Portland cops charge homeless woman with theft for charging her phone

In Portland, OR, "Jackie," a homeless former social worker with muscular dystrophy, was hit with a misdemeanor theft charge for charging her phone from a plug on a planter-base on a sidewalk; she spent a day in jail when she missed her arraignment. Read the rest

Manfrotto mini tripod

The Manfrotto mini tripod look to be a worthy replacement for my current mini-tripod, which is falling apart. Read the rest

Death Star ice cube mold

For $5 you can now serve drinks over a round ball of ice, in the guise of the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star, a frozen ball of water with enough cooling power to chill an entire tumbler of whiskey. Read the rest

Video: Gak vs. red hot nickel

In preparation for the apocalypse, I will be insulating my home with Gak. Read the rest

Fantastic blog post definitively explains consent

DinosaurPirate does an incredible job at explaining affirmative consent, for folks who still may have a problem getting it. She compares it to serving someone tea. Well worth the read.

If you say “hey, would you like a cup of tea?” and they um and ahh and say, “I’m not really sure…” then you can make them a cup of tea or not, but be aware that they might not drink it, and if they don’t drink it then – this is the important bit – don’t make them drink it. You can’t blame them for you going to the effort of making the tea on the off-chance they wanted it; you just have to deal with them not drinking it. Just because you made it doesn’t mean you are entitled to watch them drink it.

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Björk's new video for "Lionsong"

"Lionsong" from Björk's new album Vulnicura. Directed by Inez & Vinoodh. Read the rest

Chicago's famed Annoyance Theater opens in Brooklyn

"Long a staple of the improv-dense Chicago scene, the Annoyance has been a home for comics like Andy Richter and Aidy Bryant. While it’s not as well known as Second City, the Annoyance has recently expanded its profile with a new base in Chicago and an outpost near the elevated subway tracks (maybe it reminds them of their origins) in Williamsburg in December." (via NYT)

Mick Napier and the team at the Annoyance Theater have produced some of my favorite shows ever. Read the rest

Music made from the audio stripped out of an MP3

Check out "Ghost in the MP3," a eerie song made from the audio that was removed from "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega when it was turned into an MP3. Read the rest

Four satellites that fly in pyramid formation

Today, NASA is set to launch an array of four satellites that will fly in a pyramid-shaped formation -- to produce a 3D image of how the magnetic fields of solar winds collide with the magnetic field of earth. Read the rest

"The Rules for the Black Birdwatcher"

"Never wear a hoodie. Ever." (Thanks to Jeet Heer for pointing this one out!)

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Vivaldi, a browser to help you manage "tab chaos"

Do you often have 83 open tabs on your browser? Can't refind the one you want? [RAISES HAND] Try out Vivaldi, a new browser with power-user features for managing tab chaos. Read the rest

"Hello, Barbie" eavesdrops on kids, sends what it hears to Mattel

Mattel's new "Hello Barbie" will "learn about its users over time." How? By recording what the child says and sending it to servers operated by ToyTalk (the company that makes the doll's voice-dictation technology), reports the Washington Post. Read the rest

The joy of a monthly book club: "My Book Hunter"

Mélanie Francès runs "My Book Hunter", a club where she picks one awesome work of fiction each month and sends it to you handwrapped. This month is "Almost Famous Women" by Megan Mayhew Bergman, which I'm loving. Read the rest

The "musical saw" is on the soundtrack to "The Jinx"

If you've been watching The Jinx, HBO's documentary miniseries on Robert Durst, that eerie, ethereal music occasionally in the background is the musical saw, played by Natalia Paruz, NYC's "saw lady." Read the rest

Cat eats ice cream

And gets stuck in the Ben & Jerry's Tub.

[via Reddit]

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1966: the coolest year in pop culture history

Hal Lifson is in love with the year 1966. He believes it represents the high water mark for pop culture. Read the rest

Recommendation for a grip strengthener

Over at the relaunched Askcooltools.com, I asked readers to recommend a good grip strengthener. Read the rest

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