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[l] at 9/23/14 9:06am
Plastic surgeons have weighed in on Jasmine Tridevil's claims to have implanted a third breast, and they find it exceedingly unlikely.

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[l] at 9/23/14 8:59am
When it all goes down, where will you move to? What will you do? Me, I'm learning the flute: durable, portable entertainment for the huddled masses, and an excellent ninja weapon.

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[l] at 9/23/14 5:56am
Charlo Greene, the news anchor who left in style by saying "fuck it, I quit!", explains her motivation. [Thanks, Adam!]

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[l] at 9/23/14 5:42am
World War II pennies were made mostly of steel. Dan Lewis on the rare and oft-faked coppers that made it out the mint. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/23/14 2:32am


That Disney Lover's created a set of Haunted Mansion stretch gallery portrait mashups featuring the paintings from Disneyland Paris's Phantom Manor (originals here) and characters from Disney animated features; the Ariel/Ursula one is inspired. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/23/14 2:26am

The vintage-y war-propaganda poster imploring you to DONATE A SOCK - FREE HOUSE ELVES! comes in sizes from 8"x10" to 24"x36" ($15-$38) from Entropy Trading Company, who have an extensive line of similar lithos. (via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 9/23/14 1:50am

Becky writes, "Shrinking Space productions have transformed the vast and dilapidated market building at Circus St in Brighton, UK into an audiosphere representing the entire solar system."

When you enter "Mind's Eye" you are given headphones and a ready-tuned hand-held radio.

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[l] at 9/22/14 11:51pm


Shipping in summer 2015, Qwerkywriter is a $300 computer keyboard that uses mechanisms that mimic the keys of an old-fashioned manual, mechanical keyboard. (more…)

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[l] at 9/22/14 11:40pm


Patrick Nielsen Hayden uses an exceptionally silly Guardian op-ed about New York City as a "dangerous, intoxicating fantasy of freedom from nature" to extol big cities' environmental virtues: places where no one need own a car; where energy and resource reclamation and recirculation are common; where, in short, we all need to be. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 9:52pm
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Ex-Microsoft software genius Ray Ozzie's new mobile app Talko is all about reinventing telephony—voice messages and (gasp) conversations—as a collaborative tool; Steven Levy has the story at Medium.

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[l] at 9/22/14 8:21pm

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

(more…)

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[l] at 9/22/14 3:39pm
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A photograph shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Erik Wilson.

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[l] at 9/22/14 3:13pm
Don't you wish you could get one of these as a tattoo? But, like, an *animated* tattoo? Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 2:58pm

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Artist Marion Balac has collected images of iconic statues captured by Google Street View, which automatically tries to blur out what it recognizes as a human face to ensure anonymity.

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[l] at 9/22/14 2:40pm

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From our archives: “In 1947 the fun-loving editors at Life magazine asked the celebrity cartoonists of the day to wear blindfolds and then draw their famous characters. The results are very pleasing.” Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 2:33pm

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A massive, painstakingly thorough chart comparing the sizes of famous spaceships from TV, film, and games by artist Dirk Loechel. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 1:42pm
New York City police officers arrest a man taking part in the Flood Wall Street demonstration in Lower Manhattan, New York September 22, 2014. Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City's financial district on Monday to call attention to what organizers say is capitalism's contribution to climate change, snarling traffic and risking arrest as they sought to block Wall Street. The Flood Wall Street demonstration comes on the heels of Sunday's international day of action that brought some 310,000 people to the streets of New York City in the largest single protest ever held over climate change. REUTERS/Adrees Latif


New York City police officers arrest a man taking part in the Flood Wall Street demonstration in Lower Manhattan, New York September 22, 2014. Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City's financial district on Monday to call attention to what organizers say is capitalism's contribution to climate change, snarling traffic and risking arrest as they sought to block Wall Street. The Flood Wall Street demonstration comes on the heels of Sunday's international day of action that brought some 310,000 people to the streets of New York City in the largest single protest ever held over climate change. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Today, hundreds gathered in NYC's financial district to protest climate change. Flood Wall Street demonstrators wore blue as a symbol of climate change-induced flooding, and marched in the financial district to “highlight the role of Wall Street in fueling the climate crisis,” organizers said. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 12:01pm
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A new twee tech track by NES-hacker-dreamer-popsters Anamanaguchi. (more…)

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[l] at 9/22/14 11:28am
Researchers at Greece's Institute of Computer Science have demonstrated the Octobot, a shoebox-sized swimming robot propelled by eight webbed arms. Video below. (more…)

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[l] at 9/22/14 11:24am
PINK-FLOYD-v2-1 Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 11:00am
A crowd of froggies gathers, entranced by their favorite television channel. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 10:37am
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Forty years after the formation of Blondie, guitarist Chris Stein unveils his photo archive of the era with a new hardcover book Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 10:20am

Here's the first trailer for "Big Eyes," Tim Burton's forthcoming film about the strange 1950s story of talented artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose sociopath husband Walter Keane (Christopher Waltz) took all credit for his wife's incredibly popular and influential paintings.

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[l] at 9/22/14 10:09am

NVIDIA made an interesting video to market their graphics processing tech by showing how it can be used to debunk conspiracy claims that the 1969 lunar landing was faked. (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)

[Category: Video, computers, conspiracies, graphics, Space]

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[l] at 9/22/14 9:58am
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Jasmine Tridevil, a massage therapist in Tampa, Florida, claims that she had a third breast implanted to get famous, land a reality show, and become "unattractive to men" because she doesn't "want to date anymore." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 9:58am
Lauren Beukes's latest crime/horror novel Broken Monsters marries the snappy, hard-boiled cleverness of her 2010 novel Zoo City with the visceral horror of 2013's The Shining Girls and yields up a tale that's as terrifying as it is contemporary -- Cory Doctorow reviews Broken Monsters. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, books, crime, cthulhu, gift guide, horror, Reviews, science fiction]

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[l] at 9/22/14 7:32am

As a kid, I devoured cheap paperback books about “strange but true” phenomena. The short stories were anthologized from men’s adventure magazines of the 40s-60s and recounted mysteries such as: Who made the eerie statues on Easter Island?

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[l] at 9/22/14 7:20am
Mark Graham's map reveals that northwestern Europe and Korea are ahead of the pack when it comes to internet penetration, while India, Indonesia and much of Africa lag behind. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 7:06am
Vasnessa Grigoriadis: "A few years ago, an Ivy League student going public about her rape, telling the world her real name—let alone trying to attract attention by lugging around a mattress—would have been a rare bird"

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[l] at 9/22/14 7:03am


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The BBC interviews the "Gimp Man of Essex," whose novel campaign to raise awareness for his flavor of fun has meet with a mostly welcoming response: "the chief executive of Colchester Mind said the charity was thankful for Gimp Man's support."

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[l] at 9/22/14 6:55am

Proptip: reveal oneself as the subject of the TV segment one is reporting, then declare "Fuck it, I quit."

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[l] at 9/22/14 5:50am
Glenn Fleishman reports from Portland's beloved arts and technology festival, where a darker sense of mission and meaning took hold in the event's third year. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/22/14 4:48am
Ella Frances Sanders illustrates that which cannot adequately be described in mere English: words held to be untranslatable from their native languages. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/21/14 2:32pm


Saipancakes

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[l] at 9/21/14 7:17am
It happens whenever kids come home from school with new reading assignments: some parents look at what their kids are reading and don't like what they see. Joan E Bertin from the National Coalition Against Censorship knows why we observe Banned Books Week. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/21/14 3:03am


Illustration from the pentecostal youth magazine Christ’s Ambassadors, October, 1926

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[l] at 9/21/14 2:56am


"One Night" because taking enough of it will make this night your last.

this is your periodic reminder that old-timey medicines did not fuck around

(via Seanan McGuire)

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[l] at 9/21/14 2:54am


Once, there was a golden age -- not a golden age of martial arts, certainly, but a golden age of easy copywriting employment for anyone with a penchant for florid prose and a casual relationship with consensus reality.

[Don't point that finger at me, it might be loaded]

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


The Copper Cylinder Prize, voted on by members of the Sunburst Award Society awarded best YA novel to Homeland; best adult novel went to Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/20/14 9:05am

Apple's new Ios privacy policy makes some bold promises about their technology's wiretap-resistance, saying that even if Apple wanted to snoop on your messages, they couldn't, but as EFF co-founder John Gilmore points out, Apple's asking you to take an awful lot on faith here. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/20/14 8:57am

A large and very up-to-date archive of Aaron's government files, extracted through Freedom of Information Act requests. (more…)

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[l] at 9/19/14 4:56pm

Gavin Heffernan has a beautiful new series of epic LA Night Timelapses and a musical homage to the film Heat.

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[l] at 9/19/14 4:50pm


For the first time, the Burning Man Organization has published a "MOOP Map" -- a map showing litter left behind by camps at the "leave no trace" event (MOOP stands for Matter Out Of Place).

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[l] at 9/19/14 2:17pm
Clemson University has withdrawn its demand, which would have mandated students answer questions on how often they have sex, what sort of sex it was, and the number of partners. The quiz was supposedly anonymous, but required students to use their official IDs and third-party services to complete.

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[l] at 9/19/14 12:02pm
Deanna Dahlsad escapes Soviet Russia, sends her friends to Siberia, and braves the wicked Kommissar in this 1960s-era board game. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/19/14 11:59am
Escape Soviet Russia, send your friends to Siberia, and brave the wicked Kommissar in the 1960s board game presented by AUTHOR. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/19/14 11:54am
Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 2.53.46 PM McDonalds used to include this perfectly utilitarian spoon with coffee--perhaps the company's only genuine claim to a design classic. Because it could be used to measure out drugs, though, it was removed from the market at the demand of lobbyists seeking a symbolic victory over drug "paraphernalia."

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[l] at 9/19/14 11:29am

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Plus-Plus building bricks become popular in Denmark, where the toy began. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/19/14 10:38am

You do not need another unboxing video. This is the one unboxing video you need. By Andy Ihnatko, the only Apple reviewer you need.

The big iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reveal, with thoughts, size comparisons, and a guest appearance by Robert Goulet.

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[l] at 9/19/14 9:49am
Valiant SCA member Jimmy Morgan Jr. fended off burglar Thomas McGowan with the spear he keeps by his bed. (VIA)

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

There are a handful of other books about African-American quilts, particularly quilts from Gee’s Bend; each have beautiful quilts to show, but this obscure exhibition catalogue remains my favorite.

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[l] at 9/19/14 8:16am


Ciro Trezzi's Death of a star/Birth of an hero shirt design is up for your votes on Threadless -- it's quite a lovely take on the eternal struggle for the Force.

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[l] at 9/19/14 7:39am
Amazon beat Google to the new .buy top-level domain, and will be able to sell on domains under it (such as, say, boingboing.buy) to others. The .tech suffix, though, went for $6.7m...

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[l] at 9/19/14 7:14am
1280px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg Scotland votes 'No' to independence [BBC]

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[l] at 9/19/14 7:09am

Perth, Australia. The first in-store pickup of the long-awaited new iPhone. The glare of the new day. The crush of the crowd. The crack of metal on concrete.

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The phone was fine.

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[l] at 9/19/14 6:49am
Ilan Stavans did some literary exploring in Cuba, and he's sharing with us the fruits of his (and many others') labors. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/19/14 6:46am
Lewis Dartnell descends a kilometer underground to visit a laboratory where scientists have twenty years searching for the elusive particles that hold our galaxy together. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/19/14 6:28am

Ab writes, "Toronto Reference Library (TRL) recently completed a multi-year revitalization project (to spotlight the new changes in the Reference Library, we also flew a mini drone around TRL to get a bird's eye view of what's new): the library is celebrating the completion of this project with an event on Friday, Sept. 19." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/19/14 3:36am


George K's tumblr, Olex Oleole, is a beautiful running feed of gloriously weird remixes of Victorian woodcuts, in the style of the brilliant Dan Hillier. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/19/14 2:29am
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My two favorite soundtrack reissue labels, Death Waltz Records and Mondo, have united, and the vinyl gods are pleased. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 4:59pm
Automobile-Sized Refrigerator: When a cooler just isn’t cool enough. By Matt Maranian Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 4:33pm

From 1903-1905, a Japanese-born, Dutch artist named Gustave Verbeek turned America’s Sunday funny papers on their collective head. That’s when Verbeek drew 65 episodes of “The Upside Downs of Little Lady Lovekins and Old Man Muffaroo” for the New York Herald, all of which are reproduced in their full size and original colors in The Upside-Down World of Gustave Verbeek.

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[l] at 9/18/14 4:15pm

Artist Mitch O'Connell recently had a baby. After making a pipe pacifier for his infant, he started a line of baby clothing featuring sideshow characters!

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[l] at 9/18/14 4:01pm

badballI know this rubber band ball is durable because my wife ran over the box with her car without damaging the rubber bands. The manufacturer claims it has at least 270 rubber bands in it.

Rubber band ball ($5)

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[l] at 9/18/14 2:11pm

Gulf Coast Bigfoot Organization looks like your average grumpy white guy paramilitary organization, but they are actually a well-oiled team of devoted Bigfoot hunters on a mission to "protect the public and harvest a specimen to prove it's real."

The TV show Killing Bigfoot from Gryphon Productions premieres Friday, October 17th on Destination America.

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[l] at 9/18/14 2:07pm
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Yacht captain Larry Ellison is quitting his night job as CEO of Oracle, a gig that earned him $78.4 million in 2014. Ellison, who founded the company in 1977, will be replaced by Oracle president Safra Catz and former HP CEO Mark Hurd. According to the company, Ellison will now focus full time on product engineering. (CNN)

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[l] at 9/18/14 1:55pm

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Artist Amy Crehore's latest painting is called The Blue Shed.

