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07:44 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Donald Trump to travel to Mexico and meet with Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto
Donald Trump says he will fly to Mexico City Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto, hours before the GOP presidential nominee is to deliver a speech in Arizona on immigration. (m...
07:34 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing The Lowcostcosplay guy can literally cosplay anything and be great at it
Everything is cosplay,says Low Cost Cosplay guy. (more…)...
07:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Letter sent to Iceland farm with hand-drawn map instead of address gets there anyway
A tourist who visited Iceland couldn't figure out what address to use to send a letter to someone, so they drew a map. Their letter was mailed to a farm in Hvammsveit, West Iceland, with a cute litt...
06:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Iceland's powerful Elf Lobby wins fight to unearth Elfin Lady Stone buried by construction workers
Bowing to intense pressure from elves and the people who believe in them, the government of Iceland will unearth a purportedly magical Elfin Lady Stone buried by highway workers by mistake. The inadve...
05:42 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing White House orders Russia hack investigation, Congress wants to know if Trump is involved
Anonymous U.S. intelligence sources cited by NBC News say the White House has ordered a special intelligence task force to look into Russia's recent hacks of various Democratic political organization...
05:06 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing FBI recovers 30 Hillary Clinton emails related to Benghazi, will release report
The U.S. State Department said today that about 30 or so emails out of the nearly 15,000 the FBI obtained from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may have involved Benghazi. Last week, ...
03:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Our hominid ancestor Lucy died after falling from tree, new analysis suggests
Lucy, the famed Australopithecus afarensis, may have died from falling out of a tree 3.18 million years ago, according to new forensic analysis. This video explains the reasoning behind the hypothe...
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Machine-learning model fed web content makes racist and sexist associations
Human biases exposed by Implicit Association Tests can be replicated in machine learning using GloVe word embedding, according to a new study where GloVe was trained on "a corpus of text from the Web....
01:47 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Bizarre perfume ad by Spike Jonze is a must-see
Wow! Directed by Spike Jonze, this high-energy KENZO World ad, or "short film" as they're calling it, is the best perfume commercial I've ever seen. And the most bizarre. The brands new ad, direct...
12:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Live video: Guns and drugs retrieved in Chris Brown LAPD standoff
The live Fox 11 helicopter video of LAPD officers surrounding Chris Brown's home is weird enough, but when you add streaming emoji typed in by viewers, it's super hyper weird. (more…)...
12:05 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Apartment complex evacuated due to microwaved hot pepper
A HAZMAT team evacuated a Rochester, New York high-rise apartment building yesterday after residents complained of burning sensations in their eyes and once the fire department investigated. They foun...
11:48 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Unprotected database exposes off-grid energy users in Guatemala, South Africa
An unprotected Kingo Solar database with the personal data and photos for thousands of off-the-grid electricity customers was accessible for months, reports Zack Whittaker at ZDnet. Thousands of remot...
11:42 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Where do mansplainers get their water?
Where do man-splainers get their water?From a well, actually...(via /r/Jokes)...
11:19 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing How to behave in an elevator
Psychologist Lane Longfellow is the go-to expert on how people behave in elevators. After years of research, Longfellow came up with a simple guide to "How to Behave in an Elevator," including suggest...
11:13 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Satirist Paul Thomas mixes fiction with facts in An Unreliable History of Tattoos
See sample pages from this book at Wink.An Unreliable History of Tattoos by Paul ThomasNobrow Press2016, 96 pages, 7.9 x 10.6 x 0.7 inches (hardcover) $3 Buy a copy on AmazonA minor celebrity/reality ...
10:56 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Floridians hunt invasive lion fish
Lion fish are a serious invasive threat along the southern Atlantic coast. Extremely aggressive, lion fish eat a lot of other fish. Fishery managers suggest we eat them!No Florida man joke, sorry....
10:56 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Florida fishers are catching and eating the highly invasive lionfish
Lion fish are a serious invasive threat along the southern Atlantic coast. Extremely aggressive, lion fish eat a lot of other fish. Fishery managers suggest we eat them!No Florida man joke, sorry....
10:54 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Jack Kirby's long-lost, incomplete "The Prisoner" comic book
Forces of Geek has unearthed an amazing gem. To introduce it, they write:In the March 21st, Entertainment Weekly ran an article called In Search of Pop Cultures Holy Grails, listing, some hallowed pro...
10:52 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing 22-year-old Elizabeth Taylor on What's My Line
https://youtu.be/mw8WK3AaRJU?t=16m01sGreat episode of What's my Line from 1964 in which Elizabeth Taylor uses a squeaky voice in an attempt to trick the blindfolded panelists....
10:40 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing 1960s Alka Seltzer commercial featuring the voiceover talent of Gene Wilder
"Alka Seltzer invents a new disease... the 'blahs.'" A classic Mad Men era commercial with the unmistakable voice of the late Gene Wilder....
10:30 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Dogs understand tone and meaning of words
Ever tried to trick your dog with a cheerful tone but non-sense words? Chances are you dog didn't buy it. Unsurprising to those of us who live with dogs, a new study shows us canines process language ...
10:29 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing New biography of musical genius who became tragic acid casualty
Our friends at Dangerous Minds have a piece about a new book coming out called Swim Through the Darkness: My Search for Craig Smith and the Mystery of Maitreya Kali by Mike Stax. Craig Smith, born in ...
10:28 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Animal shaped ice packs for lunch bags
These cute cold packs work great, and are easy to clean. Wonderful for lunches that don't fit in my daughter's bento jar.We keep owls and penguins in our freezer, to use as needed. We wash'em off in t...
10:18 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Non-designers design a "superior anti-clogging drain device"
Design website Core77 says, "Industrial designers: Do you find it stings when non-designers invent a successful product that you should have thought of?" The product is called the TubShroom, and it'...
10:08 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing White supremacist David Duke continues to campaign for Trump
As Donald Trump embarrassingly attempts to convince black America that he is on their side, famous hate-monger David Duke continues to imply the two are a pair.Via HuffPo:Dukes strategy to invoke Trum...
09:56 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Gentleman doesn't remember buying a bus for $42,229
A Scania Irizar Century Coach is certainly a handsome looking bus, but Davie Little is experiencing buyer's remorse.From his Facebook page:Still cant believe what I did last night in Ibiza. So I was i...
09:46 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Mark Ryden's new micro-portfolio for sale
Mark Ryden and Porterhouse Fine Art Editions have published a new micro-portfolio of Ryden's paintings and drawings from his recent exhibitions The Gay 90's Olde Tyme Art Show and The Gay Nineties Wes...
09:37 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing This garden can kill you
The delightful grounds of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England contain such alluring settings as the Poison Garden, home to more than 100 species of plants that are deadly to humans. Please mee...
09:20 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Gene Wilder on the Truth
From a conversation with Letty Cottin Progrebin, in 2007, comes this darling animation set to Gene Wilder's wise words on comedy, laughter, love, and confidence....
09:02 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Cast Under an Alien Sun
Joe just wanted to go to the national chemistry convention, but somehow his flight never gets him there. Waking up on a distant planet, where humanity isn't quite as developed, Joe realizes he has bee...
08:40 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Get thousands of hand-drawn icons from the Noun Project
Finding quality icons is a challenge for designers, and can also get pretty costly if you use them often.And when youve got a lot to do, the last thing you want to spend your time on is creating new i...
08:18 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
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08:17 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing People in crowds do not spontaneously de-evolve into subhuman beasts
This episodes guest, Michael Bond, is the author of The Power of Others, and reading his book I was surprised to learn that despite several decades of research into crowd psychology, the answers to mo...
04:53 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Trump's just gonna wing the debates
Republican millionaire Donald Trump is pretty much just going to wing it in his first debate with rival presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, reports the New York Times. Just four weeks away, the ev...
04:36 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing The ultimate guide to talking to a woman with headphones on
Everyone's angry today about a sexist guide to "approaching women with headphones on" which encourages socially awkward men to ignore this obvious social cue and harass women in public. Nasty tips inc...
04:14 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Residents warned of evil clown
It's just another day in Greenville, S.C., where a clown reportedly tried to lure children into the woods near an apartment complex.8/24/2016To The Residents of Fleetwood ManorThere has [sic] been sev...
03:53 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2016
BoingBoing Apple told to pay 13bn in back taxes to Ireland
Ireland offered Apple huge tax breaks, but didn't give other companies the same deal. The European Commission concluded this was illegal and the company must pay up the 13bn it would otherwise have ow...
05:24 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing $10k reward to find horrible person gunning down sea otters
Sea otters. Cute little sea otters. Someone is shooting sea otters along California's central coast. Via the LA Times:California wildlife officials are offering a $10,000 reward to find whoever is res...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Oklahoma woman, 84 and black, pepper-sprayed in the face by police in her home
Police in Oklahoma pepper-sprayed an 84-year-old black woman in the face, inside her home. (more…)...
03:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Laughing Stanford rapist Brock Turner to be released after only 3 months in prison
Brock Turner is scheduled to be getting out of jail this week, three months early. (more…)...
03:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Laughing Stanford rapist Brock Turner to be released after only 3 months in jail
Brock Turner is scheduled to be getting out of jail this week, three months early. (more…)...
01:06 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Recomendo: six cool things to see, hear, read, eat, and do
Want to get Cool Tools' Recomendo a week early in your inbox? Sign up for the Sunday newsletter here.Travel Tip:A Global Entry pass is a true bargain if you do any international travel. You dont need ...
12:50 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Actor Gene Wilder dies at 83
Actor Gene Wilder, best known as the leading genius of classic films "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "Blazing Saddles," 'The Producers,' "Young Frankenstein," and more, has died at 83 years of ...
12:41 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Gregor's Run by Saxon Andrew
In Gregor's Run a young man with a mysterious past is on the run from two of the universe's most powerful organizations. Generally broke, and with no idea of who he is or what the bad guys want, the t...
11:27 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Awkward Zombie From the webcomic that parodies video games of all kinds
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Awkward Zombie: We're Going To Be Richby Katie Tiedrich2012, 164 pages (softcover)From $10 Buy a copy on AmazonOr $19 from Level Up StudiosAwkward Zombie is one...
11:25 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Sapiens author says the uncoupling of intelligence and consciousness means the end of humanity
One of my favorite books last year (and this year, because I'm re-reading it) was Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, an immensely readable history of the myths humans have inve...
11:05 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Woman who is refused cigarette lights man's car on fire
A woman has been arrested in Jerusalem for lighting a man's car on fire at a gas pump after he denied her request to give him a cigarette.From NBC News:The woman was arrested after the incident Tuesda...
10:52 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing NBC wanted The Walking Dead, but without the zombies
This is why I hardly ever watch network television.From Variety:Before the show was picked up by AMC for domestic and Fox for international, its creator Frank Darabont presented the first version of t...
10:48 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Things I miss: Fraggle Rock
Dance your cares away!I just love the Doozers....
10:37 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing 323 reindeer died from a single lighting strike in Norway
This website has a video with macabre footage of 323 reindeer that died from a single lightning strike.From Google Translate:It was Friday night that the mass death of reindeer was discovered in carib...
10:32 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing More parents deem vaccines "unnecessary"
Coinciding with a mumps outbreak on Long Island, a new survey by the American Academy of Pediatricians, has shown that increasing numbers of American parents deem vaccines "unnecessary." Via WaPo:The ...
10:30 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Wild birds show interest in their reflection
https://youtu.be/IwHxfrZyYhYAre they happy, mad, or experiencing an emotion that's utterly alien to us?...
10:25 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Static electricity discharge
A youngster with a surplus of electrons gets a shocking lesson.Touches this finger........
10:16 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Cut cable and watch virtually limitless TV and movies with SelectTV
While Netflix and Hulu have seemingly dominated the streaming market with their limited selections, we've looked a little outside the box and found something pretty great as an alternative.SelectTVcom...
10:12 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Jimmy DiResta makes a wooden spoon
Jimmy DiResta shot this video of his spoon-making process for MAKE.Lately I have been seeing the complexity inside seemingly simple objects. I recently made a simple bell in brass, which caused me t...
10:06 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing See the driver's licenses belonging to Hitchcock, Johnny Cash, De Niro, and others
Over at Dangerous Minds, a fine gallery of vintage celebrity driver's licenses!...
10:03 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Painting a hyper-realistic fried egg: a time-lapse video
Marcello Barenghi painted a giant fried egg, and recorded the process via time-lapse.[via]...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Hypnotic timelapse of aquascaping a planted aquarium
Glass Canvas Aquascape sculpts plants, wood, and stones into a stunning planted aquarium in this beautiful timelapse video. Your moment of zen for the day! (more…)...
09:55 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing A big ol' box of assorted automotive blade fuses
Saturday was a tale of one man, one Triumph Scrambler, one multi-tester, and one hidden in-line 7.5a blade fuse. Luckily, after hours of where curiosity turned to frustration and then anguish, the mor...
09:34 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Thought-controlled nanorobots in your body
A team of Israeli scientists devised a system by which a person can use their thoughts alone trigger a tiny DNA-based nanorobots inside a living creature to release a drug. The researchers from Herzli...
09:30 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing How to make vibrant digital photograms
An analog photogram is essentially a photo made without a camera, by placing objects on photosensitive materials and exposing them to light. Marcin Lewandowski shows how to reproduce the effect with...
09:17 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing World's longest Instagram tour: Toronto's Graffiti Alley
Heritage Toronto has curated a cool Instagram account (graffitialley.to) that documents Toronto's Graffiti Alley. It works best on a phone, but it's OK on other screens if you don't mind turning your ...
09:11 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Facebook returns trending picks to mechanical feed only to see total garbage float to top
After being accused of political bias in its trending news picks, Facebook returned to a purely algorithmic feed. Within hours, the machine picked a gross fake-news hatebait item claiming Fox News anc...
09:09 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Kraftwerk on US television in 1975
In 1975, Kraftwerk, during their first tour of the United States, appeared on the musical variety show The Midnight Special. They performed "Autobahn."...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Infrared cameras reveal tattoo-covered mummy priestess
Archaeologist Cdric Gobeil discusses how he used modern imaging technology to find dozens of animals tattooed on the mummy of an Egyptian woman, probably a priestess of Hathor. She also had a hierogly...
08:36 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Thunderbolt Fantasy: anime-esque action with puppets
Imagine a mix of modern animation and 1960s marionette show Thunderbirds and you still won't quite capture how awesome Thunderbolt Fantasy is. It's an example of glove puppetry, a form of folk art d...
08:03 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Watch this crazy contortionist's dance
The latest from Shakirudeen Adewale Alade, aka Bonetics, who first twisted our melons on Britain's Got Talent in 2015. (via Laughing Squid)...
08:02 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Republican party more or less doomed to Trumpism, white supremacy, self-loathing
The Republican Party spent decades telling its base to hate and mistrust the mainstream media. But now conservative outlets are lurching to the far right, taking the base with it and leaving the party...
07:38 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Escaped convict requests police post a different "wanted photo" of her on social media
Last Wednesday, Amy Sharp, 18, on the run after escaping a Sydney, Australia correction center, requested on Facebook that police replace a posted photo of her with a different one that she preferred ...
07:21 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Tiny lego typewriter
Benjamin Cheh and Jeffrey Kong made this prototype Lego typewriter a couple of years ago: "a perfect example of how LEGO elements can pack so much detail in something so small. A retro creation for bo...
06:59 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing $1m taken in by random guy promising "Dinner with Trump"
The right wing of American politics has long been a grifter's paradise, but Ian Hawes raked in $1m in a matter of weeks with Facebook ads promising dinner with Donald Trump. Politico reports that the ...
06:24 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Slugs eat tiny hatchling birds
Mercifully there is yet to be footage of slugs devouring baby birds, but the fact that it happens has been confirmed after years of suspicion.The actual moment of slugs predating on nestlings isnt eas...
06:16 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Ridiculously expensive disposable razors are a betrayal of Gillette's original socialist principles
Everyone knows that shaving razors are a ripoff, with vastly overpriced blade systems being all one can easily find in stores. Malcolm Harris writes that the practice is not only sleazy, but a direct ...
05:53 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Reports confirm Donald Trump's dad was arrested at Klan rally, and that those arrested were in robes
Fred Trump, the father of millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump, was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally as a young man, according to a 1927 New York Times story. Vice put in the legwork on cor...
05:53 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2016
BoingBoing Reports confirm Donald Trump's dad was arrested at Klan rally, and that those arrested were "berobed"
Fred Trump, the father of millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump, was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally as a young man, according to a 1927 New York Times story. Vice put in the legwork on cor...
09:13 pm PDT - Sun, August 28, 2016
BoingBoing No shooting at Los Angeles International Airport #LAX, false alarm confirmed by LAPD
Around 9pm local time here in Los Angeles, reports began popping up of a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport, LAX. Within about 30 minutes, LAPD confirmed that there had been no shooting...
11:15 am PDT - Sun, August 28, 2016
BoingBoing The Magic Castle's 1990 television special
One of the rare public glimpses inside Los Angeles' legendary Magic Castle. Absolutely one of my favorite places on Earth! I try to visit every time I'm in L.A....
08:13 am PDT - Sun, August 28, 2016
BoingBoing What we think about when we try not to think about global warming
In this episode, psychologist Per Espen Stoknes discusses his book: What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming.Stoknes has developed a strategy for science communicators who fin...
07:07 am PDT - Sun, August 28, 2016
BoingBoing Music video features trash-talking UN smackdown
The official video for Nobody Speak, by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels, was directed by Sam Pilling and stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey as very NSFW diplomats on a tear.The video depicts a meeti...
05:39 am PDT - Sun, August 28, 2016
BoingBoing Save 73% on this premium vaporizer bundle
These days, the vape market is saturated with low-quality products, making it nearly impossible to separate the gems from the duds. TheAtmos Rx Dry Herb Vaporizerstands outfrom crowd for two reasons: ...
08:08 am PDT - Sat, August 27, 2016
BoingBoing How to change peoples minds on social issues with "deep canvassing"
Oddly enough, we dont know very much about how to change peoples minds on social issues, not scientifically. That’s why the work of the a group of LGBT activists in Los Angeles is offering somet...
08:06 am PDT - Sat, August 27, 2016
BoingBoing How the "separate spheres" ideology is still affecting us today
Common sense used to dictate that men and women should only come together for breakfast and dinner.According to Victorian historian Kaythrn Hughes, people in the early 19th Century thought the outside...
06:26 am PDT - Sat, August 27, 2016
BoingBoing Maine Gov. LePaige: people of color are the enemy
Paul LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, told reporters that people of color are the enemy in his state. (more…)...
05:37 am PDT - Sat, August 27, 2016
BoingBoing This innovative pan makes for great food and minimal clean up
If youre like us, you occasionally get ambitious with your dinner and try to cook multiplesides plus a main dish. These efforts usually end as a cold meal plus a pile of dishes to wash.MasterPan Multi...
03:14 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing The long and twisted tale of the Nibbler arcade game
Never heard of Nibbler? Youre not alone. Nibbler was one of a handful of arcade games produced in the early 80s by Rock-Ola Manufacturing Company, a company better known for its stylish jukeboxes. D...
02:39 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Smri McCarthy: a pirate who goes after corporate criminal ships
As the former editor-in-chief of the technology project magazine MAKE, Ive learned that makers dont limit themselves to simply making things. Their urge to be an active participant in the world arou...
01:25 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Wine saver pump
My wife has been using this wine saver vacuum pump for several years now. It creates an airtight vacuum in the bottle to preserve the wine.The pump comes with two rubber stoppers with one-way valves. ...
12:15 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing North Korea launches Netflix-like streaming propaganda service 'Manbang'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlJ5gkJujYkDespite its name, Manbang is not a gay male pornography service. Kim Jong-un's regime unveiled the service today as a propaganda-filled streaming service d...
12:14 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Tobin's Spirit Guide
"The architect's name was Evo Shandor. I found it in Tobin's Spirit Guide. He was also a doctor, performed a lot of unnecessary surgery. And then in 1920, he started a secret society... " -- Dr. Egon ...
12:03 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Bone is possibly one of the best fantasy series ever told
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Bone: Coda (25th Anniversary Special) by Jeff Smith Cartoon Books2016, 136 pages, 6.4 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches (softcover)$13 Buy a copy on AmazonIf you havent read J...
11:36 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Before Breitbart, before Trump, Bannon bullied people in Biosphere 2
The Breitbart chief and Trump campaign CEO's sexist bullying was evident in the early days of Biosphere 2 in Arizona, then a quasi space colonization and environmental research project. Stephen K. Ban...
11:31 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Gentleman angry over sap cuts down tree, which falls on his house
Raymond Mazzarella of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania thought he would teach a tree a lesson. The tree was in his neighbor's yard and had dripped sap on his parked car. He retrieved his chainsaw and went...
11:21 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Family gets food poisoning from feast to celebrate surviving food poisoning,
We dont get it. First we were poisoned and then sacrificed an animal for God as a sign of gratitude for gaining our health back. Then we were poisoned once again, as well as the neighbours. May God sa...
11:21 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Family gets food poisoning from feast to celebrate surviving food poisoning
We dont get it. First we were poisoned and then sacrificed an animal for God as a sign of gratitude for gaining our health back. Then we were poisoned once again, as well as the neighbours. May God sa...
11:11 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Cop captures Bigfoot on video
A person claiming to be a law enforcement officer sent this video to The Sasquatch Chronicles, with the following message:I will make this as short as possible. I have a video from a trail cam which...
11:03 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing How Allied prisoners used a Ouija board to escape a Turkish prison camp in World War I
In 1917 a pair of Allied officers combined a homemade Ouija board, audacity, and imagination to hoax their way out of a remote prison camp in the mountains of Turkey. In this week's episode of the Fut...
11:02 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Circuitry found linking cerebral cortex to body's stress response
Our autonomic nervous system influences internal organs and governs key functions such as heart rate, digestion, and temperature regulation. Psychosomatic diseases are thosewithout clear physical basi...
10:38 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Watch a tornado flatten a Starbucks in seconds
When a tornado destroyed this Starbucks in Kokomo, Indiana on Wednesday, there were reportedly more than a dozen people inside. After store manager Kim McCartney called employee Angel Ramos to tell ...
10:26 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down with Crucial NASA Research Samples
Another successful SpaceX mission to resupply the ISS ended today with a splashdown in the Pacific, southwest of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Here's an update from NASA. (more…)...
09:59 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Today only: get our best-selling camera (and battery pack) for an extra 10% off
The Lytro Illum is our all-time best-selling cameraandhere's our best deal yet. Apply the code "Lytro10" to save an extra 10% off onthis camera's mind-blowing functionality inthis exclusive one day on...
09:24 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing John Lennon on his first acid trip
In 1965, John Lennon, George Harrison, Cynthia Lennon, and Pattie Boyd were having dinner at a dentist friend's house. The dentist put LSD in their coffee without telling them first. When he revealed ...
07:09 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Experience the minimalist joy of moving empty desktop windows
Try it for yourself. Blankwindows is a creation of NYC-based artist Rafal Rozendaal. And don't miss newoldhotcold.com and somethingopen.com....
07:03 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing The most logical logical fallacy of them all, the existential fallacy
Hypothetical situations involving dragons, robots, spaceships, and vampires have all been used to prove and disprove arguments.Statements about things that do not exist can still be true, and can be u...
06:32 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Trump campaign boss Stephen K. Bannon was charged with domestic abuse
Stephen Bannon, the Breitbart News boss recently hired to lead millionaire businessman Donald Trump's faltering presidential campaign, was charged in 1996 with domestic violence, battery and dissuadin...
06:06 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Time to Statham Punch
Matthew Haughey noticed that movies starring British actor Jason Statham, with only a single exception, sooner or later involve him punching someone. At Time to Statham Punch, he maintains statistics ...
