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07:12 pm PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing Watch: AMAZING slam poem about policing women's speech habits
Melissa Lozada-Oliva's spoken word piece "Like Totally Whatever," performed at the National Poetry Slam 2015, in Oakland, CA. Kick ass. (via Pro Choice America)...
06:03 pm PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing Congress wants to know if agencies were compromised by the backdoor in Juniper gear (and where it came from)
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has asked dozens of agencies in the US government to disclose whether they used switches made by Juniper, the disgraced US network technology gi...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing Louis C.K. just released a new 'surprise' web show with Alan Alda, Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco
How cool of an internet-age entertainer is Louis C.K.? Here's what I got in my inbox this morning, as a subscriber to his email updates: (more…)...
12:47 pm PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing President Obama pledges $4 billion for computer science education in schools
In his weekly address, President Barack Obama this week pledged $4 billion in federal funding for computer science education in schools throughout the nation. (more…)...
08:25 am PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing San Francisco Super Bowl: crooked accounting, mass surveillance and a screwjob for taxpayers & homeless people
It's a universal, dismal truism that all major sports events are ripoffs that transfer money from cities to the pockets of corrupt sporting leagues and bodies, but even by those standards, San Francis...
07:48 am PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing in $31m award, Jury finds that Walmart retaliated against worker
A pharmacist fired by Walmart after reporting safety problemswas awarded $31m in damages by a jury Friday. (more…)...
07:34 am PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing Chester Cheetah embraces furries spurned by Tony the Tiger
On Twitter, Kelloggs mascot Tony the Tiger began blocking furries who made lustful remarks about the hunky cartoon feline, ultimately telling them to knock it off because cereal is "family-friendly."E...
07:16 am PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing Report: Chicago PD dashcams sabotaged by officers
80 percent of Chicago PD dashcam videos have been tampered with or otherwise damaged, according to technicians' reports, with audio missing due to 'intentional destruction' in many cases.Radley Balko:...
06:11 am PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing Same as the old boss: Justin Trudeau ready to sign Harper's EU free trade deal
CETA is a Canada/EU "free trade agreement," negotiated in secret and containing the notorious "Investor-State Dispute Settlement" (ISDS) clause, which lets corporations sue governments in confidential...
05:46 am PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing Danish government let America's Snowden-kidnapping jet camp out in Copenhagen
The Gulfstream, tail number N977GA, was given permission to land in and fly over Denmark, and spent some time parked in Copenhagen, waiting to snatch Edward Snowden and kidnap him to America. (more&h...
05:26 am PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing Model forwards unsolicited dick pix, chat transcripts to girlfriends of her harassers
Emily Sears has a longstanding, devastatingly effecting procedure for handling the unsolicited dick pix, wanking videos, and sexist come-ons she receives from creepy Internet randos: she researches th...
01:00 am PST - Sat, January 30, 2016
BoingBoing Learn how to build over 60 games with the Complete Game Developer Bundle now 87% off
No big deal, but youre kind of a champion. Youve used your fingertips to dominate the online competition. And now its time to take the hammer to the next level. With this development pack thats now 87...
08:23 pm PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Classic internet weirdness: What What (In The Butt), Samwell (2007)
https://youtu.be/fbGkxcY7YFUWith all the talk of Kanye West, Amber Rose, butt play alleged and butt play denied, it's a good time to revisit one of the great internet memes of yore. Internet sensation...
07:57 pm PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Breastfeeding stickers turn mom's nursing breast into fruit
Ad agency Boone Oakley created a provocative campaign in posters and stickers for hospitals to promote breastfeeding to first-time moms. (more…)...
02:31 pm PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Hackers release data from Fraternal Order of Police, largest U.S. police union
Sensitive electronic files from Americas biggest police union were posted online this week after a hacker breached the Fraternal Order of Police website. The ill-gotten dump includes officers' names a...
02:14 pm PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing 'The Art of a Political Revolution' for Bernie Sanders
In Los Angeles and starting tonight, you can check out an #ArtistsForBernieSanders show in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. My beautiful friend Souris Hong is one of the cu...
01:21 pm PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Young girls react to seeing the new 2016 Barbie dolls for the first time
https://youtu.be/g02M5s5QwuQWe asked young girls what they think about traditional Barbie dolls, and then we showed them the new Barbies to see how they'd react to her new shapes and sizes. Here's wha...
11:32 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Dinomania: The Lost Art of Winsor McCay, The Secret Origins of King Kong, and the Urge to Destroy New York
See sample pages of Dinomania at Wink.Cartoonist Winsor McCay was best known as the creator of the hallucinatory Little Nemo in Slumberland and Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend newspaper comic strips. Fewe...
11:23 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Donald Trump with a cockney accent
https://youtu.be/-cA0NM5RAY0Peter Serafinowicz says, "I gave Mr Trump a tough guy cockney accent. No words were changed."Did you know the Kray Twins were really the Kray Triplets?...
11:17 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Wisdom teeth removal is rarely necessary
People are more likely to experience complications caused by having their wisdom teeth pulled than they are from keeping them in their head, according to several studies cited in this Fusion article b...
11:03 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Over 2000 pages, the Akira series is a sci-fi epic
See sample pages of Akira at Wink.At the far too early age of seven I watched Katsuhiro Otomos film Akira. In a time before the internet, my parents had made the mistake of thinking that since it was ...
11:00 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Guy builds a gadget to blast loud music back at neighbors
YouTuber Matthew Br made a gadget that senses when the rude people in the apartment next to him play loud music and blasts especially annoying music back at them through the wall. The device gives t...
10:52 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing NASA's Mars Rover sends back a sandy selfie
The latest self-portrait from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the car-size mobile laboratory beside a dark dune where it has been scooping and sieving samples of sand. (more…)...
10:44 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Watch a clay vase take shape from the potter's wheel's perspective
TORTUS: SPIN from Tortus Copenhagen on Vimeo.It looks like the room and everything in it is spinning around a fixed potter's wheel.[via]...
10:39 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Read: The End of Big Data: space weapons, UN inspectors and personal data
James "New Aesthetic" Bridle writes, "I wrote an SF short story about satellites, space weapons, UN inspectors, and the end of personal data! I hope you like it." (more…)...
10:38 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing How to remove all tourists from your travel shots
On Reddit, OmerRAnderson explains how to remove people from a photo. The idea is to put a camera on tripod and take several pictures every ten seconds or so over the course of a few minutes or more. T...
10:21 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing The rise and fall of a Fox News fraud
Fox News invited bullshitting fraudster Wayne Simmons to appear on its "news" programs over 100 times posing as a CIA operative. Based on his hawkish proclamations, the Pentagon hired Simmons as a shi...
09:08 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing FBI releases video of militiaman shooting
The FBI has released footage that shows militiaman LaVoy Finicum's death at the hands of law enforcement officers manning a roadblock.In the video, Finicum's vehicle tries to evade the block only to...
08:00 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Highball tumblers with tiny Mt Fujis in their base
They're handmade and the tiny mountains change color based on the color of the drink you serve in them, come in a gorgeous gift box, but they're also a whopping $88 each. (more…)...
07:54 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Hunger is a mood: the psychology of weight loss and self-control
Michael Graziano, a psychologist, lost 50 lbs in 8 months by experimenting on himself to see how different dietary choices affected his feelings of hunger, reasoning that the major predictor of weight...
07:43 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Watch: Florida climate survivors travel to New Hampshire to confront Marco Rubio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qChpapWBljEBrant from Climate Truth writes, "A fishing boat captain, a restaurateur, and a Cuban refugee being displaced by rising seas in South Florida are setting o...
07:38 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Elizabeth Warren's new 1%: the percentage of fraudulent profits companies pay in fines
In Rigged Justice: 2016How Weak Enforcement LetsCorporate Offenders Off Easy, a 12-page booklet, Senator Elizabeth Warren documents corporations that were caught undertaking grossly fraudulent, highly...
07:17 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing The science of skipping stones
The tl;dr: hit the water at a 20% angle. But the answer isn't as interesting as the questionBocquets quest to understand how this happens how a solid object can skim along water without immediately s...
07:10 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Fleen's stark generative art would make wonderful wallpaper
I can't quite explain why I love John Greene / Fleen's generative computer art so much. It's cold and mechanical, yet seems to encode a spookily human sense of culture (see also: the Kingdom of Aurill...
06:59 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing EA reveals the Xbox One sales total that Microsoft prefers not to
Microsoft long ago stopped saying how many XBox Ones it had sold, but figures released by Electronic Arts expose numbers far short of rival Sony's Playstation 4. On a financial call with reporters, CE...
06:46 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing U.S. Highway Administration orders return to vintage typeface
In 2004, a more legible typeface, Clearview, was approved to improve America's road signs. But after a decade of use, U.S. Federal Highway Administration has decided to return to the old typeface, pub...
01:00 am PST - Fri, January 29, 2016
BoingBoing Get this Ultra-Stealth Nano Drone for 50% off in the Boing Boing Store
You throw this drone up into the air, and its gone. OK, not really, but it really might look that way. Its sky blue and will indeed appear to disappear. Thats what makes it awesome. This sunny-day ste...
06:46 pm PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Slipstick funnies: in case of power-outage...
Rodney sez, "Wayne Pollock, a Computer Science instructor at Hillsborough Community College (FL), has this on his office wall. He says, 'I had that idea years ago, and my dad made the darn thing one y...
06:01 pm PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Jefferson Airplanes Paul Kantner has died at 74
Paul Kantner, founding member of Jefferson Airplane and icon of the sixties San Francisco rock explosion, died today. He was 74. Earlier this week, he suffered a heart attack, and had for years been d...
05:42 pm PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Psychic breakthrough could save your life, and other tabloid stunners
[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...
02:46 pm PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Dinomania: The Lost Art of Winsor McCay, The Secret Origins of King Kong, and the Urge to Destroy New York
See sample pages of https://winkbooks.net/post/138210907734/dinomania-the-lost-art-of-winsor-mccay-the at Wink.Cartoonist Winsor McCay was best known as the creator of the hallucinatory Little Nemo in...
12:20 pm PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Guess who donated all the money to Black Americans for a Better Future Super PAC? Rich white men.
The Super PAC has $417,250 to spend on the upcoming election. $400K of that came from Robert Mercer, a white billionaire hedge-fund titan who is the major funder of the Ted Cruz campaign. (more&hellip...
10:54 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Bill Gates sold rights to the Tiananmen 1989 pictures to a Chinese company
The photos went as part of the deal that sold Corbis Entertainment's licensing arm to Visual China Group. (more…)...
10:49 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing On Trump
It just struck me that Donald Trump is a walking mashup of The Imperial March and Yakity Sax....
10:14 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing How to make your shoelaces appear to tie themselves
A delightful and simple illusion. (DaveHax)...
10:13 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Richard Dawkins wishes he'd named his "The Selfish Gene" book "The Immortal Gene" instead
Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen and a Conservative member of the House of Lords, reflects on Richard Dawkins' groundbreaking book about evolution, The Selfish Gene, which was published 30 years a...
10:01 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Incredible archive of 49 millions artworks, artifacts, books, videos, and sounds from across Europe
Josh Jones of Open Culture says, "Of all the archives Ive surveyed, used in my own research, and presented to Open Culture readers, none has seemed to me vaster than Europeana Collections, a portal of...
09:58 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing 99-year-old woman wakes to find an exotic "honey bear" sleeping on her chest
This is a kinkajou, or "honey bear," a mammal who usually calls the Central and South American rainforests its home. That's far from Miami, Florida, where one scared the hell out of a 99-year-old woma...
09:58 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing 99-year-old woman wakes to an exotic "honey bear" sleeping on her chest
This is a kinkajou, or "honey bear," a mammal who usually calls the Central and South American rainforests its home. That's far from Miami, Florida, where one scared the hell out of a 99-year-old woma...
09:39 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Watch a tree get shredded by a lightning bolt
Meteorologist Cedric Haynes of East Texas station KLTV tweeted this amazing video recorded by a surveillance cam at Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, Texas....
09:29 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Michael Moore: Flint needs a revolution, not bottled water
Michael Moore, perhaps Flint, MI's most famous son, has written an open letter to people who are heartsick at the thought of a whole generation of mostly poor, mostly black children being given perman...
09:29 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Stretch Armstrong cartoon coming to Netflix
Netflix ordered 26 episodes of a new Hasbro-produced cartoon starring Stretch Armstrong, the iconic 1970s action figure whose rubbery body could be pulled and stretched until its skin inevitable tore ...
09:16 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing The surveillance business model goes to war against the FTC
You may have noticed a surge of articles criticizing the Federal Trade Commission for its innovation-stifling, headline-chasing, out-of-control attacks on business. The timing of these articles, op-ed...
09:13 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing How to make your own cat scratching posts
Mr. Homegrown shows how to make a cat scratching post from some rope and lumber. He writes, 'Im so satisfied with the results that Im thinking about creating a integrated cat scratcher/USB charging st...
09:11 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Watch jazz legend Elvin Jones build a drum beat
Watch legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones, known for his playing with the John Coltrane Quartet and, of course, the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, construct a killer post-bop beat, c. 1979. (Thanks, Jorda...
09:03 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Monkeys make surprisingly terrible random-number generators
Back in 2002, artists at England's Plymouth University teamed up with Paignton Zoo to see if monkeys could write Shakespeare. (more…)...
08:59 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Awesome 8-bit chiptune bloopcore remix of John Cage's 433
https://soundcloud.com/beschizza/433-8-bit-hi-nrg-chiptune-bloopcore-remixYou're welcome....
08:01 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Florida mayors write to GOP presidential hopefuls demanding action on climate change
Open letters from the mayors of 15 Florida cities and towns to Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush urge both would-be presential candidates to acknowledge the reality of anthropogenic climate change, and to take...
07:52 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing The Onion's new owner is Hillary Clinton's most lavish financial backer
Univision, a hugely successful Spanish language broadcaster, bought humor newspaper/site The Onion two weeks ago, and in so doing, transferred control over a site that has produced scathing comedy at ...
07:49 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Saying "never read the comments" turns a blind eye to abuse
Anil Dash writes that a cynical blogger in-joke"never read the comments"has become a "bad habit," an excuse for giving free rein to abusive conduct.honestly, I get itmaking a joke out of the situation...
07:45 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Wolf of Wall Street production assistants say they were forced to pee in bottles, sue studio
Four production assistants are suing Paramount because they say the studio did not pay them minimum wage, forced them to work "round-the-clock," and didn't provide a toilet during the shooting of big ...
07:43 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen wipes out coral reef with his superyacht
The anchor chain of the MV Tatoosh, the 43d largest yacht in the world, destroyed 14,000 square feet worth of reef in the Caymans' West Bay replenishment zone, wiping out more than 80% of the reef. (m...
07:35 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing The creator of Papyrus, the world's second-most reviled font, was paid only $2,500 in today's money
John Brownlee interviews Chris Costello, the type designer behind Papyrus, described as "that font comedians move onto when their Comic Sans jokebook gets a little dog-eared.""There have definitely be...
07:35 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Head of NSA's hacker squad explains how to armor networks against the likes of him
Rob Joyce runs the NSA's Tailored Access Operations group, the spies who figure out how to hack systems, publishing a spook's version of the Skymall catalog, filled with software and hardware that oth...
07:10 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Inflatable T-Rex costume
You may remember this outfit from recent videos exhibiting a high internet virality coefficient. It's available for purchase at Amazonwe'll get a cut if you use that linkand at BuyCostumes. There will...
06:56 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Arrested Oregon occupation leader tells everyone to go home
Ammon Bundy, the leader of the armed occupation of a Federal wildlife reserve in Oregon, has told the rest of them to leave it following his arrest.It is unclear how many people are still at the refu...
06:49 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Every #1 rap hit since 1989, the interactive chart
Polygraph and Billboard's HOT RAP SONGS" CHART (1989 - 2015) is a perfect visualization (and audiolization) of how music drifts in and out of the public consciousness, using a generation-worth of rap ...
06:43 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Anaheim: the happiest surveillance state on earth
Orange County has many claims to fame: Richard Nixon, the S&L scandal, subprime boiler-rooms, Disneyland, an airport honoring a cowboy named Marion, and now, the revelation that its police force secre...
01:00 am PST - Thu, January 28, 2016
BoingBoing Get The LithiumCard Wallet Battery for 66% off
One pocket to rule them all. Now, if you have a wallet, you have a battery. This slim, powerful charger is a paragon of efficiency and can make your mobile life a heckuva lot easier. For 66% off right...
07:38 pm PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing The Only Child Searching for a companion while lost in fantasy
See sample pages of The Only Child at Wink.The Only Child portrays a lonely tot who becomes lost in a winter landscape. While her parents scour the city and surrounding countryside, the child scampers...
04:22 pm PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing 'Heil Trumpler' guy who tried to tomato Trump may be America's greatest hero
https://youtu.be/2GjW5HSOpiUThey say this 28-year-old guy tossed 2 tomatoes at presidential candidate Donald Trump, during the noted racist shitbag's Iowa campaign stop. He missed. But his t-shirt slo...
04:15 pm PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Gorgeous Star Wars inspired frocks
Catherine Elhoffer from Elhoffer Design created these awesome "The Force, Fashioned" dresses that riff off the costume designs in The Force Awakens. (more…)...
04:06 pm PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Hacker puppets and Jean Claude Van Damme demonstrate how the internet crosses the ocean
Gus writes, "How does the Internet cross the ocean? Ask a random person and they will probably guess 'satellites' it just seems easier than wires, right?" (more…)...
04:05 pm PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Three new Zika virus cases confirmed in the USA: Los Angeles, Virginia, Minnesota
Well, that epidemic didn't take long to start scaring the crap out of America. The first confirmed case of the Zika virus in Los Angeles County was reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control tod...
03:16 pm PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Is Amy Schumer a serial joke thief? Video compilation compares clips, side by side
https://youtu.be/Qv0eWN8v_tgThis video is pretty rabid Reddit rage-fodder today. Certainly, selective video edits by someone with a point to make can be damning where nothing wrong has been done, but-...
03:03 pm PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing 'We all need the D,' claims adorably clueless Canadian ad campaign for Vitamin D
We all need the D. Even me! Yes we do, honey. Yes we do. (more…)...
02:50 pm PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Facebook's fourth-quarter earnings smash Wall Street expectations
Social media giant Facebook today reported sales and earnings that well exceeded Wall Street's expectations, as both the number of users and mobile ad dollars rose from October to December. (more&hell...
11:43 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Man gasps dying words into officer's bodycam: "They're killing me right now... I can't breathe."
In 2013, Ana Biocini called the Oakland police because she'd heard a noise and thought there might be an intruder in the house. When the police arrived, they handcuffed her brother, Hernan Jaramillo, ...
09:43 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Foldable step stool $10
This foldable step stool is 11 inches high, and is only 1.5 inches thick when folded up. It has replaced a non-folding plastic step stool that we'd kept in on the floor in the closet. It's on sale at ...
09:35 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Help wanted: Burning Man's Chief Fed
The Bureau of Land Management has posted a job listing for a Burning Man project manager, salary $69,497 to $90,344, responsible for risk-management plans, environmental impact statements, environment...
09:20 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Metachaos: stunning, grotesque short about "the most tragic aspects of the human nature"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UPUhn9hpTUFilmmaker Alessandro Bavari's 2010 short "METACHAOS" is a gorgeous and surreal film about "the most tragic aspects of the human nature and of its motion, s...
09:10 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Police sergeant: 16 year old girl probably saw penises before I showed her mine, NBD
Boston Police Sergeant Edwin Guzman's lawyer says that it's not really a big deal that he sent a photo of his penis to the sixteen-year-old daughter of a friend, because "You cant tell me someone her ...
09:01 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Themepark in an ancient, cavernous Transylvanian salt-mine
Transylvania's Salina Turda themepark is housed in an ancient salt mine with millennia of history. Visitors use its vertical shafts to access vast underground salt caverns and lakes dotted with a conc...
08:51 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Chinese snatch-squads roam the globe, kidnapping dissidents and critics
It's not just dissident Hong Kong booksellers who're being snatched -- China's snatch-squads have kidnapped expatriate dissidents (including those with foreign passports) from Sweden, Burma and Thaila...
07:57 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Shootout in Oregon: one terrorist killed, eight arrested
Oregon law enforcement ended its longstanding policy of allowing the domestic terrorists who seized the Malheur national wildlife refuge to come and go as they please, pulling over a convoy of the ext...
07:45 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Health insurer loses 1m customers' health records
Despite the fact that it "takes the privacy and security of our members' information seriously," the health insurance company Centene can't find six unencrypted hard drives with 950,000 customers' pri...
07:36 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Vehicle surveillance company's "free" deal turns Texas cops into bill-collectors
Vigilant Solutions is "one of the countrys largest brokers of vehicle surveillance technology" and they've got a great deal for Texas police forces: install our license-readers and we'll alert you eve...
07:29 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Putting Our Children on a Path to Lead
Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.Please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, and more. And/or buy Ruben Bollings new book series for k...
07:15 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Passports, ranked by country
The Passport Index ranks passports according to their "power", defined around how many countries will let you in without a visa. British and American passports share the top spot. Meanwhile, a South S...
06:42 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Seminar on Jo Walton's Philosopher Kings novels
Jo Walton (previously) is one of science fiction's great talents, a writer who blends beautiful insight about human beings and their frailties and failings without ever losing sight of their nobility ...
06:32 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Barack Obama ends solitary confinement for juveniles in federal custody
Obama wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post (bio: "Barack Obama is president of the United States") explaining his suite of penal reform policies, which begin with ending the barbaric practice of putt...
06:19 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing All your booze comes from a handful of titanic global corporations
Mergers and acquisitions mania: not just for banks, oil companies, publishing, movie studios, airlines, cable, phone companies, retail chains and family restaurants anymore. For years, the booze indus...
05:47 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Who is the most corrupt of them all? 2016's international rankings out
Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perception Index, an international ranking of where the government graft grows. (more…)...
03:56 am PST - Wed, January 27, 2016
BoingBoing Donald Trump mostly retweets white supremacists
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a Twitter addict and often uses the medium to issue comments, responses and campaign pronouncements. But he also lets others do the talking, simply by...
08:00 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Unmaking a home: A story of life, death, Christmas and trash bags
[I'm a huge fan of Bill Barol's podcast, HOME: Stories From L.A. It's the first podcast Bill has produced, and he knocked it right out of the park. HOME is one of the best narrative podcasts I've ever...
