautiful pocket globes from the 1790s and early 1800s. If you have a few grand lying around, one of these 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch beauties could be yours. Read the rest

[Category: Post, antiques, cartography, globe, globemaking, globes, map, sothebys]

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[l] at 10/20/14 7:01pm

The video sorely lacks for detail, but features three alleged Scientology "top managers" showering abuse on a former Scientologist at LAX. Why were the there? Why was he there? Why did he leave the church? We may never know. (Thanks, Melted_Crayons!)

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[l] at 10/20/14 6:59pm
sothebys-pocket-globe Sotheby's currently has auctions for several beautiful pocket globes from the 1790s and early 1800s. If you have a few grand lying around, one of these 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch beauties could be yours. Read the rest

[Category: Post, antiques, cartography, globe, globemaking, globes, map, sothebys]

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[l] at 10/20/14 5:43pm

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 10/20/14 4:34pm

Thalassophobes and NSFW-phobes will want to skip this beautiful short about deepwater free diver Guillaume Néry and the kinds of hypoxia-induced hallucinations he experiences when free diving to depths beyond 100 meters. Thalassophiles who love beautiful underwater cinematography and trippy dream sequences will find the underwater footage hypnotic. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 3:04pm

A big guy had a bug fly in his ear. “We thought it was a little white moth, but what came out is unbelievable.” Ewwww. [Video, via Reddit]

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[l] at 10/20/14 3:04pm

Harvard University released video of this unnerving soft robot that can move untethered through punishing conditions, including snow and fire, yet will remain resilient. It looks a bit like reanimated sliced SPAM in the time-lapse crawling footage, and like SPAM, it retains its shape even when its appendages are run over by a car. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 2:26pm
Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 2:09pm
The mainstream media finally discovered the Internet's latest subculture of hostile, cynical, easily-led youngsters. Matt Binder on the narcissits, grifters and creeps arriving in their wake. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 2:01pm
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In the New York Times' Time Machine. So cool.

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[l] at 10/20/14 1:56pm

YouTuber Photonicinduction tests a toaster to its limits-- and beyond. [Link, via Devour]

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[l] at 10/20/14 1:43pm


The Electronic Frontier Foundation has updated its indispensable "Know Your Rights" guide for dealing with police search requests for your phone, computer, and other devices.

Know Your Rights [Hanni Fakhoury and Nadia Kayyali/EFF]

[Category: Post, Civlib, crypto, eff, web theory]

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[l] at 10/20/14 1:32pm
Photos of a Tinkerbot shared by a reader of the same name in our Flickr Pool. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 1:09pm

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From Alana Jones-Mann, a baker, culinary artist and DIY enthusiast in Brooklyn, cupcakes that look like miniature cacti. They're so cute, they're even planted in crushed graham cracker soil.

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[l] at 10/20/14 12:53pm
At Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC through Nov. 8, a series of new oil paintings and mixed media works by the Los Angeles-based artist. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 12:36pm
arts

People who graduate with a degree in the Arts generally have to deal with high debt and low prospects for earning a sustainable living as working artists. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 11:45am

epic-trends

Good news! The most overused word of 2013 is clearly in decline. Epic became synonymous with dudebro culture thanks to web phenomena like Epic Meal Time and epic fail, leading marketers to pounce on the word in hopes of reaching the demographic. That explains why CNN has it twice on their front page this morning, like a dad trying to connect with his son. Read the rest

[Category: Post, awesome, brad pitt, buzzwords, cnn, epic, extreme, Jimmy Fallon, language, words]

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[l] at 10/20/14 11:29am

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On returns for a third episode in celebration of a new book, The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.

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[l] at 10/20/14 11:21am
This is total bullshit.


This is total bullshit.

Nope, we still don't know who he is, and he has not been arrested. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 10:53am

One of the few instances in which portrait video is appropriate.

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[l] at 10/20/14 10:39am

Of all the ways to navigate cities, I find I get to know them best on a bicycle: not too slow, not too fast, just high up enough to observe, and quasi-meditatively conducive to thought. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 10:22am

Open the pages of Cosmic Tourist and journey across the universe with 100 thrilling pit stops along the way. Your itinerary starts with Planet Earth, makes stops on the moon, the sun, a comet, Mercury, resting spots through the asteroid belt, and many other cosmic sites until you end up 13,700,000,000 light years away at “Infinity and Beyond.” Each stop offers spectacular photography and fascinating outer space facts that are written by the BBC’s “Sky at Night” astronomers Patrick Moore, Chris Lintott, and Brian May (who also happens to be the guitarist and founding member of Queen).

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[l] at 10/20/14 9:59am

Samuel Hansen's fantastic math podcast is everything a technical program should be deep but accessible, thoughtful but funny, and free for all; the new season is on Kickstarter for a few more hours! I put in $35. Read the rest

[Category: Video, crowdfunding, education, happy mutants, kickstarter, math, maths, podcasts]

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[l] at 10/20/14 9:53am

Joly sez, "On October 10 2014 UK activists, concerned about EU-US TTIP and EU-Canada CETA agreements that could make it possible for corporations to sue governments for banning fracking, invoked Article 61 of the Magna Carta to temporarily seize control of Glastonbury Town Hall. They claim that the 1215 Magna Carta's Article 61 - the Lawful Rebellion clause, which some say was later was later revoked in 1297, was validated by 25 Barons in 2001. A full video, including negotiations with the police, is posted on Youtube."

[Category: Video, Business, corporatism, corruption, globalism, protest, uk, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 10/20/14 9:25am

From the excellent Modern Farmer: an article about how new studies show that "plants can tell when they’re being eaten, and they don’t like it." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 9:15am

xac branch says: "One of NYPD's finest arrests a man for playing in the subway after he recites the law word for word that allows him to perform for donations. He continues to sing as he is being handcuffed."

Interesting to see the two undercover officers appear during the arrest.

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[l] at 10/20/14 9:04am
httsp://youtu.be/Rx5vfp9MeJg

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[l] at 10/20/14 7:18am
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[l] at 10/20/14 6:43am

Mike Read, a former BBC disk jockey, has recorded "UKIP Calypso", a song named for the British anti-immigrant party and a style of music stereotypically associated with the mid-century immigrants of his generation.

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[l] at 10/20/14 6:23am
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[l] at 10/20/14 6:00am
Coulrophobia and chaos in Sin-le-Noble, where "a girl told police she was chased by an armed person in a clown costume", among other unsettling incidents [Previously].

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[l] at 10/20/14 5:53am
mer A 71-year-old Rotary Club president planned to appear in costume as a mer-man to raise money for an Air Ambulance, but ordered a BDSM costume by mistake. His wife hacked it into shape, however, resulting in the sexiest Merman tail ever to grace a Rotarian charity event.

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[l] at 10/20/14 5:48am
Lots of great sex happens in Scotland, but it is also possible that the first sex happened there, too. Microbrachius dicki--yes, that is its name--was a primitive "bony" fish--yes, that is how the BBC describes it--that was apparently first to reproduce by having sex, not by spawning.

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[l] at 10/20/14 5:48am
Lots of great sex happens in Scotland, but it is also possible that the first sex happened there, too. Microbrachius dicki--yes, that is its name--was a primitive "bony" fish--yes, that is how the BBC describes it--that was first to reproduce by shagging, not spawning.

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[l] at 10/20/14 5:37am

Comic conventions have been colonized and overwhelmed by mainstream movie, TV and game marketing, a surprisingly rapid process that has finally left comics so marginalized that the fandom despairs. Chris Butcher eloquently explains how barren the landscape is--and just how fucked you are if you are dependent on original book product. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 4:40am
Dan Lewis explores the deep, dark world... of presidential barbering. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/20/14 4:34am


A fascinating chart from Representation in Municipal Government, publishing in American Political Science Review and written by MIT political scientists Chris Tausanovitch and Christopher Warshaw. (via Bruce Sterling)

(Image: Carpintera city limit, Al Pavangkanan, CC-BY)

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[l] at 10/20/14 4:24am

The older machines -- about half of them running Windows XP, which no longer receives security updates -- are very vulnerable to "jackpotting" attacks where criminals trick the machines into paying out money without correctly debiting any account, to the tune of millions. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/19/14 9:49pm
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Our pals at Tested -- Adam Savage, Will Smith, Norman Chan, and Jamie Hyneman -- are bringing their site to the stage for Tested: The Show on Saturday, October 25, at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/19/14 9:47pm

An excellent graphic from 1970 by Santa Clara University chemistry professor William F. Sheehan (RIP). (via Clifford Pickover)

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[l] at 10/19/14 9:31pm
do-4

Excellent daikon oroshi animal sculptures from a Japanese book about the best artists in this curious business. (more…)

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[l] at 10/19/14 9:03pm

Artist David V. D'Andrea is releasing a limited number of these absolutely gorgeous handmade art pieces in the form of 7" records containing entrancing dub music by Al Cisneros of Sleep and OM fame, available on Samaritan Press. (via OMGVinyl)

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[l] at 10/19/14 8:52pm

A film by Morgan Spence.

[Category: Video, Entertainment, lego, movies]

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[l] at 10/19/14 6:06pm

DJ BC sends us his latest mashup -- Run DMC's "I'm the King of Rock" crossed with "This is Hallowe'en Town" -- BOO! (MP3) Read the rest

[Category: Post, Copyfight, halloween, happy mutants, hiphop, horror, mashups, music] [Link to media]

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[l] at 10/19/14 3:31pm
"Zombies are just walking meat," says David Mizejewski, who explains in this video just how many they'd get through daily as part of Team Nature's cleanup operation. Check back next week to see how another type of beast would deal with the walking dead, and support the National Wildlife Federation to make sure they're around when the next major outbreak occurs . Previously.

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[l] at 10/19/14 2:54pm


I sat down for an interview with the LA Times's Hero Complex to talk about my book In Real Life (I'm touring it now: Chicago tomorrow, then Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Warsaw, London...), and found myself giving a pretty good account of why games are art, and how the art of games works: Read the rest

[Category: Post, Comics, economics, Games, happy mutants, media theory, web theory, writing]

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[l] at 10/19/14 2:44pm


New from Jeremy Meyer, who makes brilliant assemblage sculptures out of typewriter parts: Cat XXI, a classic Hallowe'en cat rendered skeletal and wistful through the medium of obsolete mechanical components.

[Category: Image, art, assemblage, halloween, happy mutants, horror, sculpture]

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[l] at 10/19/14 1:58pm

My favorite music video of all time.

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[l] at 10/19/14 1:55pm

Wow. Just wow.

