El Deafo: moving, fresh YA comic-book memoir about growing up deaf

Cece Bell’s young adult graphic novel El Deafo is a beautiful, sweet, moving and funny memoir about growing up deaf. Take one part Ernie Pook’s Comeek and two parts of Peanuts, mix thoroughly, and add some indefinable secret ingredients, and you’ll get El Deafo, which Cory Doctorow thoroughly enjoyed.

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MC Hammer trading card

Factoids and trivia about one of the most popular rappers in history. New Hip Hop Family Tree strips begin next Tuesday.

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Indispensable lifehacks to thrill and amaze

"For perfectly cooked burgers every time, go to a restaurant."

"How to tell if your avocado is ripe: squeeze it, then cut it open and see if it is ripe."

" No time to boil water? You must be incredibly busy if you don’t have time for that. I think you might be overextending yourself. Take a look at your schedule and see if there are some things you could re-prioritize. You may be headed for a burn-out."

{hacks} 13 Amazing Food and Life Hacks You Need to Know Right Now

Map of human excrement in San Francisco

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Death, Science, Sexology: Joanna Ebenstein of the Morbid Anatomy Museum

Mark Dery shines a light into the literary unconscious of Joanna Ebenstein, director of the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

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Fun with guns: the art of the arcade target

targetBen Marks says of Collector's Weekly says: "Did you know that in the good old days, when you paid a quarter for five shots in a shooting gallery, the guy behind the counter would hand you a .22 rifle loaded with real bullets? Neither did I. We just interviewed Richard and Valerie Tucker, who have written a book called Step Right Up! on the cast-iron targets people would shoot at, which have become quite collectible."

Points were tallied when a target was struck, knocked over, or sent spinning in place when shot on one side or the other. From the shooter’s point of view, the arcade was a game of skill. From the standpoint of the carny who was pocketing quarters from the great unwashed, not so much. A horse carrying a rider wouldn’t just move from right to left, it would rock, making it more difficult to hit the rider. But the most deceptive targets were some of the spinners, some of which featured extra-thick bases compared to the ones they might be placed next to, making them all but impossible to turn from the impact of a .22 alone. “On some of those,” says Richard, “you’d almost need a bazooka to make it spin. When you see these things head on, you really don’t realize how thick they are, and how difficult it would be to create a winner.”

Fun with guns: the art of the arcade target

Is it legal to fly with marijuana?

With the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede.

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Ferguson grand jury: no indictment for officer who killed unarmed black teen

A woman looks at the memorial set up at the site of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson
A memorial set up at the site of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 24, 2014.

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A St. Louis County grand jury has decided against indicting Darren Wilson, the Ferguson Police Officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

Its decision was announced during a 9 p.m. press conference convened to announce the decision, but revealed minutes beforehand by NBC News, citing a "source close to the family." Governor Jay Nixon said that "regardless of the decision, people on all sides [must] show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint."

The jury could have also have chosen to indict Wilson on charges of first or second degree murder, or voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.

The fatal shooting sparked weeks of protests in the suburb, some turning into confrontations with authorities, drawing attention to racial divisions both local and national.

Police claim that Brown attacked Wilson in his patrol car and reached for his weapon, but Brown died some 30 feet or more from the vehicle, from multiple gunshot wounds, and was said to be surrendering by eyewitnesses. His body lay in the street for several hours. Police were also accused of withholding details of their own investigation in the days following Brown's death—and of implicating him in an earlier robbery of which Wilson was apparently unaware at the time of their confrontation.

Brown's death came after years of mistrust between authorities and residents in the St. Louis suburb, whose a diverse and predominantly black population is policed almost exclusively by white officers.

The grand jury consists of seven men and give women. Three of the jurors are black.

Protests are expected after the grand jury's decision is revealed. Governor Jay Nixon pre-emptively declared a state of emergency and mobilized the National guard.

Police and protestors, according to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, have agreed upon some proposed "rules of engagement" to avoid tension and violence. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder asked for restraint from both protestors and police.

Earlier today, The New York Daily News reported that Wilson married on Oct. 24. while in hiding. CNN reported that he has been looking into tell-all interviews with major TV networks.

A smart way to make even stitches when hand sewing

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Novelty ukuleles

Celentano Woodworks makes novelty ukuleles and sells them on Etsy. The Atom Uke is sold out, but check out the apple, pickle jar, and cupcake ukes.

Infographic about kinds of TV shows

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I hope cartoonist John Atkinson does more of these spot-on TV show timelines.

Watercolorbot 2.0


New from Evil Mad Scientist Labs, the 2.0 version of their Watercolorbot, a plotter than uses a brush and a palette of watercolors to automatically paint watercolor pictures.

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HBO to air "bombshell" Scientology documentary

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How many lawyers does it take make a documentary about the Church of Scientology?

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The best elevator in Russia

"To call the elevator, connect the two wires." [via]

Graphic biographies about famous Western artists

This past spring, the This is… series of graphic biographies about famous Western artists kicked off with a trio of handsome, modestly scaled books on Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, and Jackson Pollock, thereby covering its pop, surrealism, and abstract-expressionism bases in one swift stroke. This fall, This is… ventured into somewhat less predictable terrain with a pair of titles devoted to Paul Gauguin and Francis Bacon.

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