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These aesthetically pleasing “fruit cards” look good enough to eat
On her Vegan-themed Instagram account Tropically Lina, Lina Saber uploads a delightful series called “fruit cards” where she arranges produce on paint card-style displays. I find these immensely satisfying to look at.https://www.instagram.com/p/BUW3CHplys7/https://www.instagram.com/p/BT_rBV5FVps/https://www.instagram.com/p/BUJ-IvjF7Fv/https://www.instagram.com/p/BVSy9K5FXVb/https://www.instagram.com/p/BUjvEhalDgf/
LA Times accidentally reports 6.8 earthquake in Santa Barbara that happened in 1925
Yesterday at 4:51pm The Los Angeles Times reported on a 6.8 earthquake in Santa Barbara. That's a shaker size that nobody would miss, and yet nobody felt it – because the earthquake happened 82 years ago.Usually human error is to blame on an erroneous news story, but in this case, the reporter was Quakebot, a robot that has been reporting on earthquakes since 2014. Quakebot almost always gets it right, but this time it accidentally reported on the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake that killed 13 people and caused $8-million in damages.According to Gizmodo:The newspaper’s algorithm, called Quakebot, scrapes data from the US Geological Survey’s website. A USGS staffer at Caltech mistakenly sent out the alert when updating historical earthquake data to make it more precise.Seismologists have reportedly complained about some of the historical data being off by as much as 6 miles, and this staffer was simply updating the location of the old quake from 1925. But it shows how quickly misinformation can spread with just a few clicks.
How to break into an open garage
This gentleman had a bit of difficulty breaking into a garage. Fortunately he found it easier to get back out.
A DRM-locked, $400 tea-brewing machine from the Internet of Shit timeline
Did you buy a useless $400 "smart" juicer and now feel the need to accessorize it with more extrusions from the Internet of Shit timeline? Then The Leaf from Teaforia is just the thing: it's a tea-maker that uses DRM-locked tea-pods to brew tea in your kitchen so you don't have to endure the hassle of having the freedom to decide whose tea you brew in your tea-brewing apparatus, and so that you can contribute to the impending environmental apocalypse by generating e-waste every time you make a cup of tea. (more…)
Bank robbery goes awry
In this security footage from a bank in Chapalita, Mexico, three masked men approach the doors with the clear intent to rob the place. A fleet-footed member of staff locks the glass doors. The masked men stand on the other side a little while, looking in at him. Then they walk off.
How hackers can steal your 2FA email account by getting you to sign up for another website
In a paper for IEEE Security, researchers from Cyberpion and Israel's College of Management Academic Studies describe a "Password Reset Man-in-the-Middle Attack" that leverages a bunch of clever insights into how password resets work to steal your email account (and other kinds of accounts), even when it's protected by two-factor authentication. (more…)
Blogger killed by exploding gadget
A popular French blogger was killed after a pressurized whipped cream dispenser exploded and struck her in the chest.French media reported she had died of cardiac arrest after the incident, despite medical attention.The popular fitness and travel figure was well-known in France, with some 55,000 Facebook fans and 154,000 followers on Instagram.One of Ms Burger's family members took to Instagram, warning readers not to use the dispenser, saying that tens of thousands of "defective devices" remain in circulation.
The richest person in every state, by industry
You might think every American state is overrun with tech billionaires, given the amount of press they get, but Forbes shows that the richest person in each state is more likely to have made their fortune in fashion, retail, finance, or investing: (more…)
Trippy 3D-printed spheres that help conceptualize 4D
Henry Segerman takes a brisk stroll through the world of four-dimensional objects with some really cool 3D-printed sculptures, like this sphere that projects a square grid when lit: (more…)
Why Nardwuar is the best musician interviewer ever
Nardwuar the Human Serviette has been a music journalist since the 1980s. Some musicians don't appreciate his unusual personality (look at members of Blur bullying him*), but no one has ever accused him of not doing his homework, as evinced in the video above.Here's Nardwuar at TEDxVancouver in 2011 explaining how he does his work:https://youtu.be/HkSUazeI2nMPunk Rock Journalist Nardwuar the Human Serviette wants to take you on a journey into his do-it-yourself world of investigation and adventure. Through hard work, meticulous preparation and a tremendous passion for finding out interesting facts and tidbits, he sets the stage for unexpected situations and spontaneous reactions. It is an upfront and unconventional style that has resulted in verbal attack, physical threats, desertions, and some the most insightful and genuinely engaging conversations with the biggest names in music and popular culture you might ever witness.[*Update 6/21/2107: In 2011, Blur drummer Dave Rowntree (who became a politician for London's Labour party, apologized for bullying Nardwuar. He wrote:There has been some speculation as to why I accepted a recent blog comment linking to a clip of me bullying the Canadian journalist Nardwuar in 2003. 