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[l] at 9/18/14 1:22pm
We had so much fun, and the artists were amazing. Here are photos and a recap--and we're doing another edition in October! Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 12:42pm

yelpBotto Bistro in Richmond, California is unconcerned about its Yelp rating. In an effort to undermine the reliability of its Yelp page, Botto Bistro is working to be the worst-rated restaurant in the Bay Area and is encouraging its customers to leave one-star Yelp reviews and offering deals for anyone who writes a bad review: 25% off any pizza and a chance to win a cooking class. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 12:26pm

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Above, a Sony Computer Entertainment staffer test-drives Play Station 4's virtual reality headset Project Morpheus at the Sony booth at Tokyo Game Show 2014. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 11:25am

I wonder if my 7 year old will think Motley Crue is singing about fundraising.

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[l] at 9/18/14 10:48am

panoCoke Zero hired David Cronenberg and Tod Browning to take panorama photos of worshippers at a recent prolate-spheroid chasing ritual. The result was awesome.

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[l] at 9/18/14 10:31am

Nature published a study about the potential danger of artificial sweeteners.

[Eran Elinav, an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute of Health in Israel] and his team first tested the effect of three common artificial sweeteners — aspartame, sucralose, saccharin — on rodents.

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[l] at 9/18/14 10:14am

The Diatomist is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves.

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[l] at 9/18/14 10:11am

The NY Times, always on the cutting edge, has an article about the popularity of butts.

(What, no link to Ms. Selter's Instagram account?)

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[l] at 9/18/14 10:04am

Best part is 38 seconds in, when he tries to stuff the framed work of art into his jacket and learns it doesn't fit.

"Staff stopped him as he left and recovered the piece. Police are now trying to trace the would be thief."

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


It's been less than a day since the company published its new, excellent privacy policy -- but Gigaom has noticed that the latest Apple transparency report, covering Jan 1-Jun 30 2014, has eliminated the line that says that the company has received no secret Patriot Act "section 215" requests, which come with gag orders prohibiting companies from discussing them. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 9:22am

Here is a song from long time BB pal Computer Jay about the 21st century's addiction to technology titled "Binary Fix." The track is off his album 'Savage Planet Discotheque Vol. 2'. You can download it for free here.

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[l] at 9/18/14 9:17am
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Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and independent shipwreck divers exploring the Golden Gate strait discovered two sunken ships from 1863 and 1910, with several hundreds more "forgotten ghost ships" likely still undiscovered in the area. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, boats, diving, History, oceans, ships, shipwrecks]

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[l] at 9/18/14 9:16am
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Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and independent shipwreck divers exploring the waterway that connects the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay discovered two sunken ships from 1863 and 1910, with several hundreds more "forgotten ghost ships" likely still undiscovered in the area. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Post, boats, diving, History, oceans, ships, shipwrecks]

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[l] at 9/18/14 8:57am

Write-in Kentucky senate candidate, and deplorable human, Robert Ransdell placed his anti-semitic campaign signs in lawns without permission. Unsurprisingly the residents removed them.

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[l] at 9/18/14 8:48am

Chad Leito's The Academy is yet another fantastic world where teens are imbued with super powers and must save society. The standard themes and devices of this genre are pushed to the very limit of believability, I loved it!

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[l] at 9/18/14 8:42am
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Attendees of the St. Andre Bessette Church Festival in Ecorse, Michigan were "shocked" to see the face of Jesus in a pierogi! Pareidolicious! (more…)

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[l] at 9/18/14 8:38am
A fascinatingly disjointed tale of drugs, rock and roll, and adolescence from the legendary cartoonist who co-created Love and Rockets. Read the exclusive excerpt. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 8:31am

Phrenologists, knocker ups, ratteners, dog whippers, and dozens of other "Jobs That No Longer Exist." (Mental Floss)

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[l] at 9/18/14 8:11am
Mice and Mystics is a beautifully-produced board game that creates a relatively all-ages-friendly dungeon crawl RPG experience without need for a dungeon master. "My kids went absolutely bananas over this game in a way I haven't seen before," says Jon Seagull Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 8:03am
Jeremiah Jackson, in court yesterday for charges of robbing and killing a woman, wore a t-shirt that said "Crime Pays." The judge wasn't pleased. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 7:49am
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This week in "That can't be real!", a graphic designer at Bloomberg Businessweek instantly ascends to world grandmaster of not giving a fuck.

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[l] at 9/18/14 7:21am
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[l] at 9/18/14 7:14am
Pyongyang's initial response to a UN report on its human rights abuses was anger and outrage. This week, however, it has published a 53,558-word counter-report, described as "a grueling read" by the Washington Post's Adam Taylor, who surely deserves a raise for this.

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[l] at 9/18/14 7:08am
There is finally an official Joy Division twitter account, started by the members of New Order. Peter Hook was not informed, and he is displeased.

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[l] at 9/18/14 7:06am
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Amazon refreshed its lineup of Kindles last night, pushing the Kindle Fire for less than $100, where it's easily the best fit for people wanting a good-enough tablet on a budget. But the most interesting thing for me is the latest e-ink model, the Kindle Voyage, which will get much less attention. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 6:23am

Like many Torontonians, I have been disheartened with the quality of city government, which has been sliding into a right-wing, populist doldrums ever since the amalgamation of the city with its suburban neighbours under Mike Harris, back in 1998; finally, though, there's a candidate for mayor that I can really get behind: Olivia Chow. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 6:16am
Mice and Mystics is a beautifully-produced board game that creates a relatively all-ages-friendly dungeon crawl RPG experience without need for a dungeon master. "My kids went absolutely bananas over this game in a way I haven't seen before," says Jon Seagull Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 5:57am

"Hardly a major brand name" doing business in Malaysia is untainted by the use of forced labor from trafficked workers, according to a study backed by the US Department of Labor. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 5:38am
The board game based on the phantasmic film isn't that great, but will be a coveted rarity for fans Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 5:32am
Harvard's Michael Tolley created the 65cm long, soft, pneumatic robot whose operating parameters allow it to run over -9'C terrain or walk through naked flames (for 20 seconds, at least). Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 5:09am

One year Internet dumbing-down hysteria compared against previous waves of anti-tech backlash: Salon has a refreshing take on the effect of the net on wider culture, courtesy of Dennis Baron, author of the new book A Better Pencil.

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[l] at 9/18/14 4:56am

You probably saw the hilarious critique of The Olive Garden that made the rounds last week; the hedge fund behind that critique is a major shareholder with a long history of shady financial deals that gut profitable businesses, destroy jobs, and line the pockets of short-term "investors." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/18/14 4:41am


My latest Guardian column, Privacy technology everyone can use would make us all more secure, makes the case for privacy technology as something that anyone can -- and should use, discussing the work being done by the charitable Simply Secure foundation that launches today (site is not yet up as of this writing), with the mandate to create usable interfaces to cryptographic tools, and to teach crypto developers how to make their tools accessible to non-technical people. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 7:23pm
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Fascinating news, and this stunning image, from astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope: "a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 7:21pm

Following on the Amazon division's July announcement that publishers could sell their work without DRM on its platform, a huge collection of publishers have signed up to participate: IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 4:31pm

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Overlapping images of the drought in California, with an adjustable before-and-after slider.

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[l] at 9/17/14 4:28pm

In 1810 someone told hundreds of London merchants that Mrs. Tottenham at 54 Berners Street had requested their services. She hadn't.

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[l] at 9/17/14 4:05pm

Dan Stevenson is neither a Buddhist, nor a follower of any organized religion.

Mr. Stevenson, a resident of Oakland's Eastlake neighborhood, purchased a 2-foot Buddha and installed it on a median strip in his neighborhood, near 11th Avenue and 19th Street.

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[l] at 9/17/14 3:56pm

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Overlapping images of the drought in California, with an adjustable before-and-after slider.

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[l] at 9/17/14 3:50pm

We dig into the first four stories from Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, and boy do we learn a lot about ourselves and others.

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[l] at 9/17/14 3:06pm
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes his closing remarks during a mayoral debate hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress in Scarborough, Ontario July 15, 2014 [REUTERS]


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, during a mayoral debate hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress in Scarborough, Ontario. [REUTERS]

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with Liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer that grows in fat cells in deep soft tissue.

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[l] at 9/17/14 2:43pm
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[l] at 9/17/14 2:29pm

[S]ci-fi history actually has featured ahead-of-its-time, female-identifying authors and creators who have challenged conventional notions of race, gender, and sexuality head-on for centuries. Their contributions are so essential (some are by far the most out-there in the canon) that without them, the genre could not possibly have grown into the blockbuster behemoth it is today.

From Devon Maloney's story in NYMag

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[l] at 9/17/14 2:22pm
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A new analysis of jihadi groups' online communications reveals no evidence that Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA spying "inspired Islamic terror groups to hide their electronic communications behind more sophisticated encryption software." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 1:20pm
L.A. Unified School District police received a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) like this one through a federal program. (LA Times)


L.A. Unified School District police received a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) like this one through a federal program. (LA Times)

Los Angeles school police have acquired a number of military weapons through a Department of Defense program that provides local law enforcement with surplus war gear, free of charge (other than shipping costs). Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 1:08pm
L.A. Unified School District police received a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) like this one through a federal program. (LA Times)


L.A. Unified School District police received a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) like this one through a federal program. (LA Times)

Los Angeles school police have acquired a number of military weapons through a Department of Defense program that provides local law enforcement with surplus war gear, free of charge (other than shipping costs). Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 12:57pm

To ensure Florida's stupid laws allowing religion to be taught in public schools do not expose kids to just one idea, the Satanic Temple is stepping up to provide alternate reading materials.

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[l] at 9/17/14 12:55pm
This will be the state’s ninth execution in 2014--more than any other state--and the 30th execution in the United States this year. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 12:45pm

To ensure Florida's stupid laws allowing religion to be taught in public schools do not expose kids to just one religion, the Satanic Temple is stepping up to provide alternate reading materials.

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[l] at 9/17/14 12:25pm

Anker Astro E4

Anker's 2nd gen Astro E4 is fantastic as a short road trip battery. I love its size and shape for packing on a motorcycle.

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[l] at 9/17/14 12:05pm

The website of Heaven's Gate, the cult whose members killed themselves in hopes of riding Hale-Bopp to the eschaton, remains live 17 years later. Web developer and writer Jason Kottke remembers the day: "It was the first time an internet meme was a major aspect of a national news story."

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[l] at 9/17/14 11:47am

This is frequently played in my Vanagon Westy.

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[l] at 9/17/14 11:28am
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I would read every single one of these. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 11:25am

Suspected child abuser Adrian Peterson has been barred from participating in a lucrative and violent ritual in which two rival groups of men fight over the possession of a small prolate spheroid made from tanned cowhide.

Cult leaders will continue to pay Peterson his full salary, which is $11.75 million per season. It is not known whether or nor Peterson will be allowed to retain a prolate spheroid for personal use.

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[l] at 9/17/14 11:07am

A few weeks ago while strolling through a farmer’s market in Los Angeles, I came across a vendor cart selling exotic plants that looked like they belonged on another planet.

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[l] at 9/17/14 10:54am

Two gay men were savagely beaten last week in Philadelphia's Center City district by a group of 10-15 "clean-cut, well-dressed" people in their twenties.

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[l] at 9/17/14 10:53am
Exciting news for all of us who grew up in the '80s digging hardcore punk, hiphop, and skate culture—and all of us who are fascinated by great photography that captures the spirit and freedom of that time. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 8:39am
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Tomorrow, Scotland votes on whether to become an independent country. The polls are running neck-and-neck, and one of the most enduring and fun discussions concerns what'll happen to the U.K.'s iconic flag if the Scots vote "Yes!" Read the rest

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[l] at 9/17/14 6:50am

At first, cyclist Mike Graziano thought he was merely avoiding a collision with an inattentive motorcyclist. When the man cut him off again, though--and produced what looked like a handgun--the scenario became clear.

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[l] at 9/17/14 6:27am

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[l] at 9/17/14 6:16am
Silicon Valley investor Peter Theil, who has better things to invest in than Twitter, trashes the company in a CNBC interview.

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[l] at 9/16/14 11:53pm


Thinkgeek's silicone game controller molds are $10, and feature six controllers per food-/dishwasher-safe tray (Playstation, NES and Sega) -- perfect for candy, chocolate or icemaking.

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[l] at 9/16/14 10:39pm


The Deadpool leggings ($35) are the perfect accessory to bring out your inner wisecracking immortal mercenary (the maker, Tohnik, also does leggings featuring Princess Monanoke Guardians of the Forest and Miyazaki minions). Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 10:24pm

Introduced by Eric Swalwell (D-CA), the draft Consumer Review Freedom Act bans the "un-American" practice of making people agree not to complain as a condition of using websites. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 10:02pm

David ! from Wondermark and Machine of Death sez, "I'm hoping to turn some of my fake Victorian charts and diagrams (such as the venerable Hierarchy of Beards, or the newer Zoological Times Table of chimerae) into 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles -- my pitch video also features a cameo from my adorable kittycat!" Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 10:00pm


The National Party was instrumental in passing the harsh "strict liability" NZ copyright laws that offer no relief from liability, even for people who buy licenses that turn out to have been offered in error -- as appears to be the case in the National Party campaign ad that used Lose Yourself for bed music. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 8:45pm
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Moon Imaging,” a photo by Bryan Jones shot on the Fuji X-Pro1, and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 9/16/14 8:36pm

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Black Rock Desert Galaxy,” a photo shared by Wolfram Burner in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 9/16/14 8:36pm

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Black Rock Desert Milky Way,” a photo shared by Wolfram Burner in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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[l] at 9/16/14 8:09pm

Four years since their last release, New York City's favorite post-punk revivalists Interpol are finally back in the ring with El Pintor, a stunning LP that brings the group back to the minimalist grayscale magnificence of Antics (2004) and Turn On The Bright Lights (2002). Boing Boing is pleased to premiere Interpol's new video for their track "Twice as Hard," directed by Paul Banks. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 5:40pm
In this episode of You Are Not So Smart David McRaney explores ego depletion and all the things that can cause it, from feeling rejection to holding back tears to avoiding the temptation of cookies. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 5:01pm

"Ever wonder what would happen when you get confronted by MP's and military investigation unit outside of the base and don't say much to them?" -- Bunny Boots Ink Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 3:57pm
Cold war historian Bill Geerhart examines a classic of the Public Shelter Occupancy film genre, "The Story of Shelter 104" Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 2:39pm
"The Day The Mummy Returned" is a 1971 short story written by Ed Wood, Jr. the American original who gave us Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and so much more. It's presented here for the first time in over forty years since its initial publication. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 2:19pm

Give Me Fiction is a prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez. On this episode, comedian Kyle Mizono tells a story of adolescent development and Mortal Kombat.

