Amazon Prime is on sale today only for $67/year

Today, Friday, until 11:59pm PT you can sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription for $67. I use the hell out of Amazon Prime's free two-day shipping on everything from huge boxes of toilet paper to books and records to holiday gifts shipped to family and friends. They should set up a distribution facility at the bottom of my driveway. My kids also take advantage of Prime Video streaming of movies and TV shows on our tablet. (Amazon Prime also includes unlimited photo storage, streaming music, and free Kindle books, but I've never tried those features.) For the usual $99/year, my family absolutely gets our money's worth. It's a steal for $67/year. Amazon Prime Read the rest

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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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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Useful machine browses internet randomly


The Random User is an art installation posted to Vimeo by monobo. [via JWZ]

"A vintage intervened mouse that browse internet randomly, without control. A special user who does not attend UX strategies, CTAs, quality content ... This small desktop experiment explores the identity on the Internet theories and the "Google Analytics" world."

Previously: Eight-switch useless machine Fancy useless machine Most useless machine

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(FALSE RUMOR!) Rambo returns for Last Blood and guess who he'll be fighting


UPDATE: Stalone's rep told Rolling Stone that the below is not true.

"We have teams scouting Iraq and parts of Syria where Isis have their greatest strongholds," Stallone said at Comic-Con.

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Federal judge cancels Washington Redskins trademark


A federal judge today cancelled the Washington Redskins federal trademark registrations on their name because it's racist. US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee's decision affirmed a previous ruling that that the name is offensive to Native Americans and as such can't be legally be protected. The cancellation, hailed by Native American activists as a “huge victory,” doesn’t go into effect until the team has exhausted the appeals process in the federal court system. And Redskins President Bruce Allen vowed Wednesday that the team would appeal.

“We are convinced that we will win on appeal as the facts and the law are on the side of our franchise that has proudly used the name Washington Redskins for more than 80 years, said Resdskins president Bruce Allen.

From the Washington Post:

(Lee rejected) the team’s argument that the vast majority of Native Americans had no objection to the name when the trademarks were granted between 1967 and 1990. Instead the judge questioned why the team ever chose the name, pointing out in his ruling that Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defined the word as “often contemptuous” in 1898, “seventy years prior to the registration of the first Redskins Mark.”
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CNN mistakes a Pride Parade flag covered in dildos for the ISIS flag

A CNN reporter filed an "exclusive" story about a person carrying an "ISIS flag" at yesterday's Pride Parade in London. Read the rest

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Space Oddity meets Up-Goer Five

Alaska Robotics perform a very special cover of Space Oddity in constrained-vocabulary phrasing that restates the lyrics using only the 100 most common English words, in the style of Randall "XKCD" Munroe's Thing Explainer/Up-Goer Five. (via Vi Hart) Read the rest

Reporters easily fooled into writing that chocolate helps you lose weight

John Bohannon conducted a deliberately worthless "study"—15 people eating a chocolate bar a day for three weeks—then set out to see who would publish the paper and who would report whatever he told them to about it. Read the rest

Supreme Court: Police can’t hold suspects without probable cause, to wait for drug-sniffing dog


The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 that the Constitution prohibits police from holding a suspect without probable cause, not even for less than 10 extra minutes--which is about the time it might take to, say, bring in a drug-sniffing dog. Read the rest

Mysterious black ring appears in the sky above Kazakhstan

The mysterious black ring in Kazakhstan explains the mysterious sleeping sickness in Kazakhstan. Case closed.

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Those kids and their 'exploding' heads

"Washington State University researchers have found that an unexpectedly high percentage of young people experience 'exploding head syndrome,' a psychological phenomenon in which they are awakened by abrupt loud noises, even the sensation of an explosion in their head." Read the rest

Watch a short survey of subconscious cinema


Nightmares, hallucinations, daydreams, memories, and fantasies get mashed up in Dreamscience's well-crafted survey of dream sequences in film. NOTE: contains some disturbing images, like the eyeball scene in Un Chien Andalou. Read the rest

Dream sequences supercut

Exactly what it says on the dimly-remembered, surreal tin. Read the rest

Explore Obama’s presidency via this White House photographer's Instagram account

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Photo by Pete Souza

It’s easy to assume Instagram is simply a place for food pics and post-workout selfies, but Pete Souza is using the social media platform for a more historic purpose. As the Chief Official White House Photographer, Souza has an enormous amount of access to the inner workings of the White House and he’s got a great eye for catching small details, which he shares on his Instagram feed.

"President Obama on the White House colonnade today." By Pete Souza via Instagram

The President hugs Rep. John Lewis on Saturday in Selma." By Pete Souza via Instagram

By Pete Souza via Instagram

Since Souza travels with the President, his feed offers an inside look at Obama's ever-changing schedule, which includes everything from diplomatic ceremonies in India to trips on Airforce One to town hall meetings. Not only is Souza a great photographer, he’s also a great storyteller, and his feed documents both the pageantry and the minutiae of the presidency.

"President Obama tosses petals following a wreath laying at Rajghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi, India." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"POTUS boards Air Force One. En route to San Francisco." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"President Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha shop for Christmas gifts at Politics and Prose, a bookstore in Washington, DC on #SmallBizSat" By Pete Souza via Instagram

"Backstage at Stanford University. Yes he did sign it." By Pete Souza via Instagram

And for those who've come to rely on Instagram for cute pet photos, Souza provides plenty of shots of the Obama family's adorable dogs too. Read the rest

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