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

The Pierce led Pandoras.

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[l] at 10/19/14 2:31am

Dave Fothergill had some good fun with the Maya crowd simulation stuff in this cheerfully apocalyptic video -- it's even better with Waxy's soundtrack.

[Category: Video, cgi, Funny, happy mutants, videos]

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[l] at 10/18/14 2:38pm
The former leader of Panama says he's entitled to compensation because his image appears in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" without his consent. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/18/14 12:20pm

When you bought your Wii U, it came with one set of terms-of-service; now they've changed, and if you don't accept the changes, your Wii seizes up and won't work. That's not exactly what we think of when we hear the word "agreement." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/18/14 10:00am

That's how this remarkable design is described by lockpicker John Coulter, whose efforts have been stymied by its peculiar design: instead of being a straight, flat piece of metal, the key is a flexible chain similar to a watch strap, housed in a hard slip-casing that allows it to be inserted into the snaking design of the lock itseld.

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[l] at 10/18/14 7:57am

"It's too big to hide and it can't be denied."

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[l] at 10/18/14 6:50am

Former NSA boss Alexander charges $1M/month for cybersecurity advice, but promises that he's not selling any of the state secrets from his career as a long-serving, all-seeing top spook. But he hired his protege Patrick Dowd -- who still draws a paycheck from Uncle Sugar -- to moonlight for his company, which has the self-parodying name "Ironnet Cybersecurity." Read the rest

[Category: Post, christ what an asshole, corruption, nsa, snowden, spooks]

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[l] at 10/18/14 5:24am


After the brutal eviction of protesters from the Mong Kok protest camp by Hong Kong police, the protesters came back strong, surging into the streets and beating back the police lines, preservering in the face of batons and pepper-spray. Read the rest

[Category: Image, china, corruption, hong kong, occupy, protest, umbrella revolution]

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[l] at 10/18/14 5:17am

Justin describes his life as an early Web writer, why it made him happy and how it nearly destroyed him, and who it turned him into. It's a talk that's uplifting and sad and funny and absolutely worth your time. (via Waxy)

[Category: Video, happy mutants, Old school, videos, web theory, youtube]

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[l] at 10/17/14 3:47pm
Eariler Rob shared the story of Paul McCartney's sculpture, yesterday someone punched the legendary singer in the face over it.

...an unknown assailant accosted McCarthy, allegedly screaming that his sculpture did not belong on the Place Vendôme before hitting him in the face at least three times. He was apparently additionally upset by the fact that McCarthy is not French.

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[l] at 10/17/14 12:54pm

A great, full-body-squick-inducing article in National Geographic provides an overview of the current research on parasites that use a combination of techniques to control their hosts' behavior, making them sacrifice themselves for the sake of the parasites and their offspring. Read the rest

[Category: Post, biology, Delightful Creatures, parasites, Science]

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[l] at 10/17/14 12:29pm

Video Link [via: Reddit]

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[l] at 10/17/14 12:25pm

punishment

Doghouse Diaries via This Isn't Happiness.

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[l] at 10/17/14 12:14pm
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From a Tumblr to follow, hollisbrownthornton.tumblr.com.

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[l] at 10/17/14 11:41am
Photo via The Intercept


Photo via The Intercept

On October 6th, New Zealand police raided the house of one of the country’s best independent investigative journalists, Nicky Hager, seizing many of his family’s belongings and his reporting equipment—all in the search for one of his sources. This is a flagrant violation of basic press freedom rights, and today we are announcing a campaign to assist Hager in raising money for his legal defense. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 11:00am
Michael Dunn, the Florida man who shot a black teen dead over "loud music," was convicted of first-degree murder and jailed for life without parole. Read the rest

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This Saturday, October 18th, catch a special free Litcrawl edition of Give Me Fiction, the prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez.

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[l] at 10/17/14 9:51am


Dave writes, "A birdwatching group sent a letter to two federal cabinet ministers citing concerns over the effects of certain chemicals on the life of bees. Shortly thereafter, they received a threatening letter from Revenue Canada telling them to stop with the political actions." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 9:13am

Flogging Molly was my favorite reason to go Molly Malone's in LA.

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[l] at 10/17/14 9:04am

This Saturday, October 18th, catch a special free Litcrawl edition of Give Me Fiction, the prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez.

Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 8:39am
"'I was in the middle of the highway having contraction with guns pointed at me,' Rachel Kohnen noted."(via)

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[l] at 10/17/14 8:27am


Les Klinger's enormous volume has earned critical praise from Neil Gaiman, Gahan Wilson, Peter Straub and Harlan Ellison; the book is big enough to stun an (eldritch demon) ox, and is introduced by none other than Alan Moore. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 8:21am
Andy Baio covers Gamergate's bewilderment and frustration as gamer heroes "disappear one by one into their blacklists." You'd think it might cause a little self-reflection, but that's not how the mob mind works.

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[l] at 10/17/14 7:38am

Brilliant analysis that's part of Tony Zhou ongoing Every Frame a Painting series. (more…)

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[l] at 10/17/14 7:32am

The City Council told its manager not to transfer the town's cable license from Charter to Comcast (Comcast is in the process of borging Charter and assimilating its customers). Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, cable companies, comcast, corruption, Massachusetts, telcoms]

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[l] at 10/17/14 7:20am

Ernie Chambers, a long-serving, African-American state senator, has proposed a bill that would strike the word "religious" from the list of groups that are property-tax-exempt. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 6:53am

A large group of writers, including Stephen Frye, Jeffrey Archer, Katharine Norbury, Will Self, and others (include me!) have signed onto an open letter condemning a UK court decision that banned publication of a memoir because it revealed that the writer's child has autism and ADHD. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 6:47am


The two will read from their latest titles; tax-deductible admission is $20 ($10 under 15), with proceeds to the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes Locus Magazine. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 6:46am

The man who kicked off Gamergate and the brutal harassment of untold women by posting a 9,000-word screed about his ex-girlfriend's sex-life says he'd do it again (can't make an omelet without breaking ovaries, you know). Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 5:44am

With Joe Haldeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Pat Cadigan, Charlie Stross, David Brin and many more! Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 5:18am
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A massive, 80ft sex toy in the center of Paris has some locals convinced that it's actually an inflatable Christmas tree. The design is by artist Paul McCarthy. [Photo via You Had One Job.]

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[l] at 10/17/14 5:07am
The Guardian reports that Whisper, an app that lets people post anonymous missives to the world, isn't so anonymous: it allegedly monitors some users' location, shares their information with the US Department of Defense, and collects personal data indefinitely. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/17/14 4:53am
The iPad Air 2 is thinner and has a fingerprint sensor; the 17" iMac goes Retina.

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[l] at 10/17/14 4:47am
A look into the deep, dark, strangely complicated world of Simpsons mathematics. By Simon Singh. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/16/14 5:03pm

Stanford Engineers build an earthquake-resistant house

Engineers at Stanford have designed, built, and tested an earthquake-resistant house which has stayed upright even when subjected to three times the intensity of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

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[l] at 10/16/14 4:59pm
This video frame grab made available by CBS 4, shows a fan at the bottom of the lectern near Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Davie, Fla., Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014. The fan caused a delay in the gubernatorial debate between Crist and Governor Rick Scott, after the Scott campaign considered the fan a violation of the rules prohibiting the use of electronic devices.


This video frame grab made available by CBS 4, shows a fan at the bottom of the lectern near Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Davie, Fla., Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014. The fan caused a delay in the gubernatorial debate between Crist and Governor Rick Scott, after the Scott campaign considered the fan a violation of the rules prohibiting the use of electronic devices.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist insists on bringing an electric fan to campaign appearances. One GOP operative calls the fan Crist's "teddy bear."

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[l] at 10/16/14 4:39pm


Circuit board green, cyber space orange, floppy yellow, graphic green, green.com, infra red, megabyte blue, megahertz maroon, on-line orange, plug & play pink, point & click green, transistor yellow, ultra violet, web surfin' blue, world wide web yellow, www.purple. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/16/14 4:30pm

The 4.0 version of the secure, anonymized, private browser disables SSL3 (in deference to the POODLE attack) and uses new transports that are intended to defeat the Great Firewall of China and other extremely restrictive firewalls. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/16/14 3:16pm


John Frost writes, "It's been 46 years of happy haunts at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, an attraction both Cory and I share a certain affinity for; when the attraction first opened, the exterior queue featured a small graveyard full of tombstones with humorous epitaphs." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/16/14 3:16pm

If your phone is designed to be secure against thieves, voyeurs, and hackers, it'll also stop spies and cops. So the FBI has demanded that device makers redesign their products so that they -- and anyone who can impersonate them -- can break into them at will. Read the rest

[Category: Post, christ what an asshole, crypto, crypto wars, fbi, feebs, infosec, law enforcement, police, privacy, security, spooks, surveillance, war on general purpose computers]

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[l] at 10/16/14 3:03pm

RD Harless' They Tell Me I'm The Bad Guy is a fantastic story of a pre-Apocalyptic Earth barely managing its mutant menace.

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[l] at 10/16/14 2:38pm


John Frost writes, "It's been 46 years of happy haunts at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, an attraction both Cory and I share a certain affinity for; when the attraction first opened, the exterior queue featured a small graveyard full of tombstones with humorous epitaths." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/16/14 11:15am
The work of self-taught artist Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen focuses on “classic figurative painting, presented in a contemporary manner,” exploring the dark sides of life. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/16/14 11:05am

In Neil Gaiman’s new book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, Sleeping Beauty gets woken by a Queen’s kiss. And there’s pictures so it did happen.

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[l] at 10/16/14 11:03am
Brianna Wu


Brianna Wu

“I've Been Forced Out Of My Home And Am Living In Constant Fear Because Of Relentless Death Threats From Gamergate,” reads the headline for Brianna Wu's first-person account of the unbelievably cruel harassment she's been subjected to for the crime of, more or less, being a woman who works in games.

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[l] at 10/16/14 10:43am

A Tennessee woman was sentenced to jail for neglecting her yard work.

The judge sentenced her to 5 days, but later reduced it to 6 hours.

CBS | Local 8

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[l] at 10/16/14 10:36am

Translation:

I die! I die! I live! I live!

I die! I die! I live! I live!

This is the hairy man

Who fetched the Sun

And caused it to shine again

One upward step!

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[l] at 10/16/14 9:55am

"I am now addicted to Adventure Time; actually, I am in awe of it.” Director Guillermo del Toro expressed this opinion in his forward to this massive book of art from the cartoon series, and I agree with him.