The reason is, that I can't take the credit for the things I've done that I'm proud of, without taking the blame for the things that I'm ashamed of.And this is definitely one of the things I'm ashamed of.There's no excuse for my bullying, and the reason I did it is perhaps nearly as sordid.As I've written in the past I became addicted to cocaine during the nineties. Now I've no idea if it has this effect on anyone else, but for me, the day after a cocaine binge I'd sometimes fly into a murderous rage, and take it out on whoever happened to be around. In this case, it happened to be the journalist.To be clear, Nardwuar didn't do anything to provoke me. I sent an apology to him the next day, but I didn't hear anything back from him, so I assume he didn't accept it.These days I keep a clip of the interview on my phone. I don't drink, smoke or take drugs, and if from time to time I wonder if I'm doing the right thing treading this (sometimes rather lonely) path I play it, and have the answer. According to Exclaim, "Nardwuar responded to the apology on his Twitter page, where he wrote, 'Thanks to Dave of Blur for this apology... I do appreciate it!'"
Gallery of disappointing stuff
I recently came across a subreddit called "Expectation vs Reality." It's a place to post side-by-side photos of something promised compared to what was actually delivered (usually a smaller, crappier than expected).A taco I actually got from taco Bell last night....This is supposed to make my daughter happy, not frighten her.This is supposed to make my daughter happy, not frighten her.
Trump’s White House hit list, America’s most hated mom, and sex scandals, in this week’s tabloids
Breaking up is hard to do, and in the tabloid world it’s prohibitively expensive too.Prince Charles and Camilla are in the midst of a “$250 million divorce,” claims the ‘Globe’ front page, though the story inside admits: “ . . . she’s telling friends she’s willing to settle for $25 million.” So it’s not a $250 million divorce at all, is it?Meanwhile, bombastic broadcaster Rush Limbaugh is in the midst of a “$470 million divorce shocker,” claims the ‘National Enquirer,” which suggests - erroneously - that Limbaugh is worth more than Prince Charles. And what would his wife Kathryn settle for?Not to be left out, Julia Roberts has a “$225 million divorce looming,” asserts the ‘Globe,’ which has been flogging this dead horse for several years. I imagine that Roberts stays with hubby Danny Moder just to spite the tabloids. Or perhaps divorce is simply too expensive?Sabotaged planes are also on tabloid minds this week. After actress Jennifer Lawrence’s private plane was forced to make an emergency landing recently, the ‘National Enquirer’ asks: “Was it sabotage?” Could her jet have been tampered with “by a shadowy group of revenge-seeking hackers” after she has spoken out vociferously against hackers?There’s a simple rule in the tabloids: If a headline ends in a question mark, then the answer is always: No. These publications are routinely willing to state with categorical assurance anything that they vaguely suspect could have happened. When the tabloids are dubious enough about their own stories to end the headline with a question mark, you can be sure that even they can’t believe they’re writing this crap.There’s yet more plane tampering alleged by the ‘National Examiner,’ whose cover story declares: “JFK Crash Mystery Solved! It was a Bomb!” Perhaps somebody should gently point out to the ‘Examiner’ that JFK was killed by a sniper’s bullets, and that it was his son, John Jr, who died in a plane crash. I know, it seems petty to quibble, but I’m pretty sure that JFK was in a Lincoln Continental, not a Piper Saratoga, when he died. Who wanted John Jr dead? “It was murder at the hands of the Mafia,” says the ‘Examiner,' though it seems sadly confused. At first it reports that JFK Jr was slain as “an act of revenge” against his father’s battling the mob. But later the story asserts that Jr was killed because he was investigating his father’s assassination, and “The mob feared its involvement would be revealed.” Make your mind up, guys.While White House press briefings increasingly reveal nothing of merit, the ‘Enquirer’ continues to bring us the big political stories: President Trump is poised to fire top advisers including Jeff Sessions, Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, Ben Carson and special counsel Robert Mueller, who will all be axed on a “bloody Sunday” in July. Why wait until July? And why a Sunday? The ‘Enquirer’ doesn’t enlighten us. “What’s more, at least FOUR of those individuals will not only be slapped with a pink slip, but also a criminal charge of treason!” That’s big talk from the ‘Enquirer,’ which claims to have close ties with the Commander in Chief. The ‘Enquirer’ captions its exclusive “What The Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You!” Perhaps there’s a reason for that..The ‘Enquirer’ continues its war on Fox TV -defector Megyn Kelly, branding her “America’s Most Hated Mom!” following her interview with Sandy Hook massacre denier Alex Jones. Why “mom,” I wonder? Why not ‘America’s most hated woman?’Could it be because Hillary Clinton already claims that crown? How does being a mother affect Kelly’s work as a broadcaster, and how does her interview with Jones reflect on her abilities as a mother? It’s unadulterated sexism from the ‘Enquirer.’ I’m shocked . . . shocked, I tell you.Fortunately we have the crack investigative squad at ‘Us’ magazine to tell us that Sara Sampaio (Who she, Ed?) wore it best, SNL’s Leslie Jones hates people who put chewing gum on their plates, actress Sutton Foster (Seriously - who she, Ed?) carries Kind bars, Larabar bars, and Orbit gum in her Marc Jacobs tote bag (can you say “oral fixation?”), and that the stars are just like us: they eat pizza, shop, get mani-pedis, and feed parking meters. Unlike us, however, the stars are stalked by paparazzi as they perform these quotidian tasks.‘Us’ mag devotes its cover to TV’s "Bachelor in Paradise Scandal" asking “Who’s Telling the Truth?” As always, the presence of the question mark means that they haven’t the faintest idea. It’s also a cover story eclipsed by events after going to print, since the production company has since concluded that nothing “inappropriate” occurred, which on a TV show that plies contestants with alcohol, encourages sexual promiscuity and rewards outrageous behavior with screen time, may be technically accurate, since they set such a low bar that only serial murder might qualify as “inappropriate.”‘People’ magazine devotes its cover to Chip and Joanna Gaines, who claim to be “Living Our Dream.” If I knew who the heck these people were I might care more about their dream, and I’m not much the wiser after reading that they host the HGTV series ‘Fixer Upper,’ but I’m glad they’re happy and living the dream.Both ‘People’ and ‘Us’ mags are obsessed with Beyoncé’s newborn twins, each devoting two pages to their birth, though neither has a scrap of real information. “They’re here!” is the best that ‘People’ can muster, which can’t even guess at their gender. At least ‘Us’ mag has a stab, claiming it’s a boy and a girl. Seems reasonable. How wrong could they be?Leave it to the ‘Examiner’ to bring us word that “Aliens are out there - and right here too!” Before we leap to condemn such fantastical reportage, it should be noted that they are quoting billionaire space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, who made these comments on CBS’s ostensibly respectable show ’60 Minutes.’ Apparently there’s no need to look for aliens in space, because they are already "right under our noses,” said Bigelow. Well, if you can’t trust ’60 Minutes,’ who can you trust? Enquiring minds want to know.Onwards and downwards . . . .
Man can't wear shorts to work on hot day, so he abides by women's dress code instead
It was a scorching hot day in Buckinghamshire, UK when 20-year-old Joey Barge decided to wear a respectable navy pair of shorts to work. He knew he was pushing it, though, and tweeted this:If women can wear skirts/dresses at work can I wear smart shorts like so? pic.twitter.com/UD0AQ6ZCbP— joey (@jBarge_) June 19, 2017 Shortly after the tweet he was sent home for going against the company's dress code, and was told to change before returning to work. Outraged, he went home and dressed in proper work attire – proper for women, that is. pic.twitter.com/tIvA7UvDoN— joey (@jBarge_) June 19, 2017 See you soon, twitter. I'll be sent home soon. pic.twitter.com/XfFyxDeBAK— joey (@jBarge_) June 19, 2017 Barge thought his company would bounce him back home again, but instead they questioned the color of his dress, and said he could change back into his shorts. Looks like his protest had a happy ending for every sweat-laden employee at the office. But on this particular day, Barge decided to remain in the dress.Thanks Mashable!
"Fuck Trump" and "Immigrant" hats benefit ACLU
My friend Gabe created these fun "Fuck Trump" and "Immigrant" hats! All profits go to the American Civil Liberties Union! Gabe says:On a personal note, making these hats has been a profound and grounding exercise in connecting with others from across the world that I would not have connected with otherwise. I know that the issues we face are complex and that Trump represents much greater forces than just him alone. I also know that this is but a small way to make a difference, but I do believe that it's important to express our dissent and let people know where we stand; that we will not be bullied by him or his supporters.(And yes, that's Helena Christensen rocking the "Immigrant" hat below.)Buy "Fuck Trump" and "Immigrant" hatsAnd follow Fuck Trump on Instagram!
