Day: October 19, 2016

Will Clinton "Finish Him" at third debate?

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Millionaire Republican Donald Trump isn’t just on the ropes: he’s practically upside-down and tangled up in them, trailing his opponent by huge margins and seemingly finished in the race to become the next president of the United States of America. But Hillary Clinton is an infamously weak closer, leading to amusements like this New Yorker cartoon…

… which reminds us that the older Millennials are nearing 40 and have New Yorker subscriptions.

All the “what to expect from the third debate” articles–which I had intended to aggregate here–are surprisingly bland, given the sheer insanity of the campaign and its increasingly deranged closing weeks. I guess this is because everyone acknowledges that there is such a huge difference in expectations between the two candidates that it’s not really a “debate” at all. If Trump manages to get through it without sniffing or frotting his chair, he’s done OK. If Hillary umms and ahhs too much, she’s missed an opportunity to crush the bug. No-one–not pundits, not journalists, not viewers–expects anything of substance to be said. It is all about the performance, about the hope that one of them will lose it and do something entertaining.

Trump’s invited president Barack Obama’s half-brother as his guest, a choice so inexplicable it suggests a return to Birtherism amid rumors Trump’s been ditched by advisor Roger Ailes and simply has no idea what to do. Hillary’s invited the least awful billionaire she can think of, just to remind Trump that he isn’t one.

All that said, it’s going to be the most-watched third debate ever. We are all transfixed, and the stakes are so high that even the possibility of either candidate landing a true rhetorical haymaker seems too delicious to miss. With this in mind, here are my predictions for this evening’s confrontation in Vegas:

• Trump will finally give us some good, proper, unhinged conspiracy rantage. It’ll be entertaining and surprisingly effective, bringing the noise floor of televised media significantly closer to that of the internet.

• Clinton will finally choke in a way that seems genuinely bad — probably over Wikileaks stuff that could be easily dealt with by laughter.

• She will go on the attack to compensate, and this will be fun. He’ll do his Mussolini frown. She won’t rip his spinal column out and dangle it before the audience as a 1000-year-old demon king claps maniacally, but there’ll be a couple of good quotes.

• The argument will settle down to the same old boring stuff we’re used to, receding into the kingdom of irrelevance faster than a 1990s Veep debate.

• I will receive at least one plaintive, genuinely appalled plea to stop photoshopping the candidates for my posts.

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This single potato chip costs $11

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Swedish brewery S:t Eriks created a box of fancy potato chips that costs 499 kr (~$56). There are five chips in each box. Obviously a marketing/fundraising gimmick, but they certainly sound like quite the artisanal chip. Ingredients include: matsutake, truffle seaweed, crown dill, Leksand onion, India Pale Ale wort, and potatoes gathered from a “hillside in Ammarnäs, a steep, stony slope in a south-facing location where almond potatoes are cultivated in very limited numbers.”

They made just 100 boxes and sadly they have all sold out (with proceeds going to charity). Oh well, there are always Pringles.

S:t Eriks Chips (via Weird Universe)

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Help re-illustrate Robert Anton Wilson's "Prometheus Rising" book

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Hilaritas Press, the publishing company started by Illuminatus! co-author (and Boing Boing Patron Saint) Robert Anton Wilson’s daughter Christina and Bob’s friend Rasa, have been doing a wonderful job re-releasing much of Wilson’s back catalog under the new imprint. But they’ve hit a snag. New Falcon Publications, RAW’s previous publisher, claims to own the Israel Regardie intro and the comic illustrations in Bob’s popular title Prometheus Rising and they’re apparently not interested in negotiating with Hilaritas on a license to use them. So, Christina and Rasa are turning to RAW’s fanbase and the online art community in search of worthy new illustrations to replace the existing ones. Rasa writes:

I have mixed feelings about this whole endeavor. I’ve always loved the cartoons in Prometheus Rising, and I really hate to see them go, but the previous publisher’s poor printing in subsequent editions of Prometheus Rising left a lot of the images in a very poor state – something we lamented in putting together our new edition. However, Bob was an optimist, and in that same spirit, both Christina and I are looking forward to this opportunity to update this amazingly relevant book for the delight of both new and old readers.

They only have until November 15th to replace the art (37 pieces!) and the introduction. A tall order. I would love to see a pie in the face of this flapdoodled foolishness and see RAW’s optimism properly served with a new introduction by someone equally as iconic as Israel Regardie and a new set of incredible cartoons. Remember how inspired John Thompson’s illustrations were in Cosmic Trigger? Let’s shoot for that!

