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iPhone 6S to be slightly upgraded


drudge sirenGood news from the Malabar Front: they will record 4K video, have higher resolution photos, more RAM, faster chips, and come, optionaly, in "Rose Gold." [9to5 Mac]

Office work destroys your body


Max Plenke has a nice roundup of the things that are destroying your body at this very moment, crushing the husk of your corporeal form even as your soul is stapled firmly to it with each mind-sapping click.

You don't have to be on your feet all day to avoid turning into a puddle of office-casual mulch — but you do need to be proactive.

"Those exercise fads of the week don't work," Taylor told Mic. "Get on a cardiovascular program that doesn't cause you pain, and do 30 minutes four to five times a week."

Get up and out of your seat. Take a walk. Go pick up lunch instead of ordering in.

Try AURA, a meditative, musical twin-stick shooter

AURA looks like an inventive take on the traditional "twin stick" shooter experience, focused primarily on exploration. It seems really interesting sonic experiences are involved too—the fuel you gather for your tiny flying ship is linked to musical "nodes", and you assemble a song as you go.

I've actually not played it; I think it requires a traditional controller be connected to your computer, and you might not have one just lying around under your desk. I do, but I'm not getting up to go over there right now, to be honest. I wanted to show it to you, though, because I think the trailer is absolutely lovely and musical, and because it's easy to recommend the work of UC Santa Cruz's Games and Playable Media Masters students: AURA was made by Patrick Trinh and Lun Ca for that wonderful and reputable game design program.

$5 will buy you the chance to experience it for yourself.


The MacBook Air Giveaway

It’s thin, light, powerful, packs a battery that lasts 12 hours straight, and makes your current machine look like a computing dinosaur. Now you can get a brand new, shiny Macbook Air for exactly zero dollars—now that’s a deal.

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Guatemala's Attorney General calls for the arrest of President Otto Perez Molina

Guatemalan citizens in the streets expressing joy in the moment President Perez Molina was stripped of immunity. PHOTO: CARLOS SEBASTIÁN

Guatemalan citizens in the streets expressing joy in the moment President Perez Molina was stripped of immunity. PHOTO: CARLOS SEBASTIÁN

Right after the office of Guatemala's attorney general issued an arrest warrant for President Otto Perez Molina tonight, they tweeted the news to the world.

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Gorgeous drone footage of Fall farm harvest in County Tipperary, Ireland

Silage is harvested grass or fodder that cows, sheep, and horses munch on fresh throughout the winter.

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Overgrown sheep sheared back to safety


In Australia, an animal humane society brought in a champion sheep-shearer to trim a badly overgrown sheep that was found wandering in the woods near the capital.

From the Guardian:

A bushwalker spotted the sheep near Mulligan Flats, just outside Canberra, and called the RSPCA, which mounted a rescue mission on Tuesday.

Tammy Ven Dange, the chief executive of the Australian RSPCA, said five staff members were needed for the job.

It appeared the sheep had become lost from its herd. Ven Dange said merino sheep were bred to grow wool and could suffer infections or flystrike if they were not regularly groomed.

Of the wool removed by that award-winning sheep shearer, the RSPCA rep said, ““It’s pretty disgusting. I don’t think anyone is going to want it.”


LA: internet punk foodies Starry Kitchen resurface at Echo Park video-game bar

Starry Kitchen's social media hype man, Nguyen Tran. (Instagram)

Starry Kitchen's social media hype man, Nguyen Tran. (Instagram)

 Starry Kitchen's totally insane tofu balls are the punch line in many of founder Nguyen Tran's raunchy instagram captions.

Starry Kitchen's totally insane tofu balls are the punch line in many of founder Nguyen Tran's raunchy Instagram captions.

1505999_10152458712746324_3367230699080945985_nAngelenos, our city's best Uber-and-Facebook-based restaurant and its banana-suit-bedecked hype man are back. Nguyen Tran and Thi Tran, a husband-and-wife chef and viral marketing powerhouse, will be serving their adventurous Asian fare out of Button Mash, a new video game themed bar in Echo Park.

They have been missed. The Tran's adventurous culinary projects began out of their North Hollywood apartment in 2009, made it to Pulitzer-winning food critic Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants list, and became Yelp’s top rated Asian Fusion restaurant in Los Angeles.

