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Jack Stauber‘s trippy Pop Food

Hailing from near the Pennsylvania shores of Lake Erie, musician Jack Stauber has released a couple of trippy VHS-inspired videos to support his album Pop Food, and if you like interesting outsider music, check it out! (more)

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Search YouTube for "[your favorite restaurant or shop] brawl"

Googling "[your name] the hedgehog" is a classic trick revealing the abyssal depths of Sonic the Hedgehog fanart. More entertaining, I find, is searching YouTube for "[your favorite restaurant or shop] brawl". Hours of fun! Previously: Brawl at Chuck E. Cheese‘s set to hardcore metal

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Watch hard candies get made on a candy press from 1871

Producing hard candy in bulk still required a lot of skill in Victorian times, as Lofty Pursuits demonstrated by making cinnamon hearts on this hard candy press from 1871. (more)

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Foo Fighters rickroll audience with a very special guest

Benjamin Milne: Dave Grohl invited Rick Astley onstage to play an awesome rendition of his hit single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up‘. As many commentators have pointed out there is a healthy dose of Smells Like Teen Spirit in this especially the Drum intro and the guitar solo - perhaps the best / only time you will catch the foos playing Nirvana so enjoy

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Intricately layered laser-cut plywood sculptures

These amazing plywood art pieces are created in a small work area by Gabriel Schama and his laser cutter Elsie. His work really took off after a successful Kickstarter a few years ago. (more)

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Watch this lovely primer on America‘s transgender rights movement since the 1960s

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a brief overview of the transgender rights movement, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s, beautifully illustrated by Molly Crabapple. (more)

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Gorgeous x-ray area maps show how street-level entrances connect to NYC subway stations

Getting to a subway platform from the street often involves navigating stairs as well as a labyrinth of corridors. Architect Candy Chan created remarkably detailed and accurate diagrams of New York City‘s noted subway entrances and exits, overlaid with transparent parks and buildings. (more)

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How the Voyager Golden Record happened (and no, The Beatles actually weren‘t on the wishlist)

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2, the first of the two spacecraft that carried the Golden Record on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. Science journalist Timothy Ferris produced this enchanting phonograph record that tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science for any extraterrestrial intelligence that may encounter it. Tim wrote a beautiful essay tell

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How the Voyager Golden Record came to be

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2, the first of the two spacecraft that carried the Golden Record on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. Science journalist Timothy Ferris produced this enchanting phonograph record that tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science for any extraterrestrial intelligence that may encounter it. Tim wrote a beautiful essay tel

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Compare tiny PC cases with this useful online spreadsheet

Looking for a tiny PC that still has space for a gaming-quality video card? SFF PC Cases is a remarkably detailed spreadsheet listing dozens of models, complete with cost, dimensions, volume and even important build tips. The very smallest are not practical for powerful builds, but the critical "Maximum GPU length" field is right there to help you out. The gold-standard NCase M1 turns out to be only the 27th smallest case that can accommodate a

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Watch people whiz down this steep Swiss alpine slide

On the toboggan run (rodelbahn) overlooking Oeschinen Lake near Kandersteg, Switzerland, some people go in summer for the breathtaking view. Others go for the speedy thrill. Either way it looks like fun! (more)

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Crocheted pigeon costumes for dressing them up as extinct birds

Laurel Hope Roth, a former park ranger turned artist, has spent parts of the last decade creating intricate crocheted Biodiversity Reclamation Suits for Urban Pigeons. (more)

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2017 EFF Pioneer Award winners: Chelsea Manning, Mike Masnick and Annie Game

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Pioneer Awards, "which recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier." They are whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Techdirt editor Mike Masnick and free expression defender Annie Game. (more)

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This paper notebook is completely reusable after a trip to the microwave

Digital devices still have a long way to go before they can match the instant feedback and flexibility of paper. Even the low-latency touch screens found on the Microsoft Surface or iPad Pro still need expensive stylus peripherals to take advantage of handwritten notes and drawing features, and can be difficult to see in direct sunlight. If you are a visual thinker with a preference for physical touch over indirect manipulation, a paper notebook

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Why we often choose to keep useful information out of our heads

The cyberpunks, the Founding Fathers, the 19th Century philosophers, and the Enlightenment thinkers they each envisioned a perfect democracy powered by a constant multimedia psychedelic freakout in which all information was free, decentralized, democratized, and easy to access. In each era, the dream was the same: A public life for the average citizen that was no longer limited by any kind of information deficit; a life augmented by instant and

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Stop worrying: Pets aren‘t interested in staring into the sun

No need to get a pair of protective eclipse glasses for your dog or cat, experts say they don‘t normally look at the sun. In today‘s NASA briefing about Monday‘s solar eclipse, co-chair of the National Solar Eclipse Task Force Angela Speck remarked, "It‘s no different than any other day. On a normal day your pets don‘t try to look at the sun and therefore don‘t damage their eyes, so on this day they‘re

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Watch: Pole-dancing T-rex

Why simply work the pole when you can work the pole in a T-rex costume? Well, one unnamed Gong Show contestant did just that. Previously: Watch this Jewish surf band rock the new ‘Gong Show‘

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Carpet is disgusting

This is your regularly scheduled important reminder that carpet is bad. I have it in just one room of my house and no matter how often I clean it, the rinsewater looks like this. Carpet: Mattress of Filth. I won‘t even recommend a steam cleaner. It‘s just so nasty, all of it. Don‘t buy one. Instead, destroy all carpet.

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Boing Boing‘s oldest extant live page, an interview with John K. that just turned 22

On August 12, 1995, before Internet Archive or Google, Boing Boing conducted a charming interview with John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren Stimpy. The Boing Boing Digital page still looks the way it did when readers read it on Explorer 1.0 or Netscape Navigator or what-not. (more)

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These intricate hand-painted mandala stones reveal the cosmic beauty of math

San Francisco-based artist Lina West creates these beautiful hand-painted mandala stones covered in gorgeous fractal patterns. (more)

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Shark cats: delightful portraits of terror

Brynn Metheny is the undisputed master of mashing up cats and sharks into delightful creatures. Her original series was so popular, she created a sequel this year. (more)

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Artist creates dollops of paint that are actually colored pencil illustrations

CJ Hendry creates large pencil sketches that mix hyperrealism with fantasy. After working mainly in black and white, she jumped to color in a big way with her series of colorful paint smears. (more)

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Watch a quarter million dominoes fall in this delightful game-themed setup

Steve Price and Lily Hevesh set up a massive domino course that includes homages to classic board and video games, and some sections even use game pieces as part of the action. (more)

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Bannon back at Breitbart after Trump White House ouster: ‘I‘ve got my hands back on my weapons‘

Hold on to your butts, America. Steve Bannon is, as an ally told one reporter, ‘unchained‘ after being relieved of his White House duties as Trump‘s strategic advisorIn an interview this evening, Bannon tells the Weekly Standard he‘s returning to run Breitbart.com, as he was before becoming Trump‘s campaign manager exactly one year and one day ago today. Bannon will become Executive Chairman of the white supremacist

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