07:06 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Home, a dystopian adventure by Tom Abrahams
Tom Abrahams' Home introduces us to a prepper nightmare. His vision of life in a post-plague America is worse than I'd imagined.Former military expert and super prepper Battle has spent the last few y...
03:19 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing 3M Gel Wrist Rest $11
The bones in the heel of my hand start aching after a few minutes if I don't have support under them. Ive tried several different pads, and the 3M Gel Wrist Rest is my favorite. It has just the right ...
03:13 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Released today! Beverly Six intertwined stories that show the underside of suburban life
See sample pages at Wink.Nick Drnasos Beverly, released today, is a brilliant set of six intertwined stories that show the underside of suburban life. Each story starts off with a smile, while pretty ...
03:03 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing How to make a primitive cord drill and pump drill
YouTuber Primitive Technology says, "I made a cord drill and then upgraded it to a pump drill. A cord drill is basically a spindle with a fly wheel attached so it looks like a spinning top. the midd...
02:55 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Nude statues at Rome museum covered to not embarrass Iranian president
Classical nude statues at Italy's Capitoline Museum were covered up this week in anticipation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit. Some politicians and art critics called out the stupidity. Fr...
02:44 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Dashcam captures Oregon cop violently kicking motorcyclist
https://youtu.be/KY43Vytro60If you're a cop in Oregon, I guess the way to get promoted is to rear end your unmarked patrol car into a motorcycle and then violently kick the nonresistant rider with eno...
02:28 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Teller explains how performance and discomfort make education come alive
The trend of making schools "safe places" to protect students from feeling uncomfortable is a bad idea, says Teller, the silent member of the magic comedy duo Penn and Teller, and a former schoolteach...
02:27 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Ben and Jerry's Bernie Yearning flavor exists -- sorta
Earlier this month, Ben "and Jerry's" Cohen spitballed with an MSNBC reporter about his idea for a Bernie Sanders ice-cream flavor: "Bernie's Yearning," a pint of mint with a disk of solid chocolate o...
02:26 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Man converted his electric wheelchair into a snowplow
Omaha motorcycle mechanic Justin Anderson, an Iraq war veteran, converted his electric wheelchair into a snowplow that he uses to clear his neighborhood sidewalk and the school across the street fro...
02:15 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Gorgeous 3D printed trilobites
D. Allan Drummond, the University of Chicago biologist who recently 3D printed and cast a fascinating model of a yeast cell dividing, also creates exquisite bronze sculptures of trilobites, marine art...
02:14 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Kitten fails to impress tortoise
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02:05 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Pretty Maids All in a Row: Roger Vadims outrageous early 70s sex-and-murder black comedy
Nightflight has a great article about the weird and wonderful cult exploitation 70s movie, Pretty Maids All in a Row, with a screenplay by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry!Pretty Maids would end u...
02:02 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing "The Chickening," a deeply weird remix of The Shining
The Chickening, directed by Nick DenBoer and Davy Force:It is a theatrical trailer for a fictional film in which Stanley Kubricks classic film The Shininghas been artfully transformed into a new, po...
01:53 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Inventorying a $5 garage scale score
John Edgar Park picked up some great stuff at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago, and took photos. He gave me one of the pencils!The Eagle #314 Chemi-Sealed DRAUGHTING pencils are excellent, highly c...
01:53 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Inventorying a $5 garage sale score
John Edgar Park picked up some great stuff at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago, and took photos. He gave me one of the pencils!The Eagle #314 Chemi-Sealed DRAUGHTING pencils are excellent, highly c...
01:49 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Meet the composer of "Schoolhouse Rock!"
Conjunction Junction, what's your function? That iconic tune (below) and others from the "Schoolhouse Rock!" cartoon were the work of composer Bob Dorough, now 92-years-old and still playing music. ...
12:32 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing To do in LA: '30/90,' photo essays by Star Foreman, Jan. 29
One of our favorite photographers, Star Foreman, recently engaged on a mission to conduct 30 photo essay in 90 days. With that many different shoots to imagine and arrange, Star never ran out of ideas...
12:12 pm PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Is Abe Vigoda Dead?
Yes. (more…)...
10:04 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Tim O'Reilly schools Paul Graham on inequality
Y Combinator founder and essayist Paul Graham's essay on the inevitability -- and desirability -- of income inequality sparked many scathing rebuttals, some of them quite brilliant, but the best so fa...
09:34 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing 10-hour movie of paint drying receives "U" rating from British censors
Forced to endure a 10-hour movie crafted solely to bore them to tears, British censors have awarded Paint Drying a "U" certificate, meaning that it is suited for all audiences. In its official listing...
09:32 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Profile of James Love, "Big Pharma's worst nightmare"
Jamie Love is one of the founders of Knowledge Ecology International (formerly the Consumer Project on Technology), a super-effective activist NGO that helped to establish low-cost, global access to H...
09:02 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Dissipation of Economic Rents: when money is wasted chasing money
Much of economics is both esoteric and vital, meaning you need to understand it, but it's hard sledding. Today, economist Tim Harford does us the service of explaining "dissipation of economic rents" ...
08:53 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing An interview with ROBERT JACKSON BENNETT on the occasion of the publication of THE CITY OF BLADES
Boing Boing is proud to welcome Robert Jackson Bennett's The City of Blades as a sponsor!In a world where politics have run amuck and consumers must choose from over 300 varieties of toothpaste, one s...
08:00 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing The Hike: a new novel by the author of The Postmortal
Drew Magary's The Postmortal, a dystopian novel about what happens to the world when someone discovers the cure for aging and almost everyone takes it, was one of my favorite books of 2011 and I still...
07:56 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Marvin Minsky's "Society of Mind," a free course on AI from MIT
https://www.youtube.com/v/-pb3z2w9gDgArtificial Intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky died yesterday. He was one of computer science's great pioneers, a brilliant researcher who could translate his ins...
07:54 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Classic 16-bit Amiga artwork archived online
The Amiga Graphics Archive is where you can find a growing collection of artwork distinctive of the legendary 16-bit home computer. (i.e. 320x200 in 32 colors (64 with half-brite mode (or 4096 with so...
07:46 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders: a left wing, twenty-first century Ronald Reagan?
Reagan didn't fulfill his signature campaign promises -- he raised taxes, created more big government agencies, never introduced his promised anti-abortion Constitutional amendment -- but he changed t...
07:28 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing 1907 telegram: "Send arsenic...exterminate aborigines"
In 1907, Charles Morgan of Broome Station sent this telegram to Henry Prinsep, the Chief Protector of Aborigines for Western Australia, in Perth: "Send cask arsenic exterminate aborigines letter will ...
07:27 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Award-winning magazine articles tend to have these qualities
Burt Helm and Max Chafkin studied award-winning articles and found that the following qualities prevail among them:1. Write no less than 6500 words.2. Ditch the present tense. It is finally, mercifull...
06:36 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Why designers love the ampersand
John Brownlee explores the appeal of that most peculiar and elegant logogram, the ampersand, with which designers cherish "a romance that dates back to Pompeii."No wonder the ampersand attracts such e...
05:44 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Charlie Jane Anders's All the Birds in the Sky: smartass, soulful novel
It's odd to call Charlie Jane Anders, editor of IO9 and celebratedshort-story writer and editor a "debut novelist," but Allthe Birds in the Sky is her first science fiction novel foradults, and it emb...
01:00 am PST - Tue, January 26, 2016
BoingBoing Enter for a chance to win the Coolest Cooler ever made
Whats better than the greatest cooler on planet earth? Well, nothing. Its truly the most tremendous party machine on wheels ever invented by mankind. The only thing that could possibly improve it woul...
09:39 pm PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Marvin Minsky, artificial intelligence pioneer, RIP
MIT professor Marvin Minsky, a "founding father" of the field of artificial intelligence whose work opened up new vistas in computer science, cognitive psychology, philosophy, robotics, and optics, ha...
08:25 pm PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Balloon Boy is in a metal band. Here's a song about his adventure
Falcon Heene, the "Balloon Boy," is now in a metal band, and he's written a song about his adventure.Previously on Boing Boing....
05:44 pm PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Negative Publicity: a book of paraphernalia from state kidnappings
Crofton Black is a British counterterrorism investigator who has spent years tracking down the detritus of extraordinary rendition -- a polite euphemism for the government practice of snatching people...
05:44 pm PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Professor who blocked a student reporter from reporting last year has been charged with assault
https://youtu.be/xRlRAyulN4oDr. Melissa Click, the University of Missouri professor who blocked a student reporter from reporting on a campus protest, has been charged with class C or 3rd degree assau...
05:27 pm PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Andy Warhol's Mole People and Fred Herko's Suicide Dance (1964)
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrFv9_OhoHM&w=560&h=315]READ: Fred Herko: the life and dramatic death of an avant-garde hero (The Guardian)PERFORMA ARTS: The Herko Dialogues: Adrienne...
04:43 pm PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Video: cliffside apartment buildings near San Francisco are about to fall
https://youtu.be/CzrymETf9hYThe apartments at 310, 320, and 330 Esplanade in Pacifica, California are literally hanging over the edge of a cliff. Rain, storms, and rising ocean levels are steadily ero...
04:18 pm PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Out of the Shadow of Aunt Jemima: the real black chefs who taught Americans to cook
Featuring reviews of more that 160 cookbooks written by African Americans during the 19th and 20th centuries, Toni Tipton-Martin's The Jemima Code is a much-overdue look at at how African Americans re...
12:45 pm PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing 18-year-old Ted Cruz wants to "take over the world" and "be in a teen tit film"
"In 1988, high school senior Ted Cruz reflected on his life's ambitions while attending Second Baptist School in Houston, TX. Now, he is a Republican Senator running for the office of the President ...
11:46 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing The best logical fallacy of all: The Fallacy Fallacy
If you have ever shared an opinion on the internet, you have probably been in an internet argument, and if you have been in enough internet arguments you have likely been called out for committing a l...
11:38 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Summary of the doc Making A Murderer in a two-minute song
"Making A Murderer is a riveting Netflix documentary. Here's the gist of it -- in 2 minutes and 23 seconds! Plus you can dance to it!"...
11:26 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Japanese in Mangaland Study the language with manga
See sample pages from this book at Wink.If youre like me when it comes to speaking Japanese extremely clunky with with a limited conversational vocabulary but can read the two syllabaries (katakana a...
11:26 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing What is the difference between USA and USB?
What is the difference between USA and USB?One connects to all of your devices and accesses the data, the other is a hardware standard.(via r/funny)...
11:12 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Fury Road is still comprehensible at 12x speed
Vashi Nedomansky sped up five movies that had shorter-than-average scene lengths and sped them up 1200%; alone among them, Mad Max: Fury Road was still comprehensible. The rest just dissolve into ju...
10:36 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing A gun that shoots nets to ensnare bad people
https://youtu.be/yempitYWLJAThe Super Talon Ultra Net Launcher Kit is a real thing, and it's only $1,999.99 + $4.49 shipping. It comes with enough air cartridges to stop 10 bad people.[via]...
10:21 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing A quick "fuck you" of a card trick
Card manipulator Alix Becle: A video posted by Alix Becle (@alixbcl) on Jan 2, 2016 at 7:16am PST ...
10:20 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing A water resistant, 900 lumen LED flashlight for $14
I needed a new super bright flashlight, this one by Outlite does the trick! It is super bright, and water resistant for use in the rain!Switching between modes is done with a half press of the power b...
10:17 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Watch a modern car utterly crush a huge 1959 Chevy
https://youtu.be/fPF4fBGNK0UHere's a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu running into a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air. It's a striking example of how safe modern cars are compared to those from decades past. [via Kottke.]...
10:11 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing The Torist: a literary journal on the darknet
The Torist is a newly launched literary journal, edited by University of Utah Communications associate professor Robert W Gehl, collecting fiction, poetry and non-fiction. It is only available as a fi...
09:47 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Family finds strange, black "walking" fish
A family found this odd "walking fish" in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Unable to keep it alive, they sent it to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa who identified it as a striped frogfish (...
09:35 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Vine clip compares Sarah Palin and Tina Fey impersonating Palin
Amazing. Here's the sketch from SNL....
09:31 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Backyard transformed into snow maze for dogs
Reddit user anneewannee shoveled a backyard snow labyrinth for dogs to play in! I hope they don't run into Jack Torrance. (r/pics)...
09:29 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Ecuadorian police help struggling sloth
Seems the little guy tried to cross the road...Via the Comisin de Trnsito del Ecuador Facebook page....
09:28 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Women outnumber men by nearly 2-to-1 in USC's video game design graduate program
The top-ranked University of Southern California's graduate video game design program has 12 women and seven men, indicative of a rising trend in the ratio of men to women in the graduate and undergra...
09:23 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing You can't "boost" your immune system with "health food," nor would you want to
Your immune system has two approaches: the first wave is a bunch of attacks that make your body less hospitable to germs, like a fever, mucous, and achy lethargy (which keeps you at home, away from op...
09:13 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Stop taking "probiotics"
It's true that your gut biome is awesome, complicated, poorly understood and crucial to your body's normal functioning. (more…)...
09:12 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Breakup captured on a fitbit
The co-founder and CTO of Guesty, Koby Soto, tweeted this graph of his heart rate when he broke up with his partner. The data was captured on his fitbit.Breakup, as captured by my fitbit. #breakup #Fi...
09:04 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Watch an astronaut play liquid ping pong in space
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly demonstrates ping pong with a sphere of water on the International Space Station. From NASA:The paddles are polycarbonate laser etched so that the surfaces are actually ar...
09:01 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Space-themed plates and asteroid glasses
Seletti's "Cosmic Diner" kitchenware is a set of dishes, bowls and plates themed after our solar system's planets, sun and moons, with an accompanying set of asteroid-themed whiskey glasses. (more&hel...
08:57 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing My favorite super glue: Gorilla Super Glue Gel
Gel-based super glue is much easier to use than regular super glue, because it's thick and easier to control. You can apply a dab to a vertical surface without having it drip. It's also slightly tacky...
08:56 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Air Bonsai: mysterious floating trees for your home
Air Bonsai are mag-lev Bonsai trees that float spookily over their elaborate, Japanese-designed pots. Prices start at $800 and go way, way up. The plants are realyou can even transplant your favorite ...
08:53 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing The fantastical world of Bobby Love
I've been a fan since I first saw photographs of Bobby Love's stunning costume designs! Images of his work fill several of my friends Facebook feeds, and I had to learn more about him! I hope you enjo...
08:33 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Leica's underwater compact camera good but ugly
Leica's X-U is waterproof to 49 feet, drop-proof, and costs less than $3,000: a relatively cheap entry in the fancy camera-maker's legendary lineup. Sean O'Kane reviews it at The Verge. (more…...
08:17 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing UK film censors forced to watch a 2-day long movie of paint drying
To protest the UK's antiquated film censorship regime, Charlie Lyne crowdfunded a movie of paint drying. Having raised 5963, Charlie was able to submit a 607 minute film, which the censors now have to...
08:01 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Facebook values Whatsapp users' data at $1/year
This week, Whatsapp -- an instant messaging company that was founded on the principle of charging $1/year and preserving your privacy in exchange, but which sold to Facebook in 2014 for $19B -- sent u...
07:50 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing How the left-wing party establishments try to discredit candidates like Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders
Though UK Labour leader Corbyn is substantially to the left of Sanders, they're both far to the left of their parties' establishments, which are dominated by warmongering, banker-loving, anti-immigran...
07:39 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Sriracha: now in individual sachets
The convenience of carrying your favorite hot-sauce in individual sachets -- think "McDonald's ketchup pouches" -- can't be overstated. It's a particularly great format if you're a frequent traveller,...
07:30 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Swiss pro-privacy email provider forces a referendum on mass surveillance
Protonmail is a Swiss pro-privacy email provider that offers end-to-end encyption to its customers. When the Swiss government proposed the Nachrichtendienstgesetzt -- a bill to create a "mini NSA" wit...
07:19 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Doppler radar weather map of the entire contiguous United States
radar.weather.gov's "full loop" depicts the whole of the contiguous United States and is thereby useful for your winter weather anxiety needs regardless of where you reside. Above is a detail of the h...
07:12 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Appeals court orders confirms patent troll must pay costs
Following a 2014 verdict, courts may now punish patent trolls with the defense costs that their litigation incurs. An appeals court has now upheld an attorney fees ruling handed to Lumen View, a compa...
06:57 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing King Tut had chronic medical problems, but his beard falling off wasn't one of them
King Tut died young during times of trouble for Egypt, making his death a mystery spanning thousands of years. Though some earlier scans hinted at the possibility of foul play, a recent "digital autop...
06:42 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Donald Rumsfeld is a video game developer now
Churchill Solitaire is a card game for iOS that comes from an unexpected source: former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Inspired by a version of the game played by British war leader Winston Church...
01:00 am PST - Mon, January 25, 2016
BoingBoing Get the Linux Power User Bundle for 97% off in the Boing Boing Store
What would you call someone who is a total Linux ninja? Linja? Ninjux? You can go with either of those in a few weeks once you become just that. This course pack will take you from basic to baller and...
07:50 pm PST - Sun, January 24, 2016
BoingBoing Howto social-engineer someone's address and other sensitive info from Amazon
Eric Springer is a former Amazon engineer and a heavy AWS user. He's posted a long, terrifying explanation of how identity thieves have been able to repeatedly extract his personal info from Amazon's ...
05:28 pm PST - Sun, January 24, 2016
BoingBoing Uptown Funk as a mashup of 66 classic movie dance routines
Bruno Mars's ubiquitous, kicky song-of-the summer is even better when it's interpreted through 66 classic cinematic dance numbers. Watch it now, before it is crushed in the remorseless maw of some j...
10:00 am PST - Sun, January 24, 2016
BoingBoing Save 59% on a two year subscription of the highly rated NordVPN
Youre sitting in a cute cafe, sipping your coffee at a little table, browsing the world wide web on your laptop or tablet. Living the dream. Then all of the sudden - boom! - youre hacked. In an instan...
09:40 am PST - Sun, January 24, 2016
BoingBoing A search-engine for insecure cameras, from baby-monitors to grow-ops
Hackers have been compromising wireless baby-monitors since 2013, but the more popular they've become, the more vulnerable they've become, and the attacks just keep getting more terrible. (more&hellip...
09:29 am PST - Sun, January 24, 2016
BoingBoing Just look at this password-dispensing banana
Just look at it....
09:23 am PST - Sun, January 24, 2016
BoingBoing Menu at Toronto's "Azure" was a work of fictitious fine-dining fraud
Azure is the posh restaurant Intercontinental Hotel Toronto Centre, where the menu boasts "BC salmon" (which turns out to mean "boned and cleaned" not "British Columbia"), "freshly squeezed" orange ju...
09:12 am PST - Sun, January 24, 2016
BoingBoing The story of magic: how narrative destroys conjurers' effects, or elevates them to transcendence
The Jerx is an anonymous, iconoclastic blog written by a heterodox magician who holds his fellow magicians in disdain for their terrible storytelling skills. (more…)...
08:55 am PST - Sun, January 24, 2016
BoingBoing Majority of UK booze-industry revenues come from problem drinkers
69% of the alcohol sold in the UK is sold to "harmful," "hazardous" or "increasing risk" drinkers, accounting for more than 60% of the industry's revenues. The number of alcohol-related hospitalisatio...
08:43 am PST - Sun, January 24, 2016
BoingBoing Oklahoma's repeat-offender Republican Creationist lawmakers take another run at science education
Every year, like clockwork, longstanding Oklahoma legislators in the state's house and senate introduce bills that try to find a way around the prohibition on teaching Biblical Creationism in American...
07:21 pm PST - Sat, January 23, 2016
BoingBoing Pay what you want for the 2016 Mac Bundle and upgrade your Mac today
Sure, you poke around on your Macbook. Its pretty incredible what this little machine can do, right? But heres the dirty secret: youre just scratching the surface. There are apps and shortcuts and cap...
03:23 pm PST - Sat, January 23, 2016
BoingBoing Yosemite Sarah Palin
In it to win it....
02:50 pm PST - Sat, January 23, 2016
BoingBoing Honey Cone's "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show"
If you don't want my love, you're free to go......
01:30 pm PST - Sat, January 23, 2016
BoingBoing Panda frolicking in snow at DC's National Zoo is all of us in #Blizzard2016
Panda. Snow. Floof-play. Didn't take long on #Blizzard2016 weekend for this video to go viral. Tian Tian, an adult giant panda bear who lives at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC enjoys rol...
12:18 pm PST - Sat, January 23, 2016
BoingBoing Arizona high school students' racism even offends Arizona
Six Arizona HS students at Desert Vista High School decided to re-arrange the letters of a slogan spelled out on t-shirts to offend their fellow classmates, teachers, administrators, local congress pe...
12:04 pm PST - Sat, January 23, 2016
BoingBoing Curse dooms Sausalito movie theater
The movie theater in Sausalito, CA is struggling to find a new tenant. The Mayor has formed a blue-ribbon committee to keep the theater open, but is she ready to take on a curse? A local resident clai...
10:50 am PST - Sat, January 23, 2016
BoingBoing Hell's Super, a novel by Mark Cain
In Hell's Super, Steve is hell's superintendent. Working with his assistant, the damned Orson Welles, there is an unending list of problems to be solved, but nothing can ever be fixed! It is Hell, aft...
10:37 am PST - Sat, January 23, 2016
BoingBoing LA Area: Don't miss a free screening of this 1996 gem
The Man Who Would Be Fred (aka the Almighty Fred) stars my very good friend Jeff Michalski, was written, produced and directed by Bill Kelman and was scored by the incredible, unforgettable, amazing...
07:33 am PST - Sat, January 23, 2016
BoingBoing The Police Use of Force project: a scorecard for America's police-department policies
A group of activists, data scientists and policy analysts have conducted a survey of the use of force policies in place in America's cities, ranking them by whether they meet four common-sense criter...
05:29 pm PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Disney's prized theme-park no-fly zone means it can't use drones in its firework shows
Disney won its war on overflights by planes towing advertising banners in 2003, winning the only no-fly zone over a theme-park in the USA. (more…)...
03:37 pm PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing At least 5 killed in Saskatchewan, Canada school shooting
Five people were killed in a school shooting in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said late Friday. (more…)...
