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09:43 pm PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing The best Trump tweet of all time
Sadly to be deleted. But not yet.https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/869766994899468288The domain covfefe.com was registered within minutes, but has yet to be put to use. UPDATE: It's been up f...
08:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Puddles the clown takes no prisoners on America's Got Talent
Puddles never fails to amaze. Every performance is more wonderful than the last!...
07:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Rebecca Solnit on how Trump's quest for more adulation made him "the most mocked man in the world"
It's early days in the Trump trainwreck, but Rebecca Solnit's astonishing, beautiful, visceral essay "The Loneliness of Donald Trump" may well end up being the defining moment of the Trump presidency,...
03:42 pm PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing America's leading nickname for crystal meth is "Donald Trump"
Looking to score some rock? Be sure to ask for "Trump" (also acceptable: "Agent Orange," "Cheeto-in-Chief," "Mango Mussolini," or "Putin's Puppet"). (more…)...
03:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing A hand-drawn guide to every major 'Game Of Thrones' death
Valar Morghulis. (And spoilers, obviously.) (more…)...
03:08 pm PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing History buff confirms 1830 legend of Australian pirates in Japan
Nick Russell took a close look at contemporary samurai accounts of a strange ship that landed at Mugi port in 1830, and found it corroborated the celebrated legend of convict pirate William Swallow, w...
12:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Spielberg is contemplating an Animaniacs reboot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x88Z5txBc7wAnimaniacs was part of a lineage that includes the best animation of the 1990s (including Freakazoid and Pinky and the Brain), and now creator Steven Spiel...
12:06 pm PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Supreme Court to Lexmark: when you sell something, the buyer then owns it
Lexmark has spent nearly 20 years fighting the war on carbon, trying to stop you from refilling your laser printer cartridges. In 2003, they attempted to use the DMCA and DRM to argue that it was an a...
12:03 pm PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, the musical
Next year, the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts will premier a new musical based on Alanis Morissette's classic 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. Diablo Cody ("Juno" and "Ricki and the Flash")...
11:55 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Did you prefer the Honeycomb spaceship or hideout?
I've always been a Raisin Bran fan, but I gotta hand it to Honeycomb. They had such wonderfully creative commercials in the 60s and 70s....
11:20 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Snake regurgitates large live snake
This is a great video shot by Christopher Reynolds that shows a snake regurgitating a live snake. According to Gizmodo:So, what the hells going on? I asked Sara Ruane, a snake expert and assistant p...
11:14 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Notes on curating an open access collection of political stickers
Catherine Tedford is curator of the Street Art Graphics collection, an open access collection of 2,700+ political stickers from the 1910s to today. (more…)...
10:49 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing This high power lighted magnifying glass is only $2
My daughter and I set up our home maker space this weekend. On thing we did was organize loose components: capacitors, integrated circuits, diodes, resistors. The markings on some of the components (l...
10:40 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to make your own fidget spinner without any tools
If Mad Max had a fidget spinner, it would probably resemble this one. Make your own with a bearing, assorted nuts, and a few zip ties. No tools necessary. (MAKE:)...
10:27 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing After 35 years in Roswell, Elvis' jet sold for $430k
The jet formerly known as Elvis' private plane has been sold, sans engine or cockpit equipment, for $430,000. The authenticity of the plane's interior is also in question.Via the Mercury News:A previo...
10:22 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a server room's isolated floor do its job during earthquake
On a reporting trip in the mid-1990s, I visited the headquarters of a major Japanese construction company. I was there to talk about their plans (unrealized, thus far) to build hotels on the moon. D...
10:21 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to change anxiety into excitement
Found on The Kid Should See This: "Neuroscientist Ian Robertson explains the trick behind these perception-changing actions: Rather than trying to become calm the opposite of anxious its much easi...
09:59 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to make clear ice
"Isnt a cocktail as much an experience for the eyes as well as the tongue?" asks Mr. Homegrown of Root Simple. "Thankfully its easy to make clear ice free of cloudy impurities. His technique is to fil...
09:59 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Tennis player keeps trying to embrace and kiss reporter on live TV
https://youtu.be/xQx6gL92wGsEw. While a reporter interviews tennis player Hamou on live TV, he keeps pulling her in with a one-arm embrace and kissing her. He even wraps his arm around her neck at one...
09:30 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to learn a Cockney British accent in under two minutes
I fink Dick Van Dyle would have benefited from watching Matt Pocock's 2-minute Cockney British accent tutorial, had Pocock been alive in 1964....
09:27 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Millions of fake, unsanitary cans of Budweiser beer were made in underground China factory
https://youtu.be/T9mu79ihUFoIf you recently ordered a can of Budweiser beer at a bar in China, did it taste a bit off? An underground "factory" in Dongguan produced 600,000 boxes of counterfeit Bud ea...
09:25 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing I keep my Amazon Echo Dot in an owl
I liked this owl and wanted it on my kitchen counter, so I purchased an Echo dot. (more…)...
08:58 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Cool marble-powered mechanical computer to solve logic problems
Turing Tumble is a mechanical computer with switches that are activated by rolling marbles down an inclined plane. To program it, you attach plastic switches and components to it. The Kickstarter laun...
08:32 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Ask a Mexican! tackles BurritoGate
I've been following BurritoGate, the story of two white women in Portland who went to Mexico (barely, they went to Puerto Neuvo,) and liked the burritos. The pair decided to learn to make flour tortil...
08:00 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Five full minutes of satisfying trick shots
Watch the men of Dude Perfect squeeze as many trick shots as possible into this five-minute video....
07:59 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Tips for packing a carry-on
Aileen of the YouTube channel Lavendaire shares her tips and tricks for getting the most out of your carry-on. Heres another quick packing video utilizing the KonMari method:https://www.youtube.com/...
07:49 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Man kills Frogzilla, a freakishly huge Texas bullfrog
The South Texas Hunting Association shared Markcuz Rangel's photo of him holding this absolutely massive bullfrog that he apparently dispatched near Batesville, Texas. Steve Lightfoot, spokesman for t...
07:44 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Ridley Scott unpacks the original Alien chestburster scene
Ridley Scott pauses his iconic in-camera chestburster scene in several places to show the tricks he used to make it so memorable. (more…)...
07:42 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Stunning motion-captured dance animation
Directed by Rupert Burton, Jon Noorlander and Johnny Likens, this is one of those rare moments where a technical accomplishment—produced to satisfy the ego of brands sponsoring an urban planni...
07:37 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing How it's made: hard crystal candies with cherry-flavored roses inside
From Tallahassee, Florida's Lofty Pursuits who offer these "handmade artisinal candies" at $6 for a 2.75oz bag:A new technique for a new effect in our image candies. These Crystal Roses are formed f...
07:22 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing How this teen's life changed after deleting all social media
Corey Alexander estimates he spent about three hours a day on social media, almost 5,000 hours since he got a phone at age 13. He lists the seven changes he's noticed since going cold turkey and delet...
07:22 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing RIP John Severson, Surfer Magazine founder
John Severson, the iconic figure of surfing media, has died at age 83. His 1961 film Big Wednesday is arguably the greatest of the early surf films, part of a lifetime of innovations in surf media. (...
07:22 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing The history behind Dum Dums mystery flavor
As the YouTube channel Eater explains, it all comes down to factory efficiency....
07:22 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to walk in high heels
Beauty YouTuber Jackie Aina offers high heel tips and tricks for everyone from beginners to experts....
07:15 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Nine-foot great white shark lept onto fisherman's boat
Terry Selwood, 73, was fishing near Evans Head, New South Wales, Australia when a nine-foot great white shark jumped onto the deck of his boat. "I caught a blur of something coming over the boat and ...
07:12 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Chinese law requiring internet companies to spy on users comes into effect this week
While China has enlisted its internet giants -- such as Weibo -- in its system of social control and surveillance for years, a new "cyber security law" will come into effect on Thursday that expands a...
06:22 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing Maybe sexting wasn't quite the crisis they warned us about
A meta-analysis of 15 published studies concluded that "although sexting might be an indicator of risky sexual practices, it is not a particularly good one." (more…)...
05:19 am PDT - Tue, May 30, 2017
BoingBoing With a personal copy editor named WhiteSmoke Web you may be unstoppable
Proofreading your own writing can be tough. WhiteSmoke is a marked improvement upon the spellchecker bundled with your word processor of choice. It detects complex stylistic errors like monotonous lan...
12:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Great deal on a Dremel compatible rotary tool ($13)
I have a battery powered Dremel which is good for light work, but I wanted a rotary tool with more oomph. I decided to take a chance on the $13 WEN Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit. This thingsis crazy ...
12:11 pm PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Tire seems intent on attacking human
This malicious tire is a more terrifying than Rover.https://peterfromtexas.tumblr.com/...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing A guide to prisons for white collar criminals
When rich people are somehow forced to go to prison, they stay in minimum-security federal prison camps (FPCs). Perks include air conditioning, "superior" medical care, regular Internet access, step a...
11:45 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Placebos work even when you know they don't contain medicine
A review of five studies, involving 260 patients, published last month found that 'open-label' placebos those that patients know contain no active medication can improve symptoms in a range of condi...
11:29 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Sofa
Spotted on the Pittsburgh craigslist, the future of law enforcement....
10:19 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Women taunt men for peeing in public in new pipe ad in India
Last week, Astral Pipes released a commercial in India that addresses the lack of our most basic needs: privacy when urinating and defecating. This is especially important for women, who take a risk...
09:45 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing The DEATH STAR, an armored weed grinder with enough power to grind weed
I could not resist a $9 Death Star weed grinder.It looks like the Death Star and it grinds weed! Mission accomplished. I am not sure I will use it very often, but this grinder will sit next to the hea...
09:32 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing No Small Children's "Big Steps"
Lovely, lovely video....
09:11 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing A countdown made from countdowns in movies
100 Movies 100 Numbers 100 Seconds....
07:44 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing My guest-appearance on Hello From the Magic Tavern
I'm a huge fan of the fantastically rude improv/current affairs/high fantasy podcast Hello From the Magic Tavern, I've enjoyed it ever since I binge-listened to the first season halfway through. (more...
07:08 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Two cats bouncing in sync up a wall onto another wall
The peace and quiet and the camera operator's calm framing of the shot really make it. In a few days this will have gone viral, covered in jaunty music, giant text, and an inane voiceover....
06:39 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Thinking of the history of life on Earth in terms of "energy epochs"
Olivia P. Judson's paper in Nature, The energy expansions of evolution, presents a novel, beautifully written and presented frame for looking at the history of life on Earth: as a series of five epoch...
06:25 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Aviation is hell because airline exec pay is solely based on quarterly profits
There was a time when airline execs were paid based on a mix of on-time arrivals, accurate and timely baggage delivery, and profits. Now it's just profits. (more…)...
06:13 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Traditional capitalism needs "extra" people, but managerial capitalism has no use for them
The Nation's outstanding roundtable What Will Kill Neoliberalism? has many admirable interventions (including a notable one from Paul "Postcapitalism" Mason), but the one that got me right between th...
05:46 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing The electable Mr Corbyn
UK Theresa May called snap UK elections (after promising not to) in order to consolidate power in her own party, shutting up the MPs who didn't fall into line with her policies -- this was the same lo...
05:45 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Explaining the WannaCry ransonware attack
SciShows Hank Green breaks down the details of this months WannaCry ransomware attack....
05:45 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Explaining the WannaCry ransomware attack
SciShows Hank Green breaks down the details of this months WannaCry ransomware attack....
05:45 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Why apple pie isnt American
MinuteEarth refutes a common saying with some geopolitical culinary history....
05:45 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing A multi-generational musical tribute to Wonder Woman
From Nancy Sinatra to Beyonc, Nerdist uses songs by some of the greatest female artists to salute the most famous female superhero, Wonder Woman.[via The Verge]...
05:45 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Claustrophobic overhead shots of Hong Kong residential buildings
Aerial photographer Andy Yeung just released Walled City, a look at how Hong Kong's infamous dense and vertical city within a city resonates in buildings that still stand today. (more…)...
05:42 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Donald Trump 0045 - Superspy!
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05:35 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Chess set made from car parts
It started when an anonymous Imgur user found an "old Integra cylinder head laying around the shop, collecting dust," which they "dis-assembled and decided to put it to use again." (more…)...
05:19 am PDT - Mon, May 29, 2017
BoingBoing Plasma lighters are TSA-approved and more environmentally friendly than butane
If you are camping during rainy season, or just want a TSA-approved lighter, these plasma torches make perfect travel companions. These gas-free lighters create a small plasma beam thats safer than bu...
05:18 am PDT - Sun, May 28, 2017
BoingBoing Surveil your own state with the PapaGo Dash Cam
If you dont want to get stuck footing the bill for a hit and run, this dashboard-mounted camera offers up to 2K resolution to make sure you always have a reliable witness, and its available in the Boi...
12:52 am PDT - Sun, May 28, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting gorgeous, illustrated slipcased classics with art from Pope, Shimuzu and Sienkiewicz
Zachary Zmith writes, "A Kickstarter is funding beautifully-designed and illustrated editions of classic stories, with illustrations from Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu and Bill Sienkiewicz. They have alread...
12:37 am PDT - Sun, May 28, 2017
BoingBoing The anti-Net Neutrality bots that flooded the FCC impersonated dead people
Half a million fake, identical anti-Net Neutrality comments were posted on the FCC's docket on killing Net Neutrality, using identities that appear to have been stolen from a voter registration breach...
12:23 am PDT - Sun, May 28, 2017
BoingBoing A dystopian reboot of some sponsored Internet of Shit content
Dan Hon (previously) took note of a sponsored tweet in The Atlantic's Twitter feed: "SPONSORED: The future city: What changes when everything is connected? #MSFTCloud #ad" and decided to have a go at ...
09:15 am PDT - Sat, May 27, 2017
BoingBoing Leaks: Mercenaries targeted Standing Rock water protectors with anti-terrorist tactics
Tigerswan, a secretive private mercenary company, was hired by Energy Transfer Partners to run campaigns against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters in five states, including states in which they were n...
08:55 am PDT - Sat, May 27, 2017
BoingBoing The Malta Files: a European version of the Panama Papers, revealing a global web of corruption
On Friday, a variety of news outlets around the world published the Malta Files, a cache of 150,000 documents leaked "from a Malta-based provider of legal, financial and corporate services," revealing...
07:14 am PDT - Sat, May 27, 2017
BoingBoing Time-lapse of Juno's Jupiter fly-by
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iryExfFgrqIComposited by Sean Doran from images taken by NASA's Juno probe.Previously: Jupiter's south pole....
06:46 am PDT - Sat, May 27, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous lip art elevates the lipstick game
On her Instagram, Andrea Reed of Girl Grey Beauty creates gorgeously complex lip designs that are truly wearable art. Here are some of my favorites:https://www.instagram.com/p/BUCvMiNgKCN/https://www....
06:46 am PDT - Sat, May 27, 2017
BoingBoing Totally awesome animated music video starring Ronald Jenkees
Last month, musician and YouTube superstar Ronald Jenkees dropped his latest album Rhodes Deep. In honor of this delight, fan Ben Luce created this terrific animation called Quest for the Jam. (more...
05:17 am PDT - Sat, May 27, 2017
BoingBoing Keep your Mac healthy with Drive Genius 5
While some people still maintain that everything in Apples walled garden just works and is immune to the rampant malware of the Windows world, the reality is different. The Macs growing market share h...
11:34 pm PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing 19th century reporters carried clubs and knives to defend themselves against murderous Congressjerks
Hey, who knew? The reporter-beating crazed thug (and now Congressjerk!) Greg Gianforte is part of a long and dishonorable tradition of American Congressional reps who lashed out at the press! (more&he...
11:23 pm PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Endoscopic video of beatboxer's larynx and throat
Beatboxer Tom Thum had ENT doctor and laryngeal surgeon Dr Matthew Broadhurst shine an endoscopic camera down his throat while beatboxing: "I wanted to find out how my larynx functioned when beatbox...
11:17 pm PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Gastric bypass surgery radically improves subjects' gut biomes
Gastric bypass surgery is remarkably effective at promoting weight-loss (it cuts the long-term risk of early death from morbid obesity by 40%), and it's long been presumed that the major action by whi...
10:59 pm PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Medical implants and hospital systems are still infosec dumpster-fires
Medical devices have long been the locus of information security's scariest failures: from the testing and life-support equipment in hospitals to the implants that go in your body: these systems are o...
10:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Most Chipotle restaurants were hacked by credit-card stealing malware
Did you think you got away clean when you ate at Chipotle without dying of listeria? Not so fast! (more…)...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing If JG Ballard designed an earwax removal tool kit...
...it would look like this. Made from 100% medical grade stainless steel, it "includes a tool with a unique spring and spiral design that can effectively relieve itching and massage the ear canal whil...
11:29 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Oops, man panics and snitches on himself about $500 million opium poppy field
Cody Xiong from North Carolina should have kept his mouth shut, but when police came to his door to ask about something unrelated, the paranoid poppy grower said, "I guess you're here for the opium."T...
10:59 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Sheriff Clarke didn't like plane passenger, had him harassed, then taunted him on Facebook
After a few words were exchanged on an American Airline flight between Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and passenger Dan Black, Clarke was displeased. So he sent texts to his officers to harass ...
10:33 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing What's the story with "gross?"
Linguist Arika Okrent, author of On the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language, explores the etymo...
10:13 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Jackass neighbor unplugs bouncy house at child's birthday party, trapping toddlers inside
Thanks to surveillance video, Port St. Lucie, Florida police have identified the imbecile who yanked the plug of a bouncy house at a kid's birthday party, deflating it with toddlers inside. From Tod...
09:55 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Anonymous caller tricks shoppers into licking store staff's feet
In 2012, I wrote about a movie called Compliance, a psychological thriller based on a true event in which a sociopath pretending to be a cop called a fast food joint and convinced the manager to do ho...
09:49 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Fresh pink pineapples (genetically modified) are about to be a thing in the US
In case you missed it, last December the FDA gave Del Monte Fresh Produce permission to sell genetically modified pineapples in the United States. But up until recently, most people hadn't had the cha...
09:40 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Who makes the clips that keep bread bags closed?
How many plastic bread bag clips does Yakima, Washington's Kwik Lok sell annually? "Its in the billions," says the company's sales coordinator Leigh Anne Whathen. According to Kwik Lok, company founde...
09:17 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Who will wear this Star Trek tank top in public?
This has to be one of the most impossible shirts I've ever considered wearing!Scotty looks worried.Star Trek Men's Original Crew Mens Tank White via Amazon...
09:07 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Angry gentleman plows into Moonlite Bunny Ranch with 18-wheeler while women sleeping
Brian Brandt, age 40, was wearing full body armor as he plowed into the Moonlite Bunny Ranch yesterday with a stolen 18-wheeler, causing extensive damage to the property. Seems like the Reno, NV man w...
09:02 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing The best way to learn HTML is by watching this death metal video
https://youtu.be/27dnddCq5gcHere's how to make web page with cute dog photos, taught by Satan!...
08:58 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Growing things at home is easy, and fun!
Boing Boing welcomes our new sponsor Hydrosys! Having great success keeping that fern in the corner of your apartment alive? Thinking you might want to step up your gardening game, but have no outdoor...
08:52 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Sculptor pops eye into super realist model of a man
I'm trying to find the source video for this animated gif of an artist putting the finishing touches on an amazingly lifelike sculpture of a man.[via]Realistic sculpture...
08:46 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Sourpuss walks into a pole
This gentleman was so busy taking umbrage at a motorist's driving style that he failed to pay attention to the approaching pole....
08:33 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing A multitool that's also a belt-buckle
https://youtu.be/fwHFwBNjiTcSOG's $60 Sync II "wearable belt buckle" multitool isn't the only multitool/buckle on the market, but it does add a couple very sensible innovations, like a clip-on/clip-...
06:59 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing The south pole of Jupiter
From Nasa's Juno probe:This image shows Jupiters south pole, as seen by NASAs Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,0...
04:35 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Will food coloring dye liquid nitrogen?
Grant Thompson of The King Of Random conducts a simple experiment to answer a viewers question: Will food coloring dye liquid nitrogen or just freeze? Science!...
04:35 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Alessandro Puccinelli's 'Intersections,' where violent seas and skies collide
Photographer Alessandro Puccinelli is mesmerized by powerful waves. His photo series Intersections captures the fleeting moment when the ocean and the clouds appear to become one. (more…)...
04:05 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Hugh Jackman discovers Mario Kart in real life
In this delightful Instagram, Hugh Jackman shares an unexpected sight in Tokyo. The best part is just how excited he gets....
04:00 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful short film explores the spirit of Varanasi
Varanasi is one of the great spiritual centers of the world, along with Jerusalem, Mecca, Vatican City. This personal project by filmmaker Aeyaz is a contemplative look at the city and at what comes...
03:55 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Check out Frederik Vanhoutte's experiments in generative graphics
Frederik Vanhoutte describes himself as a creative coder who works in the field of generative art. His site W:BLUT has lots of cool little experiments. Above, Big Red I, a longer fractal experiment ...
03:36 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Heres how to make a Black Yukon Sucker Punch from Twin Peaks
Just in time for the return of Twin Peaks, the YouTube channel Cocktail Chemistry whips up two different versions of the Black Yukon Sucker Punch, a colorful drink Judge Sternwood orders in season t...
03:35 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Prototype device lets users smell colors
Swiss art school Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) just created a nifty little device called Bouquet that lets users smell colors while looking at visual art. (more…)...
03:15 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing How to put together a 72-hour emergency kit at the Dollar Store
Kathryn from Do It On A Dime demonstrates how to make a disaster preparedness kit on a budget....
03:15 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this vintage horror film's HYPNO-VISTA intro
HYPNO-VISTA was an experimental opening sequence used in the late 1950s on a few horror movies. The film would be spliced to start with a hypnotist practicing that dark art. (more…)...
02:35 am PDT - Fri, May 26, 2017
BoingBoing Use a Bento Box to make healthy DIY Lunchables
Mind Over Munchs Alyssia Sheikh shares three healthy Lunchable alternatives for parents who want to give their kids the fun of a Lunchable without all the unhealthy ingredients. Of course, this also...
11:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Birmingham, I'll see you today on the Walkaway tour! (then Hay, SF, NYC...) (!)
I could not have asked for a nicer crowd than the ones who turned up for last night's event at Liverpool One's Waterstones; now I'm looking forward to today's lunchtime signing at Birmingham Waterston...
10:53 pm PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Trump Organization to Congress: Upholding the Constitution "diminishes the experience of our brand"
Remember the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, the one that says that presidents aren't supposed to get gifts or payments from foreign governments without Congressional approval? (more…)...
10:40 pm PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Neil Gaiman will read the Cheesecake Factory menu if we raise $500K for the UN High Commission on Refugees
The campaign to raise $500K for the UN High Commission on Refugees started with author/comedian Sara Benincasa daring Neil Gaiman to do a dramatic reading of the Cheesecake Factory menu; Gaiman respon...
01:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Why are doughnut boxes usually pink?
At the Los Angeles Times, David Pierson unties the story of why doughnut boxes are so frequently pink, particularly in southern California. It's a story of Cambodian refugees who emigrated to the US i...
01:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Theory11 'Archangels' are the prettiest playing cards
I still love these Archangels. 90% of the time, this is the deck of cards I have in my pocket.I buy a lot of decks of cards, and this remains my go-to favorite. The beautiful black on white back desig...
01:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Arrest warrant issued for disgraced yoga tycoon Bikram Choudhury
https://youtu.be/NZ4BF0WdY1sBikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, is out of money, even though he claims in the video above that women are clamoring to pay him $1,000,000 for a single drop of ...
01:13 pm PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing A Manchester woman breaks out in "Don't Look Back in Anger," crowd joins in
People across England observed a minute of silence Thursday in remembrance of the 22 victims killed in the Manchester concert bombing. After the minute of silence in this Manchester city center, a w...
12:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Hex key wrenches with ball ends are the best
Excellent deal on Amazon right now on this 13-piece Tekton metric hex key wrench set for $7.62. The ball end means you can fit the key into a bolt at an angle. When there's an obstruction between you ...
11:53 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Watch other NATO leaders grimace as Trump claims they owe money
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm8Su-bbmwTrump has been demanding that NATO member states who have funded their militaries below agreed upon rates "pay up." The leaders of those nations almost unani...
