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Enter the dangerous world of finger skateboarding

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:26:47 +0000


Fingers of Steel chronicles the hardcore world of finger skateboarding. Warning: some of the tricks are so gnarly you'll wonder how fingerboarder Chris Heck escapes with fingers intact. (more…)

This futuristic wallet handles your plastic

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:43:10 +0000


Traditional folding wallets are designed for paper bills—but these days, carrying cash is rarely a necessity. More often than not, I don't carry cash at all. This Bogui Clik Wallet is the best answer I've found for avoiding the hassle of those tight-fitting credit card pockets.

This attractive, minimalist wallet features a protective lip, so my cards don't fall out of my pocket. Everything is held in place with a simple metal clip that also doubles as a bottle opener, so you can still fit folded bills as well as up to eight cards and open your cold drinks. Additionally, this durable wallet is made from RFID-blocking materials, so you can stay safe from credit card skimmers.

I highly suggest this wallet for anyone looking to get a little more organized in 2017. For a limited time, get the Bogui Clik Wallet for just $42.99, 25% off retail.

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100 amazing years of Planned Parenthood in 4 minutes: THESE DOORS STAY OPEN

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:55:10 +0000


With Congress set to defund Planned Parenthood and millions of women and allies on the march across America, what better time to reacquaint yourself with this amazing, vital, brave organization that has withstood domestic terror, vile slander, and endless depredations to provide services to women for more than a century. (via Kottke)

After shutting down to protect user privacy, Lavabit rises from the dead

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:41:38 +0000


In 2013, Lavabit -- famous for being the privacy-oriented email service chosen by Edward Snowden to make contact with journalists while he was contracting for the NSA -- shut down under mysterious, abrupt circumstances, leaving 410,000 users wondering what had just happened to their email addresses. (more…)

Ball of Confusion, performed live by the Temptations

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:00:20 +0000



Can you "hear" flashes of light? Do you have synesthesia? Take a test.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:19:39 +0000


Can you "hear" motion or light flashes? If so, according to new research from City University London, you may be experiencing a not-so-rare form of synaesthesia. Synesthesia is the fascinating neurological phenomenon whereby stimulation of one sense involuntarily triggers another sensory pathway. For example, a synesthete might taste sounds or hear colors. (In this study, 8 out of 40 participants, a very high percentage, were considered to have hearing-motion synaesthesia.) Here is their test for you to take yourself. From The Guardian:

(This new study) suggests that many more of us experience a less intrusive version of (synesthesia) in which visual movements or flashes are accompanied by an internal soundtrack of hums, buzzes or swooshes. Since movements are very frequently accompanied by sounds in everyday life, the effect is likely to be barely discernible.

When tested under laboratory conditions, the “hearing motion” effect appeared to enhance a person’s ability to interpret fine visual movements, but also interfered with the ability to hear real sounds when visual and audio signals were mis-matched.

“These internal sounds seem to be perceptually real enough to interfere with the detection of externally-generated sounds,” said Freeman. “The finding that this ‘hearing-motion’ phenomenon seems to be much more prevalent compared to other synaesthesias might occur due to the strength of the natural connection between sound and vision.”

In a separate study, the team tested for the phenomenon in trained musicians and found that it was much more common in the group. It is not clear if this is due to a natural disposition to link sounds and visual cues or whether thousands of hours of training might have strengthened the neural circuitry behind the effect.


Light turnout for Trump inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:05:25 +0000


On the left, Obama. On the right, Trump. I guess no-one could find a dress.

An analysis of Donald Trump’s election win and the prospects for his presidency

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:58:37 +0000


Much has been said of Donald Trump's presidency, which begins today with his sparsely-attended inauguration in Washington, D.C. If there's one thing I found insightful and well-geared to the historical context of the moment, however, it's this thoughtful and ruminative longread from Tom Freeman.

Alien: Inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:24:28 +0000


Not sure about Neill Blomkamp's reboot of this classic franchise, but the poster's great! (Who made it?)

Animated series about Donald Trump's hair from Ferris Plock, Kelly Tunstall, Form & Fiction

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:20:21 +0000


Day Dreamers Limited -- the artist collective of Kelly Tunstall, Ferris Plock, and creative studio Form & Fiction -- are making an animated series starring Donald Trump's Hair as the protagonist! From Hair to the Throne:

Whenever the President drifts off to dreamland or is too busy Tweeting to notice, The Hair gets to work: undoing Trump’s wrongs, pacifying allies, counteracting hostilities, and unifying a divided nation....

