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01:38 pm PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Law professors file ethics complaint against Kellyanne Conway, seek sanction
A group of law professors have sent a letter to the Office of Disciplinary Council at the D.C. Court of Appeals calling for sanctions against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. It is professional...
10:23 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Saudi King brings 506 tons of luggage on 9-day trip
There's carry-on and checked baggage, but what do you call luggage that weighs 506 tons, including two Mercedes limousines and two elevators? It's just a nine-day trip to Indonesia, but Saudi Arabia's...
10:16 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing The Body Orifice Security Scanner is why the rectally smuggled phone is called "Beat the BOSS"
When I saw that the cell phone designed for rectal smuggling was called "Beat the Boss," I assumed "The Boss" was a synonym for "The Man," but it turns out it's a reference to a specific product: Xe...
09:45 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this darn alligator snatch a young boy's fish
"The alligator's coming, Connor! The alligator's coming!"(Bass Masters and Fish Experts)...
09:29 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing The mystery of the Tully Monster continues
In 1958 in an Illinois creek bed, an amateur fossil collector named Francis Tully discovered the fossilized remains of a bizarre creature that resembled a mollusk, insect, and worm yet was none of th...
09:27 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing For sale: the toy blocks Einstein played with as a kid
Richard Davies writes, "Einstein's childhood building blocks have been listed for sale on the AbeBooks.com marketplace for books and collectibles." (more…)...
09:21 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing The Amazon reviews for a phone designed for rectal smuggling are pretty interesting reading
The "Beat the Boss phone is an £27 micro-telephone built into a Bluetooth headset with only trace amounts of metal in its construction; it is lozenge-shaped and is designed to be rectally smuggl...
08:56 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Disco trucks of Japan
This is dekotora (), the Japanese maker culture that started in the 1970s of tricking out large trucks with garish lights, Gundam-inspired chrome mods, and eyeball-spanking paint jobs.Images from Dr...
08:40 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Going to SXSW? Attend the EFF/EFF-Austin's Cyberpunk2017 bash!
Old-school bOING bOING editor Jon Lebkowsky invites everyone to Cyberpunk2017, the Annual EFF/EFF-Austin SXSW Afterparty in Austin, Texas, Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 5pm to 1am! It's free!Jon writ...
08:34 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing RU Sirius's insanely psychedelic music video "Punching A Nazi"
Freak out to this insanely weird "Punching A Nazi" song and video by cyberdelic pioneer RU Sirius's Trippin' Coyotes/Creosote Cowboy! Performed by R.U. Sirius, Charlie Verrette, and Acatelysteleven...
07:18 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Subreddit mocks cultural gatekeepers
r/gatekeeping is a subreddit dedicated to collecting and mocking examples of gatekeeping in popular culture and fandom: the act of telling you you aren't allowed to like something unless you meet arbi...
07:07 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Trump vs leaks: Spicer's staff forced to undergo "phone searches" and delete privacy apps
Sean Spicer -- spokesman for the leakiest White House in history -- summoned his staff to a surprise meeting where they were forced undergo a "phone check" where they unlocked their phones to prove th...
06:18 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the wrong movie announced as Best Picture Oscar winner, then the right one
Last night, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, forcing an excruciating on-stage reversal as millions watched cast and crew, Oscars in hand, realiz...
06:08 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing These WordPress themes will save your site from lame
You've already made the smart choice (as Boing Boing did before you) by enlisting WordPress for your website. What you may lack, however, is the HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and, well every other coding pro...
05:50 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Make your keyboard look like a subway map
SA Metro is a set of keys for mechanical keyboards that form colored subway lines in the classic style of the London Underground map. Three editions are planned, covering staggered, gridded and ergono...
05:35 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Londoners enjoy bagel on train
https://twitter.com/DougieStew/status/835845404734414848In honor of America's appreciation for British intellectual and cultural sophistication, I hereby present this video of Londoners enjoying a bag...
05:35 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Britons enjoy bagel on train
https://twitter.com/DougieStew/status/835845404734414848In honor of America's appreciation for Britons' intellectual and cultural sophistication, I hereby present this video of some of them enjoying a...
05:16 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Will the new Nokia 3310 be the Nokia 3310-killer?
As warned last week, Nokia has relaunched its classic 3310 model candybar phone. The good news: it's a pretty little burner that honors and updates the original's design. The bad news: that's the only...
05:05 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful light installation in Dubai
Float4 shot this cool footage of their light installation at Meraas City Walk in Dubai, which "merges LED, video mapping, water-screen projection, digital canopy and sound experience." (more…...
05:05 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Tiny robot pendants made of repurposed electronic waste
Romanian artisan Andreea Strete creates these delightful TinyRobots, charming anthropomorphic creatures made of recycled electronic components. (more…)...
04:22 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Living in a car: top 10 places to sleep
Ahle is committed to living in vehicles by choice, and her channel is a wealth of practical information for cardwellers, vandwellers, RVers, hobos, and vagabonds. Her tips for sleeping places are gr...
04:00 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Siberian tigers catch and destroy a drone
If you're going to fly a drone over a Siberian Tiger habitat, you'd better have quick reflexes. Meant to help them get more exercise, the drone was no match for their hunting skills. (more…)...
03:25 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting a car-hacking tool that lets you take control of your own vehicle
The fully-funded Macchina project on Kickstarter is an Arduino-based, "open, versatile" gadget that bypasses the DRM in your car's network, allowing you to configure it to work the way you want it t...
03:15 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing British police arrest suspect in last November's me-too Mirai botnet floods
Last October, floods of traffic from Internet of Things devices infected by the Mirai worm brought down several high profile internet services, from Level 3 to Dyn to Twitter and Reddit. (more…...
02:48 am PST - Mon, February 27, 2017
BoingBoing Concrete buffer snaps, goes loco, terrorizes its former masters
It's the narration of two gentlemen (Spencer Laboda and his father) who record and comment upon this incident in which a crew of construction workers improvise a series of tactics (some very unwise ...
11:06 am PST - Sun, February 26, 2017
BoingBoing New Yorkers! Come see Edward Snowden and me onstage at the NYPL on the Walkaway tour!
I'm touring 20 US cities (plus dates in Canada and the UK!) with my forthcoming novel Walkaway; the full tour hasn't been announced yet, but I'm delighted to reveal that the NYC stop on May 3 will be ...
11:01 am PST - Sun, February 26, 2017
BoingBoing The CPAC replacement speaker for Milo Yiannopoulos was a notorious Japanese cult-member
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BKgTh5VpT4After his awkward endorsement of pedophilia disqualified Milo Yiannopoulos to be the hard right's token gay pal, CPAC needed a new speaker to fill his slot...
10:46 am PST - Sun, February 26, 2017
BoingBoing Wu Orleans 2: mashups of New Orleans music and Wu Tang rappers
dj BC writes, "In 2006 I mixed a bunch of New Orleans artists with Wu Tang rappers to make the record 'Wu Orleans.' 11 years later, here's part two, with ten new songs. Free MP3 download of both alb...
06:08 am PST - Sun, February 26, 2017
BoingBoing Enter, win, choose which DJI drone to harass your neighbors with - it's that easy
DJI is the world's leading designer and producer of easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems. If you're a drone enthusiast, you want a DJI. If you know absolutely nothing about drones and thi...
04:26 am PST - Sun, February 26, 2017
BoingBoing In 1937, a judge quietly asked Meyer Lansky to form a squad of Nazi-punching gangsters to raid Bund meetings
Meyer Lansky was an infamous and ruthless gangster -- albeit one so personally charming that his life is chronicled in a book called But He Was Good to His Mother -- and no friend of New York State Ju...
06:21 am PST - Sat, February 25, 2017
BoingBoing THEFT: A History of Music
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06:07 am PST - Sat, February 25, 2017
BoingBoing This "retro" technique still makes the best coffee
Although there will never be a consensus about the best way to make coffee, any coffee connoisseur will agree that controlling the grind of your beans and balancing water temperature are the keys to a...
05:42 am PST - Sat, February 25, 2017
BoingBoing Three kinds of propaganda, and what to do about them
Jonathan Stray summarizes three different strains of propaganda, analyzing why they work, and suggesting counter-tactics: in Russia, it's about flooding the channel with a mix of lies and truth, crowd...
05:08 am PST - Sat, February 25, 2017
BoingBoing Google's aborted Ara phone was supposed to launch with an aquarium module full of wriggling tardigrades
Back in 2014, Google announced Project Ara, a click-in/click-out modular concept-phone that you could customize by adding or removing modules as you saw fit. (more…)...
04:54 am PST - Sat, February 25, 2017
BoingBoing To understand trumpism, study the self-professed "betas" of 4chan
Dale Beran's been writing about 4chan, /b/ and Anonymous for years, and lurking on their message-boards, and he traces the rise of the self-professed "betas" who embody fragile, toxic masculinity and ...
04:43 am PST - Sat, February 25, 2017
BoingBoing Conservation biologist warns that "cyber-poachers" could use tracking tags to hunt endangered animals
In Troubling issues at the frontier of animal tracking for conservation and management, Carleton University biologist Steven Cooke and colleagues describe a series of incidents in which poachers have ...
06:16 pm PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Immigration authorities detain Muhammad Ali, Jr. at Florida airport, demand to know if he's Muslim
The adult son of Muhammad Ali, the late Muslim-American boxing star and civil rights hero, was detained for hours at a Florida airport by U.S. immigration officials, the Courier-Journal reports. (more...
12:07 pm PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing New York Times, CNN and other media barred from White House press event
The New York Times reports that it and at least two other media outlets, CNN and Politico, were barred today from a White House press event. Also locked out were the LA Times and Buzzfeed, writes Poli...
11:19 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Teens were bored so they built a backyard roller coaster
When two Wisconsin high school boys sophomore JT Nejedlo and freshman Aidan Deaven found themselves bored one summer, they decided to build a backyard roller coaster. "We decided to build a roller...
11:18 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing A master of miniature model-making shares his hard-earned secrets
I first discovered David Neats work via his website where he delves deeply into all sorts of fascinating interests, from furniture design to natural history to art. Mainly what drew me there was his e...
11:16 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Techdirt is being sued by the "I invented email" guy and needs money to fight the case
Indie news outlet Techdirt is being sued for $15M by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email in 1978, eight years after Ray Tomlinson sent an email over ARPANET; Ayyadurai is represented by...
11:16 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Techdirt is being sued by the "I invented email" guy and needs your money
Indie news outlet Techdirt is being sued for $15M by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email in 1978, eight years after Ray Tomlinson sent an email over ARPANET; Ayyadurai is represented by...
11:07 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing So It Is: a Cuban-inspired album from the astounding Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Announced today: So It Is, a new album of Cuban-inspired jazz from the monumentally amazing Preservation Hall Jazz Band (previously), due out on April 21. Available today: Santiago, an instrumental ...
11:00 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing EFF is hiring! Ops manager, legislative counsel, legal fellow, technologist, membership ass't, tech projects manager
Help wanted: Operations Manager (personable, resourceful, and demonstrates outstanding attention to detail); Civil Liberties Legislative Counsel (advocacy, public speaking, blogging and other social m...
10:56 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Colbert on Alex Jones: "This is why you dont mix steroids with peyote"
Stephen Colbert had fun impersonating dumbass Alex Jones on last night's Late Show, offering lots of examples of Jones' idiocy....
10:37 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Close-up video of sweat drops emerging from fingertip
This looks like a drip irrigation system on a pink farm.There are a lot of tiny lines on fingertips and palm called epidermal ridges. The ducts of sweat glands is open on tops of the ridges causing ...
10:31 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Live burros by mail
p>REAL LIVE MEXICAN BURROSThe Gift of a Lifetime for Any YoungsterFrom South of the Border comes this soft-eyed gentle little pet of all Mexican children, and the hard-working friend of their parents....
10:19 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Crushing adamantium with a hydraulic press
Somehow, the guy who runs YouTube's Hydraulic Press Channel got hold of some adamantium, the fictional metal alloy fund in Wolverine's skeleton and claws....
10:07 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Longtime Trump associate behind Trump-Russia "peace" plan is a violent felon
Felix Sater has longstanding ties to the Trump Organization. In 2010 Sater carried a business card identifying him as a senior advisor to Trump. He's quite a colorful fellow. From today's article in...
09:02 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Customs officials refuse to allow passengers to debark a domestic flight unless they show ID
Two CBP officials boarded a Delta flight from New York to SFO after it landed on Wednesday and demanded that passengers show government-issued "documents" before they would be allowed to debark. (more...
08:43 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing How to become a highly-paid cyber security expert
Not all hackers are malicious information thieveswhite-hat ethical hackers work with technology companies to ensure the security of their computer systems and user data.With all of todays high-profile...
08:35 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Kim Jong-nam was killed with nerve agent
Malaysian authorities revealed that Kim Jong-nam, brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was murdered with VX after being pounced on by assassins at Kuala Lumpur airport.The finding will add to...
08:30 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Tales from the ransomware "support line"
An article at News From the Lab (pdf) has 30 pages of copy from the support chat of a ransomware app: desperate pleas from victims for their files back, or, failing that, discounts on the unlock fee. ...
08:10 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's travel ban throws roller derby into chaos
Trump's travel restrictions are ruining the 2017 International Women's Flat Track Derby Association's season. Many players hold citizenship in one of the banned countries, and their teams simply won't...
07:47 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Muffit the Daggit was played by a chimpanzee
The existence of daggits, the original Battlestar Galactica's space-dog, bought that show a special place in my heart. I just learned Muffit the daggit was played by a chimpanzee, named Evolution, i...
07:47 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Battlestar Galactica's 'Muffit the Daggit' was played by a chimpanzee
The existence of daggits, the original Battlestar Galactica's space-dog, bought that show a special place in my heart. I just learned Muffit the daggit was played by a chimpanzee, named Evolution, i...
07:32 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Pope to greedheads: better to be an atheist than the kind of Catholic who screws the poor
During an "improvised sermon" in his residence during morning mass, Pope Francis excoriated Catholics who lead a "hypocritical double life," going to mass and joining religious organizations while liv...
07:31 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Adorable cockroach
Gil Wizen (@Wizentrop) takes amazing macro photographs of animals and plants. Would you have guessed this was a freshly molted Madagascar hissing cockroach? [via Tettix]...
07:28 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Swedish town official proposes shag breaks for workers
Municipal employees would enjoy an hourlong paid shag break under proposals mooted by a local official. The latest wonder of Sweden's legendary social system seems contrived to mock puritanial America...
07:14 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Restaurant server drags giant lizard out by the tail
Working in an Australian restaurant has some region-specific duties, like dragging giant goannas off the patio dining area. Samia Lila was up to the task, earning the name Goanna Girl thanks to the vi...
07:10 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Motor-powered paraglider adds a foot-mount camera and goes inverted
Tucker Gott posts lots of great videos of himself whizzing around above his idyllic town on his paramotor-powered paraglider. He just added a foot-mount camera, which is even more vertigo-inducing t...
07:09 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Unmanned craft finds naturally-occurring whale fall
What happens when a whale dies? It sinks to the ocean floor, creating a whale fall, which becomes a fantastical garden of biodiversity. EVNautilus stumbled on a naturally-occurring whale fall during...
07:09 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing As transgender rights get rolled back, America needs more bathroom cops
In this recruitment video for America's elite Bathroom Police, Officer Tammy Cox explains the duties and obligations of the crack force who will be carrying out Trump Administration mandates in publ...
07:07 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Putinology considered harmful: the many legends we tell ourselves about Vladimir Putin
Russian emigre -- and Putin opponent -- Keith Gessen writes at length and very well about the different guises that Vladimir Putin takes on in the imaginations of western political writers: genius, no...
07:00 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Idiot-proofing low clearances with water curtain stop signs
Maybe the 11Foot8 bridge or the 10Foot6 bridge could invest in these nifty signs to stop inattentive drivers from using a bridge to give their trucks a moon roof. (more…)...
06:52 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Networking by flickering lights gets some commercial traction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQTlqIwvs8EPhilips has acquired Luciom, a French startup that makes Li-Fi products, which allow for very fast network connections over short distances by flickering a...
06:35 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing Federal magistrate judge in Illinois rules that being forced to unlock your phone with a fingerprint could violate your rights
M. David Weisman, a magistrate judge in Illinois's Eastern Division, denied a federal warrant application that would have allowed law enforcement officers to force suspects to unlock their mobile devi...
06:12 am PST - Fri, February 24, 2017
BoingBoing The automated, invisible revert-wars of Wikipedia's bot ecosystem
In Even good bots fight, a paper written by Oxford Internet Institute researchers and published in PLOS One, the authors survey the edits and reverts made by Wikipedia's diverse community of bots, unc...
05:52 pm PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing A Spell for Binding Donald Trump
My friend, the horror writer, Fortean investigator, and educator, Michael Hughes, has been circulating details for a series of occult rituals being planned to cast a "spell to bind Donald Trump and al...
05:52 pm PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing A worldwide occult ritual for binding Donald Trump
My friend, the horror writer, Fortean investigator, and educator, Michael Hughes, has been circulating details for a series of occult rituals being planned to cast a "spell to bind Donald Trump and al...
03:02 pm PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing White House plans to crack down on legal recreational pot
Sean Spicer: There's a difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana https://t.co/0g8qHYfgsD— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) February 23, 2017Today in a press conference,...
01:32 pm PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is a big improvement over the previous model
We have Apple TV, Roku, and TiVo but I haven't used them in months. We use our Fire TV Stick for everything, because it just seems to work more smoothly (the Apple TV is the worst of the bunch), also ...
01:14 pm PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Found at a thrift shop: the last record of a doomed Apple DRM effort from 1979
Redditor Vadermeer was in a local Goodwill Outlet and happened on a trove of files from Apple engineer Jack MacDonald from 1979-80, when he was manager of system software for the Apple II and ///. (mo...
12:52 pm PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Isaac Asimov: How to never run out of ideas again
Wikipedia says Isaac Asimov wrote 506 published books. Where did he get his ideas? Charles Chu says Asimov used a number of tactics:1. Never Stop LearningAll this incredibly miscellaneous reading, the...
11:48 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Google's new product identifies whether a comment could be perceived as toxic" to a discussion
Google's Perspective is an API that aims to keep micturitors from fouling community swimming pools.Perspective is an API that makes it easier to host better conversations. The API uses machine learnin...
11:44 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Punched Nazi Richard Spencer ejected from Conservative conference
Richard Spencer, the American white nationalist guru famous for being punched on camera by an antifascist protestor, was ejected today from the CPAC conference by security guards.Im not welcome on the...
11:30 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing National Geographic shares 'Gavin Grimm's Story'
https://youtu.be/3_qe9zQ0h_4Gavin Grimm is the transgender teen bringing the fight to use a campus bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, to the Supreme Court. Arguments will begin in March...
10:16 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent
On Wednesday the Arizona Senate passed SB 1142. The bill would allow the state to seize the assets of demonstrators who attend protests that turn violent.From Arizona Capitol Times:But the real heart ...
09:59 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Ken Norton: "How I read 61 books last year"
Ken Norton is a partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures). In the post, he explains how he increased the number of books he read per year from 5 or 6 to 61. One smart thing he did was quickly abandon b...
09:34 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Look at the cool visual toys people make with one line of javascript
Dwitter has a bunch of javascript one-liners (must be 140 characters or less) that display pretty animated graphics. The cool thing is that you can edit the code and see the changes immediately....
09:04 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing The Sonics cover "Have Love, Will Travel"
In 1965 the Sonics were on the road to punk rock....
08:48 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Do robots reserve Rights? What if machines become conscious?
Inspired by Westworld, Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell created this video to explore the questions: "What shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?"...
08:48 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Do robots deserve rights? What if machines become conscious?
Inspired by Westworld, Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell created this video to explore the questions: "What shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?"...
08:43 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Digital marketing is the new normal, and you can master it for under $20
Making people aware of goods and services in the digital age requires an array of new strategies fromsocial media and email to number-crunching tools like Google Analytics. To get a handle on the tech...
08:43 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Polishing a National guitar
My National guitar is a treasured personal artifact, but it was crusted with 17 years of crud. I tried a lot of stuff to get it clean, and in the end Simichrome did the job. (more…)...
08:11 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Haunting photographs of Nara Dreamland, a rotting Japanese theme park
We love and celebrate the people who sneak into derelict themeparks and photograph their ruins! Beijing, Orlando, Sichuan, South Carolina, Japan, Berlin, New Orleans, even Walt Disney World! (more&hel...
07:46 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing After a century of resisting monopolies, Democrats became the party of finance capitalism and it cost them the election
Monopolies are a well-documented drain on the economy, holding back growth and raising prices to the benefit of the 1% and the detriment of everyone else, and for 100 years, the Democratic party was t...
07:38 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Wearing an activity tracker gives insurance companies the data they need to discriminate against people like you
Many insurers offer breaks to people who wear activity trackers that gather data on them; as Cathy "Mathbabe" O'Neil points out, the allegedly "anonymized' data-collection is trivial to re-identify (s...
07:32 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing The basics of crypto, in 4.5 pages, using only small words lawmakers can understand
Ed Felten (previously) -- copyfighter, Princeton computer scientist, former deputy CTO of the White House -- has published a four-and-a-half-page "primer for policymakers" on cryptography that explain...
07:25 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing A "travel mode" for social media - after all, you don't take all your other stuff with you on the road
As the US government ramps up its insistence that visitors (and US citizens) unlock their devices and provide their social media accounts, the solution have run the gamut from extreme technological ca...
06:50 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Lawsuit forces DoJ to admit that Obama administration sneakily killed transparency bill
The Freedom of the Press Foundation's lawsuit against the DoJ has resulted in the release of documents showing that a bill with that was nearly unanimously supported in Congress and the Senate was kil...
06:40 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Casemodder builds a tiny, perfect living room inside a PC
The craftperson behind this wonderful, tiny room inside a PC tower is unknown, but they have a flair for detail and style -- dig that tiny newspaper! (via Crazy Abalone) (more…)...
06:36 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Help is an indie sequel to arcade classic Boot Hill
Help is just a prototype, but it's already nearly perfect: in the American west of 1869, hunt down the bandits who've kidnapped your wife, then return her safely home. The controls are simple (walk ar...
06:34 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Wanted: real British criminals to commit real British crimes
The artifacts that tumble out of Scarfolk (previously), the English horror-town stuck in a ten-year loop from 1970-1980, continue their amazing run of being so very much on-point with the issues facin...
