Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars books to be adapted for TV

The books, which are among the best science fiction ever written, have been picked up by Game of Thrones co-producer Vince Gerardis, which bodes very well for the adaptation. Read the rest

Just look at this weirdly sexual off-model Garfield banana.

Just look at it.

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Anti-bedbug luggage uses heating elements to bake your stuff

Thermalstrike's heated luggage has plug-in elements that heat the contents of your bag to 140F before you unpack them, which should theoretically kill any bedbugs that hitched a ride home with you from the road (remember to take out your toiletries and electronics first!). Read the rest

TBD: appreciating a catalog of the banal gadgets of tomorrow

David already posted about the amazing TBD Catalog, which is filled with "design fiction" about the devices of the future; but I just read it and I need to rave about it. Read the rest

Stormtrooper pencil-skirt

Geeky U1 makes smart American Apparel pencil-skirts screened with bold Stormtrooper-in-a-suit silhouettes for a look that's business-max-casual; they're made to order for $22. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Cute kids arguing: Is it raining or sprinkling?

You Poked My Heart,” says one kid as the debate escalates into physical territory. Shot and shared by Tara Willmott.

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Speed Chess is amazing and demented

Independent game developer Bennett Foddy has improved chess. Pray that he does not improve it further. [Previously] Read the rest

Weight-loss company sues customer for posting negative review to Better Business Bureau

Roca Labs makes the "Non Surgical Gastric Bypass" (which one expert says is mostly industrial food thickeners) with terms-of-sale that prohibit complaining if you get sick, or don't like the product, or feel like you were ripped off. Read the rest

Pennsylvania Attorney General's office blames woman for own rape

A prison typist complained about the security of her workplace, was raped by an inmate, and sued her employer. In its defense, the state attorney general's office says she "acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to the events" [CNN] Read the rest

Facebook to get a Buy button

What, you like clicking things, don't you? Kurt Wagner, at Recode, explains the social network's deal with processor Stripe.

This is noteworthy given that Facebook has other payments partners on different features, including PayPal’s mobile payments unit Braintree. It’s also not the first time Facebook and Stripe have worked together. Facebook partnered with Stripe last year on a separate project that enables Facebook users to autofill their payment information from Facebook when using third-party apps (Braintree was also a partner).

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Billionaire told he can't block access to public beach

Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla bought a house by a public beach, then cut off access to it. A court has ordered him to unlock the gates.

Khosla did so despite being told by county planning officials, the Coastal Commission and a different San Mateo County Superior Court in 2009 that he needed to seek a coastal development permit if any of his actions were to change the "intensity of use" of the water or access to it.

Mallach ruled that by padlocking the gate, hiring security guards and altering signs without state permission, Khosla had wrongly denied public access to the beach, violating the California Coastal Act.

The fuck-you quality of Khosla's whole effort--security guards!--is galling. But what did he have to lose?

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15 lessons from 15 years of blogging

Anil Dash has been at it for 15 years (slightly longer than me, but only slightly!) and his reflections on a decade and a half of blogging -- through major life changes from marriage to parenthood -- really chime with me, especially: Read the rest

Attorney General quits

Eric Holder is to step down as Attorney General of the United States of America. The Onion explains what will happen next. Read the rest

Adjustable Pac Man and ghost ring

Pac Man rings come in silver- or gold-plated brass for $11 (price includes gift-box). (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Help fund Last Gasp Books!

For 45 years, our friends at Last Gasp have kept the counterculture busy with books, publishing wild, weird, wonderful, and subversive works by R Crumb, Robert Wilson, Diane di Prima, Mark Ryden, Timothy Leary, and a slew of other greats; Now they need our help. Last Gasp has launched a Kickstarter to fund the printing of their next season of books, a stellar line-up of projects by the likes of Camille Rose Garcia, Ron English, the Thanatos Archive, and Mike Davis. The awards are fantastic! Read the rest

Screenshots of despair: the slide-deck

From the magesterial Screenshots of Despair tumblr (featuring dialog boxes to make you quail with terror and despair of your sanity), comes a slide-deck of the best of the worst to include in your own presentations. Read the rest

Security cruft means every exploit lives forever

Security failures will live on forever, because protocols have no sell-by date. Glenn Fleishman exposes the eternity we face with broken software.

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