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02:50 pm PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Forward your spam to [email protected] and a bot will waste the spammer's time
Spamnesty is a simple service: forward your spam to it and it will engage the spammer in pointless chatbot email chains, wasting their time. If you get a spam email, simply forward it to [email protected]
11:34 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Don't carry a gun with Punisher logo on it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmYbV_7xGL4&feature=youtu.be&t=25sDerek DeBrosse, a lawyer specializing in defending gun owners who get in trouble, has interesting advice for those who bear arms: don'...
11:17 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Dumbledore asked calmly
Literature vs. cinema, the great tonal constrast of the 20th century. [via]...
10:08 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Erica Garner, 1990-2017
Erica Garner, the daughter of police brutality victim Eric Garner, died early Saturday aged 27. Inspired to activism by her father's killing, she suffered a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve and f...
09:51 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch droll sheeple (actual human 'sheep') being shepharded
Sometimes I think I've reached the end of the internet, you know, that I've simply "seen it all." Then a video of a humans dressed as sheep -- hunchbacked and bleating, no less -- pops up and I know...
09:51 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Delicate papercut art dresses by Eugenia Zoloto
I'm so utterly charmed by these intricately-cut paper dresses by Ukranian artist Eugenia Zoloto (and, really, all her work). She has a few of these kirigami pretties up for sale on Etsy, starting at $...
09:48 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Animatronic Trump more life like than the real thing
I replaced [email protected] with his Disney animatronic figure and honestly, it's an improvement pic.twitter.com/o0G12K22bH— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) December 29, 2017Twitter user @b...
09:45 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing A stovetop pizza oven that hits 600F in 10 minutes
The $77 Pizzacraft PC0601 Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven is a clever design: it's a stovetop oven that has a large thermal mass (thanks to a cordierite pizza stone) and other good thermal propert...
09:40 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing All that stuff that was "killed by the net"? The real culprit was hedge funds
The web blew up at the same time as the Reagan/Clinton/Bush financial bombs were detonating, leading to a huge private equity bubble in which super-wealthy Americans used debt financing and other form...
09:26 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Tehran's police tell women that violations of religious dress codes will henceforth be treated as civil offenses, not criminal offenses
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani campaigned for re-election last year on a reform platform, and in the wake of his successful campaign, the police in the Iranian capital of Tehran have notified women ...
09:19 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing China's new army of nationalist trolls is an all-volunteer force
The early days of the Chinese national internet strategy were dominated by the 50-Cent Army, so-called because they were reputed to be paid 0.5 RMB for ever patriotic message they posted to social med...
09:07 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing The GOP tax plan will pay millionaires to subsidize failing religious schools
Until the GOP tax plan came along, rich people who donated to religious schools only get partial tax write-offs for their gifts, because the constitutional principle of separation of church and state ...
08:42 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's Cabinet of Billionaires operates in unprecedented (and illegal) secrecy
Eight of Trump's 17 cabinet secretaries do not release any information about their travel schedules -- a standard practice under the Obama and GW Bush administrations; 4 others only release incomplete...
08:32 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Hoaxer with a history of fake bomb threats SWATs and murders a random bystander over a $1.50 Call of Duty bet
Swatting is the practice of tricking police SWAT teams into storming your victim's home by phoning in fake hostage situations; it's especially prominent among cybercriminals, gamers and was a favored ...
07:31 am PST - Sat, December 30, 2017
BoingBoing Climate deniers beat Google and topped the page on searches for "climate change"
Google has long maintained that it must keep the workings of its search and ad-placement algorithms a secret, lest they provide a roadmap to the kinds of bad actors who'd like tweak the results and gi...
08:51 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing My RSS feeds from a decade ago, a snapshot of gadget blogging when that was a thing
I chanced upon an ancient backup of my RSS feed subscriptions, a cold hard stone of data from my time at Wired in the mid-2000s. The last-modified date on the file is December 2007. I wiped my feeds u...
07:34 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Stranger Things Upside-Down doormats
UK Etsy seller Retromend (who specialise in vintage VW-related gifts) sell this Stranger Things-themed Upside Down doormat (coir fibers with rubber backing) for £20/USD27. (via Geeky Merch)...
