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Thursday September 14, 2017. 10:21 PM
President Flip Flops are cheap footwear emblazoned with Trump tweets, one foot contradicting the other. There are several 'editions', each as revolting and transfixing as the other.
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Every three years, the US Copyright Office has to ask America about all the ways in which Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (which bans bypassing DRM, even for legitimate reasons) interferes with our lives, and then it grants limited exemptions based on...
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Four fans were kicked out of Boston's Fenway Park during a baseball game yesterday after unfurling a banner reading: 'Racism Is As American As Baseball.' Here's what one of the planners of the stunt had to say: There were originally about eight people involved who had this ...
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Preeti Desai of the National Audubon Society came across a dead creature on the beach in Texas City, Texas. She took photos and tweeted: 'Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?? Found on a beach in Texas City, TX. #wildlifeid.' (more…)
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DIYer Chris Notap filtered a pack's worth of cigarette smoke through a bag of cotton balls. They turned brown. He's upset by how much his tools and components stink now.
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There are more than 500,000 pieces of dangerous space junk orbiting the Earth, not including paint flecks and other tiny bits flying around at 17,500 miles per hour that put spacecraft at risk. The Brane Craft, in the conceptual phase at Aerospace Corporation, is a...
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EVE Online ('spreadsheets in space') is an empire-building game that allows players to move real cash in and out of the game, a wrinkle that's spawned massive Ponzi schemes, a profitable espionage industry, and massive in-game wars, but even by the game's own bizarre...
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John Brownlee lost his father to a heart attack. But it was Bruce Brownlee's depression that slowly killed him: My Father The Werewolf. 'I think about my father’s generosity a lot. My father was generous, but he was also depressed, and the nature of depression is to be...
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Halfway into his term, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows every sign of breaking his much-vaunted promises to repair relations between the Canadian governments and the indigenous peoples of Canada: from the pipelines he's forcing through their sovereign territories ...
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Chelsea Manning spent seven years in federal prison for blowing the whistle on illegal actions by the US in Iraq and around the world; while imprisoned, she transitioned her gender and changed her name, and, on her release, found herself unpersoned, unable to identify...
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In 2009, Arby's commissioned Phil Hansen to paint the Mona Lisa using grease from its fast food competitors. The piece is called 'Mona Greasa.' (via Weird Universe)
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Multimedia artist Andy Thomas translated the soundscapes of the Amazon rainforest into a mesmerizing 3D animation titled the Visual Sounds of the Amazon. He and Reynier Omena Junior made their field recordings in 2016 around Presidente Figueiredo in the Brazilian state of...
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Point created an obviously fake company with tons of alarm-raising inconsistencies, allocated it $25, and then used their budget to target Facebook users based on race and sexual orientation, a move that, depending on the ad's content, can violate US civil rights law. (more…)
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The US Office of Government Ethics has silently reversed its longstanding policy banning anonymous 'gifts' to White House employees who have started legal defense funds after being accused of malfeasance. (more…)
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Artist Makoto Azuma thought to himself, “if flowers symbolize Earthly beauty, how can I push nature’s boundaries? How can I transport beauty to where it doesn’t currently exist?” Answer: By tying them to balloons!
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Paul Brown writes, 'The FSFE's 'Public Money? Public Code!' campaign wants to convince lawmakers that software created with public funds should be made available to the public under Free Software licences. (more…)
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Mariano Gómez is a 23 year old Tseltal from Abasolo, Chiapas, and a member of the Ikta K’op Collective; he is being given an award by the prestigious Internet Society for his work creating 'a wireless Internet and Intranet network that provided connectivity and access to...
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There are some great music parodies coming from Parody Project, which look at today's politics in all of its strangeness. 'Confounds the Science' is about Trump's tweets and stupidity. Here are the first two verses: Hello darkness my old friend. It’s time for him to tweet...
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This week on Maker Update: a Pi-powered Rubik’s cube-solving robot, hacking your own tabletop pinball machine, a look at Fiber Fix tape, and a new issue of Make magazine. This week’s Cool Tool is Fiber Fix repair tape.
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In a paper in the World Review of Political Economy, economists from Sichuan University propose a model for an efficient planned economy that uses a hybrid of managed, two-sided 'platform' markets (modeled on Ebay, Alibaba and various app stores) and central planning...
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