Posts Tagged ‘united’
In Mother Jones, Gabriel Thompson goes gonzo with a stint doing “on demand” grunt work for one of America’s hottest growth industries: temping. I grab a chair from a stack in the corner and take a seat, studying a sign that implores me to be “true” and “passionate” and “creative.” In reality, passion and creativity
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"Everyone Only Wants Temps"
In Iowa, Republican state Senate candidate Randi Shannon has dropped out of the race to become a US Senator in the Republic of the United States. Seems our government has illegally been pretending to be the “official government,’ which clearly it is not!” she says. (TPM)
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GOP state Senate candidate drops out to join rebellion
I’ve always admired Steve Martin. He’s smart, funny, and avoids engaging in the kind of behavior that ends up in celebrity tabloids. (He’s also a terrific banjo player.) I recently read his autobiography, Born Standing Up, and now I admire him even more. This short book is about Steve Martin’s career as a stand-up comic,
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Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin
The $129 BioLite wood burning campstove converts heat to electricity, so you can charge your mobile phone while you boil up your freeze-dried beef stroganoff. BioLite
Mike Kuniavsky of the electronic projects studio ThingM says: When we designed the BlinkM we took the old school Unix philosophy of making it simple and focused, a useful component in a larger system of interlocking pieces. blink(1) is our idea of what that same philosophy would be like, when mapped to a consumer electronics
mtdna says: I really enjoy Gweek, especially your recommendations section. I’d like to offer a recommendation of my own, the Jonny Quest TV show. Jonny Quest was a half-hour prime time cartoon that came out in the early ‘60s, produced by Hanna-Barbera.
Gweekly goodness: Jonny Quest (1964)
Jeff sez, “Some graphic designers in Seattle anonymously created these cool “Corporations Aren’t People” posters for the I103 initiative… they are editable PDFs so you can change the text as needed.” What is Initiative Measure 103? Measure 103 is a citizen’s initiative in Seattle to elevate peoples’ rights above corporate rights and put an end
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Posters/petitions for Seattle residents against corporate personhood
Frederic Jacobs produced an iOS app called “Angry Syrians,” which was apparently blessed by Rovio. It was intended to raise awareness of the ongoing bloodbath in Syria. Apple rejected it because “We found your app contains defamatory or offensive content targeted at a specific group, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review
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Apple rejects "Angry Syrians"
Matt Alt in Tokyo, following up on a recent BB post about a 1979 American view of the future, shares this wonderful scan. He says: This is 1969′s view of 1989! It’s from Shonen Sunday Magazine, a weekly comic compilation. Beautiful, groovy art. Hey, at least they got the “Roomba” right (even if they were
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Vision of the future, from 1969 Japan
A bit of pithy insight from the latest EDRIgram: “the intellectual property lobby employs too many lobbyists and too few strategists.” In other words, Big Content can get lawmakers to do their bidding, even when doing so discredits them and riles up the opposition. (via Beyond the Beyond)
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Too many lobbyists, not enough strategists
The special “Zine Issue” of Atom Magazine has an interview with me about the good old zine days of bOING bOING. The made their entire issue look like a late 80s zine — cool! Read it here.
A couple of years ago, the lease on my Ford Explorer hybrid ran out and I returned the car to the dealer. Ever since, Sirius XM Radio has called me on a weekly (and when they are on a roll, daily) basis to try to get me to reactivate their radio service on the car,
Fantastic news coming out of Comic Con: They are remaking What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?! It’s such fun news that there is no way to properly punctuate the end of the sentence! Walter Hill, who just finished directing Sylvester Stallone in the cop drama Bullet to the Head, will direct and write the screenplay,
Uber, a spunky startup that’s made a name for itself by using mobile devices to hook up people with rolling stock — starting with an app that let idle limo drivers in San Francisco know about people who couldn’t get a cab due to the city’s notoriously dysfunctional taxi regulations — has a great new
On-demand ice-cream trucks from Uber
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about humankind’s ability to prevent a killer asteroid from killing us all?
In his book, The Beginning of Infinity, Oxford physicist David Deutsch writes: If a one kilometer asteroid had approached the Earth on a collision course at any time in human history before the early twenty-first century, it would have killed at least a substantial proportion of all humans. In that respect, as in many others,
The Ouya is an Android-based games console design that’s been floated on Kickstarter. It’s done spectacularly well, garnering over $2.3MM in the first day (now closing in on $4MM), far in excess of its target of $950,000. So much money has been raised, in fact, that the project’s founders are now asking supporters for ideas
Randall “XKCD” Munroe’s new “What If?” feature answers one wild hypothetical per week. The first two are corkers: Relativistic Baseball baseball asks what would happen if a baseball pitcher could throw a ball at 0.9C; the second, SAT Guessing, looks at the (very long) odds against getting a perfect SAT by bubbling in random guesses.
The latest installment in Bill Willingham’s astonishingly, consistently great, long-running graphic novel series Fables is volume 17: Inherit the Wind. The premise of Fables lets its creators use any mythos, any tradition, any narrative, and mix and match as necessary, and Willingham and his illustrators continue to show that these possibilities are indeed endless. While
Fables 17: Inherit the Wind
From Kate Black: This is @666burger’s Doucheburger. It is gold leafed Kobe beef formed around foie gras, and topped with cave aged gruyere, truffle butter, lobster, caviar, and kopi luwak bbq sauce. It is fucking delicious. More photos by Kate here. Glukakke is the one doing the gold leafing there
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Behold the Doucheburger
What’s the use of running a basket-case, tin-pot totalitarian dictatorship if you can’t drill an elite honor guard to perform breathtaking feats of close-order drill? Case in point, the official honor guard of Belarus. Домино (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Belarusian honor guard struts its stuff
Tanner Stokes writes: “I loathe YouTube comments. Here’s a simple browser extension to convert them to ‘herp derp’. If you insist on reading the original (which is highly discouraged), click the comment.” Ladies and gentlemen, Herp Derp YouTube Comments. Chrome, Safari, Opera, Firefox all supported. THANK YOU, DEAR MAN.
Via MyModernMet, the work of California-based multimedia artist Lauren DiCioccio, whose “Sewn News” series features hand-embroidered imagery seen in back issues of The New York Times. Above, Lady Gaga in the The Arts section. “I describe the beauty of the ritual experience of newspaper-reading by describing the paper as a tactile and fragile object in
All the news that’s fit to embroider
Wise words from Nick Cave: “Inspiration is a word used by people who aren’t really doing anything. I go into my office every day that I’m in Brighton and work. Whether I feel like it or not is irrelevant.” Inspiration is nice, but if you only work when it strikes, you’re going to be an
Some folks in Silicon Valley are unhappy about a reality TV show that “captures the raucous reality of the tech industry,” reports David Streitfeld for the NYT: The series, which is now being filmed and is scheduled to be broadcast this winter, shows hard-partying youngsters vying to start companies in a frenzy reminiscent of the
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Silicon Valley reality TV show "offensive"
Ron English’s Stickable Art Offenses is an inspired collection of stickers from one of the world’s most iconic sticker artists. Ron English designed the iconic Ronald McDonald parody for Super-Size Me, and has built his reputation on grotesque, trenchant, and funny graphic attacks on corporate logos and marketing. The book opens with English’s reminiscence of