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Well this is rather odd...and strangely compelling.
According to YouTube videographer Zain the Pain, this bug played with this piece of popcorn in exactly this way for over three hours. It's completely insane.
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This is why we need to bring more darkness back to our nights!
 
What does your sky look like on a clear night?

In 1994, an earthquake knocked out the power in Los Angeles. Many residents called local emergency centers reporting a strange “giant, silvery cloud” in the dark sky. That giant, silvery cloud was the Milky Way, which many residents had just seen for the first time.

20th-26th April is International Dark Skies Week. Check out this website for tips on how to light responsibly (you can also download free posters): http://bit.ly/24FAZf
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Why I love going home. You can see everything. I shot some pictures of the milky way awhile back I should upload.
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A soundtrack for your nightmares. :)
Knitmeapony sez, "This is the raddest, most atmospheric thing ever. All kinds of delightful, spooky distortions, creepy static, half-heard voices and mash...
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This novel sounds like a fun and fascinating romp, and comes highly recommended by two of my favorite authors (Nancy Kress and Cory Doctorow). Bonus: set in Toronto. 

<quote> Afterparty is a new, excellent science fiction novel by Daryl Gregory, about drugs, God, sanity, morals, and organized crime. Its protagonist, Lyda Rose is a disgraced neuroscientist who once helped develop a drug that rewired its users' brains so that they continuously hallucinated the presence of living, embodied Godhead. Now Lyda is in a mental institution, where she is attempting to win over the therapists who oversee her -- as well as the angelic doctor that manifests only in her mind.

It's a Phil Dickian setup, but the setting is a kind of mature next-wave cyberpunk world populated by wired-in spooks (who are also just plain wired on their own tailored neuro-dope); ruthless, dope-peddling microfinance gangsters; ecstatic religious cults subsisting on home-printed tailored God-dope; and an economic backdrop of stark rich/poor divides, all-powerful states, and paranoid ex-special-forces ninjas who fight the world and their own cracked minds.

Gregory is a great plotter, and the story races along like a thriller, but mountains more substance than your typical thriller. From existentialism to theology to neuroethics, Afterparty is part philosophy exercise, part science fiction novel. </quote> - Cory Doctorow [http://boingboing.net/2014/04/22/afterparty-doped-up-technothr.html]

<quote> That’s the main question the book asks: if someone invented a drug that made you technically insane, but helped you to be kinder and more connected to your fellow humans, would you take it? And what happens when other people decide they should convert you for your own good?

If you don’t want to wait for the future to get your dose of chemical evangelism, you can always take the long road. Every day, millions of people meditate, pray, sing whirl, and chant, chasing that feeling of the numinous. Whether it’s God (or some other higher power) communicating with them, or whether it’s just the brain fooling them with its own recipe of chemicals, that’s a question that each person—and his or her brain—has to work out for themselves.

As for me, I trust my brain about as far as I can throw it. (Which isn’t far, because skull.) But I think of it as living with a charming sociopath. Some of the stories it tells become more interesting when you know they’re lies. </quote>  - Daryl Gregory, [see complete author description at link below]
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I love these urban dreamscapes!

<quote> "The lighting and composition of the photos, not to mention the surreal presence of a single animal, gives the impression that these aren't isolated set pieces, but snapshots taken in some familiar but yet completely alien places. Dreams. "I knew I wanted the shots to portray a scene of serenity and create an almost dreamlike scenario. No movement, merely a feeling of calm stillness....without the people there the city falls silent, its just you, the buildings and the animal," says Rudak. "The fact that the animal didn’t really belong in the habitat was to aid the feeling of being in a dream." </quote>

Below, the image I just set as my desktop background. :)
A photographer and model-maker created these dreamscapes, including a forest animal, to convey the essence of the urban metropolis
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Happy copyright day!
 
It's "World Book and Copyright Day." Here's how excessive copyright restrictions make historical books disappear.
A book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.
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Something new and potentially quite interesting...

<quote> How the heck do you describe Cloud Chamber? Imagine following along with your favorite TV series, and after each episode you're able to jump online, dig deeper into what you watched, and discuss the twists and turns with fellow viewers.

Now imagine that's all wrapped up in video game clothing, with the content sprawled out across World of Warcraft-like landscapes and Reddit-inspired forums.

Indeed, Cloud Chamber isn't exactly your typical game experience -- rather, it's a sort of TV show/social media/investigation mash-up that already has plenty of people talking, including the team at Valve.

Players watch professionally-shot video clips, take in all the information from the story, and are then asked questions about what they've witnessed. They can then participate in Reddit-style conversations about what happened, and can upvote or downvote opinions on where the story is going.

So how exactly does the Cloud Chamber team describe the game -- and do they even call it a game? I put the question to Investigate North CEO Christian Fonnesbech, a director who has been trying to tie movies, games and social media together for many years now.

"We actually changed our minds on that," he tells me. "We used to not call it a game, and then we did the test-launch in Denmark in fall 2013... We thought the people who were going to like this would be non-gamers - people who like advanced TV series with deep characters, and who are on Facebook and are looking for something new."

But, he notes, "it just became incredibly clear that the only people who liked it were gamers." Indeed, the people who were engaging with the Cloud Chamber beta most were those people who played lots of traditional games on both Steam and console.

"It really surprised us," adds Fonnesbech, "but it turned out that gamers are the only ones who are schooled in mastering a system. Nobody else does that. For everybody else, that's work. For gamers, that's pleasure. Going into something like this, and putting in the hours and the effort to peel back the mystery and figure out, with others, what's going on... It's all a very gamey way to discuss things, and people who like literature and film, yes they like to discuss their books and films, but they don't go that deep." </quote> 
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Sounds like a very interesting documentary about LGBTQ gaming. Can download or stream on a pay-what-you-want basis (minimum $1). 

<quote> runs just over an hour and focuses on exploring why games matter, how they can affect popular culture, what hate speech and bigotry can do to virtual communities, and how that can affect people when they play games. 

"This documentary, through the voices and experiences of our hardworking and talented cast, shows what a strong and passionate movement that diversity and acceptance in video games has become," stated Jones in a press release announcing the film's release. "It really is an inspiring call to action." </quote> 
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Very exciting project! I'm looking forward to seeing how well this works. It could be the next evolutionary step for smartphones. 
Modular mobile phone design feels important; I've been excited about the idea since Xeni posted about Phonebloks last September. Now, Google and New Deal Design have floated a concept for a modular Android phone ecosystem cal...
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I'm excited about this, too!
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Poignant. Quick read. 
Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.
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