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29 Sep 11:15

The Food Lab: Make Your Own Just-Add-Hot-Water Instant Noodles (and Make Your Coworkers Jealous)

by J. Kenji López-Alt

Despite all of the pleasures of instant noodles—the salty, MSG-packed broth, the little freeze-dried nubs of vegetables, the slippery, way-too-soft noodles—wouldn't it be great if you could get all of that same convenience and pleasure—the portability, the just-add-water cooking, the lunch-sized portions—but pack it full of fresh vegetables and real, honest-to-goodness flavor? Here's a secret: you can, and it's easier than you think. Read More
26 Sep 10:45

Apple Responds to Shellshock: Majority of Users Are Not at Risk

by Stan Schroeder

Apple is aware of the recently discovered Shellshock security hole that affects Mac OS X machines, among others, and is working on a fix

Furthermore, the company claims the "vast majority" of users are not at risk, but admits that in certain scenarios OS X machines could be vulnerable

In a statement to iMore, an Apple spokesperson said "the vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities."

"Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users," the spokesperson said Read more...

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27 Sep 20:00

Some Cats Can't Jump

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Tagged: Cats , jump , Nailed It
23 Sep 23:36

How to Easily Turn a YouTube Video Into a GIF

by Brad
26 Sep 15:35

Historian and Feminist Scholar Gerda Lerner


*stands up cheering, sits back down, wipes tears from eyes*

05 Sep 07:30

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

by Cory Doctorow

tl;dr: Everything is awful and no one is safe.

Huq, who has a nose ring and was wearing a traditional Indian tunic and pants on the day of her arrest, said she believes officers targeted her because she is Muslim and South Asian.

She added that officers went through her purse without probable cause before taking her to the Midtown South Precinct — all while her family was still inside the restaurant.

Huq’s husband and children were notified by another officer and eventually came looking for her at the precinct, according to her federal civil rights suit, which is expected to be filed Tuesday.

Officers offered to deliver Huq's purse and personal items out to her husband, but then became suspicious when she told the officer his last name was different than hers, according to the lawsuit.

"In America wives take the names of their husbands,” the officer told her according to court papers.

She was held for more than nine hours in lockup before being arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, court records show.

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

25 Sep 15:21

Waterfall Swinging in Action

by Brad
24 Sep 16:15

Your Genes Determine Whether Alcohol Tastes Good

by LiveScience

This is so interesting. It's saying, basically, that supertasters tend to think alcohol tastes bitter. Based strictly on my personal experience, though, I've found that nontasters tend to be more likely not to drink.


Whether or not you like the taste of alcohol may be in your genes, new research suggests.

In the study, people with one version of a bitterness taste receptor gene said they found an alcoholic drink to be less bitter-tasting than those with a different version of the gene, according to the findings published today (Sept. 23) in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

"The two genes, that had been previously associated with [alcohol] intake, also associated with differences in the perception of ethanol," said study author Dr. John E. Hayes, of the Sensory Evaluation Center at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park. "The reason this work is significant is because it fills in this gap, because no one had shown in the lab that the alcohol actually tastes differently depending on which [version of the gene] you have." Read more...

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23 Sep 15:01

When DC cabs report revenue drops of 20%+ due to UberX

22 Sep 10:00

The Food Lab: Use the Oven to Make the Best Darned Italian American Red Sauce You've Ever Tasted

by J. Kenji López-Alt

This is red sauce. The slow-cooked, rib-sticking Italian-American stew designed to fill you up with equal parts flavor and pride. It's the kind of sauce for which you open up the windows while you're cooking just to make sure that everyone else in the neighborhood knows what you're up to. It's the kind of sauce you want your meatballs swimming in, your chicken parm bathed in, and the sauce that you want not just tossed with your spaghetti, but spooned on top in quantities that'd make a true Italian cry out in distress. The kind of sauce that tastes like it took all day to make, because it really took all day to make. And the best part? This version is worth every minute. Read More
24 Sep 18:29

You Have To Fucking Eat (from the author of Go The Fuck To Sleep)

by David Pescovitz

Here's a teaser for You Have To Fucking Eat, the forthcoming new book by genius funnyman Adam Mansbach of Go the Fuck to Sleep fame and illustrated by Owen Brozman. It's funny cause it's true...too true.

