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Girl Scouts to offer cybersecurity badges

U.S. Girl Scouts as young as 5 years old will soon be able to earn their first-ever cybersecurity badges. 18 of these merit patches will be launched by the Girl Scouts of the USA starting in September, 2018. (more)

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Award winning teacher wanted to be ‘visibly queer‘ in Oval Office photo with Trumps

I have a feeling Donald Trump (and most of the rest of the human race) would be happier if he were starring in the sitcom suggested by this photo insteading of serving the American people as a federal bureaucrat. In actuality, it‘s a photo of Nikos Giannopoulos, Rhode Island‘s teacher of the year, who said he wanted to be ‘visibly queer‘ when he posed for this photo with Mr. and Mrs. Trump. From Washington Post: Giannopo

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Why Nardwuar is the best musician interviewer ever

Nardwuar the Human Serviette has been a music journalist since the 1980s. Some musicians don‘t appreciate his unusual personality (look at members of Blur bullying him), but no one has ever accused him of not doing his homework, as evinced in the video above. Here‘s Nardwuar at TEDxVancouver in 2011 explaining how he does his work: https://youtu.be/HkSUazeI2nM Punk Rock Journalist Nardwuar the Human Serviette wants to take you o

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Gallery of disappointing stuff

I recently came across a subreddit called "Expectation vs Reality." It‘s a place to post side-by-side photos of something promised compared to what was actually delivered (usually a smaller, crappier than expected). Audrey Hepburn birthday cake! from ExpectationVsReality A taco I actually got from taco Bell last night.... This is supposed to make my daughter happy, not frighten her. This is supposed to make my daughter happy, not f

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Trump‘s White House hit list, America‘s most hated mom, and sex scandals, in this week‘s tabloids

Breaking up is hard to do, and in the tabloid world it‘s prohibitively expensive too. Prince Charles and Camilla are in the midst of a ‘250 million divorce,‘ claims the ‘Globe‘ front page, though the story inside admits: ‘ . . . she‘s telling friends she‘s willing to settle for 25 million.‘ So it‘s not a 250 million divorce at all, is it? Meanwhile, bombastic broadcaster Rush Limbaugh i

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Ann Druyan on the new Carl Sagan-narrated Apple commercial

Apple released this lovely new commercial featuring Carl Sagan reading from his magnificent 1994 book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, now available as an audiobook. This surprising partnership spurred Adweek to interview my friend Ann Druyan, Sagan‘s wife, collaborator, and creative director of the Voyager Golden Record, about being the "keeper of (Carl‘s) flame," her own work, and the politics of science. As

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Stunning photo of NASA‘s Curiosity Mars Rover seen from orbit

That bright blue object in the center of the photo is NASA‘s Curiosity Mars Rover as imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter earlier this month. From NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: The car-size rover, climbing up lower Mount Sharp toward its next destination, appears as a blue dab against a background of tan rocks and dark sand in the enhanced-color image from the orbiter‘s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (Hi

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Man can‘t wear shorts to work on hot day, so he abides by women‘s dress code instead

It was a scorching hot day in Buckinghamshire, UK when 20-year-old Joey Barge decided to wear a respectable navy pair of shorts to work. He knew he was pushing it, though, and tweeted this: If women can wear skirts/dresses at work can I wear smart shorts like so? pic.twitter.com/UD0AQ6ZCbP- joey (@jBarge_) June 19, 2017 Shortly after the tweet he was sent home for going against the company‘s dress code, and was told to change before retu

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Dimmable LED light bulbs - 10 for 4

LED light bulbs are now very cheap, but dimmable ones have commanded a premium. Today, Amazon is selling a 4-pack of Cree‘s 60W equivalent soft white bulbs for just 10. I bought them after reading the reviews that stated they don‘t buzz, which is a problem that a lot of LED bulbs have.

