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Mother Jones reports on the Syrian Electronic Army, a loose collection of hackers who support the evil regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. They've been known to go after social activists, news organizations and human rights groups.
For some reason, they've turned on Justin Bieber and his followers with some crazy hacktivism, including breaking into the Twitter account of E! Online.
Read the full story here.
This appears in New York magazine. Spoiler alert: It's Duff.
5:45 p.m. I'm on a date with The Dad. He's 38, age appropriate and my first attempt at legitimate "dating" on OkCupid. He's not my usual type, but I was swayed by his classic grunge-band screen name, classic good looks, and the message, "I found your profile to be the most refreshing I've seen! ... I know it's the Northwest, but does every picture have to be of the woman holding up her skis, climbing rocks in Belize and making fish lips? Mediocrity rules." He's wearing a polo shirt and is probably the most conventionally handsome man who has ever asked me for a drink. After months of me saying to myself "I'm done with boys. I'm ready for men. All I want is Jon Hamm," the universe has provided a fair enough substitute.
6:37 p.m. I realize I absolutely do not deserve this nice man, because I am a jerk, the kind who lets their inner Lou Reed shame them into hipster decision making. The Dad reveals he drums on the weekends; I take it in stride. I ask about what he's listening to and when he can't provide me a title that's been released in the last two years, I give up. He's game enough, however, to ask for recommendations and I volunteer to forward him my top-twenty list from last year. Despite his easygoing nature, good job, and maturity, I know in my heart I could never utter the phrase, "I'm going to see my boyfriend's cover band this weekend." I accept it's my shortcoming. I have friends about to D.J., he has another engagement, and we part ways without making further plans. He's a catch for someone, but that someone's not me.
You probably didn't know this, but The Godfather was a fan of bongo drums. In fact, Brando was the inventor of a bongo drum tuner.
And he's not the only celebrity to be a part-time inventor. Look at Michael Jackson:
Remarkably, Michael Jackson patented shoes that enabled him (and his dancers) to fix himself temporarily to the stage and perform the 45º lean in the Smooth Criminal video. The patent document has an amazing illustration of Michael, complete with ankle-swinger trousers, one white glove and Fedora hat, leaning at 45º.
Read more at Human Invents.