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08:25 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Al from Happy Days, RIP
Al Molinaro, most famous for playing Al Delvecchio, proprietor of Arnold's Drive-In on TV sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984), has died. He was 96. Yeppp, Yep, Yep, Yep, Yep... Prior to his role on Happy Da...
06:16 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Hooray! Im not the stupidest person at the 2015 Trivia Championships of North America
Its day one of the 2015 Trivia Championships of North America (TCONA) and already theres been an incident. Were oblivious to the unfolding disaster as we mill around the Havana Room of the Tropicana H...
05:56 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing A peek inside Iraq's most notorious weapons market
https://youtu.be/cAlnykGHjwwThe fun-loving Chinese journalists in this segment manage to out-VICE VICE. On the Road is billed as a homemade outdoor reality showfeaturing an "extreme couple" who love ...
05:37 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing How Jared Fogle lured child sexual abuse victims, in his own words
https://youtu.be/YivkSpt70NMTrigger warning, obviously. (more…)...
04:52 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Kinetic steampunk pub in Romania is boozily adorable
Enigma Caf in Romania claims to be the first kinetic steampunk pub in the world. (more…)...
03:34 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Fishbone performing "Lemon Meringue" live (1993)
A windless sail and a waterless sea, a rusted ship and a discontinued journey....
03:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Another fact-challenged week in the latest tabloids
[My friend Peter Sheridan is a Los Angeles-based correspondent for British national newspapers. He has covered revolutions, civil wars, riots, wildfires, and Hollywood celebrity misdeeds for longer th...
02:26 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing The 2015 Extra Life gaming marathon - play games, help kids
It's fall and my buddy Marcus is at it again. The Extra Life 2015 Video Game Marathon is just a couple weeks away and gamers across the country are preparing to play for 24 hours straight, raising mo...
01:48 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Why Bob Ross is the perfect gamer hero
Every 80s baby remembers Bob Ross, the gentle-voiced art instructor whose public television show brought "happy trees" and "almighty mountains" to life before your eyes, often using nothing more than ...
01:39 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing The Today show hosts dressed in terrible, scary Peanuts costumes
This morning, the hosts of the TODAY show dressed as ridiculously bizarre and frightening interpretations of the Peanuts characters. "I'm actually Charlie James Brown!" Al Roker said."TODAY goes nuts ...
01:23 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Craptastic Bluetooth smartwatch for $11
Who can resist an $11 bluetooth smartwatch with a touch screen display, even if it is an utter piece of junk? Not me! I just ordered one on Amazon. It will supposedly pair to an iPhone.Features1.48" C...
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing The Coolest Tin Toy from the Sixties: Hootin Hollow Haunted House
Watching TV as a little kid in the early 1960s, I yearned very deeply an insatiable craving sucking at my guts for a Hootin Hollow Haunted House, a tin toy produced by Louis Marx. I saw this commerc...
12:55 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing 1960s-style cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give It Away"
Postmodern Jukebox covers Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1991 hit, "Give It Away."...
12:37 pm PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Spooks everywhere: EFF's Hallowe'en guide to street-level surveillance
If you really want to be scared this Hallowe'en, spare a moment to ponder six ways that the state engages in widepread and indiscriminate surveillance, from social media monitoring to license plate an...
11:51 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Remember the perpetual motion machine called Orbo? It's back!
I've been following news about a company called Steorn for many years now. They claim to have developed a technology that generates more energy than it consumes. Every time they've had a public demons...
11:35 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Sex message on Chipotle cup
"My son's Chipotle cup says 'reproductive sex' on it," wrote a mom who posted this photo to Reddit. It also looks like the cylindrical object is penetrating something. The text below it reads, "Who wa...
11:20 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing FHTAGN: Silver tentacle rings and earrings
The jewelry looks just as good as these pieces but their production doesn't harm any octopuses; they're made from high-quality Sterling and the rings come with three different finishes. The earrings a...
11:13 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing My kid is allergic to nuts, so I demand you give carrot sticks to everyone on Halloween
This parent doesn't want to check their kid's candy haul for nut products, so they put up these obnoxious posters instead. See full size image here....
11:11 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing EU Parliament votes to drop criminal charges and grant asylum to Snowden
The 285-281 vote was nonbinding and thus "largely symbolic" but it's a hell of a symbol. (more…)...
10:58 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Wild World pops with breath-taking photographs on every page
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Pick up Lonely Planets Wild World, flip through a few pages, and I dare you to put the book back down. It isnt easy. From the emerald spiraled snake of Cameroon...
10:42 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing The Japanese cat collecting game Neko Atsume is finally in English
Cat collectors rejoice: the cult favorite mobile game Neko Atsume has finally made its way to Android—and soon, to iOS—in English under the name Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector.Originally cre...
08:37 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Japanese pop-music girl group plays klezmer-inspired music
Susan Delson of the Wall Street Journal profiles the Japanese sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan, featuring accordion music that "glides from klezmer to Balkan beat to zydeco, from French chanson to blues an...
08:07 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Thanks to the meth wars, cold medicine's effective ingredient isn't
When the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 passed, pharmacies moved all cold-medicine with the actually-works ingredient pseudoephedrine, only available on request and with a copy of your ID...
07:56 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing UK police & spies will have warrantless access to your browsing history
A new plan from Tory Home Secretary/Sith Lord Theresa May will require ISPs to retain one year's worth of Britons' online activity, and hand it over to the police and security services on demand, with...
07:48 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing NM judge believes daily prison rape is a fit punishment for nearly all defendants
New Mexico Second Circuit Court Judge Christina Argyres told an 18-year-old first time offender who'd pleaded guilty to burglary that she would grant him probation because if he went to prison he'd be...
07:48 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing NM judge believes daily prison rape is a fit punishment for nearly all defendants
New Mexico Second Circuit Court Judge Christina Argyres told an 18-year-old first time offender who'd pleaded guilty to burglary that she would grant him probation because if he went to prison he'd be...
07:44 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Clever use of a small steampunk device to help with ingrown toenails
https://youtu.be/VZIK5g1n3igWhen I think of torture devices, my mind flashes back to Mel Brooks singing about The Inquisition in The History of the World, Part I.Others might focus on Italian horror f...
06:40 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Charity with US Characteristics: how our oligarchs buy their way out of criticism
The Koch brothers give a lot of money to universities, but on the condition that they get to approve the economics faculty. They give to public television, but only if they can cancel the airing of do...
06:26 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Fully poseable, articulated Michaelangelo's David action-figure
It's been nearly a decade since a single thumbnail image of Michaelangelo's David's willie caused a censorware company founded by a registered sex-offender to block Boing Boing for all its clients as ...
04:39 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Get your kids Walmart's Israeli Soldier Costume for the classiest Halloween ever
Complete with an adorable toy Uzi, the $27.44 Israeli Soldier Costume comes in various sizes of small and features a red beret, belt, and fatigues with Hebrew text on a lapel pocket. It's off the shel...
04:25 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Watch video of crazy biker gang shootout
Police in Waco, Texas, have released video of the biker shootout that left 9 dead, 18 injured, and reportedly involved 5 different gangs.CNN acquired the video, captured on security cameras at the T...
04:08 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Cop defuses tense situationwith dance-off
Bad cops respond to disorderly teens with contempt and violence. Good cops get down and dance. (more…)...
03:49 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Top creepypasta stories to read before bed
Creepypasta, for those somehow unawares, are short, shonky, mutated ghost and horror tales, nth-generation copies of something dimly-remembered. Gizmodo's Kiona Smith-Strickland collects some of the b...
03:27 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing A world map of your surname's prevalence
Forebears.io charts the worldwide prevalence of your surname and offers interesting stats on its distribution. [via]Pictured above is "Beschizza," which originates in northern Italy (allegedly a loca...
02:00 am PDT - Fri, October 30, 2015
BoingBoing Draw gorgeous, responsive websites with the Macaw code-savvy web design tool: 72% off
The team behind Macaw is changing the way we design websites with their powerful, one-of-a-kind image editor and code generator. With Macaw on the market, suddenly writing flawless HTML from scratch i...
08:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Christ, what an asshole.
Chris Grayling, UK Tory MP and leader of the House of Commons: The Freedom of Information act isn't for journalism, it's for "those who want to understand why and how government is taking decisions." ...
08:30 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Helen & Graham Linehan's Amnesty video damns Ireland's barbaric abortion laws
In 2004, Helen Linehan terminated a pregnancy she had conceived with her husband, IT Crowd/Father Ted creator Graham Linehan, after discovering that the fetus had acrania and could not survive for...
06:47 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Get my card trick book for 99 cents - today only
Trick Decks, my e-book about making your own trick magic decks is just 99 cents today. Tomorrow the price goes to $1.99, and the day after that it goes to its regular price of $2.99. Learn more about ...
04:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Patent trolls: The Eastern District of Texas must die to that we may all live
Ever since VE Holding, a 1990 Federal Circuit decision, patent holders have been able to sue their adversaries in practically any court in America, leading to competition among jurisdictions to see wh...
04:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Patent trolls: The Eastern District of Texas must die to that we all may live
Ever since VE Holding, a 1990 Federal Circuit decision, patent holders have been able to sue their adversaries in practically any court in America, leading to competition among jurisdictions to see wh...
04:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Patent trolls: The Eastern District of Texas must die so that we all may live
Ever since VE Holding, a 1990 Federal Circuit decision, patent holders have been able to sue their adversaries in practically any court in America, leading to competition among jurisdictions to see wh...
03:40 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Upvote this: Teach kids in underserved communities how to code with Minecraft
LA Makerspace co-founder Tara Tiger Brown shares a project that her kid-friendly maker workshop is trying to make a reality. (more…)...
03:25 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing What's one square inch of Yukon land worth?
If you opened a box of Quaker Oats in 1955, you'd find a deed to one square inch of land in northwestern Canada. (more…)...
02:14 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Strange video improved, still strange
Paul Messing emailed me and said, "I watched the footage Boing Boing had on Facebook yesterday - the dancers from another time and place - and I added some music of mine and edited all so the clip i...
01:54 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Anonymous threatens to dump real names of 1,000 KKK members
People operating under the Anonymous banner took over a KKK-linked Twitter account during the Ferguson uprising in retaliation for Klan threats to attack the protesters. Now people under the #Intelgro...
01:24 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Triumph's 2016 Thruxton R
It took 40 years for someone to make a motorcycle that looks nearly as pretty as BMW's R90s. Enter Triumph's 2016 Thruxton R!What do I find most exciting about these new Triumph models? SI like is the...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing 13 million passwords compromised in webhost hack
The web-hosting service 000Webhost stored user passwords as plain text. We know this because 13 million of them were exposed in a five-month old hack whose consequences are only now becoming clear. (...
01:10 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing The American Bystander - new magazine created by old National Lampoon folks
This looks cool. The American Bystander Humor Magazine is going to be a "lavish print quarterly featuring comedy all-stars from SNL, The Simpsons, Monty Python & National Lampoon." It looks a lot li...
01:08 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Is the new Apple TV any good?
Reviews of the app-capable, Siri-equipped new Apple TV box are filtering in, and the consensus is that it's OK.Walt Mossberg writes that it's a much "smarter" box, but one that lacks visionand has UI...
12:51 pm PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Refugee family lives in airport
Hassan Abdo Ahmed Mohammed, his wife, and four children escaped the Syrian civil war to settle in Russia. The Kurdish family landed in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport but the Russian government says the...
10:52 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Gorgeous oil paintings on tree slices
Alison Moritsugu paints beautiful landscapes, including some on slices of trees that make the logs resemble portals onto the natural scenes in which they grew. Her new work, a collection called titled...
10:38 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Gel wrist pad for keyboards
I'm sold on wrist pads. I've been using them for many years. When I don't use one, the bony parts of my wrist that come in contact with the desk get sore. This wrist pad from 3M ($14 on Amazon) is fil...
09:57 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing What's it like to be vampire suffering from hemophobia?
Erebus is a vampire who seeks psychiatric treatment for his hemophobia. Turns out he really likes mambo sauce....
09:57 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing What's it like to be a vampire who's afraid of blood?
Erebus is a vampire who seeks psychiatric treatment for his hemophobia. Turns out he really likes mambo sauce. [vimeo]...
09:55 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Spy vs Spy is and was the best thing about MAD
See sample pages from this book at Wink.As a kid, my favorite thing about MAD was Spy vs Spy. (I didnt know that vs stood for versus so I pronounced the comic spyvisspy.) The strips were excellently d...
09:53 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Door repair technician's excellent t-shirt
Very clever and also practical!(via feed-me-tacos, r/pics)...
09:19 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing New biography of Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax
Michael Witwer's Empire of Imagination is a new biography of Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax that not only tells the tale of this marvelous wizard but also explores the profound impact D&D ...
09:18 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Where men and women like (and hate) to be touched
Your partner can touch you almost anywhere and you won't feel uncomfortable. A friend can touch your head, shoulders, hands, and upper back without ruffling your feathers. Your mother can touch you in...
08:32 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing I'm sorry, Im a coward. I didnt want to die." Patty Hearst interview
David and I love Blank on Blank, a video series that animates recorded interviews with notable people. It's produced by PBS Digital Studios, and the latest one is a 1982 interview with kidnapping vi...
08:32 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing I'm sorry, Im a coward. I didnt want to die. Patty Hearst interview, animated
David and I love Blank on Blank, a video series that animates recorded interviews with notable people. It's produced by PBS Digital Studios, and the latest one is a 1982 interview with kidnapping vi...
08:31 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Turn any text into a wall of horrible cat puns
Kittify accomplishes exactly what its name promises. Here's the Kittehsburg Address:Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought furth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Lipurrty, and...
08:28 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing The Thing is now recognized as a morbid masterpiece of wretched existential horror
Halloween is almost upon us; apropos of the season, heres a tale of terror in a Manhattan movie theater, and a horror film that changed cinema. Living in New York City in my 20s, I was one of those ge...
08:26 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Schoolhouse Rock-style PSA about getting food stamps
https://youtu.be/Q_bfPm4UQFsLexie Kahanovitz and her colleagues made a two-minute, hand-drawn Schoolhouse Rock-style PSA about "what to do if your student debt has your food budget at zero. It's funny...
08:25 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Site ranks movies by scariness
Reelscary accepts public votes on the scariness of films, divided into three different genres of scariness: disturbing, gore and suspense.1979 classic "Alien" is currently leading the suspense categor...
08:11 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing The word "software" sounded ridiculous when it was coined in '53
Computing pioneer Paul Niquette's memoir begins with the tale of how he came to coin the term "software" in 1953, to the ridicule of his colleague, and how the idea of a computer whose code was separa...
08:09 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Silicon Valley investor emailed voting instructions to CEOs
Silicon Valley angel Ron Conway told the CEOs of his investments who to vote for, and instructed them to pass the picks to their workers. (more…)...
07:50 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Fantastic new podcast - Home: Stories from L.A.
Frequent Boing Boing contributor Bill Barol has a new podcast, called Home: Stories from L.A., and it's about the concept of "home." Within his broad definition of the word, Bill reports on stories ab...
07:43 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Lawsuit: homophobic Hawaii cop arrested women for kissing in public
A lesbian couple were arrested after kissing in a grocery store, and now the Hawaii cop who targeted them is the target of a lawsuit.The Honolulu Police Department has also opened an internal investig...
07:08 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing To do in San Francisco: Aaron Swartz Day mini-con on privacy-enabling tech
Lisa Rein writes, "While the San Francisco Aaron Swartz International Hackathon is going on downstairs at the Internet Archive, we're having a little privacy-enabling mini-conference upstairs." (more&...
07:03 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing Taxonomy of the 37 basic silent-film plots
It's a lovely piece of narrative theory from Wycliff Aber Hill's 1919 book Ten Million Photoplay Plots: The Master Key to All Dramatic Plots, part of a tradition of stage-play manuals that presented r...
06:50 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing UK govt: no crypto back doors, just repeal the laws of mathematics
The UK government continues to exhibit its historic, dangerous cluelessness about crypto. After promising to ban working crypto in the previous election campaign, the Tory government has advanced a no...
06:34 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing David Cameron promises law to force ISPs to censor a secret blacklist
The UK Prime Minister has doubled down on this Great Firewall of Cameron, which is an arrangement whereby the UK ISPs "voluntarily" agreed to block websites that had been secretly ruled to be pornogra...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, October 29, 2015
BoingBoing MyKee titanium multi-tool key: change the way you do things everyday with this 18-in-1 multipurpose tool
Stay prepared without rocking a tool belt. The multipurpose MyKee may look like a simple key, but can open boxes, pop tags, peel vegetables, remove staples, work as a screwdriver and wrench, and open...
06:51 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Kickstarting tick-the-box greeting cards for unusual occasions and nuanced sentiments
The always-brilliant David Malki ! of Wondermark writes "I love greeting cards, but what if you need one for a super unusual occasion, or have a very nuanced sentiment you want to convey? The answer...
04:33 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Realistic chocolate dinosaur fossil teeth: choco-megaladon/T-Rex
Sarah Hardy's megaladon (£28) and T.Rex (£28) teeth are full size, convincing, and made from gorgeous, single-origin chocolates. (more…)...
04:02 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Bob Crewe's groovy 1966 instrumental, "Music to Watch Girls By"
I'd long wondered who recorded this, I'm not surprised to learn it is the famous Bob Crewe....
02:43 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Wild cop conspiracy rumor
The FBI has warned the New York Police Department that a group called the National Liberation Militia has planned a "Halloween Revolt" that involves attacking NY police officers, and news organization...
02:21 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Great deal on Mr. Clean Extra Power Magic Erasers
I've written about my enthusiasm for melamine sponges before. I used one on Sunday to remove some stubborn rust stains from a plastic table. They are amazing tools. Right now, Amazon is selling a 4-pa...
01:25 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Shanghai Disneyland: "Ignite the magical dream within your heart"
The Walt Disney company has been trying to extend its reach into China for years. After the years of sputtering trying to get Hong Kong Disneyland on its feet, they built three more lands in the last ...
12:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Out of the Abyss, the new D and D adventure, is Alice and Wonderland meets Diablo
Out of the Abyss, the new mega-adventure for Dungeons and Dragons, came out in September. Its part of the Rage of Demons multi-product launch, which includes board and video games, novels and an offic...
12:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Out of the Abyss, the new D and D adventure, is Alice in Wonderland meets Diablo
Out of the Abyss, the new mega-adventure for Dungeons and Dragons, came out in September. Its part of the Rage of Demons multi-product launch, which includes board and video games, novels and an offic...
12:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Out of the Abyss, the new D&D adventure, is Alice in Wonderland meets Diablo
Out of the Abyss, the new mega-adventure for Dungeons and Dragons, came out in September. Its part of the Rage of Demons multi-product launch, which includes board and video games, novels and an offic...
12:46 pm PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Explore a mysterious hard drive and reconstruct a broken world
There's something a little mysterious about the programs you can find in strange corners of the internet, and doubly so if you happen to find them in the bowels of someone else's computer. In Memory o...
11:59 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Drone carrying cellphones, drugs, hacksaw blades crashes at Oklahoma prison
Officials in Oklahoma claim to have halted the first attempt in the state to smuggle contraband into a prison with an unmanned aerial vehicle. (more…)...
11:35 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Novel plagiarist gender-swapped heroine to create gay romance
A plagiarist was caught after eagle-eyed readers spotted the novel Coming Home Texas was nearly identical to My Kind of Trouble, by New York Times bestseller Becky McGraw.Author Laura Harner's trick, ...
11:34 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Woodrow White's surreal and funny art
A few weeks ago I was on a plane flying to Oakland and the guy sitting next to recognized me. He told me he liked Boing Boing and, after chatting with him for a while, I learned that his name is Woodr...
11:21 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Nick Cole wrote an uplifting, zombie apocalypse love story
Nick Cole's novels are hard to put down, and as usual I read straight through The End of the World as We Knew It. This story is reminiscent of his stellar, post-apocalyptic Wasteland saga, as it intro...
11:01 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Librarian of Congress puts impossible conditions on your right to jailbreak your 3D printer
Writing about yesterday's landmark Copyright Office ruling on the right to jailbreak, law-and-3D-printing expert Michael Weinberg says, "The 3D printer unlocking decision by the Librarian of Congress ...
10:49 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing This USB charger is powered from an electric wheelchair
Josh Winkler is the engineer & inventor behind Cripple Concepts - an innovative startup that provides assistive tech for people with disabilities, made and designed by people with disabilities. ...
10:49 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing This USB charger is powered by an electric wheelchair
Josh Winkler is the engineer & inventor behind Cripple Concepts - an innovative startup that provides assistive tech for people with disabilities, made and designed by people with disabilities....
10:39 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Pie Face If you get the wrong number, this slapstick comedy game will fling a faceful of whipped cream
See more photos at Wink Fun.A cream pie in the face! Its an ageless slapstick comedy routine that is also the inspiration for Hasbros Pie Face Game. Thanks in part to a viral video thats making its ro...
10:32 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing The Beatles: A 5-minute drum chronology
https://youtu.be/tTnxmn2jWjoAustralian Kye Smith's video is a tribute to Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney's fantastic drumming for the Beatles....
10:27 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing See MIT's odd new jumping cube robots
MIT researchers developed this "Soft Cube Capable of Controllable Continuous Jumping." From IEEE Spectrum:Inside of the robot there are two motorized rotors, each connected to one end of four flatte...
10:18 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Hundreds of city police license plate cams are insecure and can be watched by anyone
Dave Maass from the Electronic Frontier Foundation writes, "Earlier this year, security researcher John Matherly alerted us to potentially massive vulnerabilities in a certain vendor's automated licen...
10:11 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Appeals court holds the FBI is allowed to kidnap and torture Americans outside US borders
The DC Appeals Court has just ruled against Amir Meshal, a US citizen who was arrested in Kenya by a joint US-Kenyan-Ethiopian law enforcement operation, held for months, tortured with FBI agents pres...
10:09 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Crocodile-buffalo hybrid photographed in Thailand! (And Egyptian demon seen in Greece!)
This creepy crocodile-buffalo hybrid turned up in High Rock, Thailand this month. The beast bears a striking resemblance to the half-aquatic, half-terrestrial Hindu god Makara, and is now on display i...
09:47 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing The more unequal your society is, the more your laws will favor the rich
Political scientists and economists who've undertaken peer-reviewed research into policy outcomes have concluded that all over the world, and at every level of government, wealth inequality is correla...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Watch these Chicago cops punish a 21-year-old Lyft driver because passenger taped cops being jerks
https://youtu.be/d3gK7_jXurgOn his YouTube page, Stovie Wan Kenobi describes his rotten experience with some plainclothes Chicago cops who harassed him and his Lyft driver just because he was recordin...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Which Presidential candidates are climate change deniers?
From Columbia University's Earth Institute:Ben Carson (retired neurosurgeon) believes that climate change is happening in the sense that theres always going to be either cooling or warming going on an...
09:24 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing South Carolina sheriff fires the school-cop who beat up a black girl at her desk
Ben Fields, the South Carolina sheriffs deputy who was video-recorded beating up a black schoolgirl who was sitting peacefully at her desk, has been fired. (more…)...
09:21 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Schoolgirl-dragging cop fired
Deputy Ben Fields, the school cop filmed dragging and throwing a disobedient teen, was fired today by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.Lott announced at midday EST that Fields has already been reliev...
09:15 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Federal court tells FBI: go ahead and torture Americans, but do it outside the U.S.
Amir Meshal, an American citizen, claims the FBI falsely imprisoned and tortured him for months, but on Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said he can't sue the FBI ...
09:14 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Mobile carriers make $24B/year selling your secrets
The largest carriers in the world partner with companies like SAP to package up data on your movements, social graph and wake/sleep patterns and sell it to marketing firms. (more…)...
08:48 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Motorcycle jackets deemed cool again
The New York Times reports on how the motorcycle jacket lost its cool an got it back again. (more…)...
08:14 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Ikea turns kids' drawings of monsters into plushies
I want them all, and so you do. (more…)...
08:05 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Nerd heroes read "There's a Zombie in My Treehouse"
https://youtu.be/-VOtlZvQzrQLen Peralta writes, "Ken Plume, John Robinson and I have been releasing different celebrity readings of our book There's A Zombie In My Treehouse just in time for Halloween...
08:05 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Anime contacts put the sparkle in your eye
Colored and embiggening contacts are done. The hot thing is contacts that include cartoon twinkles and other reflections. Brian Ashcraft reports on the latest thing from Japan.The difference here is t...
07:42 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Watching this video of a violin being made is very satisfying
In this beautifully shot and un-narrated half-hour video directed by Baptiste Buob, we get to watch Dominique Nicosia use hand tools to make a violin. It's interesting to see him use specialized too...
07:35 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing DMCA exemption carved to help preserve old games
The US Library of Congress has created an exemption to copyright law to make it legal to preserve abandoned video games, including online server code required to play them. (more…)...
07:13 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing The complicated psychology and behavioral economics of a beautiful, $700 coffee-dripper
At $700, the beautiful Iikone single-cup coffee brewer is quite an extravagance, albeit one made of precision-milled, polished surgical steel. The coffee it produces will doubtless be delicious, becau...
06:50 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Modular spiral staircase system for trees
If you love tree-climbing and lack upper-body strength, look no further: here's Canopystair, an ingenious system from Robert McIntyre and Thor ter Kulve, two RCA design postgrads. It uses ratchet stra...
06:30 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Wah wah, wah, wah wah: Peanuts text-to-adult speech translator
The Wah Wah Machine translates your text into the unintelligible trombone vocalizations of all adults in the Peanuts movies. It's a very clever promotion for The Peanuts Movie out next month. (Bonus s...
06:00 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Deeply freaky space-jazz-prog-fusion from The Visitors (1974)
Far fucking out! Weirdo space jazz prog-rock from French composer Jean-Pierre Massiera and his Visitors ensemble 1974. Here's what reissue label Lion Productions had to say when they re-released The...
05:54 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Billy Dare vs. The Power of Plot Requirements!
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.And FURTHER, please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE for advance access to comics and more stuff. HEY, the second book in Rube...
02:00 am PDT - Wed, October 28, 2015
BoingBoing Save 98% on this cyber security professional training and certification bundle
Discovering intelligent and automated ways to solve cyber security issues is the key to going from budding to booming IT professional. This bundle is the perfect step towards career excellence as it n...
05:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing "It Follows" is one of my fave horror movies. Rent it in HD for 99 cents
Amazon is offering an HD rental of It Follows for 99 cents. I'm ready to watch it for a 3rd time! Here's my March 2015 review of the movie:I stopped being scared or creeped out by horror movies abou...
05:13 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Oxford study says just shake hands, don't kiss strangers
It is often observed that I do not like strangers to hug me! A recent study by Oxford University shows I'm not even close to alone. Many folks are uncomfortable hugging, or kissing, strangers too.The ...
04:18 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Rube Goldberg Machine? More like Rube Slowberg Machine.
Inventor, director and tinkerer Bob Partington made what he claims is the world's slowest Rube Goldberg Machine. (more…)...
03:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing US Senate passes CISA, a very bad spying bill dressed up as a cybersecurity bill
CISA won't make you and I any more secure, and it threatens what's left of our online privacy. The very helpful sounding Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act will definitely help the government, thou...
03:28 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Korean pharmacist's funny lip-sync supercut video goes viral
A guy who works by day as a pharmacist in Korea makes these funny video compilations of himself singing Asian pop hits. His supercut is going super viral in Korea and Japan. (more…)...
02:59 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing The Abaddon: graphic novel based loosely on Sartre's No Exit
In Koren Shadmis The Abaddon, five dysfunctional roommates are trapped in an otherworldly apartment, echoing Jean-Paul Sartres classic 1944 play No Exit. In the beginning of The Abaddon, central chara...
12:53 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Steppenwolf performs "Sookie Sookie" live (1968)
Let it hang out baby, do the Baltimore jig!...
12:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Giant penis graces parade in Japan
I've got no idea what the Kawasaki Festival is all about, but a float with a gigantic fiberglass penis shows up, so obviously it's a good one....
12:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Weak Messages Create Bad Situations A manifesto based on suppressed thoughts
See sample pages at Wink.According to artist David Shrigleys message on the back cover of his book, Weak Messages Create Bad Situations, We are in a bad situation and weak messages are to blame. Lots ...
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing German condom maker in trouble with the law over 21 orgasms claim
The playful condom company Einhorn is in trouble with the law over their claim that a packet of seven rubbers corresponds to up to 21 orgasms. (more…)...
12:32 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Kim Davis' official emails: "Soldier of Christ", whippings by homosexual mob, and more!
The Kentucky county court clark who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples sent email on the matter using her work address, and the AP gained access to it under that state's freedom of...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing General Motors recalls 1.4 million older cars over engine fires sparked by oil leaks
Auto maker General Motors today announced a recall of some 1.4 million cars in which a known oil leak problem can cause engine fires. All of the affected vehicles are over 10 years old, and the oldest...
12:03 pm PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing U.S. bans e-cigarettes in checked baggage, and no vaping on the plane either
The U.S. Department of Transportation is all, like, I've had it with these mothafuckin' vapes, on this mothafuckin' plane! Citing in-flight fire hazards, DOT announced a ban on vape pens, e-cigarettes...
11:44 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Guns don't kill people, dogs with guns kill people
Following up on their highly successful data-driven charticle about toddlers shooting people to death in America, the Washington Post publishes a new infographic about all the people being shot to dea...
11:23 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Inside the hollow Earth are aliens, Nazis, and the Lost Tribes of Israel
The shell of the Earth is about 800 miles thick before it opens up to a massive hollow containing its own sun. Entry points are at the North and South Poles. The residents include the Lost Ten Tribes ...
11:13 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing In Mexico, police find 4 severed heads in coolers with Happy Day of the Dead note
In the Mexican state of Zacatecas, authorities announced today they have found the severed heads of four men. The heads were left in Styrofoam coolers, along with gang messages that appear to have bee...
10:42 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Wes Anderson, Centered
Wes Anderson // Centered, on Vimeo. Music: The New Lobby Boy by Alexandre Desplat. (more…)...
09:38 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Come see Cory at Santa Monica's Diesel Books on Thursday
We're launching the new paperback edition of "Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, my book of practical advice and theory for artists trying to make sense of the net (it features intros by Neil Gaiman...
09:29 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing EU, worn down by telcoms lobbyists, pass brutal net discrimination rules
The European Parliament has voted to allow the telcos who supply European Internet access to hold their customers to ransom. When Europeans request data from Web sites and services that didn't pay the...
09:13 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Halo 5 is here
Last night at midnight, Halo 5 launched. Will this be the last epic adventure for video gaming's mightiest champion? The Master Chief is back, but all the cockamamie advertising colors our hero as ...
08:59 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Ministry of Irony: Orwell estate tries to censor mentions of the number 1984
The Orwell estate filed a bogus copyright and publicity right theft against an inactive Cafepress store where no one had ever bought one of the "1984 is already here" shirts or tea-towels on offer fro...
08:49 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing WHOOSH! Filling Jack-o-Lanterns with thermite and gun cotton, for science(ish)
Alewis sends us the Royal Institution's video: "A scene of explosive Halloween mayhem as one Jack-o'Lantern spews molten iron into another filled with gun cotton, all in the name of science."...
08:11 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Cop filmed throwing schoolgirl in rough arrest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lebczVnFLTU&ab_channel=willmatherlyFootage of a South Carolina cop picking up and throwing an uncooperative schoolgirl galvanized the internet Monday.Videos, recorded f...
07:39 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Marxism triumphs over capitalist pixels
https://youtu.be/rSPixmsLfn4VEC9 is the first vector arcade game to be released in 30 years, the only true 3d vector arcade game to be released besides Star Wars -- and the only one to let you smash c...
07:23 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Amazing photos along China's Silk Road
My friend Kevin Kelly wandered down the Silk Road (the one in China) and took many stupendous photos. He wrote, "Technically this region is called Xinjiang (New Province), also once known as East Turk...
07:14 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Krush Groove (part 2) one of the 80s' biggest Hip Hop movies
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! (more…)...
07:09 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing SCIENCE! Louder monkeys have smaller balls
A new study in Current Biology has found an inverse correlation between the volume of howler monkeys' notoriously loud hoots and the size of their testicles. (more…)...
06:48 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Awkward Robots Orange Volume: science fiction anthology to benefit the Clarion SF writers' workshop
Lara writes, "Time traveling gamers, levee-breaking mermaids, and frayed sanity on the first manned mission to Europa. It's all packed between the pages of The Orange Volume. The cohesive Clarion clas...
06:42 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Just look at this exotic, virus-hunting banana protein.
Just look at it (more…)...
06:30 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing This artist's 3D painting will blow your mind
"For great art, you have to perceive the object, the situation, and watch the everyday lighting," 3D painter Stefan Pabst told Booooooom. "You have to see something like you did the very first time ...
06:30 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Surprising history of the "Canadian Tuxedo," starring Bing Crosby
I've been known to sport a denim jacket and bluejeans with some regularity, making me the butt of my chums' "Canadian Tuxedo" barbs. Yet I never knew the origin of that phrase until now! Turns out tha...
06:27 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Stayin' Alive in MIDI hell
In this video, MonotoneTim converted The Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive to MIDI: the sound of the song, rather than its individual notes. The result, an endless mash of piano noises, eerily and rather unpl...
06:00 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing This guy is a great guitarist. And he has no hands.
Mark Goffeney has more musical talent in his big toe than I do in my entire body. The San Diego musician was born without arms and has studied guitar since he was eleven years old. This short film, ...
05:32 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Store not allowing purchase of eggs by minors over Halloween
It's that time of year, again, when eggs are sometimes used in pursuit of fun Halloween shenanigans. So, naturally, their sale is being banned by some grocers and supermarkets. If your supermarket has...
05:12 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Illegible minimalist dominoes
I would go bonkers trying to play dominoes with these, a perfect gift for the person in your life who has a nice set of dominoes already but would like to have something fancy out.Edge Dominoes are ma...
05:00 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Harrison Ford can't, and fortunately won't, be replaced as Indiana Jones
The only thing that Disney seems certain about regarding any future Indiana Jones films is they don't plan on subbing in another actor as Indy. There are a lot of rumours, the franchise's producer Fra...
05:00 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Beautiful fractal landscape seems like eerie, epic ruins
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/142671617"Poetic Fractals," writes Julius Horsthuis. "I use fractals for developing skills they are exercises in framing, composition, typography, color and styl...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, October 27, 2015
BoingBoing Save 35% on the A3 aluminum RFID-protected wallet
The A3 Aluminum Wallet turns the traditional wallet concept on its head with its unique, futuristic construction. With three aluminum plates sandwiching your cards and cash, and two o-rings securing t...
05:39 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Pirates are the best customers: just sell good stuff at a reasonable price in a timely fashion
Alex from Copy-Me writes, "We've just released its fourth episode, called 'Pirates Are The Best Customers' - which talks about piracy and artists." (more…)...
05:10 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Elite "wealth managers": Renfields to the one percent bloodsuckers
Lorq writes, "This brilliant piece of investigative research shines a light on one of the mechanisms of wealth inequality -- the secretive field of wealth management for the one percent. It's one thi...
04:50 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing "Riki Tiki Tavi" by Donovan (1980)
People walk around they don't know what they're doing, they been lost so long they don't know what they've been looking forWell, I know what I'm a looking for but I just can't find it.I guess I gott...
04:50 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing "Riki Tiki Tavi" by Donovan (1970)
People walk around they don't know what they're doing, they been lost so long they don't know what they've been looking forWell, I know what I'm a looking for but I just can't find it.I guess I gott...
04:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Federal agents seize 30,000 marijuana plants on Menominee Native American tribal land
DEA agents descended on Menominee County in Wisconsin last Friday, to destroy what the tribal authorities say was an industrial hemp crop. The DEA says it was high-grade marijuana,and they're not apol...
04:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Adorable baby owl dancing to Monster Mash is 2015's official Halloween video
https://youtu.be/ibUzDIWhsFgIt's a few years old, actually, but this video of a cute baby owl "dancing" to a fuzzy owl-shaped comforting toy that sings Monster Mash is well deserving of a viral reviva...
03:37 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Creep Qawwali: Hilarious musical video about sleazy dudes on Facebook
https://youtu.be/gEC0pKHJKNMI love Qawwali music, and I am really loving this cute viral Qawwali-themed ad for India dating service TrulyMadly. (more…)...
03:24 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Glamorous Beyonc Cow is glamorous
So glamorous. (more…)...
03:18 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing This Edward Snowdenhands Halloween costume is everything
Edward Snowdenhands, you guys. EDWARD SNOWDENHANDS. (more…)...
02:36 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing United Airlines sorry they forced disabled man to crawl off plane to use bathroom
A man with physical disabilities was forced to crawled off a plane at Reagan National Airport in Arlington VA, when United Airlines failed to provide him with help disembarking. (more…)...
01:48 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Get this witchy roleplaying game collection, support a good cause
Four women tabletop designers have put together a collection of four short pen and paper roleplaying games for $10—with a portion of the proceeds going to support the cancer treatment of a frien...
01:27 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing What makes someone a 'girl gamer'?
This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us the Jonathan Franzen of videogames, "girl gamers", and new books about games!Fusion's Latoya Peterson begins her series "Girl Gamers" by exp...
01:22 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing This cyberpunk murder mystery looks lovely, but feels incomplete
I was ready to love Murder from the moment the game opened on a female police lieutenant waking from a rain-soaked cyberpunk nightmare about murderous robots, and walking out on her balcony to smoke a...
01:09 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Sons of Anarchy FCC complaints: The most sadistic program on TV," also #butts
"I hate to think that people are watching this and we walk among them." (more…)...
12:50 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Lego refuses to send bricks to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei
Lego has refused to sell bricks in bulk to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, lest he use them for political expression.Weiwei, among the country's most famous dissidents, wrote in an Instagram post that he co...
12:24 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Review: generic USB-C power-through adapter
They're terrible, don't buy them.If you own the new 12" Macbook, you have one USB-C port. It's also the power port, which means if you have anything plugged into that port, you're losing battery charg...
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing How far away is Mars?
Mars is currently 2.24 astronomical units away.We tend to think of places as being a fixed distance from one another, and this works on scales terrestrial (it's 3,459 miles from London to New York) an...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing 15,000mAh battery pack for $14
This is the best price I've seen for a 15,000mAh battery pack. (Just two years ago I paid $100 for a 6000mAh Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo.)If you use code RJTZMPYG you can get the Kmashi 15,000m...
11:05 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Look at these parachuting beavers
https://youtu.be/APLz2bTprMAThe Idaho beaver population explosion of 1948 was a big problem. Sarah Palin was still just a twinkle in her father-to-be's eye, so she couldn't be hired to shoot them from...
10:52 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing "Hello, you're watching Dish Network. Did you know you're a satellite pirate?"
https://youtu.be/X_cAzTn3c0YHere's a 2009 clip from Dish Network informing anyone watching a special channel that they are a "satellite pirate." It's not too harsh, actually, and Dish quickly goes fro...
10:43 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing UK launches massive study of aspirin's cancer-fighting ability
The UK's NHSs National Institute for Health Research announced it will embark on a 12-year study involving 11,000 patients to study the effects of aspirin on different types of cancer.From Motherboard...
10:24 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Makeup artist transforms herself into dead Disney princesses
Makeup artist Shonagh Scott photographed herself as dead Disney princesses. See her full Twisted Princess series here....
10:14 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Cop who said he wouldn't arrest a woman if he could lick her feet goes to jail
In August Patrick Quinn, a 27-year-old police officer in a Houston, Texas suburb, pulled over a driver and spotted marijuana paraphernalia in her car. He told her he would not arrest her if she would ...
09:53 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Handmade glowing radio-tube USB drives
Created by Latvia's Slavatech, these glowing, copper-chased USB drives come in 8/16/32/64GB starting at $39 -- they glow LED blue when plugged in. (via M1k3y)...
09:48 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing $6,000 payments against student loan reduces debt by $700
Bill Boegeman racked up a student loan debit of $82,961.02 to get a B.S. in social studies education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. It's going to take a very long time to pay it off. (more&...
09:48 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Stylish furniture made from discarded supermarket trolleys
Dutch designer Etienne Reijnders rescues discarded shopping trolleys made by Wanzl, purveyor of the world's largest trolleys, and remakes them into beautiful, minimalist pieces of mid-century-modern-i...
09:42 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Youtube's pay TV service makes video-creators a deal they literally can't refuse
As part of the launch of Youtube Red, the company's new porny-sounding ad-free pay TV service, top creators are being told that they must allow their work into the paywalled/ad free zone, or be exclud...
09:32 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing The $15 Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen
Expensive fountain pens are lovely, but I want to cry when I lose them. This $15 Metropolitan by Pilot does a nice job of bridging that gap.The weight of its brass barrel gives the Metropolitan a feel...
09:22 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Secret surveillance laws make it impossible to have an informed debate about privacy
James Losey's new, open access, peer-reviewed article in the Journal of International Communication analyzes how secret laws underpinning surveillance undermine democratic principles and how transpare...
09:16 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing What was this Saudi prince doing with 2 tons of drugs on his private jet?
In Saudi Arabia, drug smugglers are routinely executed. But it's hard to imagine that the Saudi prince, who is being held in Lebanon after officials found two tons of amphetamine stuffed in his privat...
09:07 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Army dudes in yoga poses: now an article of commerce
Yoga Joes started life as a wonderful, weird Kickstarter to produce a set of nine "Green Army Men" in yoga poses; having raised over $100K in direct sales at $20/set ($10 for military personnel) Broga...
08:47 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Juxtabo Create patterns with colored chips for a fast-paced mental workout
See more photos at Wink Fun.Funnybone has yet another award-winning strategy game available for your enjoyment Juxtabo. Much like a colorful, 3D version of dominoes, Juxtabo has simple rules that all...
08:32 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing How to play chess like an asshole
I was raised to play chess in the most boring way imaginable, with both sides developing their pieces into a big symmetrical knot before anything even gets taken. Worse, most chess books basically ima...
08:14 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing 700 acres of California coast to be returned to Native Americans
For generations, members of the Kashia band of the Pomo people have been landlocked. For the first time in 200 years, the coastal tribe will have unmitigated access to the sea. NBC Bay Area shares the...
08:14 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing 700 acres of California coastline to be returned to Native Americans
For generations, members of the Kashia band of the Pomo people have been landlocked. For the first time in 200 years, the coastal tribe will once again have unmitigated access to the sea. (more&helli...
08:00 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing See Disney princesses fall in love, with each other
Disney Princess Femslash by simonbaz (via BUST)...
07:38 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Sony licensed stock footage, then branded its creator a pirate for using it himself
Mitch Martinez licensed a stock footage clip to a Sony music label to use in a video; when the company proceeded to file a Youtube copyright complaint against him and refused to take his calls, he fil...
07:25 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Pharma company offers $1/dose version of hedge-fund douchenozzle's drug
Former hedge-fund manager Martin Shkreli became a poster child for greed and sleaze when he bought the only company that was tooled up to make an off-patent drug called Daraprim that people with HIV u...
07:13 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Near-future Ikea catalog: the Internet of Things' flat-pack as a service
Julian Bleeker and his Near Future Laboratory have followed up on their amazing Skymall-of-the-future catalog with an imaginary near-future Ikea catalog that jam an insane amount of witty futuristic s...
07:11 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing When Miles Davis named his album Bitches Brew
"Please advise."A letter sent to Columbia Records art director John Berg and others by Teo Macero, producer of Miles's revolutionary 1970 jazz fusion album. Below, a live performance of the title trac...
07:00 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Clips from Dish Network's "Pirate TV" scold channel (c.2008)
"Hello, you're watching Dish Network's Pirate TV Channel." Apparently only viewers with unauthorized access to Dish Network would see the "Pirate TV" channel that consisted of this message, looping...
07:00 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Clips from Dish Network's "Pirate TV" scold channel (circa 2008)
"Hello, you're watching Dish Network's Pirate TV Channel." Apparently only viewers with unauthorized access to Dish Network would see the "Pirate TV" channel that consisted of this message, looping f...
07:00 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing The first drawings of neurons
In 1837, Italian physician Camilo Golgi devised a reaction to stain the wispy dendrites and axons of neurons, making it possible to see brain cells in situ. In 1875, he published his first scientific ...
06:54 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing BBC helps Saudis whitewash arms trade to Syrian jihadis
The BBC quoted an anonymous Saudi source who insisted that the arms the country imports en masse from the UK are only funnelled to the good Syrian rebels and not the Al Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front...
06:47 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing How to peel a potato without sacrificing any potato
If, like me, your attempts to peel potatoes result in a tiny potato cube surrounded by gigantic coiling domes of potato skin, pain, and despair, this tip is for you. The tl;dr: gently score the circ...
06:42 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing IMF: Cheap oil will bankrupt the Saudis in five years
If oil stays below $50 a barrel for five years, the Saudis' cash reserve will be exhausted, and with it will also go the social stability that lavish spending for the Saudi elites brings. (more&hellip...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Watching people run backwards, in reverse, is very strange
Reversed video of a backwards running competition. (WerkProof)...
02:00 am PDT - Mon, October 26, 2015
BoingBoing Save 97% on this essential JavaScript coding bundle
If youve even pondered the concept of front-end development as a future career, drop everything and learn JavaScript. This dynamic programming language is not only the engine behind all modern browser...
03:35 pm PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing Chris Christie ejected from Amtrak quiet car
Republican presidential contender Chris Christie was told to leave a train's "quiet car" after people complained he was shouting into his cellphone, according to passenger Alexander Mann.Mann told Gaw...
10:21 am PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing How the Arpeggio works
https://vimeo.com/143234795While this video has less cute cats than the last one we shared, it does a great job of showing why folks are getting so excited about Arpeggio, a new portable sequencer! ...
08:09 am PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing Auction of amazing, rare castoffs from Disney theme parks
Having raised $1.7M from an auction of Disneyland memoribilia and rarities earlier this year, Van Eaton Galleries are holding a second auction of cast-offs from the Disney themeparks. (more…)...
07:54 am PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing WATCH: I thought the future would be cooler
Claire sends us the video for "YACHT's 'I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler', possibly the first pop music video to include Soylent, self-balancing scooters, humans being walked on leashes by drone...
07:44 am PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing Americans are pretty mellow about climate change, terrified of everything else
A survey of 1541 randomly selected US adults ranked the country's fears as of 2015. Items that ranked above climate change included corruption, mass surveillance, cyber-terrorism, bio-warfare, identit...
07:37 am PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing Sixth grader sells artisinal Diceware passwords
11 year old Mira Modi, daughter of privacy journalist Julia Angwin, has a startup through which she hand-generates secure Diceware passwords for $2, which she mails in sealed letters through the USPS,...
07:37 am PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing Sixth grader sells artisanal Diceware passwords
11 year old Mira Modi, daughter of privacy journalist Julia Angwin, has a startup through which she hand-generates secure Diceware passwords for $2, which she mails in sealed letters through the USPS,...
07:27 am PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing New frontrunner in the none-more-black new materials world championship
A group at Saudi Arabia's King Abdulla University of Science and Technology have developed a new carbon-nanotube-based material that absorbs 98 to 99 percent of light between 400 and 1,400nm, from all...
07:19 am PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing NSA spying: judge tosses out case because Wikipedia isn't widely read enough
Wikimedia -- Wikipedia's parent org -- has had its case against the NSA dismissed by a Federal judge who said that the mere fact that the site is one of the most popular destinations on the net was no...
02:00 am PDT - Sun, October 25, 2015
BoingBoing Brighten and change your bulb's color from your smartphone with the SMFX smart bulb
SMFX is adjusted straight from your iOS or Android device so you can dim, brighten, change the color, or turn on/off your light without lifting more than a finger. SMFX will instantly transform the am...
09:40 am PDT - Sat, October 24, 2015
BoingBoing Petition: Facebook betrayed us by secretly lobbying for cyber-surveillance bill
Tiffiny from Fight for the Future writes, "New information has surfaced about Facebook's position on S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Sources on the Hill tell us that Facebook...
07:57 am PDT - Sat, October 24, 2015
BoingBoing Kickstarting an indie film adaptation of China Mieville's "Familiar"
Jason writes, "An indie film company here in Denver called Mythos is crowdfunding an adaptation of China Mieville's short story 'Familiar' with full cooperation from Mieville himself (he's even cont...
07:36 am PDT - Sat, October 24, 2015
BoingBoing Globe and Mail: TPP's copyright chapter will cost Canadians hundreds of millions
Canada's rock-ribbed bastion of pro-trade, pro-Tory ideology has come out against the Trans Pacific Partnership's Intellectual Property chapter in a leading editorial signed by the paper's editorial b...
02:00 am PDT - Sat, October 24, 2015
BoingBoing Stretch your power with this 10 foot MFi-certified braided lightning cable
Just say no to cheap, non-MFi Lightning cables, and yes to supercharging your Apple devices with this premium braided cable. Covered in durable, nylon braiding, this cable is tangle-free, contains hig...
05:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Research files on El Salvador stolen from human rights group suing CIA over El Salvador
Confidential files on mass human rights abuses in El Salvador were stolen from a human rights organization in Washington just weeks after that same organization sued the CIA for refusing to release do...
01:51 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Investing in David v Goliath: hundreds of millions slosh into litigation finance funds
Litigation finance (AKA champerty) is the practice of investing in other peoples' lawsuits, with the expectation that you will share in any court awards or settlements should your side win the case. (...
01:43 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing How to willfully alter your brains ability to willfully alter your brains abilities
In a way, you can simply will yourself into a new physical form – that is if you use your will to routinely move heavy things, run around, or eat fewer tacos.Just as you can change your body at ...
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing This stylish men's suit is only $9 with free shipping
I like it when Jason comes to LA and takes me to the Magic Castle for dinner. I don't enjoy putting on my old suit and digging around for my necktie to comply with the Magic Castle's strict dress code...
01:15 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Cabaret with the Pope of TrashJohn Waters in Providence, RI (Sat. 10/24)
Tomorrow (Saturday 10/24), Providence, Rhode Island's experimental art space AS220 celebrates its 30th anniversary with a cabaret gala starring the Pope of Trash himself, filmmaker and author John Wat...
01:03 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Even conservatives admit Hillary Clinton made fools of the Benghazi committee
The Atlantic: "Many on the right grudgingly say the former secretary of state avoided missteps and bested her interrogators in Thursdays House committee marathon."Gawker: "Why Angry Old Men Calling a ...
12:45 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Teen "faces assault charge" for throwing baby carrot at teacher
A 14-year-old girl who chucked a 1.75" baby carrot at a teacher has been suspended from school and told that she faces charges of battery, according to reports from Henrico County, Va.Local newsman Jo...
12:33 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing The EU's impending Net Neutrality rules are terrible, but they can be fixed
Barbara van Schewick from the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society sums up the problems with Europe's impending Net Neutrality rules, which are anything but neutral, and have loophole...
12:28 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Evil script replaces punctuation in your code with superficially similar symbols
Mimic implements a sick, sick idea floated on Twitter by Peter Ritchie: "Replace a semicolon (;) with a greek question mark (;) in your friend's C# code and watch them pull their hair out over the syn...
12:22 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Tolkien's annotated map of Middle-Earth
A map of Middle-Earth annoted by Tolkien himself has been found tucked in an old copy of Lord of the Ringsand it reveals that Hobbiton is on the same Latitude as the professor's beloved Oxford, Englan...
12:22 pm PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Botnets running on CCTVs and NASs
Researchers at Incapsula have discovered a botnet that runs on compromised CCTV cameras. There are hundreds of millions, if not billions, of these in the field, and like many Internet of Things device...
11:45 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing DoJ to Apple: your software is licensed, not sold, so we can force you to decrypt
The DoJ is currently trying to force Apple to decrypt data stored on a defendant's Iphone, and Apple, to its great credit, is fighting back, arguing that on the one hand, it doesn't have the technical...
11:45 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Wytches A terrifying trip into the dark heart of parental fears and malevolent forests
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Scott Snyder's Wytches really worked its creepy magic on me. This trade paperback edition collects the first six issues of the popular comic series, which has r...
10:51 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing A gallery of swamp lust pulp paperback book covers
Pulp Flesh has a nice but too-small gallery of swamp erotica paperbacks. ...
10:43 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Canada and Mexico get serious about ending weed prohibition
The most recent Gallup polls shows that 58% of the U.S. population favors legalizing cannabis (and that number will grow as the current generation of senior citizens dies off), but most of the preside...
10:24 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Badfinger performs "Baby Blue" (1972)
Take good care, baby, let me know......
