There is some High Weirdness in the Voter Information Guide

Also, "I am mainstream Facebook in social media!" says someone whose legal first name appears to be "President".

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Today in tumorous blobbery

Dan Lam

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Soma Nature Walk: The World's Most Scenic Sewage Treatment Plant

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein I would like to trade alcohol for the repair of obsolete electronics.

Our Pac-Man machine is hurting. Sometimes it does this, and sometimes it does this:

I imagine it just needs some caps replaced and some cracked solders fixed. Are you a person who is competent to fix such things? Are you willing to do so in exchange for drink tickets and admission to shows? If so, I think we have a lovely future together.

Also -- and this is probably a much harder project -- you know the Snarkatron, the big, slow-moving, low-resolution LED sign hanging from the DJ booth that lists our upcoming events, and the DJs at Bootie and whatnot? This thing:

Well, it's hurting too. It's getting kind of hard to read. At first you might think that it's suffering from some burned-out LEDs, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case: what's actually going on is that the letters are corrupted: like, sometimes the letters are not only missing pixels but actually upside down -- but only in some rows. You might see a right-side-up and an upside-down "T" on the screen at the same time.

The sign actually belongs to John, even though it's been hanging here for seven years now, but every time I mention it to him he just mutters something about shift registers and yells "Just throw the god damned thing away already!"

So, do any of you want to take a crack at fixing it?

It's not a particularly useful device, but it's unique and cool looking. And yes, I know I could replace it with a cheap TV, but you know what TVs are not? unique or cool looking.


Donkey Kong

"Tetris has taught me that your mistakes pile up and your accomplishments disappear."

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Scenes from the UK's growing magician problem

Nymph of Artemis:

Me and my brother spent pretty much all day doing these! [It rained the other day so we have a clean drive!] Yeah, that's a different human transmutation circle. And it is a bigger one too! About 3m across and 10m all the way around. I wanted to do something more complicated... But i only found one that was harder, and it would have used billions of pieces of chalk! So yeah, i stuck to these. Phew~

These are the other ones:

  1. The seal of Orichalcos, yeah, i know it kinda sucks. [Yu-Gi-Oh]
  2. I believe this is the 'Freezing Alchemist's' circle.
  3. Me and my brother made this one up! XD
  4. Homunculus sealing circle.
  5. Roy Mustang's glove circle.
  6. Human transmutation circle, version 2.

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Interview with the director of the "Kiss" video

It is one of the finest music videos of all time.

Rebecca Blake:

GAMV: Yeah, it's really an amazing clip. And one of the things that I noticed in it is that it also reflects the minimalism of the song. I mean, it's a big set but there's not a lot going on.

Rebecca Blake: No. Exactly. I was very determined that it not looked like a music video, whatever that meant at the time, and that it would just sort of have this very pared-down discipline. And because I had a lot of theatrical lighting and I also use that conceptually, I didn't try to flood the frame with a million lights and things like that. I did it in a kind of very minimal way, purposely.

Of course, the Kiss video isn't available on Youtube in any quality that you would even consider watching all the way through, because Prince. So here, instead why not watch Age of Chance's cover? (Which is definitely not one of the finest music videos of all time.)

By the way, has any progress been made on representing using Unicode combining diacriticals since this not-entirely-satisfying 2013 effort?

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein Prince has left the building, redux.


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Zalgo Rly

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