Day: October 6, 2016

Reverend says his "spit or swallow" sign was not a sexual reference

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Walking passed a Church and seeing this board outside

“Forgiveness is swallowing when you want to spit.”

That’s the sign that Reverend Bob Marshall placed outside his church in Buckley, North Wales.

“When I put that sign out I had no idea what it meant over here,” he told the Daily Post. Forgiveness is what it’s all about. One lady said she didn’t even see the word forgiveness. It’s obvious to me what I meant but it never really entered my mind it had another meaning.”

He said God took care of the sign by blowing it over with a gust of wind.

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The Longest Day of the Future – Chris Ware meets Terry Gilliam

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

The Longest Day of the Future

by Lucas Varela

Fantagraphics

2016, 112 pages, 7.8 x 10.5 x 0.6 inches (hardcover)

$25 Buy a copy on Amazon

On this Earth-like planet, only two corporations exist. One is represented by a pig mascot, the other by a rabbit. Each cult-like corporation produces everything a person could need or want – food, entertainment, housing, vehicles, employment, etc. One day, an alien spaceship crash lands on the planet, disrupting the barely-functioning balance between the rival corporate tribes. This Brazil-like story is told in the form of a wordless graphic novel by Argentine cartoonist and graphic designer Lucas Varela. The art is superb, bringing to mind Chris Ware. I read this twice, savoring every beautiful panel, filled with insanely weird and wonderful robots, buildings, vehicles, and creatures. I can’t wait to see what Varela does next.

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Jon Ronson's new e-book on Donald Trump and Alex Jones

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Jon Ronson is my favorite author of book about charismatic charlatans, dangerous lunatics, and interesting weirdos. So I am eager to read his brand new Kindle Single, The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right”

The e-book is $1.99, or you can read it for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber (I am and I love it). Try Kindle Unlimited with 30-Day Free Trial

From the bestselling author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Them, and The Psycopath Test, comes Jon Ronson’s new Kindle Single – a shocking and entertaining unveiling of the people behind Donald Trump’s candidacy, The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the ‘Alt-Right,’ (a Kindle Single, on sale today). Over the summer, Ronson travels to the Republican National Convention, where he reunites with an old acquaintance — the influential provocateur and conspiracy talk-show host Alex Jones — who draws him into one of the most bizarre presidential campaigns in American history. From the private Winnebago where conspiracy theorists and fear mongers discuss key campaign decisions, to encounters with the notorious political operative Roger Stone, Ronson’s journey into Trump’s world introduces us to a who’s who of the campaign machine, and discovers what makes them tick—and what ticks them off.

Whimsical, hilarious and often downright terrifying, The Elephant in the Room captures a defining moment in our time as only Jon Ronson could see it.

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How an L.A. printer kept the art of the album cover alive

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For half a century Los Angeles’s Stoughton Printing Company has been considered one of the highest-quality printers of vinyl record packaging in the world, manufacturing album art for the likes of The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Jack White, Blue Note, and countless other artists and labels who value exquisite quality. Indeed, that’s where my partners and I intend to produce the lavish packaging for our “Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” vinyl box set! Our pal Ben Marks writes about the artisans at Stoughton for Collectors Weekly:

If there’s a secret sauce to Stoughton, one of the ingredients is certainly its people, many of whom have been with the company for a long time, which means the institutional memory at Stoughton runs deep. “Some of our employees have been with us for decades,” Jack (Stoughton) Jr. says. “They’ve seen it all.” Just as important is the fact that for every Led Zeppelin or Jack White, there have been countless other musicians of lesser acclaim who have turned to Stoughton to print their album art and design the packaging encasing their vinyl.