09:26 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing FCC trying to stop phone companies that rip off prisoners' families
The private phone companies that charge prisoners' families up to up to $12.95 for 15 minutes' conversation are not the worst prison profiteers, but they're pretty high up in the rogues' gallery of gr...
09:16 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing U.S. Navy to promote powerful admiral who illegally punished suspected whistleblowers
Look who is up for a promotion: Rear Adm. Brian Losey. He's the gentleman who went on an illegal witch hunt to find the whistleblower who anonymously reported Losey for a minor travel-policy infractio...
08:57 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Putting your kettle on the Internet of Things makes your wifi passwords an open secret
The $150 Smarter Ikettle lets you start your water boiling from anywhere in the world over the Internet -- and it also contains long-term serious security vulnerabilities that allow attackers to extra...
08:52 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Does making fun of yourself make you look good or bad?
Is it a wise social strategy to make self-deprecating comments? Hopes and Fears asked this question to a psychologist, two personal-brand consultants, a motivational speaker, and a women's life coach....
08:42 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing 70% of CEOs' effect on company performance can be attributed to random chance
Texas A&M Professor of Management Markus Fitza used a technique called variance decomposition to evaluate the extent to which the performance of companies can be attributed to astute leadership versus...
08:36 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Cop bravely attempts to stop mother from breastfeeding her baby
An Omaha, Nebraska policewoman substituted her ignorance of the law with an authoritarian compulsion to shame a mother who was feeding her infant the way mammals have done so for 65 million years. R...
08:18 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders playing the bongos at the Democratic presidential debate
Bernie Sanders hit the skins for a perfect rendition of Ben Harper's "Burn one Down." The other candidates approve and the audience goes wild....
08:10 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Astounding showpiece table full of hidden compartments nested in hidden compartments
Custom furniture maker Craig Thibodeau created this showpiece "Automaton Table" to illustrate all the different ways that he can hide secret compartments in the pieces he builds. (more…)...
08:07 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing You can make almost anything with a Glowforge
The dream of desktop manufacturing is now a reality. Take a look at the incredible variety of things you can make with a Glowforge laser cutter, from wallets to leather sandals, lamps to dollhouses,...
08:01 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Cliftons, legendary restaurant, reopens in LA
In 1935, Clifford Clinton opened his Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria location in downtown Los Angeles. With its neon sign declaring Pay what you wish, Clifton's was dubbed the Cafeteria of the Golden Ru...
08:01 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Iconic Great Depression-era restaurant Clifton's, a Los Angeles landmark, re-opens
In 1935, Clifford Clinton opened his Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria location in downtown Los Angeles. With its neon sign declaring Pay what you wish, Clifton's was dubbed the Cafeteria of the Golden Ru...
07:49 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing A beautiful data-drive Tube ad from 1928
This 1928 London Underground ad is a beautiful and witty example of using data to help people get the best use out of public services. By listing the tube's load at different times of the day, LU help...
07:49 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing A beautiful data-driven Tube ad from 1928
This 1928 London Underground ad is a beautiful and witty example of using data to help people get the best use out of public services. By listing the tube's load at different times of the day, LU help...
07:32 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Climate change science fiction contest: win $1000 and publication
Joey from Arizona State University writes, "ASUs Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative is holding its first-ever Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. First prize is $1,000, and three more winner...
07:24 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Antioxidants protect cancer cells, help tumors to spread
The largely unregulated supplement industry sells a variety of weird and sometimes dangerous stuff that it wink-nudge promises will cure what ails you, but even the most accurately labeled, evidence-b...
02:00 am PDT - Fri, October 23, 2015
BoingBoing Save 94% on the complete 2015 learn to code bundle
Learn to program from scratch in just 6 weeks. This Complete Learn to Code Bundle of 8 courses includes over 74 hours of training for $59, including web development, Python, Ruby on Rails, PHP, and mo...
08:39 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Fan of TV painting host Bob Ross? Watch the very first episode of his show.
What a gem was released upon the internet today! This video of Bob Ross: A Walk in the Woods, was Season 1 Episode 1 of his long-running anyone can paint television HOWTO show. (more…)...
08:14 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing China plans to ban ivory trade within a year or so. US official: Yes it's a huge deal.
During his visit to Washington last month, China's President Xi Jinping vowed to stop the commercial trade in ivory in his nation, but didn't say much about when or how. (more…)...
07:40 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Arizona tried to illegally import an execution drug not approved for use in U.S.
Arizona tried to illegally import a lethal injection drug that is banned in the U.S., but the state never got the drug after federal agents halted the shipment at Phoenix airport. The Associated Press...
04:35 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Revealed: The clever filmmaking trick behind the epic continuous shot of Birdman
Ever wonder how Birdman director Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki got that one incredibly long continuous shot? Well, technically, they didn't. (more…)...
04:09 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Real stories of psychiatric support dogs, and the people who rely on them
Hopes&Fears has a beautiful feature up today on the lives of service dogs for people with psychiatric disabilities and mental illnesses. (more…)...
02:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Read: Laurie Penny's BLUE MONDAY, class war and cute animal videos
Laurie Penny's science fiction story "Blue Monday" is a mean little kick up the ass. I workshopped this story with her last summer at the Clarion West workshop in Seattle and it doesn't get any less p...
02:20 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Kickstarting a tough, flexible first responder axe carved from AR400 armor plate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOB-tNcw02sPeter writes, "We spent the summer doing user-centered design (researching, designing, prototyping and building) around fire-fighting - specifically rural an...
02:17 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing The classic Bormioli Rocco bar glass is great for your home, too
If you're looking to replace your chipped, mismatched drinking glasses with a new set, look no further than the classic Bormioli Rocco bar glasses. A set of six 16-ounce glasses will set you back just...
01:09 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing The story behind the Coke bottle's curves
In 1915, Swedish glass blower Alexander Samuelson designed the iconic Coca-Cola bottle. The form was inspired by the cocoa bean, while integrating the grooves in the glass apparently made it possible ...
12:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Why is the US military funding robots that play jazz?
The US military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are funding a new project to develop musical robots that can improvise a solo when playing with human jazz musicians. A collaboration betwee...
12:30 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing How synthesizers work
Meg Neal's guide to synthesizers gets right to the nitty gritty: how do they do that wonderful thing they do, which is make noise? It's a history lesson with benefits. (more…)...
12:16 pm PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Your children "look delicious", writes angry neighbor
In the annals of inappropriate communications, anonymously sending threats to one's neighbors ranks highly. But few have ever ranked so highly as Carrie Pernula, who wrote "The children look delicious...
11:28 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Bike thieves pranked
It's not in English, but you won't miss it in this amusing collection of pranks played on bike thieves. My favorite part is the ceremonial chasing of the confused thief after his downfall. [via]...
11:11 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Watch the trailer for The Man in the High Castle
What if the Axis won World War II? An America occupied by Germany and Japan is the premise of Philip K Dick's novel, The Man in the High Castle, and it's been filmed by Amazon Studios as an exclusiv...
10:50 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Fantastic gallery of old pinball arcade in Kansas City
Alex Q. Arbuckle of Retronaut published this gallery of 1968 photos of the Wonderland Arcade in Kansas City, Missouri....
10:36 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Harry Potter's new illustrated edition is spectacular
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The story of Harry Potter is so well known that I wont focus on that here. Instead, Im going to talk about what makes this new edition so spectacular, and why i...
10:15 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Is this the most beautiful dragon penis yet?
In its luminous, rainbow-hued absurdity, the Nox is so delightful that it seems like a dog toy, perhaps, or a wedge of playdoh colors that one's child has only just rolled together. But it is, in fact...
10:04 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing People strip their clothes with green screen trick [NSFW]
Tim Fitzgerald shot video of naked people. Then he shot video of the same people holding the same pose, but wearing clothes. Then other people smeared and splashed green paint on the people's clothes,...
09:51 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Bad math teacher
This teacher thinks his/her correct solutions are better than his/her student's equally correct solutions....
09:50 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Sunglasses with built-in clip for your shirt
Oakley Latch sunglasses have an ingeniously simple special feature: a clip in the temple so you can attach them securely to your shirt when not wearing them. They were designed by skateboarders Eric B...
09:42 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Colorado town upholds no lady boobs law because lady boobs might cause car accidents
I went to college in Ft. Collins, Colorado. It was a sleepy place in the 1980s. For excitement, goat ropers would drive their pick ups around town and look for people with new wave haircuts to beat up...
09:37 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Saying "thank you" will improve your marriage
Seems obvious, but... New research shows that the amount of gratitude expressed by spouses toward each other is a very good predictor of marital happiness. "We found that feeling appreciated and belie...
09:26 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Fantastic marching band performance of superhero formations
This week, Michigan State University's Spartan Marching Band paid tribute to Marvel superheroes....
09:21 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Federal court forbids DEA from harassing medical marijuana providers
The DEA has been raiding medical marijuana providers in defiance of a recent bill that bars the Justice Department from using federal funds to "prevent such States from implementing their own State la...
09:13 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing J Edgar Hoover fought to write ex-FBI agents out of Hitchcock's scripts
Michael from Muckrock writes, "Like almost everyone else in the J. Edgar Hoover era, Alfred Hitchcock managed to catch the attention of the FBI, leading to a 16-page file. Did it investigate the rumor...
09:05 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Canada's new Liberal majority: better than the Tories, still terrible for the Internet
Justin Trudeau is certainly an improvement on outgoing Pherime Minister Stephen Harper. He's unlikely to go on burning Canada's archives and warring on its scientists, and he'll probably stop ignorin...
09:03 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing That time Dick Cheney complained Donald Rumsfeld drank too much coffee
Back in 1975, Dick Cheney, the worst person in the world, was Deputy Chief of Staff in Gerald Fords White House. Here's a memo he wrote to Staff Secretary Jim Connor complaining that his boss, Donald ...
08:39 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing How to make things with a Glowforge laser cutter
Glowforge is a 3D laser printer that uses a beam of light the width of a human hair to cut, engrave, and shape designs from a variety of materials. In this video, Glowforge founder and CEO Dan Shapi...
08:30 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Save over 40% on the limited matte-black edition of the SKEYE Nano drone
You dont need years of drone-piloting experience to have a ridiculously fun time with SKEYE Nano. This smooth black quadcopter automatically calibrates each time it hits the sky, so youre promised an ...
07:55 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Forced laborers sue Missouri's debtors' prison
If you're poor in Jackson, MO and you get a fine that you can't pay, the City of Jackson will sentence you to a "pay or stay" forced labor farm where you will work off your debts at $58/day literally ...
07:55 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Forced laborers sue Mississippi debtors' prison
If you're poor in Jackson, MI and you get a fine that you can't pay, the City of Jackson will sentence you to a "pay or stay" forced labor farm where you will work off your debts at $58/day literally ...
07:07 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing 1200-year-old sword found under rocks on trail
A hiker in Norway found a 1200-year-old sword in excellent condition.County Conservator Per Morten Ekerhovd described the discovery as "quite extraordinary.""It's quite unusual to find remnants from t...
06:44 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Son of Dieselgate: second line of VWs may have used "defeat devices"
It's not just the 11 million VW diesels that the company admits to having converted to secret mobile gas-chambers; VW is now probing whether earlier models also used the "defeat devices" that detected...
06:39 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Clear plastic pre-production Apple Newton on eBay
Mint condition Apple Messagepad 110s are rare enough in their own right, but the clear plastic Developers Edition that just hit eBay is a real prize. I am the original owner of this mint condition ext...
06:39 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Clear plastic developers' Apple Newton on eBay
Mint condition Apple Messagepad 110s are rare enough in their own right, but the clear plastic "Developers Edition" that just hit eBay is a real prize. I am the original owner of this mint condition e...
06:34 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Obama administration petitions judge for no mercy in student debt bankruptcy
As university tuition has skyrocketed and bond-holders have become more and more reliant on student loan payments for a source of reliable passive income, successive US presidential administrations ha...
06:20 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Complexity of financial crimes makes crooks unconvictable
Following a mistrial in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case -- a complex financial fraud involving a tony white-shoe law firm -- Bloomberg tries to analyze what happened to the jury, who were unable to convict d...
06:07 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing MAKE: an open hardware, 3D printed cellphone photo-studio
Paolo Kiefe writes, "I love 3D printing and the maker movement. I thought that you might like this design from an open hardware project called #3DBenchy that aims to create more public awareness for...
05:56 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing Half of Vanuatu's government is going to jail
On October 9, the Supreme Court of Vanuatu found that fourteen members of the government had accepted bribes from the opposition in exchange for a promise of support in a vote of no confidence. Vanuat...
05:39 am PDT - Thu, October 22, 2015
BoingBoing DHS admits it uses Stingrays for VIPs, vows to sometimes get warrants, stop lying to judges
The DHS's newly released policy statement on the use of Stingrays (stationary fake cellphone towers used to track people in a specific location) and Dirt Boxes (airplane-mounted surveillance that trac...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Is this a photo of the elusive jackalope?
The jackalope, the mysterious cryptozoological combination of a jackrabbit with the horns of an antelope, has apparently been photographed at Ontario's Bruce Peninsula National Park. According to Gill...
01:44 pm PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Ahmed Mohamed and family will move to Qatar
After the 14 year old maker/tinkerer was arrested on bullshit terrorism charges in his family's adoptive home in the small Texas town of Irvine, many Americans spoke up in support of him, including Pr...
01:39 pm PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Mythbusters is coming to an end
Next season of Mythbusters is the last one. The fantastic television series starring our friend Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, and a wonderful cast of makers and explosives, will end after the 14th se...
01:32 pm PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Wikileaks hosting files from CIA director John Brennan's AOL account
Wikileaks has posted a collection of documents ganked from CIA director John Brennan's email account, which was reportedly hacked by a "teen stoner" earlier this week. (more…)...
01:24 pm PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Star Wars: The Force Awakens... See all we've got so far.
Jacob Smyth edited together all the footage available so far from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. ...
01:24 pm PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Hungarian camerawoman who tripped refugee announces she will sue that refugee
Petra Laszlo is the unpleasant human who tripped a Syrian refugee called Osama Abdul Mohsen as he walked past her with a child in his arms. (more…)...
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing LA Makerspace founder Tara Tiger Brown shares her favorite tools
Tara Tiger Brown is the founder of nonprofit organization LA Makerspace, the premier STEAM service provider for the Los Angeles Public Library. Shes also the co-founder of Kithub, creative electronics...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Meet the secret new horror mistress of video games
Join a group forging through the desert in search of a pyramid, as your skin begins to blister mysteriously away. Or explore the ruins of a sigil-painted village as the slick bodies of giant hornets l...
12:33 pm PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing New "rare and lovely" short stories from the "wickedest man in the world"
Infamous occultist, drug addict, and mountaineer Aleister Crowley also wrote more than 70 dark, and darkly comedic, short stories, including five that have never been published until now. Wordsworth E...
11:38 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing How the White House is celebrating Back to the Future Day!
Our man in the White House, Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, alerts us to the Administration's celebration of Back To The Future Day t...
11:36 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Golem Arcana Conjure mighty golems and send them into combat in this hybrid miniatures and computer game
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The Great Khan is dead. So begins the rich backstory to Golem Arcana, an exciting new hybrid miniatures and computer game. The world of the game, Eretsu, is thr...
10:43 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing An adventure game you play without ever leaving Twitter
Just watch the animated GIFs, and click on the links to make important, heroic choices about whether or not to pet cats, fight turtles, or go to the bathroom. (more…)...
09:55 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing PRIVACY'S LAST CHANCE: CISA is on the Senate floor NOW and WE MUST KILL IT
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The privacy-killing law CISA -- which gives legal immunity to corporations when they share your private data with the U.S. government -- is back on the Senate f...
09:06 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Back to the Future Flux Capicitor car USB charger
It's Back to the Future day, the day in 2015 that Marty McFly travels to in the distant hoverboard future. Hoverboards remain nonexistent-to-bullshit, but Thinkgeek does make a very nice $25 Flux Capa...
09:06 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Back to the Future Flux Capacitor car USB charger
It's Back to the Future day, the day in 2015 that Marty McFly travels to in the distant hoverboard future. Hoverboards remain nonexistent-to-bullshit, but Thinkgeek does make a very nice $25 Flux Capa...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Entropy explained, beautifully, in comic-book form
Nick Sousanis became a Boing Boing favorite for his 2015 doctoral dissertation in graphic novel form, and since attaining his PhD, he's become a postdoctoral fellow in Comics Studies at the University...
08:46 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing How a mathematician teaches "Little Brother" to a first-year seminar
Derek Bruff teaches a first-year college writing seminar in mathematics, an unusual kind of course that covers a lot of ground, and uses a novel as some of its instructional material -- specifically, ...
08:01 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Cancer patient receives 3D printed titanium ribs and sternum
Melbourne, Australia's Lab 22 produced a 3D printed, custom set of ribs and artificial sternum that were implanted into a 54-year-old male Spanish cancer patient's chest-cavity at Salamanca University...
07:52 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing UK "anti-radicalisation" law can take kids from thoughtcriming parents in secret trials
The Conservative Party's "anti-radicalisation" laws call on teachers and other public servants to report brown children who espouse "radical" ideologies -- and now the other shoe has dropped, with the...
07:41 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing How enforcing a crappy patent bankrupted the Eskimo Pie company
Russell Stover's innovative Eskimo Pie treats were the smash-hit of 1920, and represented the culmination of long and careful experimentation with different techniques for adding a chocolate coating t...
07:16 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing How to turn your fears and anxieties into positivity and productivity with cognitive reframing
Reframing is one of those psychological tools that just plain works. Its practical, simple, and with practice and repetition it often leads to real change in people with a variety of thinking problems...
07:05 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Helpful baby compliment generator
If you're experiencing difficulty coming up with appropriately benign things to say about a friend or relative's new offspring, this generator is here to help. [babycompliments.com] (more…)...
06:58 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Typedrummer: words converted to drumbeats
Typedrummer is exactly what it sounds like: type letters into the window and hear them interpreted as rhythms. "qhkh," for example, results in a standard 4/4 rock beat in the default sample set (q is ...
06:46 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing TPP means no more domain privacy
Last summer, thousands of organizations and individuals wrote to ICANN to defend domain-name proxies that keep registrants' personal information private -- a crucial facility used by people in danger ...
06:22 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Crowdfunded food gadget marketer Tellspec threatens to sue critic
The creators of a crowdfunded food-scanning gadget have threatened to sue Pando Daily after the website reported its failure to deliver the device.Depicted in a crowdfunding pitch as a keychain-sized ...
06:17 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing WHAT IF: Hermione made Harry and Ron do their own goddamned homework?
Anyone who's paid close attention knows that the series should really be called "Hermoine Granger and the Repeated Rescue of the Lazy, Glory-Hogging Boys," but as usual, Mallory Ortberg (previously) b...
06:09 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing McDonald's China debuts a cement-gray bun
The barely-edible cattle-slurry battles are heating up in Asia! Move over, Burger King Japan's Red Burger and Black Buger; McDonald's China is selling a burger with a bun that looks like it was made f...
06:05 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: A Call from the '90s
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.And FURTHER, please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE for advance access to comics and more stuff. READ Ruben Bolling's new boo...
06:00 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Terrorists torch five black Ferguson-area churches, nation yawns
St. Louis Fire Department captain Garon Mosby calls the fires "arson," but despite the shocking string of racist attacks, major media have hardly breathed a word about the fires. (more…)...
05:44 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing ORG celebrates its tenth birthday: a decade of UK digital rights!
It's been ten years since Danny O'Brien, Suw Charman and I announced the formation of the UK Open Rights Group at the 2005 Open Tech conference and asked the assembled people to pledge to pay £5...
05:38 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Old routers to blame for bad wireless internet
A nondescript, forgotten box is probably the real source of all your wi-fi woes: the router. (more…)...
02:00 am PDT - Wed, October 21, 2015
BoingBoing Win the trip of a lifetime by entering the Tim Ferriss around the world giveaway
Whats your ultimate adventure? Bungee jumping in New Zealand? Learning Spanish with Costa Rican locals? Bottling vino in Tuscany? We want to take you on a trip of epic proportionsand handle the bill.B...
07:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing An ARG to celebrate open access week, courtesy of the University of Toronto library
Bobby Glushko writes, "Something's going on at the University of Toronto's Robarts Library. A concerned group of citizens is investigating a conspiracy hiding facts about the mysterious and controvers...
05:24 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing A cheap dual Apple Lightning and USB micro charging cable
The lack of a universal charging cable is one of my biggest gripes as an iPhone user. I never have there right combination of chargers and connectors with me on any given trip, so this $9 dual chargi...
05:02 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Widowspeak plays the Chicago leg of our Good Measure tour
Last September Noise Pop, Boing Boing and Joie de Vivre Hotels hosted Widowspeak at Chicago's fantastic Hotel Lincoln as part of our Good Measure tour! The next installment will feature Surfer Blood...
04:59 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing On saying "no": creativity, self-care, privilege, and knowing your limits
Austin "Steal Like an Artist" Kleon has posted a fantastic meditation on the idea that "creative people say no" -- the idea that you have to say no in order to get your work done. The piece includes a...
02:12 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Call for papers: We Robot, a conference on robots, ethics, philosophy and regulation
Michael Froomkin writes, "We Robot is a cool conference that brings together lawyers, engineers, philosophers, robot builders, ethicists, and regulators who are on the front lines of robot theory, des...
02:04 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Take control of a giant fungus by carefully destroying it
As concepts for games go, this is a new one: propelling a regenerating fungus through a long series of puzzles by surgically destroying it and forcing it to regrow. And it works. Mushroom 11 is one of...
01:42 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Dig this drinking straw dubstep!
Gulp. (Parker Kane)...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Brabantia Classic Corkscrew Bottle Opener
I'm not much of a drinker. I like to have an occasional sip of my wife's wine when she has a glass. I do enjoy opening wine bottles, though, and this opener by Brabantia is my favorite. It's easy to u...
12:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing The wonderful features of this roll of brown packaging tape
It is multi-purpose.It is brown.It is tough.It is packaging tape.Give that copywriter a raise![via](Thanks, Andreas!)...
12:02 pm PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing LA prosecutors won't charge Saudi sheik with multiple sexual assaults because insufficient evidence
We're shocked, shocked I tell you, to learn that prosecutors for the county of Los Angeles will not file charges against a Saudi prince arrested for sexual assault at a glamorous compound on the edge ...
11:46 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Mysterium A spirit and murder game spooky enough for Halloween fun
Its like Clue meets Password, with a little Wheres Waldo thrown in, but with the addition of dreams, interpretations and sances. In Mysterium, a person was murdered in a house and their ghost now haun...
11:39 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Animations of trippy vintage paperback book covers
Fantastic vintage graphic, minimalist, and op art paperback covers animated by Henning M. Lederer. See the full video below. More GIFs over at Dangerous Minds! For the source material, check out the J...
11:16 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Just how bad would Joe Biden be as President? Really f*cking bad
Nick Gillespie of The Daily Beast offers up a list of compelling reasons to fear for a Biden presidency. Biden is a military hawk, a willfully-ignorant drug warrior, an academic cheater, and a plagiar...
11:03 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Michelle Duggars Sacred Blessings 2016 Motherhood & Marriage Nature Calendar
Sean Tejaratchi, the excellent book designer and creator of the Crap Hound zine, made this parody calendar called Michelle Duggars Sacred Blessings 2016 Motherhood & Marriage Nature Calendar. It uses ...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Learn the fastest way to tie your shoelaces
Many more tips on Ian Fleggen's classic "Professor Shoelace" site....
10:54 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Every email NSA says it got after asking Americans for tips on how to protect their privacy
At the Black Hat hacker convention in 2013, Former NSA director Keith Alexander asked hackers to help the NSA come up with ways to protect Americans' privacy and civil liberties. "How do we start thi...
10:52 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Man who swerved into motorcyclists blames spider bite
https://youtu.be/swdBQ2nC4cA"All the sudden I felt this tremendous stinging in my left leg and I thought it was a wasp or something and I didn't know it was a spider bite," said William Crum (68), the...
10:33 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Meet a collector of ghostly gadgets and antique paranormal tech
Brandon Hodge has a world-class collection of ouija board planchettes and other devices for talking with the dead. My favorite Fortean filmmaker Ronni Thomas shot this mini-documentary about Hodge a...
10:31 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Ape Lad's killbot tee
From Ape Lad: "I have a shirt up for sale on Cotton Bureau for a couple weeks. Perfect for the disloyal robot in your life!"...
10:15 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Bullfight crowd panics when bull jumps over barrier
People in Peru, who were enjoying the spectacle of a bull being tortured to death, had their fun spoiled when the bull jumped over the barrier and made them uncomfortable....
09:25 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Killer art print collaboration between Scott Albrecht and Billykirk
Brooklyn-based artist/designer Scott Albrecht created this fantastic typographical piece with Billykirk, makers of killer bags, wallets, and other leather goods. The release party is tomorrow (10/21) ...
09:23 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing The new Nexus phones: beautiful, secure, and a shot across the bow
Dan Gillmor has been playing with Google's new Nexus phones, the humungous 6P phablet and the smaller 5X, and he's written a shrewd and thorough review of what these phones do -- and more importantly,...
09:04 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Swing Dancers vs. Street Dancers, who wins?
A battle at the Montreal Swing Riot: Modern Street Dancers represented waacking, locking, popping, breaking, hip hop and krump: Taminator, Venom, Wook, Rawss, Bourrik, Ddimplz, Treklock , Scramblelo...
07:57 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Obama's coming for your Christmas drones
Amid growing fears about safety and security risks from unauthorized drone flights, federal regulators say they plan to require pretty much all recreational drones in the U.S. to be registered. (more...
07:56 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing How a lobbyist/doctor couple are destroying Worker's Comp across America
If you live in a state where Bill Minick and his company Partnersource has done its dirty work, your employer can opt out of Worker's Compensation plan and replace it with one designed by Minick -- he...
07:41 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Top 50 most popular non-fiction podcasts in 2015
Kevin Kelly and I surveyed over 1600 people to come up with this list of the top 50 most popular non-fiction podcasts. From our introduction to the list:We made a list of the best factual podcasts by ...
07:40 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing How the market for zero-day vulnerabilities works
Zero-days -- bugs that are unknown to both vendors and users -- are often weaponized by governments, criminals, and private arms dealers who sell to the highest bidders. The market for zero-days means...
07:35 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Mom, Dad, where do emoji come from? The Unicode Consortium, son.
