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Kickstarter Challenge: make an RPG-themed zine!

Inspired by the success of Judges‘ Guild, Kickstarter has launched Zine Quest, a challenge to crowdfund an RPG-themed zine ("must either contain an RPG or feature RPG-related content like maps, adventures, monsters, comics, articles, interviews, etc."); there‘s an impressive array of entrants already. Read the rest

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Blockbuster Gizmodo investigation reveals probable masterminds of the massive anti-Net Neutrality identity theft/astroturf campaign

US government agencies can‘t just make up rules: they‘re require to show that the rules they make reflect the best evidence, and part of that is a "notice and comment" period for major policy shifts where the public gets to weigh in on proposals. When Trump‘s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai decided to kill Net Neutrality, he knew he had to open his systems up for public comment, but the anti-Net-Neutrality side had that figured out: th

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Colonel Sanders is now also RoboCop

The new Colonel Sanders is RoboCop? I‘m not even going to pretend to understand what is going on at KFC HQ but this is really happening. The campaign starts with a mockumentary video. Something about the Colonel‘s Secret Recipe needing better protection. Of course, that‘s where RoboCop comes in. He‘s been reprogrammed with a new prime directive to protect those precious 11 herbs and spices. It ends with RoboSanders walkin

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Visualization of global "brand rankings" changing over the last 15 years

Where once was Coca-Cola, now there is Apple. Where once was Nokia, now... no idea. Read the rest

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This is bad: the UAE‘s favorite sleazeball cybermercenaries have applied for permission to break Mozilla‘s web encryption

Remember Darkmatter, the UAE-based cybermercenaries who worked with the beltway bandit firm Cyberpoint to recruit ex-NSA spies to infiltrate and expose dissidents, journalists, even children who opposed the despotic regime in the Emirates? (Darkmatter is also one of the least-discriminating cybermercenary bands in the world, available to help torturers, murderers and thugs hang onto power by attacking opposition movements and letting the secret

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Cloud floof pupper

So much fluff! Cloud floof puppies. From @siamthailanddog on Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by (@siamthailanddog) on Oct 29, 2018 at 8:06am PDT NOTE: Apparently this video of an incredibly adorable malamute pupper is from a dog breeder in Thailand who exports to Asia. I am posting this with the hope they are professional, compassionate, and the dogs are treated well. I support ad

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NY Governor Cuomo orders 2 state agencies to probe report that Facebook gets more personal data from mobile users than known

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on Friday ordered two New York state agencies to investigate reports that Facebook could have access to a lot more of your personal data, if you‘re a smartphone user, than anyone realized before. That data includes information about health and other sensitive stuff, and it‘s not just New York users who are affected. Perhaps we‘ll see similar cases in other states. Reuters: The directive to New York&

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Mueller‘s report will not be delivered next week, says senior DoJ official.

Special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report on Trump will not be delivered next week as CNN and other news organizations previously reported, said a senior Justice Department official on Friday. ‘Reports that the Attorney General will receive the report from the Special Counsel by the end of next week are incorrect. They will not receive the report by the end of next week,‘ a senior Justice Department official tells @JuliaEAinsle

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How Roger Stone‘s backfired testimony proves Judge Amy Berman Jackson is a damn boss

In an epic blog post, writer and law expert @emptywheel (Marcy Wheeler) dissects Thursday‘s hearing in court for Trump ratfucker and reckless Instagrammer Roger Stone. Judge Amy Berman Jackson called Stone and his lawyers to her court and demanded that they explain why Stone shouldn‘t be gagged or jailed on the spot. Roger Stone ended up testifying, and it was a moment for the ages. Judge Jackson ("ABJ" as she‘s now nicknamed

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More reports emerge that Amy Klobuchar is awful to staff, especially when hangry

The tale of the salad and the comb.

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What‘s new in tabletop gaming (February 2019 edition)

Here are some recent game releases of note and some of what I‘ve been up to in hobby gaming over the past month or so. Android: Shadow of the Beanstalk Fantasy Flight Games, 60, Players, Ages: 12+ I have been looking forward to this book ever since it was announced by FFG following their retirement of the Netrunner card game, also set in the Android universe. Shadow of the Beanstalk is a 256-page sourcebook for use with the Genesys Roleplay

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What‘s new in gaming tabletop (February 2019 edition)

Here are some recent game releases of note and some of what I‘ve been up to in hobby gaming over the past month or so. Android: Shadow of the Beanstalk Fantasy Flight Games, 60, Players, Ages: 12+ I have been looking forward to this book ever since it was announced by FFG following their retirement of the Netrunner card game, also set in the Android universe. Shadow of the Beanstalk is a 256-page sourcebook for use with the Genesys Roleplay

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Bully officer threatens to send kid reporter to juvy, but kid doesn‘t back down

