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This week's best tumblrs, GIF projects, cybercrimes, and the speed of censorship

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TUMBLRS OF THE WEEK: Otherwordly

If you're a fan of philavery then this is the site for you

The Free Help Guy / Twitter

He's on a six month mission to offer free help to whoever asks for it. People can get in touch via his email address and just ask for anything random.

GIF OF THE WEEK: The GIF preservation project

GEEKS OF THE WEEK:

This guy who remixed Chrono Trigger (retro game epic) with Jay-Z awesomeness results. Honorable mention to the geek dad hacking against gender normativity.

SCIENCE NEWS OF THE WEEK:

The robo internet goes live and we think it'll get interesting when this tech meets the interstellar internet of things that NASA is researching.

CYBERCRIME OF THE WEEK: Skype trigger words in China

The Chinese government has a list of trigger words that it uses to automatically alert its inner machinery to mentions of anything remotely subversive going on in Skype IM chats. This story should pop up everytime you hear of the US govt leaning on skype to provide a way to eavesdrop on VOIP calls.

And American researchers have scientifically measured the speed of censorship in China. With all caveats noted about “those in glass houses”... there are fascinating details in there of the 4000 strong workforce dedicated to policing the content of Weibo.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Stop The Cyborgs

Stop the Cyborgs is essentially the bulkhead of contemporary ludditism against Google Glass and the intensification of surveillance it brings in train

WETWARE OF THE WEEK: Electronic sensors on skin

So-called 'epidermal electronics' are devices attached directly to the skin which can record useful medical information. Researchers have devised a way to 'print' such devices directly onto the skin so patients can wear them for an extended period during normal daily life. The device can measure things like temperature, strain, and the hydration state of the skin, all of which are useful in tracking general health and wellness, as well as wound healing.

INTERNET EXPLORER OF THE WEEK:

In light of the data mining bogeyman showing how well likes can determine your personality, it's worth revisiting Ben Grosser's demetricator project.

TECHNONOMY OF THE WEEK: Bitcoin blunder

Every libertarian's favourite crypocurrency suffered quite the blip this week. A protocol version incompatibility has caused Bitcoin's database of stored value to divide in two, and the value plummeted as a consequence.

VARIABLE RESISTANCE OF THE WEEK: Anarchist Bomb Scientists

Wired's Danger Room has an interesting insight into a Mexican group of eco warrior conducting a bomb driven campaign of terrorism against Nanotechnology. Shades of the Unabomber abound!

PRO-TIP OF THE WEEK: One Tab

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