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  • *Video game movies that didn't completely suck
    I ate so much acid watching this movie over and over.Mila!Dinklage is the only hero in this movie. Read the rest
    - 1 hour ago 20 Aug 19, 4:26pm -
  • *California cops will only be allowed to kill people when "necessary" as opposed to the old "reasonable"
    Some Californians are looking to limit when law enforcement can employ 'deadly force.' Others ensured their taking of lives stays a semantic game.NPR:The legislation emerged from a push for new rules in response to police killings of unarmed black men such as Stephon Clark, who was shot last year after a police chase that ended in his grandmother's backyard. The officers in that shooting said…
    - 1 hour ago 20 Aug 19, 4:15pm -
  • *Finding Pennywise the Clown in your backyard is serious business
    There are few things finer in life than plopping down on a hot summer day in your backyard, wobbly pop in hand, with a few friends and loved ones. Roasting in the heat as a soft breeze licks the sweat away from your skin, your beverage slides ice-cold down your throat. Someone tells a joke as the burgers flip on the grill, sending up a tower of greasy pillar of fire into the heavens.And then, the…
    - 2 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 3:47pm -
  • *Tuesday Tunes: High, Wide & Handsome — Loudon Wainwright III
    I've been putting up with a heart murmur for a few decades now. It's never been a big deal. During my last physical, however, my doctor took a renewed interest in what's going on in my chest. I'll be going in for a stress test on my ticker, in a little under a month. Since I got the news, I haven't been able to get this song out of my head.Honestly, there's worse ear worms to suffer. Read the res…
    - 2 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 3:46pm -
  • *Alligator scales fence
    An alligator scaled a fence "effortlessly" at Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, and it was all caught on video.Christina Stewart stopped to film the gator claw its way up a fence before belly-flopping onto the grass and continuing on its way. Officials with NAS Jacksonville said they don't plan on removing the alligator from the base unless he poses a danger to residents.We're not trapped in…
    - 2 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 3:29pm -
  • *Organizers unprepared as woman wins ultra marathon outright
    Ellie Pell is the first woman to win the 50k Ultra outright, blasting past runner-up Richard Ellsworth in the four-hour endurance race. Pell took home both the 1st place trophy and the "fastest lady" trophy; unfortunately for Richard, race organizers never anticipated a woman might win, so no corresponding prize exists for gents.“It was great, but also an awkward situation,” Hardy said. “Ob…
    - 4 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 2:03pm -
  • *Cat Selfie phone attachment rings a bell to get its attention
    Cats don't care if you want to share their adorable face on Instagram. They look this way and that way, but never directly at your phone.Enter the Cat Selfie, an attachment for the top of your phone made to get your cat's attention. How? It has a little bell you ring to get your kitty to look at your phone's camera, so you can snap that shot. Now the whole world will see how crazy-cute your kitty…
    - 4 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 2:00pm -
  • *Ishkur's legendary guide to electronic music updated
    Iskhur's guide to electronic music is a true classic of the web, now freshly updated for a new generation of fabulously obscure and ephemeral subgenres. [via Metafilter] See also Every Noise at Once. Read the rest
    - 4 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 1:40pm -
  • *In 1840 London was scandalized when Lord William Russell was found dead in bed with his throat cut
    In May 1840 London was scandalized by the murder of Lord William Russell, who'd been found in his bed with his throat cut. The evidence seemed to point to an intruder, but suspicion soon fell on Russell's valet. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the investigation and trial, and the late revelation that decided the case.We'll also marvel at Ireland's greenery and…
    - 4 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 1:30pm -
  • *Canada's election watchdog: ads saying climate change is real may break law
    The BBC reports that Canada's election watchdog claims that advertisements saying climate change is real may break the law, because it is a political opinion and "issue" advertising is partisan political activity.Canada has strict regulations on partisan advertising during the election period, whether they be from candidates, parties or third-party organisations. ... Keith Brooks, programme dire…