03:17 pm PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Veteran transforms wheelchair into snowplow
In wintry Omaha, Nebraska, a local veteran is using his modded wheelchair to help neighbors with snow plowing. (more…)...
02:55 pm PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing #Blizzard2016: Big-ass winter storm hits East Coast with big snow predicted
Washington, D.C., and New York City are under blizzard watches, and states of emergency have been declared in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina ahead of a blustery winter storm now slamming the U....
01:53 pm PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Maori Wedding haka moves bride to tears in New Zealand
Gave me chills! This epic wedding haka moved a New Zealand bride to tears, and is making everyone on the internet cry, too. (more…)...
01:19 pm PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing What publishers should do
You can’t work at a book publisher for more than five minutes without someone telling you what publishers should do. You know, “to survive.” “Be relevant.” Something.Even...
01:13 pm PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Now's your last chance to get the Complete Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle for 87% off in the Boing Boing Store
Coding, programming and designing. Those are essential elements of the tech world we live in. But the foundation? The rock solid structures beneath it all? Thats what this starter kit wants to teach y...
11:06 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Principal forces high school girl to kneel so he can check if her skirt is too short
One wonders what was going through the mind of Edmonson County High School Principal Tommy Hodges when he ordered a teenage girl to get on her knees so he could measure her dress length. The Kentucky ...
10:44 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Kano Computer Kit If kids can put together Legos, then why not a whole computer?
Confession: I know nothing NOTHING about coding. Im still stuck in the glory days of the if/thens of my original Apple IIe, circa 1983. And I barely knew how to do anything past whatever I copied ve...
10:30 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing She of the Mountains: a Canadian youths search for social and sexual identity
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The body is a tangle of sensations. Its both a source of pleasure and a confusing amalgamation of parts that dont quite seem to function in concert. Teeming wit...
10:22 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing My Friday Jam: "Everything She Wants," Wham! (1984)
Somebody told me.This is my Friday jam. "Everything She Wants," from 1984 by British pop duo Wham!. This is a perfect pop song, and you can buy it on vinyl. It gives me wiggly dance-chills every time ...
10:00 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Taco Bell exec is suing the Uber driver he beat up for $5 million
Remember Benjamin Golden, the former Taco Bell executive who beat up his Uber driver? Golden is now suing the driver for $5 million for recording the violent attack.From the Orange County Register:As ...
09:54 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Deluxe Snorting Kit is not for cocaine
Described literally as "Deluxe Snorting Kit - not for cocaine,," this olfactory equipment will enable hours of snorting pleasure. But not, however, if you are snorting cocaine. Mike Wehner found this ...
09:46 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers is a delightful book of recreational math
When I was a kid one of my favorite books was George Gamow's One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science. (It's a pity that the current edition has such a crappy cover. Here's the ...
09:36 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to 911 call of very stoned drivers turning themselves in
These two gents were allegedly transporting 20 pounds of marijuana from Las Vegas to Montana. When they were driving through Idaho, they suspected that police were tailing them and they called 911 t...
09:10 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Bad supercar driver compilation
Millions of dollars went into the making of this supercut, starring Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Ferraris, and their terrible drivers....
08:48 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing What's inside a fire alarm
I was hoping for a little firefighter homunculus.[via]...
08:01 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Disneyland has stopped offering 13 minutes of tranquility
People going to amusement parks in the post World War II boom times of the early 1950s were looking for fast, not slow; they wanted to be thrilled, not dropped into a peaceful and pastoral setting. Bu...
08:00 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
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 back to the regular price of $2.99. Learn more about the book on the Trick Decks website....
07:50 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Gay Tory MP outs himself as a "poppers" user, slams proposed ban
UK Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, former Minister for Justice, has "outed" himself as a user of poppers -- alkyl nitrites, a psychoactive inhalant often taken before sex -- and decried his party's pla...
07:37 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing California assemblyman joins NY legislator in proposing ban on crypto for phones
California assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-9th) has copy-pasted New York assemblyman Matthew Titone's (D-61st) insane, reality-denying bill that bans companies from selling smartphones with working crypto ...
06:53 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing LED jump rope shows fitness data in thin air
Smart Rope [via] is an "LED-embedded jump rope that displays your fitness data in mid-air as you work out." The four characters it creates appear even in bright rooms and it has handles that look like...
06:49 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Donald Trump's dad was Woody Guthrie's hated Klansman landlord
Woodie Guthrie lived in one of Fred Trump's building for two years, starting in 1950, and was so taken with the KKK-affiliated landlord, who bribed federal officials in exchange for government handout...
06:35 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Tender arthropod: mama centipede cradles her young
Ivealreadyreddit, who's working in Thailand, posted this picture of a tropical centipede cradling her newly hatched babies. Dawwww. (more…)...
05:29 am PST - Fri, January 22, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to Darwintunes: random music evolving its way to beauty
Darwintunes are short musical loops that mutate and evolve as listeners vote: "the higher rated loops get to have sex and have baby loops which form the next generation, to be rated, have sex, have ba...
07:46 pm PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Best older kid's literature from 1966
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a true-blue fan of intermediate-reader adventures published during the Sixties (196473). Attribute this, if you will, to the fact that these books were popula...
02:15 pm PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Truth and Power: New TV series on ordinary people exposing corruption from Brian Knappenberger ('Internet's Own Boy')
Today on KCRW's Press Play, a daily news program to which I'm a contributor, host Madeleine Brand spoke to filmmaker Brian Knappenberger about his new documentary TV series Truth and Power. Audio of t...
01:10 pm PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing UK's GCHQ spy agency pushes VOIP crypto protocol that 'faciliates mass surveillance,' says researcher
A VOIP encryption protocol the UK spy agency GHCQ is pushing for mandatory adoption comes with a hidden surprise: a built-in backdoor that lets anyone who has a master key decrypt the call. That's ac...
01:10 pm PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing UK's GCHQ spy agency pushes VOIP crypto protocol that 'facilitates mass surveillance,' says researcher
A VOIP encryption protocol the UK spy agency GCHQ is pushing for mandatory adoption comes with a hidden surprise: a built-in backdoor that lets anyone who has a master key decrypt the call. That's ac...
12:38 pm PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing 1950s live television: Tricks of Carnival game conmen
https://youtu.be/8YakUzfyzucThis is a fascinating seven-minute segment from a 1950s television show called You Asked for It, which exposes the tricks of crooked carnival concession games. Robert Haske...
12:38 pm PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing 1950s live television: tricks of carnival game swindlers
This is a fascinating seven-minute segment from a 1950s television show called You Asked for It, which exposes the tricks of crooked carnival concession games. Robert Haskell, the vice president of ...
11:37 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Cop who asked woman to wear lingerie when he responded to a hotel fire alarm gets his job back
"Tony's very glad to be going back to work," said Steven D. Cahn, attorney for Anthony Sarni. "He's a police officer. That's what he's dedicated to doing serving the town."In September 2012 Officer S...
11:17 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Live Beatles recording from 1958 "In Spite of All The Danger"
The Beatles were known as The Quarrymen in 1958. Here's George, John, and Paul (no Ringo), performing "In Spite of All The Danger" on acoustic instruments.Wikipedia has a good article about the song...
11:14 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction) sings The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun"
From George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison that took place in L.A. in 2014. Also making the scene were Norah Jones, Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Dhani Harrison (George's son)...
11:09 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Violinist imitates car alarm sounds
https://youtu.be/hNcoGGzNrhcGbritaney says: "This is me imitating a car alarm on my violin. I learned how to do this when I was in the 5th grade..out of pure boredom due to it being the summer. I woul...
10:58 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing The RAVPower 16750 mAh portable charger
I've gone through a lot of portable USB charging batteries. My current favorite is this model by RAVPower.I love these batteries for keeping my iPhone going in both music, and GPS mode, over long moto...
09:47 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Trumpscript: a programming language based on the rhetorical tactics of Donald Trump
Trumpscript -- a python variant -- only allows numbers over 1,000,000; has no import statements (all declarations must be homegrown); only has integers because floating-point numbers are un-American (...
09:34 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing That time DARPA paid Duke U $335K to investigate ESP in dogs. Yes, dogs.
Michael from Muckrock writes, "Government research often pushes the boundaries between science and science fiction. Today, the proud bearer of that mantle is often DARPA, experimenting with robots, cy...
09:34 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing That time the DoD paid Duke U $335K to investigate ESP in dogs. Yes, dogs.
Michael from Muckrock writes, "Government research often pushes the boundaries between science and science fiction. Today, the proud bearer of that mantle is often DARPA, experimenting with robots, cy...
08:48 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to David Bowie impersonate Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and others
A tape has emerged of David Bowie doing impressions of other singers, apparently on-demand. Slate made a playlist.Heres the order of the impressions, as best as we can tell:0:00 Bruce Springsteen0:4...
08:46 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing A peek into Disneyland's Dead Mans Grotto
Among the attractions that will vanish for at least 18 months during the construction of the new land devoted to Star Wars, theres a good chance that at least one, located on Tom Sawyer Island, might ...
08:04 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: "Are we ready for 'Bigfoot" or the Loch Ness Monster?"
In 1977, the US Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service published a fascinating document asking what the government would do if Bigfoot or something like the Loch Ness Monster were to be fo...
07:40 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Kathryn Cramer remembers her late husband, David Hartwell, a giant of science fiction
Kathryn Cramer was married to David Hartwell for decades, and though they'd been in the midst of "a collaborative divorce" for four years, they were still close friends and still married. (more&hellip...
07:39 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Man makes money suctioning beer cans to his head
Jamie Keeton of Evergreen Park, Illinois says he makes $1,000 a day suctioning cans and other objects to his head. He recently took his show to China and says he will soon land a Guinness World Record...
07:32 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing What the Democratic Party did to alienate poor white Americans
Robert Reich (previously), Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor, asks "Why did the white working class abandon the Democrats?" and answers himself: it's partly about race, but it's mostly about finance. ...
07:20 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing 14 "lost" films still to be found
The discovery of a 16mm print of Pages of Death means that Gambit Magazine's 15 lost films is now merely 14 lost films. But that leaves plenty of missing classics left to discover, including Batman fi...
07:12 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Watch Pages of Death, the long-lost anti-porn public information film
Oregon Historical Society has posted Pages of Death, a "long-lost" anti-pornography movie in similar vein to the legendary Reefer Madness: "These kids can pick up girly magazines and sex-violence st...
07:03 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Terrifying, realistic "slow zombie" mugs.
They're sold out, but sculptor Turkey Merck is planning another limited run in February. They're $220 each, one of a kind, made to order, and not dishwasher or microwave safe. (via Crazy Abalone)...
06:56 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Anthony Geary of General Hospital touts the virtues of Members Only jackets (1982)
"When I put one on, something happens.." (Thanks, UPSO!)...
06:54 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders/Johnny Cash tee
A heck of an accessory for your punk Bernie tee: the $25 Bernie Cash tee, with $5 to the Bernie 2016 campaign....
06:49 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing The Force is with this beautiful short Star Wars fan movie
Kara, protected by her father, stumbles through the sands of Jakku as a dogfight erupts overhead. Where is she headed? Joe Sill's fan movie is trim, affecting and very well-made. The performances ar...
01:00 am PST - Thu, January 21, 2016
BoingBoing Pay what you want for the complete 2016 coder bundle
Coding is more in demand than ever, and now you dont have to go back to college to get your skills up to snuff. This complete coding course pack will teach you everything you need to know - and things...
04:56 pm PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Dildo throwing rebels hold Paiute artifacts hostage, refer to native peoples as "savages"
Unsurprisingly, the occupied Malheur Wildlife Refuge buildings contain over 4000 native artifacts, belonging to the Burns Paiute tribe. The militant rebels are not making the native Americans feel goo...
04:18 pm PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Everything you know about celebrity deaths is wrong
[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...
03:36 pm PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Strategic butt-coverings in video-games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujTufg1GvR4Feminist Frequency's excellent Tropes vs Women in Video Games has a new installment on the prevailing ways that characters' butts are presented in games: w...
03:36 pm PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Strategic butt coverings in video games
Feminist Frequency's excellent Tropes vs Women in Video Games has a new installment on the prevailing ways that characters' butts are presented in games: with female characters, they're emphasized, ...
03:29 pm PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing The delight of the unexpected moment when your child comes upon a character at a Disney park
https://youtu.be/DmyMtY9ZOlMWith the unsettling closure and uncertain future of a vast original area of Disneyland which has remained mostly undisturbed since park opening in 1955, it seems fitting to...
03:05 pm PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Watch an ultra-automated cappuccino maker brew up a latte
My friend Ian Clarke of Uprizer and Freenet fame recently invested in a Jura Ena Micro 9, a swank, ultra-high-quality espresso machine in which many elements of the brew and milk steam processes are c...
02:48 pm PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Diesel sings about "Sausalito Summernights"
Another mile to Frisco... 200 gallons from LA!The engine's stompin' like a disco... We oughta dump her in the bay!...
01:12 pm PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Tiny NanoDrone gets a camera
Our friends at TRNDlabs, who sponsored our Weekend of Wonder, have announced the new SKEYE Nano Drone with Camera.This is the worlds smallest camera drone, coming in at just 14 grams (.49 ounce) and...
12:49 pm PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Delightful skinless animatronic baby
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_wF5SGFFMQIt's more creepy with the rubber skin.[via]...
11:42 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Comedian Jon Benjamin should have learned to play piano
Famed voice of Archer, and Bob of Bob's Burgers, Jon Benjamin has recorded a jazz album. Interestingly, Benjamin can't play piano, and really doesn't like jazz.Benjamin brought a ton of great jazz m...
11:11 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Kraut makers delight! A $9 cabbage shredder
Xeni got me addicted to making my own kraut. Life has me addicted to specialized kitchen tools. Combine the two and I've decided I just love this cabbage slicer/shredder.The strong handled, wide stain...
10:59 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Company that pampers rich people at Burning Man won't give up
"Festival Concierge Service" is a European company that advertises a pampered, all-inclusive Burning Man trip to wealthy people -- a major no-no at the festival. Despite being blacklisted, ejected and...
10:43 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Pixel Tactics A strategic two-player war game
See sample images from this game at Wink.Pixel Tactics is a two-player war game where youll be playing the part of an elite leader, steering a war band against the enemy. Both players have an identica...
10:31 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Chris Christie vetoes NJ bill to prohibit gun ownership by carjackers and terrorists
New Jersey governor Chris Christie used to be a supporter of gun control measures. But he is running for president, and the only way he can get the Republication nomination is to win over conservative...
10:19 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie is a punk rocker
Bern the White House remixes classic punk tees to show support for the Bernie Sanders campaign -- the best is the Misfits one, with the Ramones one in close second place. (Thanks, Stuart!)...
10:05 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Female teacher in Turkey sentenced to prison for making rude hand gesture
A female teacher in Turkey was sentenced to almost a year in prison today for hurting President Tayyip Erdogans feelings. She made an ugly gesture with her hand towards the leader at a political rally...
10:02 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Very sad news about science fiction titan David G Hartwell
David Hartwell, a senior editor at Tor Books, cofounder of the New York Review of Science Fiction, legendary collector, raconteur, critic, anthologist, and fixture in so many fo science fiction's scen...
09:55 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Derek Zoolander: The Vogue Interview
From Vogue's "73 Questions" series....
09:53 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Slow motion video of drill bit covered in many colors of paint
https://youtu.be/soMV-AkSOtAThe Slow Mo Guys aimed their high-speed video camera at a spinning drill bit covered in paint. The result was pretty....
09:38 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Solving the "Longbow Puzzle": why did France and Scotland keep their inferior crossbows?
The longbow was vastly, demonstrably superior to the crossbow, but only England adopted it as a common military weapon; the Scots and French stuck with the inferior crossbow for nearly a century -- wh...
09:27 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Apple Lightning cable for $3 (MFI Certified)
I bought some of these 3-ft Apple MFI Certified Lightning cables in August and the ones I didn't lose still work. $3 is a great deal, considering Apple charges $19 for a cable of the same length....
09:20 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Rings in the shapes of iconic city skylines: SF, NYC, Paris, London, Hong Kong and more
Ola Shekhtman, a jeweler in North Carolina, produces gorgeous, finely wrought rings cut into the shape of the skylines of major cities: Boston, NYC, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, DC, San Francisco, Stock...
08:59 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Netflix demands Net Neutrality, but makes an exception for T-Mobile
T-Mobile's "Binge On" service advertises itself as a "video optimization" service that publishers and customers opt into, but it's really just throttling for all video, something T-Mobile CEO John Leg...
08:33 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Washing machine on trampoline video improved with "When Harry Met Sally" deli scene
https://youtu.be/EskFRVyfonsEoin Stephens calls it "When Hotpoint met Sally." Original washing machine video here. "When Harry Met Sally Scene" here....
08:05 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Research: increased resident participation in city planning produces extreme wealth segregation
Urban planning advocates like Jane Jacobs argued that people who live in neighborhoods should be active in the planning decisions around their homes. (more…)...
07:52 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Boneless simulated human tumbling through endless giant LEDs
Can't get enough of nude, 3D-modelled humans with the internal physics of bags of jelly interacting with physics simulations? We've got you covered with Albert Omoss's Plug Party 2K3. (via JWZ)...
06:43 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Independent economists: TPP will kill 450,000 US jobs; 75,000 Japanese jobs, 58,000 Canadian jobs
Proponents of the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership -- which lets companies force governments to get rid of their labor, environmental and safety rules in confidential tribunals -- say it'...
06:23 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing 10% of college grads think Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court
Judith Sheindlin, a television entertainer and former family court judge, is believed to be a member of the Supreme Court of the United States of America by ten percent of college graduates.The poll, ...
06:17 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Howto: make your own fantastically detailed Star Trek: TOS bridge playset
David Weiberg handed down his childhood set of Star Trek: original series action figures to his eight-year-old son, and then the two of them built a fantastically detailed, correctly scaled replica of...
05:30 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing 2015's worst password was 123456
SplashData's report on the most commonly-used passwords finds a number of traditional disastrously bad choices performing well: "123456" comes out on top, followed by "password".Other popular choices ...
05:06 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing GOP strategist says Trump supporters are "childless single men who masturbate to anime"
Republican strategist Rick Wilson, appearing on MSNBC, spoke thusly last night of the online contingent of Trump's racist, sexist support base: "childless single men who masturbate to anime".https://t...
04:48 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing 50 Shades of Mr. Bean
This perfectly-edited mashup of 50 Shades of Gray and Mr. Bean has it all: lust, submission, and ill-fitting tweed....
04:27 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump and it got weird
The tenor of her announcement, and of the American right in general, is perfectly summed up by this Vine video: (more…)...
01:00 am PST - Wed, January 20, 2016
BoingBoing Rethink and change your key situation with KeySmart
Keys just dont cut it these days in the high-tech world. You lose them all the time and when you do have them on you, theyre not that useful for much other than getting from outside to inside. Thats a...
05:17 pm PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing We'll probably never "Free Mickey"
It's Copyright Week, and I've kicked it off with a post at the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Deep Links explaining why, regardless of copyright term extension, Mickey Mouse will probably never be "...
04:20 pm PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Her Universe will start publishing science fiction novels
Her Universe makes amazing, nerdy women's fashion (for example, and also). (more…)...
03:55 pm PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Naked squishy people falling down
Once you've got a human-shaped 3D model that you've imbued with a suitably squishy physics, what do you do? You could torture thousands of them in a virtual infernal device straight out of The Wasp ...
12:36 pm PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Miriam Makeba sings "Pata Pata"
Lost, and found again, by me anyways....
12:35 pm PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Mom on the drums
Donna Stearns is a mom and an elementary school teacher who plays drums. Here's Donna, tearing up the drums on "Wipeout."...
12:26 pm PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Star Wars Rebels mid-season trailer connects to Force Awakens
Star Wars Rebels second season has been a roller coaster! This mid-season trailer promises that the second half will be even more packed with must-see lore and heartbreaking resolutions than the fir...
11:41 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing What is going on in this photo?
Check out the full photo here. It seems like there's an extra set of legs!...
11:35 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Kontrol Freek Grips help old hands play console games
Kontrol Freek Grips help make the Xbox One control comfortable, and keep my hands from cramping up. Lately, we've been playing Star Wars Battlefront. There is nothing quite like watching my daughter f...
11:34 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Delightful skinless animatronic baby
It's more creepy with the rubber skin.[via]...
11:16 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Drawn in Stereo captures the art of noise
See sample pages from this book at Wink.In my other life as a board member of The Rock Poster Society, the phrase rock art just about always equals rock posters. For Michael Gillette, though, whose be...
11:10 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Injecting ink into a fertilized chicken egg yolk reveals beautiful branching arteries
https://youtu.be/mnJYho2mgDATo visualize the beating heart and vasculature of a chick embryo (72 hours old), ink is injected into its yolk sac artery with a finely drawn glass capillary needle. A wind...
11:03 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Here's a video of a washing machine with a brick in it bouncing on a trampoline
https://youtu.be/779fMc8ubOoThis takes the time-honored tradition of throwing bricks into washing machines and recording their self-destruction to a new level....
10:35 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing The Democratic Party's SOPA-loving, Snowden-hating, Hillary-partisan power-broker has her first-ever primary challenger
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a powerful, corrupt Democratic Party official, the chair of the DNC who has tilted the rules to give the advantage to Hillary Clinton (Wasserman Schultz co-chaired the Clin...
10:35 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Pagico 7 is the only planner that you'll need to stay organized and it's 70% off in the Boing Boing Store
Everything looks better in a flow chart. Endless columns and rows of numbers is mind numbing and easily confusing. Now you can finally see the trends and information from your work and life presented ...
09:46 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Snowshoeing: small-batch spam that's less targeted than spear-phishing
Snowshoe spam has a "small footprint" -- it is sent is small, semi-targeted batches intended to sit below the trigger threshold for cloud-email spam filters, which treat floods of identical (or near-i...
09:36 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Spanish-language broadcasting titan Univision buys controlling interest in The Onion
<insert Ay, caramba! joke here> (more…)...
09:31 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing How the National Reconnaissance Office came to choose a sinister, planet-devouring octopus for a logo
Michael from Muckrock writes, "When the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) announced the upcoming launch of their NROL-39 mission back in December 2013, they didn't get quite the response they hoped...
09:21 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Don't agree to do record-breaking tricks on Chinese TV. Just don't.
Gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo writes, "Last week I got booked to travel to China and appear on their big world records TV show to pull the biggest tablecloth ever. Here's how none of that happened and...
09:11 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing England's most senior civil judge rules that Terrorism Act violates human rights
Lord Dyson, the most senior civil judge in England and Wales, has ruled that Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act -- the law that lets the police detain anyone they like for six hours, without a warrant o...
08:59 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Freedom: a #blacklivesmatter anthem
Evan writes, "Puerta Rican singer Taina Asili has released a new music video, 'Freedom,' that's a perfect anthem for the #BlackLivesMatter movement that illuminates the connections between police vi...
07:58 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Stephen Hawking on the ways humanity could destroy itself
A top list with a difference comes courtesy of physicist Stephen Hawking, who has helpfully enumerated some of the more likely ways humankind might wipe itself from existence. (more…)...
07:58 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Go Home Malheur: pledging money to causes that #yallqaeda hate
Janna sez, "For as little as a dollar a day, you can help demoralize the Bundy Militants. Funds raised will support causes the Bundy Bunch hate; per the Oregonian, monies raised will be donated to a g...
07:52 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Delhi's "Sleep Mafia" control the nights of 100,000 homeless workers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXzElV75x08With an estimated 100,000 homeless people living on the streets of Delhi, and 18,000 shelter beds, the city's nighttime sidewalks are the only bed for tens...
07:48 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Real-time fractal zoomer on the web
Following up on yesterday's fractal fun, here's a real-time fractal zoomer on the web. Use the arrow keys to pan, A and Z keys to zoom, S and X keys to change the threshold.It's by Jonathan Alpers, us...
07:42 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Corgi Orgy
Corgy Orgythe work of @labelmaker and @ebaynetflixis the perfect way to recover from Blue Monday. Best of all, you can make your own GIF orgy! Here's a Jackhammer Jill one I just made for you....
07:39 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Replica weapons made from thousands of cut and stacked post-its
Rome-based sculptor Marco Ecroli's "Army" project turns stacks of patiently cut, colorful post-it notes into full-sized three-dimensional replica weapons: a Colt six-shooter ("i Love Ammerica"), a mac...
07:31 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing How the standard, high-quality disaster-relief tarpaulin came to be
Tarpaulins are critical supplies for disaster relief and humanitarian aid, serving as cover, shelter, carpet and all-round utility infielder. (more…)...
07:30 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Square Peg Round Hole performs a song on resonant boulders
https://youtu.be/7eKmV1xTD4QEvan Chapman of the instrumental percussionist trio Square Peg Round Hole says, "Ringing Rocks Park is a 128 acre park located in Upper Black Eddy. Inside the park is an 8 ...
07:23 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Oldest living man dies at 112
Yasutaro Koide, at 112, was the oldest man alive before he died Monday in Nagoya, Japan.His death came only months after being confirmed by Guinness as such, and it leaves the situation of his success...
07:14 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Old payphones becoming "masturbation stations" in NYC
Neglected public payphones in New York City are being turned into "GuyFi" stations: a place where one can rub one out for the sake of "stress relief." Annalee Newitz reports on the wank booths from a ...
07:03 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. The Dragon With Bitchy Resting Face, & Lots 'n' Lots More
Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.Please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, and more. And/or buy Ruben Bollings new book series for k...
06:45 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing GM's Dieselgate: mechanics privately admit update removes crimeware from Opel cars
Luc Pauwels from Belgium's VRT News took his Vauxhall (GM) Opel Astra in for service, and a mechanic there disclosed that Vauxhall had asked him to flash the firmware of any diesel Opel Zafira to remo...
06:45 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing GM's Dieselgate: mechanics privately admit software update removes crimeware from Opel cars
Luc Pauwels from Belgium's VRT News took his Vauxhall (GM) Opel Astra in for service, and a mechanic there disclosed that Vauxhall had asked him to flash the firmware of any diesel Opel Zafira to remo...
06:31 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Griefer hacks baby-monitor, terrifies toddler with spooky voices
Remember how, back in September 2015, researchers revealed that virtually every "smart" baby-monitor they tested was riddled with security vulnerabilities that let strangers seize control over it, spy...
06:31 am PST - Tue, January 19, 2016
BoingBoing Griefer hacks baby monitor, terrifies toddler with spooky voices
Remember how, back in September 2015, researchers revealed that virtually every "smart" baby-monitor they tested was riddled with security vulnerabilities that let strangers seize control over it, spy...
06:03 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing There's a new version of The Little Prince pop-up book
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The Little Prince, published in 1943, is a classic, emotionally stirring novella written by a French author that has since become the third most translated book...
05:35 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Get app notifications, track your phone's location and more with The Martian Smartwatch
Dont pull your phone out of your pocket every time you need to check the clock. Use what God gave you and simply tilt your wrist. Nab the Martian Smartwatch right now for 72% off and like the name imp...
04:48 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Transreal Cyberpunk! Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling's book of annotated, seminal cyberpunk fiction
Rudy Rucker writes, "Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling's collection of nine jointly written stories is out in ebook and paperback: Transreal Cyberpunk!" (more…)...
03:31 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Magic trick gives you X-ray vision
I had a magic meet-up at my house yesterday afternoon with six other people. We had a great time showing each other tricks and giving each other tips on presentation, resources, sleights, and more. ...
02:48 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Glenn Frey of The Eagles, RIP
Glenn Frey, founding guitarist and singer of The Eagles, has died. He was 67. Frey's death was attributed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. (Eagles.c...
01:57 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing TV networks are pissed at Netflix for not disclosing data on what you're watching
At a Television Critics Association event this weekend, the tension between Netflix and traditional television networks ratcheted up a few notches. TV executives expressed the growing frustration they...
01:41 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Heavy Ecstasy Parking Lot: Ravers the day after a massive rave in 1993
Are you gonna keep dancing forever?Yeah. Forever. Or until I remember where my car is. (more…)...
01:31 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Two top police body camera makers are locked in an epic patent battle
Two of the most prominent makers of body-worn cameras for cops and first responders are fightin' it out over patents. (more…)...
01:15 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Amazon's serious about drones: Prime Air UAVs will carry 5-lb. packages 10 miles in 3 minutes
Amazon is advancing its drone program with great speed. This is not a joke. Say goodbye to the brown trucks. (more…)...
01:15 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Amazon's serious about drones: Prime Air UAVs will carry 5-lb. packages 10 miles in 30 minutes
Amazon is advancing its drone program with great speed. This is not a joke. Say goodbye to the brown trucks. (more…)...
01:04 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing This tool connects pencil stubs together
The Tsunago pencil sharpener lets you "chain smoke" your pencils by connecting pencil stubs together. The Tsunago ("let's connect") has three blades. One sharpens like a normal pencil sharpener. Ano...
12:57 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Netflix cracks down on VPNs, Tor, and other proxies, to enforce region-blocking
In a blog post, Netflix says it will vigorously block you from using internet proxies to view shows or movies you're blocked from viewing in your home country. (more…)...
12:49 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Astronomers unofficially designate a David Bowie "constellation"
Studio Brussels asked astronomers at Belgium's MIRA Public Observatory to select stars that would make a fitting asterism in memory of David Bowie. (Of course, only the International Astronomical Uni...
12:37 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Massive snow avalanche elicits a soft chuckle from nearby observer
It's not always easy to get a Swiss person to laugh, but putting them next to a tree-breaking avalanche sometimes does the trick....
12:00 pm PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing I love this super-bright minimalist LED lantern, and will use it to survive the apocalypse
I've lived in California long enough to have experienced some big earthquakes, and plenty of power outages from big storms like the ones predicted for the current El Nio season. Plus, nuclear attack, ...
11:16 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Turning a video sphere inside out
https://youtu.be/oVwmF_vrZh0The real fun in this spherical video starts at 3:43. Use the directional pad in the upper left corner of the YouTube window to center on Emily's face as the room undergoes ...
10:50 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Electrified fork makes food taste saltier
University of Tokyo food hacker Hiromi Nakamura is developing an electrified fork that zaps your taste buds with low current to make food taste saltier, without using so much salt. Sounds kinda like...
10:44 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Cool floating cube illusion
Even after the secret is revealed, I am still fooled!Make your own by downloading this PDF template....
10:39 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to this deep house mix of MLK, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" (1989)
From 1989, Fingers Inc.'s beautiful mix of "Can You Feel It" with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech....
10:34 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Tracery - a JavaScript library to generate stories
Tracery is a JavaScript library that automatically generates stories by assembling words from a glossary. Kate Compton, a PhD candidate in computer science wrote it. Learn more about Tracery in this i...
10:33 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Reminder: Don't put balls of tea leaves in your vagina
Embrace Pangaea, a "holistic company that provides high-quality herbal detoxes and information to educate clients about natural living" wants you to buy its Herbal Womb Detox Pearls at costs ranging f...
09:59 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Mesmerizing videos of curve-drawing machines
https://youtu.be/XnOpOqWWP5o?list=PL6534E936D46257BFEnjoy these 72 videos of virtual models of mechanical devices that draw circles, ellipses, and hyperbolae, as well as more exotic shapes, like nephr...
09:28 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Recovering Teletext data from VHS recordings
Teletext was an early mainstream precursor to the web that became successful in the UK and France: hundreds of low-res pages a day streamed in the invisible overscan margins of the TV signal. It died ...
08:14 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Martin Luther King, socialist: "capitalism has outlived its usefulness"
In the great tradition of political heroes, Martin Luther King's legacy has been sanitized and purged of its most radical and urgent notions, watered down to a kind of meek pacifism that omits his bel...
07:58 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Penthouse magazine no longer to be printed
Penthouse, the long-running men's magazine founded by Bob Guccione in 1969, is to cease publication in print. The Wall Street Journal reports that it would be "reimagined" as an online-only affair.Rei...
07:44 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Fractal fun on the web
You like zoning out in front of fractals, right? Of course you do!FractalJS is the easiest fractal zoomer yet: just pinch-zoom or scrollwheel and watch it go. There are several sets to choose from, a ...
06:56 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing Debullshitifying the "sleep science" industry: first up, sleeplessness and obesity
Chris from Sense About Science writes, "Had trouble sleeping recently? This week Ask for Evidence is turning its attention to the multitude of claims about sleep -- how you should be doing it, what yo...
06:56 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing The world's richest 62 people have as much wealth as half the rest
Just 62 people own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world together. Of this elite, 52 are men. Moreover, the richest 1 percent now own more than the other 99 percent.The numbers come from UK-...
06:35 am PST - Mon, January 18, 2016
BoingBoing How to wash a very large dog
Allison Gallagher spotted this helpful tip on how to wash very large dogs, posted by an Amazon user reviewing the OptiSex Romantic Fantasy Swing Kit.https://twitter.com/bornhowling/status/687384827687...
10:17 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing Revealed: the hidden web of big-business money backing Europe's pro-TTIP "think tanks"
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is an EU-US "trade agreement" that will allow corporations to sue governments in secret tribunals to force them to repeal their safety, environmental...
10:17 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing Revealed: the hidden web of big-business money backing Europe and America's pro-TTIP "think tanks"
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is an EU-US "trade agreement" that will allow corporations to sue governments in secret tribunals to force them to repeal their safety, environmental...
10:06 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing The bizarre magnetic forest rings of northern Ontario
Geoff sends us a post about "the 'strange phenomenon' of naturally-occurring 'forest rings,' or circles up to 2km in diameter only visible from the air, in northern Ontario. The rings are at least pa...
09:00 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing 2016 is the year of the telepathic election, and it's not pretty
Charlie Stross describes the "the fusion of twitter, facebook, and other disclosure-induction social media with always-connected handheld internet devices" as "telepathy" for election campaigns, which...
08:45 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing Trump Casinos lost millions every single year that Donald Trump ran it (but he's still rich)
When confronted with the fact of his four bankruptcies, Donald Trump argues that he was just being a shrewd businessman, restructuring his affairs to maximize profits. But when The Donald took one of ...
08:26 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing Oregon domestic terrorists now destroying public property in earnest
The domestic terrorists who seized the Malheur national wildlife refuge near Bend, OR, are operating with incredible impunity, destroying public property, breaking into federal databases and disruptin...
08:06 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing Jeremy Corbyn proposes ban on dividends from companies that don't pay living wages
The left-wing leader of the UK Labour Party has set out a pair of proposed reguations for British limited liability corporations that will challenge their ability to sponge off the tax-payer and enric...
07:43 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing The Electable Mr Sanders
Robert Reich, who served as Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor, chairs Common Cause, and wrote such bestsellers as Beyond Outrage, answers six of the most common objections to raised by "Bernie skeptic...
07:31 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing Suspicious, photo-taking "Middle Eastern" men were visually impaired tourists
A leaked Vancouver internal police bulletin sent the city into a tizz when they learned that the cops were trying to locate three "Middle-Eastern" men who'd been taking a suspicious amount of photogra...
01:00 am PST - Sun, January 17, 2016
BoingBoing Master your DSLR with this photography training bundle now only $29 in the Boing Boing Store
Explore the world of photography with this amazing two-course bundle. In just 30 hours of video instruction, you'll absorb both beginner and advanced techniques that'll take your skills on the fast ro...
11:21 am PST - Sat, January 16, 2016
BoingBoing "Late stage capitalism" is the new "Christ, what an asshole"
If you've grown weary of recaptioning your New Yorker cartoons with any of the other universal punchlines ("Christ, what an asshole," "Hello, I'd like to add you to my professional network on Linkedin...
07:40 am PST - Sat, January 16, 2016
BoingBoing Oregon militiaman arrested after stealing wildlife reserve vehicle to go shopping
One of the men occupying the Malheur wildlife preserve building in Oregon has, finally, been arrested. Why? Because he drove off in one of the feds' trucks.The Oregonian reports: "Kenneth Medenbach, 6...
06:43 am PST - Sat, January 16, 2016
BoingBoing Worried about Chinese spies, the FBI freaked out about Epcot Center
Muckrock has secured the FBI's files on Epcot Center, revealing the panicked thrash that the prospect of a semi-circle of international pavilions around a toy artificial lake set off in Cold War atmos...
01:00 am PST - Sat, January 16, 2016
BoingBoing IllumiBowl is a night light for your toilet
Let there be light in the bathroom. Now you can add any color of LED light to your toilet bowl and see it glow. That means no more stumbling around when you have to go at night. Simply snap it onto th...
05:02 pm PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing India's Internet activists have a SOPA moment: no "poor Internet for poor people"
My latest Guardian column, 'Poor internet for poor people': India's activists fight Facebook connection plan, tells the story of how India's amazing Internet activists have beaten back Facebook's bid ...
04:02 pm PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders campaign withdraws bogus copyright threat against Wikipedia
A terse update to the Wikimedia page for DMCA notices confirms that the Sanders campaign has withdrawn the legal threat it sent to the organization yesterday over its hosting of copies of campaign log...
02:56 pm PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Silicone flexible pancake turner
The silicone rubber part of the OXO Good Grips flexible pancake turner ($11 on Amazon) has just the right amount of give. That, combined with a sharp edge, makes it perfect for flipping eggs, pancakes...
02:37 pm PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Alan Rickman as Severus Snape: his 'Harry Potter' scenes, in chronological order
A supercut of Severus Snape's most important scenes and arcs in the Harry Potter film series in chronological order. (more…)...
12:37 pm PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Kickstarting an unbelievably cute otter-shaped tea-steeper
https://youtu.be/3pNj6GsoUIMThe otter perches on your teacup's rim while the tea steeps, staring adorably at you while it goes. (more…)...
12:13 pm PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to the late actor Alan Rickman read a Tibetan exile's real-life torture testimony
To shine a spotlight on the widespread use of torture in Tibet, British actors lent their voices to Tibetan torture survivors who can not speak out for themselves. In this video, Alan Rickman reads th...
11:18 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing The Explorers Guild graphic novel - "Rudyard Kipling meets Indiana Jones"
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala is a throwback to the golden age of adventure stories. Its one part pulp novel and one part graphic nove...
11:13 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Help fill the first free public library for India's Tibetan exile community with books
Will you help us fill the Mundgod library with books? (more…)...
11:12 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Flameouts of 7 promising startups
https://youtu.be/XLMKku4HbrYThis 8-minute video gives the rise-and-fall stories of powerful or promising online startups that went bust: Friendster (social network), AltaVista (search engine), Napster...
10:28 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Plane passenger snaps photo of shadowy humanoid walking on cloud
This incredible photo, shot from a plane at 30,000 feet, captures what looks like a silhouette of the Iron Giant strutting across a cloud. When passenger Nick ODonoghue, who was on his way back to Ire...
10:26 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing A Cup of Coffee (1980) Mormon anti-coffee short
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RGnEJRkIDAIf you haven't subscribed to the Hard-to-Find Mormon Videos YouTube channel, you don't know what you're missing. Watch this anti-coffee film from 1980. It's ...
10:22 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing FACEPALM: Bernie Sanders campaign tries to censor Wikipedia
The Bernie Sanders campaign has sent an abusive DMCA notice to Wikimedia, the foundation that administers Wikipedia, over their hosting of Sanders campaign logos. (more…)...
10:22 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing FACEPALM: Bernie Sanders campaign tries to censor Wikipedia: UPDATED
Update The campaign has withdrawn the threat.The Bernie Sanders campaign has sent an abusive DMCA notice to Wikimedia, the foundation that administers Wikipedia, over their hosting of Sanders campaign...
10:12 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Whores of Yore: a history of sex workers, told one tweet at a time
Postdoc researcher Kate Lister has fun, weird and often NSFW Twitter feed called Whores of Yore. She describes it as a "catalogue of jilts, cracks, prostitutes, night-walkers, whores, she-friends, kin...
10:11 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Copyright troll Rightscorp must pay $450,000 over robocalls
Copyright shakedown company Rightscorp, which threatens suspected music sharers with lawsuits unless they give Rightscorp money, has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle claims it illegally targeted thous...
10:06 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Does anyone at AT&T netops read Boing Boing?
If so, please contact me. You have been blocking my mail server for years, and have not responded to dozens of requests through this form. Thanks in advance....
10:00 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Aaron Swartz's "Against School" - business leaders have been decrying education since 1845
"Against School" is a previously unpublished Aaron Swartz essay about the centuries of word-perfect complaints about the US public school system, which have led to mass-scale, sneak privatization of t...
10:00 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Chipotle will close Feb. 8 for a companywide meeting on food safety
Business is bad for Chipotle as a result of a string of food poisoning outbreaks last year. According to the Chicago Tribune, the share price has dropped 40% and sales have dropped 30%. I believe it. ...
09:45 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing How Twitter "quietly banned" harassment and hate speech
Sarah Jeong reports on how Twitter has begun to take control of the hatred, harassment and general horseshit posted on its site.Twitter talked some big talk, but it has buckled under both lawsuits and...
09:40 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing This is certainly not the early, bubblegum pop Bee Gees
When the feeling's gone and you can't go on......
09:35 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing 12-year-old girl suspended because she lent her inhaler to a gasping classmate
A 12-year-old honor student from Texas got suspended from school for giving her asthama inhaler to another girl who was wheezing and gasping in gym class. She could also be tranferred to an "alterna...
08:52 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Bicycle Big Foot playing cards
I figured Pesco might enjoy my magic tricks more, if I was using Bicycle's Big Foot deck.The backs on this deck are just lovely. An absolutely homage to the Bicycle Rider Back, but done with Big Foot....
07:52 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Yosemite agrees to change the names of its significant locations to appease trademark troll
DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc (a division of one of the largest privately owned companies in the world) used to have the concessions to operate various businesses around Yosemite National Park....
07:36 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders support soars among actual voters, if not Democratic Party power-brokers
Trevor Timm reads through the latest poll numbers and finds that Bernie Sanders is gaining on Clinton with key Democratic demographics: people under 45; women under 35; African Americans and Hispanics...
06:36 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing 3D printed, open-source "pocket watch" with tourbillon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go8woPGOgggSwiss engineer Christoph Laimer has built an open-source hardware, 3D printed watch with a tourbillon mechanism, uploading it to Thingiverse for you to pri...
01:00 am PST - Fri, January 15, 2016
BoingBoing Become a computer security specialist with the Complete White Hat Hacker and Penetration Testing Bundle now 97% off
Learn to specialize in methodologies that will protect your organization from security threats, and become an indispensable member of your team. Where do you start? This course will take you from begi...
04:58 pm PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Why we can't help getting ripped off by con artists
Incredibly Interesting Authors: RSS | iTunes | Download this episode | Email | Android One day in September 1951, Dr. Joseph Cyr, a surgeon Lieutenant of the Royal Canadian Navy, was on board a Navy s...
04:42 pm PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing The only candidate not playing into ISIS hysteria is Bernie Sanders, and he's surging in the polls
U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to grab all the media attention, and Hillary Clinton remains a Wall Street favorite--so why is underdog Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders sud...
03:48 pm PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing A day in the life of a public service serial killer's intern
It's a good week when we get two new short stories from political science fiction wunderkind Laurie Penny: on Monday, it was The House of Surrender, about a prison in a world without coercion; today i...
01:30 pm PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Rumors of "Left 4 Dead 3" arise after long silence
After a 7 year hiatus, perhaps the greatest horror video game series of all time may be picking up where it left off! Rumors have it that Valve has delayed work on Half-Life 3 to work on Left 4 Dead...
12:35 pm PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing How an obsessive jailhouse lawyer revealed the existence of Stingray surveillance devices
Daniel Rigmaiden was a prolific and talented fraudster who made more than a million dollars filing tax-returns for dead people, using ninja forgery skills and super-tight operational security to avoid...
12:27 pm PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Impossibly cute paper clips shaped like cats, dogs, and wild animals
I like to buy these adorable little critter-shaped paperclips from stationary accessories maker Midori of Japan on Amazon. They work just the same as regular paperclips, but they add a lot of sweetnes...
11:42 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Smugglers disguise marijuana as carrots
On Sunday, the US border patrol in Pharr, Texas seized 2,500 tons of marijuana stuffed into faux carrots mixed in with real vegetables coming from Mexico. In November, agents there found bricks of mar...
11:08 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Hoverboard catches fire during unboxing video
This fellow made an unboxing video about his new hoverboard and it apparently caught fire before he even had a chance to try it out. ...
10:51 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Digital guitar tuner for $5 with free shipping
I don't know how long this deal will last but $5 for a digital guitar/ukulele/violin/bass tuner (on Amazon) is a great deal. I already have one but I just bought a couple more to give away....
