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17 Feb 12:52

The Viking in Geneva, Illinois

The Viking today.

Illinois is the possibly the last place one might think to find a full-sized viking sailing ship, but thanks to a relic from the 1893 world's fair Nordic history is still alive in one of the state's public parks.

Built to resemble a viking ship known as the Gokstad, the unimaginatively named Viking was the jewel of the World's Colombian Exhibition which took place in Chicago in 1893. The modern historical ship was constructed in Norway using traditional methods including using iron rivets to hold the ship together. The boat was 78 feet long from stem to stern and just 17 feet wide, just the like the sleek ships of the original viking invaders. The decorative dragon's head and tail were also added to either end of the vessel, bringing its fearsome profile to life. Once completed, the ship was actually sailed from its Scandinavian shipyard, to the Hudson River, connecting to the Great Lakes, and eventually Chicago.

The ship was a hit at the fair and after traveling down to New Orleans in a final voyage, the Viking was returned to Chicago, where it would remain to the present day. While the ship was beloved, funding to maintain a replica viking boat was hard to come by. Across the years local Scandinavian groups volunteered to maintain the boat in dry dock, but even their efforts struggled to maintain the wooden vessel. Eventually the Viking was moved to its permanent home in Good Templar Park in Geneva, Illinois.

The elaborate head and tale piece have been moved to a nearby museum, but the boat itself is now stored under a protective canopy for tour groups to visit. While preservation efforts still flag the Viking has been declared a historic site and will now likely survive for a whole new generation of pillagers to marvel at.         


12 Feb 13:47

Vera Wang Fall 2014

by Geri H.
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Vera Wang, wedding dresser to the stars, has officially gone grunge.  Her fall 2014 collection is dark and full of wool tartan tailoring, tough-chic black leather, plaids, floral chiné, pj’s dressing, metallic lamés and chunky ribbed knits.

Me likey! Do you?


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12 Feb 13:46

The floating mountains of Yasuaki Onishi at Rice Gallery,...

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The floating mountains of Yasuaki Onishi at Rice Gallery, Houston - Installation
In his installation, “Reverse Volume of RG” at Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas, Yasuaki Onishi uses the simplest materials: with plastic sheeting and glue, he creates a monumental work. Mountains seem to float in space.

The process he calls “the invisible casting” implies a sheet of plastic wrap on a cardboard structure which is then removed to leave its mark. This process is reversed sculpture in the heart of the work of Onishi and reflections that are focused on a vision of nature as a negative space, abandoned.

These plastic sheeting semi-translucent and misty, held by thin black glue flows, fueling a vision of a fragile nature, although it seems huge.

12 Feb 13:28

10 cocktails you’re not ordering — but should be - Food -

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Justin Stone is a freelance writer and hospitality professional who has held court behind the bar at Tavern Road and currently keeps the party going at Drink.
12 Feb 06:03

I am Unmoved by Your Petty Priorities, Hoomin

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I am Unmoved by Your Petty Priorities, Hoomin

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Tagged: Cats , apathy , christmas , gifs , lazy , funny , train
12 Feb 03:31

Recently deciphered Viking rune hints at a ‘queer’ playfulness to violent Norse culture | The Raw Story

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K. Jonas Nordby cracked the “Jötunvillur code,” which is present on over 80 Norse inscriptions and has long baffled scholars. One of his finds was a 700-year-old stick in which two men, Sigurd and Lavrans, carved their names and wrote a brief message that read “Kiss me.”
12 Feb 03:30

empty-movement: You know, back when the series was new, people...


You know, back when the series was new, people used to deny and deny and deny that Akio and Touga were fucking. And I could never figure it out— what did they think this shot was of, anyway??? Is this like some alternate parchesei rules or something???

12 Feb 01:24

Newswire: Aziz Ansari just announced a pretty big North American stand-up tour

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attn overbey

April 2—Davies Symphony Hall—San Francisco, California

Aziz Ansari has announced dates for a fairly extensive stand-up tour launching this spring. The Modern Romance tour comes in advance of Ansari’s new book, due out this September, and finds the Parks And Recreation star delving into the intersection of love and technology.