11:46 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing New documentary in production about electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick
Morton Subotnick is an 84-year-old avant-garde composer whose pioneering electronic music, and approach to musicmaking, influenced the likes of Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, Four Tet, and countless techno a...
10:25 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Mexico markets Trump themed tp, proceeds help migrants
Orange Julius-themed toilet paper will hit the shelves this year, and 30% of the profits go towards helping migrants.Via CNN affiliate Expansion:Del enfado pas a la creatividad. Antonio Battaglia, un ...
09:58 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Teaser for Castlevania series on Netflix
With the classic 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System continuing to rack up extra lives thanks to the retro videogame resurgence, the thirty year-old game Castlevania has been ported to Netflix with ...
09:49 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing A butts-on review of Boing Boing's favorite bargain bidet
Is a dirt cheap bidet really the way to go? Our publisher risks his nethers to find out! (more…)...
09:49 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing The great Buckwheat hoax
GordieLaChance says: "In 1990 a supermarket bagger named Bill English appeared on ABC's 20/20 claiming to be 'Buckwheat' from the classic 'Our Gang"/"Little Rascals' shorts. Problem? The actual Buck...
09:36 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing UK juice company Crushed tweeted product pitch pegged on Manchester attack
Bad taste. And I'm not just talking about the drink. Crushed has just deleted the Tweet.(via Reddit)...
09:33 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Sassy Donald of Arabia
More Sassy....
09:29 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Designer Marc Newson makes a $12,000 hourglass
I love hearing Marc Newson talk about why his hourglass is worth $12,000. Hurry, it's limited to 100 units![via]...
09:20 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Math puzzle: Filling a bath tub with increasingly smaller containers
We are trying to fill a bath tub! How long does it take if we make our containers smaller and smaller following a certain pattern? Finding an upper and lower bound means finding a range of possible ...
09:13 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Killer bug threatens life on Earth, why Comey had to go, and other weighty issues in this weeks tabs
It's another week of weighty issues in the tabloids, with heavy politics and underweight celebrities hogging the headlines."Bag of bones Angelina Jolie" is an anorexic 91 pounds and must "rehab or die...
09:05 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Ben Carson thinks poverty is a state of mind
Ladies and gentlemen, the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development says you're poor largely because you have the wrong mindset.The retired neurosurgeon oversees a department that manages housing...
09:03 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Sassy Trump at the Coast Guard commencement
Did he order the Coasties to let him speak?...
08:37 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Puppies on swings
Pups On Swings is the best subreddit, devoted exclusively to images and videos of dogs on swings. https://imgur.com/t/aww/OUBghqZ...
08:03 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Britons unbowed by terroristsor by the hysterical Islamophobes demanding they panic
Here's a video of people in Manchester singing "Don't Look Back In Anger" after a moment's silence for the 22 people killed in this week's terror attack.https://twitter.com/DanielHewittITV/status/8676...
07:09 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Toothstars has a galaxy of tooth whitening information to share
Boing Boing proudly welcomes our newest sponsor, Toothstars!Sure draining the blood from an innocent is a heck of a lot of fun, but it really stains your teeth. If you want to stalk prey on the street...
06:32 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing 90,000 young Britons register to vote in one day
...and they're likely to vote for the "unelectable" Jeremy Corbyn, a guy significantly to the left of, say, Bernie Sanders, who has survived multiple attempts by the finance-capital wing of his own pa...
06:23 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Summer's almost here, time to pick up an outdoor-ready speaker
Boasting an IPX6 waterproof rating, the Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker resists dust and heavy rainfall. Its currently availablein the Boing Boing Store.The Trakk Bullet offers...
05:00 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Ryan Reynolds helps Honest Trailers take on Logan
With a movie as good as Logan, Honest Trailers had to enlist Deadpool himself to help them make fun of it....
04:54 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing A prisoner in solitary confinement was the only survivor of the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century
Mount Pele, on the Caribbean island of Martinique, erupted in 1902, killing 30,000 people in the scenic town of Saint-Pierre. But rescuers found one man alive -- a 27-year-old laborer in a dungeon-lik...
04:46 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Cars parked on the mean streets of mid-1970s New York City
Cars: New York City, 19741976 collects over 100 of Langdon Clay's creepy shots of cars parked overnight on the streets of New York at its lowest ebb. The scenes evoke Taxi Driver, The Warriors, even a...
04:45 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Vintage isochrone maps show 19th-century travel times
In the late 19th century, travel times became a thing of fascination as modes of transportation improved by leaps and bounds (e.g., Around the World in 80 Days, published in 1873). Great thinkers of t...
04:45 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Op-ed recommendation: Why Straight Men Kill The Trans Women They Love
In this new op-ed, L.A.-based writer, actor, and trans activist Jen Richards explores the tragic phenomenon of straight men who murder the trans women they love. As she puts it, Bigotry is rarely as s...
04:34 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing A great look back at Soviet futurism
This summer, the Barbican is mounting Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction. As part of that, they will be displaying some rare Soviet-era sci-fi collectibles from the seminal Tekhikia ...
04:34 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing An awesome Beatles-scored tap dance routine
Dancer/choreographer Nick Young uses The Beatles Come Together as inspiration for this gorgeously shot tap dance number....
04:24 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how maple syrup harvesting has gone high-tech
Buckets hanging on maple trees may have worked great 200 years ago, but modern producers use a system like the internet: a series of tubes! (more…)...
04:24 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Friendly woodpecker gets a guided tour of Chicago
Welcome to Chicago!...
04:16 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this artist assemble her gorgeous papercraft portraits
Yulia Brodskaya (previously) creates beautiful textured portraits by tightly folding and quilling colorful paper and affixing it upright on a flat surface. Here's a timelapse of her piece Girl with ...
04:14 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Taste-testing weird, internet-famous pizzas
First We Feasts Sean Evans teams up with The Pizza Shows Frank Pinello to taste test internet-famous pizzas like The Taco Taco Taco Pizza, The Pizza Box Pizza, and a 24 Karat Gold Pizza that costs $...
04:06 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Meet Unko Sensei, the poop teacher making kanji fun for Japanese kids
Unko Sensei (literally Poop Teacher), is a charming mustachioed turd helping Japanese grade-schoolers learn over 1000 kanji characters required by the end of 6th grade. (more…)...
04:04 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing The worlds heaviest weight
The YouTube channel Veritasium visits the worlds heaviest weight at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington, D.C. With a maximum force of 1 million pounds, it's used to meas...
01:10 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Liverpool, I'll see you tonight on the Walkaway tour! (then Birmingham, Hay-on-Wye, San Francisco...) (!)
Thanks to everyone who came out for last night's final London event on the UK Walkaway tour, at Pages of Hackney with Olivia Sudjic; today I'm heading to Waterstones Liverpool One for an event with Dr...
01:04 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Remembering the original, Harold Pinter screen adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale
Zachary Smith writes, "Almost 30 years before Hulu's take on Margaret Atwood's feminist classic, a less-successful adaptation was filmed in Durham, NC. Here's a well-researched look at the making of t...
01:01 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Colombian biologist won't go to jail for 8 years for sharing a scientific paper (probably)
Timothy writes, "Diego Gmez is a Colombian conservation biologist. When he was a college student, he shared a single research paper online so that others could read and learn from it, just as he did. ...
12:55 am PDT - Thu, May 25, 2017
BoingBoing Would-be Montana GOP Congressjerk with ties to sanctioned Russian companies beats up reporter at press-conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQwu4wff7lIGreg Gianforte is a short-tempered, hyper-conservative Montana political hopeful who is standing for the GOP in a special election for a Congressional seat...
10:19 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing UK Tories say they'll exploit Manchester's dead to ban working crypto in the UK
One of UK Prime Minister Theresa May's government ministers told a reporter from The Sun that the government is planning on invoking the "Technical Capabilities Orders" section of the Snoopers Charter...
05:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Republican candidate attacks reporter during interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhoH4v8xYlUGreg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana's congressional election, attacked a reporter from UK newspaper The Guardian, body-slamming him and break...
05:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Republican candidate Greg Gianforte attacks reporter during interview (Updated)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhoH4v8xYlUGreg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana's congressional election, attacked a reporter from UK newspaper The Guardian, body-slamming him and break...
05:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Republican candidate Greg Gianforte attacks reporter during interview (Updated: he's been charged with assault)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhoH4v8xYlUGreg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana's congressional election, attacked a reporter from UK newspaper The Guardian, body-slamming him and break...
05:52 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Whatever happened to Alfalfa from Little Rascals?
This is a good homebrew documentary about Little Rascals' Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. He was born in 1929. As an adult he held a variety of odd jobs such as dog trainer, bartender, and hunting guide. He...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Trumpcare would leave 23 million fewer insured by 2026, CBO forecast of GOP health bill shows
The plan Donald Trump and the GOP released to dismantle "Obamacare," the Affordable Care Act, will increase the projected number of people without health insurance by 14 million next year and by 23 mi...
01:49 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Whatever happened to Alfalfa from Little Rascals
p>This is a good homebrew documentary about Little Rascals' Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. He was born in 1929. As an adult he held a variety of odd jobs such as dog trainer, bartender, and hunting guide. ...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Animated interviews with "futurists" Ayn Rand, Kurt Vonnegut, and Aldous Huxley
The first law of futurism is that there are no facts about the future, only fictions. (Blank on Blank)...
12:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing 'Bad' Russian intel may have influenced how FBI and Comey handled Clinton email investigation, helping Trump win
But his intel.The Washington Post has a bombshell report out today on how the Russians may have hoaxed former FBI director James B. Comey into his public statement on the Hillary Clinton "but her emai...
12:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing TSA to require some electronics out of bags at 10 U.S. airports starting Memorial Day weekend
The TSA will be testing out expanded screening for carry-on electronics larger than a phone and certain food items at selected airports around the country. The new rules come just two days after a maj...
11:42 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Game of Thrones season 7 trailer
Enemies to the west of me, enemies to the east, here I am, stuck in the middle with you The seventh and final season of Game of Thrones starts July 16....
11:38 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the beauty of a Lego Porsche 911 crashing in slow motion
Who knew a slo-mo car crash could look so celestial? Of course it helps that the car, going about 29 mph, was made of Lego pieces.From YouTube:c't went to the crash test experts from ADAC and crashe...
11:08 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Neil Gaiman agrees to read entire Cheesecake Factory menu, with a catch
Neil Gaiman has just agreed to do a dramatic reading of the Cheesecake Factory menu, which is nearly the size of a Bible. But there's a catch the Coraline author will only do the reading if $500,000 ...
10:27 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Is this keyboard player the happiest person on the planet?
The keyboardist for The Incredible Bongo Band likes his job. (There's also some seriously egregious cultural appropriation happening.)...
10:16 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Good deal on the AmazonBasics travel case: $9
I bought this small travel case in 2011 for $14 and use it whenever I travel. Here's an article I wrote for Cool Tools a few years ago about the stuff I carry in it. It's still in great condition. Ama...
10:04 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Here are the favorite book designs of master book designers
I've bought an awful lot of books just because I liked the cover. I don't regret it. It's like buying an art print that you can pull from your shelf an admire at any time. In this Magenta article, Bel...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing When the TSA got suspicious of a scientist's 3D-printed mouse penis
Sometimes, in the course of his work, University of Florida molecular geneticist Martin Cohn must travel with unusual items like a 3D-printed mouse penis. Similarly, University of Massachusetts biolog...
09:51 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Global recreational drug survey: magic mushrooms are safest
Speed, synthetic cannabis, and alcohol top the list for the most dangerous drugs in the 2017 Global Drug Survey, while cannabis and magic mushrooms are the safest. The results are based on the percent...
09:40 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a boxer beat up a tennis ball hanging from his hat
Ukrainian professional boxer Vasyl Lomachenko jabs with incredible precision at a tennis ball attached to his hat. It's a neat training technique! All that's missing, of course, is a soundtrack of "...
09:27 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing A beer cooler that follows you around
This week on Cool Tools' Maker Update: Kitty Grabs Gold, a beer cooler that follows you, the Circuit Playground Express, Adafruit and Microsoft, Other Machine Co. and Bre Pettis, Tinkercad Lego expo...
09:01 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a cotton candy machine with an angle grinder, then unofficially demo it at Maker Faire
Maker William Osman from Ventura, CA shows us how to make a cotton candy machine with an angle grinder, small metal container, motor, coffee filter, and other household/workshop materials. He worrie...
08:08 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing USPS issues circular, textured sports ball stamps
The USPS's new "Have a Ball!" stamp series include eight circular designs of sports balls I like the design of these stamps more than the sports they celebrate!Each of the 16 self-adhesive circular st...
07:54 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Big, sweet dog interrupts newscast
And that's the way it is. (via Laughing Squid)...
07:18 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing People who are annoyed by unorthodox platters
WeWantPlates is a subreddit featuring weird plates, plates made of weird materials, and food served on things which are not even plates. The interplay between amused detachment and seething contempt ...
07:11 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Hibachi chef making a meal on a regular table
From Clickhole: "This is absolutely devastating."...
06:58 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Legalize it? We think so!
Boing Boing proudly welcomes our new sponsor, LIWTS!One of the positive trends sweeping the nation appears to be marijuana legalization! Regardless how you feel about the state of the world, it is nic...
06:40 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Taiwan court rules for same-sex marriage
Taiwan will be the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions, reports the BBC, after a panel of judges in Taipei ruled(PDF) that equality rights guaranteed it. Legislators have two years to pass...
06:10 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Intelligence leaks are why the U.S. media knew more about the Manchester attack than their British counterparts
Britain's Home Secretary is "irritated" that U.S. intelligence officials leaked "confidential" information about the Manchester terror attack to American media, allowing them to reveal key details bef...
06:00 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing This moonlit Yosemite waterfall looks like a cascade of molten gold
The famed Yosemite Firefall (previously) is a rare phenomenon when the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall with its dying light. Rogelio Bernal Andreo just took it to next level, capturing the even more r...
05:50 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Bell, book, and emoji, bewitching emoticons for your phone
My favorite witch, Pam Grossman, editor of the phantastic art and occult blog, Phantasmaphile, and author of What is a Witch, has recently released WitchEmoji, a new messaging sticker pack for iPhone....
05:50 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Artist put 15,000 coins on a path and filmed the delightful reactions
When Jamahl McMurran hosted Croatian artist Lana Mesic at his home, she faced a problem: she had 15,000 loose coins from an art project. They decided to dump them on a nearby path and document the rea...
05:45 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Roger Ailes Dies, and a Celestial Grip Loosens...
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05:44 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Fox retracts hoax story about Seth Rich murder
While the world was agog at the news that President Trump had leaked sensitive, classified information to a Russian diplomat, the rightosphere was going bonkers over an old, dumb conspiracy theory tha...
05:41 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing It took four years lying underwater to get a perfect shot of a Eurasian beaver
For four years, photographer Louis-Marie Preau would lie motionless underwater for hours at a time to get this perfect shot of a Eurasian beaver carrying a branch back to its lodge. (more…)...
05:40 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Fine art with modern commentary is hilariously illuminating
My friend Robert Dowling has turned snarking about art into, well, an art. On his Instagram Art Slut, he re-imagines the context for famous paintings, giving each one a distinctly modern flair. The po...
05:30 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing This pilot takes astonishing aerial nighttime storm photographs
Ecuadorean pilot Santiago Borja Lopez makes the most of his downtime at work, taking stunning photos of dramatic storms, often lit by the moon. (more…)...
05:30 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing A country music take on Smash Mouths All Star
In this new video, YouTubers The Gregory Brothersthe group behind Auto-Tune The Newsput a country music spin on Smash Mouths All Star. Its pretty great, but not quite as great as their country music...
05:23 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing This Kickstarter success makes smartwatches easier
The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch is a simpler take on an active wearable that raised over $2m dollars on Kickstarter and is currently offered in the Boing Boing Store.Somewhere in between the single-d...
05:20 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Spectacular timelapse of clouds filling the entire Grand Canyon
The latest stunning video from artistic collaborators in the dark sky movement is Kaibab Elegy by Harun Mehmedinovic, shot at the Grand Canyon. At about a minute in, there's a rare and hypnotic full...
05:20 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Soothing footage of wax seals being sealed
On her Instagram Moyagraphy, professional calligrapher Moya posts photos and videos of her gorgeous handwriting skills. But what Im really obsessed with are her videos of wax seals being sealed. They...
05:10 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how this app uses AI to colorize vintage photos
This fancy interactive deep colorization software harnesses AI to fill in colors on a black and white photo with just a few inputs. Watch this cool demo. (more…)...
05:10 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Paul Anka gets a modern day remix
Musician Anthony Florey brings Paul Ankas Put Your Head On My Shoulder into the 21st century....
12:35 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing London! I'll be at Pages of Hackney tonight with Olivia Sudjic! (then Liverpool, Birmingham, Hay...) (!)
Last night's sold-out Walkaway tour event with Laurie Penny at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road was spectacular (and not just because they had some really good whisky behind the bar), and the action c...
12:25 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Desperate Comcast commits copyfraud in bid to silence its critics
The good people at Fight for the Future established OPERATIONCOMCASTROTURF to help you figure out if your stolen identity was used to file fake anti-net-neutrality comments with the FCC, but Comcast w...
12:11 am PDT - Wed, May 24, 2017
BoingBoing Theresa May will send up to 5,000 soldiers to police UK public spaces
In the wake of the Manchester bombing, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has become the first Prime Minister to activate "Operation Temperer," a previously leaked, secret plan to put up to 5,000 armed sol...
11:59 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Theresa May wants the UK to die within its means
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81IKostVXZkTheresa May won't use the term "austerity" to describe her government's policies, preferring the misleading phrase, "living within our means" -- a term use...
11:39 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing The PrEP Diaries: A safe(r) sex memoir
(more…)...
08:39 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: 'Bannon's War' on FRONTLINE (PBS)
The PBS FRONTLINE television documentary on Trump's alt-right consigliere Steve Bannon is required viewing. The film aired tonight for the first time on PBS. (more…)...
08:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Marc Kasowitz, tapped as Trump's private attorney in Russia probe, also represents Russia's largest bank
Fox News and Reuters report that U.S. President Donald Trump has retained New York-based trial attorney Marc Kasowitz to defend him in the escalating federal investigations involving Russia, espionage...
07:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing FCC won't take action over Stephen Colbert's Trump-Putin joke that led to #Firecolbert complaints
The Federal Communications Commission will not take any action in response to complaints over the May 1 broadcast of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, in which Colbert said in his opening monologu...
07:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Obama speech generator
Want to hear a president talk again? Talk Obama To Me accepts up to 180 characters of text and pieces together a speech by Barack Obama. [via]...
06:11 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Kim Jong Un is a 'madman with nuclear weapons,' Trump says in leaked call to Duterte of Philippineswhom he praises
President Trumps recent phone call with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte wasn't released in detail by the Trump White House, but someone else leaked it. Trump praises Duterte on the call for doi...
04:59 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Trump lost the 'alpha male handshake' game on his global charm offensive tour. Sad!
Sometimes you win the super macho handshake power move game. Sometimes you lose. (more…)...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing 1Password's new travel mode locks you out of your accounts while you're travelling and crossing borders
1Password has taken Maciej Cegowski's demand for a "travel mode" for our technology to heart, introducing a new feature that locks you out of your own accounts when you're in situations where you migh...
03:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Listen: a conversation with Jeff Vandermeer about his weird biotech novel Borne
David sends us "My in-depth (and lengthy) conversation (MP3) with Jeff Vandermeer about Borne, about storytelling in the age of climate change, about biotech and personhood, and about why weird ficti...
02:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Crosby, Stills & Nash's unused theme song for War Games (1983)
Crosby, Stills & Nash recorded this theme song for War Games, the seminal hacker film of 1983. The tune was heard in movie trailers and in this promotional video that aired on MTV but was apparently...
01:21 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Best Instagram account about Russians and bears
I was directed to the Instagram account of svetlanko69, and was not disappointed. It's nothing but photos and videos of bears (both cubs and full-grown giants) often interacting with humans.Fake bear/...
01:07 pm PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Man invents chopstick-making kit for home use
https://youtu.be/fUkFKO69xK0The Chopstick Master costs $195. It makes perfectly tapered chopsticks and puts a diamond-shaped finial on the end. It includes a bottle of "food grade chopstick oil."Rain ...
11:42 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Melania rejects Trump's hand once again with new maneuver
Yesterday, when Trump tried to hold Melania's hand on the tarmac in Israel, she was quick to swat it away. Today, when Trump tried once again to hold her hand when they landed in Italy, she was migh...
11:41 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Grab it now: clip-on guitar/uke tuner for $5.59
Amazon has a lightning deal on this clip-on tuner. It's just $5.59 for the time being. I bought one....
11:34 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Robert Crumb's Fritz the Cat sells for $717,000 at auction
The original art for the cover of R. Crumb's Fritz the Cat 1969 paperback sold at Heritage Auctions for $717,000:Robert Crumb R. Crumb's Fritz the Cat Cover Original Art (Ballantine, 1969). Fritz gets...
11:11 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Krull for the Atari 2600
I had forgotten this video game exists. Krull was a favorite movie, but I am sure I never played this.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6i2par2Fv0...
10:26 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Lovely, simple $7 brass compass
This brass compass is so plain, it is elegant.I lost my old flat Silva map compass. I decided I'd rather have something with a bit more character, and a bit less plastic. I also didn't want to spend a...
09:38 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing I'll just dip my bike in the water to clean it. What could go wrong?
Let me clean my bike in this shallow pond.What's worse than a dirty bike? Not having a bike....
09:33 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Gentleman in red MAGA cap disrupts flight
It's hard to tell what's going on here with all the shouting, but a passenger was posting live updates about an irate gent's antics on this United flight from Shanghai:Already delayed an hour coming o...
09:20 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Incredibly close call with most venomous snake in North America
Nick the Wrangler is no stranger to snakes and close calls, but even he looked rattled after this Eastern Diamondback, the most dangerous snake in North America, slithered onto his lap.From YouTube:...
09:02 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing The part everybody skips in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Every scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is great, except the one where Charlie's mother sings a bittersweet song about Charlie. It comes out of nowhere and is very boring. I have always h...
08:10 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing There are only three of these turtles left
This is the Yangtze giant softshell turtle, one of the most endangered species on Earth. There are two at China's Suzhou Zoo and one in the wild in Vietnam's lake Dong Mo. Conservationists really need...
08:02 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Why peeing on a jellyfish sting is actually a terrible idea
Acidic solutions can help neutralize the toxins from a jellyfish sting so why shouldn't you try to piss the pain away? (Reactions)...
07:44 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Bentley's SUV built for falconry
The Bentley Bentayga Falconry is a poshmobile built out for falconry, hunting wild quarry with the aid of a trained falcon. This vehicle is the sequel to the Bentayga Fly Fishing vehicle. The price is...
06:37 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Sir Roger Moore, 1927-2017
Roger Moore, famous for his portrayals of master spy James Bond and master criminal Simon Templar, is dead at 89, reports the BBC.Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died a...
06:18 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Inexpensive keyboard has two settings: OFF and NO
The mechanical Royal Kludge keyboard (Update: in stock here) seems to do well with Amazon reviewers, but there are no guarantees you'll receive one with the coveted OFF/NO switch....
06:09 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Don't call Microsoft's upgraded tablet PC the Surface Pro 5
Microsoft announced Tuesday a long-awaited upgrade to its Surface Pro series of high-end tablet PCs, dropping the number from the name and adding Kaby Lake processors, more minutes on a charge and a f...
05:55 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Ticket checker on the Minneapolis metro thinks he's an immigration cop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2s-R4v8wiYA transit officer in Minneapolis, whose main job is to ask "Tickets, please!", was filmed May 14 wanting "Papers, please!". The video posted on Facebook on M...
05:42 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Blomkamp to make experimental film series
Filmmaker Neill Blompkamp (of District 9 and Chappie fame) is producing a series of experimental short movies to be released on Steam and YouTube.He'd teased the idea in a tweet posted in April, and...
05:22 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Some curators do artifacts, these ones do geeky memorabilia
Loot Crate is a subscription service that delivers a box of curated pop culture goods to your doorstep. To sample their geeky wares, you can order a single mystery box exclusively from the Boing Boing...
05:21 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing A healthy DIY unicorn smoothie
Though this brightly colored smoothie looks like the infamous Starbucks treat, it surprisingly contains no artificial ingredients....