06:24 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing In which Laurie Penny comprehensively proves that she has Yiannopoulos's number
Ever since I read Laurie Penny's scathing, insider account of Milo Yiannopoulos and his schtick, I knew that she had his number like no one else -- and now that Yiannopoulos has been disbarred from hi...
05:57 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Cockatoo barks like a dog
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuZXzWGMqEIThis umbrella cockatoo is a very good puppo....
05:46 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Off-duty cop drags kid into his yard, draws and fires gun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JnIv5bUoH8&feature=youtu.beAn off-duty cop got into a fight with a group of children who walked on his lawn, dragged a 13-year-old unarmed boy into his yard, pulled hi...
05:31 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing AI learns to write code the old-fashioned way: stealing!
We've all seen the uncanny, not-quite-there art produced by new AIs. Why Matt Reynolds reports on an area computers might be expected to excel at creatively: programming themselves. And this one's doi...
05:01 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Frog saliva is even stranger than scientists expected
Frog tongue mechanism has been well-documented, but only recently have scientists started looking at the remarkable combo of tongue softness and frog spit's chemical makeup. (more…)...
05:01 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Hollywood's Greatest Trick: VFX artists vs. the studios
VFX artists have long complained they do not get the compensation they deserve for the value they bring to the film industry. Just in time for the Oscars, Ali Rizvi and Sohail Al-Jamea have teamed u...
12:23 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Music Video: Jenny O., 'Cheer Up Free Your Mind' (Back her next album!)
Enjoy the wonderful new music video from the recording artist Jenny O., co-directed by Jenny O. with Mariana Blanco. (more…)...
12:03 am PST - Thu, February 23, 2017
BoingBoing Tibetan free library opens doors to readers in India, with help from Boing Boing readers
Editor's note: Here's an inspiring update on a cool project some friends of ours are doing in India. About a year ago, Boing Boing readers began contributing to help the Tibetan exile community in Mun...
10:57 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing 'Demonic activity was palpable' at Trump rally, says Florida pastor
A Florida pastor who took his 11 year old daughter to see a Donald Trump campaign-style presidential rally said he'd hoped his kid would learn something, but instead witnessed that demonic activity w...
10:38 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Angry Constituents Are Saving America From Trump And We Are Here For It
Person of the Year so far in 2017? The Angry Constituent. (more…)...
05:49 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing After sexual harassment account, Uber expos shows aggressive, unrestrained work culture
After a former Uber engineer detailed her account of sexual harassment while working there for about a year, New York Times reporter Mike Isaac dug into the story and got the goods. His expos describe...
05:40 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Climate change: Apocalypse by 1000 cuts
Not since the Reagan era cold war with Russia has apocalyptic awareness been so forefront in the publics mind. Disturbing incidents ranging from nuclear football Facebook selfies to alarming North Kor...
05:26 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing 'No More Trouble', Bob Marley and the Wailers live on the BBC, 1973
Bob Marley and the Wailers, 1973. The full live set is below, recorded in-studio for the BBC. (more…)...
05:11 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Meeting Edie Sedgwick
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAuI97l3BcY&w=560&h=315]A book of John Wilcock comics is now available...
04:45 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing 10-year-old asks police department for help with homework and gets it
Ten-year-old Lena Draper, from Marion, OH, was stumped with her math homework and needed help. And who do you go to when in need? The police of course! The fifth grader jumped on Facebook and went str...
04:41 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Trump rolls back Obama-era protections for transgender students
Sham president Donald Trump's sham government on Wednesday rolled back federal protections for transgender students who don't want to be harassed, sexually assaulted, or physically attacked when they ...
03:10 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Free Kindle edition programming guides
Amazon is giving away three different programming guides (regularly $5 each): HTML & CSS For Beginners, Python Programming, and Java Programming. They are all highly rated....
02:51 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Breathtaking botanical illustrations and photographs in a guide to the world of spices
I pretty much sprinkle the same thing on every meal. I am admittedly heavy-handed with the cayenne on my own plate and rarely stray from the variety of basils I grow in the summer or bundles of dried ...
02:32 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing A brilliantly executed, extremely NSFW reversed music video
Russian band Leningrad's "Kolshik" is a reversed video of multiple disasters in and around a circus.Someone reversed the reverse:https://youtu.be/YPtl9pUI8cM[via]...
02:19 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing It's very pleasing to watch Mitch McConnell get chewed out by a constituent
Angry constituent gives Mitch McConnell the what for pic.twitter.com/tyHseJVtqd— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 21, 2017It must be hard for Senator McConnell pretend he cares about the littl...
02:11 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing The Equals perform "Police On My Back"
https://youtu.be/WXJxYNUoJKsThe Clash recorded "Police On My Back" for Sandinista! in 1980, but The Equals (fronted by Eddie Grant) did it on 1967. Here's the Richard-Lester-meets-the-Keystone-Kops vi...
12:03 pm PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Fireside Fiction is back: The Resistance meets science fiction
Pablo Defendini writes, "Fireside Magazine has just relaunched their website, with a focus on fiction for the resistance. Their latest short story, Andrea Phillips' The Revolution Brought to You by Ni...
11:58 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Milosevic, Berlusconi, Trump
I saw this coming, for the past ten years or more. I saw small Trumps, rising and tramping around, first timidly, then bravely, and finally boldly. I saw the same thing happening in Serbia and in Ital...
11:56 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Man invents vagina glue for menstruating women to hold in menses, frustratedly explains vaginas to them
Daniel Dopps, a chiropractor, has invented a vaginal glue applied with a lipstick-like device. The idea is to glue one's vagina shut during menstruation, thereby obviating the need for sanitary pads o...
11:55 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Femme Magnifique! A Kickstarter for an anthology about amazing women!
The fabulous Shelly Bond, former DC Vertigo editor and head honcho, just launched a kickstarter for an anthology called Femme Magnifique that shes doing in conjunction with Kristy and Brian Miller at ...
11:50 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing What it's like to be spied on by Android stalkerware marketed to suspicious spouses
For $170, Motherboard's Joseph Cox bought SpyPhone Android Rec Pro, an Android app that you have to sideload on your target's phone (the software's manufacturer sells passcode-defeating apps that help...
11:40 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Catastrophes are reliable levelers of inequality; inequality creates catastrophes
Stanford history and classics professor Walter Scheidel writes in the Atlantic that the only reliable ways for unequal societies to become more equal is to suffer catastrophes that upend the order of ...
11:22 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing 'Suddenly the water came' 14,000 people evacuated in San Jose, CA
Last night, Coyote Creek in San Jose, California dramatically overspilled its banks. A mandatory evacuation displaced 14,000 residents, many of whom required decontamination because the water was like...
10:14 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Nearby star has 7 "Earthlike" planets
TRAPPIST-1 is a star that's 39 light years away from us. The journal Nature reports that it has seven warm, Earthlike planets orbiting it.From Washington Post:The discovery, reported Wednesday in the ...
10:12 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Bank fraud and Dieselgate: how do we design regulations that are harder to cheat?
Tim Harford points out that Dieselgate -- when VW designed cars that tried to guess when they were undergoing emissions test and dial back their pollution -- wasn't the first time an industry designed...
10:11 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Funny noises a heart makes
She said, "I bet I do as good as you"...
09:55 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Another 1960s game I would not give my kid
"Mystery Date." This is creepy as all hell....
09:54 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Confronted by angry voters, GOP Senator Joni Ernst flees Iowa town hall through a side-door
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a "rising star" in the GOP, ran as an "independent" thinker, but has dutifully toed the GOP line since taking office -- that's why the town halls on her "99-county tour" of Io...
09:40 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Deliberate leaking is a time-honored government tactic that Trump doesn't understand
Governments have "official" unofficial leaking policies, releasing tons of confidential material to the press without any attribution or public acknowledgement: they leak stuff to maintain good press ...
09:27 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Let It Go, the Fair Use Week mashup version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsmtVLoXFtQCharles Duan from Public Knowledge sends us "a video we put together for Fair Use Week about copyright and fair use, to the tune of 'Let It Go' from Frozen...
09:22 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Mechanical spinning globe that shows the night/day terminator
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBD6OlKYz40&feature=youtu.beElenco's Night 'n Day Mechanical Globe uses a system of translucent, exposed gears to rotate an internally illuminated globe that displays...
09:19 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing 7 amazing optical illusions
Richard Wiseman, author of 101 Bets You Will Always Win, made a fun video of seven different illusions....
09:15 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing A hat brush for brushing your hat
Got lint on your felt fedora? You need a hat brush. (more…)...
09:13 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing How Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the Earth in 200 BC
High school teacher Joe Howard made another excellent math video. This time, he shows how Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the Earth in 200 BC.In one of the dopest displays of critical t...
09:09 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing What's happening to Trump's popularity? Parsing the polls with Nate Silver
Silver's predictions of the election outcome took much of the shine off the statistician-pollster-guru, and no amount of statistical spin ("we were expressing our confidence that the unpredictable wou...
09:07 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Runner impales foot in booby trapped park
A popular running trail in a North Carolina park became dangerous when vandals set nail traps. One runner was injured, setting off a fairly large clean-up process. Over 40 nails were removed. Via WYFF...
08:42 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing This luxury bed set is $180 off right now
Having a luxuriousbed isnt just a fairy tale from acatalog; it is a real, affordable possibility with offerings like this Olive+Owen bedroom set. If you're thinking of doing some "spring cleaning", th...
08:39 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Star Wars Rebels: Thrawn turns badass
It appears Grand Admiral Thrawn is done hanging back, collecting data and has begun hatching his plan to end the rebellion. We've all been waiting for the softspoken military genius to start kicking...
08:15 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Picture of Bill O'Reilly complaining about non-experts bloviating on TV
This is doing the rounds invariably attached to the remark "not photoshopped," which leads me to think it must be. Surely old Bill isn't that unselfware?...
07:49 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Artificial sweeteners be damned; these naturally occurring, safe proteins are thousands of times sweeter than sugar
KSU plant biochemical geneticist Raj Nagarajan describes the properties of Thaumatin, Monellin and Brazzein, all found in west African plants that are generally considered safe for consumption; each i...
07:00 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Is this a Midicorn or a Unichord?
Andrew Huang created a MIDI unicorn: a short musical piece that appears as a unicorn when represented in linear musical notation. You can download the MIDI file itself. (more…)...
04:49 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Sketch a cat and edges2cats will create a deep dreaming catrocity that fits
The machine knows what cat parts are and knows where they go, and can glue them together to fit drawings of cats that you provide. Whether the results charm or horrify you might depend on whether you,...
04:40 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Unmarked assault rifle sales land CNC-mill gunsmith in prison
Americans can legally manufacture an assault rifle for personal use without registering it, so Daniel Crowninshield figured his paying customers could push the button to start his milling equipment an...
04:36 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how augmented reality can help those with vision impairment
Nearly 250 million people in the world have impaired vision. Oxsight is developing augmented reality glasses that could supplement or even replace canes and seeing eye dogs for many. (more…)...
04:36 am PST - Wed, February 22, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous shots from circumnavigating Australia, aka "The Big Lap"
Tom Rex Jessett and his fiancee Vanessa tricked out a panel van and drove all the way around Australia, a journey known as The Big Lap. We spent hours upon hours driving, walked on hundreds of beaches...
09:20 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. Homeland Security staff were unable to access DHS computer network because the security certificates expired
Some employees with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who work in the Washington, D.C. area and in Philadelphia, PA were unable to access the DHS computer network on Tuesday, reports Reuters, c...
09:01 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing North Korean diplomat sought in Kim Jong-nam's death, hinting at Kim Jong-un's involvement
Police in Malaysia said Wednesday they want to question a senior diplomat from the North Korean embassy in their ongoing investigation into the recent killing of Kim Jong-nam. This twist suggests the ...
08:22 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Judge blocks Texas from defunding Planned Parenthood
Authorities in Texas who falsely claimed that Planned Parenthood sells fetal body parts are prohibited from withholding federal Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood, a federal judge ruled today. Th...
07:54 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Amid Trump's Muslim hate, new Nike ad celebrates 5 female athletes from Arab world
A stunning new ad campaign from Nike pays homage to Middle Eastern athletes and explores the challenges young Arab women aspiring to a professional sporting career may face, per Vogue. (more&hellip...
07:34 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Facebook gave $120,000 to CPAC, half in cash and half in-kind contributions, Daily Beast reports
Why exactly is Facebook helping to fund CPAC, to the tune of about $120,000 in cash and in-kind contributions? (more…)...
06:21 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Here's a rehearsal of the amazing opening scene from La La Land
My wife, daughter, and I went to see La La Land yesterday. (I'd give it 4.5 stars, Carla gives it 3.5, and Jane gives it 4.) The opening scene was a one-take song-and-dance number shot on a freeway ...
03:51 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing An appropriate children's toy from 1964
Whoa.Check out this unboxing. You may want to skip a few minutes in....
03:17 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing What the president of Y Combinator learned from interviewing 100 Trump supporters
Sam Altman, the president of the Silicon Valley seed accelerator Y Combinator, went on the road to listen to 100 Trump voters from around the country. He says the TL;DR quote is this: You all can defe...
02:18 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Jackie DeShannon's 1969 hit....
01:20 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Human rights coalition to DHS: don't demand social media passwords from people entering the USA
A huge coalition of human rights groups, trade groups, civil liberties groups, and individual legal, technical and security experts have signed an open letter to the Department of Homeland Security in...
01:07 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Sakura pen and brush pen set
My daughters have been using Sakura pens and I ended up getting a set for myself. I just bought the 8-piece set on Amazon that includes a brush pen (so you can vary the line width) and a graphic pen (...
12:50 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Rules For Dating My Daughter: The Modern Father's Guide to Good Parenting
Rules For Dating My Daughter is a slice of life. It gives glimpses into the domestic and professional life of cartoonist and father Mike Dawson, as he navigates earning a living, finding creative insp...
12:39 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing The Airport Jacket is a suitcase you can wear
Many airlines are charging for checked and carry-on baggage. The Airport Jacket was designed to get around those fees. It has lots of huge pockets for stashing clothes, shoes, toiletries, your lapto...
12:21 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Quickly touch up waxed cotton waterproofing
This has been one heck of a rainy winter! Touching up spots where lots of water has washed the finish off my aging Belstaff Trialmaster is easiest when done with a bar of Otter Wax. (more…)...
12:07 pm PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Trump troll Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart, announces plan to launch own media brand
What will happen to Milo Yiannopoulos now that he has 'resigned' from Breitbart.com, after tape resurfaced of the alt-right Nazi-lovin' bottle blonde hater making pro-pedophilia comments? He's launchi...
11:50 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing California has a storm of "biblical proportions" every 200 years
The incessant rain in California for the last several weeks is just a taste of what's to come in the formerly drought-plagued state, says Rachel Becker in The Verge.Snip:The most recent was a series o...
11:40 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Daniel Clowes: Trump made me forgive Shia LaBeouf
Cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) says he has forgiven Shia LaBeouf for plagiarizing him because LaBeouf has created an anti-Trump installation.From Daily Beast:The political landscape in the U.S...
11:21 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Newsweek: "Trump either knows exactly what Flynn said, or he is incompetent"
This is an interesting Newsweek piece by Kurt Eichenwald that goes into detail about the NSA's wiretapping program as it relates to the phone call between Michael Flynn, President Donald Trumps former...
11:01 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing How herd immunity works
From YouTube description for this Bozeman Science video: "In this video Paul Andersen explains how immune individuals in a population give the entire group a herd immunity. Concepts of immunity, vac...
09:08 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Interviews with Silicon Valley employees affected by new immigration policies
https://vimeo.com/204845162Interviews with six employees who work in Silicon Valley about the ways Trump's recent actions against immigrants have affected them. Powerful stuff."Banned" features six in...
07:57 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing The first crime solved by a lie detector
Fingerprint identification and lie detectors are well-known tools of law enforcement today, but both were quite revolutionary when they were introduced. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet p...
07:43 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Required reading: The 2017 Nebula Awards shortlist
The Science Fiction Writers of America has released the ballot for this year's Nebula awards, nominated for and voted upon by the organization's members; the ballot lists novellas, short stories, nove...
07:39 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing 1922 house and furnishings made entirely from varnished paper
Having successfully invented the paperclip-bending machine, engineer Elis F. Stenman set out to build a new summer home for himself in Rockport, Mass in 1922, entirely from paper. (more…)...
07:26 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing A Clinton-era tech law has quietly, profoundly redefined the very nature of property in the IoT age
An excellent excerpt from Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz's The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy on Motherboard explains how Section 1201 of the 1998 Digital Millennium C...
07:13 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Texas lawmaker introduces bill chastising Texans for using the Chilean flag emoji
Texas and Chile have remarkably similar flags (though Chile got theirs first, by a matter of decades) and Texas doesn't have a Unicode-defined emoji for its flag (just a sprinkling of proprietary ones...
06:35 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Pensive film revisits dead music venues
Quartier Latin in Berlin. Rose Bonbon in Paris. Hammersmith Palais in London. Some of the most iconic punk and rock clubs of the 80s and 90s are remembered by patrons and musicians, juxtaposed with ...
06:28 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Trippy in-camera VFX Neil deGrasse Tyson = Into the Bright Unknown
Toros Kse created mesmerizing visuals to accompany some of Neil deGrasse Tyson's thought-provoking ideas. The result, Into the Bright Unknown, is a nice way to do a quick reset of your priorities an...
06:28 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how to transfer an ant colony from one terrarium to another
AntsCanada's colony of Yellow Crazy Ants got infested with mites, so he had to transfer them to a new home in a beautiful terrarium he dubs Hacienda Del Dorado. Quite a production! (more…)...
06:27 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Get in on this naked Trump vinyl troll doll
Sculptor Chuck Williams is Kickstarting a naked Trump troll doll with uncannily accurate eyes and hair that's enduring a Beaufort 10 gale. As for the remaining anatomical accuracy... (more…)...
06:17 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Intricate sculptures from food and soap
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5L9ExoOIpcArtisan Daniele Barresi can carve anything into beautiful sculpture: broccoli, papaya, mushrooms. For more lasting works, he creates beautiful sculpted and i...
06:00 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Alex Trebek raps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xMXQLoEGCgRemixers start your engines: "Who knew Alex Trebek could flow?"...
05:49 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Comfortably Numb on acoustic guitar
The Acoustician performs excellent acoustic, instrumental guitar covers of classic rock songs. See the solo training videos too.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0A3cgV8Ios...
04:00 am PST - Tue, February 21, 2017
BoingBoing Review: Punkt's MP01 is the ultimate minimalist dumbphone
Punkt's MP01 is a minimal treat for people wanting a simple but flawless phone—and willing to pay top dollar for a few details done very well. (more…)...
02:12 pm PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Sassy Trump: 'Happy President's Day!'
Peter Serafinowicz's sassy Donald Trump vocal impersonation videos continue, timeless and illuminating as always. All Trump's words. Peter's voice. That's all.Our pal Peter Serafinowicz has been in ...
01:54 pm PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Norway pledges $10 million to counter Trump's global anti-abortion ban
Reuters reports that Norway today committed to join an international initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace funding shortfalls from Donald Trump's ban on American-funded global NGOs that e...
01:31 pm PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Cat attempts to steal a treat tossed to dog, regrets decision quickly
Miscalculation. (more…)...
01:20 pm PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Woman transforms herself into Betty Boop
Boop boop be doop! Makeup and cosplay YouTuber Jbunzie shows you how to pull off this iconic Betty Boop retro look by following her step-by-step tutorial. (more…)...
01:10 pm PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Be heard! Take Trump's 'Mainstream Media Accountability' survey
Some of these questions are just completely bonkers.Make sure the current administration hears your opinion, as they consider "holding accountable" the free press....
01:00 pm PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the United Nations, dies suddenly, age 64
The Russian Foreign Ministry reports today that Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly today in New York. He died on Monday age 64, just one day before his 65th birth...
12:12 pm PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Breaking: Trump names Army Lt. Gen. HR McMaster as national security adviser, after Flynn ousted in Russia scandal
Embattled President Donald Trump has chosen Army Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster as national security adviser, replacing the disgraced and resigned Michael Flynn, whose name is stained with the stil...
10:29 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing James Baldwin trounces William F. Buckley (1965)
This debate is always worth watching again. Revered poet, playwrite and social activist James Baldwin debated a young William F. Buckley at The Cambridge Union in 1965, the question was "Is the Amer...
10:02 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Some more flavors of Noodler's Ink
I prefer Noodler's ink, and they have so many varieties I never seem to run out of new ones to try. Depending on what I'm writing, or who I am writing to, I like to change my ink and pen kinda frequen...
09:40 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Perfectly on-point comics document the horrors and awkwardnesses of life
When you meet someone new, do you know what to say but still say the wrong thing? How much do you overanalyze everything thats happening in your relationships? What do your brain, your heart, and your...
09:20 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Visible crocodile model
This 15" long crocodile model has 26 detachable organ and body parts, and see-through skin to let you inspect its innards. It's on sale for $20 on Amazon....
09:00 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing "I'll never trust another trapezoid"
The guy in the cap doesn't get it, but the smart bald guy in glasses knows how it works. From the Bell Science Series film, "Gateways to the Mind" (1958).Watch the full film (complete with nostalgic...
09:00 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Every "Best Visual Effects" winner (1927-2016 Oscars)
Fun to see how visual effects have evolved over the years....
08:40 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Only 9,000 people attended Trump rally on Saturday
Melbourne, Florida people reported that 9,000 people went to President Trump's campaign rally on Saturday.Via The Hill:Trump held a similar campaign event at this airport hangar during the general ele...
08:20 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing "brain scans" of artificial intelligence processes
Graphcore produced a series of striking images of computational graphs mapped to its "Intelligent Processing Unit." The graph compiler builds up an intermediate representation of the computational gra...
08:14 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Tiny, poor, diabetes-wracked Pacific island nations want to ban junk food, despite risk of WTO retaliation
In the poor, remote island nations of the South Pacific, the Type-II diabetes rate ranges from 19% to 34%, a devastating health statistic that is challenging the countries' economies and wellbeing. (m...
08:06 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing "Europe's last dictator" finally finds the limits to power: taxing the unemployed during a recession
Belurusian leader Alexander Lukashenko calls himself "Europe's last dictator": he's a thug who steals elections and sends opposition politicians to forced labor camps, the kind of guy who can get away...
08:00 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing The Eureka disentanglement puzzle
The object of the Eureka puzzle is to remove the brass ring. As usual with Fleb's videos, there's a pause in the video if you don't want to see the solution....
