“The U.S. government wants to use an obscure procedure—amending a federal rule known as Rule 41— to radically expand their authority to hack,” the EFF says. “The changes to Rule 41 would make it easier for them to break into our computers, take data, and engage in remote surveillance.
After 5 years of pretty much exclusively using my Bodum teapot I have gotten so used to it I only notice the process when I’m not at home and have to use a different teapot.
I like having a big pot of tea sitting on my desk while I work on the computer but with most teapots the tea continues to gain in strength the longer it stays in the pot; unless you want to outright remove the tea which is nothing but a hot mess. This is the best teapot in my experience for being able to brew tea that can stay in the pot but not continue steeping and increasing in strength.
The system is very simple, the strainer inside the teapot has no holes in its bottom section so when the plunger is fully depressed the tea cannot continue to soak in the water as it has been cut off and sealed in the bottom of the strainer.
I use it whenever I’m at home and can have 1 liter of tea that is of a consistent strength sitting on my desk, making the only other issue I have to deal with the fact that eventually it will go cold which is an issue I have not found a solution to other than drinking the tea.
I was not able to find the exact porcelain model I have online anymore, it seems like Bodum may have discontinued it but they make the same size and shape pot out of borosilicate glass (the stuff pyrex is made from) so if anything its now stronger and more shatter resistant if dropped plus since its now clear you can see exactly how much tea is left in the pot. — Thomas Webster
Gallium is a metal that melts at 86 degrees F. It’s more fun than playing with mercury, and probably safer, too (it *will* temporarily stain your skin gray though, because it’s “wet” when liquid and will adhere to the crevices of your skin). My daughter’s friend brought some over a couple of weeks ago, and it was such a hit at our house that we had to get some of our own. This 20 gram sample is just $10 including shipping on Amazon.
Don’t let the cover art scare you away! The Chronicles of Benjamin Jamison are fun, hero beats the odds, space opera fun. In Thomas Wright’s first installment, Call Sign Reaper, we meet familiar characters, then and head off on a familiar plot!
Retired special forces type space guy Ben was drummed out of the service on trumped up charges. Instead of disappearing to the Los Angeles underground, he spends a couple months off. Ben is recruited back into service via a bar fight, and an attractive commanding officer. You do know where this is going, right? Get ready to roll your eyes.
Thomas Wright gets this genre, and clearly enjoys it. The story rollicks along, and the characters are just getting going. You
Standard indie novel warning: lots of folks have complained of the editing, but I enjoyed the stories enough to not notice much. The novel was free via Kindle Unlimited.
In 2009, President Obama pledged to “restore science to its rightful place.” He said, “We will not just meet, but we will exceed the level achieved at the height of the space race, through policies that invest in basic and applied research, create new incentives for private innovation, promote breakthroughs in energy and medicine, and improve education in math and science.”
Today, the White House released an Impact Report listing 100 things that Obama has made happen with the support of many people across research, policy, education, and, yes, maker culture. Here’s the full Impact Report. A few examples from the list:
• Prioritized and encouraged broad participation in STEM education. The President’s Educate to Innovate campaign, launched in November 2009, has resulted in more than $1 billion in private investment to improve K-12 STEM education. The Nation is on track to meet the President’s January 2011 State of the Union goal to put 100,000 additional excellent STEM teachers in America’s classrooms by 2021. The President has helped showcase to students—including through events such as the White House Science Fair—that science, math, engineering, and computer programming are deeply compelling subjects that can help solve problems locally and globally.
• Fostered a nation of makers. The President hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire; highlighted the growing importance of additive manufacturing by being the first President to be 3D scanned for his Presidential bust; and led a call to action resulting in commitments to create more than 1,000 maker spaces around the country. Under his tenure, the number of new manufacturing firms is rising for the first time in the past decade; participation in local maker events has risen ten-fold; and venture capital for hardware-focused startups is rising.
