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This is the stuff that I woke up to today. Can you believe it? Read the rest

#Leftistshark: Katy Perry's Super Bowl Left Shark plus Noam Chomsky quotes

From Boing Boing with meme-love. You're welcome. Read the rest

Custom Jackhammer Jill skateboard by Andreas Ekberg

I love my new Jackhammer Jill skateboard deck designed and made by Andreas Ekberg. Check out his website of beautiful creations. Read the rest

Music: Erik Satie's “Gymnopédie,” the Anamanaguchi chiptune cover

Listen to it here.

Zojirushi stainless steel mug: leakproof travel thermos

I bought my first Zojirushi stainless steel mug as a Christmas gift for my wife. She likes to take a lot of coffee with her to work for the day, typically filling both a travel mug and a thermos. I was looking for something that would keep a couple of servings of coffee hot for a long time, but would be easier to drink from than a traditional thermos. I came across this product, with extremely good reviews, and decided to get one for her to try. Read the rest

David Graeber's The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

Anarchist anthropologist David Graeber follows up his magesterial Debt: The First 5000 Years with a slim, sprightly, acerbic attack on capitalism's love affair with bureaucracy, asking why the post-Soviet world has more paperwork, phone-trees and red-tape than ever, and why the Right are the only people who seem to notice or care.

Soft butter is important to me, so I use a butter crock

We use a lot of butter at my house. And we like our butter soft, so it is easier to mix in to recipes, and so it doesn't rip toast apart when applied with a knife. Instead of keeping butter in the refrigerator, we keep it in a butter crock (AKA butter bell, butter pot, or French butter dish) on the kitchen counter. Read the rest

24 mindblowing psychedelic sexy melty gifs by kyttenjanae

These may be the most unexpectedly gorgeous and disturbing examples of experimental GIF art I've ever seen. Read the rest

10 magnificent minimalist GIFs by Florian de Looij

Here are some of my favorite very simple animations by artist and GIF-master Florian de Looij. Read the rest

Katy Perry's Shark: “After The Game,” An insta-song by Jonathan Mann

Song-a-Day Man Jonathan Mann whipped up a quickie about those Katy Perry Superbowl sharks. Read the rest

Groundhog Day alarm clock only plays “I Got You Babe” from “Groundhog Day” over and over

Modify a Panasonic RC-6025 flip clock to play Sonny and Cher's “I Got You Babe” from the movie “Groundhog Day” over and over and over when the alarm goes off, and what do you get? The Groundhog Day Alarm Clock. Read the rest

Kickstarting Facets, a cool granddad's magnetic, geometric wooden building blocks

Ron Worley's nearly fully funded in his Kickstarter for Facets -- wooden, geometrical blocks with small magnets that easily lock/unlock and build amazing, gemlike geometrical forms. Read the rest

The music behind the worst album covers ever

The music matches the execrable covers, which are frequently NSFW. Exceptions: Swamp Dogg's music, and Heino's look.

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The coin paradox

From Futility Closet:

In the top figure, one coin rolls around another coin of equal size.

In the bottom figure, the same coin rolls along a straight line.

In each case the rolling coin has made one complete rotation. But the red arc at the top is half the length of the red line at the bottom. Why?

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What questions would Stephen Fry ask God at the pearly gates?

Suppose there is a God, and you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what would you say to him, her or it? Stephen Fry, an avowed secular humanist, isn’t throwing God any softballs: Why create a world where kids have bone cancer? Why create insects that burrow into children’s eyes and render them blind?

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School calls 9-year-old's Lord of the Rings play a 'terroristic threat'

A 9-year-old boy was suspended from his Texas school for telling a classmate that he could make him disappear with his Tolkien invisibility ring.

“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the boy's father later wrote in an email. "If he did, I'm sure he'd bring him right back."

School principal Roxanne Greer will not discuss the matter with the media.

The boy was suspended two other times this year:

...for referring to a classmate as black and bringing his favorite book to school: The Big Book of Knowledge.

“He loves that book. They were studying the solar system and he took it to school. He thought his teacher would be impressed,” Steward said.

But the teacher learned the popular children’s encyclopedia had a section on pregnancy, depicting a pregnant woman in an illustration, he explained.

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Concept for a tennis ball picker-upper

I'm not much of a tennis player, so I don't know if this is a great idea or not. But one of the many reasons I don't play a lot of tennis is that I don't enjoy stooping over to pick up the ball a few hundred times per match. Read the rest

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