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by mark frauenfelder

https://youtu.be/m9daxtL90XY I love this hand-cranked shell game automaton, built by Per Helldorff. And here's a flesh-and-blood shell game artist plying his trade on Westminster Bridge in London: https://youtu.be/kM61RPgUYIM The person who secretly...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, February 12, 2016
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The critically acclaimed War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict examines the ways in which the newspaper happily propagated the Bush Administration's lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that resulted...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, February 12, 2016
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Anorak received an urgent email from the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde: Subject: Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home Dr. Bakare Tunde Astronautics Project Manager National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, February 12, 2016
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https://youtu.be/N682eopajzA In this first episode of Scamalot, a new weekly series from Mashable, comedian James Veitch trolls a scammer who wants to give Veitch 50kg of free gold....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, February 12, 2016
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Andrew Taylor, 36, weighed 332 pounds on January 1st. He decided that was too much for him, and he resolved to eat nothing but potatoes for a year, in the hope that it will cure his binge eating. He shed 22 in January. He is also uploading videos of...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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The highly-rated Tronsmart Titan 10A/90W 5-Port USB Charger Charging Station with Quick Charge 2.0 Technology sells on Amazon for $38, but if you use code USBTITAN you can get it for $24....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, February 12, 2016
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Trapped in a Human Zoo is a documentary about Abraham Ulrikab and his family, who were lured from Labrador to Europe with false promises and then exhibited in zoos along with animals in the late 1800s. All eight family members died of smallpox in Europe,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, February 12, 2016
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https://youtu.be/qklUjcHxWCE Henry Rosario Martinez died at the age of 31. He loved poker, so his friends played one last game with him by propping up his corpse and giving him a large pile of chips. Despite Martinez's remarkable poker face, he didn't...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, February 12, 2016
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A sparrow followed an elderly Japanese woman home from her job as a crossing guard in November, and now lives with her and her husband. "He's like a family member - he's very comforting. It's fun, coming home to a sparrow," Yoshiko Fujino told Reuters....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Carly Ayres of the design website Core77 interviewed Crave designer and co-founder, Ti Chang about her considerations when designing the Bullet vibrator. The shape of the vibrator itself was developed over many iterations of refining the radius and curvature...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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https://youtu.be/1DHYbFpRMS4 Clip'wreck says: "Birds can be jerks, and the internet is full of proof. Be they duck, ostrich, swan, goose, crow, parrot, penguin, chicken or seagull, none can be trusted. Enjoy this compilation video of birds being rude,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Graphic designer Sean Tejaratchi made a couple of images depicting so-boring-they're-fascinating View-Master reel. Sean's site, Liar Town, USA is NSFW and very funny. I love everything he does:...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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It's interesting that OK Go released "Upside Down & Inside Out" on Facebook instead of YouTube. The masters of meticulously choreographed music videos, OK Go, just released their latest: a three-minute clip for their new single Upside Down &...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Ellen Chisa, the VP of product for Lola Travel, writes about how she strikes a balance between having a social life and enjoying her alone time as an introvert. Know your limits, and set rules. I’ve tried to set rules to help this happen. The best...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Here's how to make a bad game worse for everyone: With a second monopoly completed, your next task is to improve those properties to three houses each, then all of your properties to four houses each. Six properties with three houses will give you more...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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https://youtu.be/Mh5LY4Mz15o Bill Wurtz made this fun and informative 9-minute history of Japan....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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When an alternate explanation for what is being depicted in his Year of the Monkey poster was offered to illustrator Lehu Zhang, he said: that he can now see “some sexual things” in the work, but swears he didn’t intend that. “I’m not angry,”...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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https://youtu.be/xf2oMz_ECSQ It's a ciliate eat ciliate world. Filmed by Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum in the Netherlands. [via]...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Dan Colman of Open Culture recommends Star Trek Continues, "a critically-acclaimed, fan-produced webseries created by director and actor Vic Mignogna." I second his endorsement. The creators did an amazing job of capturing the fun and thrills of the...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Brian, a graduate student of Applied Mathematics at Columbia University, has a Tumblr called Fouriest Series where he posts his math and physics visualizations. His explanations are clearly written. He also provides the Mathematica code he used to create...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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