Headboard made from books

Kassandra bought the books at thrift shops and nailed them in place, double-sided taping the top pages to keep them in place.

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True weird tale of a real-life forest hermit

the-last-hermit-gq-magazine-september-2014-life-02"For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest." His name is Christopher Thomas Knight. [GQ]

Best Dune Tumblrs

Omni Reboot's Esther Kim counts ten of the best [Omni Reboot]

Ferguson: behind police lines helmet-cam video of tactical team teargassing protesters


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published GoPro video footage by staff photographer David Carson "during his embed with the St. Louis County Police tactical team on Monday night." At about 2:45 in, police "come under fire and respond with tear gas."

It's really weird to see the term "embed," which we often use to describe reporters accompanying soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan war zones, being used in the context of local police action within the United States.

Firefighters give mouth-to-mouth emergency aid to koala named Sir Chompsalot

Sir Chompsalot had a rough day.

Sir Chompsalot had a rough day. Photo: ABC

In Melbourne, Australia, emergency crews received a call Thursday night about an injured koala in a tree, who dropped about 10 meters to the ground. Firefighters at the site caught him in a blanket as he fell some 10 meters to the ground. The Country Fire Authority named him Sir Chompsalot.

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Cuissential SlickFroth: Fast milk frother

I often mix stuff into my coffee: cream, coconut oil, medium chain triglycerides, taurine, even some resistant starches like inulin as part of my low carb life. Previoius to getting the slickfroth, I had to choose between a small hand blender or a spoon. I did not expect much (you know, a battery powered small toy) but I have found that this device works much better than I expected as a mini-handblender for liquids and powders. While it will not chop up the contents of thick smoothies, it will mix liquids together or powders into liquids very well. It offers a very useful tool in-between a hand blender (over-kill for many situations) and just mixing with a spoon (often not adequate). -- Dale Simpson

Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 ($18)

Because American Spectator editor likes scotch, weed must remain illegal

Bob Tyrrell, founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator (the stupid person's idea of a smart magazine) enjoys scotch, which is sufficient reason to lock up everyone who doesn't share his taste in recreational drugs.

Both drinking and pot smoking are "coping mechanisms," he concedes, but alcohol is clearly more "civilized" because people can enjoy the taste, drink while reading or conversing, and imbibe without getting "blitzed." All this is either impossible or quite rare among cannabis consumers, Tyrrell asserts with the confidence of someone who has no idea what he's talking about.

Jacob Sullum: Because Bob Tyrrell Prefers Scotch, Marijuana Should Be Banned

Battle of the butt-in-the-air arachnid superheroes

This recent Milo Manara cover painting for a variant issue of Spider-Woman #1 has generated a lot of comments on comic book enthusiast fora.

Poor J. Scott Campbell didn't get nearly the same amount of attention for his 1999 cover of Spiderman in a similar pose:

(Via Heidi MacDonald)

David Rees teaches you how to do the things you think you already know how to do

As host of Going Deep with David Rees on the National Geographic Channel, David teaches viewers how to master often-overlooked skills, like tying your shoes, shaking hands, lighting matches, and making a good first impression.

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No-one pays attention during conference calls

A study proves what we all knew: people on conference calls do anything but participate, be it sending email (63%), eating (55%), shitting (47%), fooling around on twitter and facebook (43%), playing video games (25%), or taking proper phone calls (6%).

The Dystopia Chronicles, book two of the Atopia series by Matthew Mather

The Dystopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 2)

I've been eagerly awaiting Matthew Mather's second Atopia novel, The Dystopia Chronicles. His incredible, and eerily too believable future gets darker!

I really enjoyed the Atopia Chronicles. Mather builds a world that you can sadly visualize occurring within our lifetime. A privileged class of humans, hunkered down on an idyllic floating island, wanting for nothing while the rest of the planet struggles. Relying on a careful blend of virtual reality and science to keep their island happy, some believe their technology can save the world while others seek to get only richer!

Straying away from Atopia's format as a collection of six short stories, Dystopia is a single flowing novel that takes the story off the floating paradise. Mather also weaves in a plot line about religion in an age of science and technology, I found it kinda interesting. Clearly he is building to a very large third novel.

The Dystopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 2)

Ikea may not kill Ikeahackers fan-site after all

Ikeahackers -- a venerable fan-site that competed with Ikea's newly launched, empty "online community" -- were previously threatened by Ikea and looked to face extinction.

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My friend and I play with octopi

Shot off of Bird Rock, Catalina Island, California on a recent trip with Bamboo Reef!

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Newspapers are, pretty much, dead.

Clay Shirky has some some truths: "Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide 'Click to buy' is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really."

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U.S. Copyright Office says it won't register works by animals, plants or supernatural beings

The draft of its official practices, third edition contains a requirement of human authorship:

The U.S. Copyright Office will register an original work of authorship, provided that the work was created by a human being. The copyright law only protects “the fruits of intellectual labor” that “are founded in the creative powers of the mind.” Trade-Mark Cases, 100 U.S. 82, 94 (1879). Because copyright law is limited to “original intellectual conceptions of the author,” the Office will refuse to register a claim if it determines that a human being did not create the work. Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53, 58 (1884). The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy(ies) state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit.

The first example given of something the U.S. Copyright Office will not register is, of course, "a photograph taken by a monkey". The others are:

• A mural painted by an elephant.
• A claim based on the appearance of actual animal skin.
• A claim based on driftwood that has been shaped and smoothed by the ocean.
• A claim based on cut marks, defects, and other qualities found in natural stone.

Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is not required for copyright protection, which takes effect when a work is created. However, registration provides significant legal advantages, such as the ability to receive statutory damages in lawsuits.