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Get primed for a project management certification online

One of the best ways to progress a career in project management is through earning recognized certifications. These certifications carry significant clout and don’t require expensive tuition or student loans.

This Ultimate Project Management Certification Bundle is a great example of an affordable way to get ahead. It includes training for 9 certifications including PMP, ITIL, and Six Sigma.

These courses prepare students for unseen project pitfalls with risk management, and for meeting goals more frequently. You’ll even learn best practices for integrating technology services with business needs.

This bundle includes nine comprehensive courses, with 24/7 access to materials for twelve months. With tailored study material quizzes and mock exams, these courses will fully prepare you for formal certification.

For a limited time, get access to this Ultimate Project Management Certification Bundle for just $69, 98% off the usual value to become a successful team leader.

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Neat demonstration of EDM cutting technology

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EDM (electrical discharge machining) cuts through thick plates of steel within +/- 0.0001″.

From Core 77:

In the variant of this production method known as wire EDM, the cutting is done with a thin brass wire and the fun combination of electricity and water. Wire EDM is what you use when you want to cut something that’s, say, 300mm thick, and made out of a tough-to-machine metal.

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Pay just $1 and learn to code online

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You don’t need to get an advanced degree and take out massive loans to become a coder. This bundle of 10 courses was designed to teach anyone to code at home for less than it costs to go out for dinner.

I was particularly impressed with this new 2017 bundle because it includes courses on the latest and most relevant technologies. While most affordable coding courses start and end with basic HTML, this bundle covers everything from iOS coding to Python to Google Go and Scala. Google Go and Scala, in particular, are two of the most relevant skills you can have while applying for a coding job with a top tech company.

To purchase this bundle, you have two simple options. You can seriously pay just $1 and get a 38-lecture JavaScript course (valued at $99). If you would like to bring home lifetime access to all 10 courses and 156 hours of training, just beat the average price – currently just $15.10.

Click here to check out the bundle in the Boing Boing Store, and start learning a new, profitable skill.

And don’t forget to check out the Boing Boing Store’s new 2016 Holiday Gift Shop:

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Pay just $1 and learn to code online

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You don’t need to get an advanced degree and take out massive loans to become a coder. This bundle of 10 courses was designed to teach anyone to code at home for less than it costs to go out for dinner.

I was particularly impressed with this new 2017 bundle because it includes courses on the latest and most relevant technologies. While most affordable coding courses start and end with basic HTML, this bundle covers everything from iOS coding to Python to Google Go and Scala. Google Go and Scala, in particular, are two of the most relevant skills you can have while applying for a coding job with a top tech company.

To purchase this bundle, you have two simple options. You can seriously pay just $1 and get a 38-lecture JavaScript course (valued at $99). If you would like to bring home lifetime access to all 10 courses and 156 hours of training, just beat the average price – currently just $15.10.

Click here to check out the bundle in the Boing Boing Store, and start learning a new, profitable skill.

And don’t forget to check out the Boing Boing Store’s new 2016 Holiday Gift Shop:

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Was Jesus an extraterrestrial?

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In 1954, a London taxi driver named George King received an extraterrestrial mental telegram informing him that he’s been deemed the voice of the Interplanetary Parliament. Motivated by his new cosmic position, he launched the Aetherius Society to spread the spiritual teachings of extraterrestrial gurus like Buddha, Sri Krishna, Confucius, and Jesus. Sure, why not. King died in 1997 but the Aetherius Society lives on. MEL Magazine‘s Jonathan Parks-Ramage paid them a visit:

“The biggest reason why the Aetherius Society is here, why the Cosmic Masters came to earth, is because the Mother Earth has to change,” Keneipp says. “She’d held herself back for hundreds of thousands of years because she’s providing mankind a home to evolve. She’s been told by the karmic lords that she can no longer hold herself back. And so the big push by the Cosmic Masters is to raise as many people up so that they will be able to get to a point where they will enter a new age here on earth.”

Essentially, the Society’s goal is to lift Mother Earth’s burden with love and prayer, a task helped by descended Cosmic Masters like Jesus and Buddha.

Inspired by his new religion, Keneipp soon abandoned the pre-med program at SIU, deciding instead to moved to Los Angeles in 1978. Keneipp devoted his life to the church, working directly with George King as he expanded his religion. I ask Keneipp what it was like to work for King during those formative years.

