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22 Oct 17:41

Syria destroys two warplanes used by ISIS to train fighter pilots for terrorist 'airforce' - Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Syria destroys two warplanes used by ISIS to train fighter pilots for terrorist 'airforce'
Daily Mail
The Syrian Air Force has destroyed two fighter jets belonging to the Islamic State just days after observers claimed to have witnessed the terror group training fighters to use them. Monitoring groups in the war-ravaged country last week claimed to have seen ...

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23 Oct 04:08

Mexican mayor accused of student attack -

Mexican mayor accused of student attack
Mexico has ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging that they masterminded last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Mexican authorities have searched in vain for any trace of the college students ...

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23 Oct 10:30

LED Skull Lantern #3DThursday #3DPrinting

by Noe Ruiz


Thingiverse user Festus440 shared a very classic 3D printed halloween project.

Just in time for Halloween!
This little lantern uses an inexpensive battery operated LED “Tea Light” candle that can be purchased at most craft stores or on-line. (I paid $1.99 for one at the local craft store.) The tea light is mounted upside down in the top of the lantern. The handle is optional. You don’t need if you aren’t going to hang the lantern.

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

23 Oct 11:30

Nike is working with Apple to expand the digital frontier of wearables

by Tom Warren

Although Nike seemingly abandoned future FuelBand hardware, the company is working closely with Apple to advance wearables overall. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Nike CEO Mark Parker says he is "bullish" on the company’s relationship with Apple. "As I look ahead at what's possible with Nike and Apple...technologically we can do things together that we couldn't do independently," explains Parker. "So yeah, that's part of our plan, is to expand the whole digital frontier in terms of wearables and go from...25 million Nike+ users to hundreds of millions."

While Parker doesn’t commit to any direct hardware work with Apple, his desire to grow the Nike+ user base hints at Nike’s plans to dominate fitness tracking as a service rather than device sales. Nike has always had a close relationship with Apple, supporting iPods and iPhones with Nike+, and now the upcoming Apple Watch. Apple even hired Nike’s former design director last year to work on wearable devices ahead of last month’s Apple Watch unveiling. Discussing the future of wearables, Parker says future hardware will be "more stealth, more integrated, more stylish, and more functional."

23 Oct 14:06

Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

by timothy
Trailrunner7 writes "There is a severe remote code execution vulnerability in a number of Cisco's security appliances, a bug that was first disclosed nearly three years ago. The vulnerability is in Telnet and there has been a Metasploit module available to exploit it for years. The FreeBSD Project first disclosed the vulnerability in telnet in December 2011 and it was widely publicized at the time. Recently, Glafkos Charalambous, a security researcher, discovered that the bug was still present in several of Cisco's security boxes, including the Web Security Appliance, Email Security Appliance and Content Security Management Appliance. The vulnerability is in the AsyncOS software in those appliances and affects all versions of the products." At long last, though, as the article points out, "Cisco has released a patched version of the AsyncOS software to address the vulnerability and also has recommended some workarounds for customers."

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23 Oct 14:02

Linked: OS X Yosemite Icons

by Armin

OS X Yosemite Icons
A side by side comparison of old and new Apple system app icons. Sayonara skeuomorphs! Many thanks to our ADVx3 Partners
23 Oct 15:02

Sixteen Ridiculous Uses for Potatoes at a Bar

by Camper English

Camper English has run out of ideas for his advertorials

While learning about potatoes for a little project with Karlsson's Vodka, I kept coming across lists of unusual uses for potatoes. I decided to adapt these lists to the bar setting just for fun. 

Sixteen Uses for a Potato at the Bar


1. Use a potato to hold garnish picks. 

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2. Raw potatoes soothe burns. Maybe you don't burn yourself bartending, but I do all the time. Some people should not be around heat sources. 

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3. Use a potato to get a grip on a broken lightbulb to remove it from the socket. 

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4. Potatoes can remove stains on hands. They are noted for removing berry stains in particular but I wonder if they'll get bitters stains off your skin too... 