The New York Times profiles the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit that serves as the midwife to new emojis. People who aren't nerds never cared much about the Unicode Consortium until everyone starte...
07:03 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Reality check: we know nothing whatsoever about simulating human brains
In the EU and the USA, high-profile, high-budget programs are underway to simulate a human brain. While these produce some pretty pictures of simulations, they don't display much rigor or advancement ...
07:00 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Wim Wenders: Looking back on the road ahead
If at a certain point you were into arthouse movies when youre young, Wim Wenders was your best friend, my friend Bilge Ebiri tells me the other day, and I can put it no better way. The German filmmak...
06:53 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing 3D printed, portable railgun fires slugs at 560mph
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9V7GVcRzTUDavid Wirth 3D printed a 20lb railgun that fires copper-plated tungsten slugs with 1,800 joules of energy, firing them at 560mph, with so much force that the...
06:53 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing This 3D-printed, portable railgun fires slugs at 560 miles per hour
David Wirth 3D printed a 20lb railgun that fires copper-plated tungsten slugs with 1,800 joules of energy, firing them at 560mph, with so much force that they vaporize on contact with a steel-backed...
06:45 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Krush Groove part 1
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! (more…)...
06:45 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Krush Groove (part 1) one of the 80s' biggest Hip Hop movies
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! (more…)...
06:42 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Five private prison myths that Muckrock will bust with its crowdfunded Freedom of Information Act blitz
Michael from Muckrock writes, "MuckRock's crowdfunding campaign to fund a series of FOIA requests and an investigation into America's Private Prison industry is in its last weeks, and the project's re...
06:31 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Solder a 0.3mm chip onto a credit card and Chip-and-PIN is yours to pwn
No one's exactly sure how fraudsters stole over $680,000 from hijacked chip-and-PIN credit cards in Belgium, because the cards are still evidence and can't be subjected to a full tear-down but based o...
06:31 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Give me blood, cash, or jail time, Alabama judge orders defendants
What's worse than courts demanding that poor people pay extortionate fines to the state for minor offense? Asking them to literally pay with their own blood. (more…)...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, October 20, 2015
BoingBoing Get a 1 year subscription of unlimited backup from BackBlaze for 50% off
When it comes to putting your faith in the Cloud, no solution is more reliable than Backblazethe worldwide leader in unlimited online backup. This best-in-class solution not only allows access to data...
09:54 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Here's the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailer
On Tuesday evening, Disney released the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (more…)...
08:20 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing This is the trailer you're looking for. (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
"Its true. All of it. The Dark Side. The Jedi. Theyre real."...
06:49 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Largest martial arts display record set by Chinese city where 50,000 did Tai Chi
A Chinese national flag flies as students practice Tai Chi on a high school playground during a Guinness World Record attempt of the largest martial arts display ever. (more…)...
06:27 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Donald Trump sex doll
You can do whatever you want to him / He's a Donald Trump Sex Doll. (more…)...
04:33 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing White supremacists call for Star Wars boycott because imaginary brown people
As Popehat tweeted: "The #BoycottStarWarsVII tag -- you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, plus people making fun of them." (more…)...
04:15 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing In upsidedownland, Verizon upheld its fiber broadband promises to 14 cities
Verizon got broadband franchise agreements in cities across the USA in exchange for promises to get fiber into residential homes and businesses, arguing that without the exclusive right to wire up cit...
03:52 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Survivor-count for the Chicago PD's black-site/torture camp climbs to 7,000
In February, the Guardian reported stories about the Holman Square, the Chicago Police Department's off-the-books black-site, where (mostly black and brown) suspects are denied counsel while being bru...
02:41 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing John Oliver on the Canadian election: NAILED IT!
Just in time for election day, the best show on late-night TV reports on the decade-long reign of error from Stephen Harper's Conservative Party, and finishes on a note of surreal triumph. (more&hel...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing NYC rats walking upright, holding rodent Burning Man
Pizza Rat was just the most brazen example of the rats that are apparently ravaging New York City this year. Apparently it's a record year for the number of rodent complaint calls that citizens have m...
02:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Human Resource Machine will teach you to program and it will be adorable
It's easy to feel like an automaton in the world of modern office labor. The game Human Resource Machine takes that one step further, by imagining an office building that functions like an actual comp...
02:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" on bamboo flute and koto
Yoshimi Tsujimoto and company burn through Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" on shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and koto. Sure beats Alien Ant Farm's attempt. ...
01:50 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing FBI investigating teen stoner hack of CIA Director John Brennan
A pair of self-described teen stoner hackers say they breached an AOL account used by CIA Director John Brennan, the New York Post reported today. (more…)...
01:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Next time a government hacks your Facebook account, Facebook will let you know
Facebook says that starting today, they will notify users if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state. (more…)...
12:47 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing How games are keeping traditional symphony orchestras in business
This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us a look inside the videogame concerts helping to prop up symphony orchestras, as well as a player discovering her asexuality in Borderlands.F...
12:13 pm PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Can diverse character art invite you into a game genre you normally avoid?
Subterfuge is a mobile group battle among submarines, all fighting for might and territory on the bottom of the sea. One game can last around a week, during which you manipulate, negotiate and often b...
11:14 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing My favorite car phone mount so far is the $7 Spigen Magnetic Air Vent Mount
We recently got a new car, and I opted not to get the built-in car navigation. It's never as good as Waze, Google maps, or iPhones. It's a waste of money. My wife is the primary driver of the car and ...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Star Wars Rebels Season 2 is off to a strong start
There was some serious excitement in our home this weekend, as my daughter and I prepared to watch Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal, and then the Season Two opener. Star Wars: Rebels may be my ...
10:47 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Tiny anti-snoring gadget for people with sleep apnea looks promising
https://youtu.be/uEzvw9tfMJMIf this little gadget called Airing really does prevent obstructive sleep apnea, then it's a big deal. The Indiegogo-funded project is described as the first hoseless, mask...
10:30 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Pengoloo An adorably designed memory and luck game for young players
See more photos at Wink Fun.Pengoloo is a fun game that encourages memory and color recognition. Young players will love the game design, with 12 adorable penguin characters and colored eggs (6 colors...
10:25 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Long distance jammer knocks drones from the sky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX4XXLb_VuwPoint this gernsbeckian invisible ray gun at a drone, and it will drop from the sky, according to Battelle, the non-profit company that made it. The DroneDef...
10:02 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Amazon is suing more than 1000 people for posting shill reviews
Fiverr.com is a website where people will do all sorts of things for as little as $5. People will draw illustrations, fix problems with website code, promote things on their blog, or compose a podcast...
09:48 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Meet the psychedelic honey-hunters of Nepal
https://youtu.be/Y_b2i_FvYPw"One month a year, giant Himalayan bees, the biggest bees in the world, come to collect nectar from a poisonous flower, giving the honey they make certain medicinal, aphrod...
09:31 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Fox News terrorism expert indicted for lying about his career as CIA officer
Accuracy in Media (AIM) has removed Wayne Simmons (62) from its Benghazi commission after he was arrested on "charges of major fraud against the United States, wire fraud, and making false statements ...
09:24 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Mudhoney: livestreaming concert today at 2pm PDT
Mudhoney, the Seattle punk band that emerged in the late 1980s from the ashes of Green River and inspired the entire "grunge" genre, are performing a livestreaming concert today at 2pm PDT on Pressu...
09:14 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Batman v. Superman trailer (1949)
This looks much more fun to me than whatever's coming next year. (YouTube)...
09:02 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Glenn Head's autobiography of an underground cartoonist
An excerpt from the new book Chicago, "A Portrait of the Cartoonist as a Young Virgin Living in Suburbia, Featuring Cameo Appearances by R. Crumb, Muhammad Ali and the Authors Suicidal Thoughts." Publ...
08:50 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing See the cat in this image? You may be prone to enticing headlines
The Fuck Yeah Psychedelic Cats blog is honestly and accurately named. Note that the web design has the sensibility and orderliness of Louis Wain's crayon tray on a bad day (and flashing lights). If yo...
08:45 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing The one thing a man should never say to a woman in bed
Actually, there are a lot of things men shouldnt say to women in bed. But its this innocent-sounding statement that wounds us most:Thats never happened before.Sooner or later, it erectile dysfunction...
08:43 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Western superheroes as Malaysian puppet art
I have no idea what this thread on a Malay web forum is all about, but the depictions of Western superheroes as Wayang Kulit shadow puppets are incredible. It's the work of Fusion Wayang Kulit, per ph...
08:26 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Let mysterious Morris dancers take you elsewhere in this bizarre music video
The video to Stealing Sheep's latest song begins with an apparently mundane folk dance, but as anyone familiar with such things knows, it's going to get just a little bit stranger with every step.Di...
08:18 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Hands-free wheelchair controlled by leaning
https://youtu.be/zgat4a1TrEMOgo is a battery powered wheelchair that has a hands-free control system. The creator says people can even mow their lawn while sitting in it. They say "we are currently in...
07:51 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing A flying drone and a walking robot share a brain
https://youtu.be/9PprNdIKRawThis walking robot has its own eye in the sky - a flying drone that surveys the landscape to give it the best path to get from point A to point B. Flying and walking robots...
07:01 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Make your $1500 lens look like poop with LensSkins
These $40 stickers go onto your high-end and give it a wonderful new look. There's an entire collection of the coatings, in fact, designed to look "leathered" but which, with that faintly glistening t...
07:00 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Here's a drone dressed up as a ghost
Imagine this flying down the street after you on a dark Halloween night, while you run screaming and drop all your candy! [via Popular Mechanics]...
06:42 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Star Wars Episode 7 official theatrical poster
Almost missed it. The movie's release is about two months out, and this is the one we'll be seeing everywhere until then. Interesting aside: It's not by Drew Struzan, but apparently designed by one Br...
06:14 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing READ: The story of a girl raised by feral librarians
When the wonderful science fiction writer Ellen Klages (previously) tells a fantastic tale about a shuttered library where seven eternal librarians tend the shelves, it doesn't come out reminiscent of...
06:13 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing In the 1850s, mail was carried through the California mountains by one guy on skis.
In the 1850s, settlers in western Nevada were cut off from the rest of the world each winter by deep snow. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll learn about their lifeline, Norwe...
06:05 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing The rebellious plaques of Chester, England
Someone has put high-quality signs on park benches in a fancy British town to mock its contemptuous treatment of locals, especially the poor. The signs have been removed, on the grounds that they migh...
05:31 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Drone flyover of Shanghai Disneyland construction site
It's a third-party clip, not sanctioned by Disney, so it's pretty remote/long-lens, but there's still some tantalyzing stuff in this video. From what I know about the Shanghai park, it's going to be...
05:14 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Ace of Base, supposed Nazi band
Cracked's Adam Tod Brown takes us through the evidence that cheesy 1990s Scandinavian pop band Ace of Base are obviously, totally a Nazi band. (more…)...
03:51 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Craiglist ad for new Speaker of the House
Rep Mark Takano [D-CA] posted a help wanted ad to Craigslist seeking a new Speaker for the House of Representatives, a position that's been vacant since Speaker Boehner dropped the mic and walked out ...
03:31 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing "Sudo make me a sandwich": nerdier punchlines for a very nerdy XKCD
XKCD 149, AKA Sandwich, is justly treasured as a classic of nerd humor, but there are plenty of other potential punchlines. (more…)...
03:16 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Kickstarting new cases for old Amigas
Philippe Lang is looking for $140,863 from fellow Amiga enthusiasts, which he'll spend producing a run of new cases for Amiga (and Amiga-alike) computers, in 12 colors of UV-resistant plastic. (more&h...
02:58 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing A Swedish doctor's collection of English anatomical idioms
Harvard Medical School's Per-Olof Hasselgren moved from Sweden to the USA more than 30 years ago, and ever since he got here, he's been noting down the large and bizarre universe of anatomical idioms ...
02:48 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Some suggestions for sad, rich people
The Guardian's story about wealth therapists, who help one percenters cope with the stress of being rich in an era of widening wealth inequality, features quotes from some really awful-sounding, cluel...
02:00 am PDT - Mon, October 19, 2015
BoingBoing Save 93% on this Raspberry Pi hacker bundle
Raspberry Pi may appear to be just a simple miniature computer, but is in fact the key to unlocking limitless hardware and programming projects. With Raspberry Pi, you can develop strong Python coding...
08:24 am PDT - Sun, October 18, 2015
BoingBoing Loadingicon: trippy looping gif animations to distract and delight
Loadingicons should loop, use a constrained color palette, and be fun enough to look at that they could distract a user while a computer or network churns away in the background. (more…)...
08:15 am PDT - Sun, October 18, 2015
BoingBoing Exploiting smartphone cables as antennae that receive silent, pwning voice commands
In IEMI Threats for Information Security: Remote Command Injection on Modern Smartphones, French government infosec researchers Jos Lopes Esteves and Chaouki Kasmi demonstrated a clever attack on sm...
06:19 am PDT - Sun, October 18, 2015
BoingBoing NYPD won't disclose what it does with its secret military-grade X-ray vans
The $825,000 Z Backscatter Vans the NYPD drives around the city look like regular police vans, but are equipped with powerful X-rays that can see through walls and vehicles. US Customs uses these thin...
06:07 am PDT - Sun, October 18, 2015
BoingBoing The International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo: greatly improved, but something important has been lost
When The fraternal organization was founded in 1892, it was a racist, sexist club for men associated in some way with the lumber industry. Today, Hoo Hoo International accepts members of all genders a...
05:49 am PDT - Sun, October 18, 2015
BoingBoing Corgi puppy hates mini pumpkin
It would be pretty scary to see what he does to a pumpkin spice latte. ...
02:00 am PDT - Sun, October 18, 2015
BoingBoing Pay what you want for this dream design bundle
No--this is not a dream, our best ever Pay What You Want for the design-minded crowd is finally here! We've gathered 10 of our favorite online design destinations and handpicked the greatest assets of...
11:40 am PDT - Sat, October 17, 2015
BoingBoing Why you should read "Material," by Ales Kot and Will Tempest
READ THE FIRST CHAPTERDownload the first chapter free of charge, complete with CONVULSIONS AMONG THE LILIES, an essay by Bijan Stephen. (Don't forget the footnotes.)Material, Volume 1 is available fro...
11:35 am PDT - Sat, October 17, 2015
BoingBoing In 1910, a group of inexperienced gold miners bet two cents that they could reach the top of Mount McKinley
In 1910, four Alaskan gold miners set out to climb the highest peak in North America just to show that it could be done. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll tell the surprising...
04:47 am PDT - Sat, October 17, 2015
BoingBoing Help wanted: anti-terrorism intern for Disney
The job-posting has expired, so presumably The Walt Disney Company found an enthusiastic team player with "superior writing and research skills" and "effective use of the open source and the internet ...
04:40 am PDT - Sat, October 17, 2015
BoingBoing GPS, Plan B: US Navy teaches celestial navigation as fallback for cyberattack
The Naval Academy is digging sextants out of their storage spaces and asking the Merchant Marine Academy (which never stopped teaching celestial navigation) and training its students in celestial navi...
04:31 am PDT - Sat, October 17, 2015
BoingBoing 23andme & Ancestry.com aggregated the world's DNA; the police obliged them by asking for it
When 23andme and Ancestry.com began their projects of collecting and retaining the world's DNA, many commentators warned that this would be an irresistible target for authoritarians and criminals, and...
04:12 am PDT - Sat, October 17, 2015
BoingBoing A chess-set you wear in a ring
The tiny board, made from fossil ivory and ebony, flips up on wincy hinges to reveal 32 minuscule chess pieces. The ring itself is sterling silver, and there's only one of them, made by Arduosity, who...
02:00 am PDT - Sat, October 17, 2015
BoingBoing Enter today to win this bundle of Nest products
So your dream nest is on the beaches of Hawaii? Sorry, cant help you therebut were giving away three epic home automation products that will turn your house into a modern fortress. One lucky winner wi...
05:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Singing and rotating birthday cake candle definitely kicks things up a notch
The Singing and Rotating Birthday Candle in this suddenly very popular video is only $3 on Amazon. (more…)...
03:25 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing You can't get tickets for an LA theater screening of old Disneyland home movies
"Hollywood Home Movies: Disneyland" screens tomorrow night at the Linwood Dunn Theater in LA and it's sold out. It sounds amazing. (more…)...
02:56 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Get a handy illuminated luggage scale for $7
When I need to weigh luggage, I use a health scale. First I stand on the scale holding the piece of luggage, then I stand on the scale without holding the luggage. By employing an ancient sorcerer's s...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Fan arrested for incidentally spraying child with beer at sporting event
That this happened in Canada is notable, as here in America fans at sporting events can abuse our children with racial epithets, and physical assault, while barely facing any repercussions!Via Fox Can...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Baseball fan in Canada arrested for spraying beer on a baby
Police in Toronto, Canada arrested a man at a baseball game for hitting a baby with the spray of a beer can he threw from his seat in the stands. (more…)...
02:48 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing That "CIA veteran" who was always on Fox News? Arrested for lying about being in the CIA
Despite his grandiose claims to having served as "an outside paramilitary special operations officer" for the CIA from 1973 to 2000, Wayne Simmons was really a shlub who'd once done a brief military ...
02:43 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Buck Rogers and the Copyright Trolls
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01:46 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Suspended sentence for idiot who pushed fisherman into a pond
https://youtu.be/VY_GrAgvF2wIn what looks like a deleted scene from A Clockwork Orange, a leering droog pushed an elderly fisherman into a pond while his sociopathic pal recorded it and laughed, "It's...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Why do the people look like aliens in this 1895 "gynecological gymnastics" book?
The Public Domain Review came across a 19th century book called Die Heilgymnastik in der Gynaekologie. As the title implies the gynecological exercises are based on those invented by the Swedish obste...
01:24 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Coins carved to reveal skulls under the faces
Hobo Nickels are bas relief carvings of coins, and were especially popular during the great depression, when people sold them as novelties.From Wikipedia:About 100,000 (and possibly as many as 200,000...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Eric Holder: I didn't prosecute bankers for reasons unrelated to my $3M/year law firm salary
The Intercept's Dan Froomkin played turd-in-the-punchbowl at outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder's victory lap party at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reception on Wednesday, askin...
11:38 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Bill Nye: "5 Things You Need to Know About Climate Change"
Learn it. Know it. Live it. (National Geographic)...
11:26 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Incredible winners of "Small World" microscope photography competition
This is the eye of a honey bee peppered with dandelion pollen, magnified at 120x. The image, by Ralph Grimm, won Nikon's Small World 2015 Photomicrography Competition.In a way I feel as though this gi...
10:50 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Porn played over Target store loudspeakers
Shoppers at a Target in Campbell, California on Wednesday were surprised by the sounds of a porn film played over the store's loudspeaker system. Gina Young, shopping with her two 3-year-old childre...
10:41 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Weird 1810 illustration with women's bonnets as flowers and men as bees
Artist Amy Crehore came across this odd 1810 illustration after searching Wikimedia for "Females with pink dresses in art."...
10:37 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing There's no way the words "I'm bored" will be uttered in a house that has Unbored on hand
See sample pages at Wink.There's no way the words Im bored will be uttered in a house that has the Unbored series on hand. Unbored: Adventure is the third action-inducing book by Joshua Glenn and Eliz...
10:35 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Watch the 1978 trailer for Jurassic World
If Jurassic World was released in 1978, this would have been the trailer. (ChiefBrodyRules)...
10:33 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Luxurious end-of-world shelters for the super rich
When the food riots come and the ocean waves are pounding against the Chrysler and TransAmerica buildings, where will the rich people be? Inside their spacious disaster bunker, eating gourmet meals ...
10:20 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Cats with human mouths
A bit of bizarre silliness from Markiplier, who said it is "the result of 8 hours of wasted time in an effort to make the stupidest video I possibly could!"...
10:16 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing What's more fun than watching paint dry? Watching a stick of incense burn
https://youtu.be/C0s0LSah6R0[via]...
09:45 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Learn to code by making 2D and 3D games with the Unity5 developer bundle
First things first: if you want to break into the world of gaming, its essential to master Unity 3D, the premier development tool for mobile and web-based games. This course will have you knee deep in...
08:32 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Aurion imagines a new history for Africa, free of its imperial past
When Kiro'o Games first set out to raise money for its debut video game, the Cameroon-based company ran into an unusual problem: investors thought was a scam. "It was really hard to get funding," expl...
07:48 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Unsettlingly realistic dog head masks
"Sure to stand out at the next party," promises BigMouth Inc.'s advertising copy. "Fits most adult heads." Say hi to Patty The Poodle and her "remarkably detailed" faux fur and skin."Clean with soap a...
07:21 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Adam Savage is still optimizing the duck army
The present status of this quixotic and strangely persistent quest: 16 ducks carefully compressed into a square compartment with a quick-release cable, suspended vertically from the ceiling. It meet...
07:13 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Wolves sing along to folk song in the snow
Shawn James' American Sanctuary warms the cold Colorado winter enough to get the locals joining in. We had so many awesome experiences during the Colorado tour. Not only was this the highlight of th...
06:46 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Sony's RX1R II is its new high-end compact camera
Sony's Cyber Shot RX1R II is its new flagship compact full-frame camera, with a 35mm f2 fixed Zeiss Sonnar lens, a 42.4-megapixel Exmor R sensor (the same one as in the A7S2), a moire-reducing low-pas...
05:18 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Tweens are smarter than you think: the wonderful, true story of the ERMAHGERD meme
Maggie Goldenberger and her fourth- and fifth-grade pals used to amuse themselves by dressing up in weird clothes, doing crazy stuff to their hair, and posing for polaroids holding funny objects and m...
04:50 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing UK MPs learn that GCHQ can spy on them, too, so now may get a debate on surveillance
In 1966, UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson told MPs that the UK spy agencies weren't allowed to tap their phones and that if that changed, he'd tell them about it first. In 1997, Prime Minister Tony Bla...
04:50 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing UK MPs learn that GCHQ can spy on them, too, so now we may get a debate on surveillance
In 1966, UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson told MPs that the UK spy agencies weren't allowed to tap their phones and that if that changed, he'd tell them about it first. In 1997, Prime Minister Tony Bla...
04:06 am PDT - Fri, October 16, 2015
BoingBoing Now we know the NSA blew the black budget breaking crypto, how can you defend yourself?
Well, obviously, we need to get Congress to start imposing adult supervision on the NSA, but until that happens, there are some relatively simple steps you can take to protect yourself. (more…)...
04:45 pm PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Tossable spherical robot transforms into insectoid robot with legs!
Researchers from Japan's Chiba Institute of Technology demonstrated this spherical robot that rolls around until its four legs pop out for scurrying. Like a quadruped robot disguised as a Spheero! F...
04:39 pm PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing California MD indicted for looting 30,000 tribal artifacts
Anesthesiologist Jonathan Bourne, of Mammoth Lakes, Ca., has been indicted for 21 felony counts of allegedly looting Native artifacts from private lands and national parks. Indian Country Today shares...
04:26 pm PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Hear a radio DJ's very strange on-air experience during huge 1965 blackout
On November 9, 1965, a massive blackout impacted more than 30 million people over 80,000 square miles in the Northeast United States and parts of Canada. This is a live recording of the weirdness th...
02:58 pm PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Every terrible thing Canada's Stephen Harper government has done in the past four years
Dave writes: "Boing Boing has been nice enough to post my past yearly round-ups of terrible deeds done by Canada's Conservative Government. Here is the round-up of the round-ups. My summary of all o...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Why does Japan get a robotic dinosaur that bites your head, but the U.S. doesn't?
In the United States we get a Raptor Encounter at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, where the beastie is kept in a paddock and limited in its interaction with visitors. Hes playful ...
12:34 pm PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Miami: Joie De Vivre, Noise Pop and Boing Boing present Surfer Blood, Nov. 7
On November 7th the final show in the Good Measure tour hits Miami. Surfer Blood, "the cleanest, and nicest band in existence!" will spend the day hanging out at The Hall, Joie De Vivre's new 'Bohe...
10:54 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing The Torx wrench set for me
For years seeing a Torx head, that starry topped bolt of frustration, gave me pause.I always seemed to be missing the right size Torx wrench! If I had the right size, it lacked the security dimple. Th...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Meet Saya: the incredibly realistic computer-generated Japanese schoolgirl
Teruyuki and Yuki Ishikawa are a husband-and-wife team of freelance 3D computer graphics artists from Tokyo. Their latest creation is Saya, and she is going to be the star in the movie they are self-p...
10:12 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Flashback to a 1995 cyberdelic fashion show in San Francisco
In the cyberdelic daze of 1995, I was part of a group of San Francisco riot nrrrds and fashion designers, including my now wife Kelly Sparks, who staged what was likely the first fashion show transm...
09:39 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Kenu Airframe Leather Edition car mount for smart phones and phablets
I've been using my Montar smart phone mount when I drive, but it has been so blistering hot in Los Angeles lately that the sun's rays coming through the windshield are overheating the phone, causing i...
09:23 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Music: "Spicks and Specks," The Bee Gees (1966)
Where is the girl I loved all along?[video link]...
09:15 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing "We should still bomb motherfucking banks" Robert Crumb
Jacques Hyzagi of The New York Observer has a long interview with cartoonist Robert Crumb. It's called "Robert Crumb Hates You." He's as cranky and fascinating as ever. The cover image was illustrated...
08:24 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Watch: Roundup of cosplay at New York Comic-Con 2015
A high-level of cosplay sophistication on display at New York Comic-Con 2015. The thing that surprised me is that people are allowed to bring fake pistols. I know that they have the red tip, but sti...
08:14 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Beautiful footage of Jupiter
Jupiter is more beautiful than ever in this footage from NASA, as used by Adrienne Lafrance to illustrate her splendid article about the gas giant. rom far away, the planet looks vaguely beige. But ...
08:05 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Lovely Trump / They Live mashup T-shirt
Mitch O'Connell has designed not just one, but two T-shirts depicting Donald Trump as one of the elitist alien creatures from John Carpenter's cult classic movie, They Live. ...
08:00 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Stop motion animation of stop motion master Ray Harryhausen
The incredible visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013) bringing a stop-motion skeleton to life. Below, the classic skeleton fight from Jason and the Argonauts (1963).(via r/movies)https://y...
08:00 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing 1980: the Director of the FBI mixes up KISS & The Who, confusing the hell out of FBI agents
Michael from Muckrock writes, "Before rock legends KISS embarked on their 1980 'Unmasked' Tour of Europe, then FBI Director William H. Webster put out a request to field offices for information regard...