• Supported next-generation robotics. In June 2011, the Administration established the National Robotics Initiative to spur research and development in the field of robotics across an array of disciplines and applications, including healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, space exploration, and national security. The initiative has helped catalyze more than $150 million in funding since June 2011 for innovative robotics research and development at institutions across the country. The effort has led to new collaborations and advances, including in autonomous vehicles, robotics for educational development, and robotics for disaster response. In addition, efforts such as the DARPA Robotics Challenge, which brought together 25 robotics teams from around the world in a competition to demonstrate disaster-response operations, have pushed the field forward and shown what is possible.
• Fostered a burgeoning private space sector and increased capabilities for our journey to Mars. Working with NASA, American companies have developed new spacecraft that are delivering cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and will start ferrying astronauts there by the end of 2017. The Administration’s investments in space technology development, including through the Space Technology Mission Directorate created by NASA in 2013, are developing less-expensive capabilities for NASA’s exploration missions and for the President’s goal of a human mission to Mars in the 2030s. Due to the Administration’s leadership, ISS’s lifetime has …read more
When I was little, my mother had a 1960s sit-under hair dryer with a huge translucent plastic hood that I’d imagine was a variation on a Star Trek Transporter. But that hulking machine had nothing on these vintage hair dryers from the first part of the 20th century. These would have provided me with years of science fiction fantasies and nightmares. See more at Dangerous Minds.
Over the span of half a century, Brooklyn impostor Stanley Clifford Weyman impersonated everyone from a Navy admiral to a sanitation expert. When caught, he would admit his deception, serve his jail time, and then take up a new identity. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we’ll review Weyman’s surprisingly successful career and describe some of his more audacious undertakings.
We’ll also puzzle over why the police would arrest an unremarkable bus passenger.
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Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 1
by Jiro Kuwata (illustrator)
2014, 352 pages, 5.8 x 8.2 x 1.1 inches (softcover)
Available for the first time in English, Jiro Kuwata’s Batman is basically a Japanese version of the 1960s Batman TV series. It’s campy, humorous, and sometimes so on the nose it’s laughable. Maybe Batman will escape danger with a goofy, too convenient action, or the villain will taunt Batman with some of the oldest superhero cliches around. It will surely be an adjustment for readers who haven’t experienced any of Batman’s older stories, but it’s important to remember this was produced in the ’60s, and Kuwata was essentially mimicking the style of Batman that was popular. If you can do that you’ll find a thoroughly enjoyable alternate take on the Caped Crusader and the Dynamic Duo.
Included here are six Batman stories, featuring Batman and Robin vs. unique villains like Lord Death Man and the Human Ball. The story arcs are all standalone and don’t reference each other, however each arc is sub-divided into three to four parts. These villains are all formidable foes and a good mix of character types. Lord Death Man for example keeps coming back from the dead, while the Human Ball wears a metal suit that allows him to bounce off any surface, including Batman’s punches. Each time, Batman is tasked with not just fighting the villain into submission, but using his classic Batman intellect to outthink them and set a trap. I personally love any Batman story that draws heavily on his detective skills, and Kuwata’s work is one of the better examples of how to do it right.
The art style is interesting in that it looks and feels like a Batman comic, but Bruce is also drawn to look Japanese. It’s incredibly authentic and you may even find yourself thinking that Kuwata himself invented Batman in the first place. The book is mostly black and white but a few color pages sneak in, and the chapter cover pages are all in color as well.
This translation keeps all the non-dialogue text in Japanese (signs, paces, SFX, etc.) and helpful translations are snuck into the margins. If you’ve never read manga before, have no fear! Pages are regularly numbered for clarity (as manga reads right to left). They’re small and unobtrusive so manga pros probably won’t even notice them. Two more volumes in the series are available, showcasing Kuwata’s complete run. If you’re a fan of manga or Batman, or hopefully both, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
– Alex Strine
After watching Ben Ridgway’s “Continuum Infinitum” video, everything I looked at seemed to recede for a while. Ben recommends downloading the video and looping it.
