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06:13 pm PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing A "deeply troubled" Netflix cancels House of Cards after Kevin Spacey revelation
After six seasons House of Cards is history.From a Netflix statement issued this afternoon:"Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night's news concerning Kevin Spacey. In respon...
04:04 pm PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Source tells WSJ that the FBI is investigating Whitefish Energy and its $300M Puerto Rico contract
Whitefish Energy's had quite a week: last week the two-person company from Whitefish, Montana (hometown of Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke) was awarded a $300M contract to help rebuild the power-g...
03:14 pm PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Facebook: 126 million Americans may have seen Russian pro-Trump propaganda
Facebook is reported to soon reveal it exposed an estimated 126 million Americans, many of whom voted, to what was effectively Russian state propaganda (served from Russian webservers in Russia) durin...
01:53 pm PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch 221 pieces of candy corn perfectly spiral and fall like dominoes
Here's a cool domino spiral of candy corn that seems impossible to pull off. How can these lightweight triangular pieces of candy perfectly knock each other down without leaving one kernel standing?...
01:08 pm PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Wall-mounted Unicorn head
Unicorns' conservation status puts them beyond the reach of most hunters, but you too can display the dismembered head of Satan's second-most beloved creation thanks to the Toscano Alicorn Unicorn Tro...
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Dr. Phil with all the talking removed
Dr. Phil is to psychology as Judge Judy is to jurisprudence: a maliciously entertaining jobsworth who's spent so long stripmining their professional credibility it's hard to see where sincerity ends...
12:41 pm PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Super Mario Bros. theme on marimba
Aaron Grooves: "Koji Kondo is my hero! He composed the music for Super Mario Brothers and many other of my all-time favorite NES games, like Zelda."Here he is performing Michael Jackson's Thriller ...
12:27 pm PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Former Trump aide admits lying to FBI over Russia contacts
Though Paul Manafort's indictment was top of the ticket, it's the guilty plea of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos that's proving bigger news today. Paladopoulos not only admit...
11:45 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Joy Reid destroy claim that Clinton helped sell uranium to Russians
Washington Examiners Jen Kerns probably wished she hadn't gone onto Joy Reid's AM Joy show on MSNBC. Kerns was there to propagandize the bogus "Hillary Clinton helped sell uranium to Russia" story, bu...
11:44 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's ban on openly transgender military service was just blocked
A federal judge in Washington D.C. blocked parts of Trump's ban on transgender military service today. This means that "openly trans troops may be able to join the military starting in 2018," accordin...
11:23 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing "Save Free TV": Fun 1970s anti-cable TV public service announcement that showed in movie theaters
Back in the 1970s, cinemas saw cable TV as a threat to their business model. So they attempted to sway public opinion with PSAs like this. (r/ObscureMedia)...
10:31 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing A Japanese teenager is suing her school for forcing her to darken her natural brown hair
An 18-year-old high school student in Osaka Japan is suing her high school because it forced her to dye her hair black.From Quartz:The student, 18, said that in addition to mental suffering, the dye c...
10:20 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Oral history of Seinfeld's iconic episode "The Contest"
On November 18, 1992, the Seinfeld episode "The Contest" aired for the first time. That was the one about who could control their masturbatory urges to become "master of their domain," yada yada. New ...
09:41 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Brianna Wu will raise funds for her congressional bid by killing Nazis in a Wolfenstein II playthrough
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-tF7WilP8Frank Wu writes, "US Congressional candidate (MA-8) Brianna Wu (previously) will be killing virtual Nazis today. Brianna will be doing a playthrough of the...
09:34 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing The 2-person Montana company Whitefish Energy just lost its $300M contract to fix Puerto Rico's grid
Whitefish Energy is the 2-person Montana company from Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown of Whitefish, Montana that was awarded a $300M contract to help remediate Puerto Rico's shattered e...
09:23 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Long, funny list of the many flaws in Blade Runner 2049
I enjoyed Blade Runner 2049, though I would have enjoyed it more if it was at least an hour shorter; Jamie Zawinski did not enjoy it for many inarguable reasons, ranging from plot holes ("Why is Leto'...
09:16 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Someone dropped a USB stick containing a bunch of sensitive security data about Heathrow
A London man found a USB stick on a pavement in west London and (unwisely) plugged it into a computer, only to discover that it contained 76 folders with at least 174 documents full of sensitive info...
07:33 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing A viral "angriest librarian" explains why America needs libraries now more than ever
When New Yorker columnist/blowhard Andre Walker "Nobody goes to libraries anymore. Close the public ones and put the books in schools", librarians all over the net gave him what for, and one of the be...
07:14 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Woman blames 15 identity thefts on Equifax breach
Katie Van Fleet has suffered 15 identity thefts since the Equifax breach and she believes the criminals who've targeted her are using information from the breach to open credit cards in her name; she'...
07:08 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Universal health care is "free stuff" as in "freedom"
Jeb Bush accused Democrats of winning black votes by promising "free stuff," and then Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of "promising free this and free that and free everything." But universal h...
06:48 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing UK Tory aides are circulating a list of accused sexual predators and harassers in Parliament
The spreadsheet contains 36 names: 2 Cabinet ministers identified as engaging in inappropriate behaviour towards women; 18 ministers who are said to have engaged in sexual misconduct; 12 MPs accused o...
06:18 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing The 2017 Halloween Candy Hierarchy: Definitely Not Fake News
Click to view the below full-size; or download as a a high-quality digital poster (4MB) for detailed scrutiny; or proceed for the plain text, abstract and analysis...Note that data for this 2017 surve...
05:34 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Paul Manafort indicted, turns self in
Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager of Donald Trump's ultimately successful bid for the presidency, surrendered to the FBI this morning. He was indicted late last week by special prosuector Rob...
04:55 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Roger Stone plans to sue Twitter
At the dawn of the weekend, Twitter banned infamous political brawler Roger Stone. The curiously-bleached trumpkin had responded to news of charges in the Russia probe with an abusive meltdown, in whi...
04:36 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing A Halloween Treat: A Monster Mash Mashup
Bobby Picketts song The Monster Mash, was first released in August 1962 as a 45 (that was a tiny record just larger than a CD that held one song on each sidea singlefor those of you younger than me)....
04:27 am PDT - Mon, October 30, 2017
BoingBoing Accused of assaulting 14-year-old boy, Kevin Spacey would like everyone to know he's gay
Actor Kevin Rapp described how, when he was aged 14, Kevin Spacey climbed on top of him at a party and made sexual advances. Spacey admits it and apologizes, but cast the incident as a consequence of ...
04:41 pm PDT - Sun, October 29, 2017
BoingBoing I forgot my PIN: My epic tale of losing $30,000 in bitcoin
In January 2016, I spent $3,000 to buy 7.4 bitcoins. At the time, it seemed an entirely worthwhile thing to do. I had recently started working as a research director at the Institute for the Futures B...
12:11 pm PDT - Sun, October 29, 2017
BoingBoing Republican Steve King isn't hunting wabbits
Republican Representative Steve King, of "We can't restore our civilization with someone else's babies" racist fame, went hunting peasants with Donald Trump Jr. "Steve King's annual Bud Day Peasant Hu...
09:39 am PDT - Sun, October 29, 2017
BoingBoing The Comic Book Story of Video Games goes deep
The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution, by Jonathan Hennessey (author), and Jack McGowan (illustrator) is an entertaining full-color book about...
09:37 am PDT - Sun, October 29, 2017
BoingBoing RIP Teaforia, the $1000 IoT tea-infuser
In 2016, Teaforia raised $12,000,000 in venture capital to manufacture a $1,000 tea infuser that combined proprietary, DRM-encumbered tea pods with a "patent-pending microinfusion technology" and a ti...
09:32 am PDT - Sun, October 29, 2017
BoingBoing How the tech workers of WWII thwarted the Nazis with high-tech sabotage
Comptroller general of the French Army Ren Carmille "purposely delayed the process by mishandling the punch cards," changing the programming so that the religion field wouldn't be read from them; Adol...
05:54 am PDT - Sun, October 29, 2017
BoingBoing Delightful cat-sized furniture
Or is it a delightful furniture-sized cat? (more…)...
05:22 am PDT - Sun, October 29, 2017
BoingBoing Ever seen a model jet fly at 451 miles an hour?
Holy moly, this kerosene-fueled full GFK* body RC speeder has a turbine engine that generates 40.50lbs of thrust at 125,000 rpm, letting it reach speeds over 450 miles per hour. Perhaps even more im...
04:37 pm PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing $6 hair clog tool for drain cleaning saves the day again
I almost like getting a clogged drain now, because I know the Flexisnake will take care of the problem.I keep Flexisnakes in all of our bathrooms, and use them frequently to pull out gross blobs of ma...
10:11 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Cluster analysis shows that the golden age of The Simpsons ended in Season 10
It's generally recognized that The Simpsons drifted from sharp comedy to cosy light entertainment as the years went by, and that a threshold was passed somewhere between seasons eight and eleven. Usin...
09:34 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Online simulation of a ripple tank
You like wave dynamics, right? And things simulated in web browsers, right? Well, here's an online simulation of a ripple tank, which I've been playing with for twenty minutes and which I fully expect...
09:25 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing The most self-obsessed rappers, according to their own lyrics
John Lemon AKA Ben conducted a statistical analysis of self-mentions by popular rappers to determine who among them was most interested in themselves. Mr. West doesn't even make the top 5; the winner ...
09:09 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Lovely whimsical Halloween display at British supermarket
As spotted at the Cheltenham Whole Foods by Manny Brown....
08:47 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing ISS astronaut asked if he took home a piece of the moon
A beautiful exchange between a returning starman Major Tim and a presumably tired and unprepared interviewer....
08:44 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Pilot's view of landing in New Zealand
That, at least, is the description of this enchanting and relaxing video; for all I know it could be anywhere on earth more rugged than Belgium. The lack of sourcing or detail suggests the embed's g...
06:41 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing This paper turns any flat surface into a chalkboard
Chalkboards are more than just classic classroom backdrops theyre great for making drawings and taking notes. You can turn any flat area into a versatile writing surface with this Chalkboard Contact ...
06:32 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Portuguese non-neutral ISP shows us what our Trumpian internet will look like
Since 2006, Net Neutrality activists have been warning that a non-Neutral internet will be an invitation to ISPs to create "plans" where you have to choose which established services you can access, s...
06:20 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Promising energy storage technologies for our renewable future
When the wind is blowing, the great plains could generate enough power to supply all of America, but storing and moving energy to supply those places where the wind isn't blowing, the sun isn't shinin...
06:13 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Judge resigns and youth court shut down after baby is taken from mother over unpaid court fees
The Youth Court of Pearl, Mississippi has been shut down and its judge, John Shirley (also a Republican Party activist) has been forced to resign after widespread disapproval of his decision to bar a ...
05:59 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Spanish central government fires Catalonian government officials, police chiefs
Yesterday, the Catalonian parliament declared independence from Spain; today, the central government in Madrid made good on its promise to impose direct rule on the region, firing the top tier of the ...
05:34 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this impressive Betty Boop makeover tutorial
"So um.. yeah.. I attempted to turn myself into Betty Boop, if she was a brown girl!" Ellarie's daughter recognized her immediately, so it definitely worked.Here's a "before" shot for comparison. El...
05:00 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Dog that looks like a mop gets the perfect Halloween costume
If your dog looks like a mop, you can clean up at Halloween contests. Covington, Kentucky's Mainstrasse Paw-Rade had many worthy entries, but Keki the Hungarian Puli getting pushed around in a mop buc...
04:00 am PDT - Sat, October 28, 2017
BoingBoing Protanopia is a cool parallax 3D comic proof of concept
Andr Bergs created this short digital comic titled Protanopia. This short video hints at the possibilities of storytelling in electronic comics. (more…)...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Video profile of the world's fastest talker
You might recognize John Moschitta Jr. from TV commercials that feature his rapid-fire delivery. He can speak at up to 11 words a seconds, but for TV he slows it down to 7-8 words a second.If you wer...
02:45 pm PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Radio Disney version of death metal song "Left to Die"
https://youtu.be/B9cjO4S17JoHere's the same video, with the original music replaced by a Radio Disney style version of the song:https://youtu.be/mPxsYiwxWnII like them both!...
02:31 pm PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Watch gentleman's fright after he taps on shark screen that had warning signs
What happens when you tap on a screen pretending to be a shark aquarium with signs that say "Touch at your risk"? For one bold gentleman, who decided to take a risk and tapped away at the screen, th...
02:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing This 1987 video of people at a 7-Eleven is a charming time capsule
Watching this video makes the 1980s seem like a long, long time ago.One night back in August 1987 after a party at Disney's Vista Village (before Vista Way), I went out to the 7-11 with a video came...
02:20 pm PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Do not want: party decoration / cigarette dispenser
Here's how to make a cigarette dispenser out of a Coke bottle and some matches. File under DIWHY?...
12:37 pm PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Good deal on Kano Computer Kit
If you have a kid in the house who is curious about programming (or if you are curious yourself), I suspect you'll like the Raspberry-Pi based Kano Computer Kit. It's on sale for $120 and the only t...
12:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Donald Trump totally did not write this letter to New York Magazine in 1992
Of course Donald Trump's secretary wrote this.Based on the fact that I work for Donald Trump as his secretary -- and therefore know him well -- I think he treats women with great respect, contrary to ...
12:05 pm PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Scientists discover "interstellar object" hurtling through our solar system
Astronomers have discovered what seems to be the first "interstellar object" speeding through our solar system at 15.8 miles per second. Discovered October 19 with the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARR...
11:28 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Women say they were "branded and traumatized by doctors" in New York as part of cult ritual
I've never heard of NXIVM. According to Wikipedia, it is "a pyramid selling organization centered on the provision of classes and seminars that encourage clients to pursue a path of personal and profe...
11:23 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Haribo: sweetened with forced labor and abused animals
https://youtu.be/KOtmkIFsEAEIn "The Haribo Check," aired on German public broadcast ARD, a documentary team audits Haribo's supply chain and finds "modern day slaves" in Brazil working to harvest ca...
11:06 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Kodi: set-top streaming boxes that take the complexity out of building your own media server
Kodi boxes are commercial video-streaming gadgets that implement XBMC, a longstanding media-server free/open source project, in pre-packaged form, ready to accept third party plugins, including ones t...
10:55 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Stranger Things theme now with theremin
Clara Venice adds some spooky theremin to the Stranger Things theme by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein....
10:49 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing The New York Times is now a Tor onion service
The New York Times is now available as an "Onion Service" on the Tor network, at the address https://www.nytimes3xbfgragh.onion/ -- meaning that anyone with Tor access can securely and privately acces...
10:39 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Record-breaking number of billionaires signals a second "Gilded Age" with inequality hitting 1905 levels
The total wealth controlled by the world's billionaires has reached $6,000,000,000,000, up nearly 20% from last year. There are now 1,542 dollar-denominated billionaires on earth. (more…)...
10:22 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Johnny Rotten and Glen Matlock's track-by-track comments on "Never Mind the Bollocks"
The Sex Pistols' seminal punk masterpiece "Never Mind the Bollocks" was unleashed forty years ago tomorrow. Over at Rolling Stone, Johnny "Rotten" Lydon and original bassist Glen Matlock break down ...
10:02 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Lawrence Lessig on an excellent episode of the Webby Podcast with David-Michel Davies
On the latest Webby Podcast, my pal and Webbys exec director David-Michel Davies has a rollicking and provocative conversation with the great activist lawyer Lawrence Lessig. In 2014, Lessig won the W...
09:56 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this wonderful whiteboard mapping of time travel in movies
MinutePhysics' Henry Reich works the whiteboard to map and categorize time travel in films like Back to the Future, A Christmas Carol, Groundhog Day, Looper, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. ...
09:28 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Why do Japanese people wear medical masks in public?
https://youtu.be/PFCapGQWfAwOver the last 30 years, I've been to Japan six times. The first time I went I saw a few people wearing medical masks that cover their face and nose. I was told they had a c...
09:11 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing How much does it cost to make your own iPhone?
Scotty Allen is a hacker who has a videos series called of Strange Parts. In one video, he showed how he built a working iPhone by buying individual components at electronics markets in China. In hi...
08:59 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Quantifying American urban food-waste
American households throw away a lot of food: sometimes it's spoiled, sometimes it's past its "sell-by" date (but still good), sometimes it's blemished, and sometimes it's just an unappetizing leftove...
08:50 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Australian government proposes jail terms for satire
Juice Media is a company whose "Honest Government Adverts" Youtube series lampoon both the Australian government's decisions and the way it promotes them. Juice's videos are very funny, and very, ve...
08:04 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Catalonian parliament declares independence from Spain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuwIk_G_lnYDays after the Spanish central government announced its plan to impose direct rule on Catalonia, deposing the elected regional government, the Catalonian g...
07:01 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Unicorn turns evil with a squeeze
Don't chase Glenda Glitterpoop the unicorn ($41, Amazon). Instead, squeeze it, transforming its beatific unicorn face into a snarling monster. It's washable, too, so you can squeeze it again and again...
06:39 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing More on the unreleased Coil soundtrack to Hellraiser, and where the Cenobite aesthetic came from
Pesco wrote about Coil's unreleased Hellraiser soudtrack in 2011; The Quietus interviewed Stephen Thrower, who talked of it and other things.The rumour has it that he was fed some magazines by Sleazy ...
06:00 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this incredible stop-motion animated with carved pumpkins
Sean Ohlenkamp and Rob Popkin spent years creating this remarkable stop-motion animation made of carved pumpkins. Even the soundtrack is made of pumpkins. (more…)...
05:54 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing To some, the loudest sound ever recorded underwater is still a mystery
In 1997, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded "the bloop," a one-minute sound emanating 1,500 miles west of Chile's southern coast. The unexplained sound was never recorded a...
05:44 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Hilarious daily dry-erase charts
Matt Shirley (better known via Instagram as mattsurelee) tries to make a whiteboard chart every day, with oft-delightful results. (more…)...
05:41 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing This mug won't just carry your coffeeit'll brew it, too
The Pascal Press Coffee Mug and Portable Brewer makes coffee in about a minute, and keeps it warm throughout your entire morning. It's currently available in the Boing Boing Store for $35. (more&hell...
05:34 am PDT - Fri, October 27, 2017
BoingBoing Two sailors and two dogs rescued at sea, months after distress call
Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba planned to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti last spring. They ran into engine trouble in late May, and were eventually rescued by the Navy on October 25, 900 miles southeas...
06:45 pm PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing TED Chief Chris Anderson on the neuroscience of memes and the future of TED
Before Chris Anderson bought it in 2001, the TED conference was like a hip indie band only the in-crowd knew about. It was cool, small, had incredible buzz, and always sold out its small-ish venue. An...
11:35 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing The time David Bowie photographed his aura before and after using cocaine
In 1975, Thelma Ross of UCLA's parapsychology lab gifted David Bowie a Kirlian photography machine to capture images of peoples' "auras." This machine generates a high-voltage field to a photographic ...
11:16 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Portable fireplace in a briefcase
Colin Furze turned a briefcase into a gas-fueled portable fireplace. Seems that it would be impractical, inefficient, and possibly rather dangerous, but still stately and impressive....
11:16 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing A new, virulent ransomware epidemic is fuelled by yet another leaked NSA cyberweapon
The global epidemic of Wannacry ransomware infections was the result of petty criminals fusing an old ransomware strain with a leaked NSA cyberweapon that was released by The Shadow Brokers, and the r...
11:06 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Someone wiped a key server in Georgia right after voters filed a lawsuit over insecure voting-machines
Georgia's voting machines are among the worst, most hackable in the nation, and that's why a "diverse group of election reform advocates" including the Coalition for Good Governance sued the state to ...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Electric carving knives for the holidays
My parents gave me a Hamilton Beach Electric Carving Knife about 10 years ago, and even though I use it just a couple of times a year, I'm glad I have it when I have to carve a large turkey. If you've...
10:41 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Six months before the breach, a researcher warned Equifax that all its data was unprotected
An anonymous security researcher has shown Motherboard evidence that they warned Equifax in December 2016, six months before its catastrophic breach, disclosing numerous elementary deficiencies in Equ...
10:25 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing A socialist candidate for Minneapolis city council has broken all fundraising records through individual $25 donations
The average donation to first-time socialist candidate for Minneapolis City Council Ginger Jentzen is $25, and she accepts no corporate money. She's running on a platform of citizen oversight of the p...
10:12 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Tiny RoboBee flies, swims, and launches itself out of water back into the air
The millimeter-scale RoboBee can fly, dive into water, swim around, and then take off into the air again. At just 175 milligrams, it's 1,000 times lighter than any other aerial-to-aquatic robot. Des...
10:12 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing A common satellite comms package for ships and oil rigs has a backdoor that won't be patched
An audit of Inmarsat's AmosConnect 8 (originally sold by Stratos Global, now an Inmarsat division) reveals that the ship-to-satellite internet product has a deliberate hidden backdoor -- and an accide...
09:51 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Vintage news blooper of anchor hysterically laughing about a person's tumor removal
"Oh darn." (via r/ContagiousLaughter)...
09:28 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Woody Woodpecker, reimagined in South America
70 or so South American animators were assembled by Brazilian animator Ivanildo Soares to recreate a 1961 Woody Woodpecker short, "The Bird Who Came to Dinner."It's a late-era Woody cartoon, and it's ...
09:18 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Fired By The Voice!
Ethan Persoff will be speaking about the John Wilcock comic at The New School's Parsons School of Design, on November 7.Visit Scott Marshall's website at https://scottmarshall.org....
09:12 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing 64% of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, support legalizing marijuana
The latest Gallup poll reveals that more Americans than ever support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. This is bad news for the private prison industry, which poured hundreds of thou...
09:08 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Vintage motion capture session from the making of Mortal Kombat (1992)
This 1992 behind-the-scenes footage of a Scorpion motion capture session from the making of Mortal Kombat could easily be a piece of absurdist Dada performance art. (via Uncrate)...