A full schedule of Ansari’s dates is below. Tickets—which would make a great Valentine’s Day present, especially coupled with some apps and 'zerts—are already on sale for most dates.

Aziz Ansari tour 2014
March 7—Morris Performing Arts Center—South Bend, Indiana
March 9—Peace Center—Greenville, South Carolina
March 10-11—Carolina Theater—Durham, North Carolina
March 12-13—Charleston Music Hall—Charleston, South Carolina
March 14—Fox Theater—Atlanta, Georgia
March 15—Hard Rock Hotel And Casino—Hollywood, Florida
March 16—The Mahaffey Theater—Saint Petersburg, Florida
March 26—Keller Auditorium—Portland, Oregon
March 27—Hult Center For The Performing Arts ...

12 Feb 01:22

Beautiful Astronomically Accurate Shawl For Chilly Stargazing Nights

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Redditor Boothin shared this shawl their wife made by tweaking one pattern and combining it with another. The end result was a beautiful and cozy garment that is also an accurate map of our sky as seen from the North Pole. By all means, join me in the Jealous Corner.
12 Feb 01:10

Senator Al Franken asks Google Glass developer to limit scope of facial recognition app

by Adi Robertson
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Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has spoken out against a Google Glass app that uses facial recognition to identify strangers. Yesterday, Franken published an open letter to the makers of NameTag, an app meant to match people's faces with photos from social media accounts or other online sources. "Unlike other biometric identifiers such as iris scans and fingerprints, facial recognition is designed to operate at a distance, without the knowledge or consent of the person being identified," he wrote. "Individuals cannot reasonably prevent themselves from being identified by cameras that could be anywhere — on a lamppost across the street, attached to an unmanned aerial vehicle, or, now, integrated into the eyewear of a stranger. "

"Individuals cannot reasonably prevent themselves from being identified by cameras that could be anywhere."

Because of Google's across-the-board ban on facial recognition, NameTag isn't an officially sanctioned Google Glass app. Nonetheless, it's currently available in beta, and the claims on its website are sweeping. "NameTag can spot a face using Google Glass' camera, send it wirelessly to a server, compare it to millions of records and in seconds return a match complete with a name, additional photos and social media profiles," says the description. Right now, it appears to work with social media accounts, but the company behind it says it's also working on a system to scan profiles from dating sites and criminal databases like the National Sex Offender Registry.

We haven't tried the app, so it's not clear how well this actually works — the experimental nature of Glass lends itself to apps that promise a lot more than they can reasonably deliver. Creator Kevin Alan Tussy, though, seem to hope for exactly the kind of system Franken fears. "A user can simply glance at someone nearby and instantly see that person's name, occupation and even visit their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter profiles in real-time," the site says.

"A user can simply glance at someone nearby and instantly see that person's name."

Tussy's flavor quote nears self-parody: "I believe that this will make online dating and offline social interactions much safer and give us a far better understanding of the people around us ... It's much easier to meet interesting new people when we can simply look at someone, see their Facebook, review their LinkedIn page or maybe even see their dating site profile." In what's sure to become the app's slogan, NameTag "can make the big, anonymous world we live in as friendly as a small town."

The text is ambiguous what level of consent the system will need: if it only matches against a database of people who have signed up, that's much less of a privacy issue. Tussy promises that the app will offer privacy safeguards, but what he suggests sounds like an opt-out system that will let people log in to NameTag and prevent their profiles from being shown. Franken, however, is attempting to clear up these questions, asking where the company scans for records, whether it will use an opt-in system, and how it plans to prevent stalkers or hackers from abusing it.

Franken has previously written Apple to raise privacy concerns with the iPhone's Touch ID system, and as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, he's well-placed to create a legal framework for facial recognition on something like Glass. Today, the executive National Telecommunications and Information Administration will also begin work on creating such a framework with the help of industry groups and privacy experts. "I strongly urge you to postpone the launch of NameTag until the NTIA completes its study and best practices for this technology are established," Franken tells NameTag.

