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Mr. Potato Head to get genderless rebrand (UPDATE)

70 years of tuberal gender oppression is at an end! Mr. Potato Head will henceforth simply be known as Potato Head. You know, like Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. The change will appear on boxes this year. Toy makers have been updating their classic brands to appeal to kids today. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Toys, Gender, News, Things People Get Mad About


Mr. Potato Head to go genderless

70 years of tuberal gender oppression is at an end! Mr. Potato Head will henceforth simply be known as Potato Head. You know, like Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. The change will appear on boxes this year. Toy makers have been updating their classic brands to appeal to kids today. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Toys, Gender, News, Things People Get Mad About


Illuminated Editions: modern artists reinvent classic books

I'm a huge fan of Beehive Books, which creates illuminated editions of classic books illustrated by contemporary artists. They are doing a Kickstarter for a new series of three books: KWAIDAN & SHADOWINGS by Lafcadio Hearn, illustrated by Kent Williams A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS by David Lindsay, illustrated by Jim Woodring THE GREAT GATSBY by F. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, News, Kickstarter, Jim Woodring, Lafcadio Hearn, Kent Williams, David Lindsay


Two perspectives on Asian-American life that riff on fantasy and stereotype: "Interior Chinatown" & "Tiger Style!"

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have been on the rise. "Some of these cases have made it to national news, but most haven't," wrote Anne Anlin Cheng in a recent op-ed for The New York Times. "The low profile of this wave of violence is a reminder of how racial violence goes unexamined when it doesn't fit neatly into the standard narrative of race in America." — Read the rest
Tags: Reviews, Audiobooks, Post, Books, Podcast, News, Book Reviews, America, Book Review, Asian, Chinese Culture, Chinese, Racism, New York Times, Plays, Asian American


Rubik's Connected Cube tells you how to solve it

Rubik's Connected Cube [Amazon] is a Rubik's cube with the internet in it, so that it may connect to an app on your phone which provides tips, "lessons", and the solution. Gizmodo's Andrew Liszewski reviewed it. He's OK with it, but not the $60 price tag. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Toys, News, Puzzles, Iot, Gizmodo, Andrew Liszewski


The absolutely improved, modern version of the semi-dangerous red water rocket toy I loved so much

I loved that little red water rocket and the associated white pump. Well-made and of extremely hard plastic, I could pump so much pressure into that bottle my 4 year-younger brother would howl on impact. You had to learn, however, to stand far enough away from your target to allow maximum acceleration while maintaining aim. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Toys, News, Nostalgia, Water Rocket


Heist at Roscoe's: "Put all the chicken in a bag!"

Failure to wear a mask resulted in a gentleman finding himself unable to enter a Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles to buy their delicious fare! Naturally, the poultry-free man was forced to enter the restaurant from the rear, brandishing a firearm, and demand chicken. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Guns, Masks, Roscoe, Chicken and Waffles, House of Chicken


Artist carves works from layered acrylic paint

Kiwi artist Hannah Jensen paints dozens of layers of acrylic paint on a surface, then uses linoleum carving tools to engrave images onto it. When she cuts deeper, she can expose lower colors of paint. Here's video of her carving a hummingbird: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hannah Jensen (@hannahjensenart) This is a nice time-lapse of her technique: ...
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, Carving, Hannah Jensen


'The Philosopher's War' is a sequel that does the fantastic first novel justice

The Philosopher's War picks up where Tom Miller's The Philosopher's Flight left off, and I read it cover to cover upon discovering I had missed its release. Miller built a wonderful world in this series debut novel, The Philosopher's Flight, where magic is a science and gets treated like one: with fear and misunderstanding. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, Science Fiction, News, Book, Miller, Tom Miller


Check out the Guinness Record-holder for the world's largest guitar pedal board

In 2019, guitarist Rob Scallon enlisted the Sweetwater music gear company to help him create the official world's largest guitar pedal board…and then play a song on it. This 70-foot-long beast consists of 319 pedals spread across 34 individual pedal boards linked together with 500+ feet of cabling, and required 8 people to handle its 1000+ knobs. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Guinness World Record, Electronic Music, Guitars, Guitar, Musical instruments, Musical Instrument, Rob Scallon, Noise Pop, Electric Guitar, Ambient Sounds, Guinness Records, Guitar Pedals