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5. Raw potatoes work to de-fog windows as well as ski goggles. I would imagine you'd have more of the former in the bar. A thin layer rubbed on the glass helps prevent fogging. 

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6. Carve up potatoes to make stamps. Who needs to buy fancy patterned wallpaper when you can use potatoes? 

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7. Bottle stoppers? 

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8. Keep your ice picks organized and protected from sticking strangers. 

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9. Raw potatoes help reduce puffiness of the eyes as well as lessen dark circles.

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10. Potatoes can easily employed as a vegetarian luge. 

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11. Raw potatoes remove rust from rusty things. Please don't use rusty things in food and drink preparation. 

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12. Potatoes absorb salt, so many cooks recommend them to reduce over-salted soups. Now that everybody is salting their syrups, perhaps potatoes will work to reduce saltiness there too. 

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13. Potatoes are instant silverware polish. Boil potatoes then soak silverware in the potato water for an hour or so. I wonder if this also works on copper Moscow Mule mugs. 

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14. Potatoes can be used to make stencils for spray-painting and spraying bitters on top of egg white drinks. 

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15. Menu holders.

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16. They also make good projectiles. 

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23 Oct 14:40

Scientists Demonstrate What A Real Laser Bullet Would Look Like

by George Dvorsky

pew pew

Scientists Demonstrate What A Real Laser Bullet Would Look Like

Contrary to what's portrayed in scifi, short bursts of laser pulses travel at speeds far too fast for the human eye to see. But what would it look like if we could film it in slow motion? Thanks to a team of physicists from the Polish Academy of Sciences, we now have the video evidence.


23 Oct 14:56

Newswire: Charlie Kaufman to lower Steve Carell’s IQ

by Matt Wayt

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, known for writing movies that require mental gymnastics, and Steve Carell, who was on a hit TV show playing a really stupid guy, are meeting in the middle, for a film about a virus that lowers people’s IQs. Kaufman is taking time off from shopping his pilot that was too weird for FX to do a page one rewrite of IQ 83, based on the 1978 science-fiction novel by Arthur Herzog. Carell is set to star as a scientist who races to find a cure for the virus while consistently growing dumber, which is a pretty retro choice for a guy who is totally over making you laugh.

Deadline reports that Paramount wants the film to be a “scathing satire” along the lines of Dr. Strangelove. This sounds like something the guy who wrote Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind could knock ...

23 Oct 15:15

PhotoMath, A Smartphone App That Can Solve Complex Math Equations by Taking a Picture

by Brian Heater

PhotoMath is a new app by text recognition software company MicroBlink that can solve math equations after a user snaps a photo of it. More complex equations can be solved by taking multiple pictures. The app is available now for iOS and Windows Phone. An Android version is scheduled to release in 2015.

Photomath  Photomath

Photomath   Photomath

images via MicroBlink

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23 Oct 14:58

Lazy coverage of Gamergate is only feeding this abusive campaign | Technology |

by gguillotte
Thanks to the unwavering ability of the campaign to wield the press as a weapon, even its appearance in the New York Times under the headline “Feminist Critics of Video Games Facing Threats in ‘GamerGate’ Campaign” has managed to reinforce some of the group’s favoured talking-points.
23 Oct 13:59

Breaking Madden, Week 8: The quest for 511 touchdowns in a game

by Jon Bois

A rare instance when Jon Bois legitimately broke Madden, forcing it to lockup repeatedly without changing any settings

Peyton Manning is now the all-time leader in touchdown passes with 510. Brett Favre's mission: to surpass that in a single game. We realize how impossible this sounds.

I would like to throw 511 touchdown passes in a single game of Madden NFL 15. I will not disable any rules or exploit any glitches. These will be legal, honest-to-God touchdowns in a standard 60-minute football game. If I score 511 of them and make every extra point, the final score will be 3,577 to 0.

Y'all, I'm serious. Stick with me here.

The significance of the number 511, of course, is that last week, Peyton Manning threw his 510th career touchdown pass and surpassed Brett Favre as the all-time record holder.