12 Feb 01:09

Landscape alphabet (c.1818-1860)

by David Pescovitz
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via multitask suicide


In the 19th century, Charles Joseph Hullmandel illustrated a glorious series of landscapes shaped as the letters of the English alphabet. You can see them all in the British Museum's online collection: The Landscape Alphabet (via Juxtapoz)


12 Feb 01:09

Classic video games imagined as romance novels

by Rob Beschizza
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somebody write this so my library can buy it

12 Feb 00:46

Pussy Riot’s new cause: US inmates | Al Jazeera America

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Now that the band is an icon for the struggle against human rights abuses in Putin's Russia, the two women said it will also act for the rights of prisoners in the United States. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina said they plan to visit prisons and meet with nonprofit organizations to learn about the issue of solitary confinement in the U.S.

"They found a lot of support from folks in the U.S., especially from Russia's diaspora community in Brooklyn, who called passionately for their release," Goswami said. "But they're also learning about the prison conditions in the U.S. and plan on doing some research here."

“We're very interested in the fact of how NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) in the U.S. work and collaborate with penitentiary institutions,” Alekhina said. “One of our main goals is to exchange experience.”

Pussy Riot inspired a new generation of activists around the world, Goswami said, adding that their supporters followed in the footsteps of those who helped Amnesty International obtain the release of some 44,000 prisoners since its international inception in 1961.

"Pussy Riot were street performers," he said. At the subway, on the streets, they would call on people to take their rights seriously. “There are street performers in the U.S. whom we pass every day, but we don't realize that they can help elevate human rights to the global conversation."

Goswami said he hopes that people leave the Wednesday event realizing that "when we act individually or collectively, it has an impact. Tens of thousands of people supported Pussy Riot, and now they're free."

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12 Feb 00:46

A Waiter Breaks The Law Every Time He Serves You An Unsolicited Glass Of Water

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via firehose ('in stupid fucking New York; the law "will abolished at the end of the month"')

Restaurants that automatically serve you a glass of pristine municipal water when you haven't requested it are law-breaking hooligans, as it turns out.
12 Feb 00:01

welcometoohtori: [Image: Mikage working on a computer. Text:...


[Image: Mikage working on a computer.

Text: Your password must be at least 8 characters long & contain a capital letter, a number, and a hideous personal secret.]

Text originally from the Night Vale Twitter.

11 Feb 23:48

Picking the best Bay Area restaurants for Dungeness crab

by Michael Bauer

Favorite crab dishes

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I’m always impressed how so many people associate Dungeness crab with San Francisco. It almost seems like a February pattern. It never happens when the crab season begins in the  fall, but at this time of year requests pour in for suggestions on where to get crab. Maybe people are so wrapped in the holidays and the aftermath, but once things settle down it’s as if people want to celebrate where they live.  This week I’ve already received three inquiries: one from Danville, another from visitors coming from Ohio, and a third from San Francisco.

One of the big surprises as I was dining at the Crab House at Pier 39, a part of the San Francisco Port restaurant series that’s been running since last year in the Food & Wine section, is how good the crab is. The place is all decked out in white tile and overlooks the bay; the crab comes on a sizzling skillet with a buttery garlic sauce  ($24.95/$38.95 for 2+ pounds) — and a bib, which is needed.

If you want  slightly more formal surroundings, and even better views, sister restaurant the Franciscan farther down Fisherman’s Wharf also serves the same style crab.

The go-to place for many people is Vietnamese Thanh Long. You can also get the crab at its newer sibling, Crustacean on Polk Street, where the same preparations are available:  roasted  in garlic sauce or drunken crab simmered in sake and wine ($50).

I’m always pleased with the steamed crab at R & G Lounge on Kearny, where the thing to order is the salt and pepper crab (price varies)

Another excellent preparation is at Hard Water, where the crab is flavored with olive oil, lemon and a dose of chiles ($18) and served with house-made buttermilk crackers that are far better than the standard oyster crackers. Does it go with the house specialty — bourbon? It doesn’t  matter because both are so good.

