The clown-prince of DHS checkpoint refusal videos

We've covered Checkpoint Refusal videos before (1, 2, 3) -- these are videos recorded by people who object to the DHS's internal checkpoints, where you are asked (but can refuse) to state your citizenship and allow your car to be searched -- but I missed the most prolific, funniest, and weirdest checkpointer of them all: Robert Trudell.

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Found Night Valeish poetry: Collection of surreal changelog and patch-note messages

@thestrangelog collects "the strange poetry of changelogs and patch notes," publishing them verbatim ("All byzantine emperors will now have clothes regardless of what DLCs are enabled.").

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Death ray free to a good home


An ad on the Gumtree notice-board site offers up "Simon Hackett's Internode Death Ray" -- a TV ad prop -- free to a good home in South Australia.

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Plush, hooded superhero bathrobes


If the fleece hooded Captain America bathrobe wasn't to your taste, perhaps you'd prefer Batman, Harley Quinn, or Deadpool? $50 each from Thinkgeek.

Leatherbound Nicola Tesla hollow book/safe


The Hollow Book Company (previously) has expanded its line of hollow book-safes (some with matching whisky flasks!), including this fabulous leatherbound Nicola Tesla book-safe. (via Geeky Merch)

Watercolorbot 2.0


New from Evil Mad Scientist Labs, the 2.0 version of their Watercolorbot, a plotter than uses a brush and a palette of watercolors to automatically paint watercolor pictures.

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Full-head, animated latex-masks


You might already be familiar with Digital Dudz, the costume tees and bodysuits with pouches for a smartphone displaying an animation that adds comedy (or horror) to the effect; but did you know that Morphsuits also does full-head latex masks that work the same way?

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Papercraft R2-D2 dreidel


The downloadable PDF pattern for making your own droidel comes from Bonnie Burton's excellent Star Wars Craft Book.

CPU Wars 2.0: expanded top trumps with processors


Harry writes, "Ever since launching CPU WARS Volume 1.0 people had been asking me for more CPUs and gameplay. After a lot of work and research we have finally done it! CPU WARS Volume 2.0 - The Battle of the Servers has now launched!

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Gates Foundation mandates open access for all the research it funds

Effective January 17, all research funded in whole or in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation must be published in journals that are immediately free-to-access, under a Creative Commons Attribution-only license.

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New emoji for Unicode 8, including "TACO"


The Unicode Consortium is finalizing its plans for version 8, and 37 new emoji are among the candidates for the final release, including "ZIPPER-MOUTH FACE," "MONEY-MOUTH FACE," "SIGN OF THE HORNS" and "TACO".

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Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 1 hardcover

Saga, the creator-owned gonzo science fiction comic from Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples may be the best sf comic since Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan, and the three collections published to date are already canon, with the long-awaited number four around the corner. To get all your friends ready for it, there’s a new gorgeous, massive hardcover volume collecting the first three installments.

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D20 rug


The Critical Hit D20 rug is 43"x38", with a non-skid backing, and ensures that your living spaces always make their saving throws.

Chewbacca rugs

Princess Leia apparently decided the "walking carpet" should just become a carpet: it comes in 6'x3' or 8'x4', for $100/$150.

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: why only an anthropologist can tell the story of Anonymous


The Spectator has just run my review of Gabriella Coleman's Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous , an anthropological recounting of the glories and disasters of Anonymous.

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