05:21 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing The coded gaze: biased and understudied facial recognition technology
Rod McCullom at Undark has a terrific overview of the perpetual "virtual lineup," where half of all American adults "are enrolled in unregulated facial recognition networks used by state and local law...
05:21 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing World's tallest spokeless Ferris wheel opens
A 145-meter spokeless Ferris wheel just opened in Weifang, China. Built on a bridge spanning the Bailaing River, it's about ten meters taller than the London Eye, a spoked Ferris wheel. (more&hellip...
05:00 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing A colorful primer on historys deadliest colors
TED-Ed offers a brief guide to historys deadliest colors, from lead white in Ancient Greece to Paris Green in the 18th century....
05:00 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Rare Cyclops goat born in Assam, India
Though animals born with one eye rarely survive into adulthood, so far this young goat is doing better than expected....
04:55 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Shoulder-mounted GoPro stops Iraqi sniper's bullet
Journalist Ammar Alwaely was filming with a colleague when a bullet tore through his shoulder-mounted GoPro, deflecting it from tearing through him. Contains plenty of NSFW swearing, which seems ent...
04:44 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing Get ready for the final trip with the trailer for Orphan Blacks farewell season
Its time for the Clone Club to say goodbye in Orphan Black's fifth and final season, which debuts on BBC America on June 10....
04:21 am PDT - Tue, May 23, 2017
BoingBoing How to make potentially lethal prison wine
The recent deadly outbreak of nacho botulism reminded me of another big botulism outbreak caused by pruno, aka prison wine. Brian and Jason from Modern Rogue show how to make pruno, showing why it c...
10:53 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing London! I'll see you tonight on the Walkaway tour! (then Liverpool, Birmingham, and Hay...) (!)
Last night's kick-off event for the UK Walkaway tour was brilliant, thanks to the magic combination of the excellent Tim Harford, the excellent people of Oxford, and the excellent booksellers at Black...
09:37 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Botulism sickens 10, kills 1 gas station nacho diner
Evidently, many more people eat gas station nachos than I had previously considered possible. A Sacramento, California area botulism outbreak has been traced back to folks who enjoyed the tasty treat ...
06:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful retro keycap mechanical keyboard
When I saw this keyboard on sale for $95 I had to order one.This is a solidly made, lovely to look at, mechanical keyboard. It types very well and looks tremendous -- sadly my desk is 3" deep with sca...
04:24 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing 'Huge blast' then 'multiple deaths and injuries' at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK
There are reports of a 'huge bang' followed by multiple casualties and injuries and mass panic at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the UK. (more…)...
04:24 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Ariana Grande concert explosions leave scores dead and injured. Manchester police: 'terrorist incident'
There are reports of one or more 'huge bangs' followed by multiple casualties and injuries and mass panic at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the UK. Police are treating it as a possibl...
02:39 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Fantastic fiction needs your help
Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly reading series hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. They are looking to fund...
01:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Bowling porn
Photographer Robert Goetzfried photographed some of the most magnificent bowling alleys in Germany. Above, the Wirtshaus Muenchner Tram in southeastern Munich. Below: an alley in the basement of the I...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Good deal on an Echo Dot: $38
Amazon is selling certified refurbished Echo Dots for $38. That's a great price for a gadget that plays podcasts, audiobooks, music, NPR updates, tells you the weather, and settles arguments about whe...
12:09 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a fidget spinner spin at 50,000 RPMs... and then break
Just for kicks, Australian auto system manufacturer AXT Turbo put a fidget spinner in a vice and blasted it with an air compressor: We were playing around with the fidget spinner after work, seeing ...
12:03 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Why motorcyclists crash
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recently funded a Virginia Tech study on why motorcyclists crash. Hundreds of cameras were placed on bikes, recording a wide variety of riders every move.We drop our b...
12:02 pm PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Ja Rule on the Fyre Festival debacle: False advertising, maybe not fraud.
There's lots of juicy, behind-the-scenes details in this New York Times expose about the Fyre Festival - a promised lavish music event in the Bahamas that was cancelled after people who paid thousand ...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Washing beats wiping: bidets save trees and water
Bidets have never caught on in the United States, perceived as a fixture meant for posh hotels an prissy home bathrooms. Of course they're quite the norm in Europe, Japan, and other regions. But not o...
11:51 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing I can not wait for 'Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance'
Netflix brings us a prequel series to the Jim Henson Company's epic The Dark Crystal....
11:45 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing How do you know the Earth isn't flat?
It sure feels flat, right? (Life Noggin)...
11:30 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing It's official: Reddit users deem Prado's Mona Lisa the superior painting
I didn't know that there was a famous copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. It's called "Prado's version" and has been on display in Madrid's Museo del Prado since 1819. According to Wikipedia, it wa...
11:28 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Melania Trump slaps away husband's short, vulgar fingers
Worst vacay ever.First Lady Melania Trump swatting away president Donald Trump's hand on the tarmac in IsraelVideo of the couple arriving at an airport in Israel shows President Donald Trump reachin...
11:04 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Sinkhole opens in front of Mar-a-Lago, funny tweets abound
A 4x4 sinkhole has opened up in front of Mar-a-Lago on Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach, FL. It hasn't swallowed anything up, so as far as sinkholes go, it doesn't seem major. But it's inspired some f...
11:03 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Sea lion grabs girl from wharf and drags her into water
"Would you mind showing me evidence of any negative thing any sea lion has ever done to you?" This girl is one of the lucky few to be able to shut up a sea lion....
10:54 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing World's worst playground toy
This spinning mushroom toy is going to kill somebody one of these days.This is the bomb if you want to clear your backyard for kids... from oddlyweird...
10:15 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Cool typographic metaphors using vintage typewriter come to life
https://youtu.be/xdTaSgOIh9oIllustrator Greg Condon uses a Smith Corona Galaxie Deluxe typewriter to give metaphorical shape and movement to words in this awesome short, "disillusionment of ten point ...
10:14 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing This "simple" nail puzzle has kept me amused for hours
I was at Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend. One of my favorite things was a collection of simple handmade puzzles sitting on a table under an umbrella, away from the action. A Russian woman named Tati...
09:31 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Justin Johnson plays a song on a 2-string diddley bow
I just got back from Maker Faire in San Mateo workshop, where I showed how to make a 1-string diddley bow in 15 minutes. I got back home and found this new video by musician Justin Johnson playing a...
09:20 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing The FREQ Show: Feminist Frequency's new crowdfunded series about "todays most pressing social issues"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfv5grvG5qwFor years, Anita Sarkeesian and her crew at Feminist Frequency (previously) have been striking terror into the hearts of reactionary assholes by saying cal...
09:08 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Clueless driver cuts off bike on freeway, keeps going when man lands on car
When a jackass driver going full speed on a Los Angeles freeway doesn't look before illegally crossing into a carpool lane and thus cuts off a motorcycle, the motorcycle driver doesn't usually live ...
08:29 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Facebook offering "vulnerable teens" to advertisers shows it is willing to be used as a weapon
Facebook was caught offering advertisers a direct line to psychologically vulnerable teens. Nitasha Tiku writes that this exposes the deeper danger of its insight into our lives: it's not the data tha...
08:16 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Trump unleashes the power of the Orgasmic Orb
President Trump slips into bliss with his pals Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sis. Here's the "real" story:Trump attended the opening of the Global Cent...
08:05 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Rare albino orangutan rescued from cage in Borneo
A few weeks ago, this five-year-old albino orangutan was rescued from a remote village on Borneo where it was kept in a cage. The animal is now under the care of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundati...
07:51 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein shows us how science fiction predicts the present and shapes the future
Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds is a new MIT Press book commemorating the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley's seminal novel "Frankenstein; or...
07:50 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Mark Dery on the old, weird eBay
At Hyperallergic, BB pal Mark Dery mourns the loss of "the Internet's kitschiest, most surreal" flea market and laments its new role as "the world's largest mall." (In the 1920s,) the Surrealists pref...
07:43 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing 2017 Nebula Awards: All the Birds in the Sky, Every Heart a Doorway, and more!
The Science Fiction Writers of America have announced the 2017 Nebula Award winners, including two of my favorite books of 2016: Charlie Jane Anders's wonderful debut All the Birds in the Sky and Sean...
07:40 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Trump places hand upon mysterious glowing orb in opening ceremony for Saudi anti-terror center
In this photo from the Saudi Press Agency, U.S. President Donald Trump is joined by Egyptian dictator Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz at the opening of the so-called "Global Ce...
06:45 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Roger Ailes' son threatens accusers: Im coming after them and hell is coming with me.
Fox News founder Roger Ailes was forced out of the company last year by his bosses in the Murdoch family after being exposed. He died last week at the age of 77. Then his teenage son, Zachary Ailes, h...
06:33 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing An open letter to Mr. Darcy
Esther Longhurst and Jessica Messenger of the improv group Sense and Spontaneity salute Jane Austens number one dreamboat, Fitzwilliam Darcy....
06:27 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Guy from Tinder doesn't look like his pics
Lane Loomis posted a scary story about how manners and expectations lead us into danger, especially when one person has all of one and none of the other.I walked down to the front door of my building ...
06:23 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing What if every human ever born came back to life today?
The YouTube channel RealLifeLore uses the unusual thought experiment, What if every human ever born came back to life today? as a springboard for examining world populations, historical life expecta...
06:13 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing The infuriating ways Fox News handles a Trump scandal
Voxs Carlos Maza breaks down the ways in which Fox News spins Trump scandals and misleads millions of Americans in the process....
06:11 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Cool animal animation with an 80s Asian vibe
Animator Miao Jing created Hills Beyond a River, which follows several animals traveling through a stylized geometric landscape. Great full-screen with headphones! (more…)...
06:05 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Golden retriever puppy bravely takes on scary doorstop
The Instagram account GoldenRetrievers shared this adorable footage shot by GoldenLeia.https://www.instagram.com/p/BNj4mgOB39Z/...
06:04 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Adorable ducklings learn to jump by copying mom
Bombs away!...
06:03 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Super-slow-mo video reveals how ladybug wings unfold
Because ladybug hindwings are covered by an opaque outer shell called an elytra, scientists were not sure how the wings' folding mechanism worked until Kazuya Saito created a clear replacement shell...
06:03 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Drone and hawk hover together in beautiful aerial dance
Usually, drones and hawks don't get along so well, but this hovering hawk didn't mind being filmed. (more…)...
05:21 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Wait, there's a MINI Twisty Glass Blunt?
Yes, yes there is. The ultraportable Twisty Glass Miniboasts all of the simplicity of its forebear, while fitting just a little bit better in your pocket.The Mini is perfect for casual smokers, and an...
12:19 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Oxford, I'll see you tonight on the Walkaway tour (then London, Liverpool, Birmingham...) (!)
I'm in the UK for the British Walkaway tour, which kicks off tonight at 7PM in Oxford where I'll be in conversation with Tim Harford at Blackwells. (more…)...
12:09 am PDT - Mon, May 22, 2017
BoingBoing Thailand is losing the war on dissent, thanks to user notifications and HTTPS
Thailand's insane lese majeste laws make it radioactively illegal to criticize the royal family, reflecting a profound insecurity about the legitimacy of the ruling elites there that can only be satis...
11:51 pm PDT - Sun, May 21, 2017
BoingBoing How can networked protest movements hold power while staying flexible and inclusive?
Zeynep Tufekci (previously) is one of the most consistently astute, nuanced commenters on networked politics and revolutions, someone who's been literally on the front lines around the world. In a new...
11:35 pm PDT - Sun, May 21, 2017
BoingBoing The FCC will not disregard anti-Net Neutrality comments left by identity-stealing bots
Before the FCC stopped taking comments on its plans to destroy Net Neutrality (but after so many people rallied to tell it not to that its site crashed and the agency manufactured a fake denial of ser...
06:34 am PDT - Sun, May 21, 2017
BoingBoing Get a 'crash course' in coding with this programming bundle
Learning to code is a perfect way to grow your technical sophistication, and open up a host of new career options. But since most learn to code initiatives focus heavily on web development, it can be ...
12:20 pm PDT - Sat, May 20, 2017
BoingBoing The arctic seed bank that was going to save us all is flooding
Strategically placed to survive any natural disaster, this winter's rains flooded the arctic seed bank. The bank wasn't destroyed, but it shows how fast things are a changing.The Guardian:It was desig...
08:24 am PDT - Sat, May 20, 2017
BoingBoing Burbank: I'm coming to you today on the Walkaway tour! (then Oxford, London, Liverpool...) (!)
I took great advantage of my 36 hour hiatus from the Walkaway tour, but I'm back at it today, with a 2PM appearance at Burbank's Dark Delicacies, before I go straight to the airport to fly to the UK f...
08:12 am PDT - Sat, May 20, 2017
BoingBoing All the Second Life rabbits are doomed, thanks to DRM
Every Ozimal digirabbit in the venerable virtual world Second Life will starve to death (well, permanent hibernation) this week because a legal threat has shut down their food-server, and the virtual ...
06:33 am PDT - Sat, May 20, 2017
BoingBoing Shower dance party!
While many newer smartphones boast decent water resistance, most of us are still stuck with the kind of handsets that need to spend the night in a bowl of rice when they get wet. If you want to enjoy ...
03:43 pm PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Feds admit they used secret anti-terror mass surveillance tool to catch an undocumented waiter
Rudy Carcamo-Carranza was an undocumented restaurant worker in Michigan wanted for a DUI and a hit-and-run; the FBI and ICE used IMSI catchers -- powerful, secretive cellphone tracking tools that the...
12:11 pm PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Russia criminal investigation expands to include senior WH official close to Trump: WaPo
"The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks." (more…)...
10:43 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing An IoT botnet is trying to nuke Wcry's killswitch
Whoever created the Wcry ransomware worm -- which uses a leaked NSA cyberweapon to spread like wildfire -- included a killswitch: newly infected systems check to see if a non-existent domain is active...
10:28 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing A university librarian explains why her zine collection's catalog is open access
Marta Chudolinska is Learning Zone Librarian at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, which hosts a huge zine collection founded in 2007 Alicia Nauta, then a student. (more…)...
10:06 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing A 1930 news reel about a nutty weight loss contraption, starring Pesco's grandmother
My grandmother Sophie Pescovitz died when I was 2-years-old so I was blown away to see her in these outtakes from a crazy 1930 newsreel in which she demonstrates a bizarre "weight loss" machine! Bub...
09:56 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing By sabotaging the 2020 census, Republicans make it harder to fight gerrymandering
The best way to fight gerrymandering is to prove to courts that electoral districts have been unfairly formed, a tactic that's been used successfully in places like North Carolina; but for this to wor...
09:41 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Real estate bubbles lower the birth-rate
Shelter is a human necessity second only to food on Maslow's hierarchy of needs; but it's also an asset-class that is increasingly relied upon by the world's super-rich for money-laundering, rent-extr...
09:24 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Israel to Trump: no, you can't land a helicopter on our UNESCO World Heritage Site
Special snowflake Donald Trump has been thwarted in his plan to land a helicopter on Masada, an ancient fortress in Israel that Unesco has declared to be a World Heritage Site; he'll have to ride the ...
09:17 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Disney's Hall of Presidents show reportedly rolled back so Trumpbot won't get a speaking role
For decades, new US presidents were welcomed to Walt Disney World's Hall of Presidents with a robot carved in their honor, and which would deliver a short, recorded speech voiced by the incoming POTUS...
08:37 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Pleasing patterns in 'Geek Tree Dee'
Via Myoshka. This is a lovely collection....
07:58 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Studying the sounds of Blade Runner
If only you could hear what I have heard with your ears.Vangelis's fantastic score was reissued on a beautiful picture disc for Record Store Day 2017. Check your local independent record stores for ...
07:51 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Theresa May promises a British version of Iran's Halal Internet
UK Prime Minister and noted authoritarian Theresa May has promised that if she wins the upcoming general election, her party will abolish internet access in the UK, replacing it with a government-moni...
07:42 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing The New Dark Times, a perfectly parodic t-shirt
This fantastic t-shirt was born from a discussion at b3s, "an online community of designers and coders and other rad folks." All proceeds go toward the b3s hosting costs. Brilliant.Buy "The New Dark T...
06:33 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Evaluate home renovations digitally before you make them with Live Home 3D
Live Home 3D Pro for Mac gives you powerful modeling tools to create floor plans and renderings for interior and exterior design projects.Whether youre a contractor planning an extension on a clients ...
06:00 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Paint names selected by neural network
We can't be far off a time where we can order buckets of paint by punching in RGB color values. The big paint companies could obviously do this, but right now all they seem to offer are elaborate, blo...
05:26 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Gallery of photos you might not immediately realize all include dildos
Subtle Dildo is a collection of photographs wherein dildos may be found by observant viewers. [via]...
05:16 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Brawl at Chuck E. Cheese's set to hardcore metal
I believe the track is called "Limerent Death," by The Dillinger Escape Plan. [Thanks, Mr. Raccoon!]Previously at Chuck E. Cheese's.Mob-style beating at Chuck E. Cheese'sChuck E. Cheese targets mom...
05:05 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Sweden drops Assange rape investigation
Sweden's top prosecutor announced Friday that it is dropping its rape investigation of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, because it was "impossible to serve him notice."Assange has been hiding...
05:00 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Here's the Ozzy-Earth Wind and Fire mashup you never knew you needed
DJ Cummerbund noticed that the world needed a mashup of "Crazy Train" and "September," and the world became a better place. The mashed up video is icing on the cake. (more…)...
04:45 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Trippy fractal of classical architecture set to classical music
Depths of Antiquity is Julius Horsthuis' hypnotic slow-motion dive into fractals generated from images of churches, castles and other imposing edifices of yesteryear. It's perfectly complemented by ...
04:30 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Just look at these unsanctioned bananas in a highly sanctioned world
Artist Carson Davis Brown creates rogue art installations, and his latest work in progress does not disappoint: unsanctioned bananas the building lobbies. (more…)...
04:15 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Minimalist tattoos drawn with one continuous line
Berlin-based artist Mo Ganji creates deceptively simple tattoos using a continuous line. (more…)...
03:45 am PDT - Fri, May 19, 2017
BoingBoing Media logos were originally physical sculptures
This behind-the-scenes look at the giant practical set built for HBO's 1983 station identification sequence is impressive. It inspired Christopher Johnson at Colossal to dig into the archives for mo...
11:12 pm PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing 'im a heckin black belt' doggo
*boop* *boop* (more…)...
10:49 pm PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Video shows Turkey's Erdogan watched from limo as his guards bashed protesters in Washington, D.C.
New video hit the internet today showing the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, looking on as armed security guards from his entourage violently attacked protesters demonstrating outside the T...
10:24 pm PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Kushner helped clinch $110 Billion Saudi Arabia arms deal with Lockheed before Trump's visit to kingdom
"What has changed... is that the House of Saud is now dealing directly with a member of the Trump family." (more…)...
09:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Comey was so creeped out by Trump, he tried to hide in curtains to avoid Donald's weird hug
James B. Comey may once have tried to hide behind curtains to avoid Donald J. Trump, but the former FBI director's investigation could mean curtains for the Trump presidency. (more…)...
09:11 pm PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing These amazing dunk videos shot inside Target stores are total jaw-droppers
"Hey, let's go to Target." "Why?" (more…)...
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Mythically inspired creatures constructed from assorted animal bones
Art beinArt Gallery in Brunswick, Australia is exhibiting Gerard Geers Chimaephera, which "features mythically inspired creatures constructed from assorted animal bones and a series of diaphonised we...
12:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Seven Brief Lessons in Physics: a thing of beauty is a joy forever
Now and then I stumble upon a book that completely blows my mind. The latest of such lucky encounters has been with Seven Brief Lessons in Physics by Carlo Rovelli.Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoreti...
12:42 pm PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Scientists think they are more rational and objective than others think they are
Apparently scientists tend to think of themselves as more rational, objective, and intelligent than non-scientists. Makes sense. And laypeople tend to think that of scientists too. But the scientists ...
11:47 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Tweezerman hangnail clipper gets to the root
This clipper is a great way to cleanly cut off a hangnail. The angled blades make it easy to see what you are doing. I also have the Tweezerman Power Hangnail Clipper. I bought the mini hangnail squee...
11:44 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing A brief history of goths
Given my own penchant in the 1980s for black clothing, black eyeliner, and Bauhaus, I was delighted by Dan Adams's TED-Ed video "A brief history of goths."And if you find yourself in that delightful...
11:19 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Plane disappeared and crashed in Bermuda Triangle, family still missing
On Monday, a small plane with two adults and two young children disappeared from radar over the Bermuda Triangle. The Coast Guard has recovered parts from the plane but are still searching for the pas...
10:52 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: cartoon about man's withdrawal from his addiction to Coca Cola
In high school, Mike was drinking 8 cans of Coke a day. He quit cold turkey and suffered from "horrible horrible migraines, dizziness, blind spots and tunnel vision." The video was produced by Dress...
10:39 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Man shows the metamorphosis of his pet hercules beetle
Here's a time lapse video of the transition from sickening grub to dapper beetle....
10:19 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Desperate fugitive commandeers and crashes multiple cars in police chase
This gentleman really didn't want to get caught. In hot pursuit by police, he keeps crashing his car, then taking other people's cars. Eventually he runs out of cars and starts running. He's stopped...
10:09 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Earth, Wind and Ozzy
By DJ Cumberbund....
10:07 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Guy merges audio from the Blade Runner 2049 trailer to the new Google Assistant ad
Spencer Chen, VP of marketing and business development at Alibaba Group, added the audio from the Blade Runner 2049 trailer to the ad for the new Google Assistant. "I'm scared," he tweeted. "Literal...
09:56 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, RIP
Chris Cornell, the singer of pioneering grunge/metal band Soundgarden, has died of apparent suicide. When I saw them play small clubs in the early 1990s, it was always an incredibly intense and, yes, ...
09:50 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Washington State attorney general is a grandmaster chess player who knows how to beat Trump's game
"The key to restoring the rule of law is to blunt Trump's aggression and put him on the defensive," says Bob Ferguson, an internationally rated chess master and the attorney general for Washington Sta...
09:42 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Dan Hillier on working with Alan Moore on a gorgeous limited edition of "The Call of Cthulhu" for the Folio Society
I was approached by The Folio Society last year to see if I would be up for working on some illustrations for their planned collection of stories from H.P. Lovecraft, 'The Call of Cthulhu & Other Weir...
09:33 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Save some water, the Guzzle Buddy attaches right to your bottle of wine
Its not weird to drink milk or orange juice straight from the carton. (Right?) But for some reason, sipping wine right from the bottle is usually met with disapproving glowers. Whether theyre worried ...
09:29 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing King of Netherlands has a double-life as a commercial pilot
For 21 years, King Willem-Alexander has been flying unwitting commercial airlines passengers twice a month on the Dutch airline KLM. The 50 year old monarch says being a pilot is a "relaxing" hobby.Fr...
09:15 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Graduation brawl
USA Today reports a brawl at a high school graduation in Tennessee, with grown-ups throwing punches and their weight around as the trio from Pomp and Circumstance plays on.Tammy Mason, superintenden...
09:14 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing How to cut an avocado without hurting yourself
"Think of an avocado like a banana," says Chris Notap, who has a video tutorial on how to cut an avocado and remove the pit without hurting yourself....
08:46 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Twisty glass replacements, cause I broke my blunt
The Twisty Glass Blunt is powerful. If you are anything like me, you'll likely need some replacement glass tubes for when you've gotten too twisty, but want to keep on twisting.I broke my TGB on day o...
07:00 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Blackout curtains perforated with nighttime scenes
HoleRole created some nice blackout curtains using an age-old design trick: perforating them with patterns, in this case cities at night. Choose from London, New York, or night sky. (more…)...
06:40 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Are pop lyrics getting more repetitive? (hint: yes)
Colin Morris at The Pudding analyzed the repetitiveness of a dataset of 15,000 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2017. It's true: pop music lyrics are increasingly repetitiv...
06:33 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing The abysmal information security at Trump properties has probably already compromised US secrets
Propublica and Gizmodo sent a penetration-testing team to Mar-a-Lago, the Trump resort that has been at the center of series of controversial potential breaches of US military secrecy (for example, lo...
06:33 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Behold Britain's sheds of the year
A very loose definition of "shed" is allowed, ranging from legitimate sheds to Tiny Houses to structures that are explicitly not even sheds, but these garden buildings are both whimsical and awe-inspi...
