A 1,000-year-long-song for your phone

Paul writes, "Pogues founder Jem Finer created Longplayer in the late 1990's, a one-thousand-year-long piece of transcendent music which started playing at the stroke of midnight as the year 2000 started. It's finally available as an app, so you can hear it whenever you want and contemplate what it will take to keep the song playing for the remaining 985 years it has to run." Read the rest

Manualist plays 'Stairway to Heaven' with nothing but his sweaty, squeaky hands

I would like to know Led Zeppelin's thoughts.

Super high-def video of people arguing on the internet

Okay, it's an “intake vortex” of water in an Oklahoma waterway, but it looks like a giant endless black hole of sludge, which is how human interaction on the Internet feels sometimes. Read the rest

A timelapse of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, from season 3 through 20

Dang, Jon Stewart sure has grown up over those many seasons.

Peak Bill O'Reilly: “Confederate flag represents bravery,” not racist hate

What a terrible person this man is. I mean, we all know already. But come on.

Truly bizarre and creepy kids’ masks of the Biblical plagues

“Boils! Cow Plague! Frogs!” Read the rest

Motorcycle helmets that look like shaved heads

Designer Jyo John Mulloor created these custom motorcycle helmets to look like the bare heads of the riders underneath. Read the rest

Over-zealous German cop slaps parking ticket on car sculpture

A cop in Karlsruhe, Germany was in no mood for playful art installations. None too pleased with artist Erwin Wurm's red Mercedes truck arching up against a building, he issued a ticket. And what's the going rate for parking halfway up a wall? Apparently $33 (or 30 Euros). That'll teach the sculpture from blocking a pedestrian sidewalk! Read the rest

Family records for slavery-era black Americans to be made available, free, online

The records will be online by late next year, to coincide with the opening of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington.

Dick Van Patten, "Eight Is Enough" dad, RIP

Dick Van Patten who famously played Tom Bradford on TV's "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981) and also appeared in several Mel Brooks movies, Westworld, Soylent Green, I Remember Mama, and many other movies and TV shows died today at 86. Read the rest

Katamari Damacy creator's new game is about blowing up your friends

A lot of games are about explosions, but rarely is it this joyful and whimsical to make people explode.

3D printed steel Sonic Screwdriver pendant

In the style of the 11th Doctor, $26 from Niquegeek, whom we've featured here for their 3D printed Weighted Companion Cube dice. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Amazon and eBay to ban Confederate merchandise (UPDATE: And Etsy too)

Following the announced removal of the popular symbol of slavery and racism from state capitols, license plates and big box stores, online retail giants are following suit.

Amazon confirmed that it will pull "Confederate flag merchandise" from the website Tuesday afternoon, about an hour after eBay banned sales and auctions of similar stuff.

Sales of the flags were skyrocketing at Amazon at the time of the announcement. At the time of publication, a cheapo polyester Confederate battle flag remains the top seller in the site's flag category, knocking the ever-popular Swastika into second place.

The sudden revulsion at the flag follows last week's killing of nine people by white supremacist Dylann Roof, who has been charged with the murders and returned to South Carolina to face trial.

UPDATE: And Etsy too!

"Today, we are removing confederate flag items from our marketplace," the company said. "Etsy's policies prohibit items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred and these items fall squarely into that category."

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Confederate flag sales soar on Amazon

Four of Amazon's ten top-selling flags are currently Confederate in the wake of proposed bans across the U.S. The trend echoes spikes in gun sales when 'Muricans fear the government is going to impose new restrictions on firearms, or when Coca-Cola announces a new formulation. Maybe it's people buying them to burn, but probably not. Read the rest

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories' Lenore Edman on women in maker culture

I asked Lenore Edman, the founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, the open source hardware, hobby electronics, and robotics company, to write a Medium post about what it's like being a badass female maker. Her comments are inspired and inspiring. From Medium:

My hope for young women is that they’ll find meaningful work in an environment where they can flourish. It doesn’t matter to me if they choose a technical field, but it does matter deeply that they know they could choose one. For that to happen, it will take deliberate work on the part of all of us who work in technology to make our communities welcoming. There are many efforts going on toward this, and I think the maker communities have a wealth to share.

"Flourishing in the Maker Community"

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Texas governor bans Planned Parenthood from cancer screening program for poor women

Texas governor Greg Abbott OK's ban on healthcare provider's non-abortion-related services for the poor.

Highly invasive New Guinea flatworm spotted in U.S.

One the world's worst invasive species is the New Guinea flatworm, a double-pointed 2-inch-long worm that causes serious damage to bio diversity. And they've just made it to the U.S. This super flat worm is dark brown on top and pale gray on its underside with its mouth on its belly. It will climb trees to capture its prey – which are mostly snails. They can quickly devastate snail populations, thus hurting intricate ecosystems.

Because the worm feasts heavily on native mollusks, threatening their populations, the researchers write that “the newly reported presence of the species in mainland U.S. in Florida should be considered a potential major threat to the whole U.S. and even the Americas.”

Right now the New Guinea flatworm, also known as platydemus manokwari, is in Florida, probably brought here accidentally with plants, and eradicating it without hurting other species will be a challenge. Read the rest

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