I have stated many times on record that, in my estimation, it sure would be something to see Brett lace 'em up and give it one more go and show all these young kids a thing or two.  Further, I have posited that the ol' Gunslinger still has some magic left in that arm of his. Finally, and this is crucial, I hold it to be true that it just hasn't been the same without the Gunslinger out there runnin' and gunnin' and finding a way to win any which way he knows how and goin' out there and choppin' it up and just havin' some fun out there.

The game plan for this particular episode was inspired by valued Internet subscriber and visitor Keith Mullett:

@jon_bois I told you, breaking madden week 17: the gunslinger takes back his records from peyton

— Keith Mullett (@KeithMullett) October 19, 2014

I laughed it off at first, but my heart began to fill with dread as I realized that throwing 511 touchdown passes in a game might actually be possible, at least on paper. I began to wish I'd never even considered it, because once I knew it was within the realm of possibility, I couldn't not try it. Trying it would probably mean a single game that lasted 14, 16, maybe 18 hours.

My first step was to find companions who would understand my struggle.

if you would like to be in the next Breaking Madden, please tell me about the worst shift you ever worked at any job

— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) October 20, 2014

Turns out, lots and lots of people have really terrible work-shift stories! Narrowing the field down to 12 was a challenge. Click here to hear their stories. One individual had a boss who took a dump in a 7-11 cup. Another accidentally destroyed a Humvee with a tank. Still another worked a double at the Olive Garden on his 21st birthday after moving to a new city with no friends. Remarkable, all of them.


Brett Favre and I will not break any NFL rules along our journey, but we will definitely tip the scales in our favor in every way that is legal. Nowhere in the rule books does it forbid the Broncos from fielding five-foot-tall cornerbacks and safeties who are bad at everything. Nor does it disallow the Packers from suiting up four unstoppable seven-foot-tall wide receivers.

Neither, unfortunately, is there an NFL rule that prevents some doofus from wasting hours and hours of his life in pursuit of something he won't even be able to prove he did. See, as longtime readers of Breaking Madden know, the game stops counting once you reach 255 points. After that, you can keep scoring as many touchdowns as you want, but they won't show up on the game's scoreboard. There is no screenshot I could possibly take that would prove to you that I really did do this.

But I will know. This isn't about you.


This number is everything:


In order to score 511 touchdowns in a 60-minute game, I will have to score one touchdown per 7.045 seconds of game clock. After running a few experiments, I think this strategy is the most effective and reliable.



I should mention here that I'm controlling both the Broncos and Packers in this experiment. The Broncos will be completely aiding and abetting Brett Favre's quest. This is legal! If you've been watching the NFL for very long at all, you know it's perfectly legal for a team to defeat itself.

On the kickoff, I'll move the Broncos' return man out of the way to ensure he doesn't field the kick. The ball will drop out of the back of the end zone for a touchback, and no time runs off the clock. This is the easy part.



Oh, there's another thing I forgot to mention! Peyton Manning is now the Broncos' field goal kicker. He is terrible at it, which is important. I need him to make the worst, shortest attempts possible so as to conserve game clock.

The duration of this play varies, but it usually runs about three seconds off the clock. The Packers take possession.


Here, the Broncos call a field goal block, which means they have no secondary. The Packers call a Hail Mary, Favre throws a bullet as soon as he possibly can, and we've got our touchdown. Boot the extra point, which takes no time off the clock, and we're back to Step 1.

If every step is properly executed, scoring a touchdown takes between six and seven seconds -- just barely under our limit of 7.045 seconds. If y'all can think of a more efficient means of doing this, I'd love to hear about it in the comments, but this strategy was the most efficient I came across.

And dang it, I think that means something. It would appear as though 511, or a number very close to it, is the logical limit of touchdowns that can possibly be scored in one game. Why wouldn't the career touchdown pass mark arbitrarily be 350, or 617, or 820? Why would it sit right there at the precipice?

