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Meet 'Chibatman,' Japanese Batman cosplayer who takes things very seriously

- The real-life Batman of Japan’s Chiba Prefecture, “Chibatman,” has suddenly come to the West's attention. Play video

Video: In line at the Burning Man DMV

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"Before mutant vehicles can hit the open playa at Burning Man, they have to pass an inspection at the Department f Mutant Vehicles," says Boing Boing pal Mark Day, who shot and shared this video.

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Video: The history of the violin, throughout music history

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CDZA's latest "The Instrumentals" episode explains the “History of the Violin” through song, with violinist Charles Yang.

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A strangely legal act of public indecency

- In a public place, a man deliberately exposes a portion of his anatomy to a horrified crowd of men, women, and children. Several children burst into tears and one outraged father almost tackles the man. After the incident the man is dismissed from his job. He receives hate mail and a local newspaper brands him a monster, but there is never any suggestion that he should be prosecuted, and the police are never involved. Why not? Read the rest

HOWTO make a steam-powered RC tank

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On Instructables, user Steamhobby shows you how he retrofitted a steam-boiler and drive-train into an RC tank-toy, turning it into a steam-powered, remote-control tank.

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Video: montage of arcades in movies

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Arcades in movies, 1975-1994.

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Temptation, Diana Krall

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Diana Krall's incredible cover of Tom Waits' Temptation is without compare.

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Features

An algorithm to figure out your gender

Twitter claims a 90 percent accuracy rate for the clever techniques it uses to learn the gender of any given user. Glenn Fleishman reports on the company's disconcerting new analytics tools, the research behind them, and how large a pinch of salt they come with. Read the rest

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