If you’re interested in submitting some art samples, see the Hilaritas press release for all of the details.

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The story of Snopes

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All lies lead to the truth. For over 20 years, Snopes.com has been the Web’s primary bullshit detector and debunker, from death by Pop Rocks to political lies. We need Snopes more than ever. For a Webby Awards exclusive feature, I commissioned talented journalist Rob Walker to explore the history of Snopes and founder David Mikkelson’s relentless obsession with, of all things, the truth. From the article:

In the heat of the Republican presidential primary, Jerry Falwell Jr. appeared on The Sean Hannity Show to talk about the Donald Trump he has gotten to know—a man defined by “stuff the public never hears.” So he shared an anecdote about the time the billionaire’s limousine broke down, and a random passing couple stopped to help. Later, these Good Samaritans got some surprising news: As a gesture of thanks, Trump had paid off the their home mortgage. “Pretty impressive,” Hannity declared.

But wait a second. Who exactly were these people, and why couldn’t the limo driver just call AAA? Impressive as this anecdote sounds, is it true? Well, what does Snopes say? Founded more than two decades ago, Snopes.com was originally devoted to researching all manner of just-so tales and urban folklore sourced to a friend of a friend, or to no source at all. These days, when readers “submit a rumor” they’d like confirmed or debunked, it’s likely to be a tale tied to current events. And yes, Snopes founder David Mikkelson recognized that “impressive” Trump anecdote immediately.

“That same story had been told for years,” he says. In fact, there’s a Snopes entry—first posted in 1998 and updated as recently as this past May—about its permutations. These rumors of roadside assistance and a generous (but curiously publicity-free) financial “thank you” involve not just Trump (on various routes, sometimes with his first wife Ivana, others with his second wife Marla Maples), but Bill Gates and even Henry Ford, among others. There’s never any corroborating evidence, and nary a peep from the actual do-gooders.

In other words, it’s a classic example of a durable myth—judged “False” by Snopes—-repurposed to fit the moment.

Read more: “How the Truth Set Snopes Free(WebbyAwards.com)

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7-port USB hub with plenty of power

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I have four USB powered external hard drives, which I keep plugged into my iMac all the time. My old USB hub was not able to reliably supply power to all of the drive. I got the Plugable 7-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub. It’s $30 on Amazon. It has a 25W power adapter and has no problem keeping all four drives running, and charging my iPhone and a USB portable charger at the same time (two of the ports support the Battery Charging Standard). All seven ports are USB 3.0 (backwards compatible to USB 2.0 and 1.1) so file transfer is speedy. It includes a 6-foot A cord and a 3-foot USB 3.0 Cable.

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7-port USB hub with plenty of power

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I have four USB powered external hard drives, which I keep plugged into my iMac all the time. My old USB hub was not able to reliably supply power to all of the drive. I got the Plugable 7-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub. It’s $30 on Amazon. It has a 25W power adapter and has no problem keeping all four drives running, and charging my iPhone and a USB portable charger at the same time (two of the ports support the Battery Charging Standard). All seven ports are USB 3.0 (backwards compatible to USB 2.0 and 1.1) so file transfer is speedy. It includes a 6-foot A cord and a 3-foot USB 3.0 Cable.

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Safer sex with aliens, and other tabloid stunners

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“Fight off the zombie hordes!” cries a full-page ad in this week’s ‘National Enquirer,’ featuring a hand-crafted and hand-painted shattered human skull with a bloody axe embedded in its cranium.

It’s a Halloween decoration that makes a pleasant change from the truly frightening usual ads offering ceramic angels, silver pendants to show how much you love your granddaughter, and life-like Princess Diana figurines.

But it’s also the perfect gift for ‘Enquirer’ readers who by now may be fearing a zombie invasion as the inevitable outcome of this year’s presidential election if “crooked Hillary Clinton” wins the Oval Office, having been fed a diet of panicked warnings by the magazine. This week the ‘Enquirer’ does its bit to ramp up the fear level with “the explosive story that will change the election,” bringing us ten pages exposing “24 years of cover-ups and crimes” by Hillary. A “hitman” for Hillary tells the ‘Enquirer’ how he was allegedly ordered to destroy Bill Clinton’s sex victims, bribe reporters to hide the truth, hide her sleazy affairs and pay hush money to hookers. Alas, none of the allegations is backed by anything that rises to the level of proof, or has corroboration from any additional sources than its unnamed “Mr. Fit-It.”