As you watch the movie for a minute or so and then look away, you will experience a mild optical illusion that feels as if everything you look at is shrinking away from you. This is caused by the motion after-effect (MAE). It is a visual illusion experienced after viewing a moving visual stimulus for a time (tens of milliseconds to minutes) with stationary eyes, and then fixating on a stationary stimulus. The stationary stimulus appears to move in the opposite direction to the original (physically moving) stimulus. The motion aftereffect is believed to be the result of motion adaptation.
Neurons coding a particular movement reduce their responses with time of exposure to a constantly moving stimulus; this is neural adaptation. Neural adaptation also reduces the spontaneous, baseline activity of these same neurons when responding to a stationary stimulus. One theory is that perception of stationary objects, for example rocks beside a waterfall, is coded as the balance among the baseline responses of neurons coding all possible directions of motion. Neural adaptation of neurons stimulated by downwards movement reduces their baseline activity, tilting the balance in favor of upwards movement.
A bounce house at a birthday party in Niagara County, New York flew off into the sky before descending on power lines in a shower of sparks. Now that’s entertainment! (No, nobody was inside at the time.)
“I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t properly secured just because I’ve done thousands of rentals and I have never had one problem. Either that or some sort of crazy wind gust, but I highly doubt that, most of the time when they’re properly secured there’s no problem and you know it’s a fun amusement device for kids,” Michael Gersitz, proprietor of Party in Buffalo Bounce House Rentals, told WIVB.
A little kid figures out how to break out of his self-imposed prison.
New research from the University of Utah and Cornell University suggests that couples involved in egalitarian marriages, at least as chores are concerned, have more sex. (Note that the study is only about heterosexual marriages.) This new study appears to counter a 2014 New York Times Magazine article titled “Does Gender Equality Kill Sex Lives?.” For this work, the Utah and Cornell researchers compared a 2006 marital satisfaction survey with data from 1992-1994. From a news release about the paper:
Turns out, the “rules” that govern sexual and marital satisfaction have been changing rapidly—and, like many generalizations about modern marriage, the 2013 study (that the NYT article reported on) was based on outdated data. As Cornell University Professor Sharon Sassler shows in her new paper, “A Reversal in Predictors of Sexual Frequency and Satisfaction in Marriage,” presented today to the Council on Contemporary Families, when couples share similar tasks rather than different, gender-stereotyped ones, this seems to deepen desire.
Sassler reports, “Contemporary couples who adhere to a more egalitarian division of labor are the only couples who have experienced an increase in sexual frequency compared to their counterparts of the past. Other groups – including those where the woman does the bulk of the housework – have experienced declines in sexual frequency. This finding is particularly notable given reports indicating that sexual frequency has generally declined worldwide over the past few decades.”
Quartz digs deeper into the new study:
…Couples who reported sharing housework equally had sex 6.8 times per month, on average, or about once more per month than those where the woman does more “routine housework,” defined as: preparing and cooking meals, washing dishes, cleaning around the house, shopping for groceries, and doing laundry…
The study had some not-so-great findings too. Couples in which the man does the bulk of the housework have significantly less sex than those in conventional or more egalitarian pairings (the study did not look at same-sex couples). And while sexual satisfaction varied little between conventional and egalitarian couples; counter-conventional couples, those in which he does the bulk of the housework, were more dissatisfied with their sex lives compared to those in other arrangements.
This absolutely gorgeous under-six-minutes short film, called Adam, was rendered by the Unity team, in real-time, to show off the capabilities of the current Unity game engine. Here’s what Unity Technologies has to say about the film.
The Unity Demo Team built Adam with beta versions of Unity 5.4 and our upcoming cinematic sequencer tool.
Adam also utilizes an experimental implementation of real-time area lights and makes extensive use of high fidelity physics simulation tool CaronteFX, which you can get from the Unity Asset Store right now.
