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Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg explains the nuances of cultural appropriation

tumblr_static_9glvmbwa1w084440ksgcgsggk “Cultural appropriation” is a tricky concept to understand. When does appreciating another culture’s traditions cross over into usurping and/or disrespecting them?

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Podcast recommendation: The Empire Film Podcast

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I’m going to go ahead and declare The Empire Film Podcast my all time favorite film podcast

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Historic win for police torture survivors in Chicago

Memorial outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Office [photo by Caroline Siede]

Earlier this year I shared the story of a group of police torture survivors and their supporters who have been fighting for reparations from the City of Chicago.

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Annotated "Eyes on the Prize"

Glen Chiacchieri's produced a heavily annotated version of Eyes on the Prize, the brilliant video documentary series on the history of the Civil Rights movement that was rescued from copyright oblivion by a civil disobedience campaign.

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I can't wait for this Finnish summer death car game

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My Summer Car is an upcoming game about building your own vehicle in the reputedly "hot, hot, hot" Finnish summer. It also promises absurd difficulty, lots of death, and all-important physics bugs. Listen to a man with a wonderful accent show you a weirdly-compelling experience:

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Who doesn't miss '90s horror games?

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Ah, the tech and the aesthetics of 1990s games. The terrible framerates, indistinct faces and rough edges seem eerie today, perfectly recalling the horror games of a bygone age. If you miss it too, you really need to watch this:

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Chess grandmaster accused of cheating with iPhone in toilet

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Raising suspicions with his frequent trips to the bathroom, Gaioz Nigalidze was searched to no avail. But when they checked the stalls, they found a hidden iPhone. Running a chess app. With his current game set up. Logged into his Facebook account.

Abdul Rahim removed Nigalidze from the tournament and is sending a report to the International Chess Federation. It has had to create a commission to deal with the growing problems with cheating. In fact, this is not the first time cheating has been attempted.

An American player in 2002 tried the same approach in checking a chess simulation during trips to the bathroom. Indian player Umakant Sharma was caught cheating in 2006 using a small Bluetooth headpiece hidden inside his cloth cap. In 2008, the Dubai Chess Club banned an Iranian player after it was discovered he was receiving text messages from a friend watching a live stream of the game, according to Endgadget's [sic] Mariella Moon.

A three-year suspension from international competition awaits Nigalidze if the accusations are confirmed.

Haunted Mansion Lego!


This Haunted Mansion Lego set is up for your votes -- it's got mine!

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Skyglow: Timelapse film dedicated to the need for light-pollution-free skies for stargazing

Gavin Heffernan tells Boing Boing,

My shooting partner Harun and I just released a wild new experimental timelapse for International Dark Sky Week -- imagining an incredible night sky of stars and star trails over the light polluted city of Los Angeles.

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Insane 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' promo: ANA Dreamliner jet painted like R2-D2

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“Star Wars” fans and aviation geeks, hold on to your butts: Japan’s All Nippon Airways and Disney's “Star Wars” franchise are joining forces, and painting a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to look like R2-D2.

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Hand-painted portraits of famous musicians, on vinyl records

David Bowie. Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen.


David Bowie. Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen.

Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen is hand-painted portraiture of musicians on vinyl records.

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Exotic bird does a great job of imitating video game sounds

This Curl-crested Jay, a bird in the same family as crows, lives at the Criadouro Onca Pintada breeding center in Brazil.

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Humble Last Gasp Bundle!


Pay what you like for DRM-free ebooks featuring Basil Wolverton, pop surrealism, Hi-Fructose, Ron English and many more quality titles from our favorite underground press, Last Gasp.

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Star Wars 'The Force Awakens' desktop wallpaper-able stills from new teaser trailer

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A handful of stills to sweeten your wallpaper with, from that new Episode VII trailer that came out today.

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Probably the best cat GIF ever

QLdCnh Cat goes on car ride to outer space, mind is blown.

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Scythe vs. Weedwhacker

“This is the British Scythe Champion against an experienced agricultural worker with a three-tine brushcutter, working flat-out.”

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Ian McKellen pens lovely essay about Beauty and the Beast table read

via Ian McKellen's website

via Ian McKellen's website

Disney is adapting a ton of its classic cartoons into live action movies, including 1991’s Oscar nominated Beauty and the Beast.

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