Miguel writes, "I found a picnic table in a park with a melted section... and I took a trip to a distant planet... I believe Spaceman Spiff would be proud."
Molly Crabapple writes, "For My latest piece for Vice, I spoke with the men paid $200/month to build the Louvre and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi." Read the rest
Iain writes, "Over about 18 months, I recorded my daughter reciting a famous monologue by William Shakespeare, one line at a time. If you've got a child (or a whole class of them) why not make your own version? (Inspired by the wonderful 'Oh, The Places You'll Go' video recorded at Burning Man."
Callum writes, "A New Zealand ISP has had its TV ads rejected by multiple NZ TV Networks (there are three in total, bless) citing a possible 'breach of copyright'." Read the rest
A former Amtrak employee has been selling passenger data to the DEA for almost twenty years, and the individual received about $854K for their efforts. But the DEA could have obtained information relevant to the agency's work for free. Read the rest
Michael writes, "Watching Australia's Attorney-General try to explain why tracking Australians' web histories is not such a big deal resembles listening to a dirty joke told by a ten-year-old, i.e. it leaves one with the distinct impression the speaker is trying to seem like they understand something they've only heard about secondhand." Read the rest
Take the infrastructure of any large city. Take New York City, for example. The dozens of systems NYC depends on to thrive – water works, trains, bridges, mail, cargo, electrical, data – are each as complex and fascinating as a meadow. Read the rest
FBI agents arrested Donald Ray Morgan, 44, of North Carolina, at JFK Airport on August 2 on a firearms charge-- the cause for alarm, according to reports, was his behavior on Twitter. Read the rest
One year ago Lavabit founder has stopped using email: "If you knew what I know, you might not use it either": Levison’s lawyer, Jesse Binnall, who is based in Northern Virginia — the court district where Levison needed representation — added that it’s “ridiculous” that Levison has to so carefully parse what he says about the government inquiry. “In America, we’re not supposed to have to worry about watching our words like this when we’re talking to the press,” Binnall said.
Five years ago Stephenson's Orth-speak Hugo acceptance speech: Here's the Orth text of Neal Stephenson's acceptance speech for the Hugo Award for Anathem, snapped at the pre-award reception before we both discovered that our books had been beaten by Gaiman's kick-ass Graveyard Book.
Ten years ago D&D book reader on ferry hassled by security morons: Thanks to the RNC, there are mandatory bag searches happening on the NJ-NY Ferry. This fellow first got hassled with a re-search for carrying The Player's Guide to Faerun a D&D book, and then the next day, security tried to confiscate his copy of Exalted: The Abyssals as 'inappropriate.'
Actor J.J. Murphy, of Northern Ireland is dead at 86, just days after filming his first scenes for Game of Thrones Season 5. He collapsed and died on Friday. Read the rest