    - 4 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 1:29pm -

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  • *Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on What’s Next for Tumblr
    Great interview by Nilay Patel and Julia Alexander from The Verge with Matt Mullenweg, on Automattic’s acquisition of Tumblr from Verizon.A lot of people are making hay over the price — Yahoo paid $1.1 billion for Tumblr six years ago, and Verizon apparently sold it to Automattic (best known as the parent company of WordPress) for just $3 million. But it seems clear that Verizon wasn’t loo…
    - 51 mins ago 20 Aug 19, 4:44pm -
  • *Counterfeit George Orwell Books on Amazon
    David Streitfeld, writing for The New York Times: In George Orwell’s “1984,” the classics of literature arerewritten into Newspeak, a revision and reduction of thelanguage meant to make bad thoughts literally unthinkable.“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words,” one truebeliever exults.Now some of the writer’s own words are getting reworked inAmazon’s vast virt…
    - 16 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 1:22am -
  • *[Sponsor] Morning Brew
    There’s a reason over 1 million people start their day with Morning Brew — the daily email that delivers the latest news from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Business news doesn’t have to be dry and dense… make your mornings more enjoyable, for free. Check it out. ★ 
    - 16 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 1:13am -
  • *Rambo: Apple Arcade to Cost $5/Month
    Guilherme Rambo, writing at 9to5Mac: Today, I was able to get information about the price of an Apple Arcade subscription to customers. This information is available in one of the APIs used by the App Store app. According to a promotional message found in the service, the price for Apple Arcade will be $4.99 / month, including a one-month free trial. As Apple previously announced, the service…
    - 23 hours ago 19 Aug 19, 6:42pm -
  • Jamf Now
    My thanks to Jamf for sponsoring last week at Daring Fireball to promote Jamf Now. For many people, IT is a task and not a career. Now you can support your users without help from IT.Jamf Now is a simple, cloud-based solution designed to help anyone set up, manage, and protect Apple devices at work. Easily configure company email and Wi-Fi networks, distribute apps to your team, and protect sens…
    - 2 days ago 18 Aug 19, 5:02pm -
  • Yankees Clinch 27th Straight Winning Season
    Bryan Hoch, MLB: Securing their 27th consecutive season with a winning record, a streak that dates to 1993 and is second in Major League history only to their 39-season run from 1926-64, the Yankees peppered rookie starter Aaron Civale for three runs and eight hits over six innings.What a streak. Next best in MLB are the Cardinals with 11. ★ 
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 7:26pm -
  • Trump’s Large Union Crowd at Shell Was Given the Option of Not Showing Up — and Not Getting Paid
    Anya Litvak, reporting for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The choice for thousands of union workers at Royal Dutch Shell’s petrochemical plant in Beaver County was clear Tuesday: Either stand in a giant hall waiting for President Donald Trump to speak or take the day off with no pay.“Your attendance is not mandatory,” said the rules that one contractor relayed to employees, summarizing p…
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 5:34pm -
  • WatchOS 6 Beta Suggests New Series 5 Watches in Titanium and Ceramic
    Nice scoop from iHelpBR. Marco Arment’s take: Two fantastic watch materials. Titanium in watches can be made to look like steel but slightly darker and much lighter-weight, and the previous white-ceramic Editions were really cool.Agreed. Watch-grade titanium is a very different beast than the titanium in the original PowerBook G4 models. The fact that it’s much lighter should make hapti…
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 4:13pm -
  • ★ Siri, Privacy, and Trust
    We should expect Apple to lead the industry on this front, but in fact, they’re far behind.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 11:46pm -
  • ‘Performance Matters‘
    Hillel Wayne: Many ambulances now have electronic PCRs, which fix a lot of theseproblems. The report is automatically filed with the hospital. Thesoftware can enter timestamps and fill in necessary boilerplate.By spellchecking known medications it saves time at the hospital.Nobody has to guess whether you scrawled “100mg” or “160mg”.The ambulance I shadowed had an ePCR. Nobody us…
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 7:20pm -
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