Cat Mosh Pit

So metal. [YouTube, thanks Joe Sabia] Read the rest

My genius friend Rick Rosner went to high school for 10 years

Rick Rosner is my unfathomably weird and wonderful high school friend. I knew he was smart, but it turns out he is the second smartest person in the world, according to a bunch of IQ testing he's taken. He is so unusual that Errol Morris made a documentary about him.

Amazing Stories: The Giant 35th Anniversary Issue, reprinted

Amazing Stories: The Giant 35th Anniversary Issue is a new reprint of a classic 1961 issue of the highly-influential science fiction magazine started in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback. It's just $4 for Kindle and $9 in paperback! Read the rest

Why nerdy white guys who love the blues are obsessed with a Wisconsin chair factory

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Our resident shellac-record expert, Lisa Hix, has just finished a lengthy interview with Amanda Petrusich, whose Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records was published last month by Scribner. Read the rest

Watch NASA's new saucer fly to near space in this awesome video

Rockets fire in this short video captured by the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. The rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle's flight occurred in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.

The goal of this experimental flight test, the first of three planned for the project, was to determine if the balloon-launched, rocket-powered, saucer-shaped, design could reach the altitudes and airspeeds needed to test two new breakthrough technologies destined for future Mars missions.

More about the test flight at NASA's website.

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TSA inspector faces child porn charges after Craigslist mother-daughter sex sting

A Northern California man who claims to have worked for the Transportation Security Administration was hit with federal child pornography charges after an undercover sting reportedly caught him trying to arrange sex with a mother and her 13-year-old daughter via Craigslist. Read the rest

Yahoo will join Google's effort to offer encrypted email service

This week, Yahoo announced that it will join an effort by Google to launch an encrypted email system by 2015 to make it "mathematically impossible to hand over users’ messages to a court." Thank you, Edward Snowden. Read the rest

Study reveals journalists' pay crappier than ever, surprising not one single journalist

The 2013 median salary for people graduating with bachelor's degrees in journalism graduates is $32,000 in most of the US. Read the rest

'Terreurs,' Laure Fauvel's photo series of kids fighting scary monsters

Paris-based photographer and digital retoucher Laure Fauvel's "Terreurs." Read the rest

'Impossible Bottles,' a GIF series by artist Rafael Varona

Berlin-based artist and illustrator Rafael Varona created this wonderful series of animated GIF art: Impossible Bottles. Read the rest

Smart Bricks: Giant Lego-like blocks for buildings

The idea behind Smart Bricks is that giant Lego-like blocks could be used to build houses, building, and bridges. Video below. (via Smithsonian)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's creepy new cover

The cover art for the forthcoming Penguin Modern Classic edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is deeply freaky. Read the rest

If Mad Max rode a moped...

The Motoped Survival Bikeis a combination mountain bike and moped outfitted with a crossbow, tomahawk, shovel, knives, tools, climbing equipment, and everything else you might desire in a post-apocalyptic two-wheeler.

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Microwaveable meals for self-loathing, pathetic losers like you

Admit it, you've eaten them too. Read the rest

'Bewegungen,' Christoph Bader (video art)

Video: "Bewegungen," Christoph Bader, 2014. Read the rest

Some parents say sex-ed book has too much sexy sex

Parents in Fremont, California are alarmed and demanding the removal of a health textbook that talks about masturbation, foreplay, vibrators, oral sex, and erotic touch, as well as other sexual education topics such as bondage.

Teri Topham, whose daughter is going into ninth grade in Fremont and who teaches high school at a Fremont charter school, said she would throw the book, titled Your Health Today out. "I flipped through it and saw sections that mentioned bondage with ropes and handcuffs," Topham said. "Not only does it have material that is too explicit and inappropriate, it doesn't meet their need for their ages. I am astounded the health teachers and school board said, 'yes, this is the best book we could find.'"

The school is planning to keep the book. Read the rest

Pesco in D.C. 8/22-8/24 at Intervention geek creativity con

The weekend of August 22-24, I'll be in Washington, DC speaking at Intervention, a conference about geek creativity online, from comics, games, and blogs to videos and podcasts! Mark participated last year and had a terrific time, so I'm really looking forward to it. From the conference description:

Intervention is different from every other event you have ever been to. Our name is the combination of the words “Internet” and “Convention” but the significance is deeper than that. The entire idea of this event is to Intervene and Inspire everyone to live a more creative, geeky, and fun life within the welcoming scope of a traditional geek convention.

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