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Monday April 15, 2019. 06:13 PM
Pioneering cyberpunk author and old-school bOING bOING contributor Rudy Rucker hips us to his forthcoming novel about 'three teens driv(ing) across space to save our world from invading UFOs' and asks for support: My wild SF adventure Million Mile Road Trip is being...
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Engineers digging to lay water pipes in Oxfordshire, England turned up more than two dozen 3,000-year-old human skeletons, some of which were likely killed in sacrifices. From CNN: The remains of 26 people from the Iron Age and Roman periods were found, including a woman...
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In a delightful short video, Klara Sjöberg demonstrates the extreme and alarming freakout that you can trigger in a mechanical calculator by trying to divide a number by zero; in a followup, Lynn Grant tweets 'That is why the old Friden calculators had a 'Divide Stop' key.' ...
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Scammer software is usually quite crude and, as demonstrated here, vulnerable to clever victims aware of their shortcomings. Engineer Man: 'Taking it to another scammer using some nmap analysis and a common exploit to save 105 people. Mission accomplished.' Note that what...
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Jonathan Frakes, the actor and director associated most strongly with his Star Trek role as bearded lothario William Riker but with many other feathers in his cap, here informs you that you are wrong for a solid 47 seconds.
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Enjoy the sense of scale in this image, stitched together from 16 smaller images and 1060 hours of exposure. The image is a mosaic made of 16 smaller fields of view, which, once stitched together form a high-resolution image of 204 Million of pixels! As of matter of fact,...
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Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay Democratic candidate and a proponent of 'democratically influenced capitalism', has his own campaign brand typography. Faces include Aktiv Grotesk ('sleek lines [that] feel equally modern today as they would have in an old Studebaker...
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There's an unimaginable amount of data out there on the web today, more than any IT team could possibly manage. That's the real, nuts-and-bolts purpose of machine learning: Enabling AI to do the heavy lifting, sifting through the data to find out what's important - and...
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In Grand Rapids, Michigan, an unidentified man, age 40 is suing his parents for $87,000 for dumping his porn collection. Apparently he had been living with his folks following a divorce but recently moved into his own home. When his folks delivered his stuff to the new digs, ...
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More than a century before the Disneyfication of Snow White, German folklorists the Brothers Grimm collected the fairy tale in their anthology Nursery and Household Tales. But their version, and earlier tellings including one titled 'The Young Slave' from the 17th century,...
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Marvin Hajos, 75, of Gainesville, Florida, fell in his backyard and was then attacked by his pet cassowary, a giant bird from ratite group that also includes emus and ostriches. Native to northeastern Australia and tropical forests of New Guinea, cassowaries have three-toed...
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Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg continue to dissect the turbulent comic book speculator boom on the 1990s while looking through antique copies of Wizard Magazine. Some of this issues contents: * Jack Kirby comes back to comics via his line of Topps Comics * Palmer's Picks. Rick...
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Marvin Hajos, 75, of Gainesville, Florida, fell in his backyard and was then attacked by his pet cassowary, a giant bird from ratite group that also includes emus and ostriches. Native to northeastern Australia and tropical forests of New Guinea, cassowaries have three-toed...
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Sunday April 14, 2019. 04:34 PM
Pepsi has announced plans to contract with the Russian space startup Startrocket to project massive 'artificial constellations' spelling out ads for a 'nonalcoholic energy beverage' in the night sky; Startrocket is planning to launch a cluster of cubesats with reflective...
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Sculptor Art Donovan (previously) writes in about 'Event Horizon,' his newest lamp, inspired by black holes. Two weeks ago, I had finished this design called, 'Event Horizon' to find that the subject of Black Holes and that incredible, historic image was all over the news ...
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I'll be at the LA Times Festival of Books today, with a signing at 1PM at the Mysterious Galaxy booth (#368) and then a 3-4PM 'in conversation' with John Scalzi, moderated by Maryelizabeth Yturralde from Mysterious Galaxy. I sure hope you can make it!
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We're well past the golden age of the internet, when you could surf where you liked without being sure that ad trackers or some other bot were hungrily following your trail of cookies - not to mention actual human hackers and other threats. Ever wish your virtual self had an ...
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Within the topography of the human soul there is a strange land called the Uncanny. As Sigmund Freud wrote in his classic essay on the topic: The subject of the ‘uncanny’ (...) is undoubtedly related to what is frightening—to what arouses dread and horror; equally...
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Saturday April 13, 2019. 01:45 PM
I'll be at the LA Times Festival of Books on Sunday, with a signing at 1PM at the Mysterious Galaxy booth (#368) and then a 3-4PM 'in conversation' with John Scalzi, moderated by Maryelizabeth Yturralde from Mysterious Galaxy. I sure hope you can make it!
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You've got one week to vote in the Children's History Book Prize, whose nominees this year include Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages -- the third book in the Gordon Family Saga, which includes 2009's incomparable White Sands, Red Menace, a book that like a genderswapped,...
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