To make Adam, the Demo Team developed custom tools and features on top of Unity including volumetric fog, a transparency shader and motion blur to cover specific production needs. We’ll make these freely available soon!
Adam runs at 1440p on a GeForce GTX980. Attendees at Unite Europe were able to play with it in real time, and we’ll make a playable available soon so everyone can check it out.
Open it to full-screen, HD, for maximum impact. It is quite impressive.
“Color Psychology” by Lilly Mtz-Seara (Vimeo)
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons “Summer” III.Presto
-LIST OF FILMS-
Maleficent (2014), Robert Stromberg
My Girl (1991), Howard Zieff
Boyhood (2014), Richard Linklater
Marie Antoinette (2006), Sofia Coppola
Grease (1978), Randal Kleiser
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Wes Anderson
Chicago (2002), Rob Marshall
Mean Girls (2004), Mark Waters
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), Christopher Landon
The Wolf of Wall Street (2011), Martin Scorsese
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), David Yates
Jennifer’s body (2009), Karyn Kusama
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), David Yates
Moulin Rouge! (2001), Baz Luhrmann
Belly (1998), Hype Williams
Spring breakers (2012), Harmony Korine
Legally Blonde (2001), Robert Luketic
Whiplash (2014), Damien Chazelle
Big Eyes (2014), Tim Burton
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), George Miller
Only God forgives (2013), Nicolas Winding Refn
Hard Candy (2005), David Slade
The shining (1980), Stanley Kubrick
The Aviator (2004), Martin Scorsese
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanley Kubrick
Alice in Wonderland (2010), Tim Burton
Fifty shades of Grey (2014), Sam Taylor-Johnson
Inglourious Basterds (2009), Quentin Tarantino/Eli Roth
American Beauty (1999), Sam Mendes
Upstream color (2013), Shane Carruth
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Matt Reeves
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Wes Anderson
The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Wes Anderson
Born to be wild (2011), David Lickley
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Wes Anderson
Skyfall (2012), Sam Mendes
Apocalypse Now (1979), Francis Ford Coppola
The Martian (2015), Ridley Scott
Pan (2015), Joe Wright
The Virgin Suicides (1999), Sofia Coppola
Ruby Sparks (2012), Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Big Fish (2003), Tim Burton
Her (2013), Spike Jonze
Top Five (2014), Chris Rock
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Shekhar Kapur
Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Wes Anderson
Into the wild (2007), Sean Penn
Life of Pi (2012), Ang Lee
The tree of life (2011), Terrence Malick
Lost River (2014), Ryan Gosling
Melancholia (2011), Lars von Trier
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Mike Newell
Fight Club (1999), David Fincher
The Truman show (1998), Peter Weir
The Revenant (2015), Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Hugo (2011), Martin Scorsese
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Chris Columbus
The Matrix Revolutions (2013), Andy Wachowski/Lana Wachowski
Avatar (2009), James Cameron
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Bryan Singer
In 1605 an English Catholic man named Guy (“Guido”) Fawkes joined 12 other Catholics in an attempt to to blow up the Houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder. Fawkes was caught red handed in the cellar of the Parliament. He was tortured an executed. Here’s how his signature appeared, before and after torture.
In those days, England didn’t take kindly to Catholics, especially ones who tried to kill Queens and members of Parliament. I recently read Simon Singh’s excellent The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography which has a chapter about Mary Queen of Scotts who, while under house arrest in the late 1500s, sent encrypted messages to a group of Catholic men conspiring to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and put Mary on the throne. The men were captured and gruesomely executed in front of a crowd of gawkers. As Elizabethan historian William Camden wrote, the conspirators were “cut down, their privities were cut off, bowelled alive and seeing, and quartered.” Mary, being a Queen, was merely beheaded.
“After over 100 hours of work, I present to you Seinfeld.wad,” writes Doug Keener. “A replica of Jerry Seinfeld’s Apartment from his hit sitcom, Seinfeld!”