04:13 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing #Metoo: from the Balkans to Twitter
A friend asked me to follow the flow, and write this hashtag #metoo. Cavafi, the Greek poet who lived all his life by the sea and wrote about everything but the sea, before dying he said: Let me too ...
02:51 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing "LOCK HIM UP!" A guy heckles the Trumpbot at Disney World's Hall of Presidents
Jay Malsky knew he'd never get close enough to Donald Trump to heckle him in person, so he did the next best thing, chanting "LOCK HIM UP, LOCK HIM UP" when the Trumpbot took the stage at Walt Disney ...
02:44 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing For 40 years, American Conservatives have filed down the definition of "corruption," turning the Framers' spear into a blunt stub
Zephyr Teachout's (previously) 2014 book Corruption in America is an incredibly important, timely book about the way that American policy and politics have been distorted by money, something that's go...
02:10 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing The internal economics of a popular Minecraft server are an object lesson in everything great and terrible about markets
Alice Maz was part of a small group of players who came to have near-total mastery over the internal economy of a popular Minecraft; Maz describes how her early fascination with the mechanics of compl...
01:36 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing What Britons are worried about
Wired UK created a beautiful chart to illustrate the miseries of Britain's current occupants. Debt, divorce, welfare cuts and housing prevail, but further down the threads become more tangled. Parking...
01:29 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Giant poop snake delights Russian villagers
Mikhail Bopposov created an enormous poop snake -- not the predictable result of holiday overeating, but a menacing 9-foot sculpture of a coiled poop cobra, ready to strike. And he has created many ot...
01:14 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Marvel to launch "Create Your Own Comic" app, but "social issues" and "alternative lifestyle advocacy" are banned
Marvel is launching a website that allows visitors to create their own comics using the company's pantheon of famous characters. They insist, however, that certain topics not be addressed: social issu...
01:07 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Hedge funds killed the newspaper industry, not the web
The web came of age with no-holds-barred finance capitalism, so it's hard to decide which of the last twenty years' worth of changes are the result of the tech industry, or of financialization, or a t...
01:05 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Survey of top U.S. evangelical churches reveals "three explosive insights"
Church Clarity set out to report the policies and structure of America's churches, a project doomed to anger them. It results in "three explosive insights," which are fairly easy to guess: evangelical...
12:50 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing The once-dreamed wonders of trailer life
Trailers have a mostly negative reputation, these days, drawing working-class resentment and middle-class contempt. But they once embodied a compact, affordable rendition of the American Dream. So let...
12:38 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Nintendo's music from the Mii channel, "but all the pauses are uncomfortably long"
This quiet genius from "SardineWhiskers" returns the sinister potential to Nintendo's love of midcentury charm. Make musak grim again!...
12:38 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Charlie Stross's CCC talk: the future of psychotic AIs can be read in today's sociopathic corporations
Charlie Stross's keynote at the 34th Chaos Communications Congress Leipzig is entitled "Dude, you broke the Future!" and it's an excellent, Strossian look at the future we're barelling towards, best u...
12:18 pm PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Uber's major shareholders just dumped a ton of stock for a lowball offer 30% under the current share price
Softbank's bid to buy Uber shares based on a valuation 30% lower than the company rated in its last round has been largely successful, with about 15-20% of shares changing hands at that price. (more&h...
11:43 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing The GOP tax plan was supposed to gouge high tax blue states with massive hikes, but it'll probably end up making them richer
The Republican tax plan -- more than a 1,000 pages covered in last-minute scribbled annotations and pastebombs, passed without any substantial debate or analysis -- is a fucking mess. (more…)...
10:59 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing California's record poverty and real-estate bubble are creating a "wheel-estate" boom of people with good jobs living in their cars
Extreme housing prices in California -- driven by a combination of speculation, favorable legal/tax positions for landlords, foreclosures after the 2008 crisis, and an unwillingness to build public ho...
10:33 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Millions of poor rural voters now hate Trump and millions of rich voters still support him, but the press only profiles poor people who remain Trumpists
Trump won the election by welding together a coalition of racist rich people who wanted tax breaks and racist poor people who'd been living in Fox-induced terror for decades and believed the world was...
10:19 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Does capitalism breed greed, or elevate the greedy?
When a billionaire Koch heir announces that he's taking a break from suing ex-fiancees to give back their engagement rings and playing tennis at Mar-a-Largo in order to produce designer shirts covered...
