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Is it Ghostbusters Trailer 2?

The Trailers for Ghostbusters (2016) and the Art of Editing Comedy
posted by Artw on May 26 at 6:11 PM - 31 comments

Nothing is certain, except death and taxes and a US election campaign.

Though we've come a long way since Bernie, Donald and Hillary formally launched their campaigns, there's still a while to go before polling stations open. Recently, Barack enjoyed a Nordic State Dinner , delivered a commencement speech of our time, and pushed through rules including extending overtime pay to more than four million Americans. On the campaign trail, Hillary takes Kentucky while Bernie takes Oregon. Meanwhile, Donald clarifies that there's no VP for Marco with him, but Marco wants people to leave him alone anyway, people make wild speculations about Bernie's possible VP pick, Ted pretends Donald does not exist, Reince pleads "come together", and in coal country Hillary mentions a Bill role as a potential running mate is a bit coy. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on May 19 at 1:40 PM - 2206 comments

I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile.

I miss my mom and dad and brother, my friends, my dog and cat, my giant redwood trees, and tacos.
Tor developer isis agora lovecruft is the latest developer to seek self exile and tells her story of FBI harrassment.
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posted by adamvasco on May 26 at 11:12 AM - 17 comments

It's a Boy Thing

Couples who have sons are more likely to stay together. But why?
posted by R.F.Simpson on May 26 at 4:44 PM - 43 comments

Season 4, episode 14: Rory finally accepts her Yale fate.

Every single terrible hat Rory and Lorelai wore on "Gilmore Girls" (note: is in fact every hat, terrible or no)
posted by Etrigan on May 26 at 12:19 PM - 22 comments

Steady hand

INSANE Domino Tricks! [more inside]
posted by bq on May 26 at 5:54 PM - 12 comments

Heart Like a Wheel

Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney "was the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to drive a Top Fuel dragster. She won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, 1980, and 1982, becoming the first person to win two and three Top Fuel titles. She won a total of 18 NHRA national events." She is ranked fifth on the NHRA top 50 drivers of all time. [more inside]
posted by cwest on May 26 at 12:46 PM - 21 comments

“With Dropbox Infinite, we’re going deeper: into the kernel—”

Dropbox Wants More Access to Your Computer, and People Are Freaking Out [Motherboard] [Vice] On Tuesday, Dropbox published more details about upcoming changes to the company's desktop client that will allow users to access all of the content in their account as if it is stored on their own machine, no matter how small the hard-disk on their computer. In other words, you can browse through your own file system and have direct access to your cloud storage, without having to go and open a web browser nor worry about filling up your hard-drive. Sounds great, but experts and critics have quickly pointed out that Dropbox Infinite, as the technology is called, may open up your computer to more serious vulnerabilities, because it works in a particularly sensitive part of the operating system.
posted by Fizz on May 26 at 5:49 PM - 29 comments

Belief in the unlikely: John Keely's schemes for free energy and more

John Ernst Worrell Keely was an inventor from Philadelphia who claimed to developed a machine that was motivated by a new and hitherto unknown force, based on the musical vibrations of tuning forks and that music could resonate with atoms or with the aether. His demonstrations were good enough to garner significant financial support and public interest, but he was debunked by Scientific American after his death in 1898. That hasn't stopped people from believing in sympathetic vibratory physics (Straight Dope forum discussion) and discussing Keely's other claims (on Pure Energy Systems Wiki). One of the most ardent supporters of Keely's theories is Jerry Decker, operator of KeelyNet, a long-running collection of articles and research on (free) energy, gravity control and other alternative sciences, with a section devoted to Keely.
posted by filthy light thief on May 26 at 7:20 PM - 17 comments

Idle Hands Do The Factory's Work

Kill some time building a production line with factoryidle, an idle game about factories.
posted by cortex on May 26 at 12:37 PM - 37 comments

An API is like a menu

Google prevails over Oracle: APIs are copyrightable but Android is fair use, jury says
posted by Monochrome on May 26 at 2:17 PM - 49 comments

For nothing is more dangerous than desire when it's wrong

How John Hinckley Lives Now: He drives a Toyota. He eats fro-yo. He shops at PetSmart. You just might run into him.
posted by item on May 26 at 11:17 AM - 45 comments

Theranos Voids Two Years of Edison Blood-Test Results

In the continued fallout of the Wall Street Journal's expose on Theranos' struggles to deliver accurate medical test (previously), it has now been reported that Theranos is throwing out all Edison results from 2014 and 2015 (WSJ [paywalled], Reuters). The company reported completing about 890,000 tests per year, and "...has told the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that it has issued tens of thousands of corrected blood-test reports to doctors and patients, voiding some results and revising others, according to the person familiar with the matter." [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on May 26 at 11:08 AM - 52 comments

Hussam and the Death Way

Refugees are not a swarm, or a flood, but people. Cartoonist Toby Morris reports the story of 16 year old Hussam and his flight from Syria. Previously
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on May 26 at 7:49 PM - 7 comments

Crime scene corvid

A winged thief tries to make off with evidence
posted by sardonyx on May 26 at 5:01 PM - 15 comments

It makes you sound weak!

"More than 38 million American women have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Many of these women develop coping mechanisms to placate their abusers and protect themselves." How about we stop policing women's language?
posted by xarnop on May 26 at 8:33 AM - 59 comments

Three views of poverty.

The Precaritat was only a brief pause on the way down. Slate Star Codex takes a look at three articles on the economic "recovery" and all those it leaves behind.
posted by bitmage on May 24 at 7:06 PM - 73 comments

Neanderthal Speleofacts

Neanderthals built mysterious cave structures 175,000 years ago which have been recently discovered in southwestern France. Walls were fashioned from stalagmites, and the area lit up with fireplaces. The French National Scientific Research Centre has released photos and a video about the site.
posted by Kattullus on May 26 at 10:30 AM - 42 comments

Sapiens 2.0: Homo Deus?

In his follow-up to Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari envisions what a 'useless class' of humans might look like as AI advances and spreads - "I'm aware that these kinds of forecasts have been around for at least 200 years, from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and they never came true so far. It's basically the boy who cried wolf, but in the original story of the boy who cried wolf, in the end, the wolf actually comes, and I think that is true this time." [more inside]
posted by kliuless on May 24 at 8:42 AM - 23 comments

Seeing the Music

How the Toronto Symphony Orchestra uses graphic design to guide its audiences though its music [more inside]
posted by damayanti on May 26 at 5:52 PM - 7 comments

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