His response surprises me. “[King] could be very hard, as you would hear other masters of yoga would be in India. They weren’t politically correct and gooey and friendly. They could be extremely harsh and hard and pull you up. [King] expected you to give the best all the time.”

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A gauge to accurately measure the force profile of a keypress

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Annoyed by reviews of keyboards that describe mechanical switches the way men in bow ties describe wine, HaaTa spent fabulous amounts of money constructing a custom gauge that generates meticulously accurate graphs of the pressure profile of keypresses.

I take keyboards way too seriously. However, unlike most of you, I’m an engineer. This means I need facts, data, and real evidence before I can form an opinion. And this lack of actual information has always bothered me when it comes to how the keyboard community at large tends to review switches.

Similar in function to charts of speakers’ frequency response, the gauge anchors subjective experience in empirical data that can be verified independently of manufacturers’ claims. There are good and bad sides to this sort of thing. On one hand, it burns off technophile mysticism and helps prevents it from being sold on to low-information consumers. On the other hand, the desire to free phenomena from human experience is futile.

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Homestuck was the "internet's first masterpiece"

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Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck was a vast, sprawling, impenetrable, hostile webcomic, and it only become harder to define as its popularity grew and its volume stretched toward a million words…

If you ask a fan, you get a flood of enthusiastic nonsense: It’s… well, it’s a webcomic, but sometimes it’s more like an old-school text-based roleplaying game. It’s about a group of kids who are playing that game, and also cause the end of the world…. It’s about growing up, but there’s also time travel, and of course we can’t forget about the alien trolls! and there’s like, complex four-dimensional romance! and really touching moments, and surreal humor, and so many callbacks, self-references, and running jokes I don’t know what it’s even about except for itself, I mean, the author appears as a character, and then gets killed, and the fourth wall isn’t just broken: fourth walls are a tool used by the characters to travel from the… well, see there are lots of universes, and dream universes-

What it was, writes Ben Tolkin, was the first true work of internet art. Participation in the vast, sprawling, impenetrable, hostile subculture around it was an integral part of the storytelling experience.

Homestuck is the first media directed at people for whom the Internet is a way of life, the constantly connected, information-rich community, rather than the individual viewer. Homestuck may not have been written by all of us, but it was written for all of us; since its beginnings as a forum game, Hussie’s writing can only be read by a team constantly supplying each other with knowledge.

That last line is key: people younger than 35 or so grew up drowning in decontextualized knowledge, an experience fundamentally alien to people who became sentient before the age of Google. When Hussie took a yearlong break to plan the ending, Homestuck’s “moment” passed and didn’t flash back upon his return.

And now that it’s over, you can never experience Homestuck.

Do I recommend Homestuck? Should you drop everything and start reading it?

You can’t. Homestuck is over, and I mean over, not just that it isn’t updating. “Homestuck,” the masterpiece, was the event, the community, the shifting pace of updates, the constant chatter between fandom and author. Homestuck is done. If you missed it, you missed it. It may still be worth reading the comic, but it won’t be Homestuck. Despite the Internet’s ability to catalog forever all pre-existing forms of art, all audio and video and text, humans have a knack for making art out of whatever can’t be preserved. Hussie was a sculptor of communities, and this community has dissipated.

Plowing through the comic itself or buying the print editions is like buying a DVD of Woodstock. It doesn’t matter how well they played or how pretty they were; what mattered was being there.

If you still love the internet, you owe it to yourself to read Tolkin’s review of Homestuck in full. It’s long… but it’s not 800,000 words long.

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Donald Trump's 100 day plan: the good, the bad, and the terrifying

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On Naked Capitalism, Gaius Publius parses through Donald Trump’s “100-day action plan” (just the public parts, not the parts leaked by the bumbler Trump wants to put in charge of the DHS), and calls out the few bright spots (killing TPP, improving NAFTA) and the terrifying remainder (accelerating climate change, deploying a national campaign of stop-and-frisk, all but destroying public education).

