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3 minutes of dogs and babies being impossibly adorable

In some countries, you need a doctor's prescription for a mood stabilizer this powerful. [video link]

Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat) and photographer Glen E. Friedman on the images in 'My Rules'

Photographer Glen E. Friedman has a new book out in September, 'My Rules,' which represents some 30 years and 7 pounds of gorgeous hardcore, hiphop, and skateboarding history. He got together with his old friend Ian MacKaye at Dischord House just outside of Washington D.C. to discuss some of the photographs in Glen's forthcoming book. Below, a couple of great shots of Minor Threat in the early 1980s by Glen.

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Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.


Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.


Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.

Face tracking + projection mapping = very strange

credit: Nobumichi Asai

Watch a Texas lawman's pathetic scramble for a reason not to record him

In this video, shot in April by Andrewwake58, Gray County Sheriff's Deputy Stokes tries every conceivable tactic to illegally intimidate a citizen who is peacefully recording him without interfering. Deputy Stokes invents imaginary laws, tries repeatedly to seize the camera, illegally orders the citizen to stop recording, demands identity papers without justification. When all else fairs, the Deputy declares that if the citizen journalist doesn't comply, that he can just "make stuff up" to make him stop.

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'Little Apple,' new viral hit from China's Chopstick Brothers

Above, 'Little Apple,' a short music/comedy short by Beijing's 'Chopstick Brothers,' Xiao Yang and Wang Taili.

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'The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed,' from Jonathan Mann's 'Animals' album

[Video Link] "The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed," an animated ditty from the Album "Animals" by Jonathan "Song A Day" Mann. Give him some dough if you like his work.

Half of all clinical trials never published: help do something about it

Victoria from Sense About Science writes, "International Clinical Trials Day is on Tuesday May 20th but half of all clinical trials have never been published and some have not even been registered. Help the AllTrials.net petition get to 100,000 signatures by International Clinical Trials Day and end the era of secrecy. Hundreds of thousands of people participated in these trials. If action is not taken urgently, information on what was done and what was found in trials could be lost forever, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine and trials being repeated unnecessarily. Sign and share the petition at AllTrials.net. Tweet #AllTrials."

How car crash test photography is done

When you're finished, here's more car crash test porn from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (via Laughing Squid)

Glenn Greenwald and Michael Hayden debate surveillance

Every year, Canada's Munk debates feature high-level, high-profile debates on burning policy issues. This year, they debated surveillance, and the participants were Glenn Greendwald and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on the anti-surveillance side and former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on the pro-surveillance side. Although the debating partners do a lot in this, the real freight is carried by Hayden and Greenwald, both of whom are more fact-intensive than the others.

I have a bias here, but I think that Greenwald wiped up the floor with Hayden (the post-debate polls from the room support this view). It was particularly useful to have Hayden being grilled by a well-informed opponent who was allowed to go after the easy dismissals and glib deflections. Normally, he gets to deliver some well-polished talking points and walk away -- this was something I hadn't seen before.

This is just about the best video you're going to watch on the surveillance debate. It kicks off around the 30m mark.

Watch Live: Glenn Greenwald Debates Former NSA Director Michael Hayden

Konrad's "Evil," rare 1982 outsider synthpop reissued

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Konrad's "Evil" is a scarce 1982 private press LP of strange and curiously compelling bedroom electronic music infused with far out fantasies (realities?) of UFOs, synchronicities, and quantum weirdness. But who was Konrad? Crate digger Jeff Hassett of the Waxidermy blog found out when, after reviewing Evil on his site, Konrad posted a comment and revealed himself as Idaho resident Barry Konarik. As a result, this outsider masterpiece is being reissued on a high-quality vinyl pressed from the original and restored master tapes. The limited first edition will also include a bonus 45 of three additional tracks. It's yet another lovely package from Ethereal Sequence, the label founded by Douglas Mcgowan, producer of the stunning I Am The Center new age compilation previously reviewed here. Konrad's Evil comes home to roost on June 10. Above, a brief interview with Konrad and below, one of the album tracks.

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Watch this awesome time-lapse video of the total lunar eclipse

Video: Gorgeous time-lapse of the recent total lunar eclipse (April, 2014) by Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona.

An explanation, from NASA's Astronomy Pic of the Day:

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Pug levitates up stairs

[video link, HT: @harryallen]

John and Yoko in love and on love

"It's all true folks. All you need is love." (Blank on Blank)

Adorable kittens, 9 days old, cry adorably and are available for adoption (video)

Warning: THIS VIDEO MAY CAUSE YOU TO DIE OF CUTENESS.

Happy Caturday. Ah, listen to this 9-day-old kitten's adorable squeals! Boing Boing pal Miles O'Brien was learning how to fly his camera drone with one hand after becoming one-handed. At the drone flying range near Washington, DC, a friend had a few 9-day old kittens hanging out on a blanket.

If you would like to adopt one of them, contact Nikki Driver at ndriver8411@gmail.com. Nikki is a vet, so they're in good hands. She and the kittens are near Charlottesville, VA.

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Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes talks '80s punk on Daily Show; wears homage to GWAR and Dave Brockie

Gibby Haynes, best known as the frontman for the great Texas experimental psychedelic-hardcore band The Butthole Surfers, appeared on The Daily Show With John Stewart last night. Author Yates Wuelfing was on to promote her new book, "No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens." Stewart revealed that he once bartended at the famed NJ punk club. It was "a place you could play between New York and Philadelphia," said Gibby, who wore the word GWAR on his forearm as an homage to the late Dave Brockie.

