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Intermission: knead your heart

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How to play outside: just move

Rochester Parkour‘s Charles Moreland explains parkour (for the sane), human movement, and play.

Watch it, get inspired, and try taking a different path. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a city with a parkour gym, try a class. If not, there are still a ton of ways to get started that don’t involve jumping off buildings.

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Killing canaries in the corn mines

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“These birds, they fell the fuck out the sky like it was the fuckin’ birdpocalypse. I seen that shit in Revelation once, man. Sky piranhas and the wrath of God.” (img by Geert Orye)

A farmer in Millville, NJ doubled up on some legally permitted bird killer pesticides to keep the feathered freeloading bastards out of his cornfields. The result? A bunch of dead birds, a reddit thread of people wondering why the fuck birds were dropping dead out of the sky, and a whole new awareness about what pesticides actually do: kill things. And it’s happened before.

Think you’d die less if you ate stuff liberally sprayed with Bird-B-Gone? I don’t. I don’t know how I’d solve the pest problem, though. Maybe hire some kids with BB guns. They’re on summer vacation with nothing better to do, and at least it’s good honest killing…

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Tactical high-capacity assault flintlock!

The system was designed by an Italian gunmaker in Florence name Michele Lorenzoni. They were made in very small numbers, and the workmanship is stunning, especially considering that they were first manufactured in the 1680s.

Instead of using a revolving cylinder pre-loaded with multiple shots, the Lorenzoni system utilizes powder and ball magazines in the frame of the gun and a rotating breechblock much like a powder throw tool used today for reloading ammunition.

Via Forgotten Weapons.

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Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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In a world that’s exactly the size and shape of a dystopian, walled Chicago where people can only think along predetermined paths, one girl breaks free of a weird-ass premise and has a fast-paced young adult adventure.

(cut to shots from Hunger Games and The Matrix and Robert C. O’Brien spinning in his grave fast enough to power said dystopian Chicago.)
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