A water resistant, 900 lumen LED flashlight for $14

I needed a new super bright flashlight, this one by Outlite does the trick! It is super bright, and water resistant for use in the rain!

Switching between modes is done with a half press of the power button. Bright is bright! Certainly throws out more light than my lost Surefire 600 lumen lamp. It is a bargain for $14. I am sure it will soon be in a secret pile of flashlights my daughter or dogs are hoarding.

If you do not have an 18650 battery around, that may present a hidden expense! Batteries are not included. I have a few for camera flashes, so I didn't mind. The torch has run for 5 weeks without needing a recharge.

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Watch a modern car utterly crush a huge 1959 Chevy

Here's a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu running into a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air. It's a striking example of how safe modern cars are compared to those from decades past. [via Kottke.] Read the rest

The Torist: a literary journal on the darknet

The Torist is a newly launched literary journal, edited by University of Utah Communications associate professor Robert W Gehl and a person called GMH, collecting fiction, poetry and non-fiction. It is only available as a file on a Tor hidden service -- a "darkweb" site, protected by the same technology as was used by the likes of Silk Road. Read the rest

Chelsea Manning interview: DNA, big data, official secrecy, and citizenship

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portraits from DNA samples, usually working from found samples -- chewing gum, cigarette butts -- of people she's never met. But this year, she's done a pair of extraordinary portraits of Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower currently serving a 35-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth for her role in the Wikileaks Cablegate publications.

Family finds strange, black "walking" fish

A family found this odd "walking fish" in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Unable to keep it alive, they sent it to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa who identified it as a striped frogfish (Antennarius striatus) that is very unusual because it's almost entirely black.

"There are competing theories around this," the museum posted. "Is it one highly variable species, or several? The tissue sample we took will help to answer this."

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Vine clip compares Sarah Palin and Tina Fey impersonating Palin

Amazing. Here's the sketch from SNL. Read the rest

Backyard transformed into snow maze for dogs

Reddit user anneewannee shoveled a backyard snow labyrinth for dogs to play in! I hope they don't run into Jack Torrance.


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Ecuadorian police help struggling sloth

Seems the little guy tried to cross the road...

Via the Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador Facebook page. Read the rest

Women outnumber men by nearly 2-to-1 in USC's video game design graduate program

The top-ranked University of Southern California's graduate video game design program has 12 women and seven men, indicative of a rising trend in the ratio of men to women in the graduate and undergraduate programs at USC. Watch the video here.

From the LA Times:

"I will make a crazy prediction," says Martzi Campos, a master's student in the USC program. "There are the same issues in the film industry, but I would argue that games will grow faster and games will change faster. We're newer. Because film has a long history, it's a bigger boat to steer. Right now, with the indie game explosion, games have the chance to lead the way and be like, 'Hey, films, check us out. Look how diverse and widespread we are.' This is our chance for our medium to really shine."

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You can't "boost" your immune system with "health food," nor would you want to

Your immune system has two approaches: the first wave is a bunch of attacks that make your body less hospitable to germs, like a fever, mucous, and achy lethargy (which keeps you at home, away from opportunistic infectious agents); the second is a tailored antibody attack that kicks in about ten days later. Read the rest

Stop taking "probiotics"

It's true that your gut biome is awesome, complicated, poorly understood and crucial to your body's normal functioning. Read the rest

Breakup captured on a fitbit

The co-founder and CTO of Guesty, Koby Soto, tweeted this graph of his heart rate when he broke up with his partner. The data was captured on his fitbit.

A couple of days later, Soto followed up with a tweet to let folks know that all was well.

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Watch an astronaut play liquid ping pong in space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly demonstrates ping pong with a sphere of water on the International Space Station. From NASA:

The paddles are polycarbonate laser etched so that the surfaces are actually arrays of 300 micrometer posts (0.3mm). The surfaces were then spray coated with a Teflon coat. The combined effects of surface roughness and non-wettability produce a super-hydrophobic surface capable of preventing water adhesion in dynamic processes. The larger the drop, the less force it takes to break it up. The smaller the drop, the harder you can hit it. Scott is demonstrating about a 4 mL drop (over 100 times larger than a rain drop).

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Space-themed plates and asteroid glasses

Seletti's "Cosmic Diner" kitchenware is a set of dishes, bowls and plates themed after our solar system's planets, sun and moons, with an accompanying set of asteroid-themed whiskey glasses.

Update: The line is now available in the USA! Read the rest

My favorite super glue: Gorilla Super Glue Gel

Gel-based super glue is much easier to use than regular super glue, because it's thick and easier to control. You can apply a dab to a vertical surface without having it drip. It's also slightly tacky to begin with, which helps to keep parts stick together without holding them. And because it's thicker, it works well on porous surfaces, like the ones on this elephant coffee creamer that one of our cats broke. I've had the same tube of Gorilla Super Glue Gel for years. I've used it dozens of times, there's a lot left, and it shows no sign of drying up. A 15g bottle is just $(removed) on Amazon. Read the rest

Air Bonsai: mysterious floating trees for your home

Air Bonsai are mag-lev Bonsai trees that float spookily over their elaborate, Japanese-designed pots. Prices start at $800 and go way, way up. The plants are real—you can even transplant your favorite to the setup—and most of the materials traditional. Read the rest

The fantastical world of Bobby Love

I've been a fan since I first saw photographs of Bobby Love's stunning costume designs! Images of his work fill several of my friends Facebook feeds, and I had to learn more about him! I hope you enjoy these photos, and his story, as much as I do! -- Jason

"Fantasy couture designer Bobby Love lives in a fantastical world populated by circus performers, artists and other worldly creatures. His whimsical fashion and costume designs featured here are influenced by legendary Art Deco master Erte, whom he names all his parrots after.

Born in Hong Kong, Bobby Love attended Chapman University at age 16 (youngest in his class), and went on to earn post graduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from USC. Through his first job working graveyard shift at a psychiatric hospital for 3 years, he learned to think quickly on his feet and handle unpredictable situations. The ability to empathize and be a good listener would be important skills he acquired.

Arriving in Hollywood at age 20, Bobby Love worked diligently and achieved a successful business career. However, he also knew he needed an outlet to express his artistic creativity. Bobby started his hobby of sketching fashion designs at age 14. This is a passion which led to him meeting many artists and performers, ultimately inspiring him to create the many fantastical fantasy couture wardrobe we see today.

Designing between 20 to 30 "suites" a year using only his free time on weekends, each "suite" represents a different fantasy/mythical theme and may include a coat, vest, matching pants, hat and accessories. Read the rest

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