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A Techno-thriller From The Case Files Of Max Remington

What's The Matter With Covert Action? - The Digital Antiquarian takes a look at The game which Sid Meier considers his most disappointing, and the tension between procedural generation and narrative.

Move over big dog 'cause the little dog's movin' in

Great Dane vs. Hyper Dachshund Puppy [vet waiting room noises]

The Sofas Of Los Angeles

L.A. photographer finds beauty in abandoned couches: Twenty years ago, [Andrew] Ward left Dublin and, after a stint in Vancouver, came to Los Angeles, where he still works as a Hollywood first assistant director. ~ He was driving home one day when he noticed something he rarely saw in Ireland. Couches ... just left there out on the curb. ~ "And I just for some reason just began photographing them," he says. ~ And now, he says, he can't stop.

Daniel Dennett

"As I spent time with my mother, I found that my intuitions were shifting to Dennett's side of the field. It seems natural to say that she 'sort of' thinks, knows, cares, remembers, understands, and that she is 'sort of' conscious. It seems obvious that there is no 'light switch' for consciousness: she is present and absent in different ways, depending on which of her subsystems are functioning. I still can't quite picture how neurons create consciousness." Joshua Rothman on Daniel C. Dennett. [SLNewYorker]

The First Solo Exhibition of Frida Kahlo in Florida

Dalí Museum's Fascinating Frida Kahlo Exhibit Shows Her Enduring Power NSFW

See also: The Photographer Who Captured The Pain And Frustration Of Frida Kahlo's Worst Moments


How to make nuts secure

The New York Public Library has digitized 100 "how to do it" cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago.

In the 1910s, Gallaher Ltd of Belfast & London and Ogden's Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co printed "How-To" series, with clever hints for both everyday and emergency situations. From steaming out a splinter to stopping a mad dog, these cigarette cards told you the smart way to handle many of life's problems.
Cigarette cards: The life hacks of 100 years ago

Role model

A Day In The Life Of A Female Taxi Driver In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

"We have to be ready."

Justice League [Official Trailer] [YouTube] "Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions."

Robert Ek

Robert Ek is a digital artist from Sweden with an unsettling style.

Pass the Heinz

"Fifty years ago, in the fictional world of Mad Men, Don Draper pitched a daring ad campaign to Heinz execs, for the brand's ketchup, that proposed not showing the product at all. " This month, Heinz has gotten on board.

Easter Surprise

Real Easter Bunny found! Warning: cuteness overload. [slyt]

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

Writers of feminist dystopian fiction are alert to the realities that grind down women's lives, that make the unthinkable suddenly thinkable.
By Naomi Alderman, writer of The Power.

The politics of fear are always the same. They are easily recognisable in retrospect. They are easy to acquiesce in at the time. On the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, one popular placard read "Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again". There's no gain the women's movement has made that can't be taken away – a fact that will sound terrifying to some and a gleeful plan of action to others.

Bonus link: The Handmaid's Tale official trailer (coming to Hulu in April).

I'm afraid something's not right about this, Chris.

YouTube machinist This Old Tony reveals the true story behind Clickspring Chris's Antikythera project (previously)

The Hollywood Exec and the Hand Transplant That Changed His Life

It is a beautiful hand: strong, with long, slender fingers and smooth skin, its nails ridgeless and pink. If you didn't know Jonathan Koch—if you first met him, say, on the courts at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Club—you might not suspect that his hand previously belonged to someone else.