eBoy is making a San Francisco Pixel Poster

Our pixel pushing friends at eBoy are making one of their famous city Pixel Posters for San Francisco. It's long overdue! They are funding it via Kickstarter. (Above: eBoy's Tokyo Pixorama from 2007) Read the rest

Varidesk - excellent adjustable standing desk

I've been using a Varidesk review unit for the past four weeks, and I love it. It's a platform that sits on your existing desk, and allows you to easily raise and lower your computer and keyboard, so you can sit and stand throughout the day.

I typically start my workday standing up, and I'll alternate between standing and sitting an hour at a time. I've been using the Pro Plus model ($(removed)), which is the largest one they make, and I'm glad I didn't get the Single, because I like to keep notebooks, books, iPads, phones, etc. within easy reach. The Pro Plus has enough real real estate to hold that extra stuff on it. The Pro Plus has two platforms – one for the computer/monitor, and another for the keyboard. The Pro model ($(removed)) has only one platform for the keyboard and the monitor, which means you'll have to tilt your head down to look at the display (or elevate your monitor with a stand).

As you can see in the above video, it's easy to raise and lower the platform. You grip the levers on either side and guide the desktop to one of several different locking positions. The hinged braces have springs to assist you, so it's pretty effortless. The fully extended position would probably work with a treadmill, which I want to get soon.

One thing that is a must with a standing desk is an anti-fatigue floor mat. I've been using Varidesk's branded mat ($(removed)) and am pretty happy with it. Read the rest

An automatic smart driving assistant that streams car data to your phone

The "quantified self" personal measurement tools all seem too constricting to me, at least at this point in my life. But, as one who cringed when I needed to buy my late-model Mazda3 for a commute, the concept of a "quantified car" makes a lot more sense. Buying a car means investing a decent sum of money in a depreciating collection of metal that requires sizable ongoing investments. Even when experiencing the joy of the open road, I'm still haunted by how much this contraption costs me. So, to ease my heartburn over car ownership, I bought the Automatic "Smart Driving Assistant" ($99) in early 2014. Read the rest

“The Facebook” in a TV commercial from 1995 that never actually was

“The Facebook” was in fact Facebook's original name.

U.S. gives lamest non-apology ever to wrongly imprisoned former war-on-terror detainee

Abdullah al-Kidd is a U.S. citizen who was arrested in 2003 and detained as a material witness in another case. He was innocent, and the government knew it.

Report: Justice Department will clear Ferguson police officer who shot Mike Brown

Color us shocked. Read the rest

R.I.P. Negativland's Ian Allen

Sad news from Mark of Negativland:

Past Negativland member, and long time friend of the group, Ian Allen, died on January 17, 2015 from unexpected complications and infections following heart valve replacement surgery at Stanford Hospital in California. We are extremely shocked and saddened by this news. He was with dear friends of his at the time of his death, and is survived by his brother, Pyke Allen.

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Stand Up Paddler captures amazing encounters with blue whale, orcas, dolphins on video

"I recently captured this footage of blue whales from my paddle board with my GoPro," says Rich German. Read the rest

Don't watch this helicopter car chase video if you're easily spooked.

Helicopter pilot Jonathan Benson has a pretty cool job, and captures video of it to share with the world. In this clip, he chases an off-road truck from a helicopter. If risky in-flight maneuvers freak you out, don't click play. [via] Read the rest

U.S. tries to convict Jeffrey Sterling for retroactively classified documents about rotary phones

After a week of ominous language about the dangers of leaking classified documents, the 14 jurors in the Jeffrey Sterling trial Tuesday got their first look at purportedly classified documents.

British spy agency intercepted emails of journalists, considers them 'threats' alongside terrorists and hackers

Newly published Edward Snowden leak shows British spy agency (and close NSA partner) GCHQ intercepted emails from many of the US and UK’s most respected news organizations.

Watch hours of intricate kaleidoscopic color in HD

If you're looking for something to have on screen while relaxing with friends or by yourself, these hypnotic kaleidoscopes by HDCOLORS are sure to make your day a little more chill. Read the rest

Album covers of imaginary soul superstar "Mingering Mike" to be exhibited

Were it not for dedicated crate-digger and vinyl hoarder, Dori Hadar, his brilliant work might never have been seen.

Oh, super! Mario is slowly becoming self-aware via AI

A front-runner for People’s Choice Award at this year's AI Video Competition is Mario Lives! The University of Tübingen project is working to make video game character Mario self-aware. He's not there yet, but they are taking tiny steps. Read the rest

PSAs for movie theatre jerks from a century ago

These lantern slides on silent movie theatre etiquette from the 1910s show that inconsiderate audience members have existed since the dawn of cinema. They're collected in Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture. Read the rest

Animator Jonathan Monaghan's trippy futurescapes are the weirdest video you'll see for a long time

What the hell did we just watch? And can we watch it again?

WATCH: heart-pounding first free ascent of El Capitan's Dawn Wall

Earlier this month, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the first free ascent of El Capitan's 3,000-foot Dawn Wall at Yosemite. This dizzying footage is sure to have your palms sweating. Read the rest

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