08:00 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Flashback to a 1995 cyberdelic fashion show in San Francisco
In the cyberdelic daze of 1995, I was part of a group of San Francisco riot nrrrds and fashion designers, including my now wife Kelly Sparks, who staged what was likely the first fashion show transm...
07:08 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Star Trek hand-towels
Elizabeth Dean's Etsy store has these great, $12 Star Trek: TOS hand-towels in Science Blue, Command Yellow and, of course, Expendable Security Red (also available in TNG). (more…)...
07:04 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing The best Dismaland video, for posterity
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07:00 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Vote for 826 Valencia's conversion of liquor store into kids' writing/tutoring center
And now a word from my pal Dave Pell, managing editor of the Internet and author of the essential daily read NextDraft, who urges us to vote for 826 Valencia in the Google Impact Challenge: They say t...
07:00 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Adam Savage makes a bigger, better duck bomb
A couple of weeks ago Adam Savage made a screaming rubber bird bomb. Now he has made an even bigger, more awesome, screaming rubber bird bomb....
06:57 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Sit down already: standing desks aren't healthier than seated ones
For half a decade, studies have been demonstrating a link between sitting and dying, prompting many of us (including me) to try out standing desks. (more…)...
06:41 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing The best Canadian political ad of the season mashes up Bob Dylan and Chanie Gorkin
In the pending Canadian federal election, Matt Masters Burgener is running against the incumbent war-criminal, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He conceived of a spectacular campaign ad that plays on ...
06:26 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing It's not enough that Apple and Google are bringing usable crypto to the world
An excellent essay by Penn law prof Jeffrey Vagle describes how the deployment of really easy-to-use, good crypto by Google and Apple is a game-changing shift in the ability of ordinary people to be s...
06:11 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Ukrainian botmaster who tried to frame Brian Krebs extradited to US
When security-researcher/hornet-nest-kicker Brian Krebs outed Sergey "Flycracker" Vovnenko as administrator of a darknet crime site and botmaster of a 13,000-PC-strong botnet used to attack sites and ...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: a film about the classic horror kids book
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 1981 collection of creeptastic tales for kids penned by Alvin Schwartz and originally (and fantastically) illustrated by Stephen Gammell. It was also widely ch...
05:53 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Can you make your own video-graffiti wearable?
Adafruit Industries takes a fascinated look at the VIDEOBLLST_R, an arm-mounted electronic buckler that projects line-art on any night-time surface you aim it at, giving you the power to produce vi...
05:53 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Can you make your own wearable video-graffiti beamer?
Adafruit Industries takes a fascinated look at the VIDEOBLLST_R, an arm-mounted electronic buckler that projects line-art on any night-time surface you aim it at, giving you the power to produce vi...
05:30 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing The NSA sure breaks a lot of "unbreakable" crypto. This is probably how they do it.
There have long been rumors, leaks, and statements about the NSA "breaking" crypto that is widely believed to be unbreakable, and over the years, there's been mounting evidence that in many cases, the...
04:59 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing The 21st Century's most unlikely plot device: heroic billionaires vs evil climate scientists
From Scott Westerfeld, tweeting from the tour for his new, brilliant book "Zeroes": "Plot idea: 97% of the world's scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of bill...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Build robots, light sensors & more with the Complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course Bundle - 85% off
Ever dreamt of making your own robot? Now you can. Arduino, a microcontroller board, reads sensors in order to control motors, lights, and more. This bundle gives you the tools and training you need t...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, October 15, 2015
BoingBoing Build robots and light sensors with the Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle, 85% off
Ever dreamed of building your own robot? Now you can. Arduino, a microcontroller board, reads sensors in order to control motors, lights, and more. This bundle gives you the tools and training you nee...
04:34 pm PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Guns Don't Kill People, Toddlers Do
This year in America, people are being shot by toddlers on a weekly basis. Check out this infographic on 2015 U.S. shooting stats, from the Washington Post's grim data-crunchers. From The Washington P...
02:13 pm PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Excellent lemon/lime squeezer
Carla didn't like the glass citrus juicer we've had for years. She said it hurt her wrist when she twisted a lemon half on the cone. I agreed with her. It's an unnatural way to move your wrist. She al...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Fury Road as a vintage run-and-gun side-scroller
8-Bit Cinema's vision of Mad Max: Fury Road as a vintage Sunset Riders-style side-scroller looks like possibly the greatest game ever. It's a good thing that this wasn't a) real b) 25 years ago, or ...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Pants-wettingly funny summary of every Dad-kid discussion, ever
This really is a distillation of the discussions I have with my daughter. Every. Single. Day. If it wasn't so funny, I'd be weeping. (more…)...
01:37 pm PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Information leakage shows DEA blew millions on the secret phone trackers it won't admit it bought
Michael from Muckrock says, "Over the past ten years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has spent millions of dollars on cell phone tracking. Federal purchasing documents that are already posted onl...
01:07 pm PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing How the illusion of control leads you to perpetually wait for your life to begin
Over the years, when most patients have first met psychiatrist Michael I. Bennett, they have tended to believe they would soon to get to know a trusted confidant who would sit quietly, listen intently...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing 50 years of incredible James Bond movie art
See sample pages from this book at Wink.EON Productions was founded in 1961 by Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman for the express purpose of turning Ian Flemings novels about a ruthless, wo...
11:48 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Sheer nostalgic pleasure: the Viewmaster Viewer
I thought a Viewmaster Viewer would be a funny joke on my daughter, as she was complaining about a lack of screen time. Now I'm hunting for vintage reels on eBay. You're likely familiar with the curre...
11:43 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing The residents of the 'real Silent Hill' want you to leave them alone
Silent Hill is one of games' most iconic horror brands, having spawned some 14 titles and two visually-faithful, if thematically-insulting, movies. If you're not acquainted, I wrote about the founding...
11:32 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Astronomer, NASA advisor, and serial sexual harasser Geoff Marcy to resign from UC Berkeley
Geoff Marcy, a famous and respected American astronomer, has announced his intention to step down as a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, according to an email obtained by BuzzF...
11:22 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Watch this very surreal mashup of Hitchcock and Kubrick
"Jimmy was having a rather beautiful day until he bumped into Jack and things got weird." Directed by Adrien Dezalay, Emmanuel Delabaere, and Simon Philippe. (Vimeo)...
11:21 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Are any of your favorites in this awesome game curation?
Toronto's nonprofit Hand Eye Society's annual WordPlay festival is one of my favorite curations of a given year's niftiest narrative and text games. In recent years this space has become one of the mo...
10:59 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Update on the orgasm-inducing Hawaiian mushroom
A few readers have expressed doubt about the orgasm-inducing mushroom I mentioned yesterday. It was in reference to an article titled, "Spontaneous Female Orgasms Triggered by the Smell of a Newly Fou...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Gentleman is suing a lot of people because a 16-pound pinecone fell on his head
A 16-pound pine cone fell on Sean Mace's head in San Francisco, and crushed his skull. He is suing the U.S. government, the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior, and the San Francisco...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Gentleman is suing a lot of people because a 16-pound pine cone fell on his head
A 16-pound pine cone fell on Sean Mace's head in San Francisco, and crushed his skull. He is suing the U.S. government, the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior, and the San Francisco...
10:20 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing If you can see the baby in this photo you are more prone to hallucinations & possibly psychosis
Can you spot the baby in this image? Researchers at the Universities of Cardiff and Cambridge found that volunteers who showed early signs of psychosis were much better at recognizing the baby than a ...
10:20 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing If you can see the baby in this photo you may be more prone to hallucinations or psychosis
Can you spot the baby in this image? Researchers at the Universities of Cardiff and Cambridge found that volunteers who showed early signs of psychosis were much better at recognizing the baby than a ...
08:19 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Slate offers the correction of the year
No sweat, guys. It happens to the best of us....
08:00 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Renoir sucksor does he?
Even Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the long-dead impressionist painter, cannot escape the internet's disdain for pretty things that are also smarmy. (more…)...
07:36 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing It's not AI until a robot can take an acid trip
In "Beyond Zero and One," neuroscientist Andrew Smart investigates the relationship of hallucinations to consciousness, and raises some provocative and cool questions about how this relates to AI: (mo...
07:05 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Dear Old Trump University
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.And FURTHER, please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE for advance access to comics and more stuff. And OBTAIN Ruben Bolling's n...
07:03 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing No, poor kids don't struggle in school because their parents have small vocabularies
The "Word Gap" theory holds that poor kids' school performance is the result of their parents' inability to expose them to rich vocabularies at home. (more…)...
03:37 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Interview with Serah Ely, creator of the Escape Pod podcast, about her gender transition
Tony from Starshipsofa writes, "This week on StarShipSofa, I interview (MP3) Serah Eley about her remarkable transgender journey from Steve Eley creator of Escape Pod to Serah. We delve into some of t...
03:32 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Thrust/parry/counter: the history of Web authentication
A beautiful piece of writing on Slaks presents the history of Web authentication as a series of conversational gambits and ripostes between someone who wants to let users prove their identity online, ...
03:07 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Amazing, surreal science fiction photo-collages
Good photo-collages are pretty easy to make, just contrasting things in ways that are quirky and eye-catching. But great photo-collages are hard, and when they work: woah. (more…)...
02:29 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing New Clay Shirky book on how China challenges western Internet firms and vice-versa
Clay Shirky writes, "I wrote about the mobile phone manufacturing powerhouse and tech innovator, Xiaomi, for Columbia Global Reports, looking at both what makes Xiaomi so successful (they were founded...
02:00 am PDT - Wed, October 14, 2015
BoingBoing Last chance to save over 50% on Scrivener 2 for Mac or PC
Ever tried writing a novel in Microsoft Word? Trust us, you dont want to. Thats why writing professionals around the world use Scrivener 2, the word processor and project management tool that stays wi...
04:11 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Powerful new tool literally blasts mean internet comments to smithereens
Tanner Stokes of Herp Derp fame has done it again. He invented what we have all longed for, since the internet began: an effective way to shut people up.https://youtu.be/Lz3GuYEpTqEPlasma ball destroy...
03:50 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Tower Records store on LA's Sunset Strip returns to life, one night only
Once upon a time in Los Angeles, the Tower Records store on the Sunset Strip was a sacred hotspot for rock and roll culture. Since the store closed, a victim of the internet as then reported, there ha...
03:35 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Beeswax candles cast from a human spine
Wisconsin's Gravedigger Candles makes beeswax candles cast from a real human spine, where each vertabra burns for about three hours. Comes in large ($36.80), medium ($25.30) and small ($13.80)....
03:28 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Kickstarting a new edition of Kill Doctor Lucky, the very first Cheapass Game
Carol writes, "The first Cheapass Game ever was Kill Doctor Lucky, back in late 1996. After multiple editions, and being licensed out for a number of years, it has come back home to Cheapass Games, an...
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing SRSLY, they want to put DRM in JPEGs
The Joint Photographic Expert Group, which oversees the JPEG format, met in Brussels today to discuss adding DRM to its format, so that there would be images that would be able to force your computer ...
01:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing NYC HR manager sued her 12-year-old nephew for $127,000 over flying hug that broke her wrist
Jennifer Connell says that in 2011, her nephew -- then 8, now 12 -- jumped off his bike and ran to her, giving her a huge hug and shouting "I love you, Auntie Jen," and that the hug resulted in her br...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Watch these busy beetles devour delicious flesh
UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology employ a colony of flesh-eating beetles to clean the meat off the bones of animals whose bones they want to preserve for posterity. (KQED's Deep Look)...
01:11 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Beloved ThorFire PF01 Tactical LED Flashlight $10 with promo code
This little flashlight is great for packing in a travel bag. It has three brightness modes and is small enough to clip to the bill of a cap, making it a head-mounted flashlight. It's regularly $17 on ...
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Take an interactive look inside an anxious brain with Neurotic Neurons
What our brains learn, they can also unlearn—including what makes us anxious. That's the idea behind Neurotic Neurons, an interactive work by Nicky Case that explores the neuroscience of anxiety...
12:37 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Weird sights inside a French museum of miniature scenes
The Muse Miniature et Cinma in Lyon, France is home to more than 100 miniature scenes painstakingly crafted by Dan Ohlmann. The artist is a former cabinetmaker and interior designer who has spent two ...
12:01 pm PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Beard club members taking a selfie were mistaken for terrorists by Swedish police
https://youtu.be/q-T9M7wN7bESwedish police swarmed on this gentlemanly beard club who were taking a group photo, because the cops received a call from a worried onlooker who believed the group was a a...
11:47 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing A dice game where you try to take over the Milky Way
See more photos at Wink Fun.Roll for the Galaxy is a dice game where you and up to 4 other players can expand across the galaxy, conquering worlds and utilizing your citizenry. The individual dice rep...
11:43 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Watch a rattlesnake strike a GoPro camera
A fellow was recording rattlesnakes when one struck the device, knocking it into a pit teeming with the serpents. More footage below:https://youtu.be/avtZJKydB-E...
11:31 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Is this a photo of the elusive and creepy Jersey Devil?
Dave Black snapped this astounding photo of the infamous cryptid known as the Jersey Devil in Galloway Township, New Jersey. Photo evidence is always welcome, as residents of Southern New Jersey and t...
11:27 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Casting contract for HBO's Westworld: fully-nude bareback riding and "genital-to-genital touching"
HBO's Westworld sounds like it will be quite a show. The drama, which premieres in 2016, is executive produced by J.J. Abrams and is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial conscious...
11:24 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing TV's 'Law & Order: SVU' takes on The Duggars
The popular television series Law & Order: SVU will present its semifictionalized spin on the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting and pedophilia impunity fame. (more…)...
11:13 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Knocked out by brick tied to cow tail
Breaking news from 84 years ago:BRICK TIED TO COW'S TAIL KNOCKS MILKER UNCONSCIOUSTOLEDO, Ore., Jan 18 Jack Horsfall, Toledo high school student, decided to stop his cow's practice of switching her t...
10:54 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Subliminal penises and other bizarre FCC complaints about Mytbusters
MuckRock spotlights some of the complaints -- some utterly bizarre, others downright stupid -- filed with the FCC by viewers upset with MythBusters. My favorites are the one about the subliminal penis...
10:54 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Subliminal penises and other bizarre FCC complaints about TV's MythBusters
MuckRock spotlights some of the complaints -- some utterly bizarre, others downright stupid -- filed with the FCC by viewers upset with MythBusters. My favorites are the one about the subliminal penis...
10:51 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing A con man reinvents himself as a reality TV magician
https://youtu.be/Ga00s9_aQX4Aiden Sinclair claims he was a con man who spent five years in prison after turning himself in to U.S. Marshals. Today, he is a magician and performer who shares stories of...
10:50 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Silicone whisks are easy to clean
Using a whisk makes for better beaten eggs, hot chocolate, and the list goes on. I avoided using my wire whisks because the cleaning was always a bit more trouble than I cared for. Having been introdu...
10:27 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Music: "Heavy Fuel," Dire Straits (1993)
Get me in a fight I like dirty tricks....
09:52 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Far out space film made from NASA Apollo Archive images
Tom Kucy dug into the incredible motherlode of NASA's Project Apollo Archive of photos released last week to create this beautiful short film "Ground Control." (more…)...
09:51 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing I failed this test
How did you fare?[via]...
09:28 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Baby Tatooville No. 9: The Grand Finale
Recently, a merry gang of happy mutants gathered for the ninth and final time to revel in Bob Self's incredible Baby Tattooville event. Over the past nine years, artists, entertainers, creative minds ...
09:28 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing This tropical mushroom gives women spontaneous orgasms from sniffing it
A study from the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms reports that Dictyophora, a mushroom that grows on lava flows, induces spontaneous orgasms in about 1/3 of the woman who sniff it.From Wik...
06:22 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Krush Groove is Near...
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! (more…)...
05:54 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing TPP requires countries to destroy security-testing tools (and your laptop)
Under TPP, signatories are required to give their judges the power to "order the destruction of devices and products found to be involved in" breaking digital locks, such as those detailed in this yea...
05:35 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Balloon-twisted lungs and guts
UK artist Kerry Hughes made her Pneumatic Anatomy series of detailed anatomical replicas out of twisted balloons. I love the bronchioles in the lungs especially. (Photos by Aaron Tilley) (via Neatoram...
05:30 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing How to make "Dracula's dentures" cookie sandwiches
They've only got four ingredients and unlike many elaborate, fondant-based Hallowe'en treats, they taste good. (more…)...
05:24 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Playboy (circulation 800k, down from 5.6m) drops nude images
Playboy will no longer publish nude images of women. None of Playboy's efforts to adjust to the way that the net changed the availability of porn were successful, though it fared better than Penthouse...
05:11 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Glitchlife: Gallery of public Blue Screens of Death, including a world-beater
This gallery of public Blue Screen of Death crashes on screens is a great reminder that, as Vice's Rachel Pick says, "life is a farce." (more…)...
05:02 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders is beating all of Obama's important 2008 records
Obama's 2008 run at the presidency was remarkable and game-changing, drawing huge crowds, raising huge sums in small money donations, and mobilizing a massive army of volunteer campaigners. There'd ne...
04:54 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing How to teach gerrymandering and its many subtle, hard problems
Ben Kraft teaches a unit on gerrymandering -- rigging electoral districts to ensure that one party always wins -- to high school kids in his open MIT Educational Studies Program course. As he describe...
04:43 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Police end round-the-clock Assange detail at London's Ecuadorian embassy
Three years and £12 million later, London's Metropolitan police has ended its 24/7 surveillance of the Ecuadorian embassy, through which officers kept vigil for the day that Wikileaks founder Ju...
04:33 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing Guantantamo torture survivors sue shrinks who made $85M overseeing CIA torture program
James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen are psychologists who took in almost $85 million in CIA contracts to design and oversee torture programs used on Guantanamo Bay detainees. The contracts ran from...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, October 13, 2015
BoingBoing 74% off this project management lean process certification course
Lean Project Management, as it name suggests, is a popular method that aims to waste less time and effort during the duration of a project. By focusing on prioritizing tasks, PMs are able to boost pro...
07:22 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Defend America. No more dead children. No more grieving parents.
DEFEND AMERICA t-shirts. Says Mike Monteiro of Mule Design:Freedom is going to school without fear of getting shot. Freedom is taking your kids to the movies without fear of taking a bullet. Freedom i...
03:29 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Music: "Hip Hug-Her," Booker T. and the MGs (1967)
An absolute favorite....
02:52 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Indie comics giant Dennis Eichhorn has died
I'm sad to share the news that Dennis Eichhorn, creator of the autobiographical comic book series, Real Stuff, died on October 8, 2015. Dennis wrote for the bOING bOING zine, and we've run many excerp...
01:59 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Spring-loaded fly-hunting pistol
Jef Raskin (RIP) was the creator of the Macintosh project at Apple. I got to know him pretty well in the last five years or so of his life. He was a delightful curmudgeon, and very creative. He wrote ...
01:08 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Let's talk more about The Beginner's Guide, a game about games
This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us further discussion on one of the most interesting works of game criticism ever to be playable, the untold story of the Net Yaroze homebrew c...
12:58 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Calendula is a horror game that will stop you from playing it
The moment I tried to start the demo for the upcoming horror game Calendula, it broke. "FATAL ERROR," read the pop-up message when I tried to start a new game. "Current video configuration not support...
12:54 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing "Minimalist" stainless steel teabag
Does the idea of inexpensive, biodegradable, everyday teabags horrify and disgust you? Ensure your tea drinking has a chain of environmental destruction all the way back to the bowels of the Earth its...
12:45 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing California bans use of "Redskins" as a team name at public schools
Sponsored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo, today California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB30, a bill barring schools from naming teams or mascots "redskins." NBC News shares:The state Assembly overwhelmi...
12:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Game the real world with this deck of social interaction mission cards
See sample pages from this book at Wink.$9 Buy a copy on AmazonIt is perhaps a sad testament to our disembodied lives that we need a deck of cards to coax us into interacting with strangers in meatspa...
12:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Cop says he tased man because he "got into a power stance." Dashcam show's cop is a liar
The video starts with Kansas City Officer Dale Secor asking Short Stop Mini Mart clerk Damian Words for his ID. Both men are standing next to Words' car, which is parked perpendicularly in a drivewa...
12:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Cop says he tased man because he "got into a power stance." Dashcam shows cop is a liar
The video starts with Kansas City Officer Dale Secor asking Short Stop Mini Mart clerk Damian Words for his ID. Both men are standing next to Words' car, which is parked perpendicularly in a drivewa...
11:43 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Internet Archive to honor the Grateful Dead
On Wednesday, October 21st, in San Francisco, CA, the Internet Archive will honor the Grateful Dead at what they bills as their biggest celebration of the year!Seems the awesome approach to business t...
10:49 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Arpeggio, a new instrument for composing, saving, and performing melodies
Help kickstart Arpeggio. This 'new instrument' has friends in Chicago and Los Angeles going nuts. The Arpeggio reminds me of the fun I used to have with my Casio VL-1....
10:25 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Great white shark eats seal off Alcatraz Island
A crowd watches as a Great White Shark eats a seal off the coast of San Francisco Bay's Alcatraz Island.Clearly, one young gentleman was seriously impressed! Also, please note the videographer's art...
10:03 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing TSA says it will sue woman who tried to bring apple butter on plane
In 2003, the TSA fined Mary Hostein of Michigan for trying to take a a jar of apple butter through airport security. When an agent told Hostein that the spread was a liquid, and therefore subject to t...
09:28 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Mattel hired women to design these action figures for girls
The DC SuperHero Girls line is aimed at 6-year-olds and the look great. Mattel designer Christine Kim says the action figures are were designed by women for girls, not by men for boys. (more…)...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing This vintage couture wedding dress looks like a Russian nesting doll, or a tampon
In 1965 Yves Saint Laurent introduced the cocoon bridal dress. Said to be inspired by Russian nesting dolls, it makes me think of a different kind of red wedding....
08:45 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing How many ears does Mr. Spock have?
Three. The left ear, the right ear, and the final frontier.(Thanks, Cash Ashkinos!)...
08:00 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing See Tolkien's unpublished drawings of Middle-earth and his entire literary universe
"The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien" is a new collection of the drawings, maps, diagrams, and sketches that Tolkien drew to help him navigate Middle-earth, and the entire complex unive...
07:53 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Facebook UK made 105M in 2014, paid 35M in bonuses, and will pay 4,327 in tax
Which is a notable improvement on its tax bill for 2013, which was 0 on earnings of 223m. (more…)...
07:15 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Cracker from the Titanic up for auction
This cracker that survived the sinking of the Titanic will be on the block October 24 as part of an auction of rare Titanic, Hindenburg and related memorabilia. The cracker was recovered by James Fenw...
06:44 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing The Myers-Briggs personality test deemed expensive and silly
The Myers-Briggs personality test is the internet's sorting hat, beloved of twittering nerds, Tumblr addicts and Facebook oversharers alike (I'm in House ESFP!) But it's also plainly pseudoscientific,...
06:30 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Amazing bowling trick shot
Stick it out until the end. (Mike Long via Neatorama)...
06:11 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Lou Reed "was a monster"
Like most self-styled provocateurs, it turns out Lou Reed meant the bad things that he said. A new biography illustrates a racist, sexist wife-beater with so little personal charm he would be regularl...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing How filmmakers manipulate our emotions using color
Specific color palettes are used by filmmakers to manipulate our emotions, from warm red tones for romances to blue, cold tones for horror flicks. The Dust Bowl-toned "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2...
05:25 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Listen: making sense of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a Canadian election perspective
The current Canadaland podcast (MP3) carefully parses out the implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership from the perspective of Internet freedom, censorship, free speech, business, and transparenc...
05:06 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Economics research considered unreplicable
Andrew C. Chang and Phillip Li undertook a study of "67 papers published in 13 well-regarded economics journals" for the US Federal Reserve and attempted to replicate their conclusions, using the code...
04:56 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Hands-free, self-saranwrapping toilet at O'Hare Airport
Amir captured this video of O'Hare Airport's hygiene-freakout toilets that automatically and in a hands-free fashion wrap the seat in fresh, germ- and piss-free plastic film between each user. (more...
04:40 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Pee-Wee is the Penguin's dad (again!)
Pee-Wee Herman will play the father of Oswald Cobblepot -- AKA The Penguin -- in season two of Gotham, a role he already nailed in 1992's otherwise meh "Batman Returns," where he depicted Daddy Peng...
04:33 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing The hockey-stick from hell: US incarceration per 100,000 people, 1890-today
Vox parsed out the Bureau of Justice Statistics' numbers on incarceration in prisons (excluding jails) and produced this ghastly visualization tracking the transformaiton of America into the country ...
03:49 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Chtulhu Yahtzee and Monopoly
They're available for pre-order from the Big Bad Toy Store, with delivery estimated for Christmas 2015. They Yahtzee ($35) features a Cthulhu figure dice cup; while the Monopoly ($45) has a selection ...
03:42 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Listen: Movits! Swedish dancehall/swing/hiphop jazz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw3omlO0vj0Sweden's MOVITS! (presently touring the USA) plays music they call ppelknyckarjazz ("Apple swiper jazz") that combines big-band swing with hip-hop that's i...
03:31 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing Read: Austin Grossman's moving text-adventure story "The Fresh Prince of Gamma World"
Press Start to Play is an anthology of video-game-related science fiction, edited by John Joseph Adams and Daniel "Robopocalypse" Wilson, with stories by some of Boing Boing's favorite SF writers: Ern...
02:00 am PDT - Mon, October 12, 2015
BoingBoing A 6-Piece Set for Photographers On The Go: 8X Telephoto, Fisheye, 60X Microscope & More
ThisSmartphone Photo Lens Kit arms you with six unique smartphone photography accessories, so you can take high-quality and well-composed photos of any subject from small insects to expansive landscap...
11:12 am PDT - Sun, October 11, 2015
BoingBoing This guy uploaded a collection of 1989 - 1993 Kmart background music
Mark Davis worked at a Kmart in Naperville, IL in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Each month, the corporate office mailed a cassette tape to all the stores, which contained easy-listening elevator mus...
10:25 am PDT - Sun, October 11, 2015
BoingBoing The Bathrobe Knight: Volume 1
Originally written as a web serial, this novel about a gamer transported into the world of MMORPGs is hilarious! I read The Bathroom Knight as a novel, and so I can only review it as such. I think it'...