06:18 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Nearly half of Republicans think Trump has repealed Obamacare
Choose Your Own Adventure: 44 percent of Republicans think Donald Trump has repealed Obamacare. If you want to just shut yer mouth and let them think it, go to page 1933.If you want to engage the dang...
05:59 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Wedding was a flop
Posted by one Noah Nicholls to YouTube with the title "I was in a wedding and smashed my face," this video depicts the perfect ceremony. [via Reddit]...
05:53 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing UK retailer refunds money over bleachy, rotting christmas turkeys
Britain's largest supermarket chain has refunded customers who said the Tesco turkeys tasted like they were soaked in bleach or were rotten.https://twitter.com/Kirsten_Shore/status/945461819681968129A...
05:30 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Roy Moore denies he lost Alabama Senate election
Despite the official certification of Doug Jones' victory, a quick booting from the courts, pleas from fellow Republicans, and the sheer implausibility of his voter-fraud claims, Roy Moore continues t...
05:17 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Spaghetti the corn snake has a newly-crocheted tube sweater
By crocheting over a piece of PVC pipe, Redditor Rancor_Emperor's (aka Sean) sister was able to crochet up a purple sweater for her brother's corn snake, Spaghetti. She gifted the long tube to the p...
05:17 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Florida's Weeki Wachee attraction seeks new mermaids
One of the most magical places on Earth* is hiring. Weeki Wachee in Spring Hill, Florida is auditioning for new full-time mermaids. The Tampa Bay Times reports:Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is an at...
05:16 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing Angry barber gives man a 'Three Stooges' haircut and a snip on his ear
An unidentified Wisconsin man truly had a bad hair day.He's accused a barber of making him look like Larry from The Three Stooges, as well as taking scissors to his ear.The Wisconsin State Journal r...
05:16 am PST - Fri, December 29, 2017
BoingBoing 85-year-old Italian grandmother tests out Google Home
With the price tag at just $29, it's pretty safe to assume many people got Google Home Mini as gifts this holiday season. The always-listening, voice-activated "smart speakers" are just waiting for ...
08:04 pm PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing Fact-checking the anatomical details of animal emoji
How anatomically correct are animal emoji? Great question, people! And one that the folks at National Geographic News pondered. So they interviewed a bunch of biologists -- who, as one might have pred...
07:58 pm PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing "Holypager", an artwork that eavedrops on unecrypted pager messages
Old-school pagers are still in use today -- even though they're wildly insecure. The messages aren't encrypted, so each pager receives every message in its region, and simply discards all the ones tha...
03:13 pm PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing You can help the web be better in 2018: just ditch Facebook and use your browser instead
Foster Kamer has advice for people who want a better web in 2018: ditch Facebook and find cool stuff by checking bookmarks, visiting your favorite sites by typing their URLs in your browser bar, or se...
11:44 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing Felony charges for man accused of squirting "fecal" fluid over supermarket produce
Fortunately for local shoppers, a manager at a Harris Teeter store in Charleston spotted a man squirting "a bottle of liquid with a bad odor like feces on the produce."A police report suggested Hang w...
10:39 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing Republican Roy Moore files lawsuit to block Alabama senate result (Update: fail)
Roy Moore, a Republican of such unusually disgusting character that he lost Alabama to a Democrat, is not taking defeat well. He's filed a lawsuit to prevent the state's election board from certifying...
07:45 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing The GOP tax plan means millions in extra profits for private prison corporations
The new GOP tax plan slashes the taxes on real estate investment trusts (REITS) by a quarter, dropping the rate from 39.6% down to 29.6% -- a move that will put tens of millions of dollars in the pock...
07:28 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing An orifice-by-orifice census of the objects US emergency room doctors removed from their patients in 2017
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission maintains a database of ER visits, which Barry Petchesky has mined to produce a list of the most interesting things we stuck in our bodies, sorted by orifice....
07:14 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing Democrats are polling high, progressive candidates are having a great fundraising year, but the DNC is broke
The DNC continues to struggle to raise cash, holding only $6.3M in the bank on Dec 1, compared to the RNC's $40M. But the numbers are deceiving, because 50% of the country want the Democrats to contro...
