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Three Identical Strangers, a dark documentary about identical triplets who were separated-at-birth

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:17:08 +0000

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In 1980, two young men start the same community college and soon discover, after being mistaken for each other several times on campus, that they are twins. Their story gets crazier when they learn they have another brother, which makes them identical, separated-at-birth triplets. The trio becomes internationally famous. Then, as the documentary's trailer alludes, there is a dramatic twist, one that "unearths an unimaginable secret that has radical repercussions."

Word of warning: This is a strange-but-true story and there are spoilers aplenty out there on the internet. What I'm saying is, if you don't already know the story, don't go researching it now before seeing the film.

Three Identical Strangers premiered at Sundance and has a U.S. theatrical release date of June 29.

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Vsauce parody video

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:15:20 +0000

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Finlay Hogan is a young Australian man who faked an American accent to make this Vsauce parody video last year. It's pretty funny and I feel certain Michael Stevens, Vsauce himself, would laugh.

Here's another one, from 2014, from a different guy. His name is Jack Douglass and his video has over 4M views: https://youtu.be/x8DtojIWZC4

Previously: Vsauce went to Peru to experience ayahuasca

(reddit)




Judge was supposed to preside over a Pennsylvania couple's wedding. She called ICE on them instead

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:13:17 +0000

If you want to erode the public's trust in the legal system, making a court house an unsafe place to be, even during what's supposed to be a joyful occasion, is a great place to start. Just ask Alexander Parker and Krisha Schmick: They went to a courthouse in Pennsylvania, intent on getting married. The pair had known one another since high school and it seemed like the right time. There was just one problem – Alexander's skin was brown and the judge he and his bride were to stand before was a raging bigot. According to Newsweek, when Parker and Schmick stood before Judge Elizabeth Beckley in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, instead of presiding over their wedding ceremony, she called Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents to check out Parker. Parker, originally from Guatemala, was adopted by American parents and brought to the United States when he was eight months old – he is legally allowed to be in the country. He has the paperwork to prove it, too. But for some reason, maybe because, I dunno, HE WAS GETTING MARRIED, he forgot the official documents that proved his right to be in the country at home. All he had on him was a Guatemalan identification card. Court staff, believing for some reason that the document was a fake, contacted ICE to check Parker out. On his wedding day, when he should have been exchanging vows, Parker was answering questions. Instead of having a ring slipped on his finger, he was forced to provide fingerprints. A honeymoon with his wife? Nah: ICE warned that if he could not prove that he was in the country legally, he'd be whisked away to a detention center. As it turns out, ICE was able to verify that Parker was cool to be in the country. They apologized to him. Good enough! It gets better: once Judge Beckley was sure that Parker was allowed to be in the country, brown or not, she offered to continue with the wedding ceremony. Parker and Schmick, still traumatized by what had just happened to them, decided to accept: they'd had relatives come in from out of state to attend the wedding. Now, you could argue that the judge was just doing her job: She didn't have any proof that Parker had the right to be in the country. As a representative of the state of Pennsylvania, she was obligated to do so. Lemme tell you a story. My partner and I just finished spending six months in Texas' Rio Grande Valley. We decided that, after a number of years together, we didn't just want to get married: we wanted to get Texas married. When we went to the county clerk's office to get our marriage certificate, we told the attending clerk that we were Canadian. He shrugged, congratulated us and told us to let them know which courthouse we were going to so that they could send over the required documents. So, we did that. When we went to the courthouse, she in her wedding dress and I in an embroidered black suit (remember: Texas married,) we met the Judge. He asked us where we were from. We told him we were from Canada. "Are you going back?" was his response. It wasn't a joke. It was definitely a serious question. Our answer, of course, was yes – we were returning to Canada at the end of March. There was no talk of not being allowed to get married there. No threat of being checked out by ICE or anyone else. Just our vows, happiness, and a great meal thereafter with a small group of family and friends. There's no difference between the reasons that I, my wife, and the Parkers came to the courthouse. Alexander Parker and I have a lot in common: we were both born outside of the United States, looking to get married in an American court of law. I'd argue that Mr. Parker has more of a right to be in the United States than I do: He was adopted by Americans when he was a baby. I was just a long-term tourist. But I'm white. So, no threats or fingerprinting for me. Image: Allan Ajifo - https://www.flickr.com/photos/125992663@N02/14597585461/, CC BY 2.0, Link[...]



Lone Canadian cop takes down alleged mass murderer without firing a shot

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:59:32 +0000

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I was getting on a plane in Toronto yesterday when I heard the news that a van had been intentionally driven into a crowd of people. By the time I landed a few hours later in Calgary, word was that 10 people lost their lives in the attack. Just under 20 were wounded. I assumed that if he was found by the authorities, the alleged driver of the van would be toast. He or she would have no chance to be tried by a jury of peers; no option to stand before a judge. There'd be no justice, save what a bullet, by the driver's own hand or that of a police office, could afford.

This morning when I woke, I was amazed to see that this was not the case. A single Toronto Police Service constable managed to capture a suspect alive in the murder of those ten unfortunate souls. Despite the fact that the suspect menaced the officer, his demanded to be killed, and constantly reached for a firearm – which turned out not to have been there – the suspect ended up in handcuffs instead of a body bag.

