Cops arrest public defender who was representing her client, face no discipline

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San Francisco's Office of Citizen Complaints found that the San Francisco cops who arrested public defender Jami Tillotson after she told them to stop photographing her client in a courthouse hallway were in the wrong, and that they engaged in "conduct reflecting discredit on the department." Read the rest

Samantha Bee on America's warehouses of untested rape kits

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Tens of thousands of rape kits remain untested. Samantha Bee wonders why the time is taken to complete the kits, a lengthy and unpleasant process, but authorities and politicians are so enthusiastic to avoid the results—even after it's been shown how effective they are in tracking down suspects, and even after being given the resources to do so. Read the rest

Kickstarting interactive theater about the Uber for Everything apocalypse

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Tassos writes, "I’m one of Coney, who make all kinds of play where the audience can take meaningful part. I’m writing and game-designing REMOTE, a new piece of ticklishly interactive theatre, exploring the limits of human agency inside big pervasive systems of capital and technology." Read the rest

Just look at this magic chexmix-filled banana

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Just look at it. Read the rest

Supercut: cursing without cuss-words

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Burgerfiction assembles a greatest hits reel of scenes where filmmakers have ingeniously dodged the bullet of a PG-13 or R rating by having characters substitute their own epithets for our favorite Anglo-Saxon monosyllables. (via Metafilter) Read the rest

Echo Observatory: beautiful, tactile fractal explorer with knobs on

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Love Hulten writes, "The Echo Observatory is a handcrafted tribute to fractals and self-similar patterns. It's a mysterious artifact that both generates and visualizes complex mathematical formations, in real-time." Read the rest

Howto: start a fire with a lemon

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You'll a few more things -- some copper cotterpins, some zinc nails, insulated wire, and steel wool. You make a battery out of the lemon, short it against the steel wool, which makes it red hot, and that lights the tinder you've set on top of it. (via Kottke) Read the rest

Verbatim dramatization of deposition in bizarre chicken lawsuit

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In 2001, a Mississippi chicken breeder claimed a lumber company inflicted $300,000 worth of damage to his pasture. The New York Times' Brett Weiner dramatized a bizarre deposition from the lawsuit, using dialogue completely verbatim to the official transcripts.

From the original story:

As I research legal transcripts for the Op-Doc video series “Verbatim,” I search for unusually worded arguments and objections that tell us something about our judicial process. The transcript dramatized for this latest episode hooked me when I read how a plaintiff explained himself to a roomful of captive lawyers, telling them simply: “Because I follow the chicken.”

The case involves a plaintiff suing a lumber company for damaging his land and chicken coop. As the deposition goes on, the plaintiff answers simple questions with increasingly absurd non sequiturs, which become immortalized in the legal record.

Because the “Verbatim” series is about reinterpretation, I don’t try to recreate the body language and tone of voice used during the actual deposition. Instead, I use the transcripts as the basis for a heightened atmosphere — and a film that expresses a point of view about our legal system.

Fortunately, these “Follow the Chicken” transcripts are a wonderful starting point for my approach

See also "Photocopier," wherein the Cuyahoga County Records department was sued for charging $2 per page and a staffer played dumb over whether or not he knew what a photocopier was.

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An arctic fox "laughing"

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This video, taken by Kristina Shafer, seems to portray an arctic fox laughing. It is, in fact, asking if the room can be tidied up.

Kristina has cared for Archer the Arctic fox since he was young. He’s now four years old, and he’s learned that laughter is infectious. This video shows Kristina’s boyfriend laughing, then Archer responding with a giggle of his own. This is Archer’s typical behaviour when he’s sleepy; perhaps a sign that he’s looking forward to a funny dream.
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The Munsters, starring the GOP presidential candidates

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Hugh sends us this "beautifully made mashup video of the Republican candidates as Munsters." Read the rest

Four sets of identical twins pull an epic NYC subway car time-machine prank

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Improv Everywhere (previously) keeps on bringing the hits, but seriously, this one takes the cake. Read the rest

John Oliver on Apple vs FBI and the new crypto wars

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John Oliver continues to deliver the best comedy tech analysis in the business, with an epic rant/explainer that delves into Apple vs FBI and the new crypto wars with scathing wit and deep, technical truth that's made miraculously accessible to a general audience. Read the rest

Vi Hart Pi Day rant 2016: best one yet

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Fast-talking, doodling math genius Vi Hart (previously) really hates Pi Day, and every year, she celebrates her loathing with a fresh video pooping on your 3/14 parade. Read the rest

Donald Trump mouth/eye swap is the nightmare fuel you've been looking for

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Nicholas Longtin writes, "I saw the Photoshop of Donald Trump with mouth eyes and I had to see what that would look like in full motions video. It's horrifying. You have been warned." Read the rest

The 2010 election was the most important one in American history

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Samantha Bee's monologue on the 2010 midterm election -- the election that will.i.am didn't make videos for, the election where progressives stayed away from the polls, the election that put the obstructionist, do-nothing radical right into Congress and the vicious, do-everything right into state houses across the USA -- is hilarious, but like everything Bee does, it has a sting it its tail. (via Metafilter) Read the rest

Trailer for a theoretical, hysterical comedy series about paramedics

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Fab Filippo and friends have a new show, "Save Me," up for production on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which is flush with cash now that the hateful Tories are out of office. Read the rest

Glitch News Network: glitched and mashed news in less than 2 seconds

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The Glitch News Network is the latest twitterbot from Shardcore, a prolific purveyor of mad bots (previously). Read the rest

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