“Hillary’s Plot to Kill Monica!” is a great headline spread over two pages, but the article includes not one mention of a plot to assassinate former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Claims that the White House was doing its own investigation on Lewinsky are hardly new or surprising. Among the “fixes” allegedly arranged: encouraging a well-known columnist to “write positively about the Clintons” in exchange for access, and paying tabloid reporters – who the ‘Enquirer’ with blithe lack of self-awareness call “cowardly” and “slimy” – for advance warning on any bad stories about to be published. When rumors allegedly circulated linking Bill Clinton to ‘Entertainment Tonight’ host Mary Hart, the Mr. Fix-It claims he was summoned to help, though “it doesn’t appear anything came of that.” Hardly shocking. And when the Monica Lewinsky scandal reared its head, so to speak, Mr. Fix-It was allegedly ordered to kill the story “under direct orders” from Hillary Clinton. Yet there is no evidence of Hillary giving any such orders, and as a for a cover-up, that clearly went perfectly. Who’s ever heard of Monica Lewinsky?

Mr. Fix-It claims he “arranged a lesbian romp for bi-sexual Hillary with a prominent Hollywood identity” – not a prominent Hollywood actress, or executive, but an “identity,” which makes it sound like Hillary met with a corporate logo rather than a person. The fixer claims to have arranged a meeting for Hillary with this mystery woman at a Beverly Hills hotel, immediately after Clinton visited a Hollywood studio for a movie screening in 1994. “I helped her slip out of the back exit for a one-on-one session with the other woman,” claims Mr. Fix-It. But that makes no sense. Why would Hillary have to “slip out” of a screening …read more

Weight works better than volume for my baking

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I’ve found that weighing ingredients makes a huge difference in my baking, so I’ve added a digital scale.

This simple scale zeros out easily, and its maximum capacity of 11lbs pretty much ensures I won’t need something larger.

When baking cookies, bread or cakes I’ve found that simply scooping ingredients via cup measure, or measuring spoon, and result in some pretty large differences when compared to weighing out exactly the amounts called for.

Here is an online calculator to help you convert volume based recipes to weight, if you’d like to try. I have found cooking by weight makes for a more consistent product. I have an easier time getting chocolate chip cookies just like I want them.

Etekcity Digital Multifunction Food Kitchen Scale, Stainless Steel,11lb 5kg, Silver (Batteries Included) via Amazon

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Chinese manufacturers taking Kickstarter ideas and selling them faster

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Yekutiel Sherman invented a selfie stick that collapses into a smartphone case. He launched the project on Kickstater. Chinese manufacturers were selling it on Ali Express before Sherman’s funding window closed.

From Fresh as Fuck:

Sherman was shocked to realize that the vendors were selling the exact copy of his product. Worse, they priced them for as low as $8 each, while his product was set at $47.41.

As a result, Sherman’s backers went into backlash, accusing him of cheating on pricing. The project, however, was able to raise $43,000 from their initial goal of $40,600 goal.

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Expedia cancels family vacation flight, posts "Fuck You" on her account page

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A Los Angeles School teacher named Cara Viramontes used Expedia to book travel for an upcoming family vacation. After she used the service, Viramontes filled out the survey that Expedia sent her. In the survey, the Viramontes expressed displeasure at the Expedia agent’s “unhelpful” attitude.

CBS Los Angeles has the rest of the story:

When Viramontes logged in to check her itinerary on Expedia’s website last week, she found an expletive — in bold — followed by an exclamation mark. Yes, an Expedia employee appeared to have left her a message: “Fuck You!”

What’s more, she saw that her and her family’s New Year’s travel reservation had been cancelled without their consent.

“Everyone I show, they laugh and think it’s a joke,” she said. “No one can believe a company as credible as Expedia would ever do something like this.”

“We take this matter very seriously and have opened up an investigation analyzing every click and action made by our customer service agents,” s
said Expedia in a statement. Expedia says it plans to rebook Viramontes’ reservation and give her a $500 voucher.

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See one of the best ventriloquists in the world, tonight in LA

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Karl Herlinger is one of the best ventriloquists in the world, and he’ll be performing at Scot Nery’s Boobie Trap tonight in Los Angeles!

Every Wednesday at 8pm Scot Nery gathers a cast of ridiculous folk, who are also ridiculously talented, and just sort of lets them each go for a couple minutes. It is, from what I can tell a modern, madcap take on the Gong Show. Michael reviewed Boobie Trap a few weeks ago!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iHAYhQ5eN8

Scot himself is an amazing comedian and a tremendous host. If I were in LA tonight, I’d be there!

