Human and opossum are best friends

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Meet “Kika my opossum,” says IMGURian overlordzelli.

“I am a huge sucker for yawning animals. She’s very excited for outside cuddles”

“For years I thought my spirit animal was a cat but now I’m realizing I’m basically just a trash cat like Kika.”

“I love her so much.”

I agree with what this one commenter points out:

“Opossums can’t contract rabies and they eat ticks. My favorite trash cat.”

OverlordZelli:

She’s actually a rescue. We found her mom dead after falling out of a tree during a big storm. And yes dead dead. Punctured from the fall and everything. There were nine babies we took in while we tried to find a rehabilitator. Apparently they all moved away but after calling them they instructed us what to do. Eight died. Kika is all that’s left. They had metabolic bone disease. We had received local farm fresh eggs and gave them their first egg. Seven died from salmonella because apparently local farm gave us bad eggs. And by bad I mean the next egg we cracked for breakfast had a fully developed dead baby chicken. I can’t trust local farms after that. Zuka was caught by a coyote we think one night. She liked using the cat door. Kika has really bad arthritis so she can’t be released. She has zero chance of survival. Opossums don’t live all that long so I make it my motto to give her all sorts of foods to try while she has the luxury.

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Online privacy tips for 2019

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Keith Axline at The Tools We Need, writes that if you haven’t already, switch to Firefox and install Privacy Badger, HTTPS Everywhere, uBlock Origin, Decentraleyes, CanvasBlocker and Smart Referrer. Use 1.1.1.1 as your DNS and change your default search engine. He explains why: A Few Simple Steps to Vastly Increase Your Privacy Online. Read the rest “Online privacy tips for 2019”

Stop robocalls and phone scams with this top-rated app

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Despite government legislation and improving caller ID technology, robocalls and scam artists are rampant on the phone lines – up to 35 billion a year in the US alone. They can be annoying at best and a financial threat at worst, but there’s a way to take security into your own hands. One good example of the recent rise in call-filtering apps is Call Control, which has been racking up kudos from NBC News and Fox Business – as well as consumers on the App Store and Google Play.

Not only does this app feature a list of automatically blocked numbers from a CommunityIQ database, but the enhanced caller ID detailed information so you can distinguish between genuine government entities and the scammers that pose as them. Easily block numbers, look up unknown numbers with reverse lookup, even set “quiet hours” that silence your phone from all calls during a designated time. It’s a simple and reliable way to take back your number.

Right now, a one-year subscription to Call Control Premium is 33% off at $19.99. Read the rest “Stop robocalls and phone scams with this top-rated app”

Chicago! I’m at C2E2 this weekend with my new book RADICALIZED! Next up: San Francisco, Portland/Ft Vancouver, Seattle & Anaheim!

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Last night’s book tour event in Toronto was a smashing success! Thanks to everyone who came! I just checked in for my flight to Chicago for a weekend’s worth of appearances at C2E2, and then on Monday I’ll be at Berkeley Arts & Letters at 7:30PM with Richard Kadrey, then The Revolutionary Reads series at Ft Vancouver (outside of Portland, OR), and then the Seattle Public Library and finally a weekend of events at Wondercon in Anaheim. Come on out! (Image: @codepoet127)

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Deep Space 9 remastered with deep learning

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Star Trek‘s original series and TNG were shot on film, allowing them to be rescanned for high-definition broadcast. Star Trek: Deep Space 9, however, was shot on video at standard definition: there’s no further detail to recover for HD broadcasts. Machine learning to the rescue! CaptRobau writes:

I will go into greater detail about my process in a future blog post, but it took me about two days to get everything extracted, upscaled and put it back together in a way that was pleasing. This resulted only in the first five minutes of the episode being done (the episode recap, the opening scene, and the intro). Still pretty good time for a mid-to-high end PC with software that isn’t just available to professionals.

The result left me pretty awestruck. It looked better than I had hoped. No weird issues or anything. It looked pretty much like an HD version of DS9. Since (moving) pictures are worth more than a thousand words, here are two comparison videos that show off the improvement I was able to get with this machine learning based upscaling technique.

Below, the intro at 4K. CBS, hire this man! (Or license his code!) “Imagine what a real team could do, with more powerful equipment, custom trained neural networks … and access to the original SD files instead of a DVDRip like me.”

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Watch these dogs with floofy fluff-butts bravely tunnel in snow

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This very good doggo is either hunting something special, or clearing a path for his human, or who knows? Either way, the dog is obviously a submarine.

When you thought you were adopting a dog, but instead got a subwoofer.