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"Fuck Trump" and "Immigrant" hats benefit ACLU

My friend Gabe created these fun "Fuck Trump" and "Immigrant" hats! All profits go to the American Civil Liberties Union! Gabe says: On a personal note, making these hats has been a profound and grounding exercise in connecting with others from across the world that I would not have connected with otherwise. I know that the issues we face are complex and that Trump represents much greater forces than just him alone. I also know that this is

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Author Tim Ferriss talks about four favorite travel tools

This week‘s Cool Tools Show guest is Tim Ferriss. Tim was listed as one of Fast Company‘s "Most Innovative Business People" and one of Fortune‘s "40 under 40." He‘s an early-stage technology investor and advisor (Uber, Facebook, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billio

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Watch: Valedictorian who had mic cut off finally gets to finish speech on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last week, high school valedictorian and class president Peter Butera was giving a speech at his graduation when the school cut off his mic for speaking his mind. But last night, Butera was able to finish his speech to the much larger audience of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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How to simulate a moon landing in your kitchen

ARKit is Apple‘s new iOS framework for building augmented reality experiences on the iPhone and iPad. In this video, you can see how Toms Garca used ARKit to simulate the Apollo 11 Lunar Mission un his kitchen.

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The 120watt 12v solar camping solution for my VW Westfalia

I am very happy with the solar power solution I‘ve adapted for my van camping needs. I can power all my toys! (more)

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Marvel at New York City in this 1911 documentary travelogue

This film of New York City was shot in 1911, and it is in excellent condition. Everything is in sharp focus. It is as vibrant and picturesque as a Scorcese period film. Almost everyone wears a hat. All the men wear suits and ties. There are all kinds of public transportation - trolleys, cable cars, trains. Lots of horse-drawn carriages, and more automobiles than I would have guessed. From MoMA: This documentary travelogue of New York City wa

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Kickstarting Bikequity, a feminist bicycle zine about class and social justice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH0JOx0SV0U&feature=youtu.be Elly Blue (previously) writes, "Bikequity is the 14th issue of my long-running (since 2010) feminist bike zine, Taking the Lane." (more)

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Heads up film fans: Here‘s a list of female critics of color to follow

Given that film criticism is overwhelmingly white and male, film critic (and great Twitter follow) Valerie Complex decided to put together a list of women of color currently working in the field. She points out that while they may be underrepresented at larger mainstream publications, there are still many talented women of color working at smaller sites, self-publishing, or freelancing. And as she notes: The perspectives of women of color are ne

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Lovely short film about Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis

Maud Lewis is the subject of Maudie, a biopic being released later this year as an awards contender. Canada‘s National Film Board made this charming 1976 short subject portrait of her life and work. (more)

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YMCA to promote self with famous disco song it once reviled

After 40 years of trademark threats and general grousing, the Y.M.C.A. (or at least one international branch of it) is embracing the eponymous Village People song, Y.M.C.A.: it‘s commissioned a cover version from singer and D.J. Boy George to promote the organization. The decision to embrace the song along with queerness and marriage equality came from speaking to young people. ‘It was a challenging conversation for us as lead

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The Wonders of Free Market Health Care

FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug‘s subscription club, the Proud Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and much more. GET Ruben Bolling‘s new hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures. (‘Filled with wild twists and funny dialogue‘ -Publishers Weekly) Book One here. Book Two here. More Tom the Dancing Bug comics on Boing Boing! (more

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Everything you ever wanted to know about America‘s northernmost town

The YouTube channel Wendover Productions took a trip to Barrow, Alaska to learn all about America‘s northernmost town, where it snows during the summer and everyday items are incredibly expensive because it takes so much work to ship them in (a DiGiorno frozen pizza can cost 17; a pack of toilet paper can cost 20). The town is home to just over 4,000 people, the majority of whom are members of the indigenous Iupia tribe. Since the area h

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Watch white-knuckle speed flying through narrow gorges

Speed flyer Joseph Innes headed to Romania for this pulse-pounding speed flying trip through canyons and gullies. The low-visibility flights in fog are especially thrilling. (more)

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A working six-foot fidget spinner costume

For the recent Wizard World Comic Con in Sacramento, Rob Cockerham made a working six-foot fidget spinner costume. It‘s quite a sight. He writes: Downtown was crowded with people, and comic book nerds were packed everywhere, lining up to get into the Con. I turned the corner into full view and was greeted with open iphones, gaping mouths and spontaneous applause! It was awesome! The gigantic fidget spinner was an absolute hit that the

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Paul Ryan‘s Democratic challenger is a veteran, an iron-worker, union organizer, cancer survivor and Berniecrat

Randy Bryce wants to challenge Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan for the First District of Wisconsin, where Ryan beat his most recent Democratic challenger by 35 points. (more)

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