05:59 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Manygolf: simple, addictive online golf game
Manygolf is similar to Desert Golfing, in that it presents a random two-dimensional course and simple controls to angle and power shots. But it's also multiplayer, which means there's always someone a...
05:51 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing RIP clumsy stormtrooper Michael Leader
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja4v-qiFvBgMichael Leader, famous in certain circles as a clumsy Star Wars stormtrooper who knocked his head on a door, has died. He was also known for playing the long...
05:02 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Underhill Solid Cologne inspires adventure and investigation
I respect companies that arent afraid to take chances especially ones that could make them go broke.Misc Goods Co. is an online boutique that puts a little something extra into everything they produc...
05:01 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2016
BoingBoing Scot Nerys Boobie Trap is out of his mind
LA is chock full of beautiful theaters, but the one to be at on Wednesday nights is the famous Fais Do-Do Ballroom. Its not because of the rich history that oozes from its architectural pores its bec...
09:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing See you at Burning Man!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl-PRUQ1r6kI'm about to switch off my email until September 5 and drive to Black Rock City for 10 days of incinerating the dude. (more…)...
06:26 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing 400 years of equator hazings, and how I survived one
This summer, I spent a month aboard a research vessel in the Indian Ocean. At one point, we crossed the equator, which meant that those of us who had never done that before were treated to a special c...
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Do Your Part! Illegally Download Scientific Papers
Jesse Singal requested this shoop, and I delivered. After all, who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone. (I've uploaded this to Redbubble if you'd like a poster—of course, you can just as well...
02:12 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing NASA's Juno to Soar Closest to Jupiter This Saturday
An update on the Juno mission, from NASA. (more…)...
01:56 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Donald still trumps the polls! fibs Dick Morris
Prince Charles has confessed to his sons: I had to kill Diana! claims the Globe.' Your mother was out of control! She was a threat to the monarchy! She had to be stopped before she ruined everything!I...
01:01 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing How you can avoid committing the "conjunction fallacy"
Here is a logic puzzle created by psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.“Linda is single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned w...
12:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Hydraulic press vs. carbon fiber yields interesting results
Hydraulic Press Channel shows why carbon fiber and variants like carbon nanotubes have so many uses: depending on the configuration, they can hold up against the hydraulic press. (more…)...
11:59 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Far future of libraries
Business Insider's Chris Weller asked me to draw from our work at Institute for the Future, where I'm a research director, to take a long-distance look at the far future of what libraries could become...
11:49 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Easter Island statue ice cube tray
This silicone ice cube tray creates nine Moai statue ice cubes at a time. Even better, you can make chocolates and soap with it, too. Amazon has it for $10....
11:39 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing The Mainstreaming of Psychedelics
From MDMA as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder to Ketamine for beating depression, there's a psychedelic revival afoot, one that is firmly rooted in science and medicine. In High Times, N...
11:34 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing How to Wrap Five Eggs is a real inspiration for both designer and maker
See sample pages from this book at Wink.How to Wrap Five Eggs: Japanese Design in Traditional Packaging by Hideyuki Oka (author) and Michikazu Sakai (photographer)Harper & Row1967, 203 pages, 10 ...
10:59 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Koko the gorilla plays bass with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea visited Koko at her home in Woodside, CA and let her play his bass. Said Flea,"This is the greatest thing that ever happened. I will never forget."[via]...
10:54 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Bird asks for a drink
Raven asks to drinkA polite bird asks a human to give it a drink from a bottle of water.[via]...
10:42 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Awesome doctor gives toddler a vaccination
The only person who wouldn't approve of this doctor is Jenny McCarthy....
10:19 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Lawnmower triggers false Northern Lights alert
Lancaster University's Aurora Watch issued an alert on Tuesday that the Northern Lights would be clearly visible in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the alert was cancelled after the scientists dete...
10:17 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing French artist Patrick Commecy converts bare building walls into trompe-l'il
French artist Patrick Commecy transforms boring buildings into something elseVia Amusing Planet:French artist Patrick Commecy and his team of muralists transform dull and boring facades around France ...
10:10 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Things I miss: Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots
One of my favorite management techniques, back during the dotcom boom and bust, was to have engineers on my team solve their differences with Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots!A quick check shows Rock 'em So...
10:01 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing After 60 years, man returns library book that clearly influenced his life
Larry Murdock just returned a library book that he checked out from the Linton, Indiana Public Library in 1956, when he was just 8 years old. The book is "Moths of the Limberlost." Murdock is now a Pu...
09:52 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Tee: YOU WOULDN'T REIMPLEMENT AN API
As Oracle desperately tries to reanimate its wretched, failed attempt to destroy everything Sun Microsystems stood for and end computer science as we know it, there's never been a better time to rock ...
09:45 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Leslie Jones hack investigated by federal agents
The Apple iCloud account of comedian and actor Leslie Jones was recently hacked, with nude photographs posted concurrently with racist threat messages. The incident is being investigated by federal ag...
09:40 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Universities fought unionization's 'one-size-fits-all' using identical arguments
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that grad students working at private universities can form unions, something that the universities themselves have fought tooth-and-nail for years, with e...
09:33 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Shaper Origin is a handheld CNC router
I just watched a few of the demo videos for the Shaper Origin. It's a handheld, computer numerical control, router that allows you to cut precise shapes into flat stock. Since it is handheld, there'...
09:27 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Great glue for DIY shoe repair
In the past, saving a well worn pair of shoes or boots was a very frustrating mission. Freesole urethane shoe glue is amazing, and good for a lot more than shoes!I've had a lot of success using Freeso...
09:21 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Uber lost $1.27 billion or more in the first half of 2016
Uber lost at least $1.27 billion before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the first six months of 2016, Bloomberg reports today. (more…)...
09:21 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing These are radio drama staircases
These unusual "radio drama staircases" are inside the BBC's sound studios. When an actor is recorded walking up or down the stairs, the different surfaces (wood, carpet, cement) give the acoustic impr...
09:06 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing New Hillary Clinton campaign spot highlights Trump's KKK ties
There's a reason the most hateful fringe of the right wing is supporting Donald Trump, the campaign for Hillary Clinton said as they introduced this new attack spot. (more…)...
09:05 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Points of inflection: monochrome generative audiovisuals
Alexander Senko wrote Pure Data code that "produces a lissajous figure with different frequency ratios and a phase modulation. The curve generates pitch, harmonics and volume of sound. The inflectio...
09:00 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Fantastic 1980s motion graphics of movie and TV production logos
And you thought Stranger Things had a cool opening. (via /r/obscuremedia)...
08:46 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing WhatsApp wooed users with privacy promise, but will soon share data with Facebook
The mobile messaging app will soon begin sharing with Facebook the phone numbers and analytics data for its more than one billion users. When messaging app WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014, W...
08:24 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing It's salmon season on this live Alaskan bear cam
Explore.org has a very relaxing live feed of bears feeding on salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, Alaska. At night, they run a highlight reel. Great for having on as you work. (more&hellip...
07:35 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing ISIS left behind at least 14,000 landmines when it retreated from Manbij
Once it became clear that a US-backed militia coalition was going to chase Isis out of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, Isis planted at least 14,000 mines, boobytrapping refrigerators, onion-basket...
07:00 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Flag's Kickstarter to build the world's best photo printing facility
Hey, it's your ol' pal Joel! Used to write a gadget blog that wasn't about gadgets? Man, great to see you. No, no, have a seat. Can we get a couple of...yeah, no ice, thanks.So let's get business out ...
06:47 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Scarfolk: Win your human rights!
The dystopian satire site Scarfolk (previously) has scored another direct hit, this time on the human-rights-hating new, post-Brexit Prime Minister and the savage faction she's stacked her cabinet wit...
06:39 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Zoe Quinn and Chuck Tingle are making an amazing game
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofJzavEH12A&feature=youtu.beGamergate bogeywoman Zoe Quinn is making a new punk game, in collaboration with Amazon deep weird porn-writer (and table-turning, MRA-conf...
06:31 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Box-art from an imaginary Hellraiser classic board-game
Kyohazard's Lament Configuration is a terrific piece of fan-art for those of us who loved the Hellraiser movies (the good ones, at least)....
06:18 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Peter Thiel & Y Combinator fund a "litigation financing" startup to make money off other peoples' lawsuits
Legalist is a startup founded by Thiel Fellow Eva Shang and Christian Haigh, backed by Y Combinator: it will use data-mining to identify people who have been legally wronged by deep-pocketed aggressor...
06:11 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing First music video created in Prisma app
You've probably seen a few profile pics processed with the Prisma app. Now you can watch Drive like Maria's new music video, the first created entirely with the app. (more…)...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Here's the Pokmon UI redesign everyone's hoping for
Now that we're a month past peak Pokmon Go, developers would be wise to incorporate Wendy Borg's elegant proposed UI redesign to maintain interest. (more…)...
05:36 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Trump says Hillary Clinton is a 'bigot'
Millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump has a knack for projecting criticisms of himself back onto his opponents, however hamfistedly. The latest: Hillary Clinton is a bigot."Hillary Clinton i...
05:30 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Wade among interactive koi in the stunning art installation
TeamLab creates gorgeous interactive art installations, like this beautiful piece poetically titled Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People. It's not a video loop, but a ...
05:30 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Wade among interactive koi in this stunning art installation
TeamLab creates gorgeous interactive art installations, like this beautiful piece poetically titled Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People. It's not a video loop, but a ...
05:24 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Poop emoji cookie cutter
Francesca4me has created arguably the best Poop Emoji Cookie Cutters on the market, and they come in four different sizes. They include depressions for the eyes and mouth that can be filled with white...
05:11 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Chainamation: collaborative additive animation project
Take about a dozen animators and give them 72 hours to add a couple of seconds to an animation chain, and you get Chainamation, a fun series of collaborative videos created by Shawn Hight, Ira Hardy...
05:00 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing Gorgeous calligraphy using iPad and modified Apple Pencil
In addition to making amazing pen-and-ink calligraphy, Ian Barnard is great with an iPad and Apple Pencil. And the latter allows for do-overs if you make a mistake halfway (or more typically, on the f...
04:27 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2016
BoingBoing All Are One: an album to beat back dystopia
All Are One by Sophe Lux & The MysticIn these times where the sanity of the human race is called into question on a daily basis, I still believe in our intrinsic goodness and humanity. (more&helli...
06:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Dakota Pipeline decision delayed to Sept. 9, thousands of indigenous activists continue protest
In Washington today, District Judge James E. Boarsberge said he will not issue a decision on a legal challenge by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Acce...
04:53 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Colombia and Farc rebels reach historic peace agreement ending 5-decade war
After half a century of war, the Colombian government and Farc rebels say they have reached a historic peace agreement. The two sides have been meeting in Havana, Cuba since November 2012. Both signed...
04:28 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing The Making of 'Star Wars,' 1977: Amazing photos of ILM filming Death Star explosions
Here's how Star Wars movies were made before the green screen and advanced CGI. Photographer unknown. (more…)...
03:58 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Cancer now beats heart disease as top cause of death in 22 U.S. states
A new report out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cancer is now the leading cause of death in California and 21 other states, surpassing heart disease.Back in the early 2...
03:02 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Weird lady forces Jesus on a baby
Gotta make those babies pray. (more…)...
02:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Baltimore police respond to report they secretly spied on city with aerial surveillance tech from Iraq War
A report out this week from Bloomberg says that since January, 2016, people in the city of Baltimore, Maryland have secretly and periodically been spied on by police using cameras in the sky. Authorit...
01:24 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing NASA: 35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn
An update on the Voyager exploration program of Saturn from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (more…)...
11:41 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Two candidates battle public school yoga program
Two anti-yoga candidates are seeking seats on the Encinitas Union School Board. Both candidates feel the district spending $400k on yoga, while other programs struggle, is out of balance. Via the Enci...
10:50 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Four USB-to-Lightning cables for $16
I just stocked up on USB-to-Lightning cables again, as they tend to disappear around my house. A 4-pack of the RAVPower MFi Certified cables (the kind I usually get) are on sale for $16 if you use cod...
10:40 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Brilliant decal on plumber's truck
That really craps me up. This plumber is a real commodian!(Tronologic via /r/CatsMurderingToddlers)...
10:28 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Frostgrave An approachable miniatures game in the spirit of old school dungeon delvers
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City by Joseph A. McCullough (author) and Dmitry Burmak (illustrator)Osprey Publishing2015, 136 pages, 7.7 x 9.9 x 0....
10:26 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Young Conservatives' "leadership seminar" featured food & water deprivation, sexist epithets, physical abuse
The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party has issued an apology to attendees at a 3-day, $300-400 Conservative Leadership Foundation seminar where attendees experienced sexist epithets, thrown shoes,...
10:17 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Colbert makes fun of loony Giuliani's Clinton illness conspiracy theories
Former NYC mayor and current nut Rudy Giuliani says he has proof Hillary Clinton is too sick and frail to be president of the US: "Go online and put down Hillary Clinton illness, take a look at the ...
10:17 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Park superintendent hides 2200 stolen human bones in his garage
Indian Country Today shares the decades long investigation into Effigy Mounds National Monument's missing bones. A large number of human remains went missing, and no one could track them down. Turns o...
10:16 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing The 2017 Ikea Catalog considered as dystopian urban microapartment futurism
The new Ikea Catalog is making a big bet on very small living spaces -- the kind of place that costs more than half your monthly salary but is too small for a dinner-table, let alone a separate room f...
10:05 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Singapore will disconnect entire civil service from the internet
Singapore, fearing cyberattacks -- especially ones related to the ongoing South China Sea cold war -- will, as of next May, disconnect its entire civil service from the internet, airgapping the whole ...
09:57 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Take this vocabulary test
I took Ghent University's vocabulary test, and according to the results, I know 83% of the English words.The Minnesotan took the test and got a 94%. He said:The test does not require you to define or ...
09:57 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Police officer swallowed 40 knives because he "felt like eating" them
In Amritsar, India, surgeons removed 40 knives from a police officer complaining of stomach pain. "Patient's ultrasound revealed a growth in his stomach," Dr. Jatinder Malhotra, managing director of T...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Learn how to build 14 websites with this Complete Web Developer course
If you're looking to earn a top salary in the tech industry,there's no better careerthancoding. However, sometimes the hardest part of entering this career path is knowing where to begin.We took the C...
09:47 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Florida prosecutor who bumbled George Zimmerman trial is really good at putting children in adult prisons for life
Angela Corey is state attorney for Florida's 4th Circuit, where she's put children as young as 12 on trial as adults, facing life in prison -- in solitary, because children can't be mixed with adult...
09:46 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Who is wrong here? The tailgater or the brake-checker?
Herman Yung of Dooby Brain posted this video, along with the question: "Watch the video above of a guy brake checking a driver that is tailgating him. Who is wrong here? The man driving too slow in ...
09:39 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Take this test to find out if you are a "super recognizer" of faces
Josh P. Davis, a psychology professor at the University of Greenwich estimates the 1% of the population are "super-recognizers" of faces. From Science Alert:In 2009, a team of neuroscientists from Har...
09:28 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Making a Westfalia's fridge work for you
The fridge on my Volkswagen Westfalia can be a wonderful thing that you love having along, or a sour disappointment that plagues your trip. The difference? Circulating some air inside the damn thing.T...
09:16 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing A short history of cops telling women what to wear at the beach
France has banned women in their country from wearing full-body, head-covering bathing suits. And "burkini police" are patrolling the beaches to catch violators, making them remove their swimwear. Peo...
09:06 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing They're making a Twits ale from Roald Dahl's body-yeast
Roald Dahl spent the last of his days in a special armchair that he modded to help him with back pain from a WWII injury; now, in honour of the Dinner at the Twits interactive theatre events, the craf...
08:51 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Great Pyrenees re-elected mayor, again!
Duke the Great Pyrenees will serve a third term as mayor of Cormorant, MN.Via WLWT:"I don't know who would run against him because he's done such great things for the community," Cormorant resident Ka...
08:32 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Upset at being honked at, Cop declares horn use "road rage"
https://youtu.be/cAl2UBSgCZUI am impressed with this motorcyclist's ability to remain calm, and attempt to reason with this angry police officer!A motorcyclist was frustrated by having to wait behind ...
08:32 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Upset at being honked at Cop declares horn use "road rage"
I am impressed with this motorcyclist's ability to remain calm, and attempt to reason with this angry police officer!A motorcyclist was frustrated by having to wait behind a non-moving car at a roun...
08:16 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing The House of Marley watch collection
Boing Boing has teamed up with MorningSave to offer this deeply discounted collection of House of Marley watches! House of Marley is committed to building superior, eco-friendly products, and every sa...
08:16 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Boing Boing & MorningSave's House of Marley watch collection
Boing Boing has teamed up with MorningSave to offer this deeply discounted collection of House of Marley watches! House of Marley is committed to building superior, eco-friendly products, and every ...
07:55 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing As America's temperatures soar, prisoners are dropping dead
Most states have no maximum temperature standards for their prisons: combine that with a succession of hottest-months-on-record and a prison system that provides less water than is medically recommend...
07:52 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Aircraft that looks like ass has crashed
The Airlander 10 hybrid airplane-airship, the world's longest aircraft that resembles a massive ass, crashed on landing at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, England. Video below. Fortunately, the c...
07:43 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing A most amazing animated GIF
Hypertalented pixelmaster Paul Robertson created this animated GIF for Blackbox, the new logistics company for indie makers that was launched by the creators of Cards Against Humanity. (via Waxy)...
07:36 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Watch a Brief History of Sriracha
Natural color! Shake well! Named after a city in eastern Thailand!...
06:57 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Beautiful wooden shell thingy is also a classic arcade cabinet
8Bitdo's prototype Desktop Arcade Joy Stick is a) an entire retrogame cabinet, complete with controls, display and guts, b) excellently crafted from wood, c) a surprisingly beautiful re-contextualizin...
06:56 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Brigadier General: TPP is a threat to America's national security
Retired Brigadier General John Adams served for 30 years, including a stint as a military intelligence officer: in an op-ed in The Hill, he says that while he supports trade deals, the secretive Trans...
06:42 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Hedge fund paid terminally ill people to sign up for "death puts"
A "death put" on a certificate of deposit means that the bond matures immediately upon the bearer's death, rather than when its term runs out: they're used as a form of life-insurance, cushioning the ...
06:29 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Protips: chefs explain how they dress up frozen pizza
Five chefs shared their top tips for improving frozen pizza: the easiest and most plausible one on the list is to just top the thing with thin-sliced garlic before cooking, turning it into delicious r...
05:53 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Sword-wielding robber finds that store clerk also has sword
En garde! A Pittsburgh man armed with a sword tried to rob a store only to find that the clerk was armed likewise. Sadly, onlookers were denied the ultimate grocery-store swordfight, as the assailan...
05:43 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Replica cases for classic console cartridges
Retro Game Cases sells at least superficially-accurate replicas of the cases that old games came in: perfect for game hunters who've nabbed a cartridge from a crate and want it to take pride of place ...
05:32 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Artist who denied authenticity of painting wins in court
Artist Peter Doig, accused of damaging the value of a painting simply by denying that he was its creator, prevailed in court this week. U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman found that there no evidence ...
05:06 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Hillbilly Robot and MORE!!
YOU can follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.YOU are eligible to join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, and more. And YOU CERTAINLY can buy ...
04:19 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Instagram for Windows 95
Misha Petrick reimagined the Instagram app if it had come out 20 years earlier in Windows for desktop. Be sure to scan that .exe file for viruses! (more…)...
04:02 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing 537 artists from 67 countries competed to make this gorgeous card deck
Playing Arts held a design contest then turned winning entries for each card into a beautiful deck. Emi Haze shared how the winning 4 of spades was created, detailed above. Below, the rest of the winn...
03:30 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Werner Herzog blurbs a salt packet
Omnivore Salt is apparently so delicious that filmmaker Werner Herzog not only did a blurb on the package, but he even narrated a mini-documentary about its creator, blacksmith Angelo Garro, in his cl...
03:03 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2016
BoingBoing Knomad Colab's pop-up public light art installations
Knomad Colab is a husband/wife team of light artists who travel the US creating public outdoor art installations, often accompanied by music. Here's a video where they discuss their work: (more&hellip...
07:46 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing 'Sassy Trump' by Peter Serafinowicz: 'What Do You Have To Lose?' edition
Martin Luther Trump stumbles through a teleprompted message of hope for absent black people. (more…)...
05:47 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Mylan CEO raises price of EpiPens over 400% in 9 years, is rewarded with 671% raise
The head of the pharmaceutical company that makes EpiPens raised the price of the life-saving device by over 400%. She was rewarded with a 671% raise. (more…)...
05:07 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Fatal explosions at hotel in southern Thailand: multiple deaths, dozens wounded
Late Tuesday in Thailand, two explosions are reported to have killed two people and wounded dozens at a hotel popular with tourists. The car bombs went off minutes apart in Pattani, in Thailand's deep...
03:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Test for Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None, Reports NASA JPL
A Mars science news update from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California. (more…)...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing FBI investigating reported Russian hacks that target New York Times journalists and others
The FBI is investigating what early reports say may be a coordinated series of Russian intelligence online security attacks targeting reporters at The New York Times. A U.S. official said Tuesday that...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Unsuccessful hack targeted New York Times in Moscow, FBI blames Russia
U.S. officials are investigating online security attacks that targeted reporters at The New York Times in Moscow. A U.S. official said Tuesday that the Times was among various U.S. news organizations ...
02:13 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Watch a giant domino tower fall after 7 hours of building with 3,242 dominoes
Epic fail. What is described as Americas largest domino tower collapses on camera, after 7 straight hours of building. (more…)...
11:49 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Satisfying video of the world's fastest shopping cart smashing into a wall
Dynamic Test Center, a provider of engineering and safety tests of all kinds, rolled a shopping cart into a wall at 75 miles per hour. Apparently that's a new world record. That clip is preceded by ...
11:34 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Build your own private gyrocopter
Frequently seen in the pages of 1950s-era Popular Mechanics magazines, the Bensen B-8 was a small gyrocopter that was in production until 1987. Download the plans and build your own two-person gyroc...
11:26 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Heart and Brain have extremely different view points but always remain best buds
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection by Nick SelukAndrews McMeel Publishing2015, 144 pages, 6.5 x 8 x 0.4 inches (softcover)$9 Buy a copy on AmazonHeart ...
11:02 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Moist. MOIST!!!! (the science of why some people hate that word)
New psychology research explores "word aversion," or why "as many as 20% of the population equates hearing the word 'moist' to the sound fingernails scratching a chalkboard." In a scientific paper abo...
10:57 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Homeless woman proves the U.S. government owes her $100,000
Social Security wouldn't pay what was owed to 80-year-old Wanda Witter, and she ended up living on the streets of Washington DC for 16 years. She carried three suitcases of paperwork documenting her c...
10:54 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing If you play Pokmon Go, you need this PokeCharger
To be a Pokmon master, you'll need a phone that wont constantly dieon you. Because nothing is worse than seeing the screen go black right as youve finally found the Charizard of your dreams.Thats why ...
10:46 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Some questions for those who are cheering Gawker's demise
Gawker.com, the pioneering and controversial media blog, officially died yesterday. It was killed by billionaire Peter Thiel in his successful quest to bankrupt Gawker Media Group through a series of ...
10:44 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Peak Pokmon Go has already passed
A new report from Axiom Capital Management suggests that Pokmon Go is on a downward trend in daily active users and engagement of those users. The data comes from Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey, and Appto...
10:25 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing These programming skills will give you a competitive edge
The tech industry is constantly innovating, and in order to stay competitive, you'll need to keep up. TheProgramming Into the Future Bundlewas createdto teach you the skills employers are looking for ...
