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There's a new KMFDM album. I missed these guys.

There's a new KMFDM album. I missed these guys. 

 

Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News

That's a hell of a turnaround time on producing this documentary about this past weekend. Haven't watched yet, but seen screenshots on twitter and it looks incredibly disturbing.

 

The Astar PSA scared the fuck out of me when I was a child.

The Astar PSA scared the fuck out of me when I was a child.

 

Lawsplainer: Why John Oliver Is Anti-Diversity Now - The lawsplainers on @popehat are my favorite feature there

The lawsplainers on the Popehat blog might be my favorite feature there, aside from all the snark and his leading the charge against the dangers of ponies. 

 

Canadian diplomat in Cuba also suffered hearing loss - This is some cyberpunk shit right here

This is some cyberpunk shit right here.

"After months of investigation, U.S. officials concluded that the diplomats had been attacked with an advanced sonic weapon that operated outside the range of audible sound and had been deployed either inside or outside their residences."

 

 
 

Inside The Partisan Fight For Your News Feed - Buzzfeed analysis of partisan news sites

Buzzfeed has published an in depth analysis of partisan news sites. I'm going to endeavour to unfollow and hide all of these publishers. 

 

Check out this joyless misanthrope! - Viral search campaign for stuffed dog is touching, but misguided: Teitel

Check out this joyless misanthrope! 

Also this little snippet sort of undercuts most of her argument:

"Of course I understand that a lot of children are deeply attached to their stuffies — I still have my favourite teddy bear, Holly, and I’m almost 30 years old"

Also also, does everyone call them stuffies? Because growing up there were always just stuffed animals in our family.

Also also also, who still has their childhood toy? I still got my Fisher Price Bunny kicking around somewhere...

 
 

Alcoholism epidemic: More than 1 in 8 Americans are now alcoholics

Well this is troubling and has me wondering what the stats in Canada are

 

I rather enjoy this UX Brutalism design framework parody

I rather enjoy this UX Brutalism design framework parody

 

Here, have this bangin' 80s remix of Linkin Park's Numb

Here, have this bangin' 80s remix of Linkin Park's Numb

 
 
 

8 vingettes presented as a text adventure with no choices, it may as well be a horror game - by @twoscooters

8 vingettes presented as a text adventure with no choices, it may as well be a horror game - a counterpoint to the 'googler manifesto' by Elizabeth Sampat (http://twitter.com/twoscooters).

Go through it yourself. It will take you 3 minutes, just click the links and read.

 

'They're basically running hotels': Property management companies Airbnb's biggest winners - Montreal - CBC News

I'm generally pro-AirBNB but this sounds like an actual problem - though on the otherhand AirBNB says not to trust the author. Sounds like we need further research. 

 

Personal Audio loses its appeal for podcasting patent | TechCrunch

There's still one more chance to appeal but this is tentatively good news

 

Canadian Telcos Lose Their Goddamn Minds Over TVAddons | Techdirt

There has been unsurprisingly little coverage of the fact that the big 3 telcos were given a warrant to raid a private citizen's belongings over copyright. 

 

The Internet as existential threat - Raph Koster - this is a must read

I am beginning to wonder if I invested far too much hope in the power of the Internet...

"As we rush towards putting more and more things “in the cloud,” as we rush towards an Internet of Things with no governance beyond profit motive and anarchy, what we’re effectively doing is creating a massive single point of failure for every system we put in it."

 

As you might imagine, I'm incredibly excited to read this big long article about the history of the PC

As you might imagine, I'm incredibly excited to read this big long article about the history of the PC. 

Part 2 is here: https://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2017/07/ibm-pc-history-part-2/

 

Brand new beautiful vocal dnb from @ChaseAndStatus - Love Me More ft. Emeli Sandé

Can we just get a brand new Chase & Status album already? There's been like 7 singles out in the last year so I know it's coming eventually but I'm DYING to get my hands (ears) on it. 

 

I can't believe we're still having the "this could be used for nefarious purposes therefore it's bad" argument

By this logic Google is illegal, as are libraries and frankly the internet services provided by Bell & Rogers too.

"According to court documents, the group stayed for 16 hours and the plaintiffs' lawyer and independent counsel interrogated Lackman for more than nine hours. He was given a break for dinner and to speak to his lawyer, who was present.

Lackman was "not permitted to refuse to answer questions" and his lawyer wasn't permitted to counsel him in his answers.

"Any time I would question the process, they would threaten me with contempt of court proceedings," says Lackman."

h/t to Twelve Thirty Six

 
 

Saw this on the menu screen for Titanfall and it might be the best edited gameplay montage ever

Saw this on the menu screen for Titanfall 2 and it might be the best edited gameplay montage I've ever seen. First of all every move is crazy skillful, then the action in it syncs up perfectly to the music (Knife Party & Tom Morello - Battle Sirens (RIOT Remix) - love that track), that bit at around 0:53 is wonderful - I'm pretty sure I yelled out "oh shit!" on my couch. 

 

Memorial erected for drowned security robot in D.C. - The Washington Post

Remember that security robot that drowned itself a couple weeks ago? There's been a memorial erected because humans are weird.