Darth Vader plushies

Texas Roll Mafia makes these 9.5" tall Darth Vader plushies to order for $25, hand stitching them from felt and finishing them with acrylic and fabric paint. (via Geeky Merch)

Mickthulhu Mouse


A tee from the Neatorama shop: $20.

US Forestry Service wages war on photography in national forests


The new, stupid ban on "professional" photography violates the First Amendment, the Service admits that there's no actual need for it, and it will undermine the visibility of the national forests at a time when they are under unprecedented threat from developers, the energy sector, and mining.

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Stormtrooper pencil-skirt


Geeky U1 makes smart American Apparel pencil-skirts screened with bold Stormtrooper-in-a-suit silhouettes for a look that's business-max-casual; they're made to order for $22. (via Geeky Merch)

Adjustable Pac Man and ghost ring


Silverholic's adjustable Pac Man rings come in silver- or gold-plated brass for $11 (price includes gift-box). (via Geeky Merch)

MGM shuts down volunteer "Rocky" charity run

The Philadelphia run, which recreates a scene from Rocky II, raises money to buy sneakers for a charity; MGM has seen its success and has partnered with a for-profit company to launch a non-charitable version and now has clobbered the volunteers to clear away competition.

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Hand-painted custom Walking Dead shoes


Etsy-based shoepainter Beressy Art will make you custom Walking Dead shoes for $126.05, including the shoes -- you get to specify the design and characters (also available: My Little Pony, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more!). (via Geeky Merch)

Phantom Manor stretch portrait/princess mashups


That Disney Lover's created a set of Haunted Mansion stretch gallery portrait mashups featuring the paintings from Disneyland Paris's Phantom Manor (originals here) and characters from Disney animated features; the Ariel/Ursula one is inspired.

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Gloriously weird remixed Victorian woodcuts


George K's tumblr, Olex Oleole, is a beautiful running feed of gloriously weird remixes of Victorian woodcuts, in the style of the brilliant Dan Hillier.

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NZ's National Party sued by Eminem for copyright infringement


The National Party was instrumental in passing the harsh "strict liability" NZ copyright laws that offer no relief from liability, even for people who buy licenses that turn out to have been offered in error -- as appears to be the case in the National Party campaign ad that used Lose Yourself for bed music.

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Rightscorp cuts-and-runs as soon as it is challenged in court

Rightscorp -- a firm that asks ISPs to disconnect you from the Internet unless you pay it money for alleged, unproven copyright infringements -- was finally challenged in court by an ISP, Texas's Grande Communications; as soon as it looked like it would have the legal basis for its business-model examined by a judge, the company cut and ran, withdrawing its threats.

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Kim Dotcom accuses NZ PM Key of conspiring with Warner to extradite him to US


Dotcom claims he has emails between New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Warner exec Kevin Tsujihara in which Tsujihara explains that Dotcom was followed by private security in Hong Kong and that Key had made the extradition promise to Warner as part of the deal to shoot The Hobbit in NZ (the MPAA, Warner and Key's office all dispute the email's authenticity).

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Kickstarting A is for Zebra, subversive alphabets by Crap Hound's Sean Tejaratchi


It's a twisted, genius alphabet book in the style of Tejaratchi's (more) wonderful found-art collage zine Crap Hound, and published by the brilliant Portland zine store Reading Frenzy; $20 gets you your own copy.

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William Gibson reads Neuromancer

It's from the original audio edition of his seminal 1984 novel, which is sadly no longer available, though it's easy enough to find bootlegs online.

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BBC tells Australian govt to treat VPN users as pirates

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has told an Australian government proceeding that people who use VPNs a lot should be assumed to be engaged in piracy, that ISPs should surveil their users, that websites should be censored by Chinese-style national firewalls, and that the families of people accused of watching TV the wrong way should be disconnected from the Internet.

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