09:08 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Vintage rotoscoping session from the making of Mortal Kombat (1992)
This 1992 behind-the-scenes footage of a Scorpion rotoscoping session from the making of Mortal Kombat could easily be a piece of absurdist Dada performance art. (via Uncrate)...
08:52 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing 200 Trump inauguration protesters face 70 years in prison each over 6 broken windows
Donald Trump is the least popular president to serve in US history, so it's no surprise that the call for mass, "J20 demonstrations" at his inauguration would be answered by massive crowds. (more&hell...
08:33 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Reddit rids itself of Nazi subreddits
Reddit embarked on a purge of violence-advocating content today, the targets generally being Nazis and their friends, but also at least one animal abuse subreddit and one targeting white people.The ne...
08:08 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Giant worms roam Australia
Stilgar: Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen.Paul: Streuth!Say hi to Digaster longmani , an enormous earthworm reported on by 7 News Queensland in Australia. Adds Fox New...
06:58 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Trump Cabinet Secretary's hometown, 2-person company wins $300m power-rebuilding contract in Puerto Rico
When mainland US cities like Houston and Miami get hit by hurricanes, they rely on mutual aid deals with out-of-state and Canadian power authorities to rebuild, as hundreds of skilled maintenance work...
06:53 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Videos of things being crushed by high heels
Looking for something to illustrate a post about crunch-time in game development, I ran into this video depicting many forms of footwear (but mostly high heels) being used to crunch keyboards:https://...
06:28 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Crunch: game development hell
In the New York Times, Jason Schreier reports on the game industry's cult of crunch: the pervasive practice of making workers put in 20-hour days, resulting in one met deadline and a many lines of l...
05:41 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Project management certification can open new career avenues
First standardized by Motorola, Six Sigma is a set of methods designed to guarantee quality in manufactured products. By performing detailed analysis of every step of their companys operation, manager...
05:41 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing This project management certification course could help you launch a new career
'Six Sigma' is a set of methods first developed for internal use at Motorola to ensure quality results in manufactured products. By performing detailed analysis of every step of their companys operati...
05:39 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Don't Look at My Nipples
Free the nipple!Cover the nipple!Free the nipple!Cover the nipple!Kind of like our country right now. If you were to read the title of this post you would assume that it refers to female nipplesthat w...
05:35 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Guitarist demonstrates beautiful tonal differences in "The Four Seasons" Guitars
Master luthier John Monteleone created a series of four archtop guitars, one for each season. Anthony Wilson of The Met shows how and why each sounds different than the others. (more…)...
05:32 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing Hypnotic illusion gifs show the beauty of math
The white circles in this gif travel in a straight line across the diameter of the black circle. In the process, they accelerate toward the center and decelerate away with the velocity of a swinging p...
05:31 am PDT - Thu, October 26, 2017
BoingBoing During WWII, mathematician Arne Beurling made "one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of cryptography"
In 1940, Germany was sending vital telegrams through neutral Sweden using a sophisticated cipher, and it fell to mathematician Arne Beurling to make sense of the secret messages. In this week's episod...
07:19 pm PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Democrat voters fondly recall presidency of George W. Bush
After criticizing Trump, former president George W. Bush now enjoys a high favorability rating among Democrats. Fifty-one percent of Democrats in the Economist-YouGov survey say they have a somewhat o...
01:12 pm PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing The science of carnival game scams and tips to beat them
Former NASA-JPL engineer Mark Rober explores carnival scam science and has a few tips on how to win, at least occasionally. ...
11:14 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing iPhone and Android compatible heart rate monitor
I've started using this Wahoo Tickr to track heart rate as I ride my spinning bike. (more…)...
10:58 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Hollywood sex scandal predators go unnamed and unashamed in this weeks tabloids
More than 30 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of rape or sexual abuse, another 200+ women have claimed sexual assault by writer-director James Toback, but only the National Enquirer, following a 12...
10:48 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing How to restore cast-iron waffle irons for fun (and waffles)
Cast iron is elegant, simple, and truly an old tool that still works. One of the most beautiful and functional cast iron pieces Ive found is the waffle iron. Restoring them used to be a real chore, un...
10:46 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Epson uses dubious patent claims to nuke ink sellers' listings from eBay
Epson has taken a page from HP's dirty-tricks playbook to ensure that no one can compete with them by selling ink at affordable prices. (more…)...
10:28 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing NYC civic hackers invite frustrated Silicon Valleyites to do good in New York
We Want You in NYC is a group of civic hackers who believe in using technology to improve people's lives; they've launched a provocative campaign aimed at disillusioned Silicon Valley techies who are ...
10:22 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing The history of the web in 20 seconds
Webflow's history of the web is a Bayeaux Tapestry of obsolete virtues and current vices, a superimposition of new and old bad things. It's a clever and very 2017 way to market a web design app that l...
10:18 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Those "heroic rogue GOP senators" just helped Trump shield Equifax and Wells Fargo from lawsuits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLGXhDV7LngSenators Bob Corker, Jeff Flake and John McCain talk a big game about not letting the GOP be the handmaiden of trumpist corruption, but when the chips were...
10:07 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Simple steps your small organization can take to defend itself against cyberattacks
Respected security researcher Dan Wallach from Rice University has published a short (18 page) guide to securing small organizations against three kinds of cyberattack: Untargeted, remote (spammers, p...
09:59 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Fats Domino, RIP
Pioneering rock-and-roller Fats Domino has died at age 89. A self-taught boogie woogie pianist who lived much of his life in New Orleans, Domino's iconic 1950s hits drove the evolution of raw rhythm...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Kaspersky's explanation for possessing secret NSA cyberweapons is a doozy
Kaspersky -- a respected Russia-based security company -- has been under a cloud since they were accused of stealing NSA cyberweapons on behalf of the Russian government. But the company has a perfect...
09:55 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing NAACP warns black people they aren't safe on American Airlines
The NAACP issued a warning today advising black people not to travel on American Airlines due to a "pattern of disturbing incidents" reported by African-American passengers and unique to the carrier.....
09:35 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing San Francisco may finally get decent internet access, thanks to municipal fiber
American cities have some of the slowest, most expensive internet access in the world, and the biggest, wealthiest cities are some of the worst-provisioned, including San Francisco, ground zero for th...
09:10 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing The best looking electric kettle
This KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle is by far the best-looking electric kettle ever made. Carla got me the pistachio colored one for Christmas last year. It heats up quickly (under five minutes...
08:54 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing This Dungeons and Dragons campaign has been running for 35 years
Robert Wardhaugh of London Ontario was 14 when he started a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Thirty five years later, he's dungeonmastering the same campaign. His miniature sets are amazing!From Great ...
08:45 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Bitcoins from Heaven
Here's Gracie Terzian performing the old standard "Bitcoins from Heaven" on a harp ukulele. Thanks, Gary!...
07:30 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Why electrical engineers should support the right to repair
Writing in IEEE Spectrum, iFixit's superhero founder Kyle Wiens and Repair.org exective director Gay Gordon-Byrne bring the case for the right to repair (previously) to the engineering community, desc...
07:19 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing As the 2020 census catastrophe draws closer, it isn't getting any better
The Constitution requires the government to undertake a census every ten years, and the results of this census are key to everything from drawing up electoral maps to allocating funding to deciding on...
07:08 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing How the Chicago School's extremist ideology destroyed the American economy with unchecked monopolies
There was a time when monopolistic control over sectors of the US economy was vigorously checked through antitrust enforcement, but the neoliberal ideology of the Chicago economists (Milton Friedman e...
07:03 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Blog collects clips of anime floppy disks
Anime floppy disks is dedicated to collecting depictions of floppy disks in anime, but offers occasional special treats such as magneto-optical disks in anime....
06:41 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Fill your free time with web development study!
This Developer Bootcamp from OSTraining will introduce you to a host of practical web technologies, and right now you can get lifetime access to the full library for $59.99 from the Boing Boing Store....
06:29 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon Key: new service bathes your home in evil red glow as strangers enter it
Let the right one in. The Verge: "Amazon Key is a new service that lets couriers unlock your front door."The service is called Amazon Key, and it relies on a Amazons new Cloud Cam and compatible smar...
05:55 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Micro documentary about VHS video horror art
From Entertain the Elk: "A love letter to video stores, horror films, and the AIDA Advertising Method that made the artwork on their VHS covers so effectively grotesque and memorable."...
05:42 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Clock mysteriously photoshopped out of Tillerson photo
Reality, and all the facts and things in it, are negotiable. Even the clocks on the wall.Soon after a two-hour secret visit to Afghanistan by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Monday was publicly...
05:07 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Frankensteins App & MUCH MORE!
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...
05:05 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Japanese cops bust bonsai marijuana grower
A janitor in Osaka turned his small apartment into an impressive miniature weed farm using bonsai techniques. Unfortunately, he got busted. (more…)...
05:05 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Cool design for underwater restaurant in Norway
Architecture firm Snhetta released its design concept for Under, a restaurant planned for the coast along Norway's southernmost tip. (more…)...
05:04 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing Stargazing in darkened cities, both real and imagined
Hurricane Irma's blackouts reminded locals of what their gorgeous night skies look like with no light pollution. That reminded me of the cool Darkened Cities project by Thierry Cohen. (more…)...
05:04 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing New methods can 3D print high-strength aluminum alloys
Unweldable materials like aluminum can now be fused using additive manufacture techniques. HRL Laboratories did this interesting demonstration. (more…)...
05:01 am PDT - Wed, October 25, 2017
BoingBoing This border collie is busy saving New Zealand's endangered parrots
A doggo named Ajax has been specially trained to sniff out the kea, an endangered bird endemic to New Zealand. Watch this charming short as they roam the mountainous South Island. (more…)...
05:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Doctors discover patient sweating blood from palms and forehead
Sorry, but there probably isnt an antiperspirant on the market that can stop blood sweating.Two Italian doctors published their findings on a 21-year-old woman who experiences short episodes of bleedi...
05:24 pm PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Zenth is a 3D wooden labyrinth
Fans of The Perplexus (one of my favorite puzzles) might be interested in Zenth, a 3D wooden labyrinth on Kickstarter. As in The Perplexus, the object is to guide a steel ball through a multiplanar la...
05:22 pm PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Bill OReilly points finger at God after accusations of sexual harassment
Bill O'Reilly has seemingly run out of options for blaming others after a series of sexual harassment allegations canned the former Fox News host. From accusers to the news media, the only logical sca...
04:59 pm PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watching Jane Goodall watching chimps makes for a splendid time
In 1957 famed anthropologist Louis Leakey received a $6,000 grant to study wild chimpanzees in Africa, in the hope that observing their behavior would reveal something about early man. In his stead,...
01:21 pm PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Everything I've written on my Freewrite for the last year
Freewrite is a single purpose first draft creative writing machine. I got one thinking it'd be a good idea to be disconnected from the internet and limited to just writing. I offer this complimentary ...
11:11 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch protestor throw Russian flags at Trump!
A protestor named Ryan Clayton tossed Russian flags at Trump today as the president was walking to a Capitol Hill lunch. The president appeared to respond with a thumbs up."Trump is treason!" Clayto...
10:41 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon's Kindle is 10 years old
Amazon's Kindle e-reader is ten years old! I used the first gen model, and then migrated to the Voyage. I happily read on it every day!I remember when Amazon was being all cagey while wanting to show ...
10:18 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Letterpress prints of Mario and Ultraman as sugar skulls
My artist/designer friend Jonathan Koshi made a series of exquisite letterpress prints of Mario, Ultraman, and other characters reimagined as calaveras (sugar skulls)! The signed, limited edition 12"x...
09:49 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Watch delighted swimmers flee from curious killer whale
Watch these swimmers on Hahei Beach, New Zealand flee from a killer whale, aka an orca, last weekend. "You guys are idiots," says the cameraperson. Killer whales don't attack people in the wild. Fro...
09:48 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Comics for a Strange World
Cartoonist Reza Farazmand of Poorly Drawn Lines fame has a book that came out today, called Comics for a Strange World. Filled mainly with single-page stories consisting of four panels each, Farazmand...
09:35 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Bruce Haack's "Electric Lucifer," the rock opera
In the late 1970s, experimental composer Bruce Haack released "Electric Lucifer," two strange and fantastical electronic psychedelic music albums that embody the high weirdness of the era. The two a...
09:29 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing A quarter of US military "sees white nationalism" in the ranks
A survey by the Military Times found that nearly a quarter of US servicepeople see "white nationalism" among their peers, and believe that the white nationalist agenda is more of a national security t...
09:17 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing A tiny, wearable, Arduino-powered VT 100 terminal
The first "wearable" computer I ever tried was a wrist-strap that let me wear my Palm Pilot like a huge, ungainly wristwatch; I tethered it with a thick cable to a CDMA phone that could emulate a 9600...
09:04 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Life inside Tokyo's 1970s capsule apartment building
Since 2010, photographer Noritaka Minami has documented life in Tokyo's Nakagin Tower, a "metabolist" building constructed in 1972 in just one month. Each prefabricated cube attached to the core tower...
08:55 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Profile of a whimsical arcade machine maker
I got to know cartoonist/engineer Tim Hunkin while I was editor-in-chief of Make magazine (here are some of the articles he wrote for me there). Tim has a great sense of humor, and one of the ways h...
08:39 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing LEGO Stars Wars sick day
My daughter is home sick today. This LEGO Star Wars Vader's TIE Advanced vs. A-Wing Starfighter kit is where her attention is focused.Vader's TIE Advanced is very cool, but the real joy of this set, f...
08:32 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Why would anyone want to watch a movie with Mel Gibson in it?
I live in Los Angeles, and it seems like half the billboards in the city are advertising a movie called Daddy's Home 2. I didn't even know there was a Daddy's Home 1, so I was planning on seeing it an...
07:29 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing The FBI's Nikola Tesla files
The FBI published 160 pages of its files on inventor Nikola Tesla last year, responding to a Freedom of Information Act request. It's gone viral, perhaps due to the slavering anticipation of the forth...
07:11 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Cheesy tips for winning board games
Nick Douglas sounds like the reason no-one ever wants to play board games at Douglas family gatherings: "Dick Moves for Winning Board Games.In chess, for example, after skipping over the amusing but p...
07:10 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Zoning and the housing crisis: at Manhattan densities, San Francisco could house 100 million people
One measure of dysfunction in a housing market is the spread between the cash value of a home and the construction cost of a replacement home on the same site -- in other words, the cost of the dirt t...
06:58 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Hackers can force airbags to deploy
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures number 2017-14937: in unspecified post-2014 passenger car models, the explosive charge that deploys the airbag is controlled by an instruction that is secured by...
06:51 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Clam makes delightful shlooping sounds as it digs itself in at the tideline
The best part is when it gets to its desired depth and ejects a stream of sandy water. Bivalves! (via JWZ)...
06:44 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing 1,000 fonts to peruse and choose
The Anatomy of a Thousand Typefaces is an attractive yet simple web-app that makes it easy to find 'n' filter your way through popular fonts, with some interesting stats and visualizations of the set....
06:41 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Don't paint a room without consulting the Nix Mini Color Sensor
Grabbing color samples from a screen is easy enough all you need is a screenshot and digital color meter. But colors out in the world dont always translate perfectly in photos. Thats why we are now o...
06:18 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Beluga whale imitating human speech
It's from 2012, but National Geographic's article about a Beluga whale imitating human speech is not to be missed. Embedded above is a recording of Noc, who pretty much sounds like he's taking the m...
06:08 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Grocery shoppers buy more food when the music is slower
"With fast music playing, the Dallas grocery store did about $12,000 in sales each day. With slow music: $16,000. Interestingly, most of the shoppers, when asked upon leaving the store about hearing m...
06:08 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Bernhard Lang's gorgeous aerial shots of marble quarries
Carrara marble is one of the most sought-after types, and these remarkable images by Bernhard Lang show how enormous some of the quarries are. (more…)...
06:08 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing This acrobatic art installation is utterly hypnotic
"The Mechanics of History" by Yoann Bourgeois is a marvellously simple idea perfectly executed: acrobats climb stairs around a revolving trampoline, falling languidly from the stairs in rhythm. Here...
06:06 am PDT - Tue, October 24, 2017
BoingBoing Should you work for free?
This flowchart will help you decide. (Previously)...
03:45 pm PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Londoners! I'll be speaking at Waterstones Gower Street with Ada Palmer on Nov 8
By a very happy coincidence, Ada Palmer and I are both passing through London on November 8 and we're doing a joint event at the Waterstones in Gower Street, starting at 6:30! The tickets (which inclu...
03:21 pm PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Portugal passes the world's first reasonable DRM law
Last June, Portugal enacted Law No. 36/2017 which bans putting DRM on public domain media or government works, and allows the public to break DRM that interferes with their rights in copyright, includ...
03:11 pm PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing We Are Ready to Believe You: a Ghostbusters mashup from dj BC and friends
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCTQLNRZMYkdj BC (previously) writes, "This Ghostbusters bootleg mashup, originally created by myself (BC) and Tribe One of Bootie ATL, is now an official, totally le...
01:59 pm PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Amazon customers surprised to receive delivery of 65 pounds of marijuana
A couple in Orlando, Florida ordered plastic storage bins on Amazon. When they received the bins, they were surprised to find 65 pounds of marijuana inside. Now THAT'S Amazon Prime! Police are investi...
01:53 pm PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Watch ghost car appear from nowhere and cause collision
You might think it's an optical illusion but really it's a glitch in the matrix. The insurance adjuster is gonna have a helluva time with this one....
01:23 pm PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Vintage Cray Research champagne glass
Attention, vintage supercomputer fans! This Cray Research champagne glass is yours for $28....
12:36 pm PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Widow of slain US serviceman confirms President Trump a buffoon
It is pretty painful to see the recently widowed pregnant wife of a slain United States serviceman have to personally explain the disrespect she was served by the sitting President of the United Sta...
12:23 pm PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Good deal on this padded foldable picnic blanket
We got this picnic blanket in 2016 and use it every time we go to the beach. It folds out to 60" x 78", and folds up to a 12.5" x 10.6" rectangle complete with handle. The bottom is made of some kind ...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Building the Human Cell Atlas to understand how our bodies work
Hundreds of biologists, computational scientists, technologists and clinicians from across the world have kicked off a massive effort to build the Human Cell Atlas, a comprehensive reference map of al...
11:41 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing If you've ever been on a bus, you know the value of noise-canceling headphones
The Paww WaveSound 3'skeep your music from getting lost in loud environments through elite noise-cancelation, and they're currently available in the Boing Boing Store.These headphones are designed to ...
11:37 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis now online
If you're craving some light reading, might I suggest Stephen Hawking's 1965 doctoral thesis "Properties of Expanding Universes." In celebration of "Open Access Week 2017," Cambridge University Librar...
11:21 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing After 20 years, no one know how someone put a pumpkin on Cornell's 173-foot spire
On the October 8, 1997 students and faculty at Cornell University noticed an unusual addition to the tip of McGraw Tower: a pumpkin. To this day, no one knows who put it there, or how they were able t...
10:53 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing This illustrated kids' book of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is out of this world
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was released 35 years ago and the tale of a friendly space creature marooned on Earth continues to captivate our imaginations. This month, Quirk books is releasing an illust...
10:27 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Family on overnight BA flight refused seat switch as they were gnawed by bedbugs
A family of three (including a 7 year old girl) on a British Airways overnight from Vancouver to London spotted bedbugs crawling on their seats and alerted the crew, but the crew said the flight was s...
10:26 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing If you want Nazis to stop bugging you on Twitter, it helps to be famous
"When Twitter users report harassment on the website, their reports land in one of two queues: one slower-moving line, and one high-priority 'VIP' line for verified users and Twitter employees favorit...
10:14 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing The DNC picked a bunch of sleazy lobbyists as superdelegates, can't figure out why no one is donating
The 2018 "superdelegates" to the Democratic National Convention will include lobbyists for Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp, CITGO petroleum, Citigroup, and other large corporations. (more…)...
09:51 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing How to fold a fitted sheet
If you've ever tried to fold a fitted sheet, you probably know you can't just fold it like a regular sheet. If you are like me, you will just wad it up and hide your shameful attempt in the closet. He...
09:51 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Company offers photo shoots on grounded Gulfstream jets to impress your Instagram followers
For around $250, Private Jet Studio invites you to book a two-hour photoshoot on a grounded Gulfstream jet at an airstrip in Moscow. Why? To impress people on social media with your (fake) jet-setting...
09:49 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Applicants for the Customs and Border Protection agency keep admitting to ghastly crimes during polygraph tests
Back in April, experts warned that Trump's plan to hire 5,000 new Customs and Border Patrol officers was unlikely to succeed: the agency already loses 1,000 employees per year and a significant number...
09:25 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Sesame Street: How a saxophone is made (1983)
Wonderful 1980 video of Sesame Street's visit to a saxophone factory, complete with a free jazz sax soundtrack. (via Laughing Squid)...
09:11 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing The ultimate DMCA takedown fail
A gentleman jailed for his part in a $5.4m scam wanted Google to remove links to news stories about the wheeze. His cunning plan to get them to do it – file a DMCA takedown notice claiming copyr...
09:03 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Whittler's "sloyd" knife for roughing and carving
I wanted to try whittling. This knife is my tool.I dreamed of carving my own cute wood trinkets in all the spare time I have, so I asked a pal what knife he uses when he whittles. He suggested I start...
07:43 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Readspike: simple news aggregator
Readspike is a simple news aggregator: just the headlines, with no social networking or other bullshit getting in the way. It's by Blackspike, a British design agency.The best yet in its class, beauti...
07:29 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Tech Support Gore
My new favorite subreddit is r/techsupportgore, where people who fix computers post the nightmare scenarios they find themselves in. It's not always the grand-guignol horror of Playstation 4 cockroach...
