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Uber is a "bezzle," doomed to disappoint the suckers who buy into its IPO

Writing in New York Magazine, Naked Capitalism‘s Yves Smith draws on Hubert Horan‘s outstanding series on the underlying economics of Uber to describe why the company‘s IPO will be a terrible bet for the investors who buy into it. It‘s only been a year since Softbank offered to buy out shareholders on a valuation of 48B (and had more takers than they were prepared to buy from!); and now Uber is hoping to float on a valu

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Haunted Mansion wallpaper, wrapping paper, and fabric!

Spoonflower‘s gorgeous selection of Haunted Mansion patterns can be printed on demand on wallpaper, giftwrap, or fabric: from the green strips of the maids‘ uniforms to the purple and black stripes of the butler‘s vests, to motifs picked up from the characters and decor (tightrope walker girl‘s floral print, hitchhiking ghosts, Leota‘s seance room), the variety is amazing. (via Disney‘s Haunted Mansion) Read

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Merry Mixmas! It‘s time again for DJ Riko‘s badass Christmas mashup

Every year, DJ Riko drops a longform "mixmas" of Christmas mashups; this year‘s mix is out (MP3 link), featuring everyone from Run DMC to Harry Belafonte to Eels (here‘s how to get all 16 installments in the series!). Read the rest

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Argentine hacker mods Furby so it quotes Borges, creates a "Borgy"

Argentine hacker [Roni Bandini] modded a 1998 Furby so that it responds to stimulus by rattling off a random quote from Jorge Luis Borges. He calls it "Borgy." [Roni] hacked the Furby to replace the speaker with a more powerful one, and built a base to hold the larger speaker and a switch which can activate Borgy. He also used an Arduino Nano and a Sparkfun MP3 player shield loaded with the samples of Borges. When the Furby speaks, it shares

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Uber forces its drivers to arbitrate, rather than sue, but Uber also won‘t arbitrate

Binding arbitration agreements were formalized in 1925, allowing two corporate entities of roughly equal size to resolve their disputes outside of a court, saving both parties a lot of money, but since then, the primary use of arbitration is to force employees, customers, patients and other comparatively weak parties to surrender their right to sue (or join class actions) as a condition of going to work, seeking care, or simply shopping. Inste

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Cragne Manor, an 84-room horror "exquisite corpse" text adventure that‘s a tribute to the classic game Anchorhead

It‘s the 20th anniversary of Anchorhead, Michael Gentry‘s seminal horror text adventure; to commemorate the occasion, Ryan Veeder and Jenni Polodna worked with 84 developers to create Cragne Manor, a tribute, whose puzzles are ingenious, frustrating and amazing. Each of the developers was given one room to create, without any knowledge of the others developers‘ rooms, making "each location ... a different author‘s take

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Press start on your game idea with this developer‘s crash course

Take a scroll through any app marketplace and you‘ll see that the doors are wide open for any game these days - and any game developer. Like any creation, virtual or analog, it all starts with an idea. And if you‘ve got one of those, the Complete Unity Game Developer Bundle can walk you the rest of the way. One of the most user-friendly, versatile tools for game developers out there, the Unity platform lets developers work equally wel

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The Nostalgia Nerd‘s Retro Tech: Computers, Consoles and Games

Peter Leigh, known as the Nostalgia Nerd on his YouTube channel, has a cool new hardcover book out called The Nostalgia Nerd‘s Retro Tech: Computers, Consoles and Games, which is exactly what it says it is - photos and descriptions of gear from the 1970s-1990s. Here are a few spreads from the book to give you an idea of what‘s in it and how the material is presented: Read the rest

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Man in hang glider fails to strap in properly, hangs by his hands for dear life

This unlucky guy tried hang gliding in Switzerland. His instructor failed to attach him to the glider. Watch this video and prepare to wet your pants. Read the rest

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This is what ‘going viral‘ looks like

Sometimes I blog about something and it goes nowhere, much like this girl‘s domino: Sometimes I blog about something and it continues to weave its way to the many corners of the internet, much like this: But, sometimes I blog about something and it starts a chain reaction that looks more like this (I looked for a domino video that featured fireworks and confetti but came up short): via In other words, it goes viral. Now, on November 11,

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Literal breadboarding, with toast and Vegemite

Vegemite has enough salt to be conductive, and is viscous enough to draw distinct traces with on suitable medium (say, toast that has been cooked such that most of the water has evaporated, making it a good insulator), as Luke Weston has ably demonstrated. Read the rest

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Moose unwittingly plays ding dong ditch with his butt

A moose accidentally rang a doorbell with his behind while bumbling around the outside of an Anchorage, Alaska home. On Thursday, Kyle Stultz and his partner Allie Johnstone heard the doorbell ring at 1:30 AM. They thought it was a prankster until they saw the security cam footage. That‘s when they learned it was a moose whose backside had hilariously set off the bell. The video is everything. KTVA reports: After checking on their dogs an

