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The origins of the word "cosplay"

1 hour 51 min ago
Brian Ashcraft interviewed Nobuyuki Takahashi, originator of the wonderful word: "In Japanese, English and other foreign words are often combined and/or shortened, for brevity's sake."
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Interview with Delilah S. Dawson! Whimseydark, Vampires and Ikea

2 hours 8 min ago

We had a lovely time chatting with author Delilah S. Dawson about her struggles with Ikea furniture, brilliance on Twitter and the coining of Whimsydark.

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Gamer Felicia Day on Gamergate

2 hours 48 min ago


Felicia Day. Photo: Cristina Gandolfo.

Gamer and online personality Felicia Day hasn't said much about Gamergate. Today, she opened up on her blog. “Why have I remained mostly silent? Self-protection and fear.” Read the rest

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XKCD watch-face for Moto 360

2 hours 49 min ago


Spam writes, "I'm a fan of XKCD and so I decided to put together a watchface for the Moto 360 based on xkcd.com/now because I really like Randall Munroe's concept for a simple world clock." Read the rest

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Suspended bee: A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

2 hours 58 min ago

"Bourdon, October 2014."

A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Bernard d'Astous.

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Bunnies vs. Kittens

3 hours 30 min ago

Sometimes rabbits are friends with cats. Sometimes, they are not. (more…)

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Florida man, shot in chest by former lover, takes selfie

7 hours 15 min ago
Priorities. "As he lay bleeding, Noll raised the phone and snapped a selfie."(via)
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High-tech carnival with lasers, fire, robots and big games comes to LA 10/22-10/26

7 hours 20 min ago

From my friend Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus: A modern take on the traveling circus, STEAM Carnival is a crazy reimagining of the classic carnival using high-tech amusement and amazing inventions.

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Giant carnivorous kangaroos, and why we dance when we hold our pee

7 hours 45 min ago

On This Week in Science:

Kiki talked stem cells; not the controversial side of things, but the straight up science of figuring out more about these populations of cells as they exist inside our bodies throughout our lives.

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Illustrators depictions of gerrymandered maps

7 hours 52 min ago

"Spawn of Gerrymander" is a series in which some of our favorite illustrators use their talents to help us see the true shape of political mapmaking in the twenty-first century:

Over the course of this week, this series will present graphic visualizations of six gerrymandered U.S.

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Challenger for Michele Bachmann's seat offers "money back guarantee" if he ever lobbies or takes special-interest money

9 hours 7 min ago

John Denny's standing as an independent in the Minnesota Sixth District, running against Michele Bachmann's successor, and has offered a "legally binding" contract to forfeit his salary and a sum equal to twice any contribution should he ever lobby or take campaign money that puts him in a conflict of interest. Read the rest

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Incredible footage of gunfire in Canadian Parliament

9 hours 8 min ago

At least one gunman and a soldier are dead today after exchanges of fire in and around Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada.

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The dirty secret of Google's self-driving cars

9 hours 10 min ago


They've 700,000 miles, but mostly the same few thousand miles, over and over again -- because the cars only work if every single light, piece of street furniture, and other detail is mapped and verified by armies of human and computer analysts, and when anything changes, the mapping needs to be re-created. Read the rest

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"Hive" (middle class colony collapse)

9 hours 19 min ago


Jud Turner writes, "'Hive (middle class colony collapse)' is the latest in my series of sculptures depicting hallucinatory factory scenes, and ponders the loss of bees and an ever-shrinking middle class, both likely results of modern industrial methods and monopoly capitalism." Read the rest

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Cats are irresistibly drawn to circles

9 hours 36 min ago

And here are the photos to prove it.

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Music: "You Were Cool," The Mountain Goats (2015)

9 hours 45 min ago

I liked this a lot.

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Top Saudi cleric: "Twitter is the source of all evil"

10 hours 29 min ago
Also devastation, lies, falsehood, etc., warns Abdul Aziz Al-Sheik. [BBC]
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Microsoft puts Nokia brand out of its misery

10 hours 40 min ago

"Microsoft Mobile's website is filled with words," writes Pete Pachal, "but one that you won't find is Nokia"

Apart from images and a single reference from a module powered by the Nokia Facebook page (which apparently hasn't yet gotten the message), the Nokia brand is entirely absent.

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Megahex - An occult-dressed stoner comic

10 hours 43 min ago

Megahex, by Simon Hanselmann, is a collection of his Megg and Mogg strips, first featured on his Girl Mountain Tumblr.

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