Join Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine in this neat Doom/Seinfeld crossover! There are many custom textures and sprites to bring you the full experience of being inside Jerry’s Apartment, inside Doom 2! Each sprite has audio clips and death animations! Have fun slaughtering the gang relentlessly in this wad about nothing! …
Special Thanks to GIMP 2.0, GZDoomBuilder, Slade3, applekwisp, Seinfeld cast and crew, and the lovely people over at ZDoom forums and wiki.
This is not a review of the finest theater visit I’ve ever had, but more of a recap of my emotional journey through it. During my two-day connection with the illusionist Derek DelGuadio’s show I felt surges of amazement, fear, pride and relief – and I guarantee that my experience was different from the other attendees.
In this show an audience member’s experience is as personal as they want to make it – and mine was very much so.
As I watched, there were moments when I wished I had a time machine to go over what had just happened – and in a strange way my wish came true. You see, at one point of the show I was kicked out of the theater while the rest of the audience saw the finale that I could only imagine.
I was escorted out the side hatch and asked to come back the next day with a documented recollection of what happened so far – and a theory of how I thought things would play out after I was removed. To be honest, at this point I felt pressure because of what was ahead of me – I now had homework.
On my way home, I took a detour through the streets of Hollywood while looking for a certain golden brick but came up empty handed. When I settled into my den, I began writing in the journal that DelGuadio gave me and didn’t stop until my story was recorded.
If what I’m describing here seems strange to you, it’s simply because you haven’t yet seen In & Of Itself – and you really should. Once you do, you’ll want to witness it again and again, because there’s so much personal storyline that you’ll miss the first time around.
And when you do see it, do yourself a favor and try to get thrown out when the time is right. I’m convinced that you’ll have a better experience for having done so but be warned, it can only be done on your first viewing – it just wouldn’t make sense otherwise.
The Honest Creator
Derek DelGuadio is a writer, magician, performance artist as well as the sole star the show. His resume is ridiculous and I really don’t understand how he’s been on the Earth for only 31 years.
In & Of Itself is a meaningful experience that stays with you long after you’ve walked (or been kicked) out of the theater. The maze of story threads that he weaves are truly personal to Derek but by the end of the show it will all relate to you – and what’s more is that you’ll most likely leave wiser than you arrived.
His story is unveiled through a series of intertwining chapters with artistic and thoughtful magic pieces throughout. But this is not a magic show – it’s an unforgettable experience that has magical elements to support it.
During the chapter in which Derek flawlessly …read more
I tried Starbucks cold brew, and it is the worst tasting coffee I’ve ever had. Cold brew tastes like 2 day old giant urn coffee at a civic event! Remember Folgers? Imagine Folgers on ice.
Even so! Some folks are suing Starbucks over an alleged conspiracy to short their coffee, thus keeping costs down. The bitter mermaid attempted to have the suit dismissed, as they happily remake any beverage when asked. It appears shitty coffee aficionados will have their day in court, fighting for their last sip of poorly made coffee.
Via the SF Chron:
A federal judge is allowing the bulk of a lawsuit accusing Starbucks of systematically under-filling lattes to move forward.
Two California residents are suing the Seattle-based coffee chain, claiming that Starbucks lattes are only filled to about 75 percent of the cup’s capacity. The lawsuit says Starbucks instituted a recipe in 2009 to create smaller lattes in order to save money on milk.
A federal judge in San Francisco has thrown out three of the eight claims filed against Starbucks.
Starbucks spokesman Reggie Borges says in a statement that the company believes the lawsuit is “without merit” and it will be prepared to defend itself in court. He says if a customer is unhappy with their beverage, Starbucks “will gladly remake it.”
Michael Steven Sandford, 20, was arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas after he tried to take a gun from a police officer. He said he’d been thinking about killing Trump for a year.
