Democratic schools: trusting kids to direct their own learning

Maria writes, "Freedom and responsibility are considered two sides of the same coin at democratic schools, where students direct their own learning. Students are involved in hiring staff, deciding school rules and enforcing them." Read the rest

Crow insults man

Video by Charles Benoist. “At the DMV and a black crow comes over and said 'fuck you.” Read the rest

Darkmatter: a secure Paranoid Android version that hides from attackers

Stock Android phones with the Darkmatter OS use encrypted storage, OS-level app controls, and secure messaging by default, but if the phone thinks it's under attack, it dismounts all the encrypted stuff and reboots as a stock Android phone with no obvious hints that its owner has anything hidden on it. Read the rest

Eliza vs Gamergate

When some genius set up a 1960s non-directive chatbot psychotherapist to reply to #notyourshield tweets, hilarity ensued! Read the rest

"Tie the knot" wedding invites that include a self-tying knot

Designer Cristina Moraleja created these clever 2011 wedding invitations for her clients Lois and Cris. Read the rest

HOWTO make a "cyber tank girl" Hallowe'en costume

Becky Stern's created a totally awesome "cyber tank girl" costume based on electronics components from Adafruit, centered around a flexible, LED-lit 3D printed bandoleer. I saw much of her costume in person in NYC this week and it looks this good in person. Read the rest

Qualia: solo painting show in NYC by Tiffany Bozic

Vivid, naturalistic acrylic-on-maple-panel paintings that explore the notion of how we perceive information and experience the world around us.

Kickstarting Haphead, a science fiction web series about gamer culture

Haphead, the wonderful science fiction webseries about gamer culture that I wrote about in March, is kickstarting a budget for kick-ass post-production. It's from Jim Munroe, who made Ghosts With Shit Jobs. Read the rest

What are the best Halloween candies?

This is the real reason we dress up like zombies giant bottles of catsup. David Ng and Ben Cohen present a survey to determine your favorites in anticipation of this year's all-important hierarchical delineation of candy goodness.

A ghost's daily schedule

By Marc Johns. Read the rest

The greatest Medium post ever.

by Waxy (via Sean Bonner) Read the rest

The otherworldly photography and video art of Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu may be best-known as a co-founding member of the band Ladytron, but the Liverpool-based artist is also a photographer and video director. Here are some of the fantastic photographs you can find on his website, Tumblr, Behance, and Facebook.

Vice/Noisey recently premiered a gorgeous new music video he directed for Xu Xu Fang: "Friend to the Unknown.” There's a "behind the scenes" feature here, more shots here, and the video is below.

[via Asylum Art]

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In life, pick two

Doghouse Diaries. Read the rest

Interactive U.S. map of Fall foliage, as it progresses toward winter

Are you wondering when the leaves will peak in your area? Here's a chronological data map of leaves changing color throughout the USA. Read the rest

Jean Baudrillard predicted the Pumpkin Spice Latte

When a "seasonal" drink has no "seasonal" ingredients, including pumpkin, what can it be, but simulacrum? Read the rest

Gallery of Russian criminal tattoo police file photos

A new, crowdfunded book offers one of the most comprehensive archives of the phenomenon of Russian criminal tattooing.

Babies dressed up like Die Antwoord

[via, thanks Eric Mittleman!] Read the rest

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