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European software recruiter Honeypot has put together a few quality short documentaries on open source products. [MLYT] Elixir, Ember.js, GraphQL, and most recently, Vue.js. [more inside]
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David Roback guitarist for Mazzy Star died today, cause unknown. Guitarist for Opal, Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and as already mentioned, Mazzy Star, David Roback, was a quiet storm of beautiful guitar playing and song writing. Sorry, I don't have more to say about him. Here's other peoples words and his music. [more inside]
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It all started with an EP in 2013 by Berlin-based Palms Trax, "three slices of Detroit and Chicago-inspired house" (plus a remix) on a label with a somewhat laughable, but memorable, name: Lobster Theremin. That EP set the stage for a banging first year, when the label formed two sub-labels: a black label series to showcase a more pounding style of techno, and the white label series to explore house music and more vintage styles, "although that slightly fell apart" (interview). Skip ahead, and there are 11 sub-labels and Lobster Distribution (Discogs x2). They recently marked 5 years (Resident Advisor) with two retrospective compilations: Lobster Heavy Classics and Lobster Deep Classics (Spotify x2). You can also dive into official YouTube playlists or the podcast series on Soundcloud.
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Feb 25, 1985, Tears For Fears' second album Songs From The Big Chair was released. The album was a giant international success, both in its own sales and the success of its many singles. Perhaps you haven't listened in a while, or perhaps never listened before! 80s pop with a confrontational, deeper vein! Side A: Shout [video], The Working Hour, Everybody Wants To Rule The World [video], Mothers Talk [video] [more inside]
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The new digital collection includes two- and three-dimensional images from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo. Everything is released under a Creative Commons Zero license. Jump down the rabbit hole at the Smithsonian Open Access portal.
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Ask Polly counsels a women who moved off-grid with an emotionally stunted older man: “All of these allergies to love are really a longing for love in disguise. You can see that now, right? You haven’t fallen in love before because you’ve never taken the risk of making yourself vulnerable to another human being before. You chose to pioneer with a robot just so you could finally experience vulnerability. AND IT’S WORKING! Isn’t that cause for celebration? I’m serious! Now you finally know how much you value love! Now you realize that love needs to be affirmed through words! Now you know that you need verbal proof that this man loves you!” [more inside]
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Roseboro’—she fiercely defended that apostrophe, reserving her family name, Roseborough, for her life on the stage—was more zealous than many a missionary. She was utterly convinced that books were all that mattered in life. She offered to give one promising young writer her ideas “as you put cloves into an apple you are going to roast.” And yet, though she championed voices who are today seen as canonical and left behind a literary legacy with which few other readers and editors can compete, she died destitute, rarely leaving her rented rooms on Staten Island. From The Strange, Forgotten Life of Viola Roseboro’ by Stephanie Gorton
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How to help someone use a computer. Knowledge lives in communities, not individuals. A computer user who's part of a community of computer users will have an easier time than one who isn't. Phil Agre's classic text on helping others use computers. [more inside]
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“ The climate emergency is here, and to tackle it the (Barcelona) City Council has declared the climate emergency with an action plan for 2020-2030, establishing a hundred robust, urgent and effective measures to speed up the way the city adapts to climate episodes in the next few years and mitigate the effects in the short to mid-term.” The Six Part, 563.3 million euro Climate Emergency Plan includes severely limiting traffic, expanded urban green-spaces, and low-carbon municipal food halls.
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Headline-writers around the globe fired off some real beauties in 2014 when a Beverly Hills auction house put a 40-inch coprolite--that's fossilized poop--up for auction. A private collector wound up dropping a hot load of cash, to the tune of $10,370. Soon after, a nugget of doubt rose to the surface: the purportedly petrified poo-poo came from the Pacific Northwest's Wilkes Formation, known for producing mineral deposits in the form of twisty, knobbly faux-turds. Vertebrate paleontologist Andrew Farke, writing for the at the Integrative Paleontologists blog, was one of many to highlight the likely fecal fallacy.
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Be a Lady They Said Your skirt is too short. Your shirt is too low. Your pants are too tight. Don’t show so much skin. Don’t show your thighs. Don’t show your breasts. Don’t show your midriff. Don’t show your cleavage. Don’t show your underwear. Don’t show your shoulders. Cover up. Leave something to the imagination. Dress modestly. Don’t be a temptress. Men can’t control themselves. Men have needs. You look frumpy. Loosen up. Show some skin. Look sexy. Look hot. Don’t be so provocative. You’re asking for it. Wear black. Wear heels. You’re too dressed up. You’re too dressed down. Don’t wear those sweatpants; you look like you’ve let yourself go. [more inside]
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Chris Hayes interviwed philosopher Martin Hägglund on his podcast Why Is This Happening: The Meaning Of Life[podcast, transcript], on his book This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom - " it is accepting the fact that life is finite that is essential to understanding and shaping life itself. In fact, he argues, it’s only because life is finite that it has meaning." [more inside]
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Poets Respond. Since June 2014, Rattle has published a poem a week written about a public event that occurred within the previous week. "News cycles rarely last more than a week, let alone a year. One reason poetry lags behind other forms of contemporary media might be this delay—how can poetry be part of the conversation when it enters so late?"
