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07:24 am PDT - Sun, July 30, 2017
BoingBoing How African speculative fiction gave birth to itself
Geoff Ryman -- the brilliant science fiction author who curated last year's 100 AFRICAN WRITERS OF SFF project, continues to publish and curate excellent, exciting science fiction from across Africa. ...
07:00 am PDT - Sun, July 30, 2017
BoingBoing Scottish government agencies move to block expansion of Trump's unprofitable golf courses
Trump's Scottish golf courses are hemorrhaging money (they lost $1.8M in 2015) and the only way they can be profitable is if they're allowed to expand, but that's almost certainly not going to happen....
06:45 am PDT - Sun, July 30, 2017
BoingBoing Defcon vote-hacking village shows that "secure" voting machines can be broken in minutes
Since the 2000 Bush-Gore election crisis and the hanging-chad controversy, voting machine vendors have been offering touchscreen voting machines as a solution to America's voting woes -- and security ...
05:35 am PDT - Sun, July 30, 2017
BoingBoing Ease your mind on your own time with Welzen
Although regular meditation has been shown to ease physical stress and reduce immune system activation, many people have embraced it as a powerful way to support their mental health. Mindfulness techn...
07:35 am PDT - Sat, July 29, 2017
BoingBoing New York property speculators have figured out how to evict everyone
New York's catastrophic homelessness is about to get much, much worse: the skyrocketing property values (driven by speculators who buy apartments in order to get their money out of corrupt and failing...
07:23 am PDT - Sat, July 29, 2017
BoingBoing Foxconn's corporate welfare deal will cost Wisconsin taxpayers more than 3 billion dollars
The recent trumpist trumpeting about the plans of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn to open a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin omitted a few key details -- like the fact that Foxconn is being given a sw...
06:58 am PDT - Sat, July 29, 2017
BoingBoing Roomba walks back plan to sell maps of your house to Amazon and Google
Last week, Reuters published an interview with Irobot CEO Colin Angle, in which the Roomba-czar explained his plan to have his cleaning robots produce detailed maps of your house that the company woul...
06:34 am PDT - Sat, July 29, 2017
BoingBoing This shower speaker is twice as powerful as your average shower speaker
The XXL Shower Speaker sticks to your bathroom wall with a sturdy suction cup, and it promises to be the best accompanist you've ever had in the shower.Aside from hearing your own singing voice, how o...
05:34 pm PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Chemist of Mysteries: Man Rays Dream Photos
Minimalist and modern-sounding, Man Ray is the sort of name that seems as if it should be outlined in buzzing neon. Born Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia on August 27, 1890, the photographer and vis...
03:59 pm PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Trump's terrifying speech to cops encouraging more police brutality
Don't be too nice to thugs, said the President. Yep. In a speech to police in New York today, Donald Trump said it's okay for officers to physically abuse suspects. This is where we are, America. (m...
02:54 pm PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Watching a hydraulic press crush 1,500 sheets of paper is oddly soothing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXnK59dRghsAfter a long week of demoralizing Trump hijinks, what you need is the satisfying release of a hydraulic press video. Here's one crushing 1500 pounds of paper...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard covers Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque
My friend Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie released a stunning new album today that is actually a re-recording of an old album, Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque from 1991. Bandwagonesque is an ico...
02:48 pm PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Adam Savage and John Hodgman cosplay as 'Twobacca' at Comic-Con
My friend John Hodgman had never cosplayed before, says Boing Boing pal Adam Savage, So I invited him to walk the floor with me at Comic-Con as Chewbacca. (He's on the left.).Lordy, there are tapes. (...
01:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Reince Preibus out of Trump White House
President Trump has pushed out Reince Priebus, his chief of staff. He'll be replaced by John F. Kelly, DHS secretary. Did Reince quit, or was he fired? Conflicting reports at this early moment of big ...
01:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Reince Priebus out of Trump White House
President Trump has pushed out Reince Priebus, his chief of staff. He'll be replaced by John F. Kelly, DHS secretary. Did Reince quit, or was he fired? Conflicting reports at this early moment of big ...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Ducks Breath Mystery Theater's Grand Finale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=200Phw4xz6oGrand Finale, a documentary covering legendary comedy troupe Ducks Breath Mystery Theater's final performance, is now available on iTunes!For 40 years Bill A...
11:16 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Reddit's "penmanship porn" is loaded with stunning handwriting examples
Over at the Penmanship Porn subreddit, Eschermer showed his or her page of a transcription from Oscar Wilde's "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."Another example:Elegant hostility: ...222 pic.twitter.com/N...
11:09 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing This public toilet scans your face to make sure you don't use too much toilet paper
Beijing's Temple of Heaven is one of the world's most popular tourist spots. As such, it has a busy public restroom. The administrators felt that people were using too much toilet paper so they instal...
11:03 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Gentleman attempts to steal police car with policeman in it
Fort Pierce, Florida police officer Robie Troutman was sitting in his patrol car parked at the police station when he noticed someone trying to open his car doors. He spotted Aaron Orlando Rodriguez I...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Slug mucus-like adhesive could be the next surgical glue
Slug mucus sticks well to wet tissues, which appeals to surgeons. David J. Mooney of Harvard University made a glue similar to slug snot, and "tested the adhesive on pig skin, liver, heart, and cartil...
10:48 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing The story of John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls-Royce
In 1967, John Lennon tooled around London in a Rolls-Royce Phantom V personalized with a psychedelic paint job. After years traveling around to various US museums, the car recently returned to London ...
10:26 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Statue made of bismuth with levitating magnetic cube
Physics Toys is a website (and Instagram account) of kinetic curiosities. Check out all the cool double pendulums, which exhibit chaotic behavior that put fidget spinners to shame. Here's a neat statu...
10:25 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing What is this hairy humanoid creature caught on video in the Caucasus?
Someone in Azerbaijan uploaded this weird clip of a hirsuit humanoid creature. At Mysterious Universe, Paul Seaburn writes:An interesting possibility is the Meshe Adam or Aac Kii, which means tree m...
10:09 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Easter egg: How to make Siri recite every word to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?...
10:09 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Documentary on Swedish kids growing up without rigid gender roles
Raised Without Gender looks at young people in Sweden who express their gender and identity in an affirming approach, instead of outdated disease model approach developed in Toronto last century. (m...
10:07 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Fire chief arrested in Japan for tricking women out of their swimsuits
The 30-year-old fire chief at a fire station in the Tokyo city of Hachioji was arrested for defrauding a woman into giving him three of her used swimsuits. Takumi Murakami told the woman via Faceboo...
09:55 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing 10 Lightning connector cables for $10
Amazon has a sale on 10 3-foot lightning cables for $10. The are definitely not certified. I bought them because we lose cables frequently and will probably lose them before they break....
09:23 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to senate gasp out loud when McCain votes no on health care bill
Last night the GOP had another failure this time to pass the "skinny repeal bill," which lost to a 51-49 vote. John McCain's "no" was the night's big surprise vote, with audible gasps as well as c...
09:10 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing The Emoji Movie sucks, but the reviews are awesome
The reviews for The Emoji Movie are in, and they probably make Adam Sandler feel great.Highlights from critics:"A soulless endeavor and a painful viewing experience." -- Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.comA vi...
08:56 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Construction workers play prank on colleague
"Hey, let's kick these pieces of copper pipe."Wait for it...
08:12 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Mistral, a brilliant yet widely-abused typeface that could rise again
Forget Comic Sans and Papyrus, writes John Brownlee. Mistral is the font to hate.This is a font created to exemplify everything sophisticated and elegant about postwar France. Yet over the course of t...
08:04 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Class Apples is the only album made completely on the Apple II
Class Apples by 8 Bit WeaponThe Apple II had only rudimentary audio capabilities, so Class Apples, apparently the only album ever made on one, is doubly-incredible: a contemporary technical feat under...
07:59 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing 1990 comic stars Donald Trump and his Wall
In 1990, Peter Kuper (previously at BB) drew a grimly prescient cartoon featuring Donald Trump and the Wall he built. It's a few thousand miles north of the currently-planned location, but Kuper nails...
07:53 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Terrific nerdy t-shirts celebrate space exploration
Czech designer Michal Sobel couldn't deal with the ad world any more, so he left to make art celebrating his favorite thing: space exploration. (more…)...
07:52 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Street artist turns drab urban spaces into whimsical delights
Street artist Tom Bob has made it his mission to turn a world full of drab and unremarkable little corners into charming moments with his brightly-colored re-renderings. (more…)...
07:52 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Pledge your allegiance to La Croix's coconut flavor with these dye-sublimated threads
If you're not familiar, RageOn is a company that allows anyone to create their own all-over clothing designs to sell on their platform. They use that relatively-new dye-sublimation printing process to...
07:43 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Comic Parchment, the ultimate font
Comic Parchment is a font combining the best elements of the world's two most widely-loved and respected faces: Comic Sans and Papyrus. Comic Sans accurately and elegantly translates classic comic boo...
07:33 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Who's this gasoline-toting arsonist who torched a gay youth center?
ABC News reports that a man was caught on camera dousing an LGBT youth center in Phoenix. They seem to have a suspect—"Police believe the suspect used to be a client at the youth center, but a...
07:25 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Wells Fargo also defrauded 800,000 car loan customers and stole 25,000 cars
Wells Fargo didn't just steal millions from its customers with crooked overdraft fees, didn't just create 2,000,000 fraudulent accounts and threaten to blackball employees who tried to stop the frauds...
07:05 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing "Intellectual property rights" are why UK government won't say which housing failed fire safety test
60 UK tower blocks, including 9 owned by local governments, have failed a new round of more-stringent fire tests conducted in the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster. (more…)...
07:04 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Chairs made of repurposed jet engine cowlings
Fallen Furniture offers this fabulous chair made from the engine cowling of a Boeing 737. (more…)...
07:03 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing Superheroes mashed up with classic movie posters
Andrew Tarusov created these delightful homages to classic films by replacing the original movie characters with superheroes. (more…)...
07:02 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing New doc examines how The Simpsons' Apu character affects Indian-Americans
Comedian Hari Kondabolu's documentary The Problem with Apu dropped a trailer in advance of its debut on TruTV. The film surveys opinions on one of the most recognizable Indian-American characters in...
05:34 am PDT - Fri, July 28, 2017
BoingBoing This solar powered battery can charge three devices simultaneously
If you often find yourself far away from AC power, or just want to guarantee that youll have GPS access on your next camping trip, the SolarJuice External Solar Battery is an excellent companion for o...
10:36 pm PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Senate fails to pass 'Skinny Repeal' of Obamacare; McCain cast crucial 'No' vote
After 7 years of grandstanding, the GOP failed to pass its utterly indefensible 'skinny repeal' bill to destabilize American healthcare. The Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, lost on a 51-49 vote t...
03:15 pm PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Graham Nash is auctioning off his Robert Crumb original art collection
Graham Nash, the singer-songwriter who is known for being a member of the rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash, is currently auctioning off a variety of original pieces by countercultural cartoonist Ro...
03:08 pm PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Police officer calmly handles irate gentleman
In this case, I think the P stands for "Peace Officer," actually....
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Scaramucci's potty-mouthed rant about Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon
Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, called The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza on the phone last night. He was angry because Lizza had tweeted earlier that night: "Scoop: Trump is...
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Hey, Little Rock, AR: there's a special stage performance of Little Brother coming your way for Banned Books Week!
Adapted by Josh Costello from the novel by Cory Doctorow/September 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 2017/Directed by Ryan Whitfield and Jason Green (more…)...
12:52 pm PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Every "That's what she said" joke from The Office
This left me very satisfied. (ahem)(via Laughing Squid)...
12:21 pm PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Quindar remixes NASA's audiovisual archives (and you can dance to it!)
Quindar is a fantastically far out project to remix NASA's weird and wonderful sound and film archives into a new audiovisual experience of electronic music and video cut-ups. Created by my friends ...
12:02 pm PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Senate panel votes to protect medical marijuana - major buzzkill for Jeff Sessions
The overwhelming majority of Americans think medical marijuana should be legal. Even Donald Trump pretended to be in favor of states' rights to make their own cannabis laws when he was campaigning. Th...
11:55 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing See you at Defcon this weekend!
I'm making the final(ish*) stop of my Walkaway tour at Defcon this weekend in Las Vegas, giving a speech on Saturday in Track 2 at 10AM called $BIGNUM steps forward, $TRUMPNUM steps back: how can we t...
11:35 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Try to guess the artists represented on these cards
Guess the Artist (available for pre-order) is an art history quiz game that comes in a sleek, colorful package. Each of the 60 cards gives three clues from which the players must guess an artist (who ...
11:30 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Head of Boy Scouts gives public apology for Trump's weird speech on Tuesday
Two days ago the Boy Scouts of America held their national Scout jamboree in West Virginia, and as is tradition, they invited the president of the United States to give a speech. But of course the cur...
11:23 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Hack for Super NES emulators turns Zelda and Super Metroid into two-player games
Andi McClure's emu-coop is an emulator hack that brings two-player fun to Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and Legend of Zelda for the NES. It works by enabling players to share in-...
11:16 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Link Rot: only half of the links on 2005's Million Dollar Homepage are still reachable
In 2005 a young man from England created a website called The Million Dollar Homepage and sold advertising space on it. The page is a 1000 1000 pixel grid (1,000,000 pixels) and he sold the pixels fo...
11:11 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this flipbook animation of 600 million years of human evolution
The EVO evolution webshop offers this fantastic flipbook of human evolution. It's 7.50.(via /r/educationalgifs)...
10:38 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing How did smugglers put bags of pills inside onions?
https://youtu.be/gUPAIPJmOSkThis is like the magic trick where the magician cuts open a lemon and reveals a signed dollar bill inside. I know how that trick is done. But how did the smugglers get the ...
10:30 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Yet another reason to never go to Dubai: prison for sex "out of wedlock"
I was once invited to attend an event in Dubai, but after I read stories of people going to prison there for stupid reasons (like a man from Britain who received a four year prison sentence when custo...
10:30 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Yet another reason to never go to Dubai: prison for sex out of wedlock
I was once invited to attend an event in Dubai, but after I read stories of people going to prison there for stupid reasons (like a man from Britain who received a four year prison sentence when custo...
10:25 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Learn philosophy from James Franco
Actor James Franco has a new YouTube channel in which he raps about philosophy with Eliot Michaelson, a philosophy lecturer at King's College London, and other experts on such heady matters as imagi...
10:18 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing The cool step stool folds up
This is the lowest price I've seen for this foldable step stool: $11. It's 11 inches high, supports 300 lbs, and is only 1.5 inches thick when folded up. It has replaced a non-folding plastic step sto...
10:10 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Larry David and Bernie Sanders just found out they're actually related
No wonder Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David did such a great job impersonating presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last year on Saturday Night Live. The two are apparently related, perhaps as dis...
10:04 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Chrome extension turns Trump's tweets into a child's crayon scrawls
From The Daily Show: "We made a browser extension that converts Donald Trump's Tweets back to their rightful state: a child's scribble."...
09:50 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Malware sucks: crappy code makes it easy to hack hackers
Common Remote Access Trojan (RAT) tools -- which allow hackers to remotely control hijacked computers, from the cameras and mics to the hard-drive and keyboard -- are very badly written and it's easy ...
09:46 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Fragile Rocks' emo puppets tear up NPR's Tiny Desk
Before spotting them on NPR's Tiny Desk concert, I had never heard of Fragile Rock, the 10-member emo puppet band from Austin, Texas. But now, I can be counted as a fan. How the hell did I miss them...
09:39 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting a Bondic, handheld UV-curing plastic "3D printer"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D11K_cvIH_oI first tried Bondic in 2015, when I ordered a tube of the UV-curing plastic and started using it to fix everything -- especially irregularly-fractured ite...
09:31 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Hot mic senators: Trump is "crazy" and "I don't say that lightly"
Republican Susan Collins [ME] and Democrat Jack Reed [RI] accidentally broadcast themselves saying "I think -- I think he's crazy. I mean, I don't say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy" and "I...
09:30 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Great Pyrenees are merely the 67th most popular dog breed says the AKC
Every dog is the best breed if you are the person who loves'em.Perhaps it is their great size, their extremely loud bark, all the fur they shed, or the 2-tons of poop? My best buddy Nemo's breed stran...
09:27 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing A-ha! This app turns your living room into a 1980's music video using augmented reality
I lived through the eighties and I approve of Trixi Studios "Take On Me" iOS (proof-of-concept only) app which turns your surroundings into a pencil-sketched, a-ha-style music video using augmented ...
09:24 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing EU's highest court strikes down passenger data-sharing arrangement with Canada
The European Court of Justice has ruled that the 2014 EU-Canada passenger name record (PNR) agreement was "incompatible with the fundamental rights recognised by the EU," because the records ("names, ...
09:20 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing What is optimistic nihilism?
I always hate having to write "Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell," because it's such a wtf mouthful. But they make beautiful animated explainer videos, so I have to write "Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell" a lot. ...
09:10 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing How Claude Shannon used information theory to cheat at Vegas roulette
Claude Shannon is one of the great, heroic titans of the computer science revolution, a brilliant scientist and Feynman-grade eccentric whose accomplishments fill several excellent books. (more&hellip...
08:25 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Audit shows that pharma companies are still cheating by suppressing trials
It's been years since the major pharma companies agreed to participate in the Registry of All Trials, meaning that they'd end the practice of only reporting on trials whose outcomes they were pleased ...
08:13 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing First known US example of a gas-pump skimmer that uses SMS to exfiltrate data
This credit-card skimmer was removed from a New York gas pump; it uses components scavenged from a cellular phone and a T-Mobile SIM to send the credit card details it harvests to its owners, who can ...
08:02 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Australian police seek the right to install malware on home devices during "emergencies"
The Queensland Police have asked the Australian Parliament to give them the right to covertly install malicious software on your home devices in order to conduct mass surveillance during times of "nat...
05:33 am PDT - Thu, July 27, 2017
BoingBoing Ethical hacking is still a valuable skill to learn
Between election hacks, ransomware, and Devil's Ivy, the cybersecurity space is booming as malware and hackers become more sophisticated. If you're interested in pursuing a career in ethical hacking, ...
04:56 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Maker Update #44: Head worn magnifying glasses
This week on Maker Update: converting XP to exercise points, losing WD Labs and Arduino 101, printing butterflies, and marking your tools. This weeks Cool Tool is wearable magnifying glasses....
02:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing How to make an inside-out grilled cheese sandwich
Inside-out grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, please. (more…)...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Tabloids stock-in-trade is celebrity body shaming
You cant win with the tabloids. Youre either too fat, too thin, or hiding a deadly secret.This weeks tabloids continue their obsession with the stars weight, led by the National Enquirer and its team ...
