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by mark frauenfelder

https://youtu.be/WzbHi7Lbz00 I'm ashamed to admit that I never learned much about the International Space Station. But after seeing the IMAX 3D documentary A Beautiful Planet, I feel like I spent 45 minutes in it, and it was emotional and thrilling....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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This fellow has volunteered to make sure the people who use a women's restroom in Texas look and dress the way he and other frightened jackasses want them to look and dress. From Jezebel: Reporter Eric Nicholson writes that the video was shot by Jessica...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, April 29, 2016
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The Bru Joy Stainless Steel Garlic / Ginger Press is $20 on Amazon. The Bru Joy Enameled Aluminum Bowl Lemon Squeezer is $13. If you add both to your cart and use coupon code GM843I2D at final checkout you can get them both for $20....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Here are the best parts of Peter Sellers' Being There. The series of out-takes behind the closing credits of 'Being There' -- the Peter Sellers classic -- must be one of the funniest sequences on film. I have included a couple of clips from the body...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, April 29, 2016
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We might only think we have free will, says Adam Bear, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at Yale. In this Scientific American article he offers the possibility that our belief that we make decisions is just a byproduct of our predetermined activity. "Perhaps...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, April 29, 2016
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From Futility Closet: In 1944, manager Maury Maverick sent this memo to the workers at his government agency. This is the first known usage of gobbledygook to refer to obscure jargon. It wouldn’t be the last.(From the National Archives.) From Wikipedia:...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Online services that trick you into signing up for an automatically billed subscription and force you to call customer service to cancel are evil. Whenever I sign up for a service, I try to do it through PayPal, which makes it easy to cancel payment....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Before humans descended on the island of Madagascar there was a species of lemur as a big as gorilla. Today, the largest lemur weighs 20 lbs. (The smallest, the mouse lemur, weighs 1.1 oz, and has "the smallest known brain of any primate, at just 2 grams,"...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, April 29, 2016
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In a 1971 Playboy interview John Wayne expressed his views on blacks ("irresponsible") and native Americans ("selfish"). These comments came back to haunt Wayne's legacy when California lawmakers nixed Orange County Assemblyman Matthew Harper's proposal...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, April 29, 2016
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The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems is a 512-page collection of puzzles from the Martin Gardner's beloved Scientific American column. The easier puzzles are at the front of each section, and become more difficult as you progress. Here's one...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, April 29, 2016
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The Anker Aluminum Portable Wireless Speaker sells on Amazon for $36, but you can get it for $16 if you use the code WOWDEALA at check-out. It plays music from phones and tablets via Bluetooth and accepts a Micro SD card loaded with audio files, too....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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In this video, Adam and Norm from Tested build Iron Giant screws from a kit. "We get to assembling the electronics of the kit, and then Adam and Norm each take different approaches for the painting and finishing."...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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When game critic Jim Sterling uses video clips of the games he reviews on YouTube, the game companies claim copyright ownership of the video and run ads on Sterling's reviews. He doesn't like that because his videos are funded by Patreon and he doesn't...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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On the left: a Colby Walkmac, "the first battery-operated Macintosh computer and first portable Mac with a LCD display." "What will the next 25 years bring?" asks Clifford Pickover. My guess is the next one will be invisible. The difference 25 years...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's Snowden. Stone went to Russia and met with Snowden several times during the production of the movie, so hopefully it will be somewhat accurate, but you never know with Stone....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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One of my all-time favorite books is Ron Hale-Evans' Mind Performance HacksMindhacker (co-written with Marty Hale-Evans) The first tip in the book is a classic, but I suspect many people don't know it. It's a way to make a mental list of ten things....
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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