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Book Club: A Storm of Swords Sansa V and Jaime VII

3 hours 47 min ago
With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that correspond to the previous television season. No book spoilers past the TV show! Read the rest
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The first Science Hack Day in China

4 hours 26 min ago

An Oculus earthquake simulator, a 3D-printed miniature drone, a solar-powered umbrella, pH paintings, a weather-forecasting necklace. It's easy to be enamored of the whimsical prototypes created during China's first Science Hack Day in Shanghai.

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Ebola is 'just a plane ride away' from the USA, as outbreak spreads in West Africa

4 hours 41 min ago

Reuters/Tommy Trenchar.

The West African nation of Liberia closed most border crossings and mandated strict health measures to try and stem the Ebola virus outbreak that has killed at least 660 people in West Africa since February, and continues to spread.

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Steve Ballmer can buy the LA Clippers, judge rules

5 hours 30 min ago

In Los Angeles Superior Court today, a judge gave Shelly Sterling "a sweeping victory," clearing the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's $2-billion purchase of basketball team the LA Clippers. Read the rest

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Mac users: replace your dock with StatusDuck

6 hours 35 min ago

David makes fun of me for having so many Menu Bar items. Now that I am using StatusDuck ($15, free to try), he has even more fodder.

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Russian militant leader: evidence of MH17 shootdown shopped, he can tell by the pixels

7 hours 56 min ago

Alexander Borodai, and the GIF that keeps on giving. Read the rest

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NYPD gathering evidence in Brooklyn Bridge flag prank

8 hours 6 min ago

Police in New York City are said to be examining some 18,000 license plate numbers, looking through social media, poring over cell phone communications, and possibly collecting DNA in an investigation into who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge late at night to plant two bleached-white American flags. Read the rest

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Ex-CIA officials named in US torture report won't get to read it

9 hours 5 min ago
First they were told they'd be allowed to read the report, then the offer was withdrawn. Why was it made in the first place? Read the rest
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Human Rights Watch report: Surveillance is harming democracy

9 hours 16 min ago
Government surveillance and secrecy "are undermining press freedom, the public’s right to information, and the right to counsel, all human rights essential to a healthy democracy," reports HRW and the ACLU. Read the rest
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Feds say court-ordered wiretaps are harder because more now use chat, IM

9 hours 23 min ago
"A 'large percentage' of wiretap orders to pick up the communications of suspected spies and foreign agents are not being fulfilled, FBI officials said." Read the rest
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Morgan Freeman narrates a Juggalo documentary [NSFW]

9 hours 29 min ago

Here's what happens when you add Morgan Freeman's narration for March of the Penguins to American Juggalo.

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Unbored – A zillion ways for kids to keep busy and engage with life

9 hours 57 min ago

I’m always amazed when one of my daughter’s friends comes to me and says she’s bored. As if I’m supposed to put on a pair of tap shoes and dance a jig for her. My daughter knows better than to say the B-word, but I can always tell when she’s at a loss for something to do by the way she lies limply across the arm of the couch, her head dangling towards the floor, her voice depleted of emotion. Next time this happens I will suggest Unbored (which, when she picked it up for the first time yesterday, didn’t put it down for almost an hour).

A collection of inspiring activities, projects, and articles on freeing up your creativity (by the authors as well as many other DIY experts, including an introduction by my husband Mark), Unbored offers a zillion ways to keep busy, stay engaged, and connect with the outside world. Start a band, make a zine, teach “your grown-ups” how to geocache, trick your friends into saving the planet, tell your politicians what you think, build a backyard fort, make a pet robot controller… The book is fun, instructional, edgy (create different colors of fire, take an adventurous gap year between high school and college, spray paint your bedroom walls, read banned books), and has insightful lessons on how to engage with life rather than allowing life to pass by like a boring television commercial. And as a parent, it’s nice to be reminded not to fall into the trap of smothering helicopter parenting, passive parenting (screens!), over-scheduled parenting, and all the other pitfalls of modern life that turn our kids into lethargic, helpless, unthinking slugs. Unbored belongs in every kid’s – and parent’s – library. Read the rest

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The Next War: a comic for the centenary of World War One

9 hours 59 min ago
In honor of the centenary of World War One, we are proud to present Simon Gane's illustrated adaptation of Osbert Sitwell's haunting, classic poem The Next War. It appears, with many other beautiful and thoughtful adaptations, in the new book Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics. Read the rest
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Gamers enraged by $7 Portal mod

10 hours 28 min ago
How dare they not give it away for free!
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Reddit plans its crack at advertising

10 hours 32 min ago

Reddit has billions of page views, but scant revenues to show for it. The New York Times' Mike Isaac explains why it is about to change. Read the rest

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Video camera attached to car wheel

10 hours 52 min ago
It's exactly what you expect. Wait an hour or so if you've just eaten! (more…)
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The Noid: what became of the Domino's mascot?

10 hours 55 min ago

Priceonomics tells the story of "The Noid" who was Domino's Pizza's ubiquitous mascot until a mentally ill man whose last name was Noid took hostages at an Atlanta Domino's because he thought the commercials were making fun of him.

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Why golfers buy hole-in-one insurance

10 hours 58 min ago

The chance of getting a hole-in-one is roughly 1 in 12,500 for an amateur golfer. In many countries, anyone making a hole in one is bound by tradition to buy drinks for everyone in the clubhouse.

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Soldiers swindled

10 hours 59 min ago
The Atlantic's Rebecca J. Rosen writes about predatory lenders, such as USA Discounters, who extend expensive credit to soldiers, sue them in courts they cannot appear in, then garnish their wages.
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