Daily Archives: May 20, 2017

Robot rockers lead Lithuania’s street music day

An all-robot rock band makes music during the Street Music day in Vilnius on May 20, 2017 (AFP Photo/Petras Malukas)MoreVilnius (AFP) – From folk singers to an all-robot rock band, hundreds of Lithuanian music lovers flocked streets and squares Saturday to celebrate Street Music Day in dozens of cities and towns nationwide.The Baltic state of three million people has hosted the festival since 2007, also attracting followers in other European countries.On the hottest day of the year, the robot band played at a square in Vilnius, one of more than 100 spots hosting concerts by professional and amateur musicians, and proved particularly popular with children.”Robots are still quite rarely used in art,” said Povilas Zmejauskas, 24, explaining the idea behind the band, which played rock and pop music.

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Aragog – The Mexican Cocktail Made with Tarantula Venom 

Named in honor of the giant spider from the Harry Potter books, Aragog is an unusual cocktail made with a drop of tarantula venom, which numbs the tongue, tickles your lips and causes a sensation “between tingling and cramping” in the throat.Aragog was created two years ago, by Romeo Palomares, chief mixologist at the Luciferina Bar, in Mexico City, after being challenged by his boss to come up with a cocktail that would impress patrons. The popular Day of the Dead was approaching, and the famous witchcraft market of Sonora was in full swing, so he decided that it was the best place to look for a special ingredient.Share PinPhoto: The BarWhile browsing the unusual wares of Sonora, Romeo recalls being drawn to the stall of a female vendor, who he asked about an interesting ingredient that he could add to a cocktail for an extra kick. She pulled out a dose of tarantula venom and encouraged him to try it, assuring him that it wasn’t enough strong enough to cause serious health problems.Palomares was afraid to taste the venom at first, but his curiosity got the better of him in the end, so he took a sip. In an interview with Infobae, he describes the taste as “acidic, salty, special, like oysters”, but with mild side-effects. Within seconds, his tongue went numb, and he began to feel tingling and inflammation around his mouth. “My mouth felt like I had just been to the dentist,” he said. It was just what he was looking for!

Source: Aragog – The Mexican Cocktail Made with Tarantula Venom | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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This Gold Darth Vader Mask Is The Ultimate Fan Piece Worth $1.4 Million

Last week we marked the Star Wars anniversary and fans all over the world expressed their loyalty to the famous franchise by sharing posts most often titled “May the fourth be with you”. Some of the fans did some Star Wars fan art inspired by the day, but in this article is something different, something that is lifting up the craze on the whole new level.Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka made a replica of Darth Vader mask out of a pure gold and in real size! As you can see in the photos, the Gold Darth Vader mask is really worthy and this is a unique opportunity for collectors to include this one of the kind trophy into the collection. You must be already wondering about the price, right? Well the price is pretty high standing at $1.4 million.This year was the 40th anniversary of George Lucas’ original trilogy, and the number surely deserved something special, but this is really beyond of most of the fan-collectors possibilities. Who will include this piece into their Star Wars collection, what do you think? The store also offered 10-gram coins featuring Yoda and a lightsaber duel between Vader and Luke Skywalker for “only” $1,200 a piece.

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Dogs Are Being Forced To Pull Carts Full Of People – The Dodo

In a disturbing video, a tiny dog lies flat on the ground as a man hits him with a whip. The dog can’t get away — he’s tethered to a cart, which the man is trying to ride. But when the dog stops moving — probably out of sheer exhaustion — the man beats him harder.While the man in the video seemed to be using the small dog to pull a personal cart, people in China are now using dogs to pull rickshaws — two-wheeled hooded vehicles used to transport people, according to animal welfare advocates.“The latest gimmick is to use them as taxis or dog cars, as they’re called,” Michele Brown, founder of Fight Dog Meat, an organization that campaigns against the dog meat trade in Asia, told The Dodo. “When something becomes a fad in China, it can quickly sweep across the country. It’s the same as the rickshaws with the people riding bicycles — they just happen to use dogs now.”

Source: Dogs Are Being Forced To Pull Carts Full Of People – The Dodo

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Empire Files: Privacy, Control & the Darknet 

Do you know how to remain safe in the age of mass surveillance and data mining? Have you ever wondered how the internet really works?Most internet users perceive the internet to be a vast and seemingly limitless space despite their lack of awareness of its actual structure and varied uses. Beyond the everyday space referred to as the World Wide Web, there is an expansive dark space not seen by the ordinary world and not indexed by search engines. This mysterious space is only seen by internet users who have the tools and knowledge to access it.This space, which is often misunderstood, goes by the names of Deep Web, Dark Web, and Darknet though these names have different meanings and are often misused. Imagine the internet as an iceberg, with the World Wide Web as the tip. Below that is the Deep Web– the expansive hidden space beneath the surface, meaningless to most internet users. Private networks not accessible to search engines are within the Deep Web where things like administrative code and banking data are found. Conversely, the Darknet is much smaller. It is an encrypted network requiring specific tools for access. The Tor network is found on the Darknet and thus was where the Silk Road was located.Not everything that happens on the Darknet is illegal. On the Tor network, users are able to browse the internet anonymously which is one of the most significant attractions. There are also hidden places, unique to the Darknet, that are only accessible via Tor. Contrary to the belief of those unfamiliar with the Darknet, not all of the content found there is illegal and not every Tor user has criminal intent. The Darknet is where many political dissidents, journalists and others who value their anonymity can be found.Only a minor portion of the activities taking place on the Darknet are actually nefarious. The Tor network was initially funded by the U.S. government and was created for the U.S. Navy. The intelligence community was in need of a dedicated space for encrypted communication. In order for that encrypted communication network to be practical, however, the network needed more users and additional traffic, leading it to being introduced to the public. Soon after, as users began to congregate and utilize the anonymous space, communities like the Silk Road began appearing.

Source: Empire Files: Privacy, Control & the Darknet – The Fifth Column

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