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Black Simon and Garfunkel play Lorde's "Royals"

Black Simon and Garfunkel, aka The Roots' Captain Kirk Douglas and Questlove, cover Lorde's "Royals." (via Laughing Squid)

Video: Beak-cam of rescued pelican relearning to fly

A pelican knocked around by a storm near Tanzinia's Mahale Mountains was rescued and taught to fly again. Here's beautiful "beak-cam" footage of the soaring bird. (No, GoPro didn't pay us to post this clip.) (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)

Happy Fangs: anthemic female punk pop

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Happy Fangs is the punk pop duo formed last year by singer Rebecca Gone Bad (formerly of My First Earthquake) and guitarist Michael Cobra of King Loses Crown, plus drum machine. Their self-titled EP, released last year, is a raucous force of noisy guitar and anthemic vocals that thrill me like the late-1970s sounds of X-Ray Spex, Siouxsie, and Suburban Lawns. (Listen here!) Tonight, the band plays in their hometown of San Francisco at Slim's as part of Noise Pop 2014. Tickets available here. It'll be their first show with their new live drummer, Jess Gowrie. To celebrate, we're delighted to premiere this version of the slow-burning Happy Fangs track "Alone," remixed by Mercury Rev's Anthony Molina. Listen above. (Here's the original song.) And below, the video for the single "Lion Inside You," from the Happy Fangs EP.

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Seven minutes of Zach King's brilliant "digital sleight of hand"

Bravo, Zach King! Here's a profile of King, the master of what he calls "digital sleight of hand." And of course, more of his video fun at Vine and YouTube.

The Golden Age of insect aviation

"My first project using TV Paint animation software," writes animator Wayne Unten. "(No rotoscoping used. Where's the fun in that?!) My work-in-progress can be found on my blog: animatingforfun.com." [Video Link]

John Lennon/Van Halen mashup: "Imagine a Jump"

Might Mike's Imagine/Jump mashup has a lot of precision in its execution, a great tempo/pitch match. I can't say as it's the catchiest tune I've yet heard, but I can really appreciate the execution.

Mighty Mike - Imagine a jump (John Lennon vs. Van Halen)

PBS NewsHour: Scientists search for understanding of dark matter (video)

PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien goes underground in pursuit of dark matter:

At the bottom of a nickel mine near Sudbury, Ontario, scientists at one of the world's most sophisticated particle physics observatories are investigating one of the biggest mysteries of the cosmos: What is dark matter? Science correspondent Miles O'Brien helps to shed some light on the research at SNOLAB.

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Gestural paintings from charcoal-coated body

For her "Emptied Gestures" series, Heather Hansen coats her limbs in charcoal and then uses her body to paint beautiful shapes and forms on huge pieces of paper. I bet when she makes snow angels, they are prettier than mine. (via Imaginary Foundation)

Super-slow motion beatboxing

Bavaria-born DJ and YouTube microstar Flula Borg reveals how strange beatboxing looks in super slow motion. He says his lips are “like the vagina of a brontosaurus.” More at Laughing Squid.

Crowdfunding a sustainable kidnapping movement

Richard and Allen are kidnappers from a multigenerational kidnapping family. They're thingstarting a sustainable, green kidnapping practice that supports local farmers, green energy, and a community focus with biodegradable filthy rags and organic chloroform. They've got some great rewards for supporters, too -- I want a copy of their book Sustainable Kidnapping, with a forward by Michael Pollan!

Sustainable Kidnapping (Thingstarter Ep. 4 of 6) (Thanks, Matt!)

Snake: crowdfunding an encrypted, easy-to-use social network

Riccardo sez, "Snake is an end-to-end encrypted social network running in a browser (standard Web page or plugin) or as a mobile application. We already have a prototype but we are launching a crowdfunding campaign to make it real, and we need your help! Our aim is to make it easy for *everyone* to have one-to-one and many-to-many secure communications, using an interface similar to classic social networks such as Facebook."

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ACLU's Santa Claus is Coming to Town video

Jack from the ACLU sez, "We just posted a parody music video that pokes fun at the NSA with some holiday spirit (and some 'Jackass' thrown in for good measure)."

The NSA is Coming to Town (Thanks, Josh!)

Video: BASE jumping disaster

Here's some beautiful footage of a BASE jump gone terribly wrong in Moab, Utah. I'll be honest: I didn't make it all the way through this video because I was getting a little woozy. Show this to all your friends who are considering taking up BASE jumping.

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The linguistics of Death Metal, and how to translate common English phrases into the Dark Lord's Tongue


The Black Metal band "Code." Photo: Shutterstock.

Doug Moore's "Death Metal English" post at Invisible Oranges is the funniest thing I've read on the internet in a long time. He performs a linguistic analysis of the lyrics in Death Metal music, notes its use of adjectives and baroquely florid multisyllabic arcaneness, and offers some helpful translations of common English phrases.

Normal English: “This bok choy isn’t very good”
Death Metal English: “CASTIGATING THE VERDANT ISSUANCE OF THE SOILS OF JIANGNAN”

Normal English: “I need to take a nap”
Death Metal English: “RIPPED INTO THE UTTER EXHAUSTION OF THE MIDDLE DAY”

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