A reporter for Pennsylvania‘s Orange Street News rode her bike near the Arizona-Mexico border on an assignment when a marshal in the town of Patagonia threatened to arrest her. He wanted her to stop what she was doing. The reporter, Hilde Lysiak, is only 12 years old. According to her story in the Orange Street News, when she gave him her name and phone number and told him she was working for a news organization, he said, ‘I don&lsq

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They could have stopped making rock videos after Peter Gabriel‘s ‘Sledgehammer‘

This amusement never ends. Read the rest

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Elizabeth Holmes‘ last months at Theranos: a "long, labored, highly visible, and heinous corporate death march"

Elizabeth Holmes, the "millennial Madoff" who built a 9 startup on a non-existent technology, gets her vanities tossed into a bonfire by Vanity Fair‘s Nick Bilton: Holmes had always enjoyed a certain lifestyle. From the early days of the company, she had insisted on flying in a private jet. As the company‘s legal problems mounted, its costs skyrocketed, but Holmes had a hard time weaning herself off certain luxuries. She still had her

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This wooden bike has blades instead of wheels so you can ride it down a snow covered mountain

The Velogemel is a wooden bike that was invented in Grindelwald, Switzerland in 1911. It looks like a lot of fun to ride on down a snowy mountain at a speed of 25 mph. No brakes, though. You have to use your feet to slow down. Image: YouTube/Great Big Story Read the rest

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Volante Augment: cyberpunk blazers and jackets

Volante Design (previously) has two new pieces: the Augment blazer and jacket, shipping on March 15 and available for pre-order today (Vest, 195: Men/Women; Blazer, 270: Men/Women), in men‘s sizes 37-51 (vest also in 55) and women‘s sizes 33-45. I‘m a total sucker for contrast stitching, seams and piping and these pieces are so up my street, like a bit of golden-age Cyberdog, but straight enough that you could just squeak by

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Dog rescued from icy river turns out to be wolf

The BBC, citing Estonia‘s Postimees, reports that workers there "bundled a wild wolf into their car" thinking that it was a dog. In any case, the big fella was in big trouble out in the ice. Speaking to the Estonian newspaper Postimees, one of the men, Rando Kartsepp, said: "We had to carry him over the slope. He weighed a fair bit. ... He was calm, slept on my legs. When I wanted to stretch them, he raised his head for a moment," he added.

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Bored pilot graffitis two dicks and a message in flight path

On Tuesday morning, an Australian pilot took some artistic liberties with his flight path. ABC News: The Diamond Star plane, operated by Flight Training Adelaide, spent a little over three hours in the air on Tuesday to draw the letters over South Australia. The message was not seen by people on the ground, but was visible to aviation followers watching live flight tracking programs and websites. It is believed the pilot, who was working out of

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Study tracking people who ate zombie deer meat found no ill-effects, so far

Zombie deer disease is a clicktastic term for chronic wasting disease, a spongiform ecephalopathy suffered by ungulates. Much like Mad Cow Disease, Scrapie in sheep, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob‘s disease in humans, misfolded proteins slowly destroy the brain, causing listlessness, discoordination, dementia and finally death. Now, what if you were to eat Zombie Deer? On March 13, 2005, a fire company in Oneida County, New York, fed the meat of a d

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Meat-flavored breakfast cereals

Oh no, here‘s something we definitely didn‘t ask for: sweet-and-savory meat-flavored cereals. On March 7 (to sync with National Cereal Day), Post is releasing two new limited-edition Honey Brunches of Oats flavors, Chicken Waffles and Maple Bacon Donut. Both will be available at Walmart stores for a limited time. Popsugar: ...the Chicken and Waffles cereal will feature mini chicken drumsticks and tiny waffle shapes, while the Maple B

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"London Cries": the merchants‘ patter of 19th Century London

One genre of 19th Cen illustrated pamphlet was the "Cries of London" (previously), which celebrated the market traders‘ characteristic sales patter, which were catalogued as a kind of urban birdsong. Aunt Busy Bee‘s New London Cries (1852) is a lovely example of the genre, both for its lively illustrations and the wonderful pitches it records (and also for the reminder of all the professions that have been so thoroughly superannuat

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Google ends forced arbitration contracts for workers after googler uprising

The waves of protests and walkouts that swept Google last year had many grievances and concerns, from the company‘s Pentagon contract to supply AI for drones to the secret creation of a censored search tool for the Chinese market, but one central flashpoint was the revelation that the company had paid Android exec 90 million to quietly leave the company after a string of disturbing sexual harassment and abuse incidents came to light. Th

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A pull-out bed made of accordioning paper

Pro Idee‘s 369 Paper Bed is made of folds of rigid paper that collapse to a narrow sliver and then expand to 200cm length when needed; the materials are lightweight (total weight, 14.5k) and it can support up to 300kg, and the manufacturer claims it‘s comfortable, albeit with the addition of a foam pad. (via Yanko Design) Read the rest

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