Crowdfunding a documentary about Haunted Mansion fandom


Documentary maker James H. Carter II is seeking about $4,000 to complete work on "Foolish Mortals," a documentary about Haunted Mansion fandom that includes a detailed 3D model of the Disneyland Mansion for you to VR in (or whatever!). Read the rest

Sci-Chi: Tai Chi for science fiction fans


Author Sean Williams writes, "Last weekend I was MC of a small con in Canberra, Conflux 12. To keep people limber, psychically as well as physically, I devised a form Sci-fi form of Tai Chi, which GOH Alan Baxter helped me demonstrate over the course of the weekend." Read the rest

Twice, Sacramento cops tried to run down mentally ill man, then they shot him 14 times


Twice, Sacramento police Randy Lozoya and John Tennis tried to run down Joseph Mann with their cruiser, saying "Fuck this guy. I’m going to hit him" and "OK, go for it. Go for it," before shooting him 14 times. Read the rest

Machine learning, deep-fat fryers, and community cultivation


Maciej Cegłowski's (previously) speech at the Library of Congress, "Deep-Fried Data," describes the way that data begs to be analyzed and how machine learning is like a deep-fat fryer -- a fryer makes anything you put in it "kind of" delicious, and machine learning "kind of" finds insights in your data-set. Read the rest

Survivors of CIA torture describe homebrew electric chair used at Afghan black site


Lufti al-Arabi, a Tunisian man who was arrested in Pakistan while studying at university, spent 13 years in the CIA's notorious "Salt Pit" prison (AKA "Detention Site COBALT") in Afghanistan, enduring incredible, crippling torture, before finally being released without charge, comment, or compensation in 2015; in his first interview since his release, he tells Human Rights Watch about the inhumane tortures of the Salt Pit, including some tortures that were apparently omitted from the CIA's suppressed torture report to the US Senate. Read the rest

Austerity kills the last steam-powered loom in the world


Lancashire Council is shutting down five of its museums, including Burnley's Queen Street Mill Museum, widely known for its appearances in the King's Speech, home to the last steam-powered mill in the world. Read the rest

Lin-Manuel Miranda makes a one-act musical out of a single run-on Trump sentence


It's got a catchy beat, I could dance to it! (And Peggy!) Read the rest

An ethnographic interview with an AI


Tech anthropologist Genevieve Bell (previously) delivered one of the keynotes at last week's O'Reilly AI conference in New York City, describing how you could do anthropology fieldwork on an AI -- specifically, how you could do an ethnographic interview with one. Read the rest

Women as sinister seductresses in video games


The latest Tropes vs Women in Video Games (previously) is as on-point, smart, and deep as ever. Read the rest

O'Reilly's holding a security conference in NYC, Oct 30-Nov 2


I've been going to O'Reilly conferences since the first P2P conference in 2001; for 15 years, they've been blowing my mind. Read the rest

Machine-learning photo-editor predicts what should be under your brush


In Neural Photo Editing With Introspective Adversarial Networks, a group of University of Edinburgh engineers and a private research colleague describe a method for using "introspective adversarial networks" to edit images in realtime, which they demonstrate in an open project called "Neural Photo Editor" that "enhances" photos by predicting what should be under your brush. Read the rest

Animatronic, maniacally giggling spooky eyeball doorbell


We went to our neighborhood Halloween store yesterday to find cool stuff with which to celebrate the best holiday of the year, and came home with one of these $30 animated, spooky eyeball doorbells, which I am now officially obsessed with. Read the rest

Who decided Corbyn was "unelectable"?


Robbo sez, "Jonathan Pie, preeminent UK political satirist, takes on British media and their role in declaring newly re-elected Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn 'unelectable'. Pie destroys the outrageous un-democratic media bias that has hounded Corbyn throughout his time as Labour leader and does so with his usual outstanding, hilarious, enraged and profane style." Read the rest

New York Deaf Theater performs Hamilton's Cabinet Battle #2


The cast of Hamilton joined with the New York Deaf theater in a video that is pure amazeballs. Read the rest

Hamilton in American Sign Language


Holy federalism, I love every single thing about this. And Peggy! (via Kottke) Read the rest

Understanding vulvas: what do they really look like?


The Guardian's released the first of "The Vagina Dispatches," four short documentaries about women's genitals. This episode is about vulvas, labiaplasty, anatomy, and sex, and is a fascinating 15 minutes. NSFW, if you work somewhere where images of vulvas are frowned upon. (Thanks, Mae!) Read the rest

Interesting video about legs


Ubi ausum, ibi concordia. You may remember director Keith Schofield from the internet classic "porn movies made SFW":

If I were writing for a magazine, I'd fall into the trap and say he exposes the pathos of identity and the recursive bathos of being offended by the offended, but then I remembered this is a blog and that he makes really great ads with animals in them.

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