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[l] at 12/17/14 11:46am
A New Zealander and two Burmese men are facing trial in Burma over this stupid Facebook ad for their bar. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/17/14 11:35am
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"By now, everyone knows that a headline determines how many people will read a piece, particularly in this era of social media," writes Maria Konnikova at the New Yorker. "But, more interesting, a headline changes the way people read an article and the way they remember it." A great read for anyone who works in social media.

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[l] at 12/17/14 11:28am
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Reporters Without Borders today published its 2014 tally of abuses against journalists. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/17/14 11:21am

Nice and talented people sometimes send stuff to me in the mail. This little kitchen set sawed from a single block of pine is one my favorites. The Mayor of Mt Holly, MN (pop. 4) made it using a pattern from one of the Foxfire books, "updating it with a few things." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/17/14 11:10am


70 year old Hideaki Adachi said he was disposing of the porn for a sick friend, and he assumed that the park's population of homeless people (with whom he volunteers) would arrange for its disposal.

(via JWZ)

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[l] at 12/17/14 11:09am
U.S. President Barack Obama looks toward Attorney General Eric Holder. Justice Department investigators have engaged in aggressive tactics against journalists in recent months. [Reuters]


U.S. President Barack Obama looks toward Attorney General Eric Holder. Justice Department investigators have engaged in aggressive tactics against journalists in recent months. [Reuters]

We’ve long known the Justice Department’s stance on transparency has been hypocritical and disingenuous. But they’ve really outdone themselves this time. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/17/14 10:50am

A few months ago I bought a bunch of these Pyrex food storage dishes in various sizes and got rid of the old plastic containers we'd been using for years.

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[l] at 12/17/14 10:48am

Meet Jeff is a Wired web-series that's a mockumentary about a robot actor called Jeff 1000 who has been given his own biopic, starring Summer Glau. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/17/14 10:40am
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I could not find the origin of this classic viral photo, but it's very funny.

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[l] at 12/17/14 10:21am

We all know the multimedia artistic brilliance of pioneering New Wave band Devo. And many of us know that Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh is an artist who works in other media. But even other moderately devoted fans such as myself may be surprised to realize just how multiple Mothersbaugh’s artistic talents are, how persistent, or how significant when surveyed as a whole. This is all remedied in an impressive new volume, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, assembled by Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver Director Adam Lerner. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/17/14 10:15am

The Food Warriors, aka Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam, ride the A-train from uptown in Harlem to Bed Stuy out in Brooklyn.

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[l] at 12/17/14 10:07am

Look at the pretty design I made using Nathan Friend's elegant Ispirograph site.

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[l] at 12/17/14 9:11am

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Image: Shutterstock

The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright reports on the miasmal atmosphere enveloping Beijing. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/17/14 8:53am
The Last Episode Of Serial from Funny Or Die

An "exploration of the truth." This is exactly what Pesco and I were thinking a few days ago.

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[l] at 12/17/14 8:21am

I found this curious cube of reconstituted foam. It immediately made me think of a) Minecraft, and b) William Gibson's description of recycled plastics from Communist-era East Germany.

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[l] at 12/17/14 7:38am

For $8 these Star Wars cookie cutters come ready to bake our favorite characters. Far cheaper than other brands.

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[l] at 12/17/14 6:32am

Animal NY is one of my personal favorite sites for Stuff To Do With Net Art, and Rhett Jones has a formidable "The Best Art of 2014" list up just now. That's a funny title -- best art.

There are a number of great projects on the list -- parody, performance art, political work, Clickhole -- anything Jones would describe as "extremely ambitious, extremely innovative, extremely funny and extremely communal."

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[l] at 12/17/14 6:24am

If you have ever read anything I've written about video games, you will have heard me insert notations about the democratization of tools.

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[l] at 12/17/14 6:05am
I didn't truly appreciate what a miracle is YouTube til I realized how many half-remembered Sesame Street sketches, songs and puppet shows from my grainy, nostalgic childhood could be found there. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/17/14 5:57am

Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

Join the Tom the Dancing Bug Subscription and Other Stuff club, the INNER HIVE!

More Tom the Dancing Bug comics on Boing Boing! (more…)

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[l] at 12/17/14 5:56am
Dr. Kiki Sanford on how scientists are predicting outbreaks from an unusual new vantage point. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, bacteria, cholera, climate, Science]

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[l] at 12/17/14 5:51am

Reporting this week at the annual American Geophysical Union, scientists from UC Irvine discussed air quality results from samples taken during the 2012 and 2013 Hajj.

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[l] at 12/17/14 5:49am

Have you ever been on a plane during a thunderstorm that experienced a direct lightning strike? While most commercial airliner will do their best to avoid thunderclouds delivering the wrath of the atmosphere, it's estimated that every plane in the U.S.

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[l] at 12/17/14 2:03am

Meet Jeff is a Wired web-series that's a mockumentary about a robot actor called Jeff 1000 who has been given his own biopic, starring Summer Glau. Read the rest

[Category: Video, Funny, happy mutants, robots, science fiction, youtube]

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[l] at 12/17/14 1:57am


You'll still be allowed to put tags in your guinea pigs' and rabbits' ears, but no more tattooing or piercing unless it's for the animal's benefit. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/17/14 1:30am

Google's made some major announcements about End-to-End, their implementation of the best-of-breed email encryption tool PGP, which they're refactoring as a way of encrypting webmail so that neither they nor the spy-services can read it in transit or at rest. Read the rest

[Category: Post, crypto, email, gmail, goog, privacy, surveilance]

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[l] at 12/17/14 12:06am

Adult Swim's Unedited Footage of a Bear trumps Too Many Cooks for intensity, virtuosity and genuine terror. Read the rest

[Category: Video, horror, pharma, tv, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 12/16/14 11:45pm

Dmytri writes, "Add a crypto wrinkle to your Kris Kringle! Make your Secret Santa even more secret with the magic of Onion Wrapping!" Read the rest

[Category: Image, anonymity, crypto, floss, happy mutants, privacy, tor, xmas]

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[l] at 12/16/14 11:39pm


Mitch Wagner writes, "Our dear friends are in dire straits and need some financial assistance. Howard has Alzheimer's, and Kit is stretched to the limit caring for him." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 5:40pm
David McRaney explores why, when faced with a set of complex information, we tend to turn the volume down on the things that are difficult to quantify and evaluate and instead focus on the few things that are most tangible. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 1:15pm

Barrett Brown, the American Journalist accused of computer crimes after linking to material posted online by anonymous hacktivists, will have to wait a few more weeks to learn his fate.

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[l] at 12/16/14 12:45pm

In this National Geographic feature on the future of food, a map that illustrates how much of the world's crops are grown for people to eat directly (green), compared to crops grown for biofuel or to feed animals.

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[l] at 12/16/14 12:25pm
Dr.+Dre+Hay

A clever tchotchke created by Hannah Rothstein. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 12:20pm
"The question is not whether or not to mine them, but rather how." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 12:14pm
June 7, 2010: Apple CEO Steve Jobs poses with the new iPhone 4 during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. [Reuters]


June 7, 2010: Apple CEO Steve Jobs poses with the new iPhone 4 during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. [Reuters]

A jury today ruled in favor of Apple in a long-running, class-action lawsuit that charged the tech giant with antitrust law violations over suppressing competition for iPod music devices. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 12:02pm

"Many cats have an aversion to being wrapped or being dressed up and are not toys. Please do not attempt to recreate this scene if your pet is unwilling to remain still." (more…)

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[l] at 12/16/14 11:59am
The Apple logo is illuminated in red at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue to mark World AIDS Day, in the Manhattan borough of New York December 1, 2014. [Reuters]


The Apple logo is illuminated in red at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue to mark World AIDS Day, in the Manhattan borough of New York December 1, 2014. [Reuters]

Apple today stopped all online sales in Russia, citing “extreme” ruble fluctuations. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 11:47am

“Have you heard the screams of a prisoner who is being tortured in America’s war on terror? I can’t forget them,” writes Peter Maass at The Intercept.

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[l] at 12/16/14 11:20am

Today, a judge in Dallas will decide the fate of journalist Barrett Brown, who is being sentenced in a case that has been fraught with controversy and deplorable conduct by the Justice Department from its beginning in 2013.

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[l] at 12/16/14 11:09am

A new analysis of NASA satellite data reveals that it will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers), which is about 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest reservoir in the USA, to recover from California's continuing drought.

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[l] at 12/16/14 10:56am
This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere, implying both types of activity occur on modern Mars. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SAM-GSFC/Univ. of Michigan


This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere, implying both types of activity occur on modern Mars.
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SAM-GSFC/Univ. of Michigan

Potentially big news from space today. NASA announces that its Mars Curiosity rover "has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 10:51am
The tech reporter is expected to be sentenced by a judge today in a highly controversial case brought by the Justice Department. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 10:34am

Just released today is Pippi Won’t Grow Up, Drawn and Quarterly’s third volume of Pippi Longstocking comics. Last spring I reviewed the hilarious second volume, Pippi Fixes Everything, and this one is just as whimsical, humorous and utterly charming. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 10:33am
"Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made," reads the hackers' note. "The world will be full of fear." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 10:15am
httsp://youtu.be/Pj2ceEcpbgg

A compilation of cats destroying Christmas trees.

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

The fantastic Futility Closet podcast is a show about entertaining oddities and lateral thinking puzzles. The producers have started using Patreon as a way for listeners to support the show. if you've enjoyed listening to the Futility Closet, please consider pledging your support.

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[l] at 12/16/14 10:01am

cityJordan Hoffman of Playboy has ranked all 695 episodes of every Star Trek series, with comments on each episode. It's a monumental effort that could be a book.

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[l] at 12/16/14 10:01am
Meet one man who survived CIA torture–-including solitary confinement, which he says was the worst. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/16/14 9:46am

An Indiegogo campaign inspired by the Serial podcast is underway to develop a platform for crowdsourcing crime solving.

CrowdSolve will supposedly provide a home for the public documents, a forum for debating theories and visualization tools for making presentations and videos. The money from Indiegogo will pay for the construction of the app and for the fees used to acquire the public documents, which Mr. Heilbut estimates is about $10,000 per case.

Serial-inspired vigilante app will help the Internet investigate unsolved crimes

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[l] at 12/16/14 9:38am

Back in the mid-90s, late game maker Theresa Duncan made some unconventional, ground-breaking CD games based on the everyday experiences of young girls.

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[l] at 12/16/14 9:37am

At Motherboard, Claire Evans presents a brilliant "Oral History of the First Cyberfeminists, sharing bits of her correspondence with pioneering Australian tech-goddesses Josephine Starrs, Julianne Pierce, Francesca da Rimini and Virginia Barratt, four net artists who worked together under the pseudonym "VNS Matrix".

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[l] at 12/16/14 9:30am

"Gordon Ramsey would probably be angry, but he doesn't have to eat my food."

Licia Prehn has congenital cataracts and sees about 2% of 20/20 vision. [via]

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[l] at 12/16/14 9:25am

“Because they look like punk rockers in the 70s and 80s and they have purple blood and live in such an extreme environment, we decided to name one new species after a punk rock icon,” said Shannon Johnson, a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

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[l] at 12/16/14 9:16am

The falling price of oil is causing problems for Russia's economy, says Matt O'Brien of the Washington Post. The ruble is down 50% against the dollar this year.

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[l] at 12/16/14 8:32am

No wonder so many comic book superheroes got their superpowers from radioactivity. In the 1950s. some people thought uranium dirt was good medicine.

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[l] at 12/16/14 7:47am


Canterbury Christ Church University refused to give the Kent police a list of the attendees at a debate on fracking, despite the cops insistence that they needed to have the names to assess "the threat and risk for significant public events in the county to allow it to maintain public safety." Read the rest

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

There are a lot of album of the year lists, but Hype Machine's Zeitgeist 2014 list is a bit special. A diverse group of contributors have each kicked in a song that's perfect for every moment or mood, whether that's "Remembering you're in love and climate change is probably 50 years away from flooding the West Coast and maybe things aren't so bad" (that's Allo Darlin's 'Romance and Adventure'), or "Walking Home Alone from the Club at 4 AM" (that's 'Bae HD' from Starfoxxx).

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[l] at 12/16/14 5:43am
Blog Features Forums About Us

By Nicole Dieker

So here’s how it happened.

I'm cold. What if I bought a kigurumi?

