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The sad reality of "Pimp My Ride"

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Many of the mods seen on Pimp My Ride were faked or crap that fell apart weeks after filming. And that wasn't the worst of it.

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Cookie Monster ponders the mysteries of the universe

Are you ready for some mind-altering, existential truth? Then by all means, behold: Cookie Monster. Not afraid to ask the difficult questions, his inquiring mind is like a tour guide for the hungry.

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The trippy Polaroids of photographer Marianna Rothen

Her series "Alien Camp" uses gel filters to help create a dreamy, painterly aesthetic as beautiful as it is strange. (via)

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Harvey Keitel's 1985 sci-fi epic Star Knight on YouTube

Harvey Keitel, Klaus Kinski and underwater boobs star in this low-budget b-movie from 1985. And there's probably no better way to celebrate the 30th birthday of something this weird than just to watch it.

Above is a clip starring a flying goat. Below is the rest.

Snail eats lunch

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There's something really unnerving about this little snail eating lunch. It's too gross to be adorable, but too adorable to be gross. Are his little antennae an emotional reaction?

Street sign: "Heads up! Cross the street, then update Facebook"

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The City of Hayward, California posted a new series of snarky signs, including this one. (Laughing Squid)

Snail and slug tape is great for electronics projects

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Whether you're trying to quiet the hum on your old single coil Strat or Telecaster, or create a DIY wireless charging station for your phone, the copper tape sold to repel pests from the garden is an inexpensive and easy-to-manipulate material for the job.

slug_tape2 By the way, slugs actually do HATE copper tape, evidenced by a 2004 paper ("Behavioural response of slugs and snails to novel molluscicides, irritants and repellents") in which scientists placed snails and slugs in little time trails. Citing a slowed pace of .5 centimeters per minute, they concluded that the "copper significantly reduced the velocity of snails."

Apparently the whole copper-slug thing is an urgent question to some people. I admire this guy's testing setup: slugs

Avant garde pianist and great 20th century commuications nerd

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This week, ABC Australia is running a radio documentary about George Antheil, with extensive audio excerpts and an essay online.

Originally from New Jersey, the composer was obsessed with machines, player pianos, the technology of music reproduction, modernity. With actress Hedy Lamarr, he invented spread spectrum technology, taking out a patent in 1941. The story of their friendship features prominently in the wonderful history of the time, Hedy's Folly.

His pieces are truly wild. One of his major works, Ballet Mécanique, used 16 player pianos, three xylophones, four bass drums, a tam-tam, two grand pianos, seven bells, a fire siren, and three airplane propellers. After audience rioted at its premiere, Antheil was crestfallen. His pieces sound even more relevant today, like someone rapidly switching between cable channels, or splintering community.

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What it was like to be Monica Lewinsky in 2001

She worked hard to overcome the ignominy of the 1995 scandal involving Bill Clinton, writing a Vanity Fair article on public humiliation and a moving speech about cyber-bullying. But it's been a long climb—far longer than the one Clinton had to endure. Now, there's a web miniseries titled Monica that takes a more compassionate look at the one-time intern, imagining her life a 27-year-old New York City, trying to escape the international spotlight and reinvent herself on her own terms. The first two episodes are up now, with two more to follow on March 2 and March 9.

What it's like to see 100 times the colors you see

New York Magazine interviewed Concetta Antico, the artist who is a tetrachromat, meaning a genetic difference in her eyes enables her to see approximately 100 times more colors than an average person.

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Catwoman is bisexual

In the new issue of the comic, Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) kisses a woman.

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Climate change denying senator throws snowball on Senate floor

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Climate change denier Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) tossed a snowball on the Senate floor yesterday to illustrate his "point."

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Video: The Making of a Beer Can

Specifically, cans that will be filled with Wellington, New Zealand's Garage Project Hops on Pointe brew.

Kathy Sierra's BADASS: how to make your users into successes


Kathy Sierra, the brilliant and storied user experience expert, has a new book, Badass: Making Users Awesome, which is aimed at teaching you to "craft a strategy for creating successful users."

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Comic: The Life of Sitting Bull, as told by a 10-year-old

The story of the Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who united the Lakota tribes against betrayals by the US government

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Internet-fired elections and the politics of business as usual


I've got a new Guardian column, Internet-era politics means safe seats are a thing of the past, which analyzes the trajectory of Internet-fuelled election campaigning since Howard Dean, and takes hope in the launch of I'll Vote Green If You Do.

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Cuddly log-pillows

Just in time for the Twin Peaks revival, a microbead-filled, photorealistic plush log pillow, which comes in "birch," "log" and "platanus" (and is glowingly reviewed by hundreds of satisfied customers).

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A deaf sound artist

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Christine Sun Kim, deaf from birth, creates art at the intersection of sound, language, and music.