06:47 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing Scotland is still a financial secrecy exporter, laundering billions for Russia's crime-bosses and oligarchs
If you're an oligarch in the former Soviet Union, chances are you owe your billions to corruption and even overt criminal activity, and your ability to hang onto that money is entirely contingent on t...
03:12 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing Terrifying Steve Ballmer ad for Microsoft Windows 1.0
Knowing Microsoft's longtime sales chief Steve Ballmer, I thought I knew what to expect from this early ad starring him. But the sheer maniacal force of it means I've already had enough internet for...
02:59 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing NASA uses 450,000 gallons of water to shield launch vehicles from acoustic damage
NASA uses hundreds of thousands of gallons of water during launches to suppress vibration during liftoff: "a curtain of water around the engines to dampen the loudness of the test and protect the co...
02:39 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing Rhea running at 30mph
As a youngster in England, my mental image of the roadrunner (Geococcyx Californianus) was just as the cartoon roadrunner (Accellerati Incredibilis) depicted. Almost as large as a coyote. An enormou...
01:52 am PST - Thu, December 28, 2017
BoingBoing Planet Generator
The Planet Generator is a goldilocks of procedural generation: not too detailed, not too abstract, but just right. [via MeFi]...
05:58 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Armstrong Zoom ISP to 1,000,000 internet subscribers: if you are accused of piracy, you may lose the ability to control your smart thermostat
Armstrong Zoom, a northeastern US ISP with about a million subscribers, has sent its customers warnings that they have been accused of copyright infringement, and that subsequent accusations would lea...
05:49 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing How to make a shiv with hard, dried fish
Katsuobushi (aka bonito) is dried, fermented and smoked tuna and it's incredibly hard. It's so hard that it's possible to fashion a shiv out of it. To do so, you'll need a mandoline, an adjustable w...
05:49 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing A fully-functional Rubik's Cube made of ice
Starting in 1980, spurred by popularity of the Rubik's Cube, UK-based Tony Fisher started passionately collecting "twisty puzzles." Over the years, he's become quite the collector and inventor. All ...
05:49 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing A belated Christmas gift: a Bad Lip Reading song feat. the Trumps
Yay, Christmas isn't over yet. There's still one more gift under the internet "tree:" this special song featuring Donald, Melania, and Donald's new Disney robot. This belated prezzie is called "Chri...
05:49 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing A video game based on Conway's Game of Life, running in Excel
The game designer and artist Yifat Shaik has just released "The Workplace Saga", a video game based on Conway's "Game of Life" ruleset that runs in Excel as a set of macros. It's an ingenious and love...
05:48 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Street artist erects a giant pink penis in New York City
On Christmas Eve, Swedish street artist Carolina Falkholt announced her big ball-less Broome Street dick on Instagram ("NO TIME 4 BALL$$," she wrote).Three days later, after much controversy, that bui...
04:51 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Woman's $284bn electric bill disputed
It's cold in Erie, but not that cold: a woman who received a $284bn electric bill made international headlines this week. But it sounds like the power company suspects she got busy with the web inspec...
04:34 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Close out a thoroughly unfunny 2017 with a hilarious compendium of the year's best standup on Bullseye
Every year, Jesse Thorn dedicates the final episode of his Bullseye podcast to a compendium of the year's best standup comedy albums (here's last year's); this year's installment is just out (MP3), an...
03:59 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Trans woman sues Sam's Club over alleged discrimination
A trans woman in North Carolina says she was called "it" and "thing" by co-workers and fired when she complained about it, according to a lawsuit filed this week. Bost, whos now 46, said she was repea...
12:16 pm PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Publishers play dumb after buying traffic
Ozy was paid to run sponsored stories for clients such as JPMorgan. Ozy, among many others, bought traffic to run up the page view counter, making them appear successful and exposing sponsors' brandin...
11:12 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Emma, a 15-second horror movie
Daniel Limmer's Emma is a short, effective horror film that lasts just 15 seconds, one of many entered in the aptly-named "15 Second Horror Film Challenge." It echoes a scene from M. Night Shyamalan...
10:57 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Price of 40-year-old cancer drug raised from $50 to $768 a pill
The cost of lomustine, a veteran cancer drug, have skyrocketed after a startup bought the rights to it and hiked prices 1,400 percent. According to the Wall Street Journal, lomustine was sold by Brist...