06:20 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Impressive CGI of pool balls made with open source software
Norwegian designer Asbjrn Lote (aka YouTuber lotsalote) used open-source Blender to create this realistic pool table scene from scratch in about 90 minutes. (more…)...
06:17 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Apple, CTA and Big Car are working in secret to kill New York's Right to Repair legislation
Here's the list of companies that are quietly lobbying to kill New York State's Right to Repair legislation (previously), which would force companies to halt anticompetitive practices that prevent sma...
06:10 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Delicate papercraft works of endangered animals
Patrick Cabral is best known for his calligraphy, but he recently created a series of intricate papercraft animal sculptures, with some proceeds going to charity. (more…)...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing How much would a star destroyer cost?
Generation Tech has done a few fun videos estimating the costs of items in the Star Wars universe. In the latest installment, they calculate the cost of a star destroyer. Spoilers below. (more&helli...
05:56 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Translate between Charles Babbage's computing jargon and modern terminology
If you're intending to build an analytical engine with a six-sided prism to run Charles Babbage's weird cardboard vaporware program, you will need some help with Babbage's notes, as old Charles was in...
05:53 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Roger Ailes dead at 77
Roger Ailes, the disgraced former Fox News chief and accused sexual harasser, is dead at 77. His wife, Elizabeth Ailes, released a short statement, as published by The Washington Post:I am profoundly...
05:49 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting a replica of the original Pioneer Plaque, manufactured by the original craftsman
You know what would go great with your Voyager Golden Record? A replica of the "galactic greeting card" plaque that rode along with the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes, designed by Frank Drake and Carl Sagan...
05:44 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Guy puts a camera into a bucket of water, desert creatures sneak sips
Sometimes, the simplest idea makes a great video. Case in point: the fine folks at Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory dropped a GoPro into a bucket of water, ...
05:42 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Reminder: don't eat fidget spinners
Fox News reports that a girl in Texas nearly choked on a fidget spinner that she had put in her mouth. Her mom looked over to see the child red-faced and drooling, and had to rush her to hospital to g...
05:38 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Put on Your Corbyn Face: a game you win by displaying empathy
Games for the Many sends us Put on Your Corbyn Face, "A web game where you are challenged to match the emotions of a photo Jeremy Corbyn. Possibly the first web game you play with empathy and emotion....
05:00 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing This New York City hyperlapse may be the mother of all hyperlapses
FilmSpektakel takes hyperlapse to the next level with A Taste of New York, a frenetic and beautifully shot homage to Manhattan. (more…)...
04:00 am PDT - Thu, May 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how an artist makes gorgeous watercolor patterns
Josie Lewis creates beautiful geometric watercolor paintings. In this video, she shows you how if you're ready to move past adult coloring books. (more…)...
08:09 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Sassy Trump: 'You Can't Let Them Get You Down'
Comedian and soothsayer Peter Serafinowicz brings us a new 'Sassy Trump' episode in which Trump addresses young people preparing to serve their country with all the mean things the haters are doing ...
07:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing GOP leader in 2016 said I think Putin pays Trump
A month before Donald Trump became the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, his ally House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said privately among GOP peers on Capitol Hill that he believed Russian Presi...
07:15 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing As Trump adviser, Flynn stopped a military plan Turkey opposed after being paid $500K as its agent
As Donald Trump's national security adviser, one of the first moves Michael Flynn made was aligned precisely with the wishes of Turkey. But Flynn had a secret. He'd been paid half a million dollars to...
06:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trump team knew Flynn was under federal investigation when they made him national security adviser
Another hour, another bombshell in the accelerating pace of criminal and espionage inquiries into Donald Trump and his team. (more…)...
05:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing First Star Trek: Discovery trailer
Sand. The indefinite but distinctive quality of Star Trek dialogue. We can beam out of the wilds any time. Space is desaturated now, but still with a brightly diverse cast. 1990s Babylon 5 outfits. ...
03:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Robert Mueller, Ex-FBI Chief, appointed as special counsel in Trump-Russia investigation
The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including questions abou...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Netflix app will no longer run on rooted Android devices
Netflix has become one of the main forces for DRM in the world, a driver behind the W3C's dangerous, web-scale DRM project, and now they've announced that their app will no longer run on rooted/bootlo...
01:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Matt Ruff's "Lovecraft Country" adapted for TV by Jordan Peele and HBO
Well, this just made my day: Matt Ruff's outstanding anti-racist novel Lovecraft Country has been picked up for development into a TV show by Jordan "Get Out" Peele, JJ Abrams and HBO. (more…)...
01:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Nominate your digital heroes for EFF's Pioneer Award
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's annual Pioneer Award honors people who have "contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications," and the ...
01:08 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trump saves America, Hillary caught fleeing, and drugs, sex and lies at Fox News, in this weeks tabloids
It's yet another fun-filled, fact-challenged week in the tabloids.Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin have been "caught fleeing the country," FBI files expose Debbie Reynolds' "secret gay life," and singe...
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: "I'm Just a Lie," Jimmy Kimmel's modern day Schoolhouse Rock lesson
In case you missed "I'm Just a Lie" on Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, here it is the updated version of Schoolhouse Rock's 1976 "I'm just a Bill."...
11:21 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trump wanted Comey to throw journalists in prison
Yesterday, The New York Times ran a story with the headline "Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation." But another nugget was hidden towards the bottom of the article:Alone in the O...
10:46 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Creepy clown doll scares bear from garbage can scavenging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T1Fjh08pvIA person in Virginia devised a strange-but-effective method to discourage bears from rummaging in the garbage cans. I'm sure the bears will have their reveng...
10:30 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Video of the new "Penobscot River Monster" in Maine
A fellow named Alain Ducas posted video that he says he shot in Bangor, Maine from the roof of the Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor overlooking the Penobscot River. I don't think that's a new...
10:29 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Man sues date for texting in movie theater
When you sit next to a texter in a movie theater it can be a little irritating. But when Brandon Vezmar from Texas took his date to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, he became so annoyed that he's ...
10:20 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Best way to start a charcoal barbecue
I tried using a gas barbecue for a couple of years. I like charcoal grills much more. The food tastes better. And instead of using starter fluid, I use this Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter ($15 on Ama...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Vancouver, I'll see you at tonight's Walkaway tour stop (then Burbank, Oxford, London...) (!)
Many thanks to the good folks who came out to Bellingham's Village Books for last night's Walkaway event; tonight, I'll be appearing in Vancouver before flying home to Burbank for an event at my local...
09:50 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing 80 year old still uses Macintosh Plus and ImageWriter II
Ryanvasan of Reddit says: "Wife toured 80 year old couple's house for sale and this setup was in their office." The Macintosh Plus came out in 1986. I doubt many people still use it as a daily drive...
09:48 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Chelsea Manning is a free woman
Today, the whistleblower Chelsea Manning stepped out of the Military Corrections Complex at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, having served the longest sentence in US history for whistleblowing; for the dur...
09:47 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Ingenious chalk drawings that "talk"
Greg Dietzenbach added some digital magic to his chalk drawings at last weekend's Chalk the Walk festival in Mount Vernon, Iowa."There were a lot of amazing artists but I wanted to do something diffe...
09:41 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing People at DC's Union Station enjoy free pornography streamed from kiosk
Washington DC's Union Station officials suspect hackers were involved in causing a pornographic video to play on an advertising kiosk in the stations main hall on Monday evening.From The Washington Po...
09:36 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trump says "no politician in history... has been treated worse" than him
Speaking to U.S. Coast Guard graduates today, president Donald Trump said that no politician in history had been treated worse than him."Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the m...
09:30 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Nixon predicts Donald Trump's election (1987)
High praise from a former US president to a future US president: "I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me you were great on the Donahue Show."[via]...
09:25 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Cognitive scientist explains why perceiving a false reality is beneficial
There are many wrong ways to sense the world around you, and one of them is the best way to ensure your survival. Amanda Gefter of Quanta Magazine interviewed Donald D. Hoffman, a professor of cogniti...
09:24 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Chanel now sells a very expensive boomerang
Iconic high fashion house Chanel is now selling a branded boomerang. It's part of a line of lifestyle sport items including a beach racket, tennis racket and balls, and a paddle board. The boomerang i...
09:20 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Airline lobby group claims a laptop ban would cost $1B
The Trumpian trial-balloon on banning laptops in the cabins of planes coming from Europe has put the shits way up the airline industry (rightly), who have published their own (data-free) costings for ...
09:10 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Five things you should never do when eating in Japan
In this video, you'll learn why you shouldn't rub chopsticks together to remove splinters, stick your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice, pass morsels from one set of chopsticks to another, and tw...
09:04 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Mocking the $2,145 "couture Ikea bag" with awesome Ikea bag hacks
Balenciaga sells a $2,145 leather bag that looks exactly like a cheap, big, blue plastic Ikea Frakta bag. (more…)...
08:58 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing BBC video series about every person on the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band will turn 50 this year. To commemorate The Beatles' landmark album, the BBC has produced a video series about each of the 60+ people on the cover....
08:51 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Ranking authors by their adverb use
The famously spare Hemingway used 80 words ending in -ly per 10,000 words of prose; JK Rowling uses 140 adverbs per 10,000 words, and EL James uses 155. (more…)...
08:48 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a skateboard that squirts liquid fire
This week on Donald Bell's Maker Update -- a skateboard that shoots fire, design concepts from Hackaday prize, a dirt-cheap telepresence robot, cardboard rivets, a microcontroller guide from MAKE, a...
08:41 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing The new Apple campus has a 10,000 sqft gym and no daycare
Construction is near to completion on Apple's $5B campus in Cupertino, and the project has included many odd notes, like the insistence on not having thresholds on the floor of the doorways lest daydr...
08:14 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Stephen Wolfram's "A New Kind of Science" goes open-access
It's been 15 years since the publication of Steven Wolfram's A New Kind of Science, a mindblowing, back-breaking 1,200-page book that (sort of) says the whole universe is made up of recursive fractals...
07:51 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Murderer rants at execution: "You can kiss my white trash ass"
Death Row inmate JW Ledford, after enjoying a 5,000-calorie last meal, was killed with a lethal injection by the U.S. State of Georgia this morning. He quoted Cool Hand Luke, smiled and said "you can ...
07:48 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Powerful Russian Orthodox cleric summoned to spritz computers with holy water to fight ransomware
Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is a powerful reactionary figure in the country's toxic political scene, which has welded a tale of thwarted imperial destiny to a thin-skinned fundamen...
07:44 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Britain's nastiest landlord refuses to rent to Asians and victims of domestic violence
Fergus Wilson rents almost 1000 properties in Kent, England, but not to Indians, Pakistanis, or women who have been victims of domestic violence. The BBC reports that this sterling example of British ...
07:44 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Britain's nastiest landlord refuses to rent to Asians and survivors of domestic violence
Fergus Wilson rents almost 1000 properties in Kent, England, but not to Indians, Pakistanis, or women who are survivors of domestic violence. The BBC reports that this sterling example of British tole...
07:42 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Stunning short film about the Apollo moon landing made from astronauts' photos
Motion designer Christian Stangl and composer Wolfgang Stangl created this gorgeous short film, titled LUNAR, from thousands of NASA photographs taken by astronauts. From the film description:In the...
07:26 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Troll of the year: Putin offers to release transcript of Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats
Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation, can vouch for Donald Trump's claim that no significant intelligence information was leaked to his foreign minister. This is because he has his own ...
06:33 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Omnidirectonal conveyor belt is smarter than I am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqLYhhV7u7YIntralox makes these incredible machines. Excellent material for making perfect-loop GIFs.Previously: Lost and lonely dildo on a conveyor beltSome sort of ma...
05:42 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing How many humans and animals have died while on space missions?
Second Thought takes a brisk stroll through the historical death toll for earth creatures sent into space. Let's just say you didn't want to be a space monkey in the mid-20th century. (more…)...
05:42 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing The trick to great sand sculpting is the right sand glue
In the world of professional sand sculptors, Toshihiko Hosaka is known for his large commissioned works (like this commissioned Colossal Titan from Shingeki no Kyojin) and for creating an environmen...
05:41 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Gentleman smokes 75-year-old cigarette from military rations
Military ration historian Steve1989 cracked open a real gem: a 1942 World War II K Ration by Doughboy Mills, which contained a package of Chelsea cigarettes. (more…)...
05:21 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Watch breathtaking fireballs through a trippy kaleidoscopic effect
For their film Fire, Saulo Jamariqueli and Dirk Rees put a couple of fire breathers in a dark studio with a reflective surface, then ran the impressive footage through a kaleidoscope filter, making ...
05:01 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Indonesian government turns impoverished neighborhood into art
Jodipan was a colorless slum until the local government decided to spend about $22,000 on a colorful makeover. Now the area is a tourist destination. (more…)...
04:00 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Three months with the cheapest electric kettle that didnt look like it would kill me
At $11, the Proctor Silex K2070YA 1-Liter Electric Kettle was the cheapest model I could find on Amazon that didnt look like it would result in electrocution or an explosion of boiling water. Ive spen...
12:27 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing Nicholas Sand, creator of famous 'Orange Sunshine' LSD, has died at 75
Legendary chemists and psychonauts Nicholas Sand and Nick Scully created the legendary version of LSD known as Orange Sunshine that was so widely used in San Francisco in 1967. Sand died on April 24 a...
12:07 am PDT - Wed, May 17, 2017
BoingBoing 'Erdoan's bodyguards' beat up protesters in D.C. while Turkish leader met Trump at White House
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House today. While the two authoritarian heads of state chatted, Erdogan's thugs beat the crap out of Kurdish p...
11:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Feds subpoena Manafort over $3.5M tax-free loan he received right after he abruptly left Trump campaign
Paul Manafort received a 3.5 million dollar tax-free and payback-free loan from someone yet unknown, right after he left Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Federal investigators have subpoenaed Man...
11:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Two gay men in Indonesia sentenced to 85 lashes for having sex
A sharia court in Indonesias ultra-conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning. (more…)...
04:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Trump asked Comey to drop FBI investigation into Flynn and Russia ties
Before Trump fired James B. Comey last week, he asked the FBI director to end the investigation involving Michael Flynn, reports the New York Times. This is big news, and has since been confirmed by ...
04:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Memo shows Trump asked Comey to drop FBI probe into Flynn and Russia
Before Trump fired James B. Comey last week, he asked the FBI director to end its investigation into former Trump advisor Michael Flynn and Russia, reports the New York Times. This is big news, and ha...
02:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing The CIA's east-coast and west-coast bureaux had long-running rivalries over Champagne
Michael from Muckrock writes, "The 'friendly' rivalry between America's East and West Coasts extends from hip-hop feuds to pizza bagels, and recently unearthed memos regarding California champagne fro...
01:28 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing English teenager Edward Jones broke repeatedly into Buckingham Palace in the 1830s.
Between 1838 and 1841, an enterprising London teenager repeatedly broke into Buckingham Palace, sitting on the throne, eating from the kitchen, and generally causing headaches for Queen Victoria's att...
01:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Batman symbol fidget spinner cast from brass bullet casings
There's some remarkable craftsmanship at work in this step-by-step video of making a large brass fidget spinner shaped like the Batman logo. The best part is they are giving it away to a viewer. (mo...
01:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Remarkably preserved dinosaur fossil
Albertas Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology displays a nodosaur fossil that is so well-preserved that bumps and crevasses on its surface are clearly visible. National Geographic's Robert Clark capt...
01:01 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing BBC reporter grabs woman's boob on live TV
A woman in the street interrupted a live BBC television interview and the reporter gently pushed her away with his hand. Did he know where he was pushing?...
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Bluetooth headset for computer and phone
I've been interviewing a lot of people via Skype recently. I like to pace around while I talk so I bought this lightweight $20 Bluetooth headset on Amazon. It paired easily to my computer (a Macbook P...
12:12 pm PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Before battling Jaws, Roy Scheider drank Folgers
The best part of waking up......
11:33 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing "Anonymous sources" now more credible than the White House
National Security Sharer H.R. McMaster's overnight flip from denying the Washington Post story about Comrade President sharing classified data with the Russians during his job interview last week, to ...
11:32 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Thai King strolls through mall in tiny crop top, then threatens to sue Facebook for showing video
Last year, the Thai Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (who became King of Thailand in December) walked around a Munich shopping center sporting a little yellow crop top, exposing tattoos on his belly and b...
11:26 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing 1981 Nightline interview with Steve Jobs
https://youtu.be/3H-Y-D3-j-MIn this 1981 Nightline interview Ted Koppel asks 26 year old Steve Jobs "There is a sense that many of us have who really don't understand how computers work, or what they ...
11:16 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing 1970 film: "Military Etiquette and Grooming For Women in the Army"
This crazy, groovy flick from the US Army was made in 1970 and features a Army Captain giving great fashion advice to a young soldier. Army Captain: Say, that's a beautiful dress. Where did you get ...
10:31 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting Evezor, an open robot that can carve, draw, engrave, pour, pick, place, cut, weld, print, grab, mill, assemble and create
We are introducing Evezor, a robot that can carve, draw, engrave, pour, pick, place, cut, weld, print, grab, mill, assemble and create your next project or business. Powered by Raspberr...
10:28 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Using FaceApp to put smiles on on museum paintings.
FaceApp is a smartphone app that can add a smile to an unsmiling person's face. Olly Gibbs, the digital and print designer at Empire Magazine, used the app at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum to improve the pa...
09:52 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Man in orange Home Depot apron turns out to be air conditioner thief
A man wearing a bright orange Home Depot apron loaded some air conditioners into a truck. No one noticed he was actually a thief until he got greedy and went into the store for more. That's when the s...
09:52 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing See you tonight for the Walkaway tour stop in Bellingham! (then Vancouver, Burbank, Oxford...) (!)
Thanks to everyone (especially Neal Stephenson) who came out to last night's Walkaway event in Seattle: if you're in the area and couldn't make it, you get another chance tonight when I'll be at Belli...
09:38 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing UK prison deploys active anti-drone countermeasures to fight contraband smuggling
A UK weapons company called Drone Defence has sold an anti-drone product to Les Nicolles prison on Guernsey that will use 20 nonspecific "disruptors" to do something to drones that will stop them from...
09:19 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing The strange, mutating story of "willpower" and what we think it might be as of right now
"Willpower" began as an element of philosophical/theological arguments, used to explain riddles like how humans could commit sin even though they were created by a perfect, all-powerful god -- but it ...
09:16 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Blacknoise generates irritating ambient sounds
Blacknoise is the opposite of a white noise generator: you leave it running and it produces annoying, aggravating sounds that go right through you....
09:00 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing America's top cop-killing domestic terror threat is far-right "sovereign citizens" and militias
A 2014 survey of 175 US law enforcement agencies found that they ranked "sovereign citizens" as the top domestic terror threat, and with good reason: members of the heavily armed, white-supremacist-ad...
08:53 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Crushing things with a little vacuum pump
Chris Notap used a small, cheap vacuum pump to suck the air out of a variety of plastic containers ranging from bread bags to 55 gallon drums....
08:37 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Painting reveals interior of Bruegel's Library of Babel
Artist and animator Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira fame, with collage artist Ksuke Kawamura, painted this view of the inside of the Library of Babel, a perfectly fascinating pastiche of Bruegel's original, ...
08:37 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Painting reveals interior of Bruegel's Tower of Babel
Artist and animator Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira fame, with collage artist Ksuke Kawamura, painted this view of the inside of the Tower of Babel, a perfectly fascinating pastiche of Bruegel's original, be...
06:55 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Oops! United flight attendant accidentally posted cockpit door codes
The Wall Street Journal reports that human error is still a factor in potential cockpit door breaches. (more…)...
06:50 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing A Calvinesque and Hobbesian View of Trump and Comey - Revenge of the Babysat!
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 BONUS comics, and muc...
06:46 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Arc Symphony is a Playstation game that never existed. Or did it?
Arc Symphony is a text-only game about being a fan of an elaborate Japanese Playstation RPG in the 1990s. Designed to evoke an old-timey USENET group and the ancient DOS PC used to connect to it, it's...
06:34 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing The creeping scourge of vertical video is now embraced by more platforms
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Social media apps have conditioned humans to accept vertical video in the way we now accept microplastics in our sea salt. Mashable is the latest to embrace the vertic...
05:34 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Adorable otters seem OK with unsettling otter spycam
If otters experience the uncanny valley, this otter-like spycam seems just enough like an otter for them to accept, but not enough like an otter for them to consider a threat. (more…)...
05:25 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Learn how to manage large-scale system infrastructure
If you are an aspiring developer who wants to learn how services are deployed and maintained in production environments, this collection of online courseswill help you get a grip on the fundamentals o...
04:59 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing Discover the acceptable levels of filth in your favorite foods
Looking for an appetite suppressant? The U.S. Food & Drug Administration can help. Just stop by FDA's Defect Levels Handbook to learn how many insect legs and rodent hairs are acceptable in variou...
12:07 am PDT - Tue, May 16, 2017
BoingBoing On eve of Erdogan-Trump White House visit, Turkey orders arrests of 85 energy and education staff in post-coup probe
Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to meet with the classified-information-leaking U.S. President Donald Trump one day after this story breaks. (more…)...
11:42 pm PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Here are some of the things Trump once said about classified info and Hillary Clinton
Watch this expertly edited look back at the many times Donald Trump has been caught on video condemning Hillary Clinton's competence in handling classified information. (more…)...
08:25 pm PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing New clues in WannaCry ransomware attack point to North Korea and Kim Jong Un
The self-spreading WannaCry internet worm, which ripped through 160,000 computers and crippled hospitals and other businesses, is now being linked to a North Korean cyber gang, reports Kevin Poulsen a...
07:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Pro-Trump media denies confirmed reports President Trump leaked classified info to Russia
Donald Trump's white supremacist peanut gallery is scrambling to deny the reality of today's bombshell revelation the President shared highly classified information with Russian officials during a biz...
12:07 pm PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing A baby hippo gets a dental checkup
https://youtu.be/1cHjMzqhJ4IThis baby hippo, Fiona, is getting her teeth checked at The Cincinnati Zoo, and from the looks of it, you'd think she was enjoying a day at the spa. If only human dental vi...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Jim Bakker says people against Trump are "the spirit of the antichrist"
Not sure if people are still taking ex-convict, sex scandalist, and TV evangelist Jim Bakker seriously, but here's his latest charade.These people mocking the president, the words they use, the spe...
10:57 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Unaired pilot for Beverly Hillbillies (1962)
https://youtu.be/RW7W-OKZBswThe original name for The Beverly Hillbillies was The Hillbillies of Beverly Hillbillies. The core cast in this unaired pilot from 1962 didn't change with the new name, and...
10:21 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Man orders a pizza using a talking computer (1974)
In 1974 a man with a communications disorder made history when he ordered a pizza over the phone with a talking computer built by Michigan State University's Artificial Language Laboratory. He tried...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Kellyanne Conway used to disapprove of Trump
Here's a bunch of video clips of Kellyanne Conway being highly critical of Trump when he was running for president. She took Trump to task for hurting the "little guy," not paying contractors, rippi...
09:44 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing This app tells you if you have a hotdog or not a hotdog
Not Hotdog by SeeFood Technologies is an iPhone app that lets you know if the think you have is a hotdog or not a hotdog. If you watch Silicon Valley, you will understand the significance of this....
09:32 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Dog unwilling to yield large stick
Adorable. An aside: note how this video includes all the features of pre-internet animal video shows, where music and other anthropomorphizing cues bully you into the proper mindset to appreciate th...
07:41 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Review: Mainstays $9 portable electric burner
Mainstays Single Burner is a portable electric coil hotplate you can buy for $9 at Walmart (and Amazon). It has a 1m two-prong cord, an adjustable power control (temperatures are not marked) and rubbe...
07:31 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Only recording of Hitler's normal voice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClR9tcpKZecIn movies and television, Hitler's speaking voice is usually depicted as a dialed-back version of his public speaking performances: even in private he's eith...
07:12 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing A few tickets left for tonight's event in Seattle! (then Bellingham, Vancouver, Burbank...) (!)
We had a fabulous time last night at Portland's Powell's City of Books and now I'm on the runway to fly up to Seattle for tonight's event at the Neptune Theater with Neal Stephenson (it's not too late...
07:09 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing No-one seriously hurt in crash that sliced car in half
The Press Democrat posted this video, shot by Tom Bond, of a crash on Highway 101 near Cloverdale, California: a car sheared clean in two lengthwise, the stunned driver still seated, unhurt, inches ...
