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07:12 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing The U.S. just labeled Switzerland an internet piracy haven
Switzerland is a haven for internet piracy, the Obama Administration's global trade rep says. The European nation famous for Swiss Alps, Swiss Cheese, Fondue, and being a long-term U.S. political ally...
05:34 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Walt Whitman was into paleo and wrote a Manly Health and Training guide with sex tips
Leaves of Grass? He probably ate them now and then.A scholar at the University of Houston in Texas has discovered a 13-part, 47,000-word series by Walt Whitman, published by the New York Atlas in 1858...
04:12 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Concerned Texas gentleman patrols ladies' restroom, tells woman "You're dressed like a man"
This fellow has volunteered to make sure the people who use a women's restroom in Texas look and dress the way he and other frightened jackasses want them to look and dress.From Jezebel:Reporter Eri...
01:22 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing That hospital we bombed in Afghanistan in 2015? Not a war crime, says Pentagon
U.S. forces bombed a Doctors Without Borders-run hospital in Afghanistan last year, destroying it and killing and injuring scores of medical personnel and patients. But the air strike didn't amount to...
11:29 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Stainless Steel Garlic Press Aluminum Citrus Squeezer $20
The Bru Joy Stainless Steel Garlic / Ginger Press is $20 on Amazon. The Bru Joy Enameled Aluminum Bowl Lemon Squeezer is $13. If you add both to your cart and use coupon code GM843I2D at final checkou...
10:36 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Mean Girls Club satirical social commentary or just flat out bonkers?
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Mean Girls Clubby Ryan HeshkaNobrow Press2016, 24 pages, 6.8 x 9.1 x 0.1 inches $6 Buy a copy on AmazonIf your understanding of what a Mean Girls Club consists ...
10:24 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing 1944 memo from manager sick of "gobbledygook"
From Futility Closet:In 1944, manager Maury Maverick sent this memo to the workers at his government agency. This is the first known usage of gobbledygook to refer to obscure jargon. It wouldnt be the...
10:15 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Out-takes from the closing credits of the Peter Sellers' "Being There"
Here are the best parts of Peter Sellers' Being There.The series of out-takes behind the closing credits of 'Being There' -- the Peter Sellers classic -- must be one of the funniest sequences on fil...
10:07 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Free will might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself
We might only think we have free will, says Adam Bear, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at Yale. In this Scientific American article he offers the possibility that our belief that we make decisions is ...
10:05 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing How to become the biggest worm in Slither.io
Joel Johnson describes An Aggressor's Strategy to Slither.io, the snake-meets-lightcycles game that everyone plays on the internet. Using these tactics I can get over 5,000 almost every time I play wi...
09:44 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Beware online shopping clubs that trap you in hard-to-quit subscriptions
Online services that trick you into signing up for an automatically billed subscription and force you to call customer service to cancel are evil. Whenever I sign up for a service, I try to do it thro...
09:13 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Lemur demands backrub
Before humans descended on the island of Madagascar there was a species of lemur as a big as gorilla. Today, the largest lemur weighs 20 lbs. (The smallest, the mouse lemur, weighs 1.1 oz, and has "...
09:04 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing California lawmakers reject "John Wayne Day" because John Wayne was a racist creep
In a 1971 Playboy interview John Wayne expressed his views on blacks ("irresponsible") and native Americans ("selfish"). These comments came back to haunt Wayne's legacy when California lawmakers nixe...
08:50 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Can you solve Martin Gardner's "coin of the realm" puzzle?
The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems is a 512-page collection of puzzles from the Martin Gardner's beloved Scientific American column. The easier puzzles are at the front of each section, a...
08:30 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Glorious bird photos that won the 2016 Audubon Society Photography Awards
Bonnie Block won the grand prize in the 2016 Audubon Society Photography Awards for her magnificent photo above of a Bald Eagle and a Great Blue Heron in Seabeck, Washington. The two predators are kno...
08:10 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing RAY: the smartest remote on Earth
Boing Boing is proudly sponsored by Ray, the super remote!Walk into almost any room with a television set, and youre bound to come across an unseemly pile of remote controls. The more game consoles ...
07:00 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing The amazing illustrated chart of Prince's hairstyles
Several years ago, Gary Card created a chart illustrating Prince's hairstyles from 1978 to 2013. After Prince's death, Dazed interviewed Card about the project, originally produced for Beat magazine.P...
06:53 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing A Boys Best Friend
https://youtu.be/G_KOQISyfiUA zillion people seem to have seen this video already, but I missed it until I accidentally saw it on Facebook, where it had been posted in early April by HypeDoJo and alre...
06:51 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing New UK power station to be "most expensive object on earth"
At an estimated $35bn lifetime cost, the new Hinkley C reactor will be more expensive than any other civil engineering project on planet Earth, reports the BBC. For that sum you could build a small fo...
06:30 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Take a nostalgic trip through the "Art of Atari"
The Art of Atari is a new hardcover celebrating the wonderful illustrations of the iconic game company's packaging, catalogs, and other artwork that, according to the book's introduction written by Er...
06:00 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2016
BoingBoing Weird has a weird history
Keep etymology wyrd! Er, weird. (The Endless Knot)...
09:21 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Charles Gatewood, photographer of fringe culture, RIP
Charles Gatewood, a pioneering photographer of the underground for nearly 50 years, died today from injuries sustained in a fall from his third-floor balcony. He was 74. From documenting the Beats and...
12:08 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing SpaceX plans to send unmanned Dragon spacecraft to Mars by 2018, with humans to follow
By way of tweets and Facebook posts, SpaceX this week announced plans to send its unmanned Red Dragon spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018. Sending this privately-funded craft on a bold, brave, risky tr...
11:44 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Aluminum Bluetooth speaker for $16
The Anker Aluminum Portable Wireless Speaker sells on Amazon for $36, but you can get it for $16 if you use the code WOWDEALA at check-out. It plays music from phones and tablets via Bluetooth and acc...
11:12 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing The Sartorialist NYC stylish strangers happily caught by a candid camera
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The Sartorialistby Scott SchumanPenguin Books2009, 512 pages, 5.2 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches (softcover)$19 Buy a copy on AmazonScott Schuman once worked in the fashion...
11:03 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Adam Savage one-day build: making an Iron Giant screw
In this video, Adam and Norm from Tested build Iron Giant screws from a kit. "We get to assembling the electronics of the kit, and then Adam and Norm each take different approaches for the painting ...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Game reviewer learns how to make big corporations fight each other on YouTube
When game critic Jim Sterling uses video clips of the games he reviews on YouTube, the game companies claim copyright ownership of the video and run ads on Sterling's reviews. He doesn't like that b...
10:40 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Photo compares portable Mac from 25 years ago to one today
On the left: a Colby Walkmac, "the first battery-operated Macintosh computer and first portable Mac with a LCD display.""What will the next 25 years bring?" asks Clifford Pickover. My guess is the nex...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Amazon is liable for in-app charges racked up by pesky children, federal judge rules
A federal judge ruled that Amazon is responsible for billing parents unauthorized charges that kids made within apps, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. (more…)...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Trailer for Oliver Stone's "Snowden"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's Snowden. Stone went to Russia and met with Snowden several times during the production of the movie, so hopefully it ...
09:49 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing FBI has no plans to share how it hacked into that iPhone with Apple or anyone else
Bless their cold, spyin' hearts. The FBI suddenly cares about the rights of technology developers. On Wednesday, the official word came from the federal agency that it will not be disclosing what vuln...
09:22 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing How to remember the top 10 things to bring when you leave the house
One of my all-time favorite books is Ron Hale-Evans' Mind Performance Hacks, by Ron Hale-Evans, which has 75 practical tips for becoming a better thinker. I highly recommend it, as well as his follow-...
07:30 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing What's inside a fake Cuban cigar?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEoEr-pG6p8"Oh my God, this thing stinks," says Cigar Obsession's Bryan Glynn.The wrapper is decent and the bands real, but it smells like a wet campfire and is constru...
07:19 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Pay What You Want for the Spring 2016 Mac Bundle
Isnt it about time to stretch what your Mac can do? I mean, youve got plenty of great programs now...but dont you think you could use some new tools to get your creative, analytical and organizational...
07:00 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Sketch-simplifying neural network lets artists leap from pencil to ink
The authors of a new "sketch simplification" program hope to make neural networks more useful to artists frustrated by the choppy results of existing automated line tools. Apps such as Adobe Creative ...
06:44 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing The secret history of Mac gaming
With its high-resolution monochrome display, early Macs didn't fit easily into the gaming mainstream, where chunkier, colorful graphics were the norm well into the 90s. But as a result it generated ...
06:34 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Kennewick Man was Native American
After years of speculation and wrangling over his remains, Kennewick Man turns out to be closely related to contemporary, local Native Americans after all.Discovered near Kennewick, Wash., in 1996, th...
06:28 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2016
BoingBoing Rube Goldberg machine built entirely from HTML form elements
Sebastian Ly Serena's website consists solely of a bizarre HTML contraption that animates form elements until all of them have expanded and the author's email address is exposed. It's built entirely f...
11:10 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Poll: Half of America Believes Presidential Elections 'Rigged'
A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that more than 50% of U.S. voters believe the system that American political parties use to select their candidates for President is "rigged." Over two-thirds of those polle...
10:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Reports: Prince was addicted to Percocet, had opioids on person and at home when he died
The legendary artist Prince died last week at age 57. Reports are emerging today that prescription opioid pills were found on his person, and more in his Minnesota home. (more…)...
10:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Reports: Prince addicted to Percocet, pills on person and at home when he died
The legendary artist Prince died last week at age 57. Reports are emerging today that prescription opioid pills, specifically Percocet, were found on his person. More of the drug was found in his Minn...
12:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Cruz to pick Carly Fiorina as running mate
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, embarking on a new phase of his campaign after it became impossible to beat Donald Trump in the first round of voting at this summer's Republican convention...
12:13 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Apple campus death: Male employee dead in conference room, reports of a gun and second injury
An Apple employee was found dead in a conference room at One Infinite Loop in Cupertino on Wednesday morning. Early reports indicate the victim was carrying a gun. (more…)...
12:13 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Apple campus death: Male employee dead in conference room, reports of a gun involved
An Apple employee was found dead in a conference room at One Infinite Loop in Cupertino on Wednesday morning. Early reports indicate the victim was carrying a gun. The name of the deceased has not be...
11:30 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing The Pharos Gate: Griffin and Sabine's Lost Correspondence
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine's Lost Correspondenceby Nick BantockChronicle Books2016, 60 pages, 8.2 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches $17 Buy a copy on AmazonThe love...
11:24 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Tiny USB-to-Lightning charging cable
I was at a conference last week and a woman asked if I had a charging cable for her iPhone. I let her borrow my inCharge cable ($12 on Amazon), which uses magnets to securely fold around a keychain. ...
11:19 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Get the Complete Android Developer Course by Rob Percival for just $17
In the world of app development, theres no greater arena to find success than with Android users. About 80% of the smartphones in use today worldwide operate on the Android operating system, so if you...
10:53 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing FBI admits to giving flawed testimony for decades
An "elite FBI forensic unit" admitted that for two decades, nearly every examiner "gave flawed testimony" (aka lied) about hair sample evidence in criminal trials. And geepers, they sure feel bad abou...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Esquire removes Jeff Jarvis satire after legal threat
Yesterday, Esquire published this satirical column by @ProfJeffJarvis, a Fake Steve-style parody of journalism professor and media visionary Jeff Jarvis. The real Jarvis did what any self-respecting o...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Satirical column removed
Yesterday, Esquire published this satirical column by @ProfJeffJarvis, a Fake Steve-style parody of journalism professor and media visionary Jeff Jarvis. The real Jarvis did what any self-respecting o...
10:34 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Insects are conscious, according to study
"Brain scans of insects appear to indicate that they have the capacity to be conscious and show egocentrico, apparently indicating that they have such a thing as subjective experience." That's the fin...
10:21 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing How to ripen a rock-hard avocado in 10 minutes
https://youtu.be/MShZxnfTJz0According to this video, you can ripen a avocado by wrapping it in foil and putting it in a 250 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.[via]Image: Shutterstock...
10:16 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Cat escapes from polygon taped to the floor
https://youtu.be/U_b_cWwOjTAThe cat is probably just so interested in the tape that she doesn't want to leave the evil polygon. Which was the polygon's plan all along, of course.[via]...
10:07 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Walter Cronkite in the computerized home office of 2001 (1967)
https://youtu.be/V6DSu3IfRloIn this brief clip from the March 12, 1967 episode of the CBS show The 21st Century, Walter Cronkite shows us a home office from 2001. Aside from the clunkiness of the equi...
09:51 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Snowden: US attorney general promises not to torture me if I return to US
https://youtu.be/o8pkUTav0mkReason posted a transcript of Nick Gillespie's satellite link interview with national security whistleblower Edward Snowden, still exiled in Russia. Gillespie asked Snowden...
09:40 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing I'm Flash Forward podcaster Rose Eveleth, and here are my favorite tools
Rose Eveleth is a journalist who covers how humans tangle with science and technology. She's the host and producer of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future, and has covered everything from fake tu...
09:30 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing The Big O: Eugene, Oregon's global roller derby tournament
This weekend, April 29th through May 1st, Eugene, Oregon plays host to a giant roller derby tournament, The Big O.For the fifth year running, the Emerald City Roller Derby will bring derby players fro...
09:30 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Torrents of lava will gush across the Western United States, 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...
09:17 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Nate, in "Skeptic Shock"
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...
08:57 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing The "rising chimp" problem
The new book, Einstein's Puzzle Universe, by Tim Dedopulos, is a compendium of good physics and logic problems. Here's one for you to solve:Imagine that there is an even rope of negligible weight drap...
08:50 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Futurististic computer screens are mostly blue
Chris Noessel and Nathan Shedroff demonstrated that in movies depicting computers in the future, the screens are mostly blue. Some interesting exceptions: 1991's Terminator 2 made red popular, and th...
08:35 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing NASA releases 4K high-def video of a recent solar flare, and it's pretty awesome
Our solar system is awesome. (more…)...
08:27 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Most Americans under 30 "do not support capitalism"
A Harvard University survey found that among adults between 18 and 29 years of age, 51 percent "do not support capitalism." 42 support it, reports The Washington Post. A third say they support sociali...
08:03 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Snapchat is fighting for your right to take selfies in the voting booth
You know how people like to go vote, then walk around for the rest of the day/week/forever with an I Voted sticker on their lapel? Millions of people like to Snapchat their lives online, and they'd li...
07:23 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing CERN scientists release 300 terabytes of Large Hadron Collider data, free and open
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, has been releasing portions of its research to the public for years. This week's massive 300 terabyte dump of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data ...
07:01 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Dyson's hair dryer is tiny, quiet and pricey
Dyson, makers of high-end vacuum cleaners and other gadgets that do clever things with air, is moving into beauty products. The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer promises a premium model's power in a smalle...
06:33 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing Colorado school district spends $12,000 on assault rifles for guards
Douglas County, Colorado, is to arm its security guards with Bushmaster rifles, reports the Denver Post, at a cost of more than $12,000 to the 67,000-student district."We want to make sure they have t...
06:18 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2016
BoingBoing McDonalds testing new Chicken McNugget, with 32 ingredients presumably including chicken
McDonalds is testing a "cleaner-label" version of its legendary Chicken McNugget, reports Peter Frost, with an eye to replacing the current model nationwide in time for the Summer Games.If you're eati...
07:03 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Lawsuit: Off-Duty Cop Working Wal-Mart Security Accuses Man of Stealing Tomato, Beats Him, Breaks His Leg
An innocent man was minding his own business one day in 2014, walking out of an Atlanta Wal-Mart with a tomato he'd just bought. An off-duty Atlanta police officer who moonlit doing security at Wal-Ma...
06:26 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Riot Control Robot Unveiled in China Looks Ominously Like a 'Doctor Who' Dalek, May In Fact Be One
China's first intelligent security robot debuts in Chongqing, reads the headline in the Chinese Communist Party official newspaper People's Daily. The riot control robot has a name, AnBot, and it's f...
06:08 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Dieselgate: A Volkswagen PowerPoint from 2006 outlined how to cheat U.S. emissions tests
An internal Volkswagen corporate PowerPoint presentation from 2006 outlined how to trick emissions tests -- and the result of that plan to cheat environmental protections, governments, and the people ...
01:44 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Fantastic pins celebrating LSD and The Family Acid
The Family Acid is my favorite Instagram feed. It's a stream of photographer/author/explorer Roger Steffens's vintage snapshots of his psychedelic dynamic, inspiring, and psychedelic life in the count...
12:37 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Waze is an awesome driving app that also lets hackers stalk you
I use and love Waze every day to make driving in Los Angeles manageable for me. I still use it despite periodic bursts of tech news reports that the app leaves me vulnerable to security attacks and su...
11:34 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Replace your AC outlets with this dual USB charger
This AC outlet has two built-in USB charging ports. I have found it to be useful not only for phone charging, but for keeping bluetooth speakers charged, too. Reviewers on Amazon love it. One reviewer...
11:08 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Jack Kirby's nightmarish double page spreads from The Demon (1972-73)
When Jack Kirby bailed from Marvel comics in 1970 and started working for DC, his work become psychedelic and spiritual. Here are some of his wild two-page spreads for The Demon, which ran for 16 issu...
10:53 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Fellow hoverboards near edge of skyscraper
Oleg Cricket enjoys taking chances in high places. , ? ' , ' ? #nophotoshop #KanyeWest #olegcricket A video posted by ON (@olegcricket) on Apr 12, 2016 at 4:12am PDT I pr...
10:48 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing How ink is made: a voluptuous process revealed in a mouth-watering video
https://youtu.be/Fypi6dAJB8EAyun Halliday of Open Culture wrote about this luscious ink-making video....
10:39 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Prolific and talented D&D map-drawer
Dyson Logos's G+ account is an endlessly scrolling inventory of hand-drawn D&D maps, each one cooler than the last. (more…)...
10:12 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Pareidolia discovered on Mars
People are stunned to have discovered numerous examples of pareidolia on the red planet. Lizards! Rats! Bigfoot! Pyramids! Frogs! Hovering alien spheres! Tharks!Michael Shermer writes about our "tende...
09:57 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing How to prepare fugu, a poisonous puffer fish
https://youtu.be/5cQ50i-o_GAIn this video we meet Yutaka Sasaki, a chef who prepares fugu, a fish that contains a lethal neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin.Fugu contains lethal amounts of the poison tetro...
09:57 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing How to prepare fugu, the deadly poisonous pufferfish of Japan's sushi lore
https://youtu.be/5cQ50i-o_GAIn this video we meet Yutaka Sasaki, a chef who prepares fugu, a fish that contains a lethal neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin. (more…)...
09:56 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Gentleman builds tongue robot to lick cartoon girls
https://youtu.be/cJukyZinJ1IMansun, who blogs at Omocoro.jp, constructed an "auto licking machine" to lick cartoon girls. [via]...
09:38 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing WINK Mothers Day gift guide
Hey all you spoiled sons, daughters, and fathers out there! Take 5 and make your Mothers Day purchase before its too late! Youve got until May 6 less than two weeks, but no worries. The 7 books liste...
09:34 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Fantastical new print from Daniel Martin Diaz and Pressure Printing
Daniel Martin Diaz teamed up with the fine artisans at Pressure Printing to create this stunning new limited edition print, titled Eternal Universe. It's printed on 29 37 paper, hand-stained, and si...
09:27 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Jumpstart your career with our Ultimate SQL Bootcamp and save 87%
Unless youre a programmer or webmaster, the term SQL probably doesnt mean much to you. But for those looking to understand more about how and why the web works the way that it does, know this - SQL an...
09:23 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Support Eames Demetrios's parallel universe art/story/geography project!
For more than a decade, BB pal Eames Demetrios (grandson of Charles and Ray Eames) has developed Kcymaerxthaere, a fantastically strange collection of parallel universe stories physically tied to re...
09:08 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Traffic lights in sidewalks for phone-distracted pedestrians
The German city of Augsburg embedded traffic lights in the pavement so pedestrians staring at their phones would be more likely to see them. City officials said the project was initiated after a teena...
09:04 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Scottish Terror on Film: Darkfall
This week, Kodak and Kickstarter announced a joint venture to support low budget film projects that want to shoot on celluloid (that means real film, as opposed to digital). Of the four films Kodak is...
08:56 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Buy Salvador Dal's unpublished notebook
One of Salvador Dal's unpublished notebooks is up for auction at Sotheby's in Paris. Part of a fantastic array of Dada and Surrealist items for sale by the Bibliothque R. & B. L. From CNN:Among what h...
07:28 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing After 27 years, jury blames UK stadium disaster on police
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_SmM9KuhIQA UK inquest determined Tuesday that the Hillsborough disaster, a 1989 stadium crowd crush that claimed 96 lives, was the fault of police. The jury's verdict...