01:08 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Senate rejects GOP effort to repeal Obamacare without a replacement
The U.S. Senate has voted to reject a proposal to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, aka Obamacare) without providing a replacement. (more…)...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing MAD magazine looks at what's on Vladimir Putin's desk
The usual gang of idiots at MAD is giving Boing Boing readers this exclusive sneak peek at an interior page from its upcoming #547 issue. "What's on Vladimir Putin's Desk?" displays clutter on the Rus...
12:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Facebook pitches in $500K to launch Harvard effort to fight election hacking and propaganda attacks
Joe Menn at Reuters reports that Facebook is pitching in an initial $500,000 in seed funding to launch a nonprofit that will work to protect American political parties, voting systems and information ...
12:41 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing A big chunk of Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks have been digitized and can be viewed online
The British Library has digitized 570 loose pages of notes written and drawn by Leonard da Vinci to compile a notebook which is called, The Codex Arundel.You can view the document online for free, alt...
12:39 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing This VW camper van drives sideways
Nope, this circa 1976 VW camper van hasn't just been tipped over. It was built this way.This is the Trippy Tippy Hippy Van and it's the latest crazy race car creation by Maryland police officer and ...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Travel back in time to the 1987 CES by watching these videos
These four videos were shot --on a giant VHS camcorder, no less-- at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the summer of 1987 for a cable TV show called Nightlife. They are as marvelously outdated ...
12:32 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Chunk is the coolest kid ever
The Goonies' Chunk, performed by Jeff Cohen, is so wonderful. I can not stop laughing when he spills his guts!My 10-year-old and I enjoyed The Goonies last night, it really holds up. Corey Feldmans'...
12:31 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Dog enjoys standing and walking on hind legs in pool
Doggosaurus Rex: Origins. (more…)...
12:01 pm PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing The Ultraman themed Toyota M78x86
I would have thought the guys in the SSSP would want something a little more utilitarian, but this Toyota is for Ultraman.https://youtu.be/UTsJEqUni9U?t=1m5sNot very inspiring, this Toyota looks like ...
11:35 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing A compilation of expensive fails
Here's something to make you feel better: a supercut of people accidentally losing or destroying property. (more…)...
11:20 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Scuba diver has been visiting the same fish nearly every day for 30 years
https://youtu.be/pfwdm5W2lWsHiroyuki Arakawa is a scuba diver in Japan. Yoriko is a fish. They have been friends for 30 years, seeing each other almost every day.From Twisted Sifter:One day, Arakawa f...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing US Navy lab tests "disposable" microdrones that glide down from the sky
The US Naval Research Labs's CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) microdrones are designed to be dropped in bulk from a flying aircraft. Once airborne, the drones use autopilot to s...
11:10 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Drew Hayes' Fred the Vampire Accountant is back in 'The Fangs of Freelance'
Drew Hayes' Fred the Vampire Accountant is one of my favorites in the supernatural-folks-repeatedly-save-the-world genre. He's back in this fourth installment, even more accountant-y than ever.Just be...
10:55 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing What happens on the tarmac when there's a shortage of baggage handlers
Whether or not the car in the background means this is a United flight, I bet this happens fairly often on many airlines.(via /r/gifs)...
10:55 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing The 3 question math quiz can predict if you believe in God
Researchers asked 179 Canadian college students to answer the following three math questions:1. A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cos...
10:44 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing New book about psychedelics and weird human experiences
David Luke, a University of Greenwich psychology lecturer and researcher of high weirdness, has a new book out with the compelling title of Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience. ...
10:24 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing How to eat a crunchy shell taco without having it explode on you
Crunchy shell tacos are delicious, but also challenging. They have a hair-trigger tendency to blow up when you bite them, causing the filling to spill out. Patrick Allan of Lifehacker has discovered t...
10:10 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Paper Girls volume 3: the all-girl, time-traveling Stranger Things gets even better
In Paper Girls, the celebrated comics creator Brian K Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man, etc) teams up with Cliff Chiang to tell a story that's like an all-girl Stranger Things, with time-travel. (more&h...
10:03 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Transparent padlock and lockpicking tools
I bought this for my daughter for her birthday and we both it. It's a $10 transparent padlock that lets you see the inner workings as you poke them with lockpicking tools. Amazon stopped selling low-p...
09:58 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Jewellry store robbers can't hammer through display glass
A gang of robbers with hammers was no match for the polycarbonate-laminated glass at this jewellery store in Malaysia...
09:52 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Escaping prison with D&D
"Escaping Prison with Dungeons & Dragons" is a moving, 10-minute documentary about prisoners who used tabletop role-playing games to survive their incarceration. (more…)...
09:46 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing John McCain is the "perfect American lie" says Drew Magary
When Drew Magary was much younger he gave John McCains Presidential campaign $5. He regrets it. McCain "has always been a big talker," write Magary in GQ, "but when it comes to the actual meat-and-pot...
09:34 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Fun interactive game theory simulator shows how trust and mistrust evolve
This simulation, called The Evolution of Trust starts with a variation of the prisoners' dilemma. You can choose to put a coin into a slot. Another person has the same choice on a different machine. Y...
09:03 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing World's oldest smiley face drawing found on a jug from 1700 BCE
Archaeologists excavating a Hittite city on the border of Turkey and Syria found a broken jug that, upon restoration, revealed a smiley face. At 3,700-years-old, it could be the oldest smiley face dra...
08:37 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Roomba wants to sell the maps of the inside of your home it created while cleaning
Your Roomba vacuum cleaner collects data about the size and geometry of your home as it cleans and transmits that data back to Irobot, Roomba's parent company -- and now the company says it wants to s...
08:36 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Documentary about Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist
In the 1970s and 1980s, Legendary musician Fela Kuti pioneered the sound of Afrobeat, an entrancing amalgam of West African highlife music, jazz, and American funk. Among his fans, he counts David B...
08:12 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac hang out with New York's beats, 1959
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiwYsYNh3aoBruce Sterling: *THEY DONT LOOK countercultural cliche-dramatic, they dont have beatnik berets or bongos. You wouldnt look at them twice in New York City, b...
08:01 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing China forces Xinjiang Uyghurs to install mobile spyware, enforces with stop-and-frisk
China's Xinjiang province is home to the Uyghur ethnic/religious minority, whose fights for self-determination have been brutally and repeatedly crushed by the Chinese state: now, people in Xinjiang a...
07:53 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Leaked memo details Koch Bros' astroturf strategy to lower US corporate tax rate
A strategy memo circulated around the time of a Koch network retreat sets out a five-part plan to pressure the Trump regime to lower corporate taxes and pass other policies favorable to corporate elit...
07:38 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with the first artist in the US to be convicted of artistic obscenity
Brian H writes, "Cartoonist Mike Diana is the first artist in the US to receive a criminal conviction for artistic obscenity. Here he recounts (MP3) the trial that barred him from drawing for three ye...
07:33 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing American wages are so low, the robots don't want your job
The American "productivity paradox": technology keeps marching, but the amount of profit generated by the average worker's average hour is stagnant. (more…)...
07:16 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing Crime funnies: helmeted robbers' sledgehammers can't break jewelry store glass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCubFBrxIxEThere's a wealth of found-comedy in watching this gang of armed, helmeted robbers try in vain to smash the glass in this Malaysian jewelry store in Jalan B...
05:44 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: A Calvinesque and Hobbesian Look at Trump's Power to Pardon
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.PLEASE DO JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, irrelevant insights, g...
05:32 am PDT - Wed, July 26, 2017
BoingBoing These Bluetooth headphones sync seamlessly with multiple devices
The TREBLAB X11 Earphones are versatile, offer great sound, and are currently $32.99 in the Boing Boing Store.These Bluetooth earbuds are a great workout companion. Theyre totally sweat proof and thei...
01:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Here, have a 3D banana gif
Adding some white lines or a cutout to an animated gif produces a cool 3D effect. From the Split Depth Gifs subreddit.[via Reality Carnival]...
12:13 pm PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing VP Pence breaks tie, Senate votes to begin debating GOP bill to kill Obamacare in win for Trump
The U.S. Senate, aided by Trump's second in command, has voted to begin debate on the GOP's plan to destroy Obamacare. (more…)...
12:12 pm PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Lichens never looked more beautiful than they do in this short film about a curator of lichens at the University of California.
Kerry Knudsen is curator of lichens at the University of California. He is profiled in Matthew Killip's short film. Knudsen's intense passion for the beauty and mystery of lichens is thrilling. The ...
12:02 pm PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Adobe to (finally) pull plug on Flash, for real this time
Farewell, Flash. Adobe's once-dominant multimedia format that powered so many restaurant websites and early interactive web games will be mothballed at the end of 2020, the software company said Tuesd...
11:41 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing 'Kill the Bill,' shout protesters as U.S. Senate votes on starting GOP health bill debate
As Senators vote on proceeding to debate the secret Trump/GOP health care plan aka Obamacare repeal plan *they haven't even seen,* protesters in the senate chambers and outside shouted Kill the bill, ...
11:26 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing "Let me try to catch this foul ball with my nachos and beer tray"
This woman seems sad to find out that her idea to patent paper trays full of nachos and beer as an improvement over the catcher's mitt was not good.Let me catch this foul with my nachos and beer. from...
11:16 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Oops! A crane that was lifting a strip mall sign tipped over onto the freeway and crushed a truck
The Kansas City Star reports that a crane that was removing a sign tipped over. It severed power lines and crushed a pickup truck. No one was injured."Oh Hell" from videos.mcclatchy-embed{position:rel...
10:32 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful long exposure of a train
This beautiful photograph was shared by Redditor iam4real....
10:26 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Conservative Iranian television host spotted drinking beer in public without hijab
Conservative Iranian state television presenter Azadeh Namdari makes a big deal about how important it is for women to obey an Islamic dress code. But someone took a video of her drinking a bottle of ...
10:24 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Rapidly remove old automotive decals and bumper stickers
This eraser wheel is wonderful. It removes old, weathered decals in seconds.I attached this eraser to my cordless drill and effortlessly rubbed some very old and bad looking decals off my VW Van. I re...
10:15 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Parisian canals now open to swimmers
Paris, France is making good on its promise to reopen long polluted waterways to bathers.Up to three hundred people at any time can use the lifeguard-protected pools, although the pools only have lock...
10:09 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Dogs can get a Lyme disease vaccine, why can't you?
There are no good reasons, and a lot of bad ones, that your dog can be vaccinated for Lyme disease but you can not. Profiteering and vaccination fears have teamed up to leave humans defenseless from a...
10:07 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing What kind of weird doglike animal is looking through the window?
Everyone wants to know what kind of animal is peering into the sliding glass window of the video. My bet is on a dog-capybara hybrid. It's day 4 of the hostage situation......
10:00 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Superbright little LED flashlights
I bought some of these 7W Ultrabright mini LED flashlights a while back and they are my favorites. They are surprisingly bright (it has a bright/dim/strobe setting) and a zoom feature to focus the bea...
09:35 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Senate Dems can stop Trump from appointing a new Attorney General during recess
Trump's plan seems to be: 1) force Sessions to resign. 2) appoint Giuliani to be attorney general during the Senate recess session as a way to avoid the Senate confirmation process. 3) ask Giuliani to...
09:01 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Lockdown tool prevents ladders from kicking out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F5G_fqo-yMLadder lockdown is a metal tray with super-grippy patches on its underside; set it down on any surface (including ice!) and then set your ladder's feet in ...
09:00 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Psychiatric association tells members they can comment publicly on Trump's mental state
The American Psychoanalytic Association told its 3,500 members that it was dropping a long-honored rule against making public comments "on the mental state of public figures even the president," repo...
08:54 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing SLIM: An open, transparent, hand-computable sentencing algorithm
Machine learning companies are making big bucks selling opaque, secretive sentencing algorithm tools to America's court systems: the vendors of these systems claim that they are too sophisticated to e...
08:54 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing This pack of 'Hamilton' crayons will make you 'smile more'
These jumbo-sized crayons are called "Hamiltones" because each one of them humorously reference the hit musical, Hamilton. There are punny ones like the "Alexander Hamil-tan" and the "Maroon Where it ...
08:53 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing City claims building park stairs too pricey, later tears out free stairs built by a resident
Retiree Adi Astl just wanted some stairs down a well-trod embankment in his local park. The city told him it would cost between $65,000 and $150,000, so he and a homeless guy built a nice set of sta...
08:53 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing This psychedelic Nyan Cat art car is headed to Burning Man to dole out 'toaster pastries' and 'phat beats'
Ok, this year's Burning Man is going to be great. First of all, there's going to be that 40-foot tall pink flamingo. Now I'm hearing that a 20-foot long, LED-lit mutant vehicle --based on Chris Torr...
08:43 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing 70 top-paid US health industry CEOs raked in $9.8B since Obamacare passed
You know all those health industry lobbyists who say that the American healthcare industry will go broke if it has to take care of the health of Americans? (more…)...
08:26 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Appeals Court strikes down Trump's tactic of sloppily delaying regulations
Trump wants to dismantle America's labor, environmental and safety regulations, but to do so, he needs to hold hearings, post notices, collect feedback and go through the whole long, cautious process ...
07:55 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing The Democrats' tax-credits for job training idea has been discredited for decades
Chuck Schumer is trying to reconcile the neoliberal and left wing factions in the Democratic party by offering a slate of policies that are supposed to appeal to both sides: some ($15 minimum wage) ar...
07:47 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Defcon's hotel business-center won't print from links or USBs
Defcon, the hacker and security conference, is coming to Caesar's Palace this weekend (I'm speaking!), and that means that the hotel needs to start thinking hard about the security of its systems, lik...
07:38 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing A machined, contemporary take on a netsuke/sagemono
Machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) continues his run of collaborations on small, gorgeous kinetic sculptures and fidget toys with the "Netsuke Hybrid Vessel Bead," a collaboration with Rev...
07:15 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing The German auto industry started conspiring on diesel emissions in the 1990s
In the 1990s, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Daimler and other German auto-makers formed a secret pact to price-fix a diesel emissions control substance called AdBlue, according to Der Spiegel, who c...
07:07 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Swedish transport agency breach exposes millions, from spies to confidential informants
The Swedish Transportstyrelsen (Transport Agency) botched its outsourcing to IBM, uploading its records to IBM's cloud and then emailing cleartext copies to marketing managers, unvetted IBM employees ...
06:42 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing The UK unemployment rate is at least three times the official rate
The UK -- like most countries -- excludes "inactive workers" (students, new parents, people who don't want a job) from its unemployment figures, but "inactive" is such a slippery concept that it can p...
04:32 am PDT - Tue, July 25, 2017
BoingBoing Final Draft 10 is the industry standard screenwriting software
Whether you're a seasoned entertainment industry veteran or a student working on your first spec script, having the right tool for the job will make a huge difference in your focus and productivity.Fi...
04:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Trump gave a weird speech to thousands of Boy Scouts in which he relitigated election & crowd sizes (again)
Trump relitigated the 2016 election, boasted about his inauguration crowds, and told other inappropriate fabulisms to a crowd of children at the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree today, because nothing matters ...
04:20 pm PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing SecDef Mattis upset at Pentagon wasting $28 million on Afghan uniforms with wrong camo pattern
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis criticized officials at the Pentagon for spending $28 million on forest camouflage-patterned uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers. Only 2.1% of Afghanistan is c...
03:59 pm PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Cat enjoys relaxing and playing piano with owner
These videos of a guy in Istanbul playing the piano with his kitty cat are so sweet and genuine. I can't get enough of them.His name is Sarper Duman. Play him off, keyboard cat. (more…)...
03:11 pm PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Another Puddles Pity Party appearance on 'America's Got Talent'
Studio audiences continue to be thrilled by the giant clown with the golden voice....
01:03 pm PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Tillerson may quit soon, frustrated with Trump
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO Exxon-Mobil, is thinking about quitting his job because he is fed up with Trump, according to CNN.Tillerson has a growing list of differences with the ...
12:41 pm PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Delightful Fibonacci sequence poem
Poet Brian Bilston wrote this delightful poem above describing, and embodying, the Fibonacci sequence in which each every number after the first two in a series is the sum of the preceding two numbers...
12:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing FBI surveillance van from the 1980s on eBay
Ginter Senfeldas of Cary, North Carolina, says he purchased this 1989 Dodge Ram 350 "FBI surveillance van" from a government auction site. It's apparently outfitted with vintage A/V tech, external mic...
11:59 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Lightning hits a car going down the street, then it gets creepy
You don't want to be in a car that gets struck by lightning in this town. It happened to the the folks in this car, and within seconds a mob of zombies dressed in black surrounded the car and presum...
11:51 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Bird regrets opening a box
The scene: a kitchen table. It could be anywhere. A pet bird, possibly a cockatoo, stands next to box made of woven fibers. It flips open the lid of the box, revealing a kitten resting inside. The bir...
11:38 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Comedian Bec Hill translates Edith Piaf into nonsensical English
I like the way Bec Hill translates Edith Piaf's French vocals. She simply assumes Piaf is signing in English, and writes it on a flipboard along with photos. NSFW?...
11:29 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing John Muir's 'adventure with a dog and a glacier'
One stormy morning in 1880, naturalist John Muir set out to explore a glacier in Alaska's Taylor Bay, accompanied by an adventurous little dog that had joined his expedition. In this week's episode of...
11:28 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Life, Death, Ego and Eternity
This week on HOME: Stories From L.A.:The original Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in the hills above Glendale, may be best known outside California for inspiring the sledgehammer satire of the 1965 cult co...
11:26 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing This Burning Man documentary traces its history from a bohemian gathering to a global movement
This 20-minute documentary is definitely worth a watch. It follows Burning Man's fascinating history from its "humble countercultural roots on San Franciscos Baker Beach" to "the world-famous desert...
11:25 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast covers Game of Thrones S7E2, "Stormborn"
HBO's Game of Thrones continues its new season, and Boars, Gore, and Swords is here to recap all the talky and fighty events in "Stormborn". Ivan and Red cover extremely gross pot pie transitions, reu...
11:24 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing For twelve years, this family has let bees nest in their living room
In addition to benefiting from excellent feng shui, the family harvests about 15 kilograms of honey each year from their bee housemates, who showed up on the day of a wedding. (more…)...
11:23 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch these adorable rescued sea lions get released back into the wild
Buoy and Canoe were in bad shape when they were rescued, but they bounced back thanks to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Watch this heartwarming footage of the pair getting released back into the ...
11:17 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Experience the Voyager Golden Record at San Francisco's Exploratorium, August 3
On August 3 in celebration of the 40th anniversary month of the Voyager interstellar mission, please join me at San Francisco's Exploratorium to experience the Voyager Golden Record with two of the b...
11:15 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Boing Boing readers among web's most educated
Quantcast just released statistics that confirm what we've known all along: Boing Boing readers are super-smart, ranking among the top 25 "highest percentage of web traffic with higher education." (mo...
