Reflections, 20 years Later, on A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

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Zebra is a minimalist maze game that will mess up your mind

Bennett Foddy, of QWOP and Sportsfriends fame, has already destroyed your brain with Zebra. Though a very simple implementation of the classic "3D maze" genre, it renders the walls as alternating angles of zebra pattern, ensuring you'll have a skullcrushing headache within seconds. Good luck! Read the rest

How America's presidents started cashing out

Right up until Gerry Ford, American presidents routinely refused any kind of directorships, paid lecture tours, or other opportunities to commercialize the office -- instead, they relied upon the generous presidential pension, currently at $200k/year plus a staff and expenses. Read the rest

A cocktail inside a hollow ball of ice that you shatter to drink

Cocktail Chemistry explains the drink's mechanics: you create an iceball using a cheap latex ice-sphere mold, melt a hole in the top with a soldering iron and extract the water from inside with a syringe. Freeze the ball in a tub until you're ready to serve, fill it using a funnel, and garnish with citrus peel -- serve in a rocks glass and smash with a small mallet. (via Neatorama) Read the rest

Bill criminalizing anal and oral sex passes Michigan Senate

Michigan is one of the last states to keep an "anti-sodomy" law on the books, which criminalizes oral and anal sex -- most states dropped theirs when the Supreme Court ruled that law like these are unconstitutional. Read the rest

Smiley Face binder clips

Smiley Face binder clips cost about the same as no-face binder clips. Amazon sells 40 3/4-inch smiley face clips for $(removed) Read the rest

Classic cartographic techniques to map out music, gaming, and the net

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Martin Vargic, the 17-year-old cartographic wunderkind from Slovakia responsible for the "Map of Stereotypes" that went viral last year, has done some seriously fine work in this collection of highly-detailed, thoroughly researched and beautiful maps. While some are factual maps based on data and infographic in nature, many are the product of Vargic's imagination, research, and incredible information organization skills. He uses classic cartographic techniques to map out abstract landscapes like music, gaming and the internet.

As Vargic says in the introduction of the book, drawing something out as a map gives you a unique opportunity to present many different metrics of visual information all at once. Charting maps of these systems, landscapes, and fields of culture provides so many dimensions for the reader to dig into and analyze: the size, color, geographic traits, and bordering territories of each region offer a new way to think about all of the pieces in relation to one another. Every page is filled with hundreds of opportunities to pick up some trivia (e.g. "Subway has forty-three thousand locations worldwide"), inspire a quick Google (e.g. "Wait, 'baroque pop' is a thing?"), or jog a memory (e.g. "Aww, I miss Encyclopedia Britannica!"). Flipping the book open to a random page can almost be a little disorienting, because there's just so much to look at. This is the perfect book to look through with a friend or two, pouring over the maps together to discuss, debate and learn. Read the rest

The Monkees announce 50th anniversary tour, and new LP

It's hard to believe that fifty years ago, The Monkees' television series premiered. The band is often denigrated as phony, but I don't care. They had some of the best songwriters and studio musicians in the business, and if you listen to the final product with an unprejudiced ear, it's good stuff.

Lead singer Davy Jones died in 2012, but that is not stopping Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork from hitting the road and cutting a new LP (Michael Nesmith is most likely sitting out on the tour) this year. The album is called Good Times, and will be released June 10, 2016.

Radio.com:

Surviving members Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork perform on the entire album, which brings together songs originally penned for the group in the 1960s along with newer work by Cuomo, Gibbard, XTC’s Andy Partridge and more. One song written by Neil Diamond, “Love to Love,” features Davy Jones with a vintage vocal.

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Unintentionally funny 1969 anti-LSD film by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation

In 1969 the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation took a break from making planes to drop bombs on Vietnamese villages and turned their attention to making films about dropping acid. The results of both their efforts were awful. And of course they were richly rewarded at the taxpayer's expenses. Read the rest

Gentleman kicks elevator door open, falls down shaft

According to WorldNews247 the fellow in this video pushed the elevator button, and when it didn't open, he gave the door a flying kick, which dislodged it. He walked through the opening and fell down the shaft. He survived. Read the rest

Soylent dick: a sculpture made of Soylent that spurts more Soylent when you praise Soylent

Nicole He, Katherine Pan, and Chino Kim created the Soylent dick at the the Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon at NYU's ITP on Saturday. Read the rest

Apple Bye Bye

I was clumsy, and I spilled some beer on the keyboard of my Mac Air laptop, bought July 9, 2014. I immediately started drying my precious computer, overturning it, and my greedy Mac didn't gulp all that much beer, but.... Read the rest

5-legged-dog floral arrangement upsets family

Peggy Hartman died on January 20, 2016. She was 91 years old. Hartman's friend Magaret Seaman ordered a floral arrangement in the shape of a Jack Russell terrier to be delivered to Hartman's memorial service (Hartman loved dogs). But when the floral arrangement was unveiled in the church, the dog looked more like a generously snouted tapir with five legs. Seaman said she was embarrassed and asked the florist a refund, but was refused.

From Echo News:

The florist, from Harlequin Flowers, in Ness Road, defended her work though, saying she had photographic evidence of how the dog looked when it was being delivered to funeral directors S. Stibbards and Sons, also in Ness Road. She said: “It has been tampered with."

The mystery deepens!

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Hacker promises dump of data from 20K FBI and 9K DHS employees

A hacker has told Motherboard that they have extracted 200GB of data from the US government, including confidential records pertaining to 20,000 FBI employees and 9,000 DHS employees. Read the rest

Lady and deer stamp their feet at each other

Some people think the deer is copying the lady, but I think it's the other way around.

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Blooks: functional objects disguised as books

About Blooks is a blog devoted to "blooks," objects that look like books but aren't, such as book-shaped handbags, hollow books used to hide valuables, and booze flasks that are disguised as books. Read the rest

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