Kickstarting Dream Askew and Dream Apart, no-dice, no-GM RPGs about radical justice, queers and Jewish shtetl life

Kickstarting Dream Askew and Dream Apart, no-dice, no-GM RPGs about radical justice, queers and Jewish shtetl life

Dream Askew and Dream Apart are “no-dice, no masters” RPGs where players collaborate to tell stories together without dice or dungeon masters: Dream Askew uses the system to create campaigns in “a queer enclave enduring the collapse of civilization” and Dream Apart is set in “a Jewish shtetl in a fantastical-historical Eastern Europe.” (more…)Read full story

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Power tool company Makita sells a coffee machine

Power tool company Makita sells a coffee machine

Once again, the future has been unevenly distributed: Makita’s coffee machine was available in Japan years ago. I can’t wait to have one of these in my kitchen. Asahi Shimbun writes: Makita’s first coffee maker went on sale in 2015. It gained in popularity because the same types of batteries as its power tools also work in the coffee machine. The new model can make a maximum of 5.3 cups of coffee on one charge, from a dedicated coffee pack as well as instant coffee. It weighs 1.5 kilograms. The…

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Superstar Limo: The story of Disney’s “worst attraction ever”

Superstar Limo: The story of Disney’s “worst attraction ever”

We can all take some comfort that even Disney, with all its money and creative resources, can fail. Take for instance, Disney’s epic failure, a long-gone ride called Superstar Limo. The dark ride, that was once in California Adventure’s Hollywood Pictures Backlot area, took guests in a sparkly purple limousine through a distorted version of Hollywood and Los Angeles. It was open just under a year and was later (and as you’ll see in the video, hilariously) repurposed as the Monsters, Inc. ride. Kevin Perjurer of the YouTube channel Defunctland…

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How to use a rotary dial telephone (1927)

How to use a rotary dial telephone (1927)

In 1927, folks in the Fresno, California area went down to the local cinema to learn how to use those new-fangled dial telephones that everybody was talking about. This is the charming footage, a combo of live action and cartoons, created by the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T) that they saw 91 years ago. The AT&T Archives writes: In 1922, New York City was introduced to dial. The first popularized dial telephone was a desk set candlestick model; the smaller, more familiar desk set came later. It took decades…

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Interview: Dr. Karl E H Seigfried talks Ásatrú, Heathenry and beards

Interview: Dr. Karl E H Seigfried talks Ásatrú, Heathenry and beards

A few weeks back, we pushed out a post about the fact that Heathens serving in the U.S. Army are now allowed to sport a beard as part of their faith. In the story, I mentioned that a group that stands for heathens serving in the military stated that the growing of a beard wasn’t a tenet of Heathenry. Given that Ásatrú, Heathenry and Paganism have been used to describe a wide number of belief systems and religions, I wasn’t sure if making a basket statement like this was factually…

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Ireland’s referendum results: legalised abortion projected to win “by a landslide”

Ireland’s referendum results: legalised abortion projected to win “by a landslide”

Ireland’s no-exceptions-made abortion ban was one of the cruelest and most inhumane in the world, and after years of struggle, the country has finally held a referendum to amend its constitution and strike down the abortion ban in Article 8; the official count isn’t out, but the Irish Times has called it for the reformers, in a “landslide,” with a projected 68%-32% margin. (more…)Read full story

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Congressional staffers for Rep. Tom Garrett [R-GA] say they were used as “personal servants”

Congressional staffers for Rep. Tom Garrett [R-GA] say they were used as “personal servants”

Politico spoke to four former congressional staffers who’d been assigned to Rep. Tom Garrett [R-GA] who say that the Congressman and his wife treated the staff as “personal servants,” demanding that they run personal errands for the Congressman and his family (including handling his dog’s feces(, and that they were expected to do these things at all hours. (more…)Read full story

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