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[l] at 12/16/14 3:19am

Hosted on github, Depeche Mood is a lexicon of 37,000 emotional terms, part of the research work in DepecheMood: a Lexicon for Emotion Analysis from Crowd-Annotated News [PDF]. (via O'Reilly Radar)

(Image: rageface_sad_crying, Meme TN, CC-BY)

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[l] at 12/16/14 2:11am


The fetishization of "correct" English -- which is to say, white, wealthy English -- is in direct opposition to everything that makes English such a glorious drunkard's debauch of a language. Read the rest

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

Zombie artist George Pfau sends us, "Zombies Identified: A slideshow-lecture performed for BAASICS 5:Monsters, a free event at ODC Theater in San Francisco." Read the rest

[Category: Video, art, death, happy mutants, scholarship, videos, zombies]

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


Vinyl Record Eaters is Greg Durt's Etsy store for laser-cut record-clocks (made from unplayable, scratched records) that sport clever silhouettes from pop culture: Daryl from Walking Dead, Walking Dead execution, Lightsaber battle, Hobbit march, Godzilla eats New York and cities of the world! Read the rest

[Category: Image, etsy, fanac, Gadgets, happy mutants, housewares, makers, star wars, zombies]

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[l] at 12/15/14 6:45pm
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Survival Systems USA teaches civilians how to walk (or swim) away from aircraft crashes in water. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 6:22pm
Rodham E. Tulloss, a 70-year-old retired electronics engineer in Roosevelt, N.J., has one of the world's largest and most scientifically important collections of Amanita mushrooms in the world. It's in his garage. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 6:05pm

"The Art of Making A Book."

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[l] at 12/15/14 5:57pm

A northern white rhino named Angalifu died at age 44 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, leaving only 5 left of the subspecies in the world.

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[l] at 12/15/14 3:14pm
Officials say garden shrooms are never used in the palace kitchens. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 2:55pm
Racism rewires white people's brains to perceive black people as an implicit threat. The good news: it's reversible. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 2:39pm
U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray in Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (Reuters)


U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray in Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (Reuters)

What a sad world we live in, when a coalition of medical professionals has to issue a press release announcing this most obvious of obvious observations about so-called “anal feeding” of war-on-terror detainees. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 2:33pm

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This holiday pareidolia beats the Virgin Mary in a tortilla. (more…)

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[l] at 12/15/14 2:19pm
BriskEnviousGraywolf [via]

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[l] at 12/15/14 2:17pm

As you watch this video, remember: it's not actually cool to use laser pointers on animals.

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[l] at 12/15/14 2:03pm
encryptmas

A fun online advent calendar from Privacy International.

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:50pm

Our guest this week on the Cool Tools Show podcast is Ryan Block. He’s the co-founder of gdgt, and the co-founder and former editor of Engadget.

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:36pm

When I need to scoop, scrape, or stir, I reach for my silicone spoon spatula. It's got a steel interior to make it rigid (but springy), and is covered in silicone, which can handle 600 degrees F without burning.

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:23pm

bdt

For sheer excitement value I'm going with blazing death torch.

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:16pm

Our family friend Sunny is a great ukulele player and project maker. Here's here new web series, Life Hacks for Kids.

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:07pm

"Mythbusters fire a soccer ball at 50mph out of a cannon on a truck driving at 50mph in the opposite direction." [via]

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[l] at 12/15/14 12:59pm

shoes

Among other pranksterish activities, Artist Miguel Marquez creates works of art simply by adding signage to things that are already there.

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[l] at 12/15/14 12:29pm

I had to try this $5 knockoff of my favorite pen, the Parker 51.

The burgundy colored Parker 51 has been one of my go to pens for decades.

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[l] at 12/15/14 12:21pm
Tara Marsden tells the story of a corporation exploiting the newest renewable energy source: pain. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 11:46am
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White wine goes with fish and red wine goes with meat. But some new research from the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford has apparently unearthed evidence of an implicit relationship between what we eat and what we hear -- between taste and pitch, as Scientific American reports. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 11:39am

One of my favorite games of recent years, Papers, Please, just appeared on iPad. It'll be a good fit for the platform, and I hope this means more people will get to play it.

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[l] at 12/15/14 10:50am

Arvind Gupta, master of making toys from trash, shows you how.

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[l] at 12/15/14 10:50am

Longtime Boing Boing pal Tara "Tiger" Brown co-founded LA Makerspace, the first kid and family-friendly makerspace/hackerspace in Los Angeles. Today, she shares word of a terrific new crowdfunding project: Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 10:42am

Tile for iOS - For Finding Anything and Everything

I waited months for my Tiles to show up. I can now find my wallet, keys and my Kindle Voyage.

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[l] at 12/15/14 10:39am

One of my favorite comic book series in recent years is Viktor Kalvachev’s Blue Estate, a hardboiled crime series that takes place in modern day Los Angeles. It’s got a sleazy action hero actor with a passing resemblance to Steven Seagal, the Russian Mafia, the Italian Mafia, a geeky fanboy private eye in his 40s, a B-movie actress, drugs, alcohol, strippers, hookers, and seedy establishments. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Crime Fiction, graphic novels]

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[l] at 12/15/14 10:33am
DO NOT WANT.

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[l] at 12/15/14 10:20am

“Yes it's real and it's an analog oscilloscope.” (more…)

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[l] at 12/15/14 9:31am

What Is Life? Is Death Real? Neither of this questions are answered in this video, but the narrator has an appealing authoritave voice, and the animation is fantastic.

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[l] at 12/15/14 9:29am
Enjoy this genuinely nightmarish visit with Ralph Platt in God's great outdoors, where he joins the birds of the forest in giving song to the pipe organ music of Lorin Whitney. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Video, Christians, music, nightmares]

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[l] at 12/15/14 9:21am
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[l] at 12/15/14 9:19am


As Schneier points out, the way this is spun ("only 39% of people did something because of Snowden") is bullshit: the headline number is that more than 700 million people are in the market for a product that barely exists, and that could make more money than Facebook if you get it right. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, crypto, privacy, schneier, security, surveillance]

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[l] at 12/15/14 9:02am

Terrorism suspects were four times more likely to confess "when interrogators struck a neutral and respectful stance," according to a study published this year.

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[l] at 12/15/14 8:49am

The former US vice president was on TV this weekend to defend the Bush administration torture program that he oversaw. His argument was that the 9/11 terrorists were the real torturers and therefore how dare anyone say the US's “enhanced interrogation techniques” were wrong?

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[l] at 12/15/14 8:26am

In my spare time, when I'm not protecting wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation or guest-blogging for Animal Planet and here at Boing Boing, I'm also the co-host of a podcast called The Elfquest Show, about one of America's longest-running fantasy series, with my fellow uber-geek Ryan Browne.

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[Category: Post, Comic Books, dark horse comics, digital comics, elves, fantasy, geek, podcasts, Richard Pini, soundcloud, The Elfquest Show, wendy pini]

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[l] at 12/15/14 8:25am

The British Medical Journal has published a paper investigating the lack of up to date magazines in the waiting rooms of medical practices.

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[l] at 12/15/14 7:57am
Zack Giallongo is an illustrator and comics artist. His graphic novel Broxo is full of adventure, and his original comic Ewoks: Shadow of Endor is a must-read for Star Wars fans. Read the rest

[Category: Post, adventure time, broxo, cowboy curtis, cutter, ewoks, Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy, ian lender, jessica fletcher, labrynth, large marge, madcoil, minotaur, murder she wrote, Pee-Wee Herman, princess leia, Rocket Raccoon, star wars, Zack Giallongo]

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

Photo: Reuters

Jetta Rae Robertson brings us the concerning view from the front line of recent Berkeley protests on recent police violence against black people: The black organizers of the protests have been rapidly racked with a two-front conflict; they crawl along reclaimed city streets to avoid being kettled in by a militarized police force as the ever-prying hands of jilted and restless white “activists” try to wrest control of the space and spirit of this movement so they can smash bike shops and kick police barricades (as some were reportedly doing at last night's protest).

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[Category: Post, ferguson, protest]

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[l] at 12/15/14 7:18am

Photo: Andy Baio

When writer and technologist Andy Baio had a son, he thought it would be a good opportunity for an experiment (as you do): I love games, and I genuinely wanted Eliot to love and appreciate them too.

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[Category: Post, arcades, nostalgia, parenting, Spelunky]

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[l] at 12/15/14 7:17am

The Ludum Dare international game jam is probably the largest event of its kind -- and the longest running, at over 12 years.

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[l] at 12/15/14 5:22am


Any digital text can be read aloud through text-to-speech, granting people with visual impairments the basic human right to read -- unless there's DRM in the way. Read the rest

[Category: Post, 1201, accessibility, ada, Copyfight, dmca, drm, jailbreaking]

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[l] at 12/15/14 3:01am


The $50 Captain America costume hoodie at Thinkgeek uses a sublimated printing process to cover the whole garment with fool-the-eye superhero designs.

[Category: Post, Comics, costumes, fashion, gift guide, superheros]

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[l] at 12/15/14 2:35am

The Village Voice rounds up the ten cruellest, most outright criminal landlords in the five boroughs for 2014, including voyeurs, arsonists, thugs and bullies -- and then there's Robin Shimoff:

The company 3525 Decatur Avenue LLC tops out the Public Advocate's list of the city's worst landlords with a whopping 3,352 open violations across 13 properties -- including the worst building in the city, 940 Grand Concourse, whose 660 violations include overflowing garbage rooms, leaky ceilings, and rat infestations so bad that tenants are afraid of walking through the hallways.

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[l] at 12/15/14 2:34am

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:52am


Charlie Stross's "Merchant Princes" series-- a sly, action-packed romp that blends heroic fantasy, military science fiction, economics, politics, and alternate worlds -- originally published as six mass-market paperbacks, is now available in three handy trade-paperbacks. Read the rest

[Category: Image, books, economics, fantasy, History, military, politics, science fiction]

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:30am


"His hair was whiter than his flesh. Thick whorls of ice embedded his beard in icicles like a January cataract; more separated the thick hairs of his eyebrows into individual daggers, pushed back by the yuletide winds of the stratosphere so that they swept down to meet at the bridge of his narrow, blue-tinged nose." Read the rest

[Category: Image, books, happy mutants, horror, science fiction, xmas]

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:24am


This humongous power-plug is a MacArtney Wet Mate Connector that allows undersea cables for floating windmills to be connected below the water's surface. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, Engineering, Gadgets, power]

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:14am


All Thumbs has devised a method for molding your own sugar-based hot-glue-gun sticks that you can feed into an unused and uncontaminated gun to produce perfect gingerbread-house-building molten sugar adhesive. Read the rest

[Category: Post, carbs, Food, happy mutants, howto, makers, not food, xmas]

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:06am


These are a refreshing antidote to the Metropolitan London Police's poster campaign trumpeting their 2014 achievements. Read the rest

[Category: Post, activism, london, police, racism, uk]

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[l] at 12/15/14 1:00am

Bryant Cochran was chief judge of Murray County Magistrate Court when a woman reported him for hitting on her while she entered his chambers to take out assault warrants following an attack on her. Read the rest

[Category: Post, christ what an asshole, corruption, crime, georgia, law, Sex]

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[l] at 12/15/14 12:51am


By converting the time to a hex-value, the What colour is it? clock does a lovely job of showing the relationships between adjacent colors in the "Web-safe" color palette. (via Waxy)

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[l] at 12/15/14 12:29am


Macedonia kidnapped a German citizen called Khalid al-Masri and sent him to the CIA, mistaking him for a similarly named terror suspect; the CIA tortured him in Afghanistan and held him even after they realized they had the wrong name. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 12:19am


Part of the debate about the CIA Torture Report is whether torture works as a means of gathering useful intelligence; scholarly work has long held that it doesn't. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/15/14 12:06am

The Toronto Library Board appointed by the disgraced former mayor Rob Ford has continued its programme of cutting library budgets, cutting way past the bone and threatening the Toronto public library system altogether. Read the rest

[Category: Post, class war, laughable bumblefuck, libraries, petitions, piketty, toronto]

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


Xnet is a Spanish collective that invites the public to leak evidence of corruption using the Tor anonymizer, then uses those leaks to bring private criminal complaints against officials and corporations. Read the rest

[Category: Post, activism, Business, corruption, crypto, happy mutants, Journalism, spain, wikileaks]

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

Return to Boing Boing

Here's a guide to the charities the Boingers support in our own annual giving. As always, please add the causes and charities you give to in the forums!

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[l] at 12/14/14 4:36pm

In 1989, Michael Galinsky, then 20, photographed mall culture around the United States. This time capsule of consumerism, fashion, video walls, and retail hell can be relived in Galinsky's monograph, Malls Across America, or this image gallery at Rumur. (via Juxtapoz)

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[l] at 12/14/14 4:19pm
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Over at Medium, Spencer Tweedy, 18, posted lovely black-and-white film camera shots and personal recollections of his recent musical tour with his dad, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, in support of their debut album Sukierae.

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[l] at 12/14/14 4:05pm

Industrial band Skinny Puppy sent a $666,000 invoice to US Department of Defense for allegedly using its music to torture prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

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[l] at 12/14/14 3:54pm

The truth is far out there.