10:44 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing The Singing Bones delves into the strange, dark and downright creepy world of fairy tales
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Perth-born Shaun Tan is well known in Australia as an artist and storyteller. His unique world view is shared with readers through surreal and challenging image...
10:33 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing In this Tokyo club, people wear head-to-toe bodysuits to relieve stress
The Tokyo Zentai Club brings welcome relief to the pressures of living in a stressful urban environment where citizens are expected to conform to rigid social norms. By wearing skin-tight lycra outfit...
10:29 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing SF Bay Area: Sledge Hammer's 30th Hammerversary is this SUNDAY!
I'm extremely excited about SF Sketchfest's 30th "Hammerversary", a celebration of the prescient television comedy Sledge Hammer! this Sunday, January 17th at 2pm!A few weeks ago I wrote about revisit...
10:10 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Why it's so hard to make a better mosquito repellent
Since 2008 Leslie Vosshall, director of the Vosshall Laboratory at Rockefeller University, has been working on making a better mosquito repellent than DEET. In this Atlantic article by Ed Yong, she ex...
09:58 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Congressman requests approval to wear Aloha shirt on Fridays
US Representative Mark Takai, a Democrat from Hawaii, formally requested that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan permit the wearing of Aloha shirts on the House floor on Fridays. The longstanding House dr...
09:56 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing The curious story of an "African" from Baltimore
In the 1920s Bata Kindai Amgoza ibn LoBagola toured the United States and Europe to share the culture of his African homeland with fascinated audiences. The reality was actually much more mundane: His...
09:53 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Snoop Dogg speaks for all Xbox One users
It sucks when Xbox Live is down. I'd love to play some Star Wars Battlefront with Snoop. I bet he has his force choke down. Add me, Snoop! My gamertag is "The Muir Beast"...
09:47 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Woman takes photos of penises dressed in outfits, sells them for $10,000
https://youtu.be/4XRnZ0wGGm4NYC photographer Soraya Doolbaz has a business selling merchandise with photos of penises dressed in outfits. The videos above and below are probably NSFW as they show peni...
09:33 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Man's head audibly ticked like a clock
If you stood next to Sankey Flynn (1918-2001) of Greensboro, North Carolina, you might have thought he had a wristwatch in his head. An audible tick-tock sound could be heard coming from Flynn's ears ...
09:30 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing This guy makes tiny working engines out of paper
Aliaksei Zholner makes itty bitty engines with paper and some scotch tape on valves to eliminate friction. They run on compressed air delivered via a papercraft throttle.https://youtu.be/Pf3jnP6AbM0...
09:24 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing The surprising perks of being easily embarrassed
Why do people blush? Darwin studied the phenomenon of reddened cheeks and necks as a response to embarrassment and wrote, "Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions." And, unlike...
09:24 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing The Internet of Things in Your Butt: smart rectal thermometer
Ha-ha-yes, it's true, there's an IoT rectal thermometer, which is about as irrationally exuberant as you can get about a technology bubble, bu(t)t... (more…)...
09:21 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing That time Alan Rickman died and I didn't mind
Happy trails, Alan Rickman....
09:17 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Lineup for London's "The Story" conference
Matt Locke from London's "The Story" conference writes, "We've just announced the final lineup for The Story 2016, including poet Musa Okwonga, CEO of Canongate Jamie Byng, games designer Hannah Nickl...
09:14 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Help your kids learn to code with "The Official ScratchJr Book"
ScratchJr is a simple, free, tablet based programming language kids can use to make simple games and animations. The Official ScratchJr Book has been a great guide for my daughter and I. I first heard...
09:12 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing UK Home Secretary auditions for a Python sketch: "UK does not undertake mass surveillance"
UK Home Secretary Theresa May stood before Parliament on Wednesday, and, with a straight face, said: "The UK does not undertake mass surveillance. We have not, and we do not, undertake mass surveillan...
09:11 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Watch the late Alan Rickman have a very dramatic cup of tea
From David Michalek's "Portraits in Dramatic Time." RIP, Alan Rickman....
08:45 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Introducing Boing Boing's Maker Box
Quarterly.com is launching a brand new Maker Box subscription. This new Maker box features DIY kits and hands-on projects perfect for makers of all ages. Youll receive kits to build your own gadgets, ...
08:45 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Stuck in my head: The Whispers' "Rock Steady"
Now I know where Carlton learned to dance....
08:09 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing First Look: Jason Gurleys ELEANOR
Jason Gurley's ELEANOR is a proud sponsor of Boing Boing!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcXshQjRqLUA new novel for readers of Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Kate Atkinsons Life after Life, and Audrey N...
07:54 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing US Treasury Dept wants to know which offshore crimelords are buying all those NYC and Miami penthouses
It's an open secret that the world's luxury property boom is being driven by crooked rich people in the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa who have looted their homelands and want to st...
07:43 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Cool, science-themed dresses
Shenova's science-themed dresses are beautifully cut and come in prints that celebrate the Fibonacci sequence, the DNA double-helix, printed circuit boards, retinal cells, the periodic table, aerospac...
07:33 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Oregon's domestic terrorists just got 55 gal of lube to go with all those dildos
In 2009, Indian women sent pink underwear to Shri Ram Sene, a right-wing, conservative Hindu organization that had promoted street-violence against women who were perceived as "immodest." (more&hellip...
07:00 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Why are there no bearded astronauts?
To mark the January 12 Blu-ray and DVD release of The Martian, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has created the 'Life in Space' video series, a lighthearted look at the burning questions tro...
06:40 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Take this quiz and learn how to spot misused meteorological terms
Chris from Sense About Science sez, "Thundersnow, willy-willys and the hottest/coldest seasons on record, there's certainly no shortage of headlines about the weather. But many meteorological terms we...
05:16 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Alan Rickman, 1946-2016
Famous for his intriguing villains and staccato voice, English actor Alan Rickman is dead at 69. The star was suffering from cancer, his family said.He became one of Britain's best-loved acting stars ...
01:00 am PST - Thu, January 14, 2016
BoingBoing Pay what you want for the world travel hacker bundle and start planning your next adventure
There's nothing better than getting away--and there's no time like the present. Experience something brand new, and do it without breaking the bank thanks to these must-know travel hacks. From generat...
06:02 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing This is the best Donald Trump-as-a-penis GIF
Through a forest, no less....
05:39 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Clapper hacked: US Intelligence directors personal e-mail and phone breached
The same entity that claims to be behind a recent hack of CIA Director John Brennan's personal email now claims to be behind a breach of the accounts of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper...
05:25 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Lost and lonely dildo on a conveyor belt
How could this happen to meeeee? (more…)...
05:16 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing David Bowie, Internet Service Provider: Interview with the guy who ran BowieNet ISP
When artist and pop star David Bowie launched an Internet service provider firm in the heady dot-com runup days of 1998, a guy named Ron Roy helped Bowie run the ISP. Days after the music icon's death...
05:01 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Arizona starts using Facebook and Twitter to publicly shame 'Deadbeat Dads'
Fathers in Arizona who aren't delivering court-ordered child support payments may discover their mugs plastered all over social media soon. Arizona governor Doug Ducey this week unveiled a bizarre new...
03:43 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing The heaviest, sturdiest cat litter scoop
Cool Tools reader Joe Stirt recommended this large cat litter scoop. I bought one, because the little plastic scoop Id been using for a couple of years had gotten flimsy from use and would often buckl...
03:38 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Apple CEO Tim Cook demands Obama White House formally defend Americans' right to strong encryption
Jenna McLaughlin at The Intercept writes that Apple CEO Tim Cook lashed out at the high-level delegation of Obama administration officials who came calling on tech leaders in San Jose last week. (more...
03:24 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Powerful video campaign in Scotland against mental health stigma
Are you okay? (more…)...
02:59 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Al Jazeera America is shutting down
Adieu, Al Jazeera America, and all the DNA it absorbed from Al Gore's once massively-hyped Current TV. The network's closure is particularly sad news for all the great TV news journalists they recruit...
01:35 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Surf faster with the NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi optimizer now 87% off in the Boing Boing Store
NetSpot lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook so you can get the best connection possible at all times. Use the mapping feature to view dead zones and ...
12:28 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Kickstarting more gorgeous Soviet deadstock Nixie Tube clocks
Kyle Miller (previously) writes, "I've recently launched my newest Kickstarter, featuring the third model in my crowdfunded series of Steampunk style Soviet-era nixie tube clocks. Each is handmade in ...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Banksy painting comes with free house!
If you purchase Banksy's "Spy Booth" mural for $300,000, you get a three-bedroom Victorian home in Cheltenham, England for free! The house, in dire need of renovation, features the Banksy artwork on a...
11:43 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Obama accused of "bungling and treachery," and other tabloid stunners
[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...
11:29 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Serpentine vertebral modular sofa
The DS-600, a modular sofa from Swiss manufacturer De Sede, was designed by U. Berger, E. Peduzzi Riva, H. Ulrich, K. Vogt in 1972, and remains otherworldly and wonderful. (more…)...
11:25 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing New book teaches Python programming with Minecraft
In this beginner friendly book, called Learn to Program with Minecraft, you will learn how to do cool things in Minecraft using the Python programming language. No prior programming experience is need...
11:12 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Airlines with the highest and lowest safety ratings
They say that flying is safer than driving. In fact, according to travel statistics, the odds of dying in a car crash is 1 in 98 in a lifetime, while the odds of dying in a plane wreck is 1 in 7,178 i...
11:03 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing The Duncan Butterfly, world's greatest yo-yo
My daughter wanted a yo-yo, and I knew that only one would do! The Duncan Butterfly!I spent hundreds of hours playing with one just like this! We randomly got the same green I had as a kid. Just hol...
11:00 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing For the first time in 15 years, there's a new Violent Femmes album
The Femmes broke up in acrimony, and while there have been some noteworthy projects since (frontman Gordon Gano's gospel band, The Mercy Seat, produced an album that was as good as anything the Femmes...
10:54 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to David Bowie the DJ (1979)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATSTjjEMmukOn May 20, 1979, David Bowie was invited to take over BBC Radio One for a two-hour DJ set titled "Star Special" that's a fantastic tour of underground, unfam...
10:39 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Meet the "King of Revenge Porn"
Scott Breitenstein, the much-hated proprietor of such delightful Internet outposts as Complaints Bureau, STD Registry, and Report My X, is the "King of Revenge Porn." Or rather, he was. Fusion inter...
10:38 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Actual conversations with rude or odd customers at a used book store
The Book Mine is a used book store in Fair Oaks, CA (Northeast of Sacramento) has a web page with snippets of funny conversations with customers who are obnoxious, rude, or weird.Do people donate all ...
10:35 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing England may finally choose its own national anthem
Britain has oneGod Save The Queenas do Scotland and Wales, but England itself has no national anthem. After many years of talking about it, it might finally happen. Jerusalem, a much-loved and rathe...
10:29 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Treasonous Bundy-led militia prepare to open kangaroo court
Seems the "patriots" in Oregon, who have occupied a wild life sanctuary, are fixing to start trying local officials for undisclosed, but "substantial" crimes. They have brought in a phony judge and ar...
10:20 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Extremely realistic animatronic head built for "The World's End"
Matt Denton says, "This is test footage and images of the animatronic head built for Edgar Wright's The World's End. This is a fairly simple head with only eye and jaw movement but has just enough f...
10:15 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing U.S. states that allow you to keep tigers, monkeys and bears as pets
Why anyone would want to keep a wild animal like a tiger, monkey or bear as a pet is beyond me. But in the U.S. its not a federal crime to own exotic animals its up to the states to decide which anim...
10:11 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Fantastic 1970 short film about a hyperkinetic short-order cook named Spider
Look at Spider go! In this short movie from 1970, we see an energetic short order cook experiencing full-blown Csikszentmihalyi flow state as he prepares dishes for a late-night pre-hangover crowd a...
10:01 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing WATCH: documentary featuring some of the best aurora borealis footage ever captured
Back in 2012, I wrote about 'Magnetic Reconnection', a beautiful, haunting experimental film about the aurora borealis, scored by Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Wilco) and narrated by Will Oldham (Matew...
09:49 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing The making of Thomas J. Kuntz' "Lilly's Cabinet of Mystery"
Thomas J. Kuntz makes the most incredible automata I've ever seen. Happy birthday, Thomas!(Thanks, Bob Self!)...
09:49 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Ive already reviewed a few adult coloring books for Wink and thought I had moved on, but then Patterns of the Universe came my way and I couldnt resist. When I ...
09:44 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing A look at Airstream's new limited edition $114,600 trailer
Airstream is making only 100 of these Pendelton Limited Edition trailers. They have a U.S. National Park Foundation motif, and Airstream will donate $1,000 to the National Park Foundation for each Pen...
09:40 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Bob Mould (Hsker D and Sugar): killer new video, new album
Our prolific punk pal Bob Mould (ex-Hsker D and Sugar) just released a new video, "Voices in My Head," to whet our appetites for his new album, Patch the Sky, out March 25. Stereogum recently joined...
09:39 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing 3D Systems abandons its Cube printers, but DRM means you can't buy filament from anyone else
3D printing giant 3D Systems has experienced a terrible year and a change in leadership, and seems to be backing away from consumer products, meaning that it's orphaned its Cube home 3D printers. (mor...
09:33 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Neil Diamond sings "Holly Holy"
https://youtu.be/QZ4gmMF7MoUCall the sun in the dead of the night... And the sun's gonna rise in the sky!...
09:20 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing How to separate and stack frighteningly strong neodymium magnets
https://youtu.be/ybY_wdQ5MScBrainiac75 made a pair of wooden tools that he uses to separate and stack large neodymium magnet discs. I've pinched my fingers quite a few times with tiny neodymium magnet...
09:05 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing How to turn a plastic bottle into 20 yards of string
https://youtu.be/7v-FlEx1_EMI don't think I'll make string from a plastic bottle, but I enjoyed watching how this guy made his PET bottle-cutting tool with some screws, washers, and a pencil sharpener...
08:52 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing 10 creepy and disturbing documentaries
Mental Floss' list of 10 (More) Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction (see also 10 Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction) lives up to its headline. Some of these docume...
08:39 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: What Group Should We Really Be Afraid Of?
Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.Please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, and more. And/or buy Ruben Bollings new book series for k...
08:01 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Object Lessons: short, thrilling books and essays about everyday objects
The Object Lessons project, edited by game theory legend Ian Bogost and cultural studies academic Christopher Schaberg, commissions short essays and small, beautiful books about everyday objects from ...
07:43 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Manual mail-sorting at the turn of the 20th century
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNzTEveUURAI can only hope they whistled the same jaunty tunes as their Ghanian counterparts while sorting the mail in Chaplainesque ballet. (more…)...
07:40 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Watch Tor traffic flow around the world
Tor, the internet anonymity network you can use to hide your activity from prying eyes, is beautiful in blue. Torflow is a visualization of the vast amounts of traffic streaming between its many node...
07:34 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing REVEALED: the trick behind magicians' baffling coin-vanishes
The quickness of the hand deceives the eye. (more…)...
07:29 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing What's the programming language for you?
The simple online questionnaire at bestprogramminglanguagefor.me will help starting-out programmers pick the right language for the job. It's not really for beginners who know absolutely nothing of co...
07:09 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing PC sales drop to 2007 levels, and some blame Windows 10
Lenovo is on top of a shrinking market; only Apple is shipping significantly more machines this year than last, according to trade group numbers. HP is sinking fastest among the big players, but still...
06:44 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Why Moveon endorsed Bernie Sanders
Moveon polled its members to see if enough of them supported a candidate to win the organization's support, something that's only happened once before (Obama 2008). 340,665 members cast a ballot, retu...
06:35 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Sneak-privatization of public schools: attacking teachers, unions and standards
A scorching editorial by public education advocate Marion Brady describes the 30 year program of sneak-attacks on public education in America. It starts by whipping up fear that foreign workforces are...
06:18 am PST - Wed, January 13, 2016
BoingBoing Income inequality makes the 1% sad, too
A study from the notorious socialists at the Harvard Business Review analyzed data from the Gallup World Poll and the World Top Incomes Database and found that in countries with a large degree of weal...
07:36 pm PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing President Obama's final State of the Union address
President Barack Obama tonight gave the final State of the Union Address of his final presidential term. Here is the full text of those remarks. (more…)...
06:09 pm PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing How to drink your morning coffee in Norway like a boss
This dude makes Norway looks cold, but also cool. (more…)...
06:01 pm PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing SpaceX releases new video of Falcon 9 launch and landing
https://youtu.be/ANv5UfZsvZQSpaceX today published some wonderful new footage of its recent successful Falcon 9 launch and landing. (more…)...
03:47 pm PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Will the W3C strike a bargain to save the Web from DRM?
The World Wide Web Consortium, which makes the standards the Web runs on, continues to pursue work on DRM -- technology that you can't connect to without explicit permission, and whose bugs can't be r...
01:57 pm PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Why Labyrinth is awesome
The mid-1980s' fantasy movie Labyrinth, starring David Bowie as the Goblin King, was something of a dud when it was released. Over the years, though, it's become a genuine classic. Tanya Pai explains....
01:53 pm PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing David Bowie and Freddy Mercury singing "Under Pressure," a capella
Isolated vocal tracks from Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure" (1981). Original below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psYQMY69gLo...
01:24 pm PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Meet the Great Pyrenees, AKC's breed of the day
Life with a Great Pyrenees is really everything great about having a dog. My buddy, Nemo, is pretty darn amazing. It is no surprise the AKC is honoring them, today.I can not say enough good things abo...
12:20 pm PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Have fun picking this see-through padlock
John Edgar Park introduced me to the gentle art of recreational lock-picking. It's fun and potentially useful to know how to tickle tumblers in the right way to open door locks and padlocks. This $17 ...
11:58 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing WATCH: documentary on Walt Disney, the futurist
John Frost writes, "Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: The Futurism of Walt Disney new documentary captures a side of Walt Disney that other recent documentaries miss. He was a lover of technology, innov...
11:55 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing How a psychedelic sex GIF animator went viral after getting banned on Facebook
Jean Francois Painchaud, aka PHAZED, is Canadian animator/producer who works on the PBS kids show, Wild Kratts. He also makes trippy, NSFW Gifs and posts them to his accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Tu...
11:35 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Ted Cruz is / is not eligible to be president - legal scholars duke it out
Ted Cruz is the Schrdinger's cat of politicians. He is both eligible and not eligible to be president. There's no argument Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president because he was born in Canada. That...
11:25 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Life Aquatic beanie, my favorite winter hat
"Son of a bitch, I'm sick of these dolphins."As it is cold out, I've taken to wearing my Team Zissou beanie most days, and nights. For $10, delivered, you too can emulate the greatest adventurer never...
10:57 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing New York village to keep seal depicting man choking Native American
The residents of the small New York village of Whitesboro voted last night to keep this emblem that appears to show a man choking a Native American. From the Associated Press:In a non-binding vote Mon...
10:48 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing 74% of Whitesboro voters support racism
The voters of Whitesboro, New York, have declared, 157 to 55, that keeping a racist town logo is what they want. I guess they need to honor their long history of racism.Whitesboro residents voted Mond...
10:47 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Amphigorey: 15 mid-century stories by the macabre genius Edward Gorey
See sample pages from this book at Wink.A cute cat wearing a scarf on the front cover, ABAB rhyming schemes, an amusing title that rolls off the tongue ... yes, to the naked eye Amphigorey: Fifteen Bo...
10:39 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Notable people write about the breakthrough moment that changed their lives
NY Magazine has a great collection of essays from a bunch of writers, performers, athletes, directors, and photographers about the incident or realization that made them answer their calling. I wore t...
10:26 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Man invents implantable switch to turn on/off male birth control
Clemens Bimek invented a shut-off valve for the vas deferens, the tubes that bring sperm from the testicles out of a man's body. The Bimek SLV Spermatic Duct Valve is essentially a vasectomy with a ...
10:21 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing The best podcast about Los Angeles: Home
I finished listening to all six episodes from the first season of the new podcast, Home: Stories From L.A. It's reported, produced, hosted, and edited by Bill Barol, who has never done a podcast befor...
10:00 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Guns filled with guts: Anatomy of War
Noah Scalin's "Anatomy of War" sculptures are polymer clay cutaway guns filled with colorful, wet-looking human viscera. (more…)...
09:57 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Podcast episode about creativity, paradox, and what if questions
Last month I attended a lecture by David Ben, and became an instant fan. He's a fascinating Toronto-based magician and the co-founder of Magicana, a "not-for-profit organization dedicated to explorati...
09:53 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing 18 microfiber cleaning cloths for $8
My glasses are always a mess, and I am always scrounging around in my car or pockets for a cloth to clean them. This 18 pack of excellent micro fiber cleaning cloths will last me for months. These are...
09:45 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Book says Daddy Koch built Nazi oil refinery & hired a Nazi nanny for his boys, who blackmailed their gay brother
New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer has a new book coming out, Dark Money, which chronicles the influence of a small handful of ultra-rich dynastic American families on US politics. (more…)...
09:26 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Texas gun owners lament new open carry laws
Appears the new open carry laws in Texas, which have expressly allowed guns onto College campuses and into psychiatric hospitals, are back firing against open and concealed carry enthusiasts. Private ...
09:25 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Rare Bowie photos
Artnet collects a set of interesting stock images of David Bowie you might not have seen before, hidden from the Google spiders (if not the ones from Mars)....
09:19 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Coming Out Like a Porn Star: collected memoirs of sex workers
Coming Out Like a Porn Star is genderqueer porn star Jiz Lee's new anthology collecting the personal stories of porn stars and other sex-trade workers, in which they describe "coming out" to their fri...
09:04 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Impression master Ross Marquand nails the tiny moments of A-list actors
https://youtu.be/AFXTxQPV79wImpression master Ross Marquand nails the tiny moments of A-list actors, including Antonio Banderas forgetting his password, Harrison Ford losing a sneeze, and Brad Pitt fo...
09:02 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Rich Americans are embarrassed by Donald Trump
It must suck to have spent good money on an office or apartment in an upscale business with "TRUMP" on the front of it, only to wake up one morning and discover that your real estate investment has fo...
08:55 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing The Wow! signal may have been a pair of comets
In 1977 radio astronomers at the Big Ear space telescope, searching for signs of extraterrestrial life, came across a signal that wasn't just odd, it was unbelievably strong! The signal, broadcast at ...