07:26 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing The Sackler Family: best known for philanthropy, they made billions promoting Oxycontin
Purdue cynically created the American opiod epidemic through a combination of bribing medical professionals to overprescribe Oxycontin, publishing junk science, and aggressively lobbying regulators at...
07:10 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Enamel pin for artists tired of being asked to work for free
CWilock, tired of people who make use of others' artwork without permission, made this enamel pin to celebrate the best response to entitlement of the relentless quality that artists must deal with on...
06:56 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Toner explosion
This photocopier's already had enough Monday. [Origin unknown; via Cursed Images] Previously: What is a photocopier?UPDATE: This is from a subreddit called Tech Support Gore! BB reader Grey_Devil has ...
06:54 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing The MNT Reform: a modular, open source hardware, blob-free laptop inspired by classic PCs
Lukas F. Hartmann grew up on PCs like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amiga 500, and while he appreciates the power and portability of modern laptops, he missed the character and invitation...
06:49 am PDT - Mon, October 23, 2017
BoingBoing Halloween bento boxes
I'm so inspired by these Halloween bento boxes. Not sure I could stomach eating some of them though!https://twitter.com/kiyo_0130_D/status/920403998884036609https://twitter.com/SnapDishJP/status/91606...
09:00 am PDT - Sun, October 22, 2017
BoingBoing The iBeamBLOCK is a projector, tablet, and external battery rolled into one
 This innovative, ultra-portable display system combines a tablet, an HD projector, and a 13200mAh power bank, and its currently being offered in the Boing Boing Store.https://www.youtube.com/emb...
08:24 am PDT - Sun, October 22, 2017
BoingBoing Republican lawmaker Doug Cox tricked legislature into exempting "Christian" forced-labor camps from regulation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36rW9Pjg6_oChristian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery is a scandal-haunted forced-labor program that addicted convicts in Oklahoma were diverted to; they were put int...
08:11 am PDT - Sun, October 22, 2017
BoingBoing Spanish government announces plan to seize power in Catalonia, remove elected government
Yesterday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to remove the democratically elected regional government of Catalonia and replace them with direct rule by the national government in Ma...
07:59 am PDT - Sun, October 22, 2017
BoingBoing Jeremy Corbyn to European left-wing parties: you won't win until you abandon neoliberalism
The Europe Together conference in Brussels brought together party leadership from "centre-left" parties across Europe; Jeremy Corbyn got two standing ovations for a barn-burning speech in which he cal...
04:59 am PDT - Sun, October 22, 2017
BoingBoing The Tombstone House was built with 2200 discarded gravestones
I bet this Petersburg, Virginia home is the last place local trick-or-treating children want to hit up for candy on Halloween. The Tombstone House" was built in 1934 using the lower half of marble t...
10:56 am PDT - Sat, October 21, 2017
BoingBoing How to play a Hammond organ
I have a 1956 Hammond M3, youtube and this here book. Wish me luck!I bought Hammond Organ Complete because I literally had no clue how to even turn on the Hammond M3 I decided would complete my living...
09:00 am PDT - Sat, October 21, 2017
BoingBoing Share anything from your Mac instantly with Dropshare 4
 Dropshare is a dead-simple file sharing utility that doesnt tie you to any specific cloud service. A license for the Mac version is available now in the Boing Boing Store for $12.99.Sharing file...
06:51 am PDT - Sat, October 21, 2017
BoingBoing Vote for the best Halloween candies, for science
Remember last year? Remember the above figure (direct link), where all was laid out? This is how SCIENCE ranks your Halloween haul. Kit Kat and actual cash at the top, dental floss and anything whole ...
05:43 am PDT - Sat, October 21, 2017
BoingBoing Kids' smart watches are a security/privacy dumpster-fire
The Norwegian Consumer Council hired a security firm called Mnemonic to audit the security of four popular brands of kids' smart watches and found a ghastly array of security defects: the watches allo...
04:59 am PDT - Sat, October 21, 2017
BoingBoing Sailor tattoos decoded
Tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood's gorgeous "The Art of the Sailor" is an informative guide to the meaning of sailor tattoos. It first appeared in Vancouver Maritime Museum's traveling...
05:31 pm PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Take a look at the Gonzo Gizmo author's favorite tools
My guest on the Cool Tools Show podcast this week is Simon Quellen Field. Simon is a chemist and former Google software engineer and is the author of over a dozen books, including Gonzo Gizmos, Return...
04:11 pm PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing A new IoT botnet called Reaper could be far more virulent than Mirai
In 2016, an Internet of Things worm called Mirai tore through the internet, building botnets of millions of badly designed CCTVs, PVRs, routers and other gadgets, sending unstoppable floods of traffic...
12:24 pm PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing There's nothing like relaxing at home with your dog
"Petting your dog," writes Blake Boege, "is the most relaxing thing you can possibly do."...
12:04 pm PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing A motion detecting light for your mailbox
Last year I bought this mailbox light. You stick it inside your mailbox (it's got peel-off sticky tape). Two sensors - light and motion - sense what's happening. If they sense darkness and no motion ...
11:36 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Another truck rips its roof off on the infamous 11foot8bridge
A train trestle in Gregson St. in Durham, NC has a clearance of 11' 8". Despite the warning signs and flashing lights advertising the lower-than-normal clearance, trucks collide with the trestle oft...
10:57 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Detailed anatomy of Wisconsin's election-rigging, racist voter suppression
In 2008 and 2012, Wisconsin ranked second in the USA for voter turnout; in 2016, following the enactment of a series of racist voter-suppression tactics, the voter turnout was the worst it had been si...
10:46 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Viral Chinese mobile game requires players to "applaud" a speech by President Xi Jinping
Such a Great Speech: Applaud Xi Jinping has been played 860 million times; players score points by button-mashing an "applause" button while watching outtakes from President Xi Jinping's 3.5 hour spee...
10:40 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing New gamblers who see a short video about slot-machine psychology don't get tricked
Video slot machines pull a lot of tricks to make it hard to tell how fair the game is; one of them is to ring up "wins" that are actually losses (you put in $1 and get $0.75 back, say), with a lot o...
10:25 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Plants are monsters
Cat Whitney's thread of her favorite spooky plants includes some of the plant kingdom's most horrifying denizens: Aristolochia Salvadorensis..."looks like a flayed skull, and reminds some of Darth Vad...
10:20 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Jonathan Mann sings a song about the MacBooks' dodgy keyboards
The Outline's Casey Johnson rages at the design of Apple's recent laptop keyboards, where the pursuit of thinness has resulted in keyboards that fail at the sight of a speck of dust, and where the s...
10:16 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Quaker Apples & Cinnamon has "35% less sugar" because they've cut the portion size by 35%, while the price remains 100%
Ever since I read Michael Pollan's advice to avoid any food whose packaging makes any nutritional claims, I've been a happy man -- but never so much so as I realize that this rule means I would never ...
10:08 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous, grotesque animations from Esteban Diacono
Argentinian motion graphics designer Esteban Diacono produces the most amazing, surreal little animations for his social media, especially the weird, motion-deforming humaniform figures. (more…...
09:58 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Apple brought back Braun design, but Google is bringing back Olivetti
1960s/70s Italian industrial design was led by Olivetti, featuring products with "touches of joy that enliven everyday tasks" featuring bright color and playful forms, very different from the Braun lo...
09:55 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Three of Spencer's neo-Nazi supporters arrested after shooting wildly at bus-goers
Prominent American neo-Nazi Richard Spencer held a failed rally in Florida yesterday. Three enthusiasts, of the dozen or so who apparently showed up, were arrested after firing into a crowd of folks w...
09:33 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Garfield cartoonist denies Jon drinks a cup of dog semen in comic strip
Jim Davis, creator of the lasagna-living Garfield, has finally commented on his infamous May 30, 1990 comic strip in which Garfield's owner, Jon, appears to guzzle a cup a dog semen at a veterinarian'...
09:17 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Should we end aging forever?
Scientists are coming closer than ever to stopping aging. The latest video from Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell explores how we would change as individuals and a society if people could live as long as th...
09:05 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Nearly impossible to destroy large dog chew toy
Nemo, my Great Pyr, tends to not like chewing on fake stuff. He's loved this Galileo Nylabone for years, however.Nylabones cover the spectrum of dog-chew toughness. Puppy softchews are like plastic ge...
09:05 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Facebook's security is like a "college campus," but they face threats like a "defense contractor"
A leaked recording of Facebook security chief Alex Stamos (who refused to help with an illegal NSA spying program when he was CSO for Yahoo) has him describing the company's IT culture as being "like ...
09:00 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing This emergency radio and flashlight combo makes a good addition to an emergency kit
 Keeping a stash of emergency supplies doesnt make you a paranoid doomsday prepper. It makes you a responsible human being that doesnt want to be totally SOL in a disaster situation. To help you ...
08:53 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Canadian spy agency releases its top anti-malware tool as free software.
The Canadian Communications Security Establishment -- the most secretive of Canada's spy agencies -- has released the sourcecode for Assemblyline, a "Swiss Army Knife for malware analysis" that rolls ...
08:13 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Organized Hawaiian SPAM thievery
Hawaii, the only market left for SPAM in the United States, is suffering a rash of SPAM heists. This isn't just folks needing to grab a can of SPAM to feed the family, it appears these are highly or...
07:19 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Quinn Norton on sexual assault, community response, and restorative justice
In the early 2010s, Quinn Norton (previously) was sexually assaulted by Robert Scoble (previously), a well-known technology exec and anti-privacy advocate while attending O'Reilly Media's FOO Camp, a ...
06:58 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Federal judge: pardon sets Joe Arpaio free, but he's still guilty
Sheriff Joe Arpaio accepted a presidential pardon for his crime, then tried to have the verdict overturned. That isn't how it's going to works, says U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton, who refused to...
06:57 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's war on leakers has neutered the intelligence community's whistleblower program, which diverts leakers
The Intelligence Community Inspector General office is the place where spies and spook contractors who discover wrongdoing are supposed to be able to confidentially report their suspicions and know th...
06:35 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Why race is not a thing, according to genetics
National Geographic interviewed geneticist Adam Rutherford, author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes. "In many ways, genetics makes a mockery of race," he notes. ...
06:35 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Buy a random permanent tattoo from this vending machine
Choosing art to be inked permanently on your body can be a crippling decision, at least for some folks. Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, Texas thought of a fun way to make the process simpler. They create...
06:32 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing The Best Towel for Crying Into
The best paper towers for mopping tears as reviewed by Wirecutter, which is to say McSweeneys.Why You Should Trust UsDrawing from decades of experience covering cleaning products, we created a grading...
05:09 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing BBC documentary about computer programmers
Sir Richard Attenborough exposes the secret lives of those mysterious creatures that make apps and websites....
05:00 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing The Mexican town where 75% of residents manufacture fireworks
Brimstone & Glory is a new documentary about the annual National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, a ten-day orgy of sparks and sulfur. Almost everyone in town manufactures fireworks, so...
04:44 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Many American flags atop government buildings are made by prisoners
Earlier this month, California Senator Kamala Harris dropped a tantalizing truth bomb during a speech: many official flags in use in California were made by state prisoners. Via Mother Jones:Harris wa...
04:36 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Military-grade drones, coming to a police department near you
First responders laud drones for helping in rescues and negotiations, while some cities like Los Angeles are fighting calls to ground all police drones over privacy concerns. (more…)...
04:36 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Therapists say more clients are reporting Trump revenge fantasies in sessions
Clients who still can't believe Trump is now the sitting Preisident are sharing revenge fantasies about Trump with their therapists. (more…)...
04:00 am PDT - Fri, October 20, 2017
BoingBoing Swedish country music cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide"
Jills veranda is a lovely Swedish music showcase filmed in Nashville. Here Swedish pop star Veronica Maggio joins host Jill Johnson for a cover of "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac. (more…)...
04:37 pm PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Doping doggies caught after Iditarod race
If we cant even trust our friendly four-legged athletes to not use performance enhancing drugs, which athletes can we trust? The committee responsible for overseeing the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog R...
03:06 pm PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Surprise! DirecTV sends customer $184,000 bill
DirecTV dished out a $184,530.67 satellite television bill to an Ohio woman, and no, it wasn't for a new HBO/Showtime package. Angela Mixon-Smith, an Army veteran, recently agreed to bundle her DirecT...
02:40 pm PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Ayatollah Khamenei: Trump and administration "mentally retarded"
The clearly politically incorrect Supreme leader of Iran dubbed President Donald Trump and his administration as mentally retarded after Trump declined to re-certify Irans compliance in the 2015 nucle...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: The Diggers' Death of Money & Other Counterculture Moments of 1966
Ethan Persoff will be speaking about the John Wilcock comic at The New School's Parsons School of Design, on November 7. Free and open to the public.Read Scott Marshall's adaptation of Nietzsche, An I...
11:58 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Dinosaur art is not bullshit (unless youre doing it wrong)
2017 has not been the easiest year. Terrifying storms. The car crash of Brexit. Threats of nuclear war. F-bombs in Star Trek. Its all a bit much, and even artwork of dinosaurs yes, dinosaurs arent s...
11:19 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Las Vegas gunmans hooker, Hillary Clintons lies, and Jerry Lewiss forged will in this weeks tabloids
With its impeccable military intelligence contacts and team of White House insiders, the National Enquirer has scooped the world by obtaining ISISs Map of Terror! revealing the jihadist group's top s...
10:07 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing The video game industry's best-of-class DRM is routinely cracked in less than 24 hours
Denuvo is billed as the video game industry's "best in class" DRM, charging games publishers a premium to prevent people from playing their games without paying for them. In years gone by, Denuvo DRM ...
10:02 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing In 1911, three men struggled for five weeks through the Antarctic winter to collect penguin eggs
In 1911, three British explorers made a perilous 70-mile journey in the dead of the Antarctic winter to gather eggs from a penguin rookery in McMurdo Sound. In this week's episode of the Futility Clos...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing 16 Democratic Congressional hopefuls have outraised the incumbent Republicans they're challenging
12-term Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ] raised $157k last quarter, while two of the Democrats who're challenging him in 2018, former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill and family advocate Tamara Harris both ...
09:42 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing A curiously incomplete history of the early years of DRM
Ernie Smith's Motherboard article on the early years of DRM gets into some fascinating stories about things like IBM's Cryptolope and Xerox PARC's Contentguard (which became a patent troll), Intertrus...
09:32 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing A working modem using HTML5 sound
Martin Kirkholt Melhus's workplace bans connecting his development computer to the internet, so he hacked together a modem using HTML5: by plugging over-the-ear headphones into his laptop's 3.5mm audi...
09:23 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing $15 lightweight, stackable backpacking cookware
This is the lowest price I've seen for this super popular, cheap 10 piece camping cook set.The pot and pan, with lids, neatly stack. Netly stack into a size that is just right to fit into my VW Vanago...
09:22 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Talking Walkaway on the CNet book-club podcast
CNet has started a new book-club podcast, and they honored me by picking my novel Walkaway as their second-ever title. (more…)...
09:13 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's "free market" FCC loves monopolies, especially when they rip off prisoners' families
The American prison system is home to one of the greatest market-failures in the history of telephony (which is saying something): a monopolistic system in which sole-supplier, hedge-fund owned telcom...
09:13 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's free market FCC loves monopolies, especially when they rip off prisoners' families
The American prison system is home to one of the greatest market-failures in the history of telephony (which is saying something): a monopolistic system in which sole-supplier, hedge-fund owned telcom...
09:00 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing BlankPage is a writing app that minimizes distraction
 As any author will tell you, the way to become a better writer is to do it every single day. To help promote your daily writing habit, BlankPage provides a clean environment that tracks your pro...
08:49 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Ceasing to honor Jefferson Davis, Mississippi public school renamed for Obama
Students at an elementary school in Jackson, Mississippi have elected to rename their institution in honor of the legitimately elected 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.Via the Root:Ac...
07:54 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Ghostwatch, the greatest TV Halloween hoax of all time
When I was a kid, home alone in 1993, I turned on the TV to find one of those live call-in shows. "Ghostwatch" was presented as light-hearted Halloween fun from the BBC, jumping between phone calls fr...
06:57 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Jake Likes Onions: damned funny webcomics
My latest Twitter follow is @jakelikesonions, whose bi-weekly cartoon of the same name has been going since 2015, and represents a very deep set of funny stuff to lose yourself in. Some recent gooduns...
06:43 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Some thoughts on whether intelligence is linked to anxiety and depression
In High intelligence: A risk factor for psychological and physiological overexcitabilities, a group of academic and industry neuroscientists survey a self-selected group of 3,715 MENSA members about t...
06:37 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Cult driving simulator generates own YouTube genre of automotive chaos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nZN2ueu13EBeamMG.drive is a driving simulator that's acquired a cult following due to its uncannily realistic modeling of soft-body physics. YouTube is full of crash v...
06:37 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Cult driving simulator spawns YouTube genre of automotive chaos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nZN2ueu13EBeamMG.drive is a driving simulator that's acquired a cult following due to its uncannily realistic modeling of soft-body physics. YouTube is full of crash v...
06:06 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing 1600 sprites for your starkly old-school 1-bit games
For twenty dollars, you can download 1600 1-bit sprites for use in artwork, games, icons or whatever other project you desire. [via]You can use this game assets for personal/commercial projects, no cr...
05:47 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Khaled Ipsum: uplifting dummy text from the wit and wisdom of DJ Khaled
Lorem Ipsum is the not-really-meaningless dummy text used by designers when they need to "greek" some type into a template. (more…)...
05:33 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing 'Profoundly deaf' baby hears her mom's voice for the first time
According to her mom, blogger Christy Keane, baby Charly was born "profoundly deaf." In this truly heartwarming video, you'll see this precious child responding to her mom's voice for the first time...
05:16 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Buy this guy's time with his own personal cryptocurrency
My Montreal-based tech-entrepreneur friend Evan Prodromou has behind the launch of several companies, including his current one, fuzzy.ai.Evan's also a married dad of two. Additionally, he says he spe...
05:15 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Halloween Brimstone Bread
Instructables member Tye Rannosaurus has baked something special for Halloween, blood-red-on-the-inside and black-as-soot-on-the-outside Brimstone Bread:Rumor has it, when demons in Hell make this bre...
05:14 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Jackie Chan went undercover on Reddit and other sites to answer fan questions
For a publicity stunt for his new movie The Foreigner, the lovable Jackie Chan signed up for a bunch of new online accounts under the name "ActuallyJackieChan" and humorously started answering quest...
05:02 am PDT - Thu, October 19, 2017
BoingBoing Why Trial by Ordeal was like a medieval polygraph
Peter T Lesson writes that the trial by ordeal was "an effective test of guilt", contrary to its brutal suggestion of divine judgment. As unscientific as it seems to determine guilt by dunking someone...
04:44 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Ron Popeil's ingenious crap
Once, humanity was challenged with the effort of scrambling eggs. Then came Ron Popeil.Ron Popeil is like the dad in Gremlins, except he was real. The man invented everything cool you could buy from...
03:49 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Little sled person treks Line Rider track synchronized to In the Hall of the Mountain King
YouTuber DoodleChaos spent over a month configuring a track in the 2006 hit game Line Rider. The result is a delightful harmonic pairing of Edvard Griegs In the Hall of the Mountain King to the orig...
03:37 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Arizona man suspected of destroying home with makeshift spider-killing flamethrower
An Arizona man channeled his inner Ellen Ripley after he was suspected of using a propane torch to burn alien creatures known as spiders from his mobile home Sunday night. Fire officials suspect the ...
03:23 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Dead bodies can soon be liquified under new California law
Californians nearing the end or getting an early start choosing how they want to decay can now consider liquid cremation due to a new state law allowing the procedure by 2020. California will be the 1...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Miami Police Union President Javier Ortiz, who harassed woman on Facebook, promoted to Captain
Do a Google search on Javier Ortiz and Miami and you'll read about a cop who has gotten in trouble numerous times for things that would get most people fired or jailed. But Lt. Ortiz, president of the...
02:41 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing How to put posters on a wall without holes
I'm not sure why Google translate thinks a magnet () is a "masturbation stone" but this is a good tip, nevertheless. Simply tape paper clips to the wall and then secure your poster with small masturba...
02:21 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing My adult novels are being reissued with covers to match Walkaway!
When I first saw Will Stahle's cover art for my novel Walkaway, I was pleased beyond all reason (and not least because I am an unabashed Stahle fanboy, as he is behind some of the greatest covers of o...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing New line of beautiful and classic-looking microphone cables from Spencer Tweedy
Is this thing on? Spencer Tweedy (son of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) is bringing his design sensibility and appreciation for finely-crafted musical gear to one of the most boring and ubiquitous items on stag...
01:16 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Excerpt from Lynda Barry's new illustrated novella, The Good Times are Killing Me
Drawn & Quarterly has a new edition of Lynda Barrys coming-of-age novella, The Good Times are Killing MeYoung Edna Arkins lives in a neighborhood that is rapidly changing, thanks to white flight from ...
12:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Documentary on right-wing "three-percent" militia in the U.S.
As part of Vice's new video series, Hysteria, which examines mass social panics in the U.S., here's a 20-minute documentary about the Georgia III% Security Force -- "one of Americas right-wing, pro-...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Space archaeology: A conversation with TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak
The After On podcast a series ofunhurried conversations with thinkers, founders, and scientists. It began as a complement to the novelAfter On, in that its first eight episodes explore science, tech, ...
12:19 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Rep. Wilson describes Trump in no uncertain terms
"This man is a sick man. He is cold hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone." said Florida Congressperson Frederica Wilson, of US President Donald Trump.Wilson was with her constituent, ...
12:13 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing This $10 stainless steel insulated tumbler is almost identical to a $30 Yeti tumbler
Looking for an insulated travel tumbler? Consider this $10 Polar Pad Drifter Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler (30-ounce). It's nearly identical to the 30-ounce Yeti, but 1/3 the price. If 30-o...