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[l] at 12/14/14 3:49pm

Could we be living in the past of a parallel universe? University of Oxford physicist Julian Barbour delivers this headspinner:

“This two-futures situation would exhibit a single, chaotic past in both directions, meaning that there would be essentially two universes, one on either side of this central state,” Barbour tells Scientific American.

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[l] at 12/14/14 8:46am
The Kinky Coloring Book 3

Sort of a kama sutra for colored pencils, this holiday season the Kinky Coloring Book 3 joins the other adult coloring book in my collection.

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


High-end shoemaker Oliver Sweeney offers a pair of shoes with a compartment in the sole that holds a Johnnie Walker miniature (or you could put better booze in there), and features a clear panel that reveals the bottle when you shoe someone your soles. Read the rest

[Category: Image, booze, fashion, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, uk]

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[l] at 12/14/14 12:46am

When Pomplamoose's Jack Conte disclosed the complex finances in the band's latest tour, other artists and the wider public raised a critical chorus of armchair quarterbacking, decrying the band's decisions and financial acumen -- a dismal rerun of the inevitable, reflexive social punishment that discourages transparency in the arts. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/13/14 11:09am
Led by the families of black men and children killed by police in recent high-profile cases, thousands are marching in the nation's capital today to demand “Justice For All.” Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, #blacklivesmatter, #justiceforall, #justicemarch, #marchforjustice, ferguson, icantbreathe]

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[l] at 12/13/14 10:49am

Common Core teaches our kids different methods than we learned to get to the same answers. To help my 2nd grader, and I, with her Common Core skills I use these Carson-Dellosa workbooks for Math and Language.

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[l] at 12/13/14 12:08am


Areaware's Liquid Body Flask is a polished, stainless steel flask (6.5" x 3.4" x 0.8") that looks like it's formed from mylar. (via Canopy)

[Category: Post, booze, Gadgets, happy mutants, housewares]

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[l] at 12/13/14 12:02am


Portland's Lisa Pierce makes amazing, whimsical menorahs and candlesticks that look like metallic creatures (they're painted plastic toys), including the Menorasaurus Rex, the treyfe-a-riffic Menobster, and these T-Rex candle-holders. Read the rest

[Category: Image, dinosaurs, etsy, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, housewares, judiasm, makers, not food]

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[l] at 12/12/14 11:54pm


Amy Barnes was jailed and held in solitary in 2012 when she called out "fuck the police" as she bicycled past Cobb County cops who were questioning a suspect by the roadside. Read the rest

[Category: Post, ferguson, free speech, georgia, law, police]

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[l] at 12/12/14 11:36pm


Jen Wang, the artist and writer who co-created the New York Times bestselling graphic novel In Real Life with me, is selling off her original art from the book. Read the rest

[Category: Post, art, Comics, Games, gift guide, happy mutants, mmorpgs, ya]

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


A move to save money by merging the Lords' and Parliament's catering has come under fire because some Lords fear that the quality of the free Champagne will decline as a result. Read the rest

[Category: Post, booze, class war, corruption, lords, one percent, uk]

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[l] at 12/12/14 5:45pm

Demonstrators are staging mass "whistle-blowing" rallies at NYPD police stations throughout New York tonight, kicking off a second weekend of protests against the killing of Eric Garner.

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[l] at 12/12/14 5:40pm

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A photo by Eric Sonstroem, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 12/12/14 5:16pm
The 2014 Geminids peak over the next few days, and it's likely to be a particularly beautiful display. Can't get to a city-light-free spot? Watch 'em online! Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 2:53pm
Just another day in America, guys. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 2:49pm
A new Miami Herald piece contains graphic details of torture which sane people should find revolting. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 2:34pm
USAID's sneaky infiltration of Cuba's hip-hop subculture to spark a youth movement against the Cuban government cost a lot of money, and accomplished nothing but new ill will toward the USA. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 2:13pm

potato1In Fargo, North Dakota, two brothers were convicted this week of destroying potatoes so they could collect crop insurance payments. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 2:07pm
The inequality gap between white families and black and Latino households is the highest it's been since the late 1980s. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 1:52pm
The inequality gap between white families and black and Latino households is the highest it's been since the late 1980s. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 1:38pm
A complete comic story, told on beer bottle labels. By Jason Aaron and Walking Dead co-creator Tony Moore. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, beer, Comic Books, walking dead, zombies]

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[l] at 12/12/14 1:32pm
The report issued today by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner found that the sixth-grader died of one shot to the abdomen. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 1:17pm
Sexy, ethereal, gorgeous images. Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 1:07pm
The Fulton St. subway stop serves the Financial District of lower Manhattan. It used to clear out after work, but more people are living there. So, where to get a good bite to eat? Read the rest

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

Enjoy this fun volunteer outreach video project created by the Pathways Interns of NASA's Johnson Space Center. “All About That Space” was created as a parody of Meghan Trainor’s pop hit “All About That Bass,” to raise interest and excitement for Orion's first flight. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 12:06pm
A U.S. judge orders the government to decide by next Tuesday if they're going to force New York Times reporter James Risen to testify, once and for all. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 12:00pm
A U.S. judge orders the government to decide by next Tuesday if they're going to force New York Times reporter James Risen to testify, once and for all. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 11:49am
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I measured the Bialetti 06816 Bicchierini Espresso Cups using Marie Kondo's yardstick.* I'm keeping them. Read the rest

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

An anonymous editor at 156.33.241.11 -- registered to the US Senate -- has repeatedly attempted to scrub the word "torture" from the Wikipedia entry from Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture. Read the rest

[Category: Image, cia torture, corruption, torture, wikipedia]

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[l] at 12/12/14 10:52am

Here is a snapshot of my room in 1979: A box of Warren horror magazines, with assorted outliers such as Psycho and Scream; a stack of Dungeons & Dragons books, including some of the earlier supplements such as Eldritch Wizardry; a shelf displaying various Aurora monster models; a bookshelf holding any number of supernatural and horror short story anthologies; and my beloved but completely dog-eared copy of A Pictorial History of Horror Movies by Denis Gifford. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 10:42am
Just in time for the Christmas season, Bob Knetzger has instructions to build your own tiny child-nabber. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, family, how-do, krampus]

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[l] at 12/12/14 9:42am
  Erica Garner, 24, daughter of Eric Garner, staging a "die-in" at the spot on the pavement where her father died at the hands of NYPD officers. The officers were not charged with any crime. Photo: Aaron-Stewart Ahn.



Erica Garner, 24, daughter of Eric Garner, staging a "die-in" at the spot on the pavement where her father died at the hands of NYPD officers. The officers were not charged with any crime. Photo: Aaron-Stewart Ahn.

Filmmaker Aaron-Stewart Ahn (Twitter) has been documenting the protest movement in New York sparked by the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, at the hands of New York police. One of the most inspiring figures at these recent protests is Erica Garner, 24, daughter of the deceased. Last night she led a march to the site where her father was killed. When she arrived, she staged a “die-in,” which has become a symbol of this movement.

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[l] at 12/12/14 9:30am
Nathaniel Burney continues his project to create an entire law-degree in comic-book form with The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Procedure, Vol I: Parts 1-3, the followup to his brilliant 2012 book Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law. Never has the Fourth Amendment been more graphic and accessible: Cory Doctorow is learning everything he needs for a life of successful criminal law and/or crime. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, books, Comics, gift guide, happy mutants, law, Reviews]

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[l] at 12/12/14 9:15am

A country girl (more…)

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

From the comic book biography of John Wilcock, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. See previous installments here and here.

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[l] at 12/12/14 8:51am

In Vanity Fair, supermodel Beverly Johnson shares her account of being drugged and assaulted by Bill Cosby.

[Cosby] offered me a cappuccino from the espresso machine.

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

City officials in Brooklyn, NY have welded merry-go-rounds and other playground equipment to make them immobile. They said it was necessary to keep kids from injuring themselves.

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[l] at 12/12/14 8:08am

It doesn't get cuter then Benjamin the baby goat. This BBC video has been making the rounds on social media, and you can practically here the collective "SQUUUUUUEEEEEEE!"

Most people's natural reaction to Benjamin's adorableness is to say "I want a baby goat!" While I don't encourage impulse buying of pets, you CAN adopt an unwanted goat and give it a home if you meet the requirements.

[Category: Post, Video, bbc, Benjamin the goat, goat, pet adoption]

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[l] at 12/12/14 7:51am
I'm totally going to own that the homoerotic undercurrent of the History Channel series Vikings is one of its biggest draws. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Video, History Channel, vikings]

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[l] at 12/12/14 7:48am
The world of Bigfoot is no stranger to scheisters and hoaxers. In fact, the entire phenomenon could be nothing more than a mix of chicanery, misidentification and gullibility. Read the rest

[Category: Post, bigfoot, Cryptozoology, Daniel Falconer, Les Stroud, Phil Poling, sasquatch, Survivorman, Todd Standing]

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[l] at 12/12/14 7:45am
The holidays are here and everyone is shopping for their hams and turkeys. Enjoy this cautionary tale from The B-52s frontman Fred Schneider's side project, The Superions. Read the rest

[Category: Post, fred schneider, holidays, santa, The B-52s, the superions, yeti]

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[l] at 12/12/14 6:58am

If you grew up in the comfortable eighties, you might still have memories of the 16-bit console war, the perverse thrill of wishing for a Super Nintendo or a Sega Genesis, and then arguing with other children on the playground about which was better.

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[Category: Post, books, consoles, gifts, sega, video games]

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[l] at 12/12/14 6:54am

The visual style and fashion of Twin Peaks has never looked so cool as it does these days, if you ask me.

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[l] at 12/12/14 6:50am
Two recent Storify pages provide some fascinating insight on how this group came to conceive of "gamer" as a fictional "ethnicity" with a persecution complex (from Katherine Cross), as well as on how the cultural norms of Chan-style boards drive this perplexing clash with the realms of people's real working and social lives (from A_Man_in_Black). Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 3:33am

It's not just in the UK where planning mass-murder to achieve political aims doesn't count as terrorism (if you're a white supremacist and/or Christian fundamentalist) -- in the USA, groups like the Phineas Priesthood can inspire acts of wanton gunplay in populated cities without inspiring the zomgwereallgonnadiedrunhide 24-hour-news-cycle lunacy. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/12/14 3:31am


Vat 19's gummy python costs $150, but provides all the calories needed to keep you going for weeks, and has "incredible details" including "blended coloring, ridged coils, and thousands of individually carved scales" -- made in the USA, of course (not kosher or halal). (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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[l] at 12/12/14 3:04am

Timo from Digital Science writes, "Tis the season to be sciencey as once again we have put together a very serious Christmas video featuring Digital Science staff!" (more…)

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[l] at 12/12/14 12:17am


Crystal writes, "Love indie fiction? Want a choose-your-price set of Weird Fiction ebooks that will help support the Helsinki bid for Worldcon? We want to bring Worldcon to Helsinki in 2017, to boldly go where no Worldcon has gone before. Read the rest

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

A reader writes, "The USB Armory is full-blown computer (800MHz ARM® processor, 512MB RAM) in a tiny form factor (65mm x 19mm x 6mm USB stick) designed from the ground up with information security applications in mind." Read the rest

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


Roger Dingledine from the Tor Project writes, "One of our colleagues has been the target of a sustained campaign of harassment for the past several months. We have decided to publish this statement to publicly declare our support for her, for every member of our organization, and for every member of our community who experiences this harassment. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 11:54pm


Teachers from across America (including a Philly elementary school with a $160 annual budget for 400 students!) wrote to Gawker to explain what the No Child Left Behind, charter movement, and the overall war on teachers and education has turned America's classes into. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 11:47pm


IBM's Trusteer Rapport is a security package that many banks recommend to their customers -- but its latest license agreement includes this gem: Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 11:38pm


This is how they yarn-bomb in Iowa City. (via Ellen Kushner)

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

Thinkgeek's $60 replica tricorder is full-sized, plays real Leonard Nimoy-voiced Spock audio samples, and has a removable light-up scanner. (via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 12/11/14 5:28pm
In this photo from a protest in Oakland, an undercover police officer aims his loaded gun directly at a Reuters photographer. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 2:46pm
The names Joe Simon and Jack Kirby are synony­mous with comic books, and their partnership ush­ered in the Golden Age of comics starting in the 1940s. Together they created memorable characters such as Captain America and Sandman, invented romance com­ics, and raised the standard for the genres of western, crime, and horror comic books. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 2:10pm

Last year I reviewed Dan Lewis' book, Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts. Dan recently released a followup title, called Now I Know More, and like its predecessor, it's chock full of fascinating true stories about things you thought you already knew about.

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[l] at 12/11/14 12:41pm

zelda Zelda, a frequent guest on Boing Boing's Virgin America seatback channel, enjoys peering through a paper towel tube.

