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Map of all the locations in Tom Waits' songs

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The Tom Waits Map.Click on a pindrop to see the Tom Waits lyric associated with the location. (Thanks, Colin!)

The beauty of Scandinavian design

A stupefying collection of design from the patchwork of Northern European nation states vaguely known as “Scandinavia,” Scandinavian Design is both eye candy and an education.

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Inject this substance in your eyes for night vision

night-eyesA group of biohackers is injecting a substance called Chlorin e6 into their eyes to give them temporary night vision.

Did it work? Yes. It started with shapes, hung about 10 meters away. "I'm talking like the size of my hand," Licina says. Before long, they were able to do longer distances, recognizing symbols and identifying moving subjects against different backgrounds.

"The other test, we had people go stand in the woods," he says. "At 50 meters, we could figure out where they were, even if they were standing up against a tree." Each time, Licina had a 100% success rate. The control group, without being dosed with Ce6, only got them right a third of the time.

Welfare encourages entrepreneurship


Conservatives wring their hands at the "moral hazard" of letting people earn without working, but clever, long-running empirical research projects show that people who fear starvation and medical bankruptcy don't quit their jobs and start new business.

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Multitool in a hair-clip


The $10 Monkey Business Clippa Mini Tools Clip is a hair-clip with a sawblade, trolley coin, wrench, phillips screwdriver, ruler, and eyeglass screwdriver.

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Australia outlaws warrant canaries


The exceptionally broad new surveillance bill lets the government do nearly unlimited warrantless mass surveillance, even of lawyer-client privileged communications, and bans warrant canaries, making it an offense to "disclose information about the existence or non-existence" of a warrant to spy on journalists.

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Easy file transfer to and from iPhone

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I use the Leef iBridge 16GB for one thing - to watch magic trick instructional videos on my iPhone.

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Arduino starter kit and course bundle

This Arduino kit ($85) from Seeed Studios includes an Arduino and a bunch of components, plus a 25 hour course on basic Arduino concepts.

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Bicycle Sideshow Freaks Playing Cards

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Attractive conversation piece decks are helping to cover my bad sleights of hand. This Sideshow Freaks deck is absolutely beautiful.

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Milwaukee Brewers to offer deep-fried nachos on a stick

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Maybe they need fewer fans. "The next innovative ballpark food is set to hit Miller Park this season, as Milwaukee Brewers fans will have a chance to take a bite of the Inside The Park Nachos." (via ESPN)

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Bankrupt Radio Shack will sell the customer data they promised to keep private


They were the first company to dabble in a laughably crude version of the surveillance business-model, aggressively collecting your address every time you bought batteries so they could get into the direct-mail racket.

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The Fade Out - Anthology of a great Hollywood noir comic book

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I reviewed the first issue of The Fade Out last year. Now, Image has released the first four issues in one volume.

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A beautiful, working LEGO turntable

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Huh Magazine shares this beautiful, working record player made of LEGO.

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Snoopy street art with shadow doghouse

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Very clever street art by OakOak in Saint-Étienne, France. (via saatchi_gallery Instagram)

Nagra IV-L: the pinnacle of tape recorder UI


A design classic from 1968, with all the dials, knobs, switches and buttons you could possibly need.

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Demystifying copyright licensing and 3D printing


It's more complicated than it seems: the functional elements of a 3D print can't be copyrighted, but they may be blended with decorative elements that can be; what's more, if we err on the side of caution by "open licensing" stuff that isn't even copyrighted, the effort to open up copyright ends up normalizing the application of copyright to new subjects.

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Gamer jewelry


New Zealand jeweler Charlie Meaden's OG gamer pieces include these shiny game-controller earrings and the Space Invaders ring, both available in gold or silver. (via Geeky Merch)

Fun web-based drum machine

drum-machineThe HTML 5 Drum Machine is simple enough not to need instructions. You can record and download your patterns, too.

Suspicious people, American Airlines edition


Covertly snapped last night at the AA baggage office in Memphis, after they lost my luggage:

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Transparency, New Jersey style


Efrem writes, "The Jersey Journal is doing some good work during Sunshine Week, trying to publish the pay information of every public employee in the county. The results have been hilariously depressing. To whit:"

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Average American Female mannequin vs. Average American Female

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Photography: Victoria Janashvili.

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Obama moots mandatory voting


I agree that mandatory voting is a powerful check against moneyed interests hijacking the government, but Australia, which has both mandatory voting and preferential ranked ballots, has still managed to elect some fucking awful politicians.

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Just a poofy rainbow poodle

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Star Trek sushi set


The beams of blue spacewarp light on Thinkgeek's $35 Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set detach from the Enterprise's nacelles to form chopsticks, while the saucer section unscrews to form a soy sauce dish. (via Geeky Merch)

WWII's "Ghost Army" that tricked German troops with inflatable tanks and sound effects

The Ghost Army of World War II is a new book about the "tactical deception unit" of artists, ad directors, actors, and other creative folks who used inflatable tanks, sound effects trucks, and good ol' fashioned bullshit to trick the German forces.

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Gorgeous new Marion Peck etched print

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From the very artisans at Pressure Printing and Porterhouse Fine Art Editions, this limited-edition intaglio print by the magickal Marion Peck.

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"Cat eye syndrome" (bilateral colobomas)

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Fewer than 1 person in 10,000 are born with bilateral colobomas, known as "cat eye syndrome."

Canadian court hands a gimme to copyright trolls


Michael Geist writes, "Canada's Federal Court has issued its ruling on the costs in the Voltage-TekSavvy case, a case involving the demand for the names and address of thousands of TekSavvy subscribers by Voltage on copyright infringement grounds. Last year, the court opened the door to TekSavvy disclosing the names and addresses, but also established new safeguards against copyright trolling in Canada. The decision required Voltage to pay TekSavvy's costs and builds in court oversight over any demand letters sent by Voltage."

The issue of costs required another hearing with very different views of the costs associated with the case. TekSavvy claimed costs of $346,480.68 (mainly legal fees and technical costs associated with complying with the order), while Voltage argued the actual costs should be $884. The court disagreed with both sides, settling on costs of $21,557.50 or roughly $11 per subscriber name and address. The decision unpacks all the cost claims, but the key finding was that costs related to the initial motion over whether there should be disclosure of subscriber information was separate from the costs of abiding by the order the court ultimately issued. The motion judge did not address costs at the time and the court now says it is too late to address them.

With TekSavvy now bearing all of those motion costs (in addition to costs associated with informing customers), the decision sends a warning signal to ISPs that getting involved in these cases can lead to significant costs that won't be recouped. That is a bad message for privacy. So is the likely outcome for future cases (should they arise) with subscribers left with fewer notices and information from their ISP given the costs involved and the court's decision to not compensate for those costs.

Defending Privacy Doesn’t Pay: Federal Court Issues Ruling in Voltage – TekSavvy Costs [Michael Geist]

Buzz Aldrin at Stonehenge

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Buzz Aldrin at Stonehenge on Monday: "I decided to send a message to the cosmos."

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