12:12 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Andy Warhol in TDK cassette TV commercials from Japan, 1983
Warhol:Business art is the step that comes after art. I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist. Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. During ...
12:03 pm PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing This record store only carries 'Whipped Cream and Other Delights,' and it ain't for sale
Back in the nineties, I knew this guy who had an art car covered in Herb Alpert's most recognizable album, the bestselling 1965 Whipped Cream & Other Delights. You know the one, it's green and got...
11:50 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Make Deckard's Binoculars from Blade Runner 2049
This week on Maker Update, Blade Runner binoculars, setbacks at Glowforge, custom zipper pulls, JOY pads, and colorized laser engraving. This weeks Cool Tool is the Canary Corrugated Cardboard Cutte...
11:43 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Dragon skeleton discovered in China
This video and the photos below reportedly depict a 60-foot dragon skeleton unearthed in the city of Zhangjiakou in Northern China's Hebei province. Some observers insist it's a hoax, but we know be...
11:20 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful, sad, and hopeful Web comic by a man who lost his home in the Nor Cal fires
Comic artist Brian Fies and his family lost their home last week in the Northern California fires. To process the tragedy, the Eisner Award-winner made a deeply moving Web comic about it. Seen here ar...
11:09 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing NYPD has no backup for its seized property database, recording millions in annual seizures
The Property and Evidence Tracking System (PETS) is the NYPD's huge database where it stores ownership information on the millions in New Yorkers' property it takes charge of every year (including abo...
11:04 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Edition of Fahrenheit 451 that can only be read by burning the pages
Next year, French graphic design house Super Terrain will publish this very special edition of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 that can only be read by burning the pages. (more…)...
10:56 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Leaked ICE forfeiture manual instructs agents to seize houses if they contain a phone implicated in crime
ICE have become house-flippers, using the notorious and discredited "civil asset forfeiture" process to steal houses from people they say were involved in crime, then selling the houses to fund their ...
10:47 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing A talented impersonator is scamming Richard Branson and pals for millions
Richard Branson got a call from the UK Secretary of State for Defence asking for his help in a covert ransom payment of $5m to rescue a ranking diplomat from kidnappers; Branson recognised the man's v...
10:35 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Smalltown America finds ecstasy at Dollar General
I love dollar stores, and so does rural America. Dollar General, in particular, is cleaning up in the towns so out of the way even Wal-Mart can't make business there.The Decatur store is one of 1,000 ...
10:30 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Mobile ad technique allows stalkers to follow you around a city for less than $1000
This month, University of Washington researchers will present Exploring ADINT: Using Ad Targeting for Surveillance on aBudget or How Alice Can Buy Ads to Track Bob at the Workshop on Privacy in the ...
10:27 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Here is Apple's self-driving car prototype
Here are new images of Apple's self-driving car technology (Project Titan) mounted on a Lexus RX350. That gear on the top is a rack of six LIDAR sensors that use lasers to collect spatial data about t...
10:22 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing An update from the War on Rats
I cut back the vegetation around my home, as it had grown up too high over the wild rainy season and hot summer. Rats had taken over the brush and ivy. My landscaping left them nowhere to go. Nowhere ...
10:12 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Syndaver: A $95K animatronic cadaver that's replacing med-school corpses
The Syndaver is a super-realistic robotic human corpse simulator with replaceable viscera that med students can dissect again and again, freeing them to use the donated bodies of people who willed the...
10:03 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Troubles loom for patent trolls who rent sovereign immunity from Native American tribes
In September, we learned that the pharma giant Allergan had sold key patents to the St Regis Mohawk band in upstate New York, in a bid to avoid a streamlined patent-challenge process called inter par...
09:33 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing IRS to America: you were probably already doxed before the Equifaxpocalype, so don't worry about it
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said that he didn't expect the risk of fraud to go up this tax-filing season despite the world-beating Equifax breach of 145,000,000 Americans' sensitive personal and fi...
09:09 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Engineer/hero/entrepreneur Limor "ladyada" Fried was kicked off Facebook and no one will tell her why
Limor "ladyada" Fried (previously) is one of the great hardware hackers of her generation and is the co-founder of the pioneering open source hardware company Adafruit; she's also not allowed on Faceb...
09:08 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Happy birthday, Dawn Wells!
The amazing Dawn Wells turns 79 today. (Thanks, Rob Bronstein!)...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing The social media marketing biz is booming
 Running your social media profiles with a razor-sharp focus has proven to be a viable way to keep your brand above the ever-increasing noise of the internet. If you are looking to drive more tra...
08:45 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Two of the Chicago airport cops who beat up Dr David Dao got fired for lying about it (but not for the beating)
Two of the four Chicago Department of Aviation Security officers who beat United Airlines passenger Dr David Dao until he was unconscious, concussing him, breaking his nose and then dragging him off t...
08:44 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Can it be true? A working 'Dick Tracy Wrist Watch'
Oh boy! A working Dick Tracy Wrist Watch is probably second only to a working Class B9 Model M3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot on my wishlist!These guys don't tell you much...
08:28 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing The insincerity of your protest is deafening
This jerk at an NFL game doesn't feel folks should protest civil injustice against black Americans by kneeling, but thinks the flag is there to keep his ass dry.Who is disrespecting what?Via Deadspin....
08:17 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing $10 photo lightbox sure comes in handy
I've been using this $10 lightbox an awful lot.This is simply a white plastic box with some very white LED lights and two foam backdrops. There is nothing to it. You can fold it up to the size of a le...
07:21 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing BBC news anchor inexplicably clasps ream of paper during segment
Hypothesis: "Where's my fucking iPad prop? I need m...Just give me some fucking paper or something! Wait, not that, oh for FUCK'S SAgood morning and welcome to BBC News."...
07:17 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing The Tories replaced benefits with "universal credit" and left a town to starve
In 2013, the Scottish city of Inverness had the unfortunate fate of being picked as the trial site for a pilot of "universal credit," one of the UK Conservative government's big ideas, in which the va...
07:14 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Dying 59-year-old chimpanzee recognizes old friend
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INa-oOAexno&feature=youtu.beMama was 59 years old, the oldest among Amsterdam's Royal Burgers Zoo chimpanzee colony.Jan van Hooff (emeritus professor behavioural biolog...
05:30 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Gentleman takes issue with fellow car racer's parking skills
At Anderson Speedway in Indiana, driver Jeffrey Swinford was not pleased with Shawn Cullen for crashing into him and taking both of them out of a race. Then Cullen was not pleased with Swinford park...
05:25 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Swedish-to-English IKEA product name dictionary
My Swedish-born (former Rubik's Cube champion) pal Lars Petrus has created a Swedish-to-English IKEA product name dictionary.He writes: Part of what makes IKEA unique is their product names. Each name...
05:25 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing Dead 2017 pop culture trends are laid to rest in this art teacher's front lawn
For art teacher Michael Fry of Mamaroneck, New York, certain 2017 trends need to be dead and buried. So, for the past few Halloweens, he's made tombstone lawn decorations that lay specific trends to r...
05:13 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing More songs' emotional moods inverted with key changes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=J-gf_bxV00sThe Week catches up on a few years' worth of "minor to major" edits to well-known sad or dark songs, upsetting the mood to happy or humorous...
05:00 am PDT - Wed, October 18, 2017
BoingBoing The NFLs leaked memo on acceptable player stances during the national anthem
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02:22 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Boba tea advertisement: edgy or bad translation?
Joey deVilla says of this sign found in a Thailand boba tea bar, "I cant tell if theyre trying to be edgy or just got a bad translation."...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Portrait of Alan Turing algorithmically approximated by ellipses, in six panels
Jeremy Kun, a mathematics PhD from UI Chicago, created this portrait of computer science pioneer Alan Turing using ellipses.I made an art thing. It's Alan Turing algorithmically approximated by el...
02:10 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Lawyer uses too fat defense to try and help client stay out of prison
A Florida attorney filed a petition saying a nearly six-and-a-half year prison term would eat up most of his clients time left to live, due to the clients large weight.Attorney Curtis Fallgatter someh...
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Georgia gubernatorial candidate holding a bump stock giveaway
Republican Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams is holding a giveaway for a bump stock the same type of device law enforcement officials say the Vegas shooter used to kill over 50 people during a conc...
01:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Comic about Melania Trump as a secret agent fighting against cyberbullies
From The New Yorker: "Ward Sutton illustrates a satirical comic strip envisioning Melania Trump as a secret agent who went undercover in the U.S. to fight cyberbullying."...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Stephen Fry's lecture on a hopeful, cautious, excited vision of a better technological world
https://youtu.be/24F6C1KfbjMStephen Fry's hour-long Shannon Luminary Lecture at Bell Labs tries to bridge the despair of a world where technology enables bullying, greed and surveillance; the optimi...
01:32 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Step right up for the incredible real-life story of the marvelous Cardiff Giant
In 1869, two men were digging a well on the farm of William Newell in Cardiff, New York when they discovered the body of a ten-foot-tall man buried in the earth. Unfortunately, the famed Cardiff Giant...
01:17 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Colorado has had a 6% drop in opioid deaths since legalizing marijuana
Contrary to Jeff Session's alternative fact that pot is a gateway to hard drugs, a study reveals that Colorado has had a drop in opioid deaths since it legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014...
12:13 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Buy Steve McQueen's auto racing suit from Le Mans
You will never be as cool as Steve McQueen, but for around $500,000, you could win the actual Hinchman race suit and Bell helmet he sported in Le Mans, the classic 1971 auto racing film. It's up for b...
12:08 pm PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing This computer case looks like it has a tiny dancing girl inside it
PC#er pic.twitter.com/S0kE1lm9sM— [email protected] (@ippupu_ava) October 14, 2017Hatsune Miku is a virtual idol created by a music software company. Thanks to a liberal user license, people can create apps an...
11:46 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Mona Lisa Overdrive, my favorite William Gibson novel, on sale for $1.99 in Kindle edition
I gave away or lost my paperback copy of Gibson's superlative 1988 novel, Mona Lisa Overdrive. The Kindle edition is on sale today for just $1.99, so I bought it and am looking forward to re-reading i...
11:44 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing The name of the next Star Wars movie is...
(drumroll) Ok, so here's a special message as we wrap production! #starwars A post shared by RealRonHoward (@realronhoward) on Oct 17, 2017 at 9:04am PDT ...
11:38 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Voyager Golden Record celebration at Cornell University this week
On Thursday (10/19) and Friday (10/20) this week, Cornell University will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager Golden Record, the gold phonograph records launched into space in 1977 as a mess...
11:16 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Florida woman throws handfulls of nacho cheese at 7-11 clerk
Florida. Apparently, a shopper became irate when a dutiful 7-11 clerk asked she pump, rather than scoop her nacho cheese. It is unclear how quickly the disagreement turned violent, but the cheese was ...
11:14 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing What a Transparent Day: A new musical compilation of psych nuggets is upon us
When the original Nuggets collection came out in 1972 on Elektra Records.it was a BIG thing. Collecting some of the greatest garage and psych recordings from the 60s, the record took a period of musi...
10:59 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing The story behind 5:04 PM, the art car made by the Loma Prieta earthquake
Twenty-eight years ago today, an art car was born in an earthquake.Its owner, Burning Man founder Michael Mikel (aka "Danger Ranger"), shares the story:On October 17, 1989 at 5:04 PM, the Loma Prieta ...
10:51 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Go watch Netflix' 'American Vandal'
Rarely do I enjoy new television. American Vandal is absolutely wonderful.I listened to about 10 minutes of Serial and shut it off. I've always preferred to see the irony in life, rather than be rem...
10:44 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing WPA2 was kracked because it was based on a closed standard that you needed to pay to read
How did a bug like krack fester in WPA2, the 13-year-old wifi standard whose flaws have rendered hundreds of millions of devices insecure, some of them permanently so? (more…)...
10:34 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Google Maps pulls feature that shows how many mini-cupcakes it takes to walk somewhere
Responding to complaints from people with eating disorders, Google quickly shuttered a test feature from the iOS version of Google Maps that showed how many mini-cupcakes' worth of calories it would t...
10:25 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing California becomes first to recognize nonbinary gender on state IDs
On Sunday Governor Jerry Brown signed the the Gender Recognition Act into law. From The Mary Sue:Residents can now mark themselves as male, female, or nonbinary on all identity documents issued by t...
10:18 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Clear reflective spray for cyclists who ride at night
https://youtu.be/X7Z9RoZRyBUI constantly worry some distracted motorist will run me down and say "I never even saw him." I wear a hi-viz vest with a bunch of reflective material on it, a white helmet ...
09:00 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing This course bundle teaches you how to build apps on the Ethereum blockchain
 The Ethereum platform makes it possible to run code with no central server. By spreading data across multiple redundant nodes, applications are effectively immune to single points of failure and...
08:56 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Classic Hanna-Barbera sound effects
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGYuOqA0pnwIn this video [via Spacetwinks], Hanna-Barbera sound editor Paul Douglas's 10 favorite sound effects are presented for your amusement and transformative misu...
08:47 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Air-horn version of a-ha's 'Take on Me'
"Take on horn" is YouTuber Kyrne's humorous take on a-ha's 1985 hit "Take on Me" and it's pretty funny.And who remembers this gem? If 2008 was the last time you watched the literal version of the "T...
08:46 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Suburban LEGO Sisyphus mows his lawn over and over again
2015 gave us the wonderful kinetic LEGO sculpture of the tragic Greek mythological character Sisyphus perpetually pushing a boulder.When creator Jason Allemann of JKBrickworks saw fellow LEGO artist...
08:44 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing A fugly ALF Christmas Sweater exists
There's a time and place for intentionally ironic sweaters and apparently it's the holidays. Enter the ALF Ugly Christmas Sweater by Fun.com: Add [it] to your wishlist if you're in favor of having the...
07:15 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Alleged sex offender smashes computer in courtroom
In this courtroom footage, an accused man executes his cunning plan: smash up a computer. (more…)...
07:06 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Bake: fizzing Alien facehugger pudding-cups
Hellen Die admits that her recipe for Alien facehugger pudding-cups "isn't easy": you have to make egg-molds that you cover with pastry and decorate to resemble HR Giger-esque Alien eggs, then use mor...
07:02 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Computer-generated maps imagine America redivided into equal-population areas
America votes Democrat but elects Republicans, and it's all thanks to how the country is divided up. Even if gerrymandering dies in court, Americans must still live with the the plain fact that every ...
06:59 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Panama Papers journalist assassinated by car bomb in Malta
Daphne Caruana Galizia, one of the lead journalists on the Panama Papers story, has been assassinated by a car-bomb in the town of Bidnija in northern Malta. (more…)...
06:55 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing The internet went wild for this 100% spiderless-pie
This isn't suspicious, no, not at all. On Saturday, David Orr of Bloomington, Indiana posted a photo of his entry in a local pie contest on Twitter and immediately got a big reaction. Why? Because Orr...
06:52 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Tiny 3D-printed Raspberry Pi cases look like classic computers
RetroPi makes adorable 3D-printed replicas of old, large computers for you install new, tiny computers within. [via]...
06:45 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Original DeLorean mechanic's uniform on eBay
A deadstock DeLorean mechanic's jumpsuit turned up on eBay, and it's yours for $199. Better grab it quick or you'll be outtatime.Original Delorean Corp. Stock - DELOREAN MECHANIC'S UNIFORM - for the o...
06:40 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Jeremy Corbyn: damned right we're a threat to the economic order
Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond called the Labour Party an "existential challenge to our economic model"; to which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said, that is "absolutely right" and that...
04:55 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing You can interact with this cat in real time
Russsian YouTuber Alex Ulitin has rigged a way for people all over the world to interact with his cat in real time. By using certain commands, anyone can feed or play with his orange tabby using You...
04:22 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing Last-ditch plan to save 30 remaining vaquitas, earth's tiniest porpoises
Vaquita CPR is the international effort to save the "pandas of the sea," critically endangered and super-cute vaquitas, the earth's smallest species of porpoises. Only 30 are believed to live in their...
03:55 am PDT - Tue, October 17, 2017
BoingBoing 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story
Excited to stumble upon this recently-released documentary on a real '80s phenomenon: 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story*.In the 1980s a bunch of underground cartoonists parodied a pop...
03:34 pm PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Drawn and Quarterly's incredible Montreal book store
This summer in Montreal I stopped by the Drawn & Quarterly book store on 211 Bernard St. Visiting the store was one of the highlights of my trip to Montreal, and it is definitely worth checking out.D...
03:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Anker Astro E1 Candy-Bar Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger
I've always had a good experience with Anker products, so when I saw this 6700 mAh battery on sale for $14, I bought it. I have other batteries with a lot more capacity, but I wanted one that was more...
02:40 pm PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing This bunk bed sofa sleeper is a masterpiece of engineering
Ignoring the fact that the upholstery is hideous and the beds look like prison cots, this bunk bed sofa sleeper is a mechanical marvel.Awesome Sofa King...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Meet "Dr. Kitty," the teenager who performed unlicensed cosmetic surgery from her basement
Anyone considering undergoing cosmetic surgery performed by an unlicensed teenager named Dr Kitty in her basement should be aware that there's a risk of infection.From a Toronto Police press release:I...
02:21 pm PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing GOP congressional candidate from Florida says she knows space aliens
Republican congressional candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is super lucky because she is friendly with intelligent space creatures who once took her on a ride in the flying saucer when she was a li...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Cool print from artist Barnaby Ward to assist the hurricane victims of Irma and Maria
My friend Barnaby Ward is an artist who lives in Barbados. He emailed me and said:I have a new, limited edition print for sale, with all profits going towards aiding the hurricane victims of Irma and ...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing This 'storm glass' is stupid but looks neat
This decorative storm glass "predicts" the weather. Admiral FitzRoy says so.It seems natural, to me anyway, that there would be a storm glass on my curio packed shelves. Purported to change in advance...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Pluto's equator is covered in skyscraper-sized methane ice blades
As NASA continues to examine the treasure trove of data from the New Horizons project, one interesting phenomenon at Pluto's equator has been identified as massive ice blades made of methane. (more&...
11:22 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Social bots as a threat to democracy
In The Guardian, my Institute for the Future colleagues Marina Gorbis and Sam Woolley write about social bots as a threat to democracy:Social media platforms may be able to track and report on politic...
10:37 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Supportive Burger Wife and Burger Heiress costumes
If you search Amazon for Linda Belcher from the animated TV show Bob's Burgers, you will find the "Supportive Burger Wife" costume. [via Nicole Zhu] Not to be left out, though, are members of the youn...
10:33 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's dumbest utterances presented as comic book covers
Donald Trump has said many astoundingly stupid things in his spoiled, thuggish life. R. Sikoryak's The Unquotable Trump, compiles Trump's biggest whoppers, boners, and boasts, presenting them as fami...
10:22 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Scientists detect incredible collision of neutron stars
Astronomers have detected the collision of a pair of dead stars, called a kilonova, that caused a cosmic ripple of gravitational waves around 130 million years ago. It turns out these kinds of massive...
09:56 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Russian van comes with Tetris built into the dashboard
Some models of Russian GAZelle Next commercial vans and trucks have Tetris integrated into the instrument cluster as an Easter egg. Here's the Google translation of the YouTube poster's instructions...
09:32 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Ricky Jay's wonderful "Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women" TV special from 1989
Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women is a compendium of curiosities by magician and historian of wonders Ricky Jay. In 1989, CBS aired a TV special inspired by the book and featuring a "human calculator...
09:30 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing My polonium-powered Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
Radioactive toys for kids? Hell yes! In 1947 these Kix Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb rings were all the range.For .15 and a box top you could have your own wearable spinthariscope. The advertising claimed y...
09:25 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Someone cosplayed the Javits Center at this year's New York Comic-Con (which is held at the Javits Center)
Tired: cosplaying the carpet at Dragoncon (even if you do get bonus points for attracting spurious copyright threats from the venue!); Wired: cosplaying the venue itself!. (via Neatorama) (more&hellip...
09:20 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Super Mario star in fairy tale anime
Released in Japan in 1989, Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros is a series of three fairy tale animations starring the Super Mario characters. From the Mario Wiki:The series contains: Super Mario M...
09:18 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Papercraft haunted dollhouse furniture, housewares and decor
Spanish Etsy seller EasyPrintAndCut makes tiny, printable papercraft furniture, housewares and decor for haunted dollhouses: grimoires, vampire hunting kits, spooky wallpaper and wainscotting, tiny ta...
09:05 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Canadian Parliament cancels plan to legalize drunk canoeing
Proposed Canadian legislation to legalise operating watercraft "propelled exclusively by means of muscular power" has been canceled, after the Canadian Safe Boating Council convinced the legislation's...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing uTalk helps you learn new languages from your phone
 While theres a plethora of free and ad-supported resources for learning languages, they dont often don't offer a strong focus on conversational fluency. uTalk teaches you how to speak like a nat...
08:19 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Incredible portraits of chosen people by artist Drew Freidman
I've said before that Drew Friedman is the greatest living portrait artist, and his new book, Drew Freidman's Chosen People, offers proof of my claim. It's available for pre-order now.Featuring over 1...
08:19 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Incredible portraits of chosen people by artist Drew Friedman
I've said before that Drew Friedman is the greatest living portrait artist, and his new book, Drew Friedman's Chosen People, offers proof of my claim. It's available for pre-order now.Featuring over 1...
07:14 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Alarmed by racy material in Cosmo, Utah state senator wants to revive state pornography czar
Utah state senator Todd Weiler (@goptodd, (801) 538-1035) made his nutjob-religious-grandstander bones by proposing preinstalled mandatory porn-filtering software on all mobile phones, has found a new...
06:50 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Defect in Subaru keyless entry system makes it trivial to sniff and clone your car-keys
https://youtu.be/ewMZCxi8l8ASubaru's wireless keyless entry protocol uses a system of "rolling codes" that jump from one value to another in a way that is supposed to be impossible to predict withou...