10:42 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing St. Louis Lambert International Airport evacuated due to burnt bagel
Last night, St. Louis Lambert International Airport's Terminal 2 was fully evacuated due to fire concern. It was quickly determined that the smoke alarms were triggered by a burning bagel at one of th...
10:28 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Russia planning to build boutique hotel on the International Space Station
Russia's Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities is considering plans to add a space tourism module to the International Space Station. From Popular Mechanics:The amenities will include a lux...
09:56 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Breathtaking time-lapse video of last week's SpaceX rocket launch across the sky
Last week, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9, freaking out a lot of people in Southern California who thought they were seeing a UFO streak across the sky. Jesse Watson of Yuma, Arizona captured this inc...
09:41 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Scientist builds remote-controlled collapsing chair to study fear in people
At the University of Chicago in the early 1920s, psychology grad student William Blatz built a remote-controlled trick chair that would collapse when he pressed a switch. (It was padded to avoid injur...
08:45 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing EFF's Net Neutrality livecast with legal director Corynne McSherry and me
https://youtu.be/k52Wa6dLPTELast week, I interviewed EFF's legal directory Corynne McSherry about the next steps in the Net Neutrality fight in a 35-minute-long livestream; the archived video is now...
08:40 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing No More Ransom: a clearinghouse for removing ransomware without paying
No More Ransom is a joint effort by Europol, the Dutch police, Kaspersky and McAfee to help people who've been compromised by ransomware get their data back without paying off criminals. (more…...
08:34 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Sonos and Bose speakers can be remotely taken over by hackers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSIIEgZrfusSonos and Bose speakers assume that any device on the same network segment can be trusted to send them audio without any further authentication; if these s...
08:19 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Peter Thiel: the "libertarian" who loves mass government surveillance, monopolies, and censorship
Peter Thiel thinks that it was a mistake to let women vote; that democracy is incompatible with "freedom" (because poor people will tax rich people if they get to elect their own leaders); that the ma...
08:06 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Anti-adblock is a lot more common than anyone thought, but it's not hard to defeat
To quote Doc Searls, adblocking is the largest consumer revolt in history; the rise of third-party tracking cookies, mounting awareness of breaches, and a shift in the balance of power between publish...
07:50 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing After 8 years of archiving, the Library of Congress will stop ingesting the Twitter firehose
In 2010, Twitter gave the LoC a copy of every tweet sent since the first one in 2006, and the Library embarked on a program to archive every public tweet sent on the service -- but that will stop afte...
07:00 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing News of the Times: Science Cannot Explain Everything
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN the Tom the Dancing Bug team, the INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics before publication, extra comics, and much more. (Note, th...
06:31 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Changes in life expectancy for people born since 1960
Posted to Reddit's Data is Beautiful subreddit (cf.), this animated map shows the growth in life expectancy for children born since 1960. Things get better, slowly. I'd expected to see declines in som...
06:13 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Is 1984's "The Jordache Look" the most 80s commercial?
Some debate surrounds "The Jordache Look," a 1984 advertisement for the iconic brand's jeans. The proposition: that it is "the most 80s advert ever." If the presence of "ever" permits adverts from b...
05:46 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Fan theory: in Home Alone, Kevin is dead
Erin Gloria Ryan reviews the evidence for a powerful cinematic hypothesis: in the movie "Home Alone," the abandoned youngster played by Macaulay Culkin is in fact dead.One of the most telling moments ...
05:31 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Williams Sonoma Reversible Meat Tenderizer
Williams Sonoma's $30 "Reversible Meat Tenderizer" is described on its website as an "impressively weighty pounder" and "two tools in one." (It's also available on Amazon as the Leifheit Pro Meat Tend...
05:13 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing A stunning timelapse of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch flying over Arizona
Last Friday night, my Facebook feed blew up with images of "UFOs." It took a beat before my concerned SoCal friends got the news that the big illuminated streak they saw across the sky was actually ...
05:00 am PST - Wed, December 27, 2017
BoingBoing Best friends for 60 years learn they're biological brothers through DNA site
This is a truly heartwarming story.As a way to find his father, a man in Hawaii took an Ancestry.com DNA test. He soon discovered he shared the same birth mother as someone else using the site: his b...