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[l] at 9/16/14 1:52pm
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testify during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. policy toward Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State on Capitol Hill in Washington September 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testify during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. policy toward Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State on Capitol Hill in Washington September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

General Martin Dempsey, the military's top officer who chairs the Joint Chiefs, told the Senate Armed Services Committee he would recommend sending U.S. ground troops to assist Iraqi and Kurdish forces if he believes it necessary.

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[l] at 9/16/14 1:27pm

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other senior officials are gathered today at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for to announce that NASA will resume human space flight in the United States-- Boeing and SpaceX will be the commercial partners to help transport astronauts to the International Space Station, and they will launch from Cape Canaveral. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 1:22pm
Colin Marshall came to my house and interviewed me for his excellent Notebook on Cities and Culture podcast. Listen to it here. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 1:16pm

Some of my favorite things about zombie movies are the details of the changed world. The dead grass, broken windows, toppled telephone poles, abandoned cars with missing wheels and trunks left open, boarded-up buildings, spent ammo shells, and other signs of struggle and desperation serve to create a fascinatingly creepy environment. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 1:09pm

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other senior officials are gathered today at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a ceremony to announce that NASA will resume human space flight in the United States. The announcement will reveal which spacecraft will transport astronauts to the International Space Station. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 12:44pm

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French illustrator John Rebaud's “Skateographie” series transforms classic skateboard tricks into poster art. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 12:43pm
SPACELAB9 and Hasbro Studios are releasing two picture disc vinyl editions of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic," availably only from Hot Topic. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 12:03pm

The case of Timothy Young made national headlines in 2012 when New Mexico police anally probed him in search of drugs (no contraband was found).

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[l] at 9/16/14 11:55am
Tiny, delicate, and precious without being--well, precious. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 11:12am
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The California Sunday Magazine is a brand new publication launched by longtime Boing Boing pal Chas Edwards and Doug McGray, founder of the Pop-Up Magazine live event series. Read the rest

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

This Russian motorcyclist throws trash into the widows of litterbugs she comes across.

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[l] at 9/16/14 10:38am

George Mason University’s Green Machine pep band rages against the machine. (via Devour)

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[l] at 9/16/14 10:35am
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In Smithsonian, Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, profiles everyone's favorite Amazonian princess. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 10:32am

Breakfast cooked as it should be - on a levitating aluminum hot plate. From Popular Science, 1966.

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[l] at 9/16/14 10:31am

A football team executed a fake punt so terribly that one component of it--a player pretending to have some kind of seizure on the field of play--seemed strangely authentic. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 10:28am

The Illustrated Man was one of the first Ray Bradbury books I bought. I picked it up at my junior high school's weekly book sale.

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

This fellow (mostly) delights New Yorkers by high-fiving them as they hail taxis.

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[l] at 9/16/14 9:42am
TiVo-Mega-660x556 Available early next year, the TiVo Mega has 2TB of hot swappable RAID storage, 6 tuners, includes a lifetime TiVo subscription, and costs $5,000. Load it with years of shows you'll never watch!

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[l] at 9/16/14 9:40am
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Described by USA Today as "something like an employee manual," the U.S. Senate Handbook is just full of craziness. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 9:31am

High school (?) band rages against the machine. (via Devour)

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[l] at 9/16/14 9:30am
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Fanciful and funky sculptural works in cardboard by Bartek Elsner, a designer and art director based in Berlin. The street art is particularly bold! Here's his “paper blog.”

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[l] at 9/16/14 9:28am
A 65-year-old woman died yesterday after jumping into a lake at a Bangkok zoo containing hundreds of adult crocodiles, reports the BBC: "Thai tourist attractions are said to often have lax safety rules." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 9:24am
Explore and shoot in the infra-red near-darkness of apocalyptic ruins filled with ancient monsters; the surprisingly terrifying GIF above says everything about this 2D, top-down action RPG. There's no demo, but it's very nearly reached its Kickstarter goal--I'll be right on top of it when it comes out next summer.

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

Personal Audio LLC owns patents related to podcasting—"episodic content transmitted over the internet"—and a jury in Marshall, Texas has let CBS know it.

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

Kelly Sparks (fashion director at Joyus, wife of me) points us to a fantastic series of Vines showcasing the Vogue editors' favorite looks from New York Fashion Week, including this incredible clip of a technicolor dress from the Thom Browne Spring 2015 collection.

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[l] at 9/16/14 8:45am
George is recovering after the "high-risk" $200 operation, and may now live another 20 years. Surgeon Dr. Tristan Rich described the procedure as "fiddly."

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[l] at 9/16/14 8:38am
Coshocton, Ohio, has about 11,000 residents, a church, and a strip club. The latter have been fighting for years, with dueling protests a weekly event in the midwestern town, and local law enforcement has had enough of policing them: "The protests are becoming more personal and more problematic, so we felt the need to plead with both sides to at least stop for a while."

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[l] at 9/16/14 8:31am
Longsword fencing is a popular new event, a rigorous and fast-moving blend of reconstructed medieval martial arts and modern sporting standards.

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[l] at 9/16/14 8:30am
Longsword fencing is a popular new event, a rigorous and fast-moving blend of reconstructed medieval martial arts and modern sporting standards.

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[l] at 9/16/14 7:39am

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Panasonic's CM1 weds a 1-inch camera sensor (as found in high-end point-and-shoots like the Sony RX100 and Canon's just-announced G7X) with a smartphone running Android 4.4. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/16/14 7:32am

Jeffrey Martin sez, "I've spentthe summer getting up to speed with quadcopters, floating above the rooftops in the early, early morning in one of Europe's most beautiful cities: here is the result." Read the rest

[Category: Video, czech, DRONES, happy mutants, prague, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 9/16/14 6:16am

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[l] at 9/16/14 4:51am

Hey, Kids! Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

AND PURCHASE A METAPHOR FOR GREAT ENTERTAINMENT VALUE AND SUPPORT OF ARTISTS: a membership in the Tom the Dancing Bug subscription club, the INNER HIVE! (more…)

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[l] at 9/16/14 12:07am

One year
Critical Hits: a history of a the battle between gamers and game-designers for nuance in combat systems: The early history of role-playing games seems like a constant battle between the creators of Dungeons & Dragons and its fans. Sometimes, like with critical hits, the fans wanted the game to be one way, but Gary Gygax and the folks at TSR just wouldn't have it. The case of critical hits shows that the fans have the real power, and that even if it takes decades, eventually D&D will implement critical hits, damn it. The history of critical hits was written by Jon Peterson, author of the fantastic-looking Playing at the World, a history of wargames and RPGs. Looks like an excellent companion to David Ewalt's Of Dice and Men.


Five years
Working handcuff keys printed on a 3D printer: German hacker Ray has shown that he can print working Dutch police handcuff keys from plastic on his 3D printers, and has released the 3D files so you can print your own.

Ten years
Earthlink posts P2P app, manifesto: Earthlink has released a new file-sharing tool based on SIP, the protocol underlying Voice Over IP and other systems for peer-to-peer connectivity. What's coolest about this is the manifesto they posted along with it.

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[l] at 9/16/14 12:02am

The Captain America Roll Up Scarf unrolls to a generous 6'5" scarf; you can also get other heroes to order, as well as sushi rolls. (via Geeky Merch)

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[l] at 9/15/14 11:57pm


Ton Siedsma, a lawyer for the Dutch civil liberties group Bits of Freedom, volunteered to have a week's worth of his phone's metadata collected and analyzed by researchers from Ghent University and by Mike Moolenaar. Read the rest

[Category: Post, metadata, mobile, netherlands, spooks, surveillance]

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[l] at 9/15/14 11:49pm

Todd from We the Builders writes, "100 people worldwide 3D printed pieces for this three foot tall sculpture of the Houdon bust of Benjamin Franklin.; all 200 pieces were mailed to Baltimore where they were assembled at the Baltimore Node Hackerspace." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 11:41pm


Carl sends us, "beautiful, authentic-looking temporary tattoos designed by famous tattooers, including Dan Smith, Dean Sacred, BJ Betts, Dusty Neal, Myra Oh, and many more."

Temporary Tattoos | Tattoo You (Thanks, Carl!)

[Category: Post, design, fashion, gift guide, illustration, tattoos]

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[l] at 9/15/14 9:32pm

Rightscorp -- a firm that asks ISPs to disconnect you from the Internet unless you pay it money for alleged, unproven copyright infringements -- was finally challenged in court by an ISP, Texas's Grande Communications; as soon as it looked like it would have the legal basis for its business-model examined by a judge, the company cut and ran, withdrawing its threats. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, Copyfight, corruption, dmca, extortion, texas]

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[l] at 9/15/14 6:18pm

My 7 year old and I just had fantastic debate about the proper way to lace Vans.

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[l] at 9/15/14 5:07pm
The long, strange trip that began in Charles Burns' X'ed Out and continued in The Hive reaches its mind-bending, heartbreaking end, but not before Doug is forced to deal with the lie he's been telling himself since the beginning. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 4:43pm
We need fungal Solutions to Pollution, Global Pandemics, and Starvation, says Tradd Cotter, a microbiologist and professional mycologist Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 4:24pm

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Spanish creative agency Txaber created a series of beer packaging labels in which each brew type is presented with a corresponding Pantone color. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 2:04pm

We've featured Dalton Ghetti's magnificent pencil sculptures in years past, but they're so gorgeous, and new to many. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 1:56pm

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The Instagram photos of Rafael Mantesso, who stages his doggie--a Bull Terrier--in these funny and adorable compositions. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 12:21pm

"Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal; we have the right to terminate, fine, or suspend your account at anytime due to you violating the rules -- Do you have any other questions? Thank you for contacting Comcast." Read the rest

[Category: Post, anonymity, Business, cable company fuckery, comcast, corruption, net neutrality, privacy, telcoms, tor]

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[l] at 9/15/14 12:11pm


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Fight for the Future and Namecheap just parked a truck directly across the street from the FCC with a huge video billboard mounted on top facing the agency's main entrance; we're playing net neutrality videos all day today and tomorrow." Read the rest

[Category: Post, cable company fuckery, fcc, happy mutants, net neutrality, regulatory capture, stunts]

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[l] at 9/15/14 12:00pm

The Slow Regard of Silent Things being his next novel, a fantasy title due out at the end of October. Read the rest

[Category: Post, audiobooks, fantasy, happy mutants, science fiction]

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[l] at 9/15/14 11:40am

This is the best atlas of human anatomy there is. Every other anatomy atlas I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen dozens) pales in comparison. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 11:25am

In 1970, Army National Guardsmen opened fire on students at Kent State University in Ohio who were protesting the Vietnam War.

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[l] at 9/15/14 11:25am
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In the early 20th century, ethnologist Edward S. Curtis made 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Native American language and music and took 40,000 photographs of people from more than 80 tribes, such as these. Read the rest

[Category: Image, History, native americans, photography]

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[l] at 9/15/14 11:17am

You probably don't want to look at photos of bloody welts on a 4-year-old child. But Minnesota Vikings officials looked and handed out what they consider appropriate punishment to the boy's father, football star Adrian Peterson, who turned himself in on child abuse charges on Saturday morning. A one-game suspension.

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[l] at 9/15/14 10:23am
Check out all the photos in this Atlantic article. Cozy!

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

"The bat ended up being rabid, something [Derrick Skou, from Gresham, Oregon] only found out after taking it to Multnomah County health officials. He had first tried to take it to the Clackamas County Environmental Health Department, but he says they declined to test the bat."

Rabid bat bit man jamming on guitar

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[l] at 9/15/14 10:04am

From the Kickstarter page: "The NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment."

I've been carrying around a deck of cards wherever I go, practicing sleights from Expert Card Technique. I find that I'm able to have a conversation while practicing with the cards, just as knitters are able to converse while knitting. I recommend a deck of playing cards over the NoPhone.

The NoPhone

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[l] at 9/15/14 9:53am
On the Cool Tools Show, blogger and author David McRaney introduces us to some lesser known creative solutions to life's tiny nuisances that will help you untangle your wad of keys, opt for a better YouTube experience, and explore the future of musical experimentation. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 9:52am
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Australia's Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code has banned the Woolworths grocery from selling Homer Simpson's favorite beverage Duff Beer because "it will be instantly recognisable and highly appealing to children and young people under the legal drinking age," according to a complaint filed with the organization. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 8:50am

In 1970, Army National Guardsmen opened fire on students at Kent State University in Ohio who were protesting the Vietnam War.

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[l] at 9/15/14 7:56am


Caitlin Moran's How to Build a Girl is the story of Johanna Morrigan, poor, fat teenager from the economic backwater of 1990s Wolverhampton, and her transformation into legendary music critic and Lady Sex Adventurer, Dolly Wilde. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/15/14 7:44am
Congress has yet to phase out pennies, despite years of plans and the near-useless coin costing more to manufacture than their own face value.