It all joins together. It's like watching glass shatter in reverse. The numbers have been patiently waiting for me. I have to do this.


Madden is going apeshit in a hurry this week.

This year, the franchise introduced a new feature to the kicking game. It displays an array of paths that estimate your kick's trajectory and helps you to aim a little better. It's pretty neat! Except for when your kicker is Peyton Manning.


I'm not even touching the controller there. The game is just totally flipping its shit. This display is implying that Peyton might somehow kick the ball 30 yards backwards. Lord knows I tried, but I never managed to pull that off.

Kicking was far and away the toughest part of this whole thing. I had to keep it away from any Packers who might catch it and run it back to the house. I also ran the risk of hitting one of my dudes in the butt.


That was bad news. It seems that if your field goal attempt hits a teammate and then falls on the ground, Madden counts it as a fumble. Precious seconds go off the clock, especially if I didn't realize what happened and I'm not quick to call a timeout. And remember, this is such a tight operation. Assuming I did everything exactly right 511 times (which is probably not humanly possible), I'd only have around 200 seconds of game clock to spare. Losing 10 seconds on some random play could scuttle the whole deal.

So, Peyton. Peyton ain't too good at all this kickin'.


Peyton would much rather be throwing the ball, as evidenced by this play, which I ... guess is legal?


He kicks the ball to his offensive lineman, who takes it and rumbles forward for a few yards. It's the opposite of an armpunt. It's a legpass!

I mean, it's certainly illegal to throw the ball to an offensive lineman, since he doesn't line up as an eligible receiver. But hell, ain't mean you can't kick it, I guess! By exploiting a loophole, Peyton Manning just blew our understanding of legal offensive football wide open.

If Madden was correct in allowing that play, that is. We might not wanna trust Madden.


This is the game's play-by-play report from a test run I did. Those of you who are sports experts may find this to be unusual!

Peyton Manning attempted a field goal from his own 20, but rather than turn over possession to the Packers, the game let the Broncos keep the ball. Not only that, the game decided to re-spot the ball all the way across the field to the Packers' 13.Madden was trying to hide the ball from me, or maybe it just no longer understood what the hell was going on.

With 14:01 remaining in the first quarter, I was feeling an ounce of optimism and a bucket of dread. The good news: I scored my ninth touchdown in the 59th second of the game, which meant I was keeping a pace of one touchdown per 6.55 seconds. I was a half-second-per-touchdown ahead of schedule. If sustaining this pace for a minute was doable, it meant to me that whether or not I succeeded was entirely in my hands.

The bad news: I looked up and realized the first minute of game clock had taken up 30 minutes of real-world time. By that pace, the game would take me 28 hours. Now, that first minute was so slow in part because I kept pausing and recording replays, but bare minimum, each game minute was bound to cost 15 real minutes. That meant 15 hours of gameplay, unless I took breaks, which I would have to do ...

... for the time being, I decided to stay the course. Things got messy. On one occasion, I accidentally called a Denver pass, and completed a pass despite trying to throw the ball away. That cost me about 10 seconds. Another time, a field goal was caught and returned for a Packers TD, which of course was of no use since it wasn't a passing touchdown. More seconds wasted.

I just couldn't slack off at all. I had to be careful to do everything the same way every single time. Example: never, ever call trips right on a Hail Mary.


My receivers took up so much mass that they essentially played defense against one another. It didn't matter which button I'd pressed, they all decided the ball was for them.

We've seen this time and again in Breaking Madden: when some stuff gets weird, even the stuff that shouldn't be weird gets weird. This, for example.



An outlandish game score should have absolutely nothing to do with a game's physics engine, right? No matter how ridiculous it is? Why would a 217-0 score make the physics mess up? And yet, the game throws a tantrum and yanks Ryan Van Bibber 30 yards downfield for no reason. This is the first time I've ever seen that happen.

It's like the various elements of the game -- the textures, rendering, physics, scorekeeping, artificial intelligence, all that -- is part of one big game of telephone. Except, instead of a coherent message being gradually deteriorated, everyone's just screaming. It's just a room of people screaming, "AAAAAAAAAHHHH."

