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Portraits of homeless people using libraries


Libraries, "the last bastion of democracy," are a haven for America's 500,000 homeless people, where literature, Internet access, and nonfiction can come together to provide respite from the relentless brutality of life on the streets.

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Obama urges Senate to preserve NSA's illegal, useless phone record program

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President Obama is urging the Senate to reauthorize the NSA's illegal and useless spy program that collects millions of Americans' phone records.

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High wind frustrates man's effort to drink water

Iceland should license this to include in a tourism promotion video!

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How police punish impoverished victims of car insurance scams

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Scumbags posing as car insurance brokers sell fraudulent car insurance policies to poor people. Then the cops tow the poor people's cars and tell them the only way to get their car back is to be the high bidder when the seized car is auctioned.

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Volvo says horrible "self-parking car accident" happened because car didn’t have "pedestrian detection" option

The driver of this car assumed the "self-parking" system would prevent the car from running into people. Sadly, he was wrong.

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Go behind-the-scenes with 'Mad Max: Fury Road' raw stunt footage

This raw footage provides an inside look at the making of Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Wes Anderson's new cafe

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Wes Anderson designed a new cafe in Milan, called Bar Luce. You can even play Steve Zissou pinball there.

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Chop Sizzle Wow: cookbook / comic mash-up with 50 recipes

The name Chop Sizzle Wow sounds vaguely like a Japanese cooking show, so I was surprised to discover that this delightful cookery and comix mash-up is actually derived from a classic 1950 Italian cookbook called Il Cucchiaio d’Argento, or The Silver Spoon. That grand work had 2,000 recipes, boiled down here to a svelte “50 step-by-step kitchen adventures.”

This large-format cookbook is categorized into the usual suspects: appetizers, pasta, main courses, and desserts & baking. But the main difference from most cookbooks is that each recipe is presented in a page or two of sequential art. It’s Mario Batali for the Marvel and DC crowd – or for anyone who learns best from visual aids. The illustrations, though, are less superhero and more quaintly utilitarian. These aren’t the gorgeously rendered drawings in Cooks Illustrated, but they do the trick and fit the format. Aside from the occasional size relativity issue, it’s quite clear what each of the illustrations is portraying, and they make it easy to envision the dish from start to finish. In an age of effortless photography, one has to marvel at the time taken to put each of these little drawings on paper.

The recipes are quite basic as well. Each set of ingredients is depicted at the top of the page and is a good reminder that tasty, wholesome food can be made with few ingredients and basic methods. There’s no molecular gastronomy here to scare off the kitchen first-timers. Kids will no doubt enjoy learning with this book, and the slick splatter-resistant cover will keep the book looking good when they do. Further informational gems reside in the introduction and the back of the book: recipe notes, techniques in detail, glossary, index, and menu ideas. Will you like this book as much as I do? I cannoli hope so. – Aaron Downey

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Owner of brand-new C7 Corvette Z06 smashes car into tree within 24 hours off the lot

Wow. So here's what $20,000 of damage to a C7 Corvette Z06 looks like.

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Full-color superhero crepes

Takes some real skill to produce this kind of edible beauty.

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Watch robot bird launch off oversized robot cockroach

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This is UC Berkeley's H2Bird ornithopter micro aerial vehicle launching off a VeolicRoACH mobile robot! Video below.

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50th Nebula Awards Weekend coming to Chicago


Jun 4-7, join science fiction writers from around the world for events including a banquet, a self-publishing workshop, and a tour of Fermilab.

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Survey of table flipping

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DutchAsHell surveys "the many forms and functions" of table flipping for use "in those moments when words are just not enough."

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Truck transforms into dog

This fantastic wind-up truck transforms into a dog.

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The Beschissen Curve

beschizzen-beschizza With respect to the finding that cheap wine is as good as expensive wine, I respectfully submit that free wine is better than any other wine.

Cheap wine rated as good as expensive wine

Vox demonstrates that expensive wine isn't preferred by drinkers until they are "trained" to like it. The distribution of gold medals in competitions is not only close to random, but one study found that professional judges often can't tell what they're drinking. Moreover, they tend to favor expensive-tagged tipples, even when intentionally spiked to taste worse. [via Digg]

On the other hand, the narrator's quip about 5x as expensive not being 5x as good— hilarious, every time!—vaguely reflects a desire that matters of taste can still be measured in some objective way.

In that vein, see the legendary and fully objective "Beschissen Curve" which explains, scientifically, how good the wine is, and which I totally didn't just make up.

Amazing Kreskin launched a supernatural dating service!

The Amazing Kreskin launched a dating service for people interested in "visitations by aliens, haunted houses, extra sensory perception, astrology, mind control, curses, spirit healing, vampires, zombies, prophecy, contacting the dead, mind reading and anything in between." Supernatural Dating Society (via Weird Universe)

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