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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

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Tonight’s comic believes in science.

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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 18:25

Gorgeous teeny-tiny pencil drawings

by David Pescovitz


Mexican artist Mateo Pizarro draws these beautiful and insanely tiny illustrations using just a pencil. (via Juxtapoz)





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...

My historical thriller The Eighth Day Brotherhood, about an occult scholar, an aspiring artist, and an Irish immigrant investigating a series of murders in 1888 Paris, is available for preorder at! Use the promo code PREORDER2016 to receive a 10% discount prior to the publication date of August 11, 2016.

“A flat out sprint through the horrors not just of 19th-century Paris but the dark spaces where art, science and spirituality collide. Phillips balances massive knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the time period with a lightness of touch that should be the envy of other thriller writers. Historical but never stodgy, fast paced but never without weight this is a major debut from a major talent…Somewhere, Poe is nodding approvingly. And wondering why he didn’t think of this.” —Alasdair Stuart, freelance journalist, broadcaster, and host of the Parsec award-winning podcast Pseudopod

19 Jul 14:20

Why People Hate The PT Cruiser

by Raphael Orlove

It’s just a car, right? It runs and drives fine. It’s spacious, it’s capable, and dammit it works. So why do people loathe and mock these things?


19 Jul 08:32


by Jennie Breeden
18 Jul 02:59

The Story of Bad Angel

by John Farrier

(Photos: Southern Arizona Guide)

This is Bad Angel, an American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Pima, Arizona. 

Like many World War II aircraft, it has kill markings on the side. Do you notice anything unusual about them?

Yes, that's an American flag. Lt. Louis Curdes was credited with shooting down an American aircraft while flying Bad Angel. Jim Gressinger, who visited the Pima Air and Space Museum, tells the whole story at Southern Arizona Guide.

Curdes was flying over Batan, the Philippines, in 1945 when he spotted an American Douglas C-47 transport aircraft approaching a Japanese-held airfield, apparently planning to land there. The pilot, Curdes, reasoned, must not have known that it was in enemy possession.

So Curdes tried to warn him off, first through radio, then through visual signals. But the C-47 stayed on course. Curdes had no choice but to shoot out one of the aircraft's engines. Nonetheless, the pilot kept going straight toward the Japanese airfield. Finally, Curdes shot out the C-47's other engine, forcing it to ditch into the ocean.

The pilot and all 12 passengers were rescued. Among them was, to Curdes's shock, a nurse whom he had taken on a date the night before. Curdes, who had fought the Germans, Italians, and Japanese, was shocked:

He later told a reporter, "Jeepers, seven 109s and one Macchi [the Italian fighter plane] in North Africa, one Jap, and one Yank in the Pacific. And to top it, I have to go out and shoot down my girlfriend!"

Curdes was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for shooting down the C-47. Read more about his adventures at Southern Arizona Guide.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

15 Jul 16:59

Rarely Seen Photos From The Woodstock Music & Art Fair

by Zeon Santos

The Rainbow Gathering still resembles the community-survival parts of this.

It's hard to believe the Woodstock Music & Art Fair happened nearly 50 years ago considering its influence can still be seen at outdoor music festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza.

Woodstock showed the live music loving world that hundreds of thousands of people could gather at an outdoor music festival without food, water or proper bathroom facilities and survive to tell the tale.

But it also taught concert promoters what not to do, and even though Woodstock 1999 was a total disaster it would have been far worse without the lessons taught by Woodstock '69.

These rarely seen photos taken by LIFE photographer John Dominis reveal those three days of madness in glorious color, shedding some light on all the other stuff that was going on while the flower children danced on sunshine.

See 40 Rare And Unseen Color Photos Of The Woodstock Music & Art Fair here

16 Jul 15:01

Pokemon Go players: you have 30 days from signup to opt out of binding arbitration

by Cory Doctorow

Opt-out while you still can!

Like most other online services, Pokemon Go's terms of service are a reboot of the Book of Revelations, full of bizarre horrors, each more grotesque than the last. (more…)

15 Jul 17:31

For 90 years, lightbulbs were designed to burn out. Now that's coming to LED bulbs.

by Cory Doctorow


In 1924, representatives of the world's leading lightbulb manufacturers formed Phoebus, a cartel that fixed the average life of an incandescent bulb at 1,000 hours, ensuring that people would have to regularly buy bulbs and keep the manufacturers in business. (more…)

15 Jul 03:53

Social Animism

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When the world gets me down, there's only one person I look to for advice