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Blogging History: Things Cut in Half; Ham radio trollfight; RNC-NYC protests

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One year Things Cut in Half: Digging this twitter account: HalfPics. Above, a hand grenade.

Five years Random ham radio trollfight audio (explicit): Two trolls on ham radio, one identified as "G-K," the other as "Robert" or "R-J" overheard accidentally on August 29, 2009, while surfing first responder frequencies during the August 2009 Los Angeles wildfires.

Ten years RNC-NYC: daily geek protest roundup:

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TSA: "please verify that your used cane is not a sword before flying"

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Kevin Underhill nails it: "Anyone who does not know their cane conceals a sword or dagger (almost certainly an elderly or disabled person with a second-hand cane) poses no threat, while anyone who does know it will not need, want, or follow this advice."

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Bodypainted models blend perfectly into New York City

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Triny Merry's bodypainting camouflage is incredible, like a CGI effect, but carried out with paint. The (pricey!) limited edition prints are for sale here.

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'Exasperated' little boy not pleased with news he's getting a new sibling

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"This is exasperating," he says to his mommy. "Buy me some earplugs."

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Chihuahua chilling out while receiving robot head massage

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You know you want to be that chihuahua right now, dawg. [video link]

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Kickstarting a life-sized, cardboard fighter-jet cockpit

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It's pretty amazing looking, 1.6m x 1.86m, 0.95m, and accommodates a standard office chair, and works with VR headsets, projectors, or your imagination.

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Adorable cluster of fungus gnat larvae crossing the sidewalk

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Cute overload!

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Marijuana, Brujeria

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The only macarena I could handle.

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Jacob Appelbaum on Americans' false belief that the NSA isn't targeting them

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Al Billings writes, "Jacob Appelbaum discusses the fallacy of Americans thinking that they won't be targeted, passive and active surveillance methods, AI and human analyst systems working together, satellite networks, deep packet inspection & injection, military contractors getting special access to surveillance programs, proprietary vs open source software, OTR messaging, hoarding exploits for self-gain."

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Features

Game of Thrones Book Club: Wayne Campbell Takes the Black

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

A Victorian poisoning mystery

On New Year's Day 1886, London grocer Edwin Bartlett was discovered dead in his bed with a lethal quantity of liquid chloroform in his stomach. Strangely, his throat showed none of the burns that chloroform should have caused. Read the rest