06:41 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing You quote Shakespeare every day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig6f5fT0XhoRob Brydon explains that you're probably quoting Shakespeare day-in, day-out; the Bard is responsible for countless idioms and phrases that still infest the ...
06:35 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing URL lengthening service also makes URLs "shady"
Unlike URL shorteners, Shady URL takes any URL you give it and generates a sinister long one instead: "Don't just shorten your URL, make it suspicious and frightening." For example, boingboing.net bec...
06:22 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Bill Cosby loses appeal, will face sexual assault charge
Bill Cosby's attempt to avoid facing a sexual assault charge was ended Monday by a Pennsylvania appeals court. The entertainer, who claimed that an old deal with prosecutors not to charge him in the 2...
06:14 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Campaigners search Londoners' phones to help them understand the Snoopers Charter
Campaigners from Liberty, a civil liberties group, took to the streets of London (and the lobby of the Home Office!) and grabbed peoples' phones, browsing them while explaining that they just wanted...
06:09 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Site fetches the real URL for any shortened URL
Get Link Info protects you from being rickrolled, linked to malware or otherwise misled with a link: punch in a short URL from any of the big URL shortening services, see the real one before you go th...
06:06 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Brand New Congress: 535 progressive candidates, 1 ticket
Some of the technology activists who were key to the Dean, Obama and Sanders campaign have a new, audacious program: they're going to run 535 bipartisan candidates for office in the 2016 election, bac...
05:19 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing British Royals' celebrations with narration from North Korean patriotic parade
This is a genius piece of media criticism: mapping the BBC's own slavishly patriotic broadcast of the British royals' 2015 "celebrations" onto its breathless voice-over for a North Korean patriotic ...
05:11 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Mitsubishi's dieselgate: cheating since 1991
Mitsubishi has admitted that it cheated on emissions standards tests for a quarter of a century, and it admits that this affected 600,000 cars, but the company says that the cheating cars were only so...
04:59 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing The NES Paul: a guitar made from a Nintendo
Doniguitar -- makers of the Rebel Bass Millennium Falcon bass guitar -- also make the NES Paul, a guitar whose body is made from hollowed out, vintage Nintendo Entertainment Systems. (more…)...
04:57 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2016
BoingBoing Bellwether: Connie Willis's classic, hilarious novel about the science of trendiness
It's been nearly 20 years since the publication of Bellwether, Connie Willis's comic novel about scientists caught in the turmoil of bureaucratic fads. I had very fond memories of this book, though I ...
07:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Six cases of measles confirmed in Tennessee outbreak. Measles was eradicated in the U.S. in 2000.
Public Health officials in Shelby County, Tennessee today confirmed six cases of measles in the county, up from two last Friday. Victims of the measles outbreak are "widely diverse" in terms of age, g...
12:43 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Humans, make room for Felines of New York!
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Felines of New York: A Glimpse into the Lives of New York's Feline Inhabitantsby Jim TewsSimon and Schuster2015, 240 pages, 7.4 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches (softcover) $...
12:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast recaps Game of Thrones S6E01, "The Red Woman"
The sixth season premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones aired Sunday, marking a return to all the characters and subplots we loved or dreaded. Each week following the show, Boars, Gore, and Swordswill reca...
11:12 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing EFF to FDA: the DMCA turns medical implants into time-bombs
The Electronic Frontier Foundation just filed comments with the FDA in its embedded device cybersecurity docket, warning the agency that manufacturers have abused the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,...
10:28 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Drunk or not? Get the BACtrack Trace Professional Breathalyzer for 38% off
Being a sloppy drunk is never a good look. Seriously...never. But invariably, after throwing back a few at a bar, party or get-together, the edge of your sobriety starts to get a little bit murky. Are...
10:26 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing How to identify any language at a glance
Professional word taster James Harbeck shows you how to identify different languages by identifying the unique characters they use. (more…)...
10:18 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Bans on sketching in museums
Artist James Gurney (creator of Dinotopia) explains why the Victoria and Albert Museum's decision to ban sketching in the special exhibition Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear stinks.[B]anning sk...
09:45 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to Prince's personal party playlist
In a 2013 episode of New Girl, the characters were invited to a party hosted by Prince. When Prince was made aware of the intended plot, he sent the producers a list of jams he played at his real part...
09:44 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing The excruciating process of applying for unemployment on a Kafkaesque Massachusetts state website
When Jennie Rose Halperin left her job as a product engagement manager and researcher last month, she applied for unemployment benefits via Massachusetts Department of Unemployment website. She says, ...
09:38 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing James Clapper: Snowden accelerated crypto adoption by 7 years
Apparently America's spy agencies have a seven-year plan for cryptographic adoption: James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, has credited Edward Snowden with the acceleration of commerci...
09:31 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Mississippi will not add domestic violence as grounds for divorce
Mississippi has 12 grounds for divorce, including impotency, adultery, habitual drunkenness and incurable mental illness. But a bill that would have added domestic violence to the list died in the sen...
09:29 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Watch this young woman eat 50 Krispy Kreme donuts
"It honestly took every bit of strength in me to get through all 50 donuts as they were incredibly sweet but I'm so glad I did," said competitive eater Nela Zisser....
09:09 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Bruce Springsteen plays "Purple Rain"
On Saturday night, Bruce Springsteen opened his Brooklyn show with this Prince cover....
08:59 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Fantastic radio show about virtual reality, c. 1992
Media artist Michael Naimark writes:In 1990, right as the first VR wave was swelling, Stewart Brand and Grateful Dead manager Jon Mcintyre concocted a scheme to produce an invitation-only 24-hour VR e...
08:15 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Watch: Kurds take out a "suicide bomb truck" as it hurtles toward them
Amazing footage from Syria shows an armored truck, apparently loaded with explosives and driven by a suicide bomber, hurtling toward a low ridge held by Kurdish fighters. After failing to stop it wi...
07:31 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Flip open a butterfly knife like a gentleman bastard
https://youtu.be/PJnHLhuBh6QIn the latest episode of Scam School's Modern Rogue, Brian Brushwood and Jason Murphy show you how to open a butterfly knife without losing your fingers. Amazon sells train...
07:21 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing A place for Peanuts fans to go wild
Roppongi Hills is a very hoity-toity shopping area in Tokyo. You have to buy tickets to get into the mall! But a seven minute walk from the Roppongi subway station you will find the brand new Snoopy M...
06:52 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Tilt Six: lurid CGI J-pop nightmare music video of the day
Directed by Kota Yamaji, the the music is by Vocaloid producer tilt six, whose YouTube channel is full of similar delights. The director describes the inspirations and creative process at Behance....
06:36 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing The Huntsman: Winters War is a terrible movie, say critics
The hot trend in Hollywood is to recast fairy tales as gritty, pathos-driven tragic emofeasts: Maleficent was symbolically raped as a youngster, Peter Pan was a lonely British schoolboy, and so forth....
06:28 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Australian MP sets river on fire
Jeremy Buckingham, a Green Party MP, took a dingy out on Queensland's Condamine River, about 220km west of Brisbane, and set the river on fire with a barbeque lighter. (more…)...
06:11 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing More Google Earth anomalies
Artist Clement Valla collects the most remarkable machine-vision nightmares and curiosities from Google Earth, a world whose parallels to our own become uncannier with each sweep of the satellites and...
06:08 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Fantasy accounting: how the biggest companies in America turn real losses into paper profits
Lax enforcement from the SEC has allowed the biggest companies in America -- 90 percent of the companies in the S&P 500, led by the faltering energy sector -- to ignore the "Generally Accepted Account...
06:04 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2016
BoingBoing Republican rivals team up to stop Trump at all costs
Neither can beat him, but Ted Cruz and John Kasich are teaming up against Donald Trump in a last-ditch effort to prevent him winning the Republican presidential nomination.The two candidates, at oppos...
09:11 am PDT - Sun, April 24, 2016
BoingBoing Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmo
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmosby Stephanie Roth SissonRoaring Brook Press2014, 40 pages, 8.8 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches $14 Buy a copy on Amazo...
09:11 am PDT - Sun, April 24, 2016
BoingBoing Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos
See sample pages from this book at Wink. (more…)...
08:00 am PDT - Sun, April 24, 2016
BoingBoing Giveaway Alert: Five years of Adobe Creative Cloud
If youre a creative type, then youve undoubtedly spent time working with Adobe products. Whether its Photoshop or Premiere Pro or InDesign, theyre the pinnacle name in full-featured integrated multime...
07:56 am PDT - Sun, April 24, 2016
BoingBoing Leading Republicans send letters in support of Dennis Hastert, pedophile
Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been convicted of paying hush money to cover up his raping of children and is about to be sentenced, and his political friends have closed ranks around him. ...
04:56 pm PDT - Sat, April 23, 2016
BoingBoing Attempt to crush book with hydraulic press goes awry
An operator of a powerful hydraulic press has achieved some fame of late crushing various mundane objects (such as Barbie), but the press almost met its match in the form of an English-Finnish dicti...
12:37 pm PDT - Sat, April 23, 2016
BoingBoing German politician arrested in Berlin for insulting Turkish president
Bruno Kramm, leader of Berlin's branch of the German Pirate Party, was arrested Saturday for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Kramm was detained while conducting a "literary analysis...
08:16 am PDT - Sat, April 23, 2016
BoingBoing Learn to be a Digital Entrepreneur for only $19
Starting up an online business can seem simple, especially when you stack it next to brick-and-mortar startups. No office or storefront to rent, less overhead, fewer (or often, no) employees to deal w...
02:24 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Humans of New York - Photos of random strangers in NYC and their life stories
See sample pages of Humans of New York at Wink.Brendon Stanton started photographing random strangers in New York City in 2010. He treated each of them like a celebrity, portraying them in a classy po...
12:48 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Funky Friday: 'Don't Look Any Further,' Dennis Edwards ft. Siedah Garrett (1984)
Eighties kids, do you feel me. (more…)...
12:01 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing MTV accidentally played Fresh Prince during Prince tribute
Yesterday, MTV, which surprisingly still exists, remembered that its name is an acronym for Music Television, and launched a Prince music video marathon. Unfortunately, they accidentally slipped a Fre...
11:44 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing "The Time Prince Got Mad At Me Because I Wouldn't Dance"
In 1999, my old pal Gil Kaufman interviewed Prince for the pioneering Web magazine Addicted to Noise. Today at Billboard, Gil writes about his five minutes with Prince:No one else was in the room, so ...
11:28 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing J. Herbin fountain pen cleaning solution
I far too frequently let ink dry inside one of my treasured pens. When simply flushing with hot water won't clear them, I use this cleaning solution.Simply draw some solution into the pen as you norma...
11:21 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing "When Doves Cry" played by Greg Dulli (Twilight Singers/Afghan Whigs) and Apollonia
For decades, Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers has masterfully woven Prince lyrics and melodies into almost every live performance, frequently closing shows with the final strains ...
10:49 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Marijuana is kosher for Passover
Apparently some Ashkenazi Jews of central or eastern European heritage consider cannabis to be in the category of food that's prohibited during Passover, the festival that begins tonight. However Ra...
10:34 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing The "dark tales" spoken by an amazingly prolific sleep-talker
Dion McGregor talked in his sleep. But he did more than just that: he narrated tales so dark his roommates began recording them for the world to hear.Normally, we can only catch a few shards of the sh...
10:28 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Great way to store food: wide mouth mason jars and plastic caps
For years we've been storing leftover food and drinks in wide mouth mason jars sealed with plastic caps. It's inexpensive and convenient. A 12-pack of Ball 16oz Wide Mouth Mason Jars costs $8.47 on Am...
10:10 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Learn and create with the Complete Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit - now 85% off
If you haven't already been introduced to the coolness of the Raspberry Pi, then it's really about time to catch up to the rest of us tech tinkerers.For the uninitiated, the Raspberry Pi is a credit c...
09:01 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing The gift economy at the heart of open source
With the 18th O'Reilly Open Source convention approaching, Tim O'Reilly has written a stirring editorial on the value that inspires him about FLOSS: "to create more value than you capture." (more&hell...
08:33 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Trump: states should decide which bathrooms trans people can use
It only took a few hours for the latest Trump inconsistency to emerge: saying in one interview that trans people should be able to use whichever bathrooms they like, he said in another that state gove...
08:20 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing UK spy agencies store sensitive data on millions of innocents with no safeguards from abuse
Privacy International won a lawsuit forcing the UK government to publish thousands of pages of records on the use of "Bulk Personal Datasets" by the spy agencies GCHQ, MI5 and MI6. (more…)...
08:20 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing UK spy agencies store sensitive data on millions of innocent people, with no safeguards from abuse
Privacy International won a lawsuit forcing the UK government to publish thousands of pages of records on the use of "Bulk Personal Datasets" by the spy agencies GCHQ, MI5 and MI6. (more…)...
08:16 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Rare photos of North Korean capital's subway system
Elliott was among the first outsiders to be given access to Pyongyang's metro. Previously, only two stations could be visited. He posted a nice big gallery of photos and his reflections on a strange (...
08:16 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Rare photos of the subway system in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang
Elliott was among the first outsiders to be given access to Pyongyang's metro. Previously, only two stations could be visited. He posted a nice big gallery of photos and his reflections on a strange (...
07:38 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing British Library posts 1m copyright-free images online
The British Library has posted over a million copyright free images taken from books prior to 1900 on Flickr. That means if you need decorations of virtually any type for a website or book, youll find...
07:38 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing British Library posts 1 million copyright-free images online
The British Library has posted over a million copyright free images taken from books prior to 1900 on Flickr. That means if you need decorations of virtually any type for a website or book, youll find...
07:11 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Merriam-Webster adds "genderqueer" to dictionary
Merriam-Webster is to add "genderqueer" to its unabridged English dictionary; also "cisgender".Cisgender: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity corresponds with the sex the person h...
06:06 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Zombie company Atari wants exclusive right to make haunted house games
Atari was once a giant of video game innovation, but now it's a troll -- a company that produces nothing except legal threats -- and its latest project is to get the US Patent and Trademark Office to ...
05:57 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing The Gimmick Economy: how central banks pretend software isn't eating the world
Mathematician/economist Eric R Weinstein is managing director of Thiel Capital, but that doesn't mean that he thinks capitalism has a future. (more…)...
05:39 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Hackers take $81M from Bangladesh's central bank by pwning its $10 second-hand routers
The central bank of Bangladesh lost $81M in a digital heist whose perpetrators have not been caught, thanks in large part to the bank's decision to run its computers without a firewall, and to run net...
05:39 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Hackers take $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank by pwning its $10 second-hand routers
The central bank of Bangladesh lost $81M in a digital heist whose perpetrators have not been caught, thanks in large part to the bank's decision to run its computers without a firewall, and to run net...
05:30 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Forget the 1%: it's the 0.1% who run the show
The wealthiest one out of 1,000 US families -- the 0.1 percent -- comprise about 115,000 households whose net worth starts at $20M, and goes up and up from there, accounting for at least as much wealt...
05:30 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing Forget the one percent, it's the 0.1% who run the show
The wealthiest one out of 1,000 US families -- the 0.1 percent -- comprise about 115,000 households whose net worth starts at $20M, and goes up and up from there, accounting for at least as much wealt...
05:15 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2016
BoingBoing R2-D2 derby
You know, for your Star Wars/Mary Poppins mashup theme wedding! $550 from Etsy seller The Blonde Swan, who makes them to order, and will also do you a BB-8 bowler (same price) if that's your thing. (v...
07:57 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing The quest for the well-labeled inn
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04:21 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Heathens need not apply! Kentucky's 'Ark Encounter' is hiring
Kentucky's tax-payer funded creationist amusement park is hiring, and all types of 'Christian' are welcome. Answers in Genesis, the park operator, plans to hire several hundred adherents who will be r...
03:12 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Trump: transgender people should be allowed to use whatever bathroom they like
Donald J. Trump, Republican candidate for president, says that transgender people should use whatever bathrooms they like. North Carolina did something it was very strong and theyre paying a big pri...
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing FBI paid more than $1.3m to hack San Bernadino iPhone
The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reports that the FBI payed more than $1m to get into the San Bernadino terrorist's iPhone after Apple refused to create software to bypass its encryption. The Washing...
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing FBI paid at least $1.3 million to hack into the San Bernardino iPhone
The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reports that the FBI payed more than $1m to get into the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone after Apple refused to create software to bypass its encryption. The Washin...
12:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Make Mothers Day memorable with Bouqs Company Spring Flowers - now 30% off
Mom loves you. I mean, youd be nothing without her. And you dont call or write her nearly as much as you should, do you? Are you feeling guilty yet? Well, you should...because no one will ever love yo...
12:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Make Mothers Day memorable with Bouqs Company Spring Flowers - now 30 percent off
Mom loves you. I mean, youd be nothing without her. And you dont call or write her nearly as much as you should, do you? Are you feeling guilty yet? Well, you should...because no one will ever love yo...
12:08 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to Brian Eno's new cover of the Velvet Underground
Today, Brian Eno released his reimagination of the Velvet Underground's track "I'm Set Free." The cover, titled Fickle Sun (iii) Im Set Free, is from Eno's new album The Ship, coming April 29. Below...
11:56 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Weird, fun audio glitch in Apple TV
BB pal Dustin "UPSO" Hostetler posted evidence of this curious glitch that manifested while he was using his fourth generation Apple TV. A restart eliminated it, but Dustin says, "I wish it was an o...
11:43 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing You will dig Prince's burning cover of Radiohead's "Creep"
From Coachella 2008. ...
11:39 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Puff The Magic Dragon is not about smoking weed
Here's the story of the lyrics, based on a poem that 19-year-old college student Leonard Lipton wrote in 1959 and popularized in Peter, Paul and Mary's classic 1963 song....
11:39 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing No, 'Puff The Magic Dragon' is not about smoking weed
Here's the story of the lyrics, based on a poem that 19-year-old college student Leonard Lipton wrote in 1959 and popularized in Peter, Paul and Mary's classic 1963 song....
11:25 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Britain warns LGBT travelers about visiting North Carolina, Mississippi
The Independent writes that the U.K. is warning travelers about new anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina and Mississippi. Dr Felicity Daly, director of the LGBT Kaleidoscope Trust said: It is heartening t...
11:15 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Watch incredible video of Prince's "Purple Rain" debut
Footage from the August 1983 concert at Minneapolis' famed First Avenue club when Prince (1958-2016) debuted the magnificent 13-minute original version of Purple Rain - with an additional third vers...
10:28 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Legendary rockstar Prince has passed away
https://youtu.be/KJtfIa135x8Amazing entertainer Prince Rogers Nelson has passed away, at the age of 57. The Atlantic reports:His body was discovered at his compound in Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Mi...
09:54 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Musical salute to mechanical keyboards
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKOUrZOKyTc&feature=youtu.beThe latest Pseudorandom installment features Limor "Lady Ada" Fried and Collin Cunningham extolling the virtues of mechanical keyboards fo...
09:48 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing A photo essay, studying what it means to pose nude
Allan Amato, the photographer behind The Temple of Art, is kick starting a new book with our friends at Baby Tattoo! S L I P: Naked In Your Own Words is a study of folks who pose nude for a living d...
08:10 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Good, inexpensive loose-leaf black tea
A couple of weeks ago I complained about buying 1.7 ounces of Teavana English breakfast tea for $9 ($5.20 per ounce). I wanted to try a cheap loose leaf English breakfast tea so I ordered a 32 ounce b...
07:30 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing TRIPMUNKS: all the CGI Chipmunks movies overlaid, at half speed
Neil Cicierega took the four (!) Chipmunks movies, superimposed them upon one another, and slowed them down. If CGI remakes of cartoons can be seen as the pigs of our cartoon childhoods ushered into...
06:39 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Website serves endless stream of "epic" music
Epic Music Time is a website that plays only epic music. Other single-serving web radio sites include jazzandrain.com, which plays jazz and the sound of rain, and relaxingbeats.com, which plays Indust...
06:23 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Blandly is a full-service blanding agency
Tired of bad publicity? Terrified of the social media snarls that consume unwary brands daily? Your company needs Blandly, a full-service media agency that can bury you in a colorless mush of vacuous ...
06:08 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Koyaanistocksi: Koyaanisqatsi but with stock art footage
Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance was an experimental, dialog-free film by Godfrey Reggio (with a score by Phillip Glass) that depicts our relationship with nature and technology through a series o...
05:45 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Kindle Unlimited is being flooded with 3,000-page garbage books that suck money out of the system
Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service allows subscribers to download as many books as they want, and then pays writers based on the number of their pages that readers have read. (more…)...
05:36 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing America's wealth gap has created an ever-increasing longevity gap
In The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, economists from Stanford, MIT and Harvard analyzed ...
05:30 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing NYPD cops charged with felonies after beating up mailman
Two NYPD detectives who beat up a uniformed U.S. Postal Service mail carrier were charged with felony assault in Queens wednesday. Angelo J. Pampena, 31, and Robert A. Carbone, 29, were also charged w...
