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Home video calls aren't going away any time soon — so it’s time to clean up your backgrounds

Whether it's your boss, your old high school friends or your over-critical family you're looking to impress, having your background looking as put together as possible during hours of Zoom calls is a must. You might not realize it in the moment, but that unmade bed in the back of your video chat shot says a lot about you — so start sending a better message. With production quality greenscreen app XSplit VCam, they’ll never see anything you don’t want them to see. XSplit VCam is tailored to creat...
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Cassette-based D&D adventures and dungeon-delving soundtracks

I love the work that the Italian DIY ambient punk and dungeon drone label, Heimat Der Katastrophe, is doing. They release cassette tapes and digital albums via Bandcamp that are sonic-based old-school D&D adventures. Every cassette comes with a folded tray card with maps, dungeon and character descriptions, and background on the adventure depicted in the music and on the card. You can just listen and enjoy the music, or follow along with the action outlined in the adventure, or play an actual D&...
Tags: Post, News, Drone, Ambient, Dungeons And Dragons, Bandcamp, Tabletop Gaming, Old School Games, Heimat Der Katastrophe, Kobold

A 'banned book' bookshelf

What a fantastic project. “I made a 'banned-book' bookshelf with a hidden compartment,” says IMGURian @honestworkdesigns. “Sliding dado door serves as hidden compartment at the back of bottom shelf.” @honestworkdesigns Brilliant. I made a "banned-book" bookshelf with a hidden compartment
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Wear a face mask in public to slow COVID-19, says CDC — 'I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,' says Trump

NEW: After weeks of internal White House debate, finally the U.S. Centers for Disease control will 'recommend,' but not require, that people wear face coverings or improvised cloth masks if they go out in public. The CDC will soon advise the American people to wear masks in public to stem the spread of coronavirus. This is a complete reversal of policy change, well into an still-uncontrolled disease outbreak. Lives will be lost because of this policy bungling. President Donald Trump said on...
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Wear face mask in public to slow COVID-19, says CDC. 'I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,' says Trump.

The CDC will soon advise the American people to wear masks in public to stem the spread of coronavirus. This is a reversal of policy change, well into an still-uncontrolled disease outbreak. President Donald Trump said on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control will soon officially begin recommending the public use of non-medical, non-surgical grade masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. "You don't have to do it. ... I don't think I am going to be doing it,” Trump said about wearing a fac...
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Look at this amazing popsicle stick house

Wow. That's all I can manage to get out of my keyboard, I'm so astonished by how gorgeous and dedicated this wonderful crafted popsicle stick house is. IMGURian @dawilah is taking this to a completely different level. I love it. The build video is glorious. I feel a real fondness for the medium, as a GenXer who was taught to do craft projects in the 1970s. Oh yeah we used popsicle sticks. Popsicle stick house
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, News, Craft, Quarantine, Stayathome, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19, Quarantine Crafting

Worst Royal crisis ever spells the end of the monarchy, in this week’s dubious tabloids

The lives of the British Royal Family play out like the pre-dawn sweats of a hallucinatory nightmare of unprecedented horror. “This is the royals’ greatest crisis ever,” an unidentified palace courtier, who clearly never heard of Oliver Cromwell, tells the ’National Enquirer.' “It could end the monarchy” - a phrase becoming as commonplace as “the most dramatic season of ‘The Bachelor’ ever.” What’s the existential crisis this week? “Harry Ordered Home! Charles’ infection creates chaos! Fears ...
Tags: Post, News, Washington, Ben Affleck, Los Angeles, Canada, Jennifer Aniston, Bill Cosby, Prince Charles, Cara Delevingne, Tabloids, Angelina Jolie, Buckingham Palace, Harry, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt

Get lifetime access to 1K+ premium online courses for just $59

Can't sit still during the pandemic? You're not alone. Many folks are using their social distancing time to decompress and zone out on Tiger King, some even pushing back against the idea of being productive. But plenty of others find themselves bored, restless, and in need of projects and goals, somewhere to direct their energy. If productivity is what you crave, there is surely no time like the present to make the most of that urge: You've got hours to fill and over 1000 premium online classes ...
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Shut-in sounds: 33 of the best industrial albums