10:49 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing See this incredible full circle rainbow
Someone on a crane captured this stunning video of a full circle rainbow. Unfortunately most of us never get a chance to see circle rainbows because the ground interrupts. Here's an explanation from...
10:48 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing 'Dtour,' the new film by 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' director Michel Gondry, was shot on a phone
Using a $14.99 app called Filmic Pro, French indie director Michel Gondry shot his charming new short film, Dtour, entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus. According to Europe1, Apple financed the project to s...
10:46 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Spectacular footage of desert ants versus antlion death traps
Namibian desert Hotrod ants have evolved to tiptoe around to avoid baking to death in the unrelenting sun. But other dangers lurk, like these terrifying real-life sarlacc pits created by antlions. (...
10:44 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing 97-year-old Dunkirk survivor on the new film chronicling the battle: 'It was just like I was there again'
Ken Sturdy, a decorated survivor of the Battle of Dunkirk, attended the Calgary premiere of Christopher Nolan's new film that chronicles the skirmish's history.Now 97, Mr. Sturdy was just 20 years o...
10:38 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing New Trump mouthpiece Anthony Scaramucci's deleted tweets
The Memory Hole has set up a page dedicated to the many tweets Anthony Scaramucci deleted shortly after being named Trump's Communications Director. (more…)...
10:32 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Stately and elegant "Fuck You" pinstripe suit
Boxer Conor McGregor recently wore this custom pinstripe suit with a subtle "Fuck You" pinstripe. Now you can sport this handsome suit yourself! From tailor David August, the made-to-measure 3-piece w...
10:27 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a rope of molten steel barely miss a worker
In steelworker parlance, a cobble is a bit of steel that catches on a roller during manufacturing. Cobbles cause the molten steel coming out of the furnace to back up and snake wildly around. This g...
10:25 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Meet Anatomic Anna and Andy, dolls with removable organs
It's a shame that these didn't exist when my daughter was a little girl. I think she would have loved playing with them. Why? Because these unusual dolls have removable organs.Designed for 4 to 12 yea...
10:24 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Cool 360-degree video of a rocket launch
Airbus mounted a 360-degree camera on a rocket being launched as part of a microgravity experiment, and the result it pretty phenomenal. Watch the stages separate and the earth's curvature reveal it...
10:18 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Iconic (and super creepy) Clown Motel is up for sale
Between Las Vegas and Reno, there is a sleeping establishment like no other. It's simply called The Clown Motel and it's been deemed "America's scariest motel." In 2014, Cory described it as follows:H...
09:40 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing TSA says it doesn't know why United thought comics were banned from checked Comic-Con luggage
People flying home from San Diego Comic-Con yesterday got a rude surprise when they spotted signs at the United check-in warning them not to put comics in their checked bags -- and most assumed it was...
08:15 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing In seizing control over the Supreme Court, Poland's authoritarian rulers consolidate power
Protests are boiling over across Poland after the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) passed legislation that would allow the government to force the country's judges, all the way up to the Supreme Cou...
08:15 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing In seizing control over the Supreme Court, Poland's authoritarian rulers sought to consolidate power
Protests are boiling over across Poland after the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) passed legislation that would allow the government to force the country's judges, all the way up to the Supreme Cou...
08:03 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Chinese State Council Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence
The Chinese government's wish-list for AI researchers is pretty ambitious: "Breakthroughs should be made in basic theories of AI, such as big data intelligence, multimedia aware computing, human-machi...
07:57 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing The media manipulators who poisoned the coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline also sold us the Iraq war
The Standing Rock protesters were an unprecedented coalition of indigenous peoples, veterans, and activists of every stripe, and they faced down vicious mercenaries who targeted them with "anti-terror...
07:28 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Predatory "scientific journals" tricked into publishing Star Wars-themed hoax
Robbo writes, "A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper. The manuscript is an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes. We know this bec...
07:21 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Security researcher arrested after he warns Hungarian transit company about their dumb mistake
A teenager discovered that the website of Budapesti Kzlekedsi Kzpont -- the public transit authority in Budapest -- would allow you to edit the price you paid for your tickets, so that purchasers coul...
06:57 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Student loans are really "a list of people liable to additional taxation after graduation"
In an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn, Neil Wilson explains how Labour can frame its policy on student debt forgiveness after they take power and abolish tuition fees. (more…)...
05:35 am PDT - Mon, July 24, 2017
BoingBoing Produce smarter, SEO-optimized content with Webtexttool
Web content creators who dont have a solid SEO strategy should take note of Webtexttool. Its a service that pulls in anonymous data from their entire user base to offer crowdsourced guidance that incr...
10:01 am PDT - Sun, July 23, 2017
BoingBoing Get 100 generic Magic Erasers for $9
This is the best deal I've seen on generic Magic Erasers. Less than ten cents a sponge! Here's my earlier review:The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser a plain looking white sponge that looks like a chunk of chea...
12:03 pm PDT - Sat, July 22, 2017
BoingBoing Getting better at painting gaming miniatures
Many of us who play fantasy and sci-fi roleplaying and tabletop miniature games struggle with our ability to paint minis so that they look halfway decent on the table. Getting me to paint my minis is ...
09:16 am PDT - Sat, July 22, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this 'impossible' ring and ball puzzle get solved
This video is an oldie but a goodie. Here's the setup: An elderly Japanese gentleman named Akihara Toshiko has been trying to solve a ring puzzle he found in his doctor's office. He gives up and wri...
06:13 am PDT - Sat, July 22, 2017
BoingBoing Come see me at San Diego Comic-Con!
There are three more stops on my tour for Walkaway: tomorrow at San Diego Comic-Con, next weekend at Defcon 25 in Las Vegas, and August 10th at the Burbank Public Library. (more…)...
05:34 am PDT - Sat, July 22, 2017
BoingBoing Ginger Page cleans up your mobile typing
Just because English has become the common global tongue doesnt mean its the easiest language to writeeven for native speakers. If you're looking to improve your written communication skills, especial...
03:27 pm PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing Politicon 2017 is July 29-30, and Boing Boing (me, Xeni Jardin) will be in the mix
Politicon is a non-partisan Unconventional Political Convention that brings Republicans, Democrats, and people of all political stripes together to get worked up over politics. It's a lot of fun, and ...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. bans travel to North Korea by American citizens
The U.S. government today said that Americans will be prohibited from traveling to North Korea because of an elevated risk of "long-term detention" in the country, where an American student was jailed...
01:31 pm PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing Charlie Sheen & Whoopi Goldberg are in a new '9/11' movie and the trailer is crap-tacular
The film opens in September, 2017. (more…)...
01:22 pm PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing Mueller asks WH staff to preserve all docs related to Don Jr.'s Russia meeting: CNN
CNN reports that special counsel Robert Mueller III has asked the staff of President Donald Trump's White Supremacist House to preserve all documents that may be related to a meeting organized by Dona...
12:20 pm PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing Old NASA computers and space probe data tapes found in dead engineer's basement
A scrap dealer cleaning out a deceased engineer's basement in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania found two massive 1960s computers, magnetic tape data storage systems, and hundreds of tape reels, all of which wa...
12:13 pm PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing The joy of summer
Not sure who gets the worst end of this deal, but happy summer weekend. (more…)...
11:54 am PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing Creepy and amazing tattoo and haircut combo
(youdontknowimadaog via /r/ATBGE)...
11:44 am PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing Typewriters transformed into incredible sculptures of machine guns
Montreal artist Eric Nado transforms vintage typewriters into stunning models of machine guns. As a William S. Burroughs fan, I have great appreciation for this intersection of objects. From Galerie C...
11:22 am PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing The moment this kid realizes he's hawking $2 candy bars to 'Bart Simpson'
Nancy Cartwright surprised the heck out of this 13-year old boy when she revealed she is the real voice of Bart Simpson. The look on his face, ha! (more…)...
11:22 am PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing What a rocket launch looks like from space
Usually we only get to see what a rocket launch looks like from ground level. (more…)...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing My favorite Japanese pencil case is on sale for $10
My older daughter and I both like to sketch. We sometimes go the the Art Directors Guild's figure drawing sessions here in Los Angeles on Tuesday nights (only $10!) or we sit on the floor of her room ...
09:03 am PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing Spicey go bye-bye
Sean Spicer has resigned as President Donald Trump's communications director, and he doesn't like his replacement.From The New York Times:Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Frid...
07:01 am PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's latest senior science nominees are a talk-radio ignoramus and a career poisoner
The Department of Agriculture's chief scientist oversees more than 1,000 scientists in 100 research facilities: Trump's pick to run the agency is Sam Clovis, a climate-denying talk-radio host who not ...
06:46 am PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing George RR Martin, 1993 "The fantasy novel I've been working on off and on for a while" is an unlikely project for TV
Scott Edelman writes, "I interviewed George R. R. Martin at a Thai restaurant on Episode 42 of my Eating the Fantastic podcast (MP3), and after I returned home, remembered I'd also interviewed him ba...
05:34 am PDT - Fri, July 21, 2017
BoingBoing Everyone could use some basic web development skills
The current web development landscape is rife with buzzwords and technology that gets abandoned almost as soon as its made. If youve never written a line of code before, it can be hard to figure out w...
06:41 pm PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Trump lawyers are exploring his pardoning powers, and how to monkeywrench Mueller's Russia investigation
Lawyers for President Donald Trump are working on a conflict of interest case against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, reports the Washington Post, and Trump has asked advisers about his power t...
05:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing This car was lifted into the air by a tornado in Hamburg, NY. The owner's home security camera caught it on video.
In Hamburg, NY, Kevin Karas' home surveillance camera captured a tornado touching down and lifting his car and pretty much everything else around it right up into the air. (more…)...
03:31 pm PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: The Magic of Oz, the "worst cartoon ever"?
The Magic of Oz, most likely from the early 1960s, is sometimes referred to as "the worst cartoon ever." I think that is hyperbolic but I appreciate the sentiment. Animation historian Jerry Beck had...
12:02 pm PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing O.J. Simpson granted parole, could be out in October
After serving 9 years in prison for armed robbery, O.J. Simpson (70) was granted parole. He could be released on October 1.From ABC News:Simpson said in his nine years behind bars, he's been "a good g...
11:47 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Japan's first lady pretended not to speak English when she sat next to Trump at G20 dinner
In an interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump said that Akie Abe, wife of Japan Prime Minister Abe, didn't even say "hello" to him at the G20 dinner because she doesn't speak English:So, I w...
11:25 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Hackers compromised smart fish tank at casino
An unnamed North American casino was hacked through an on-site fish tank connected to the Internet, reports CNN. "Someone used the fish tank to get into the network, and once they were in the fish tan...
11:24 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Angry gentleman shoots out the tires and engine of more than one AT&T truck
A gentleman who didn't like AT&T trucks parked in front of his Hialeigh, FL home grabbed his revolver and calmly began shooting at the tires and engine of one, and then another truck. One of AT&T's ...
11:06 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing This massive searchable Google doc has the personal financial disclosures of Trump staffers
Someone put together a Google spreadsheet of Trump administration personal finances. It has links to the disclosure forms of nearly 500 people - Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, Betsy DeVos, Trump, etc.Tr...
10:49 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump's business transactions
U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has widened his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Mueller is looking into Trump's financial dealings wi...
10:28 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Trump so befuddled on health insurance he thinks it costs only $1 per month when you're 21-years-old
The complexities of how health insurance works in the United States proves to be too much for Donald Trump. He's even having a hard time grasping how much it costs. In Wednesday's New York Times inter...
10:28 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Trump so befuddled on health insurance, he thinks it costs $1 a month when you're 21
The complexities of how health insurance works in the United States proves to be too much for Donald Trump. He's even having a hard time grasping how much it costs. (more…)...
10:19 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Pretty drone footage of San Francisco Bay's vibrant salt ponds
If you've ever approached San Francisco's airport from the south during landing, you may have noticed the colorful salt ponds along the southern shore of San Francisco Bay. (more…)...
10:17 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful and haunting human forms made of driftwood
Nagato Iwasaki scours beaches for driftwood he can repurpose into lovely sculptures. (more…)...
10:15 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Small antelope is determined to attack man
A young antelope harbors a vicious grudge against this guy, who seems to be half-scared, half-amused by the tiny angry ungulate. The only way he can restrain it is by grabbing it by the horns. He make...
09:59 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Toronto says park stairs would cost $65k to build, man makes them for $550
Toronto officials are hopping mad that a rogue DIYer built a flight of stairs in community park for $550 instead of allowing the city to contract it out to a builder at a cost of $65,000-$150,000. A...
09:45 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Every tool box needs a pair of screw removal pliers
A screw with a stripped head can be difficult to remove. There are a number of ways to remove screws with stripped heads. Lifehacker has a nice article on this subject.My favorite method of removing a...
09:36 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Tragedy averted once again by a tempered glass protector
My iPhone 7+ did a faceplant into gravel. There were 3 deep impacts but the screen saver took all the damage.I'm a big fan of these tempered glass screen savers. I've been replacing iPhone screens wit...
09:33 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Star Wars lightsabers with Owen Wilson saying "wow" as the sound effect
This is deeply weird but also makes perfect sense. Wow.Created by Ursinarium, inspired by Josh Billinson's tweet:Star Wars, but all of the light saber sounds are Owen Wilson saying "wow" p...
08:11 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Eat Fuck Kill, the legend of the playa's first meme
Hey there, I've been going to Burning Man since 1995 and a funny thing happened out there starting in 1997. I recently shared a shorter version of this story in my inbox zine. Mark saw it and thought ...
08:09 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a cool Iron Throne phone charger
Martina at Natural Nerd takes Game of Thrones fans through instructions on making a badass-looking Iron Throne phone charger. (more…)...
08:08 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing 1988 home video of driving on the 10 freeway in Los Angeles
Gilbert Arciniega was an early adopter of shooting videos of 1980s day-to-day life, like this footage of him zipping down Interstate 10, aka the 10 freeway in LA lingo. Includes 1978 Datsun 280Z car...
07:15 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing To attract customers, Toronto hotel removes the TRUMP name
As I wrote about last month, the hotelier who operates the Toronto property bearing Trump's name was desperate enough to get shut of it that they had bid millions for the right to change the name of t...
07:07 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Peak no-fucks-given Jeff Sessions boosts asset forfeitures
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, having been thrown under the bus by Donald Trump, has clearly run out of fucks to give, and so now he's not only reviving the feel-good anti-drug program that convinced...
06:45 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing Crash ahoy! London real-estate prices stagnate
In a world of expensive urbanization where the spiraling cost of basic shelter has forced ever-more people into debt and fuelled a speculative global bubble of criminal money-launderers who use luxury...
05:33 am PDT - Thu, July 20, 2017
BoingBoing This mini-drone is easy to fly for beginners and fun for experts
The Fader Stealth Quadcopter from TRNDlabs packs incredible flight performance into a package small enough to land on your phone screen, and it's available now in the Boing Boing Store.The Faders six-...
02:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Rudy Rucker on Walkaway
Walkaway is my first novel for adults since 2009 and I had extremely high hopes (and not a little anxiety) for it as it entered the world, back in April. Since then, I've been gratified by the kind wo...
02:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing How to use a 4K TV as a computer monitor
Brad Templeton is founding faculty for Computing and Networks at Singularity University, and Chairman Emeritus and futurist of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the leading cyberspace civil ri...
02:06 pm PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch George Lucas tell off professional autograph hounds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIa425GQhIsAbove, George Lucas has no time for professional autograph hunters out for a quick buck. Below is another recent clip of Lucas grumpy at the autograph hounds...
01:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing A Ghost Story is not your typical horror film
A Ghost Story is not your typical horror film -- it is a supernatural, philosophical romance that focuses on the life of a ghost and his existential experience of being lost in space and time. The f...
12:51 pm PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Fender custom shop re-uses Hollywood Bowl bench boards to make $12k guitars
$12k for a guitar made of the boards where people sat and listened to historic concerts.What kind of pick-up does this fantastically expensive beauty come with? Best I can tell: Black. I hope it sound...
12:15 pm PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Neuroscientist explains how your brain hallucinates your conscious reality
In this recently released TED Talk, neuroscientist Anil Seth explains the intricacies of human consciousness and how we all are constantly hallucinating:Right now, billions of neurons in your brain ...
12:05 pm PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Penn and Teller wowed by blind card shark Richard Turner
Card magician Richard Turner has been "playing the hand he's been dealt" since he was a young boy and became blind. (more…)...
11:59 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Two people drowned in river baptisms
Two adult men drowned during their baptisms in the Ungwasi River in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania in Africa. Following the incident, we have agreed on some measures that will ensure the safety of...
11:59 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Destiny 2 "Beta" begins on PS4 and Xbox One
As of today both Xbox One and PS4 players can preview Bungie's sequel to Destiny, the MMOFPS successor to Halo.Wonderful weapons, colorful armor, and well-balanced skills make Destiny PvP the best s...
11:53 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Meet Jerry Foster, colorful pilot who brought helicopters to TV news
Jerry Foster came back from Vietnam with extensive experience piloting choppers. How he turned that into one of the pioneering careers in aerial coverage of local news is a terrific longread brimming ...
11:50 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch wireless dominoes topple without touching each other
Eser Dominoes are an interesting proof of concept that won a juried award at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival. (more…)...
11:46 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Delightful animations of colorful distorted cars
Cut & Shut is the latest work by illustrator Chris Labrooy, showing whimsical imaginings of icon VW Beetles and other models come to life. (more…)...
11:40 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Short documentary on Cleveland's disastrous 1986 Balloonfest
In 1986, Cleveland was desperate to put the nickname "Mistake by the Lake" behind them, so they tried to set a world record for a balloon release. Balloonfest takes us through the failures. (more&he...
11:38 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch "Raiders of the Lost Darth"
Fabrice Mathieu delivered this fantastic new cut of his Raiders of the Lost Darth mashup. Cast: Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Paul Freeman, Carrie Fisher, Fred Sorenson, Warwick Davis, and C-3PO as ...
11:35 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Hilarious video on speedy package shipping options
The fine folks behind the series CrapShots did this very funny short clip called The Shipping, on the inevitable outcome of the race for faster packing shipping speeds. (more…)...
11:27 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Security robot drowns during patrol
The Knightscope K5 security robot was patrolling a Washington DC office park on MOnday when it met its untimely demise. Apparently the robot rolled too close to the fountain stairs for its own good. F...
11:25 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing How badly do streaming services rip off musicians? A chart, updated
Information is Beautiful has updated their comparison of artist payments on streaming services, estimating that 2.4 million plays on YouTube will net a whopping $1,472 for an unsigned artist. That's $...
11:23 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to Nine Inch Nails' spooky new song, 'This Isn't the Place'
This Friday July 21st, Nine Inch Nails will release a 5-song EP titled Add Violence. (more…)...
11:20 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch pink legless lizards, mysterious dongs of the desert
The dongs of the deep have nothing on the hearty Mexican mole lizard, aka dongs of the desert. (more…)...
