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12:00 am PDT - Thu, August 31, 2017
BoingBoing This multi-room-capable speaker is 60% off right now
The QFX Elite Series wireless speakers can be synced up to provide a perfect multi-room sound system, and their most compact entry is being offered in the Boing Boing store for 60% off retail.Despite ...
04:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Lousy tank driver swerves into car on public road
The Russian army clearly needs to teach its tank drivers not to text and drive....
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Rooster vs. cobra: who wins?
In the video below, a rooster in India tangles with a deadly cobra that can deliver enough venom in one bite to kill 20 people, and many more roosters. From National Geographic:The rooster pushes the ...
03:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Underwear-clad man outside of courthouse with sign: "Return my bong"
Jeffery Shaver, 31, stood outside the Kitchener, Ontario courthouse yesterday in his underwear beside two signs that read "RETURN MY BONG" and "RETURN MY MARIJUANA." He claims that police seized his b...
12:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Steven King's "It" hurting the clown business
Pennywise, the creepy clown in Steven King's "It," and the recent increase in "evil clown sightings" around the country have fueled the anti-clown movement in the US and hurt clowning as a legit busin...
11:09 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a good lighting rig with a hamburger box and a flashlight
Photographer Philippe Echaroux used a cheap flashlight, a soda straw, and a Big Mac box to take some excellent portraits with his iPhone....
11:03 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing That probably hurt
Of all the ways a Saarinen knock-off chair could fail, this ranks among the worst.[via Bits and Pieces]...
10:58 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing The meaning of "premium mediocre"
Venkatesh Rao coined the phrase "premium mediocre" and wrote about it on Ribbonfarm. The term came to him when dining at Veggie Grill. He describes that particular restaurant as in the same class as C...
10:54 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Three gentleman on a motorcycle fail to break into a moving truck
Breaking into a truck, WCGW ? from WhatcouldgowrongA motorcycle with three riders drives up behind a large truck at night. One of them snaps a lock with bolt cutters, and dismounts the bike to board t...
10:54 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Three gentlemen on a motorcycle fail to break into a moving truck
Breaking into a truck, WCGW ? from WhatcouldgowrongA motorcycle with three riders drives up behind a large truck at night. One of them snaps a lock with bolt cutters, and dismounts the bike to board t...
10:42 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Cheap used Echo Dots on Amazon
My kids keep removing my Echo Dot from the the kitchen and taking it to other parts of the house (mainly to listen to music), so I bought another one on Amazon. They sell used Dots for as low as $32. ...
09:58 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Augmented reality project adds a little road system to your living room floor
Judith Amores Fernandez, Anna Fust Lleix, and Jam3 created the Invisible Highway at Google Creative Lab using Unity, Tango, and the AdaBox maker kit from Adafruit.From the YouTube description:Invisi...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing This is a generic Millennial ad
And/Or studio created "This Is a Generic Millennial Ad" for a stock footage house called Dissolve as a way to show how agencies can create their own generic Millennial ads using stock footage from D...
09:27 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Stoner is a podcast that interviews creative people who smoke weed
This is a fun podcast I just learned about. It's called Stoner. The host Aaron Lammer (also the co-host of the Longform Podcast) says, "Stoner is a freewheeling conversation that often starts with 'wh...
09:15 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Man who created islamophobic children's book with Pepe the frog ordered by court to give profits to Muslim charity
In 2006 Matt Furie introduced a "blissfully stoned frog" named Pepe in a comic book called Boy's Club. But in recent years Pepe got appropriated by the alt-right as a racist icon, prompting the Anti-D...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Heres how to realize the true potential of Raspberry Pi
 The Raspberry Pi 3 can do almost everything a standard desktop can do, just for a fraction of the cost as well as plenty of things that you would never expect out of a laptop. It offers an extr...
08:36 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Spoiled Red Bull heir kills policeman, Interpol asking world for help in catching him
The 32-year-old grandson of the billionaire who invented the Red Bull energy drink killed a policeman in Thailand five years ago and is still living the life of luxury. And now Interpol has issued a "...
08:30 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Why we are prone to optimism and hope over realism and the skepticism of experience
When you think about your future health, career, finances, and even longevity — you imagine a rosy, hopeful future. For everyone else, though, you tend to be far more realistic.In other words, i...
08:28 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing I want these gyro-buses to happen
The engineering firm Dahir Insaat presents the future of transportation: the monorail gyro-bus. It zips along congested urban roadways because it zips over them. But it doesn't fly -- rather, it rid...
08:11 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Here are some of Xeni's favorite tools
We have hired an editor to edit the Cool Tools podcast. It costs us $300 a month. So far, Cool Tools listeners have pledged $247a month to the podcast. Please considersupporting uson Patreon. We have ...
07:30 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Fantasy maps deemed terrible, or fine, depending
Maps of imaginary lands, as found illustrating the frontispieces of fantasy books since long before Tolkien, are usually so bad the only thing they chart is the ignorance and idiocy of the authors. As...
06:53 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Putin's spokesman confirms it received email from Trump's personal lawyer during presidential campaign
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Wednesday that the Kremlin received an email from Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, during the 2016 presidential campaign.Accord...
06:17 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Stayin' Alive in North Korea
Behold the video genius of In Misery Seek Root Beer. It's the best example of the "x over North Koreans marching" YouTube microgenre, mostly because the creator bothered to synchronic step and beat....
06:03 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Party Discipline: a novella set in the world of Walkaway
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06:03 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Preonic keyboard puts the keys on a grid
For a while I switched to a tiny ortholinear keyboard, the Planck, but gave up wrestling with both a new layout and the lack of unshifted numbers. But the Preonic, being offered in a month-long group ...
04:46 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing God-Man vs. the Menace of Ooze!!
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and extra oth...
04:45 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing An in-depth look at Castle, Waymo's fake city for testing self-driving cars
Alexis Madrigal got a chance to visit the fascinating town of Castle, a roads-only city constructed by Waymo for the sole purpose of developing self-driving cars. (more…)...
04:44 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing In 1920, whist expert Joseph Elwell was found shot to death alone in his locked Manhattan brownstone
In May 1920, wealthy womanizer Joseph Elwell was found shot to death alone in his locked house in upper Manhattan. The police identified hundreds of people who might have wanted Elwell dead, but they ...
04:00 am PDT - Wed, August 30, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with Timothy Leary archivist Michael Horowitz
This is Part 3 of a series. Part 1. Part 2.Switzerland – Afghanistan – California, August 1971 – April 19731. Dr. Leary and Dr. Hofmann on the grounds of Hofmann’s estate in Bu...
04:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Federal judge throws out Palin's defamation suit against the NY Times
A small ray of sunshine as the current Administration continues its war on journalism. A defamation lawsuit brought by former Vice-Presidential candidate and national laughing stock Sarah Palin, again...
03:51 pm PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing The best white pen is the Uniball Signo Broad
I tried a bunch of pens that promised an opaque fine white line on dark paper, and the only one that had an acceptable result was the Uniball Signo Broad. It was in a class of its own, superior even t...
11:59 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Two women entrepreneurs create fake male co-founder to beat startup sexism
When Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer launched their artist marketplace website, Witchsy, they found sexism got in the way of doing business. That is, until they created their imaginary third partner, Ke...
11:38 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing If you have $50k, you might be able to buy this iconic 1969 dune buggy
This mint condition 1969 Glass Enterprises "Bounty Hunter" dune buggy (Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000) will be a featured item at the upcoming Los Angeles Modern Auctions event on October 22. Painted in ...
11:32 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing This storytelling chart explains nothing about season 7 of Thrones
Plot graphs, grids of heroic attributes, flowcharts of dramatic action – chances are you've seen plenty that explain every story ever told. Often presented as a kind of literary pill for critics...
10:23 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Luggage scale for $5
Use coupon code H7Z3OIO9 and you can buy this digital readout luggage scale for $5 on Amazon. I bought one a few years ago and use it every time we take a family trip....
10:12 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Burger King launches cryptocurrency in Russia
Burger King launched its own cryptocurrency, WhopperCoin, in Russian markets. Managed by blockchain startup Waves, WhopperCoin is essentially a blockchain-based rewards program. A customer receives on...
10:07 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Fox News yanked off the air in the UK
With only a meager few thousand viewers per day across the UK, 20th Century Fox has announced that they will no longer broadcast so-called Fox News in Britain. "Fox News is focused on the U.S. market ...
09:57 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Historic FDA approval granted for Ecstasy trial as PTSD treatment
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies announced that the FDA has granted MDMA (aka Ecstasy/Molly) a "Breakthrough Therapy" designation as part of a treatment for posttraumatic stre...
09:45 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Nevada's creepy "Clown Motel" for sale, ghosts included
You could be the next proprietor of the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. Packed with kitschy-creepy clown figurines, paintings, and mannequins, it's conveniently located next to a cemetery with the g...
09:19 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing New Netflix series from Erroll Morris about LSD and the CIA
I am ready for a big dose of intrigue, weirdness, and true conspiracies from filmmaker Erroll Morris's new Netflix series Wormwood about the CIA's evil and bizarre 1950s experiments in LSD and mind ...
09:02 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the original DeLorean pitch to auto dealers
Go back to the future with this amazing DeLorean sales pitch from 1981 used to convince car dealers to sell this fine automobile. (Thanks, UPSO!)...
09:00 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing No flame, no problem
 There was once a time when creating fire was an affront to the gods, but now all it takes is some spare change and a trip to the gas station. Disposable lighters are definitely convenient and av...
08:51 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to Japan's airstrike alarm system
North Korea launched a missile over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido yesterday in the early morning, and Japan sounded its airstrike warning alarms. It wouldn't be a fun thing to wake up to.#brea...
08:50 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Mexico offers to help with Harvey, puts Trump in awkward position
In his usual crass fashion, rather than focusing on the catastrophic hurricane that was hitting Houston, Trump spent his presidential energy on Sunday tweeting about how Mexico is going to pay for the...
08:40 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Cool idea: inflatable LED lighting fixtures
Blow Me Up is an inflatable LED lighting fixture designed by Ingo Maurer and Theo Mller.From Core77:I currently have standard fluorescent lighting fixtures as house lighting in my photography studio...
08:36 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Why did this man pull a gun on someone else in a snack bar?
This footage, dated to August 19, 2017, shows a man (in a white tee) in line with his family at a snack bar in Brazil. There's another man (in a blue hooded sweatshirt) next in line. The family appear...
08:29 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing 1967 film showcases the futuristic family home of 1999
In 1999, Dad will use his three-panel home computer to help him with his hobby of grafting fruit trees, Junior will watch his science lessons on a giant flat-screen TV and take quizzes on another co...
06:13 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Evolutionary psychologists are very butthurt about the new Scientific American
Scientific American dedicates its September issue to The New Science of Sex and Gender, and sociobiologists haven't been in this kind of tizzy since the Emmy-nominated Bill Nye episode about sex and g...
06:13 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Cool animal illustrations by Maxim Shkret
Russian artist Maxim Shkret has developed wonderful layered illustration style with a 3D effect. Here are some of his animals. (more…)...
06:13 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how hard it is to make a traditional Korean inlaid lacquer box
From collecting seashells for the inlay, harvesting tree sap for the lacquer, to adding the final touches, creating these stunning lacquer boxes in traditional Korean style takes about a year. (more...
03:58 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Newly gerrymandered district conveniently includes senator's new house
Let's say you're a state senator, but the house you'd like to own isn't in your district. No problem! Just propose a boundary change to include the new house! (more…)...
03:57 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing Check out this impressive firedancing performance
Luis Wachong is a member of Costa Rican firedancing troupe Pyrodanza. Here he does an impressive sunset routine with a series of fire-tipped props. (more…)...
03:57 am PDT - Tue, August 29, 2017
BoingBoing This AI trained on a million logos will now rate your logo
If an artificial intelligence reviewed your favorite logo, how would that logo fare? now you can find out with Logo Rank, a nifty tool by the guy behind Brandmark. (more…)...
02:09 pm PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Ted Cruz squirms when asked why he voted No for Sandy aid but now asks for Harvey aid
MSNBC host Katy Tur asks Senator Ted Cruz what he has to say about voting against relief aid for the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy back in 2012, but now asking for Hurricane Harvey relief aid, which ...
01:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover
This darling gift kept me chuckling all the way through! Anyone who drinks can use the Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover!In the vein of an old Golden Book, Fireside Grown-Up Guides are sarcast...
01:23 pm PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing 'I will get Putin on this we will get Donald elected,' emailed Trump's Mafia-linked ally Felix Sater in 2015
Felix Sater, a longtime business associate of Donald Trump with organized crime ties, promised in a 2015 email to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin...
01:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Getting caught with a plastic bag in Kenya can land you in jail for 4 years
If you're in Kenya, don't be caught with a plastic bag. Starting today, using a plastic bag, whether for groceries, lining a trash can, or anything else you can think of, will cost you the equivalent ...
12:10 pm PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Good deal on microfiber cleaning cloths: 24-pack for $8.52
This is the best price I've seen for these 15.5" x 12" microfiber cleaning cloths -- 24 for $8.52. We use them to clean our brush steel refrigerator and kitchen trash can with water only. They leave ...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing The guy who said a black man stabbed him because he has a neo-Nazi haircut stabbed himself
Soooooooo apparently I look like a neo-Nazi and got stabbed for it, wrote 26-year-old Joshua Witt on Facebook. Luckily I put my hands up to stop it so he only stabbed my hand... please keep in mind th...
11:41 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Video: Why homelessness in Japan is different than in North America
Being homeless is different in Japan than it is in North America. Professor Tom Gill, asocial anthropology professor who has lived in Japan for 25 years cites several reasons why "it's a lot easier ...
11:33 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Man catches explosive lightning strike that destroys his yard
38-year-old Daniel Modl Norway happens to be filming the stormy sky from his backyard in Norway when lightning suddenly crashes less than seven yards away. Although we don't see the actual bolt, we ...
11:18 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Whole Foods lowers some prices as much as 43% and starts selling Echo on first day under Amazon
Whole Paycheck no more. Today is Whole Foods' first day as an official part of Amazon.com, which bought the grocery chain for $13.7 billion. Around the country this week, prices at Whole Foods Markets...
10:50 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing This blind software developer's display is 450 word-a-minute speech synthesizer
Tuukka Ojala is a blind software developer in Finland. When he works, he keeps his laptop closed (it has an external keyboard attached to it). In this fascinating interview on Vincit, he explains how ...
10:27 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Unicorn USB power banks in black and white
They don't come as a set, sadly, but these unicorn-shaped power banks are offered in white and black for $15 each. About three inches wide and one deep, they've got good reviews from buyers, so aren't...
09:38 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Alternate version of the Knight Rider theme tune
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWtgTfafYtQI chanced across this "rare" version of Stu Philips' legendary Knight Rider theme tune from the 1982 TV show. It doesn't seem to be a remix or a cover, and i...
09:29 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Psychology professor who researchers "vampires" reportedly caught licking student's blood in class
Psychology professor Dr. Emyr Williams of Glyndwr University in Wales, UK researchers "real vampires" and often appears on television to discuss their blood-drinking lifestyle. We are talking about a ...
09:14 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Here's how to donate to the Houston Food Bank
If you have a bit of spare money, I encourage you to donate to the Houston Food Bank, the Galveston County Food Bank, and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi. A little bit will go a long way in helping pe...
09:03 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Incredible first-person video of Elon Musk's Hyperloop accelerating to 200 mph
The winner of yesterday's SpaceX Hyperloop Pod design competition was the WARR Hyperloop. Built by students at the Technical University of Munich, it hit 324 Km/h (~201 mph). First-person video below....
09:00 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Industrial machine is very good at kicking out green tomatoes
As tomatoes move down a conveyor belt and into a hopper, the machine identifies the green tomatoes and actuates a lever to kick them out.Only reds allowed from interestingasfuck...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing CleanMyMac knows how to clean your Mac
 Macs typically dont require much maintenance. But system updates and third-party software have been known to create junk, and your OS isnt always capable of cleaning up after itself. CleanMyMac ...
08:54 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Flagpole explodes when it touches power line
Let's hope nobody was badly hurt when this flagpole spectacularly ignited when it came into contact with a powerline overhead. The incident was recorded by a drone. (more…)...
08:54 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing The Atlantic: "Forty Years Later, the Golden Record Goes Vinyl"
The Atlantic's Marina Koren wrote about the Voyager Golden Record vinyl box set that I co-produced with Tim Daly and Lawrence Azerrad. From Koren's article, titled "Forty Years Later, the Golden Recor...
08:25 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Fast food furniture in the form of hot dogs and burgers
Italian design firm Seletti and Amsterdams Studio Job created this cartoony fast food furniture line for the 2017 Maison & Objet tradeshow in Paris next month. They should have designed a chez lounge ...
07:57 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was inspired by a crowded department store
Pioneering horror filmmaker Tobe Hooper, who died on Saturday, on the source of his inspiration for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:It came to him, he said, in the hardware department of a Sears-like st...
07:36 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Beck - Dear Life
Beck's got a new album, Colors, coming out on October 13. Here's the first video, Dear Life. The lyrics are quite timely.You sang your swan song to the dogs'Cause they made mincemeat of the dreams you...
07:08 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Lego Star Destroyer collision
Excellent work by Jhaelon Edwards: "Stuck in the house due to intense storms in Houston. Decided to throw this together using two UCS ISDs. It's the scene from Rogue One!"...
06:49 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing News anchor has a question for folks fleeing storm
Enjoy this Fox News anchor ask a rain-soaked evacuee an excruciatingly long and rambling question concerning the logistics of flood plain management....
06:27 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Before-and-after photos show depth of Houston flood
Startling before-and-after images from Houston, where hurricane Harvey dumped a trillion gallons of water after tearing up much of coastal Taxas. At least eight deaths are reported and it's expected...
06:27 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Before and after photos reveal impact of Houston flooding from Harvey
Startling before-and-after images from Houston, where hurricane Harvey dumped a trillion gallons of water after tearing up much of coastal Texas. (more…)...
06:04 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Curious firsts from 1970s text adventures
Renga in Blue is a deep-divin' blog about old text adventures. Author Jason Dyer writes up his thoughts on adventure games from the 1970s, having completed all of them.curious firsts:– First def...
05:50 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Unnervingly vague error messages from 1976
Marcin Wichary posted "an abridged list" of vague and therefore terrifying error messages from a 40-year-old word processor.Don't you just hate it when very bad footnote distribution failures happen? ...
05:43 am PDT - Mon, August 28, 2017
BoingBoing Trippy 'Krofft Super Art Show' opens in LA
On August 26th, a group art show inspired by the delightfully-twisted minds of brothers Sid and Marty Krofft opened at LA-LA Land Gallery in Los Angeles. Curated by Kii Arens, the "Krofft Super Art Sh...
12:27 pm PDT - Sun, August 27, 2017
BoingBoing Secretary of State says Trump's values are not Americas
When asked about changing global perceptions of America and its values, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not have been clearer: "The President speaks for himself, Chris."Guess we won't be seei...
12:27 pm PDT - Sun, August 27, 2017
BoingBoing Secretary of State says Trump's values are not America's
When asked about changing global perceptions of America and its values, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not have been clearer: "The President speaks for himself, Chris."Guess we won't be seei...
08:25 am PDT - Sun, August 27, 2017
BoingBoing When future desires and past beliefs are incongruent, desire usually wins out
Confirmation bias is our tendency to seek evidence that supports our beliefs and that confirms our assumptions — when we could just as well seek disconfirmation of those beliefs and assumptions ...
07:00 am PDT - Sun, August 27, 2017
BoingBoing Extend your smartphone camera's capabilities for $10
Shooting better photos is often a matter of technique, but sometimes the tiny integrated optics on your device just wont cut it. This 3-in-1 lens attachmentcan provide that camera some added versatili...
03:47 pm PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing Magnetic hourglass
Kikkerland's Magnetic Hourglass is like any other, except that the sand is replaced with iron filings. This results in eyecatching structures and stalagmite-like prominences forming and collapsing upo...
11:33 am PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing Interspace, a new music video by Starcadian
Great stuff, nice and mellow and melancholy going into the weekend. It's from the a album, Midnight Signals, coming later this fall. (Bandcamp)Previously: Starcadian, HE^RT and Chinatown...
11:24 am PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing Harvey hits hard, TX governor issues mandatory evacuations as 'catastrophic flood' risks loom
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas just gave an update on the impact of Harvey, formerly a category 4 hurricane, and now a tropical storm that made landfall near Corpus Christi late Friday night. There are...
07:03 am PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing How the worst airline accident in history was avoided
https://youtu.be/3sEOwMfF7MA?t=1m18sMy favorite air disaster documentarian, Allec Joshua Ibay, recreated last month's SFO taxiway near-miss, complete with real radio traffic. I skipped the scene-setti...
07:00 am PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing Nisus Writer Pro is a great alternative to Word for Mac users
If you write a lot for a living or as a student you dont want your tools to get in the way of your flow. Most writing software usually falls into two camps: either they impose a rigidly fixed set of...
05:30 am PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing The League of Gentlemen returns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJzL_wyMahUWeird and unsettling UK sitcom League of Gentlemen is to return to our screens as a series of specials, reports the BBC.The three episodes will once again st...
05:20 am PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing "The Heist" pokes fun at big-budget Hollywood capers
"Two handsome master criminals are trying to pull off a big heist so they're putting together the most incredible heist team that has ever heist teamed before." (more…)...
05:20 am PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing This DIY pixelstick lets you make amazing in-camera effects
Lucas Berbesson created this nifty homemade PixelStick, and he was kind enough to share the instructions, too. (more…)...
05:19 am PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing Watch these thrilling underwater marble races
The MarbleLympics dodecathlon just concluded, but the real excitement came in the 11th round, an underwater marble race that encompassed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. (more…)...
05:19 am PDT - Sat, August 26, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a first date even more awkward? Eye-tracking glasses
First dates are often cringey, so a first date with cameras rolling will be next-level cringe. To take it to the next level, ask one date participant wear eye-tracking goggles. Enjoy! (more…)...
05:13 pm PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Trump pardons Joe Arpaio
President Donald J. Trump today pardoned the lawless racist and former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. He was found guilty of criminal contempt in a case about racial profiling. Of course he was Trump's f...
04:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Racists cancel San Francisco rally
The racist bigots planning to rally in San Francisco's Crissy Field have cancelled their event, citing fear of violence and the fact that they'd be far out-numbered.Joey Gibson, the rallys organizer a...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing North Korea fires 'several' ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan, reports South Korean military
North Korea has launched what is likely to be multiple short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korea's military. (more…)...
03:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Bomba-style retro flip clock
I've always wanted one of these, and now I can get one pretty cheap! The KABB Modern Digital Flip Clock is $44, comes with black or white number flaps, and runs off a single D battery. It looks a bit ...
03:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Mueller investigating Flynn's role in seeking Clinton's stolen emails to help Trump campaign
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators are looking into whether former Trump cabinet member Mike Flynn may have been part of an effort to get a hold of Hillary Clintons emails, h...
02:44 pm PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing The skeuomorphic hell of music-making apps
Audio plugins are renowned for their insane efforts to mimic real-life hardware UI, right down to 70s'-style dials and warped burl paneling. If they could smell of sweaty pleather, they would. John La...
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Pop Tarts replaces model's eyes with mouths in nightmare ad
I am become death, destroyer of worlds.https://twitter.com/PopTartsUS/status/890261476266696704Behold my works! Corinthian Leather: the collected political nightmare photoshops....
12:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with Wired founder Louis Rossetto about his new novel, Change is Good
My guest on the Cool Tools Show podcast this week is my friend and former Wired editor, Louis Rossetto. Louis co-founded Wired with his life partner Jane Metcalfe. During his five years directing Wire...
11:33 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Good deal on Tub Shroom hair catcher
The popular Tub Shroom, which catches hair before it clogs your tub drain, is on sale on Amazon today for $11. It's got 4.3 stars on Amazon with 9,618 customer reviews....
11:26 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Video about differences between visiting North Korea and South Korea
Sixty years ago, North Korea and South Korea were one country. Jacob Laukaitis recently spent a week in each country and made a video of the differences he saw. His guide in South Korea was a man wh...
11:15 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Incredible glowing bug moves too lifelike to be just a puppet
This incredible finger/hand puppet is puppeteer Barnaby Dixon's latest creation. When it's in action, the glowing bug looks more like an animated Pixar character than it does a puppet. Made from lig...
11:06 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing LED lighting for your tent
These easy to hang LED lanterns are great camping, working under a car, or really anyplace that is dark!Invariably I am searching my tent or van for some small item I critically need, but can not find...
11:01 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Wikipedia's mindblowing timeline of the far future
Wikipedia's prediction of far-future events really makes me wish I could stick around to see the red supergiant star Antares go supernova in 10,000 years. "The explosion is expected to be easily visib...
10:46 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Moonlighting's 'Atomic Shakespeare' episode
The amazing cast of Moonlighting performed William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew in character. It was wonderful!It has been decades since I've watched Moonlighting seriously, but every year or s...
10:43 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Meet Pepper, Japan's robot priest that can now conduct funerals
Japan is already known for being at the forefront of humanoid robots that take over traditionally human jobs (hotel concierge and elderly companions, for instance). Now they can add robot funeral pr...
10:31 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing People buy products with faces to stop from feeling so lonely
People prefer products that have faces on the packaging, especially when they are lonely, according to a study published online this month in the European Journal of Social Psychology.From University ...
10:27 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Bear needs piano lessons
https://youtu.be/iTPuZYVuGd0Less musically inclined than the average bear?...
