Surprise Nokia Android tablet

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The non-Microsoft remains of Nokia is releasing an Android tablet in 2015. The $250 N1 has a 7.9" display, an Intel Atom processor, and look just like an iPad.

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Darkroom that looks like a spaceship (1979)

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As a teenager in the mid-1970s, Jack Turkel combined his passions for photography and space exploration by building this incredible spaceship-themed darkroom in his parents' basement.

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Slick Rick Trading Card

Hip Hop Family Tree trading card #23 by Ed Piskor

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'Misty: The Proud Cloud' by Hugh Howey

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Hugh Howey has written a charming and sweet children's book, Misty: The Proud Cloud. This tale about the value of being ones self is beautifully illustrated by Nidhi Chanani.

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Are you sure you're not dead?

Cotard's delusion is a rare mental disorder in which the sufferer is convinced that he or she is dead.

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Aaron Swartz was no criminal

Dan Purcell, one of Swartz’ lawyers, writes about the spiteful and unreasonable charges that led to his suicide—and MIT’s gutless support of his prosecutors.

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Everything you need to know about marijuana edibles

Xeni Jardin interviews cannabis expert Lisa Marks, a pseudonym that will be lifted when prohibition is lifted. The worst-case scenario is you have to watch a Pixar movie and take a nap.

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Bumfights creator accused of stealing remains of dead children from Thai hospital museum


Johann writes, "One of the creators of notorious millennial website Bumfights has is accused of stealing preserved child body parts and flayed tattoos from the notorious Bangkok Black museum at the medical faculty of Siriraj Hospital. Then he attempted to DHL his swag back to the States, he has now fled to Cambodia."

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Vinyl hoarders in words and pictures

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Over at Cuepoint, interviews with vinyl hoarders, from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (above) to legendary rare groove DJ Keb Darge.

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Stanford study shows guns promote more crime, not less

"'The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates' of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder..."(via)

Radio Wire: webcomic about a disintegrating relationship

Ethan Persoff just released the second installment of Radio Wire, a bleak and fascinating webcomic about a disintegrating relationship.

New sf story: "Huxleyed into the Full Orwell"


​Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell is a new short story I wrote for Vice Magazine's just-launched science fiction section Terraform, which also has new stories up by Claire Evans, Bruce Sterling, and Adam Rothstein.

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Uber exec boasts of plans to attack critical journalist

88252-largeUber executive Emil Michael boasted privately about plans to harass reporters critical of the company, reports Buzzfeed, revealing a specific intent to attack journalist Sarah Lacy and expose private information about her. Lacy responds with with a follow-up to her earlier warning about the company's attitude to women.

Ruining her life? Manufacturing lies? Going after her family? Apparently it’s all part of what Uber has described as its “political campaign” to build a $30 billion (and counting) tech company. A campaign that David Plouffe was hired to “run,” that’s looking more like a pathetic version of play acting House of Cards than a real campaign run by a real political professional. Because step one of an illegal smear campaign against a woman is: Don’t brag about it to a journalist at a party.

The woman in question? The woman that this Uber executive has vowed to go to nearly any lengths to ruin, to bully into silence? Me. ... And lest you think this was just a rogue actor and not part of the company’s game plan, let me remind you Kalanick telegraphed exactly this sort of thing when he sat on stage at the Code Conference last spring and said he was hiring political operatives whose job would be to “throw mud.” I naively thought he just meant Taxi companies. Let me also remind you: This is a company you trust with your personal safety every single time you use it. Let me also remind you: The executive in question has not been fired.

Lacy reports that Michael called her personal cellphone after Buzzfeed's story broke, wanting to speak off the record. If that beggars belief, consider that the call itself perhaps made the point he wanted to make.

Phish's concept concert based on Disney's "Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House"

For Halloween, rock group Phish traditionally creates a 'musical costume' by covering a classic album from music history. This year, the band created a new set of music based around the 1964 Disneyland album Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. Interesting set of music with a cool stage design, the band uses the original narration and inspiration for the songs."

It makes for quite a concept album, to rival Kilroy Was Here and 2112.

Arthur Rankin Jr., 1924–2014

The co-director of legendary stop-motion TV specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman—and later of cel-animated hits The Hobbit and Thundercats--died at his Bermuda home in January.