Rightscorp cuts-and-runs as soon as it is challenged in court

Rightscorp -- a firm that asks ISPs to disconnect you from the Internet unless you pay it money for alleged, unproven copyright infringements -- was finally challenged in court by an ISP, Texas's Grande Communications; as soon as it looked like it would have the legal basis for its business-model examined by a judge, the company cut and ran, withdrawing its threats. Read the rest

3D printed book of bas relief from Art Institute of Chicago

Tom Burtonwood sez, "I have just published Folium, a 3D printed book of bas relief from the Art Institute of Chicago; it's posted to thingiverse for download: 12 pages, 9 scans featuring works of art spanning over 2000 years, from the Ancient Egyptians to Louis Sullivan department store decorations." Read the rest

How to lace up your Vans

My 7 year old and I just had fantastic debate about the proper way to lace Vans. Read the rest

Downvoting considered harmful

A study [PDF] published in a journal of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence found that sites that have a "downvote" button to punish bad comments lock the downvoted users into spirals of ever-more-prolific, ever-lower-quality posting due to a perception of having been martyred by the downvoters. Read the rest

Beer labels match brewed contents to Pantone color

Spanish creative agency Txaber created a series of beer packaging labels in which each brew type is presented with a corresponding Pantone color. Read the rest

Secret Law is Not Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Cindy Cohn is on fire: "Let’s be clear: Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as 'law' at all." Read the rest

The excellent pencil sculptures of Dalton Ghetti

We've featured Dalton Ghetti's magnificent pencil sculptures in years past, but they're so gorgeous, and new to many. Read the rest

Giant net-neutrality videoboard at FCC's front doors wants YOUR videos

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Fight for the Future and Namecheap just parked a truck directly across the street from the FCC with a huge video billboard mounted on top facing the agency's main entrance; we're playing net neutrality videos all day today and tomorrow." Read the rest

Photos of a beloved bull terrier posed in funny, imaginative scenes

The Instagram photos of Rafael Mantesso, who stages his doggie--a Bull Terrier--in these funny and adorable compositions. Read the rest

Patrick Rothfuss narrates "The Slow Regard of Silent Things"

The Slow Regard of Silent Things being his next novel, a fantasy title due out at the end of October. Read the rest

SF predicting the present: novel anticipated Detroit water crisis

Paul Di Filippo describes Ben Parzybok's new novel, Sherwood Nation: "The book is obviously as headline-friendly as the Ferguson riots, inequality debates, Occupy protests and climate change reports; but there's also a Joseph Conrad-Grahame Greene-Shakespeare style concern with the nature of power, the roles that are thrust upon us, and the limits of friendship and love." Read the rest

The best atlas of human anatomy there is

This is the best atlas of human anatomy there is. Every other anatomy atlas I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen dozens) pales in comparison. Read the rest

Photographs: Native Americans of the early 1900s

In the early 20th century, ethnologist Edward S. Curtis made 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Native American language and music and took 40,000 photographs of people from more than 80 tribes, such as these. Read the rest

One game suspension for football star charged with beating child

UPDATE: headline should read "Zero game suspension for football star charged with beating child"

You probably don't want to look at photos of bloody welts on a 4-year-old child. But Minnesota Vikings officials looked and handed out what they consider appropriate punishment to the boy's father, football star Adrian Peterson, who turned himself in on child abuse charges on Saturday morning. A one-game suspension. Read the rest

Professor lives in a 36-square-foor dumpster

Check out all the photos in this Atlantic article. Cozy! Read the rest

WATCH: Rabid bat attacks guitarist

"The bat ended up being rabid, something [Derrick Skou, from Gresham, Oregon] only found out after taking it to Multnomah County health officials. He had first tried to take it to the Clackamas County Environmental Health Department, but he says they declined to test the bat."

Rabid bat bit man jamming on guitar Read the rest

NoPhone is a black piece of plastic shaped like an iPhone

From the Kickstarter page: "The NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment." Read the rest

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