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French couple forbidden from naming their child Nutella

nutrition“The name ‘Nutella’ given to the child is the trade name of a spread. And it is contrary to the child’s interest to be wearing a name like that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts.” - Judge's ruling against French couple who wants to name their baby after a hazelnut-cocoa spread.

Gorgeous laser-cut cosmic objects: HYBYCOZO, the Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone

tumblr_nir7w3wQ9o1rv33k2o10_500 The Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone is a series of “sublime, laser cut cosmic objects, ranging from a Burning Man art installation to design pieces for the home.”

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Beautiful olde-timey GIF art from the Gif Opera Cabinet

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Lovely, evocative animated GIFs from classic source materials.

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Barrett Brown’s sentence is unjust, but it may become the norm for journalists

Jailed, in part, because he shared a link to a stolen document that he did not steal, and despite the fact that this is not a crime.

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Plan C: The top secret Cold War plan for martial law in the USA


Michael from Muckrock sez, "Starting on April 19, 1956, the federal government practiced and planned for a near-doomsday scenario known as Plan C. When activated, Plan C would have brought the United States under martial law, rounded up over ten thousand individuals connected to 'subversive' organizations, implemented a censorship board, and prepared the country for life after nuclear attack. There was no Plan A or B."

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The Big Book of Maker Skills: tools and techniques for building great tech projects

I know Chris Hackett from my days as editor-in-chief of MAKE. This guy knows his stuff.

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One month to Net Neutrality showdown at FCC: add the countdown to your site!


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Today is exactly one month before the FCC's much anticipated vote on new net neutrality rules -- this could be the most important vote for the future of the Internet in our lifetimes."

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TV show tricks chronic catcallers into harassing their own mothers

The Peruvian TV show "Harassing Your Mother" performs secret makeovers on the mothers of habitual catcallers, then uses hidden cameras to record catcallers shouting sexual remarks at their own mothers, who furiously upbraid them in the middle of the busy streets of Lima.

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Watch this mesmerizing rock balancing highlight reel

Since Mark first reported on Gravity Glue in 2011, artist Michael Grab has traveled extensively as he balanced rocks, and his beautifully-shot footage only improves with time. Just a few highlights below.

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AlterWorld (Play to Live: Book #1)

AlterWorld (Play to Live: Book #1)

Virtual reality becomes reality for folks afflicted with the Perma Effect. D. Rus' AlterWorld is the story of a terminal cancer patient who transfers his life into an MMO.

This is genre I've meant to explore a bit and Rus sets up a great series in this, his first installment. Humans, NPCs and AI mix to create a vivid world where loot and twinks abound. Max and his friends are permanent fixtures in a video game. While this gives him a new lease on life there is a lot to watch out for.

This is translated from Rus' native Russian. There are a few rough spots but this is an engaging and fast read.

AlterWorld (Play to Live: Book #1)

Leatherman's new wearable multi-tool

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Available this summer, the Leatherman Tread is a bracelet or wristwatch with steel links that double as box wrenches, screwdrivers, and other tools.

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Watch 23 of the best dolly zooms in cinematic history

Vashi Nedomansky compiled this terrific collection of famous dolly zoom shots. Cinematographer Irmin Roberts used it to great effect in Hitchcock's Vertigo, and it quickly entered the language of cinema to convey a moment of revelation, usually an unpleasant one.

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LEGO Movie soundtrack on vinyl!

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Next month, the LEGO Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack comes to vinyl in a special double LP package including a color booklet with liner notes by soundtrack composer (and DEVO co-founder) Mark Mothersbaugh.

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“I built my rabbit a cart. Now he delivers me beer.”

The genius who created this video explains how it all happened.

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Fantastic anthology of offensive political cartoons and comix

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Cartoonist Mr. Fish's amazing anthology WARNING! Graphic Content feels especially relevant this month.

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Seal and dog on beach share a sweet moment of snuggle

Adorable moment of tenderness. Seals are so much like dogs, it seems very natural to see them be so sweet with each other.

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Watch DARPA unveil untethered ATLAS for 2015 robotic challenge

The 2015 DARPA Robotic Challenge (DRC) is upping the ante, making the ATLAS robot used in competition self-contained and redesigned from the knees up. The robot that best completes a series of difficult physical tasks wins $2 million for the team.

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Google handed Wikileaks staffers' email over to US Government, didn't tell anyone


Wikileaks has issued a furious denunciation of Google after it learned that the company turned over its staff email to the US Government in March 2012 without notifying it.

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Music video: retro-'80s hallucination for new Marie Davidson track

A strange, 1980s-esque hallucinatory video, directed for Montréal synth-punk chanteuse Marie Davidson's "Balade aux USA."

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Incredible LEGO Pompeii model

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This incredible LEGO model of Pompeii is on display at Sydney, Australia's Nicholson Museum.

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Squirrel is pals with very large dog, tries to hide food in the dog's coat

I could watch videos of Wally the squirrel attempting to stash snacks in Jax the dog's fur all day long.

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Ballsy fashion designer's dick move on the runway

At Paris Fashion Week, Rick Owens's menswear line featured flaps and openings strategically-located to reveal his models' penises as they strutted down the runway. NSFW images below.

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Great Firewall of Cameron blocks sex-abuse charities


UK Prime Minister David Cameron demanded that ISPs opt their customers into "adult content" filters (and now Sky is opting in everyone whose account predates this announcement), ignoring all the people who correctly predicted that these filters would block important sites.

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The Haunted Mansion was almost the Tiki Room


Another outstanding photo-essay on the Long Forgotten Haunted Mansion blog shows how many of the original Rolly Crump concepts for a walk-through Haunted Mansion at Disneyland eventually made their way into the Enchanted Tiki Room, with effects based on Cocteau's 1946 movie La Belle et la Bête.

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LISTEN: Ben Franklin's Guide to Living

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In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll explore Benjamin Franklin's self-improvement plan and find out which vices gave him the most trouble.

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When shirts cost $3,500


An eye-popping parable about the benefits of automation: 200 years ago, it took 479 hours worth of labor to make a shirt (spinning, weaving, sewing), or $3,472.75 at $7.25/hour.

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San Francisco ponders letting luxury property developers take away symbolic "public spaces"

Like many cities, SF asks fancy property developers to create "public spaces" in their buildings to make up for parks and other public sites they displace, and these are usually a joke, hidden away far in the buildings' depths and deliberately hidden from the public.

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Tardis tea-infuser



Made from stainless steel, possibly larger on the inside than the outside, and $20 from Thinkgeek. (via Geeky Merch)

Eat your cereal out of a zombie's rotting brainpan


Or better yet, some kind of greyish custard: $13 from Thinkgeek, dishwasher/microwave safe. (via Geeky Merch)

Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)

Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)

Timebound by Rysa Walker is an excellent time travel adventure!

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