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[l] at 9/15/14 7:34am

In 1970, Army National Guardsmen opened fire on students at Kent State University in Ohio who were protesting the Vietnam War.

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[l] at 9/15/14 7:31am


In Real Life is the book-length graphic novel adapted by Jen Wang from my short story Anda's Game, about a girl who encounters a union organizer working to sign up Chinese gold-farmers in a multiplayer game. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, china, Comics, gender, gift guide, gold farming, graphic novels, Kids, labor, mmorpgs, mmos, ya]

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[l] at 9/15/14 7:15am

In 1970, Army National Guardsmen opened fire on students at Kent State University in Ohio who were protesting the Vietnam War.

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[l] at 9/15/14 6:49am

Tech giant Microsoft is to buy Mojang, creators of Minecraft, for $2.5bn, reports the Associated Press.

Launched in 2009, Minecraft is a sprawling, endlessly-replayable "sandbox" game that dumps the player in a randomly-generated abstract world.

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[l] at 9/15/14 6:05am

Minnesota's Kahler Nygard drew a Spirit Air boarding car with the dreaded "SSSS" extra-search marker, and halfway to Denver, Spirit and/or the TSA decided he hadn't been searched properly (he says he was), so they panicked and dragged him off the plane in Denver for another search because he might have been a time-traveller who could harm a plane after getting off of it. Read the rest

[Category: Video, aviation, denver, security theater, spirit air, stupid, tsa, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 9/15/14 5:56am
Dean Putney reveals all over at Cool Tools.

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[l] at 9/15/14 5:42am
Artists and journalists will use virtual reality to transform perception—and virtual reality will transform everything. Jason Lvov on the gap closed by the Oculus Rift. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, Gadgets, oculus, oculus ruft, telepresence, Virtual reality, VR]

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[l] at 9/15/14 5:28am

One year Netflix uses piracy stats to choose its programming: Senior executives from Netflix have explained their method for choosing which programs to license for the service: they buy the rights to the most-pirated shows in each territory, because that's where the demand is.

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[l] at 9/15/14 4:56am
Maria Konnikova on the appearance and the authenticity of emotion in the animal kingdom--and how we can use science to explore it. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, animals, emotions, Science]

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[l] at 9/15/14 4:45am

In 1970, Army National Guardsmen opened fire on students at Kent State University in Ohio who were protesting the Vietnam War.

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[l] at 9/14/14 11:03pm


Dotcom claims he has emails between New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Warner exec Kevin Tsujihara in which Tsujihara explains that Dotcom was followed by private security in Hong Kong and that Key had made the extradition promise to Warner as part of the deal to shoot The Hobbit in NZ (the MPAA, Warner and Key's office all dispute the email's authenticity). Read the rest

[Category: Post, Copyfight, corruption, kim dotcom, megaupload, mpaa, nz]

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[l] at 9/14/14 10:43pm
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Here's the transcript at Medium of a deeply fascinating Aspen Ideas lecture by neuroeconomist Paul Zak, author of The Moral Molecule, about the chemical reason why the vast majority of us feel good helping others. Those who don't? Psychopaths, mostly.

[Category: Post, books, neuroscience, psychology, Science]

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

"A long time ago in a cookies and milky way galaxy far, far away, Princess Parfaita was taken prisoner by the evil Galactic Empire and had to be saved by a group of unlikely heroes including the young Luke Piewalker, Flan Solo, and Chewie the Cookie. "

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[l] at 9/14/14 10:19pm
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Skweee, Laboratorio, Deep Filthstep, Chalga (see below)-- those are only four of the 1,264 micro genres of popular music identified by "data alchemist" Glenn McDonald, creator of Every Noise At Once, which I posted about last year. Read the rest

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

Beautiful slow motion footage of skater Christopher Chann shot by Adam Shomsky at Stoner Skate Plaza, Los Angeles.

[Category: Video, skateboarding, skateboards, slow motion]

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[l] at 9/14/14 10:11pm


Tom Burtonwood sez, "I have just published Folium, a 3D printed book of bas relief from the Art Institute of Chicago; it's posted to thingiverse for download: 12 pages, 9 scans featuring works of art spanning over 2000 years, from the Ancient Egyptians to Louis Sullivan department store decorations." Read the rest

[Category: Post, 3d printing, art, books, happy mutants, makers, oshw, sculpture, thingiverse]

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

A study [PDF] published in a journal of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence found that sites that have a "downvote" button to punish bad comments lock the downvoted users into spirals of ever-more-prolific, ever-lower-quality posting due to a perception of having been martyred by the downvoters. Read the rest

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

Iconic movies and movie scenes recreated using stock footage. My favorite is The Shining, at 22 seconds in. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

[Category: Video, Entertainment, movies]

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[l] at 9/14/14 9:34pm

"Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal; we have the right to terminate, fine, or suspend your account at anytime due to you violating the rules -- Do you have any other questions? Thank you for contacting Comcast." Read the rest

[Category: Post, anonymity, Business, cable company fuckery, comcast, corruption, net neutrality, privacy, telcoms, tor]

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[l] at 9/14/14 9:34pm

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Cindy Cohn is on fire: "Let’s be clear: Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as 'law' at all."

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[Category: Post, Civlib, eff, law, nsa, rule of law, snowden]

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

Paul Di Filippo describes Ben Parzybok's new novel, Sherwood Nation: "The book is obviously as headline-friendly as the Ferguson riots, inequality debates, Occupy protests and climate change reports; but there's also a Joseph Conrad-Grahame Greene-Shakespeare style concern with the nature of power, the roles that are thrust upon us, and the limits of friendship and love." Read the rest

[Category: Post, Audio, detroit, neoliberalism, podcasts, politics, science fiction]

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[l] at 9/14/14 5:48pm
In commemoration of more than 1 million copies sold, this special paperback edition of The Graveyard Book features a gorgeous metallic gold cover, new content from Neil Gaiman, and sketches by illustrator Dave McKean. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/14/14 5:47pm

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"Last Cab" is the first video from San Francisco noise pop trio El Terrible, led by underground music veteran Terry Ashkinos (Elephone, Fake Your Own Death) with Scott Eberhardt on drums and vocals, and Adrian McCullough on bass, synth, and backing vocals. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/14/14 10:38am

My wife has kissed me in front of Studio Police, CA and she wasn't handcuffed. So why did they handcuff and detain Daniel Watts for kissing her boyfriend?

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

My wife has kissed me in front of Studio Police, CA and she wasn't handcuffed. So why did they handcuff and detain Daniel Watts for kissing her husband?

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[l] at 9/13/14 10:40pm

62,000 US drivers have been pulled over and had their cash seized by small-town American cops in the past 13 years, under civil forfeiture laws that let them declare anyone to be a probable terrorist and/or drug dealer and take their money without charge or evidence; the only way to get it back is to hire a lawyer and return, over and over again, to the tiny town you were passing through when you were robbed at badgepoint. Read the rest

[Category: Post, canada, civil forfeiture, corruption, gwot, police, usausausausa, war on some drugs]

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[l] at 9/13/14 10:09pm


Akai Tento's Yahoo Japan Store features some of the beautiful glistening gummi larvae, worms and bugs for sale in the tiny coffee shop/market stall in Aomori Prefecture, a Japanese fishing district. Read the rest

[Category: Image, carbs, Delightful Creatures, Food, gross, Japan, not food]

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[l] at 9/13/14 9:45pm


Nerd Alert Creations's Harry Potter skater dresses are made to order and come in all your favorite houses; they come in sleeves or sleveless. (via Geekymerch)

[Category: Post, etsy, fanac, fashion, gift guide, happy mutants, Harry Potter]

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[l] at 9/13/14 9:44am
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A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader James M.

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[l] at 9/13/14 9:29am
Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications -- and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/13/14 3:39am


Author Paul Di Filippo did a residency for Matera, a legendary, ancient Italian city and wrote "Chasing the Queen of Sassi" based on his experience of the region. Read the rest

[Category: Image, happy mutants, italy, publishing, science fiction, travel]

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[l] at 9/13/14 3:34am

It's a new long-form essay in the tradition of Sterling's must-read, groundbreaking 2005 book Shaping Things, a critical perspective on what it means to have a house full of "smart" stuff that answers to giant corporations and the states that exert leverage over them. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, futurism, iot, security, Technology, war on general purpose computers, web theory]

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[l] at 9/13/14 3:28am

Gus writes, "Two of us who help produce the Hackers On Planet Earth conference and the Off The Hook radio show are starting a new season of The Media Show, our media/digital literacy show; we'd love to invite Boing Boing readers to participate in the crowdfunding and questions for our next season." Read the rest

[Category: Video, 2600, crowdfunding, kickstarter, puppets, videos, web theory, youtube]

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[l] at 9/13/14 3:20am


Neil Clarke from the Hugo-winning Clarkesworld writes, "Clarkesworld Magazine has entered into an agreement with Storycom International in China to locate, translate, and publish Chinese science fiction stories in every issue." Read the rest

[Category: Post, china, crowdfunding, kickstarter, science fiction]

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[l] at 9/13/14 3:17am


Under the terms of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, approved by PM Harper on Friday, China can sue Canada in secret tribunals to repeal national and provincial laws that interfere with Chinese investments, including laws limiting construction of the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. Read the rest

[Category: Image, Business, canada, china, corruption, globalism, neoliberalism, tories, trade]

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[l] at 9/12/14 4:47pm
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Archie McPhee & Co. offers this Edgar Allan Poe intarsia sweater for $42.50, "one size fits most." (via Dangerous Minds)

[Category: Post, books, clothing, sweaters]

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[l] at 9/12/14 4:09pm

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A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Mark Moschell. The cats' names: Bert and Kiska. Says Mark, "I am only posting this because This Never Happens!"

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

Greg Spalenka has been producing fine and commercial art for over 30 years. As well as numerous gallery shows, he has produced art for clients including Warner Bros, New Line, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous book publishers.

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[l] at 9/12/14 3:46pm
Designers interviewed physicians, coaches, operations staff and sleep specialists to understand how best to create an environment that helps optimize performance for distant events. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/12/14 3:37pm
The "devastating" message didn't surprise her, she told ABC News, but the way it was delivered shocked her. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/12/14 2:39pm

Here's episode 480 of Kiki Sanford's kickass science podcast, TWIS.

A solar flare erupted from the sun that was aimed directly toward Earth.

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[l] at 9/12/14 1:53pm

I was just telling Xeni last night (waiting for the doors to open to see John Hodgman and David Rees perform at Largo in West Hollywood - great show!) that my only source for finding out about new music is Pesco and my 17-year-old daughter.

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[l] at 9/12/14 1:19pm

Isis Martinez, 38, of Miami, has started a petition asking the media to stop using the term "ISIS" to describe the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an unpleasant organization whose name may be rendered perfectly legitimately in other ways. The count is at 300.

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[l] at 9/12/14 1:04pm
"Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/12/14 1:04pm
whoppingAimed at videographers who need fast, expansive storage at a size easily stashed in a camera, SanDisk's Extreme PRO SD card range now comes with up to 512GB of space: enough to match most solid state drives, with read/write speeds faster than many mainstream hard drives. But it's $800, so no.

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[l] at 9/12/14 1:02pm

Back when The Jackson 5ive were cartoon characters in a Saturday morning series that ran from 1971-1972, directed by Robert Balser who was animation director for Yellow Submarine and worked on Heavy Metal. (Thanks, Lux!)

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

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Check out some of the stunning images photographer Trey Ratcliff captured at Burning Man this year.

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[l] at 9/12/14 12:40pm
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Burger King has launched a black burger in Japan made from black peppered-beef, buns and cheese darkened with bamboo charcoal, and a topping of garlic sauce blackened with squid ink. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/12/14 12:19pm
In this episode of "They Actually Made That!?," our pal Attaboy demonstrates several strange and "violent" vintage family games.

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[l] at 9/12/14 12:19pm

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Lots of explodey GIFs so explodey they could be directed by Michael Bay. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/12/14 12:15pm
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A 14-year-old in Everett, Pennsylvania who simulated oral sex with a Jesus statue and posted photos on Facebook has been charged with the crime of desecrating a venerated object. Read the rest

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

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A design project by Taylor Kinser of Chattanooga, TN. Read the rest

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

Amazing trick shots by Ziemowit Janaszek.

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[l] at 9/12/14 11:57am
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"Dreams, hope, and most importantly, love, mixed with some parties and dranking." The 100 most chart-topping songs of all time represented with charts and diagrams. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/12/14 11:48am


Journalists waiting outside the Great Hall of the People during the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing in March. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

A paper released by the Foreign Correspondent's Club in China shows that conditions for reporters in the country have gone from bad to worse. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/12/14 11:30am

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"Cinematographs," gently animated GIFs by photographer Julien Douvier. Mesmerizing.

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[l] at 9/12/14 11:25am

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Cinematographs, by photographer Julien Douvier. Mesmerizing.

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[l] at 9/12/14 10:46am
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has pulled out of his reelection race, citing an abdominal tumor for which he is receiving medical treatment. But that does not meant that the family Ford have fucked their last bumble: brother Doug Ford is to take his place on the ballot

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[l] at 9/12/14 10:08am
Apple will no longer sell the iPod Classic. Mat Honan reflects on the end of a thing that was, itself, the end of something else.
I miss the time when we were still defined by our music. When our music was still our music. I miss being younger, with a head full subversive ideas; white cables snaking down my neck, stolen songs in my pocket. There will never be an app for that.

Information "wants to be rented."

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[l] at 9/12/14 9:43am
Utterly addicted to the slime, they are, according to a survey of 10,000 professionals in Britain.