The Canadian Broadcast Corporation's got what little footage of the event there is, along with commentary on how a police service that was once known for its heavy-handed tactics identified its aggression as a problem and fought to change its ways. Through frequent deescalation courses, Toronto's Police Service is changing its officer's responses to violent situations, slowly, but with measurable success. Is their police force perfect? Hell no. But its trying to change in the name of better serving the people it is sworn to protect. That's better than nothing. It gives me hope that, no matter how much of a bigoted, bro-cultured mess that law enforcement in Canada and the United States may currently be, it can be changed for the better.

It may take us years or decades to do so, but footage like this makes me believe that we can get there.




Senate confirms Paul Nakasone to head NSA and U.S. Cyber Command

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:22:50 +0000

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The U.S. Senate today confirmed President Donald Trump’s selection to lead the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Paul Nakasone will replace Mike Rogers, who is retiring.

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MSNBC's Joy Reid says anti-gay posts on her old blog were 'fabricated', Internet Archive responds

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:30:28 +0000

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MSNBC news host Joy Reid has been the focus of controversy this week over her old blog, and her assertion that someone may have manipulated the Wayback Machine's archive of that content to make her look bad.

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Paul Manafort was interviewed twice by FBI years before he joined Trump's political campaign

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:04:27 +0000

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The FBI interviewed Paul Manafort two times when he worked as a consultant for a political party in Ukraine aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in March 2013 and July 2014--that's long before Manafort teamed up with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. (more…)




SEC fines Yahoo (now Altaba) $35 million over massive data breach

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:26:08 +0000

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How the once mighty have fallen.

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Good deals on Arduino Nano clones

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:41:43 +0000

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The Arduino Nano is like a miniature Arduino Duemilanove not only is it tiny, but you can stick it into a breadboard. It costs $22, which is a good price for a genuine Arduino product, but since it is open source, there are a lot of low price clones available. Here's a 3-pack on Amazon for $13. Here's a 5-pack for $19. If you only need one, you can get it for $8, which includes the cable.




Man in green suit on baseball field recreates iguana escape scene from Planet Earth II

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:11:24 +0000

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In this split screen GIF we see the same story told in two different ways.

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Prof says he'll grade students on a curve, so they organize a boycott of the exams and all get As

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:54:31 +0000

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Johns Hopkins Computer Science prof Professor Peter Fröhlich grades his students on a curve: the highest score on the final gets an A and everyone else is graded accordingly. (more…)




A pro-Trump avatar troll hacked the instagram account of another avatar

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:33:34 +0000

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Miquela Sousa and Bermuda are computer avatars with Instagram accounts. The humans who post on their behalf are anonymous.

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Man gets 50 years in prison for $1.2-million fajita scam

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:13:09 +0000

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For nine years a Texas gentleman was making a fortune with a fajita scam.

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AI system turns hand-drawn sketches into website templates

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:10:50 +0000

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"Our team has begun exploring methods to bring testing time to zero," says Benjamin Wilkins, a design technologist at Airbnb. One method his team is exploring is this software that scans of a hand drawn sketch of a website prototype and turns it into actual website code.

This system has already demonstrated massive potential. We’ve experimented using the same technology to live-code prototypes from whiteboard drawings, to translate high fidelity mocks into component specifications for our engineers, and to translate production code into design files for iteration by our designers.

As the design systems movement gains steam and interfaces become more standardized, we believe that artificial intelligence assisted design and development will be baked into the next generation of tooling. We’re excited to share our work with the broader community of designers and developers that are exploring this emerging field and to see where this leads. Stay tuned for future updates as we continue to experiment and build. In next post of the series, Design Tools Manager Lucas Smith will dive into some of the research and literature that informs our approach.

Image: Airbnb Design




Cops shoot man, then interrupt his funeral to press his corpse's finger to his Iphone

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:02:11 +0000

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Linus F. Phillip was 30 years old when Largo, Florida cops shot him when he drove his car away from a gas-station where he had been stopped by police. (more…)




The difference between homeopathy and naturopathy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:46:47 +0000

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Naturopathy uses plants and tinctures as medicines. A lot of of naturopathy is hokum, but some of the treatments actually work. A simple example is an orange. If you eat enough oranges, you can ward off scurvy. That's because oranges contain ascorbic acid. Homeopathy, on the other hand, uses tiny amounts of compounds derived from plants, animals, and non living substances, but it is very different from naturopathy, because it never works. Popular Science explains the difference between homeopathy, naturopathy, and pharmaceuticals.

Water doesn’t have memory. Even if some of the remedies used as active ingredients in homeopathic drugs did cure headaches and joint pain, diluting them down thousands of times would only handicap their ability to help you. The NIH notes that “there is little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition” and that “several key concepts of homeopathy are inconsistent with fundamental concepts of chemistry and physics.” The European Academies’ Scientific Advisory Council similarly concludes that “there are no known diseases for which there is robust, reproducible evidence that homeopathy is effective beyond the placebo effect” and that “the claims for homeopathy are implausible and inconsistent with established scientific concepts.”