09:06 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Person tests Amazon's "unlimited" cloud storage by uploading 1.8 petabytes of porn
A fellow who goes by the handle beaston02 wanted to see how unlimited Amazon's "unlimited" cloud storage plan was, so he uploaded 293 years' worth (2 million gigabytes or 2 petabytes) of PornHub video...
08:29 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Drivers try to warn truck that bucket is up, then truck takes down entire highway sign
The people shooting this video try to warn a truck driver in Texas that the truck's bucket is raised, but the driver is oblivious. And then the truck crashes into a highway sign and takes it out, al...
08:23 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Instagram reactivates The Nude Blogger's account
Instagram's policy on nudity: "We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we dont allow nudity on I...
08:06 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Boomers are news-illiterate couch vegetables stuck in front of their yelling, ad-saturated televisions
A Pew Research study found that "younger adults are more likely than their elders to read the news," but there are other ways of seeing the data.Overall, more Americans prefer to watch their news (46%...
08:06 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Boomers are news-illiterate couch vegetables stuck in front of their yelling, ad-saturated TVs
A Pew Research study found that "younger adults are more likely than their elders to read the news," but there are other ways of seeing the data.Overall, more Americans prefer to watch their news (46%...
07:38 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing India supreme court rules sexual orientation is a fundamental right
India, the world's largest democracy, declares freedom of sexual orientation of fundamental right.Indias Supreme Court has given the countrys gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community the freedom to ...
07:00 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing This dino-shaped aquarium is filled with thousands of bioluminescent new friends!
For the uninitiated, dinoflagellates are the single-celled organisms behind the eerie algal bloom known as red tide. But some of these tiny marine creatures are capable of producing a beautiful biolum...
06:14 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing My Little Ponies generated by neural network
Janelle Shane trained a neural network on the names and attributes of My Little Ponies, then shared "some of the worst ones."I used a program called a character-level recurrent neural network (char-rn...
06:05 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Half-Life 3 synopsis posted by series writer -- or maybe it's just fanfic
Half-Life 3 is a running joke (or tragedy) among fans of the series who waited more than a decade for it to exist. With publisher Valve's business shifting to its Steam platform and key writer Marc La...
05:47 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Learn to make corn and eels just like mom's great-grandma's grandma made
If you've had a hankering for 18th-century eel succotash, you'll love the early American cooking and crafts on the James Townsend & Son channel. Aside from the recording gear, they commit comple...
05:47 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Trucker gets tattoo of himself driving his own body
Tattoo artist: What you want?Trucker: Combine my love of trucking and Cartesian mind-body dualism.Tattoo artist: Say no more. (more…)...
05:47 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing As bacteria build fortresses, scientists seek weak points for attacks
Bacteria are extremely adept at building biofilm cities, often in places humans don't want them: catheters, sewer lines, and our teeth, to name a few. Now scientists are working to unlock the structur...
05:47 am PDT - Fri, August 25, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous and fascinating look into the science of animal schooling
Animal collective behavior is not well understood, but thanks to new technologies, it's possible to isolate individual animals in order to understand how flocks, swarms, herds, and schools move as a...
07:52 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing The wrong way to put a motorcycle in a truck
"Got it!"...
04:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing This video of a 360 hand-crafted flipbook of Mt. Fuji will take your breath away
Yes, please! Take my money. (more…)...
03:54 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Ex-CIA Dir. Brennan: I briefed Congress on Russian election interference, they didn't get 'importance and gravity'
Former CIA Director John Brennan sent an internal memo to CIA employees last December in which he said some of the members of Congress he'd briefed on the CIA's conclusion that Russia interfered in th...
03:34 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Hurricane Harvey could be strongest storm to hit U.S. in over a decade, and a first for Trump's FEMA
#HurricaneHarvey could hit landfall late Friday night along the Texas coast as a Category 3 hurricane. (more…)...
03:20 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing The promise and peril of synthetic biology in 78 minutes
Below youll find an unhurried interview with Autodesk Distinguished Researcher Andy Hessel. Andy is a prime instigator behind GP-Write which is, on some levels, heir to the Human Genome Project and ...
02:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Kellyanne Conway laments that journalists are not forced to report the truth
Interviewed by Fox and Friends, Trump surrogate Kellyanne Conway had thoughts on the general response to his rally rage meltdown in Arizona. The media, she says, aren't "afraid enough here."DOOCY: A ...
02:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Kellyanne Conway says media arent 'afraid enough'
Interviewed by Fox and Friends, Trump surrogate Kellyanne Conway had thoughts on the general response to his rally rage meltdown in Arizona. The media, she says, aren't "afraid enough here." (more&he...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing KFC's phenomenally creepy Bio-Shock-esque VR training video
This is insane. RELEASE THE BIRDS!KFC has given us a lot of really odd advertising, but this really something....
12:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing The highly-influential 90s cyberculture magazine, Mondo 2000, returns online.
A few years ago, I started seeing evidence of the beginning swells of a nostalgia wave for the iconic 90s "cyberdelic" magazine Mondo 2000 and all things early 90s cyberpunk/cyberculture. One person o...
12:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Mondo 2000, influential 90s cyberculture magazine, returns online
A few years ago, I started seeing evidence of the beginning swells of a nostalgia wave for the iconic 90s "cyberdelic" magazine Mondo 2000 and all things early 90s cyberpunk/cyberculture. One person o...
11:58 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Best deal yet on the AmazonBasics travel case: $7.10
I bought this small travel case in 2011 for $14 and use it whenever I travel. Here's an article I wrote for Cool Tools a few years ago about the stuff I carry in it. It's still in great condition. Ama...
11:46 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton may have used a government plane to watch the eclipse
The Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) filed a Freedom of Information Act requesting "the justification for [Treasury] Secretary Mnuchin's use of a government plane, rather th...
11:42 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing North Korea invites Russians to vacation there, pretending it's "safer than London"
North Korea must be hard up for cash, as they are now promoting themselves to Russians as a tourist destination. In their promotional pitch, they claim that visiting North Korea is "safer than an even...
11:28 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Fifty years ago today Yippie activist Abbie Hoffman made it rain at the NY stock exchange
On August 24, 1967, guerilla theater activist Abbie Hoffman and his pals dropped a slew of dollar bills off the balcony of the New York Stock Exchange onto the trading floor below. As Hoffman later sa...
11:13 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing A fantastic chair
Perhaps this is the chair Socrates was talking about....
11:11 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Can you speak dog? Please tell us what this samoyed is trying to say
Coconut Rice Bear has an important message for the humans, but no one knows what it is.[via Twisted Sifter] A post shared by Coconut Rice Bear (@coconutricebear) on Aug 14, 2017 at 12:36am PDT...
10:57 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: 71-year-old drunk driver sideswipes cars, then crashes into truck
https://youtu.be/JYpt3_sDjgE71-year-old Carol Rose thought it was a good idea to drink alcohol until she was twice the legal limit, and then get into her car. Oh, and according to the Daily Mail, she ...
10:29 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Martin Shkreli bought a domain with my name in it
You can find me at beschizza.com, but Martin Shkreli registered "robbeschizza.com" as part of what seems to be a quixotic effort to bother people who write about him. Cyrus Farivar reports that I'm in...
10:14 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Art project: How to make instant photocopy transfers with a blender pen
I really dig the ghostly look of these photocopied images transferred into an art journal. The key tool is a blender pen, basically a marker containing glycerin, alcohol, and water. I'm going to try t...
10:10 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: KFC has a spooky VR escape room as part of their training program
KFC is the coolest when it comes to their training program. New employees are given an Oculus Rift headset and asked to complete an eerie escape room, which is narrated by a sinister-sounding Colone...
09:56 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Review: Anker's PowerHouse is a beefy brickful of electrons
Anker's PowerHouse is the beefiest portable battery I've owned, with 120,000mAh coming though four USB ports, 110V AC and 12v DC. At $500 and weighing in at 9 pounds, though, it's also an big expensiv...
09:50 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Jesus spotted in sonogram image along with baby
Alicia Zeek and Zac Smith of Franklin County, Pennsylvania were surprised and delighted to see Jesus looking at their baby girl in this sonogram image. From Fox43:The expecting parents say while they ...
09:39 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Researchers encoded a film clip in DNA and store it inside a living cell
In an astonishing step forward in biomolecular computing, Harvard researchers encoded a 19th century film clip in DNA and stored it inside living bacteria. Later, they sequenced the bacterium's genom...
09:29 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Counter protest seeks to leave field covered in dog poop before bigoted assholes arrive
A bunch of racist bigots billing themselves as "Alt-Right" demonstrators plan to invade San Francisco's Crissy Field this weekend. Locals are planning to leave their dog poop all over the field, just ...
09:21 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Chris Notap has made another no-kill mousetrap
Chris Notap is one of the few recreational mousetrap builders that I'm aware of. He shows of his whimsical, no-kill traps on his YouTube channel. Here's his latest, which uses a 3-inch diameter sect...
09:12 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing This tool cleanly removes ticks from my dogs
Seems we always have tick season at Muir Beach. This Tick Twister yanks them without leaving bits behind!Ticks carry all sorts of diseases, and in wet wooded environments, we get a lot of them. A LOT....
09:00 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Indiana Jones movie sound effects remixed into dance track
Eclectic Method writes:I made a house music video remix using only sound effects clips from the Indiana Jones movies. The sound design is made by Ben Burtt who also made the iconic sounds for Star W...
08:52 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Depiction of Trump in American flag giving Nazi salute is disturbing
Wow. Check out this latest cover of German magazine Stern, that depicts Trump draped in the American flag, giving a Nazi salute. From Mashable:The text over Trump reads "Sein Kampf," or "His Fight/Str...
08:33 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing How black holes could delete the universe - new explainer video
The always-excellent maker of animated explainer videos, Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell just released a new video that explains what black holes are, explains what information is, and then goes into the ...
08:23 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Science is wrong about everything, but you can trust it more than anything
Psychology is working on the hardest problems in all of science. Physics, astronomy, geology — those are easy, by comparison. Understanding consciousness, willpower, ideology, social change R...
07:24 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Some of NASA's best shots from the 2017 solar eclipse
There should be a giant eclipse photo contest for all the wonderful images, with a $700 million prize and everyone gets to vote. Until then, here's a terrific NASA compilation of some of the coolest s...
07:23 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Own a decommissioned lighthouse with bids starting at $10K
Psst, wanna buy a lighthouse? As more and more are decommissioned thanks to GPS, the market has seen an influx of lighthouses for sale. (more…)...
07:00 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Here's 5 online courses to keep your skills relevant in the next decade
As more industries either embrace technology or become completely subsumed by it, digital literacy is increasingly critical for successful professional development. To help you explore the different t...
06:22 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing A website that only works offline
Enjoy this website that works only in airplane mode or when no network can otherwise be found: "You must go offline to view this page".Do you want to be productive? Just go offline. I'm one of those p...
05:45 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing How many basic knots do you know? A helpful guide to 7 of them
Maybe it's been awhile since that merit badge, or maybe you haven't been out on a boat of late. In any case, here's Andy Tran's great refresher course on 7 essential knots.The knots covered in this ...
05:36 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Elon Musk posts image of working SpaceX spacesuit, teases more
SpaceX has been hard at work designing a stylish and comfortable working spacesuit. Following testing of the suit prototypes, Elon Musk has unveiled a first look. (more…)...
05:36 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing YouTubers prevail in copyright lawsuit brought by "pickup artist"
"Pickup artist" YouTube channel MattHossZone (previously) has lost his copyright case against a reaction video posted by YouTube channel h3h3Productions. The closely-watched case is a big victory fo...
05:36 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Artist Brandon Bird talks about his Jerry Orbach tribute car
Last year artist Brandon Bird crowdfunded the creation of the Jerry Orbach Memorial Art Car, bringing in over $23,000.In this Super Deluxe video, Bird shares why he was inspired to create this badas...
05:35 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Fast food furniture
Here are two great tastes that taste great together: Fast food and furniture. European design firm Studio Job teamed up with Italian home goods and furniture house Seletti to create furniture fashione...
05:30 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing AccuWeather app caught "red-handed" tracking location of users against their wishes
AccuWeather's been exposed sending user location data to a third party, even when the app is told not to access it. If you have the app installed, your exact location was shared with a company promisi...
03:41 am PDT - Thu, August 24, 2017
BoingBoing Review: Oree wooden keyboard and trackpad
Wood signifies tradition, solidity and natural beauty, but these qualities are comically absent from computer peripherals made of it. Oree, a company out of France, set out to do better and have parti...
06:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing In swiftly-deleted posting, GOP links Legend of Zelda to progressive taxation
Sadly, the Republican Party has already deleted its article titled What Do The Legend of Zelda and the American Tax Code Have In Common? and any corresponding twetes. But it lives on at Google Cache, ...
06:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Priscilla Presley killed Elvis, Michael Jacksons tomb is empty, and the Queen quits!
This weeks tabloids may not be entirely divorced from reality, but they are permanently estranged and consulting lawyers.Many celebrities are horse lovers, but not Star Treks William Shatner. He has a...
06:32 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Louise Linton's fashion tips for poors
Here's McSweeney's Ziyad Gower, cannily stealing the voice of Scottish actress Louise Linton, the wife of Trump treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and mocker of the poor.Greetings #peasants, its me, Lo...
05:02 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Local stingray is in a great mood
This just in. (more…)...
04:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Maximum cuteness: Corgi races
Of course there are Corgi races!...
04:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Top Trump aide emailed campaign officials about proposed contact with Putin
Congressional investigators looking into connections between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections have found an email from a senior Trump aide that refe...
04:26 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing My favorite internet animator, Joe Sparks, is back
Joe Sparks' Radiskull and Devil Doll remain my favorite characters of the Dotcom boom. After a long hiatus while working for a company that apparently wouldn't let Joe publish independent work, he i...
04:12 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Yet another Russian ambassador turns up dead, this time in a swimming pool
Mirgayas Shirinskiy (photo) is the fourth senior Russian diplomat to unexpectedly die this year under. (more…)...
03:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing See you at Burning Man!
Tomorrow, I'm turning off my email and hitting the road for Burning Man, where I'll be giving three talks, and I hope to see you there: at 4PM on Weds, Aug 20, I'm speaking at Palenque Norte at Camp S...
03:48 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Trump obsessed with Russia probe, rage-dialing GOP over legislation to ban him from firing Mueller
Yesterday, we learned that President Donald Trump chewed out Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell over matters related to the open investigation into Russia, and Trump. Today, we learn from a Politico re...
03:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Laura Lam's 'False Hearts' is a gripping tale
Rarely does a novel grab my attention like Laura Lam's False Hearts. I started reading Laua Lam's False Hearts and could not get out of my chair until I was done. I then rewound my Kindle to page one ...
03:03 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Arlington National Cemetery is the only monument we need to Robert E. Lee
I was surprised to hear people suggest that removing statues of Confederate traitors would somehow lead to us tearing down the Jefferson Memorial. That is patent bullshit.Arguments attempting to equat...
03:03 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Sassy Trump Talks Nazis
It was supposed to be Infrastructure Week, but neo-Nazis and Charlottesville happened. Sassy Trump was in a real pickle. (more…)...
12:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing The "best childrens book illustrator in Italy" is coming to Los Angeles with a new painting exhibition
Nicoletta Ceccoli is a pop surrealist painter/illustrator from the Republic of San Marino, Italy. Nicoletta has an animation degree from the State Institute of Art in Urbino and has illustrated over 3...
12:22 pm PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing 2-pack of battery powered LED string lights with remote
I bought these LED string lights for a friend who has been stringing up little incandescent A/C powered plugs on her backyard terrace. These are much better. They don't get ruined by sprinkler water, ...
11:39 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Red Dwarf XII slated for October
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun. Lister, Rimmer, Kryton and the show stealing Cat are back this October on Dave.From the Red Dwarf blog:Red Dwarf XII is the twelfth series of the legendary comedy, ...
11:30 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Trump is a human void
Talking of Trump's beliefs is pointless, because there are none. The barking comedy of his speeches and statements goes nowhere because "he cannot understand anyones response to them except as it rela...
11:13 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Federally paid informant lured woman into a romantic relationship and entrapped her in a drug deal
Here's how the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) uses your tax dollars - to pay a creep to pretend he loves a woman, play with her children, and persuade her to break t...
10:46 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Everything, even a rock, has some degree of consciousness
Philip Goff, associate professor in philosophy at Central European University in Budapest, argues that the idea of panpsychism ("mind is everywhere") shouldn't be dismissed just because it sounds craz...
10:35 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing How to hear the true sound of your own voice without recording it
When we speak, sing or shout, what we perceive gets a mighty bass boost from our own head matter. But what the lister (and the microphone) hears — the reedy, whiny, nasal true self! — is...
10:30 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson wants to buy Twitter and kick off Trump
Valerie Plame Wilson, who was outed as a CIA operative during the Bush Administration, has put up a GoFundMe page so that she could buy Twitter - and then give Trump the boot. "Donald Trump has done a...
10:18 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Video of the International Space Station passing in front of the solar eclipse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=200&v=lepQoU4oek4SmarterEveryDay's Destin Sandlin captured this astonishing video of the International Space Station transiting Monday's solar eclipse. Fast...
10:11 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Small town Uber driver quits, launches a one-driver rival
Suzanne Ashe was the only Uber driver in Haines, Alaska, and the app wouldn't let her stay logged in and available because the rides came so infrequently. (more…)...
10:11 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Car repossession goes awry
This astounding video advances one level at a time, from amusing to beautiful. First, bystander Brittany Nyiesha chances across a repossessed vehicle being towed and begins filming. Then we realize ...
10:07 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing The psilocybin in magic mushrooms is an insect repellant
The psilocybin in magic mushrooms is a potent psychedelic for animals. But what good is the psilocybin for the shrooms? New genetic research from Ohio State University suggests that the psilocybin mig...
09:59 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing 13 years after Katrina, New Orleans plans to evacuate if bad storms come
New Orleans is in an official state of emergency, thanks to 15 of its 120 pumps being offline (thanks to chronic underfunding) and a major storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. (more…)...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer with unseen footage
If only you could see what Ryan Gosling has seen with your eyes....
09:51 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Longread: what will it take to re-decentralize the web?
In 2016, the Internet Archive convened a decentralized web summit to discuss ways to make the web less centralized and thus less vulnerable to censorship, corporate abuse and "shadow regulation" (I ga...
09:48 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Daddy longlegs drop their limbs to escape predators
In elementary school, I knew a boy who would impress us by pulling the legs off a daddy longlegs and popping the body in his mouth. I think he would appreciate this Deep Look video about how daddy l...
09:37 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Massive Cincinnati nudist resort closing down after nearly 50 years
Paradise Gardens, a huge nudist resort that's been open in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1970 is closing its gates. The owners sold to a developer who will build five new homes on the 34 acre property. The r...
09:36 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Rube Goldberg machine of the day
As relaxing, amusing and intriguing as any other: "an impressive Rube Goldberg machine with a 4-minute course. The beads move in a chain reaction divided into several more complex steps, including t...
09:27 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Carl Sagan sadly still dead
Carl Sagan:Neil deGrasse Tyson:The modern stars of science and its enemies are in alignment. All agree that wonder is more dangerous than certitude....
09:25 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing A movie accent expert comments on 31 actors playing real people
This is a fascinating deep dive into actors' portrayals of famous people like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Muhammed Ali, Julia Child, Bob Dylan.From YouTube description: "Dialect coach Erik Singer take...
09:14 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing A republican, a democrat and an independent smoke weed together
Three young adults get stoned and talk politics.White republican (to black democrat): "I think some of these stigmas you guys have, you place upon yourselves.Democrat: Like what? Give me an example....
09:00 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing What we know will NOT happen with Trump
SIMPLY JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, INNER HIVE now, and a $25 donation will be made to charities that fight hate groups. Info HERE,...
08:59 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Linguistic data analysis of 3 billion Reddit comments produces a taxonomy of trolls
Tim Squirrell, a researcher at the Alt-Right Open Intelligence Initiative at the University of Amsterdam, used Google's BigQuery to analyze "every Reddit comment ever madeall 3 billion of them." He us...
08:44 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Firefighters rescue farm piglets from fire and later eat them up
Firefighters saved 18 piglets from a barn fire in southern England. The farmer wanted to show her appreciation, so she later offered them some of her piglets in the form of sausages. And they were sc...
08:37 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Cool Johnny Cash guitar trick with a playing card
In this short video, you'll learn how to achieve Johnny Cash's cool textured, rhythmic strumming sound with a playing card....
08:25 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Maker Update: giant fake gold bricks and Overwatch animatronics
This week on Maker Update: a servo robot puppet, Raspbian moves to Stretch, a YouTube Live camera, giant gold bricks, trauma shears, and pouring your own knobs. This weeks Cool Tool is a pair of Flu...
08:11 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing During WW II two Americans escaped the Japanese by sailing 3,000 miles in a wooden fishing boat
After Japan invaded the Philippines in 1941, two American servicemen hatched a desperate plan to sail 3,000 miles to Allied Australia in a 20-foot wooden fishing boat. In this week's episode of the Fu...
07:59 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Legal California weed could lead to public banking
Famously, federally insured banks and credit-unions won't take deposits from the marijuana industry, even in states where marijuana sales have been legalized; this leaves the weed industry dealing all...
07:28 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Jury would not convict white militiamen who aimed guns at federal law enforcement officers
Less than a year after Ammon Bundy and his terrorist pals were found not guilty for their takeover of Oregon's Malheur Federal Wildlife Reserve (which included a fatal shootout four terrorist pals of ...
07:00 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Serpstat is the only SEO tool you need
Top-performing content doesnt come from pure inspiration. So how do you get the maximum number of eyeballs to see your marketing copy? By analyzing the impact of the keywords within. Serpstat does thi...
06:57 am PDT - Wed, August 23, 2017
BoingBoing Local council requires Grenfell survivors to bid against each other for new homes
It's been more than two months since a deadly blaze in Kensington, London -- the richest borough in the UK -- killed at least 80 people when the decorative cladding installed to make the building look...
06:26 pm PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing The KLF's book signing rules of engagement
The KLF is back. You will follow the instructions, or you will not get your book signed.https://twitter.com/Popjustice/status/899971473087115264https://twitter.com/Popjustice/status/900016863446433792...
06:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Do not boil your underwear in hotel kettles
You know those "amazing household tips" where you descale showerheads with vinegar and a sandwich bag, or lift carpet indentations with ice cubes, or whatever? Well, I've just found out that a common ...
04:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Justice Department to downsize scope of warrant for DreamHost's user data on anti-Trump site Disruptj20
The Justice Department will scale back a very broad request for data connected to an anti-Trump website, after accusations the demand violated the free speech rights of politically engaged citizens....
04:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Trump Afghanistan plan? More air strikes likely, and training Afghan air force
President Donald Trump's speech on military policy in Afghanistan didn't provide much in the way of specifics about troop numbers or other measures of force commitment or our long-term goals. All that...
03:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Gook is a movie that explores LA's Korean and black communities in the Rodney King era
Director Justin Chons new award-winning Sundance film Gook is hit theaters nationwide on August 18th. The film takes place during the time of the Rodney King riots in LA and tells the story of how peo...
03:15 pm PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Trump enraged that McConnell won't 'protect' him from Russia investigations: NYT
Buried in the New York Times' extraordinary piece on how Mitch McConnell, Senate GOP leader, privately doubts whether President Donald Trump can salvage his administration? This amazing detail that su...
02:45 pm PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Large shipment of Trump ecstasy pills seized in Germany
"About 5,000 carrot-coloured ecstasy tablets in the shape of Donald Trump's head have been seized by German police in the north-western city of Osnabruck," reports the BBC. Police in Germany say the p...
12:57 pm PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing 5,000 orange ecstasy tablets shaped like Trump's head seized by German police
Make America MDMA again. (more…)...
12:29 pm PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Own a jar of eclipse soil, "darkened by the moon", for only $1,029
The totality of 2017's solar eclipse plunged perhaps 200,000 square miles of America into darkness, but don't be fooled! That soil's worth staggering amounts of money! You can even finance your purcha...
11:57 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Please clap: it's how Medium writers are going to be paid
Medium, the oft-pivoting publisher and platform, recently introduced an alarmingly twee new metric: "claps". If you like an article, you can "clap" for it, or as one might like to say, "give it the cl...
11:31 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Steven Mnuchin's wife makes fun of Instagram followers for not being as rich as she is
Mind-bogglingly wealthy Louise Linton, a Scottish actress, "perilous journeyer to the heart of Africa," and wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, posted a photo on Instagram of herself and her hu...
10:23 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Total Eclipse of the Pug
Best solar eclipse 2017 video ever. (more…)...
09:31 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Candidate Trump's racism strategy is failing President Trump
When Trump was on the campaign trail, he had a surefire racism strategy: he'd say something horribly racist ("Mexicans are rapists") then refuse to back down (giving comfort to overt racists), then fi...
09:30 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Giant jigsaw puzzle took 9 months to complete - watch a timelapse
Andre F. completes a 33,600 piece jigsaw puzzle called "Wildlife" by Educa. Dimension of the finished puzzle: 224.41 x 61.81 in. He spent a lot of time just turning the pieces right side up![via]...
09:11 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Whats wrong with startup culture: A video
Dan Lyons, a former tech journalist who wrote a funny blog years ago called "Fake Steve Jobs" and wrote one of the best episodes of HBO's Silicon Valley ("White Hat/Black Hat") gave a funny 20-minut...
09:05 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing The Trump family's holidays and business trips have used up the entire Secret Service budget
By the end of the year, Trump and his family will have spent more of the Secret Service's budget than the Obama administration spent in eight years -- enough to exhaust the Secret Service's entire bud...
08:38 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Watch ants shoot acid at a person's hand
Here's an amazing video of ants covering someone's hand, spraying acid up towards the other hand that is hovering over them. The amount of acid shooting up is incredible, coming from such tiny creat...
