Marvel Comics skirt

The knee-length Marvel Comics skirt is $34.11 from Interrobangirl, who also takes custom orders. Read the rest

Blogging History: LA water sommelier; Fiji Water's brutal military backers; No-fly for Ted Kennedy

One year The water sommelier of Los Angeles: Martin Riese is the water sommelier at Ray's and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Five years Brutal military dictatorship that backs Fiji Water: Fiji Water isn't just devastating to the environment of Fiji, the planet that endures the cost of shipping it, and the environments of the places where it is consumed. It is also the product of a brutal military regime that monitors all outgoing Internet traffic from the island for criticisms of the water business and immediately arrests people who transmit them, bringing them in for intensive questioning and the occasional prison-rape threat, as journalist Anna Lenzer discovered.

Ten years Senator Kennedy on "no-fly" list: Senator Ted Kennedy says he was denied boarding on three shuttle flights in one month, because he's on the federal "no-fly" list of terrorist suspects. Read the rest

Huge grouper fish gobbles four-foot shark in single bite

Gimbb14, fishing off the coast of Florida near Bonita Springs, caught a black tip shark at least four feet long. As he tried to reel it in, however, a grouper emerges from the deep to claim his prize. Read the rest

Child arrested after writing story about shooting a dinosaur

"Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words "gun" and "take care of business," and police were then notified on Tuesday." Read the rest

Hit-and-run suspect to victim: "Look what you did to my car"

Ryan Hamilton might not have seen the Nissan Altima coming outside of his home in New Jersey. After all, it was 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday. By the time its driver had run him over, then run him over twice again in an attempt to get away, he probably knew it was there. And when the driver told him "Look what you did to my car," it's a fair bet he knew what had struck him. Read the rest

On writing fantasy: it's Narnia business

Lev Grossman, author of The Magician's Land, recalls the journey that took him from a Harvard and Yale-prescribed life of reading classics to writing fantasy novels, and how much it liberated him. Read the rest

Florida anti-pot leader: weed is a date rape drug and will make you gay and vulnerable to AIDS

A vast majority of Floridians, including Republicans, are in favor of medical marijuana. That means Florida's Amendment 2 ballot initiative, which legalizes medical marijuana, is likely to pass in November.

This is alarming to the neo-Anslinger crowd, which has formed an anti-marijuana group called Drug Free Florida, with the single goal of defeating the amendment. It's headed up by 73-year-old Carlton E Turner, who served as Ronald Reagan's drug czar and coined the slogan "Just Say No." Turner was an instrumental figure in the escalation of the War on Drugs, which sent millions of non-violent people to prison around the world, provided funding for terrorist groups, created widespread government corruption, incubated ruthless drug cartels, and led to the establishment of violent militarized police.

In 1986, when Turner was a big swinging dick in Washington, he stated in a Newsweek magazine article that he had visited drug treatment centers and learned that 40% of the patients had engaged in homosexual activity, concluding that their homosexuality “seems to be something that follows along from their marijuana use ... my concern is, how is the biological system affected by heavy marijuana use? The public needs to be thinking about how drugs alter people’s lifestyles.”

Drug Free Florida is Turner's last chance to inflict large-scale massive pain and suffering.

Aiding Turner is gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson who, thanks to the millions of people who've blown their paychecks at his casinos, is one of the richest men in the world. Adelson contributed $2.5 million to the organization. Read the rest

Security researchers buy pornoscanner, demonstrate how to sneak in guns & bombs

Researchers from UCSD, the U Michigan, and Johns Hopkins will present their work on the Rapiscan Secure 1000 at Usenix Security tomorrow; the Secure 1000 isn't used in airports anymore, but it's still in courts, jails, and government security checkpoints (researchers can't yet get their hands on the millimeter machines used at airports).

Officer Go Fuck Yourself says: "I will fucking kill you!"

According to the ACLU, Officer Go Fuck Yourself has just been removed from duty in Ferguson. Read the rest

A video about cybersecurity that you should really watch

Dan Geer's Black Hat 2014 talk Cybersecurity as Realpolitik (also available as text) is thoughtful, smart, vital, and cuts through -- then ties together -- strands of security, liability, governance, privacy, and fairness, and is a veritable manifesto for a better world. Read the rest

Tales from the Tween Hobo

The boxcar-living, Justin Bieber-loving, darkly funny, 12-year-old drifter @tweenhobo wrote a delightful book, Tween Hobo: Off The Rails, in (ahem) "collaboration" with playwright Alena Smith and featuring wonderful illustrations by my hypertalented designer pal Kate Harmer! Read the rest

Bomb Run – 1950s-era war comics filled with intense ironic twists and surprise endings

Part of Fantagraphics’ fabulous EC Library series, collecting and beautifully-presenting the best of Max and William Gaines’ EC Comics, Bomb Run collects the 50s-era war comics of Kurtzman and Severin. Read the rest

Leaked Comcast employee manual reveals pressure for hard-sell from tech support

Despite denials from top Comcast execs, a leaked employee manual shows that all Comcast customer service reps, even tech support staff, are required to hard-sell every customer they deal with, using high-pressure scripts that interfere with doing their jobs. Read the rest

San Francisco (8/23): 20th Street Block Party music and food fest

This Saturday (8/23) in S.F., our pals at Noise Pop and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group are hosting the annual 20th Street Block Party, a truly killer food and music festival with performances by the likes of Melted Toys, Cayucas, and headlined by beloved indie power popsters Rogue Wave (video above). It's free!!!

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Crowdfunding a print edition of Holdfast science fiction magazine

Laurel writes, "Holdfast magazine (a free, online speculative fiction magazine) has launched a fundraising campaign for our first-ever print anthology." Read the rest

Magic of the mixtape

Over at re:form on Medium, Charles Moss gets nostalgic about the mixtape and how it embodies "emotional design" in a physical, tangible time capsule of the moment it was recorded. From re:form:

In the past few years, sort of like vinyl, the cassette mixtape has made a comeback among bands looking for a different way of releasing albums, and 20-something audiophiles trading mixtapes online and through the mail. No one mistakes this revival for a resurrection. Making mixtapes, once a mass phenomenon, is now a twee exercise.

That the practice endures at all tells us something important about art and self-expression. The constraints that once bound the maker to the mixtape have been stripped away from the outside by technology, but they persist on the inside as a kind of epiphenomenal desire.

"The Emotional Design of the Mixtape" Read the rest

Cats and watermelons

Cats with watermelon hats. Cats with watermelon pillows. Read the rest

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