Image: By Chamille White/Shutterstock




Trump brushes "dandruff" off French President's suit

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:41:52 +0000

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j22BQe5L3bM

In lieu of upgrading his once-formidable handshake, the President has a new alpha roll: brushing dandruff from Emmanual Macron's suit. It's a perfectly Trumpian neg, a gesture of passive-aggressive buffoonery that makes him look strong to his fans and weak to his foes. Everyone else just has to smile, like Macron, and hope for the best.




The problem isn't that Facebook is creepy, it's that it's creepy AND HUGE

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:34:32 +0000

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Writing in Wired, Rep David N. Cicilline [D-RI], the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary’s Antitrust Subcommittee; and Terrell McSweeny, outgoing Democratic commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission write about the real problem with Facebook: it's a creepy, surveillant company that's also really, really big. (more…)




Trump flicks dandruff off of Macron's jacket at Oval Office meeting

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:32:50 +0000

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Trump never ceases to show himself as the uncouth buffoon that he is. During his Oval Office meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron's this morning, he went into chimp mode by picking and wiping off a supposed piece of dandruff from the French president's jacket. President Macron was a good sport about it, pretending it was normal for one world leader to groom another in public. Yeesh.




Thanks to streaming, recording industry revenues are back up to pre-internet levels, but musicians are poorer than ever

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:07:11 +0000

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Since the days of Napster, record labels have recruited recording artists as allies in their fight against unauthorized music services, arguing that what was good for capital was also good for labor. (more…)




Florida teen apologies for grammatically incorrect sign that was also racist

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:32:41 +0000

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A young man from Florida hoped to impress a potential prom date with a sign reading "IF I WAS BLACK I'D BE PICKING COTTON,BUT I'M WHITE SO I'M PICKING U 4 Prom?"

The Huffington Post:

Acting principal Kathy Wilks sent this message to parents:

“We want to make everyone aware of a student’s social media post that has caused a very concerning situation. It involves one of our seniors and his ‘promposal’ to another student.

“It was racial in nature and administration became aware of it last night. Many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents as well as the subsequent commentary to the post. Riverview High School absolutely does not condone or support the message conveyed in this post.”

It isn't clear from the story if the target of his romantic proposal agreed to go to prom with him.




It's 2018, and Google just proposed an instant messaging tool with no encryption

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:41:34 +0000

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It's 2018, five years after Edward Snowden's documents revealed the scope of US and allied mass surveillance; after a string of revelations about creepy private-sector cyber-arms-dealers who sell spying tools to stalkers, criminals, and autocratic governments, Google has proposed "Chat," a new Android standard for instant messaging with no encryption and hence zero protection against snooping. (more…)




A handheld version of Oregon Trail!

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:22:24 +0000

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The Oregon Trail Handheld Game is a Target exclusive at $25, but for $29.20 you can get resold/new ones with Prime -- it's a straight port of the Apple ][+ game with a specialized keypad, about the size of a G1 Gameboy. (via Red Ferret)




Make your mark on the web with this complete WordPress training

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:00:01 +0000

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The web is an invaluable tool for connecting small businesses with their target audiences. However, when it comes to building a website and marketing online, the learning curve can be steep if you're doing it on your own. The WordPress Essentials Lifetime Bundle can help you out by getting you up to speed with the platform that powers nearly half of the world's websites as well as a host of other tools. It's currently on sale in the Boing Boing Store for $19.

This four-course collection guides you through the essentials of creating a WordPress site, managing SEO, building a brand online, and enhancing your technical skills with today's most popular programming tools. You'll dive into what it takes to write sales-driven copy online, enhance your site with CSS and HTML, and foster a number of other skills centered around enhancing your company's digital footprint.

You can start your foray into web development with the WordPress Essentials Lifetime Bundle, on sale for $19 today.




Gorgeous, betentacled machined sculpture from Chris Bathgate: the BU 622411311751

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:57:32 +0000

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Machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) is taking a break from small fidget toys and has returned to large format work with the BU 622411311751, which has a distinctly cthuloid/tentacly aspect. (more…)




ISO rejects the NSA's IoT crypto standard, believing it to be backdoored

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:50:17 +0000

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For three years, International Standards Organization has been wrangling over which cryptographic algorithms will be incorporated into a standard for interoperability in "Internet of Things" gadgets; at issue has been the NSA's insistence that "Simon" and "Speck" would be the standard block cipher algorithms in these devices. (more…)




Artist creates portraits from intricate string art

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:19:38 +0000

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Slovenian designer and web developer Sašo Krajnc, aka Cvern, says he has always been amazed by string art. He creates large pieces in round frames that depict eyes, faces, animals, and patterns. (more…)






Video essay on how video essays deceive you

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:19:34 +0000

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YouTube BluShades creates video essays, and that experience has prompted him to examine how video essays deceive you. (more…)




Driver stuck at red light figures out clever trick to make them go green

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:18:32 +0000

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I came for one weird trick; I stayed for the laughter.