Watch: Valedictorian who had mic cut off finally gets to finish speech on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last week, high school valedictorian and class president Peter Butera was giving a speech at his graduation when the school cut off his mic for speaking his mind. But last night, Butera was able to finish his speech to the much larger audience of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Watch white-knuckle speed flying through narrow gorges
Speed flyer Joseph Innes headed to Romania for this pulse-pounding speed flying trip through canyons and gullies. The low-visibility flights in fog are especially thrilling. (more…)
The Wonders of Free Market Health Care
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The oddly ubiquitous sliding scenes of the ’80s and ’90s
Though it might not be the most obvious film trope, this new Fandor video points out that movies in the ’80s and ’90s were filled with scenes in which characters went down some kind of slide. Fandor posits that these scenes were designed to mimic the feeling of an amusement park ride or water slide, which were becoming increasingly popular at the time. And they provided a kind of thrilling visual escapism from the turbulent social and political climate of the era. You can watch the full video essay right here:https://youtu.be/qxWMqblu-8Y[via The A.V. Club]
Barbie's Ken is now sporting a manbun
Earlier today, Mattel announced its brand new line of Fashionistas Barbie and Ken dolls. These 40 new dolls come in a variety of body sizes (which now includes Ken's "slim," and "broad" figure), as well as a bunch of different skintones, hair colors and hairstyles. The most notable hairstyle, in my opinion, is Ken's MANBUN.Yep, Barbie's boyfriend (they are dating, right?) is finally sporting last summer's hottest hairstyle. Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger.(The WOW Report)
A contralto (lowest female part) and countertenor (highest male part) sing a duet
Contralto Juliana Strangelove and countertenor Arthur Vasiliev sing Nick Cave's "Where The Wild Roses Grow."[via]
What happens to a levitating gyroscope in a vacuum?
The Action Lab took a maglev gyroscope and placed it inside a sealed chamber to see what happens to a levitating gyroscope in a vacuum.A lot of people took issue with the experiment's setup and explanation, but it's interesting nonetheless. He responded to those concerns:Hi everyone! I see a lot of comments that mention it will stop because of gravity. A lot of people said that in my pendulum video also. But remember that gravity doesn't "slow things down." The only reason we associate gravity with slowing things down is because it pulls things toward the earth and they hit the earth and the friction causes it to stop. So friction is the stopping force, not gravity. But you are right, gravity does play a role here that I didn't mention in the video. That is that it causes precession in the gyroscope. Since it never started out initially straight up, gravity does make the gyroscope tip over eventually. This may be even a larger factor than the magnet friction I talked about.• Will a Levitating Gyroscope Spin Forever in a Vacuum Chamber? (YouTube / The Action Lab)
Cute cat-shaped geta sandals from Japan
I can think of at least three feline-loving friends of mine who are going to flip when they see these cute cat-shaped sandals. With the soles shaped like the silhouette of a cat, the "Nyarageta" is a fun take on traditional Japanese geta sandals. Geta sandals are sort of a cross between clogs and flip-flops and are usually made with wooden soles. This version, however, is made with a softer material called "elastic cell foam sponge EVA." According to SoraNews24, even the name is playful: “Nya” means meow, "Nara" is the name of the Japanese city where they’re from and, of course, "geta" are the sandals themselves.One pair costs 3,780 Yen or approximately $33.84.(SoraNews24)
Sean Spicer expected to leave post
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, first held an off-camera briefing that had one reporter describe him as "just kind of useless", then was ridiculed by colleague and top Trump crony Steve Bannon as getting fatter, thereby explaining his unwillingness to be seen, and is now reported to be "searching for his own replacement." With luck it will be Laura Ingraham.
