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21 Oct 03:44

Pun-Der the Sea

sleep is dumb

Be Our Guest and come Pun-Der the Sea to read tonight’s comic

19 Oct 18:30

haruchonns: Current fascination: Pieni Merenneito//Finnish...


Current fascination: Pieni Merenneito//Finnish National Ballet

Composed by Tuomas Kantelinen, Choreographed by Kenneth Greve

13 Oct 18:30

random-nominandum: Les DiableriesLouis Alfred Habert, Pierre...


Les Diableries
Louis Alfred Habert, Pierre Adolph Hennetier, & Louis Edmond Cougny
Stereoscopic photography

09 Oct 14:01

Florida of the day: Rock you like a hurricane!

by Joey deVilla


When Hurricane Matthew rolled through and over Jacksonville, Florida, rocker Lane Pittman didn’t evacuate like a lightweight or cower in a boarded-up house. He did the most American rock and roll thing you can do — put on some swim trunks and Slayer, break out Old Glory, headbang defiantly against the wind, and dedicate the whole thing to Emma Watson on Facebook:

For those of you who don’t know the background song, it’s Raining Blood by Slayer:

Pittman made Florida news last summer when he was arrested for shredding the Star-Bangled Banner too well:

Lane Pittman is the embodiment of Florida rock and roll. Sir, I salute you with a gator steak on a flaming sword!

01 Aug 03:00

Nine Otters and a Butterfly

by Miss Cellania

A family of otters are fascinated with a butterfly. It appears that the butterfly is fascinated with the otters, too, as it hangs around long enough to make a game out of it!

(YouTube link)

Someone should take this footage and make one of those web toys where the otters’ gazes follow your cursor. Surely the butterfly has existed in enough of the screen area to do that. -via Pleated-Jeans

03 Oct 18:30

monolime: The Queen in the North


The Queen in the North

29 Aug 18:11

Because I shouldn’t have to choose between “goth” and “Shaft”

by Joey deVilla

red velour skull

I can get the best of both worlds with a red velour skull, on sale now at Michaels, which isn’t just for macrame owls anymore.

30 Sep 04:00


by Jennie Breeden
18 Sep 18:30

artbutcher: Hieronymus Bosch (The Garden of Earthly Delights)


Hieronymus Bosch (The Garden of Earthly Delights)

29 Jul 04:30

Method Acting

sleep is dumb

Tonight’s comic believes in science.

11 Aug 05:45


by Jennie Breeden
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by Jennie Breeden
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22 Jul 12:20

Engine Cutaways the Hard Way

by Paul Crowe
In these days of computer animation, young people don’t see real engine cutaways as often as we once did. When you can peel away the layers with the click of a mouse, the old art of machining away metal to reveal the moving parts underneath is rapidly giving way to CAD software and 3D rendering. […]
12 Sep 19:07

USB Kill Stick

by Bruce Schneier

I love this. Going on the wishlist.

It costs less than $60.

For just a few bucks, you can pick up a USB stick that destroys almost anything that it's plugged into. Laptops, PCs, televisions, photo booths -- you name it.

Once a proof-of-concept, the pocket-sized USB stick now fits in any security tester's repertoire of tools and hacks, says the Hong Kong-based company that developed it. It works like this: when the USB Kill stick is plugged in, it rapidly charges its capacitors from the USB power supply, and then discharges -- all in the matter of seconds.

On unprotected equipment, the device's makers say it will "instantly and permanently disable unprotected hardware".

You might be forgiven for thinking, "Well, why exactly?" The lesson here is simple enough. If a device has an exposed USB port -- such as a copy machine or even an airline entertainment system -- it can be used and abused, not just by a hacker or malicious actor, but also electrical attacks.

Slashdot thread.

23 Aug 11:20

Privacy Implications of Windows 10

by Bruce Schneier

The EFF has a good analysis of all the ways Windows 10 violates your privacy.

15 Aug 18:32

Dick Van Dyke breaks out in song to surprised Denny's diners

by Carla Sinclair

Last week while dining at Denny's in Santa Monica, Dick Van Dyke and his a cappella Vantastix buddies broke out into song. Although not quite a flash mob, it was a surprise performance of the song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" for the lucky diners at the coffee shop.

"Breakfast at Denny's, with a side of grits makes me want to sing!!" Van Dyke wrote on his Facebook page Saturday.

Van Dyke played the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts in the 1968 film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," which was co-written by Roald Dahl and was based on a story by Ian Fleming, of James Bond fame.

Thanks U.S. News!