10:14 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Watch things happen in reverse
MarkHacks says, "Things going backwards looks cool." !eerga I...
10:13 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing 3D photos from 1850s Japan
These 1850s photos of Japan were taken with a stereoscopic camera like the one shown here. The photos were hand-tinted and meant to be viewed with a stereoscope. (A View Master is a stereoscope.) The ...
10:12 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Sony tries, fails to scrub Playstation 4 Slim photos off the net
When pictures of the forthcoming sleeker PlayStation 4 "Slim" showed up on Twitter and NeoGAF, no-one knew if they were the real deal. But when Sony started making noise and having the images disappea...
09:51 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Fisherman found 75 pound pearl 10 years ago, just learned its worth $100 million
Ten years ago a fisherman from the Philippines pulled up his anchor and found it was attached to a giant clam. Inside the clam was a massive pearl. He brought it home and kept it under his bed for goo...
09:51 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Fisherman found 75 pound pearl 10 years ago, just learned it's worth $100 million
Ten years ago a fisherman from the Philippines pulled up his anchor and found it was attached to a giant clam. Inside the clam was a massive pearl. He brought it home and kept it under his bed for goo...
09:23 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Oklahoma outlaw Elmer McCurdy had a career that lasted 100 years -- two-thirds of it as a corpse.
In 1976 a television crew discovered a mummified corpse in a California funhouse. Unbelievably, an investigation revealed that it belonged to an Oklahoma outlaw who had been shot by sheriff's deputies...
09:23 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Is Escalator Rat the new Pizza Rat?
At TriNoma Mall in Quezon City, a metaphor for modern life was born when a rat raced in from the street and tried to ascend the down escalator. Luckily, Kru Bryan was on hand to film the tragicomic ...
09:22 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Lovely watercolor illustrations of The Silmarillion's first chapter
Evan Palmer's reverent watercolors capture the verbal harmonies and surprising glories of J.R.R. Tolkien's origin story for the universe he created. (more…)...
09:22 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Chicago reporter's three grim years of covering overnight crime
What happens to a journalist assigned to cover Chicago's overnight violent crime? Chicago Tribune reporter Peter Nickeas describes in harrowing detail how three years of covering endless violence and ...
09:11 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Rare red sprites dancing in the skies, above thunderstorms
Graduate student Jason Ahrns captured a stunning image of red sprites over Nebraska while aboard a plane chartered by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. And behold Scott McPartland's rare...
08:04 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Seal leaps onto boat to escape orcas
SER DAVOS: Well, hello there, little fellow? Who's that behind you? (more…)...
07:45 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing "Translucent" statues haunt British forest
Created by Rob Mulholland, the photon fairies await your presence in the wilds of Scotland. Just remember: if it bleeds, you can kill it—but these don't bleed. [via r/creepy]...
07:22 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing BBC picks greatest films of the 21st century
"We believe that the new classics on this list are destined to become old classics," writes the BBC. "Whether or not that happens is ultimately up to you, the moviegoers. But one thing is certain: cin...
07:07 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Trump cancels campaign events: is he sick or is he sad?
Amid continued weak polling, millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump has canceled forthcoming rallies and events in Colorado, Nevada and Oregon. He'll still be attending fundraisers, reports E...
05:04 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Zippo's amazing, weird new colors
Zippo went a bit crazy with its lighter colors, introducing a rainbow of material-science wonders that, alas, I have no more use for, being a 15-year ex-smoker with the muscle-memory of an entire repe...
04:59 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing 5 years after Texas GOP's attack on women's reproductive health, TX leads developed world in maternal mortality
Remember when Texas governor Rick Perry and the GOP state government led an unprecedented assault on women's reproductive health in the name of preventing abortions, using dirty tricks to pass an unco...
04:47 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Bill Gates' net worth hits $90B, proving Thomas Piketty's point
When Thomas Piketty published his 2013 book Capital in the 21st Century, he said that capitalism's primary beneficiaries aren't those who make amazing things that improve the world (as its proponents...
03:49 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing You didn't find a meteorite
Randy L. Korotev from the Washington U in St Louis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences presents this handy flowchart (based on this one by Deborah Guedes) for deflating your excitement at havi...
03:44 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing The Xbox Onesie is a kigurumi for gamer astronauts
Microsoft has announced an Xbox Onesie that looks like a cuddly spacesuit, and comes with pockets sized to fit game-controllers, forearm grips to prevent slippage at key moments, and roomy hoods that ...
03:37 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2016
BoingBoing Heavy steel cutlery with bottle-opener handles
Brew Cutlery raised over $20K on Kickstarter to make these handsome, heavy (150g) utensils with integrated bottle-openers in their handles; the backers who got the early sets are effusive in their pra...
08:06 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Amusing drunk caught on police bodycam wants footage off the net
In this footage, Sgt. Eric Kannberg deals calmly with a belligerent drunk, Cory Counts, using de-escalation techniques even after Counts gets physical. After Kannberg gets a push from Counts and it ...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Spider preparing a fly for dinner
We found this little fellow in the garage preparing dinner. Despite a sultry summer, we've been free of flies and I figure it's all thanks to Team Cellar Spider....
01:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing 5TB desktop external hard drive for $110
Right now, Amazon has a great deal on a Seagate 5TB external hard drive. It's $110 (the same price as the 4TB mode). I've been looking for a way to back up all the computers in my household (with Time...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Halt and Catch Fire: The Most Relevant Show on Television--And Set in the 80s
With the cacophony of an election year ablaze with unparalleled drama being fought on the front lines of Twitter, we find ourselves slowing down and staring at it like a bad accident. The need for esc...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Halt and Catch Fire: The Most Relevant Show on Television is Set in the 80s
With the cacophony of an election year ablaze with unparalleled drama being fought on the front lines of Twitter, we find ourselves slowing down and staring at it like a bad accident. The need for esc...
11:26 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Dancers in the house
This week on HOME: Stories From L.A.:A roving. shifting company of dance and performance artists is nudging its audiences to think about home differently -- by bringing one-off, site-specific performa...
11:24 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast's ASOIAF book club - FeastDance #5
The Boars, Gore, and Swords book club reading of the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons continues onwards. On this week's"Mugs, Ther...
11:20 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Six cool things from Recomendo
Here's the new Recomendo newsletter, which has recommendations for six cool things, selected by Kevin Kelly, Claudia Lamar, and me.APP:Ive had a lot of fun in the past few days playing with a new iOS ...
11:13 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Formica Forever celebrates the sleek century-old material and its indestructible beauty
See more sample pages from this book at Wink.Formica Forever by Formica Corporation Metropolis Books/Formica Corporation2013, 408 pages, 6.5 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches (softcover)$37 Buy a copy on AmazonThis ...
11:08 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing 17 flowers that look like something else
Here's a gallery of flowers, mainly orchids, that look like monkeys, Darth Vader, naked men, human lips, dancing girls, laughing bumble bees, swaddled babies, parrots, human skulls, flying ducks, tig...
10:58 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Straps on cargo ship break, tons of cargo spill into the sea
YouTube's Russian-to-English autotranslare describes the incident thusly: "Prosrali load to 100.5 billion. Ship murmanchanin Vasilyev went in Sabetta with pipes that are loaded in Arkhangelsk in the...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Gentleman attempts to hide from police using senior citizen makeup
Police in Hyannis, Massachusetts were on the lookout for 31 year old Shaun Miller, who was wanted for drug trafficking. Officers went to a house were he was believed to be staying, and when they encou...
09:31 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Watch a hamster clear a Super Mario Bros. level
Like an 8-bit Habitrail.(@yutako55 via Laughing Squid)...
09:08 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Good Belly PlusShot drink package looks like it's barfing probiotics
UPSO says, "I enjoy puking it into my fruit smoothy every day. I like the strawberry flavor the best."...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing In prison, "punitive frugality" causes ramen to beat cigarettes as currency
According to a new University of Arizona study, instant ramen is the most valuable currency at one US prison. For example, a two .59 packets of ramen could be traded for one $10 sweatshirt while one r...
08:43 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing George Orwell's letter from his former French teacher, Aldous Huxley, about Nineteen Eighty-Four
Shortly after George Orwell published Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1949, he received a letter from his onetime high school French teacher, Aldous Huxley, who had published Brave New Work 17 years earlier. ...
08:35 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing "Closing the book", Gawker releases data on traffic and posting statistics
Josh Laurito offers a fascinating look at the internals of a top-flight blog. Gawker, bankrupted by the Hulk Hogan lawsuit verdict and having sold off all its blogs (except Gawker.com itself) to Univi...
08:25 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Watch all of the classic 1980s episodes of Ray Bradbury Theater free on YouTube
The Ray Bradbury Theater was a far out 1980s television series with each episode written by Bradbury himself. With 65 suspenseful (and sometimes terrifying) episodes of dark science fiction/fantasy, ...
08:17 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Daily Mail reporter poses on Syria front lines with assault rifle
British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail posted a photo of reporter Mark Nicol on the Syrian front lines posing with an assault rifle. This is bad for numerous reasons, but the main one is that it ca...
07:59 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing NSFW rotoscoping meets stippling in "Hiding Love"
What looks like ferromagnetic liquid takes erotic forms in the "Hiding Love" video effects by denial.of.service. About as NSFW as scrambled cable porn back in the day. (more…)...
07:59 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing 2015 was deadliest year on record for environmental activists
UK-based NGO Global Witness reports that at least 185 environmental activists were murdered last year around the globe, and two-thirds of those were in Latin America. According to the report: (more&he...
07:59 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing 7 great anecdotes from a photographer of vanishing cultures
Jimmy Nelson is a legendary photographer of humanity. He shares seven insights gleaned from his 48-year career, each one backed up with an interesting anecdote about how he got better at his craft. ...
07:59 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Jeepneys: souped-up rides from the Philippines
Jeepneys are the unofficial national vehicle of the Philippines. Originally made from modified surplus US jeeps after World War II by companies like Sarao, they developed into a colorful and stylize...
07:49 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Wha Oh! Wha Oh! That thing you hear in every other pop song is the Millennial Whoop
The Patterning reports on the increasing prevalence of a repeating two-note motif in pop music, bouncing between the fifth and third notes of a major chord. The Millenial Whoop is everywhere. (more&he...
07:49 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing A handy set of binoculars
My daughter and I lucked out on a great view from our home. These Bushnell Falcon binoculars are our go to set. Sporting 7x magnification we're pretty fond of these viewers for checking out everything...
07:30 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Boost your MacBook's internal storage without the bulk
If you're running low on MacBook storage, your options are pretty limited. External hard drives mean toting around anotherpiece of bulky equipment, andyou probably don't want a USB stick constantly pr...
07:12 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Listen: Florida congressional candidate losing his temper with a reporter
Dan Bongino is a former secret serviceman running for office in Florida. In a tweet, he suggested that coverage of his backers in Naples Daily News was "propaganda."https://twitter.com/dbongino/stat...
06:44 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Bronx cops can steal anything they want by calling it "evidence"
In the Bronx (and, to a lesser extent, elsewhere) when your belongings are seized as "evidence," it can be impossible to ever get them back, even if you're never charged with a crime. (more…)...
06:31 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Robert Moses wove enduring racism into New York's urban fabric
Robert Moses gets remembered as the father of New York's modern urban plan, the "master builder" who led the proliferation of public benefit corporations, gave NYC its UN buildings and World's Fairs, ...
06:13 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing EFF takes a deep dive into Windows 10's brutal privacy breaches
Microsoft's deceptive hard-sell to gets users to "upgrade" to Windows 10 (the most control-freaky OS to ever come out of Redmond) is made all the more awful by just how much personal, sensitive, compr...
05:50 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2016
BoingBoing Inside the "sweatshop" terminally ill Britons must call to get benefits
An anonymous phone-bank worker at Britain's Department of Work and Pensions describes the cruel system under which call are handled, designed to purge the faintest hint of sympathy and to likewise den...
05:18 pm PDT - Sun, August 21, 2016
BoingBoing How the New York Public Library made ebooks open, and thus one trillion times better
Leonard Richardson isn't just the author of Constellation Games, one of the best debut novels I ever read and certainly one of the best books I read in 2013; he's also an extremely talented free/open ...
10:35 am PDT - Sun, August 21, 2016
BoingBoing How to make a difference
A PSA from Donate Life America. Checking that box on your driver's license renewal, or application, is simple and saves lives. (Thanks Robert O'Neal!)...
10:22 am PDT - Sun, August 21, 2016
BoingBoing Things I miss: Garanimals
My mother bought me Garanimals. Outfits guaranteed to make you look catalog perfect if you selected the right tags. I still looked like Oscar the Grouch. https://youtu.be/rXceQWHxcpoKids today are s...
09:55 am PDT - Sun, August 21, 2016
BoingBoing Bring someone joy with our no-fail last minute gift idea
Next time you forget a birthday or anniversary, take our advise and try outThe Bouqs Company. We discovered thisrapidly growingflower company last year, and its quick delivery and beautiful bouquets h...
07:27 am PDT - Sun, August 21, 2016
BoingBoing The Equation Group's sourcecode is totally fugly
With the leak of exploits developed by The Equation Group, the long-secret, NSA-adjacent super-elite hacking squad -- published by The Shadow Brokers, who have some extremely heterodox theories about ...
08:11 pm PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing Hugo Award Winners 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY4BwbfHBMATonight in Kansas City, MO, at Midamericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, the Hugo Awardswere presented to a rapt audience in person and onli...
08:49 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing Help wanted: Director of Technology Policy for Consumer Reports
This is a pretty amazing vacancy: "You will lead Consumer Reports in our effort to realize a market where consumer safety is protected through strong encryption; consumers rights to test, repair, and ...
08:30 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing Woman sues cops because they destroyed her empty house, thinking a shoplifter was hiding in it
The police in Caldwell, Idaho told Shariz West that they thought her ex-boyfriend, suspected of shoplifting, might have run into her house and they asked for permission to look inside; she said yes, b...
08:30 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing Woman sues cops because they destroyed her empty house, thinking a suspect was hiding in it
The police in Caldwell, Idaho told Shariz West that they thought her ex-boyfriend might have run into her house and they asked for permission to look inside; she said yes, but then the cops engaged in...
08:17 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing Lost in Space prop computer remake
Brian Mix shows off his replica Jupiter 2 computer, a remake based on the 1960s TV Lost in Space show -- which was also used as the 1966 Bat Computer in the Batman TV show. (more…)...
08:08 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing Blame the War on Drugs for stoned, face-eating murderers
No one know if the 19 year old who murdered a man in Florida and gnawed on his face while wearing a Donald Trump hat was high, and if so, what he had taken, but the bizarre, violent behavior is cons...
07:52 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing US Army committed $6.5 trillion in accounting fraud in one year
In June, the Defense Departments Inspector General released a report on the US Army's accounting, revealing that the Army had invented $6.5 trillion in "improper adjustments" ($2.8T in one quarter!) t...
07:24 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing Wizard Dice: odd polygon random number generators for spellcasters
Dann and Greg May's Polyhero dice are kickstarting a new set of odd-shaped polyhedral random-number generators: the Wizard Set complements last year's Warrior Set with seven dice shaped like potions...
06:53 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing Candid Republican operators admit that voter ID laws are about disenfranchisement
The Brennan Center has rounded up a rogues' gallery of candid, on-the-record admissions from Republican politicians, officials, and operators about the true nature of the unconstitutional voter rest...
05:18 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2016
BoingBoing Get our top-selling HD drone of all time with this 2-for-1 deal
If youve ever seen a drone video, you know the footage blows traditional pictures and GoPro footage out of the water. And if youre like us, youve been itching to get your hands on a drone of your own ...
06:57 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Lane splitting now legal in California
While not previously against the law, lane splitting was left up to officer discretion. Now it is state law that the lane splitting is legal. Officers will use their judgement to determine what is s...
03:57 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Own a legit British sign for "Battle Station"
Battle is a town in East Sussex, England. Battle has a railway station. A pilfered road sign directing travelers to Battle Station is currently 23.95 on eBay. "This deserves a good home" writes Ben Go...
10:19 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Two smartphone accessories for snapping pro-quality photos
When carrying around a bulkyDSLR camera isn't ideal, we usetheseimpressive add-onsto help turn oursmartphones into quality cameras.Flexible Tripod for Smartphones and CamerasThe Flexible Tripod for Sm...
09:25 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Watch an object levitating atop another levitating object
YouTuber Latheman666 takes maglev to the next level by adding nine neodymium magnet cubes to a levitating magnet and then floating a pyrolytic graphite disc about 1mm above the neodymium. Hypnotic! ...
09:25 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Precious decay: photographs of abandoned Orient Express train
Dutch photographer Brian Romeijn takes haunting shots of abandoned buildings, but his striking shots of the famed Orient Express train capture the sense of a lost era. (more…)...
09:25 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Classic album covers mashed up with Star Wars characters
Steven Lear mashes up beloved albums with beloved Star Wars characters to delightful effect. Some highlights below:See the whole collection here. whythelongplayface (via Taxi)...
09:12 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Video of mysterious humanoid creature strolling in Portuguese desert
This recently-posted video of a freaky cryptid was reportedly shot in a Portuguese "desert." Is it a sad transatlantic chupacabras? An exhausted yeti who wandered (very) far from home? A vacationing...
08:59 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Ominous music in shark videos makes people more negative about the fish
A new study suggests that the ominous background music often heard in shark documentaries correlates with viewers' fearful and negative opinions of sharks. (For the source of this musical cliche, se...
08:37 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing The most unusual and beautiful evolutionary tree maps from the last 200 years
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution by Theodore W. PietschJohns Hopkins University Press2013, 376 pages, 8 x 10 x 1.1 inches (softcover)Starting at $22...
08:24 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Startup aims to sell a brain implant to improve memory
For more than a decade, University of Southern California neuro-engineer Theodore Berger has been working on an artificial hippocampus, an electronic aid for the part of the brain that scientists beli...
08:20 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Women villains as role models
Tired of lady villains being given pathetic, exploitative backstories to justify and explain their wicked ways? Sarah Gailey writes In Defense of Villainesses: women who are flawless, ruthless and req...
08:05 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing What did Lochte say after his teammates told the police what really happened?
What did Lochte say after his teammates told the police what really happened?"...and I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you medaling kids!"(bbfan23 via r/jokes)US swimmer Lochte, Brazi...
07:57 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Sidelined Trump campaign chief quits, rumored to be target of federal investigation over Ukraine ties
Sidelined but not fired by Republican millionaire Donald Trump to make way for a new campaign manager, Paul Manafort is nonetheless resigning from his post. The rumor? He's under federal investigation...
06:49 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Funklet: drum sequences from classic tracks
Funklet is a new archive of drum patterns (not sampled loops) from classic funk songs, complete with brief histories and musical context. Each can be edited in a simple embedded sequencer and shared. ...
06:05 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Meet the Megaprocessor: a 16-bit CPU the size of a room
Chipmaking is a relentless competition to make transistors smaller and smaller. Such refined technology is as inscrutable to users as angels dancing on the head of a few hundred copper pins, so Jame...
04:01 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2016
BoingBoing Paralympian archer with no arms demonstrates technique
Matt Stutzman was born without arms, but that has not stopped him from becoming an excellent archer. It's amazing to watch him do everyday tasks like drive and answer his smartphone, too. (more&hell...
05:49 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing While eating man's face, Florida 'cannibal killer' wore Trump 'Make America Great Again' hat
On Monday night, 19 year old Austin Kelly Harrouff of Florida went homicidally berserk for reasons yet unknown. He stabbed to death a random couple twice his age, also attacking a neighbor who tried ...
03:27 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing We can appreciate the feels in this GIF
Nnnnnnoooooooooooooooo. (more…)...
03:13 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing 'Sassy Trump' can't resist lying to you people. Fresh mockery from Peter Serafinowicz.
A new 'Sassy Trump' video in which the comic genius Peter Serafinowicz takes Trump's own words and gives them new life. (more…)...
02:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing The incredible true story of the Epcot Horizons superfans who ruled the ride
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5wBsv0n5nAIn 1995, after a year-long closure, Disney re-opened Horizons, the GE-sponsored original Epcot ride devoted to showcasing different ideas about the future,...
01:18 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing DoJ says it will end private federal prisons
Six weeks after Mother Jones published its explosive undercover expose on the abuses, shortcomings and waste in America's vast private prison system, the Department of Justice has issued a ban on rene...
11:40 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Review of The Hike, by Drew Magary
Currently a columnist for Deadspin, GQ, and other outlets, Drew Magary crafted his voice writing blisteringly satires of NFL players, coaches, and fans like Rex Ryan, Michael Vick, Rex Grossman, and T...
11:01 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Primitive but clever inventions that predate todays smart phones
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Where Discovery Sparks Imagination: A Pictorial History of Radio and Electricity by John D. JenkinsAmerican Museum of Radio and Electricity2009, 224 pages, 8.2 ...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing The accidental origin of the hit song American Woman
Randy Bachman of The Guess Who tells the origin story of "American Woman" (1970). It involves the Vietnam war and a broken guitar string.Here's the song:https://youtu.be/gkqfpkTTy2w...
10:42 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Why do trains suck in the U.S.?
This video explains why U.S. trains are slow, unreliable, expensive, and don't go where people want them to go, and why the situation is not likely to improve. Interesting fact: Amtrak operates 300 ...
10:17 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing How to make garlic puree with just a knife
Here's Jacques Ppin showing how to chop garlic, and how to make garlic puree with just a knife. An important step is to remove the stem before peeling, because it makes it easy to remove the skin....
10:05 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Here's how Big Data could change your career
With all of the digital information out therefrom credit card numbers to Instagram posts to consumer behaviortheres so much data that businesses struggle with the task of storing, managing, and analyz...
10:03 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Faux Victorian couple ejected from Butchart Gardens for fancy attire
Gabriel and Sarah Chrisman of Port Townsend, Washington wear Victorian style outfits every day. They run a website called This Victorian Life, which chronicles their "long-term experiential study of c...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Great deal on Electronics for Kids book
I have a copy of Electronics for Kids: Play with Simple Circuits and Experiment with Electricity, by Oyvind Nydal Dahl. It's a full-color introduction to electronics, and is useful for kids and adults...
09:42 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Phallic symbol of Volgograd airport erased prior to Putin's arrival
In anticipation of the arrival of Donald Trump's puppetmaster at Volgograd airport, apparatchiks ordered the obscuration of a wall painting dubbed "The Friendly Penis."Before: -. , . ? - " ...
09:17 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Bond villain style TV descends from a slot in ceiling
Best comment: "Doesn't that really annoy the person on the second floor who was watching it?"Hidden TV in ceiling[via]...
09:11 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Monkeys floss with stolen human hair
To these monkeys, people are just machines that make dental floss....
07:08 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Interactive 3D visualization of Wikipedia
The online enyclopedia is "reimagined as a cosmic web of knowledge" at Wikiverse: a representational web upon the literal web that implemented a conceptual web....
06:40 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Fiction: Sgt. Augmento, Bruce Sterling's robots-take-our-jobs story
Bruce Sterling's new short story, "Sgt. Augmento," is a eyeball-kicky post-cyberpunk story full of Sterlingian zeitgeist: in the robots-took-our-jobs future, the narrator joins the army to augment his...
06:28 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing eBay auction shouts STOP! STOP! STOP!
r/videos rediscovered a remarkable (albeit old) video of an eBay auction for a DVD "backing card"—the art from the box—that warns browsers in no uncertain terms that they are not getting...