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22 Sep 23:40

Mom Jailed for Helping Daughter Get Abortion Was 'Protecting Family'

by Callie Beusman

This is a travesty.

Mom Jailed for Helping Daughter Get Abortion Was 'Protecting Family'

Earlier this month, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother from Pennsylvania, was sentenced to prison for helping her daughter take medication abortion she had ordered online. This case is the direct result of legislation that effectively bans legal abortion by limiting women's access to providers. Congrats, conservatives, you've protected women by forcing them to resort to illegal abortion alternatives and then punishing them for it!


22 Sep 21:30

Nothing Makes You Want to Shop Like a Reminder You're Gonna Die

by Kelly Faircloth

Wow. I think this is really true.

Nothing Makes You Want to Shop Like a Reminder You're Gonna Die

Have you been known to reach for the snacks while stressed? Then you won't be shocked by this similar trick of the mind: Reminders of your own inescapable mortality will inspire you to buy, buy, buy. But those shoes are for real so cute! Def get them!


17 Sep 14:19

Don't Put iOS 8 On Your iPhone 4S

by Robert Sorokanich on Gizmodo, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker

Don't Put iOS 8 On Your iPhone 4S

Apple has made it so that that iOS 8 , which goes out to the public today, will work on iPhones reaching all the way back to the venerable 4S . Which is good! But as Ars Technica found out the hard way, subjecting your elderly iPhone to new software can be downright cruel.


17 Sep 02:30

Russian Woman On Motorcycle Hates Litter, Throws Garbage Back At People

by Mark Shrayber

This is incredibly gratifying.

This woman is probably neither the hero we need, nor the one we deserve, but it's nice to know someone cares so much about litter they're willing to risk their life for it. And that they got it all on video.


16 Sep 22:15

Anheuser-Busch Sternly Urges NFL to Stop Acting Like Stupid Meatheads

by Erin Gloria Ryan

Anheuser-Busch Sternly Urges NFL to Stop Acting Like Stupid Meatheads

Major NFL sponsor Anheuser-Busch has issued a serious reprimand and warning to the NFL in response to the league's latest fuckery. This is even better if you imagine the puppy from this year's Super Bowl ad bark-dictating the announcement. Trust me.


14 Sep 19:14

robotrockers: I’ve got a friend and they mean a lot to...


I’ve got a friend and they mean a lot to me.


12 Sep 14:00

Quote of the Day: James Brown on toxic masculinity

by Alexandra

I don’t know anything about football, but I have a vague sense of what kinds of things TV sports anchors tend to discuss when a big game is about to start. And it usually doesn’t include toxic masculinity.

Yesterday, right before Ray Rice’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, played the Pittsburgh Steelers, CBS anchor James Brown shared a few thoughts on the roots of intimate partner violence (IPV):

Two years ago I challenged the NFL community and all men to seriously confront the problem of domestic violence, especially coming on the heels of the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Yet, here we are again dealing with the same issue of violence against women.

Now let’s be clear, this problem is bigger than football. There has been, appropriately so, intense and widespread outrage following the release of the video showing what happened inside the elevator at the casino. But wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channelled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women? And as they said, do something about it? Like an on-going education of men about what healthy, respectful manhood is all about.

And it starts with how we view women. Our language is important. For instance, when a guy says, ‘you throw the ball like a girl’ or ‘you’re a little sissy,’ it reflects an attitude that devalues women and attitudes will eventually manifest in some fashion. Women have been at the forefront in the domestic violence awareness and prevention arena. And whether Janay Rice considers herself a victim or not, millions of women in this country are.

Consider this: According to domestic violence experts, more than three women per day lose their lives at the hands of their partners. That means that since the night February 15th in Atlantic City [when the elevator incident occurred] more than 600 women have died.

So this is yet another call to men to stand up and take responsibility for their thoughts, their words, their deeds and as Deion [Sanders] says to give help or to get help, because our silence is deafening and deadly.

Ok, so I’m not going to wax on for paragraphs about James Brown the Hero of Domestic Violence. As Brown said, women have led anti-IPV work and I’m sick of throwing a parade for every man who mentions that maybe men should stop hitting women. Plus, CBS as a whole doesn’t seem to understand the problem: the network repeatedly played the video of Rice punching Janay Palmer and cut Rihanna from the show, dangerously conflating perpetrators and victims of IPV.