11:15 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Helpful invention for handling unsolicited NSFW faxes
Unsolicited images of dongs have become a sad part of life as a modern human. We can block senders after the fact, but what about those pesky genital faxes? Now there's an answer. (more…)...
11:11 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Deceptive tie-dye tablecloth disappoints party host
Why would the manufacturer make this tablecloth mostly white, when it probably doesn't cost extra to print the whole thing with the tie-dye pattern that's on the edges?...
11:07 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Apparently the 1980s thought vigorous thrusting by John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis was a good thing
Did the 1980s really happen? This scene from the 1985 movie Perfect, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta, has got to be the most cringeworthy in cinema history. Truly fascinating....
11:06 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Number of terrorist attacks around the world is down, despite Trump's fear-mongering
What's left of the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday the number of terrorist attacks worldwide and deaths from such attacks dropped in 2016 for the second straight year. The global downward tren...
10:57 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Kids win a prize at a claw machine, and their victory celebration is a joy to watch
A dad took his three kids to Walmart and let them try a claw machine. On the third attempt they were successful. Their delight in beating the machine is infectious....
10:50 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing How caffeine keeps you awake
TedEd tackles the question of "How does caffeine keep you awake?" The answer is fascinating but I care less about how it works and just thank my lucky stars that it does....
10:47 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Learn some of the science behind self-driving cars, and maybe build one yourself
Although fully autonomous vehicles arent yet allowed on public streets, they are poised to dominate the roads in the not-too-distant future. But before that happens, Apple, Google, Uber, and other com...
10:33 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing James Franco in 'The Disaster Artist' (2017) vs Tommy Wiseau in 'The Room' (2003)
A comparison of Tommy Wiseau's performance in The Room (2003) and James Franco's portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist (2017) teaser trailer. (more…)...
10:21 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Wife records hubby's snoring for 4 years, makes a 'Despacito' remix from it
This instantly viral video has all the hallmarks of a well-choreographed hit. Cute older couple, old guy snoring, gold chains, hairy chest, and the Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee megahit 'Despacito.' (more...
10:16 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Here's the best Washington Post headline of the morning
"Stun-gun-wielding rabbi kidnappers fail to convince court they were just practicing their faith." The story describes the religious freedom defense of Rabbi Mendel Epstein and a group of rabbis who w...
09:59 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Video appears to show Baltimore cop planting drugs at a crime scene
It sure looks like Baltimore Police Officer Richard Pinheiro planted drugs at a crime scene and if he did, I'm sure it was the first time it's ever happened and he's very sorry if anyone was offende...
09:47 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Saudi Airlines confirms that American laptop ban on U.S.-bound flights from Saudi has ended
The U.S. government's ban on laptops and other large electronic devices in the cabins of flights from Saudi Arabia to the United States has been lifted, Saudi Arabian Airlines confirmed today. (more&h...
09:28 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Once you use this, you won't ever want another jar tool
The reason it's hard to open jar lids is because the vacuum seal is pulling the lid tightly against the jar. Once in awhile, the vacuum seal is so strong that I can't open it. That's when I grab my Ja...
09:14 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing What did Trump and Putin talk about in their private G20 chat, previously kept secret?
They don't even bother to try and hide their affair anymore. (more…)...
09:14 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing What did Trump and Putin talk about in their private G20 chat, previously undisclosed?
They don't even bother to try and hide their affair anymore. (more…)...
09:11 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Whenever Trump plays in a shiny new truck, a Republican healthcare bill dies
Toot toot! If you see Trump playing truck driver while sitting in a big shiny truck, you can bet a Republican healthcare bill has just failed. It's happened twice so far. According to the A.V. Club:Th...
07:18 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing An absurd and awful moment in Switzerland's legendarily bonkers citizenship process
When I was becoming a British citizen, the one thing everyone knew was that the Life in the UK citizenship test was full of weird, arbitrary questions that most Britons couldn't answer, but next to Sw...
07:06 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing A brief history of Alice & Bob, cryptography's first couple
Alice and Bob are the hypothetical communicants in every cryptographic example or explainer, two people trying to talk with one another without being thwarted or overheard by Eve, Mallory and their le...
06:55 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Smirking pharmabro Martin Shkreli to employee's wife: "I hope to see you and your four children homeless"
Martin Shkreli is the smirking, remorseless poster child for trumpism: a serial fraudster who leavened his ponzi schemes by presiding over pharmaceutical price-gouging. (more…)...
05:00 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: COPS - Trump Edition (Bad boys, whatcha gonna do?)
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and much more...
02:30 am PDT - Wed, July 19, 2017
BoingBoing Kurt Vonnegut's asshole asterisk doodle, the t-shirt
The late great Kurt Vonnegut was known for creating doodles of his, uh, backdoor. Now, a rendition of his asterisk-anus is on a t-shirt. (more…)...
06:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing This adorable dog gives pro kitesurfer Kevin Langeree a run for his money
Professional kitesurfer and water sports athlete Kevin Langeree has a wonderful moment of inspiration in this video with one very good dog. (more…)...
05:17 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Drone captures a timelapse of 'largest human flower' in SF
It's the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's "Summer of Love" and the city is blooming with ways to celebrate. (more…)...
04:56 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing SNL writer replies to Trump tweets as if they're personal texts and it's hysterical
Most people who follow Trump on Twitter will either cheer him on, shout back at him, or run the other way. But SNL writer Josh Patten responds to Trump's tweets as if Trump had texted them directly to...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Only Mexico City has the cojones for the Trump/They Live Billboard!
A few months ago my artist pal Mitch O'Connell launched a crowdfunded plan to pay tribute to the cult classic movie They Live, about a race of space creatures who secretly take over Earth by brainwash...
01:15 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Determined goat breaks into office by butting glass door until it shatters
A small polyurethane company in Louisville, CO was vandalized on Sunday, with its front glass door completely smashed in, and at first the owners thought they'd been robbed. But when police came and...
01:08 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing This boat is a hot tub and vice versa
The Hot Tub Boat is both at the same time. You can rent one to float around Seattle's Lake Union or custom order your very own from HotTubBoats.com. "Well, the hot tub boat is fifteen feet over all, s...
12:59 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Drugs that are 30 years past their expiration date "still as potent as they were when they were manufactured"
Throwing away expired medicine is a waste of money, according to the results of a recent test on a cache of pills predating "the 1969 moon landing." Lee Cantrell of the California Poison Control Syste...
12:55 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: A new NASA documentary narrated by William Shatner
NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia turns 100 this year. In celebration, the space agency produced this short documentary and enlisted Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, to narra...
12:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Saudi police finally captured the woman who wore a miniskirt in online video
Saudi Arabians can sleep easy tonight, safe in the knowledge that police have tracked down and arrested a woman for wearing a miniskirt and crop top in direct violation of their dress code for women.T...
12:38 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Dissociative psychedelic Ketamine may help suicidal children
Ketamine is a short-acting dissociative anesthetic commonly used on animals and sometimes people. Of course it's also beloved by many psychonauts for its unusual dreamlike or "out of body" psychedelic...
12:15 pm PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Family Guy tribute to Adam West
Family Guy's wonderful tribute to the late great Mayor of Quahog, Mr. Adam West....
11:58 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing 'Legacy,' a short film from Eric Mittleman
Watch our longtime Boing Boing TV collaborator Eric Mittleman's short film, 'Legacy.' It's free to screen online at YouTube and Vimeo, and has been running on-board Virgin America flights, where Eri...
11:49 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Amazing floating bird caught on video
YouTube user Ginger Beard created this illusion of a floating bird by capturing the video at 20 frames per second, the same speed at which the bird flaps its wings. (more…)...
11:37 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing How to combat manspreading on the subway - sit on the offender
Lifehacker has a list of ways to deal with a manspreader taking up a seat. Asking politely is probably effective, but my favorite is Cassie J Sneider's technique: plop down on the manspreader's leg.Ex...
11:10 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing China is selling "anti-pervert" flamethrowers that fit in a handbag
These sleek, diminutive flamethrowers cost between $13 and $30 and are for sale online. Any person who makes an untoward advance at a potential victim is likely to have second thoughts after experienc...
10:29 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Russian real estate firm employee was mystery 8th person at Don. Jr.'s Trump Tower meeting
The eighth person present at that June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which Donald Trump Jr. hoped to get a hold of damaging, hacked info on his dad's Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton? We n...
09:58 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Evaporative cooling bandanas really work
Human beings are incredible evaporative cooling systems, but that doesn't mean you can't use a little help when things are really hot. These cooling bandanas work wonders.During a recent heatwave, my ...
09:51 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Class action lawsuit filed against Uber over lack of wheelchair access in NYC vehicles
A disability rights group is suing Uber over charges that the ride-hailing service violates New York City human rights laws by failing to ensure that enough of its vehicles are accessible to physicall...
09:36 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Jane Austen is the face of Britain's new 10 note
Novelist Jane Austen will soon become the latest historical figure to be honored on a British banknote, and the Bank of England has revealed an early run of the printed bills. Tuesday is the 200th ann...
09:16 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Bodies of Swiss couple who disappeared 75 years ago found on glacier
On August 15, 1942 Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin stepped out to milk their cows in the meadow. They were never seen again, leaving seven children behind. Last week, their bodies were found on Tsanfle...
09:15 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Motorcyclist provides clear evidence of undeniable supremacy
Maximum Lean AngleI can't even touch my toes....
09:11 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Colorizing this early 1900s photo of New York brings it to life
Before the streets were taken over by cars and taxis, pedestrians ruled. This photo of old New York was colorized by Sanna Dullaway....
09:06 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing If you want to learn about Arduino, this is the book to get
Arduino is on open-source electronics prototyping platform that lets you make interactive stuff without having a degree in electrical engineering.For about $25 you can buy a credit card sized circuit ...
07:15 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Techniques for reliably fooling AI machine-vision classifiers
The Open AI researchers were intrigued by a claim that self-driving cars would be intrinsically hard to fool (tricking them into sudden braking maneuvers, say), because "they capture images from multi...
07:07 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Puzzles that teach the fundamentals of crypto's essential, elusive zero-knowledge proofs
Zero-knowledge proofs are one of the most important concepts in cryptography: they're a way to "validate a computation on private data by allowing a prover to generate a cryptographic proof that asser...
06:57 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Billions of dollars' worth of predatory student loans may...just...vanish
Private student loans are the worst of a bad bunch, with incredibly high interest rates and penalties on funds used to finance educations at the kinds of "universities" who later get their accreditati...
06:57 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Billions of dollars' worth of predatory student loans may... just... vanish
Private student loans are the worst of a bad bunch, with incredibly high interest rates and penalties on funds used to finance educations at the kinds of "universities" who later get their accreditati...
06:39 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Decoder rings
Retroworks' $18 decoder rings don't have much by way of cryptographic robustness (they compare disfavorably to the cipher-wheel wedding rings my wife and I wear!), but they're not a bad way to introdu...
06:30 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Learn Raspberry Pi by building a robotic self-driving car with Python
The PiCar-V learning kit comes with everything you need to build a Python-powered robot, and its currently being offered in the Boing Boing Store. (more…)...
05:45 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Using leftover pizza to make french toast
I don't know why you'd want to mess with a perfectly good breakfast like cold leftover pizza. But if you do, here's a video that shows you how to turn those cheesy slices into french toast. (more&he...
04:00 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing Typewriter guns
Watch in this video as Quebec artist ric Nado disassembles antique and vintage typewriters and transforms them into machine gun sculptures. (more…)...
02:30 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing When metal rocker Ronnie James Dio was a doo-wop artist
Before Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell, late metal legend Ronnie James Dio was a doo-wop artist. (more…)...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, July 18, 2017
BoingBoing You have a startup idea you want to develop into reality. This business plan app in our store shows you how.
New business ideas are a dime a dozen; everyone and their cousin has a concept for a new app or service that may or may not revolutionize a small slice of the world. Whether its novel ways of ordering...
06:44 pm PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Ding, Dong, Trumpcare's Dead: GOP Health Care Bill Collapses With 2 Senators' Dissent
The GOP's 7-year promise to "repeal and replace Obamacare" ends in a flaming pile of fail. (more…)...
06:16 pm PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. to end restriction against grandmas & grandpas from nations in Trump's dumb Muslim ban
United States citizens' grandparents from six Muslim-majority countries will once again be eligible to receive U.S. visas, according to a State Department memo Reuters got a hold of that reflects the ...
06:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon files for meal-kit trademarks, and Blue Apron shares shrivel in fearful anticipation
Everyone's favorite Internet monopoly Amazon looks like it's about to eat Blue Apron's lunch. Amazon just announced plans to boy high-end grocery chain Whole Foods last month in June, and has also rec...
05:43 pm PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing After travel industry outcry, TSA will end Trump-era ban on laptops for flights to U.S. from Middle East
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration today said it was lifting a ban on carry-on electronics such as laptops for passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines flights headed to the U.S.. This is the...
05:31 pm PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Conference Call Bingo
This wonderful 'conference call bingo' chart was created by E. Gilliam. It went viral. (more…)...
04:29 pm PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing What is the third biggest cause of death in the US?
The US government could save lives if it applied 1% of the money it spends on terrorism ("foreign-born terrorists have killed roughly one American per year") towards preventing death by medical error,...
03:32 pm PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing This cannabis cigar contains 12 grams of weed and costs $420
A weed store in Seattle called Leira makes pricey cannabis cigars.From The Potlander:Seattle-based Leira rolls cannabis cigars, the smallest of which is a petite three-and-one-quarter-inch cigarillo s...
02:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Museum in Italy shuts down exhibit with Modigliani forgeries -- "Even a child could see these were crude fakes"
The work of the late artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920) is in high demand. In 2015 his painting Nu Couch (191718) was purchased at auction by a Chinese art collector for $170.4 million. Naturally,...
01:19 pm PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing San Diego! Come hear me read from Walkaway tomorrow night at Comickaze Liberty Station!
I'm teaching the Clarion Science Fiction writing workshop at UCSD in La Jolla this week, and tomorrow night at 7PM, I'll be reading from my novel Walkaway at Comickaze Liberty Station, 2750 Historic D...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Slow motion video of model rocket engine underwater doesn't end well
Warped Perception ignited an Estes D12-5 model rocket engine in a glass tank of water. It looks glorious in 4K super-slow motion, including the moment the ejection charge fires. (In model rocketry, ...
11:16 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Wrist-worn device for monitoring people's emotions during market research
MIT Media Lab spinoff company mPath has developed a wristwatch-like wearable that measures changes in skin conductance tied to stress, frustration, disinterest, or boredom. Combined with other data, t...
10:32 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Engineers create smart glove that turns sign language into text
University of California San Diego engineer Timothy OConnor led a team that developed a smart glove that turns the American Sign Language alphabet into text. The project used inexpensive off-the-she...
10:13 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Child almost wins balance bike race but is having too much fun to care
Win? Nah, it's more fun just to keep playing....
10:04 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Artist uses food to make portraits of famous people with food-like names
Allan Pachino Wallace uses edibles to create detailed portraits, like athlete Stef Curry made from curry. He also made Salt Bae of salt: (more…)...
09:59 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing This crisper pan makes incredible sweet potato fries
Soon after I started using my Paderno vegetable slicer in 2015 to cut sweet potatoes into curls, I bought an oven crisper pan. This thing is great. Instead of drenching the slices in hot oil to fry th...
09:32 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast catches up with every current Game of Thrones character
Boars, Gore, and Swordsprepares for the imminent return of HBO's Game of Thrones by going through the list of every current character and their whereabouts as of the end of Season 6 in thisrefresher e...
09:13 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Reddit co-founder breaks down net neutrality for Snoop Dogg
Earlier this year, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian was a guest on Snoop Dogg's GGN show. Ohanian talked with Snoop about his recent engagement to tennis star Serena Williams, the basics of net neut...
09:12 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Here's the unusual creative process of Aphex Twin's anonymous visual artist, Weirdcore
As part of the Nicer Tuesdays series, Designer Weirdcore treats viewers to a rare historical overview of his concert visuals for Aphex Twin. (more…)...
09:04 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Scientists finally discover why this river has such an unreal shade of blue
Rio Celeste is a gorgeous Costa Rican river with a length that's famous for its unusual turquoise waters. After decades of guessing, scientists finally determined the cause was aluminosilicate: (mor...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing The best way to greet a person if you can't remember whether or not you know them
It's happened to all of us. You are at a party or business meeting and people are greeting one another. One of the people in the group looks vaguely familiar or the contextual clues suggest that you a...
08:50 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Take a look at a cool manicure with a used tampon theme
Artist Annelies Hoffmeyr has a fun Instagram page that mischievously plays with Barbies, jewelry, and provocative "fashion shoots," if you will, including the use of tampons as hair curlers, cigarette...
08:30 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Fake Obama speech is the beginning of the end of video evidence
It's not easy to tell that the Barack Obama in this video is a digital fake, but it is. It was created by researchers at the University of Washington. They developed an AI model of the former presid...
08:15 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Undercover cop with hideous man bun recorded as he snoops through a guy's car
A man having dinner at a New Jersey restaurant with his family noticed someone poking around his parked car, so he turned on his phone's video camera and walked over to challenge the suspected crimina...
08:05 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Behind the scenes clips from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Its about family, and thats whats so powerful about it, says the late Carrie Fisher....
07:58 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Marijuana found packed into new Fords arriving at Midwestern dealerships
More than $1 million in marijuana was found hidden inside brand new Ford Fusions at dealerships in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The automobiles were manufactured at plants in Mexico and somewhere along the ...
07:54 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing What would happen if you opened a plane's emergency door mid-flight
Trying to open the emergency exit door of an airplane while still in flight is obviously a stupid idea. First of all, you might get a wine bottle smashed over your head. And you most certainly will ge...
06:38 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing The world's libraries tell the W3C that DRM is bad for the web
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the respected global body representing libraries all over the world; in an open letter to the World Wide Web Consortium, the or...
06:17 am PDT - Mon, July 17, 2017
BoingBoing Idaho law lets your boss sue you if you get a better job
California says that non-compete agreements are unenforceable, and that's been a huge factor in the state's growth -- in particular, it's the most likely reason that California's tech economy zoomed p...
05:45 pm PDT - Sun, July 16, 2017
BoingBoing These trippy videos are designed to entice you to purchase eyewear
Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck has paired up with the Russian eyewear company FakbyFak to create fashion videos for the release of his new eyewear line Toy Glasses. The three videos...
05:35 pm PDT - Sun, July 16, 2017
BoingBoing Coffee makes you live longer? Don't believe the buzz
Two new studies from the Annals of Internal Medicine have made the rounds on news sites, each claiming that an increased coffee consumption leads to a higher life expectancy. While this may sound like...