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[l] at 9/12/14 9:39am

A photograph of a teacher on a school textbook was taken from a pornographic movie, reports Rocket News 24, leading to trouble for its Thailand-based publisher.

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

The 1960s were a magical decade in the world of toys. Toy companies like Wham-O, Hasbro, Mattel and Kenner were churning out captivating toys faster than toy stores could keep them in stock.

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[l] at 9/12/14 8:57am

Can't remember much after about 8pm last night, but just found these on my desktop, so it must have been a good evening.

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[l] at 9/12/14 8:51am

Can't remember much after about 8pm last night, but just found these on my desktop, so it must have been a good evening.

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[l] at 9/12/14 7:54am


Intestine socks! $11/pair (there's also lined notepaper versions for the squeamish), fits men's 9-12/women's 10.5-13. (via Canopy)

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[l] at 9/12/14 6:19am

One year After the Meltdown: tracking the fortunes reaped by the bankers who tanked the economy: Documents the fate of the regulators, executives, and firms that were most directly responsible for the subprime meltdown, and demonstrates that the top bankers for firms like Lehman got unbelievably rich due to their failures, and are still in business with lucrative consulting firms (for example, Lehman CEO Richard Fuld walked away with several hundred million in cash and now has homes in three states and a personal consulting outfit).

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[l] at 9/12/14 6:16am

One year Teen exorcists from Arizona take on the UK and Harry Potter: Brynne Larson and Tess and Savannah Scherkenback, teenage girls from Arizona who happen to be exorcists just like Brynne's dad, visit the UK!

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[l] at 9/12/14 1:20am


They're $20 from Thinkgeek, and are made of a "silvertone metal alloy," whatever that is.

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[l] at 9/12/14 1:16am


They're oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer-safe, and make 4 3" cakes (or whatever) per batch; $13 each.

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[l] at 9/12/14 12:32am


Pop culture chocolatier Sweet Belle Cakes sells a variety of Star Wars-themed chocolates, from the solid chocolate Death Star ($8) to the massive chocolate Millennium Falcon ($22) to the Han Solo in carbonite truffle bars (there's also a $13 variety pack!). Read the rest

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[l] at 9/12/14 12:23am


Evil Miss Cakehead's latest edible installation is a "horror-farm" featuring all manner of grotesqueries from baskets of entrails to slaughtered pigs, entirely made from cake! Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 11:36pm

It's the largest number of comments ever filed in an FCC docket, blowing past the 1.4M comments received on Janet Jackson's Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction" (and how f-ed up is it that wardrobe malfunction held the top place until now?). Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 11:31pm


The entire GOP Senate caucus voted against Tom Udall's proposed Constitutional amendment that would have allowed states to set rules limiting campaign contributions, overturning the notorious Citizens United Supreme Court decision that found that money was a form of protected speech. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 11:06pm


We've known since the start that Yahoo fought the NSA's Prism surveillance program tooth-and-nail; but as unsealed court docs show, the Feds made the process into a harrowing ordeal, and sweet-talked gullible judges into dropping the hammer on Y. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 9:58pm


Mtomsky's laser-cut art runs a gamut, from sweet, modest brooches like the $20.70 woodland squirrel to larger, more ambitious sculptural pieces from the wonderful mounted fish ($290); to massive spectacular pieces like the Warm Welcome ($580) and the hugely ambitious Deep Slumber ($4041). Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 8:09pm

The Salt Lake Tribune reports on gun-toting teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery, who is taking the week off. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 7:06pm

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 9/11/14 6:15pm

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The San Diego Unified School District police recently acquired a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, through the federal government's surplus military equipment program.

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[l] at 9/11/14 6:10pm

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The San Diego Unified School District police recently acquired a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, through the federal government's surplus military equipment program.

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[l] at 9/11/14 6:05pm
Federal agents view Los Angeles as the new Miami: an important center of drug cartel cashflow. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 5:50pm
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"A staggering 80 percent of Central American girls and women crossing Mexico en route to the United States are raped along the way, according to directors of migrant shelters interviewed by Fusion." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 5:32pm
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A gorgeous, hi-rez photo mosaic by Trey Ratcliff. "Thumbnails from 2,000 instagram photos taken and shared at Burning Man 2014. View full-size.

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[l] at 9/11/14 2:55pm
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Over at Salon, punk legend Bob Mould talks to Rick Moody about rocking out in your 50s, deejaying big gay dance parties, and playing the Minnesota State Fair. I love Bob Mould. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 2:31pm

Jane and I have been having a great time with The Code, a magic effect created by actor and magician Andy Nyman.

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[l] at 9/11/14 1:23pm

Tropicalia is a documentary about the 1960s music scene in Brazil, featuring Boing Boing patron saints Os Mutantes (formed in 1966 and still doing their thing!).

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[l] at 9/11/14 12:42pm
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A fabulous photoshop series by Bag of Delights. Read the rest

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

YouTuber Pastek pasted Super Mario into a bunch of FAIL videos. Video above, GIF below. (more…)

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[l] at 9/11/14 12:24pm

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A 2014 series by Eliash Strongowski, an artist based in Zhytomyr, Ukraine: "Collages." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 12:09pm

It’s impossible to review the Dark Horse Comics collections of Creepy and Eerie without a few fond recollections. In the ’60s and ’70s, my father owned a men’s tailored clothing shop on Moody Street in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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[l] at 9/11/14 12:00pm

Video. Hope they delete curling and replace it with cat sliding as a new Olympic sport. I'd totally be into the Olympics, then.

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[l] at 9/11/14 11:56am
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[l] at 9/11/14 11:55am

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Vancouver, Canada officials were quick to remove a statue of Satan that had been mysteriously erected on a pedestal that once supported a statue of a similarly diabolical being, Christoper Columbus.

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[l] at 9/11/14 11:43am
In November, our friends at Last Gasp will publish a sumptuous boxed set of The Complete Zap Comix, the series born in 1968 that launched the careers of R. Crumb, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson, Gilbert Shelton, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, and the entire culture of underground comix. Far fucking out. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 11:37am
14-year-old Naomi Horn says the heroine of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series remains a depressingly rare example of a fictional female respected for her education and intelligence. In Hermione’s world, being smart is what makes her important. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 11:34am

mushy"As genes for beauty were favored over those for taste, the skins grew tough and bitter around mushy, sugar-soaked flesh." — Sarah Yager, writing for the Atlantic on the Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

I prefer Fuji apples.

Image: NPR

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[l] at 9/11/14 11:24am

A law enforcement official says he sent the infamous elevator video of football player Ray Rice delivering a knockout punch to his fiancee's face back in April.

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[l] at 9/11/14 10:57am

Very special video of a rare species. [HT: Dean Putney]

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[l] at 9/11/14 10:44am

I don't want a job as a Russell's viper milker.

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[l] at 9/11/14 10:40am

It's always fun to watch a craftsman at work.

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

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In a parallel universe, the print industry is thriving. (more…)

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[l] at 9/11/14 9:56am

I have frequent bouts of insomnia, the kind where I fall asleep easily but wake up at 2am and have trouble falling back asleep.

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[l] at 9/11/14 9:45am
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In the northern Indian city of Shimla, a monkey burgled 10,000 rupees from a home, climbed a tree, and threw the bills down one-by-one on passers-by. This isn't the first such incident either. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 9:26am
Inspired by Indiana Jones, I was an archeology major for about 10 minutes at the start of my freshman year in college. Read the rest

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


Shirt-on-demand (tank, tee or sweat) from Lookhuman.

Ain't No Party Like A D&D Party (via Wonderland)

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[l] at 9/11/14 9:06am
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UC Berkeley researchers demonstrated software that averages thousands of similar photo to create a single representative image, like this wedding shot. Users can also refine and weight specific features within the source pool of photos to refine the average image. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 8:51am
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Richard Kiel who played the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) has died; he was 74 and 7-foot-2.

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[l] at 9/11/14 8:40am

Watch this Auralnauts video to see the importance of John Williams' bombastic score to Star Wars. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

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[l] at 9/11/14 7:55am

Ed writes, "Here's an ambitious short film I made for the Royal Institution with evolutionary psychologist Nicholas Humphrey -- it explores the problems in understanding human consciousness particularly in explaining how its seemingly magical qualities arise from the physical matter of the brain."

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[l] at 9/11/14 7:45am


At 81, Polish illustrator Andre Krayewski has adapted his tmemoir about being a jazz fan in Stalinist Poland into a graphic novel, and his son Ed has translated it to English. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 7:24am

Mat Ricardo improves on his signature tablecloth trick (in which he puts the tablecloth back under the place-settings) with a new trick that's quite a stunner!

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[l] at 9/11/14 6:31am
In the rural far north, to be harassed, assaulted and raped is a commonplace threat for children and adults alike: "Alaska’s rape rate is almost three times the national average; for child sexual assault, it’s nearly six"

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[l] at 9/11/14 4:44am
John Scalzi's new novel Lock In is already rocketing up the bestseller charts, and with good reason -- it's a book with everything Scalzi's fans have come to love and expect from his books, and more -- a parable about disability, big business, and technological change, wrapped in a tense police-procedural that grabs you and won't let go. Cory Doctorow reviews Lock In. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 4:36am
When my wife and I decided to take a trip around the world with our two kids, we knew there would be some good times and great memories, but we weren't naive enough to think that it was going to be a year of easy adventure full of laughs and endless fun. Tom Fassbender reports from Costa Rica. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 3:05am

One year No robot will ever... Today's XKCD strip, Reassuring, wittily illustrates Kevin Kelly's Seven Stages of Robot Replacement, which start with "1.

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[l] at 9/11/14 1:50am

There were 800 convictions in the S&L crisis, but the DOJ hasn't prosecuted a single banker involved in the financial crisis; as Matt Taibbi points out in the brilliant, essential book The Divide, if shutting down a huge bank would impose too many costs on society, then why don't prosecutors insist that the banks be split up as a condition of not dropping the entire C-suite into the deepest dungeon in the nation? Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 12:30am

The creator of Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta; zinester; defender of libraries; wizard; battler of Big Comics and pornographer has finished the first draft of a novel set loosely in Northampton, a kind of fictionalized memoir of Moore's family -- no publication date yet, and it's likely to come out in three volumes. CAN'T WAIT.

(Image: Alan Moore, Nikki Tysoe, CC-BY)

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


The two halves of the bowl snap together to make a giant D20 (saving throw up, of course), and then snap apart to form a pair of dishwasher/ microwave-safe serving bowls -- $13 from Thinkgeek.

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[l] at 9/11/14 12:15am

The 200-year-old nonprofit newspaper has turned the gorgeous 19th century railroad goods shed opposite their King's Cross office into an event space, and members can attend stellar, intimate events with Vivienne Westwood, Russell Brand, Jimmy Page, Naomi Klein and more. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 12:05am


It started off as a celebrated, gorgeous mutation in an Iowa orchard, spread across the land, and was then selectively bred to look redder, bruise less, and ripen on the truck -- all at the cost of flavor and texture. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/11/14 12:00am

Yesterday's net-wide campaign for Net Neutrality put through more than 1,000 calls per minute to Congress!

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[l] at 9/10/14 11:55pm

Cheapass Games went all the way to England for our next game: 'Stuff and Nonsense', a card game about telling wild tales of imaginary adventure; We had a great time working with the talented Professor Elemental, known for his whimsical steampunk and chap hop music." Read the rest

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

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[l] at 9/10/14 7:09pm
The gestation and birth of Beyond Cyberpunk! and Borg Like Me as narrated by Gareth Branwyn. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/10/14 5:47pm

Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance speaks with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now about the growing movement for drug decriminalization that is moving ahead in the United States.

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[l] at 9/10/14 5:43pm

annaVogue’s Editor in Chief provides brief answers to 73 questions. She doesn't stop to think for a second before answering them. If you have not seen the documentary about Wintour, The September Issue, I recommend it!

[Category: Post]

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[l] at 9/10/14 5:33pm

Zak Ebrahim, son of the man who helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, gave this moving TED talk (Watch the full video here). He also has a new book out, called The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice

[Category: Video]

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[l] at 9/10/14 4:13pm
Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana, with evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Podcast, Post, Incredibly Interesting Authors] [Link to media]

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[l] at 9/10/14 3:06pm
Mitch O'Connell asks, "What boy wouldn't want to emulate the suave sophistication and rugged manliness of a Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Steve McQueen, and that guy that lives in front of the 7-11?" Read the rest

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[l] at 9/10/14 2:48pm

Two classic parody clip from Peter Serafinowicz. (more…)

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[l] at 9/10/14 2:38pm

Every time I watch this "crying Indian" PSA from 1971 I get emotional. It stars Iron Eyes Cody, and Pricenomics tells his story.

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[l] at 9/10/14 2:16pm

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A beautiful series by illustrator Olivia Knapp: "Input."

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[l] at 9/10/14 1:59pm

...and that's exactly what I wanted, because I'm not a big caller. But maybe it's time to switch to Android, because they already have stuff just like it, and with some meatier hardware to boot.

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[l] at 9/10/14 1:55pm

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"Icons," a 2011 series by Adriana Duque, a photographer from Colombia. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/10/14 1:28pm

Musician Jonathan Mann sums up what happened at the big Apple iPhone 6/6+ and Apple Watch event as only Song A Day Man can: “Apple Watch: The Musical.” Read the rest

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[l] at 9/10/14 1:06pm

This little gadget hones your razor after each use, and extends its usefulness by keeping it sharp longer. It’s a strip of silicone rubber in a plastic holder.

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[l] at 9/10/14 1:04pm

During the Apple launch event on Tuesday, September 9, this video on "seeing things differently" set the tone for Tim Cook's unveiling of the iPhone 6/6+, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay.