08:28 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing The five stages of margarine grief
[via Crappy Off Brands]...
08:19 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing The far right has its own web, but what use is a site no-one will serve?
After Charlottesville and the murder of Heather Heyer, hitherto Nazi-friendly internet companies have found their boots and their banhammers. The angry right has for some time anticipated this eventua...
08:06 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Calgary airport regrets converting disabled parking spaces into "Lexus only" parking spaces
The Calgary airport authority has apologised for a botched marketing campaign in which it sold Lexus on the idea of designating some of its parking places as "Lexus only" and then, unbeknownst to the ...
07:53 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Ali Alamedy's startlingly detailed dioramas
Enjoy this video of an Iraqi artist's intricate and realistic dioramas, depicting city scenes from around the world, crafted in exile: "When I tried to make a tiny bellows for the old camera, it had...
07:50 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing A (flawed) troll-detection tool maps America's most and least toxic places
The Perspective API (previously) is a tool from Google spinoff Jigsaw (previously) that automatically rates comments for their "toxicity" -- a fraught business that catches a lot of dolphins in its tu...
07:41 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Researchers can take over domestic and industrial robots to spy and maim
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSSTUvqMB3MThis week at Singapore's Hack in the Box conference, researchers Lucas Apa and Cesar Cerrudo from the Argentinian security research company IOActive will p...
07:35 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Uncanny Japan podcast
Uncanny Japan is a podcast dedicated to the island's most peculiar folklore. I've barely got started but already know I'll have to binge the entire series (note that each episode is coffee-break short...
07:00 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing ZenMate is the perfect VPN for media streamers
Unless youve somehow found a way to live without the internet, or have completely eschewed social media, you should really be browsing with a VPN. Your browser traffic reveals tons of information abou...
06:54 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing "Human, you can do the thing" in doglish, but subtitled in pom talk
Found this on the Internet and decided that Pom was correct; am therefore now turning the Internet off. Here's a chaser, though:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCAORZphnlY...
06:35 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah played on the mbira
Mbira musician Patti Broussard treats her fans to a lovely rendition of Hallelujah on an Array mbira. (more…)...
06:34 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Learn dirty words in sign language
I learn something new every day. Today I learned some valuable dirty words and phrases in sign language from the deaf folks in this video. Thanks to each and every one of you. ("Bullshit" signed i...
06:34 am PDT - Tue, August 22, 2017
BoingBoing Cough drop-flavored Kit Kats
Just when you think they can't make foods any weirder, out comes an unusual crossbreed: a cough reliever/candy bar. SoraNews24 reports:Called Kit Kat Nodo Ame Aji, which translates to Kit Kat Cough Dr...
06:15 pm PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Unboxing the ETCH, an axe designed for back-country self-rescue
Peter Biddle writes, "I get I myself into trouble. I don't claim that bad stuff happens to me more often than others - it's more that I find more ways to happen to bad stuff. I actually found a way ...
05:03 pm PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing The Oatmeal looks into our reality tunnels, the "backfire effect," and the nature of belief
Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal is at it again with a smart, funny, and very relevant look at how we construct our beliefs, build our reality tunnels, and why we react so forcefully when the core assumpt...
04:22 pm PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Interview about my Recomendo newsletter
I was recently interviewed about the weekly Recomendo newsletter I write with my Cool Tools colleagues, Kevin Kelly and Claudia Dawson. Here's an excerpt:What is the goal of your newsletter?To give ou...
03:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Nabisco's X-rated toy scandal of 1971
Nabisco really screwed up in 1971 when they bought Aurora, makers of some really cool monster models. The problem was that Aurora also made a series of models called Monster Scenes that encouraged kid...
12:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing What was inside Timothy Leary's stash box?
As part of the PROJECT:OBJECT "Illicit Objects" series, Doug Rushkoff writes about his friend and mentor Timothy Leary's silk drug stash box.Tims own supply of drugs was minuscule. In addition to a co...
12:32 pm PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Last surviving witness of Lincoln assassination on 1956 TV game show
https://youtu.be/I_iq5yzJ-DkI've posted this before, but it popped up again on Open Culture and it's still awe-provoking. On a TV game show in 1956 called I've Got a Secret, panelists had to guess wha...
12:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing How to draw a levitating cube optical illusion
Jonathan Stephen Harris explains how to draw this mindbending anamorphic illusion of a levitating cube in about 15 minutes. Materials used: 110lb cardstock, HB pencil, 2B pencil, Blue bic pen, red ...
12:14 pm PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Yes, Trump viewed #Eclipse2017 without glasses. 'Don't look,' an aide shouted.
Yup. He really did. (more…)...
12:10 pm PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Dog digs up dope-filled geocache in backyard
Kenyon, a golden retriever, was digging in his Yamhill County, Oregon backyard when he uncovered what his owners thought was a "time capsule." Turns out, the container was packed with 15 ounces of bla...
11:56 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing My hand shadows looked weird during the eclipse
Here in Los Angeles we only saw a partial eclipse, but it was still interesting. My daughter and I were surprised to see circular bumps between our fingers in our hand shadows....
11:47 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a Blue Angel surprise the hell out of some folks
One of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels surprises the hell out of some people yesterday during the Chicago Air and Water Show. ...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Good deal on Amazon Fire tablet: $40
I've had my Fire Tablet for about a year, and have definitely gotten my $40 out of it. (It's usually $50 but on sale this week). I use it in the day to look at my Nest camera that's pointing at our dr...
11:29 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing 'It was literally cold and dark': Total solar eclipse viewed throughout the U.S.
In the NASA image above, today's total solar eclipse is seen above Madras, Oregon. Photo by Aubrey Gemignani for NASA. Below, our moon blocks out the sun during the solar eclipse in Depoe Bay, Oregon....
11:15 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing British Airways forces man to sit in wet urine-soaked seat for 11 hours
Here we go again. Another airplane nightmare. It's as if the airlines are competing for the Most Horrific Flight award. British businessman Andrew Wilkinson boarded a British Airways plane from London...
11:08 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Wolfgang Puck's pressure oven cooks stuff crazy fast
Toaster ovens are the perfect appliance for small things like toasted sandwiches and roasted garlic (try it!), but anything more involved usually requires a full-sized conventional oven.However, despi...
11:04 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Fender guitar factory video tour includes new axes made from Hollywood Bowl's old wood seats
LA Weekly did a nice piece on the new Front Row Legend Esquire guitars made of reclaimed wood benches from the Hollywood Bowl. They also toured Fender's Corona factory. (more…)...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Formula for making a movie blockbuster trailer
This nails it....
10:59 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Art made from intricately hand-cut leaves
Kazakhstani Instagrammer Kanat Nurtazin creates whimsical art that he superimposes onto outdoor scenes. What's especially cool is that the art is often hand-cut from leaves. (more…)...
10:56 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing AR and VR poised to climb out of the "trough of dillusionment" on Gartner Hype Cycle
The Gartner Hype Cycle places emerging technologies on a rising-falling-rising curve. (more…)...
10:48 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Hate groups expose the cynicism of social media platforms
Those praising social media for turfing out white supremacists (and those demanding free speech from it), are missing a deeper problem, writes John Herrman: that these commercial simulations of libera...
10:45 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Beach Boys perform acapella version of "Wouldn't it Be Nice"
This is from the vocals-only version of Pet Sounds released in 1997, called Stack-O-Vocals.Here's the original version with instruments. I love both versions.https://youtu.be/lD4sxxoJGkA[via Bored P...
10:25 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Gas pump keeps charging after nozzle is removed
Here's a guy recording a gas pump that keeps charging after the nozzle is removed. Perhaps it was just a faulty pump, but it's not the first time this has happened at a gas station. Last month, driv...
09:29 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Coming to Seattle: fact-checking workshop with legendary researcher Lisa Gold
Lisa Gold is the extraordinary researcher who is perhaps best know for her work with Neal Stephenson, particularly on the Baroque Trilogy. (more…)...
08:42 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Watch flower-hat jellies float around like fluorescent creatures from Avatar
The Tennessee Aquarium recently welcomed some new arrivals: fluorescent flower-hat jellies. (more…)...
07:51 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing You Can Look Directly At This Totaled Eclipse
(via /r/)...
07:42 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Warp your mind for a minute or twenty with this interactive ribbon animation
Turn out the lights, put on some trippy tune, and have fun moving around in Zhouyuan Li's color-shifting 3D matrix of undulating ribbons. (more…)...
07:30 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing A Twitch subsidiary has created an official D&D digital toolset
Dungeons and Dragons Beyond is an official digital companion to D&D, with a free character-generator and a bunch of paid additions, from access to hyperlinked editions of the rulebooks ($30/each), and...
07:22 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing RIP, science fiction legend Brian W Aldiss
Brian W Aldiss died at his home in Oxford, England on Saturday morning at the age of 92. (more…)...
07:20 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing The half life of facts
In medical school, they tell you half of what you are about to learn won’t be true when you graduate — they just don’t know which half.In every field of knowledge, half of what is tr...
06:42 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this robotic eel swim about measuring water pollution
Swiss researchers have unleashed a robotic eel in Lake Geneva, and their Envirobot successfully detected where the researchers had poured salt along the shore. (more…)...
06:25 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Ellen Pao on Silicon Valley sexism
Ellen Pao, a former Reddit chief and partner at Kleiner-Perkins (which she unsuccessfully sued over discrimination), explains How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley.Sometimes the whole world felt like a ...
05:42 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a chef try valiantly to make military MRE rations appear gourmet
New York chef Chuck George gathered up military MRE (meals ready to eat) rations from different countries, then tried to present them as gourmet meals. Videographer Jimmy Pham and photographer Henry...
04:48 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Search YouTube for "[your favorite restaurant or shop] brawl"
Googling "[your name] the hedgehog" is a classic trick revealing the abyssal depths of Sonic the Hedgehog fanart. More entertaining, I find, is searching YouTube for "[your favorite restaurant or shop...
04:45 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Jack Stauber's trippy Pop Food
Hailing from near the Pennsylvania shores of Lake Erie, musician Jack Stauber has released a couple of trippy VHS-inspired videos to support his album Pop Food, and if you like interesting outsider ...
04:33 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Watch hard candies get made on a candy press from 1871
Producing hard candy in bulk still required a lot of skill in Victorian times, as Lofty Pursuits demonstrated by making cinnamon hearts on this hard candy press from 1871. (more…)...
04:20 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Intricately layered laser-cut plywood sculptures
These amazing plywood art pieces are created in a small work area by Gabriel Schama and his laser cutter Elsie. His work really took off after a successful Kickstarter a few years ago. (more…)...
04:18 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Foo Fighters rickroll audience with a very special guest
Benjamin Milne: Dave Grohl invited Rick Astley onstage to play an awesome rendition of his hit single 'Never Gonna Give You Up'.As many commentators have pointed out there is a healthy dose of Smell...
04:11 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous x-ray area maps show how street-level entrances connect to NYC subway stations
Getting to a subway platform from the street often involves navigating stairs as well as a labyrinth of corridors. Architect Candy Chan created remarkably detailed and accurate diagrams of New York Ci...
04:11 am PDT - Mon, August 21, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this lovely primer on America's transgender rights movement since the 1960s
The American Civil Liberties Union has released a brief overview of the transgender rights movement, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s, beautifully illustrated by Molly Crabapple. (more…)...
11:25 am PDT - Sun, August 20, 2017
BoingBoing How the Voyager Golden Record happened (and no, The Beatles actually weren't on the wishlist)
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2, the first of the two spacecraft that carried the Golden Record on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar s...
10:05 am PDT - Sun, August 20, 2017
BoingBoing Compare tiny PC cases with this useful online spreadsheet
Looking for a tiny PC that still has space for a gaming-quality video card? SFF PC Cases is a remarkably detailed spreadsheet listing dozens of models, complete with cost, dimensions, volume and even ...
09:29 am PDT - Sun, August 20, 2017
BoingBoing Crocheted pigeon costumes for dressing them up as extinct birds
Laurel Hope Roth, a former park ranger turned artist, has spent parts of the last decade creating intricate crocheted Biodiversity Reclamation Suits for Urban Pigeons. (more…)...
09:29 am PDT - Sun, August 20, 2017
BoingBoing Watch people whiz down this steep Swiss alpine slide
On the toboggan run (rodelbahn) overlooking Oeschinen Lake near Kandersteg, Switzerland, some people go in summer for the breathtaking view. Others go for the speedy thrill. Either way it looks like...
08:19 am PDT - Sun, August 20, 2017
BoingBoing 2017 EFF Pioneer Award winners: Chelsea Manning, Mike Masnick and Annie Game
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Pioneer Awards, "which recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier." They are whistle...
03:00 am PDT - Sun, August 20, 2017
BoingBoing This paper notebook is completely reusable after a trip to the microwave
Digital devices still have a long way to go before they can match the instant feedback and flexibility of paper. Even the low-latency touch screens found on the Microsoft Surface or iPad Pro still nee...
07:18 am PDT - Sat, August 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Pole-dancing T-rex
Why simply work the pole when you can work the pole in a T-rex costume? Well, one unnamed Gong Show contestant did just that.Previously: Watch this Jewish surf band rock the new 'Gong Show'...
07:18 am PDT - Sat, August 19, 2017
BoingBoing Stop worrying: Pets aren't interested in staring into the sun
No need to get a pair of protective eclipse glasses for your dog or cat, experts say they don't normally look at the sun. In today's NASA briefing about Monday's solar eclipse, co-chair of the Nationa...
07:16 am PDT - Sat, August 19, 2017
BoingBoing Why we often choose to keep useful information out of our heads
The cyberpunks, the Founding Fathers, the 19th Century philosophers, and the Enlightenment thinkers — they each envisioned a perfect democracy powered by a constant multimedia psychedelic freako...
07:02 am PDT - Sat, August 19, 2017
BoingBoing Carpet is disgusting
This is your regularly scheduled important reminder that carpet is bad. I have it in just one room of my house and no matter how often I clean it, the rinsewater looks like this. Carpet: Mattress of F...
06:58 am PDT - Sat, August 19, 2017
BoingBoing These intricate hand-painted mandala stones reveal the cosmic beauty of math
San Francisco-based artist Lina West creates these beautiful hand-painted mandala stones covered in gorgeous fractal patterns. (more…)...
06:58 am PDT - Sat, August 19, 2017
BoingBoing Boing Boing's oldest extant live page, an interview with John K. that just turned 22
On August 12, 1995, before Internet Archive or Google, Boing Boing conducted a charming interview with John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren & Stimpy. The Boing Boing Digital page still looks the way it...
06:00 am PDT - Sat, August 19, 2017
BoingBoing Shark cats: delightful portraits of terror
Brynn Metheny is the undisputed master of mashing up cats and sharks into delightful creatures. Her original series was so popular, she created a sequel this year. (more…)...
04:58 am PDT - Sat, August 19, 2017
BoingBoing Artist creates dollops of paint that are actually colored pencil illustrations
CJ Hendry creates large pencil sketches that mix hyperrealism with fantasy. After working mainly in black and white, she jumped to color in a big way with her series of colorful paint smears. (more&...
03:59 am PDT - Sat, August 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a quarter million dominoes fall in this delightful game-themed setup
Steve Price and Lily Hevesh set up a massive domino course that includes homages to classic board and video games, and some sections even use game pieces as part of the action. (more…)...
03:52 pm PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Bannon back at Breitbart after Trump White House ouster: 'I've got my hands back on my weapons'
Hold on to your butts, America. Steve Bannon is, as an ally told one reporter, unchained after being relieved of his White House duties as Trump's strategic advisorIn an interview this evening, Banno...
03:31 pm PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Brandi Milne art exhibition opening August 19th in Los Angeles
Dont miss painter Brandi Milnes art exhibit which begins this month at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. The opening reception will be held on August 19th from 7-11 pm. Milne is a self-taught ...
02:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Exhibition of Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump's work
Rolly Crump: It's Kind of a Cute Story will be at the Oceanside Museum of Art, August 26, 2017February 18, 2018. It's a must-see for fans of Disney art and design.This exhibition invites the public to...
02:02 pm PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with Ken Follet about forthcoming 3rd book in Kingsbridge series: A Column of Fire
The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follet's are two lenghthy novels about a fictional medieval English town called Kingsbridge. When I read them years ago I became immersed in a wor...
01:49 pm PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Mike Pence wins the blunder games, at least in this photo
Michael "Rands" Lopp spotted something beautiful about this White House photo: everyone in it who doesn't have the word "president" in their job title has been fired. Only the best people.Here's the s...
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing 97-year-old man takes his first ride in a Tesla
When this 97-year-old Toronto man was born, the auto industry was just turning mainstream. Roads made for horses were being paved over for automobiles and the "average" family could consider buying ...
12:15 pm PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Living Tiny
This week on HOME: Stories From L.A., a member of the Boing Boing Podcast Network:HGTV and glossy magazines have sparked a boomlet of interest in tiny homes, but they've also made them look fun, cute ...
12:04 pm PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Domino's Pizza employees tackle and rough up an armed robber
Yay, a brave (if not foolish) Domino's Pizza employee, Harish Karan, who had never seen a gun before, tackled a gunman Wednesday night at a Toronto location who was trying to steal cash from the reg...
11:41 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Bird's eye view of a Lamborghini catching fire
This gentleman answers the age-old question -- what do you do when Lamborghini catches fire? The small fire extinguisher he borrowed only seemed to make the fire grow. It took a team of firefighters...
11:29 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing DIY ant killer
Homebrew ant killer made from sugar, borax, and water is very effective in keeping ants out of the house. Dissolve a half cup of sugar with 1.5 tablespoons of borax into 1.5 cups of warm water. Then d...
11:24 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch 1,069 robots simultaneously dance, setting world record
Some argue that this army of robots might scare the living bejeezus out of you, but the talented dancers just broke a Guinness World Record in Guangzhou, Guangdong China, for most robots dancing sim...
10:40 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Hidden message in mass resignation letter from President Trump's Committee on Arts and Humanities
Look at the first letter of each paragraph in this letter of resignation from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, signed by 16 of the 17 members. (more…)...
10:19 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Durham protesters turn themselves in at police station after pulling down Confederate statue
On Monday, anti-racist protesters in Durham, North Carolina pulled down a statue dedicated to the "unknown soldiers" who fought to defend slavery, which was adorned with "a seal engraved with The Conf...
10:03 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Hiding malware in boobytrapped replacement screens would undetectably compromise your mobile device
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRvsFiCJwDAOn the one hand, if you let an untrusted stranger install hardware in your electronic device, you're opening yourself up to all kinds of potential mischief...
09:50 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Preserving electronics: vermin, leaky batteries, melting rubber, brittle plastics, dribbly capacitors, fungus and dust
Benji Edwards's guide to preserving vintage electronics is a fascinating look into all the ways that even solid-state gear can go off in long-term storage: a lot of stuff (batteries, capacitors and ev...
09:50 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Millennials blamed for death of Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band
https://youtu.be/RZVdo6iFtgY?t=30sThe animatronic band at Chuck E. Cheese's, supposedly a beloved institution but clearly the stuff of nightmares, is to be disbanded in a modernization drive. CBS says...
09:43 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Bannon Out of White House as Trump's Chief Strategist
Steve Bannon is out of the White House, a year and one day after he became then candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign manager. (more…)...
09:33 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Google researchers reveal automated process for removing watermarks from stock images
Businesses like Adobe Stock use large, visible watermarks to deter copyright infringement; a new paper presented by Google Researchers to the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition shows that these...
09:24 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Artist turns words into the things they describe
Jonathan Harris uses written words as the starting point for drawings of the things the words represent.This guy should do tattoo cover ups...
09:18 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Look at this man trying to stop a Boston Dynamics robot from opening a door
It's easy to imagine this quadruped robot with a prehensile proboscis is a living creature with awareness.We really shouldn't be pissing off the machines... from PeopleBeingJerks...
09:08 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's ghostwriter prediction: Trump is going to resign
Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz, who spent over a year with Trump and was the co-author of the memoir, Art of the Deal, has predicted that Trump will resign, maybe as early as by the end of summer. On Wedne...
09:02 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing The science behind twitching eyelids
Scientist Steve Mould developed an eye twitch, and in this video, he explains how and why it happens. Some of the causes include fatigue, over-exercise, and too much caffeine....
09:00 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Mafia money-launderer listed his profession as "fraudster" with UK companies register
The UK is one of the easiest places in the world to set up a shady company, which is why accused Mafia money-launderer Antonio "Tonino the Blond" Righi set up his shell company Magnolia Fundaction UK ...
08:56 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Chuck Jones directed this Oscar-winning government-funded cartoon promoting universal health care (1949)
"So Much for So Little" is a 1949 Warner Brothers cartoon promoting universal health care. It was funded by the federal government and directed by Chuck Jones, with music by Carl Stallings, and narr...
08:19 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing How to do the Faro Shuffle
The Faro Shuffle is a way to shuffle the cards where you split the deck into two piles of 26 cards and push the decks together so that the cards are perfectly interwoven. If you can execute eight Fa...
06:44 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Romney: Trump caused "the vast heart of America to mourn"
Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate and rich guy, called Trump a fraud, then asked him for a job, and is now outraged by his racism.Testify that there is no conceivable comparison or moral ...
05:16 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Daniela Forti's stunning glass jellyfish tables
Italian sculptor Daniela Forti makes gorgeous jellyfish tables from colored glass. Here's a photo of how she creates the dramatic pieces, drawing out individual globs of glass into long tendrils: (mor...
05:15 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Auditory hallucinations induced with Pavlovian conditioning
When people hear voices others can't, the prevailing scientific model describes this as psychosis due to brain abnormality, chemical imbalance, or other affliction. But scientists have now reliably in...
05:15 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Students pay $1.20 for 5 vintage NASA flight suits at thrift store
Talia Rappa and Skyler Ashworth spotted a nondescript box at a Florida thrift store's going-out-of-business sale. They found five NASA flight suits, worth tens of thousands of dollars, and paid just $...
05:14 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Spaghetti Monster Colander for pastafarians
I think that anthropomorphizing objects just makes them better which is why I'm digging this Spaghetti Monster Colander by Ototo. I mean, just look at this thing... looking back at you. It's a real l...
05:13 am PDT - Fri, August 18, 2017
BoingBoing Horrors: Chucky the bath bomb
Bathe with one eye open because 80s and 90s horror film icon Chucky is now a bath bomb.Its scent? Orange soda. This Chuckie Bath Bomb is a recent creation of California-based beauty brand Loquita Bath...
10:06 pm PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Arnold Schwarzenegger to white supremacists: your heroes are losers
Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers the speech Trump should have made in response to the Charlottesville violence. He also has a few choice things to say about white supremacists and neo-Nazis; in short ...
06:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Is progress inevitable?
In his book on the history of human progress, Our Kind, anthropologist Marvin Harris asked in the final chapter, “Will nature’s experiment with mind and culture end in nuclear war?”T...
05:12 pm PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Earth faces comet catastrophe, in this weeks tabloids
J. Edgar Hoover killed President Kennedy, O.J. Simpson aims to murder Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, and JonBenet Ramseys babysitter tells all, in this weeks reality-divorced tabloids.JonBenets ba...
05:02 pm PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing After On Podcast #3: EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn
Below youll find a wide-ranging interview with Cindy Cohn, who runs the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).Its the third episode of my podcast, which launchedhere on Boing Boingtwo weeks back and wh...
04:16 pm PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing This is a really neat aluminum spiral video
This is what you get when you iron a Slinky,said one commenter.So soothing and gorgeous. (more…)...
03:16 pm PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing The alt-right loves Nietzsche, but Nietzsche would not love them
No expression of far-right idiocy is complete without a macho misreading of Nietzsche. So frequently miscast as the godfather of everything from the Master Race to Mens' Rights, his name alone is some...
10:42 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Nintendo Switch is in Amazon store
It probably won't last long, but the Nintendo Switch with gray Joy-Con is in the Amazon store right now for $299. We got one a few weeks ago and haven't touched our Wii-U since....
10:15 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a new World Yo-Yo Champion in action
Shu Takada, 20, is the 2017 2A (Two Handed Looping style) World Yo-Yo Champion. He took the title last week at the global tournament in Reykjavic, Iceland....
09:50 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Chewbacca beat up a ski resort worker with his snowboard
A staffer as the Thredbo ski resort in New South Wales, Australia reported that Chewbacca beat him with a snowboard after insisting the Wookie remove his "costume." He lost consciousness and some teet...
09:22 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Transcripts from Martin Shkreli's jury-selection process
Before being convicted of felony securities fraud, smirking cartoon villain pharma-douche-bro Martin Shkreli had to be tried in front of a jury and this presented a unique problem because everyone hat...
09:16 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's Jewish team-members won't go public on his endorsement of neo-Nazis
Gary D Cohn is director of Trump's National Economic Council; Steven Mnuchin is Secretary of the Treasury; Jared Kushner is Trump's son-in-law and Ivanka Trump is Trump's daughter, who converted to J...
09:14 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Woman loses engagement ring, finds it 13 years later wrapped around a carrot
A woman from Alberta lost her diamond engagement ring while gardening 13 years ago, but her grandaughter found it in the middle of a carrot growing on the family farm.When days of searching proved f...
09:13 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing How to hand letter like an architect
I'm the son of a physician and inherited his poor penmanship. I wish I had the invaluable but dying life skill demonstrated in this video. (via Uncrate)...
09:07 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Map of local embroidery techniques in Pakistan
As posted to twitter by Saima Mir, and likely sourced from Generation; but who's the artist?...
09:00 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing ABC News in 1979 looks forward to 2017's solar eclipse
"May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace."Frank Reynolds anchored from New York, with live reports from former science correspondence Jules Bergman and reporter Bob Miller. Live images f...
