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How The Dead Kennedys Embraced Juvenalian Satire to Push Political Messages in Their Songs

Polyphonic takes a look at the manner in which the iconic punk band Dead Kennedys embraced juvenalian satire in the lyrics of their very pointed songs. Wielding ridicule as an abrasive weapon, the band took no prisoners in the political realm. I think no band has ever been so good …

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The Beautifully Melodic Sound of a Glass Armonica

In 2013, composer William Zeitler demonstrated for the Toronto Star the beautifully harmonic sound of a glass armonica, a musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. The instrument is created by spinning custom blown wine glasses of increasing sizes nestled into one another to create the delicate, melodic sound. …

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Host Your WordPress Blog With Laughing Squid

You may not realize this, but Laughing Squid is also an independently owned web hosting company with a focus on hosting WordPress blogs. The revenue from our hosting services helps support this blog. We’ve been in the web hosting business for a long time and know it well. We launched …

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Woodworker Makes Manly Version of the Leg Lamp From ‘A Christmas Story’ Based on His Own Leg

Woodworker Paul Jackman of Jackman Works made a manly version of the iconic leg lamp from A Christmas Story based on his own leg and documented his major award winning design process. This leg is an exact full scale model of my own leg. The leg and base are made …

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Off the Staff, Gorgeous Visualizations of Classical Music Plotted Into Vividly Colorful Patterns

Nicholas Rougeux, a self-described “Midwest web designer, data geek, fractal nut, and animal lover” has created “Off the Staff“, an amazing series in which he visualizes and plots different classical music pieces into colorful patterns. While these patterns might seem random, Rougeux uses a specific formula, which he graciously explains. …

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Photo Of The Day By Dylan Higgison

Photo By Dylan Higgison Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Above The Clouds” by Dylan Higgison. Location: Westland, New Zealand. Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in …

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Simon’s Cat Logic Explains How to Keep the House Safe for Cats During the Holiday Season

In a festive episode of “Simon’s Cat Logic” entitled “What do cats want for Christmas?“, animator Simon Toland and animal behaviorist Nicky Trevorrow explain how to keep cats safe during the holiday season, specifically regarding trees, decorations, wrapping paper, ribbons and plants. Additionally, Trevorrow talks about reducing a cat’s stress …

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Guitarist Alan Gogoll Performs an Amazing 1000 Harmonics in Less Than 90 Seconds

The incredibly talented Australian musician Alan Gogoll performed an incredible 1000 harmonics on his guitar in just a shade under a 90 seconds. Gogoll stated that he did this “just for fun” via reddit Stringscapes, A Sound Hole View of the Strings on an Acoustic Guitar as They Are Beautifully …

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Gorgeous Footage Showing a Murmuration of Thousands of Starlings Flying In Sequence at Dusk

During the winter of 2014/2015, Dutch filmmaker Jan van Ijken captured the absolutely gorgeous sight of a murmuration of thousands of starlings taking flight at dusk and creating an incredible air show with incredible agility and grace as they flew in sequence with each other. A longer version of this …

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How Humans Could Develop the Capabilities of a Jedi With Technology Available Today

Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE posit the question “Could The Jedi Exist?” by comparing the separate physical, psychological and technological capabilities of becoming a Jedi to what is available at this time. Some of these capabilities involve super quick reflexes, electromagnetic force fields, building a lightsaber, mitochondrial energy …