05:08 pm PDT - Sun, July 16, 2017
BoingBoing RIP: George Romero creator of "Night of the Living Dead"
George Romero was 27 when he made the zombie movie Night of the Living Dead on a $114,000 budget. He went on to make over 20 movies, many with a horror or zombie apocalypse theme. He died today at age...
01:21 pm PDT - Sun, July 16, 2017
BoingBoing Five great crime novels
Every week, Kevin Kelly, Claudia Dawson, and I send out our Recomendo newsletter. It's a lightweight rundown of six useful things. (Sign up here!) Here's this week's newsletter:Five good crime books:O...
12:55 pm PDT - Sun, July 16, 2017
BoingBoing Take this visual compatibility quiz to find out what kind of person you are
Do you have a neat signature, or a messy one? Do you let the dishes pile up in the sink, or do you clean them as soon as you are done using them? Do you prefer coffee or tea? The purpose of 2 Kinds of...
10:33 am PDT - Sun, July 16, 2017
BoingBoing Proposed Massachusetts law would let cops steal your car if it had a "hidden compartment"
Hey, remember how Bill Clinton doubled down on the War on Drugs, perfecting Reagan's haphazard and shoddily made race-war into a well-oiled incarceration machine that turned America into the world's g...
10:19 am PDT - Sun, July 16, 2017
BoingBoing Disney will pivot Epcot away from its "sponsored content" model
Epcot Center (now "Epcot") is a weird stepchild among Disney themeparks; it started as a kind of ghastly parody of Walt Disney's plan to build a totally controlled domed company town on the enormous t...
09:32 am PDT - Sun, July 16, 2017
BoingBoing Free on the Internet Archive: 255 issues of Galaxy Magazines, 1950-1976
Galaxy was one of the first pulps to explicitly bill itself as a magazine for "adults," in 1950 under founding editor HL Gold. (more…)...
04:55 am PDT - Sun, July 16, 2017
BoingBoing Here's an interactive way to learn ethical hacking
The Metasploit framework is an open source tool that lets you simulate real attacks against your system. You can get introduced to this essential cyber security software with this Penetration Testing ...
05:57 pm PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trippy ceramic busts depict mind-altering revelations
Sculptor Johnson Tsang (previously) has a cool new series of ceramic busts titled the Open Mind Series. Each one depicts a different way one's mind can be expanded. (more…)...
05:20 pm PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Australia's Prime Minister is a goddamned idiot
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull: "Well the laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is ...
03:57 pm PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Meet the world's greatest horse photographer
Sara Barnes at My Modern Met profiles photographer Wiebke Haas, whose stunning art photographs of horses have won her global acclaim. (more…)...
03:54 pm PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Cut the cord without sacrificing anything but the ads
A cable subscription is the most straightforward way to watch live TV, and its typically the only way to get access to streaming content from cable networks. But you never get to choose which channels...
02:55 pm PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing 100 artists allowed to paint entire school for weeks before renovations
Jonk Photography captured the remarkable work of dozens of street artists given weeks to create whatever they want inside a school that's about to be renovated. (more…)...
01:55 pm PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful film on a Buddhist ritual only 46 monks have completed
The Kaihgy is a quest to become a living Buddha through 1000 days of gruelling rituals. Ivan Olita was granted rare access to a temple near Kyoto to film The Seven Year Pilgrimage to Enlightenment. ...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Dreamlike gifs of falling girls
Manddy Wyckens' gifs of falling girls may trigger your thalassophobia, but they are pretty neat regardless. (more…)...
11:15 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Two Bit Circus bringing a high-tech micro-amusement park to downtown L.A. in early 2018
This is huge, awesome news. In early 2018, experiential entertainment company Two Bit Circus will open the country's first micro-amusement park in downtown Los Angeles. The company's founders Brent Bu...
10:54 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful sculptures made entirely of ribbon
Ribbonesia specializes in gathering, twisting, and tying ribbon into vibrant animals, plants, and other sculpted forms. Some are complex like this dragon and peacock. (more…)...
10:52 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Booze it up in style with these Pimm's popsicles
I remember years ago, after a long hot hike, a British friend of mine took a Thermos of Pimm's out of her picnic basket and proceeded to pour us drinks. I still remember how "civilized" I felt sipping...
10:36 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Using the bowling lane's oil patterns to get better at the game
On Super Bowl sunday, I usually can be found bowling with friends instead of watching football. We dress up in superhero costumes and award each other silly trophies that we've created just for the ...
09:50 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trim your everyday carry arsenal with these wallet phone cases
"Phone, wallet, keys." Many of us recite these words to ourselves each time we leave home, or the office, or a friend's house, or anywhere at all. They're the typical essentials we all carry every sin...
08:35 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing A service that turns pictures of keys into working keys
Snap a picture of a key and Key Me will turn it into a working metal key: just a reminder that locks probably aren't as secure you imagine. (via Schneier)...
08:30 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: a gifted and personable napkin folder who makes "botanically correct flowers"
https://vimeo.com/151972138Arnold Drake World is a talented paper artist who sits at a communal table at the cafe in Portland's legendary Powell's City of Books and turns paper napkins and towels in...
08:24 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Eye surgeon discovers that patient's irritated, dry eye is caused by a mass of dozens of lost contact lenses
UK eye surgeon Rupal Morjaria was poised to operate on a 67-year-old patient when he discovered a "blueish mass" that turned out to be 17 old, lost contact lenses that had fused together; he then reco...
08:16 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing A traveling neon salesman's sample-case, 1935
This old Mental Floss post collects salesmans' miniatures from the 1930s, including mausoleums, swimming pools, Persian rugs, and more -- but the gem is this gorgeous neon sample-case. (more…)...
08:10 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trump doxes people who wrote with concerns about leaks of their sensitive personal data
Donald Trump is running a national-scale voter-suppression effort, billed as a "Voter Fraud Commission," whose first act was to illegally demand that state election officials dox every registered vote...
08:00 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Detailed guide to Disneyland line-planning for a age of lengthening queues
The core advice for minimizing wait time at Disneyland is to focus on off-peak hours (in the morning right after "rope-drop," in the evening before the park closes), but within that envelope, how shou...
06:50 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing Enjoy active noise cancellation for up to 12 hours with these wireless headphones
In the office or in transit, sometimes you just want a little alone time with your music. These Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth headphonesoblige, providing up to 97% active noise cancellation, so yo...
03:30 am PDT - Sat, July 15, 2017
BoingBoing These multi-tools fit right in your wallet
Some people carry Swiss Army knives for their convenience and the solutions they offer to everyday problems. However, when you're doing that, you're still carrying a knife, and it's one extra thing to...
06:59 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Here's a beautiful map that helped American women earn voting rights
The Awakening by Henry Mayer is considered one of the finest pieces of political art of the 20th-century and is often mentioned as the most beautiful of the "suffrage maps." American women earned the...
05:59 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Can you name all 26 bands whose fonts comprise this alphabet?
Design firm Dorothy created an alphabet made up entirely of letters from classic rock band logos. I did OK on this one, but the alternative rock one kicked my butt: (more…)...
04:59 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Billy Corgan is selling off his used gear, including Smashing Pumpkins guitars and amps
In August, you'll have a chance to own a piece of Smashing Pumpkins history when Billy Corgan sells off over 150 pieces of his used gear, including guitars, basses and amps. These items are all from h...
03:59 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing In the UK, 77% of 2017 university grads will never fully repay their student loan debt
Because of the UK's dramatic shift from student grants to loans, a startling report from the Institute for Financial Studies predicts that 77.4% of university graduates in the UK's class of 2017 will ...
03:57 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Guy gets super-high on ayahuasca, gets cosmic woodworking instructions
Chris Isner was a regular guy until an ayahuasca trip gave him clear instructions on creating a trippy style of bas relief wood sculptures. (more…)...
03:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Try 1Password for 60 days free of charge in the Boing Boing store
With excellent integration in iOS and desktop browsers alike, 1Password is a very useful password manager for Apple users. Right now you can give it a free try for 60 days.1Password makes it easy to g...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Watch 'Folk Alex Jones,' in which Infowars rants become 'indie folk song'
SuperDeluxe transformed some Alex Jones crazypants rants into a Bon Iver-esque song. It is hilarious. (more…)...
12:21 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing This week has been crazy. Here are some ways to relieve the stress.
Unless youre fabulously wealthy or have stayed offline and away from news, your summer may be tinged with existential angst. This Trump stuff is super stressful. We invite you to browse this list of s...
12:08 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this artist repaint a Barbie doll to look like Wonder Woman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GBVyVdd_kMWatch as an off-the-shelf Barbie gets a superhero makeover in this delightful tutorial. Includes a list of materials used and a very relaxing voiceover. (mor...
12:08 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Philosophical and inspirational short film set to surfing
Surfer Filipe Jervis stars in Timing, a short film that encourages everyone to pursue their dreams now, and not wait for the perfect timing. Why? Because it's never the perfect time. (more…)...
12:07 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Watch French Army perform Daft Punk medley they played for Trump and Macron on #BastilleDay
In preparation for the big Bastille Day Military Parade, the French Army is shown in this video rehearsing a Daft Punk medley. The celebratory parade is the world's oldest and longest military one i...
12:05 pm PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Doggo, did you do this?
Did you do it? Hmm? (more…)...
11:34 am PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Become a polyglot programmer with our 80 hour 'Ultimate Learn to Code 2017 Bundle'
The number of devices that connect to the internet is ever-increasing, so web technology has to move fast to keep up with their needs. Because both seasoned programmers and novices can get overwhelmed...
11:21 am PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a car crash spark a spectacular electrical fire
After a van creamed an electric pole, the sparks started arcing in London, Ontario. The sound and light show was captured by an onlooker. (more…)...
11:10 am PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Jellyfish vase: aquarium filled with lovely translucent flexible vases
Akihiro Ito shared this lovely and relaxing video of Nendo's art piece called Jellyfish Vase, a collection of silicone forms in the shape of vases that are thin enough to sway in gentle water curren...
10:40 am PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
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07:35 am PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Ted Cruz's Democratic challenger is a small-dollars fundraising monster who won't take PAC money
Rep. Beto ORourke [D-El Paso] raised over $2.1 million last quarter for a Senate race against bad person Ted Cruz [R-Satan's Asshole], in the form of 46,574 donations, primarily from in-state donors, ...
07:13 am PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Being poor in America means you get more mosquito bites
A team of public health researchers studies mosquito populations in neighborhoods in Baltimore, looking for correlation between socioeconomic status and mosquitoes. (more…)...
06:53 am PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Open carry swords come to Texas on Sept 1
If you live in Texas, rejoice: Gov. Greg Abbott has signed House Bill 1935, which, from September 1, will safeguard your right to openly carry a sword, dagger or knife, though not into "schools, colle...
06:45 am PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Around the world, public perception of China's political primacy surges
The US is still viewed around the world as the top political power, but perceptions of China's leadership are growing rapidly, especially in African states with heavy Chinese investment, and in Russia...
06:35 am PDT - Fri, July 14, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn talk about the future of politics in the US and the UK
Naomi Klein (previously) is the author of several voraciously readable, hugely influential books about radical politics, most recently No is Not Enough, which calls for a positive vision for a differe...
07:04 pm PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Text to Save Lives - Crisis Text Line Needs YOU!
Twice in my life I tried seeking help when I was feeling suicidal: once from an in-person counselor, and once from a phone based hotline. Both services failed to provide the support I needed, and I le...
02:19 pm PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Man stuck behind ATM slips "help me" notes through receipt slot
Yesterday in Corpus Christi, Texas a contractor was changing a lock inside an ATM room when he got locked inside without his phone. So he wrote "help me" notes that he slipped through the working ATM ...
01:27 pm PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Hotel room in a helicopter
This converted Sea King helicopter on a camp site in Stirling, Scotland is available for overnight stays at the rate of ~$200/night. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the helicopter doesn't fly. From He...
11:28 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing If you're worried about Net Neutrality, you should be worried about web DRM, too
Yesterday's smashing Net Neutrality campaign showed that people have finally woken up to the risks of the highly concentrated telcoms sector using its commercial muscle to decide what kinds of service...
11:03 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's pick for federal wage watchdog stiffed her house-cleaners
The word on the Hill is that Trump will nominate Cheryl Stanton to head the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, a step up from her current job as head of the South Carolina Department of Emp...
10:57 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Americans sent the FCC 1.6 million pro-Net Neutrality comments yesterday
Yesterday's Net Neutrality day marked unprecedented public participation in the formerly fatally dull realm of telcoms policy, as 1.6 million Americans sent the FCC comments supporting Net Neutrality....
10:43 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Berlin SWAT raids yield arrests in theft of manhole-sized gold coin
On Wednesday, heavily armed and armored Berlin police carried out a series of raids, arresting four suspects in the theft of a $3.9m, 220lb manhole-cover-sized gold coin from Berlin's Bode Museum in M...
10:38 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing The Cheesecake Factory has bankrolled a huge temple in an unincorporated California town
Saranap is an unincorporated, loosely governed town in Contra Costa County in Northern California; it is home to a 66,000 square foot temple built by a religion called Sufism Reoriented, which has lit...
10:26 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Here's what a Disney Pirates ride looks like, without the sex-slave auction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZViIysnxo6YRicky from Inside the Magic writes, "The updated redhead/'wench' auction scene in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride has debuted (along with a killer n...
10:18 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing An important, lyrical, critical book about the future of "Smart Cities"
Adam Greenfield's new book Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life (previously) has scored an outstanding review from The Guardian's Steven Poole, who calls it "a landmark primer and spur to...
09:34 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Proof-of-concept camera encrypts images with GPG
W Aaron Waychoff, creator of the Falsom Upside-Down "Resist" campaign, was inspired by this 2016 post; he writes, "I've made a proof-of-concept encrypting digital camera based on the open source, wid...
09:25 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Incredible Bowie, Dal, and Tintin portraits made from trash
Assemblage artist Bernard Pras creates incredible 3D installation portraits from trash. (via @saatchi_gallery Instagram)...
06:57 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this guy make a cool pot from an old fence post
Australian woodworker Brendan Stemp found an old fence post with decades of weather damage. After some prep work, he filled the wood gaps with resin and turned a beautiful pot on his lathe. (more&he...
06:49 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Review: Quickie Jobsite Broom
As a man, the idea of buying a decent broom filled me with a billowing resentment, a lockjawed defiance at the very notion of replacing pointless labor with quality tools. I liked forcing results from...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Line of Beauty: stunning biography of fantasy artist Wendy Pini
Wendy Pini is most famous for Elfquest (above), but her artistic career spans fifty years of pop culture history, from weird lowbrow surrealism to yaoi pastiche. Line of Beauty isn't just a stunning a...
05:52 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Trailer for AWAKEN is a feast of gorgeous imagery
The trailer for the film Awaken by timelapse expert Tom Lowe has so many beautiful shots that it was hard to choose a thumbnail. Below are just a few: (more…)...
05:51 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing High school student Juliane Koepcke survived a two-mile fall into the Peruvian rain forest
In 1971 high school student Juliane Koepcke fell two miles into the Peruvian rain forest when her airliner broke up in a thunderstorm. Miraculously, she survived the fall, but her ordeal was just begi...
05:50 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing How to super clean your vehicle's engine bay
Whenever I've gone to a vintage car show, I've often wondered how they get their engines so sparkling clean. Now I know!This comprehensive how-to video from YouTuber ChrisFix shows exactly how to wa...
05:50 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this ant colony vs. carnivorous pitcher plants
AntsCanada (previously) has an overpopulation problem in his yellow crazy ant colony, so he added two kinds of carnivorous pitcher plants. The resulting relationship between ant versus plant turned ...
05:01 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a Harry Potter Golden Egg
YouTuber TheCraftMaiden decided to make a Harry Potter Golden Egg, and it's a triumph of winging it when trying a craft project. It even has a turnable owl to open it. (more…)...
05:01 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing Real-life Photoshop: artists repaint graffiti-tagged stuff to look deleted
Anna Christova snapped this fantastic street art project called "CTRL+X," which paints items tagged with graffiti to look as if they've been selected and deleted in Photoshop, revealing the default tr...
05:01 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing For parents with a twisted sense of humor: the shark stroller
This shark stroller almost makes me want to have another baby. Almost. Instead I'm going to get one to push my cat around (not really, Missy would never have that.)However, if I were to have another b...
05:01 am PDT - Thu, July 13, 2017
BoingBoing LA bakery heat-seals ice cream inside of glazed doughnuts
My teeth hurt just looking at the Halo, the new ice cream-filled glazed doughnut by chef Barb Batiste of B Sweet Dessert Bar in Los Angeles. For $5, the bakery will put a scoop of ice cream --vanilla,...
02:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Security researchers: EFF's got your back at this summer's technical conferences
Are you a security researcher planning to present at Black Hat, Defcon, B-Sides or any of this summer's security events? Are you worried a big corporation or the government might attack you for reveal...
01:42 pm PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing US intel caught Trump team talking with Russians in 2015, before presidential campaign began
In 2015, U.S. intelligence agencies monitoring the communications of Russian agents overheard them talking "about meetings held outside the U.S. involving Russian government officials and Trump busine...
01:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Aliens destroy U.S. nukes, Trump defeats N Korea, and Blac Chyna goes classier, in this weeks tabloids
Supermarket tabloids have given us aliens in the White House, Bat Boy, Elvis lives, and the first photos of heaven, but I never thought Id read this stunning sentence . . .In May, a new ferry service ...
01:14 pm PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Hackers steal Trump Hotel guests' credit card numbers and other info. Again.
For the third time in the past three years, hotel guests at 14 Trump properties including Washington, New York and Vancouver, had their personal credit card info exposed to hackers. (more…)...
11:53 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Inside a Florida 'Cookie Monster' doll, 314 grams of cocaine found
A 39 year oldman in Key West Florida has been arrested after police found a large amount of cocaine hidden in a 'Cookie Monster' doll in his vehicle.More like Coke-y Monster.From the Monroe County She...
11:37 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing LAX: a new online tragicomedy is "a mash-up of Locke and Girls"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1RkNDbneEgPaul Bennun writes, "The incomparable Sarah Warren, (creator of feminist slapstick spy caper MLE) has launched a brand new tragicomedy web series called LA...
11:33 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Articles of Impeachment introduced for Trump by CA congressman Brad Sherman
Brad Sherman (D-CA) today introduced articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump. (more…)...
10:57 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing White Florida cops appear to racially profile driver, then learn she's state attorney Aramis Ayala
In a now viral video clip from a police bodycam, Aramis Ayala, Florida's first African-American elected state attorney, is pulled over by Orlando cops for what appears to be no good reason. (more&hell...
10:33 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Astounding close-up image of Jupiter's Giant Red Spot
NASA's Juno probe just completed the closest ever flyby of Jupiter's Giant Red Spot. The above is a processed version of an image created by Gerald Eichstdt from the Juno imaging data. Juno was passin...