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[l] at 12/11/14 12:38pm


Miguel writes, "I tried to replicate an ancient Egyptian bread, starting with the right kind of wheat, the grinding and the baking... I also made a modernized version inspired by Egypt." Read the rest

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

It's a thank-you to the donors who took Patrick Rothfuss's Worldbuilders charity over the $600K mark -- Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were the first books I read to myself, I am married to an Alice, and the officiant at our wedding (a conjurer who wore Templar robes!) recited Jabberwocky in lieu of a sermon, so you could say that I like this poem: Link.

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

Singaporean artist Ivan Hoo uses pastels, colored pencils, and ink to create realistic drawings on cardboard. The cup on the right is the drawing.

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[l] at 12/11/14 11:43am


DJ Riko writes, "It's time once again for Merry Mixmas, a free Christmas music mix that is a holiday tradition dating back to 2002. This year's collection features some truly magnificent songs, with numbers new and old by performers big and small." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 11:37am
In this photo from a protest in Oakland, an undercover police officer aims his loaded gun directly at a Reuters photographer. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 11:35am

Theo Jansen's amazing, wind-walking Strandbeest (featured in my story the Man Who Sold the Moon) can be had as a 6"^3 snap-together, 80-piece, chunky "rhino" kit: assemble and blow on it and it will walk across your desk with the odd majesty of the Strandbeest. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 11:14am
In this photo from a protest in Oakland, an undercover police officer aims his loaded gun directly at a Reuters photographer. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 11:03am
In this photo from a protest in Oakland, an undercover police officer aims his loaded gun directly at a Reuters photographer. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 10:47am

There is no motorcycle more beautiful than the Airhead. This short documentary from 1976, in French, on the iconic German motorcycle is wonderful. I also just love the sound track.

The orange bike being crated around 0:17 is likely a 1976 R90s, perhaps my most longed for bike.

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

I enjoy bourbon but don't know much about it, so I ask bartenders and other knowledgeable people about it when I get the chance -- over and over again, I was counselled to look for "Angel's Envy." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 9:54am

Keurig's dumbass coffee-pod DRM tries to prevent your machine from brewing pods that don't come from Keurig, but you can defeat it in seconds with a single piece of tape. Read the rest

[Category: Video, Coffee, Copyfight, drm, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 12/11/14 9:31am

Since 1979, World War 3 Illustrated has been a forum for those who chafed at the treacly bromides of Ronald Reagan, who heaved on the endless hypocrisy of religion, who were seriously cheesed at the presumption of male politicians to deny woman their reproductive rights, and who had nothing but contempt for the fearmongering that followed the tragedy of 9/11.

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[l] at 12/11/14 9:22am

For people who enjoy drinking the sour weak coffee produced by Keurig machines, Gizmodo shows you how to trick the machines into accepting coffee pods that are missing the security chip.

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[l] at 12/11/14 8:58am

bunker-ringAs an iPhone 6 Plus owner, I'm interested in the Bunker Ring, a $16 device that attaches to the back of a phone or tablet, basically turning your phone into a giant finger ring.

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[l] at 12/11/14 8:54am

Emergency Alert!

A strange, loud tone and suddenly this message was on my iPhone. I had no idea the phone did this but certainly appreciate it!

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[l] at 12/11/14 8:35am

Mad Max: Beyond Mel Gibson, out next summer.

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[l] at 12/11/14 8:34am

It is not easy being a Dark Lord rising. Luckily Morden still has the handbook in this sequel, The Dark Lord's Handbook: Conquest.

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[l] at 12/11/14 8:21am

The US Patent and Trademark Office denied a Norwegian underwear manufacturer's application to register the brand name Comfyballs, explaining that it was too "vulgar" to trademark. Please post alternate names in the BBS. [via]

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[l] at 12/11/14 7:27am
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the C.I.A. considered operating overseas prisons similar to American penitentiaries, like the one in Florence, Colorado. [Photo: Bureau of Prisons via NYT]


After the Sept. 11 attacks, the C.I.A. considered operating overseas prisons similar to American penitentiaries, like the one in Florence, Colorado. [Photo: Bureau of Prisons via NYT]

In the New York Times today, essential reading on how the CIA's network of black sites and torture dungeons around the globe evolved into being. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 7:21am
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“Inhumane physical or psychological techniques are counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers.” Know who wrote that? The CIA, in a CIA manual. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 7:14am
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Wait for it.

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[l] at 12/11/14 7:08am
Oh yes, they're real alright. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 2:47am


EFF has secured a fund of matching grants -- all the donations that are made during the Power Up period are matched, dollar-for-dollar, doubling your donations! Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 2:21am


Link (via Diane Duane)

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[l] at 12/11/14 2:19am


Nerd hero and all-round awesomesauce dispenser Felicia Day has announced a memoir, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), which will be published in 2015. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 2:11am


Boetech makes custom, 3D printed cookie cutters: brains, hearts, and skulls (plus plenty of non-antomical designs, of course). Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 2:03am


Benjamin Harff produced a hand-illuminated edition of Tolkien's The Silmarillion (a famously dense set of myths and background for Middle Earth) as a final project at art school; in this interview, he explains his motivation and his process. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 1:53am


AP Works's Trick Mat is a placemat that mimics spacetime curvature; no word on whether or how it can be purchased, alas (though you could probably make a pretty good disposable facsimile with an inkjet printer and some vector-art software). (via Super Punch)

[Category: Image, design, happy mutants, housewares, Japan, physics]

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[l] at 12/11/14 1:47am

An anonymous editor at 156.33.241.11 -- registered to the US Senate -- has repeatedly attempted to scrub the word "torture" from the Wikipedia entry from Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 1:23am


Bobby Chen wrote his own petition to the Supreme Court over his suit against the City of Baltimore, which demolished his house and trashed all his stuff -- and the Supreme Court granted it. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 1:16am


The BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is in plans to build a themepark in the Thames estuary, in cooperation with a Kuwaiti property developer and Paramount Pictures. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 1:08am


Igor Verniy creates amazing steampunk animal junkbots from watch parts, car parts and electronic junk (here's his Etsy store); in this Bored Panda interview, he explains his process. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 1:01am


Both. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 12:49am


Spain's insane new compulsory fee for quoting news stories has shut down Google News there -- and will prevent any new news search-engines from emerging to replace it. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/11/14 12:39am


Yarin Gal's "Extrapolated Art" project uses Photomatch to expand the scenes in classic paintings beyond the boundaries of the canvas -- although it's a spookily convincing effect, it doesn't add much to the art (in most cases, anyway). (via Kottke)

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[l] at 12/11/14 12:34am


Dr Atul Gawande (whose Reith lecture on systems thinking I featured last week) took to Twitter to express his shock and disgust at the medical professionals who participated in the crimes documented in the CIA torture report. Read the rest

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

Jeremy writes, "Clemens Habicht's 1000 COLOURS is a CMYK colour gamut jigsaw puzzle of 1000 pieces. Each tile is an individual colour and the task is to place each colour exactly in relation to every other colour." Read the rest

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

Hugh Atkin (of Romney Raps Eminem fame) writes, "This is a new video I've made in response to repeated, identical claims of copyright infringement by Sony Music Entertainment in respect of my 2008 video 'Barackroll.' Every time I've challenged a complaint, they've let it lapse and then subsequently filed identical complaints."

[Category: Video, content id, Copyfight, corruption, politics, sony]

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[l] at 12/11/14 12:06am


A federal judge in New York has ruled that telling people where to get DRM-removal software isn't against the law -- it's a huge shift in the case-law around DRM, and it's an important step in the right direction. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 10:37pm
J659 Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and fetish/bondage outfitter The Stockroom developed a new guitar strap that converts into a BDSM restraint.

Dave Navarro: The Strap (NSFW)

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

I'm thrilled that the good people at Superior Viaduct records are reissuing Alain Goraguer's beautiful and strange score to the beautiful and strange French science fiction animated film, La Planète Sauvage (1973).

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[l] at 12/10/14 9:53pm
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Gardener and birder Thomas Poulsom's beautiful set of LEGO model birds will go on sale January 1. The set includes a Blue Jay, Hummingbird, and a Robin. LEGO Birds

And here's an interview with Poulsom from last year on Two Birders and Binoculars.

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[l] at 12/10/14 9:43pm

"The Birth of a Snowflake" by Armand9x. (more…)

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[l] at 12/10/14 9:37pm

Mad Max: Beyond Mel Gibson, out next summer.

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[l] at 12/10/14 5:38pm
Scientist and inventor Cliff Pickover introduces his newest book on the beauty of math, The Mathematics Devotional Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 4:04pm

Hurray! A new short film by stop-motion artist PES. In this one, a butcher makes a tasty sub sandwich out of baseball mitts, and other non-edible stuff.

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[l] at 12/10/14 3:04pm
Ramon Perez-Rivera, alleged master identify thief.


Ramon Perez-Rivera, alleged master identify thief.

An elderly Mexican man who lived illegally in the United States for decades has been arrested in an ID theft scheme that prosecutors say was so clever, “a court unwittingly changed the name of the U.S. citizen whose identity he assumed to his own real name.” Read the rest

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

This week we're busy. We congratulate the winners of several year-end awards. We kick off our December book pick, The Night Circus, a beautiful novel by Erin Morgenstern.

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[l] at 12/10/14 2:45pm
The man who led the CIA during George W. Bush's second term said today, "I didn't lie and I didn't mislead Congress" about torturing war-on-terror detainees. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 2:40pm

From World's Best Ever: "Asia Carrera aka Asia Lemmon aka Jessica Steinhauser is the 4th person in the United States to be permitted to exercise her religious freedom and don the cap of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for her driver’s license photo." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 2:33pm
Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden (Larry Downing/Reuters)


Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Michael Hayden, who led the CIA during George W. Bush's second term said today, "I didn't lie and I didn't mislead Congress" about torturing war-on-terror detainees during Bush's presidency. Read the rest

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

Ben Edelman, the Harvard Business School professor who played hardball with a Chinese restaurant who overcharged him, has posted an apology on his website:

Many people have seen my emails with Ran Duan of Sichuan Garden restaurant in Brookline.

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[l] at 12/10/14 2:13pm

The U.S. Navy has released a video of a new laser weapon performing perfectly during tests completed in November. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 2:04pm
In Richard McGuire's time-bending graphic novel Here, the past, present and a vividly imagined future are all set in the same specific location. By Patrick Lohier. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 1:54pm
Mark Kersten explores the question at Justice in Conflict blog. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 1:31pm

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Don't miss this op-ed in the New York Times, by former Iraq interrogator Eric Fair. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 11:00am

Ben Edelman (left) is an associate professor at Harvard Business School. Last week he ordered take-out Chinese food and when he looked at the receipt he learned that he'd been overcharged $4.

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

Sometimes the blood you see in a movie isn't fake, but the result of a real injury. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 10:34am
This episode is brought to you by Chronicle Books release of Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 3 & 4. Read the rest

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

Online harassment is real, it's terrible, and tech companies can and should do more about it -- but when the normally sensible Jessica Valenti wrote in the Guardian that tech companies could solve online harassment in a snap by implementing a system like Youtube's Content ID, she wasn't just wrong, she was dangerously wrong. Read the rest

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

If you’re a fan of 1960s lowbrow culture you know his art, but you might not know his name or his story.

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[l] at 12/10/14 10:09am

I amuse myself (and sometimes others) with my email sig, which makes you promise to release me from any agreements I've gotten into with your employer -- but it turns out I'm a rank amateur. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 8:47am
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At The Message, BB pal Andy Baio wrote a fantastic piece about the experiment he is running with his ten-year-old son: "What happens when a 21st-century kid plays through video game history in chronological order?" Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 8:25am

Remember Weebles? I had that airplane.

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


I've independently produced an audiobook edition of my nonfiction book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age, paying Wil Wheaton to narrate it (he did such a great job on the Homeland audiobook, with a mixdown by the wonderful John Taylor Williams, and bed-music from Amanda Palmer and Dresden Dolls. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 7:58am
Dolphin found washed up on Orange Beach after being shot by an arrow is the second dolphin to be killed violently by humans in the past two weeks. Photo: NOAA.


Dolphin found washed up on Orange Beach after being shot by an arrow is the second dolphin to be killed violently by humans in the past two weeks. Photo: NOAA.

Federal agents are hoping you can help them investigate the deaths of two dolphins violently killed by humans in the Northern Gulf of Mexico in the past two weeks. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 7:55am

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Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec's Incredible LEGO Technic: Cars, Trucks, Robots & More! is an inspiring gallery of amazing LEGO creations. Using the Technic system, and years of experience, Kmiec's work is stunning.

