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08:50 pm PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Pampered cats ring call bell for treats
These two cats have trained their human servant well....
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Florida skunk ape is real and "gives out a horrifying odor": National Examiner
You have to admire the insight, investigative prowess and sheer imagination of the tabloids, which this week are brimming with information that few people on earth could possibly know.It has been wide...
05:55 pm PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Atlanta interstate catches fire and collapses
A massive fire in Northeast Atlanta this afternoon caused the busy I-85 freeway to collapse. The cause has been yet to be determined.CNN has a live video feed:Flames are erupting underneath an Atlan...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing I have always assumed the "dinosaur" was a dance
I don't think this video got nearly enough play time....
01:11 pm PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a gigantic Arduino
My friend John Edgar Park made a huge Arduino for demo purposes. He brought it to Maker Faire a few years ago and it was a big hit. He finally got around to writing a tutorial for building your own....
12:26 pm PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing DJI proposing "electronic license plates" for drones
Drone manufacturer DJI published a white paper proposing a kind of license plate for drones in the form of a wireless identifier that the buzzing UAVs would be required to broadcast. The paper describ...
12:11 pm PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing With two weeks until the final vote, the Free Software Foundation wants you to call the W3C and say no to DRM
There's only two weeks left until members of the World Wide Web Consortium vote on whether the web's premier open standards organization will add DRM to the toolkit available to web developers, withou...
12:04 pm PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing How new emojis are born, a comic
Over at The Nib, excellent historical cartoonist Andy Warner, author of the wonderful Brief Histories of Everyday Objects, tells the story of how the Unicode Consortium brings new emoji into our onlin...
11:53 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing The man who literally sniffed out the problems in NYC's subway
In the early 20th century, James "Smelly" Kelly used his legendary sense of smell and DIY inventions to find hazards, leaks, elephant poop, and eels that were causing problems in the New York City sub...
11:44 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Penn State trustee "running out of sympathy" for "so-called" victims raped by the college's coach
Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of multiple counts of raping the children in his care. He's spending the rest of his life in jail. It was covered up for decades by his disgraced boss Joe...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Mosquito bite relief on your keychain
I've been using one of these $10 mosquito bite zappers for years. It's like a little stun gun - you hold the business end against an itchy mosquito bite and pull the trigger. It sends a little spark o...
10:39 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing High-heeled shoes for your baby
Pee Wee Pumps dot com is a site where you can supposedly order high-heeled shoes for your baby. They are all quite trashy. The site is controversial, reports the BBC.It comes amid growing concern at w...
10:16 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Top 1000 asked questions in Google and their cost per click value
This list of the most-frequently asked questions on Google reveals what people are curious about, and how much advertisers are willing to pay to get people who ask certain questions to click on their ...
09:59 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing North Carolina set to pass "compromise" bathroom bill that still leaves trans people without a pot to piss in
NC Republicans and Democrats have collaborated on a "compromise" version of HB2, the state's notorious job-killing, boycott-raising, shamefully discriminatory bathroom bill. The compromise makes some ...
09:59 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing What is the fastest music that humans can play and appreciate?
Bass player/instructor Adam Neely explores the fastest "useful" music that humans can play. It's a fascinating topic, really, especially how he, and scientists/musicologists, frame the question arou...
09:49 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Wild orangutan figures out how to saw wood
This wild-born, free-living orangutan found a saw and quickly figured out how to cut wood with it....
09:38 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Entertaining video series on how to ship things
My friend Jesse Genet, founder of Lumi, created this useful and fun video series on how to effectively ship things....
09:29 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Hungary's ultra-right government wants to shut down its storied, amazing Central European University
CEU is an American university in the heart of Budapest, founded by George Soros, who is no friend of the far-right, xenophobic Prime Minister Viktor Orban -- which may be why a new law requiring all f...
09:15 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Crimm Grunk Garlic Cleas - and other recipes created by a neural network
Research scientist Janelle Shane has been training a neural network to generate food recipes by giving it tens of thousands of cookbook recipes. The neural net's recipes are excellent:Beef Soup With S...
09:00 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Social Security cards explained
The Social Security card has become the de facto national ID in the USA. What is the history of the Social Security system, how has the function of the Social Security number changed, and why is it ...
08:46 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Are GMOs good or bad? Genetic engineering and our food
These folks (Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell) make the best explainer videos. This one, which explores GMOs and genetically engineering food, is no exception....
07:32 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Seedship is an absorbing text game of stellar colonization
Seedship is a text-only game of interstellar exploration and settlement. You're the sentient AI of a generation ship containing 1000 humans fleeing a doomed Earth, and you must deal with threats in de...
06:59 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Prison sentence for Spanish woman who tweeted jokes about the assassination of Franco's fascist successor
Julio writes, "A Spanish woman was sentenced yesterday for tweeting jokes about the 1973 assassination of Carrero Blanco (the appointed successor or General Franco). She was 16 at the time of her twee...
06:39 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing When should web designers use modal overlays?
"This web page needs to be interrupted by a lightbox effect and a modal dialog asking me to sign up for a mailing list," said no one ever. (more…)...
06:31 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Self-study materials on the fundamentals of malware analysis
Amanda Rousseau's self-learning materials for her Malware Unicorn workshop are a fantastic introduction to understanding and analyzing malware, covering the techniques used by malware authors, reverse...
06:22 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Verizon mandates pre-installed spyware for all its Android customers
"Appflash" will come pre-installed on all Verizon Android handsets; it's a Google search-bar replacement, but instead of feeding telemetry about your searches, handset, apps and activities to Google, ...
06:08 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Chimeric china: plates, cups, dishes and vases that mashup Chinese and European bone china
Seletti's Hybrid Collection "reflects on the historical production of Chinese and European Bone China and its influences between Western and Eastern aesthetics" -- they're made in Italy and they ain't...
06:06 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing 1,800 thread sheets are so soft you fall to sleep just making the bed
Thread count isnt like one of those deceiving metrics like camera megapixels or Facebook friendsmore threads are always better if you can afford them. If price was no object, we would all be snoozing ...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Australia leads the world in selling housing to money-launderers
A new Transparency International report ranks the world's most superheated urban property markets to find the most corrupt and finds that Australia is a playground for offshore criminals looking to la...
05:42 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Laurie Penny blazes: Brexit is just the latest alibi for austerity
Laurie Penny's red pen of justice (previously) is gouting unstoppable fire today in her column on the relationship of cruel austerity to Brexit: the decade during which Conservative ideologues gutted ...
05:39 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Trailer for Stephen King's It (2017)
Pennywise and his real-world imitators may be thanked for putting an early end to the Pokemon Go fad last year, but the real fruit of It's labor is the forthcoming TV film version of Steven King's c...
05:22 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Fascinating documentary on combat photojournalist Catherine LeRoy
"The Hill Fights" is a clip from Jacques Menasche's film on the life and work of Catherine LeRoy, best known for covering the Vietnam War in all its unvarnished horror. (more…)...
05:15 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch these tops spin at 12000 rpm despite high centers of gravity
YouTuber Latheman fired up his lathe and made these tops with the weight at the top. It's remarkable how long they can spin on a surface like glass or tile. (more…)...
05:00 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Apple finally allowed drone strike alert app, then removed it again
Josh Begley doesn't give up easily. After 12 rejections, Apple finally allowed his app Metadata+ to be sold on iTunes. But what the App Store giveth, the App Store taketh away. (more…)...
05:00 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing New Magic Club in LA!
Youre in LA, sniffing around for something to do, cant get into The Magic Castle or looking for something less expensive? Theres a new place in town: Black Rabbit Rose.LA Magazine writes:An extraordin...
04:54 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer as a 50's rhythm and blues song
This peppy little cover by Postmodern Jukebox turned out quite nicely. (more…)...
04:54 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer as a '50s rhythm and blues song
This peppy little cover by Postmodern Jukebox turned out quite nicely. (more…)...
03:53 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Meet the self-taught coder exposing California politics to the sunlight
Watch this inspiring summary of Rob Pyers' journey from laid-off grocery bagger to major player in following the money in California politics. (more…)...
02:53 am PDT - Thu, March 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch these cool shifting patterns, explained in detail by the creator
This short animated confection exploring patterns is a charming diversion, but the director's notes are a fascinating glimpse into all the work it took: (more…)...
08:35 pm PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Ivanka Trump to take official position as "Assistant to the President"
Ivanka Trump, daughter of president Donald Trump, is to take an official, unpaid job as his assistant. That's Assistant to the President, not Assistant President.In a statement, the White House said i...
04:07 pm PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Anarchist bitcoin hacker flies to Syria to join a 4-million person anarchist collective the size of Massachusetts
Amir Taaki is a well-known anarchist bitcoin hacker whose project, Dark Wallet, is meant to create strong anonymity for cryptocurrency transactions; when he discovered that anarchists around the world...
11:20 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing On "Eastern European Women"
A Serb makes a good wife: she can pull the cart out of mud.That old Serbian proverb, its genius author has no name. Its like the earthy quip from a hospital that I once heard in real life; after he...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing How East Germany's Stasi tried to drive activists insane, and how they resisted
East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, were the most aggressive surveillance force of their day -- at the Stasi's peak, one in 60 East Germans was snitching for the agency. (more…)...
11:04 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing The Army is using quack "battlefield acupuncture" based on junk science
The exciting field of "battlefield acupuncture" involves training soldiers and medics to perform what amounts to a "theatrical placebo" involving jamming glorified thumbtacks into fellow soldiers' ear...
10:56 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Famous Monsters of Filmland's 1965 guide to home monster makeup
The Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-Up Handbook is a 1965 classic: Famous Monsters of Filmland founder Forrest Ackerman tapped movie makeup legend Dick Smith to create guides for turning yourself into any...
10:49 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing A rare class-action victory over Wells Fargo's fake accounts proves binding arbitration sucks
Wells Fargo got caught ripping off millions of customers by setting up fake accounts in their names, then billing them for "services" related to those accounts, sometimes tanking their credit-ratings,...
10:32 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Tokyo travel tips, day 2: busy Takeshita street and quiet alleys of Harajuku
Carla and I took a one-week trip to Tokyo. It was my sixth visit to Japan's capital, and it was my favorite so far. For the next few days, I'll be writing about recommended things to do there. See the...
10:26 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Man found in snake
Police in Sulawesi, Indonesia, say that a man who vanished while out harvesting palm oil was later found inside a giant python. The man was dead.Village secretary Salubiro Junaidi told The Jakarta Pos...
09:58 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Award-winning robot rappers perform "Robot's Delight"
These Japanese robots' performance of "Robot's Delight" -- an extended, braggadocios riff on the state of AI learning-through-imitation research, with break-dancing -- won Best Video at the 2017 ACM...
09:48 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing The 265 Republican Congressjerks who just nuked your online privacy sold out for chump change
Yesterday, Congress voted to bar the FCC from ever making a rule that limits how your ISP can spy on you and sell your data, without your permission. (more…)...
09:28 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing The "universal adversarial preturbation" undetectably alters images so AI can't recognize them
In a newly revised paper in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, a group of French and Swiss computer science researchers show that "a very small perturbation vector that causes natural images to ...
08:52 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing 20 years ago, Ted Cruz published a law paper proving companies could always beat customers with terms of service
You might think that when companies impose crappy, abusive terms of service on their customers that the market could sort it out, by creating competition to see who could offer the best terms and thus...
08:48 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing American of Italian descent has house for sale
Enjoy Joe Pitzo's charming, verge-of-tears tour of a house he recently inherited. Vertical video is surely the least of his NSFW sins. Now, it's true that one can never be sure anyone is who they sa...
08:30 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Speeder in Australia ticketed
In this segment from the excellent Australian highway patrol television show "Highway Patrol Australia," a motorist is pulled over after being observed traveling 28 kilomiles per candle faster than ...
08:05 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Stingray for criminals: spreading mobile malware with fake cellphone towers
Police who rely on vulnerabilities in crooks' devices are terminally compromised; the best way to protect crime-victims is to publicize and repair defects in systems, but every time a hole is patched,...
08:00 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Watch MC Escher make art in this short documentary
M.C. Escher: Adventures in Perception (1971) is a 20-minute Dutch documentary about the artist and includes scenes of him working in his studio. From Open Culture:Obsessed with perspective, geometry...
07:54 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Family has unorthodox plan for opening stuck elevator doors
A young man and a 6-year-old were stuck in an elevator at St. Lucia's Royalton hotel. Maintenance staff were summoned to get them out, but didn't arrive within 10 minutes. A minor rampaged commenced...
07:45 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing How the EU's imaginary "value gap" would kill user-generated content online
One of the music industry's dumbest, most pernicious talking-points is the "value gap" (AKA the "value recognition right") which is code for, "Online platforms should employ an army of copyright law...
07:40 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing The Doors' Ray Manzarek tells, and plays, the history of "Riders on the Storm"
The great Ray Manzarek makes magic on the Fender Rhodes as he reveals the musical evolution of the classic Doors song. (Don't blink or you'll miss guitarist Robby Krieger.)(via Laughing Squid)...
06:48 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Video from camera falling from airplane and landing in pig pen
An oldie but goodie. I was expecting the GoPro logo to pop up at the end."Camera falls from a sky diving airplane and lands on my property in my pig pen. I found the camera 8 months later and viewed...
06:00 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Coldplay and Smash Mouth mash-up: "Sky Full of All Stars"
This makes me like one of the songs a bit more and dislike the other a bit less....
05:50 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing NASA's revamped image and video library makes searching fun
Get ready to fall into a black hole of non-productivity once you open NASA's new Image and Video Library. Lots of great tags and captions to find what you want! (more…)...
05:43 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing A Proudly Regulation-Free America
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 much more...
05:39 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Passenger shoots northern lights timelapse on a flight to Iceland
Aryeh Nirenberg captured a remarkable sight for the rest of us to enjoy while on vacation: the northern lights as they appeared from a plane window on New Year's Eve. Better than any fireworks! (mor...
05:29 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Next-level flipper flips his pencil and sticks the upright landing
https://www.instagram.com/p/BSHUKxagwz4/?taken-by=flips.9As the bottle-flipping craze mutates, more impressive entries are popping up in the flipper community. Watch this doozie by Instagrammer Flips....
05:05 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Where was this WordPress training when we set up our CMS?
Maybe its entirely because of podcast ads, but drag-and-drop tools like Squarespace have gotten immensely popular in recent years. While its definitely a great tool for any non-coders who want to get ...
05:00 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Working model of female reproductive system has first period
The EVATAR is a working model of a reproductive system made from a mouse ovary and bits of a human uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes, and liver. Developed by Northwestern University researcher T...
04:49 am PDT - Wed, March 29, 2017
BoingBoing Watch as World's Slowest Saw returns with viewer requests
What's left in life after creating the World's Slowest Saw? YouTuber DangerousAndAwesome took his dream to new heights with a battery pack, Arduino display, and a sinister scene where the saw cuts a...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing My favorite garlic crusher
I use this rocker garlic crusher several times a week. To use it, you just put a peeled clove of garlic under the crusher and rock the crusher over it a few times. It will smash the garlic through the...
12:33 pm PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Explore this 3D model of Dunder Mifflin from The Office
Archilogic made this interactive 3D model of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin from The Office. You can scan over the entire space under "floor plan view," starting off with Pams desk and the offi...
10:17 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Little girl mistakes discarded water heater for a robot
"I wuv you, wobot."...
09:58 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Farmers in Canada are also reduced to secretly fixing their tractors, thanks to DRM
In 2011, the Canadian Conservative government rammed through Bill C-11, Canada's answer to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, in which the property rights of Canadians were gutted in order to en...
09:58 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing A mother filmed the very invasive TSA pat-down of her teenage son
Every time you think that this TSA guy has finished rubbing every square inch of a boy's body, he comes back for another rubbing. It seems likes he's trying to discover a bobby pin the boy might have ...
09:38 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Woman wears heavy bomb suit, can't get up
Like being on a planet with 3X Earth's gravity....
09:35 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Twin Peaks theme song gets the Seinfeld treatment
[via]...
09:19 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Google tries to define a valid family. Predictable awfulness ensues.
Ten years ago, a group of engineers and media executives sat down to decide what was, and was not, a real family. The results were predictably terrible. (more…)...
08:14 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing This mountain inspired a prison break in 1943
Stuck in an East African prison camp in 1943, Italian POW Felice Benuzzi needed a challenge to regain his sense of purpose. He made a plan that seemed crazy -- to break out of the camp, climb Mount Ke...
07:55 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Photos from the Body Farm
Texas State University's Body Farm (AKA Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University or FACTS) is a 45-year-old facility where the corpses of medical body donors are left to decompose so tha...
07:47 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Monopoly capitalism destroyed American black businesses, which provided safe employment for civil rights activists
For a generation, Americas anti-trust enforcers have walked away from their duties, gripped by an ideology that says that bigger companies mean more profits (which benefit the rich) and lower prices (...
07:31 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Game theory: pedestrians versus autonomous vehicles
Any well-designed self-driving car will be at pains to avoid killing people, if only to prevent paperwork delays when they mow someone down. (more…)...
06:56 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Connecticut's undertaxed super-rich hedgies get "tax bills" from anti-cuts protesters
Connecticut, home to the richest hedge-fund managers in America, is going broke, cutting services and gutting pension plans to try and fill its $1.8B budget hole -- a hole it plans on filling by takin...
06:38 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing "Unskilled group" is responsible for multiple, crappy ransomware attacks
Software can be thought of as a system for encapsulating the expertise of skilled practitioners; translate the hard-won expertise of a machinist or a dental technician or a bookkeeper into code, and p...
05:51 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Restoration revealed 1920s roulette table was rigged
Enjoy this simple and surprising tale from The Games Room Company, who were tasked with restoring a roulette table operated in Chicago throughout the 1930s: "we found that it had been completely rig...
05:27 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Meet a googly-eyed cuttlefish
The operators of the ocean-floor exploring vehicle E/V Nautilus chanced across this absolutely adorable googly-eyed purple cuttlefish, so what they they do? They spent the next five minutes making f...
05:03 am PDT - Tue, March 28, 2017
BoingBoing Oh, look! A fidget tool
When you cant wait for the worlds longest meeting to end, the mindless leg bouncing makes your boredom obvious and just annoys everybody else. Everyone knows the TPS reports need the damn cover sheet,...
09:03 pm PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Jenny Nicholson's "Top 10 Reasons I Won't Do ASMR" ASMR
I get a huge kick out of the videos of the always-entertaining nerd whisperer Jenny Nicholson. If you haven't seen her channel, check it out and watch as she sits on her bed, surrounded by sci-fi pl...
05:07 pm PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Louis Grabher's personalized auto license plate deemed too offensive to renew
Mr. Grabher's personalized plate, GRABHER, has never been a problem until this year's renewal. The BBC reports that the Nova Scotian motorist was refused permission to plate up his own name—of f...
04:02 pm PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Miele's networked disinfecting hospital dishwasher has a gaping security flaw
The Miele PG 8528 is a "washer-disinfector" intended for hospitals and other locations with potentially dangerous pathogens on their dirty dishes; it's networked and smart. And dumb. (more…)...
03:54 pm PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Gaff card deck has 40 magic tricks
https://amzn.to/2mKmut5Gaff cards are playing cards that have been doctored ion one way or another so you can do magic tricks that would be very difficult or impossible to do with an ordinary deck. I ...
03:26 pm PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Tokyo travel tips, day 2: Yoyogi park
Carla and I took a one-week trip to Tokyo. It was my sixth visit to Japan's capital, and it was my favorite so far. For the next few days, I'll be writing about recommended things to do there. See the...
02:17 pm PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a subscription to Ms. for every state official in Wyoming, home of America's worst wage-gap
Rudy Rucker writes, "Isabel Rucker and friends are promoting a GoFundMe project to give an Ms. subscription to each of the elected officials in Wyoming. Why? To raise awareness of women's issues. Wyom...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Star Wars Rebels season three finale
This weekend saw Star Wars Rebels season three draw to a close. This was an exciting episode, but very little resolved. (more…)...
12:14 pm PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Orson Welles interviews Andy Kaufman (1982)
https://youtu.be/xrGlWAFy1LUI was expecting this to be a train wreck, but Orson Welles (in an unusually ungrumpy mood) did a terrific job of interviewing Andy Kaufman, who was always a tough nut to cr...
12:08 pm PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Shaun Cassidy sings "Rebel Rebel" (1980)
Today, Shaun Cassidy is a successful TV producer. In the 1970s he was better know as the little brother of David Cassidy. In 1979 Shaun hired Todd Rundgren to produce his album Wasp. I don't think t...
11:47 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing "I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left"
Megan Phelps-Roper was born into the Westboro Baptist Church. In this TED Talk, she explains what ut was like in the church and why she left.What's it like to grow up within a group of people who ex...
11:31 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Trump approval hits new low
Gallup's latest poll reveals that Trump's approval rating is at an all time low of 36%. This is probably his bare rock base, who would cheer him for repealing the Bill the Rights (except for the 2nd A...
11:22 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Halestorm's kinda metal ode to metal
Somehow I ran across this music, I liked it, and it wasn't recorded 30+ years ago!I've been enjoying Halestorm's 2015 release Into the Wild Life....
11:18 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Russian cat won't let go of bread bag
YouTube description translated from the Russian: "Cat Boris lives in a shelter. He and the other tails looking for a home! Dear friends, we are a haven for cats. We are located in St. Petersburg."[v...
11:13 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Celebrity voice impressionist switches actors in famous roles
Ross Marquand (Walking Dead) is also a great voice impressionist. Here he is impersonating actors delivering lines for movies they never appeared in: John C. Reilly in Taxi Driver, James Gandolfini ...
11:02 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing An inflatable pillow to make flying in coach tolerable
This simple, inflatable pillow provides the lower back support I wish a coach airplane seat would. (more…)...
09:03 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Trip out on Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" concert screen projections
When Pink Floyd took the stage on their mid-1970s "Dark Side of the Moon" tour, they performed in front of a stunning video cut-up created by British animator Ian Emes. Above are screen projections ...
08:44 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing How America's obsession with hula girls almost wrecked Hawai'i
Over at Collectors Weekly, Lisa Hix has just written an incredibly in-depth history of the hula, from its roots as a sacred dance to its kitschy personification as a dashboard doll. For her piece, Hix...
08:38 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Excellent beer bottle blowing cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It"
The Bottle Boys blow like nobody's business. (via Laughing Squid)...
08:01 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Escalator malfunction leads to injuries and arrests
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-W4-BIqFwsAfter an escalator malfunctioned and reversed its course at high speed, sending shoppers sprawling into a mall concourse, two engineers called in to investig...
07:45 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Monkeys helped man who mysteriously vanished in the Bolivian Amazon
Tourist Maykool Coroseo Acua, 25, was lost in the Bolivian Amazon for nine days. He says that he was only able to survive thanks to "a group of monkeys, who dropped him fruit and lead him to shelter a...
07:30 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Weird laws from around the world
(NSFW language)Funny: In Florida, it's unlawful to have sex with a porcupine. Sad: In Russia, it's illegal to tell minors that gay people exist. (Sam O'Nella)...
06:14 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Site turns any image into an animated waving flag
Flag Waver accepts uploaded images or URLs and turns them into an on-screen waving flag. There are advanced options for wind and hoisting! Sadly, you cannot export or save animations....
06:05 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing How many towns in the world have the same name as yours?
A weirdly fascinating single-serve site: How many places are named Pittsburgh? (Spoiler: three!)There are 15 New Yorks, 29 Londons, 53 Parises, 248 San Franciscos and 320 San Antonios. But there is on...
05:50 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Enjoy a startling "vintage cigarette commercial" from Japan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oBHeoF2nOcThis is presented on the viral internet as a clever 1991 cigarette commercial for "Sutaffu" cigarettes, but it appears to be from Topknot Detective, an Austr...
