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29 Apr 21:24

Baltimore Man Lets Geraldo Have It Over Fox News Coverage

by Susie Madrak
Baltimore Man Lets Geraldo Have It Over Fox News Coverage

Watch the video, it's great. Geraldo, as usual, is exaggerating his own importance:

The situation heightened when one protestor stepped in front of the camera and Rivera tried to move him out of the way.

"Don't touch me!" the protester shouted.

"Stop blocking my camera!" Rivera yelled back.

Protesters can be heard in the background screaming that Fox News "lies" and accusing the network of "making money off of black pain."\

[...] Rivera commented on the incident Wednesday morning, telling "Fox & Friends" that the protester he argued with was being "truly annoying and obstructionist."

"I had an important story to tell standing there," he said. "It’s exactly that kind of youthful anarchy that led to the destruction and pain in that community.”

28 Apr 19:29

Baltimore gang members call bullshit on police reports that gangs called truce to kill cops

by Xeni Jardin

Baltimore members of the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips talk to a Baltimore TV news reporter, and say they did not make a truce so that they could unite and harm police officers. (more…)

28 Apr 18:25

One guy in Baltimore's thoughts on Baltimore riots

by Xeni Jardin

I get the anger that drives the violence, but this was really well said.

Maurice Kane Carter: “I am all for fucking shit up if it gets us closer to a solution.”

[via] (more…)

03 Apr 18:40

64 horrible things about the Internet

by Mark Frauenfelder

That sentence is the best thing I read all day.

"iTunes is like having your hand held by a robot who wants to walk into the ocean and die." How very true these feel. Read the rest
30 Mar 16:00

Down with April Fools' Day

by Mark Frauenfelder

John Oliver hates April Fools' Day. I agree with him. I propose we turn April 1 into "April Friendly Day," and delight friends and strangers with wonderful things.

17 Mar 06:33

Playing the unplayable Death March (but not releasing the penguins)

by Cory Doctorow

John Stump's 1980 composition Faerie’s Aire and Death Waltz (from 'A Tribute to Zdenko G. Fibich') is a parody of a composition and not intended to be played -- but someone did! Read the rest

27 Oct 02:00


29 Jul 16:07

How to cut a bagel into two interlocking rings

by Maggie Koerth-Baker

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You will need a knife, a non-toxic marker, and some math.

20 May 22:49


16 Jul 19:49

explore-blog: More timeless truth from Anaïs Nin

16 Jul 21:11

ahhhhbree: r.m. drake


r.m. drake

15 Jul 05:00

#1046; A Soft Definition of Hacking

by David Malki

finding yourself in possession of both a series of unbagged bagels AND a stack of old CD spindles is a sign that matters may have progressed beyond the power of a 'hack' to solve

09 Jul 01:58

nevver: Errol Morris

11 Jul 17:18

The City’s a Playground for Cartoon Characters by OakOak

by Steph
[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

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Anything from a crooked cinder block to an ephemeral beam of light falling across the street can inspire a playful interactive scene by French street artist OakOak, making passersby stop and smile. Whether by temporary paper cut-outs or more permanent graffiti, the artist transforms ordinary urban settings in fun and unexpected ways.

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OakOak wanders the streets seeing creative possibilities in virtually every quirk and imperfection, turning what could be seen by others as urban blight into playful works of art that might only stick around for a day or so, but still manage to brighten people’s day.

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Little Bruce Lee figures bend metal poles or break through concrete and trapeze artists prepare to tightrope across chains. A stain on a wall might become a stream of genie-producing smoke emitted from a magic lamp, or a sewer grate could become a snail shell.

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Says OakOak of his hometown of St. Etienne, “I like this city, her atmosphere, and I wanted it to look nicer. It was an industrial city with many coal mines; now it’s in regeneration and still quite poor. But it’s easily travelled by foot with awkward aspects ideal for art. I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realize them.”

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11 Jul 21:30

If Google were a guy (video)

by John Aravosis

From the College Humor guys, a look at what life would be like if Google were a real person.

And the subjunctive never existed.


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07 Jul 02:19

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02 Jul 03:05

"These arguments are not those of serious people. Though it seems almost unnecessary to explain, here..."

“These arguments are not those of serious people. Though it seems almost unnecessary to explain, here are the reasons why.” Even assuming the state has a legitimate interest in promoting procreation, the court fails to see, and defendant never explains, how the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage has any effect whatsoever on procreation among heterosexual spouses. Excluding same-sex couples from marriage does not change the number of heterosexual couples who choose to get married, the number who choose to have children, or the number of children they have.

The state’s attempts to connect the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage to its interest in economic stability and in ‘ensuring humanity’s continued existence’ are at best illogical and even bewildering … The court can think of no other conceivable legitimate reason for Kentucky’s laws excluding same-sex couples from marriage.

[A]s this Court has respectfully explained, in America even sincere and long-held religious views do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted.”


Federal judge in Kentucky rips apart dumbest argument against gay-marriage (via micdotcom)


04 Jul 03:00

A kitten aboard a floating Victoria water lily pad in the...

A kitten aboard a floating Victoria water lily pad in the Philippines, 1935.Photograph by Alfred T. Palmer, National Geographic Creative

25 Jun 09:51

Instant câlin

(Source + merci à Robin pour la suggestion)

03 Jul 20:41

I couldn't figure out this optical illusion painting until the very end

by Mark Frauenfelder

"Found at Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK painted by Brian Weavers."