$28 Chinese app is a browser for insecure webcams
Chinese state media reports on a $28/RMB188 app that browses webcams whose default passwords haven't been changed, allowing subscribers to watch the goings-on in stores, living rooms, bedrooms, children's rooms, and anywhere a CCTV might be installed. (more…)
Chinese wives, denied legal rights, hire "mistress dispellers" to keep their marriages intact
China's long economic boom and near-total lack of social and legal protections for divorced women has created growth industries in weird services that help women keep their marriages intact after their jerky husbands start treating them like shit and/or start having affairs. (more…)
Artist proves that basic school supplies work fine for making art
YouTuber Peter Draws accepted a viewer challenge and created two lovely sketches using basic school supplies: a standard No. 2 Pencil, a wide ruled composition book, and a manual pencil sharpener. (more…)
Just in time for summer: Pizza-flavored ice cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream in Philadelphia is known for their oddly-flavored ice cream (and, their bizarro ads) but they've outdone themselves with their latest icy offering. Since mid-June, the frozen dessert purveyor has been serving up PIZZA ICE CREAM. What makes it pizza-y? Tomato, basil, oregano, salt and garlic. For some people, that just isn't enough pizza pie, so they've taken upon themselves to plop a scoop on top of a hot slice of pizza.(USAToday)Previously, the pizza lovers edition: Pizza slice-shaped bags for, well, your slices of pizza
The American student detained by North Korea and sent home in a coma has died
Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for taking a propaganda sign from a hotel, has died in a US hospital. North Korea returned him in a comatose state to the United States last week after he'd served 17 months of his sentence. North Korean officials said Warmbier fell into a coma as a result of botulism and a sleeping pill, but US doctors express doubt that they were the cause. According to USA Today, "Much remains unknown about what happened to Warmbier in North Korea, but he reportedly has been in a coma for more than a year. Brain scans show severe damage."Otto's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, issued a statement Monday afternoon, which read, in part:When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.From NPR:As he spoke to the media Thursday, Fred Warmbier also said he was glad to be wearing the same jacket his son had worn during his court appearance in North Korea."I'm proud of Otto, and the courage he showed by going to North Korea," Warmbier said, "and having that adventurous side to him ... so the fact that he was taken and treated this way is horrible, and it's tough to process. But we're tremendously proud of him. So we're looking to the future.""We don't believe anything that they say," Fred Warmbier said, describing North Korea as a pariah state. He said his son had become "fodder" for the regime, after being lured into visiting the country by a Chinese travel company that promised its customers were never detained while on a tour in the isolated nation.
Surf videos of your kid are really easy to make
It is really easy to affix a camera to any foam board these days! This video was quite literally our first wave.I'm using these stab-through-the-board style GoPro mounts.Choose a location on top of the board where you want the camera. It is likely far more interesting to have the camera facing you in its default, and most secure position. If you want other angles, You can use the myriad go-pro and tripod mount adaptors to work it out. Remember the mount is designed with foam cutting blades that'll hold it steady in the board while you rush down the faces of awesome waves. Pushing it into place will permanently scar the board, so removing the mount is a bad idea. Installing is a 1-time thing, so get it right.You'll need a large diameter, Phillips head screwdriver, and a quarter. Again, installing one of these is a breeze if you give it a little bit of thought. Not thinking may result in ruining the board. If your board has a slick, laminated on kevlar/plastic type bottom and not exposed foam in a net style material, make sure to puncture the board THROUGH that layer (in the bottom and out the top,) because puncturing from the other direction will tear that layer loose. You MUST puncture a hole where you want to insert the mount to a) start the process and b) leave a clear channel for screwing the thing together.Insert the top piece with some force, centering the piece over the starter hole. The mounting plate will cut into the board! Select the appropriate size screw-in bottom plate from the two that came with the mount, and use the one you think is right. Using the quarter, screw the two pieces together until they are putting a bit of pressure on the foam, and feel secure in place.I suggest attaching the included string-tether to hold the camera to the mount in the event the screw-in bit fails. There is also a stabilizing plug seems impossible to affix once the camera is in place, and seems of dubious value. I have ignored it after failing to install it correctly.We have HOURS and HOURS of video already.No need to buy an expensive GoPro either, this $50 camera will work just fine.
Releasing a Cthulhoid podcast on wax cylinders
Paul from Yog Soggoth Dot Com writes, "To celebrate 19 years of the YSDC web site we've released a Limited Edition Wax Cylinder recording of one of our podcast shows on 19 cylinders. Yes, there really is a podcast on it. Fewer than 19 cylinders are available from the set as some people already have them."