This is the winner of the official Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year

The BookSeller has announced the winner of its 42nd Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. The honors go to… A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path: Animal Metaphors in Eastern Indonesian Society by Gregory Forth It's the first time a Canadian author has received the prize. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, News, Titles, Gregory Forth


Categorize your bookshelves by emotions

There is a new bookstore in Seattle, Washington where the books are shelved not by topic or alphabetically, but by mood, and I'm all for it. From The Seattle Times: Oh Hello Again owner Kari Ferguson admits that in the two months the shop has been open, more than a few customers expressed confusion on entering the store. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, News, Seattle Times, Seattle Washington, Cool Bookstore, Moody Books, Kari Ferguson


Dummy who attempted to euthanize dog with handgun almost euthanized a human

In Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada, a gentleman whose dog had bitten a few people attempted to euthanize the animal by shooting it outside his home. Fortunately, he missed the dog. Unfortunately, he hit a fellow who was inside the house. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Guns, Dogs, Pictou County Nova Scotia Canada


National Rifle Association files for bankruptcy, NRA will legally move from New York to Texas

RIP, NRA. Thoughts and prayers. The National Rifle Association has for bankruptcy, and the organization will legally move from New York to Texas, with plans to operate as a non-profit. The NRA lists assets and liabilities between $100 million and $500 million each, and its bankruptcy petition is signed by Wayne LaPierre. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Business, New York, Texas, News, Guns, US news, Nra, National Rifle Association, Wayne Lapierre


I am pre-ordering 'Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League'

Earl Mac Rauch's long promised sequel to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is due out in August. I have pre-ordered Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League Perhaps we will finally find out what the watermelon is for. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, News, Earl Mac Rauch, Everybody Need See Buckaroo, Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League


Josh Hawley lost his book deal, haw haw

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri lost his book deal one day after flashing fascist fist-pumps at the Trump Riot mob, and arguing against the counting of legal votes on the Senate Floor later that day. Simon & Schuster said on Thursday it will cancel the publication of an upcoming book by Hawley, one of several Congress members who were trying to overturn the results of the presidential election which Donald Trump lost. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, Politics, News, Congress, Senate, Missouri, Donald Trump, Hawley, Simon Schuster, Josh Hawley, Trump Riot


New rare book catalogue features a Soviet Space Race picture book with backyard-built rocket

As a rare book dealer and specialist in the history of the book, I view printed texts as historical artifacts, holding material clues to the past. When it comes to children's books, we tend to see them as a reflection of their target readers, but they more often convey the hopes and anxieties of the adults who created them. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, Video, News, Illustration, Children's Books


NY City Demonstrates Danger to Freedom, Safety of Gun Licensing Laws

Leave it to New York City to once again remind us why we cannot trust anti-gun public officials to be the gatekeepers for our preexisting rights. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Leave it to New York City to once again remind us why we cannot trust anti-gun public officials to be the gatekeepers for our preexisting right – not a state-granted privilege – to keep and bear arms.   At first blush, firearm licensing laws may seem to some like a reasonable safeguard to ensure new gun owners have...
Tags: Post, New York, Guns, New York City, Social Security, Andrew Cuomo, IMG, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, License Division, New York Post the New York Police Department


How to convert a MIDI guitar into a QWERTY keyboard

From George The KA: After putting up the Christmas tree early with the kids, I spent a few hours this Sunday afternoon on another geeky techno-music experiment: building a program converts any MIDI guitar into a customizable computer keyboard. Although getting this to work coding-wise was not difficult, the hard part was figuring out how to map a guitar to a keyboard. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Diy, Keyboards, Guitars, Diy Projects, Midi, Qwerty, Music Technology, Cool Hacks, Smokin' Keyboards


Learn how not to cook with this 1820 book about culinary poisons

I just learned about the Frederik Accum's 1820 book A Treatise on Adulteration of Food and Culinary Poisons from Public Domain Review: This groundbreaking work — written in English by a German scientist named Frederik Accum who lived in London from 1793 to 1821 — marked the beginning of an awareness of need for food safety oversight. — Read the rest
Tags: Cooking, Post, Books, London, News, Poisoning, Poison, Cooking Tips, Food Poisoning, Culinary Arts, Public Domain, Public Domain Review, Industrialization, Adulteration, Enthralling Books, Frederick Accum