07:01 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Report on media manipulation "from radicalized groups that emerged from internet subcultures"
Danah Boyd from Data & Society writes, "The report examines why the media was vulnerable to manipulation from radicalized groups that have emerged from a variety of internet subcultures. We're seeing...
06:56 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing That time the TSA started screening all paper products separately
Akal Security Inc is the TSA contractor that screens passengers at Kansas City International Airport under a $108m/5 year contract; earlier this month they began abruptly scanning all paper products i...
06:50 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's a scream in this stack of newspapers
Friday's edition of German daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel; this shot was everywhere this weekend, sadly unsourced!...
06:49 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Yesterday's report of hardier Wcry retracted, but new versions found
Yesterday's report of a Wcry ransomware version that didn't have the killswitch that halted the worm's spread was retracted by Motherboard and Kaspersky Lab -- but today, France's Benkow computing doc...
06:41 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Across America, employers are using noncompetes to claim ownership of employees' skills
Noncompete agreements have historically been the provision of highly-placed execs and critical "knowledge workers" (and even then, fast-growing economies like California have banned them in the intere...
06:16 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Louisiana's public defender's office is largely nonexistent so poor people just plead guilty
Louisiana has always been a backward place for criminal justice, the only state in the union that funds its public defenders' office with conviction fees, leaving a public defender's office that avera...
06:15 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Map of American people's attempts to guess where North Korea is
Americans who know where North Korea is are more like to favor diplomacy over war in dealing with its regime. Unfortunately, few Americans know where North Korea is....
06:08 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Charles Babbage wrote a "cardboard vaporware" app in 1840 and left it in Turin
Bruce Sterling's been playing with a stack of hand-punched cardboard cards created in 1840 by Charles Babbage as a kind of vaporware app for his never-built Analytical Engine; they were intended to pl...
05:47 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Mind-bending infinite gif loop for psychedelia festival
O.Z.O.R.A. Festival is billed as a psychedelic tribal gathering in Ddpuszta, Hungary. Their website splash page is a gorgeous infinite gif that you can set to trance or chill music. (more…)...
05:42 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing FCC halts public comments on Net Neutrality
After hearing from so many angry Americans who wanted to preserve net neutrality rules that they had to invent a seemingly fictional "denial of service" attack to explain their servers melting down, t...
05:24 am PDT - Mon, May 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trim back the wire clutter on your desk with a charge and sync dock
Keep your desktop clean and free of excess cables with a Charge & Sync dock, available now in the Boing Boing Store. This unassuming design features an s-shaped profile for maximum stability, non-...
05:24 am PDT - Sun, May 14, 2017
BoingBoing Get some use out of your car's CD player - with a phone mount
If you drive daily, especially to new destinations, it's wise tohave a smartphone car mount. Aside from making map directions considerably easier to follow, they also keeps your phone in a central loc...
04:51 am PDT - Sun, May 14, 2017
BoingBoing See you tonight at Powell's, Portland! (then Seattle, Bellingham, Vancouver...) (!)
Yesterday's Walkaway event at San Diego's Mysterious Galaxy was terrific (there was birthday cake) and now I'm flying to Portland for an event at Powell's City of Books tonight with Andy "Waxy" Baio b...
04:42 am PDT - Sun, May 14, 2017
BoingBoing Wcry ransomware is reborn without its killswitch, starts spreading anew
Yesterday, the world got a temporary respite from the virulent Wcry ransomware worm, which used a leaked NSA cyberweapon to spread itself to computers all over the world, shutting down hospitals, fina...
04:42 am PDT - Sun, May 14, 2017
BoingBoing Retracted! Wcry ransomware is reborn without its killswitch, starts spreading anew
Motherboard has retracted this story: "Correction: This piece was based on the premise that a new piece of WannaCry ransomware spread in the same manner as the one that was responsible for widespread ...
04:34 am PDT - Sun, May 14, 2017
BoingBoing Insider whistleblower says London police hired Indian hackers to surveil journalists, politicians and activists
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating a tip-off from a current or ex-London police officer that the London Metropolitan Police's National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intell...
01:50 pm PDT - Sat, May 13, 2017
BoingBoing Its Mental Health Awareness Month: Trumpcares dangerous impact on mental health care
Last week, I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly uninsurable. While tracking the Trumpcare vote (AHCA), I felt like Princess Leia, hel...
09:15 am PDT - Sat, May 13, 2017
BoingBoing The wonderful thing about capitalism...
...is the wide range of choice it provides....
08:04 am PDT - Sat, May 13, 2017
BoingBoing See you this afternoon, San Diego! (then Portland, Seattle, Bellingham...) (!)
We had a great Walkaway tour stop last night in Scottsdale, AZ, and now I'm headed to San Diego to help the legendary Mysterious Galaxy store celebrate its birthday, closing out a fantastic day of spe...
07:56 am PDT - Sat, May 13, 2017
BoingBoing Big Cable push-polled America on Net Neutrality, still found the majority in favor of it
As Donald Trump's FCC gets set to kill Net Neutrality, lobbyists for the country's telcos and cable operators are tucking in their napkins and picking up their cutlery, getting ready to feast. (more&h...
07:48 am PDT - Sat, May 13, 2017
BoingBoing Guillotine watch: LAX's new one-percenter luxury terminal
Pay $7,500/year and $2,700/flight and you can use can use the new "private terminal" at LAX where you are waited on hand-and-foot, including a personal sit-down with the TSA guard who "searches" you b...
07:41 am PDT - Sat, May 13, 2017
BoingBoing Anti-DRM artists march on the World Wide Web Consortium today
Today, activists will gather in Cambridge, Mass to march to the offices of W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee to urge him to keep DRM out of the standards for the open web. (more…)...
07:16 am PDT - Sat, May 13, 2017
BoingBoing The virulent ransomware worm has been stopped (for now) by a hidden killswitch
As the Wcry ransomware burned across the globe yesterday, spreading to more than 80 countries thanks to a bug in Windows that the NSA deliberately kept secret in order to weaponize it, it seemed unsto...
07:00 am PDT - Sat, May 13, 2017
BoingBoing Poll has Britons in full-throated approval of Corbynism (if not Corbyn)
Ever since he became leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has faced bitter attacks from the "left-wing" establishment, the press, and his own party, despite his repeated, unprecedented landsli...
05:22 am PDT - Sat, May 13, 2017
BoingBoing Drone race like it is the Boonta Eve Classic
Looking to break into the rapidly growing world of drone racing? Maybe? Just looking for a solid remote-controlled camera quadcopter to shoot aerial footage? Either way, the Aerix Black Talon 2.0'sfri...
12:36 pm PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Useful magnetic LED clip lights
I bought a pair of these magnetic clip lights a few years and they've proven to be incredibly useful when I have to do repair work. The light has 8 LEDs and it throws a pretty wide beam of bright ligh...
11:28 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Loop-a-Lot (1966) crummy toy commerical
The Loop-a-Lot is described by this YouTuber as a "crummy toy." Is it really crummy? Well, it probably didn't keep kids amused for more that 45 seconds. So, it probably is crummy. The purpose of the...
11:14 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing A giant crane lifting an aqueduct section tips over
On Tuesday, a crane carrying a concrete aqueduct section tipped over. The driver was able to jump out of the cab in the nick of time. The accident is followed by cries of astonished disappointment.I...
11:12 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing See the Amazing Jonathan next weekend at Beyond Brookledge
Much to the delight of sick and twisted people everywhere the Amazing Jonathan is touring again! Next weekend he'll be in Riverside, California at Beyond Brookledge!Magician Jonathan Szeles is one o...
11:12 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing See the Amazing Johnathan next weekend at Beyond Brookledge
Much to the delight of sick and twisted people everywhere the Amazing Johnathan is touring again! Next weekend he'll be in Riverside, California at Beyond Brookledge!Magician Johnathan Szeles is one...
10:52 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Rapper Bow Wow got caught lying about taking a private plane, hilarity ensues
Rapper Bow Wow recently posted a photo a photo on Instagram of the private jet he was about to board. Unfortunately, someone spotted Bow Wow Wow sitting on his commercial plane:Very soon after, the #b...
10:47 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Ransomware hackers have stolen hospitals and doctors' offices across the UK
25 NHS trusts and multiple doctors' practices in England (but so far, not Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales)g report that they have had to effectively shut down due to a massive Wcry ransomware infe...
10:47 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Ransomware hackers have stolen hospitals and doctors' offices across the UK, using a leaked NSA cyberweapon
25 NHS trusts and multiple doctors' practices in England and Scotland (but so far, not Northern Ireland or Wales) report that they have had to effectively shut down due to a massive Wcry ransomware in...
10:44 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Mother Jones is raising $500,000 to do their own investigation of Trump Russia ties
Mother Jones is taking donations "to get to the truth on the Trump team's connections to Russia." The magazine plans on raising $500,000 through a crowdfunding campaign "to make sure truth prevails ov...
10:32 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing 70 years of douchebag style
In the spirit of 100 Year of Beauty, here's the "Evolution of Douchebag Style."[via]...
10:22 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Build out WordPress sites faster with this extensive library of themes
If you need to quickly build a website for your personal blog, portfolio, or business, WordPress is a great place to start. Unlike drag-and-drop website builders, a WordPress site can be endlessly cus...
10:13 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Some folks may refer to him as Hobo
Visual, recording and generally some-kinda artist Tim Barrett has just released a titular new track entitled They Call Me Hobo. I call him Tim.The Hobo also shares a wonderful series of images juxapos...
09:42 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: As Sean Spicer, Melissa McCarthy drives a podium through New York traffic
Some New Yorkers had an entertaining Friday morning as Melissa McCarthy took to the streets of Manhattan impersonating Sean Spicer on a motorized podium. She ends up in front of cameras, perhaps tap...
09:29 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing The story of the TSA's oddly entertaining Instagram account
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s Instagram account is a real hoot, featuring weird, ridiculous, and sometimes helpful images of items that are prohibited and permitted to bring on fl...
09:17 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing When paddleboarding, this is not what you want to hear
An announcement from a police helicopter on Wednesday near Capistrano Beach, California:"You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks. They are advising you exit the water in a...
09:08 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing I keep trying to fix my typewriter
There are few possessions I've held on to like my Remington Rand De Luxe Porta 5. I've been trying to fix it, it mostly works kind of/sort of. OK, I give up. (more…)...
08:27 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing "Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown," animated Peanuts spoof by Simpsons director Jim Reardon
In 1986 while a student at CalArts, Jim Reardon, who went on to direct numerous episodes of The Simpsons, created this fantastic faux trailer for "Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown," a bizarro worl...
07:45 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing San Francisco Giants are zapping their brains to improve performance
Members of the San Francisco Giants are using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in an effort to improve their performance on the field. According to SF Giants sports scientist Geoff Head ...
07:32 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing When Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees
"At one of the last shows, he finally flipped off the audience," says The Monkees' Mickey Dolzenz. "I don't blame him, frankly."...
07:22 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Watch person ridiculously fake injury for worker's comp claim
Sheyla Veronica White was working at her desk at Cinque Terre Energy Partners in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when a piece of a sprinkler fell from the ceiling and unfortunately just missed her. Why unf...
06:08 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing See you tonight, Scottsdale, AZ! (then San Diego, Portland, Seattle...) (!)
Thanks to everyone who came out to last night's Walkaway tour-stop at Houston's Brazos Books; I'm just arriving at the airport to fly to Phoenix for tonight's event at Scottsdale's Poisoned Pen Books ...
05:52 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Fyre Festival founder to employees: you're not getting paid, but wanna work for free?
On Wednesday 25-year-old Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland -- who is being sued for $100M over his catastrophic schadenfreudefest -- gathered his long-unpaid employees on a conference call this we...
05:47 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing $12k-a-ticket Fyre Festival tells staff they're not going to be paid
The organizers of the disastrous Fyre Festival— which charged $12,000 a ticket, splurged the proceeds on celebrity endorsements and other bullshit, failed to prepare the site in time for the ric...
05:47 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Trump threatens Comey on Twitter, suggests he has "tapes" of their conversations
President Donald Trump, having fired FBI Director James Comey in what he admits was an effort to stymie the Bureau's investigation into links between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, is now t...
05:42 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Jeff Sessions orders prosecutors to charge Americans "with the most serious offense you can prove"
Racist, perjuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued guidance to federal prosecutors, ordering them to charge the people they will face in court with "the most serious offense you can prove," p...
05:28 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing How to check if a phone is stolen
Buying a phone on Craigslist or eBay or some other shady venue? Get the device's ESN or IMEI number from the seller and post it to the Stolen Phone Checker, a single-serving website set up by industry...
05:25 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Gallery of gadgets at the Bang & Olufsen Museum
Vlad Savov went on a tour of the Band & Olufsen Museum in Struer, Denmark—a wonder closet of cool audio gear.The very earliest Bang & Olufsen product was actually a component rather than a full...
05:20 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Rep Tom MacArthur passed Trumpcare by excluding pre-existing conditions -- then he faced a Town Hall
Trumpcare was dead on arrival (again) until Rep Tom MacArthur [R-NJ; Twitter: @RepTomMacArthur; DC: (202) 225-4765; Burlington County: (856) 267-5182; Ocean County: (732) 569-6495] introduced an ame...
04:53 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Complete orbit of the moon from NASA Lunar Orbiter
From @LRO_NASA: "A huge payoff from the longevity of the LRO mission is the repeat coverage obtained by the LROC Wide Angle Camera (WAC). The WAC has a very wide field-of-view (FOV), 90 in monochrom...
04:47 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing That sea salt you bought probably has microplastics in it
Congratulations to humanity for contaminating sea salt! A new study found all but one of 17 commercial sea salt brands from eight different countries contained microscopic plastic particles. Microplas...
03:55 am PDT - Fri, May 12, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's nuclear holocaust is "way bigger than the old Holocaust"
In McSweeney's, Dan Cluchey plumbs the depths of Poe's law with an indistinguishable-from-satire article analyzing the "winners and losers of the recent nuclear holocaust." (more…)...
06:13 pm PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Caught raiding birdseed, chipmunk yields haul
"Hm. That's kinda gross." [via]...
04:29 pm PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Trump admits firing Comey to impede investigation into "Trump and Russia"
In an interview with NBC News, president Donald Trump let slip the real reason he fired FBI Director James Comey – a reason all know and understand, but which was so far fig-leaved by various lu...
03:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Review: Logitech MK270, the cheapest-ass wireless keyboard and mouse combo
The Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse set was just twelve dollars and fifty cents!It's sometimes $16.99 or even a bit more, but that's still pretty damned cheap.I expected it to be about as b...
01:10 pm PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing How to deal with a narcissist at work
In University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist Jody Foster's new book The Schmuck in My Office: How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work, she shares sound advice on dealing with narcissistic ...
12:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing I refuse to believe that this "smart" salt shaker is real
What could be dumber that a smart machine that empties an expensive DRM'd bag of juice into a glass? How about a smart salt shaker that plays music and blinks colored LEDs? It's called a Smalt. It's a...
12:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Pocket size Bluetooth speaker
Anker makes good stuff, and this itty-bitty Bluetooth speaker has great reviews on Amazon. It's on sale today for $15....
12:20 pm PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars
Featuring simple, bold, and colorful illustrations, A Beginner's Guide to Immortality examines humanity's never-ending quest to discover the secret to eternal life. The book is categorized into five o...
11:52 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Fidget spinners, a brief video history
"Engaging in fine motor activity may assist students with ADHD in resisting the pull of distraction."...
11:25 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing This is what a cat looks like if you shave everything but its face
I would rather not find out why this happened. It's better to appreciate out of context....
11:13 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Stuff to help you zone out as the world ends
Three Waves via Bees and Bombs....
11:01 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Black-on-black Day of the Dead playing cards
These beautiful Day of the Dead playing cards could be none more black.Poker sized and made of PVC plastic to allow for the throwing, these cards are absolutely beautiful.Black Playing Cards - Day of ...
10:45 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Drobo 5N2, more Drobo NAS goodness
I recently upgraded my Drobo 5N to a new, much faster Drobo 5N2. (more…)...
10:36 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Bill Wurtz' video presents history of the world in 20 minutes
Bill Wurtz is the guy who made a fantastically entertaining video history of Japan last year. In this video, he's taken on the slightly more ambitious task of presenting the history of the universe,...
10:23 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing The sound of me thinking
This is why I'll never be able to cast a powerful magic spell by concentrating hard....
10:18 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Zuul the ankylosaur bears likeness to 'Ghostbusters' namesake
Scientists have found fossils of an ankylosaur they've named Zuul. Perhaps this dinosaur slept above the sheets.Via the LA Times:Someone call the Ghostbusters: Scientists have discovered a new species...
10:12 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing What's inside a phone that's designed to fit inside your rectum?
On Hackaday, Alasdair Allan documents the ingenious techniques employed in the creation of the Beat the Boss Phone, a tiny, lozenge-shaped phone (with a voice-changer) that is designed to be smuggled ...
10:04 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Vaccination fears fuel Minnesota measles outbreak
A Somali-American community has been struck with an outbreak of the measles in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Dr. Mahab Ururshe struggles to convince recent emigres that austism is not a result of the vac...
09:48 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Watch adorable kid trying to get apology from Pence for elbowing him in the face
When Vice President Mike Pence was speaking in front of military families to celebrate National Military Spouse Appreciation Day, he accidentally "bopped" a boy in the face without realizing it. But...
09:32 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing MMA fighter's quick defeat of traditional martial artist "leaves China reeling"
The BBC reports a quick outcome to a televised bout fought between Xu Xiaodong, a practitioner of modern mixed martial arts, and Wei Lei, a Tai Chi master. It was over in a few seconds, with a few mor...
08:56 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing 22-year-old Russian blogger convicted for playing Pokemon Go inside a church
Last year, 22-year-old Russian blogger Rusian Sokolovsky played Pokemon Go inside an Orthodox church and filmed it. The video went viral, which put him in detention since October. Today he was convict...
08:45 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Gentleman arrested after rudeness at beach
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnPyq3afvGY&feature=youtu.beA Connecticut man who screamed "You will never ever, ever, stop me, my Christianity", thumped his chest, and menaced an Arab family on a Tex...
07:41 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Brexiteer's plan to recover bad Le Pen bet fails
Colin Johnson is an overnight legend.Earlier...This exchange has all the ingredients of a classic fairy tale — note that it's not really Ladbrokes replying to him, but a cunning trickster. Watch...
07:38 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Houston, I'll see you tonight on the Walkaway tour! (then Scottsdale, San Diego, Portland...) (!)
Thanks to everyone who turned up last night for a stellar event at Austin's Book People! I'm about to head to the airport to fly to Houston, where I'll appearing tonight at 7PM at Brazos Books, before...
07:26 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Crashed computer at Oslo pizzeria reveals covert facial recognition scheme
This screen from a crashed point-of-sale screen at an Oslo pizzeria reveals that the restaurant was covertly scanning and analyzing the facial expressions of each customer, identifying their age, gend...
07:22 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing The glitched-out, large-scale murals of Felipe Pantone
Felipe Pantone, a graffiti artist based in Valencia, Spain, does these amazing, cyberspace-is-everting murals, skinning buildings and even cars all around the world. (via JWZ) (more…)...
07:21 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Cold-calling phone company hit with record fine
Keurboom Communications was fined 400,000 by British regulators after making almost 100 million unwelcome phone calls to lines in the UK. The wheeze was to call people late at night and pitch accident...
07:11 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing HP's stupid audio-driver logs every keystroke you make (and it has an API!)
The Swiss security research firm Modzero just published a report documenting a grave flaw in HP laptops: an audio-driver made by Conexant that captures every keystroke (to detect volume up/down and mu...
07:03 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Apple's control-freakery is making the Internet of Shit shittier
The anonymous individual behind the must-follow Internet of Shit Twitter account now has a column in The Verge, and has devoted 1,500 words to documenting all the ways in which Apple's signature walle...
06:52 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing The 2020 Census is headed for a "train wreck" thanks to Trump's mismanagement
The once-a-decade census is the "largest civic action undertaken by the entire country," providing data that "affects every corner of America, determining where hundreds of billions of federal dollars...
06:37 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Most European millennials would join "a large-scale uprising"
The European Broadcasters' Union polled 500,000 18-25 year olds on the question, "Would you actively participate in a large scale uprising against the generation in power if it happened in the next da...
06:36 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Photovoltaic venetian blinds
These SolarGaps prototypes are interesting ways to harness sunlight as it's being blocked. Note: the video is heavy on the promotion and light on the tech specs, but it's a neat idea. (more…)...
06:36 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Book chronicles artists' calling cards over the centuries
Oracles is a new book that presents 123 notable calling cards in an interesting way: as facsimiles of the originals, inserted into a two-page spread giving context. (more…)...
06:27 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Photographs from the archives of the Stasi, East Germany's legendary, paranoid secret police
Canadian Adrian Fish is one of the few photographers who've been permitted to take and publish photos from the archives of the Stasi, the legendarily invasive secret police of the former East Germany,...
06:20 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Trump plans ban on laptops in the cabins of flights from Europe
Unnamed "officials briefed on the matter" told Reuters that the Trump administration is planning to ban travelers from bringing their laptops -- and possibly tablets -- in their hand-luggage on flight...
06:02 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing 185,000 IoT security cameras are vulnerable to a new worm
Persirai is a new strain of Internet of Things malware that infects more than 1,250 models of security camera, all manufactured by an unnamed Chinese manufacturer that has sold at least 185,000 units ...
05:41 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Forthcoming game evokes style of legendary artist Moebius
Shedworks is making a video game and I don't care what it's about or whether it's "good" because it looks like Jean "Moebius" Giraud drew every frame of the teaser animations, and I am sold. Emerging ...
05:27 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Dog confounded by spinner
https://gfycat.com/CraftyScientificHuskyThis video of a dog counfounded by a spinner represents me every morning when I turn on the internet. [via]...
05:19 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Sweet 16 on the Subway
This cute video is circulating which shows a group of people, led by a young woman, who want to throw a very brief birthday party for a friend on a subway car in New York City. The friend is unknowing...
05:17 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing An Eel in the Keel
1. Chinese man is constipated.2. Chinese man remembers an old folk remedy.3. Remedy involves inserting a live eel up your bum.4. Chinse man goes to hospital.Seems like a foregone conclusion that if yo...
05:14 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Photographer shoots wrong couple's marriage proposal
A perfect storm of factors led to photographer Jacob Peters shooting the wrong marriage proposal at a remote romantic overlook. (more…)...
05:14 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing This remarkable timelapse of flowers took 3 years to film
Whenever it seems that timelapse has become a bit overused, someone like Jamie Scott refreshes the format with something like Spring, a dizzying film of flowers in bloom. (more…)...
01:42 am PDT - Thu, May 11, 2017
BoingBoing Keep your electronics charged overseas with this international power adapter
There still isn't one unified AC power standard. Although USB power is definitely making plug convergence much more likely to happen down the line, plenty of older buildings still have whatever outlet...
10:21 pm PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing The National: brand new song from forthcoming album
"The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" is the first single from The National's forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast, out September 8. What a stunner. Four months is a mighty long time....
07:22 pm PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Trump 'Crazy': President described by fired FBI director Comey as 'outside realm of normal'
When President Donald Trump accused outgoing President Barack Obama in March of 'wiretapping' him, James B. Comey, then the FBI director, was flabbergasted, reports the New York Times in a breakdown o...
07:03 pm PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Comey was concerned over possible evidence of Russia collusion, then Trump fired him: WSJ
Fired FBI Director James Comey was concerned by potential evidence of collusion, reports the Wall Street Journal tonight. Comey got daily instead of weekly updates on Russia investigation three weeks ...
06:50 pm PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing He 'fumed.' Trump's unhinged anger drove decision to fire FBI's Comey, WaPo reports citing 30 sources
The intensifying attention surrounding an FBI investigation into President Donald Trump's Russia ties, led by then-FBI Director James B. Comey, angered Trump so intensely that he became obsessed with ...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing How musicians die
It's said that when the great jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker died, a huge clap of thunder shook the building where he ended his days. Parker's death, while a tragic loss to music, wouldn't have come ...
01:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing United passenger was forced to urinate in plastic cup
A woman said she was barred from using the toilet on a United flight because the seat belt light was on mid-flight. She told the attendant that she urgently had to pee and the attendant gave her a cou...