08:49 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Maker Update: the best DIY projects of the week
In Donald Bell's latest Maker Update video, he looks at acoustic levitation, an Arduino made by Sony, a new kit by Anouk Wipprecht, self-centering drill bits, and a turning old monitors into a video...
08:45 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon ads for mystery junk defy explanation
William Turton took note of the bizarre ads for inexplicable items — mysterious geometric forms, molded plastic thingies, confusing wooden components — and investigated. Thankfully, his in...
08:41 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing The "crying white supremacist" was a parking meter officer harasser (Colbert Report 2014)
Before Chris Cantwell became infamous as the angry white supremacist in Vice's Charlottesville: Race and Terror and soon after as the weeping, frightened white supremacist in a viral video, he was an ...
07:52 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Steve Bannon calls left-wing reporter out of the blue and unloads on alt-right and GOP
Robert Kuttner is a veteran left-wing reporter who writes for the left-leaning American Prospect; while he was on vacation, Steve Bannon's assistant tracked him down and asked him if he'd talk to Bann...
07:16 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Homeopathic infant teething products contain dangerous levels of deadly nightshade
Homeolab USA is a Canadian company that makes "homeopathic" remedies for kids; in a warning letter sent to the company earlier this month, the US FTC warned the company that it had discovered dangerou...
06:58 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Texas Republicans will now require women to carry "rape insurance" if they need abortions
HB 214 signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott [R], bans abortion coverage from all public and private health insurance plans, and mandates that abortion insurance be sold as a separate product ...
06:52 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Charlottesville white supremacist strips off uniform and insists it's just for lulz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnXBeQwmmrcCJ Hunt was at the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville when he spotted this young man in white supremacist uniform (white polo and khakis) running away from ...
06:48 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Why tech predictors are so terrible at the job
Enjoy Michael Mullany's review of the Gartner Hype Cycle, with all the things tech predictors got right and all the things they got wrong: "we're terrible at making predictions."Lesson 6: Some technol...
03:00 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing 10 products that take the annoying parts out of cooking
While its possible to cook a brilliant dish out in the woods with nothing more than some sharpened sticks and a roaring fire, most of us arent quite at that level of mastery yet. For some extra assist...
02:25 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Nina Paley's haunting, mesmerizing, and life-affirming God-Mother animation
Nina Paley, the ridiculously-talented artist, cartoonist, and animator, has just posted her latest video, God-Mother, and it's another jaw-dropper. Nina is known for intense, highly arresting animat...
02:25 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Preview what Monday's eclipse will look like in your ZIP Code
As eclipse mania grips the nation, Vox has created a nifty interactive eclipse map of what to expect in every American ZIP Code. (more…)...
02:22 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Driving before, during, and after rush hour: city maps of how far you'd get
Location platform Here Technologies calculated how far one hour of driving can take drivers out of major American cities starting on Friday at 4, 7, and 10 pm. (more…)...
02:22 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how Willie Nelson's half-century-old guitar gets repaired
Master luthier Mark Erlewine takes us through the fascinating process of repairing Trigger, the same guitar Willie Nelson has played for nearly 50 years. (more…)...
02:21 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Listen: Voice recordings of actual black slaves once indentured in the South
This video of the January 12, 1999 broadcast of Nightline is really quite remarkable. It shares clips of voice recordings made in the mid-twentieth century of black people born into U.S. slavery. Th...
02:20 am PDT - Thu, August 17, 2017
BoingBoing Bonnie Tyler is going to sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' during Monday's eclipse
Singer Bonnie Tyler will perform her 1983 hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise, a cruise ship that will be in the path of the total solar eclipse come Monday. Tyl...
08:18 pm PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a Fox News presenter cry because her co-hosts won't agree there are good nazis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7iOQKnVsI8As taped by Erick Fernandez: "There is nothing any of us can say right now without being judged."...
07:15 pm PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Be on the lookout for lizard men, South Carolina
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division warned eclipse watchers to be on the lookout for lizard men during the astronomical event. https://twitter.com/SCEMD/status/895304118323040258?ref_src=...
04:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Uncanny Japan: a podcast highlighting "all that is weird from old Japan"
Thersa Matsuura was born and raised in the USA but spent the past 25 years -- more than half her life -- living in a small Japanese fishing village with her husband and son. (more…)...
01:43 pm PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing This guy had a stroke after white supremacists doused him in torch fuel and struck him in the neck with torches
My friend John Park sent me the following:This is an article about my old friend, UVa housemate, fellow Glee Club member, and all around wonderful character, D.R. Tyler Magill, who took on Nazis in Ch...
12:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing When there's just way too much crazy Trump news
We are all the cat hiding in the sink because an uninvited dog is visiting. (more…)...
11:59 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Samsung and Foxconn to back cable-free phone tech by Tony Fadell of iPod and Nest fame
Tony Fadell is best known "one of the fathers of the iPod" at Apple, and as the former CEO of Nest. We've agreed to forget that he led the Google Glass division for a while, too. Today, news broke tha...
11:48 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Eclectic Method's latest: 'Goonies Remix'
Barcelona-based DJ and music producer Eclectic Method (aka Jonny Wilson) has brought back Mikey, Data, Mouth, Chunk, and the rest of The Goonies gang in his latest remix music video. (more…)...
11:43 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Lin-Manuel Miranda's childhood home movies show him busting out dance moves
On The Late Late Show with James Corden, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said that, while on a recent vacation, he digitized all the VHS home movies he made in his childhood. (more…)...
11:34 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing David Byrne: The secret appeal of technology is that it takes away the need to talk to people
Writing in MIT Tech Review, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne points out the secret and, in retrospect, obvious driving force behind tech: it reduces the often awkward and unreliable process of deali...
11:29 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Dig into hard ice cream with this pointy tip scoop
The old ice cream scoop we had wasn't really an ice cream scoop. It was a disher, and was more suited for scooping mashed potatoes than ice cream. When the trigger mechanism on it finally broke, I hap...
11:21 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing It's okay for Arkansas to block Medicaid funds going to Planned Parenthood, U.S. appeals court rules
Today, a U.S. appeals court reversed a previous ruling that barred the state of Arkansas from halting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, after the release of setup videos secretly recorded by ant...
11:15 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Governor Kasich calls Trump's behavior "pathetic" and likens it to Germany in the 1930s
Ohio governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich was fired up on the Today Show this morning, speaking out against the way Trump handled the Charlottesville violence over the weekend that l...
10:35 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Full remarks of Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, at memorial service
Here is video of the full remarks by Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville car attack victim Heather Heyer, at her daughter's memorial service. (more…)...
10:35 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Full remarks of Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, at memorial
Here is video of the full remarks by Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville car attack victim Heather Heyer, at her daughter's memorial service. (more…)...
10:04 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Trump CEO councils disband over President's response to Charlottesville racist violence
CEOs on President Donald Trump's business advisory councils today jumped ship via hastily-issued statements condemning hatred and racism. A flood of resignations from Presidential advisory councils fo...
09:59 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Ronald Reagan scold haters: "This country will not stand for your conduct"
Here's a clip from a 1981 NAACP convention speech, where President Ronald Reagan addresses "a few remarks to those groups who still adhere to senseless racism and religious prejudice, to those indiv...
09:28 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Anyone who continues to work with Trump is complicit in his support of white supremacists
CNN's Chris Cizilla: Donald Trump's presidency is headed to a very dark placeThe President of the United States has spent the last 24 hours creating some sort of moral equivalency between hate-mongers...
09:24 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing What would a new US civil war be like?
In March, Foreign Policy asked a number of national security experts to estimate the likelihood of a second US civil war in the next 10-15 years. The average estimate was 35%. This was before Charlott...
09:12 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Company's dystopian promotional video for drone armed with machine gun
What a time to be alive.Duke Robotics brings a fully robotic weaponry system to an airborne platform. TIKAD, which is a proprietary development of Duke, uses the delivery of a unique suppression fir...
08:44 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Fox and other conservative sites hastily nuke posts urging vehicular murder of left-wing protesters
Last January, the alt-right website Daily Caller ran a post called "Here's A Reel Of Cars Plowing Through Protesters Trying To Block The Road," in which drivers endangered the lives of protesters whil...
08:42 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Racist soap dispenser
Chukwuemeka Afigbo of Lagos demonstrates a public toilet soap dispenser that only serves light-skinned people. If you have ever had a problem grasping the importance of diversity in tech and its impac...
08:38 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Pantone announces new color honoring Prince
The Pantone Color Institute announced "Love Symbol #2," a shade of purple honoring Prince. A collaboration with Prince's estate, the hue, actually labeled with Prince's logo, is now the official color...
08:28 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Canadian woman banned from US for life after border agent searches phone, finds email to doctor about drug use
A 28-year-old woman from British Columbia was banned for life from entering the United States after a US Customs and Border Protection agent searched her phone for two hours and found an email she'd w...
08:10 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Dogs in Navi Mumbai are turning blue
A number of very unusual-looking blue dogs have been spotted in Navi Mumbai, India. Sadly, the cause is industrial waste in the Kasadi river where stray dogs often wade. From the Hindustan Times:A wat...
07:57 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing This is, er, golf cart body-surfing beer-drinking
I bet their parents are very proud. Occurred on August 9, 2017 / Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, CanadaA few buddies and I were golfing at one of the local courses, the group ahead of us were moving ver...
07:47 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Tiny robots in a mouse's stomach help heal an ulcer
Tiny micromotors about the width of a human hair traveled through a mouse's stomach delivering antibiotics to treat a stomach ulcer. The motors are powered by bubbles. According to the researchers fro...
07:44 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Kids who attend online charters perform like traditional students who miss the whole year
Stanford's Center for Research on Education Outcomes released this study in 2015, comparing the outcomes for students enrolled in online charter schools with comparable students (controlled for grade ...
07:23 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Run a pixel art sword shop
Ben Stewart's Sword Shop is a minimalist buy-and-sell game. Every day, people come into your sword shop wanting to sell your their old gear. And, hopefully, more will come it to buy it.Everyday you wi...
07:05 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing The mistaken identity of Adolf Beck, "one of the strangest true stories in British legal history"
In 1896, Adolf Beck found himself caught up in a senseless legal nightmare: Twelve women from around London insisted that he'd deceived them and stolen their cash and jewelry. In this week's episode o...
07:04 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing Weird Al composes 'The North Korea Polka' upon John Oliver's request
To appeal to the people of North Korea, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver enlisted the help of "Weird Al" Yankovic to write an accordion-based song about how Americans are not that bad (because Nor...
03:00 am PDT - Wed, August 16, 2017
BoingBoing 5 things to consider when choosing a VPN
Whether youre someone who often works remotely from cafes, airports, or hotel lobbies, or are just concerned with the alarming frequency and specificity of targeted ads in your timeline, you should co...
03:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing North Korea says it won't nuke Guam this week while Kim Jong-Un waits for Trump's next move
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will delay a decision on whether to fire missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam as he waits to see what the United States does, the North's state media reported on Tue...
03:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Health insurance premiums to go up 20% for many in 2018 if Trump makes good on threat to stop U.S. payments
Health insurance premiums for many people who get their coverage on the ACA/Obamacare individual insurance markets will go up 20 percent next year if President Donald Trump executes on his repeated t...
02:59 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing A map for extraterrestrials to find Earth
In 1971, astronomer Frank Drake, the father of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, drew a map pinpointing Earth in our galaxy. That diagram, a "pulsar map," was etched on a plaque designed b...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Creepiest detail in Trump's 'both sides' and 'alt left' off-the-rails presser? 'Us' and 'them'
"Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at us. (more…)...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Creepiest detail in Trump's 'both sides' and 'alt left' off-the-rails presser? 'Us' vs 'them.'
"Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at us. (more…)...
02:23 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Last days to catch the Summer Breaks art show in LA
Open until August 18, 2017 at the Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC is Summer Breaks, a group show exploring conventions in Western Art History. The seventeen artists, including David Henry Nobody Jr., Wayn...
02:23 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing No touchy plz
Do not touch, hooman. (more…)...
02:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing What to do with Confederate statues?
Could Russia teach us something about how to deal with difficult aspects of our national history?Many places in the South from New Orleans to Louisville are in the process of bringing down statues t...
02:13 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing If there's a nuclear blast, "do not use hair conditioner in your hair"!
After last week's threats from North Korea that it was planning to create an "enveloping fire" around the US territory of Guam, Guam's Office of Civil Defense issued a set of just-in-case guidelines ...
02:03 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Eugene Burger, the Magician Philosopher
The whole magic community mourns the passing of Eugene Burger, at age 78. One of the most influential magicians of the 20th century, as well as an exceptional human being, he will be sorely missed by ...
01:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trump: There were "very fine people on both sides" at Charlottesville white supremacist rally
On one side is Americans. On the other side is Nazis. Trump told reporters there were "very fine people on both sides" at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally.More coverage from the same eve...
01:32 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trump: 'Alt-left'attacked in Charlottesville, 'both sides' to blame for deadly violence
President Donald Trump, whose father was reported to have marched berobed with the Ku Klux Klan in 1927, once again today bizarrely blamed both sides for violence in Charlottesville this past weekend....
12:59 pm PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Free video course taught by astronomer: The Sun and the Total Eclipse of August 2017
This is neat: "A free, one-hour online class anyone can take to learn everything they need to know about the eclipse. Its part of a real college course at University of Colorado, Boulder taught by Pro...
11:52 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Billboards target neutracidal congresscreeps
Josh writes, "This morning Fight for the Future launched crowdfunded billboards targeting members of Congress who have publicly supported FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to gut net neutrality." (more&hel...
11:35 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Stunning rare white moose caught on video
A white moose is rare, with only about 100 of them in Sweden. But Hans Nilsson, who has been tracking them for three years, according to Inhabitat, caught this moose on video on August 11 in Varmlan...
11:32 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarter for Wired founder Louis Rossetto's novel Change Is Good
I just pre-ordered my copy of Wired founder Louis Rossetto's forthcoming novel, Change Is Good, on Kickstarter. I was at Wired in the early years (1993-1998) and every day was a thrilling adventure....
11:19 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing The secret text of the GOP's border bill reveals plan to dramatically increase surveillance of Americans and visitors
Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX, @JohnCornyn, +1 202-224-2934] introduced the Building America's Trust Act as a "long-term border security and interior enforcement strategy" but refused to release the bill's t...
11:07 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this car narrowly ecsape from car jackers in South Africa
A car pulls into a driveway. A woman steps out of the front passenger side car to greet her dog. Seconds later, another car drives up behind her and a masked man with a gun jumps out and runs toward...
11:05 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing American books are getting swearier
Psych scholars from San Diego State and U Georgia used Google Books to systematically explore the growth of swear-words in published American literature: they conclude that books are getting swearier ...
10:59 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Republican lawmakers double-down on legalizing the vehicular murder of protesters
During the heyday of the Standing Rock demonstrations, Republican state lawmakers across America introduced laws that would legalize murdering protesters with your car; now that a white supremacist te...
10:55 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Why speed bumps made from Silly Putty are a good idea
Silly Putty has an interesting property. It's soft when you squeeze it slowly, but rock hard if you hit it with a hammer. Someone came up with the good idea of making speed bumps (or "sleeping polic...
10:50 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Every judicial decision has been liberated from the US court system's paywall
US court records are not copyrighted, but the US court system operates a paywall called "PACER" that is supposed to recoup the costs of serving text files on the internet; charging $0.10/page for acce...
10:40 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Great deal on a 12-pack of Sharpies: $5.39
Sharpie pens are a treat to use. I love the design of the pen itself, not to mention the boldness of the ink. I use them for card magic because nothing else works as well for "signed card" tricks. Rig...
10:35 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Russian inequality is worse than imagined; worse than other post-Soviet states
The World Wealth and Inequality project's latest white-paper, co-authored by Thomas "Capital in the 21st Century" Piketty, painstaking pieces together fragmentary data-sources to build up a detailed p...
10:30 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Vice's video about white supremacists in Charlottesville
Kottke says: "This is perhaps the best on-the-ground view of what went down in Charlottesville over the weekend. Its graphic in spots. Prepare to get angry and sad and frustrated and scared."On Satu...
10:22 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing School to parents: a $100 donation gets your kids to the front of the lunch line
Parents of students enrolled in Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Polk County, Florida got an orientation package offering their kids the right to skip to the front of the lunch line in exchange for a ...
10:04 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing In NYC, every tenant facing eviction is now entitled to a lawyer
America's hedge-fund driven eviction epidemic is most keenly felt in New York City, where deep-pocketed corporate landlords use dirty tricks to evict families from rent-controlled apartments, creating...
09:44 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing CEOs quit Trump: The 1% can't win elections unless the 99% turkeys vote for Christmas
Yesterday, Merck CEO Ken Frazier quit Trump's advisory council and today the CEOs of Intel and Under Armor joined him, which raises the question: why were these guys on the advisory council for an avo...
09:17 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trump "seriously considering a pardon" for convicted racial profiler Joe Arpaio
I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio," Trump told Fox News on Sunday. "He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. Hes a great American patriot and I hate to see what...
09:01 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing This clumsy worker robot is having a very bad day
This snazzy looking bipedal robot is off to a good start, but things go haywire in short order. It has trouble setting a package on a cart. Then it knocks things off the shelf, drops the package on th...
08:49 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Russian Navy vs. Somali pirates
Somali pirates attempt to take over a ship under protection of the Russian Navy. It doesn't go well for the pirates. This video is from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Humans at Sea.Why would ...
07:00 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing The True, Top-Secret Story Behind Trump's North Korea Crisis
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive, early access to comics, extra comics, and other to...
06:13 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing A brief history of hand drills
Hand powered drilling tools and machines is a fascinating jaunt through the history of drills, from the dawn of man until the age of electricity. Oddly, it omits Push Drills, which are by far the best...
06:05 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Learn a foreign language and other useful professional skills with Cudoo
You can get two years of access to this one-stop-shop for all things professional development from the Boing Boing store for over 90% off the regular price.Cudoofeatures extensive video resources for ...
06:02 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Amazing floating cube illusion
Jonathan Harris shows you how to draw (and cut) your way to this floating cube illusion. His YouTube channel has many more drawing illusions like it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAq2X-0FbGMPrevio...
05:41 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Cease and Desist pin
Kingdrippa makes and sells these fabulously trenchant mouse pins. It's $11. In fact, there's so many cool things in this store I might have to blog the lot....
05:33 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing You don't want to know where Trader Joe's foods come from
Think you're shopping boutique, albeit decently-priced, groceries by shopping at Trader Joe's? Well, think again. According to this Eater article, much of the packaged foods you're buying at the groce...
05:33 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing A video of Helen Keller speaking
Helen Keller became deaf, blind and mute at the age of 19 months old due to an illness. Later in life, she remarkably learned to speak, though not as clearly as she would have liked, according to he...
05:33 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing Prince and his purple piano inspired this new Pantone Color
On August 8, the Prince Estate and Pantone revealed a new color to honor the Purple One. Naturally, it's a shade of purple.This official shade -- named "Love Symbol #2" -- was inspired by the specifi...
03:28 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing A new edition of Daniel Pinkwater's hapy mutant kids' classic, "Lizard Music"
Back in 2011, The New York Review of Books inducted Daniel Pinkwater's classic Lizard Music into its canon with a handsome little hardcover edition; today they follow that up with a stylish, jazzy pap...
03:28 am PDT - Tue, August 15, 2017
BoingBoing A new edition of Daniel Pinkwater's happy mutant kids' classic, "Lizard Music"
Back in 2011, The New York Review of Books inducted Daniel Pinkwater's classic Lizard Music into its canon with a handsome little hardcover edition; today they follow that up with a stylish, jazzy pap...
06:19 pm PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing We are Not a Monolith: Portraits of Muslim women by Tasneem, photographer who's also a Muslim woman
Brown Girl Magazine recently featured the work of my friend Tasneem Nanji, whose photographs of Muslim women in London and New York illuminate the lives of individuals consistently portrayed as one-di...
02:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Sassy Trump: "On Many Sides"
All words are Trump's own. (more…)...
11:52 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing This small digital scale I like is on sale for $7.64
This 0.01g division digital scale is on sale for $7.64 if you use code GEMBEN15. I used it to weigh supplement powders, loose leaf tea, and coffee beans. It's about the size of an iPhone. It measures ...
11:46 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing REM: watch very early live footage from 1982 concert
REM performed on October 10, 1982 at North Carolina's Raleigh Underground less than two months after releasing their debut EP, Chronic Town. This is thought to be the first pro footage of R.E.M. pla...
11:41 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing A fond look back at the scariest 25 minutes on television
Twilight Zone veteran Richard Matheson wrote the screenplay for Trilogy of Terror, a 1975 NBC network Movie of the Week that was a lot creepier than TV audiences were used to watching. The third sto...
11:30 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Tom Cruise injures himself while doing stunt for Mission Impossible 6
Tom Cruise, who does his own stunts, means to jump from one building to another, but misses his mark and slams into the side of a building, twice. This is during the shooting of Mission Impossible 6...
11:17 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Funny video of fellow trying to speak without his southern accent
"My husband learning to speak without a southern accent," wrote Stephanie Shadrick on YouTube a couple years ago. "Absolutely hilarious!"The fun they're having is infectious. ...
11:13 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Accepting unhappiness makes you happier, feeling bad about feeling bad makes you feel worse
"We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health," says Iris Mauss, associate professor of psycholog...
11:03 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing The Voyager Golden Record on NBC Nightly News
Last night, NBC Nightly News aired the wonderful video below about the Voyager Golden Record vinyl box set I produced with my friends Tim Daly and Lawrence Azerrad! Forty years ago this month, NASA la...
11:01 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Hitler delivers Trump's Boy Scout speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TR3Se4XZpk&feature=youtu.beJose writes, "I was offended by Trump's speech to the Boy Scouts. It's a slippery slope and seemed so reminiscent of the past. I synchron...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Scientists finally discover how to synthesize magic mushrooms' active ingredient, psilocybin
In 1943 Sandoz chemist Albert Hofmann became the first person to synthesize (and take) LSD. He was also the first person to isolate and identify psilocybin, the main psychedelic component in magic mus...
10:48 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Adam Savage made a good drafting compass out of coat hanger wire and a paper clip
Yesterday Adam Savage tweeted: "Doing some mechanical drawing in the house, but I didn't have a compass. So I made my own using a coat hanger in a paperclip!"...
10:28 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing This animation shows you what the eclipse will look like in your zip code
Enter a zipcode into Time's animated doohickey to find out how much of the sun will be blocked by the moon on August 21....
10:20 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Self-described "shaman" dressed as bigfoot mistaken for bigfoot, or not
Self-described "shaman" Gawain MacGregor says that he was the creature that bigfoot investigators claim to have encountered last week in North Carolina's Pisgah National Park. MacGregor, 36, who belie...
10:15 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Trump denounces KKK, racism, white supremacists, "and other groups"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfPx3_u7moMIt's fun seeing him forced to denounce his base after taking so long to get to it that no-one (least of all them) will be fooled. He didn't enjoy it one bit,...
10:13 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Unite the Right Jason Kessler was punched, attacked and chased at press conference
Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler tried to hold a press conference yesterday in Charlottesville, VA but chaos broke out. He was punched, swarmed, and then chased down the street by an angry mo...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Chimpanzees learn to play rock-paper-scissors
Chimpanzees at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute have learned to play the game rock-paper-scissors. From Phys.org:(Seven chimpanzees) sat in a booth housing a computer-based touchscreen an...
10:05 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Give your Android device a peek into tight spaces with this endoscopic camera
Whether you are diagnosing strange noises from home appliances, or inspecting computer equipment for dust, or god forbid, nests of vermin, a small camera is an indispensable tool. ThisEndoscopic Andro...
08:58 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Here's what a clown learned about male violence by face-painting kids at a picnic
Sanduhruh is a clown who wrote a twitter thread about her experience painting faces at a picnic. When little boys wanted butterflies painted on their faces, the parents objected. When girls wanted sku...
08:36 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Maker Update #46: Make an Rapa Nui 3D printed bobblehead
Paige Russell used the free, easy-to-use 3D modeling program Tinkercad to make a 3D printed bobblehead based on a Rapa Nui moai. That's just one of the tools and projects that Donald Bell presented ...
08:27 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Ikeahacking turned pro: the aftermarket cabinet-doors of Semihandmade
Semihandmade started out as a Los Angeles cabinetmaker called "Handmade," but when they got a commission to design aftermarket doors for a cheap and surprisingly robust set of Ikea kitchen cabinets, t...
08:18 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing For sale: giant lab "gantries," slightly used, FOB Indiana
Indiana U is selling off a huge lot of lab equipment, including these space-pod-looking gantries. Winning bidder is responsible for dismantling and shipping. "To give someone an idea of how large thes...
07:51 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing So the Alt-Right is coming to your campus
The Southern Poverty Law Center's guide, The Alt-Right on Campus: What Students Need to Know basically advises you to network with everyone on your campus who isn't a closet Nazi, meet with the Young ...
07:18 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Walt Disney World has permanently shuttered The Great Movie Ride and the Universe of Energy
Ricky from Inside the Magic writes, "Two classic Walt Disney World attractions closed permanently this weekend: The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Universe of Energy/Ellen's ...
07:13 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Real people don't (just) need encryption
Earlier this month, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd idiotically insisted that "real people" don't need encrypted messaging apps; but as foolish a statement as that was, there was a kernel of truth to it....
06:57 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing It's not hard to think of ways to outsmart Stingray-detector apps
A group of researchers from Oxford and TU Berlin will present their paper, White-Stingray: Evaluating IMSI Catchers Detection Applications at the Usenix Workshop on Offensive Technologies, demonstrati...
