Presenting our September cover: Edward Snowden, photographed by Platon. Read our exclusive profile of Snowden here.

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John Pound lives in Eureka, California. He’s either 62 or 63—he can’t remember at the moment—and he’s been a cartoonist his whole life. The first half of his career was traditional, insofar as any career in weirdo art and underground comics can be traditional. He sketched and inked and colored by hand. He made the annual pilgrimage to Comic-Con, back in the days when it was still concerned with comics. In 1984, he collaborated with comics legend Art Spiegelman on the first run of Garbage Pail Kids cards for Topps, painting 40 gross characters in 40 exhausting days.

But in the late 1980s, the purchase of his first computer, an Amiga, set Pound’s artistic pursuits on a slightly different course. He started checking out other people’s computer art and got to wondering what his new machine could do for a cartoonist. Eventually, he became smitten with the idea of creating a program that could automatically generate comics for him. The dream has kept him busy for the better part of three decades. Today, he’s generating striking, randomly generated compositions by the hundreds, none of which look anything like what the art we’ve come to expect from computer code.

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Pro tip: John Pound is on Tumblr. Go follow him immediately.

Do it.

Now.

“I don’t use cages—I’ve been surrounded by 150 to 200 sharks, not once ever been been close to being bitten.”

…WHAT?

MORE: A Photographer Puts You Face-to-Face With Sharks, by Swimming Uncaged

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I liked one of my cousin’s updates, which he had re-shared from Joe Kennedy, and was subsequently beseiged with Kennedys to like (plus a Clinton and a Shriver). I liked Hootsuite. I liked The New York Times, I liked Coupon Clipinista. I liked something from a friend I haven’t spoken to in 20 years—something about her kid, camp and a snake. I liked Amazon. I liked fucking Kohl’s. I liked Kohl’s for you.

My News Feed took on an entirely new character in a surprisingly short amount of time. After checking in and liking a bunch of stuff over the course of an hour, there were no human beings in my feed anymore. It became about brands and messaging, rather than humans with messages.

MORE: I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me

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In partnership with RapGenius, this guy analyzed the vocabularies of noted wordsmiths William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, and Lil Wayne. 

Aesop Rock is so verbose he had to modify the X-axis to fit him on.

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As health-care professionals, this is what we have trained for. People often ask why we would choose to care for such high-risk patients. For many of us, that is why we chose this occupation — to care for people in need. Every person involved in the treatment of these two patients volunteered…

This.

Stewart doesn’t think Silicon Valley is beyond skewering, and God knows he’s class-conscious. He lists the ways that he’s privileged: first and foremost he is a man, and a white man at that, which he notes gives him a huge advantage over being born black or a woman, and what’s more, he was born to affluent parents in an English-speaking country, at just the right moment in history for what he does. Oh, and he grew up on a commune.

His phone rattles with a message. It’s Joel Johnson. He’s blinking. All of Gawker is going to begin using the paid version of Slack. “We decided to pay so we could have maximum integrations,” Joel says, like all good tech journos, via instant messenger. “And because I like paying for software that we use. The price is so fucking painful, though. It’s just not priced for large organizations.”

But nonetheless Gawker slid its dollars across the table, and now everyone at Gawker Media uses Slack. Even Valleywag.

MORE: The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup

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Welcome to Frackpool.

One artist imagines a town that gets an economic jolt from Chinese investment in fracking, and serves as a sort of utopian ideal for water reuse and urban farming. 

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Now that’s how we want to do a music festival.

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in-the-kan:

What do Guardians of the Galaxy and The LEGO Movie have in common?

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