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Thursday June 21, 2018. 03:26 PM
After decades of back-and-forth over internet freedom, China has figured out a method for allowing people to use the internet for social and business purposes, but not for political reform -- a combination of huge boiler-rooms full of censors, centralization of internet...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBknF2yUZZ8&t=199s Bejamin 'Mako' Hill (previously) is a free software developer, activist and academic with a long history of shrewd critical insights into the ways that free software, free culture and the wider world interact with each...
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Burger King was briefly offering a lifetime supply of its signature burger 'the Whopper' to Russian women willing to be impregnated by a footballer during the World Cup. Burger King has offered an apology, but no burgers. Via AP: Burger King has apologized for offering a...
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These Omoton glass phone screensavers are really doing their job. Before riding off I thought I put my iPhone 7+ back in the chest pocket of my motorcycle jacket. Half a block later I learned I had missed the pocket and the phone slipped out, hitting the asphalt. After...
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Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is what you’d call a renaissance bigot: He’s equally comfortable refusing safe harbor to migrants in desperate need of medical care as he is whipping off statements about the left wanting to keep migrants in his country to use...
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Here are some recent game releases of note and some of what I've been up to in hobby gaming over the past month or so. The Grimoire Osprey Games, $20, 2-4 Players, 12+ One of the hallmarks of the highly-successful miniatures skirmish game Frostgrave is that it has a fairly...
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With all of the horrible things happening in America right now, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the news and forget that there are other, equally terrible things happening elsewhere. Take Ebola, for example: it’s still a thing! Fortunately, it’s a thing being taken...
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In the five years since I first wrote about 'Autonomous sensory meridian response' (ASMR) a folk-neurological condition that describes the pleasant shivers some people experience when hearing certain soft noises, ASMR has gone mainstream -- my ten year old daughter describes ...
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Scandal-haunted EPA chairman Scott Pruitt has billed the American public for $4.6 million for his 'security,' a roster of expenses than includes a supply of 'tactical pants' purchased for the low price of $1,500 (he also spent about $900 on matching 'tactical polos'). (more…)
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Wednesday June 20, 2018. 11:28 PM
The following people have all unsuccessfully tried to bring Marvin Gaye's story to the big screen: F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin, Jesse L. Martin, and Lenny Kravitz. None of them had the blessing of Gaye's estate. Now though, Dr. Dre is giving it ...
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West Coast Fog Radio is the absolutely wonderful podcast of garage psych, avant-rock, desert drone, loner folk, ambient cut-ups, spoken word, and other far-out sounds hosted by Erik Bluhm, former editor of the greatly-missed 'Great God Pan,' a killer 1990s 'zine about outré ...
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I bought the WEN 2305 Rotary Tool Kit with Flex Shaft last year and it has worked beautifully. The speed is adjustable, it has tons of power, and it comes with a number of different attachments. It also has a flex shaft for fine work. It comes in a very sturdy plastic box....
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United Airlines and American Airlines have signalled the end of their participation in Trump's practice of kidnapping children to scare away potential asylum seekers, (AA: 'We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it'; UA: 'Our...
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Someone made this 7-minute video that consists of snippets of dances scenes from almost 300 movies. The full list is here. Almost every one is joyful. The only exceptions I noticed were Clockwork Orange and Black Swan.
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The Canadian Parliament has passed Bill C-45, which legalizes the possession and cultivation of cannabis for anyone over 18 (19 in some provinces). Canada is the first G7 country to legalize weed, and the second country in the world to do so. The Marijuana Policy Project has ...
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Cyriak Harris is writing a novel titled 'Horse Destroys the Universe.' Cyriak has been creating strange animated GIFs and videos for more than a decade so he made a promo animation for his book-in-progress. Guess what? It's incredibly weird and amazing. From the novel...
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Someone edited a Pakistani child-safety education video to make it look like evidence of a ring of kidnappers was snatching children and taking them away on motorcycles; the video went viral in India, spread on Whatsapp, and it has inspired terrified mobs to attack and...
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Remember that kickass eight-year old drummer that we fell in love with earlier this month? Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin (his last few solo albums have been epic, too) was treated to her performance of John Boham’s bits of Good Times Bad Times. His...
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