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11 Oct 10:56

How Dali and Halsman made "In Voluptas Mors"

by Cory Doctorow


One of the most iconic images of Salvador Dali's career was the photo of a skull composed from the artfully arranged bodies of nude models. Read the rest

12 Aug 15:30

Twelve Mighty Facts About He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe

by Zeon Santos

As a kid growing up in the 80s cartoon heroes didn't come much buffer, bolder, or more exciting than He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

He-Man was a toon descendant of the sword and sorcery fantasy subgenre that made Dungeons & Dragons obsessed kids like me go squee, and in a clever bit of marketing the characters on the screen matched toys available for purchase at your local toy store, sparking many lifelong addictions to toys and action figures.

He-Man isn't all muscles and might, and now thanks to io9's 12 Insane Facts About He-Man and the Masters of the Universe you can discover fun facts like- Skeletor's relationship to He-Man, the geek icons who started their career on Masters, and why Teela is more important than He-Man in the overall storyline.

25 Sep 03:40

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07 Oct 17:15

Adobe ebook DRM secretly builds and transmits a dossier of your reading habits

by Cory Doctorow


The latest version of Adobe's Digital Editions, a DRM system widely used for ebooks, gathers enormous amounts of sensitive personal information about its users' reading habits and transmits them, in the clear, to Adobe. Read the rest

03 Oct 01:47

Can you spot the difference between the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts science workshops?

by Rob Beschizza
10629620_745466952179458_1507716768032781674_n "I can't quite place it," writes David Shiffman. Update: The original is at Jezebel: "This Science Museum Has Royally Pissed Off a Bunch of Girl Scouts"
07 Oct 11:00

10/07/2014

by Jennie Breeden
06 Oct 14:46

Let John Oliver Explain How Cops Can Take Anything From Anyone

by Andrew P Collins on Code 3, shared by Travis Okulski to Jalopnik

Civil forfeiture laws seem to give police the right to commandeer anything, including cash, that they deem associated with a real or "potential" crime and use it to buy, in one police chief's words, "toys." Like a zamboni or margarita machine. Let John Oliver explain.

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03 Oct 14:20

This Is Definitely 100% Exactly How The Navy's Railgun Sounds

by Michael Ballaban on foxtrotalpha, shared by Matt Hardigree to Jalopnik

Yep, that's definitely it. The railgun , hailed as the future of the United States Navy, sounds exactly like this. No joking here at all.

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25 Sep 23:34

Billionaire told he can't block access to public beach

by Rob Beschizza

Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla bought a house by a public beach, then cut off access to it. A court has ordered him to unlock the gates.

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23 Sep 21:11

Celebrate Your Right to Read at Gwinnett Library During Banned Book Week

by Scott Bernarde
Each year, the American Library Association dedicates a week to sponsor events throughout the country to shine a light on censorship.
18 Sep 16:48

Apple's Patriot-Act-detecting "warrant canary" dies

by Cory Doctorow


It's been less than a day since the company published its new, excellent privacy policy -- but Gigaom has noticed that the latest Apple transparency report, covering Jan 1-Jun 30 2014, has eliminated the line that says that the company has received no secret Patriot Act "section 215" requests, which come with gag orders prohibiting companies from discussing them. Read the rest

17 Sep 19:45

Florida schools open their doors to Satan

by Jason Weisberger

To ensure Florida's stupid laws allowing religion to be taught in public schools do not expose kids to just one idea the Satanic Temple is stepping up to provide alternate reading materials.

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12 Sep 18:21

​Deadmau5 Really Is Giving Uber Rides In His McLaren 650S

by Damon Lavrinc


If you're a frequent Uber user in Toronto, keep your eyes pealed for a McLaren 650S and a smiling mouse head. Deadmau5 is officially on the Uber X payroll and he started giving rides this week.

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09 Sep 20:06

Fill Yourself With Dread Because The Terror Tractor Is Back

by Raphael Orlove

The turbo Volvo engine-swapped Terror Tractor has returned and it has its own soundtrack.