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[l] at 9/10/14 12:46pm

Nothing screams DRUGS! as much as middle-aged dudes posing next to pop art paper collages.

From DRUGS, a volume in the Life Science Library. This version 1969, originally published 1967. Background artwork by Donald Miller and Yale Joel, collaged (ie photos added) by David Gordon and Nancy Genet.

(Via Found Objects)

[Category: Post, Art and Design, photography]

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[l] at 9/10/14 10:57am

Over at Medium's The List, Clive Thompson argues that a 1974 science fiction novel for teens called Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy "nailed everything we’re arguing today about personal drones, privacy, and the danger of government overreach." I can't wait to read the book!

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[l] at 9/10/14 10:44am
51DTgYuPCwL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ On This American Life, Jonathan Goldstein explores the shocking (and hilarious) reality behind a weird guidebook to 1970s paranormal and occult superpowers that utterly gripped him when he was 11 years old: Ultra-Psychonics: How to Work Miracles with the Limitless Power of Psycho-Atomic Energy. Read the rest

[Category: Post]

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

The astonishingly prolific author/scientist Clifford Pickover (see the review of his Book of Black for a list of some of his other books) is a math enthusiast with a talent for ferreting out fascinating anecdotes about math, and writing them in a way that inspires wonder. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, math]

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[l] at 9/10/14 10:26am

For example, util the real Kramer consented to the use of his name on TV, Kramer was briefly named Kessler and Jerry called him that in the pilot that aired. (via Laughing Squid)

[Category: Video, Entertainment, television]

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[l] at 9/10/14 10:13am
10Q is a fascinating effort from BB contributor Tanya Schevitz and my pals at Reboot where you sign up to receive one provocative "big" life question each day via email for ten days. The project was inspired by the Jewish High Holidays, a traditional period of personal reflection, but 10Q is not just for Jewish people and the questions aren't about religion. Read the rest

[Category: Post, judaism, questions]

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[l] at 9/10/14 9:54am

Collectors Weekly looks at the birth of mountain biking and the legendary 1976 Repack race in Marin, California:

In France, from 1951 to 1956, a group of 20 or so French cyclists founded Velo Cross Club Parisian, whose members performed jumps and other tricks on off-road bicycles outfitted with modified moped suspension forks to absorb front-end vibrations.

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[l] at 9/10/14 9:44am

Andrew Huang plays Nena's 1983 jam "99 Red Balloons" on actual red balloons. But not 99 of them.

[Category: Video, music]

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[l] at 9/10/14 8:50am
Not so fast! Snapchat settled a legal battle with a cofounder who it ousted from the company. Tinder paid out likewise to who a cofounder who left after accusing an executive of sexual harassment; the executive has left the company.

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[l] at 9/10/14 8:00am


Liz writes, "This Sept 11 is the 300th anniversary of the loss of Catalonia's sovereignty to Spain. Catalans will commemorate the date by holding a massive demonstration -- perhaps Europe's largest ever-- on two major Barcelona boulevards, creating a huge letter V for Vote with upwards of 1.5 million expected participants." Read the rest

[Category: Post, catalonia, eu, politics, spain]

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[l] at 9/10/14 6:13am

Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

AND join the fun in the INNER HIVE! Find out more here! (more…)

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[l] at 9/10/14 5:57am
Jacqui Hawkins is among the many locals whose sense of calm and wellbeing was shattered by the green sugar cocks: "I don't find anything amusing about it at all. I find it disgusting." The candy was designed for sale in England and mistakenly sent elsewhere. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/10/14 5:53am
Between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. is the hour "we feel most anxious, depressed, and alone," according to data from Crisis Text.

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[l] at 9/10/14 5:50am
The missing expedition of Sir John Franklin, lost in the fabled Northwest Passage in 1846, is "one of Canada's greatest mysteries." One of its two vessels has been found, apparently intact, with sonar.

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[l] at 9/10/14 5:44am
At Reddit, an Amazon warehouse worker reports on the stuff you send back: "I have nightmares where I'm buried in Samsung Galaxy S5 cases"

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

Lara Elena Donnelly writes, "The Clarion class of 2012--known as the Awkward Robots--want to tell you a story. Or, more precisely, 17 stories. About post-singularity dreamscapes, gentrified haunted houses, and redcaps in the trenches at Verdun." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/10/14 12:18am


Maria writes, "Could 'unschooling' be the best route to an entrepreneurial STEAM career? Two new studies of grown unschoolers show that a disproportionately high percentage have gone into science, technology and creative arts careers. They are also much more likely to be self-employed." Read the rest

[Category: Image, education, employment, Kids, STEM, unschooling]

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[l] at 9/10/14 12:15am

Beautifully shot and edited, a rarely seen vista on one of the most amazing places in the world.

[Category: Video, burning man, DRONES, happy mutants, videos]

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[l] at 9/10/14 12:13am


It's a twisted, genius alphabet book in the style of Tejaratchi's (more) wonderful found-art collage zine Crap Hound, and published by the brilliant Portland zine store Reading Frenzy; $20 gets you your own copy. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Copyfight, gift guide, kickstarter, Kids, parenting, publishing]

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[l] at 9/10/14 12:07am

It's from the original audio edition of his seminal 1984 novel, which is sadly no longer available, though it's easy enough to find bootlegs online. Read the rest

[Category: Video, Audio, books, Copyfight, cyberpunk, Old school, science fiction, videos, youtube]

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


You know those websites that dim themselves out and make you click through a "lightbox" that stops you from reading until you look at an ad, join a mailing list, or stand on one foot while whistling "The Stars and Stripes Forever" -- all you need is a little web-fu and you can make them go away.

How to view 'locked' content on websites.

(via Reddit)

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[l] at 9/9/14 11:56pm

It's a stirring Congressional speech in support of Tom Udall's (D-NM) Constitutional amendment.

(via Reddit)

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[l] at 9/9/14 11:53pm

IBM, Cisco, Intel, and Sandvine make huge bank selling ISPs the networking gear needed to discriminate against online services that haven't paid bribes for access to the "fast lane" -- but it's totally a coincidence that they've told the US government to make sure that the FCC doesn't ban the corrupt practice. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, cable company fuckery, cisco, corruption, fcc, ibm, intel, net neutrality, sandvine, tech, web theory]

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[l] at 9/9/14 11:46pm


In "Effect of Prolonged Sitting and Breaks in Sitting Time on Endothelial Function," forthcoming in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers from IU Bloomington report on a study that holds out hope for anyone worried about the health effects of prolonged sitting. Read the rest

[Category: Post, health, lifehacks, scholarship, Science]

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[l] at 9/9/14 11:38pm


From Ibn Tufail's 12th century Hayy Ibn Yaqzan to Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain's 1905 feminist masterpiece Sultana's Dream, the Islamic world produced some of the earliest proto-sf, which IO9's Charlie Jane Anders rounds up in an excellent post. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, History, islam, Old school, science fiction]

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[l] at 9/9/14 11:31pm

Continuous-playing short clips of people blowing kisses and giving hugs to their cameras (warning, autoplays music).

The Nicest Place on the Internet

(via Waxy)

[Category: Video, happy mutants, videos]

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[l] at 9/9/14 10:33pm
All across the Internet, websites and services are staging a mass denial of service attack on themselves, to show the world what the world would look like if Big Cable and AT&T solicit bribes to decide which websites you can reach quickly, and which ones are going to go in the Internet slow-lane. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, activism, cable company fuckery, fcc, net neutrality]

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

Aza Raskin's Tabnapping is a proof-of-concept for a fiendish attack: a tab that waits until you're not watching, then turns itself into a convincing Google login screen that you assume you must have opened. Read the rest

[Category: Post, infosec, phishing, security, web theory]

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[l] at 9/9/14 9:25pm

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has told an Australian government proceeding that people who use VPNs a lot should be assumed to be engaged in piracy, that ISPs should surveil their users, that websites should be censored by Chinese-style national firewalls, and that the families of people accused of watching TV the wrong way should be disconnected from the Internet. Read the rest

[Category: Post, australia, bbc, censorship, Copyfight, corruption, surveillance, telcoms, three strikes, uk]

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[l] at 9/9/14 5:45pm
Coup blends the bluff and uncertainty of Hold 'Em with the aggressive calling-out of Bullshit and a touch of deeper strategy, says Jon Seagull. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, board games]

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[l] at 9/9/14 5:40pm

We are proud to share Give Me Fiction, a prose reading series hosted by stand-up comic Ivan Hernandez. The first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video, a group of comedians, writers, and artists read pieces based on a theme.

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

On Dec. 1, 1948, a well-dressed corpse appeared on a beach in South Australia. Despite 66 years of investigation, no one has ever been able to establish who he was, how he came to be there, or even how he died.

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[l] at 9/9/14 4:54pm

This week we’re completely lacking in Boars, but are up to our mangled necks in Gore and Swords. Ivan and Red take a break from the realms of Westeros and Essos and head for 19th century London to re-cap Showtime and Sky’s Penny Dreadful, created and written by John Logan. In this “What You Should Be Watching” episode, they discuss ravens from the Bannermen, Penny Dreadful’s horrific introduction, The Doctor’s big reveal, a victorian SRO, the best place to be located if you discover you’re in a horror film, Ava vs Eva, Feminism and the Third Reich, CGI Spiders, the scourge of pocket watches discouraging human interaction, Timothy Dalton’s Taken, lady Sherlock, guts budget, the Emmy for best face tattoo, and the logical fallacy of world murder. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/9/14 4:32pm

We agree with The World's Best Ever's statement about Willie Nelson: "Without a doubt, one of the top 3 people we’d want to hang out with on earth."

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[l] at 9/9/14 3:38pm

Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

AND join the fun in the INNER HIVE! Find out more here! (more…)

[Category: Comic, tomthedancingbug]

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[l] at 9/9/14 1:18pm
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Mel Brooks put his eleven fingers in cement yesterday at Hollywood's famed Chinese Theater. (Today)

[Category: Post, Entertainment, hollywood, prank]

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[l] at 9/9/14 11:45am


Gautam Trivedi spotted this bit of real-world Russo-cyberpunk: a supersonic jet retired to the back yard of a stately Russian mansion. Read the rest

[Category: Post, aviation, decay, russia, twitter, Weird]

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[l] at 9/9/14 11:27am
Xeni Jardin reports in from the much-anticipated presentation today in Cupertino, California. Read the rest

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

One year NSA reveals that it illegally gathered thousands of phone records, to the appalled astonishment of FISA court judge: As the Snowden leaks about NSA surveillance continue to trickle out, it's easy to miss the fact that the NSA is now releasing hundreds of pages of damning documents about its activities.

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

Australian filmmaker Danny Philippou brings a Nerf gun battle with your friends to a new cinematic level. (via Laughing Squid)

[Category: Video, nerf, toys]

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[l] at 9/9/14 10:46am

I'm proud of my wife and daughter who are both beginning ballet students. They'll enjoy this documentary about the making of ballet shoes! (via Digg)

[Category: Post, Video, ballet, dance, documentary]

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[l] at 9/9/14 10:34am
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The July 1906 issue of National Geographic featured the magazine's first wildlife photos, night shots by George Shiras III. Two of the National Geographic Society board members were infuriated, arguing that the magazine was becoming a "picture book." Read the rest

[Category: Image, animals, magazines, photography, Science, wildlife]

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

Dispassionately, we know that cheating on our diets or procrastinating on our stupid deadlines isn't worth it, but our stupid brains treat most future consequences as if they're worth nothing, while treating any present-moment benefits as though they were precious beyond riches -- so how do you get the "hyperbolic discounting" part of your brain to shut up and listen to reason? Read the rest

[Category: Post, behavioral economics, lifehacks, todo.txt]

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

This beautifully illustrated picture book takes more than one read to take in all of the delightfully layered pages. At its first level, it tells a sweet story about an old elephant named Marcel who has almost forgotten his birthday, until thoughtful friends and his own reminiscence about his colorful past spark his memory.

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[Category: Post, books, family]

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

In theory, he's completed rehab, has stopped his subsistence abuse, and is ready to serve another term as mayor [Link] (via Accordion Guy)

[Category: Video, booze, christ what an asshole, laughable bumblefuck, toronto]

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

Remember Norwegian artist Markus Moestue's velociraptor trike, which he pedalled cross-country to protest religious education in state schools? Well, now there's a video documenting the trip.

[Category: Video, atheism, dinosaurs, norway, religion, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 9/9/14 8:59am

One of the world's great and indispensible indie comix publishers (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls, Nemo, From Hell, March, Essex County, Swallow Me Whole, etc) selling huge amounts of inventory at deep discounts, with 125 titles for $1-$3, and for over 180 titles, you can get the digital comic thrown in for just a dollar or two more. (Thanks, Chris!)