GOP hired firm who accidentally leaked personal info on nearly 200-million Americans
Personal information on 198 million Americans – or roughly 61 percent of the US population – was accidentally leaked after "a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server," according to Gizmodo. The information includes phone numbers, addresses, and detailed personal political opinions.The data leak contains a wealth of personal information on roughly 61 percent of the US population. Along with home addresses, birthdates, and phone numbers, the records include advanced sentiment analyses used by political groups to predict where individual voters fall on hot-button issues such as gun ownership, stem cell research, and the right to abortion, as well as suspected religious affiliation and ethnicity. The data was amassed from a variety of sources—from the banned subreddit r/fatpeoplehate to American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by former White House strategist Karl Rove.Deep Root Analytics, a conservative data firm that identifies audiences for political ads, confirmed ownership of the data to Gizmodo on Friday...In a statement, Deep Root founder Alex Lundry told Gizmodo, “We take full responsibility for this situation.” He said the data included proprietary information as well as publicly available voter data provided by state government officials. “Since this event has come to our attention, we have updated the access settings and put protocols in place to prevent further access,” Lundry said.Check out the article at Gizmodo for the full story.Image: Nicole-Koehler
Social media's other (cooler!) makeup artists: women who specialize in gory sfx
There are plenty of extremely talented young women who make good money running social media feeds of their fantastic makeup artistry, but they don't have a patch on the artistry of the women and girls who specialize in horror makeup effects, perfecting and sharing techniques for the grossest, greatest prosthetic-and-paint monster and gore effects. (more…)
The 2016 elections taught us to watch for attacks that undermine the legitimacy of elections
Princeton computer scientist and former White House Deputy CTO Ed Felten (previously) writes about the security lessons of the 2016 election: first, that other nation-states are more aggressive than generally supposed, and second, that you don't need to hack the vote-totals to effect devastation on an adversary -- it's sufficient to undermine the election's legitimacy by messing with voter rolls, "so there is uncertainty about whether the correct people were allowed to vote." (more…)
20/20 TV news segment on The Clash and Talking Heads (1979)
"I would hate to be thought of that we didn't think about things, y'know?" said Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison. "But I think our music is really meant to be felt as much as anything."Dig this excellent live footage and interview with The Clash and Talking Heads from a 1979 episode of ABC's 20/20 TV news magazine. "It ain't about playing the right chord for a star!" said The Clash's Joe Strummer.
U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules in favor of trademark protection for offensive terms
An Asian-American band has a first amendment right to call itself The Slants and to register it as a trademark, ruled the U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous decision.From Reason:At issue in Matal v. Tam was a federal law prohibiting the registration of any trademark that may "disparage...or bring...into contemp[t] or disrepute" any "persons, living or dead." The Patent and Trademark Office cited this provision in 2011 when it refused to register a trademark in the name of The Slants, thereby denying the band the same protections that federal law extends to countless other musical acts. Justice Samuel Alito led the Court in striking down the censorious rule. "We now hold that this provision violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment," Alito wrote. "It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend."From NPR:The case could inform arguments over other, much larger entities than The Slants.As NPR's Nina Totenberg has reported, "the trademark office has denied registration to a group calling itself "Abort the Republicans," and another called "Democrats Shouldn't Breed." It canceled the registration for the Washington Redskins in 2014 at the behest of some Native Americans who considered the name offensive."From Hollywood Reporter:Today's decision also has the potential of alleviating a great amount of confusion as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's response to offensive marks hasn't been particularly consistent over the years. For example, N.W.A — the rap group also known as Niggaz Wit Attitudes — was able to register while actor Damon Wayans couldn't obtain "Nigga" for clothing. Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Channel Four's Queer as Folk were fine, but not the registration from a group of lesbians who wished to sell videos of a "Dykes on Bikes" parade. Alito notes in his opinion that the "vagueness of the disparagement test and the huge volume of applications has produced a haphazard record of enforcement."From Washington Post:In a Facebook post after the decision, Tam wrote:“After an excruciating legal battle that has spanned nearly eight years, we’re beyond humbled and thrilled to have won this case at the Supreme Court. This journey has always been much bigger than our band: it’s been about the rights of all marginalized communities to determine what’s best for ourselves.”https://youtu.be/C_Eswa5jQgs
New media noncompetes are destroying the careers of young journalists
When Stephanie Russell-Kraft signed up to work for Law360, she naively entered into a probably unenforceable noncompete "agreement" that asserted that by looking at court filings for interesting news stories, she'd be privy to "critical and sensitive proprietary information" -- but she didn't really think about it until Law360 used her signature on the agreement to get her fired from her second industry job, with Reuters, costing her a generous compensation package that included overtime and health insurance. (more…)
A right-wing Dem Senator who voted to sell weapons to Saudi is being primaried by an environmental activist