07:56 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Trump vs Leakers: the infographic
A handy guide from Chartlike Charts, whose return from its hiatus is both welcome and overdue....
07:53 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing The previous owners of used "smart" cars can still control them via the cars' apps (not just cars!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nv1dmE_yJ8&feature=youtu.beIt's not just that smart cars' Android apps are sloppily designed and thus horribly insecure; they are also deliberately designed with ext...
07:45 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Generic fidget cube for $3.78
Since the astounding success of the Fidget Cube, clones have sprung up everywhere. The one with the best reviews is the $3.78 Chirisen cube, and I can report that it has lasted the weekend without spr...
07:45 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Fidget Cube available directly from its inventor
Since the astounding success of Antsy Labs' Fidget Cube, clones have sprung up everywhere, such as the $3.78 Chirisen cube. I can report that one will last the weekend without springing an anxiety lea...
07:35 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing It's very hard to maintain an anonymous Twitter account that can withstand government-level attempts to de-anonymize it
It's one thing to set up an "anonymous" Twitter Hulk account whose anonymity your friends and colleagues can't pierce, because the combination of your care not to tweet identifying details, the stilte...
07:00 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Ex-Uber engineer describes her year of being sexually harassed at Uber
Susan J. Fowler joined Uber as a site reliability engineer in November 2015. She was sexually harassed at work and Uber's human resources punished her for reporting it. She says other women at Uber ha...
06:00 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Fox's Chris Wallace to Reince Priebus "You don't get to tell us what to do."
Interesting exchange between Fox's Chris Wallace and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (who went on Fox on Sunday to complain about the "fake news" coverage of Trump's Russian connections.""Bu...
05:44 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Incra Rule: a ruler with tiny holes to mark exact lengths
Marketed to engineers and carpenters, Incra's rulers have tiny stenciled holes for every fraction to make it impossible to mess up length markings. I got one to make puzzle boxes, but it's now on my o...
05:01 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing WATCH: Assassination of Kim Jong-nam caught on cctv
Doesn't look like they thought they were pranking him. (more…)...
05:01 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Assassination of Kim Jong-nam captured on surveillance video
Doesn't look like they thought they were pranking him. (more…)...
05:00 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing The Donald Trump Mysteries: The Leak Is Real, The News Is Fake
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN THE "ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE": Sign up for Tom the Dancing Bug's email service, the INNER HIVE for Fake News, Fake Comics and Fake Fakeries! GET ...
04:47 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Watch SpaceX's rocket land itself
There's something so uncanny and futuristic about Falcon 9 landing that it triggers the part of our brains trained to be on the lookout for computer graphics. The overcast sky and haze of fog gives ...
04:37 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing The best nonsense word generator
It's easy to generate random words, or even ones that seem patterned on a particular language. But there's something just right about the words that emerge from Soybomb.com's Nonsense Word Generator...
04:11 am PST - Mon, February 20, 2017
BoingBoing Get yourself thrown out of this show, if you can
In & Of Itself is the fantastic brainchild of three-time Academy of Magical Arts Award winner Derek DelGuadio. Though it stopped running in Los Angeles a few months ago, the lucky folks in New Yor...
07:21 pm PST - Sun, February 19, 2017
BoingBoing Trump supporter in a lynch-the-journalists tee
These t-shirts were sold at 45's rally. pic.twitter.com/5aa2kZHym4— PlatoLivestoResist (@INTPNews) February 19, 2017(via Christian Nightmares)...
07:21 pm PST - Sun, February 19, 2017
BoingBoing Trump supporter in a lynch-the-journalists tee, November 2016
These t-shirts were sold at 45's rally. pic.twitter.com/5aa2kZHym4— PlatoLivestoResist (@INTPNews) February 19, 2017 (more…)...
07:15 pm PST - Sun, February 19, 2017
BoingBoing "Artisanal" Nintendo console cartridge hacker creates impossible alternate history games
Josh Jacobson is a Nintendo cartridge hacker who makes homebrew cartridges for games that were never released for NES/SNES, complete with label art and colored plastic cases that makes them look like ...
04:39 pm PST - Sun, February 19, 2017
BoingBoing Former Uber engineer alleges sexist abuse in workplace, CEO Travis Kalanick responds
Updated with response from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, below.Susan Fowler Rigetti, a former engineer at Uber, describes in a blog post her experience in a workplace where sexual harassment takes place w...
04:28 pm PST - Sun, February 19, 2017
BoingBoing Recomendo newsletter: Free books, the Exploratorium, and more
Get the Recomendo weekly newsletter (written by Kevin Kelly, Claudia Dawson, and me) a week early by email.Enjoyment:If the Found Footage Festivaltour ever comes your way, I highly recommend you check...
05:07 am PST - Sun, February 19, 2017
BoingBoing Sci-Fi Sundays: Amazing Science Fiction, April 1958
This week I got a chance to un-pack this collection. I've had it for about 10 years now and it has been in boxes the whole time.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peVuqpuI36gI absolutely love this cover....
04:49 am PST - Sun, February 19, 2017
BoingBoing Diner "overwhelmed with customers" after Michelin star awarded by mistake
Le Bouche Oreille is a perfectly decent working class diner in Bourges that'll feed you a slap-up meal for 10. La Bouche Oreille, though, is a brilliant 48-course restaurant in Paris. Only one of th...
10:42 am PST - Sat, February 18, 2017
BoingBoing Norma McCorvey dead at 69; anonymous 'Jane Roe' plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion case
Norma McCorvey, the anonymous "Jane Roe" in the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, has died. (more…)...
06:19 pm PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Mental
Via John Aravosis: "Does no one in that White House do any advance work at all? Look closely. They're just sloppy."...
03:13 pm PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing The easiest way to shower with a goat
My sister came across this product, which promises all the fun of taking a shower with a goat with none of the usual hassles of renting a shower-goat....
02:55 pm PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing A Grateful Dead family album
I came to the Grateful Dead late by some standards, and left its orbit early by most. My first album was the bands third, Aoxomoxoa, which I purchased shortly after its release in 1969, and I didnt ex...
02:45 pm PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Free kindle edition of "100 Books You Must Read Before You Die"
This looks like a good collection of public domain novels, in Kindle format. I've been wanting to read Sister Carrie again, so I got this. It's volume 1 of a 2 volume set. Here's volume 2.Here are the...
02:30 pm PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trump deletes post that describes mainstream media as "enemy of the American people."
Archive.org's Wayback Machine has a copy of Trump's deleted tweet, which read: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American...
02:10 pm PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Li'l Trump
Tiny Trumps is a new subreddit page that features the little fella in his daily life. From Melania making sure he doesn't take a tumble to Obama doing his best not to laugh to Trumpkin entertaining Ju...
01:41 pm PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Minister frightened of doll
Rev. Keith Ogden of Hill Street Baptist Church in Asheville, NC is afraid of a new boy doll announced by American Girl. "This is nothing more than a trick of the enemy to emasculate little boys and co...
12:03 pm PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Pentagon found no documents approving Flynn's pay for Russia TV appearances
The Pentagon has a rule requiring retired officers to report income from foreign states. But the Pentagon says it can find no records that former National Security advisor Michael Flynn filed a report...
11:14 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Adam Savage build Chewbacca's bandolier
MythBusters' Adam Savage whipped up a perfect replica of Chewbacca's bandolier and satchel. I wonder what he keeps in that bag besides the obvious like a comb, perhaps some handtools, and, well, Woo...
09:52 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to a ten hour playlist of killer Moog music
In 1948, Robert Moog, age 14, was inspired by classical Theremin performer Clara Rockmore to build his own Theremin. Then in 1964 Moog designed a brand new kind of electronic instrument, a modular vol...
09:10 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Rogue Wave's new video for cover of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door"
Today my friends in Rogue Wave released the video for their lovely cover of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door." The track is from their latest release "Cover Me," a quite wonderful covers ...
08:09 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a model dangle off a skyscraper for a photo shoot
This video featuring Viktoria Odintsova is probably not adhering to local occupational safety regs. If the photo below gets your palms sweating, you may want to skip the video above. (more…)...
08:09 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Card catalogs had their own elegant standardized handwriting
Behold Library Hand, a font designed specifically for librarians without typewriters who created cards for card catalogs. What's cool is the variation within the guidelines: (more…)...
08:08 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Sidewalk kintsugi: repairing cracks with gold
Artist Rachel Sussman discovered the ancient art of kintsugi, repairing cracked vases with gold, and applied it to cracked pavement and flooring for her Sidewalk Kintsukuroi series. (more…)...
08:08 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Camera lens made from 32,000 drinking straws
Mich Farrell and Cliff Haynes created a camera from drinking straws that effectively works as 32,000 pinhole cameras, creating an analog version of pixellation, but with circular pixels. (more…...
07:18 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Matt Ruff talks about his masterful antiracist novel Lovecraft Country, out in paperback today
When I reviewed Matt Ruff's incredible Lovecraft Country last February on its hardcover release dates, I wrote, "Ruff inverts the Lovecraft horror, which turned so often on "miscegenation" and the dut...
07:12 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing For the past 40 years, the presence of immigrants in US cities was correlated with a reduction in violent and property crime
In a new paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, sociologists and criminologists from University at Buffalo (SUNY), the University of Alabama, Kennesaw State Uni...
07:00 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing What America loses when the USDA nukes its taxpayer-funded records of animal cruelty
Immediately upon assuming office, the Trump administration directed the US Department of Agriculture to take down the extensive records of its publicly funded investigations of animal cruelty in Ameri...
06:50 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing A Gmail plugin to do "emotional labor"
Install the Emotional Labor extension and it will automatically add social niceties to your outbound mail -- phrases like "Hey, Lovely! I've been thinking of you." (via 4 Short Links)...
06:47 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Hereditary Samsung chieftain arrested for bribing disgraced president's "Shamanic" cult leader
Lee Jae-yong is nominally "vice-chairman" of Samsung, but his father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, is considered to be a mere figurehead, with Lee Jae-yong as the true boss of the company. (more&hel...
06:39 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing West Elm's couch from hell
Anna Hezel just saved us from an inadvisable couch purchase with her horrifying article, Why Does This One Couch From West Elm Suck So Much? (more…)...
06:37 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Millions of lead-filled CRTs have been abandoned in warehouses across America
The swift replacement of CRT screens with flat panels created tons of extremely toxic e-waste, with dangerous tubes and leaded glass posing unique environmental and safety hazards for disposal workers...
06:25 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing City of Paris deploys "anti-refugee boulders" to prevent camping while waiting for space at a humanitarian center
The city of Paris has installed "anti-refugee boulders" beneath a highway overpass in Porte de La Chapelle in a bid to stop Syrian refugees from sleeping in the flyover's shelter while they wait for ...
06:14 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing American airbase personnel sent erroneous "Missile inbound -- seek shelter" warning
Last Tuesday, all wing personnel on the US Spangdahlem Air Base received a warning: "MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!" The warning was recalled eight minutes later. (more…)...
06:01 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Germans warned to DESTROY Cayla, network-connected doll that spies on children
It's called Cayla, it's about a foot tall, and it can be used to listen to and talk to the child playing with it. But who is doing the listening? Anyone in Bluetooth range, reports Germany's Federal N...
06:01 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Bad Android security makes it easy to break into and steal millions of "smart" cars
Securelist's report on the security vulnerabilities in Android-based "connected cars" describes how custom Android apps could be used to find out where the car is, follow it around, unlock its doors, ...
05:52 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Gallery of London's urban foxes
Shot here by Natalie Lowe sunbathing on the roof of its convertible, a fox relaxes before evening's activities come due. Below, a fox pop takes a trip on the London Underground, as observed by Stephen...
05:51 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Irish women call for a nationwide strike if they don't get a referendum on the country's brutal abortion ban
Ireland's abortion laws are among the most barbaric in the world -- among its many deficits, it forces women to carry unviable fetuses to term, making them labor to deliver babies who live short hours...
02:00 am PST - Fri, February 17, 2017
BoingBoing Learn Python and explore the machine learning frontier
Python is immensely popular in the data science world for the same reason it is in most other areas of computingit has highly readable syntax and is suitable for anything from short scripts to massive...
06:41 pm PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Trump forced Chris Christie to eat meatloaf, shit sandwich was not on menu
New Jersey governor Chris Christie told a reporter that President Donald Trump made him order meatloaf when they ate a meal together at the White House this week.It's hard to believe it, people, but y...
06:28 pm PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt ordered to release his fossil fuel emails, as EPA staff revolt
A state judge today ordered the office of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to release thousands of documents, including emails, related to Pruitts conversations with energy industry executives. ...
05:49 pm PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Harward says no to Trump's national security adviser job, citing 'shit sandwich'
Ret. Vice Adm. Bob Harward, a former U.S. Navy Seal, rejected President Donald Trump's offer to become new national security adviser. Trump is reportedly trying to win him back. The well-liked navy ve...
05:24 pm PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Finally, a mime for the rest of us
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwJ-yuKyImoBilly the Mime is working through some things. What they are, exactly, I don't want to guess. (more…)...
05:07 pm PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Here's the weirdest, scariest stuff Trump said at today's 'Im not ranting and raving' meltdown
Peace through strength, Donald Trump said to reporters today in a rambling, aggressive, monologue news conference that lasted nearly about an hour and a half. Trump rattled on in circular patterns abo...
05:07 pm PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Here's the weirdest, scariest stuff Trump said at 77-minute 'Im not ranting and raving' meltdown
Peace through strength, Donald Trump said to reporters today in a rambling, aggressive, monologue news conference that lasted 77 minutes. Trump rattled on in circular patterns about plans to build and...
02:26 pm PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Chart of every Nokia dumbphone from 1982-2006
Prepare to take a technological trip down memory lane with this enormous comprehensive chart of every Nokia dumbphone model starting 35 years ago. Extendable antennas, clamshells, you name it. (more&h...
12:55 pm PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing The MakeShift Challenge (or what would MacGyver do?)
For its first five years, Make: magazine ran a column called "MakeShift," edited by Lee D. Zlotoff, creator of the TV show MacGyver. The idea was to present Make: readers with a MacGyver-esque challen...
12:26 pm PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing 40% of Wikipedia is under threat from deletionists
Readers recently saved the hemovanadin article from Wikipedia's ongoing extinction event through extraordinary measures, but that's just one of over 2 million stub articles deleted or at risk of del...
11:44 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Grievous and Butt-Head do America
Oakland-based designer and illustrator Peabe just dropped this hilarious take of Trump and Pence as Beavis and Butt-Head.Peabe has some other good ones, like this reimagining of Radio Rahim from Do th...
11:24 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Uncut video of a guy clicking his mouse 1 million times
Have 17.5 hours to kill? Watch this dude click his mouse 1 million times. He gets it done 5 hours faster than the initial estimate. Strangely impressive. (more…)...
11:24 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Watch India launch a record 104 satellites in one mission
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) just launched an amazing 104 satellites in one mission, setting a new record. (more…)...
11:11 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful hand-cut papercraft of human organs
Ali Harrison creates lacy, delicate paper cutouts of human organs, like this reproductive system. She then recreates those as laser-cut wood and T-shirts, like this one benefiting Planned Parenthood:...
10:23 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing How Kellyanne Conway stymies reporters
Carlos Maza has a great breakdown of how Kellyanne Conway is so adept at deflecting questions. It's basically a form of journalistic jiu-jitsu that exploits journalistic civility and pivots by using...
09:26 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Make: Soviet themed launch-code box complete with missile switch covered toggles
Love puzzles, crypto, making, control panels and nuclear extinction? John Edgar Park has a maker project for you! (more…)...
09:12 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing More anti-money laundering measures hit China as top three Bitcoin exchanges freeze withdrawals
Bitcoin's spiking prices have been driven almost entirely by Chinese money-launderers trying to beat the country's currency controls -- controls that have tightened so much that it's tanking the world...
09:08 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Split-screen video of LA in the 40s and today
The New Yorker made then then-and-now split screen video of Los Angeles. On the left side, LA as it was 70 years ago. On the right, LA as it is today.[via]...
08:21 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Raymond Smullyan on the Tonight Show 1982
Here's puzzle master and logician Raymond Smullyan on the Tonight Show from 1982. It starts a bit awkwardly but gets good around the five minute mark. Smullyan died last week (I posted about it here...
08:00 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Two babies talking to each other on FaceTime
If anyone speaks Baby, please provide a translation....
07:10 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing President blames the "fake media" for Flynn's firing - Jake Tapper has a field day
Yesterday, the president says it's all the "fake media's" fault for the extremely short duration of his national security advisor's tenure. That makes no sense, but speaking coherently has never bee...
06:41 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Toiletpaper Paradise: a bizarre installation of amazing, overcrowded decor
Toiletpaper Magazine's Toiletpaper Paradise show at New York's Caddilac House is a series of "domestic interiors" filled with the art and sculptures from the magazine. (more…)...
06:35 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Chinese government creates gate-guarded private village for hedge-funds near Hangzhou
Yuhuang Shannan -- an hour's high-speed train journey from Shanghai -- is a newly formed, walled village in which only hedge fund employees and their visitors are allowed to venture, a kind of Canary ...
06:25 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing In China's once poverty-stricken villages, former peasants manufacture a single product for one retailer
Alibaba subsidiary Taobao has given rise to "Taobao Villages" -- 18 villages that were once among China's poorest places, where former peasant farmers have attained prosperity by working in factories ...
06:06 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing China's "citizen scores" used to blacklist 6.7m people from using high-speed rail or flying
China's nightmarish "citizen scores" system uses your online activity, purchases, messages, and social graph to rate your creditworthiness and entitlement to services. One way your score can be plunge...
05:54 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing How to find out what Trump's favorite big data machine knows about you
Cambridge Analytica is a dirty, Dementor-focused big data research outfit that provided the analysis and psych profiles that the Trump campaign used in its electioneering; because its parent company i...
05:46 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Candle-powered phone charger
The Stower Candle Charger, in addition to being a basic emergency stove, powers USB gadgets with fire: put a fuel canister under it and it'll transmute heatrons into juicetrons as described in the Cod...
05:45 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing America: where hundreds of thousand of underage girls are married off by their parents
The nonprofit Unchained At Last analyzed US marriage license data from 2000 to 2010 and learned that 167,000 children (almost all girls, some as young as 12) in 38 states were married off to older men...
05:27 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Robot butters toast
William Osman built a toast-buttering robot. It's really something: "I'm not sure how to mount the butter to the jigsaw." (Jump to 6:35 or so just to see The Buttering)...
05:08 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Why did Brinks "mindlessly copy" an old defective padlock design?
Locksmith Bosnian Bill experienced deja vu upon seeing a new padlock offered in stores by Brinks. It looks awfully similar to a Master-brand padlock withdrawn from sale due to a critical flaw that m...
04:34 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing The world's littlest laptop is yours for $399, but is it the ultimate writers' gadget?
The GPD Pocket is a wee laptop with a 7" high-dpi touchscreen display and an enticing $399 price tag. It'll be light on power, with an Intel Atom CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, but promises about 12...
02:00 am PST - Thu, February 16, 2017
BoingBoing Diversify your resume with lifetime access to over 1,000 courses across 15 professional fields
Learning new skills is a great way to improve your resume and stand out from other candidates. Especially in a workforce in which many job-seekers have a wide variety of qualifications. With lifetime ...
06:19 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. spies are withholding intelligence from Donald Trump, who has none
Capping off Donald J. Trump's No Good Very Bad Horrible Day today, the Wall Street Journal reports that senior U.S. intelligence officials are deliberately withholding sensitive information from the P...
06:06 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing FBI randomly releases documents from Trump's 1973 racial discrimination case
This has not been a good week for Donald Trump. Today, seemingly at random, the FBI released hundreds of pages of documents related to the 1970s investigation into racial discrimination at Trump Manag...
05:14 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. prepares for #DayWithoutImmigrants strike on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
A growing number of restaurants and other businesses are closing in solidarity with Thursday's 'Day Without Immigrants' protests in cities throughout the United States. (more…)...
04:51 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing What does U.S. law say about White House staffers leaking Trump dirt to the press?
Until Trump can remedy his problem of credibility and faith, the truth will find a way. (more…)...
04:37 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Pentagon may propose that Trump send U.S. ground troops to Syria
The Defense Department is expected to propose that the United States send ground combat forces into northern Syria for the first time, expand the assault on ISIS, CNN's Barbara Starr reports. (more&he...
04:29 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing 'Flynn Doesn't Matter,' says TPM's Josh Marshall, 'This Is About Trump'
A scorching analysis of the unprecedented last few days in America from Joshua Marshall of Talking Points Memo, following the Russia-clouded resignation of Trump national security Michael Flynn, who f...
03:28 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful coin spins for 7-9 minutes
J.L. Lawson & Co makes tops, spinner coins, and other hand-machined products.Their latest thing is the Tempus Spin Coin, and has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. It's still available in .999 s...
03:10 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Drug catapult found attached to Arizona-Mexico border fence
The taller the wall, the farther catapults like these will be able to fling bundles of drugs. This one was found at the Mexico-Arizona border.From KVUE:When agents arrived, they searched the area and ...
03:02 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Puzzle: the lazy electrician
Here's a brain teaser from the Art of Play newsletter. I have not tried to solve it yet.A lazy electrician is hired to fix the wiring in a tall building. In the basement are three buttons labeled, A, ...
02:56 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing National Enquirer's "Special investigation" exposes the truth within the Trump White House
At last, the darkest scandals of the Trump family are revealed."Melania and Ivanka Trump's private lives!" promises the cover of this week's 'National Enquirer' in a "special investigation."The standa...
01:22 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing This $25 bidet is amazing
I bought this $25 non-electric bidet last month and without going into detail, I have to say it's a game changer. I just bought another one for the other bathroom. The water is not heated like with th...
12:18 pm PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Puzder to withdraw labor secretary nomination, as Team Trump fails and flails
Trump's pick for Labor Secretary is reported to be withdrawing his name from consideration. (more…)...
11:36 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing A catalogue and history of one of the most pervasive subcultures UFO believers
I am not that interested in speculation on whether aliens have ever visited the Earth. What I am excited about, however, are all the ways we have imagined them, from the earliest grainy photos of sauc...
11:01 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Fool strangers in public places with the code-generating website
Shoulder surfers will be totally blown away by your movie hacker skills![via]...
10:54 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing A surprisingly large number of animals kill each other after sex
Katherine Ellen Foley reports on the curious phenomenon of sexual cannibalism in the animal kingdom.But octopuses arent the only ones who kill their sex partners. Female praying mantises often kill th...
