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Hit songs, analyzed by their contemporary obscurity

23 July, 2014 - 02:49
"Come Down, Ma Evening Star" was a huge hit in 1903, but you'd be forgiven for not knowing it. But time has not been kind to the hits of Clay Aiken, either. [via Kottke]

Let's see if we can get the official youtube video of Clay's 2003 #1 hit "This is the Night" to 5,000 views by sundown! (It's at 4,954, though, so I'm not sure I fancy its chances.)

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Computer game names "almost universally terrible"

23 July, 2014 - 02:37
"Assassin Heroes Warhammer: Craft World War" might be an extreme example of a grossly trope-strewn game name, but the business has plenty more like it to offer.
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Nigerian email swindlers using more sophisticated hacks

23 July, 2014 - 02:32
It's not so much that the scammers themselves are becoming better at their jobs, just that off-the-shelf scripts are so much more powerful. [NYT]
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Spy toys at the CIA museum

23 July, 2014 - 02:29
A gallery at Fast Co Design has some of the cool tools of spycraft.
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Florida men mistake corpse for mannequin

23 July, 2014 - 02:24

Some Florida men found a "mannequin" hanging in a vacant garage they were cleaning out. "Israel Lopez and Adam Hines told authorities they thought the former renters had left a "Halloween-like" hoax. Lopez hauled the debris to the landfill while Hines continued cleaning."

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Fun as Hell, a Kindle Single by LJ Kummer

23 July, 2014 - 01:35

LJ Kummer's Fun as Hell is a great kindle single. A fast read about a journalist and his girlfriend who take a training course intended to show civilians what war is all about.

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SDCC: Map of San Diego's surveillance network

23 July, 2014 - 01:33


Dave Maass sez, "If you're going to San Diego Comic-Con, you might want to dodge the cameras on this map if you're not in costume." Read the rest

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Video: The X-Files' Dana Scully likes science!

23 July, 2014 - 01:19

"She never gave up, even when the aliens put a chip in her neck," says creator Ryan English. (via Dangerous Minds)

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Beetles kill Beatle's memorial tree

23 July, 2014 - 00:51

The George Harrison Memorial Tree in Los Angeles, planted in memory of the Beatles guitarist, was killed by beetles.

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Video: cats in movies

23 July, 2014 - 00:43

Cats in movies with a soundtrack of The Cure's "Love Cats."

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Tour schedule for XKCD "What If?" book

22 July, 2014 - 23:41


Randall Munroe will take his hotly anticipated book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, on the road in September: Boston, NYC, SEA, SFO, Berkeley and LA!

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LEGO Volkswagen camper van

22 July, 2014 - 23:10

I am deeply tempted to build this beautiful model of the iconic 1962 VW camper van. I may hold out for a Vanagon, however.

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The limits of animal life on Tatooine

22 July, 2014 - 23:01
Maggie Koerth-Baker on why the megafauna of George Lucas' parched desert world makes no sense. It's not the dry heat that's the problem; it's the food supply. Read the rest
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Corpse mistaken for mannequin and tossed in dumpster.

22 July, 2014 - 22:45
That's the second time this year this has happened in the Tampa Bay area. Tampa, Florida.
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Are movies getting way longer than they used to be? The data: Nope

22 July, 2014 - 22:16

Randal Olson analyzed the duration of "the 25 most popular movies from each year from 1931 through 2013," and reveals the truth behind the myth that movies are "getting so much longer than they used to be." Read the rest

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Earth just experienced hottest June ever recorded

22 July, 2014 - 22:11
"The heat was driven in large by part by the hottest ocean temperatures since recordkeeping began more than 130 years ago." Read the rest
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Evil click fraud bastards exploit MH17 victims' names for internet scams

22 July, 2014 - 22:04
Click fraudsters "are setting up fake Facebook pages in the names of Australian MH17 victims to profit from a lucrative internet scam." Read the rest
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Weird Al Yankovic, brand marketing genius

22 July, 2014 - 22:00

In The Atlantic, a thinkpiece that actually made me think: "Weird" Al Yankovic's savvy internet distribution strategy, and how the artist has managed to create a powerful, enduring brand that began in the age of vinyl and FM radio. [HT: @alexismadrigal]

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