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Cheerful video about typing to music (1937)

I'm going to try this kind of music to hopefully increase my blogging.

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Hose clamps are a billion-dollar business

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One of the most versatile tools and fasteners is the humble hose clamp, invented in 1921 and marketed as the Jubilee Clip. Besides their intended uses in plumbing and automotive, they can be used to fix an exhaust, fasten parts on a bike, and make DIY camera parts. I've used them in prototyping: for instance, quickly holding together parts for a rainwater pump.

Who knew that hose clamps were such big business? Not one, but two reports recently came out on this growing segment: "Global Hose Clamps Market Size, Trends, Forecasts, Market Research Report 2015" and "Global Hose Clamps Industry Report 2015". They both make for exciting reading, through of course, not as gratifying as the masterwork, "The 2009-2014 Outlook for Wood Toilet Seats in Greater China".

Wearable laugh sensor knows when you're feeling good

laugh_sensor At the 2015 Wearable Device Technology Expo in Tokyo in January, a tech firm introduced a small lapel worn sensor that can tell when the wearer's laughing, talking, or in trouble. Based on 10-years of "laugh-detecting" research, it's meant to help monitor the health of senior citizens. According to researchers:
To know they are "laughing" will help you see that they are happy and mentally well. "Falling" may indicate an emergency situation. This device reassures you that your loved ones, who live far away, are doing well.
via Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service

David Gerrold's Doctor Who versus Star Trek comic


When Steve Davidson from the rebooted Amazing Stories heard that David "Trouble With Tribbles" Gerrold had written a comic book script for a parody in which Doctor Who appeared on the Starship Enterprise (TOS edition), he knew he had to publish it.

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NTSB re-investigate plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper

More than 55 years after a plane crash killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson, the National Transportation Safety Board may re-examine the accident, previously thought to be pilot error in the face of bad weather.

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Interview with Mike Evans of the Secret Dad Society

Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Mike Evans of the Secret Dad Society on the Cool Tools Show podcast. He recommends a bunch of toys and tools for family fun. Check out his picks here.

Lovely photo of terminal patient's final visit to the art museum

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A dying woman hoped to visit Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum one last time, so the Stichting Ambulancewens (Ambulance Wish Foundation) granted her wish.

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Why do bugs bug?

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Why do we in the West fear and hate bugs yet for many Japanese people, they are beloved pets and sometimes even delicious food?

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Classic superhero bodies photoshopped for believability

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I love the "reverse Photoshopping" of these comics -- digitally adding normal physiques -- as performed by Bulemia.com. The group says it wants to call attention to bodies so far out line with those of most Americans.

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Pot isn't God's mistake, says Republican from Texas House of Reps

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"All that God created is good, including marijuana," says Texas State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) who is proposing a bill to repeal marijuana offenses.

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How the best Donald Duck story of all time skewered capitalism

Like any masterpiece, Carl Barks’ 1949 comic book story “Lost in the Andes” means many things to many critics, each one finding something new with every reading.

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Fan-films and the future of fantasy

Small productions are becoming better—and more professional—than ever. But the falling price of good equipment is only part of the magic.

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Baby cries when dad cries, stops crying when dad stops

Pretty adorable.

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Cat vs. Turtle vs. Cat

It's hard to tell who's chasing who, but we could watch this video of a cat chasing a turtle chasing a cat pretty much forever.

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Hermit crabs line up in order of size to swap and upgrade shells with one another

“They arrange themselves in an orderly queue, the biggest at the front, the smallest at the back; they're lining up with one aim: to exchange properties. But none of the crabs can make a move because the chain is not yet complete. They're all waiting for the right-sized crab to come along.”

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Y2K Time Bomb: Classic Evangelical Armageddon TV

Jesus needs your money because Y2K. This television ad for Jack and Rexella Van Impe's Y2K scare video combines the exploitation of Christ for cash, computer scares, the end is near, and hacker graphics. It's pretty great.

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[Video Link, via christiannightmares.tumblr.com]

'Is College Bad for Girls?' cautionary pamphlet from 1905

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From 1905, this pamphlet asks, “Is College Bad for Girls?” and explores the possibilities.

