One year ago today
GENIUS: beautiful graphic novel about inspiration, Einstein, and self-doubt: Genius is a new graphic novel written by Steven T Seagle and drawn by Teddy Kristiansen and it's not really like any other graphic novels I've read. In a very good way.
Five years ago today
Rupert Murdoch reporters in the UK illegally hacked thousands of peoples' data: British journalists working for Murdoch papers have been on a crime spree, hiring private eyes to illegally hack into the voicemail and data of thousands of people, including " tax records, social security files, bank statements and itemised phone bills"; Murdoch has paid out over £1M so far to hush it up. Read the rest
LED lights aren't just twinkly toys or harsh-glowing white spotlights. For $30-$40, the Edison Light Globe company will sell you a beautiful, design-y retro steampunked 120W/3V dimmable retro-bulbs.
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The governor looks like Grumpy Cat, the president's LOL face—this photo is destined for meme-hood.
The superefficient Biolite woodstove will boil water in minutes from twigs and charge your phone while it does it. Read the rest
In this episode of Gweek, I spoke with Ted Adams the head of IDW, which publishes high-quality reproductions of original comic book art by greats such as Dave Stevens, Jack Kirby, Wally Wood, and Frank Frazetta. Brought to you by Stamps.com
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One particularly welcome dividend from the blimp flight over the NSA data-center in Bluffdale, Utah is a much-needed piece of stock art. Read the rest
It's not just tech companies that participated in the massive, illegal "no-poaching" cartel. Read the rest
For my birthday, Heather commissioned a portrait of our dogs from Zack Giallongo. He captured them perfectly. This is exactly what Tricksy and Moka would do if they chanced upon a Talking Tree.
Previously: Zack Giallongo's Broxo is a spooky, fast-moving adventure not to be missed Read the rest
(Left: Mary Robinette Kowal. Right: Jane Austen, photo by TV West Country/Katie Rowlett)
Mary Robinette Kowal writes regency novels like Shades of Milk and Honey that blend magic with the milieu of Jane Austen. Read the rest
The UK government is has put MPs on notice that a bill will be considered and moved on July 14, but they won't say what it is. Veteran Labour MP Tom Watson thinks it's data retention legislation that will enlist the private sector to comprehensively spy on everything you do and save it for long periods, turning it over to the government when asked. And almost no one -- not even MPs -- will get a chance to read the bill right up to the last minute, when they'll be whipped to vote for it by their party leadership. Read the rest
A 15 year old girl was freed from the canine portal Monday by emergency services in England. Read the rest
Domino's Pizza's 1980s mascot, The Noid, was an obnoxious character that did everything in its power to delay pizza deliveries. It was a huge success for the company. But Domino's decided to get rid of The Noid after a pistol-wielding man named Kenneth Lamar Noid took over one of its restaurants in January 1989:
A police officer on the scene later revealed that Noid had “an ongoing feud in his mind with the owner of Domino’s Pizza about the Noid commercials,” and thought the advertisements had specifically made fun of him. A headline the following morning in the Boca Raton News sparked a talk show frenzy: “Domino’s Hostages Couldn’t Avoid the Noid This Time.”
Noid was found innocent by reason of insanity and spent three months in a mental institution. But he never shook the idea that Domino's Noid campaign was intentionally created to harass him and he committed suicide in 1995. Domino's dropped The Noid soon after.
How Domino's Pizza Lost Its Mascot Read the rest
If you'd rather that the cost of US airline tickets not rise an average of 5% to pay for additional invasive and largely pointless TSA screening, you can tell them so. (Thanks, Dwen!) Read the rest
In Manassas City, Virginia, a teen boy who is accused of sending a sexually explicit video to his teen girlfriend by cellphone may be forced by prosecutors to go to a hospital and get an erection injection, then allow police to photograph him with his penis in an erect state. Read the rest
Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim are some of the best supernatural thrillers being written today. Read the rest