09:42 am PDT - Sun, October 11, 2015
BoingBoing University of Texas students protesting open carry gun law with open carry dildo protest
Students at the University of Texas at Austin will protest a new law that will allow more guns on campus.Instead of signs, the students are protesting by "strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our bac...
09:42 am PDT - Sun, October 11, 2015
BoingBoing U of Texas students protest open carry gun law with open carry dildos
Students at the University of Texas at Austin will protest a new law that will allow more guns on campus.Instead of signs, the students are protesting by "strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our bac...
08:23 am PDT - Sun, October 11, 2015
BoingBoing Muir Beach, October 11, 2015
As shot....
07:58 am PDT - Sun, October 11, 2015
BoingBoing Music: "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)," The Jacksons (1979)
I don't know what's going happen to you baby, but I do know that I love ya....
05:03 am PDT - Sun, October 11, 2015
BoingBoing Star Wars and Avengers collar clips
Collar Clips from Migardian Treasure in Gravesend, England makes collar clips in a variety of pop-culture motifs, some obvious and some very subtle indeed: Captain America shields, Captain America sta...
04:51 am PDT - Sun, October 11, 2015
BoingBoing Funny because it's true: "Tories to build thousands of affordable second homes"
The UK humour site Daily Mash nails the UK's transformation into a Torified, bank-centric place where the need for shelter is a vulnerability to exploit in order to enrich yourself at the expense of t...
02:00 am PDT - Sun, October 11, 2015
BoingBoing Last Chance To Save 83% On A 2-Yr Subscription of Unlimited Icons From The Noun Project
Inspired by the universality of symbols, the founders of Noun Projectbegan to collect thousands of hand-drawn icons. The concept has since transformed into a massive digital collection of 150,000+ uni...
06:20 pm PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing Music: "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)," Al Green (1974)
You'll find yourself lost and alone. On a darkened street....
01:01 pm PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing Theres only one thing you've never done but are guaranteed to do
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Theres only one thing in your life that youve never yet done but are guaranteed to do. It is our single greatest unsolved mystery and therefore causes a lot of ...
11:46 am PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing Apple won't let me read the ebooks I bought from them
I apparently made a mistake somewhere down the line when I was setting up my family accounts on iCloud. (It's confusing, at least to me.) Now Apple is punishing me by locking me out of my purchased iB...
11:27 am PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing Awesome dance track made of clips of scamming televangelist who is also famous for his farts
You know, I thought it wasn't possible to create anything funnier than Farting Priest,a now classic viral video in which scamming televangelist Robert Tilton is revealed as the gassy fartbag he trul...
10:59 am PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing Dog and baby freak out adorably when dad comes home
We should all be so lucky to be loved this much. (more…)...
10:42 am PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing McClatchy chain of more than 30 U.S. papers may close all foreign bureaus
The McClatchy Company, a chain of more than 30 U.S. newspapers, is expected to close its foreign bureaus by the end of the year. The media giant's chief executive denies the rumors, but it kind of sou...
10:03 am PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing Westboro Baptist hatemongers run for their lives as high schoolers' counter-protest approaches
Watch as a crowd of high school students gloriously jeer and taunt the Westboro Baptist hate mongers into a full retreat. (more…)...
09:54 am PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing Modeling clay sets my daughter's imagination free
Living in a place where my daughter frequently has to find creative ways to entertain herself provides me with endless entertainment. Luckily, if I keep her well stocked with art supplies, I get a con...
04:50 am PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing Canadians: you can register to vote at the polls
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnPkM3_jposElections Canada has made an awful mess of voter registration this cycle, mailing cards to old addresses and providing incorrect information about where yo...
02:00 am PDT - Sat, October 10, 2015
BoingBoing 'ExoMount Touch' Universal Car Mount: $20 With Free Shipping
You wont need to think twice about going hands-free on the road with Exomounts easy-to-use car mount. It mounts your smartphone so easily, you literally only need one hand to quickly secure your phone...
05:08 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Miniature astronomy camera as pretty as the stars
Tiny1 is a bit of a cosmic mystery: a pocket-size camera dedicated to astronomy. There's little information about it other than it shoots low-light 2.5k timelapses and long exposures, and will come wi...
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Leaked (final?) TPP Intellectual Property chapter spells doom for free speech online
Wikileaks has published a leaked draft -- dated Oct, 5, and thus possibly the final text -- of the "Intellectual Property Chapter" of the Trans Pacific Partnership, and it's grim reading. (more&hellip...
02:49 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Help convince LEGO to produce "Lovelace and Babbage" play set / Raspberry Pi case
This delightfulLovelace & Babbage Analytical Engine is gathering support on LEGO Ideas (formerly CUUSOO) where the communitycan up-vote fan-madeplay sets into consideration for production.Featurin...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Canadian Tories funneled $8M in tax money to US Republican Party's NGO
Under the Stephen Harper government, $8M was given to the John McCain-chaired International Republican Institute, a non-governmental organization started by the US Republican party to advocate for rig...
02:20 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Why everyone needs a weaponized spatula
In the latest episode of the Cool Tools Show podcast, Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Andrew Leonard about some of his favorite tools. (more…)...
01:54 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Misspelled signs written by people who love English
As Boing Boing's King of Typos, I enjoyed this gallery of misspelled signs written by people who love English. Here are a few samples: (more…)...
01:48 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Stephen Hawking: robots could give us all material abundance, unless rich people hoard all the wealth
In a Reddit AMA, the eminent physicist warns that while increasing automation could give us a world of "luxurious leisure," that "most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successful...
01:33 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Umbrella reveals Mickey Mouse when it rains
Got a spare 12 bucks? If youre a fan of the Mouse and you live someplace other than California, Nevada, and Arizona, then you might have fun with this collapsible umbrella that appears to be normal a...
01:31 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Laser shines through fly's skin, controls its heart by activating doped cells
Eliza writes, "A researcher from Lehigh University has invented a light-based pacemaker for fruit flies, and says a human version is 'not impossible.' The pacemaker relies on the new technique of 'o...
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Great deal on MFi Lightning cables: 4 for 9 bucks
These 4-packs of MFi-certified Lightning cables are $9. That's $2.25 per 3-foot cable the lowest price by far I've ever seen for MFi-certified cables. (You can get non-MFi certified cables for less b...
11:24 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Saudis halved the death toll in Hajj stampede: true count is 1453
After reporting 700 pilgrims dead in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca two weeks ago, Saudi authorities have come clean with the true number killed after pressure from investigators: 1,453 were k...
11:22 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing America outdoes itself with not one but two school shootings in a single day
America, wow. Great job. You've really outdone yourself. No longer satisfied with a mere one mass shooting a day, which has been our nation's average so far in 2015, we've upped it to two school shoot...
11:04 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing An odd new headwear trend is sprouting in China
In China, teens and twentysomethings are wearing little plastic accessories on their heads in the shape of tiny little sprouts, fruit, or flowers. Nobody's exactly sure where or how the trend started,...
10:40 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Music: "I'll Be Glad When You Are Dead," Marquis and the Rhythm Howlers (2015)
With a style and sound to die for, if you are in the LA Area keep an eye out for Marquis and the Rhythm Howlers!...
10:39 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing 'The Muslims are Coming!' Judge overturns NYC subway's ban on ads for Muslim comedy movie
A federal judge says a New York transportation agency was wrong to label some funny subway posters for a documentary on Muslim-American comedians as "political," so they could ban the posters from th...
09:58 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing The worst traffic jam you will hopefully never experience
Beijing, China. If this fascinates you, so long as you are not sitting in it, I highly recommend Tom Vanderbilt's fantastic book "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)."Bel...
09:47 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Playmobil pirate ship includes dark-skinned doll wearing "slave collar"
Ida Lockett, of Sacramento, California, was helping her 5-year-old son put together a Playmobil pirate ship kit he'd been given for his birthday when she saw that the instructions told her to put shac...
09:39 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Happy birthday, John Lennon
Everybody's talking aboutRevolution, evolution, masturbationFlagellation, regulation, integrationsMeditations, United NationsCongratulationsImagine Peace...
09:24 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Black characters in video games must be more than stereotypes of the inhuman
In the TIME Magazine article "All the Ways Darren Wilson Described Being Afraid of Michael Brown," the former Ferguson police officer describes the August 2014 confrontation that left the teenager dea...
09:17 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Star Wars Millennium Falcon gets a Pop Art makeover in this ready-to-frame jigsaw puzzle
See more photos at Wink.Everyone has their favorite space ship. For some, its the Enterprise, for others its Red Dwarf, or Battlestar Galactica. It might even be the TARDIS. But for my money, it is, a...
09:15 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Here's a device that drains food from your stomach, via a tube, to the toilet
"All I ask is that there's a way to take off the pounds without exercising, or changing what I eat, or how much of it I eat," says Stephen Colbert. "Other than that I am willing to do anything. Well...
08:44 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Microlattice: Metal That's 100 Times Lighter than Styrofoam
https://youtu.be/k6N_4jGJADYMicrolattice is "a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness of 100 nanometers, 1,000 times thinner than a human hair." It's made from nickel and is 99.9...
08:36 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Florida Judge jails domestic abuse victim for refusing to testify
Judge Jerri L. Collins sentenced a woman to three days in jail for contempt of court after refusing to testify at her abuser's trial. (more…)...
08:15 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Immortan Joe rule 63 cosplay
Rule 63 is a rule of the internet that reads as follows: "For any given male character, there is a female version of that character." This rule's exceptions are only in the instance that A: the male c...
08:04 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Scary mysterious sign posted in Burbank, California
Andrew Mayne (one of our star presenters at Weekend of Wonder 2015) spotted this bizarre sign in Burbank. It implicates the Burbank Police Department in burying a sick man while he was still alive. Wh...
07:55 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Kitty likes to jump in the sheets when I make the bed
Looks like a scene from a Kubrick film, but it's just a snapshot of a cat hiding under the blankets. Uploaded by Redditor attigirb....
07:07 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Inkcase is an e-ink display for your iPhone
Inkcase is exactly what you just guessed it is: a phone case with an e-ink screen that provides a simpler, more economical view on your communications. (more…)...
06:00 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Backpacker with GoPro falls off suspension bridge
This is a scary video. It's a first-person video of a French guy hiking with other backpackers in New Zealand. When they go across a suspension bridge a cable snaps, and one or more of hikers fall o...
04:51 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing How a billionaire GOP rainmaker tried (and failed) to rewrite history by suing Mother Jones
Frank VanderSloot is a major Republican donor -- he funneled more than $1M to the Romney campaign -- who is tapped to be one of the kingmakers in the party's leadership race. But the multi-level marke...
04:31 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing California passes the country's best-ever online privacy law
Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which "bars any state law enforcement agency or other investigative entity from compelling a business to turn over any metada...
04:12 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Citizen journalists vs San Francisco's hydrophobic pee-reflecting paint
https://vimeo.com/141628319San Francisco recently doubled the number of walls it was coating with hydrophobic paint, which is supposed to deter wall-pissing by making the urine spray back all over t...
03:57 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Volkswagen CEO: Dieselgate caused by Lynndie England "rogue engineers"; execs blameless
Remember Lynndie England, the 21-year-old low-ranking Army Specialist who, along with ten other low-ranking Army personnel, was determined to be responsible for years of systematic torture in Iraq's n...
03:33 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Unicorn poop and squatty potties: the greatest viral ad in Internet history
Squatty Potty is a $28 footstool that slides away under your toilet; you use it to bring your knees up to a squatting position while you poop, which makes pooping much, much easier. (more…)...
02:00 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing The Fastest, Smartest Way to Charge All Your USB-Capable Devices at Once
Its time for a power upgrade throw out that tired-out power strip and swap in this family-size USB charger, packed with 6 high-speed ports. With a built-in control chip, Kinkoo optimizes each port to...
01:00 am PDT - Fri, October 9, 2015
BoingBoing Interview: Jolle Jones, the artist behind Lady Killer
After this year's San Diego Comic Con, I talked to Joelle Jones, the artist and creator of Lady Killer, a hit comic about Josie Schuller, a midecentury housewife who also happens to be a professional ...
02:58 pm PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Crazy tricks by guy wearing inline skates on his hands
Mirko Hanen puts inline skates on his hands and insanity ensues. (YouTube via Laughing Squid)...
01:51 pm PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Mysterious walking banana tosses banana into business
On Monday in Prescott Valley, Arizona, a banana-human hybrid opened the door of a business, yelled "Banana!," and tossed in a banana. Then he took off.According to police, the banana was male and wear...
01:08 pm PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing RIP, Paul Prudhomme: TV chef popularized Cajun and Creole cuisine, invented turducken
If it weren't for Chef Paul Prudhomme, we wouldn't have turducken, and Cajun/Creole cuisine would not have become the global sensation it is today. When the charismatic television chef popularized bla...
12:59 pm PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing X-Men line-up decade-by-decade
Ed Piskor drew this cool pin-up of an X-Men family tree (abridged). Each row represents a decade of the X-Men from 1963-1992....
12:47 pm PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Stunning video of whales swimming under the Aurora Borealis
Harald Albrigtsen shot this beautiful footage off the coast of Norway. (YouTube)...
12:10 pm PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing PAUSE, a relaxation app from the studio that created Monument Valley
The impossible architecture puzzle game Monument Valley is pretty soothing—it's inspired hours of ASMR videos, if that's your jam—but the newest iOS release from Monument Valley developer ...
11:03 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Compact 5000mAh USB charger for $8
This smallish portable USB charger from Kmashi is rated at 5000mAh and is on sale now for $8.38 when you use promo code: PIRVWBWG on Amazon. I have a few different Kmashi chargers, and have used them ...
10:50 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Explore super-detailing, weathering, and finishing in this gorgeous, comprehensive modeling encyclopedia
See sample pages of this book at Wink.I have always had a great attraction to obsessive hobbies. When I was a teen, I didn't just want to have model trains, I needed the fully detailed train board, wi...
10:45 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Insanely frenetic 1944 comic book cover
Alex Schomburg's cover for Speed Comics #35, published by Harvey Comics, November 1944, has a lot going on: bondage, sadism, racist depictions of Japanese soldier, gunfire, and a scantily clothed woma...
10:41 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Court tells millionaire yoga troll Bikram Choudhury that poses can't be copyrighted
Bikram Choudhury, the millionaire accused serial rapist who popularized hot yoga in America, sued other hot yoga studios in 2003, including "open source yoga" practicioners, asserting that he held a c...
10:33 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Parody of sexy halloween costumes: sexy tampon, sexy fetus, and more
Artist Rebecca Cohen posted her interpretation of six sexy halloween costumes on Deviantart: a sexy cockroach, a sexy frying pan, sexy poo, a sexy tampon, a sexy fetus, and sexy late-stage syphilis....
10:16 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Woman shot dead by drug gang after following Waze app's directions to wrong destination
In Brazil, a 70-year-old woman was killed when directions she followed from the driving app Waze led her and her husband into a neighborhood controlled by a violent drug gang. The destination they mea...
09:50 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Adorable little Star Wars desserts offered at L.A. restaurant
The Star Wars merchandise machine is in full death-march, and we're already sick of the Force-sploitation. But this offbeat little gimmick has us smiling--and jonesing for some sweets. (more…)...
09:42 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing It's been ten years since Sony Music infected the world with its rootkit
Oct 31 2005: Security researcher Mark Russinovich blows the whistle on Sony-BMG, whose latest "audio CDs" were actually multi-session data-discs, deliberately designed to covertly infect Windows compu...
09:42 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Taiwanese Animators tackle Obama's apology for bombing a Doctors Without Borders hospital
Oh, Taiwanese Animators, you rarely disappoint. (more…)...
09:28 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Hyperreal scale model of the famous CBGB punk rock club
CBGB, the iconic punk rock venue in New York's East Village that launched the careers of The Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell, and Patti Smith, shut its doors in 2006. This year, hyperrealist sculptor R...
09:25 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing 3D printer company Makerbot lays off 20% of its workers all over again
The only 3D printing company anyones heard of,MakerBot, is laying off 20 percent of its staff for the second time in the last six months. (more…)...
09:13 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Women In Espionage trading card set
Mary Yordy made a set of 16 cards called Women In Espionage. You can buy them through Etsy. (more…)...
08:45 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Spongebob sings Black Sabbath
https://youtu.be/EvPvQjDU7_cThis is an incredibly cool edit of the trippiest episodes of Spongebob Squarepants cut to accompany "Warpigs" by Black Sabbath.(Thanks, Matthew!)...
08:44 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Amazon launches Etsy-killer Handmade at Amazon, a marketplace for handmade goods
Online retail giant Amazon just launched a marketplace for handcrafted goods: Handmade at Amazon. It's an arts-and-crafts bazaar online that squarely takes aim at a niche but growing market dominate...
08:36 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing States enjoy kickback from prison phone gougers
Prisoners families often must pay $12.95 for 15-minutes of phone time to stay in touch with an incarcerated spouse, child, or parent. Global Tel-Link Corp. and Securus Technologies are the two main pr...
08:30 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Who exactly is the audience for the Steve Jobs movie?
The biopic, starring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, is getting good writeups: "brilliant, when not breaking your heart," is Time Out's summation of both man and movie. An early dissent, from Rex Re...
08:01 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Boy, 11, asks girl, 8, to see her puppies. She declines. He shoots and kills her.
Authorities in Tennessee say an 11-year-old boy has been detained on first-degree murder charges after shooting and killing an 8-year-old neighbor with a shotgun because she would not show him her pet...
07:41 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing 'Dracula fish' and snub-nosed monkeys among 200 new species discovered in Himalayas
A sneezing monkey, a walking fish and a jewel-like snake are just some of a biological treasure trove of over 200 new species discovered in the Eastern Himalayas in recent years, reports the World Wil...
05:27 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Jimmy Wales calls UK's proposed crypto ban "moronic"
The Wikipedia co-founder is also the UK government's special Internet advisor. In the previous election cycle, Tory PM David Cameron promised to ban strong crypto if re-elected, and when the US survei...
05:16 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing T-shirt: Bugs and Gossamer as Han and Chewy
Deep Fried Art's t-shirt "Scoundrels" ($20 with shipping) depicts Gossamer (the Looney Toons monster) and Bugs as Han and Solo: "I wonder what their ship would look like? The Millenium Carrot??"...
05:12 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Prisoners' debate team trounces national champs from Harvard
The New York prisoners team is composed of people convicted of violent felonies who have gone on to take continuing education classes in prison through Bard College. They debated the proposition that ...
05:04 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing How the NDP and Liberals can defeat the Tories: a data-driven approach
Ali Kashani, a data-scientist, has run the numbers on Canada's electoral constituencies (called "ridings") and concluded that if the candidates from the NDP and Liberal parties in sixteen of those ri...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, October 8, 2015
BoingBoing Don't Let a Geo-Restriction Stand Between You & Your Favorite Show
Watching Netflix, Hulu or other streaming services can unfortunately be difficult while traveling outside the US. Rather than bypass these restrictions with the help of a complex and slow VPN, choose ...
05:30 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Ex-Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys found guilty of 3 federal counts of hacking
That was bullshit.— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) October 7, 2015A jury in Sacramento, California, today found former Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys guilty of computer hacking...
04:34 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing This video proves China has the most insane traffic jams on Earth
This is what happens when people come back from vacation in China and try to get into Beijing. And you thought your puny traffic jams were crazy. (more…)...
04:24 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing The real cause of Runner's Highmay surprise you. It'll surprise you less if you smoke pot.
Endorphins may have been getting too much credit for runner's high, that euphoric lift we get when we exercise intensely. (more…)...
04:23 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Penis-less man tells of his active sex life
Andrew Wardle suffers from a rare medical condition that prevented him from developing a penis. The 40-year-old man claims that he has been intimate with more than 100 women and most of them never kne...
03:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Obama apologizes to aid group for bombing hospital. MSF: Thanks, but we want an investigation
Doctors Without Borders received an apology from President Barack Obama today for the deadly U.S. bombing of its hospital in northern Afghanistan. The international medical aid organization released a...
03:29 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing "100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime"
Amazon's book editors compiled their list of "100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime." It's a compelling list, even if they skipped two of my favorite SF authors, JG Ballard and Rud...
02:57 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing NASA rocket launch to be visible along U.S. East Coast Wednesday night
If you're on the East Coast, keep your eyes on the skies this evening--you might see something rare up there. (more…)...
02:46 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Tree trimming samurai in action!
Edward Scissorhands has got nothing on Chuck Berry's two-handed Christmas tree trimming at Berry's Christmas Tree Farm in Covington, Georgia. (via Digg)...
02:17 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing 8-pack of LED flashlights for 14 bucks
The flashlights in our household have a tendency to wander off. Where do they go? I gave my last remaining one to my daughter for a camping trip, so I just reordered an 8-pack of metal LED flashlights...
01:42 pm PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Gentleman, possibly a burglar, gets trapped inside a cell phone store
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR6sB5r1xHUA cell phone store owner, whose business had been repeatedly burgled, decided to set up a trap room to capture the next person who tried to steal things from...
11:47 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Kim Davis not doing her job. Again.
Michael from Muckrock writes, "This time, she's falling short on responding to public records requests, particularly one relating to her controversial visit with Pope Francis." (more…)...
11:47 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Kim Davis isn't doing her job. Again.
Kim Davis isn't doing her job again. Michael from Muckrock writes, "This time, she's falling short on responding to public records requests, particularly one relating to her controversial visit with P...
11:38 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Beautiful study of UFO sightings from ancient history
In 1969, my friend Jacques Vallee published Passport To Magonia, the first study of how modern UFO sightings are just the latest interpretation of weird "visitation" experiences that people throughout...
10:50 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Nobel Prize in Chemistry honors DNA research that could lead to new cancer treatments
Three scientists won the world's top science prize today, for their "mechanistic studies of DNA repair." Their work mapped how cells repair deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to prevent damaging errors from ...
10:42 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Howto make Zombie Mouth cupcakes
The severed, animated, flopping zombie appendage is a staple of horror films, and these zombie-mouth cupcakes look like someone has decorated an amuse-bouche with a bouche coup. (more…)...
10:39 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing This urologist has a perfect name
If you live in Austin, Texas and need a vasectomy, how could you choose a physician other than Dick Chopp!Dr. Richard (Dick) Chopp is well known in the Austin community for performing Vasectomies. He ...
09:57 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Internet man sits and smiles at camera for hundreds of hours
For more than a year, once every week or so, Benjamin Bennett sets up his video camera, sits in front of it, and smiles at it for four hours straight while recording. (more…)...
09:32 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Organized crime gangs keep trying to sell radioactive material to terrorists
In the last five years, criminal gangs in Moldova have been stopped four times from selling radioactive materials, including bomb-grade uranium, on the black market. You have to wonder if they have al...
09:25 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing The Nazis made this exploding chocolate bar to kill Winston Churchill
In World War II, the Nazis made a bunch of different booby trapped items, including thermos flasks, mess tins, motor oil cans, watches, and even a chocolate bar designed to kill Winston Churchill whe...
08:57 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing I can't believe how much I like this visual novel about playing Starcraft 2
The appeal of visual novels usually lie in their wish fulfillment, their ability to transport you into fantasies about dating beautiful boys (and girls), becoming a celebrity or a pop star, or acquiri...
08:54 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Katamino - a simple and quick, yet challenging puzzle board game
See more photos at Wink Fun.Katamino is a wooden puzzle and board game that can be played solo (puzzle) or with two players (puzzle game). As a two-person game, players must arrange the twelve differe...
08:23 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing A distinctive, discontinued telescope: the Edmund Scientific Astroscan
I am frequently asked about this beautiful telescope! People think it is a bong! The Edmund Scientific Astroscan sits in the center of my living room coffee table. I have heard astronomy buffs screech...
08:18 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Make up artist transforms himself into Kim Davis, Rachel Dolezal
A defective bootleg Rosa Parks still won't let the gays get it. #KimDavis SONG: "My Lovin'" by En Vogue A video posted by Jan Bonito (@jkbonito) on Oct 5, 2015 at 10:05am PDTMake ...
08:18 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Makeup artist transforms himself into Kim Davis and Rachel Dolezal
A defective bootleg Rosa Parks still won't let the gays get it. #KimDavis SONG: "My Lovin'" by En Vogue A video posted by Jan Bonito (@jkbonito) on Oct 5, 2015 at 10:05am PDTMake ...
07:59 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing I buy googly eyes in bulk
Everything in my home is looking at me! You'd be surprised, when you have a bag of 500 googly eyes, what they get glued to! This is a bargain price for an art supply my daughter loves having around. I...
07:58 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Michael Pollan discusses how time-lapse photography reveals the hidden life of plants
https://youtu.be/MPql1VHbYl4Writer Michael Pollan provides play-by-play commentary on these time-lapse videos of plants striving to reach a pole. It really does seem like the plants have a conscious i...
07:38 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Youve Read the Book, Now Listen to the Podcast
[email protected] (Southern Methodist University) has compiled a list of recommended podcasts that are based on popular science books. Some of them I've heard of before (like Freakonomics Radio), but mo...
07:10 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Big Data's religious faith denies the reality of failed promises, privacy Chernobyls
Maciej Ceglowski (previously) spoke to a O'Reilly's Strata Big Data conference this month about the toxicity of data -- the fact that data collected is likely to leak, and that data-leaks resemble n...
06:50 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Umbrella-sharing service: return it in 48h and it's free
Umbracity aims to solve the problem of unexpected urban showers with a shared-umbrella service. They've rolled it out in soggy Vancouver, and the deal is that you get to use an umbrella from any of th...
06:41 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing HOWTO make a realistic brain-cake for your zombie parties
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ctE_Rf6NFgHow To Cake It's "Deep Red Velvet Brain Cake with Fondant Brain Tissue and Raspberry Jam Blood" is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, only it has to ...
06:30 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Help a beautiful Japanese-style RPG get made
https://youtu.be/gE6zS6Z9FGQI loved Mariel Cartwright's art for radical fighting game Skullgirls, and now she's working on a big new roleplaying adventure called Indivisible, inspired by classic explo...
06:30 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Listen: Ted Chiang's short story "Understand" as a BBC radio-drama
Ted Chiang (previously) may be the best short story writer in science fiction today; though he produces very infrequently, he wins accolades and awards for every story. (more…)...
06:24 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Marvel at the power of a psychic cat
https://youtu.be/HYM-fp1AiXMPsychic Cat is a fascinating, neon-luminescent landscape you traverse as a cat, galloping and leaping through the suggestion of a place that shimmers brightly all around yo...