10:44 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Largest coal-fired power plant is shutting down. What will Trump do now?
Trump made a big deal about saving the dying coal industry. [Were] bringing back jobs, big league. Were bringing them back at the plant level. Were bringing them back at the mine level. The energy job...
10:22 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H5, big bucks for big sound
Bang & Olufsen's H5 Bluetooth, water resistant, in-ear buds are pretty damn great. For $220 they had better be. (more…)...
10:08 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Researchers show they can beat address space layout randomization with Javascript in a browser (!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGuZjOoArRwAddress space layout randomization is an important first line of defense against malicious software: by randomizing where in memory instructions are stored...
10:04 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing What's E.T. short for?
Q: What's E.T. short for?A: His legs aren't very long.(modified from /r/jokes)...
09:59 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Assassin of Korean dictator's brother wore LOL shirt
One of the two women suspected of assassinating Kim Jong-un's brother wore a shirt with "LOL" written on it.CCTV images released by Malaysian authorities show the suspects lurking in Kuala Lumpur airp...
09:58 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Scottish court: your neighbours owe you for the distress of pointing a CCTV at your back yard and recording your conversations
Edinburgh's Nahid Akram installed a CCTV system that let him record his downstairs neighbours Debbie and Tony Woolley in their back garden, capturing both images and audio of their private conversatio...
09:51 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing "Ill never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you."
Quincy Larson asks you to image "Whats the worst thing that could happen if the Customs and Border Patrol succeed in getting ahold of your unlocked phone?"WellThink of all of the people youve ever cal...
09:41 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Temperature in Oklahoma reaches 99 degrees in mid-February
A heat-wave hit Oklahoma, sending temperatures into the high 90s. Norman, Oklahoma was 99 degrees F (37 C) on February 11.From ThinkProgress:Many people may welcome a temperate day in February, but wa...
09:40 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Source tells Motherboard that Apple will testify against Nebraska's "Right to Repair" law
Motherboard says a source told them that "an Apple representative, staffer, or lobbyist will testify" against the state's Right to Repair bill, which requires companies to make it easy for their custo...
09:32 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Taco Bell now has a wedding chapel in Las Vegas
Taco Bell will soon offer fully-catered weddings at its Las Vegas flagship restaurant. Key selling points of this elegant offering are that this Taco Bell Cantina location has a DJ booth, pours booz...
09:23 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Hacking a $2 voice recorder
I'm really enjoying Donald Bell's Maker Project Lab videos on YouTube. They are short reports on cool things happening in the world of making. This week, Donald talks about a circuit-bent voice reco...
07:58 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Almost everything Trump has done since taking office has been a meaningless publicity stunt
Though Steve Miller claims that Trump is "a president who has done more in three weeks than most presidents have done in an entire administration," the reality is that almost everything in his executi...
07:47 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Mark Twain's 1900 rewrite of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, strangely apropos today
Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger's wealth is stored;He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has sco...
07:47 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Interesting in-ground trampolines that are level with the grass
Trampolines Down Under sells in-ground trampolines that are level with the grass. The $1700, 14' trampolines include a special plastic retaining wall system. According to the company, "Our ground le...
07:43 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing President Bannon welcomed to higher level of hell
Nick Douglas imagines Stephen Bannon, Trump's political brain, receiving a smarmy credit-issuer welcome letter from the Abyss in recognition of his services.Congratulations on your upgrade to Malebolg...
07:42 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing In the US and UK, retirement is only for the super-rich
Since the neoliberal reforms of the Reagan era; the rollback of trade unions; the elimination of defined-benefits pensions (in favor of "market-based" SIPPs and 401(k)s); the termination of national m...
07:31 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Disney wants to build an "aerial tramway" between the Disney World parks
Disney's "skybuckets" are fondly remembered as the best place in the themepark to do some sneaky kissin', but they were also a magnet for antisocial behavior, from smoking weed to spitting on people t...
07:22 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing How an old camera flash became the first Star Wars lightsaber
The legendary lightsaber that Obi Wan passed on to Luke in Star Wars: A New Hope was actually a modified battery tube from a 1940s Graflex camera flash. Once that was known, prop recreators drove up...
07:07 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing How to talk about shitgibbons with your high school English class
The introduction of "shitgibbon" into America's political discourse is a teachable moment for English classes studying the evolution of language. (more…)...
07:05 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Assault Trombone
https://twitter.com/codinghorror/status/831650861461893120"Say hello to my little friend!" [via @codinghorror.]Previously: Flamethrower trombone...
06:59 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Your cremated loved one's ashes can be pressed into a vinyl record
That's not dust on the stylus, that's Uncle Fred! Andvinyly presses cremated remains into a vinyl record....
05:53 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Drone footage of a spectacular deep gorge river in Mallorca
The island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean has remarkable geologic formations, but one of the most stunning is Torrent de Pareis, a meandering stream that cuts through a steep gorge, emptying into ...
05:53 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Hypnotic forest of resonating lamps
TEAMLAB created this beautiful installation reminiscent of Chinese sky lanterns, except the color of each can be controlled. The result is simply gorgeous. (more…)...
05:52 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Po' li'l Lucky Ducky gonna get his swamp drained
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters an' a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancin' Bug's es-steamed club, the incredibobble INNER HIVE, for 'sclusive early accessive-ness to comical stuffing, extry comics, an...
05:48 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Nokia to resurrect classic dumbphone
Nokia's 3310 is said to be the most reliable phone ever made. It's a classic plastic-and-silicon brick from the turn of the century, long consigned to the recycling bin in the age of smartphones and t...
05:11 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Italy unveils a legal proposal to regulate government hacking
As a result, LEAs are increasingly hacking directly into the suspects devices (computers, phones, TVs, cars), installing trojans (tiny pieces of software that can do almost anything and collect almos...
02:00 am PST - Wed, February 15, 2017
BoingBoing Recycle your used glass bottles into cost-effective candles with this kit
Instead of throwing out all the empties after your next party, why not transform them into some new DIY glassware? Cut back on waste and add some home ambiance with the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter and Cand...
07:48 pm PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Trump aides were in constant contact with top Russian officials during campaign
This is so much bigger than Watergate. America has not seen a political crisis of this magnitude for generations. The other shoe drops on #Flynngate tonight. (more…)...
07:18 pm PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Vindictive Trump silent as 188,000 Americans displaced by Oroville dam crisis
Trump is failing evacuees whose homes and lives are threatened by a failing spillway in Northern California's Oroville Dam complex. Some 188,000 people from counties that mostly supported him have bee...
07:18 pm PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Vindictive Trump dragged on providing aid to 188,000 Americans displaced by Oroville dam crisis
By delaying federal aid for days while he partied at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump failed evacuees threatened by a failing spillway in Northern California's Oroville Dam complex. Some 188,000 people from c...
06:30 pm PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Bridal bouquets but with cats instead
Brides Throwing Cats is a site dedicated to "photoshopping cats in place of bouquets" in shots of brides (and occasionally grooms) hurling bouquets. No cats were harmed in the making of this tumblr a...
02:13 pm PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Cannabis bouquet delivery service
In Los Angeles, Lowell Farms offered a limited number of lovely cannabis floral bouquets for delivery today, Valentine's Day. The price was $400/ounce. The Lowell Farms site still shows the bouquet on...
01:23 pm PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Harrison Ford has near miss with passenger plane
Movie star and aviation buff Harrison Ford had another close call in one of his private planes. Landing his Husky at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA he mistakenly landed on a taxi way, and nea...
01:16 pm PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Amazing balloon-powered pipe organ made of paper and cardboard
Papercraft master Aliaksei Zholner made this exquisite pipe organ entirely from paper products. Here are his build notes, written in Russian.(via Laughing Squid)...
12:10 pm PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing 'I hope they sort it out soon because were a nation at war,' says U.S. Special Operations Command chief of Trump
As Mike Flynn departs amid Russia blackmail suspicions, the dysfunction inside Trump's regime is boiling over. There's talk of multiple investigations into multiple staff members, even blaming Obama '...
11:50 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing People are teasing Instagram by posting genderless nipples art
Instagram is now challenged with determining the gender of decorated nipples so it can enforce its very serious and important policy of forbidden the display of women's nipples.Previoulsy: Genderless ...
11:44 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Kim Jong-uns brother killed with poison spray at airport
In olden times, kings and queens had royal poisoners on hand to get rid of inconvenient people. They were good at what they did. For example, they could lightly dust a letter or page of a book with a ...
11:28 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing State senator proposes ban on state public-funding Bigfoot hunting
Gallup, New Mexico state senator George Munoz is not pleased that a group led by Christopher Dyer, CEO of University New Mexico's Gallup campus, went on a Bigfoot research expedition and racked up $7,...
11:28 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing State senator proposes ban on public funding of Bigfoot hunting
Gallup, New Mexico state senator George Munoz is not pleased that a group led by Christopher Dyer, CEO of University New Mexico's Gallup campus, went on a Bigfoot research expedition and racked up $7,...
11:04 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Bet on what will Trump ban during his first term
UK betting site Paddy Power is taking bets on a number of Trump related possibilities, including suspending the 1st Amendment (40-to-1), repealing Obamacare (1-to-2), banning abortion (3-to-1), re-ope...
10:49 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing How trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos monetize your hate, and what to do about it
This week's edition of the always, always-excellent On the Media podcast featured an interview (MP3) with notorious (and self-confessed) media manipulator Ryan Holiday, whose book, Trust Me, I'm Lying...
10:32 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Happy Valentines from 1982
Zoom just one look and then my heart went boom....
10:29 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing How Sweetheart candy hearts are made
For more than 100 years, NECCO has cranked out its iconic Sweetheart candies. Some of them are still emblazoned the original statements of "Be Mine," Be Good," and "Kiss Me." The company says that "...
10:24 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing "Your Name" is the highest-grossing anime feature ever
Your Name is the highest-grossing anime feature ever, knocking Spirited Away to the number two spot. Tofugu has a feature story about Your Name, which includes an interview with director Makoto Shinka...
10:18 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Octopus suckers don't just suck
The amazing suckers on octopus arms aren't just for sucking. They also are used to smell and taste. To deal with all that sensory input, the vast majority of an octopus's brain cells are in its eigh...
10:08 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Oklahoma lawmakers want men to approve all abortions
Oklahoma Rep. Justin Humphrey is pushing for the passage of House Bill 1441, "prohibiting abortion to be performed without consent of the father; requiring pregnant woman seeking to abort pregnancy to...
09:40 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Interesting puzzles from the 2017 toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany
Tim from Grand Illusions shows off the neat puzzles he picked up at the 2017 toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany.Every February, Tim visits the toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany. He is not sure if this was ...
09:19 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Philomena Cunk on Shakespeare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YeCpHoy9EQYou may know Charlie Brooker only through his amazing Black Mirror programs, but savvy Brookerfen are avid viewers of his Screenwipe/Newswipe shows -- acer...
09:00 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Bake: a Queen of Hearts cherry pie for V-day
Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (aka @ThePieous) (previously) writes, "Happy Valentines Day! If your readers are looking for a last-minute gift idea for their significant others, they may want to check ou...
08:55 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Amnesty: hackers spent months building personas used to phish Qatari labor activists
In a new report, Amnesty International summarizes the security research they did on the victims of a sophisticated phishing attack aimed at Qatari labor activists, dubbed "Operation Kingphish." (more&...
08:39 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Rhymes from a high-schooler's machine learning system trained on Kanye lyrics
Robbie Barrat is president and founder of their high school computer science club; they created Rapper-Neural-Network, a free software project that uses machine learning trained on a corpus of 6,000...
08:31 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Gamer star PewDiePie canned by Disney and YouTube after anti-semitic postings
Gamer star PewDiePie was set for the big-time: 53m subscribers to his YouTube gamering channel and a hot deal with Disney to take his clean-cut mug to mass culture stardom. But then he started posting...
08:07 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Kim Jong-Un's half-brother assassinated in Malaysia
Two assassins used poisoned needles to off the disfavored half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, reports South Korean media. Kim Jong-nam was attacked in Kuala Lumpur airport by the women,...
07:47 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Proof-of-concept ransomware locks up the PLCs that control power plants
In Out of Control: Ransomware for Industrial Control Systems, three Georgia Tech computer scientists describe their work to develop LogicLocker, a piece of proof-of-concept ransomware that infects the...
07:32 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing "Do you go camping or play paintball?" and 47 other questions from the FBI's secret terrorist-detection questionnaire
The Intercept "obtained a copy" of the FBI's 48-question, 2015 "Indicators of Mobilization to Violence" protocol, a list of 48 questions that FBI investigators can use to determine if a subject is at ...
07:24 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing 100 of the coolest buildings in Los Angeles
From Spanish-style adobe to Art Deco to Googie to Midcentury Modern to new experimental forms, Los Angeles is one of the most eclectic cities for architecture. Los Angeles Magazine curated this great ...
07:17 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing House Republicans just voted to defund the agency that fights election hacking
All of the GOP's bluster about election fraud couldn't save the budget for the Election Administration Commission, the federal agency that deals with software security risks in America's creating, Win...
07:02 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Chris Christie vetoes unanimous bill that would make NJ cops disclose what they seize through asset forfeiture
Civil asset forfeiture is the bizarre American practice of seizing peoples' property without charging its owner: instead the property is charged with being the ill-gotten gains of a crime, and if the ...
06:55 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Watching Wikipedia's extinction event from a distance
After being a major contributor for many years, I've cringed as Wikipedia slowly devolves like a dying coral reef. Today's example is hemovanadin, an innocuous article deleted through a mix of vandali...
06:25 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Two-headed snake drinking water
After going down a rabbit hole of watching snakes drinking water, I can say this is the best one: a two-headed albino snake, with one head fighting with the other on getting some water. NEED SNEK DR...
06:24 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Newly digitized mixtapes from 80s and 90s club DJs
What is a preservationist to do when someone drops off a plastic grocery bag full of 30-year-old cassettes created by some of San Francisco's most influential DJs? Digitize them, of course. (more&hell...
05:24 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing If you like 11Foot8 bridge, you'll love 10Foot6 bridge
If the mayhem caused by 11Foot8 bridge was not enough, imagine shaving another 1Foot2 off the clearance, et voila! The 10Foot6 Bridge in Westwood, Massachusetts. (more…)...
02:00 am PST - Tue, February 14, 2017
BoingBoing Here's how to get certified as an Amazon Web Services administrator
Managing servers is complex and expensivethats why countless businesses have switched to Amazon Web Services over in-house infrastructure. With so much demand for this cloud platform, mastery of AWS a...
10:15 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Heck Valentines Day just fall in love with some doggos
For all those that don't have a valentine date or partner, here is some doggies for you to fall in love with instead. (more…)...
10:05 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Edible Anus
Just when I think I have seen it all on Amazon, I am reminded that no, I have not.Today I learned that you can buy a type of chocolate gift box called 'Edible Anus.'Yup. (more…)...
09:41 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Despite Trump's vow to kill ACA, the American Cancer Society held annual fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago
Jonathan Peltz at the Miami New Times: 'Donald Trump' and 'protecting patients access to health care' are two phrases that aren't generally associated with each other. But that fact didn't seem to bot...
08:50 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Trump team warned by Justice Dept. 'weeks ago' Flynn was vulnerable to Russia blackmail
Sally Q. Yates is looking more like a hero each day. Before she was fired by Donald Trump, the then-acting attorney general told the incoming administration in late January that she believed then-NatS...
08:40 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns amid Russia scandal
He's out. Trump national security adviser Michael T. Flynn resigned Monday night after revelations he misled VP Mike Pence and other senior White House officials about his conversations with Russia's ...
08:30 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Breaking: Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns
CBS News is reporting that Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has resigned. (more…)...
08:13 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Moby says he has secret intelligence info on Trump
Recording artist Moby says he talked to friends who work in Washington DC and revealed to him five pieces of secret information about the Trump administration. (more…)...
04:41 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing This year's nerd Valentines are in, and they are boss af
For the fifth year (previously), Evil Mad Scientist Labs offers a selection of supremely nerdy Valentines to download [PDF] and print! (more…)...
03:28 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing The Humble Freedom Bundle: pay $30 or more, benefit charities fighting the #muslimban, get a preview of Wil Wheaton reading WALKAWAY
The Humble Freedom Bundle will take $30 or more and in return give you more than 50 games, ebooks audiobooks and comics, including two never-before-heard audiobook titles from me: a newly mastered edi...
02:09 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing 12 pack of Bicycle playing cards
I go through about one deck of playing cards a week. That's how long it takes for the cards to get dirty and bent from frequent handling (I spend a couple of hours a day practicing sleights during pho...
01:18 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing RIP Raymond Smullyan, Puzzle-Creating Logician
When I was in college I read and greatly enjoyed Raymond Smullyan logical puzzles books, especially What Is the Name of This Book? He died last week at the age of 97.From the NYTimes:Professor Smullya...
12:56 pm PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing A robot that walks like an ostrich designed to be the standard for legged autonomy
Cassie is a two-legged robot that walks like an ostrich. It was developed by Agility Robotics.From Quartz:The legs are only the beginning. Eventually, Cassie will get arms and sensors to help it bet...
11:14 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing How to fight back against the backfire effect
The final show in my three-part series about the pitfalls associated with trying to debunk myths, battle fake news, and correct misinformation is up. In this episode I interview scientists who have gr...
11:05 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing I'd never heard these Beatles Christmas messages
These holiday messages, from 1963 and 1964, courtesy of the Fab Four are just great! Their voices always cheer me up.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_bWmbhILN8I had never heard them, but driving th...
10:56 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone
Sidd Bikkannavar, a scientist at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), still doesn't know why he was detained by US Customs and Border Patrol and compelled under duress to give agent's the access PIN...
10:55 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing KKK leader murdered by own family
This would suggest that people who hide beneath white sheets while cowardly attempting to scare the rest of us are no pleasure to live with. Frank Ancona, a self-proclaimed imperial wizard of the Tra...
10:45 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing PocketCHIP handheld Linux computer
Donald Bell of the Maker Project Lab checks out the PocketCHIP handheld Linux computer. It cost $69 and has a keyboard and color display. It's mainly for creating and playing games. Looks pretty coo...
10:36 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing The Lotus Box - an extraordinary and surprising puzzle
How do you remove the hidden coin from the Lotus Box? Fleb knows!Finding a copy of "The Lotus Box" will be difficult, as not many were made. Your best bet is to find a collector who has one they're ...
10:27 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Asking Alexa 50 questions
This entertaining video is a good way to learn what the Amazon Echo can do....
10:09 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing RIP J.S.G. Boggs (1955-2017) - an artist who drew his own money
Artist J.S.G. Boggs died on January 22. He drew money and convinced people to accept it in exchange for products. He sold the receipts as his works of art. He didn't sell the bills themselves.James ...
09:44 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing "Very Unfair!" Trump's tweets turned into emo song
From Tara at Dangerous Minds: "Donald Trumps tweets are super emo and turned his Twitter meltdowns into a perfectly shitastic emo song."...
09:30 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Immediately after Mike Pence's departure, reasonable Indiana Republicans began undoing his work
As Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence was significantly to the right of the mainstream, even for his own party -- so it's no surprise that in the days after his resignation (to become vice president of t...
09:20 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Anonymous infiltrated the KKK by friending Blue Lives Matter supporters on Facebook
The Anonymous activists behind "OpKKK" -- which infiltrated and unmasked Klan members, including many in US military and police departments -- began by creating thin-but-plausible fake identities on F...
09:13 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing A trip to the domain name conference
Ingrid Burrington thought of domain names as "a very niche genre of experimental poetry, one in which radical constraints (availability, brevity, the cadence of an interrupting dot) produce small, den...
09:05 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Trump blabbed about response to North Korean missile launch in the Mar A Lago dining room while diners listened in
After a day of engaging in the most irresponsible activity a president can undertake (according to Donald Trump, anyway), President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went to the Mar A Lago ...
08:44 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Man knows it's not smart to crack an 80-foot bullwhip, does it anyway
Bryan Ropar of World of Science and Engineering says, "Well, that is by far one of the stupidest things I've ever done on my life."...
06:50 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing How to become a superstar vlogger
Liam Williams was given money by the BBC to explain the success and culture of YouTube vloggers. A search for the next megastar vlogger finds an unlikely victor in struggling comedian, Liam, who mus...
06:44 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing The W3C, DRM, and future of the open web
JM Porup's long, thoughtful article on the W3C's entry into the DRM standardization game gives a sense of the different forces that are pushing one of the open web's staunchest allies into a disastrou...
06:29 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Otonamaki: wrapping oneself in cloth to ease pain
Otonomaki, or "Adult wrapping," sees the subject swaddled cosily, even tightly, in a muslin-like cloth. The aim is to "alleviate posture problems and stiffness," reports the BBC, and it's exploding in...
06:00 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Orange alligator alarms South Carolina, internet
An orange alligator has taken up residence in a pond near Charleston, reports the Associated Press, baffling experts and locals alike. The most promising hypothesis for its unnatural color is that it ...
05:50 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Global Shark Tracker
Never be caught unawares by a shark again with the Global Shark Tracker. There are apps for mobile platforms, but it doesn't work very well on a small display. Always go with a bigger boat.In a collab...
05:43 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing John Oliver is back and he's got 24 golden minutes on Trump's pathological lies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xecEV4dSAXEJohn Oliver's new season kicked off with a spectacular episode on a dismal subject: whether or not there is such a thing as truth, why Donald Trump seems s...
05:38 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing "Hyperbolic tiling": can you escape from an extradimensional prison?
The only thing at Hypernom.com appears to be a 3D fractal cage. You can move toward the edge with the WASD and arrow keys. But as you approach it, a new level of detail pops in and you seem no closer ...
04:59 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Seafood-related queries from own internet-connected vending machines brought college network to its knees
A university, mercifully left unnamed, blew off complaints from students about its slow network. When the problem became too bad to ignore, their IT team found the culprit thanks to a "sudden big int...
04:38 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Frostgrave, the popular fantasy skirmish game, gets a devilishly-good supplement
Last year, I had the pleasure of exploring the Frozen City of Felstad, aka Frostgrave, the ridiculously fun, retro-friendly fantasy miniatures game from Osprey. Designer Joseph McCullogh and Osprey ha...
04:36 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing These vibrant arrangements of diatoms revive a lost Victorian art
Matthew Killip directed this lovely short film about Klaus Kemp, a microscopist whose specialty had its heyday in Victorian times: arranging microscopic creatures into beautiful patterns. (more&hell...
