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Posts Published July 2012

  1. A California man caught smuggling meth disguised as Snickers bars. [NY Daily News]

    RedNek wine glass combines a Mason jar and candle holder. [Gear Hungry]

    Buttermilk the baby goat is kind of a jerk. [Arbroath]

    Wil Wheaton and William Shatner narrate NASA’s Mars Rover videos. [io9]

    Google Streetview in ASCII is now a thing. [DVICE]

    Up Top: According to a study out of Texas A&M, cases of white-on-black homicide are far more likely to be found “justifiable” than black-on-black or black-on-white, especially under Stand Your Ground laws. [PBS]

  2. Dodai Stewart defends the fact that some Olympic athletes are fat, and that’s okay. [Jezebel]

    In regards to Girls‘ casting calls for a “sexy” El Salvadoran and an “overweight” African American with a “good sense of humor,” Treebraids ponders the question “What’s the difference between legitimate diversity and crass tokenism?” [ONTD]

    Men in Japan beat the heat with parasols. [Reuters]

    When the small Minnesota town of Madison Lake sought to break the world record for the World’s Largest Bikini Parade, only 39 people chose to participate. [AP]

    Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink is currently in talks to direct Bad Santa 2 [Bleedingcool]

    Up top, Grand Theft Tardis London T-Shirt mashes up Doctor Who and Grand Theft Auto [Ript Apparel]

  3. A daring Vietnamese man takes his life in his own hands after building an unconventional motorcycle inspired by Batman’s Batpod.

    h/t Geekologie
  4. Hobbit

    It was announced Monday that director Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit, which was already slated to be two films, will now be stretched over three films. What?! For those who don’t already know, The Hobbit was author J.R.R. Tolkien’s initial foray into the realm of Middle Earth, a children’s novel which later spawned his masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, which was split up into three volumes upon its first publication. LOTR is an incredibly dense and rich tapestry with pages and pages of appendices and supplements that couldn’t find their way into the novel proper. Read More »

  5. After having a spiritual awakening in Jamaica, Snoop Dogg  has changed his name to Snoop Lion. [news.com.au]

    After building their own analytic software, startup Limited Run found 80% of their Facebook clicks to be coming from bots. [TechCrunch]

    Ancestry.com has discovered that President Obama’s 11th great-grandfather on his mother’s side was the first African enslaved in the US. [Josh Sternberg]

    Mitt Romney gaffes in Jerusalem, calling the city Israel’s capital, stating he’d move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. [Haaretz]

    Causing controversy, Reddit hosts an ask-a-rapist thread, followed by a psychiatrist-hosted “are you aware how dangerous the ask-a-rapist thread is” thread.

  6. rethinkdigg header

    While many are joking about the upcoming reincarnation of Digg, I can’t help but find myself curious and excited. With giants like Reddit and BuzzFeed out there, the prospect of a new Digg rebuilt from scratch has my imagination spinning for a number of reasons.

    They have nothing to lose.

    With the entire company selling for only around $500,000 they have the advantage of once again being the scrappy little startup but with one major advantage that other startups lack.

    They have a legacy of mistakes to learn from.

    Unlike other social news sites looking to start from the ground up, the new Digg v1 still stands to benefit from years of customer feedback about what worked in the past. And this time around, they’re listening. Read More »

  7. privilege ftw freedom summer

    Remember that time in history when a large group of predominantly white, moderately affluent young people were denied the right to vote? One Salon commenter does. In response to a story about Florida Republicans actively working to suppress black votes, one commenter sees how being a college student today is just like being black in the 60s.

    IT IS LIKE FREEDOM SUMMER, FOLKS! You know Freedom Summer, right? It was the 1960’s and an equally well off group – African Americans in Mississippi – were being denied their right to vote for white supreme political overlords political leaders.

    Read More »

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    Digg has been rebuilt from scratch and relaunches Wednesday. [rethinkdigg]

    “This is My Jam” is a simple new music sharing platform that only allows you to share one song per week, to prevent over-sharing. [Forbes]

    Boys” – A parody of HBO’s “Girls”

    Lest we forget that the 90s weren’t made of 100% awesome, remember “Are You Jimmy Ray?

    How Bizarre” was pretty awful too.

  9. sight systems ar lens

    Shortly after Google announced that their augmented reality glasses would soon be made available to developers, Google engineer Babak Parviz remarked that he hoped to incorporate his own contact lens displays into the system as well. At the time, the idea that the display sits beneath the eyelid sounded like it would render closing one’s eyes useless in trying to look away from something like a popup ad or, say, goatse.

    Sight is a short film that imagines how a world where AR contact lenses have become commonplace might look. I’ve gotta admit, I could get a lot of use out of TheFridge and Chef Master apps. But the creep factor behind the Wingman app makes the whole system seem like something we could do without. Remember Girls Around Me? Read More »

  10. I don’t speak Japanese, so I’m thankful for the chorus:

    I am the milk.

    You are the milk.

    We are the milk.

    via Chris Person

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