01 Sep 17:52

How to be perfectly unhappy

by Matthew Inman
17 Aug 01:00

The World’s 25 Largest Defense Budgets

by Barry Ritholtz
05 Aug 11:00

From The Sweethome: The solar power system we’d get for ourselves

by Ars Staff

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article with more details and background information here.

With solar power, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Before deciding whether we could recommend any components for solar power, we spent weeks compiling statistics, wading through specifications, and getting expert input—and even so, the picks we make here represent only a starting point on the road to solar. Every installation needs to take into account electricity consumption, geographic location, roof orientation, local permits, and a host of other issues. This guide will help you get a rough idea of how much power you'll need, and then, in most cases, the first option you should consider is a grid-tied system made up of Suniva Optimus 335W monocrystalline solar panels paired with SolarEdge P400 power optimizers, plus a SolarEdge inverter at the heart of it all. Suniva panels are efficient, affordable, and backed by a reputable warranty from a company with manufacturing in the US. SolarEdge inverter components, meanwhile, combine the reliability and cost savings of a traditional string-inverter system with the placement flexibility and increased efficiency of microinverters.

In the past five years, solar panels have started to become a commodity item, with small technical differences that are immaterial to most homeowners. The Suniva panels, made at factories in Georgia and Michigan, come with a 10-year warranty and a 25-year power guarantee, though most other top-tier manufacturers offer the same warranty. The Suniva panels are right in the middle when it comes to efficiency rating—not so low as to require the extra space that cut-rate panels may need, but not so high that you're paying 50 percent more for engineering prestige you'll never notice. If you can find panels from a similarly reputable company with the same warranty and similar efficiency but a lower price tag, you'll probably be just as happy with them. But the Suniva panels should be the bar that you try to clear as you shop.

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03 Aug 21:30

Most & Least Federally Dependent States

by Barry Ritholtz
20 Jul 22:24

Someone built a wall around Donald Trump's Walk of Fame Star

by Cory Doctorow
19 Jul 15:47

Charges dismissed for cop who paralyzed innocent grandfather on a stroll

by Mark Frauenfelder

Walking While Brown

Image: GoFundMe

Charges were dismissed for the Madison, Alabama police officer who body slammed a 58-year-old man from India walking on the sidewalk last year. Sureshbhai Patel, who does not understand English, was seriously injured and needed an operation to fuse two vertebrae.

From NBC News:

Hank Sherrod, Patel's attorney, told NBC News in an email that the state's decision to drop the assault charge is deeply troubling, though not entirely surprising.

"This decision illustrates how difficult it is to hold law enforcement officers accountable under the criminal laws for brutal acts that would send an ordinary citizen to jail," he said.

[Former Madison, Ala. police officer Eric Sloan] Parker, 27, still faces a civil lawsuit in connection with the incident. Parker encountered Patel last Feb. 6 while responding to a call of a suspicious black man looking at garages and walking near houses. Patel, in from India to visit his son and grandson, testified that he did not understand English or the officers who confronted him while he was out for a walk.

Nice people around the world gave $209,000 to Mr. Patel's GoFundMe account.

21 Jul 12:22

Polaris Slingshot Bolt On Quad Conversion Kit

by Paul Crowe
If you’ve seen a Polaris Slingshot on the road, you have to admit, it looks pretty radical. The low profile and angular style is almost guaranteed to attract attention, but what if you swapped the single back wheel for a real push rod/rocker independent rear suspension with a limited slip 3.53:1 differential? You end up […]
20 Jul 20:24

Gwinnett Seeking Input on SPLOST Transportation Projects

by Doug Gross

Proper management of existing taxes would preclude SPLOST...but since that's impossible, might as well influence the way it's used.

A citizens committee will be chosen by attendees at an August 15 meeting in Lawrenceville.
20 Jul 19:18

Norcross Looks To Develop Around Lillian Webb Park

by Doug Gross
The city's development authority has put out bids for a developer to rework the downtown area.
13 Jul 13:16

Gwinnett Police To Host 'Prayer Vigil For Peace'

by Doug Gross

Gwinnett Police don't get the concept of Separation of Church and State.

The event will be at the Fallen Hero Memorial at 75 Langley Dr. in Lawrenceville.
11 Jul 15:22

You Can Now 'Shoot The Hooch' With Booze

by Doug Gross

This is TOTALLY DIFFERENT from the way we used to do things....

A new state law makes tubing while under the influence legal in Georgia.
19 Jul 16:07

My historical thriller The Eighth Day Brotherhood, about an...

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