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24 Mar 16:58

New tactic in war on net neutrality: Strip FCC of enforcement funding

by Jon Brodkin
Cooper Griggs

via Bewarethewumpus

After losing the battle against net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has taken his fight to Congress. Today, Pai asked the House of Representatives to strip the FCC of funding it needs to enforce net neutrality rules.

"Congress should forbid the Commission from using any appropriated funds to implement or enforce the plan the FCC just adopted to regulate the Internet," Pai said in prepared statements for an FCC budget hearing. "Not only is this plan bad policy; absent outside intervention, the Commission will expend substantial resources implementing and enforcing regulations that are wasteful, unnecessary, and affirmatively detrimental to the American public."

Pai is one of two Republicans on the FCC. The three-member Democratic majority voted in favor of the net neutrality order. The decision reclassified broadband as a common carrier service and imposed net neutrality rules that prevent Internet service providers from blocking or throttling content or prioritizing content in exchange for payment.

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28 Mar 17:45

AMC's channels come to PlayStation Vue

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

Thinking about it...

If you were intrigued by PlayStation Vue as a substitute for cable TV but refused to sign up until you could watch The Walking Dead, it's time to hop aboard. Sony has added AMC Networks to Vue's channel roster, giving you AMC proper as well as IFC, S...
27 Mar 22:00

Pizza delivery requests are getting out of hand. (photo by...

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez

Pizza delivery requests are getting out of hand. (photo by l31ur)

28 Mar 14:05

The Gays Are Free to Discriminate Against Christians in Hilarious 'Religious Freedom' Parody Video

by Kyler Geoffroy
Cooper Griggs

via lbstopher


Sorry, but the Church of Harvey Fierstein has a strict "No Christians" policy.



28 Mar 12:45

docks79: Amen

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27 Mar 23:39

See in the dark (for a little bit) with night vision eyedrops

by Andrew Tarantola
Daring biohackers from California's Science for the Masses collective have just performed the world's first night vision-enabling "Shine Job." They employed a chemical called Chlorin e6 (Ce6), which is extracted from deep sea fish and occasionally us...
28 Mar 03:38

Laser-activated nanoparticles are coming to clear your acne

by Andrew Tarantola
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a high-tech solution to the bane of adolescence: acne. Acne occurs when the skin's pores become clogged. Conventional remedies generally involve stripping the skin of sebum -- the waxy substance naturall...
28 Mar 09:51

NASA is working with Russia on a new space station (update: not quite)

by Mariella Moon
Russia is teaming up with the USA to build ISS 2.0 once the current one's funding runs out in 2024 -- at least according to Russia Today and state news agency TASS. The country's space agency, Roscosmos threatened in February to use the Russian ISS m...
28 Mar 01:10

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27 Mar 00:44

Great, now 3D-printed rifles can fire larger, deadlier rounds

by Andrew Tarantola
Cooper Griggs


In 2013, Defense Distributed created the world's first 3D-printed handgun, the .38-caliber Liberator. The following year, they unveiled an AR-15 receiver capable of firing hundreds of 5.56mm rounds without fail. This year, the team has been outdone b...
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I love the hanging on for dear life look.

26 Mar 19:25

When my friend asks "Will Louis Armstrong be written out of textbooks for walking on the moon since he used steroids?"

Cooper Griggs

via Fatbob

27 Mar 00:58

holograph: エンター·ザ·ボイド

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez

Vanscapes by Alison Turner

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Vanscapes by Alison Turner

Vanscapes by Alison Turner

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27 Mar 05:00

Comic for 2015.03.27

27 Mar 10:31

Google, Apple and others list demands for spying act changes

by Steve Dent
The US Congress, Senate and White House may be torn on what to do with a key Patriot Act spying clause, set to expire on June 1st. But Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech companies in the Reform Government Surveillance coalition know exactly what ...
27 Mar 05:58

by Construction Paper and Tears

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via David Pelaez

27 Mar 04:03

“Found this in the kitchen after a party.” (photo via matto113)

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez

“Found this in the kitchen after a party.” (photo via matto113)

27 Mar 13:30

You'll soon get 10TB SSDs thanks to new memory tech

by Steve Dent
Cooper Griggs


SSDs and other flash memory devices will soon get cheaper and larger thanks to big announcements from Toshiba and Intel. Both companies revealed new "3D NAND" memory chips that are stacked in layers to pack in more data, unlike single-plane chips cur...
27 Mar 14:05

Google loses bid to block Safari privacy lawsuit in the UK

by Nick Summers
Back in February 2012, the Wall Street Journal revealed how Google was able to quietly bypass privacy settings in Safari and track the sites people were browsing. The company eventually paid a $22.5 million penalty to the FTC, and now a group of Brit...
27 Mar 05:33


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"Don't you put your PAWS on ME!!! Never! Ever!"