06:35 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing How Facebook broke America
Alexis Madrigal describes What Facebook Did to American Democracy and why it was so hard to see it coming. Foreign exploitation of Facebook's ad system in the 2016 election was just the end result of ...
06:28 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing KRACK! Wifi's go-to security, WPA2, is fatally flawed, and will probably never be patched in many places
US CERT has privately circulated an advisory warning key stakeholders about the imminent publication of Key Reinstallation Attacks (KRACK), which exploit a heretofore unknown flaw in the WPA2 wifi sec...
05:28 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Twitter from beginning to end
Mike Monteiro writes about his experience of Twitter over the years, and the growing failure of its leadership to take responsibility for what it has become....when companies tell you they need to be ...
05:11 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Connector Alignment Chart
I just read Marco Arment's lament for the dire state of the USB-C ecology, where you never know if any given machine, gadget or cable will do the thing you want it to. I thought about all the ports in...
04:58 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Daily Mail retracts global warming article, but did anyone notice?
Earlier this year, UK tabloid The Daily Mail, famous for its incompetent fakery, published a bombshell article claiming "World leaders duped by manipulated global warming data". This article was haile...
04:30 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a praying mantis watching videos
Turns out it's not just cats who like to watch videos on smartphones. InsecthausTV played one for a praying mantis, who responded in quite a catlike manner. (more…)...
04:29 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing You can do everything in Javascript with six characters: []()!
Springing from the august tradition of esoteric programming language Brainfuck, behold the mind-mangling power of JSFuck. (more…)...
04:25 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Enjoy some terrific bluegrass banjo from Steve Martin's band
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are making the rounds to support The Long-Awaited Album, including this stop at NPR. (more…)...
04:20 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Engineers tackling "porch pirate" package pilfering problem
Tens of millions of Americans have had packages stolen from their porches and mailboxes. Now major online retailers are looking at novel ways to deliver packages to car trunks, lockboxes, and even ins...
04:19 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Artist Kyle Kesterson draws the faces he sees in things
I'm going to brag about my friend Kyle Kesterson for a minute. A few years back, I listened to him tell his story on stage at Dent, a fabulous retreat we both attend. I was immediately captivated by h...
04:00 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this impressive 'Wizard of Oz' high school pep rally
Pep rallies were never this cool at my school. Watch the dance team at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona slay it with their energetic interpretation of The Wizard of Oz.(Pee-wee Herman)...
03:59 am PDT - Mon, October 16, 2017
BoingBoing Johnny Cash's smart-alecky to-do list
The late-great Johnny Cash had a playful sense of humor, as evidenced by this to-do list.According to a 2012 New York Times article, the note, which was hand written by the legendary Man in Black, was...
07:56 pm PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Why Adafruit thinks it's legal to stamp Harriet Tubman over Andrew Jackson on the US $20
Adafruit greeted the news that Trump Treasure Secretary Steve Mnuchin had cancelled the plan to make the great hero Harriet Tubman the first African-American and the first woman on US currency with a ...
12:41 pm PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Great Pyrenees puppies playing
Happy Sunday!...
12:08 pm PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Tapper presses Tillerson on "moron" claim
Jake Tapper explains to the United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, why folks care if he called Orange Julius a "moron." Tillerson doesn't care....
11:32 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Nonsensical Rifle Addiction: America's terrible epidemic
Bellevue Theatre Amsterdam's Sunday with Lubach sets their scopes on the NRA....
09:00 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Telcos "selling realtime ability to associate web browsing with name & address"
Telcos provide API access to your phone's location, along with your name and address, writes Philip Neutstrom. With two links, to danalinc.com and payfone.com, he shows that these sites can access thi...
09:00 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Heres how to learn every nook and cranny of Microsoft Excel and Office
 Most jobs dont demand much in the way of serious technology proficiency, but knowledge of Microsoft Office is all but required for any position that involves a computer. If youre looking to add ...
07:53 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Puerto Rico's streets crawl with heavily armed, masked mercenaries bearing no insignia or nametags
Though Puerto Rican law prohibits ownership and bearing of most long-guns and especially semiautomatic weapons, the streets of the stricken US colony now throng with mercenaries in tactical gear beari...
07:39 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing North Korea owes its nukes to the amazing, flexible CNC mill
Since the 1990s, North Korea has aggressively pursued development -- and importation -- of CNC mills, the ubiquitous makerspace staples that automatically machine complex forms out of blocks of metal,...
07:30 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing A parametric model to 3D print housekeys from photos
It's been nearly a decade since the first proof-of-concept demos showing that keys could be reproduced on 3D printers from distant, angled photos surfaced, and six years since the first parametric Ope...
07:28 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trump could be put in jail for his attacks on NFL players
Trump's Fascistic, un-American rantings about NFL players kneeling in protest during the playing of the National Anthem are offensive and repugnant. But they're also probably illegal, carrying a poss...
07:21 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing How landscape architects fight the last war while designing against mass shootings
Landscape architects are increasingly in the business of designing spaces that are resistant to mass shootings, terrorists driving their cars into crowds and other forms of murderous, technology-assis...
07:21 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Sonoma fires verified information clearinghouse: evacuations, shelters, donations and support
Trisha Weir writes, "In the wake of the massive fires in Northern California, one of the biggest problems was a lack of centralized infrastructure for information. A group of engineers at a non-profit...
06:57 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing New tool helps authors claim their copyrights back from publishers (even "perpetual assignments")
Under US copyright law, creators who have signed away their copyrights for the "full duration of copyright" can still get their rights back from publishers under something called the "Termination of T...
05:04 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing The Roots teach a 'Schoolhouse Rock!'-style lesson on slavery
The season premiere of the TV show black-ish featured this Schoolhouse Rock!-inspired history lesson about the ending of slavery in America. That alone would be cool but they went the extra mile and...
05:04 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing A walk through the French Quarter's 'Museum of Bad Taste'
I know a kindred spirit when I see one and New Orleans-based bon vivant Sam Malvaney is definitely "one of us," a true kitsch lovin' collector. Take a walk with Sam --who's dressed in a leopard-prin...
05:04 am PDT - Sun, October 15, 2017
BoingBoing Mystery-flavored Oreos
In the past few years, Nabisco has come up with some seriously strange Oreos. To name a few, they've made limited-edition cookies that (purportedly) taste like PB&J, Jelly Donuts, Waffles & Sy...
04:57 pm PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing The technical trainwreck that is USB-C
Marco Arment calmly explains USB-C, a garble of different standards shoehorned into using physically identical ports and cables which nonetheless remain maddeningly incompatible with one another.Its c...
12:36 pm PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Silicone dish scrubbers: because I'm tired of being told kitchen sponges are gross
I've been trying these silicone dish scrubbers. They work great and don't get disgusting like sponges.A few weeks ago some internet meme thingery got into my head, and made me throw out all my sponges...
12:05 pm PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Pimp Tribble
This is supposedly a cheap fluffy clutch bag you an buy at Amazon, but it's clearly a native of Iota Geminorum IV who has found success in life....
10:57 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Body cam footage of Sonoma County deputy's rescue efforts
This body cam footage of a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy working rescue efforts is intense.Wild-fires in Northern California have displaced our friends, poisoned our air, and kept many, many Happy ...
10:08 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Courtney Love warn young actresses about Harvey Weinstein back in 2005
From a red carpet interview at the 2005 "Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson": Courtney Love worries for a moment about "libel" and then goes ahead with her warning for young actresses not to acce...
09:00 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing KeySmart Pro makes it nearly impossible to lose track of your keys
 Its easy to find a lost phone, but your house keys are usually a different story. The KeySmart Pro is a handy key organizer that features Tile smart location, so your keys can always let you kno...
07:19 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Beloved local restauranteur can't sell coffee or tea because Starbucks strongarmed the landlord
The Arepa Lady started as a food-cart in Jackson Heights, Queens, owned by Maria Cano, whose son and daughter-in-law have continued the family business, moving into permanent digs, with seating for 30...
07:06 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Art book captures spaceship artist's drawing-a-day regime
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2027795026/starshipwright-book-oneJeff Zugale is an artist specializing almost exclusively in spaceships: if you've seen a really nice spaceship in a game (Bioshoc...
07:02 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing IRS changes its mind about giving Equifax $7.5m to fight fraud (for now)
Weeks after Equifax announced its worst-in-world-history breach, the IRS awarded the company a $7.5 million no-bid contract to prevent fraud. (more…)...
06:55 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Weird Al scales back for his 2018 'Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour'
"Weird Al" Yankovic is switching things up for his upcoming North American tour. He's putting away all his props, costumes, and video screens and pulling out "obscure songs you barely remember."He's...
06:53 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing For sale: (1) Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band
If you've been looking to put your paws on a real animatronic band, get thee to Visalia! In August, the kiddie entertainment chain announced that they were breaking up the band. Now, one has popped up...
06:51 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Home Depot teaches millennials to use tape measures
Many parents were apparently too lazy to teach millennials how to do even the most basic DIY projects like how to use a tape measure, so Home Depot has released a series of videos based on popular m...
06:51 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing What does DNA taste like? An investigation
Strawberries are delicious, but is DNA extracted from strawberries delicious? Chemist NileRed extracted some DNA using food safe ingredients, then dried it and tasted it so we don't have to. (more&h...
06:51 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Reminder: train slipstreams can suck baby strollers onto the tracks
Set the brake on your baby carriage, wheelchair, or wheeled luggage if you plan to take your hands off it. Don't want this to happen. Luckily, this one was empty. (more…)...
06:42 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing Septic masculinity: when homophobia prevents men from literally wiping their own asses
Keith Calder has been looking around on Reddit and has found a string of messages from baffled, distressed women whose male romantic partners literally don't wipe their asses because touching themselv...
05:50 am PDT - Sat, October 14, 2017
BoingBoing A fun, multi-instrument cover of 'Hey Ya!' by Walk off the Earth
You probably remember indie Canadian band Walk off the Earth from their 2012 viral cover of Gotye's "Somebody that I used to know." In the video, five band members cover the song by playing just one...
10:13 pm PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Giant artwork of buildings having sex too graphic for outside Louvre, going to Pompidou instead
The Louvre in Paris decided that the "Domestikator," the 40-foot-tall installation by Atelier Van Lieshout seen above, wasn't the right fit for the adjacent Tuileries Gardens. The plan was to show it ...
05:53 pm PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Large cat spotted
Impeccable camera work. This really should win a Pawlitzer....
03:55 pm PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing What is this bizarre mystery creature emerging from a toilet?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c73_irWX2moIn Alor Setar, Malaysia, married couple Zul Hanif Anip, 25, and his wife Puteri shot this video of a strange slithering creature emerging from their toilet. ...
03:42 pm PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Watch an incredible demonstration of Slinky tricks
And yet I can barely get mine to walk down the stairs. (KumaFilms via Kottke)And if you're not hip to the fantastic story of the Slinky's invention:In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical enginee...
01:32 pm PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing How musician Dan Deacon collaborated with real rats for the Rat Film soundtrack
Today, Dan Deacon, composer of avant-EDM, freaky electro, and contemporary classical works, released his score for Theo Anthony's new documentary Rat Film, about the history of Baltimore told throug...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing You have to watch the LA Metro system's PSAs
Holy video craziness, Batman! These are just brilliant.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gShYLoTLbTYThe red monster reminds me of Muno from Yo Gabba Gabba.Evidently directed by @mikediva...
11:56 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Halloween keycaps
1up Keyboards has these black and orange keycaps in stock, just in time for spooky season. They're $100 a set, and you'll need to have a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches to plug them into. ...
11:50 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing TSA will let you travel with a motorcycle airbag
If you were wondering if you can take a Helite vest on a airplane in the USA, you can. Ignore internet forums.I ride with a Helite Turtle inflatable vest. I do not have the miles on it to give a pro...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing US Government's botched Puerto Rico spin job emailed to reporter
Even after telling FEMA and DOD officials they were improperly copying a reporter on internal discussions the embarrassing emails continued. Bloomberg has annotated and published some examples:Late la...
10:24 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing South Park jabs Harvey as one to "victimize innocent people and poop in little girls' mouths"
South Park yucks it up with some Harvey-poop potty humor this week. When Catman and his pals, dressed as "superheroes," are accused by an ex-Instagram follower that that they "victimize innocent peo...
10:17 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Pandering to zealotry Trump says America worships Christian god
Shitting all over centuries of American history, the sitting President of the United States declared In America, we dont worship government, we worship God. while speaking to a bunch of zealots at the...
09:26 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing $12 chainmail scrubber works wonders on waffle irons
Cleaning a cast iron pan is no problem. Cleaning a waffle iron can be a pain in the ass. This $12 chainmail scrubber gets into the nooks and crannies..Fucking waffles. I have no idea why, likely it is...
09:00 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Halloween Gift Guide
Darkness falls across the land The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood To terrorize yalls neighborhood And whosoever shall be found With the cash for getting dow...
09:00 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing How to program networks with Python
 Python is an amazingly versatile programming language. Aside from being a primary tool for both data scientists and web developers, its also very well-suited for building network infrastructure....
08:48 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing How do you dump the firmware from a "secure" voting machine? With a $15 open source hardware board
One of the highlights of this year's Defcon conference in Vegas was the Voting Machine Hacking Village, where security researchers tore apart the "secure" voting machines America trusts its democracy ...
08:41 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Bitmarks: using blockchain and human-readable keys to protect indie hardware businesses from fraud
Legendary hardware hacker Andrew "bunnie" Huang (previously) has an open-source hardware company called Chibitronics; anyone can make their own version of a Chibitronics product, because Bunnie is con...
08:12 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Listen to the theme music for today, Friday, October 13
Above, the soundtrack for today, composed by Harry Manfredini in 1980. And a special bonus below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiFd3cjAy0g...
05:36 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Barbara Walters tells Cory Feldman "you're damaging an entire industry" when he warns of Hollywood abuse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rujeOqadOVQThere's knowing about it, and there's knowing where your bread is buttered, and then there's this....
05:36 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Barbara Walters tells Corey Feldman "you're damaging an entire industry" when he warns of Hollywood abuse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rujeOqadOVQThere's knowing about it, and there's knowing where your bread is buttered, and then there's this....
05:01 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Timely article about how awful it is online
It's often pointed out that Twitter presents a nightmarish vista of abuse, harm and arbitrary enforcement, a place where trolls and Nazis laughingly exploit the management's ideological vanity and the...
04:55 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Lessig wants to fix the electoral college
Federalism is hard: to reassure small states that bigger ones won't clobber them and their interests, federalist agreements usually have some kind of non-proportional representation built into their a...
04:46 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing Mermaid knee-socks!
OK, I know I said we were at peak funny-sock back in August, but can we make an exception for these $7.50 mermaid knee-socks?. (via Crazy Abalone)...
04:05 am PDT - Fri, October 13, 2017
BoingBoing qutebrowser: a keyboard-based web browser for the no-clicks clique
It's almost impossible to use most modern apps without using a pointing device or sausage, but a new browser out today is focused entirely on surfing the web with keyboard only. Named qutebrowser, it ...
12:11 pm PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing New sensor pill like a "Fitbit" you can swallow to monitor your stomach
Researchers have developed a flexible sensor meant to be rolled up into a dissolvable capsule and swallowed so it can detect gastrointestinal problems and monitor food intake and digestion. The sensor...
11:47 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Horses' facial expressions similar to those of humans
Horses use 17 discrete facial movements in communication, compared to 27 for people, 16 for dogs, and 13 for chimpanzees. University of Sussex researchers determined this by studying the musculature u...
11:35 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Trump "endorse" Eminem back in 2004
In 2004, MTV aired the "Shady National Convention" to promote Eminem's satellite radio venture. The rapper's onetime pal Donald, acting as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Cash, introduced the re...
11:17 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing The absurd and irreverent art of 81-year-old Pedro Friedeberg
Pedro Friedeberg is a popular Mexican artist whose work encompasses the ideas and iconographies of Catholicism, Hinduism, Aztec Codes, and Occult symbols. Although the Hand Chair (shown below), create...
10:58 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Portland police stage bizarre sensory deprivation stunt against ICE protesters
Protesters against ICE's campaign of mass deportations were treated to a bizarre public stunt by Portland, OR police, who put them in isolation hoods and sound-muffling ear-protectors reminiscent of...
10:50 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Vegemite releases an "achingly artisanal" premium version
Vegemite Blend 17 is a premium edition of the love-it-or-hate-it iconic Australian spread, packaged in a fancy box and sporting a fancy label, sold at more than twice the cost of plain-old Vegemite. (...
10:48 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Cute mermaid tail blanket
This mermaid blanket would be just the thing when binge-watching H2O: Just Add Water or Mako Mermaids. Available in blue or pink from Firebox. (via Laughing Squid)...
10:44 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing The US has quit UNESCO, the UN agency that protects world heritage sites and teaches poor children to read
UNESCO is about as good as it gets in the world of UN Specialized Agencies, responsible for designating and protecting world heritage sites, running literacy for the poorest people on Earth, supportin...
10:41 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Deconstructing the synth score of Blade Runner (1982)
Justin Delay breaks down and recreates the otherworldly 1980s synth sounds of Vangelis's stunning score for the original Blade Runner. ...
10:31 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing China's 1 percenters are now worth as much as the GDP of the United Kingdom
China's latest rich-list of 2,030 people controlling fortunes of $300M or more now totals $2.6 trillion, as much as the UK GDP. (more…)...
10:24 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Here's what hospital food looks like in Japan
Give birth in one of Japan's excellent state-funded hospitals and here's what you'll eat: Omuraisu, macaroni salad, chicken soup, squid rings, fruit, green tea; Salmon with mushroom sauce, soba noodle...
10:14 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Here are the three most common dishonest arguments used to derail universal healthcare proposals
The US is the only developed country in the world without universal healthcare. Americans pay more for their healthcare than anyone else, and get significantly worse outcomes than people in every othe...
09:59 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Yet another Trump official accused of defrauding taxpayers with dirty travel expenses
First it was HHS Secretary Tom Price's private-jet binge, which eventually ended his political career; then it was the $1MM+ pricetage for paid protester Mike Pence's football game stunt, and now it's...
09:49 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's FCC redefines "effective competition" to include having only one ISP in your county
US businesses really get screwed by their ISPs: 73% of the US only has one business ISP; 24% of the remainder has only two ISPs, and only 3% of the US has 3 or more ISPs that will sell them internet a...
09:20 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Chinese internet censors really enjoy the work
Chinese social media platforms allow state internet censors to directly suppress individual posts as well as keywords, and an army of young, cool internet censors labor in a swanky office in the Wisdo...
09:00 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing These bone conduction headphones let you listen to music without blocking the outside world
 Earbuds allow you to have a personal soundtrack wherever you go, but often at the expense of some of your peripheral awareness. While auditory solitude is a nice escape, it can be dangerous in b...
08:57 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing You are the elevator captain: a guide to Japan's unspoken elevator etiquette
The first person in an elevator in Japan in the "elevator captain," with duties to keep the door-open button pressed during load/unload and then button-mash close-door once loading is complete, with e...
08:35 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Equifax's is serving malware to visitors
On Wednesday, security researcher Randy Abrams visited the Equifax site to contest bad information in his credit report and was attacked by malicious software that tried to get him to download a fake ...
08:35 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Equifax is serving malware to visitors
On Wednesday, security researcher Randy Abrams visited the Equifax site to contest bad information in his credit report and was attacked by malicious software that tried to get him to download a fake ...
05:54 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Twitter suspends Rose McGowan, who cussed out Ben Affleck over Weinstein
Actor Ben Affleck expressed surprise after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial abuser of women, but few seemed to have time for his denunciation of the famous producer. It was rem...
05:54 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Twitter suspends Rose McGowan, who cussed out Ben Affleck over Weinstein (Update: restored)
Actor Ben Affleck expressed surprise after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial abuser of women, but few seemed to have time for his denunciation of the famous producer. It was rem...
05:08 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Spongebob describes every Radiohead album
Via Greenwood himself!https://twitter.com/JnnyG/status/917472509435531266...
04:56 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing App automatically responds "yes" to boring installation dialogs
A version of Yes, an app that says "y" at maximum speed, is built-in to unix-based operating systems. You can test it by firing up a terminal, typing "yes", and then watching it fill your window; you'...
04:28 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Gwyneth Paltrow on Harvey Weinstein in 1998: "He will coerce you"
In plain sight, for decades! Though Weinstein's targets were women rather than children, the way power and silence worked for him reminds me of UK entertainer Jimmy Savile, who occupied a similarly ...
03:49 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing Guitarist takes an in-depth look at Nick Drake's unique tone
https://youtu.be/EzdQE3fJW2EI'm not a guitar player (though I did take lessons in my youth), but I am a huge Nick Drake fan and have always been haunted by the very unique, dark, and moody guitar tone...
03:49 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing People share the worst things they've ever done
People will share anything on camera. These 100 were asked, "What's the worst thing you've ever done?" Their answers ranged from the innocent to the downright criminal, like that girl at the 1:29 ma...
03:49 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing The world's scariest Halloween lawn decor: 'A Very Very Trump Halloween'
Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Alameda, California is "A Very Very Trump Halloween," a lawn display that may well be the world's scariest.The decor is the brilliant creation of Alamedans Cathy...
03:48 am PDT - Thu, October 12, 2017
BoingBoing A Church of the SubGenius documentary is in the works
Folks, there's going to be a documentary about that crazy cult/religion known as the Church of the SubGenius. But only if you send J.R. "Bob" Dobbs boat loads of cash!Now more than ever we feel that t...
06:04 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Fear from Malawi vampire killings causes U.N. to pull staff
Vigilante mobs in Malawi have killed five people accused of ritualistic human blood drinking and the threat has left a bad taste for United Nations officials. The U.N. has pulled staff from two southe...