05:15 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Why is Congress so clueless about tech? Because they fired all their experts 20 years ago
It's been 21 years since the Republican Congress zeroed out the $20M budget of the Office of Technology Assessment, a casualty of Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America" that deprived Congress of its ...
04:56 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2016
BoingBoing Why Internet voting is a terrible idea, explained in small words anyone can understand
In this 20 minute video, Princeton computer science prof Andrew Appel lays out the problems with Internet-based voting in crisp, nontechnical language that anyone can understand. (more…)...
08:31 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Game of Thrones podcast Boars, Gore, and Swords returns to Boing Boing
This Sunday marks the return of Game of Thrones to HBO for its sixth season, and the return of recap podcast Boars, Gore, and Swords to the Boing Boing Podcast Network.For the uninitiated, BGaS is a t...
08:20 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Could America Ever Become a Direct Democracy?
Today we travel to a future where America has converted to a direct democracy. Everybody votes on everything!Flash Forward: RSS | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook | Web | Patreon | RedditIn this episode we...
07:44 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing VW offers to buy back 500K demon-haunted diesels
Reuters reports that VW is about to tell the federal judge in San Francisco in charge of its case that it will offer to buy back nearly half a million of its diesel vehicles from owners who were decei...
06:01 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Printer ink wars may make private property the exclusive domain of corporations
Printer manufacturer Lexmark hates America, and everything good and right in the world, because we keep stubbornly insisting that if we buy a printer cartridge, we can refill it, because it's ours. (m...
05:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing U.S. opens criminal investigation into Panama Papers over tax avoidance claims
In New York, a federal prosecutor has opened a criminal investigation around the Panama Papers, an archive of materials leaked from a Panamanian law firm that reveal a massive, secretive network of pl...
05:42 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing US ranks 41 out of 180 in global press freedom, thanks to our 'War On Whistleblowers'
Uruguay, Namibia, Samoa, Ghana, and South Africa all offer a greater "level of freedom of information than the United States, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2016 World Press Freedom Index, re...
04:53 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing FOUND: Lost Photos in Zimbabwe. A real life viral mystery video by Joe Sabia.
https://youtu.be/V1tkJxAkAAki found an SD card in the middle of zimbabwe. now I am trying to find the card's owner. (more…)...
04:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing What a Looming Patent War Could Mean for the Future of America's Marijuana Industry
There is growing concern in the American marijuana industry about what may happen on the intellectual property frontier if and when legalization spreads across the country, Greg Walters writes at VICE...
02:57 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing On 4/20 day, Canada vows to legalize weed within one year
Canada's Health Minister Jane Philpott (hehe pot pott get it pot) said today that Canada now has a date for decriminalizing pot: Spring, 2017. The announcement was made on 4/20 Day, significant to can...
02:29 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Florida man catches 400-pound Goliath Grouper fish with a wrench
His tool of choice: a DIY wrench lure. It's a wrench, string, and two fishing hooks. With only this tool, Florida man Ryan Hein was able to reel in a 400-pound Goliath grouper while fishing in the St...
01:44 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Help kickstart this fantastic, easy-to-use telescope
Decades ago, Norman Sperling co-created the Astroscan telescope. As that telescope is no longer available new, and such an incredible treasure, Sperling has decided to kickstart a new model, the Bri...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing 'Wizard in a Witchy World' is an urban fantasy love story
Jamie McFarlane's Wizard in a Witchy World tells the tale of lost in love, current-era wizard Felix Slade. Slade has a tough name, but thats about it. Generally having spent his life not in love, sudd...
11:22 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Save 54% on the World's First Liquid Plastic Welder: Bondic Pro Kit
Glue is pretty fantastic stuff. But sometimes, youre dealing with a project that takes a little more finesse than a bottle of Elmers can satisfy. For fixing serious jobs, roll in the big guns and use ...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing If Slither.io was a text adventure
The internet is addicted to Slither.io, a startlingly compulsive multiplayer mashup of the classic "Snake" game and Tron's "Light Cycles": block other snakes with your body, watch them explode into a ...
10:36 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Ted Cruz Father Linked to JFK Assassination! 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...
09:52 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Contraption converts a "hoverboard" into a go-kart
The Hoverboard Cart is a $69 aluminum frame that attaches to hoverboards and holds a beach chair, cooler, or other seat. You steer it with your feet. The only thing missing is a mount for a fire extin...
09:48 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus An exploration of prostitution as found in the Christian bible
See sample pages of this book at Wink.Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus is a strange, effectively touching, and surprisingly rigorous exploration of prostitution as found in the Christian bible. After ...
09:40 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing The only man to never have seen a woman
In 1938, Mihailo Tolotos died at age 82. He's considered to have been the only man to have lived such a long life "without ever seeing a woman." Tolotos, whose mother died at childbirth, lived all his...
09:33 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Ted Cruz: 'America has always been best when she is lying down with her back on the mat'
Whatever you say, Ted. (more…)...
09:25 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Nominations open for the Maddox Prize for Standing Up for Science
Chris from Sense About Science writes, "Nominations are now open for the 2016 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science. Now in its fifth year, the prize recognises the work of an individual anywh...
09:17 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing If you're too young to remember the magic of Tower Records, here's what you missed
In honor of Record Store Day, I got on the phone with Russ Solomon, who founded Tower Records in the early 1960s the late-great chain was also the subject last fall of a terrific documentary by Colin...
09:16 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Scientists are studying what made Queen singer Freddie Mercury's voice so amazing and unique
In a new scientific study, researchers conducted acoustical analysis of Queen singer Freddie Mercury's singing voice. While he spoke in a baritone voice, Mercury had a tremendous singing range. But hi...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Swapping faces with statues is rather disturbing
JakeMarshall91 went to a museum and face-swapped with statues. The results are strangely horrifying and wonderful. ...
08:26 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Nebraska just abolished civil forfeiture
Crooked cops and prosecutors in Nebrasksa are gnashing their teeth today. The state has taken away their license to steal cash and property from innnocent people and use the proceeds to fatten their b...
07:47 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing God-Man v Human-Man
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...
07:45 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing A bright solar powered light for outdoor walls
We live on a street with no streetlights and it gets very dark at night. People who come to our house at night have trouble seeing things. I bought one of these $24 solar powered motion sensor lights ...
07:30 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Radiotopia Live in Los Angeles, Wed, May 4, 2016
I hope to see you at Radiotopia Live at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Wed, May 4, 2016. Many of my favorite podcasters will be there.Radiotopia Live brings your favorite podcasts out of you...
07:30 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Fans of podcasts to gather at Radiotopia Live in Los Angeles, Wed. May 4, 2016
I hope to see you at Radiotopia Live at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Wed, May 4, 2016. Many of my favorite podcasters will be there.Radiotopia Live brings your favorite podcasts out of you...
07:29 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Watch: nomination hearings for the next Librarian of Congress, 11:15AM PT
Carla Hayden is President Obama's pick for the next Librarian of Congress, and she's an extraordinarily good choice: an open-access advocate who opposes mass surveillance and comes out of the library ...
07:18 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Beautiful Japanese "minimalist survival kit" that fits in a tube you wear on your back
The Minim+Aid is a "minimalist survival kit" from Japanese design firm Nendo that features "a whistle to alert others of ones presence, a radio [that can also charge your phone], raincoat, lantern, dr...
07:08 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Pre-1988 Olympics, South Korea sent "vagrants" (children, dissidents, disabled) to "concentration camps" where rape and murder was commonplace
In the runup to the 1988 Olympics, the South Korean government ordered Seoul's "vagrants" to be cleared from the street. Thousands of people, many of them small children, were sent to a "welfare facil...
07:08 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Before 1988 Olympics, South Korea sent 'vagrants' to camps where rape and murder were routine
In the runup to the 1988 Olympics, the South Korean government ordered Seoul's "vagrants" to be cleared from the street. Thousands of people, many of them small children, were sent to a "welfare facil...
06:38 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing 2006 Interview with Beverly Cleary
[The late children's book author Beverly Cleary would have turned 100 this month. Here's an entry I posted in 2006 about an NPR interview with her.]I'm over a month behind in listening to podcasts, so...
06:38 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing An interview with the late Beverly Cleary about her inspiring books for children
[The late children's book author Beverly Cleary would have turned 100 this month. Here's an entry I posted in 2006 about an NPR interview with her.--Mark]I'm over a month behind in listening to podcas...
06:38 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing An interview with Beverly Cleary about her inspiring books for children
[Beverly Cleary is 100 years old today. Here's an entry I posted in 2006 about an NPR interview with the great children's book author.--Mark]I'm over a month behind in listening to podcasts, so I just...
06:31 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Luxury overnight bus with sleeper cabins shuttles between LA and San Francisco
Sleepbus is a startup that's "disrupting long distance transport" -- it's a bus. (more…)...
06:18 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Volkswagen's internal Dieselgate probe stuck because the company used code-words for its cheat software
The internal Volkswagen investigators who are trying to figure out who knew what, when, about the company's illegal, lethal practice of programming its cars to cheat on emissions tests say they've bee...
06:08 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Chinese opsec funnies: your foreign boyfriend is a western spy!
In this Chinese government comic book, women are warned that mysterious foreign strangers who pitch woo at them are secretly Western spies trying to get at their government secrets. (more…)...
05:10 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing UK Chancellor exempts families of "Politically Exposed Persons" from money laundering scrutiny
George Osborne, the Tory chancellor of David Cameron's UK government, has amended the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill to exempt the families of "Politically Exposed Persons" -- Members o...
05:02 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Colorado School District arms its security guards with semiauto Bushmaster rifles
Richard Payne, director of Douglas County School District security, spent $12,000 on 10 Bushmaster semi-automatic long rifles that will be given to the district's in-school security guards. (more&he...
05:02 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Colorado school district wants to arm security staff with military-style rifles
Richard Payne, director of Douglas County School District security, spent $12,000 on 10 Bushmaster semi-automatic long rifles that will be given to the district's in-school security guards. (more&he...
04:48 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2016
BoingBoing Oh This Crazy VR Hype
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08:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Tupac talks Trump's greed in newly unearthed 1992 MTV interview
Tupac knew what was up. In a previously unreleased interview with the rap icon shot in 1992, Tupac Shakur concisely and accurately analyzes Donald Trump's greed. (more…)...
08:14 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Transhumanist church not much different from any other small town church
Motherboard's Claire Evans visited The Church of Perpetual Life, a transhumanist house of worship whose adherents await the time technology brings them into eternity—by curing aging. The stran...
08:01 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Irregularities in New York primary robbed some of right to vote, say Sanders supporters and officials
The New York primary results are still being tallied, but Trump has won the GOP vote, and Hillary Clinton is emerging as the Democratic party winner. Widespread reports of voting irregularities have B...
04:54 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Florida homophobe desperately begs for attention
A homophobic guy in Florida, of all places, has changed his name to "Bruce Jenner." He barely closets his intolerance in a ridiculous theory about returning this precious name to earlier glory. This e...
03:44 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Kickstarting Tak, a new Cheapass Game based on Patrick Rothfuss's "Wise Man's Fear"
Carol from Cheapass Games writes, "About a year ago, James Ernest started working with Patrick Rothfuss to make the game Tak a reality. Tak features in Patrick's novel, The Wise Man's Fear." (more&h...
12:50 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Virginia appeals court overturns anti-trans bathroom rule, could North Carolina fall next?
A high school in my home state of Virginia discriminated against a female-to-male transgender teen boy by forbidding him from using the boys' restroom, a federal appeals court ruled today. The case is...
12:28 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Powerful photographic portraits of Veterans For Bernie Sanders
My photographer friend Clayton Cubitt, whom I met here in the Boing Boing comments a decade ago, did an amazing project to support the campaign of U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (more&he...
11:23 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Trump slowed 50%
Everyone sounds drunk or stoned when slowed down 50%, but doing so to Trump reveals that his bizarre, digressive speech patterns are uncannily like a drunk sped up 200%....
11:05 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Tear-by-hand packing tape
I've switched over to exclusively using tear-by-hand packing tape ($6 for a 50-foot roll on Amazon). No scissors or skin-abrading dispenser needed - just pull off what you need and tear across the tap...
10:44 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Rad American Women Athletes, writers, rock stars and other heroines who helped shape our world
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Activists, artists, pioneers. Rad American Women A-Z takes readers on an alphabetized journey through the lives of women throughout the country and across time ...
10:36 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Ugly camera strap like my dad's now only $3.52
A few months ago I shared a camera strap that I feel is ugly. Readers disagreed. Now you can get it for almost 33% less!Make sure to select item LC-006B. While they appear the same, select the free sh...
10:32 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Big gallery of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
The Atlantic has a photo gallery of the Great San Francisco Earthquake from 1906:110 years ago next week, on April 18, 1906, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake centered near the city of San Francisco struck a...
10:23 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Current American politics explained
A friend from my native England asked me to explain what the hell is going on. I got confused talking about it, so just made this chart instead and emailed it to him. I'm sharing it here so you can ma...
10:20 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Amazing 1937 informational film on how a carburetor works
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICzBGDnA9OAThis is an incredible example of early informational film making, and still super interesting today. I love the meandering start....
10:15 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Why are people trolls and what can we do about it?
Adrienne Lafrance's story in The Atlantic about online harassment is an excellent, thought-provoking read. She describes her online conversation with someone who sent a mean tweet to her:Finally, I as...
10:07 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing John Hodgman endorses Hillary Clinton
Comedian John Hodgman, who is incredibly well loved here at Boing Boing, today endorsed Hillary Clinton. (more…)...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Smart mattress alerts you when your partner cheats on you
https://youtu.be/CWP4n4BfAYoThe Smartress is a mattress with embedded sensors that will send an alert to your phone "whenever someone is using your bed in a questionable way," according the manufactur...
09:52 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing More people are smoking dead scorpions to get high in Pakistan
Pakistan's daily news service Dawn reports on the rise in scorpion smoking there: (more…)...
09:47 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Unseen Magic: tricks that make you want to perform
Patrick Kun's Unseen Magic videos compile 5-10 second clips of beautifully executed magic tricks that combine manual dexterity with fabulous showmanship. (more…)...
09:47 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Aerodynamically-shaped cased for GoPro
Birdie looks like a large badminton shuttlecock. It's designed to accommodate a GoPro camera. To use it, you toss it in the air and the camera shoots video on its graceful descent.https://youtu.be/ks3...
09:42 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Podcast explains the corrosive effects of tax havens
Nicholas Shaxon, author of Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens (previously) appeared on The Foreign Desk podcast (MP3) this week to discuss the nature of tax hav...
09:33 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Unanimous decisions are less reliable
From the YouTube description of this TedEd video:Imagine a police lineup where ten witnesses are asked to identify a bank robber they glimpsed fleeing the scene. If six of them pick the same person,...
09:29 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing How to vote in the New York Democratic primary (please share!)
The New York State Democratic primary is a "closed primary" that excludes anyone who isn't a registered Democrat from casting a ballot. Many people say they are registered Democrat but have been purge...
09:17 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Why did astronauts' space suits leak urine?
Ariel Waldman, creator of Spacehack, has just published a delightful book titled "What's It Like in Space? Stories from Astronauts Who'Ve Been There?" Illustrated by Brian Standeford, it's a fun colle...
09:14 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Ben and Jerry arrested at Democracy Spring demonstration in DC
Thousand of people have pledged to face arrest at the Democracy Spring demonstrations in DC, whose mission is to eliminate the corrupting influence of big money on politics. (more…)...
09:12 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Watch Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' without the music
"Hee hee hee..."...
09:06 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Watch these bulldozers battle over turf, for real
In China's Hebei Province, bulldozers from competing construction companies battled it reportedly over a business opportunity. According to ABC News, police finally put a stop to the insanity and tw...
09:05 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Samantha Bee interviews Bernie Sanders supporters, and it's pretty hilarious
Samantha Bee hilariously interviewed a panel of folks feeling the Bern....
08:58 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing The magical future of virtual reality
In Wired, BB pal Kevin Kelly wrote a definitive feature about the current (and future?) state of virtual reality, technology that many of us first tried in the late 1980s but took nearly thirty year...
08:01 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Corporate opposition to LGBTQ discrimination laws shows the GOP alliance has shattered
Since the late 1970s, the American conservative movement has been an uneasy -- and unstoppable -- alliance of big-business-friendly finance boosters and poor, evangelical Christians whose major issues...
08:00 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Save 93% on Agile/Scrum Certification Training
Contrary to popular belief, the best project managers arent just the people who get things done. In fact, the men and women tasked with successfully guiding a business most critical projects have spec...
08:00 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Save 94% on Agile/Scrum Certification Training
Contrary to popular belief, the best project managers arent just the people who get things done. In fact, the men and women tasked with successfully guiding a business most critical projects have spec...
07:48 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Competing construction companies stage a bulldozer fight in a busy street
In this video, we see a rare bulldozer duel between construction rivals in Xingtang county, Hebei province. (more…)...
07:42 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Carrot sharpeners, a mere $3.77
Why would you sharpen a carrot, I hear you asking? At $3.77, why wouldn't you? (more…)...
07:27 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing A world without internet
Blake Snow imagines a world without internetIn addition to blurring (or obliterating) the lines between work and home life, the Internet has dramatically changed our cultural conception of patience. W...
06:59 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Slither.io is an addictive mutiplayer snake game
Slither.io is the classic game Snake, but massively multiplayer and with the ruthless eat-and-grow mechanic of Osmos. The "eat" mechanism is subverted: hitting other creatures results in death, so you...
06:44 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Chicago Police Accountability Task Force Report: racism, corruption, and a "broken system"
Chicago's Police Department are notorious: the force maintains a "black site" where prisoners are secretly held under fake names and tortured, uses political shenanigans to suppress information about ...
06:28 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing To do in San Francisco: 2016's first Ignite event, 4/26
Brady Forrest writes, "Ignite SF's first event of 2016 is on 4/26. We've got lots of great speakers. Eva Galperin (EFF) is going to talk about the FBI, Apple & your iPhone. Renee Diresta is going to...
06:17 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2016
BoingBoing Google warns that Google.com hosts malware
Google is pointing a finger at its own website, declaring it "partially unsafe" for web visitors. It's not clear if the report is one part of the sprawling company telling the truth about another part...
10:14 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Trump solemnly recalls the 7-11 attacks
The New York Times reports on a gaffe that's part tragedy, part comedy, all Trump.I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right ...
09:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing In 1928, 199 men set out to run 3,400 miles across the United States.
In 1928, 199 runners set out on a perilous footrace across America, from Los Angeles to Chicago and on to New York. The winner would receive $25,000 -- if anyone finished at all. In this week's episod...
02:12 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Infinite Trump
And I made an actually-infinite perfect-looping Trump GIF for you:...
01:41 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Preachy San Francisco fliers scold adults on screen time
These preachy fliers recently appeared in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood. And yeah, sure, I (mostly) agree with the sentiment but... blecch. The responses are fun though."Judgemental Sign...
01:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing I can see forever: Trump edition
A woman reacts as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump works the crowd following a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome, New York April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (more&hel...
12:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Watch: Slow-motion explosions of skateboarding and paint
I haven't enjoyed the effects of dry pigments this much since Blue Man Group! (Kuma Films)...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Philip K. Dick Conference 4/29-4/30 in So Cal
On April 29-30 at Cal State Fullerton, fans, scholars, authors, and artists will celebrate surrealist science fiction author Philip K. Dick with an extravaganza of talks, panels, and exhibits! Special...
11:30 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Patterns in Nature The most magnificent designs come from math and nature, not human beings
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Step outside, look in any direction, and youre sure to spot some exquisite designs in nature: the vivid jewel-like symmetry found on the wings of a butterfly, t...
11:22 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Campus cop orders students to scribble over penis on a "free speech ball"
https://youtu.be/HyF-11_QUOcA University of Delaware police officer forced a student to scribble over a drawing of a penis inscribed on a gigantic "free speech" beach ball because it doesn't "open up ...
11:19 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Vintage hairdryer in the form of a handgun
In the 1980s, Jerdon sold this, er, clever 357 Magnum Hair Dryer complete with holster. They can be had on eBay for around $100 to $300. YouTuber Rachell Tan gleefully demonstrates in the video below....
11:03 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Flyover Country is an app that makes the window seat worth it
Smithsonian Magazine reviews a free smartphone app called Flyover Country that makes it more fun to be in the window seat. No Wi-Fi needed.Flyover Country uses maps and data from various geological an...
11:03 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Interview with a designer of the new Dungeons & Dragons
On the always excellent Expanding Mind podcast, we hear from Jeremy Crawford, one of the designers of the new 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons. "We discuss identity, the multicultural multiverse, Eas...
10:56 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Which Earbud is Right for You?
Earbuds are almost as individualized as the people who wear them. Some offer premium sound for the audiophiles, some lean on stand-out features and compatibility for the tech geeks -- and some just ma...
10:52 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing A topographically accurate lunar globe designed with data From NASA
Oscar Lhermitte and Kudu's MOON lunar globe eclipses every other Kickstarter project currently underway.MOON is the most accurate lunar globe, using NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter topographic dat...
