Trump: There were "very fine people on both sides" at Charlottesville white supremacist rally

On one side is Americans. On the other side is Nazis. Trump told reporters there were "very fine people on both sides" at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally.

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Watch: Stunning rare white moose caught on video

A white moose is rare, with only about 100 of them in Sweden. But Hans Nilsson, who has been tracking them for three years, according to Inhabitat, caught this moose on video on August 11 in Varmland, Sweden. The moose is not an albino, but its white fur is a genetic mutation. Or magical, to be more exact. Read the rest

Kickstarter for Wired founder Louis Rossetto's novel Change Is Good

I just pre-ordered my copy of Wired founder Louis Rossetto's forthcoming novel, Change Is Good, on Kickstarter. I was at Wired in the early years (1993-1998) and every day was a thrilling adventure.

In the 1990s, they came from all over the world. Young people with fire in their eyes and big dreams in their hearts flooded into South of Market, San Francisco, the epicenter of the Digital Revolution that was changing everything.

We now live like settlers in the world these young pioneers created. But for those young revolutionaries, the future was uncharted, full of wonder and risk. In the face of insurmountable opportunity, they had only their optimism, their grit, and each other.

Change Is Good is the novel that tells their story — at the precise moment when their utopianism was turning into the orgy of the Dotcom Bubble.

Written by Louis Rossetto, the co-founder and editor of Wired, the self-proclaimed “Mouthpiece of the Digital Revolution,” Change is Good is a labor of love, written over the past 12 years to reconnect to and celebrate the optimism and courage of the young pioneers who changed the world forever.

In many ways, the Digital Revolution perfectly parallels the ferocious disruption and explosion of knowledge birthed by the start of the Information Age – an age made possible by a then revolutionary new technology: the Gutenberg printing press.

What better way to release an iconic story of the Digital Revolution than to print it on a classic letterpress using a revolutionary new printing method: Post Digital Printing.

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Watch this car narrowly ecsape from car jackers in South Africa

A car pulls into a driveway. A woman steps out of the front passenger side car to greet her dog. Seconds later, another car drives up behind her and a masked man with a gun jumps out and runs towards her. In the nick of time, she gets back in the car and the car backs up very quickly, away from the car jackers. The dog was uninjured. Read the rest

Why speed bumps made from Silly Putty are a good idea

Silly Putty has an interesting property. It's soft when you squeeze it slowly, but rock hard if you hit it with a hammer. Someone came up with the good idea of making speed bumps (or "sleeping policemen," as they cleverly call them in the UK) out of a Silly Putty like substance. That way, slow drivers get a smooth ride, but the faster you go, the more the bump punishes you. It would be fun to design the speed bump in such a way that it rips the undercarriage out of any car going twice the speed limit.

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Vice's video about white supremacists in Charlottesville

Kottke says: "This is perhaps the best on-the-ground view of what went down in Charlottesville over the weekend. It’s graphic in spots. Prepare to get angry and sad and frustrated and scared."

On Saturday hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead — one protester, and two police officers — and many more injured.

“VICE News Tonight” correspondent Elle Reeve went behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, including Christopher Cantwell, Robert Ray, David Duke, and Matthew Heimbach — as well as counter-protesters. VICE News Tonight also spoke with residents of Charlottesville, members of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Charlottesville Police.

From the neo-Nazi protests at Emancipation Park to Cantwell’s hideaway outside of Virginia, “VICE News Tonight” provides viewers with exclusive, up close and personal access inside the unrest.

UPDATE 8/15/2017:Independent documentary photographer Daniel Hosterman wrote: "I think the Vice piece did a reasonable job showing on very small slice of what happened in Charlottesville and in the typical Vice, sensationalist style. It definitely showed a lot of the extremist language and ideology of the white supremacist contingent and showed how they can be terrifying. Those of us on the ground -- who have been to events like these before -- already knew that.

What the Vice video did not show was the nature of the folks resisting these white supremacists, the utter disregard of law enforcement for the safety of the citizens of Charlottesville, and the really powerful displays of bravery I witnessed over those couple of days.

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Russian Navy vs. Somali pirates

Somali pirates attempt to take over a ship under protection of the Russian Navy. It doesn't go well for the pirates.

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Amazing floating cube illusion

Jonathan Harris shows you how to draw (and cut) your way to this floating cube illusion. His YouTube channel has many more drawing illusions like it.

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A video of Helen Keller speaking

Helen Keller became deaf, blind and mute at the age of 19 months old due to an illness. Later in life, she remarkably learned to speak, though not as clearly as she would have liked, according to her own words in this video from 1954:

"It is not blindness or deafness that bring me my darkest hours. It is the acute disappointment in not being able to speak normally. Longingly I feel how much more good I may have done, if I had only acquired normal speech. But out of this sorrowful experience I understand more clearly all human striving, thwarted ambitions, and infinite capacity of hope."