Here's another musical round-up to keep you occupied while holed up in your pandemic command bunker. The Pitchfork title of this piece is "The 33 Best Industrial Albums of All Time," but homey don't play that horse race. Your mileage may vary. My mileage varies. What would you add to this list? 27 Chris and Cosey Heartbeat 1981 “Industrial music for us was about being industrious,” Cosey Fanni Tutti reflected of her time in the pioneering group Throbbing Gristle. “It wasn’t about industrial soun...
Tags: Post, Music, New York, News, Los Angeles, Trent Reznor, Chris, Chris Carter, Peter, Reznor, Christopherson, Michael Gira, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Jarboe, Brandon Stosuy, Industrial Culture

The Simpsons are coming to Disney+ in its original aspect ratio

If you care about The Simpsons with the same intensity that I don't care about the Simpsons, you'll be happy to hear that that Disney has finally sorted out how to stream the long-running cartoon sitcom in its proper 4:3 ratio. Disney+ will start kicking it old school, by the end of May. In a message posted to Disney+'s Twitter account yesterday, the company's reps stated: "We appreciate our fans’ patience and are working to make the first 19 Seasons (and part of 20) of The Simpsons available in...
Tags: Post, TV, News, Disney, Cartoons, The Simpsons, Don't have an aspect ratio cow man

How nanowires and bacteria can create organic compounds on Mars. Just add water.

If humans ever hope to colonize Mars, the settlers will need to manufacture on-planet a huge range of organic compounds, from fuels to drugs, that are too expensive to ship from Earth. University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) chemists have a plan for that. For the past eight years, the researchers have been working on a hybrid system combining bacteria and nanowires that can capture the energy of sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water int...
Tags: Post, News, UC Berkeley, Peidong Yang, Nanowires, Berkeley News, Biohybrid, Alberto Gaitán, Mars Or Bust, UC Berkeley Read

Perfect breakfast burrito in 8 simple steps

Wow. Breakfast burritos are WAY better when working and cooking from home. Now I am hungry. So THIS is how you make a perfect breakfast burrito. The technique is not something that ever would have occurred to me, but now it seems so obvious. This looks so much more delicious than anything I've ever grabbed from a shack or a truck while on the way to the office. IMGURian and pandemic stay-at-homer @jelzic tried one of those “YOU'VE BEEN COOKING IT WRONG” Facebook video tip recipe video thingi...
Tags: Food, Cooking, Facebook, Post, News, Breakfast, YUM, Recipes, Comfort Food, Pandemic Shut-in Cooking

Funny animated doodle: 'Bird with Arms'

This is a very funny short story, told in a crappy overly compressed GIF and some doodle overlays. It's brilliant. Wait for it. Bird with Arms 'Bird with Arms'
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Amazon to delay Prime Day over coronavirus

Amazon will delay its annual marketing and money-making Prime Day due to the coronavirus pandemic. Citing 'internal meeting notes,' Reuters reports that will postpone its major summer shopping event Prime Day at least until August, and expects up to a $100 million hit from excess items it may now have to sell at a discount. Excerpt: Amazon declined to comment. Prime Day, a marketing event Amazon started in 2015 to drum up sales during the summer shopping lulls, typically occurs in ...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, News,, US news, Capitalism, Jeff Bezos, Reuters, Pandemic, Prime Day, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19

Unreal photos of foggy streets dreamily illuminated with stoplights

Photographer Lucas Zimmerman captured these dreamy long-exposure shots on foggy streets near Weimar, Germany. He followed up on the original 2013 series a few years later with Traffic Lights 2.0. "...Photography shows us things we otherwise overlook, such as a simple traffic light on the street," Zimmerman says. "An all-known object, which produces a strong effect in an unnatural situation with a simple photographic setup." (via Kottke)
Tags: Art, Post, Photography, News, Streets, Photographs, ZIMMERMAN, Weimar Germany, Traffic Lights, Lucas Zimmerman