06:13 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Las Vegas: high unionization rates mean smaller wage-gaps for women, especially older women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=qMXgVoL45HcLas Vegas is one of America's most unionized cities, and importantly, the unionization rates are especially high in trades dominated by wom...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Predictive policing predicts police harassment, not crime
In Chicago, the "Heat List" system is used to direct policing resources, based on data-mining of social media to identify potential gang-members; the model tells the cops where to go and who to arrest...
05:55 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Fun retro-future space posters
Lynx Art Collection has some fun retro-future space posters in their collection, like this one titled Astronaut Hang Time. They also have a bunch of cool travel posters, like this one for Mars: (more&...
05:55 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Amy Schumer: "we aren't making the show anymore"
Amy Schumer got drawn into a complex controversy over comments made by a friend who has written for her Comedy Central show. Her response Wednesday night suggests she's ready to pull the plug on the w...
05:55 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Amy Schumer: "we aren't making the show anymore" (Updated)
Amy Schumer got drawn into a complex controversy over comments made by a friend who has written for her Comedy Central show. Her response Wednesday night suggests she's ready to pull the plug on the w...
05:55 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Holy f***balls! (NSFW)
Swearballs let out a tirade of curses when you throw them at something. The fine family of products includes F-Bomb (demonstrated above), a Magic S Ball with foul-mouthed Magic 8 Ball options, and S...
05:55 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Jumping into a pool of 25 million water beads
Mark Rober teamed up with The Backyard Scientist to see what happens when you fill a pool with 25 million water balls then try to jump in. (more…)...
05:54 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Flood destroys home of man who believes floods sent to punish gays
Amid the horror of floods that have covered southern Louisiana in recent days, a grim note of irony: Tony Perkins, the head of the anti-queer Family Research Council, is among those whose homes are un...
05:45 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing The NSA's program of tech sabotage created the Shadow Brokers
The more we learn about the Shadow Brokers, who claim to be auctioning off "cyberweapons" that crafted for the NSA's use, the scarier the breach gets: some of the world's biggest security companies ar...
05:34 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Olympic tennis arena completely green
At the Rio olympics, every inch of the tennis arena beyond the court itself is bright lime green. Therefore, factionman chroma keyed it against a variety of interesting and charming backdrops....
05:20 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Walmarts are high-crime zones thanks to staff cuts, but America gets the bill
Starting in 2000, Walmart began an aggressive cost-cutting campaign that removed greeters, reduced floor staff, and replaced cashiers with automated checkouts; the more this went on, the higher the cr...
05:07 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing The secret skylines of high-magnification computer chips
Christoph Morlinghaus got a gig photographing motherboards for Cisco and discovered that the chips he was shooting were spectacular at extreme magnifications, prompting him to create Motherboard, a co...
04:31 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing Albino bat photos come in three categories
1. Cute. (more…)...
04:02 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing How to make an origami dollar bill guitar
This nifty tutorial from JustOrigami shows how to make a dollar origami guitar, a fun way to present a cash gift to someone, especially if they enjoy or play music. (more…)...
03:56 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing The 13 Clocks: Grimm's Fairytales meet The Phantom Tollbooth
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03:30 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2016
BoingBoing How to light-paint a skeleton
A phone, pen light, or LED is all you need to make this nifty long-exposure skeleton light drawing. Darren Pearson shows you how. (more…)...
09:27 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Trailer: 'Hidden Figures' tells true story of black women at NASA who launched John Glenn into orbit
Here's a new trailer for the film Hidden Figures, on the untold true story of African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the la...
09:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Breitbart's Stephen Bannon, now Trump's new CEO, reveals his master plan
Stephen Bannon is taking a leave of absence from running Breitbart.com to become chief wrangler of Donald Trump's goat rodeo of a presidential campaign. Bannon is a Harvard MBA who once worked at Gold...
08:38 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing California Blue Cut wildfire captured by JPLs MISR instrument on NASA Terra satellite
A striking new image of massive wildfires raging through Southern California, captured by JPLs MISR instrument on the NASA Terra satellite. The image was taken at about noon Pacific time today, and sh...
04:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Trump spokesman angry at fact
On CNN, host Brianna Keilar asked Trump spokesman Michael Cohen about his candidate's sinking poll numbers. "Says who?" he demands. (more…)...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing UC Davis Chancellor spent $400K to scrub her online reputation after pepper-spray incident
Back in April, we learned that UC David Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi had hired a sleazy "reputation-management" company to scrub her reputation and that of the university after the 2011 incident in wh...
12:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing What will the news be on November 9?
The broken ansible in the basement ("We've been instructed in no uncertain terms never to use it, and the last editor to do so disappeared in a flash of late 1970s-era BBC special effects, presumably ...
12:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Defogging your scuba mask or swim goggles
To keep my scuba face mask from fogging up I was taught to spit in it. You then wipe your saliva around and put on the mask. The very first time I was standing on the deck of a boat, waiting to jump...
12:07 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing President Obamas Wild White House Orgy! and other tabloid stunners
Farewell, Nick Nolte. Well miss you.We loved you in 48 Hrs and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. You were masterful in The Thin Red Line and Cape Fear.Its sad, but at the age of 75 youve lived a good lif...
12:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Trump has never met or called his only Ph.D. economic advisor
UC Irvine economist Peter Navarro, a hand-picked Trump economic advisor: "Navarro has never met Trump in person. And as for speaking with him by phone, he acknowledges, 'I have never had the pleasure...
11:19 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Stop borrowing your friend's phone charger and grab this 3-pack of Lightning cables
We're always searching for, borrowing, and losing Lightning cables, and that's why weare loading up with the Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-Pack.These Apple-certified USB cables let you charge...
11:16 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Naughty BMX rider schooled by skate park security guard
"Don't bmx in the middle of skateboarding runs or estonian security guards will show you how it's done!" writes Einius ikas. ...
11:03 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Paypal halted a transaction because it contained the word "Cuba"
My wife, Carla Sinclair, is editor of Wink Books. Yesterday, she used Paypal to pay Ben Marks his fee for reviewing a photo book published by Taschen called "Castros Cuba: An American Journalists Insi...
10:49 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Kermit the Frog and the Electric Mayhem perform Talking Heads' "Once In A Lifetime"
Recently, I went to Outside Lands 2016, where bands such as Radiohead, Lionel Richie, LCD Soundsystem, Duran Duran and many more were playing. But my favorite was Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (...
10:40 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing This doorstop is better than a folded-up newspaper
I've tried a few different door stop wedges and this nickel door wedge is the only one that keeps a heavy spring loaded door in our house open. Its made of metal, so it would be pretty hard to crush, ...
10:23 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Jaelyn the Alien definitely does not want to see your penis
Jaelyn the Alien, aka Baby J, says:"So this music video was inspired by a numerous amount of recent events that include random people on the internet (meaning instagram,twitter and SNAPCHAT users) s...
10:14 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing "Clickbait"-esque titles work for academic papers too
A psycholinguist reports that some of the factors that make headlines more clicky also apply to the titles of academic journal papers. Researcher Gwilym Lockwood of the Max Planck Institute for Psycho...
10:09 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing The Sweetapolita Bakebook Transform baking staples into (edible!) fine art
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The Sweetapolita Bakebook: 75 Fanciful Cakes, Cookies and More by Rosie AlyeaClarkson Potter2015, 208 pages, 8.6 x 10.5 x 0.5 inches (softcover)$15 Buy a copy o...
09:58 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Michael Moore "knows for a fact" that Trump never wanted to be President
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore posted an essay on his blog titled, "Is Trump Purposely Sabotaging His Campaign?" He says he knows for a fact that Trump only ran for President as a way to get a hi...
09:44 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Create your own "Stranger Things" title
Make It Stranger can turn any two words into a Stranger Things style title....
08:18 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Podcast: How we'll kill all the DRM in the world, forever
I'm keynoting the O'Reilly Security Conference in New York in Oct/Nov, so I stopped by the O'Reilly Security Podcast (MP3) to explain EFF's Apollo 1201 project, which aims to kill all the DRM in the w...
08:13 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Improv Everywhere: Dance Captain Wanted
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOcv2zITjVcCharlie from Improv Everywhere writes, "We set up 100 dancers in a park and put a platform in front of them. Watch what happens." (more…)...
07:02 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Not one Boston cop volunteers to wear a bodycam
Boston's police do not want to be accountable for their actions: not a single officer volunteered to participate in a pilot program for the force's bodycams, which will now be randomly distributed.The...
06:42 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Animation of every Olympic 100m dash winner racing one another
Since 1896, the 100m dash remains the best thing at Olympic track & field apart from the weapons-throwing events. Usain Bolt dominates now, but would he have dominated then? Yes, of course he would ha...
06:39 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing The guy who started Serbia's ethnic cleansing led a pro-Trump rally in Belgrade
Vojislav Seselj, leader of the Serbian Radical Party and loud-mouthed bigot whose racist invective kicked off Serbia's horrific ethnic cleansing campaign, led a pro-Trump rally in Belgrade to protest ...
06:33 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Kickstarting "The Founder": a dystopian business simulator
Francis Tseng's simulator game invites you to "grow your startup and please those investors until theres nothing left to give" by building biotech, defense, machine learning, cloud computing, drone an...
06:25 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Billy Dare, Boy Adventurer, in a Three-Act Structure-Adventure!
Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.Please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, and more. And/or buy Ruben Bollings new book series for k...
06:21 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Kyle "Paul Atreides" McLachlan explains Dune with a single tweet
The movie Dune was spectacular but incomprehensible: a boiling-down of a huge science fiction epic into a couple of hours of action. Star Kyle McLachlan, however, can fit the whole thing into a tweet,...
06:20 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing The surprising spryness of fighters in 15th C armor
Paris's Muse national du Moyen ge teamed up with The University of Geneva to make this video demonstrating the fighting techniques available to people in 15th century armor, which are much more flui...
06:12 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Reputation systems work because people are mostly good
Economist Tim Harford writes about holidaying in prosperous Bavaria, where hotels let you run up bills of €1000+ without a credit-card and all room-keys are stored in a cupboard where any guest c...
05:34 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Trump hires Breitbart boss to run his campaign
In a last-ditch effort to shake up his faltering presidential campaign, Republican millionaire Donald Trump has hired Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, to run it.The news, firs...
05:27 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Europe's banks want to store billions in cash to fight back against negative interest
The economic orthodoxy of austerity means that governments facing recession can't just spend their way out of it by creating New Deal-like stimulus that gets the economy moving again: instead, they ha...
05:06 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Stranger Things-style logo generator
Make your own "Stranger Things"-style logo at makeitstranger.com. Does exactly what it says in the title....
04:45 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Junkyard flintnapping: arrowheads made from old glass and porcelain
On Historic Hunter, Shawn Woods repurposes materials he finds in a local dump into arrowheads using antlers and simple metal objects. The ancient technique, called flintknapping, will be handy to kn...
04:20 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Neil Gaiman's nonfiction: what makes everything so great
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04:15 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Experience Norway's midnight sun by drone
Michael Fletcher collaborated with Alan Mathieson to capture drone footage of northern Norway's mist-shrouded mountains during this summer's midnight sun. It's like watching a moving Bierstadt paint...
04:01 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Hot Wheels POV ride through jumps, loops, even underwater
Robert Carlson's Hot Wheels Road Trip takes viewers on a wild POV ride on hundreds of feet of Hot Wheels track. (more…)...
03:30 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Brids and other animals painted on feathers
Krystle Missildine paints delicate animal portraits on feathers, like this robin on a macaw feather. (more…)...
03:30 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2016
BoingBoing Birds and other animals painted on feathers
Krystle Missildine paints delicate animal portraits on feathers, like this robin on a macaw feather. (more…)...
09:47 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Was NSA Hacked? Leak from 'Shadow Brokers' suggests so, Russian intelligence suspected
As our Cory Doctorow reported previously, a previously unheard of hacker group calling themselves The Shadow Brokers announced this week it had stolen a trove of ready-to-use cyber weapons from The Eq...
09:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Florida student, 19, kills older couple and eats man's face off while grunting and growling
We don't know what may have caused a young Florida man to commit a gruesome attack late Monday night. We do know how the victims died. It was gruesome. The details that follow may be disturbing. (more...
06:59 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Roger Ailes is Donald Trump's new campaign advisor, reports say. Oh, what a pair.
Former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, kicked out last month over sexual harassment charges, has been advising GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump, as the self-described billionaire candidate prepar...
05:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing TV news pioneer John McLaughlin dies at 89
John McLaughlin has died, at 89. The host of a long-running political TV chat show was once a Jesuit priest, and also wrote speeches for President Richard M. Nixon. He was a conservative provocateur w...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Things I miss: Vent Windows
By the late 1980s an automotive feature that I love, colloquially known as Vent Windows, or Wing Windows, or Bat Wings had largely been phased out. As a kid, I loved sitting up front in my Dad's (late...
04:20 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Kill Rock Stars president explains why the radio plays the same songs over and over
https://youtu.be/ThrXkYwTBP8Gus the hacker puppeteer writes, "Many of us hoped the Internet would disrupt the music industry along with all other media industries, giving more power -- and more pay ...
04:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Trump advisor says you will bow before Trump
Omarosa, an advisor to the Republican presidential candidate, says his critics will "have to bow down to President Trump." Noted. (more…)...
03:23 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Univision to buy Gawker for $135m
Univision won the auction for Gawker Media with a $135m bid, reports Peter Kafka. ... the auction is a disappointing conclusion for Gawker Media owner Nick Denton, who founded the company in 2002. Las...
02:57 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing This fly drowned in my candle
I'll have to ask the waiter for another. (more…)...
02:22 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing What Pennywise looks like in the new remake of Stephen King's IT
Entertainment Weekly has the scoop. Nice tutu....
02:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing How Zzyzx Road got its name
Having driven the LA to Vegas route more times than I can recall, I've often marveled at the Zzyzx Road sign. I'd been told the name was intentionally chosen to ensure it the last spot on a list of US...
02:11 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Saturday in San Francisco: free 20th Street Block Party with killer live music!
This Saturday (8/20), our friends at Noise Pop and their co-conspirators are throwing their big annual music and food festival in San Francisco's Mission District! The 20th Street Block Party will fea...
02:01 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Zeusray multifunction battery pack with jump starter
When you drive a Volkswagen Vanagon you get used to woefully inadequate charging systems. I've been carrying this Zeusray battery pack with jumpstarter for an added sense of security.I have several po...
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Ted Koppel schools Bill O'Reilly for his 20 years of dumbing down journalism
In this beautiful exchange Ted Koppel lets Bill O'Reilly have it with both barrels. Feels great to watch!...
12:20 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing People being stabbed in medieval art and lovin' it
Medieval manuscripts were the imageboards of their day, full of murderous rabbits and lewd butts, a new (to me) subgenre is "people who don't seem to mind that they've just been stabbed" -- perhaps th...
10:59 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Snowden explains the Shadow Brokers/Equation Group/NSA hack
The news that a group of anonymous hackers claimed to have stolen some of the NSA's most secret, valuable weaponized vulnerabilities and were auctioning them off for bitcoin triggered an epic tweetsto...
10:26 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Excellent $5 metal pistol grip nozzle
Last month I added this garden hose bib extender to my outdoor faucet. It's held up so far. I also bought this $5 metal pistol grip nozzle on Amazon, which allows me to select the kind of water stream...
10:14 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing You will never unsee Trimp: the fleshy, grotesque, mutated politician of your nightmares
This is Trimp. Make again make.(Thanks UPSO!)...
10:02 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Watch Mr. Wizard explain how to draw on a computer (1985)
In 1983, I wanted a light pen for my Apple IIe so badly that I built one from plans in this issue of Byte magazine. Mr. Wizard's light pen works better than mine ever did though. (Thanks UPSO!)...
09:58 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing These two Mophie gadgets will help keep you connected on the go
Mophie's gadgets are reliable, minimalist, and stacked with all the right features. We use thesetwo gadgets to keep our phones, tablets, e-readers, and other electronics charged.Recharge on-the-go wit...
09:54 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Guy loses 45 pounds and plays prank on his family who doesn't recognize him
This Indonesian guy went to college in London for 3 years and lost 45 lbs. His family didn't know and he played a funny trick on them by sitting next to them in a restaurant and waiting for them to ...
09:39 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Bobby Hutcherson, legendary jazz vibraphonist, RIP
Bobby Hutcherson, a pioneering jazz vibraphonist whose style pushed the iconic Blue Note label into more spiritual and experimental directions, died yesterday at age 75. He was under ongoing treatment...
09:36 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Stop-motion master PES recreates classic video game death sequences
The wonderful stop-motion filmmaker PES is back, this time with five retro arcade game death sequences....
09:24 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Watch these Trump supporters agree that putting shock collars on Mexicans is a great idea
"We wanted to see how far we could push Trump's loyal supporters," says Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. So his team invited a group of Trumpkins to attend a focus group meeting where they were shown s...
09:20 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing What happens if you try to steal a Rolls-Royce hood ornament?
This anti-theft feature has apparently been standard on all Rolls-Royce models since 2004. Also, the hood ornament has a name: The Spirit of Ecstasy.(via Geekologie)...
09:07 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Author Jon Ronson receives an "ominous" note from hotel housekeeping crew
Jon Ronson, a Boing Boing pal and author of many great books, including So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Frank, The Psychopath Test, Lost At Sea, Men Who Stare At Goats, and Them, was greeted by this "...
09:06 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Strange living slime blackening Washington DC memorials
The National Park Service is studying rapidly growing colonies of microorganisms that are blackening the dome of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and other landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and tombsto...
09:00 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Olympic pole vaulter foiled by own penis
Japanese Pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita touched the bar with both his legs and his penis, placing him 21st in the qualifying rounds for pole vaulting with a penis. (more…)...
08:57 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Video: how to pack 100 items in a carry-on bag
https://youtu.be/sOC9oe_n70ARachel Grant makes good use of ziplock bags to stuff over 100 travel items into a carry-on bag.[via]...
08:47 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Castro's Cuba 50 years later, the island nation is still Castro country
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Castro's Cuba: An American Journalist's Inside Look at Cuba 1959-1969 by Lee LockwoodTaschen2016, 360 pages, 10.3 x 13.6 x 1.4 inches (hardcover)$45 Buy a copy ...
08:33 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Watch a Hot Wheels dashcam road trip
Directed by Robert Carlos, filmmaker and author, who "spends his spare time playing with toys and riding roller coasters."...
07:51 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Amazing, horizontal lightning bolt
If this was a special effect, we'd call it fakey looking, but apparently it's real lightning, captured in Tampa and posted to Reddit by UnobtrusiveElephant....
07:45 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Hackers claim to have stolen NSA cyberweapons, auctioning them to highest bidder
The Shadow Brokers, a previously unknown hacker group, has announced that it has stolen a trove of ready-to-use cyber weapons from The Equation Group (previously), an advanced cyberweapons dealer beli...
07:34 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing What life is like when you really understand advanced mathematics
An anonymous Quora commenter has written an exhaustive and fascinating response to the question, "What is it like to understand advanced mathematics?" (more…)...
07:14 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing The forgotten world of TV guide magazines, curated
DON'T PARADE IN MY RAIN (via Metafilter) is a blog collecting scans of the magazines that were once our only guide to what's on the box. Replaced by the digital menus provided by cable boxes, they oft...
07:05 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Anti-corruption candidate challenges opponent's billionaire backer to a debate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GigpnsJ84xc&feature=youtu.beZephyr Teachout (previously) is the anti-corruption candidate in New York's Hudson Valley who raised more than $500K from small-money, Ber...
06:52 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Stuck for a D&D character to role-play? Here's one for you
Who the fuck is my D&D character generates succinct character concepts for you to roleplay. It's clever how evocative it is! It's by Ryan Grant; the underlying code uses the WTF Engine. (more…)...
06:43 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Maps lie: countries that fit inside other countries
We all know the traditional, navigator-friendly Mercator projection distorts the true sizes of Earth's landmasses. But it's fascinating to see how countries look next to one another when that distor...
06:39 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Court: parents who can't pay the bill for kids' incarceration can still go bankrupt
When Maria Rivera got a bill from Orange County for her young son's year in juvenile detention, she sold her house to pay for it, but ended up short, and the county got a court order for another $10K ...
06:39 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Parents who can't pay the bill for kids' incarceration can still go bankrupt, a US court rules
When Maria Rivera got a bill from Orange County for her young son's year in juvenile detention, she sold her house to pay for it, but ended up short, and the county got a court order for another $10K ...
06:32 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing The boy who inhaled a squeaky dog toy
"How can you tell?"...
06:22 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing UK Intellectual Property Office grants trademark on "should've"
The trademark was granted to discount eyewear company Specsavers, whose slogan is "should've gone to Specsavers." If you object, you have until October 12 to file with the IPO. (more…)...
06:15 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing No Man's Sky: the promise of procedural generation vs. the reality
No Man's Sky is a new game featuring quintillions of worlds, all created by procedural generation to create a vast illusion of design. LeiluMultipass hilariously sums up the epic promise of this typ...
06:03 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Cats sitting on glass tables
There they are, fluffy floofblobs. Cat legs appear to function like airplane landing gears as the stow safely away in the floof, observes one commenter. (more…)...
06:00 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing What the stampede at JFK airport tells us about fear
Travelers mishearing applause apparently triggered a full-scale "stampede" at JFK, complete with screaming crowds, people shouting about guns, and police running around aimlessly with weapons drawn....
05:30 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Why swirling spheres shift rotation at a certain number
Swirling a ball in a cup gets it spinning in the direction of the swirl, but adding six more starts them swirling in the opposite direction. (more…)...
04:30 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2016
BoingBoing Frodo's trip to Mordor as a Google Map
Mark Carpenter made this spot-on Google Map of Frodo's journey from Hobbiton to Mount Doom. (more…)...
07:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Don't drop your phone into hot lava
Not a good thing. (more…)...
07:39 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing 'Extreme Vetting' and terror tests: Trump's latest crazypants proposal
Donald Trump today went Full Cold War on those great unwashed and unwhite masses of immigrants just itchin' to come to our shores and stir up some Radical Islamic Terrorism. How are we going to protec...
05:58 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing 'Play like a girl' should be a term of respect
Longtime Boing Boing video collaborator Eric Mittleman shares with us a new project he's been working with, The Youth Baller Network, which you can subscribe to here. (more…)...
02:35 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Cards Against Humanity's has a PAC to "drive Trump nuts"
https://vimeo.com/178509721There are two new CAH decks being marketed by the organization's new PAC: one bearing Trump's likeness, the other with Hillary's: at the end of the sales period, Cards Aga...
02:35 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Cards Against Humanity launches a PAC to "drive Trump nuts"
There are two new CAH decks being marketed by the organization's new PAC: one bearing Trump's likeness, the other with Hillary's. At the end of the sales period, Cards Against Humanity PAC will add ...
01:53 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Mumbai Beach clean-up highlights marine waste epidemic
The shocking amount of marine waste washed up on Mumbai's Versova Beach led UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh to publicize a long-term cleanup project. Mountains of garbage, mostly plastic, have be...
01:52 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing 10 Revolutions
A moody, beautiful vignette honoring the landscape around Sitka, Alaska....
01:52 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Study: bodycams increase some fatal police shootings
"Use of wearable video cameras is associated with a 3.64% increase in shooting-deaths of civilians by the police," according to a research paper from Temple University. Here's where this research gets...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Fiction: The Boy Who Made Flowers
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11:37 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing John Oliver on subprime auto-lending and its killswitches
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U2eDJnwz_sWe've been following the trade in remote kill-switches for cars sold to subprime borrowers since 2009, and watched in dismay as they got worse and worse: t...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Dick Van Dyke breaks out in song to surprised Denny's diners
Last week while dining at Denny's in Santa Monica, Dick Van Dyke and his a cappella Vantastix buddies broke out into song. Although not quite a flash mob, it was a surprise performance of the song "...