This is not just a show about cheap laughs and making a mockery of our President. The overarching theme is the bipolar and symbiotic relationship between President Trump and The Hair, which together represent our divided nation.

Our plans are to have The Hair engage and challenge not only the characters in the fictional world of Hair to the Throne but in the real world as well. Just imagine for a moment, the delightful Twitter conversations @realTheHair will have with @realDonaldTrump as we hold our President accountable for being elected to the most powerful office in the free world. If every person whose voice was ignored on Election Day gives just one dollar, we will send the world a powerful statement, followed by even more powerful action. Only you can help us turn The Hair into a symbol for hope and democratic responsibility! #HopeIsInTheHair

Support "Hair To The Throne" on Kickstarter!


Watch soothing waves roll past a ship’s porthole

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:30:36 +0000


Just in case you need something to calm you down today.

[via Lucy Bellwood]

Listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s catchy salute to The West Wing

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:30:35 +0000


For The West Wing Weekly podcast, co-host Hrishikesh Hirway created an extended remix of the podcast’s theme song then had West Wing superfan Lin-Manuel Miranda write and record an ode to the Aaron Sorkin series. I'll be listening to this on a non-stop loop for the next four years. You can download both a clean or explicit version of the song right here.

Trump's budget eliminates Arts and Humanities Endowments, privatizes public broadcasting

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:15:45 +0000


Conservatives often threaten to cut funding for public arts, humanities, and broadcasting, but will Trump actually do it? White House staffers who have seen Trump's proposal say he doesn't like the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, so he plans to eliminate all three as federal programs. (more…)

This ASMR of vegetables defrosting may make you shudder with delight

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:00:44 +0000


Break out the headphones for this tingly and satisfying sound design of macro timelapse thawing of fruits and vegetables. The visuals are quote appetizing and lovely, but the sounds are what really make it amazing. (more…)

This sign just about sums it up

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:59:33 +0000


This is a Photoshop edit rather than an actual church sign, but either way, it hits the nail on the head.

Enchanting and whimsical papercraft buildings

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:45:40 +0000


Zim & Zou make these delightful hand-cut paper buildings for their Forest Folks display in Dubai. (more…)

Activists threw a queer dance party outside Mike Pence’s house on Wednesday

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:32:23 +0000


Equal parts defiant and celebratory, activists chose to protest incoming Vice President Mike Pence by throwing a queer dance party outside his rented D.C. house. The protest was organized by Werk For Peace, a grassroots organization created in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Founder Firas Nasr told Mic: “The work that we do is about taking our bodies out of the private into the public, using the street as our dance floor to claim space, occupy space to assert we are here and we will dance.” Pence is infamous for his anti-LGBTQ agenda but rather than merely attack him for his bigotry, the protest joyfully celebrated the queer community instead.

When Pence first rented a home in D.C., his neighbors protested his arrival by hanging up rainbow flags. Pence will now move into the Vice President's Residence.

[via Mic]

Here’s your soundtrack for Inauguration Day

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:30:51 +0000


Courtesy of YG & Nipsey Hussle.

Modelmaker creates an abandoned VW microbus

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:27:14 +0000


Starting with an off-the-shelf model of a VW microbus, Hernandez Dreamphography creates Inner Trip, a diorama of a weathered VW on a wintry field. (more…)

Watch a snowboarder survive an avalanche with an inflatable backpack

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:27:03 +0000


LiveLeaker w4chi posted a video of what it's like to survive an avalanche while wearing a special inflatable backpack. (more…)

Weather phenomenon of light pillars vs. northern lights

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:00:38 +0000


YouTuber and photographer Timmy Joe saw spectacular light pillars on an arctic January night from his northern Ontario home. He thought they were northern lights until he went to investigate. It's a totally different phenomenon, as he helpfully explains. (more…)

This pack of 3 extra-long iPhone cables is just $22

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:36:13 +0000


Using my iPhone while it's charging is always a hassle. With tucked-away outlets and the meager length of included lightning cables, comfortable scrolling while plugged in is annoying. These 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cables are super convenient and probably the best iPhone accessory purchase I've made.