Truly inspiring!

Here is a video on how she learned how to talk, narrated by her teacher Anne Sullivan (previously posted on Boing Boing):

If this is your kind of thing, go ahead and fall down this rabbit hole.


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REM: watch very early live footage from 1982 concert

REM performed on October 10, 1982 at North Carolina's Raleigh Underground less than two months after releasing their debut EP, Chronic Town. This is thought to be the first pro footage of R.E.M. playing live. Posted by zararity on YouTube:

The setlist:

1. Wolves, Lower 0:52 2. Laughing 5:41 3. 1,000,000 9:46 (NOTE: Mitch Easter, who produced "Chronic Town" as well as "Murmur" and "Reckoning" (with Don Dixon), joins the band on guitar) 4. Moral Kiosk 13:07 5. Catapult 16:25 6. West of the Fields 20:14 7. Radio Free Europe 23:15 8. Ages of You 27:59 (NOTE: Originally intended for "Chronic Town", replaced by "Wolves, Lower" at the request of Miles Copeland, later turned up on "Dead Letter Office") 9. We Walk 31:45 10. Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) 35:38 (NOTE: As identified by peechpanda in the comments section, Peter Holsapple appears to join the band on guitar for this song)

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A fond look back at the scariest 25 minutes on television

Twilight Zone veteran Richard Matheson wrote the screenplay for Trilogy of Terror, a 1975 NBC network Movie of the Week that was a lot creepier than TV audiences were used to watching. The third story in the 40-year-old trilogy, "Amelia," is still profoundly terrifying. Mental Floss has a remembrance:

In essentially a one-woman play, [Karen] Black portrays a character hoping to impress her anthropologist boyfriend by gifting him with an African “Zuni fetish doll,” a fearsome-looking warrior cast in wood and grasping a spear. Alone in her apartment, Black finds that the doll is more spirited than your typical toy. As he hacks and slashes at her feet and hides behind furniture, it’s not quite clear whether Black will conquer her tiny terror, go mad, or both.

In the more than 40 years since its original airing, “Amelia” has seared itself into the public consciousness, with viewers genuinely riveted by Black’s plight against the fanged terror. Prior to her death in 2013, Black said she was approached by fans to talk about her fight with a killer doll more than all of her other roles combined; when writer Richard Matheson went in for meetings, he was often approached by executives who admitted to wetting themselves watching the film as a child.

UPDATE 8/15/2017: The doll was described as being from Africa, but the Zuni are from North America. Thanks to knowledgeable people in the comments for spotting the error and letting me know about it! Read the rest

Tom Cruise injures himself while doing stunt for Mission Impossible 6

Tom Cruise, who does his own stunts, means to jump from one building to another, but misses his mark and slams into the side of a building, twice. This is during the shooting of Mission Impossible 6. The extent of his injuries are unknown as of Monday morning, according to The Los Angeles Times. Read the rest

Funny video of fellow trying to speak without his southern accent

"My husband learning to speak without a southern accent," wrote Stephanie Shadrick on YouTube a couple years ago. "Absolutely hilarious!"

The fun they're having is infectious.

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Hitler delivers Trump's Boy Scout speech

Jose writes, "I was offended by Trump's speech to the Boy Scouts. It's a slippery slope and seemed so reminiscent of the past. I synchronized Adolf to deliver Trump's remarks to show how close we are to repeating the past. It's an ode to Chaplin's City Lights and The Great Dictator." Read the rest

Unite the Right Jason Kessler was punched, attacked and chased at press conference

Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler tried to hold a press conference yesterday in Charlottesville, VA but chaos broke out. He was punched, swarmed, and then chased down the street by an angry mob who was shouting "shame" and "murderer." This follows the violent protest on Saturday, organized by Unite the Right, that led to the death of 32-year-old protestor Heather Heyer and two helicopter pilots. Read the rest

Maker Update #46: Make an Rapa Nui 3D printed bobblehead

Paige Russell used the free, easy-to-use 3D modeling program Tinkercad to make a 3D printed bobblehead based on a Rapa Nui moai. That's just one of the tools and projects that Donald Bell presented this week in Maker Update. Show notes here.

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Walt Disney World has permanently shuttered The Great Movie Ride and the Universe of Energy

Ricky from Inside the Magic writes, "Two classic Walt Disney World attractions closed permanently this weekend: The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Universe of Energy/Ellen's Energy Adventure at Epcot. The Great Movie Ride had a bittersweet finale, as enthusiastic cast members received a thunderous round of applause as the experience ended its 28 year run. The Universe of Energy, unfortunately, suffered a few technical difficulties on its final day of operation and unexpectedly shut down early." Read the rest

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