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

A magician debunks the Great Wall of Drumpf

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MagicPeaceLove writes, "Magician Justin Willman makes the case for why Donald Trump's proposed border wall between America and Mexico is a bad idea -- physically, emotionally, spiritually and (of course!) magically." Read the rest

Make: "Mad scientist test-tube rack"

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John Park, the maker's maker, explains in detail how to make this glowing mad scientist test-tube rack that you can use as a Hallowe'en decoration and/or household mood light. Read the rest

SNL's Trump/Clinton debate sketch makes Saturday Night great again

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We laughed so hard, we woke up the neighbors -- if you need any further enticement, look no farther than this endorsement from the pencil-neck Hitler wannabe with a face from Wal-Mart himself: Read the rest

Kickstarting BIG SCHOOL, "a gigantic 6-foot-wide maniacal architectural drawing of a humorous school"

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Scott Teplin, (previously) is kickstarting another giant, insanely detailed poster/coloring book, Big School, "a gigantic 6-foot-wide maniacal architectural drawing of a humorous school that I began in December 2015. With your support, I will finish the drawing and make super high-quality, beautifully saturated 24” x 36” prints and a 16-page coloring book. Everything will be delivered in time for the holidays." Read the rest

Donald Trump performs Mahna Mahna

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The Elfman score highlights the triggering, abuser body-language and pro-wrestler grimaces but Mahna Mahna deploys Jacob Two Two's law: "Monsters can't abide the laughter of children." Genius editing, too. Read the rest

The astounding story of Iceland's constitution - and its government's failure

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In 2012, more than two-thirds of Iceland's population ratified the most democratically crafted constitution in world history, written in public and drafted by a representative committee of 1,000 Icelanders; now in a stirring video in the leadup to the next national election, Icelanders are calling on one another to only vote for candidates who'll take action on the constitution the nation voted for. (Thanks, Larry!) Read the rest

Greenpeace NZ delivers a solar power petition -- with a song

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The government of Hawke's Bay, New Zealand imposing an energy-company-backed tax on people who put solar panels on their homes. Greenpeace's petition in support of sustainable, renewable power was delivered with a catchy, angry song by Tiki Taane. Read the rest

Preserving endangered dark rides with VR

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Crystal writes, "'Dark rides' like the Spookarama at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, those single-cart rides that take you through a haunted house full of ghosts and scares. They're prime for teenage making out, have been around for 100 years -- and they're disappearing. Joel Zika, a 36-year-old art and design university professor in Melbourne, Australia, has been fascinated with the dark rides for years, reveling their connection to early horror effects in movies. So he decided to document them in the only way that would truly do them justice: virtual reality." Read the rest

Bernie Sanders' touching video endorsing his brother's candidacy for David Cameron's old Parliamentary seat

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Bernie Sanders' brother Larry is a longtime UK politician in the Green Party (I was a UK Green Party member until I emigrated to the USA last year); he's now running in a by-election triggered by David Cameron taking a shit on the UK and they running away from it as fast as he could. Read the rest

The Trolls: hilarious comedy about...patent trolls?

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The Trolls is a new indie feature about plucky entrepreneurs who have their lives destroyed by patent trolls, so they patent the act of being a patent troll, and turn the tables! Read the rest

Whistleblower docs: Wells Fargo was opening fake accounts in 2005

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Dennis Hambek was a Wells Fargo branch manager. In 2005, he found Wells Fargo employees creating fake accounts in their customers' names (in order to meeting the company's punishing sales quotas and avoid being blackballed across the industry). He sent a certified letter about the practice in 2006 to Carrie Tolstedt -- the bank exec who oversaw the fraud and retired weeks ahead of the scandal with a $125,000,000 bonus -- and held onto the receipts. Read the rest

Just look at these bananas in a Carmen Miranda/Busby Berkeley musical.

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Robbo sez, "From the 1943 Busby Berkeley musical extravaganza "The Gang's All Here" - this is Carmen Miranda singing: The Lady In The Tutti-Fruity Hat. At around 3:20 they bring out the really big bananas." Read the rest

Youtube took down MEP's videos about torture debate

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Marietje Schaake (previously) is a Dutch Member of the European Parliament who has a fantastic track-record for getting it right on issues related to technology, free speech, human rights, and privacy; she is the author of a report on export controls for spying technology used to identify dissidents to torture. Read the rest

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