[Category: Post, Comics, happy mutants, publishing]

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

Reporting from temporary architecture in Cupertino, Xeni Jardin blogs every driplet of news from Apple's biggest show in years. Read the rest

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

A 1987 wind-tunnel trial established that leg-shaving was basically useless, used a miniature leg-model with hair glued to it for its control; when the experiment was re-run this year with a human leg, the savings were a whopping seven percent. Read the rest

[Category: Post, cycling, health, Science, sports]

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[l] at 9/9/14 8:06am
Snip Snip. [via our forums]

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[l] at 9/9/14 8:05am
Snip Snip. [via our forums]

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[l] at 9/9/14 7:44am


In my latest Locus column, Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorow’s First Law, I unpick the technological forces at work in the fight between Amazon and Hachette, one of the "big five" publishers, whose books have not been normally available through Amazon for months now, as the publisher and the bookseller go to war over the terms on which Amazon will sell books in the future. Read the rest

[Category: Image, amazon, books, Business, Copyfight, drm, publishing]

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[l] at 9/9/14 7:28am
Today, a coalition of activist groups from all over the world kick off a global campaign for a neutral Internet where big telcoms aren't allowed to decide which websites you can visit based on how much bribery they can extort -- it's called Big Telecom vs the World and it needs your help! Read the rest

[Category: Feature, activism, cable company fuckery, corruption, happy mutants, International, net neutrality, telcoms]

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[l] at 9/9/14 7:17am
What do you do for a followup after a triumph like the Scott Pilgrim series? If you're Bryan Lee O'Malley, you do Seconds, a graphic novel that's three notches less self-consciously clever, and six notches more heartfelt, smart, and sweet. Cory Doctorow reviews Seconds. Read the rest

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

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[l] at 9/9/14 4:30am
Steven Gould's 1993 YA novel Jumper was a spectacular success (even if the film "adaptation" stank on ice), and each of the (all-too-infrequent) sequels have raised both the stakes and the bar for a must-read series. But with Exo, published today, Gould takes his game into orbit -- literally. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, books, gift guide, happy mutants, physics, Reviews, science fiction, Space, ya]

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

Tom Patterson's short film "Thanks" sets a deep hook, then yanks it loose with a sharp tug. Beautiful and moving and only 12:37 (and they made it in less than 24h!). (Thanks, Tom!)

[Category: Video, drugs, happy mutants, Kids, movies, parenting]

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[l] at 9/8/14 11:58pm

It's part of a huge series of the same girls performing some of the loveliest music you're likely to hear.

(via Reddit)

[Category: Video, georgia, happy mutants, Kids, music, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 9/8/14 11:45pm


The Hieroglyph anthology was created by Neal Stephenson, challenging sf writers to imagine futures where ambitious technological projects improved the human condition. Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, borders, design fiction, happy mutants, human rights, Science, science fiction]

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[l] at 9/8/14 11:38pm

Aza Raskin's Tabnapping is a proof-of-concept for a fiendish attack: a tab that waits until you're not watching, then turns itself into a convincing Google login screen that you assume you must have opened. Read the rest

[Category: Post, infosec, phishing, security, web theory]

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[l] at 9/8/14 11:29pm

Roca Labs sells dubious snake-oil like a "Gastric Bypass Alternative," and their terms of service forbid their customers from ever complaining; they say that Pissedconsumer.com committed "tortious interference" by providing a place where disgruntled buyers could air their grievances. Read the rest

[Category: Post, censorship, christ what an asshole, law, not food, ripoff, sleaze, woo]

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[l] at 9/8/14 9:23pm


Shane Bauer had been reporting from the Alameda County Sheriff's Urban Shield event, a two-day trade show for police SWAT teams featuring anti-protest weapons, blinding rays and more. Read the rest

[Category: Image, authoritarianism, Business, corruption, media theory, police, swat, twitter]

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[l] at 9/8/14 8:48pm
A closeup of an electronic payment station is shown at a Home Depot store in Daly City, California, in this February 21, 2012 file photo.  [REUTERS]


A closeup of an electronic payment station is shown at a Home Depot store in Daly City, California, in this February 21, 2012 file photo. [REUTERS]

US retailer Home Depot today said its payment security systems were breached. Analysts say the data theft might be as massive as the Target incident in 2013. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 8:38pm
A 1960's era Dick Tracy wrist radio is seen in District Heights, Maryland September 8, 2014. [Reuters]


A 1960's era Dick Tracy wrist radio is seen in District Heights, Maryland September 8, 2014. [Reuters]

Four years have passed since Apple blew our minds with a completely new device. If the rumors about an Apple wearable are true, Tuesday may bring something worth liveblogging about. Boing Boing will be in Cupertino, Tuesday morning for a special live Apple event at which a new, larger iPhone 6 and a wearable tech device unofficially known as iWatch are expected to be released. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 5:53pm

I replaced all the bulbs in my house with fluorescent bulbs a few years ago, and now I'm replacing the fluorescents with LED bulbs.

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[l] at 9/8/14 5:35pm
It can’t be easy to wake up every day and discover that you’re still Donald Trump, says Jeffrey Kluger in his new book, The Narcissist Next Door. You were Trump yesterday, you’re Trump today, and barring some extraordinary intervention, you’ll be Trump tomorrow. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 2:14pm

The clock -- or should I say wrist-based digital life-enhancement technology, for Apple's product roll-out show is ticking and Yahoo Tech has a rumor scoreboard that offers up-to-the-second updates on products rumored to be announced tomorrow.

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[l] at 9/8/14 2:02pm

The great Charles Burns will exhibit his art this weekend at SPX in Maryland, and Pigeon Press will have a signed print for sale there. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 12:16pm

Video Link.

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[l] at 9/8/14 11:50am
At the New York Times, Carl Zimmer examines new research on the genomics of the Coffea canephora plant and the evolution of caffeine:

Plants make nectar to feed insects and other animals so they’ll spread their pollen.

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[l] at 9/8/14 11:49am


Shane Bauer had been reporting from the Alameda County Sheriff's Urban Shield event, a two-day trade show for police SWAT teams featuring anti-protest weapons, blinding rays and more. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 11:25am

I own about 250 photo books. Currently, Genesis is my favorite. It presents hundreds of stunning black and white photos of uninhabited or tribally inhabited regions of the planet made in the last decade by the Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.

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[l] at 9/8/14 11:13am

Lost, to me anyways, but found again.

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[l] at 9/8/14 10:58am

On October 28, my friends in the Afghan Whigs are reissuing their classic album Gentlemen packed with 21 bonus tracks, including almost all the record's unreleased demo tracks, lovingly remastered by bassist John Curley, several B-sides, and three live tracks.

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[l] at 9/8/14 10:36am
redama

Reddit launched its official Ask Me Anything mobile app for iOS and Android.

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[l] at 9/8/14 10:27am
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During Friday rush hour, a pair of deer trotted across the Golden Bate Bridge from San Francisco toward Marin. I hope they have FasTrak for the commute back. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 10:06am

Retired naval mechanic José Manuel Hermo Barreiro makes incredibly intricate models of engines like the V-12. (via Devour)

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

A high school girl who recently moved from Seattle to Florida learned that the Sunshine State has a unique way of bringing up its young citizens.

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

An asteroid that passed by one-tenth of the distance from Earth to the moon is thought to have left a calling card yesterday: a meteorite that "caused an explosion and earth tremor, leaving a crater 12m (39ft) across and 5m deep near the city's airport."

Asteroid 2014 RC, which is 60 feet wide, "is expected to orbit near Earth again."

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

Encouraged by departments of Homeland Security and Justice police around the country make use of a private intelligence network to determine which motorists to rob, a Washington Post investigation found.

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[l] at 9/8/14 9:00am

It takes a long time to desalinate water using a traditional solar still. But University of Houston engineer Hadi Ghasemi is using ordinary graphite to speed up the process.

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[l] at 9/8/14 8:47am
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All In: Buying Into The Drug Trade is ex-junky Graham Macindoe's photos and book documenting the design of branded heroin baggies emblazoned with provocative product names and imagery "like Dead Medicine with a skull and crossbones to appeal to risk-takers, or an airplane labeled First Class to give the illusion of grandeur." Read the rest

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

Dave writes, "A request to interview a government scientist about his discoveries on 'Rock Snot' (algae) results in hundreds of e-mails, discussions of allowed talking points and, in the end, no approval for interview. Why? Perhaps because the source of the rock snot might be climate change?" Read the rest

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

A report in the Swiss weekend paper Sonntagszeitung states that Snowden would not be extradited to the USA for "politically motivated" reasons if he were to attend hearings on illegal NSA spying. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 7:56am
My next book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, comes out in November, but the reviews have just started to come in. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 7:49am
Fran Moreland Johnson sought an abortion in 1956 following a workplace rape. Now the author of Perilous Times: An Inside Look at Abortion Before and After Roe v. Wade, she survived a back-alley procedure in the days before legalization, and warns that with women's rights under renewed assault, those grim days are returning. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, abortion, America, politics, reproductive rights, rights, women's rights]

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[l] at 9/8/14 6:05am
Unknown Emperor Haute Couture, oil on canvas, 2011, by Margaret Sullivan. [via]

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[l] at 9/8/14 6:00am
The creator of r/TheFappening, a section of Reddit used to share nude photographs of female celebrities, hosted an "ask me anything" interview to express his sense of outrage at the fact the site shut it down and that his privacy is being invaded by reporters: "I won't be bullied into silence." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 5:47am
A nine-year-old from Saskatoon, Canada, had more fun this weekend than you: "the bus was left running with the door open, and [a witness] had seen the boy ride past on a bicycle just moments before."

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[l] at 9/8/14 4:14am

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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[l] at 9/8/14 4:07am
"Health and Safety" is the all-purpose excuse for any stupid, bureaucratic, inconvenient, humiliating rubbish that officialdom and big companies want to shove down our throats, but there is an antidote. In the Interests of Safety, from Sense About Science's Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon, is an expert dismantling of bad risk-analysis and a call-to-arms to do something about it, fighting superstition and silliness with evidence. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/8/14 4:00am
Julius Csotonyi is an artist and scientist who creates award-winning depictions of life on Earth millions of years ago. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/7/14 11:49pm

Christopher Locke (modern fossils, TSA confiscation sculptures, adult coloring book) sez, "I want to hand-draw a few hundred portraits on Post-It Notes, then compile them into a book, so I'm asking people to buy the portraits in order to fund the project: $25 gets you hand-drawn likeness of yourself, arriving in the mail and suitable for framing. The process will help me in teaching middle-schoolers about dedication to long-term projects."

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[l] at 9/7/14 10:38pm


This long-running series of essays by Australian fantasy author Tansy Rayner Roberts combine real affection for Pratchett's marvellous Discworld books with sharp critical insights on the portrayal of women in fantasy; historically, one of the more problematic genres for the portrayal of women. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/7/14 9:32pm


There's a whole thriving industry of pre-packaged, single serving Communion wafers and wine/juice, each toting their own (sometimes sectarian) benefits: a unique, ergonomic design; Christian Bread not a cut-down Catholic Wafer! (500 for $70!); free samples! (via JWZ)

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[l] at 9/7/14 8:40am

Colin Reed, the campaign manager for Scott Brown's primary race, says that because senate rules don't define his boss as a lobbyist, he'll use his "legal options" against Lessig (Brown, a former Mass. state senator, works for "Nixon Peabody, a law and lobby firm, as counsel"). Read the rest

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[l] at 9/7/14 8:21am


Nosferatu's Hand Belt Buckle ($85) -- for when you want people to think of the withered, wrinkled appendages of the ancient undead while looking at your beltular region.

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[l] at 9/7/14 8:08am

Neil Anderson from the Association from Media Literacy (which has a great-sounding upcoming conference) has produced an excellent study guide for my novel Homeland (the sequel to Little Brother) -- Anderson's guide encourages critical thinking about politics, literary technique, technology, privacy, surveillance, and history. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/6/14 11:37pm


The free fingerprinting kits are part of the long-running national push to fingerprint children in the name of public safety, and are a new tone-deaf low from the region's cops. Read the rest

[Category: Post, authoritarianism, biometrics, ferguson, Kids, missouri, police, race]

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[l] at 9/6/14 11:32pm

In British-ruled, cobra-infested India, a bounty was offered for cobra-skins, so enterprising folks started breeding cobras, leading to the program's cancellation, whereupon all those farmed cobras were released into the wild, a net increase in cobra population. That's not the only example, either.

(Image: Cobra, Kamalnv/Wikipedia, CC-BY)

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[l] at 9/6/14 11:22pm


This weekend in the Vintage Ads LJ: a treasury of horrifying ads for pets-by-mail: Sea Monkeys, monkeys and baby raccoons, "performing" chameleons, ant farms (with magnifying glass -- eww) and more. Read the rest

[Category: Image, ads, Delightful Creatures, Old school]

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[l] at 9/6/14 11:08pm

Brian from Mayday.US writes, "Lessig's anti-corruption Mayday PAC is entering its toughest race of this election cycle - supporting pro-campaign finance reform NH Senatorial candidate Jim Rubens in the Republican Primary against Scott Brown.

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[l] at 9/6/14 11:07pm


"A capital gains tax rate (making money off money) that is lower than the earned income rate (making money off work) is just not fair; bestowing that rate on hedge-fund managers through a specially designed loophole is just not fair" -Wick Allison, American Conservative, Nov 12, 2012. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/6/14 11:49am


When The Economist reviewed The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, its anonymous reviewer condemned it, sticking up for America's legacy of slavery as a means of wealth creation, saying "Mr Baptist has not written an objective history of slavery; almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains -- this is not history; it is advocacy." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/6/14 11:48am

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[l] at 9/6/14 6:00am

One year Heinlein's bed up for auction: Want to sleep in Robert A Heinlein's bed? The Heinlein Society was unable to find a museum to take this artifact from his home so they are now selling it on eBay.