The glaring difference between British and American cop shows

My dad's been pestering me since the summer to watch the Irish police soap opera Red Rock now that it's on AmazonPrime. While I'm always down for a good crime story, I'm not always keen on cop dramas. But I finally got a chance to watch the pilot episode over the holidays — and lo and behold, I enjoyed it, too. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Guns, Police, Police Violence, Police State, Policing, Red Rocks, Law & Order, Police Shows, Cop Shows


Watch 70 birds play guitar in Canada

From CBC in 2015: A living musical exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will set 70 zebra finches loose in an aviary, and the only perches are the strings of 14 electric guitars and bass guitars.When the birds land, they create music that's played through amplifiers stationed around the aviary. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Video, News, Birds, Canada, Artists, Guitars, Guitar, Modern Art, Art Installation, Cbc, Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts, Art Exhibit, Free Bird, Birds of a Feather


Smith & Wesson sued the state of New Jersey for having an "anti-Second Amendment Agenda"

From Courthouse News: In a   filed in New Jersey on Tuesday, Smith & Wesson claims New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has tried everything in his power to stymie gun sales, and that he is now sifting through decades of company advertisements and marketing materials in an extra-legal attempt to restrict the right to bear arms.  — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Guns, New Jersey, Gun Control, Smith, Gun Violence, Second Amendment, Firearms, Smith & Wesson, Wesson, Gurbir Grewal, Everything Is Legal In New Jersey, Gun Policy, Gun reform, Gun Regulation


Self-strumming guitar

Behold the "Circle Guitar", an invention of Anthony Dickens, which has a motor-driven disk that spins and strums the strings. You can place pick-pegs in the disk to represent different strumming patterns, so it's sort of like a MIDI sequencer for strumming — the guitar self-strums the patterns with machined precision, at up to 250 picks-per-second. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Inventions, Guitars, Anthony Dickens, 250 BPM


Susanna Clarke's new book PIRANESI is a contemplative thriller about solitude

Susanna Clarke's debut novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, took the world by storm when it came out in 2004. The 900-page magical Victorian epic was swiftly followed by a short story collection, The Ladies of Grace Adieu, which was set in the same universe. — Read the rest
Tags: Reviews, Post, Books, News, Fiction, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Book Review, Magic, Novels, Piranesi, Jonathan Strange, Susanna Clarke, Norrell, Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell


Number-crunching the overwhelming whiteness of the book publishing industry

A new interactive article from the New York Times examines just how white the publishing industry actually is. And despite the number of high-profile books from non-white authors in recent years, the demographic data is bleak: according to their data, 95 percent of published authors are white. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, Publishing, News, Diversity, New York Times, Bookselling, Publishing Business, Diversity Equity Inclusion


Geometric stringed polyhdron art

France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, News, France, View, Sculpture, Artwork, Ke, String Art, Kevin Hernandez


Geometric stringed polyhedron art

France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, France, View, Sculpture, Artwork, Ke, String Art, Kevin Hernandez


Simple screenprinting using adhesive vinyl and a basic printing kit

In this hour-long "Build-a-Long" livestream on Tested yesterday, Jen Schachter demonstrated how you can create simple screenprints by cutting stencils out using adhesive vinyl. No photo emulsion or light exposure needed. Image: Screengra
Tags: Crafts, Post, Video, News, Tested, Screenprinting, Jen Schachter


Award for Bad Sex in Fiction cancelled due to enough bad things in 2020

The Literary Review has cancelled its Bad Sex in Fiction Award for 2020 because "the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well," according to the organizers. From : The prize was set up in 1993 by Auberon Waugh, with the intention of "gently dissuading authors and publishers from including unconvincing, perfunctory, embarrassing or redundant passages of a sexual nature in otherwise sound literary novels".  — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, News, Writing, Fiction, Writers, Literary Review, Literary, Auberon Waugh



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