05:27 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Store manager vs alleged shoplifter
KodyXO's video has everything going for it, from landscape-oriented 60fps footage to elderly ladies refereeing a wrestling match in a grocery store between a store manager and an alleged shoplifter....
05:01 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing A slingshot loaded with tiny glowing airplanes
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all ...
04:33 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing "I didn't know there was this much green in the whole galaxy"
Anyone familiar with Star Wars or even the modern art of movie-making will know what's coming as soon as Rey says it, but it's a brilliantly effective joke....
04:22 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how NASA trains astronauts with VR
NASA has always been an early adopter of technology like virtual and augmented reality for training. Here's a cool glimpse into how they train future ISS and landing party astronauts. (more…)...
04:08 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Watch some free diving beneath ice for your daily dose of NOPE
Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for free diving under ice. This gorgeous film captures the beauty and danger. She can stay under for more than 6.5 minutes with no gear of any kind. (more&he...
04:03 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Andy Warhol's First Meeting with The Velvet Underground (and other events of 1965)
A book of John Wilcock comics is now available...
03:56 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Two long-lost Mister Rogers episodes appeared for a hot second
Over the weekend, two episodes of Mister Roger's Neighborhood "Conflict" series unexpectedly appeared on YouTube after being unavailable for three decades. YouTube quickly removed them, but to many, t...
03:25 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this cool transparent deep sea creature whose eyes take up its whole head
Cystisoma is an amphipod, a creature with two kinds of legs, and they are almost entirely translucent. One major exception is their pale orange retinas, which each take up about half of its head. (m...
02:55 am PDT - Mon, March 27, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous collection of public domain illustrations of space
Over a decade ago, we tipped readers to the astronomy illustrations of Trouvelot. now the New York Public Library has a large collection of his work available online. (more…)...
03:32 pm PDT - Sun, March 26, 2017
BoingBoing Cast of Twin Peaks revival talk about how their characters have changed in revival series
https://youtu.be/3VwbkAMfFlUThe first mind-blowing episode of Twin Peaks aired in 1990. On May 21 this year, Showtime will debut a two-hour episode of the revival series, produced by creators David Ly...
02:21 pm PDT - Sun, March 26, 2017
BoingBoing Excellent USB microscope on sale for $30
I wrote about the terrific Plugable USB Handheld Digital Microscope in 2015. It's on sale for $29.70 right now.I had the earlier version of the Plugable USB Handheld Digital Microscope and liked it a ...
11:05 am PDT - Sun, March 26, 2017
BoingBoing United Airlines bars girls in leggings from boarding flight: they're "not properly clothed"
Call it The Landmaid's Tale: two girls were barred from boarding a flight by a United Airlines agent Sunday, and the airline confirmed that leggings are against a dress policy it applies to people tra...
09:49 am PDT - Sun, March 26, 2017
BoingBoing Companies that help build Trump's wall could lose pension fund investments and California state contracts
It's not just Mexican cement giant Cemex that's refusing to bid on the Great Wall of Trump; many of the firms in the super-concentrated large-scale construction sector are signalling their unwillingne...
06:49 am PDT - Sun, March 26, 2017
BoingBoing Old Paul Ryan gaffe goes viral: "We're not going to give up on destroying the health care system"
This brainfart from the Republican speaker of the house dates to 2013, not the aftermath of his failure to pass his widely-disliked Obamacare replacement plan. Snopes:WHAT'S TRUEHouse Speaker Ryan s...
05:18 am PDT - Sun, March 26, 2017
BoingBoing With the collapse of Trumpcare, Sanders wants Medicare-For-All
The humiliating inability of Republicans to legislate even when they control the Presidency, House and Senate has emboldened the left wing of the Democratic party, led by Bernie Sanders, to push to re...
05:00 am PDT - Sun, March 26, 2017
BoingBoing You should be flossing with water
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, every day! (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chivesstuck in your gums from ...
10:16 pm PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing Primitive Technology: Turn on the closed captions!
https://youtu.be/uZGFTmK6Yk4It's no secret that Boing Boing (along with over 4 million other netizens) loves the Primitive Technology channel on YouTube. We've covered this channel numerous times (abo...
04:30 pm PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing CCTV-studded, teargas-shooting, water-cannon-ed riot-control killdozer
Are you an urban police force thinking about how to control your fellow humans? Look no farther! Your pals at Bozena have an all-new RIOT system, a crowd-control killdozer for all your protest-suppres...
03:16 pm PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing Man costumed as The Joker arrested and charged with "wearing a mask in public"
The AP reports that Jeremy Putnam, 31, was arrested in Winchester, Virginia, and charged with "wearing a mask in public," a felony in that state.He was armed with a "sword" in public, which apparently...
08:02 am PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing Trump advisor Steve Bannon ordered conservative Republicans to vote for Trumpcare and they just laughed at him
Trumpcare went down in flames yesterday, and the flames smelled faintly of burning Trumphair. But the president's personal humiliation was shared with adviser Steve Bannon, according to reports, whose...
07:23 am PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing Tabloid roundup: Obama's real birth certificate, a spy in the White House, murder charges for an aging star, and more!
Barack Obamas real Kenyan birth certificate has been discovered, President Trump has caught Russias White House spy, and actor Robert Wagner has been hit by grand jury murder charges - if you believe...
07:12 am PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing John Wick fights re-enacted with Nerf guns
Some pretty good action sequences in this sendup of John Wick, with hot lead replaced by pliant foam projectiles. (more…)...
07:12 am PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing Redneck almost kills his buddy with a nitrous-powered office chair
If Mythbusters and Jackass had a brother they kept in the attic and never talked about, he would be FarmtruckandAZN. Farmtruck, the brains of the outfit, invented the Nitrous Chair. (more…)...
07:12 am PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing Watch subway cars align as train goes around a bend
This Inception-like moment as all the doorways form a straight line is both satisfying and mesmerizing. (more…)...
07:12 am PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how to build a working 3D printed tabletop arcade console
Christopher Tan created Retrocade, a delightful 3D printed arcade machine project that lets users play classic games. He's even releasing the files and instructions. (more…)...
05:59 am PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing Raspberry Pi 3 can do crazy things - learn some of them here
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cardsespecially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a work...
05:10 am PDT - Sat, March 25, 2017
BoingBoing AP stylebook now allows the "singular they" in some instances
The use of "them" as a gender-neutral pronoun goes back hundreds of years, but the weaponizing of grammar as a way to tell people how to talk (rather than a way to understand what speakers are saying)...
06:06 pm PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Favorite tools of Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Co.
Our guest this week on the Cool Tools Show is Danielle Applestone. Danielle is a material scientist, co-founder and CEO of Other Machine Co., the leading manufacturer of high-precision desktop CNC mil...
05:12 pm PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Tokyo travel tips, day 1: Airbnb in Shinjuku and an adorable curry restaurant
Carla and I just returned from a one-week trip to Tokyo. It was my sixth visit to Japan's capital, and it was my favorite. For the next few days, I'll be writing about recommended things to do there. ...
03:39 pm PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Upright guitar stand for under $9
I have a Fender Telecaster but no case or stand. It usually sits on a couch. I finally broke down and bought the ChromaCast CC-MINIGS Universal Folding Guitar Stand with Secure Lock for $8.96 on Amazo...
03:16 pm PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Ultra-rich are sorry that Obamacare is still law of the land
People in the 400 highest-income households are gnashing their teeth today. If the repeal of Obamacare hadn't stalled, they stood to get tax cuts of about $7 million each. Mother Jones made this graph...
02:37 pm PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing The Poisoned Wine Problem
https://youtu.be/S2BB52xc_ccYou are a king and have invited 1,000 guests to a party. Each guest has brought one bottle of wine. But before any of the wine has been opened, your chief spy takes you asi...
02:21 pm PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Scott Weaver's incredible toothpick sculptures
By day, Scott Weaver is a grocery store clerk. When he's not working, he's making elaborate sculptures out of toothpicks and Elmer's Glue. His tool is a nail clipper. His largest work is called "Rol...
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Trump humiliated completely as Obamacare replacement fails in House
Republicans withdrew Trump's favored legislative plan to replace Obamacare on Friday, understanding that they lacked the votes to pass it in the House of Representatives. This despite the president's ...
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing "Obamacare is law of the land" as replacement fails in House
Republicans withdrew Trump's favored legislative plan to replace Obamacare on Friday, understanding that they lacked the votes to pass it in the House of Representatives. This despite the president's ...
10:41 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Incredible Afrobeat music from Mali
Founded in 1989, Mr Bongo is an exquisitely-curated indie record (and film) label that uncovers incredible Brazilian psych, rare soul, avant-jazz, and deeply groovy Afrobeat recordings and reissues th...
10:08 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing The mathematics of how sperm swim
A better understanding how a sperm swims its way toward an egg could help inform new treatments for male infertility. Researchers from the University of York have now come up with a mathematical formu...
09:51 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing How Darth Vader's amazing final scene in Rogue One happened
Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards tells the fascinating backstory behind Darth Vader's brutal stroll down the hallway in Rogue One. (Wired) And if you missed it yesterday, check out the S...
09:12 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to the sounds of an office, a vinyl record from 1964
In 1948, Moses Asch founded the incredibly influential Folkways Records label to record and share music and sounds from around the world. Along with bringing the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, L...
09:06 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing UK court refuses to let wife divorce husband, tells her unhappiness is to be expected in marriage
In Britain, grounds for divorce are quite specific: adultery, desertion, "unreasonable behavior", the agreement of both parties or five years separation. An appeals court has therefore affirmed anothe...
07:20 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing The BBC is using this excellent photo of Trump for everything
It's not even clear where it's from, but alongside various stories about Trump's healthcare legislation woes, it's been on the BBC News homepage for what, two days now? For this morning's one, they've...
06:01 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Trump HQ's latest push-poll takes trumpism to unexpected new lows
The latest poll emailed by Trump HQ to its mailing lists asks supporters to click based on whether they "stand with President Trump" or "believe Democrats and Fake News": click the former and you're t...
05:56 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Ruin someones morning by turning hot drinks into a kids toy with these LEGO-friendly mugs
Custom coffee vessels are the perfect piece of office flair, but its just a matter of time before your VOTE FOR PEDRO mug will start to lose its relevant wit. Why not have a new one every day, with wh...
05:50 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Public entomologists struggle with an epidemic of delusional parasitosis
Dr Gale Ridge is a public entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, where an average of 23 people a day call, write or visit; an increasing proportion of them aren't inquiring a...
05:12 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Google: Chrome will no longer trust Symantec certificates, 30% of the web will need to switch Certificate Authorities
In 2012, Google rolled out Certificate Transparency, a clever system to spot corrupt "Certificate Authorities," the entities who hand out the cryptographic certificates that secure the web. If Certifi...
04:52 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing One mysterious hooded figure is responsible for virtually every online security breach
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail; when all you have is clip art of a hooded hacker figure... (more…)...
04:43 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's Time Magazine interview about truthfulness, minus all the lies
Time's cover-story about Donald Trump features a long interview with the president, in which he insists, over and over again, that he is not a liar. It is full of lies. (more…)...
04:37 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Rich-world agricultural subsidies ensure coca leaves are Colombia's only viable cash crop
With the shambolic FARC peace deal finally in place, the Colombian government is hoping to shift the country's farmers from Colombia's major cash crop: the coca leaves that are refined into the world'...
04:25 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing This $300,000 Air Force One photo caused a panic in 2009
Here's a great backstory on the shot of Air Force One that cost a guy his job after commissioning an unannounced low-altitude flight around lower Manhattan. (more…)...
04:24 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing A climbable personal library in an old elevator shaft
Studio North was commissioned to refit an old elevator shaft in a converted warehouse loft in Calgary; they built a tall, narrow library with climbable shelves whose hand- and foot-holds retract into ...
04:16 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Unicorn candle holder cries colorful waxy tears when lit
This nifty crying unicorn candle comes with three colorful wax rainbow horns. Light the horn, and tears of joy start to flow from the unicorn's eyes: (more…)...
04:16 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Sesame Street has been trolling Trump for three decades
Trump's distaste for publicly-funded children's programming may or may not be connected to Sesame Street's character Ronald Grump, a grouch who finagles Oscar into relocating from his trash can to G...
04:01 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research blew so much money on rubbish patents, it's gone broke
CSIR-Tech is the commercial arm of the Indian government's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; after spending 50 crore (about USD7.6M) pursuing more than 13,000 "bio-data patents" (patents ...
04:01 am PDT - Fri, March 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch researchers modify caterpillars, revealing wing development inside cocoons
Biologist Nipam Patel and his team at UC Berkeley study how butterflies develop wing shape and color by performing surgery on caterpillars, creating translucent windows in their cocoons. (more&helli...
08:29 pm PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Trump, 'Art of the Deal' President, 'grapples with rare bout of self-doubt' as Trumpcare implodes
The chaos surrounding Donald Trump and Paul Ryan's monster of a health care bill grows: a long-planned vote in Congress was called off today, representing a devastating blow to the narcissist-in-chief...
07:25 pm PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Humiliated Trump issues ultimatum to GOP: pass healthcare act now or I'll never repeal Obamacare
Trump, his deal-making skills having failed him, simply ordered his party Thursday night to pass his unappetizing Obamacare replacement plan, or else. And the "else" is Obamacare, forever and ever and...
01:12 pm PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Racist border policies mean Toronto school board will no longer allow trips to Trump's USA
Toronto high-school students have been visiting the USA since their inception; I remember my own high-school trips to Buffalo's Albright Knox gallery warmly. But they are a relic of the past, because ...
01:05 pm PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Senate votes to allow ISPs to collect and sell personal data without permission
In a party-line split, the U.S. Senate today voted to allow internet service providers to retain personal data without permission and sell it to whomever might pay for it.The Senate voted 50:48 in fav...
12:58 pm PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing No, the meme-slinging alt-right Pepe worshippers didn't win the election for Trump
Despite the widespread belief that meme-warriors won the election through tactical shitposting of photoshopped Pepe the Frogs in Nazi arm-bands, the reality is a lot more complicated. (more…)...
11:39 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Anti-theft toilet paper dispenser with facial recognition technology
The public bathroom at Beijing's Temple of Heaven Park now has a toilet paper dispenser outfitted with a camera and facial recognition technology to prevent toilet paper theft. From the New York Times...
11:28 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Amazing body paint illusion of a woman cut in half
Israeli makeup magician Ilana Kolihanov created this wonderfully creepy optical illusion. See more of her incredible work on her Instagram feed. A post shared by Ilana Makeup Artist (@ilana_makeup...
11:14 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Roku's Streaming Stick helps make travel not as horrible
I hate to travel, but Roku's Streaming Stick lets me take my home TV viewing experience with me.While we've tried AppleTV, Xbox One, and a Google Chromecast stick, my daughter and I both prefer Roku. ...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Conservative trolls pretending to be black on Twitter "sad" and "obvious"
A sharp increase in right-winger pretending to be black on Twitter as they troll people has been noted. "I'm used to trolling, and it doesn't bother me, but the idea of a black woman selling her sons ...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing This footage of the MTS Oceanos sinking is still astounding
In 1991 the crew of the MTS Oceanos abandoned the ship and its passengers to disaster. Overcome by bad weather, and bad decision-making, I believe no lives were lost....
10:33 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Star Wars Rebels season three draws to an end
Season three of Star Wars Rebels has been fantastic! This week promises an epic showdown.This season we've seen Mon Mothma bring the rebel fleet together, the Mandalorians begin to throw off the yok...
10:21 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing An art adventure in a magicians' lair with Olivia De Berardinis & Thomas Kuntz
Amazing sculptor and automata creator Thomas Kuntz, legendary pin-up artist Olivia De Berardinis, and master event creator Bob Self, have teamed up to create an occult cabaret and bohemian art salon w...
10:10 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing San Francisco: ODC's stunning new season of contemporary dance
Tonight (Thursday, 3/23), San Francisco's magnificent contemporary dance company ODC launches their 2017 season that includes two world-premiere dances, live music, and reprises of Brenda Way's Walk B...
09:56 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Flexible, printable circuits inspired by goldbug beetle
Poking a golden tortoise beetle ("goldbug") triggers the insect's color to change from gold to a red-orange. Inspired by the natural system underlying that insectoid superpower, MIT researchers have d...
09:38 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Star Wars: Rogue One ending flow into A New Hope beginning
The perfect plot flow fires me up even as Uncanny Valley Leia brings a tear to my eye. (Barre Fong)...
09:06 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing The Commodore 64's "secret colours"
Commodore's C64 had a famously decisive, if drab set of 16 colors to choose from, a note of artistic intent amid the unthinking mathematical extremities of other 8-bit color palettes. But did you know...
06:41 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing I was seriously attracted to the human female host of this creepy children's TV show
Emmy Jo heated up my daydreams....
05:54 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Much like thunder, these 10' long Lightning cables are so cheap it is frightening
The Lightning port has thus far resisted the cruel fate that befell the headphone jack, and despite rumors that it may be disappearing come iPhone 8, for the present and foreseeable future, Lightning ...
05:17 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing 9 minutes of Aussie-flavoured dashcam hell
"Faaaaaack!""You SILLY person!"Jesus Chroiiiiist!etcetera....
05:04 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Libretaxi: a free, open, cash-only alternative to Uber, for the rest of the world
Libretaxi is an open source project that lets anyone become a rideshare driver in less than a minute; it has more than 20,000 users worldwide, and is maintained by Roman Pushkin, who started the proje...
04:58 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing How companies should plan for, and respond to, security breaches
Troy Hunt, proprietor of the essential Have I Been Pwned (previously) sets out the hard lessons learned through years of cataloging the human costs of breaches from companies that overcollected their ...
04:48 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Pool trickshot artist proves his shots aren't fake with live audience
Florian Kohler, aka Venom, may look like an unassuming guy, but he's one of the greatest living pool trickshot artists. Tired of claims that his videos are faked, he gathered an audience and compile...
04:47 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Hypnotic video of dropping liquids into an aquarium
Photographer Brian Tomlinson creates beautiful stills of liquids dropped into an aquarium. Some of the results are below: (more…)...
04:46 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing About half of Detroit can't read
America's public education system is failing the citizens of Detroit, where the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund reports that 47% of people in Detroit are illiterate. In nearby suburbs, up to one-third...
04:46 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Watch steelworkers forge enormous steel anchor chains
This industry video from Korean steelsmiths Dai Han Anchor shows workers forging and testing the largest anchor chains in the world. A fascinating mix of forge technology and cutting-edge quality co...
04:45 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Amazing lifelike miniature dumpsters
Australian artist Joshua Smith makes models of run-down everyday things like dumpsters, but they have such detail and craftsmanship that they are truly remarkable. (more…)...
04:40 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Internal Islamophobia and racism are costing the FBI its vital, tiny cohort of Muslim and Arabic agents
FBI agents have described the 83% white Bureau as "Trumpland," where conspiracy theories about Sharia law takeovers of America are taken seriously; the far-right, racist nature of so many agents has r...
04:40 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Internal Islamophobia and racism are costing the FBI its vital, tiny cohort of Muslim and Arab agents
FBI agents have described the 83% white Bureau as "Trumpland," where conspiracy theories about Sharia law takeovers of America are taken seriously; the far-right, racist nature of so many agents has r...
04:03 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting a Trumpy the Rat inflatable for the sidewalk outside of Trump Tower
Scabby the Rat is a giant, inflatable rat that joins New York union workers on the picket line, an enduring symbol of the power of workers against rapacious capital. (more…)...
03:52 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing The giant ships that ship other ships through the shipping lanes
Behold, the Blue Marlin, a "semi-submersible heavy lift ship" that is capable of hoisting and transplanting other, full-sized ships (that is ships as big or bigger than a US Destroyer-class vessel) al...
03:45 am PDT - Thu, March 23, 2017
BoingBoing A doll designed to bend into the whole alphabet
Mister Alphabet is an action-figure designed to cleverly bend and contort into every letter of the Latin alphabet; the website is long on trademark warnings and arty Instagram photos, but short on det...
08:18 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing 'A Border Agent Took My Sister and Me Into a Closet and Sexually Assaulted Us,' say teen sisters
Two sisters who were trying to escape violence and poverty in Guatemala for a better life became so desperately lost trekking across the Texas desert that when they saw a U.S. Customs and Border Prote...
07:53 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Russian billionaire Deripaska paid Manafort to 'greatly benefit' Putin before Manafort joined Trump campaign
Before he worked for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, Paul Manafort worked for a Russian billionaire to help promote Russian president Vladimir Putin's agenda in the United States. (more&hellip...
06:22 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Black man stabbed to death in NY. Police: White supremacist killer wanted to kill Black men. That's terror.
A white supremacist U.S. military veteran who had a known history of obsessively hating black men told police in New York that he stabbed a homeless black man to death to make a statement. (more&helli...
05:56 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing FBI: We have evidence Trump team and Russia communicated mid-campaign, maybe to coordinate Clinton info dump
This seems like a big escalation in the Trump/Russia investigation story. Late Wednesday, the FBI said it has evidence that associates of Donald Trump communicated with Russia during the 2016 U.S. pre...
04:27 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing What's a neutrino?
Ariel Waldman writes, "Neutrinos are tiny particles spit out by supernovas that were rumored to travel faster than light. Even though we still don't have FTL spaceships (sigh), I share with you why ...
02:59 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Schiff: I have 'grave concerns' over Nunes' Russia investigation leak to Trump
The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee today leaked information to President Donald Trump about the ongoing investigation into whether Trump's campaign collaborated with Russia to swing the ...
02:35 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Love libraries? Call your reps and sign a letter demanding continued funding for America's libraries
Lisa from the American Library Assocation writes, "We launched a campaign this afternoon asking anyone who supports libraries to give their Reps a call to ask them to sign on to two Dear Appropriator ...
02:26 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing The Falsum: a free, open brand for the anti-rump Resistance
Aaron created the Falsum, a fully worked branding guideline with templates and a style guide for a wordmark and logo for resisting Trumpism. (more…)...
01:01 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Fantastic avant-garde and counterculture posters for sale
The intrepid counterculture archivists/publishers of Boo-Hooray have posted their "Top 100 Posters" for sale. What a stunning collection of avant-garde art and design. It makes me yearn for the downto...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Seven influential filmmakers helped early on by federal arts funding
The National Endowment For the Arts granted the money for the first Sundance Institute lab in 1982. The program's grown to help some of the biggest filmmakers working today: Quentin Tarantino, Paul Th...
12:41 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing There is only one man with the gold, and that man is Mr. T
On the infrequent occasion I am asked for life advice I refer folks to Mr. T: The Man with the Gold: An Autobiography. It has all the answers. (more…)...
12:09 pm PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Master ventriloquist Jay Johnson shares the charming tale of his Mickey Mouse watch collection
You likely remember the incredibly talented Jay Johnson from his role on the ground-breaking comedy Soap. Jay is also a fantastic story teller, I found these tales of his Mickey Mouse watch collection...
11:42 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Turn your funk up to 7, with the Chi-Lites
The titular track from 1971's (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People by The Chi-Lites....
11:02 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Perfume to smell like a kitten
Demeter, the fragrance "library" that famously released a cologne with the smell of used paperback books, now offers a Kitten Fur scent. It's available as a cologne, body lotion, shower gel, and other...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Do the Star Wars sway to this 1977 country song, "May the Force Be With You Always"
Tom T. Hall's "May the Force Be With You" always was the first single from his November 1977 album New Train Same Rider. The song hit number 13 on Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" chart and went to n...
09:34 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Animated interview with a young George Michael
George Michael, 23, had just ended Wham! and launched his solo career when he spoke with Joe Smith, author of Off The Record: An Oral History of Popular Music:I do have the advantage of youth. Im go...
