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26 Aug 20:00

Motorcycle pants I actually wear

by Jason Weisberger

Named after the legendary space battleship that saved Earth from the Gamilas, Dainese Yamato Evo pants are far more comfortable, and far less armored.

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26 Aug 00:35

Norman Rockwell does Ferguson, by illustrator Anthony Freda

by Xeni Jardin

A riff on Rockwell's "Runaway," from 1958, done in 2014 by Anthony Freda. [HT: @stevesilberman]

21 Aug 17:52

Why haven't you had kids yet?

by Matthew Inman
19 Aug 15:57

Militarized cops: arms dealers bribed Congress to ramboize Barney Fife

by Cory Doctorow

Follow the money.

The 355 Congresscreeps who voted to continue Program 1033 (through which the military buys war-weapons at full retail, then gives them away free to local cops) accepted 73 percent more campaign donations from defense industry sources than the opposition. Read the rest

28 Jul 13:09

Monday accordion: Ginny Mac playing “Seduction” and “On the Street Where You Live”

by Joey deVilla

ginny mac

This Monday’s featured accordion number is Seduction, as played by Ginny Mac:

Ginny’s from Houston, Texas, and is a former member of the style-blending and -bending group Brave Combo. Since then she’s gone out on her own, releasing four albums, the latest of which, On the Street Where You Live, came out this spring. Here’s the album’s title track, a wonderful cover of a classic tune:

14 Aug 20:20

The Ferguson Army: A song by Jonathan 'Song a Day' Mann

by Xeni Jardin

Why’s a small town in Missouri
Need a great big fucking army?
They’re not enemy combatants
They live there, that’s their home
When you’re holding an assault rifle
Every human looks like an enemy
When you’re steeped in macho racism
Every young black man’s a threat

Jonathan Mann, August 14, 2014. [Video Link]

14 Aug 15:35

Ferguson police: Officer doxed by Anonymous isn't the one who shot Mike Brown

by Xeni Jardin

CNN is reporting that Missouri police say neither of the two officers whose names, photographs, and personal data were released this morning by Anonymous are the officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown. Read the rest

07 Aug 20:43

Cheap electric bike: Currie Ezip Trailz

by Cool Tools

This is the electric bike I recommend for anyone on a tight budget. The Ezip Trailz is a bargain in terms of how much it can affect your life on little dollars. It is by far the best selling electric bike in the United States, for good reason: For less than $500 it is a decent electric bike with reasonable performance. At this price point if you just ride the bike regularly it will pay for itself quickly. Read the rest

04 Aug 16:31

Wireless car locks hacked

by Rob Beschizza
Who needs to conspicuously slim jim a car when one can just spoof its wireless keyfob? [Wired]
06 Aug 13:27

1989 Cadillac Brougham: The Review Nobody Asked For

by Ikarus on Oppositelock, shared by Patrick George to Jalopnik

So true...and I've only driven a '93.

1989 Cadillac Brougham: The Review Nobody Asked For

If you ignore the mysterious stains on the seats and the smells coming from the trunk, this $650 American dream boat can take you on the ride of your life – until the accelerator pedal sticks to the floor and the brakes fade so bad that you have to slam it into park just to stop at every red light, scaring the piss out of everyone around you.


01 Aug 20:43

Eric Garner's chokehold death at NYPD's hands ruled homicide

by Xeni Jardin
Mourners gather at the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York, July 23, 2014. [Reuters]

Mourners gather at the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York, July 23, 2014. [Reuters]

"The death of a 43-year-old New York City man who was placed in a chokehold by police officers has been ruled a homicide, according to the New York City medical examiner." Read the rest

06 Aug 13:24

Building a Turboshaft Powered Motorcycle Land Speed Racer - I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning

by Paul Crowe

Original article from: -

Original article from: - When Anders Johansson got the idea of building a land speed racer powered by a TV94 turboshaft engine, he did what many dreamers don't, he went out to his shop and got to work. This was back in 2010. He just took his project out for its first test run […]
30 Jul 14:59

Watch a cocoa farmer try chocolate for the first time

by Maggie Koerth-Baker

N'Da Alphonse grows cocoa in Ivory Coast. He harvests the pods, removes the pulp-covered beans, and dries them before selling them to brokers. He'd never seen or tasted the food made from his beans, until a Dutch TV show brought him a sample, as part of a story on class divisions and the global food trade.

