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Cease and Desist pin

Kingdrippa makes and sells these fabulously trenchant mouse pins. It‘s 11. In fact, there‘s so many cool things in this store I might have to blog the lot.

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A new edition of Daniel Pinkwater‘s hapy mutant kids‘ classic, "Lizard Music"

Back in 2011, The New York Review of Books inducted Daniel Pinkwater‘s classic Lizard Music into its canon with a handsome little hardcover edition; today they follow that up with a stylish, jazzy paperback, priced to move at 10. (more)

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We are Not a Monolith: Portraits of Muslim women by Tasneem, photographer who‘s also a Muslim woman

Brown Girl Magazine recently featured the work of my friend Tasneem Nanji, whose photographs of Muslim women in London and New York illuminate the lives of individuals consistently portrayed as one-dimensional "others" in media. (more)

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Sassy Trump: "On Many Sides"

All words are Trump‘s own. (more)

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This small digital scale I like is on sale for 7.64

This 0.01g division digital scale is on sale for 7.64 if you use code GEMBEN15. I used it to weigh supplement powders, loose leaf tea, and coffee beans. It‘s about the size of an iPhone. It measures up to a limit of 100 grams in 0.01 gram increments. (more)

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REM: watch very early live footage from 1982 concert

REM performed on October 10, 1982 at North Carolina‘s Raleigh Underground less than two months after releasing their debut EP, Chronic Town. This is thought to be the first pro footage of R.E.M. playing live. Posted by zararity on YouTube: The setlist: 1. Wolves, Lower 0:52 2. Laughing 5:41 3. 1,000,000 9:46 (NOTE: Mitch Easter, who produced "Chronic Town" as well as "Murmur" and "Reckoning" (with Don Dixon), joins the band on guitar

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A fond look back at the scariest 25 minutes on television

Twilight Zone veteran Richard Matheson wrote the screenplay for Trilogy of Terror, a 1975 NBC network Movie of the Week that was a lot creepier than TV audiences were used to watching. The third story in the 40-year-old trilogy, "Amelia," is still profoundly terrifying. Mental Floss has a remembrance: In essentially a one-woman play, [Karen] Black portrays a character hoping to impress her anthropologist boyfriend by gifting him with an Afri

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REM: very early live footage from 1982 concert

REM performed on October 10, 1982 at North Carolina‘s Raleigh Underground less than two months after releasing their debut EP, Chronic Town. This is thought to be the first pro footage of R.E.M. playing live. Posted by zararity on YouTube: The setlist: 1. Wolves, Lower 0:52 2. Laughing 5:41 3. 1,000,000 9:46 (NOTE: Mitch Easter, who produced "Chronic Town" as well as "Murmur" and "Reckoning" (with Don Dixon), joins the band on guitar

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Accepting unhappiness makes you happier, feeling bad about feeling bad makes you feel worse

"We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health," says Iris Mauss, associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. (more)

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Tom Cruise injures himself while doing stunt for Mission Impossible 6

Tom Cruise, who does his own stunts, means to jump from one building to another, but misses his mark and slams into the side of a building, twice. This is during the shooting of Mission Impossible 6. The extent of his injuries are unknown as of Monday morning, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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Funny video of fellow trying to speak without his southern accent

"My husband learning to speak without a southern accent," wrote Stephanie Shadrick on YouTube a couple years ago. "Absolutely hilarious!" The fun they‘re having is infectious.

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Scientists finally discover how to synthesize magic mushrooms‘ active ingredient, psilocybin

In 1943 Sandoz chemist Albert Hofmann became the first person to synthesize (and take) LSD. He was also the first person to isolate and identify psilocybin, the main psychedelic component in magic mushrooms, almost 60 years ago. "Yet no one has been able to unravel the enzymatic pathway the mushrooms use to make psilocybin, until now," reports Stephen K. Ritter of Chemical and Engineering News: Janis Fricke, Felix Blei, and Dirk Hoffmeister of F

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Hitler delivers Trump‘s Boy Scout speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TR3Se4XZpk&feature=youtu.be Jose writes, "I was offended by Trump‘s speech to the Boy Scouts. It‘s a slippery slope and seemed so reminiscent of the past. I synchronized Adolf to deliver Trump‘s remarks to show how close we are to repeating the past. It‘s an ode to Chaplin‘s City Lights and The Great Dictator." (more)