“When we started out,” Jack Jr. says, “we appealed to independent labels and artists. That was our niche. We had one customer, way back when, who sold his car to help pay for his record pressing. We had printed his jackets, so he came out here on the bus from Hollywood to City of Industry, which was about 25 miles eastbound. He probably made five or six bus transfers to get here. All he wanted was one box of 100 jackets, which he was going to take to the record-pressing plant so they could stuff them with his records, which he wanted to sell at a show that night. The jackets were ready, so we drove him and the jackets to the record-pressing plant, waited for them to get stuffed, and then took him home. He called us the following Monday to say he had been able to sell around 240 records that night, which effectively paid for his entire project. I couldn’t tell you that young man’s name today, and I don’t even remember if he went on to have any hits. But that was the way my dad treated everybody. In part, it was because you never knew who was going to be the next million-seller, but it was also to honor the dreams independent artists brought to us.”

Music of the Presses: How an L.A. Printer Kept the Art of the Album Cover Alive(Collectors Weekly)

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Ancient corpse found in "burial shroud" of marijuana plants

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In northwest China, archaeologists dug up an ancient corpse in a burial shroud of cannabis plants. The fellow was buried approximately 2,400 to 2,800 years ago. Archaeologist Hongen Jiang and colleagues described the discovery as an “extraordinary cache” of well-preserved plants. From National Geographic:

Thirteen cannabis plants, each up to almost three feet long, were placed diagonally across the man’s chest, with the roots oriented beneath his pelvis and the tops of the plants extending from just under his chin, up and alongside the left side of his face.

This discovery adds to a growing collection of archaeological evidence showing that cannabis consumption was “very popular” across the Eurasian steppe thousands of years ago, says Jiang.

…This is the first time ever that archaeologists have recovered complete cannabis plants, as well as the first incidence of their use as a “shroud” or covering in a human burial, says Jiang.

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Can you accept your loved one’s political choices?

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Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement lists name calling as the lowest type of argument in a disagreement. Image: Wikipedia

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Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement lists name calling as the lowest type of argument in a disagreement. Image: Wikipedia

It becomes an argument at the moment you can’t let go. In this politically divisive climate we all have our opinions and ideological stances. And that includes our loved ones.

But what if we strongly disapprove of their political and social preferences and choices? Consider these possibilities (or ones like them), for example:

What if you are for Trump, and she or he is for Clinton?

What if you are for legalizing marijuana, and they aren’t?

What if you are pro-life, and they are pro-choice?

I think you get the point — it’s a real dilemma when loved ones so strongly disagree with each other. One that could severely impair your love connection, if you’re not careful and thoughtful enough.

We must remember that our loved ones are individuals with their own feelings and leanings and though we may not agree, we must try to accept them and love them for who they are and not who we want them to be. When we don’t accept their right to their own views and preferences — even if they are repulsive to us — are we not communicating to them that they are not good or wise or smart enough? That their values are suspect? And are we not sending signals to them in our controlling actions, our gestures and our words that are meant to reconfigure them into another person altogether? This behavior is both destructive and selfish, and is a powerfully hurtful approach to relationships — particularly in matters of the heart.

So what then can we do about this dilemma—short of having damaging arguments or parting ways, that is?

It starts with an understanding of what acceptance means—and what it doesn’t–in such situations. Acceptance doesn’t mean that you condone or agree with your loved ones’ views and choices. Rather, it means that you accept their right to have them—without anger or resentment.

Here are several suggestions that will make it easier for you to do that and which will also enhance the love flow:

1. Focus on the Qualities You Admire and Appreciate in Them

Rather than commiserating about the things that irritate or bother you about your loved ones, focus on their positive traits. Remember what originally attracted you to them. Think about all the nice things they do for you. The good times you enjoy together. Their sense of humor. The joy they bring to your life. In short, see the good in them and all the good they bring to your life.

2. Moderate Your Expectations of Them.

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How to design your life

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While “design thinking” has become an overused catchphrase among consultants, it is also a real thing, a formal methodology for solving difficult problems. Bill Burnett, the executive director of Stanford’s Design Program where they take design thinking very seriously, and his colleague David Evans, who co-founded Electronic Arts and teaches a very popular Stanford course called “Designing Your Life,” have written a new book based on the class titled “Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life“. Above is the trailer for the book. From the New York Times:

They say the practices taught in the class and the book can help you (in designing-your-life-speak) “reframe” dysfunctional beliefs that surround life and career decisions and help you “wayfind” in a chaotic world through the adoption of such design tenets as bias-for-action, prototyping and team-building….