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Nobody is happy in the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame

Having 50% of the universe‘s population turned into ash by a lunatic seems to have brought everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe down. That said, after the emotional thrashing that Marvel fans took from watching Avengers: Infinity War, anything will likely feel light and airy. Read the rest

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Eat the Teacup, It‘s Delicious

The Japanese are extremely proud of their pottery, which is among the finest in the world. And with the special place the Tea Ceremony holds in Japanese culture, tea cups are finely wrought. Many of them look more like not-so-chunky mugs than the European teacups we see. Those known as Karatsu Ware are among the most highly regarded. While they look like teacups, these ‘karatsu-yaki‘ are actually edible rice cakes. They are made by m

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Fry Roulette is a new game to eat fried foods with friends

Ground House, a hip burger joint in Irvine, CA, has just gamified eating fried foods with their Fry Roulette. There‘s a spinning wheel, six types of deep-fried potato products, and 12 different dipping centers. Buzzfeed shows how it works: Fry Roulette Exists And We Know You Want To Play screenshot via Ground House IG Read the rest

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Pantone chose this ‘life-affirming‘ shade as 2019‘s Color of the Year

In 2019, we‘ll move out of Ultra Violet and into Living Coral, according to the Pantone Color Institute. Their color experts have determined that their Color of the Year will be the "vibrant, yet mellow" PANTONE 16-1546. Here‘s what they have to say about this "life-affirming" shade: In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive expe

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30 plug-and-play kit converts a Bird scooter into a "personal scooter"

When scooter companies like Bird started Read the rest

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Top FTC official is so such a corporate shill that he has conflicts of interest for 100 companies, including Equifax and Facebook

Andrew Smith is Trump‘s chief of the FTC Consumer Protection Bureau, in charge of investigating companies that abuse Americans -- but he can‘t, because he has previously provided services for over 100 of America‘s largest companies, including Facebook, a whack of payday lenders, Amazon, American Airlines, Amex, BoA, Capital One, Citigroup, John Deere, Equifax, Expedia, Experian, Glaxosmithkline, Goldman Sachs, Jpmorgan, Linkedi

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An annual Christmas craft tradition: the Die Hard Air Duct ornament

Combine a paperclip, tin foil, a cereal box, and a print out to make the Die Hard John McClane Air Duct Christmas Ornament. PS: Die Hard is a Christmas movie. (via Kottke) Read the rest

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Ha-ha, only serious: McSweeney‘s on price-gouging in the emergency room

Emergency rooms at for-profit hospitals are notorious price-gougers, where an ice-pack and a bandage can cost 5,000, and where no one will tell you how much your care is costing until months after the fact. In a funny, serious, link-studded satirical essay on McSweeney‘s (Welcome to Our Modern Hospital Where If You Want to Know a Price You Can Go Fuck Yourself), Alex Baia makes explicit the submerged subtext of these sleazy, crooked tact

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Here‘s a new, smarter way to learn a new language

At the rate the world is shrinking, you don‘t need to be a globetrotter for a second language to be a useful skill. And if you‘re looking to learn that second language (or a third, or fourth), uTalk Language Education is the learning program that makes progression not only easy but fun. If you can‘t be among native speakers, there‘s not muchof an immediate reward to rote memorization of words and phrases. That‘s why

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Manafort lied about contacts with Russia and Trump, Mueller says in memo

Special counsel Robert Mueller says Paul Manafort told ‘discernible lies,‘ including about contacts with his longtime translator and fixer, Konstantin Kilimnik, an employee who is believed to have Russian intelligence ties. ‘Manafort told multiple discernible lies -- these were not instances of mere memory lapses,‘ Mueller‘s prosecutors wrote. Here is the Mueller filing on Paul Manafort: [PDF LINK]. In the document

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Videos from the University of Chicago "Censorship and Information Control" seminar

This year, I helped University of Chicago science fiction writer and renaissance scholar Ada Palmer and science historian Adrian Johns host a series of interdisciplinary seminars on "Censorship, Information Control, Revolutions in Information Technology from the Printing Press to the Internet." Thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers, we were able to raise money to pay for high-quality videography and closed captioning to make the videos

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US governmental conservationists really hope that young endangered seals will stop getting eels stuck in their nostrils

Hawaiian monk seals are endangered and closely monitored by NOAA scientists who are alarmed that the seals keep getting eels stuck really deep in their nostrils. The scientists have removed "three or four" eels from juvenile monk seals‘ nostrils over the past two years, mostly in the last few months. The seals are fine. The eels died. The scientists don‘t know how the eels got stuck up the seals‘ nostrils. Perhaps they swa

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