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Strong Female Protagonist Book One

1 hour 14 min ago
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, several years' worth of the wonderful webcomic Strong Female Protagonist has been collected in a book called Strong Female Protagonist Book One, and the story is now available in a single, powerful draught. Cory Doctorow reviews a comic that has a lot more to say about justice than the typical superhero story. Read the rest
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Song for Shaker: free the last UK Gitmo prisoner!

2 hours 16 min ago

Andy writes, "This is the promotional video for a new campaign, We Stand with Shaker, aimed at securing the release from Guantanamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, who is still held despite being approved for release in 2007 and 2009." Read the rest

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Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Tue, 2014-11-25 21:20

For this Thanksgiving episode of the Futility Closet podcast, enjoy seven lateral thinking puzzles that didn't make it onto our regular shows. Solve along with us as we explore some strange scenarios using only yes-or-no questions. Happy Thanksgiving!

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EXCLUSIVE: Photo gallery of Ferguson demonstrators in NYC

Tue, 2014-11-25 20:21
Photographer Daniel Schaefer captures the grief, anger, and resolve of demonstrators who took to the streets of Manhattan after the announcement that the police officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown would not be indicted. Read the rest
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Kit that lets you build a "chaos machine"

Tue, 2014-11-25 17:18

My friend William Gurstelle told me: "Remember when you assigned me the Make magazine story about the Chaotic Double Pendulum?

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Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophy

Tue, 2014-11-25 17:07
Ethan Gilsdorf explains why Socrates would have made a good DM and that John Stuart Mill was Lawful Neutral. Catch his talk on Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons tonight in Cambridge, Mass. Read the rest
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The real reason you are motivated to work

Tue, 2014-11-25 16:54
It’s likely very easy for you to explain your motivations for going to work. David McRaney is not sure he believes you. Read the rest
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Earth Magic – photography of witches at play and at ritual

Tue, 2014-11-25 16:21

There has long been a tension between the witch of legend and the modern day practitioner. The former has its origins mainly in polemical Christian ideas and folktales, where the witch is a consort of the devil, brewing wicked and foul smelling potions in a cast-iron pot, and eating children. Read the rest

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Essential reading: the irreconcilable tension between cybersecurity and national security

Tue, 2014-11-25 15:37


Citizenlab's Ron Diebert lays out the terrible contradiction of putting spy agencies -- who rely on vulnerabilities in the networks used by their adversaries -- in change of cybersecurity, which is securing those same networks for their own citizens. Read the rest

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Is it legal to fly with marijuana?

Tue, 2014-11-25 13:28
With the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede. Read the rest
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Ewok vs. Mogwai

Tue, 2014-11-25 13:04
I'm obsessed with Ewoks, so I had to share this awesome illustration that Black Mudpuppy posted on Twitter. Read the rest
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Be terrified: new Grimm's Fairy Tales book

Tue, 2014-11-25 13:00

It's no secret that the Disney-fied versions of fairy tales that we grew up with in modern times pale in comparison to the originals, told by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.

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This is a painted wood sculpture

Tue, 2014-11-25 12:06

Amazing carved and painted wood sculptures from artist Tom Eckert.

My sculptures are formed entirely of wood and then painted. I use traditional processes to carve, construct, laminate and paint my pieces.

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Gecko Feet Inspire Wall-Climbing Gloves

Tue, 2014-11-25 11:53
I love it when nature inspires technology. A group of researchers has developed a glove that will allow humans to stick to and scale walls. Read the rest
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The check engine light is the single stupidest warning light in existence

Tue, 2014-11-25 11:36
Doug DeMuro of Jalopnik explains the problem with the check engine light. (Experienced drivers solve it with a strip of electrical tape.) Read the rest
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El Deafo: moving, fresh YA comic-book memoir about growing up deaf

Tue, 2014-11-25 10:33
Cece Bell's young adult graphic novel El Deafo is a beautiful, sweet, moving and funny memoir about growing up deaf. Take one part Ernie Pook's Comeek and two parts of Peanuts, mix thoroughly, and add some indefinable secret ingredients, and you'll get El Deafo, which Cory Doctorow thoroughly enjoyed. Read the rest
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Death, Science, Sexology: Joanna Ebenstein of the Morbid Anatomy Museum

Tue, 2014-11-25 09:16
Mark Dery shines a light into the literary unconscious of Joanna Ebenstein, director of the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Read the rest
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Death ray free to a good home

Tue, 2014-11-25 06:54


An ad on the Gumtree notice-board site offers up "Simon Hackett's Internode Death Ray" -- a TV ad prop -- free to a good home in South Australia. Read the rest

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