11:30 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Parking-ticket bot will now help homeless people get benefits
Stanford computer science student Joshua Browder, whose DoNotPay bot helps you fight parking tickets in London and New York (it's estimated to have overturned $4M in tickets to date) has a new bot in ...
11:21 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing How to cook Japanese hot pot dishes
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking by Naoko Takei Moore and Kyle ConnaughtonTen Speed Press2015, 328 pages, 9.4 x 9.4 x 1.1 inches$20 Buy a co...
11:19 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing After NZ spooks misidentified pro-democracy activist, NSA spied on him for them
Tony Fullman is one of the only people that we know to have been targeted by Prism, the NSA's signature mass-surveillance tool: he's a Fijian-born expatriate with New Zealand citizenship, and had his ...
11:19 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing After New Zealand spooks misidentified pro-democracy activist, NSA spied on him for them
Tony Fullman is one of the only people that we know to have been targeted by Prism, the NSA's signature mass-surveillance tool: he's a Fijian-born expatriate with New Zealand citizenship, and had his ...
11:18 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing I've had this elephant humidifier for 10 years and it is still going strong
I've used this elephant ultrasonic humidifier for over 10 years (not every day) and it still works. It has a dial to adjust the amount of vapor, and at the highest setting it pumps out a thick cloud. ...
10:55 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing The New York Public Library is surprisingly CHUD-friendly
As this spectacular cross-section of the NYPL main branch demonstrates, the library was designed to service the needs of all the city's dwellers, even the CHUDs. (via From Deco to Atom) (more…)...
10:46 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Paperback Paradise: remixing vintage book-covers to reveal their hilarious, lewd subtext
Since March, the unnamed genius behind Paperback Paradise has been remixing the often dreadful covers of vintage paperback novels, refining their base material into golden lewd, hilarious new work. (v...
10:30 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Gentleman surprised that alligator doesn't like to be grabbed
"Putting a blanket on this alligator's head will render it helpless."let me catch that pokemon....Full video here....
10:09 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing How legroom on major airlines compare to one another
This would be a good time to share your stories about flying Spirit.How legroom on major airlines compare to one another...
10:02 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Mother and child viewing images on tablet
[via]Mother and child viewing images on a tablet...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Even the woo industry thinks Gwyneth Paltrow's "smoothie dust" ads are too much
Gwyneth Paltrow is patient zero in many epidemics of terrible health ideas (remember the time she told women to steam their vaginas, a practice that can lead to burns [duh] and bacterial imbalances, a...
09:56 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing How Cuba's greatest cartoonist fled from Castro and created 'Spy vs. Spy'
As a kid, my two favorite things in Mad magazine were the Fold-In and Spy vs Spy (which I pronounced "spyvisspy"). It was a wordless one-page comic about two oddly pointy faced spies, one dressed in b...
09:46 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing It's pretty easy to hack traffic lights
Researchers from the University of Michigan EE/Computer Science Department (previously) presented their work on hacking traffic signals at this year's Usenix Security Symposium (previously), and guess...
09:44 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Six cool picks from the Recomendo newsletter
Every week Kevin Kelly, Claudia Lamar and I send out a newsletter of six things we personally recommend. Want to get the next Recomendo newsletter a week early in your inbox? Sign up for the Sunday ne...
09:23 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Self-healing fabrics inspired by squid teeth
Penn State researchers funded by the Army Research Office and the Office of Naval Research have posted video showing their progress on "self-healing" textiles that use proteins similar to those foun...
09:17 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Mastering AWS and Salesforce could make you extremely valuable
Earlier this spring, Salesforce announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS)would be itspreferred public cloud infrastructure provider. Salesforce developers and AWS developers are already in-demand and p...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing New Age shop won't sell magic wands to Harry Potter fans
Richard Carter, proprietor of Mystical Moments, Huddersfield, England's New Age supply shop, does not permit Harry Potter fans to purchase his handmade magic wands. Carter says he is selling "spiritua...
08:52 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Temporary tattoos act as "on-skin user interfaces"
https://vimeo.com/178334883MIT and Microsoft researchers demonstrated a system of gold leaf temporary tattoos for "on-skin user interfaces" including a touch sensor, near field communication antenna...
08:20 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing The Idiomatic generates random idioms to annoy and confuse your friends
Stuck for something smug to say? The Idiomatic randomly generates idioms by gluing together parts of other idioms, allowing you to control conversations and stymie unwelcome trains of thought through ...
08:11 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Random webcomic generator
Pandyland generates random comics featuring two generic-looking webcomic dudes. The stricter formula of panels and texts gives it a nastier, less computer-zany vibe than most "humorous" comic generato...
08:10 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Desk made from old jeep hood
This Jeep Desk made from a reclaimed hood is approximately $1700 from Canett Furniture:Primary material: Metal Secondary material: Wood | Primary pattern: Worn out Secondary pattern: PlainJeep...
08:04 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Random loot description generator
The The Totally Useful Loot Generator (by JKTerrezas) both lampoons and perfects the random drops found in role-playing games and low-quality journalism alike....
08:00 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Squirrel-cam footage
Watch this video to get exactly what the headline promises: a squirrel's-eye view of what it's like to squirrel around the treetops. It was reportedly shot in Westmount Park, Montreal with a GoPro S...
07:57 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Private prison contractor's $1B no-bid deal to run immigration jails guarantees 100% occupancy payouts
Private prison titan Corrections Corporation of America has extensively diversified its holdings into the entire carceral-industrial sector: halfway houses, electronic monitoring, mental health -- and...
07:40 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Court of Appeal reverses Labour disenfranchisement ruling, but Corbyn still likely to win
UK Labour General Secretary Iain McNichol has succeeded in disenfranchising 150,000 party members in the upcoming leadership election, having spent the party's money on an appeal of a High Court rulin...
07:39 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Earth-like planet "might" be orbiting Proxima Centauri, "only" 4 light years away
In interstellar terms, it couldn't be closer: an Earth-like world orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest sun to our own. Moreover, it's in the system's habitable zone, raising the possibility of liqui...
07:14 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Report: Sausage Party animators threatened if they didn't work free overtime
The hit CG-animated movie opened to a strong $33m box office this weekend, but claims emerged that costs were kept low by firing people who refused to work without pay and that many animators were omi...
06:50 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Watch George Lucas and Star Wars characters in 1987 Japanese Panasonic TV commercials
Every Sith Lord has his price....
06:18 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing Trump campaign chairman paid $12.7m by Ukraine government in secret ledger
Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, received $12.7m in secret cash payments as a consultant for Ukraine's ruling political party, according to a led...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2016
BoingBoing How not to get stuck in traffic
Of course, the best way to not get stuck in traffic is not to drive anywhere. But if you must, see the above.And if the topic of traffic piques your interest, BB pal Tom Vanderbilt wrote the book on...
09:41 am PDT - Sun, August 14, 2016
BoingBoing Alex Jones shouting "NEVER!" for an hour
The conspiracy-minded talk host, boiled down to the essentials and taken to infinity. (Original clip via @immolations)https://twitter.com/immolations/status/764566345459568641...
07:18 am PDT - Sun, August 14, 2016
BoingBoing Worst of McMansions: architectural criticism of inequality's most tangible evidence
Between the Reagan years and the crash of 2008, developers absorbed the skyrocketing wealth of the 1% with monuments to bad taste and ostentation: the McMansion. (more…)...
07:07 am PDT - Sun, August 14, 2016
BoingBoing Scalpers drive Harry Potter play prices from 140 to 8,327
What do you get when you combine fantastic wealth-inequality with winner-take-all entertainment economics and high-speed trading algorithms? The Viagogo marketplace, where botmasters who've harvested ...
06:55 am PDT - Sun, August 14, 2016
BoingBoing UK/EU security researchers: tax-free stipend to study privacy and authentication
UC London's offering a tax-free stipend for UK/EU students to work on designing and evaluating new approaches for continuous authentication, based on a solid theoretical underpinning so as to give a h...
02:31 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2016
BoingBoing RIP, R2D2: Star Wars actor Kenny Baker has died
The British actor who played R2-D2 in the classic Star Wars films died today, age 81, after a long illness. (more…)...
02:18 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2016
BoingBoing WordPress Wizard Bundle: Maybe the first step toward being your own boss, just $49
Whether youre trying to start a quirky news blog, open a local Irish pub, or sell handmade furniture out of your garage, one things for sure: your business is not going to succeedif you dont build it ...
07:11 am PDT - Sat, August 13, 2016
BoingBoing What's inside a Tiki Bird?
Kevin Kidney owns a couple of audio-animatronic birds from the Enchanted Tiki Room, the first Disney showcase for robotic animals, still running and glorious today -- he's decided to make them good a...
07:02 am PDT - Sat, August 13, 2016
BoingBoing #Slaveroo: Crowdsourcing a strike-fund for exploited gig economy workers
"Gig economy" scooter drivers for London's Deliveroo service earn £7/hour plus £1/delivery, and that's nowhere near a living wage: but rather than giving their a pay rise (£9.40/hour...
04:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Woman wins suit against New Jersey to use 8THEIST license plate
Two years ago Shannon Morgan of New Jersey ordered a vanity license plate that read 8THEIST. State officials denied her order, explaining that it might be considered offensive. She sued and won. The s...
12:39 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing SASSY TRUMP: 'Obama Founded ISIS'
Another genius voicedub by Peter Serafinowicz. Remember, the words are all Donald Trump's. Only the delivery is different. (more…)...
12:31 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Hijab-wearing Muslim woman racially profiled as 'terrorist' sues Chicago police
A young Muslim woman is suing Chicago police who decided she was a "lone wolf" terrorist because she wore a hijab, or headscarf, and was walking briskly out of a city subway station on the Fourth of J...
12:18 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Kepler Space Telescope Watches Stellar Dancers in the Pleiades Cluster
Here's a wonderful feature about my favorite constellation and the galaxy's most awesome telescope (at least one of them!) from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. (more&he...
12:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing How about we fix America by just turning Oklahoma into a giant lake?
In this time of national trauma and political chaos where everyone is being a total shit to each other and the only thing all the sides can agree on is that they cant agree on anything - we need somet...
11:43 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Here's the banned video of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack
The publication ban has been lifted on beloved conservative hero and former mayor of Toronto Rob Ford smoking crack and babbling incoherently. He seems familiar with the use of a crack pipe.From The...
11:04 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing #RightToRecord: DOJ must investigate arrests of citizens who document police killings
Editor's Note: The International Documentary Association has released a petition that asks the Department of Justice to investigate the arrests of citizen journalists who videotape police killings of ...
10:49 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing How self-driving cars could make everything worse, and what to do about it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeUE4kHRpEkThe promise of self-driving cars is to take our vehicle fleets from 5% utilization to near-100% utilization, reducing congestion, parking problems, emissio...
10:40 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Feats of strength
An essential parenting skill (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
10:38 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing If the 2016 election is hacked, it's because no one listened to these people
Ever since the Supreme Court ordered the nation's voting authorities to get their act together in 2002 in the wake of Bush v Gore, tech companies have been flogging touchscreen voting machines to will...
10:30 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Why are these children "sieg heiling" the American flag?
In this 1915 photo, the children appear to be raising their arms in a siege heil salute of the American flag. Actually, this gesture was part of the Pledge of Allegiance ritual for decades. Then, um, ...
10:21 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Forget Skynet: AI is already making things terrible for people who aren't rich white dudes
Kate Crawford (previously) takes to the New York Times's editorial page to ask why rich white guys act like the big risk of machine-learning systems is that they'll evolve into Skynet-like apex-predat...
10:07 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Man celebrated Oakland A's World Series win with a baseball in the rectum
According to a medical report published in the January 1977 issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum (great bathroom reading! - ed.), a 49-year-old man was admitted to a San Francisco hospital complain...
09:58 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Apple USB-to-lighting cable with built-in battery
This looks like it could come in handy - the Jackery Jewel is a MFU-certified Lightning-to-USB charging cable with a built-in 450 mAh battery. It's $16 on Amazon with promo code JERJEWEL. I just order...
09:51 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Watch the (very weird) first USSR television commercial
This surreal advertisement for corn from 1964 is reportedly the USSR's first TV commercial.Over at r/ObscureMedia, amer_amer kindly offers this translation:If you would like to be healthy,fed for a ...
09:50 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing The US sics its robot drone army on Canadas water supply in "We Stand on Guard"
See sample pages from this book at Wink.We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughan (author), Steve Skroce (artist) and Matt Hollingsworth (artist)Image Comics2016, 160 pages, 7.3 x 11.1 x 0.6 inches (hardc...
09:44 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing A honeypot for assholes: Inside Twitters 10-year failure to stop harassment
Charlie Warzel of Buzzfeed has written a long piece about Twitter's apparently inability to prevent neo-Nazis, rape apologists, death threats, and racism from flourishing on the platform. In 2013, Car...
09:41 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Play Morissey and PETA's new anti-meat mobile game
PETA and Morissey released This Beautiful Creature Must Die, an anti-meat game where the goal is to save animals from slaughter. Play it below. The soundtrack is a chiptune version of, you guessed it,...
09:17 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing If adblocking is dead, the future is brandblocking--and less appetizing things, too
Facebook is at war with users who block ads, and battle proceeds apace. Just two days after boasting that it could serve ads that were undetectable by adblockers, Facebook got a rude awakening in the ...
08:57 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Luna's prime real-estate and how to seize it
Though 1967's Outer Space Treaty says no country can lay claim to the moon (and thus no person can get a deed to lunar territory), the treaty does allow for commercial and scientific installations on ...
08:42 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Auibled illusion - this tone seems to rise in pitch forever
https://youtu.be/BzNzgsAE4F0BTW: The folks at DeepMiningCorpAssoc sound like assholes.From YouTube:The shepard tone is an audio illusion which seems to get forever higher but never really does.Whoever...
08:42 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Audible illusion - this tone seems to rise in pitch forever
https://youtu.be/BzNzgsAE4F0BTW: The folks at DeepMiningCorpAssoc sound like assholes.From YouTube:The shepard tone is an audio illusion which seems to get forever higher but never really does.Whoever...
08:30 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing The Tor Project's social contract: we will not backdoor Tor
I first encountered the idea of "social contracts" for software projects in Neal Stephenson's seminal essay In the Beginning Was the Command Line, which endorsed the Debian project on the strength of ...
08:25 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing World's greatest seafood display
A person who goes by the moniker usedcatsalesman227 on Reddit took this photo at a Whole Foods in Brooklyn, remarking, "We think the merchandiser hated their job and decided to quit with this stunt as...
08:16 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Driver caught steering with feet while texting with both hands
A driver on the Schuylkill Expressway recorded another driver steering her car with her feet while texting with both hands.In a cell phone video sent exclusively to Action News, the female driver can ...
08:13 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Thief unwittingly steals 16 bottles of oil extracted from weasels' anal glands
A New Zealand thief spotted box of chemicals in a parked car. Probably thinking the chemicals were drugs of some kind, the thief smashed the window and took the box. The box contained 16 small bottles...
08:05 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Cash grants to people with unexpected bills successfully prevents homelessness
In The impact of homelessness prevention programs on homelessness (Scihub mirror), a group of academic and government economists show that giving an average of $1,000 to people in danger of losing the...
07:55 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Eliminate your ancient USB flash drive with drag and drop file sharing
If youve ever tried to quickly share a file with someone, you know theres nothing actually quick about it. Between permissions, log-in credentials, size limitations, and download issues, its a miracle...
07:45 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing How a digital-only smartphone opens the door to DRM (and how to close the door)
Fast Company's Mark Sullivan asked me to explain what could happen if Apple went through with its rumored plans to ship a phone with no analog sound outputs, only digital ones -- what kind of DRM badn...
07:12 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Important man's African-American colleague wins Olympic medal
At the Olympic games in Rio, The Mercury News reports that top U.S. swimmer "Michael Phelps shares historic night with African-American."The subject of The Mercury News's unspecific racial disinterest...
06:01 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2016
BoingBoing Handy Pokemon Go tips
Here's a good collection of tips for playing Pokemon Go. I didn't know any of them.[via]...
08:19 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Watch: Darth Vader returns in new Star Wars 'Rogue One' trailer
https://youtu.be/frdj1zb9sMY'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' finally has a new trailer, and the Gareth Edwards-directed feature stars Darth Vader himself. This trailer is the first we've seen of him s...
06:33 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Kid Congo Dances with "La Araa"
I love this new video from Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, from an album I love even more, La Araa es La Vida. I got a chance to see Kid in DC while he was on tour this year and it was one of m...
06:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Couple drops acid and attempts to assemble Ikea furniture
https://youtu.be/856TBCokG3UAnd you thought that second glass of wine before assembling your Scandinavian stick furniture might have been ill advised. In "Giancarlo and Nicole + LSD," a young couple...
02:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Beautiful Women With Beastly Companions
Our pals at Baby Tattoo are kickstarting this fantastic collection by Olivia De Bernardinis and creature creator Jordu Schell!I absolutely love the work that Bob and the team at Baby Tattoo have bee...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Pedophile sat behind Trump while he blasted Clinton for shooter's dad at rally
Trump's buffoonery is so outrageous, you just couldn't make this stuff up. He may have topped himself in last night's performance at his rally in Sunrise, Florida, when he went on about how horrible...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Perv sat behind Trump while he blasted Clinton for shooter's dad at rally
Trump's buffoonery is so outrageous, you just couldn't make this stuff up. He may have topped himself in last night's performance at his rally in Sunrise, Florida, when he went on about how horrible...
01:44 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Twin Peaks soundtrack reissued on vinyl
Angelo Badalamenti gorgeous original score for David Lynch's Twin Peaks television show is available once again on vinyl! Along with the lovely instrumentals, the score includes Julee Cruise's three...
12:45 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Boulder rapist Austin James Wilkerson gets off with no prison time
Austin James Wilkerson, a 22-year-old University of Colorado student, was convicted of raping a drunk woman. But he'll be released on probation after District Judge Patrick Butler said he "struggled, ...
12:45 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Boulder rapist Austin James Wilkerson receives no prison time
Austin James Wilkerson, a 22-year-old University of Colorado student, was convicted of raping a drunk woman. But he'll be released on probation after District Judge Patrick Butler said he "struggled, ...
11:31 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing As social media centralized, blogging's core infrastructure has withered
When "social media" meant "blogs," there were many tools, services and protocols that comprised an infrastructure for federated, open, loosely joined interaction: the rise of the social giants has kil...
11:02 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing 48 hours later, Adblock Plus beats Facebook's adblocker-blocker
On August 9, Facebook announced that it had defeated adblockers; on August 11, Adblock Plus announced that it had defeated Facebook. (more…)...
10:52 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Star Trek white noise machine/starfield projector/alarm clock
Really, Thinkgeek's $150 Star Trek White Noise Sleep Machine does it all: projects a moving starfield on your ceiling, plays starship-like white noise loops while you drift off, presents a goofily p...
10:45 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Don't pee on a jellyfish sting, and other venom no-nos
Venom expert Dr. Christie Wilcox debunks three popular myths about stings and bites from toxic creatures: jellyfish, snakes and spiders.Myth #1: Pee on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain.Dr. Wilcox te...
10:39 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Ocean's Ocho: an Ocean's Eleven movie with an all-woman lead cast
In 2001, Steven Soderbergh rebooted the 1960 Rat Pack classic Ocean's 11, kicking off a string of sequels of varying success (the good ones are very good, the bad ones aren't utterly terrible). Now, ...
10:27 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing 100 million VWs can be unlocked with a $40 cracker (and other cars aren't much better)
In Lock It and Still Lose ItOn the (In)Securityof Automotive Remote Keyless Entry Systems, a paper given at the current Usenix Security conference in Austin, researchers with a proven track record of ...
10:12 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing DEA bribes rail/airline employees for tipoffs that lead to warrantless cash seizures
A USA Today investigation has discovered a network of paid informants working for Amtrak and nearly every US airline who illegally delve into passengers' travel records to find people who might be tra...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Creepy clown thought to be wandering in Wisconsin was indie film marketing stunt
Last week, freaky photos appeared online of a strange person dressed in a filthy clown costume and carrying black balloons wandering the night streets of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Turns out, "Gags the Clo...
09:51 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Trump is an object lesson in the problems of machine learning
Trump's algorithm is to say semi-random things until his crowd roars its approval, then he iteratively modifies those statements, seeking more and more approval, until he maxes out and tries a new tac...
09:28 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Another Olympic pool turned green
On Tuesday, the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre's diving pool turned green. Yesterday, the water polo pool followed suit. Various reasons have been, er, floated, depending on who is doing the blaming, I me...
09:20 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Dont be that friend at the music festivalbe the festival mom with this survival kit instead
You won't want to hit another music festival without these essentials. Read on to find out what we're packing for the final festivals of the year.This Smart Charger Always Knows Where The Car Is Parke...
09:16 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing What is fencing all about?
My first exposure to fencing was on Happy Days. (Video evidence below.) This Vox video above explains the sport much better.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCLy8Por4fo...
08:59 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing British judge sentences racist "cunt" to 18 months in jail
When racist thug John Hennigan called Judge Patricia Lynch QC a "bit of a cunt" during his sentencing for the latest in a long string of convictions, she had the perfect response: "You are a bit of a ...
08:43 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing See a coffee maker rebuilt into a "bionic" hand
Maker Evan Booth transformed a Keurig K350 coffeemaker into a "bionic" hand. As William Gibson once wrote, "the street finds its own uses for things."...
08:42 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing A Wild Swan plucks at familiar fairy tales with a voice that's sardonic, salacious, or brimming with empathy
See sample pages from this book at Wink.A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham (author) and Yuko Shimizu (illustrator)Farrar, Straus and Giroux2015, 144 pages, 6.4 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches $16 Bu...
08:36 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing New Time magazine cover: Trump's meltdown
Striking and to the point, but also funny. The story behind it writes itself, given the stunning abundance of hot material from the last few weeks provided by the Republican millionaire and candidate ...
08:13 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Combo Pool: simple, amazingly addictive browser game
Combo Pool is simple and great fun: use the arrows to aim your ball, and hit c to fire it. It's a game where you throw colored marbles against each other. If two marbles of the same color make contact...
07:36 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Website asks you to think like a self-driving car and decide who should die
The Moral Machine is a website from MIT that present 13 traffic scenarios in which a self-driving car has no choice but to kill one set of people or another. Your job is to tell the car what to do. Th...
07:11 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Border Patrol officer flashes badge to avoid getting fined for parking in the disabled spot; gets fined
Hurrah for the Sonoma County Sheriff deputy who took no guff from a Border Patrol officer who headed for a disabled parking spot at a NASCAR race— than flashed his badge when caught. Not ever...
06:58 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing The best cat video
This is without question both the best cat video and the best thug life video....
06:56 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Generate your own random fantasy maps
Martin O'Leary not only made a cool fantasy map generator, he's giving away the source code and has described the process at a high enough level for an idiot like me to partly understand how it works....
06:33 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Rite-Aid dares you to steal this candy bar
A person who goes by the moniker The Herb Puffer on Reddit snapped this photo of a Hershey Chocolate Bar bearing Riteaid's latest shoplifting deterrent technology - an RFID sticker with a printed warn...
06:15 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Procedurally-generated art by Joseph Pollack
Joseph Pollack creates digital artwork—or, rather, he codes software that does. Animated, too! Check out his github for a peek at the code. [via r/proceduralgeneration]...these were made by a pr...
06:14 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Interview with creator of Stranger Things title sequence
Carla and I just started watching the Netflix science fiction show, Stranger Things, which stars Winona Ryder and is set in 1983. We like it! We also like the title sequence at the beginning, which ...
