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‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ Documentary About Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Now Available in Theaters and Online

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The Internet’s Own Boy (see previous post), a documentary about deceased Internet activist Aaron Swartz by filmmaker Brian Knappenberger, is now available to watch in theaters and available to purchase online. The documentary is also available via the Internet Archive. We previously wrote about the theatrical trailer for The Internet’s Own Boy.

The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare.

The Internet's Own Boy Poster

image via The Internet’s Own Boy

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Marine Corps Pilot Safely Touches Down Harrier Jet With Damaged Nose Landing Gear on Ship

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US Marine Corps Captain William Mahoney managed to safely touch down an AV-8B Harrier after the jet’s front landing gear malfunctioned. Helped along by a fellow pilot in the control tower, Captain Mahoney landed the nose on a device designed precisely for this situation, which he refers to as a “sort-of stool.” The video of the event shows the jet’s front bouncing several times after coming in contact with the object.

I had to sit there for a minute and remember how to shut the jet off and everything. I was a pretty big relief. I didn’t realize how much I was shaking until I got out of the aircraft.

via 22 Words

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George Washington vs. Sir William Wallace (Braveheart) in Epic Rap Battles of History

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You’re the father of your country, but I’m your daddy.” – Sir William Wallace

First President of the United States George Washington and Scottish hero Sir William Wallace (Braveheart) face off in a new episode of Epic Rap Battles of History. The song is available to purchase online from iTunes. We’ve previously written about the epic rap battles created by Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD.

George Washington vs William Wallace - Epic Rap Battles of History