Boobie Trap runs every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the historic Fais Do Do theater, 5257 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90016. There is an after party next door that sounds like a blast, as well.

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Why it's easy to admire Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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I’m going to be upfront here: this book made me cry. As a woman, mother to a daughter, and formerly outspoken little girl in a time and place where “feminism” was was an anachronistic term for bra-burning rather than the badge of pride and call to action it is today, this book made me grateful and proud. I was already an RBG fan – it’s pretty hard not to be – but I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark hammered home all of the reasons why it’s easy to admire the influential Supreme Court Justice through a beautiful, illustrated biography that stresses the importance of standing up for what’s right.

Debbie Levy frames RBG’s story with objections, beginning with her mother, Celia Amster Bader, who sets the tone for the book and for her daughter’s trajectory by encouraging little Ruth to strive for more in life than finding a husband. “Ruth’s mother disagreed,” is the first of many hand-lettered, marquee-like pronouncements that tie together Levy’s text and Elizabeth Baddeley’s visual storytelling. This bold dissention (“Then she protested.” “She resisted. And persisted.” “Ruth really, really disagreed with this!”) in the face of prejudice and sexism allows readers to feel the weight of injustice and the power of speaking up as they straighten their shoulders, square their feet, and shout with Ruth, “I dissent!”

I learned a lot through this book. Who knew that RBG and Antonin Scalia were friends? Or that Justice Ginsburg’s mother was such a driving force in her life? There is also a section for further reading after the story ends, including photos of RBG, information on cases referenced in the story, and a selected bibliography, which serves as a great resource for curious readers who want to learn more.

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

by Debbie Levy (author) and Elizabeth Baddeley (illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

2016, 40 pages, 8.5 x 11 x 0.6 inches (hardcover)

$14 Buy a copy on Amazon

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"Social experiment" YouTuber caught faking racist video

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Remember Joey Salads, the “social experiment” guy who made a candid camera style video that showed him at a bar, sneakily dropping pills into women’s drinks? He said he did it as a public service, but he came across as a self-aggrandizing creep who enjoys butting into other people’s lives.

Well, Mr. Salads is back in the news, this time for getting caught shooting a staged video that shows a group of black men vandalizing a car with Donald Trump stickers on it. Mr. Salads, an ardent Trump supporter, posted the video on his popular YouTube channel, concluding, “As you can see from this video, the black community is very violent towards Trump and his supporters.” Subscribers on his YouTube channel and on his Twitter account went nuts, posting racist comments about the “vandals.”

Here’s the staged video:

Unbeknownst to Mr. Salads, someone shot video of of Mr. Salads staging upthe incident, and posted it to Twitter, exposing Mr. Salads as a fraud. The “vandals” were accomplices following Mr. Salads’ instructions to damage the car (which had been parked in a “black neighborhood” by Mr. Salads).

After it became clear to Mr. Salads that his sham had been exposed, he posted a smarmy, excuse-filled, laughably insincere, sorry-I-was-caught, bullshit apology:

Mr. Salads gets bonus points for running ads on the fauxpology video. He gets double bonus points for ending the video by declaring his intention to commit voter fraud by voting three times in the upcoming election.

Here’s H3H3 Production’s take on Mr. Salads, which calls into question the veracity of all of the many racist “social experiment” videos that Mr. Salads has made:

https://youtu.be/UkvwKDTS3Bo

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Atmos' bigger, better new vape delivers a longer vape sesh

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The Atmos R2 may be bigger than the brand’s previously-released vapes, but we argue that in this case it’s definitely a good thing.

A bigger heating chamber means more room for packing it full. And the bigger battery means longer, more fulfilling vape sessions. In fact, you can use the Atmos R2 for up to about 25 minutes without recharging.

It also now comes packing a reengineered anodized chamber, plus new ceramic heating disk tech: meaning you get an even smoother, cleaner pull every time you light up. And as far as using dry herbs vs. oils? You can take your pick, because the Atmos R2 works with both.

The reason this is an especially great deal is that it also includes some useful accessories for much less than the price of just the vaporizer itself. You’ll get a packing tool, both the original anodized chamber with coil and the new advanced ceramic disc heating chamber, and more.

We highly recommend the Atmos R2, and it’s currently on sale for 40% off retail.

Also explore the Best-Sellers on our network right now:

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Pumpkin Bars with Streusel Topping

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The first glimpse of an orange pumpkin means it’s officially fall. In Seattle, we hit 95 degrees one day, and then the next, it was sweatshirt weather! And I am all for sweatshirt weather.

