Amazing Stories reboot offering a free issue

Steve sez, “Amazing Stories magazine is in the process of being resurrected. In order to satisfy trademark registration requirements, have some content to capture a bit of attention and to help get the ball rolling for a future fund raiser, the publisher – The Experimenter Publishing Company – is offering anyone and everyone the opportunity to obtain a free copy of the Ezine.”

Amazing is the oldest sf magazine in the world, founded by Hugo “Award” Gernsback himself in 1926. I have been published in one of its many incarnations along the way. Nice to see it still around, and DRM-free, to boot.

Get A Copy of Amazing Stories Relaunch Prelaunch Issue

(Thanks, Steve!)

RIP Joe Kubert, comic book artist extraordinaire


Sgt. Rock and Easy Company are saluting comic book legend Joe Kubert, who passed away today at the age of 85.

Michael Geoffrey Jones plays "Train in Vain" in a public library

Here’s some random old dude at the library playing The Clash’s “Train in Vain.”

(Via Open Culture)

White House TSA petition goes dark as it nears the finish line, disappears when the lights come back on

A White House petition about the TSA’s screening procedures was 90 percent of the way to completion when Wired ran a story giving it a final push. The White House’s petition site went down for unannounced maintenance, and when it came back up, the petition had “expired” — though the Electronic Privacy Information Center says it still had time left on the clock:

At approximately 11:30 am EDT, the White House removed a petition about the TSA airport screening procedures from the White House “We the People” website. About 22,500 of the 25,000 signatures necessary for a response from the Administration were obtained when the White House unexpectedly cut short the time period for the petition. The site also went down for “maintenance” following an article in Wired that sought support for the campaign.

White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

(via /.)

Mitt Romney’s tax bill under Paul Ryan’s budget? 0.82% (Your taxes will probably go up, though)

Paul Ryan wants to kill all tax on capital gains, interest, and dividends — income you get from owning things, rather than doing a job. Under this plan, Mitt Romney’s $21,000,000 in 2010 income would be largely tax-exempt. Only his speaking and author fees — $593,996 — would be taxed, and only at 25%, for a net tax of $177,650 on $21,661,344 — that is, 0.82%.

But don’t worry, the government won’t go broke if the super-rich are virtually tax exempt. Under Ryan’s budget, tax on the bottom 30% of earners will increase. Matthew O’Brien explains in The Atlantic:

It might seem impossible to fund the government when the super-rich pay no taxes. That is accurate. Ryan would actually raise taxes on the bottom 30 percent of earners, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, but that hardly fills the revenue hole he would create. The solution? All but eliminate all government outside of Social Security and defense — a point my colleague Derek Thompson has made in incredible chart form.

Mitt Romney Would Pay 0.82 Percent in Taxes Under Paul Ryan’s Plan

(via Reddit)

Twisted, abandoned bike carcasses on the streets of New York

Ryan sez, “We recently went out on the streets of Manhattan to photograph bikes around the city that have been abandoned, destroyed or otherwise left for dead, and how they contrast with the many vibrant scenes that surround them. The bikes tend to take on a surreal shape after being twisted and rusted for so long, rusty bike chains begin to look like miniature Richard Serra constructions and bent wheels melt like Dali’s clocks. We tried to bring the beauty out of these things that many people would consider eyesores.”

I got creamed by a drunk driver on my bike twenty-plus years ago. When I finally got off crutches and rescued what was left of the frame that I’d U-locked to a post before the ambulance came, I brought the bike to Duke’s cycle for an insurance replacement. They confirmed it was a write off and told me the dead frame would go to the Bovine Sex Club, a venue across the street whose sign was made of hundreds of twisted abandonware bikes welded together.

The Abandoned Bikes of New York City

(Thanks, Ryan!)

‘Bourne,’ ‘Campaign’ bump Batman from No. 1 spot

FILE - This publicity film image released by Universal Pictures shows Jeremy Renner, as Aaron Cross, in a scene from "The Bourne Legacy." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Mary Cybulski, File)"The Dark Knight Rises" has finally fallen out of first-place at the weekend box office.

Olympics to close with pop party extravaganza

A visitor to Olympic Park stands with a United States flag under a set of Olympic rings at the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)British rock stars are seizing the stage to close the Olympics with an extravaganza that promises to keep a worldwide audience entertained well into the night — and dancing all the way to Rio.

Military sexual assault is focus of YouTube series

The enormous obstacles and emotional torment that a female solider confronts in reporting a sexual assault in the military is the focus of the three-part Web series “Lauren” debuting Monday on YouTube’s new channel WIGS, which focuses on drama for women.

UK PM: Officials face athletic honors overload

British athletes’ Olympic success means the people charged with doling out the country’s knighthoods and other honors will have their work cut out for them, Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday.