Blogging History: Painting characters on coin-heads; UK wants brawl-proof pint glasses; EFF kicks Diebold's ass
Coins painted as fictional characters: Andre Levy, a designer in Frankfurt, likes to paint coins.
Britain seeks ban on glass pint-glasses to prevent bar-brawl injuries: The British Home Office is looking for proposals to make it harder to attack people with pint-glasses, including a mandate that all pint sleeves be made from plastic, or coated with shatter-resistant plastic. Because, you know, most bar-brawlers are fundamentally upset at the pint, not the people around them, and if they can't smash a pint sleeve, they will contain their anger and not use a chair, bottle, or imposing scarred forehead.
EFF kicks Diebold's ass: Diebold, the slimeballs whose faulty voting machines threaten the basis of US democracy, tried to silence its critics, a group of activists who were publishing leaked memos detailing the company's malfeasance, by falsely claiming that they were violating Diebold's copyright.
The first years of the Internet in Russia were full of ecstasy and euphoria. We believed that the times of propaganda were gone. Two decades later and it’s hard to find the traces of our belief in the Russian Internet. By Sergey KuznetsovRead the rest
A couple of days after I received a review copy of Hello Kitty Crochet I read an article in the LA Times about the 40th anniversary of Sanrio’s iconic character. The most surprising fact I learned is that Hello Kitty is not a kitty. She is a British girl named Kitty White who “lives in London with her mama (Mary White), papa (George White), and her twin sister Mimmy.” Also, she has a pet cat named Charmmy Kitty, which is kind of like Goofy having Pluto for a pet, I guess. Many Hello Kitty fans were outraged by the revelation, but I loved it. Hello Kitty is more charming and mysterious than I thought!
Hello Kitty Crochet, by Malaysia-based blogger Mei Li Lee (her name is so adorable that Sanrio should create a character called Mei Li Lee), has complete instructions for making 18 Sanrio characters, from Kitty White herself to the devilishly mischievous tomboy Kuromi (who reminds me of DC comics’ Harley Quinn). Mei Li Lee does a great job of retaining the cuteness of the characters in their transubstantiation into yarn, which is an impressive feat. I just might have to learn to crochet and try my hand at making these.
Hello Kitty Crochet ($9)
by Mei Li Lee
2014, 96 pages, 7.3 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches, Hardcover
Next month, NYC's Morrison Hotel Gallery will display a series of 1970s Polaroid selfies by Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks.
"Some people don't sleep at night - I am one of those people," Nicks says. "These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed - I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise - like a vampire... I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures, they went into shoeboxes, where they remained. I did everything - I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy - I was the model..."
Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold (Morrison Hotel Gallery)
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters, many of them students, stayed out in the streets of Hong Kong early Tuesday, despite orders to disperse. Read the rest
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The outgoing Attorney General presided over groundbreaking changes in civil liberties in the physical world but was a disaster when it comes to freedom in the world's nervous system: the Internet.
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Once again this inflatable bed saved my bacon. If you need an inflatable mattress this one has been serving me well for years.
After the last weekend, both Mark and Rob can vouch for the near comfort of the Insta-Bed, tho they did not co-occupy it. Whenever a crowd of folks descends on my house this savior comes out of hiding. The built-in pump both fills, and deflates, the mattress in minutes. The mattress itself is fairly firm and certainly better than a futon or a Corbursier LC4, as Rob will attest (he moved around the house a bit.)
When the volcanic island of Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it "let out a noise louder than any it has made since." Measuring over 172 decibels, it produced "a blast of high pressure air so powerful that it ruptured the eardrums of sailors 40 miles away."
UPDATE: IT'S A FAKE! TOO BAD.
Patsy Kerr of Omagh, Ireland reportedly spent 15 years digging a tunnel from under his bed to a nearby pub so he could visit the bar while his wife slept. He was only caught after an investigation into a sewer problem revealed the tunnel. Kerr told the Omagh County Court:
"The wife has a bad snore on her and after watching the Shawshank Redemption on RTE one night in 1994, I decided to do something about it so I waited til she was in a deep sleep and then set about digging a hole under the bed in the direction of the pub. I used all manner of tools from spoons to a heavy duty tunnel boring machine I managed to sneak down there when she was at the shops. It wasn’t until 2009 that I hit the jackpot and came up through the women’s toilet mop and bucket room.”