Let’s just keep this train rolling, shall we?

These pumpkin bars have a cheesecake-like filling and a crunchy streusel topping. Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to make them – they’re a great dessert all season long.

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Bad luck ruins Oregonian snowmobile for weed swap

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Oregonian Jason Owens wanted a snowmobile and had a little over a pound and a half of marijuana. Craigslist seems he obvious path to success, right? Sadly the craigslist seller Mr. Owens contacted was a cop.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon, but must be sold, especially in these amounts, via a dispensary. Mr. Owens was charged with adult possession of marijuana, adult delivery of marijuana and driving with a suspended license.

Via KIRO7 Seattle:

A 29-year-old man was cited after trying to buy a snowmobile with marijuana over the weekend, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers said last week, Jason Owen contacted the owner of a snowmobile on Craigslist and asked if the owner would consider a pound of marijuana in trade for the vehicle.

The owner of the snowmobile was an Oregon State Trooper out of the Salem Area Command.

On Saturday, the trooper agreed to meet with Owen and discuss the trade at a gas station.

Several patrol vehicles initiated a traffic stop and the trooper identified himself and told Owen he was committing a crime.

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Blade Runner drawn in Microsoft Paint

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David MacGowan is recreating Blade Runner shot-by-shot as Microsoft Paint illustrations. He tells Motherboard:

I like the idea of having a blog but basically feel as if I have very little to say about things, at least things that are original or interesting. I gravitated to Tumblr with some idea of just posting pictures, but still felt I needed to be posting something I’d actually made myself… [Y]ears ago I used to draw really crappy basic MS Paint pics for a favourite pop group’s fan site, and they always seemed to raise a smile. The idea of doing something else with MS Paint, a kind of celebration of my not being deterred by lack of artistic talent, never really went away….

I don’t really think about giving up. The idea of actually completing something I start out to do (for once in my life) is very appealing,And it’s fun, it’s not a chore.

MSP Blade Runner

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Animation about solar sailing to the nearest star

In this wonderful animation, billionaire Russian physicist and investor Yuri Milner explains his effort to launch tiny probes, powered by 12 foot solar sails, on an interstellar mission to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, within two decades. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are on the board of Milner’s group, called Breakthrough Initiatives. The project builds on decades of work by scientists Carl Sagan, Louis Friedman, and Bruce Murray who pioneered solar sail technology through the Planetary Society, the fantastic citizen-funded space advocacy and research organization they co-founded in 1980. Indeed, Friedman is an advisor to Milner’s Starshot effort.

For more on solar sailing, check out the Planetary Society’s LightSail project and their blog post earlier this year about Milner’s far out project.

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Apple: more than 90% of "official" accessories on Amazon are fake

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In a trademark infringement case filed against Mobile Star LLC, which it claims is a prolific counterfeiter, Apple says that more than 90% of the “official” gadgets sold in its name at Amazon are fake. [via]

Moreover, they’re mostly garbage, and potentially dangerous.

Consumers, relying on Amazon.com’s reputation, have no reason to suspect the power products they purchased from Amazon.com are anything but genuine. This is particularly true where, as here, the products are sold directly “by Amazon.com” as genuine Apple products using Apple’s own product marketing images. Consumers are likewise unaware that the counterfeit Apple products that Amazon.com sourced from Mobile Star have not been safety certified or properly constructed, lack adequate insulation and/or have inadequate spacing between low voltage and high voltage circuits, and pose a significant risk of overheating, fire, and electrical shock. Indeed, consumer reviews of counterfeit Apple power adapters purchased from Amazon.com and from the above ASIN report that the counterfeit products overheat, smolder, and in some cases catch fire:

Amazon seems to have gone well shady lately—something’s got to give. Lukewarm take: the vast majority of users will think the fakes are genuine even with the media fuss over it, Apple’s reputation is what gets quietly burned at the weekend barbecues of America, and Amazon is monolithically indifferent to counterfeiting. Apple might then consider the unquantifiable value of not charging $29 for Lightning cables.

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Skittles trick turns plate into a rainbow

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Simple DIY rainbow magic with Skittles candies. Form a circle with Skittles on a plate (colours should be in repeated order, preferably according to colours of the rainbow e.g. purple, green, yellow, orange, red), then pour hot water over them. Wait for the magic to unfold right in front of your eyes

Also funny are the various YouTubers attempting to replicate the effect only to end up with a brownish mix of melted candy slime on their plate.

