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Here‘s how primary elections work, and how to vote

Spread The Vote is a non-profit that works to help educate and empower voters on the voting and political process. Boing Boing invited the group to help everyone understand how primary elections work, and how you can participate in them if you are an eligible U.S. voter. Sign up for their state-specific voter education packages, which are really an amazing educational resource. Xeni Jardin UNDERSTANDING PRIMARY ELECTIONS, from SPREAD THE VOTE. W

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The Great and Powerful Special Counsel of OZ... Revealed!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Great and Powerful Special Counsel of OZ is revealed as... a man behind a curtain.

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Cruel punishment from the 17th century for minor offenses: the finger pillory

Our friends at Futility Closet came upon this cruel form of punishment, called the finger pillory: Here‘s a forgotten punishment. In the 17th century, in return for a minor offense such as not attending to a sermon, a wrongdoer might be required to place his finger into an L-shaped hole over which a block was fastened to keep the knuckle bent. ‘[T]he finger was confined, and it will easily be seen that it could not be withdrawn until

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Pandemic cooperative tabletop game on sale today

Amazon is having a sale on tabletop games today, and the one I recommend is the highly rated Pandemic, a cooperative game for 2-4 players. Game description: Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters‘ strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseas

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Brain-computer interface successfully translates thought into synthesized speech

In a pioneering study, scientists have demonstrated that an implanted brain-computer interface (above) coupled with deep-learning algorithms can translate thought into computerized speech. From Scientific American: (University of California, San Francisco neurosurgeon Edward Chang) emphasized that his approach cannot be used to read someone‘s mind-only to translate words the person wants to say into audible sounds.... Chang and his co

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A video series that explains how public infrastructure works

Practical Engineering is a video series that clearly and entertainingly explains how public infrastructure works - dams, water towers, bridges, reservoirs, and so on. Above: how water towers work. [via Doobybrain] Read the rest

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Miniature space janitors to sweep up orbiting debris

There are an estimated 129 million tiny bits of debris floating in orbit that, due to their high velocity, can cause catastrophic damage to space vehicles and satellites. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers are developing a compact orbiting device to semi-autonomously seek out the debris and catch it in a net. Designed as a system of CubeSats, each just 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, the trash collector, called OSCaR (Obsolete Spacecraft Captur

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If you correctly guess the secret word on Slack you‘ll win 1,000

The Word of the Day is a daily guessing game in Slack. It‘s easy enough to play. Just go there and enter words. If you are the first to match the secret word of the day, you win 1,000. The most recent winner was Erika Y. who correctly guessed "inscrutable." FAQ How and when will I get paid? We will DM you on Slack for your Venmo handle, and you‘ll get paid within 24 hours of winning. How do you know who said the first correct word? We

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Review of the LDK Game open source handheld retro-game emulation console

ETA Prime reviewed the LDK Game, an open source handheld retro-game emulation console that can play games from Nintendo, Sega, and other retro-platforms. It costs 60. Read the rest

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Ireland sits idly by as GDPR goes unenforced

Politico shares an investigation into why the GDPR‘s lead regulator Ireland has failed to bring a single enforcement action against the big tech companies it is supposed to watchdog. Politico: Last May, Europe imposed new data privacy guidelines that carry the hopes of hundreds of millions of people around the world - including in the United States - to rein in abuses by big tech companies. Almost a year later, it‘s apparent that

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How to buy a second citizenship

Here‘s a woman who explained how she obtained a second citizenship. She already has a US citizenship and purchased a second citizenship to St. Kitts and Nevis. She hired a lawyer who lives in St. Kitts, took a physical exam, supplied college transcripts, her Social Security number, and a lot of other information. The fee was 150,000 not including legal fees and other fees. It took about 8 months for the citizenship, and another 4 months to

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Watch this totally inappropriate and bizarre Bert and Ernie parody in German

From the Muppet Wiki: Bernie und Ert was a recurring sketch on the show created by Attik Kargar, who performed the puppets and supplied the voice of Bernie. Bernie and Ert are an obscene parody of Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street, and especially as re-dubbed on Sesamstrasse. The pair are a same-sex couple, with no nose and one eye each. Each sketch focused on such topics as crime, drug abuse (Bernie is a cocaine addict), and SM practices. In F

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Cobra Kai season two is beyond fantastic

William Zabka and Ralph Macchio are back in season two of Youtube‘s Cobra Kai. I adore this wonderful buffet of Gen-X nostalgia. As a former Angeleno who grew up in the same era Danny and Johnny inhabit everything about this show makes me happy. I watched the first 6 episodes last night and am sure I‘ll have finished the season by dinner tonight. Read the rest

