New photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide


UPDATE: Ooops, these photos were released in 2014.

Last year, the Seattle Police Department released several dozen newly-developed photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide. The police processed the film as part of a recent reinvestigation into Cobain's death. According to detective Mike Ciesynski, there is still no basis in conspiracy theories that Cobain was murdered.

Ciesynzki says that they will not release any graphic images of Cobain's body.

"What are people going to gain from seeing pictures of Kurt Cobain laying on the ground with his hair blown back, with blood coming out of his nose and trauma to his eyes from a penetrating shotgun wound," he told KIRO-TV. "How's that going to benefit anybody?"

"Dozens of new photos released from Kurt Cobain death probe" (CBS News)

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Raccoon doesn't like his friend swimming


Wayland appears to be a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to having fun.

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108-year-old message in a bottle washes ashore


Afloat on the seas of fate (and on the actual sea) for a century, a message in a bottle released from Plymouth, England, has finally washed up in Amrum, an island off the coast of Germany.

A retired German post office worker has found a message in a bottle that was launched into the sea at the start of the 20th Century.

The man who dropped the bottle in the sea over a century ago was marine biologist, George Parker Bidder who released over 1,020 such bottles between 1904 and 1906. Parker Bidder, who worked at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) in Plymouth, was using the bottles to test deep sea currents. These bottles were specially designed to float just above the sea bed.

Once officially confirmed, this will apparently be the oldest verified message-in-a-bottle, at 108 years.

If you're unimpressed by the distance traveled, another bottle got from England to Australia—in only 17 months. Read the rest

Aerial photos of one square mile of land

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Named for the founding father's plan to create a nation of "yeomen farmers," the "Jefferson Grid" is a beautiful piece of Instagram real estate. [via Kottke] Read the rest

"Iranian hackers" target activists


Motherboard reports on hilariously insistent efforts made by mystery correspondents to trick people into thinking they are news reporters.

The campaign uses sophisticated techniques to get around the extra protection provided by Gmail’s two-factor authentication, which requires a password and a token to log in, as detailed in a new report published on Thursday by Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. While the report doesn’t conclusively point fingers, victims and experts alike think the campaign was likely led by hackers with direct links to the Iranian government or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The sheer persistence of the "hacker" raised a red flag for one recipient, who got a phone call asking them if they'd received an email: “That's when I started to get suspicious—no journalist is THAT demanding,” she said.

This behavior actually makes me think it was a PR person!

The “journalist” then sent the same email, but this time using a Gmail account. The first email was made to look like it was from a Reuters account. There were still no questions in the body, and, once again, it included the phishing link.

“And that's when I knew something weird was going on,” York said, adding that she started “trolling him” by saying she wasn’t going to be able to open the attachment because that’s bad security practice.

At that point, the alleged journalist “got angry” and frustrated, even demanding, “This is from my personal address! Just open it!”

“It was sort of pathetic at that point,” York said, and she stopped answering the phone.

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Watch this street vendor make ice cream in Thailand


It's fun to watch a skilled person doing their thing. In this case, it's a Thai ice cream vendor, who expertly chops fruit and mint into liquid cream poured on a cold metal surface, then shapes it into rolls that he places into a paper cup.

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Troublemakers: trailer for new documentary about pioneering land artists


Troublemakers is a forthcoming documentary about avant-garde NYC artists Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, and Michael Heizer who in the late 1960s broke free from the gallery setting to make insane, provocative, and lasting land art installations in the deserts of the American southwest. Read the rest

A particularly good tall-truck-hits-overhead-sign video

Ah, to know that the driver is oblivious to his or her impending doom. This video, said to be of an unfortunate trucker in Saudi Arabia, is almost as good as the legendary truck-scalping bridge of Durham.

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Blobtastic ferrofluid display

Ferrolic is a prototype ferrofluid display that draws blobby, weird, awesome imprecise bitmaps by manipulating magnetic particles suspended in liquid. Read the rest

MP4 upload test

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Fantastic Four movie bad, says Fantastic Four movie's director


Following a bland but successful blockbuster in the 2000s, fans of The Fantastic Four had high hopes for the new reboot. But it's worse—much worse!—a fact we know because the director said so on Twitter. Read the rest

Reddit bans Coontown and associated racist subreddits

Bravo, Reddit! After so much hogwash about letting it stay on principle, they finally woke up. The problem for Reddit was simple: every ad dollar spent there subsidized a white supremacist community that was getting uncomfortably prominent. It had to go. And it won't be the last. Read the rest

Some of our favorite monsters from “Compendium Of Demonology and Magic” (ca. 1775)

The Prince of Darkness, Dagol devouring human limbs
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A most bizarre book from the late 18th century.

Fantastic Bollywood interpretation of Toni Basil's "Mickey!"

The song is called "Idhi Oka Nandanavanam" and it's a great way to start your Monday.

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Superhero portraits in the style of Dutch masters


Parisian photographer Jackie Tadeoni Sacha Goldberger created this wonderful series of superheroes (and Snow White!) as subjects of Baroque Flemish portraits. Read the rest

Trailer for Alex Gibney's Steve Jobs documentary


Documentary maker Alex Gibney (Going Clear, We Steal Secrets, and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is directing Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. The trailer looks good – I would rather watch this instead of the docudramas about him. It's coming out on 4 September 2015.

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Video: How do pygmy seahorses end up on matching corals?

Pygmy seahorses come in many colors, and biologists wondered whether they seek out coral that matches perfectly, or changed color somehow to match the coral they find. Read the rest

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