Here's a man whose hand has been replaced with a football.


This poor fellow's ball-arm probably isn't all that difficult to explain. There was just an error in the collision detection or something. The engine was trying to make the ball be in his hand, and it messed up terribly. What I can't explain: he's holding his arm in the sky, which I never see a ball carrier do, and which no ball carrier would ever do. Just holding it aloft in horror as the townspeople prepare either to hoist him around as some sort of demigod, or devour him alive.


I'm not gonna try to hold y'all hostage. Look, I failed. I do believe I successfully proved that it was at least possible, and that in a real-world football game, with both teams working toward the same goal, 511 passing touchdowns could happen. But it didn't happen.

Here is why it didn't happen.

Click here for many more episodes of Breaking Madden.

23 Oct 11:09

It’s Not Censorship To Ignore You

Feminist criticism has been met with free-speech paranoia on numerous occasions in the past two years.
23 Oct 04:00

ooftish, n.


"Money, cash."

1921 Quick March 11 July 13 Everybody..must think every day of money, but although one may think ‘money’ he may call it ‘gonce’, ‘oof’, ‘hoot’, ‘stuff’, ‘ooftish’.., or a dozen other..things.

23 Oct 08:22

TV Club: Top Chef: “Boston’s Bravest And Finest”

by Libby Hill

1. I had no idea Top Chef was in Boston this season
2. "Our guest judge for this challenge is none other than Todd English, who took time out of his busy celebrity chef schedule of not paying rent, hot-tubbing with topless girls, and driving drunk to lurk in the background of a second consecutive episode."
3. If there is not an episode that prominently features Market Basket I will fucking burn all of basic cable to the fucking ground so help me god

In writing about last week’s Top Chef premiere I was perhaps remiss in not mentioning the significant change made in the judging process of the series. As pointed out by the contestants last week and evidenced again in tonight’s episode, “Boston’s Bravest And Finest,” the judges have traded in their years of poker-faced consumption in exchange for harsh and immediate truths. As fun as it is to see rapid-fire Colicchio feedback (much like it’s fun to see a baby taste a lemon) it has also changed the balance of the show in a way I’m not sure they anticipated.

At heart, the switch to a system of immediate feedback has lessened the built-in tension leading up to the judge’s table. While it was always fairly straightforward to piece together who would be on the top and bottom, now it’s practically printed on-screen for ...

23 Oct 04:18

View of yesterday's rainbow from a downtown fire escape.

23 Oct 02:10

Steady hard rainfall causes combined sewer overflow in Portland, officials issue 48 hour warning



"Wednesday's sewage overflow is the third such event in 2014, according to BES spokesman Linc Mann, and the 10th since the bureau finished the $1.4 billion Big Pipe project in 2011."

23 Oct 11:00

Study finds that women who are ovulating are more into kissing.

by Seriously Science
Photo: flickr/

Photo: flickr/davidchief

Over the years we’ve featured a number of studies that attempt to associate ovulation with  specific (and often complicated) behaviors in women, ranging from the accuracy of their gaydar to their likeliness to vote Republican or Democrat. In this study, the researchers used an “international online questionnaire” to determine whether women’s opinions of romantic kissing changes through their menstrual cycle. And sure enough, ovulating women felt that kissing was more important in the initial stages of the relationship than women who were not ovulating, and this association was related to hormone levels. Not only that, but ovulating women also placed more weight on the “pleasantness of a man’s breath”, which the authors suggest could be related to detecting pheremones.  Although this study did not determine if ovulating women like kissing as a result of  an overall increase in sexual appetite  or whether it somehow helps a woman assess potential mates, we’re pretty sure that study is being done; scientists sure do like ovulating women!

Menstrual cycle effects on attitudes toward romantic kissing.

