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Meet the tarantula in a glass bell. It hangs out in our office, and it’s kind of creepy. Let’s ask Mashable Business Editor Todd Wasserman why he has that on his desk.
Interns: Where’d you get that thing?
TW: Hmm. My wife went to Colorado. She brought back that and a six-pack of good Colorado beer (can’t remember the brand).
Ken Rosen: While tarantulas can range in size between a thumbnail and a dinner plate, would you choose to be taller (see: Ghostbuster Marshmellow Man) or smaller (see: The Borrowers) than you are currently and how would you exploit the change in height?
Todd: I’d definitely take an increase in height, but I’d cut it off around 6 foot 7 inches and a half so I can easily clear most standard doorways. I’m currently 6 foot 1 inch and a half, by the way.
Eric Larson: A radioactive spider bit Peter Parker and turned him into Spider-man. If you could be bitten by any animal and turned into a super-version of it, which animal would you choose?
TW: I’m thinking an eagle cause they’re pretty bada**. Forget the national symbol stuff, they’re fierce predators and build huge nests. An “EagleMan” could redefine the eagle for a new generation.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai: If you could put any animal in a glass bell (any living or dead animal; pets you’ve owned etc), what would it be?
TW: Wouldn’t want to see a pet in there. That would be too sad. Maybe one of those fish that dwell deep underwater and look like Alien.
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Muslims Journey to Mecca for the Hajj (حج)
Every year, between the the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, more than 3 million Muslims make the journey to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, or “pilgrimage.” All able-bodied Muslims who can afford to make the journey must do so once in their lifetime.
The Ka’aba, which translates to “The Cube,” is the most sacred site in Islam, and during the Hajj, it is circled counter-clockwise seven times.
The Hajj began last week, and ends on Monday.
Retro Arcade Photographs
Photos taken by Ira Nowinksi documenting various arcades in the Bay Area from 1981 to 1982, which are now available for your viewing pleasure (around 700 photos in total) at Stanford University Libraries. Look at dat power stance. You are not properly playing a game unless your feet are at least a yard apart. It’s optimal positioning in cases of mind being blown.
She blinded him with science!
(Source: The Huffington Post)
Today electro-punk artist Peaches became the latest in a long line of artists to express support for the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, three members of which are currently on trial in Russia for “hooliganism” following an anti-Putin demonstration in a Russian Orthodox church. The video Peaches made (above) for “Free Pussy Riot” comes after shows of support from artists ranging from Madonna to Patti Smith. A verdict is expected in the Pussy Riot trial on Friday.
Find out more about artists’ response to the case against Pussy Riot over @ Underwire.
One important thing you need to know about the S Pen is that it is not a stylus. “Make no mistake, this is not a stylus,” said Travis Merrill, Samsung’s director of tablet marketing, during the same presentation. “Our competitors have nothing like it. The S Pen looks and feels like a pen, yet it’s packed with advanced technology.”
To be fair, it’s a pretty cool stylu—er, “S-Pen.” For one, it uses electromagnetic technology to wirelessly sync with the screen, which helps accuracy. If you increase pressure on the S Pen, for instance, the line will be thicker on the screen. The screen distinguishes between more than 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.