Orange Cat Who Is the Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska Ran As a Write-In Candidate In the 2014 Senate Race

A 17-year old orange tabby named Stubbs, who has been the Honorary Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for the past 15 years, made a run for the Alaskan Senate seat. as a write-in candidate for the November 2014 election. While Mayor Stubbs didn’t win, he definitely made a big impression with his constituents.

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Mayor Stubbs at Snack Store

Mayor Stubbs at Lunch

Stubbs on a Fence

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Giant Panda Repeatedly Rolls Himself Down a Snowy Hill at the Toronto Zoo

A giant panda at the Toronto Zoo named Da Mao finds out that he really enjoys rolling himself down a snowy hill and proceeds to do it several more times before he stops to catch his breath.

During today’s snowfall, our cameras caught giant panda Da Mao ‘bear-bogganing’ in his outdoor exhibit. Perhaps he’s discovered a new winter sport?

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‘Crossy Road’, An Endless Hopper Video Game Featuring Voxel Artwork

Crossy Road is an endless hopper video game by developer Hipster Whale–composed of Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall–that features voxel artwork and a variety of characters. Crossy Road is currently available on iOS.

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‘Thirty Three and a Third’, Art Show Featuring Redesigns of Existing Music Album Covers at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles

Dr. Dre - The Chronic by Jay Fletcher
Dr. Dre: The Chronic by Jay Fletcher (original album)

Thirty Three and a Third is an upcoming group art show curated by artist Dana Lechtenberg at Gallery1988 (East) in Los Angeles featuring redesigns of existing music album covers by over 100 talented artists. The show will open on December 5, 2014 from 7 to 10 PM and be on display until December 21. More artwork from the event is available to view online at Cargo.

The Ramones - Rocket To Russia by Niklas Coskan
The Ramones: Rocket To Russia by Niklas Coskan (original album)

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black by Art Grootfontein
Amy Winehouse: Back To Black by Art Grootfontein (original album)

Radiohead - The King Of Limbs by Chris Corkery
Radiohead: The King Of Limbs by Chris Corkery (original album)

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‘Conan’ Prop Master Bill Tull Offers a Series of Helpful Money-Saving Tips for Thanksgiving

On a recent episode of Conan, the show’s prop master Bill Tull offered a series of helpful money-saving tips for Thanksgiving. Host Conan O’Brien introduced the segment, and reintroduced each individual tip separately. The tips include how to make a Pilgrim hat out of a trash can, what to do with a Nic Cage movie, and the best way to have a happy Thanksgiving.

Bert’s Twin Brother Bart Comes to Visit for Thanksgiving in a Classic ‘Sesame Street’ Clip

In a classic clip from Sesame Street, Bert‘s twin brother Bart comes to visit for Thanksgiving, and Ernie learns that although Bert and Bart look very similar they behave very differently.

Computer PhD Candidate Remixes Offensive Barbie Book and Makes the Iconic Doll a Computer Engineer

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One of my favorite things about remix: If you don’t like the narrative, change it!

When Casey Fiesler, a PhD candidate in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech, came across the issues with the book Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer (which has since been withdrawn for sale by Mattel), she set about creating a wonderfully remixed book that can be downloaded for free, reimagining the iconic doll Barbie as a computer engineer despite her impossible figure and overdone blue eyeshadow.

The problematic part is that, as far as I can tell, the steps for becoming a computer engineer if you’re Barbie are:

  • Design a videogame.
  • Get a boy to code it for you.
  • Accidentally infect your computer with a virus.
  • Get a boy to fix it for you.
  • Take all the credit for these things yourself

And the problem isn’t even that Barbie isn’t a “real” computer scientist because she isn’t coding. (I am one of those mostly-non-coding computer scientists myself, though now I’m tempted to make a game about robot puppies shooting lasers anyway.) The problem is the assumption that she is a designer, not a coder, and the coders are boys. (There are also problems with nonsense explanations for computer viruses, taking credit for other people’s work, and inexplicable pillow fights.) I happen to study remix, so one of my first thoughts upon seeing this was: someone is obviously going to remix this. I figured, why wait?

Casey has also created an interactive “Feminist Hacker Page” to “help Barbie be the competent, independent, bad-ass engineer that she wants to be.”

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