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YouTube / WIRED


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YouTube / WIRED

So there's an animated YouTube series satirizing the NSA. Yes, really. It's called Codefellas, and it's written by David Rees, of Get Your War On fame. In classic Rees style it's all about the dialogue, though this time the pictures do move a bit (they're rotoscoped). If you're a fan of NSA satire, or John Hodgman (who plays Agent Topple), or you like shows like Archer -- this is for you.

Nine of the twelve planned episodes have been posted. Here you go!

When Topple Met Winters

"As your mentor, I'm going to bludgeon you with some hard-won wisdom."

Meet Big Data

"How did you have time to read all those emails? Are you a witch??"

How to Hack a Website

"Your password is: password123."

The Antisocial Network

"I ate a fax machine in Guam!"

Spy vs. Spy

"I wasn't invited to your top-secret briefing, so I've been catching up on my telenovelas."

Blackmail at 4:20

"All my AmTrak Rewards Points are gone...."

25 Reasons the NSA Should Hire Buzzfeed Staffers

"Lists! It's the only way young people read these days, or so I read in a charticle."

How to Kill Your Boss

"Hey, let's order pizza like the hackers on TV do!"

How to Hack a Telegram

"My policy is to never attend a function where I've done LSD with more than 20 people there. MKUltra was a weird time."

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The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine Is Returning to Theaters for Its 50th Anniversary
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The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!

In early 1968, at the height of Beatlemania, The Fab Four lent their voices—and visages—to Yellow Submarine, a somewhat strange and slightly surreal animated film, purportedly for children, which saw the band travel to Pepperland aboard the titular watercraft in order to save the land from the music-hating Blue Meanies. (Hey, we said it was strange.)

Though it would be another year before the film’s iconic soundtrack was released, 2018 marks the film’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Pitchfork reports that the psychedelic cartoon will be making its way back into theaters in July with a brand-new 4K digital restoration and a surround sound remix, to have it looking—and sounding—pristine.

To find out where it will be screening near you, visit the film’s website, where you can sign up for updates.

[h/t: Pitchfork]

Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas, Made Simple

On March 14, 2018, visionary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. You know his name, and may have even watched a biopic or two about him. But if you've ever wondered what specifically Hawking's big contributions to science were, and you have two and a half minutes to spare, the animation below is for you. It's brief, easy to understand, and gets to the point with nice narration by Alok Jha. So here, in a very brief and simple way, are some of Stephen Hawking's big ideas:

If you have more than a few minutes, we heartily recommend Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time. It's easy to read, and it's truly brief.

[h/t: Open Culture]


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