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Dutch man risks everything hoping to hit big with bitcoin
Didi Taihuttu expects the price of bitcoin will soar, so much so that hes selling his house, car, and other valuables to obtain even more of it. Now, 39-year-old Taihuttu is living at a campsite with ...
05:40 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing How the University of New Hampshire spun blowing a frugal librarian's donation on a stupid football scoreboard
In September 2016, we learned that the University of New Hampshire was going to use $1 million that an incredibly frugal librarian saved while working as a library cataloger for 50 years to buy a new ...
05:35 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Putin keeps getting showered in puppies as diplomatic gifts
Turkmenistan is the latest country to gift Russian President Vladimir Putin a puppy. Verny, a Central Asian Shepherd, is the third dog Putin has received from foreign dignitaries, according to the Ass...
04:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: The Rumored Love Affair Between Bob Dylan and Edie Sedgwick
Ethan Persoff will be speaking about the John Wilcock comic at The New School's Parsons School of Design, on November 7. Free and open to the public.Read Scott Marshall's adaptation of Nietzsche, An I...
03:26 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Quickly add the Google Play store to your new Amazon Fire 10HD
Last time I bought an Amazon tablet adding the Google store was a real pain! It takes about 3 minutes and one reboot on the new Amazon Fire HD 10.In order to get the most out of my new 7th generation ...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Celebrate Stranger Things with an Eleven pie topped with waffles
Carbohydrate whisperer Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (AKA @thePieous) (previously), author of Pies Are Awesome Vol 1 "Pie-Modding": How to Epic-Up Store Bought Pies and Be the Hero of the Party" writes,...
03:07 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Last Friday, a white dude tried to blow up a plane to "fight a war" in America and no one cared
Last Friday, a white guy named Michael Christopher Estes walked into Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina, dressed in black and carrying an AN/FO chemical explosive as well as sharp nails and ...
02:52 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Remembering the Partridges
This is not as horrible as I remember....
02:28 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing What happens when everything is available anywhere?
Of all the outlandish technologies I propose in The Punch Escrow, the one nobody seems to ever take umbrage with is printing. For those who havent read my book, a base assumption I make about 22nd cen...
01:18 pm PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing After On Podcast: The Tim OReilly Interview
In this weeks episode of the After On podcast, I interview Tim OReilly one of the most original and influential thinkers in tech. His new book, WTF, debuts today. And it doesnt stand for what you thi...
11:33 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Gwyneth Paltrow to Letterman about Weinstein in 1998: "He will coerce you to do a thing or two"
Here is Gwyneth Paltrow talking to David Letterman about Miramax's Harvey Weinstein in 1998. She smiles nervously as they chat about how she's lucky to do her films for Miramax, and then goes on to ...
10:56 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Court tells Trump that he can't demand details and data on everyone who talked about protesting his inauguration
Dreamhost is the hosting provider for disruptj20.org, a website where 1.3 million people discussed plans for protesting Donald Trump's inauguration; in August, Trump's DoJ got a warrant demanding all ...
10:44 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Stevie Wonders vision restored, O.J. Simpsons hookers, and Hugh Hefner didnt have to die, in this weeks tabloids
Stevie Wonder can see again, the Las Vegas killer joined a cult before the massacre, and Tom Petty could have been saved, according to this weeks fact-distanced tabloids.How wrong can the tabloids get...
10:44 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing The "mom and pop" business owner who loves Trump's tax plan is a lobbyist for Oracle who will save billions
"Tax Reform for America" is a US Chamber of Commerce-backed astroturf group that features testimonials from "mom and pop" business owners who back Trump's tax plan, which will overwhelmingly benefit t...
10:10 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing $22 Bluetooth receiver for wired headphones
For $22 BlueAnt's Ribbon is a great choice for keeping your favorite wired headphones working in a bluetooth world.Long battery life, big buttons, and a built-in mic for hands-free operation make the ...
10:07 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join
Reversing a gender limitation that has been in place for 100 years, The Boy Scouts of America today announced a plan to allow girls to join. Female Eagle Scouts? Yep. (more…)...
09:02 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing 13-year-old explains 'southern pride' to idiot racists
During a survey of New Yorkers who fly the failed symbol of Confederate racism, a fantastic moment occurred. (more…)...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Serpstat is an SEO tool that learns from your competition
 Serpstat provides powerful growth hacking tools in your browser, and right now the Boing Boing Store is offering a premium subscription.This all-in-one SEO platform provides superior rank tracki...
08:26 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Zinke with worst Trump-era stupid justification yet
Babbling Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke somehow feels native tribes people have a deep love and respect of the Confederacy. The United States must keep its Confederate memorials for the sake of ...
06:10 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Universal Paperclips
Universal Paperclips is a free "clicker" game where you play as an AI tasked with optimizing production efficiency. It's a game about paperclips, humanity and the end of everything. Except for the pap...
05:31 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Man asks Alexa if he is being detained
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgVfkWpEc84&feature=youtu.beThis appears to be surveilling AI chatboxes set up to debate the fine points of constitutional law. It's presumably based on a transcript of...
05:23 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Map of separatist support in Europe
Compiled by redditor bezzleford, this map offers a rough view of support for independence in various European regions. Scotland and Catalonia are well-known hotspots, but I didn't know about Sardinia ...
05:09 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing Cyberpunk's Asian representation problem
Cyberpunk dystopia lifts from the reality and fantasy of contemporary Asian cities and cultures, but rarely reflects these sources in its human inventory. Sarah Emerson writes about the genre's fetish...
05:00 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing You won't believe the bizarre tax policy on Counter-Earth
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04:03 am PDT - Wed, October 11, 2017
BoingBoing IKEA now has furniture for cats and dogs
IKEA's new Lurvig collection literally translates to "shaggy," which is appropriate because it's made just for pets. The line includes scratching mats (that wrap around IKEA table legs), aesthetically...
05:42 pm PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Equifax: we doxed 400k Britons, erm, make that 700k, erm, we mean 15.2 million
Oh, Equifax: "Equifax says that for approximately 14.5 million of the 15.2 million affected, the stolen records contained only a small amount of information, limited to name and dates of birth."...
03:28 pm PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing 'People who boast about their I.Q. are losers' Stephen Hawking
He wasn't talking about the current President of the United States, but it sure fits today. (more…)...
03:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Help cover the FCC with 22 million virtual flyers
Brett Gaylor from Mozilla writes, "The FCC received 22 million comments in response to its plan to repeal Net Neutrality legislation. So we've created a virtual way for you to drop 22 million virtual...
02:45 pm PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing This 'wheelchair dance' company asks, 'Where's the disability?'
At the Disability Rights Legal Center fundraiser gala this past weekend in Los Angeles, Apple was presented with DRLC's Business and Technology Award for their accessibility work, and 'Infinite Flow -...
01:20 pm PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Secretly taped audio between Harvey Weinstein and model shows how aggressive he is
The New Yorker released a tape today from 2015, between then 22-year-old model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez and Harvey Weinstein. This was taped as part of an undercover operation with the New York Pol...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing An obscure copyright law is letting the Internet Archive distribute books published 1923-1941
Section 108h of the Copyright Act gives libraries the power to scan and serve copies of out-of-print books published between 1923 and 1941; it's never been used before but now the mighty Internet Arch...
12:42 pm PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing University of Hawaii's creepy email subject line to students: "In the event of a nuclear attack"
University of Hawaii sent an email to their students yesterday that had a horrific subject line: "In the event of a nuclear attack." This is in reference to North Korea's Intercontinental Ballistic Mi...
12:13 pm PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Jon Stewart visits Colbert, lampoons Trump
Orange Julius wants "equal time" in the media. Jon Stewart attempts to balance out Colbert's obvious bias, and show Trump some love....
11:57 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Judge awards Michigan repeat rapist joint custody of child he fathered
A Michigan repeat rapist was awarded joint custody of the child he impregnated one of his victims with 8 years ago.Via Patch Michigan:A Michigan man accused of raping a 12-year-old nine years ago has ...
11:49 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Hillary Clinton speaks out against Harvey Weinstein, says she is "shocked and appalled"
After five days of silence, Hillary Clinton finally weighs in on the Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. Through her spokesperson Nick Merrill, she said:"I was shocked and appalled by the...
11:16 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Seth MacFarlane "joke" about Harvey Weinstein's harassment during a 2013 Oscars presentation
During the 2013 presentation of Oscar nominations, Seth MacFarlane joked about the open secret of Harvey Weinstein's vile harassment of actresses. "It's 'funny' 'cause it's true." (TMZ)...
10:53 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing "Good guy" with a gun shoots woman in the leg
A Detroit firearms enthusiast scared off an attacking pitbull by shooting its victim in the leg! Apparently the force of the impact caused ol' Cujo to run away.The shooting is under investigation. I w...
09:59 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Bituminous rain
Enjoy this dashcam video capturing a meteorological phenomenon in Russia, where road surfacing work is underway....
09:44 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing This pan does a heck of a job making brownies!
Do you like brownies with crispy edges all around? Gooey in the middle? This is the brownie making pan for you!My daughter continues to point out things that must be perfected with what I cook. She is...
09:43 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing A fidget spinner with a built-in mobile phone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynt0fUpGW8AThe core components of a mobile phone are small enough for rectal insertion, so there's really no limit to what shape a phone can take (something you can v...
09:32 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Reimplementing an Apple ][ on an FPGA
1977's Apple ][+ was the first successful personal computer, inspiring a generation of hackers and makers and coders; famously, it shipped with a schematic that showed how the boards and their compone...
09:27 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing EYES: kinetic sculptures that use air, water, and motors to breathe life into inanimate objects
https://vimeo.com/236584808Lucas Zanotto's installation EYES uses a clever mix of kinetic techniques to animate the "pupils" of various "eyes," infusing inanimate objects with personality and humor....
09:21 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Black man beaten by Charlottesville Nazis has been charged with assault
DeAndre Harris is a 20 year old black man who was subjected to a vicious armed beat-down by Nazis who marched in Charlottesville on August 12. Two of the men who beat him have been charged with "malic...
09:00 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Want to learn how to build robots with Arduino?
 The Arduino microcontroller platform makes it easy to start hacking together your own electronics. To introduce you to the basics, this Arduino Bootcamp is currently being offered in the Boing B...
07:41 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Equifax will give your salary history to anyone with your SSN and date of birth
Equifax division TALX has a product called The Work Number, where prospective employers can verify job applicants' work history and previous salaries (it's also used by mortgage lenders and others): y...
07:28 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing After her spies told Thatcher they thought an MP was raping children, she knighted him
The UK has been rocked by a series of "historic sex scandals" in which beloved cultural and political figures -- Clement Freud, Jimmy Saville, Rolf Harris and many others -- have been revealed to have...
06:32 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing What English-language courtroom dramas sounds like to Swedes
It's not quite "Gibberish rock song written by Italian composer to sound like English", as it is in English. Sort of. It's the Englishiness of it all that makes it so good. Who put the ram in the ra...
05:54 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Mark Zuckerberg has a laugh touring storm-ravaged Puerto Rico in virtual reality
Mark Zuckerberg takes a break from his XY-chromosome hominid meatform for a relaxing trip to to his natural environment, today configured for recreation: a virtual reality depiction of the natural dis...
03:02 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Hippo gets a pumpkin for a Halloween treat
Everyone loves Halloween, including the hippos at the Cincinnati Zoo, because they get to chomp down on delicious pumpkins. (more…)...
03:01 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing The climactic conclusion to DONG Energy's awesome name
A brand manager at Dong Energy finally convinced them that their company name might be getting in the way of their messaging. They will be rsted from here out. (more…)...
03:01 am PDT - Tue, October 10, 2017
BoingBoing Study measuring IQ of various AI puts Google's at 47.28
Google's AI scored more than twice as high as Apple's Siri in a comparative analysis designed to assess AI threat. (more…)...
07:23 pm PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing This is the trailer you are looking for... Star Wars: The Last Jedi
"I've seen this raw strength only once before. It didn't scare me enough then. It does now."...
12:52 pm PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Melania doesn't get Ivana's "first lady" joke and refers to her as "attention-seeking"
When Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana Trump, laughed in an interview today that she was "first lady," referring to the fact that she was his "first wife," Melania Trump seemed to miss the joke. She im...
12:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Mike Pence pisses away $200K in taxpayer money at staged protest
United States' top toady spent over $200K of taxpayer money flying to a football game he never intended to watch. Just another demonstration that the Trump administration continues to actively try and...
12:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing DNA proves the amazing "tree lobster" insect still alive after 100 years of supposed extinction
Once a species is considered extinct, it usually stays that way. But not so for an Australian stick insect that had been considered extinct since the early 1920s, and officially extinct by 1986. Alas,...
11:34 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Moron-in-Chief threw "very good towels" in Puerto Rico
"I was having fun, they were having fun," said the US top dotard of his callous tossing of "very good towels" at Hurricane victims.Watch this video as Mike Huckabee, the father of Trump's tone-deaf ...
11:15 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing I'm going as sexy Poop Emoji
My kid thinks it'd be great if I wear a Poop Emoji to her school costume parade.I'll put on fishnets and be SEXY POOP EMOJI.Poo Emoji Costume via Amazon...
10:38 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Distinguished scientist on the mistakes pundits make when they predict the future of AI
Rodney Brooks -- eminent computer scientist and roboticist who has served as head of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and CTO of Irobot -- has written a scorching, provoca...
10:05 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Triangulation is dead: what does "socialism" mean in the 21st century?
Thirty years ago, the collapse of the USSR and the ascendancy of the neoliberal policies of Thatcher, Reagan, Pinochet and Mulroney sent the left into retreat, and what has passed for the left ever si...
10:01 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Beatles' "Hey Jude" lyrics as a flowchart
Sarah Emerson created a cool print of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" lyrics as a flowchart...
09:43 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Occupy activists and Sanders-backed progressives are fighting (and winning!) local elections across the USA
Across America, Sanders-inspired left-wingers -- many of the them Occupy veterans -- are contesting local elections, challenging the establishment Democratic machine as well as the GOP, and they're ma...
09:33 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing My favorite coffeemaker: the Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Percolator
I've tried many different kinds of coffee makers. The two I use the most are my Rancilio Silvia ($685) (modded with a PID temperature control system) and a Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Percolator ($...
09:29 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Discus breached 17.5 million user accounts in 2012, then did everything right about it in 2017
This weekend, we learned that Discus -- the commenting system we once used here on Boing Boing -- suffered a breach in 2012 in which 17.5m user accounts (email addresses, signup names, account activit...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing FRETX displays tabs and chords right on your guitars fretboard
 Even if you were born with perfect pitch, nimble fingers, and rock-hard calluses, getting good at guitar takes a long time. Theres no easy way to solidify scales and positions into your muscle m...
08:57 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Minnie Mouse cake looks like a monster
From Reddit's Expectation vs Reality subreddit: a Minnie Mouse birthday cake done right....
08:51 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: attempt to break into police station is unsuccessful
This gentleman thought it would be easy to retrieve his confiscated skateboard from a lock police station office, until he met a door handle that was too smart for him....
08:41 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Rolls Royce hood ornament instantly hides when bothered
Today I learned that the Rolls Royce hood ornament is called the Spirit of Ecstasy. She quickly hides when disturbed, as seen in the gif below.Rolls Royce anti-theft hood ornament from mechanical_gifs...
07:30 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Ofcom wants to give Britons the right to cancel their broadband when speed guarantees are broken
A new consultation by the UK telcoms regulator Ofcom will require ISPs to match the speeds they advertise, and if they fail to do so, customers will get the right to unilaterally cancel their broadban...
06:57 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing a-ha played 'Take On Me' live on 'MTV Unplugged,' will tour
Norwegian band a-ha recently took to the stage to sing an acoustic version of their 1985 hit song, "Take On Me." It's nice to hear that lead singer Morten Harket can still hit those high notes after...
05:46 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing This 'Clowna Sutra' shirt shows copulating clowns (and non-copulating balloon dogs)
Like it or not, clowns are "in" these days. (Fwiw, I blame that new IT movie.) Now, thanks to San Francisco clothing maker Betabrand, clowns are both "in and out." Their "Clowna Sutra" men's shirt tak...
05:03 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Everything is a broken computer
Security researcher Amit Serper reports getting command-line access to a set of supermarket scales, and he wasn't even trying: "The app that displays the weight crashed and dropped into a management s...
05:00 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing One Dutch couple's insanely racy wedding photos
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04:45 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing Massive brawl in Parliament of Uganda includes impressive chair-catching
After Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ordered opposition party members evicted during a debate on lifting a presidential age limit, things got a little heated. (more…)...
04:36 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing 1617 print depicts nothingness prior to the universe
Robert Fludd drew The Nothingness Prior to the Universe in 1617 for his Utriusque Cosmi. Google Images, when challenged, suggests it might also be a vintage chenille rug or overdyed strech denim from ...
04:00 am PDT - Mon, October 9, 2017
BoingBoing The Mid-Century Supper Club revives kooky recipes of yore
When I was a kid, my grandmother's holiday go-to dish was a mayo-topped carrot and pineapple Jell-O salad (I still despise mayonnaise to this day).In the 70s, I remember flipping through my mom's cook...
03:25 pm PDT - Sun, October 8, 2017
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a Church of the Subgenius alien contact beam
Destinyland writes, "The Church of the Subgenius has moved online. (Founded in 1979, the 38-year-old parody religion combines UFOs and conspiracy theories with some social commentary and a few H.P....
03:18 pm PDT - Sun, October 8, 2017
BoingBoing Fan outrage kills Marvel's deal to promote real-world arms-dealers in Avengers comics
On Saturday at New York Comic-Con, Marvel was scheduled to do a splashy launch event announcing the crossover between the Avengers and Northrop Grumman, a notorious arms dealer whose stealth bombers a...
09:00 am PDT - Sun, October 8, 2017
BoingBoing AND CO will help you streamline your freelance business
 For professional creatives, it can be a pain to tackle administrative duties when you would rather be making things. If you are self-employed and struggle with bookkeeping, AND CO can automate a...
07:03 am PDT - Sun, October 8, 2017
BoingBoing Sexy Hallowe'en Costume: the Costume
Jamie Kruger's 2016 Sexy Hallowe'en Costume Costume is a work of sheer. Fucking. Genius. (via Wil Wheaton) (more…)...
06:57 am PDT - Sun, October 8, 2017
BoingBoing The copay assumes the 99% treat healthcare like spiteful buffet gorgers
The basis for the health-insurance copay is that the 99% need to be disincentivized from "abusing" their health-care and going to the doctor for frivolous ailments (if this was really a thing, we'd ha...
06:43 am PDT - Sun, October 8, 2017
BoingBoing London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps
Londonist's roundup of cutaway maps -- many from the outstanding Transport Museum in Covent Garden -- combines the nerdy excitement of hidden tunnels with the aesthetic pleasure of isomorophic cutaway...
02:36 pm PDT - Sat, October 7, 2017
BoingBoing Arizona man receives death threats for handing in guns to police
First rule about gun club: youre not allowed to leave gun club. A Phoenix man who posted pictures on Facebook giving his guns over to local police says he received multiple death threats after the po...
02:15 pm PDT - Sat, October 7, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Sculptor brings back Freddie Mercury in 7.5 inch form
Sculptor Juliana LePine takes plastic vitrox clay, slaps some on a skeletal figure, and creates a tiny version of one of rock and rolls defining figures. Sculpting Freddie Mercury has a creepy Westw...
09:00 am PDT - Sat, October 7, 2017
BoingBoing SitePoint's online learning library is available at a special price now
 A lifetime subscription to SitePoint Premium Tech Courses is currently being offered for the specially reduced price of $39.99 in the Boing Boing Store.Whether youre a beginner trying to get acq...
06:50 pm PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Alibaba's censorship for sex toys is AMAZE-BALLS
If you want to buy a sex toy on Alibaba, you'll have to use your imagination, because all the naughty bits and holes and tips and such have circles-with-slashes censorship discs. You know, to make 'em...
01:57 pm PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: In Chicago to Interview Dick Gregory
A book of John Wilcock comics is now availableEthan Persoff will be speaking about the John Wilcock comic at The New School's Parsons School of Design, on November 7. Free and open to the public.Read ...
01:29 pm PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Saudi King Salmans golden escalator breaks down at Russian airport
Saudi Arabias King Salman bin Abdulazizs grand entrance stalled briefly when his gold escalator stopped during his arrival at Moscows Vnukovo Airport on Wednesday. A few seconds of waiting on the ga...
01:15 pm PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Georgia 6th graders asked to design nazi mascot
Parents of Georgia middle schoolers are saying a teacher gave students an assignment asking them to create a mascot for the Nazi party. WSB-TV Atlanta reports sixth graders from Shiloh Middle School i...
12:48 pm PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing "Drug Recognition Experts" mistake sobriety for drug use
The Cobb County Police department has trained a number of its officers to be "Drug Recognition Experts." Apparently this training allows them to declare people under the influence without any actual p...
12:28 pm PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Georgia Sheriff and deputies indicted for repeatedly touching the junk of 900 students at local high-school
Worth County, GA Sheriff Jeff Hobby (+1-229-776-8211) had his deputies repeatedly subject all 900 students at Worth County High School in Sylvester to "highly intrusive" pat-downs that included touch...
12:04 pm PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Surrealistic creatures and monsters slither and skitter through ordinary places
Vernon James Manlapaz uses a variety of methods to create these videos of weird beasts and animated objects that hint at our augmented reality future. A post shared by Vernon James Manlapaz (@vernbes...
11:50 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Man allegedly drugged on "Cloud 9" repeatedly headbutts a bus window
Whatever this guy is on, it's not good. He looks and behave exactly like a movie zombie trying to get to people inside a bus by ramming the bus's window with his head.Here's a Forbes article about t...
11:38 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Area Mazes - fun puzzles by a master puzzle inventor
Menseki meiro means "area mazes." It's a new puzzle genre that challenges you to derive the length or area of rectangles based on the given dimensions of neighboring rectangles. I got an advance copy ...