06:51 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Merck CEO resigns from presidential council over Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacists
Ken Frazier, CEO of pharma giant Merck, figured out that Trump is bad for business.https://twitter.com/Merck/status/897065338566791169Trump immediately took to Twitter to insult him and accuse him of ...
06:41 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Airbnb's preferred smart lock vendor accidentally bricks 500 door-locks
The $469 LockState RemoteLock 6i is a "smart lock" that is sold to Airbnb operators through a partnership with the company, allowing Airbnb hosts to generate and expire unique, per-tenant unlock code...
06:38 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing GoDaddy kicks white supremacist site in the URLs
After white supremacist site The Daily Stormer published a nasty article about the woman killed by a Nazi in Charlottesville, domain registrar GoDaddy finally decided to boot them from its service. (m...
06:15 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Conservative artist says Facebook took down his page to punish him for mocking Zuckerberg, but maybe it was that thing about black apes
The Hollywood Reporter's Paul Bond reports that a controversial street artist's Facebook page was taken down as "Hate Speech" after posting rude pictures mocking Mark Zuckerberg's apparent presidentia...
05:33 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Film of U.S. Army destroying Nuremberg swastika violates YouTube's policy on hate speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzEBp9EV2pgIt was there yesterday, but it isn't there today — the best YouTube cut of the U.S. Army demolishing symbols of Nazi oppression went viral following th...
05:08 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Have you seen this ugly clown sweater?
These clowns I know were having a yard sale Sunday, so I swung by. I picked up a sweet plumed marching band hat, a pair of tinted goggles for Burning Man, and a really cool long cloak, also for the de...
05:07 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Anti-fascist film from 1947: 'Don't Be a Sucker'
"Don't Be a Sucker" is as timely now as it was back in 1947: Don't Be a Sucker! is a short educational film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1943 and re-released in 1947. The film depicts the ...
05:07 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Poop emoji brownies
When life hands you shit, make poop emoji brownies. YouTuber Rosanna Pansino shows you how. First you're going to need one (or more) of her 6-cavity poop swirl treat molds.Then you'll need to follow...
12:01 am PDT - Mon, August 14, 2017
BoingBoing Florida man in liquor store forklift rampage
A 32-year old man from Freeport, Florida, is in custody after a weekend rampage at the liquor store. But this was a liquor store rampage with a difference, reports WKRG: it was under construction, and...
06:56 am PDT - Sun, August 13, 2017
BoingBoing Donald Trump will not condemn the terrorist attacks on anti-Nazi protestors
Donald Trump represents the eminently foreseeable outcome of Reagan's Republican bargain: welding together a coalition of racists and religious fanatics with the finance sector and its lobbyists, maki...
06:00 am PDT - Sun, August 13, 2017
BoingBoing Sci-Fi Sundays: Worlds of IF Science Fiction, August 1964
This cover illustration may not be striking enough to pull your attention from across the room. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, it just isn't an overwhelmingly dynamic composition or subje...
05:49 am PDT - Sun, August 13, 2017
BoingBoing The worlds strongest bottle opener is also the smallest
The Pry.Me Bottle Opener holds tens of thousands of times its own weight, and you can pick one up now from the Boing Boing Store.This remarkable keychain is considerably smaller than any of your keys,...
08:26 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing 24 hours later, ANOTHER massive Wells Fargo fraud scandal
It's been a whole day since we learned about another example of systematic, widespread fraud by America's largest bank Wells Fargo (ripping off small merchants with credit card fees), so it's definite...
08:17 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing 2017 Hugo winners: excellent writing and editing by brilliant women
This year's Hugo Award winners have been announced, and the prizes overwhelmingly went to brilliant women like NK Jemisin and Seanan McGuire, to the eminent satisfaction of all those who saw the right...
08:02 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing A roadmap for AI policy questions
Robot law pioneer Ryan Calo (previously) has published a "roadmap" for an "artificial intelligence policy...to help policymakers, investors, technologists, scholars, and students understand the contem...
08:01 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing Why we don't commute with helicopters
Choppers are now associated mostly with militaries, hospitals, news reporting and other institutional uses. But they were once seriously touted as mass transit vehicles, the original flying car. It ...
07:51 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing Study: Facebook's "zero rating" programs doesn't deliver anything except power for Facebook
LIRNEasia ("a pro-poor, pro-market think tank" in Malaysia) partnered with Mozilla to study the effect of zero-rating through which companies like Facebook offer bribes to wireless companies in poor c...
07:49 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing Man displays speed and agility by trying to punch bear trap before it can close
Ah, that classic party trick! Can you punch a bear trap and withdraw your hand before it closes? A video of one fellow successfully executing this maneuver is going viral this fine Saturday morning...
07:41 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing You are Henry David Thoreau in the Walden simulator video game
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEJ_59hVPgwAfter years of buzz, the USC Game Innovation Lab finally released Walden: The Game earlier this month, allowing players to immerse themselves in a six-hour...
07:40 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing "Rock" resembles perfectly-made little sandwich
Like something you'd find at a genteel wedding or vicarage orgy, this sedimentary sandwich caught the eye of Redditor ibleedcarrots. Suspicion abounds that it may in truth be a beachworn slice of cera...
07:33 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing Parrot at the Ministry of Funny Walks
"Cute Caique Parrot Bird Silly Walk" [via] is among the highlights from a YouTube channel dedicated largely to the adorable exploits of parrots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMjwpiNfbVwhttps://w...
07:30 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon scammers' new trick: shipping things to random widows in your town
Ziemowit Pierzycki bought a $1500 used lens from an Amazon seller who turned out to be a scammer with an ingenious trick: the crook researched a recently widowed person across town and sent them a par...
07:16 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing Fake negative reviews are a cheap way to screw up darknet drug marketplaces
In The Network Structure of Opioid Distribution on a Darknet Cryptomarket, (Sci-Hub mirror), a paper presented today at the American Sociological Association meeting in Montreal, social scientists Sco...
07:15 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing The story behind 'Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)'
In the summer of 1972, the song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) by New Jersey bar band Looking Glass took the charts by surprise. Now considered a classic and one of the best songs ever written, it alm...
07:15 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing Advice on raising resilient kids by author Adam Grant
In this Atlantic video, organizational psychologist and dad of three Adam Grant shares why helicopter parenting isn't helping our kids in the long run (duh) and shares advice on raising more resilie...
07:14 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing Hear the sublime isolated vocals for the Beach Boys' 'Wouldn't it Be Nice'
Wouldn't it be nice if we could hear just the vocals on the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't it Be Nice" track? We wouldn't have to wait so long because someone has already removed the tunes and made a video o...
05:49 am PDT - Sat, August 12, 2017
BoingBoing You can get a great deal on Windscribe VPN
Guaranteeing your privacy online goes way beyond checking the Do Not Track option in your browsers settings. To ensure that your internet activity is totally hidden from Internet Service Providers, ad...
04:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing National Rifle Association TV host says his request for North Korea to nuke California was a "joke"
Grant Stinchfield thought his call for North Korea to incinerate millions of human beings was a real knee-slapper. He's sorry some people didn't find it as funny as he did.Let's send a note to North K...
04:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Why do porn sites have social media sharing buttons?
On Reddit, the question was asked, "Why do porn sites have social media sharing buttons?" It's a good question!The Next Web presented some of the most plausible answers:Because while it would be immen...
03:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing The Funn Machine is headed to the Oregon Eclipse Festival
Dan Das Mann's fork lift gone crazy will be celebrating the coming eclipse at The Oregon Eclipse Festival!There has been no shortage of eclipse coverage on Boing Boing, over the last few days. When ...
02:49 pm PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Facebook launches 'Moments' knockoff inside China without branding, but with state approval
Looks like Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have been working with the government of China to discreetly roll out a photo sharing service that's basically 'Moments' lite. Just one thing. It carries absolu...
02:30 pm PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing After Trump called the White House a dump, it's being renovated. Here are photos of it 'under construction'
That's wild, you can't even see all the new listening devices. (more…)...
01:33 pm PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this hydraulic press crush a computer power bank
Do not try this at home!! or at anywhere else!! (more…)...
01:13 pm PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Even Gingrich is criticizing Trump: "He doesn't want to take responsibility"
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been a supporter of Trump, but when it comes to Trump's recent attacks on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Gingrich seems pretty frustrated with the president.Wh...
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing When you realize robots really are going to steal your job
The future is givin me a frighten. (more…)...
12:56 pm PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Here's the salt shaker with Bluetooth and Alexa integration that you've always wanted
https://youtu.be/o2e1x5IaO7k"Track your salt intake, stream your favorite music and set the dining ambiance with mood lighting!"Smalt is a game changer, people. They need your support on Indiegogo to ...
11:35 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Driver confuses stairs for parking garage, then forgets emergency brake
Oops! A driver in Santiago, Chile made two stupid mistakes at once when she tried to park. First, she confuses steps leading into a building for a parking lot entrance. Then she either forgets to pu...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Artificial intelligence identifies plant species by looking at them
Machine learning algorithms have successfully identified plant species in massive herbaria just by looking at the dried specimens. According to researchers, similar AI approaches could also be used id...
10:50 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Big dog helps tiny kitten up stairs
This German shepherd gives his minuscule companion a couple of chances to climb the stairs on its own, but eventually decides to take matters into its own mouth in the interest of expediency. (more&h...
10:43 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Man sues Heineken after finding two dead geckos in his beer can
George Toubbeh of Fountain Valley, California is suing Heineken and grocer The Kroger Co. after allegedly finding two dead geckos in his 24-ounce beer can back in 2015. Apparently they weren't suppos...
10:28 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Crocodile attacks car, ripping off a big piece of it
This crocodile didn't take kindly to a vehicle encroaching on its hard-fought territory, so it bit off a large chunk of intruder. What did the insurance company say when it saw the video. Are cars cov...
10:20 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing This biting coin sold for $10k on eBay
Artist Roman Booteen carved a Morgan dollar 1921 that bites any finger that tries to take the small gold coin within. It sold for US $10,101.00 on eBay. #hobonickel #goldinlay #morgandollar #engrav...
10:08 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Richard Dawkins on artificial intelligence, agnosticism, and utopia
Evolutionary biologist and "passionate rationalist" Richard Dawkins has a new anthology of essays out today, titled Science in the Soul. Over at Scientific American, John Horgan posted an interview wi...
09:55 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Court orders venture capital billionaire to restore access to public beach
Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla must open access to a public beach that he'd closed for private use, says a California court.From The Guardian:Khoslas refusal to restore access has made him s...
09:45 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Hey, this ice cream dont melt!
Ugh, the dog days of summer are upon us. Its hot, with cities in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest reaching record-breaking temps well over 100 degrees. (more…)...
09:40 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Walmart says "back-to-school" gun sign is regrettable situation" but still can't confirm it's gone
Someone snapped this astounding photo at a Walmart where one of their "Own the school year like a hero" marketing campaign signs was displayed on a case of rifles. Walmart's Charles Crowson told CNNMo...
09:18 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Hundred-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctica is in "excellent condition"
Researchers from the Antarctic Heritage Trust turned up this 100-year-old fruitcake in a Cape Adare hut. From their report: (more…)...
09:17 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Martin Gardner puzzle: red, white, and blue weights
Here's a good puzzle from Martin Gardner's Mathematical Circus. The book is out of print but used copies are cheap.Problems involving weights and balance scales have been popular during the past few d...
09:12 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Wells Fargo also gouged small businesses on credit-card fees
The hits keep on coming for the largest bank in America: in addition to stealing millions with fraudulent overdraft fees, creating 2,000,000 fraudulent accounts, blackballing whistleblowers, defraudin...
08:45 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing How to bow and exchange business cards in Japan
Ojigi, or bowing, is an important part of Japanese social life. I don't know how to do it. Here's a video shows the three main ways to bow and how to use them in different situations. The video also...
08:40 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing The (new) Munsters will live in "hipster" Brooklyn
One of the best tv themes of all time will be coming back, if they got the rights. Hipster jokes I can likely skip.Inspired by the original series, the half-hour single-camera The Munsters, now in d...
08:37 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing 7 years later, Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla loses bid to privatize public beach
For 5 years, we've been tracking the tribulations of billionaire Silicon Valley VC Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems who, in 2010, bought land adjacent to a public beach in Half-Moon Bay,...
08:21 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing 20 year old advice on helping people with computers is still relevant today
Phil Agre's 1996 article "How to help someone use a computer" is full of eternal verities that hold up today: it starts with a section on putting yourself in the mindset of someone who's struggling wi...
08:13 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing How to crack a shitty Wifi password
Reading Brannon Dorsey's guide to cracking Wifi passwords is a good wake-up call to set a decent password for your own network -- it's pretty danged easy otherwise. (more…)...
07:58 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Ajit Pai just stacked the FCC's advisory panel with dingo babysitters from big telcoms
Only two people on the 30-seat FCC advisory panel come from city governments and have experience overseeing telcoms regulation; the other 28 members are executives, consultants, lobbyists and think-ta...
07:58 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Arnold Bcklin's Isle of the Dead as a VR experience
German painter Arnold Bcklin reimagined "Tomb Island" over and over, pursuing both the scene's dark mystery and its runaway commercial appeal: with the title improved by a canny agent, it became the f...
07:52 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing An Illinois gubernatorial hopeful will spring all low-level drug offenders from jail
If Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is successful in winning the Democratic Party nomination to stand for governor of Illinois and then wins the election, he will: 1) commute all low-level drug offenders'...
05:48 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing This bundle might make you want to become a project manager
This project management bundle will help you get organized and learn how to lead a team to success. You can pay what you want for these five courses when you pick them up from the Boing Boing Store.To...
05:44 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Bite Me! Check out the Japanese gameshow behind the memes
This is not new news, its old news. But maybe you havent seen it, and its so nutty that I feel compelled, with a box of Williams Sonoma Peppermint Chocolate Bark sitting open in front of me, to share ...
05:40 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Tattoo artist makes animated 'flipbooks' by inking multiple people with individual frames
Tattoo artist Phil Berge's handiwork is old school, yes, but some of his tats more than that. They are animated! How does he do it? At the Tattoo Shack in Quebec where he works, he inks multiple peo...
05:40 am PDT - Fri, August 11, 2017
BoingBoing Gamers petition IKEA to produce an affordable gaming table
A petition has been posted on Change.org by a Maryland gamer, Brad Smoley, to try and convince Scandinavian stick furniture powerhouse IKEA that there's a significant-enough market for a dining room t...
04:52 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Trump hotel in D.C. made $2 million profit in 4 months, now charges highest rates in town
President Trump and his family own, operate, and profit bigly from the most expensive hotel in the nation's capital. Driving the inflated rates at the Trump International Hotel in Washington: favor-se...
04:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Paul Manafort drops legal team for Russia-Trump investigation
A few days after news spread that FBI agents raided Paul Manafort's Virginia home to seize possible evidence in the Russia investigation, there's news that the former campaign manager for President Do...
04:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Burglar betrayed by his own poo
If you're going to burgle a home, be careful what leaves your behind.Andrew David Jensen apparently left a deuce in a toilet during an Oct. 7, 2016 burglary in Thousand Oaks, CA. Tests of DNA extracte...
03:40 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing 'You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse,' says science writer David Baron
In this TEDx Talk, science writer and umbraphile (an "eclipse chaser") David Baron emphasizes the importance of witnessing a total solar eclipse firsthand (eye?) at least once in your lifetime. (more...
03:22 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Trump thanks Putin for kicking US Embassy workers out of Russia
This is the first thing Trump has said that made me laugh. (more…)...
02:43 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Dimmable Recessed LED lighting to replace incandescent bubs
I've been replacing all the recessed light fixtures in our house with these recessed LED downlights. Amazon has a good deal on a 4-pack right now: $31....
02:10 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Let's deconstruct Nixon's "Resignation Lunch," shall we?
"I want to know exact details, hard information about everything!" J.G. Ballard told an interviewer, in the pre-Internet year of 1982. Expressing his hope that "the computer and TV revolution will bri...
02:04 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing "Monster Imagery Taught Me I Was a Monster": Riva Lehrer on Beauty, Deformity, Disability
Standing in the Mtter Museum of medical oddities, contemplating a neat row of jars, each containing a malformed fetus with spina bifida, Riva Lehrer realized just how easily she, too, could have ended...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing After On Podcast #2: Video Games as Medicine?
Below youll find an unhurried interview with Dr. Adam Gazzaley, who runs one of the West Coasts largest neuroscience labs at UCSF. There, his team carefully crafts video games with the potential to cu...
12:44 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Seriously detailed NASA map of August 21st eclipse over North America
Fascinating and detailed map of the eclipse path....
12:32 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with Adam Rubin, director of puzzles and games for The Art of Play
Our guest on the Cool Tools Show podcast this week is Adam Rubin. Adam is the New York Times best-selling author of Dragons Love Tacos, Robo-Sauce, and half a dozen other critically-acclaimed picture ...
12:26 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. embassy employees in Cuba deafened by mysterious sonic weapon
Two employees at the US embassy in Havana have been sent home after suffering hearing loss from a silent "acoustic attack." From https://www.cnn.com/2017/08/09/politics/us-cuba-acoustic-attack-embassy...
12:22 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing How to clean your Coleman stove
I've been in love with Coleman liquid fuel stoves since I was a boy scout. They are nearly indestructible and last decades with some simple maintenance. My old Powerhouse 414 was in need of some lov...
12:16 pm PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing What it's like to take the new sleeper bus from LA to SF
A new bus line called Cabin is positioning itself as a "hotel on wheels." For $115 you get a sleeping pod on a bus that goes between LA and San Francisco (the trip takes 8 hours). Each pod has a power...
11:52 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Princess Leia ears for your cat
Mine wears a bow-tie, but I'd bet he's into a Princess Leia halloween!Look at this poor cat!Star Wars Princess Leia Hood For Pets...
11:41 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Oklahoma dads sue bigoted town leaders for endangering their lives
Randy Gamel-Medler, his husband, and their son moved to a small town in Oklahoma. Town leaders treated them abusively and threatened them on a number of occasions. The threats were made good when Game...
11:06 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Haha! What the heck is this dog doing?
I'm not sure if this dog is looking for snacks in the rug or if it just found a new way to feel good. But it sure is cute!...
10:41 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Train plows into semi-truck that is stuck on the tracks
Not a good day for a semi-truck carrying candy in Locust Grove, GA. The truck gets stuck on train tracks when a train then comes along and plows right through it. Luckily no one was hurt!Thanks WSB-...
10:05 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing As Venezuela crumbles, airlines fleeing
Assassination. Contaminated fuel. Bandits. Theft of luggage. Broken down runways. These are a few of the reasons why Airlines are pulling out of Venezuela as the country's economy and society implodes...
09:15 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: What if Tarantino Made Spaghetti and Meatballs?
What if Quentin Tarantino made a 1-minute video on how to make spaghetti and meatballs? This would be it! Self-described "freelance foodie-for-hire" David Ma has created a brilliant mini-series of r...
09:08 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Burbank! I'll see you tonight at 7PM at the Buena Vista library
My Walkaway book-tour is basically over, but I'm taking a little victory lap tonight at my local library, the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library. Hope to see you there!...
08:53 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Listen: 'Nuclear War,' Sun Ra (1982)
Listen: 'Nuclear War,' by space prophet Sun Ra and his mighty arkestra. (more…)...
08:35 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Every meeting and trip the FCC's neutricidal chairman Ajit Pai took since Trump's inauguration
Russ writes, "Via a FOIA request I made, this is Ajit Pai's detailed schedule from January 20 to the end of June. Shows who he met with, where he traveled, etc."...
08:29 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Detailed analysis of the hyper-partisan Facebook "news" business
Buzzfeed presents a long (and somewhat rambling) data-driven look at the recent history and current state of Facebook's hyper-partisan news (AKA "fake news") bubble, tracing the money, growth areas, d...
08:20 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing What would happen if you threw a mouse, a dog, and an elephant from a skyscraper?
Why can a mouse survive a fall from a skyscraper, but not a dog or an elephant? This episode of Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell explores size differences in animals, and how it affects their anatomies and...
08:17 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing FCC will fix America's shitty internet by declaring fast internet access unimportant to Americans
America's internet is sucks and the law obliges the FCC to "take immediate action to accelerate deployment of such capability by removing barriers to infrastructure investment and by promoting competi...
07:59 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Google Manufacturing Robot isn't sure humans belong in tech
That now-ex-Googler who published a memo explaining why it's a fact that women are biologically unable to be good tech workers had a point, but honestly, the problem isn't ovaries: it's organs. (more&...
07:52 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Disney paid 'at least' $177 million to settle #pinkslime lawsuit over ABC News reports on gross meat product
This summer, ABC News made a historically large payout to settle a defamation lawsuit over 'pink slime,' or what the meat industry likes to call 'lean finely textured beef.'No, that's not referring to...
07:40 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing You can hijack a gene sequencer by hiding malware in a DNA sample
Today at the Usenix Security conference, a group of University of Washington researchers will present a paper showing how they wrote a piece of malware that attacks common gene-sequencing devices and ...
07:31 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Vertu, luxury phone maker, bites the dust
Vertu, the "luxury" cellphone maker whose handsets look like drug cartel handguns and are always comically obsolete, went out of business last month, reports the BBC. It is to auction off its inventor...
07:30 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Blackwater founder and DeVos war-criminal sibling Trump should install merc-backed viceroy in Afghanistan
Erik Prince is the creepy-rich war criminal/ex-CIA agent who founded Blackwater and put John Ashcroft in charge of its ethics department (no, seriously), whose rap-sheet includes reckless, corrupt, mu...
07:14 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing India lost access to the Internet Archive because two Bollywood studios couldn't be bothered with takedowns
The mystery of yesterday's India-wide censorship orders which blocked the Internet Archive from the world's largest democracy has been solved: it was the result of complaints by two Bollywood studios,...
07:10 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Why we openly hate our cords
Why we secretly love our cords. Tamara Warren: Theres a certain security in the cord. Its the idea of connection, perhaps even dating back to our days in the womb. ... A battery, no matter how sophist...
07:06 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Rube Goldbergian clocks for your walls and mantlepieces
In an age of ubiquitous, self-synchronizing phones, timepieces are increasingly a form of kinetic sculpture. (more…)...
06:27 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Jon Snow gets to work
Contains mild spoilers. A good Thrones mashup, from zouru. Dany and her counselors try to plan the war ahead as Jon Snow mines the island for dragonglass....
06:12 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Tinyworlds: gorgeous forest photos released under the Creative Commons
Rick "Tinyworlds" Hoppmann has released all of his wonderful forest photos under a non-commercial Creative Commons license. You can use it, remix it and share it yourself so long as you credit him and...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Cal Berkeley put a crooked line on its new football field, to show it sits on the Hayward Fault
To show its new football field is sitting on one big earthquake fault line -- the Hayward Fault -- UC Berkeley made a crooked line in the north end zone's grass.This is what it looks like up close:htt...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing 'Legendary Insult Comic' Jabba the Hutt teaches a MasterClass on comedy
If you're on Facebook, no doubt you've seen celebrities peddling their MasterClass online courses. If you're not familiar, for 90 bucks you get lifetime access to a course where masters teach their ...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing No middle ground: Amy Lombard's toenail art series will delight or horrify you
Photographer Amy Lombard teamed up with nail artist Sonya Meesh to create toenail art that you won't be able to unsee. Whether that's good or bad is in the eye of the beholder. (more…)...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Great video profile on making otherworldly photos on a desolate salt flat
Australian photographer Murray Fredericks braves some of earth's harshest conditions to create utterly transcendent photos using mirrors placed in Lake Eyre's barren landscape. (more…)...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Video stabilization artifacts turn this car's windshield into jelly
Rolling shutters and algorithmic stabilization created an interesting effect on this racing footage. (more…)...
05:48 am PDT - Thu, August 10, 2017
BoingBoing Charge or connect up to 28 devices at once with this Master USB Hub
Despite the push towards USB-C as the one connector to rule them all, most peripherals in the wild are still largely USB-A. Since theres little reason to upgrade all of your old flash drives, wired ke...
05:09 pm PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Splish splash it's a hedgehog takin' a bath
Chappi found out a way to enjoy bath time. "Splish splash I was taking a bath"By request of @yayboobs[instagram] Chappi found out a way to enjoy bath time. #hedgehogsofinstagram #hedgie...
04:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing $50 million lawsuit: Eric Bolling vs. Yashar Ali over Fox News host sexting scandal
What hell hath Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker wrought?https://twitter.com/BradThor/status/895399427459993604The Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing social media star and Huffington Post contrib...
03:27 pm PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Trip out on "The Flow of Zen," a psychedelic film narrated by Alan Watts (1969)
In 1969, Alan Watts collaborated with filmmaker Elda Hartley on "The Flow of Zen," a lovely psychedelic 16mm film with a rather eerie score. (Archive.org via /r/ObscureMedia)...
03:03 pm PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Why NASA's Voyager mission almost didn't happen
On August 20 and September 5, 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. It was an incredibly audacious miss...
02:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Mesmerizing animations of 1960s science book op art covers
In the 1960s, book designers gave many science and psychology paperbacks glorious avant-garde and op art covers. Henning M. Lederer just released his second collection of animations of these fine bo...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing NurturePod: the future of parenting
Artist and experiential futurist Stuart Candy created a hypothetical near-future product called the NurturePod, a "programmable para-parenting pod" that takes care of all the bothersome things parents...
01:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing In the tabloids: Obamas secret bunker and a stool-pigeon parrot
A CPR tutor needed resuscitating when he went into cardiac arrest during class, it rained pork sausages in Florida, and a pet parrot turned canary to help convict a killer.Its reassuring to know that ...