05:59 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Trump says Barack "Hussein" Obama and Hillary Clinton founded ISIS
At a rally last night in Ft. Lauderdale, and repeated this morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that President Barack Obama was the "founder" of terrorist group ISIS and that r...
05:53 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing Free: scanned copy of Martin Gardner's Logic Machines and Diagrams (1958)
I love Martin Gardner's puzzle, math, magic, and philosophy books. I just learned from visiting Clifford Pickover's website about a Gardner book that's new to me: Logic Machines & Diagrams (1958). Fro...
05:14 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing A timelapse of the milky way on Vanuatu island
Matthew Vandeputte, a Belgian timelapse photographer, shot this video of the stars as seen from Vanuatu in the South Pacific....
05:01 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing The Emergency Mode Every Smartphone Should Have
Most phones already come equipped with an Airplane Mode for flights, a Do Not Disturb mode for watching movies or ignoring people, and a Low Power mode for when your battery is about to die. But what ...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2016
BoingBoing I got a box of stuff from daily deals site Meh.com, way better than 'meh'
Boing Boing is proudly sponsored in part by Meh.Our sponsor Meh is a cool daily deals site that doesn't over-promise, but delivers thoughtfully curated mostly cheap off-brand gadgets. Nobody's queuein...
04:25 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Trump only writes the angry tweets, the nice ones are written by a staffer with an Iphone
On August 6, artist Todd Vaziri observed that all of Trump's angry tweets come from the Twitter client for Android, while the more presidential, less batshit ones come from an Iphone; Vaziri speculate...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing UPDATED: Some guy is climbing Trump Tower in Manhattan
Update, 5:51pm ET: This purports to be a video produced by the man who climbed Trump Tower in Manhattan earlier today. The stunt drew immediate response from passers-by, and from NYPD and NYFD and EMS...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Man scales Trump Tower with suction cups, creepy video released with 'message'
Update, 5:51pm ET: This purports to be a video produced by the man who climbed Trump Tower in Manhattan earlier today. The stunt drew immediate response from passers-by, and from NYPD and NYFD and EMS...
11:44 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Ferocious bipedal dog-like beast prowling American forests! says tabloid
You know the National Enquirer doesnt believe its own story that it has found child beauty pageant murder victim JonBenet Ramseys killer when it relegates the story to a sliver at the bottom of its co...
11:26 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing What Would Happen if We Stopped Eating Meat?
Today we go to a future where animal products are banned. Its one that lots of listeners have asked for so here you go. We talk about what happens to the land, the animals and the humans in this equat...
11:23 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Nothing says death is precious like a miniature fairy graveyard
I love fairy doors as much as the next hopeless geek romantic. I even had a fairy post office made as an illustration for my last book. But why let the hippie fairies have all of the pixie-perfect fun...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Here's the travel USB charger I use
I've had the Plugable 5-Port 36W USB Universal Smart Charger for over a year. I take it with me on all trips, including business and family travel. Having five USB ports means I can charge everyone's ...
11:04 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Aviation's war on moisture turns ten today
Ten years ago, British domestic security claimed to have caught a terrorist cell that had planned to blow up airplanes with a gel they'd carry on in a Gatorade bottle and detonate with an Ipod. (more...
10:54 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Court rules that FCC can't force states to repeal laws banning municipal ISPs
Tea Party-dominated states across America passed laws banning cities from providing high-speed internet access to their residents, even in places where the cable/telco duopoly had decided not to sell ...
10:52 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing The Creative Cottage Small spaces rehabilitated by adventurous homeowners with vision
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The Creative Cottage by Steve Gross and Susan DaleyGibbs Smith2016, 160 pages, 8.5 x 11 x 0.8 inches $25 Buy a copy on AmazonThe Creative Cottage features 13 fa...
10:49 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Man enjoys testing electric "bark collar" on himself
"It works. I don't wanna bark anymore."[via]...
10:48 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing NRA is spending $3m on pro-Trump ad that says Clinton "will leave you defenseless"
The Citizens United ruling says that organizations like the NRA can spend as much as they want to support political candidates, provided that they don't coordinate with the campaign, which means that ...
10:40 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Power Glove oven-mitt
Celebrate the golden era of useless-but-cool-looking gamer peripherals with the Power Mitt, a $15 oven mitt that comes in lefty or righty. (via Wonderland)...
10:39 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Teaser for Arrival, an upcoming alien movie
Science fiction author Ted Chiang's Nebula award-winning short story "Story of Your Life" is getting the big-budget Hollywood treatment. Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitak...
10:33 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Nauru files: leaks tell abused childrens' stories from Australia's offshore concentration camp
You may have heard about Nauru on a recent This American Life episode: the tiny Pacific island that was stripped of all vegetation and made virtually uninhabitable by phosphate mining, then turned int...
10:17 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing NYPD's illegal frisk program did not prevent crime
In past years the New York Daily News has supported the police department's use of "stop-and-frisks." Three years ago a federal judge ruled that they were unconstitutional. The number of stop-and-fris...
10:15 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Why did it take a private foundation to do public science right?
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen funded the Allen Brain Observatory, a detailed, rich data-set derived from parts of a mouse-brain: what's striking is that the Allen Institute released all the data i...
10:05 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Profile of People's Ride: a co-operative, driver-owned alternative to Uber
People's Ride is a co-op ride-hailing company in Grand Rapids, Michigan: drivers own the service in common and collectively decide how to spend its profits (for example, on deploying an app to go wit...
10:05 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing LEGO Architecture Studio
1210 white and transparent pieces make up the LEGO Architecture Studio. This fantastic set is geared towards builders!Summer is here and I'm running out of ways to occupy the kid!Aside from a while lo...
10:01 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Royal Brunei Airlines' first women flight crew lands in Saudi Arabia, forbidden to drive there
Royal Brunei Airlines's first all-women deck crew flew into Saudi Arabia this week. Unfortunately, they will not be allowed to drive there, since Muslim clerics in that country forbid it.From The Inde...
09:51 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Even Cheech and Chong would be impressed with this Happy Kit
When the mood strikes you and youre looking to light up, you shouldnt have to hunt around for all the things you need: your pipe, your grinder, your favorite munchies, and so on. And with the Happy Ki...
09:48 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Your microbial nation: how bacteria went from menace to superfood
British science writer Ed Yong's new book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life is a history of gut flora and bacteria, which first entered our consciousness as a sco...
09:42 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Bear tears automobile to shreds
Lenny Grekko says: "Last night we were camping in the Adirondacks and a bear opened the door of my neighbors car looking for food. He got in and destroyed it before the forest ranger was able to come...
09:36 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Tardy gentleman jumps off boarding bridge and chases after moving plane
Isn't this the way everyone who rides Ryanair boards their plane?...
09:33 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing In private dealings, Trump lies constantly and without apparent purpose
In 2007, Trump was suing a reporter who exposed unflattering facts about his true level of wealth. The Washington Post reports on a 2007 deposition, related to Donald Trump's failed lawsuit over the e...
09:13 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing A tech support scammer explains his trade
Lewis from Birmingham, UK is a young man who makes videos about tech support scammers. In this video, he interviews a scammer from Delhi, India who tells Lewis that he works in a call center with 50...
09:08 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Supercut: Kanye's favorite noises
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcH9EDlTW8UAh da dah dahr rah, escrong, ryahh, hrheh, sigit, i-wahn i-dinninumm. If Kanye is smart, he'll package these up a la George Clinton's three volume Sample S...
09:03 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing The story of the story of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion
The LA Times investigates the many, fragmentary, much-revised storyline of the Haunted Mansion, the greatest ride that Disney ever built (though Walt himself had to die before the constraints he impos...
08:42 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Designer makes clothes out of German transit upholstery fabric, rides trains
Public transit upholstery is a marvel of stain-resistance, long-wearing durability and bizarre abstract patterns meant to deny the shifting conventions of fashion: all these make it (semi-)perfect for...
08:33 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing America will finally gather statistics on which and how many people are killed by law enforcement
As the highly controversial deaths of black people at the hands of American law enforcement officers has crept into our public discourse this decade, so too has the revelation that no federal agency m...
07:49 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing The love affair that inspired the Rolls Royce hood ornament
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07:47 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Flesh sucking phone charger is one of a kind
Ive traveled to Japan many times over the decades and seen some really strangeshit. (more…)...
07:45 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Returning to the Return of Dracula
I was born in 1958, a tail-end Baby Boomer, and as a young boyevidently like a lot of othersI faithfully read Famous Monsters of Filmland every month and spent an inordinate amount of time watching ho...
07:39 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Attention "Illegals" - Report for Deportation
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook for inane, hastily composed observations.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, and other stuff, which ...
07:29 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Monopoly power and the decline of small business: big business vs democracy, growth & equality
In the 15 years between 1997 and 2012: 72,000 small US manufacturers shut down; as did 108,000 local retailers and 13,000 community banks (fully half of America's complement of small banks!). The numb...
07:19 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Make any song swing
Swingify attempts to turn any song into a swing version of itself. Upload an audio file, select the hardness of swing you prefer, and listen. (more…)...
07:04 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing American Bar Association votes to DRM the law, put it behind a EULA
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, "I just got back from the big debate on is free law like free beer that has been brewing for months at the American Bar Association over the question of who gets ...
06:59 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Create a fractal castle made of miniature copies of itself
Castles is a fascinating web toy by Nico Disseldorp. Left-click to add a castle to the outside of your castle—and watch as every part of the castle, including the added part, changes to reflect ...
06:38 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2016
BoingBoing Mystery magic spells, etched on gold, unearthed in Serbia
Buried nearly 2,000 years ago in Serbia, rolls of gold and silver etched with "magic spells" are baffling archaologists. Reuters reports on a "Middle Eastern mystery" unearthed at the site of an ancie...
11:40 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Trump campaign reboot week progress report
Monday: Titties Tuesday: Assassinations Wednesday: Global Thermonuclear WarThursday: Strategic Interplanetary Atmospheric AnnihilationFriday: Universal Quantum Timescale Collapse...
04:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Shredding Wookie
From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool: SuppaDuppa 666's You can't imagine how fun is summer for a Wookie....
04:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Shredding Wookiee
From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool: SuppaDuppa 666's You can't imagine how fun is summer for a Wookie....
02:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Video Shows Dolphin Stealing iPad from Woman at Orlando SeaWorld
Team dolphin all the way, you guys. A woman at SeaWorld Orlando was trying to take a photograph of the marine mammal show with her iPad, when a dolphin popped up out of the water and grabbed it from h...
12:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Donald Trump suggests Hillary Clinton be shot to death for picking Supreme Court judges
Trump hits a new low in suggesting that The Second Amendment could take care of Hillary Clinton should she beat him in the elections and become President. (more…)...
12:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing At Campaign Rally, Donald Trump Suggests Hillary Clinton Be Shot To Death
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hit a new low today by suggesting at a campaign rally that The Second Amendment could prevent Hillary Clinton from choosing Supreme Court Justices as Pre...
12:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Freight train goes off tracks and hits perfectly-named bar
Last night in Charles City, Iowa, a freight train car separated from the track as it was changing connections and tipped right into the back of a bar. The name of the trackside tavern? DeRailed.Nobody...
12:09 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing New brand empowers teen fashion designers through creativity and business
My wife Kelly Sparks is design director at Epic Sky, a new fashion brand that's all about empowering young teen and tween girls. Rather than just trying to guess what young people want in clothes, Epi...
11:46 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing World's longest aircraft looks like ass, literally
The Airlander 10 hybrid airplane-airship, the world's longest aircraft at 302 feet long, emerged from its hangar at Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire, England. The British company Hybrid Air Vehicles ...
11:24 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Meth lab found underneath a Walmart parking lot
We've heard countless stories about people brewing up meth in Walmart bathrooms, but now police have found a meth lab underneath a Walmart in Amherst, New York! They discovered the underground lab ins...
11:23 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Rosie the Riveter, Ghostbusters edition
One year ago, Hugohugo gifted us the fine Immortan Joe/Uncle Sam mashup; this year, it's Rosie the Riveter meets Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (my all-time science hero!), also available as an art print or t...
11:03 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing UC Berkeley chancellor installs office "escape door" as security measure against protesters
UC Berkeley, birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, installed an emergency exit door between Chancellor Nicholas Dirks office and his conference room so he can escape if protestors violently storm hi...
10:55 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Farkle is a fun dice game
https://youtu.be/3wp0LIbGmcIFarkle is a simple dice rolling strategy game that we sometimes play. If you have Yahtzee or Tenzi at at home, you can use the dice and these rules. If you don't have dice,...
10:45 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Fred the Vampire Accountant, Book 3: Bloody Acquisitions
Drew Hayes' Fred the Vampire accountant series is hilarious! I'd been waiting for his third installment, Bloody Acquisitions.Fred was boring in life, in death he isn't much better. Turned into a monst...
10:17 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Smart About Sharks Filled with fascinating bite-sized shark facts
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Smart About Sharks by Owen DaveyFlying Eye Books2016, 40 pages, 9.2 x 11.5 x 0.5 inches $17 Buy a copy on AmazonI love childrens books that are as delicious fo...
10:09 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles is a cool, huge indy bookstore
Josh Spencer is the owner of The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. I haven't been there yet, but after seeing this video I plan to visit asap.This video profile was directed and edited by Chad Howitt a...
09:44 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Kiss your boring job goodbyeyoure about to learn how to program
Everybody knows that if you want to earn the big bucks these days, you need to learn how to code. Luckily, you dont even need to spend thousands on grad school to make coding your career. The Entry-Le...
09:40 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Man who shot up "Draw Muhammad" event was urged to "tear up Texas" by undercover FBI agent
Elton Simpson is one of the two men who fired assault rifles at people gathered for a "Draw Muhammad" event in Garland, Texas before being shot to death by an off-duty police officer; in the weeks lea...
09:29 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Thai telcoms regulator wants tourists to use location-tracking SIMs
Thailands National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has proposed issuing tracking-chips to all visitors to the country, which would allow the government to monitor the movements of all f...
09:21 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Texas official: "People enjoy floods"
Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack told an audience of flood victims that some people enjoy floods because it means they get insurance money."Frankly, over the years, and the many years I've been...
09:20 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Mysterious medical research consortium: we should own volunteers' clinical trial data for 5 years
The "International Consortium of Investigators for Fairness in Trial Data Sharing" -- a group that appears to have just been formed, backed by 282 researcher in 33 countries -- has objected to a plan ...
08:52 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Insane ledge jumping on Hong Kong skyscraper
Oleg Cricket from Siberia shows off his parkour skills on a Hong Kong skyscraper. For some reason, watching these kinds of high-altitude daredevil videos make the soles of my feet ache. Does that ha...
08:42 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Handy Chiko Roll holder
An Australian fast food chain that sells "Chiko Rolls" (an Australian version of an egg roll - I had to look it up) has a special offer: send them two Chiko wrappers and they will send you a plastic...
08:34 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Man intends to sue Warner Bros. for misleading Suicide Squad trailer
BlackPanther2016 says Warner Brothers didn't show him the version of Suicide Squad that the trailer advertised. He's taking the movie studio and DC to court for "false advertising, misleading visual i...
08:12 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Facebook declares war on adblockers, claims it can prevent them detecting ads
Facebook claims it has developed a way to force ads to appear irrespective of whether visitors are using adblockers, and will soon begin doing so. The Wall Street Journal reports that the technique is...
08:11 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Illegal "Warrant Void If Removed" still ubiquitous: they're on the Xbox One S
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF_jNJ1FSYcThe tamper-evident "Warrant Void If Removed" stickers violate the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, which allows device owners to take their gadgets for ...
08:11 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Illegal "Warranty Void If Removed" still ubiquitous: they're on the Xbox One S
The tamper-evident "Warrant Void If Removed" stickers violate the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, which allows device owners to take their gadgets for service at independent depots without voidi...
08:01 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Your medical data: misappropriated by health-tech companies, off-limits to you
Backchannel's package on medical data and the health-tech industry profiles three people who were able to shake loose their own data and make real improvements in their lives with it: Marie Moe, who d...
07:49 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing NASA publishes 44,000 Mars surface images
The HiRise imager in orbit around Mars shoots a continuous stream of data about its surface our way. Nasa's posted 44,000 images so far, each available in all sorts of formats and projections. You cou...
07:35 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Return of Dieselgate: 3 more hidden programs found in VW Audi/Porsche firmware
The German newspaper Bild am Sonntag says that US investigators have discovered three more hidden cheat apps in a Volkswagen product line: these ones were discovered in 3-liter Audi diesels. (more&hel...
07:19 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Unskew the polls! Trumpkins claim they're rigged
In the 2012 election, as it became clear Barack Obama was polling better than Mittens Romney, it was claimed the polls were "skewed" in favor of Democratic candidates. Turned out that the polls undere...
07:02 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing The world's biggest asshole
It's hard to say why The world's biggest asshole is worth watching without spoilering it, but Coleman Sweeney is at least an entertaining asshole—until he isn't....
06:45 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Tarot decks curated
Fuck Yeah Tarot Decks is a tumblr dedicated to the resurgence of interest—tinged as it is in irony and self-reflection—in divinatory decks and the many awesome franchises and tropes they c...
06:45 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing Timelapse of pills dissolving: "decaying clowns"
Kottke nailed it when he said that the timelapse video of these colorful pills dissolving looks like "decaying clowns."...
06:39 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing McNichol is the UK's Wasserman Shultz: Corbyn supporters will be able to vote in Labour leadership race
The parallels between the Bernie Sanders insurgency and the vicious UK Labour Party fight over its left-leaning, incredibly popular leader Jeremy Corbyn keep on coming: now there's a Labour analogue t...
05:38 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2016
BoingBoing io808: classic drum machine in the browser
Vincent Riemer made a TR-808 drum machine that runs in the browser, complete with all twiddly controls, the classic turn-of-the-eighties color scheme, and all the cowbell you can handle....
07:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing 'Sassy Donald Trump meets Bill O'Reilly,' a crazy Peter Serafinowicz voice dub
Peter Serafinowicz does another hilariously femme Donald Trump dub. Remember, these are always Trump's own words. (more…)...
06:50 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing The 2016 Perseid meteor shower peaks August 11-12. Here's how to watch!
The Perseid meteor shower originates from the Swift-Tuttle comet, and is visible now through until August 24, 2016. The show is seen viewed from a northeastern direction in the northern hemisphere. (m...
06:32 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg launch a TV show where they eat, drink, and hang out
VH1 has ordered a new unscripted series that will star Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, under the working title Martha & Snoops Dinner Party. (more…)...
06:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing NASAs High Dynamic Range Stereo X camera captures rocket test in breathtaking detail
This is cool as hell. While thousands turned out to watch NASAs Space Launch System (SLS) recently complete a full-scale test of its booster, few were aware of the other major test occurring simulta...
05:52 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing To do in San Francisco: Cecil Castellucci and Ben Loory at SF in SF
The next SF in SF event features Cecil Castellucci (previously), author of books as varied as Odd Duck and Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure and Ben Loory, author of The Baseball Player and th...
03:40 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Amazons Interesting Finds/Prehistoric Invertebrates/Fraudster Calls
The new issue of Recomendo, Cool Tool's newsletter of things and experiences personally recommended by the editors (Kevin Kelly, Claudia Lamar, and me) is out. Want to get our next Recomendo a week ea...
02:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Print Workshop Print up all kinds of fun stuff with this step-by-step handbook for the DIY artist
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects by Christine SchmidtPotter Craft2010, 176 pages, 7.5 x 9 x 0.7 inches (softcover)$16 Buy a ...
02:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Motion sensing solar-charged LED outdoor light for $11
I have a larger model of the Mpow motion sensing solar-charged LED outdoor light and it has performed well since I installed it earlier this year. The light is very bright and the motion sensor is sen...
02:03 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Skull Walker: a scuttling skull-creature
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEnNCB233eoY Nakajima's "Skull Walker 2.0" used the skull off an older sculpture and a HEXBUG Strand Beast Toy Figure (inspired by Theo Jansen's Strandbeest walkers) ...
02:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Chelsea Manning, after suicide attempt: 'Your incredible love and support is lifting my spirits.'
Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning is suffering from severe mental health challenges in prison, directly related to her treatment in prison. She isn't getting the care she needs, and she recentl...
01:55 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Review: Dasani Sparkling Bread Mold water
As a longtime fan of sparkling, zero-carb flavored water beverages, I thought I'd check out the new offerings from Dasani, whose own unsweetened slim-can drinks come in a range of popular flavors&mdas...
12:55 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Vast collection of Amiga games, demos and software uploaded to Internet Archive
The world's first psychedelic computer enters the universal library. And it all runs in the browser, meaning you'll never have to hunt for Workbench disk images again....
11:58 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Yes, Trump just said "titties"
At a rally in Detroit, Donald Trump said "titties" while attempting to say "cities." Let us not be shy about it, or needlessly hesitant: he most certainly enunciated a nice, hard "T". [via]Previous...
11:54 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Tiny business card sculptures of the profession on the card
Paper engineer Petrina Case creates miniature sculptures from business cards that, if so desired, may depict the profession listed on the card. She accepts commissions via her Etsy shop: Petrina Case ...
10:34 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing "Scary Lucy" statue of Lucille Ball now accompanied by new lifelike sculpture
"Scary Lucy," the freakishly grotesque statue of Lucille Ball by sculptor Dave Poulin that for several years stood in her hometown of Celoron, New York, was joined this weekend by artist Carolyn Palme...
10:22 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Chinese tourist fills wrong form for lost wallet, lands in refugee shelter
Last month a 31-year-old Chinese man who was traveling through Germany realized he lost his wallet in Stuttgart, Germany. The tourist, whose name hasn't been disclosed, tried to ask authorities for a ...
10:08 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Everyone is smiling about this lion trying to eat a baby on live TV
When the baby gets older, she'll learn to politely smile like the grownups around her while something terrifying is happening. It's from a 2003 episode of the Mexican TV show Con Sello de Mujer....
10:02 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Proof-of-concept ransomware for smart thermostats demoed at Defcon
Last week, Andrew Tierney and Ken Munro from Pen Test Partners demoed their proof-of-concept ransomware for smart thermostats, which relies on users being tricked into downloading malware that then ro...
09:58 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Electronic temporary tattoo measures how drunk you are
University of California San Diego nanoengineers developed a flexible, wearable sensor that measures the blood alcohol level of its wearer and transmits the info to a mobile device. From UCSD News:The...
09:47 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Making a real Star Wars Speeder Bike
Vintage Works built this fantastic motorcycle that is exactly like a Star Wars Speeder Bike. Only it doesn't fly. Sadly. ...
09:41 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Compounds in human exhalations during movies vary in response to suspense and comedy
Researchers from German's Max Planck Institute and Johannes Gutenberg University have published a paper in Nature documenting the phenomenon whereby the volatile organic compounds exhaled by cinema au...
09:33 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing How racist traffic stops criminalize black people, and what to do about it
When Philando Castile was killed by a Minneapolis cop after a traffic stop, we learned that he had been stopped 46 times before and had been fined for driving without a license. (more…)...
09:32 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Cube illusion
Here's a fun way on the checker shadow illusion. I don't know where the image file for this is. If anyone knows, please let me know in the comments....
09:28 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Important man's sister wins Olympic medal
Hours after an important man's sister won an Olympic medal, the feat was repeated by another important man's sister—twice! "Sister of Stars defenseman wins Olympic medals," reports NHL.com, comp...
09:20 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing 75 percent of Bluetooth smart locks can be hacked
Anthony Rose, an electrical engineer, was able to hack 12 out of 16 Bluetooth Low Energy smart locks as part of his research into their vulnerabilities. He presented his findings at the DEF CON hacker...
08:58 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing If the Trumpocalypse actually hits, youll need this disaster preparedness bundle
Everything short of a ticket to Canada is here. Read on for the top 3 things you need to do to survive if 'President Trump' becomes real life.Start Your Own BusinessNotBrought to You By Trump Universi...
