Nearly-forgotten all-female 'Summer of Love' band's debut album drops in the fall

You may remember Ace of Cups, the all-female band who once opened for Jimi Hendrix but whose musical careers got sidelined by motherhood. I wrote about the group in January after seeing a short KQED documentary about them. At that time, four out of five of the original band members, now septuagenarians, were cutting their first album. That 20+ track album, which features collaborations with Bob Weir, Peter Coyote, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taj Mahal and others, debuts on November 9, 2018 through High Moon Records.

In the Summer of 1967, San Francisco’s first all-female rock band burst onto the scene. They were legendary from the beginning; 5 uniquely talented woman writing fantastic songs, rocking as hard as any band out there and harmonizing like beautiful, psychedelic angels. Their star burned bright – and briefly. Despite making a big impact as a live act, and making friends with everyone from Jimi Hendrix to The Grateful Dead, the band split up without ever making a record. 50 years later, they are finally releasing their debut studio album, a stunning collection of songs that reflect their unique origins and deep life stories. As the news began to spread that the Ace was recording, old friends and allies began to catch word and come by the studio to offer support and musical contributions. People like Bob Weir, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taj Mahal, Jorma Kakounen, and others. When the dust and smoke had cleared, 36 songs had been recorded, and what started out as a chance to set the record straight turned into a history-making second-act.

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Russian arms maker Kalashnikov unveils retro electric car

So much for Tesla. AK-47 not included!

The look was inspired by a Soviet hatchback model developed in the 1970s called “Izh-Kombi”, according to a statement on the Kalashnikov website.

Its holding company, Kalashnikov Concern, said it had developed cutting-edge elements for the “electric supercar”, including a “revolutionary” inverter. The vehicle can travel 217 miles (350km) on one charge.

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Fingernails lovingly sculpted into tiny feet

Brought to you by Nail_Sunny, the Russian nail art chain behind "teeth nails," comes "feet nails."

They're equally as creepy:

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Find out who's manipulating you through Facebook political ads with ProPublica's free tool

“There's information about political advertising—including the choices about how to target ads to you instead of someone else—that's not in Facebook's Ad Archive,” says ProPublica's Jeremy Merrill. “It can only be exposed if you participate in this project with ProPublica, ABC and our other awesome partners.” Read the rest

Exploring toxic ruins with the new Mavic 2 Zoom drone

Mavic drones are very cool, and the company recently released its newest model, the Mavic 2 Zoom Quadcopter ($1250). Jerry from the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel got one and when to the abandoned Tintic Standard reduction mill in Utah to show off the drone's amazing photographic features. I want one of these in the same way I want a Teenage Engineering op-1 synthesizer - something I'd toy with for a few hours, then put in the closet and feel guilty about not using every time I saw it.

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Bundyville: a bingeable new podcast that delves into the apocalyptic cult of Cliven Bundy

For many of us, the Cliven Bundy story started when a fringey rancher got a bunch of his militia pals to flex their white privilege by threatening to shoot federal law enforcement officers who'd demanded that Bundy stop stealing public land and grazing; then Bundy's loathsome offspring led a terrorist takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon. Read the rest

#HurricaneLane bears down on Hawaii

Hurricane Lane is the greatest weather threat to Hawaii in decades, say storm experts. Read the rest

Britain publishes Brexit advice guide for the likely event of a "no deal" divorce from Europe

The British government, veering toward a "no deal" exit from the European Union, has published "practical and proportionate" advice for citizens in the event of this taking place. The BBC posted excerpts.

• Pharmaceutical companies have been told to stockpile an extra six weeks' worth of medicine to ensure a "seamless" supply • New picture warnings will be needed for cigarette packets as the EU owns the copyright to the current ones • Britons living elsewhere in Europe could lose access to UK banking and pension services.

The government says the economy will shrink 7.7% under a no-deal Brexit scenario. It's shocking to imagine even in the abstract, but then you realize how unevenly that suffering will be distributed. It's no wonder Prime Minister May had to promise not to put the army on the streets.

I'd like to see a BREXIT SURVIVAL GUIDE along "Scarfolk" lines.

42. How to skin a rabbit43. Unguents and potions...42 (appendix). How to skin a human


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Meet the astounding Mozilla fellows for 2018

Mozilla's annual fellowships fund 10-12 months' of work by people who "put individuals in control of their personal data," "help connect the unconnected," "keep artificial intelligence accountable," and "make scientific research more open." This year's fellows are a particularly impressive lot. (via Four Short Links) Read the rest

Food company forced workers to eat from urinals to keep bathrooms clean

From a DW News Story (with the help of Google Translate): "The general manager of a food company in Zhangpu County, Fujian Province, put cooked potatoes in a urinal, stirred them up, and ordered the staff to eat them. She said that every 25 years, the supervisors will be trained in the public toilets, and everyone should eat together."

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WTF? Procter & Gamble files trademark for 'WTF' 'LOL' 'NBD' and 'FML'

Oh, brands. Will you never learn. P&G is trying to give itself a Millennial Cool makeover by grabbing the intellectual property rights to the internet-origin expression 'WTF.' The only possible response to this, of course, is: WTF? Read the rest

KKK nut who shot at black man protesting racist Charlottesville rally gets 4 years in prison (yay)

“We went there to protect a monument,” he said. Read the rest

Man on flight to Tokyo urinates on another passenger

Denish Kishorchandra Parekh (24) may have been inebriated when he urinated on a 50-year-old Japanese passenger while they were on a flight from Chicago to Tokyo. According to Newsweek, the gentleman is alleged to have consumed "at least" four glasses of champagne and a cup of sake before getting up to evacuate the contents of his distended bladder on his fellow passenger seated two rows behind him. Parekh, who was arrested when the plane landed at Narita International Airport, now says he doesn't remember a thing, which is something people who do bad things often say as a way to avoid taking responsibility.

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Craft: simple, fast Minecraft clone with just the basics

Fans of Minecraft who found that it had already gotten too fancy and complicated by 2010 should check out Craft, a clone by Michael Fogleman. It's pared down to the very basics, written in fast-as-hell C, has online multiplayer, and is available free of charge on Windows and Mac. It's the perfect computer Lego set. Now, if he'd *fzz* just add *boom* Read the rest

Winona and Keanu gush and giggle over each other

Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves, who have starred in four movies together, have teamed up again to star in Destination Wedding, which opens in theatres tomorrow. In this ET interview the pair can't stop talking about their "raging" mutual crush on one another.

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The Hit Points: foot-stomping video-game bluegrass covers

Gnat sent in a tip about The Hit Points, who use "bluegrass instruments used to make beautiful music from classic video games (Street Fighter, Legend of Zelda, Mario Brothers, etc.)" I'm inordinately fond of their cover of Super Mario's "Athletic Theme" (compare withe the Mario and Zelda Big Band version) Read the rest

Wickr announces a firewall-circumventing tool to help beat national censorship regimes

Wickr, a private, secure messaging company, has teamed up with Psiphon (previously), a spinout from Citizen Lab (previously) to allow its users to communicate even when they are behind national firewalls. Read the rest

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