08:52 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing UK Parliament attack: cop stabbed, car driven into at least five bystanders, shots fired
The British Parliament is in lockdown after a shooting incident there, reports the BBC. A police officer was reportedly stabbed after a vehicle ran five people over on nearby Westminster Bridge and an...
08:52 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Four killed in attack at UK Parliament
Four people, including an assailant and a police officer, were killed today in an attack at the Houses of Parliament that authorities say was an act of terrorism.Ministers of Parliament were locked in...
08:14 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Real data used to create fictional flight over Mars
Jan Frjdman used HiRISE satellite data from Mars to create this beautiful and detailed flyby of the planet. Liz Stinson writes that stitching it together took months.For Frjdman, creating the flyove...
07:39 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Man dies after bathtub phone charger shock
Phone chargers usually only deliver a few volts of juice at a feeble amperage, but they'll deliver a lot more if you give them the chance. The BBC writes that a UK man died in the bathtub after being ...
07:38 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to the sources of Daft Punk's samples
Daftworld compiled some of the killer samples that Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter made their own. Full versions of the tracks heard here would make for a killer rare groove and dis...
07:11 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Shape land like a God with an augmented reality sandbox
Here's a sandbox with a topographical map projected onto it. Move sand about, and the map moves with it, like an insane tech demo of some augmented-reality version of classic God-game Populous.Your ...
07:11 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Shape land like Slartibartfast with an augmented reality sandbox
Here's a sandbox with a topographical map projected onto it. Move sand about, and the map moves with it, like an insane tech demo of some augmented-reality version of classic God-game Populous.Your ...
06:45 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Preventing typography disasters, from the Oscars to prescription bottles
This Vox video illustrates the fact that type design was the true culprit in last month's Oscars cockup, and how easy it would have been to prevent. But backslapping award shows are only the beginni...
06:43 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Come Visit Trump's Mar-a-Lago Florida Theme Park!
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, much more. GE...
06:25 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing This smartphone mount was made for an active lifestyle
All the filters in the world wont save your smartphone pics from a shaky hand. To really step up your mobile photography game, youll need some kind of mount to hold it steady. You could buy a smartpho...
06:10 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Desperate John Deere tractor owners are downloading illegal Ukrainian firmware hacks to get the crops in
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwoqN2UzAEgJohn Deere is notorious for arguing that farmers who buy its tractors actually "license" them because Deere still owns the copyright to the tractors' softw...
05:49 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing In 1913, Joe Knowles set out to spend two months naked and alone in the Maine woods
In 1913 outdoorsman Joseph Knowles pledged to spend two months in the woods of northern Maine, naked and alone, using only what he was able to find in the forest. In this week's episode of the Futilit...
05:48 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Bill Nye urges Trump to recommit to the U.S. Space Program
Bill Nye and The Planetary Society released a direct appeal to the Trump administration, asking that the government continue to focus on Mars and support commercial space industry. Trump proposed a ...
05:18 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Amy Goodman narrates a gorgeous animation about Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34LGPIXvU5MIn this gorgeous video produced by Al Jazeera's media literacy show The Listening Post, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now narrates an explanation of the "5 Fi...
05:05 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing Longstanding, unpatched Bluetooth vulnerability lets burglars shut down Google security cameras
A security researcher has published a vulnerability and proof-of-concept exploits in Google's Internet of Things security cameras, marketed as Nest Dropcam, Nest Dropcam Pro, Nest Cam Outdoor and Nest...
04:41 am PDT - Wed, March 22, 2017
BoingBoing A new (slow) open source JPEG algorithm makes images 35% smaller and looks better than older compression systems
Guetzli is Google's new free/open JPEG compression algorithm, which produces images that are more than a third smaller in terms of byte-size, and the resulting images are consistently rated as more at...
05:04 pm PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Check out this gigantic cock
It's easily the most ganked video in the world, and you've likely already seen it forty times on Facebook and Twitter. But Heather suggested the perfect headline, so here it is once again, in all it...
12:42 pm PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Red Star Tales: A Century of Russian and Soviet Science Fiction
Russian science fiction is rarely cheerful or upbeat, but if you want to read some fantastic dystopian futures, Red Star Tales is the collection for you. (more…)...
12:21 pm PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Ben Vereen, and some Muppets, sing one of my favorite tunes
Pure Imagination is my go to song on the guitar these days....
07:50 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Traceroute: now on demand!
Johannes writes, "Finally! My award-winning nerd culture documentary TRACEROUTE (previously) can be downloaded on Vimeo On Demand. It was quite a challenge to create it, and huge thanks to all the fol...
06:26 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing W3C moves to finalize DRM standardization, reclassifies suing security researchers as a feature, not a bug
The World Wide Web Consortium has announced that its members have until April 19 to weigh in on whether the organization should publish Encrypted Media Extensions, its DRM standard for web video, desp...
06:08 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing DHS bans laptops in the cabins of flights from 10 airports
The DHS has advised some airlines that flights originating from some overseas airports will only be allowed to land in the USA if passengers are required to check any electronic device bigger than a p...
05:58 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing How license "agreements" interfere with the right to repair
States across America are considering "Right to Repair" legislation that would guarantee your right to choose who fixes your stuff (or to fix it yourself); but they're fighting stiff headwinds, from...
05:51 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Muppet with autism plays Boing Boing tag!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNzEyDfTrYAJulia is the new muppet with autism who's joined Sesame Street and she's off to an amazing start with this delightful game of "Boing Boing tag." We love yo...
05:44 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing White House: Trump's golfing is work, unlike Obama's golfing, which was scandalous
During Obama's terms of office and the election campaign, Donald Trump frequently took aim at Obama's golf games, decrying them as scandalous in light of "the problems and difficulties facing the US,"...
05:31 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Boston school district switches to a more accurate world map, blows kids' minds
The Mercator projection maps we're all familiar with dates to a 16th-centry Flemish cartographer who wanted to emphasize colonial trade routes; as a result, it vastly distorts the relative sizes and p...
05:24 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Cut the cable cord intelligently with this HD antenna
The forced transition from analog to digital TV signals was probably met with relative indifference from people with Netflix subscriptions and the I dont even own a TV snoots. But anyone living in the...
05:21 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Forced-pregnancy scam that masqueraded as abortion clinics won't account for $1M in Pennsylvania tax-dollars
Real Alternatives organizes and funds the notorious, deceptive anti-abortion centers ("crisis pregnancy centers") that pretend to be abortion clinics, luring in women who wish to terminate their pregn...
05:08 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Provoked by Trump's cruel budget, Colbert brings back The Word
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2wSfP0qoMk"Stephen Colbert" is a character that was once played by Stephen Colbert: a right-wing blowhard pundit who called Bill O'Reilly "Papa Bear." When Colbert t...
05:00 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Open source hardware, IoT motorcycle kit you assemble in a weekend
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s0LnAWGwF4Fictiv is a rapid prototyping company that can take concepts or finished designs and farm them out to a network of CNC and 3D printing companies to have yo...
04:30 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing How sound is used to make you remember brands
From the THX sound to Windows startup chimes, audio is a key weapon in the psychological branding arsenal. In this video from Wired, Andrew Stafford (Co-Founder & Director at Big Sync Music) and Ste...
04:20 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Windows 95 startup sound slowed 4000%
Something about the soundtrack to Hi Stranger tickled neurons untickled for many years. It turned out to be the Windows 95 startup sound slowed 4000%.Here's the original, for reference.https://www.y...
04:10 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Do not watch "Hi Stranger" while high
A short film written and animated by Kirsten Lepore, starring Garrett Davis. It's part of the Strangers anthology from Late Night Work Club...... a loose, rotating collective of indie animators. Tha...
03:46 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Football coach placed own penis in hot dog bun, say teens
Jim Sharkey, a high school football coach in Spokane, was suspended February after reportedly showing his penis to students. The Spokesman-Review reports that the incident occurred last summer at a le...
03:44 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing LED log light
If you're a fan of both logs and lights, perhaps a log light would brighten your life. Owen Duggan crafts these beauties in western France. (more…)...
03:33 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Experiments with thermochromic hair dye
Lauren Bowker's UK-based firm The Unseen is currently working on a bunch of cool thermochromic textile and dye applications, like this hair color that responds to heat. (more…)...
03:26 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Cool animated overview of how media manufactures consent
Manufacturing Consent feels like a must-read all over again lately, and this excellent primer by animator Pierangelo Pirak lays out the five filters of the mass media machine. (more…)...
03:26 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous Mars flyover video rendered from real photos
Mars enthusiast Jan Frjdman painstakingly composited a fictive flight above real Mars, based on actual images of the surface of Mars. The goal was to make some of Mars' fascinating topography feel m...
02:25 am PDT - Tue, March 21, 2017
BoingBoing Prankster sends a 419 scammer into a NSFW rage
Kvatch of The Hoax Hotel is masterful at playing rubes who fall for online scams. In this gem, he keeps an "FBI agent" named "Josh" on the line for nearly 22 minutes, riling him up until he's "the a...
08:02 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Zelda fan/maker controls smart home by playing ocarina
In celebration of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Allen Pan built a wonderful home automation system where the interface is an ocarina as seen in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (Thanks, Lux!)...
07:46 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing FBI investigating Trump campaign's Russia links, says no info supports Trump's wiretapping claims
At a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that the FBI had launched an investigation into Russian efforts to influence 2016's presidential election an...
07:20 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Julia, the muppet with autism, joins Sesame Street's TV show
Julia, the muppet with autism, will join the Sesame Street TV show in April. She appeared last night on 60 minutes during an interview segment with Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro. From NPR:"Th...
07:20 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Astronaut unknowingly brought souvenir flags to the moon and now you can buy one
When Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott hopped across the lunar surface in 1971, he was carrying a pouch of tiny US flags in his spacesuit. The stash of flags was such a secret that Scott didn't even kn...
07:17 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing What creepy stuff will your ISP do once the FCC allows them to spy on your internet usage?
Senate Republicans have introduced a bill to ensure that the FCC won't be able to prevent your ISP from spying on your internet usage and selling your private information. What does that mean in pract...
07:14 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Trump approval rating "in the toilet"
After a few weeks of Donald Trump's presidency, only 37 percent of Americans are happy with it. It's the worst in 72 years of polling for a fresh president, reports Mary Papenfuss.Barack Obamas rating...
06:45 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Unusual computer ad from Japan
Mouse is a middling Japanese laptop brand (Engadget stayed on top of it for a while) with an excellent ad agency....
06:35 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Turkey splits up fight between roosters
Dennis Coon was unable to stop two roosters kicking off in the yard, but Officer Gobbles was having none of it....
06:21 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Read: "Communist Party": the first chapter of Walkaway
There's still time to pre-order your signed first-edition hardcover of Walkaway, my novel which comes out on April 25 (US/UK), and while you're waiting for that to ship, here's chapter one of the nove...
06:16 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Here's the schedule for my 25-city US-Canada Walkaway tour!
There's 25 stops in all on the US/Canada tour for WALKAWAY, my next novel, an "optimistic disaster novel" that comes out on April 25 (more stops coming soon, as well as publication of my UK tour). (m...
06:15 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Nuclear explosion porn: watch newly declassified 1950s-1960s nuke test films
Weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and his colleagues at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have just uploaded dozens of declassified videos to YouTube of nuclear tests from the 1950s and 1960s. From...
06:12 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Gimmicky technological conceptualism returns with a vengeance
Wow! An edible drone with extruded vegetable spars that can be flown into famine-affected areas! Reworded press release posts popped up everywhere last week with this image attached. Ian Bogost wasn't...
06:11 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing People who identify as lucky really are different than others
This nice little explainer covers the nebulous concept of luck in a fun way. It summarizes the work of Richard Wiseman, who researched self-identified lucky and unlucky people. He found four key dis...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Very strange ear earrings
Before artist Nadja Buttendorf gave us "Finger-rings," she created silicone "EARrings" in a variety of skin tones. "Price on request."...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing How a photographer creates fire-winged portraits
Derek VanAlthuis rigged up a couple of high-power flashlights in a PVC casing, then ran them through an amber gel onto a piece of edge-lit plexiglass to create this winged portrait. Here's the setup: ...
05:55 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Interactive map of educational attainment in America
This nifty interactive map shows education levels of everyone over 25, with red representing less than high school continuing up the spectrum to blue meaning graduate degree. (more…)...
05:24 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Magnetic simplicity has come to micro USB charging cables
When Apple revealed the new MacBook in 2016, one of the biggest issues raised with the notebooks new design (aside from ire over the slew of new adapters youd inevitably have to buy) was the removal o...
03:01 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Road maintenance manager affirms that painted penii do not hasten pothole remediation
The internets will tell you that spraypainting a giant penis around a pothole will get your town's roadworks to prioritize its repair. The internets are wrong. (more…)...
02:54 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Behold the Trommelwhler!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np5tJXFKhyUFrom the Herbert H. Warrick, Jr. Museum of Communications, who note: "I've seen this style of dial illustrated in early human-factors study reports. I didn...
02:50 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing If Leo Kottke's "Rings" doesn't put you in a good mood...
...maybe you should have a talk with someone. (No relation) (more…)...
02:45 am PDT - Mon, March 20, 2017
BoingBoing Anne Frank Center wants Trump's in-house avowed Nazi to resign
Sebastian Gorka is one of the Brietbarters that Trump took with him to the White House, where he serves as "counter-terrorism adviser." He's also a non-metaphorical Nazi. (more…)...
11:20 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting modern hobo coins
Artist Chris Ovdiyenko has created a series of modern hobo nickels based on "some of the most iconic coins," imagining what they would look like if they were overengraved by someone with a delightfull...
10:56 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing Pink Trombone is an online voice synthesizer with a difference
Neil Thapen's Pink Trombone is a voice simulator: instead of telling it what to say, you individually move the soft and fleshy parts of the mouth, tongue and throat. There's a lot of fun to be had mov...
10:17 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing The Offworld Collection available to order
The Offworld Collection, presenting the very best features and essays from Offworld, is finally available to buy directly from Campo Santo for $40. I had the pleasure of designing and illustrating thi...
09:29 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing Weaponizing IKEA pencils made fun
In weaponry, as in life, sometimes the best things are free. Take the lowly IKEA pencil. No, literally take one or more of the ubiquitous free writing utensils. Then watch this video on how to weapo...
09:15 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing What is the right punishment for blasphemy?
BBC Asian Network raised a few eyebrows after tweeting "What is the right punishment for blasphemy?" While it's clear from watching the video all the way through that BBC's Shazia Awan is not taking a...
09:10 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Colin Furze mod a bumper car with a huge engine
Bumper cars are fun, but what if you could ride one in the wild, with a massive engine under the hood? That's what Colin Fuze is finding out as he mods a vintage bumper car. (more…)...
06:23 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing Test whether or not you need a Dramamine when you use a VR headset
Lately virtual reality has been touted as the future of movies, games, journalism, and even sex. Unfortunately, most consumer VR still requires investing in some not-insignificantly expensive equipmen...
06:00 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing Sci-Fi Sundays: Analog, March 1969
As usual, Analog always shines when it comes to cover art. They've got the fantastic Kelly Freas who supplied rich and colorful depictions for many years. On top of that, the actual printing itself is...
04:50 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing How to resist: lessons on "movement learning" from the Albert Einstein Institution
Jamila Raqib is a research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab and is Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution, founded by Gene Sharp, who literally wrote the book on successful nonviolent r...
04:32 am PDT - Sun, March 19, 2017
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders is (by far!) the most popular politician in America
As the approval ratings for Trump, the Republican Party, the Democratic Party and Congress circle the drain, one politician remains trusted by a shockingly large number of politicians: Bernie Sanders,...
03:54 pm PDT - Sat, March 18, 2017
BoingBoing Chuck Berry, Rock Music Legend, Dies at 90
The great Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock n rolls potential an...
01:37 pm PDT - Sat, March 18, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous and expensive wooden wireless keyboards, touchpads and mini-speakers
Oree makes wooden computer peripherals, and not just the usual keyboard and iPhone cases: also offered are matching touchpads (with optional numpad engraving) and "pebbles"--a gadget that combines a s...
12:52 pm PDT - Sat, March 18, 2017
BoingBoing Chew resistant leash for dogs who need a chew resistant leash
Oh, Nemo! My Great Pyrenees has yet to chew through this $15 rope leash.I tell my housesitters to never leave Nemo tied up to anything. Ignoring the obvious risk he'll pull whatever you've tied him to...
06:51 am PDT - Sat, March 18, 2017
BoingBoing Zelda: Art & Artifacts is an enormous art book for Hyrule explorers
The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts is a mammoth book containing art and errata from practically every Zelda title ever released. Having spent a mere afternoon with it, I feel I've experienced an ado...
06:23 am PDT - Sat, March 18, 2017
BoingBoing Master the Adobe Creative Cloud here and become a meme factory
Adobe has long been the industry leader in creative software. Its enduring popularity might be due to the relative ease of pirating Photoshop and the internet proliferation of amateur editing, but mor...
05:37 am PDT - Sat, March 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch skateboarders skate on frozen sand
Norway is one of the few places cold enough to support the seasonal sport of frozen sand skateboarding. Worth a watch just for the gorgeous vistas with the sun on the horizon. (more…)...
05:37 am PDT - Sat, March 18, 2017
BoingBoing Sobering look at how the poor are denied American justice
American penitentiaries, in idealized Quaker imaginings, were to be a place for reflective penitence followed by forgiveness. That's not how it worked out, especially for the poor. And the problem g...
05:35 am PDT - Sat, March 18, 2017
BoingBoing How tardigrades survive extreme conditions
Tardigrades, the tiny creatures also known as water bears, are a house favorite at Boing Boing. Able to survive in the most extreme conditions, from alcohol immersion to empty space, their resilience ...
05:29 am PDT - Sat, March 18, 2017
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling's SXSW 2017 keynote: what should humans do?
Every year, Bruce Sterling closes the SXSW Interactive Festival with a wide-ranging, hour-long speech about the state of the nation: the format is 20 minutes' worth of riffing on current affairs, and ...
09:37 pm PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Russia's richest invested about $100 million in Trump Florida properties
Who are the wealthy Russian citizens who've invested a total of almost $100 million worth of properties owned by U.S. President Donald J. Trump? An investigative report by Reuters digs into that quest...
09:10 pm PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Senate Intel Committee to hold 'Disinformation' hearing on Russian hacking and Trump election win
In Washington today, members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said they have scheduled a hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election for March 30. (more…)...
08:33 pm PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's big VA meeting at Mar-a-Lago weirdly canceled at last minute after this awkward moment
Well, that was awkward. (more…)...
07:27 pm PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's travel and security estimated to cost half a billion dollars for 1 term
The obvious cruelty throughout Trump's smash-the-state budget shocked and awed America this week, but right after the thief-in-chief proposed to destroy an array of relatively low-cost federal program...
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing "Roaming in Wonderland with Ears": the elf ear headphones reviewed
Mad props to whoever at the elf ear earbuds factory figured out exactly which western gadget blogger to send them to.First spotted on the Chinese-language Taobao shopping portal last year, the Spirit ...
10:53 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Fireproof human skulls for your gas fireplace, barbeque or fire-pit
They're $65 each, handmade from "lava granules plus significant heat ceramic refractory," available in black and white. (via Geekologie)...
10:39 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Before there was an EPA we had Tom Lehrer
A reminder of where things were headed without environmental protections....
10:22 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing This Mac app lets you edit PDF files. Straightforward, yeah, but awesome.
PDFs are a double-edged sword. On one hand, even the most tech-averse can easily open and print them out without screwing anything up, making them the quintessential format for sharing documents. But ...
10:22 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Cheap, simple strap for therapeutic stretching of my lower back
I need to stretch out my hamstrings and lower back, a lot. This $9 PT strap helps.I ceased being super active and spent much of the last year or so in "avoid backpain" mode. Slowly, I lost more of my ...
08:58 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing How Big Tobacco invented Donald Trump and Brexit (and what to do about it)
Economist Tim Harford (previously) traces the history of denialism and "fake news" back to Big Tobacco's cancer denial playbook, which invented the tactics used by both the Brexit and Trump campaigns ...
08:56 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Say good morning to Do Bee
I remember watching Romper Room religiously, perhaps that is what happened.https://youtu.be/td1KAgrYUGAWasn't it awesome we got morality lessons from a surreal bumble bee with a 420 friendly name? I...
08:56 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Say good morning to Do Bee!
I remember watching Romper Room religiously, perhaps that is what happened.https://youtu.be/td1KAgrYUGAWasn't it awesome we got morality lessons from a surreal bumble bee with a 420 friendly name? I...
07:37 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing An awesome bong packed full of 'frop takes your Slack to the next level
Happy Mutants! All hail Boing Boings new sponsor Herbtools!Ever wonder why J. R. "Bob" Dobbs wears that perpetual smile? It's the habifropzipulops mariphasa lupina in his pipe. When smoked, this rem...
07:16 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trump humiliated: administration apologizes to Britain for saying it wiretapped him for Obama
Another day, another Trumpwreck. The BBC:The US has agreed not to repeat claims the UK's communications intelligence agency wiretapped Donald Trump during the presidential election campaign.GCHQ rejec...
06:59 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Slow-motion footage of an air-burst nuclear explosion hitting the ground
From the newly-released archives.After collecting dust in high-security vaults for more than 65 years, hundreds of reels of film showing Cold War nuclear bomb tests have been declassified by the Uni...
06:59 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Slow-motion footage of an airburst nuclear explosion hitting the ground
From the newly-released archives.After collecting dust in high-security vaults for more than 65 years, hundreds of reels of film showing Cold War nuclear bomb tests have been declassified by the Uni...
06:52 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Windows 10 now "infested with annoying ads"
Microsoft gives away (ie forces) upgrades to Windows 10, and the price (ie reason) is that it is now "infested" with advertising, writes Tom Warren. Ads in the file explorer. Ads in core apps. Ads for...
06:30 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trans in the time of Trump: Interview with Andrea James, filmmaker and transgender activist
World of Wonder did a wonderful interview with longtime Boing Boing pal and contributor Andrea James about being a transgender person in the time of President Donald Trump. (more…)...
06:19 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Surfing set to Indonesian 60's pop
Yes, Destination Isolation has some lovely footage of Asher Pacey's surfing. But what make it great is "Pip, Pip Yeah" by Indonesian girl group Dara Puspita. (more…)...
06:18 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Woman uses her vitiligo as a template for body art
Ashley Soto used to be embarrassed about her vitiligo, which started at age 12. Now she uses her vitligo as a sort of stencil to create all kinds of interesting body art pieces. (more…)...
06:18 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Colorful children's respirators make breathing poisoned air fun
The WOOBI is a sad sign of the times. It's a toylike respirator system designed for the 300 million children living in severe air pollution. (more…)...
06:13 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Video edit mocks awful animation in Mass Effect: Andromeda
The technology to create emotionless, plastic-faced "uncanny valley" animation is getting cheaper, and those placed in charge of using it are giving less and less of a fuck. https://twitter.com/Pepipo...
06:03 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing The Minnesotan left-wing economic miracle continues, while neighboring Republican states slowly collapse
Last fall, I wrote about the strange case of Minnesota governor Mark Dayton, a left-wing billionaire heir to the Target fortune who came to power and reversed his Republican predecessors' Reagonomic i...
06:00 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Goldfish-driven vehicles reach new heights
Goldfish-driven vehicles continue to make great strides since our previous coverage.Now they are higher up and on a sturdier wheelbase, allowing free movement around any gallery where this iteration...
05:52 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing The Carbon Bubble is about to pop
Despite Trump's denial of climate change the the ghastly attacks on climate science and mitigation in the new proposed budget, the Carbon Bubble -- which overprices hydrocarbons and the industries tha...