06:22 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Algorithmic guilt: defendants must be able to inspect source code in forensic devices
Some day, you may be the defendant in a criminal trial that turns on whether the software in a forensic device reached a reliable conclusion about a DNA test or other piece of evidence. Wouldn't you l...
06:08 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Make a booze flask hidden in a baby
That baby in the snugli is no baby: it's a hollow baby doll fitted with a booze-filled rehydration bladder with an access-straw in the forehead, beneath its wooly cap. (more…)...
05:21 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing When Gun Proponents Go Ballistic
COME MEET Ruben Bolling at New York Comic Con, this Sunday (10/11), 1-2pm. Signing, sketching, selling, PLUS a limited number of copies of the upcoming second adventure of The EMU Club, Ghostly Thie...
02:00 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Get Essential Tools & Recipes for the At-Home Bartender With This Set From MakersKit
Shake, stir, and muddle your way to delicious homemade cocktails with this must-have bar set. Expect only the finest quality tools from MakersKit enabling you to unleash your inner mixologist.Top 12 ...
02:00 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Get essential tools and recipes for the at-home bartender with this set from MakersKit
Shake, stir, and muddle your way to delicious homemade cocktails with this must-have bar set. Expect only the finest quality tools from MakersKit enabling you to unleash your inner mixologist.Top 12 ...
02:00 am PDT - Wed, October 7, 2015
BoingBoing Halloween Magic at Tokyo Disneyland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=280&v=ouCgdnz1RKYMy friend Yasuo Amano, who lives in the town of Shizuoka about an hour outside Tokyo, runs a Japanese blog called Hey Presto. It is mostly concerned wi...
05:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing NYPD steal black woman banker's BMW, commit her when she asks for it back
Another Kevin writes, "Last September, the NYPD pulled Kamilah Brock, a black woman, over on suspicion of DUI marijuana. They found nothing but seized her BMW anyway. When she claimed it, they decided...
04:29 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Convicted felon televangelist Jim Bakker had a bad dream, so buy his apocalyptic potato dust
https://youtu.be/UwRX7p5MIfgWatch Jim Berger's hilarious edit of televangelist Jim Bakker recalling his recent End Times dream. (more…)...
04:01 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Christians serious about their faith should get a handgun carry permit, says TN politician
Just days after yet another mass shooting in America, Tennessee's Lieutenant Governor says Christians who are serious about their faith should consider buying guns. The unbelievably idiotic decree to...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing If you don't know how important pee was in the history of science, urine for a surprise
Urine is golden so it must have some link to gold, thought medieval alchemists seeking to devise methods to transmute base metal into gold. Not quite, but they did discover that pee is rich with the...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing How pee brought us the modern world
Urine is golden so it must have some link to gold, thought medieval alchemists seeking to devise methods to transmute base metal into gold. Not quite, but they did discover that pee is rich with the...
01:55 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Freaky! Street sign casts shadow of hanging man
These photos were taken at a crossing in South Devon. The junction is locally known as "Dead Man's Cross" and is reportedly the former site of a gallows. Creeeeeeeepy!A fellow named George Johnston no...
01:52 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing See Cory in Utah, Boston, Toronto and Waterloo!
This/next week, I'm speaking in events in Park City, Utah (Future in Review); Boston (The Freedom to Innovate Summit, the Berman Center and Suffolk University); Toronto (Seneca College); Markham (In C...
01:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing How guards and prosecutors retaliate against solitary confinement prisoners who blow the whistle
The Dallas Six is a group of prisoners who were beaten, shocked and gassed by prison guards who had previously beaten them in retaliation for complaints about abuse in solitary confinement. (more&hell...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Hear David Bowie's new song for European TV crime drama
David Bowie composed a dark, haunting, and excellent new track, "Blackstar," for the title sequence of The Last Panthers, a European crime drama launching in November. I can't wait to hear the whole...
01:23 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Cards Against Humanity & Zach Weinersmith offer full-ride scholarships to women in science
Applicants need to be US permanent residents or citizens who's attending college in 2016/7. To apply, you'll need to record a short video explaining "a scientific topic you're passionate about." (mo...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing What the barcode on your discarded boarding-pass reveals
Mostly it's your record locator and frequent flier number, but with that, an attacker can access the ticket record, see your future flights, your email address, and the details of the emergency contac...
11:23 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Bankers' "Vulnerability Index": scoring employees' desperation
Back in 2009, SF author Peter Watts had dinner with a retired investment banker from TD who described the bank's "vulnerability index" -- a numeric score that expresses how desperate you are for your ...
11:09 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Shaken: cocktail kits by mail
Shaken is a UK startup that sells subscriptions to "the best cocktails you've ever made." Every month, they send you a handsome box with several bottles of rare and delicious booze, small-batch bitter...
10:38 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Inexpensive battery tester
Unlike a multimeter, this battery tester isn't battery powered. Instead, it measures the voltage across the terminals of 9V, AA, AAA, C, D and 1.5V button type batteries. It's also easier to use than ...
10:26 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Reputation Economy Dystopia: China's new "Citizen Scores" will rate every person in the country
The Chinese government has announced a new universal reputation score, tied to every person in the country's nation ID number and based on such factors as political compliance, hobbies, shopping, and ...
10:14 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing You are Michael Jackson, and you must defeat Michael Jackson
You remember the Sega Genesis game Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, right? That was an unusual one. Against the backdrop of Michael's greatest tunes pumped out by the Genesis' good old chunky soundchip, ...
10:13 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing US Senate candidate sacrificed goat, drank blood
Augustus Sol Invictus, a Tallahassee, Florida candidate for US Senate, once walked from Florida to the Mojave Desert as part of a ritual that culminated in him sacrificing a goat and drinking its bloo...
10:03 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing NZ government leaks on TPP: copyright terms will go to life plus 70 years
An official New Zealand government bulletin on yesterday's conclusion of the still-secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations accidentally confirmed something we all believed was in there...
09:42 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Stoned man who called 911 found surrounded by junk food
Police responding to a 911 call turned up at an the Austintown, Ohio home to find the 22-year-old man who called for emergency help "laying on the floor, in the fetal position... surrounded by a pleth...
09:39 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Get a wistful, mysterious brain-teaser at a ridiculous discount this week
You might best know Spry Fox for games like Triple Town or, more recently, Alphabear, designs so timeless and solid that they firmly wedge themselves into your regular mobile play rotation. The studio...
09:28 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Catholic priest pointed rifle at 8-year-old boy and threatened to shoot him for liking the wrong sports team
A 54-year-old priest at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in Little Ferry, New Jersey was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm. Fath...
09:24 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing See the breathtaking drama of the Arizona Monsoon
Did you see the news that the world is going to end tomorrow? Watch this video and you'll be convinced."Monsoon II" by Mike Olbinski...
09:23 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing What's the objectively optimal copyright term?
Tim Harford, the Financial Times's Undercover Economist, writes about the Happy Birthday to You court case, which finally settled the question of whether the familiar birthday song was still in copyri...
09:13 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Genocide, not genes: indigenous peoples' genetic alcoholism is a racist myth
I've heard -- and repeated -- the theory that addiction rates among indigenous people in the Americas was caused by genetics -- specifically, that "new world" populations hadn't gone through the Europ...
09:09 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing The world will end on Wednesday. With fire. By God.
The leader of the Christian organization eBible Fellowship warns that October 7 "will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away. Itll be gone forever. Annihilated. "Theres ...
08:59 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Chuck E. Cheese targets moms with lattes, salad, and more wine and beer
Chuck E. Cheese is hoping to market itself to "millennial moms" by expanding its beer and wine offerings, selling lattes, and amping up the salad bar. They should put in a boxing ring to ensure better...
08:55 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Cabinet of Curiosities A unique book of natural science for curious kids Released today!
See sample pages at Wink.The term "cabinet of curiosities" means different things to different people. For the author of this wonderful book for kids, it was a cigar box full of treasures that he star...
08:42 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Microsoft announces Surface Book, its first laptop
Popular among artists, Microsoft's Surface tablets have carved an unexpectedly well-respected niche on the top shelf. And now they're being joined by a laptop edition, with a proper keyboard to impres...
08:39 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing "Break On Through (To the Other Side)" performed on vintage electronic equipment
Here's bd594's catchy cover version of the Doors' 1966 hit, Break On Through (To the Other Side) performed using old computer equipment. The first half of the video is an instrumental version. The s...
08:00 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Facebook wants to be the attention economy's central banker
Warren Ellis ruminates on the the way that the old idea that the Internet was birthing an "attention economy" has been transformed by Facebook, which has literally monetized attention, charging you mo...
07:57 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Punkt MP 01: a simple, but not uselessly minimalist basic phone
With its plain, understated looks and classy black and white UI, the Punkt MP 01 looks like everything a smartphone addict might want to kick the habit: a gadget focused on communication without the d...
07:51 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Global coalition tells Facebook to kill its Real Names policy
The Nameless Coaltion, a global alliance of women's groups, LGBTQ groups, human rights and digital rights groups has asked Facebook to abandon its "Real Names" policy, which puts Facebook users in dan...
07:23 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing South Korea Ministry of Education reportedly blocks Boing Boing
"They have blocked your website," reports an anonymous reader. "You are considered a harmful website by the Ministry of Education."Can anyone confirm this exciting news? *Adding "considered harmful by...
07:16 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Zoom in forever on fractal letters
I've been staring at F R A C T A L I S M for a fair few minutes. (more…)...
07:04 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Knit animal onesies
Blamo's $220 "adventurewear for the urban jungle" come in the forms of tiger, monkey, bear, bunny, panda and more. The mildly adventurous can avail themselves of $145 cardigans and balaclavas instead ...
07:00 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Japanese live streamer accidentally starts his apartment on fire
https://youtu.be/c_orOT3Prwg?t=4m51sThis guy was showing off his cigarette lighters and matches when he accidentally started a small fire. While he was putting it out, he started an even bigger fire, ...
06:40 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Comics couture: a $1000 Gaultier jacket covered in comic-book pages
Jean-Paul Gaultier's "JPG" jacket is covered in scenes from a four-color, vintage horror comic. I can't tell if the comic is "real" (that is, if it was once a comic-book) or a simulacrum. (more&helli...
06:30 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Russell Simmons, Mogul of Hip Hop
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! (more…)...
06:28 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Primer explains the spying tech your local cops are using
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's new Law Enforcement Technology Primer for Civilian Oversight Bodies is a short, easy-to-understand guide for non-technical people that explains the new surveillanc...
06:19 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing EU top court: NSA spying means US servers are not a fit home for Europeans' data
Historically, US companies have been able to get around the (relatively stringent) European data-protection rules thanks to a "Safe Harbor" agreement between the US and the EU -- but Max Schrems, an A...
06:00 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Revealing the secrets of Adventure Time's Land of Ooo
Sponsored PostAdventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy's Super Secret Scrapbook!!! is like having two books in one . . . because it is two books in one! Don't believe it? Just peek under the dust jacke...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Lytro Illum Camera: The First High-End Camera to Capture the Entire Light Field
The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What's so cool about it? Most came...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, October 6, 2015
BoingBoing Supercut of Quentin Tarantino's foot fetish
Quentin Tarantino's Foot Fetish. A supercut by Pablo Fernandez Eyre....
01:29 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Mess up the practice space while the band keeps playing
I really, really, really like Brooklyn band Celestial Shore, so I'm not sure how I missed Julian Glander's sweet interactive music video for their song 'Animal Ratio'. At first it seems like there's n...
12:51 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Celebrate the classic Breakout, and then rethink the term 'empathy games'
This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us a takedown on 'empathy games' from one of the field's most well-known independent designers, as well as a unique collection of games inspire...
12:42 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Anti-surveillance activists send a drone to pamphlet-bomb German NSA complex
Intelexit is an activist group whose mission is to get spies to quit their jobs; they've recently installed billboards around spy complexes in the US and UK. (more…)...
12:42 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Anti-surveillance activists send a drone to pamphlet-bomb an NSA complex in Germany
Intelexit is an activist group whose mission is to get spies to quit their jobs; they've recently installed billboards around spy complexes in the US and UK. (more…)...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing There's never been a better time to take an adventure 'round the world
80 Days is a game based on the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days, but with a significant steampunk—and anti-colonial—twist. You play Phileas Foggs valet, Jean Passepartout, who...
12:32 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Air France execs' clothes torn off by protesters after layoff announcement
Protesters angry over proposed layoffs stormed an Air France executive meeting and cornered Director Pierre Plissonnier and Resources Director Xavier Broseta, tearing off the men's jackets and ripping...
12:30 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Ocean life or acid trip? Photos of psychedelic jellyfish
No, you're not tripping. And these aren't CG. You're looking at Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish captured by Florida-based photographer Aaron Ansavor who finds them on a local beach."It's an opportunit...
12:25 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is finalized, the real fight starts
For most of a decade, government negotiators from around the Pacific Rim have met in utmost secrecy to negotiate a "trade deal" that was kept secret from legislatures, though executives from the world...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Saudi PR machine goes bigtime, hires top US muscle for charm offensive
The Saudi royals -- you know, the charming people who exported intolerant, extremist Wahabiism and whose scions get to rape their US-based servants with impunity -- have hired the biggest, most ruthle...
12:11 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing UFO witness and amazing outsider artist, Ionel Talpazan, RIP
Ionel Talpazan, who saw a UFO as a child above his village in Romania, painted spacecraft until he died two weeks ago at 60 years old. As a young man, after escaping Romania by swimming across the Dan...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Security theater: ha ha, only serious
Adam Conover latest "Adam Ruins Everything" is five depressingly hilarious minutes on aviation security, security theater, privacy, and ritual humiliation, with a guest-appearance by Bruce Schneier....
11:53 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Back to the Future III: home video behind the scenes
The house that starred as Marty McFly's home in the Back to the Future trilogy is at 9303 Roslyndale Ave in Arleta, California. While "Back to the Future Part III" was in production, a neighbor shot...
11:52 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Smurfs vs phones: GCHQ's smartphone malware can take pics, listen in even when phone is off
In a new episode of the BBC's Panorama, Edward Snowden describes the secret mobile phone malware developed by GCHQ and the NSA, which has the power to listen in through your phone's mic and follow you...
11:42 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing The story old people tell young people about getting a job
An excerpt from Monical Helsey's new book I Can't Believe it's Not Better: A Woman's Guide to Coping With Life called "Getting a Job, a Short Story by Your Parents" shows off both Helsey's razor wit a...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing John Oliver: why do we only talk about mental health after mass-shootings?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGY6DqB1HX8John Oliver's segment on mass-shootings and mental health makes all the right points: making the issue about mental health instead of guns stigmatizes ment...
11:34 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Beginner Watchmaking by Tim Swike
I thought it would be impossible for an eBook to inspire me to get me working on a watch. (more…)...
11:18 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing The Enigma Machine wristwach: a wearable Arduino recreation
Alan Turing and the codebreakers of Bletchley Park invented modern crypto and computers in the course of breaking Enigma ciphers, the codes that Axis powers created with repurposed Enigma Machines -...
11:04 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing This 'guide to ambiguous grammar' is unexpectedly disturbing
Grammar: It's boring to talk about, unless you're that type of person. Which personally I am, though I recognize that the eyes of most normal humans glaze over like donuts at the very first mention of...
11:02 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Botwars vs ad-tech: the origin story of universal surveillance on the Internet
Maciej Cegowski's posted another of his barn-burning speeches about the Internet's problems, their origins and their solutions (previously), a talk from the Fremtidens Internet conference in Copenhage...
10:41 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing How a romance-scam victim laundered $1.1M worth of other victims' money
Audrey Elaine Elrod was divorced, depressed and broke when a romance-scammer targeted her on Facebook, posing as a widowed Scottish oil-rig worker who admired her photo and sympathized with her plight...
10:27 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing You have 99 seconds to make art
Quick, make something creatively fulfilling before time runs out! (more…)...
10:24 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Snowden broke a nondisclosure EULA in order to uphold his Constitutional oath
The crooks that Edward Snowden outed (and their complicit overseers in government) like to talk about how Snowden violated an oath when he gave journalists documents that established that security ser...
10:12 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Badass schoolchildren perform "Kashmir" and "The Immigrant Song" on xylophone
Valhalla! They are coming!The Louisville Leopard Percussionists is a non-profit organization offering extracurricular music opportunities to local children at little or no cost. Please help us keep ...
10:11 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing What it's like to do a lockdown drill with kindergarten kids
At Launa Hall's public school, they do regular "lockdown" drills with all the kids, including her 4- and 5-year-old kindergarten students, who have to be crowded into a locked closet and convinced to ...
10:02 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Fantastic DIY robot "juggles" five balls
Nathan Peterson built this fantastic "juggling" robot that can be programmed with different juggling patterns and handles five balls."I believe this is the first juggling robot to juggle more than 5 b...
10:02 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Fantastic DIY robot "juggles" more than five balls
Nathan Peterson built this fantastic "juggling" robot that can be programmed with different juggling patterns and handles more than five balls."I believe this is the first juggling robot to juggle mor...
09:40 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Forget tidying: losing your precious possessions is the real "life-changing magic"
Marie Kondo's Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became a global bestseller by advising you to get rid of everything that doesn't bring you joy, and advising you to anthropomorphize your belongings and...
09:35 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Mickey Mouse Watch for $18
I've always wanted a Mickey Mouse watch. This model is on sale for $18 on Amazon, and looks better than more expensive ones. Until I can afford this Masonic watch (which David and I have both been cov...
09:30 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Interview with creator of the Internet K Hole, a fantastic blog of found 1980s photos
Ritual interviewed Bronwyn, the woman behind the [NSFW] Internet K Hole, a "deep and vast collection of found and collected photographs from the late '70s, '80s and early '90s."Where abouts do you col...
09:28 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Great cover for a 1960 scifi paperback
The Unexpected Dimension is a 1960 paperback anthology of science fiction short stories by Algis Budrys. It only merits 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, and even this 5-star review on Amazon gives me pa...
09:21 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Listen: a sexy hymn to Ishtar, in the original Babylonian
Doris Prechel reads Ammi-ditna's incredibly hot hymn to Itar in Babylonian (MP3) as transcribed by D. O. Edzard. (more…)...
08:38 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Foreword to Trick Decks: How to Hack Playing Cards for Extraordinary Magic
Jason wrote a terrific foreword to my $3 card magic e-book, Trick Decks: How to Hack Playing Cards for Extraordinary Magic, and has kindly given me permission to reprint it here. Jason was instrumenta...
08:38 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Foreword to Trick Decks: How to Hack Playing Cards for Astounding Magic
Jason wrote a terrific foreword to my $3 card magic e-book, Trick Decks: How to Hack Playing Cards for Extraordinary Magic, and has kindly given me permission to reprint it here. Jason was instrumenta...
08:36 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing There's a place in LA that sells ukuleles and espresso, and it is terrific
I'm not as much of an ukulele fanatic as I once was, but when my daughter and I were in Little Tokyo on Saturday and came across U-Space, a store that sells ukuleles and espresso, I had to check it ou...
08:35 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Big Bear little chair each tall and skinny page in this kids' books is as stunning as the next
The concept of Big Bear little chair is a common one: teaching kids to differentiate between large and small. We start off with Big Bear, little chair, move on to Big Plant, little cocoon, and carry o...
08:16 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Taiwan's 60,000 betel-nut kiosks and the young women who work in them
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyKI6UgI1JkI tried betel nut in Singapore many years ago from an old guy in a market off Bencoolen street. He gave me a packet with some leaves, some of the nut, and so...
08:05 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Power-pylons that look like looming giants
Choi + Shine, an architecture firm, has proposed modifying Iceland's existing power-transmission pylons to turn them into looming giants whose arms are poised to reflect their positions -- pylons asce...
08:03 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Have you always wanted a pet micropig? This Chinese genetics firm is making one for you
BGI, the genomics institute in Shenzhen credited with a number of breakthroughs in genomic sequencing, is applying its expertise on making tiny pigs for pets. According to Nature.com the pigs will wei...
08:00 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Photo of Jesse James and the man who killed him
Sandra Mills of Spokane, Washington claims this photo depicts infamous outlaw Jesse James and Robert Ford, a member of James's gang who shot him in 1892 to score a $10,000 bounty. "This photo was take...
07:45 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Gentleman suspected of stealing a magnet was arrested after he went to police station to complain about his wanted poster
A 23-year-old man was arrested in Cambridge, England for stealing a 23.78 engineering magnet after he went into a police station to complain that a wanted poster with his photo on it was embarrassing....
07:05 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing UK Chancellor: I must cut tax benefits for working poor to help them
George Osborne, born to a titled millionaire, has explained that he is cutting the tax-credits that let the working poor survive, despite the Tory party's election promise not to do any such thing -- ...
07:00 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Save 89% On 5,350 Cutting-Edge Videos & eBooks on Coding, UX Design & More from SitePoint
SitePoint Premium is the ultimate e-learning library for web developers, designers, and digital professionals. Famous for their web development books written by industry leaders, theyve expanded their...
06:52 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing UK top government official: human rights no longer a "top priority"
Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office -- the country's most senior Foreign Office official -- told MPs that his department had sidelined human rights work in favour of global t...
06:37 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Line-art: squirming criminals in an authoritative hand
In 1948, the Institute of Applied Science commissioned an unknown illustrator to depict a fistful of squirming, terrified criminals caught in an authoritative fist, under the headline "CAUGHT BY THEIR...
06:30 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Vending machine for gold bars
Gold to Go is a gold-plated vending machine that dispenses gold bars in various sizes and gold bullion coins. The first one was installed several years ago in Abud Dhabi's Emirates Palace hotel. The p...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Crystal meth found in pawned Sega Genesis
A gentleman in Moultrie, Georgia pawned his Sega Genesis console but was arrested later after the pawn shop employees found a stash of crystal meth in the console's cartridge slot.According to WALB, "...
05:30 am PDT - Mon, October 5, 2015
BoingBoing Winner of our 2015 Treasure Island Music Festival haiku contest!
Congratulations to Boing Boing reader MarieFury who won our annual Treasure Island Music Festival haiku contest! On October 17-18, MarieFury will groove to The National, deadmau5, FKA Twigs, The War O...
09:12 am PDT - Sun, October 4, 2015
BoingBoing Obama asked reporters to do the numbers on terrorism vs. gun violence. And they did.
On Friday, a visibly upset President Obama addressed the nation after yet another mass shooting. A young gunman killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college, then commi...
07:07 am PDT - Sun, October 4, 2015
BoingBoing Car accidents aren't accidents
The use of the term "accident" gives cops and courts the cover to excuse murder. In a brutal editorial, Hsi-Pei Liao talks about his daughter, who was killed by a driver when she was three. The driver...
06:00 am PDT - Sun, October 4, 2015
BoingBoing Take Better Photos WIth The Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification, Now 98% Off
Skip the technical jargon and get right to taking amazing, professional-quality photos with this complete training. The Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course includes 22 modules filled with tutor...
06:00 am PDT - Sun, October 4, 2015
BoingBoing Learn to take better photos with an online photography course & certification, now 98% off
Skip the technical jargon and get right to taking amazing, professional-quality photos with this complete training. The Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course includes 22 modules filled with tutor...
12:40 pm PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing 4 pack of Star Wars Minions
My daughter loves Minions and she loves Star Wars. It is no surprise she insisted on having these figures. At $33 shipped, this is the cheapest set I could find. It appears there are a bunch of knock-...
10:57 am PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing I love arcades, I love board games, I love pixel art, and Kemble's Cascade ties them all together beautifully
See sample pages from this book at Wink.I love arcades, I love board games, I love pixel art. And Kemble's Cascade ties them all together beautifully with a unique game mechanic that simulates a scrol...
10:49 am PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing Disney princesses reimagined as hot dogs
We've seen Disney princesses reinterpreted as men, as minions, and even as velociprators, but this—this is something different altogether.[Lucky Peach]...
08:38 am PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing Democratic machine won't let Larry Lessig into the debates; will Sanders stand up for him?
Lessig raised $1M for his amazing, unprecedented presidential bid, where he promises that, if he wins, he'll immediately pass campaign finance reform and then resign, handing over the presidency to hi...
08:32 am PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing Princess Leia's bikini sells for nearly $100,000
Princess Leia's actual slave bikini sold for $96,000 at auction yesterday. No news on who bought it. The costume came complete with the collar and several links in the chain she used to strangle Jabba...
08:14 am PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing Pokemon demands $4000 from broke superfan who organized Pokemon party
Larkin Jones is a hardcore Pokemon fan who loses money every year on his annual Pokemon PAX party; he makes up the shortfall from his wages managing a cafe. This year, Pokmon Company International sue...
07:54 am PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing Tea Party "family values" pol resigns after sending adulterous vid to entire address-book
After sending the sex-video to his entire contact list, Republican Indiana Rep Jud McMillin sent out a mass-text saying that his phone was stolen in Canada and had only just been returned; he asked re...
07:36 am PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing Mayor of Stockton, CA detained by DHS at SFO, forced to give up laptop password
Mayor Anthony R. Silva was on his way back from a mayor's conference in China when the DHS border guards confiscated his laptop and phones and detained him, telling him he would not be allowed to leav...
06:52 am PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing How to flip someone off with THREE middle-fingers
When your scorn cannot be contained in the anatomy of a bilaterally symmetrical life-form. Baffle your enemies! Win the admiration of your friends! Improve your manual dexterity! (via Super Punch)...
06:00 am PDT - Sat, October 3, 2015
BoingBoing Save 40% On The ZeroLemon SolarJuice 10000mAh Battery Pack
Power up your gadgets in the most unexpected places with the extremely compact SolarJuice battery pack. SolarJuice charges up at home like your average battery pack, but also lets you add extra juice ...
06:24 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Over 8,400 NASA Apollo moon mission photos just landed online, in high-resolution
Space fans, rejoice: today, just about every image captured by Apollo astronauts on lunar missions is now on the Project Apollo Archive Flickr account. There are some 8,400 photographs in all at a res...
05:41 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing The greatest Craigslist 'Missed Connection' of all time
If ever there was a 'Missed Connection' that should be a Bogart and Bacall film, this one is it. (more…)...
03:32 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing CC-licensed design resources
Sam writes, "I've been releasing a lot of graphic design resources, turning the plants and animals I see into colour palettes and web or print design textures. (Disclaimer: no animals were harmed in ...
03:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Think we don't need Banned Books Week anymore? Think again.
Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship writes, "Some say book banning isn't even a problem anymore, so we should ditch Banned Books Week altogether. That's a terrible idea." (more&hellip...
03:03 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Brass cuffs decorated with vintage maps, anatomy, science and math
Kate in Dorchester, England makes gorgeous brass wrist-cuffs decorated with vintage literary, cartographic and scientific imagery: there's Poe's Raven; the periodic table; anatomical dentistry drawing...
02:19 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing A very useful illuminated hand held magnifier for 3 dollars
This handheld magnifying glass has two bright LEDs and is powered by 3 AAA cells (not included). The manufacturer says the magnification is 40X. I think it is less than that, but it is still plenty po...
01:25 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing PocketLab: a $100 scientific "Swiss Army knife"
The PocketLab is billed as a "Swiss Army Knife of science." Launched via Kickstarter, the small device contains numerous sensors to measure acceleration, force, angular velocity, magnetic field, press...
01:14 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Man fired for farting too much?
Louann Clem of Trenton, New Jersey, is suing her and her husband Rich's former employee, Case Pork Roll Co., claiming that he was fired for farting too much. Both the Clems complained to the Equal Emp...
01:02 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Boing Boing, a hentai/manga title we have nothing to do with but find amusing
Someone just pointed me to this hentai/manga porn for sale on Amazon, entitled Boing Boing.Boing Boing is a great name for a creative project! Boing Boing by Yamatogawa via Amazon....
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing This may be the most brilliantly complicated book synopsis ever on Amazon
You know, every once in a while you run into a real gem on Amazon. A self-published work by an outsider author who must also function as their own publisher. When you find a gem like that, you drop to...
12:28 pm PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing NFL team traveled to England with its own toilet paper
Ah, the comforts of home. The New York Jets football team landed in London today with their usual equipment, plus 350 rolls of good ol' 'Murican toilet paper. Apparently the toilet paper in London is ...
11:39 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Data breaches are winning the privacy wars, so what should privacy advocates do?
My latest Guardian column, "Why is it so hard to convince people to care about privacy," argues that the hard part of the privacy wars (getting people to care about privacy) is behind us, because bad ...
11:34 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing HOWTO: terrifying Deep Dreaming costume
Normally, choosing to dress up for Hallowe'en as a sassy pop-culture meme means you're not going as a terrifying monstrosity from our cultural nightmares -- but with the Deep Dreaming costume, you can...
11:31 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Free medical marijuana offered to victims of Northern California's Valley Fire
Two medical marijuana product companies are offering free weed to folks impacted by the catastrophic Valley fire. Recipients must present a valid medical marijuana prescription at one of 5 dispensarie...
11:31 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Trump's Prosperity Gospel backers say Jesus makes you rich, cures Ebola, resurrects chickens
That weird meeting between presidential candidate Donald Trump and a number of so-called Prosperity Gospel evangelists sounds weirder the more we learn about who was there, and what they actually say ...
11:28 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Argentina wants to extend photographic copyright by more than 100 years
It'll go from 20 years from publication to 70 years after the photographer's death, and it's retroactive, meaning that millions of presently public domain photos reproduced online and in books will su...
11:28 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Rise of the Synthesizer: How an Electronics Whiz Kid Gave the 1980s Its Signature Sound
The recent revival of all things '80s has spurred a newfound appreciation for the decade's signature sound, which was largely produced by the synthesizer. Until the late 1970s, synthesizers had been f...
11:24 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Wyoming's Ag-Gag law makes it a crime to gather evidence of crime
With this year's "ag-gag" law, Wyoming has made it a crime to gather evidence of agricultural wrongdoing, from illegal pollution to animal cruelty, even from public land -- and also prohibits regulato...
11:18 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Be a Minecraft creeper this halloween, $13
As I continue to search for a Halloween costume, I thought the kids might be more familiar with a Minecraft creeper!A couple years back, Cory shared this DIY creeper costume. I don't have that level o...
11:16 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing LA Whiskey Society tastes and reviews "medicinal" whiskey from Prohibition
From 1920 to 1933, the only way to drink whiskey in America was to get a doctor's prescription, which would be pasted on the bottle (max one bottle/person/week) -- much like the "medical marijuana" of...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Podcast: the only way to get evidence-based policy is to embrace ambiguity in science
In the 2015 Sense About Science lecture (MP3), Tracey Brown discusses the worst casualty of politicization of science, from fluoride to climate change -- the truth. (more…)...
10:53 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing New $50 Kindle Fire won't recognize sideloaded ebooks on SD cards
The Kindle Fire comes with a SDXC card slot that outclasses every other tablet in its price range, accommodating storage cards that can hold as much as 128GB of media -- but it won't read ebooks from ...
10:41 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Landmark patent case will determine whether you can ever truly own a device again
IBM division Lexmark (which, a decade ago, lost a key copyright case that tried to ban ink-toner refilling) is headed to court in a patent case called Lexmark v. Impression, where it argues that paten...
10:25 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Media literacy show answers hard questions with Adbusters-inspired puppets
Gus writes, "When we created The Media Show (previously) decided the best way to teach about digital and media literacy was to answer the questions people were already asking Google, we didn't antic...
10:14 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Internet of Things That Lie: the future of regulation is demonology
Volkswagen's cars didn't have a fault in their diesel motors -- they were designed to lie to regulators, and that matters, because regulation is based on the idea that people lie, but things tell the ...
09:49 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Dieselgate for TVs: Samsung accused of programming TVs to cheat energy efficiency ratings
The European Commission is probing whether Samsung televisions' sensed when they were being tested for energy efficiency and changed their power consumption to get better ratings than they deserved. (...
09:27 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Want to clone your dog? That'll be $100,000
A booming biotech business in South Korea has new customers in America, because everyone wants to clone their dog. (more…)...
09:23 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Treasure Island Music Festival haiku contest finalists!
The winner of our annual Treasure Island Music Festival haiku ticket contest will see The National, Deadmau5, FKA Twigs, The War On Drugs, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Lower Dens, Jose Gonzalez, and m...
09:22 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing That nightmarish bipedal bear is back, and now we know why
https://youtu.be/kowgYcjRTmEI didn't like it when Snoopy suddenly changed from a cute quadruped to an ugly biped and I didn't like it when I saw this video of a bear walking upright like a human in a ...
09:11 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing DARE: feel-good bullshit that made it more likely kids would take drugs
Priceonomics reports that the DARE anti-drug program has never worked.Students who went through DARE werent any less likely to do drugs than the students who didnt. In fact, theres some well-regarded ...
08:28 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing S.S. Adams invented over 700 practical jokes. Here's a great book about them
For over 100 years, the S.S. Adams Company of Neptune, New Jersey has been selling joy buzzers, sneezing powder, exploding cigars, fake vomit, extra salty salt water taffy, toy smoking monkeys, magic ...
08:19 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Use This Wireless LED Flash to Give Your Everyday Photos a Professional Edge
Hold your camera to higher standards with the brand-new iBlazr 2, the most advanced LED flash to date. Simply attach to your smartphone, tablet, or DSLR camera. Conveniently sized and wireless, this p...
08:08 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing The Martian movie is better than the book (and that's OK)
Wired's Angela Watts reports on something that's been rather widely noted with respect to the forthcoming Matt Damon film "The Martian." It, contra to the usual outcome, is markedly better than the no...
08:02 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Pope: I don't support homophobic civic layabout Kim Davis
Kim Davis, the bigot who won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said she had a 15-minute audience with the Pope, who told her to stay strong. (more…)...
07:32 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Why is it harder to maintain weight level now than in the 80s?
A paper in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice claims that it is now harder to keep the pounds off than it was 30 years ago, even given the same amount of exercise and food consumption. Olga Khazan r...
07:24 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Arbitration: how America's corporations got their own private legal system
In 1925, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations of similar size and bargaining power could use arbitration, rather than courts, to settle their differences; today, corporations demand that customer...
07:18 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Leopard's head freed from cooking pot
A leopard lurched around blindly for five hours in a village in Rajasthan, North India, before wildlife experts tranquilized it and removed a cooking pot from its head.The 150lb animal got stuck aft...
07:10 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Voter suppression act two: closing driver's license offices in Alabama's Black Belt
A favored tactic of Tea Party governors this decade has been the imposition of a poll tax in the form of voter ID laws that required voters to present a state-issued ID (usually a driver's license) in...
06:59 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing Why an obscure left-wing MP won the UK Labour leadership by the biggest margin in history
In September, the British Labour Party elected a new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a died-in-the-wool left-wing veteran MP who had been marginalised for decades by the increasingly right-wing Labour party --...
05:14 am PDT - Fri, October 2, 2015
BoingBoing The Beginner's Guide is a game that doesn't want to be written about
The first time I finished The Beginner's Guide, the newest game by The Stanley Parable creator Davey Wreden, I felt furious and sick and sad. I shut my laptop and walked around the block at three in t...
04:34 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing TV Magic Cards with Marshall Brodien - the best commercial ever
I wonder how many thousands of kids were introduced to the joy of magic from buying TV Magic Cards after watching this commercial that ran on TV ad nauseum in the early 1970s. (more…)...
04:20 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Rock tour photography show opens in Seattle tonight!
My friend Rachel Demy has spent a decade managing tours and doing production for bands like The National, St. Vincent, Death Cab for Cutie, and many others. For all those years, she's always had a cam...
03:53 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Exclusive clip from new Russell Brand documentary
In this clip from the new documentary, Brand: A Second Coming, Russell Brand recounts the time he was at a protest in the streets of London. He climbed on top of a police van and took off his clothe...
03:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Fun Palaces: locally made art, science and play, for participants, not audiences
https://vimeo.com/107262132The idea of Fun Palaces has been incubating among radical librarians for more than half a century, and now it's bursting open as a full-fledged movement. Every library in ...
03:31 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Oh Joy Sex Toy, the book, volume 2 [NSFW] [YAY!]
My favorite sex toy review/sex ed/reproductive health webcomic has just released its second collection, with 328 pages' worth of comics by Erica Moen and her guest-comics-creators. (more…)...
02:01 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Watch out for all things spooky in the Halloween version of Spot It!
Ghosts, witches and werewolves! Trick, treat and boo! This special edition of Blue Orange Games Spot It! is perfect for the days leading up to Halloween. Like the original Spot It!, the circular cards...
12:36 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Austin area magician reveals own trick
Outspoken Genii forum member Brad Henderson has this fascinating public video calling card. Brad reveals, via an "Explaination," the optical illusion behind his business card.I find this curious as ...
12:21 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing 1902 trading cards imagine the 'Women of the Future'
Way back in 1902, a French manufacturer released a set of trading cards designed by artist Albert Bergeret that imagined the "women of the future." The cards envisioned women stepping into roles that ...
12:03 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing 10 reported killed in Oregon college shooting
At least 10 are reported dead at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon after a gunman began shooting at about 10:30 a.m. The shooter is dead, reports USA Today, citing unnamed police sources. At...
12:03 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing 13 reported killed in Oregon college shooting
At least 13 are reported dead at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon after a gunman began shooting at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Though early reports were not clear on whether the assailant wa...
12:03 pm PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing 10 killed in Oregon college shooting
10 are dead at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon after a gunman began shooting at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. (more…)...
11:38 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Fuerdai: Paris Hilton with Chinese characteristics
China's hereditary oligarchy is in its second generation, and the fuerdai -- rich kids born to rich kids -- are a national symbol for corruption and excess, splashing social media with evidence of the...
11:19 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Best alien hoax ever
In 1958, this glowing extraterrestrial appeared on rural Michigan roads, freaking out drivers before vanishing without a trace. According to witnesses, the "little blue man" was just two feet tall, ex...
11:03 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Apple removes Ifixit's repair manuals from App Store
Content-based App Store takedowns aren't just for drone killing anymore: Apple's also removed the Ifixit App, which offers you third-party manuals for fixing things you own, including your Apple produ...
10:50 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing The weird story behind Warhol's portrait of Barbie
In 1986, the year before his death, Andy Warhol painted a portrait of Barbie in the style of his famous paintings of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and so many other celebrities. But in Warhol's mind, it wasn...
10:44 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Arse Elektronika San Francisco 2015: SHOOT YOUR WORKLOAD
The annual "Sex, work and tech" show comes back to San Francisco, Oct 2-4, at the Center for Sex and Culture, featuring "talks, performances, games, workshops, machines and systems." (more…)...
10:37 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Newly disclosed Android bugs affect all devices
The newly released bugs are part of the Stagefright family of vulnerabilities, disclosed by Zimperium Zlabs. (more…)...
10:18 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing San Francisco: Killer intimate shows at new music venue (Milo Green tonight!)
San Francisco's Swedish American Hall, a beautiful 1907 building on Market Street, has been totally renovated while maintaining its historic detail, and now our friends at Noise Pop are curating a mar...
09:33 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Mesmerizing slow motion beauty of tennis racket annihilating Jell-O
The Slow Mo Guys smash Jell-O with a tennis racket and the super slow motion footage is beautiful. ...
09:17 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Young woman can't keep her hands off Katy Perry on stage
https://youtu.be/-Xqe-O5VnqkKaty Perry invited a KatyCat named Rayane to join her onstage in Rio, and the young woman couldn't help herself from squeezing, neck-kissing, and licking Katy, who handled ...
08:56 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Jell-O hit with a tennis racket is entrancing
The Slow Mo Guys smash Jell-O with a tennis racket and the super slow motion footage is beautiful....
08:56 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Margaret Cho and Bob Mould in email conversation
As part of California Sunday's "The Thread" series, I asked comedian/actress Margaret Cho and punk pioneer Bob Mould, who are old pals, to have an email conversation about whatever's on their mind. Th...
08:48 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Police cars covered in bees
A big-rig containing millions of bees overturned on the highway, and the swarm promptly attached itself to the first responders. The officers decided to remain in their vehicles for the time being, ...
08:48 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing This woman got mad that a restaurant doesn't serve dog meat so she read an angry script at steakhouse diners
The leader of this protest group walked into a restaurant somewhere in the US and asked the hapless restaurant hostess why "dog meat" wasn't on the menu. The flustered hostess didn't have an answer ...
08:33 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Bantha costume, for dogs
Oh, Nemo! My Great Pyrenees is going to look great! He'll be wearing this Bantha costume as we wander the entire .4 of a mile that is our neighborhood designated trick-or-treating run. I wish there wa...
08:21 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing How do you design 2-sided dice that aren't flat?
Here's the rule: design a 2-sided die that is not coin shaped. Many people have tried, with varying degrees of success. Core77 has a gallery of some attempts. Here are a few: (more…)...
07:58 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Theoretical "auto-brothel" attack on mechanics' computers could infect millions of cars
Companies like GM have engineered their cars so that it's a felony to make independent diagnostic tools for them, or to investigate the official diagnostic tools rented to mechanics in exchange for a ...
07:39 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Nerdcore Ghostbusters rap video starring the Atlanta Ghostbusters
djBC writes, "Atlanta nerdcore rapper Tribe One teams up with producer and mashup artist dj BC for this Ghostbusters-inspired rap joint. The video was shot at Bootie Dragon Con and on location at an...
07:33 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Blue Rodeo's anti-Tory anthem: Stealin' All My Dreams
The Canadian-as-maple-pie band's Stealin' All My Dreams is a catalog of all the horrors of the Harper regime, from stifling scientists to strip-mining the CBC to doubling down on tar-sand oil. The O...
07:22 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing France's plan to legalize mass surveillance will give it the power to spy on the world
After getting caught breaking its own laws with a mass surveillance program, the French government has introduced legislation that mirrors the NSA's rules, giving it the power to spy on all foreigners...
07:16 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Hitler's drug habit wilder than widely known
I love reading about all the drugs Hitler was on and the implication that his insane medical treatments made him even crazier and nastier than he otherwise was. Andrea Maurer takes a deep dive into th...
06:54 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Tube-map labelled with one-bedroom flat rental rates
Since the crisis, the number of people renting in the UK has sharply increased, but the number of landlords has decreased, as a smaller and smaller number of richer and richer people control the desti...
06:53 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Terrible pickup lines from around the world
"Is your father a terrorist? Because you are the bomb."Guys, just stop. Stop. [via Digg]...
06:47 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Eternal September and the broadening of horizons
"Eternal September" refers to the Internet as it has been since 1993, when AOL began providing access to USENET. The flood of newbies made the newsgroups feel like the first month of schoolbut this ti...
06:38 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Nuanced profile of the Oklahoma County where "no one believes in climate change"
John Sutter, an Oklahoma native, visited Woodward County, where, at first, he could find no one who'd admit to believing in anthropogenic climate change (not even the headmaster of the local academy, ...
06:26 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing No, we did not count lawn ornaments in deer tally: Wisconsin
Wisconsin officials have responded to a rumor that they included the state's myriad of charming lawn ornaments in the annual count of deer: No, no we did not.Reuters reports that the hoax was refused ...
06:25 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Judge John Hodgman is back in the NYT
John Hodgman's old New York Times advice column -- which transmogrified into a brilliant podcast -- has been restored to its original home, where it provides much-needed color in the Grey Lady's pages...
06:09 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Let Edward Scissorhands come home
Jon Hendren, @fart, was mistakenly summoned onto Headline News instead of journalist John Hendren, to talk about whistleblower Ed Snowden. He talked about Edward Scissorhands instead. The clueless, ...
04:00 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Last chance to grab gorgeous Wendy Pini art book
Though famous as the co-creator and illustrator of Elfquest, artist Wendy Pini's career stretches from 1960s zines to cyber-horror, with many strange and wonderful detours along the way. A kickstarter...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, October 1, 2015
BoingBoing Pay what you want for 12 courses to help you become a Microsoft Office master
Moment of truth: Is "Microsoft Office Expert" on your resume, but not totally accurate? This pay what you want bundle will not only help you brush up on old skills, but teach you advanced techniques t...
03:29 pm PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Cthulhu in a teacup
These Cthulhu teacups are made by Voodoo Delicious, AKA Michael Palmer from Queensland, Australia. (more…)...
03:19 pm PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Megachurch televangelists lay hands on Donald Trump, ask Jesus to vote for him
GOP presidential candidate and noted scumbag Donald Trump met with a bunch of televangelists, Tea Party teavangelicals, and preacher profiteers at his Trump Tower office Monday afternoon. The elite g...
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Create 12 different action-packed comic books with The Superhero Comic Kit
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Calling this book a kit might be an exaggeration, but The Superhero Comic Kit does pack a lot of fun into its inviting, oversized pages. The front section has i...
02:09 pm PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Strategies for nodding during meetings
You know those people who nod a lot in meetings, appearing interested even when they are either bored to death or have no idea what the hell is being said? Sarah Cooper has "9 Nodding Strategies for Y...
02:05 pm PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Moon glass reveals the phases of the moon as you drink
The curved bottom of the cup peeks through your drink as the level drops down, moving the "moon" from full to a fingernail-paring sliver. Of course, it works better if you drink something cloudy and w...
02:03 pm PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Wheels of Aurelia, a girls' road trip, may be my favorite game of 2015 so far
I don't think my mother ever expected to have such a wild daughter as me. She's an accountant, and we have nothing in common. Maybe because of that, I hang onto what little I know of her teen years in...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Now you can buy Pokemon butts
Historically, the Pokemon franchise has focused its merchandising efforts on the parts of Pokemon characters that were not their butts. But that's about to change, thanks to a new wave of toys, charms...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Soon you can buy Pokmon butts
Historically, the Pokemon franchise has focused its merchandising efforts on the parts of Pokemon characters that were not their butts. But that's about to change, thanks to a new wave of toys, charms...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing The new face of Pokmon is butts
Historically, the Pokmon franchise has focused its merchandising efforts on the parts of Pokmon characters that were not their butts. But that's about to change, thanks to a new wave of toys, charms a...
11:25 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Right to Encrypt is under fire in America. Savecrypto.org is fighting for your crypto rights.
The Intercept just published an amazing article by Jim Bamford yesterday talking about how the NSA exploited a backdoor in Vodafone to spy on Greek politicians and journalists during the 2004 Olympics...
11:11 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Home Free wants to make you a stray dog in the big city
It's not easy living in the big city, especially when you're a lost dog. (more…)...
10:54 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing "Squeeze the butt, squeeze the legs, breathe..."
Depending on whether your sound is on or off, this fellow is either painfully enduring or tremendously enjoying high G-force training. (YouTube)...
10:19 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing World's largest collection of coffee cup lids
Architects Louise Harpman and Scott Specht own the world's largest collection of disposable plastic coffee cup lids, a seemingly simple product that raises myriad design questions and challenges. Fr...
10:13 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Rocketship salt or peppermill
This peppermill is really great. Not something I replace more than once a decade, I wanted a grinder that stood out and was fun. I've had a set of Shaker style ones, purchased in my late 20s, that jus...
09:51 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing In online censorship arms race, Thailand vows a China-style Great Firewall
https://youtu.be/FRHTwVE1eH8Thai authorities are planning to tighten control over the Internet, creating a single international access point so they can better monitor content, reports Voice Of Americ...
09:49 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing The Genii Forums, where magicians keep magic secret in public
There is a fantastic thread running on Genii about Boing Boing's enthusiasm for magic! Internet forums are the source of all truth! Genii is an awesome resource for magicians, new and old, and the par...
09:43 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing 15 things I love about Tokyo DisneySea
Yeah, youve heard of Disneyland (thats the one in California) and you were probably dragged to Walt Disney World (thats the one in Florida) when you were a kid. And, possibly, if you give a rats patoo...
09:29 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Wreck It Ralph/Fury Road mashup
By cpartsalot, who notes: "I have a theory that the reason they have yet to have an official sequel announcement is because the scriptwriters are busy trying to slip in as many Mad Max references as p...
09:22 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Kickstarting a game: "Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful"
https://youtu.be/NI9xDBH54kwMargaret writes, "Esteemed NYC game-maker Kevin Cancienne (part of the team behind highly adored Drop 7) is launching Home Free, an utterly unique dog exploration game. It'...
09:17 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Pope met with Kim Davis, urged homophobic Kentucky clerk to stay strong
Where is your Cool Pope now, America? His PR game is undoubtedly on fleek, but he's still beholden to the same homophobic crap we know and love from the Catholic Church, the world's most powerful supp...
09:09 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Icelanders school their PM on solidarity with Syrian refugees
The Prime Minister of Iceland offered to take in 50 Syrian refugees; 10,000 of his countrymen responded to this announcement by offering their homes to house Syrians fleeing horrific violence and dang...
08:49 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Review: These microfiber towels are a much better way to clean up spills and messes in my car
There'salways some kind of mess in my car. Spilled coffee, greasy hands, fogged-up or bird-pooped-on windows. I usually fumble around for whatever paper napkins I might have stashed away, but thenI sa...
08:25 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing What's the deal with Lime Crime, the "most-hated" cosmetic company on the 'net?
Lime Crime, a cosmetic line that's accused of repackaging cheap generic products and infamous for threatening people who give it bad reviews, is the subject of a gripping profile by Arabelle Sicardi.B...
08:06 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Ad network will respect Do-Not-Track headers
Adzerk, who serves ads for Bittorrent, Stackexchange, Reddit and other high-profile sites, will honor Do-Not-Track messages from readers' browsers, and its ads will not be blocked by the major ad-bloc...
08:06 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Ad server will respect Do-Not-Track headers
Adzerk, who serves ads for Bittorrent, Stackexchange, Reddit and other high-profile sites, will honor Do-Not-Track messages from readers' browsers, and its ads will not be blocked by the major ad-bloc...
08:04 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing What Is the Most Dangerous Gang in Prison?
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.And FURTHER, please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE for advance access to comics and more stuff. And GET Ruben Bolling's new ...
07:59 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Lemony Snicket gives Planned Parenthood $1M
Daniel Handler (who wrote the excellent "Series of Unfortunate Events" books under the name Lemony Snicket) and his wife, Lisa Brown, announced the $1 million gift to Planned Parenthood on the eve of ...
07:46 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Wisconsin is a paradise for white kids, but a hell for black kids
In Madison alone, 1,000 black children were arrested in 2013, but only 3,247 black children live in Madison. (more…)...
07:43 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Map of businesses with puntastic names
Atlas Obscura and Digg have generated an incredible interactive map of punnish-named businesses, neatly organized by category.The pain mixed with pleasure of, say, something as evocative as Hannah an...
07:07 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Young people will pay for entertainment, but not news
A study of so-called Millennials (born since around 1980) ranks the things they actually give money for on the internet. News is at the bottom. At the top: entertainment such as movies, TV, music(!) a...
06:50 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Alien schoolkid studies primitive human ruins in affecting short film
"They even ended up creating their own open-source religion," the creature says, charmed but desponded about the mysterious vanished species. "But in the end, they lacked something."Creator Loc bram...
06:49 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing After OPM hack, CIA pulls agents from Beijing for their safety
22 million Americans' most compromising data (from fingerprints to criminal records to identities of family and lovers) was breached in the Office of Personnel Management hack, presumably by hackers w...
06:42 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Commie bus stops were awesome
Wired has a nice article up today about bus stops built in the Soviet Union, as photographed by Chris Herwig. Some of them look beautiful, some of them look like dead robots, and some look positively ...
06:34 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Forget the Tea Party: the future of the right is weird as hell
When you think of the right wing of American politics, your thoughts perhaps scan a spectrum of things that are at least vaguely associated with this and the last centuries. The "neoreaction" is somet...
06:01 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Model predicts broken fire alarms
New Orleans' city analytics team wanted a computer model that predicts the likelihood any given city block will lack alarm coverage. Enter New York city data experts Enigma, who used public data sets ...
05:48 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Woman banned from parks after pinching policeman's bottom
"The officer was shocked and had cause to arrest her," writes the unbylined author of The Shields Gazzette's report on the arrest of Louise Richards, alleged boob flasher and assaulter of police.Richa...
05:35 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing The paradox of personal branding
Ann Friedman (41k Twitter followers!) writes on the quixotic, often-futile practice of "personal branding," whereby one tries to intentionally control something that exists only in other people's mind...
05:11 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing What's in "natural beef flavor"?
If a food additive is "generally recognized as safe," food manufacturers do not have to disclose its presence. And there's a lot of bullshit allowed when it comes to marketing. Eater looks into "natur...
02:00 am PDT - Wed, September 30, 2015
BoingBoing Get This Complete Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit For 85% Off
Whether you're already a Pi addict or tempted by what you've heard, this bundle has everything you need to get going with the next generation of Raspberry Pi exploration. Get a Pi 2 Model B board plus...