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Sanity comes to sexting laws

Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory writes about a new bill in New Jersey that would prevent minors who engage in “sexting” (taking naked pictures of themselves and sharing them with boy- and girlfriends) from being prosecuted as child pornographers. As Clark-Flory explains, you don’t have to be in favor of kids sharing naked pictures of themselves to… Read More »

Billion Year labor contract for Scientologists

This “Billion Year Contract” is purportedly the document that Scientologists committing themselves to the Sea Org (a part of the organization alleged to practice indentured labor enforced by corporal punishment) are asked to sign. It came unsourced, but there are plenty of other copies on the web, including this Operation Clambake version. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)… Read More »

Giant Diesel loco throws a piston

This 2010 message-board post allegedly details the mayhem wrought when CN locomotive 2699 (“a 212 ton, 6 axle machine powered by a 4400 hp V16 4 stroke Diesel”) threw a piston while passing through Independence, Louisiana. The piston punched a hole in the roof of a nearby house, ploughed through the upper story and came… Read More »

Kid’s petition against school’s “No hugging” policy

On the Free Range Kids blog, a senior at a New England high school writes in to discuss the petition she’s circulating to protest her school’s “appropriate touch” policy (“the only appropriate touch is a handshake”). As she says, “As a college-bound 17-year-old, I am insulted by the presumption that I am too immature to… Read More »

Bill Murray anti-tech rant: robots, digital watches, talking cars, 1982

Raw footage from “Wired In,” a never-completed series on the technological trends and innovations of the early 1980s. Here is unedited tape of Bill Murray doing takes for a promo, shot in NYC. He rants about technology. • “People have hands… Watches should have hands.” • “Who in the hell is thinkin’ up this stuff?… Read More »

High-speed camera shooting FROM a train

Graeme Taylor shot out the window of a train at 210 frames per second, reversing the usual trick of shooting and slowing down a high-speed object from a stationary spot; rather, he shot a stationary spot from a high-speed object. The effect is something like a mundane bullet-time, where the world has stopped so that… Read More »

Remarkable unicycle riding (video)

Video link. This footage prepared for the North American Unicycling Championships and Convention contains some pretty unbelievable footage, including jumping over a picnic table, up a flight of 7 stairs in one hop, and the you-gotta-see-it-to believe-it “maxwhip.” Also some amazing Kris Holm vids here and here.