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Colbert tackles Gamergate

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Feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian was Stephen Colbert's guest last night. Can you guess what they discussed? "One man, one joystick—it's right there in Sega Genesis"

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What is energy?

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As long as there's been a universe, there has been energy. But what is energy? The YouTube SciShow answers that in this short video from their “World's Most Asked Questions” series.

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Baman and Piderman, Season 3

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Thanks to the generous Kickstarter funding of Boing Boing readers and others, the delightful Baman and Piderman cartoon is back for another season! (Thanks, Lindsay!)

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Opsec, Snowden style

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Micah Lee, the former EFF staffer whom Edward Snowden reached out to in order to establish secure connections to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, shares the methodology he and Snowden employed to stay secure and secret in the face of overwhelming risk and scrutiny.

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Dramatic videos of Orbital Sciences Antares rocket explosion from plane and nearby press site

- Two dramatic videos that capture the unfortunate explosion of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket: one from a plane at 3,000 feet, and the other from the press area near the launchpad. Play video

Let's Play Neuromancer

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In celebration of William Gibson's newest work, here's Leigh Alexander taking a crack at the 1988 Interplay adaptation of Neuromancer.

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Woman who documented sexual harassment receives rape threats

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Shoshana B Roberts spent 10 hours walking the streets of New York with a hidden camera crew, documenting over 100 catcalls (plus countless less-visible forms of harassment), as part of a campaign from Hollaback, who work to fight street harassment of women.

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WATCH: FPV drone racing feels like flying the forests of Endor

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First-person view (FPV) drone enthusiasts are starting to organize into racing leagues. Olivier Yogandjian shared this dizzying footage of a forest FPV drone race that feels like a cross between a speeder bike and a pod racer zipping across Endor, right up to the crash.

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Features

*Copyright Redux*

A sestina for free culture by William Carleton, who writes that "the form itself, where the same six words are repeated in each stanza, lends itself to the subject of copying and transformative use." Read the rest

Punktober, not Pinktober

A sickly-sweet, brand-policed, trivializing ad campaign cannot communicate the awful reality of breast cancer experienced by sufferers and their families. Naomi Horn on why she doesn't go pink. Read the rest

Obamacare: what it is, what it’s not

It’s no surprise that we haven’t seen a conservative alternative to Obamacare; Obamacare was the conservative alternative. Written by Michael Goodwin of Economix Comix. Illustrations by Dan E. Burr. Lettered by Debra Freiberg. Read the rest

Political mailer includes opponent's SSN and driver’s license number

Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out the Republican’s Social Security number and more personal information to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there’s no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually happened. By Adam Levin. Read the rest

Why we love man versus nature struggles

Have you ever wanted to be alone in the woods, drinking your own urine to survive? Probably not, that'd be weird. But you've wondered if you could do it, right? An exclusive essay by the author of the new science fiction novel, The Martian, out in paperback today Read the rest

On Parliament Hill, an attack on Canada itself

This much we know: Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was a soldier who took a solemn vow to uphold Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to uphold the values that make Canada Canada. We don't know what values Michael Zehaf-Bibeau espoused, why he took his gun to Parliament Hill. And it does not matter. Read the rest