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From the explorations of Chris Boette

“Because Matter Battles are ultimately about the inescapability of physical laws, they constantly remind us that no matter high tech your implements there is always room for basic failure. Even robots fall down. 3D printers get their nozzles gunked up; laser cutters burn their lenses; and CNC machines still require raw material to be roughly screwed into place before they are worked on. High tech tools generally have low tech components somewhere in their workflow.”

—   Matter Battle! via Deb Chachra’s Metafoundry newsletter, issue #8

“Another loss for words: “[A]n archival record of a first edition NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual designed by Massimo Vignelli of Unimark International. The manual was found in a locker beneath old gym clothes.””

—   via The Jen Myers Report, a link to said archival record
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“The study was inspired by the case of McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed two banks after covering his face with lemon juice in the mistaken belief that it would prevent his face from being recorded on surveillance cameras.”

—   Dunning-Kruger Effect by way of Metafoundry
Good News: It’s Tuesday!

Good News: It’s Tuesday!

Good News: Twas Tuesday!!
News To: It’s Good Day!

News To: It’s Good Day!

Re: Too Good: It’s News Day!
Too Good: It’s News Day!


I’ve always dug X-Force. It’s kind of weird. I don’t like violent movies or guns or anything like that in reality. What is it about X-Force’s hyper-weaponized campy ultraviolence that does it for me? I guess the X-Men are often so weighed down by ethical quandries and soap-opera dramatics that it’s refreshing when a few of them branch off, strap on some shoulder pads, and just get down to the business of blowing up bad guys. 

So, I thought "Why not categorize all their abilities and rate all the different team line-ups?" because, that’s what regular people with lives do, right? Not just insane, reclusive, obsessive fans who eventually lose their minds?

Good lord, I’m not doing anything like this again for a long time! lol (I hope you enjoy it.)

Prints on Society6!

Good News: It’s Tuesday! (Morning Commute Edition!)

Good News: It’s Tuesday! (Morning Commute Edition!)

The Shadow Hero: giving an origin story to comics’ first Asian-American superhero



Gene Luen Yang has made comics history with his graphic novels about race and identity, now, with Sonny Liew, he goes back in time to reinvent the first Asian superhero in the history of comics. Cory Doctorow reviews The Shadow Hero and presents an exclusive excerpt.

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Imagine Africa as a new colonial theatre, with Google’s Project Loon up against Facebook’s planned 11,000 drones providing internet access — access that will doubtless require a Facebook account. While Ray Kurzweil toils in Google skunkworks to engineer some form of AI, and Facebook data scientists shamble towards an empathy algo that would emulate an element of higher animal consciousness.

It’s all good fun, out here in nightmare internet.

—   Warren Ellis and his morning thoughts


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