Jan 23, 2018 “Permission” by Noel Quiñones: When I say Puerto Rico I mean an opening in the skin / where gold turns green under my scalp.
Feb 23, 2020 “Coronavirus in China” by Anthony Tao: Masks. Wearing them, / we were more aware / of the other.
Our eyes locked more often, / for longer, searching for provocation, / gauging interest

Dec 17, 2019 “Flown” by Wendy Cannella: But who can hum along / to a tiny, rushing song?
Nov 17, 2019 "Crushes" by Ori Fienberg: Most have heard stories of the lead-covered Bibles soldiers of the great wars carried into battle, whose words protected their hearts. But when bibles ran out they used other books [more inside]
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The Adorable Moment 7-Year-Old Simone Lim Became A Pokémon Junior Champion [YouTube]Meet Simone Lim. She’s the new Pokémon Oceania International Juniors Championships champion. She faced off in Melbourne against the older and formidable Justin Miranda-Radbord. He’s defending champ with a long list of achievements, including 21-time Regional Champ. Lim seemed to come out of nowhere to claim her crown. This was her first year competing; she ranked top four in Malaysia Regionals and at a Singapore Special Event, which would be impressive enough for most players. But Lim is not most players. After winning the first match, Lim lost the second but came back for an impressive finish.” [via: Kotaku]
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Trump has gutted Obamacare for many. In 2018, President Donald Trump’s administration rolled back Affordable Care Act regulations and allowed so-called “junk plans” in the market. Consumers mistakenly assume that the plans with lower monthly costs will be better than no insurance at all in case of a medical catastrophe, but often the plans aren’t very different from going without insurance altogether. [more inside]
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Several high-profile sports teams (USWNT, AFLW, Chelsea FC) have revealed they are using information about athletes’ menstrual cycles to tailor training programs, enhance performance and endeavour to avoid injury. Here are some recommendations for how menstruating people can tailor their training to their cycle. [more inside]
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The fake 'kitchen hacks' with billions of views (BBC video) -- most are deceiving, and some are dangerous, from suggesting that you put molten caramel on a spinning whisk, or dunk strawberries in bleach. But apparently First Media now states that they only showcase recipes that work, unlike a prior statement made to Food scientist and YouTuber Ann Reardon (previously) that "whether the recipes worked or not was never their concern." Reardon debunks fake TroomTroom and 5-Minute Craft videos, and exposes dangerous 5-Minute Crafts & So Yummy how-to videos, but also makes 200 year old candy recipes from The Complete Confectioner (Archive.org).
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Ten years ago, Scorpion played the Mortal Kombat theme on an accordion (bayan) and was noticed by many, including Geekosystem, Neatorama, and Mortal Kombat co-creator / voice of Scorpion, Ed Boon. Scorpion also returned a few years later to play the Mortal Kombat theme on a glass harp. The bayan previously. The glass harp previously and previouslier.
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Travelling petting zoos with scorpions and tarantulas spread the love. Stillwater -- Brooklyn -- maybe one will visit near you. Some insectariums also have petting zoos, for instance in Philadelphia and Victoria, Canada.
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Sampled by more than a few in the land of hip hop, Scorpio was released by Dennis Coffey in 1971. It has a pretty awesome break at the 1:12 mark. Totally unrelated, ten years later (or maybe eleven years, depending on how you want to count it), Grandmaster Flash released Scorpio. Named after one of the band members, Scorpio did ok on the charts.
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Scorpions are often inspiration for some of the deadliest (and outlandish) ways of creating burning pain. For example, a legendary Chinese poison was made by “sealing venomous snakes, scorpions, and centipedes into a jar and having them fight” which reveals more about cultural relations in ancient China than how to make poison. In Game of Thrones, the way to stop flaming dragons was to use a version of one of the first siege engines, the Roman scorpio, a torsion weapon that you can make yourself (Pdf)! And if you just want to wish you were dead, you can eat the Trinidad Scorpion, one of the hottest peppers in the world, as this fascinating discussion of hot peppers in India shows.
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Treasure Hunters Headed to Jail After Concealing Their Discovery of Viking Treasure Trove. The metal detector enthusiasts, along with two coin dealers who assisted in selling the concealed find, have all been sentenced to up to 10 years in jail. The collection is worth an estimated $15.4 million.
