Andrea James

Andrea James is a writer, director, producer and activist based in Los Angeles. Her work often focuses on consumer activism, the free culture movement, exogenous mysticism, humor, and LGBT rights.

WATCH: Hypnotic drone footage of Mentawai Islands surfing

This mesmerizing drone footage by Paul "The Bird" Borrud is like a 5-minute vacation. Perfect waves. Perfect locale. Perfect song (Mapusa). Below, some stills.

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WATCH: You probably need more hedgehog Vines in your life

File this Pets Universal compilation under "cute" and "headlines that made no sense before 2012."

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WATCH: Origami expert creates "impossible" computer-generated shape

Mathematician and origami expert Tom Hull created this pleated multi-sliced cone from paper, never before accomplished since Robert Lang designed it via computer.

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WATCH: FBI has chat with YouTuber for filming in Speedo on plane

YouTube star Jerome Jarre decided to have some fun on a flight to Miami, so he slipped into a silly swimming outfit in the lavatory and filmed the hijinks. After being threatened with jail, he had a little talk with the FBI.

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Celebrate Halloween 1976 style with Paul Lynde and KISS

When pressed to explain the high weirdness of America's bicentennial year, simply cite The Paul Lynde Halloween Special which aired in 1976 as an ABC special. Special guests included:

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Optical illusions: auto detailing reflections

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Auto detailing can be an art form in the right hands, as air2thethrown shows in this beautiful photo of a field reflected in a car's surface. The regulars at Detailing Bliss would say shooting at such a severe angle is a cheat, but it's a cool effect regardless.

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Millions in dark money via U.S. Chamber of Commerce influencing midterm elections

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The Chamber has spent $32 million in dark money from undisclosed donors, 96% of which has gone to oppose Democratic congressional candidates, according to a new Public Citizen report. Average spending topped $900,000 per race.

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Google Maps euthanizes Auckland cat

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Sad news from New Zealand. The beautiful smiling cat that appeared briefly in a mangrove swamp on the Google map of Auckland has been euthanized.

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Color palette generator for designers in a hurry

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Coolors is "the super fast color scheme generator for cool designers." Just hit the space bar to see a new palette, and get inspired.

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Selfie from 1910s

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The selfie from 1909 post inspired this look at Joseph "Joe" Byron's selfies from 1909 and the following decade.

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WATCH: Low-energy holography from recycled parts

Todd Bryant demonstrates this interesting three-channel video sculpture at Tisch ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program). He explains it's made entirely from reused and recycled parts and uses a low-energy consumption form of projection.

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

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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Behold the greatest neckbeard of 2014

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Photographer Greg Anderson returned to cover the 2014 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Portland last week. Among the remarkable entries Greg shot was this beautiful neckbeard.

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WATCH: Dog's-eye view of going off-leash

Ever wonder what it feels like to be a dog who FINALLY gets let off-leash? Witness the excitement as this GoPro-equipped yellow lab bounds across the rocks toward a very happy ending.

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Vintage toys: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Thumper, and... Idiot?

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The 1949 Airboy comic has an ad for 5 puppets: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Thumper... and Idiot. We'll assume Idiot is not a Disney-licensed character, though he looks a bit like their Hunchback. The same firm also sold Halloween masks:

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