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The Miracle Cube Timer is not a miracle, but it's still useful

cube-timerI bought this Miracle Cube Timer ($15) for exercise and meditation, but I'm using is mostly for cooking.

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Harrison Ford crashes his vintage plane, seriously injured

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Harrison Ford reportedly crashed his small plane at a Los Angeles golf course and has been taken to the hospital in critical condition. He recently signed on to star in Blade Runner 2. More as the story develops....

UPDATE 1: KNX 1070 radio has confirmed the pilot was Harrison Ford.

UPDATE 2: From CBS: "The small, yellow plane crashed about 2:24 p.m. at Penmar Golf Course, 1233 Rose Ave., not far from the Santa Monica airport, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. The pilot, identified as actor Harrison Ford by entertainment website TMZ.com, was the only person on board. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition."

UPDATE 3: Variety: "The actor was the only one aboard the plane and the only person who sustained injuries."

Update 4: NBC: "Howard Tabe, an employee at the Penmar Golf Course, said 'There was blood all over his face ... Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip.'"

Update 5: A bit of not-horrible news: NBC reports that Ford's "injuries were originally described as 'critical,' but sources emphasized they are better characterized as serious, including lacerations to the head and possible fractures."

THIS TOOK FOREVER

A truer-words-never-spoken woven label to sew into your crafting projects. (via Making Light)

A Steampunk video time capsule from The Edwardian Ball 2015

An abundance of steampunk goggles, corsetry, ballroom dancing, and theatrical stagings of the works of Edward Gorey. Contains actual steam whistles.

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Swedish TV chefs celebrate cheez doodles day, but something goes terribly wrong on-air

Oops. Wait for it.

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Revenge of the Nerds: an emoji quiz

Test your knowledge of the classic film Revenge of the Nerds (1984) with this quiz by Gabe Adiv and Saul Nachshen!

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Daniel Ellsberg: If Gen. Petraeus won't serve a day in jail for his leaks, Edward Snowden shouldn't either.

 General David Petraeus with his lover, Paula Broadwell, to whom the former CIA chief leaked secret material that would likely have landed a civilian in prison for life.


General David Petraeus with his lover, Paula Broadwell, to whom the former CIA chief leaked secret material that would likely have landed a civilian in prison for life.

General and former CIA director David Petraeus shared damaging information with his lover/biographer, and will receive what amounts to a slap on the wrist for his indiscretion. So why do whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden face such bleak prison sentences, or worse, for what the US classifies as Espionage Act offenses?

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NASA: Mars may have once had more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean

NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87 percent of that water to space. Image: NASA/GSFC


NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87% of that water to space. Image: NASA/GSFC

A primitive ocean on Mars once held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to new research by NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Scientists have been searching for answers to why a vast water supply left the surface. Details of the observations and computations appear in Thursday’s edition of Science magazine.

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NYC public schools to close for two Muslim holidays

(Muslim worshippers pray during Eid al-Fitr services in the Queens borough of New York, July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


(Muslim worshippers pray during Eid al-Fitr services in the Queens borough of New York, July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

The largest public school district in the United State will close for the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.

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Photos of buildings reduced to rubble, debris, destruction, and chaos

I was hesitant to open up and actually read through Abandoned, a photography book by Eric Holubow.

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Beautiful photo of impact basin on Mercury

Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ. APL, Arizona State U., CIW


Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ. APL, Arizona State U., CIW

NASA' Astronomy Picture of the Day is of the Caloris basin on Mercury.

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Insider's report of Daily Mail Online: "dishonesty, theft of copyrighted material, and sensationalism so absurd that it crosses into fabrication"

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James King writes of his year working in the Daily Mail Online's newsroom. It sounds as vile as you could imagine.

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Why people like high ceilings


View of the ceiling of San Sebastian Church, Manila. CC BY-SA 3.0. Uploaded by Marksy

High ceilings promote a mindset of "freedom, creativity, and abstraction," while low ceilings result in "confined thinking." That's what psychologists at University of Toronto-Scarborough concluded after running a series of tests on volunteers.

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Bullshit copyright complaint is the perfect pretense to censor CT library art


Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship writes, "A Connecticut library took down a painting of Mother Teresa because of a dodgy copyright claim. Was that really the issue?"

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7 electronics kits for kids

The Guardian reviews a selection of fun kids' electronic kits, including littleBits Space Kit, and the Raspberry Pi based Kano computer.