11:24 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing TastyFloats levitates food morsels to your mouth
TastyFloats is a "contactless food delivery system" that uses ultrasound to raise bits of food and droplets of drink to your mouth without any utensils at all. While this method to levitate small ob...
10:52 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing JP Morgan-Chase paid its billions in fines for mortgage fraud by committing billions in mortgage fraud
A lawsuit against JP Morgan-Chase -- the nation's largest bank -- asserts that the institution paid off the $4,200,000,000 in mortgage forgiveness that it agreed to as a settlement for widescale mortg...
10:51 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Erik Davis's Expanding Mind podcast: the Voyager Record, Institute for the Future, and optimism
I was honored to be yesterday's guest on my favorite interview podcast, Erik Davis's Expanding Mind. Erik and I have been friends since the cyberdelic early 1990s. He is a brilliant head and prolific ...
10:17 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing AIM to be taken out back and shot
AIM, Aol's instant messaging service, is to shut down December 15 after 20 years of operation. Once a near-universal form of communication for a certain generation of internet users--even those who wo...
10:10 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Canadian pipeline project dies, leaving Canada's filthy tar sands with nowhere to go
Canada's filthy tar sands are the world's most carbon-intensive petroleum source, and in the boom years, they flooded the country with so much filthy money that the country spent a decade making war o...
09:45 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Tortoise races hare, wins
Back in 2016, some serious Aesop LARPers decided to race a tortoise and a hare. Sure enough, "the rabbit started off strong but laid back towards the middle of the event and watched as the tortoise ...
09:31 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Corporations form coalition to ask a court to ban coalitions (of people the corporations have screwed over)
One of the major triumphs of Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was a rule that banned the finance industry from using binding arbitration clauses to prevent defrauded customers f...
09:30 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Crackpot Arizona Congressman suggests Charlottesville was a left-wing orchestrated false flag operation
Imagine having a mind so poorly developed that it tags all bias-challenging information as a false flag operation. From Vice News:VICE News: In fairness, antifa is in the news because of a white supre...
09:12 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Animated Lego video presents classic poison bottles puzzle
The Riddler has poisoned Catwoman. He tells Batman he can save her by giving her an antidote, which is in one of 1000 barrels in a room. The other 999 barrels have more poison. The Riddler will let B...
09:00 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing This course bundle will make a security hacker out of you
 As underlined by the recent, massive data breach of credit-reporting agency Equifax, cyber security is critical for everyone, no matter how big of a corporation you are. To help you join the fig...
08:50 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a marble size sorting machine
It's fun to watch this marble sorting machine in action.There's not much of a market for high tolerance marbles, so marble size inconsistency is an actual problem for some projects. But aside from u...
05:05 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing You can now buy CueCats on Amazon Prime
CueCat, a barcode reader that they hoped we would excitedly use to scan barcodes on ads so we could watch more ads, is one of the classic crap gadgets. When I suggested a book called "Crap Gadgets" to...
04:30 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Japan has a Nicolas Cage snack food called 'Nicolastick'
Nicolas Cage's mug is being used on the packaging of a Japanese snack food. Because, of course it is. RocketNews24 writes that Cage's endorsement of Umaibo's "Nicolastick," a 10-cent corn chowder-flav...
04:29 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing This band used Facebook Live's lag to loop their song
If you've ever used Facebook Live, you know there is a delay in the audio/video feed. It's not very long, maybe a few seconds. Instead of just ignoring it, the Irish indie band The Academic decided ...
04:29 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Glow-in-the-dark binkies
The first thing I thought when I saw these glow-in-the-dark pacifiers was that they'd be easy to find when junior flings them in the middle of the night.Then I thought, oh these can't be for real babi...
04:28 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Watch 'The Dream Called EPCOT' promo video from 1980
Here's a rare historical gem from Walt Disney World's history: the 15-minute long promotional video for Walt's utopian EPCOT Center (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). The Disney Parks B...
04:28 am PDT - Fri, October 6, 2017
BoingBoing Raising Dion, sci-fi comic about child with superpowers, greenlit as Netflix series
Raising Dion released a trailer and comic in 2015 (previously). Now Netflix has ordered 10 episodes about raising a 7-year-old son with superpowers. (more…)...
07:10 pm PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Video of man falling over for 9 seconds has surprise ending
I shalln't spoil it for you. [via]...
05:01 pm PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Chris Anderson: Drone mogul and former bass player for REM (no, not *that* REM).
Hes not the only major figure in the world of tech and ideas who goes by Chris Anderson. His namesake runs the TED conference - whereas the Chris Anderson of this article was Editor-in-Chief of Wired ...
04:13 pm PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Noted fcking moron Trump angry at reports Tillerson called him 'fcking moron'
The President of the United States is Angry at Rex Tillerson, who was recently reported to have called Donald Trump 'a fcking moron,' a charge the Secretary of State and former Exxon-Mobil CEO does no...
02:38 pm PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Are your cells sedentary?
Biomechanist Katy Bowman uses the metaphor of nutrients and nutritious movement vs. junk food movement to unpack whats not working for most of us about our modern lifestyle. Turns out that even th...
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Daredevil backflips motorcycle between two barges in London Thames
Here is an amazing motorcycle backflip by stunt performer Travis Pastrana. With only a 75-foot gap between two barges in London's river Thames, Pastrana pulled off a stunt that hasn't been tried in ...
12:29 pm PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Videocam footage of wild 1980s teen house party ending with the police showing up, as they do
(NSFW)Len Enders writes, "(On December 8, 1989), a friend and I threw a party at our house to celebrate our 19th birthday. We rented a video camera for the occasion and this is a short edit of the r...
11:30 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Hitler found alive after WWII, and how Donald Trump is misunderstood, in this weeks tabloids
Did celebrities take last week off?It seems that way, as so many of the stories in this weeks tabloids relate to events that happened years, even decades ago, though naturally they are presented as ne...
11:26 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Qoobo is an adorable, headless robotic cat
https://youtu.be/-2TbYYXajNYDami Lee on the Qoobo: "Do you enjoy the sensation of petting a cat or dog, but hate the unconditional love and the fact that they have heads and limbs?"I'm looking forward...
11:14 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Slashdot is 20
Destinyland writes, "Slashdot turns 20 years old today [Ed: here's my post from Slashdot's 10th birthday!], and to celebrate they've gone back to look at how some of the highlights -- like the time th...
11:09 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Hoarder Barbie trashes her Dream House
Carrie Becker's Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse is a detailed 1:16 scale model of a hoarder house, inside a Barbie Dream House, beautifully and hauntingly photographed. I know hoarders (and am related t...
10:58 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Largemouth bass sandals
You will look amazing in sandals that look like gasping largemouth bass, seriously (max size is a Men's 10, so only the dainty of feed need apply, e.g., not me). (more…)...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Crowdfunder for a free/open phone crosses $1M mark
One of the holy grails of free and open computing is a really great free/open phone; it's been tried many times before without much success, but a new crowdfunder from Purism (who make a pretty great ...
10:41 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Michigan mom sentenced to 7 days in jail for not following court order to vaccinate her children
A Detroit mother, Rebecca Bredow, is sentenced to seven days in jail for not vaccinating her kids. Although there is no federal or state law in the US that forces parents to vaccinate their children, ...
10:39 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Canary claws back cloud features from its IoT camera, starts charging $10/month
Canary makes an Internet of Things home security camera that connects to your wifi and sends video to Canary's servers where it is analyzed for suspicious activity (such as motion when you're out of t...
10:35 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing How to cut a cake fairly for three people
Mathematician Hannah Fry explains how to equally share a cake between three people. At my house, we try to follow the rule of "you get what you get and you don't get upset" but you know how that goe...
10:22 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing New Yorkers: if you want to vote in the 2018 Democratic primary, you have to register by Oct 13
The New York Democratic primary -- like primaries across the country -- will be a fight for the soul of the Democratic party, between the establishment wing and progressive, Sanders Democrats who want...
10:16 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Prisoners sent to Christian "rehab" diversion programs find themselves in forced-labor camps
Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery is a "diversion program" where drug addicts convicted of crimes can be sent to get help, but an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting rev...
09:59 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah launching cryptocurrency
Dennis Coles, aka Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, has co-founded a cryptocurrency company called Cream Capital. The name comes from the Wu-Tang Clan's 1993 jam C.R.E.A.M. ("Cash Rules Everything...
09:37 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Exhibit of the futuristic New York City that never was
Buckminster Fuller created this striking 1960 overlay photograph "Dome Over Manhattan" in 1960. It's one of many prints, drawings, models, and artworks in the "Never Built New York" exhibition now on ...
09:23 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Good deal on this LED headlamp
I bought this LED headlamp in 2015 and I use it a lot: walks at night, barbecuing, reading, fixing stuff, going under the crawl space. It's basically a flashlight that you don't have to hold. It's got...
09:09 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Fox Business News host Kennedy doesn't think trucks are controlled
[email protected]: "If that psychopath had...driven a truck into that crowd and killed 100 people would we be talking about truck control?" pic.twitter.com/3K00LJDScK— FOX Business (@Fox...
09:05 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Breathtaking winners of Astronomy Photography competition
My god, it's full of stars. Artem Mironov's photo of the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex won the Royal Museums Greenwich's 2017 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. He captured this glor...
09:00 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Win Google's new gear from our Pixel & Friends Giveaway
If you can’t contain your excitement to get the new Google Pixel, you can enter now for a chance to get it free, along with the Daydream View VR Headset and Google Home.Building on one of the be...
08:59 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Review: High Sierra
Sadly, this reboot cycle was one infinite loop. Mercifully, restoring to a Time Machine backup:I'll guess I'll give it another try a couple of point releases in.Update: https://twitter.com/Beschizza/s...
08:56 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Adding a bit of asphalt speeds lithium battery charging by 20 times
A Rice University chemist found that adding asphalt to lithium batteries allowed the battery to go "from zero charge to full charge in five minutes, rather than the typical two hours or more needed wi...
08:44 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing What is this thing someone found in a creek bed?
On Reddit's r/whatisthisthing, someone posted this photo and said, "Found near a creek, very hard and heavy, but not magnetic. Possibly still metal though."There doesn't seem to be a consensus yet. Su...
08:41 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz sports "Nasty" shirt during TV interview
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz may have just started a new fashion statement. Yesterday she sported a brown T-shirt with a big "Nasty" written across the front while being interviewed on Univision's ...
08:31 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing How bacteria rule over your body - new explainer video
Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell latest explainer video tackles the human microbiome - those passive, friendly, and unfriendly tiny lifeforms that inhabit and cover our body and affect our health and behav...
08:18 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Psychological asymmetry - why we feel lonley and odd
This new video from the School of Life present the concept of psychological asymmetry, and why we aren't as odd or special as we might think.The solutions to psychological asymmetry lie in two place...
08:03 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Sanders-inspired candidates challenge Democratic sellouts in unequal Columbus
Columbus, Ohio boasts one of the fastest-growing economies in the midwest, with gains in transit, creditworthiness, and employment -- but it's also one of the most unequal cities in the country, where...
07:05 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Lenovo's 25th anniversary Thinkpad corrects years' worth of wrong turns
I am a die-hard Thinkpad user: they have the best warranty service of any laptop, by orders of magnitude, they're rugged enough to survive book tours, and it's very easy to install GNU/Linux on them ...
06:50 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing An amazing campaign ad for Brianna Wu, courtesy of her husband Frank Wu
Frank Wu writes, "My wife Brianna Wu decided to run for US Congress on a serious platform of fighting for intelligent tech policy and against wage and racial inequality, and in opposition to Donald ...
06:48 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing YouTube "actively promoting" Vegas conspiracy theory videos
"It's an algorithm" was never a good excuse, but YouTube's had plenty of time to fix this one, and they don't even pretend to care anymore, even after media began to set quotes from anguished victims ...
06:47 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Seattle's Nazi tech-bros' plan: infiltrate tech industry, hire white supremacists
The Stranger's David Lewis snuck into the Northwest Forum, a s00per s33kr1t Nazi gathering in Seattle, and attended the speeches, including the keynote by reclusive white supremacist leader Dr Greg Jo...
06:31 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Equifax will make hundreds of millions in extra profits from its apocalyptic breach (forever)
At yesterday's Congressional hearings on the Equifax breach, Senator Elizabeth Warren took a moment to enumerate all the ways that Equifax will benefit from doxing 145,500,000 Americans. (more…...
04:59 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Can you spot the communist at the Banco Nacional Portugus?
Como identificar um comunista....
04:51 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize for Literature
Japan-born British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go and A Pale View of Hills, is 2017's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.The novelist was praised by the...
04:25 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing The world's shortest commercial flight is just 80 seconds long
People visiting Scotland's Orkney Islands wanting to travel between Westray and Papa Westray -- islands a mere 1.7 miles apart from each other -- will most likely take a flight on an eight-seater pl...
04:25 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing 'Fuck Trump' projected on a building in California's 'Mayberry by the Bay'
On Tuesday night, the words "FUCK TRUMP," as well as other political statements, were projected on the Odd Fellows building on Park Street in Alameda, Calfornia.I live in Alameda, and have for many ...
04:24 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Larry David and Bernie Sanders learn they're cousins
In early 2016, comedian Larry David played beside Senator Bernie Sanders in an SNL skit. He also portrayed the Vermont politician in "Bern Your Enthusiasm," an SNL spoof of his own show Curb Your En...
04:24 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing Stash your valuables in this DIY spray paint can safe
Sure you could buy a pre-made spray paint can safe but what's the fun in that? I mean, it doesn't appear to be that difficult to craft one of your own out of an empty can. Besides the used can, you ju...
04:12 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars: a child's garden of infinity
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04:00 am PDT - Thu, October 5, 2017
BoingBoing This concrete espresso machine is countertop Brutalism
The stark concrete style known as Brutalism is instantly recognizable in architecture, just as it is with this espresso machine by design studio Montaag of Berkeley, California. Not content with the c...
03:10 pm PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Lovely owl jars for your kitchen or laboratory
I love decorating with owls and I use a lot of bell jars to store stuff in my kitchen. I ordered 77oz and 53oz versions of this great owl jar from Amazon!There is also a 40z jar, but I haven't gone th...
02:27 pm PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing The strange, musical world of birdsong contests
At contests in Southeast Asia, bird trainers compete to see whose bird is the best singer. From Clive Bell's article in The Wire:My colleague, accordionist Mike Adcock, chanced upon one this year in...
12:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Here lies Santa Claus
The remains of proto-Santa may have been found. An intact tomb has been found beneath the Church of Saint Nicholas in Demre, a popular site for pilgrimages due to the belief it is the final resting pl...
12:57 pm PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Santas tomb possibly found, Christmas ruined
No need to lie to your kids about why Santa Claus didnt come this year since Turkish archeologists believe they know where his dead body lies. Archeologists discovered a temple underneath Saint Nichol...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing FDA warns bakery that love is not a common ingredient
The FDA is finally putting a stop to food companies trying to tempt customers who cant distinguish baking ingredients from symbolic forms of affection. Officials from the US Food and Drug Administrati...
12:42 pm PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing That time Ogilvie got sick of Tanner Boyle's bigotry
Tanner, I think you need to be reminded from time to time that you are one of the few people on this team who is not a Jew, spic, nigger, pansy or a booger-eating moron. So you'd better cool it or w...
12:25 pm PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Oops! NBC says Tillerson didn't actually call Trump a moron. He really said "f-ing moron."
Looks like Trump was right when he called the moron story "fake news." MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle, one of the reporters behind the claim that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a moron, made...
11:51 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Aaron Draplin design a logo in 15 minutes
It's fun to watch an A-list designer like Aaron Draplin (creator of Field Notes notebooks) how he goes about designing a new logo. Here, he was challenged to design a logo for a concrete foundation ...
11:37 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Animation: Queen Elizabeth's life in banknote portraits
More about "the evolution of Queen Elizabeth II, as shown by banknotes" in this Washington Post article from 2015.(via r/interestingasfuck)Queen Elizabeth's life in banknotes. https://t.co/ZHx71F...
11:22 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing St. Bernard sets Guinness World Record for longest dog tongue
This is Mochi, a St. Bernard from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who set a Guinness Word Record for her impressive tongue. Mochi is a rescue dog now happily living with Carla and Craig Rickert. From Lau...
11:20 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Octopus coffee cup makes a cool toothbrush holder
I bought this cute handpainted octopus cup $16 on Amazon) as a Christmas present. I'm not going to tell the recipient how to use it, but I think it would be a cool toothbrush holder....
11:15 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing See the spectacle of a Rolling Pin Throwing Competition from 1979
Before state fairs became best known for Krispy Kreme doughnut burgers and other artery-hardening delights, they made the news for such compelling athletic activities as a Rolling Pin Throwing Compe...
11:07 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Hell: classic Mac-style adventure with no-where to go
Hell is a ghost of a game, completed in a rush for a game jam, but what's there is a perfectly dark revisiting of those lighthearted 1980s Mac OS exploration games from the age before Myst. Waking up...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Watch man break world record for pulling on most underwear in 30 seconds
Athletic Silvio Sabba from Italy doesn't just pull on underwear like a normal person he leaps high into the air and then, with perfect aim, lands his feet through the undie leg holes in record spee...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing After massive breach Equifax gets $7.25m no-bid IRS contract "prevent fraud"
On September 29, weeks after Equifax admitted to having lost the most sensitive financial and personal information of 143,000,000 Americans (but a week before Equifax admitted that the total was actua...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing After massive breach Equifax gets $7.25m no-bid IRS contract to "prevent fraud"
On September 29, weeks after Equifax admitted to having lost the most sensitive financial and personal information of 143,000,000 Americans (but a week before Equifax admitted that the total was actua...
09:52 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Analysis of 22 million FCC comments show that humans love Net Neutrality and bots really, really hate it
Data analysis company Gravwell ingested 22,000,000 comments sent to the FCC's docket on Net Neutrality and posted their preliminary findings, which are that the majority of comments came from bots, an...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this extremely skillful truck driver back into tight spot
I bet he's a master at parallel parking his daily driver too.(via Laughing Squid)...
09:38 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Average Fortune 500 CEO gets a pension of $253,088 every month until they die
The average American worker has $95,000 in their 401(k), which will not even allow them to starve with dignity; this is a sharp contrast from earlier generations of American workers, whose employers p...
09:35 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing "Monopoly Man" photobombs Equifax CEO's Senate hearing
Consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen's Amanda Werner, dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags from the Monopoly game, sat behind former Equifax CEO Richard Smith this morning during his testimony to ...
09:32 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Sanders-backed politicians are winning battle after battle in southern local elections
In June, Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi on a platform that promised to make it the "most radical city on the planet;" this week, Randall Woodfin creamed incumbent oppone...
09:29 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Car repo fail
After several unsuccessful attempts to drive a car up a tow ramp, the driver decides to chill out and vape....
09:25 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing On-duty NYPD officers admit handcuffing teenage girl, putting her in van, and having sex with her, but say it wasn't rape
Two NYPD plainclothes detectives and their supervisor have been placed on "modified duty" pending an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation into claims that they handcuffed and raped a teenager in a p...
09:15 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Laser "distresses" a pair of jeans
The 2,500-watt LaserSharp Denim HD Abrasion System adds precision wear-marks to fresh denim jeans to make them look sort-of worn-ish, making it the latest successor acid-washing in the long battle t...
09:05 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Disgraced Equifax CEO blames 145.5 million-record breach on a single forgetful flunky
Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith -- who retired with $90m for his year's work after overseeing a breach of 145,500,000 Americans' most sensitive date -- testified before Congress yesterday and expla...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Welcome the arrival of Google's Pixel 2 with these mobile accessories
 Today, Google is expected to release a sequel to its beloved Pixel phone. To celebrate, weve got a handful of Android-inspired deals with an extra discount in the Boing Boing Store. You can get ...
08:57 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Idiot at gas station won't put out cigarette, so attendant uses fire extinguisher
A gas station didn't heed the attendant's request to put out his cigarette, so the attendant doused him and his car with a powder-based extinguisher.Sorry for the potato camera quality of the video....
08:55 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Hackers hack hackers to steal their hacking tools and deflect blame
Rule #1 of hacking is "attribution is hard" (other contenders: "don't be on fire," "don't get involved in a land-war in Asia" or "there is no security in obscurity"), which is to say, it's really hard...
08:19 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Rex Tillerson denies NBC report that he wanted to quit; doesn't deny calling Trump a moron
Trump might be a moron, as far as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is concerned, but the pay's good enough for him. In a hastily-arranged press conference following NBC News' morning report about Till...
07:37 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing "Court guardians" kidnap old people, sell all their stuff, doom victims to pharmaceutical oblivion in institutions
Last March, a Nevada court indicted April Parks, proprietor of A Private Professional Guardian, which had secured court guardianship over four hundred elderly Nevadans, working with crooked doctors an...
06:58 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Co/Lab: ASU's project to make news "more robust and valuable for all participants"
Participatory journalism pioneer Dan Gillmor (previously) has just launched Co/Lab, a new project at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism for "creating, testing, and promoting inno...
06:50 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Theresa May coughs through a catastrophic party conference speech plagued by pranks and a crumbling set
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB9pN0H7saATheresa May's speech to the Conservative Party conference last night was a "nightmare," from the moment when comedian Lee Nelson (last seen showering corru...
06:40 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing People walked slightly different in Medieval times
Before structured shoes became prevalent in the 16th century (and apparently in those places where they never have) people walked with a different gait, pushing onto the balls of our feet instead of...
06:14 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Colorspike: portable programmable LED light for filmmakers
Colorspike is a programmable LED wand a yard or so long, designed to create lighting moods for filmmakers. A crackling fire just out of shot, for example, or the suggestion of a computer scanning a ...
05:47 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Trump a "moron", wanted to quit
Rex Tillerson wanted to quit as Secretary of State and openly called Trump a moron at a high-level meeting where the president was not in attendance. He was talked into staying on, according to report...