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Great 12 minute overview of the Transformer Scorponok and close ally Lord Zarak in their various print, toy and screen versions, by YouTuber Chris McFeely [SLYT] [SLSCORP]
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She's a police officer by day. But, by night, she takes to the streets and fights crime with powerful pinching pedipalps and a stinging tail! [more inside]
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Fifty-five years ago, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created a character named Mac Gargan. J. Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man's boss, originally hired Gargan to find out exactly how Peter Parker got those great photographs of Spider-Man. When he failed, Jameson set him up with a mad doctor who gave Gargan the skills and an outfit of the natural enemy of the spider. He is ... the Scorpion. [more inside]
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Do you feel that predatory arachnid links are almost perfect except for their subject’s letter order? Fear not! How to become Coin Pros . Learn how Cops Iron . And finally, swoon at Pi Croons . [more inside]
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Nowcasting and forecasting the potential domestic and international spread of the 2019-nCOV virus. This Lancet article published in late January has proven prescient. "Our findings suggest that independent self-sustaining human-to-human spread is already present in multiple major Chinese cities, many of which are global transport hubs with huge numbers of both inbound and outbound passengers (eg, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen). Therefore, in the absence of substantial public health interventions that are immediately applied, further international seeding and subsequent local establishment of epidemics might become inevitable. On the present trajectory, 2019-nCoV could be about to become a global epidemic in the absence of mitigation...." [more inside]
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Sit back, relax, and watch Dave or Angel demonstrate how to make a scorpion out of wire. [more inside]
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"If you follow the Internet chess scene closely you will no doubt have noticed the new kid on the block: Regium. Purportedly an e-board that can connect to all the major chess websites and play seamlessly with a real physical board, over the Internet! [...] While we want to believe as much as any chess lover, we have a few doubts about these claims as well as the conduct of Regium. Here are some reasons for caution." Lichess investigates the Regium chessboard [more inside]
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NASA announced this morning that "Hidden Figures" computer Katherine Johnson has passed away. Katherine Johnson was born in White Sulphur Springs, WV, August 13 1918, and worked for NACA (later NASA) as one of their top "Computers" from 1953-1986. In addition to her work on the Mercury program that was highlighted in the movie Hidden Figures she worked on the Apollo program, LANDSAT, the Space Shuttle, and authored 26 research reports. [more inside]
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A surreal, trope-tastic short movie. By Salvatore Ganacci forBusiness Club Royale via Weird Universe
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After a several weeks long trial and five days of deliberation, Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of a criminal sex act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. (SLGuardian) [more inside]
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“...the fastest-growing occupations in San Francisco were taxi drivers, chauffeurs, couriers, messengers, and personal care aides.” The Silicon Valley Economy Is Here And It Sucks (New Republic) “ “Platforms like this, they exist to twist people who have no other recourse … It’s depressing, and makes it hard to feel like it’s worth getting up in the morning.” Horror Stories From Inside Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (Gizmodo) Youtube Moderators Forced To Sign Statement Acknowledging Their Job Can Give Them PTSD (The Verge) “ “Today, I was expected to clean up after 300 people in 10 minutes, alone,” he wrote. “This is not physically possible.” The Usher Uprising, are movie theaters the next wave of unionization? (Mel) Kickstarter and Amazon warehouse employees hold historic union elections, drives. How To Organize Your Workplace (Without Getting Caught) [more inside]
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The Postal Service Fired Thousands of Workers for Getting Injured While Delivering and Processing Your Mail: USPS forced out 44,000 workers who got injured on the job. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the effort, part of a five year program, violated the law. But the Postal Service has fought its workers’ claims since 2007. (SLProPublica by Maryam Jameel)
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Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 Is A Chaotic Cooking Game Set In The Back Of A Food Truck Driven By Cyborgs [YouTube][Game Trailer] “Cooking food can be a relaxing or even therapeutic activity. But not in Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! That’s because you are cooking in the back of a moving food truck driven by two cyborgs in a dystopian future. In that case, things are a bit more...chaotic. CSD3 is the third entry in the Cook, Serve, Delicious series and it released earlier this week. These games are all about cooking lots of quality food, quickly and accurately. [...] Each day in CSD3 starts with you crafting a menu of different foods and snacks to serve and then you head out to three stops, where hungry people await. On the way to each stop, you can prep food to help make your life easier. ou use various keyboard keys to slap together food. For example, simple food like chicken nuggets has you hit the “N” key a few times to place raw chicken nuggets into your deep-frying baskets. Then you hit the “D” key to dunk the food into the burner and finally, you hit enter to close that window and let the nugs cook.” [via: Kotaku] [more inside]
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Writer, musician and speaker, Andre Henry [twitter] was hired to be the managing editor of Christian lifestyle publication Relevant Magazine, which went well right up until he wanted to publish something every day for Black History Month in 2019.
A Case for the Ongoing Black Exodus from White Evangelicalism - "The refusal of so much of the white evangelical world — including megachurches, non-profits, conferences, and media platforms — to speak prophetically and act courageously in the face of a global resurgence of white nationalism has been a great betrayal to many Black Christians that were committed to multiculturalism and “racial reconciliation.”" [more inside]
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Mdou Moctar was drawn to music for a long time, first known for his majestic singing of the Koran, then for his unique guitar style, inspired by Tinariwen (jamming with Red Hot Chili Peppers members in 2012), an internationally famous Tuareg band who also played "desert blues" (previously). Regionally renowned, his music was traded around the Sahara via cell phones, before getting broader distribution (previously). In 2015, he played Prince's role as "the kid" in a Kickstarter-funded version of “Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It” (previously; short Guardian article; soundtrack on Bandcamp). Late last year, his latest album, Ilana: The Creator (Bandcamp) was touted as perhaps the most fiery psych-rock of the 21st century (NPR), earning him the title of The Hendrix of the Sahara in his Esquire interview.
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