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Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:38:53 GMT

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"...early retirement EARNED."

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:38:53 GMT

Dr. McNinja, the comedy/action webcomic created, written and mostly drawn by Christopher Hastings, has come to the end of its 12½ year saga (previously here, soon after it started). In his adventures he has defeated an Evil Fast Food Clown, Dracula, and a dimension-hopping King from the Radical Lands, with his allies including his McNinja family, the clone of Ben Franklin, a gorilla, a velociraptor and a 12-year-old boy with an awesome mustache. Hastings is now busy writing dead-tree comics, including the Adventure Time series, The Unbelievable Gwenpool and other Marvel projects. And he doesn't hire night janitors either.

My sign-in sheet is as empty as my soul right now.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:54:36 GMT

"A bird lands outside my window. I invite him in to learn about algebra. He declines and flies away. I hope a cat eats him. #Classwatch2017" A moment in the sad, lonely school day of Adam Heath Avitable (‏@avitable).

This is why we can't have nice things

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:47:09 GMT

"The Kingdom of speech" is a literary Sharknado of error and self-satisfaction, with borderline racism and anti-Semitism mixed in. In which E.J. Spode reviews Tom Wolfe's latest book, with special guest appearances by George Lyell and Ali G. (via)

Inverted Aquariums

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:44:10 GMT

It's like a fish penthouse where your fish can get above your pond waterline. Some others. The Romaurie effect.

Listening for the country

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:00:29 GMT

Dr. Zandria Robinson writes in memory of her father. The article, a finalist for the National Magazine award, is part of her memoir-in-progress. Listen to Dr. Robinson read part of the work here.

America's Best Security Blanket: Meet the Woobie

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:28:41 GMT

"There have been some amazing military innovations over the years: freeze-dried food for MREs, jet aircraft, rail guns, and the soul-sucking website, Army Knowledge Online. But none of these compare to the simplest, most wonderful invention known to mankind: the poncho liner, affectionately known by all those who have felt its life-giving warmth as the 'woobie.'"

Related, previously: It's not cold outside; you just don't know how to dress.

The Complicated History of Headscarves

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:44:49 GMT

The headscarf has been banned, made mandatory, hailed as a symbol of religious virtue, accepted as a means of controlling female sexuality, and politicized by governments and colonizers across the world. Manipulated and misinterpreted, it is seen as both a sign of liberation and imprisonment, of progress and regression. It's a source of friction both outside and inside the communities that wear it.

Impossibly Intricate Embroideries

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:19:57 GMT

"New Impossibly Intricate Embroideries by Chloe Giordano" Colossal: "We continue to be enthralled by the work of Chloe Giordano [...] who produces everything from tiny coin-sized depictions of woodland creatures to entire book covers typography and all. The Oxford-based illustrator is entirely self-taught, learning her craft "through a lot of trying things out and messing them up." Each piece is deeply connected to her pencil drawings, as she works out many of the details on paper before turning to thread. Giordano frequently fields questions on her Tumblr and you can follow more of her progress on Instagram."

A 2.5-year old previously -- this is new work.

Purple mountain majesties

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:15:06 GMT

Conor Knighton is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. During the course of 2016, he visited all 59 U.S. national parks in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. At every park, he stopped and recorded himself singing "America The Beautiful," and made this compilation video in which you can get a glimpse of them. (Instagram) [h/t Miss Cellania]

An exceptional archive of paintings of children around the world

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:55:22 GMT

I Am A Child – Children in Art History, more than 3,100 artists and more than 30,000 paintings. A sampling of various artists' works from horrific depictions of children in war to gently sublime storybook illustrations.

Site created by Marco Regali

Children in Art History Facebook page

So many marvelous artists with many different styles, a random few of them: Maurice Sendak | Ken Danby | Chuah Thean Teng | Henry Jules Jean Geoffroy | David Graeme Baker | Johann Zoffany

"Those rules of thumb don't apply to hard tech startups"

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:30:29 GMT

How to Build a Hard Tech Startup | CEO Jason Rosenthal deep-dives into the trials and tribulations surrounding the development of Lytro Cinema technology.

Below are the lessons we've learned so far about how to build a hard tech startup. Although the examples are specific to Lytro, I believe they apply more generally to companies trying to build anything radically new leveraging cutting edge technology.

Lytro previously

We wanted to come up with a different approach

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:56:23 GMT

The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016. The percentage who have ever used cannabis is down from 17 per cent to 7 per cent. Those smoking cigarettes every day fell from 23 per cent to just 3 per cent. This is how Iceland did it and why the Icelandic strategy for preventing/reducing teen substance use may or may not work elsewhere.

"Well, maybe I can make a mansion out of a series of linked yurts"

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:11:32 GMT

The audiobook for George Saunders's debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, will be narrated by Nick Offerman, Julianne Moore, Miranda July, Ben Stiller, Don Cheadle, Keegan Michael Key, David Sedaris, Susan Sarandon, Carrie Brownstein, a dozen other A-listers, top audiobook narrators, the author's close friends and family, volunteers from Random House, and the author himself to form a 166 voice American chorale.

Penguin Random House Audio is applying for a Guinness World Record. Listen to a clip here.

The acclaimed short story writer's debut novel is about Abraham Lincoln mourning his son Willie in a graveyard full of ghosts.

Random House's page for Lincoln in the Bardo, including author interview.

LitHub asks (and doesn't really answer), "The First Truly Blockbuster Audiobook?"

ht Electric Literature

What's been released of the cast:

Nick Offerman as HANS VOLLMAN
David Sedaris as ROGER BEVINS III
Carrie Brownstein as ISABELLE PERKINS
Lena Dunham as ELISE TRAYNOR
Ben Stiller as JACK MANDERS
Julianne Moore as JANE ELLIS
Susan Sarandon as MRS. ABIGAIL BLASS
Bradley Whitford as LT. CECIL STONE
Bill Hader as EDDIE BARON
Megan Mullally as BETSY BARON
Keegan-Michael Key as ELSON FARWELL
Don Cheadle as THOMAS HAVENS
Kirby Heyborne as WILLIE LINCOLN,
and Cassandra Campbell as Your Narrator

George Saunders previously on the blue.

"What an incredible place (heart-eyes emoji)"

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:48:17 GMT

Yolocaust re-contextualizes selfies taken at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. (Trigger warning: use of historical death camp photography.)

Forum Drama. Forum Drama Everywhere.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:43:05 GMT

The Alt-Right's Meltdown Is Just Like Any Other Message Board Drama (single link Buzzfeed, by Katie Notopoulos)

A Francesinha

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:34:55 GMT

When picturing a francesinha, imagine a croque monsieur — the delicious baked or grilled French ham and cheese sandwich — that got extremely angry, hulked out into a muscle-bound edible behemoth and was then doused by the attendant cook with a zesty beer-and-tomato sauce to prevent any further, monsterlike growth.

Portugal's Glorious Calorie Bomb of a Sandwich
Porto's francesinha sandwich is a gut buster
Francesinha (Portuguese Sandwich)
Vegan francesinha (English)
Vegan francesinha (Portuguese)
Xef cooking Vegetarian Francesinha and Caipirinha (ft Restepa) [NSFW - language]
Related: People Try Portuguese Food For The First Time [BuzzFeed]

Live From the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago...

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:04:41 GMT

Tom Hanks guest hosts on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, with panelists Luke Burbank, Paula Poundstone, and Faith Salie, and Simone Biles playing Not My Job. AV Club was there, and apparently it was an interesting night. Chicago Tribune was also there.