Terry Pratchett's advice to booksellers

From A Slip of the Keyboard, Pratchett's very sensible advice to booksellers on care and feeding of touring authors. Read the rest

Audio story of Zazel, the teenage human cannonball

In the latest episode of the always-illuminating podcast The Memory Palace, Nate DiMeo tells the curious story of 14-year-old Rossa Matilda Richter, aka Zazel, a human cannonball who was launched to stardom in the late 19th century: Two Dimensional Projectile Motion Problems Read the rest

Video: synthesized Sinatra

Peter Baumann, formerly of Tangerine Dream, plays Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" in this exemplary 1980s video. Read the rest

Watch: Setting up a fake gun store in NYC

"States United To Prevent Gun Violence opens a fake gun store in NYC as hidden camera social experiment to debunk safety myths." Read the rest

Interpenetrated coin art

Robert Wechsler makes sculptures by notching and connecting coins to one another to great effect, thanks to the familiarity of the materials and the seeming impossibility of their arrangement. Read the rest

A NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are about to launch into a year in space

The first one-year crew for the International Space Station is set to launch Friday, March 27. You can watch live coverage of the launch and the crew’s arrival to the orbital laboratory on NASA TV. Read the rest

J. Edgar Hoover palled around with a suspected commie spy

Michael from Muckrock sez, "Few American officials could even come close to the legendary paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover, but that didn't stop the notorious FBI chief from striking up a close friendship with Samuel Dickstein, House Committee on Un-American Activities founder, Supreme Court Justice -- and suspected Russian spy." Read the rest

Insider view of the cash-for-gold ripoff

Cash-for-gold is a con so dodgy that it's visible from space, but Clancy Martin's inside account of working in his brother's rip-off high-class Texas pawnbroker is an especially compelling view of the internals of the ripoff. Read the rest

Girl-friendly middle-grades science fiction anthology

Corie Weaver, co-editor of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide a middle grade reader featuring diverse protagonists, sez: "31 percent of children's books have central female characters, and even fewer feature main characters of color." Read the rest

Habibi, a strange, beautiful graphic novel

There is no way around it. Habibi is a strange graphic novel. Not strange as in surreal, or ugly, or weird, but strange as in stranger, different. It is beautifully drawn. The writing is poetic. But the story is… odd. It takes place in an indefinite time in a place where Islam and Christianity meet. It wrestles with myth, status, slavery, love and transcendence.There’s horrific sin and redeeming grace. There’s an exotic multi-generational saga. It also serves a tutorial on how arabic calligraphy works. See, strange like that. This big fat book is a true work of art.

See sample pages from this book at Wink. Read the rest

A 10000mAh portable USB charger for $13

In 2013 I paid $80 for a 6000mAh USB charging unit. Here's a 10000mAh charger for $13. Read the rest

Adventure Time's BMO made from Raspberry Pi

From MAKE: this cute BMO replica with a Raspberry Pi brain. Read the rest

"Cat eye syndrome" (bilateral colobomas)

Fewer than 1 person in 10,000 are born with bilateral colobomas, known as "cat eye syndrome." Read the rest

LEGO Jurassic Park, the motion picture

“Jurassic Park is brought to life in LEGO as a father, daughter and all their friends combine over $100,000 worth of LEGO pieces to make an epic stop-motion animation.” Read the rest

Hyper cat enjoys playing inside shopping bag

How quickly the tables are turned. Read the rest

Music: "Back Off Boogaloo," Ringo Starr (1972)

"You think you're a groove, standing there in your wallpaper shoes and your socks that match your eyes." Read the rest

Man bored on plane makes dance remix of cabin noises

Don't read the comments. [Video Link] Read the rest

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