Documentary on the endangered art of hollerin', possibly the earliest form of human communications

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Filmmaker Brian Gersten writes, "'The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner' is a documentary short about the history, characters, and sounds of the National Hollerin' Contest. Hollerin' itself is considered by some to be the earliest form of communication between humans, and the competition has been held annually in the small town of Spivey's Corner, NC since 1969. The film follows the stories of three former champions as they attempt to reclaim their titles, and keep the oft-forgotten tradition of hollerin' alive." Read the rest

Jon Stewart's epic Twitter-war with Donald Trump

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Speaking at the Stand Up For Heroes event, Jon Stewart tells the story of how Donald Trump went on an anti-Semitic tear, repeating over and over that Stewart's birth surname was Leibowitz, implying that he'd changed it to disguise his Jewish ancestry. Read the rest

A rotary cellular phone

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Mr Volt created this "artifact from somewhere else," machining the housing (with wood veneer!) and programming an Arduino controller to allow him to make rotary dial calls with his giant metal brick, which looks to have the sturdiness of an original black Bell phone (whose logo is displayed at boot-time on the small LCD); it's also an FM radio! (via JWZ) Read the rest

Where the City Can't See: the first movie shot with laser scanners

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Tim Maughan (previously) writes, "Here's the teaser for our short film WHERE THE CITY CAN'T SEE - the first narrative film shot with laser scanners." Read the rest

Ballistic gel "farts" after a bullet passes through it

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Ballistic fart

This Imgur video shows a bullet of unknown caliber passing through a block of ballistic gelatin, "a testing medium scientifically correlated to swine muscle tissue") followed by a mysterious explosion within the gelatin (one Imgur commenter says it's just "the fire tetrahedron of, oxygen, fuel & heat" trapped in the gel) which produces the most satisfying little fart when it's done. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Snowden to journalists: your best defense is legal limits on spying, not crypto

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Edward Snowden videoconferenced with a journalism roundtable at Editors Lab participants at Süddeutsche Zeitung (home of the Panama Papers) about the effect of state surveillance on a free press. Read the rest

3D print a baby universe at home!

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Dave from Imperial College sez, "We've taken observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background from the Planck mission and turned them into a 3D printed map of the temperature of the universe when it was just a few hundred thousand years old. Download the files and print your own baby universe!" Read the rest

The "Blacks for Trump" guy used to be in a murder cult

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Recent Trump rallies have prominently featured an African-American guy holding a "Blacks for Trump" sign, standing behind Trump himself. That guy is Michael Symonette, and he used to be a prominent member of the Yahweh ben Yahweh murder cult, support for whom led him to stand trial for 14 murders as well as multiple indictments for arson and extortion. Read the rest

How to: Poop Emoji hairdo

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💩 (via JWZ) Read the rest

Pussy Riot's "Straight Outta Vagina": sacrelicious Russian feminist pop anthem

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Pussy Riot's video for "Straight Outta Vagina" frames the poppy, danceable song with visuals calculated to enrage the Kremlin, with LA's Ace Hotel standing in for church where various genderbent dancers receive communion while singing the praises of vaginas. Given that the last iteration of this theme landed the musicians in a hard labor gulag where they were subjected to routine sexual assaults, it's a pretty big fuck you to the Russian establishment. (via Bruce Sterling) Read the rest

TED talk about remixes and appropriating made by remixing and appropriating TED talks about remixing and appropriating

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Paul Fuog pieced this together out of 15 TED talks: it's pretty great, except what's with the low-energy narration? It's not very TED-like. Read the rest

Every Android device potentially vulnerable to "most serious" Linux escalation attack, ever

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The Dirty Cow vulnerability dates back to code included in the Linux kernel in 2007, and it can be trivially weaponized into an easy-to-run exploit that allows user-space programs to execute as root, meaning that attackers can take over the entire device by getting their targets to run apps without administrator privileges. Read the rest

Texas county commissioner candidate's election ad is pretty great

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Gerald Daugherty, a Republican county commissioner in the Austin-area Travis County, has produced one of the best ad-spots of the season, depicting him as a politics-obsessed public servant whose long-suffering, side-eyeing wife can't wait for him to be re-elected so she won't have to listen to him drone on about how much he wants to help people and fix things in the county. Read the rest

Crowdfunding a bike-lock that squirts vomit-inducing antipersonnel gas when cut

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The Skunklock is a $109 crowdfunded gadget that contains pressurized vomit-inducing gas the creators call "Formula D_1," and which is intended to induce immediate vomiting when inhaled, as well as difficulty breathing, "A lot of similar symptoms to pepper spray." Read the rest

Wizard Rock the Vote: help the Harry Potter Alliance get out the vote

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The amazing Harry Potter Alliance (previously) -- who harness fandom for social good -- are raising funds for their Wizard Rock the Vote campaign, to get new voters into the polling booth this election. Read the rest

Reviving an Ann Arbor Ambassador 60 terminal

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JWZ documents his adventures in bringing a 1982/3 vintage Ann Arbor Ambassador 60 terminal (a rare portrait-orientation terminal) back into service -- fitting it with a Raspberry Pi and a new power-supply and getting it to boot its beautiful green-screen. Read the rest

Projection mapping on a moving surface with a high-speed projector

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Projection mapping is one of the most profound visual effects that computers can generate; themepark fans will have seen it in effect on the revamped opening scene to the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland and in the night-time shows that involve painting the whole castle with light (projection mapping is also used to generate the rear-projected faces of the animatronic figures in the new Snow White ride). Read the rest

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