Hacker puppets and Jean Claude Van Damme demonstrate how the internet crosses the ocean

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Gus writes, "How does the Internet cross the ocean? Ask a random person and they will probably guess 'satellites' — it just seems easier than wires, right?" Read the rest

Metachaos: stunning, grotesque short about "the most tragic aspects of the human nature"

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Filmmaker Alessandro Bavari's 2010 short "METACHAOS" is a gorgeous and surreal film about "the most tragic aspects of the human nature and of its motion, such as war, madness, social change and hate." Read the rest

Marvin Minsky's "Society of Mind," a free course on AI from MIT

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Artificial Intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky died yesterday. He was one of computer science's great pioneers, a brilliant researcher who could translate his insights into material accessible even to laypeople. Read the rest

Uptown Funk as a mashup of 66 classic movie dance routines

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Bruno Mars's ubiquitous, kicky song-of-the summer is even better when it's interpreted through 66 classic cinematic dance numbers. Watch it now, before it is crushed in the remorseless maw of some joyless Vichy nerd’s copyright bot. (via Metafilter) Read the rest

Strategic butt coverings in video games

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Feminist Frequency's excellent Tropes vs Women in Video Games has a new installment on the prevailing ways that characters' butts are presented in games: with female characters, they're emphasized, centered and revealed; with male characters, it's often literally impossible to see their butts.

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Freedom: a #blacklivesmatter anthem

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Evan writes, "Puerta Rican singer Taina Asili has released a new music video, 'Freedom,' that's a perfect anthem for the #BlackLivesMatter movement that illuminates the connections between police violence and mass incarceration. The scene opens as a black woman narrowly escapes arrest at a protest, and then follows her as she evades police, interspersed with images of the same actress portraying a runaway slave on the underground railroad." 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

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

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

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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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

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

North Korea's paranoid GNU/Linux watermarks every file

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Florian Grunow and Niklaus Schiess downloaded the sourcecode for Red Star OS, North Korea's homegrown, paranoid fork of Red Hat's Fedora, a flavor of GNU/Linux. The researchers analyzed the OS and presented their findings to the thirty second Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg yesterday. Read the rest

Google steps up to defend fair use, will fund Youtubers' legal defenses

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After years of missteps, blunders and disasters in which Youtube users have been censored through spurious copyright claims or had their accounts deleted altogether, Google has announced an amazing, user-friendly new initiative though which it will fund the legal defense of Youtube creators who are censored by bad-faith copyright infringement claims. Read the rest

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