08:24 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Map of power outages caused by squirrels
Cyber Squirrel 1 is a Google-powered map that tracks power outages caused by small animals. Occasionally buzzards cause some chaos, but it is mostly the fault of squirrels. Pictured above is the map f...
08:17 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Explore musical variations amid floating 3D islands
YUME is a simple musical experience where the songs change as you explore 3D floating islandsjust click and drag them to move around. It's restful, easy to get lost, and the evolving tracks are great....
07:29 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing New US law says kids can walk to school by themselves
After years of documenting instances in which parents and kids are terrorized by law enforcement and child welfare authorities because the kids were allowed to be on their own in public places, the Fr...
07:15 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing San Franciscans: see Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland on Jan 17
The SF in SF reading series is back with a fantastic pair of readers: Kim Stanley Robinson (author of Aurora and interstellar colony skeptic) and historical novelist Cecelia Holland. (more…)...
07:06 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Toronto's mayor demands an end to competition for fast, affordable broadband
In Canada, as in the UK and many other countries (including the USA, until the mid-2000s), the big telcos are required to wholesale their lines to small, upstart competitors as payback for access to r...
06:14 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Your smartwatch knows your ATM and phone PIN
Because a PIN-pad is so constrained and predictable, the accelerometer in your smartwatch is able to guess with a high degree of confidence (73%) what you enter into it -- it can also serve as a gen...
01:00 am PST - Tue, January 12, 2016
BoingBoing Take your gaming anywhere with the NES30 pro bluetooth gaming controller
This sleek, powerful, and portable controller is your ticket to crushing through games on any platform like you once did on the original Nintendo. Dont let the retro design fool you: from its compatib...
03:23 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing PEW PEW! Best Star Wars shirt evar
I spotted a kid wearing one of these yesterday and was disappointed that all he knew was that his dad got it somewhere; luckily it turned out to be a quick search away....
02:58 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing University of Maryland claims sponsor's chocolate milk helps concussion recovery
The University of Maryland's Maryland Industrial Partnerships program hooks up researchers with businesses: just before Christmas, MIPS sent out a press-release claiming that a local brand of chocolat...
02:50 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Save 96% and master web design with the Learn to Design 2016 Bundle
UX and UI designers are some of the most in-demand positions in the tech world--and those positions could be yours. Dive into nine courses on everything from front-end coding to prototyping to designi...
02:34 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Bowie, Eno and serendipity
Tim Harford (previously) writes, "My TED talk just went live - among other things it's about Bowie and Eno's creative process on the Berlin albums. It's rather sadly timed but I hope you like it." (mo...
02:20 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Mourning David Bowie (photos)
Images from around the world today, as fans mourn the death of David Bowie. He died Sunday, January 10, 2016. He was 69, and had been receiving treatment for cancer for 18 months, according to reports...
02:06 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing North Korea blasts loudspeakers at South Korea because South is blasting North with same
If the history of North/South Korean loudspeaker aggression is any indication, we're looking at a high risk of bullets flying over the border soon. First comes the noise, then comes the artillery fire...
01:55 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Chelsea Manning reviews book of Aaron Swartz's writing
Today is the third anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death, and it was marked by the publication of an anthology of Aaron's writing, The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz with ...
01:54 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing IOS 9.3 will let you dim display's blue light to help your brain shift towards sleep
Apple today unveiled a teaser of what's in store in the latest iOS release, 9.3. Among the numerous innovations promised: a blue light dimmer to help you get a good nights sleep. (more…)...
01:46 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Price cut on 'Silence Of The Lambs' House
On the market for some time, the house of Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs has been cut in price by $50,000. More than an hour out of town, the four-bedroom home has another serious flaw: there'...
01:46 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Scenes from a non-coercive prison
Laurie Penny's new science fiction story "The House of Surrender" is a bittersweet little mindbomb about rape (trigger warning), coercion, prison, and what a society without locks would do with the pe...
01:41 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Video: All the classic movie references hidden in Pixar's animated films
Okay, this may not in fact be ALL of the classic movie references in animated films from Pixar, but it's a whole lot of 'em. (more…)...
01:31 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing This is the best $2 I've spent on a cat toy
The Cat Dancer is a 30-inch piece of wire with some little cardboard cylinders on the end. My cats go crazy for it. I stuck it on the wall with the adhesive mount, but I ended up taking it off so I ...
01:30 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing New documents shed light on secret DoJ rules for targeting journalists with National Security Letters
In July 2015, Freedom of the Press Foundation sued the Justice Department (DOJ) over the agencys secret rules governing how the FBI can target members of the media with due process-free National Secur...
01:17 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing The carpets of CES, 2016 edition
CES attendee Kusmeroglu archived the beautiful carpets to be found at the convention centers, halls and hotel walkways over which the electronics show sprawls. [via Dean Putney]https://twitter.com/Kus...
12:48 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Gold skull armchair
Not sure about Pesco's new throne. [HAROW via CBR]...
12:48 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing San Franciscans: come to the DNA Lounge for Cyberdelia, see Tank Girl, use the Linux Payphone
JWZ of San Francisco's DNA Lounge writes, "First, I reverse engineered an old payphone and turned it into a Linux computer. This was a ridiculous thing to do and my build log is ridiculous. Second: Th...
12:35 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing The Dungeons and Dragons cartoon was better than it had any right to be
The Retroblasting Youtube show -- which covers the 1980s cartoons that were made as 22-minute ads for toys after Reagan removed regulations aimed at protecting children from televised exploitation -...
12:12 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Usagi Yojimbo - 1160 pages of adventure tales starring the antrhopomorphic ronin rabbit
See sample pages from this book at Wink.There are few graphic novelists living today who can command such a dramatic level of respect as Stan Sakai. For over 30 years, Usagi Yojimbo has been winning E...
12:08 pm PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing New York Times print: "It's a good time to be David Bowie"
Too late to stop the presses?(via @brianstetler)...
11:38 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Man with Muslim name blocked from playing video game
Muhammad Zakir Khan, An assistant professor of speech communication at Broward College in Florida, was blocked from signing up for Epic Game's Paragon beta this weekend. When Khan entered his first an...
11:35 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Dell's making great laptops again
It might not be a huge surprise, in the big scheme of things, but Dell's return to private ownership brought focus to its laptop designs and it is seeing growth in places formerly filled only with doo...
11:27 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Brewster Kahle remembers Aaron Swartz: "an open source life"
Today is the third anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death. Lisa Rein writes, "In memory of Aaron, I transcribed Brewster Kahle's amazing talk from the San Francisco Memorial in 2013.He explains the simpl...
11:21 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Sympathetic Bernie Sanders profile in Bloomberg Businessweek
Joel Stein paints an incredibly sympathetic portrait of Sanders, painting him as a genuine true believer whose political tenures have been marked by equitable successes that benefited all his constitu...
11:02 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Internal documents from breathalyzer company Lifesaver dumped online
The company makes ignition interlock breathalyzers that are mandated by courts as a condition of driving after DUI convictions. (more…)...
10:58 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Fox News advice on how to win the lottery
It's true! But if you really want a shot at winning, borrow as much as you can from your local payday loans office, and use the money to buy more tickets![via]...
10:56 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Listen: David Bowie's little known video game soundtrack
https://youtu.be/_EKZ7gjw5m0Heres some great music from David Bowie that I didnt know about until today. Even though it was created over 15 years ago it would fit in perfectly alongside his newly rele...
10:47 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing How fraudsters' call centers work
Say you've just scammed someone out of all their financial details using an online fraud, but now you need to call up their bank and impersonate them, and you don't speak their language, have the wron...
10:45 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Young woman lifts pickup truck that fell on her father
Charlotte Heffelmire, 19, of Northern Virginia, lifted a GMC pickup truck off her father after a jack slipped and the vehicle fell on him while he was working on it in the garage. Charlotte is 5-foot-...
10:04 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Watch Herv "Tattoo" Villechaize sing "Why?" (1981)
Herv Villechaize, who most famously played Tattoo on TV's "Fantasy Island," sings his song "Why?" on TV in 1981. The bizarre video effects are from the original clip. (The uploader dubbed the audio ...
09:47 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Search Netflix using secret category codes
Netflix Secret Categories enables you to search by code for categories like "Spy Action & Adventure," "Campy Movies," "Teen Dramas," "Satanic Stories," and "Alien Sci-Fi."(via /r/InternetIsBeautiful)...
09:43 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Why all scientific diet research turns out to be bullshit
The gold standard for researching the effects of diet on health is the self-reported food-diary, which is prone to lots of error, underreporting of "bad" food, and changes in diet that result from sim...
09:32 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Deeply weird animation of a clay man assembling himself
Czech filmmaker Jan vankmajer's Tma/Svetlo/Tma ("Darkness Light Darkness"), a stunningly surreal stop-motion animation from 1989.(Thanks, UPSO!)...
09:23 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Gorgeous infographics from the 19th century
At the dawn of the 19th century, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt invented the "thematic map," pioneering infographics through the likes of maps annotated with zoological life, temperature, elevation...
09:13 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing The stars look very different today
"The stars look very different today." I've written, on several occasions, though most revealingly here, about glam's desperate importance to those of us marooned in the beige, tract-home nightmare of...
09:07 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing I've played the Powersall simulator for 1,092 years and have lost 91% of my money
Somebody will win the $1.3 Billion Powerball lottery, but it won't be me and it won't be you....
09:07 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing I've played the Powerball simulator for 1,092 years and have lost 91% of my money
Somebody will win the $1.3 Billion Powerball lottery, but it won't be me and it won't be you....
08:51 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Fun chain-reaction of magnets self-assembling
[via]...
07:59 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing Sony filed a trademark application for "Let's Play"
"Let's play" videos are a hugely popular online genre in which gamers narrate their playthroughs of games that excite and challenge them. (more…)...
07:45 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing 3D glasses contacts case
Kikkerland's $10 3D glasses contact-lens cases get awesome reviews, and are certainly an eye-catching improvement upon the standard plain-plastic version. (via Canopy)...
07:34 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing NSA says it will take four years to answer questions about its kids' coloring book
The NSA's Crypto Cat and her friends are a set of trademark-registered kids' characters who have appeared for more than a decade in promotional materials like coloring books that the NSA uses it to en...
07:30 am PST - Mon, January 11, 2016
BoingBoing 5 books that bust the myths of drug writing
In November of 2014, my crime thriller Cracked was published by Titan Books. Its protagonist is a crack-addicted former fighter and personal trainer, Danielle Danny Cleary.Soon after I signed the pub...
11:35 pm PST - Sun, January 10, 2016
BoingBoing David Bowie, RIP
"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring. -- David Bowie David Bowie died today after an 18 month battle with cancer. The pioneering musician and artist had celebrated...
05:59 am PST - Sun, January 10, 2016
BoingBoing Elegance, illustrated: heliocentrism vs geocentrism
In a gorgeous animation, Malin Christersson shows how much simpler it is to plot out celestial mechanics when you assume that all the bodies in our solar system are in orbit around the sun, rather tha...
05:47 am PST - Sun, January 10, 2016
BoingBoing Why Americans can't stop working: the poor can't afford to, and the rich are enjoying themselves
Ever since Keynes's seminal 1930 paper Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren predicted that technological progress would virtually eliminate work by making labor much more productive, economist...
05:28 am PST - Sun, January 10, 2016
BoingBoing Mickey Rat: lovable vermin tee-shirt
He's the creation of Firebeard, and is available on a solid-blue tee through Neatorama....
05:21 am PST - Sun, January 10, 2016
BoingBoing Juniper blinks: firewall will nuke the NSA's favorite random number generator
In the month since network security giant Juniper Networks was forced to admit that its products had NSA-linked backdoors, the company's tried a lot of different strategies: minimizing assurances, apo...
05:06 am PST - Sun, January 10, 2016
BoingBoing How imaginary friends went from a parental worry to a badge of honour
For a long time, kids' imaginary friends were a cause for concern: Dr Spock recommended taking kids to "a child psychiatrist, child psychologist or other mental-health counsellor" to figure out what k...
01:00 am PST - Sun, January 10, 2016
BoingBoing Keep your pet on a short leash with the Tractive GPS pet tracking device
Never lose track of your pet again thanks to the Tractive GPS Pet Tracking device. This life-saving device attaches to your dog, cat or any other pet and allows you to view their live location on an i...
08:57 pm PST - Sat, January 9, 2016
BoingBoing Whitesboro's racist town logo up for vote
On Monday Whitesboro, NY citizens will head to the polls to determine the fate of their racist town seal. The logo, which used to depict a white man in a coonskin cap throttling a native american abou...
11:02 am PST - Sat, January 9, 2016
BoingBoing Happy Emperor Norton Day
Today marks the 136th anniversary of the death of our noble leader, Norton I, Emperor of the United States, Protector of Mexico, and proto-Happy Mutant. Celebrate his many great, and lasting contribut...
07:34 am PST - Sat, January 9, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders' Ben and Jerry's flavor: top 10% is chocolate you smash and mix with the 90% below
MSNBC caught up with Ben "and Jerry's" Cohen outside a rally for Donald Trump in Burlington, VT, home state to Ben and Jerry's and headquarters for the Bernie Sanders campaign. (more…)...
07:08 am PST - Sat, January 9, 2016
BoingBoing Vtech, having leaked 6.3m kids' data, now wants to run your home security
Remember the Hong Kong-based crapgadgeteer Vtech, who breached 6.3 million kids' data from a database whose security was jaw-droppingly poor (no salted hashes, no code-injection countermeasures, no SS...
06:53 am PST - Sat, January 9, 2016
BoingBoing Now that they know the NSA is spying on them, Congress is really worried about domestic surveillance
It's not just Rep Pete Hoekstra [R-MI] who switched sides in the surveillance debate when he discovered that his beloved NSA had been spying on him -- a whole raft of Congressional NSA cheerleaders ha...
06:38 am PST - Sat, January 9, 2016
BoingBoing A bowel-loosening long-term geopolitical weather report
The idea that global politics are a terrifying blend of natural disasters, belligerence, and deadly military potential isn't unique to this decade, but holy fuck, did it ever just get weird. (more&hel...
06:20 am PST - Sat, January 9, 2016
BoingBoing De-bullshitifying the libertopian Legend of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
The domestic terrorists occupying the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building near Burns, Oregon justify their actions with a highly selective -- and largely fabricated -- history of the federal land...
01:00 am PST - Sat, January 9, 2016
BoingBoing Get this classic, minimalist wallet for over 30% off
Ditch the bells and whistles and take a classic approach to everyones essential accessory. This 100% leather wallet holds your cash and cards, and slips easily into your pocket without even a bulge.St...
04:57 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Texas' state run psychiatric hospitals are now gun friendly
An unintentional oversight in a new Texas law, enabling open-carry advocates to make the world even more dangerous, has opened up Texas state run psychiatric hospitals to guns. Formerly even law enfor...
04:52 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Favorite tips from Gareth Branwyn, former editorial director of Make
My old friend Gareth Branwyn is the former Editorial Director of MAKE. He was also the senior editor at bOING bOING print, a section editor at Mondo 2000, and a Wired contributing editor for 12 years....
03:56 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Dogs that have their tongue sticking out just a little
A tumblog of greatness: dogs that have their tongue sticking out just a little. (more…)...
03:49 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Yeah, Obi-Wan Remembers the Truth Alright
Shahan's clever and well-edited video interprets' Obi-Wan Kenobi's evasive memories of Prequel Trilogy events in a touching, favorable light.I differ, sadly, so we made the video reply above. With r...
03:44 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Trailer for 'Better Call Saul' Season 2 is pretty awesome
Can't wait for Season 2 of AMC TV's 'Better Call Saul,' the offshoot of the Breaking Bad multiverse in which our protagonist is the beloved underdog scumbag lawyer played so perfectly by Bob Odenkir...
03:44 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Teaser trailer for 'Better Call Saul' Season 2 is pretty awesome
Can't wait for Season 2 of AMC TV's 'Better Call Saul,' the offshoot of the Breaking Bad multiverse in which our protagonist is the beloved underdog scumbag lawyer played so perfectly by Bob Odenkir...
03:39 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Low cost mechanical pencil with a hard-to-break tip
My problem with mechanical pencils is that I break the lead tips constantly. I'm not the only one who dislikes mechanical pencils for this reason. In the past, mechanical pencil makers have tried to s...
03:34 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Someone stuck a GoPro inside a washing machine, and let the video roll
[WARNING: FLASHING LIGHT IN THIS VIDEO MAY BE DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE WITH CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS]In case you were wondering, this is what a laundry cycle looks like from inside the clothes washing...
03:15 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing The late Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead immortalized in a milk ad from Finland
Lemmy Kilmister of Mtorhead may have been known for his hard drinking, but he'll be forever remembered in an ad for a different beverage. Milk.Just weeks before he died at age 70 from cancer, he sho...
12:32 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Here's what it's like to drive off a cliff
https://youtu.be/S5NWcdq4Wf4Here's a fellow who lost control while driving too fast on the Angeles Crest Highway in Southern California, and drove off a cliff.He survived. His dashcam recorded the ent...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter A New York artist's travelogue
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter is a beautiful travelogue of stasis with three covers to choose from. Its a seemingly disconnected series of images, p...
11:23 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing The raccoon learned not to dunk cotton candy in water
View post on imgur.comA couple of days ago I posted a video of a raccoon that dipped a block of cotton candy in water and became confused when it dissolved instantly. What I didn't know is that the vi...
10:59 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing "Sucker for Love" by the Bayonets
Via Little Steven's Underground Garage...
10:58 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Technology show pretends to be from 1983
https://youtu.be/WaawXXqXExoThe Computer Show is set up to look like a cheap cable access technology show from 1983, complete with horrible licensed music. In this episode, the guests are my friend Je...
10:54 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Buy an original "Smokey and the Bandit" Trans Am!
This killer 1977 "Smokey and the Bandit" Pontiac Trans Am, customized by Universal Studios to promote the classic Burt Reynolds/Jackie Gleason film at car shows and other public events, will be sold a...
10:51 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing $3 multi-tool, good for campers
This emergency multi-tool has made its way into my camping pack. For less than $3 delivered, what looks like a Spork has been modified to act as a wrench, for several metric nut sizes, screwdriver, an...
10:33 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Man loves bear, and bear loves man right back. For now.
("Bear Plays with a Man"). Indeed. (YouTube)...
10:23 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing The Simpsons vs. Miami Vice and 1980s glitzy TV
From Sunday night's upcoming episode "Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles." Last week, our sister site "Doing Doing" was mentioned on the show, so you just know The Simpsons are still relevant!...
10:22 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Drug dealers are impregnating young white girls in Maine, says governor
Maine Gov. Paul LePage insists he wasn't being racist when he claimed heroin dealers with names like "D-Money" come to his state and "impregnate a young white girl before they leave." Here's the full ...
10:20 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing The Daleks are here! Automated surveillance at an affordable price
This in via Tech Crunch, so take it with a grain of salt, but it appears proto-Dalek's are going to be patrolling our malls.I wonder if Knightscope's parent company is Wilton Knight's Knight Industr...
10:08 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Native Californian mother and son's 600 mile "Walk for Ancestors"
Caroline Ward Holland and her son Kagen toured all 21 California missions, on foot, this summer. They took this walk "in order to protest the Junipero Serra canonization, to honor their ancestors and ...
09:54 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing The latest from artist Gus Harper
I've always loved sharing artist Gus Harper's work. Regardless if it is time-lapse videos of Gus working, photos our readers have told me ARE safe for work, or just news about a forthcoming show. This...
09:50 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing South Korea blasts K-pop at North to piss off Kim Jong Un
The government of South Korea is playing loudly amplified anti-North Korea propaganda along the North Korean border today. The sonic assault combines K-Pop music with throwing shade at the Norths nucl...
09:33 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing IKEA's secret passageways and other behind-the-scenes surprises
IKEA isnt just the largest furniture store in the world. Its also the amusement park of shopping malls or a claustrophobic shoppers hell, depending on both your mood and how mobbed the winding labyri...
09:18 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Cute copy cat
Copy cats aren't always annoying, sometimes they're adorable....
08:46 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Taxidermy "gooseneck" lamp
Sculptor Sebastian ErraZuriz rescued a damaged stuffed goose from a taxidermy museum's trash and turned it into a "gooseneck" lamp.Rescued from the trashcan of an old taxidermy museum, the taxidermy b...
08:04 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Portraits of imprisoned Iranian girls awaiting capital punishment
Though Iran won't actually execute people under 18, their courts will readily sentence children as young a nine to physical punishment, including death, and hold them in inhumane, crowded conditions u...
07:57 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Piet: Turing-complete abstract art
Piet was named for Piet Mondrian, and its programs look like Mondrian paintings -- which makes Mondrian Turing-complete. (Shown above: a Piet "Hello World" program.) (more…)...
07:49 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Menstruation is the mother of invention
Rose Eveleth presents us a history of patented menstrual devices from 1928 on, from cellular tampons that message you when they need changing to a "Nether garment for and method of controlling crotch ...
07:40 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Hardcore Cosby fans won't let it go
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby now faces criminal charges over sexual assault allegations, but despite a lifetime of reported abuse and his admission of drugging women, the man still has his defenders....
07:11 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing "Je Suis Charlie," but your free speech is terrorism
It's been a year since the horrific Charlie Hebdo attack and the subsequent outpouring of defense of free speech from all quarters -- the insistence that free societies demand tolerance of viewpoints,...
07:03 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Design your own planet, Populous-style
Oskar Stalberg's online game/toy "Polygonal Planet Project" runs in the browser and lets you design your own wee planet. You can raise and lower land, ice, forests and cities in a way similar to Amiga...
06:51 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Find out your "drinking nationality"
The BBC created an interactive widget that compares your alcohol consumption to other people from your country. It's not volume so much as the ratio of beer, wine and spirits that defines a national d...
06:35 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Juniper's products are still insecure; more evidence that the company was complicit
It's been a month since Juniper admitted that its firewalls had back-doors in them, possibly inserted by (or to aid) US intelligence agencies. In the month since, Juniper has failed to comprehensively...
06:28 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Happy Birthday, Roy Batty
In this case, the cake was certainly a lie. [via]...