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[l] at 12/10/14 7:44am
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Students who think they're being taught by women give lower evaluation scores for those teachers than students who think they are being taught by men -- no matter who was actually teaching them. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 7:02am

I love this little video series from WNYC Radio: Bodega cats of New York City, voiced by the store owners whose little shops the cats live in. (more…)

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[l] at 12/10/14 6:52am
This is how evil explains itself: “The purpose was to facilitate getting actionable intelligence by making a bad cop bad that was enough that the person would engage with the good cop.” Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 6:07am
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[l] at 12/10/14 1:03am

Under the revived WIPO Broadcast Treaty, broadcasters would have the right to stop you from using public domain and CC-licensed video footage as you choose, effectively giving them a new copyright over material simply by sending it out over the air. Read the rest

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


As I wrote yesterday, 7th circuit judge Richard Posner's views on privacy (basically: "nothing to fear, nothing to hide" and "it should be illegal to made a phone the government can't search") are dismal and unsophisticated -- but they're also deeply hypocritical. Read the rest

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


The 15th Midwest Furfest was evacuated last week after 19 attendees were hospitalized by chlorine gas at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel; hazmat technicians cleared out an "intentional gas attack" apparatus in the 9th floor stairwell. Read the rest

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


Blackphone, the Swiss-based, secure hardware/OS mobile phone from PGP inventor Phil Zimmerman has announced that it will provide a store with privacy-oriented apps that are sandboxed to minimize data-misuse. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 12:08am

The administrators of The Pirate Bay had previously boasted that their servers were mirrored on cloud hosts all over the world, and that they could be back up and running very quickly after a raid, but the site's been down for a day and more now. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/10/14 12:02am


Before Reagan's FCC deregulated kids' TV and allowed toy-makers to produce 22-minute commercials disguised as cartoons, there had been major strides in de-gendering toys, grouping them by interest, rather than by constraining who was "supposed" to play with them. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 11:52pm


Shoe painter/modder Nixxi Rose made these Game of Thrones-themed shoes styled to look like the Iron Throne, covered in tiny swords. If you fancy making your own, here's her tutorial on the process. (via Geeky Merch)

[Category: Post, etsy, fantasy, fashion, gift guide, makers, shoes, tv]

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[l] at 12/9/14 11:45pm

Thanks to the bullying of UK PM David Cameron, everyone who signs up for an Internet account is asked "Would you like to keep 'adult content' blocked on this connection?" It's a misleading question. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 6:49pm
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Robert Bacon has created one hell of a mapsterpiece. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 6:28pm


A newspaper photographer reporting on a TGI Friday's flying "Mobile Mistletoe" drone had her face sliced open by the 23" drone's six bare rotors, and Friday's blamed her for the injury, saying she flinched when the restaurant's drone pilot landed a smaller copter on her outstretched hand. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 6:17pm
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH we introduce the Paleolithic Diet Craze: THE PLIO DIET!! "If you survive, you're fit!" Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 5:57pm

Designer Jessica Rosenkrantz writes, "I made this 3D printed dress and the MoMA just acquired it. This video, filmed at Shapeways factory showing the printing and depowdering of the dress (there's also this one, documenting the dress's sounds and movements). Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 4:37pm
Tina Aspiala's KnowCards are packs of cards with simple descriptions of components you can use to understand or design new products. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 4:02pm

My book Maker Dad has instructions for making this Mid-Century Modern rocking chair. The design is based on a chair that was built around 1950 by Alexey Brodovitch, a designer who was the art director at Harper's Bazaar from 1934 to 1958.

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[l] at 12/9/14 3:07pm

"Daddy, what did you do when you were in the CIA?"

"I raped detainees and stuffed food into their anuses, son."

"I hope I don't grow up to be a CIA agent like you, Daddy." From the LA Times:

At least five captives were subjected to painful rectal rehydration or rectal feeding, without documented medical necessity.

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[l] at 12/9/14 2:23pm
Ariel Waldman reports on how one of the world's poorest countries is tackling developmental challenges. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 2:18pm

I always have a deck of cards with me. If I am wearing one of my regular jackets, its highly likely I'll keep the deck in one of my beautiful card presses.

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[l] at 12/9/14 12:53pm

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The Talkase is a mini GSM standalone phone that snaps into an iPhone case. The $70 phone is described as a "must-have accessory for a mobile lifestyle." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 10:40am
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Futility Closet is Greg Ross' website (and podcast) of astounding and intriguing curiosities unearthed from old library books. Futility Closet 2 (the followup to last year's Futility Closet 1) is the second print collection of "entertaining oddities in history, literature, language, art, philosophy, and mathematics. Many of the wonderful things Greg finds would probably be lost forever if not for his hard work and keen sense of the unusual. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 10:19am

Designer Jessica Rosenkrantz writes, "I made this 3D printed dress and the MoMA just acquired it. This video, filmed at Shapeways factory showing the printing and depowdering of the dress (there's also this one, documenting the dress's sounds and movements). Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 9:52am

In May I reviewed Charles Burns’ surreal and darkly realistic graphic novels, X’ed Out (2010) and The Hive (2012), and now the eerie trilogy is complete with the release of Sugar Skull. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 8:44am
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green-catThe cat is obviously of Orion origin, but delusional conspiracy theorists claim it is green because it sleeps on "on the top of an abandoned pile of synthetic green paint in a garage." [via]

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[l] at 12/9/14 8:09am

In the category of must have immediately: Mr. Dalek Potato Head.

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[l] at 12/9/14 6:35am
Bruno took out several police vehicles. Good boy, Bruno! [TV3 via Reddit.]

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[l] at 12/9/14 6:27am
Bloodhound SSC aims to set the world Land Speed Record at 1,609 kph (1,000 mph) by 2016. Here's Oliver Franklin, quoting chief engineer Mark Chapman: "People ask me if Andy has an ejector seat. He doesn’t, because nobody has designed an ejector seat that can operate at Mach 1.4."

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[l] at 12/9/14 5:52am
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The Vega console is not merely modeled on the classic ZX Spectrum, one of the more striking early home-computer designs. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 5:39am
York University's Jim Austin, a teacher of neural computing, has accumulated some 1,000 machines across 30 years of collecting obsolete computers. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 5:38am
This American Life offshoot Serial, where Sarah Koenig is presently digging into the 1999 murder of 18 year-old Hae Min Lee, has become a sensation. Read the rest

[Category: Post, internet culture, mystery, podcasts, reddit, Serial]

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[l] at 12/9/14 5:35am
Polish developer 11bit Studios' recently-released This War of Mine, a bit of a different look at video games' favorite setting. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 3:55am


"Corporate sovereignty" -- in which foreign companies get to sue the government to penalize it for passing environmental and labor laws that undercut profits -- is the one of the most controversial elements of the TAFTA/TTIP trade agreement the EU is negotiating with the US. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 3:45am


99.8% of the $735 million paid out by in 9,225 large-city police misconduct settlements came from tax revenues; 0.2% was paid by the officers who committed the infractions. In more than 80 small/mid-sized cities studied, police officers contributed nothing to settlements for their misconduct. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 3:34am


A newspaper photographer reporting on a TGI Friday's flying "Mobile Mistletoe" drone had her face sliced open by the 23" drone's six bare rotors, and Friday's blamed her for the injury, saying she flinched when the restaurant's drone pilot landed a smaller copter on her outstretched hand. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/9/14 2:12am

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's got a nuanced view on the proposal to give cops body-cams, noting the ACLU's view that these cameras need to be carefully designed so that they don't violate the privacy of citizens or make it easy to cover up official corruption. Read the rest

[Category: Post, authoritarianism, Civlib, corruption, eff, police]

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[l] at 12/9/14 1:49am


Citizenfour, the acclaimed Laura Poitras documentary about Edward Snowden, has been given an R rating by the notoriously corrupt and opaque MPAA ratings board (see This Film Is Not Yet Rated). Read the rest

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

The golden age of Haunted Mansion merch continues to ripen, with this stretch gallery Tightrope Girl (AKA "Ballerina and Alligator"): $95 from the Disney Store. It's already sold out, but expect it on Ebay soon. (via Super Punch)

[Category: Post, Disney, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, haunted mansion, housewares]

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


From @tom7, the Entire Screen of One Game game is a brilliant, unwinnable, instantly addicting, frustrating, recursive game that is something like the Eames's Powers of Ten and something like Snake, and not quite like anything I've ever played. (via Waxy)

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[l] at 12/9/14 12:03am


A four-part series in the LA Times explores the corrupt labor conditions in Mexico's biggest farms, where the produce, destined for American grocers like Walmart and Whole Foods, is treated with infinitely more care than the workers, who are subject to illegal, inhumane treatment, including indentured servitude. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, corruption, globalism, labor, mexico, not food, piketty]

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[l] at 12/8/14 11:54pm

The golden age of Haunted Mansion merch continues to ripen, with this stretch gallery Tightrope Girl (AKA "Ballerina and Alligator"): $95 from the Disney Store. It's already sold out, but expect it on Ebay soon. (via Super Punch)

[Category: Post, Disney, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, haunted mansion, housewares]

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[l] at 12/8/14 11:47pm


The Das Keyboard 4 Professional Clicky marks the continuing evolution of the Austin company's tribute to the IBM Model M keyboards -- the indestructible, springy, clicky keyboard that was prized and hoarded by professionals for years after it was discontinued. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 10:46pm


It's $35/month for the service, from San Francisco's coolest indie ISP (founded by Rudy Rucker's son, Rudy Jr, it was the inspiration for Pigspleen, the fictional ISP in my novel Little Brother) and if you opt to pay a little extra, they'll install a free link in a low/medium income neighborhood, too. Read the rest

[Category: Post, connectivity, crowdfunding, free speech, happy mutants, net neutrality, san francisco, wireless]

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[l] at 12/8/14 9:59pm

Today marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, a masterpiece of hard bop, free jazz, and soulful spirituality. My family celebrated last night with the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in a rousing service at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.

Here is a 2012 NPR story about the 1964 recording: "The Story Of 'A Love Supreme'"

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[l] at 12/8/14 9:41pm

In the late 1960s, UFO homes like Finnish architect Matti Suuronen's Futuro Houses were the ultimate in space age cool. Then the 1970s oil shortage happened and the cost of plastic took off, making the Futuro Houses even less practical than they already were.

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[l] at 12/8/14 9:28pm

Max Shishkin's montage of cinematic depictions of outer space, from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) to Interstallar (2014). Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 9:18pm

From 1966, this far out mod commercial for the Kodak Instamatic camera with Flash Cubes!

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[l] at 12/8/14 9:12pm
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The Soarigami is a plastic divider meant to extend and split the shared airplane armrest.

Company spokesperson Arthur Chang says, "We do anticipate some travelers to have issues with sharing, we feel like this is a great conversation starter."

Welp, you lost me there.

Soarigami (via CNN)

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[l] at 12/8/14 9:06pm
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From our stupendous sponsor Shana Logic (and outer space) comes this Meteorite Vial Pendant Necklace filled with actual bits of the Campo del Cielo meteorite! To boot, the glass vial itself is capped with a silver-toned bullet shell casing. For more far out gifts, including high-quality, handmade, and independently-designed jewelry, artwork, apparel, and other curious creations, visit Shana Logic!

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[l] at 12/8/14 7:46pm
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Because pugs. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 7:30pm
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To this, we say yes. (more…)

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[l] at 12/8/14 7:16pm

Cooter the raccoon vs. a cheerleader, below.

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[via Sean Bonner]

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[l] at 12/8/14 7:02pm
“The pictures forming in my head are ones of domination over nature, the struggle of animals in a changing world,” the artist explains. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 6:19pm

“The heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe join in heart and song to wish you a Merry Christmas.” Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 6:13pm

“I built this whole board myself because I wanted the chips in the ultimate, perfect position.” Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs and designed the Apple I with him, remembers the early days in this Bloomberg video short.

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[l] at 12/8/14 6:09pm
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Beautiful work from Dan Elijah Fajardo, a graphic artist based in Manila. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 5:35pm

Helps me chill out.

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[l] at 12/8/14 5:13pm

Here's just one of many reasons why I like Jason Torchinsky: Last week, he strapped a couple of canned hams to the rear bumper of his Volkswagen Beetle and backed into another car, just to see what would happen.

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:54pm
How imaginary worlds can help save the real world, by Jason Louv Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:52pm

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Caution: this is not to be taken literally. (more…)

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:47pm

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Crafter Kate Park is a devoted fan of Morrissey and The Smiths, and is a very talented knitter. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:46pm

Happyiest of birthdays to longtime Boing Boing BBS community member Donald_Petersen!

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:27pm
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“The new (inexplicable amount of stock images of) women laughing alone with salad is women laughing alone with tablets.” (more…)

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:26pm

Sometimes I just need to sing and dance along with the iconic 1970s band The Bee Gees. Always loved 'em.

