Yellow duck phone charger

On family outings, my younger daughter always brings her yellow duck phone charger ($(removed)) along. She charges her older sister $(removed) to use one of the USB charging ports. If you live on the west coast, you have 2 hours to order one on Amazon and get it on December 24. Read the rest

Podcast: Happy Xmas! (guest starring Poesy)

It's that time again! School is out, but I'm still working, so the kid came to the office with me, just in time to record a new podcast. This year, Poesy performs a stirring rendition of Jingle Bells, with dirty words! Read the rest

North Korea's Internet is out: US attack?

North Korea's Internet connectivity is out, possibly the result of a DDoS that may be President Obama's "proportional response" to the Sony Pictures hack, according to the New York Times: Read the rest

Joe Cocker, RIP

"The Letter," live, 1970. (NYT obit) Read the rest

'Put aside the protests,' NYC mayor tells (orders?) citizens after man kills 2 NYPD officers

“It’s time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time,” de Blasio said today.

Troll Hunter: Inside the TV show about hunting the internet's biggest jerks

These journalists and researchers "wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites." But does the hunter resemble the hunted?

Neighbors dislike "terroristic threat" Christmas display in man's front yard

Bill Ansell's neighbors do not like his holiday display. Read the rest

Algorithmically evolved masks that appear as faces to facial-recognition software

Sterling Crispin uses evolutionary algorithms to produce masks that satisfy facial recognition algorithms: "my goal is to show the machine what it’s looking for, to hold a mirror up to the all-seeing eye of the digital-panopticon we live in and let it stare back into its own mind." Read the rest

Anthropology news: ‘lightly’ built skeletons of modern humans have a recent origin

Researchers studying the changes in bone density in humans over the millennia believe that changes in our skeletons have to do with an evolutionary shift from foraging lifestyle to a more sedentary way of life.

The Silver Age of Comic Book Art manifests the magic and majesty of the Marvel and DC classics from 1956-1970

The Silver Age of Comic Book Art is a sparkly remastered new version of the long-out-of-print coffee table book that first came out ahead of its time in 2003, before all the beautiful Chip Kidd-designed superhero books, before many do-gooders depicted in these pages – Captain America, The Flash, Thor, Green Lantern, The Avengers, Dr. Strange, Green Arrow, Nick Fury and more – made it to the big & little screens. IMHO, more so than any other book on the subject, and more even than the bombastic blockbusters, this book manifests the magic and majesty of the Marvel and DC classic comics and characters from The Silver Age (1956-1970) and does so by focusing due attention on eight artists responsible for their creation: Carmine Infantino, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Joe Kubert, Gene Colan, Jim Steranko, and Neal Adams.

By way of uberdynamic spreads chockfulla judiciously juxtoposed images, ouvre-compressing cosmic collages, and the hubris-if-it-wasn’t-done-right method of replacing words in original comic balloons with choice quotes from the artists themselves, Schumer achieves the fantastic feat of making the reader experience the awe a kid in 1964 must have felt upon first gazing upon an earth-shattering Jack Kirby spread in Fantastic Four, or having Neal Adams’ art in Green Lantern / Green Arrow punch you in the face with its wrenchingly emotional realism, or being thrown off-kilter by the angular other-dimensionality of Steve Ditko’s Dr. Strange.

Appropriately, two of comics’ most influential writers wax testimoniacal, in their signature styles, about this sublime celebration of super artists:

Alan Moore: “A lovingly crafted tribute to the superhero comic of the 1960s, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art recaptures the four-color visionary surge of the era, its jet-age psychedelic rush of imagination and the titanic, luminous figures, both real and imaginary, that glittered in its firmament. Read the rest

Terror plumber truck of doom spotted in Syria

Back in November, Mark Oberholzer traded in one of his company's pickup trucks. Shortly thereafter, Oberholzer and his company began receiving death threats. Read the rest

An amazing first image of the sun from NASA's NuSTAR, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array

Via NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this amazing image is one of the first shot by the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. Read the rest

Introducing KIMDb, Kim Jong-un's Movie Page!!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH is introduced KIMDb, Kim Jong-un's Movie Page!

This 1987 roguelike game is still great

If you had a Mac in the late 80s or early 90s, you might remember the excellent roguelike maze adventure Scarab of Ra. It still holds up very well today, the core tenets of its design more en vogue than ever.

If you can't be bothered fussing around with emulation, there's an in-browser version you need to know about -- check it out here. Read the rest

Captain America shirt with giant shield on the back

Thinkgeek's new Captain America Winter Soldier shirt has Cap's armor on the front, and the Captain America shield across the back; the front's pretty cool, but the back's just inspired. Read the rest

Make wooden pliers with 10 cuts from a single block of wood

David Warther shows how he makes working wooden pliers with a single piece of basswood. "There's nothing to it. It's just trial and error. It took me a few packages of bandaids to learn. And it might you, too."

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12v 2 port USB smart charger

Keeping multiple USB devices charged on longer trips is made easier with this Anker 12v 2 port USB smart charger. Read the rest

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