06:13 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Red-baiting water speculator plans to drain the Mojave of its ancient water
Scott Slater, a former water lawyer, is the CEO of Cadiz, Inc, a hedge-fund-backed company that's purchased the water rights for 45,000 acres of the Mojave on Route 66, 75 miles northeast of Palm Spri...
01:00 am PST - Fri, January 8, 2016
BoingBoing Learn how to capture stunning photography and video from your Drone with this course in the Boing Boing Store
Ever scroll through Instagram and wonder how someone snapped that ridiculously cool aerial shot? Heres your chance to learn. Master the art of capturing stunning drone-powered photography and video by...
06:50 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing App reveals face of man who has teenagers missing smartphone
Heidi Whitehead of Denver is asking for help in identifying the gentleman in this photo. He is in possession of a cell phone that Whitehead's son lost. The phone has an Android app called CM Locker th...
05:48 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Deer enjoys frolicking in a puddle in the forest
https://youtu.be/67kP_Oh_T50Super cute. Deer frolicking in a puddle. (more…)...
05:39 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Man claims he don't take no orders from no women
He admits he's from Mars. An unpleasant gentleman whose flatbed truck dumped a bunch of wood all over a residential street tells Detroit 7 Action News he don't take no orders from no women. Good to ...
05:33 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Just a giant bear and his human friend, getting snuggly
https://youtu.be/IZeGW61-zQgFolks, don't try this with the gigantic bear you have at home. (more…)...
03:55 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Caught lying by an EFF investigation, T-Mobile CEO turns sweary
On Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published an investigation into T-Mobile's "Binge On" video service, which allegedly optimizes videos for mobile download and does not count them against ...
01:47 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing That aint baloney, its magic!
Yasuo Amano, a Tenyo collector, author of the Japanese blog Hey Presto, and all around creative guy recently bought a package of what is known in Japan as Fan Shaped Sausage. It appears to be a cross ...
01:43 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing The best of CES 2016, in 10 photos
The annual Consumer Electronics Show is under way in Las Vegas, and we're enjoying the sights and sounds at a distance. Vegas during CES is a lot to handle. Here are 10 images from Reuters photographe...
01:36 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing NYC to assign civilian to monitor NYPD counterterrorism
An independent civilian appointed by New York's mayor will monitor counterterrorism activities of the New York Police Department, the New York Times reports that lawyers said in court documents Thursd...
01:29 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Here's what it's like to drive off a cliff
Here's a fellow who lost control while driving too fast on the Angeles Crest Highway in Southern California, and drove off a cliff.He survived. His dashcam recorded the entire experience....
12:55 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Code for America's year in civic tech
Gmoke writes, "Code for America organizes a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use by building open source computer and communications technologie...
12:49 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing 1964 photo of the guys who built Star Trek's Enterprise studio model
In 2015 the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum restored the original USS Enterprise model from the original series. It was built in 1964 by Richard C. Datin, Jr., Mel Keys, Vernon Sion (above), and Volm...
12:47 pm PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Flying while trans: still unbelievably horrible
Cary Gabriel Costello is a trans-man in Milwaukee. Two-thirds of the time when he flies, the TSA has a complete freakout over the "anomalies" his body displays on the full-body scanner. (more…...
11:41 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Bluetooth sports headphones for $16
Aukey makes smartphone cables, chargers, battery packs, etc. I've tried quite a few things made by Aukey (some were sent for review and others I bought) and have always been happy with the quality. Th...
11:28 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Strange space balls fell in Vietnam
Three strange metal spheres fell from the sky in Vietnam's Tuyen Quang province. They range in size and weight, with the smallest at 250 grams and the largest at 45 kilograms. According to the Ministr...
11:17 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Watch Jerry Seinfeld do stand-up on The Late Show last night
Jerry Seinfeld does 5 minutes of hilarious stand-up last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This guy needs a TV show!...
11:07 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Glorious new trailer for High-Rise, based on JG Ballard's novel
The new trailer for High-Rise, director Ben Wheatley's film based on the 1975 novel by one of my all-time favorite writers JG Ballard, looks absolutely fantastic. And dig the use of Tangerine Dream'...
10:52 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Weird and wonderful medical and scientific museum
We've posted previously about Steve Erenbgerg (Radio Guy)'s online collection of wonderful and strange antique scientific instruments, medical devices, anatomical models, and, of course, radios. Sci...
10:30 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Top 15 bedbug-infested cities in the U.S.
Terminix has just released its annual list of the top 15 U.S. cities most infested with bedbugs, determined by the most S.O.S. phone calls the company receives about the stealthy blood-suckers. And th...
10:07 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Resilience over rigidity: how to solve tomorrow's computer problems today
My new Locus Magazine column, Wicked Problems: Resilience Through Sensing, proposes a solution the urgent problem we have today of people doing bad stuff with computers. Where once "bad stuff with com...
09:13 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Petition to name a new element in Terry Pratchett's honour
Now that the International Union of Applied Chemistry has recognised four new elements, the race is on to decide what to call them. (more…)...
09:00 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing A bouncer wore a GoPro to show the drunk jerks he has to deal with
https://youtu.be/5uurT7yVWkQOn New Year's Eve, a patient bouncer wore a GoPro at a nightclub to show how hard he works dealing with drunk people who plead, lie, and threaten to let them in....
08:54 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing My Tinder date with Pharma bro Martin Shkreli
Jacklyn Collier was dubious that the man claiming to be Martin Shkreli really was Martin Shkreli. He convinced her by showing photos of his identification. Curious about the notorious HIV drug price-g...
08:46 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Robo-Sauce is a brilliant twist on both storytelling and book design
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Robo-Sauce starts out as a mere picture book, then with a few paper folds and a little imagination transforms into a ROBOT picture book. The story starts out ...
08:44 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing An Instagram feed of fun illustrated facts
Children's book illustrator Mike Lowery has an Instagram feed worth following. Each image is an illustrated, Ripley's Believe It or Not style cartoon with an interesting fact. Check out a few samples ...
08:28 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Share your unpopular music opinions
The #UnpopularMusicOpinionhour hashtag is proving unexpectedly cilivized todayfor once, not everyone is complaining about the Beatles like that's some kind of deliciously transgressive thing.https://t...
08:00 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Oculus Rift VR headset turns out pricier than expected
Ballparked at $350 by its creators, the consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset will in fact be $599. The sticker shock led the company's CEO to do an apologetic AMA on Reddit, where he explain...
07:41 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Trump appears to think Paris is in Germany
It's the perfectly-optimized Trumpian Twittergaffe, lurking somewhere between a) bloviating ignorance and b) his inability to form coherent thoughts in 140 characters. None of his followers will care,...
07:29 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Video: an old man burns his memories
Jack Goldman stars in Ben Phillippo's music video for Gem Club's Speech of Foxes. The band's album, In Roses, is out now....
06:48 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Dear Comcast: broadband isn't gasoline
Comcast's CEO Brian Roberts has been doing a lot of spinning lately to explain his company's plan to increase its prices (already some of the highest in the developed world) by turning on usage caps a...
06:17 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing 500 hours of random VHS recordings condensed to five minutes
https://vimeo.com/145988403Bob Jaroc used to obsessive record long stretches of random TV on VHS cassettes. (more…)...
06:04 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing High-rez trip through Florida's Haunted Mansion with a low-light filter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKVd-xwxgJsThe Socal Attractions 360 folks crossed over to the east coast and rode the Walt Disney World version of the Haunted Mansion with a 4K camera, equipped wit...
01:00 am PST - Thu, January 7, 2016
BoingBoing Save 90% on EasilyDo: the life-hacking virtual assistant that will save you hours
This app is more than just a virtual assistant: EasilyDo is a life-hack that saves you hours and hours of time over the span of your lifetime subscription. Instead of wading through emails and logging...
05:23 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Time Warner Cable says data from up to 320,000 customers was probably just stolen
Internet and cable TV provider Time Warner Cable Inc. today revealed that up to 320,000 customers may have had their email passwords stolen. (more…)...
05:07 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' overtakes 'Avatar' as highest-grossing film in US history
Star Wars: The Force Awakens just pushed James Cameron's Avatar aside as the top-grossing film in North America. In just 20 days of release, the seventh installment in the space opera saga has earned ...
04:43 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing How intense are the El Nio rains in LA? Oh, El Pollo Loco roof collapsing intense
Is Los Angeles prepared for the El Nio storms we're getting? An #ElPolloLoco in Lincoln Heights wasn't. Jacqueline Garcia shot this video of the roof about to collapse from the rain at about 1pm today...
04:05 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Review: Crio Bru brewable roasted cacao, for drinking instead of (or with!) coffee
I love coffee. I love chocolate. I shop a lot on Amazon for coffee accessories and for good quality cacao (I dig making chocolate). When I saw Crio Bru show up in my recommendations, I lost my impulse...
04:05 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Review: Crio Bru brewable drinkable roasted cocoa beans
I love coffee. I love chocolate. I shop a lot on Amazon for coffee accessories and for good quality cacao (I dig making chocolate). When I saw Crio Bru show up in my recommendations, I lost my impulse...
03:38 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Airlines try auctioning off seat-upgrades at the gate
Because aviation isn't already a perfect model for class war, privilege and the market's ability to erode comfort, pleasure and humane treatment. (more…)...
03:38 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Airlines try auctioning off seat upgrades at the gate
Because aviation isn't already a perfect model for class war, privilege and the market's ability to erode comfort, pleasure and humane treatment. (more…)...
02:29 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Incredible timelapse of Dubai skyscraper in flames
On New Year's Eve, a 63-story hotel in Dubai caught on fire. There were no fatalities. Kirill Neiezhmako's time lapse video of the inferno is like something from a big budget Hollywood movie....
02:14 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Free Kindle e-book: "Imhotep" by Jerry Dubs
Imhotep, by Jerry Dubs, is free for a limited time as a Kindle e-book. It has 4.3/5 stars with over 500 reviews. It sounds like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court but this time the Hank Morga...
01:52 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Slideways: if Connect 4 was as sneaky as Go
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01:23 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Look at this banana popsicle mold
Just look at it(Thanks, Alice!)...
01:18 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Work for the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Hacker, lawyer, activist geeks
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hiring four new staffers: a criminal defense staff attorney, a technology generalist and two new activists (here's what life is like for EFF activists). (more&hel...
01:07 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing How to become better at smelling and avoiding the many varieties of bullshit
How strong is your bullshit detector? And what exactly IS the scientific definition of bullshit?In this episode we explore both of those concepts as well as what makes a person susceptible to bullshit...
01:05 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Mascot Zodiac: the animals inside us that let us be more than ourselves
Last month at the LA Comics Arts Festival, I met David Wolter, a Dreamworks animator who draws the autiobiographical indie webcomic Mascot Zodiac. (more…)...
12:45 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing J. Edgar Hoovers Kennedy blackmail files revealed, and other tabloid stunners
[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...
12:33 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing George Constanza from a fan's Seinfeld videogame work-in-progress
Game developer Jacob Janerka made this sprite of George Costanza for a Seinfeld adventure game (about nothing?) that he hopes to someday complete. Janerka posted the GIF to Reddit and answered some qu...
12:28 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Look at the size of this demonstration handcuff
Pressed into service recently to teach handcuff escape workshops to high school students, I built this. The huge, functional, see-through demonstration handcuff.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2Ks-6_...
12:22 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Fear and Loathing The gonzo classic gets a brilliant graphic novel treatment
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Anyone who's read Hunter S. Thompson's iconic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas knows that the technicolored, bug-eyed, meth-fueled craziness of that narrative is ...
12:19 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing DC TV news crew's car broken into while they covered anti-robbery press conference
Glad to see that our nation's capital hasn't been completely gentrified, and retains some of the utlraviolent grit I remember from the streets in the 1980s. (more…)...
12:12 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Blue's is a magazine about Japanese construction worker culture
Theres no media anywhere about these guys, but theyre so cool! That's the thought Tomonobu Yanagi had when he decided to make a magazine about "construction culture." Yanagi was a punk musician in the...
12:10 pm PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Star Foreman photographs the Flying Morgan's NYE extravaganza
Each year the Flying Morgan's play host to an amazing New Year's Eve party! They are always thrilled, and lucky, to have incredible photographer Star Foreman on hand to document it. Equally as wonderf...
11:44 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Zoomable view of ex-Apple designer Bret Victor's bookshelf
Here's one of my bad habits: when I go to someone's house, I head straight to their bookshelf. I'm not trying to judge the person based on the kinds of books (or lack of books) they own. I do end up j...
11:33 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Morgan Parker's "Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night"
The title grabbed me in such a way, I had to buy Morgan Parker's Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night without reading a single line. I tore through about half the poems, before realizing I was ...
11:25 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Here's a fun way to browse the 187,000 digital items in the NY library's public domain collection
I could get lost on this page for weeks. The stereoscopic views are great, if you know how to see them with your eyes.On January 6th, 2016, The New York Public Library made over 187K digital items in ...
11:14 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Video of a jewel-studded mechanical robot caterpillar, 1820
Swiss watchmaker Henri Maillardet created the "Ethiopian caterpillar" in 1820 (or thereabouts) for a wealthy Chinese collector. It's covered in gold and encrusted in jewels and peals. It was sold at S...
11:10 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Reddit published a real book collecting its best AMAs
Reddit has published a hardcover compendium of the editor's favorite AMAs from r/IAmA. The 400 page tome, Ask Me Anything, includes AMAs with Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Martha Stewart, the Waffle House G...
11:06 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Ex-copyright troll now sends letters inviting "pirates" to join fan-clubs
Tommy Funderburk used to be a copyright troll whose company, Payartists, sent legal threats to people accused of copyright infringement, though they didn't represent any actual artists (the closest th...
10:57 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Head, Hands and Feet get their show on the road
Guitar by the great Albert Lee. Sorry, I could not find this in better quality....
10:57 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Kodak introduces a new Super 8 film camera
Some people prefer vinyl LPs over MP3s. And it's likely that some people would rather make films instead of videos. That's one reason why the Eastman Kodak Co. announced it will make a Super 8 film ca...
10:55 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing How my daughter and I make Adventure Breakfast
A hot, filling breakfast is important to get my kid's school day off to a good start! I'm a disorganized mess of a dad who frequently wakes up late. Luckily, we've come up with Adventure Breakfast, a ...
10:53 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing TSA screener insists that full-body screening is mandatory
Sai, who is seeking an injunction against the TSA's new mandatory full-body screening test (but only for people they don't like), flew out of SEA-TAC on Dec 31 and was told that the full-body scanne...
10:40 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to the sounds of 18th century Paris
Musicologist Mylne Pardoen and a team of 3D artists created this "sonic tableaux" of 18th century Paris based on a 1781 map and numerous historical documents and research on what Paris's Grand Chtel...
10:40 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing An ode to TSA screeners
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDe_gk_f6oYDavid writes, "TSA is out of control. We made a video compilation of some of TSA's greatest hits."...
10:32 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Netflix launches in 130 new countries, but not in China, Syria, or North Korea
Big streaming content news out of CES this morning: Netflix is now live in 130 additional countries, which makes its service available to billions of new users. The most notable exception: China. CEO ...
10:22 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Osama Been Loanin': head of Oregon terror-cell borrowed $530,000 from fed-backed loan program
Ammon Bundy is the leader of the domestic terror group that has occupied the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building near Burns, Oregon because they believe the US federal government is an illegitima...
10:19 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Watch these tough little kids duke it out in the ring!
This is footage from the 45th annual Junior Boxing Program Championships, held in 1964. From History's Playlist:The Naval Junior Boxing Program was founded in 1919 by Spike Webb, and was made availa...
10:07 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Facial Flex: terrifying facial muscle exerciser
Even when producing infomercials extolling its own product's virtues, the people behind Facial Flex can't prevent their fundamental creepiness from shining through. Dean posted this in '11, but you ...
10:01 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing NZ police broke the law when they raided investigative journalist's home
The New Zealand High Court has ruled that the NZ police broke the law in 2014 when they raided the home of Nicky Hager, an investigative journalist whose work was sharply critical of the NZ government...
09:53 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Someone at the Chaos Communications Congress inserted a poem into at least 30 million servers' logfiles
On December 30th, someone using an IP address from the 32nd Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg sent a probe out to every IPv4 address with an open connection on Port 80, consisting of a poem exh...
09:49 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing The iPhone of slide rules
I have vague memories of my older scientist brother Mark wearing a slide rule in a leather case on his belt. It was really one of the first wearable computers, although a mechanical, analog one. The...
09:39 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders on small money donations vs sucking up to billionaires
Bernie Sanders, who smashed Obama's record for small-money donors in December and blew through his own fundraising goals, writes about the difference between raising lots of small sums from individual...
09:29 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Weapons of Math Destruction: how Big Data threatens democracy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdCJYsKlX_YI was hugely impressed with Cathy "Mathbabe" O'Neil's talk at Personal Democracy Forum 2015, "Weapons of Math Destruction," in which she laid out the way t...
09:18 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Charter schools are turning into the next subprime mortgages
Subprime mortgages began as a project to extend credit to poor people to give them a bridge to home-ownership, but it did so by allowing unscrupulous lenders to offer credit on unfair terms, with gove...
08:08 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing New York Public Library does the public domain right
The New York Public Library is aggressively digitizing the public domain works in its collections, adding high-quality machine-readable metadata to each of the hundreds of thousands of assets, providi...
07:54 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing UK governmet spent a fortune fighting to keep the number 13 a secret
The BBC's Social Affairs Correspondent, Michael Buchanan, wanted to know how often the UK government's new "red tape-busting cabinet panel, the Reducing Regulation Committee" was meeting, because he t...
07:54 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing UK government spent a fortune fighting to keep the number 13 a secret
The BBC's Social Affairs Correspondent, Michael Buchanan, wanted to know how often the UK government's new "red tape-busting cabinet panel, the Reducing Regulation Committee" was meeting, because he t...
07:36 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Penguin Books ditches self-publishing subsidiary
The Financial Times' Henry Mance reports that the worlds largest publisher has withdrawn from the self-publishing business, likely having lost much of its $116m investment in the field.Penguin Random ...
07:36 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Penguin Books ditches vanity press
The Financial Times' Henry Mance reports that the worlds largest publisher has withdrawn from the self-publishing business, likely having lost much of its $116m investment in the field.Penguin Random ...
07:23 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Dog gets human for Christmas
This adorable dog, Trouble, got exactly what he wanted for Christmas: his favorite human underneath the tree. My heart melts each time I watch it....
07:21 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Donald Trump warns Britain over travel ban debate
The UK's Parliament, forced by public petition (link), must debate banning racist nylon toilet brush Donald Trump from entering the country. It would be "a mistake" to do so, his organization warned W...
07:11 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing North Korea claims to have tested "Hydrogen bomb of Justice"
Angry mad uncle kingdom North Korea claims to have detonated a hydrogen bomb, but observers are skeptical because the new blast was no beefier than North Korea's earlier tests.Nuclear experts and the ...
06:32 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Cattle Caliphate Invades Chagrin Falls, USA
Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.Please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, and more. And/or buy Ruben Bollings new book series for k...
01:00 am PST - Wed, January 6, 2016
BoingBoing Learn how to become an elite game, app, and web designer with 70 hours of training now 97% off in the Boing Boing Store
There are many types of designers, but not many designers that can do it all. Take these four courses and you'll be a diamond in the rough--ready to take the tech world by a storm.Here's a breakdown o...
04:14 pm PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing The annual WELL State of the World, with Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky
Jon Lebkowsky writes, "Bruce Sterling and I are at it again... State of the World 2016 started today and runs for two weeks." (more…)...
04:11 pm PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing A fan's animated homage to HBO's 'The Wire'
I designed and animated this piece as an homage to my favorite show of all time, HBOs The Wire, says animator Elliot Lim. What an absolutely stunning piece this is. One of my new year's resolutions ...
04:10 pm PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Fan edits "Inside Out: Outside Edition," excising all internal scenes
https://vimeo.com/150483774Pixar's "Inside Out" alternates between short scenes of the life of a girl called Riley, with increasingly longer, action-packed scenes from inside her psyche (as one Inte...
03:56 pm PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing The beautiful geometric GIFs of Erik Sderberg
Erik Sderberg, a multimedia artist based in Sweden, created this series of geometric GIFs: "Fractal Experience Part 2." (more…)...
12:30 pm PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Nancy Sinatra sings about her secret agent
He'd come in third in a two-horse race...
11:46 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Wonderful wacky portrait of a very excited Donald Trump fan
The visibly excited Donald Trump supporter in this photo is Ms. Robin Roy. We should all be so lucky to experience such exhilaration in this lifetime.[caption id="attachment_442226" align="aligncenter...
11:42 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing After years of skiing half-blind, I've finally found the answer
I'm not a hardcore skiier, but growing up in Canada I did learn, and my family and I go skiing about once a year. (more…)...
11:38 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Defrost your windshield in half the time with a science-backed method
Youd think hitting the defrost button in your car on a chilly morning would be the quickest way to defrost your windshield. But not necessarily so, according to ex-Nasa engineer Mark Rober, who has ...
11:30 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing I used this cool liquid plastic welding material to repair a broken butter tray door
Our refrigerator has a bad butter tray design. If you forget to lower the butter tray door and then close the refrigerator door, the butter tray door will get pinched between the refrigerator door and...
11:29 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Tearful Obama calls for 'sense of urgency' to fight gun violence in America
President Obama wept today as he spoke today about the ever-increasing waves of gun violence throughout America. He announced new executive actions to reduce the frequency of mass shootings, suicides ...
11:15 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Candle that smells like a motorcycle engine
Flying Tiger Motorcycles offers this curious "Two Stroke Smoke Candle" that is made from two-stroke oil and "high-octane fragrance" to give your home that singular bike bouquet. It's $20 and comes in ...
11:07 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Man with inflatable penis implant will lose virginity to sex worker
Last year, Mohammed Abad, 43, whose penis was destroyed when he was hit by a car as a child, received an 8-inch implant involving two tubes that inflate his reconstructed flesh phallus when he pumps...
11:01 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Review: A heated dog bed, for a senior pup whose old bones love warmth
My dog is a 10-year-old whose history includes time in animal shelters, and in various homes. He has arthritis, a progressive condition that will cause him more pain as he grows older. Direct heat thr...
10:21 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing New Zealand rules police raid on journalist Nicky Hager was illegal
In a huge victory for press freedom, New Zealands High Court has ruled decisively in favor of independent journalist Nicky Hager in his case against the New Zealand government for raiding his house an...
