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The paperback of Walkaway is out today, along with reissues of all my adult novels in matching covers!

Today marks the release of the paperback of Walkaway, along with reissues of my five other adult novels, all in matching covers designed by the incredible Will Stahle (and if ebooks are your thing, check out my fair-trade ebook store, where you can get all my audiobooks and ebooks sold on the same terms as physical editions, with no DRM and no license agreements!).

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An ice-cream maker tries to figure out what AI ice-cream flavors derived from metal band-names would taste like

Janelle Shane (previously) is a delightful AI researcher who likes to use machine learning systems to produce absurd, inhuman outputs, such as a list of AI-created notional ice-cream flavors generated by merging a list of real ice-cream flavors with a list of metal band names and pressing "go." (more)

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Theranos‘s corporate culture was a nightmare

John Carreyrou broke the story of Theranos‘ epic medical fraud. At Wired he now takes a sharp look at its dysfunctional corporate culture, excerpted from his new book on the corrupt Silicon Valley unicorn‘s spectacular downfall, Bad Blood [Amazon]. Not all of it was Elizabeth Holmes, either. COO Sunny Balwani was a quietly stupid office tyrant: [Theranos‘] device remained very much a work in progress. The list of its problems

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This solar-powered device will keep you connected during an emergency

Handheld radios might seem a bit archaic, but in an emergency situation, few things will keep you as reliably connected to the outside world. ThisEmergency Multi-Function Radio Flashlight takes the utility of the tried-and-true radio and combines it with a powerful flashlight and self-sufficient energy system. It‘s available in the Boing Boing Store for 18.99. In addition to its bright, built-in LED flashlight, this multi-functional radio

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The emerging split in modern trustbusting: Alexander Hamilton‘s Fully Automated Luxury Communism vs Thomas Jefferson‘s Redecentralization

From the late 1970s on, the Chicago School economists worked with the likes of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Augusto Pinochet and Brian Mulroney to dismantle antitrust enforcement, declaring that the only time government should intervene is when monopolists conspired to raise prices -- everything else was fair game. (more)

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84K: A grim meathook future novel of exterminism, with a theory of change and a glimmer of hope in its centre

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X-Men: Grand Design 8 - In Cairo

Ed Piskor‘s offering an annotated page-by-page look at the first part of X-Men: Grand Design, his epic retelling of how Marvel comics‘ pantheon of heroes came to be. Catch up here. - Eds. Director‘s commentary The source material for this strip primarily comes from issue #117 of Uncanny X-Men and I absolutely recommend you check out this issue. It‘s one of my favorites. My ultimate goal for X-Men: Grand Design is to ma

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84: A grim meathook future novel of exterminism, with a theory of change and a glimmer of hope in its centre

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Eyeball planets

I‘m fascinated by painting of an extrasolar planet, credited to "Beau.TheConsortium" and apparently first posted to this SF Wiki. They‘re called "eyeball planets" -- similar to Earth, but tidally locked with their star, creating a vast polar ice cap on the dark side, a scorching desert facing the sun, and a band around the center where water melts from one side to the other and life happens. The extremes involved have made them a hot

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Royal Wedding "outtakes"

When I first started watching this "outtakes" video by entertainment site BlendTV, I thought it was real. They took the part of Harry and Meghan‘s wedding where they exchange their vows and made it better, or at least funnier, by redubbing it. (reddit)

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Henri le Chat Noir bids us "Oh, revoir"

Henri is a black cat with an "interminable sense of ennui." He unwittingly came across some internet fame back in 2007 when his caretaker Will Braden posted the first video of him in what would become a short, and quite popular, web series. Now, the feline philosopher has announced his retirement. Well, the time has come. My final video with the annoying thieving filmmaker is here. Now, I will finally be able to officially retire in peace a

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This is how you make a knife from gelatin

We‘ve seen kiwami japan make sharp instruments from such things as dried fish, wood, and aluminum foil. Now, the YouTuber is using green gelatin as the medium to make "the sharpest jello kitchen knife in the world." Because, sure, why not? (I can‘t be the only one who was reminded of this early 1990s hit by Green Jell-O, I mean Green Jell.) Previously: kiwami japan

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There‘s a new James album coming out!

