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Lots of young people are growing up watching strangers play video games. But while “Let’s Play” videos are fairly common in the West (I even do a niche series of my own), for some reason the format as we know it apparently isn’t big among Japanese.
“I can’t believe the loveliness of lovin’ you.”
It might not be the album against which Kanye West recently felt the need to protest, but Becks Song Reader is so beautifully conceived and presented that in a perfect world it would warrant even more attention.
John Oliver hates April Fools’ Day. I agree with him. I propose we turn April 1 into “April Friendly Day,” and delight friends and strangers with wonderful things.
Espresso at home was getting some weird, off flavors. Running Grindz through my ceramic burr grinder fixed everything.
Ecuadorian artist Oscar Santillan removed the top inch of England’s tallest mountain for his exhibition in London, and people want him to return it.
Countercurrent News: “A police officer in Arkansas recently lost his job after he exposed a massive scheme that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes and then arrest them for servicing the undercover cops.”
Games can be conversations, and a new anthology curated by Merritt Kopas called Videogames For Humans aims to explore those connections.
Maine’s Tea Party Governor Paul LePage (R) has doubled down on his lie that Stephen King left Maine to avoid paying income tax; King is a proud taxpayer who views “taxes as a way of paying back the state that has given us so much.”
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In this episode of the You Are Not so Smart Podcast you will hear an excerpt from a lecture I gave at DragonCon2014 all about unlearning, superseded scientific theories, post-hoc rationalization, just-so stories, laser eyes, goose trees, spanking and more.
Rob Cockerham says: “I set up a table in Sacramento and challenged people to drink raw eggs like Rocky does in the movie. 60 eggs gone in less than two hours. I could have easily given out 100 more that night.
The Intercept’s Micah Lee explains how to use Diceware‘s to generate a passphrase that can survive the NSA’s trillion-guess-per-second cracking attempts — but which can still be easily memorized.
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A lobbyist who has been making the media rounds saying the active ingredient in Monsantos Roundup weed killer is safe for humans to drink refuses to drink glyphosate when a French TV news host offers him a glass.
He just turned three days old, at the San Diego Zoo.
Rep John Carter [R-TX] chairs Homeland Security Appropriations and sits on Defense subcommittees, but he only found out that encryption exists when FBI Director James Comey gave bizarre congressional testimony about the coming Bad Times if we’re allowed to know about math.
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On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, Rep. John Conyers openly praised the burglars who broke into the FBI office in 1971 to expose J. Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO domestic spying program. Read the rest