12:32 pm PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing "God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un," says evangelical Trump supporter
Televangelist superpastor Robert Jeffress says God has given Trump permission to bomb North Korea. "When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear...
12:07 pm PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Kid with "Uncombable Hair Syndrome" has Instagram account
Uncombable hair syndrome is a real thing. It also goes by the names Pili trianguli et canaliculi, Spun-glass hair, and Cheveux incoiffables. According to Wikipedia:The hair is normal in quantity and i...
11:45 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing A collapsible kettle for camping
I love space saving gadgetry when camping. I fell for this collapsible silicon kettle.This silicon kettle folds down for easy storage. I can boil water in a pot, but this adds just the missing touch t...
11:21 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Short film of drivers making last minute decisions
"Terminal Communication"(2007) is a film made from found security camera footage, accompanied by accordion music that drives home the idea that life is absurd.From the YouTube description:Terminal C...
11:10 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Elon Musk gave assistant 2-week test when she asked for raise and she failed
Here's a good lesson for anyone thinking about asking for a raise. In his biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," author Ashlee Vance tells us what happened when Mu...
11:10 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Elon Musk gave assistant 2-week test when she asked for raise, and she failed
Here's a good lesson for anyone thinking about asking for a raise. In his biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," author Ashlee Vance tells us what happened when Mu...
10:55 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing How to create fake Instagram star accounts and trick brands to give you money
An influencer marketing agency called Mediakix showed how easy it was to create a phony Instagram star and get brands to pay money for the star to plug their products. They created two different accou...
10:34 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Oops! BBC worker watches R-rated scene on screen in back of live newscast
Someone at the BBC is in trouble with the boss. During a news broadcast where anchor Sophie Raworth is talking about the game of cricket, a more interesting video is playing on a screen in the backg...
10:27 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Good showerhead for low-water pressure
In 2015 I installed this Delta Water-Amplifying showerhead ($18) in a shower that has low pressure. It really does deliver a nice spray with large droplets. It's got a little knob that lets you switch...
09:46 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing IKEA made a 25-minute ASMR video
IKEA offers the soothing sounds of its products gently purring, racheting, and rubbing against each other, narrated by a soft-voiced narrator in this 25-minute tingle-inducing ASMR video....
09:33 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Hunt for creepy jogger who pushes woman in front of a moving bus
A jackass jogging down Putney Bridge in London pushes a 33-year-old woman out out of his way and into oncoming traffic. A bus has to swerve to avoid hitting her. According to The Telegraph, the bus ...
08:59 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Last footage of Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima (RIP) wearing the monster suit
Japanese actor Haruo Nakajima who rocked the Godzilla suit in a dozen movies died on Monday at age 88. Above is the last video of Nakajima as Godzilla for a 1983 photo shoot. From Nakajima's obituar...
08:30 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Wonderful hand-carved surreal glitch-figures by Yoshitoshi Kanemaki
Chiba-based sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki carves wonderful, weird figures out of wood; the interstitial images that document his process are a fascinating glimpse into the way his imagination manifests...
08:24 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing AquaBounty salmon: the first genetically engineered food animal for sale to humans is a hit with eaters
AquaBounty GMO salmon is a huge hit in Canada. Five tons have been sold since it came on the market a few months ago, reports The Guardian.Originally developed by a group of Canadian scientists at New...
08:21 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Man, cops sure do love calling their surveillance programs "Skynet"
The Solano County Sheriff's Office wants to spend $2M on a network of vehicle surveillance cameras, a program it calls "Project Skynet." (more…)...
08:15 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Dozens of people arrested for wearing "hero" T-shirts in Turkey
Gkhan Gl is on trial in Turkey for participating in the failed coup against the Erdoan regime last year. In July, Gl made authorities angry when he wore a T-shirt with the word "hero." Now, Turkey has...
08:09 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing French aquaculturist sets up 24/7 live oyster vending machine
Tony Berthelot is an oyster farmer on Ile de Re, an island off France's west coast; rather than task his family-members to staffing a roadside stand, he's invested in a refrigerated live-oyster vendin...
08:01 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Roland revives the TR-808
The classic beatbox – not an expensive clone or a collection of cleverly-tweaked samples – is back. Roland's TR-08 directly models the original machine's analog circuits to recreate its so...
07:49 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Chinese cops treat kidnapping as a routine form of largely acceptable debt-collection
If you owe someone money in China and kidnap them to get paid, the police are likely to treat the whole thing as a civil matter of "unlawful detention" and stay out of it (especially if the debtor is ...
07:36 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing India censors access to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine
The Wayback Machine is the Internet Archive's indispensable record of the web itself, containing regular snapshots of a huge slice of the entire web that you can browse in order to see what a given pa...
07:28 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing FBI raided Manafort's home
Paul Manafort, who served as President Trump's campaign manager and is otherwise famous for shady dealings in Ukraine, was paid a visit by the FBI in recent weeks. The Washington Post reports that the...
07:19 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Foxconn has a long history of lying about its plans to open plants and create jobs
Foxconn has wrung a promise of $3 billion in corporate welfare from the state of Wisconsin, but even that is no guarantee that it will open a factory there, even if it swears up and down that this is ...
07:18 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing U Thant, a tiny man-made island you're not supposed to visit
U Thant, or Belmont, is a tiny artificial island in the East river made from the detritus drilled out for the 7 train's tunnel. Leased to a religious sect since the 1970s, it was designated a bird s...
07:02 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this mesmerizing drone timelapse of Los Angeles
It takes a steady hand to pilot a drone so smoothly that the images can be used for a timelapse. Behold Matt Dutcher's aerial ode to Los Angeles. (more…)...
06:44 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the first-ever kayak race on one of the world's hardest rapids
It's astonishing that these kayakers survived, let alone navigated a slalom course as they plunged down the class IV+ V rapids of Norway's lower Myrkdalselva. (more…)...
06:33 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing This makeup artist creates impressive trompe l'oeil on her lips
Vancouver makeup artist Mimi Choi creates amazing trompe l'oeil illusions on the faces and bodies of herself and others. (more…)...
06:28 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Game announcement booed
Valve, publisher of legendary game series such as Half-Life, Portal and Team Fortress, announced a new game at The International, a convention for players of DOTA, one of its big hits. The hyped-up ...
06:22 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Lifehacks from a longevity expert who just died at age 105
Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara died last month at age 105. Over his long life, he helped many others achieve long lives by popularizing annual medical checkups and by sharing what he knew, which was one of his...
06:12 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing The Game of Thrones cast 'sings' the '90s rap hit 'Ice Ice Baby'
Vanilla Ice's legacy lives on through the Game of Thrones cast as they "sing" a portion of his 1990 rap hit, "Ice Ice Baby." This music video is apparently a promotion for the show by TV channel Sky...
06:11 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing 1,650 year old unopened wine bottle looks like it should stay that way
Josh Jones at Open Culture looks at the Speyer wine bottle, the oldest (and possibly grossest) unopened bottle of wine. (more…)...
06:05 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Production crew (allegedly) made a music video secretly on their clients' film sets
Droptree, a video production company in Portland, Oregon, spent two years surreptitiously producing their own music video on their clients' film sets. Or did they?Though, this recent post on their F...
06:05 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Flip animation on a power drill
Maker Federico Tobon of WolfCatWorkshop wanted to test out a 24-frame flip box animation he was working on, so he attached his art to a power drill. Here's a closeup:https://youtu.be/t9afE9iEds0Tobo...
06:03 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing How to make hikaru dorodango, shiny mud balls
Over the years, Bruce Gardner has mastered the Japanese craft of hikaru dorodango, polished mud balls that literally mean "shiny dumplings." (more…)...
06:02 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing This five-year-old kid is a log-splitting maniac
Salem Barker's kid isn't afraid of a little hard work. At five, he already knows how to run the hydraulic logsplitter they rigged up at their farm. (more…)...
06:02 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing The Design Deck teaches graphic design as you play cards
Ben Barrett-Forrest created The Design Deck, a nifty set of playing cards that each have facts about graphic design on them. (more…)...
05:47 am PDT - Wed, August 9, 2017
BoingBoing Here are ten things under $20 you'll actually use
You dont always have to pay out the nose for household items, everyday accessories, or memorable gifts. If youre searching for something unexpected that can be had for less than two sawbucks, take a l...
04:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Stepping into the trippy, sensational world of artist Bonethrower
Last Saturday on August 5th, the LA venue Rhabbitat held a special release party for the limited edition Adidas Skateboarding x Bonethrower footwear and apparel collection and gave people a chance t...
03:22 pm PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Swat Team terrorizes drug-free family of tea-drinking tomato-growers
After finding wet tea leaves in a garbage can, a SWAT team in Kansas City raided a family home looking for marijuana, terrorizing the family for hours. The cops found nothing, and when the family sued...
03:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Glen Campbell, 19362017
Rolling Stone reports that country legend Glen Campbell is dead at 81.Campbell was a rare breed in the music business, with various careers as a top-level studio guitarist, chart-topping singer and hi...
02:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Baby cries furiously whenever phone taken away, instantly pacified when returned
Even infants are seduced by the smartphone. Watch this baby throw a tantrum with kicking legs and loud cries every time an adult takes away the phone. Once the phone is returned, all is immediately ...
02:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing All about the Black Death flea that killed 100 million people
Oriental Rat Flea(Xenopsylla cheopis)SIZE: Up to 1/6 in (4 mm)FAMILY: PulicidaeHABITAT: Near rats, their primary food sourceDISTRIBUTION: Worldwide, particularly tropical and subtropical climates, but...
02:39 pm PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Stranger than friction: when matches were dangerous
In the latest in its ongoing series about objects the world once considered indispensable but has somehow managed to live without, Collectors Weekly turns its attention to match holders, which were po...
01:23 pm PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Great deal on book about cognitive biases: You Are Not So Smart -- $2 Kindle edition
If you like David McRaney's You Are Not So Smart podcast, which explores human psychology in all its quirkiness, I think you'll enjoy his book, You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on F...
11:53 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Chuck Palahniuk hid a timecapsule in his former home and the current owners found it
In 2007, Fight Club and Snuff author Chuck Palahniuk sold his home in Portland, Oregon. Recently, the current owner Jolynn Winter was having some work done in a bathroom and when the contractors opene...
10:44 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing The Voyager Golden Record now available as a vinyl box set
Forty years ago this month, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and beyond, into the mysteries of interstellar space. Mounted to each spacecraft is a g...
10:24 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Angry fairies blamed for road damage
An Irish MP is blaming fairies after a mysterious dip in a road surface recurred after repairs.Danny Healy-Rae claimed the issues with the N22 were caused by "numerous fairy forts in the area" in an i...
10:05 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting a growth chart that instills an appreciation of the awesome magnitude of the universe
Seth Fishman and Isabel Greenberg (previously) have a forthcoming picture book called A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars, which uses masterful illustrations and text to convey the magnitude of the uni...
09:59 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing "Self-driving" van actually driven by human disguised as car seat
A self-driving van was spotted tooling around in Arlington, Virginia. But when local News4's Adam Tuss spotted the vehicle and approached it, he realized that it was actually being operated by a perso...
09:47 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing This head-spinning optical illusion will melt your brain
Magician and optical illusion artist Victoria Skye created the mindbending riff above on the classic "Cafe Wall" optical illusion.(via @martinsytaylor)...
09:42 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Adam Savage learns how records are made with Jack White
Our pal Adam Savage visited Jack White's Third Man Records vinyl pressing plant in Detroit and records his Brain Candy song! Then Jack and Adam talk about cutting records and the creative process. (...
08:46 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Former CIA director: secure US elections with open-source voting machines
Former CIA director R. James Woolsey and legendary free software creator Brian "bash" Fox took to the New York Times's op-ed page to explain that proprietary software and voting machines don't mix, be...
08:22 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Infamous South Carolina legislator who beat wife in front of kids gets probation
South Carolina legislator Chris Corley, who was recently elected to a second term, is well-known for his support of the Confederate flag. When the flag was taken down from the Statehouse in July 2015 ...
08:05 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting a "libre" recording of all of Bach's fugues
Robert Douglass writes, "You have graciously covered the Open Goldberg Variations and the Open Well-Tempered Clavier projects on Boing Boing in the past, and it has resulted in these works being the...
07:58 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Atheists should be hunted down vehemently by authorities, says Malaysian minister
The (Federal Constitution) does not mention atheists. It goes against the Constitution and human rights," Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim told the Malaysian Parli...
07:57 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Crowdfunded by listeners, EFF perma-kills a bogus podcasting patent
Five years ago, a patent troll called "Personal Audio" started demanding money from podcasters, claiming that their patent on mailing cassette tapes of people reading magazines (a ridiculous patent on...
07:46 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Securing the IoT: a tele-dildo controlled through the Tor network
Security researcher Sarah Jamie Lewis wanted to demonstrate that the horrific stories of insecure networked sex-toys (and other Internet of Things devices) was the result of manufacturers' negligence,...
07:16 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Establishment Dems worried they'll get primaried if they don't back single-payer healthcare
The establishment wing of the Democratic Party has spent decades receiving dump-trucks full of money from the insurance industry and then, totally coincidentally, explaining that the time isn't right ...
07:13 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Reliable recipe for DIY ferrofluid
Braniac75, after trying and failing to replicate the various online recipes for DIY ferrofluid (the consumer stuff is $200+ a liter), figured it out: 1 part iron oxide powder, 1 part "clinging" synt...
06:58 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Oil industry is running out of employees, because millennials
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4KvOJlu5XoThe oil industry is mired in a recruiting crisis because its workforce is aging out and millennials don't want to work for an industry that is destroying t...
06:51 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Husky would prefer not to yield passenger seat
Your "waste an hour on YouTube" YouTube channel of the day is Zeus the Stubborn Husky. And unlike the other dog video going viral at the moment, you won't have to watch it squirt salt water out its ...
06:50 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Desperate last-ditch attempt to save the right to sue abusive nursing homes
In 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services barred nursing homes from forcing their residents into accepting binding arbitration agreements, insisting that nursing homes that engaged in ne...
06:36 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast covers Game of Thrones S7E4, "Spoils of War"
The fourth season of Game of Thrones hits its midpoint, and Boars, Gore, and Swords is here to push you out of the way of "Spoils of War".Ivan and Red discuss the ongoing Stark family reunion, Arya co...
06:34 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Augustine Courtauld was marooned at a remote weather station in Greenland in 1930
In 1930, British explorer Augustine Courtauld volunteered to spend the winter alone on the Greenland ice cap, manning a remote weather station. As the snow gradually buried his hut and his supplies st...
06:32 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Twitter Bots Say They're Sticking with Trump
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and much more. GET R...
06:32 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Artist Cindy Sherman took her Instagram public
Cindy Sherman is posting publicly on Instagram as _cindysherman_ after having her account set to private under a different account name. Many recent images use distortions and filters. (more…)...
06:32 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this melodica player follow cosplayers while playing character's theme song
LilyPichu went to IndyPopCon with a melodica, then followed random cosplayers around while playing the songs from their game, film, or show. The different reactions are priceless. (more…)...
06:32 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Nearly two centuries of yearly evolution of women's high fashion
Over at Imgur, user Q1s2e3 posted a timeline of women's high fashion from 1784 to 1970, focusing entirely on trends in Europe and North America. In fact, it's interesting that the switch in representa...
06:32 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Great explainer on how glass top pool tables work
Ever since transparent pool tables came on the market, I was curious about how they worked. Elite Innovations' designer Craig Nottage explains. The trick? Vitrik:The playing surface is called Vitrik...
06:31 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Spectacular nighttime volcanic eruption photo wins National Geographic's top prize
National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year Contest has announced the 2017 winner, and the grand prize went to Sergio Tapiro Velasco for this otherworldly shot of Mexico's Colima volcano eru...
05:47 am PDT - Tue, August 8, 2017
BoingBoing Keep up to 14 keys organized without any of that jangling sound in your pocket
For anyone thats always travelling between their home, office, storage unit, art studio, or any other location thats behind a locked door, you probably have more keys than you know what to do with. Fo...
05:14 pm PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Toronto's amazing science fiction library, the Merril Collection, has a new head librarian
It's been decades since I first discovered my love of science fiction on a school trip to the "Spaced Out Library," the public science fiction reference collection founded by Judith Merril -- that day...
05:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing West coast jurisdictions advance community oversight of police surveillance
This summer, two of the west coasts largest metropolitan areasSeattle and Californiatook major steps to curtail secret, unilateral surveillance by local police. These victories for transparency and co...
02:20 pm PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Real-estate speculators bought the road and sidewalk in a gated wealthy San Francisco enclave
Presidio Terrace is a "block-long, private oval street lined by 35 megamillion-dollar mansions" dating to 1905, where the homeowners are obliged to pay the city $14/year for property tax on their side...
01:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing This is the first photograph of a solar eclipse
On July 28, 1851, Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski took what's thought to be the first photograph of a solar eclipse. The Royal Prussian Observatory in what's now Kaliningrad, Russia, had mounted a s...
12:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Wooden 3D Owl puzzle
This Owl helped make a recent road trip a lot more fun!Simple to construct by following the numbers, this is a cute Owl-y way to pass some time.3D Wooden Owl -- $8 via Amazon...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Top 5 filthiest areas in an airplane that can make you sick
People are 113 times more likely to catch a cold when they're on an airplane, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of Environmental Health Research. Why? Because the inside of a plane is a cesspoo...
12:07 pm PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing "Adversarial preturbations" reliably trick AIs about what kind of road-sign they're seeing
An "adversarial preturbation" is a change to a physical object that is deliberately designed to fool a machine-learning system into mistaking it for something else. (more…)...
12:07 pm PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing "Adversarial perturbations" reliably trick AIs about what kind of road-sign they're seeing
An "adversarial perturbation" is a change to a physical object that is deliberately designed to fool a machine-learning system into mistaking it for something else. (more…)...
11:54 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing People with OCD may get relief from watching others perform the compulsive behavior
People with certain kinds of obsessive-compulsive disorder feel a need to repeatedly perform certain physical rituals or routines, such as washing their hands, to gain relief from obsessional thoughts...
11:49 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing The haunting art of Annie Owens
Artist Annie Owens exhibition titled A Place Worth Knowing will be on display at La Luz De Jesus gallery in LA from August 4th-28th. If you cant make it to the gallery, you should definitely check out...
11:47 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing The Ockel Sirius B is a PC that fits in your pocket
Working remotely often means using a full-size laptop, or forcing a tablet to do things it was never intended to do. Depending on your job, each may be a reasonable, if somewhat compromising solution,...
11:45 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing How Americans got so weird about science
Why is it so hard for so many Americans to get their heads around the science behind climate change? Well, according to Rebecca Onion, it may be because of the way we have historically applauded littl...
11:33 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Anti-heckler judo for the amateur magician
Andy at The Jerx (previously) describes a surprisingly effective tactic for putting a heckler in his place during the performance of a magic trick. (more…)...
11:23 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Man swims to work every day
Benjamin David was tired of the car traffic during his morning commute in Munich, Germany. So now he jumps into the Isar River and swims the two kilometres to his job. He packs his clothes, laptop, an...
11:14 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with legendary cartoonist Ralph Steadman
Ralph Steadman, 81, is best known as the genius social and political cartoonist who famously illustrated Hunter S. Thompson's depraved adventures in Las Vegas, on the campaign trail in 1972, and at th...
11:12 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Russian bots are turning against GOP, attacking Republicans
Up until now, Russian and other foreign bots have been chummy with Trump and the GOP on social media, with "nearly half of the presidents followers appearing to be fake or spam accounts," according to...
11:02 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Hawk Moon: Sam Shepards Forgotten First Book
In the flurry of obituaries for Sam Shepard, who died last Thursday, at 73, from complications related to Lou Gehrigs disease, the playwright and actor appears in close up, as an uncompromisingly hone...
10:57 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing You could live in a lighthouse auctioned off by the US government
The United States General Services Administration is auctioning off six lighthouses, one on in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland and five Michigan's Great Lakes. Bidding starts at around $15,000 and there isn'...
10:45 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Just look at these complicated, fragile independent New York banana supply-chains
Just look at them.(Thanks, Fipi Lele!) (Photo: cropped from a picture by Vincent Tullo for the New York Times)...
10:40 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing CBS launched an official fan-film-academy for people who want to make Star Trek videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib9tL_WeZKYIn 2016, CBS/Paramount brought a lawsuit against Axanar, a very successful group of fan-film producers who'd crowdfunding more than $1M to make a kick-ass ...
10:34 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing How to build a bridge of stacked coins that extend over a table
With 200 coins and a steady hand, you can build this stack of overhanging coins. [via The Kid Should See This]...
10:26 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon is the poster child for everything wrong with post-Reagan anti-trust enforcement
Last January, a 28-year-old law student named Lina Khan published a 24,000-word article in the Yale Law Journal unpicking a half-century's shifts in anti-trust law in America, using Amazon as a poster...
10:22 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Flesh-eating sea bugs devour swimmer's legs
https://youtu.be/75gf_jGM5J8Sam Kanizay, 16, of Australia stood in the ocean to cool his feet. When he emerged, he was surprised to see that his legs were bleeding profusely. He hurried home, where hi...
10:02 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing The scientific way to win an argument every time
Winning an argument is the greatest thing ever. I would argue that having someone change your mind is often a better outcome. Nevertheless, if you are interested in getting someone to agree with you, ...
09:47 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing People around the world are filling potholes with flowers
Inspired by how Michigan artist Paige Breithart planted flowers in potholes in 2015, people around the world are doing the same. Open Culture has a photo gallery.Terry Bartrug shares this giant poth...
09:35 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Inept cop holds man at gunpoint for 9 minutes during simple traffic stop
Last week a car was stopped for speeding near San Jose, CA. The officer, from the Campbell Police Department, asked for a license and registration paperwork, but when the passenger, a black man who ...
09:34 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker for $27
The popular Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker is on sale today for $27 by using the code code UVQH8VHF. It runs up to 24 hours on a charge and has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon with over 8,000 reviews....
09:23 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing @CrimeADay tweets one federal crime a day, and most of them are weird
It's a federal crime:to sell ketchup and call it something elsefor a railroad to report that an employee was hurt playing racquetballfor a stage chicken to come back from performing in Canada without ...
09:04 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Look how happy the "Mushroom King" is to find a gargantuan mushroom
https://youtu.be/ZCKwAI-c1jUFor this fellow, finding a six-pound mushroom is equivalent to witnessing a double rainbow. It looks like a king boletus....
08:51 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Here are 10 foreshadowing clues in well-known movies
https://youtu.be/8uXwBc0pndkIn Psycho, Norman Bates hinted early on that he killed and taxidermied his mother, when he told Janet Leigh that she was as harmless as one of his stuffed birds. That's one...
08:38 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing The artist who spent his career painting from 1 to 5607249
From Futility Closet:In 1965, Polish artist Roman Opaka hung a 196 135 cm canvas in his Warsaw studio. In the top left corner he painted a tiny numeral 1, then a 2, and so on until he had filled the ...
07:57 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Man spraypaints Twitter office sidewalk with abusive tweets it refuses to delete
Shahak Shapia reported hundreds of racist, sexist, abusive or otherwise hateful Tweets. Twitter didn't delete them, so he sprayed them on the pavement outside the company's offices in Germany....
07:10 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this stylish electric bike zoom through the countryside
This gorgeous Avionics electric bike prototype mixes modern technology with the classic style of early gas-powered motorcycles. (more…)...
07:09 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Drawing things in the nape of a sleeping otter's belly fur
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abjoYDzG8mA&feature=youtu.beOtter Wolrd (sic) has dozens of videos featuring otters doing cute ottery things, but the one embedded here shows a man drawing things in a ...
06:53 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing User interface from Tron Legacy boardroom scene recreated in HTML
https://vimeo.com/22362676You may now enjoy the Tron Legacy Encom user interface in HTML. The original, as depicted in the movie, was designed by Bradley Munkowitz; the recreation defaults to github f...
06:31 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing This guy is the world's first emoji translator
After seeing a news article, emoji expert Keith Broni of Dublin, Ireland answered a job posting by London-based language firm Today Translations searching for the world's first emoji translator. Aft...
06:30 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Manipulate a 3D model of the Rosetta Stone
The British Museum has released this nifty 3D scan of the Rosetta Stone, which includes a nice autoplaying audio summary of its significance. (more…)...
06:29 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful chart displays native speakers of world's languages
Spanish designer Alberto Lucas Lpez created this gorgeous infographic that shows the proportion of native speakers of each major language. (more…)...
06:28 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing This cabin shaped like owls would be a hoot to rent
Need a little time away to reconnect with nature? Head to France and go off the grid in this delightful wood cabin shaped like three owls. (more…)...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful embroidered moths and butterflies
Yumi Okita creates strikingly accurate and colorful moths and butterflies from thread and felt. (more…)...
05:00 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Netflix crime-doc spoof asks: 'Who drew the dicks?'
You'd be nuts not to watch the trailer for American Vandal, a mockumentary that satirizes Netflix's true crime genre.American Vandal is an 8-part true-crime series centered around a costly high scho...
05:00 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing This professor makes mini-volcanoes with real lava
Artist Bob Wysocki plays around with homemade lava to create cool experiments that mesh sculpture and geology. Here, he makes a mini shield volcano. (more…)...
05:00 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Artist secretly shares 'Meals For Thieves'
Bay Area artist Richie Rhombus has been leaving hot meals on the front seat of his unlocked mini-van and quietly hiding in the back. When a food "thief" comes around to eat the home-cooked dinner, Rho...
