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17 Jul 17:10

al-grave: hkirkh: Corgi and Shiba Inu cross COGE?!?! such...



Corgi and Shiba Inu cross


such cute


18 Jul 01:39

Several Aboard Downed Malaysia Airlines Plane Were Headed To International AIDS Conference

by gguillotte
Glenn Raymond Thomas, a Geneva-based spokesman for World Health Organization was also aboard the flight, WHO confirmed. -- Aram Barra: "Jacqueline van Tongeren from AMC and Lucie van Mens from the Female Health Company were also on the plane. Pim de Kuijer (Stop Aids now) and Martine de Schutter (Aids fonds) were also on the plane."
18 Jul 12:38


15 Jul 17:15

This is the cruelest cake you can bake for an Argentina fan

by James Dator

#teamcake strikes again

The cake is a lie!

This is just evil

— Fabio Resende (@faresende) July 15, 2014

Cake makes everything better. Unless that cake represents Argentinian pride and houses a dark secret: A delicious German flag interior.

We can only imagine how this whole thing went down:

German friend: It was a good game. Your team played it's heart out. Look, I made you a cake to show how much I appreciate Argentina!

Argentinian friend: It still hurts, but Germany played well. Congratulations and thank you. This means a lot.

*cuts cake*


Argentinian friend: ...

It could be worse. You could pretend you send your friend a photo of Mario Götze when you actually sent goatse.

15 Jul 18:50

Studio Ghibli's beautiful new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya will come to America on October 17th,

by Rob Bricken

Studio Ghibli's beautiful new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya will come to America on October 17th, with the voice of Chloe Moretz as Kaguya. Based on the classic Japanese folk tale of the bamboo cutter, Kaguya was directed by Isao Takahata and will be released by Gkids, likely just in time for awards consideration.


18 Jul 18:13

Twitter / squarelyrooted: Dutch fatalities on #MH17 are ...

by djempirical

'Dutch fatalities on #MH17 are at least 154, which is a larger share of their nation's population than US 9/11 fatalities were.'

16 Jul 20:53

King Sennacherib of Assyria

King Sennacherib of Assyria

17 Jul 09:00

Getting through the day without any tickets reassigned to you

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05 Jul 07:39

gregfahlgren: Man, when Sonja is willing to bathe first she...


Man, when Sonja is willing to bathe first she must be truly desperate.

And not having sex until you are defeated in battle?  DUDE!?!?!?  It’s Sonja, suck it up and do the right thing.  Jerk.



18 Jul 16:08

ubersaur: like fuck this place for real tho. I walk in and a...


like fuck this place for real tho. I walk in and a lady gets stabbed. I walk around more and some dude drags me into a haunted house and makes me kill him. I walk around more and my new buddy is murdered by the guards that are now trying to arrest me. fuck this place. Im not about this life.

17 Jul 18:04

I Was Hidden on This Guy’s Hard Drive for Over 6 Years

by djempirical


It’s been estimated that as many as 880 billion photos will be taken by the close of this year. I’m not quite sure how that statistic could ever be properly calculated, but I think it’s safe to say that with the rise of the digital medium, human beings are taking a s**tload more pictures than ever before.

With all those photos being taken, chances are you and I have at one point accidentally wandered into someone else’s frame. It’s likely, however, that you’ll never really know you’ve photo-bombed someones shot. That’s why I was surprised by a Twitter message that I received out of the blue from a photographer I’ve never met.

Here’s what I received from photographer Anthony Kurtz:


Varanasi, India is an epicenter for pilgrimages for people of many walks of life. Locals from all over the subcontinent make religious journeys to the ancient city; monks of a variety of religious beliefs seek refuge in the many temples along the Ganges River; and not to mention: photographers, travelers and tourists flock to the region to seek inspiration in what I consider one of the most photogenic places on Earth.

Looking at the photo from the tiny Twitter preview, it seemed like it could be me but how could I be certain? I’m not quite sure how Anthony recognized me, as we are only are aware of each other via social media. I asked him to send me the high-resolution version of the photo, and asked if he had any others taken in the batch. He then sent the following:


Here’s a closer view:


Here’s a closer view of several of Kurtz’s exposures:

Varanasi_India_Montage copy

After zooming in to the photo I discovered that without question it was me. Looking at Anthony’s image EXIF data, I saw the image was taken on October 18th, 2007. I am 24 years old now, so I was 17 in the photo. I also noticed in one of the photographs, it appears I am taking a photo of something. So, I looked through my own images captured that day, and found the exact exposure I had taken within seconds of his:

Here I am squatting and taking a photograph of two women overlooking the Ganges River:


Here’s the actual photograph I was taking at the same time Anthony’s exposure was made:


And the big kicker: in the background of my picture there are the boats of people photographing from the river. Which one is Anthony?