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Interactive tour of nuclear arsenals since WWII

Explore how many nukes there are in the world, and where they are, courtesy of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' interactive Nuclear Notebook -- a useful way to discover whether some friendly superpower has stashed nukes in your harbour.

Light Saber dubstep

An elegant sample, for a more civilized age.

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Planetary polyamory: Exploring a planet 'reared' by four parent stars

Planet With Four Stars: This artist's conception shows the 30 Ari system, which includes four stars and a planet. The planet, a gas giant, orbits its primary star (yellow) in about a year's time. The primary star, called 30 Ari B, has a companion -- the small "red dwarf" star shown at upper left. This pair of stars is itself locked in a long-distance orbit with another pair of stars (upper right), known as 30 Ari A. Researchers using instruments at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., recently discovered the red star at upper left, bringing the total number of known stars in the system from three to four.  Image: Karen Teramura, UH IfA


Planet With Four Stars: This artist's conception shows the 30 Ari system, which includes four stars and a planet. The planet, a gas giant, orbits its primary star (yellow) in about a year's time. The primary star, called 30 Ari B, has a companion -- the small "red dwarf" star shown at upper left. This pair of stars is itself locked in a long-distance orbit with another pair of stars (upper right), known as 30 Ari A. Researchers using instruments at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., recently discovered the red star at upper left, bringing the total number of known stars in the system from three to four. Image: Karen Teramura, UH IfA

Astronomers have discovered the second known case of a planet residing in a quadruple star system. The planet was known before, but was previously thought to have only three stars, not four.

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Remembering the lives of Game of Thrones characters who died

Joe Sabia got some crazy Russian animators to make a web video series recapping the lives of major characters who died in Game of Thrones.

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iMagnet phone mount - hassle free mount for driving

You don’t want to mess with your phone much while driving, period.

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Gallery of Star Trek comic book covers

I love these old Star Trek comic book covers, posted by AstroDevil in memory of Leonard Nimoy. The title lettering is fantastic!

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US will not seek federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, Ferguson police officer who shot Mike Brown

A woman looks at the memorial set up at the site of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson

"In an 86-page report released Wednesday that details the testimony of more than 40 witnesses — and evaluates their credibility and consistency with forensic evidence — the Justice Department largely backed up Mr. Wilson’s account and said there was no basis for criminal charges." nytimes.com.

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in a photo, presented to the grand jury, taken shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown. REUTERS/St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office


Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in a photo, presented to the grand jury, taken shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown. REUTERS/St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

We're digging these very cool space-themed tshirts, dresses, and swimsuits

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Holy crap. I want to buy all of the things from shadowplaynyc.com.

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Creative science journal, including the science of Wookiees


Dave Ng writes, "The Science Creative Quarterly is pleased to release its first volume of both a print offering of collected works, AND the much vaulted Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics."

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Traveling With Your Octopus - A young woman and her cephalopod mollusc companion travel the world in steampunk splendor

Victoria Prismall and her pet land-octopus Otto starred in 2013’s delightful all-ages picture book, Walking Your Octopus. Two years later the Octo-Victorian duo are back, and they’re taking a trip around a steampunk-inspired alternate world.

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Feds approve 2-6 hours of daily, on-the-job porn viewing for government workers

Laptop computers, such as the one seen here, can be used to view pornography (Stock Image)


Laptop computers, such as the one seen here, can be used to view pornography (Stock Image)

CBS reports that a "top level employee accused of viewing porn two to six hours a day" can't be fired, even after he was caught watching porn, because of the civil servant protection system.

He was found with over 7,000 porn files on his computer.

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How to make a technicolor igloo

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Firefighter Jostein Alvestad built this igloo in his backyard by filling 32 plastic buckets with colored water each night. In a Chicago magazine story, he describes the fun of sleeping and hanging out inside by candlelight. The exterior issues a soft glow when a flashlight is brought inside.

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Igloos are usually built with snow that has sintered, or compacted, in the wind. A good guide to more traditional structures is How to Build an Igloo: And Other Snow Shelters.

When Life Gives Him Ice, He Makes a Crazy, Rainbow-Colored Igloo [Chicago]

New trailer for Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

The new Avengers movie is out May 1. Here's the third official trailer.

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