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Game platform Steam set to ban sexy toons

Steam is reportedly cracking down on "scantily clad cartoon women" in its online gane platform. Publishers of adult-themed anime visual novels say they‘ve been told to remove offending titles or leave town. "It‘s an anime titty holocaust," HuniePot, the developer of HuniePop, a match-3 puzzle game where players also chat up busty anime girls, said in a tweet. Thursday night, HuniePot tweeted that it received an email from Valve, the

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The Rammellzee universe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I56Kkxh_os Rammellzee (previously) -- artist, graffiti writer, hip hop musician, masked performer, Gothic Futurist -- died in 2010, leaving a mysterious body of work. Hua Hsa explores his spectacular mythology. [via Metafilter] ...language enforced discipline, and that whoever controlled it could steer people‘s thoughts and imaginations. His hope wasn‘t to replace English; he wanted to annihilate it

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The largest art theft in history remains unsolved

In 1990, two thieves dressed as policemen walked into Boston‘s Gardner museum and walked out with 13 artworks worth half a billion dollars. After 28 years the lost masterpieces have never been recovered. In this week‘s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we‘ll describe the largest art theft in history and the ongoing search for its solution. We‘ll also discover the benefits of mustard gas and puzzle over a surprising

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Photoshop was first sold as Barneyscan XP

Adobe‘s Photoshop, the all-conquering image manipulation software that now anchors the subscription-based Creative Suite, was originally written in Pascal and distributed under the name "Barneyscan XP" for its first licensor. Not long after... The fate of Photoshop was sealed when Adobe, encouraged by its art director Russell Brown, decided to buy a license to distribute an enhanced version of Photoshop. The deal was finalized in April 1

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Chimp in a ball pit

Project Chimps put chimps in a ball pit and the chimps were happy: "Chimpanzees love ball pits too!"

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How everyone in Ireland feels about the British royal wedding

Let‘s check in with Michael, who has thoughts on the nuptials of the lizard prince.

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Tom the Dancing Bug: Our Nation‘s Leaders Analyze the Data on USA‘s Gun Violence

FOR THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE, AND THEIR SUMMER READING: Get Ruben Bolling‘s hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures. "The EMU Club inhabits exactly the world I always hoped to live in when I was 12, when the answer to questions like ‘Where did I put my toy‘ led inevitably to alien conspiracies and secret underground tunnels. A book for the curious and adventurous!" -Cory Doctorow, author of "For the Win" and "Little

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Leggings inspired by dazzle camouflage

No one will doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion in Standard Rainbow‘s leggings. Their geometric patterns are inspired by the "dazzle camouflage," the experimental paint jobs used on World War I battleships to confuse enemy submarine gunners. P.S. There are also totebags. Previously: "Dazzle camouflage" on BB Congrats, Evan Wagoner-Lynch! USS Nebraska image via Wikipedia (public domain), totes image via Standard Rainbow

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A funk cover of "Sweet Child O‘ Mine"

Here‘s a fab funk cover of Guns N‘ Roses‘ 1988 hit single "Sweet Child O‘ Mine" featuring the powerful vocals of Mario Jose. Now, here‘s the backstory of the band behind the cover: In 2017, Patreon‘s founder and CEO Jack Conte started a band (no, not that one) with his buddy-since-high-school Ryan Lerman, a funk band called Scary Pockets. Conte shares how the band formed: Ryan and I started brainstormin

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Franz Harary Produces a Marching Band

You likely haven‘t heard of magician Franz Harary, an American who‘s fame and fortune have come from performing mostly in Asia. Not only is Franz a fine performer, but he‘s also one of the most respected creators of illusions. Recently he produced an entire marching band-I kid you not-using one of his own methods. No CGI here folks, just a magician doing something really clever that will leave you bewildered.