And below, meet Yukon.

“He is named after Yukon Cornelius and he, too, is still searching for that elusive peppermint mine!”

May I present, Yukon. Destroyer of Worlds.

[Link, via Reddit user blue_bomber697]

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Kindle edition of Neuromancer at steep discount

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The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

I read William Gibson’s Neuromancer for the first time in 1985. I bought a copy at the San Francisco State University bookstore (Carla was attending college there and I was working at Memorex/Burrough in nearby Santa Clara as a mechanical engineer) after we went to a talk by Timothy Leary and he raved about it.

It’s probably safe to say that without Neuromancer, Carla and I might not have ever started the bOING bOING zine in 1987, because the novel was hugely influential on the way we thought about technology and society.

Neuromancer is on sale on Amazon in the Kindle edition for a very low price right now. Get it before the price goes back up. Read the rest “Kindle edition of Neuromancer at steep discount”

Lynn Freer Turner’s wild, whimsical, and sometimes absurd paintings

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Lynn Freer Turner has been painting for decades, but you had to know the Turner family to see her work! If you got really lucky, as I did with the top image in this post, sometimes Lynn would sell you a piece. Finally, this outstanding artist decided to share her work via Instagram! Lynn is trying to share one new image of her work a day.

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New one#painting#losfeliz#animallover#losangeles

A post shared by Lynn Freer Turner (@lynfogram) on Mar 20, 2019 at 9:21am PDT

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A bad dream#sleeplesspainting

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Exploring the neighborhood#griffith park

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Lynn paints whatever catches her fancy. Sometimes wonderfully bizarre scenes, sometimes the chickens in her back yard. The world displayed through Lynn’s lens delights me.

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Maximize your Mac with a bundle of top organizational apps

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If you’re a Mac user, you thrive on simplicity. Everything in its place and a place for everything. Unsurprisingly, there’s a ton of great organizational apps out there for Mac, and now someone’s had the great idea to bundle them all together. Whether you’re running a demanding business or just getting through the day to day grind, it’s likely you’re going to find something to love in the Epic Mac Bundle Ft. Fantastical 2 & PDF Expert. If you’re not familiar with the primary time-savers on this eight-app roundup, here are a few highlights:

Fantastical 2

Integration is the key to this calendar app. It uses natural language to let you easily create new events and invite contacts in a single stroke. Intuitively, it can also merge duplicate events across any other calendars you might have and set reminders – complete with directions – to any event on your schedule.

PDF Expert

The beauty of PDFs is in their simplicity, but things can quickly turn ugly when you need to modify those crucial documents. PDF Expert is an effective workaround for that, allowing users to easily edit text or images in any PDF doc. You can also merge PDFs or read large files with an innovative viewing system – even share them remotely across iPad, iPhone or Mac. Annotation and form filling options abound, all user-friendly.

Pagico 8

The ultimate task manager, this program corrals all your tasks for the day, week or month into an interactive flowchart. With a simple click on a tab, you can stay on track with ongoing projects and schedule new ones, then send that info out to an integrated contact list that can also collaborate and update items through the app. Read the rest “Maximize your Mac with a bundle of top organizational apps”

Toronto! I’m at the Metro Reference Library tonight at 7PM with my new book RADICALIZED! Next up: Chicago, San Francisco, Portland/Ft Washington…

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We had a hell of an event last night at The Strand in NYC, and I’m about to head to the airport for my flight to Toronto for tonight’s event at the Metro Reference Library, hosted by the Globe & Mail’s Barry Hertz; then it’s Chicago’s C2E2 festival and then to Berkeley for an event with the writer and photographer Richard Kadrey, and then the Revolutionary Reads program at Fort Washington’s Clark College (just outside of Portland, OR); and then the tour takes me to Seattle and Anaheim! I hope you’ll come out and say hi! (Image: Vlado Vince)

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Will 80s hairstyles make a resurgence?

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Richard Marx silhouette reminds me of a buffalo for some reason.

Flock of Seagulls hair was outstanding.

The Go Gos on the other hand just looked good.

Cyndi Lauper and Captain Lou would be my inspiration today, but I am bald.

Aside from Flock of Seagulls, these were not even extreme hairstyles. I am sure you have better ones…

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The song stuck in my head is the ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ theme

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I just realized the theme song I’ve been singing about my dog Nemo is set to the Black Sheep Squadron opening tune.

After starring in what would be my favorite TV show of all-time The Wild Wild West, Robert Conrad went on to lead the cast in Black Sheep Squadron.

Naturally, I thought the airplane was his co-star.

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