Manual mail-sorting at the turn of the 20th century

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I can only hope they whistled the same jaunty tunes as their Ghanian counterparts while sorting the mail in Chaplainesque ballet. Read the rest

WATCH: documentary on Walt Disney, the futurist

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John Frost writes, "Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: The Futurism of Walt Disney new documentary captures a side of Walt Disney that other recent documentaries miss. He was a lover of technology, innovation, and a futurist with an eye toward improving humanity. The whole documentary has been released online to be viewed for free by CM Films." Read the rest

Bowie, Eno and serendipity

Tim Harford (previously) writes, "My TED talk just went live - among other things it's about Bowie and Eno's creative process on the Berlin albums. It's rather sadly timed but I hope you like it." Read the rest

The Dungeons and Dragons cartoon was better than it had any right to be

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The Retroblasting Youtube show -- which covers the 1980s cartoons that were made as 22-minute ads for toys after Reagan removed regulations aimed at protecting children from televised exploitation -- takes an in-depth look at the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, a rare example of a show from the era that didn't have a toy tie-in. Read the rest

Brewster Kahle remembers Aaron Swartz: "an open source life"

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Today is the third anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death. Lisa Rein writes, "In memory of Aaron, I transcribed Brewster Kahle's amazing talk from the San Francisco Memorial in 2013. He explains the simple qualities and goals of Aaron's 'Open Source Life,' how those goals were so greatly misunderstood by the powers that be, and how we can all work together to make positive changes in these areas in the future, for the benefit of the greater good." Read the rest

Bernie Sanders' Ben and Jerry's flavor: top 10% is chocolate you smash and mix with the 90% below

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MSNBC caught up with Ben "and Jerry's" Cohen outside a rally for Donald Trump in Burlington, VT, home state to Ben and Jerry's and headquarters for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Read the rest

500 hours of random VHS recordings condensed to five minutes

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Bob Jaroc used to obsessive record long stretches of random TV on VHS cassettes. Read the rest

High-rez trip through Florida's Haunted Mansion with a low-light filter

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The Socal Attractions 360 folks crossed over to the east coast and rode the Walt Disney World version of the Haunted Mansion with a 4K camera, equipped with a extreme low-light filter. The resulting footage is spectacular, the best I've seen. Read the rest

TSA screener insists that full-body screening is mandatory

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Sai, who is seeking an injunction against the TSA's new mandatory full-body screening test (but only for people they don't like), flew out of SEA-TAC on Dec 31 and was told that the full-body scanner was mandatory. Read the rest

An ode to TSA screeners

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David writes, "TSA is out of control. We made a video compilation of some of TSA's greatest hits." Read the rest

Facial Flex: terrifying facial muscle exerciser

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Even when producing infomercials extolling its own product's virtues, the people behind Facial Flex can't prevent their fundamental creepiness from shining through. Dean posted this in '11, but you should probably watch it at least twice a decade to keep the memory fresh.

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Fan edits "Inside Out: Outside Edition," excising all internal scenes

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Pixar's "Inside Out" alternates between short scenes of the life of a girl called Riley, with increasingly longer, action-packed scenes from inside her psyche (as one Internet wag has it, Pixar movies follow the "_____ have feelings" template, starting with toys, cars and bugs, and they've arrived at the logical conclusion: "feelings have feelings"). Read the rest

Star Wars Wars: the first six movies, overlaid

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Marcus Rosentrater composited the first six Star Wars movies into a single videostream, with the audio mixed so that you can -- more or less -- work out all the individual dialog and SFX, and with selective transparency in the video streams to let the action from each frame shine through the overlays (you can also watch a similar work created with just the original trilogy). Read the rest

Of Oz the Wizard: all the dialog in alphabetical order

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This alphabetized version of the Wizard of Oz, edited so that everything from the titles onward is presented in alphabetical order, dates from 2004. It makes a good companion to other alphabetized classics like The Well Sorted Bible and that alphabetical edition of Joyce's Ulysses. (via Kottke) Read the rest

Charlie Brooker's 2015 Wipe: the only roundup you need to watch

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As always, Charlie "Screen Wipe/Nathan Barley/Black Mirror" Brooker manages to sum up every single terrible thing about the year that was with gut-busting hilarity. Read the rest

WATCH: stirring call for networked, global resistance to catastrophe and corruption

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Zikzak sends us, "a beautiful, six-minute vid calling for networked global resistance in the face of the many catastrophes overwhelming the world. By the Woodbine collective, a DIY media project in NYC." Read the rest

Hand-colorized Munsters credit-roll

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Zach Smothers hand-colored all 1,300 frames from the opening credit roll of The Munsters, doing a beautiful job that balances the palette of the later color episodes and the classic EC/Haunted Mansion horror-colors. Read the rest

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