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Watch The Ramones on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988)

The Ramones promoting "Ramones Mania (The Best Of 1976-1988)" on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" in 1988. "Who writes these songs, ‘I Wanna Be Sedated‘ and ‘Teenage Lobotomy?‘ Do you guys write them? Can you give me the lyrics to ‘Teenage Lobotomy?" Just talk them..." Read the rest

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Backyard Scientist tries out the Fortnite "Boom Bow" IRL

The Boom Bow is currently my favorite weapon in Fortnite Battle Royale. Firing shotgun shell laden arrows, this gold weapon hits hard and is hard to track. Read the rest

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Strange and lovely music video generated from user-contributed imagery

Neuhaus.world is a music video for Rotterdam artist Jo Goes Hunting in which the hyperdelic landscape in the video is generated by photos contributed by visitors to the site. "The video is made by Moniker in conjunction with Neuhaus, a temporary academy for more-than-human knowledge at Het Nieuwe Instituut." Neuhaus.world (via Waxy) Read the rest

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Recording studio magic: how Plate Echo works

Fran Blanche explains "the greatest effect ever created" in the recording studio: plate echo. Get out your good headphones and prepare to experience the awesome sound of plate echo through this 1980 vintage Ecoplate II! Thanks for watching and enjoy! Read the rest

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Nest‘s "ease of use" imperative plus poor integration with Google security has turned it into a hacker‘s playground

40 years ago, antitrust law put strict limits on mergers and acquisitions, but since the Reagan era, these firewalls have been dismantled, and now the biggest companies grow primarily by snapping up nascent competitors and merging with rivals; Google is a poster-child for this, having only ever created two successful products in-house (search and Gmail), with all other growth coming from acquisitions and mergers. When companies grow this way,

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The Land Before Time, "Scottish" edition

Dillon Cassidy and Kelly Kraft redubbed the classic Don Bluth animated feature "The Land Before Time" with "Scottish" voices. The whole movie! Enjoy it while it lasts. [via] Narrator - Trumane Alston Bryce - Spencer Hawk Cera - Michelle Davey Old Rooter - Denver Collins Mother - Chris Hanley Ducky - Liz Anderson Petri - Taylor Jones Produced by Dillon Cassidy Edited by Kelly Kraft Read the rest

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That time far-right trolls pretended to be black feminists online

In spring 2016, barely weeks before GamerGate, 4chan trolls began masquerading as feminist women of color online. The targets were not fooled, obviously, and Shafiqah Hudson and others launched an education campaign against it. But conservative pundits were eager to play along, out of stupidity or malice, laundering the lies into their version of reality and engaging a supply chain of far-right bullshit that would soon be exploited at scale. Shaf

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Republican Steve King, rebuked over racist remarks, compares himself to Jesus

Republican Congressman Steve King was removed from committees and publicly rebuked by his own party after his history of racist remarks flowered into open white supremacy. The experience gave him insight into Jesus‘s crucifixion. "For all that I‘ve been through -- and it seems even strange for me to say it -- but I am at a certain peace, and it is because of a lot of prayers for me. And when I have to step down to the floor of the Hou

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These hi-fi earplugs cut the sound but keep sound quality

For musicians, clubgoers or anyone in the thick of a loud environment, earplugs aren‘t just an option. If you plan on keeping your hearing through sustained exposure to levels over 85 decibels (roughly the sound of a blender), they‘re a must. The good news is, most earplugs will muffle the sound. The bad news is, that‘s exactly how it sounds: muffled. If you love music as much as you love your ears, Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs ar

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FBI: Online theft, fraud, exploitation caused losses of 2.7B globally in 2018, up from 1.4B in 2017

It could happen to you. A new report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says online theft, fraud, and exploitation caused losses of 2.7 billion dollars worldwide in 2018. This is up from 1.4 billion in 2017. [ Here‘s the full FBI report in PDF. ] ‘The 2018 report shows how prevalent these crimes are. It also shows that the financial toll is substantial and a victim can be anyone wh

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Curious manatee gets very friendly with human in canoe

‘Big friendly potato boy thoroughly examining my canoe.‘ Another gem from the wonderful IMGURian SeeThroughCanoe, who sells these personal watercraft. ‘This overly friendly manatee spent a really long time thoroughly checking out the canoe and the camera attached to the bottom of it,‘ he says. Big friendly potato boy thoroughly examining my canoe Read the rest

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