08:51 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Study confirms a physical correlate to PTSD: "brown dust" in the brain
Since WWI, doctors have speculated that PTSD's underlying cause was some sort of physical damage caused by blast-waves from bombs, which literally shook loose something important in the brains of suf...
08:12 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Calling bullshit on "leapfrogging"
Technology cheerleaders love to talk "leapfrogging," the idea that developing regions that haven't adopted traditional technology (like an electrical grid or banking systems) can jump straight to the ...
08:03 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Chicago cops switched off bodycams and high-fived after shooting unarmed black teen
The Chicago Independent Police Review Authority has released a video showing the aftermath of the July 28 police shooting of an unarmed black man, in which the officers checked to ensure that their bo...
07:48 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing DoJ to judges: use Tor to protect your internet connection
This summer, DoJ Cybercrime Lab director Ovie Carroll presented at a Federal Judicial Seminar in San Diego, attended by over 100 US federal judges, where he recommended that the judges should use Tor ...
07:25 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing A horn-shaped Viking mug for your coffee
Goat Story's 16 oz horn mug is designed to bring a little Viking to your morning cup, with a spillproof lid and a cross-body carry-strap that converts to a stand to allow you to balance your horn of ...
05:49 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Duct tape crushed in hydraulic press
I'm still addicted to the Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube (previously, previously), but am careful only to force you to endure the very best crushings. Here, a roll of duct tape....
05:44 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing The most common job in every state
Most states being large and empty, the most frequent answer to the question "what is the most common job in your state?" is "truck driver." For everywhere else, teachers and software developers prevai...
05:32 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Important man's wife wins Olympic medal
"Wife of a Bears' lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics," The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. Sadly, the headline writers were unable to figure out her name before Tweet time, but they ev...
05:19 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Alien "megastructure" mystery deepens, but probably isn't a Dyson sphere
KIC 8462862, a distant star, flickers erratically. Among the possibilities: occlusion by an alien "megastructure" surrounding it in space.Though it sounds far-fetched, and there's no other evidence of...
04:58 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Trump disagrees with every position held by Trump
Enjoy this remarkable montage of the Republican candidate for President of the United States flipping on virtually every position he's drawn breath to hold. His limited vocabulary makes it quite eas...
04:50 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2016
BoingBoing Trump reboot: ditch populism, adopt Republican platform, say Clinton is the crazy one
Donald Trump, sinking lately in the polls, is to "reboot" his campaign, writes the Wall Street Journal.Part of the issue for the New York businessman is that he has run his campaign much like his fami...
06:54 am PDT - Sun, August 7, 2016
BoingBoing Foreign influence: how a Chinese businessman funneled $1.3M to Jeb Bush's campaign
Gordon Tang and Huaidan Chen -- Chinese nationals who live in Singapore -- own a global property speculation and development empire whose US branch is called American Pacific International Capital Inc...
06:33 am PDT - Sun, August 7, 2016
BoingBoing Researchers learn about wire-fraud scam after Nigerian scammers infect themselves with their own malware
In Wire Wire: A West African Cyber Threat, researchers from Secureworks reveal their findings from monitoring a Nigerian bank-fraud ring whose members had unwittingly infected themselves with their ow...
11:20 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing Texas mom ucnovers massive culture of corruption and sex scandals at US Secret Service
Malia Litman of Dallas TX describes herself as a stay-at-home mom. Unlike most moms (or dads, or anyone for that matter) she has spent $100,000 suing the U.S. government to turn over 3,900 pages of s...
11:20 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing Texas mom uncovers massive culture of corruption and sex scandals at US Secret Service
Malia Litman of Dallas TX describes herself as a stay-at-home mom. Unlike most moms (or dads, or anyone for that matter) she has spent $100,000 suing the U.S. government to turn over 3,900 pages of s...
11:02 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing Electronic makeup
This is a demonstration of Omote, a real-time face tracking and projection mapping system....
10:57 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing Cool magnetic gyroscopic levitation
Here's cobrakiller2000's homemade Levitron-style magnetic top. He says:The only non-electric way that I know off to get a magnet fully levitating over a magnet and with nice elevation too. Looks way...
10:49 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing Valve-opening robot fail
Trying to do simple tasks at a [10]Source...
10:46 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing A cellular-connected Pokball for finding rare Pokmon
Particle is a company makes low-cost Wi-Fi and cellular connected microcontrollers for prototyping the Internet of Things stuff. TJ Hunter used a Particle Electron and a GPS chip to make a Pokball t...
10:03 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing A teeny, tiny Raspberry Pi computer
This tiny computer isn't just cutest thing we ever did see, it's actually incredibly powerful too. If you play your cards right, you can program Raspberry Pi (no relation to actual, delicious pie) to ...
08:25 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing 1 billion computer monitors vulnerable to undetectable firmware attacks
A team led by Ang Cui (previously) -- the guy who showed how he could take over your LAN by sending a print-job to your printer -- have presented research at Defcon, showing that malware on your compu...
08:15 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing Web companies can track you -- and price-gouge you -- based on your battery life
In Online tracking: A 1-million-site measurement and analysis, eminent Princeton security researchers Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan document the use of device battery levels -- accessible bot...
08:07 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing Stiglitz quits Panama's official money-laundering panel over internal sabotage
Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has resigned from the Panamanian committee set up to probe the country's money-laundering industry in the wake of the Panama Papers leak, because the Pana...
08:02 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing BBC will use surveillance powers to sniff Britons' wifi and find license-cheats
If you live in the UK and watch live TV or use the Iplayer video-on-demand service, you have to pay a "license fee" that directly supports public media in the UK (in other countries, public media is f...
07:24 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2016
BoingBoing How and why to short Uber
Uber's $62.5B valuation is an utterly speculative bet on a company that can only pay out if many sub-bets pay off: the timely arrival of self-driving cars, widespread adoption of car-sharing (rather t...
09:41 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Los Angeles: Freaky "Boogeyman"-themed occult art show (opens Saturday!)
Tomorrow night, the Boogeyman descends on Los Angeles's Nicodim Gallery for an eerily compelling group art show, titled Omul Negro ("The man in black"). The theme is an exploration of evil, madmen, mo...
05:06 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Muslim-American woman kicked out of Family Dollar store for wearing hijab and niqab
Sarah Safi of Gary, Indiana was kicked out of a Family Dollar store by an assistant store manager who cited the woman's traditional Muslim dress, a niqab and hijab, as being threatening. Ms. Safi, 32,...
04:42 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing 2 Muslim women kicked off American Airlines flight in Miami
Two Muslim-American women were kicked off an American Airlines flight this week, basically for flying while Muslim. (more…)...
01:38 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Alec Baldwin Is President Millard Fillmore's Doppelgnger
When Lillian Cunningham, host of the podcast Presidential, offhandedly mentioned that Alec Baldwin resembles 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, it didn't prepare me to find a photo...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing DRM: You have the right to know what you're buying!
Today, the EFF and a coalition of organizations and individuals asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explore fair labeling rules that would require retailers to warn you when the products yo...
12:40 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Bureaucrats disqualify Hong Kong legislative candidates for insufficient loyalty
2014's Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong was an uprising over the Chinese government's announcement that it would exercise a veto over who could stand for election to the Hong Kong legislature (as Boss...
11:55 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Don't pull a Lohan, check yourself with the ultimate party wingman
Sometimes a round of drinks ends in late night karaoke, body shots, and waking up to a tiger in your hotel room. We get it. It happens. The important thing is that we never put ourselves in danger of ...
11:55 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Check yourself with the ultimate party wingman: BACtrack Trace Pro Breathalyzer
Sometimes a round of drinks ends in late night karaoke, body shots, and waking up to a tiger in your hotel room. We get it. It happens. The important thing is that we never put ourselves in danger of ...
11:55 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Two new great books for Arduino and electronics projects
No Starch Press just released two nice books. Arduino Project Handbook by Mark Geddes has 25 beginner-friendly projects that use Arduino (a low cost electronic prototyping platform), including a Simon...
11:25 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Free Press A pictorial history of underground newspapers 1965-1975
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Free Press: Underground and Alternative Publications 1965-1975 by Jean-Franois Bizot (editor)Universe2006, 264 pages, 9 x 1.1 x 13.5 inches (softcover)$17 Buy o...
11:22 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Bonnie Burton's next book: "Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy"
Bonnie Burton (previously) is a favorite around these parts, thanks both to her keen eye for awesomeness, and her next book, Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy (O...
11:21 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing "Monkey Selfie" case headed to U.S. Court of Appeals
In 2011 a crested macaque in Indonesia took a selfie using photographer David J. Slater's camera. After Slater claimed copyright of the photo, PETA sued on behalf of the monkey, claiming it was the co...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Man hides TV in sliding door
This is as cool as the DIY parking garage.Hiding a TV in a sliding door[via]...
11:03 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Epic.
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
10:54 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing The Vlogbrothers guide to voting in every state in the union
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8spm2Qh60U4In a series of easily digested, 2-minute videos, Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green explain how to vote -- from registration to voter ID laws to absentee bal...
10:54 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Nearly 200 Mexicans stranded at Madrid airport for days
183 Mexicans are stranded at Madrid-Barajas airport, some for up to two weeks. They are sleeping on the floor and are running out of money to buy food.They are grounded because the kind of tickets the...
10:46 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing EFF and partners reveal Kazakh government phished journalists, opposition politicians
At Defcon, researchers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, First Look Media and Amnesty International, revealed their findings on a major phishing attack through which the government of Kazakhsta...
09:28 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Congressional red team discovers that it's (still) trivial to acquire all the materials for a dirty nuke
In 2014, undercover Congressional investigators set out to test the countermeasures put in place to test the regulatory system that is supposed to detect and interdict terrorists who are assembling a ...
08:47 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Airport lounges will let anyone in, provided you can fake a QR code
When computer security expert and hardcore traveller Przemek Jaroszewski found that he couldn't enter an airline lounge in Warsaw because the automated reader mistakenly rejected his boarding card, ...
08:14 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing What cities around the world would like like if they were "Tokyo-ized"
Japanese architect Daigo Ishii's Worldwide Tokyo-lization Project applies a "Tokyo skin" to cities and localities around the world.From Spoon & Tamago, which has more examples:The fascinating project ...
08:09 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Citizen pulls over Texas State Trooper for speeding
Phillip Turner was on his way to court to fight a traffic citation when he noticed a Texas State Trooper speeding past him. Turner followed him, flashing his headlights at the trooper until he pulle...
08:07 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Vocal fry, uptalking, nasal: women's voices can never be "right"
15 years ago, uptalk was ruining women's speech; five years ago, it was vocal fry (with accompanying, science-free warnings about damage to the larynx and vocal apparatus); in the First Century BC, Ro...
08:03 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing NYT: Trump is "psychologically off the chain"
When internet laymen suggest that Trump is manifestly mentally ill—the abusive narcissism, the total absence of empathy, the 400-word sentences tracing random paths through the vaporwave fractal...
07:59 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing 15 most poisonous animals on earth
Interesting video about the most poisonous (not venomous) animals, from the Cane Toad to the Striated Surgeonfish.From the YouTube description (which includes references):In comparison to venomous a...
07:53 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Woman shoots man in the throat with a flaming arrow on AGT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeKaQP7m-msRyan Stock and AmberLynn Walker, a pair of folks with no common sense at all, appeared on Americas Got Talent recently. He is a sword swallower, magician, an...
07:33 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Can you design a better NYC Subway system?
Brand New Subway is an online toy/game that lets you redesign, from scratch, New York City's mass transit system. The UI is complex and broken and slow to react to decisions (presumably in honor of th...
07:12 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Dear Abby recommends sex addiction treatment to 18-year old complaining about her 10-year relationship
We often mock the Dear Abby column for its surrealistically backwards advice. But things have gotten worse lately, with the author (supposedly Jeanne Phillips, daughter of the original) describing rap...
07:00 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing 1970s "model interiors" genuinely fascinating, horrible
Just when you think you've absorbed the full horror of each scene, you notice something new: a plastic eagle or floral linoleum tiles, perhaps, or an electric range with a built-in sink. Wallpaper on ...
06:43 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2016
BoingBoing Nintendo Power at Internet Archive
Every issue of Nintendo Power published between 1988 and 2001 is available at the Internet Archive. With all the tips, tricks and maps, one can "behold crudely drawn comics of Battletoads," writes Rob...
04:22 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing A free/open computer on a card that you swap in and out of a 3D printed laptop
https://vimeo.com/172525165Lou Cabron writes, "Finally, after five years of work, Rhombus Tech has gone from a free/libre/open source "spec" to their first actual modular devices!The video is amazin...
04:14 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing After repeated budget cuts, Missouri's underfunded Public Defender drafts the Governor to work for him
Brother Phil writes, "The Public Defender's Office in Missouri is chronically underfunded by a governor who can always find money for his pet projects. However, they do have the power to draft any law...
03:49 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Elaborate DIY parking spot
Kudos to this guy for all the work he had to do to come up with a way to park his car. He is stuck with the particular car model for life, though, because it fits like a glove....
03:49 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing This titanium-infused quartz crystal is totally mesmerizing
It's a mineral, Marie! (more…)...
03:06 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing British Muslim detained for reading a book about Syria while on a plane
A British woman of Muslim descent was detained and questioned by police under terror laws after a flight crew member noticed she was reading a book about Syrian art while flying to Turkey.The Thomson ...
12:54 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Watch GOP strategist Liz Mair call Trump a "loudmouthed dick" on live TV
THIS is CNN. (Thanks, UPSO!)...
12:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing International Olympic Committee bans GIFs
They've "expressly prohibited" turning anything from the Olympics into "animated formats such as animated GIFs (i.e. GIFV), GFY, WebM, or short video formats such as Vines." (more…)...
11:41 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Airbus designed and 3D printed a motorbike inspired by a skeleton
Aerospace corporation Airbus's Light Rider concept motorbike looks a bit like something HR Giger would draw (although his, of course, would be much cooler). In reality, the 3D-printed frame was inspir...
11:38 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Building Stories Chris Ware's magnum opus includes 14 lavishly presented stories in different formats, all in one box
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Building Stories by Chris WarePantheon2012, 260 pages, 11.7 x 16.6 x 1.9 inches (hardcover, softcovers, boxed)$31 Buy a copy on AmazonChris Ware is renowned as ...
11:33 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing My Kansas City World Science Fiction Convention schedule
I'm flying into Kansas City for part of Midamericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, and while there, I'll be on panels, give a reading, and sit down with fans for a kaffeeklatsch. (more...
11:29 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing "Please send the police. I've been shot," says 76-year-old man mistakenly shot by police
When New Jersey police went to the wrong house to investigate a 911 hang-up call they shot resident 76-year-old Gerald Sykes, who called 911 to let them know he'd been shot. The police sent to investi...
11:17 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing The occult magick of Pokemon Go
At the Daily Grail, Greg Taylor posted a fascinating essay about the Pokemon Go experience seen through the lens of medieval occult practices in which "incorporeal entities have sometimes been as much...
11:10 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing What kind of house $300,000 can buy around the world
Want to see what kind of house $300k will buy in Finland, Greece, Dominican Republic, Russia, Portugal, Brazil, Italy, Montenegro, Spain, USA, Turkey, France, Croatia, and Indonesia (above)? Check out...
11:07 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Watch charming grannies smoke weed for first time in Amsterdam
In a new British TV show called A Granny's Guide to the Modern World (Channel 4), three adorable ladies ages 73, 78 and 82 try weed for the first time when they visit a coffee shop in Amsterdam. One...
10:59 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing How to break a chatbot
On Reddit, Llaver showed how to reveal the inner workings of a Skype messaging bot. He/She explained that it was a mistake: "I was going to send some quick and dirty code to a friend but I mistakenly ...
10:49 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Neural Dust: tiny wireless implants act as "electroceuticals" for your brain
UC Berkeley researchers are developing "Neural Dust," tiny wireless sensors for implanting in the brain, muscles, and intestines that could someday be used to control prosthetics or a "electroceutic...
10:49 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Interview with hardware hacker Star Simpson
Our guest on the Cool Tools show this week is Star Simpson. She is an electronics designer whose greatest joy is designing objects and tools that are useful to others, which inspire and delight. Her p...
10:17 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Watch this killer Sammy Davis Jr. TV commercial for Suntory Whisky (1974)
Long before Suntory boosted its brand awareness thanks to Bill Murray in Lost in Translation (2003), the inimitable Sammy Davis Jr. really did pitch the Japanese whiskey in 1974. Amazing.(Thanks, UP...
10:06 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Meet one of the last jukebox repairmen
Perry Rosen turned his passion for jukeboxes into a career. This man knows from motors, vacuum tubes, and turntables. If I had a jukebox, I'd ask Rosen if he could mod it tod play with a punch to th...
08:24 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Spoofing GPS is surprisingly easy; detecting it is surprisingly hard
GPS security is increasingly implicated in both physical and information security: from steering a super-yacht (or a super-tanker) into pirate-friendly waters to diverting self-driving cars or even un...
08:15 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing How to throw pesky snoops off your digital trail
Surfing the web today is packed with all sorts of perils--hackers, annoying trackers, ads, you name it. Luckily, theres still a way to protect yourself and ensureanonymity when youre web browsing: its...
08:14 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Green screen scene from Final Destination 5
Cool behind-the-scenes special effects shot from a movie I've never heard of.Filming with a green screen[via]...
08:10 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Gentleman fights excavator
This squabble between a rock-throwing human and a nimble excavator went on for several minutes. Finnish police arrived and broke it up before a clear victor emerged....
08:07 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Decision to retain personally identifying information puts Australian census under threat
Without an accurate census, it's virtually impossible to make good national policy, which is why so many countries make census participation mandatory (when former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen "Dum...
07:43 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Residents of Silicon Valley homeless camp clear 48,000 Lbs of garbage from creek, ask for housing
Silicon Valley's legendary housing crisis -- now several decades old -- has led to the establishment of semi-permanent homeless camps on public lands, including a notable camp on the banks of Coyote C...
07:40 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Game of Life in 3D
Conway's Game of Life—the OG cellular automaton toy—is put in three dimensions by Samuel Levy. You can spin the playfield as it mutates, too! It beat the hell out of my computer on the hi...
06:45 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Cabin video from Dubai crash landing: "Leave the bags!"
Moments before a crash-landed jet at Dubai airport burst into flames, amid screams and billowing smoke, passengers chock the aisle to fetch bags from overhead bins. The video starts sometime after ev...
06:42 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Copyright Office to FCC: Hollywood should be able to killswitch your TV
20 years ago, Congress ordered the FCC to begin the process of allowing Americans to buy their pay TV boxes on the open market (rather than every American household spending hundreds of dollars a year...
06:14 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Insiders claim Trump campaign staff "suicidal"
In the wake of Donald Trump's public war of words with the parents of a dead war hero and whatever disgust at it his own party could muster, insiders are claiming his own campaign manager has given up...
06:12 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Walking Tables: a strandbeest for your dining room
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBOdZ6nhDJgWouter Scheublin's 2006 design for a Walking Table echoes Theo Jansen's iconic Strandbeest: the complex mechanical linkages on the legs allow the table to ...
05:56 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2016
BoingBoing Science themed music video made from remixed public domain footage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzaNq2ueQAY&feature=youtu.beLuke Williams writes, "I thought you might like this song called 'Make Heat' from my science-pop album MOONS." (more…)...
07:47 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Everything is not fine
KC Green updates his classic "everything is fine" comic to reflect the manifest fact that everything is not fine.P.S. You can order an "everything is fine" plush dog!...
07:20 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Feast your eyes on Handsome Jack and his new book
If you don't know who Handsome Jack is, let me get you up to speed. He is perhaps the most famous male model in the world - and has made the time to be a world class magician. (more…)...
05:34 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Marc Laidlaw's collected short fiction, for the first time, for $4 (DRM-free!)
Cyberpunk pioneer and games-writing treasure Marc Laidlaw writes, "The latest and for now final addition to my Kindle collection is now live. I've never had a collection; I put this one, 400 Boys and ...
05:14 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing NYT's horrifying video of hateful Trump rally attendees
No wonder so many GOP senators and governors are supporting Trump. Just look at how smart and considerate his rally attendees are!Overheard:"F--- those dirty beaners.""F--- political correctness.""F...
04:06 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing "Augs Lives Matter": Black Lives Matter co-opted for a scifi game, but creators claim coincidence
When you've been caught appropriating that hottest of cakes—the name of a contemporary political movement—one has two fair options: either (1) take your work seriously and make a case why ...
03:06 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing This is the country's largest collection of brains
When the zombie apocalypse breaks out, the Harvard Brain Bank will resemble the scene at a cheap casino buffet's peel-and-eat shrimp table....
01:35 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Siberian heat wave unleashes deadly 'zombie anthrax' outbreak
At least 90 people have been hospitalized from an anthrax outbreak in Russia, including 50 children. Eight are confirmed as infected with anthrax. Doctors believe at least 6 patients have the more vi...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Hurray for hose bib extenders
We have a potted lemon tree in out backyard. I water it by filling a watering can from the garden hose. The spigot for the garden hose is against the house, behind a scratchy bush. I didn't want to ge...
12:15 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Zika hits the US military: 33 service members now have virus, says Pentagon
Pentagon officials told reporters today that at least 33 active-duty American service members, one of whom is a pregnant woman, have Zika. (more…)...
11:52 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing 90-year-old fills in $90,000 crossword art, now claims copyright
Last month, a 90-year-old woman visiting an art museum in Nuremberg, Germany was drawn to a 1977 crossword puzzle on display called "Reading-work-piece." Next to the artwork, created by avant-garde ar...
11:29 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Only What's Necessary A whole lot of Peanuts and Schulz stuffed into one volume by Chip Kidd
See sample pages from this book at Wink.Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts by Chip Kidd (author) and Geoff Spear (photographer)Harry N. Abrams2015, 304 pages, 12 x 9 x 1 i...
11:24 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Australians asked not to list their religion as Jedi
Spoilsports within the Atheist Foundation of Australia have asked its citizens to stop listing their religion as "Jedi" on census forms because it is making the country seem more religious than it act...
11:14 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing love it! -- worst tabloid ever?
What's not to love?Here a NSFW parody.[via]...
11:07 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Man places boy inside rhino enclosure at zoo
What a cool grandpa! I wonder if he knows that rhinoceroses can run 30mph and weigh over a ton? From IBI Times:Dublin Zoo have said they are investigating after pictures emerged over the weekend of a ...
11:01 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Lawsuit: Getty Images copyfrauded 47,000 photos from indie press agency Zuma
Photographer, public domain enthusiast, and national treasure Carol M Highsmith is suing Getty Images for $1B because they took the photos she'd donated to the Library of Congress and started asking p...
10:56 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Colorized 1865 photo of Abraham Lincoln assassination conspirator Lewis Powell
Marina Maral colorized this 1865 photo of Abraham Lincoln assassination conspirator Lewis Powell. I always forget that the world wasn't black and white in the olden days.Here's the original photo.[via...
10:40 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Tabloid warning: "Children with soulless black eyes terrorize residents foolish enough to let them in"
Whats in celebrity handbags this week? Is it lip gloss and sunglasses? Car keys and chewing gum? Well never know, because Us magazine this week deprives us of its weekly feature Whats in my purse? whi...
10:33 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing China tests straddling bus that travels above traffic
China's Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), a trippy transport that straddles the traffic below it, had its first test run yesterday in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. It was a very short trip, just 300 meters. ...
10:07 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Two teens carve into 5,000-year-old rock carving, just trying to help
This famed 5,000-year-old rock carving on the island of Tro, near Nordland, Norway, depicting a figure on skis, is one of the most important historical sites in the country. Two teenagers may be prose...
