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Tuesday February 12, 2019. 01:00 PM
Mike Pace had a decent, signed journeyman band but, at 40, has realized that he'll never be the rock star he dreamed of becoming. Nonetheless, he's at a creative peak; a powerful change of perspective comes when reality, and age, are acknowledged. Deep down I care more about ...
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Dan Mallory is the latest in a long line of people — otherwise middling in talent, white of skin and surburban of origin — to make it big in publishing by fabricating their life's travails and tragedies. 'Want to sell a book?' writes Jessa Crispin. 'Start lying.' But...
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Conservative Christian and expressionless piece of furniture man Mike Pence, who is currently the Vice President of the Trump Administration, plans to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp site on Friday, and tour a memorial to Jewish detainees who were murdered there by...
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Remember that weird glossy magazine that came out last year promoting Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman? Daily Beast called it Saudi propaganda, and it was. AMI, the parent company of The National Enquirer, produced it. Right after they put this weird Saudi...
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Whether you love them or hate them, rideshares like Uber and Lyft have become a daily part of life for millions of New Yorkers. These app-based services make it easy to pay for your ride, but while the privacy cost isn’t always as clear, it’s about to get a lot larger....
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What a great way to fancy up a broken car key fob. Here is how he did it. IMGURian Michicanery built an amazing custom hardwood and aluminum key fob for his car. “Aside from a slight range reduction due to the heavier materials, all of the original remote's functionality...
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IMGUrian Syn9 made this wonderful cyberpunk face shield helmet blinky thing. The creator's build post includes loads of information and video documenting each of the build steps. “Can you see through it? - Yes! I added a mini camera and LCD screen.” “Why? This is...
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday intended to boost America's global position in artificial intelligence. While nothing in the statement mentions China, it's clear the order was intended to send a message. From Reuters: Under the American AI...
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Monday February 11, 2019. 11:20 PM
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, the corrupt law enforcement chief who was fond of giving himself awards, campaigning against marijuana legalization, encouraging prison rape, wrongfully imprisoning people, locking up nonviolent people who possessed drugs, and...
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Unauthorized Bread is the first installment of my next science fiction book for adults, Radicalized, which comes out in just over a month; the audiobook is available DRM-free on Google Play and direct from me. Unauthorized Bread is a story about refugees, rent-seeking, DRM ...
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Angie Schmitt's list of 'all the bad things' about Uber and Lyft only touches on transportation, leaving aside the companies' labor, taxation, regulatory and other issues, but it's still quite a damning document. From increasing the number of cars on the road and the...
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During the 1930s, the WPA sponsored horseback librarians -- all women -- to visit rural Americans, bringing them books; the librarians were only allowed to make deliveries in counties that had existing libraries, so schools and other institutions donated materials to...
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[I wrote this review in 2010. I now have a newer model, the ix1500 and have edited the following to include the new features -- MF] I once left a box of important files out in the rain and wasted a lot of time drying them a sheet at a time, then filing them in cabinets. It ...
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Wechatscope is a research project from the University of Hong Kong; they ingest every public status update on Wechat, the Chinese social network used by more than a billion people, then record which messages are later made unavailable, and infer from that the most censored...
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Baby Abram and Haru, his Shiba Inu sidekick, both want a piece of cheese. But in order to get it, they must first ring the bell. Can they learn this trick? The answer isn't too surprising, but what does surprise me is how polite the dog is to the baby, and how helpful the...
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Toronto police are asking the public to help them identify a woman who threw a chair from the balcony of a tall building, where it fell into traffic. From CBC News: Toronto police now say the incident took place around 10 a.m. ET on Saturday in the Harbour and York streets...
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Police in Fontana, California were searching a suspected gang member's home when they found a manhole built into the floor. Down the ladder was a small secret underground hideout containing an arsenal, shooting range, and rather modest hang-out space. According to CNN,...
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Deities and Demigods is a storied resource book from the first edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: between being copyright trolled by false claims of infringement on the Lovecraft estate (and a more valid copyright claim over the use of Elric of Melnibon mythos), and...
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In 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright proposed the Illinois Sky-City, a skyscraper taller than one mile (~1,600 meters). That's more than twice the height of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest structure in the world. In the video above, Dutch architest Stefan Al asks 'Will...
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Freedom EV is a free/open software stack intended to replace the software in your electric vehicle, it's been tested on a Tesla Model X and should work on a Model S, if you can get root. Electric vehicles are very exciting but the same informatics and versatility that make ...
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