President Obama's tech-centered State of the Union: full text, and digital rights concerns

Here's a good rule of thumb: Any time a president says new tech laws are to protect "our kids," you know something bad is on the way.

I'm having fun with my digital scale that has 0.01g readability

The AWS 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale is about the size of an iPhone. I needed a scale to weigh the powdered supplements I take (powders are cheaper than capsules). This scale measures up to a limit of 100 grams in 0.01 gram increments. Read the rest

License Expired: an unauthorized James Bond anthology

Now that the James Bond novels and character have entered the public domain in most of the world (but not the USA), David Nickle and Madeline Ashby teamed up to edit "License Expired," an anthology of unauthorized 007 stories for the Canadian press Chizine. Read the rest

Bifocal safety glasses

I happened upon these Bifocal safety glasses ($11) while on vacation in a hardware store (yes, I go to hardware stores while on vacation). These safety glasses provide great eye protection and the bifocal lens allows me to perform closeup tasks without resorting to pulling them off for my reading glasses. A perfect solution for those who work in a shop with "older" active eyes. – Mark Ramirez [I have a pair of these and love them -- Mark] Read the rest

G+ Kremlinology: estimating the desolation of Google's social media ghost-town

Google's spent four years frog-marching its users into G+, its faltering social network, even tying company-wide bonuses to G+ performance, thus ensuring that all of Google's offerings did everything they could to cram us into G+ -- but it hasn't worked. Read the rest

Why animals eat psychoactive plants

Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, learns about drunk elephants, the stoned water buffalo, and the grieving mongoose.

Extremely nerdy motherboard manicure you can do yourself

Full of nail art win.

Muslim-American uses Tinder to talk about Islam, facts end up being effective pickup lines

Just proves you never know what's gonna work in online dating.

Black teen asks Santa for “safety,” will now be guest at the State of the Union

Read his letter here. Obviously this whole thing proves the President is Santa Claus.

Bearded shirtless dude dancing his crazy ass off to bluegrass is happiest guy in the world

Guaranteed to pluck your happy-strings.

Videoshopping still photos of Putin creates an uncanny valley effect

Bennie Melwin shares this clip of how they videoshopped photos of Vladimir Putin for the making of a hilarious commentary on Putin's anti-gay policies. Read the rest

15 impossible videos of babies and toddlers escaping from cribs

I can't stop watching them because I wish I were this limber.

We have exactly one thing to say about Paris suing Fox News

Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, told CNN today she plans to sue Fox News after the network's coverage of purported "no-go zones" for non-Muslims. We can't decide who's dumber. Read the rest

Chest-burster Creme Egg

A seasonal Alien treat.

Yuri Shwedoff's captivating postapocalyptic fantasyscapes

Artist Yuri Shwedoff from the Russian Federation creates disturbingly beautiful postapocalyptic illustrations with familiar elements. Read the rest

Comedian Mike Bobrinskoy creatively outscams OKCupid scammer

This tale of how Mike Bobrinskoy turned the tables on an OKCupid scammer named "Alexandra" is well worth the 9 minutes it takes to watch or listen. Read the rest

Fingerboard Theory for Guitar: A Music Theory Text for Guitarists

Want to understand how music and your guitar work together? Fingerboard Theory for Guitar taught me that music is as much math and science as it is a kind of magic. Read the rest

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