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[l] at 12/8/14 3:58pm

An instant holiday classic, by James Covenant. [video link]

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[l] at 12/8/14 3:49pm
Not just finely chop, but seriously super finely, and the chef also explains why you'd want to bother. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 3:31pm
Street Angel and her cosmonaut companion attempt to make nice with a slew of 500 year old conquistadors and an Incan god. By Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 2:02pm

Peruvian painter Alberto Vargas may be the most famous pin-up artist, but Gil Elvgren was the greatest. The massive book, Elvgren: His Life & Art, has the artist’s best paintings, and often the photographs of models Elvgren used for reference are printed side-by-side with the paintings. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 11:41am

For most of the 20th century, a man in black appeared each year at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. In the predawn hours of January 19, he would drink a toast with French cognac and leave behind three roses in a special pattern.

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[l] at 12/8/14 10:43am

Finally I can watch Space:1999 without it looking washed out and terrible. This season one collection of the fantastic show is beautifully restored and far too expensive.

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[l] at 12/8/14 10:39am

MacRumors takes a look at the Nintype keyboard for iOS ($4.99). Its psychedelic distortion interface is like something from a science fiction movie.

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[l] at 12/8/14 10:04am
Philanthropist Bill Gates recommends five favorite books he read this year. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 9:49am

Watch as Miss Alaska Tastee Freeze performs an innovative, hilarious rendition of Ilsa's big song.(via)

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[l] at 12/8/14 9:36am

Grumpy Cat's earnings from books, a film, and other products bearing his likeness have topped $100 million in two years.

"I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media and the phone simply hasn't stopped ringing since,” [says Grumpy Cat owner Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, Arizona.]

Grumpy’s earnings have dwarfed those of many of Hollywood’s biggest names such as Gwyneth Paltrow who, according to Forbes magazine, earned just over £12 million last year.

Grumpy cat makes owner £64 million

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[l] at 12/8/14 9:22am

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RIP, Frank and Louie, the world's oldest two-faced cat. He passed away peacefully at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuft's University in Grafton, Massachusetts, on Thursday morning. He was 15.

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[l] at 12/8/14 8:37am

MacRumors takes a look at the Nintype keyboard for iOS ($4.99). Its psychedelic distortion interface is like something from a science fiction movie.

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[l] at 12/8/14 8:37am

At Backchannel, Andrew Leonard tells the story of Dash and Dot, two darling robots designed to help kids learn to code.

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[l] at 12/8/14 8:09am


Vi Hart and Nicky Case created a brilliant "playable post" that challenges you to arrange two groups of polygons to make them "happy" by ensuring that no more than 2/3 of their neighbors are different. Read the rest

[Category: Post, graph theory, math, social justice, sociology, web theory]

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[l] at 12/8/14 8:01am

Your wallet is no-doubt stuffed with RFID-enabled bus-passes, door-cards, credit-cards and other tokens, any and all of which can be "ghost read" by sneaky readers -- hence the popularity of RFID-blocking wallets, like the $20 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. RFID Blocking Wallet.

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[l] at 12/8/14 5:45am

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Did you know you can enjoy raw eggs relatively fearlessly in the UK? As an American often found hiding out in England, I was surprised to learn that they don't have egg nog here. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 5:42am

You might know artist and designer Keita Takahashi for his iconic, idiosyncratic Katamari Damacy (previously). Last year, he joined Funomena to work with longtime friend and Journey producer Robin Hunicke on a brand-new game.

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[l] at 12/8/14 5:36am

This beautiful Toei Animation film, Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, was part of a Japanese film festival in 1975, and later reached the U.S.

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[l] at 12/8/14 5:34am
Grant Gould is probably most well known for his Star Wars trading card art and illustrating two Star Wars books, Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Draw Star Wars: Rebels. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 5:05am
After seeing my post here on Boing Boing that featured my giant Ewok Village diorama, the folks at the Who Wars podcast reached out to interview me about it—just one part of the latest episode. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:58am
Robert McMillan makes the case for Pets.com, WebVan and Flooz: "The world is ready to cash in on the worst ideas of the 1990s."

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:55am
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The Guardian looks at the latest diet sensation, which takes high-fat to an extreme: anything more than a handful carbs a day is forbidden, because the point is to put your body in a state of ketosis. I hope you like meat, eggs, greens and nuts! Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:43am

Photo: Heritage Auctions Though it didn't match the $4.2m fetched by a more famous later model, the 1963 Batmobile is the long-lost original, reports Reuters.

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:33am
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His victim was an elk. "Sending a cop to prison is a very tricky thing," said Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:20am
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Shinesty offered a full collection of eye-popping Christmas suits to enchant your friends and family with this holiday season, but made a critical mistake: none of them are three-piece. Alas, they're all sold out. Maybe next year!

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:14am

12-year-old yellow lab Allie is an expert at tipping trashcans, but she knows where the good stuff is kept. [via Arbroath]

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:11am

Sometimes a toy with a cheap sound chip will seem, vaguely, to be saying something bad or naughty. Not this one! [via]

Previously.

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[l] at 12/8/14 4:00am

Alan Light interviews Brian May and Roger Taylor and asks about what made the band tick, and about Freddy Mercury's final days.

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[l] at 12/8/14 3:29am

EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow's visionary 1996 text A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace has stirred hearts since he penned it in 1996 -- and now you can own a beautiful recording Barlow reading it in his wonderful, gravelly voice. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 12:26am


From the pull-down menus for Judy Venn & Associates, who hire out "talent" to work in trade-show booths: "Blackjack dealer, twins, yo-yo specialist..." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 12:17am

An excerpt from Linda Tirado's 2014 book Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America lays out some of the ways that being poor costs more than having a comfortable income -- it's more than having to pay for high daily rents in a motel because you can't afford first-and-last. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/8/14 12:11am

Toronto photographer Thomas Dagg produces artful shoops of landscapes with subtle Star Wars references worked into them. (more…)

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[l] at 12/8/14 12:05am


A plagiarized sex-ed textbook presented to Singapore junior college students by Focus on the Family volunteers left student Agatha Tan aghast, so she penned an open letter to her principal including photos of some of the more grossly offensive pages. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 11:48pm

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by the Republicans in the Michigan House of Reps, follows the same contours as the Arizona pro-bigotry law that Obama vetoed: it allows shopkeepers to discriminate against people they don't like if they claim their religion demands it. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 11:36pm


In 1985/86 the comic genius Kyle "Why I Hate Saturn" Baker interned at Marvel, where editor Jim Salicrup had him create "It's Genetic," a series of one-panel funnies making fun of superheros that ran in Marvel Age. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 10:39pm


Even if you think that IQ tests are unscientific mumbo-jumbo, it's amazing to learn that some US police departments don't, and furthermore, that they defended their legal right to exclude potential officers because they tested too high. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 9:35pm
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University of Wollongong researchers are developing edible electronics that are 3D printed from materials like gelatin. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 9:13pm
Over at Cuepoint, an interview with legendary video game music composer David Wise (Donkey Kong Country, etc.) whose sounds are widely sampled by the likes of Drake, Childish Gambino, and countless hip hop and chiptune musicians. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 8:57pm
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Kenji Yamaguchi is National Geographic's in-house camera hacker who mods lenses, builds "camera traps," and customizes gear of all kinds for the magazine's shooters in the field. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 8:46pm

Director Chritsophe Thockler used 8,500 printed photos, 400 of which he set on fire, to create this excellent stop-motion music video for Victoria+Jean's track "Why Won't You."

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[l] at 12/7/14 8:31pm

The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens remade using footage from the original trilogy.

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[l] at 12/7/14 8:26pm
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The Imaginary Foundation's Cosmic Symbolism Fly-Through is far fucking out. (more…)

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[l] at 12/7/14 7:51pm

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Emojiary is a diary app that asks you how you feel, once a day. You answer with emoji. James Hamblin writes that in this simple exchange is an access point to the best part of writing about oneself: self-awareness.

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[l] at 12/7/14 7:45pm
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[l] at 12/7/14 7:44pm
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[l] at 12/7/14 7:37pm

Do you like being licked? I'm not convinced that this extremely tolerant cat is, despite its stoicism. YouTube via Reddit. Previously.

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[l] at 12/7/14 7:32pm
Though North Korea denied involvement with the humungous hack that brought electronics giant Sony low, it described it as a 'righteous deed' that may be the work of sympathizers. Here is a fake press release.

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[l] at 12/7/14 7:26pm

Streetpong is the name of the game: a concept art installation that radically improves the experience of waiting to cross the road. Created by Sandro Engel and Amelie Künzler, with Holger Michel at the HAWK Hildesheim, it is, alas, "not a permanent installation." [Vimeo via This is Colossal]

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[l] at 12/7/14 7:21pm
2:46 of the tables turned—or, perhaps, unrequited love. [via]

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[l] at 12/7/14 7:11pm
Ralph Baer, the developer of the first commercial video game console, has died at 92.

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[l] at 12/7/14 6:51pm

Hugh just released this fantastic video telling you how, and all of the templates he uses, to turn a manuscript into a book ready for self publishing.

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[l] at 12/7/14 6:24pm
Nikole Dieker explains an aptly-named project: The Right Thing. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 11:31am

Quite a cover.

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[l] at 12/7/14 9:05am


Polish jeweler Mage Studio offers a wide variety of extraordinary accessories made from polyhedral dice, a gamer's accessory that has become very ornamental in nature, perfectly complementing pieces like: the dragon/D20 necklace, the D12 cufflinks, and this pendant D20 necklace. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 8:51am

As a kid I'd wake up extra early in the mornings to watch Robotech, which remains my favorite Americanized mecha anime adventure.

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[l] at 12/7/14 8:34am

A fantastic spoof.

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[l] at 12/7/14 8:28am

A fantastic spoof.

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[l] at 12/7/14 6:15am


A Boing Boing reader has gotten ahold of a controversial Norwegian magazine article documenting the history of the Scandinavian right, tracing the connections between the Third Reich collaborators and the present-day anti-immigrant movement -- it's an article that was suppressed by Norway's new far-right government, which used threats against the publisher to get it withdrawn. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/7/14 4:31am

Mashup genius DJ Earworm continues his annual tradition of mashing up the whole Billboard chart for the previous year (previously, previously) with an awesome, mashed up video accompaniment. (Thanks, Rob W)

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[l] at 12/7/14 12:09am


In his Sunday Observer column, John Naughton makes an important point that's hammered home by the escape of the NSA/GCHQ Regin cyberweapon into the wild: spies who make war on the Internet can't be trusted with its security. Read the rest

[Category: Post, 0 days, corruption, cybersecurity, gchq, malware, nsa, privacy, Safety, security, snowden, spooks, surveillance]

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[l] at 12/6/14 11:43pm

The lecturer for the BBC's 2014 Reith lectures is Dr Atul Gawande, a celebrated author and MD whose book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right is a classic on how to think about systemic problem solving (which pays attention to how different people and activities come together to make and solve problems). Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 11:41pm

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 12/6/14 11:35am
In Washington state, a King County prosecutor says his office will not seek state felony charges against a 9-year police department veteran. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 11:14am
When Jono Lancaster, 30, heard about a 2 year old boy in Australia who also has Treacher-Collins syndrome, he flew to Australia to meet the kid. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 10:59am
“Who wants Baileys?” It's from 2006, but never gets old.

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[l] at 12/6/14 10:46am
Someone wrote “rapist” all over the Hollywood star of a man whom many women have accused of being a rapist. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 10:40am
The concept fashion photo shoot attempts to answer the question, "What would popular social networks or web browsers look like if they were human?" Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 10:22am
A fun project for kids, and for adults with a childlike curiosity about space. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 10:08am

The Great Firewall of Cameron is supposed to block "extremist" websites, and somehow, the website of the respected, excellent Chaos Computer Club, one of Germany's foremost centers for technology research and political analysis, has been blocked. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 8:56am

The red shirts never get a break on Star Trek. Now you, and your dog, can play fetch with one.

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[l] at 12/6/14 6:50am

Last spring, I gave the keynote address at the Museums and the Web conference in Florence, Italy, speaking in the glorious confines of the big room at the Palazzo Vecchio; the organizers were kind enough to put my talk online. It was very well-received at the time and lots of people have since asked where they could get it -- and here it is!

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[l] at 12/6/14 6:34am

From the comic book biography of John Wilcock, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. See previous installments here and here.