03:57 pm PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Facsimile editions of the "Negro Motorist Green Books" from 1940, 1954 and 1963 are selling briskly in 2017
In 1936, Hugo Green, a postal worker in Harlem, published his first "Negro Motorist Green Book," a guide to the places that black travelers could eat, sleep, gas up, and be physically present and aliv...
10:37 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the Best News Bloopers of 2017
Keep fucking that chicken, everyone....
10:30 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Meet Bettie Bee, a darling two-faced kitten trying to survive
Bettie Bee, a lovely two-faced kitten, was born two weeks ago in Eastern Cape, South Africa. According to her Facebook page, she is receiving wonderful care and doing quite well even though so-called ...
09:58 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing High school student built chip fab in his garage
Sam Zeloof, 17 built out a 1970s-vintage chip fab in his parents' New Jersey garage so he can make DIY integrated circuits. Why? So he can better understand how they work. It's a "way of trying to lea...
09:55 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Latency: why typing on old computers just feels better
How long does it take, from keypress to the letter appearing on-screen, in a basic terminal window? My Core i7 PC with a GTX 1070 video card and 32gb of RAM might -- might -- be about as fast as 35-ye...
09:24 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Deconstructing Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams"
Fleetwood Mac's California cocaine trilogy of Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, and Tusk are some of my absolute favorite rock albums of the 1970s. In the above video, Nerdwriter deconstructs the production o...
08:16 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Utah's paper of record calls for Orrin Hatch to step down: "his utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power"
In 2016, the deep-red, Mormon-dominated state of Utah had to choose between voting in favor of a rapist, or in favor of allowing women to control their own fertility, and they chose the rapist. (more&...
08:03 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing The year in DRM: seven rotten moments and two rays of hope
My end-of-the-year roundup the year in DRM for EFF's Deeplinks blog hits seven lowlights, from the catastrophic (the W3C greenlighting DRM for the web) to the idiotic (...
07:55 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Professional climate denial took hundreds of millions from the CO2 industries, then slipped off their leash
Five years ago, it looked like big oil and big coal were finally acknowledging the reality of climate change, shifting from the early posture of outright denial and the intermediate strategy of sowing...
07:20 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Astronauts watching Star Wars on the ISS
The crew of the International Space Station watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in this photograph posted to Twitter by astronaut Mark. T. Vande Hei: "Space Station movie night, complete with bungee cord c...
07:15 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing The catastrophic consequences of the non-Neutral Net will be very hard to spot, until it's too late
Stanford's Futurity interviews Stanford Law expert Ryan Singel and International Studies expert Didi Kuo about the meaning of a non-Neutral internet, and the pair make an excellent and chilling point ...
07:08 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing "Gaming disorder" to be recognized
The New Scientist reports that the World Health Organization is to include "gaming disorder" in its International Classification of Diseases (Amazon). The wording is yet to be finalized, but will enco...
06:49 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing The guy in charge of protecting American spies who blow the whistle on corruption just got frog-marched out of his office and suspended
America's spy agencies have always talked a good game about the "official channels" available to spies who discover wrongdoing, insisting that the procedures to investigate their claims and protect th...
06:32 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Florida man attacks ATM after it dispenses too much money
Michael Joseph Oleksik, of Cocoa, Fla., was charged Friday with criminal mischief after reportedly attacking an ATM machine that gave him too much money. USA Today reports that he caused at least $500...
06:21 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Ayn Rand supercharged the anti-Communist witch-hunt in Hollywood, in which the FBI classified "It's a Wonderful Life" as secret Communist propaganda
Director Frank Capra said "It's a Wonderful Life" was designed to "strengthen the individuals belief in himself" and "to combat a modern trend toward atheism." But the FBI's 13,533-page Communist Infi...
05:52 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Christmas movies from before 1918
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUySE5moIFINothing evokes yuletide wonder quite like huddling around a modern Christmas family classic such as Die Hard or Eyes Wide Shut. But did you know that there a...
05:24 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Typeface reviews
Bethany Heck's Font Review Journal is dedicated to criticism of fonts, and itself very handsomely typeset by Phil Moody. The latest in-depth review is of Lucas Sharp's Ogg.My goal isnt to prescribe a ...