10:40 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Magician/Inventor Rick Lax tells us his four favorite tools
Rick Lax created the TV show Wizard Wars and has written several books on deception. Hes a non-practicing lawyer, a former MENSA member, and now spends his time creating tricks for other magicians and...
10:30 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Understand the blockchain in two minutes
Youve heard of bitcoin. Its a form of digital cash you can send to anyone, even a complete stranger. You may not have heard about bitcoin's digital ledger, called the blockchain, tracks and validate...
10:28 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Turns out the U.S. military really is dropping cyber bombs on ISIS
There's been an awful lot of talk about cyber pathogens and cyber bombs lately from the mouths of American officials discussing terrorism, and how we will vanquish it. President Obama mentioned cyber ...
10:20 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders's secret weapon: indie rockers
How do you get millennials to pack the house at your campaign rallies? Easy: all you have to do is win the hearts and minds of the nation's hottest indie rockers and they'll volunteer to be your openi...
10:20 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders' secret weapon: indie rockers
How do you get millennials to pack the house at your campaign rallies? Easy: all you have to do is win the hearts and minds of the nation's hottest indie rockers and they'll volunteer to be your openi...
10:14 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing No, tax-havens aren't good for society (duh)
As the Panama Papers story unfolds and we learn more about the systematic world-scale corruption of offshore tax-havens, the usual suspects have mounted a charm-offensive top defend anonymous offshore...
10:09 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Chicken salt, with and without chicken
A friend, who purports to be a famous chef in the Seattle area, introduced me to Chicken Salt. After discussing his great love of transglutaminase, and MSG, he told me about Chicken Salt. This Austr...
10:04 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing John Oliver and the cast of Sesame Street on lead poisoning
In light of Flint lead catastrophe, John Oliver gets the cast of Sesame Street to update their 20-year-old segment warning kids to steer clear of lead paint, making it over into an economic parable ...
10:01 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing The future of trollbots
Hugh writes, "In a post-Tay world, where we've proved the Internet can train a bot to be a plausible shitposter, what's the future of politics, hate, and mob rule? (more…)...
09:48 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing As Northern California's kelp forests collapse, so goes the coastal ecosystem
California's kelp forests are disappearing from the north coast. These formerly lush, dense jungles of sea weed provided shelter, food, and in many cases home, for many, many marine creatures. Without...
09:41 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Supreme Court sends Authors Guild packing, won't hear Google Books case
The Authors Guild has been trying to get a court to shut down Google's book-scanning/book-search program for more than a decade. (more…)...
09:33 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Four years later, Popehat's favorite con-artist is indicted
More than four years ago, I blogged about how former federal prosecutor Ken White had tracked down a con-artist who sent a fake invoice to his firm. Now, finally, the scammer has been indicted. (more...
09:18 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Bill and Ted may be heading to the UK
Rumors have it that the fabled third Bill and Ted movie will be filmed in the United Kingdom, where they know nothing at all about time traveling phone booths. Wyld Stallyns!https://youtu.be/sFy17auuK...
08:22 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Trump "hopes it doesn't involve violence" if Republicans deny him their nomination
Donald Trump, though leading in delegates and votes in the Republican presidential candidate race, doesn't like the "delegate math" that could let Ted Cruz (or someone else) take the nomination at the...
07:58 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Hacking Team supplied cyber-weapons to corrupt Latin American governments for human rights abuses
In Hacking Team Malware Para La Vigilancia en Amrica Latina, a new report from Derechos Digitales, we learn how Hacking Team, the hacked-and-disgraced cyber-arms dealer (previously) supplied weapons t...
07:43 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing High profits mean capitalism is cooked
From The Economist to the White House Council of Economic Advisers to Goldman Sachs itself, the staunchest supporters of capitalism are worried about the consistently high profit margins in key indust...
07:01 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Kickstarting Bloc by Bloc: a game about radical insurrection
Rocket Lee writes, "In Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game, players struggle together to overthrow a repressive government and liberate a randomized city that changes with each game. To win, players...
06:56 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Brutalist websites
Brutalist websites: "In its ruggedness and lack of concern to look comfortable or easy, Brutalism can be seen as a reaction by a younger generation to the lightness, optimism, and frivolity of todays ...
06:40 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing It's time to stop the Powerpuff Girls
Johnny Scuz combined two awful things: the new PowerPuff Girls cartoon and the "it's time to stop" meme. If you want a picture of the future, Winston, imagine beloved things being drowned in irony, ...
06:24 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Photos of 1930s rural America ruined with hole punches, creating the greatest photoshop challenge ever
The US Farm Security Administration commissioned hundreds of thousands of photos in the 1930s and 40s, representing an unparalleled record of the times. Unfortunately, as revealed in an exhibition cur...
06:13 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Watch Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's creepy recorded apology to Australia
The room is bland and off-white. Could be anywhere. Daylight seeps through curtains that could have been manufactured at any time since the Second World War. The convicts look down at a camera. They...
05:56 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing Black Americans killed at about 20x the rate of Europeans
Black Americans Are Killed At 12 Times The Rate Of People In Other Developed Countries, writes Nate Silver. And the ratio gets worse when you compare to other western democracies such as the United Ki...
03:00 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2016
BoingBoing How to deal with a tiny stripped screw on a gadget
I had to remove the SSD from an elderly MacBook Air, but the tiny little screw on it was stuck on good. The appropriate Torx driver stripped it, and two flatheads snapped in the hole that remains. H...
05:37 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing A look back at the D&D moral panic
Retro Report did a short feature on the moral panics about D&D in the 1980s. It's a fun, 13 minute look back at the moment when D&D totally changed a bunch of kids' lives, only to be vilified and lite...
05:18 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing Petition to reassign head of Canada Post to deliver letters at $500k/year
Derryl Murphy writes, "Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra (I know) a new contract a month before the election when he still had time on his contract, and ...
12:37 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing This heavy machine only juices citrus, and I love it
A few years back, on a whim, I bought a Breville citrus juicer. This monstrous, stainless-steel, $200 boat anchor takes up a ton of space, weighs more than I really want to move around, and is an abso...
12:14 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing Sanders campaign accused of "trademark bullying"
Daniel McCall of Liberty Maniacs, an online jokey t-shirt and mug shop, received a nastygram from the Sander's campaign. It would appear Sanders is turning to intellectual property thuggery in an atte...
08:06 am PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing The saga of Ian Bogost's pressure-washer
Beginning in July 2014 and continuing to April 2015, someone (possibly Ian Bogost) maintained an obsessive Tumblr site about whether Ian Bogost, an eminent and brilliant video games critic and editor ...
07:52 am PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing Heads of UK's tax havens to Her Majesty's Government: go fuck yourself
When the premiers of the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands (British Overseas Territories that are notorious tax-havens) visited the UK last year, Tory government ministers sent formal lett...
07:30 am PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing George Clooney's neighbor threw a $27/plate Sanders fundraiser to counter Clooney's $33K/head Hillary event
99 Cents Only store magnate Howard Gold lives next to George Clooney. On Saturday night, both of them threw political fundraisers for would-be 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. (more…)...
07:18 am PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing What is neoliberalism?
As recently as a couple years ago, using the word "neoliberalism" here on Boing Boing would inevitably provoke an outraged comment from someone who wanted to know why we were "liberal-bashing." Though...
05:37 am PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing Learn to lace your shoes 45 different ways
Ian's Shoelace Site has a perfectly simple guide to lacing 45 different ways, with succinct descriptions of the benefits of each. Previously: • Learn the fastest way to tie your shoelaces• T...
02:00 am PDT - Sun, April 17, 2016
BoingBoing Save 94% on the Advanced Cloud Computing with AWS course bundle
Every business wants to harness the power of technology to better predict, direct and streamline the focus of their operations. Amazon Web Services have become a go-to name in cloud-based business and...
04:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing $25 bluetooth headphones that sound good
I've wanted a set of bluetooth headphones for a while. The cord free-ish operation, and no need to actually be tethered to my phone seemed too good to be true. This $25 pair does it all. The earliest ...
03:33 pm PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing Problems plague the new Oakland Bay Bridge
Seems again we're hearing about cracked and deteriorating anchor rods on the new span of the Oakland Bay Bridge. This time it appears the potential failure calls continued use for daily service into q...
01:51 pm PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing How to make a minimalist stereo with an old phone and a $20 amp
After a lifetime of Walkmans and iPods and computer speakers and all that, I thought: why don't I just get a standalone stereo like a normal person? To sit down and listen to music that isn't stereo-f...
01:08 pm PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing High tech/high debt: the feudal future of technology makes us all into lesser lessors
Sarah Jeong continues her excellent series of critical perspectives on technology with a piece on the way that technology is being used to let computers control their users, on behalf of the corporat...
11:29 am PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing Adobe Ink & Slide brings artistry into the digital world for only $19.99
If you havent experimented with the latest programs for naturally drawing and sketching on a touchscreen, then you may be surprised how far those advancements have come. Replicating the fine detail pr...
10:43 am PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing Jack Hunt's 'The Renegades' is the 'Red Dawn' of zombie novels
In Jack Hunt's 'The Renegades,' a small team of High School students survive the zombie apocalypse. At no point, however, will you be crying out "Wolverines!"Castle Rock, Nevada has nothing going for ...
07:32 am PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing Three pieces of statistical "bullshit" about the UK EU referendum
Economist Tim Harford attacks three of the statistics being widely cited in the campaigns over the upcoming referendum on the UK remaining in the EU, two from the "leave" camp and one from the "stay" ...
07:25 am PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing Southwest Air kicks Muslim woman off plane for switching seats
A Southwest Air flight attendant ordered the removal of a woman of Somali descent in a headscarf from a Chicago-Seattle flight after the passenger asked her neighbor if she could switch seats with hi...
07:15 am PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing China's Internet censors order ban on video of toddler threatening brutal cops
China's Internet censors have ordered the country's social media companies to block further sharing of a viral video that shows a toddler threatening members of the notorious urban management police...
07:06 am PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing Tiny South Pacific island to lose free/universal Internet lifeline
The way most of the world knows about Niue, a 100 square mile island in the south Pacific with a population of about 1,100, is because of its country-code top-level domain (CCTLD), which is the ubiqui...
07:00 am PDT - Sat, April 16, 2016
BoingBoing The coolest vending machine in California
The coolest vending machine Ive ever seen is not high-tech. Its not the one in Japan that studies your face and decides which is the best drink for you.Its not the one from Coca-Cola that allows you t...
07:11 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing The ultimate minimalist wristwatch
Jesper is offered as "the ultimate minimalist watch," reducing the psychological baggage of personal timekeeping to the simplest possible state by "opting out of telling time altogether."Jespers perfe...
01:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Helicopter was sent to fetch Alabama governor's wallet: "I had to buy something to eat"
Alabama governor Robert Bentley left his wallet in Tuscaloosa when he headed off for his beach house. So his aides sent a state police helicopter to fetch it, at a public cost of about $4000."I reques...
11:15 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing How minimalism brought me freedom and joy
I have one bag of clothes, one backpack with a computer, iPad, and phone. I have zero other possessions.Today I have no address. At this exact moment I am sitting in a restaurant and there’s no ...
10:52 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Save 97% on our Startup School 2016 Bundle
We didnt all go to Wharton or Harvard Business School. Sometimes the entrepreneurial bug bites long after your collegiate days have passed. But just because you didnt get a business degree from some s...
10:51 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Get 30 generic Magic Erasers for $3.50
I've written about melamine foam (sold as Magic Erasers) before. They are great for getting rid of mars and stains on almost any surface. The last time I reviewed them, a box of 30 cost $7.89 on Amazo...
10:45 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Secret Hero Society is Batman for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid crowd
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice is Batman for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid crowd. Ostensibly a graphic novel, Study Hall of Justice adds to the format wi...
10:30 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Terrified chimp on the loose in Japan for two hours
A chimp named Chacha escaped from his enclosure at the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Japan and ran around a neighborhood for two hours. He was shot with dart from a tranquilizer gun and fell from his ...
10:13 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Star Simpson is designing classic circuits from Forrrest Mims' "Getting Started in Electronics"
The talented engineer Star Simpson (who was arrested at Boston's Logan Airport in 2007 for wearing a shirt with LEDs on it) is designing circuits from in Forrest M. Mims' terrific 1980s electronics bo...
09:58 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Looks like Apple's renaming Mac OS X "MacOS"
Apple's signaled that its desktop operating system is to be renamed MacOS, making the questionable search string "OS X" a thing of the past. The new brand turned up on an environmental webpage at its ...
09:53 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Critique of the Kindle Oasis
The Kindle Oasis "is a step forward only if you regard the visual language of day planners from the 1990s as an artistic high water mark for society," writes Khoi Vinh at Subtraction.com...
09:51 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Big Buds: A step by step ebook on growing at home
My sole attempt at hydroponic anything at home was gardening in an Aerogrow kit. Jay Cheeba's Big Buds encouraged me to consider firing up the grow lights for something far better than meh tasting tom...
09:37 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Barack Obama: Taking money from 1 percenters compromised my politics
In last night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton defended her enormous super PAC fundraising machine by saying, "President Obama had a Super PAC when he ran. President Obama took tens of millions of...
09:36 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Classic programmer paintings
This Tumblr gives new software-development titles to old paintings.Engineering manager returning from a budget meeting Ilya Repin, Oil paint, 1888Front end programmerGiovanni Battista Moroni, 15701575...
09:30 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Advanced parenting with a child who loves garage-doors
Artist Kiersten Essenpreis has a kid who loves garage doors and she isn't shy about encouraging their passion. (more…)...
09:30 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Advanced parenting with a child who loves garage doors
Artist Kiersten Essenpreis has a kid who loves garage doors and she isn't shy about encouraging their passion. (more…)...
09:27 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Moderating the internet is traumatic
Catherine Buni and Soraya Chemaly report on The Secret Rules of The Internet: the mass-scale moderation practiced by social networks. (more…)...
09:27 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Edward Snowden provides vocals on a new Jean Michel Jarre track
Jarre tapped the whistleblower for vocals on "Exit," a track from Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise, a new electronic music album that drops in three weeks. (more…)...
09:27 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Edward Snowden provides vocals on a beautiful new Jean-Michel Jarre composition
Jarre tapped the whistleblower for vocals on "Exit," a track from Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise, a new electronic music album that drops in three weeks. (more…)...
09:24 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing The famous photo of Chernobyl's most dangerous radioactive material was a selfie
The molten stuff in this 1996 Chernobyl photo was so radioactive that anyone standing three feet away from it would be dead in less than two minutes. According to Atlas Obscura, "the man in this photo...
09:17 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Listen: thought experiments about who or what has a mind
Rick Kleffel sends us his latest podcast (MP3), "A conversation with one of the authors of a wonderful and strange book; science-fiction thought experiments ('robot versus baby') informed by social ps...
08:13 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing German chancellor allows prosecution of satirist who insulted Turkish president
A German satirist faces court action after insulting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on television.Chancellor Angela Merkel, in granting Turkey's request to allow the prosecution of Jan Boehmer...
08:01 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Uber and Lyft don't cover their cost of capital and rely on desperate workers
Uber and Lyft are only economically viable because they offload their cost of capital -- the investment and depreciation on cars and the cost of keeping a driver fed and healthy -- onto the drivers, w...
07:54 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Treescrapers are arrant bullshit
Architects love to render their buildings covered and ringed in trees: trees that sprout from balconies, dot roofs, climb walls. (more…)...
07:54 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Treescrapers are bullshit
Architects love to render their buildings covered and ringed in trees: trees that sprout from balconies, dot roofs, climb walls. (more…)...
07:40 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing From beyond the grave, Terry Pratchett orders Neil Gaiman to adapt Good Omens for TV
After several false starts, including one that involved Terry Gilliam and a groat, Neil Gaiman has announced that he will personally adapt he and Terry Pratchett's oustanding, comedic apocalypse novel...
06:55 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Classic paper on economic models is secretly a masterclass in thinking, talking, writing and convincing
Hal Varian, now Google's chief economist, wrote "How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time," a classic paper, in 1994 while teaching at UC Berkeley (he's still an emeritus there). (more&hellip...
06:45 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Crowdfunding new Commodore 64s, desktop and handheld
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH_hEplhOMgThe 64 is a crowdfunded rebuild of the classic Commodore 64, to ship with an as-yet-unannounced collection of games and software from the beloved gaming pl...
06:24 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Study: Dyson hand-dryers aerosolize germs on unwashed gloves, spreading them farther than other methods
In Evaluation of the potential for virus dispersal during hand drying: a comparison of three methods, published in The Journal of Applied Microbiology, researchers from the University of Westminster s...
06:21 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Who was the legless man discovered on a Nova Scotia beach in 1863?
In 1863 the residents of Nova Scotia discovered a legless man on the shore of St. Mary's Bay. He spoke no English and couldn't tell them who he was or where he'd come from. In this week's episode of t...
06:06 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Before and After Mexico: a Bruce Sterling story about the eco-pocalypse
Bruce Sterling's announced the first-ever English publication of his story for 25 minutos en el futuro. Nueva ciencia ficcin norteamericana, a Spanish-language sf anthology of translated works by angl...
05:38 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing Holy Jumping Jurassic! Check out these incredible animatronic dinos
Ive always wanted to go to Australia, an enormous continent with a small population (relative to its size) thats mostly gathered on the coastlines. The main body of the continent is uninhabitable dese...
05:27 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2016
BoingBoing The world of invisible bestsellers
Im a bestselling author! Thats a statement bound to elicit cheers . . . but what does that mean, exactly? Well, it means that your book sold better than a lot of other books. But in what category? T...
08:15 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Microsoft sues US government for the right to tell you when the feds are reading your email
We appreciate that there are times when secrecy around a government warrant is needed, Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post today. But based on the many secrecy orders we have received,...
04:12 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing The story of Traceroute, about a Leitnerd's quest
In the documentary film Traceroute, Johannes Grenzfurthner stuffs 40 years of his life as a nerd into a fast-paced road movie. The result is a brilliantly careening biography of a highly enigmatic spe...
03:25 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Just look at this banana chestburster shoop
Just look at it....
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Excellent John Lydon interview from 2005
In September, Piers Morgan interviewed John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) for a one hour special. Lydon was smart, funny, and very entertaining.He was entertaining when Tom Snyder interviewed him in 1980, b...
11:16 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing How British journalists talk about people they're not allowed to talk about
The "super-injunction" (previously) is a weird feature of English and Welsh law through which the very wealthy can hire bulldog lawyers to get judges to pass an order prohibiting any newspaper or jour...
10:57 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Brussels terrorists kept their plans in an unencrypted folder called "TARGET"
Remember how, in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on Brussels last month, authorities all over the world declared that the world was critically endangered by cryptography, insisting that cra...
10:53 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing From the makers of Scrivener: Save 40% on Scapple, the project management cyber whiteboard
From the makers of the innovative word processing-task management program Scrivener,Scappleis unlike any software youve ever used.Got a project youre noodling over? Just start jotting down notes on Sc...
10:45 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Serious, pointing people are always better with budgies
If you need any proof, look no further than this thread on b3ta's Add an animal challenge. (more…)...
10:39 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Ron Wyden vows to filibuster anti-cryptography bill
Senators Richard Burr [R-NC] and Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] finally introduced their long-rumored anti-crypto bill, which will ban US companies from making products with working cryptography, mandating t...
10:24 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Great deal on laser landscape projector ($20)
I enjoy setting up Christmas lights outside our house during the holidays I've been wanting to get a laser landscape projector for a while. They project sparkling colored dots and your house, trees, a...
10:23 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Paramount wants to kill a fan-film by claiming copyright on the Klingon language
The crowdfunded, critically successful fan-film Prelude to Axanar has been in Paramount's cross-hairs since late last year, when the studio filed suit against the film's producers. (more…)...
10:03 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing 216 "untranslatable" emotional words from non-English languages
University of East London pysch professor Tim Lomas has assembled a list of words referring to emotional states from the world's languages that have no correlate in English. (more…)...
09:59 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Home A quirky ode to the many structures we live in across the world
See more sample pages from this book at Wink.Home, the quirky triumphant solo debut of Carson Ellis, might look oddly familiar. Youre not mistaken youve seen this charmingly wholesome artwork before....
09:51 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Fantastic episode 1997 British music TV show hosted by T. Rex's Marc Bolan
I didn't know glam rock icon Marc Bolan hosted a music TV show in the 1970s. It was called simply MARC, and judging from this sixth (and final) episode, it was terrific. There's a very young Billy I...
09:51 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Fantastic episode 1977 British music TV show hosted by T. Rex's Marc Bolan
I didn't know glam rock icon Marc Bolan hosted a music TV show in the 1970s. It was called simply MARC, and judging from this sixth (and final) episode, it was terrific. There's a very young Billy I...
09:51 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Marc Bolan of T. Rex hosted a glam rock TV music show in the 1970s, and it was awesome
I didn't know glam rock icon Marc Bolan hosted a music TV show in the 1970s. It was called simply MARC, and judging from this sixth (and final) episode, it was terrific. (more…)...