Trump says he tested negative for COVID-19, for the second time

Impeached president and serial liar Donald John Trump said on Thursday that he has been tested for COVID-19 for a second time, and again received negative results. Trump this time took the newer, rapid point-of-care test and called it "more pleasant" than the first. Seems legit. President Trump says he tested negative for coronavirus using a rapid diagnostic that produced a result in less than 15 minutes — Reuters (@Reuters) April 3, 2020 ...
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Zoom patches Windows vulnerability that let attackers steal your Windows login from dodgy chat links

The suddenly popular videoconferencing app Zoom has issued a patch for a vulnerability in its Windows client that allowed attackers to steal the user's Windows login credentials from malicious chat links. Hi @zoom_us & @NCSC - here is an example of exploiting the Zoom Windows client using UNC path injection to expose credentials for use in SMBRelay attacks. The screen shot below shows an example UNC path link and the credentials being exposed (redacted). — Hacker Fa...
Tags: Security, Apps, Post, Technology, News, Tech News, Zoom, CCS, Pandemic, Videoconferencing, Antonio Garcia Martinez, Eric Yuan, Mark Hachman, Andreas Klinger, Coronavirus

Canada PM Justin Trudeau says country has signed with Amazon for medical supply distribution in COVID-19 crisis

Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau says the country has signed an agreement with for the distribution of critical emergency medical supplies such as masks, face shields, gowns, ventilators, and test kits in the COVID-19 crisis. Prime Minister Trudeau says the federal government has a deal with Amazon Canada to distribute personal protective equipment to the provinces and territories. More here: — CTV News (@CTVNews) April 3, ...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, Technology, News, Tech News, Canada, Jeff Bezos, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau, Yahoo Finance, Amazon Canada, Pandemic, Supply-chain, Alicja Siekierska, Coronavirus

Zoom transmits your info through China, and uses non-standard encryption, researchers say

A team of researchers at The Citizen Lab says the suddenly popular videoconferencing app Zoom uses a non-standard method of encryption, and transmits user information through China. If true, huge: the concern is that China could have access to all the encryption keys needed to access the contents of all those calls. Read the report: Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings By Bill Marczak and John Scott-Railton April 3, 2020 The r...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Asia, Post, UK, Technology, News, Privacy, China, Tech News, Harvard, Boris Johnson, North America, Zoom, Gordon Corera, Beijing China

Zoom: Thousands of calls found via web search, thanks to default file naming scheme after users saved them in unprotected spaces like open AWS S3 buckets

Everyone is using Zoom for everything from pandemic family gatherings to A.A. meetings to therapy sessions to teaching college classes, but the app has newly revealed and very concerning security vulnerabilities. The contents of thousands of video calls made on the app Zoom were exposed on the open web, and easily available via common web search tools. The Washington Post reports that many of the videos, which callers assumed were private, include personally identifiable information and deeply...
Tags: Security, Post, Technology, News, Privacy, Washington Post, Tech News, Zoom, Drew Harwell, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Shutdown, Shut-ins, Videoconferencing Apps

Watch the Aurora Borealis and countless other natural live from lockdown!

Nature webcam network curates a fantastic collection of countless live cams from around the world organized into categories like Africa, bears, oceans, dogs, animal sanctuaries, and "zen cams." They also provide short descriptions of what you're seeing when you teleport around the world. Above, one viewer's screenshot of the Northern Lights Cam (live view below) streaming from the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Manitoba, Canada.
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Watch the Aurora Borealis and countless other natural scenes live from lockdown!

