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Byzantine fault-tolerance considered harmful


No matter what we do to make out networks better, we make them worse.

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Cecily Strong crushes it at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Not since Colbert's roast of GWB in 2006 has a comedian's Nerd Prom monologue been so outrageously funny. Obama's bit was pretty awesome, too.

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Toy, snap-fit hydraulics

Small Machines are snap-fit, laser-cut simple hydraulic machines that use standard syringes and plastic tubing filled with tap-water for motion-control.

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Crowdfunding Cosmoquest, ex-NASA citizen science project


Commandline writes, "Dr. Pamela Gay is the principal investigator on a fantastic citizen science project, Cosmoquest, that sadly has been a casualty of reduced funding for NASA and for space science generally."

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Obituary for an amazing history teacher


Katie sez, "This is an article by a friend of mine about a teacher who passed this week from our high school in Ontario, Canada. This history teacher had the students dig trenches, sleep in cold, wet tents, march and "mow down" other students all in an awesome example of teaching. I had already graduated after the first class did this, but it made headlines every year."

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Star Wars blueprints aloha shirt

Real rayon! $50 from Thinkgeek: droids, tie-fighters, and the plans for the Death Star (naturally).

Kazuo Ishiguro on writing, characters and novels

Rick Kleffel sez, "I spoke with Kazuo Ishiguro about his new book, The Buried Giant, and his means of using the literary toolkit of the fantastic to excavate the human psyche. It proved to be great fun. "

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Fascinating, wide-ranging discussion with William Gibson

Fenwick writes, "I had the tremendous opportunity to have a public talk with William Gibson when my university asked if I'd would to do a public talk with a public figure. I had no idea I'd be so lucky as to talk with William Gibson when I agreed. I thought you might be a kick out of our wide-ranging, fun discussion about science fiction and the future."

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Fiction: Someone to Watch Over Me

Amala's got a new job: monitoring paroled prisoners' CCTV feeds. What she sees isn't nearly so disturbing as who sees her seeing it. A tale of science fictional horror from the new Black Candies - Surveillance.Read the rest

Kickstarting a lab where maker-kids produce amazing peer-educational materials


Andy from Steamlabs writes, "We challenged a sixth grade class to make learning about the power grid engaging and they designed a high-tech, science centre style exhibit over a 3 week period."

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VISUALIZE: Daily routines of accomplished creative people


This chart summarizes data from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, providing that rarest of treasures: an infographic that actually improves the legibility of information.

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Iridescent insect sculptures from ewaste


UK artist Julie Alice Chapell's Computer Component Bugs sculptures are iridescent, intricate assemblage sculptures made from ewaste.

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Slack's CEO gives charmingly bullshit-free justification for $2.8B valuation


The delightful Stewart Butterfield: "Q So do you think Slack is worth $3 billion? A It is, because people say it is."

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Haunted Mansion Lego!


This Haunted Mansion Lego set is up for your votes -- it's got mine!

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Humble Last Gasp Bundle!


Pay what you like for DRM-free ebooks featuring Basil Wolverton, pop surrealism, Hi-Fructose, Ron English and many more quality titles from our favorite underground press, Last Gasp.

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Pop Sonnets, the book -- the Bard meets Backstreet Boys

The Shakespearean delights of Pop Sonnets, one of my favorite reads, are being collected in a new book to be published in October.

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Excerpt from Neal Stephenson's forthcoming novel Seveneves

Neal Stephenson's posted the first 26 pages of his forthcoming novel Seveneves, "a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years."

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