As LA Mag explains,

After it was shut down because of legal complications a year later, and the inaugural brick-and-mortar shuttered shortly after that, the operation became a whirlwind of semi-permanent pop-up stints. When their January Kickstarter campaign failed to raise $500,000, it looked as if Starry Kitchen was left for dead.

Well, then they became an Uber-delivery-only experiment, and blew everyone's minds again. And their marijuana dinners were literally the hottest underground ticket in LA for a while.

Can't wait to get over to Echo Park.

The adorable Mr. and Mrs. Tran,  of Starry Kitchen (Facebook)

The adorable Mr. and Mrs. Tran, of Starry Kitchen (Facebook)

Tickets to the Marijuana Dinner.

Tickets to the Marijuana Dinner.

Weekend of Wonder: Attendees will get a signed, limited-edition Coop print!

Our Weekend of Wonder extravaganza in Riverside, CA is a just couple of weeks away! Attendees are going to be treated to all kinds of cool stuff, one of which is a signed, limited-edition print by the artist Coop.

Coop's art will be printed on panels of wood at Prints on Wood, where we will all get to see this unique printing process first hand when we have dinner there. Coop will be with us, signing prints as they come off the press.

We'd love to have you join us for Weekend of Wonder. Here's how to register.

It's cicada season - hear them roar

Late August, and the roar of the crowd is unmistakable. It’s the season-ending song sung by the largest chorus imaginable: the Cicada.

Growing up in Queens, New York in the 1960s and ’70s, you heard pretty much nothing in the evenings except for the tinkling of the Mister Softee ice cream truck. Not even crickets.

Then one day on an August trip to the hoity-toity shopping street Omotesando Avenue in Tokyo in the late 1980s (having just left “Crayon,” my favorite children’s book store), I continued up the street through Harajuku and heard what sounded like a locomotive bearing down.

This was the entrance to Yoyogi Park, with wide and majestic tree-lined walkways that lead to the shrine Mejii-Jingu. If you find yourself there in the summer, make sure to investigate the gardens, which you enter for a slight extra fee—they are a mystical place where the koi mouth hello.

The heat and humidity was crushing, and the sound of what must have been millions of cicadas was overwhelming and surreal. A few steps off the street and under the verdant canopy, the sounds of Tokyo’s traffic had vanished, replaced by the roar of the crowd.

The cicada is a remarkable insect that grows in the earth, subsequently clawing its way through the soil, dragging itself up the bark of a tree. It resembles a prehistoric creature, something horrible resurrected from a comic book, and then it digs its crab-like front claws into the bark. Shortly its head splits open and an entirely different figure emerges, large and winged. After the wings dry it flies upward, high enough into the branches of the tall trees as to become elusive. The crowd is then heard, but not seen.

Since 1991 my domicile has been suburban Washington, DC. And my memories of summer have been irrevocably altered by this sound, unlike any other … a sound that has forced itself (happily, I might add) into my consciousness. For when the cicadas roar in the quite late afternoon and evening, it is always August and always the end of summer.

The crowd has spoken, and soon it will be autumn.

Man busted for stealing from pot dispensary has perfect last name


Sheriffs in Cowlitz County, Washington arrested a fellow who attempted to snatch a jar of marijuana from a dispensary.

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Women react to really weird old sex advice throughout history

Women sure got some weird sex advice back in the day.

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Visit the imaginary nightclub where movie characters mingle

"Hell's Club," a mash-up.

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Mysterious dead creature found near the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant


A woman in Sosnovy Bor, Russia found this mysterious, tiny, deteriorated creature on a river bank. She named it Kesha.

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Unrelated strangers look like identical twins


Ambra, 23, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Jennifer, 33, of Spring, Texas were brought together as part of the Twin Strangers project. "I did not want to take my eyes off her," said Ambra.

What is the lethal dose of various substances?

Drinking six liters of water in a short period could kill you. One gram of vaporized polonium is enough to kill 50 million people. What about alcohol, caffeine, and cannabis? This video will tell you.

Halo 5's cinematic opening

Can the Halo series survive without the Master Chief and Cortana? Halo 5 introduces Fireteam Osiris, a new team of Spartan-IV heroes, but will we care?

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