02 Jul 00:00

Surface Area

This isn't an informational illustration; this is a thing I think we should do. First, we'll need a gigantic spool of thread. Next, we'll need some kind of ... hmm, time to head to Seattle.
29 Jun 05:45

Internet's Own Boy, free CC-licensed download on Internet Archive

by Cory Doctorow

The Creative Commons-licensed version of The Internet's Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger's documentary about Aaron Swartz, is now available on the Internet Archive, which is especially useful for people outside of the US, who aren't able to pay to see it online. Read the rest

29 Jun 05:07

Whole Lotta dulcimer

by arbroath
Sam Edelston performs Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love on a 3-string electric mountain dulcimer.

YouTube link.
09 Jun 00:00

4.5 Degrees

The good news is that according to the latest IPCC report, if we enact aggressive emissions limits now, we could hold the warming to 2°C. That's only HALF an ice age unit, which is probably no big deal.
03 Jun 20:06

get along

by Myner

Get Along

11 May 05:08

Dancing bats

by arbroath
08 May 16:42

Majority Of U.S. Millionaires Say They Should Be Taxed More To Reduce Inequality

by Susie Madrak

(Credit: nic221)

A massive 64% of America millionaires openly say that they should be taxed at a higher rate to help reduce inequality. Almost the same number, 63%, support a higher minimum wage.
05 May 19:42

Misled By Maps

by Andrew Sullivan

Girls Names

Ben Blatt ruins everyone’s good time by pointing out the shortcomings of viral maps like this one, which shows the most popular names for baby girls by state over time:

In 1984, only 13 states are labeled Ashley; by 1992, 30 states are. But it turns out that in 1984, a female baby born in the United States was actually 8 percent more likely to be named Ashley than in 1992.

Ashley was still the most popular girls’ name in 1991 and 1992. But its newfound dominance of the map is not the result of its growing popularity. Ashley was on the decline by the early ’90s—but other names were declining even faster. The original maps don’t actually say that Ashley was increasing in popularity in the early ’90s, but the way the information is presented, that misunderstanding is almost unavoidable. …

Again, this doesn’t mean the baby-name maps are wrong. They don’t purport to show anything except the most commonly given name in each state. In fact, these particular maps are well-designed and informative, if you have time to wade through the implications of the data. But it’s easy to see false trends here. Behind each map is data for hundreds of names across 50 states that would need to be examined closely to find the real trends. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a viral Excel sheet.

But then he makes amends with an interactive feature displaying some maps of his own:

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04 May 11:28

Why Atheists Need To Come Out, Ctd

by Andrew Sullivan

A reader writes:

I’m enjoying the discussion about atheists and morality. Unlike some of your other atheist readers, I’m not particularly offended that we’re often seen as immoral. It’s fairly obvious that the reason we’re viewed that way by the faithful is that they haven’t had much real-life contact with good, moral atheists. It reminds me very much of how conservatives who haven’t interacted with a real gay person often call that community immoral. It’s simply fear of the unknown. My own experience speaks to this.

I grew up a Christian in the Bible Belt, surrounded by a conservative peer group. In my Christian elementary school, atheism was literally unthinkable – it didn’t even occur to me that people didn’t believe in God. In high school, I met my first atheist, and he was one of the warmest, kindest people I’ve ever met. He was super nerdy like me, and we bonded over our similarities. The fact that someone could be so kind and also not believe in God was somewhat shocking to me at the time.

As I slowly deconverted to atheism during college, I would always think back to him as my model of a truly good atheist.

My own view of morality slowly evolved away from needing a God and towards a naturalistic explanation. We are social animals in a harsh world. To survive, we needed to establish rules of conduct that allow us to work together against the elements – a moral code. No God needed. I do hope that, eventually, this will become the prevailing view.

In order for this to happen, we need more people like my high school friend. We need more atheists who are soft-spoken and genuinely good, loving people who can demonstrate by example that atheists aren’t frightening anarchists. Conversion doesn’t happen in debates or through legislation – evangelicals have known this for a long time. Conversion occurs through many personal interactions over years.

I dislike the approach of the New Atheists not because I disagree with their views, but because their methods push the faithful away from atheism. It’s insanely counterproductive. Who wants to be friends with the self-righteous bully? As much as I love Hitchens’ passion, clear-mindedness, and brutally logical arguments, I think my high school friend was a much better advocate for atheism than Hitchens. And don’t get me started on Dawkins. What a fucking asshole. In the same way that the gay community slowly won the argument by being out and showing that they’re just like the rest of us, we atheists need to be out and demonstrate kindness and love to our neighbors.

By the way, the fact that I’m not completely out tears me apart. My mother is a very devout Christian with an anxiety disorder. I fear that telling her about my true beliefs would cause her enormous emotional strife. She might truly believe I’m going to Hell. Who could put that sort of burden on his mother? I hope that, eventually, our religions will evolve to a more accepting view of atheists, so that people like me won’t have to be in the closet.

Previous Dish on the need for atheists to come out here and here.

25 Apr 01:00

Shattered Sunsets: Broken Mirror Photos of Evening Skies

by Urbanist
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ]

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Spanning multiple feet in each direction, these giant-sized photo prints transform the light and color of ordinary sunset scenes, reflecting them through a chaotic lens of unpredictable distortions.

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Bing Wright, a New York photographer, exhibited this series of abstract stained-glass-like landscapes of water, trees, clouds and sky earlier this year at the Paula Cooper Gallery.

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Titled Broken Mirror /Evening Sky, the set represents a break from his black-and-white work of the past decade, dealing with issues of “depth of field, scale, surface and materiality” and of course: color.

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The result is a disjointed set of overlapping refractions and out-of-focus subjects that our mind then works to piece back together, and which compels us to consider the color before completely comprehending the composition.

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About the artist: “Bing Wright was born in Seattle in 1958 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Columbia University, New York. His work been shown in exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; White Columns, New York; the Queens Museum of Art, New York; and the Tang Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, among others.”

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