Senator Joe Manchin [D-WV, @Sen_JoeManchin, +1 304-342-5855] is a right-wing Democrat Senator whose inglorious career includes breaking with his party to endorse President Trump's deal to sell record quantities of weapons to the Saudis. (more…)
China's billionaires are disappearing into police custody and/or early graves
Dozens of the richest executives in China have disappeared under mysterious circumstances and are assumed to be in police detention as the country pursues an aggressive anti-corruption agenda. (more…)
Watch Dave Grohl's 8-year old daughter rock the drums with the Foo Fighters
Just when you thought rock legend Dave Grohl couldn't get any cooler, he went and brought an eight-year old kid onstage to play drums for a cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You" with the Foo Fighters. And, it wasn't just any kid, it was his own daughter, Harper. On Sunday (yep, Father's Day, no less), Dave introduced her to the crowd at the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland by saying, "About two weeks ago, my daughter said, 'Daddy, I wanna play the drums.' And I said, 'Do you want want me to teach you?' She said, 'Yes.' And then I said, 'Do you wanna get up in front of 20,000 people in Iceland and play?' And she said, 'Yes.' So, ladies and gentlemen, welcome the next generation. There’s another Grohl on the drum set now."This is the first song she learned.Rock n' Grohl!ICYMI: The Foo Fighters have a new song called, "Run." Its music video was directed by the elder Grohl.https://youtu.be/ifwc5xgI3QM(Consequence of Sound)
Learn to code on your own time with this digital library
The Coding Powerhouse eBook Bundle comprises 9 titles covering everything from front-end web frameworks to cross-platform mobile application development, and it's available now in the Boing Boing Store.These books give a detailed overview of current technologies and programming languages. You’ll learn how to write modern code for the web using modular JavaScript, as well as application frameworks like Angular 2 and React. In addition to building iOS Apps with Swift, you can also make your code compatible with the Android ecosystem using Xamarin. Once you have a solid foundation of knowledge, explore advanced topics like high-performance computing and machine learning.This digital library includes the following titles:Learning Angular 2Java Deep Learning EssentialsMastering PythonMastering ReactMastering JavaScriptMastering GitXamarin Cross-Platform Development CookbookSwift 3 Functional ProgrammingScala High Performance ProgrammingThe Coding Powerhouse eBook Bundle is available here for $29.
Broadway star Patti LuPone has the best response to the idea of performing for Donald Trump
Asked on the Tonys red carpet why Donald Trump should come see her perform in her current Broadway show War Paint, legendary performer Patti LuPone didn’t mince words, noting: “Well I hope he doesn’t because I won’t perform if he does." When asked why, she calmly explains, “Because I hate the motherfucker, how’s that?” You can watch the amazing exchange at the start of this Variety video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwIrm3KawkkAnd LuPone might not be exaggerating. She’s famous for stopping shows mid-performance to chastise audience members for using their phones or taking pictures. There’s every reason to think she’d be equally unequivocal with The Donald.[Photo by Joan Marcus]
Republicans are trying to pass Trumpcare in secret, here are simple resources to fight that
Senate Republicans are currently working in secret on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and overhaul the American health care system. The process is so secretive, in fact, that even Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price hasn’t seen what’s in it yet. But we do know that Senate Republicans are working from the bill passed by the House of Representatives, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found would leave 23 million fewer Americans insured by 2026. And the 13 GOP Senators crafting the bill (who all happen to be men) are doing so without any public hearings or open drafting sessions.And it’s happening quickly. Republicans are reportedly hoping to vote on the bill by June 30 so that it can be finalized before the July 4 holiday recess. Given that the bill will affect 1/6 of the American economy not to mention millions of lives, it’s more important than ever to speak out. Here are some resources for doing so:The most effective way to make your voice heard is to call your representatives and share your story and thoughts about the bill. You can find the name and contact information for each GOP senator’s dedicated health staffer at Is TrumpCare Still Dead?If you aren't represented by a GOP senator, you can also use the same database to call the offices of the 13 GOP Senators working on the bill: Mitch McConnell (KY), Orrin Hatch (UT), Lamar Alexander (TN), Mike Enzi (WY), John Thune (SD), Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (UT), Tom Cotton (AR), Cory Gardner (CO), John Barrasso (WY), John Cornyn (TX), Rob Portman (OH), and Pat Toomey (PA).This simple-to-use Trumpcare Toolkit has pre-written tweets and Facebook messages, as well as phone numbers, for specifically targeted Republican Senators. The site also provides stats on the number of people in each of those Senators’ states who would lose health care coverage under Trumpcare.You can sign this Save My Care letter demanding GOP Senators hold a public hearing on the health care bill before the Senate votes on it.And here are some resources for health care talking points:Visit ACASignups.net to find detailed health care stats for all 435 congressional districts. The stats are based on the CBO score of the House bill, which, again, is the template Senate Republicans are working from. California, for instance, would likely see over 2.5 million people lose coverage under Trumpcare.Get talking points and more information on Indivisible’s website. Is TrumpCare Still Dead? also has a page of talking points and statistics.And, finally, Axios takes a different approach by sharing stats on how many people gained coverage under the Obamacare.Many thanks to writer and comedian Nicole Silverberg for sharing these resources with me. You can follow Nicole on Twitter.