04:41 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Fabulous papercraft models of antique cameras
Korean artist Ji-Hee Lee makes all sorts of classic cameras as paper models, like this 1989 Rolleiflex. Here's a photo of the actual camera: (more…)...
04:21 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Relax like aristocracy in a Disney princess dress blanket
Carol Hladik was laid up on the sofa with an injury when she thought a fun blanket might help her feel better. The result was Disney princess-inspired crocheted dress blankets. (more…)...
04:00 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Astronomy rugs
I chanced across Emoh Store's gorgeous astronomy rugs while googling for the daytime-TV conspiracy science classic "Fabric of Time," and immediately ordered one. (more…)...
04:00 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the incredible facial expressions of this new audio-animatronic Abraham Lincoln
San Bernardino-based company Garner Holt Productions (GHP) took over all animatronic builds from Walt Disney Imagineering a few years back, according to The Disney Blog. Their latest figure is a sup...
03:45 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing 11-year-old boy performs 'Let it go' onstage with 'Frozen' singer Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa from Frozen, closed out her Dallas area concert on July 30th by inviting children to sit on stage. She picked out the one boy in the sea of girls and brought him up t...
03:30 am PDT - Mon, August 7, 2017
BoingBoing This panda-shaped solar farm sets a new bar for cute creativity
Panda Power Plant in Datong, China is a multiphase solar farm building panda-shaped solar arrays. (more…)...
07:11 am PDT - Sun, August 6, 2017
BoingBoing A new, dubious "smart" cryptocurrency for prostitution
"Lust" is an initial coin offering based on the Ethereum blockchain platform, designed for prostitutes and their customers to exchange money for sexual services. (more…)...
12:21 pm PDT - Sat, August 5, 2017
BoingBoing Paramotoring down to the local McDonalds
Youtuber Tucker Gott howls like a giddy child as he pilots his paramotor to McDonalds.Punctuated with delighted peals of "Yeah Buddy!" this video is full of gems. I especially enjoy Gott's observati...
08:25 am PDT - Sat, August 5, 2017
BoingBoing Walkaway is a finalist for the Dragon Awards and is #1 on Locus's hardcover bestseller list
Dragon Con's Dragon Award ballot was just published and I'm delighted to learn that my novel Walkaway is a finalist in the "Best Apocalyptic Novel" category, along with Daniel Humphreys' A Place Outsi...
08:25 am PDT - Sat, August 5, 2017
BoingBoing Watch these parents get tattoos that their kids just drew
No one ever said parenthood was easy and this video proves that point, in a really bizarre way. It feels a little bit like an episode of Jackass but with small children calling the shots.Here's the p...
08:11 am PDT - Sat, August 5, 2017
BoingBoing Toronto's insane real-estate bubble is finally bursting
Toronto's crazy-insane property prices stayed high even through the 2008 crash and its aftermath, but sales volumes of houses of all types plummeted by 40.4% for July 2017-vs-July 2016, new listings a...
01:58 pm PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing U.S. court tosses murder conviction of Blackwater guard Nicholas Slatten in massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians
A U.S. Federal appeals court today threw out the murder conviction of former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten, who had been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2007 massacre of 1...
01:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Special counsel Robert Mueller is using multiple grand juries in Russia-Trump investigation
Special counsel Robert Mueller is using at least two grand juries, one in VA and one in D.C., to investigate possible coordination between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and Russia, USA Tod...
01:23 pm PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing You can now read the financial disclosures of hundreds of Trump officials right here, online
For months, ProPublica has been gathering the disclosure forms that reveal the financial holdings and employment backgrounds of officials in the administration of President Donald Trump. (more…...
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Danny and Johnny team-up for new YouTube "Karate Kid" sequel
It will be the best around!Former teen stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will be back in Cobra Kai!, a series that picks up some time after the legendary Miagi taught Daniel to apply wax, and Jo...
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Short film about Chris Ware: "I distinctly remember being told by my teachers, if you draw women, you're colonizing them with your eyes"
Chris Ware is inarguably one of the greatest cartoonists of the last 50 years. In this short film produced by Ian Forster and Nick Ravich, Ware talks about the challenge of writing stories from the ...
01:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing FBI traced a 'fake news' disinfo attack on Election Day from Russia, CNN reports
The FBI monitored social media on Election Day 2016 to try and trace the source of a suspected Russian disinformation campaign that used "fake news," CNN reports. (more…)...
01:03 pm PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Sessions declares new Trump war on 'leakers'
Noted racist and current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sucking up to President Donald Trump this week by going on the attack against leaks on Friday. Sessions, who was too racist to get a job...
12:01 pm PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Breaking: Pharma bro Martin Shkreli guilty securities fraud
Pharma bro" Martin Shkreli was found guilty of three felony criminal charges today, including securities fraud. From Washington Post:Were delighted in many ways, Shkreli said outside the courtroom, sa...
12:01 pm PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Breaking: Pharma bro Martin Shkreli guilty of fraud
"Pharma bro" Martin Shkreli was found guilty of three felony criminal charges today, including securities fraud. From Washington Post:Were delighted in many ways, Shkreli said outside the courtroom, s...
11:43 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Lightning strikes a river
Yowza! Actually, turns out an engineering company struck the river....
11:24 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Use plastic lids and Mason jars to store food and other things
You can't use these plastic lids for canning (they don't form a tight seal and wouldn't survive the high temperature) but they do a fine job for storing food or other things in Mason jars. Amazon sell...
11:23 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: On live TV Mexico's Vicente Fox uses F-word again about Trump's wall, likens Trump to dictator
On live CNN TV this morning Mexico's former president Vicente Fox did it again he colored Trump's wall with the F-word and then had all sorts of other gem-like things to say about Trump. CNN's Alis...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing These 60s cartoon themes are stuck in my head
Scooby or Spiderman? Gah.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUtziaZlDeE...
11:06 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Fellow tries to stop train from plowing into a limousine
A stretch limousine got high-centered on a railway crossing. As luck would have it, a train was barreling down the tracks. The driver got out the car and waved his handkerchief a couple of times bef...
10:09 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Japanese chicken take-out chain offers human sweat flavored sauce
Die-hard fans of the Japanese band Kamen Joshi have a treat in store. The Tokyo-based chain of Tenka Torimasu fried chicken restaurants is offering sauce "designed to replicate the 'refreshing' sweat"...
09:56 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Comcast argues that charging customers more than the advertised price isn't false advertising
Surprise: Comcast is accused of overcharging customers. A class-action lawsuit in California alleges the telecommunications company falsely advertises its prices for services by tacking on hidden fees...
09:35 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing ICE held US citizen for 3.5 years, then dumped him in rural Alabama with no money and no explanation
A Federal Appeals courts says Davino Watson, a U.S. citizen, has no right to damages awarded to him by a lower court after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) imprisoned for over 3 years as a de...
09:21 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Geographer makes maps that reveal river networks as veins
Robert Szucs' is a Geographer and GIS Analyst who likes to "combine my work with a lifelong passion for beautiful maps." He created these stunning maps on his Etsy site with Geographic Information Sys...
09:21 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Toilet paper featuring Trump tweets
Sadly, it's already sold out, but Trump tweets toilet paper is perhaps the gift of 2017. While you're waiting for stock to replenish, you can instead wipe your arse on his face....
09:18 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Tired of being gouged, Secret Service moves out of Trump Tower and into a box on the sidewalk
Trump's Secret Service detail's command-post is no longer leasing high-priced office-space in Trump Tower; now they operate out of a portable trailer on the sidewalk somewhere nearby, having vacated a...
09:09 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to the phone call that ended Anthony Scaramucci's career
The New Yorker is running the audio of the phone call between its Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, and Anthony Scaramucci, who was the White House's brand spanking new communications director. In...
09:08 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing They'll never see this tiny camera hidden in a screw
These tiny screw cameras are about $20 on Amazon (or $15 on eBay), with versions that plug into CCTV systems, composite inputs, and USB ports. There's also the bare camera, minus the fake screwhead. [...
09:07 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing William Gibson: what we talk about, when we talk about dystopia
With pre-orders open for the graphic novel collecting William Gibson's amazing comic book Archangel, and a linked novel on the way that ties the 2016 election to the world of The Peripheral, William G...
08:52 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Marijuana company buys entire town in California to make it weed friendly
A cannabis products producer bought the town of Nipton, California (pop. 20) for $5 million, with the intention of turning into a weed "destination." From BBC:American Green wants to invest up to $2.5...
07:55 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling in 1994, talking about crypto backdoors and the future of VR
Here's a 30-minute keynote that Bruce Sterling gave in 1994 to the ICA's "Towards the Aesthetics of the Future" VR conference in London. You should watch it, if only for the insight it gives into th...
07:35 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing British place-names generated by a neural net
Dan Hom (perfecting earlier work by Tom Taylor) trained an AI on the vast corpus of British place names, then set it loose. The results are amazing, illustrative of an uncannily human humor seemingly ...
07:18 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Monsanto's lawyers forgot to ask a court to suppress damning evidence about cancer and corrupt science
Monsanto is facing over 100 lawsuits in a Federal district court in San Francisco brought by people who attribute their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to exposure to glyphosate in Monsanto's Roundup weed-kill...
06:57 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Dear Democrats: Americans elect con-artists, not war-heroes
The campaign ad for Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath's run for Congress in Kentucky is inspiring: a woman who beat all the odds and covered herself in glory, standing against the cowardly Mitch M...
06:49 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Big data private health insurance = game over
Once big data systems agglomerate enough data about you to predict whether you are likely to get sick or badly injured, insurers will be able to deny coverage (or charge so much for it that it amounts...
05:52 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Datorbox is a luxury wood-cased gaming PC
Yours for 2099, Love Hultn's limited-edition Datorbox comes in green or orange and looks like something from another age. Well-specced and tiny, you'll have the challenge of finding pretty peripherals...
05:47 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Numb chucks: weapon made from number keys
KB at the 40% Keyboards blog created nunchaku from two keyboard number rows and a dual-headed USB cord. Connected two FML macropads with a micro USB OTG cable. While the fiberglass construction of the...
05:38 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing 'Can You Talk to People Around the World on the Internet?,' asks this retro eighties music video
Youtuber "Hot Dad" has broken out his Casio keyboard, some dark wraparound shades, and is asking an important question, "Can You Talk to People Around the World on the Internet?" in this retro, cybe...
05:38 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Bob Ross Chia Pet
I'm glad to hear that the licensing department at Chia Pet headquarters is on top of giving the people what they really, really want. Case in point, they've made a Chia Pet fashioned after Joy of Pa...
05:37 am PDT - Fri, August 4, 2017
BoingBoing Hear Motorhead's edgy cover of David Bowie's 'Heroes'
According to Rolling Stone, Motrhead performed David Bowie's 'Heroes' "live only one time, in June 2015, as an encore at Germany's Aftershock festival." Fortunately for us, it was recorded. The foot...
05:26 pm PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Popehat suspended from Twitter for sharing a threat he received
This morning, Twitter covered Ken "Popehat" White's profile page in balloons to celebrate his birthday. This afternoon, it suspended his account for posting screenshots of threats he'd received from a...
05:26 pm PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Popehat suspended from Twitter for sharing a threat he received (Update: unsuspended)
This morning, Twitter covered Ken "Popehat" White's profile page in balloons to celebrate his birthday. This afternoon, it suspended his account for posting screenshots of threats he'd received from a...
04:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Puzzle: Which one will fill first?
Which squares fill first with fluid? (more…)...
01:02 pm PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Florida Congressman: Trumps border wall is metaphor for border security
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) says no one could really believe that Mexicans were going to pay for a wall" and that Trump obviously used "wall" as a metaphor for border security. And now that the matter ...
12:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Special counsel Robert Mueller impanels grand jury as Trump-Russia investigation accelerates
Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's cyberwar on America's elections and Trump's possible collusion, has impaneled a grand jury in Washington. The Wall Street...
11:52 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing A book about my favorite graphic designers, House Industries
My guest on the Cool Tools Show Podcast this week is Rich Roat, co-founder of the graphic design firm, House Industries. I've been following their work since the early 1990s and love everything they d...
11:31 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing This clip-on desk lamp is good for makers and crafters
This LED clip-on light plugs into a supplied USB charger. It has an adjustable arm and has variable color and brightness settings. It looks great for illuminating your workbench. It's on sale on Amazo...
11:15 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Don't text and walk while crossing a street in Honolulu or you could get a ticket
Honolula has become the first major US city to ban texting while walking across the street, reports Christian Britschgi for Reason. The mere act of "looking in the direction of the screen of a mobile ...
11:01 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Police recover car stolen from senior couple, then try to auction it
Mary and Clyde Antrim are a married couple from Pueblo Colorado in their 80s. Mary and Clyde were upset when their car was stolen. Mary and Clyde were happy when Colorado Springs police found their st...
10:57 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing DRM in web standards creates new barriers to accessibility
The World Wide Web Consortium is pressing ahead with its project to standardize a DRM system for the web, without taking any legal steps to protect people whose legitimate activities would be impaired...
10:35 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Circumventing machine-gun controls with a robotic glove that automates faster-than-human trigger-pulls
Since 1934, the National Firearms Act has limited ownership of "any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual r...
10:23 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing After Defcon, the FBI arrested the UK national who stopped Wannacry
Marcus Hutchins is the 23 year old security researcher behind the @MalwareTechBlog Twitter account; he's the guy who figured out that the Wannacry worm had an accidental killswitch built in and then t...
10:18 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Man sues Los Angeles for parking ticket, gets $650K
In 2015 Cody Weiss got a ticket for parking longer than the posted time limit. He says the ticket was wrongfully issued, and decided to contest the ticket. He learned that the City of LA doesn't direc...
10:02 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Starbucks now offers meat and pepper in your coffee
I'm always exhausted after ordering at Starbucks. Not only are there a million different ways to make a coffee over there, but you need to know all of their code words to get the exact coffee you want...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Meat industry runoff has created a massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico
Over 8,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico has been turned into a dead zone, thanks to manure and chemical runoff from massive meat processing factories spilling into the Mississippi River delta. (...
09:56 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Trump begs Mexico president: 'I have to have Mexico pay for the wall I have to'
"But the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall I have to. -- Trump to Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto on a January 27, 2017 phone ...
09:42 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Optical illusion or ghost dog?
Rest in peace, Kosmo. (more…)...
09:40 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Hysterically twisted Twitter exchange between authors Chuck Wendig and Sam Sykes
A friend of mine on Facebook posted a link to this wonderfully twisted and funny Twitter exchange between the brilliant Chuck Wendig (author of Zer0es, the Star Wars Aftermath trilogy, and one of my a...
09:36 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Bic Cristal Xtra Bold is the best cheap pen
I've always hated Bic's cheap Cristal ballpoint pens as much as I've wanted to love them. An iconic example of 20th-century design genius, they are unreliable, ubiquitous, and produce a nasty debossed...
09:29 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Purple paisley bell bottom pants
I needed a pair of purple paisley bell bottom pants. Everyone does!Needed.These fit pretty true to size.Mens Run & Fly 60s 70s Vintage Grape Paisely Corduroy Retro Bell Bottom Flares via Amazon...
09:20 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian shares his favorite post with Jimmy Kimmel
Papa-to-be and Serena Williams' sweetie Alexis Ohanian shared his favorite post from Reddit, the site he co-founded, on Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live.Nope, it's not the one that shows the dog th...
09:13 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing House Without Windows: a harrowing online graphic novel about the lives of children in the Central African Republic
My friend and fellow cartoonist Matt Wuerker pointed me to this incredible graphic novel that was just published online. House Without Windows, by cartoonist Didier Kassai and photojournalist Marc El...
09:07 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Introducing The After On Podcast - interviews with thinkers, founders, and scientists
Writing science fiction can get you amazing access to thinkers, founders, and scientists whose work touches on the stories you tell. Its one of the great things about my job. Sure, writing cover stori...
08:59 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Download 306,000,000 cracked passwords and make sure you're not using one of them
Troy Hunt, proprietor of the Have I Been Pwned? service, has made 306,000,000 known-cracked passwords available as a download -- you can grab the set and make sure that yours isn't among them, as thes...
08:47 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Global Wannacry payout: $140,000 -- a superweapon in the hands of dum-dums
The Wannacry worm burned through the world's unpatched IT systems, hitting more than 80 countries in 24 hours, taking down hospitals, airlines, banks and logistics companies, until a hidden killswitch...
08:35 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Slashing taxes for the rich won't help America, and Trump probably can't do that anyway
Joseph Stiglitz, winner of a Nobel prize in economics, describes the foolishness of enacting further tax cuts for the wealthy in America, and the structural impediments that stand in the way of Trump'...
08:27 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Filmmakers braved brutal arctic conditions to make this stunning film
Ghosts of the Arctic is a collaboration by Untitled Film World that captures some remarkably intimate images of wildlife in the coldest and most remote corners of the world. (more…)...
08:26 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing 1966 space documentary shows earliest attempts to eat in zero gravity
In 1962, the Mercury program sought to find out if humans could eat in space. This interesting 1966 film captures some of the early trial and error. (more…)...
08:26 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Fencing with picket fences
As I was watching this video by Youtubers Mike and Alex of This is Mystical, I kept thinking to myself, "Why has this never been done before?"It seems like fencing with literal fences should be a th...
08:26 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Janis Joplin and Tom Jones shake it to 'Raise Your Hand' in 1969
Watching this video of Janis Joplin and Tom Jones singing "Raise Your Hand" and dancing together on stage makes me so incredibly happy. What a joy to see them both doing their thing... together. Gro...
08:22 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Java ported to Commodore 64
Back to the Future Java is a Java Virtual Machine planed down until it fits on 8-bit computers (i.e. the Commodore 64). It's based on a port of Java made for Lego Mindstorms, lacks a few key feature...
07:53 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Quackspeak ascendant: China's subject-changing astroturfers rule the Chinese internet
The "50-cent army" is an insanely prolific cadre of government workers whose extra duty is to post hundreds of millions of messages to social media, flooding all available channels with feel-good mess...
07:07 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Mozilla Send: a single-serving website that lets you send a file to someone
Mozilla's send.firefox.com lets you send an encrypted file privately to anyone else, providing an automatically-expiring link.Jacob Kastrenakes:It supports files up to 1GB, and after uploading somethi...
06:52 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing World getting better all the time
However sad things are at home, the trend worldwide is looking good. [via] Then consider this; and this:https://www.vidio.com/watch/68705-the-beatles-getting-better-lyrics...
06:16 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Artist creates an animation a day for a month in this charming compilation
It's always a great creative exercise to stick to a daily goal for a set period of time, as Gregory Darroll shows in A Month Of Motion, a collection of short animations he did once daily in June. (...
06:16 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Relaxing video of a high-end luxury car wood shop
The good folks at YouCar took a tour of a wood shop that makes dashboard panels for Bentleys, and it's a real pleasure to watch such fine work being produced. (more…)...
06:15 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Country singer covers honky-tonk version of 'Baby Got Back' for Sir Mix-a-Lot himself
Four-time Grammy-nominated country singer Joe Nichols has been covering Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" in concert for years now. He recently decided to put his honky-tonk version of the 25-year old...
06:15 am PDT - Thu, August 3, 2017
BoingBoing Millennials have discovered antennas will give them free TV channels
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that millennials have learned how to get free TV with a simple antenna, for a one-time cost of about $20. Us old-schoolers have known of this ancient wisdom since,...
06:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing If you only read one Amicus Brief this year...
You only need to read the Table of Contents to know the ACLU of West Virginia's Amicus Brief on the case where coal company CEO Robert Murray, of Murray Energy, is suing John Oliver for defamation is ...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Sam Clovis, Trump's pick for USDA chief scientist, called progressives 'race traders' and 'race traitors' online
President Donald Trump's nominee to be the Department of Agriculture's chief scientist, Sam Clovis, wrote a personal blog for years on which he accused progressives of "enslaving" minorities, describe...
02:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Real life doodle: 'Do not touch!'
A real life doodle by LOLNEIN. (more…)...
02:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Family bought a Warhol Brillo Box for $1000, traded it, then learned it sold for $3 million
On Sunday I saw the screening of Brillo Box (3 Off) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The 40-minute documentary was written/directed by Lisanne Skyler and will air on HBO on August 7th. The f...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Lost Heroes and Miniature Histories of L.A.
This week on HOME: Stories From L.A., a member of the Boing Boing Podcast Network:"The best historians in L.A. are storytellers. They're gangsters in east L.A., they're ex-cons, they're guys who worke...
01:52 pm PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Putins love slave, White House rocked by sex scandal, and what Sharknado 5 star Cassie Scarbo carries in her purse, in this weeks tabloids
Vladimir Putins "American love slave tells all, President Trump can foil Muellers dark mission," and sex romps rock White House, in this weeks fact-challenged tabloids.Politics has always been show-b...
01:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Russia declares trade war on U.S. after Trump reluctantly signs new sanctions bill into law
Welp. This doesn't sound good, from what appears to be an official Russian state Twitter account. (more…)...
12:25 pm PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Trump issues babble after signing Russia sanctions into law
In yet another display of zero competence or situational awareness, President Trump issued new unhinged commentary in his "Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the 'Countering Americas Ad...
12:04 pm PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Magnificent book about pioneering musicologist/photographer/designer Charles Duvelle
Decades before the term "world music" became common parlance, Charles Duvelle was traveling the globe recording the sounds and sights of indigenous people around the world. The material that Duvelle c...
11:32 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Those brain-training apps have no effect cognitive function
Researchers at University of Pennsylvania tested a commercial brain-training program called Lumosity, and found it had "no effect on decision-making" and "no effect on cognitive function beyond prac...
11:32 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Those brain-training apps have no effect on cognitive function
Researchers at University of Pennsylvania tested a commercial brain-training program called Lumosity, and found it had "no effect on decision-making" and "no effect on cognitive function beyond prac...
11:21 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing 'Game of Thrones' fans abandoning huskies at an alarming rate
Siberian Husky, and Alaskan Malamute rescues are overflowing with dogs named Nymeria and Ghost. Thanks, Games of Thrones!Siberian huskies, the strong, wolf-like dogs originally bred for sled-pulling i...
11:08 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Salmon oil for my dog's coat
My dog Zuul, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has a frizzy coat. I've been feeding her salmon oil to help make it more manageable. (more…)...
10:56 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Set of 3 mesh kitchen strainers for under $7
Amazon has a good deal on this set of fine mesh steel strainers today - $6.79 for three in different sizes. I bought them to replace the one we have that has a tear in the mesh and pokes my finger....
10:50 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Medical expert says you've been taking antibiotics the wrong way
Whenever I am prescribed antibiotics, I faithfully take all the pills. I've always been told that's the way to prevent antibiotic resistance. Brad Spellberg, the chief medical officer for the Los Ange...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Memoir of a pre-teen helping a man become Playgirl's Playmate of the Year
There have been many scenarios post the fall of the second temple for a young Jewish boy to try and get out of studying for his Bar Mitzvah, but in his debut book, my friend Lou Cove tells a story tha...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Story of the man who became Playgirl's Playmate of the Year 1979
There have been many scenarios post the fall of the second temple for a young Jewish boy to try and get out of studying for his Bar Mitzvah, but in his debut book, my friend Lou Cove tells a story tha...
10:34 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath is running for congress in Kentucky
A moving campaign ad. I hope we see Lt. Colonel McGrath in congress!...
10:17 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Caltech astrophysics professor who harassed women has resigned
Christian D. Ott, a tenured professor of theoretical astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology, has resigned in the wake of an investigation that found he had harassed two students.From B...
10:13 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Guys at work have been feeding this huge spider for a year
Some guys at work have been feeding a huge spider that has been living inside a piece of web-covered equipment for a year. They shot this video, which reminds me a horror movie....
09:45 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Homophobia: Bulleit family, makers of popular bourbon, denounced by one of their own
Hollis Bulleit publicly accused her own family, makers of a popular brand of bourbon whiskey, of homophobia. (more…)...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Bulleit family, of bourbon whiskey fame, denounced by daughter
Hollis Bulleit publicly accused her own family, makers of a popular brand of bourbon whiskey, of homophobia. (more…)...
09:30 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Trump says Boy Scout leader called him about his greatest speech. Boy Scouts say there was no call
Trump gave a weirdly inappropriate, politically-laden speech to tens of thousands of Boy Scouts last week. Afterwards, the Head of the Boy Scouts gave a public apology, saying, "We sincerely regret th...
09:30 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Trump says Boy Scout leader called him about his 'greatest speech.' Boy Scouts say there was no call
Trump gave a weirdly inappropriate, politically-laden speech to tens of thousands of Boy Scouts last week. Afterwards, the Head of the Boy Scouts gave a public apology, saying, "We sincerely regret th...
09:16 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Bizarre "news" show launched by Trump is hosted by daughter-in-law Lara
To combat what Trump perceives as "fake news" in the mainstream media, he's launched his own propaganda, er, I mean "news" show on his Facebook page. Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law who is married t...
09:16 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Bizarre 'news' show launched by Trump is hosted by daughter-in-law Lara
To combat what Trump perceives as "fake news" in the mainstream media, he's launched his own propaganda, er, I mean "news" show on his Facebook page. Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law who is married t...
09:10 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Jesus turns his head to watch you on this gravestone
The hollow-face illusion is put to good effect here.From Wikipedia:The Hollow-Face illusion (also known as Hollow-Mask illusion) is an optical illusion in which the perception of a concave mask of a f...
09:02 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Liquid glitter-filled iPhone cases recalled because of chemical burns
MixBin Electronics is recalling approximately 275,000 iPhone cases of various styles that all contain glitter suspended in liquid. According to the company, "The cases are being recalled due to the ri...
08:59 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Jimmy DiResta make a leather camera holder
In Jimmy Diresta latest video, he makes a case for his camera from a piece of leather. He molds the leather around a wooden form, uses a special kind of fork to make the stitching holes, adds a snap...
