Rob Beschizza

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Umbrella with no support frame

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The Sa umbrella is said to use the "principles of origami" to maintain its shape.

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WATCH: Savage fox eats man alive

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Android roundup

The Verge reviews today's new Android announcements: Android 5, the Galaxy Note 4, (great hardware, too much junkware), and the Nexus 6 ($649!)

Kiss goodbye to cable: HBO to allow online subscriptions

"HBO CEO Richard Plepler has confirmed the company plans to launch a "standalone, over-the-top" HBO Go subscription offering at some point in 2015"

Liberia needs body bags--and many other medical supplies

Beating the Ebola outbreak in Africa isn't just about manpower and money: it's about logistics. [Mother Jones]

Man arrested after grabbing cleaner's mop and aggressively mopping his shoes

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 10.04.02 AM"He was also charged with second-degree threatening after allegedly shouting insults and threats during his journey to the police station."

Fox falls down chimney, tears up pub

Sooty pawprints convinced bartender Tim Carter that's how the creature got in, but it was in no hurry to leave: "He seemed quite happy in the pub. It didn't want to leave but we got him out."

Bono sorry for compulsory iCloud album

"I had this beautiful idea," said the Irish-born rocker. "Might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing: a drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion."

Decent cheap bluetooth headphones do not exist

Marco Arment says they all suck, but that the Sennheiser PX 210 BT suck least.

Help queer pop culture convention Bent-Con cover its costs

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 3.42.35 PM Bent-Con is an annual gathering dedicated to LGBT films, comics, books and geekiness, celebrating its fifth anniversary this time around. Having grown from 500 attendees in 2010 to nearly 3500 last year, they've set up a modest Kickstarter to help offset their costs. If it reaches the $15k target, they'll knock out 1/4 of the convention fees--but with 24 hours left to go, only half the goal is covered.

Here's organizer Sean Maker's description of the event:

It’s sort of an “A to Z” in creativity, networking, opportunity and fandom -- a place where everyone takes center-stage and showcases whatever they’re up to creatively, expressing and sharing with an ever-growing audience. I personally like to think of BENT-CON as an annual celebration that is a welcoming and safe place for anyone—fan or professional—who believes everyone has a right to see themselves reflected in the things they love.

Bent-Con takes place 7-9th Nov at the Los Angeles Burbank Marriot Convention Center and one-day badges start coming with pledges at $20 and up. Panels this year include women who write queer characters, gay gamers' love of RPGs, and race and class in comics. Check out this year's guests and exhibitors.

Mechaphile recalls losing virginity to a VW Beetle

"I’m not really attracted to any sort of, may I say, penetration. It is hugging and holding the shape of the car close to me and actually talking to it a little bit. And then of course, the rest is just physical satisfaction – masturbation is, I guess, the word.”

Dracula Untold: yet another villain gets a pathos-fueled emo origin story

And it's terrible, writes Wired: "It undermines the mystery of one of literature's greatest characters."

Dogs team up in unimaginably cute fashion to retrieve ball

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Either that, or the small merle one is unsuccessfully attempting to eat the large black one. Photo credit unknown!

Ally Bingo

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The Union of Concerned Feminists (@concernedfems) created this bingo game. Though it was made with the recent 2014 Women in Computing Grace Hopper Celebration event in mind, you can play it at any social gathering where men offer excuses for their lukewarm opposition to sexism.

A self-described "guerilla intervention group" dubbing itself the Union of Concerned Feminists distributed roughly 450 Ally Bingo cards to the audience just before the session took place. These cards condemned the panel as "milquetoast corporate 'feminism'", and urged attendees to "read more about actual feminism in technology", pointing them to this wiki, the Geek Feminism Blog, ModelViewMedia, and The Ada Initiative.

One panel in particular at the Women in Computing event was widely held to have been something of a train wreck. There were many bingo winners in attendance.

If you ever get bored of the current grid, you can randomize a new one using this handy list. This particular version of the Ally Bingo game has antecedents, too -- here, here, here -- each with its own twist.

The Ally Bingo card is released under a Creative Commons license mandating only attribution.

Murderer celebrates release from 30-year term, kills mother

Steven Pratt, 45, was charged with murder after being free for less than 48 hours.