2012: Tory Prime Minister David Cameron declares war on "Safety Culture"
The Conservative Party -- and free market ideologues -- have waged a long war on "safety culture," insisting it was a nonsensical, incoherent regulation that acted as a drag on every business except no-win/no-fee lawyers, who exploited these rules to victimise poor corporations with punishing lawsuits. (more…)
This endoscopic camera helps diagnose problems in small spaces
Whether you desperately need to locate your wedding ring in the sink drain or accurately determine how much hair is clogging your shower, this Waterproof Endoscopic Camera will give you a clear window into your home’s tightest crevices.This rugged camera comes with an adjustable LED lamp to illuminate the situation. Its 720p HD resolution provides plenty of detail for your view, which streams directly to your phone over WiFi. The camera snakes 3 meters long to help you get a read on crawlspaces, pipes, and mechanical interiors and an IP67 waterproof rating ensures it can be completely submerged in water.You can get this WiFi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera here for $32.99.
The Lost Arcade: documentary about Manhattan's last arcade
The Lost Arcade, a documentary about the encroachment of gentrficiation upon the last real video arcade in Manhattan, is now available to watch online.Directed by Kurt P. Vincent, the story is as much about the Chinatown Fair's community as the games, celebrating the final years of a pop culture phenomenon that moved into our homes so slowly we never realized what we were losing."I wanted to create a film that would capture the spirit that hit me the first time I walked through those doors," writes Vincent. "There was a melting pot of a community that congregated there, where all walks of life came together and shared one common interest: video games. It was a microcosm of what New York was all about. Not the overpriced New York we've come to accept, but what this city originally stood for and still does when you look deep enough."The Lost Arcade sheds a behind-the-scenes light into the demise of arcade culture, as it coincided with the rise of home console and online gaming, and showcases the dichotomy of how gamers connected then vs. now. But more importantly, it highlights the diversity and camaraderie among the competitive gamer community that arcades like Chinatown Fair were so uniquely able to foster. View links: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, VHX, Vimeo, and Vudu.Previously: The Lost Arcade: doc about rebirth of legendary NYC arcade
The FBI's Gary Gygax file calls the original Dungeon Master "eccentric and frightening"
Reason Magazine's C.J. Ciaramella filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI for the Bureau's file on TSR, the company that E Gary Gygax founded when he created Dungeons and Dragons (now a division of Hasbro). (more…)
Good deal on my favorite measuring spoons
I bought this set of snap-nesting measuring spoons in 2015 and they are my favorite set. Each spoon is two-sided. There's a round side for liquids and a narrow side for spice jars. It's on sale right now as an Amazon Prime add-on item for $5.
This guy submitted a 3D model of his face to get his ID card
Raphael Fabre modeled his face with 3D software and used it for his French national ID card.On April 7, 2017, I applied for an ID card to the 18th Army. All the papers requested for the card were legal and authentic, the application was accepted and I have my new French identity card today.The photo I submitted for this request is actually a 3D model created on a computer, by means of several different software and techniques used for special effects in movies and in the video game industry. It is a digital image, where the body is absent, the result of an artificial process.The image corresponds to the official demands for an ID: it is resembling, is recent, and answers all the criteria of framing, light, bottom and contrasts to be observed.The document validating my french identity in the most official way thus presents today an image of me which is practically virtual, a version of video game, fiction.[via Kottke]
Vox interviewed 8 GOP senators about the health bill, and their answers are real head scratchers
"Senate Republicans can't answer simple and critical questions about the health care bill they're crafting in secret," says Vox after asking eight Republican senators how their bill will actually improve the health care system in the United States. Their vacuous non-answers are truly mind-boggling.Highlights: Tara GolshanBut generally speaking, what are the big problems it is trying to solve?John McCainYou name it. Everything from the repeal caucus, which as you know, they have made their views very clear — Rand Paul, etc. And then there are the others on the other side of the spectrum that just want to make minor changes to the present system. There’s not consensus....Jeff SteinSo you're saying [the bill] will lower the rates?Chuck GrassleyUm, if you're talking about lowering the rates from now down, no. The rates could be way up here. [Points to sky] And if they — if we get a bill passed, it maybe wouldn't go up or would go up a heck of a lot less than they would without a bill.Jeff SteinBy "rates," are you talking about premiums?Chuck GrassleyYeah, premiums. … I'm sorry I have to go.Image: Gage Skidmore
Please don't try to ride a hog
Here's what we've learned: an enormous swine may enjoy having his back rubbed, but that doesn't mean it will allow a large primate to jump on it in hope of a ride around the pen.No you can't