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    Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
    3:03 pm
    How to remove warts at home with a soldering iron


    Todd Harrison says: "I use a Weller solder iron to burn off a stubborn wart that I have tried to freeze off many times and failed." He observes, "It'll be a scar - but it won't be a wart anymore."

    Hackaday has the blow-by-blow:

    Day two is obviously not too good, with a swollen blister which is not the best looking thing. Around day eight (@5:39), he cuts the skin while doing some yard work, but nothing a band-aid cant fix. By day fourteen (@6:41), parts of the skin are dried and ready to fall off. He uses his handy and trusted diagonal cutters (naturally!) to snip off the skin with the dead wart. From then on, hes on his way to full recovery and all back to normal a mere forty days later.









    2:40 pm
    Chicagos hottest tourist ticket: a corruption walking-tour


    Journalist Paul Daling, creator of the 1001 Chicago Afternoons blog, has created a walking tour of the most corrupt sites in Chicago's fantastically corrupt history, and it's selling out. (more…)

    2:51 pm
    Outstanding rant about establishment pearl-clutching over Trump


    With Trump headed to an uncontested convention, high-paid conservative columnists like George Will have penned columns defending party bosses who might be planning to overrule the popular votes and hand-pick a more acceptable candidate for the GOP to front for president in 2016. (more…)

    2:58 pm
    A great video that explains home plumbing drainage


    The guys at This Old House are back to explain the many reasons why your home plumbing might not be draining water properly. You can play a drinking game by waiting for them to say "big slug of water" and "sewer gas." [via]

    3:00 pm
    The Unspeakable, Illegal Insults Hurled at Turkey's President (with illustrations!)

    If you were thinking of joining Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE, now's the time to do it. For the rest of the month of May, 125% of all sign-up proceeds will be donated to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which promotes press freedom worldwide.

    When you join the INNER HIVE, you get each week's Tom the Dancing Bug comic emailed to you at least one day before it's published online, along with commentary, preliminary art, additional comics and "content," recipes and puzzles, other junk, etc.

    And this month, when you pay just $11.95 to sign up, $15 will be donated to help defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Click here to sign up for the INNER HIVE; click here for more information.

    3:02 pm
    It's too late to do anything about sudden oak death, which has already killed 1,000,000 trees


    Phytophthora ramorum is a mold, related to the Irish Potato Famine pathogen, that causes some oak and tanoak trees to split open and bleed out all their sap, something called "sudden oak death." (more…)

    2:28 pm
    Kickstarting two YA fantasy novels from the press behind the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide


    Jenise writes, "Dreaming Robot Press is a teensy little publisher in New Mexico trying to fill a much-needed niche: they publish science fiction for children. In particular, they publish the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, an annual anthology of SF short stories, most of which are for middle grades readers written by such luminaries as Nancy Kress and Beth Cato." (more…)

    2:23 pm
    After advertiser complaints, Farm News fires editorial cartoonist who criticized John Deere & Monsan


    Rick Friday has been the editorial cartoonist for Farm News for 21 years, with a weekly slot in every Friday's paper. (more…)

    1:45 pm
    How to draw Islamic geometric patterns


    Over at the Root Simple website, Mr. Homegrown wrote about the fun he's been having learning how to draw Islamic geometric patterns from this book by Eric Broug.

    Its a book of step by step drawing instructions. All you need is a ruler, compass, pencil and pen. While the geometry behind theses patterns is enormously sophisticated, actually drawing out the shapes is surprisingly easy and relaxing. Its also a fun and painless lesson in geometry, especially for those of us not inclined towards math..

    1:40 pm
    Chinese censorship: arbitrary rule changes are a form of powerful intermittent reinforcement

    China's Internet censors are capricious and impossible to predict -- but this isn't because China's censors are incompetent, rather, they're tapping into one of the most powerful forms of conditioning, the uncertainty born of intermittent reinforcement. (more…)

    12:45 pm
    All computers should look like the AKAT-1 from 1950


    Here's the AKAT-1 from Poland, "the first transistor-based differential equation analyzer, from 1959."

    From Retrothing:

    AKAT-1 is an analog computer. Back in the 1960s, this approach offered speed and acceptable accuracy without the complexity of digital logic. The result was a device that could solve relatively complex differential equations in real time, as long as you weren't after precise values. Alas, time has passed it by and it now leads a life of leisure at the Museum of Technology (Muzeum Techniki) in Warsaw, Poland.


    12:55 pm
    US government and SCOTUS change cybercrime rules to let cops hack victims' computers


    The Supreme Court -- at the behest of the US government -- has announced changes to "Rule 41," a crucial procedure of the US court system, which will give law enforcement sweeping powers to hack into computers anywhere in the world, including victims' computers, with drastically reduced oversight. (more…)

    3:06 am
    Internet Talk Radio: Podcasting Like It Was 1993


    In 1993, I started a radio station on the Internet, engaging in activities that later became known as podcasting and webcasting. I'm pleased to say that I've finished uploaded the archive of Internet Talk Radio to the Internet Archive.

    I ran the radio station from 1993-1996, and it was an exciting time on the Internet. Our flagship program was Geek of the Week, but we also were able to get one of the broadcast booths in the National Press Club to send out their luncheons, and joined the Public Radio Satellite system so we send out programs like TechNation. It was early in the digital world, so we were able to convince Harper Collins to give us Internet rights to Harper Audio, an amazing collection of people like Anne Sexton, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Frank Herbert and J.R.R. Tolkien reading their own work. We also managed to get official Congressional press credentials and ran tie lines into the basement of the Capitol to send out live feeds from the floors of the House and Senate.

