Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, "This morning, like much of the country, Washingtonians woke up to snow outside their windows. Sure, there wasn't enough to shut down the Capitol the way that the snowpocalypse did last year, but we decided to celebrate the same way: Snowball fight!
Introducing Capitol Defense, a free, online game that pits you against the special interests and lobbyists spending increasing amounts of money to overcome the puny levels of congressional willpower. And how do you protect your congressional reps? Using snowballs, of course.
"This game was a nice chance for us to see how far we could stretch HTML5 technologies. It may not be the most important thing Sunlight's ever done, but we think it's pretty fun. And, of course we're always eager to find new ways of illustrating just what unbelievably large amounts of special interest money flow through this town.
Play a couple rounds to see just how much different industries spend -- and share it with your friends."
It’s not just Mexican cement giant Cemex that’s refusing to bid on the Great Wall of Trump; many of the firms in the super-concentrated large-scale construction sector are signalling their unwillingness to participate in the wall’s construction.
In 2012, Google rolled out Certificate Transparency, a clever system to spot corrupt “Certificate Authorities,” the entities who hand out the cryptographic certificates that secure the web. If Certificate Authorities fail to do their jobs, they put the entire electronic realm in danger — bad certificates could allow anything from eavesdropping on financial transactions to […]
With the shambolic FARC peace deal finally in place, the Colombian government is hoping to shift the country’s farmers from Colombia’s major cash crop: the coca leaves that are refined into the world’s cocaine supply. Perhaps with the guerrillas no longer defending the crops they relied on for operating capital, Colombia can put coca behind […]
When you can’t wait for the world’s longest meeting to end, the mindless leg bouncing makes your boredom obvious and just annoys everybody else. Everyone knows the TPS reports need the damn cover sheet, but some sadistic colleague keeps forgetting, probably on purpose just to eat into your lunch hour. Enough is enough!While serving a […]
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]