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[l] at 12/6/14 6:20am
Jane Harrison tells the story of man's voyage to Mars—and the dating troubles that ensue. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 4:55am

As reported by The Irish Times on Saturday, 6th December; "Foreign law enforcement agencies will be allowed to tap Irish phone calls and intercept emails under a statutory instrument signed into law by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 12:55am


Remember when the TSA spent $113K on Rapiscan pornoscanners that turned out not to work? Now they're selling them off for $8,000. Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, ebay, pork, pornoscanners, security theater, tsa, usausausa]

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[l] at 12/6/14 12:48am


Chinese media regulators have called on broadcasters to end the widespread, longstanding practice of using puns, idiom and wordplay in everyday communications, advertisement, jokes, and political speech. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 12:40am

It's almost a perpetual motion machine, and is absolutely a source of infinite amusement! (via JWZ)

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[l] at 12/6/14 12:36am


David Cameron wants social media companies to invent a terrorism-detection algorithm and send all the "bad guys" it detects to the police -- but this will fall prey to the well-known (to statisticians) "paradox of the false positive," producing tens of thousands of false leads that will drown the cops. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 12:28am


It's true that people with substance abuse problems can "detox" when they get clean, but the kind of "detoxing" offered by stuff in the grocery store or pharmacy has no basis in science and is just a scammy way to scare you into opening your wallet (the companies that sell "detox" can't even say what "toxins" they're getting rid of). Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 12:21am


The House unanimously passed a bill that would bring much-needed improvements to the Freedom of Information Act; the Senate had bi-partisan support for it, too -- but outgoing Sen Jay Rockefeller (D-WY) singlehandedly killed the bill in a closed-door committee meeting. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 12:10am

The Open Technology Fund and Simply Secure are offering fellowships to researchers who seek funding to work on usability in privacy and security technology. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/6/14 12:02am


Tory justice secretary Chris Grayling enacted a ban on sending reading material for prisoners as a way of throwing red meat to his base, who bay for maximum cruelty to "bad people" -- but a high court judge agreed with English PEN and the John Howard society and struck down the ban. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/5/14 3:18pm

This Sunday, come down to Lost Weekend Video for the year's last Give Me Fiction, the prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez.

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[l] at 12/5/14 3:09pm

"In which Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic strips down to briefs and gets a full body Crisco massage from Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl, before playing slippery Twister with Smashing Pumpkins." (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

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[l] at 12/5/14 2:54pm

If you are driving from the United States of America into the United Mexican States, you need Mexican auto insurance. Regardless what you think, your USA based policy will not be accepted if you are involved in an accident in Mexico.

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[l] at 12/5/14 1:26pm

1 in 50,0000 people have Treacher-Collins syndrome. It affects in-utero facial bone and tissue development. Jono Lancaster, age 30, has it.

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[l] at 12/5/14 1:08pm

I love this BMO coffee mug!

"Bow to your sensei." -- BMO

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[l] at 12/5/14 12:58pm
“This is my cat Buddy. I was watching Slayer perform from the Big 4 concert and caught this little guy chillin' and watching as well,” says inZane4all in this 2011 video. (more…)

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[l] at 12/5/14 12:41pm

“NASA, the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin recovery crews aboard the USS Anchorage witnessed the Orion spacecraft as it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.” More about today's “perfect flight” in our previous post, and don't miss our live report from Cape Canaveral.

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[l] at 12/5/14 12:33pm

If other restaurants follow Alimento's lead, you'll soon start tipping the servers and the kitchen staff. Next time I dine at Alimento, I'll just fill in the TOTAL amount and then let the servers and kitchen staff fight it out.

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[l] at 12/5/14 11:40am
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Over at Cuepoint, Alan Light talks to Brian May and Roger Taylor of the kings of rock opera Queen about their music, their chemistry, and the final days of Freddie Mercury. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/5/14 11:24am

There's a new book out about Big O Posters, which grew out of the graphic design vision of Peter Ledeboer, the charismatic art director of the U.K.

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[l] at 12/5/14 11:14am

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[l] at 12/5/14 10:55am
AbuseComplaintTypes.r2

It may be a banned police maneuver, but it sure is popular. Analysis and infographic at Vocativ.

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[l] at 12/5/14 10:16am
The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the iPod nano launch. [Reuters]


The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the iPod nano launch. [Reuters]

From 2007-2009, Apple deleted music that some iPod users downloaded from competing music services without telling those users, say attorneys in a class-action antitrust suit against Apple.

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[l] at 12/5/14 10:08am

On MSNBC, Chris Hayes examines a portion of the Eric Garner video that has received less attention: the tense moments before he had a heart attack on the way to the hospital. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/5/14 10:00am
Dec. 5, 2014 -- A Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying NASA's Orion spacecraft on an unpiloted flight test to Earth orbit. Liftoff was at 7:05 a.m. EST. During the two-orbit, four-and-a-half hour mission, engineers will evaluate the systems critical to crew safety, the launch abort system, the heat shield and the parachute system. Photo: NASA


Dec. 5, 2014 -- A Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying NASA's Orion spacecraft on an unpiloted flight test to Earth orbit. Liftoff was at 7:05 a.m. EST. During the two-orbit, four-and-a-half hour mission, engineers will evaluate the systems critical to crew safety, the launch abort system, the heat shield and the parachute system.
Photo: NASA

NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a flawless launch, a glorious flight to space, and a "bull's-eye" splashdown today. The journey was "the most perfect flight you could ever imagine," said Mission Control commentator Rob Navias. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/5/14 9:42am


via Bruce Sterling

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[l] at 12/5/14 9:35am


It's an idea whose time has come: combine the hyper-realistic plastic molded food you see out front of some Japanese and Korean restaurants with jewelry to make it look like you're wearing glistening, perfect meals. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Gadgets, gift guide, Japan, jewelry, not food]

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[l] at 12/5/14 9:26am


It's a legislative shot across the bow of the FBI, who are demanding back-doors in phones and other devices, claiming "children will die" unless our pocket supercomputers are designed to allow untrusted parties to secretly take them over. Read the rest

[Category: Post, crypto, fbi, happy mutatns, oregon, privacy, surveillance, wyden]

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[l] at 12/5/14 9:14am


It's 79" x 59", made from polyester, and runs $100 at Thinkgeek, where they guarantee that it will "instantly makes any room 1138% more awesome." (via Oh Gizmo) Read the rest

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[l] at 12/5/14 9:06am


The German Chancellor -- whose party is closely aligned with the telcoms sector -- says she wants a two-tier Internet; on the "fast" Internet, carriers will be allowed to slow down access to services that haven't paid bribes for "premium" carriage; on the "regular" Internet, ISPs will just give you the data you ask for. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, cable company fuckery, corporatism, corruption, germany, net neutrality, piketty]

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[l] at 12/5/14 8:49am
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the incoming chief of Australia’s leading scientific research agency suggests public money should be used to investigating dowsing and divining: "I’ve seen people do this with close to 80% accuracy, and I’ve no idea how they do it"

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[l] at 12/5/14 8:43am
23813_111234288898457_8255117_n Yours for $20.

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[l] at 12/5/14 8:22am

The BBC reports that a foal who helped teach youngsters to drive safely in England's New Forest has been killed by a car.

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[l] at 12/5/14 8:22am

The co-recipient of the Nobel for revealing the double-helix structure of DNA is selling his medal because "no one really wants to admit" he exists -- but why is that? Read the rest

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[l] at 12/5/14 7:55am
If you are dumb enough to try this at home, send us video.

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[l] at 12/5/14 7:48am
Jon Brodkin reports that the carrier, unable to force longtime unlimited-data plans onto metered contracts, instead slows their Internet use to a crawl.

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[l] at 12/4/14 10:08pm

From BBC One, an episode of Horizon exploring that good ol' mindfucking question "What is reality?"

Clues have been pieced together from deep within the atom, from the event horizon of black holes, and from the far reaches of the cosmos. It may be that that we are part of a cosmic hologram, projected from the edge of the universe. Or that we exist in an infinity of parallel worlds. Your reality may never look quite the same again.

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[l] at 12/4/14 10:06pm

Vanderbilt University biologists studied how electric eels can zap their prey with 600 volts from even a few meters away. Turns out, the fish are like living TASERs.

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:38pm

From BBC One, an episode of Horizon exploring that good ol' mindfucking question "What is reality?"

Clues have been pieced together from deep within the atom, from the event horizon of black holes, and from the far reaches of the cosmos. It may be that that we are part of a cosmic hologram, projected from the edge of the universe. Or that we exist in an infinity of parallel worlds. Your reality may never look quite the same again.

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:27pm

He'll be back.

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[l] at 12/4/14 6:21pm

Helps ensure that you get precisely three squares per portion, by means of a GIANT CLEAVER ON A MOTORIZED ARM. (via Metafilter)

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[l] at 12/4/14 3:14pm

My friend and Cool Tools partner Kevin Kelly went into Adam Savage's man cave to talk about some of the 1,500 tools reviewed in his Cool Tools Catalog.

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[l] at 12/4/14 2:43pm
Gweek is brought to you by Crunchyroll, offering 1080p streaming anime with English subtitles. Try it free for a month by signing up at Crunchyroll.com/gweek Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 2:20pm

The Hall Pass is a stainless steel, credit-card-sized pick designed to be slid between the door and the jamb (saving you from cracking your credit cards); the EOD is an extensive speed-pick set that is nevertheless optimized for portability and compactness. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, security, tools, urbex]

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[l] at 12/4/14 1:45pm

"Change, the album" is a fantastic, previously unpublished, collection of soul touching jazz and storytelling by the legendary Fred Kaz.

Earlier this year Fred Kaz passed away.

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[l] at 12/4/14 12:56pm
 Rumain Brisbon is dead.


Rumain Brisbon is dead.

Yes, yet another instance this week of a white police officer using lethal force against an unarmed black man. Today's edition: Phoenix, Arizona. The man in the photograph, Rumain Brisbon, is now dead. The officer who killed him thought he was reaching for a gun in his pocket. It was a bottle of oxycodone pills.

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[l] at 12/4/14 12:49pm
“A display of fried chicken, a melon and a 40-ounce beer bottle had been placed in the street.” Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 12:30pm
Warning: disturbing content. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 12:18pm
The Paris-based artist's work reminds me of an updated Peter Max. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 12:16pm

An article from the BBC clarifies the popular notion about lemmings.

On the back of the animated classic Bambi, Disney undertook a series of ground-breaking, feature-length nature documentaries known as The True-Life Adventures.

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[l] at 12/4/14 11:55am
The app's developers promise iOS and Android handset owners the ability to send messages and share status info like location or weather with “just a couple taps.” Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 11:40am
Groot

This is the single most amazing Christmas tree idea I have even seen. It had to be done and Wolfen Moondaughter was the one to do it. See more on her Flickr page.

Happy Holidays to all!

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[l] at 12/4/14 11:32am
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes a statement about the grand jury decision not to seek an indictment in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, in Washington December 3, 2014. [Reuters]


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes a statement about the grand jury decision not to seek an indictment in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, in Washington December 3, 2014. [Reuters]

Results of a federal review of policing in Cleveland, Ohio were released today, and they underscore what many residents of that city undoubtedly know first-hand: the use of unreasonable force by police officers there is part of pattern of behavior that is in some cases endorsed by supervisors. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 11:31am
Glenn Fleishman reports that a goat dairy farmer was not expecting to receive a mysterious green cylinder from Amazon—and certainly not a request to return it at the buyer's own expense. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 11:26am

Robin Williams, 1991: "“Comedy is there to basically show us we fart, we laugh. To make us realize we still are part animal.... So you don't take yourself seriously and destroy the species.” (Blank on Blank)

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[l] at 12/4/14 11:24am


The NSA's AURORAGOLD program -- revealed in newly released Snowden docs -- used plundered internal emails to compromise nearly every mobile carrier in the world, and show that the agency had planned to introduce vulnerabilities into future improvements into mobile security. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, crypto, gchq, mobile, nsa, privacy, snowden, surveillance]

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[l] at 12/4/14 11:13am

Rep. Peter King on CNN, you just won the world championship of fat-shaming:

“If he had not had asthma and a heart condition and was so obese, almost definitely he would not have died of this. People are saying he said 7 times or 11 times, I can't breathe? Well, the fact is if you can't breathe you can't talk... Police hear that all the time.”

[HT: Mediaite]

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[l] at 12/4/14 11:01am
"I'm still speechless," said the boy's mom. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 10:32am
deaths

A New York Times interactive feature profiles notable deaths since 1990 involving NYPD officers. “Most did not lead to criminal charges; even fewer resulted in convictions.”

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[l] at 12/4/14 10:20am
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Terminal Lucidity is a phenomenon where someone who is completely out of it mentally (coma, dementia, schizophrenia, etc.) becomes briefly clearheaded just before they die. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 10:10am
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Each Winter, Pantone announces a new color of the year. For 2015, it's this muted wine shade. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 10:09am

How Your House Works is a great visual resource and introduction for anyone not acquainted with the workings of a house and is a great companion for more in-depth DIY guides. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 10:04am
In Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door, Brian Krebs offers a fascinating look at the mass-scale cybercrime that underpins the spam in your inbox and provides an inside peek at a violent fight among its principle players. Cory Doctorow reviews. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, books, Business, crime, cybercrime, ddos, gift guide, happy mutants, pharma, Reviews, russia, spam, web theory]

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:53am
“If Eric Garner’s killer can’t be indicted, what cop possibly could?” Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:48am

Erik Wernquist created Wanderers, a lovely short film about the future of space travel with narration by Carl Sagan from his "Pale Blue Dot" recording.

