Tender arthropod: mama centipede cradles her young

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Ivealreadyreddit, who's working in Thailand, posted this picture of a tropical centipede cradling her newly hatched babies. Dawwww. Read the rest

REVEALED: the trick behind magicians' baffling coin-vanishes

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The quickness of the hand deceives the eye. Read the rest

Reddit published a real book collecting its best AMAs

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Reddit has published a hardcover compendium of the editor's favorite AMAs from r/IAmA. The 400 page tome, Ask Me Anything, includes AMAs with Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Martha Stewart, the Waffle House Grill Masters, Spike Lee, Bill Gates, Bette Midler, and many more. The book contains original portraits by u/youngluck and introductions from the r/IAmA Mods. Of course, the AMAs are available for free online but this is a tangible object, limited edition, etc. $35.

"Ask Me Anything (A collection of Reddit's best from r/IAmA Volume 1)" (Amazon)

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Parenting and sysadminning are remarkably similar

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Six years ago, I wrote a column comparing IT managers' prohibitions on using your own devices and applications to abstinence-only sex ed: a high-handed approach that leaves its audience ignorant and resentful, and dedicated to undermining you behind your back. Read the rest

Sheriff's SWAT team poses with warrant, "Come Back With a Warrant" doormat

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The Come Back With a Warrant" doormat is an American classic (I prefer my suburban take on the motif). Read the rest

Loadingicon: trippy looping gif animations to distract and delight

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Loadingicons should loop, use a constrained color palette, and be fun enough to look at that they could distract a user while a computer or network churns away in the background. Read the rest

Tweens are smarter than you think: the wonderful, true story of the ERMAHGERD meme

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Maggie Goldenberger and her fourth- and fifth-grade pals used to amuse themselves by dressing up in weird clothes, doing crazy stuff to their hair, and posing for polaroids holding funny objects and making weird faces. Years later, Goldenberger uploaded some of her favorites to her Myspace and Facebook accounts, which led to Jeff Davis, who she didn't know, posting it to Reddit, where a Redditor called Plantlife ganked it and captioned it with "GERSBERMS. MAH FRAVRIT BERKS" -- and a meme was born. Read the rest

Chest-height puking toilet in a nightclub bathroom

This Czech nightclub has a special standing-height toilet for puking into -- but I bet they don't have urinals that sort piss by the booze you've consumed (meanwhile, check out that "puke here" ped-glyph!). Read the rest

What Reddit could have looked like in the 1980s

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Remember back in the day, when you could dial in to Reddit on your 2400 baud modem and read AMAs by President Reagan and Madonna?

Texas doctor's consent form for women seeking abortions

Redditor Mystharia terminated a pregnancy for medical reasons last week; her doctor gave her this consent form, mandated by -- and scathingly attacking -- the Texas legislature, which requires the doctor to enumerate an eye-wateringly detailed account of the foetal development before termination. (Icon: Kevin Dooley/CC-BY) Read the rest

Reddit's new content policy goes into effect, many horrible subreddits banned or quarantined

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People who use those forums are predictably upset.

Reddit's Head of Community quits

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Jessica Moreno was the fourth senior female employee to exit in less than a month, reports Noah Kulwin for Recode.

From Jessica Moreno:

I have enjoyed my time at Reddit but after four years I feel that it’s time for me to move on. While I am working with Steve on a transition plan, I am looking forward to taking time off to spend with my family. It was a difficult decision to make right now as Reddit is taking difficult steps in a much needed positive direction. I’m excited to see the progress being made and glad I could be a part of it.

Reddit's new CEO has entertained the idea of imposing more rigorous policies aimed at preventing harassment, but it has the look of anxious PR activity squeezed out by public and investor pressure. Dorkno-libertarians committed to subsidizing white supremacist subreddits on principle: unhappy. Everyone else: unhappier.

Update: Moreno explained why she's leaving, and says it has nothing to do with gender issues: "I have always felt respected as a colleague here and managed to surround myself with good people in an industry not always known for that. The theory that I am leaving because of recent changes in policy is also false as I happily participated in creating those changes and stand by the decision to enforce them." Read the rest

Why "All Lives Matter" instead of "Black Lives Matter" is such a stupid thing to say

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This is a great Reddit thread.

When moderators attack

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The New York Times's Adrian Chen reports on what happens when websites rely on unpaid labor to police their communities: trouble, such as Reddit becoming useless for days as the landscape of control shifts and cracks.
The moderator class has become so detached from its mediating role at Reddit that it no longer functions as a means of creating a harmonious community, let alone a profitable business. It has become an end in itself — a sort of moderatocracy in which the underlying logic of moderation has been turned on its head. Under the watch of its moderators, Reddit has become a haven for extremists: The Southern Poverty Law Center recently called it the new ‘‘home on the Internet’’ for white supremacists, and it also functions as the central organizing point for the dubious ‘‘men’s rights’’ movement. For years, a moderator with the handle Violentacrez presided over an empire of execrable content on the site, including a hugely popular subreddit that shared sexualized photos of under-age girls, and another that glorified violence against women.

Boing Boing is moderated by supernatural creatures, which complicates matters. Read the rest

Almost every Reddit comment as a single massive download

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Some 1.6 billion of them are yours, courtesy of Archive.org.

This is an archive of Reddit comments from October of 2007 until May of 2015 (complete month). This reflects 14 months of work and a lot of API calls. This dataset includes nearly every publicly available Reddit comment. Approximately 350,000 comments out of ~1.65 billion were unavailable due to Reddit API issues.

You'll be needing about 5Gb, just for the compressed dataset. Read the rest

What was on Reddit's front door the day you joined?

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A quick but clever archive.org hack. Above, Reddit in 2007. Read the rest

Reddit's going to remove "copyrighted material?" As if.

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Reddit's proposed new policies continue its principled ideological commitment to ignoring problems. But it also wants to do something about copyright infringement. Perhaps Reddit can brush its white supremacy and rape advice subreddits under the rug! But can it live without copyrighted material? Get real, Reddit! Read the rest

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