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Turn zucchini into noodles with a veggie peeler

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I use a Natizo julienne / vegetable peeler to turn zucchini into flat "noodles" and spaghetti noodles. I like them more than pasta.

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This excellent peeler is not a unitasker - it's a duotasker! One side slices vegetables into a bunch of thin strips with every stroke. Flip it over and it shaves off wide layers. I made thin noodles the other night. I put all the zucchini noodles in a bowl, added about a tablespoon of salt (to draw out the excess water) and let them sit for 30 minutes. I rinsed the noodles off and dunked them in boiling water for a minute, and topped it with tomato sauce and ground grass-fed beef.

The above photo is a dish my wife made for lunch. She put the strips in a bowl, mixed in a bit of olive oil and crushed garlic, then sautéed for a minute or two. Topped with tomato sauce, we scarfed it down and wish we'd made more.

Adorable tiny kitten uses giant dog as fluffy pillow

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The history of the New York City subway retold in a single GIF

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A historical chronology of NYC's subway system, created by @aspersions 10 years ago with lots of tedious labor and Excel spreadsheets.

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Slurpee Waves in Nantucket, photographed by Jonathan Nimerfroh

Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh


Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh

Jonathan Nimerfroh, a photographer who describes himself as "obsessed" with the ocean, shot these amazing images of slushy winter waves near his Nantucket home.

You can follow his work on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

More of these slurpee wave images: Stay Wild Magazine (via This Isn't Happiness).

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Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh

Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh


Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh

Furr Division: Love Will Tear Up Your Couch (again)

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Designed by Tobias Fonseca, and available on Artsider as t-shirts and prints and lots of different things.

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New NASA Earth Science missions expand our understanding of the home planet

Four new NASA Earth-observing missions are collecting data from space, with a fifth set to begin orbit soon, after the busiest year of NASA Earth science launches in more than a decade.

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Companies should never try to intercept their users' encrypted traffic

Lenovo's disgraceful use of Superfish to compromise its users' security is just the tip of the iceberg: everywhere we look, companies have decided that it's a good idea to sneakily subvert their users' encryption.

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Watch Adam Savage build a model of the maze from The Shining

Adam Savage has been having a lot of fun making models lately (like this cosmonaut model). In this video, we get to see the large scale model of the Overlook Hotel's maze that he built.

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Everyday people as superheroes hanging off skyscrapers (really)

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Benjamin Von Wong, the man behind "everyday people photographed as 'Super Athletes,'" has since photographed everyday people dressed as superheroes actually on the edge of skyscrapers. Behind-the-scenes video below.

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Angry Youth Comix - like Beavis and Butthead, only stupider

Angry Youth Comix is a beautifully designed and produced hardcover book containing the complete run of an infantile, ridiculous comic book called Angry Youth (published from 2000–2008).

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Net Neutrality wins

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In a 3 to 2 party-line vote, the FCC decided today that broadband internet access will be classified as a "telecommunications service under Title II," a utility like telephone service.

The ruling enshrines major aspects of net neutrality, the principle that favors an "open internet" and which limits what service providers can do to control access to it.

The new rules specifically prohibit blocking legal traffic, intentionally degrading the service quality given to particular sites, services or devices, and paid prioritization, whereby partners pay for access to "fast lanes." FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Democratic commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel each favored the rules. Republicans Michael O’Reilly and Ajit Pai voted against them.

Though the internet has remained largely "neutral" since its inception, service providers have long wanted to discriminate between different users, devices and types of data, to charge data-gobbling websites for access to their customers, and to play favorites with affiliated services and sites.

The ruling will be challenged vigorously by the service providers, business groups, and Republicans in congress.

An earlier FCC compromise was torn up after cable companies challenged the agency's power to regulate the web. Though they won in court, this strategy led the FCC to rule more directly on the internet's role as a communications utility.

During a four-month consultation period, a little-liked FCC plan to regulate neutrality issues on a "a case-by-case basis" ultimately gave way to more comprehensive protections for the open 'net.

A satirical, scathing segment produced by HBO's John Oliver became a popular turning point, racking up more than 8 million views and highlighting the consequences of ignoring Net Neutrality's highly technical and "boring" subject matter.

As the debate became more public and fractious, AT&T said it had suspended infrastructure investment until the neutrality proposals were decided, while the White House signaled support, and billionaire Marc Cuban issued perfectly-timed orations valorizing Ayn Rand and America's most hated corporations.

Now service providers must face the outcome they sought to avoid--an open internet protected by telecommunications utility rules.

The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center

The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center (The Year's Work: Studies in Fan Culture and Cultural Theory)

The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center is a hilarious collection of short essays and stories about Zombie cultural significance.

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