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Whaling: phishing for executives and celebrities

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A fraudster’s term of art, “whaling” refers to phishing attempts targeted at “C-level corporate executives, politicians and celebrities” — it’s a play on “phishing” (attacks that trick users into downloading dangerous files or visiting attack sites by impersonating known sources) and “whales” (a term of art from casinos, referring to high-stakes gamblers).
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Trump's DHS plan leaked by Kris Kobach, who thinks more about Sharia law than folders

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Kansas Secretary of State and noted xenophobe Kris Kobach, who is in line to run Trump’s DHS, was photographed by the AP yesterday at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse holding the secret 100-day plan for the Trump DHS. By blowing the photo up, we’re able to learn an awful lot about what’s in the cards.
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The Portable February grabs the reader like an LSD-dosed college professor who hijacked a tourist bus

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With 100 frames of incongruously playful observation connected only by authorship, wit, and uncanny brilliance, The Portable February is a Cliff’s Notes thesis on existence, told in line drawings and one-liners by author, poet, and musician David Berman. Randomly exposing the vaudevillian arc of history, Berman extracts the extraordinary from the ordinary. He brings a furied ennui to every moment, grabbing the reader like an LSD-dosed and recently-ousted college professor who hijacked a tourist bus, calmly calling out the sights and overlooked absurdities of American life armed with a keen wit, a soft spot for pop culture, and the occasional ax to grind.

Just flipping through this book, one might say, “This guy can’t even fucking draw,” but the crudeness of his visual accompaniment is intentional.

In this visual follow-up to his critically-acclaimed book of poetry, Actual Air, David Berman tasks himself with contemplating the missing socks in the laundry load of life. Able to portray human futility in one frame, as in “The Soul and its Shtick,” the book’s visual simplicity belies the complexity of thought, as in “Humbled by the Void,” while a casual humor defines another, like “Daytime Television.” In frames like “Irrational 15th Century Battle Scenes,” and “’We’ stands for ‘warn everybody,’” his playful love for humanity emerges, and in the sweet “All culture strives, folks,” you can take his beneficent observations to heart.

Berman’s inner and outer battles seep into the pages and the juxtaposition of impossibly insightful and wicked smart ideas hung on spare, but potent, frames is pure Berman. Whether intentional or not, the book’s seemingly simple title, The Portable February, reflects the author’s dual perspectives, as February is a seemingly benign but scathing month. With the ebullience of the holidays deflating like a wheezing balloon into the bleakness of the purgatory of winter, the mercifully short month brings a pointless patina to each of its 28 days. Valentine’s Day, February’s lone holiday, provides a pink and red glimmer of hope and distraction, yet it’s a day often spent alone, sad, disappointed, possibly suicidal, or, if coupled, hated by everyone else. It’s no coincidence it’s also when the highest rate of suicide occurs in the U.S. What February lacks in joy, it at least mercifully makes up for in brevity. Fittingly, The Portable February gives us a playful guide to the futility of existence in a format you can carry.

The author has spoken publicly about his own near-miss with suicide and the turnaround that came as a result, and his work has always defied categorization, rarely adhering to a recognizable niche in any medium. Though critically acclaimed in every field he endeavors, his output has been sparse since 2009, when he dissolved his band, The Silver Jews, to focus on opposing his Washington lobbyist father, Rick Berman, who 60 Minutes dubbed, “Dr. Evil.” In his announcement, Berman described his father as a “despicable man…a sort of human molester. An exploiter. A scoundrel. A world historic motherfucking son of a bitch,” and vowed, “In …read more

Beginners set of watch repair tools

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I may not be able to fix a broken watch, but I do not blame this set of tools.

I have a dead self-winding Bulova I wanted to see if I could puzzle out, and fix on my own. That did not work out, but these tools are wonderful to have around. I can open cases of watches I previously had to take in for battery replacement, and changing, or resizing bands got a lot easier.

I find I use this set for a lot more than trying to fix a watch, too. Eye glasses repair and just about anything that needs tiny screwdrivers and picks will benefit from keeping this toolkit handy.

At least my Timex Mickey is running again.

Readaeer® Portable Watchmaker Watch Repair Tools Kit Set Back Case Opener Adjuster Remover via Amazon

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Cool animated opening for David Blaine's "Beyond Magic"

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Buck, the director of this animated video, says, “David Blaine approached us to make an animated intro for his latest magic special, a palette cleanser to get people excited for a bumpy night ahead. Inspired by David’s mind-bending magic and the Paul Auster penned script which was voiced by Christopher Walken in the style of a side-show barker, we crafted a hero’s journey of sorts, a psychedelic trip into the spectacle of the real.”

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UK regulator rules joke about Queen having sex "breached rules"

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British regulators determined that a joke about Queen Elizabeth II having sex “breached” broadcasting rules.

The edition of the show, which aired in April this year, featured a panel of comedians who are given a subject which they have to prove is not funny. If the audience does laugh, the subject passes to the next contestant.