05:29 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing UC Berkeley nuked 20,000 Creative Commons lectures, but they're not going away
A ruling about a DC university held that posting course videos to the open web without subtitling them violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (while keeping them private to students did not) (I ...
05:18 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous slo-mo footage of dolphins chasing a boat
Damian Christie captured video of these frolicking bottlenose dolphins chasing his boat through the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand. (more…)...
05:10 am PDT - Fri, March 17, 2017
BoingBoing A confusatorium for self-driving cars
https://vimeo.com/208642358James "New Aesthetics" Bridle (previously) wants to confuse your autonomous vehicle, so he's designed this Autonomous Trap 001, a sequencing scheme with lots of room for g...
09:28 pm PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Video: Mount Etna erupts as BBC journalists run for their lives
A group of BBC News journalists had to run for their lives when a volcanic eruption took place while they were filming on Mount Etna. (more…)...
08:55 pm PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing 'Utterly ridiculous': GHCQ shreds Spicer's claim that UK spy agency wiretapped Trump
Officials with the British government complained to the White House today after Donald Trump's spokesliar Sean Spicer cited a bogus Fox News report claiming that former President Barack Obama got help...
08:55 pm PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing 'Utterly ridiculous': GCHQ shreds Spicer's claim that UK spy agency wiretapped Trump
Officials with the British government complained to the White House today after Donald Trump's spokesliar Sean Spicer cited a bogus Fox News report claiming that former President Barack Obama got help...
08:32 pm PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Trump: 'I love to read.'
In a recent Fox News interview, President Donald Trump told anchor Tucker Carlson he's beginning to get the hang of this whole reading thing. The interview hit the internet on the same day Trump's adm...
08:12 pm PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing What happens when you wear a green tie on TV, the Sean Spicer edition
Buzzfeed's Jesse McLaren created this important educational video, in which Trump spokesliar Melissa McCarthy, I mean Sean Spicer, shows everyone what happens when you wear a green tie on television. ...
07:25 pm PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Sassy Trump: Mitchigan
https://youtu.be/Bxg_QRyGlx0Sassy Trump is back, this time giving a beautiful, very beautiful speech at a spectacular auto-mo-bile business factory in Mitchigan, as he pronounces it. (more…)...
05:02 pm PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing My new writing setup
I'm one of those people who has trouble writing at length on my main machine, because of all the distractions it offers. Email and messaging and social networking: they all combine to form the "ludic ...
04:31 pm PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Google Home: a $129 speaker that plays advertisements when you ask it for a "daily briefing"
Owners of Google Home smart-speakers got a surprise today when their personal assistants finished the "daily briefing" (a rundown of weather, calendar reminders an traffic info) with a plug for Disney...
11:49 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing A bluetooth speaker that keeps your drinks cold. Yeah, yeah, just go with it.
Like an app-controlled faucet or a WiFi-enabled fire extinguisher, the words Bluetooth Cooler might make you think of a rejected internet-of-things concept. But trust us, adding wireless technology to...
11:22 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Boy Howdy! Killer merch for Creem magazine documentary
In its 1970s heyday, Detroit-based music magazine Creem was home to seminal editors/writers like Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau, Greil Marcus, Patti Smith, and so many more. Indeed, it was in its pa...
10:41 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing The daring doctors experimenting with psychedelic medicines
Rolling Stone's Mac McClelland tells the story of the physicians bravely breaking the law by treating patients with MDMA, ayahuasca, DMT, LSD, and other hallucinogens. From RS:As an internal-medicine ...
10:25 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Leaving kids in front of screens unsupervised for hours may have unpleasant consequences, parents learn
We all did so well keeping our kids away from obvious traps like 4chan, but it turns out that during those endless unsupervised hours watching Minecraft videos and Twitch streams, their hosts were mut...
10:14 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Prison pen is bendy, "non-lethal"
The Flexi-Pen is the writing utensil of choice in prisons because it can't be used to shiv someone. I bet it's fun to fidget with too. Amazon sells a five pack for $13.The Flexi-Pen is made with a sof...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Someone donated sixty ounces of marijuana to Goodwill
On Monday, Goodwill workers in Monroe, Washington opened a donated cooler and found five bags of weed inside. (That's 60 times the amount that's legal to possess in Washington.) If the donation was in...
09:36 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing A futurist looks to the past to understand the present "Gutenberg Moment"
Over at the Stanford Social Innovation Review, my friend and Institute for the Future colleague Marina Gorbis looks back at Johannes Gutenbergs 15th century invention of the printing press and the uni...
08:54 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Artist Jay Lynch, of Garbage Pail Kids fame, dead at 72
Underground comix cartoonist Jay Lynch, perhaps best known for Bijou Funnies and his contributions to the Garbage Pail Kids trading card series, died March 5, reports the New York Times.. Underground ...
08:31 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Mimas in Saturnlight
Today's Astronomy picture of the day is Saturn's moon, Mimas, bathed in light from both the planet and the sun. The image has had the darker side brightened somewhat; click through for the unenhanced...
08:25 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Martin Shkreli buying domain names of people who write about him
Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli became famous for hitting AIDS patients with a price hike in a life-saving drug—and then for the fraud charges for which he awaits his day in court...
08:00 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Someone used McDonalds' Twitter account to call Trump a "disgusting excuse for a president" with "tiny hands"
McD's claims their official account was hacked, and the tweet has been deleted, but the internets are skeptical....
07:48 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Woman escapes kidnapper by leaping out of the trunk of his moving car
A woman in Avondale, Alabama, was recorded on a gas station's security cameras leaping from a moving car to escape a man who had kidnapped her and stuffed her in the trunk.According to Sgt. Bryan Sh...
05:27 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Fair trade ebooks: how authors could double their royalties without costing their publishers a cent
My latest Publishers Weekly column announces the launch-date for my long-planned "Shut Up and Take My Money" ebook platform, which allows traditionally published authors to serve as retailers for thei...
05:15 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's unhinged tweeting got him elected, and it's costing him in court, bigly
Trump went full berzerker last night after a judge in Hawaii shut down his new Muslim ban before it could go into effect, but he's only got himself to blame. (more…)...
05:05 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing The Misfits dress
Skulls on the front, wordmark on the back: $38, pink, green or purple, sizes 3-10. (via Punk Fashion)...
04:58 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing How Kenyan spies and cops use electronic surveillance for illegal murder and torture squads
Privacy International interviewed 57 sources for their report on the link between surveillance and torture and murder in Kenya, including 32 law enforcement, military or intelligence officers with dir...
04:32 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Why aren't there screw-threads inside the Aeropress sleeve?
I'm staying in a hotel with nothing but paper cups in the room, and I'm not travelling with my usual suitcase in which I stash my emergency polypropelene folding cup, so I'm reduced to making my hotel...
04:19 am PDT - Thu, March 16, 2017
BoingBoing Interlocking wood "bricks" that can assemble into a nail-and-glue-free house
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ierqMW_FxfEIn 1987, Skid Roper and Mojo Nixon posed the musical question: What happened to my Lincoln Logs? At last: an answer! (more…)...
05:35 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trump goes feral on Muslim ban ruling, vows to destroy 9th Circuit court, crowds: Lock Her Up!
Donald Trump reacted to a Hawaii court's smackdown on his watered-down (his words) travel ban with a full-on fascist rant in Tennessee, where he rallied the crowds into screaming lock her up about Hil...
03:53 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Haddon Hall: When David Invented Bowie a graphic novel about the creativity struggle in the late 60s
Its hard not to use a word like groovy when it comes to describing Haddon Hall: When David Invented Bowie. Theres the setting: a crumbling estate in swinging London, where David Bowie, his wife Angie,...
03:50 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Cover reveal for My Friend's Exorcism - looks like 1980s VHS rental
Back in September 2014, I wrote about the design package for Grady Hendrix's horror novel Horrorstor - a classic haunted house story set at an IKEA and designed like an IKEA catalog. Via Quirk Books:I...
03:50 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Cover reveal for My Best Friend's Exorcism - looks like 1980s VHS rental
Back in September 2014, I wrote about the design package for Grady Hendrix's horror novel Horrorstor - a classic haunted house story set at an IKEA and designed like an IKEA catalog. The paperback cov...
03:37 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Amtrak vs snow, in slow-mo
An Amtrak train pulls into a station somewhere up east. The only problem? The tracks are already occupied by snow, piled a good six inches higher than the platform itself. Commuter Nick Colvin knows...
03:31 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing National Enquirer succeeds where FBI and White House have failed, finding Proof Obama Wiretapped Trump!"
Just when it seemed that the White House was backing away from Trump's "wiretap" allegations, when evidence seemed non-existent, and spin doctors desperately claimed that Trump simply meant he was und...
03:29 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Mr Bean recut to be a creepy thriller
"Mean Bean" isn't coming to theaters this summer, but it might be coming to your nightmares tonight. John Loberger's recut of Rowan Atkinson's "great TV, ghastly movie" classic becomes genuinely ter...
02:51 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Map of favorite Disney princesses by US state
What political insights can we glean from this map of favorite Disney princesses in each US State? From Decluttr:In second place is Pocahontas, one of the few American Disney princesses. She topped se...
02:16 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Anker's 10-port USB charger on sale for $33.59
Anker makes good stuff. Their 60-Watt 10-port USB charger can charge up to 2.4 amps per port (12 amps maximum). If you live with more than a few people, this can come in handy. It's on sale at Amazon ...
02:09 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing A juicer that won't make juice unless the produce is marked with special code
This has been out for a while, but my IFTF colleague Brad just told me about it last week. It's the $400 Juicero juicing machine. To make juice with it, you must subscribe to receive pre-masticated pr...
01:13 pm PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Why choose between Nixie and Edge-Lit, when you can have a LED Lixie?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFw8n33JcWgLixie is an open-source hardware, LED-based edge-lit display that combines the look of Nixie tubes with the techniques invented for their distant ancestors...
11:51 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. Senators seek answers on Russia-Trump links, and his spying accusation against Obama
U.S. Senators gathered on Capitol Hill today seeking answers on Trump's relationship with Russia, and Trump's obviously bogus claim that U.S. President Barack Obama spied on his presidential campaign....
10:51 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Pre-Nixie digital: the amazing world of edge-lit displays
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIATKbSkYxw&feature=youtu.beBefore there were Nixie tubes, there were edge-lit displays: "Each digit panel has a tiny incandescent lamp associated with it that lights...
10:40 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with family that crashed dad's BBC interview
Robert Kelly and his wife Kim Jung-A talk about the now-viral BBC interview that starred their adorable children in a "hippity-hoppity mood." The article is behind Wall Street Journal's paywall, but...
10:35 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the short film adaptation of William Gibson's "The Gernsback Continuum"
Tomorrow Calling (1993) is a short film adaptation for television of William Gibson's 1981 short story "The Gernsback Continuum," from the seminal cyberpunk anthology Mirrorshades (1986), edited by ...
10:25 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Pre-order my novel Walkaway and get a pocket multitool
Tor has produced a multitool to commemorate my forthcoming novel Walkaway, and if you pre-order the book, they'll send you one! Protip: pre-order from Barnes and Noble and you'll get a signed copy! (m...
10:20 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Woman's headphones explode while traveling on airplane
An unidentified woman flying from Beijing to Melbourne was sleeping on the plane, listening to music on her headphones, when she heard a loud explosion. Then her face began to burn, according to the...
10:16 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing The CIA has developed board-games to train future spies
At SXSW, CIA Senior Collection Analyst David Clopper revealed a series of tabletop games developed as training materials for CIA internal training exercises: Collection, a Pandemic-style crisis-resolu...
10:14 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Hand stuck to freezing metal? Urinate on it.
The US Navy's Polar Manual from 1965 may come in handy during this week's blizzards. From the list of "Polar Do's And Don't's":1. Dares are neither offered nor taken. Necessary risks are bad enough.25...
10:06 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Wishbone breaks: massive leak of popular survey site reveals millions of teens' information
Wishbone is an online survey creation tool that's popular with teens, who use it to post quizzes, one of the top ten social Iphone apps in the USA. All of its records have leaked: millions of records,...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Rolls of Lego tape!
Nimuno Loops are rolls of Lego-compatible adhesive tape. Genius idea and no surprise that they've blown wayyyyyy past their Indiegogo goal to manufacture the stuff.Imagine being able to build around...
09:55 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing How to overcome shyness
https://youtu.be/I4I-nwdBjuwThe School of Life has a video to help people overcome shyness.Shyness is based on a set of ideas about the world that are eminently amenable to change through a process of...
09:49 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Crashed UFO in Colombia actually belongs to Google
Farmers in Colombia's Tolima provence were freaked out by a UFO that crashed in a field on Sunday. "It was smoking and a strange liquid was leaking it," said one resident.Police eventually identified ...
09:47 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Man runs from one subway stop to another and catches train before it leaves
https://youtu.be/McwReQqmZn4This guy jumped out of a London subway car as soon as it opened its doors, then ran up the stairs, through the station, across surface streets, into the next station, down ...
09:30 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Exquisite Rube Goldberg-esque machine plays "Here Comes the Sun"
Neil Mendoza created this fantastic electromechanical band as part of the artist-in-residence program at Autodesk:The rock band is composed of electromechanical instruments that make music with rock...
08:15 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing The American school of firearms instruction
STUDENTDid you mean to do that?INSTRUCTOR(thinks about it) Yeah....
08:09 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Angry ram battles tetherball left in forest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLzDRge6P0U&feature=youtu.beThe best part is the other sheep patiently waiting further up the path. "Come on, Nigel."...
07:44 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Futaracha Pro, a font that "evolves" as you type
https://vimeo.com/199131896Futaracha Pro is a typeface designed to take excessive advantage of alternatives, ligatures and other features of modern fonts, so much so that as you type, the words evolve...
07:44 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Futuracha Pro, a font that "evolves" as you type
https://vimeo.com/199131896Futuracha Pro is a typeface designed to take excessive advantage of alternatives, ligatures and other features of modern fonts, so much so that as you type, the words evolve...
07:34 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Justice Dept. to charge 2 Russian spies and 2 criminal hackers with 2014 Yahoo breach of 500 million accounts
Before today's anticipated announcement by the Justice Department, more details are already leaking out about who they're after: two Russian spies, and two criminal hackers. (more…)...
07:32 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trump Protects Americans
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, other stuff, ...
07:32 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful collages depict untranslatable words
Lithuanian artist Jolita Vaitkut created this charming series of images depicting untranslatable words, based on the word's meaning. (more…)...
07:31 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Fancy flashlight finds first fluorescent frog
South American polka dot tree frogs are pretty cool, but Julin Faivovich and Carlos Taboada found out they are even cooler when an ultraviolet flashlight is trained on them. They fluoresce.Many animal...
07:21 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Jogger's fitness tracker captures how she fought off an attacker
Kelly Herron stopped while jogging in a Seattle park to use a public restroom, where she was set upon by a sex offender. After a brutal fight, she managed to escape, thanks to a recent self-defense cl...
07:11 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Underside photos of horses standing on glass
Photographer Andrius Burba went to great lengths to capture horses from below, and the result was worth the effort. Behold the Under-Horse series. (more…)...
07:05 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Flint official punished for water crisis: she must write an apology letter, will not serve time
Corrine Miller was Michigan's director of epidemiology at the state Department of Health and Human Services and oversaw the mass-poisoning of the largely black population of Flint, Michigan; as punish...
06:56 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing CBP conducted more device searches at the border in Feb than in all of 2015
There's been precious little litgation about the Customs and Border Protection Agency's far-reaching policy of invasively searching devices at the US border, so it's a legal greyzone (but you do have ...
06:50 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Listen: how to secure software by caring about humans, not security
Scout Brody is executive director of Simply Secure, a nonprofit that works to make security and privacy technologies usable by technologically unsophisticated people by focusing on usability and human...
06:44 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing In a wide-ranging interview, Edward Snowden offers surveillance advice to Trump
The latest Intercepted podcast episode (MP3) was recorded live on stage at SXSW, where host Jeremy Scahill from The Intercept interviewed Edward Snowden by video link. (more…)...
06:30 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Japan's "Weird Hotel," staffed by robots, in a Japanese theme-park
The Henn Na Hotel ("weird hotel") is staffed by robots: the Japanese-speaking check-in clerk is a vicious robot dinosaur, while the English-speaking one is humanoid; a robot arm stores and retrieves p...
06:19 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing What's the difference between a CEO and a president?
Christopher Brown is a gonzo cyberpunk writer who delves into the real-world story of Saddam Hussein's Frank Frazetta collection, but by day he's a high-powered lawyer who's worked in government and t...
06:07 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Want Python to be more than a snake to you? Buy this bundle.
For newcomers to programming, deciding which language to learn first can be tough. Beginner-oriented languages can have limited power, making them hard to sustain long-term. Fortunately, one of the mo...
05:45 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing In defense of left-wing space utopias
Brianna Rennix wants to know why the major current in "space utopianism" is right wing -- Elon Musk floating a "creepy private colony on Mars for ultra-rich survivalists who can shell out $200,000 for...
05:00 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing Uber uses its in-app podcasts to broadcast anti-union messages to drivers
The City of Seattle says it will let Uber drivers form a union, and Uber has retaliated by producing a series of anti-union audio programs that it is pushing to Uber drivers' apps, where the programs ...
04:54 am PDT - Wed, March 15, 2017
BoingBoing San Franciscans: see Peter S. Beagle & Effie Seiberg at this Saturday's SF in SF
Coming to the American Bookbinders Museum this Saturday: Last Unicorn author Peter S Beagle and up-and-coming prolific short story writer Effie Seiberg, in conversation with Terry Bisson: tickets are ...
08:28 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. plans to indict Yahoo hack suspects, report says they're tied to Russia
Bloomberg was first to report tonight that U.S. officials plan to indict various suspects in the hacking attacks against Yahoo, perhaps as soon as Wednesday. (more…)...
07:09 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Historically accurate leggings based on medieval armor
Lorica is a fully-funded Kickstarter campaign that started with the promise of making leggings inspired by medieval armor, with rigorous and accurate depictions -- now that the campaign has reached it...
06:01 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's 2005 taxes on Maddow raise more questions than answers
Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns have made it into journalists' hands. They came in the mail, over the transom, reports David Cay Johnston. It's entirely possible that Trump himself sent them to me,he ...
06:01 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's 2005 tax returns revealed on Maddow, raise many new questions
Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns have made it into journalists' hands. They came in the mail, over the transom, reports David Cay Johnston. It's entirely possible that Trump himself sent them to me,he ...
05:54 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Rachel Maddow has 2005 Trump tax return; White House publishes details in advance of her show
President Trump refused to release his tax returns during the election campaign despite promising to do so, raising suspicion that anything from embarrassing business failures to compromising foreign ...
03:55 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Games and other online communities are societies, owed a duty of care by their owners
Raph Koster is one of the world's most celebrated game designers, responsible for the design of Ultima Online, CCO of Sony during the Star Wars Galaxies era, and author of the classic Theory of Fun....
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing This Mac app bundle is the first to offer access to every future version
With the user-friendliness of MacOS X and its suite of capable built-in apps, its not always easy to see the allure of third party apps. Sometimes, however, the defaults justdont jive well with power ...
02:10 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Man gets off London Underground train, runs to the next stop before the train gets there
London, city of slow trains and fleet foxes. [Via Pepo Jimnez]...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Triangle a new book about some very sneaky shapes
Triangle is a rascally shape with a trick up his sleeve. Well, it would be, if he had any arms. Mac Barnetts wily story and Jon Klassens eyes-tell-all illustrations make Triangle a really fun read-alo...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Very cheap laser printer toner cartridges
It was a happy day when, several years ago, we retired our color inkjet printer and bought a laser printer. It doesn't make color prints, but we rarely need them. It's fast and best of all, 3rd-party ...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Pothole in your neighborhood? Tell Portland Anarchist Road Care to fix it
The reason people like to complain about municipalities' slow response to pothole complaints is because municipalities are slow to respond to pothole complaints. But group that calls itself Portland A...
12:21 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing TV commercial for JCPenney's Pee-wee Herman kids fashion line (1989)
Back in 1989, you could purchase these fine garments at JCPenney inside their incredible Pee-wee Herman Store ....
12:20 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing How to stop websites from auto-playing audio and videos
It's annoying when videos and audio clips start playing by themselves when you visit a web site. Here are a few ways to squelch them, via Kirkville:For Chrome: Get the Disable HTML5 Autoplay plugin. T...
12:12 pm PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Why are 2.3 million people in the US locked up? This infographic explains everything you need to know
This pie chart, by Prison Policy Initiative, breaks down where and why 2.3 million people in the US are behind bars. One in five of them are imprisoned for non-violent drug offenses. "For the last 20 ...
11:54 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Wind so intense that these cyclists can't pedal into it
Strong winds in Cape Town, South Africa disrupted the recent Cape Town Cycle Tour. If the cyclists had just turned around, the following would be their theme song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur8...
11:20 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Mormon church uses bogus copyright claims in attempt to censor Mormonleaks
Mormonleaks is a whistleblower site dedicated to revealing corruption and hypocrisy in the Church of Latter Day Saints; over four months, it has published many documents that did just that, but when i...
11:07 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Sugar Pie Desanto sings "Rock Me Baby"
One of my all time favorite singers....
11:05 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Before filing cabinets, we had the coolest desks
The "rotary desk" went out of style with the advent of filing cabinets, but in their heyday, they were marvels of rotating cabinetry, tiny clever drawers and cubbies, and roll-down secretary tops. (mo...
10:59 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Frank Ostaseski's 'Five Invitations'
The Five Invitations shares Frank Ostaseski's decades of experience helping hospice patients and their loved ones turn their grief and loss towards a fuller life. Written from the heart, Frank's exp...
10:55 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing The exploration and expansion of gender: the 2016 Tiptree Awards for fantasy and science fiction
The 2016 winners of the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award have been announced, top honors went to When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, with further honors going to some of my favorite books ...
10:44 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Soviet Vocal-Instrumental Ensembles: the lost, terrible pop of the USSR
In order to fight the incursion of decadent western pop, the Kremlin encouraged the creation of Vocal-Instrumental Ensembles (VIAs) that performed some genuinely, delightfully awful music, stuff tha...
10:34 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Maker of internet-connected vibrator must pay $4m for secretly tracking users' sexual activity
We-Vibe agreed to pay up to $10,000 each to customers after tracking use of their "smart vibrators" without permission. The total hit is for $4m.The We-Vibe 4 Plus is a 90 bluetooth connected vibrator...
10:14 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Washington Post and Jigsaw launch a collaborative pop-up dictionary of security jargon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFkl_SoThnYInformation security's biggest obstacle isn't the mere insecurity of so many of our tools and services: it's the widespread lack of general knowledge about...
10:12 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing 2-dimensional police car in Dubai
Patrolman Edwin A. Abbott is keeping Dubai's freeways safe....
09:58 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Punched Nazi loses tax-exempt status
The National Policy Institute is Richard Spencer's white nationalist group, registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which can receive tax-free contributions from donors. (more…)...
09:54 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing The joy of troubleshooting the Raspberry Pi
In his Lifehacker essay looking back on his five years of tinkering with the Raspberry Pi, Thorin Klosowski says one of the desirable features of the Pi is the fact that it's not easy to use right out...
09:50 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Decoding trumpism: "Who are you going to believe: me, or your lying ears?"
More satire that is indistinguishable from reality: Paul Bibeau, writing as Trump, says, "Making a phony Donald Trump say or do things that might embarrass our movement and stop us from making America...
09:44 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Look for hidden dealer fees when buying a car
A car buying consultant named Tom McParland shows how car dealers sneak in bogus and questionable fees to pad the price. He compared invoices for the same car from two different California car dealers...
