WATCH: I thought the future would be cooler

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Claire sends us the video for "YACHT's 'I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler', possibly the first pop music video to include Soylent, self-balancing scooters, humans being walked on leashes by drones, fake Tinder, a 'Wheely Boy' telepresence performance, and...Bohemian Rhapsody with vape pens." Read the rest

Kickstarting an indie film adaptation of China Mieville's "Familiar"

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Jason writes, "An indie film company here in Denver called Mythos is crowdfunding an adaptation of China Mieville's short story 'Familiar' with full cooperation from Mieville himself (he's even contributing to some of the rewards). The Kickstarter campaign ends on November 15." Read the rest

Astounding showpiece table full of hidden compartments nested in hidden compartments

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Custom furniture maker Craig Thibodeau created this showpiece "Automaton Table" to illustrate all the different ways that he can hide secret compartments in the pieces he builds. Read the rest

Kickstarting a tough, flexible first responder axe carved from AR400 armor plate

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Peter writes, "We spent the summer doing user-centered design (researching, designing, prototyping and building) around fire-fighting - specifically rural and volunteer first-responder fire fighters." Read the rest

MAKE: an open hardware, 3D printed cellphone photo-studio

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Paolo Kiefe writes, "I love 3D printing and the maker movement. I thought that you might like this design from an open hardware project called #3DBenchy that aims to create more public awareness for applied 3D printing. This is a photo-studio that makes it easy to hold a smartphone to consistently take photos and videos of objects." Read the rest

This 3D-printed, portable railgun fires slugs at 560 miles per hour

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David Wirth 3D printed a 20lb railgun that fires copper-plated tungsten slugs with 1,800 joules of energy, firing them at 560mph, with so much force that they vaporize on contact with a steel-backed target. Read the rest

John Oliver on the Canadian election: NAILED IT!

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Just in time for election day, the best show on late-night TV reports on the decade-long reign of error from Stephen Harper's Conservative Party, and finishes on a note of surreal triumph. Read the rest

Drone flyover of Shanghai Disneyland construction site

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It's a third-party clip, not sanctioned by Disney, so it's pretty remote/long-lens, but there's still some tantalyzing stuff in this video. From what I know about the Shanghai park, it's going to be pretty bad-ass. Don't miss the brown/yellow smog on the horizon! Read the rest

The best Canadian political ad of the season mashes up Bob Dylan and Chanie Gorkin

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In the pending Canadian federal election, Matt Masters Burgener is running against the incumbent war-criminal, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He conceived of a spectacular campaign ad that plays on the idea that he's a longshot Read the rest

Fury Road as a vintage run-and-gun side-scroller

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8-Bit Cinema's vision of Mad Max: Fury Road as a vintage Sunset Riders-style side-scroller looks like possibly the greatest game ever. It's a good thing that this wasn't a) real b) 25 years ago, or I'd have taken ten years to get out of high-school instead of seven.

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Pee-Wee is the Penguin's dad (again!)

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Pee-Wee Herman will play the father of Oswald Cobblepot -- AKA The Penguin -- in season two of Gotham, a role he already nailed in 1992's otherwise meh "Batman Returns," where he depicted Daddy Penguin as a lunatic disciplinarian vaper oligarch. Read the rest

Listen: Movits! Swedish dancehall/swing/hiphop jazz

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Sweden's MOVITS! (presently touring the USA) plays music they call Ă„ppelknyckarjazz ("Apple swiper jazz") that combines big-band swing with hip-hop that's infused with dancehall reggae-style rapping and declaiming (in Swedish). Read the rest

Canadians: you can register to vote at the polls

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Elections Canada has made an awful mess of voter registration this cycle, mailing cards to old addresses and providing incorrect information about where your polling place is. But don't despair! Although Elections Canada would prefer that you register to vote before going to the polls, you can just show up at an advance poll, or a polling place on election day, with ID, and register to vote on the spot. Read the rest

Laser shines through fly's skin, controls its heart by activating doped cells

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Eliza writes, "A researcher from Lehigh University has invented a light-based pacemaker for fruit flies, and says a human version is 'not impossible.' The pacemaker relies on the new technique of 'optogenetics,' in which light-sensitive proteins are inserted into certain cells, allowing those cells to be activated by pulses of light. Here, the proteins were inserted into cardiac cells so the researchers could trigger the contractions that produce heartbeats." Read the rest

Unicorn poop and squatty potties: the greatest viral ad in Internet history

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Squatty Potty is a $28 footstool that slides away under your toilet; you use it to bring your knees up to a squatting position while you poop, which makes pooping much, much easier. Read the rest

Big Data's religious faith denies the reality of failed promises, privacy Chernobyls

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Maciej Ceglowski (previously) spoke to a O'Reilly's Strata Big Data conference this month about the toxicity of data -- the fact that data collected is likely to leak, and that data-leaks resemble nuclear leaks in that even the "dilute" data (metadata or lightly contaminated boiler suits and tools) are still deadly when enough of them leak out (I've been using this metaphor since 2008). Read the rest

HOWTO make a realistic brain-cake for your zombie parties

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How To Cake It's "Deep Red Velvet Brain Cake with Fondant Brain Tissue and Raspberry Jam Blood" is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, only it has to be seen to be believed. Read the rest

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