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- Some Delightful Alternatives to the Post-Sneeze ‘Bless You’
Throughout the atheist corners of the internet, there are attempts to deal with one of the most involuntary and pervasive intrusions of religion into social interactions. What do you say when someone sneezes, if not “God bless you?” Perhaps even more odd
- The Unexpected Logic Behind Area Codes
A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. From a distance, at least, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the way Americans got their telephone numbers. And it’s becoming e
- Page Not Found: A Brief History of the 404 Error
That the 404 should have crossover appeal seems fitting. It’s also a reminder that technology, and the web in particular, is made by humans, and therefore fallible.
- Hat 'n' Boots in Seattle, Washington
Touted as the largest cowboy hat and boots in America, these pieces of massive rancher apparel made their debut in the 1950s in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood as part of a western-themed gas station called Hat 'n' Boots. The 44-foot-wide hat was design
- NARP unveils new brand, website
- Deck the Halls with Vince Guaraldi, the Musician Behind “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Ethan Iverson writes about Vince Guaraldi, the musician behind “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and his contributions to jazz history.
- How to Embed the Facebook Customer Chat Widget in your Website
Looking for a simple and free alternative to popular live chat software like Intercom or Zendesk chat? Well, the new customer chat widget from Facebook Messenger is here and anyone can embed these widgets on their website to engage with visitors in real t
- Researchers craft Android app that reveals menagerie of hidden spyware; legally barred from doing the same with iOS
Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy's devastating report on the dozens of invasive, dangerous "trackers" hidden in common Android apps was generated by writing code that spied on their target devices' internal operations, uncovering all manner of sneaking
- This Stripped-Down Blogging Tool Exemplifies Antisocial Media
Txt.fyi, with no Like button or Share button, tries to inoculate against the hazards of virality.
- Train station volunteers subject of national TV news feature
The all-volunteer Olympia-Lacey Centennial Amtrak station is being featured on NBC Nightly News on Friday. The Yelm Highway station has been run entirely by volunteers since 1993. We took a … Click to Continue »
- Finally! A Political Movement that Doesn't Stand for Anything!
Why. by Heidi Groover Who's ready for some R A D I C A L C E N T R I S M? centristproject.org In a move he's been promising for a while, Chris Vance has launched a new centrist politica
- Emily's recommended space books for kids of all ages, 2017
Welcome to my ninth annual recommendations and gift guide to books about space, planets, and astronauts for kids of all ages!
- Community Radio in Seattle Fights Back Against Corporate Behemoths and Mainstream Christian Programming
by Amber Cortes Engineer Pete Tridish is buried in wires. He's sitting at a table at Hollow Earth Radio in the Central District, holding a soldering iron, surrounded by a tangle of cables, tiny screwdrivers,
- More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance
In "The Right Man for the Job," desperate Democrats hold a séance to bring Molly Ivins, Adlai Stevenson II, and Walter Cronkite back from the afterlife to "do something" about Trump.
- Venmo review: An app that makes it easy—and social—to split the check
The Venmo mobile payment app boasts a huge user base, a sleek interface, flexible payment options and agility at splitting bills. Owned by PayPal, it's the peer-to-peer payment app to beat, as long as you don't mind getting social about the tabs you're pi
- The case for RSS � MacSparky
For several years now, the trend among geeks has been to abandon the RSS format. RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way to queue up and serve content from the internet. Source: The Case for RSS - MacSparky Geeks might not like RSS, but it’s an
- Roy Moore's scandal is just the tip of American evangelical Christianity's child bride problem
When Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore was accused of sexually molesting children as young as 14, his fellow hardcore evangelicals shrugged at the scandal -- it was "common knowledge" that Moore had a fondness for young teens. (more…)
- Let’s improve commuter rail service between Providence and Boston
- The Case for RSS
David Sparks makes a good point about the strengths of RSS compared to, say, getting your news from Twitter or Facebook: RSS is so easy to implement that it's a slippery slope between having RSS feeds for just a few websites and instead of having RSS
- One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses As Much Energy As Your House In a Week
Long-time Slashdot reader SlaveToTheGrind quotes Motherboard: Bitcoin's incredible price run to break over $7,000 this year has sent its overall electricity consumption soaring, as people worldwide bring more energy-hungry computers online to mine the dig
- Then vs. Now: How the Debate Over a Distant Planet in the Solar System Has Evolved
What have we learned about the distant objects in our Solar System beyond Neptune in the past year?
- Wines Are No Longer Free to Travel Across State Lines
- I cured my tech fatigue by ditching feeds
- New York Times goes dark, launches .onion site only accessible through Tor
The New York Times today announced it was launching an “experiment in secure communication,” on the the dark web, only accessible through TOR (The Onion Router). As The Times says: The New York Times reports on stories all over the world, and our reportin
- Dwarf Planets: Science & Facts About the Solar System’s Smaller Worlds
Pluto, the most famous dwarf planet, lost its planet status in 2006. Learn more about dwarf planets of the solar system here.
- Punching the Wrong Bag: The Deputy AG Enters the Crypto Wars
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a rather remarkable speech on encryption two weeks ago. Arguing that encryption's creation of "warrant-proof" spaces is irresponsible, the deputy attorney general suggested that Silicon Valley is putting profits
- A vision of Middle-earth
- World's witnessing a new Gilded Age as billionaires’ wealth swells to $6tn
Not since the time of the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts at the turn of the 20th century was so much owned by so few The world’s super-rich hold the greatest concentration of wealth since the US Gilded Age at the turn of the 20th century, when
- Oceans could rise as much as six feet within the century, so say goodbye to the coast
The effects of human-prompted climate change are varied and unpredictable, and we're already starting to see some of the effects. Mankind is making some important progress on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, but it might not be happening fast enough
- Investigating Pennsylvania's Very Particular Penchant for Potato Chips
The small, central-east Pennsylvania town of Hanover is, like much of Pennsylvania, very normal on the surface, and incredibly weird just below. Hanover, and a few counties surrounding it, is the biggest producer of America’s favorite guilty pleasures. I