04:34 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing How to film a protest
No Film School has great tips for those who want to document a protest. Meerkat Media has covered a lot of public protests, and the most effective coverage requires more than just pointing a camera or...
02:00 am PST - Mon, February 13, 2017
BoingBoing Protect your identity and online activity with this secure VPN
Covering your download tracks isnt the only reason to invest in a VPN servicehigh-profile hacks and data dumps in recent years have shone a brighter light on online security issues than ever before. I...
02:48 pm PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing Parliament ponders letting US immigration strip-search Canadians in Canadian airports, force them to explain immigration withdrawals
The current pre-clearance rules for Canadians being processed through US immigration at Canadian airports limit the powers of US immigration officials, preventing them from strip-searching Canadians (...
11:50 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing Legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau, 76, passes away
The incredibly talented Al Jarreau has passed away, at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 76.Via the Chicago Tribune:Jarreau was loosely classified as a jazz singer, but his eclectic style was entire...
10:31 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing SNL's Jake Tapper/KellyAnne Conway 'Fatal Attraction'
Bone chillingly brilliant. SNL has been made great again....
08:27 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing A brand without a base: Kmart, Sears, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Neiman-Marcus join Nordstroms in kicking Ivanka Trump's products to the curb
It seems there isn't a demographic that justifies stocking Ivanka Trump's "Trump Home" items -- they've now been removed from high-end retailer Nordstrom's, mid-range retailer Sears, and low-end retai...
08:13 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing Yale's college will no longer bear the name of a slaver, from now on, it's "Grace Murray Hopper" college
Yale's Calhoun College was named for the South Carolina politician John C Calhoun, a Yale alum and notorious enslaver and advocate of slavery; this was, understandably, controversial. (more…)...
08:06 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing The peculiar struggle to make parts of India "Open Defecation Free"
One of the high-profile campaigns by India's Prime Minister Modi is an end to the practice of defecating in public places, with access to toilets for all. (more…)...
07:44 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing How to cross a US (or other) border without surrendering your data and passwords
The combination of 2014's Supreme Court decision in Riley (which held that the data on your devices was subject to suspicionless border-searches, and suggested that you simply not bring any data you d...
07:44 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing How to legally cross a US (or other) border without surrendering your data and passwords
The combination of 2014's Supreme Court decision in Riley (which held that the data on your devices was subject to suspicionless border-searches, and suggested that you simply not bring any data you d...
07:14 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing Trump won't go to the UK until Parliament is out of session, to avoid being denied admission to the Commons
Speaker John Bercow has stated that Trump hasn't "earned" the right to address the Commons, something that Parliamentarians are likely to back, given the 1.8 million signatures on a petition against a...
05:40 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing Cool people save moose that fell through frozen lake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBaZ0Ga8d9oYouTube thinks I love frozen lakes after posting about walking on clear ice, so here is a video of a nearly exhausted moose saved from drowning by two cool N...
05:37 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing Sci-Fi Sundays: Worlds Of If, January 1964
[caption id="attachment_509018" align="alignright" width="300"] April '67 issue[/caption]This issue of Worlds of IF, Science Fiction, commonly just referred to as IF Magazine has a peculiar cover. The...
02:00 am PST - Sun, February 12, 2017
BoingBoing Find a vaporizer thats right for your budget (and your health)
Many people have converted to vaporizers for a healthier alternative to carcinogenic, combusted smoking solutions. But finding the right vape for you can be tricky: cheap units may be dangerous, and h...
06:58 pm PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing Republican Tennessee lawmakers introduce bill to make children born through artificial insemination "illegitimate"
Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) ([email protected]/(615) 741-3100) and Rep Terry Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) ((615) 741-2192) have introduced legislation to amend TCA 68-3-306 (which "p...
02:14 pm PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing Dollar-a-dose, off-patent drug being marketed in the US for $89,000 as a muscular dystrophy treatment
Deflazacort, a steroid, can be purchased online from non-US sources for $1.00, but now it's being marketed by Illinois's Marathon Pharmaceuticals for $89,000 as Emflaza, to treat Duchenne muscular ...
02:07 pm PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing Cyberarms dealer's weapons used against Mexican soda-tax activists
NSO is an Israel cyberarms dealer, which buys or researches vulnerabilities in software and then weaponizes them; claiming that these cyberweapons will only be used by democratic governments and their...
12:25 pm PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing ATARAXYA is one of the best animations of a psychedelic club experience
Club drugs: when they're good, they're good, and when they're bad, they're better. Five directors collaborated on this trippy animation that stands among the best depictions of a club trip I have se...
12:24 pm PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing Take a 3-minute vacation with surfer Mitch Parkinson
Pro surfer Mitch Parkinson makes surfing barrels look relaxing in this gorgeous montage. Owen Milne cut together this beautiful footage he shot with Lachlan McKinnon and John Wiley. (more…)...
08:52 am PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing Now in the UK! Pre-order signed copies of the first edition hardcover of Walkaway, my first adult novel since Makers
The UK's Forbidden Planet is now offering signed hardcovers of Walkaway, my first novel for adults since 2009 -- this is in addition to the signed US hardcovers being sold by Barnes and Noble. (more&...
08:37 am PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing South Dakota lawmaker blocks workplace protection for pregnant workers: "It's not prison. You can quit."
South Dakota state Rep. Wayne H Steinhauer [R-9] (Phone: 605-526-4269/ 605-773-3851/ 605-359-6298); Email: [email protected]slature.gov, never-used Twitter account) was part of a group of eight ...
07:48 am PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing 80-year-old lady surprised when TSA finds sword inside her walking cane
The AP reports that an 80-year-old South Carolina woman had no idea her cane contained a sword until she attempted to board a plane and it was inspected by TSA staff.News outlets report that Transport...
07:47 am PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing Piketty: the poorest half of Americans saw a "total collapse" in their share of the country's wealth
In a new analysis of the World Income Database published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Thomas Piketty and colleagues from the Paris School of Economics and UC Berkeley, describe a "coll...
05:40 am PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing Sheer netting transformed into wearable sculpture
Artist Benjamin Shine gathers colorful tulle into artistic forms, and now he has branched out into wearable art for the Maison Margiela spring collection: (more…)...
02:00 am PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing What Will Sink Our Generation Ships? The Death of Wonder
In 2015, Kim Stanley Robinson wrote a compelling and sobering article for Boing Boing titled, Our Generation Ships Will Sink. Robinson argued that humanitys hope for spreading among the stars, an anci...
02:00 am PST - Sat, February 11, 2017
BoingBoing It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a 70% off all online courses sale
It's a dog eat dog workforce and the more you can offer a potential employer, the more likely you are to get a competitive job. Fortunately, in the internet age, you don't have to shell over big money...
05:40 pm PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing "Debate Me": parody of internet manliness gurus/dorks
Something Awful has a guest column from one of the manosphere types netizens cannot fail to be familiar with in 2017.DEBATE ME.That's right. I've been powering up these logical brain lasers for hours ...
04:06 pm PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Climate science and climate fiction where data intersects with art
Earths climate functions as its life support system. That system is under heavy threat from over seven billion people and the bleeding heat of industry: as jungle and forest are rendered into farmland...
03:10 pm PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Russia may turn Snowden over to U.S. as 'gift' to 'curry favor' with Trump (who wants to kill the NSA leaker)
U.S. intelligence officials say Russia 'is considering' sending Edward Snowden back to the United States as a "gift" to President Donald Trump, who has consistently referred to the NSA leaker as a "s...
02:55 pm PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Curated list of good newsletters
I've been enjoying newsletters more than ever. This old-school form of communication has made a comeback, probably in response to the way Facebook controls the content you see. With a newsletter, ther...
02:42 pm PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing (UPDATE: Yep they reversed this too) Trump reverses vow to take #MuslimBan to U.S. Supreme Court
Update, 330pm PT: Aaaaand it looks like the White House just issued statements that reverse everything they said a half hour ago. https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/830193317535170561https://tw...
02:40 pm PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing String of 100 LEDs for $11
These LED string lights are an easy way to add outdoor lighting. I just bought my third set. They are cheap - $11 for a 30-foot string of 100 lights. It includes a remote control to adjust the brightn...
02:03 pm PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing US investigators corroborate elements of Russia dossier on Trump, CNN reports
Reporters with CNN interviewed federal investigators who confirm for the first time that some elements in that mysterious British spy's dossier on Donald Trump's Russia hijinks are legit. (more&hell...
12:36 pm PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Presented in stark black and white, Batman Noir takes on the origin of comics greatest super-villain, The Joker
Let me start off by saying, this black and white reprint of The Killing Joke is a gimmick. I know its a gimmick. You know its a gimmick. But dang in this case, the gimmick works. The Batman Noir serie...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing What a new house in Tokyo looks like
Life Where I'm From has a tour of a 4LDK (4 bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen) in Tokyo. Cost is about $480,000. I love that magnetic door stopper, and the high tech toilet....
11:40 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Things I miss: when the William Tell Overture was cool
I remember when I could hear the opening to the William Tell Overture and feel the adventure. I'm not sure if I just got older, the constant comedic uses of The Lone Ranger theme, or I just can't t...
11:16 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Why humanity destroyed itself
The problem is in the architecture of the human brain....
11:07 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Breitbart interviews Sean Spicer: "Oh no, we're live now."
New York Magazine shared Breitbart's interview with White House press secretary Sean Spicer. It's glorious.So much went wrong. Theres the uncomfortable silence at the open, the grade-school-level pr...
11:03 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Trump threatens to order 'additional security for our country' next week, 'very rapidly'
During a bizarre meet-and-greet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that ended with the weirdest diplomatic handshake ever, so-called 'President' Donald J. Trump ominously teased his intent to int...
10:47 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Techdirt's "I Invented Email" gear
Techdirt, a fearless source of excellent technology news and commentary, is being sued for $15M by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email -- he is represented by Charles Harder, a key fig...
10:32 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing These are the questions the Dems should ask during Gorsuch's nomination
Gorsuch has written extensively on the role of judges' personal beliefs and the law; and on the politicization of the judicial confirmation process. Specifically, he called out Congress for its maltre...
10:21 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Utah's Jason Chaffetz meets the Resistance: protesters chant "DO YOUR JOB" at his town hall
Jason Chaffetz is a Republican lawmaker who led the Benghazi and Clinton email witch-hunts in his capacity on the Congressional Oversight Committee; when he returned to Utah for a town hall meeting, h...
10:12 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Enjoy this bizarre, spacey, amateurish Breitbart interview with Sean Spicer
For eight minutes, Breitbart's Charlie Spiering interviewed Sean Spicer, looking into the wrong camera, stumbling over his words, spacing out, sitting silently for long, awkward stretches -- all with ...
10:00 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing A succinct, simple, excellent description of the problems of neoliberalism and their solution
Ha-Joon Chang, an author and reader in Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge, opens his interview about the problems of neoliberalism with Truth-Out by quoting Gore Vidal: Ne...
09:45 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Geologists on the impossible logistics of the 1,000-mile Great Wall of Trump
Donald Trump has issued an executive order calling for a 1,000-mile-long wall on the US-Mexican border. The order allows for six months to survey all 1,000 miles before the groundbreaking. (more&helli...
09:32 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Google X engineer writes a bot that turns Trump's tweets into money for Planned Parenthood
Max Braun is the software lead for robotics at Google X. In his spare time he's written a bot that buys and shorts stocks based on Trump's tweets about publicly traded companies. The gains go to the A...
09:31 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Michigan young Republicans apologize for Hitler/Holocaust-themed Valentine
Central Michigan University's College Republicans threw a Valentines event where attendees got gift bags prepared by the university's young, upstanding Republicans, including this one, bearing a liken...
09:24 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Ukrainian MPs caught illegally casting multiple votes in Parliament. Again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Aji5BhJ_FPEUkrainian anti-corruption group Chesno has uploaded videos showing five instances in which Ukrainian MPs illegally cast votes in parliament...
09:10 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing "The Ambivalent Internet": A scholar of trolling's new book about politics in the internet age
Whitney Phillips is about to publish her second book on internet trolls: The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online, co-written with Ryan M. Milner during the 2016 election cycle...
09:04 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Magical levitating gun or bad Photoshop?
BB contributor Jess Hemerly spotted this concerning image on the Bay Area's KRON 4 Morning News. Even more disturbing than a middle school student bringing a gun to school is that it was apparently a ...
08:51 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Use water beads to suspend things in a jar
Water beads look like fun. The clear ones almost disappear when submerged in water. Here's a gif of a guy who suspended a figurine in a jar using water beads:Making Floating Glass DollsAmazon sells ...
08:38 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Children's science book instructs students to suffocate a kitten
Our Green World: Environment Studies is a children's textbook used in India. Some schools have removed one of the pages from the book because it has an experiment requiring students to kill a "small k...
07:33 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing The eco-friendly future of sleep is on bamboo sheets
Sheets made from hard bamboo might seem like bedding for masochists, but recent advancements in textile manufacturing have allowed soft threads to be extracted from wood pulp. Bamboo is known for its ...
07:28 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing I found the best rug tape
After trying several brands of anti-slip rug tape, I can assertively report that the Roberts brand Rug Gripper Slip Tape is the only one that was any good. (more…)...
05:45 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Contribute to the Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund
Chelsea Manning's lawyer Chase Strangio has set up an official Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund. Please join those of us who have contributed to help with her living and healthcare expenses. As a rem...
05:28 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Cakes with reflective frosting
Russian architecture student Marie Trotskaia makes astonishing cakes with mirror glaze in her spare time. Her training is evident in the design concepts.Bonus video: how to make one for Valentine's Da...
05:28 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Restaurant owner acquitted after foiling police sting
Restauranteur John Horvatinovich refused to serve beer to two undercover teenagers, then let his followers know about the failed sting by sharing a picture of the underage police informants. Next thin...
04:28 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing See radicalism's roots in this digitized vintage political poster collection
Trumpism is nothing new, as University of Michigan's digitized sets of historical political posters show. Many are in the public domain, including my fave announcing the 1918 "Grand Picnic and Re-Unio...
04:28 am PST - Fri, February 10, 2017
BoingBoing Cold welding metal together on earth
Cold welding is the phenomenon of two pieces of metal fusing on contact. It's a big problem in space, but it can even happen on earth at room temperatures with the right metal, as Cody demonstrates....
03:34 pm PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Steve Bannon sunk $60M of Goldman Sachs' money into a failed World of Warcraft goldfarming scheme
I missed this story when it was published last Labor Day, but hey: when Steve Bannon was you know, a regular joe working for a scrappy, much-loved, all-American firm called Goldman Sachs, he directed ...
03:26 pm PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Ban on Trump's #MuslimBan upheld by U.S. Appeals Court in unanimous ruling. Next stop, Supreme Court?
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco today refused to reinstate Donald Trump's ban on travelers from the seven predominantly Muslim nations in which the so-called President has no known b...
03:17 pm PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Should you worry if you left your stove burner on?
Did you forget to turn off your stove burner before leaving the house this morning? Don't worry about it. Easier said than done, but..."A stove is designed to run indefinitely," says John Drengenberg,...
01:55 pm PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Review: Lenovo Yoga Book
Lenovo's Yoga Book is the most striking personal computer I've seen in years. More than the original iPhone, or Sony's X505, or the Messagepad, here's technology that seems a few years ahead of schedu...
01:53 pm PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Neo-Nazis Attack Boing Boing Publisher
In a Boing Boing post I last December, I wrote that some asshole anti-Semites were planning a march to chase the Jews out of Whitefish, Montana. Well, some asshole anti-Semites didn't like the attenti...
01:34 pm PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing "Objects in mirror are on the dark side" Star Wars sideview stickers
My Lyft driver had these on his Toyota Camry today. I laughed.Objects in Mirror Are on the Dark Side - Decals Stickers via Amazon...
12:14 pm PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing The World Wide Web Consortium wants to give companies a veto over warnings about browser defects
Since 2013, when the W3C decided to standardize DRM for web videos, activists, security researchers and disabled rights advocates have been asking the organization what it plans on doing about the law...
10:42 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Pennsylvania senator to Trump: Come after me, you shit-gibbon
Earlier this week the president revealed that he supports civil asset forfeiture (of course he does) when he told a sheriff that he would "destroy" a state senator fighting to rein in civil asset forf...
10:33 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Inside a crew cabin in cargo ship swaying during rough seas
Love the guy in his bed reading a tablet while everything in his cabin is sliding all over. On a side note, I hope he has control over the video camera in his cabin, otherwise, he has zero privacy....
10:30 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Trump wants to reinstate and expand civil asset forfeiture so cops can steal your stuff
Civil asset forfeiture is a perfectly foreseeable outcome of the overbroad War on Drugs: it allows the cops to seize your belongings and charge them -- not you! -- with being the proceeds of a crime. ...
10:22 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Guy makes great song from a Facebook conversation about a hedgehog image
https://youtu.be/7eKv4BEujFU"Hot Dad" made a music video using a Facebook conversation about a photo of a hedgehog. It's is a wonderful thing....
10:12 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the Kraftwerk sitcom that never aired
Shame that this never made it to prime time. Ralf And Florian sure beats Bosom Buddies. (Paul Thorpe)(Yes, it's a parody.)...
10:10 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing A Flickr group devoted to the most beautiful old control panels you've ever seen
Do you like dials, knobs, levers, gauges, toggles, dip-switches, knife-switches, blinking peanut bulbs, faders, patch-panels, big red buttons, keyboards, breakers, fuses, stops, fascia, takeup reels, ...
09:58 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" on guitar and unbalanced washing machine
Aaron McAvoy and his unbalanced washer perform a rousing rendition of The Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down To Georgia." That driving mechanical rhythm delivers an industrial dance feel, a...
09:47 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Robotic drone bee pollinates flowers
Japanese researchers demonstrated how a tiny remote-controlled drone could help bees pollinate flowers in areas where bees populations have been reduced due to pesticides, climate change, and other ...
09:38 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing GOP wants to get rid of overdraft fee limits
A prepaid debit card company's lobbying efforts in Washington are paying off. Congressional Republicans are seeking to repeal limits to the amount banks can charge customers in overdraft fees. The com...
09:32 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Capture awe-inspiring footage with the world's smallest camera drone
Camera-equipped drones have revolutionized aerial photography, but have contributed to a major price spike that makes drone photography a serious luxury hobby. However, airborne video novices shouldnt...
09:26 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Guy visits the least used train stations in the UK
Geoff Marshall is making entertaining videos of his visits to the least used rail station in each county of the UK. In this episode, Geoff takes a ride in a cute little old old heritage train at Lit...
09:22 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing The vicious war of succession for the baboons of the Toronto Zoo is finally over
When zookeepers at the Toronto Zoo euthanized Betty, the zoo's 16-year-old baboon-troop matriarch, it touched off a vicious war of succession among the troops female members that saw them mutilating o...
09:18 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to these elevators having a conversation with a computer
Here's a live feed of Kone elevators around the world having an English language conversation with a computer system that analyzes the elevators' reports about their temperature, ride time, landing ac...
09:13 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Multigenerational wealth makes white Americans richer than black Americans
Black American wage disparity can be offset by education; but even though black American families -- one parent, two parent, educated, uneducated, employed, unemployed -- save more and spend less than...
09:10 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing 43 percent of America's children are in families barely able to afford most basic needs
"More than 40 percent of all children live in low-income families -- including 5.2 million infants and toddlers under 3," reports the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia Univers...
07:36 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Anti-Trump activists call a national general strike for Feb 17: buy nothing, protest everywhere
The nonvoilent, nationwide National General Strike has been called for one week from tomorrow, with rallies up and down the country. The strikers have two demands for elected lawmakers: 1. Reaffirm yo...
07:29 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing The BBC will air a docudrama on Terry Pratchett's life and his struggle with Alzheimer's
Paul Kaye plays Pratchett in Back in Black, based on Pratchett's unfinished autobiography; it will air on Saturday. (more…)...
07:18 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Wikipedia policy declares the Daily Mail to be "unreliable" and not suited for citation
The notorious, Hitler-endorsing, Brexit-backing, anti-vaxx, cancer-scare-promoting, compulsively lying, photoshop failing, plagiarizing, M15-creating, hateful, lethally transphobic, Creative Commons m...
06:55 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Nicolas Cage emotes
It's from 2014, but it still works: Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit. Warning: salty language. For reference: Jack Nicholson Losing His Shit....
06:38 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing UK's Digital Economy Bill is a gift to copyright trolls, with 10 years in prison for watching TV the wrong way
Jim from the UK Open Rights Group writes, "Why has the UK's Digital Economy Bill been drafted to criminalise file sharing and minor online copyright infringements? The government said they just wanted...
05:56 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing New Mac-scented candle reportedly smells like a standard candle
The New Mac Candle is a hand-poured, 100% soy 9-ounce candle offering 45-hours of burn time with notes of mint, peach, basil, lavender, mandarin and sage. It's $24.Here it is reviewed by staff at The ...
05:45 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Montage of every Best Cinematography Oscar-winning film
Race through some of the most iconic shots in film history with this lovely tribute to the art of cinematography. (more…)...
05:27 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Animal sculptures made of recycled tires
Baseball player Blake McFarland makes cool stuff in the off season, including these sculptures made of old tires: (more…)...
05:26 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the terrific reverse thriller REWIND
"Luck is a four-letter word." Watch how this clever film by Atul Taishete unfolds entirely in reverse. (more…)...
05:05 am PST - Thu, February 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this short film of stunning in-camera light effects
FutureDeluxe created this gorgeous series of procedural animations, physical light, and projection based experiments, all of which is shot in camera. It feels like a dose of mushrooms that only last...
11:58 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Trump to meet aviation leaders to discuss aging airports and whatever else pops into his head
Executives from the U.S. aviation industry will meet with so-called President Donald Trump on Thursday to talk about the declining infrastructure at airports around the country, maybe reforming our ai...
11:31 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing China to require fingerprints of all foreign visitors as new security step
China's Ministry of Public Security said today that starting on Friday--tomorrow--at one airport then at others, the government will begin recording fingerprints of each foreign visitor upon arrival. ...
11:08 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Intel Inside Trump Administration
World's largest computer chip maker INTEL today said it will invest $7 billion to complete the construction of a factory in Arizona which they claim will create 3,000 new American jobs for Americans. ...