Panellist Russell Kane was asked to explain why there was nothing funny about why the Queen, who has four children, must have had sex at least four times in her life.

“Four times we have to think of republicanism as we imagine four children emerging from Her Majesty’s vulva,” said Kane to audience laughter.

Ofcom ruled that the quips, uttered on BBC Radio 4, were “not justified”. Moreover, “the potential for offence was increased by the fact that these remarks were broadcast on the Queen’s 90th birthday”.

The show, Don’t Make Me Laugh, was cancelled in the wake of the controversy, which led to a staggering 12 people writing in to complain.

I can’t immediately find a clip of the segment in question, so you’ll instead have to make do with some amusing media navelgazing over a previous instance of British lese majeste, wherein the line “I’m so old my pussy is haunted” was repeated in Streisand-esque fashion in a watchdog show.

No sanctions were reported other than Ofcom’s stern telling-off. But whatever you do, don’t talk about Queen Liz getting into bed with Donald Trump.

UPDATE: I believe this is the episode in question, but haven’t got a timestamp for you yet:

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Knit mermaid blankets

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Laghcat’s $24 knitted mermaid tail blankets come in kids’ (56″x28″) and adults’ (71″x35.5″) sizes and 40 color schemes/styles; the thousands of positive reviews praise the construction as being robust and durable (and feature photos of “mermaids” lounging cozily around their homes in their tail-blankets), and the blankets can be machine washed and tumble-dried. (via Incredible Things)

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When Mike Pence came to Hamilton, the cast added a special afterword, just for him

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to see Hamilton last night; he was booed on the way to his seat, but afterward, the cast acknowledged him with a brief set of remarks written by the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda: “We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us.”
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The Snoopers Charter is now law in the UK: "extreme surveillance" rules the land

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Britain’s love-affair with mass surveillance began under the Labour government, but it was two successive Conservative governments (one in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, who are nominally pro-civil liberties) who took Tony Blair’s mass surveillance system and turned it into a vicious, all-powerful weapon. Now, their work is done.

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Twitterbot experiment suggests that public disapproval by white men can reduce harassers' use of racist language

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NYU PhD candidate Kevin Munger made a set of four male-seeming twitterbots that attempted to “socially sanction” white Twitter users who habitually used racial epithets (he reasons that these two characteristics are a good proxy for harassment): the bots could be white or black (that is, have names that have been experimentally shown to be associated with “whiteness” or “blackness”) and could have 2 followers or 500 of them.
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Office Depot techs accused of faking malware infections to meet sales targets

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Seattle’s KIRO TV made undercover visits to Office Depot stores in Washington state and Oregon and asked the technicians working in the store’s “PC Health Check” to evaluate a working, uninfected PC; four out of six times, Office Depot technicians diagnosed nonexistent virus activity and prescribed $200 worth of service to get rid of it.
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Promised auction for popular .blog domain canceled

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After Automattic (makers of WordPress) announced its control of the .blog top-level domain, Chris Chidle paid more than $200 to pre-register chris.blog. He did so under the expectation that, as Automattic had promised, domains with multiple applicants would go to auction. Eventually he was told someone else won the domain—no auction necessary! He got a refund, but wants to know why Automattic took money for an auction that wasn’t going to happen.

My interpretation is this: we yanked your domain and aren’t going to let you have it or bid on it until we find a way to make more money from it. After all, we have to recoup the $19M we spent to buy the TLD. …

A few weeks back, before I had inquired about the auctions, I thought to check get.blog to see if anything had changed. chris.blog was still $30/year, but christopher.blog was $2,000/year! I tried some other common first names and many had annual fees in the thousands, while a few were still pegged at $30/year. My guess is that the cheap ones already had applications, then Automattic panicked and raised the prices on the rest.

At Hacker News, at least two more people report similar stories of their .blog fees being refunded and the domains no longer being available. The implication seems to be that the auctions failed to attract the pre-bid interest Automattic expected, so it began proactively marketing short and trademarky domains to private parties on the sly.

All domains are auctionable, but some are more auctionable than others. This is a huge warning to anyone thinking of registering under a newfangled, privately-operated TLD: what’s to stop your landlord evicting you, or raising the rent?

