Stanford engineers built an earthquake-resistant house. Watch the shake test.

Engineers at Stanford have designed, built, and tested an earthquake-resistant house which has stayed upright even when subjected to three times the intensity of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Read the rest

Florida Governor Charlie Crist has a fan that blows him every day. No. Wait.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist insists on bringing an electric fan to campaign appearances. One GOP operative calls the fan Crist's "teddy bear." Read the rest

The lost cyber-crayolas of the mid-1990s

Circuit board green, cyber space orange, floppy yellow, graphic green, green.com, infra red, megabyte blue, megahertz maroon, on-line orange, plug & play pink, point & click green, transistor yellow, ultra violet, web surfin' blue, world wide web yellow, www.purple. Read the rest

Tor Browser goes 4.0

The 4.0 version of the secure, anonymized, private browser disables SSL3 (in deference to the POODLE attack) and uses new transports that are intended to defeat the Great Firewall of China and other extremely restrictive firewalls. Read the rest

FBI chief demands an end to cellphone security

If your phone is designed to be secure against thieves, voyeurs, and hackers, it'll also stop spies and cops. So the FBI has demanded that device makers redesign their products so that they -- and anyone who can impersonate them -- can break into them at will. Read the rest

SF Book Review: "They Tell Me I'm The Bad Guy," by R.D. Harless

RD Harless' They Tell Me I'm The Bad Guy is a fantastic story of a pre-Apocalyptic Earth barely managing its mutant menace.

Don Guillory wants nothing more than to be left alone. For 10 years he's worked in a factory, not even practicing his awesome extra-human power of fire and heat control. Once ran with the baddest bunch of bad ass super criminals in Europe, but now he is leading a quiet life in middle America. Rapidly Don loses his anonymity, his best friend and any hope for a normal life.

Nano technology, quantum physics and plain old violence fill the pages of They Tell Me I'm The Bad Guy. If you are looking for a great anti-hero gets dragged back in but makes good story, RD Harless' first novel is a winner.

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Please, Disney: put back John's grandad's Haunted Mansion tombstone

John Frost writes, "It's been 46 years of happy haunts at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, an attraction both Cory and I share a certain affinity for; when the attraction first opened, the exterior queue featured a small graveyard full of tombstones with humorous epitaphs." Read the rest

Smoke dreams: the paintings of Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

The work of self-taught artist Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen focuses on “classic figurative painting, presented in a contemporary manner,” exploring the dark sides of life.

S&L Podcast: Kiss from a Queen (on the Face)

In Neil Gaiman’s new book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, Sleeping Beauty gets woken by a Queen’s kiss. And there’s pictures so it did happen. Fictionally speaking. We also discuss The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan, and find out people are pleasantly surprised by the techno-thrilling coming of age fantasy that is Alif the Unseen.

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Game dev Brianna Wu on what it's like to be forced from your home by sexist hate

“I've Been Forced Out Of My Home And Am Living In Constant Fear Because Of Relentless Death Threats From Gamergate,” reads the headline for Brianna Wu's first-person account of the unbelievably cruel harassment she's been subjected to for the crime of, more or less, being a woman who works in games. Read the rest

Solitary Vices: Mikita Brottman on the Books in Her Life

Mark Dery talks with the critic and psychoanalyst about the terrors of reading.

Mow your lawn or go to jail

A Tennessee woman was sentenced to jail for neglecting her yard work.

The judge sentenced her to 5 days, but later reduced it to 6 hours.

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Jason Momoa's winning Game of Thrones audition for Khal Drogo

Translation:

I die! I die! I live! I live!

I die! I die! I live! I live!

This is the hairy man

Who fetched the Sun

And caused it to shine again

One upward step! Another upward step!

An upward step, another.. the Sun shines!!

*Note the words wakawhiti te ra are pronounced in Maori as 'fa-ka fe tea te ra" hence the confusion over swearing.

Jason Momoa's Game of Thrones Audition

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Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo - Concept art and storyboards from the best cartoon of the century so far

"I am now addicted to Adventure Time; actually, I am in awe of it.” Director Guillermo del Toro expressed this opinion in his forward to this massive book of art from the cartoon series, and I agree with him.

I love everything about Adventure Time: the constrained-crazy character design, the candy-colored otherworldly sets, the untraditional-but-nevertheless-engrossing stories, and the bromantic relationship between Finn the Human and Jake the shape shifting dog, who embark on their Jodorowsky-esque adventures on a post-civilization Earth (all we really know is that our world ended as we knew it after the Great Mushroom War and the cartoon takes place about 1,000 years after).

This book is a deep dive into the Land of Ooo (the new name for Earth), with tons of concept sketches, marked-up scripts, and production art. It’s also an oral history of the development of the series, with interviews from the show’s creative team sprinkled throughout.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo, by Chris McDonnell

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Excellent reenactment of infamous Bath & Body Works Rant

A shopper's traumatic experience reenacted by a talented ensemble. Read the rest

How to enable two-step authentication on Google, Facebook, etc.

Gizmodo has a handy guide to enabling two-factor authentication on your accounts with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Dropbox, etc.

Two-step, or two-factor authentication protects your accounts by requiring you to provide an additional piece of information after you give your password to get into your account. In the most common implementation, after correctly entering your password, an online service will send you a text message with a unique string of numbers that you'll need to punch in to get access to your account.

The idea is that you're drastically more secure if somebody needs both your password and the physical phone to get access to your accounts. Add a passcode to your phone, and you're safeguarded against someone stealing both.

Is it perfect? No. But it's way better than just irrationally hoping nobody ever gets a hold of your password.

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Jordan Kurland: San Francisco's music impresario talks business

My friend Jordan Kurland lives at the intersection of music and art, straddling the crossroads of culture and business. He's the co-founder of the Treasure Island Music Festival and manager of Death Cab for Cutie, She & Him, and The New Pornographers.

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