Replica Axe-Cop cosplay axe

$20, made from real plastic, and a fitting tribute to one of the most delightfully weird comics in the universe. Read the rest

Wikipedia bans Congressional IP address for transphobic vandalism (again)

A Congressional staffer, or someone with access to their network, has repeatedly modified Wikipedia articles to insert transphobic slurs, prompting the second month-long lockout for the Congressional IP address in less than a month. Read the rest

Republican FCC commish defends states' rights to ban municipal ISPs

Ajit Pai's chief of staff says that the FCC shouldn't allow cities to set up public ISPs where state law prohibits it, even when no other broadband is available, and warns Democratic commissioners that they shouldn't do things that future Republican administrations might object to. Read the rest

Game of Thrones Book Club: Petyr Baelish’s Game of King Chairs

With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that correspond to the previous television season. No book spoilers past the TV show!

Lauren Bacall on The Dame Edna Experience

Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall died 10 days ago. Somehow, in the flood of tribute videos, I forgot about this appearance on The Dame Edna Experience , which is one of my favorite television shows of all time. Read the rest

Help EFF code for freedom!

April from EFF writes, "Help improve the Electronic Frontier Foundation's free software projects to defend freedom & enhance privacy and security online.

Here's a list of all the projects we invite you to hack your heart out on!" Read the rest

Little girl plays with a giant fluffy Tibetan Mastiff (video, GIFs)

Simba, a two-year-old giant Tibetan Mastiff, is sweet and friendly with Weiwei. They love to play together. Read the rest

Nerf zombie-hunter machete

The $20 Zombie Striker Nerf Foam Machete is just what you need for your little monster-hunters. Read the rest

The Magician and the Cardsharp: The Search for America's Greatest Sleight-of-Hand Artist

A Gweek listener recommended The Magician and the Cardsharp to me (I can't remember who - sorry!) and I'm thankful he did. It's a well-told story about two men with intersecting lifelong goals. The first man was Allen Kennedy (1865–1961) a professional card cheat who spent many years perfecting his technique to deal cards from the center of the deck undetected. The second man was Dai Vernon (1894–1992), one of the most highly-respected sleight-of-hand magicians in history.

Vernon, who worked as a silhouette cutter in department stores, had been interested in card tricks (especially ones involving sleight-of-hand) since childhood. By the time he was an adult, he'd gained a reputation for being one of the best card handlers in the world. From time-to-time, Vernon would heard rumors that there was a professional cardsharp somewhere in Missouri who'd mastered the mythical Center Deal, a move that almost every magician dismissed as an impossible fantasy.

Vernon had his doubts too, but the rumors continued to spread, and his curiosity got the better of him. He embarked on a years-long quest, involving much travel and encounters with scary characters, to find out if there really was someone who had invented an undetectable center deal and, if he existed, to convince the man to teach him how it was done. This book is not only the story of Vernon's search for, and eventual meeting with, the man behind the rumor, it is also a history of the American midwest's rough-and-tumble past, replete with illegal gambling dens, speakeasies, con-men, whorehouses, and mobsters. Read the rest

Otterday

North American river otters. Read the rest

Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-To History, Part 9

Radiant Heated Dog House: Because shoving Rover’s paw in a light socket wouldn’t be cruel enough. By Matt Maranian

3D printed Dark Knight branding iron

The $30.60 Dark Knight branding iron is made from 3D printed steel and snaps onto the end of a Bic lighter, and is intended for branding Batmannish trade-dress on your school stuff, clothes, books, furniture, etc (Note: not pets or people).

(via Geekymerch) Read the rest

An adorable husky puppy howls

I could watch this video all day. [Michael Cooperman, via d0gbl0g]

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Happy Harbor Seal Friday

Photographed by Monterey Bay Aquarium staffer Pete Bridson. Read the rest

Portrait of slain war photographer James Foley, by Molly Crabapple

"Portrait of James Foley. War photographer. Rest in peace, hero." —Molly Crabapple. Read the rest

WWII was won by shirtless, grapefruit-juice-drinking men

Check out the large shell that man is handling! When they finished, they took a nice bath together:

(Via X-Ray Delta One) Read the rest

Goldfish on a motorcyle, Vietnam (a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool)

"Taking the fish for a ride, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam." Read the rest

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