July 18, 2017
WoW Lore TLDR: The first Warcraft lore tl;dr on the internet to use nesting. “Warcraft's lore is intimidatingly complex. It's a chronicle that spans millennia, from the dawn of time and to World of Warcraft's latest patch. Unless you've taken the time to read every book or sift through the wikis, it's not always easy to understand what's going on, who certain characters are, or why the hell it even matters. That's a shame because the lore, while intimidating, is one of the richer mythos in gaming. Fortunately, Reddit user SinanDira has a solution. WoW Lore TLDR is a website that takes the entire backstory of Warcraft and condenses it into digestible bullet points that you can quickly sift through.” [via: PC Gamer]
Donald Trump Says Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions. (SLYT). From J-walk, who called it "Best video I've seen all day"
"I've never had a period before! And maybe, I don't know, maybe it'll make me a better man." "People who experience [periods], they always seem like super stressed about it, and just like it's the end of the world. I want to understand more, why or how it's so stressful." "I won't be the first man to ever have a period, because there are definitely trans men who do have periods." Three men who have never had a period try a menstruation simulator for three days.
People who have driven the Trans-Canada Highway through Northwestern Ontario are more than likely acquainted with the Wawa Goose, a roadside attraction located in the town of Wawa. But recently, it became apparent that the steel goose - which replaced a plaster version in 1963 - was deteriorating. After a successful fundraising campaign to help pay for the fabrication of a replacement, the town unveiled its new goose on Canada Day. [more inside]
355 issues of sci-fi golden age magazine Galaxy are now available at The Internet Archive [more inside]
A demonstration of Schlieren photography, which makes minute changes in air's index of refraction visible, allowing us to see air that is moving or that contains gases that would otherwise be invisible. A segment from a Science Channel program has some additional examples and some explanation. [more inside]
In a little over a decade, basic income has gone from an idea about as fringe as #FullCommunism to something that could be benefiting 1.2 billion people imminently. It’s an astonishing rise. But the very speed with which basic income took off has led the debate over it to become confused in a deep way. And it’s particularly confused among its proponents, a group in which I include myself. [SLVox]
Imagine you're a tiny spider, just trying to make it in a big world, a world where you're likely to be eaten. Oh hey, ants seem to do well, you notice. I'll pretend to be an ant! Apparently the tactic is so successful that there are a few types of ant mimic spiders, including some members of Castianeira sp., and more notably the jumping spider Myrmarachne formicaria, which moves like an ant, even waiving its front-most pair of legs like antenna (full paper). Look closely in your neighborhood or local park, and you might even find a new species of spider that mimics ants.
Over a period of less than two years before being murdered by the Nazis, Charlotte Salomon completed Life? or Theater? (Leben? oder Theater?), a massive work in images and writing, to document her life. Before embarking on this project, she had discovered that no fewer than eight of her family members had committed suicide. Shortly before her arrest, she handed Life? or Theater? over to Georges Moridis, who had encouraged her to paint, with the words: “Keep these safe. They are my whole life.” In a new article, Toni Bentley discusses the work in the light of the Salomons' family history and, particularly, Salomon's written and drawn confession that she killed her grandfather.
Hey, remember Chicken Soup for the Soul? Well, it's about to go public. It's not technically an IPO, but a "Regulation A+" offering, which Jezebel calls "closer to crowdfunding and more like a Kickstarter" than a traditional IPO.
Scott Modrzynski drew every character (not every superhero, every character) who appeared in the 544 issues of The Uncanny X-Men from 1963 to 2011, as an 'x-icon'. Via Polygon.
A Modest Proposal for a Fair Trade Emotional Labor Economy (Centered by Disabled, Femme of Color, Working Class/Poor Genius) [more inside]
As the R&B legend tours the country this summer, parents have told police that R. Kelly is running an abusive "cult" that's tearing families apart. Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle told BuzzFeed News similar stories. [more inside]