What it's like at a modern longsword tournament

Longsword fencing is a popular new event, a rigorous and fast-moving blend of reconstructed medieval martial arts and modern sporting standards.

Panasonic zags in camera land, with large-sensor Android smartphone and 4K point-and-shoot

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Panasonic's CM1 weds a 1-inch camera sensor (as found in high-end point-and-shoots like the Sony RX100 and Canon's just-announced G7X) with a smartphone running Android 4.4.

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Newsweek: American and European cover art compared

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Snooping in Mom and Dad's Room

A cautionary Brain Rot strip about digging for Christmas presents and seeing things that cannot be unseen. By Ed Piskor

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Temporary tattoos by accomplished tattoo artists


Carl sends us, "beautiful, authentic-looking temporary tattoos designed by famous tattooers, including Dan Smith, Dean Sacred, BJ Betts, Dusty Neal, Myra Oh, and many more."

Temporary Tattoos | Tattoo You (Thanks, Carl!)

How I learned to think like a mushroom

We need fungal solutions to pollution, pandemics, and starvation, says Tradd Cotter, a microbiologist and professional mycologist

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Exclusive excerpts from Charles Burns' Sugar Skull

The long, strange trip that began in Charles Burns’ X’ed Out and continued in The Hive reaches its mind-bending, heartbreaking end, but not before Doug is forced to deal with the lie he’s been telling himself since the beginning. Mark Frauenfelder reviews.

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Rightscorp cuts-and-runs as soon as it is challenged in court

Rightscorp -- a firm that asks ISPs to disconnect you from the Internet unless you pay it money for alleged, unproven copyright infringements -- was finally challenged in court by an ISP, Texas's Grande Communications; as soon as it looked like it would have the legal basis for its business-model examined by a judge, the company cut and ran, withdrawing its threats.

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3D printed book of bas relief from Art Institute of Chicago


Tom Burtonwood sez, "I have just published Folium, a 3D printed book of bas relief from the Art Institute of Chicago; it's posted to thingiverse for download: 12 pages, 9 scans featuring works of art spanning over 2000 years, from the Ancient Egyptians to Louis Sullivan department store decorations."

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How to lace up your Vans

My 7 year old and I just had fantastic debate about the proper way to lace Vans.

Downvoting considered harmful

A study [PDF] published in a journal of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence found that sites that have a "downvote" button to punish bad comments lock the downvoted users into spirals of ever-more-prolific, ever-lower-quality posting due to a perception of having been martyred by the downvoters.

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Beer labels match brewed contents to Pantone color

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Spanish creative agency Txaber created a series of beer packaging labels in which each brew type is presented with a corresponding Pantone color.

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Secret Law is Not Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Cindy Cohn is on fire: "Let’s be clear: Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as 'law' at all."

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The excellent pencil sculptures of Dalton Ghetti

We've featured Dalton Ghetti's magnificent pencil sculptures in years past, but they're so gorgeous, and new to many.

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Giant net-neutrality videoboard at FCC's front doors wants YOUR videos


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Fight for the Future and Namecheap just parked a truck directly across the street from the FCC with a huge video billboard mounted on top facing the agency's main entrance; we're playing net neutrality videos all day today and tomorrow."

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