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[l] at 10/16/14 9:47am

A shopper's traumatic experience reenacted by a talented ensemble.

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[l] at 10/16/14 9:23am

Gizmodo has a handy guide to enabling two-factor authentication on your accounts with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Dropbox, etc.

Two-step, or two-factor authentication protects your accounts by requiring you to provide an additional piece of information after you give your password to get into your account.

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[l] at 10/16/14 8:54am
My friend Jordan Kurland lives at the intersection of music and art, straddling the crossroads of culture and business. He's the co-founder of the Treasure Island Music Festival and manager of Death Cab for Cutie, She & Him, and The New Pornographers. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/16/14 8:30am

Any chef will tell you, a sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen. I have tried many different types of sharpening methods, from stones to steels, electric to manual.

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[l] at 10/16/14 7:03am

Epson's SureColor F2000 can print a t-shirt in just a few seconds. At Comic-Con in New York, they had one on display: I emailed a picture, rested my iPhone on its transparent lid, and recorded this real-time video of it running one off in less than a minute.

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[l] at 10/16/14 6:44am

In elementary school our rainy day movie was always Riki Tiki Tavi, this songs takes me back.

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[l] at 10/16/14 6:08am
Mark Dery talks with the critic and psychoanalyst about the terrors of reading. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/16/14 6:05am

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 9.03.40 AMPioneer Haute is hot again, but never as hot as it once was: "At its peak, the coonskin cap nearly ubiquitously adorned the heads of American children, made manufacturers [$2.6bn in 2014 dollars], and became one of the defining ‘it’ products in United States history."

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[l] at 10/16/14 5:59am
Umbrella-Outside

The Sa umbrella is said to use the "principles of origami" to maintain its shape. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/16/14 5:56am

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[l] at 10/16/14 5:13am

Using some clever computing, Atockar took the NYC Taxicab Dataset and not only calculated the annual income of ever hack in New York, but also figured out which who goes to strip clubs, what celebrities home addresses were, and how they tipped. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, computer science, nyc, pii, privacy, scholarship]

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[l] at 10/16/14 5:08am

The company expanded the "ex parte temporary restraining order" so it could stage one-sided, sealed proceedings to take away rival businesses' domains, sometimes knocking thousands of legit servers offline. Read the rest

[Category: Post, bullying, Business, christ what an asshole, Copyfight, corruption, microsoft]

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[l] at 10/15/14 10:07pm

A camera flies through a pneumatic tube system like those found in libraries, banks, or in government buildings (such as this one in Norway.) It's fun to imagine that this is what riding in Elon Musk's Hyperloop system will be like. For more on pneumatic tube systems, check out this talk below by Molly Wright Steenson:

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[l] at 10/15/14 9:54pm

Brad Abrahams is making a documentary about a 70-year-old man named David Huggins who has had a lifetime of close encounters with extraterrestrials (including losing his virginity to one) and shares his experiences through oil paintings. Above, the trailer for "Love And Saucers: The Far Out World Of David Huggins"

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[l] at 10/15/14 9:47pm

Can we "bootstrap" a solar system civilization by making what we need in space from stuff we find in space? BB pal Tom Kalil in the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, interviewed former NASA research physicist Dr Phillip Metzger about this very idea.

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[l] at 10/15/14 9:29pm


Maria writes, "Freedom and responsibility are considered two sides of the same coin at democratic schools, where students direct their own learning. Students are involved in hiring staff, deciding school rules and enforcing them." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/15/14 9:18pm

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[l] at 10/15/14 6:10pm


When some genius set up a 1960s non-directive chatbot psychotherapist to reply to #notyourshield tweets, hilarity ensued! Read the rest

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[l] at 10/15/14 5:34pm
In the 1970s, a new wave of bands looked beyond the drugginess of psychedelia to classical music as the true guide. Peter Bebergal explores the occult roots of the prog-rock genre. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/15/14 5:30pm
This week, Xeni, Mark and Jason talk TSA-friendly backpacks, aromatherapy to help you sleep, and two travel must-haves for your phablet and vehicle batteries. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Gadgets, gadgets podcast, podcast] [Link to media]

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[l] at 10/15/14 5:06pm
As Steve Hoefer's uncle would say, "I cut it twice and it's still too short." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/15/14 4:35pm

Becky Stern's created a totally awesome "cyber tank girl" costume based on electronics components from Adafruit, centered around a flexible, LED-lit 3D printed bandoleer. I saw much of her costume in person in NYC this week and it looks this good in person. (more…)

[Category: Video, costumes, halloween, happy mutants, makers]

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[l] at 10/15/14 4:34pm
Vivid, naturalistic acrylic-on-maple-panel paintings that explore the notion of how we perceive information and experience the world around us. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/15/14 4:27pm

Haphead, the wonderful science fiction webseries about gamer culture that I wrote about in March, is kickstarting a budget for kick-ass post-production. It's from Jim Munroe, who made Ghosts With Shit Jobs. Read the rest

[Category: Video, crowdfunding, Games, happy mutants, kickstarter, movies, science fiction, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 10/15/14 3:51pm
This is the real reason we dress up like zombies giant bottles of catsup. David Ng and Ben Cohen present a survey to determine your favorites in anticipation of this year's all-important hierarchical delineation of candy goodness. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/15/14 3:40pm
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[l] at 10/15/14 3:38pm

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By Marc Johns. (more…)

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[l] at 10/15/14 3:35pm

Reuben Wu may be best-known as a co-founding member of the band Ladytron, but the Liverpool-based artist is also a photographer and video director.

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[l] at 10/15/14 3:12pm
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Doghouse Diaries.

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[l] at 10/15/14 3:01pm
foliage

Are you wondering when the leaves will peak in your area? Here's a chronological data map of leaves changing color throughout the USA. (more…)

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[l] at 10/15/14 2:41pm

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[l] at 10/15/14 2:09pm
EaPG9[via, thanks Eric Mittleman!]

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[l] at 10/15/14 1:02pm

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A pickup truck converted into a mobile banana. Just ride in it!

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[l] at 10/15/14 12:15pm
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Wonderful mugs for hot beverage and daily inspiration by illustrator and funny lady Emily McDowell. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/15/14 12:09pm


Name your price for great Star Wars comics in Dark Horse's first-ever DRM-free foray, and support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

[Category: Post, books, Comics, drm, ebooks, humble bundle, publishing, science fiction, star wars]

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[l] at 10/15/14 12:01pm

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White Lion and Lioness, a photo shared by readers Ria en Reinier Mensink in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 10/15/14 11:59am
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Anacapri dog, a photo shared by reader Capri Violin in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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

Thom writes, "Oct. 16 is 'Social Media Blackout Day,' so Quirk Books put together a list of books to read that have to do with social media and the internet...because irony?"

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[l] at 10/15/14 10:37am
The Verge reviews today's new Android announcements: Android 5, the Galaxy Note 4, (great hardware, too much junkware), and the Nexus 6 ($649!)

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[l] at 10/15/14 10:34am
"HBO CEO Richard Plepler has confirmed the company plans to launch a "standalone, over-the-top" HBO Go subscription offering at some point in 2015"

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[l] at 10/15/14 10:27am

The San Francisco Bay Guardian has ceased publication after 48 years of yeoman service to the Bay Area. It will be sorely missed.

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

A micro-review, in bullet points:

1. Almost 150 quilts you won’t find on Pinterest.

2. The essays are good.

3. When seeking visual pleasure and inspiration, a curated and finite set (like a book) can be more useful than an infinite set (like the internet).

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[l] at 10/15/14 9:57am
David McRaney explains why placebo buttons surround you, pretending to do your bidding. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, cognitive psychology, self delusion, yanss] [Link to media]

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[l] at 10/15/14 7:09am
Beating the Ebola outbreak in Africa isn't just about manpower and money: it's about logistics. [Mother Jones]

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[l] at 10/15/14 7:04am
Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 10.04.02 AM"He was also charged with second-degree threatening after allegedly shouting insults and threats during his journey to the police station."

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[l] at 10/15/14 7:02am
Sooty pawprints convinced bartender Tim Carter that's how the creature got in, but it was in no hurry to leave: "He seemed quite happy in the pub. It didn't want to leave but we got him out."

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[l] at 10/15/14 6:59am
"I had this beautiful idea," said the Irish-born rocker. "Might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing: a drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion."

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[l] at 10/15/14 6:38am
Matt M. Casey on Golem Arcana, one of the new offerings whose gameplay leaps from tabletop to tablet. Read the rest

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

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[l] at 10/15/14 6:19am

FOLLOW: @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, JOIN: The exclusive Tom the Dancing Bug club, the INNER HIVE! (more…)

[Category: Comic, Feature, tomthedancingbug]

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[l] at 10/15/14 5:30am

Stay classy, Brands on sale. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

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[l] at 10/15/14 5:24am

FOLLOW: @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, JOIN: The exclusive Tom the Dancing Bug club, the INNER HIVE! (more…)

[Category: Comic, tomthedancingbug]

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[l] at 10/15/14 3:47am

Up until Obama's "most transparent administration", and throughout the entire history of the USA, national security leakers had received a total of 24 months of jail time. There are many more cases pending. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, leaks, media, obama, press freedom, transparency, whistleblowers]

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[l] at 10/15/14 3:46am

Sarkeesian was willing to go on with the show at Utah State University -- as she's done after all the other death threats that she's received as a speaker -- but wanted attendees checked for firearms. Ogden, UT cops refused, citing Utah's open-carry firearms law. At least one of the threats cited Gamergate. Read the rest

[Category: Post, cowardice, feminism, gamergate, Games, gender, terrorism, utah]

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[l] at 10/15/14 3:37am
When a "seasonal" drink has no "seasonal" ingredients, including pumpkin, what can it be, but simulacrum? Read the rest

[Category: Post, Coffee, critical theory, Food, Funny, not coffee, not food, scholarship]

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[l] at 10/15/14 2:54am

Stock Android phones with the Darkmatter OS use encrypted storage, OS-level app controls, and secure messaging by default, but if the phone thinks it's under attack, it dismounts all the encrypted stuff and reboots as a stock Android phone with no obvious hints that its owner has anything hidden on it. Read the rest

[Category: Post, android, crypto, floss, happy mutants, infosec, malaysia, mobile, opsec, security, stego]

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[l] at 10/15/14 2:44am


Designer Cristina Moraleja created these clever 2011 wedding invitations for her clients Lois and Cris. Read the rest

[Category: Image, happy mutants, makers, papercraft, romance]

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[l] at 10/15/14 1:35am

George Pfau writes, "Comedian Dies is a video collaboration between comedian Caitlin Gill and me. Inspired by zombies, slapstick, stock jokes, and the vulnerability that a stand-up comic experiences, we made this with the help of comic/sound artist Drennon Davis." (Thanks, George!)

