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It might make the astronaut wearing it look like a real-life Buzz Lightyear, but a new prototype spacesuit that NASA just finished testing represents the first major overhaul in spacesuit technology since 1998.

(via New NASA Spacesuit Looks like Buzz Lightyear’s | Z-1 Prototype Photos)
Photo: NASA

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It might make the astronaut wearing it look like a real-life Buzz Lightyear, but a new prototype spacesuit that NASA just finished testing represents the first major overhaul in spacesuit technology since 1998.

(via New NASA Spacesuit Looks like Buzz Lightyear’s | Z-1 Prototype Photos)

Photo: NASA

when you kiss me
i am reduced to my most. basic. elements
several buckets of water
a trash bag of carbon
a shot glass packed with salt
i become the empty space between all this matter
a phantom dancing in the body of a gutted house
your mouth knows my architecture so well
that every time you lean in
i’m surprised you don’t pass
right through me.
Sam Sax, “the handsome phalangesist’s lament,” published in Union Station Magazine (via bostonpoetryslam)
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Many of the venues that display white tigers have a long history of shading the truth about their mutants. The Cincinnati Zoo, an otherwise respectable institution, labels their white tigers as a “species at risk!” Nowhere on the zoo’s website or at its tiger enclosures does it point out that this species at risk is in fact an ecologically useless hybrid of Bengal and Siberian strains, inbred at the zoo’s own facility for big money. The Cincinnati Zoo repeatedly bred closely related animals over the past few decades to produce more of the white tigers, which they sold for around $60,000 each.
via White tiger controversy: Zoos shouldn’t raise these inbred, ecologically irrelevant animals. - Slate Magazine
Photo: Jim Larimore

And people wonder why I absolutely refuse to go to zoo’s…

npr:

Many of the venues that display white tigers have a long history of shading the truth about their mutants. The Cincinnati Zoo, an otherwise respectable institution, labels their white tigers as a “species at risk!” Nowhere on the zoo’s website or at its tiger enclosures does it point out that this species at risk is in fact an ecologically useless hybrid of Bengal and Siberian strains, inbred at the zoo’s own facility for big money. The Cincinnati Zoo repeatedly bred closely related animals over the past few decades to produce more of the white tigers, which they sold for around $60,000 each.

via White tiger controversy: Zoos shouldn’t raise these inbred, ecologically irrelevant animals. - Slate Magazine

Photo: Jim Larimore

And people wonder why I absolutely refuse to go to zoo’s…

npr:

I went to Toys R Us recently to buy my son a Lego set for Hanukkah. Did you know a small box of Legos costs $60? Sixty bucks for 102 plastic blocks!
In fact, I learned, Lego sets can sell for thousands of dollars. And despite these prices, Lego has about 70 percent of the construction-toy market. Why? Why doesn’t some competitor sell plastic blocks for less? Lego’s patents expired a while ago. How hard could it be to make a cheap knockoff?
Luke, a 9-year-old Lego expert, set me straight.
via Why Legos Are So Expensive — And So Popular : Planet Money 
Photo: Lam Thuy Vo/NPR

npr:

I went to Toys R Us recently to buy my son a Lego set for Hanukkah. Did you know a small box of Legos costs $60? Sixty bucks for 102 plastic blocks!

In fact, I learned, Lego sets can sell for thousands of dollars. And despite these prices, Lego has about 70 percent of the construction-toy market. Why? Why doesn’t some competitor sell plastic blocks for less? Lego’s patents expired a while ago. How hard could it be to make a cheap knockoff?

Luke, a 9-year-old Lego expert, set me straight.

via Why Legos Are So Expensive — And So Popular : Planet Money

Photo: Lam Thuy Vo/NPR


doubleclutch:

Still undefeated at home

doubleclutch:

Still undefeated at home

katespencer:

latimes:

A crazy tale from former Times reporter Mack Reed, who discovered a drug-stuffed duffel stowed in a vault under a backyard hot tub. 

factoidlabs:

imageI am standing chest-deep in a dank, muddy concrete-lined hole in Silver Lake, staring eye-level into a duffel bag full of high-grade drugs.

It smells strongly of marijuana - despite the fact that someone sealed it tightly into jars, Ziplocs and professionally vacuum-sealed pouches before…

Ahhhh this is an amazing read. 

Nuts!

nbaoffseason:

All of a sudden the Spurs are the rebels of the NBA.

The greatest

nbaoffseason:

All of a sudden the Spurs are the rebels of the NBA.

The greatest

buzzfeed:

Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, and Pete-e Petersen, 85, were the first couple to get married in Seattle, Washington last night after the new same-sex marriage law passed.


Congrats ladies

buzzfeed:

Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, and Pete-e Petersen, 85, were the first couple to get married in Seattle, Washington last night after the new same-sex marriage law passed.

Congrats ladies

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