10:11 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Brazil's Lula found guilty of corruption and money laundering, sentenced to 9.5 years in prison
Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been found guilty of corruption charges stemming from a scheme at the state oil company, Petrobras. He will remain free on appeal. Lula remains ...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing EFF has appealed the W3C's decision to make DRM for the web without protections
Five days ago, the World Wide Web Consortium announced that it would go ahead with its project of making DRM for web-video, and that the Director, Tim Berners-Lee had overruled or decided not to act f...
09:38 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Unheard Michael Jackson album up for auction
A CD containing nine unheard Michael Jackson songs that are reportedly master recording quality will be on the auction block next week. The winner won't have legal distribution rights though. From Rol...
09:27 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Satisfying timelapse of dental braces aligning teeth
What kind of music do kids with braces listen to? Heavy Metal. What does an orthodontist do during an earthquake? She braces herself.(GIF via /r/Damnthatsinteresting)...
09:03 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing This fellow has the archetypal sports announcer voice
Acting coach Bob Menery is not a professional sports announcer... yet. Watching him talk gives me the same weird sensation as seeing Mel Blanc do Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny.Below is an older video of...
08:51 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing The World's Largest Super Soaker
The World's Largest Super Soaker is 7 feet long, squirts water at 272 miles per hour, and should not be fired at anyone ever. ...
08:14 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Lady bites fellow diner at nice steakhouse
The New York Daily Post reports an "unprovoked attack" in which one diner chomped down on another at Brooklyn's Peter Luger Steakhouse.The chomping perp gnawed on the victim's right forearm at the pro...
07:58 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Today is Net Neutrality day: melt every phone in DC!
It's the US national day to save Net Neutrality: the day when we phone, tweet, email, and show up in person at every congresscritter, senator and FCC Commisioner's office to demand a free, fair and op...
07:44 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Andy Serkis reading Trump tweets in the voice of Gollum
The FAKE NEWS media has never been so wrong. Or so DIIRRRRRRTY!...
07:44 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Legal advice to musicians, after "Blurred Lines": pretend you have no influences
It's been two years since Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lost a lawsuit brought by Marvin Gaye's descendants, who argued that their song "Blurred Lines" infringed Gay's 1977 song "Got to Give It T...
07:12 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Talking Walkaway with Reason Magazine
Of all the press-stops I did on my tour for my novel Walkaway, I was most excited about my discussion with Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor-in-chief of Reason Magazine, where I knew I would have a challen...
06:54 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Drivers who dislike cyclists don't see them
A new study of driver attitudes toward bikers shows that being able to perceive cyclists is influenced by driver attitudes toward cyclists. Those who don't like or don't care about cyclists don't see ...
06:51 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Cops raze art installation they thought was illicit cannabis farm
The grounds of the architectural biennial in Lyon France included Aire Dattente, an artistic revitalization of an abandoned lot that grew flax, barley, and hemp for making hempcrete. Cops destroyed it...
06:50 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing 147-mph biker chase demonstrates latest aerial surveillance tech
On Independence Day, one American decided to exercise his freedom to ride his motorcycle at speeds up to 147 miles per hour. That and several other freedoms were quickly taken away thanks a police p...
06:50 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing Paul Walsh paints delightful creatures on utility boxes
Artist Paul Walsh brightens up the streets of Auckland, New Zealand by sprucing up old utility boxes with delightful creatures. (more…)...
06:50 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing How Dr. Dre discovered Eminem
An intern slipped famed record producer Jimmy Iovine a mixtape of then-unknown Eminem. Dr. Dre got hold of it and the rest is history. In an earlier documentary about their fateful meeting, Dr. Dre...
06:45 am PDT - Wed, July 12, 2017
BoingBoing The Donald Trump Mysteries! Can he solve the hacking crime?
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04:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing 48 reasons babies are tiny drunk people
Scroll and LOL. (more…)...
04:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing This tiny Corgi sure is a hungry little pupper
He's got those crazy hungry Corgi eyes. (more…)...
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing L.A. area sheriff needs your help reuniting this lost 15 pound bag of marijuana with its owner
If you or someone you know is missing 15 pounds of cannabis, the Crescenta Valley Sheriffs department would like to reunite this lonely pot with its rightful stoner owner. (more…)...
02:18 pm PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Here are some weird and useful Amazon Prime Day deals we like
Amazon's Prime Day is one of the most clever user acquisition schemes on the web, echoing the mission of hallowed holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. People like to shop. That's cool, and Pri...
10:51 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Very funny transhumanist Disney comic
This genius Bizarro! comic by Dan Piraro is from a few years back. More about Walt Disney's mythical cryonic suspension at Snopes....
10:49 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Trucking company fires worker who spoke to reporter about working conditions, takes truck and $60,000 from him
Rene Flores is one of the truckers who spoke to USA Today for its excellent investigative piece on the use of debt and indenture to force truckers to work for literal pennies (or sometimes even pay fo...
10:39 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Ferrari driver ignores "no parking" signs and finds his car in inconvenient spot
A Ferrari driver in southeast England ignored warnings not to leave cars overnight on the ninth floor of the Brighton Marina parking garage. The fellow returned on Sunday morning to find his fancy r...
09:05 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Prankster repeatedly hijacking radio station broadcast with masturbation ditty
The UK's Office of Communications is pursuing a pirate radio prankster who has interrupted the Mansfield 103.2 broadcast eight times over the last month. He cuts into the regularly scheduled programmi...
08:58 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Nigel Farage gave Steve Bannon a painting in which Bannon is Napoleon
A New York Magazine profile of racist media kingpin and White House Pepe-tender Steve Bannon reveals that his office sports a framed mashup of Jacques-Louis David's 1812 painting "The Emperor Napoleon...
08:49 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Fascist beach closed
Italian police shut down a club that established a "fascist beach" near Venice sporting various totalitarian-themed elements, such as portraits of Mussolini, "anti-democracy" slogans, and a charmingly...
08:41 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Majority of Republicans think higher education is bad for America
58% of "right-leaning Americans" believe that colleges and universities "have a negative effect on the country"; only 36% of Republican-leaning voters support higher education. (more…)...
08:38 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Gangnam Style finally dethroned as most-played YouTube video
On YouTube, Gangnam Style's been the most-played video for five years—a little-known testament to the grim reality of popular culture these days. But no longer! It has finally been dethroned, ...
08:35 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Startling space image of California wildfire smoke plume
On Sunday, NASA's Earth-monitoring Terra satellite captured this image of a smoke plume from the brutal Alamo Fire blazing in the County of Santa Barbara, California. According to the County, more th...
08:35 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Heavy social media use leads to a wider variety of news sources
Most people don't look at any news, or at one news site; using social media a lot (even without the intention of looking for news) means that sometimes you'll end up clicking a news link -- so heavy s...
08:19 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Selling arms to alien arthropods is a tricky business
Good Business is a short science fiction film about a very dodgy arms deal indeed, with a sting in its metaphorical tail; the film was created by Ray Sullian, adapted from Simon Roy's comic of the s...
08:13 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Man checks single can of beer on flight
A fellow traveling from Melbourne to Perth, Australia checked a single can of Emu Export lager. He was surprised when it popped out on the the conveyor belt at baggage claim. My mate works at the airp...
08:12 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Cheating Chinese certificate authorities, caught by Certificate Transparency, will get the death penalty
In 2012, Google introduced Certificate Transparency, an internet-wide tripwire system designed to catch cryptographic "certificate authorities" who abused their position to produce counterfeit credent...
08:10 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Blocks modular synth sounds almost as good as it looks
Blocks is a tiny synth system that fits in a laptop bag but looks like a ton of fun, with various modules that click together, weird touch- and pressure-sensitive rubbery keys and pads, and various ...
07:52 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Tory MP suspended for using the n-word in Brexit debate
Anne Marie Morris is the Conservative Party MP for Newton Abbott, Devon; while on a panel at a Eurosceptic meeting in Central London, she described the UK leaving the EU without a deal as a "real n***...
07:32 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing This South African man set the record for one-handed backflips
South African gymnast Zama Mofokeng has set a new Guinness World Record for "Most consecutive backflips (one hand)." How many did he do? THIRTY-FREAKIN'-FOUR... in a row!By achieving this feat, he s...
07:31 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Audience member shoots off confetti cannon during a comedian's set
During his set at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, comedian Joel Dommett gave a guy in the audience a button that would set off a confetti cannon. He instructed the man, "Just ...
04:45 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Text this San Francisco museum and they'll text you back artwork
With over 34,000 pieces of art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is only capable of showing a small fraction of its vast collection at a time. So, they've come up with an ingenious way to get it...
04:45 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Watch these inappropriate TV commercials of yore
Oof, these (sexist, racist, tobacco-filled) ads certainly wouldn't fly today. Yet, while we can see they are obviously inappropriate nowadays, it really wasn't that long ago that these commercials w...
04:44 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing This video explains 'The Art of War' in 5 minutes
In just five minutes, this Life Guide video gives a palatable overview of Chinese military strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu's ancient treatise, The Art of War. Written in the 5th century BC, Tzu's...
04:20 am PDT - Tue, July 11, 2017
BoingBoing Tropic of Kansas: Making America Great Again considered harmful
https://vimeo.com/224982029 (more…)...
06:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Support Boing Boing by trying Amazon Prime for free!
All of us at Boing Boing use the hell out of our Amazon Prime memberships to get free two-day shipping on most stuff along with digital benefits like streaming shows, movies, and music. If you don't a...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon Prime day just started but the only thing worth buying so far is this giant bag of penis-shaped candy
Amazon Prime Day kicks off at the hour, heralding what its hype claims is a better set of deals than the traditional November stampedes. I eagerly hit the previews in expectation of interesting tech b...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing After On - a novel of a Silicon Valley startup by Rob Reid
I enjoyed Rob Reid's 2013 science fiction humor novel, Year Zero, about a pan-galactic conspiracy by aliens who would rather destroy Earth than pay music royalties. Next month, Rob has a new novel com...
09:56 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing An easy way to wire your house for Internet: wi-fi power-over-ethernet
I think the walls in our house have chicken wire in them because it acts like a Faraday cage. WiFi just doesn't penetrate walls. So I use power-over-ethernet to fill every room with wi-fi. I attached ...
09:34 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Vans sneakers featuring the Peanuts gang!
The new Vans x Peanuts sneaker collaboration is killer. These are just a few of the many shoe styles and graphics available. ...
09:06 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a very cute bat gobble up a banana
Watch Denise Wade of Bat Conservation and Rescue QLD in Queensland Australia feed a banana to a a rescued bat. The bat was hit by a car and the driver kindly covered the injured animal with a box un...
08:51 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing New comic book "The Beatles: Yellow Submarine" in the works
In celebration of next year's 50th anniversary of The Beatles: Yellow Submarine film, Titan Comics will publish an authorized comic adaptation of the movie. Bill Morrison, incoming editor for MAD Maga...
08:19 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Religious leaders tripping balls... for science
Psychologists at Johns Hopkins University are currently giving two dozen religious leaders psilocybin, the psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms, to, y'know, see what happens. From The Guardian:Despite ...
08:17 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Don't use mounting tape on old plaster walls
I told myself lies about Scotch Indoor Mounting Tape.It'll mean not having to drill into the unknown, I said. It'll be easier to remove, I said. There'll be no need to fill holes next time we change t...
08:05 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Miniature free food pantries based on Little Free Library concept
People's Pantry Cincy in Cincinnati, Ohio commissioned artists to convert old newspaper boxes into miniature food pantries for neighborhood residents to donate or take food items. As a dietitian, Ive ...
07:27 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing The failure of OK Soda's reverse-psychology ad campaign
OK Soda was a short-lived 1990s soft drink put out by the Coca-Cola company, remarkable for the brilliant postmodern irony of its marketing campaign. Thomas Flight's short documentary tells a fascin...
07:23 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing The National Enquirer is in the tank for Trump
The National Enquirer's circulation peaked in 1988 at 4 million, while today it averages 325,000 copies sold, mostly to low-income, over-80-year olds. Its best retailer is Wal-Mart. It does not publis...
06:57 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Weird, spot-on parodies of broken-robot videogame AI
To those unfamiliar with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, it suffices to say that it's the blandest and goofiest of a game series otherwise famed for overcoming the creative limitations of its whiteb...
06:55 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing This family announces their overseas move, in 4-part harmony
This might well be the cutest darn thing I've seen in a long while.In four-part harmony, the Muller family --Thor, Amy, Tesla, and Quinn-- shared some big news. In their self-produced music video, t...
06:52 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Can gluten-free bread transubstantiate?
Writing in his official capacity, Archbishop Secretary Arthur Roche has published a letter detailing the Vatican's position on gluten-free Eucharist. (more…)...
06:44 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Bill Murray to open 'Caddyshack' restaurant near Chicago
By the end of the year, Bill Murray and his five brothers are set to open a 6,000-sq. ft Caddyshack-themed restaurant near their Illinois hometown of Wilmette. The new restaurant will be located in Ro...
06:39 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Investigators into mass murder of Mexican student teachers were attacked with NSO's government spyware
In 2014, 43 students from Mexico's Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, in the state of Guerrero: they had been detained by police, who turned them over to a criminal militia, wh...
06:29 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing AI paint color names improving, sort of
The AI paint name generator (previously) has refined its preferences. Though still very bad at naming paint colors, there seems to be (to my mind) an emerging personality, one that has beliefs and, pe...
06:22 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing The lollipopter puts the helicone to shame
Remember the helicone toy that changed from a helix to a pine cone? A mathematician just upped the ante with the colorful lollipopter. (more…)...
06:21 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Even with climate accord, Planet Earth is burned; without it, it's cooked
NYMag's David Wallace-Wells breaks it to us ungently: the Paris Climate Accord, torn up by Trump, was already a compromise that likely condemned much of the equatorial belt to crippling heatwaves. Wit...
06:12 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Nails it: Jack Black lip syncs Fugazi
Just a man, a camera, a soundtrack, and many awesome facial expressions. Here's Jack Black lip syncing Fugazi's "Waiting Room." And, this isn't Mr. Black's first lip-syncing rodeo. Oh no. Follow his...
06:02 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing How to make your own fidget spinner from paper
This cool paper fidget spinner is basically an origami pinwheel, but it's still pretty neat. (more…)...
06:02 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Guy builds 320,000 gallon pool in his backyard
Jerry and Marina Leussink of Sundre, Alberta didn't have a farm pond, so they build a custom pool-like pond lined with inch-thick plastic. (more…)...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Simplify any design project with unlimited access to the Icons8 library
If you are a UI designer, creating custom icons is often more trouble than its worth since you probably already spent an inordinate amount of time dealing with a range of application states, device si...
05:02 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing These hairy leg leggings really exist
I'm a big fan of the absurd and even I'm having difficulty imagining why we need these hairy leg leggings to exist in the world. They are a custom-printed item by UK clothier Contrado and, honestly, I...
05:02 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Cockpit view of landing a plane in terrifying crosswinds
Pro pilot steveo1kinevo makes great cockpit videos of some pretty crazy flights, like this Bahamas trip with a crosswind so wicked he had to "crab angle" the plane at about 45 degrees for the whole ...
05:00 am PDT - Mon, July 10, 2017
BoingBoing Would you kill to stop an asteroid panic? I asked the creators of Salvation
https://youtu.be/_bz_GSgxS3wIn six months, a large asteroid is going to hit Earth. It's likely that everyone is going to die. Only a few people know about it, and they are desperately trying to stop i...
06:11 pm PDT - Sun, July 9, 2017
BoingBoing Nerdy nail-wraps
Espionage Cosmetics has your nerdy nail-art needs covered with the D20-themed $10 Critical Hit nail wraps, circuit board wraps and tentacle wraps. (via Geeky Merch) (more…)...
07:55 am PDT - Sun, July 9, 2017
BoingBoing New hedge-fund HQ will have "Champagne" buttons for the traders' desks
Any time a trader at Enstar Capital's new London Soho offices fancies sushi and Champagne delivered to their desk, they can press a dedicated "Champagne" button that's being installed at each workplac...
07:47 am PDT - Sun, July 9, 2017
BoingBoing How big is the market for DRM-Free?
It's the Day Against DRM, and EFF is celebrating by publishing the first public look at How Much Do Consumers Value Interoperability? Evidence from the Price of DVD Players, a scholarly economics pape...
05:59 am PDT - Sun, July 9, 2017
BoingBoing Familiarize yourself with the many applications of Python
Python is one of the most robust programming languages around, but that doesnt mean its strictly for experts. Thanks to its versatility and elegant, human-readable syntax, Python is a great starter la...
07:54 am PDT - Sat, July 8, 2017
BoingBoing GOP lawmakers snap up surging health insurance stocks as they gut Obamacare
Paul Ryan ally Rep. Mike Conaway [R-TX, @ConawayTX11, +1 (202) 225-3605] is the proud owner of $30,000 worth of stock in UnitedHealth, who stand to benefit enormously from Rep Conaway's efforts to des...
07:12 am PDT - Sat, July 8, 2017
BoingBoing Corbyn's Labour surges to an 8-point lead over the Tories
Yougov's latest poll numbers put the "unelectable" Jeremy Corbyn and his "unrealistic" "unworkable" political platform eight points ahead of Theresa May and her Conservative Party, who were only able ...
04:58 am PDT - Sat, July 8, 2017
BoingBoing Prepare to get freaky: the shower speaker is back!
Although the iPhone 7 and rugged Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 can survive a dunk in the pool, their ergonomics make it difficult to bring them into the shower without risking a shattered...
11:31 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Don't buy the crappy TruTemp digital thermometer
It's invariably the cheapest on the shelf, but the Taylor/TruTemp 3516 I got at Target fell apart the first time I pushed the button. It's the shabbiest piece of electronic tat I've bought from a majo...
11:04 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing The W3C has overruled members' objections and will publish its DRM for videos
It's been nearly four months since the W3C held the most controversial vote in its decades-long history of standards-setting: a vote where accessibility groups, security experts, browser startups, pub...
09:21 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Latch hooking helps my child forget how long we've been in the car
My daughter erupted in smiles when I told her I'd gotten her a few latch hook kits for our upcoming roadtrip.While I'm sure a Smartphone isn't enough to help my kid stay sane for hours, I'd have given...
07:52 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing The EU's Right to Repair proposal makes America's look weaksauce
Eight US states are trying to pass minimal Right to Repair legislation that would require companies not to actively confound people who wanted to fix their stuff or choose an independent repair center...
07:39 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Under Trumpcare, surviving a gunshot wounds gives you a "pre-existing condition"
More than 1 million people have been non-fatally shot in the USA since 2000: all of them would have uninsurable pre-existing conditions in the eyes of insurers if Trumpcare passes. (more…)...
07:29 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Networks hide badly rated shows by misspelling their names in Nielsen submissions
When a network TV show performs badly, the networks deliberately introduce errors into the episodes' metadata before submitting it to the Nielsen ratings, so that the episode is counted as a separate ...