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Ninja of Die Antwoord talks 'CHAPPiE' with Boing Boing's Xeni: here's a teaser for our full-length interview

Boing Boing speaks with Ninja of Die Antwoord and the forthcoming Neill Blomkamp robot action flick CHAPPiE for a conversation about the long road from Johannesburg to Transvaal artificial intelligence armaggedon, and what it was like to work with the District 9 auteur.

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The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller

The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller (Hibernation Series Book 1)

Hibernation and suspended animation stories have always fascinated me. The Whisper of Stars turns sleep into an action packed technology thriller.

Nick Jones' debut novel is a winner. I was immediately drawn into his dystopian near future, where the last best hope for humanity is hibernation. The characters are surprisingly engaging and I found myself actually caring about Jen, an officer in the Duality Division tasked with enforcing the laws around hibernation. Packed with fantastic conspiracy and technology,I'm looking forward to reading the next in his series!

The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller (Hibernation Series Book 1) by Nick Jones

Delta plane skids off runway at NYC's LaGuardia airport

A Delta jet carrying 125 passengers slid off the runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport Thursday during a snowstorm. There are no reported injuries. At the time of this blog post, LGA is closed due to the crash.

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Greatest hits of customer aviation complaints to the DoT


Michael from Muckrock writes, "Last July, MuckRock user Curtis Raye requested all aviation consumer complaints in the categories of 'customer service' and 'discrimination' made to the Department of Transportation in March and April of 2014."

Matt Haughey retires from Metafilter


After 16 years behind the wheel of Metafilter, Matt Haughey is stepping down.

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Lego cell phone dock spins 360

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User Toulouse shows off a fairly slammin' cell phone dock on the OnePlus One Android smartphone forum. Even though it's for the new OnePlus One phone, the build can be recreated for any handset.

(Side note: I do hate his use of the word "ghetto" in the description, common among some makers. Does he honestly live in a poor neighborhood where improvisation and thoughtful use of materials reign? If not, what's it saying?)

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Hose clamps are a billion-dollar business

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One of the most versatile tools and fasteners is the humble hose clamp, invented in 1921 and marketed as the Jubilee Clip. Besides their intended uses in plumbing and automotive, they can be used to fix an exhaust, fasten parts on a bike, and make DIY camera parts. I've used them in prototyping: for instance, quickly holding together parts for a rainwater pump.

Who knew that hose clamps were such big business? Not one, but two reports recently came out on this growing segment: "Global Hose Clamps Market Size, Trends, Forecasts, Market Research Report 2015" and "Global Hose Clamps Industry Report 2015". They both make for exciting reading, through of course, not as gratifying as the masterwork, "The 2009-2014 Outlook for Wood Toilet Seats in Greater China".

Wearable laugh sensor knows when you're feeling good

laugh_sensor At the 2015 Wearable Device Technology Expo in Tokyo in January, a tech firm introduced a small lapel worn sensor that can tell when the wearer's laughing, talking, or in trouble. Based on 10-years of "laugh-detecting" research, it's meant to help monitor the health of senior citizens. According to researchers:
To know they are "laughing" will help you see that they are happy and mentally well. "Falling" may indicate an emergency situation. This device reassures you that your loved ones, who live far away, are doing well.
via Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service

David Gerrold's Doctor Who versus Star Trek comic


When Steve Davidson from the rebooted Amazing Stories heard that David "Trouble With Tribbles" Gerrold had written a comic book script for a parody in which Doctor Who appeared on the Starship Enterprise (TOS edition), he knew he had to publish it.

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NTSB re-investigate plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper

More than 55 years after a plane crash killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson, the National Transportation Safety Board may re-examine the accident, previously thought to be pilot error in the face of bad weather.

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Interview with Mike Evans of the Secret Dad Society

Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Mike Evans of the Secret Dad Society on the Cool Tools Show podcast. He recommends a bunch of toys and tools for family fun. Check out his picks here.

Classic superhero bodies photoshopped for believability

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I love the "reverse Photoshopping" of these comics -- digitally adding normal physiques -- as performed by Bulemia.com. The group says it wants to call attention to bodies so far out line with those of most Americans.

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Pot isn't God's mistake, says Republican from Texas House of Reps

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"All that God created is good, including marijuana," says Texas State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) who is proposing a bill to repeal marijuana offenses.

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Fan-films and the future of fantasy

Small productions are becoming better—and more professional—than ever. But the falling price of good equipment is only part of the magic.

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Y2K Time Bomb: Classic Evangelical Armageddon TV

Jesus needs your money because Y2K. This television ad for Jack and Rexella Van Impe's Y2K scare video combines the exploitation of Christ for cash, computer scares, the end is near, and hacker graphics. It's pretty great.

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[Video Link, via christiannightmares.tumblr.com]