09:46 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing New York public employees union will vote on pulling out of hedge funds
The New York Citys Employees Retirement System has $51B in assets, $1.5B of which is lodged with hedge funds -- but maybe for not much longer. (more…)...
09:17 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Panama's public prosecutor says he can't find any evidence of Mossack-Fonseca's lawbreaking
Following Tuesday's raid on disgraced offshore incorporation lawfirm Mossack-Fonseca, Panama's public prosecutor has announced that he can't find any evidence of wrongdoing in the firm's files. (more&...
09:09 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Amazing hi-def video of beetles, larvae, and maggots eating fish
Watch nature's little recyclers completely hollow out two fish in this beautifully-shot timelapse video from BBC.[via]...
08:58 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Sensor swabs to help clean your dSLR CCD
Got dust inside your expensive camera body? Tired of taking cameras to the shop, and paying $50-75 to get the CCD cleaned, I've started using these sensor swabs, some cleaning fluid and a whole lot of...
08:54 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Pizza box unfolds into a weed pipe
This pizza box is cleverly designed to let you make a weed pipe before you eat the pizza. The little "pizza saver" that keeps the box top from smushing onto the pizza is made from ceramic, and serves ...
08:06 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders responds to CEOs of Verizon and GE: "I welcome their contempt"
Bernie Sanders denounced the CEO of GE for the company's tax-dodging practices and the CEO of Verizon for doing the same and exploiting its workers, 40,000 of whom are out on strike. (more…)...
08:00 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Let's Encrypt is actually encrypting the whole Web
Let's Encrypt (previously) a joint EFF-Mozilla-Linux Foundation project that lets anyone easily create an SSL certificate for free in minutes and install and configure it so that visitors to their Web...
07:50 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing City of San Francisco tells man he can't live in wooden box in friend's living room
Illustrator Peter Berkowitz published an editorial in the Guardian explaining why he chose to spend $400 to live in a (cozy) wooden "pod" he made with the help of a friendly designer and another frien...
07:34 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing How the UK's biggest pharmacy chain went from family-run public service to debt-laden hedge-fund disaster
Boots the Chemist started out as a family-run business whose Methodist founders believed in civic duty and public service, spreading across the country and providing front-line medical services to Bri...
07:27 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing JetBlue passenger yells: "Im 28, I make $4 million a year. What do you do?"
https://youtu.be/VigasPzSik0Two men, possibly inebriated, exchanged boasts and insults and lawsuit threats on a JetBlue flight from Long Beach to Sacramento last Friday.From Fusion:Im 28, I make $4 mi...
07:19 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Sea gull picks a fight with itself
See video of the bellicose bird bullying itself here....
07:18 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Ohio newspaper chain owner says his papers doesn't publish articles about LGBTQ people
When Dale Grimm, owner of four Ohio papers -- the New Carlisle News, the Enon Eagle, the Tippecanoe Gazette, and the Troy Tribune -- was queried on Facebook by high-school students about why some of ...
07:03 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Bizarre text messages sent to wrong number
Eight months ago, Thebearpoker received a text message photo from someone he didn't know. He decided to play along, not realizing he'd embarked on a long, strange trip.Thebearpoker says, "At this poin...
06:41 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Kickstarting an inflatable "hammock"
Koz is a giant, doubled-up parachute-nylon dry-bag that you wave around to inflate, then clip shut, turning it into an instant hammock-style sofa. (more…)...
06:29 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Critter Catcher: grab and evict spiders without killing them or getting close to them
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_RsMvgWbpMThe Critter Catcher is a long rubbery picker-upper gadget, enabling the user to easily pick up and evict spiders without harming them or having to get too cl...
06:19 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Hammock-headrest, with blinders, for aviation
Dutch designer Manon Khne won a Crystal Cabin Award for her "Headrest," which was her Delft University of Technology thesis project, created with Zodiac Aerospaces Human Factors and Ergonomics Lab. (...
06:12 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Every pro basketball shot Kobe Byrant ever made, mapped on the court
Be sure to view the LA Times' interactive graphic, where you can see stats, details of each shot (the longest to sink was from 43ft), and the full court. Folks keep asking why there's a "dead zone." T...
06:12 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing Every pro basketball shot Kobe Bryant ever made, mapped on the court
Be sure to view the LA Times' interactive graphic, where you can see stats, details of each shot (the longest to sink was from 43ft), and the full court. Folks keep asking why there's a "dead zone." T...
06:02 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2016
BoingBoing ASCII weather page
Igor Chubin's wttr.in shows the weather in non-proportional ASCII-art form. It's beautiful, clean and completely legible, unlike almost every modern weather service on the web. On my terminal (Windows...
05:23 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing U.S. military claims to be dropping 'cyber bombs' on ISIS
America's military forces are dropping "cyber bombs" on Islamic State terrorist groups for the first time, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told reporters accompanying him on a military flight on ...
04:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing UC Davis spent $175,000 to scrub its 'pepper spray episode' from web searches
Looks like the geniuses who run UC Davis never Googled the words Streisand Effect. (more…)...
04:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing UC Davis paid $175,000 or more to scrub police pepper spray incident from web searches
Looks like the geniuses who run UC Davis never Googled the words Streisand Effect. (more…)...
04:33 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Obama: 'Top Secret' could mean info that would endanger America, or random stuff you can Google
Theres classified, and then theres classified, President Barack Obama recently told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace in response to a question about the now-classified material on Hillary Clintons privat...
03:27 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years for a 40-minute web defacement
On Wednesday, former Reuters.com social media editor Matthew Keys received a two year prison sentence for computer hacking. That's a sentence of 24 months, for a website defacement that lasted only 40...
03:05 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing FBI paid 'gray hat' hackers to defeat iPhone security in San Bernardino terrorism case
The FBI accessed the contents of a San Bernardino terrorists phone after receiving help from professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw...
12:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Stone Age mummy has claimed seven lives since his discovery! 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...
11:42 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Smart radiator covers let New Yorkers keep their windows closed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zalFUecsNXQ&feature=youtu.beBecky Stern writes, "I recently investigated my building's new smart radiator cover installation and found a company bringing steam heat i...
11:28 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Texas: prisoners whose families maintain their social media presence face 45 days in solitary
According to a new offender manual from Texas Department of Criminal Justice, prisoners whose families maintain a social media presence to call attention to their incarceration will be liable to harsh...
11:27 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Inexpensive chef's knife on sale for $10
Amazon's usual price for this highly rated 8-inch Winco chef's knife is $14, but it's on sale right now for $10. I just ordered one....
11:19 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing How to: apologize
In An Exploration of the Structure of Effective Apologies, written by business school academics from Ohio State and Eastern Kentucky U and published in Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, th...
11:10 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing The Divide: important new documentary about income inequality based on "The Spirit Level"
Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson's 2011 book The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger was an instant classic for the way it described the impact of wealth inequality on the ...
11:10 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing "The world thinks I faked a drone crashing through my office window and into my head"
On April 7 David Perel posted a video to YouTube, writing: "Drone Smashes Through My 5th Floor Window and Into My Head! While sitting at my desk I heard what sounded like a missile followed by a hug...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Piracy dooms motion picture industry to yet another record-breaking box-office year
Once again the MPAA has released its box-office numbers for the year, and once again, this year has smashed all records (as has been the case throughout our young century) (really!). As always, the as...
10:59 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Lottery security director accused of hacking random-number generator to rig prizes
Eddie Tipton, the 51-year-old former security director of the US Multi-State Lottery Association, was convicted last year of hacking a random number generator to fix a $16.5 million lottery prize in I...
10:47 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Here's the best and easiest way to maintain your cast iron cookware
I prefer to do my cooking on cast iron cookware. Cast iron is an astonishingly effective non-stick surface. It heats evenly and is super simple to clean. I can think of only two negatives: it is heavy...
10:42 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Animated, 3D printable virus trading-cards
Eleanor Lutz used files from the Protein Data Bank to model the molecules comprising the viruses that are the scourge of our human race. (more…)...
10:42 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Virus trading cards, animated and 3D-printable
Eleanor Lutz used files from the Protein Data Bank to model the molecules comprising the viruses that are the scourge of our human race. (more…)...
10:33 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Mossack Fonseca's offices raided by Panamanian authorities
Officers acting on behalf of the attorney general of Panama raided Mossack Fonseca's office on Tuesday. Ramon Fonseca, the company's co-founder, insists that the firm had "broken no laws, destroyed no...
10:33 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca law offices raided by Panama authorities
Officers acting on behalf of the attorney general of Panama raided Mossack Fonseca's office on Tuesday. Ramon Fonseca, the company's co-founder, insists that the firm had "broken no laws, destroyed no...
10:30 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Chip implanted in paralyzed man's brain helps him regain use of his hand
Ian Burkhart lost all sensation in his hands and legs after a freak swimming accident five years ago. Today, doctors report that a chip in his brain has let him regain some control of his hand. The 24...
09:58 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Panama Papers reveal offshore companies were bagmen for the world's spies
What do you do if you're a spy and you want to make untraceable transfers of dirty money without having your funding of your country's nominal enemies exposed to the voters whose money you're spending...
09:49 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing How corporate America's lobbying budget surpassed the combined Senate and Congress budget
For more than a decade, corporate America's lobbying budget has exceeded the entire budget for the operation of both houses of Congress, and this year's lobbying spend ($2.6B) is the largest in histor...
09:47 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Not using turn signal = multiple probings of anus and vagina by police
I'll bet when Pennsylvania cops pulled Kimberlee Carbone over for not using her turn signal she didn't think it would result in her being shackled by her wrists and ankles to a hospital bed to get an ...
09:29 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing URL shorteners are a short path to your computer's hard drive
Lots of cloud services use URL shorteners to allow their users to share access to networked folders, but with only six characters to brute force, it's possible to scan all the URLs associated with a c...
09:26 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Feds say no to LSD Ale (which contains no hallucinogens)
Minneapolis-based Indeed Brewing company makes a seasonal beer called "Lavender, Sunflower Honey, Date Honey Ale." That's "LSD Ale" for short. It doesn't contain lysergic acid diethylamide, which is a...
09:18 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing List of people barred from south London pub
The staff of Half Moon pub in Herne Hill in south London maintain a pseudonymous list of customers who are permanently banned from the premises; their colorful descriptions are a thing of beauty. (mor...
09:15 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing 'We Shall Overcome' copyright may be overcome by same lawyers who freed 'Happy Birthday' into public domain
https://youtu.be/Aor6-DkzBJ0?t=3sA song that became the "unofficial anthem to the civil rights movement" was wrongly placed under copyright, and should be released into the public domain. That's the a...
09:12 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing UL has a new, opaque certification process for cybersecurity
The idea of a "Cyber-Underwriters Laboratories mark" is really in the air; in the past six months, I've had it proposed to me by spooks, regulators, activists, consumer protection advocates, and secur...
09:07 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Only 29 inches tall, Matthias Buchingers accomplishments were gigantic (new book by Ricky Jay)
See sample pages from this book at Wink.When Matthias Buchinger was born in 1674, he arrived without arms or legs. As an adult, he was under 2.5 feet tall. He lived to the age of 65, outliving three w...
07:30 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing The Republican House of Horrors
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...
07:09 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Jeremy Corbyn overpays his taxes
The Sun, a Murdoch-owned UK tabloid, accused the socialist Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (previously) of dodging his fair share of taxes, claiming he understated his income from speeches by 450. After c...
06:59 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Cassetteboy's latest video is an amazing, danceable anti-Snoopers Charter mashup
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2fSXp6N-vsCassetteboy, last seen with this amazing video about David Cameron's relationship with dead pigs, is back with a new video that mashes up the UK Prime Mini...
06:32 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Digital Dance (1982) was a trippy computer-animated blot of pixels
Ed Tannenbaum animated Digital Dance in 1982. The post-disco music is by Might Dog (anyone know anything about it?), the dancer is Pons Maar, and Jim Wiseman shot the footage. Once again, I'm struck...
06:15 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Watch a 60,000 psi water jet cut gadgets in half
The Omax Abrasive Waterjet cuts the hell out of things at 180 inches per minute and can be financed at 3.95% APR. They've got plenty of videos of their machines in action on various metals and such,...
05:56 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Fake Buddha Quotes collected
I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha flags and explains the many misquotes attributed to the sage. It's collected and maintained by Bodhipaksa, a Buddhist author since 1982 and a member of the Triratna Bud...
05:30 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2016
BoingBoing Map of Europe shows the lights coming on and going off, 1993-2003
Often shared as a map of Europe at midnight from the International Space Station (or with some other cosy story) this is actually a composite produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administr...
05:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Tom Hayden endorses Hillary Clinton
I don't care about too many people's opinions, in this year's democratic primary, but Tom Hayden is a politician I stop and listen to. Hayden has been a radical activist, an anti-war protestor, Califo...
05:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Steven Hawking wants to send tiny 'nanocraft' space probes to Alpha Centauri
"Today, we commit to this next great leap into the cosmos," Stephen Hawking said today in New York. "Because we are human, and our nature is to fly." (more…)...
02:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Last chance to save 26% on the Rolo Travel Bag and Never Unpack Again
Business or pleasure? When youre the right kind of traveler, its always the latter. Staying organized helps you relax, even if you are on the road for work. If its a vacation, you dont want to spend h...
12:39 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Who leaked the Panama Papers? A famous financial whistleblower says: CIA.
There are many conspiracy theories about the source of the Panama Papers leak. One of the more prominent theories today blames the CIA. Bradley Birkenfeld is the most significant financial whistleblow...
12:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing North Korea channels the voice of Abraham Lincoln in Hey, Obama letter to U.S.
Hey, Obama, a weird letter from North Korea to the President of the United States opens, according to a translation offered by the Associated Press. I know you have a lot on your mind these days Ive ...
12:01 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing NYC's 'Food Warriors' head to Rockaway on the A-Train for cheap eats, in series finale
Food Warriors, the wonderful street food video series created by Rafi Kam, Dallas Penn, and Casimir Nozkowski, just published a wonderful new episode focused on the cheap eats of Rockaway Beach and Fa...
11:16 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing The Missing Dollar puzzle from Martin Gardner's Aha! Gotcha book series
Martin Gardner wrote Aha! Gotcha: Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight and Aha! Insight in the early 1980s and I love them both. Both books have excellent brain teasers with charming illustrations. They ar...
10:49 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Trojan condoms Amazon Dash button
The Trojan condom Dash button costs $4.99, but you receive a $4.99 credit after your first press, so it's actually free!Even if you don't need condoms, you can hack Dash buttons and use them for other...
10:16 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Feathers A sublime meditation on the brilliance of the bird feather. Released today!
See sample pages from this book at Wink.We live in a world of backgrounded miracles, entire worlds of wonder and beauty that we either cant see or stopped noticing a long time ago. Look closely at the...
09:59 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Donny & Marie Osmond sing Steely Dan's "Reelin' In The Years" (1978)
The animated graphics before the song starts are the best thing about this 1978 video. Donny and Marie's outfits are the second best thing. Their dancing is the third best thing. Their puffy hair-do...
09:46 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Excellent video on how to unclog a bathroom sink
https://youtu.be/Bu3SDZSGlxoThe folks at This Old House use clear plastic plumbing to explain how bathroom sinks work, and how to unclog them. We live in an old house and the pipes get clogged a lot. ...
09:37 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Bake: An amazing space-themed Hubble cake
Baker/cookbook author Heather Baird was so inspired by a book of photos from the Hubble space telescope that she created a "Black Velvet Nebula Cake" that is studded with edible white confetti sprinkl...
09:36 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Fun "perpetual motion" gizmo made from office supplies
I was wondering how this "swing thing" kept going. I had to make the video full screen to see the power source. Very cool!...
09:30 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Lady Liberty arrested at US Capitol with 400 others protesting money in politics
Journalist Alejandro Alvarez took this striking photo of a campaign finance reform activist being arrested at a Democracy Spring demonstration at the US Capitol yesterday. (more…)...
09:26 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Shanghai law uses credit scores to enforce filial piety
Multiple generations of one-child policies have left China with a calamitous demographic crunch: a system that formerly relied upon large cohorts of descendants to care for their elders is now finding...
09:26 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing A cordless circuit tester can be extremely helpful
I am constantly plagued by electrical gremlins. This cordless circuit tester has been a boon.I love classic cars and motorcycles, and I live by the sea. Seems I can't go a year without something corro...
09:22 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Merriam-Webster vs. Dictionary.com
Dictionary.com set themselves up by posting the above photo with a quote from Abigail Reynold's 2008 novel, Pemberley by the SeaMerriam-Webster was quick to attack its rival:[email protected] There'...
09:11 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Walmart heiress donated $378,400 to Hillary Clinton campaign and PACs
Alice Walton, heiress to the Walmart fortune, donated $353,400 to Hillary Clinton's "Victory Fund" and another $25,000 to the Ready for Hillary PAC. (more…)...
09:05 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing The Minecraft comic that almost was
It's a shame that this Minecraft comic never happened. The art looks fantastic. Brandon Sheffield, video game director and webcomic writer, has sample character designs, screens, and a script on his w...
08:55 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing New rideshare service bets women are ready to leave Uber's sleazy, rape-friendly service
Chariot for Women is a new woman-only rideshare service launched by a former Uber driver who had a bad run-in with a hulking drunk dude that made him realize how scary things must be for woman riders ...
08:24 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Burger King workers keep smashing the windows because hoax callers tell them to
https://youtu.be/RRJBs3pjF90A string of hoax calls to Burger King restaurants had employees smash windows to prevent the premises from "exploding," and the fast-food chain is having to buy a lot of gl...
07:05 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Mass arrests at DC protest over money in politics
At least 400 people were arrested at a Democracy Spring demonstration at the US Capitol yesterday. The protesters were calling for controls on the influence of big money over politics. (more…)...
06:54 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Goldman Sachs really only has to pay half of its settlement for world-destroying financial fraud
The headline figure of a $5B settlement that Goldman will have to pay after admitting to the toxic-asset fraud that led to the global economic collapse is just window-dressing: in the fine print are e...
06:45 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Churchill got a doctor's note requiring him to drink at least 8 doubles a day "for convalescence"
What do you do if you're a powerful, belligerent, racist drunk who's used to getting your own way, and you're visiting Prohibition-wracked America? (more…)...
05:59 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing The worst gadget ever supplies mains power over USB
We've written often about how dreadful and dangerous cheapo third-party power supplies and adapters get, but the Swees QY08-05010 hub takes the cake: it supplies full mains power over USB. Clive Mit...
05:49 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing What happens when identical twins faceswap?
When identical twins from Russia tried a faceswapping app, the results were neither comically bad nor perfectly seamless. Instead, we get a raw look at the ever-so-uncanny world of machine vision, w...
05:42 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2016
BoingBoing Vaping while faceswapping is highly recommended
What happens when you blow smoke while a not-entirely wise machine is superimposing someone else's face on your face? Dorrit Shank found out....
04:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing SAVE COMCAST!
The World Wide Web Consortium, once the world's most trusted source of open standards, is helping Comcast make a DRM standard designed to give studios a veto over the legal use of their programming --...
01:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Goldman Sachs will pay $5B for fraudulent sales of toxic debt, no one will go to jail
No one at Goldman Sachs will go to jail despite the company's world-destroying, multi-billion-dollar frauds that culminated in its unloading billions' worth of worthless mortgage-backed securities on ...
10:56 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing What happens when computers gain consciousness?
Today we travel to a world we share with conscious robots. Flash Forward: RSS | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook | Web | PatreonIn this episode we talk about everything from what artificial intelligence an...
10:49 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Switzerland of Bits: crowdfunding a haven for freedom of information & free expression
Since the International Modern Media Institute was founded in 2011 it has been an independent watchdog and advocacy group working to promote and protect freedom of expression and freedom of informatio...
10:45 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Do fries go with that home?
This week on HOME: Stories From L.A.:It looks like a Hopper painting plunked incongruously down on a busy commercial street in West Los Angeles The Apple Pan, home to freshly-baked pies and what hamb...
10:42 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Monopoly Deal card game, cheap and much better than the board game
Everyone knows Monopoly is a bad board game (unless you play with alternate rules). It also takes hours to play, even after the runaway player has been identified. This graph says it all:Monopoly Deal...
10:28 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Melania Trump has a creepy message just for you
Weirdo remix artist Vic Berger slap-chopped together this creepy and hilarious edit of Melania Trumps recent campaign speech for her creepy and no longer hilarious husband, presidential candidate an...
10:21 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Another great Z-Burbia novel: 'Sisters of the Apocalypse'
Jake Bible's Z-Burbia series has come a long way from its start in the suburbs of Whispering Pines. Sisters of the Apocalypse is the seventh installment, and focuses on Elsbeth, his ass-kicking female...
10:17 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Shop for a VPN that fits your needs
You know you need a VPN. These days, thats a given. Guarding your online information and activities from the avalanche of forces that could do you cyber-harm is as essential as knowing where to find y...