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Trump's chances of winning sink to 8% amid Republican fears Clinton may take Texas

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The New York Times’ presidential forecast has millionaire Republican Donald Trump at his lowest ebb of the campaign, with only an 8 percent chance of winning the Nov. 8 general election.

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A victory by Mr. Trump remains possible: Mrs. Clinton’s chance of losing is about the same as the probability that an N.F.L. kicker misses a 31-yard field goal.

The analysis corresponds closely with that of FiveThirtyEight, though it gives Trump a little more space with a 12 percent chance (as of Wednesday Oct. 19)

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The situation is so dire, with only three weeks to go, that polls are finding the candidates within the margin of in Texas, a Republican stronghold where a Clinton victory would represent a spectacular obliteration of the party’s ticket.

…it seems utterly unlikely that Clinton could actually win Texas. Though the state’s large Latino population, combined with where Trump has led the GOP with his rhetoric about Mexicans and policy on immigration, could soon make winning Texas a real possibility for Democrats.

There are other reliable Republican states where the Clinton campaign is investing more seriously, which is a sign of where the race stands. Clinton is positioned to win the White House if she gets just the battleground states that are already leaning to the Democrats. Her campaign says it’s putting the “lion’s share” of resources in traditional battleground states like Ohio and North Carolina, which remain toss-ups. But they also have the luxury of being able to invest in some states that traditionally go to Republicans.

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Trump’s chances of winning sink to 8% amid Republican fears Clinton may take Texas

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The New York Times’ presidential forecast has millionaire Republican Donald Trump at his lowest ebb of the campaign, with only an 8 percent chance of winning the Nov. 8 general election.

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A victory by Mr. Trump remains possible: Mrs. Clinton’s chance of losing is about the same as the probability that an N.F.L. kicker misses a 31-yard field goal.

The analysis corresponds closely with that of FiveThirtyEight, though it gives Trump a little more space with a 12 percent chance (as of Wednesday Oct. 19)

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The situation is so dire, with only three weeks to go, that polls are finding the candidates within the margin of in Texas, a Republican stronghold where a Clinton victory would represent a spectacular obliteration of the party’s ticket.

…it seems utterly unlikely that Clinton could actually win Texas. Though the state’s large Latino population, combined with where Trump has led the GOP with his rhetoric about Mexicans and policy on immigration, could soon make winning Texas a real possibility for Democrats.

There are other reliable Republican states where the Clinton campaign is investing more seriously, which is a sign of where the race stands. Clinton is positioned to win the White House if she gets just the battleground states that are already leaning to the Democrats. Her campaign says it’s putting the “lion’s share” of resources in traditional battleground states like Ohio and North Carolina, which remain toss-ups. But they also have the luxury of being able to invest in some states that traditionally go to Republicans.

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Watch a guy clear an 11' bar on a pogo stick

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According to Biff Hutchison’s description, this 11’½” breaks the Guinness World Record of 10’6″. Rolling Stone has more.

Not happy with sharing the title with [friend and rival Dalton] Smith – who we can only imagine Hutchison considers his greatest rival in the world, the Bird to his Magic in the world of pogoing – Hutchison saw a shot at not just being the lone jumper standing atop Pogo Mountain (as problematic as being on top of a mountain on a pogo stick sounds), but absolutely crushing the old record.

Here’s some more extreme pogo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbp41vWP4o4

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Public universities and even the US Navy have sold hundreds of patents to America's most notorious troll

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Researcher Yarden Katz scraped the database of Intellectual Ventures, a giant business that buys up patents, but produces nothing but lawsuits (previously), and discovered that IV claims ownership of nearly 500 patents that were created at public expense by researchers employed by public universities, and another 100 or so patents filed by the US Navy.
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Airportraits: composite photos of all the daily takeoffs from the world's airports

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Artist Mike Kelley creates “Airportraits” of the world’s airports by photographing all the planes that take off on a given day, then compositing them together into a kind of time-lapse of a day’s worth of flights, which presents an instantly comprehensible way of comparing the different services; they’re available as stunning prints. (via Kottke)
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Rich people can afford to buy more sleep than poor people

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In Rich do not rise early: spatio-temporal patterns in the mobility networks of different socio-economic classes, a group of transportation engineers analyze an open data-set about the commutes of people in the Colombian cities of Medellín and Manizales, concluding that the rich and the poor commute the furthest distances, but that the rich have much shorter commutes, thanks to private transport and superior routing, which translates to substantially more sleep for the wealthy.
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