“Hormonal changes associated with the human menstrual cycle have been previously found to affect female mate preference, whereby women in the late follicular phase of their cycle (i.e., at higher risk of conception) prefer males displaying putative signals of underlying genetic fitness. Past research also suggests that romantic kissing is utilized in human mating contexts to assess potential mating partners. The current study examined whether women in their late follicular cycle phase place greater value on kissing at times when it might help serve mate assessment functions. Using an international online questionnaire, results showed that women in the follicular phase of their menstrual cycle felt that kissing was more important at initial stages of a relationship than women in the luteal phase of their cycle. Furthermore, it was found that estimated progesterone levels were a significant negative predictor for these ratings.”

Related content:
NCBI ROFL: Women’s gaydar improves during ovulation.
NCBI ROFL: Do women prefer more complex music around ovulation?
Ovulation makes single women more likely to vote for Barack Obama.

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23 Oct 13:49

Football Hall Of Fame Acquires Peyton Manning's Record-Breaking Touchdown-Throwing Arm

Football Hall Of Fame Acquires Peyton Manning's Record-Breaking Touchdown-Throwing Arm

23 Oct 14:16

Marvel Had the Best Reaction to the Leaked Ultron Trailer, Plus the First Teaser Poster - No strings on me.

by Rebecca Pahle

NGL, that Josh Brolin voice just makes me _that much more upset_ that Cranston isn't Lex Luthor

Dammit, Hydra.

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014

We shared the above tweet with you when we posted the trailer last night, but well, it maybe got a little lost in the shuffle amidst everyone freaking out about ballerinas and Pinocchio. We think it deserves center stage, because that response is wonderful. And in other Marvel twitter news: they’ve released the first teaser poster!

Love the @Avengers: #AgeofUltron teaser trailer? Check out the official teaser poster!

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 23, 2014

Boy, is that shiny.

OK, go watch the trailer again, and let’s discuss.

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22 Oct 21:50

Ryan North Leaves 'Adventure Time' Comic After Three Years, Will Be Replaced By Christopher Hastings

by Chris Sims

out of the frying pan and into the fryer

so, uh, what happens to Shelli and Braden now

Adventure Time #36, Boom! Studios

Of all the sentences I’ve read in comics news this week, none have been as much of an emotional rollercoaster as this one: Ryan North is leaving the Adventure Time comic, and will be replaced as writer by Christopher Hastings.

The announcement comes after almost three years of North’s tenure as writer alongside artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, which included multiple awards for the series including an Eisner for Best Publication For Kids, and was revealed when the solicitations for January’s issue were released, announcing the new team of Hastings, the creator of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, and artist Zachary Sterling, who previously worked on Boom!’s line of Adventure Time original graphic novels.

One assumes that the switch in creative teams has something to do with another recent announcement. North and Erica Henderson will be launching the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl ongoing series at Marvel next year, a project that may have required some schedule clearing. Still, with Adventure Time, North, Paroline and Lamb have produced some of the most enjoyable comics of the past few years, and it’s a shame to see them go.

On the other hand, as someone who’s been a fan of Hastings for years, I’m incredibly excited to see what he’s going to bring to the table for Adventure Time, and Sterling’s work on the OGNs was pretty fantastic too. They seem like natural choices to follow North, Paroline and Lamb, especially considering that North and Hastings previously worked together on Shiftylook’s Galaga comic, which we called one of the best stories of 2013.

Hastings and Sterling take over Adventure Time in January’s Adventure Time #36.

23 Oct 14:37

Meet the Most Unlucky Schmucks In the World Right Now: The Guys At @GamersGate - Prayer circle.

by Rebecca Pahle

"ISIS rebranded, can you not?"

Announcement: is NOT Gamergate! Please help us share this post.

— GamersGate (@GamersGate) October 23, 2014

GamersGate, according to their official Facebook page, “is the leading digital distribution platform for PC, Mac, and Linux games, with over 6000 games available.” They also must have done something awful in a past life, because damn. Those poor bastards. Twitter thinks so, too:

@GamersGate @TheQuinnspiracy im confused and a bit enraged every time I get your newsletter ;) — Emanu! (@Emanu_G) October 23, 2014

@GamersGate @DanimalFarm You poor, poor fucks.

