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  • Get skin-deep relief with these CBD lotions and creams

    Studies have shown cannabidiol (more popularly known as CBD) to be effective in two main areas: Pain relief and stress relief. Both of those make the non-psychoactive, cannabis-derived compound a natural for topical creams. There's no shortage of CBD products out there, but here's eight of our favorites, all specifically designed for dermatological use - and most on deep discount this week.

    As with any medicinal product, make sure you ask your doctor before using and check the laws in your state regarding CBD before you buy.

    Medix 150 Mg CBD Topical Pain Relief Cream

    Get results right where you need them with this topical cream. Medix's 150 mg of CBD is derived from raw hemp oil and is mixed with a battery of natural ingredients to deliver fast-acting relief. A 1 oz container is now on sale for $24.99, a 58% discount.

    Curapure 500mg CBD Sports Cream

    This cream combines CBD with proven ingredients like menthol and eucalyptus leaf to form a fast-acting balm that's perfect for active lifestyles. No parabens, no mineral oil, just natural care that dispenses easily from an airless pump. Get a 500 mg bottle for $33.95, down 15% from the list price.

    CBD Moisturizing Lotion

    Here's a great addition to the morning beauty routine. This lotion packs a potent combo of CBD, Schisandra, Goji Berry and other herbs for a moisturizing effect like no other. It's fully vegan, compatible with any skin type, and you can get a 50 ml bottle now for $80. Read the rest

  • The lost audiobooks of Roger Zelazny reading the Chronicles of Amber

    When I was a kid, my whole circle of D&D-playing, science-fiction reading pals was really into Roger Zelazny's ten-volume Chronicles of Amber, but somehow I never read it; for years, I'd intended to correct this oversight, but I never seemed to find the time -- after all, there's more amazing new stuff than I can possibly read, how could I justify looking backwards, especially over the course of ten books?

    But I do have some time in my day to read older books: I swim every day for my chronic pain, and when I do, I use an underwater MP3 player to listen to audiobooks that I generally get from, Downpour, or Google's DRM-free audiobook store (the market-leading Audible, a division of Amazon, mandatorily wraps audiobooks in its proprietary DRM without allowing publishers to opt out, which has the dual deal-breaking effect of locking me into Amazon's ecosystem and not working on my underwater MP3 player).

    A couple of months ago, I decided to go looking for DRM-free versions of the Amber books, which is how I found Speaking Volumes' editions of Roger Zelazny's own readings of the books, long believed to have been accidentally erased and lost forever, but which were recovered and remastered in the mid-2000s. Speaking Volumes sells these as MP3 downloads and MP3 CDs, and I bought the complete set of the former and listened to them over a couple of months' worth of laps in the pool.

    Zelazny's reading is pretty much fantastic. Read the rest

  • Authenticating a video showing hundreds of kneeling people in shackles and blindfolds on a Chinese railroad platform

    Last week, a drone video showing hundreds of people in China being shackled and blindfolded and made to kneel on a train platform went viral; a piece of amazing digital detective work by Nathan Ruser presents a compelling case that the video is real, and that it was recorded in August 2018 near the city of Korla in Xinjiang province, where the Chinese state has been prosecuting a vicious, genocidal ethnic cleansing campaign against the predominantly Muslim Uyghur people.

    Not only is this a vital piece of evidence for understanding the scope of crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, but it's also a masterclass in digital image forensics, combining mathematical techniques for reverse-engineering the time of day from the shadows cast by lamp-poles with comparisons of satellite photos and maps.

    (via Super Punch) Read the rest

  • Come see me in Toronto and Maine!

    I'm in the midst of couple of weeks' worth of lectures, public events and teaching, and you can catch me in Toronto (for Word on the Street, Seeding Utopias and Resisting Dystopias and 6 Degrees); Newry, ME (Maine Library Association) and Portland, ME (in conversation with James Patrick Kelly).

    Here's the full itinerary:

    Toronto, September 22: Word on the Street:

    * 10AM-1045AM: #WOTS30 Anniversary Series: The Future of Reading, with Ben Dugas, Andreya Klobucar and Gwen Benaway; Great Books Marquee

    * 2:45-3:15PM: Digital Dystopia (with Karl Schroeder); Across The Universe Stage

    * 12PM-1230PM: Signing, Bestsellers

    Toronto, September 23, 6PM-8PM: Cory Doctorow in Discussion: Seeding Utopias & Resisting Dystopias , with Jim Munroe, Madeline Ashby and Emily Macrae; Oakwood Village Library & Arts Centre, 341 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, ON M6E 2W1

    Toronto, September 24: 360: How to Make Sense at the 6 Degrees Conference, with Aude Favre, Ryan McMahon and Nanjala Nyabola, Art Gallery of Ontario.

    Newry, ME, September 30: Keynote for the Maine Library Association Annual Conference, Sunday River Resort, Newry, ME

    Portland, ME, September 30, 6:30PM-8PM: In Conversation With James Patrick Kelly, Main Library, Rines Auditorium.

    I hope you can make it! Read the rest

  • Why do people believe the Earth is flat?

    I have an op-ed in today's Globe and Mail, "Why do people believe the Earth is flat?" wherein I connect the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise in actual conspiracies, in which increasingly concentrated industries are able to come up with collective lobbying positions that result in everything from crashing 737s to toxic baby-bottle liners to the opioid epidemic.

    In a world where official processes are understood to be corruptible and thus increasingly unreliable, we don't just have a difference in what we believe to be true, but in how we believe we know whether something is true or not. Without an official, neutral, legitimate procedure for rooting out truth -- the rule of law -- we're left just trusting experts who "sound right to us."

    Big Tech has a role to play here, but it's not in automated brainwashing through machine learning: rather, it's in the ability for conspiracy peddlers to find people who are ripe for their version of the truth, and in the ability of converts to find one another and create communities that make them resilient against social pressure to abandon their conspiracies.

    Fighting conspiracies, then, is ultimately about fighting the corruption that makes them plausible -- not merely correcting the beliefs of people who have come under their sway.

    They say that ad-driven companies such as Google and Facebook threw so much R&D at using data-mining to persuade people to buy refrigerators, subprime loans and fidget-spinners that they accidentally figured out how to rob us of our free will.

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