11:08 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Intel's Inside the Trump Administration
World's largest computer chip maker INTEL today said it will invest $7 billion to complete the construction of a factory in Arizona which they claim will create 3,000 new American jobs for Americans. ...
05:06 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Leak: Trump will allow US companies to buy "conflict minerals" that fund terrorist warlords in the DRC
A leaked draft presidential memo from the Trump administration would suspend the provisions in Dodd-Frank that limit US firms in sourcing their "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of Cong...
04:57 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Canadians overwhelmingly support trade war with the USA if the alternative is capitulation on NAFTA
A Globe and Mail poll of Canadians shows that 58% of the country wants PM Justin Trudeau's government to stand strong on NAFTA's terms, even if it means a trade war with the USA. (more…)...
04:47 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Not just Kellyanne: Sean Spicer also repeatedly references nonexistent terrorist attack
On at least three occasions this week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer referenced a nonexistent Islamic terrorist attack on Atlanta. (more…)...
03:04 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Good deal on Cuisinart 15-piece stainless steel knife set
I bought this knife set in May 2014 for $80 and use it many times a day. It's held up well and will last many more years. The knives are one-piece, with hollow steel handles. It comes with kitchen she...
02:47 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing How a car's differential works
There are many admirable things about this 1937 video that explains how a car's differential works, but my favorite thing is the way they use a very simple model, and add complexity in stages. All e...
02:31 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Empty town hall has been streaming since September 2016
The Cromwell Town Hall has been livestreaming this room since Sep 14, 2016.Someone on Reddit said, "I've caught 2 full room meetings in progress since it was posted. Like an unfunny Parks and Recrea...
02:12 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Crow has ulterior motives
Office workers try to feed a wild crow, which wants something other than food....
02:08 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Puppet-master Obamas plot to undermine Trump, and other tabloid stunners
There are lies, damn lies (AKA Trump statements) and tabloid news."Michael Jackson exhumed!" screams this week's 'Globe.' Inside, a two-page spread sits under the headline: "Jackson crypt opened for n...
12:41 pm PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing The creation story of the atomic bomb told through a powerful and moving picture book
When asked if I was interested in reviewing a picture book about the making of the atomic bomb, I told the publicist that a lot was going to depend on how the book ended. I had seen some of the interi...
11:40 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Customizable, animated feminist "candy hearts" for an anti-trumpist v-day
Clair writes, "In light of all the coverage of Trump Valentines, I wanted to share a kickass content piece I helped create that is a feminist alternative. With the Women's Marches and Trump's complete...
11:23 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Beyond Science Fiction: the Alternative Realism of Michael Whelan
Michael Whelan's artwork is some of the most instantly recognizable, and iconic in the world of science fiction and fantasy. He is practically his own genre. The Riverside Art Museum is featuring Whel...
10:47 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Simple relief from ever present carpal tunnel pain
Blue Emu's Maximum Arthritis cream contains Trolamine Salicylate in addition to Emu oil, adding science to woo and offering some real relief from minor aches and pains. Carpal tunnel syndrome. My hand...
10:10 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Bouquets of flowers made from kitchen utensils
Sculptor Ann Carrington's 2016 Pop Goes the Weasel show at the Royal College of Art included her "Bouquets and Butterflies", an amazing series of floral arrangements made from kitchen utensils. (via C...
10:03 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Have your devices and social media been invasively searched at the US border? EFF wants to know about it
After the chaos of the Muslim ban, EFF activists are worried that the TSA's existing policy of invasive data-collection at the border may be getting even worse. They're looking for stories from everyo...
09:58 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Internal TSA files reveal that they have no evidence the $1B "behavioral detection" program works
In 2013, the TSA blew $1B on "behavioral detection," which would allegedly train agents to spot potential terrorists by looking for a hilariously stupid list of "tells" including "a bobbing adam's app...
09:55 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Metropolitan Museum of Art makes more than 375,000 public domain images available as CC0
The Met's collection contains over 375,000 images of art in the public domain; they've made these directly searchable and browseable, there's a Github repo of metadata, integration with the Creative ...
09:49 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Anti-Vaxx numbers still rising, stupidity will kill our children
Yet another opinion piece, this one in the New York Times, detailing how incredibly cavalier folks who decline to vaccinate their children are. Its looking as if 2017 could become the year when the an...
09:42 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to an hour of the jazzy background music from 1967 Spider-Man cartoon
Dan Colman of Open Culture came across this video featuring an hour of excellent music from the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon.Ray Ellis had a six-decade career as a producer, arranger, and jazz composer. ...
09:32 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Intelligent burro
SmartassSmart AND polite....
09:32 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing 12 apps that will bring your Mac into the future
As Mac users, we know the joys of a simple yet powerful operating system, free from bloatware and constant security checkups. But sometimes I need some functionality beyond the included apps. Here are...
09:29 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Gallery of extreme close-up photos
Close upsCool gallery of close up photos of a microchip, cigarette paper, human sperm, eyebrow hairs, and more.Crane fly image by Thomas Shahan - Crane Fly - (Tipula), CC BY 2.0, Link...
09:25 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing The ingenious design of the aluminum beverage can
Every second, 15,000 aluminum beverage cans are manufactured. This is a terrific video about how beverage cans are made, and why they look the way they do....
09:23 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a real exorcism through a church keyhole
In 2014, Daniel Trochta of the small town of Vranov nad Dyji in the Czech Republic heard screaming coming from the Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. He peeped through the k...
09:08 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch The Agitated, a dark and twisted noir stop-motion short
If Raymond Chandler was writing for the Brothers Quay, it might feel like The Agitated, a fantastic new short film directed by Preston Maybank. The stop-motion animated film tells the dark, witty, a...
08:56 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Enterprise firewalls are man-in-the-middling HTTPS sessions like crazy, and weakening security
A group of security researchers from academe and industry (including perennial Boing Boing favorite J Alex Halderman) have published an important paper documenting the prevalence and problems of firew...
08:48 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing How to fold a World Record-winning paper airplane
John Collins holds the Guinness World Record for designing the farthest flying paper airplane. The plane, folded from a single piece of A4 paper, flew 69.14 meters in 2012. Harvard University made t...
07:44 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Border police find two tons of marijuana disguised as limes
US Customs and Border Protection officers in Pharr, Texas found two tons of marijuana packed inside key limes on a truck near the Texas-Mexico border. According to CNN, "over 34,000 of the fake fruit ...
07:40 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Son of Stuxnet: "invisible," memory-resident malware stalks the world's banks
Duqu 2.0 is a strain of clever, nearly undetectable malware, derived from Stuxnet, that stays resident in its hosts' memory without ever writing persistent files to the system's drives. (more…...
07:39 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing The story of Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan
In 1913, English mathematician G.H. Hardy received a package from an unknown accounting clerk in India, with nine pages of mathematical results that he found "scarcely possible to believe." In this we...
07:30 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing "Cruelty free" Italian snail-farming booms thanks to caviar and slime-cosmetics
The Italian snail-farming industry has grown by more than 325% over 20 years, driven by a boom in eating snail-egg "caviar" and snail-slime-based cosmetics (which have little-to-no scientific basis) -...
07:23 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Anti-Trident activists poster London with "Become a Suicide Bomber" spoof naval recruiting ads
Artist Darren Cullen (previously) created the posters, which read, "The crew of our nuclear submarines are on a suicide mission. To launch their missiles means death is certain, not just for them, but...
07:16 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing LIES arrow-stickers for the era of the Alternate Fact
Steve Lambert made these LIES stickers which you can download and make yourself, or buy from him. (via We Make Money Not Art)...
07:13 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Congress reintroduces YODA, a bipartisan bill that protects your right to treat devices as your property
The You Own Devices Act (YODA) was first introduced by Reps Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Jared "Happy Mutant" Polis (D-CO) in 2014: it's a bill that limits the enforceability of abusive EULA terms, pre...
05:55 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing The theme song to Duck Tales but with Alex Jones ranting about Chemtrails
@hateshaliek: "i started singing 'chemtrails' in the tune to the ducktales theme a half hour ago so i just had to make this real quick:"https://twitter.com/hateshaliek/status/829097929080123392...
05:11 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Laptop has fake subwoofer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0KloWxffpcIn this video, a mini subwoofer on the bottom of a laptop turns out to be a cosmetic divot impressed into the casing of a removable optical drive. The "subwo...
04:35 am PST - Wed, February 8, 2017
BoingBoing Illegals Pose Public Safety Threat!
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and extra Oth...
10:13 pm PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Leaks from inside Trump's White House suggest staff are alarmed by his volatile and erratic conduct
The Huffington Post reports tonight that President Donald Trump recently phoned up General Mike Flynn at 3 AM to ask him whether a strong or weak dollar is good for the American economy. The question...
09:26 pm PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other tech firms donated cash and services to Trump inauguration
Technology companies including Amazon, Google and Microsoft donated considerable amounts of both cash and technical services for the ceremonies and events around the inauguration and swearing in of Pr...
08:59 pm PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Elizabeth Warren silenced by 100% of GOP Senate for reading Coretta Scott King's words on Jeff Sessions
On the Senate floor tonight, an extraordinary event. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) led a vote in which 49 GOP Senators chose to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for reading aloud the words of ...
06:53 pm PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Deleted scenes from the best OG Battlestar Galactica 2-parter
While I enjoyed the first few seasons of the new Battlestar Galactica, nothing in it compares with the first run's 2-part story arc "The Living Legend" about Commander Cain, played by Lloyd Bridges....
06:24 pm PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing How to cover stubborn stains on basement floors
Just paint daisies over them. Do it. Do it now!...
05:09 pm PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Richard Hatch of 'Battlestar Galactica' has died. He was 71.
Richard Hatch, who starred in the original television science fiction series 'Battlestar Galactica' and the mid-2000s reboot, died today of pancreatic cancer. He was 71. Hatch was nominated for a Gold...
03:38 pm PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Myst's Robyn Miller talks about his favorite music-making tools
My guest on the Cool Tools Show week is Robyn Miller. Robyn co-founded Cyan Worlds in the late 1980s, where he designed and directed the landmark video games Myst and its sequel Riven. In 2010, he co-...
11:32 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale is the best-selling book on Amazon
Margaret Atwoods, The Handmaids Tale, published in 1985, is a dystopian novel that imagines the United States ruled by a conservative Christian theocracy. It's currently the best-selling book on Amazo...
11:08 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing How "I'm not a Robot" checkboxes work
Zuck That says, "Have you ever been on the Internet when you came across a checkbox that says Im not a robot? In this video, I explain how those checkboxes (No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHAs) work as well as wh...
10:57 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing DIY machine sorts M&Ms and Skittles by color
William Pennings built this wonderful machine that automates the arduous but necessary task of sorting M&Ms and Skittles by color. (Insert Van Halen joke here.)"It's pretty quick and sorts about 2 p...
10:47 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Donald Trump's disapproval rating now at 54%, Gallup reports
One of the nation's most respected polling services reports today that so-called President Donald Trump's *disapproval* rating among Americans is now 54%. Sad! (more…)...
10:45 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing This man has been looking for the Loch Ness Monster for 25 years
Steve Feltham has been camped at Loch Ness for 25 years keeping a constant vigil for Nessie. He seems like a delightful happy mutant doing exactly what he wants with his life."Some people think it's...
10:17 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Betsy DeVos confirmed as Education Secretary thanks to 'historic tiebreaking vote' from VP Mike Pence
Another day, another grim historical first for America. The Senate just confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary after a 'historic tiebreaking vote' from Vice President Mike Pence. Both DeVos and ...
10:12 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing How deep canvassing works to change people's minds on issues
How do you change someone's mind on contentious issues like gun control, Obamacare, and military spending? It's not easy, but it is possible to slightly shift people's political attitudes. You must ...
09:53 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Why are these dogs barking?
can you see why the dogs are barking?Because they are upset about something....
09:48 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Russian doctors "puzzled" over symptoms of Putin critic in a life-threatening coma
Vladimir Kara-Murza works for the pro-democracy group Open Russia and is openly critical of Putin's policy of assassinating people he isn't fond of. Last week Kara-Murza hospitalized with organ failur...
09:43 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Gifts for Lovers in the Death Throes of The American Republic
Gifts for Lovers in the Death Throes of The American RepublicShare a final candle-flicker of joy before the annihilation begins: Twitter / Facebook. Silver heart pill container pendant / $100Compartme...
09:19 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing How should the media cover a White House that isn't afraid to lie?
Vox has a new video series called Strikethrough. Its purpose is to look at the "challenges in journalism and news media under the Trump presidency."...
09:18 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing A history of American collapse in science fiction, from 1889's Last American to today
Paul Di Filippo has written a masterful, lively history of the many ways in which science fiction has explored the collapse of the American project, from JA Mitchell's 1889 The Last American to contem...
09:08 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Make: a $5 ACLU-donation Dash button you can press every time Trump makes you angry
Nathan writes, "Wanting a more immediate and responsive way to do something about the outrage a friend and I felt every time we read about the latest assaults on civil liberties, I built an Amazon D...
09:02 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's FBI doubles down on hostility to transparency, switches to fax and snailmail for FOIA requests
The FBI has always been hostile to Freedom of Information Act requests: it habitually violates the law by allowing these requests to go more than 30 days without a response, and maintains a lab full o...
07:39 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Now in print: Neil Gaiman's "novelistic" book of Norse mythos
Readers of Neil Gaiman's essay collection The View From the Cheap Seats know how influential Jack Kirby's Mighty Thor and Roger Lancelyn Green's Myths of the Norsemen were on his work -- an influence ...
07:32 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Former Scalia Clerk offers legal advice, free representation to civil servants who defy Trump's illegal orders
Harvard law lecturer Ian Samuel -- a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia -- has written an extensive primer for civil servants who are worried about getting fired for defying illegal...
07:05 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Retired California State Senator is using AI to transcribe local government hearings for search and alerts
Sam Blakeslee, a retired Republican California state senator, worked with Cal Poly students to create Digital Democracy, a service that aggregates videos of the interminable, innumerable -- and vita...
07:02 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Learn to code with one of the highest in-demand languages
Python is one of the most popular and most versatile programming languages in use today. Powering a wide variety of web software, its also one of the simplest languagesfor data scientists to master, t...
06:50 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Yum and Double Yum, They Need to Sell These In the USA
Who doesnt like a Chinese steamed bun? I love it. Its also called a bao and its soft doughy exterior often contains roast pork. All you want to know here.Who doesnt like Flan? I love it. You know the ...
06:45 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Gun violence researchers at UC Davis are racing to save the ATF's gun violence data before Trump blows it away
Magdalena Cerd and Garen Wintemute are epidemiological researchers with US Davis's Violence Prevention Research Program; when they witnessed the Trump administration's mass-deletion of publicly funded...
06:33 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Philippines burger joint "Brick Burgers" uses Lego-shaped buns
Brick Burger in Pasig, Philippines sells hamburgers on buns molded to look like giant (non-interlocking) (alas) 2X2 Lego bricks, in multiple colors. (more…)...
06:00 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Modding a vintage Japanese pachinko arcade game
Pachinko machines are traditionally purely mechanical, so Ben Heck thought he'd mod one to include electronic lights and sounds. The 8-bit gaming sound program is a great option, but Ben's fart soun...
05:50 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a translucent gel robot catch and release a live fish
Clear hydrogel robots that can quickly move and exert measurable force were inspired by glass eels, "tiny, transparent, hydrogel-like eel larvae that hatch in the ocean and eventually migrate to the...
05:50 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Underground city made from old opal mines has 3,500 residents
Coober Pedy is an Australian mining town with such an extensive labyrinth of depleted opal mines that half the town's residents live underground. There are bookstores, churches, and other public spa...
05:49 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing This maglev quadcopter hints at transportation's future
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCON4zfMzjUHyperloop One engineers demonstrate the power of maglev using spinning arrays atop a copper plate. Despite weighing over 100 pounds, the gadget floats and co...
05:30 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing A grim documentary examines solitary confinement
Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison aired last night after a successful festival run. The film is an unflinching look at life in solitary confinement at Red Onion supermax, where prisoners spend...
04:27 am PST - Tue, February 7, 2017
BoingBoing Exclusive: excerpt from Jason Shiga's Demon 2
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11:44 pm PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Justice Department tells Appeals Court to reinstate Trumps Muslim Ban
Late on Monday, the U.S. Justice Department under the Trump administration urged a federal appeals court to reinstate the so-called Presidents so-called targeted travel ban. The DoJ said this evening ...
11:39 pm PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing 'Hefty fellow does amazing dive' meme, the 'Shooting Stars' remix
Song: Bag Raiders, 'Shooting Stars.' One Hour Version is here, and below. It's making me happy. (more…)...
11:16 pm PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Justice Department tells Appeals Court to reinstate Trumps Muslim Ban
Late on Monday, the U.S. Justice Department under the Trump administration urged a federal appeals court to reinstate the so-called Presidents so-called targeted travel ban. The DoJ said this evening ...
09:47 pm PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Putin and Fox News' Bill O'Reilly trade diss tracks as Trump pushes Kremlin line on Ukraine
The Kremlin demanded an apology on Monday from Fox News over what it said were "unacceptable" comments by Bill O'Reilly about Russian President Vladimir Putin in last Friday's interview with Donald Tr...
09:09 pm PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Melania Trump suit from 'Gawker-killer' lawyer claims harm to 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to make millions
A lawyer for Melania Trump argued in a lawsuit filed today that a since-retracted Daily Mail article claiming she once worked as an escort harmed her odds of establishing multimillion dollar business ...
08:18 pm PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Echoing Infowars, Trump lies that 'very dishonest' U.S. press are covering up terror attacks
President Donald Trump went full Alex Jones Infowars conspiracy theory wingnut today, saying the American news media are conspiring to cover up a vast series of Islamic terrorist attacks in which inno...
07:15 pm PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing If the original Tron had a kayaking scene, it would look like this
Footage shot by Brendan Wells as he and his brother descended the rapids of Washington state's White Salmon River and Outlet Creek in kayaking gear outlined with LED rope lights....
05:06 pm PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Romania's anti-corruption protests are massive, growing, and they're playful and serious at once
When the government of Romanian PM Sorin Grindeanu announced that they would gut the country's anticorruption statutes, removing criminal sanctions for official corruption, the country erupted into ma...
03:55 pm PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Speaker of the UK House of Commons says Trump will not be allowed to address Parliament
John Bercow, the Tory-appointed, historicaly scrupulously neutral Speaker of the House has said that Donald Trump will not be permitted to address Parliament during his hugely controversial upcoming s...
11:57 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Classy ransomware criminals set themselves apart with 24/7, Russian/English customer service
The customer service operatives for the criminal gang that operates the Spora ransomware are relentlessly customer focused, working to soothe upset victims and streamline their payments in order to re...
11:50 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Georgia police captain got his ex-wife jailed for her Facebook comment about him
According to a lawsuit, Corey King, a police captain in Washington County, Georgia, conspired with his friends magistrate Ralph O. Todd and Sheriff's Investigator Trey Burgamy to arrest King's ex-wife...
11:41 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Kellyann Conway's talked about the "Bowling Green massacre" before
Despite Kellyann Conway's insistence that she meant to say "Bowling Green plot" when she invented an imaginary terrorist massacre perpetrated by Iraqi refugees (she was trying to justify Donald Trump'...
11:41 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Kellyanne Conway's talked about the "Bowling Green massacre" before
Despite Kellyanne Conway's insistence that she meant to say "Bowling Green plot" when she invented an imaginary terrorist massacre perpetrated by Iraqi refugees (she was trying to justify Donald Trump...
11:32 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Waterstones, the UK's national bookstore, came back from near-death by transforming into indie, local stores
Waterstones was at death's door when it was purchased by Russian billioniare Alexander Mamut, who hired James Daunt -- an investment banker who'd founded the successful, six-store Daunt Books -- to ru...
11:30 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. superb owl trailer
Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge surprise for me. I'm looking forward to this one!...
11:17 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing FBI offers employers alerts when their employees are arrested, regardless of charges or convictions
The FBI's Rap Back ("Record of Arrest and Prosecution Background") system is a service that employers can use to continuously monitor their employees' criminal and arrest records, getting alerts when ...
11:04 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Russia's slot-machine bans let criminals buy machines on the cheap and reverse-engineer them
In 2009, then-PM Vladimir Putin engineered a Russian ban on slot machines in a bid to starve Georgian mafiyeh of funds, the resulting glut of used slots gave Russia's own criminal gangs cheap testbeds...
10:51 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing It used to take 3 years for a British family to save for a home down-payment; now it takes 20 years
The Resolution Foundation's Living Standards 2017 is an eye-opening look at the current state of the British experiment in allowing wealth inequality to expand without any check, to use a combination ...
10:43 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing In Trump's shambolic White House, staffers who can't find the light-switches literally hold meetings in the dark
Yesterday's anonymously sourced New York Times story is the most detailed picture yet of the bizarre, brooding nightmarescape that is the Trump White House: it's not just the cut-throat power games (a...
10:33 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Idaho's massive checkerboard forest seen from the Space Station
An astronaut on the International Space Station snapped this striking photo last month of forest land adjacent to the Priest River in northern Idaho. From NASA:The squares in this landscape checkerboa...
10:11 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing When animals attack... in super-slow motion
Makes me wonder what I looked like this morning attacking that chocolate donut.(BBC Earth Unplugged via Neatorama)...
10:04 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Nebraska flag, flying upside down at State Capitol without notice, may get redesign
Nebraska State Sen. Burke Harr is pushing for a redesign of his state's flag because, well, it sucks. From the Omaha World-Herald:For 10 days, the state flag, which is hoisted over the State Capitols ...
09:56 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Unprecedented: Japan's population has declined by 1 million in 5 years
Rich countries have low birthrates (in part because they have more rights for women, and women who can control their bodies and fates choose to have fewer children on average than women who live in po...
09:49 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Stranger Things: watch the teaser for the next season
Who you gonna call?...
09:38 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing How to agree with something Trump does without endorsing trumpism
When Donald Trump killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a "trade deal" that had been negotiated by representatives of multinational corporations and government bureaucrats in utmost secrecy in order t...
09:25 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing John Yoo, government lawyer who OK'd torture, thinks Trump is "executive power run amok"
John Yoo authored the "Torture Memos" which provided the government with legal advice on getting away with torturing prisoners. Whenever the media needs someone to exemplify "conscious amorality in su...
08:33 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Floating stick man explained
Steve Mould, maker of science videos, says, "You might have seen some videos of stick men floating of water recently. This is how you can do it and how it works."...