08:49 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Make: a small-apartment-sized storage table from Ikea magazine boxes
Jules Yap takes to Ikeahackers to describe how you can use four Knuff magazine boxes to form a storage-top for a small-apartment-sized coffee table, using an Ikea stool for your base. (more…)...
08:49 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Patti Smith's tribute to her friend Sam Shepard
In the New Yorker, Patti Smith wrote a lovely tribute to her friend, Sam Shepard, experimental theater pioneer, actor, and Pulitzer-winning playwright who died on Thursday. The two artists became clos...
08:44 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing A walking volcanic poop-bot
Omorobo's Dorodorobos are robots that "sprinkle mud from their heads, face them all around, and dirty them." (via JWZ)...
08:39 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Americans perceive overweight Asian people as "less foreign" than skinny Asians
In Unexpected Gains: Being Overweight Buffers Asian Americans From Prejudice Against Foreigners (Sci-Hub mirror), a paper published in Psychological Science, a group of social scientists from UK and U...
08:39 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Americans perceive overweight Asian people as 'less foreign' than skinny Asians
In Unexpected Gains: Being Overweight Buffers Asian Americans From Prejudice Against Foreigners (Sci-Hub mirror), a paper published in Psychological Science, a group of social scientists from UK and U...
08:39 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing NASA seeks "Planetary Protection Officer"
NASA has a rare job opening for a new "Planetary Protection Office." Responsibilities do not include defending Earth from an impending alien invasion. From the job listing:Planetary protection is conc...
08:39 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing NASA seeks 'Planetary Protection Officer'
NASA has a rare job opening for a new "Planetary Protection Office." Responsibilities do not include defending Earth from an impending alien invasion. (more…)...
08:23 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Norwegian Islamophobes mistake bus-seat-covers for burkhas, go bonkers
Members of the Norwegian Facebook group "Fedrelandet viktigst" ("Fatherland first") mistook a photo of an empty bus whose seats had been draped with black covers for a bus full of women in burkhas and...
08:23 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Is this artwork, winner of a drawing prize, even a drawing at all?
Wellington, New Zealand artist Kirsty Lillico won the annual $20,000 Parkin Drawing Prize for her piece seen here, titled "State Block." The work consists of a carpet scrap hanging over a string. "Fir...
08:22 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Assistant police chief unrepentant after posting racist cartoon, but will lose job
Wayne Welsh, assistant police chief in Estherwood, La., posted a cartoon to social media depicting a mother holding a young girl under water with the caption "When your daughters(sic) first crush is a...
08:18 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Reidentification attack reveals German judge's porn-browsing habits
In their Defcon 25 presentation, "Dark Data", journalist Svea Eckert and data scientist Andreas Dewes described how easy it was to get a massive trove of "anonymized" browsing habits (collected by bro...
08:02 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Desperate Nissan goes on an all-out dirty anti-union blitz in Mississippi
The workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi are attempting to organize under the United Auto Workers, but Nissan is fighting the "nastiest anti-union campaign" in modern history, breaking t...
08:01 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Armed with leaked transcript, Politico exposes all of Wall Street Journal's chummy interview with Trump
It seems someone at the Wall Street Journal wasn't happy with how its interview with President Trump came out, because the raw transcript—revealing plenty of "meat left on the proverbial carcass...
07:27 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Man cuts his PC cables to a perfectly satisfying length
I've built several computers in my life and the interior results are invariably a tangled nest of cabling left for years unseen, opened only for rare upgrades that expose the forlorn insect civiliza...
07:23 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing RIP, Bassel Khartabil, Syrian free culture activist executed by the Assad regime
Syrian Creative Commons lead Bassel Khartabil disappeared in 2012, snatched off the Damascus streets by Syrian authorities; in 2015, he was secretly executed by the Assad regime, a fact that has only ...
07:14 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Uptight Ottawa Catholics outraged that Archbishop allowed giant robot spider on cathedral roof
Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast has apologised to local parishioners who took offense at the brief presence of a giant robotic spider on the cathedral roof, placed there by the La Machine theat...
07:06 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Twelve Americans were enslaved in Africa after an 1815 shipwreck
In 1815 an American ship ran aground in northwestern Africa, and its crew were enslaved by merciless nomads. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the desperate efforts of...
07:00 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing UK Home Secretary evolves the self-serving crypto-denialism argument with exciting new bullshit
UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has demanded that online services stop using working cryptography in their products, and instead leave all your communications vulnerable to interception by criminals, gov...
06:57 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Just a headless robot scooping up free ice cream in San Francisco
First they came for the drumming jobs, now the robots are honing in on our ice cream serving gigs, as evidenced by this video by MrEricSir.Outside of Bi-Rite Creamery on Sunday, a mysterious headles...
06:00 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing New DNA sunscreen becomes more effective the longer you stay in the sun
If you worry as much as I do about getting sun-damaged skin, this will be welcome news.Biomedical engineering researchers at New York's Binghamton University have a developed a new sunscreen, a think ...
05:41 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing This interactive bootcamp will give you a solid intro to web development
Web technology has matured considerably in the last decade, and developers are continually in demand. If you're looking to add some skills to your resume, or are just interested in exploring the possi...
05:28 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing Songs mangled by Google Translate, as sung by Idris Elba and Jimmy Fallon
On the Tonight Show, actor Idris Elba and host Jimmy Fallon took turns singing songs karaoke-style with lyrics humorously mangled by Google Translate. To start, Elba belted out Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby...
05:16 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing These computer-generated rocks look incredibly real
Digital artist Rens de Boer traveled to the island of Fuerteventura a couple times this year and took photos of rocks to "test equipment, workflows and develop new content."Samantha Cole of Motherbo...
05:00 am PDT - Wed, August 2, 2017
BoingBoing How to make this lovely color-shifting crystal lamp
Hitting the base of a large piece of inexpensive crystal with some LED lights gives a remarkable and lovely effect in this howto video by DIYPerks. (more…)...
03:44 pm PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Just a tiny hedgehog sitting on a piece of bread
This tiny little hedgehog appears to be sitting on a piece of bread. (more…)...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing When you're a cat and you hear the can opener sound
When cats hear the sound of an opening can, something magical happens. (more…)...
03:18 pm PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's proposed transgender ban slammed by 56 retired U.S. military officers in open letter
Fifty-six retired U.S. generals, admirals and other senior officers today voiced opposition to President Donald Trump's proposed ban on transgender military service. Trump attempted to justify his big...
02:52 pm PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing New FBI director is Chris Christie's Bridgegate lawyer and has Christie's infamous cellphone
After firing James Comey for the crime of "showboating," Trump chose Christopher Wray to be the new FBI director. A Senate committee approved the nomination. This is the lawyer who collected over $600...
02:45 pm PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's FBI pick Wray is confirmed by Senate to replace Comey, who was fired by Trump
Former Justice Department lawyer Christopher Wray was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the FBI, about three months after its previous director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump. (mor...
02:16 pm PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Does the world need a wireless water bottle with a game to remind kids to drink?
A wireless water bottle/virtual pet with a built-in display.Is this a real product or a teaser for one of Jing-Yang's inventions in Season 5 of Silicon Valley?...
12:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing The life and tragic death of "Jeremy" from the classic Pearl Jam video
In 1992, Pearl Jam released director Mark Pellington's fantastically dark video above for the song "Jeremy." (Pellington was also the creator of MTV's incredible avant-garde documentary video series...
11:52 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Scooch Mooch Part 2: Harvard Law School lists Scaramucci as dead in their alumnni directory
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went from losing his job to losing his life yesterday, although lucky for him the latter was just a mistake. Harvard Law School, where Sca...
11:50 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Be very careful about using eclipse glasses to stare at the sun
A lot of websites including Amazon and eBay are selling dark lensed glasses designed to directly observe the solar eclipse that will pass over parts of the US on August 21. But make sure you are getti...
11:45 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing The Strange Bird - an excerpt from Jeff VanderMeer's new Borne story
The StormHeaded ever southeast across the vast desert, the Strange Bird thought the world below looked so very old and so very worn, and only when she climbed to the right altitude could she pretend t...
11:33 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Alabama inmates use peanut butter trick to escape prison
A dozen prisoners at Jasper, Alabama's Walker County Jail escaped on Sunday and one is still at large. One of them used peanut butter to change the number above his cell door and then called for the g...
11:25 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Norwegian Islamophobes confuse empty bus seats with women in burkas
Members of a far-right Norwegian Facebook group confused a photo of empty seats on a bus for women in burkas. From TheNewArab:Responses included how "frightening", "tragic" and "scary" the scene was, ...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing 14 self-portraits by Picasso from ages 15 to 90
Picasso never fell into a rut. His changing style reflected his never ending quest to explore and push boundaries. Josh Jones of Open Culture looks at the way Picasso painted himself from ages 15 to 9...
10:48 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Autographed photo of Einstein sticking out his tongue sells for big bucks
This photo of Albert Einstein has been an old favorite of geeks-of-all-stripes for years. I remember my much older brother Mark, a scientist and surgeon, had a huge poster of it on his wall in college...
10:42 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Catastrophic Lego engine failure
Lego makes cute little engine blocks with cylinders and pistons and crankshafts. You can operate them with a small DC motor, but what happens when you attach them to a motor that can spin them much ...
10:34 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing The Coffer Illusion - how many circles do you see?
Relatively interesting has three good optical illusions in this post. My favorite is the Coffer Illusion, which was a Top 10 finalist in the 2006 Best Illusion of the Year Contest, but is new to me. D...
10:32 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Two young women stuck in middle of waterslide get slammed by a torpedoing slider
As a nervous slider myself, I really empathize with the two timid women who are having trouble moving down the slide, which is at a waterpark in Mexico. And then along comes a human torpedo. Ouch!...
10:26 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Film crew scores cocaine in Guatemala City
Fusion's film crew decided to buy cocaine in the streets of Guatemala City. Wearing a hidden camera, a guy starts asking for a gram of coke. First, he drives up to a prostitute, who tells him to look ...
10:23 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this real life clown car empty out after an accident
The Honda Civic is roomier than one would expect....
10:22 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing 12-in-1 Stanley Multitool for $11
I bought a couple of these Stanley Multi Tools last year. They are cheap, but really solid. I gave one to a friend and keep the other in my desk drawer for quick repairs....
10:10 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing "I'll keep doing that until I run out of batteries" Tennessee sheriff's deputies torture teenager with stun gun
The above video is hard to watch. It shows a group of Cheatham County, TN Sheriff's Deputies restraining a teenager in a chair and shocking him repeatedly with a stun gun.The teenager has filed an e...
09:58 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing A dozen inmates use a peanut butter trick to escape from jail
Some krafty inmates at Walker County Jail in Jasper, Alabama came up with a clever trick that got them out of jail. They "painted" a number with peanut butter over an outside door, making it look like...
09:10 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Federal lawsuit links White House, wealthy Trump donor to discredited Fox News story
A longtime Fox News contributor, Rod Wheeler, has filed a lawsuit against Fox News for manufacturing quotes attributed to him in a now-discredited Fox News story about a conspiracy to murder Seth Rich...
08:57 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Public-domain Arabic pixel font
Alex Clay created "Arabic Pixel," which is to his knowledge the world's first public domain (CC0) Arabic font....
08:49 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Profile of Lexi Alexander: director, martial arts champ, and the first (only) woman to direct a Marvel movie
Lexi Alexander is the German-Palestinian world kickboxing champ who moved to the US when Chuck Norris helped her get a Green Card; after helping the US Army develop its unarmed combat training program...
08:33 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing London house-purchase volume falls off a cliff
In May 2014, 259 Islington homes changed hands; in May 2016, 139 houses were sold in the Borough: this May, it was 89. (more…)...
08:13 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Jury to rule on whether the CIA's torture architects will stand trial for killing and maiming
Psychologist James Mitchell is the self-described "architect" of the CIA's torture program (a consulting gig that netted him a cool $80m at taxpayer expense), along with his partner John "Bruce" Jesse...
07:54 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing An Arizona Senator's trumpgrets
Writing in Politico, Jeff Flake -- the junior Republican Senator for Arizona -- writes that the Republican Party is "in denial" about the extent to which trumpism (and its precursor, which he says is ...
07:23 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon's "fish antibiotics" are a way for uninsured people to buy medicine without paying for doctor's visits
Amazon has a ton of listings for "fish antibiotics" whose reviews reveal that the people who buy them are self-medicating because they can't afford a doctor's visit because they are uninsured or can't...
06:13 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Dataviz ducks: when designers put style ahead of substance
Calling Bullshit (previously) has released a wonderful lecture series on the epidemic of misinformation in today's media landscape. This lecture looks at dataviz ducks, the craptacular USA Today-sty...
06:11 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Short film asks "Where Do Ideas Come From?"
David Lynch, Chuck Close, Susan Orlean, and a sampling of others describe the mysteries of inspiration that generate their ideas in this short but sweet film by Andrew Norton. (more…)...
06:11 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Suspenseful short film about witnessing someone pushed onto subway tracks
The Push is a short, taut psychological horror film about how a woman's life unravels after she witnesses a stranger get pushed off a subway platform onto the tracks. (more…)...
05:40 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing This PC bundle features some top-rated apps to make you more productive
Even if you only use your PC for web browsing, media playback, or light document creation, default software can sometimes come up short. To give your Windows PC a bit of a boost, we've compiled a vari...
04:39 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Footage reportedly shows more Baltimore cops planting evidence
Baltimore's public defenders say they've got more video of local cops planting evidence, and it's already led to more criminal charges being dropped.The new footage, as yet unreleased to the public, i...
04:04 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Corn silo collapse gets hotter than expected
I tried to make a "flamethrower" with a bag of flour and a hairdryer when I was a kid. It wasn't very reliable, but it got the job done.July 31, 2017 at approximately 1:00 pm. Switz City, Indiana. W...
03:50 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing The best driver in Los Angeles
You just don't see skill and expertise like this in Pittsburgh.Just another day in LAIt happen around 7:47am Was on my way to work and stopped by to get a donut & a monster to start my morning then ...
02:23 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Sign this petition to replace Confederate memorial with manatee memorial
Manatee County, Florida has a Confederate monument, but a local resident hopes to get it replaced with a memorial to Snooty the Manatee, a legendary manatee who recently died in an accident just after...
02:22 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Obsolete technology LEGO kits
Chris McVeigh of Halifax, Nova Scotia builds all kinds of cool things with LEGO. Recently, he's been creating kits that showcase obsolete office technology. This particular kit, which he calls "My Old...
02:22 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing This rare 1950s typewriter hammers out musical notations, not letters and numbers
Here's something you don't see every day: a typewriter that hammers out musical notations. Made for use with music staff paper, the Keaton Music Typewriter was first patented in 1936 by San Francisc...
02:21 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing Former undocumented migrant creates intimate portraits in migrants' homes
Nacho Guevara came to America without documentation, and since he got his green card, he has been using his photography skills to humanize fellow migrants in their homes. (more…)...
02:17 am PDT - Tue, August 1, 2017
BoingBoing In the Writers' Room, Creating a Scaramucci
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and much more...
05:11 pm PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Cool things worth checking out: Kooba/Menu reader/Workshop tip
Once a week, Kevin Kelly, Claudia Dawson, and I send out a weekly newsletter that gives you 6 brief personal recommendations of cool stuff. We have 11,821 subscribers. Here's issue #54. Get the Recome...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Nominative Determinism
Nominative determinism: "the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names."Exhibit A.Police are confident that 59-year-old John Burns has a connection to at leas...
02:18 pm PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Outback Steakhouse is a chain of Satan
Is Outback Steakhouse the devil's restaurant? Several twitter users mapped the location of Outbacks around some major cities to the shape of a pentacle or pentagram. Are the restaurant's flame broiled...
02:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Adam Savage meets makers of cool costumes for kids in wheelchairs
Magic Wheelchair is an organization that teams up with makers to build costumes for kids in wheelchairs. In this video, Adam Savage met with them to check out some cool Justice League-themed costume...
01:51 pm PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Odd video about egg yolk massages, pine needle baths, and strawberries for skin care
"This is not cookery as the egg breaking implies, but massage." Scenes from Madam Frieda Moroz's Natural Beauty and Health Salon, circa 1962. (via Weird Universe)...
01:43 pm PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Daniel Handler: "Want Teenage Boys to Read? Give Them Books About Sex."
Teenage girls read far more than teenage boys. Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket series and other fantastic tales, has a suggestion on how to increase teen boys' interest in books: more sex...
01:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Danger looms at California's Oroville Dam
Last winter's epic rainfall brought the Oroville Dam, the country's tallest embankment dam and a crucial reservoir in California's beleaguered water supply system, near an epic collapse. Tens of thous...
01:28 pm PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Please Destroy My Enemies
I love Michael Sweater's collection of 60 darlingly ironic and awful comics.It feels like each comic perfectly captures the frustration and fultility of today.Please Destroy My Enemies by Michael Swea...
11:50 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Scooch, Mooch! Trump removes Scaramucci from communications director job
Kelly says no more dicksucking jokes. The Mooch is out.From the NY Times:The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci, who had boasted about reporting directly to the president not the chief of staff, John F...
11:44 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty
Joe Arpaio, the notoriously brutal and racist former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, was found guilty of criminal contempt, report correspondents from the courthouse in Phoenix. He'll be sentence...
11:31 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Gentleman eats 203 Chips Ahoy cookies in 27 minutes
Trencherman Matt Stonie was able to drink one gallon of milk and eat 203 Chips Ahoy cookies in 27 minutes, 33 seconds. That's 12,800 calories. He was a little worried that he wouldn't be able to do ...
11:17 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Nuclear energy is the safest major energy source, says University of Oxford group
When measured by power output, nuclear energy is the safest major energy source, according to Our World in Data, an online publication produced at the University of Oxford.Discussions with regards to ...
11:03 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Replace your AC outlets with this dual USB charger
This AC outlet has two built-in USB charging ports. I have found it to be useful not only for phone charging, but for keeping bluetooth speakers charged, too. One reviewer said it will charge two iPad...
10:40 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Ofsteve acquires The Atlantic
Two related tweets from Joey DeVilla....
10:19 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing I bought and clock for a quarter and 3D printed new hands for it
I bought this wall clock at a garage sale on Saturday for 25 cents. The aluminum clock hands were bent and damaged beyond repair, but I figured I could 3D print some replacements. The clock was a sing...
10:19 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing I bought a clock for a quarter and 3D printed new hands for it
I bought this wall clock at a garage sale on Saturday for 25 cents. The aluminum clock hands were bent and damaged beyond repair, but I figured I could 3D print some replacements. The clock was a sing...
09:57 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Days before elections, the official in charge of Kenya's voting machines has been tortured and murdered
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6DlkMBKVVsChris Msando is the Kenyan electoral commission IT manager who oversaw the country's computerized voting systems; now, just days before a hotly contested e...
09:22 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Headbadges: the lost, gorgeous bicycle hood ornaments of yesteryear
Collectors Weekly's feature on "headbages" tells the story of the 1000+ badge collection of bike-mechanic-turned-evolutionary-biologist Jeffrey Conner, who published a book on the subject, featuring a...
09:05 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Security researchers repeatedly warned Kids Pass about bad security, only to be ignored and blocked
Kids Pass is a service that offers discounts on family activities in the UK; their website makes several common -- and serious -- security problems that could allow hackers to capture their users' pas...
08:44 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing John Oliver reveals Alex Jones's woo-empire of overpriced, terror-fuelled quack remedies
Alex Jones is the self-described "performance artist" whose four-hour-per-day show mixes odious conspiracy theories (like the idea that Sandy Hook was a hoax and the grieving parents are paid actors...
08:33 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the primitive technology guy make a pair of attractive sandals
The fellow in Australia, who makes tools and shelters from his bare hands and natural materials, is back with a new video. This time, he weaves a pair of sandals for his cracked feet.I made a pair of ...
08:18 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Read tons and tons amazing Golden/Silver age comic books for free
The Comic Book Plus site has an unbelievable trove of over 33,000 Golden Age and Silver Age comics books, scanned and ready to be read in full. Once you get drawn into it, it's like you're a kid sitt...
08:18 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Read tons and tons of amazing Golden/Silver age comic books for free
The Comic Book Plus site has an unbelievable trove of over 33,000 Golden Age and Silver Age comics books, scanned and ready to be read in full. Once you get drawn into it, it's like you're a kid sitt...
08:18 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Reader reviews for animal medication tell a grim story about human healthcare in America
If you want an idea how desperately bad the U.S. healthcare system is for those unable to afford it, the reader reviews on Moxifish—aquarium antibiotics—make for grim reading. Worked in tw...
08:14 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Buy the book "How I Made $290,000 Selling Books," only $290,000 on Amazon
Jack Stratton, the leader of the band Vulfpeck has offered a book on Amazon, "How I Made $290,000 Selling Books." It was much funnier when the page first went up and Amazon provided an order link to ...
07:58 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing The first traveling library
Said to be the first example of a portable, miniaturized selection of books, this 17th-century traveling library toured England and was reportedly commissioned by William Hakewill, MP., who liked it s...
07:39 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing A list of the most deadly calorie bombs for sale at America's chain restaurants
Dave and Buster's will sell you a 1,970 calorie appetizer (the "Carnivore Pizzadilla"); Texas Roadhouse adds marshmallows and caramel sauce to the sweet potato in its "16-oz. Prime Rib with Loaded Swe...
07:31 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Insights from statistical analysis of great (and not-great) literature
Ben Blatt's Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing takes advantage of the fact that so much literature has been digitized, allow...
07:21 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Man steals chicken and biscuits, say police
A Bronx restaurant has one less chicken today, according to reports from ABC News in New York, with the pollo purloiner also making off with a tray of biscuits.Employees are reportedly "crying foul....
07:14 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Cat adopts orphaned hedgehogs
The story varies depending on the source—momma being killed by a trap, run over by a car, lawnmowered, etc—but in all cases the result is this video of a pile of baby hedgehogs suckling ...
07:14 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing What not to do when you're anonymous, if you want to stay that way
If you're using an anonymity tool -- Tor or something like it -- to be anonymous on the internet, it's really easy to screw it up and do something that would allow an adversary of varying degrees of p...
07:06 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Carlos from Night Vale has a new podcast where he talks with his trolls
Conversations with People Who Hate Me is a new podcast from the Welcome to Night Vale folks in which Dylan Marron, who voices Carlos the Scientist on Night Vale, tracks down the people who troll him o...
06:59 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Counting cuts in 'There Will Be Blood' yields interesting insights
Cinemetrics is an emerging field of media studies, and NerdWriter deftly applies cinemetrics to There Will Be Blood to mine it for insights. (more…)...
06:59 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Watch an astonishing demonstration of face-mapping art
INORI (Prayer) is a proof of concept inspired by a call for artists and technologists to collaborate on works that push boundaries. (more…)...
06:58 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Grandpas smoke weed for the first time
For one reason or another, these three elderly gentleman had never tried cannabis, until now. Watch as "grandpas" Robert, Marvin, and Graham smoke some sweet bud for the very first time. Graham abou...
06:58 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Zoom in and zone out on this Mandelbrot set
Set this Mandelbrot zoom video to full screen and prepare to zone out on deep fractals for the next five+ minutes. It has 750 million iterations and its creator Fractal universe claims that's a new ...
06:42 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing These photo awards finalists will make you want to go exploring outside
EyeEm announce the finalists for their 2017 awards, and among the many standouts, the Outdoors category is especially impressive and competitive. (more…)...
06:41 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing This algorithmic generative art explores the visual beauty of math
Romanian artist HyperGlu creates programs and algorithms that generate fascinating images and animations with a geometric and mathematical beauty. (more…)...
06:41 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Pop culture detritus illustrated as abandoned, overgrown ruins
What would some of the most iconic items of recent pop culture look like if they were real, enormous, and left to rot away? Filip Hodas explores the possibilities in his cool illustrations. (more&hell...
06:40 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Photographer upconverted this lightning photo to 5.45 gigapixels
In 2016, Dan Piech photographed an amazing lightning bolt over New York City. The shot was so popular that he spent hundreds of hours upconverting it to a massive 5.45 gigapixel file that can be print...
06:36 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast covers Game of Thrones S7E3, "The Queen's Justice"
Listen: Boars, Gore, and Swords for Episode 3, "The Queen's Justice."The new season of Game of Thrones has come ashore, and Boars, Gore, and Swords is ready to count the many fleets burned in their re...
06:36 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Guitarist and his unbalanced washing machine churn out hits
Aaron Attaboy McAvoy and his unbalanced washing machine "Ken E More" had a big hit earlier this year with a rousing cover of Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down To Georgia." Now the duo is back wit...
06:35 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing Ferris wheel karaoke now exists
Starting on August 1, select visitors riding Tokyo Dome City's Big-O Ferris wheel will be able to sing their hearts out as they swing (rock?) high above Tokyo. The Japanese entertainment complex has a...
06:34 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing The brilliant idea behind these anti-Elvis buttons
By the late 1950s, Elvis Presley merchandise was selling like hotcakes, but not everyone was buying. So, Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had an idea to free everyone of their money by selling b...
06:34 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing An '80s music mashup parody by the Sesame Street gang
In classic Sesame Street parody style, the puppets take on 1980s pop music in this mashup music video. As they've been known to do, the Street's Glee Club once again amusingly switch up lyrics to fi...
05:51 am PDT - Mon, July 31, 2017
BoingBoing These DIY projects are great for curious minds of all ages
Many people find it easiest to learn things by doing them. If youre looking to give a doer in your life an interesting, hands-on project, check out these tech-focused DIY kits:DIY AT-AT Cable Organize...