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For Our Consideration: How the MP3 helped build a pop utopia

Twenty years ago the German research group Fraunhofer IIS conducted an internal poll to settle on the three-character suffix that would become the standard file name extension for digital audio coding format that engineers there had developed. Show More Summary

A Digital Digression II

So I've made a bit of progress on Zombology this week, posting blind playtesting copies to the Leeds and London Playtest UK groups, I'm hoping to get initial feedback from those groups in a week or two, once they've met and had a chance to get a game or two in. Show More Summary

Hogan's Not-Heroes and Trump's Wild Card Rants

As a kid one of my favorite TV sitcoms was Hogan's Heroes. Set in a German POW camp during World War II, a group of really sharp Allied prisoners of war (most of them fliers who were shot down or parachuted to safety) were humorously and cleverly outsmarting their dimwitted and bumbling Nazi jailers. Show More Summary

Ricoh addresses 'power off' issue on some Pentax K-3 II cameras

Ricoh is addressing an anomaly found on a small group of its Pentax K-3 II digital SLRs in which the camera will not turn off, even when the power lever is in the 'off' position. Ricoh will service any K-3 II within a specific range of serial numbers at no charge, regardless of whether the camera is having the issue. Read more

Oh Wow: 14-Foot LEGO Starcraft II Battlefield Map

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekologie

This is the 14-foot LEGO Starcraft II battlefield built by a group of international LEGO/Starcraft fans. It includes all three races and a ton of buildings and battle units. It made me think about how LEGO should create their own tabletop game like Warhammer and sell a ton of different sets of armies and stuff. Show More Summary

This amazing 14-foot StarCraft II LEGO model took three years to build

When the disembodied voice of the Protoss commanded you to construct additional pylons, this is not what it had in mind. A group of eight Lego artists have been working on a crazy 14-foot […]

Fans Build 14 Feet of StarCraft II in LEGO

Building StarCraft units from LEGO is always awesome. Building an entire map, with all three races with their buildings and units included, is really awesome. An international group of LEGO builders just did that: A huge set featuring everything StarCraft. Read more...

Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Rumored to Be ‘Done’; Waiting on Production

The Canon 35mm f/1.4L expected to be replaced in the near future, and after previous reports claimed the Mark II was being tested in the field by a select group of photographers, we’re now hearing that the lens is ‘done’. A release date is unknown at the moment and is said to be dependent on [...]Show More Summary

South Korean ‘Comfort Women’ Threaten to Sue Japan for $20 Million in the US

last monthNews : Vice News

A group of South Korean women who were forced into sex slavery by Japan during World War II in order to serve its soldiers announced on Tuesday that they will sue the Japanese government for $20 million in a California district court on July 1 unless it makes suitable amends before then. Show More Summary

Detailed 3D Map Visualizes The Battle of Stalingrad

Russian art group in[visible] studio created a miniature real life version of the bloodiest battle of World War II. They used projection mapping to bring a small-scale model of the city ruins to life with planes and soldiers fighting. The result is incredibly realistic. Read more...

Soul vs. Soul: "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"--GC Cameron + Boyz II Men

G. C. Cameron is the lead vocalist on The Spinners' breakthrough hit "It's a Shame" in 1970 but because of a contractual obligation to Motown, he was unable to remain with the group when they signed to Atlantic in 1972, and began their fabled run of hits with producer Thom Bell. Show More Summary

Is Your ISP Not Following Net Neutrality? The FCC’s Got A Complaint Form For That.

Hooray! Net neutrality is finally, well and truly, the law. The courts did not uphold industry groups’ requests to press pause on the implementation, and so as of right now, ISPs are common carriers under Title II and are not allowed to mess around with your connections. Does that mean they’ll all behave perfectly well in perpetuity and we can … [More]

The Kempt New Icons Draft Prospectus Part III: The Bubble Boys

2 months agoFashion / Men's Fashion : Kempt

For the final installment of our future icon prospectus (see Part I and Part II), we’re changing it up a little bit. Because today we take on the most important group of all—the bubble guys. These are the fellas who might seem obvious at first glance, but are missing a crucial element or two that would otherwise make them no-brainers. Show More Summary

ALISON HAYWARD ON THE IRS: From today’s Tea Party to the pacifists, socialists & anti-tobacco group

ALISON HAYWARD ON THE IRS: From today’s Tea Party to the pacifists, socialists & anti-tobacco groups of America before World War II, the tax man has a long history of trying to shut people up. Yet another reason to get rid of the income tax. Or to abolish official immunity for government employees.

Islamic State is Making a Fortune Selling Ancient Artifacts

2 months agoNews : Truthdig

The Palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud, pictured in 2007. The Islamic State group reportedly bulldozed the city in March 2015( M.chohan / CC BY-SA 3.0) The cultural war being waged by the Islamic State most recently provoked international...Show More Summary

Ronnie Gilbert Of The Weavers Has Died At 88

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“‘We sang songs of hope in that strange time after World War II, when already the world was preparing for Cold War,’ Ms. Gilbert recalled in ‘The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time,’ a 1982 documentary about the group. ‘We still had the feeling that if we could sing loud enough and strong enough and hopefully […]

Making (and [the Next]) Generation Part II: Educator Interview with Adam Kaplan

My previous post began a series of posts focusing on teaching, writing, and youth. The new anthology Please Excuse This Poem is the catalyst for this investigation, and I shared poems and reflections from a group of minors charged as adults who are currently… Continue reading ?

Bikers Plan Anti-Muslim Protest Outside Arizona Mosque

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

A group of bikers in Arizona are planning to hold a protest outside an Islamic center on Friday -- but local clergy hope to head them off with a message of inclusivity. The bikers' protest, dubbed “Freedom of Speech Rally Round II,” is scheduled to take place outside the the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. Show More Summary

Watch Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Jam With Sharon Jones

Next week, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings begin one of the summer's biggest tours. The two groups – plus opener Doyle Bramhall II – aren't playing stadiums or arenas, but they're both bringing double-digit ensembles that could crowd even the country's largest stages. "There's not many groups that...

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