Monthly Archives: August 2015

Help Us Find the Ugliest City Flag

There sure has been a lot of discussion about flags lately. Flags that are appropriate to fly . Flags that need to be changed due to geopolitical shifts . Flags that represent pride . But most flags are actually horrible, from a design perspective. Spe… Continue reading

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Gizmodo Amazon Prime Is About to Get Worse | Jalopnik What The Hell Is Fiat Chrysler’s CEO Really Up

Gizmodo Amazon Prime Is About to Get Worse | Jalopnik What The Hell Is Fiat Chrysler’s CEO Really Up To? | Jezebel Why Isn’t Elisabeth Hasselbeck Classified As a Hate Group? | Kotaku What Was Your Worst Experience At A Video Game Store? | Kinja Popular Posts

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Deadspin Cops: Man Shot Outside WWE Performance Center Had Knife, Obsession With Female Wrestler | G

Deadspin Cops: Man Shot Outside WWE Performance Center Had Knife, Obsession With Female Wrestler | Gawker Texts Show Teen Pushing Her Boyfriend To Suicide: “When Are You Gonna Do It?” | io9 Metal Gear Solid Is One Of The Most Fascinating Science Fiction Stories in Any Medium | Lifehacker Moleskine Unveils New Notebooks Designed for Productivity and Organization | Kinja Popular Posts

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This is Exactly What New Horizons Saw Zipping Past Pluto

When the New Horizons spacecraft raced past Pluto this summer, it constantly snapped photographs both coming and going. This is exactly what it saw while zooming past the frozen dwarf planet. Whoa.Read more… Continue reading

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Afternoon Hypnosis: Watch These Droplets Coalesce and Break at Terminal Velocity

It’s (relatively) easy to get water droplets to move at terminal velocity. They don’t even have to be moving relative to you. Just get air flowing upwards fast enough, and the water will hover, without increasing its speed up or down. Then throw more water drops at it, and see what happens.

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Onward Christian soldiers: War Room triumphs at the box office

Beating movies with stars including Zac Efron, the critically panned Christian family drama has underscored the popularity of faith-based films in America

It’s official: Hollywood has fallen for God, and God, or at least mammon, appears to reciprocate the affection.

War Room, a low-budget paean to the power of prayer, has become the latest faith-based film to triumph at the United States box office.

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RIP Oliver Sacks: 7 Must-Read Books and Stories About Our Beautiful Brains

In the past day you may have seen the internet lighting up with appreciations for the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. He died yesterday at age 82 , leaving behind a lifetime of illuminating writing that helped us to understand our own brains as be… Continue reading

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Daredevil kid rides a train while on top of the roof of the train

Taking the train is my favorite form of transportation because unlike a car, I don’t have to drive or get stuck in traffic and unlike an airplane, I don’t have to go through security and be crammed in impossibly tiny spaces. But I only like it when I’m inside the train. This kid, who’s completely nuts and probably has questionable taste in music but definitely has a lot of fun stories to tell, figured out a way to ride on the roof of a train. It’s crazy.

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One Chart That Shows How Much Money Ashley Madison Made Using Bots

Earlier today, I reported that Ashley Madison’s source code reveals a concerted effort to create an army of thousands of female bots called “engagers” to coax men into paying more for the site’s services. Now we have a chart from the company’s leaked emails that shows how much money they made from the bots.

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Find 25 Minutes to Watch This Short About a Young Boy and His Powers

Umkhungo (The Gift) is really, really good. It’s a self-contained story about Themba, a young boy whose powers have branded him cursed. When his parents die, he ends up with a street thug named Mthunzi. The two eventually come to an understanding, just as Themba’s uncles and the authorities close in.

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The First USB-C Car Charger Also Throws In a Backup Battery

Now that many laptops and smartphones can be charged with the same USB Type-C cable, it makes sense to have those fancy new ports everywhere. And with Nomad’s new Roadtrip, any vehicle with a 12-volt car socket can be modernized with a USB Type-C power source of its own.

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This GIF is Amazing, But Those Aren’t Self-Driving Cars

Over the past month, this video of traffic at a busy intersection has gone viral. People are sharing it as a demonstration of self-driving cars on the road. And while there’s some truth to the general idea that cars will be able to caravan and avoid each other much better in the future, that’s not what this video actually shows. The video is an art film that’s been heavily edited in post-production.

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IBM’s Watson Could Hold the Key to Fighting Beijing’s Brutal Pollution

The same company that made Jeopardy!-conquering Watson will use similar tech to help fight air pollution in Beijing. In the future, that artificial intelligence could lead to cleaner air for the long haul, everywhere.Read more… Continue reading

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What’s The Worst RPG/Tabletop Gaming Experience You’ve Ever Had?

Playing Dungeons & Dragons or some other role-playing game with your best friends can be amazing. But play a tabletop RPG or other game with the wrong people, and things can take a very dark turn. What’s the worst RPG/tabletop experience you’ve ever suffered through?

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The Flash TV Series Just Cast Zoom, So Now I’m Completely Confused 


Actor Tony Todd has been cast as the Flash’s archenemy Zoom in the second season of the CW’s hit TV series. Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “Hey, I thought the Reverse-Flash was the Flash’s archenemy,” well, you’re right. Because Zoom is the Reverse-Flash. Who was played in season one by Tom Cavanaugh. Who is still on the show in season two. Even though he was erased from existence in the first season finale. What the hell is even happening here?

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Smaller New 3DS Finally Coming To North America

Word from the ongoing GameStop Expo today is that Nintendo will finally release the smaller version of its New 3DS hardware in North America, responding to consumer demand and apparently making good on a hint the company gave us at E3 in June. Read mo… Continue reading

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The New Gear S2 Doesn’t Sound Like an Apple Watch Killer

In a wearable preamble to the gadget onslaught that will flood Berlin this week, Samsung’s just outed its latest attempt to win over your wrist-puter heart. It’s the Gear S2, an update to last year’s Galaxy Gear S, which was just too weird to love .

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Cute animation video explains how smart dolphins actually are

We always hear that dolphins are smart but how smart are they actually? Lori Marino explains for Ted-Ed in this cute animation and it’s almost stunning how intelligent they are. Their encephalization quotient (brain size to body size) is second only to us dumb humans and goes into detail how they can pass down knowledge to their kids, understand language, empathize with other creatures and so forth.

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The Strain Introduces the Show’s Biggest Badass and Then Instantly Takes Him Away 

First of all, let me apologize for the lack of last week’s recap. I had to travel very early on Monday morning to NYC for io9/Gawker shenanigans, and was unable to watch last week’s episode, which is a shame, because it was definitely the highlight of the season. Rather than ignore it, I figure I’d give recaps of both for you much smarter souls who are only watching the showing vicariously through my suffering.

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