Here’s how I made my fiancé a blinking engagement ring: Build a symbol straight out of Achewood

I wish I was as witty as Chris Onstad with alt-text

BLINKY RING:

A DIY engagement ring that blinks the date the author met her fiancé

 

At the end of 2015, 22-year-old Andrew Martin was celebrating the return of his favorite webcomic Achewood, written by Chris Onstad. The surreal story, which had been on indefinite hiatus since 2011, follows a group of friends (three cats, an otter, a couple bears, and a squirrel) dealing with everyday life: anxiety, aimlessness, and the fear of being found wanting.

Its return inspired Martin, a QA Engineer at Dematic Reddwerks in Austin, TX, to revisit a 2007 storyline in which one of the main characters builds an electronic engagement ring and programs it to blink the date he met his girlfriend. Martin decided to make the ring in real life.

…And that led to the Sunday afternoon when I sat down with Martin and built my fiancé a ring of his very own.

Read more on popsci.com here. Pictures also by Janet Jay.

Steve Bannon —The Man, the Myth, the Asshole

Steve Bannon. Photo via Wikipedia

 Donald Trump’s top advisor is a loathsome human being.

 

Let me tell you about a guy. Not his politics, ideology or career — not yet.

  • When he got his girlfriend pregnant with twins, he “made it clear that he would not marry [her] just because [she] was pregnant.” She said, he “told me that if the babies were normal, we would get married.” They didn’t marry until prenatal tests proved so.
  • When a four-year-old asked him where her mother was, he replied, “Didn’t you know? She’s never coming back, she doesn’t love you.” He years later confirmed this but said, “[She] knew I was just kidding.” Not, “I told her I was kidding,” mind you, but “she knew I was kidding.” Again, she was four.
  • He threatened and harassed school administrators at every school his by-then-ex-wife tried to enroll their kids at. He was also, let’s say, “overly inquisitive” circling around the apparently important point of how many Jews his kids would be around at each school and what other Jewish influences might be in play. Surely he was just curious! Surely questions about other religions were coming but he got distracted saving America.

This guy is Steve Bannon.

Read the whole story on Defiant

 

Texas Will Force You To Hold A Tiny, Expensive Funeral For Your Miscarriage

Anti-choice protesters protesting

…right before a holiday weekend and without fanfare, Texas’s Health And Human Services Commission proposed a new rule. Every abortion — or even miscarriage — that happens in a medical setting must be buried or cremated.

Every single one, regardless of age of gestation, without the ability to opt out on the woman’s part.

Starting on Dec. 19, 2016, the tens of thousands of Texas women who miscarry or have an abortion every year in hospitals or clinics will soon get a choice … for their fetus. Interment, incineration followed by interment or steam disinfection followed by interment. Full stop.

 Continue reading the story here at Defiant Media!

 

Alumnus Devon Rollins co-founded a STEM nonprofit to help high school students reach their full potential

Devon Rollins

Empowering the Future

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Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Devon Rollins co-founded STEMLY, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that aims to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to underrepresented minorities.

Rollins believes a STEM education can foster the 21st century American Dream, especially for those attending schools in the inner-city, “tech-desert” neighborhoods like he did as a child.

Read the rest of the story on the alumni magazine, Carnegie Mellon Today

How To Make Breakfast With Your Vagina

Cecilia Westbrook
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Cecilia Westbrook

The idea first came up while a friend and I were discussing the vagina’s probiotic properties. “Why is there a whole cookbook of cum-based recipes and not a SINGLE THING on Google about culturing jazz juice?” she wrote in a message to me and a few of our friends.

So, as the disapproving ghost of Julia Child looked on, she grabbed a spoon, a pan, and a candy thermometer, and set out to create yogurt from her vagina—the ultimate in locally-sourced cuisine.

Read the rest of the story at Vice Motherboard