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Gothamist unionized and its evil Trumpist billionaire owner shut it down; now public radio is bringing it back

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Last November, evil Trump-supporting billionaire Joe Ricketts shut down Gothamist (and its sister sites) to punish its staff for forming a union. (more…)

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new art! I was saving it for The Sketchbook of Loish but it...

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new art! I was saving it for The Sketchbook of Loish but it was cut out of the book because I worked on it too long, and as a result it ceased being a sketch :’) Inspired by the beautiful prayer plant!

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Elaborate Paper Origami Tessellations and Kusudamas by Ekaterina Lukasheva

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Moscow-based paper artist Ekaterina Lukasheva first tried folding paper at the age of 14 when a mathematics professor brought in a book on kusudamas. The traditional paper sphere technique requires an understanding of geometry to ensure the individual units fit together perfectly with the help of glue or string. A few years later she began to explore much more complicated designs like tessellations, aided by a university degree in mathematics and programming. Through her experimentation and commitment Lukasheva has become so proficient with paper that she’s authored several DIY books featuring some of her original designs. You can follow more of her work on Flickr and Instagram. (via Twisted Sifter)

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A National Park-Inspired Chapel Composed of Branching Fractals by Yu Momeoda

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Agri Chapel is located within a national park on the northwest coast of Japan’s island of Kyushu. The chapel was constructed by Japanese architect Yu Momoeda, who wanted to reflect the surrounding forest by bringing tree-like forms into the building.

To create the structure’s central dome, Momoeda stacked wooden pillars in the shape of simplistic tree branches. This nature-based support system imitates the branching fractals found in trees, with ascending symmetrical patterns spread throughout the light-filled space. (via Jeroen Apers)

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I wrote this whole post and didn’t once make a joke about getting a little head. YOU’RE WELCOME, WORLD.

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me: What did you get me for Valentine’s Day? Victor:  Nothing.  What did you get me? me:  ALSO NOTHING.  This is why we make such a good couple.  Because we get matching gifts for each other literally without even trying. … Continue reading

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Why Ajit Pai might fail in quest to block state net neutrality laws

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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Can states force Internet service providers to uphold net neutrality? That's one of the biggest unanswered questions raised by the Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal its net neutrality rules.

After the FCC vote, lawmakers in more than half of US states introduced bills to protect net neutrality in their states. The governors of five states have signed executive orders to protect net neutrality.

The major obstacle for states is that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has claimed the authority to preempt states and municipalities from imposing laws similar to the net neutrality rules his FCC is getting rid of. ISPs that sue states to block net neutrality laws will surely seize on the FCC's repeal and preemption order.

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