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The Voyager Golden Record on NBC Nightly News

Last night, NBC Nightly News aired the wonderful video below about the Voyager Golden Record vinyl box set I produced with my friends Tim Daly and Lawrence Azerrad! Forty years ago this month, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and beyond, into the mysteries of interstellar space. Mounted to each spacecraft is a golden phonograph record, a message to introduce our civilization to extraterrestrials,

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Accepting unhappiness makes you happier, feeling bad about feeling bad make you feel worse

"We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health," says Iris Mauss, associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. Mauss is the senior author of a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that "tested the link between emotional acceptance and psychological health in more than 1,300 adults," reports EurekAlert: The re

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Adam Savage made a good drafting compass out of coat hanger wire and a paper clip

Yesterday Adam Savage tweeted: "Doing some mechanical drawing in the house, but I didn‘t have a compass. So I made my own using a coat hanger in a paperclip!"

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This animation shows you what the eclipse will look like in your zip code

Enter a zipcode into Time‘s animated doohickey to find out how much of the sun will be blocked by the moon on August 21.

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Self-described "shaman" dressed as bigfoot mistaken for bigfoot, or not

Self-described "shaman" Gawain MacGregor says that he was the creature that bigfoot investigators claim to have encountered last week in North Carolina‘s Pisgah National Park. MacGregor, 36, who believes in "the divine nature of sasquatch" was dressed in animal skins as part of a ritual involving his wandering around the woods reciting a "sasquatch prayer." "It feels like it brings me closer to nature," MacGregor told the BBC News. But B

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Unite the Right Jason Kessler was punched, attacked and chased at press conference

Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler tried to hold a press conference yesterday in Charlottesville, VA but chaos broke out. He was punched, swarmed, and then chased down the street by an angry mob who was shouting "shame" and "murderer." This follows the violent protest on Saturday, organized by Unite the Right, that led to the death of 32-year-old protestor Heather Heyer and two helicopter pilots. https://youtu.be/HLXcrad-qHU https://y

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Trump denounces KKK, racism, white supremacists, "and other groups"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfPx3_u7moM It‘s fun seeing him forced to denounce his base after taking so long to get to it that no-one (least of all them) will be fooled. He didn‘t enjoy it one bit, slinking off immediately without taking questions.

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Chimpanzees learn to play rock-paper-scissors

Chimpanzees at Kyoto University‘s Primate Research Institute have learned to play the game rock-paper-scissors. From Phys.org: (Seven chimpanzees) sat in a booth housing a computer-based touchscreen and were trained to choose the stronger of two options (based on the rules of the game) they saw on screen. They first learnt the paper-rock sequence, then the rock-scissors one and finally the scissors-paper combination. Once they knew how

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Here‘s what a clown learned about male violence by face-painting kids at a picnic

Sanduhruh is a clown who wrote a twitter thread about her experience painting faces at a picnic. When little boys wanted butterflies painted on their faces, the parents objected. When girls wanted skulls and sharks "the parents shrug and laugh like ‘haha she‘s a kooky kid!"‘ Because maleness and masculinity isn‘t a sin." (more)

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Give your Android device a peek into tight spaces with this endoscopic camera

Whether you are diagnosing strange noises from home appliances, or inspecting computer equipment for dust, or god forbid, nests of vermin, a small camera is an indispensable tool. ThisEndoscopic Android Camerauses your device as a handy video display, and is going for 17.50 in our store.This posable camera is totally waterproof, making it perfect for inspecting all manner of household nooks. You can use it to get a better view of your car‘s

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Here‘s what a clown learned about male violence after facepainting kids at a picnic

Sanduhruh is a clown who wrote a twitter thread about her experience painting faces at a picnic. When little boys wanted butterflies painted on their faces, the parents objected. When girls wanted skulls and sharks "the parents shrug and laugh like ‘haha she‘s a kooky kid!"‘ Because maleness and masculinity isn‘t a sin." Here‘s an excerpt: The whole thread is worth reading. Start here: Hey everyone Im a clown an

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