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That’s the second time this year this has happened in the Tampa Bay area. Tampa, Florida.
You’ll remember that my publisher sent 200 copies of Little Brother to Booker T Washington High School after the principal canceled the summer One Book/One School reading program because he was opposed to the book’s “anti-authoritarian” message.
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The internet was abuzz this week with horror at the actions of Sky News reporter Colin Brazier, who was reporting live from the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Eastern Ukraine for the 24-hour news network. He picked up crash victims’ luggage live on air, and rummaged through its contents, describing them to camera. Mr. Brazier now realizes he “crossed a line,” and wrote a sort of mea culpa in the Guardian.
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It’s amazing to see these tiny, precision components being created and placed carefully together to create a mechanism. Each moment seems an exercise in human and technical precision–don’t miss the branding being lasered in.
A close look taken at thousands of galaxies reveals that smaller ones revolve around larger ones in disc-shaped orbits, contrary to expectations of a more random-seeming distribution.
Maggie Koerth-Baker on why the megafauna of George Lucas’ parched desert world makes no sense. It’s not the dry heat that’s the problem; it’s the food supply. Read the rest
London-based artist Eliza Bennett began by working in textiles and fashion design, and uses techniques from those realms on her own hands. Her skin becomes cloth, on which she stitches embroidered patterns that trace a narrative.
The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers that ingesting pure powdered caffeine sold in bulk online is not a great idea. Read the rest
One year ago today
Creature from the Black Lagoon as outlaw biker tee: Ben Von Strawn’s “The Creatcha” tees, which sport a version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon in biker drag and a coal-scuttle helmet.
He made the announcement at the HOPEX conference in New York this past weekend, calling on other attendees to join him in a project to “improve the future by encoding our rights into programs and protocols by which we rely every day.”
(Image: SHH, Liz Welsh, CC-BY)
Borodai’s response is best part of this totally bizarre interview: he dramatically rolls his eyes at Cuomo, and tells him basically, don’t believe everything you see on the internet. Read the rest
In the latest episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we follow postal enthusiast W. Reginald Bray as he sends bowler hats, seaweed, his dog and even himself through the British mail.
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The results of a multi-year participant census study show a lot of diversity, smarts, and civic engagement among regular Burning Man attendees–and some shame. Read the rest
Ethan Gilsdorf gets a first-look at some incredible high-res art from the latest edition of the classic pen-and-paper role-playing game. Read the rest
Much of what you hear about the purpose of marriage is ahistorical. Lisa L. Spangenberg on what the institution was traditionally fit for. Read the rest
On Sunday morning, reporters at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in Eastern Ukraine say armed pro-Russia militants have forced emergency workers to hand over all bodies and body parts recovered so far. The human remains were then loaded onto refrigerated train cars bound for a rebel-held city.
Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Volodymyr Groysman said 192 bodies and eight body parts were loaded onto the railway cars.
Saturday Morning Slow Jams‘ slick R&B cover of the Transformers theme. Don’t miss their takes on Muppet Babies (below), Ducktales, Pokemon, Animaniacs, and many more.