Free cybersecurity MOOC

The Open University's "Introduction to Cyber Security" is a free online course -- with optional certificate -- that teaches the fundamentals of crypto, information security, and privacy; I host the series, which starts on Oct 13." Read the rest

Blogging History: Satanic Christmas sweaters; Neil Gaiman's library

One year

Christmas sweaters featuring Satan, sasquatch, etc: You might think I'd be all about the Sasquatch Knit Bigfoot sweater but I prefer the Satanic Knit Baphomet design!

Five years

Neil Gaiman's library: Naturally we'd assumed that someone whose work is filled with references ranging from literary to mythological would have a fairly extensive library but even so, we were a bit unprepared for the scope of what he sent us. Read the rest

Beautiful photos from Burning Man 2014

John Goodman writes, "thought you guys might like to see my photos from Burning Man this year." Yes, thank you! Beautiful shots, they really capture the flavor of the event -- some of my favorites below (Thanks, John!) Read the rest

How to not lose your pet turtle as he roams around the house: balloon on a string

"No turtles were harmed in the making of this video," says Austin Woods. "One was slightly annoyed, however--he's a grumpy one." Read the rest

Gorgeous photos from the recent Afropunk fest in NYC by photographer Driely S.

Impressions of a style-filled event we wish we'd attended.

Watch this Jenga dog balance a treat on a straw on its head

Dogs are amazing. Read the rest

Rescued mink experiences playing in water for the first time in its life

From the wonderful YouTube channel Camels and Friends, which is run by people who care for a bunch of critters on a farm, comes this video of a mink who did not end up as a fur coat, having a blast in a tub of water. Read the rest

When can FBI use National Security letters to go after reporters? Sorry, that's classified.

In a new government report on National Security Letters, the FBI redacted the rules for using them on reporters.

Canadian PM steals site of memorial for political rival's father

Stephen Harper has snatched land long designated for a building to be named for Pierre Trudeau (father of Justin Trudeau, leader of the rival Liberal Party), and redesignated it to host a Stalinesque statue memorializing 'victims of Communism.' Read the rest

Dentistry in the dark days before novocaine

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Hate going to the dentist? You won't after reading Hunter Oatman-Stanford's account of what a visit to the family jawbreaker was like in the dark days before novocaine. Read the rest

Canadian gov't economists insist that stats on collapsing middle class mean just the opposite

Dave sez, "Last year, Employment and Social Development Canada put together a report suggesting that the Canadian middle class has seen wage stagnation and is experiencing record levels of debt; Finance Canada felt that this 'appears to conflict with the general message in Budget 2014 and previous internal briefings' so they made a new report -- that says the opposite, while looking at the same data." Read the rest

UK Ministry of Justice loses harddrive with 3,000 prisoners' data, which they forgot to encrypt

Alan sez, "The UK Ministry of Justice was just slapped with a fine for the loss of a hard disk containing data on over 3,000 prisoners. These things happen." Read the rest

Video: Astronauts on the ISS look down on our spinning Earth

ISS Expedition 38 crew members Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio look at various cities across the globe from the vantage point of the Cupola.

Half the remains of slain Vikings in England are female

In Warriors and women: the sex ratio of Norse migrants to eastern England up to 900 AD, published in 2011 in Early Medieval Europe 19/3, Medievalists from the University of Western Australia survey the remains of fallen Vikings found in eastern England that had been assumed to be male, partly because some were buried with sword and shield. Read the rest

Weaponized baseball cap

The GOTCHA Cap is a baseball cap with a removable hand weapon hidden under the brim. Watch the video demo below, complete with dramatic action hero music! Read the rest

Sept 10 is Internet Slowdown day: save the net from Cable Company Fuckery!

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "If you woke up tomorrow, and your Internet looked like this, what would you do?" Read the rest

"In The Mood" for three ukes

Byntje Music's rousing arrangement of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" for three ukuleles. The YouTube post includes links to tabs so you can play along. (via Laughing Squid) Read the rest

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