09:34 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing A few pokes in the right place and this decrepit building crumbles to the ground
Posted on /r/nonononoyes with the headline "Press button 12 times to delete house." The location is Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, England....
09:29 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Minimalist web publishing platforms
Check out txt.fyi, a toy "publishing platform" I made. I put that phrase in quotes because it's designed to be as lightweight as possible: you type in text and hit publish, and your work is live on th...
09:25 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing The economics of airline classes
https://youtu.be/BzB5xtGGsTcWendover Productions explains how airlines make most of their money from business and first class tickets....
09:18 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Fearing border harassment, Girl Guides of Canada cancel all trips to Trump's America
The Girl Guides of Canada -- Canada's largest organisation for girls and women -- have a long tradition of visiting other scouts in the USA, to the benefit of both American and Canadian scouts, but th...
08:58 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing As usual, Vi Hart's annual Pi Day video is the best way to ring in 3/14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mMeEKGyngMVi Hart (previously) is the fast-talking, doodling, hyper-charming mathematical vlogger whose Pi Day videos are consistently the best of the season, even w...
08:49 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Stumped by Trump: the Onion struggles to lampoon a buffoon
Trump has been an unwelcome godsend to some political parodists, but for The Onion, Trump's self-parodying nature is more hurdle than boon. (more…)...
08:41 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Pie-Modding 101: turning store-bought desserts into amazing nerd-chow
For nearly a year, Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (aka @ThePieous) has delighted us with her nerdy, fannish pies and other baked goods, and now she's announced an ebook on "pie-modding" ("modifying pre-mad...
07:29 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing If Google wins its trade secrets suit against Uber, it could tank Uber
Google is suing Uber, alleging that the company recruited a former Google exec who had secretly offered to give them access to trade-secrets from Google's self-driving car project. (more…)...
07:17 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing A fairy tale in Midi pattern art
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2WjVUJyro8&spfreload=10You've seen Midi pattern art before, but this one tells a story! Composer and artist Mari Lesteberg writes:A longer MIDI Drawing this time - a l...
07:12 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Alex Jones not bragging about things
Media Matters presents a supercut of Alex Jones not bragging about things....
06:47 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing Someone asked every member of Ireland's parliament what their favorite Beyonc song was
Amy O'Connor asked every member of the Dil ireann the following questions:Do you like Beyonc?If you answered YES, what is your favourite Beyonc song?If you answered NO, why dont you like Beyonc?Thirty...
06:37 am PDT - Tue, March 14, 2017
BoingBoing A young Marine in WWII set out to capture Japanese soldiers by convincing them to surrender
Guy Gabaldon was an untested Marine when he landed on the Pacific island of Saipan during World War II. But he decided to fight the war on his own terms, venturing alone into enemy territory and tryin...
03:18 pm PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Trump administration walks back Obama wiretapping claim
In a press conference, Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer walked back the president's tweeted claims that former president Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign. By...
12:55 pm PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Barbecue your food on a thick slab of Himalayan salt
As someone who who might enjoy a salt lick if only it wasn't considered unseemly for humans, a meal cooked on a Himalayan All Natural Crystal Salt Cooking Tile sounds rather appealing. According to Po...
12:37 pm PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Meet Flippy, the burger-flipping robot
Miso Robotics' Flippy is a "kitchen assistant" robot that can grill, flip, prep, fry, and plate food. We focus on using AI and automation to solve the high pain points in restaurants and food prep,"...
12:23 pm PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing 'The Streets of San Francisco' had a great theme
The Streets of San Francisco was a well loved police detective show starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglass, but the themesong was the real star!This themesong is holds up, and is still amazing fo...
11:58 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing A book on how to up your Instagame
With over 4.3 million followers, Aimee Song is certainly the Instagram expert. Her debut book, Capture Your Style, aims to teach readers how to transform their Instagram photos, showcase their life, a...
11:55 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing $6 hair clog tool for drain cleaning
Here's another shoutout to the Flexisnake drain-unclogger, which I used this morning to remove a greasy bolus of hair and muck from the bathroom sink. I keep Flexisnakes in all of our bathrooms, and u...
11:47 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing The man in the Godzilla suit
Meet Haruo Nakajima, the 87-year-old fellow who wore a Godzilla suit for the classic Japanese monster films from the 1950s through Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)....
11:33 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing America has spent more rebuilding Afghanistan than it spent rebuilding Europe under the Marshall Plan
After WWII, the US launched the Marshall Plan to help Europe rebuild, spending about $120B in inflation-adjusted dollars on the project, which lifted the war-stricken European nations out of disaster ...
11:24 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Just add Guinness: the strange world of prefab "Irish pubs"
The Irish Pub Company offers Irish pub interiors in six styles: "Modern," "Brewery," "Shop," "Country," "Celtic" and "Victorian." Choose your package and they'll ship you a bar, as well as "flooring, ...
11:17 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing There's a hidden wire stretched above Manhattan
Manhattan is just one of hundreds of metropolitan areas in the United States that has an eruv, which is a wire that symbolically turns public spaces into private spaces during the Jewish Sabbath.Fro...
11:11 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Uber driver snaps after taking crap from spoiled brat
https://youtu.be/l0_xGIJN32sAfter waiting and waiting for a passenger in Chicago, an Uber driver is about to leave when two young women slide into his back seat. One of them immediately gets on his ...
11:07 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing An anti-eavesdropping hands-free headset/muzzle that looks like Bane's mask and changes your voice to Vader's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2wF8LOV5kwHushme is an electronic muzzle that you strap around your face, talking into its built-in mic in order to prevent people from eavesdropping on your calls; ...
10:55 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Woman Texas rep proposes rectal exams, fines, mandatory literature and masturbation ban for men
Texas state rep Jessica Farrar has introduced legislation that would fine Texas men $100 for "unregulated masturbatory emissions"; it forces men seeking vasectomies or Viagra prescriptions to undergo ...
10:55 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Woman Texas politician proposes rectal exams, fines, mandatory literature and masturbation ban for men
Texas state rep Jessica Farrar has introduced legislation that would fine Texas men $100 for "unregulated masturbatory emissions"; it forces men seeking vasectomies or Viagra prescriptions to undergo ...
10:41 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Donald Trump, Jr is a patent-troll and his biggest client now does business with the US government
Oklahoma's Anyware Mobile Solutions was founded in 1997 to make PDA software, but after its sales collapsed, it changed its name to Macrosolve and devoted itself to suing people for violating a farcic...
10:32 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Kellyanne Conway: microwave ovens can turn into cameras but she's not Inspector Gadget
Last night, Kellyanne Conway, responding to a question about Trump's claim that Obama wiretapped him:What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately...You can surveil so...
10:27 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Lenin statue loses head in mishap
Every time the head of a Lenin statue breaks off, Steve Bannon sheds a tear....
10:26 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing How the "tech support" scam works
Security researchers at Stony Brook deliberately visited websites that try to trick visitors into thinking that their computers are broken, urging them to call a toll-free "tech support" number run by...
10:13 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous, humbling photos of Manila's super-dense shantytowns
German photographer Bernard Lang has produced a photo series documenting the incredible overcrowding in the slums of Manila, a city whose mean density is 36,000 people/square mile, rising to 200,000 p...
10:03 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Guardian visits online trolls in their home
The Guardian was interested in meeting the most hateful people on Twitter so they went all over the world to meet them and make a 20-minute documentary.Why do so many people use the internet to hara...
09:43 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Clear knee mom jeans
"Slick plastic panels bare your knees for a futuristic feel in tapered and cropped high-waist jeans."The only person I can imagine wearing these is Alex's mum in A Clockwork Orange....
09:37 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Fan-made recut of Breaking Bad as a 2-hour movie
Here's an attempt to transform 62 episodes of Breaking Bad into a 2-hour movie,What if Breaking Bad was a movie?After two years of sleepless nights of endless editing, we bring you the answer to tha...
09:26 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Dog takes possession of baby's pacifier
Stop it it's mine, stop it it's mine, stop it it's mine. I SAID STOP IT IT'S MINE.All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. John Galt,Atlas Shru...
08:54 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Minima, a tiny 4px typeface, certain to annoy many
There are typefaces that attempt to remain legible at ludicrously small sizes. Ken Perlin's Tinyfont attempts to do so while retaining traditional letterforms, putting LCD subpixels to clever use. The...
08:32 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Creeps pretending to be feminists
You know the type: the guy whose bio advertises "feminist," who wears the t-shirt and the pink hat, is well-versed in feminist doctrine but rather too eager to harangue women about it rather than get ...
07:55 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing 3D animal print undies with ears
Your 3D wolf snout undies will doubtless be getting a little worn by now and you're planning on reordering soon. But wait! Check out 3D Animal Print Briefs With Ears.They come in several flavors&mdash...
07:29 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing $20 for one of the best laptops money could buy 20 years ago: is it worth it?
"It was a little worse for wear... but I wanted to nurse it back to health."An interesting video for people who like vintage computers: the mid to late 1990s is not only a hinterland of general bori...
06:46 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Artist warps landscapes into Inception-style images
Turkish artist Aydn Bykta recently visited the United States, which inspired him to create the Flatland series of digitally-warped images. (more…)...
06:37 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Denver Clinic plans to fix 10,000 more cats free, no strings attached
Colorado charity Dumb Friends League wants to perform as many as 10,000 more spay/neuter procedures to any cats brought in. It will be free, no strings attached, to reduce Denver area pet overpopulati...
06:22 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Awesome guy with NSFW Tourette syndrome uses a power washer
Lewis Qball chronicles his life with Tourette syndrome. He recently cleaned a driveway with a powerwasher, creating the greatest NSFW powerwashing/Tourette mashup in history. (more…)...
05:54 am PDT - Mon, March 13, 2017
BoingBoing Keep your private life private (please.) with this simple webcam cover
Take a look around your office at your coworker's laptop webcams. You probably see a lot of janky, crooked tape. (If you don't, please direct your coworkers to this page.)Not to be Petey Paranoia, but...
01:04 pm PDT - Sun, March 12, 2017
BoingBoing A kid-friendly electronics board that you can program from the web
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbIxF7yEiboPeegar is an Arduinio-style electronics kit that you design programs for by dragging and dropping Scratch-style objects around in a browser; when you're do...
10:17 am PDT - Sun, March 12, 2017
BoingBoing Man proposes to girlfriend on plane, then barfs before her
Moments after executing a meticulously-arranged marriage proposal—a flight in a small airplane, a "marry me" sign on the ground, the ring presentation—Darrell Hamilton Jr vomited at the ...
05:53 am PDT - Sun, March 12, 2017
BoingBoing Time to learn how to actually use that camera you insisted on buying in high school
Even the biggest, most expensive DSLR will shoot badphotos if the person behind the camerais a total dweeb. Instead of keeping it on auto and taking tons of unnecessary exposures, why not actually lea...
03:53 pm PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing This durable smartphone tripod is the thinking person's selfie stick
It may be too late to stop the selfie stick craze entirely, but theARMOR-X Mini-Flexible Phone Tripodis valiantly attempting to anyway.This lightweight, ultra flexible tripod has infinite greater flex...
01:58 pm PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing Privately run immigration detention is so violent that prisoners beg to be kept in solitary
With Obama's federal government reducing the role of private prisons in the incarceration of Americans, companies like Corrections Corporation of America (now known as Corecivic) and GAO aggressively ...
01:46 pm PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing Smart meters can overbill by 582%
A team from the University of Twente and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences have published a paper demonstrating gross overbillings by smart energy meters, ranging from -32% to +582% of actu...
01:35 pm PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing Home Cooking is Killing Restaurants and other delightful tees
The perfect complement for your Techdirt I Invented E-Mail tee: a Home Cooking Is Killing Restaurants tee from Techdirt, $20 and up....
07:58 am PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing Uber-driving lawyer explains to cop why he doesn't have to stop video recording him
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpT-SAunuLkJesse Bright is a lawyer who also drives Uber; when Wilmington, North Carolina police Sgt. Kenneth Becker stopped him and insisted that he stop recording t...
06:58 am PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing Your old CD-ROMs are probably rotting
In 2009, the Library of Congress commissioned a research report into the degradation ofCD-ROMs in storage as a way of assessing the integrity of the media in its collection: the news isn't pretty. (mo...
06:45 am PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing Do not burn old flashlight batteries
Popular Science once recommended throwing old batteries in the fire because "the burning zinc may help prevent soot formation, and the metals and chemicals make colorful flames." The November 1951 tip...
06:35 am PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing Orange County's Seal Beach jail offers posh, $100/day accommodations to rich crooks
If you're convicted of a crime in Orange County, you can shell out thousands of dollars to be housed in Seal Beach's fancy "pay to stay" jail, which made $365,000 in the last fiscal year by aggressiv...
06:27 am PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing A compassionate way to entertain claims of paranormal activity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_lq-a5x3NoCarrie Poppy is one half of the Oh No Ross and Carrie podcast (previously), a skeptical look at fringe science and paranormal claims whose hosts distinguis...
06:06 am PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing Spoiler: the watermelon explodes when you run 20,000 volts through it
"What happens when you pump 20,000 joules into a watermelon?" rhetorically asks The Backyard Scientist. "Two words. Pink Mist."...
05:13 am PST - Sat, March 11, 2017
BoingBoing Charming animated short on The Power of Privacy
The Power of Privacy is a brisk animated jaunt through the legal development of privacy, starting with the fireplace chimney. (more…)...
05:42 pm PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Artist puts Trump quotes on misogynistic old magazine ads
An artist calling himself "Saint Hoax" is removing the headlines from 1950s and 1960s advertisements, and applying quotes from Donald Trump. (Thanks, Matthew!)...
05:29 pm PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Muhammad Ali Jr detained AGAIN at airport today
Unbelievably, after being held for hours at the Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood airport and questioned about his religion two weeks ago, Muhammad Ali Jr were detained at another airport today. This time, it w...
01:50 pm PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Transparent padlock and lockpicking tools
This is one of the best presents you can buy a 13-year-old kid. It's a transparent padlock that lets you see the inner workings as you poke them with lockpicking tools. The lock is $10 and the lockpic...
12:03 pm PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing News anchors honor Notorious B.I.G. by slipping his lyrics into traffic report
Yesterday was the 20-year mark of Notorious B.I.G.'s death, and to pay tribute, Atlanta's "Action News" anchors Fred Blankenship and Mark Arum on WSB-TV ingeniously slipped in a bunch of Biggie's ly...
11:04 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing House GOP approves bill allowing companies to force genetic testing on workers
If you think your genetics are your own personal beeswax, think again. Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the Affordable Care Act this week, the House GOP quietly pushed forward a bill HR 1313 that w...
11:04 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing House GOP approves bill allowing companies to force genetic testing on workers [See update]
[UPDATE 3/11/2017: Snopes reports that "HR 1313 does not allow employers to force all their workers to submit to genetic testing." Instead "H.R. 1313 states that employers may provide additional insur...
10:07 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Tiny crack in steel seen through an electron microscope
Canyon or crack? Crack, obviously, since it's right there in the headline, but isn't it amazing? Especially with clouds photoshopped in to improve its virality coefficient. There's probably one of the...
09:54 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing How to clear a road buried 60 feet in snow
Japan's Mt. Tateyama in the Hida Mountains is considered one of the snowiest spots on the planet. More than 125 feet of snow can fall on the region in a single year. Route 6 runs right through the Mt....
09:38 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing The science of why cats like getting into boxes then peering menacingly over the edge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV1Z3opHiBgAbigail Tucker, author of "The Lion in the Living Room," explains what's going on when cats hop into boxes: imagination. "Our houses are strange places for a...
09:35 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing These tiny papercraft models of vintage synthesizers are adorable
Colossal has a gallery of Australian designer and illustrator Dan McPharlin's Analogue Miniatures -- "a marvel of papercraft. The tiny analogue synthesizers and pieces of recording equipment were piec...
09:35 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Wealthy prisoners can pay to stay in safe, comfy jails
In Los Angeles, people convicted of crimes can sometimes pay extra money to stay in comfortable city jails, like the Beverly Hills City Jail, instead of crowded, dangerous county jails. The LA Times r...
09:26 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Superhero portraits composited from faces of actors who played them
Posted to r/interestingasfuck by redditor Got2ReturnVideoTapes....
09:01 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing EFF Border Search Pocket Guide
From our friends at EFF: "A handy guide designed to be printed, folded, and carried in your pocket while traveling." See also:EFF presents: a guide to protecting your data privacy when crossing the US...
08:47 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Brain teaser: draw a cross inside the grid
On the latest episode of Scam School, Brian Brushwood presented three old brain teasers. Here's my favorite. Make a five-by-five grid of dots. Then draw a cross by connecting the dots in such a way th...
08:40 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing iRuler is a website that turns your screen into an inaccurate ruler
iRuler.net detects the dimensions and resolution of your display and then displays a rule upon it. In the photo above, I've placed a real ruler on the screen (above) to verify the accuracy of the iRul...
08:31 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Artists remix NYC "If You See Something, Say Something" subway signs
A group of artists placed signs in NYC subway cars that look like standard "If You See Something, Say Something" signs, but they contain additional information. Example:>Im glad I was reminded to repo...
08:17 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing The only video review you need to watch of the new Zelda game
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EvbqxBUG_cThe new Zelda game has rave reviews for its open-world gameplay and dreamy looks, but its Video Game Dunkey's gameplay recording that finally convinced me to...
08:03 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Child interrupts remote expert interview on BBC News
This morning, BBC News was interviewing Pusan National University professor Robert Kelly live from what is apparently his home office and someone else apparently wanted his attention......
08:02 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing 3D-printed zombie-proof tiny house
Just look at that headline! It's a nounpunk antideepstate beanie short of pure condensed random Boing Boing. But the prototype PassivDom autonomous 3D-printed mobile house is a €200,000 effort ...
07:57 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Clock presents the time as math problems
MNTNT's Albert Clock is a clock that presents the hours and minutes as simple math problems. Is it annoying or engaging? Or.... both! In standard mode, the queries change every minute. They are comple...
07:51 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Videos of Patrick Stewart being licked by his new rescue dog
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE is a legendary actor, activist and baldy. Ginger is his family's new dog, a pitbull terrier adopted through ASPCA and Wags And Walks. https://twitter.com/SirPatStew/status/839...
07:48 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing This man is the master at making hedge mazes
Adam Fisher is the master of making hedge mazes. He's designed more than 700 mazes in 40 countries. If Jack Torrance ever chases me, I'm calling Fisher for help....
06:23 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Three wealthy Americans are the major financial backers of Geert Wilders' Islamophobic election campaign
Virtually every cent raised by Geert Wilders, a notorious Islamophobic candidate in the upcoming Dutch elections, has come from a clutch of secretive American millionaires, led by David Horowitz, who ...
06:15 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing X-ray of the RFID and coil inside a US passport
Alan writes, "For a while, I wondered what the RFID chip looked like inside the front cover of a US passport. Yesterday, I had an x-ray image of my passport taken. Looks pretty cool. Chip is in the le...
06:11 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Seven things you didnt know about vultures
The thing with my Miriam Black books is, theyre all named after birds. It starts with Blackbirds, then moves to Mockingbird, The Cormorant, and now, Thunderbird. (If I can write one called Blue-Footed...
06:08 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Wisconsin's Senator Ron Johnson blames Net Neutrality for porn and bad health care
As the Republican Congress and Donald Trump's FCC move to dismantle the most basic protections for American internet users, no target is juicier than Net Neutrality, the simple idea that your ISP shou...
05:58 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Panasonic's new Indian washing machine has a curry-stains mode
The new Panasonic Stain Master machines have an intensive stain-removal mode which is being marketed in India as a curry-stain removal button; it also has other Indian-focused modes, such as one for r...
05:52 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing America's spooks want Congress to extend massive spying powers but still won't answer Congress's basic questions
Two of the NSA's mass surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden are Prism (which give the NSA "bulk data" access to the servers of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others) and Upst...
05:43 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Bake: a "She Persisted" energy bar to bring to the protests
Ironman champion Lentine Alexis has developed a recipe for a She Persisted energy bar: pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, black sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, bee pollen, dates, coconut oil,...
05:39 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Fiverr's new recruiting ad promises to literally work you to death
It's not a parody, apparently: "You eat a coffee for lunch. You follow through on your follow through. Sleep deprivation is your drug of choice. You might be a doer. In doers we trust." As Nick Mamata...
05:34 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Wikileaks offers tech giants access to sourcecode for CIA Vault 7 exploits
Wikileaks' seismic Vault 7 release didn't follow the usual Wikileaks procedure: perhaps in response to earlier criticism, the organization redacted many of the files prior to their release, cutting na...
05:34 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Set your shower orange eating to music
It's time to go full Katy Perryin the shower (or Frozen, or Slipknot - whatever you're into, no judgements here) withthis waterproof Bluetooth Speaker.This speakeris easy to install in your shower and...
05:14 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Is mathematics invented or discovered?
One of the most interesting series ever is Closer To Truth, which "presents the worlds greatest thinkers exploring humanitys deepest questions." For instance: is mathematics invented or discovered? ...
05:14 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing "Future Internment Camp" signs pop up across the country
Street artist Plastic Jesus recruited artists to affix signs at construction sites and fenced-off lots around the country that say "Lot Reserved for: Future Interment Camp." Download and print your ow...
05:12 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Futuracha, a beautiful, ornamental typeface that magically adjusts as you type
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETtFvFDSLysFuturacha is a successfully crowdfunded typeface that makes use of Open Type's wizardry to switch its ligatures as you type, producing beautiful effects --...
05:06 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Excellent breakdown of LoTR's amazing Helm's Deep battle sequence
How can a film's 40-minute battle scene hold its tension? Nerdwriter breaks down the Battle of the Hornburg (aka the Helm's Deep battle sequence) into 24 beats to show why it works so well. (more&he...
05:02 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Examining the ancient technique of "memory palaces" with brain-imaging
A small (51 men aged 24 +/- 3 years) study published in Neuron tasked experimental subjects with practicing the ancient Greek mnemonic technique of "memory palaces" and then scanned their brains with ...
05:00 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Site is calling BS on crappy data visualization and other annoyances
The Principle of Proportional Ink is a great primer on how to avoid what Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West call "visual bullshit," like this craptacular graph above. The rule is very simple: (more&hellip...
04:44 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing Ethics and AI: all models are wrong, some are useful, and some of those are good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjKdKvDS10gThe old stats adage goes: "All models are wrong, but some models are useful." In this 35 minute presentation from the O"Reilly Open Data Science Conference...
04:31 am PST - Fri, March 10, 2017
BoingBoing When Jack Chick offered to help the FBI fight Commies
(more…)...
07:35 pm PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon's #1 bestseller is a blank 266-page book titled "Reasons to vote for Democrats"
"Reasons to vote for Democrats" consists of 266 blank pages, a clever troll gift for all your left-leaning friends and family! But Republicans are so eager to stick it to their adversaries that they'v...
06:29 pm PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing South Korea's Constitutional Court upholds President Park Geun-hyes impeachment
The Constitutional Court in South Korea upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on Friday. She has now been formally removed from office over a bribery and big business corruption scandal th...
01:52 pm PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Malta's famous "Azure Window" has collapsed into the sea
Sad news: Malta's famous natural land bridge, the "Azure Window," has broken into bits by relentless ocean waves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUehN7hCTyAFlickr: Tobias ScheckFrom The Times of Malt...
12:11 pm PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Uber's "sharing economy" is really the "taking economy"
U Washington robot-law scholar Ryan Calo (previously) writes, "Technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat and I have a new paper arguing that the Uber Greyball program, whereby Uber serves a fake version ...
10:27 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Keep your water bottles clean with this brush set
If you use a water bottle you may have noticed that no matter how much you wash them, they still retain a musty smell. This bottle brush set from OXO Good Grips has three brushes to take care of that ...
