Folding coffin sofa


This $10,000 coffin sofa was created by Etsy goth outfitter Von Erikson: it's available with purple, red or black upholstery. (via Marxist Barbie) Read the rest

Hey, kids! Let's play White Terrorism Bingo


When an American tries to kill another American in the name of Islam, it's terrorism. When white Christians -- the most common religious killers in America by a long chalk -- open fire on a black church or a Planned Parenthood office, they're "gunmen." The White Terrorism Bingo Card (origin unknown, please weigh in in the comments if you know where it came from) should be on the wall of every newsroom in America. Read the rest

Ten of 2015's most notable African science fiction and fantasy stories


Wole Talabi, a Nigerian sf writer who lives in Malaysia, has rounded up his ten favorite African science fiction and fantasy stories of 2015. Like Africa, the stories are wildly varied, each as different from the other as they are from the sf you're likely to read coming out of Europe and North America. Read the rest

You're only an "economic migrant" if you're poor and brown


Ned Richardson-Little is a Canadian academic who went to the US "in search of a better life," did research in Germany and settled in the UK, something he was able to do thanks to his economic migrant grandfather who happened to have been born in Scotland. Read the rest

Pre-mutated products: where did all those "hoverboards" come from?


Those bowtie-shaped "motorized self-balancing two-wheeled scooters" you see in the windows of strip-mall cellphone repair shops and in mall-kiosks roared out of nowhere and are now everywhere, despite being so new that we don't even know what they're called. Read the rest

Millennials are cheap because they're broke


The stubborn unwillingness of millennials to buy cars and houses and save for pensions may reflect a shifting consciousness about material culture, but can also be attributed to the undeniable fact that young people have no money. Read the rest

UN places order for 1,000 next-generation flat-pack refugee shelters


The Better Shelter is a flat-pack refugee shelter that costs three times more than the traditional tent, but lasts up to 40 times longer. It was developed with a grant from the Ikea foundation. Read the rest

Vtech breach dumps 4.8m families' information, toy security is to blame


Vtech is a ubiquitous Hong Kong-based electronic toy company whose kiddy tablets and other devices are designed to work with its cloud service, which requires parents to set up accounts for their kids. 4.8 million of those accounts just breached, leaking a huge amount of potentially compromising information, from kids' birthdays and home addresses to parents passwords and password hints. Read the rest

A Canadian teenager used America's militarized cops to terrorize women gamers for years


If you're a woman on the Internet, harassment comes with the territory. There have been jerky dudes since time immemorial, after all. But with the advent of America's militarized cops, sociopathic misogynists have a new, deadly force-multiplier in their war on women. Read the rest

Red Pill, Blue Pill: if Dr Seuss wrote about Men's Rights Advocates


Jaya Saxena and Matt Lubchansky roast the Red Pill men's rights movement in a scathing, scintillating, rhyming Dr Seuss parody that features such gems as: "They’re in the friendzone!/What a pity/Stuck in the orbit/Of a girl that’s pretty." Read the rest

What the 1980s would have made of the $5 Raspberry Pi


The new Raspberry Pi Zero is a $5 general purpose computer, manufactured in Wales, with more power than a 1980s personal computer. Read the rest

Workaholic Goethe wished he'd been better at carving out time for quiet reflection


You know that successful person's lament about being out of control of their own time, not being able to balance the demands that others placed on them against their own self-care needs? There is nothing new under the sun: "Had I been able to abstain more from public business, and to live more in solitude, I should have been happier, and should have accomplished much more as a poet." Read the rest

The dystopian First Contact/alien abduction sf story hidden in the Thanksgiving tale


When you look at the Thanksgiving story from Squanto's point of view, it's a pretty depressing science fiction story about minding your business outside your home one day when you're suddenly abducted by aliens with advanced technology, and when you finally make your way back home, years, you discover that nearly everyone on the continent has been wiped out by an alien supervirus. Read the rest

Racist, sexist, gross and weird: THANKSGIVING


From the late 1800s to the early 1940s, many Americans celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as "ragamuffins" in masked costumes and then thronged the streets, basically trick-or-treating for money and gifts. Read the rest

Gorgeous robotic cosplay wings


Leo spent 1,000 hours making these 17kg robotic cosplay wings, modeled on Kayle from League of Legends. Read the rest

Uh-oh: Cox Cable's insurer won't back them in court against BMG Music


BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music. has been trying to enlist Cox Cable as an accomplice in a copyright trolling scheme, demanding that the company pass on copyright infringement notices that accuse users of downloading music and order them to pay large sums of music or face punishing lawsuits. Read the rest

Tiny open-source gadget simulates replacement Amex cards, disables chip-&-PIN


Hardware hacker/security researcher Samy Kamkar is legendary for his legion of playful, ha-ha-only-serious gadgets that show how terrible information security is, and now he's turned his attention to the American Express company, which turns out to be a goddamned train-wreck. Read the rest

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