Feminist Lisa Frank wants to 'dismantle patriarchy, one rainbow kitten at a time'

In the great tradition of Tumblr mash-up memes, Feminist Lisa Frank juxtaposes neon animals and quotes by Gloria Steinem, Shonda Rhimes, and more. Read the rest

Got a 3D printer? Help make a giant bust of Poe!

Todd writes, "We the Builders just started our third crowdsourced 3D printing project -- anyone with access to a 3D printer can download their piece from the website, print it out, mail it to us in Baltimore, and then we'll glue it together to form a giant sculpture." Read the rest

Self-sustaining botnet made out of hacked home routers

Telcos send routers with default passwords to their customers, who never change them, and once they're compromised, they automatically scan neighboring IP space for more vulnerable routers from the same ISP. Read the rest

Leetspeak, circa 1901

The telegraph operators of the early 20th century had a rich vocabulary of wrist-saving abbreviations they used among themselves: "Is tt exa tr et?" ("Is that extra there yet?") Read the rest

The business model of NSA apologists

Those talking heads you see on TV defending the NSA and calling for Snowden's ass in a sling? They make bank off NSA surveillance contracts. Read the rest

Loopholes let billionaires duck NYC property tax

The rules for tax on NYC condos is so sinister and stultifyingly boring that it's not really surprising that they disguise a raft of loopholes that let the richest New Yorkers duck the property taxes that keep the city running. Read the rest

Guard tells top senator that she can't take notes on TPP

We thought it was crazy when Obama's trade threatened Congress with prison if they disclosed anything about the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read the rest

Why a pixel artist finally gave up pixel art

After years of pixel art purism, an artist concludes that modern gaming preferences have rendered it obsolete.

The pitfalls of pixel art

Blake Reynolds loves pixel art and has a profound appreciation for its history and appeal. But he explains that the artistic qualities of pixel art are such that players and critics are expected to "decipher a language they don't understand", or which they experience as inherently nostalgic or retro. This semiotic 'pixel tax' isn't anyone's fault, but Reynolds finds it enough of a hurdle to effective artistic expression that he has chosen to stop working in the style.

Meaningful intent applies to medium as well. In choosing to make our game with pixel art, we have accidentally taken on a war on two fronts. My job was to make Auro’s art polished, inviting, and clear to the audience, not to also educate the audience that pixel art is a deliberate style.

It’s not their problem that they don’t know what pixel art is, and it’s not their fault. Choosing pixel art was ultimately self-serving and wound up confusing and even frustrating people. This is all because we failed to embrace the medium.

He says that its "time to face the chiptunes," but Blake's is such a good explainer of pixel art's impressionistic, expressive, minimalist qualities that I like pixel art even more for having read it! Read the rest

Spiders sprayed with graphene make super-strong silk

Italian scientists sprayed spiders with water that contained a mixture of graphene flakes and carbon nanotubes. The spiders began producing silk up to six times stronger than before.

Convicted CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling speaks in new documentary 'The Invisible Man'

For the first time since his indictment in December 2010, Jeffrey Sterling’s voice can now be heard in a short documentary film, released today. Read the rest

Chewbacca furry hoodie

The "I am Chewie Hoodie" is $60 from We Love Fine.

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Martian sunset [photo]

"NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.This was the first sunset observed in color by Curiosity. The image comes from the left-eye camera of the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam)."

If you look closely, you can see Tars Tarkas leading a tribe of Tharks into battle. Read the rest

Man charged with selling fake In-N-Out franchises in the Middle East

Craig Stevens, 55, allegedly raked in $4 million selling phony In-N-Out hamburger restaurant franchises to customers in the Middle East. Read the rest

CIA didn't forcibly drug war-on-terror detainees before interrogations, says CIA

VICE News has obtained and published 39 pages of redacted documents from the CIA that shed new light on the treatment of CIA detainees after 9/11.

Reward offered for detection of newspaper thief

My newspaper was stolen regularly when I lived in an apartment in San Francisco. I think the thief followed me to West Hollywood when I moved, because my paper was stolen there almost every day, too. Read the rest

In this Japanese gameshow, two young women try to blow a cicada into the other's mouth

The show AKBingo has included "women eating very spicy curry, crickets, or being forced to stare down a savannah lizard."

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