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Crowdfunding a film of Ellen Klages' "The Scary Ham"

Brilliant SF writer and hilarity merchant Ellen Klages writes, "Last year, I told the story of my father's scary ham. Now it may become a short film. Take a look at the video. If you laugh, please contribute or help spread the word.

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Supercut: All trailers are the same

This fantastically executed supercut illustrates the verse-verse-chorus formality of movie trailers (especially action movies), which all appear to be describing the same movie. (via Kottke)

Computer scientist/Congressman: crypto backdoors are "technologically stupid," DA is "offensive"

Rep Ted Lieu (D-CA) is a USAF reserve colonel, former member of the Judge Advocate General Corps and holds a computer science degree -- he's one of the four members of Congress with any formal computer science qualifications.

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Anyone can open a Master Lock padlock in under two minutes

Well-known security researcher Samy Kamkar has discovered a simple method for cracking the popular Master Lock padlock in eight or fewer tries, meaning that most gym lockers can be popped in less than two minutes.

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Cecily Strong crushes it at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Not since Colbert's roast of GWB in 2006 has a comedian's Nerd Prom monologue been so outrageously funny. Obama's bit was pretty awesome, too.

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Flamethrower versus firehose

You know those cartoon magic battles where the fire wizard and the water wizard have a kind of mid-stream wrestling match? Like that. (via JWZ)

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Fascinating, wide-ranging discussion with William Gibson

Fenwick writes, "I had the tremendous opportunity to have a public talk with William Gibson when my university asked if I'd would to do a public talk with a public figure. I had no idea I'd be so lucky as to talk with William Gibson when I agreed. I thought you might be a kick out of our wide-ranging, fun discussion about science fiction and the future."

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John Oliver on patent trolls

Nailed it ♬ (via Techdirt)

Annotated "Eyes on the Prize"

Glen Chiacchieri's produced a heavily annotated version of Eyes on the Prize, the brilliant video documentary series on the history of the Civil Rights movement that was rescued from copyright oblivion by a civil disobedience campaign.

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Hapheads season one, all in one go!

Hapheads, the incredible crowdfunded science fiction drama (previous) is about to get its NYC premiere at Games of Change, and to celebrate, the creators have put all 75 minutes of season one online as a single video, without interruptions.

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Kickstarting a CC-licensed recording/video of Chopin performed on a pleyel

Robert writes, "Chopin's piano music is the stuff that makes the heart flutter and the blood boil, and many people list him as their favorite composer for the instrument. Yet Chopin never heard a modern Steinway grand, and most of us have never heard his favorite piano, the Pleyel."

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Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube

_82143543_026568101-1 The BBC reports that the courts want to prevent the spread of photos from last week's deadly siege which ended in the deaths of two terrorists and their hostage.

Watch five puppies sleep for eleven hours straight

Not doing anything for the next 11 hours? Watch a pile of five cute puppies sleep, their breathing punctuated only by an occasional rooster crowing nearby. Part of the long-form YouTube genre Cory previously covered.

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Youtube and Nintendo conspire to steal from game superfans

Youtube's stilted, one-sided dispute resolution system allows game companies like Nintendo to confiscate the earnings of gamers who produce hugely popular "Let's Play" videos.

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Genius mash-up of 6 Country hits

Country songwriter Gregory Todd, a.k.a Sir MashAlot got famous for six songs, all by top Country artists, which he brilliantly cut together into one very enjoyable track that all sounds like it comes from the same band. You have to watch the ProTools edit screen in the video as you listen, to really appreciate the cleverness that went into this.

If you know these hits already, I'm sure it's even funnier to listen to. Though it's tempting to say that the songs mesh together so well because all Country music sounds the same, but for Sir MashALot, this is a tribute, not snark. He's having fun like a country singer should.

All he's doing here is matching beats like a hip-hop DJ does...only with slower beats. If it's not the music you like, you're going to think it all sounds the same. Sir MashALot is currently revisiting his most famous work by cutting a 7th song into the mix.

Auctioning art from an MC Frontalot video for EFF

Artist Chad Essey sez, "I'm auctioning some animation frames from the music video for Shudders I created for MC Frontalot's Question Bedtime album, with proceeds to the Electronic Frontier Foundation."

Hacking a laser-cutter to play real-world Space Invaders

Martin sez, "I just completed my silliest projects to date: while running the risk of turning my laser cutter into a giant fire ball I actually succeeded in turning it into a real world version of the Space Invaders game."

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