Chicagoans: EFF fundraiser at Cards Against Humanity's club!

EFF's executive director, the wonderful Cindy Cohn, will host a Q&A before a night of outstanding comedy and improv. Read the rest

RIP, EL Doctorow

The author of spectacular novels (my favorite is Book of Daniel, which crosses a fictionalized life of Abbie Hoffman with a fictionalized account of the Rosenbergs) and outstanding critical essays (I still can't get The Creators out of my mind) was 84 (no relation). Read the rest

Why "All Lives Matter" instead of "Black Lives Matter" is such a stupid thing to say

This is a great Reddit thread.

Lawrence Lessig on how to fix America's campaign finance corruption problem

“Real reform will require changing the way campaigns are funded — moving from large-dollar private funding to small-dollar public funding,” writes professor Lawrence Lessig in a New York Times op-ed today. Basically, what if elections relied more on lots of little contributions from lots of different regular working people, instead of relying on a small number of huge donations from the rich and powerful, or the big and powerful institutions that serve their interests.

Democrats, for example, have pushed for small-dollar public funding through matching systems, like New York City’s. Under a plan by Representative John Sarbanes, Democrat of Maryland, contributions could be matched up to nine to one, for candidates who agree to accept only small donations.

Republicans, too, are increasingly calling for small-dollar funding systems. The legal scholar Richard W. Painter, a former “ethics czar” for President George W. Bush, has proposed a $200 tax rebate to fund small-dollar campaigns. Likewise, Jim Rubens, a candidate in the Republican primary for Senate in New Hampshire last year, proposed a $50 tax rebate to fund congressional campaigns.

Either approach would radically increase the number of funders in campaigns, in that way reducing the concentration of large funders that especially typifies congressional and senatorial campaigns right now.

The Only Realistic Way to Fix Campaign Finance [nytimes.com] Read the rest

No big deal just an animated GIF of a unicorn riding a rainbow

By Deviantartist k-rui. Read the rest

Texas releases full police dashcam video of Sandra Bland's arrest

The Texas Department of Public Safety has just released what is said to be a complete and unedited police dashcam video recording of the arrest of Sandra Bland. An altercation begins around 9 minutes in. Read the rest

Introduction to Arduino: creating interactive projects

747 people have taken my online Introduction to Arduino course on Skillshare, and the class has a 95% positive review rating. The entire video course runs a bit less than an hour, and I explain what Arduino is, what you need to use it, how to get started, and how to build some simple projects. No knowledge of programming, engineering, or electronics is necessary. The class focuses on hardware to get you using the board right away.

I also have another class on Skillshare called Introduction to DIY: Becoming a Maker. Below are intro videos to both classes.

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The stunning pen and ink drawings of Polish artist Wojtek Kowalczyk

The artist was born in 1960, in Krakow, Poland.

Have you seen Judd Apatow channel noted serial rapist Bill Cosby? Watch this video.

“Trainwreck” director Judd Apatow as Bill Cosby on The Tonight Show. Read the rest

These surreal, unforgettable little works will expand your concept of 'games'

Now is a better time than ever to get acquainted with the prolific, unique works of Jack King-Spooner, whose numerous vignettes combine surreal, textured visual collages and abstract themes with a smooth, easy dream logic.

Trailer for new documentary about The Black Panthers

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is new documentary by Stanley Nelson.

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored -- cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph and many others. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

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Stay Woke Bot helps activists explain racism to Twitter randos

Because talking about race on Twitter is an exhausting proposition, unless you are a robot.

Paul Erdős's FBI file

Michael from Muckrock sez, "A Hungarian born in the early 20th century, Paul Erdős, mathematician, was well-known and well-liked, the sort of eccentric scientist from the Soviet sphere that made Feds' ears perk up in mid-century America." Read the rest

For sale: massive ranch larger than NYC and Los Angeles combined

The Waggoner ranch, covering six counties in Texas, is the largest ranch within a single fence in the United States. For $175 million, it can be yours. Read the rest

The “Amen!” Game: 1970s Christian board game, scanned online for you to play

Bible trivia version of Bingo from 1973.

A walk through art history, told in a series of imaginative shoe designs

A series of designs with one goal in mind: “To create a shoe as a summation of an entire culture’s art.”

Magic ball and vase

This classic, $5 trick earns amazing reactions. Read the rest

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