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Thursday April 11, 2019. 03:11 PM
The 30-year rule of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir is over after a military coup this morning toppled his government. Defense minister Awad Mohamed Auf announced Bashir's arrest on state TV and promised elections in two years, with a military council running the country...
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Tonight (Thursday, April 11), I'm headlining a free event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Friends of the San Diego Public Library from 7-9PM: it's at the Central Library's Neil Morgan Auditorium (330 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101). The tl;dr of my speech: 'libraries as ...
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Teen Vogue continues its run of excellent, progressive political reporting with Kim Kelly's potted explanation of capitalism, and not a minute too soon, as Kelly explains: 'the reason many millennials haven’t been investing in mutual funds or building up their own...
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In the past week, the French government's L’Office Central de Lutte contre la Criminalité liée aux Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (OCLCTIC) have sent 500 'terrorism' takedown demands to the Internet Archive demanding the removal of tens of...
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Banjo Guy Ollie's cover of the Shadow of the Beast theme tune is perfect. Composed by David Whittaker for the 1989 Commodore Amiga game, most covers of it are bad because modern synths and DAWs offer high-quality but uncannily electronic flutes, whereas the original's...
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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' latest UK house price survey blames Brexit for continued declines in property prices in London and the southeast, 'the worst slump since the financial crisis,' with far more supply than demand. (via Naked Capitalism)
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By now, you've probably heard the buzz on CBD, or cannabidiol. It's a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants that's rapidly gaining popularity not as a recreational drug, but for its therapeutic properties. Testimonials abound regarding its uses as a...
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested today in London and removed from Ecuador's embassy there. He was taken from the embassy—video shows a cuffed Assange dragged by several men through its doors—after his asylum was withdrawn and officers invited in. Assange...
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Yesterday, scientists revealed the first ever photo of a black hole. Three years ago, Katie Bouman, then a computer science grad student at MIT, led the development of a key algorithm that helped make this historical image possible. In the TED Talk above from 2017, she...
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In 1974, Wyn Cooper, one of Madonna's fellow students at Adams High School near Detroit, invited the 16-year-old pre-material girl to star in his experimental film. The Super 8 short is titled 'The Egg.' 'We developed a friendship and hung out,' Cooper, now a poet in...
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From Deep Look: The quills of North American porcupines have microscopic backward-facing barbs on the tips. Those barbs make the quills slide in easy but very difficult to remove. Researchers at Harvard are looking to porcupine quills for inspiration in designing a new...
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Ladies and gentlemen, the twisted imaginations of Wil Wheaton and Bonnie Burton.
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Sometimes, the universe provides. Deadline is reporting Kate McKinnon will play everybody's favorite deep-voiced blood grifter Elizabeth Holmes in a limited series for Hulu based on the ABC documentary/podcast The Dropout. McKinnon will also serve as an executive producer. ...
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When my father upgraded to the latest Apple Watch, he gave me his old Series 3 model. I wasn't sure if I'd use it, but after a few months, I've decided it is a net plus in my life. The best thing about it is responding to text messages by simply holding the phone up to my...
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Wednesday April 10, 2019. 09:29 PM
Texas House Bill 896 would criminalize all abortions and define the procedure as homicide, which is punishable by death in Texas. Lawmakers in Texas have proposed legislation that bans abortion in any and all stages of pregnancy, even when caused by acts of rape or incest,...
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No, not that one above -- that's an iconic still from 'Blade Runner,' which today's Trump shot reminds me of. Below, a jaw-dropping photograph from Associated Press photographer Pablo Martínez on Twitter. The media are seen reflected in eye of President Trump as he...
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Crusoe the weiner dog enjoys spending time in the laboratory now and then, experimenting with chemistry and having sciencey fun. This is an extended scene from another episode of Crusoe's internet video channel, in which Crusoe and his friend Oakley the dachshund take on a...
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Whoosh whoosh whoosh go the tiny fuzzy paws. Li'l guy is an Akita, I presume -- a large dog breed dog that originates from Japan's northern mountainous regions. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a Japanese strain, commonly called 'Akita Inu', or 'Japanese Akita';...
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Shut up and take my money, @sableglass. Get a load of this gorgeousness. This is an example of the “Reticello marble handmade glass art,” according to the maker. It's an Italian decorative glassblowing technique that involves merging two bubbles (one inside the...
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It's not clear why this fellow put a chainsaw in his pants. Was he succumbing to an unspeakable urge? Was he providing ill-advised self-treatment for pruritis of the groin? Was his bladder filled with gasoline and he was simply filling the chainsaw's tank as a pay-it-forward ...
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