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Delaware! Tonight, a public vote will determine the fate of one of the state‘s most important libraries

Walter Stabosz writes, "Delaware was the first state to ratify the US constitution, giving it the moniker ‘The First State.‘ It is also the second smallest state, and has only three counties. Tonight in Delaware‘s most populous county, New Castle County, there will be a vote that may decide the fate of a library built in one of New Castle‘s most underserved and at-risk communities. (more)

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Watch: A Bad Lip Reading of the Royal Wedding

I‘ve been patiently awaiting this Bad Lip Reading of the Royal Wedding, and, I have to say, it was worth the wait. "Let‘s all try to be the best squirrel in the hole." Previously: Bad Lip Reading videos on BB

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Delware! Tonight, a public vote will determine the fate of one of the state‘s most important libraries

Walter Stabosz writes, "Delaware was the first state to ratify the US constitution, giving it the moniker ‘The First State.‘ It is also the second smallest state, and has only three counties. Tonight in Delaware‘s most populous county, New Castle County, there will be a vote that may decide the fate of a library built in one of New Castle‘s most underserved and at-risk communities. (more)

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Where to find me at Phoenix Comics Fest this week

I‘m heading to Phoenix Comics Fest tomorrow (going straight to the airport from my daughter‘s elementary school graduation) (!), and I‘ve got a busy schedule so I thought I‘d produce a comprehensive list of the places you can find me in Phoenix: (more)

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Watch how machine learning can enhance low-light images

At this year‘s Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, researcher Chen Chen presented a cool project that vastly improves the quality of images captured in low-light conditions. Via his presentation: Imaging in low light is challenging due to low photon count and low SNR. Short-exposure images suffer from noise, while long exposure can induce blur and is often impractical. A variety of denoising, deblurring, and enhanc

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Peter Egan talks about his 1976 BMW R90 S and some other bike

Without question the 1976 BMW R90s is the high watermark of motorcycle design and engineering. I absolutely love mine. Listening to Peter Egan, a legendary motorcycle journalist, talk about his and some other bike he compares it to, is a lot of fun. If Egan had a Daytona Orange model no one would have noticed the other bike. Daytona Orange is not only faster, it handles better.

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Free pulp sci-fi, mystery, crime and fantasy magazines? Yes please!

I love low-rent pulp magazines from the 1920s right through to the early 1980s. Trashy, flashy and a constant pleasure to read, I used to own a ton of the things in varying conditions. If I saw it and it was still in a condition where I could read it, I‘d fork over folding money for the privilege of inhaling the smell of rotting, low quality paper and the sweet sense of abuse one can enjoy at the mercy of ham-handed prose. Unfortunately, I

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Watch Neo hide from Lundbergh

This classic mashup of The Matrix and Office Space holds up, so ICYMI, enjoy this well-edited clip of Neo hiding from Lundbergh while taking a call from Milton. (more)

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9 magnetic desk phone mount

I already have a metal plate on the back of my phone case because I use it with my magnetic car mount, so this magnetic desk mount looks like a good way to hold my phone on my desk. If your phone doesn‘t come with a plate, this mount includes one. It‘s regularly 15, but if you use code 87HFODR4 at checkout on Amazon, it‘s 9.

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Mickey Rooney gets plaque for his career playing women‘s soccer

Or maybe Gary Busey. That‘s supposed to be Brandi Chastain, recently inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Here‘s a side-by-side to see who this resembles more: (more)

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How Wim Hof, "The Iceman," withstands such extreme temperatures

Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof is known for chilly feats like the world‘s longest ice bath and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in just a pair of shorts. (Hof is the subject of the recent New York Times bestseller "What Doesn‘t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength" by Scott Carney.) Now, researchers from Wayne State University‘s School of Medicine recen

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Octopi are not from space, but disappointment is real

The pretty far reaching study we blogged last week, about Octopi coming from outer space, is really most likely, probably, near certainly not true. Via Space.com For evidence of the panspermia hypothesis, the authors wrote in their new paper, skeptics need only look to the octopus. Octopuses have complex nervous systems, camera-like eyes and a capacity for camouflage that evolved suddenly and without precedent in their family tree, accord

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Thanks for the wine, beer, bread, and yeast infections, China

Yeast has brought a lot of joy into the world, but its evolutionary origins were unclear until scientists did a worldwide genomic survey of the humble organism. Based on the genetic diversity of strains found in China, they concluded that its origin is almost certainly in that part of the world. (more)

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Eric B. and Rakim‘s "Paid in Full" is still just fantastic

One of the best rap songs, and rap videos, of all time. Currently on tour again, after a years long hiatus, Eric B. and Rakim have been in my playlist since Paid in Full‘s debut in 1987.

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