10:21 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Why mutating symbiotic thought germs love the web
https://youtu.be/rE3j_RHkqJcZoologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in his book on evolution, The Selfish Gene, in 1976. In it, he wrote:Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clo...
09:43 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Incredibly fast calculator fingers in Japan
"Before a finger leaves a key, the next key is already being pressed. She is making 9 keystrokes per second." (From the Japanese TV series Begin Japanology)...
09:31 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing These may be the oldest remains of life on Earth ever found
These eyelash-sized bits of minerals found in rock from northern Quebec may be the oldest traces of life ever found. The tubes of hematite are 4.28 billion years old, beating out 3.7 billion year old ...
09:30 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Puzzle: The Candy Thief
A puzzle from our friends at Futility Closet:Five children — Ivan, Sylvia, Ernie, Dennis, and Linda — entered a candy store, and one of them stole a box of candy from the shelf. Afterward ...
09:26 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing The grueling emotional labor of an open source maintainer
Nolan Lawson is burning up the free/open source web with an essay called What it feels like to be an open-source maintainer, where he describes the contradictory and negative experiences of trying to ...
09:19 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Explaining physics with wonderful, 1930s-style animation
Hugh writes, "These amazing animated shorts on physics feature an adorable, 1930's style version of Maxwell's Demon. There are 3 so far -- can't wait to see more!"...
09:16 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing How to solve the artificial intelligence "stop button" problem
Implementing an on/off switch on a general artificial intelligence is way more complicated than it sounds. Rob Miles of Computerphile looks at what could go wrong. Hint: lots. (more…)...
09:16 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing 20 finalists in the US Championship Cheese Contest
The 20 finalists have been named in the glorious UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST! Thirteen of them are from Wisconsin, neatly demonstrating that Wisconsin still exists.I don't think of flavo...
09:11 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing EFF presents: a guide to protecting your data privacy when crossing the US border
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just updated its 2011 guide to Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border with an all new edition that covers the law, administrative rules, technological options and po...
08:29 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch random computer demos
tv.pouet.net plays a random computer demo. Then it plays another, and another, and on until you are bored of demos. [via HN]remember !you're watching a cheap copy ! always watch on real hardware if po...
08:16 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Stunning images of church organ pipes
German photographer Robert Gotzfried has published his latest series on the original high-tech wall of sound: church organ pipes. His beautiful symmetric photos show the remarkable variations possible...
07:58 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Senate Republicans introduce resolution ensuring ISPs don't need your permission to sell your private data and SSN
Donald Trump's new FCC boss, Ajit Pai, has nuked an Obama-era rule that banned ISPs from selling off your browsing data, location, financial and health information, children's information, Social Secu...
07:55 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Justin consults for companies on how to have better conference calls
As a wise man once said, "It's funny 'cause it's true."...
07:54 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Neuroscientist explains the same concept about the brain to a 5-year-old and then a grad student
https://youtu.be/opqIa5JiwuwBobby Kasthuri is a neuroscientist at Argonne National Laboratory. In the video he was asked to explain what a connectome is to 5 different people; a 5 year-old, a 13 year-...
07:45 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Donald Trump has filled the swamp with his own gators, hiring 400 lobbyists, conspiracy theorists and trolls
Donald Trump has been slow to fill administrative positions that require Senate confirmation (and thus public scrutiny), but he's quietly hired 400 "beachhead team" members "to serve as his eyes and e...
07:44 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Robber thinks he's locked in bank. The door opens the other way.
Robber thinks he's locked in bank. The door opens the other way..A gentleman walked into a bank with the intention to rob it. He went to a teller's window and told her what he was planning to do. ...
07:33 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing The Resistance, 1941 style: the poster for Mister V
Robbo Mills writes, "Here's the poster for the 1941 film 'Mister V,' directed by and starring Leslie Howard. I love the look of it with his defiant pose and the big red iconic V. Mister V was the titl...
07:29 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Bunnie Huang's tour-de-force "Hardware Hacker" book is finally in print!
Last December, I published my review of Andrew "bunnie" Huang's astoundingly great book The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware -- without realizing that the book's release had...
07:26 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Attorney's pants catch on fire while defending arsonist in court
Miami lawyer Stephen Gutierrez was in court defending an alleged arsonist when his pants literally caught on fire. However, please don't assume that Gutierrez is a liar, liar. Apparently he had been p...
07:21 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing If you cry at work, pretend it's because you're very passionate about your job
Research has shown that crying at work comes off as unprofessional and weakens your promotion prospects -- and surveys suggest that people cry at work a lot, anyway. So how can you balance your human ...
07:16 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Very beautiful (and very expensive) watch contains mechanical solar system model
The Geo. Graham Orrery Tourbillon integrates a mechanical solar system model with meteorites as planets. It is just $330,000. From Graham1965's description of the dial:Blue lacquered dial with Geo.Gra...
06:14 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Five tips to kick your smartphone habit
Alex Wood is an addict but won't give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: "I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking u...
05:51 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Two examples of Japanese excellence
Exhibit A: Calculator operationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB3c06O4e68&feature=youtu.beExhibit B: Apologieshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XspDkqEtWFE...
05:51 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Two examples of excellence from Japan
Exhibit A: Calculator operationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB3c06O4e68&feature=youtu.beExhibit B: Apologieshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XspDkqEtWFE...
05:33 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing This 5-tool survival bracelet is a mighty convenient lifeline
Whether youre stranded in the Yukon territory after a crash airplane landingor hiding froma Jason impersonator, this handy5-in-1 Survival Bracelet will provide the tools you need to come out safely on...
05:32 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing In video, Alexa goes strangely quiet when asked if it's connected to the CIA
An amusing, slightly unsettling video. Just a glitch, right?...
05:16 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Driver beats drunk driving test by juggling
A college student in Arkansas got pulled over for a broken tail light, then passed a sobriety test by living up to his car's vanity license plate: JUGGLER. (more…)...
05:06 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing To stop street harassment, show them your Jedi mitten
This Finnish PSA never gets old, because it has everything: awesome music, great acting, edgy graphics, and brilliant practical advice. Watch this street cretin back down under the power of her mitt...
05:04 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing 5-year-old wins Tulsa spelling bee, heads to nationals
Five-year-old Edith Fuller correctly spelled jnana to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. She's the youngest competitor in the bee's history. (more…)...
05:03 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing RIP Popular Photography, 1937-2017
Eighty years after its founding as one of the first prosumer publications for the then-expensive hobby of photography, Popular Photography is ceasing both print and online operations following the nex...
04:16 am PST - Thu, March 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how raindrops turn into microbe-bearing aerosols
MIT researchers looking into how raindrops can generate microbe-bearing bioaerosols captured this cool footage of the process: (more…)...
03:53 pm PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Nevertheless, She Persisted: Tor.com's Women's Day flash fiction sf anthology
Celebrate International Women's Day in stfnal style with Nevertheless She Persisted, a free anthology of original flash fiction by some of science fiction's leading women voices, from Catherynne M. Va...
03:46 pm PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Nominations open for $250,000 MIT Media Lab prize for Disobedient Research
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75AY40b-GVcLast summer, the MIT Media Lab announced its $250,000 prize for Disobedient Research, and now the nominations process has launched. (more…)...
02:50 pm PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one familys journey from war-torn Vietnam
Once I started reading this book, I couldnt put it down. Thi Buis debut illustrated memoir, The Best We Could Do , is an exploration of family and identity, past and present. In the preface, Bui expla...
02:46 pm PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Punctuation inflation has infected the tabloids!
Extraordinary!!!Exclamation points have over-run the tabloids like Macaques monkeys swarming the streets of New Delhi - and with much the same effect.Every story on the cover of the 'Globe' merits i...
02:10 pm PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Rabbit hole in England leads to 700-year old Knights Templar cave
The BBC reports that an "ordinary rabbit's hole in a farmer's field leads to an underground sanctuary once said to be used by the Knights Templar." Michael Scott, from Birmingham, went to photograph t...
01:35 pm PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Kid crashes live weather forecast, predicts farts and toots
Jackson, Mississippi had some strange weather last Saturday at least according to Houston, the energetic boy who leapt onto the WLBT weather set while meteorologist Patrick Ellis was in the middle ...
12:30 pm PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Randomly generated pixel art potions
Brian Macintosh made an Icon Machine that generates procedural potions. Gotta drink 'em all! Source code....
11:55 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Neanderthal dental DNA shows us the true paleo diet (we're got it a bit wrong)
If you're on the paleo diet, you might want to rethink what you're eating. Not all Neanderthals ate a meat-and-fat paleo diet. In fact, some were vegetarians. In a recent study, researcher Laura Weyri...
11:55 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Neanderthal dental DNA shows us the true paleo diet (we've got it a bit wrong)
If you're on the paleo diet, you might want to rethink what you're eating. Not all Neanderthals ate a meat-and-fat paleo diet. In fact, some were vegetarians. In a recent study, researcher Laura Weyri...
11:29 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing A game where Character Creation is the Whole Game
Fans of old computer RPGs will doubtless agree that best part of many was the character creation screen, where you get to fool around with portraits, characteristics and classes and all the other litt...
11:26 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Saved by a tempered glass screen protector, again
My daughter called me, laughing, to say she'd need another tempered glass screen protector for her iPhone. These extra layers of glass on your phone really work. $8 every 4 months is a lot better than...
11:16 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing How to scale a wall with a long stick and a friend
Though the original video was removed for some reason, YouNews grabbed a copy of footage purporting to show a Vietnamese tactical team running a drill where they scale a wall using the momentum of a...
11:04 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing This 1hr 55minute implausible sort-of action adventure will put me right to sleep
At release, in 1980, Raise the Titanic seriously disappointed me. As an 8-year-old young Titanic wreck fan, I was full of hope. Watching it as 45-year-old who now thinks the Andrea Doria is far more...
10:49 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Political theater: swapping gender roles in recreations of the Trump/Clinton debates
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yC7-JsR2FkNYU poli sci/econ professor Maria Guadalupe and educational theater prof Joe Salvatore collaborated to stage a recreation of the Trump/Clinton debates with...
10:45 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing This 13-hour documentary about WWII ships and battles in WWII will put you to sleep
I have always enjoyed Victory at Sea, but lots of people find it really boring....
10:40 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing In Russia, where wife-beating is legal, socialists celebrate Women's Day with feminist guerrilla "ads"
In January, the Russian Duma passed a law decriminalizing wife-beating, and so to celebrate International Women's Day, the Russian Socialist Movement snuck fake ads into the St Petersburg subway syste...
10:39 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Great set of dish towels on sale
I bought this set of 13 kitchen towels on Amazon in July. They've held up well, and do a good job of absorbing water. At $15 for 13 towels, they are not expensive to replace, but I haven't even starte...
10:30 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing How the GOP's simplified Border Adjustment Tax will be instantly riddled with loopholes
The GOP is advocating for a "Border Adjustment Tax," which is something like a complicated Value Added Tax that is meant to encourage companies to on-shore or re-shore their manufacturing, without rai...
10:20 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Towards an empirical theory of performing Tenyo tricks and other magic gadgets
For decades, the Japanese magic trick company Tenyo has delighted amateur conjurers with their little magic gimmicks, which can be very clever indeed, but which are nearly guaranteed to fall flat when...
10:10 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing 13 shots fired into Tulsa gay center
Thirteen shots were fired into Tulsa's Dennis R. Neill Equality Center Monday from a passing truck or SUV. The Gayly reports that no-one was hurt.Around 12:30 am last night a white, four door pickup...
10:08 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Who is immigration policy for: "taxpayers," "ordinary people" or all citizens?
The UK Supreme Court recently ruled in MM v SSHD, finding that the UK government could legitimately deny entry to a British citizen's spouse if the citizen didn't have enough money to support them. Th...
09:57 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Russian dissident warns that the anti-Trump movement's Russian conspiracy theories are a distraction
Masha Gessen has impeccable credentials as a Putin critic -- you may remember her from her instant classic Autocracy: Rules for Survival, but you may not know that the Jewish lesbian mother of three f...
09:43 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Afghan Whigs announce new album with video for "Demon in Profile"
My friends in The Afghan Whigs released a stunningly weird and and dark new video for their track "Demon in Profile," from their just-announced album In Spades to be released May 5. I've listened to...
09:42 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Duh! Snuggie is a blanket, not priestly robes
Snuggie, a specialist warming item designed to allow docile and nearly immobile United States citizens to consume chips while bundled in a blanket and watching Oprah, sued the US government and won. S...
09:39 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Dashcam: police chase almost ends in head-on collision
Phil Huddy, parked at an intersection, has little time to respond to an oncoming driver fleeing the cops. Salty language ahoy!...
09:39 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Mathematics for Computer Science: a free, CC-licensed MIT textbook
This is indeed an up-to-the-minute text [PDF], dated Mar 7, 2017. It's written by Googler/MIT prof Eric Lehman, MIT/Akamai scientist F Thomson Leighton and MIT AI researcher Albert R Meyer, as a comp...
09:32 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Radio Shack is bankrupt. Again.
It took barely a year for the rebooted Radio Shack -- now a front for Sprint, backed by the same hedge fund that lost its shirt investing in American Apparel -- to go bust again, despite a $50M line o...
09:26 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Medical procedures priced in Iphones, for the benefit of noted dumbass Jason Chaffetz
Yesterday, Rep Jason Chaffetz [R-UT; DC office: (202) 225-7751; Utah office: (801) 851-2500; email; Twitter] defended his plan to take away the health insurance of 22,000,000 Americans by saying "ra...
09:17 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing How a fishing guide's WordPress site became home to half a million fraudulent pages
Ned Desmond shares the scary story of how a small site he managed that advertised fishing expeditions ended up with 565,192 scam pages. He also suggests five ways to avoid the same fate. (more…...
09:13 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing What will the 25th century call the 21st century?
Polymath historian-novelist Ada Palmer has just published Seven Surrenders, the long-awaited sequel to her astounding debut novel Too Like the Lightning, in which she continues to spin tales in an int...
09:06 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Steve McQueen's long missing 'Bullitt' Mustang found
One of the two Ford Mustang automobiles used in the filming of the Steve McQueen classic 'Bullitt' has been found. Long missing, the green pony car was found wasting away in a Baja, Mexico junkyard.ht...
09:04 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing This 24-hour recording of idling engine noise from a Star Trek ship in Star Trek will put you to sleep
I'm playing this recording of soft droning engine noise from Star Trek TNG as I type this and I can hardly keep my eyes open. This is just one of several space ship sounds recordings featured on Ope...
09:02 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Superbugs are being fuelled by imaginary penicillin allergies
Lots of people think they're allergic to penicillin, but aren't -- so when they have infections, doctors are obliged to skip the front-line drugs, which accelerates the pace of antibiotic resistance i...
08:57 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Ford and Spielberg to revive Indiana Jones, again
Serially unlucky small plane pilot Harrison Ford will reprise his role as the greatest action hero of all time, Indiana Jones.Via the Mouse:Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019...
08:50 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing SXSW will remove contractual immigration threats for international artists who play the show
For many years, the SXSW festival's standard contract with its non-US artists contained an over-reaching, frightening clause that seemed to threaten them being turned over to immigration authorities i...
08:48 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Grassroots hitchhiking system called Casual Carpool is a $1 substitute for Uber
Casual Carpool is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area tradition where people line up at certain spots in Oakland and San Francisco to be picked up by people driving over the Bay Bridge. It's a win-win...
07:42 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Newspaper hoax about the gruesome results of a mass breakout at the Central Park Zoo
A new episode of Nate DiMeo's Memory Palace podcast is out and it's a good one. It's about a newspaper hoax about the gruesome results of a mass breakout at the Central Park Zoo, which Nate "turns int...
07:41 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing The BioLite CampStove 2 - how it burns wood like gas, and converts heat into electricity
Last week I tried out BioLite's CookStove, which uses sticks for fuel and has a battery-powered fan to create a hot flame that rivals gas camping stoves.BioLite just introduced a new version of its ...
06:29 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Suspected serial killer caught after cops put out a bait mannequin
After two homeless men were murdered in Las Vegas by the same method, cops put out a bait mannequin that looked like a homeless man sleeping under a blanket. During the stakeout, Shane Shindler began ...
06:10 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing First underwater video of True's beaked whales in the wild
True's beaked whales spend much of their time deep underwater, so much of what we know about the mysterious species comes from stranded corpses. That's why a live sighting of a pod including underwa...
06:04 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Cecily Strong weighs in on the fauxminist epidemic
Spend enough time in progressive circles, and you'll run into the type of guy lampooned here: the guy who uses progressive catchphases as pickup lines. This skit feels ripped from the headlines of r...
05:53 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Gentleman hasn't gotten out of his car in seven years (or has he?)
Fanda is a guy who lives in his car, but doesn't just live in it. He never gets out of it. Aside from the interesting pragmatic aspects, it's a remarkably moving film about how some people respond t...
05:53 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Bob Mankoff, New Yorker's cartoon editor, is retiring
Bob Mankoff, legendary cartoonist, is stepping down as The New Yorker's cartoon editor at the end of April. Here's a playlist of great videos on the nature of comedy and on the form as practiced in ...
05:53 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Crazy unearthly planetary phenomena described
22,000 mile per hour winds, magma clouds that rain rocks, and planets where you could fly by flapping your arms in a wingsuit. These are some of the remarkable phenomena scientists believe are possi...
05:32 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing Be a good guy hacker and keep WOPR from running amok
This is how it happens: the bad guys break into computers, steal all the information, and then Yahoo! sells for a whole lot less. (Comparatively.) After that, white hat hackers are called in to crack ...
04:29 am PST - Wed, March 8, 2017
BoingBoing FutureCNN creator offers an ad from the future
Daniel Sol is the creator of @FutureCNN, an icily satirical Twitter account that depicts CNN freeze-frames from a few months in the Trumpian future. In his new video, all the soulstring-tugging mark...
02:18 pm PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Steve Reich-ian iPhone ringtone composition
Seth Kranzler created "Steve Reich is calling," a delightful composition for two iPhones that celebrates (and parodies) legendary minimalist composer Reich's early phase music. This form of composit...
12:45 pm PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Animated interview with Alfred Hitchcock
"We all have fear in us and we like to enjoy a vicarious, shall we say, toe in the water of fear," said Alfred Hitchcock in 1957. (Blank on Blank)...
12:20 pm PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing The history of grillz goes back further than you think. Much further.
National Geographic explores the ancient history of grillz. Coming in the sequel, meet the Incas who wore sundials around their necks. ...
11:01 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Fantastic vinyl Star Wars Rebels Chopper bobblehead
This is a beautiful model of Chopper. Star Wars Rebels C1-10P is a sociopathic astromech, and my favorite droid!https://youtu.be/ulIPyDqppfMRescued from the wreckage of a Clone Wars Y Wing fighter by ...
10:18 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing The joy of sanding sponges
These are spongey blocks covered with abrasive grit. They are ideally suited for smoothing irregular and rough surfaces. I use them to smooth a wall after repairing cracks and nails holes with spackli...
10:06 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Sammy Davis Jr. on Manischewitz almond flavored wine
Manischewitz makes some vile flavors of kosher wine, but Sammy Davis Jr. makes almond sound like a good idea. Earlier, Pesco shared this fantastic Sammy & Suntory spot....
10:02 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Trump confused (again!) in today's new tweet about Obama and Guantanamo
Trump just can't seem to get his facts right. This morning he tweeted, 122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible d...
09:20 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Congratulations Ken Fisher, creator of Tom the Dancing Bug and winner of the 2017 Herblock Prize
Ken Fisher, the brilliantly funny creator of comic strips we're proud to debut each week here at Boing Boing, has won the 2017 Herblock Award. His scathing and insightful treatment of Donald Trump, as...
09:20 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Ruben Bolling won the 2017 Herblock Prize!
Ruben Bolling, the brilliantly funny creator of comic strips we're proud to debut each week here at Boing Boing, has won the 2017 Herblock Award. His scathing and insightful treatment of Donald Trump,...
09:20 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Brain activity recorded as much as 10 minutes after death
University of Western Ontario researchers examined the electrical activity in several patients before and after their life support was turned off and they were declared clinically dead, when the heart...
08:33 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
Gary Wolf of Quantified Self writes:Princeton University Press has just reissued this classic essay ["The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge" by Abraham Flexner, 1939] by the founder of the Institute f...
08:30 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Gun stores for liberals
I know a bunch of liberal gun owners. Here's an article in Vocativ by Ethan Harfenist and Jacob Steinblatt about this growing group.Membership increased by 10 percent since election for the Liberal Gu...
08:27 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Fleet Foxes return with first album in six years
Indie-folk group Fleet Foxes announced their third album, Crack-Up, and posted a nine-minute epic song, "Third of May / daigahara," to kick it off.The album, like my birthday, is expected to happen ...
08:23 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing The weirdest bumbling cat burglar movie of all time
In 1991 I was super eager to see Bruce Willis' slapstick comedy Hudson Hawk.Everything about this film was frantically over the top, ridiculous, and so much fun. Sandra Bernhard's crazy megalomaniac...
07:48 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Wikileaks posts CIA document dossier
Wikileaks posted a collection of documents Wednesday under the name Vault7, detailing CIA activities, capabilities and ambitions. The #Vault7 hashtag is furious with activity as activists, journalists...
07:48 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Wikileaks posts CIA document tranche
Wikileaks posted a tranch of documents Wednesday under the name Vault7, detailing CIA activities, capabilities and ambitions. The #Vault7 hashtag is furious with activity as activists, journalists and...
07:30 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Animated graph shows how USA has become more polarized in last 20 years
Pretty astonishing to see how close together median Democrats and Republicans were in 1997. From Sociological Images:A recent Pew Report reported that in 1994, 64% of Republicans were more conservativ...
07:11 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing America's first serial killer built a murder castle in Chicago
When detectives arrested H.H. Holmes in 1894, they thought he was a simple con man. But they were shocked to discover that he'd been operating a bizarre Chicago hotel full of blind passageways, trapdo...
06:21 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Australian bush mechanics get a wrecked car rolling
When I saw the state of the Hyundai these guys found in the bush, I thought the clip was going to be a joke. Then they fix it with their axes. Mad props to Aboriginal Australian mechanics and Korean...
06:10 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing The Big Bang Theory but the studio audience is replaced by Ricky Gervais
The awkward, creeping humorlessness of The Big Bang Theory (and perhaps all studio sitcoms) is famously revealed by removing the audience laughter. But it is made truly unsettling by replacement wit...
05:43 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Synagogue vandalism suspect is accountant with a master's degree
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amjopJAMoWMStuart Wright has two tattoos, writes Sam Charles of The Chigaco News: one says "Jesus is love" and the other is a swastika. This educated accountant from th...
05:31 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing The stoner army knife
Swiss Army Knives are pretty standard everyday carry items for their utilitarian bent, which has made them the standard bearer for competing EDC multi-tools. This one, however, is a little different. ...
05:20 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing A Calvinist and Hobbesian Look at Trump
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 other stu...
05:07 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Gold Nokia 3310 with Putin's portrait on it
Nokia's resurrected 3310 is the dumbphone du jour, but it has two key flaws. First, the 2G radio bands it uses are insecure and being shut down by many telcos, meaning it might not work in your region...
03:51 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing Porno-copyright troll behind "Prenda Law" pleads guilty to everything
For years, John Steele has been half of a criminal enterprise masquerading as a copyright law firms, "Prenda Law," whose owners, clients and employees were a mix of lies, impersonations, and crumbs of...
03:29 am PST - Tue, March 7, 2017
BoingBoing 40% of households in Philadelphia can't pay their water bill
America is in the midst of an "invisible water crisis" as the post-war water infrastructure reaches the end of its duty-cycle and cash-strapped public utilities struggle to find the money to rebuild i...