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Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast covers Westworld episode five, "Contrapasso"

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Now that Boars, Gore, and Swords has switched to full coverage of HBO’s Westworld, they’ve returned to their schedule of posting episodes following that night’s airing. For this week’s “Contrapasso,” Ivan and Red are joined by comedian Allison Mick to discuss ever-expanding fan theories, dude robot full frontal, and Ed Harris’s frontier medicine. They’ve also concluded their Patreon-exclusive coverage of the Great British Bake Off finale, so kick in a buck for some high-class cake talk.

To catch up on previous episodes of Westworld, previous seasons of Game of Thrones, the A Song of Ice And Fire books, and other TV and movies, check out the BGaS archive. You can find them on Twitter @boarsgoreswords, like their Facebook fanpage, and email them. If you want access to extra episodes and content, you can donate to the Patreon.

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Kodachrome, Pt. 1

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This week on HOME: Stories From L.A., a member of the Boing Boing Podcast Network:

Color slides were once the state of the art in family photography — vibrant, immersive, ubiquitous. So ubiquitous, in fact, that millions, maybe billions of them survive. A conversation with midcentury pop culture expert Charles Phoenix: What can we learn from the vast shadow world of abandoned slides about the way we used to live in our homes?

If you like what you hear, please drop by the iTunes Store and leave the show a rating and/or review. And don’t forget to subscribe:

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Man attempts illegal soak in acidic Yellowstone hot pool: reduced to wallet and flip-flops

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Via a Freedom of Information Act request, Yellowstone National Park recently reported the tragic details of an accident last summer, where a 23 year old man dissolved after an illegal attempt to bathe in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. He had gone 200 yards past the legal tourism area with his sister, who was recording on her cell phone when the incident happened. Luckily, that video has not been released.

Though search and rescue was attempted, Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress remarked, “in a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving” due to the churning, acidic water. The man was reaching down to test the temperature, with the intent to “hot pot,” aka bathe in the steaming water, when he slipped and fell in.

Reports Wyoming’s KURL news:

Search and rescue rangers who arrived later did find the victim’s body in the pool, along with his wallet, and flip flops. But, a lightning storm stopped the recovery efforts. The next day, workers could not find any remains. Veress says the water was churning, and acidic.

He remarked, “In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving”

Veress said the park posts warning signs for important reasons, “… because it is wild and it hasn’t been overly altered by people to make things a whole lot safer, it’s got dangers. And a place like Yellowstone which is set aside because of the incredible geothermal resources that are here, all the more so.”

Yellowstone is meant to be wild and preserved as such, so the park posts warning signs for this very reason. Despite the signs and the accident, a week later, a Chinese tourist also left the visitors boardwalk and illegally tried to collect water from the same spring to use for its “medicinal purposes.” Collecting any of the park’s resources, including water from hot springs, is a federal violation and the man was heavily fined. Walking on the fragile crust of the thermal springs causes irreversible environmental damage.

How the hot springs were formed, from the Yellowstone website:

At Yellowstone each year, the rain and melted snow seeps into the earth. Cold to begin with, the water is quickly warmed by heat radiating from a partially molten magma chamber deep underground, the remnant of a cataclysmic volcanic explosion that occurred 600,000 years ago.

After moving throughout this underwater “plumbing” system, the now hot water rises up through a system of small fissures. Here it also interacts with hot gases charged with carbon dioxide rising up from the magma chamber. As some of the carbon dioxide is dissolved in the hot water, a weak, carbonic acid solution is formed. In the Mammoth area, the hot, acidic solution dissolves large quantities of limestone on its way up through the rock layers to the hot springs on the surface.

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Man attempts illegal soak in acidic Yellowstone hot pool: reduced to wallet and flip-flops

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Via a Freedom of Information Act request, Yellowstone National Park recently reported the tragic details of an accident last summer, where a 23 year old man dissolved after an illegal attempt to bathe in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. He had gone 200 yards past the legal tourism area with his sister, who was recording on her cell phone when the incident happened. Luckily, that video has not been released.

Though search and rescue was attempted, Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress remarked, “in a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving” due to the churning, acidic water. The man was reaching down to test the temperature, with the intent to “hot pot,” aka bathe in the steaming water, when he slipped and fell in.

Reports Wyoming’s KURL news:

Search and rescue rangers who arrived later did find the victim’s body in the pool, along with his wallet, and flip flops. But, a lightning storm stopped the recovery efforts. The next day, workers could not find any remains. Veress says the water was churning, and acidic.

