Degeneration: Woman with a Cube

Hugo Arcier

"All my 3D objects are afflicted with a degenerative disease. Gripped by terror, they understand what fate awaits them. Gradually they disintegrate, face after face they lose their appearance, with a fatal outcome. In this way the 3D objects die."

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CBLDF Receives Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval

Somehow, the Comic Book Legal Defense fund ended up owning the trademark to the Comics Code Seal.

Which is hilarious.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today announces that it has received the intellectual property rights to the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval in an assignment from the now-defunct Comic Magazine Association of America, which administrated the Code since the 1950s. [...]

The CBLDF will take over licensing of products bearing the Comics Code Seal, including t-shirts, providing a modest source of income for the organization's First Amendment legal work. Graphitti Designs is currently offering t-shirts with the Code Seal to benefit CBLDF.

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein we have mugs!
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The North Pole: Here Be Monsters

4. Inventio Fortunata

In the 14th century, a Franciscan monk from Oxford, whose name is unknown, traveled the North Atlantic. He described the geography of the Arctic, including what he presumed was the North Pole, in a book called Inventio Fortunata, or "The Discovery of the Fortunate Islands." He gave King Edward III a copy of his travelogue around 1360, and some say an additional five copies floated around Europe before the book was lost.

What followed next was a game of telephone that stretched across centuries. In 1364, another Franciscan described the contents of Inventio Fortunata to Flemish author Jacob Cnoyen, who, in turn, published a summary in his own book, Itinerarium.

Unfortunately, Itinerarium also went missing--but not before Gerard Mercator, one of the most prestigious cartographers of the 16th century, read it.

Mercator, writing to an English scientist named John Dee in 1577, cribbed word for word from Itinerarium's description of the North Pole: "In the midst of the four countries is a Whirl-pool, into which there empty these four indrawing Seas which divide the North. And the water rushes round and descends into the Earth just as if one were pouring it through a filter funnel. It is four degrees wide on every side of the Pole, that is to say eight degrees altogether. Except that right under the Pole there lies a bare Rock in the midst of the Sea. Its circumference is almost 33 French miles, and it is all of magnetic Stone."

When Mercator published a world map in 1569, he used this description as the source for his illustration of the Arctic--based upon the third-hand summary of a lost book written by an unknown monk 200 years earlier.

Google Maps, unfortunately, fails to corroborate this.

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Baby Sharks Birthed in Artificial Uterus

Now, I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no sharks, but my first thought reading this was, "Wait, sharks are fish, don't all fish lay eggs??" Well, apparently not.

I remind you, as always:

MONSTERS ARE REAL.

After mating, a female produces as many as 40 fertilized embryos, separated between two separate wombs. The embryos take nearly a year to fully develop, but they begin hunting long before that. After about two months, their own yolk sacs go dry. Hungry, they start eating their brothers and sisters. After the rampant in utero cannibalization, only one shark -- the biggest and strongest -- is left in each womb.
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BART Police to Get Officer-Mounted Cameras

BART Police to Get Officer-Mounted Cameras

BART PD has launched a pilot program to give officers clip-on, ride-along cameras to permanently record future incidents.

Officers wearing the cameras won't be able to delete or tamper with the videos they shoot - that all has to be done back in the station once the video is downloaded to a computer. The only caveat is that the officer actually has to flip the camera on to begin recording.

All cops should be lowjacked and recorded 100% of the time that they are on duty. Why is this even controversial?

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SFPD's Selective Enforcement of Bike Commuters at Caltrain Station

SFPD's Selective Enforcement of Bike Commuters at Caltrain Station

SFPD were ticketing bicyclists riding on the sidewalk near the Caltrain station at 4th and King this morning. But they were not ticketing any of the drivers blocking the bike lane, which forces many bicyclists onto the sidewalk.

[...] When I asked if the officers were also enforcing the traffic laws against the taxis and private cars that double park and block the bike lanes leading to the station, forcing people who ride bikes to have to move into the traffic lanes, the officers stated they had been given instructions only to focus on bicyclists.

More from Streetsblog:

The bike lanes installed on Townsend Street on the north side of the Caltrain station were ushered in with quite the fanfare, just days after the permanent injunction against bike facilities was lifted in August, 2010. But this morning, like any other typical weekday (according to bike commuters I spoke to), the bike lane was at various times blocked by taxis, a Bud Light delivery truck, a shuttle bus and private automobiles. Some taxi drivers like to make sudden u-turns out of the taxi station, endangering bicyclists riding in the bike lane.

I can tell you from frequent personal experience that 90% of the taxis at that particular taxi stop begin their journey with an illegal u-turn through the bike lane and 4 lanes of traffic. Legality aside, the sidewalk is the safest place for a bicyclist to be, if they value their lives.

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