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Thanks to Scalzi, I think I suddenly get nostalgia.


3d printed armor for Barbie. The files are available for $1 on Kickstarter.

EDIT: Whoops, the Kickstarter has ended, but the STL files are now available for $29.99.


news is slowly surfacing that shows the US Department of Justice may be strong-arming banks into banning porn stars.
It’s called Operation Choke Point, and it has nothing to do with deep-throating.
Instead, it’s a targeted effort to shut down as many as 30 separate industries by making it impossible for them to access banking services.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Thursday, American Banking Association CEO Frank Keating wrote that the Justice Department is “telling bankers to behave like policemen and judges.”
“Operation Choke Point is asking banks to identify customers who may be breaking the law or simply doing something government officials don’t like,” Keating wrote. “Banks must then ‘choke off’ those customers’ access to financial services, shutting down their accounts.”
Keating said the highly secretive operation was launched in early 2013. That’s when porn stars started to complain to the media that their bank accounts were being shut down without explanation.
And while the actors are quick to blame banks like Chase and Bank of America for discrimination, those institutions may in fact have no choice.
“If a bank doesn’t shut down a questionable account when directed to do so, Justice slaps the institution with a penalty for wrongdoing that may or may not have happened,” Keating wrote.
And bankers are just as pissed as porn stars.


I found this in my freezer. My roommate said he’s saving him until he needs to save the world.



I found this in my freezer. My roommate said he’s saving him until he needs to save the world.


I’ve been receiving asks from people (and seeing posts under the XKit tag) saying that after installing XKit, they started seeing ads on Tumblr. I would like to make one thing clear: there is absolutely not a single line of code in XKit that would cause ads to appear.

I loathe ads as much as…

I don’t think it’s anything rogue, though. I think it’s the Yahoo-ization of tumblr. They’re trying to make it pay for itself and the way they’re doing it is through increasing the number of ads. In general, we’ve been seeing about one ad per tumblr dashboard page.

Too much, Yahoo. Too much. You’re going to just drive everyone away.


I’m implementing this immediately.


In the game Taboo (by Hasbro), the objective is for a player to have their partner guess a word written on a card, without using that word or five additional words listed on the card. For example, you might have to get your partner to say “baseball” without using the words “sport”,…