10:04 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Like monsters? You'll love the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit at LA County Museum
I was unprepared for the magnitude and quality of stuff on display at LACMA's exhibition of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's monster memorabilia collection. This just might have been the best museum exh...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing North Korea launches 2 missiles, Japan says "serious threat"
North Korea simultaneously launched two medium-range ballistic missiles this morning, and one landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, in the Sea of Japan. This is an area that is protected by speci...
09:53 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Wireless charger that levitates your mobile phone
Yes, it's a gimmick, and we've all seen it before on speakers, clocks, etc., but levitation is still magical to behold. The OvRcharge combines magnetic levitation with induction charging for your mobi...
09:31 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Stop motion animation: This paper ramen looks delicious!
Yelldesign: "We thought it would fun to make a complete meal from start to finish, using only paper. Everything you see is made from paper, except for the hands."See more of their Papermeals here....
09:30 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing TV Dreamland
This week on HOME: Stories From L.A.:When TV producer Phil Savenick started collecting vintage TVs and TV memorabilia, he didnt anticipate that hed end up with what he now calls a dreamland of televis...
08:17 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Ransom note generator
The Random Note Generator is so good I suspect that it's what Trump's using to keep the GOP in line....
08:16 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Best joint-roller in the world earns $1000s for his creations
Tony Greenhand, 26, of Albany, Oregon makes pinata-like fully smokable joints that he sells for big bucks.From Vocativ:Greenhands client, a young and ultra-wealthy firearms enthusiast in Florida, ha...
08:15 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Yo Xbox Live Gold: I'mma let you finish, but Steamcrate had one of the best game subscription services of all time
As gamers, it's hard for us to find the next big title to pique our interest.Choice can be paralyzing, especially with the thousands of games out there today.That's why we're currently into Steamcrate...
08:08 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Funny new webcomic: Webcomic Name
I'm enjoying the existential humor of Webcomic Name, a webcomic by Alex Norris. https://webcomicname.tumblr.com/post/148143828199/please-reblog https://webcomicname.tumblr.com/post/148007489824 ...
07:44 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing An oral history of the Suicide Squad
Zack Smith writes, "With the film of SUICIDE SQUAD out Friday [ed: alas, it looks like a turkey], you might enjoy this oral history I did of the 1980s series with writer John Ostrander and most of the...
07:43 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Landscape painting on the cut surface of a treestump
This bucolic scene is a work of art that anyone can attempt—so long as they have an unrooted treestump close to hand and the brilliant skills of Alison Moritsugu. [via r/Art] (more…)...
07:35 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing A brief history of "cuck"
"Cuck" is an insult lately beloved of bigots, spreading inexorably from Reddit to the schoolyards of America. What makes it beautiful is that it exposes the speaker's interest in a relatively obscure ...
07:33 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Mexico-US illegal migration has been at zero for 8 years, and other eye-opening facts
NPR's On the Media have released a new installment in their indispensable Breaking News Consumer's Handbook (previously), this one about migration -- legal and illegal -- and it's a doozy. (more&helli...
07:13 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Activists are crowdfunding to build a wall around Trump Tower
The Wall in Trump project is looking for enough money to rent the sandbags they'll require to build a 4' tall, 3' wide, quarter-million pound "wall of solidarity" around Trump Towers, using voluntee...
06:58 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Suicide Squad fan petition launched to shut down Rotten Tomatoes after dreadful reviews
Suicide Squad, the ensemble DC-villains flick for teens, appears to be Hot Topic Clearance Table: The Movie. It's getting awful reviews on most fronts: the storytelling mess, Jared Leto's oh-so-edgy J...
06:33 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Wood and resin rings with tiny landscapes
Secret Wood's rings are handmade creations of carved wood and resin, with tiny, detailed landscapes embedded in their "gems." (more…)...
06:20 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Chinese government decrees that it is always legal to video-record the police
Chinese state corruption is so weird and manifest that it has its own literary movement, and the use of the internet to uncover corruption has become a political football that has spilled over into th...
05:45 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Balkan donkey cheese sounds really scrummy
Slobodan Simi is former Serbian parliamentarian who retired to become a conservationist who keeps a herd of Balkan rescue donkeys on the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve near Belgrade, along with wild...
05:35 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2016
BoingBoing Georgia gas-station DVDs, like a scene from a racialized, porny Repo Man
Yes, they made the "Asian" porn yellow -- apparently this is a pretty common sight in Georgia gas-stations, though the proliferation of network connections in big rigs will surely cut into that market...
06:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing 'Crybaby Trump,' hilarious Peter Serafinowicz video
Peter Serafinowicz does Trump. (more…)...
05:47 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Big rigs can be hijacked and driven with software-based attacks
In a two-month-long class assignment, researchers from the University of Michigan found vulnerabilities in J1939, the standard for networking in big rigs and other large industrial vehicles, that allo...
12:57 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Down and Out in Purgatory by Tim Powers
Tim Powers has mastered mingling our present with elements of the fantastic, creating stories so immersive and believable I'm always disappointed when they end. Down and Out in Purgatory is a new, inc...
12:25 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Hotels that'll take your huge dog
Traveling with a giant breed dog can be tough! While lots of hotels have one or two rooms set aside for people traveling with their canine, eye pop out when a Great Pyr walks in. The folks at It's Dog...
11:42 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Young school boy shouts profanity at Trump rally
Trump rallies never cease to amaze. This morning at a Trump rally in Ashburn, VA, a young boy about 10 years old stood up and shouted, "Take the bitch down!" He of course was referring to Hillary Clin...
11:15 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast's A Song of Ice and Fire book club continues
The Boars, Gore, and Swords book club continues with the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. On this week's "Holes Want Filling," Iv...
11:05 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Magnetic phone mount for $4
I started using a magnetic phone mount for my car over a year ago, and I think it is the best way to secure my phone to the dashboard. I've tried lots of other kinds of mounts, and this is the most co...
10:55 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing A man walked into a McDonald's with a dead badger...
I'm loving it: On Saturday, a fellow strolled into a McDonald's in Falkping, Sweden carrying a dead badger under his arm. The staff asked him to leave, which he reportedly did, but then began whipping...
10:46 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Iranians connected to phishing attempt on tortured Syrian activist
Former Syrian National Council vice-president Nour Al-Ameer fled to Turkey after being arrested and tortured by the Assad regime -- that's when someone attempted to phish her and steal her identity wi...
10:38 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing The White Donkey From the online comic series about the existential crisis of a military experience
See sample pages from this book at Wink.The White Donkey: Terminal Lance by Maximlian UriarteLittle, Brown and Company2016, 288 pages, 7 x 10.5 x 1 inches $15 Buy a copy on AmazonMaximillian Uriarte s...
10:35 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing WSJ conservative says GOPs who support Trump "will always be tainted by association"
Bret Stephens, deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal's extremely right-wing editorial page, says that Republican big wigs who support and excuse Donald Trump's sadistic bullying will be lumped with...
10:08 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Fantastic DIY miniature Nintendo Entertainment System
Daftmike made a fantastic miniature Nintendo Entertainment System that's 40% the size of the original. It consists of a Raspberry Pi inside a 3D-printed case that he designed and a selection of mini...
10:06 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Animator claims McDonald's commercial creator ripped him off
UK animator extraordinaire Cyriak Harris posted a side-by-side animation of two herds of dancing cows. Harris' cows are on the right, McDonalds' are on the left. I'll bet McDonalds didn't know that th...
10:01 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Australian media accessibility group raises red flag about DRM in web standards
Media Access Australia is the only Australian nonprofit that advocates for making media accessible to people with disabilities -- and they're also a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an o...
09:57 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing New Order "Ceremony" live in 1981
New Order performs "Ceremony," live in 1981. This was one of the last Joy Division compositions before the 1980 suicide of singer Ian Curtis and the remaining members became New Order....
09:51 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Death from space gamma-ray bursts explained
"Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell" have been making the best explainer videos on the planet. Their latest one is about gamma-ray bursts, which occur when stars collapse or collide. Gamma-ray bursts have be...
09:45 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Kevin "Kids in the Hall" McDonald has a podcast
Tavie writes, "Kevin McDonald of the classic Canadian sketch comedy troupe Kids in the Hall has just launched a brand-new podcast, 'Kevin McDonald's Kevin McDonald Show.'" It's an old-fashioned variet...
09:33 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing 11,373,076-to-1 gear reduction
Oskar van Deventer made a colorful gearing system with a reduction factor of 11,373,076-to-1. "The application of this type of extreme reduction gears is unclear," says van Deventer. "A patient pers...
09:17 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Flossing is bullshit
The Associated Press filed Freedom of Information requests with the US government to find the evidence behind the Surgeon General's admonition to floss regularly for dental health and found that there...
08:40 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Watch this helpful "Kids Guide to the Internet"
....from 1997.On your mark, get setNow we're riding on the InternetCyberspace, sets us freeHello virtual realityInteractive appetiteSearching for a Web site...(Thanks, UPSO!)...
08:27 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing The Optimal Route for Visiting Every U.S. National Park
Randy Olson, a researcher at University of Pennsylvania Institute for Biomedical Informatics, has taken his genetic algorithm previously used to find Waldo, and has applied it U.S. National Parks. In ...
08:25 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Kickstarting a levitating Nixie clock
Edinburgh's Tony "Lasermad" Adams is kickstarting a levitating Nixie clock -- featuring vintage Soviet deadstock Nixie tubes -- that draws power wirelessly from its base, as it hovers magically in mid...
08:20 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Donald J. Trump is... The Manchurian Candidate
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, and more. BUY Ruben Bollings new book series for kids, The EMU C...
08:20 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing A Song of Ice and Fire Is 20 Years Old
Recent comers to Game of Thrones may be surprised to discover that the first book in the series is 20 years old today. Though we now know it as the fantasy juggernaut keeping HBO and podcasting afloat...
08:20 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing The NY Times' Lively Morgue
The New York Times' tumblr of photos from its voluminous archive is full of impactful and gorgeous moments.May 23, 1974: A kiss outside City Hall, where gay rights activists had gathered to show suppo...
08:14 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Cringeworthy news bloopers, part 3
This might be the best/worst compilation of news blunders yet. See also: Part 1 | Part 2...
08:07 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Sinkhole swallows house's backyard
Mr. and Mrs. McKays live in a house built near a 100-year-old mineshaft near Brisbane, Australia. This week, a giant water-filled sinkhole appeared in their back yard. Fortunately, it looks like the h...
08:03 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Reminder: the GOP has been attacking veterans and their families for years
https://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB&v=tKFYpd0q9nE&gl=GBAfter Donald Trump attacked the family of a dead Army captain, fallen in the field, on the ground that they were Muslims, many were shocked ...
07:27 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Isis joins Donald Trump in denouncing Khizr Khan
Foundational to Trumpism is the idea that Islam and democracy are incompatible, so Muslims can never be true members of western, industrial states -- which is precisely what Isis believes about Muslim...
07:13 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Furries don't have sex in fursuits
Grey White takes the guest-spot in Oh Joy Sex Toy this morning in order to defend and debunk the fursuit, long the butt of sniggering sex-jokes. (more…)...
07:06 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Ireland (finally) jails three bankers for role in 2008 crisis
The three senior bankers who were sentenced on Friday are among the first to go to jail for illegal actions that contributed to the global economic crisis of 2008, which triggered waves of global inst...
06:18 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Make your own remix of Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up
Amazing work from Dinahmoe Labs: an online soundbox that makes it easy to make your own custom remix of Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. All you need to do to get rolling is click the switches ...
05:53 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Why I am moving from a tiny house into a tinier house
[caption id="attachment_474727" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Images: PAD Tiny Houses[/caption]In February I asked myself the question, Will I always live in my tiny house? And the answer was a cla...
05:06 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing World map of national cost obsessions
What costs are the people of the world obsessed by? Cubans seem preoccupied with the prices of cigars, for example, and Venezuelans with gasoline. Koreans are fixated on rhinoplasty's damage to their ...
04:50 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing New logo for the Rio Olympics
On Reddit, Nephelus notes the shambolic and rather menacing state of the forthcoming Olympics in Rio. In honor of Zika, the disease that will spread like crazy once the tourists show up, they created ...
04:39 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing He thinks he's going to lose! Trump says U.S. Presidential election "could be rigged"
One day of bad polls and Trump's feeling hopeless, telling a crowd that the November election could be "rigged" and adding that Hillary Clinton is the devil.He told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, that he ...
04:20 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2016
BoingBoing Man flew to China to meet online girlfriend, but didn't
A Dutch man who flew to China to meet his mysterious online girlfriend ended up stuck in the airport for 10 days, eventually being taken to hospital for exhaustion. He'd surprised his companion of two...
03:05 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Jill Stein is a fearmongering crank who thinks Wi-Fi harms children's brains
Are you a left-leaning voter who thought Green Party candidate Jill Stein might be a suitable refuge after Hillary Clinton's eyes glazed over at the prospect of picking up moderate Republicans? Suck...
02:47 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Try our Trump-in-One-Word puzzle and win a No-Prize!
What if you could choose only ONE word to sum up Donald Trump? At Trump in One Word, 234,635 people have made their one-word submissions, and I chose the most fitting 13 out of the 21 most-submitted T...
01:43 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Learn Magic with Penn and Teller
Do you trust Penn & Teller?Do you think that magic is just for kids?Do you have an urge to learn a few simple magic tricks?If youre thinking Yes, no, yes then the Penn & Teller Fool Everyone Magic...
01:35 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing When Today's Teens Run for Office
Today we try to figure out what happens when our future presidential candidates have thousands of Tweets and Tumblr posts and Instagrams in their online record. Flash Forward: RSS | iTunes | Twitter |...
01:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Could a dead Gettysburg soldier be identified by the photograph he held?
After the Battle of Gettysburg, a dead Union soldier was found near the center of town. He bore no identification, but in his hands he held a photograph of three children. In this week's episode of th...
01:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast talks Netflix's Stranger Things
This week on the podcast,Boars, Gore, and Swordstakes a break from the A Song of Ice and Fire book club to watch the first episode of Netflix's Spielbergian horror sci-fi seriesStranger Things. In thi...
01:15 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing The Twisty Glass blunt makes rolling papers obsolete
When you want to enjoy a good smoke, the last thing you want to do is spend time rolling up a fat one. We know your pain, and that's why we're crazy about theTwisty Glass Blunt.This is a top-of-the-li...
12:24 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Video of a 7-day vacation in North Korea
Jacob Laukaitis made this wonderful video that shows what it's like to be a tourist in North Korea.In the past 3 years I traveled to over 50 different countries, but visiting North Korea has always ...
12:23 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Woman judge discovers that female arrestees are frequently denied pants, feminine hygiene products
When a woman who'd been arrested for failing to complete a diversion course stemming from a shoplifting charge was brought before Louisville, KY judge Amber Wolf with no pants on, the judge was horr...
12:20 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Who has better orgasms men or women?
https://youtu.be/5ioQ8a7o3MoASAPScience just put out this fun sex ed video comparing orgasms between women and men. Some of the exciting points from the video:1. Men's orgasms usually last only 3-10 s...
11:54 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Randall Munroe's Thing Explainer for $11
I love Randall "xkcd" Munroe's latest book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. The list price is $24.95 and it is on sale today for $10.93 on Amazon. I don't know how long this deal w...
11:26 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Sex offenders banned from Pokmon Go in New York
Around 3,000 sex offenders on parole are now banned from playing Pokmon Go in New York. In fact, they aren't allowed to play any "internet enabled gaming activities." According to a statement by New Y...
11:25 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Transparent suitcase
Not that it would stop the TSA from rifling through your clothes, but I do think the transparency of Crumpler's Vis-A-Vis clear suitcase makes a fun statement. The clear polycarbonate trunk is 46.5cm ...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Weird and/or bad original names of now-famous bands
My favorites from Rolling Stone's list "25 Worst Original Names of Famous Bands": The Salty Peppers ---> Earth, Wind and Fire Smile ---> Queen The Pendeltons ---> The Beach BoysThe Young Aborigines --...
10:51 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Jacksonville police pension fund blows $1.8M worth of tax-dollars fighting open records requests
When Times-Union Editor Frank Denton sued the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund over breaking the law by meeting secretly to negotiate pension benefits, the fund and the city blew nearly half...
10:46 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing How to Talk to Girls at Parties Neil Gaiman at his best
See sample pages from this book at Wink.How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neiman Gaiman (author), Gabriel B (illustrator), and Fbio Moon (illustrator)Dark Horse Books2016, 64 pages, 6.9 x 10.5 x 0.4 ...
10:43 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Amazing "balloon animals" not seen at your ordinary kids party
Tokyo-based Masayoshi Matsumoto takes "balloon animals" out of backyard parties and into the colorful arena that falls between highbrow craft and art. The 27-year-old balloon-artist, who studied at To...
10:42 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing 8-Bit Cinema: great films reimagined as classic video games
We've featured David Dutton's 8-Bit Cinema many times over the past 8 years, but this astounding showreel demonstrates that his canon is wider, deeper and cooler that you might realize. (more&hellip...
10:33 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing A profile of Moxie Marlinspike: the seagoing anarchist cryptographer who brought private messaging to millions
Andy Greenberg's colorful and nuanced profile of Moxie Marlinspike offers some insight into the young, talented cryptographer whose tool, Signal, is now part of both Whatsapp and (shortly) Allo -- an ...
10:31 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Hilarious redubbing of Trump's voice in Stephanopoulos interview
British funnyman Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace) loves to tease Trump by redubbing Trump's exact words with funny voices. This time, Serafinowicz app...
10:21 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Card Caddy: a card-game box that's also a discard pile
Card Caddy is a cool invention: a $6 snap-lock case that holds your card-game cards securely in your bag, but unsnaps and reconnects to form its own discard pile; a hole in the case lets you tell at...
10:16 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Trump's Khan flub proves he's not a smart terrible person. He's a dumb terrible person
If Trump was a smart terrible person, says Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, his response to Khizr Khan's speech at the DNC would have been, "I grieve for the Khans' loss and I very much respect t...
10:15 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Instagram announces anti-harassment tools, overtaking Twitter
Twitter's openness is its strength, and also its weakness: the ease with which new accounts can be created makes it into an amazing tool for free expression, and also a perfect venue for vicious haras...
10:01 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing The design of extreme heavy metal logos
Logos from Hell is death metal illustrator/designer Mark Riddick's massive compendium of heavy metal band logos that he's gathered from across the globe. These are the sigils printed on foreboding LP ...
09:59 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing The history of the home pregnancy test is a microcosm of misogyny, chauvinism, and erasure
When Pagan Kennedy wrote her 2012 New York Times Magazine history of home pregnancy testing, it didn't mention Margaret Crane, the product designer who created, designed and championed the test and al...
09:58 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Military widow ripped off by Trump University
In 2007 Cheryl Lankford's husband was killed while serving in the US military. She used the money the government gave her to enroll in a $35,000 Trump University package. Within a week, she realized...
09:46 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Video: Why Alan Moore's Watchmen is "unfilmable"
Kristian Williams created this compelling video essay analyzing why Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen was "unfilmable" without, well, ruining it."If we only see comics in relation to movies the...
09:34 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Hugo Gernsback's introduction to the first issue of Amazing Stories, 1926
When Hugo "Award" Gernsback launched Volume 1, Number 1 of Amazing Stories in April, 1926, he created the first magazine in the world solely devoted to science fiction stories: on the magazine's edito...
09:26 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing People do not seem overly concerned by massive flood in shopping center
I don't know where and when this happened, but the employees are acting as if a river flowing down the middle of their store is a regular occurrence. Flood inside shopping centre in China[via]...
09:23 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Burying the past in glass coffins: Victoria & Albert museum bans sketching in temporary exhibitions
London's Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the world's great museums devoted to material culture and design, has joined a long line of museums who've allowed the owners of loaned items for temporary ...
08:16 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Afterbrexit: Scotland trolls Theresa May by passing laws she has ridiculed
The Brexit vote split firmly along the Scottish-English border, with the Scottish Remain vote leaving no doubt that the region wanted to stay in the EU; it's just the latest in a series of ever-more-o...
08:10 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing This robot's odd behavior is controlled by a neural network
p>Alter is a robot made by Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo) that moves in a eerily lifelike way. It's behavior doesn't seem very human, but it is more alive than the typical Disney animatronic ...
08:02 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Woman taunts snake
Linda Munoz, of Cuba, Alabama, seemed to think a wild snake wouldn't mind having its tail touched. She was surprised to learn otherwise....
08:01 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Miss Teen USA to keep crown despite use of racial slurs
Miss Teen USA is shrugging off its champion's repeated use of a racial slur on Twitter, disclaiming it as having occurred years before Texan teen Karlie Hay's participation in the tournament. Hay, cro...
07:38 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Dungeon Morph: make an infinite role-playing dungeon with dice
Each face of a Dungeon Morph die features an interlinking section of dungeons, caves, wilderness or medieval city: simply push a set of five together and remove and re-roll as needed to create a never...
05:49 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Trump renews attack on patriotic family of Muslim American war hero
If you thought a new week might bring an end Trump's anger at Khizr Khan, the father of a dead Muslim American war hero, you would be mistaken. Khan suggested Trump learn more about the U.S. Constitut...
05:34 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing Dogs left in car crash it into Walmart
Two dogs left in a car in the Fort Wayne, W. Va., Walmart subsequently crashed it into the supermarket. WSAZ reports that a witness thought someone was messing with her "until she noticed the face of ...
05:13 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2016
BoingBoing "We have a bear inside of our house right now."
A fellow freaks out after a bear comes into his house. Crouching on the landing, he turns on his camera and waits for death, or, perhaps, to be informed how not to do vertical video. "It's coming up t...
05:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 31, 2016
BoingBoing Don't be caught dead on any road trip without these essentials
We love road trips done right, and these gadgets have made our lives much easier each time we hit the road:Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car ChargerWe think theUrge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Chargershould be...
01:26 pm PDT - Sun, July 31, 2016
BoingBoing Hacker puppets explain how they find your passwords in non-technical ways
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqKk0u0-XScGus the hacker puppeteer writes, "Last weekend was the Hackers On Planet Earth conference (where, ICYMI, Cory was the keynote address). I always come away ...
11:23 am PDT - Sun, July 31, 2016
BoingBoing Make some serious noise no matter where you are
If youve ever wished there was a soundtrack to your life, we have a suggestion for you. Personally, we love theSamsung Level Box Mini Bluetooth Speaker, which lets us easily play ourmusic anywhere--in...
10:11 am PDT - Sun, July 31, 2016
BoingBoing "Primitive Technology" enters the Iron Age!
https://youtu.be/VVV4xeWBIxEWe've previously written about "Primitive Technology," the amazing YouTube channel chronicling a guy (who never identifies himself) navigating the wilds of Far North Quee...
10:07 am PDT - Sun, July 31, 2016
BoingBoing New Recomendo newsletter, Issue No. 1
Beginning today, the editors of Cool Tools will be recommending 6 items in an extremely short email every week. Mark, myself, and Claudia the entire staff of Cool Tools will suggest good stuff we ha...
10:03 am PDT - Sun, July 31, 2016
BoingBoing Trump makes fool of himself with lack of knowledge on Ukraine
Trump proves yet again how unfit he is to be the next president and commander in chief of the United States. In a cringe-worthy ABC interview this morning he tried to educate George Stephanopoulos...
09:44 am PDT - Sun, July 31, 2016
BoingBoing "After School Satan Club" could be coming to elementary schools in the U.S.
Now that public schools across the country have opened their doors to after-school evangelical religious programming, the Satanic Temple thinks it's only fair to establish an "After School Satan Clu...