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USgamer

Here's all the Fortnite Battle Royale tips you need and Fortnite Mobile info.<p>This God of War walkthrough and guide includes collectible locations, …

Desperate Times Call For Measures You Can Dance To

It's surely a sorry state of affairs when, every year in the depths of winter, the hopes of a nation turn to burden the shoulders of a single groundhog: Poor Punxsutawney Phil, who's afraid of his own shadow. It's a sorrier situation still when — as he did this year — that scaredy-cat groundhog …

Stock photos that don’t suck

A list of places to find the best free stock photos<p>Finding great stock photos is a pain. You’re left with either low-res amateur photos, people …

Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades

It's been 17 years between albums for the Bay Area alt-rap duo Latyrx. Oakland-born Lateef Daumont is a Black Panther's son who raps as Lateef the Truthspeaker, while Tokyo-born Tom Shimura, a banker's son, raps as Lyrics Born. In 1996, they collaborated on <i>The Album,</i> a gorgeous and contemplative …

Moonshot: How Kerbal Space Program’s creator launched an indie darling from out of nowhere

The moon is 238,900 miles from the Earth. That’s a great distance, and it’s about how far away Kerbal Space Program creator Felipe Falanghe felt from success when he came up with the idea for his realistic space-shuttle-building game 11 years ago.<p>Today, Kerbal Space Program has thousands of players …

Backdoor found in D-Link home routers

<b>An easy-to-exploit backdoor has been found in seven different models of domestic routers made by D-Link and Planex.</b><p>The backdoor, if used, would let an attacker take complete control of a router or modem and spy on a home's browsing activity.<p>D-Link has acknowledged the existence of the backdoor and …

Inescapable, apocalyptic dread: The terrifying nuclear autumn of 1983

It was the tensest, most dangerous part of the Cold War — and that autumn, grownups were as scared numb as we were<p>It happens every autumn. I’m walking down the street and it wells up fast, triggered by a first chill in the air, some foliage, maybe a doorstep pumpkin. In that instant returns the …

Amped Wireless Range Extender - Send Wi-Fi to your home's weak spots

My cable modem and WiFi router are on one end of our long house. The signal peters out before it gets to my daughters’ bedrooms, and because they …

Hawaiian Woman's 35-Letter Last Name Doesn't Fit on Her Driver's License

It’s back-to-school time, which means that students all over the country are enduring the mispronunciation of their last names while teachers try …

CrossFit mirrors American militarism

The fitness craze reflects the country’s ongoing transformation from a culture of sports to a culture of war<p>AMERICA is its sports. That’s a strong claim, but try coming up with a more pervasive, more intrinsic lens through which we see ourselves. Politics? Religion? Check the stats and you’ll find …

Bruce Schneier's 'How to remain secure against NSA surveillance'

Security guru Bruce Schneier has posted a typically pragmatic and passionate overview of why you can, and should, follow practices that improve your …

Listen to Wikipedia

The music generated at the site Listen to Wikipedia may sound random at first, but what you're hearing is real data.<p>Using the data provided by …

TaxProf Blog

Omri Y. Marian (Florida), Are Cryptocurrencies 'Super' Tax Havens?, 112 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions ___ (2013):<p>This short essay describes the …

You gotta see this excellent ID card belonging to a Pastafarian guy in the Czech Republic

Lukáš Nový's identification card.<p>Not even gonna bother doing anything more than Google Translate on this article about Pirate Party member and …

Hollywood movie-poster design cliches

Jackomatic's "15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés" is a gallery of damning thumnails showing the enormous uniformity of Hollywood's marketing machine, …

Beep Beep (his horn went beep beep beep)

Today's jam is "Beep Beep," by the Playmates, which charted in 1958 with the tragic tale of a Nash Rambler and a Cadillac locked in competition. I …

Schoenberg Doesn't Suck: Serialism Demystified

How did I miss this before today? Well, thanks to the sublime Maria Popova and her site Brain Pickings, I am now among the millions of folks who have encountered the equally sublime Vi Hart on YouTube. The self-described "mathemusician" (and occasional cook) explains everything from Fibonacci …

Icona Pop: The break-up behind I Love It

<b>Stockholm pop stars Icona Pop are at number one with the exuberant summer anthem I Love It.</b><p>A frenetic break-up fantasy, it finds Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo screaming: "I crashed your car into a bridge. I don't care - I love it!"<p>First released in Sweden last May, it has had a tortuous journey to …

Sloppiness in the Snowden extradition request to HK

When Hong Kong let Edward Snowden leave the country instead of arresting him in accord with the official US request on the grounds that the request …

Harvard, let everyone have access to the Bluebook!

Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez,<p>One of the most important books in the U.S. legal profession is known as the Bluebook®: A Uniform System of Legal …

Creativity, math, and 12-tone music

We've featured doodling, fast-talking YouTube mathematician Vi Hart a lot here, but her latest, a 30-minute extended mix, is absolutely remarkable, …

Bittersweet At No. 1: How A Japanese Song Topped The Charts In 1963

Fifty years ago today, the No. 1 song in America was an import from Japan: a song about young love called "Sukiyaki," sung by Kyu Sakomoto.<p>Ian Condry, who teaches Japanese culture at MIT, says "Sukiyaki" transcended language because it hit an emotional nerve. The song spent three weeks at the top …

Stranger Than Fiction: Margaret Atwood