[Category: Video, Funny, happy mutants, horror, videos]

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[l] at 10/14/14 10:41pm
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Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman, BFF of HST, drew cover art for the forthcoming limited edition Breaking Bad "Zavvi Exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook" Blu-rays. See 'em all over at Dangerous Minds.

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[l] at 10/14/14 10:24pm
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When Nigel, an African grey parrot who was missing for four years, was reunited with his caretaker, the bird was chattering in Spanish, not the British accent he had when he disappeared. (The Daily Breeze)

[Category: Post, animals, birds]

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[l] at 10/14/14 10:13pm

Captivating montage of playing card flourishes recorded in Singapore.

[Category: Video, magic, playing cards]

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[l] at 10/14/14 10:06pm
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Next month, San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum will open an exhibition celebrating the wonderful work of children's author and illustrator J. Otto Seibold. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/14/14 9:47pm

Jeremy Bell demos his excellent prototype "ScrubBoard" that enables a scratch-like effect with magnetic audiotape. Here's his Kickstarter to further develop the musical instrument!

[Category: Video, music]

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[l] at 10/14/14 9:27pm
Marco Arment says they all suck, but that the Sennheiser PX 210 BT suck least.

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[l] at 10/14/14 5:22pm
"Officers responded to the Walmart on Broad Street just before 3 p.m. Tuesday for the complaint. Employees say they saw Johnson using a stuffed horse toy and go to the bedding department where he masturbated into the animal."(via)

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[l] at 10/14/14 4:28pm


Richard Kadrey's brilliant young adult horror novel, in paperback just in time for All Hallow's. From my original review: Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, horror, Kids, ya]

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[l] at 10/14/14 3:38pm
Brilliant short film by HOTU. (more…)

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[l] at 10/14/14 3:33pm

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Two astronauts and two cosmonauts are preparing for a pair of spacewalks over the next two weeks--and one of them is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15. You can watch both spacewalks live on NASA TV, and coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 7 a.m. Eastern. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/14/14 12:55pm

Bent-Con is an annual gathering dedicated to LGBT films, comics, books and geekiness, celebrating its fifth anniversary this time around. Having grown from 500 attendees in 2010 to nearly 3500 last year, they've set up a modest Kickstarter to help offset their costs.

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[Category: Post, conventions, crowdfunding, events]

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[l] at 10/14/14 12:38pm

A week ago, Adobe was caught spying on people's reading habits -- they index all your books and send a full dossier to themselves, in the clear. Now, they've responded to the American Library Association (whose members are the major customers for this terrible stuff) by saying they'll say something next week. (Thanks, Jay!)

[Category: Post, adobe, Copyfight, drm, libraries, privacy, surveillance]

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[l] at 10/14/14 12:17pm

Cyberpop assemblage of found textures and fragmented voices. This video from Holly Herndon looks like it came right out of one of Cory Doctorow's novels. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/14/14 11:49am
FBI Director James Comey speaks with Scott Pelley.


FBI Director James Comey speaks with Scott Pelley.

60 Minutes, which has been harshly criticized for running puff pieces for the NSA and FBI recently, is at it again. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/14/14 11:37am
oct18

Come celebrate Halloween with a night of funky synthwave and disco on Saturday October 18 with us: Twilight Sessions at the Village Studios. Artists include The Relationship ft. Brian Bell of Weezer, Gavin Turek, Happy Hollows, and Misun. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post]

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[l] at 10/14/14 11:08am

Rob Cockerham says: "I enlisted my kids to help with a trial where I hoped to illustrate the optimum spray angle of whipped cream. I thought it would be 90 degrees, I was totally wrong."

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[l] at 10/14/14 11:05am
“I create tiny worlds in thread to capture elusive yet persistent inner voices,” explains textile artist Michelle Kingdom: Read the rest

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

I love podcasts and radio shows that feature true stories. This American Life is the classic, but there are lots of other great ones.

Read the rest

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[l] at 10/14/14 10:37am

Like many other cities, Chicago uses red-light cameras to ensure traffic safety and to generate revenue from tickets issued to people who drive through red lights.

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

Audrey Kawasaki painted Hi Kitty for the Hello Kitty exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, running until April 26, 2015. Thirty-nine other other artists also participated in the show.

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[l] at 10/14/14 9:45am

"A giant red leech hunts down a 70cm long blue worm and sucks it down like spaghetti."

[Category: Post, Delightful Creatures]

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[l] at 10/14/14 9:32am

Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies spent Monday searching for a man in a surgical mask who boarded a bus and told the driver, “Don’t mess with me; I have Ebola.” When he got off the bus, the man took off his mask and dropped it on the floor of the bus.

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

My friend Eric McClellan, executive creative director of content and brand entertainment at Team Detroit, opened his travel bag to take photos and describe the stuff he takes with him on business trips. I want to get the VAPUR Element 1L Water Bottle and the Preparation H Totables Wipes asap.

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

For anyone learning how to speak Japanese, this is a fun illustrated “picture dictionary” with over 1500 words that will help build up your Japanese vocabulary.

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[l] at 10/14/14 8:47am

Mark and Brenda Voss learned that the 5,300-square-foot vacation house they built at a cost of $680,000 "actually sits on the lot next to the one they own in the gated Ocean Hammock resort community" of Daytona Beach. The result? Lots of lawyers and finger-pointing.

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[l] at 10/14/14 8:40am

Screen Test. Featuring Marganta. Voice: Marga Sardà. Design, direction and animation by Dvein. [via]

[Category: Video, Weird]

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[l] at 10/14/14 8:18am

Can we?

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

None more black.

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[l] at 10/14/14 7:05am
"I’m not really attracted to any sort of, may I say, penetration. It is hugging and holding the shape of the car close to me and actually talking to it a little bit. And then of course, the rest is just physical satisfaction – masturbation is, I guess, the word.”

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[l] at 10/14/14 7:03am
And it's terrible, writes Wired: "It undermines the mystery of one of literature's greatest characters."

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[l] at 10/14/14 6:59am
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Either that, or the small merle one is unsuccessfully attempting to eat the large black one. Photo credit unknown!

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[l] at 10/14/14 6:44am

Students and faculty from a teachers' college in Guerrero state set fire to a government building in Chilpancingo in fury at the disappearance of 43 student teachers believed to have been kidnapped by corrupt police officers working with a drug cartel. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, mexico, protest, war on drugs]

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[l] at 10/14/14 6:44am

Students and faculty from a teachers' college in Guerrero state set fire to a government building in Chilpancingo in fury at the disappearance of 43 student teachers believed to have been kidnapped by corrupt police officers working with a drug cartel. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, mexico, protest, war on drugs]

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[l] at 10/14/14 4:08am
Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen recommend their favorite cooperative board games. Read the rest

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

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[l] at 10/14/14 3:09am


Dronecode started as 3D Robotics' free/open codebase for UAVs, and it has grown to the point where it has flown off on its own, with a formal, community-run board and an ambitious roadmap for the future. Read the rest

[Category: Image, DRONES, floss, happy mutants, makers, oshw, uavs]

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[l] at 10/14/14 2:27am


Jennifer Allaway is a social scientist who studies diversity in games. In the wake of being targeted by Gamergate trolls, she has written an analysis of the movement as a hate group, showing that it satisfies the formal requirements for such. Read the rest

[Category: Post, gamergate, Games, gender, misogyny, scholarship]

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[l] at 10/13/14 10:29pm

In central Japan's Gifu Prefecture, a man demonstrates the making of sampuru, the fantastic fake food seen in many Japanese restaurants.

Learn more in this Tofugu post: "Japanese Food Models, Yesterday And Today"

And another informative clip below, from Wim Wenders' documentary Tokyo Ga (1985):

(via The Kid Should See This)

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[l] at 10/13/14 10:15pm
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Google put a camera on a camel to capture a "Street View" of Abu Dhabi's Liwa Dessert. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 9:46pm
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Artist Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat, meaning a deformity in her eyes enables her to see approximately 100 times more colors than an average person. Read the rest

[Category: Post, art, Science]

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[l] at 10/13/14 9:19pm
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My pal Gina Pell was disenchanted with the same tired ol' emojis making the rounds so she came up with LOLy, a free app-based collection of oversized animated emojis that are funny, crass, smart, offensive, sexy, cutesie, ironic, insulting, sophisticated, sassy, charming, witty, obnoxious, stylish, and damned addictive. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 8:51pm
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Brunton saw me coming when they came up with their Power Knife Multi Charger integrating a standard USB to Apple Lightning, 30-Pin, and Micro-USB. Sharp, but spendy at $25.

[Category: Post, gadget, Technology]

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[l] at 10/13/14 8:01pm

YouTube user OpenBooster uses his aptly-named account to open booster packs of Magic: The Gathering cards.

Witness his palpable delight when he pulls one of the Power Nine cards from an unopened  20-year-old Alpha set, a mint-condition Black Lotus.

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[Category: Post, collectors, haul video, magic the gathering, mtg, trading cards, youtube]

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[l] at 10/13/14 7:34pm
The artist hand-embroidered Biggie and Tupac lyrics about women onto vintage lingerie, and in so doing, “unites the apparent contradictions between 'the masculine' and 'the feminine' in contemporary culture.” Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 6:57pm

Kelly Atlas, an activist with Direct Action Everywhere, delivered to diners at Bluestem in San Francisco a tearful, dramatic rant about her "little girl and her sisters."

The "little girl" is a chicken named Snow.

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[l] at 10/13/14 6:53pm

Kelly Atlas, an activist with Direct Action Everywhere, delivered to diners at Bluestem in San Francisco a tearful, dramatic rant about her "little girl and her sisters."

The "little girl" is a chicken named Snow.

[Category: Post, Video]

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[l] at 10/13/14 6:15pm

The Republican Texas Congressjerk maintains a flying squad of political officers who descend upon the NSF to pore through its grant records looking for evidence of ideologically impure science. Read the rest

[Category: Post, christ what an asshole, gop, politics, Science, sopa, texas, usausausa, war on science]

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[l] at 10/13/14 6:04pm

Alex writes, "It features censorship, hangings, dissent and criticism, a whole bunch of state and church control, angry queens, sad Stationers, and, of course, our terrible culprit: the printing press." Read the rest

[Category: Video, Copyfight, copyright, scholarship, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 10/13/14 5:45pm

The Union of Concerned Feminists (@concernedfems) created this bingo game. You can play it at any event where a significant number of powerful men evince lukewarm support of feminism, insofar as it helps them promote themselves and their startup businesses.