11:39 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. voters think Trump is an "idiot," and now trust media more than him to tell truth: Quinnipiac poll
Not a good day in the polls for the beleaguered President. Everyone knows he's lying, and when asked, What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump,the top answer? Idiot.A n...
11:36 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Yet another white guy cast in a non-white starring role
I am going to go out on a ledge and guess there were plenty of actors who could play a physically attractive Pacific Islander. Apparently Hollywood can't find one.Some guy named Zach McGowan has been ...
11:36 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Lekue Cooking Mesh makes boiling veggies fun again
The deal here's pretty straightforward: instead of boiling stuff in a pot, then having to pour hot water into a colander to strain the food, you just boil it in a silicone mesh baggie which can be eas...
10:58 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita
What would your good be doing if there were no evil, and what would the earth look like if shadows disappeared from it?Stalinism was at its height when Mikhail Bulgakov wrote this masterfully absurd s...
10:54 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing This LED flood light is handy and inexpensive
I ordered 2 of these LED flood lights - one for mood lighting in the living room, and another to light up my workbench in the garage. I happy with how they work for both applications.The unit is small...
10:53 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Dungeons & Dragons spells created by a neural network
Neural networks, it is said, cannot explain their decisions. Which is probably a good thing, at least when it comes to the machine mind's ideas for new Dungeons & Dragons spells, as guided by Janelle ...
10:36 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Wearing hockey gear, Putin reacts to FBI director James Comey's firing: 'We have nothing to do with that'
Having just finished a round of hockey, one of Vladimir Putin's favorite violent sports other than interfering with foreign elections, the Russian President answered an American reporter's questions a...
10:32 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Obama is gay, Hillary will die in prison, and real-life hobbits discovered, in this weeks tabloids
Two weeks after the 'National Enquirer' promised "World War 3 is coming!" the president's favorite media mouthpiece announces: "Trump's Plan For World Peace!"As plans go, it's a doozy.President Trump ...
10:32 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Obama is gay, Hillary will die in prison, and real-life hobbits discovered, in this week's tabloids
Two weeks after the 'National Enquirer' promised "World War 3 is coming!" the president's favorite media mouthpiece announces: "Trump's Plan For World Peace!"As plans go, it's a doozy. (more…)...
10:12 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Best of crappy design
Here are a few of the best of the worst examples of design from the Crappy Design subreddit.This bus from CrappyDesign (more…)...
10:07 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing First-person 360 VR: You are an Alien neomorph bursting from a chest
In VR, everyone can hear you scream.(Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Playstation VR, Google Daydream, and other mobile VR devices)...
10:04 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Which of the "big 5" tech giants would you drop first? Rank them and see where you fit in
If you had a gun pointed at your head and had to choose one, which of the following five companies would you eradicate from your life: Facebook, Microsoft, Alphabet, Apple, or Amazon?Which would come ...
09:55 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing James Comey thought his firing was a prank
Former FBI Director James Comey was in Los Angeles talking to FBI employees when the TV in the room delivered the news that he'd been fired. "He immediately thought it was a prank, and a pretty funny ...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing How many lentils does one Spotify play buy you?
theydidthemath is a fun subreddit. In this post a fellow named Nym figured out how many lentils a recording artist can can buy each time someone plays one of their songs. The assumption is that one Sp...
09:34 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Los Angeles: 'Women in Vaudeville' this Saturday night!
This Saturday night presents a chance to see some of the very best performing artists in the world having a ball. Join Lindsay Benner and her hand picked cast for Women in Vaudeville at the Bob Baker ...
09:28 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Do not be alarmed by the dog on the roof
"Huckleberry likes to sit on the roof," says Boing Boing reader Matthew. "His owners made a sign to reassure concerned passersby."...
09:27 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Who replaces fired James Comey? Here are 4 candidates for Trump's new interim FBI Director
Who will Donald Trump appoint to take over the FBI as interim director, after his abrupt firing of James Comey? U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are repo...
09:13 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing ACLU issues advisory: "Traveling to Texas may result in violation of Constitutional rights"
SB4 is a recently passed Texas law that will go into effect on September 1, 2017. It gives police the right to investigate the immigration status of anyone they pull over during a routine traffic stop...
08:52 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Comey asked Justice Dept. for money and manpower to investigate Russia/Trump days before he was fired: NYT
Former FBI director James Comey asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureaus investigation into Russias interference in the presidential election righ...
08:32 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Turn off your mind
Lately I've been staring at an awful lot of line art GIFs. This one via Pinterest....
08:30 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Maker Update #33
This week on Maker Update: a giant mechanical iris, a lightsaber, remote control Arduino, a micro torch, python boxes, Google HATs, Processing Spirographs, and Maker Faires. See expanded show notes ...
08:11 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with Tillerson and Trump. Get a load of this transcript.
Here is the full and complete transcript of remarks given to news reporters by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, just before Lavrov went into a close...
07:49 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing THC in marijuana reverses learning and memory problems in elderly mice
While THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, seems to cause memory and learning impairment in young mice, surprising new research suggests that it actually reverses cognitive decline in elderl...
07:46 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Reporter arrested for asking HHS Tom Price this forbidden question on Trumpcare and domestic violence
A reporter in West Virginia was arrested on Tuesday after attempting to ask a Trump official about the administration's plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Dan Heyman, a...
07:31 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing With no music, A-Ha's "Take On Me" video is dark and disturbing
Musicless Musicvideo's Mario Wienerroither strips down A-Ha's 1980s anthem "Take On Me" and adds in appropriate sound effects. The result is rather strange and ominous.Here's the beloved original:ht...
07:16 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing This otherworldly place in China inspired the movie Avatar's landscape
The striking sandstone spires of Zhangjiajie National Park, China's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, inspired the landscape of Pandora, the setting of James Cameron's Avatar....
06:02 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Every member of congress's reaction to Trump firing the FBI Director investigating him
@vidiot_ on Twitter compiled 536 reactions from members of Congress into a simple, easily-scanned Google spreadsheet.https://twitter.com/vidiot_/status/862202080915836928Many haven't said a thing. Dem...
05:33 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Trance legend Robert Miles dead at 47
Robert Miles, the Italian DJ behind 1990s EDM breakthrough hit Children, is dead at 47. Born Roberto Concina, he popularized a chilled-out form of trance that came to dominate European airwaves in t...
05:22 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing New games for old consoles
Homebrew has long been a highlight of the game-development scene, but publishing new carts for old consoles is going mainstream. The Verge's Andrew Webster writes that several such titles are soon to ...
05:18 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Wrapping up the Crooked Timber seminar on Walkaway: Coase's Spectre
Two weeks ago, the excellent Crooked Timbre groupblog kicked off a symposium on my novel Walkaway, inviting ten scholars, practitioners, activists and thinkers to weigh in on the novel with thoughtful...
05:11 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing See you tonight in Austin! (then Houston, Scottsdale, San Diego...) (!)
We had a fantastic event last night at Denver's Tattered Cover -- thanks to everyone, especially the Denhack crew, for making it so great -- and now I'm headed to the airport to fly to Austin for an e...
05:06 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Thunderbird finds a new home
Thunderbird is one of the last robust email clients, a must-have for people who don't want to use webmail or leave their mail on a server, waiting to be hacked and dumped -- but for years, it has been...
05:02 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Anderson Cooper rolls his eyes
Does Shep Smith ever roll his eyes? Asking for a friend....
04:58 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Copycamp is returning to Warsaw, and wants your papers on "How exclusive rights affect real life"
The latest Copycamp call for papers is up, inviting presentations for the excellent Warsaw symposium on copyright, innovation and freedom -- now six years old! (more…)...
04:52 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing For today's college kids, the Rodney King beating seems mild and unremarkable
In 1991, George Holliday's video of Rodney King being kicked and nightsticked by LAPD officers shocked the nation and sparked an uprising that galvanized the discussion about police brutality. (more&...
04:45 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Ask the FCC for proof it was crashed by DDoS -- not outraged Net Neutrality commenters
After John Oliver produced another amazing video that called on the internet to tell the FCC not to kill Net Neutrality (and gave them an easy way to penetrate the FCC's thicket of bureaucratic nonsen...
04:45 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Report: Trump fired Comey because he would not publicly clear Trump of Russia ties
Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he "would not publicly state that there were no links between Trump and Russians," reports MSN, citing a paywalled article at The Wall Street Journal. He a...
04:37 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Crowdfunding controlled experiments with long-neglected, promising psychedelics
The War on Drugs hasn't just destroyed cities and families by imprisoning millions while enriching organized crime syndicates: it's also denied millions more access to promising therapies for crippl...
04:25 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Who Will Rescue Us from That Scary, Menacing Obamacare?
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04:23 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Jeff Sessions wants to bring back long mandatory prison sentences for minor drug offenses
Donald Trump's racist, perjuring Attorney General, former senator Jefferson Sessions, was signaled that he will reverse Obama-era AG Eric Holder's memo that told federal prosecutors not to bring charg...
01:40 am PDT - Wed, May 10, 2017
BoingBoing Cut the email spam with a lifetime subscription to Throttle Pro
You probably get too much email. And its not because your spam filter isnt working. Every digital receipt you get, and each online service you use automatically puts you on any number of mailing lists...
06:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing United canceled man's ticket because he recorded her on video
United is deeply sorry that one of its employees canceled a passenger's reservation at the check-in counter because he recorded the employee on his cell phone. The passenger, Navang Oza, says he turne...
06:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing United canceled man's ticket because he recorded agent on video
United is deeply sorry that one of its employees canceled a passenger's reservation at the check-in counter because he recorded the employee on his cell phone. The passenger, Navang Oza, says he turne...
05:33 pm PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Pixel-art Useless Machine on the web
A classic favorite of Boing Boing editors, the Useless Machine has been implemented as a website for your button-pressing pleasure....
04:12 pm PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast on Trump
Ben Marks says: "A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to interview New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, who was in San Francisco for the opening of her show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum...
03:02 pm PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Trump just fired FBI director James Comey
Trump fired FBI director James Comey today, effective immediately. Comey firing NOT about Hilary and very much about Trump Russia investigation.— Drew Sullivan (@DrewOCCRP) May 9, 2017Pres. Trum...
02:39 pm PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Data entry man at gas station has been taking inventory for 30 years
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOjnpOyUzS0He can type numbers faster than I can read them!Incredible data entryI slowmoed down and calculated about 80+ WPM at 5 per word. Although it's all numbers s...
02:06 pm PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Choose "Cage-Free" audiobooks
The nice folks at Libro.fm supply audiobooks online and through a network of the country's best indie bookstores; all their books are DRM-free, and they have a new, snappy way of describing them: Cage...
02:01 pm PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Make a quick, cool crystal ball out of a smartphone and a goldfish bowl
Get your phone to loop Madame Leota (or your favorite spooky fortune teller), stick it in a goldfish bowl with strategic black cloth covering everything except the video, and plonk the whole thing on ...
12:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing First-ever LSD microdosing study on its way
Popularized by Ayelet Waldman's book A Really Good Day, microdosing LSD (ingesting LSD in such minuscule amounts that its psychedelic effects aren't felt) is said to improve cognitive function and rel...
11:19 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Arduino clone on sale for $8.68
Grab this Elegoo UNO R3 Board while you can for $8.68 on Amazon. If you don't have jumper wires, LEDs, buttons, resistors, etc. you can buy a bunch of goodies for $7.86....
11:03 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Gallery of computer interfaces from science fiction movies
sciencefictioninterfaces.tumblr.com is exactly what its name suggests. I am envious of the people who make computer interfaces for movies. Their designs just have to look pretty.If you like this kind ...
10:57 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Seattle: Death Cab for Cutie and The Decemberists benefit for ACLU and Planned Parenthood
On June 9 in Seattle, our pals in Death Cab for Cutie are joining The Decemberists and Sera Cahoone for a benefit concert at the Paramount Theatre with all proceeds going to the ACLU (American Civil L...
10:46 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing House for sale in Ontario loaded with clown memorabilia
"Charming brick bungalow on quiet street close to schools and parks. Cozy and gently lived in. Meticulously maintained. Detached cedar garage and shed with lots of parking and well kept lawn. Same own...
10:45 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch thin-skinned GOP Rep. Rod Blum storm out of easy interview
Jeez, what just happened here? Reporter Josh Scheinblum with a local Iowa TV station had just started an interview with Congressman Rod Blum, when, after only 1-1/2 minutes, Blum stormed out of the ...
10:40 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Little kids love those fidget spinners, but Nanodots are for the big kids
You know the feeling. The clock strikes 2:30, and all you have to show for your day is a lingering lunch coma, a growing stack of unread emails, and an empty document taunting you with its endlessly b...
10:34 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Scientists stunned by new findings about salt's effects on body
Conventional wisdom: If you eat a lot of salt, you will get thirsty to dilute the sodium level in your blood. The excess salt will be excreted in your urine. But a new study of Russian cosmonauts is c...
10:32 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing The physics of fidget spinners
If my kids aren't playing with fidget spinners, they're asking to order another because the damn things are so cheaply made that they break in a day. Wired's Rhett Allain built a rig with a laser and ...
10:11 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing The Cure's first ever television performance from 1979 is killer
Here's The Cure performing A Forest live on television at Paris's Theatre de l'Empire on December 3, 1979. Robert Smith was 20 years old at the time....
10:02 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Sally Yates hand Ted Cruz his ass
Ted Cruz wanted to grill Former acting attorney general Sally Yates about Trumps Muslim ban at Monday's Senate Judiciary Committees hearing about Michael Flynn's tie to Russia. He read a passage fro...
09:58 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Interactive map of New York City's dog names
Every bubble of Dognames represents a particular name. Max and Bella lead, followed by Charlie, Coco, and Rocky, and Buddy and Lucky, and so on. [via]...
09:44 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing How to tell people about your dreams without boring them to death
If you're one of those people who insists on telling others about your dreams, at least follow this advice offered by cognitive scientist Jim Davies of Scientific American:We tend to think of dreams a...
09:19 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Fish caught with very strange "tattoos"
This mysteriously "tattooed" fish was caught near Lopez Jaena in the Misamis Occidental province of the Philippines. Some locals considered the fish a warning from the depths. They're actually right, ...
09:19 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing (UPDATED!) Fish caught with very strange "tattoos"
SEE UPDATE BELOWThis mysteriously "tattooed" fish was caught near Lopez Jaena in the Misamis Occidental province of the Philippines. Some locals considered the fish a warning from the depths. They're ...
08:59 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing New ultra-high resolution printer makes colors from nanostructures
Researchers from the Technical University of Denmark demonstrated a new nanotechnology-based printing technique that produces long-lasting color images on plastic at resolutions up to 127,000 dots per...
08:51 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Alex Jones' Infowars isnt a media empire its a snake-oil empire
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones makes almost all of his money selling nostrums, says Seth Brown of Select/All. His audience buys so many bottle of Infowars Life Silver Bullet Colloidal Silv...
08:51 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing "Alex Jones' Infowars isnt a media empire its a snake-oil empire," says Select/All
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones makes almost all of his money selling nostrums, says Seth Brown of Select/All. His audience buys so many bottle of Infowars Life Silver Bullet Colloidal Silv...
07:31 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Entrancing avant-garde music video generated by algorithm
Damien Henry, co-inventor of Google Cardboard, trained a machine learning algorithm using footage shot from a moving vehicle and then had the machine generate this beautiful video. "Graphics are 100...
06:07 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing GreenSavers are the best produce savers I've tried
We have a relatively small model and it's typically overflowing with leftovers and wilting produce: delicious things would be lost until it was too late; sinister matter would be found instead. So we ...
05:11 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Real animals made to look like they're in Minecraft
Aditya Aryanto carefully photoshopped some animals to look like adorable escapees from the world of Minecraft. [via Kottke] I tried visualising some animals in different form, which called Anicube or ...
05:08 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch ocean wave images turned into hypnotic animations
Cinemagraphs turn still photographs into moving images. Armand Dijcks has taken the gorgeous wave photography of Ray Collins (previously) and turned them into hypnotic slow-mo animations. (more&hell...
05:01 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Real-estate advertisement for a $100m house "Makes Me Want To Be A Socialist"
https://vimeo.com/215759124Julia Wick found a cinematic trailer for a Opus, a "$100 million "state of the art dream home" currently for sale in Los Angeles." The creators "wanted to do something real...
04:55 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Troll Cakes turns nasty comments into delivered pastry
Talk about just desserts! Troll Cakes will turn a hater's online comment into a tasty cake and mail it to said hater. Above, one they made of a classic Trump troll. (more…)...
04:51 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Blimp Style Pancakes
Light, fluffy, big and round ... yeah, I'm talking about pancakes. But not those flat things that look like a round napkin that you cook on a griddle, but the Japanese kind that you make with a rice c...
04:49 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Remember ebola? Media-inflamed health scares, quantified
Just how overblown was the media panic over ebola? This interactive chart compares media coverage of a dozen health scares, from mad cow disease to zika. (more…)...
04:48 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Mushrooms may help in the fight against bee colony collapse
It's mushrooms to the rescue in a major study to stop bee colony collapse disorder. One culprit, parasitic varroa mites, stood out as a major threat because they were developing tolerance for many p...
04:33 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Willy Wonka dialogue as a sax and drum jazz duet
David Dockery performed a drum solo of the climactic scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Then Dan Felix upped the game with a saxophone accompaniment to the original. (more…)...
03:53 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing See you tonight in Denver! (then Austin, Houston, Scottsdale...) (!)
Thanks to all of you who came out to my tour-stop last night for Walkaway at Winnipeg's McNally Robinson bookstore -- what a fine time we had! Now I'm leaving for the airport to fly to Denver, where I...
03:48 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing Intel declared war on general purpose computing and lost, so now all our computers are broken
It's been a year since we warned that Intel's Management Engine -- a separate computer within your own computer, intended to verify and supervise the main system -- presented a terrifying, unauditable...
03:20 am PDT - Tue, May 9, 2017
BoingBoing A total eclipse thermochromic stamp that changes when you touch it
The August 21 eclipse is being commemorated by the US Postal Service with a new stamp printed with thermochromic ink; when you rub the stamp the image transforms from an image of the 2006 total eclips...
05:47 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Adam Savage's Maker Tour: Albert and Tina Small Center For Collaborative Design
Adam Savage is on a tour of maker spaces around the country. He visited the Tulane School of Architecture's Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, where students are assigned real-wo...
04:57 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Why is Trump so silent on French election hacking?
Putin got your tongue? President Donald Trump's history of remarks on U.S. election hacking makes his current silence on the France election cyberattacks very strange. Russia is suspected of being beh...
04:37 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Trump feels the heat as Sally Yates testifies on Mike Flynn as Russia blackmail risk
Drip, drip, drip. A collection of real-time takes on today's extraordinary and historic testimony by former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by Donald Trump after getting a litt...
04:22 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Sean Hannity of Fox News on surveillance, then and now
Say what you will about Sean Hannity, the beleaguered Fox News talking head. You can't say the man isn't capable of changing his point of view on highly sensitive topics like the NSA and surveillanc...
03:54 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing All feminists want to be raped, says Red Pill Reddit thread boss. Is he New Hampshire State Rep. Robert Fisher?
A GOP lawmaker swears he's not the notorious internet misogynist who said this... (more…)...
02:20 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Trailer for Blade Runner 2049
Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star in Blade Runner 2049. Ridley Scott, who directed Blade Runner in 1982 (35 years ago!), is the exec producer. It was directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival).Thirty ...
02:17 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Press Play. Music Comes Out.
Stef Magdalinski (previously) (AKA, DJ at my wedding) writes, "I have a new music show 'Press Play. Music Comes Out,' on SF's finest community radiostation, BFF.fm. I'm only on the 4th show, and still...
02:11 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Control an devices wireless up to 2 kilometers away with this DIY project
My friend, John Edgar Park, has a video about low-bandwidth, long-range packet radio signals, which he uses to make a remote effects trigger box. Really cool!...
01:55 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Blade Runner 2049 trailer
The Internet says it looks good, and I'm inclined to agree with it....
12:42 pm PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Weird video on how to remove ingrown pubic hair
There's something really odd, if not a bit eerie, about this tutorial. It's as if robots observed human beings for a few weeks, then decided to make this video on how to pluck a pubic ingrown hair....
11:55 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing The Elements of Style: "50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice"
The advice in the beloved The Elements of Style "ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense," wrote Geoffrey K. Pullum (head of linguistics and English language at the University of Edinburg...
11:34 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Purple Mattress sues reviewer for making "false and misleading statements"
Ryan Monahan, who reviews mattresses (and used to work for a mattress company called GhostBed), is being sued by a company called Purple Mattress. Here's a video Monahan made about the lawsuit. Mona...
11:12 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing World's greatest toilet installation
If you have a hard time sitting on this toilet, the installer can adjust you to fit if he hasn't put away his saw yet. [via]...
10:53 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Phillips wireless dimmer switch - hassle free lighting
We got one of these Phillips Hue ($25 on Amazon) wireless dimmer switches for our bedroom about six months ago and it has not failed us once. It's not an Internet of Things gadget that requires using ...
10:24 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Interactive website teaches music fundamentals
I've been playing with Ableton Live's Learning Music website. It starts by showing you how to use an electronic drum kit, then moves to notes, chords, basslines, etc. You get to experiment on almost ...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Excellent vintage portable TV turned into retro gaming system
FinnAndersen spotted this wonderful vintage portable TV in a dumpster. He gutted most of it and outfitted the shell with a new screen and Raspberry Pi 3 to run RetroPie. Demo video below."It can emula...
09:52 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Robot riding on turtle's back steers it with "carrot-on-a-stick" technique
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology attached small robots to the back of turtles and enabled the machine to steer the animal by delivering it snacks. Eventually, they...
09:45 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch what happens when man brings accordion on Ryanair flight
Rather than knock out some teeth and drag off a passenger United Airlines style, watch this new twist on air passenger treatment when these Irish flight attendants on Ryanair find out a man, who doe...
09:39 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Drummer Buddy Rich hated country music
https://youtu.be/g67-LyG6JBY?t=7m33sI played this video to watch Buddy Rich say mean things about country music (at 9:46 in) ("Anybody could play it on one string"), but his drum solo was a lot more f...
09:28 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Man's gluten free airline meal request met with a single banana
Martin Pavelk pre-ordered a gluten-free breakfast for his All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo to Sydney, Australia. He was served a single banana, a packet of salt, and a knife and fork. All other pa...
09:19 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Preschool teacher fired for dragging a child down a hallway
I'll bet this Youngstown, Ohio teacher didn't expect her colleague to snap a photo as she dragged a little kid down the hallway. She was fired and is probably very sorry.Via WKBN:The teacher was emplo...
09:15 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the final Wonder Woman movie trailer
Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2. Looks like a rather intense three hours, yet I still wish it was Lynda Carter, in her satin tights, fighting for our rights, and the old Red, White and Blue....
09:09 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Container ship collides with massive structure in Jebel Ali
Keep your eye on the upper right. You'll see a large ship slowly approach and knock into a huge metal structure, which buckles and collapses. The people talking in the background don't seem very con...
08:02 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Deflating Pikachu aggressively pulled offstage during performance
At the recent Pokmon World Festival in Incheon, South Korea, a Pikachu deflated midway through a dance. Fortunately, agents specially-trained for such emergencies acted quickly and decisively. (See ...
07:47 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Wonderful home Super 8mm special effects experiments from the 1970s
Stoned special effects fun from the 1970s."I created these films in the 70's using Super 8mm film and a bunch of my creative friends," writes uploader WooferHound Town. "This is a collection of clip...
07:33 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing American-born Muslim harassed in line at supermarket: "I wish they didn't let you in the country"
Jeremy McLellan posted a video to twitter that he reports was taken by a Muslim friend of his being "harassed at a Trader Joe's in Reston, VA."https://twitter.com/JeremyMcLellan/status/861096829865271...
07:04 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's chin looks an awful lot like a frog
When Mike Mitchell noticed that Trump's chin(s) had a bit of a ranine quality, the shoops started rolling in. Behold: (more…)...
06:47 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Swearing associated with honesty, say scientists
Impoliteness and vulgarity are, according to recent recearch, a sign of honesty. Moreover, "the more an individual swears, the more honest they are likely to be."They first asked a group of 276 part...
