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The greatest Halloween prank of all time, Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, started as a doomed, "very dull" drama that became genius almost purely by accident. Actually, Welles was mostly absent from the production but somehow every creative choice (mostly by others, some by him at the last minute) unintentionally led to a Martian invasion that panicked a nation and made media history.
Orson Welles and his colleagues scrambled to pull together the show; they ended up writing pop culture history
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I listened to it and we wondered what was happening. It was a scary show, but we didn't find out, that day, that people panicked.

By the way, my Dad built a kit radio before the war, when WBAP came on the air. It was the first radio receiver in Decatur.

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Here's just some visual confirmation of what I learned last week, that Leonard Nimoy did, indeed, derive his Vulcan peace sign from a Jewish gesture of priestly blessing.
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Mosely Snowflake Sponge - 3D fractal you can make with business cards. Instructions here: http://www.theiff.org/exhibits/USC%20Sponge%20Guide.pdf
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RIP, Leonard Nimoy. I literally crossed paths with him (no more than arms length away) backstage at a computer conference in Chicago decades ago but regret that I didn't even say "hello" or "thanks."

This I learned today: The Vulcan salute was his contribution to his character "adapted from a gesture he remembered from attending an Orthodox synagogue in childhood. Men chanted prayers at an altar with their arms raised and fingers parted between the ring and middle fingers and thumbs stuck out – a representation of the Hebrew letter shin, the start of Shaddai, a term for God, Nimoy said." http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/feb/27/leonard-nimoy-mr-spock-star-trek-dies-ages-83
Nimoy, who played the legendary character in the original Star Trek television series, died of pulmonary disease after being hospitalised earlier this week
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Adios, Radio Shack. (I wonder if this sign "fail" was intentional.)

Here's what I wish would happen: Someone with Silicon Valley money like +Steve Woz  or the whizkids at +Adafruit Industries  (one epicenter of Arduino/Raspberry PI maker culture) would buy the other half of RadioShacks that Sprint doesn't want and turn them into Maker spaces. That would be the perfect, logical heritage of RadioShack which served a vital role in early PC and pre-PC "hobbiest" culture. The storefronts could still serve retail customers (selling batteries, cables and toys to help pay the bills, etc) but would also be like the local hangout bringing veteran and curious makers together.

I'd love to see that.
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An artist takes stills from the Cassini Mission and turns them into inspired visual poetry.
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B and his scout friends at a climbing campout at Upper Limits, an old grain silo repurposed as a cluster of climbing gyms.
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Pro tip: Don't stand under the Bean after a snow storm. (Look closely. That fountain-looking thing is an unlucky tourist.)
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Showed this pic to a number of Yankees here at The Vantage and many folks at church. Got lots of laughs. Plus a few "huh?"s. Thanks for the joke.
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Neat trick: Use Google maps offline. 
Since Google launched Maps ten years ago this week, the service has become completely increasingly ingrained in our lives.One lesser-known Maps f...
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A computer science professor explains why the Seahawk's failed last minute pass at the Super Bowl wasn't the "worst decision in Super Bowl history" but was actually a safe bet that backfired.
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