If you like crab served cold, one of the best places is at Bar Crudo ( $16 half; $28 whole). Then there’s Swan Oyster Depot where the cracked crab (price varies)  comes with bread and butter and either traditional cocktail sauce or mayonnaise. Or if you’re lazy, as I tend to be sometimes, you can get it already picked.

Speaking of picked, several of my favorite crab preparations are in salads.

I especially love the one at Piperade where the crab ($16) is enhanced with grapefruit, orange, basil and aioli. I also love the crab tower at Pesce, where the seafood is molded into a cylinder with avocado, diced tomatoes, cucumber and basil.

Another note: Just two weeks ago I had one of the best crabs of my life at Camino, where it was grilled in the fireplace by Russell Moore and his crew. It’s not always on the menu, but if it is, it’s worth a special trip.

11 Feb 23:48

Daly City’s Fil-Am Cuisine opens new outpost in South City

by Paolo Lucchesi

Fil-Am Cuisine in Daly City

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Fil-Am Cuisine, the Daly City dive with a cult following and regular lines out the door during the lunch rush, has opened a second location.

This time around, the Filipino quick-service restaurant is hawking its signature bargain-priced barbecued skewers and rice plates to a new audience in South San Francisco. In addition to the Fil-Am staples, the same lumpia and pancit are available in South City, but there are also some additions to the concise menu, like tortang talon (an eggplant omelet) and chicken tocino.

The Examiner also reports that the new location is “slightly larger and much brighter” than the original (pictured above), which is basically a little shack off Mission.

Fil-Am Cuisine: 66 School St., near Mission, Daly City; (650) 992-6191. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Cash only.

Fil-Am Cuisine:  321 Grand Ave., near Linden, South San Francisco; (650) 871-5010. 9 a.m. – 9 pm daily. Cash only.

· Previously: Fil-Am Cuisine offers comfort food  [San Francisco Chronicle]

11 Feb 23:25

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Teachers offered personal loans to buy school supplies.

If you’re looking for just one image that says a thousand words about what’s wrong with America, here’s a contender.  It’s an email from a Nevada schools credit union inviting its teachers to go into debt to do their job.  So, that happens, apparently. 

11 Feb 23:17

Della Wolf is B.C.'s 1st child with 3 parents on birth certificate - British Columbia - CBC News

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A Vancouver baby has just become the first child in British Columbia with three parents listed on a birth certificate. Three-month-old Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards is the daughter of lesbian parents and their male friend. "It feels really just natural and easy, like any other family," said biological father Shawn Kangro. "It doesn't feel like anything is strange about it." B.C.'s new Family Law Act, which came into effect last year, allows for three or even more parents. Della's family is the first to go through the process, and they finalized the birth certificate registration last week. B.C., which is celebrating Family Day on Monday, is the first province in Canada with legislation to allow three parents on a birth certificate, although it's been achieved elsewhere through litigation.
11 Feb 20:25

My Baby and AOL’s Bottom Line

by Deanna Fei
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Late last week, Tim Armstrong, the chief executive officer of AOL, landed himself in a media firestorm when he held a town hall with employees to explain why he was paring their retirement benefits. After initially blaming Obamacare for driving up the company’s health care costs, he pointed the finger at an unlikely target: babies.

11 Feb 18:42

Twitter / aedison: Literally going to jail. Actual ...

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via firehose ("Breaking sharebattical to draw attention to this: UK trans comedian Avery Edison is being detained in Canada for overstaying a student visa, but being sent to jail because her genitalia don't match her passport.")

