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Crowdfunding Mayday.US developer's tuition for code camp

As a volunteer, Brian Boyko developed the Mayday.US site that helped Lawrence Lessig's Mayday.US anti-PAC raise $11M to fight campaign finance corruption, and now he wants to go to code camp.

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Funky librarians

The librarians of Vernon, Illinois want you for their summer reading program, and they're not shy about it! (Thanks, Sharpchair64!)

Roll-up floating pool-pad that supports up to 1300lbs

The largest-sized Aqua Lily Pad weighs 57lbs and unrolls to 20' long, and will support up to 1300lbs of sun-loungers, coolers, and people.

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Utility knife in a zipper-pull

Gerber's GDC Zip Blade measures 1.7" when closed and is intended to be used as a zipper-pull (it has a quick-release) -- the 0.68" blade locks open for a total length of 1.7" (there's also a multidriver and hexkey version) (via Canopy)

Winners of the 2015 Locus Awards!

The winners from last night's Locus Awards Banquet in Seattle have been announced:

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New York from space towel


From Schönstaub, who make the amazing sized-to-order celestial rugs, comes the NYC from space beach-towel.

Parasite playing cards

The lucky attendees at this year's meeting of the American Societe of Parasitologists got a gorgeous deck of parasite-themed playing cards into their conference bags.

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How quickly can you turn a meme into an object and back into a meme?


Rev Dan Catt has been experimenting with "flip-flops" since 2012, taking a popular digital image, getting a physical thing made from it, turning that into a new popular digital image -- but the Google "Inceptionism" image-processing shirt was a world-beater.

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Wil Wheaton on depression

In a heartfelt and frank interview (conducted by our own Caroline Siede!), Wil Wheaton discusses the moment he realized he needed help with his clinical depression, and the moment he realized that the help was helping.

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Upcycling with comics fabric makes for great nerdy women's wear


Hana from Unplugged Studio upcycles new and vintage clothes mixed with comics-themed prints to make great, nerdy women's wear: Wonder Woman lace thong, Captain America partially-lined tee, vintage Levi's TMNT shorts, vintage Marvel Wrangler shorts. (via Geeky Merch)

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Fire-pistons: start fires by compressing air


The Survival School Fire Piston is a gadget that uses a hand-pumped piston to compress air, creating enough heat to spark a bit of tinder.

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David Byrne and St Vincent celebrate Color Guard with astounding Contemporary Color show

David Byrne and St Vincent are touring Contemporary Color, a concert accompanied by a huge, choreographed color guard show.

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Texas Instruments graphic calclulator boots Android

It's only Android 1.6, but still, that's impressive! Naturally, the sourcefiles are on Github.

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Building a wattle-and-daub hut with your bare hands

Primitive Technology's handyman starts with a stone axe and a fire-stick, then painstakingly builds up a 2m^2 hut with a bed, fireplace, chimney and thatched roof.

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A 1,000-year-long-song for your phone

Paul writes, "Pogues founder Jem Finer created Longplayer in the late 1990's, a one-thousand-year-long piece of transcendent music which started playing at the stroke of midnight as the year 2000 started. It's finally available as an app, so you can hear it whenever you want and contemplate what it will take to keep the song playing for the remaining 985 years it has to run."

Motorcycle helmets that look like shaved heads


Designer Jyo John Mulloor created these custom motorcycle helmets to look like the bare heads of the riders underneath.

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