When something like this happens, it’s hard not to evoke the tired cliché that the world is an incredibly small place. The world is shrinking even further with our growing level of interconnectedness on the Internet and social media, and this occurrence is an example of that.

I’m sure people have always been on paths that quietly and unknowingly intersect. Now, with people sharing their passions and experiences more than ever, we can be sure that we’ll meet yet again — or sometime in the future — whether we know it or not.

About the author: Joey L. is a Canadian commercial photographer, director and published author based in Brooklyn, New York. See more of him through his blog, portfolio and video tutorials. He can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This article originally appeared here.

About Anthony Kurtz: Anthony Kurtz is a German-American commercial and fine-art photographer based in Berlin, Germany. You can find his work on his website or by following him on Facebook and Twitter.

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17 Jul 18:20

Hedi Xadt

17 Jul 22:30

Microsoft Already Abandoning Most of Its Xbox TV Content, Closing Xbox Entertainment Studios - We are not will not be entertained.

by Dan Van Winkle

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You’re safe for now, Netflix! Actually, since Microsoft is abandoning their Xbox TV content arm that only just got started last month, you’ve probably been safe the whole time. I can’t imagine it’s gone incredibly well for them given this information. Unfortunately, this comes as part of Microsoft’s massive layoff of 18,000 jobs over the next year.

It’s all part of Microsoft’s restructuring under new CEO Satya Nadella. All of the content on the recently released list of Xbox Originals is now canceled with the exception of the Halo digital feature and TV series, as well as the tech documentary Signal to Noise. These projects that are already mid-production will be handled by a few members of Xbox Entertainment Studios who will stay on to oversee them, and the Halo content will continue as planned from 343 Industries and Amblin.

This comes on the heels of news today that Microsoft has seen sales of the Xbox One double since they dropped the mandatory Kinect bundle and $100 from the price tag to match the PS4. That change made sense to bring Microsoft’s console into closer competition with Sony’s machine, but Sony is still pushing ahead with its console-centric TV content in the form of Powers, their TV series that will be out later this year.

At least the more streamlined, games-focused approach is working so far with the Kinect change, so maybe this will be good news for the Xbox One in the long run.

(via Deadline, image via Microsoft)

Previously in Xbox One changes

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18 Jul 00:03

Chikungunya fever finally makes it to the United States - two cases in South Florida



The first cases of locally acquired chikungunya fever have occurred in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, making it the first time the severely painful virus has been spread by a mosquito in the United States, Florida health officials said Thursday.

Health department officials said they believe persons in both cases were bitten by an infected mosquito in South Florida that had bitten someone who had acquired the disease in another country.

18 Jul 17:24

Bill Maher's sexist tweet: The so-called progressive makes light of domestic violence.

by djempirical

''Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who's trying to kill u - u can only hold her wrists so long before you have to slap her"

Bill Maher reminded everyone Thursday evening that no matter how progressive he claims to be, when it comes to women, he’s an old school misogynist. Despite a long history of being called out by both liberals and conservatives for his tendency to use sexist slurs, Maher still thought it appropriate to tweet this:

So much sexism packed into one tweet! As others have already pointed out,  Maher is making light of the serious problem of domestic violence. But he’s also trading on the tired stereotype of women as irrational children who need to be brought in line by more stable men. (See: Clark Gable or Cary Grant putting a hysterical woman in her place with a calmly delivered slap that swiftly reminds her of the proper order of things.)


There’s also the matter of the “who’s trying to kill u” part of the tweet, a nice bit of ass-covering that turns domestic violence into self-defense. (Bill: If a woman is ever actually trying to kill you, slapping her probably isn't enough.) Maher may admire men of yore who slapped screaming women with aplomb, but he fails to have their courage of conviction. Also, his Israeli-Palestinian conflict commentary is dumb.

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17 Jul 21:17

.@Newsweek:Lynne Cheney on what to do about global warming: “Nothing,” it's urban legend bent on destroying the coal industry. Good to know.
18 Jul 17:42

Twitter / boldandworthy: NOT the Onion: ...

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18 Jul 17:44

Twitter / susie_c: this flyer, I can't ...

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18 Jul 18:00

Controlling the Raspberry Pi’s GPIOs using direct register access in C++

by Jessica


Via Hertaville.

