Inexpensive, No-Blind-Spot Rearview Mirror

NASCAR drivers and law enforcers use custom wide-angle rearview mirrors to avoid head-swiveling. You can buy a wide-angle mirror that attaches over an existing rearview for $60, but you can make one for about $12 and a few shop scraps. By Phil Bowie and Larry Cotton.

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Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-To History, Part 11

Tin Can Cannibal: Because people eating people makes for fun kid’s crafts. By Matt Maranian.

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The Candy Hierarchy, 2014

David Ng and Ben Cohen performed acts of science (realistic ones) in order to determine, once and for all, a true and empirical understanding of which Halloween candies induce the most joy and despair. With more than 40,000 of your votes duly recorded, the results below are indisputably unassailable.

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The life-changing magic of Tidying Up

If something doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it. Marie Kondo on the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

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Street Angel 005: Into the Lair!

Street Angel has infiltrated Dr. Pangea’s hideout. What comes next for our heroine and her nemesis? By Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca.

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David Graeber and Thomas Piketty on whether capitalism will destroy itself

Graeber wrote the magisterial Debt: The First 5,000 Years; Piketty, of course, wrote the essential Capital in the 21st Century -- in a must-read dialog, they discuss their differences and similarities and offer views on whether capitalism will collapse.

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Three ways fearful parents are ruining Hallowe'en

It's the safest night of the year for your kids: no kid has ever been poisoned by a stranger, and the 31st usually has fewer assaults on children than other days of the year (but more kids do get hit by cars!).

Lenore Prepares for Halloween — Heh, Heh, Heh

USPS usage declines, but sloppy postal surveillance is way, way up

Surveillance requests for "postal metadata" climbed 600% in recent years, often undertaken with badly formed or expired warrants.

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Optical illusions: auto detailing reflections

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Auto detailing can be an art form in the right hands, as air2thethrown shows in this beautiful photo of a field reflected in a car's surface. The regulars at Detailing Bliss would say shooting at such a severe angle is a cheat, but it's a cool effect regardless.

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Koch Brothers buy ads on Daily Show, Jon Stewart mercilessly skewers them


Reading between the lines, I'm guessing Viacom's sales force got eleventy-nine metric fucktons of money from Koch to run ads against TDS, and Stewart decided to show them who was boss.

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Big ISPs' efforts to squeeze Netflix lead to slow connectivity for you

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Over at Backchannel, Susan Crawford reveals how the crap Internet speeds everyday people get from the likes of Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T isn't a tech issue but rather a terrible side effect of those companies trying to punish their competitors like Netflix into paying them for access to you.

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Vladimir Putin takes the gloves off

In a virulently anti-Western and uncharacteristically blunt speech, Russian spy-turned-president Vladimir Putin set out his agenda for Russia and its relationship to "western elites." The speech wasn't widely reported in the west, but Dmitry Orlov has helpfully translated, transcribed and summarized it.

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Open-source cyborg pirate ghost

Over in the forums, mutant Brainspore made a template for an articulated Halloween decoration: "break out the markers."

Teller's latest video about living in a zombie world

Since 2008 Teller (Penn's partner) has been making a video show about living in a zombie infested world. His latest episode, the fifth in the series, was posted today.

Millions in dark money via U.S. Chamber of Commerce influencing midterm elections

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The Chamber has spent $32 million in dark money from undisclosed donors, 96% of which has gone to oppose Democratic congressional candidates, according to a new Public Citizen report. Average spending topped $900,000 per race.

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