The EU tried to craft a sane 21st century copyright and failed miserably

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The European Commission's "Copyright Modernisation" effort has wrapped up, and it's terrible. Read the rest

Improv Eveywhere's "Surprise Press Conference" - a scrum for everyone

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Charlie Todd from Improv Everywhere (previously) writes, "We set up a fake press conference set on the steps of the New York Public Library. When random tourists approached it to pose for photos, a mob of reporters ran up and surprised them with an impromptu press conference." Read the rest

Bull ants swarm a clockwork toy robot

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Someone sent a wind-up robot tottering into a nest of Australian bull ants, a species "characterised by their extreme aggressiveness, ferocity, and painful stings." It's a delight to watch these formicidaen bullies spend themselves impotently on the unfeeling skin of a toy, thus proving the superiority of humans over jerky ants. (via Beyond the Beyond) Read the rest

Adafruit's new subscription boxes for makers and hackers

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Phil from Adafruit sez, "Adafruit released and shipped one of the only maker/hacker subscription boxes." Read the rest

Using card tricks to find the truth about Trump

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Magicpeacelove writes, "Magician Ben Seidman wields his cards with elan to nail down the facts about why Trump would be such a great leader." Read the rest

Listen: Raven vs Hawk

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Canadian indie rockers Ol' Time Moonshine's just released a single, "Raven vs. Hawk," from their first full-length album, "The Apocalypse Trilogies: Spacewolf and Other Dark Tales." They've just signed a record deal with Salt of the Earth Records, and the album will be out later this year (no firm release date yet). Read the rest

Clean old records with wood glue

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Ghettofunk13 demonstrates the old vinyl-lover's trick of deep-cleaning your wax pancakes by spreading the grooves with Titebond II wood glue, waiting for it to dry, and then peeling off the glue-skin and taking all the gunk with it (presumably there is some way of actually playing the music from the intact glue-skin, given sufficiently advanced apparatus). Read the rest

Mascots, a new mockumentary from Christopher "Best in Show" Guest

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After the astounding success of Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest directed a string of brilliant mockumentaries in the same style, like "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman"; now he's created "Mascots" for Netflix, about "the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots." Read the rest

Indian workers staged one of the largest strikes in human history and no one in the USA noticed

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Tens of millions of unionized public sector workers walked off the job last Friday in a one-day strike against PM Modi's plan to privatise public industries and increase foreign investment. It was one of the largest strikes in human history, if not the largest, and took place over Labour Day weekend. Read the rest

Watch: leaked demo of malware offered to spying governments

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Someone captured and leaked a live presentation by an RCS sales tech, demonstrating his company's cyber-weapon for spying on dissidents, criminals, and whomever else the customer wanted to infect. Read the rest

Timelapse of this year's Burning Man

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I'm still recovering from this year's Burn, where I saw more amazing art, experienced incredible highs and some fantastic lows. Mark Day's 3:19 timelapse of this year's event captures the lion's share of the art and experiences that moved me. Read the rest

Deep dreaming at the grocery store

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Take one trip to the grocers, add a couple passes through Google's psychedelic Deep Dreaming AI-based apophenia algorithm, and voila! You've materialized the extraordinary latent in the mundane. (via Beyond the Beyond) Read the rest

MTV’s Decoded asks, “Are Hispanics white?”

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As part of her MTV YouTube series Decoded, host Franchesca Ramsey digs into the complicated intersection of race, ethnicity, and heritage. Read the rest

Hyperdontia horror: Syfy trailer for "The Tooth Child is Hungry"

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Evidently someone at Syfy is just as fond as I am of googling images [WARNING: POSSIBLY GROSS] for hyperdontia, in which subjects grow lots of supernumerary teeth; "The Tooth Child is Hungry" is an episode of Max Landis's series Channel Zero: it features a kind of dental onesie that I wish I could wear every day. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Watch: Artists and celebrities expose the TPP

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Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "What do comedian Hari Kondabolu, Lost star Evangeline Lilly, a Navajo punk band, and one of the dudes from Chumbawamba have in common? They're all part of a nationwide tour to raise awareness about the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement: Rock Against the TPP." Read the rest

Homemade Thai firework carves a superb vertical corkscrew

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This entry into a Thai town's annual fireworks competition puts all the pyro I've seen in person to shame -- the fact that it was a homemade, amateur entry is even more impressive. If only this was a thing where I live -- safety third! (via Kottke) Read the rest

Tee: YOU WOULDN'T REIMPLEMENT AN API

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As Oracle desperately tries to reanimate its wretched, failed attempt to destroy everything Sun Microsystems stood for and end computer science as we know it, there's never been a better time to rock one of these "You Wouldn't Reimplement an API" tees, which were an underground hit during the earlier trial. Read the rest

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