06:23 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Study: racial prejudice a 'reliable predictor' you're about to hear about free speech from people who hate it
Surprise! Princicples of free speech are often deployed by its enemies as cover for racial prejudice. Which is, of course, free speech.The new study reveals a positive correlation (Pearson r = .43) be...
05:59 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing John Oliver's amazing new Net Neutrality video crashed the FCC's website
It's been three years since John Oliver's amazing Net Neutrality rant brought the term "Cable Company Fuckery" into common usage, crashed the FCC's website, and delivered a neutral internet to a des...
05:49 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Juice is basically sugar-water
Fruit is good for you; fruit-juice is mostly sugar and water, and what's more, getting your calories from liquids does not invoke your satiety response meaning that you stay hungry even after consumin...
05:47 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Creepy satirical VR ad pitches cyberpunk thriller
Harsh Reality is a short movie about how horrible VR is going to be; here's the trailer for the crowdfunding campaign. ENERGEIA FILMS is proud to be a part of the launch campaign for NOIR Systems's ...
05:44 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Artist trolls the Met Gala by showing up naked in a clear box
Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich made quite the entrance at the Met Gala, but it didn't get the kind of coverage as the reality TV toilet selfie. In fact, the artist had no coverage until security laid a be...
05:34 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Melting dumpster lid looks like a Dali painting
It is always summer in Phoenix. [via]...
05:33 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch 'Dot of Light,' inspiring documentary on female astronauts
This lovely short subject documentary gives some cool insights into the awe-inspiring experience of space travel, as told by several women who have had the honor of doing so. Imagine shedding a tear...
05:23 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how librarians digitize a 6-foot wide book
The Klencke Atlas is a massive 350-year old bound book that has graced the entrance of the British Library maps room. Now it's being digitized with the latest technology, and the process is remarkab...
05:00 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this marvelous mini golf marble machine
After 22 episodes, Ben Tardif has completed his masterful mini golf marble run, and it was worth the wait. (more…)...
03:27 am PDT - Mon, May 8, 2017
BoingBoing See you tonight in Winnipeg! (then Denver, Austin, Houston...) (!)
Thanks to everyone who's come out for the Walkaway tour so far! Tonight, I'll be appearing at Winnipeg's McNally Robinson bookstore, then it's off to Denver's Tattered Cover, Austin's Book People and ...
11:55 am PDT - Sun, May 7, 2017
BoingBoing Centrist Macron thrashes far-right Le Pen in French presidential election
Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen by about 66%-34% in France's presidential election Sunday, with few votes outstanding. Macron, a 39-year-old centrist newcomer, faced a strong challenge from his...
04:45 am PDT - Sun, May 7, 2017
BoingBoing How to support a writer's career
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04:13 am PDT - Sun, May 7, 2017
BoingBoing Irish police open blasphemy investigation into Stephen Fry for calling God an "utter maniac"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-d4otHE-YILiving treasure and outspoken atheist Stephen Fry has a classic bit from a two-year-old episode of RTE's "The Meaning of Life" in which he answers the ques...
04:04 am PDT - Sun, May 7, 2017
BoingBoing Matt Furie celebrated yesterday's Free Comic Book Day by killing off Pepe the Frog
Spare a thought for poor Matt Furie, a wonderful indie comics creator whose Boys' Club comics featured a lovable frog called Pepe that was adopted by the neofascist movement (the so-called "alt-right"...
03:53 am PDT - Sun, May 7, 2017
BoingBoing Tonight in San Francisco, SF in SF presents Ellen Klages, David D. Levine & Robyn Bennis!
The always-excellent SF in SF reading series continues tonight with three excellent writers reading from their debut novels: Ellen Klages, David D. Levine & Robyn Bennis. Doors open 5:30PM at San Fran...
04:36 pm PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Horrifying footage of a hippo, nature's top human-killer, savaging woman in shallow water
Nature, red in toot and boop.Here's more video of this terrifying monster:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC08u_iDibI...
02:39 pm PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Map of where London's train stations go
I lived in Britain for 20 years and am still amazed by Drunk-Scientist's map of London's commuter drainage basins....
01:50 pm PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing I like my cutting boards that can be sterilized in a microwave
I bought this 3-pack of Enviroboard Microwavable Sterilization Antibacterial Cutting Board in 2015 for $35. They're on sale now for $24. (more…)...
11:57 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Here's an animated GIF that explains why that f*cking dress is so confusing
Perspective. pic.twitter.com/k53zRHbg9Y— IMHIM (@ziyatong) May 6, 2017Ziya Tong, producer and host of The Daily Planet on Discovery Canada, tweeted a gif that clearly shows how the same two colo...
10:44 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Idaho GOP Congressjerk: "Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care"
Rep. Raul Labrador [R-Westeros] (Twitter: @Raul_Labrador, DC: (202) 225-6611; Meridien: (208) 888-3188; Lewiston (208) 743-1388; Coeur d'Alene (208) 667-0127), to a constituent who was angry he'd vote...
08:00 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Think of the mischief you can create coding for Amazon Alexa
Although it can be tough to talk to Alexa when your Echo is blasting music at full volume, Amazons voice-activated cloud assistant works remarkably well. But theres a lot of uncharted territory in the...
06:33 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing You can already choose a new health plan under the American Health Care Act
With Obamacare all but history, Republicans are moving fast to provide replacement services that embody a principled conservative viewpoint on healthcare for America's poor. Check out the official ACH...
06:18 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing In Oklahoma, a law to bankrupt groups that organize political protests
On Wednesday, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed HB1123, a new "trespass" law that declared an immediate "state of emergency" allowing prosecutors to charge protesters with felonies for "trespassin...
05:54 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Tempest, a brutal island-survival roguelite
Tempest is a Pico-8 browser game by impbox that dumps you on an uninhabited island. Not a nice desert island, no, but an unpleasant one much closer to the arctic circle. Gather wood, fruit and fresh w...
05:43 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Pueblo, CO bust falls apart because cop staged his bodycam footage to frame his suspect
Colorado prosecutors have dismissed felony drug and weapons charges against a suspect because they learned that Pueblo Police Department offier Seth Jensen defrauded the court by faking his bodycam f...
05:34 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing A modern nixie tube clock of great ambition, regrettably IoTed
The Nixie Machine 2 is a huge (1.2m long!), expensive ($30,000!) nixie clock whose tubes are modern Nixies, scratchbuilt by Czech engineer Dalibor Farny. (more…)...
04:58 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous aviary of hundreds of papercraft birds
The Paper Aviary just completed a successful free exhibition of beautifully-crafted paper birds. Let's hope it travels following its inaugural success! (more…)...
04:57 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Richard Mosse's striking Heat Maps, thermal images of refugees
Richard Mosse uses military-grade surveillance equipment intended for detecting enemy movement for an unintended use: to document the plight of refugees, an extension of an earlier project titled Inco...
04:57 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Previews of the amazing CGI and audio tech coming at SIGGRAPH
You want to see visualizations of the vorticity fields around the flapping wings of hummingbirds, don't you? The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is the premier international forum for disseminati...
04:54 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Survey: nearly half think it may be legal to install spyware on a family member's devices
Comparitech commissioned a survey of 2,000 people in the US and UK to ask whether they thought "it is legal to install a program on a partner's phone to snoop on their activity?" and whether they woul...
03:53 am PDT - Sat, May 6, 2017
BoingBoing Luke Skywalker flight suit t-shirt
We live in a golden age of Star Wars merch, but even by those hopeful standards, the Luke Skywalker flight suit tee is pretty fine. The matching Chewbacca tee is also worth a look. (via Canopy)...
03:42 pm PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Congress like rogue cells that need to be cured
Here's a thoughtful, passionate piece in CNN by Xeni that anyone who breathes (and thus needs health care) should read. It's about the time before Obamacare, when her new insurance company had opened ...
03:17 pm PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Review: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
This was a Fun movie, and a very funny one, too. Until the end, I wasn't sure if it was a good one. Hell, it is good. The first was well-made and profoundly clever in its use of nostalgia as part of i...
12:10 pm PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Magic Mondays in Santa Monica
On Monday evenings some of the best magicians in the world perform intimate sets at the Santa Monica Playhouse.The Santa Monica Playhouse is a long running, classic, beautiful small theatre just off t...
11:46 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Instaread lets you read books on your phone while your partner shops for boring stuff
Maintaining an avid reading habit is one of thebest workouts your brain can get, but actually following through with that degree of literary ambition usually involves lugging around a bag full of pape...
11:40 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Eri Gentry, founder of DIY biohacker lab, talks about her favorite tools
My colleague at Institute for the Future, Eri Gentry, is the guest on the Cool Tools Show this week. Eri is the founding president of BioCurious, the first hackerspace for biology. She is also co-foun...
10:58 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing LED camping light bulbs
The power went out in our neighborhood for 24 hours earlier this week, but we had a lot of battery-powered LED lights. These bulb-shaped one are meant from camping, but you can hang them from chandeli...
10:28 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Delta flight crew threatens parents with jail and foster care for putting child in a seat they paid for
On this infuriating video, you'll hear a Delta Airlines flight attendant tell a couple, "You and your wife will be in jail, your kids will be in foster care." What did the parents do to warrant such...
10:26 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Trump not welcome on Ellen DeGeneres show
Today Show host Matt Lauer interviewed Ellen DeGeneres, and after asking her what it was like to publicly come out as gay 20 years ago, he moved on to Trump. Lauer: What's your relationship with Don...
10:13 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Billboards target lawmakers who voted to let ISPs sell user information
https://youtu.be/ZZN-vZU1QcMThese crowdfunded billboards, calling out Congress members who took money from telecoms and then voted to allow the telecoms to sell your web history without your consent, ...
09:51 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Guy goes urban spelunking, finds fully stocked underground safe house
https://youtu.be/hv5lcQBv8mYIs this the teaser for Portal 3? The disarray, scattered equipment, and posters on the wall seem like the work of a thoughtful set decorator. But, as Sean Hannity likes to ...
09:35 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing The last light before eternal darkness white dwarfs
What I learned from this awe-inspiring animated explainer video from Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell.Ninety-seven percent of all stars will eventually become white dwarfs.White dwarfs have a long lifespan...
09:24 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Pikachu starts deflating during dance show, wrestled off stage
All this cute Pikachu wants to do is dance centerstage with his fellow Pikachus at the The Pokemon World Festival 2017 in South Korea, but because of his pre-existing condition deflating mid-perfor...
09:14 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel's new album: "I Can Spin a Rainbow"
Amanda Palmer -- who appears on the audiobook for my novel Walkaway -- and Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pinks Dots have just released a new, patron-funded album: "I Can Spin a Rainbow". (more&helli...
08:41 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing My column about Snowden, surveillance and WALKAWAY in the International Business Times
I have a column in today's International Business Times: Unchecked Surveillance Technology Is Leading Us Towards Totalitarianism, where I discuss this week's NYPL event with Edward Snowden and how mas...
08:15 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Michigan students stage sit-in in solidarity with laid-off teachers
Students of Avondale High School in the Detroit neighborhood of Auburn, MI are currently sitting in in the hallways of their school to protest the announcement that 6 of their teachers were to be laid...
07:56 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Meet a creepy little girl from the uncanny valley
Landon Meier, maker of fantastically realistic (and hyperrealistic) masks introduces us to a wonderfully weird little girl who visits us from the uncanny valley. (Stan Winston School via Laughing Sq...
07:17 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Flint threatens to take away 8,000 families' homes for failure to pay bills for poisoned water
The city of Flint, Michigan notoriously poisoned a generation of its children with lead in the water supply, having ignored and covered up reports from whistleblowers and denied complaints from reside...
06:21 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Lomography launches lens set designed to fit any camera
The Neptune Convertible Art Lens System is designed to recreate a vintage look without being completely terrible wide-open like the old C-mount trash glass you keep buying on eBay.The Neptune Converti...
06:20 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Reggie Watts's classic Radiohead parody
With all the excitement/hype around the 20th anniversary of Radiohead's OK Computer, I was compelled to revisit Reggie Watts's 2012 brilliant performance of "Reggiohead" from his A "Live" in Central...
06:03 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing After Twitter ban, Pharma bro Martin Shkreli boasts about his new account, which is immediately banned
Martin Shkreli was suspended from Twitter in January after harassing reporter Lauren Duca there, and reported being permanently banned Thursday. He boasted about setting up a new Twitter account to ci...
06:00 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Sonny Liston, and Whitey Ford's TV commercials for Braniff Airline
When you got it... flaunt it. "As we eavesdrop on these odd couples trying to outflaunt each other, we hear everything that has to be said about Braniff (International airlines)," wrote famed design...
05:31 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Make crazy 3D houses with Brick Block
Oskar Stalberg (previously) made Brick Block, a fun online 3D toy that lets you design surreal blocky houses. You can spin the scene to any degree and have it generate random houses. It's like the lev...
05:30 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Why people don't return shopping carts
Why do so many people just leave their shopping carts in the parking lot after unloading groceries instead of rolling them to the receptacles? Sure, one answer is laziness. But it's actually more inte...
05:12 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing The 19 Republicans who flipped positions to support Obamacare repeal
Meet the 19 Republicans who flipped their votes in favor of the ACHA, the bill that effectively repeals Obamacare and allows insurance companies to hike premiums and refuse to sell insurance to people...
04:48 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing You can backspace on the iPhone calculator
Here's how's it's done:PSA: you can backspace on the iPhone calculator pic.twitter.com/sBJMlANDNJ— CENSORED dialogue (@censoredialogue) May 3, 2017...
03:22 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Chicagoans! Where to find me and Max Temkin on the Walkaway tour!
On Sunday, I'll be appearing at Chicago's Volumes Books with Max "Cards Against Humanity" Temkin, as part of the Walkaway tour (which includes stops tonight in Chapel Hill at Flyleaf Books with Mur La...
03:11 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing Teacher: Jostens Yearbook is a giant scam that stole from our school for years
Jeromie Whalen is a technology teacher at Northampton High School who recently took over as the school yearbook advisor (one of the many cool projects he's done at his school); when he stepped into th...
02:59 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing How to: avenge yourself on the Republicans who voted to nuke your healthcare
24+ of the Republican lawmakers who voted yesterday to take away healthcare from tens of millions of Americans, including survivors of rape and domestic abuse are in vulnerable districts, having won t...
02:47 am PDT - Fri, May 5, 2017
BoingBoing "Hole Roll": blackout curtains with trompe l'oeil cityscapes cut into them
Hole Roll is (was? the post dates from 2014 and their website is down) a Ukrainian blind company that published some early designs for blackout curtains cut into intricate nighttime cityscapes that le...
04:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Prank bro learns that removing stop signs ain't smart
Charles Ross recorded himself removing stop signs for sweet, sweet YouTube views. He found an audience in the local police who pranked him back with a 3rd-degree felony charge. (more…)...
01:54 pm PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Gallery of science fiction interfaces
Science Fiction Interfaces, gathered by nnkd, represent the myriad yet curiously familiar systems of control found in other worlds and times.Previously: Chris Noessel: lessons of science fiction compu...
12:40 pm PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Death is freedom: Republicans pass Obamacare repeal bill
In a 217-213 vote in the House of Representatives, every Democrat and 20 Republicans were not enough to prevent the passage of Paul Ryan's Obamacare repeal bill. The American Health Care Act (ACHA) wi...
10:20 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing The weird poetry Google Translate writes when fed the same characters over and over
@Smutclyde Google Translated sequences of unicode characters and short pairings, at varying lengths, to see what the neural networks would interpret each as. The results are remarkable. Lovecraftian w...
09:14 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing With $35k in surgery, man turns self into elf
Luis Padron, 25, has spent huge sums of money on cosmetic surgery in order to resemble an elf. He has almost spent more than 25,000 on surgery including liposuction on his jaw, a nose job, full body h...
08:44 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Business is booming for the surveillance state
Surveillance companies like Axon hope to turn every law enforcement officer into a data-gathering drone for a bodycam surveillance database they privately control. Now ShotSpotter, a listening technol...
08:09 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Scaly giants in California, White House ghosts, and Kim Kardashian's exploding butt, in this week's tabloids
Kim Kardashian's bubble butt is going to explode, Aretha Franklin is "too fat to live," Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner is "days from death," and Kirstie Alley "sacrifices infant to cult," according to th...
07:55 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Watch video from last night, when I talked WALKAWAY with Edward Snowden at the NYPL
Last night, the whistleblower Edward Snowden and appeard on stage at the New York Public Library's LIVE from the NYPL series, to discuss my novel Walkaway. (more…)...
07:48 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing The new Republican health care bill classes rape, PTSD, and domestic abuse as excludable pre-existing conditions
Under The American Health Care Act -- presently the subject of a full-court press by House Republicans -- insurance companies will be allowed to discriminate against customers who have "pre-existing c...
07:48 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing You remember Hardware Wars
May the Fourth be with you....
07:42 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Mobile phone security's been busted for years, and now 2-factor auth is busted too
The SS7 vulnerability has long been understood and publicized: anyone who spends $1000 or so for a mobile data roaming license can use the SS7 protocol to tell your phone company that your phone just ...
07:25 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Forensic experts recover novel written by blind woman with a pen that had run out of ink
Trish Vickers of Dorset, England, decided to write a novel. Though blind, she preferred to work the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper, with her son dropping in weekly to type up the results. On on...
07:02 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing ASCII cinema: animated text-only embeds
Ascii Cinema is a purely text-based way to record and view, well, text. Whether it's terminal sessions or gorgeous ASCII animations such as those created by MapSCII, this means you get crisp, copy/pa...
06:48 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing MapSCII generates stunning retro plaintext maps using Braille ASCII characters
MapSCII turns vectors into text-mode maps using the Braille ASCII character set. You can check out examples at ASCII Cinema, which provides animated embeds comprising of actual text!Examples follow: (...
06:41 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing 235 apps attempt to secretly track users with ultrasonic audio
Ultrasonic beacons (previously, previously) let advertisers build an idea of when and where you use your devices: the sound plays in an ad on one device, and is heard by other devices. This way, they ...
06:16 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Blog of obscure Akira production art
Subject-28 presentes sketches, cels and animation tests from Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 masterpiece, Akira. A huge and beautifully-presented selection. [via]...
05:57 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Dragify lets you build websites without learning how to code
The greatest thing about technology seems to be its ability to make itself less technical. Ground zero of this phenomena is in website-building, where tools likeDragifymake it easy for the less tech-s...
05:42 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Bearded dragon rocks out
PikieOats posted a remix of a youtube classic....
05:23 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Classic surreal episode of The Simpsons as a 16-bit video game
Mauri Helme (previously) created a 16-bit tribute to King-Size Homer, one of The Simpsons' more surreal turns: "It's a pixel art animation as if there were a 16-bit game starring Homer and his muumu...
05:11 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing The Sandwich Alignment Chart
@mattatomic on Twitter not only had a brilliant idea, but executed it with such perfection I'm not sure I'll ever be able to eat carbs again without wondering at its moral and ethical placement....
03:41 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Weaponized narrative: the stories we tell change our theories about the world
My latest Locus Magazine column is Weaponized Narrative, about the pulp fiction convention of mashing up "man against nature" stories with "man against man" stories to tell "man against nature stories...
03:31 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing Chess with wireless, glowing nixie tubes
Lasermad's Nixie Chessboards take 8-10 weeks to hand build, during which time each of the chess pieces is painstakingly built around a vintage nixie tube scavenged from the world's dwindling supply, a...
03:26 am PDT - Thu, May 4, 2017
BoingBoing AI has a legibility problem
I first encountered the idea of technological "legibility" in the work of Natalie Jeremijenko (previously) who insists on the importance of humans being able to know why a computer is doing what it do...
10:21 pm PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing This pizza dress and taco gown are so glamorous
A pizza dress and a taco gown by IMGUR-ian Avant Geek Art. (more…)...
10:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing This Nicolas Cage bodysuit cosplay isn't disturbing at all, nope
Behold, The Nicolas Cage suit. (more…)...
02:51 pm PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Code Pink activist laughed at Jeff Sessions, now faces a year in prison
Desiree Fairooz is a Code Pink activist who attended the confirmation hearing for former Senator Jefferson Sessions, in which he was approved as Attorney General for the USA; when Sessions' colleague ...
02:41 pm PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting a fourth Oh Joy Sex Toy collection
Oh Joy Sex Toy (previously), our favorite pervy webcomic, just announced their fourth annual kickstarter for a new collection of the best of their excellent, excellent, sex-positive comic. (more&helli...
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Billboards go up targeting lawmakers who voted to gut Internet privacy
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The Internet strikes back! Hundreds of people chipped in small amounts to crowdfund these billboards targeting U.S. lawmakers who voted to gut the FCC's Interne...
02:32 pm PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing William Gibson rewrote the sequel to The Peripheral after the 2016 election
William Gibson's next novel, Agency, comes out in January 2018; it's a near-future science fiction story set in the world of The Peripheral in which "a gifted 'app-whisperer' is hired by a mysterious ...
02:17 pm PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing This 70-year-old cartoon made a hell of an argument for single-payer healthcare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiOzt57mfyAEric writes, "This is an analysis on the Chuck Jones short 'So Much for So Little' -- a documentary cartoon produced and paid for by the American governmen...
12:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Photographers captured shots of mortar exploding in the instant before their deaths
A mortar shell exploded during a training exercise in Afghanistan in July 2013, killing four Afghan soldiers and a U.S. Army photographer, Specialist Hilda Clayton. Clayton was training one of them in...
11:52 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Motorcyclists 27x more likely to die than auto drivers
Motorcyclists are 27x more likely to die and 5x more likely to be injured than folks in passenger cars. RideApart discusses the dangers of motorcycling in a mature and upfront fashion. (more…)...
10:55 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Roller Derby's most awesome tournament: The Big O
This weekend legendary centre of western civilization Eugene, Oregon once again plays host to the greatest spectacle in all of roller derby: THE BIG O!Teams usually come from all over the world to com...
10:39 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing The latest rock video from internet sensation Mark Gormley
Pensacola, and the Internet's, Mark Gormley released this new recording in February! Since his first video took the internet by storm in 2006 folks anxiously await Mark's next gem.https://youtu.be/z...
10:11 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing People danced like chickens to sell jars of glop
Chicken Tonight wasn't just a bad nightmare, you can still buy it today on Amazon....
09:55 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Collaborating artists push one another to new limits
Kent Tyler Smith made this lovely documentary covering artists Gus Harper and Gronk's collaborative painting.Gus and I are old friends, and it is no surprise to hear him describe his process, hobbie...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing We use our silicone mini pinch bowls every day
I bought this set of 4 little silicone bowls in 2015 and they still look new despite using them every day. I use them to sort vitamins and supplement powder and to hold chopped herbs and garlic. I sta...
08:40 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Classic local auto dealer ad from Baltimore (NSFW unless you are in Baltimore)
Hey, it's new to me! And after a decade living in the U.S. northeast, I feel like I've come to appreciate how it captures Baltimore's unique spirit. [via]...
08:26 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing How not to defraud Workers' Comp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ac7LzckbW0&t=0m22sThe glitched shimmer of a Fort Lauderdale office CCTV feed. A woman long of bone at the machine. A sprinkler head fell on her desk and she gaped up a...
07:32 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing This guy makes good covers of Beach Boys songs
Austin Ellison is a one-man music making machine, especially when it comes to Beach Boys tunes. He sings lead and background vocals and plays all the instruments. California Girls:https://youtu.be/BGb...
07:08 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing How the "kindly brontosaurus pose" can get you anything you want
If you want a seat on an overbooked plane, access to a closed part of a museum, or to be able to convince a bouncer to let you into a packed club, adopt the ""kindly brontosaurus pose."From Slate:You ...
05:57 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing This floating speaker is the perfect summer companion
Many wireless speakers claim to be "rugged," or "waterproof," but few can match the sonic power and durability ofthe G-Project's G-DROP. Named one of iLounge's favorite speakers of 2015, this powerful...
05:47 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing The Alt Right's journey from message-board to mass-media
Read Max Read's sharp prcis of what happened to the internet over the last few years: the slow drifting of message-boards to the right as their inhabitants grew from sad kids to angry adults, then the...
05:13 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Trump personally involved in quest to find National Parks staffer who retweeted image of his sparse inauguration crowd
Thin-skinned from the outset and to the end.Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump was "directly involved" in the search for the person who, using the official National Park Service account, retweet...
