Drummer, 3, leads orchestra in the most badass way possible

Lyonya Shilovsky, a 3-year-old drummer from Russia, leads an orchestra of grown-ups in this cute 2014 video re-making the viral rounds. Read the rest

This is seriously some next-level dog training right here.

Dogs are amazing, intelligent creatures, and are capable of such complex communication and behavioral intelligence. Read the rest

Army says Petraeus shouldn't be punished under military law for leaking top-secret materials

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Army is recommending retired general David H. Petraeus not face further punishment for screwing his biographer and leaking top-secret materials to her. Read the rest

Donald Trump pretty much just went Full Nazi

Donald Trump, a Republican candidate for Führer of the United Fascist States of America, said today there should be a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” including Muslim citizens who are currently abroad. Read the rest

ACT! Congress about to gut privacy protection from CISA "cybersecurity" bill

CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, encourages companies to spy on their customers and hand the data to the government, in secret, with full immunity (including immunity for launching cyberattacks at users). Read the rest

Jeb Bush internet domain now redirects to Donald Trump's campaign website

The 2016 GOP candidates have had a slew of embarrassing domain name losses, but the sudden redirect of JebBush.com to DonaldJTrump.com today is pretty epic. Read the rest

Springer Nature to release 100,000 titles as DRM-free bundles

Peter from Shelfie writes, "In a press release on Digital Book World, Springer Nature has announced a partnership with Vancouver start-up Shelfie (BitLit) to offer digital bundles on over 100,000 titles from their catalog." Read the rest

How to write a book that holds your reader's attention

User experience design is a holistic field that touches on every aspect of the experience the user has with your product, all the way down to opening the box. As a book editor, I've found it useful to apply the principles of UX to crafting books that grab and hold a reader's attention.

Reader experience design (or ReadX) is about building a book beginning with the experience you want the reader to have and working backward from there.

Obviously, crafting the reader's experience is something we writers, editors, and publishers have struggled with since the heady days of the Egyptian papyrus industry, a time with remarkable similarities to our own (the primary difference, in fact, was that using your "mouse" to "scroll" down when reading an article wouldn't have been any fun for you or for the mouse). Problem is, we often prioritize other goals above the reader's experience, like proving another expert wrong or impressing our peers.

In my experience, people who write books to share their domain knowledge with others usually suck at ReadX. It’s next to impossible to un-know something, to think like someone who knows less about your subject than you do (or simply sees it differently). You must constantly remind yourself that your reader is both smarter and less knowledgeable than you assume. (The smarter bit is important. You don't talk down to your reader. You just explain your topic like you would to an intelligent friend in a totally different line of work.)

To get this right, this means going to the other side of the table and putting yourself in the mind of your reader over and over again, to make sure you've dropped your assumptions and that you're actually getting through. Read the rest

Ralph Peters calls President Obama a "total pussy" on TV

Retired US Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News commentator Ralph Peters's comment on live TV after President Obama's Oval Office address yesterday about ISIS:

"We’re angry. We’re pissed off. We’re furious. We want to see you react. We want you to do something. You’re afraid. I mean, this guy is such a total pussy it’s stunning."

(Washington Post)

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Instead of hello, say heaven-o!

In 1988, Leonso Canales of Kingsville, Texas, began his righteous, decades-long campaign to replace the greeting "hello" with "heaven-o." Read the rest

Scientist 3D prints hypothetical bigfoot skeleton

Idaho State University anthropology/anatomy professor Jeffrey Meldrum 3D printed a scale model of a speculative bigfoot skeleton. Read the rest

How a pissing wolf can help your memory

Our friend Joshua Foer, memory champion and author of the fantastic book "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything," shows how he stores incredible amounts of useful (and useless) information in the memory palace in his head.

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#GOPdildo: shooping dildos into GOP gun-totin' photos

Matt "Metafilter" Haughey's got a new election-season pass-time: he's taking photos that GOP politicians post of themselves holding guns and replacing the BFGs with massive sex-toys, exposing a deep and comic truth. Read the rest

Solo: Hope Larson's webcomic of rock-n-roll, romance, and desperation

On Saturday, I stopped in at the incredible Comc Arts LA indie comics fest and came away with a staggering double-load of amazing funnybooks, and the standout from that wonderful haul is Hope Larson's "Solo." Read the rest

Fun video teaches you how to memorize the first 100 digits of Pi

Our friend, filmmaker Joe Sabia, made this video with Joshua Foer, the ex-US memory champ, on how to memorize the first 100 digits of Pi. "A while back, said Joe," "I reached out to my miniature figure making friends, Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber, and asked if they wanted to visualize Josh Foer's brain, by making an actual memory palace. They spent months crafting miniatures, and in the end we were able to make this video."

Joe was inspired to improve his memory, too! He is using the Person-Action-Object (PAO) system to memorize a randomized deck of cards. Here's how de described it to me:

PAO has each card representing a PERSON doing an ACTION with/on/around/inside an OBJECT

So, for example.

9 of hearts: person: XENI

action: KISSING

object: a PUPPY

To make it easier, my "9's" are other badass women.

So my 9 of spades is person: BETTY WHITE

action: LIGHTING ON FIRE

object: THONG

My "2" section is male comedians. for example,

2 of diamonds is... person: LOUIS CK

action: PUNCHING

object: A MIDGET

If I do that 52 times, and memorize all PERSON/ACTION/OBJECT for every card, I am then able to see the random cards in TRIOS.

Let's say the first three cards in a random deck were.. 2 of diamonds / 9 of hearts / 9 of spades

I treat the FIRST card, as "PERSON" I treat the SECOND card, as "ACTION" I treat the THIRD card, as "OBJECT"

So, the first visual in my palace would be.....

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The real bubble boy's impact on medicine

David Vetter (1971-1984) suffered from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a disease that required him to live inside a sterile environment, a plastic "bubble." Eventually, he tested a special suit developed by NASA so that he could venture out of his bubble. Vetter's story partially inspired the 1976 TV movie "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble," starring John Travolta (full film below), the asinine 2001 comedy "Bubble Boy," and a Seinfeld episode. Vetter's life and tragic death continues to help physicians understand and treat immunodeficiency diseases.

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Get this ultra thin RFID protected wallet for just $35

While large wallets can cause awkward pocket bulges, slim versions that only fit 2-3 cards can be pretty useless. Meet Hover: a thin wallet that both looks good and works like a dream. Easily store at least 10 cards and quickly access them with a “floating" ribbon you pull to drag your cards out of the wallet sleeve. Made of genuine leather and lined with RFID-blocking fiber that blocks on-the-go identity theft, Hover isn’t just your typical wallet—it’s a work of pure craftsmanship.

Store at least 10 cards in your wallet Quickly extract any card using “floating” card design Keep bills in 3 places: 2 outside sleeves & a middle storage Protect from credit card theft w/ RFID-blocking fiber Discreetly keep in your pocket: stays invisible when inserted Enjoy the craftsmanship of a genuine leather exterior

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