Literally going to jail. Actual jail. Because they don't know what to do about my junk.
11 Feb 18:41

Celebrity mixologist Darryl Robinson found dead at 50 in Brooklyn apartment: police - NY Daily News

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Celebrity mixologist Darryl Robinson was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment early Wednesday morning, police said. Officers entered Robinson’s Bed-Stuy apartment shortly around midnight after a concerned friend couldn’t reach him and then alerted police, law enforcement sources said. Robinson, 50, was found in a second-floor bedroom in his Greene Ave. home with no signs of trauma on his body, cops said.
11 Feb 17:41

Parents of Buddhist student sue "Bible Belt" Louisiana school over forced prayer, religious discrimination

by Cory Doctorow
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I would sue over the punctuation

The ACLU is representing Scott and Sharon Lane, the parents of a child known in the proceedings as "CC," in a case against the Sabine Parish, Louisiana School Board, where their child was ridiculed for his Buddhist faith, and was forced to endure Christian indoctrination, including forced prayer, in the class. They say that their son's sixth grade curriculum included exam questions like "ISN'T IT AMAZING WHAT THE _____________ HAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (the correct answer was "LORD"). The school superintendent told them that they had no business being upset by this, because the school is in the Bible Belt, and he recommended sending the child to a school 25 miles away where there were "more Asians."

The ACLU is calling on supporters of the Lanes and CC to sign a petition to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking for a "an immediate investigation into unlawful religious discrimination in Sabine Parish public schools."

To the right, the charming logo of Negreet High, whose school team is the "Negreet Indians."

Like any parents, we were deeply concerned when our son C.C. began getting sick to his stomach on the way to school each morning.

At first, we thought he had fallen ill. But we soon found out a far more disturbing truth—that our son, a Buddhist of Thai descent, was afraid to go to school because his teacher was chastising him in front of his peers for his Buddhist faith.

As we dug deeper, we discovered that our son’s sixth-grade curriculum at Negreet High included extreme religious indoctrination. The school itself was covered in religious icons. Christian prayer was incorporated into nearly every school event. And our son’s teacher routinely preached her biblical beliefs to students and tested the children on their piety with exam questions such as this one: "ISN'T IT AMAZING WHAT THE _____________ HAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

When our son failed to answer religious questions like this correctly (the answer was “LORD”), his teacher mocked him for his beliefs.

Religious Discrimination Has No Place in the Classroom (Thanks, Catherine!)


11 Feb 13:54

Animals from 60 different species are best pals at this Arkansas critter refuge (photos) - Boing Boing

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I am the worst person in the world for shareblocking the ArkBros, legitimate owners of this news


Via Bored Panda, photographs from Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas, a facility that cares for abused and abandoned animals from some 60 domestic and wild species. [Facebook, website].

[ All images courtesy Rocky Ridge Refuge. HT: Meredith Yayanos].

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11 Feb 05:21

On Rented 787, Tanaka Makes Entrance That Is ‘So Yankees’

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'A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner, capable of carrying nearly 200 people up to 7,850 nautical miles, touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday afternoon with only six passengers, including an ace pitcher, his pop star wife, a personal manager and a toy poodle named Haru.'

Masahiro Tanaka, the flamboyant Japanese pitcher the Yankees signed this off-season, put his newfound dollars to immediate use. The plane rental cost an estimated $200,000.

11 Feb 04:18

Nevada Officials Won't Defend Gay Marriage Ban


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's attorney general and governor said Monday that they won't defend the state's gay marriage ban when it goes before a federal appeals court, saying that a recent court decision makes the state's arguments supporting its constitutional amendment "no longer defensible."

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11 Feb 03:37

mandate of the jade emperor

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weirdest missed connection ever

i have been piercing shells with hot needles so i may make augury of the cracks and oracle bones-so that we the faceless milleu of cl missed connections may know the will of our emperor in yellow and most importantly do not descend into the barbarism [...]
11 Feb 03:29

noodles shoveling

noodles shoveling

11 Feb 03:26

likeafieldmouse: Magdalena Jetelova - Iceland (1992)


Magdalena Jetelova - Iceland (1992)

11 Feb 02:23

Dawn the Fox wags her tail - YouTube

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bonus: fox noises

This is Dawn, one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary's 6 resident foxes that cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals we get in is injured wildlife that is aimed to be returned into the wild, however, Dawn was a young fox that was took into a dog rescue centre as the member of public that found her thought she was a dog! When they realised they bought her into us but it was too late, because she was too tame and this meant that she wouldn't be able to look after herself in the wild. Dawn is not a pet, and we do not recommend any fox or wild animal as a pet.