10:01 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Uber assigns "its IP to Bermuda, leaving less than 2% of its revenue taxable by the US"
Like many other corporations, Airbnb and Uber use offshore shell companies to avoid taxes. The companies aren't profitable yet, but they have set themselves up to avoid taxes once they become profitab...
09:46 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing A project to algorithmically generate all "prior art" and obviate the patent system
"All Prior Art is a project attempting to algorithmically create and publicly publish all possible new prior art, thereby making the published concepts not patent-able."So far, the project has generat...
09:39 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Weird and wonderful 1980s video game box art
Liza Daly writes: "Im fascinated by the fertile period between 79 and 83, when computers and consoles went mainstream and hundreds of game companies sprung up overnight. These developers were often ob...
09:34 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing If you send a grimace emoji on an iPhone, it'll look like a smile on an Android
If you send a smiling emoji to your friend, it might appear as a grimace on their device. Hannah Miller, a third-year Ph.D. student in the GroupLens research lab at the University of Minnesota, and he...
09:18 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Eel and woman become best friends over the years
https://youtu.be/3IQ2I-P8UcwValerie Taylor has visited a spotted moray eel for years, and the pair have become "great friends."[via]...
09:13 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Chock-A-Block: early retrocomputing nostalgia from the UK
Chock-A-Block was a computer-themed educational TV show for young children that was shown on the BBC in 1981. What I still love about it is that it's an early example of retrocomputing nostalgia, de...
09:07 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing A farm in Kansas receives non-stop threats and harassment because of mapping glitch
A digital mapping company called MaxMind offers an "IP geolocation" service that provides computer users' geographical locations. When MaxMind doesn't know a user's location, it spits out a default ad...
08:45 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye: A Novel
See sample pages from this book at Wink.A gloomy, nine-story mansion, perched on a plateau in a desolate countryside. A trench-coated, top-hatted visitor stands in an illuminated doorway, a tiny, frog...
08:42 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing I can see!
Day to day, most of us dont give much thought to our vision. We see, and life goes on.But for some it doesnt work that way, and you cant explain that to an infant who suffers from one of the various d...
08:26 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Radiooooo: Pick a country, pick a decade, and listen to the popular music of the era
Radiooooo lets you pick a decade and a country, and will dispense popular music created then and there. (Note the "weird" option, disabled by default.) Thanks to this, I rediscovered Blue Boy's Rememb...
08:02 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing John Whitney Music Box: a psychedelic music machine for the web
Behold the John Whitney Music Box, a realization in music of the motion graphic concepts of John Whitney. The animation and audio are by Jim Bumgardner, who first developed the web app 10 years ago.Yo...
07:58 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing How could Lex Luthor beat the import controls on kryptonite
The new, evidently terrible Batman vs Superman movie turns on Lex Luthor's evil plan to lobby the US government to grant a variance in its import controls on kryptonite (making the movie part of the p...
07:58 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing How could Lex Luthor beat the import controls on kryptonite?
The new, evidently terrible Batman vs Superman movie turns on Lex Luthor's evil plan to lobby the US government to grant a variance in its import controls on kryptonite (making the movie part of the p...
07:47 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Congresscritters spend 4 hours/day on the phone, begging for money
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylomy1Aw9HkJohn Oliver is, as always, a flamethrower crisping the Shield of Boringness that protects a corrupt, terrible system: this time, it's Congressional fundraisi...
07:41 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing To do in San Francisco: reading with Peter Beagle and Carter Scholz
The next installment in the SF in SF reading series is a reading by Peter "Last Unicorn" Beagle and Carter Scholz, hosted by Terry Bisson, on April 17: it's $10 at the door, at the American Bookbinde...
07:35 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Dog alone in car uses horn
At a pizza shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Melissa Tonkin spotted some dogs left in a car. But they did not need her assistance; one had already figured out what the horn was and was only to happy to...
07:33 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing John Oliver versus credit-reporting and background checks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRrDsbUdY_k1 in 20 credit reports contains grave errors that seriously harm the people whom the reporting bureaus are libeling; the credit reporting industry -- which...
07:26 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing The perfect suffix for your "cyber-" buzzword
Adding "cyber-" to any initiative is a sure-fire budget- and approval-winner, at least in the military industrial complex. If you're struggling to figure out what to use on your opening slide, here's ...
06:41 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Pac-Man suits
They're a mere $110 from Opposuits, which is a positive bargain, espeically when you contemplate just how much daily use you can get out of it. (via Crazy Abalone)...
06:32 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Toothworms: yesteryear's explanation for cavities
Before we understood about microbes and their relationship to tooth enamel, we imagined that the painful holes in people's teeth were caused by burrowing toothworms (previously), something we confirme...
06:32 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing Tooth worms: yesteryear's explanation for cavities
Before we understood about microbes and their relationship to tooth enamel, we imagined that the painful holes in people's teeth were caused by burrowing toothworms (previously), something we confirme...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2016
BoingBoing It's the criminal economy, stupid!
The Panama Papersa massive cache of 11.5 million records leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonsecareveal that several heads of state have been sheltering their personal wealth in offshore accounts to e...
07:41 pm PDT - Sun, April 10, 2016
BoingBoing WSJ: Daily Mail aims to buy Yahoo
Would it be a fitting end, for one of the first and greatest of the American web's dreams, to be eaten by the most infamous of British tabloids?The parent company of the Daily Mail, the British newspa...
01:50 pm PDT - Sun, April 10, 2016
BoingBoing Yaytext: unicode text styling tool to get bold and italic on Facebook and Twitter, and other effects
For years I've been using the Panix Unicode Text Converter to create ironic, weird or simply annoying text effects for use on Twitter, Facebook and other plain text-only venues. But now there's a new ...
12:42 pm PDT - Sun, April 10, 2016
BoingBoing Learn Cyber Security Hacking and Pen Testing - now 95% off
We all want to make money. Discounting ways that end with you behind bars, heres some friendly advice: become an expert in a field everyone knows is important, but that very few fully understand. If y...
12:27 pm PDT - Sun, April 10, 2016
BoingBoing Philippines electoral data breach much worse than initially reported, possibly worst ever
In late March, the Philippine Commission on Elections website was defaced in an Anonymous op, and a few days later, Lulzsec Pilipinas dumped its voter database. At the time, the Commission claimed tha...
12:11 pm PDT - Sun, April 10, 2016
BoingBoing Universities could use PhDs to do administrative work
The modern university offers no stable employment for scholars, and ballooning, secure, long-term employment for a gigantic, top-heavy cohort of administrators who know little about scholarship and sc...
12:03 pm PDT - Sun, April 10, 2016
BoingBoing Today is the deadline to nominate for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
Vote for your favorite "Creation" and "Creator." (Disclosure: I'm a volunteer on this year's jury) (via IO9)...
07:16 am PDT - Sun, April 10, 2016
BoingBoing A cashless society as a tool for censorship and social control
The Atlantic had the excellent idea of commissioning Sarah Jeong, one of the most astute technology commentators on the Internet (previously), to write a series of articles about the social implicatio...
06:46 am PDT - Sun, April 10, 2016
BoingBoing Boston Globe previews a front page from the Trump presidency
The Boston Globe's front page today is a piece of design fiction that offers a glimpse of the first days of a Trump presidency, with headlines like "DEPORTATIONSTOBEGIN: PresidentTrumpcallsfortripling...
06:37 am PDT - Sun, April 10, 2016
BoingBoing Spike Lee interviews Bernie Sanders: Vermont, Trump, Clinton, guns and Brooklyn
The Hollywood Reporter arranged for a sit-down between Bernie Sanders and Spike Lee (who recently spoke for Sanders at a rally in the South Bronx) and the two talked (MP3) about the lay of the elector...
05:49 pm PDT - Sat, April 9, 2016
BoingBoing Tony Conrad, drone and minimalist music pioneer, RIP
Avant-garde composer Tony Conrad, whose experimental music in the 1960s inspired the likes of the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine, died today at 76. "Tony Conrad- one of my fi...
11:35 am PDT - Sat, April 9, 2016
BoingBoing Enter to win a new Casper Mattress and Deluxe Parachute Sheets
Admit it -- youve probably been sleeping on that same ratty, old, broken-down, ready-for-the-dump mattress that youve been crashing on for years. It probably should have been replaced during a previou...
05:49 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing R2-D2 anglepoise lamp
They're $60 at Thinkgeek. (via Geeky Merch) (more…)...
04:33 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Photo of a man with a peg leg, a monkey, and a parrot
When I was in Hawaii I took a photo of a photo of a peg-legged man holding a monkey wearing clothes and keeping a parrot on his shoulder. I had to shoot it through glass so the quality is terrible. Do...
03:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Scientists create the exotic ices of Pluto
Tom writes, "Scientists at Northern Arizona U. use a home-made machine to create 'exotic ices.' They're simulating the surface of Pluto to help explain data and pictures sent to Earth by the New Horiz...
01:39 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Why we need a new kind of design discipline for on-demand platforms
Over at Medium's WTF? Future of Work publication, our pal Marina Gorbis, exec director of Institute for the Future, and IFTF's Devin Fidler write about why we need new design principles for on-demand ...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Tee of the week: "Mossack Fonseca: because taxes are for poor people"
$24 and up, get 'em before they're sued. (via Joey DeVilla)...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Excellent Panama Papers t-shirt: 'Mossack Fonseca: because taxes are for poor people'
$24 and up, get 'em before they're sued. (via Joey DeVilla)...
12:03 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing A visit to the western-most bookstore in the United States
Talk Story bookstore is in the sleepy little town of Hanapepe, Kaua'i in Hawaii. Carla and I visited it last week and loved everything about it, including its owners, Cynthia and Ed Justus, who were r...
11:59 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Publishers call Brave's privacy-centric browser "illegal"; Brave responds
Brave is a new experimental browser from Brendan Eich, inventor of Javascript and co-founder of Mozilla. It comes with a built-in ad-blocker that only blocks third party ads that don't honor Do Not Tr...
11:39 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing An inventor, maker, and toy designer shares his favorite projects
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The first thing that struck me about Make Fun!, a collection of toy and game projects from former Mattel designer Bob Knetzger, was how many of my favorite proj...
11:35 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Use 50ml chemistry beakers as shot glasses
50ml is 1.7 ounces. which makes these glass beakers perfect for serving a healthy shot of liquor. You can buy a set of 12 for $14 on Amazon....
11:22 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Can you imagine a worse T-shirt than this one?
Boing Boing readers have good imaginations, so if you can come up with an even worse T-shirt idea than this one, please share it in the comments....
10:51 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Man's medication went from $400/month to $40,000/month
Neven Mrgan takes a prescription drug called Cuprimine. Without it, he would slowly die from liver disease. Unfortunately, the price of Cuprimine has gone from $400-$1,700/month to $44,000/month. Curp...
10:51 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing This man's medication cost jumped from $400 a month to $40,000 a month
Neven Mrgan takes a prescription drug called Cuprimine. Without it, he would slowly die from liver disease. Unfortunately, the price of Cuprimine has gone from $400-$1,700/month to $44,000/month. Curp...
10:27 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing New Walter Robot animated video for Death Cab for Cutie
Our pals in Death Cab for Cutie have just released a terrific new animated video by Walter Robot (BB contributor Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie) for the track "Good Help (Is So Hard To Find)" ...
10:10 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Explore a life without consequences in 'My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday'
Jason Ayres' My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday is a unique time travel novel that spun my head! Ayres' lead, Thomas Scott, lives his life backwards and experiences no consequences for his actions.Waking up ...
10:07 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing How to paint the moon on a leather bag (or just order one)
Space artist Alizey Khan painted the moon on a faux-leather bag and will make one just like it for you for just $100. Khan used Angelus leather paints; I can vouch for them as the best I've found, too...
09:58 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Sepp Blatter, disgraced former FIFA president, to serve on panel about fixing FIFA
As Swiss police once again raid the comically-corrupt international Soccer organiation FIFA, its disgraced and banned former president, Sepp Blatter, is to join a panel to discuss how it could be refo...
09:58 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Driverless bus in Greece has had no accidents in six months
A 10-passenger bus in Trikala, Greece has been providing free service for six months. 11,302 passengers have ridden it for a total of 3500 kilometers without an accident (other than driving up a sid...
09:52 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Motel owner spent 30 years spying on his guests' sex lives, considered himself a "researcher"
In 1980, New Yorker stalwart Gay Talese received a handwritten note by special-delivery: it was from Gerald Foos, a Colorado motel owner, and he revealed that he had been spying on his customers' sex ...
09:43 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Music video made for viewing on a smartphone
Japanese pop group Lyrical School made a video for their song "Run and Run" that looks like it has taken over your phone. It's another indication that the portrait mode vs. landscape mode war is ove...
09:33 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Facebook morphs into a clickhole, at the expense of personal sharing
Surveillance capitalism continues to astound and confound: as Facebook has turned into the traffic-factory life-support for ad-supported media -- and as Facebook profits from those companies by chargi...
09:19 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Pope invites Bernie Sanders to Vatican to speak about "social, economic, and environmental" issues
Though Sanders says he disagrees with the pope on rights for women and LGBT people, he lauds the pontiff for "injecting a moral consequence into the economy," and so he will speak at the Vatican next ...
08:53 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Save 93% on our Adobe KnowHow Photography Bundle
We can all snap a photo these days. We can even adjust some red eyes and slap on a filter, post it up and call it a masterpiece. But if you really want to take your pics to the professional level, you...
08:01 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Baby sues US government for searching his diapers in racial profiling/War on Terror case
A four year old John Doe is the lead plaintiff in a class action suit against the US Government that alleges that his diapers were searched when he flew as a seven-month-old baby and the TSA designate...
08:00 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Video premiere: music documentary about incredible late 1960s Swedish psych band
Trd, Grs och Stenar were a groundbreaking, raw psych jam band from Sweden known for their wild concert/improv happenings where they served organic food they had grown, augmented their droning guitar...
08:00 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Video premiere: music documentary about incredible late-1960s Swedish psych band
Trd, Grs och Stenar were a groundbreaking, raw psych jam band from Sweden known for their wild concert/improv happenings where they served organic food they had grown, augmented their droning guitar...
07:55 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Angry people in local newspapers
Angry people in local newspapers is a blog that celebrates pictures of people posing angrily by unpatched potholes, inadequate signs, dog excrement, etc. This is the prevalent form of local news journ...
07:52 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Tax investigators and bill collectors use Rich Kids of Instagram to uncover oligarchs' hidden millions
One of the perks of being insanely wealthy is you can hide your money, so when you rip people off or hide your taxes or divorce your spouse, your victims can't figure out how to get their due. (more&h...
07:43 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing The international art market is a money laundry whose details are in the Panama Papers
If you've got $50M you need to hide, and want to be able to move around invisibly, what better way than to buy a painting through a secret, numbered offshore painting, stick it in a vault in Basel, wh...
07:31 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing UK government warns people that copyright trolls are a scam
The UK Intellectual Property Office has sent an official notice to Britons warning them that they don't have to pay the copyright trolls who send them threatening letters accusing them of copyright in...
07:29 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing French tribunal rules "faggot" isn't homophobic
An employee of a hair salon described as a "faggot" by his boss claimed unfair dismissal, but a Paris tribunal found that the word wasn't a homophobic slur when used at a hair salon, where people are ...
07:21 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2016
BoingBoing Why the rise of ransomware attacks should worry you
Sean Gallagher does an excellent job of running down the economics and technology behind the rise and rise of ransomware attacks: ransomware has become a surefire way to turn a buck on virtually any n...
11:04 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Security flaws found in 3 state health insurance websites
Federal investigators have discovered major security vulnerabilities in the state health insurance websites for California, Kentucky and Vermont that could allow criminals to access sensitive personal...
10:43 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Clinton campaign chair: 'The American people can handle the truth' on UFOs, alien life, Area 51
Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta talked space aliens today with CNN's Jake Tapper. (more…)...
10:31 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Reverse Godwin: KKK darling David Duke says Trump may help improve Hitler's image
Ladies and gentlemen, Reverse Godwin. (more…)...
10:07 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Scammers stole $2.3 billion in "business email compromise" attacks, FBI reports
Businesses around the world have lost billions of dollars over the past few years to an increasingly popular internet scam in which criminals pose as company executives, and send faked emails to their...
09:51 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Emergency room doctors used a patient's FitBit to determine how to save his life
Many of us wear fitness trackers to motivate ourselves to be more active. But after a 42-year-old man in New Jersey had a seizure at work, some very smart emergency room doctors used data they saw on ...
07:36 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Is this the saddest brand tweet ever?
Caity Weaver spotted that Sure Deodorant had inaugurated a poll in which not a single person voted. (more…)...
05:48 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Own a Piece of Houdini
I dont mean a lock of hair or a toe nailnothing weird. This Saturday, April 9, one of the largest auctions of Houdini memorabilia ever held will take place in Chicago, held by Potter & Potter Auct...
03:07 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Sports journalist has awesome t-shirt
Clearly ESPN's Bomani Jones has great taste in t-shirts. I'm a little surprised the network had him cover the shirt, it is awesome.The hypocrisy the shirt points out, is not awesome. Via Deadspin:Afte...
03:06 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Why 40 years of official nutritional guidelines prescribed a low-fat diet that promoted heart disease
A masterfully told history of the life of John Yudkin, once the UK's leading nutritional expert, turns into an indictment of the nutritional scientific establishment, which coalesced in a cult of pers...
12:33 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Fearing the Pirate Party, Iceland's government scrambles to avoid elections
With Iceland's Prime Minister stepping down over revelations of his financial secrets, thanks to the Panama Papers, many assumed that elections couldn't be far behind -- and if the recent polls could ...
12:10 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Watch this insane car vs. motorcycle road rage video
This video reminds me of a scene from Road Warrior. Homestead, Florida police charged motorcyclist Rone Gonzalez, 23, with misdemeanor reckless driving and auto driver Kristiian Rosa, 30, with felon...
11:53 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing What's it like in space? Astronauts answer in new book
Ariel Waldman, creator of Spacehack, has just published a delightful book titled "What's It Like in Space? Stories from Astronauts Who'Ve Been There?" Illustrated by Brian Standeford, it's a fun colle...
11:53 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker wants you to decorate your living room with food buckets
https://youtu.be/uOrcYnusGGEFor the last few years, ex-con fraudster televangelist Jim Bakker has been selling giant plastic buckets of dehydrated survival food to scared people on TV. His advertising...
11:24 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Teavana Tea cheats you twice
Have you ever had a sample of tea in a Teavana store? I have, and I loved it. I bought some based on how much I liked the taste. But when I got home and followed the directions, the tea tasted weak. I...
10:46 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Baba Yaga's Assistant A pseudo fairytale that blends present with myth
See sample pages from this book at Wink.I have long been a fan of Emily Carrolls distinctive art style, which I was first introduced to in the video game The Yawhg. Her beautiful illustrations fit per...
10:31 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Beauty of firing a golf ball cannon at balloons filled with ooblek
The guys at The Backyard Scientist filled balloons with a mixture of corn starch and water (aka ooblek) and cut them with a chain saw, and fired BB guns and golf balls at them to see what happened. ...
10:15 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Texas cop suspended for body slamming 12-year-old girl onto concrete
San Antonio, Texas Police officer Joshua Kehn is on paid leave while his fellow officers investigate why he body slammed a sixth-grade girl onto concrete so forcefully that she appears to have been ...
09:56 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Can you solve the locker riddle?
Your rich, eccentric uncle just passed away, and you and your 99 nasty relatives have been invited to the reading of his will. He wanted to leave all of his money to you, but he knew that if he did,...
09:51 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Amazing Rube Goldberg machine tells the Passover story
Mechanical engineering students from The Technion Israel Institute of Technology built this fantastic Rube Goldberg machine last year to tell the story of Passover, the Jewish holiday starting the ...
09:51 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Man reads books with fake covers on subway
https://youtu.be/jFxu9dOO4zkComedian Scott Rogowsky pretended to read books with fake covers on the subway while his accomplice videotaped peoples' reactions. Some of the book titles:How to Hold a Far...
09:43 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Learn about modern sculpture, and make your own
David A. Carter and James Diaz' You Call That Art?! is a great, brief history of modern sculpture that encourages you to make your own!Perfect for middle and high school age students, this book offers...
09:39 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Save 40% on 5,000 expert-led tech and creative courses from Pluralsight
Whether youre a web designer or an animator or an IT expert, youve got a particular skill set finely honed to get your job done. But the grass is always greener somewhere else...and one of these days,...
09:23 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Exclusive: sneak peek at Al Jaffee's new MAD Fold-In
The back cover of MAD #539 features a Fold-In by newcomer Al Jaffee, who has only been cartooning for 73 years (61 with MAD). He shows promise, and I hope Mr. Jaffee (who turned 95 in March) enjoys a ...
09:02 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Anthrax guitarist is now a master watchmaker
Dan Spitz, the lead guitarist for thrash metal outfit Anthrax for many years, is now a professional watchmaker. (Great Big Story)...