In this blog entry I will present the mmapGpio class that provides basic access to all the GPIO’s on the RPI’s 26-pin header using direct register access. The advantage of this approach to GPIO control is that one can bypass Linux and talk directly with the GPIO registers which enables much faster GPIO toggling speeds. Using this approach I was able to get GPIO toggling speeds that exceed 25MHz!!!! That’s much faster than the toggling speeds that can be achieved using the safer but slower SYSFS approach to GPIO control.

The mmapGpio class is intentionally designed to be simple but useful. A great feature of this class is that a single instance can be used to control the all the RPI’s GPIOs. The mmapGpio class with two examples and makefiles can be downloaded from here.

Read more.

998Each Friday is PiDay here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts, tutorials and new Raspberry Pi related products. Adafruit has the largest and best selection of Raspberry Pi accessories and all the code & tutorials to get you up and running in no time!

18 Jul 19:11

World calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crash

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry released a video purporting to show a truck carrying the Buk missile launcher it said was used to fire on the plane with one of its four missiles apparently missing. The ministry said the footage was filmed by a police surveillance squad at dawn Friday as the truck was heading to the city of Krasnodon toward the Russian border.

There was no way to independently verify the video.

18 Jul 02:04

TV Club: Adventure Time: “Ocarina”

by Oliver Sava

'“The laws ain’t made to help earthy cats like us,” Jake tells his bro, and then he proceeds to give him a rundown of the history of socioeconomic equality: Back in the old days, it was every man for himself, and the strongest, meanest men got the greenest valleys. Everyone else got sand, and that’s when the strong, mean men made the laws.

Once the people in power got the world how they liked it, they said this is fair now, this is the law, and they changed the rules of nature. In the accompanying animation, we see a border put up between the green and the sand, and when one of the weaker people tries to cross that border, he’s taken to prison. I can’t help but think of the current debate around immigration in the U.S. during that sequence, and it’s refreshing to see the show explore some deeper political ideas in the middle of the cartoon shenanigans.'

“Ocarina” begins with five baby birds crawling out of their nest because their father isn’t watching over them. Deadbeat dads are the theme of this episode, which explores Jake’s relationship with his five kids, and while Jake’s children have fared better than the baby birds without their father, they still yearn for a more active parental figure.

Jake has been absent in his children’s lives, and this week he discovers the consequences of his inaction when his son Kim Kil Whan buys the deed to Finn and Jake’s treehouse in hopes of getting his dad to start thinking like a responsible adult. It’s a complicated, mature episode examining father and son relationships through the experience of two stretchy dogs, and another installment that shows how much Adventure Time has grown since its conception.

Jake has spent most of this season in the background as ...

18 Jul 02:25

Why City-Dwellers Don't Evacuate In Emergencies

by Annalee Newitz

re: Manila: 'while they're gone, whoever owns the land they're squatting on will seize the moment to make a land grab. According to Patricia Herrera, a community organizer for a Manila slum, many of them think, "This is going to be [the landowner's] way to get us out of here."

Herrera recalls a story where one community in northern Manila evacuated in the run-up to Typhoon Ondoy, which caused massive flooding throughout the city and left about 700 people dead. When they returned, the owner of the land they were squatting on had put up barricades to keep them from coming back in. In the altercation with one of the leaders, a pregnant woman was shot and killed, and the squatters never regained access to the land.'


Why City-Dwellers Don't Evacuate In Emergencies

After major urban disasters, there are always stories about the stubborn people who refused to evacuate. They've survived incredible danger, or worse, they haven't survived at all. But this isn't because they're foolhardy. There are good reasons that people stay in their homes, to protect their property at all costs.


18 Jul 05:00

Primer: Unraveling a fantasy: A beginner’s guide to Japanese idol pop

by Abigail Covington

#longread that's not entirely about Babymetal despite the photo

Primer is The A.V. Club’s ongoing series of beginners’ guides to pop culture’s most notable subjects: filmmakers, music styles, literary genres, and whatever else interests us—and hopefully you. This installment: J-Pop’s idol pop sub-genre.

Despite often being considered a niche interest, J-Pop is about as sweeping and unhelpful a term as “rock ’n’ roll” is. It’s only J-Pop’s conflation with K-Pop in the Western world that has led many to believe that J-Pop in itself is some sub-genre phenomenon, when it simply refers to popular music in Japan. Real phenomena exist within J-Pop, and chief among them is the insane and adorable world of idol pop. Thought it’s technically a musical genre, something isn’t considered idol pop because of distinctions in sounds or rhythms. Rather, idol pop only only  becomes idol pop if industry impresarios declare it so and market it ...