05:18 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Uranium glass marbles
If you're concerned that these Uranium Glass Marbles are simply standard marbles with phosphorescent material or somesuch, worry not! Amazon assures the consumer that they'll get a geiger counter goin...
05:08 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Man spontaneously combusts
London's Evening Standard reports that a man burst into flames in a Haringey street before horrified onlookers, and investigators can find no cause for the fire.Passers-by saw John Nolan, 70, ablaze i...
04:52 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing "Whatever" tops list of annoying words
The Associated Press reports that the classic "whatever" was ...
04:25 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing A collapsable blimp to explore the inside of pyramids
Newfangled muon imaging recently discovered a huge empty space inside Khufu's Pyramid (also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza), but exploring these ancient structures without damaging them is tricky....
04:25 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Jack in the Box to offer $4.20 late night 'Munchie Meals' to Californians
I could be wrong, but I believe Jack in the Box's "Munchie Meals" have always been geared to the late-night cravings of cannabis users. It sounds like this new "Merry Munchie Meal" is being launched t...
04:25 am PST - Tue, December 26, 2017
BoingBoing Star Wars bakery crushes it with this gingerbread Imperial Star Destroyer
While I've been struggling to make a gingerbread house from a simple Trader Joe's kit, the instagrammers that call themselves the Star Wars Bakery have been busy creating this massive gingerbread Clas...
09:09 am PST - Mon, December 25, 2017
BoingBoing Surreal Mickey vector art
A dear friend slipped me these as an Xmas gift; the provenance is unknown, but there's vector art for all your t-shirt, wallpaper and billboard needs. (more…)...
08:50 am PST - Mon, December 25, 2017
BoingBoing Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband is pissed that his $50m house was barricaded by a bomb squad, called in to investigate a gift-wrapped box of horseshit that someone sent to Steve Mnuchin
Steve Mnuchin is the gilded age cartoon villain that Trump put in charge of the Treasury where he served as one of the architects of the catastrophic Republican tax plan, so naturally someone sent him...
05:00 am PST - Mon, December 25, 2017
BoingBoing 'Creep Sheet' keeps track of public figures accused of sexual misconduct
We now live in a world where new accusations of sexual harassment and/or assault get dropped on the daily. Because it was getting hard to keep track of, D.C. web designer Chris Herbert created The Cre...
04:00 am PST - Mon, December 25, 2017
BoingBoing The "uncanny valley" effect might be a learned behavior
The "uncanny valley" is the well-known propensity for us to get super creeped out by robots that look nearly, but not completely, human. The hypothesis, for years, is that uncanny imagery unsettles us...
08:25 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing Jeff Sessions encourages courts to continue practice of fining poor people for being too poor to pay their fines
In 2016, the Obama DoJ issued guidance to US courts telling them to cease the practice of levying fines on poor people that exceeded their means to pay, especially fines for failure to pay earlier fin...
08:04 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing Senator Bob Corker owed $120.5M when he was elected; now he's worth $69M
Senator Bob Corker got a rush of progressive love when he dissed Donald Trump in public, then fell from grace when he flipflopped on blocking the tax-bill after his colleagues modified it to personall...
07:41 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing An "international eye chart" from 1907
Behold the "international eye chart" designed by George Mayerle, a German optician who made his name working in San Francisco in the 1890s. Optometry was a new field back then, filled with all manners...
07:40 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing Say 'good riddance' to 2017 with these NYE party hats
There's a "Party Hats for Grownups" store and it's got all you need to say "good riddance" to 2017 in cone-shaped, elastic-under-the-chin style.The first one pictured above shows a bunch of dumpster f...
07:40 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing Artist turns vintage Louis Vuitton luggage into marvelous Star Wars sculptures
Wow, these Star Wars-inspired sculptures are really mind-blowing. To make them, artist Gabriel Dishaw of Indianapolis, Indiana marries junk with upcycled 1970s Louis Vuitton luggage. While the thought...
07:40 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing We've hit peak ironic ugly Christmas sweater with this one
Thought we had hit peak ironic ugly Christmas sweater already? Well, take a moment to watch this video where this winner of some workplace "Ugly Christmas sweater contest" is shown playing "Carol of...