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[l] at 9/5/14 11:25pm

Why does a flat pizza slice flop over unless you bend it into a curve? Thank Gaussian curvature, the 19th century mathematical principal that underpins everything from corrugated cardboard to eggshells to Pringles chips. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Food, happy mutants, math, maths, not food, pizza]

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[l] at 9/5/14 11:17pm

Kathy Hochul is one of Tim Wu's opponents in the primary for the Democratic nomination for the NY lieutenant governorship (I endorse the Teachout/Wu ticket), but won't debate him. Read the rest

[Category: Video, christ what an asshole, elections, Funny, happy mutants, ny, politics, videos, youtube]

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[l] at 9/5/14 10:52pm


Wildly profitable companies like Neustar, Subsentio, and Yaana do the feds' dirty work for them, slurping huge amounts of unconstitutionally requisitioned data out of telcos' and ISPs' data-centers in response to secret, sealed FISA warrants -- some of them publicly traded, too, making them a perfect addition to the Gulag Wealth Fund. Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, calea, corruption, fbi, feebs, lawful interception, nsa, snowden, spooks, surveillance, vichy nerds]

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[l] at 9/5/14 10:07pm


Chaumtoli Huq, former general counsel for NYC Public Advocate Tish James, attended a rally in Times Square with her family, and afterwards, waited on the sidewalk outside of a Ruby Tuesday restaurant while her husband took their children (10 and 6) to the bathroom. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 5:20pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SaHPVmrc0o Animalympics was a loony TV movie from 1980 that parodied Olympic sports broadcasting clichés in general and olympic events in particular. Wedding furries with outrageous ethnic stereotypes, it nevertheless aimed for a humane internationalist message sadly lacking the actual contemporaneous Olympics. I just remembered that the sequence embedded above, for stoner Californian diver (and otter) Dean Wilson, was my first childhood exposure to proper, wholesome drug propaganda stealthed into network childrens' TV. May your dives be forever as high as they are deep, Dean Wilson.

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[l] at 9/5/14 4:41pm
This undated file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border.  [Reuters]


This undated file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border. [Reuters]

76% of Americans believe police should have to get a warrant before spying on you with a UAV. If you agree, and you're a US citizen, this ACLU update is for you. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 4:35pm

Vanity Fair reports that designer Marc Newson is joining Apple, and specifically design SVP Jonathan Ive's team. "I'm full of admiration and respect for the extraordinary design work that has been produced by Jony and the team at Apple," Newson said. "My close friendship with Jony has not only given me a unique insight into that process, but the opportunity to work together with him and the people that have been responsible. I am enormously proud to join them."

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[l] at 9/5/14 4:29pm
Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium

Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You can watch them, live and in the nude, below.

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[l] at 9/5/14 4:12pm

You're welcome.

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[l] at 9/5/14 3:26pm

Real or fake, it's criminally strange.

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[l] at 9/5/14 2:01pm
Lou Scheimer, 1928-2014. Mind blown.

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[l] at 9/5/14 2:00pm

A long-awaited new release from electronic music master Aphex Twin is trickling out, with today's release of a first track. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 1:59pm

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

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[l] at 9/5/14 1:45pm

Kat Su, founder of the Crappy Taxidermy blog, and taxidermist Daisy Tainton "spent an afternoon filled with stuffed mice, glue-on eyes, and uncanny creatures -- equal parts how-to, DIY runway show, and cabinet of curiosities."

Su has a new book out called Crap Taxidermy.

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[l] at 9/5/14 1:44pm

A long-awaited new release from electronic music master Aphex Twin is trickling out, with today's release of a first track. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 1:19pm
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We're gonna need a bigger bottle of cocktail sauce: A fisher caught this massive, 18" crustacean off a pier in Fort Pierce, Florida. (more…)

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[l] at 9/5/14 12:56pm

Filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian, who made an excellent documentary about the underground poster culture in North America called Died Young, Stayed Pretty, has been working a project for the last several months called "Send Me Your Sexts." Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 12:51pm

Filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian, who made an excellent documentary about the underground poster culture in North America called Died Young, Stayed Pretty, has been working a project for the last several months called "Send Me Your Sexts." She describes it as "both a service and an online video platform, that takes real life sext messages and turns them into hilarious short form web videos."

Her latest episode features tennis action with sex texts. NSFW.

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[l] at 9/5/14 12:33pm


It's been a year since we featured the amazing, Satan-and-sasquatch themed Christmas sweaters at Middle of Beyond, and they've brought out their new line, which includes a 2D tiger-skin rug, Shining runners, a D20 rug, D20 sweaters, Satanic cardigans, zombie Santa sweaters and so much more. I know what everyone's getting for Krampusmas this year! Read the rest

[Category: Image, christmas, cthulhu, fashion, gift guide, happy mutants, housewares, satan, xmas]

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[l] at 9/5/14 11:48am

A wonderful series of acrylic on linen paintings by Anoka Faruqee. The square frames range in size from just under 12 inches to 45 inches.

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[l] at 9/5/14 11:28am

Bite your tongue.

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[l] at 9/5/14 11:20am

In 1976, WET magazine was launched in Venice, California by a young architecture school grad named Leonard Koren. During its 34-issue, five-year run, WET invented and refined a California new wave design aesthetic that spun modern graphic design in a new direction.

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[l] at 9/5/14 11:04am

On January 15, 1987, the Beastie Boys appeared on The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

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[l] at 9/5/14 10:56am


@Strange_Animals is a recommended twitter feed for fans of Boing Boing's Delightful Creatures tag. (more…)

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[l] at 9/5/14 10:45am
According to the Moscow Times, Russia's state TV network Channel One aired a documentary showing this poster as an example of WWI US propaganda but it's actually fan art for the video game Team Fortress 2. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 10:36am

Haden sez, "BRNK is a thriller that merges headline news with a fast-paced multi-character narrative, by Scott Marlow."

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[l] at 9/5/14 10:34am

Scientists have now mapped superculusters -- dense regions of multiple galaxies -- across space and have named our own supercluster Laniakea, Hawaiian for "immeasurable heaven." (Nature)

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[l] at 9/5/14 10:30am

Did you dig our exclusive interview/performance with legendary punk Bob Mould below? Well now check out the music video above for his track "The War" from the searing new album Beauty & Ruin.

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[l] at 9/5/14 10:27am


Medium have published an excerpt from "The Man Who Sold the Moon, my 36,000 word novella in Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, a project to inspire optimism and ambition about the future and technology that Neal Stephenson kicked off (see also What Will it Take to Get Us Back to the Moon?).

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[l] at 9/5/14 10:23am

Elliot from Creative Commons writes, "Your readers might remember the Public Domain Game Jam from a few months ago -- next Tues, Sep 9 people in San Francisco will be able to play the games from it and discuss them with jam organizer Nicky Case and then Parker Higgins from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will be talking about why the public domain is under attack, and what you can do to defend it."

CC Salon in San Francisco: Public Domain FTW!

(Thanks, Elliot!)

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[l] at 9/5/14 9:58am
Researchers at Barcelona's Starlab claim in a paper to have achieved direct "brain-to-brain communication in humans" over the Internet using non-invasive EEG to read one person's brain signals and transcranial magnetic stimulation to deliver the message to the other person. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 9:44am

John Park says: "I built a remotely-triggered pneumatic air cannon to shoot myself in the face with ice cold water."

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[l] at 9/5/14 9:37am

I didn't think you could fly without an ID, but according to this 2013 TSA blog post, you won't necessarily be turned back.

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[l] at 9/5/14 9:36am

Scientists have now mapped superculusters -- dense regions of multiple galaxies -- across space and have named our own supercluster Laniakea, Hawaiian for "immeasurable heaven." (Nature)

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[l] at 9/5/14 9:16am


Despite her best efforts, a 20-year-old woman's home made license plater did not pass muster with a Massachusetts state trooper. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 8:34am

New York's Finest need to be taught not to tweet jokes about murders they're attending, racist remarks and other difficult-to-discern no-go areas for social media. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 8:32am

Christopher Blasius sells plans (€40) to make a Serpina "rolling ball clock" whose timekeeping is accomplished by rolling a ball around a laser-cut wooden frame, causing the frame to see-saw and sending the ball in the opposite direction. Read the rest

[Category: Video, happy mutants, horology, laser cutters, makers, videos]

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:55am

In a fascinating long, thinky piece, economist Tim Harford looks at the history of business and political forecasting, trying to understand why both Keynes and his rival Irving Fisher both failed to forecast the Great Depression and were wiped out (and why Keynes managed to bounce back and die a millionaire, while Fisher died in poverty). Read the rest

[Category: Post, Business, economics, futurism]

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:41am
Yes, of course they should. — Yours, Cray Pippin Wang, Minister of Machines.

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:38am
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Russia's state TV network allegedly passed off a humorous video game poster as legit U.S. propaganda. This is not as cool as the DPRK, which uses western video games in its own propaganda.

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:35am

One year Internet of Things Bill of Rights: We believe Internet of Things devices should all come with a well established expectation of what they will and will not do with consumer's data.

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:33am

One year Firsthand account of NSA sabotage of Internet security standards: On the Cryptography mailing list, John Gilmore (co-founder of pioneering ISP The Little Garden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation; early Sun employee; cypherpunk; significant contributor to GNU/Linux and its crypto suite; and all-round Internet superhero) describes his interactions with the NSA and several obvious NSA stooges on the IPSEC standardization working groups at the Internet Engineering Task Force.

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:32am

One year This is the Space Age: Annalee Newitz's Stop pretending we aren't living in the Space Age is a magnificent rant on the incredibly achievements of modern space programs, and a savage indictment of the lack of imagination underpinning complaints about the failure of humans to return to the moon in force.

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:30am

Visitors to Dongfanghong Square in Lanzhou, China, got an unexpected treat yesterday: 12 minutes of porn on a massive public LED display.

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:19am
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A nice idea from Australian startup Memobottle. The price is good too: just $5.

[Category: Image, bottles, Gadgets, home, storage]

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:11am
37-LS-RexAttention Londoners: Mr. Cross the tortoise has been missing for days, will definitely be even crosser than usual by now, and will nip you. [via]

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[l] at 9/5/14 7:08am
WorldNetDaily's Selena Owens sees the influence of evil in the popular ALS fundraising drive. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 6:57am
Intellectual Ventures fired 140 employees from the shakedown beat and is allegedly going to invest in actual products.

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[l] at 9/5/14 6:54am
A lawsuit was filed in federal court Thursday over the Bing Image Widget, which lets you embed image search results--thumbnails!--in your own website. (more…)

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[l] at 9/5/14 5:52am

I reviewed it when it was released in August 2013, calling it "brisk, eminently readable, and important history of the relationship between law, law enforcement, and the net, and as you'd expect, it's excellent" ($13 for the paperback) Read the rest

[Category: Post, books, police, sopa, surviellance, web theory]

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[l] at 9/5/14 5:38am

One year 1.2kg Mega Pizza Burger hits Kyoto: A 400g patty, onion, pickles, and meat sauce, etc. are sandwiched between two 27cm diameter cheesy pizza crusts as buns.

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[l] at 9/5/14 3:44am


The normally unflappage Barbara Frum interviews a British farmer responsible for a prizewinning cabbage; but the man is both drunk and deaf (and manifestly filled with the spirit of mischief). Read the rest

[Category: Post, Audio, booze, canada, Funny, not food, uk]

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[l] at 9/5/14 12:30am


Chaumtoli Huq, former general counsel for NYC Public Advocate Tish James, attended a rally in Times Square with her family, and afterwards, waited on the sidewalk outside of a Ruby Tuesday restaurant while her husband took their children (10 and 6) to the bathroom. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 12:19am


Thinkgeek's Stackable Star Wars Mugs are $30 for a set of three 12oz mugs, and each mug features either heads, torsos or legs for Han Solo, a Stormtrooper and Luke Skywalker -- twiddle them around to make your own Star Chimerae!

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


The decades since the collapse of the USSR are the longest period of depopulation in Russian history, and the first peacetime loss of that scale anywhere in the world. Booze, violence, obesity, and poor standard of living alone don't account for the mortality either. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/5/14 12:13am


The decades since the collapse of the USSR are the longest period of depopulation in Russian history, and the first peacetime loss of that scale anywhere in the world. Booze, violence, obesity, and poor standard of living alone don't account for the mortality either. Read the rest

[Category: Post, corruption, epidemiology, health, politics, putin, russia]

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[l] at 9/5/14 12:01am

Techdirt's Tim Cushing highlights some of the more Kafkaesque moments in modern American justice -- handcuffed men who shoot themselves in the back, men who are arraigned for crimes they allegedly committed while in jail, and comes to this conclusion: Read the rest

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


The Zephlaprop is a new piece from found-object sculptor Tinkerbots, AKA Dan Jones of San Diego. (more…)

[Category: Image, assemblage, flickr, found objects, junkbots, Steampunk]

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[l] at 9/4/14 9:59pm
Scientists there say the lava is moving about 820 feet a day, and is less than a mile from homes. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/4/14 9:47pm
The US government needs to stimulate more competition in broadband connectivity, said America's top communications regulator today, in comments related to Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable. "Meaningful competition for high-speed wired broadband is lacking," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech in Washington. "Americans need more competitive choices." [Los Angeles Times]

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

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Boing Boing reader Mike Beresford shares this photo, "Milky Way Over Vogelsang," in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

"The Milky Way as seen from the backpacker camp near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp," he explains. "Vogelsang peak is actually slightly to the right of the trees."

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[l] at 9/4/14 9:08pm
Dock Ellis was a player for the Pittsburgh Pirates who in 1970 pitched a no-hitter while tripping balls on LSD. A Kickstartered film about his life opens this week. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/4/14 6:45pm

"At only 8mm thin, and weighing in at less than 400g, the 2015 IKEA Catalogue comes pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas."

A very clever ad campaign.

[Video Link, thanks Ken Snider!]

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[l] at 9/4/14 5:03pm
Horrorstör is a classic old-fashioned haunted house story — set in a big box Swedish furniture superstore. Appropriately, the book itself is designed like an IKEA catalog. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, books, Horror Novels, interviews]

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


I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for a good kitchen novelty, and it was certainly that affliction that initially drew me to the Boska Holland Toastabags, but it turns out they’re both practical and really useful too. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/4/14 2:37pm
Kiki Sanford on a strange scientific study comparing the effects of caffeine to zapping your brain tissue with electricity. Read the rest

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[l] at 9/4/14 2:32pm
Kiki Sanford on the eternal neurological battle between coffee and your brain. Read the rest

[Category: Feature, Post, Coffee, neuroscience]