08:51 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Rogue One: a Star Wars spy movie
The teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out. Perhaps we'll be presented with a story where patricide is not the solution to all the problems in the galaxy, and the path to great power...
08:10 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Ambient "hipster" lifestyle soundtracks
Hipster Sound is a website with a simple, unerring purpose: to provide ambient recreations of "hipster" environments such as coffee shops, buffet cars and the capital of France. It's quite well though...
07:58 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Computer paints a "new Rembrandt" and prints it in 3D
The Next Rembrandt is an original portrait created with machine learning algorithms trained using the Dutch master's works. The resulting image isn't a plain old bitmap, either, but a fully three-di...
07:48 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing The price of stealing an identity is crashing, with no bottom in sight
The sharp increase in known, unpatched vulnerabilities in the tools we use to access the Internet has caused the price of exploits is falling through the floor. (more…)...
07:44 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Gadget dissassembly and repair guides
iFixit is the gold standard, with vast numbers of how-to guides on taking apart the stuff you only think you own. Take it Apart is a new challenger encouraging you to "void your warranty." It's not ju...
07:44 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing The best online gadget teardown guides
iFixit is the gold standard, with vast numbers of how-to guides on taking apart the stuff you only think you own. Take it Apart is a new challenger encouraging you to "void your warranty." It's not ju...
07:21 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Rare Shakespeare's First Folio found in Scottish isle
A rare copy of Shakespeare's First Folio turned up on a Scottish island, reports the BBC. Only 230 copies are known to exist, or thereabouts, and the last to be sold fetched 3.5m (about $5m) in 2003 a...
07:19 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders can only win if nonvoters turn out at the polls, and they almost never do
All the projections that suggest Sanders can't win the nomination and the election suppose that a large slice of his supporters (or people who would support him if they could be reached) just won't bo...
07:11 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing To understand the link between corporations and Hillary Clinton, look at philosophy, not history
When Hillary Clinton supporters are confronted with the evidence of their candidate's financial ties to dirty coal and oil, dirty finance, dirty autocratic governments, and so on, they insist that the...
06:54 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing The US Government's domestic spy-planes take weekends and holidays off
If you spend enough time looking at Flightradar24's data about fly-overs of American cities, you can figure out where and when the feds are flying domestic spy-aircraft, watching for the tell-tale cir...
06:40 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2016
BoingBoing A perfect storm of broken business and busted FLOSS backdoors everything, so who needs the NSA?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwcl17Q0bpkIn 2014, Poul-Henning Kamp, a prolific and respected contributor to many core free/open projects gave the closing keynote at the Free and Open Source Devel...
08:20 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Wrapped: magical short film about mutant monster ivy that engulfs New York City
"Wrapped" is a short film created by Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction. (mo...
08:10 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing What sound does this animal make? Google just got better at answering that.
Do a Google search for 'animal noises.' You should see a field up at the top of your search results that shows images of various animals, and audio samples of a noise each of them makes. (more…...
07:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Donald Trump rates his one-year-old baby daughter's breasts in 1994 interview
Donald Trump on the tabloid TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, back in 1994, when asked what qualities his child has from her mom, and which come from dad: Time will tell if my one year old d...
07:16 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Sensual photos of teens smoking marijuana, taken for the U.S. government in 1973
These striking shots of two young women chilling out with some herb while relaxing sur l'herbe are official federal government photographs, captured in 1973 by a photographer on assignment for the new...
07:03 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Google Autocomplete interview with astronauts who are in space
From our friend Joe Sabia, a wonderful video his team created with WIRED:NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are currently living on board the I...
06:20 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing What Bernie would look like with a Trump-like tan and a hair transplant
The internet was horrified yesterday by the photoshopped visage of Trump without the Tan. A symbol of Trump's impervious vanity, the Tan was revealed as somehow – necessary? Without it he just ...
04:21 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Sound artist Meara O'Reilly describes four favorite tools
Meara O'Reilly is a sound artist and educator, most recently in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. She is co-creator of the Rhythm Necklace app, a musical sequencer that uses two-dimensi...
03:52 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Cleartext is a text editor that only lets you use the 1000 most common words in English
If you're the sort to use fancy words, try Cleartext, a simple Mac text editor that won't let you. It's the creation of Morten Just, who was inspired by Randall Munroe's Thing Explainer: "Use it to te...
01:58 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing New empowering tween girl fashion and editorial brand
Epic Sky is a new fashion brand and Web site launching today that's all about empowering young teen and tween girls! Rather than just trying to guess what young people want in clothes, Epic Sky is wor...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Dog barks 376,572,715,308 times
This fellow recorded his dog barking. Then he duplicated the video into a 3x3 grid and played the sound of his dog barking nine times. He repeated the procedure until the dog bark 376,572,715,308 ti...
12:47 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Crowdfunding OMATA, a gorgeous analog GPS Speedometer for bicycling
My artist/serial entrepreneur friend Julian Bleecker's new labor of love is OMATA. The company and gadget he's been working on intensely for the last year or so today officially launched on Kickstar...
12:34 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Copper mugs for Moscow Mules
I'm not much of a drinker, and I didn't know what a Moscow Mule was until I saw the Bali Hai episode of Better Call Saul. The drink, made from vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, poured over ice, was ...
10:56 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Whale watching boat crashes into dock in San Diego
https://youtu.be/RrrDLdeL2HQThe people standing on the dock were chuckling when they saw this large whale watching boat approach. The mirth turned into concern, then panic, as it became clear the boat...
10:48 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Woman very upset about Easter Bunny in church parking lot
https://youtu.be/ZaphwGwrY8YGod hates the Easter Bunny, at least when it stands in the parking lot of this Tennessee church.Here's the same woman protesting an Easter egg hunt:https://youtu.be/lWghB8d...
10:40 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Japanese teen girl metal band Babymetal performs on Colbert
https://youtu.be/rZApf9c8TesBabymetal made their US TV debut when they performed their song "Gimme Chocolate!!" on Colbert's Late Show last night....
10:37 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing "The difference between girls and boys"
As a wise man once said, "It's funny cause it's true."Cop to it yourself at /r/funny/....
10:35 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing CCCP Cook Book recipes from the days of Soviet food planners
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Fuel Publishing, based in London, has carved a niche in the book world by creating books that document the small dark corners of Soviet history. You may be fami...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Tom Cruise intends to "dethrone the Queen 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...
10:27 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Optical illusion hanging lamp
Glen Lewis-Steel's "Lee Light" is an excellent illuminated optical illusion. ...
10:13 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Inside Industrial Light & Magic's virtual reality lab
Industrial Light & Magics Experience Lab (ILMxLAB) is a newly-formed supergroup of artists, engineers, sound designers, and storytellers prototyping the future of interactive, immersive cinema for Luc...
10:07 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Dictionary.com to stop saying pow wows are where Native Americans practice magic
Sometimes, the right thing happens. (more…)...
09:17 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Abalone diving season is off to a hazardous start in California
Abalone diving in California is dangerous. Every year a few people die trying to pry these mollusks from the sea. This year's abalone season appears off to a rough start, as a number of divers needed ...
09:05 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Can you spot how this "perpetual motion" machine works?
https://youtu.be/Bft7Wd8QElwThe three laws of thermodynamics:First: You can't win the game.Second: You can't break even.Third: You can't quit the game....
08:56 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing It's a monkey in a snowsuit, checking on his pet chickens and goat
https://youtu.be/SLSCvBpA5NEIn this heartwarming example of interspecies friendship, a monkey named Fedor makes haste to visit his pet chickens and goat.[via]...
08:44 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing There is a hidden knife in this marijuana leaf pendant
Feeling threatened at the Cannabis Cup? Unsheathe this half-inch blade, secreted in a marijuana leaf pendant!I'm surprised by the number of marijuana themed knives available. Perhaps I should not be, ...
08:27 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Convincing machine-generated Shakespearean sonnets on-demand
Tristan Miller and Dave Morice created a website that produces highly-authentic Shakespearean sonnets. The trick: rather than randomly-generated Markov gobbledygook that evokes the flavor while crudel...
08:18 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Aliens Reveal Themselves and Explain Purpose
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...
07:31 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Professional and unprofessional hairstyles are as different as black and white
Searching for "unprofessional hairstyles" and "professional hairstyles" on Google Images exposes a stark racial divide in what's assumed to be appropriate for business settings. Spotted by @bonkamona,...
07:00 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty Is Awesome
Vat19 has to be my favorite online toy company of all time. They carry some of the wackiest items Ive ever seen and the truth is I want them all.This week, Ive been playing around with a few of their...
06:00 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing The iSafe Drive is the first ever MFi-certified storage drive built specially for your iOS devices
Everybody loves flash drives and external hard drives. But most come packing USB or micro USB connectors - and that means theyre all but useless with your iPhone, iPad or other iOS device. Now, pick u...
05:44 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing HP's new logo a hit
Flagging computer company HP hasn't had a great decade, but for the new Spectre laptop it reintroduceda daring minimalist logo that's been spotted once or twice before, but is only now hitting product...
05:38 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Incredible hand-stitched scenes from Dune
Sarah Sumeray's mum made these incredible hand-stitched scenes from Dune novels; Andy Baio adds that they're covers by legendary SF artist Bruce Penningtonhttps://twitter.com/waxpancake/status/7166914...
05:20 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Spreadable Beer
A Scottish craft brewery has developed "spreadable beer," a marmalade flavored with oak-aged pale ale. To go with it, Innes&Gunn is also selling a marmalade-flavored pale ale.Dougal Sharp, Innis & Gun...
05:03 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Mini wooden pallet coasters
This anonymously posted guide shows how to make adorable little wooden coasters in the style of transport pallets. P.S. don't make things out of actual pallets unless they have the right stamp....
04:52 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing The UK government's voice-over-IP standard is designed to be backdoored
GCHQ, the UK's spy agency, designed a security protocol for voice-calling called MIKEY-SAKKE and announced that they'll only certify VoIP systems as secure if they use MIKEY-SAKKE, and it's being mark...
04:38 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Babymetal, live on Colbert!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZApf9c8TesBabymetal, Japan's greatest synthetic all-woman heavy metal band, just released their second album, Metal Resistance, an occasion they celebrated with an o...
04:03 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Watch: Magician dextrously floats credit-cards around Tokyo
Zach Muller, a card mechanic (previously, previously) got a commercial gig for JAL that has him wandering the streets of Tokyo, dazzling people with amazing credit-card tricks. (Thanks, Magicpeacel...
04:03 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing Watch: Magician dexterously floats credit-cards around Tokyo
Zach Muller, a card mechanic (previously, previously) got a commercial gig for JAL that has him wandering the streets of Tokyo, dazzling people with amazing credit-card tricks. (Thanks, Magicpeacel...
03:56 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2016
BoingBoing MIT panel on the W3C's decision to make DRM part of the Web's "open" standards
The World Wide Web Consortium spent more than 20 years making standards that remove barriers to developers who want to make Web technology; now, for the first time, they're creating a standard that ...
08:25 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Funk legend Bernie Worrell is sick, buy this David Byrne remix to help pay his medical bills
Bernie Worrell -- a "lynchpin" of Parliament Funkadelic whose collaborations with Talking Heads made the sound of Stop Making Sense -- is ill and can't afford his medical bills. (more…)...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Last chance to help fund series on history's most defiant women
With a couple of days left, Feminist Frequency is about to hit their funding goal for Ordinary Women, a lavishly animated series about women who dared defy their times--and who history hasn't given ...
11:58 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Good deal on nonstick Thermo-Spot fry pans
I bought a Thermo-Spot fry pan last year and it has held up really well. The non-stick coating doesn't contain PFOA, either. Right now Amazon is selling a set of two (8-inch and 10.25-inch) for $19....
11:28 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Watch: thieves steal wallet from bartender's bag
Two gentlemen sneaked into the backroom of the Monarch bar in San Francisco, CA and helped themselves to a bartender's wallet containing $500 and a bottle of liquor. A security camera captured the act...
11:14 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Hong Kong designer makes Scarlett Johansson robot
https://youtu.be/_nfWzzHInq8Ricky Ma of Hong Kong built a robot inspired by actor Scarlett Johansson. It cost him $50,000. He hopes to sell it and use the proceeds to build a more sophisticated versio...
11:08 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing A wonderful 4 minute video tour of Japan
Each scene in Vincent Urban's video of the wide variety of wonderful things in Japan lasts just a couple of seconds. I can't wait to return.This film is a collection of audiovisual moments and memorie...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing The joy of painting by sticker
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Are you done with adult coloring books but not yet ready for adult fingerpainting? Have you considered... an adult stickerbook? I dont understand how Paint by S...
10:55 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Man builds massive extraterrestrial face in his backyard to attract them
Larry Decker, 77, arranged rocks into a 60 x 90 foot extraterrestrial face in his Rosmoland, California backyard "in hopes of inviting aliens" to pay him a visit. He's also installed cameras to film t...
10:30 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Funeral parlor 3D prints new faces for disfigured corpses
Shanghai's Longhua Funeral Parlor now offers 3D printing of faces and other body parts to improve the appearance of the deceased during viewing."It is difficult for relatives to see incomplete faces o...
10:15 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to heavy metal covers of iPhone ringtones
ToxicEternity plays a metal medley of iPhone ringtones. ...
09:35 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing What Trump would look like without his weird orange tan
Without his trademark orange tan, Trump looks surprisingly horrific: click through for Buzzfeed's "Trump without the tan" slider widget....
09:23 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Iceland prime minister resigns over Panama Papers revelations
Follow the exposure of his interest in an offshore business – and several days of insisting that he would not resign – the prime minister of Iceland has resigned. Icelandic Prime Minister ...
08:54 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing A guitarist's guide to melodic improvising in any style
Improvising on guitar has long been a challenge of mine. Chord Tone Soloing by Brett Tagliarino has helped a lot!I have played guitar for several decades, but I never really understood how a guitar wo...
07:08 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Larval form
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07:00 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Unboxing the Boing Boing x Quarterly Maker Box!
See inside our Maker Box with Quarterly!Earlier this year we teamed up with Quarterly Co. to curate their very first Maker Box! This was a brand new subscription and we were stoked to be apart of it. ...
07:00 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing LUCY is a magical drawing tool based on the classic camera lucida
The LUCY is a drawing tool I wish I had in art school. The device has been around for 500 years and though it uses no electricity, it's able to project images from your environment onto your drawing p...
06:59 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Man recreates TSA's $47,400 "head this way" app in 10 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GEpqmPL3bgTSA guards at airports had a new weapon in their arsenal in 2014: tablets that they held up to randomly direct travelers into different lines. According to t...
06:26 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing HP's laptop is world's thinnest
HP's Spectre is thinner than all the others, and the company says that it is "more artisan than manufactured" in a promo video that touts its slim, jewelry-like design. The $1,170 laptop has an Intel ...
06:20 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Iceland's Prime Minister asks to dissolve Parliament
Depending on whose estimate you believe, as much as 10% of the population of Iceland demonstrated outside Parliament yesterday, and everyone agrees that they were the largest demonstrations in Iceland...
06:05 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Artist installs rooms beneath Milan's sewer-entrances
Biancoshock, an artist in Milan, created these "Borderlife" installations that appear to be underground rooms beneath the city's sewer-entrances, as a way of calling attention to homelessness, especia...
06:05 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Artist installs rooms beneath Milan's sewer entrances
Biancoshock, an artist in Milan, created these "Borderlife" installations that appear to be underground rooms beneath the city's sewer-entrances, as a way of calling attention to homelessness, especia...
05:54 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Banned on China's Internet: all discussion of the Panama Papers
On Sunday, 100 news outlets published the first tranche of articles based on the largest leak in history, 2.6TB worth of records from Mossack Fonseca, the third-largest lawfirm specializing in confide...
05:42 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Google reaches into customers' homes and bricks their gadgets
Revolv is a home automation hub that Google acquired 17 months ago; yesterday, Google announced that as of May 15, it will killswitch all the Revolvs in the field and render them inert. Section 1201 o...
05:29 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Middle class housing projects are the Bay Area's future
When "affordable" homes in San Francisco are advertised as "From the low $1,000,000s", it's not just the working poor who are pushed out of the city: it's everyone, except VCs, people living on VC mon...
05:10 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Pollster explains how Chamber of Commerce can steamroller empathetic execs into opposing progressive policies
The US Chamber of Commerce is a business lobbying group that fights against paid family leave, increases in the minimum wage, rules protecting sick time and guaranteeing predictable work-times and h...
04:57 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing How to write about scientists who are women
The "Finkbeiner Test," created in 2013 by science writers Ann Finkbeiner and Christie Aschwanden, challenges science writers who are profiling scientists who happen to be women to write about them wit...
04:47 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Garden: XKCD's latest maddening, relaxing webtoy
The latest XKCD is Garden, a webtoy that invites you to position lamps, adjust their spectrum and focus, and wait while your garden grows. (more…)...
04:00 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Save 50% on the award-winning writing app Scrivener 2
You may not love Microsoft Word, but youve definitely used it. Other than being one of the most ubiquitous programs on the planet, its been the go-to word processing system for more than a quarter-cen...
12:05 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2016
BoingBoing Erik Bauersfeld, voice of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna, RIP
Erik Bauersfeld who voiced Admiral Ackbar's famous line "It's a trap!" from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, died on Sunday. He was 93. Bakersfield also portrayed Jabba the Hutt's majordomo ...
09:35 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Sex Nun of Dune
Posted without context or comment....
02:21 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Seriousness and sincerity: how to tell jesters from trolls
Trolls, when cornered, often excuse themselves as Shakespearean fools of the modern age, as jesters. Given that the term "troll" spans a vast expanse from cute to abusive, this grasp at virtue seems l...
01:42 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Badass ladies wrestling: 10 awesome old photos
Starting with this awesome shot of Bettie Page pretend-ladyfighting with a sexy foe, here are some wonderful photographs of female wrestlers from the 19th century through the 20th, all the way up thro...
01:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Reddit can't talk about National Security Letters and warrant canaries, but ACLU can, in a Reddit AMA, LOL
Well, that's one way to get around a federal gag order. (more…)...
01:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Save Netflix!
Not this Netflix, but the next one, the one that'll make Netflix look like Blockbuster -- because if the World Wide Web Consortium goes along with its plan to make it illegal to innovate in ways that ...
12:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing A rare California Condor chick just hatched on the internet, peek at it here
https://youtu.be/ynLl2g4FOuIJust minutes after U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists flipped on live streaming video of a California condor nest in Ventura County, the long-awaited condor chick hatc...
12:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing A rare California Condor chick just hatched on the internet. Watch it emerge via webcam.
Just minutes after U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists flipped on live streaming video of a California condor nest in Ventura County, the long-awaited condor chick hatched. (more…)...
12:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing California and New York raises state minimum wage to $15
California governor Jerry Brown today approved a mandatory minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2022. The bill's enactment came within hours of a similar bill signing in New York by governor Andrew Cuomo. ...
12:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing California and New York raise state minimum wage to $15
California governor Jerry Brown today approved a mandatory minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2022. The bill's enactment came within hours of a similar bill signing in New York by governor Andrew Cuomo. ...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Man escapes car stuck on precipice only to be struck by bus
A man who almost drove off a mountain precipice escaped from the teetering wreck only to be struck by a passing bus. On Saturday afternoon, the motorist lost control of his vehicle while driving along...
11:50 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing I've had my Kindle Voyage for over a year now, and I love it
I've had my top-of-the-line Amazon e-reader for around a year and a half. I love it, and am not sure how I'd get by without my Kindle Voyage. (more…)...
10:47 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Just how queer are Batman and Robin?
Slate's history of the gay subtext between Batman and Robin collects the best panels and earliest insinuations from critics and commentators. It also looks at how the goofy 1960s TV show made Batman c...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing A champagne gun for your epic battles of excess
This is the Champagne Gun, a $459 contraption with which you can spray down your guests with bubbly in a violent fantasy ritual of excess. (more…)...
09:59 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Second North American Viking site suspected
L'Anse Aux Meadows was the first, and until now the only site widely accepted as evidence of Viking settlement in the Americas. But then there were twomaybe.A team of archeologists has found what may ...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing See this bionic dog from 1959
In 1959, physicians at New York's Maimonides Hospital implanted this dog with a radio receiver in its chest, part of an "auxiliary heart" system that would support a failing ticker. From the March 9, ...
08:25 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Code Master is an ingenious programming board game that'll make you feel smarter
I love playing clever puzzle games with friends and for years my go to company has been ThinkFun. Theyve just released a title with the claim of teaching the basics of computer programming without a c...
08:15 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing The chemical burn of Burger King's bizarre Angriest Whopper
"It had a slightly antiseptic burn as if you spritzed the burger with some sort of acid spray," says Dustin "UPSO" Hostetler. ...
08:00 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing How do cats always land on their feet?
Those are some stunning acrobatics from an African Caracal. (BBC's "Life in the Air")...