Video Link

Via Sploid

04 Aug 00:00


05 Aug 04:33


by Jennie Breeden
29 Jul 13:12

Tikis of Bora Bora

by Mark Frauenfelder
Mark Frauenfelder returns from vacation with a substantially-enlarged collection of tiki photographs. Read the rest
24 Jul 16:14

You Can Actually Buy a Flux Capacitor Car Charger Now

by Andrew Liszewski on Gizmodo, shared by Patrick George to Jalopnik

You Can Actually Buy a Flux Capacitor Car Charger Now

The folks at ThinkGeek put so much effort into their April Fool's Day prank products every year that often times they end up turning them into a reality. Remember the Star Wars Tauntan sleeping bag ?, that started life as a prank. And of all the wonderful products ThinkGeek pretended to announce on April 1 this year, the Back to the Future Flux Capacitor car charger is the one to get the IRL nod.


28 Jul 18:30

When she finished her pitch, the investor said he didn’t invest in women

by Rob Beschizza
"I don’t like the way women think. They haven’t mastered linear thinking."
25 Jul 13:06

On Google campus, a dinosaur is forever in battle with hordes of flamingos

by Xeni Jardin


Making the rounds online this week, but without identifying information: these two photos of a T-Rex dinosaur beset upon by flamingos. Read the rest

24 Jul 07:00

Back pain: Acetaminophen no better than placebos

by Cory Doctorow


A large-scale, rigorous study published in the Lancet found that the go-to, front-line treatment for back pain was no better than a placebo. Read the rest

24 Jul 07:32

Leaked manual shows how US agencies put millions on "suspected terrorist" list

by Cory Doctorow

The 166 page "March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance" was jointly authored by 19 agencies, and has been released in full on The Intercept. Read the rest

23 Jul 00:00


22 Jul 07:21

EFF unveils secure, sharing-friendly, privacy-minded router OS

by Cory Doctorow

Extreme-Alpha so not ready for actual use. Shows promise, though.

As promised, the Open Wireless Movement's new sharing-friendly, privacy-minded router operating system was unveiled at HOPE X in New York last weekend. Read the rest

22 Jul 18:41

Mellow electronica video shows what happens in your computer when you go right ahead and just spill juice all over it

by Rob Beschizza
24 Jul 13:24

The Hoverbike Moves to Kickstarter - The new quadrotor version is available as a scaled down prototype

by Paul Crowe

Original article from: -

Original article from: - Do you remember Chris Malloy and his Hoverbike? It was just over three years ago when we wrote about his attempts to build a twin rotor, BMW powered flying motorcycle of sorts. The conversation following that article was quite entertaining, and I think you'll be happy to know, Chris is […]
20 Jul 07:48

US "suspected terrorist" database had 1.5M names added to it in past 5 years

by Cory Doctorow

The scale of the secret blacklist was revealed in a civil suit over the Terrorist Screening Database, and it shocked the judge. Read the rest

20 Jul 06:02


by Jennie Breeden
19 Jul 12:28

Baby blood samples stored for research without parent permission

by Maggie Koerth-Baker

If you had a baby in Indiana after 1991, chances are your child's blood and DNA samples are being stored by the state. Originally meant for research, no samples have been used because consent of parents was never obtained.

16 Jul 17:23

FCC Net Neutrality deadline extended to Friday

by Cory Doctorow
The FCC's site has been so hammered by comments from people angry about its plans to enact Cable Company Fuckery that many haven't been able to get through. Read the rest
10 Jul 18:18

​Honda Just Announced The Best First Motorcycle Ever

by Wes Siler on IndefinitelyWild, shared by Damon Lavrinc to Jalopnik

​Honda Just Announced The Best First Motorcycle Ever

Shopping for your very first motorcycle? Start here. The 2015 Honda CB300F promises to be fun to ride, affordable and incredibly cheap to run. It's the perfect learning tool for new riders.