But, look, it’s pretty rad to hear a nuanced discussion of the ways language and conceptions of masculinity lead to violence during an NFL pregame show. That’s a testament to Brown, yes, but also to advocates who have mainstreamed what were once really out-there ideas about gendered harms.


Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing, a founding co-director of Know Your IX, and a student at Yale Law School.

12 Sep 17:34

 fluxmachine gifs Artist Kevin Weir creates ghostly animated...

 fluxmachine gifs

Artist Kevin Weir creates ghostly animated GIFs using Archival photos from the Library of Congress

hello new followers!

09 Sep 22:53

One Guy's Brilliant Adjustment to His Tribal Tattoo

by Laura Vitto

There's not much that can be done to a horrendous shoulder tribal tattoo the size of a large chicken breast.

Despite these unfortunate limitations, Reddit user kvd still managed to change up his cliché tribal-inspired tattoo with one small, but brilliant change. In a post, he writes, "I have an ugly tribal tattoo. But I think I fixed it."

tribal tat

Image: Reddit, kvd

Because everyone knows that there are just some things you should never do when your brain is only 80% developed


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11 Sep 17:36

AT&T Will Give You $200 Minimum for Your Old iPhone 4

by Adam Clark Estes on Gizmodo, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker

AT&T Will Give You $200 Minimum for Your Old iPhone 4

As expected, would-be iPhone 6 owners are currently wading through a torrent of trade-in and upgrade offers. It's all very, very confusing. But AT&T is being clear about one thing: If you trade in an iPhone 4, 4S, 5, or 5C, you will get at least $200 credit towards a new device*.


09 Sep 20:53

If There’s a Pandemic, Homeland Security May be Scrambling

by Charles S. Clark


Department has mismanaged its inventory of masks, hand sanitizer and other emergency protective equipment, watchdog finds.
09 Sep 16:45

Culture Club: 6 Made-in-NYC Yogurts Worth Seeking Out

by Julia LoFaso

Amber, you got these, right? How were they?

Forget fro-yo—New York's greatest tangy asset is its new wealth of locally made fresh yogurt, which come in a dizzying array of flavors and textures that run laps around supermarket brands. Read More
09 Sep 09:00

Why You Should Refrigerate Tomatoes and Ignore Anyone Who Says Otherwise

by Daniel Gritzer

People, even experts, swear that you should never put a tomato in the fridge. They are wrong. Here's the follow-up to our tomato-storage tests from earlier in the summer, with some basic tips for how you really should store your tomatoes. Read More
08 Sep 19:08

Number of New Ebola Cases Increasing 'Exponentially' in Liberia, WHO Warns

by Andrew Freedman

Nothing to see, move along....


In a sobering assessment of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Liberia, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said Monday that thousands more people are likely to fall ill with the deadly Ebola virus within a matter of weeks.

"The number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in Ebola-specific treatment centers," the WHO said. "Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially."

The assessment comes from a team of WHO experts who worked with the Liberian government and aid organizations to take stock of the response to the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation. Along with several other countries, Liberia has been hard hit by the outbreak since it began in March. Read more...

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07 Sep 22:04

Bulldogs Feverishly Attempt to Save Tire From Villainous Water

by Isha Aran


Okay guys, I owe you. Big time. So here's not one, but TWO adorable videos featuring dogs taking on tires. That's two tires and three dogs total.


08 Sep 02:30

Two Women in Their 90s Wed After Spending Decades Together as a Couple

by Rebecca Rose

Not EVERYTHING is awful.

Two Women in Their 90s Wed After Spending Decades Together as a Couple

Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice "Nonie" Dubes, 90, were a lot of like most couples on the day of their wedding. Giddy, a little nervous and most of all, deeply in love. But things were a little different for them than they are for most of the couples who get married at First Christian Church in Davenport, Iowa. Dubes and Boyack have spent 72 years together as a couple.


06 Sep 01:58

25 Magically Delicious Engagement Photos

by Charlie Mattingly

There's a whole lot of nope in here. Except the "Welcome to my butthole" couple.

05 Sep 09:44


04 Sep 13:01

When I arrive back in the office after taking an extra long holiday weekend