05:05 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Five lateral thinking puzzles
Here are five new lateral thinking puzzles to test your wits and stump your friends -- play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing situations using yes-or-no questions.Show notesPlease su...
05:03 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Reflecting on Godzilla and the Bomb
Behold, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!https://youtu.be/EJp7tFGGRAwThe original Japanese version of the film, Gojira (which few Americans saw until a decade and a half ago when it first appeared on DV...
04:59 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing The Trump Mysteries - Are Dictators Fantastic?
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...
04:16 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Coal execs' pay rises and rises, while miners' wages stagnate
The coal CEOs who are leading their companies to bankruptcy are pocketing multimillion-dollar bonuses, with average coal exec wages rising five times as fast as wages for miners since 2004: execs take...
04:03 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing The Canadaland Guide to Canada (Published in America)
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04:01 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing The "anti-patterns" that turned the IoT into the Internet of Shit
Cloudflare presents a primer on "anti-patterns" that have transformed IoT devices into ghastly security nightmares. (more…)...
03:54 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Panama Papers' journalists school the daughter of Pakistan's PM Sharif on Twitter
The 2016 Panama Papers story confirmed that many world leaders were availing themselves of money-laundries to secretly funnel their wealth offshore, with results ranging from severe embarrassment to r...
03:40 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing The Sandwich Alignment Chart (cue John Hodgman's exploding head!)
@matttomic's Sandwich Alignment Chart isn't just an amusing and thought-provoking taxonomy of sandwiches (though it certainly is that!). (more…)...
03:28 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing The Marketing Seminar: an online masterclass in marketing from Seth Godin
From the wonderful, refreshingly bullshit-free marketing guy Seth Godin (Seth Godin, a new online course on marketing, called (simply enough), "The Marketing Seminar." (more…)...
03:20 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Automatically generate datasets that teach people how (not) to create statistical mirages
FJ Anscome's classic, oft-cited 1973 paper "Graphs in Statistical Analysis" showed that very different datasets could produce "the same summary statistics (mean, standard deviation, and correlation) w...
03:18 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Tor Labs: a science fiction imprint for "experimental storytelling"
Tor Books -- my publisher, who are also DRM free and the largest English-language science fiction publisher in the world -- have announced a new project, Tor Labs, "a new imprint emphasizing experimen...
02:16 am PDT - Wed, May 3, 2017
BoingBoing Walkaway tour! Richmond, Chapel Hill, Cincinnati, Chicago and more!
I'm in New York City today for the Walkaway tour and the event -- an onstage conversation with Edward Snowden -- is sold out (you can watch the livestream free, starting 7PM eastern), but there's sti...
01:21 pm PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Things I miss: Early 80s animated Flash Gordon
I loved this too short-lived late 70s/early 80s New Adventures of Flash Gordon. The full first episode is here....
11:33 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, 3 seconds at a time
Here's a fellow who made a movie of three-second clips from his 2600-mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. (Thanks, Matthew!)...
11:29 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing The "Pan Am Experience:" luxury dinner, circa 1970, served in a recreated 747
At $300 a person, the Pan Am Experience in Los Angeles costs more than many round trip plane flights. But the food is better and they won't knock your teeth out or kill your rabbit.Your Pan Am Experie...
10:47 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Stephen Colbert "interviews" Trump
In this masterfully edited "interview" Stephen Colbert talks with Trump about his mental health, nuclear war with North Korea, and other fun subjects....
10:47 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Photos from RuPaul's DragCon
LA Weekly's fabulous photographer Star Foreman captured these amazing images at RuPaul's DragCon.View the entire gallery here....
10:44 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Babylon 5 now available to stream for free in the US
Babylon 5, even during its original run, was never particularly easy to watch when it aired. the changing TV landscape of the time, as well as the failure of B5's original network PTEN and subsequent ...
10:37 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing A visit to the Zippo lighter factory
https://youtu.be/TUXyx_-9bFsThe zippo factory of Bradford, Pennsylvania makes 28,000 lighters a day. This video presents an inside look at how they and made and who makes them, including Beth, in the ...
10:30 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Shatner auctioning Captain Kirk action figure that went to space
William Shatner is auctioning off his Captain Kirk action figure that orbited the Earth in 2014 aboard the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft. It's part of Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show fundraiser that s...
10:27 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing These cards are for throwing
These Banshee playing cards are made for throwing!Made of plastic, heavier and stiffer than my normal US Playing Cards Bicycle 808 style decks, the Banshee cards sail through the air. The cards also h...
10:24 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Couple attempts to go down the up escalator
https://youtu.be/xzbI8PsEL68Why is this couple trying to go down the up escalator? For fun? Exercise? I'm at a loss to explain it....
10:15 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing This $6 headlamp is very useful for a variety of tasks
If you don't have one of these headlamps, now is your chance, because Amazon has it on sale for $6.39. I use it for barbecuing, walking in our no-street-light neighborhood at night, repairs, and even ...
10:03 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing The Art of Stranski
I only recently discovered the art of Lorenzo Etherington, who draws gorgeous Will Eisner-esque 3D illustrations. He has a new book coming out that's in the final days of a successful Kickstarter cam...
10:02 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Explosive fist fight on plane between passengers going from Narita to LAX
It's not just security and airline staff you've gotta watch out for on planes these days. Here's an aggressive fight between two passengers on an ANA Japanese flight from Narita to LAX. The flight h...
09:58 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing An endlessly spinning distraction
Spinning things with contrasting stripes are evidently mesmerising....
09:48 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Ray Harryhausen's "Little Red Riding Hood" stop motion animation
In 1949, stop motion animation legend Ray Harryhausen, director of classics like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963), brought his developing SFX wizardry to the story ...
09:45 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with the scientist who learned how those Death Valley rocks move by themselves
For decades, people have wondered about the mysterious "sailing stones" of Death Valley, California. Though no one had seen them actually move, it was clear that they had, because they left behind fur...
09:39 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Radiohead: lavish 20th anniversary reissue of "OK Computer"
It's been 20 years since Radiohead released their masterpiece OK Computer and they've just announced a lavish new remastered* edition with three unreleased tracks, eight b-sides, assorted bonus tracks...
09:22 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Man walks over sidewalk grate just before underground explosion
Mike Armstrong had just walked over a grate in downtown Toronto when this happened:[email protected] I swear in this one. This was 20 seconds after first explosion. I had just walked across those grates. pi...
09:10 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the livestream for tomorrow's NYPL discussion of Walkaway with Edward Snowden
I'm on the US tour for my new novel Walkaway (I'll be at DC's Politics and Prose tonight), and tomorrow, I'm doing a sold-out appearance with Edward Snowden onstage at the New York Public Library; alt...
09:06 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Black art student with glue gun mistakenly thought to be dangerous, caused 4-hour lockdown at university
"Sir, put down the glue gun!"As ridiculous as that may sound, Colgate University in upstate New York was placed on lockdown last night after someone spotted a a man carrying a gun. A glue gun, that is...
08:58 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Tiny magic shop on roadside in Arizona
Emory Williams Sr., 82, has been performing magic for 70 years. He owns and operates a tiny roadside magic shop east of Tucson, Arizona. Scott Craven of the Arizona Republic profiled Williams, and too...
07:56 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing The word "sheeple" is now in the dictionary, with Apple fans as example
Merriam-Webster added "sheeple" to their dictionary. It's defined as "people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced : people likened to sheep." Here's one of the two usage examples they incl...
07:02 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing French far-right leader Le Pen plagiarized opponent's speech
Marine Le Pen, leader of France's nationalist movement and one of two candidates remaining in the country's presidential race, is a plagiarist—or at least one of her speechwriters is. The BBC ...
06:38 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Mashup of Star Wars and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYD3QtyEGGM&list=PL8s6sSjUyaxUk3mCUqiNuJiMNxs9QdthO "They're Princess Leia's stolen Death Star plans, she's got them and it's time to go..." It's the work of Pallete Sw...
06:27 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Clickeybits: fidget toy made with clicky keyboard keys
Someone has beaten me to it: a fidget toy make of clicky keyboard switches. Clickeybits is a polyhedron into which six keycaps will go, and you can peck away at them individually or just roll it aroun...
06:13 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Random ASCII spaceship generator
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o4mwFv71-c&feature=youtu.beAdmiral, your fleet awaits! I don't fancy your chance against the Unicode Menace, but do what you can. The game/generator is called Vortex, ...
06:05 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Notorious B.I.G. sculpture is actually a giant paper coil
Felix Semper paid tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. in the only way he knew how: by sculpting a slinky-esque coil of flexible paper into a remakably lifelike work of art. (more…)...
05:58 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Adults taking home run balls from the children they're headed for
"This is why aliens will never want to be friends with us," says a loud NSFW Australian. [via]...
05:56 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing This coding bundle is the ultimate coding bundle
You are probably very good at your job, and may not feel the need to learn how to code. That's perfectlyokay. But it's possible that learning programming could be an interesting and fiscally rewarding...
05:55 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Crows atop other birds
Crows are smart, and they can be kind of jerks sometimes. To wit: this series of crows perched or riding on top of other birds. Their victims range from indifferent to grumpy. (more…)...
05:45 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Who knew vintage oil can guitars would sound so great?
Hayburner Guitars makes guitars from vintage oil cans, and they look as great as they sound. (more…)...
05:35 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a crushed Life Saver emit light at 28,000 frames per second
Destin from Smarter Every Day just polted a cool video on his alt channel: a demonstration of triboluminescence that occurs when a Wint-O-Green Life Saver candy is crushed. (more…)...
05:32 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Why the NYT hired a science denier
The New York Times' new columnist, Bret Stephens, is an everyday conservative: he thinks institutional racism is imaginary, that campus rape is a big lie, and that the "Arab Mind" is "diseased". But t...
05:25 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing India's controversial national ID scheme leaks fraud-friendly data for 130,000,000 people
Aadhaar kicked off in 2009, linking each Indian resident's biometric data and sensitive personally identifying information to a unique 12-digit number. (more…)...
05:25 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing The true color of Saturn's north pole is a stunning blue
Astroparticle physicist Sophia Nasr posted a gorgeous photo of Saturn's north pole, processed to account for a luminance layer. Instead of a reddish hue, it is a breathtaking cerulean blue. Jason Majo...
05:15 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing New camera shoots at 5 trillion frames per second
Reserachers at Lund Univeristy in Sweden have developed a camera that captures images at a rate equivalent to 5 trillion frames per second, quintupling the previous high mark. (more…)...
03:41 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Oh, just an apple snail laying its eggs
Wikipedia: "Pomacea canaliculata eggs.Several apple snail genera (Pomacea, Pila and Asolene/Pomella) deposit eggs above the waterline in calcareous clutches. This remarkable strategy of aquatic snails...
03:33 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Senator Chris Dodd [D], father of SOPA, is stepping down as MPAA boss
Chris Dodd (previously) was once a Democratic senator who decried politicians who became lobbyists; then he became one of the highest-paid and least competent lobbyists in DC, taking the helm of the M...
03:22 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Alabama Rep Mo Brooks [R] says sick people don't deserve health care
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7JuHc-aobsRep Mo Brooks [R-Alabama] (DC: (202) 225-4801; Decatur: (256) 355-9400; Huntsville: (256) 551-0190; Shoals: (256) 718-5155; Twitter: @repmobrooks) gave a...
03:13 am PDT - Tue, May 2, 2017
BoingBoing Oregon cops issue "verbal warning" to armed cat in a tree
After receiving a report of a cat in a tree holding an assault rifle, the Newport Oregon Police Department attended the scene, and, after ascertaining that the gun was actually a stick, they issued a ...
09:57 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing 'Poly Styrene: I Am A Clich' - Last chance to back biopic on '70s female punk icon of X-Ray Spex fame
Leonardo Faierman points us to an article he wrote for BlackGirlNerds about a crowdfunding campaign for a biopic on female punk rock icon Poly Styrene. The Indiegogo ends tomorrow and is very close ...
09:33 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Jimmy Kimmel's moving monologue about his infant son's heart surgery, and why we must save ACA
My wife and I welcome a new baby and it is quite a story, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel says. Watch him deliver a heartbreaking story about his infant child undergoing open heart surgery, and why ...
09:17 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Let this doggo lick your screen clean [GIF]
You are welcome. (more…)...
05:47 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing MP3 put out to pasture
It's the end of an era, sort of: Fraunhofer IIS, the developers of the MP3 audio compression format, announced that they are ceasing their licensing program. In a blog post, spokesman Matthias Rose sa...
05:40 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing See you tomorrow in DC (then NYC, Richmond, Chapel Hill, etc!)
My US/Canadian tour for my novel Walkaway continues tomorrow with a 7PM event at Politics & Prose; I'm in NYC the next night (with Edward Snowden) and it's sold out but you might be able to get some r...
04:13 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" played on bells
Rob Scallon performs ingenious and odd Metallica covers, including this new one, "For Whom The Bell Tools" played on bells of all kinds. Perhaps he could encore with a similar reimagining of AC/DC's...
02:44 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing The glorious inelegance of the 1990s family computer
My wife is a PC person, and I am an Apple person. To my chagrin, Lauren keeps an old Dell desktop in our bedroom, a blight on our otherwise thoughtful decor, and any time she sits down at the thing I ...
01:48 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing A Contract with God The revolutionary work of graphic storytelling that inspired a new art form
Originally published in 1978, Will Eisners A Contract With God existed in its own continuum, patiently waiting for the rest of its kind to quietly arrive says Scott McCloud in his introduction to the ...
01:43 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Man forced to surrender his "offensive Star Trek license plate
A Canadian man has been ordered to surrender his Star Trek-themed license plate. The plate read "ASIMIL8." (Thanks, Matthew!)]Via CTV News:Troller got a phone call Wednesday from someone at Manitoba P...
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Selma Hayek teaches some Mexican slang
Selma Hayek offers this handy guide to understanding our neighbors.Please remember: the 5th of May celebrates a Mexican victory over the French, not Mexican Independence Day which is September 16th....
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Salma Hayek teaches some Mexican slang
Salma Hayek offers this handy guide to understanding our neighbors.Please remember: the 5th of May celebrates a Mexican victory over the French, not Mexican Independence Day which is September 16th....
12:23 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Train your AI with the world's largest data-set of sarcasm, courtesy of redditors' self-tagging
Redditors' convention of tagging their sarcastic remarks is a dream come true for machine learning researchers hoping to teach computers to recognize and/or generate sarcasm. (more…)...
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Fox News in free-fall as Bill Shine resigns, after many women's sexual harassment claims finally taken seriously
Fox News co-president Bill Shine has resigned, Rupert Murdoch told employees today in an email. Some of the sexual harassment lawsuits involving Fox News say Shine enabled Roger Ailess behavior. (more...
11:52 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Minister gives wooden bats to 700 brides in India to clobber drunk husbands
A state minister in India gave foot-long wooden bats that say "For beating drunkards" as gifts to nearly 700 brides during a mass wedding on Saturday. The bats, which are normally used to help clean d...
11:46 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Easy to install bidet at all time low price of $18.73
Why are bidets so great? Have you ever tried to wipe peanut butter out of a shag carpet? That's why. I now have one of these simple to install bidets in both of our bathrooms. Like I wrote earlier, it...
11:42 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Adventures in Pain Mangement: a TENS unit really helps
Shocking the bejeezus out of my lower back led me to the fastest recovery I've experienced yet from periodic bouts of debilitating back pain. For me, this inexpensive TENS unit is a winner, and was as...
11:23 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Powerful anti-bullfighting PSA uses CGI dinosaur
This video is very hard to watch, and shows bulls getting stabbed and killed at the end. It was produced by an organization that aims to put an end to bullfighting....
11:18 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Easter Magic at the Tokyo Disney Resort
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWYdQrDA8qM&t=329sMy friend Yasuo Amano, whose themed magic I've posted here before, visited The Tokyo Disney Resort for two days and sampled their seasonal Easter ...
11:13 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Mesmerized by the rotating crosses
I could watch this all day....
11:10 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Gentleman proud of fence that will (not) contain his dog
Not even remotely adequate....
10:56 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Gentleman fabricates car urination system so he can pee while driving
Woe to any driver that follows the owner of this Jeep. It's equipped with a flexible hose that drains his urine on the road, reducing the need for breaks. There are times when I could have used someth...
10:50 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing This guy does the severed thumb trick better than anyone
I've entertained my kids, nieces, and nephews by pretending to pull off my thumb. This guy's routine puts mine to shame. Thumbs and fingers pop off, pinkies grow and shrink, and the finale is specta...
10:41 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Harrowing car escape from a flash flood
Fast moving floodwaters slammed a car against a building wall. The water level started rising, and it was clear the car would soon be submerged, trapping the hapless occupants. Fortunately, they were ...
09:38 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Fyre festival organizers hit with $100 million fraud and breach of contract lawsuit
In the immediate aftermath of the Fyre festival debacle, co-founder Ja Rule tweeted, "I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT..." (more…)...
08:06 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Auction for John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper album cover sketch
The owners of John Lennon's former home found an old sketchbook containing this tiny sketch of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. It's up for auction with an estimated selling pric...
07:43 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Incredible close-up encounter with great white shark
The filmmaker was diving off Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa:"I was shooting a film for customer's cage diving with Great white sharks and had this large Great White breach in front of the cage, ...
07:30 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Doritos sold a bag of chips with a semidisposable MP3 player
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwfWfVCSJcgThe Doritos' Guardians of the Galaxy 2 chips sold with a MP3 player containing the movie's full soundtrack, a pair of retro headphones of the sort that air...
07:21 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Google order its secretive "raters'" hours cut, so now they're going public
Google often boasts about the 10,000 skilled raters who test its results, reporting weird kinks in the ranking algorithms and classifiers that the company uses for everything from search results to ad...
07:18 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Understand the history of heavy metal by watching this single song
Ben Higgins takes us from blues rock through thrash, black metal, prog metal, and djent. You can even learn to play it yourself. Raise those horn hands high! (via Laughing Squid)...
07:10 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Restaurant cashier totally chill while being robbed with a gun in his face
Tuker Murray, the 24-year-old assistant manager at a Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches in Kansas City, MO, appears completely unfazed by the robber pointing a gun in his face last week. According to p...
06:46 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Makeup bloggers turn against consumerism
Something odd is happening in makeup-vlogger country: a wave of searing criticism of overpriced and useless cosmetics, and of consumerism itself. The Outline's Mehreen Kasana reports that "anti-haul...
06:30 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Announcing the Walkaway audiobook, with Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson, Amanda Palmer and more!
Here's Wil Wheaton reading "Communist Party," the opening chapter of "Walkaway," my first novel for adults since 2009's "Makers." Wil is joined on the independently produced audiobook by Amber Benson ...
06:01 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Leaked confidential memo reveals Facebook program to identify and target "insecure" kids
The Australian reports on a leaked memo -- described but not published -- marked "confidential" and created and distributed internally by Facebook that describes how the system's surveillance tools ca...
05:59 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing British folk horror flowering again
Brexit is not the cause of Britain's renewed interest in its weird folk heritage, in the joys of cults and pagan sex. But the sudden veering into that world's darker side, where violence and groupthin...
05:30 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Colorful nebulae made with ink spreading in water
Macro Room made a simple and beautiful video of inksquirts: "This time we dived into the hypnotising beauty of colored ink in water and the interaction of this substance with different elements." I ...
05:13 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Interesting shirt from this weekend's Trump rally
The checkbox, turning "There is NO OTHER CHOICE" into another choice, says it all....
05:04 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Moog is making 25 more legendary Synthesizer IIIc units
Would you like to play the same instrument Wendy Carlos used for Switched-On Bach? Moog announced it is making a limited run of just 25 of the Synthesizer IIIc and it looks really cool. (more&helli...
05:04 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Baby Mad Max and Furiosa's first tricked-out death cars
Ian and Emily Pfaff took a couple of Little Tykes Cozy Coupes and turned them into the most awesome Mad Max-inspired vehicles this side of Fury Road. They even made little cosplay outfits for their tw...
05:04 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing How crappy is your job? 200 jobs, ranked
For about 30 years, CareerCast has ranked jobs. Their best jobs in 2017 include analysts, engineers, scientists, and a few surprises like dieticians and speech pathologists. The crappiest job is newsp...
04:55 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Even by North Korean standards, the DPRK's Ullim table is creepily surveillant
The Ullim Tablet is the latest mobile device from North Korea to be subjected to independent analysis, and it takes the surveilling, creepy nature of the country's notoriously surveillant Android devi...
04:55 am PDT - Mon, May 1, 2017
BoingBoing Even by North Korean standards, the DPRK's Ullim tablet is creepily surveillant
The Ullim Tablet is the latest mobile device from North Korea to be subjected to independent analysis, and it takes the surveilling, creepy nature of the country's notoriously surveillant Android devi...
05:35 pm PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing The best guide to mechanical keyboard switches
Like me, you may have taken an interest in mechanical keyboards only to uncover a world of baffling options. "Can I have a clicky one, please" is like asking for a drink in a pub: they'll stare at you...
05:22 pm PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing Biopic of "little old lady" folk artist a hit in theaters
Canadian artist Maud Lewis lived in a tiny house covered in her paintings, which she sold door to door in Nova Scotia. A biopic of her life, Maudie, is a surprise hit in theaters, reports the BBC.The...
05:14 pm PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing Path of the Rabbit, a free game where you lead a rabbit to water
Path of the Rabbit is another simple, addictive, beautifully-pixelled game from Daniel Linssen. Lay down the land for your lapine friend to leap across: it'll follow whatever line leads from the spot ...
05:01 pm PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing 5 things you know about pulp science fiction are wrong, or at least not always true
Vintage Geek offers a list of miscconceptions people have about pulp-era science fiction, whose legacy has warped in the public imagination moreso even than Captain James T. Kirk's. [via MeFi]Pulp-Era...
04:45 pm PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing Building demolished in Changzhou
Once the tallest building in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China, this tower went down in eight seconds on April 25.This angle gives an excellent impression of the local government's appreciation of modern pu...
03:28 pm PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing Review: Wolfen (1981)
Wolfen stars Albert Finney as Dewey, a grizzled NYC detective assigned to figure out why a rich developer gentrifying the Bronx got mutilated and spread over an acre of Battery Park. Set at the turn o...
09:51 am PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing An illustration of the the danger of saying "Play this at my funeral"
TheScreamingFedora sharpened a joke more tamely made here. Previously: Biggie Smalls the Tank Engine...
09:38 am PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing Baptizing praying mantises forces the devil out
In this video, a man partially immerses a praying mantis in water, thereby forcing the hairworms possessing it to leave. That the mantis also dies, according to one commenter, is not because the vid...
08:51 am PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing The best Snooker break of all time was even faster than its official time
The greatest break in snooker history is Ronnie O'Sullivan's legendary 147 at the 1997 World Championship. He not only sank every ball with unmatched grace and force, but did so in a record-breaking...
08:20 am PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing ZX Spectrum Next is an advanced version of the original 8-bit monster machine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQTC40oVqskZX Spectrum Next is more than just a cute retro-looking box or a glorified emulator. It is a new 8-bit computer, backwards-compatible with the 1980s' origina...
08:00 am PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing Russia's anti-Nazi women's sniper unit, colorized
These smiling assassins enlisted as snipers when Germany invaded Russia in 1941. "We mowed down Hitlerites like ripe grain," said Lyudmila Pavlichenko aka Lady Death, one of many elite snipers whose p...
07:56 am PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing E-commerce is clogging American cities with real delivery trucks
Convenience always carries costs. In the case of e-commerce, the surge in residential deliveries is causing in urban gridlock. Citylab goes out on delivery routes for their interesting report: (more&h...
07:52 am PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing On Kirk drift, the strange mass cultural misremembering of Captain Kirk
In this really fantastic long-form essay published in the online magazine Strange Horizons, Erin Horkov digs into the weird way William Shatners James T. Kirk has been collectively misremembered by po...
07:50 am PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing Guy makes good money farming in other people's yards
Justin Rhodes profiles an urban market gardener who leases other people's residential yards for planting produce, which he harvests and sells up and down the east coast of the United States. He make...
02:38 am PDT - Sun, April 30, 2017
BoingBoing Custom Minecraft figs with glowing eyes and swords
Red Lava Toys is a Detroit-based startup that make super cool, low-cost custom Minecraft figs at a local makerspace: they CNC-milled their own injection molds for the body and joints, and have precisi...