08:00 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Street Craft: Yarnbombing, Guerilla Gardening, Light Tagging, Lace Graffiti and More
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Beyond graffiti. The artists featured in Street Craft apply non-paint to the urban landscape. Instead of spray cans they use yarn, cloth, plastic, plants, and s...
07:30 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Five lateral thinking puzzles
Here are five new lateral thinking puzzles to test your wits and stump your friends -- play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing situations using yes-or-no questions.Show notesPlease su...
07:29 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Nontransitive dice how to win every time
[While I'm away for a week, I'm posting classic Boing Boing entries from the archives. Here's a gem from 2006.]I'm reading a terrific book by William Poundstone called Fortune's Formula: The Untold St...
06:38 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing The TSA spent $1.4M on an app to tell it who gets a random search
"TSA Randomizer" is an Ipad app that tells TSA official swhich search-lane to send fliers down, randomly directing some of them to secondary screening. (more…)...
06:29 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Iceland's Prime Minister says he won't resign, mass demonstrations gain momentum
After storming out of an interview where he was questioned about his ownership of an offshore company implicated in the Icelandic banking scandal, Iceland's Prime Minister, Sigmundur Dav Gunnlaugsson...
05:44 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Panama Papers reveal the tax-avoidance strategies of David Cameron's father
The fact that Ian Cameron -- father of UK Prime Minister David Cameron -- ran a firm called "Blairmore Holdings" that rich Britons used to move their assets offshore and out of reach of UK taxation is...
04:00 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Pay What You Want and Learn How to Start Your Own Online Business
You see independent entrepreneurs hawking products of every size, shape and variety on every corner of the World Wide Web. Admit it...at least once, youve thought, Man, I could totally make serious ca...
01:00 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2016
BoingBoing Associated Press Style: No more capitalizing internet and web
On Saturday, the Associated Press announced that in the 2016 edition of their widely-used AP Stylebook guide to English grammar and usage, the words "internet" and "web" will no longer be capitalized....
10:23 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing Indie games roundup!
In this Critical Distance digest, I'm bringing you three little collections of pieces published in the past week about some of the latest hit indie games. We'll be exploring action movie pacing, the a...
08:38 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing Studio sculpts giant coin, photographs it alongside normal objects to make them look tiny
In 2011, the Norwegian design studio Skrekkgl scuplted a massive 50-Euro-cent coin and shot it from above with a tilt-shift lens alongside numerous full-sized objects to make them seem to be cunning m...
01:40 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing Largest leak in history reveals world leaders and businesspeople hiding trillions in offshore havens
An anonymous source has handed 2.6TB worth of records from Mossack Fonseca, one of the world's largest offshore law firms, to a consortium of news outlets, including The Guardian. (more…)...
01:40 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing Panama Papers: Largest leak in history reveals political and business elite hiding trillions in offshore havens
An anonymous source has handed 2.6TB worth of records from Mossack Fonseca, one of the world's largest offshore law firms, to a consortium of news outlets, including The Guardian. (more…)...
11:49 am PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing WIN A $1,000 Apple Store Shopping Spree!
Lose your iPhone? Wanna step up to the latest iPad or Apple TV? Or maybe youve been eyeballing one of those Apple watches?The possibilities are endless...but extremely doable if youre the lucky winner...
10:56 am PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing Donovan magically on tour again
Rock and roll legend Donovan is on tour again. Celebrating his 70th birthday this May, Donovan will be touring Europe, continuing to spread his message of peace, and love. Via The Bangkok Post:The s...
10:42 am PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing Awesome ideas with LEGO
Following the directions on a large LEGO project can be meditative, while creating your own sculpture or contraption can be exhilarating! LEGO Awesome Ideas helps bring your ideas to life!LEGO Awesome...
10:28 am PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing Portraits of Buffalo Bill's "show indians"
Photographer Gertrude Ksebier received permission from Buffalo Bill Cody to photograph the native tribes people in his Wild West Show. This collection, from the Library of Congress, is wonderful.Via T...
07:28 am PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing America's teachers are being trained in a harsh interrogation technique that produces false confessions
The Reid Technique is the go-to method for coercing false confessions in America's police interrogation rooms, and now it's being taught to America's schoolteachers, just as schools are using "zero-to...
07:18 am PDT - Sun, April 3, 2016
BoingBoing LA's new rule: homeless people are only allowed to own one trashcan's worth of things
A new law passed by the LA city council prohibits homeless people from owning more belongings than can fit in a 60-gallon trashcan with the lid on, and allows police to summarily confiscate any tents ...
05:07 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2016
BoingBoing Crusade against Cthulhu
Robert Altbauer created this series of illustrations depicting crusaders meeting the HP Lovecraft's monsters, annotated in medieval Middle High German. (more…)...
11:58 am PDT - Sat, April 2, 2016
BoingBoing Playing cards for marijuana enthusiasts
Neither of these decks are smokable, but they bring two of my favorite things together: weed and magic! For sleigh of hand, and other tricks, I always prefer the Bicycle brand cards, but the rolling p...
07:21 am PDT - Sat, April 2, 2016
BoingBoing How likely is a future without paper?
Today we travel to a fully digital world, a world where paper is a thing of the past. Flash Forward: RSS | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook | Web | PatreonIn this episode we talk about how likely it is tha...
07:12 am PDT - Sat, April 2, 2016
BoingBoing Indiana women phone the governor's office to tell him about their periods
Now that Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed one of the most extreme anti-abortion laws in the country -- which includes a ban on abortions based on race, sex and disability, requiring abortion doc...
07:03 am PDT - Sat, April 2, 2016
BoingBoing Stroller folds up small enough to fit in a shopping bag
The Pockit Stroller claims the Guinness World Record for the smallest-folding umbrella stroller ever -- it folds down so small you can put it under your airplane seat or into a shopping bag. (more&hel...
06:54 am PDT - Sat, April 2, 2016
BoingBoing United pilot orders Arab-American family off his flight for "safety"
Eaman-Amy Saad Shebley, her husband, and their three small children were removed from a United Airlines flight prior to takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare airport, after the pilot said they posed a threat ...
06:47 am PDT - Sat, April 2, 2016
BoingBoing 33 state Democratic parties launder $26M from millionaires for Hillary
The Supreme Court's 2014 McCutcheon v FEC ruling eliminated aggregate caps on individual campaign donations, and this paved the way for the DNC and the Hillary Victory Fund to collaborate with 33 stat...
06:34 am PDT - Sat, April 2, 2016
BoingBoing White SC cops pull black passenger out of car, take turns publicly cavity-searching him
White cops from Aiken, SC improperly stopped a car driven by a black woman (they claimed the stop was motivated by temporary tags, but driving with current temporary tags is not grounds for a stop), t...
06:17 am PDT - Sat, April 2, 2016
BoingBoing Four days in, and the BBC hasn't even mentioned the biggest bribery scandal in history
On Wednesday, Fairfax and Huffington Post broke the Unaoil story, revealing that they had been leaked a trove of email from an obscure Monaco family business that had acted as a global fixer in briber...
10:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Should a programming conference host a reactionary weirdo?
LambdaConf is a conference for people who are into functional programming. If you don't know what that means, it suffices to say that these are stout, yeomanly Hobbits of computer science. What's news...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Avocados should not exist
The avocado is highly regarded by many people as delicious and nutritious, but the most extraordinary thing about avocados may be their very existence. (more…)...
03:38 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing How many times did Trump say 'excuse me' at the latest GOP Town Hall?
Guess how many times Republican presidential race front-runner Donald Trump said "Excuse me" at a recent Town Hall? More. Nope, more. Keep guessing. More... (more…)...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing An early peek at 'The Jungle Book,' new Disney live-action remake of Kipling classic
Disney today released two new clips and a new little featurette from the studio's upcoming live action film The Jungle Book. I'm also loving the stunning poster art for the new film by Vincent Aseo, s...
02:39 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Obama touts nuclear arms reduction record, but he's failed to reduce US nukes stockpile
Obama is touting his record on reducing nuclear arms, but he's been a dismal failure at reducing the US's stockpile, writes Freedom of the Press Foundation's Trevor Timm at the Guardian today. (more...
02:25 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing TPP is the 'worst trade deal ever,' Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, could be the worst trade agreement ever negotiated in history. In an interview with CBC News, he recommended t...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Conspiracy theories abound in this weeks tabloids, or is everyone plotting against us?
[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...
01:27 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Tech up with a Complete Computer Science Bundle: Now 89% Off
If you didnt go to college for your technology training, theres a good chance that you probably wish that you had. But today, so much quality IT training happens off tradition collegiate campuses that...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Kids celebrate their 3D printed prosthetic hands
Kevin writes, "Peyton Andry is a Cincinnati boy who was born with symbrachydactyly, a condition that caused the fingers of his right hand to be shorter or missing entirely." (more…)...
12:45 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing PowerPuff avatar creator
There is, finally, a ...
11:43 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Free 'The Airhead' e-zine issue dedicated to the iconic BMW R90S
Of course there is an entire issue of The Airhead, a BMW Airhead enthusiast e-zine, completely dedicated to the most beautiful motorcycle of all time, the R90S. The term "Airhead" is used to describe ...
10:16 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Quilted Northern nods to maker culture
"Start remembering your bathroom experiences again with our new handcrafted toilet paper. Inspired by the makers of yesterday and today." says the toilet paper brand's April Fool's day joke....
10:16 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Toilet tissue brand spoofs maker culture for April Fools
"Start remembering your bathroom experiences again with our new handcrafted toilet paper. Inspired by the makers of yesterday and today." Quilted Northern's April Fool's day joke....
10:07 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Today is your last day to comment on the Internet censorship through copyright abuse!
https://youtu.be/NoIL5qUI1p8Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Hey Internet! Ever since SOPA we've all known that copyright laws have a huge impact on the Internet, free speech, innovation, cre...
10:07 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Today is your last day to comment on Internet censorship through copyright abuse
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Hey Internet! Ever since SOPA we've all known that copyright laws have a huge impact on the Internet, free speech, innovation, creativity." (more…)...
10:04 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Lovely quad ruled paper in a notebook
If you like to write with fountain pens, sketch with colored pencils or otherwise enjoy the physical art of writing, Maruman's Mnemosyne is my notebook favorite paper to write on. Quad ruling on paper...
09:00 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Pixel art, but with triangles instead of squares
Triangulart is "a silly graphic editor build in JavaScript to create isometric illustrations"...
08:52 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee
See sample pages from this book at Wink.It's only right that Stan Lee's memoirs arrive in comic book form. The 93-year-old ambassador/mascot of Marvel Comics has been in the funnybook business since 1...
08:38 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Trump has already changed everything
Jeet Heer writes that Trump will probably lose the election, but he's already changed a GOP that generally controls all other levels of government and is a bellweather for America's political future. ...
08:17 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Sean Hannity unaware of hero Buckley's best line
Like many right-wing commentators, Sean Hannity likes to invoke conservative legends such as William Buckley. But he doesn't actually know much about them, as demonstrated by this exchange on Twitter:...
07:52 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing After biggest bribery scandal in history, police raids and investigations
It's been two days since the first article detailing the contents of a trove of leaked emails from Unaoil, an obscure family company from Monaco that was revealed to be the fixers in a global web of b...
07:18 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Flying Spaghetti Monster hate mail
[While I'm away for a week, I'm posting classic Boing Boing entries from the archives. Here's a gem from 2006.]FSM hate mail is a collection of email that Bobby Henderson, author of The Gospel of the ...
06:49 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders' South Bronx rally, featuring Rosario Dawson, Spike Lee, and Residente
This is a damned inspiring way to spend 90 minutes; Dawson's speech is a hell of a barn-burner that makes the connection between anti-establishment movements on the right and left (and points out they...
06:35 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Freshman Missouri Rep almost made it 3 months before introducing bill urging members to say "fiscal," not "physical"
Rep. Tracy McCreery [D] had served in the Missouri house of reps for nearly a whole quarter before she introduced H.R. 1220, which urges her fellow lawmakers to stop pronouncing "fiscal," as "physical...
06:27 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing New trends in Chinese mobile UIs for 2016
Dan Grover has updated his excellent annual survey of UI trends in Chinese mobile apps with a new installment that covers the t-shirt icon, the happy shopping bag, the moving SEND button, the rise of ...
06:12 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Artist installs sculptures that are also Tor nodes in the world's galleries
Trevor Paglen and Jacob Appelbaum collaborate to create beautiful, acrylic-encased computers that are also Tor nodes, anonymizing data that passes through them, and install the in art galleries all ov...
06:07 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Google launches worst corporate April Fools joke ever, quickly takes it down
For April Fools, Google rearranged Gmail's UI to replace the normal send button with one that attaches a Minions(TM) Mic Drop GIF animation to outgoing email. Today, Gmail is making it easier to have ...
06:01 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2016
BoingBoing Kickstarting a history of women and free speech in comics from CBLDF
Charles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sez, "CBLDF is kickstarting She Changed Comics, a history of how women changed free expression in comics!" (more…)...
11:01 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Egypt blocked Facebook's Internet service over surveillance demands
Egypt blocked Facebook's Free Basics Internet service late last year after Facebook refused the Egyptian government's demands to build in the ability to spy on users. Reuters reported the story late T...
07:02 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing The artist reviving the exquisite techniques of the Old Masters
I was excited to read this article about Jacob Collins, an artist working in the style of the old masters--so many oil glazes!--as it's the effect I often aim for (albeit with ersatz digital shenaniga...
07:01 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing CIA borrowed school bus for training, left explosive material on board while bus carried kids
CIA personnel left explosive training material under the hood of a Loudoun County, Virginia school bus after performing training exercises using the school bus last week. That very same bus was then u...
06:47 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Elon Musk personally high-fiving people in line at Tesla Model 3 release in Century City
How can you not appreciate how personally Elon Musk cares about the cars his company produces? The man really means it. (more…)...
06:35 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing FCC approves broadband internet subsidy for low-income Americans
The Federal Communications Commission today approved a $9.25 monthly broadband subsidy to help millions of low-income U.S. households get online. The long-fought expansion of the FCC's Lifeline progra...
06:21 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing DA: Racist texts shared by SF cops mocked previous scandal in which SF cops shared racist texts
The San Francisco Police Department is in trouble all over again, over claims that officers swapped texts that appear to mock public outcry over a previous texting scandal--stay with me here, now--a p...
06:06 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Hacker claims he rigged presidential elections throughout Latin America. Could it happen here?
Andrs Seplveda, identified as a hacker from Colombia, says he and other hackers installed malware to monitor the opponents of Enrique Pea Nieto during the 2012 Mexican presidential campaign, as part o...
05:23 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing FBI signals it has new iPhone-unlocking powers, and plans to use them: Xeni on KCRW's 'Press Play'
On today's edition of the KCRW daily news program Press Play, I speak with host Madeleine Brand about what we know, as of today, about any new capabilities the FBI may have acquired in its quest to by...
03:46 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Reddit's Warrant Canary just died
In early 2015, Reddit published a transparency report that contained heading for National Security Requests, noting, "As of January 29, 2015, reddit has never received a National Security Letter, an o...
12:13 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Save 90% on Complete Java Programming Bootcamp
Bootcamps are all the rage these days and if youre going to drill obsessively deep into any core programming discipline, you probably wont find a more deserving recipient of that super-intensive study...
12:07 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Watch the incredibly weird Ted Cruz Penis Pinocchio ad
The marginal quality of the CGI nose really makes it. They should have hired Cyriak....
10:39 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Embroidered toast
Slovenian artist Terzia Krnov produced a series of toast slices called "Everyday Bread," in which each slice is embroidered in a different pattern. (more…)...
10:33 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Qatar's World Cup stadium is being built by modern slaves
Qatar, one of the worst places in the world to be a worker (even the flight attendants experience human rights abuses), was picked to host the 2022 football world cup by the famously corrupt FIFA orga...
10:24 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Projection: by 2020, Bitcoin transactions could consume as much power as Denmark
The numbers are very back-of-the-envelope and assume a worst case (that is, widespread adoption of Bitcoin and not much improvement in Bitcoin mining activity; along with long replacement cycles for o...
10:24 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Bitcoin transactions could consume as much energy as Denmark by the year 2020
The numbers in this study are very back-of-the-envelope and assume a worst case: widespread adoption of Bitcoin and not much improvement in Bitcoin mining activity, along with long replacement cycles ...
10:13 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Online casino bankrolls largest-ever, ruinously expensive war in Eve Online
Eve Online ("spreadsheets in space") is the infamously intricate massively multiplayer space trade/conquest game where in-game currency can be exchanged for real cash, making the battles fought there ...
10:04 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Russia bans Polish "Communist Monopoly" board-game
Kolejka ("Queue") is a popular satirical Polish board game that lampoons life under Stalinist rule; the Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has banned publisher IPN, the Polish "Institute of Nat...
09:51 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing "Reputation management" companies apparently induce randos to perjure themselves by pretending to be anonymous posters
Pissedconsumer has noticed that a bunch of "reputation management" companies are filing lawsuits to get anonymous customer complaints removed, and very quickly identifying the anonymous posters, who s...
08:58 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Wenol, the best metal polish I've used
I was given a tube of Wenol by a seller of antique silver, years ago. Wenol cleans up everything I think to try it on. Wenol is a pink paste containing magic and some jewelers rouge. You rub it on to ...
08:42 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Acrostic poem generator
The Acrostic beat poem generator (via) will take any word you give it and use its letters as the starting letter for each line. The results are oftentimes silly, and sometimes uncanny. (more…)...
08:24 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Hilarious and sophomoric collection of crass tourist photos (NSFW)
More here. (via Neatorama)...
08:01 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Whatever happened to utopian architecture?
The Tale of Tomorrow: Utopian Architecture in the Modernist Realm collects photos and commentary about the mid-century heyday of utopian architecture, from Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti to Bangladesh's Nat...
07:59 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Milk bottles with cattle mutilation/UFO theme!
I-Media, a creative agency in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, created this brilliant concept design for Molocow milk. I want to believe! ...
07:53 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Angry voice mail from Boing Boing reader
[While I'm away for a week, I'm posting classic Boing Boing entries from the archives. Here's a gem from 2006.] Your browser does not support the audio element.I forgot all about this funny, profanit...
07:38 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Police investigate man who delivered "revenge fart" after denied sex
A gentleman in Laholm, Sweden allegedly delivered a "revenge fart" in a woman's flat after she refused to have sex with him. So she called police who were obligated to investigate for any criminal act...
07:38 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Police investigate man who delivered 'revenge fart' after woman said no to sex
A gentleman in Laholm, Sweden allegedly delivered a "revenge fart" in a woman's flat after she refused to have sex with him. So she called police who were obligated to investigate for any criminal act...
07:28 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Nate Silver doesn't like Bernie's chances
Nate Silver, America's rockstar statistician, has run the numbers and doesn't see how Sanders gets to a win. Silver developed a model he calls the "path-of-least-implausibility" and shares why the mat...
07:21 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Killer "Arrest Records" logo from the 1970s
"The best record label logo of the 70s?" as posted to Instagram by the fantastic reissue label The Numero Group....
07:13 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Listen to Michael Stipe (REM) sing David Bowie
A heavily-bearded Michael Stipe sings a beautifully baroque cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" as a teaser for tomorrow night's Music of David Bowie tribute concert at Radio City Mu...
06:44 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Leak: Alaska superdelegate says she has no duty to represent state's voters
Kim Metcalfe is a Democratic Party superdelegate from Alaska, a state whose party members pledged 81.6% of their support to Bernie Sanders. (more…)...
06:44 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Leak: Alaska superdelegate denies duty to represent her state's voters in 2016 elections
Kim Metcalfe is a Democratic Party superdelegate from Alaska, a state whose party members pledged 81.6% of their support to Bernie Sanders. (more…)...
06:25 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Phishers trick Mattel into transferring $3M to a Chinese bank
Last spring, in the chaos following the firing of Mattel's CEO (who presided over a disastrous slide in Barbie sales), a Mattel finance executive got an email from his new boss, replacement CEO Christ...
06:13 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing CNN celebrates Sanders' six primary victories by airing a "documentary" about Jesus
Sanders won an unprecedented six out of seven primaries in a streak that culminated with astounding, lopsided victories on Saturday night. MSNBC "covered" it by airing a couple of reality TV shows abo...
06:01 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Hungarian ruling party wants to ban all working crypto
The parliamentary vice-president from Fidesz -- the largest faction in the Hungarian government -- has asked parliament to "ban communication devices that [law enforcement agencies] are not able to su...
06:01 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. The Uncertainty Principal & 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...
05:43 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Trains Botting: twitterbot posts a new emoji train landscape every 4 hours
Trains Botting/@choochoobot is a new twitterbot from prolific botmaster and EFF staffer Parker Higgins. (more…)...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2016
BoingBoing Weird Love The warm blanket of history has swaddled these romance comics in ludicrousness
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Im willing to bet that your relationships with significant others arent as convoluted or mind-boggling as the ones you will find in Weird Love, a collection of ...