05:50 pm PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Gun stores for liberals
I know a bunch of liberal gun owners. Here's an article in Vocativ by Ethan Harfenist and Jacob Steinblatt about this growing group.Membership increased by 10 percent since election for the Liberal Gu...
02:50 pm PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Snakisms: the snake game, but now with meaning
Pippin Barr's Snakisms is a version of the classic game Snake, but with a selection of philosophical viewpoints to choose from at the outset. SNAKISMS was begun on the strength of the idea of "Ascet...
01:39 pm PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing The Everything You Need to Ace series is like borrowing notes from the smartest kid in class
Looking through these books, I find myself wanting to shout out phrases I havent thought of in decades: the Triangular Trade! Crispus Attucks! Isthmus of Panama! The Everything You Need to Ace series ...
01:35 pm PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Canadian citizen going to day spa in US turned away needs immigrant visa
Canadian citizen Manpreet Kooner was on her way to a day spa in Vermont when she was stopped at the US border. The 30-year-old Montreal resident, who works at a science lab, was held for six hours bef...
01:32 pm PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Chris Christie's Port Authority boss blackmailed United into scheduling a flight to bring him to his weekend place
Former NJ Port Authority Chairman David Samson -- a "staunch ally" of Chris Christie -- got United to schedule an extra, largely empty Friday night flight from Newark airport to Columbia, SC, where he...
01:27 pm PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing 1-bit tarot cards with a glitched twist
@thelastdeck is a bot that publishes glitched 1-bit tarot cards. [via JWZ]https://twitter.com/xxvi_xxxviii/status/838767808666304512Previously: Randomly generated catalogue of creepily nondescript pol...
01:14 pm PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing You can hear the difference between hot and cold water
Water is viscous. With heat, the viscosity drops. And you can hear the difference in its splash....
01:08 pm PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing "The Alt-Right is Slandering My Fathers Beautiful Creation, Babar"
The son of Babar The Elephant creator Jean de Brunhoff writes that internet toilet men are soiling the purity of his noble, sweet creation, the elephant-king Babar.The enormous Babar always wears a gr...
12:31 pm PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing TSA's new "pat-downs" are so invasive, airports are pre-emptively warning cops to expect sexual assault claims
If the TSA thinks that you're suspicious -- or if you opt out of the "optional" full-body scanner -- you get a junk-touching "secondary screening" in which the screeners "pat you down" by rubbing the ...
11:54 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Life Undersea: 1968
From Paul Di Filippo: "Our glorious domestic undersea future, as depicted in an ad sponsored by "Investor-Owned Light and Power Companies" in the issue of LOOK for May 14, 1968."...
11:33 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Excellent, cheap monitor stand
The AmazonBasics Metal Monitor Stand ($15) was just what I needed to give my monitor a 4.25 inch boost. My laptop fits under the monitor, too, freeing up desk space....
11:09 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing The "ludic loop" of checking email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all day
Slot machines are designed to lock you into a "ludic loop" -- doing something over and over again because every once in a while you get a reward. People check their emails and social networks repeated...
10:54 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing TV special - Woody Allen Looks at 1967
Liza Minnelli, John Byner, Aretha Franklin, William F. Buckley are the guests in this TV special, "Woody Allen Looks at 1967." The opening title sequence is 10 times too long for today's audience. A...
10:31 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Groovy 1973 Bell Labs documentary about communication technology
https://youtu.be/h2UhedFomxMProduced by Bell Labs in 1973, The Far Sound looks at the latest developments it telephony, electronics, and computers. The intro has Peter Max-ish graphics and a song that...
10:07 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Weird undersea life photos and videos from NOAA expedition
The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research has a bunch of great photos and videos from a recent expedition to American Samoa. Photo above is the Cosmic Jellyfish.In this video, you can see the ...
09:58 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Brown soda bread in a cast iron skillet
If you have breakfast while traveling in Ireland, you are bound to come across brown soda bread. Soda bread is super easy to make and a fantastic comfort food. I'm feeling slightly under the weather t...
09:58 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Bake brown soda bread in a cast iron skillet
If you have breakfast while traveling in Ireland you are bound to come across brown soda bread. Soda bread is super easy to make and a fantastic comfort food. (more…)...
09:37 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing James Randi debunks Magnet Man
In This video, professional skeptic James Randi demonstrates his new powder (called tal-kom or something like that) that demagnetizes a magnetic man....
09:24 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing In-browser emulator of Mac Plus running Mac OS System 7
Here's a virtual Mac Plus running Mac OS System 7. It's got MacPaint, MacDraw, Kid Pix, and Teach Text....
07:56 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Five methods to remove a stripped screw
I probably strip 50-65% of screws that I install. (I know, I'm doing it wrong. For starters, I should step away from my power drill until I learn to be more delicate.) Until I break my bad habits, Mik...
07:33 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing How to practice anything effectively
Educator/musician Annie Bosler and peak performance coach/author Don Greene provide simple tips to optimize the practice of practicing. (TEDEd)...
07:18 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing I just woke up with this song in my head. Sorry!
I've often wondered if this is a song about physical therapy and rehab....
07:17 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Shark robs gas station
A man wearing a shark costume robbed a gas station in Christchurch, New Zealand. The shark and his accomplice were armed with a knife and a hammer. They robbed the store of "a haul of confectionery," ...
07:02 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Inside this storage locker is the Video Game History Foundation
Frank Cifaldi has a storage locker packed with vintage video game magazines, books, marketing materials, early game drawings and designs, prototypes, and ephemera from birth of the industry to the p...
06:19 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Tabloid tale of man crushed by porn collection was fake
Gareth Davies' viral yarn about a Japanese man crushed to death by his porn collection has been proven false. Gizmodo's Matt Novak reports that it's about time Americans—and especially American ...
05:58 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Two taxonomies of Trump tweets
After careful study, UC Berkeley's George Lakoff has devised a rigorous taxonomy of Trump tweets to allow the general public to see beyond their superficial qualities.It's "strategic." Media liberals ...
05:42 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Supply of old-fashioned CRT arcade monitors dries up
The last manufacturer of arcade-sized cathode ray tubes is out of the business, with one supplier having only 30 or so in stock and no chance of ordering more. The manufacturing process is difficult e...
05:30 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Truly wireless earbuds for greater listening, calling, and dancing flexibility
These featherweight1Voice Bluetooth Earbudsgive you truly wireless flexibility - there's no sneaky wire connecting the two buds behind your head, while an elite CSR Bluetooth 4.2 chipset provides a cr...
05:18 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Adorable mascot drummer opts for death metal interpretation of childrens' song
In this video, a drummer in a cute yet bulky mascot costume thrashes the dickens out of a chirpy childrens' song (UPDATE: The theme song from Anpanman's March, writes in BB reader Ryozo), thereby impr...
05:08 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Man expertly directs speedboat into pole
I can't stop watching this video of someone slowly, carefully, unerringly directing his speedboat into a pole on a large body of water. Here is a bonus video of someone slowly, carefully, unerringl...
05:01 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Breitbart was a unique driver of hyper-partisan, trumpist news that shifted the 2016 election
A team of esteemed scholars including Yochai "Wealth of Networks" Benkler and Ethan Zuckerman (co-founder of Global Voices) analyzed 1.25 million media stories published between April 1, 2015 and elec...
05:01 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Bowling with ping pong balls
What happens when boys completely obsessed with table tennis are given a video budget? The ping-pong bowling is least among their many achievements: "One ball, one mind!"...
04:53 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Characters based on tiny procedurally-generated sprites
Cartoonist Eric Beadu took these mangled, procedurally-generated 8x8 random sprites and interpreted them as fully-fledged cartoon characters. Now someone has to animated the rest of each character's s...
04:24 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Florian Mueller's REM series explores the phenomenology of dreams
German photographer Florian W. Mueller has created an interesting series of images about REM sleep. Set in a mossy forest, they feature one out-of-place piece of the forest. (more…)...
04:16 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Illustrator 1000DAY's lovely work inspired by MX
Korean illustrator Jang Suk-Woo (aka 1000DAY) was inspired by the music of Max Schneider to create some lovely layered illustrations. (more…)...
04:11 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Esther Mahlangu's tour teaching Americans to make traditional South African art
Late last year, famed South African artist Esther Mahlangu visited a number of major American cities with a traveling display of her work and hands-on workshops for aspiring artists. It's a great gl...
03:48 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Deflationary Intelligence: in 2017, everything is "AI"
Ian Bogost (previously) describes the "deflationary" use of "artificial intelligence" to describe the most trivial computer science innovations and software-enabled products, from Facebook's suicide d...
03:29 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Advanced de-faking: using public sources to trace the true age of a suspected propaganda video
Henk van Ess teaches workshops in online investigative techniques; he worked with colleagues and a team of students from Axel Springer Academie to analyze a viral news video that purported to show a d...
03:12 am PST - Mon, March 6, 2017
BoingBoing Testing products for data privacy and security
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11:11 am PST - Sun, March 5, 2017
BoingBoing Makers: enter the Share Festival's ARTMAKER Prize competition for sincere electronic art
An all-star jury composed of Arduino inventor Massimo Canzi, Arthur C Clarke Center director Sheldon Brown, tech artist Motor Comino, activist Jasmina Tesanovic and OG Cyberpunk Bruce Sterling are jud...
06:16 am PST - Sun, March 5, 2017
BoingBoing Arkansas wants to ban all classroom mentions of Howard Zinn (teachers, get your free books!)
The Arkansas legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit "any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn" in its schools, on the grounds that Howard Zinn says means things...
05:29 am PST - Sun, March 5, 2017
BoingBoing Giveaway Alert: $500 Lyft Credit
The $500 Lyft Credit GiveawayDriving to work every day can take its toll on you, no pun intended. Take some time away from your tedious commute and get driven to work by Lyft. This $500 credit is enou...
04:49 am PST - Sun, March 5, 2017
BoingBoing Sci-Fi Sundays: Galaxy, February 1965
Looking at the cover above, you might be tempted to assume that my scanning skills are waning. While it is true that sometimes an edge lifts, or the warped pages produce a muddy scan (especially when ...
05:13 pm PST - Sat, March 4, 2017
BoingBoing Sensation / Forever by American Grandma
American Grandma is a fantastic two-piece band from Colorado consisting of Jennifer Lynn Keller and Caden Marchese. They have a new album on the First Base Tapes label, titled Sensation / Forever, tha...
08:27 am PST - Sat, March 4, 2017
BoingBoing Trump wants to separate small children from their mothers in immigration detention
A leaked Trump administration briefing described by Reuters reveals a plan to separate children, including very young children, from their mothers for immigration detention purposes, seemingly as a de...
07:56 am PST - Sat, March 4, 2017
BoingBoing Bavarian intelligence agency says Scientologists secretly took over one of the world's top art galleries
Bavaria's Verfassungsschutz -- "Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution" -- says that the Haus der Kunst, one of the world's top contemporary art galleries, was infiltrated by Scientolog...
07:21 am PST - Sat, March 4, 2017
BoingBoing Uber uses data-mining to identify and block riders who may be cops, investigators or regulators
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS0NuV-zLZEGreyball is Uber's codename for a program that tries to predict which new signups are secretly cops, regulators or investigators who could make trouble for...
06:54 am PST - Sat, March 4, 2017
BoingBoing Snakisms: 22 philosophies expounded through the game of Snake
Artist Pippin Barr wrote his PhD video game values and got a Masters in UI metaphors, so it's natural that he's created Snakisms, a collection of 22 variants on the classic video game Snake (best reme...
05:55 am PST - Sat, March 4, 2017
BoingBoing This machine learning bundle is your ticket to AI mastery
Used in countless industries, Artificial Intelligence is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. Encompassing everything from computer vision to natural language processing, machine learning meth...
02:01 pm PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Ideal Boy, An: Charts from India
Cheap visual charts were the main educational aid in Indian classrooms until recently. Meant to teach children good behavior, and to assist their reading skills, these inexpensive posters were plaster...
01:46 pm PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with a man who manufactured 750,000,000 Doses of LSD
Peter Sjstedt-H interviewed famous 1960s acid chemist Tim Scully for High Existence.In 1977 Tim Scully was imprisoned for the manufacture of LSD, a high-standard variety thereof well known in the 1960...
01:46 pm PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with a man who manufactured 3,000,000 Doses of LSD
UPDATE 3/5/2107 Peter Sjstedt-H emailed me: "Thank you for promoting my interview with Tim Scully. Tim has emailed me to ask if the title of your article could be altered a little as it is now factual...
01:15 pm PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing LIGHTS! CAMERA! NORTON! Three films about the Emperor of the United States
On March 23rd, at San Francisco's historic Roxie theater, three films about the self-proclaimed Norton I, Emperor of the United States, will be screened!Get your tickets now! (more…)...
01:11 pm PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Suggestion for improving the design of the Academy Awards cards
Benjamin Bannister has a good idea about the design of the Academy Awards cards.Thats horrible typography. I will emphasize horrible again. Horrible. Or to be nicer, not good. Look at it again. Of cou...
11:16 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Bitcoin hits record high, worth more than ounce of gold for first time
Bitcoin reached a new high at $1,271 per bitcoin yesterday, and for the first time surpassed the price of gold per ounce, which was worth $1,235 by the end of last night. A year ago, one bitcoin was v...
11:00 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Brave man paints outside of building
Just Painting a Little WallNot sure if he is working his way up or down. Either one is terrifying....
10:37 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Talented border collie knows many tricks and routines
All dogs are amazing but this one stands outMary, age 16, has a two-year-old border collie named Magic. They have a lot of fun together. Here's their Instagram account....
10:33 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Now you too can own a 1988 Lincoln Town Car with a stripper pole
The North Hills Auto Mall in Pittsburgh has in its inventory a burgundy 1988 Lincoln Town Car in excellent condition with only 72,000 miles on the block, a 5-liter V8 engine, automatic four-speed tran...
10:23 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Man happy about watch appraisal on Antiques Roadshow
https://youtu.be/li0mRLcGbU8This guy said his sergeant recommended that he buy a Rolex GMT Master Model when he was stationed in Germany. He was happy to learn that it was appraised at a much higher p...
10:03 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Kitchen shears to spatchcock a chicken
I needed kitchen shears, so I might spatchcock a chicken. These do the job nicely.This fantastic video from America's Test Kitchen has kept me busy. It involves fun uses of cast iron.I'm eager to try ...
09:51 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Landmark ruling shows that Canada one of the world's worst DRM laws
When the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-11 -- Canada's answer to America's notorious Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- it was in the teeth of fierce opposition from scholars, activists and techno...
09:51 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Landmark ruling shows Canada has one of the world's worst DRM laws
When the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-11 -- Canada's answer to America's notorious Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- it was in the teeth of fierce opposition from scholars, activists and techno...
09:46 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Lego announces "Women of NASA" minifigs
Last year, MIT News editor Maya Weinstock submitted her Women of NASA minifigures design to LEGO Ideas. LEGO has just approved the idea and laster this year or early 2018 will release an official mini...
09:40 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Jeff Sessions can't recuse himself from Colbert's monologue
https://youtu.be/7TdUqdh9D-M"Big news today from the Kremlin... er, the White House." Colbert has a field day with Lyin' Jeff. "You don't have to recuse yourself, you've already fucked yourself."...
09:24 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Ankers PowerCore USB 15600 battery pack for $24
I have quite a few different battery packs, but I think Anker's are the most attractive. The Anker battery I have had for years is still going strong. Amazon has a good sale on the PowerCore 15600 USB...
09:23 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing An epic non-stop action adventure movie that will challenge your senses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DVWYYKK8mAMetalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn is a great example of a movie I wished I'd forgotten, so I share it with you. Here is the full movie....
09:13 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Demonstration of a Chinese "spouting bowl"
Steve Mould explains the physics behind the squeak in "squeaky clean."...
08:07 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Culprit evades police in high-speed U-Haul getaway
A gentleman managed to evade the police, at speeds of over 100mph, in a U-Haul. The driver made it nearly 50 miles from Santa Rosa to San Francisco, before law enforcement just gave up.SF GATE:A man i...
08:02 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Oral history of Daria, the fantastic 1990s animated series
First aired in 1994 as a Beavis and Butt-Head spinoff, Daria was a fantastic animated series about a whip-smart, sardonic, misanthropic highschool girl, her punk friend Jane, and a familiar gang of jo...
07:54 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Mike Pence used his AOL account for Indiana government business, and got hacked
Indiana laws permit public officials to use personal email accounts for government business, so it does not appear that vice-president Mike Pence violated any laws when he opted to use his personal AO...
07:47 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing "To the Right": hypnotizing supercut of lateral movement in movies
"To The Right" by Candice Drouet. With scenes from:The Shining / The Darjeeling Limited / Holy Motors / Inherent Vice / Jackie Brown / Juno / Drive Ex Machina / Delicatessen / American Psycho / 2046...
07:06 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing You could live in Grey Gardens
For $20 million, you could live in Grey Gardens, the East Hampton, NY home that starred with lovable eccentrics Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale and her mother Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale in...
06:57 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing UK government threatens jail for journalists who work with whistleblowers
Under a new proposal from the UK Law Commission, journalists who handle or report on leaked documents demonstrating corruption or government malfeasance would face prison sentences. (more…)...
06:41 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing American Conservative to Trump: before you give billions more to the military, figure out what happened to the $6T we lost in the Middle East
The US lost -- as in, can't account for -- $6 trillion fighting disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a fact that Trump was quick to point out during his speech to both houses of Congress, just bef...
06:30 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing London cops use an insecure mail-server that lets third parties intercept mail in transit
Best practice for mail-servers is to turn on TLS by default, which means that when that mail server talks to other mail servers, it encrypts the connection to thwart eavesdroppers. Though the practice...
06:22 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Declining adult coloring book sales challenge bookselling's recovery
The unexpected success of adult coloring books was a huge boon to booksellers, going from a standing start to $90M in sales in 2015, and bringing plenty of readers into bookstores, where they availed ...
06:12 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Spreadable coffee is coming to Japan
Snow Brand Milk will celebrate its 55th birthday by releasing "spreadable coffee" intended to be eaten on toast; it's a followup to an earlier "Edible coffee" product that appears to be basically coff...
06:03 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Healthcare facilities widely compromised by Medjack, malware that infects medical devices to steal your information
The healthcare industry is a well-known information security dumpster fire, from the entire hospitals hijacked by ransomware to the useless security on medical devices to the terrifying world of shitt...
05:55 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing 69 Cock Lane is yours for 449,950, but is it Britain's naughtiest address?
The Evening Standard's Tom Marshall reports that 69 Cock Lane, a nondescript semi-detached house in Fetcham, England, might be "Britain's rudest address." I beg to differ, but there are sadly no more ...
05:54 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Prepare for St. Patty's Day with a piata-housed liquor cache
St. Patty's Day is a boozy celebration of history and culture, and the ShamRockIt! Nipyata is a delightful fusion of traditions, packing ten assorted nips (or airplane bottles) and candy into a shamro...
05:54 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Prepare for St. Patrick's Day with a piata-housed liquor cache
St. Patrick's Day is a boozy celebration of history and culture, and the ShamRockIt! Nipyata is a delightful fusion of traditions, packing ten assorted nips (or airplane bottles) and candy into a sham...
05:37 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Fill Your Boots: my column on how technology could let us work like artisans and live like kings
My latest Locus column is "Fill Your Boots," in which I talk about how scientists, sf writers, economists and environmental activists have wrestled with the question of abundance -- how the "green lef...
05:36 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with director of freaky competitive tickling documentary
Bobby Hankinson interviewed director David Farrier about the craziest documentary of 2016: Tickled, which just premiered on HBO. I don't want to say too much. Just watch it. (more…)...
05:05 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing It might be a bad idea to order refurbished Pixel phones from Google
A fellow on the internet reports that Google shipped him a refurbished Pixel phone loose in its box inside a standardized shipping package, with no packing material. The phone was broken.I ordered an...
04:52 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Turkey cat funeral explained
This video of turkeys circling a dead cat went viral yesterday...https://twitter.com/TheReal_JDavis/status/837301561500057605... and here's the explainer, from The Verge's Alessandra Potenza and Rache...
04:46 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Cinematic Japanese tourism ad draws on martial arts traditions
Diamond Route Japan went all in on this gorgeous series of tourism ads. Their living samurai spirit ad taps into the romantic view of Japan depicted in their renowned epic period films. (more&hellip...
04:37 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Fifty years later, the same flight takes longer. Why?
Fifty years ago, American Airlines' flight from New York to Los Angeles took 5 hours and 43 minutes. The same flight is 6 hours and 27 minutes today. Wendover Productions examines why planes don't f...
04:37 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing The five official levels of autonomous vehicles explained
Self-driving cars can mean a number of different things, so the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adopted a zero-to-5 scale of the types of automation created by SAE International, w...
04:37 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a DIY blooming marshmallow
Dominique Ansel, the guy who created cronut and cookie milk cups (previously), also created the blooming marshmallow, which opens like a flower in hot chocolate to reveal a chocolate truffle. Popsug...
03:36 am PST - Fri, March 3, 2017
BoingBoing Imposing architectural photography by Sebastian Weiss
Hamburg-based photographer Sebastian Weiss is known for taking stark, clean images of remarkable buildings against bright blue mid-day skies. The results are remarkable. (more…)...
10:20 pm PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing USG: an open source anti-BadUSB hardware firewall for your USB port
BadUSB is bad news: malware that targets the firmware in your USB port's embedded system, bypassing the OS, antivirus software and other countermeasures. (more…)...
05:38 pm PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing SXSW threatens to narc musicians out to immigration authorities if they play unauthorized gigs
Evan Greer writes, "SXSW is one of the most popular music festivals in the US. It was just revealed that they are actively threatening bands from outside the US with "immediate deportation' and immigr...
05:33 pm PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Freaked out about Trump's assault on net neutrality? Come work for EFF on keeping the net free and open
Trump's FCC is shaping up to be a complete disaster: the new Chairman is dismantling privacy protections and broadband subsidies for low-income Americans, plans to allow the pending Time-Warner/AT&T m...
04:32 pm PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing The Trump-Russia scandals: a quick visual guide
Trump keeps saying that the media's relentless investigations into Russia's corrupting influence on the White House is "fake news," but the media keeps finding out more and more about how Trump and hi...
12:55 pm PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing The 'Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillian' series
"Your first doomsday machine is a malevolent, inscrutable wristwatch.The Please Don't Tell My Parents series, by Richard Roberts, is a wonderful young adult series of novels about Penelope Akk and her...
12:32 pm PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing That big Amazon S3 outage was caused by a typo, company admits
On Monday, many websites, news services, publishing platforms, and other internet-connected things that use Amazons AWS platform went dark. The cause can finally be revealed. (more…)...
12:17 pm PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Adobe Illustrator is 30 years old
https://youtu.be/1gaCKT_NcdkMy favorite application is Adobe Illustrator, which turned 30 this week. I have used it for decades and still learn new things about it almost evert week. Here's a great vi...
12:14 pm PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing How much pee is in your local swimming pool? Study finds out
Ever wonder how much pee is in the pool you're swimming in? If not, sorry to bring it up. But a study was just done by researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada to determine the amount of tin...
11:59 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Good, inexpensive silicone kitchen sink strainer
I like almost everything OXO makes. This silicone kitchen sink strainer ($8) was a welcome replacement for the wire mesh one we had, because some of the wires had broken. Those little protruding wires...
11:56 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing America divided into states with the population of England
Earlier I crudely redivided the USA into states the size of California, its most populous state. This results in eight states. But what if old England, having abandoned Europe and been abandoned by Sc...
11:45 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing After Trump, boys at her daughter's school Nazi-salute in the hall. Here's how a mom responded.