The book includes things that are not in the class, like what Mr. Burnett and Mr. Evans call “anchor problems” — overcommitted life choices that keep people stuck and unhappy. A common mistake that people make, they said, is to assume that there’s only one right solution or optimal version of your life, and that if you choose wrong, you’ve blown it.

That’s completely absurd, Mr. Evans said: “There are lots of you. There are lots of right answers.”

Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life(Amazon)

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Diverse fantasy writers of non-European-derived worlds: Tor.com opening for novella submissions

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Submissions open on Oct 12 for at least three months; they’re considering 20,000-40,000 novellas “that fit the epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, high fantasy, or quest fantasy genres, whether set on Earth or on an original fantasy world” but “will only be considering novellas that inhabit worlds that are not modeled on European cultures” and the editors “actively request submissions from writers from underrepresented populations.”
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Amazing photo of sprite bursts over Hurricane Matthew

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Photographer Frankie Lucena captured the strange beauty of red lightning sprites above Hurricane Matthew near Aruba and Colombia. From Smithsonian:

Like aurorae, sprites happen when charged particles interact with gases in the atmosphere, likely nitrogen. As ice particles high within thunderclouds bash against one another, an electrical charge builds. An opposite charge builds up on the ground, and eventually both charges connect, creating a spark of light—lightning. When the lightning strike has a positive charge, it can spark a sprite—a kind of electric field that shoots out from the top of the lightning strike—that flashes above the cloud.

They’re also not easily spotted by the human eye. As Matt Heavner of the University of Alaska explains, bright lights make it nearly impossible for the eye’s retina to spot the flashes, and the bright clouds that can surround them also distract would-be sprite spotters. It’s even more difficult to catch these flashes in action because when you’re beneath the sprite-sprouting cloud, you can’t see the flash at all. You either need to be flying above the clouds or far away to get the perfect shot.

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Slow Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork

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Have you ever had those steamed Chinese dumplings with the savory barbecued pork inside? They’re called “cha siu bao” and they’re absolutely addictive.

This slow cooker pulled pork recipe is inspired by the filling in those dumplings. This is one of those recipes I couldn’t stop making or eating, it’s so good! Seriously. Easy to make too.

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Indian call center employees posing as the IRS may have bilked Americans out of millions

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I get a couple of calls a week from scammers pretending to be from the IRS. I also get calls from scammers telling me that my Windows computer (I don’t use Windows) has a virus. I might not get as many of these calls, at least for a while, because a major call center in India was raided on Tuesday, and 770 people were rounded up.

From Washington Post:

More than 200 police officers descended on a tall, glass-fronted office building where the nine call centers were operating during Tuesday’s midnight raid after being tipped off by neighbors.

“It looked like a regular office building and employed a lot of young people who spoke English and had a good knowledge of computers,” Singh said. “It was a very sophisticated operation they were running.”

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Lab tech students forced to perform vaginal probes on each other will get their day in court

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Three students are taking Valencia College in Orlando because the institution required them to perform transvaginal (penetrative) ultrasound exams on each other.

From Washington Post:

The probe is also rather large and can be painful for some women. It requires heavy lubrication, and sometimes the technician will stimulate the patient to help insert the probe.

When teaching this procedure, the school asked the students to perform the procedure on each other. When possible, that is — one of the 12 students that year was a male.

Milward, Ugalde and Rose didn’t feel comfortable participating.

But when they stated as much, they were reprimanded.