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[l] at 10/13/14 5:40pm
Ben Marks explores the history of the psychedelic rock poster. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 5:36pm
Jon Seagull reviews a classic auction game. Buy castles, jewelry, precious artwork. The person who dies with the most toys wins. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 3:49pm

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By John Atkinson of webcomic Wrong Hands.

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[l] at 10/13/14 3:44pm

For the New York Times magazine’s fall Food issue, the publication treated six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn to dinner at Daniel, a fancy spot where a seven-course tasting menu goes for $220 a person. (more…)

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[l] at 10/13/14 3:23pm

Don't miss the 60 Minutes episode about the NSA's practices “involving wiretaps, and what happens when the demands of national security collide with the public's right to know.’

That dilemma is at the heart of the case of James Risen, a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter for the New York Times.

Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 3:15pm

Don't miss the 60 Minutes episode about the NSA's practices “involving wiretaps, and what happens when the demands of national security collide with the public's right to know.’

That dilemma is at the heart of the case of James Risen, a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter for the New York Times.

Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 2:51pm
Haunted Houses are made to entertain you as you laugh and scream at startle scares. Jackass Escape Houses are physical and sexual assault simulations with little to no story or world-building. By haunted attraction expert Oni Harstein Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 2:17pm
“What if among the many overwhelming materials you see at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis there was a simple book that inspired hope instead of fear, and showed beauty instead of disfigurement?” Read the rest

[Category: Post, beauty, breast cancer, cancer, health, photography, women]

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[l] at 10/13/14 1:52pm

tattooAfter a gang member got a tattoo depicting a murder at a liquor store, a detective recognized the crime scene and was able to arrest the gang member for the killing.

[Category: Post, bside, crime, nofrontdoor, tattoo]

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[l] at 10/13/14 1:40pm

Steve Haddock of the the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (and author of the fantastic book, Practical Computing for Biologists) sent me a link to MBARI's latest video, about the wonderfully weird Velella jellyfish, aka the by-the-wind sailor.

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[l] at 10/13/14 12:08pm
oct18

Come celebrate Halloween with a night of funky synthwave and disco on Saturday October 18 when Gavin Turek hosts the next Twilight Sessions at the Village Studios. Artists performing include Gavin Turek, Happy Hollows, Misun, & The Relationship ft. Brian Bell of Weezer. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 11:46am
Steven Pratt, 45, was charged with murder after being free for less than 48 hours.

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[l] at 10/13/14 11:37am
Was hoping for a tatsumakisenpukyaku, was disappointed. [PrankstersTV via Digg]

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[l] at 10/13/14 11:19am
oct18

Come celebrate Halloween with a night of funky synthwave and disco on Saturday October 18 when Gavin Turek hosts the next Twilight Sessions at the Village Studios. Artists performing include Gavin Turek, Happy Hollows, Misun, & The Relationship ft. Brian Bell of Weezer. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 11:08am
oct18

Come celebrate Halloween with a night of funky synthwave and disco on Saturday October 18 when Gavin Turek hosts the next Twilight Sessions at the Village Studios. Artists performing include Gavin Turek, Happy Hollows, Misun, & The Relationship ft. Brian Bell of Weezer. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 11:02am

Style and design, as in music and food, is idiosyncratic and personal. What inspires one person is merely a shrug for another.

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

Sara X says: "This recording of 'Eine Kleine' is from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's 1936 performance. Yay public domain!"

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[l] at 10/13/14 10:45am

I love Richard Wiseman's "10 Amazing Bets You Will Always Win" videos. Here's #12 in the series!

[Category: Video, pranks, tricks]

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[l] at 10/13/14 10:34am

The short film "An Optical Poem," 1938, by the celebrated German-born abstract film-maker Oskar Fischinger, in its entirety, composed to Franz Liszt's "2nd Hungarian Rhapsody." Made entirely with paper in stop motion fashion.

(Thanks, Robyn!)

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[l] at 10/13/14 10:27am

Turtle employs unfair sportsmanship against dog to gain possession of ball.

[Category: Post, Video, Delightful Creatures]

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[l] at 10/13/14 10:27am

CGI or physical special effect? I'm hoping for the latter!

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[l] at 10/13/14 10:12am

CGI or physical special effect? I'm hoping for the latter!

[Category: Video, UFO]

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[l] at 10/13/14 9:51am

Wendys is a popular restaurant chain that serves inexpensive ground beef sandwiches. Reportedly, all the employees know the catchy song in the official employee training video by heart and are known to sing it spontaneously as they go about their work. [via]

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[l] at 10/13/14 8:07am
"I don't mean it tastes like a candle smells. Pumpkin spice lattés taste like a candle tastes. Don't ask me how I know that."

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[l] at 10/13/14 7:56am
pSNYNA-DSCRX100M3B_alternate3_v786 Wired reviews the RX100 III, the latest version of Sony's high-end pocket camera. Improvements are praised all-around, particularly the "stunning" 50Mbps video. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 7:37am

"Oh, but, oh, please don't send me back that way, yeah. For I will make you pay."

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[l] at 10/13/14 7:37am

What could go wrong on a short trip from Portsmouth in England to the bucolic Isle of Wight? A hovercraft pilot nearly three times over the legal alcohol limit, that's what.

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[l] at 10/13/14 7:15am

nipples Joel Schumacher: "I think that will be on my gravestone. It’s how I’ll be remembered."

[Category: Image, Entertainment, nipples]

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[l] at 10/13/14 7:12am
Asked about its records of paranormal events, Essex Country Council said that it would forward the request to a team of experts named Mulder, Scully, Venkman, Spengler and Stanz. [bbc]

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[l] at 10/13/14 7:05am

Unknown Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was addicted to meth-amphetamine, according to documentation recently released by U.S. intelligence services. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 6:55am
Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was addicted to methamphetamine, according to documentation recently released by U.S. intelligence services. Though it was well-known that Hitler was a hypochondriac surfing through life on a cocktail of drugs, the new disclosures include juicy details such as that time he took meth before a meeting with Mussolini and "ranted nonstop for two hours."

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 10/13/14 6:16am
Steve Hoefer offers a synopsis on workplace safety tools, how you should you them, and why. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, health, Safety, safety equipment, tools, workplace]

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[l] at 10/13/14 3:37am
Just a reminder that I'm on tour with In Real Life, the graphic novel Jen Wang and I made -- I'll be in Princeton at Labyrinth Books this afternoon, and at NYC's Strand Bookstore tonight. I'm crisscrossing the globe for the next six weeks: full list here. Read the rest

[Category: Post, events, happy mutants, nyc]

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[l] at 10/13/14 3:04am


I bought one of these at New York Comic-Con this weekend -- it's a surprisingly good facsimile of an old NES cart; and the rubber stopper (rated to 10psi) performs better than it looks like it would. My only complaint is that it's a bit awkward to nip from directly, though it'd be fine with a straw. Read the rest

[Category: Post, booze, Funny, Gadgets, Games, gift guide, Old school]

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[l] at 10/13/14 2:56am

The Judicial Conference of the US has approved the elimination of Rule 84, a court procedure designed to help small patent-holders streamline their lawsuits, but which has been weaponized by patent trolls, who use it to indiscriminately file lawsuits on a mass scale in the hopes of bullying quick settlements out of their victims. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 2:49am


Parties unknown have hacked websites belonging to various sites linked with Hong Kong's Occupy Central/Umbrella Revolution movements, inserting nasty malware onto them that attempts to take over readers' computers. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 2:39am


If you're a child, pregnant, and fear or can't find your parents in states like Florida, you can still get an abortion, but only by convincing a judge, by way of a grueling, kafkaesque, humiliating procedure. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/13/14 2:28am


The nicest mad scientists on the net have collected years' worth of projects into four categories: costumes, pumpkins, decor and food. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/12/14 11:05pm

Watch this Ankeny, Iowa police officer try to trick a young man into incriminating himself. The police chief has since apologized for the officer's actions. (13 WHOtv.com)

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[l] at 10/12/14 10:38pm

As part of the Go With The Flow campaign at the UK's University of East Anglia, students are encouraged to pee in the shower to save water. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/12/14 10:30pm

Including: bacon (video above), beer, Lego Minifigures, a toy robot, an armchair... the list goes on, over at Smithsonian.

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[l] at 10/12/14 10:25pm
An archaeologist found a "vampire grave" in Bulgaria where a Medieval skeleton lies with an iron spike through its chest. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/12/14 10:18pm
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Batman is now on a postage stamp! Read the rest

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[l] at 10/12/14 3:50pm
A parody to remind us who'll have our backs during tomorrow's zombie holocaust--if we have theirs today. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/12/14 2:19pm

Alan writes, "Why privacy matters' is Glenn Greenwald's talk to TED in which he makes the argument that we are not obligated to make ourselves harmless; rather, we need to be able to express ourselves unwatched."

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[l] at 10/12/14 7:44am
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A woman walks by security cameras in Harlem, October 10, 2014.

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[l] at 10/12/14 3:00am

Chinese Internet services are blessed and cursed with mobs who track down the personal details of people suspected of corruption or just bad public behavior, shaming them in a way that is highly public and indelible. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/12/14 2:43am


Leaked Snowden documents published by Laura Poitras and Peter Maass in The Intercept describe the NSA's SENTRY EAGLE program describe six programs aimed at weakening the capacity of people all over the world to communicate in private. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/12/14 2:22am

These vintage anatomical diagram cushion covers are $25/each from Manchester's My Wife Your Wife: there's the finger cross-section, the hair follicle, and the throat and mouth cavity.

(via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 10/12/14 2:12am

The American Library Association's code of ethics demands that library professionals "protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality" and they've been taking that duty seriously since the first days of the Patriot Act. Read the rest

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

"Tighten it up!"

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[l] at 10/11/14 6:34pm

Far and away the best monster merchandise I found at New York Comic-Con came from Scumbags & Superstars , whose tees, patches and stickers perfectly captured everything I love about monster art.

Scumbags & Superstars

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[l] at 10/11/14 6:28pm


Backers of the Rocky Horror Saved My Life documentary post-production effort can one of these beautiful posters for a $20 contribution. I saw them in person today at New York Comic-Con and they're gorgeous.