He had reportedly tried to seize the gun after saying he wanted Mr Trump’s autograph at Saturday’s rally. He said he had been planning to try to shoot Mr Trump for about a year but had decided to act now because he finally felt confident enough to do so, court papers say.
I guess this means we need to ban all British people coming to the US.
The fun-loving stunters of Improv Everywhere staged a fabulous stunt in New York City’s Bryant Park: they set up a crowd of “grads” in caps and gowns with a stage and a podium, then sent the “dean” out into the park to beg randos to step in and serve as emergency commencement speakers, filling in for a last-minute cancellation.
A funeral home in Ottawa, Canada, is using a new body eco-friendly disposal technique called Alkaline Hydrolysis, which leaves only a coffee-like slurry that can be simply poured down the drain.
Aquagreen Dispositions began operating in a rental unit within the former Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls in May 2015 after receiving a licence from the Ontario government. Hilton’s Unforgettable Tails, a parallel business handling the remains of pets, had been using the same process for a couple of years prior to Aquagreen Dispositions, but it took longer to get a licence to handle human remains.
The owner, Dale Hilton, who is from a family of funeral home operators in Smiths Falls, said he watched as the “green wave” swept through the funeral industry, bringing biodegradable caskets and urns.
We’ve covered the technique before here and here, where John Brownlee pointed out that a straightforward chemical disposal process is, if nothing else, more dignified than the disgusting bilking-of-the-bereaved that oftentimes goes on at funeral parlors.
Nevertheless, “we keep an eye on these things,” a local water quality official, Ted Joynt, told CBC News.
Cremations take hours to complete and release carbon dioxide; the alkaline disposal system uses potash, salt and water to “break down a human body in a heated, pressurized vessel” that allows implants and artificial joints to be recovered and reused.
In wide use for animal disposal, similar equipment can be seen at Pri-Bio’s Thermal Tissue Digester product page.
Here is a deleted scene from Dune where a body is broken down to water and the remains given to the dead man’s killer, who must safeguard it for the tribe. This is probably just like the funerals going on in Ottawa nowadays.
It’s hard to fund space exploration research — the commercial applications are speculative and far-off — but there’s never been a better time to study super-efficient, closed-loop botany of the sort that will someday accompany human interplanetary missions, thanks to the need to develop better grow-ops for the burgeoning legal weed market in Canada.
The National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) recognized the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) for its proficiency in awarding contracts to veteran-owned small businesses, June 21. …read more
Five ships from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) conducted port visits across Italy as part of the Great Green Fleet partnership between the U.S.-Italian navies, June 17-22. …read more
Navy wounded warrior athletes excelled at shooting events during the fourth day of competition at the Department of Defense Warrior Games in West Point, N.Y., June 19. …read more
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Pacific Partnership 2016 departed Timor Leste June 21, after completing two weeks of subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) in civil-military disaster response preparedness, cooperative health engagements (CHE) and engineering projects. …read more
Theodor Herzl’s seminal 1896 essay Der Judenstaat called for the creation of Jewish state as an answer to the ancient evil of antisemitism; its legacy, Zionism, underpinned the creation of Israel; in Judenstaat, Simone Zelitch’s beautifully told, thoughtful and disturbing alternate history, the Jewish state is created in Saxony, not Palestine, and takes the place of East Germany.
The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered a damaging blow to the Fourth Amendment “by making it even easier for law enforcement to evade its requirement that stops be based on reasonable suspicion,” as a New York Times editorial puts it.
He’s been called “one of the most loathsome characters in American history.” Roy Cohn made his bones working as a prosecutor in the Rosenberg espionage case, and served as Senator Joseph McCarthy’s right-hand man for years. He helped send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair for spying, and helped Richard Nixon become president.
Roy Cohn was also Donald Trump’s lawyer and mentor for 13 years.
This guy used sticky tape, a candle, a tin can lid, and scissors to make a spare key. He skipped the part where he cut the business part of the key, though.