He remarked, “In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving”

Veress said the park posts warning signs for important reasons, “… because it is wild and it hasn’t been overly altered by people to make things a whole lot safer, it’s got dangers. And a place like Yellowstone which is set aside because of the incredible geothermal resources that are here, all the more so.”

Yellowstone is meant to be wild and preserved as such, so the park posts warning signs for this very reason. Despite the signs and the accident, a week later, a Chinese tourist also left the visitors boardwalk and illegally tried to collect water from the same spring to use for its “medicinal purposes.” Collecting any of the park’s resources, including water from hot springs, is a federal violation and the man was heavily fined. Walking on the fragile crust of the thermal springs causes irreversible environmental damage.

How the hot springs were formed, from the Yellowstone website:

At Yellowstone each year, the rain and melted snow seeps into the earth. Cold to begin with, the water is quickly warmed by heat radiating from a partially molten magma chamber deep underground, the remnant of a cataclysmic volcanic explosion that occurred 600,000 years ago.

After moving throughout this underwater “plumbing” system, the now hot water rises up through a system of small fissures. Here it also interacts with hot gases charged with carbon dioxide rising up from the magma chamber. As some of the carbon dioxide is dissolved in the hot water, a weak, carbonic acid solution is formed. In the Mammoth area, the hot, acidic solution dissolves large quantities of limestone on its way up through the rock layers to the hot springs on the surface.

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America's top spy won't stick around to watch Donald Trump wield his doomsday device

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James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, has tendered his resignation. He says he will serve through the handover to the new administration, whereupon Donald Trump will inherit an arsenal of cyberweapons and a $52B/year army of 107,000 secret, unaccountable spies that Clapper has strengthened and emboldened in one of the most sustained and successful exercises in empire-building in US governmental history.
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Adam Savage visits Peter Jackson's startling cabinet of movie prop curiosities

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Boing Boing pal Adam Savage (MythBusters, Tested) tours the incredible prop collection of Peter Jackson, producer of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, District 9, and the forthcoming The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. One of his favorite pieces? An original Hal 9000 faceplate! That is quite the wunderkammer, Mr. Jackson! (Tested)

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Metallica and The Roots play "Enter Sandman" on toy and classroom instruments

On The Tonight Show last night, Metallica, promoting their new album “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct,” played their old ditty “Enter Sandman” in an entirely new way. We’re off to never never land.

James Hetfield – Vocals, Toy clarinet
Jimmy Fallon – Vocals, Bass Drum, Casio Keyboard, Kazoo
Lars Ulrich – Fisher Price Drum, Toy Cymbals
Kirk Hammett – Melodica
Robert Trujillo – Baby Electric Axe
Questlove – Hand Clappers, Kazoo
Kamal Gray – Xylophone
James Poyser – Melodica
Captain Kirk – Ukulele
Tuba Gooding Jr. – Kazoo, Banana Shaker, Apple Shaker
Mark Kelley – Kazoo
Frank Knuckles – Bongos
Black Thought – Tambourine, Brown Hat

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Giveaway Alert: Google Pixel XL Phone

We’re excited to announce our newest giveaway for the highly-anticipated Google Pixel XL phone!

This is Google’s first foray into the smartphone game, and as expected, this device is packed with cool features and Google integrations. It runs Android 7.1, and includes a 5.5 inch screen with unheard-of 1440-2560 resolution. For comparison’s sake, that’s better than a lot of laptops out there.

Plus, even with all this functionality, the Pixel XL still has an impressively long-lasting battery that is also incredibly fast charging.

All you have to do to enter to win is head to this page and answer a few questions. You could be on your way to owning one of the most high tech, next-gen smartphones on the market today. We’re rooting for you!

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Yes, humans are capable of creating a happy and successful liberal society: The Netherlands

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As U.S. headlines bombard us with proof of how low humanity can go, here’s a look at a happy, peaceful, and prosperous country — The Netherlands — to remind us that it is actually possible for the human race to get it right. If people want to change present circumstances through liberal ideals, it’s helpful to look at a liberal, politically stable country with a strong and open economy. Also known as Holland, the country does not have the same history and culture that creates the inherent social and economic problems in the U.S., but it is clearly moving in the right direction — forward.

It’s a great destination for liberal ex-patriates looking for a place to live and work — especially in the tech sector — that already has its shit together, in case you really are now considering moving out of the country. Staying or going, it makes sense to see what a liberal society looks like and how it works.