07:44 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Stephen Bannon fooled Trump into signing executive order that gave him national security role
Here's an interesting suspicion: Trump is only marginally literate, and hates reading so much he deals with even complex correspondence by talking it out and trusting that whatever is put in from of h...
07:43 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Some delightfully sweet Valentine's magic for you to perform
Andy from The Jerx (previously) shows how you can use Thomas Bloomberg's Konami Code effect (which allows the performer to force an observer to pick a certain square in a grid, despite a seeming free ...
07:33 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing 97 tech companies large and small sign a legal brief opposing Trump's #muslimban
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Twitter, Snap, Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, Dropbox, Cloudflare, Box, eBay, GitHub, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Medium, Mozilla, Patreon, Paypal, Pinterest, Reddit, Salesforce, ...
07:28 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing 10 hours of ambient noise from an icebreaker in the frozen arctic
Imagine the horror being trapped in a hostile landscape surrounded by snowflakes that were one objects of amusement but now form a blizzard of menacing proportions. Then smile because you're not a f...
07:20 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Mad Max Trilogy soundtrack on vinyl
With track titles such as "Max Decides On Vengeance" and "Max Enters the Compound," the first two Mad Max soundtracks embody the movies' stark and ironic dystopia. Disc 3, of course, has "We Don't N...
07:19 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Skynet: Trump campaigned like a crappy AI, and now he's governing like one, too
Cathy "Weapons of Math Destruction" O'Neil nailed Trump's tactics when she compared him to a busted machine-learning algorithm, throwing a ton of random ideas out, listening for his base to cheer the ...
07:01 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing Here's how to start building awesome multi-player games
Making great games has never been more accessible, thanks to a variety of development tools like Unity3D. But getting your idea off the ground still takes a fair amount of advanced programming skills....
06:47 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing EPIKGO The Indestructable Hoverboard
We just got the Sport model of the EPIKGO hoverboard at my office. Besides being terribly chic, its apparently bulletproof. (more…)...
06:45 am PST - Mon, February 6, 2017
BoingBoing The 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair in Color
Most of history exists for us only in black and white. As a kid, we had a black and white TV because it was all we could afford. I grew up watching The Wizard of Oz every year in the 1960s and had no ...
08:55 pm PST - Sun, February 5, 2017
BoingBoing David Axelrod, incredibly influential soul/jazz/rock composer and producer, RIP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8pSu3U7WMDavid Axelrod, whose 1960s and 1970s production and compositions melding jazz, soul, and rock had an indelible impact on contemporary hip-hop and R&B, has di...
05:15 pm PST - Sun, February 5, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon Fire tablet on sale for $40
The Amazon Fire tablet that I use every day to watch videos, check twitter, learn kanji, and read ebooks, is on sale for $40. This is a great deal for a tablet, especially you install Google Play on i...
03:17 pm PST - Sun, February 5, 2017
BoingBoing Oregon forms joint task force to apprehend Piggy Smalls
A wild hog, known to local Forest Grove, Oregon law enforcement as "Piggy Smalls" has been apprehended. Via Oregon Live:On Friday, the Forest Grove Police Department announced on Facebook they had fin...
09:17 am PST - Sun, February 5, 2017
BoingBoing Superb Owl 2017
Here is another photo. The is the best pitcher in the Superb Owl. ...
09:04 am PST - Sun, February 5, 2017
BoingBoing A reminder: SchoolHouse Rock's 'Three Ring Government'
Some folks may have missed this....
08:26 am PST - Sun, February 5, 2017
BoingBoing Sci-Fi Sundays: Analog Science Fiction, February 1970
Welcome to Sci-Fi Sundays! I'm in my mid 30s and grew up steeped in science fiction. From as far back as I can remember, the books on my family bookshelf bore the names of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, ...
07:01 am PST - Sun, February 5, 2017
BoingBoing You can back up your VHS tapes with this digitization kit
Aside from taking up considerable space and being horrifyingly out-of-date, VHStapes degrade with every play. But what about home movies or lesser-known titles that didnt survive the digital transitio...
06:20 am PST - Sun, February 5, 2017
BoingBoing The Bathgate Artifact Spinner: a beautiful, hand-machined fidget toy
Machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) continues his foray into collaborations to make gorgeous, hand-machined fidget today (see: the slider; spinning tops, slider mark II): his latest is a "s...
08:18 pm PST - Sat, February 4, 2017
BoingBoing Fake primatologist dissects Trump's tweets
This person looks at Donald Trump from a primatologist's point of view....
05:15 pm PST - Sat, February 4, 2017
BoingBoing British railway guard kicks racist off train
Alexander MacKinnon thought it would be "my word against hers" after he directed racial abuse at Sanaa Shahid on a train out of London—the sneering solicitor said she shouldn't be in the country...
09:53 am PST - Sat, February 4, 2017
BoingBoing Batman's message to America
Hey Crackpot, here's a message from Batman!...
06:00 am PST - Sat, February 4, 2017
BoingBoing Last minute Valentine's gifts that spread some much-needed love
Between lingering cold weather, overpriced Valentines gifts, and the general state of the country, February is shaping up to be a rough one. Thats why were sharing four affordable and last-minute gift...
05:52 am PST - Sat, February 4, 2017
BoingBoing My nerdy solar powered backpack
Ok, its not just solar powered. Its also an anti-theft, waterproof marvel that keeps my phones power bar from ever getting into the red.Sure the idea seems obvious now - tuck a gigantic solar powered ...
05:51 am PST - Sat, February 4, 2017
BoingBoing Mobile recharging station operators in India sell tens of thousands of women's phone numbers to stalkers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8LiMksktGkTens of thousands of women in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have complained to police about harassing phone calls from creepy men who bought their phon...
06:12 pm PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Donate to the Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund
So sad, so very very sad, that Frederick Douglass just sat there and did nothing to stop the Bowling Green Massacre. (more…)...
05:50 pm PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Patton Oswalt shares the cause of wife Michelle McNamara's death
Comedian, actor, and nerd, Patton Oswalt shared his grief with the world last year when his wife Michelle McNamara died. Patton revealed on Friday that the medical causes of her resulted from a combin...
05:28 pm PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's #MuslimBan temporarily blocked nationwide by U.S. judge in Washington state
A U.S. judge today temporarily blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump aimed at travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries after the states of Washington Minnesota advocated for an end ...
05:03 pm PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Spectacular Blade Runner fanfilm, made for less than $1,500
Julio writes, "Writer and director Christopher Grant Harvey has shot Tears in the Rain, a stunning fan film set in the Blade Runner universe with just a $1,500 budget." Goddamn, that's some badass ...
02:55 pm PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Devo "Energy Dome" 45 rpm adapter
The good people at Oakland's excellent Contact Records record shop are selling these delightful Devo "Energy Dome" adapters to play your New Wave 45s in style. Locally 3D-printed by Jeremy Solterbeck,...
12:20 pm PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing DER SPIEGEL's February cover
Someone won't like this. my new cover art for @DerSPIEGEL magazine pic.twitter.com/Lz4KH8ySGx— Edel Rodriguez (@edelstudio) February 3, 2017h/t Mother Jones...
11:10 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Kronos Quartet's Kronos Festival 2017 this weekend in San Francisco
My favorite avant-garde classical group Kronos Quartet are holding Kronos Festival 2017: Here and Now this weekend at the SF JAZZ Center! There's a wide variety of musical experiences all weekend long...
11:07 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Make: a wifi internet Valentine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEkyS417KC0&feature=youtu.beBecky Stern writes, "Send your valentine a note through the net! This DIY electronics project uses a small vibrating motor to gently wave ...
11:03 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing How to talk about Trump using trumpspeak (and why you should)
"Impeach the guy. Hes an unstable person. Yemen? Disaster. Everyone knows its true. Even he knows it. Awful. Everyone agrees." (more…)...
09:33 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?
Editor Adam Stein posted this charming 2003 short from back when everyone involved was in a very different place in their career. Directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Miranda July, who also star...
09:32 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Lovecraftian letters: magnetic fridge-poetry from the eldritch realms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0OXgUstKYcPaul writes, "Now you too can create miniature tales in the style of "The Gentleman of Providence" with LOVECRAFTIAN LETTERS - magnetic words featuring H.P...
09:26 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing This dump of Iphone-cracking tools shows how keeping software defects secret makes everyone less secure
Last month, a hacker took 900GB of data from Cellebrite, an Israeli cyber-arms dealer that was revealed to be selling surveillance and hacking tools to Russia, the UAE, and Turkey. (more…)...
09:25 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing SF: Remembering Tom Hayden, Feb. 9th at the Mechanics' Institute
Thursday February 9th, the Mechanics' Institute plays host to a panel remembering famed social rights and anti-war activist, California State Senator Tom Hayden.In addition to discussing Tom's newly ...
09:09 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Pre-order a festishistically detailed 1:26 replica of Seinfeld's apartment 5a set
It's $400 to pre-order these 1:26 replicas of the set from Sienfeld, created by the show's production designer Tho. E. Azzari and miniaturist Alan Wolfson (they're $500 retail). (more…)...
09:08 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful embroidered beetles, bugs, and birds
Etsy artisan Humayrah turns gold and iridescent thread into the most charming and intricate beetles, butterflies, and hummingbirds.Humayrah says: The influence of the natural creation is woven through...
09:04 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Boston Dynamics introduces "nightmare-inducing" robot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h5qpXO3isM&feature=youtu.be&t=225Today in Onionesque quotes, that's one from presenter Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics. [via MeFi]Here's another: "It's still ...
08:57 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Scientists, and their moral duty to resist trumpism
A trio of "scientists against a fascist government" set out a program for resisting trumpism with science, delving into the moral duty of scientists to resist the perversion of their work to attain cr...
08:01 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing America's institutions can preserve liberty, but they're also pretty good at destroying it
As trumpism metastasizes, I've taken some comfort in the American system of checks and balances, especially the independent judiciary and the strong Constitutional tradition, which lets impact litigat...
08:00 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Author Brian Francis Slattery's favorite fictional secret societies
The Freemasons. Fight Club. The Bilderberg Group. The Illuminati. The Watchers Council. The Knights Templar. The Order of the Phoenix.Bookburners is available from Amazon.Bookburners, out now from Sag...
06:34 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Ikea Brder Wll
Der Postillon reports that Ikea now offers an affordable flatpack solution for any wannabe autocrats looking to shave a few dollars off their $25bn whitey elephants. The simple, Scandinavian designed ...
06:27 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Sir, I'm afraid you've had enough
Enjoy this vertical video of a dog insisting that its master not have another glass of wine....
06:20 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Behold the horrors of Future CNN
On Twitter, @FutureCNN provides glimpses into the grim future of Trump's america, as depicted as inane CNN roundtables and wry chyron operators.https://twitter.com/FutureCNN/status/826537279204315136...
06:17 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Are we living in a simulation?
8-Bit Philosophy tackles the age-old question: Are We Living in a Simulation? Fittingly, their explanation uses a Minecraft example. (more…)...
06:17 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Finnish guy cuts a hole in lake ice and jumps in to retrieve his stuff
After a slew of imitators, badass YouTuber The Hydraulic Press Channel rebranded as Beyond the Press and started doing non-pressing experiments in his inimitable style. Here, he has to jump in a fro...
06:17 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing Perfume maker perfects the smell of American paper currency
What does money smell like? Chemist and perfumier Marc vom Ende was commissioned by artist Mike Bouchet to create the well-known but hard-to-describe smell, and it turned out money smells like America...
04:26 am PST - Fri, February 3, 2017
BoingBoing A Good American: a documentary about Bill Binney, an NSA whistleblower who says 9/11 could have been prevented
Bill Binney resigned from the NSA in October 2001, after 30 years with the agency where he was viewed as one of their best analysts: he quit because he believed that Bush-appointed leaders in the Ag...
10:18 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Just some Corgis having a doggie snow party
Like you do. (more…)...
09:19 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing The #BowlingGreenMassacre is Trump spokesliar Kellyanne Conway's latest 'alternative fact'
On the MSNBC show Hardball with Chris Matthews Thursday night, Donald Trump spokesliar Kellyanne Conway went on a weird tangent about a massacre she blamed on Muslims, as she defended the so-called Pr...
09:19 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing #BowlingGreenMassacre is Trump spokesliar Kellyanne Conway's latest 'alternative fact'
On the MSNBC show Hardball with Chris Matthews Thursday night, Donald Trump spokesliar Kellyanne Conway went on a weird tangent about a massacre she blamed on Muslims, as she defended the so-called Pr...
02:39 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing How motivated skepticism strengthens incorrect beliefs
This is part two in my "The Backfire Effect" series. This one focuses on motivated reasoning, specifically something called motivated skepticism. In addition, it features interviews with the scientist...
02:10 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Snapchat's parent company files for $3 Billion U.S. IPO
Snap Inc., the parent company behind Snapchat, just filed for an initial public offering. They're the first American social media company to file for IPO so since Twitter did more than three years ago...
02:06 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Trump but his tie grows longer and Melania's collar just a little taller each time
Donald Trump, but with his tie just a little bit longer and Melania's collar just a little taller each time, via IMGUR. (more…)...
01:44 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Police threatened to arrest filmmaker at JFK #MuslimBan protest for making this short film
I was threatened with arrest for filming this 3 minute short documentary film about @nobanjfk lawyers at NYC JFK airport on Sunday,says filmmaker Aaron Stewart-Ahn. https://vimeo.com/201813180Aaron wa...
01:44 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Filmmaker threatened with arrest at JFK #MuslimBan protest for making this short film
I was threatened with arrest for filming this 3 minute short documentary film about @nobanjfk lawyers at NYC JFK airport on Sunday,says filmmaker Aaron Stewart-Ahn. https://vimeo.com/201813180Aaron wa...
12:31 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing djBC and friends release a legal mashup album on vinyl
djBC writes, "My mashup record with Boston MC Moe Pope and ska/punk legends Big D & The Kids Table was picked up by Asbestos Records! It's 100% legal, too. And there are some great guests like the l...
12:17 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Fan re-edits The Hobbit single, reasonable movie
Sara writes, "It has been a few years since The Hobbit has its theatrical release and some fans have been toiling since then on the perfect edit.Joblit has posted links to his latest versions.They inc...
12:14 pm PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Chair made out of gold-plated AK-47s
Rainier Weber pays tribute to Rainier Weber with this chair, "upholstered in luxurious hand woven fabric from London and Venice" and matching lamp. The 22k-plate set is $127,000.(via Crazy Abalone) (m...
11:48 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Illuminated magnifier for $2.51 (including shipping)
For the last few months I've been learning kanji at Wanikani (my wife is an editor at the sister site, Tofugu). Today, I found a few Japanese coins in a drawer, and I wanted to see if I could read the...
11:36 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Dig these fantastically eclectic online DJ mixes by Zach Cowie
Zach Cowie is a cratedigger of the highest order. Following gigs at Rhino and Sub Pop, Zach turned his insatiable record collecting into a job: He's a music supervisor for TV and movies with credits l...
11:13 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Lollypop Lorry - a good Ska band from Russia
Lollypop Lorry plays old-schoolish Ska music. They're from Yekaterinburg, Russia. Their music is available on Bandcamp....
11:05 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing These four oil-fattened Democratic Senators helped the GOP confirm Exxon's Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State
Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson will get a $180 million parting gift from his former employers when he takes the Secretary of State job, thanks in part to four Senate Democrats who voted with the...
10:59 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Stunning image of Saturn's moon Mimas
A breathtaking photo of Saturn's moon Mimas taken this week by NASA's Cassini space probe. You may recall, that another photo (below) of Mimas raised concerns that it isn't actually a moon but rather...
10:56 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Bo Burnham parodies stadium country music
https://youtu.be/y0IEfohAIuwI don't know anything about Bo Burnham, but I once spent an otherwise pleasant afternoon on a beach next to a guy who played contemporary country music loudly on a speaker....
10:53 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Man sells his tattooed skin to art collector who will flay him when he dies
Belgian artist Wim Delvoye attained fame and controversy by tattooing fine-art pieces on pigs; when retired tattoo parlor manager Tim Steiner volunteered his skin for a Delvoye piece, the result was p...
10:51 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Padlock can't be opened, firefighters take desperate measures to get past fence
Guy rushes to open gate for firefighters as wind rises a forest fire in ChileThis gentleman tries mightily to break open a padlocked gate for firefighters, but it turns out the firefighters figure out...
10:46 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Sean Spicer claims that Houthi rebel assault on Saudi frigate was an Iranian attack on a US warship
https://vimeo.com/202247118Houthi rebels from Yemen attacked a Saudi frigate; White House spokesman Sean Spicer falsely claimed that this was Iranian forces attacking a US Naval ship and thus an act...
10:43 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing One of my favorite sayings, retold as a single-page website
Take your pick!...
10:40 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Fifth-grade teacher has an elaborate personal handshake for each and every one of his students
Barry White, Jr teaches fifth grade English at Charlotte, NC's Ashley Park School. Every day, he greets every one of his students with an amazing, personalized handshake, to "bring them excitement ...
10:34 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing It takes 3.5% of a population engaged in sustained nonviolent resistance to topple brutal dictatorships
Erica Chenoweth, co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, says "nonviolent resistance has actually been the quickest, least costly, and safest way to strugg...
10:26 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing The Bat Bot, a new flying robot with silicone bat wings
In a beautiful example of biomimicry, researchers at Caltech and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed the Bat Bot, an autonomous flying robot with silicone wings that change shap...
10:22 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing We are living in a 1990s Cyberpunk dystopia
Cartoonist Maki Naro made this one-page comic for The Nib that compares the world of today with 1990s era Cyberpunk dystopia fiction....
10:16 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing WTF Just Happened Today - daily newsletter
Matt Kiser has started a good newsletter called "What The Fuck Just Happened, Today? Logging the daily shock and awe." He summarizes and links to the major political news events of the day (Trump Pick...
10:03 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Why do cartoon characters wear white gloves?
The short answer is efficiency! But it was also an artistic choice that became a creative convention..."We didn't want (Mickey Mouse) to have mouse hands, because he was supposed to be more human," ...
09:48 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing This Bad Lip Reading of "NFL 2017" is absolutely hilarious
I don't follow football, but Bad Lip Reading hit a grand slam with this one! I'm literally LOLing over here, people......
09:36 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Neil Gorsuch, Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, was founder of "Fascism Forever Club" at his prep school
Who among us can say they didn't found Fascism Forever clubs in an age when totalitarian autocracy was an impossible dream? It's a joke, see, about what's needed to resist a world ruined by liberals. ...
09:16 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Trump threatens to pull federal support of California universities
In response to students violently protesting hate speech on campus, the Orange Menace once again took to twitter and threatened to de-fund the University of California. If U.C. Berkeley does not allow...
09:06 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Trump mocks Arnold Schwarzenegger's TV ratings; Arnold suggests they swap jobs
A normal morning in Trump's America: the President of the United States turns the National Prayer Breakfast into a platform for one of his inane grudges against another celebrity, then gets owned by t...
09:04 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Australia's Goldman-Sachs Prime Minister quietly donated $1.75M to himself to secure his narrow win
Malcolm Turnbull, the Goldman-Sachs investment banker turned Australian Prime Minister, secretly donated AUD1.75m to his own 2016 re-election campaign, giving it the funds it needed to squeak into v...
08:45 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing A 19th century Lithuanian book smuggler defies the autocrat's book-ban
This is Vincas Juska, a knygneys -- "book smuggler" -- one of the brave people who defied Tsar Alexander II's "Temporary Rules for State Junior Schools of the Northwestern Krai" by smuggling books wr...
08:23 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing SkyPixel announces aerial photo contest winners
Drones have really upped the aerial photo game, so SkyPiixel's winners for their annual contest include some really remarkable shots, like the caravan above. (more…)...
08:19 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Bonobo's brilliantly claustrophobic music video imagines life indoors
Oscar Hudson directed this delightful music video for Bonobo's song "No Reason," described as "a film about staying indoors." (more…)...
08:08 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Communism, Hypnotism, and The Beatles
This 26-page pamphlet from 1965, with 168 meticulous footnotes, outlines the dangers of The Beatles and "the Communist master music plan." Also available in audio form. (more…)...
08:01 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Martian Immigration Nightmare: Kafka meets Musk in a trumpism immigration simulator
Among those caught in the crossfire of last weekend's Muslim ban were lawful immigrants and permanent residents who were in the air when the rules changed; when these people landed, they were told tha...
07:52 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Billionaire charter-school advocate and political donor calls Betsy DeVos "unprepared and unqualified"
Eli Broad is a billionaire who's made major donations to both the GOP and Democrats to push for charter schools, and his Broad Foundation has spent millions lobbying for public funds to go to private ...
07:41 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing South Dakota Republicans want to block anti-bribery measure that limits lobbyist "donations"
South Dakota voters approved a ballot measure that would limit the amount of money state politicians could receive from lobbyists and other donors, capping "gifts" at $100 annually; now, Republicans i...
07:25 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Autonomous bat bot weighs 93g, flies like a bat
A team of roboticists from Caltech and Urbana-Champaign have built a biomimetic "bat bot" that uses nine joints to deform a foot-wide wing membrane to achieve breathtaking aerial maneuvers. (more&h...
07:19 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Libratus poker AI beats several of the world's best players
In a first, an artificial intelligence named Libratus has bested top-tier players at no-limit Texas Hold 'em. This is especially notable because imperfect information games are notoriously challengi...
07:17 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing New York Attorney General's lawsuit lays out years of Time-Warner "fraud" against their customers
The New York AG's lawsuit against Time Warner Cable (now a division of Charter) lays out a damning set of accusations of fradulent conduct, including "f sky-high prices, chronic service outages, bait-...
06:07 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing This Raspberry Pi Starter Kit is your passport to the Internet of Things
For less than the price of a dinner for two, Raspberry Pi offers a full desktop experience on a board the size of a deck of cards. With just this small device and an online course, I learned to build ...
04:08 am PST - Thu, February 2, 2017
BoingBoing Trump Executive Order Generator
Are Trump's increasingly unconstitutional executive orders getting more and more ludicrous? Now you can make your own with the Trump Executive Order Generator. (more…)...
08:39 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Milo Yiannopoulos speech at UC Berkeley canceled after campus protests
Milo as Ivana Wall, speaking at Louisiana State University on Sep. 21, 2016. Say the name out loud and you'll get the joke. Right about now your dick is probably confused, read one of the slides on st...
04:25 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing AP: In call with Mexican president, Trump threatened invasion. White House says it didn't happen.