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16 Sep 17:47

WATCH: self-appointed vigilante punishes litterbugs

by Mark Frauenfelder

This Russian motorcyclist throws trash into the windows of litterbugs she comes across.

15 Sep 04:34

Secret Law is Not Law

by Cory Doctorow

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Cindy Cohn is on fire: "Let’s be clear: Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as 'law' at all."

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12 Sep 19:40

Burger King's gothburger

by David Pescovitz
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Burger King has launched a black burger in Japan made from black peppered-beef, buns and cheese darkened with bamboo charcoal, and a topping of garlic sauce blackened with squid ink. Read the rest

11 Sep 08:50

Elizabeth Warren asks why criminal bankers are too big to jail

by Cory Doctorow

There were 800 convictions in the S&L crisis, but the DOJ hasn't prosecuted a single banker involved in the financial crisis; as Matt Taibbi points out in the brilliant, essential book The Divide, if shutting down a huge bank would impose too many costs on society, then why don't prosecutors insist that the banks be split up as a condition of not dropping the entire C-suite into the deepest dungeon in the nation? Read the rest

12 Sep 00:50

Study: 80% of female migrants who cross US-Mexico border are raped

by Xeni Jardin
How do many migrant women prepare for the likelihood of being raped? They take birth control as their journey begins. Read the rest
08 Sep 16:09

Police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes

by Mark Frauenfelder

Encouraged by departments of Homeland Security and Justice police around the country make use of a private intelligence network to determine which motorists to rob, a Washington Post investigation found.

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05 Sep 07:30

NYPD arrest human rights lawyer waiting outside restaurant while kids used bathroom

by Cory Doctorow
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Yet another example of unprompted brutality by the NYPD.


Chaumtoli Huq, former general counsel for NYC Public Advocate Tish James, attended a rally in Times Square with her family, and afterwards, waited on the sidewalk outside of a Ruby Tuesday restaurant while her husband took their children (10 and 6) to the bathroom. Read the rest

05 Sep 07:01

Being physically unable to commit a crime is no defense against a system that has been fine tuned for prosecution

by Cory Doctorow

Techdirt's Tim Cushing highlights some of the more Kafkaesque moments in modern American justice -- handcuffed men who shoot themselves in the back, men who are arraigned for crimes they allegedly committed while in jail, and comes to this conclusion: Read the rest

07 Sep 04:00

09/07/2014

by Jennie Breeden
04 Sep 16:40

This honey will make you hallucinate

by Mark Frauenfelder

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"Mad honey," or deli bal as it is call in Turkey, contains a neurotoxin from rhododendrons called grayanotoxin that can cause "low blood pressure and irregularities in the heartbeat that bring on nausea, numbness, blurred vision, fainting, potent hallucinations, seizures, and even death, in rare cases." Read the rest

01 Sep 04:00

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02 Sep 21:36

Arby's new Meat Mountain

by David Pescovitz

Arby's, inspired by customers who inquired about a poster in the restaurant depicting a heap of myriad meats, now sells an off-menu "Meat Mountain" piled with various kinds of animal flesh for $10. Here's what's between the buns: Read the rest

02 Sep 19:12

Police arrest North Carolina man for distributing voting rights leaflets

by Mark Frauenfelder

“They said they would charge me for distributing literature...”

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02 Sep 06:59

Fake, phone-attacking cell-towers are all across America

by Cory Doctorow


The towers attack the baseband radio in your phone and use it to hack the OS; they're only visible if you're using one of the customized, paranoid-Android, post-Snowden secure phones, and they're all around US military bases. Read the rest

28 Aug 10:51

Dashcam nails cops who beat man while shouting "Stop resisting arrest"

by Cory Doctorow
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"The Bloomfield PD's internal investigations department found no evidence of any wrongdoing by the cops."

Two cops from Bloomfield, NJ's police department have been indicted, and another plead guilty after a suppressed dashcam video showed them beating a man who was facing years in prison for "resisting arrest" (the DA dropped his charges right away). Read the rest

02 Sep 00:00

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