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[l] at 10/11/14 6:22pm


One of the highlights of each New York Comic-Con for me is seeing the latest gaffs and replicas from the Gemini Company (previously) -- this year's highlight was the $400 "Bengal Boy" conjoined skull gaff, shown here.

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[l] at 10/11/14 6:15pm


Spotted today at New York Comic-Con, the wonderful, ghastly tees of Vertebrae 33: Third Eye Frankenstein, Nyarlathotep, and Cthulhu.

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[l] at 10/11/14 4:57pm

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 10/11/14 12:52pm
The weekend of demonstrations is in response to the August shooting of unarmed black teen Mike Brown by a white police officer in the Ferguson suburb. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/11/14 11:44am
“What the government has failed to grasp is that Chelsea Manning and Snowden’s leaks are not isolated incidents – or, at least they won’t be when we look back on this era 10 years from now.” Read the rest

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[l] at 10/11/14 11:23am
The tweet says it all. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/11/14 10:06am

"Fuck the car, I do a motherfucking walk-by."

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[l] at 10/11/14 4:04am

Brian writes, "The Mayday PAC is thinking of supporting the Independent candidate Greg Orman, who is running for Senate in Kansas against a lone Republican opponent. (The Democratic candidate withdrew); but we're only going to if we can raise $200k by midnight Monday." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/11/14 3:56am


One of the most iconic images of Salvador Dali's career was the photo of a skull composed from the artfully arranged bodies of nude models. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/11/14 3:49am

The award-winning, fearless filmmaker's documentary on her work with Snowden premiered yesterday, and it's full of bombshells. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 7:28pm


Today at New York Comic-Con I ran into David Atkinson, aka our favorite cosplayer from Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples's Saga: Atkinson was out promoting Gathering the Debris, a site of entertainment news and reviews.

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[l] at 10/10/14 6:51pm


I found Volante Designs at New York Comic-Con today and was instantly taken with their dramatic coats and hoodies, styled to look like something a superhero would wear, all made in the USA. (more…)

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[l] at 10/10/14 6:21pm


Josh writes, "Boing Boing readers and Eco-Futurists are invited to the 25th Annual Bioneers Summit Conference in Marin, CA, October 17-19. Enter BOING4BIONEERS at check out for an exclusive 25% discount!" Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 5:53pm
Jetsetting Terrorist is a fascinating blog written by a guy who was once convicted of an activist property crime and as a result must undergo enhanced screening every time he flies. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 4:58pm
Street Angel searches for Dr. Pangea's secret lair, with the help of her friend, the Bald Eagle. By Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 4:33pm

In-Sight has published part one of a massive four-part interview with Rick Rosner, my high school friend who went to high school for a decade, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, was the subject of an Errol Morris documentary, and became a writer for Jimmy Kimmel.

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[l] at 10/10/14 4:28pm
Heinrich Heidersberger. Kleid aus Licht. Vestido de luz-001

A selection of works by the German photographer Heinrich Heidersberger (1906-2006). Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 3:41pm

Well played, WGN-TV Chicago weekend news anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 3:35pm
tumblr_nd8svqXyE21qz6f9yo1_1280 A quarter per play. “Made with genuine arcade parts.” Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 2:33pm

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This photo collection of vintage Halloween masks by Flickrer Brecht Bug is pretty overwhelming.

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[l] at 10/10/14 2:27pm
Worker displacement games will soon pack the shelves at your local tabletop game store. For that, you can thank Five Tribes’ designer Bruno Cathala. By Matt M. Casey Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 2:25pm
Awww. (more…)

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[l] at 10/10/14 2:23pm
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I want one so bad my head hurts. Deep space rugs by Schönstaub. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 1:26pm

stress-mushroomsFirebox sells four varieties of rubber mushrooms designed to reduce symptoms of stress. They are described as being "slightly phallic" in appearance.

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[l] at 10/10/14 1:23pm

Using a GoPro camera, Patrick Anders Webster captured this amazing encounter with a juvenile carcharodon carcharias, Great White Shark, at Monterey Bay Fisherman's Wharf on October 6. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 1:16pm

In the latest episode of This Week in Science, Dr. Kiki started the show with a rundown of the 2014 Nobel Prize winners in the science categories, and then moved into news about our rising oceans and hot air hanging out in the north Pacific Ocean.

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[l] at 10/10/14 12:54pm

Protesters at the 1963 March on Washington, captured by photographer Marion S. Trikosko. Via the Library of Congress. Above: Bob Fitch snapped this picture of a sheriff’s deputy pursuing photographer Matt Herron during a protest in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1966.

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[l] at 10/10/14 12:40pm

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A photo shared by Ben Leshchinsky in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. “Crater Lake remains reflective, if only for a bit, during a warm afternoon in the Oregon Summer.”

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

The fantastic, cut together sequel to the fan-made Star Wars: Uncut is here.

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

Davy Rothbart's fantastic zine FOUND is now a musical playing at the Atlantic Theater Company, and BB pal Larry Smith gives it a rave review.

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

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A drunken man attempted to take off with a statue of the Jedi Master. "The man allegedly slung the life-size likeness of the Dagobah resident across the handlebars and rode off doing what police described as an uncanny impression of Elliott and ET..."(via)

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

In 1996 journalist Gary Webb wrote a series of investigative stories about the connections between the South LA crack epidemic, and the CIA's Nicaraguan Contra fighters.

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[l] at 10/10/14 10:14am
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When I was young in the 1970s, I was blown away by photos of the 1950s battery-powered "bionic" arm invented by IBM engineer SW Alderson. The technology is now more than 60 years old and it still looks futuristic to me. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 10:12am
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In this video it looks like a NYC cop is stealing money from a man and then pepper spraying him. At least the cop didn't kill the man on the spot. That's progress! NY Times: Video of Officer Accused of Theft Prompts Inquiry

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[l] at 10/10/14 9:48am
In Pakistan, a black scorpion weighing 60 grams sells for around $50,000 to medical researchers. Al Jazeera's Maham Javaid investigates the country's scorpion trade and its possible harm to the country's ecosystem. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 9:47am

The alpha-anteater pose was overkill as the baby roo was already running away and didn't see it.

If you like posts about delightful creatures like this, take a look at Boing Boing's Delightful Creatures tag!

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[l] at 10/10/14 9:41am

From Weird Universe: "Who’s responsible? Megan Campbell's parked car was hit by a van driven by a city worker, so now she wants the city to pay for the damages. Sounds reasonable. But Campbell was the city worker driving the van that hit her own car. The city is reviewing the incident."

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[l] at 10/10/14 9:34am

If you’re like me, you are always on the lookout for a novel that speaks to the homicidal teenage girl on acid inside of you.

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[l] at 10/10/14 9:22am

The dynamically dark duo Ransom & Mitchell have a new show of incredible sideshow-themed photographs opening tomorrow, October 11, at San Francisco's Bash Contemporary gallery.

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[l] at 10/10/14 9:04am
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On eBay: a massive collection of 5700 console games, 5700+ games, and custom shelves for it all. Buy it now for (gulp) $164,000. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/10/14 8:37am

Bill Murray doesn't do a lot of interviews, but since he has a new movie to promote (St. Vincent), he came on the Howard Stern Show for an entertaining one-hour interview.

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[l] at 10/10/14 7:42am
This 1977 Soviet science fiction film by Anatoliy Petrov touches upon war, technology and colonialism. (more…)

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[l] at 10/10/14 6:45am
The 13-year-old’s father, Mehmet, had brought the goat into town to sacrifice on Muslim feast day Eid al-Adha. The goat also died. [via]

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[l] at 10/10/14 6:28am
The Guardian: "A tour of Oklahoma’s state-of-the-art killing room unveils how the state spent thousands on restraints, an electric bed and medical equipment, but also how a theatre of transparency hides actual practices"

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[l] at 10/10/14 6:17am

Thinkgeek's $80 Medieval Knight Hoodie lets you stay warm and stylish by simulating a suit of plate armor. The spaulders and visor snap on and off, and the sleeves are pulled into shape by thumb cuffs.

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[l] at 10/10/14 6:06am
The new Nexus will have a 5.9-inch screen, reports the Wall Street Journal, though that seems, oddly, to be the only thing they report about it.

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[l] at 10/10/14 6:02am
"I don't see it as flattery," he says, noting that he was speaking about the issue generally... "I actually see it as theft."

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[l] at 10/10/14 5:57am
Satya Nadella suggested that women shouldn't ask for raises; instead, they should have faith in the system, earning "good karma." He subsequently released a memo saying he was "completely wrong."

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[l] at 10/10/14 3:38am


Oklahoma City's Beau Fleurs sells a remarkable variety of steering-wheel covers, each adorned with a hellokittyish hair-bow (pictured here: the Marvel comics edition, $25).

(via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 10/10/14 3:32am

During the 1970s, when Northern Ireland was gripped by near-civil-war, British military intelligence staged the evidence of "black masses" in order to create a Satanism panic among the "superstitious" Irish to discredit the paramilitaries. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 10:33pm

McKamey Manor is a home haunted house in San Diego. It looks intense.

Here are a few requirements you must pass to even be able to enter: you now must be 21 years of age (previously was 18), you’re required to sign a wavier, and you must be in excellent physical condition.

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[l] at 10/9/14 7:28pm
Look, we're just grateful Elon didn't literally “unveil the D.” Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 7:00pm
“The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S.,” The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday. “Such a move would be the latest and potentially most dramatic use of executive power by the president in his second term. It would likely provoke a sharp reaction from lawmakers, who have repeatedly barred the transfer of detainees to the U.S.”

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[l] at 10/9/14 6:56pm
Some 200 airline cabin cleaners walked off their jobs at New York's LaGuardia Airport today, protesting what they say is a lack of protection from possible Ebola exposure. These workers' jobs include “cleaning up vomit and bathrooms.” [Reuters]

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[l] at 10/9/14 6:56pm

When a dark-skinned man sneezed on a plane then joked about having ebola, the flight crew took no chances and called a team in hazardous material suits to escort him off the plane.

The passenger had never been in Africa. He did not have Ebola.

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[l] at 10/9/14 6:43pm
The risk that Ebola could spread into Central and Southern America, and from there into the U.S., is “a real possibility” according to the head of U.S. Southern Command. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 6:32pm

When a dark-skinned man on an airplane sneezed, the flight crew took no chances and called a team in hazardous material suits to escort him off the plane.

The passenger had never been in Africa. He did not have Ebola.

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[l] at 10/9/14 6:27pm
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“My 12-year-old basketball-loving daughter got the latest Dicks catalog and had a big problem with it,” tweeted sports journalist Chris Peterson of azcentral.com. She wrote a letter.