    We also did a lot of special programs (check out John Perry Barlow, Cliff Stoll and the United Nations 50th Anniversary and published some really cool SoundBytes you could use for alerts and notifications, and had a thriving Christmas practice going until Santa got mailbombed in a nasty DDOS incident. I also uploaded some early press coverage and some of the presentations and letters in my files.

    We ran Internet Talk Radio as a nonprofit corporation called the Internet Multicasting Service. I was very lucky that UUNET, Sun Microsystems, and O'Reilly & Associates signed up as our charter sponsors and especially fortunate at the amazingly talented staff that joined me to run the operation, especially Brad Burdick who ran systems, and Marty Lucas and Corinne Becknell, our immensely talented audio team. I also remember fondly my good friend Luther Brown, who left a job producing the news for Tom Brokaw at NBC to work for me and passed away a few years ago. You can hear his amazing voice reading Twas the Night Before Christmas.

    I've been spinning the audio files on my servers continuously since 1993, but it is so nice to be able to upload this data to the Internet Archive where I know the data will live forever.

    3:18 am
    University of Oxford acquires rare map of Middle-earth annotated by Tolkien


    The Bodleian Libraries at Oxford acquired a recently-discovered map of Middle-earth annotated by JRR Tolkien, "which reveals his remarkable vision of the creatures, topography and heraldry of his imagined world where The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place. The annotated map went unseen for decades until October 2015 when Blackwells Rare Books in Oxford put the map on display and offered it for sale."</blockquote>

    (Thanks, Gary Price!)

    12:56 am
    Ted Cruz quits Republican race; Trump is presumptive nominee

    Illustration: Rob Beschizza

    After a brutal thrashing at Donald Trump's hands in Indiana's Republican primary election today, Ted Cruz is calling it quits. Trump, reports the BBC, is now almost certainly the party's nominee for president.

    "We left it all in the field in Indiana, and the voters chose another path," he told supporters in Indiana."With a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."

    I'll say one thing about Carly Fiorina, she knows how to get a company to make layoffs when it has to.

    1:29 am
    'We're Gonna Win Big-ly.' Trump wins Indiana Primary for GOP, Cruz drops out

    Donald Trump arrives at his campaign victory party to speak to supporters. May 3, 2016. REUTERS

    The votes in the Indiana presidential election primary tonight are still being counted, but GOP Party chairman Reince Priebus has already declared Donald Trump the presumptive GOP nominee after Ted Cruz dropped out of the race.

    Trump needs 1236 delegates to formally get the nomination, and he's well on his way. John Kasich hasn't ended his campaign, but he hasn't been seen as a credible contender for a while. Trump has dominated this election cycle in many ways.


    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
    11:13 pm
    Day Against DRM: yes, ALL DRM


    It's the International Day Against DRM, and in honor of the day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Parker Higgins has written an excellent post explaining why we can't live with DRM, even on media that you "rent" rather than buying (streaming services like Spotify, Netflix, etc). (more…)

    6:42 pm
    Archives of pioneering "Internet Talk Radio"


    Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, "In 1993, I started a radio station on the Internet, engaging in activities that later became known as podcasting and webcasting. I'm pleased to say that I've finished uploaded the archive of Internet Talk Radio to the Internet Archive." (more…)

    6:21 pm
    New study: Air rage triggered by walking through First Class


    A new scientific study reveals that air rage is much more likely on airplanes where inequality is obvious -- that is, airplanes where there's economy and first class sections. The University of Toronto researchers published their results in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences. From CNN:

    It found that passengers in economy seating were 3.84 times more likely to have an incident of air rage if they were on a plane that had a first-class section. They were 2.18 times more likely to have an outburst if they had to walk through first class to board the plane, as opposed to boarding in the middle of the plane, directly into the economy section....

    "Psychology (research) tells us that when people feel a sense of deprivation and inequality, they are more likely to act out," said Katherine A. DeCelles, associate professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto....

    There was also a nearly 12-fold increase in the rate of air rage among first-class passengers on flights where all passengers boarded through the first-class section, compared with flights that had separate entrances for first class and economy.

    "When people from higher social class backgrounds are more aware of their higher status, they are more likely to be antisocial, to have entitled attitudes and to be less compassionate," DeCelles said.

    "Air rage triggered by walking past first-class seating, study says" (CNN)

    5:59 pm
    Join Puddles Pity Party at Beyond Brookledge, May 20-22

    Puddles, the sad clown with the golden voice, will be one of the many, incredible performers making this year's Beyond Brookledge more fun than ever.

    Beyond Brookledge is an amazing collection of performances, in a spectacular place, put on by a community of artists who are just a ton of fun to hang out with. Every act is wonderful, the entire weekend is an experience. This year Beyond Brookledge will be held May 20-22nd at the Mission Inn, in Riverside, California. I can not wait. I hope my motorcycle makes it this time.

    Bob Self, of Baby Tattoo, co-produces this event along with Erika Larsen, and had this to say about Puddles, and the event in general:

    A (nearly) 7 foot tall (unfathomably) sad clown with an (unexpectedly) inspiring voice will be serenading attendees of this years Beyond Brookledge with a special presentation of Puddles Pity Party during the annual weekend-long magic and vaudeville gathering at the (eerily) gorgeous Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California May 20th through 22nd. The shadowed corridors and windswept turrets of the castle-like venue will be echoing with melodies and awash with teardrops as Puddles performs the songs that made him famous along with some new surprises that are sure to become infamous. If that sounds like hyperbole, its not& the combination of the Mission Inn, Puddles, and all the other Fellini-esque denizens of the round-the-clock theatrical whirlwind is sure to result in something so grand that it will be as hard to describe as it will be impossible to forget. All that plus yummy pie! The ticket price is all-inclusive so the entertainment, the food, the partying, and a bed to dream in are all paid for with the price of admission."

    Join us at Beyond Brookledge!

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