2014 Locus Award finalists, including Homeland

The finalists for the 2014 Locus Awards have been announced and I'm incredibly honored to see that my novel Homeland made the final five in the Young Adult category. The competition in that category is remarkably good company: Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi; Holly Black's Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Cat Valente's The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (part of her wonderful Fairyland series) and The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson. Read the rest

Octopus unscrews jar from inside

This video does exactly what it says in the jar, and demonstrates, once again, the preternatural cleverness of our future octopus overlords.

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Crowdfunding Indie Box, a human-usable personal server to replace big Internet companies

Johannes writes, "Indie Box One is a personal server appliance that allows us to 'bring our data home' from the big Internet companies, and run indie Web applications at home. Many geeks have run their own home servers for a long time, but it's time consuming, and not possible for most people. Although it runs only free/open-source code, Indie Box One is made for humans, not just geeks, and comes with automatic software upgrades, dynamic DNS, an app store and things like that so normal people can own and control their personal data, too." $500 gets you a fully loaded server. Read the rest

Peter "brokep" Sunde launches campaign for Finnish Pirate Party MEP

Peter Sunde, founder of Flattr and co-founder of The Pirate Bay, has launched his campaign for election to the European Parliament. Sunde -- who is a friend of mine, and who has my endorsement -- is standing for the Finnish Pirate Party. Read the rest

Schrödinger versus the morning

Nobel-winning physicist Erwin Schrödinger had a complicated relationship with mornings. At times, his sorrow over WWI kept him from getting out of bed; other times he was too hungover. He even reorganized the Planck lectures so that he could deliver them later in the day. But by the 1920s, he was also fond of going to the beach in Zurich in the mornings with a blackboard, and he'd sit in the grass in his bathing trunks and work out equations. Read the rest

Gadget to move a USB port to the front of an iMac

Great idea - I can't stand reaching around my iMac to plug something in.

Bluelounge Jimi - USB Port Extension for iMac Read the rest

Documentary: How to Build a Time Machine

[Video Link] It's about smart people who are serious about building a time machine. Read the rest

Stross on NSA network sabotage

"The same security holes that the NSA relied on to gain access to your (or Osama bin Laden's) email allowed gangsters to steal passwords and login credentials and credit card numbers. And ultimately these same baked-in security holes allowed Edward Snowden to rampage through their systems.

The moral of the story is clear: be cautious about poisoning the banquet you serve your guests, lest you end up accidentally ingesting it." Read the rest

You Are Not So Smart 023: Learning from warring tribes of children

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When bison are bullies

"'Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo' is a grammatically correct sentence in American English. Read the rest

Mary Blair and the World's Fair: Rolly Crump describes the birth of "it's a small world"

Yesterday, I posted about the publication of More Cute Stories, Volume 4: 1964/65 New York World's Fair, an audio memoir of Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump. I've been listening to it today, and enjoying it immensely. I wrote to Bamboo Forest, the publishers, and secured permission to share a couple of MP3s from the collection with you. Read the rest

La Gigantesca Grua-Robot

I like the person looking through the window in the robot's face. (Via Arcane Images) Read the rest

Octopus unscrews lid from inside of jar

Our friends at Geekologie present a video of a clever cephalopod. Read the rest

Brawling journalists tear apart table on TV

[Video Link] The fact that I don't understand what they are saying made it more interesting to me, because I paid more attention to their increasingly aggressive body language. (Via Bits and Pieces) Read the rest

A Talk with Threes App Designer Greg Wohlwend (New Disruptors 74)

Greg Wohlwend co-created the popular game Threes. He talks with host Glenn Fleishman about the joy of success, the burden of being independent, and the problems with parasites.

Drivers do not like sinkhole

[Video Link] Skip to 1:15 for the terrifying part. Read the rest

Fast food workers around the world to strike on May 15

Fast-food workers in 33 countries are planning a walkout on May 15, demanding better pay and better working conditions. The action, coordinated by Fast Food Forward, will target McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC. McDonald's -- which settled a $1B class-action suit over wage-theft from its American workforce in March -- has issued a shareholder warning about the possibility of having to pay a living wage to its workers. Women, especially single mothers, are disproportionately likely to work in sub-living-wage jobs in the fast food industry. Read the rest

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