The filthiest camp at Burning Man

For the first time, the Burning Man Organization has published a "MOOP Map" -- a map showing litter left behind by camps at the "leave no trace" event (MOOP stands for Matter Out Of Place).

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Yin-yang Star Wars tee on Threadless

Ciro Trezzi's Death of a star/Birth of an hero shirt design is up for your votes on Threadless -- it's quite a lovely take on the eternal struggle for the Force.

New UK flag revealed

1280px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg Scotland votes 'No' to independence [BBC]

Gloriously weird remixed Victorian woodcuts

George K's tumblr, Olex Oleole, is a beautiful running feed of gloriously weird remixes of Victorian woodcuts, in the style of the brilliant Dan Hillier.

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World's finest soundtrack reissue labels merge (and 2001's lost score!)


My two favorite soundtrack reissue labels, Death Waltz Records and Mondo, have united, and the vinyl gods are pleased.

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Games are serious business at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show


Above, a Sony Computer Entertainment staffer test-drives Play Station 4's virtual reality headset Project Morpheus at the Sony booth at Tokyo Game Show 2014.

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Wrecked "ghost ships" off San Francisco

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Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and independent shipwreck divers exploring the Golden Gate strait discovered two sunken ships from 1863 and 1910, with several hundreds more "forgotten ghost ships" likely still undiscovered in the area.

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Anti-semite will lose without jewish help


Write-in Kentucky senate candidate, and deplorable human, Robert Ransdell placed his anti-semitic campaign signs in lawns without permission. Unsurprisingly the residents removed them. Apparently he is enthusiastic about this strategy.

“Online we have had a lot of positive feedback,” Ransdell told WLWT, a TV news station in Cincinnati. “Like I said, we’re going to find out what kind of feedback we get once we go out and take it to the people here in the state of Kentucky.”

(Thanks, Susan!)

Privacy for Normal People

My latest Guardian column, Privacy technology everyone can use would make us all more secure, makes the case for privacy technology as something that anyone can -- and should use, discussing the work being done by the charitable Simply Secure foundation that launches today (site is not yet up as of this writing), with the mandate to create usable interfaces to cryptographic tools, and to teach crypto developers how to make their tools accessible to non-technical people.

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Hubble Space Telescope finds smallest known galaxy with supermassive black hole


Fascinating news, and this stunning image, from astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope: "a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known."

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California drought photos: Before and OMG WTF

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Overlapping images of the drought in California, with an adjustable before-and-after slider.

Most feminist moments in sci-fi history

[S]ci-fi history actually has featured ahead-of-its-time, female-identifying authors and creators who have challenged conventional notions of race, gender, and sexuality head-on for centuries. Their contributions are so essential (some are by far the most out-there in the canon) that without them, the genre could not possibly have grown into the blockbuster behemoth it is today.

From Devon Maloney's story in NYMag

My Rules: Gorgeous book of punk, hiphop, skate photography by Glen E. Friedman

The release of this photography collection is exciting news for those of us who grew up in the ’80s digging hardcore punk, hiphop, and skate culture—and all who are fascinated by art that captures the spirit and freedom of that era.

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NZ's National Party sued by Eminem for copyright infringement

The National Party was instrumental in passing the harsh "strict liability" NZ copyright laws that offer no relief from liability, even for people who buy licenses that turn out to have been offered in error -- as appears to be the case in the National Party campaign ad that used Lose Yourself for bed music.

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