Libraries can't afford to ignore Itunes' awful licensing terms

Jessamyn writes, "Itunes-only music is licensed for personal use. This does not include libraries' ability to offer it for lending. Kevin Smith, Duke University's Scholarly Communications Officer, outlines the real problems libraries encounter when trying to obtain legal access to digital-only files that have restrictive licensing." Read the rest

Ferguson: live video streams of SWAT team assault on protesters

Here is a list of live streams for the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri tonight.

Blogging History: Aaronsw's Secret Service files; SF writers' nests; Olympics panopticon

One year

First 100 pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service files: After a long wrangle, and no thanks to MIT, the Secret Service has begun to honor the court order that requires it to release Aaron Swartz's files.

Five years

Photos of science fiction writers' nests: Subculture photographer Kyle Cassidy has a great new project: "Where I Write: Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers in Their Creative Spaces."

Ten years Big Brother goes to the Olympics: US$312 million surveillance system installed for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Read the rest

Ferguson: Militarized police use force against protesters, arrest journalists

Police turned violent at protests in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, where an unnamed police officer recently shot an unarmed black teen dead.

Witzend - groundbreaking 1960s indy comic with art by Wallace Wood, Art Spiegelman, and Frank Frazetta

Wally Wood (1927–1981) is regarded as one of the world’s best comic book artists, and I agree. His science fiction stories for Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, which featured complex spaceship interiors, ruggedly handsome male astronauts, curvy female astronauts, repugnant monsters, and richly detailed alien landscapes, made him an instant and enduring hit with comic book readers in the 1950s. Read the rest

Baby chihuahua born without front legs gets 3D-printed wheeled cart

This cute little chihuahua puppy named TurboRoo was born without front legs. A kind engineer heard about the pup online, and designed and built a little wheeled cart for the dog--the platform was 3D-printed with a MakerBot, the wheels are for a skateboard. The full story's over at

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'Light Art,' a photography series by Martin Kimbell

A gorgeous series by Martin Kimbell, artist and photographer based in the UK. Website, and DeviantArt gallery.

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Weird, cute 2D animated GIFs by illustrator and animator Charles Huettner

Some splendid GIF action from Charles Huettner, an animator based in Pennsylvania. Read the rest

NPR 'laundering CIA talking points' in linking Snowden to 'changed terrorist behavior'

There's just one problem with a recent NPR segment on a new "big data" report that blames Snowden for "changed terrorist behavior." The main source for the story receives funding from the CIA.

Minke whales can take up to 100 gulps of krill an hour

Ed Yong on whales and "lunge-feeding," which kind of sounds like what I do when presented with pizza.

Snip from his National Geographic article:

The blue whale can swallow half a million calories in a single mouthful. When it spots its prey—shrimp-like creatures called krill—it lunges forward, accelerating rapidly and opening its jaws to an almost right angle. Its mouth expands, its tongue inverts, and it engulfs around 110 tonnes of water—about the same mass as another small blue whale. Over the next minute, it pushes the water through sieve-like plates, filters out the krill, and swallows. Then, having reloaded its face, it’s ready for another attack.

The mink whale is the smallest of the great whales, and on one study, two minkes "managed 2,831 lunges over 649 dives. While they were feeding, they lunged around 100 times every hour." Read the rest

Comcast, Time Warner make huge "donations" to party honoring their FCC overseer

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (who's in charge of overseeing the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger) is receiving an award, for which Comcast and Time Warner Cable are "presenting sponsors," paying $110K and $22K respectively. Read the rest

Edward Snowden, The WIRED Cover: Most wanted man in the world

NSA whistleblower and political refugee Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. A fantastic interview with an equally incredible series of photos in this month's Wired.

Snowden held the flag in his hands and delicately unfolded it. You could see the gears turning as he weighed his year in exile against the love of country that motivated him in the first place.

Even more amazing than the cover photo? This, inside: Snowden with General Michael Hayden at a 2011 gala. Together, at last!

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Ferguson, a pinterest collection

Jenifer Fernandez Ancona and James Home are curating this moving collection of images and articles from Ferguson, hoping to focus our attention on the growing tension between America's police and its populace.

The above image comes from an LA Times article they shared regarding the protestors use of a "hands up!" gesture to symbolize the position Michael Brown is reported to have been in, as he was shot. Read the rest

Wear a giant papier-mache head and eliminate your social anxiety

In the 1980s author Jon Ronson played in a band with Frank Sidebottom, a man who wore a large fake head onstage (and often, offstage). We talked to Jon about the book and movie (called Frank and which opens in NY on Friday) he wrote based on his experience.

ABC News apologizes for airing live aerial video of Robin Williams' home

They're sorry.

“When we realized there was no news value to the live stream, we took it down immediately,” ABC News said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Our intention was not to be insensitive to his family, friends and fans, and for that we apologize.”

After news broke of the Oscar-winning actor's death by apparent suicide Monday, his family released a statement asking for privacy. Soon after, ABC News displayed a red banner on its homepage reading, “Watch Live: Aerials of Robin Williams‘ Home.”

In related news, Fox News called Mr. Williams a coward for dying from depression and addiction, by way of suicide. Read the rest

Watch Lauren Bacall's 1944 cinema debut free online

Lauren Bacall makeup and hair test shots for “To Have and Have Not,” 1944. She made her cinematic debut in this film when she was just 19 years old. The screen icon died this week at 89.

Manohla Dargis, in the NYT:

When she opened her mouth in “To Have and Have Not” — taking a long drag on a cigarette while locking Humphrey Bogart in her gaze — she staked a claim on the screen and made an immortal Hollywood debut.

The entire film is below.

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Doraville SWAT team's online video says everything about U.S. police militarization

Catchy tune, Doraville SWAT. Read the rest

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