27 Mar 14:37

Delicate Pressed Fern Leaf Illustrations by Helen Ahpornsiri

by Christopher Jobson
Cooper Griggs



Artist and illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri creates incredible pressed fern illustrations from her studio in East Sussex. Tiny bits of stems and leaves are arranged on paper to create butterflies, dragonflies, and birds scarcely larger than a coin. Many of her pieces are available as prints on Etsy (along with a few originals), and you can also follow her on Instagram. (via The Kid Should See This)












27 Mar 13:05

Daughter channels grief into stunning ‘Wonderland’ photos

by jensawyer
Cooper Griggs

These are amazing

“The trigger for the way photography changed my life was my mother’s diagnosis with cancer,” artist Kirsty Mitchell says. “Photography became my voice when I couldn’t speak about what I was going through.”

Kirsty’s mother, Maureen, was a beloved English teacher who was passionate about sharing stories. “She wanted to instill a belief in beauty and creativity in children,” the London-based artist recalls. “She collected all these extraordinary books of European folklore with incredible illustrations, and she read to me until actually my early teens.”

Photography had always been a hobby for Kirsty, but after her mother’s diagnosis, the camera became Kirsty’s confidant. She turned it inward on herself, and photography became a visual diary where she recorded all the emotions she couldn’t express in words.

Wonderland - 'She'll Wait For You In The Shadows Of Summer'

In 2008, when her mother passed away, she was devastated. “I went through an incredibly hard time,” she says. “I suffered with depression, and I just completely lost who I was as a person.”

Kirsty was working as a fashion designer at the time, but after her mother’s death, she began to take photography seriously. “I think when you lose somebody, you need to channel yourself into something,” she says. “It’s the only way to block out what happened. And so I obsessively began creating these pictures that became the Wonderland series.

Wonderland - 'The Stars Of Spring Will Carry You Home'

“The Wonderland series is a visual fable of all these emotions and memories that linked back to the stories that my mother read to me as a child,” Kirsty says. Creating the fantastical characters and extraordinary landscapes was her way of coping and commemorating her mother.

As the series began to develop, it became so much more than photos. She was beginning to see and feel life in a different way.

Wonderland : The Storyteller

When Kirsty started the series, she had no intention of leaving her job to become a full-time artist. “But it became this undeniable passion that was all I could think about,” she says. “I felt I had to make a decision. Walk away from my career, or spend the rest of my life sitting behind a desk wondering “what if.” So, she decided to pursue her passion full-time.

The process of creating a Wonderland image is incredibly intense, and it can take Kirsty up to five months on a single photo. She produces all of the intricate costumes, props, and sets herself, and she includes writing with each image. As a former fashion designer, creating the costumes is one of her favorite parts of the process. Her experience working with high-end designers, combined with her imagination, allowed her to develop designs that have no limits, like the costume in “The Queen’s Armada,” which is made from 240 hand-painted wooden fans.

Wonderland 'The Queen's Armada'

The response to Kirsty’s work is something she never expected. The series has been covered in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and leading news websites from around the world. Wonderland has won two international awards, and the momentum is ongoing.

Now, she is focused on creating a Wonderland book, the culmination of a six-year journey. The book will allow her to share all of the finished images, while serving as a tangible representation of the emotion and dedication that went into producing such a multilayered body of work.

Kirsty will launch a Kickstarter campaign this May, which will allow her to have full ownership over the publishing of the Wonderland book. The projected release will be in time for Christmas 2015.

Wonderland - 'The Fade Of Fallen Memories'

One of the bittersweet aspects to the project is the number of people who have contacted Kirsty because of their own experiences with grief. “I had people saying that they felt they could see no beauty in the world after losing their partner, their child.” Kirsty says. “And they’re saying that the photographs, it was like someone opening their eyes again.”

“I lost so much in losing my mother, but at the same time, I have gained so much,” she says. “Photography for me is about emotion and human connection, and it has given me a way to create new relationships with people and to express myself in a manner that I never thought possible. And that has been the greatest gift.”

Visit Kirsty’s photostream to view more of her work
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