Editor's note: Boing Boing publisher Jason Weisberger recently wrote of threats he and others have received online from literal Nazis, post-Trump. Jason's sister Tammy Weisberger shares a story below,...
11:15 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Waste away at Jimmy Buffet's new retirement community
Aging Jimmy Buffett fans, aka Parrotheads, take note! Latitude Margaritavile is a new senior housing community under construction in Daytona Beach, Florida. The facility is scheduled to open in the fa...
10:57 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Al Franken sending Jeff Sessions letter "to have him explain himself"
When asked this morning on CNN about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' lie regarding his communication with Russia, Sen. Al Franken was generous. "At the very least, this was extremely misleading." Fr...
10:44 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Lou Reed's archives acquired by New York Public Library
On what would have been Lou Reed's 75th birthday today, his widow Laurie Anderson announced that the New York Public Library has acquired the musician's complete archives. To celebrate, the NYPL is ho...
10:41 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing How to imagine 52 factorial
I remember being fascinated by a description of eternity in "The Shepard Boy," from the Brothers Grimm:In lower pomerania is the Diamond mountain, which is two miles high, two miles wide, and two mi...
10:23 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Raccoon attempts to rob woman in kayak
Raccoon Robbing A Girl In A KayakHominidae and Procyonidae -- natural enemies since time immemorial....
10:22 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing America divided into states with the population of California
Speculative redivisions of the USA into equal-population states tend to discard the existing ones entirely in favor of the average. I thought it would be interesting to instead keep the most populous ...
10:14 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing I tried a reader recommended $31 fountain pen
Reader Longname, via the Boing Boing BBS, suggested I try the TWSBI ECO. This $31 stainless steel nibbed fountain pen looks cool and is perfectly functional. (more…)...
10:13 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing zoom in on the syrup
zoom in on the syrup pic.twitter.com/omRBupjrXq— Denny's (@DennysDiner) March 1, 2017"The radius of human thought touching upon the longitude of our transient existence causes infinite pain....
09:54 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing The Smithsonian needs your help transcribing Phyllis Diller's gag file
Right now, you can apply your brain power towards helping the Smithsonian transcribe the 52,000 jokes from Phyllis Diller's gag file. It's fun way to spend a few minutes!Phyllis Diller's groundbreakin...
09:49 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Best Coast benefit for Planned Parenthood this Sat (3/4) in L.A.
Best Coast are headlining a concert in Los Angeles on Saturday (3/4) to benefit Planned Parenthood. It's a killer lineup playing for a cause urgently in need of support. Along with Best Coast, the sho...
09:39 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Nintendo puts a "bittering agent" on game cards so people don't stick them in their mouths
Kotaku recently contacted Nintendo to ask them why Nintendo Switch cartridges taste so awful. Nintendo replied: To avoid the possibility of accidental ingestion, keep the game card away from young chi...
07:26 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson threatens legal retaliation against constituent who won't give up trying to talk to him
Senator Ron Johnson [R-WI/Twitter/email/DC office (202) 224-5323] is one of the many Republican lawmakers who've chosen not to meet with their own constituents during the Congressional recess; Earl Go...
07:09 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Sugar taxes reduce soda consumption
In 2016's Impact of the Berkeley Excise Tax onSugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption (Sci-Hub Onion mirror), UC Berkeley scientists showed that the imposition of a $0.01/ounce tax on sugary drinks led t...
06:56 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing We are one RFID away from a dishwasher that rejects third-party dishes on pain of a 5-year prison sentence
Two years ago, I wrote If dishwashers were iPhones, a column in the Guardian that took the form of an open letter from the CEO of a dishwasher company that had deployed DRM to make sure you only used ...
06:54 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing A WiFi camera that makes home and office security a bargain
Convenience stores and gas stations are not the only places that utilize security cameras. Security in the digital age has extended more and more to individuals, and the iON the Home HD WiFi camera is...
06:29 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Norwegian news site makes readers pass test proving they read the post before commenting on it
NRKbeta, the tech page of Norway's public broadcaster, ran a story about proposed internet surveillance laws. But to comment on it, you had to know what was in the story.The team at NRKbeta attributes...
06:14 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Internet-connected teddy bear leaked kids' data online
Update: Dupe!Internet-connected Cloud Pets stored recordings online and put associated data in an unprotected database for hackers to find. Since Christmas day of last year and at least until the fi...
06:13 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Reply All covers DRM and the W3C
In the latest episode of Reply All, a fantastic tech podcast, the hosts and producers discuss the situation with DRM, the future of the web, and the W3C -- a piece I've been working on them with for a...
05:55 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Pensive film blends wisdom and vignettes of New York with Alicia Keys' music
"You have to be able to put yourself in a place to be able to see things." Alicia Keys' The Gospel juxtaposes gorgeous black and white footage of everyday New York with profound insights from those ...
05:47 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Nintendo explains why Switch cartridges taste nasty
Nintendo's Switch is the company's cool new console. Early reviews say they nailed the system design this time, but also that Nintendo just doesn't know how to do online services and is running out of...
05:26 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Psychology journal editor asked to resign for refusing to review papers unless he can see the data
Psychologist Gert Storms doesn't want to review scientific papers if their authors refuse to share with him the underlying data. The American Psychological Association (APA), which publishes the journ...
05:22 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Illustrations depict future noir in brooding shapes and shadows
Illustrator Maxim Zhestkov demonstrates how simple shapes and gradients can convey a mood in his Future Noir series. The small silhouettes of humans give an eerie sensibility to the images. (more&hell...
04:56 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing The art of compositing explained in the coolest way possible
Roy Peker created this fantastic explainer about VFX and digital compositing. (more…)...
04:56 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Illustrator mixes western iconography with the undead
Ukrainian concept artist Roman Chaliy created these cool mashups of zombies, skeletons, reanimated corpses and wild west outlaws. (more…)...
04:56 am PST - Thu, March 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch mesmerizing forms complement the music of Symmetry
Symmetry is a single by Max Cooper and Tom Hodge from Max's EP Emergence. Designer Kevin McGloughlin created a stunning video of teal and copper concentric circles morphing and meshing in surprising...
09:26 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Music: 'Busted,' Johnny Cash and Ray Charles (live duet)
This one goes out to Attorney General and volunteer Russia envoy Jeff Sessions. (more…)...
08:44 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Russian ambassador during Trump campaign but didn't disclose
Noted white supremacist and current United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions said under oath at his confirmation hearing that he'd had no contact with Russia during Trump's 2016 presidential campa...
08:38 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing National Enquirer thinks Trump is almost too smart for his own good
Hes been called psychotic, narcissistic and dangerously unbalanced, but finally we have the National Enquirer dig its notoriously sharp teeth into President Donald Trump this week with its revelatory ...
08:32 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Just some burbs
Burb. (more…)...
08:00 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing And now, a 5-minute ad for a service that lets you start your own ransomware "business"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-9pkLwOjC4Philadelphia is a crimeware-as-a-service business that sells a highly customizable ransomware package for budding entrepreneurs who want to dabble in crime...
07:47 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Wells Fargo: preventing the customers we ripped off from suing us is doing them a favor
Wells Fargo admits that its employees opened more than 2,000,000 fake accounts in order to run up fraudulent charges against its customers (employees who balked at committing fraud were fired and blac...
06:05 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing 3 new Sassy Trumps to take your mind off America's never-ending bad trip
Comedian and soothsayer Peter Serafinowicz brings us Three new 'Sassy Trump' episodes. (more…)...
04:16 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Republican State Senator's "business degree" turns out to be from Sizzler Steakhouse
Iowa State Sen. Mark Chelgren wants to limit the number of Democrats the state university may hire. This brilliant idea drew attention to the Republican's own academic background. And it turned out, o...
03:50 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Comprehensive roundup of articles about Uber's awfulness
Jamie Zawinski collected a good 20 different articles, each covering some nasty corner of Uber, a disgusting or illegal or plainly unethical thing someone there did, or some other reason why we should...
02:45 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing The strawberries in this photo are blue
This picture has NO red pixels. Great demo of color constancy (ht Akiyoshi Kitaoka) pic.twitter.com/pZHvbB6QHE— Matt Lieberman (@social_brains) February 27, 2017My daughter send this photo to m...
02:16 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Making coffee with the BioLite CookStove
https://youtu.be/IpDDGoyDxnMThe friendly folks at BioLite (makers of innovative battery-powered lighting, solar charging batteries, and other cool field gear) sent me a BioLite CookStove to try out. I...
12:31 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing When an Elephant Falls in Love an irresistible meditation on the quest for connection
Award-winning childrens author, Davide Cali, teamed up with visual artist, Alice Lotti, to create When an Elephant Falls in Love, a book about the sweet and silly things one does for love. A no-named...
12:23 pm PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Google's troll-fighting AI can be defeated by typos
Jigsaw is a "wildly ambitious" Google spin-off research unit that recently released Perspective, a machine-learning system designed to identify argumentative, belittling and meanspirited online conver...
10:46 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Scot Nery's 'Boobie Trap' combines comedy and mayhem
Scot Nery's Boobie Trap would make a fantastic television show!This pitch reel for Scot's fantastic, rollicking circus variety show, directed by Charlie Haid, features a number of Boing Boing favori...
09:30 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Five cool mass-market puzzles
Game design Fleb presents some of his favorite mass-produced puzzles. They areHanayama Cast Cuby, Curvy Copter Cube,Iron Maiden.Red Dragon Egg,and the Hoberman Brain Twist....
09:27 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Why a cat's tongue is covered with tiny claws that feel like sandpaper
From Deep Look:Cats tongues are covered in little spines called papillae that look like tiny hooks. Cats use their tongues to groom and the spines do a great job of detangling knots....Cats spend mu...
09:18 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Nintendo Switch review roundup
The highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch hits stores on Friday. According to today's reviews, it's got a lot of potential, some of which has yet to be realized even days before launch. From DIGG's Revie...
09:13 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Terror Group Gains Ground in U.S.
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 much more...
09:08 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Wonderful photos of rescued seal hugging its plushy seal plaything
How adorable is this rescued earless seal hugging and playing with a seal plushy at the Okhotsk Tokkari Center in Monbetsu, Hokkaido, Japan!"Tokkari" is the Ainu word for "azarashi" (earless seal), an...
09:06 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Video of 67 people paid to jump from a 33-feet diving tower for the first time
"Would you jump? Or would you chicken out?" That's the question asked of 67 different people who were asked to jump off a 10-meter diving tower into a pool. None of them had done it before, and it t...
09:05 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Smoke break: break dancing with smoke grenades
Cinematographer Ali Kubba captured this cool footage of break dancers with smoke grenades. (more…)...
08:56 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing You can buy Sammy Davis Jr.'s Rolls Royce that Frank Sinatra gifted him
Next week, Bonhams is auctioning Sammy Davis Jr.'s 1977 Rolls Royce Camargue. The sticker price was $148,000, approximately $600,000 in today's dollars. It's expected to sell for US$38,000-$46,000. Fr...
08:54 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Pickup truck going 115mph avoids road block by flying through the air
From Jalopnik: "An 18 year-old driving a stolen Toyota Tacoma running from the police in Webster Parish, Louisiana hit a set of spike strips going 115 mph, subsequently barreled off of the road and in...
08:43 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Primitive Technology: Planting Cassava and Yams
Primitive Technology is a YouTube video channel produced by an Australian guy who goes into the jungle with nothing but the clothes on his back, and makes things like shelters, tools, and weapons. T...
08:34 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Rachel Maddow connects the dots between a billionaire Russian oligarch and a bizarre Donald Trump deal
Why would a savvy Russian billionaire buy a tear-down, mold-infested house from Donald Trump for $100 million, and what does it have to do with newly confirmed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross? In a 2...
08:00 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Video about incredibly deadly nerve agent VX
The chemists at the wonderful YouTube channel, Periodic Videos, explain what the deadly nerve agent VX is and why it is so good at making people drop dead. As you might recall, VX is the stuff used ...
07:31 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing The Oscars was more proof that we're living in a simulation
The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik considers whether the bizarre ending of the Oscars could have been another of many recent (ahem) glitches in the simulation we're living in. From the New Yorker:This wasnt...
07:05 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Teen climber Margo Hayes is first woman to conquer La Rambla
La Rambla is one of the world's most challenging sport climbs, and 19-year-old Margo Hayes made it while on a study break from school. (more…)...
05:53 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Bluetooth 4.1 wireless headphones with crisp, clear sound
Wireless headphones aren't a mind-bending thing anymore now that Apple made them the standard thing-to-be-outraged-over-in-the-new-iPhone fare, thereby killing the cool factor. But let's be reasonable...
05:08 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Coming to DC on March 6: a panel on right to repair, DRM, and property rights in the digital age
On Monday, March 6 at 10AM, I'll be participating in a non-partisan R-Street event on "Property Rights in the Digital Age," with participants from the Heritage Foundation, R-Street, the Open Technolog...
05:07 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Check out Tank and the Bangas, 2017 NPR Tiny Desk contest winners
Six thousand musicians entered NPR's Tiny Desk Concert competition, but this year's unanimous winner was Tank and the Bangas for this delightful jam. (more…)...
05:06 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing The Mad Max cars look just as fantastic before the dirt
Photographer John Platt took these astonishing shots of the picture cars from Mad Max: Fury Road. Even out of their dusty element, they look absolutely menacing. (more…)...
05:05 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing The 3 Rules of Living Animation
Why does Who Framed Roger Rabbit seem so much more integrated with live action and animation than anything before it? "Bumping the lamp," slang that YouTuber kaptainkristian says originated from the...
04:51 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing UK Parliament to hold inquiry into algorithmic transparency
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee put out a public call for suggestions on subjects it should investigate and one of the three winning pitches came from Stephanie Mathisen, campaig...
04:18 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing The US Patent Office just (in 2017!) awarded IBM a patent over out-of-office email
On January 17, 2017 -- yes, 2017 -- the USPTO granted Patent 9,547,842 to IBM: "Out-of-office electronic mail messaging system." (more…)...
04:05 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a little appetizer for the upcoming Alien: Covenant
If you're excited about the upcoming Alien: Covenant, perhaps this little tidbit will tide you over till the main course: Prologue: Last Supper. (more…)...
03:48 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing 70% of the benefits of Trump's childcare credits will go to households earning $100K and up
The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has run the numbers on Trump's childcare credit proposals and concluded that it is a massive gift to the richest American households, with little-to-no benefit for th...
03:35 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing Trump tells America's attorneys general that Jews might be desecrating their own cemeteries to make him look bad
After a wave of anti-semitic attacks swept America, Donald Trump convened a meeting of state Attorneys General, and repeated a conspiracy theory posted hours before to a neo-Nazi website that suggeste...
03:23 am PST - Wed, March 1, 2017
BoingBoing US border guards can't believe Nigerian man is a software engineer, google "questions to ask a software engineer" and give him a pop quiz
Celestine Omin is a Nigerian software engineer who works for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's company Andela, founded to give talented African coders an entree into the leading American tech firms...
09:19 pm PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Snap is developing drone for users to share overhead videos and photos: NYT report
One of the products that Snapchat owner Snap Inc. is developing as a modern-day camera company is a drone, reports the New York Times today. Sources for this bold claim are three people briefed on the...
08:59 pm PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Uber CEO snaps at driver complaining of pay rates, later vows to 'grow up,' get 'leadership help'
After Bloomberg News published a video of Travis Kalanick being a total dick to an Uber driver who complained about how poorly Uber drivers are paid, the Uber CEO and co-founder issued a sorry-ish, ap...
08:34 pm PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Trump threatens to publicly release private data of immigrants and foreign visitors, ACLU responds
President Trump wants to dox all the brown people. (more…)...
02:35 pm PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Xenomorph tiki mugs
Mondo Tees has announced a line of Aliens xenomorph tiki mugs, ("in space, no one can hear you drink"), available for pre-order now with ship dates this summer (some glazes only available at Alamo Dra...
01:26 pm PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Update: The Future of HOME
Here's a brief audio update on the immediate future of HOME: Stories From L.A. The TL;DR version is, I'm slowing downthe production schedule to make the project more sustainable over the long term. Gi...
12:53 pm PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing New secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross has ties to illicit Russian finance
Billionaire Wilbur Ross, 79, was sworn in today as secretary of commerce. According to DC Report, Ross' "role as Vice Chair and a leading investor in the Bank of Cyprus, the largest bank in Cyprus, on...
12:34 pm PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Best boxer briefs: Calvin Klein
My wife started giving me Calvin Klein boxer briefs for gifts a while ago, and now they are my favorite. No weird tags or seams to irritate my tender skin, and the elastic doesn't wear out and create ...
12:01 pm PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Inside the Cup Noodles museum
In Yokohama, Japan, there is a museum dedicated to Cup Noodles (), the iconic brand of instant ramen created in 1971 by Momofuku Ando. Just looking at photos of the place jacked up my sodium levels. F...
11:15 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Live: Spewing eruption of Mount Etna in Italy
Here's a live video of fiery Mount Etna, on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. The tallest and most active volcano in Europe erupted Monday night, and its pulsing, spewing flames are stunning - and h...
11:07 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Small dog fails to convince big dog she is big
Nemo barely has to move to fend off Zuul's most powerful attacks....
10:48 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing 1991 Radio Shack commercial for computers
Looks just like the Apple Store....
10:42 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Small-molecule cocktail could reverse hearing loss
Scientists conducting research into hearing loss have come across a compound the regenerates cochlear hair cells, which could lead to a cure for certain kinds of deafness.From C&EN:The snail-shell-sha...
10:24 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: The Trump Song, a parody of The Village People's YMCA
Last week East India Comedy performed "The Trump Song" to the tune of The Village People's "YMCA." I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry!...
09:56 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Watch these sea lions play vollyeball (quite well)
You might say they have a nose for it....
09:56 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Watch these sea lions play volleyball (quite well)
You might say they have a nose for it....
09:53 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Barry's tea is pretty great
When Nietzche suggested staring into the abyss, he meant an over-steeped cup of Barry's Gold Blend. (more…)...
09:36 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Xeni passionately credits the ACA in helping her survive cancer
Our Xeni visited MSNBC's 'All in With Chris Hayes' to explain that the Affordable Care Act helped her survive cancer, and why a thoughtless repeal will kill thousands of fellow Americans. (more&hel...
09:30 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing As anti-Semitic bomb threats continue, ADL office evacuated in San Francisco
The terror attacks against Jewish folks in America continue. No one seems to care. (more…)...
08:51 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing The U.S. government has a "conscience fund" for repayments from those who have defrauded it
For 200 years the U.S. Treasury has maintained a "conscience fund" that accepts repayments from people who have defrauded or stolen from the government. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet p...
08:30 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing People take photos of their drug stashes
The Drug Stashes subreddit is nothing but photos of people's impressive recreational drug collections. I don't know what most of the drugs in these photos are, but they are very nicely packaged....
08:20 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing This is the first jazz record
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UljhWqC50QUThis week marks the 100th anniversary of the first jazz record ever released, or rather "jass" record. In a New York City recording studio, five white musici...
08:16 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Tucker Carlson argues with Bill Nye about climate change
In this video, Tucker Carlson keeps saying Bill Nye is not a scientist, but a "popularizer," which Carlson seems to think means global warming is bogus. Best part is near the end when Nye picks up h...
08:02 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing New $10 Raspberry Pi comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
The Raspberry Pi Zero W is is a tiny Linux computer that costs $10. It has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mini-HDMI, a USB On-The-Go port, and 512MB RAM. Here's the announcement on the Raspberry Pi Founda...
08:00 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Ilya Repin's "Ivan the Terrible and His Young Son Ivan" 1885
I have not seen this painting before. It's called Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on 16 November 1581, and was completed in 1885 by Ilya Repin.Warped Perspective has an article by Keri O'Shea on th...
07:59 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Taser ships a pistol-holster sensor that triggers record mode in all nearby bodycams when cops draw their guns
The Signal Sidearm is a sensor designed to be fitted to a police pistol holster: when triggered, it wirelessly signals all nearby police bodycams to go into record-and-archive mode. It's made by Axon,...
07:53 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Arizona House of Reps kills bill that would let cops take your home if you planned a protest that turned violent
SB 1142 is a bill introduced last week in the Arizona Senate that would allow the cops to charge participants in demonstrations with racketeering -- and confiscate their assets, including their homes ...
07:41 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Freaky vigilantes of the 1880s Ozarks
As a child, writer Lisa Hix visited Silver Dollar City, a surreal theme park in the Ozark Mountains that I have been fortunate enough to experience myself. Like me, Lisa was enchanted with the nutty d...
07:20 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Alex Jones roars
"Alex Jones Is Definitely a Human and Not a Reptilian."...
07:15 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Adam Savage goes behind the scenes of Ghost In The Shell
Adam Savage visits with Weta Workshop's Richard Taylor for a glimpse of the mecha-geisha masks, animatronic amazement, and far-out fabrication that brought the new Ghost in the Shell film to life. D...
06:53 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Collapsing "connected toy" company did nothing while hackers stole millions of voice recordings of kids and parents
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcxNHgYUz6sSpiral Toys -- a division of Mready, a Romanian electronics company that lost more than 99% of its market-cap in 2015 -- makes a line of toys called "Cloud...
06:32 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing New Boston Dynamics bot has arms and wheels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7xvqQeoA8cEvery time I post one of these, I see the near-future nightmare where conspicuously Boston-Dynamics robots law-enforce us in Gilead. On the other hand, it up...
06:21 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Wonderful 30-second Rube Goldberg videos from Japanese children's TV
NHK's children's show Pythagora Switch features fiendishly clever, astoundingly amusing interstitial segments with beautiful little Rube Goldberg machines, possessed of a Miyazakiesque whimsy and a ...
06:18 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Men upset by cartoon
This cartoon, published in The New Yorker, is upsetting men today. The cartoonist is Will McPhail, who is good at capturing the moment.https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/836272223870664708So:Robert ...
06:09 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Scenes from classic westerns featuring genderswapped gunslingers
In Re-Western, painted Felice House reimagines scenes from classic westerns with the likes of James Dean, Clint Eastwood and John Wayne replaced with women in the starring roles. (more…)...
06:08 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Coding beginners and experts alike can and should still master Python 3
Python is such a commonly used general-purpose programming language and features such (comparatively) simple syntax, that most veteran programmers consider it an excellent foundation for aspiring prog...
05:58 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Milo Yiannopoulos was taken down by a 16 year old Canadian woman
"Julia" is a 16-year-old Canadian high school student who "leans right" on economics and foreign policy, and is generally disgusted with the conservative movement's pivot to reactionaries like Milo Yi...
05:48 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Racists blubber in court as judge jails them for threatening black child's birthday party with shotgun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-QLs8Z8GgEJose Torres and Kayla Norton terrorized a black kid's birthday party by leading a convoy of confederate-flag flying vehicles past it while shouting racial sl...
05:47 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing The internet promised open markets, delivered rigged ones, then fake ones, then outright monopolies
Markets don't solve all our problems, but they sometimes produce remarkably efficient systems for producing and distributing goods, and the internet traded on that promise with marketplaces like Ebay ...
05:05 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing The empty "zombie cities" of China's stillborn rustbelt
China's explosive growth as the world's factory powerhouse is almost impossible to overstate: the largest migration in human history took place when 80 million young women left the provinces to come t...
04:51 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Pipelines considered pointless: Big oil seems to be (finally) abandoning Canada's filthy tar sands
Canada's tar sands -- rebranded in this century as "oil sands" -- are the source of some of the world's filthiest and most expensive oil, which can only be extracted by burning tons of already-refined...
03:57 am PST - Tue, February 28, 2017
BoingBoing Timelapse of every New York Times cover since 1852
Similar to web page evolution, watch the New York Times' evolution from just text to images with every front page since 1852 in about one minute. (more…)...