At over three times the length of normal cables, these reach anywhere you need from under the bed to behind an office desk. They have MFi certification from Apple, meaning you can charge and sync without worrying about damaging your device. With three included, I keep one at home, one at work, and one in my purse.

For a limited time, get this 3-Pack of 10-ft Lightning Cables for just $22, 75% off the usual price, and never worry about forgetting your charging cable again.

China's private data-brokers will sell you full dossiers on anyone in the country

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:13:52 +0000


China is engaged in a bizarre dystopian experiment to use social network ratings to punish political dissidence, "antisocial behavior" and noncomformity, using data pulled from many sources, including purchases on China's major ecommerce networks like Alibaba; but you don't have to be the Chinese government to spy on people with an extraordinary degree of creepy precision: for a very small amount of money, China's private data-brokers will let you spy on anyone in the country. (more…)

Just look at this enamel bananashark pin

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:43:08 +0000


Just look at it. (via Gameraboy)

Read: an excerpt from Tropic of Kansas, a spookily prescient comic dystopia about trumpism

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:01:34 +0000


Christ Brown's debut novel, Tropic of Kansas, will be out in July -- but Brown finished it years ago, long before the darkly comic trumpian political intrigue it envisions became more like factual reporting than satire. (more…)

Barcelona government officially endorses Tor-based whistleblower platform

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:56:39 +0000


Xnet, a wonderful Spanish activist group, has created the Anti-Corruption Complaint Box, a whistleblowing platform for the city of Barcelona that allows people to file anonymous claims in a Globalleaks repository, with their anonymity protected by Tor. (more…)

Meitu's anime makeover app is a permission-grabbing privacy disaster

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:56:31 +0000


Meitu is one of Google Play's "Sand Hill" apps, part of the company's accelerator for apps with "viral potential" -- take a pic of yourself and Meitu will make you over to look like an anime character, and all they ask in return is every salient fact about you that can be gleaned from your mobile device. (more…)

Mark Zuckerberg sues over 100 Hawaiians to force them to sell them their ancestral land

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:48:22 +0000


In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg (who insists that privacy is dead) bought 100 acres of land around his vacation home in Hawaii to ensure that no one could get close enough to spy on him. (more…)

See a fantastically strange red seadragon on video for the first time

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:17:21 +0000


Scientists declared the ruby seadragon a new species in 2015, but that was based on dead specimens in a museum. Now though, Scripps Institution of Oceanography biologist Greg Rouse who led the team that originally discovered the species, managed to find two of the wonderful fish swimming around the Recherche Archipelago, off the south coast of Western Australia. Each one is about 10 feet long. Just kidding. They're 10 inches long. From National Geographic:

After four dives with a remote-controlled mini-submarine, they managed to film two ruby seadragons more than 167 feet underwater, as the fish swam through rocky gardens of sponges and nibbled at their prey, most likely tiny crustaceans called mysids...

...The footage confirms that ruby seadragons use a different means of camouflage than its closest relatives. Common and leafy seadragons are covered in leafy outgrowths meant to camouflage the fish as they swim through seagrasses. The ruby seadragon, however, lacks them—opting instead for a scarlet body, an efficient way to disguise itself from predators in the dark depths.

Most surprisingly, the video suggests that the ruby seadragon can use its curled tail to grasp objects.


Thinnest-ever electronic tattoos are capable of precision health monitoring

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:00:28 +0000


The graphene temporary tattoo seen here is the thinnest epidermal electronic device ever and according to the University of Texas at Austin researchers who developed it, the device can take some medical measurements as accurately as bulky wearable sensors like EKG monitors. From IEEE Spectrum:

Graphene’s conformity to the skin might be what enables the high-quality measurements. Air gaps between the skin and the relatively large, rigid electrodes used in conventional medical devices degrade these instruments’ signal quality. Newer sensors that stick to the skin and stretch and wrinkle with it have fewer airgaps, but because they’re still a few micrometers thick, and use gold electrodes hundreds of nanometers thick, they can lose contact with the skin when it wrinkles. The graphene in the Texas researchers’ device is 0.3-nm thick. Most of the tattoo’s bulk comes from the 463-nm-thick polymer support.

The next step is to add an antenna to the design so that signals can be beamed off the device to a phone or computer, says (electrical engineer Deji) Akinwande.