18 Jul 12:58

Electronic Remix of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Song by MetroGnome

by Justin Page

no new music

Music producer and composer MetroGnome has created an amazing electronic remix of the Game of Thrones theme song. It is available to download for free in MP3 format from Soundcloud.

18 Jul 13:06

Summer Box-Office Problems Likely Stem From Lack of Content for Women, Surprising No One - Except maybe the movie execs who keep making these decisions.

by Dan Van Winkle



According to data from the Motion Picture Association of America, the young male demographic that most big Hollywood movies are aimed at is making fewer trips to the theater and hurting box-office totals. Who is spending money at the movies? Women, and movies aimed at women are reaping the benefits. So, you know, any time you want to get on that Black Widow movie, Marvel…

Not only does the data show that young people in general are going to the theater less with the largest drop (17%) occurring in the sought-after 18 to 25 demographic, but it indicates that movies that skew toward a male audience are performing worse than ever. That’s a big problem for Hollywood, considering that their male-oriented franchises seem to be garnering less female viewers than ever, too.

Could they be tired of seeing white dudes save the world? It certainly seems like it, as over time from Spider-Man 3 to Amazing Spider-Man 2, the webhead audience has gone from 54 to 61% male, and the Transformers movies have been following that trend with a now 64% male audience. In the old wisdom, that would’ve been great news, because those demographics were thought of as an endless fountain of money and numbers like those would’ve been seen as evidence that “girls don’t like sci-fi/comic book/[insert genre here] movies.”

But with both of the most recent entries in those franchises also hitting franchise-low domestic gross numbers, it’s well past time to rethink that and work on bringing back the female audience. The male audience isn’t cutting it, and women are getting tired of movies that don’t speak to them or accurately represent them.

This all might seem like a no-brainer in the year that Frozen (technically 2013, but still) made a staggering $1.27 billion worldwide and $400 million domestically, and Maleficent made $224 million domestically—more than Amazing Spider-Man 2. Not to mention The Fault in Our Stars, which had an 82% female audience at opening and has made $120 million on a much smaller budget: only $12 million as compared to $150 million and up for Frozen and the rest.

Hopefully this all means that Hollywood will realize they need to turn the trend around with more movies aimed at women and better representation of women in movies that aren’t.

(via Hollywood Reporter, image via Frozen)

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18 Jul 17:39

One Fast Cat, A Hamster Wheel-Like Exercise Treadmill for Cats

by Brian Heater

One Fast Cat is an large hamster wheel-like treadmill designed to help cats exercise and stave off boredom indoors. The product, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, has a 48-inch diameter to help avoid the potential long-term back problems that come with smaller wheels.

In field testing our cat wheel has proven to not only enhance the physical well-being of our cat but altered her disposition to be more relaxed and calm.

One Fast Cat

One Fast Cat

One Fast Cat

images via One Fast Cat

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18 Jul 17:38


18 Jul 15:37

depressioncomix: 194

by villeashell

via otters

18 Jul 17:51

Malaysia Airlines crash: flight recorder found as anger at Russia mounts – live updates

One of the most visible leaders of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, has resigned his post during a visit to Moscow, Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) reports, citing Russian agencies. No reason for the decision was given

According to Interfax, Pushilin is in Moscow and sent a letter of resignation from his position as speaker of the DPR's parliamentary body.

18 Jul 15:55

CNN Removes Reporter Diana Magnay From Israel-Gaza After 'Scum' Tweet

by djempirical


NEW YORK -- CNN has removed correspondent Diana Magnay from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she tweeted that Israelis who were cheering the bombing of Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”

“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew," the spokeswoman continued. "She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”

The spokeswoman said Magnay has been assigned to Moscow.

Magnay appeared on CNN Thursday from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border. While she reported, Israelis could be heard near her cheering as missiles were fired at Gaza.

After the liveshot, Magnay tweeted: “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.” The tweet was quickly removed, but not before it had been retweeted more than 200 times.

The removal of Magnay comes a day after NBC News pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza.

NBC's decision to remove the widely praised Mohyeldin, and unwillingness to explain why, has been met with anger and frustration from journalists inside and outside the network.

A source with knowledge of the decision told The Huffington Post that NBC executives cited security concerns. But at the same time Moyheldin was pulled, NBC assigned chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to Gaza.

One of Mohyeldin's tweets and Facebook posts were recently deleted, a move that has fueled speculation that his social media use could have been the cause for his removal. But the source said the reason given internally by network executives was security.

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