The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump "threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop 'bad hombres down there' unless the Mexican military does more to co...
03:24 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Federal judge orders emergency injunction and restraining order ending Trump's #muslimban
US District Judge Andre Birotte Jr (Central District of California) heard a plea from 28 Yemeni-born US citizens, and ruled that: (more…)...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing What do you most regret? People age 5 to 75 answer
Glamour Magazine has an interesting series where they ask a question of 70 people each representing an age from 5 to 75. The responses, presented in order by age, have a fascinating cumulative effec...
01:45 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Book documents repurposed Pizza Huts worldwide
Ever see a business that's housed in what was clearly a former Pizza Hut? Ho Hai Tran and Chloe Cahill spent a couple of years photographing repurposed Pizza Huts for their book Pizza Hunt. Following ...
01:30 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Here's what Chinese smog does to a high-speed train
Chinese social media has been blowing up this year with images of high speed trains that have passed through heavy smog on their routes. Here's the same train when it's clean: (more…)...
01:28 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Punk tech versus consumer tech
The interview I recently did for the Working Together Podcast is live.Here's a link to the episode with lots of detailed shownotes on Stefan's Working Together blog.We talked about my upbringing, the ...
01:06 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Pre-order a signed first edition of Walkaway, which got a starred review in Booklist today!
Here's a reminder that you can pre-order a signed first edition hardcover of Walkaway, my first novel for adults since 2009, which William Gibson called "A wonderful novel" and Edward Snowden called "...
12:45 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Learn how to play piano chords in under 8 minutes
Even if you've taken a lesson or two, this brisk run through the basics of musical chords probably will remind you of something you've long forgotten. (more…)...
12:20 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Citizen scientists can now help stop archaeological looting
GlobalXplorer is the latest crowdsourced science project, this time in the service of preserving archaeological sites that are being looted. Participants scan satellite images for signs of looting, ...
12:08 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Walking on a crystal-clear frozen lake
Lake Silvaplana has breathtaking views year-round, but in the winter there's another delightful experience to be had: walking on transparent ice that allows visitors to see all the way to the lakebe...
12:04 pm PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Vampire corpses, Obamas plot to steal back the White House, and other tabloid stunners
O.J. Simpson's "murder knife" has been found, Barack Obama plans to "steal back" the White House, and James Dean "didn't die" in his 1955 car crash but went into hiding. It's yet another embarrassment...
11:49 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing How the inventor of Mario designs a game
Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of Donkey Kong, Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, F-Zero, Pikmin, and Wii. In this video, he explains the elements necessary in a good video game....
11:35 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Shadow on garage door looks like human face
Well done, Tree, Sun, and Garage Door!...
11:16 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Ellen DeGeneres on Trump screening 'Finding Dory'
Ellen explains Finding Dory to the Orange Menace. This is just lovely....
10:49 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Trailer for Indiegogo funded series about war with human-pig hybrids
[NSFW video above] The producers of Bullets Of Justice (described as dark satire) seeks $100,000 in funding. It's about a team of humans at war with their human-pig hybrid overlords.As it would've b...
10:40 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing After Texas mosque burned, Jews gave Muslims keys to synagogue
After the one mosque in the small town of Victoria, Texas mysteriously burned to the ground on Saturday, representatives of the single Jewish synagogue gave keys to the mosque founders so their commun...
10:39 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Groundhog Day - Every Day in One Day
Neil Fennell says: "I wanted to see what it would be like if the events of the movie "Groundhog Day" all took place simultaneously."...
10:30 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing 365 Things to Do With Lego Bricks - excellent activity book
If you have a bunch of Lego bricks, this is an excellent idea book for making unusual things with them. Examples: micro-scale houses, a calendar, an animated bear head, a memory challenge game, a draw...
10:20 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing UFO found in Google Earth image of Antarctica
A flying saucer was spotted on a Google Earth image near the South Pole in Antarctica. You can see it right here. Mysterious Universe claims that "melting ice could have formed a round depression as i...
10:11 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Captain America sworn in as Bay Area councilman
Last night, Lan Diep held Captain America's shield during his swearing in as a San Jose, California city councilman. From NBC Bay Area:Diep, a Republican legal aid attorney, received cheers after he s...
09:58 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency
Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and author of Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. He wrote a 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump pre...
09:55 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing 'Hugh Hefner meets Mister Magoo' style comedy: Girly Magazine Party at Steve Allen Theater, Feb. 18, Los Angeles
We could all use a laugh right now. If you're in Los Angeles on February 18, come to Trepany House and the Steve Allen Theater. The legendary Mr. Tellis Wondersweet, portrayed by comedy troupe 2 Hea...
09:55 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing 'Hugh Hefner meets Mister Magoo' style comedy: Girly Magazine Party at Steve Allen Theater, Feb. 18, LA
We could all use a laugh right now. (more…)...
09:54 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing David Bowie Royal Mail stamps now available for pre-order
The Royal Mail's David Bowie Special Stamps are now available for pre-order. The 10 stamps -- six featuring his iconic album covers and four with concert images -- will be available on March 14. A sta...
09:49 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing An extended version of The Beatles psychedelic anthem "It's All Too Much"
The Beatles Discography Front Covers [Part 3... by sgtpepperchannelI've always loved this song. I'd heard this extended version once or twice, and always wondered what was going on......
09:37 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Reuters editor-in-chief instructs journalists on how to cover the new Administration
Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler is proud of the way his news organization is able to provide high-quality, fact-based journalism in oppressive places like Turkey, the Philippines, Egypt, Iraq, Yem...
09:19 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing You know who else invested in infrastructure? Autobahn spending was key to Hitler's consolidation of power
In Highway to Hitler, Nico Voigtlnder (UCLA) and HansJoachim Voth (University of Zurich)'s 2014 paper analyzing the impact of the massive infrastructure investment in creating the Autobahn, the author...
09:06 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Master full-stack web development and be your own boss
These days, websites are much more than collections of HTML pages. Web developers have moved to the forefront of the tech industry, and there has never been a better time to learn to codewith this Com...
08:53 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Comic about how we're living in a 1990s cyberpunk dystopia
Andy Warner says:A comic by Maki Naro that I edited for the Nib just came out which I thought you'd dig. It's about how we're actually living in a 1990s cyberpunk dystopia.Fun fact: the hacker charact...
08:52 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing iPhone 7 series Lightning audio charging adaptor $10
Apple lives to make cables a problem. Here's the new iPhone 7 series adaptor you need at a price you can tolerate. I hate spending more energy managing my iPhone's battery levels than I do enjoying a ...
08:40 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Things I Miss: My friend Bob trying to convince people to try his Flowbee
A hair trimmer attached to your vacuum cleaner. What could go wrong? I was sadly disappointed and did not find many Flowbee mishap videos on The YouTubes. Likely, the vacu-trimmer was never that pop...
08:36 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's New "Monsters, Inc."
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, this week, and more than double the sign-up charge will be donated to the ACLU. Inf...
07:41 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Suspecting arson, cops subpoena homeowner's pacemaker logs, then charge him with multiple felonies
Ross Compton, a 59-year-old homeowner in Middletown, Ohio called 911 in September 2016 to say that his house was on fire; there were many irregularities to the blaze that investigators found suspicio...
07:17 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's war on science, a chronology (Week 1)
John Dupuis, the web's leading chronicler of governmental wars on science, has made good on his promise to track trumpism's denialism, and judging from week one, there's going to be a gigantic rapshee...
06:50 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's big data "secret sauce" sorcery - a much-needed reality check
An article that went viral last week attributed Trump's Electoral College victory to the dark big data sorcery of Cambridge Analytica, a dirty, dementor-focused big data company that specializes in po...
06:22 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Amazing 3D-printed salad-tossing robot
3D printing reaches new heights with this ingenious robotic salad-tossing machine. This pre-programmed beauty has three modes of operation, one of which will surely match how you like getting your s...
06:10 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Moog Music introduces new Sonic Origins series
Moog just unveiled a new showcase of artists using their instruments. Sonic Origins starts things off with Russell E.L. Butler of Black Jeans, who thinks of the sounds "as an initiator of dialogue."...
06:00 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Basketball backboard makes excellent magnifying glass
"Check out what the backboard did to the shingles right behind it. Crazy, right?" Here's the uncropped picture: (more…)...
04:52 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Florida man shot cat that "looked at him like he owned the place"
Orlando News 6 reports that a Florida man shot a cat that shat in his yard, telling officers it "looked at him like he owned the place". The cat was paralyzed and had to be killed, reports Loren Korn....
04:29 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Arrival's Denis Villeneuve to direct Dune remake
Hot off filming Ted Chiang's Story of Your Life to great acclaim and Blade Runner II, Denis Villeneuve is tackling the great white whale of screen science-fiction: Dune. Brian Herbert, son of author F...
04:25 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing The Cyborg Bill of Rights v1.0
In anticipation of the battle for the body, we can envision a conflict among competing interests in property located within a person's body and likely connected to externally controlled resources for ...
04:05 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Civilization ported to 8-bit Commodore 64
Civilization was one of the classic games of the 16-bit age, when computers with speedy processors and hundreds of kilobytes of RAM made it possible to model and memorize complex, culture-bound simula...
03:43 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Three-legged white fox escapes petting zoo, is found
Thor, a three-legged fox, escaped from Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom in England and was free for some time before being tracked down."He was tracked down to a wood yesterday and last night he was caught in ...
03:32 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing This reversed imagery puts abortion restriction in perspective
We Are 52 USAa spinoff of the French feminist group Noussommes 52created this mock front page demonstrating what it would look like to live in a world where a group of women regularly passed legislati...
03:32 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Starship size comparison chart
Dirk Loechel created this massive poster of starships from various universes, including our own: "I added the ISS. For scale. It's on top, with a yellow frame so it's relatively easy to find." It's vi...
03:32 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Mind-boggling graph of Trump's business ties
Kim Albrecht took on the herculean task of creating an interactive data visualization of Trump's business interests. Behold crony capitalism at its worst. (more…)...
03:32 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing Idiot's guide to Japanese apartments
Rachel & Jun present a helpful introduction to Japanese apartment living. Includes tips on cleaning your tub every day, preparing for earthquakes, and caring for your easily-destroyed tatami mat...
02:32 am PST - Wed, February 1, 2017
BoingBoing How to set up 10,000 matches for a chain reaction
Have you ever wanted to set up a giant square of 10,000 matches but weren't sure where to start? This handy tutorial shows how to make a giant match bomb. (more…)...
08:36 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing The future of fake news is real-time video manipulation
Nick Bilton reports on the next round of fake news tools that allow users to manipulate audio and video to change what's being said, a sort of real-time Photoshop for moving images and audio. Want t...
08:19 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Mad hamster performs backflips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDt9eY277bA&feature=youtu.be"Crazy Back Flipping Hamster keeps backflipping for no reason while the other hamsters just watch," reads the description on the YouTube vid...
08:13 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Trump unable to find Giuliani sitting directly across from him
Okay, what's up with Trump? Asks "Where's Rudy?" Look where Rudy is. pic.twitter.com/VLZzRkCs63— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) January 31, 2017 Where is Rudy? There's Rud...
07:52 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Draw your own nebula
Jonas Wagner's Neon Flames is a dead-simple web tool to create beautiful nebulae on-screen. There are eight colorful gases to choose from, and the longer you click, the larger your celestial flame. Be...
06:09 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Trump Draws is an excellent one-joke Twitter account
https://twitter.com/TrumpDraws/status/[email protected] does one thing perfectly: change the illustrations on a folder held up by Donald Trump in a video clip. The contrast of Trump's oste...
05:46 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Supreme Court: Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch
Neil Gorsuch, currently serving on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, is Donald Trump's pick to fill the seat opened by Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia's death. The youngest nominee in 25 years, ...
05:36 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Podcast recommendation: Busted: America's Poverty Myths
Radiolab brought to my attention this great five-part podcast series on poverty in America. Busted: America's Poverty Myths breaks down accepted wisdom about poverty to reveal the reality of what its ...
04:47 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Canadians: Parliament is holding an emergency session tonight about the #muslimban, call your MP NOW!
From Leadnow.ca: "The most important thing you can do right now is take 5 minutes to call your MP demanding that the Canadian government:Make an immediate, public condemnation of the executive orders ...
04:39 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Sean Spicer defends handcuffing a 5-year-old American boy for hours at an airport immigration checkpoint
"To assume that just because of someones age and gender that they dont pose a threat would be misguided and wrong." (more…)...
04:36 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Theatre chains offering all Oscar-nominated films for $4 each
If you're behind on seeing the nine Oscar nominees for best film and a little short on cash, many theatre chains are offering a package to see all nine starting at $35. Even if you only see a few of t...
03:46 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Please God let this be real: Hanna-Barbera to reboot Snagglepuss as "Gay Southern Gothic Playwright"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoLCDrOJGV0Newsarama's George Marston reports on a HiloBrow interview with Hanna-Barbera writer Mark Russell: he is to reboot Snagglepuss as "a gay Southern Gothic play...
03:36 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing A beginners guide to intersectional feminism
As everyday discussions about prejudice and oppression get more nuanced, it can be hard to know how to dive into the conversation. This helpful guide by writer Saroful breaks down the basics of what i...
03:03 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Poison president: Harley-Davidson factory cancels planned Trump visit
Donald Trump had planned to head to Milwaukee to tour a Harley-Davidson factory and sign some executive orders there. But the company said it wasn't comfortable hosting him and called it off. CNN's Je...
02:27 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Korean fitness device inspired by riding a horse
https://youtu.be/8MzzLsJEzR8?t=33sDo you like the idea of riding horses? Do you want to get fit? If so, check out "Horse Riding Fitness Ace Power!," a portable, flexible A-frame on wheels with a seat ...
12:58 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Biodegradable single-use cardboard drones for remote deliveries
Drones are great for some kinds of deliveries, but operators usually want to recover their costly drone. For deliveries of medicine or supplies to remote areas, it may be more feasible to use cheap dr...
12:55 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing What happens if all Earths coral dies?
The YouTube channel Life Noggin digs into this terrifying question and sings the praises of coral along the way....
12:41 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing The best video store in the world carries only one movie
Remember those bygone days when certain stores would decorate their walls with movie titles for us to pick through? Well, just imagine a magical place that cuts out the celluloid chaff and delivers on...
12:37 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Dismissed by critics, Dutch painter Han van Meegeren set out to avenge himself by creating "the ultimate forgery"
When critics dismissed his paintings, Dutch artist Han van Meegeren decided to seek his revenge on the art world: He devoted himself to forgery and spent six years fabricating a Vermeer masterpiece. I...
12:34 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Watch what happens when you touch magnetized ferrofluid
YouTuber Brainiac75 suffers for science by taking a viewer request to touch the spikes formed by exposing ferrofluid to an extremely powerful neodymium magnet. He also shares some history of the sub...
12:34 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing The heartbreaking story of a Cleveland Clinic doctor expelled from the U.S. minutes before the temporary deportation stay
ProPublica puts a heartbreaking, human face on this weekends immigration ban with the story of Dr. Suha Abushamma. The 26-year-old is in her first year of an Internal Medicine residency program at the...
12:33 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing A Trump-supporting super PAC is running this terrifying campaign-style ad
Heres what you hear when you call the number:https://soundcloud.com/user-932995833/djtcommitteetodefendthepresidentAs Ellen Duffer uncovered, The Committee To Defend The President is a project of th...
12:32 pm PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Create your own reaction GIF
The Reaction GIF generator takes a brief video of you and spits out a GIF, thereby meeting your need for a brief animation of your confusion, dismay and horror to post in blog comments or on social ne...
11:52 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Where's the ball going?
Enjoy this supercut of legendary snooker player and commentator John Virgo saying "Where's the cue ball going?," usually at a volume that pushes the envelope of the Snooker Commentator's Hush. (more...
11:33 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing No gate can hold back Super Dog
This dog is able to leap tall buildings (or at least medium-sized gates) in a single bound!...
11:32 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Dial-a-Grue: play Zork with nothing but an old phone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=cJzgiDgBpcwThe first iteration of Dial-a-Grue, in 2011, was to kit out an old rotary dial phone with an embedded computer and text-to-speech engine so...
11:26 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing After record-breaking donations and members, ACLU signs up for the Y Combinator startup accelerator
The ACLU raised $24M over the weekend of the #muslimban, six times its usual annual average, and now it is joining the Winter 2017 class at Y Combinator, a startup accelerator that has emerged a mixed...
11:16 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's bookcase, Old State Department Library
Ladies and gentlemen, the bookcase of the Old State Department Library at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. (via Bookshelf)...
11:10 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Alphabet's Eric Schmidt calls Trump "evil"
Eric Schmidt -- long-serving former CEO of Google, current chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet, who knows a thing or two about evil -- addressed Googlers this week, calling the Trump #muslimban...
10:58 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing How to keep your secret activist Twitter account a secret
Despite his widely read criticism of Tor, The Gruqq -- a legendary, pseudonymous security expert -- uses it as first and last line of defense in keeping your secret, activist Twitter account a secret....
10:57 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Doane Paper: Grids Lines for note taking with a fountain pen
Doane Paper makes wonderful pocket-sized notebooks with paper that is fantastically compatible with fountain pens.I absolutely love my Maruman Mnemosyne notebooks, but they aren't big and rigid. These...
10:53 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Deep dreaming at the supermarket
This three-minute video was run through Deep Dream, Google's neural net that generates algorithmic pareidolia in the form of weird creatures. I want glasses that do this.[via]...
10:49 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Awesome wildlife photos shot indoors on a tabletop
Egyptian photographer Amr Elshamy takes beautiful wildlife photos inside on a tabletop. From PetaPixel:The project started a couple of months ago when Elshamy got in touch with a Chinese company calle...
10:47 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Wafting magnetism has transferred oxygen from Earth to the Moon for billions of years
In a new paper in Nature Astronomy, a team from Osaka University publishes its analysis of data gathered by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Selenological and Engineering Explorer, revealing t...
10:42 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Why we have kneecaps
Do you ever wonder why we need kneecaps?The demonstration shows how kneecaps provide leverage. I'm happy the Flying Spaghetti Monster built us this way....
10:37 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Best review of a horrible curved Samsung TV
Becky Molln, whose husband Nilay writes for The Verge, reviewed the Samsung UN40K6250AF television set. It's a fantastic rant.The screen is curved, which means that it picks up and seemingly magnifies...
10:26 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing What the rise and fall of the Bush-era netroots movement can teach today's resistance
Though the crimes and abuses of the GW Bush era seem almost quaint in comparison to the trumpist agenda, the Bush actions spawned a new kind of protest movement, the first mature, networked resistance...
10:04 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing A short animated tour through every state in the US
I discovered the Wendover Productions website last year when they posted a great video explaining why trains suck in America. Their latest video is an animated, fun-fact-filled tour through all 50 s...
10:03 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a Marie Antoinette automaton play the dulcimer
In 1784, cabinetmaker David Roentgen (1743-1807) made this astonishing automaton of Marie Antoinette playing a dulcimer as a gift for King Louis XVI to give to his queen. This fantastic contraption ...
10:02 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Leaked FBI manual reveals agency targets innocents as informants, blackmails them into cooperating, can deport them afterwards
Today, The Intercept has published a minimally redacted version of a 2015 edition of the FBI's Confidential Human Source Policy Guide, along with a series of in-depth articles reporting on the docume...
09:53 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Meet Japan's 10-year-old philosopher, published author, and grade school dropout
Tofugu (where Carla is executive editor) interviewed Bao Nakashima, the 10 year old author of the hit Japanese book, Seeing, Knowing, Thinking.Q. You said, "No need to read the air." What do you mean ...
09:51 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing "Waste of my fucking time" whispered into hot mic after Paul Ryan defends Muslim nation travel ban
At a press conference where Paul Ryan defended President Trump's Muslim-targeting travel ban, someone within whispering distance of a hot mic muttered "waste of my fucking time" as the House Speaker...
09:49 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing 4 top-selling deals that are about to end forever
Sadly, the Boing Boing Store is about to say goodbye to some amazingdeals. Whether you want to learn something new or just kick back and binge watch TV, the following items are sure to stimulate one w...
09:42 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Senate Democrats boycott Trump cabinet confirmation hearings
After a wrangle on tactics that pitted the party establishment -- who feared that filibusters would provoke procedural reforms that allowed for a 51-Senator vote to overrule a filibuster, making futur...
09:23 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Swaddling as a form of therapy
Otonamaki (otona = adult, maki - wrapping) is the practice of swaddling adults in cloth to relieve stress.From BBC:"The reason why Otonamaki was invented was because some people were worried about b...
09:08 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Deutsche Bank fined for laundering Russian money
U.K. and U.S. authorities fined Deutsche Bank of Germany $629 million for helping crooked Russian plutocrats move $10 billion out of Russia. Via Bloomberg:From April 2012 to October 2014, mirror trad...
09:04 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing This fish hunts by spitting water at its prey
The Archerfish of Southeast Asia and Australia spit at perched insects to knock them into the water for an easy meal. From KQED's "Deep Look":When the fish fires the shot, (Wake Forest University bi...
08:52 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing A residential contractor shares what's in his tool belt
Paul Abueva is a residential contractor. He shared the contents of his tool belt at Cool Tools (a web site I run with Kevin Kelly and Claudia Dawson).I am a residential contractor who does remodeling ...
08:47 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Weasel electrocuted at CERN to go on museum display
Last April, a weasel-like stone marten jumped a substation fence at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland and was promptly electrocuted. Now, that same poor creature's corpse is goi...
08:27 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Luxury nuclear bunkers in Kansas
Larry Hall is developing luxury nuclear bunkers underground at an old nuclear missile site in Kansas. Hall says the Survival Condos, starting at $1.5 million, are "nuclear-hardened bunkers that are en...
05:47 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing FBI: U.S. law enforcement infiltrated by white supremacists
It won't surprise you to learn American police forces have a racism proble. It may surprise you to known that the FBI has been quietly, systematically investigating the white supremacist infiltration ...
12:37 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Silicon Valley technology firms meet to plan legal challenge of Trump #MuslimBan
A group of tech firms will meet today to plan the filing of an amicus brief in support of lawsuit to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban. Trump's order was issued on Friday, and restric...
12:21 am PST - Tue, January 31, 2017
BoingBoing Trump to sign yet another trash executive order, this time on 'the cyber'
'President' Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order addressing cybersecurity today, Reuters reports in an item that cites "two sources familiar with the situation. The EO is expected to be...