Sean Spicer literally thinks "A Christmas Carol" is a book of Christmas carols

Not only that, but as Randy Michaels quipped, "The most Christmas carols ever gathered in one book. Period." Read the rest

Make your own unicorn kit

You can make six things with the I Love Unicorns Kit (Amazon), though only one of them is, technically, a complete unicorn. The other items, however, when worn together, entitle the wearer to be recognized as an actual unicorn under the German Standards Institute DIN 41439 specification for Cryptozoological Entities. So there's that.

A RAINBOW OF FUN: 6 awesome projects kids will go wild over

LEARN NEW TECHNIQUES BY MAKING A VARIETY OF CRAFTS: Kids learn to sew a stuffy, create with pom poms, fold and string a garland, assemble a headband, and more!

CRAFTS THEY WEAR, PLAY WITH, OR HANG UP. Wear the headband, magic dust or tail, play with the stuffy, or decorate a bulletin board or dresser with the garland

CRAFTING HELPS DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: Understanding and following directions is a skill that will be needed and used throughout life

KIT INCLUDES EVERYTHING THEY NEED: 79 pom poms, 9 pieces acrylic felt, 31 pieces adhesive, 25 yds (22.8 m) acrylic yarn, 50 pieces card stock

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Racist lady removed from Starbucks

A woman was escorted by police out of the Walnut Creek, Cali., Starbucks after berating a Korean student there for speaking her own language. Read the rest

Alarming lawyer ad

The best personal injury lawyer ad in human history is the chroma key apocalypse of Berger & Green, but this fellow Barry Glazer gives Pittsburgh's finest a run for their money: "I'm in it for vengeance"

Here's an interview with Barry, shot by Alexander Rubin:

Barry Glazer is a Baltimore-based attorney whose provocative, uninhibited television commercials have made him a local celebrity. But what about the man behind the ads? 'Attorney at Raw' investigates the Barry Glazer that few have seen, until now.

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NASA and Google found first solar system to have 8 planets like our own

Today NASA and Google found another planet in the Kepler-90 solar system, making it a solar system with eight planets, just like ours.

According to Business Insider:

That finding is due to the discovery of a new planet, Kepler-90i — a hot, rocky orb circling a sun-like star called Kepler-90, which is 2,545 light-years from Earth. The planet was found using a machine-learning system from Google, which was put to work sifting through data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft...

It appears to be the third planet from the sun-like star, and orbits roughly every 14 days. The temperature on Kepler-90i surface is likely around 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

"Kepler-90i is not a place I'd like to go visit," Andrew Vanderburg, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin who helped find the planet, said during a press briefing.

Vanderburg was aided in the work by Google AI software engineer Christopher Shallue.

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New Errol Morris documentary about CIA dosing an unwitting man with LSD, who committed suicide

It's well known that the CIA would dose unwitting, innocent people with LSD to see how they would react. Filmmaker Errol Morris has a new docudrama series on Netflix called Wormwood about a Frank Olson, who was given LSD by the CIA without being told, and suffered so badly from it that he jumped out of a window to his death.

Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth. A twisting, evolving story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death. Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris’ legendary interview style, Wormwood examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States’ darkest secrets. Wormwood sets a new standard for nonfiction filmmaking and finds Morris working on his grandest canvas yet.

Wormwood - a Netflix original story told in 6 chapters - is produced in association with Fourth Floor Productions and Moxie Pictures.

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SNL writer spies on and 'fart-shames' his friend remotely using a Nest cam

As a safety measure, SNL writer Nick Kocher recently installed a Nest cam in his apartment.

He then left town for the weekend, letting his friend Jon Bass crash at his place. Read the rest

Morgan Spurlock comes out as a serial sexual abuser of women in weird online confessional

New York-based filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, best known for his 2004 indie documentary Super Size Me, admitted Wednesday in a long online confessional that he has a history of sexual abuse towards women. Read the rest

Just before the FCC's cowardly vote to kill Net Neutrality, they had to evacuate due to "security advice"

"On advice of security, we need to take a brief recess," said Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, just as the he was about to call a vote to kill Net Neutrality after ignoring tens of millions of comments from everyday Americans and expert interventions from the internet's inventors and the world's leading technical experts. Read the rest

What is bias in machine learning, when does it matter, and what can we do about it?