— Soraya Een Halloween (@Cavni) October 23, 2014

.@GamersGate I’m so sorry — Pumpkin Hill Zone (@Fengxii) October 23, 2014

@GamersGate ISIS rebranded, can you not?

— John Drinkwater (@johndrinkwater) October 23, 2014

Not GamersGate related, but worth your eyeballs:

Your Mentions When You Say The Secret Word #GamerGate — Bram Stoker’s Scott (@bombsfall) October 19, 2014

Here’s what they have to say on Facebook:

Announcement: GAMERSGATE.COM is NOT Gamergate!

As many of you are aware of, recently there has been a fierce and infected discussion about sexism as well as journalistic ethics in the gaming industry. We’ve received threats and harsh words from around the world and want to make it clear for everyone that is not part of this controversy whatsoever.

Next year celebrate our 10th anniversary and since start we have been selling games for download. We are one of the original download platforms and we do our best to support gamers so that they can buy and download games to good prices. Anytime, anywhere.

Theodore Bergqvist. CEO –

Please help us share this post.

You can make it through, Gamersgate. I believe in you.

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23 Oct 01:54

l0kasenna: lunarobverse: A brilliant metaphor 6. Cycle lanes...


via ThePrettiestOne



A brilliant metaphor

6. Cycle lanes are built just for you, and then the cars drive in those too.

22 Oct 22:03



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22 Oct 17:00

Songs From A Neutral Milk Hotel Album That Does Not Reference The Holocaust

by Mallory Ortberg

via Amy Lynne Grzybinski

Previously: a Decemberists album where nobody gets murdered.

"Everything In This Song Is Spelled According To Modern Convention"

"A Girl Who Is Alive And Not Anne Frank Plays A Piano Without Any Semen On It"

"No One Visited The Penny Arcade That Day"

"The Characters On This Old-Timey Postcard Have Not Come To Life To Comfort You About Your Parents' Divorce"

"The Boy With One Head On His Body"

"I Have Pictures Of My Living Family And No Pictures Of Executed Criminals In This Photo Album"

Read more Songs From A Neutral Milk Hotel Album That Does Not Reference The Holocaust at The Toast.

23 Oct 13:26

"Fuck Chinatown!": San Francisco Tour Guide Goes on Racist Rant

by Jay Hathaway

via Toaster Strudel
welcome to San Francisco

On her last day at her job leading bus tours of San Francisco, one woman decided she could no longer hold back her honest (racist) views about the city's Chinatown. Some German tourists took video of the whole thing—it's not clear if they were among the cheering tour guests who apparently thought the guide made some salient (racist) points.


23 Oct 14:48

Felicia Day's public details put online after she described Gamergate fears | Technology |

by gguillotte

via Kellygo

The actor hadn’t talked about gamergate due to fears of being ‘doxxed’ – and indeed she was, shortly after she spoke out
22 Oct 14:30

"76% of negative feedback given to women included personality criticism. For men, 2%. The study..."


via ThePrettiestOne

“76% of negative feedback given to women included personality criticism. For men, 2%. The study speaks to the impossible tightrope women must walk to do their jobs competently and to make tough decisions while simultaneously coming across as nice to everyone, all the time.”

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23 Oct 02:00

dreamcatcher250: anthyding can hadplen


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anthy ding


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23 Oct 02:33

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Pew: Gaming Is Least Welcoming Online Space For Women

As the ongoing, harassment-fueled controversy known as Gamergate rages into its second month with no sign of dying down, the Pew Research Center is out with new numbers on online harassment. They probably won’t surprise you: 73 percent of respondents say they’ve faced some kind of threats or embarrassment online, mostly in the form of being called offensive names.

Of course, that’s the less scary kind of harassment. As Pew notes, “the second category of harassment targets a smaller segment of the online public, but involves more severe experiences such as being the target of physical threats, harassment over a sustained period of time, stalking, and sexual harassment.”

We have to do better than this, folks.