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Animated interview with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson talks about his love for California in this animation by James Blagden, who famously animated Dock Ellis's story about pitching a no-hitter in 1970 while tripping balls on LSD. (California Sunday)

Psychic Escape - my daughter's favorite magic trick

The Psychic Escape magic trick ($30) is a bit like the Block Escape I posted last week, but it's better. You don't have to hide the rings as they are put in the tube. In fact, the spectator can put them in the tube. And instead of selecting two colors, the spectator selects one. After all the rings are in the cylinder, the spectator puts the cap on. Then you thread a needle and cord through the rings via the holes on either end of the cylinder. When you open the brass tube, all the rings are on the string except for the spectator's selected ring, which drops to the table.

My 12-year-old says the Psychic Escape is her favorite trick. She wants me to buy one for her, but I said we could share this one, provided she doesn't get the string stained with chocolate pudding and spaghetti sauce when she takes it to school and shows it to kids at the lunch table.

The fabled FURminator, great on cats and smaller dogs

FURminator Long Hair deShedding Tool for Cats, Large The FURminator is the most recommended pet brush I've ever heard of. I've had wonderful results with my small to medium sized pets.

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150 year old cache of Mark Twain stories found

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"Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have uncovered and authenticated a cache of stories written by Mark Twain when he was a 29-year-old newspaperman in San Francisco. Many of the stories are 150 years old." (via the Guardian)

Video: architect's incredible basement LEGO building room

See how architect Jeffrey Pelletier remodeled his unfinished basement into a "LEGO Lounge" to organize his 250,000 pieces. (Houzz)

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DIY: first aid kit for dogs

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Inspired by a Girl Scout Troop back in 2012, teamunruly shared this fantastic, tiny, first aid kit for hiking with dogs. Make one yourself!

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(Thanks, Monsieur LeSac!)

Teaser for Ballistic, a new graphic novel by Darick Robertson and Adam Egypt Mortimer

The hit comic book series, Ballistic, is out as a graphic novel today. Here's a teaser video. ballistic

Welcome to Repo City State, where everyone’s an asshole… even the air conditioners.

Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, Happy!, The Boys) and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Ballistic is a madcap, psychedelic, transreal buddy adventure about Butch and his best friend Gun, a drug-addicted, genetically-modified, foul-mouthed firearm, as they attempt to elevate Butch from air conditioner repairman to master criminal in the twisted, post-eco-apocalyptic Repo City State, a reclaimed trash island built entirely from DNA-based, living technology with bad attitudes.

"Kill the Faggot" game removed from Steam

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Available for about two hours before an excoriating review by Jim Sterling alerted the world to its presence, Kill the Faggot pitched the player into a gun rampage where killing gay and transgender passers-by racked up the points.

Made by a Christian footwear promoter, the game was an attempt to prove a point by its creator, reports Ars Technica's Sam Machkovech.

"These people that think if you are even remotely homophobic, you are 'hateful' and a 'bigot,' and do everything they can to destroy you in every vicious way possible," [Randall] Herman wrote. "So I decided to go down a path that most developers are afraid to go down: to piss these people off by making the most overly offensive game possible to these idiots to prove a point."

Point proven.

Abstinence based sex-ed program nets Texas school a chlamydia outbreak

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1 in 15 Crane Independent School District high school students have contracted chlamydia. District Superintendent Jim T. Rumage moronically stated “If kids are not having any sexual activity, they can’t get this disease … That’s not a bad program”. It is a bad program. (via MySanAntonio)

Virgin Media's "plain text password" problem

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Hacker News noticed that Virgin Media's staff can view users' passwords.

However, it may be just in reference to a temporary ones issued for phone support—though Virgin isn't responding in any hurry to the concerns.

Storing passwords in plain text is considered bad.

House Republicans hold hearing on politics in science, don't invite any scientists

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Video: Playing Metallica's "Enter Sandman" backwards

Rob Scallon covers "Enter Sandman" backwards. Below, the backwards cover played forward.

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Joss Whedon quits Twitter

JosTweet He's been getting it from all sides, lately: months of griping from Gamergaters, reaction to an outspoken tweet slamming the sexism in someone else's movie, and now a feminist backlash against the tone-deaf portrayal of Black Widow in his latest movie.

The Fresh Prince Meets DJ Jazzy Jeff

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip introduces arguably the biggest superstar Hip Hop ever created. Read the rest

Locus Award finalists announced


The Locus Award -- nominated and voted by science fiction fans -- has published a particularly fine shortlist this year (in contrast to the hijacked Hugo Award ballot); I'm extremely proud to see my novella The Man Who Sold the Moon from Hieroglyph on the list.

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Big Mouth: Waving Flag of Snot

Here is another Charles Bukowski poem I drew while he was still alive. Read the rest

Make Snail Art by dipping them in food coloring and unleashing them on paper

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Here’s a rather unusual idea for a spring craft

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