Czech artist Klára Pernicová has created a series of "unsettling" accessories, like human ear hair-clips, zit piercing jewelry and slug-and-snail headphones that are fabulously grody without being actually terrible, and manage to be playful at the same time. Those ear-clips are really something, and work as a kind of dazzle-camou for my brain, which keeps trying to redraw the face below them to make sense of them. Read the rest
Michael from Beta Boston writes, "The privacy protections offered by tools like Tor aren't just for journalists and spies; they're important for everyone.
Almost every modern abusive relationship has a digital component, from cyberstalking to hacking phones, emails, and social media accounts, but women's shelters increasingly have found themselves on the defensive, ill-equipped to manage and protect their clients from increasingly sophisticated threats. Recently the Tor Project stepped in to help change that, and we took a long look at the work cut out for them."
This is an important point: when you make it so that no one can keep secrets from the state and its enforcement arm, you also make it so that no one can keep secrets from crooks, thugs, stalkers, and every other kind of bad guy. Read the rest
Just a reminder that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is a colossal hypocrite and an apologist for war crimes: Read the rest
Molly Crabapple and some of her associates have donated a wide selection of art to be auctioned off to benefit the Pen American Center, the US arm of a charitable organization that campaigns for free speech and advocates on behalf of writers whose persons and works are threatened by censorship. (Thanks, Lauren!) Read the rest
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"At a bar celebrating my friend’s birthday in midtown. You were wearing Google Glass. I tried to mouth, 'You look like a moron.' Did you record that?" (New Yorker) Read the rest
I love the black with white dials. These are beautiful, expensive watches.
I enjoyed watching this short story on Shinola. Seems like they're trying very hard to produce a great product.
(Thanks, Red!) Read the rest
Jill writes, "The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend is May 15-18, 2014 at the San Jose Marriott.
You do not need to be a SFWA member to attend.
We are delighted to announce that Samuel R. Delany will become SFWA's newest Grand Master. We're also pleased that Frank M. Robinson will be a Special Guest and that Ellen Klages is our Toastmaster." There's also an evening with Delany and Daryl Gregory that's free for attendees; otherwise it's $10 at the door. Read the rest
Maggie Koerth-Baker reports on the strange science of an experimental result decades in the making.
Nasty little test postses. Read the rest
Over at House of Mirth, noted collectors of vernacular photographs share their favorite vintage selfies. Read the rest
A new virtual depiction of the cosmos developed by scientists in the US, Germany and England shows detail never before achieved in a computer-generated simulation.
The Buy It Now price on this 1971 Mark IV red Walt Disney World monorail cab is a paltry $189K. So far, no takers. LOOK AT THAT CONTROL PANEL. The 1% is wasted on the 1%. Read the rest
Jeff writes in with wonderful news: the release of Disney Legend Rolly Crump's More Cute Stories, Volume 4: 1964/65 New York World's Fair. This high-quality recording includes sixty minutes of all new stories about Rolly's involvement with the legendary 'Billion-Dollar Fair'. It is available on CD and as a digital download. Read the rest
One in five people in the UK would be willing to screw a robot, according to a new survey cited in the Daily Beast. That's all? The question was part of a study, by Middlesex University (seriously), that asked 2,000+ people about their views on technology. Apparently, 46% of those polled said they'd either have sex with a robot or at least not judge others who do. Read the rest