05:02 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Cuphead on an old black and white TV
Cuphead is a strange and stunning video game (see the trailer below) that perfectly resembles a pre-war Grim Natwick cartoon. But seeing it in black and white on an old cathode ray tube (above) take...
04:36 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing One man's visit to Japan's closed society changed the country's destiny
In 1848, five years before Japan opened its closed society to the West, a lone American in a whaleboat landed on the country's northern shore, drawn only by a sense of mystery and a love of adventure....
04:35 am PDT - Wed, October 4, 2017
BoingBoing Tom Petty wrote Free Fallin' to make Jeff Lynne laugh
In this 2016 interview with Billboard, Tom Petty shares the story behind his hit "Free Fallin'":Jeff Lynne and I were sitting around with the idea of writing a song and I was playing the keyboard an...
03:18 pm PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Yahoo revises number of hacked accounts from 500,000,000 to 3,000,000,000
Just over a year ago, Yahoo admitted that it had been hacked in 2013, and estimated that 500 million accounts had been compromised (the company blamed state-sponsored actors, and federal prosecutors h...
12:16 pm PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's ICE snitch-line is full of people secretly trying to deport their in-laws
Since April, Trump's Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been running a snitchline called "Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE)" whose mission is to "provide proactive, timely, adequate...
12:07 pm PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Incredible Doom: a new Patreon-supported comic about "teens in the 90s getting into life and death situations online"
Matthew Bogart's new comic Incredible Doom launches today, online and in print, "about a group of teenagers in the 90s getting into life and death situations over the early internet." (more…)...
11:57 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Bluetooth sex toys are trivial to compromise just by walking around neighborhoods
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is the go-to protocol for low-powered networking in personal devices, so "smart" sex-toy manufacturers have adopted it -- despite the protocol's many vulnerabilities. That m...
11:49 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Jared Leto to play Hugh Hefner in new biopic, Playboy After Dark to be rebooted
Jared Leto will star as Hugh Hefner in a new biopic about the Playboy publisher. The film will be directed by Brett Ratner who produced The Revenant, directed X-Men: The Last Stand, and has helmed man...
10:23 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Skydiving robot to capture video of skydivers
The Freefall Camera (FFC) is a robot that can be tossed out of a plane to autonomously track and capture video of skydivers doing tricks. At a predetermined altitude, the robot pops its steerable para...
10:08 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing A hysterically horrendous Han Solo keychain
This Han Solo keychain reminds me of such travesties as the "disappointing SpongeBob popsicle" and the equally odd "Bugs Bunny Popsicle."(posted by JJ0710 on r/StarWars)...
09:30 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Astounding underwater photography contest winners
Scuba Diving magazine announced the winners of its underwater photography contest and the results are an awe-inspiring glimpse of another world that exists within our own. Above, Kevin Richter's magni...
09:26 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Reddit's Trumpkins on the Vegas shooting, before and after they learned it was a rich old white man
r/The_Donald, before: "Fuck the travel ban, forced deportation. 1 week or 10 years in jail. GTFO." After: "Antifa? This smells like a false flag. Research this." (more…)...
09:23 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Southern California auto dealerships had awesome jingles in the 80s
If Southern California was any indicator, 1980's car dealerships had creative marketing departments.The Pete Ellis song is frequently stuck in my head. You are welcome.https://youtu.be/0HJALwCNbcoTh...
09:22 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Equifax: we missed 2.5 million people when we counted the size of our breach
Turns out that the total number of people whose lives Equifax ruined by doxing them and then dumping all their most sensitive personal and financial data is 145,500,000, not 143,000,000. The company's...
09:18 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Mysterious murals of creepy green creatures at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Growing up near Dayton, Ohio, I was always intrigued by rumors that extraterrestrials were stored on ice at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Turns out, the closest thing may be these surreal murals pa...
09:00 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Mighty is like a Spotify-powered iPod Shuffle
 If you have fond memories of crafting MP3 playlists in the pre-streaming world, or just hate gumming up your $800 smartphone during workouts, Mighty is a clever reinvention of the dedicated audi...
08:35 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Thoughts and Prayers
The object of this retro arcade game, called Thoughts and Prayers is to send and many thoughts and prayers as you can in order to stop mass shootings before the timer runs out. Play it it and post you...
08:25 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing All the "thoughts and prayers" congresspeople who took money from the NRA
Splinter News compiled the long list of congress members who took money from the NRA and then tweeted thoughts and prayers to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting.A small s...
07:43 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's pick for EPA pollution czar says kids are less sensitive to pollution than adults
The Intercept's Sharon Lerner is ...
07:23 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Either we don't live in a simulation, or computing works differently outside the Matrix
The Simulation Hypothesis holds that alien races (or future versions of humanity) will eventually get the computing power and programming techniques to simulate the whole universe and that when they d...
06:56 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing San Juan mayor barred from speaking on Trump's Puerto Rico relief conference call
Carmen Yulin Cruz is the outspoken mayor of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, who was publicly denounced by Donald Trump for pointing out the federal government's inaction during the worst humanit...
06:31 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Supreme Court will rule on whether immigrants have constitutional rights
Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard the re-argument of Sessions v. Dimaya, a case that asks whether the administration can treat lawful immigrants to the USA (including Green Card holders like me) as t...
06:09 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Immediately replace all your wine glasses and tumblers with these British nonik half-pints
The British Half Pint Beer Glass [Amazon] is the perfect all-purpose drinking glass, and a set of 12 should immediately replace all other small- to medium-sized glasses in your cupboards.It's like a t...
05:35 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Unsealed evidence: former Uber execs covered up evidence in stolen self-driving tech case
The court battle between Waymo and Uber took a revealing turn this week, after unsealed court documents exposed "damning evidence" of efforts to hide what is now obvious.At this point its not terribly...
05:10 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Will this leftist alternative to Reddit last as long as Imzy?
Right-wing clones of mainstream social media are ten-a-penny. But now the left's getting in on the action, too. Behold Raddle, a "leftist alternative to Reddit" founded after some intra-left drama spi...
04:56 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing How pinball machines are made
The A. V. Club visited Stern Pinball, one of the the soldiers standing in a very old battle. In the video above, we follow the pinball machine manufacturing process from start to finish, seeing just...
04:41 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing Gripping tale of what happened to the kidneys of a boy who ate 25 laxative brownies
A dumb teenage laxative-devouring competition ended in tears; also in low blood potassium, massive dehydration, crippling headaches, and the transformation of the victim's body into a toxic waste du...
04:15 am PDT - Tue, October 3, 2017
BoingBoing The N.R.A. Provides the Solution to North Korea's Nuclear Weapons
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01:55 pm PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Is hooking up feminist?
Lisa Wade is the author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus. Shankar Vedantam interviewed her on a recent episode of the Hidden Brain, and her assessment of the state of American femi...
01:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing How to avoid (accidentally) raising a racist kid
The Longest Shortest Time is an excellent storytelling podcast about parents and kids. Theyve recently made two episodes aimed at helping white parents figure out how talk to kids about race, and ther...
01:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Tom Petty, RIP
There are conflicting reports about Tom Petty's current status, and it appears initial reports of his death may have been incorrect. We will update this post as we learn more. Legendary musician Tom P...
11:51 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Price reduction on dual USB wall outlet: $15.29
I bought this wall outlet with 2 USB chargers for $17. It's now on sale for $15.29 on Amazon. This one also includes wallplates, which mine didn't come with....
11:41 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a goth frappucino
It's Black Friday mixes us a DIY Black Frappucino, which is a blend of bottled sugary "latte," ice, black gel food dye and activated charcoal (warning, don't use this if you're on any kind of import...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Newly-discovered orchid smells like champagne
In Madagascar, botanist Anton Sieder recently discovered an orchid with huge flowers that smell of champagne. Royal Botanic Gardens researcher Johaan Hermans confirmed that the plant, now named Cynor...
11:35 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing The same Equifax exec who greenlit suspicious stock-sales was also in charge of cybersecurity
Long after Equifax was breached by hackers, but before they told anyone else about it, some of its top execs sold off millions of dollars in stock, getting out before the stock tanked which would be b...
11:31 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Stylish women 100 years and older tell us their fashion secrets
"I dress for myself because I never know where I'm going to land, or where I'm going to sing, or what I'm going to do," says Frances, who is 103 years old. Pond's Cold Cream, short bangs, Sephora, m...
11:23 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Catalonian General Strike called for tomorrow, separation imminent
The brutal repression that Spain's government meted out to Catalonians in yesterday's independence referendum has cemented the determination of many in the region to be shut of the government, which i...
11:13 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Thanks to the EU, the UK's privacy law may solve the mystery of Facebook and the last US election
The EU's data-protection framework is not without its flaws, but it does allow the public to force companies like Facebook to hand over all the data they hold on you, and that means that Americans can...
11:10 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Fantastic trailer for new Jane Goodall documentary
I can't wait to see Jane, the new National Geographic documentary about the inspiring primatologist Jane Goodall who famously lived with chimpanzees in Tanzania for decades and has worked tireless o...
11:01 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Latest Federal Reserve figures show widening wealth inequality, and it's much worse if you're not white
The Federal Reserve's just-published 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances reveals that income inequality is rising in the USA, with the top decile now controlling 77.1% of the nation's wealth; wealth that...
10:55 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Tarpon fish opens mouth so wide it could easily swallow up a human fist
Tarpons are fish who have broad mouths with prominent lower jaws that jut out farther than the rest of the face. For anyone who has never seen the humongously wide-open mouth of a tarpon before (lik...
10:50 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Spanish tech activists publish a "how-to guide for preserving fundamental rights on the Internet"
As the Spanish government was hacking the Catalonian independence movement, shutting down the .cat top-level domain, and engaging mass-blocking of websites and apps to control information about yester...
10:47 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this fellow try to skip out of his hotel by exiting on a telephone wire
Firefighters had to rescue this fellow who got stuck on a telephone wire 19 floors above the ground. He found himself in this predicament because he didn't want to pay his hotel bill and decided to ...
10:43 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing The Voyager Golden Record on "All Things Considered"
NPR's All Things Considered aired a wonderful piece about the Voyager Golden Record's first-ever vinyl release that I co-produced with my friends Tim Daly and Lawrence Azerrad. Listen to Alexi Horowit...
10:42 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Tim O'Reilly explains how self-driving cars will bankrupt Uber
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnES-PPWVbYTim O'Reilly (previously) is my kind of technologist: someone who goes past the "is technology good or bad for us?" question and dives into the really meat...
10:29 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing The first mass shooting in US history
On September 6, 1949, Howard Unruh murdered 13 people in downtown Philadelphia. It's considered the first mass shooting in US history. Tragically, it wasn't the last. From a 2015 article about Unruh i...
10:26 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Washington initiates "ritualized response" to Las Vegas massacre
The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza on Washington's predictable response to Stephen Craig Paddocks murder of more than 58 people in Las Vegas last night:Mass shootings are so frequent in America that the poli...
10:21 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Taser says its weapons don't kill people, so Reuters built a massive database of 1000 Taser deaths
The official party line from Taser -- who make less-lethal electrical weapons as well as a range of police body-cameras and other forensic devices -- is that its weapons don't kill ("no one has died d...
10:17 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Watch illustrator Kasey Golden draw a character on successively tinier pieces of paper
Kasey Golden wondered how small she could draw one of her characters. She started with a 5 x 7 inch piece of paper, penciled the character, inked it, then colored it. She then repeated the process o...
10:16 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Frustrated woman wants to dig up her own grave to prove that she's still alive
53-year-old Juana Escudero heard that she had died seven years ago. Only she was still alive obviously it was a different Juana Escuadero. Both lived in Spain and both shared the same birthday. She t...
10:09 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing The London Underground thinks it can sell travelers' attention and wifi data for 322m
Since late 2016, the Transport for London has been running a pilot scheme, providing wifi to passengers while logging and retaining all the wifi traffic coming in and out of its access points, compili...
10:02 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Apparent standoff at a Shanghai tollbooth has a deeper story
This is a good example of how people can mislead by presenting just part of a story. In this video, we see a driver holding out his parking ticket to a tollbooth attendant. The attendant has her han...
09:46 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing TV commercial depicts giant nipple UFO squirting milk into children's mouths
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=1KPel8WecjwThis is a TV commercial from Japanese milk company Rakunoh Mothers. What's the deal with this Uddered Flying Object (UFO)? For the cattle mu...
09:30 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing World's greatest trailer for a book: Sean Tejaratchi's Liartown
[NSFW] I don't recall ever seeing a better advertisement for a book. I've been a longtime admirer of Sean Tejaratchi's work, first as the founder of the Craphound zine, then as a book designer, and l...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing It's a picture of Eleven. Yes.
 If you absolutely cant wait for the return of Netflixs nostalgic sci-fi masterwork at the end of the month, this premium Stranger Things poster might help tide you over.This 11 x 17 wall decorat...
08:55 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Richard Branson shares old scathing letter from Trump questioning his billionaire status
Remember 2004, pre-Twitter times, when Donald Trump was forced to secretly write his insults on paper and then mail them to his enemies? Virgin Group founder Richard Branson sure does, and hes sharing...
08:07 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Gun company stocks soar after Vegas massacre
When there's a mass shooting in America, a pattern repeats itself. Some people remind themselves that nothing will ever change...https://twitter.com/dpjhodges/status/611943312401002496?lang=en... and ...
07:16 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Europeans: call your MEP and stop mandatory, net-wide copyright censorship bots
Ruth from Openmedia writes, "This Thursday legislators in the EU Parliament are voting on proposals in the EU for mass content filters, and restrictions on links, all in the name of 'updating copyrigh...
06:00 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Hacked and modded Zelda: Breath of the Wild becomes pop culture cacophony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4tLbzm3oAMZelda: Breath of the Wild, the hit launch title for Nintendo's new Switch console, is already emulated on the PC, where it's been hacked to house random pop ...
05:00 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Tyke, a minimal notepad app for the MacOS menu bar
If you're one of those people who constantly dips into a text editor to work with snippets of text -- notes, lists, quotes, URLs, and so on -- you'll love Tyke. A free app by Andre Torrez, it lives in...
04:50 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing At least 50 killed, 200 injured by gunman in Vegas
Dozens are dead after 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock began shooting into a concert crowd on the Las Vegas strip. Taking aim from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, he was killed by officers...
04:50 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing At least 50 killed and 400 injured by gunman in Vegas
Dozens are dead after 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock began shooting into a concert crowd on the Las Vegas strip. Taking aim from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, he was killed by officers...
04:50 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing 58 killed and at least 515 injured by gunman in Vegas
58 are dead and hundreds more injured after 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock began shooting into a concert crowd on the Las Vegas strip. Taking aim from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, he ...
03:00 am PDT - Mon, October 2, 2017
BoingBoing Pissjar is a typeface you can almost smell
Pissjar Sans is a free typeface evoking the unique letterforms of urine on cotton fabric. What's remarkable about it is the fastidious attention to detail and workmanship evinced by type designers in ...
11:26 am PDT - Sun, October 1, 2017
BoingBoing The best way to get rid of dog hair is this rubbery sponge
Though it looks like a normal sponge, the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter – a brick of latex mattress material – has a peculiar tacky texture. It's easy to mistake for other "clever" sponge products...
10:52 am PDT - Sun, October 1, 2017
BoingBoing Monty Hall 1921-2017
I remember watching Let's Make a Deal on our family black-and-white TV set when I was six years old. To me, Monty Hall was in a tie with Danny Kaye as being the coolest, nicest, smartest person in TV ...
09:05 am PDT - Sun, October 1, 2017
BoingBoing Troops fire rubber bullets to prevent Catalan independence vote, injure at least 465
The Catalonian referendum on independence from Spain went ahead today, using the backup ballot boxes the opposition had secretly procured in anticipation of the brutal crackdown on the independence mo...
09:00 am PDT - Sun, October 1, 2017
BoingBoing Discover why AWS is the world's biggest cloud computing platform
 With Amazon Web Services, anyone can harness the power of a cloud cluster to deliver services and process data without needing to manage their own data center. To learn how to administer your sl...
08:52 am PDT - Sun, October 1, 2017
BoingBoing Baldwin reprises Trump on SNL
https://youtu.be/7e4vFMJmBIcLast night's Saturday Night Live once again took aim at Donald Trump, with Alec Baldwin reprising his eerily good Trump impression, while Kate McKinnon stole the show wit...
08:37 am PDT - Sun, October 1, 2017
BoingBoing Equifax blames hack on state actors, but breach followed spat with security contractor
Equifax sources say that the massive breach of 140,000,000 Americans' personal information was the result of state-sponsored hackers, likely from China, but attribution is hard and inexact. (more&hell...
08:14 am PDT - Sun, October 1, 2017
BoingBoing China's massive property bubble creates mad scramble to take on decades of debt
Massive infusions of cash by way of the central bank, combined with runaway mass panic-buying has stampeded Chinese people into buying into the property markets in boomtowns like Shenzhen, despite the...
07:57 am PDT - Sun, October 1, 2017
BoingBoing Republican Senator caught making up fake news about fake news doubles down
Oklahoma Senator James Lankford (@SenatorLankford; (405) 231-4941) sounded the alarm about Russian trolls spreading discord about NFL athletes kneeling for the national anthem, citing as evidence a Tw...
07:40 am PDT - Sun, October 1, 2017
BoingBoing Hamilton: the My Little Pony edition
TangerineBlast's Alexander Hamilton: An Equestrian Musical is far from perfect, but there are inspired moments in the execution that speak of an encylopedic grasp of the entire corpus of My Little P...
05:28 pm PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Flutes "stained with a man's bodily fluids" issued to California schoolchildren
After "a mans bodily fluids" were observed on a batch of flutes issued to elementary schoolchildren in California, the instruments were recalled and an apology issued. The tainted flutes are variously...
05:03 pm PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Private school kicks players off football team for protesting racism during national anthem
Cedric Ingram-Lewis and Larry McCullough were removed from Victory & Praise Christian Academy's football team after protesting during the national anthem this week. Ingram-Lewis raised his fist, recal...
04:19 pm PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing When Cyclists clash
Exhibit A: When American cyclists get in one another's way.https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=39&v=DqgU062DCEQExhibit B: When British cyclists get in one another's way.https://youtu.be/d9_-Mn...
04:07 pm PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Mars Needs Elon
Elon Musk is going to colonize Mars and has produced a science-fiction extravaganza to prove it....
03:01 pm PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing 1950s Morse key turned into a USB keyboard
Nomblr created a fully-functional USB keyboard out of a 1950s Morse Key he inherited from his dad.I can just about remember growing up around beautifully designed analogue devices like rotary dial pho...
12:49 pm PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Three impossibly beautiful assemblage clock-sculptures
From Roger Wood's Klockwerks mailing list....
12:41 pm PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Addressing Donald Trump, Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks for the nation
After history's worst president briefly paused his golf game to go on record to blame Puerto Ricans for failing to bootstrap themselves out of the aftermath of a devastating hurricane, Hamilton creato...
10:05 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing New documentary is a magic portal into a weird and wonderful library
The Hermetic PhilosophyThere is an underground current of thought beneath Western culture, running quietly like a vein of quicksilver: The Hermetic Philosophy. This ancient and multifaceted phenomen...
09:11 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Transgender murder victim stabbed in genitals and set on fire 'not a hate crime'
Transgender teen Ally Lee Steinfeld was stabbed in the genitals, had her eyes gouged out, and was burned to a charred crisp. But she was not the victim of a hate crime, say the police and prosecutor.S...
09:00 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Learn Python at your own pace
 Python is one of the first languages taught in university Computer Science degrees for a reason. Its got a plethora of modern language features that help you write clean, human-readable code tha...
08:12 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Pornhub rolls out best-in-class accessibility features for visually impaired users
Pornhub is the world's largest pornography site and they're now the world's most accessible, with a new, extensive suite of accessibility features for users with visual disabilities: alternative descr...
07:21 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing DRM could kill game emulators and erase the history of an artform
Video game company Atlus just killed the Patreon page for open source Playstation 3 emulator RPCS3, by invoking section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it a felony punishable by 5 years in prison and a ...
07:07 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing D20 waffle-maker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok2q1iOVihAThinkgeek's $30 Critical Hit Waffle Maker produces D20 carbohydrates on demand, which makes it the best breakfast roll going. (more…)...
07:05 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Delightful hanging bacon preserver
I've tried all sorts of bacon-preserving polyhedra, but this one's especially great as you can hang it in a sunny spot and see your bacon being preserved, day in and day out. I put one just outside my...
06:50 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Boy swallows squeaky toy
The video embed here depicts exactly what you already suspect it will: a somewhat frustrated young boy, having swallowed part of a squeaky toy, being made to squeak by a person presumably intending to...
06:28 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Trump complains Puerto Ricans "want everything done for them"
President Trump lashed out Saturday, attacking Puerto Rican leaders critical of his administration's relief efforts following storms that devastated the U.S. territory.Following a plea for aid by San ...
06:28 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Trump complains Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them"
President Trump lashed out Saturday, attacking Puerto Rican leaders critical of his administration's relief efforts following storms that devastated the U.S. territory.Following a plea for aid by San ...
06:17 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Harrowing photo of German police brutalizing defenseless protestor
From last year's G7 protests in Munich, photographed by Tim Ldemann. ...
06:12 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing Animal rights activist breaks his 365-day vow of silence on TV
In 2015, animal rights activist James Aspey of Australia took a vow of silence for an entire year as a publicity stunt to "raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence." After not spe...
06:12 am PDT - Sat, September 30, 2017
BoingBoing This 'Celebrating Fall' comic strip may cause panic attacks
Autumn is here. It's a fine season for pulling out your favorite sweaters, downing PSLs, and huddling in the corner fearing nuclear war.With this comic, illustrator Jessica Robinson of Columbus, Ohio ...