06:54 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Theresa May says she won't address climate change at the G20 summit
When the Tories led the UK into its disastrous Brexit referendum, the Conservative cheering squad of Westminster right-wing thinktanks immediately celebrated the impending "wide-ranging revolution on...
06:20 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Study finds that hurricanes with female names kill more because they aren't taken seriously
The Washington Post's Jason Samenow reports that "people dont take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly."The conclusion is that of a wide-ranging study,...
06:20 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Study finds that hurricanes with female names kill more because they aren't taken seriously (Old news)
The Washington Post's Jason Samenow reports that "people dont take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly."The conclusion is that of a wide-ranging study,...
06:09 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Amazing drone photography contest winners
Dronestagram's fourth annual International Drone Photography Contest had to be tough to judge, given how many great shots made the finals. Above: "Waterlilly" by helios1412. Below: "Two Moo" by LukeMa...
06:09 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Conflict photographer risked his life in Mosul, then shared all his pics for free
Kainoa Little spent April and May documenting the harrowing battle of ISIS-held Mosul, and when no one wanted to buy his photos, he published them free of charge. His reasons were particularly cool: (...
06:09 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Vet fixes wild turtle's broken shell, finds it in the woods years later
Years ago, someone found a turtle hit by a car and brought it to Hocking Hills Animal Clinic, where they applied a fiberglass shell and released it in the wood. Years later, guess who the vet found wh...
05:54 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Psychic makes cloud square
"My name is T. Chase and I am a cloud shrinker.""Please excuse the strange sounding voice, it is necessary to speak like a low tone "humming" sound to get the proper brainwaves for cloud psychokines...
05:41 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing French Elevator Channel features a wide variety of elevators
The French Elevator Channel chronicles one man's quest to record illustrative videos of every elevator he has the pleasure to use. Embedded above is the latest at the time of publication, a gated tr...
05:23 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Tribute to prosthetic Arnold Schwarzeneggers in his movies
Duncan Skiles created a short but perfectly wonderful tribute to scenes in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies where something that is obviously not Arnold Schwarzenegger is presented as Arnold Schwarzeneg...
05:18 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Albuquerque newsreader has had quite enough
Doug Fernandez, a newsreader at KOAT in Albuquerque, adapted quickly and efficiently to a technical problem patching in a reporter on location. Then he gave up....
04:58 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing That summer reading list will be no problem after you've learned to speed read
Whether you need to grind through dry, wordy material like legal briefs and school textbooks, or you just want to make it through more than one novel per year, speed reading is a useful skill no matte...
04:29 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Fixing the common mistakes most beginner cooks make
My daughter likes to joke that, in our house, if the smoke alarm is going off mom (me) is trying to cook. Guilty as charged! I'm a great baker but a terrible cook.So, when I saw the title of this Br...
03:29 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Macklemore surprises his grandma with a 'Glorious' 100th birthday
My heart is ten times bigger after watching Macklemore's just-released music video for his new song, "Glorious." In it, he flies to Modesto to surprise his Grandma Helen for her 100th birthday. He t...
02:47 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Ms Sheila Michaels, activist who popularized "Ms." honorific, dead at 78
Sheila Michaels, popularizer of the honorific "Ms." for women, is dead at 78. The BBC:"I didn't belong to my father and I didn't want to belong to a husband - someone who could tell me what to do."Bor...
02:29 am PDT - Fri, July 7, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this Jewish surf band rock the new 'Gong Show'
I wasn't sure I'd like it, but the new Gong Show is a whole lot of fun. I had been told by some friends who have been watching it that it was perfectly quirky and they were totally right. Then I fou...
11:31 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing America is starting to realize that "liberal/conservative" labels exclude the left
On my first day at Michigan State University in 1992, a fellow student called me a "liberal" and I was shocked: as a Canadian who was often to the left of the social-democratic New Democratic Party, I...
10:53 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Polish first lady drift past Trump's grabby little hand to shake Melania's first
Trump is an infamously domineering handshaker, who uses the gesture to impose and humiliate. Sometimes, a wily Trudeau or muscular Macron will get the better of him, but they're still playing his game...
10:04 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Third Thumb: an opposable prosthetic enhancement
https://vimeo.com/220291411Designer Dani Clode's Third Thumb is a 3D printed robotic prosthetic thumb that goes on the pinky side of your hand, created a motorized, opposable additional thumb that y...
09:54 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Strange Beasts:short, inspiring/disturbing science fiction movie about augmented reality toys
https://vimeo.com/209070629Magali Barb's short film Strange Beasts depicts a futuristic augmented reality product for kids and parents -- a piece of design fiction with a serious sting it its tail. ...
09:45 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Star Wars Red Squadron DOT approved motorcycle helmet
Helmet maker HJC offers this fantastic X-Wing fighter pilot's lid.I prefer to ride with a full face helmet, but this one is pretty hard to resist! DOT approved and complete with an orange sunshield, p...
09:32 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing How to write pulp fiction that celebrates humanity's essential goodness
My latest Locus column is "Be the First One to Not Do Something that No One Else Has Ever Not Thought of Doing Before," and it's about science fiction's addiction to certain harmful fallacies, like th...
09:04 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Domestic violence even impacts puppies
This adorable pup Chewy sadly had to part ways with his owner. Both Chewy and his owner were victimized by an abusive boyfriend, and smartly they ran. Unable to afford a companion ticket for Chewy to ...
08:51 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing 'Hawaii Five-0' stars quit over racial inequity
Unable to secure equal pay, Hawaii Five-O stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have quit the show.Members of Hollywoods small but vocal Asian-American community are speaking out in support of former ...
08:41 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Volvo: boxy, but all electric by 2019
Volvo, the tank-like Swedish station wagon of yesteryear, is giving up on gasoline. By 2019 all new Volvo automobiles will be powered by electricity.Volvo plans to build only electric and hybrid vehic...
08:39 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Limn 8: a social science journal issue devoted to hacking
Gabriella Coleman is the hacker anthropologist whose work on the free software movement, Anonymous and the Arab Spring, the politicization of hacking, and the true role of alt-right dank memes in the ...
06:27 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing A song for Donald Trump
Elite European sophistication prevails once again over vulgar American exports....
05:32 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Lampshade made of repurposed prescription bottles
Emily Seilhamer specializes in upcycling everyday things. Here's a ton of amber prescription bottles repurposed as a cool lampshade. It also doubles as the world's worth windchime. (more…)...
05:28 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Grotbags dead at 74
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix9xB8p7ado...
05:07 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Proof the Thomas the Tank Engine theme works with all rap
Readers familiar with music theory, riddim, or any other aspect of music deeper than a four-chord pop song may already be itching to leap into the comments to explain of course it does, that any bou...
04:57 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing This bundle will make you your office's Excel guru
Excel, Microsofts venerable spreadsheet program has some seriously powerful capabilities. But unless you know where to look in the maze of menus and toolbars, you probably leave the pivot tables and c...
04:56 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Sand marble racing
The 2017 Sand Marble circuit (marbles "racing" one another down a carefully-cut path in sand) is underway, and here's the Netherlands leg for your enjoyment.In this tournament, a ghost marble will c...
04:50 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Trippy animated coral-like forms pulse to Japanese dance music
Sojiro Kamatani just released a an otherworldly CGI rendering for the new single titled Baku by Suiybi no Campanella (aka Wednesday Campanella). It's a dizzying, candy-colored confection reminiscent...
04:50 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this timelapse of illegal 4th of July fireworks over L.A.
Photographer Kevin Greene created this amazing timelapse using photographs of illegal Fourth of July fireworks going off in Los Angeles. To get the series of shots, he traveled to Baldwin Hills Scen...
04:50 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Coco Loko is chocolate you can snort
With Coco Loko you can snort chocolate, sorry, raw cacao infused with a "special energy blend." The entrepreneur behind this product, 29-year-old Nick Anderson, said he was inspired by Europe's "choco...
04:49 am PDT - Thu, July 6, 2017
BoingBoing Keep your eyes on the road, except to look at these signs
Spotted in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Jerrinq, these distracting traffic signs seem to contradict their messages. (Miss Cellania)...
04:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Debullshitifying the free speech debate about CNN and Trump's alt-right wrestling GIF
In the wake of CNN threatening to out a critic if he does not limit his speech in the future, former federal prosecutor and First Amendment champion Ken White has published an eminently sensible post ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea maintenance checklist
This document has it all: a neat quantization of the qualitative; a tale told in a single bureaucratic leaf that implies a whole hidden universe of night-scurrying morlocks who tend the magic under th...
03:51 pm PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Justice Department sues Hobby Lobby over thousands of looted Iraqi artifacts it bought
According to a lawsuit (PDF) filed Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice, craft retailer Hobby Lobby illegally imported thousands of Iraqi artifacts, intentionally mislabeled them and lied about...
03:34 pm PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' starring Big Bird and the Sesame Street gang
This is the Beastie Boys and Big Bird mashup we never knew we were waiting for. Thank you, Mylo the Cat aka Adam Schleichkorn, for editing this for our viewing enjoyment. He writes:About 3 years ag...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing What's the story behind this one-of-a-kind house in Los Angeles?
This week on HOME: Stories From L.A., a member of the Boing Boing Podcast Network:How will we live in 20 years? Or 50? Or 100? A one-of-a-kind, only-in-LA plot at the very end of Mulholland Highway in...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing A house for tomorrow in Los Angeles
This week on HOME: Stories From L.A., a member of the Boing Boing Podcast Network:How will we live in 20 years? Or 50? Or 100? A one-of-a-kind, only-in-LA plot at the very end of Mulholland Highway in...
12:03 pm PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Mom feared being beaten by United crew, so she didn't complain when her son's seat was given away
Shirley Yamauchi paid $1,000 for her 27 month old son's United flight from Houston to Boston, in part because the kid is half her size and in part because it's illegal to fly with kids on your lap onc...
10:59 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Nifty illuminated magnifier
This handheld illuminated magnifier is a flash deal on Amazon right now. It's $6.45. It's about the size of a credit card and the battery is included....
10:31 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Look at this spaceship bunk bed a dad made for his kid
It took Pete Dearing 100 hours to build this rocket ship bunk bed from blueprints he purchased online. His kids love it.From Sarah Vitak's story in Make:Most of the buttons control real lights, sounds...
10:21 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing An electric fence to keep snails out of your vegetable garden
Here's a vegetable gardener who didn't want to share his bounty with slugs and snails, so he strung an electric barrier around the perimeter of his raised bed garden. Anytime a voracious mollusk att...
10:10 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Use these handy bits to drill out stripped screws and bolts
When a bolt or screw is stripped, I drill it out with this extractor set.When working on old motorcycles, or just my old VW bus, I encounter a lot of stuck screws and bolts. Frequently prior mechanics...
10:05 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing You can build this worlds tiniest Game Boy Color clone
A fellow who goes by the name [c.invent] designed and built this open-source keychain-sized multi-platform emulation console, called the Keymu. It uses an Intel Edison (a computer-on-module). a 1.5-...
09:41 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous "Monster Zen" book of Japanese-styled monsters with haiku
Chet Phillips's Monster Zen is a book of 16 beautiful, "Japanese-styled" drawings of monsters, accompanied by haikus by the artist -- you can get the book for $24 or get individual prints. (more&helli...
09:40 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Burger King Cheddar and Bacon Grill Dog : expectation vs. reality
The Burger King Cheddar and Bacon Grill Dog is the Fyre Festival of specialty hot dogs.[via]...
09:26 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing In the 1990s, a Serbian biology textbook used a still from Raising Arizona for its cover art
From 1993 to 2001, this Serbian middle-school biology textbook sported a cutout of a still from Raising Arizona in which Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter cradle their stolen baby. (more…)...
09:20 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Bloomberg: Middle-class Americans were "fleeced" by neoliberalism
Noah Smith (previously) writes in Bloomberg (!) about the "fleecing" of the Gen-X and Boomer middle class -- a class that is growing continuously smaller and poorer, thanks to "financial deregulation,...
09:06 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Guide to finding and erasing your online data doppelganger
The New York Times rounds up direct links to several services surveillance opt-out screens, including some I'd never thought to look for (Amazon), as well as instructions for installing tracking block...
08:00 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Steampunk, Arduino-powered electro-mechanical clock
Redditor/machinist Spdltd was commissioned to create a steampunk, Arduino-powered electromechanical clock that uses a combination of belts, dials and needles arrayed across the wall to tell the time...
07:35 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing For sale: any Australian's full health record for a mere $22
A hacker who appears to have ongoing, continuous access to Australia's electronic health care records is selling access to any full record for 0.0089 bitcoin, or about USD22. (more…)...
07:26 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Man takes duck for a nice run
Not all is wrong with the world. If you don't have 40 seconds to spare, jump straight to the best bit....
07:23 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Vidangel is a stupid censorship service and we should welcome it anyway
Vidangel is the latest attempt (along with services like Clearplay and Sony's own filtering tool) to sell a product that allows cringing, easily triggered evangelicals to skip swear words, sex and bla...
07:15 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Brief guide to what fruit and vegetables look like prior to domestication
From Business Insider; mostly unappetizing. Pictured here is the 17th century watermelon, as cropped from Giovanni Stanchi's c. 1650s painting. They look rough, but would have tasted great.The water...
06:43 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Report condemns British police over failure to investigate stalking and harassment
In 112 recent cases of stalking and harassment reviewed by UK police watchdogs, "not a single one was dealt with properly," reports the BBC. The report, "Living in Fear," found that victims of harassm...
06:39 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Trumplings triggered by NPR's July 4 tweets of the Declaration of Independence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrSeCYSnj5YNPR celebrated July 4 by tweeting the Declaration of Independence, one line at a time: when they got to "A Prince whose character is thus marked by every a...
06:26 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing The guy who thought up the Brexit Bus and its NHS lie says referendum was a "dumb idea"
One of the most enduring symbols of 2016's UK Brexit referendum was the huge red "battle bus" with its message, "We send the EU £350 million a week, let's fund our NHS instead. Vote Leave." (mor...
06:13 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Republican congressman shoots selfie video in Auschwitz gas chamber
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mmqah20KmYLouisiana Republican congressman Clay Higgins shot video of himself talking about the need for invincible U.S. power—while wandering the gas chamber at...
05:53 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing To become a Secret Service agent, recruits must pass these training exercises
According to this New York Times article, the Secret Service needs more members:...John Roth, the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, said last month as he laid out the Secret...
05:53 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Protect your noggin with this Hello Kitty earthquake hood
Here's something you don't see every day: a Hello Kitty earthquake hood. I mean, I know that Sanrio will put Kitty White (her full name) on just about anything but I didn't know that earthquake hoods ...
05:53 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing Make nearly any flavor of chewing gum, in your microwave
Ever thought to make chewing gum at home? Neither had I. Well, not until I saw this tutorial by gum chef (I made this title up) Clifford Endo. In it, he shares his recipe for making artisanal chewin...
05:53 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing In 1889 an African lion escaped into the sewers of Birmingham, England
Birmingham, England, faced a surprising crisis in 1889: A lion escaped a traveling menagerie and took up residence in the city's sewers, terrifying the local population. In this week's episode of the ...
05:51 am PDT - Wed, July 5, 2017
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Percival Dunwoody, and The Nature of Reality
Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.Please join Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, extra comics, lots of fun, and more fun. PLUS for your or...
07:54 pm PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing Celebrate Independence Day with MC Frontalot's nerdcore rap about free software vs open source
Animator Chad Essley writes, "The new MC Frontalot (previously) nerdcore video is out for the 4th of July! Celebrate our nations hostility toward the British crown by listening to Front rap about in...
07:11 pm PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing 3D print your own Haunted Mansion sign
On Thingiverse, Gentlegiant's beautiful, faithful model of the Haunted Mansion front-gate sign to 3D print at any size or remix into your other designs....
10:40 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing AT&T: it's not "forced arbitration" because no one forced you to have broadband
AT&T, which has successfully lobbied state governments and the FCC to ban any broadband competition in the markets where it operates, says that its forced arbitration "agreements" aren't really forced...
10:25 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing Now any Floridian can ask to have public schools' science and literary curriculum censored
Florida Governor Rick Scott [R] has signed CS/CS/HB 989: Instructional Materials, sponsored by Rep Byron Donalds [R-Naples, @ByronDonalds, (239) 417-6270], and that means that anyone in Florida, regar...
10:06 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting maker-kits for kids based on conductive play-doh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYXPWtZNrO4Technology Will Save Us (previously) have fully funded their Dough Universe Kickstarter, maker kits for kids that combine conductive play-doh ("electro-dou...
09:47 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing California has so much solar power it has to pay Arizona to use its energy
...But California keeps green-lighting more natural gas plants, thanks to hydrocarbon industry pressure on state regulators, who operate at cross-purposes to the legislature and its targets for renewa...
07:54 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing Celebrate Independence Day with MC Frontalot's nerdcore rap about free software vs open source
Animator Chad Essley writes, "The new MC Frontalot (previously) nerdcore video is out for the 4th of July! Celebrate our nations hostility toward the British crown by listening to Front rap about in...
06:52 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing It Is As If You Were Doing Work is a browser game celebrating Windows 3-era cubicle drudgery
Pippin Barr (previously) created a game that presents itself as a Windows 3-ish desktop from about 25 years ago. Mash away at each task in It Is As If You Were Doing Work until you win promotions and ...
05:59 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing Make abstract paintings with this Pocket (Jackson) Pollock toy
Taking a break from painting portraits on peanuts, artist Steve Casino has created a wooden toy that literally made me laugh out loud when I saw it in his Instagram feed. He calls it a Pocket Polloc...
05:58 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing Ack Flag: A design mashup of 'Cathy' and Black Flag
Over the weekend I took a silkscreening class (at a great DIY-kind of place in Oakland called Grease Diner) and discovered this brilliant design in the rag bin. If you haven't figured it out already, ...
05:58 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing NIGHTGARDENERS: eerie familiarity, illustrated
Belgian artist Jan Pypers created NIGHTGARDENERS, a series of evocative photorealistic illustrations depicting nighttime scenes that are both recognizable and foreign. Each invites the viewer to make ...
05:23 am PDT - Tue, July 4, 2017
BoingBoing Expand your skill sets with lifetime access to over 1,000 online courses
Entertaining bold changes in your career can feel like an abandonment of what youve worked for thus far, but this fallacious mindset can cost you a lot more in the long run than the time spent at your...
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Why I like my Martian Fink ring
A few months ago my friend Joshua Glenn asked me to contribute a short piece to a series of true stories "about objects that are lucky, magical, kept on your person or close by at all times." The seri...
11:45 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Pop surrealist artist Mark Ryden designed these dreamy costumes for the American Ballet Theaters "Whipped Cream"
The iconic pop surrealist artist Mark Ryden designed the costumes and set for the American Ballet Theaters Whipped Cream. From an interview with Juxtapoz magazine about the ballet, Ryden stated that T...