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:48am
The ride-on-demand service firm will use the financing “to make substantial investments, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.” Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:40am

I avoided solving the electrical mysteries left by the previous owner of my Volkswagen bus for years. This handy Blue Sea Systems 6 bladed fuse box came along and helped me organize, if not solve, my problems.

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:40am


Michael from Muckrock says, "After months of legal wrangling, MuckRock has finally received the complete list of military gear given to local police departments under the Pentagon's 1033 program, including bomb disposal robots, infrared gun sights, small aircraft and rocket launchers." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:37am

University of Bristol researchers used sound waves to create a hologram you can "touch." High-frequency sound waves from a speaker array hit your hand to give the illusion of the virtual object's physicality. (New Scientist)

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:36am

Killed for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. [via]

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:26am
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At Vantage, Iranian photographer Mohammad Rezi's mesmerizing Mosque photography. Gazing at these photos feels like looking into a kaleidoscope.

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[l] at 12/4/14 9:04am

The Aztec death whistle produces a sound so horrifying, it will chill you to the bone. Described as the "scream of a thousand corpses," the death whistle sounds like the cry of the un-dead, or the torment of a human being burned alive.

[via]

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[l] at 12/4/14 8:51am
New Scientist reports on the discovery of the oldest know work of art: a pattern of lines scratched on a freshwater clamshell 300,000 years before humans evolved. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 8:27am

"Experienced skateboarders we talked to gave him low marks." [via]

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[l] at 12/4/14 7:54am
These days, television networks air completely fictitious productions as non-fiction documentaries on subjects such as the extinct Megalodon shark or mermaids. (more…)

[Category: Image, Post, bigfoot, discovery, Discovery Channel, documentaries, mermaids, non-fiction, Rob Nelson, science communication, shark week, Untamed Science]

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[l] at 12/4/14 7:51am

I avoided solving the electrical mysteries left by the previous owner of my Volkswagen bus for years. This handy Blue Sea Systems 6 bladed fuse box came along and helped me organize, if not solve, my problems.

Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 7:49am

SNL alum and Portlandia star Fred Armisen cameos in B-52s founding member Kate Pierson's video for Mister Sister from her upcoming solo album Guitars and Microphones.

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[l] at 12/4/14 7:47am
Artist Butch McLogic digitally paints a piece called "John of Venus." I'm blown away at the subtle shading and the detail.

[Category: Post, Video, Butch McLogic, Comics, digital painting, time-lapse]

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[l] at 12/4/14 7:29am
Final preparations are under way for NASA's Dec. 4 launch of the Orion spacecraft. Not since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011 has there been so much excitement around American space flight. Sawyer Rosenstein reports from Cape Canaveral. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, NASA, orion, Space, space exploration, spaceflight, ula]

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[l] at 12/4/14 6:33am

The company that says that the gubmint should stay out of its business and let it destroy Net Neutrality also says the government should clobber Kansas towns with no broadband who have the audacity to run their own networks. Read the rest

[Category: Post, cable company fuckery, corruption, kansas, law, regulatory capture]

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[l] at 12/4/14 6:25am


This table is being held up by the weight of the buckets that are resting on it! Read the rest

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[l] at 12/4/14 6:06am

Woosung An demonstrates an excellent technique for adding a layer of rubber protection to your phone in seconds, by deflating a balloon around it. (more…)

[Category: Video, Funny, happy mutants, magic, mobile, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 12/4/14 5:52am


Glashütte's Nomos rings are clever little fidget-rings that act as sundials: you adjust the little sliding rings to the correct date, turn it to the sun, and the shadow cast by the little ring tells you the time. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Gadgets, germany, gift guide, happy mutants, horology, jewelry, nyc, spain]

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[l] at 12/4/14 5:40am


Makies, the award-winning 3D printed custom dolls featured in our gift guide, have just announced free shipping on UK orders, and on overseas orders of more than $115! Get your order in by Dec 15 for Xmas delivery in the UK. Dec 10 for the rest of the world. Read the rest

[Category: Post, 3d printing, Gadgets, gift guide, happy mutants, Kids, toys, xmas]

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[l] at 12/3/14 8:55pm


As always, the Onion's headline nails it.

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[l] at 12/3/14 7:00pm

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This weekend I'll be holiday shopping at Oakland's Jingletown Arts and business communities Art Walk! From photography to food trucks, they'll have it all.

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[l] at 12/3/14 6:30pm


Following on the New York Times's decision to continue its critical coverage of China, despite the Chinese government's retaliation against it, Dan Gillmor calls on journalists and news organizations to abandon the pretense of "neutrality" and take a partisan stand for free speech in questions of censorship, surveillance, net neutrality, copyright takedown, and other core issues of speech in the 21st century. Read the rest

[Category: Post, china, Copyfight, Journalism, media theory, surveillance]

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[l] at 12/3/14 5:42pm
Joshua Glenn shows why 1965 was a very good year for science fiction, comic books, and spy novels. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 4:48pm
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[l] at 12/3/14 4:40pm

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Hunter Oatman-Stanford has just held a magnifying glass up to Stanhope lenses, which were popular from the second half of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th, and were used to help people see the head-of-a-pin-sized microphotographs secreted inside everything from letter openers to thimbles to pocket knives.

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[l] at 12/3/14 4:14pm

A commenter—awarded a temporary suspension after writing that unarmed black teen Michael Brown was to blame for his own killing because he was a violent "THIEF"—writes in.

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[l] at 12/3/14 4:09pm
Final preparations are under way for NASA's Dec. 4 launch of the Orion spacecraft. Not since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011 has there been so much excitement around American space flight. Sawyer Rosenstein reports from Cape Canaveral. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 2:59pm


Luca Iaconi-Stewart is building a "1:60 model of an Air India Boeing 777-300ER made entirely from manila file folders," with an unbelievable level of detail (it even has working mechanisms!) Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, happy mutants, india, makers, models]

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[l] at 12/3/14 2:51pm
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Cayce Zavaglia hand-embroiders astonishingly hyperrealistic portraits from cotton and silk thread and crewel embroidery wool. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 2:46pm
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Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy magazines, publications that are nearly 50 years old, are shutting down, to be replaced by print versions of the Web sites Dogster and Catster. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 1:11pm

Aaron Stewart-Ahn's ambient portrait of the protests that took the streets and bridges of NYC, leaderless, sounding like improvised music. Piano improvisation performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music by Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange.

[video link]

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[l] at 12/3/14 1:02pm

Ukraine's energy minister says a "technical fault" in Europe's largest nuclear power plant has forced reduced production of energy, but poses no threat to public safety.

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[l] at 12/3/14 12:43pm


Now that Twitter has admitted it has a troll problem, it has to figure out how to scale up its human review of abuse complaints. Read the rest

[Category: Post, trolls, twitter, web theory]

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[l] at 12/3/14 12:11pm
A Staten Island grand jury “has voted not to bring criminal charges against the white New York City police officer at the center of the Eric Garner case.” Surprise, surprise. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 12:04pm
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A wonderful photograph shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Alex Szymanek of Milwaukee, WI.

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[l] at 12/3/14 11:48am
The pioneering nonprofit dedicated to finding the remains of the missing in Guatemala has an indiegogo campaign going, and I wholeheartedly support it. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 11:44am
gas

Nice try! [via]

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[l] at 12/3/14 11:34am

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "In the last two months, net neutrality supporters (like you?) have helped us drive more than 55,000 phone calls to desks at the FCC demanding real Title II net neutrality."

That's a lot.

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[l] at 12/3/14 11:25am

The Internets Celebrities “Food Warriors” series continues with an essential question: Where's some good food near Penn Station?

“Pizza Suprema, featured in this video, was also the winner of our friend Slice Harvester's blog journey around Manhattan pizza places” says Internets Celebrities co-host Rafi Kam.

I love these guys and this series so much!

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[l] at 12/3/14 11:06am

Smart homes continue to get smarter and the Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (either battery or wired) is everything you would expect from the people who brought you the Nest thermostat.

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[l] at 12/3/14 11:02am
Mee Moowe has definitely used up one of those nine lives. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 10:32am
Ethan Gilsdorf gets a sneak peak inside the definitive nerd Bible Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 10:32am
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Cap and his African American friend purchase soft drinks in very different worlds Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 10:20am

The Bold Italic has a funny gallery of infographics about the great Serial podcast.

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[l] at 12/3/14 10:20am
He told cops he threw the sandwich at his wife "because he doesn't like them." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 10:07am

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[l] at 12/3/14 10:04am
"I’m Justine Bateman. I’m 48. I’m a college junior at UCLA." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 10:04am

From the delightfully-named Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a video depicting what they call "vemödalen" defined as "the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist."

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[l] at 12/3/14 9:35am

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[l] at 12/3/14 9:19am
Who among us has not? Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 9:03am

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Beyond the Dark Veil is a handsome new volume exploring a fascinating, now seemingly macabre death practice. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 8:09am
It's reasonable to ask that journalists not directly patronize the subjects of their reporting, even transparently so. But as it often happens indirectly, invisibly, or in the form of activism, life is not so simple——especially when it comes to the enthusiast press. [Glog]

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[l] at 12/3/14 6:27am

Scott Edelman writes, "The 1954 comic book Dream Book of Romance turns out to have been pretty progressive for its day." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 6:00am


It's basically a veggie quiche with a kamut pizza-dough lid that's been shaped into the iconic "ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs" that "may not look like much but has it where it counts." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 5:53am


It's not clear what they're investigating, but the DoJ subpoenaed everything related to the $70M program to give Ipads to all 650K kids in the district. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 4:51am
Nathan Ringo writes that school administrators freaked out when he found ways around the district's flawed censorware--and when he warned his fellow students about the spyware and creepy small-print that came with their school iPads. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 4:49am
Steve Hoefer offers another tutorial in basic skills that everyone should know. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/3/14 4:41am

Cindy Wilson, founding member of The B-52s, has recently been performing with Glenn Phillips and his band at small venues in the Atlanta area. In this clip, she performs the classic song Hero Worship from the B's eponymous first album from 1978, and totally rocks it out.

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[l] at 12/3/14 4:40am

A stray dog joined a Swedish adventure race team competing in Ecuador. That's amazing in and of itself, but what happened after the race finished is just awesome. Stories like this one remind me that there are still good people in the world.

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[l] at 12/3/14 4:40am
How adorable is this lovable pit bull who crashed the set of a Miami TV station and showered kisses on the (equally adorable) weatherman?

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[l] at 12/2/14 10:57pm
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Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth-generation mortician and the blogger behind Confessions of a Funeral Director. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/2/14 10:45pm
In 2011, Stephen Hawking sent a message to Intel founder Gordon Moore that read "My speech input is very, very slow these days. Is there any way Intel could help?" They did. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/2/14 10:05pm

Ryan McGee came from a multi-generational white supremacist dynasty and told police he built his nail-bomb because he didn't like immigrants, the Crown Prosecution Service said that "it was never McGee’s intention to use the device for any terrorist or violent purpose." Read the rest

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[l] at 12/2/14 9:59pm


They do a variety of year-round programs for girls aged 9-12, and teach subjects from welding, masonry, carpentry, architecture, service and leadership; the winter workshop is on game-design: Read the rest

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[l] at 12/2/14 9:52pm


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has threatened the Duluth library's free seed-sharing program because it doesn't conform to the seed-distribution rules laid out for big agribusinesses. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/2/14 9:44pm


Redditor Buddytattoo posted these outstanding shots of an in-progress leg-sleeve Haunted Mansion tattoo, created by Tattoo Charlie's in Louisville, KY.

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[l] at 12/2/14 9:40pm

Mitch writes, "I interviewed fantasy novelist Tim Powers about how he writes. We talked about working through story problems, using YouTube as a secret weapon, why he avoids social media, and his obsessively detailed outlines and research notes. 'In order to build a building, you put up so much scaffolding that the scaffolding outweighs the building.'" Read the rest

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[l] at 12/2/14 9:36pm
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Cast and crew from TV's The Wonder Years (1988-1993) donated iconic items to the American History Museum, home to such iconic television artifacts as The Fonz's leather jacket and Archie Bunker's chair. Read the rest

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[l] at 12/2/14 6:47pm

A couple of weeks ago I went to a screening for a fun, smart new TV series on Bravo called Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce.

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[l] at 12/2/14 4:21pm

I hope The Basic Report sticks around. It's like a condensed version of The Week, which is already a condensed version of other news magazines.

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[l] at 12/2/14 3:56pm

I'm a longtime admirer of painter William Wray, who I first learned about from his great art in Ren & Stimpy.

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[l] at 12/2/14 3:01pm
The reason it's hard to open jar lids is because the vacuum seal is pulling the lid tightly against the jar. Read the rest

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