"The Trouble with Bias," Kate Crawford's (previously) keynote at the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems is a brilliant tour through different ways of thinking about what bias is, and when we should worry about it, specifically in the context of machine learning systems and algorithmic decision making -- the best part is at the end, where she describes what we should do about this stuff, and where to get started. (via 4 Short Links) Read the rest

San Francisco SPCA uses a robot to chase away homeless people, because cruelty to humans is just fine

The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals bought a "security robot" to harass homeless people at its Mission District offices, a move that the city has banned and threatened $1,000/day fines for. Read the rest

Ajit Pai makes a "funny" video dismissing Net Neutrality advocates for fringe-right site

Donald Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made a terrible, unfunny video mocking the tens of millions of Net Neutrality advocates whose comments he has discarded (along with filings from the internet's inventors and leading scientists and engineers). The video was posted to the fringe-right website The Daily Caller. Read the rest

Protesters flood the Senate, calling for a delay in voting on the GOP tax plan until new Alabama Senator Doug Jones is seated

When Massachusetts GOP Senator Scott Brown was elected in a 2010 special election, Senate Democrats agreed to delay a key vote on health care reform until he could be seated, so that the vote would be held by elected officials, not the appointed lame duck who was sitting in the seat that Brown was about to occupy. Read the rest

The Most Annoying People of 2017, in this week’s tabloids

It’s rare, but once in a while the tabloids just get a story right. While Us magazine bores us with the “most fascinating people of 2017” (Melania Trump? Meghan Markle?) and the National Enquirer tells us “What shocked and rocked in 2017” (branding Hollywood’s sex harassment scandals “Pervnado"), it is the Globe that hits the pitch-perfect end-of-year note with its “50 Most Annoying People of 2017.”

Its catalogue of “whiners, losers and lamebrains” is hard to argue with: Kim Kardashian, Bill O’Reilly, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Harvey Weinstein, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow . . . the list goes on. Caitlyn Jenner, Megyn Kelly, Anthony Scaramucci, Johnny Depp . . . there’s ten pages of this, and I’ll bet they could have filled the entire magazine with names if they wanted to.

Yet the Globe inexplicably omits the year's unquestionably most annoying person: Donald Trump. It’s another week when the Trump-toadying tabloids become the mouthpiece of the White House, with highly debatable information that appears spoon-fed from the West Wing.

“Clintons Rigged Trump Investigation!” screams the grammatically-challenged cover of the Enquirer, which claims to have exposed “Bill & Hillary’s dirty tricks” in loading special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team with Clinton supporters. But while Mueller’s law firm WilmerHale indeed made contributions to Democrats as the Enquirer alleges, it also made substantial contributions to Republicans, in fact donating almost twice as much to Republicans from 1996 to 2002, though favoring Democrats in recent years.

Prince Harry’s betrothed Meghan Markle’s father Tom “won’t live to see wedding,” predicts the Enquirer, based solely on a photo that shows the 73-year-old appearing rather portly. Read the rest

A preview of the lawsuits that will be filed to save Net Neutrality after the FCC voted to kill it today

Today, the FCC ignored tens of millions of Americans' views, as well as comments from the world's leading internet scientists and the inventors of the internet, and give a huge regulatory gift to the telcoms sector it is supposed to be regulating, rolling back Net Neutrality and allowing those companies to extort blackmail money from the web publishers you try to access through their lines. Read the rest

Kickstarter for artbook of Viktor Kalvachev, one of comicdom's best illustrators

Viktor Kalvachev is one of the most exciting figures in comics today. I love his art, which reminds me of the great paperback book illustrators of the 1960s. He's the creator of Blue Estate, a hardboiled crime series that takes place in modern day Los Angeles. It’s got a sleazy action hero actor with a passing resemblance to Steven Seagal, the Russian Mafia, the Italian Mafia, a geeky fanboy private eye in his 40s, a B-movie actress, drugs, alcohol, strippers, hookers, and seedy establishments. It’s dirty and gritty and a lot of fun, in an LA Confidential way.

Viktor now has a Kickstarter for an art book called Inspire: The Art of Viktor Kalvachev, which I just learned about and backed immediately.

Here are some exclusive sample pages from the book:

Here's a recent interview with Viktor:

Viktor was born in Bulgaria and now lives in France. He is known for being a "visual storyteller", and his career has taken him across the globe. In this interview he talks with Bobby about his new exciting book "Inspire" which is up on Kickstarter, and his journey within the art world. Although Viktor isn't an artist full-time, he shares his decisions that have taken him along the career path that he has today, and some incredible advice on his process.

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How killing Net Neutrality irreparably harms public libraries and the communities they serve

New York Public Library president Tony Marx presides over the largest public library system in America, in a city where 2,000,000 people lack broadband internet access, so he understands as well as anyone the way that libraries bridge the digital divide, a divide that gets deeper and more daunting every day, as key services and opportunities move online. Read the rest

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