Nature webcam network curates a fantastic collection of countless live cams from around the world organized into categories like Africa, bears, oceans, dogs, animal sanctuaries, and "zen cams." They also provide short descriptions of what you're seeing when you teleport around the world. Above, one viewer's screenshot of the Northern Lights Cam (live view below) streaming from the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Manitoba, Canada.
Tags: Post, News, Webcams, Africa, Nature, Aurora Borealis, Churchill Northern Studies Center

State governors are taking to smuggling PPE to get around the feds

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is technically a Republican, in as much as calling himself a "Republican" helped him to garner votes in the western part of the state, which is less Deep Blue than the Metro Boston Area. But as far as I've ever been able to tell, Baker has never demonstrated any capacity for principles or beliefs beyond "being governor." I often like to say that he makes Mitt Romney look like he has a spine. In perhaps the most painfully Boston sentence of my life, I once met...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Post, Florida, News, China, Boston, Massachusetts, America, Alaska, New Jersey, Mitt Romney, New England Patriots, Smuggling, Dropkick Murphys, Customs

Baby Yoda tiki mug

It started with the 'Yub Nub Mug' at Oga's Cantina, and now I am collecting Sci-fi themed tiki mugs (I got mine at Disneyland for a whole lot less than the $5k the linked eBay seller thinks it's worth!) Tikiland Trading is offering a pre-sale price on this darling-to-be Baby Yo tiki mug. I ordered one. Tiki tOny's Keiki Bob Tiki Mug Pre-Sale - includes US shipping
Tags: Star Wars, Post, News, Ebay, US, Disneyland, OGA, Tiki Mugs, Tikiland Trading, Tiki tOny, Keiki Bob Tiki

County sheriffs claim that prisoners sleeping head-to-toe count as being "six feet apart" for coronavirus safety

Prisons in America are already overcrowded, under-supported, and maddeningly profitable for the people who made them that way. And when people die in incarceration under more normal circumstances, it still tends to get ignored or covered up. As a result, some of them have been struggling with how to deal with social distancing, quarantine, and general medical safety during this pandemic. (Case-in-point: Joe Exotic may have been exposed to coronavirus.) Even in that context, the Massachusetts Dep...
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"The Rise of Skywalker" is so much better with Rage Against The Machine's "Killing In The Name Of" as the soundtrack

Why couldn't the rest of the movie have been like this? The Death of Palpatine... but with Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name of" — Adam Lance Garcia (@AdamLanceGarcia) April 1, 2020 Adam Garcia also applied the same treatment to the scene in Snoke's throne room from The Last Jedi, but that scene is already perfect in every way. Image: Scott Penner / Flickr (CC 2.0) and Wikimedia Commons
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Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy wrote a new song to raise money for the fight against COVID-19

Mavis Staples (most famously of the Staples Singers) and Jeff Tweedy (most famously of Jeff Tweedy of Wilco) have a new song out — the latest in their decade-long collaboration together. Staples explained the origins of the song in a press release: The song speaks to what we’re going through now—everyone is in this together, whether you like it or not. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what race or sex you are, where you live... it can still touch you. It’s hit so many people in our ...
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Maker Update's COVID-19 response edition

Since its launch three years ago, Donald Bell's Maker Update has been one of my favorite weekly YouTube...well, maker updates. I always find inspiring projects, tool reviews, and tips of interest. As you can imagine, more COVID-19 maker response content has been showing up on the show. This week, almost all of the episode is dedicated to maker responses to the pandemic. There's a project for building a Raspberry Pi-powered soap dispenser that plays 20 seconds of Spotify to time proper hand wash...
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Anyone can make Tora Smart's DIY no-sew face mask

No, it won't ensure you don't catch covid-19, but some face coverage is better than none when making a trip out of the house. Tora Smart's a how-to vid walks us through a quick and easy way to create a face mask with materials you already have at hand: "Let’s all make our own masks and let front line health workers get first dibs on the real ones. If we all wear our own when we leave the house, there will be less spread. New information is revealing that some face coverage is better than no f...
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Beef toe, sexy kitten, reverse the worm

To keep active through this, let’s dance together. — Joe Tracini (@joetracini) March 24, 2020 Joe Trancini is the dance instructor the world needs right now: "if you were one of the 2 million people across the internet that chose to watch this in a day, thank you from the bottom of my leotard. "
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