We’ve compiled a list of facts about The Netherlands to show you what humans can do when they’re not fighting en masse on Twitter:

  • The Dutch government plans to ban the sales of petrol and diesel-powered cars in 2025
  • Healthiest country in the world for diet
  • Keeps closing prisons due to a lack of prisoners
  • First to legalize same-sex marriage
  • Highest concentration of museums in the world
  • Highest English-proficiency in the world where it is not first language
  • Highest population density in Europe
  • Home to more bikes than people
  • Cycling in the Netherlands is the safest in the world
  • Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport offers more direct flights than any airport in the world
  • 83 percent of the population live in urban areas but there are few high rises
  • Largely secular country: up to 40 percent of Dutch say they have no religion, 30 percent are Catholic, and 20 percent are Protestant.
  • Most physically active EU population
  • Has liberal stances on issues like drugs, abortion, euthanasia
  • Has few abandoned dogs after aggressive campaign fining breeders
  • 20,000 miles of bike paths
  • World’s first solar-powered bike lanes
  • Charging points for electric cars are located within 50 meters of each other

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As far as opportunity goes, here is the tech business climate, including for foreign workers, as described by Holland High Tech:

The Netherlands’ centuries-old tradition of creativity, pragmatism, entrepreneurship, openness and collaboration make it the perfect place to find solutions to the challenges society is facing today in the areas of health and wellness, security, renewable energy, mobility and the climate. The Dutch high-tech systems and materials sector offers pragmatic solutions for these technological challenges. Solutions that, due to the complexity of the challenges, are primarily found in cross-overs in technology and collaboration. The Netherlands is recognized around the world for its products, knowledge and concepts. Its high-tech systems and materials sector has high-end jobs for foreign knowledge workers, skilled workers and teachers. It is also a centre of excellence for research and development in the area of technology and innovation, and promotes collaboration and technology partnerships. The Netherlands offers excellent business conditions for domestic …read more

Disney’s "Doc McStuffins" renewed after Twitter campaign: female African-American is its rare protagonist

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Disney just announced that Doc McStuffins, an animated show starring an African-American girl who fixes broken toys and wants to be a doctor, is renewed for its fifth season. Described as “Cheers for preschoolers,” its fans took to Twitter this summer wanting to know the show’s fate. The social media campaign was led by W. Kamau Bell, a self-described socio-political comedian and dad who hosts CNN’s United Shades of America. Bell tweeted today, “Doc McStuffins is one of the most important shows in the history of television.” Reports Variety:

Since the series debuted in 2012, it has won much admiration, particularly because it is difficult to find a female African-American protagonist who aspires to be a doctor in many mainstream cartoons. A group of African-American female physicians, inspired by the program, formed the Artemis Medical Society, an organization which has a membership of over 4700 women physicians of color from around the world. First Lady Michelle Obama guest-starred as herself in an episode.

“Doc McStuffins” won a Peabody Award in 2015 and NAACP Image Awards in 2015 and 2016 in the “Outstanding Children’s Program” category. Disney says the series averages 16 million views on the Disney Junior app, VOD and Hulu, and reaches 150 million viewers worldwide each quarter, and in the past year was ordered over 20 million times via set-top-box VOD.

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VIDEO: Tension mounts as man tries to halt progress of pigeon

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC0C7vxxIxw&feature=youtu.be

We interrupt your growing anxiety at America’s emergent cyberpunk dystopia for a tense missive from this guy’s house. In this video, a pigeon bears down a chimney in Romford or maybe Cheltenham or somewhere like that. The perspective on the video makes it hard to tell (especially when things get hairy) but the pigeon is well-armored and only seconds from putting the defender in serious trouble. Wings flap menacingly; a feather sails past the lens. It is not long before he is quite alarmed at the bird’s progress. What happens next, though, will probably not surprise you. (more…)

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VIDEO: Tension mounts as French forces try to halt progress of suicide truck

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8CNWbqmhDw&feature=youtu.be

We interrupt your growing anxiety at America’s emergent cyberpunk dystopia for a tense missive from the Syrian War. In this video, an explosive-laden suicide truck bears down on a position held (reportedly by French special forces with the SDF) near Raqqa. The perspective on the video makes it hard to tell, but the vehicle is well-armored and only seconds from putting the defenders in serious trouble. Bullets ricochet off; a missile sails past its target. It is not long before everyone is becoming quite alarmed at the driver’s progress. What happens next, though, will probably not surprise you. (more…)

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