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Monday April 23, 2018. 04:12 PM
Neko Case ran into some bad luck last September. Her Vermont home was ravaged by fire. Hours after getting the news, she went into the studio to record a song she had already written, aptly titled 'Bad Luck.' Paste Magazine reports: The song came after a tragic house fire...
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Most of us understand that when we visit a website, we're subjecting ourselves to surveillance by trackers. And, while these tools are usually used for innocuous purposes, like determining which ads to show you, they can be leveraged for much more nefarious goals, and they...
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Fox News' Sean Hannity used to make a lot of noise about how President Barack Obama was responsible for a housing crisis that destroyed American families. All that while, through various shell companies, Hannity was cheaply buying foreclosed homes by the hundreds to profit...
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Amazon has long had a problem with shill reviews and quiet removal of negative reviews, but the flood of questionable anti-Comey book reviews by non-purchasers finally prompted them to require a verified purchase in order to rate the book. (more…)
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Kiwami Japan tried modding a cheap kitchen knife with serrations so it can cut through rock-hard foods like China Marble hard candies, macadamia nuts, and katsuobushi. (more…)
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Wired's Nitasha Tiku reports that Facebook's 'Download your Data' tool excludes much of the data Facebook keeps on you. Among the information not included: • information Facebook collects about your browsing history • information Facebook collects about the apps you visit...
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It's long been known that birds possess magnetoreception, or ability to sense earth's magnetic fields. Now researchers are narrowing down a specific eye protein called Cry4 that appears to allow birds to sense magnetic waves in the presence of blue light. (more…)
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With majority support in 44 states, and more in favor than opposed in 4 others, same-sex marriage is a done deal for most Americans. Besides, it's legal nationwide after a Supreme Court ruling in 2015. But Americans in two states are holding out when it comes to moral...
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Originally commissioned as a wrist tattoo, the simple and powerful chart showing how recent black freedom is in America is now also a t-shirt. '...but slavery was sooo long ago.' We've heard this quote over and over throughout the course of modern American history. In an...
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Riffraff, step aside. A line of garden hoses for the more discerning yard worker has arrived. With models like the Gold Digger ('certainly a statement piece is for those who love a bit of show off'), the 'graceful and refined' Rusty Rose, and the Caribbean Kiss (which 'will...
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Following the smash success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand's actors' union pushed for similar compensation and benefits as American actors. This detailed autopsy of how their demands were met with fierce studio lobbying that ended with politicians changing New ...
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Artist Kathleen Darby takes viewers through her step-by-step process of drawing a colorful bird on black paper. Start at the beginning for more details. It's interesting as well as relaxing, as there are some important differences when starting from negative space. (more…)
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Sunday April 22, 2018. 04:00 PM
Learning how to code is a great way to improve your hiring potential and open the door to more lucrative careers, but getting the ball rolling can be a bit daunting considering the number of languages out there and steep price associated with training. However, the Pay What ...
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Saturday April 21, 2018. 06:24 PM
Tonight at 7PM, I'll be appearing on a panel at the Last Bookstore in downtown LA, with the title 'Truth to Power: Genre Fiction in Post-Fact America,' alongside of Gretchen McNeil, Jennifer Brody, Christina Cigala, Bobby Goldstein, CB Lee, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Kate...
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Unicode pioneer Michael Suignard has submitted a 'Revised draft for the encoding of an extended Egyptian Hieroglyphs repertoire' in Unicode, trying to replicate the expressivity of the 7,000 hieroglyphs used in Greco/Roman times. (more…)
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Mark Zuckerberg says it doesn't matter how creepy and terrible his company is, because you agreed to let him comprehensively fuck you over from asshole to appetite by clicking 'I agree' to a tens of thousands of words' worth of 'agreements' spread out across multiple...
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Flickr exists, in part, because I needed a photo-sharing tool to help me woo my long-distance girlfriend, who later became my wife, and whom I've been with now for 15 years -- so I have watched the service's long decline and neglect at the hands of Yahoo, and then its sale...
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Our world is a colorful one, and when it comes time to repaint the house or create a new design, many of us look to our surroundings for inspiration. However, matching colors from the outside world to our canvas isn't the most precise process when we're just eyeballing it....
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A draft of the World Bank's annual flagship World Development Report says that its creditor-states (the poorest countries in the world) should eliminate their minimum wage rules, allow employers to fire workers without cause, and repeal laws limiting abusive employment...
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