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[l] at 10/9/14 5:18pm

When Mark Tilbrook politely and peacefully distributed leaflets at venues where "psychic" Sally Morgan was performing, her son and husband threatened to beat him up (and even to have him murdered), uttered homophobic and racist slurs, and, eventually, served him with a legal threat. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 5:13pm

When a dark-skinned man on an airplane sneezed, the flight crew took no chances and called a team in haz-mat suits to escort the man off the plane.

The passenger was never in Africa.

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[l] at 10/9/14 4:55pm

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I took photos of the cute-looking Raspberry Pi powered Kano computer, which was made for kids to learn how to code their own music, games, and software. Jane and I will hook it up to the TV (it uses any HDMI device as a monitor) and let you know what we think. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 4:53pm

My latest Guardian column, Crypto wars redux: why the FBI's desire to unlock your private life must be resisted, explains why the US government's push to mandate insecure back-doors in all our devices is such a terrible idea -- the antithesis of "cyber-security." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 4:45pm
Representatives from the Bostonian Society talk to the media after opening a 113-year-old time capsule, which was found inside a lion statue, at Skylight Studios in Woburn, Massachusetts, October 9, 2014.  [Reuters]


Representatives from the Bostonian Society talk to the media after opening a 113-year-old time capsule, which was found inside a lion statue, at Skylight Studios in Woburn, Massachusetts, October 9, 2014. [Reuters]

A fun coincidence of history: In Boston and New York this week, two unrelated openings of time capsules left by people 113 and 100 years ago, respectively. They are two of the country's oldest time capsules. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 4:42pm

Simply Secure, a nonprofit developing usable, free, open interfaces for cryptographic communications tools like OTR, is hiring! Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 4:41pm

On the latest episode of Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, artist Josh Dorman talks about his fascinating with artist Paul Klee.

Josh Dorman is a fine artist from New York.

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[l] at 10/9/14 4:40pm
As we all know, arts and crafts should be tedious, painstaking, and (of course) ultimately boring as hell. Matt Maranian presents some Maker Mayhem Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 4:31pm

"Noninvasive brain-computer interface enables communication after brainstem stroke" (Science Translational Medicine) reports on the successful use of a brain-computer interface to allow an individual with "lock in syndrome" (conscious and aware, but unable to move any part of his body) to spell words and carry on dialogue with his family. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 4:07pm

Jewish Standard: In the The New York Times on this day in 1924: "Hitler...No longer to be feared.

I didn't know Judith Miller was writing for the Times 90 years ago!

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[l] at 10/9/14 3:45pm

I recently came across this video of the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. The video at the forty second mark of cars turning around to escape from the oncoming wave of water and deadly debris is nightmarish.

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[l] at 10/9/14 3:37pm

In 1828, a 16-year-old boy appeared in Nuremberg, claiming that he'd spent his whole life alone in a dark cell. In the latest Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the short, sad life of Kaspar Hauser and ponder who he might have been.

We'll also revisit the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus, encounter some self-landing planes, and puzzle over why a man would bury 15 luxury cars in the desert.

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[l] at 10/9/14 3:26pm
The hail-a-car services earned the worst possible rating from the bureau, reports the New York Times, with Uber condemned in particular due to "surge pricing" practices that customers find deceptive and excessive.

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[l] at 10/9/14 3:19pm

Of course, comic book artists must know how to draw well, but there’s a lot more to drawing a comic book than just knowing how to draw.

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[l] at 10/9/14 3:14pm

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The Russian wrestler of Street Fighter 2 fame (A.K.A Mike Fass) gets to grips with NYCC. [Photo: Heather Beschizza]

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[l] at 10/9/14 3:03pm

L’Amour (1935). Photograph: William Mortensen

Our friends at Feral House have a new book coming out on the work of photographer William Mortensen, called American Grotesque.

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[l] at 10/9/14 2:38pm
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Pretty sure the Thermodynamics police need to make an arrest here.

[Gary Johnson Via Laughing Squid]

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[l] at 10/9/14 1:45pm

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Naomi, a staffer with Flipside Creations, talks to a customer at NEw York Comic-Con Thursday. Flipside's bizarre wondercloset of goods ranges from pickled pigs to stuffed tweetybirds. Their store is at flipsidecreations.etsy.com

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[l] at 10/9/14 1:33pm

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New York Comic-Con is full of motley fans cosplaying as their favorite characters. I was alarmed, however, to find that inadequate precautions have been taken to protect conference-goers from poltergeists, apparitions and other paranormal entities. I hope the organizers will step up to the plate with an official response to the ectoplasmic menace and get rid of these unwelcome freelancers. (Mike Brown, left, and Josh Hollifield)

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[l] at 10/9/14 1:17pm
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I'm not sure which reboot this was, but I'm going to hazard that it was from the internet.

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[l] at 10/9/14 12:32pm

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One of the wildest things about the major comic conventions is how broadly beyond that particular medium the focus now ranges. Hollywood movies, video games, general celebrity worship... all part and parcel of the show. For example, here is a highly detailed doll of the cunning and ruthless Prince Philip, a popular character from UK royalty.

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[l] at 10/9/14 12:03pm
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Large size here. (more…)

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[l] at 10/9/14 11:44am
IMG_2598.JPG This is barely minutes after it opened; apparently more than 150,000 people will attend, making New York's event significantly larger than longtime industry flagship San Diego Comic-Con.

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[l] at 10/9/14 11:42am
The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan


The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher).
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan

A new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and University of Michigan One shows that one small “hot spot” in the American Southwest produces the greatest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane in the United States.

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[l] at 10/9/14 11:37am

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A photo shared by Ria en Reinier Mensink in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 10/9/14 11:29am
The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan


The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher).
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan

A new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and University of Michigan One shows that one small “hot spot” in the American Southwest produces the greatest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane in the United States.

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[l] at 10/9/14 11:15am
IMG_2595.JPG Artist CJ Draden (website) works amid the chaos of New York Comic-Con, where more than 125,000 attendees will pack Manhattan's Javits Center this week.

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[l] at 10/9/14 10:50am
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The future bullies its way into the traditional European countryside in German artist Jakub Rozalski's dystopian paintings. (more…)

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[l] at 10/9/14 10:39am

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A stronger one than in times past, with the slogan "Cosplay is not Consent" front and center--and certainly stronger than at other conventions which insist harassment isn't a risk worth addressing in detail.

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[l] at 10/9/14 10:28am

Star Wars-Clone Wars: Season 1-5 [Blu-ray]

My sick seven-year-old daughter has decreed today will be spent watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I'm thrilled, as I enjoy watching it with her!

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[l] at 10/9/14 10:12am
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“Embodiment,” a neon glass skeleton by Eric Franklin. His portfolio includes beautiful related works, including human skulls, created with flameworked borosilicate glass, krypton and wood.

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[l] at 10/9/14 10:09am

Star Wars-Clone Wars: Season 1-5 [Blu-ray]

My sick seven-year-old daughter has decreed today will be spent watching Star Wars: Clone Wars. I'm thrilled, as I enjoy watching it with her!

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[l] at 10/9/14 10:06am
Jesse Walker fesses up. Way back in 2002, I wrote a satiric Banned Books Week column that mocked the nation's prigs by suggesting they try to pull something new off the nation's school shelves. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 9:56am
"In essence, their advice to women was: Work harder, build great things, speak up for yourself, lean in. It got so bad that at one point, the audience started heckling the speakers."

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[l] at 10/9/14 9:50am

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A photo shared by Boing Boing reader seelenpfluecker in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 10/9/14 9:38am
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These Victorian Era photos of people making silly faces delight me to no end. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 9:38am
“The next time a law enforcement official demands that Apple and Google put backdoors back into their products, remember what they're really demanding: that everyone's security be sacrificed in order to make their job marginally easier.” Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 9:27am

Peter Lardong makes playable (and edible) records from chocolate, a century-old tradition we've posted about previously. (via Laughing Squid)

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[l] at 10/9/14 9:26am
“A family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.” Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 9:15am
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The largest scientific study of "life after death" and near death experiences in cardiac arrest patients (who were resuscitated) suggests that some people may sustain several minutes of awareness after the heart stops. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/9/14 8:22am
Asked if their investigation was harmed, a police spokeswoman said: "We don't know because we don't know what was on the phone." Guys, just put them in the fridge. [BBC]

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[l] at 10/9/14 8:18am
"We like to ensure a warm welcome to all our guests at HQ and at neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security," said a force spokesman.

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[l] at 10/9/14 8:07am
Ladies and gentlemen, behold: MP4s that work just like GIFs, the future of the web. But isn't this what Giphy already does?

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[l] at 10/9/14 1:00am


Brechtbug's Halloween Costumes Vintage Photos collection is a triumph, and arguably what both infinite scroll and the Internet were invented for.

[Category: Image, flickr, halloween, happy mutants, horror, Kids, Old school, vintage]

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[l] at 10/9/14 12:55am


Jazz up your stretched-out lobes with these etched, double flared Stormtrooper plugs, $4.93 from Cherry BT. (via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 10/9/14 12:49am

From a motion related to the Speedy Trial Act: "The government cannot simply fail or refuse to respond to a motion and toll the Act 'to infinity and beyond.'"

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[l] at 10/9/14 12:42am


The Laurens, SC County Sheriff's Dept broke down David and Teresa Hooks' door and fatally shot David Hooks on a tip from Randall Garrett, a burglar with multiple felony convictions, who said he saw meth while robbing their house. Read the rest

[Category: Post, authoritarianism, corruption, crime, police, swat, war on some drugs]

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[l] at 10/9/14 12:30am

In Longitudinal Association Between Teen Sexting and Sexual Behavior [PDF] (Pediatrics, Temple & Choi), a 6-year study of 1,000 diverse American teens finds that sexting is common, not correlated with future risky behaviors, and correlated with overall comfort with sexuality.

(via IO9)

(Image: Pro Juventute Aufklärungskampagne ‚Sexting’ Themenbild_01, Pro Juventute, CC-BY)

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[l] at 10/8/14 11:48pm


Etsy-based mold-maker Stexe has a store that's a delight -- from the Melting Mandle (a melting zombie candle) to a black lagoonite, to a tar-zombie to a chainsaw-wielding pig, to runny glow-in-the-dark zombies, and a gnarly cthulhoid. Read the rest

[Category: Post, etsy, gift guide, happy mutants, horror, housewares, makers, Monsters]

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


Once a security researcher discovers a new strain of malicious software -- running a virtual machine on a test-bench -- and adds its signature to anti-virus and network monitor blacklists, it's game over. So today's malware devotes enormous energy to figuring out if it's running on a real computer, or inside one of its enemies' virtual worlds. Read the rest

[Category: Post, evolution, infosec, malware, web theory]

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[l] at 10/8/14 6:03pm

Federal officials today said that passengers arriving from West Africa will be screened for body temperature at five American airports. The first will be JFK in New York, as early as this weekend.