11:39 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing The true form of Thomas the Tank Engine
Exhibit A: (above) Joel Carroll (@joelcarroll) hypothesizes a many-legged parasite that replaces the internal mechanics in the manner of Cymothia Exigua, the tongue-replacing fish louse. Buy the T-shi...
11:30 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing This guy built a storage ottoman that looks like a giant 555 timer chip
The 555 timer integrated circuit was invented in 1971. Over a billion are made every year, because they are so versatile. Charles Platt wrote of the chip:It has turned out to be the most successful ch...
11:24 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Germany's new law can fine Facebook, Twitter up to $57-million for hate speech
Starting in October, Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media companies could be fined up to nearly $57-million by Germany for hateful messages posted on their site. The new law, which passed ...
10:50 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing These cool looking sculptures are actually interactive sound-making electronic circuits
https://youtu.be/dKOnTziBtLMArtist Eirik Brandal makes sculptural electronic circuits that generate music. Above, "composition #11"Interactive sound sculpture, 2016+12V, self-suppliedTwo proximity sen...
10:32 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing This stuff is called "I Think It Tastes Like Butter"
Here's another one to add to the gallery of off-label fake butter brands.I sure hope so...
10:30 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Chinese vlogger thinks she's eating aloe vera on live stream, then rushes to hospital
Last Monday, a Chinese woman named Zhang was munching on what she thought was an aloe vera plant for her live vlog, in which she eats unusual foods for her audience of a few hundred. But after two b...
10:16 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing This video explains way craters sometimes look like hills in photographs
The sun lights things from above, so our brains are used to seeing shadows appear below convex things and above concave things. It's easy to trick your brain by rotating a map or photo upside down....
10:16 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing This video explains why craters sometimes look like hills in photographs
The sun lights things from above, so our brains are used to seeing shadows appear below convex things and above concave things. It's easy to trick your brain by rotating a map or photo upside down....
10:09 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Top science fiction writers imagine a flight that accidentally jumps to the year 2037
XPrize and ANA present a series of short stories "of the passengers from Flight 008, imagined by the worlds top science fiction storytellers, as they discover a future transformed by exponential tec...
07:58 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing How to create impressive red and blue 3D effects in Photoshop
This is so cool! San Francisco-based artist Josh Ellingson has posted a detailed tutorial on how to make a 3D illusion effect in Photoshop. This type of 3D art is called an anaglyph and it requires th...
07:58 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Watch soothing omnidirectional conveyor belts in action
These days, a conveyor belt can be so much more than a belt. Omnidirectional belts are programmable, allowing items to be rotated, aligned, and even transferred to other belts as they zip along. (mo...
07:49 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing "Big Browser is watching"
Coming after improvements to Firefox and continued unease at Google's life-pervading insight, this image is outperforming the Virality Control Group today (via). It got me thinking about all the pro...
07:16 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing The best inflatable unicorn
My quest for an inflatable tardigrade is yet to yield results, but they say the journey is the destination and I have discovered a plethora of inflatable unicorns along the way. This one is the best. ...
06:55 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing A tiny Hayes modem for your tiny retro computer
The WiFi232 is a traditional old-timey old-schooley Hayes-compatible 300-115200 baud modem, no wider than its own parallel port. Automatically responds with a customizable busy message when already i...
06:29 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Film examines truth of legendary gathering of fish-surnamed people
In 1987 or so, the Welsh island of Anglesey, legendary redoubt of the druids, hosted a similarly legendary gathering to which only people with fish-themed surnames were invited. In Fish Story, Charl...
06:22 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Boom 3D empowers your Mac with 3D surround sound
Immersive 3D sound is usually only possible with an array of surround-sound speakers, or by using headphones with Binaural audio content. And since most readily-available media is mastered for generic...
06:15 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Puddles Pity Party lovingly covers David Bowie's 'Life on Mars'
The seven-foot tall sad clown with the golden voice is at it again. Per his fan's request, Puddles Pity Party covers David Bowie's "Life on Mars." He wrote on his Facebook page:Ya know, David Bowie ...
06:14 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Candy-like glassware looks good enough to eat
Russian designer Liliya Gorbach makes delightful and brightly-colored glass boxes, plates, and wall art that could brighten up any room. (more…)...
05:46 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Meet this nauseating family of social media "influencers"
While this CBC Comedy video is complete satire, it still turned my stomach a little. Last year, they made about $1.3 million through sponsored content and collectively have over seven million follow...
05:46 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Middle school teacher resigns amid horrific abuse from students
Sixth-grade teacher Kerstin Westcott held back tears as she explained why she was leaving her dream job at a Green Bay middle school. Police were called to the middle school almost daily in the past...
05:42 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Man horrifically mauled after jumping into giant panda den
https://youtu.be/d-flWUK3XtY?t=26sA foolish tourist in Nanchang Zoo, China, climbs into a panda den and approaches one of the enormous bears. Be warned: the predictable results are even more harrowing...
05:26 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Striking ombr glass chair
Dutch artist Germans Ermi crafted this lovely ombr glass chair, an update of the classic laminated glass chair created by Shiro Kuramata in 1976. (more…)...
05:26 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Louis C.K. releases a film on his site about a gay and transgender youth gang
Comedian Louis C.K. is helping get some eyes on a 2016 documentary that made a strong impression on him by making it available to download on his website for five dollars. The film is titled Check ...
05:26 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Check out Chris Burden's massive kinetic sculpture of a model car track
A new film about artist Chris Burden comes out this year, which is the perfect reason to revisit one of his coolest later works: Metropolis II, filmed here by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.The sc...
05:24 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing New Jersey governor Chris Christie suns self on beach he closed to the public
It was a lovely weekend in New Jersey, and governor Chris Christie celebrated it by closing a popular beach, which he then subsequently occupied with his family. Then he lied about it, until drone foo...
05:18 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing 'Opening Flight': Icelandair to host world's first transatlantic immersive theater performance
As immersive experiences continue to plant themselves firmly into popular culture, Icelandair has announced that it will present its own, titled "Opening Flight," as a way to celebrate its 80th anni...
05:17 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Mesmerizing sculpture emits smoke-filled bubbles
Smoke-filled bubbles fall like fruits from an otherworldly tree in this beautiful installation titled New Spring. (more…)...
05:17 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Study finds the adultification of black girls starts as early as 5 years old
The Huffington Posts Black Voices breaks down a disturbing new report from Georgetown Laws Center on Poverty, which found that adults believe black girls seem older and less innocent than white girls...
05:09 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing The rules of brainstorming, according to top design firm IDEO
I work at home, alone for the most part, which means I rarely have the opportunity to be involved in a good brainstorming session. That's a shame because I absolutely love the process. One idea leads ...
05:08 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing Company is modding street lights into electric vehicle chargers
Ubitricity is a nifty little company that modifies existing electric street lamps into charging stations for electric cars. (more…)...
05:08 am PDT - Mon, July 3, 2017
BoingBoing All about the weird and adorable pangolin
Animalogic offers a beginners guide to the adorable pangolin. Maybe the best thing about them is that they walk on two legs like some sort of tiny, strange T-Rex:...
07:00 am PDT - Sun, July 2, 2017
BoingBoing Monster Scouts: go camping with an imaginary cryptid scout troop from the 1910s!
The Monster Scouts are a wonderful thing: monster-obsessed makers who have created a collaborative, detailed, LARP-ish world in which monsters are real and an imaginary scouting organization called th...
05:21 am PDT - Sun, July 2, 2017
BoingBoing You could give this toy crossbow to your kid, or just keep it for yourself
If big-game bow hunting sounds a little too intense for your delicate sensibilities, or you want to start building your kids archery proficiency early, this Real Action Crossbow Set is a fairly convin...
06:55 pm PDT - Sat, July 1, 2017
BoingBoing How to covertly toss an apartment, Stasi style
In 1984, the Stasi -- East Germany's notorious secret police -- searched the flat of an auditor to determine if he'd leaked files that put the country in a bad light to Stern, a West German magazine...
09:13 am PDT - Sat, July 1, 2017
BoingBoing Quantifying the additional killings commited by cops when they get military weapons
The US Department of Defense's 1033 program sends "surplus" military equipment to US police forces ("surplus" in quotes because military contractors lobby for the US military to buy more weapons than ...
06:45 am PDT - Sat, July 1, 2017
BoingBoing Canadian entertainment industry begs Chinese courts to censor its movies
The Supreme Court of Canada just handed down a controversial ruling in which it ordered Google to block links to a page that was deemed illegal in Canada for every Google user, everywhere in the world...
05:21 am PDT - Sat, July 1, 2017
BoingBoing The QFX Elite Series is like Sonos without the price tag
If theres such a thing as a household name for networked home audio systems, Sonos is definitely at the top of the list. And for good reasontheir products provide dead-simple wireless setup, with hi-f...
06:08 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Lack of caution leads to motorcycling diaster
Youtuber Erica Hoff shares this video of a motorcyclist having a very bad day.This guy merged onto the I-80E (Sacramento, CA) on his motorcycle as we were driving in the fast lane. As he merged, his...
05:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Bid on old computers, speakers, radios, and other junk from the bowels of RadioShack
Starting July 10, you can bid on TRS-80 computers, dot matrix printers, Realistic speakers, shortwave receivers, old catalogs, and company "memorabilia" from the bowels of bankrupt RadioShack. From th...
04:50 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Look at the public bike purgatory in Hangzhou,China
The city of Hangzhou, China has more than 86,000 public bicycles. Unfortunately, when many people are done using them, they don't put them in the designated docking center but just drop them wherever....
04:44 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Felt Tardigrade
FoxWoolDesigns will make you a perfectly pink felt tardigrade, and has one in stock to fulfill your immediate felt tardigrade requirements.This felt tardigrade is made of coral wool and is about five ...
04:32 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Japan plans to land a human on the moon by 2030
Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Wednesday that it plans to land an astronaut on the moon by 2030, joining China in a new manned race to space. It is the first time JAXA has revea...
04:18 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing The forgotten cyberspace of the Neuromancer computer game
William Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer is far from forgotten; the times seem almost uncannily like an interregnum between the world he wrote in and the world he wrote. But the 1988 video game adaptat...
04:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing This grill press speeds up 4th of July BBQing
Gotta make 25 burgers for a whole bunch of tykes? Increase the speed and control the consistency of your burgers doneness with a grill press!This cast iron beauty will apply heat directly to the top o...
03:48 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing The truth about sexual harassment in Silicon Valley
In the New York Times, Katie Bienner relates a cultural shift in Silicon Valley: women victims of sexual harassment describing their experiences frankly. In an industry bound by delusions of meritocra...
02:57 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Wikipedia as a Zork-style text-adventure
Kevan Davis's Wikitext is an incredibly clever mashup of Wikipedia and Infocom-style text adventure games: starting with a random Wikipedia entry, it gives you the article summary, an 8-bit-ified vers...
02:03 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing "We Buy Ugly Houses" franchisee pleads guilty to defrauding investors
It pleases me to no end to learn that a "We Buy Ugly Houses" franchise owner was found guilty of wire fraud charges. The "We Buy Ugly Houses" billboards I see everywhere are a stomach-churning eyesore...
02:03 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Former "We Buy Ugly Houses" franchisee pleads guilty to defrauding investors
It pleases me to no end to learn that a woman who was once a "We Buy Ugly Houses" franchise owner was found guilty of wire fraud charges. Even though she was not affiliated with "We Buy Ugly Houses" w...
01:47 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing President Trump attempted to "blackmail" TV hosts with threat of tabloid smears, they claim
Yesterday, MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were subject to typical (if unusually gross) insults from the President of the United States, leading to a standard round of milquetoast crit...
01:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Grilling mats are great for grilling cut vegetables
Amazon has a good deal on these BBQ grilling mats. You just set them on the grill and place whatever it is you want to cook right on them. I like the charcoal flavor of steak and chicken, but it's har...
12:04 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing The "Jon Stewart of Egypt" made fun of the corrupt government and was forced to flee
Earlier this week we went to see a Los Angeles screening of Tickling Giants followed by a Q&A with Bassem Youssef, the subject of the film. The evening was presented by Ziya Tong's Black Sheep.Basse...
12:04 pm PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Egypt's "Jon Stewart" made fun of the corrupt government and was forced to flee
Earlier this week we went to see a Los Angeles screening of Tickling Giants followed by a Q&A with Bassem Youssef, the subject of the film. The evening was presented by Ziya Tong's Black Sheep.Basse...
11:06 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Patricia Arquette tweets cryptic warning to Trump about "gossip on the streets"
Actress Patricia Arquette reacted to Trump's childish "bleeding badly from a face-lift" tweet yesterday with a cautionary tweet of her own: "Remove this tweet. There is a lot of gossip about you on th...
10:58 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing New oven to bake bread in space
A German start-up has prototyped a bread oven that operated in microgravity that may someday enable astronauts to enjoy fresh-baked goods in space. Currently, astronauts eat tortillas because they are...
10:53 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing This company analyzed 100 million headlines to find out which ones were the most effective
Buzzsumo analyzed 100 million article headlines on Facebook and tracked how well they did in terms of shares.In our sample the most powerful three word phrase used in a headline (by some margin) was: ...
10:45 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this mama bear carry her cubs across a river on her back
David Roseman, an employee at Alaska's Wood Tikchick State Park, spotted this big bear carrying her cubs across the river on her back. Sweet video below. From National Geographic:Wayne Kasworm, a griz...
10:26 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to have a great weekend by engaging in "serious leisure"
Katrina Onstad, author of a new book called The Weekend Effect: The Life-Changing Benefits of Taking Time Off and Challenging the Cult of Overwork says people usually feel better after a weekend of e...
10:19 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Disney to stop auctioning off women
After decades of running a mock slave market inside Pirates of the Carribean, Disney has finally decided that Pirates selling women is not a good example for the kids.The scene also contains many elem...
10:11 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Algorithms try to channel us into repeating our lives
Molly Sauter (previously) describes in gorgeous, evocative terms how the algorithms in our life try to funnel us into acting the way we always have, or, failing that, like everyone else does. (more&he...
09:59 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to replace yourself with a very small shell script
Data scientist Hillary Mason (previously) talks through her astoundingly useful collection of small shell scripts that automate all the choresome parts of her daily communications: processes that re...
09:52 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Slammed by bus, man stands up and enters bar
Simon Smith was walking beside a bus stop in Reading, Berkshire, on Saturday when he was hit from behind by a double-decker.The 53-year-old was thrown down the street when the vehicle careered onto ...
09:44 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Man collides with door divider
Yes, the guy should have looked where he was walking, but good design should take this kind of think into account.[via Twisted Sifter]...
09:38 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Why do men have nipples?
Dr. Justin Lehmiller answers the question "Why do men have nipples?" on his Sex & Psychology blog:For the first six weeks that we're in the womb, we exist in a gender neutral state, regardless of the ...
09:34 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing This chair is weaponized ugly
Looking for a gift for your crab or crustacean enthusiast best friend? Amazon has you covered.Even then, this chair is probably too ugly to be anywhere outside a children's discovery museum or aquariu...
09:27 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Broflake defined
Perhaps you are tired of the terminology of online trashtalk, where words (such as snowflake and bro) form billowing epicycles of sincerity, appropriation and reclamation. Me too! Yet there is such a ...
08:31 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Man dragging roadkill raccoon shot by bad Samaritan who thought it was an abused dog
Police in Washington state want to find a driver who shot a man Sunday, apparently under the mistaken belief he was abusing a dog. The victim was in fact dragging a dead raccoon down the highway.He's ...
08:07 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Goop and Infowars sell the same wellness stuff
You'd think Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow's "lifestyle brand" for clean-freak whippies, and Infowars, Alex Jones' conspiracy compendium for seething fascists, wouldn't share much in common. But they both have...
07:31 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to start a yard fire
The key component of a quality yard fire is ignorance, but you must remember to mix it with a sufficient quantity of flammable material and oxygen.BONUS: How to start a bonfire on a moor.https://www...
07:29 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a pro drone racer zip around a construction site at sunset
Johnny FPV is a drone racer on the pro circuit. He took one of his drones out for a sunset spin in a construction site next to his hotel, and it's quite beautiful and thrilling. (more…)...
07:29 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch 'Jaws' with your feet dangling in the water
Here's an immersive experience that you can truly, well, get immersed in: JAWS on the water. With dates from now until the end of July, you can watch any one of the Jaws movies while sitting on an inn...
07:29 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Heres how to make your own Butterbeer
In honor of Harry Potters 20th anniversary, the gentlemen of SORTEDFood concocted their own Butterbeer recipe, which is both sickly sweet and slightly alcoholic....
07:10 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Six movie-inspired cocktails (and one TV-inspired hangover cure)
From The Dudes White Russian to James Bonds shaken martini, Binging with Babish demonstrates how to make six movie-inspired cocktails. He also recreates How I Met Your Mothers magical hangover cure,...
07:04 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Intricate paper cutouts of animals, colored by nature
Faye Halliday recently started making variants of her intricate animal drawings with cut-out sections. She then held them up in beautiful locales to create a delightful effect. (more…)...
07:03 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Stray dog joins orchestra on stage during a live performance
While the Vienna Chamber Orchestra performed at an outdoor theatre in esme, Turkey recently, a stray Labrador wandered onstage and plopped right down. His surprise appearance garnered a bunch of app...
06:59 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig answer the internets questions about them
Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig are the latest celebrities to tackle the always-entertaining Wired Autocomplete Interview....
06:57 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Animated chairs made real
Designer nendo created these 50 manga chairs, inspired by animated variations on the theme of a canonical chair form. (more…)...
06:57 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Secret engagement ring box looks like a golden snitch
Freeman Design crafted this gorgeous necklace and pendant inspired by the golden snitch, a ball used in quidditch in the Harry Potter books. This video shows that it holds a secret engagement ring. ...
06:55 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing A powerful, political Hamilton mixtape music video and the #Ham4All challenge
The 2016 Hamilton mixtape invited musicians to remix songs from the musicals cast recording and now one of the tracks has its own music video. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) is performed by Knaan, R...
06:55 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing A catchy song made from random Canadian things
To celebrate Canadas 150th anniversary, music producer Andrew Huang put together a surprisingly catchy track using the sounds of Canada (a.k.a. hockey sticks, maple syrup bottles, and bags of milk)....
05:38 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Up for auction: the never-seen original 1957 Haunted Mansion prospectus
Heritage Auctions is selling off a super-rare original 1957 prospectus for the Haunted Mansion, prepared by Ken Anderson as a first approximation of what Disneyland's "spook house" might be. (more&hel...
05:21 am PDT - Fri, June 30, 2017
BoingBoing Charge any device anywhere with this universal solar charger
Its easy to forget about your phones dependency on modern infrastructure when you have free public WiFi and consistent access to electrical outlets. But for all their ubiquity in first-world urban spa...