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Adafruit's pink vinyl record

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Our friends at Adafriuit, makers of cool electronic kits and components, have announced their first vinyl record: Frequency by Bartlebeets. They say it's the "soundtrack to your soldering." They are giving away the digital version at the link above.

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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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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