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Rowlf the dog gives a dramatic reading of “Grim Grinning Ghosts.”

Part of the ongoing Disneyland/Muppet crossover video series: I'm away from home and blogging this so that my daughter sees it!

Commercial for Banksy's Dismaland

The sold-out installation at Weston-super-Mare is a carnival of dark delights and clearly fun for the whole family. (via JWZ) yNB645

Final Pratchett novel is out: The Shepherd's Crown

Well, The Shephed's Crowd (a Tiffany Aching book) is out in the UK, anyway -- (idiotically) the US release will be Sept 1.

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Boston's WGBH initiates careless, groundless legal action against Fedflix project

Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, "I got mugged by a bunch of Boston hooligans. Readers of Boing Boing may be familiar with my FedFlix project which has resulted in 6,000 government videos getting posted to YouTube and the Internet Archive."

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Darren Dutton's weird comedy remix masterpiece: Badgers

Darren Dutton outdoes himself with a very funny pastoral pastiche, handmade from 100% recycled materials.

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Beautifully shot video of a different kind of string quartet

Jordan sez, "Fourplay are a one-of-a-kind string quartet. Much more of a band than a classical ensemble. They jam out songs, they have vocals, they rock. We did a film clip!"

Girls care more about playing as girls than boys do about playing as girls

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It's never a bad time to revisit this GDC Vault talk from Ashly Burch and Rosalyn Wiseman about how gender and sexuality portrayals in video games are received by audiences. Burch and Wiseman have done some research into how games impact the social lives of young people, and how important representation is to boys versus girls.

The results are fun and interesting, and especially yield important takeaways for media makers hoping to broaden the appeal of their work. In particular, Burch looks at surveys indicating that boys seem to care less whether they play as male or female characters as they get older, while girls seem to care more about playing as their own gender.

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"What's interesting to me about this is that if men don't care over time, and women prefer to play as their own gender more over time, it seems more advantageous to include female protagonists," says Burch. "So why are we not catering to the demographic with the stronger desire?"

Header image is a "female link" clipped from some official Zelda artbook, images of which seem to've originated on GoNintendo.

This video will show you how to live so long, you'll be the oldest person alive on the planet.

Strangely, the advice becomes more and more strange as this video unfolds.

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The (real) hard problem of AI

It's not making software that can solve our problems: it's figuring out how to pose those problems so that the software doesn't bite us in the ass.

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Women of the Haunted Mansion cosplayers at SDCC

This year's San Diego Comic-Con masquerade featured a cosplayer team dressed as the "women of the Haunted Mansion" -- from a maid to a stretching portrait to a changing portrait to ballroom and graveyard ghosts, all doing a delightful dance routine.

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Endless spiralling model-train

James Risner constructed a bi-directional spiral of track and crammed it full of HO-scale model train cars and engines, so it goes around and around in a metaphor for _________.(via Geeks Are Sexy)

Miami police union smears woman who posted video of cop beating handcuffed suspect in police cruiser

The woman recorded video of a Miami cop punching a suspect who had already been handcuffed and put in the back of a cruiser; the video was interrupted by another officer trying to seize her phone.

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Furiosa's tampon ad

This is a million times better than oblique references to bloating and neat test-tubes of thin blue liquid. (via That Book Smell)

Seven hours of road-trip lip-synching

White Rhino entertained his sister on a seven-hour road-trip with some damned fine lip-synching to tunes ranging from the Spice Girls to Enya to Daddy Yankee to Keyshia Cole.

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Hilariously terrifying talk about security

In Not Even Close: The State of Computer Security, a talk given at the Norwegian Deveopers' Conference, Microsoft Research's James Mickens gave the most acerbic, funny, terrifying security talk I can remember seeing (and I've seen a lot of 'em!).

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Overshare: Justin Hall's biopic about the first social media/blogging

"Overshare: The links.net" is Justin Hall's biopic telling the story of how he became one of the earliest, most prolific, transparent humans of the net and one of the first real web-writers.

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