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Spill Zone: a new free online graphic novel from Scott Westerfeld, creator of Uglies

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Today marks the launch of Spill Zone, a graphic novel from Uglies creator Scott Westerfeld (previously) and Alex Puvilland: the tale of a brave photographer who ventures into strange, uncanny lands created by a mysterious catastrophe, and returns with images of those worlds that she sells to keep her scarred little sister whole.
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Merciless reporting on the Chicago Police Department's extortion racket, & the senior officials who covered it up

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The more we learn about the Chicago Police Department, the worse it gets — there’s the sabotage of dashcams, the widespread corruption, the investigators fired for refusing to cover up police crimes, off-the-books “black site” where the CPD kidnaps and tortures suspects, the Accountability Task Force Report that called the force racist, corrupt and broken.

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Twin Peaks tarot cards

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Last year, Benjamin Mackey designed an inspired collection of digital Twin Peaks Tarot cards. Now, Mackey is making the deck real through an Indiegogo campaign! From the project description:

The Magician Longs to See Tarot is a complete 78-card deck with 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana in full color. The deck combines the mystical world of Twin Peaks with visual evocations of Pamela Colman Smith’s iconic tarot illustrations. The Major Arcana have manifested as some of the primary movers and shakers in Twin Peaks, while the Minor Arcana tend towards depicting infamous scenes and moments in the series. My goal is to strike a delicate balance between accurately representing the respective characters while still maintaining readability as a deck.

The Magician Longs to See Tarot(via Daily Grail)

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Get three 10-ft Apple Lightning cables for just $21.99

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The Apple 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3 Pack is designed to cover all your charging bases for a fraction of the price. With three cables, you can keep a cable at work, one in the car, and one wherever else you need. It sounds simple, but it’s an amazing solution to a problem we all face.

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Most importantly, these cables are MFi certified, meaning they’re approved by Apple to work with all your devices without harm. And of course, the 10-ft length means you won’t have to get out of bed or walk across the room to use your phone while it’s powering up.

Check out this 83% off discount today in the Boing Boing store.

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Why writers procrastinate

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I’ve just sent Megan McArcle’s article, “Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators,” to my Kindle. Tell me if it’s any good, I’m going to check it out later.

Most writers were the kids who easily, almost automatically, got A’s in English class. … This teaches a very bad, very false lesson: that success in work mostly depends on natural talent. Unfortunately, when you are a professional writer, you are competing with all the other kids who were at the top of their English classes. Your stuff may not—indeed, probably won’t—be the best anymore.

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Here’s a makeup tutorial for a truly terrifying version of Barb from Stranger Things

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Nerdy best friend Barb immediately became a Stranger Things fan favorite, even though [SPOILER ALERT] she bites the dust pretty early into the season. And since Barb will no doubt be a hugely popular costume this Halloween, YouTube makeup artist and prosthetic designer Kiana Jones (a.k.a Freakmo) has a suggestion for how to make your costume stand out: Go as Dead Barb.

The video takes viewers through a step-by-step explanation of how to replicate the ghoulish version of Barb found dead in the Upside Down. Jones’ look even includes gory face wounds and some handmade slugs.

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The stars of Hamilton want you to vote

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Give that the Broadway sensation Hamilton is all about celebrating American democracy, it makes sense that the cast would be pretty dedicated to the idea of voting. And in a series of delightful PSAs called #Ham4Vote, they make the case (though song, of course) for why you should vote too.

Plus here’s a bonus pro-voting video released by The Tonight Show, which features not only the Hamilton cast but also some pretty high profile political guests too.

[via BroadwayWorld.com]

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Augmented reality bike helmet conceptual design

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DCA has been presenting their concept for Optic, an AR bike helmet at conferences and competitions this year. It includes cameras, sensors, and a clear visor that displays alerts about obstacles, directions, and other data.

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Optic gives cyclists the visual information to make safer decisions on the road by integrating front and rear cameras with 360-degree proximity and collision detection. The visor doubles as a heads-up display where Optic live-streams the rear camera and highlights potential risks. This allows the user to focus on the road ahead with full awareness of their surroundings. The visor display can also show navigation and journey statistic interfaces, putting information directly in front of the cyclists without them having to take their eyes off the road.

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