If you came of age in the 1990s, you couldn‘t help but know the lyrics to at least one James song. Laid is great! Not just the single, but the whole damn record. But here‘s the thing: It‘s not the greatest tune that the band has churned out. In fact, since Laid hit the charts back in 1993, James has continued to make absolutely fabulous, soulful music. If you‘re not familiar with their catalog, there‘s no better t

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Some Simpson jokes that go over kids‘ heads

Children‘s shows often include jokes to give a little "nudge nudge wink wink" to grown-ups. I mean, who could forget the subversive bits in Looney Tunes or, say, Pee-wee‘s Playhouse? But this compilation by YouTube channel Best of Simpsons Characters is different, because The Simpsons isn‘t really a show for kids. It‘s just the Simpsons‘ jokes that they didn‘t get when they were little.

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Chernobyl pups find forever homes

Hey, remember a few months back when we told you about the dogs of Chernobyl? If not, long story short: when the nuclear power plant lost its shit back in the 1980s, everyone was evacuated so quickly that they were forced to leave their pets behind. The dogs living in the area were irradiated, but continued to breed. They went feral. Their numbers grew. But, when crews returned to the power plant with plans to clean the joint up, the dogs remembe

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If Amazon existed in the 1980s

Activate your willing suspension of disbelief because Squirrel Monkey‘s back with Wonders of the World Wide Web. In this episode, they envision Amazon, "the department store of the future," as a virtual department store in the eighties. It‘s not historically accurate by any means, but that‘s part of what makes it so fun to watch. Previously: If Siri existed in the 1980s

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Apple bends to Chinese government demands... again

One of the best reasons to buy a piece of Apple hardware, in my opinion, is the company‘s history of protecting the privacy of its customers. Provided you‘re not a customer living in China. You may recall that, a while back, iOS users in China lost the ability to download most VPN clients to their phones and tablets from the iTunes App Store-the Chinese government doesn‘t like their citizens to be able to anonymously access th

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Silly Putty is fun for most everyone

I still buy multi-packs of the red egg. My daughter is into Aaron‘s Thinking Putty, but I find Silly Putty to be the ultimate fidget toy. Lifting newsprint ruins the putty, so buy a few eggs at once. Original Silly Putty Pack #104-48 6 Pack via Amazon

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London‘s Variety Club for Kids: Cabaret for all ages, May 29/30

Showman Mat Ricardo (previously) writes, "I‘ve always thought it was a shame that the resurgence in cabaret and variety shows has tended to be adult-centric. Late night sexy circus shenanigans are all well and good, but variety shows should be for everyone - so I did something about it!" (more)

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Explaining marine invertebrate reproductive strategies to the lobster-obsessed Jordan Peterson

Alt-right darling Jordan Peterson is a big fan of hierarchies, which he says are innate to the human condition, something he knows because lobsters have social hierarchies. (more)

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Supreme Court rules that employers can make signing away your right to sue them in a class a condition of employment

Supreme Court Justice Neal Gorsuch used his stolen Supreme Court seat to carry the day for corporations against workers in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, ruling that employers could force potential employees to sign away their legal right to participate in class action suits as a condition of employment. (more)

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Supreme Court rules that employers can make signing away your right to sue them as a class a condition of employment

Supreme Court Justice Neal Gorsuch used his stolen Supreme Court seat to carry the day for corporations against workers in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, ruling that employers could force potential employees to sign away their legal right to participate in class action suits as a condition of employment. (more)

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Mark Dery visits the "David Bowie is" exhibit

My favorite culture critic, the inimitable Mark Dery, visited the "David Bowie is" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Author of the excellent "All the Young Dudes: Why Glam Rock Matters," Dery sees the exhibit as "a burial chamber for a rock god, replete with everything he‘ll need for the afterlife." From the Brooklyn Rail: Crepuscule with Bowie, I thought, not quite groping my way through the perpetual twilight of David Bowie is at t

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Supreme Court rules that employers can make signing away your right to sue them a condition of employment

Supreme Court Justice Neal Gorsuch used his stolen Supreme Court seat to carry the day for corporations against workers in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, ruling that employers could force potential employees to sign away their legal right to participate in class action suits as a condition of employment. (more)

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