10:05 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Watch Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra's acting reel
Punk icon Jello Biafra's acting showreel, used as a resume-of-sorts in the TV/movie business, features his moments in Portlandia, Death and Taxes, Tapeheads, The Hipster Games, and others. (via Dang...
10:00 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing I like this Instagram feed of handwritten, passive aggressive parking notes
Many years ago I found a handwritten note on my car windshield that said, "If you ever touch my car again I will break your antenna." I don't think I touched anyone's car, so the person who wrote the ...
09:53 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Ancient greeks used snakes as projectile weapons
Ancient Greeks used snakes as projectile weapons during sea battles, explains Gianni Insacco, a zoologist/paleontologist at Italy's Insacco Museo Civico di Storia Naturale. Insacco's research team jus...
09:52 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Make a horse penis joke on Facebook, get 5 years in Kyrgyzstan prison
Do not compare sausages to horse penises in Kyrgyzstan, or you could end up spending five years in prison. One man who learned this the hard way is Michael Mcfeat, a Brit who works at a gold mine in K...
09:43 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Bite into a pastry, find a diamond
Tomorrow, buying a puff pastry in a French boulangerie will be as exciting as buying a chocolate Wonka Bar. Almost. But rather than looking for a golden ticket to win a magical chocolate factory, past...
09:41 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing A biographical look at pre-digital sign making by comic artist turned sign painter
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Justin Green is the author of the classic Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary, an underground comix autobiography about growing up Catholic and OCD. Sadly, c...
09:36 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Watch The Munsters... in color!
Pop Colorture hand-colorized 1,300 frames of The Munsters title sequence, turning the grimly fiendish and funny family into the full color characters that were originally black-and-white only due to...
09:34 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Take my video class on becoming a maker
Introduction to DIY: Becoming a MakerAn Online Skillshare Class by Mark FrauenfelderSkillshare is a terrific online learning community for creative people. It teaches you new skills through well-mad...
09:30 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing How ESPN writer Bill Barnwell lost 125 pounds last year
Bill Barnwell topped the scales at 334.7 pounds on January 1, 2105. This year, he's a little over 200. In this essay he writes about his depression, body image, compulsive eating, and what he did abou...
09:17 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Audubon Society of Portland issues statement on Vanilla ISIS occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
"The occupation of Malheur by armed, out-of-state militia groups puts one of Americas most important wildlife refuges at risk. It violates the most basic principles of the Public Trust Doctrine and ho...
08:51 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing What a con artist can teach us about storytelling
Read Maria Konnikova's gripping article about con artist Sammy Azzopardi, whose new identities and wheezes seem impervious to detection until a technical fact or failing becomes impossible to ignore. ...
08:51 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Design an outrageous wig on this interactive website
This website lets you design an 18th century wig, then powder and decorate it....
08:33 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Crazy edit of Wizard of Oz - alphabetical ordering of dialog and titles
Of Oz the Wizard from Matt Bucy on Vimeo.I can't imagine how much time it took Matt Bucy to cut up The Wizard of Oz and reassemble every word of dialog into alphabetical order. The resulting movie is ...
08:19 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing This graph shows causes of death by age
People between the ages of 15-30 are more likely to die from external causes than any other reason. The 60s, 70s, and 80s are cancer years. If you've made it that far, your failing heart is most likel...
07:15 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing An org for left-wing US municipal politicians is transforming American politics
Local Progress is a national coordinating organization for left-wing US city councillors that supports initiatives like higher minimum wages, bans on fracking and deportation detention centers, multil...
07:00 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Data recovered from Gene Roddenberry's floppiesbut what's on them?
Several years after Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry died, his heirs found a cache of floppy disks. It's taken until now, some 20 years later, for the data to be recovered. The reason it took so lon...
07:00 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing A Jew and his sandwich
What did you think about on New Years day? I sat in my home in Washington, DC, and dreamed the dream of a middle-aged Jew. Not of wealth.Not of fame.Not of my wife and daughter or other assorted famil...
06:56 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Star Wars Wars: the first six movies, overlaid
https://player.vimeo.com/video/138516641Marcus Rosentrater composited the first six Star Wars movies into a single videostream, with the audio mixed so that you can -- more or less -- work out all t...
06:50 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Watch what happens when you put 20,386 cars into Trackmania
https://youtu.be/WwxajbfzqbgTrackmania is a highly-customizable car-racing game renowned for the insane videos players generate, showing off feats that would be impossible or absurdly dangerous in rea...
06:45 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Transvaginal foetal sonic bombardment: woo-tunes for your hoo-hah
Babypod is a wireless speaker designed to be worn by pregnant women in their vaginas so as to bombard their foetuses with music with minimal distortion. (more…)...
06:32 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Menopoly: female lead missing from Star Wars Monopoly game
Rey, the female lead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is not among the character tokens one may play in the film's tie-in version of Monopoly. Featured are only male characters, including one not even...
06:31 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Of Oz the Wizard: all the dialog in alphabetical order
https://vimeo.com/150423718This alphabetized version of the Wizard of Oz, edited so that everything from the titles onward is presented in alphabetical order, dates from 2004. It makes a good compan...
01:00 am PST - Tue, January 5, 2016
BoingBoing Ensure your Apple earpods don't fall out again with Earhoox
Earbuds often dont fit well, a literally uncomfortable truth that extends to even Apple EarPods. Earhoox offer an easy solution in the form of silicone molds that wrap around your EarPods, helping the...
05:15 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Pay what you want for this expert photography bundle and get 50 hours of training and 200 stock photos
Whether you're typically right or left-brained, this bundle will teach you to use both sides in the name of photography. Learn the science of taking professional-quality photos, and tap into the creat...
03:52 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Channeling my @aaronsw: from the collected writings of Aaron Swartz
This week, the New Press publishes The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz , a collection of the writings of our late, lamented friend. The collection is introduced by Lawrenc...
02:40 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Switching to Linux, saying goodbye to Apple and Microsoft
Veteran technology journalist Dan Gillmor's been using GNU/Linux since 2012, switching away from all the "control freak" services, tools and software that he'd grown used to over decades of computing....
02:34 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Intel futurist Brian David Johnson heads to ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination
Brian David Johnson (previously) is the futurist and theorist who used design fiction to help the company think about how its products would work in the future (I wrote him a story about the painful d...
02:09 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Undertale offers a new spin on retro RPG video games
Undertale is a new 8bit RPG that's much different from the rest. In most games, you have to kill bosses and monsters to survive. In this game, its up to you whether you want to kill anyone, and depend...
02:01 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Help wanted: malware researcher for U of T's Citizenlab
Ronald Deibert from the University of Toronto's Citizenlab (previously) sez, "The Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto has a job posting for a security researcher/ma...
01:52 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing James Gurney made a neat 3D model from craft foam to help him paint a robot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHTsQdVZyg4James Gurney is the creator of the Dinotopia book series and is one of the best book illustrators alive today. His work is in the league of N.C. Wyeth and Ho...
01:24 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Understand: The esoteric criminal sentencing that mobilized Oregon's Cowliphate
The domestic terrorists who occupied the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon were mobilized over the plight of ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond who were convicted of arson, sent...
01:07 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Thomas Piketty on Thomas Piketty
Crooked Timber's fascinating seminar on Thomas Piketty ran all through December, presenting arguments from economists, social scientists and political theorists from around the world on Piketty's semi...
12:57 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Why open offices are terrible
Open offices (without walls and doors) are "damaging to the workers attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction," writes Maria Konnikova in her article for The New Yorker. Like ...
12:45 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing TPP vs Canada: a parade of horribles
Michael Geist has rung in the new year with the first in a series of posts that set out, in eye-watering detail, the bowel-loosening terror of the effects that the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Pa...
12:44 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing One of my best purchases in 2015: magnetic tool holder
I bought this wall-mounted magnetic strip to have easy access to tools I need for simple household tasks: opening packages, hanging pictures, assembling furniture, tightening loose nuts, installing do...
12:35 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Vanilla ISIS needs snacks
The domestic terrorists who seized the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon and vowed to stay there "for as long as it takes" have put out a plea to their supporters asking them t...
12:25 pm PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing London: the urban explorer/jewel thief's guide
In April, Geoff "BLDGBLOG" Manaugh will publish A Burglar's Guide to the City, a new book about London's rich history of heists and the network of tunnels, catacombs, sewers, and caves that London suc...
11:57 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing T-Mobile's "Binge On" is just throttling for all video
T-Mobile claims that its Binge On service (video that doesn't count against subscribers' data-caps) is a bit of pre-processing magic that makes the videos you watch load with less jitter and buffering...
11:32 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Year of the Sex Olympics: 1968 BBC television play predicted reality TV
I have not yet watched this 2-hour BBC television play, called Year of the Sex Olympics, but it sounds good. It's a science fiction story that predicts a world in which the masses are pacified by porn...
11:00 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Freddie Mercury sings "We Are The Champions" a capella
Freddie Mercury's magnificent isolated vocal tracks from Queen's "We Are The Champions." (Playback.fm)...
10:55 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Watch what happens when you ignite 10,000 sparklers packed in a bucket
It would take two days to go through 10,000 sparklers if you were to burn them all one right after another. In this video you'll see what happens when you light them all at once. A man and his nephe...
09:52 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing An amazing tale of interspecies friendship
The lyrebirds of Australia were highly mysterious and rarely seen until one fell in love with an elderly widow in 1930. In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll trace the development of th...
09:18 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Raccoon tries to wash cotton candy, but it dissolves instantly
This raccoon found a chunk of cotton candy. When the animal dipped the cotton candy into a puddle to wet it, the chunk dissolved, and the raccoon was like, wtf?Why do raccoons dip their food into wa...
08:58 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Which U.S. president would win in a massive knife fight?
This is from way back in 2012, but Geoff Micks determined which U.S. president would win in a massive knife fight and it is essential reading.The scenario had a few rulesthe combatants are in the best...
08:51 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing 20 minute Uber ride cost $1,114.71 on New Year's Eve
After Matt Lindsay celebrated New Year's Eve in Southwood Community Centre near Edmonton, he hailed an Uber to take him and his friends home. The driver who picked up Matt warned him that the "surge r...
08:32 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing This man is drawing one butt each day
Charles Vestal has pledged to draw one butt a day throughout 2016. He's doing very well so far. The butts are archived at butts.lol.https://twitter.com/charlesv/status/682792402952663045...
08:31 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocolypse: a cookbook and culinary survival guide
See more sample pages from this book at Wink.A delightfully funny and punny read, The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook & Culinary Survival Guide isnt merely humor, it actual...
08:31 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: a cookbook and culinary survival guide
See more sample pages from this book at Wink.A delightfully funny and punny read, The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook & Culinary Survival Guide isnt merely humor, it actual...
08:24 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Twitter reinstates Politiwoops, account that tracked politicians' gaffes
Twitter has reinstated Politiwoops' access to the site.Politiwoops, which tracked tweets published and subsequently deleted by politicians, aimed to help keep government honest. But Twitter said that ...
08:14 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing My Maker Dad book is $1.99 on Kindle
My book, Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects is on sale for $1.99 as part of Amazon's January Kindle Holiday Store Deal. I'm not s...
08:00 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Young girl plays incredible organ arrangement of Star Wars Theme
If you're wondering, that's a Yamaha Electone electronic organ. Above, the Star Wars Theme. Below, from a few years back, Back To The Future. Many more performances: 826askahttps://youtu.be/NRBqsJNx...
07:42 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing They don't have to tell you where meat comes from anymore
Responding to overwhelming consumer demand to be kept in the dark about where meat comes from, the government has relaxed the relevant labeling requirements.After more than a decade of wrangling, Co...
07:00 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing What is the most interesting scientific news? Very, VERY smart people respond.
It is time once again for the Edge Annual Question, a mind-bending and boundary-busting online convening of scientists, technologists, and other big thinkers all responding to a single question at the...
06:30 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Watch Mark Hamill host the TV premiere of Star Wars (1984)
In 1984, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope made its television debut on CBS. Mark Hamill himself hosted the introduction to the film, sporting a sharp tuxedo. Classy. Most classy. (Thanks, UPSO!)...
01:30 am PST - Mon, January 4, 2016
BoingBoing Natalie Cole: beautiful 1975 performance of "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"
The late, great Natalie Cole, who passed away last week, bares her beautiful soul on The Midnight Special in 1975. ...
07:21 am PST - Sun, January 3, 2016
BoingBoing Armed domestic terrorists take over federal building, but it's OK, they're white
A group of white separatist domestic terrorists have occupied the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon, fronted by the racist terrorist leader Cliven Bundy, who organized supporte...
07:00 am PST - Sun, January 3, 2016
BoingBoing Paypal rolls out the welcome mat for hackers
It's not bad enough that Paypal is prone to shutting down your account and seizing your dough if you have a particularly successful fundraiser -- they also have virtually no capacity to prevent hacker...
06:21 am PST - Sun, January 3, 2016
BoingBoing Hong Kong's dissident publishing workers are disappearing, possibly kidnapped to mainland
Five employees of the publisher Mighty Current and its retail arm, Causeway Bay Bookstore, have disappeared from Hong Kong, and pro-democracy leaders say that they were kidnapped to the mainland by PR...
05:22 am PST - Sun, January 3, 2016
BoingBoing Breaking the DRM on the 1982 Apple ][ port of Burger Time
4AM is a prolific computer historian whose practice involves cracking the copy protection on neglected Apple ][+ floppy disks, producing not just games, but voluminous logs that reveal the secret hist...
01:00 am PST - Sun, January 3, 2016
BoingBoing Last chance to get the world's smallest camera drone and a 2GB micro SD card for 30% off
This tiny flyer is the smallest drone of its kind to carry its own camera for taking epic shots in the smallest places. Four fast blades make this new quadcopter omni-directional, which in laymans ter...
04:12 pm PST - Sat, January 2, 2016
BoingBoing Spam-fighting mail-rule
If body contains "unsubscribe" and From: is not any of my addressbooks, then move message to folder "Spam." You're welcome....
03:23 pm PST - Sat, January 2, 2016
BoingBoing Help identify the science fiction legends in these thrift-scored pix of the 1956 Worldcon
Cate writes, "I came across a collection of snapshots at a thrift store and recognized the historic nature of the photos, which documented the 14th World Science Fiction Convention.I purchased the pho...
06:18 am PST - Sat, January 2, 2016
BoingBoing Charlie Brooker's 2015 Wipe: the only roundup you need to watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJHTZLTLPhoAs always, Charlie "Screen Wipe/Nathan Barley/Black Mirror" Brooker manages to sum up every single terrible thing about the year that was with gut-busting ...
06:12 am PST - Sat, January 2, 2016
BoingBoing Free Stanford course on surveillance law
Stanford is offering a free online course by computer scientist/law professor Jonathan Mayer that surveys the baroque, interleaved world of US surveillance law through the Coursera MOOC platform. (mor...
06:12 am PST - Sat, January 2, 2016
BoingBoing Free Stanford course on surveillance law UPDATED
Aw, crap, this was last yearStanford is offering a free online course by computer scientist/law professor Jonathan Mayer that surveys the baroque, interleaved world of US surveillance law through the ...
06:03 am PST - Sat, January 2, 2016
BoingBoing India's telcoms regulator says it will ignore Facebook's astroturf army
Facebook's misleading, high budget astroturf campaign sent over 14 lakh (1.4m) comments to TRAI, the Indian telcoms regulator, almost none of which responded to the questions raised in the regulator's...
05:47 am PST - Sat, January 2, 2016
BoingBoing Anne Frank's diary is in the public domain; editors aren't co-authors
Anne Frank's father, Otto, edited Frank's diary before publishing it. He also endowed two foundations -- one Swiss, one Dutch -- to administer her legacy. (more…)...
06:21 pm PST - Fri, January 1, 2016
BoingBoing RIP Wayne Rogers, 1933-2016
Wayne Rogers, the actor who portrayed M*A*S*H's legendary "Trapper" John McIntyre, has passed away at the age of 82. Rogers was an incredibly talented individual. In addition to his numerous televisio...
07:20 am PST - Fri, January 1, 2016
BoingBoing Tools, ads, and bad defaults: Web bloat continues unabated
The Website Obesity Crisis, Maciej Ceglowski's (previously) Web Directions talk, documents the worsening epidemic of web-site bloat, and dissects the causes. (more…)...
07:07 am PST - Fri, January 1, 2016
BoingBoing WATCH: stirring call for networked, global resistance to catastrophe and corruption
Zikzak sends us, "a beautiful, six-minute vid calling for networked global resistance in the face of the many catastrophes overwhelming the world. By the Woodbine collective, a DIY media project in ...
07:02 am PST - Fri, January 1, 2016
BoingBoing Public Domain Day outside the USA: what Canada and the rest of the world get today
In the USA, laws passed in 1976 and 1998 ensure that virtually nothing ever enters the public domain, but it's a different story in the rest of the world -- for now, at least. (more…)...
06:50 am PST - Fri, January 1, 2016
BoingBoing Hangovers aren't caused by dehydration, low blood sugar, or acetaldehyde
The nascent science of hangovers -- launched in earnest in 2009 with the Alcohol Hangover Research Group -- has ruled out all the traditional culprits for your misery. A promising new culprit is infla...
06:38 am PST - Fri, January 1, 2016
BoingBoing Tax havens hold $7.6 trillion; 8% of world's total wealth
Cass Sunstein reviews The Hidden Wealth of Nations, a new book by UC Berkeley's Gabriel Zucman; and a new documentary, The Price We Pay, both of which map out the scale of international tax-havens, wh...
01:00 am PST - Fri, January 1, 2016
BoingBoing Learn to create your own video games with the Unity 5 Game Hacker bundle and save 89%
If you want to learn to create your own games, there's no place like Unity 5. This bundle will not only teach you to create a game, but make you an expert on the matter. Start turning your passion int...
01:00 am PST - Fri, January 1, 2016
BoingBoing Get the thinnest battery case ever made for the iPhone for over 50% off
Dont choose between a slim phone and a big battery case, opt for the best of both worlds. With the ThinCharge Case, you wont have to fumble for your charging cablesimply hit one button to charge up on...
04:15 pm PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing NH Republican lawmakers harass female state rep who objected to sexist law
After NH state rep Amanda Bouldin objected to HB 1525-FN, a bill banning public displays of women's nipples introduced by four alleged "small government" men from the GOP side of the house, two GOP me...
02:36 pm PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Boing Boing's top posts of 2015
In Meet the people who have volunteered to die on Mars, Walker Lamond writes about the thousands of people who wanted to compete to be the first humans to travel to Mars and colonize it. The only catc...
02:04 pm PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Happy public domain day: here's what copyright term extension stole from you in 2015
When Congress amended US copyright law in 1976, they extended the copyrights on works whose creators had produced them with the promise of not more than 56 years. Since then, almost nothing has entere...
01:55 pm PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Guesstimate: a spreadsheet for adding up uncertainties
Guesstimate is a new free/open source project from Ozzie Gooen: unlike normal spreadsheets, its cells accept confidence intervals, and it outputs models based on 5,000 Monte Carlo simulations. (more&h...
01:30 pm PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Why didn't high-priced/pseudoscientific "behavioral profiling" work in San Bernardino?
San Bernardino is ground zero for the bunkum industry that sells "behavioral detection" courses to law enforcement, the place where the most cops and government employees are taught to spot "lone wolf...
11:39 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Racist fracking aficionado fired after video posted to YouTube
Butler News in Pennsylvania identified this man as John Pisone, seen here harassing a group of anti-fracking protestors and making incredibly racist remarks and monkey noises to the black cameraman....
11:14 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Mesmerizing time-lapse of crowd control at Tokyo comic convention
https://youtu.be/ermNqkUUiJwAfter watching this video, you'll probably want to play this.Comiket which is the world's largest self publishing comic book fair that is held twice a year in Tokyo.The Con...
10:52 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Artist paints people to look like paintings
https://youtu.be/Gv1gfpIj7K4Unlike a traditional Trompe-Loeil painting which tricks the eye into thinking a 2D canvas might be a real 3D space, says Los Angeles artist Alexa Meade I do the opposite: I...
10:24 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Seinfeld takes Obama for a spin in Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry Seinfeld usually brings along a fellow comedian for a ride with him in a vintage car to a coffee shop, but this time he mixed things up a bit by inviting the President to accompany him. Unfortun...
08:02 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Did you know cats could play Jenga?
It doesn't have thumbs, and it's better at the game than I am....
06:46 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing 1970s Kylo Ren
Adam Driver did a great job but I still prefer the original actor....
06:27 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Ian "Debian" Murdock dies after threatening suicide
Ian Murdock is half of the founding team of Debian, a popular and foundational flavor of GNU/Linux from which Ubuntu and Mint are descended. Earlier this week, he posted a series of bizarre, racialize...
06:17 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Normalizing deviance: why tech companies repeatedly do stupid, destructive things
"The normalization of deviance" is a sociological term describing how groups of people become accustomed to ignoring safety rules and best practices, becoming plagued with (sometimes fatal) problems t...
06:00 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing 3D printed model of cellular division
D. Allan Drummond, assistant professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and human genetics from the University of Chicago's The Drummond Lab 3D printed this model of a yeast cell dividing in solid b...
05:55 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Lessig on how the economics of data-retention will drive privacy tech
In an interview with the WSJ's CIO blog, Lawrence Lessig proposes that the existence of cryptographic tools that allow for "zero-knowledge" data-querying, combined with the potential liability from le...
05:39 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Recreating the CIA's "top secret" abstract painting collection
In the 1980s, "controversial Republican art collector" Vincent Melzac donated 29 abstract paintings from the Washington Color School to the CIA, which now hang on the Agency's walls, but when asked fo...
05:26 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Hand-colorized Munsters credit-roll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgmiBjJFOSAZach Smothers hand-colored all 1,300 frames from the opening credit roll of The Munsters, doing a beautiful job that balances the palette of the later colo...
05:19 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Dieselgate: an analysis of VW's cheating firmware
Daniel Lange and Felix "tmbinc" Domke bought some of Volkswagen's cheating Engine Control Units on Ebay and extracted and decompiled the software in them to learn exactly how the cheating took place...
01:00 am PST - Thu, December 31, 2015
BoingBoing Get PMP certified with the Premier Project Management bundle and save 96%
Companies are constantly looking for rockstar project managers to help keep their goals afloat--and they pay big for it too. Find your way to a new career or high-paying job by getting the certificati...