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[l] at 10/8/14 5:56pm
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Paolo Ballesteros, a makeup artist and performer in the Philippines, transforms himself into celebrities and shares the results on Instagram: Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and others. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 5:46pm

"Lucrative irrelevance" is the term Vanity Fair's Bethany McLean chooses to describe Microsoft's seeming future under Steve Ballmer. With Ballmer gone, though, does it have alternatives?

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[l] at 10/8/14 5:40pm

Pitched as an action camera for the rest of us, the $200 tiny Re pairs with Android and iOS smartphones and shoots 1080-lines video at 30fps, or 720-line video at 120fps.

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[l] at 10/8/14 5:39pm
Gorgeous culinary art by Ruth & Sira, illustrators and graphic designers from the north of Spain. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 5:30pm

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Italian fashion photographer Lucia Giacani’s “Under My Skin” series, originally shot for Vogue Italia. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 5:17pm

This video from German paper airplane enthusiast site Papierfliegerei is pretty fantastic. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 5:09pm

Congratulations on your promotion, Mary!

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[l] at 10/8/14 3:35pm

With much of the world's attention focused on West Africa for other reasons today, it's a great time to remember that cool people are doing cool things there. Like the surf instructors and surfers in this short documentary about catching waves in Dakar, Senegal. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 3:15pm

NASA’s newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launched into space for the first time in December 2014. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 3:07pm

NASA’s newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launched into space for the first time in December 2014. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 2:25pm
Could Thomas Eric Duncan's life could have been extended or saved if the Texas hospital where he first sought help took him in sooner? Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 2:23pm
They're just asking for backdoors in complete ignorance of the facts of computer security, writes Chris Coyne.

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[l] at 10/8/14 2:00pm

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"It was a summer evening in 2011 when Crystal walked into Porsche of Destin with a check for $109,588.74 and left driving that year’s model Panamera automobile, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office report." (via)

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[l] at 10/8/14 2:00pm
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Unreal lab-grown oysters from "The In Vitro Meat Cookbook," a glorious exercise in recipes as design fiction. More over at re:form.

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[l] at 10/8/14 1:38pm

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"It was a summer evening in 2011 when Crystal walked into Porsche of Destin with a check for $109,588.74 and left driving that year’s model Panamera automobile, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office report." VIA

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[l] at 10/8/14 1:28pm
About to get tougher, too.

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[l] at 10/8/14 12:58pm
VIA “Get it away from me, I don’t ever want that taste in my mouth again.” She does enjoy other candied varieties.

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[l] at 10/8/14 12:57pm

Frozen, 16-bit.

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[l] at 10/8/14 11:51am

Give Me Fiction is a prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez. This week's episode is a piece of feminist existential horror by author Sarah Griffin entitled "The Badger."

The first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video, a group of comedians, writers, and artists read pieces based on a theme.

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[l] at 10/8/14 10:40am

ALEKO® 30W 30-Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

California's power infrastructure stinks, but we do get a lot of sunshine. I wanted the option of solar charging my 12V batteries; I found it cheap and simple.

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[l] at 10/8/14 9:42am
17-year-old Marcel Hamer smoked a cigarette in public, so a police officer pushed him down and punched him in the face, knocking him out: “Do you wanna get fucked up?” [NYMag]

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[l] at 10/8/14 9:36am
Kathi Sierra on the social dynamics of online abuse: "There is only one reliably useful weapon for the trolls to stop the danger you pose: discredit you."

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[l] at 10/8/14 9:02am
Rolf Dobelli: "It leads to fear and aggression, hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply," and you should stop consuming it altogether.

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[l] at 10/8/14 8:04am
Bill Watterson on what legendary satirical magazine Puck tells us about change and opportunity. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 6:45am

"You knocks me out, right offa my feet."

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[l] at 10/8/14 6:26am

FOLLOW: @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, JOIN: The exclusive Tom the Dancing Bug club, the INNER HIVE!

FORTHWITH: Buy a Charley t-shirt. (Go, Fighting Australopithecines!) (more…)

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[l] at 10/8/14 6:25am
Theresa DeLucci wonders what form the revived series will take when it hits screens in 2016. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 5:59am
"Kane chalked up an eighth jackpot worth $8,200, and Williams decided not to wait any longer... His orders: Make sure John Kane doesn't leave the casino."

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[l] at 10/8/14 5:04am

FOLLOW: @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, JOIN: The exclusive Tom the Dancing Bug club, the INNER HIVE!

FORTHWITH: Buy a Charley t-shirt. (Go, Fighting Australopithecines!) (more…)

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[l] at 10/8/14 4:54am


My friend Patrick Ball turned me on to a wonderful piece of Serbian idiom: "Vukojebina," which literally means "where wolves fuck," but is used to denote any out-of-the-way place. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 2:46am


Silly Sockys's Etsy store is full of great, full-bleed tees with custom patterns, including this giga-cute Ewok shirt. (via Geekymerch)

[Category: Image, Post, Copyfight, etsy, fanac, fashion, gift guide, kawaii, star wars]

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[l] at 10/8/14 2:40am


Vadu Amka gave his old-school SNES a stunning Castelvania casemod makeover, with an attention to detail that demands our respect and admiration.

SNES Castlevania - Dracula's castle Edition (via Kotaku)

[Category: Post, casemods, Games, happy mutants, horror, makers, Old school]

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[l] at 10/8/14 2:37am


Security experts have been haunted by the prospect of unpatchable, potent, fundamental bug in USB devices; the tension only heightened when sourcecode for an exploit went live last week. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 2:34am


Security experts have been haunted by the prospect of unpatchable, potent, fundamental bug in USB devices; the tension only heightened when sourcecode for an exploit went live last week. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/8/14 1:36am


John Kane, who'd lost a fortune to Video King machines, discovered a subtle bug that let him win big -- so the casinos put him in handcuffs. Read the rest

[Category: Post, computer science, gambling, halting state, infosec, vegas, war on general purpose computing]

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[l] at 10/8/14 12:24am

I've written here before about the marvellous, versatile, eclectic London indie band -- and now I'm delighted to support the Kickstarter for their new double-album. Read the rest

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

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[l] at 10/8/14 12:23am


Michael sez, "As a volunteer climate change campaigner, over the years I've seen a number of lists of things people can do about climate change. They're often unconvincing." Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 10:12pm

Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks invites Haim over to hang out as the New York Times listens in on the conversation and we're all treated to a pretty great stripped-down version of Rhiannon by the foursome.

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[l] at 10/7/14 9:50pm
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A viewing window from the Manhattan Project plutonium production operation, an Apple I computer, and a wood and brass Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer from c.1905 (above) are among the incredible artifacts on the block for Bonham's History of Science auction taking place on October 22. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 9:35pm
Remember the reports in May that a shipwreck off Haiti was likely Christopher Columbus's Santa Maria? UNESCO researchers say nope. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 7:03pm
Via "William Coleman III of Gresham, Oregon, was robbed of his Walther-brand P22 handgun. The gun was stolen by a young man who walked up to Coleman, pulled out his own gun, and said, 'I like your gun. Give it to me.'"

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[l] at 10/7/14 4:04pm

“It's like handwriting, everyone has their signature.” Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 3:59pm
Back in jail after a sojourn at the county honor farm, actor Robert Mitchum strokes a new mustache. This photo was published in the March 25, 1949 Los Angeles Times.


Back in jail after a sojourn at the county honor farm, actor Robert Mitchum strokes a new mustache. This photo was published in the March 25, 1949 Los Angeles Times.

Actor Robert Mitchum was busted for marijuana in 1948. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 3:46pm

Perhaps he got a mouthful of peanut butter. (more…)

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[l] at 10/7/14 3:39pm
Comfort and terror. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 3:34pm


Mark Tilbrook distributed fliers at three of Sally Morgan's stage-shows, urging the audience to view the alleged psychic's performance through a sceptical lens. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 3:24pm

“We are screwed.” [Dylan McQuaid, via Reddit]

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[l] at 10/7/14 3:09pm
Blood moon during the total lunar eclipse in April 2014. Dominic Milan / NASA.


Blood moon during the total lunar eclipse in April 2014. Dominic Milan / NASA.

When our planet passes between the sun and moon in the early morning on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, the moon—-which will be in Earth’s shadow--will appear to glow blood-red. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 3:03pm
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Above, a coffin for a snake. It's bronze, Egyptian, c. 664-30 BCE, and in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 2:55pm


Laws like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act put security researchers at risk of felony prosecution for telling you about bugs in the computers you put your trust in, turning the computers that know everything about us and watch everything we do into reservoirs of long-lived pathogens that governments, crooks, cops, voyeurs and creeps can attack us with. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 2:50pm
About 20% of the world’s electricity is used for lighting. Switching to LED lighting could reduce this to 4 percent, say some scientists. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 2:33pm
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In a blog post titled “Taking the fight for #transparency to court,” Twitter today announced it is suing the Department of Justice for the right to report “the actual scope of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government.” Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 1:45pm

patchesArtist Mitch O'Connell has posted his astonishingly large collection of 1970s embroidered patches. I hope somebody starts making them again!

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[l] at 10/7/14 1:26pm

Congratulations to Boing Boing reader Gary Theut (elDetroit) who won our annual Treasure Island Music Festival haiku contest! On October 18-19 Gary will see Massive Attack (video above), Outkast, Alt-J, TV On The Radio, Janelle Monáe, and a dozen other acts on Treasure Island overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

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[l] at 10/7/14 1:09pm

"Everything Will Change" is a new concert video/documentary about The Postal Service -- BB pal Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) with Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) -- who released one phenomenal album in 2003, Give Up, and reunited for a tour last year. Read the rest

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[l] at 10/7/14 12:14pm

I rely on this 400-watt Wagan rescue battery when camping and during extended power outages. I don't need it very often, but I am sure glad I have it when I do!

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[l] at 10/7/14 12:13pm

A science-fiction musical of Edgar Allan Poe's 1842 Masque of the Red Death featuring a same-sex lead couple, e-bongs and enough red goo to make David Cronenberg squirm?

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