07:32 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing The FBI and the New York Times warn that smart toys are emissaries from the Internet of Shit
One by one, the New York Times warns of the dangers of every hot smart toy your kids are begging for this Xmas: Furbies, Cayla, kids' smart watches, the ubiquitous Vtech toys (they omit the catastroph...
07:23 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing American inequality is unequally distributed, and got lumpier after the Great Recession
Since the Great Recession, the wealth gap between poor whites and poor blacks and Hispanics collapsed (all the poor people are living in similar poverty), but the wealth gap in the middle class grew: ...
07:15 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing Virginia is the most unequal state in the union, and is more unequal than at any time in history
20% of the Virginia workforce is earning $10.33/hour or less, while wages for the top 20% of earners have soared to $50/hour or more -- the top two deciles are earning, on average, 280% more than the ...
07:15 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing Virginia is the most unequal state in the union, and is more unequal than at any time in (post-Reconstruction) history
20% of the Virginia workforce is earning $10.33/hour or less, while wages for the top 20% of earners have soared to $50/hour or more -- the top two deciles are earning, on average, 280% more than the ...
07:08 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing 2018: the year that America's ISPs hiked their prices
Comcast, Fox and Frontier have all announced across-the-board price hikes that affect modems, streaming services, and internet service itself. (more…)...
07:00 am PST - Sun, December 24, 2017
BoingBoing Learn the ropes of robotics with this programmable dancing robot
Contrary to popular belief, mastering the fundamentals of robotics doesn't have to be a mind-numbing slog through programming and electronics courses.SunFounder's Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit offers an in...
08:26 am PST - Sat, December 23, 2017
BoingBoing Reviving my Christmas daddy-daughter podcast, with Poesy!
For nearly every year since my daughter Poesy was old enough to sing, we've recorded a Christmas podcast; but we missed it in 2016, due to the same factors that made the podcast itself dormant for a c...
07:07 am PST - Sat, December 23, 2017
BoingBoing Reality Winner profile is a beautiful portrait of a brilliant, principled patriot who messed up
Reality Winner is the NSA whistleblower who is accused of leaking US intelligence community documents confirming Russian interference in the 2016 elections to the Intercept and who has been a cross be...
07:00 am PST - Sat, December 23, 2017
BoingBoing Explore the tech behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in this bundle
You may not have heard of blockchaintechnology, but you're likely familiar with Bitcoin, the now wildly successful cryptocurrency. For the uninitiated, the blockchain is effectively an infallible, dec...
06:49 am PST - Sat, December 23, 2017
BoingBoing Oh please let zines be the future of media!
In Nieman Labs's "predictions for journalism in 2018" roundup, there's Kawandeep Virdees "Zines Had It Right All Along": which celebrates the low-fi, experimental, handcrafted diversity of the golden ...
06:36 am PST - Sat, December 23, 2017
BoingBoing Donald Trump redesigned the Presidential Challenge Coin, replacing "E pluribus unum" with "Make America Great Again"
E pluribus unum ("Out of many, one") has been an American national motto since 1782. It embodies two things trumpists hate: a highbrow phrase in a dead language deployed by early American aristos in t...
05:59 am PST - Sat, December 23, 2017
BoingBoing In 1977, the Sex Pistols played their last UK gig: a Christmas show for children
https://youtu.be/BXZy3Ecm47QIn 1977, the Sex Pistols did a charity gig to raise money for the families of striking miners and firefighters in Huddersfield; the show started at lunchtime with an all-...
11:57 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing New Consumers Union report catalogs the potential collateral damage from the crypto wars
In a new white paper, Consumers Union (publishers of Consumer Reports) looks at the "consumer stake in the encryption debate": they note that governments want to ban working cryptography so that cops ...
09:51 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing Charter told a family their new house was ready for internet, then sent them a $16,000 bill to activate it
Oh, Charter: Chad Pierce and his family bought a house in Newaygo, Michigan, but first they called their local cable monopoly, Charter/Spectrum, and confirmed verbally, online and in writing that the ...
09:16 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing Snowden helped design an app that turns your old phone into a surveillance device to help solve the "evil maid" problem
In cryptographic and security circles, the "evil maid" problem describes a class of attacks in which a piece of unguarded hardware, is tampered with by someone who gains physical access to it: for exa...
09:05 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing Trump only managed one (really terrible) legislative goal in 2017, but his administration profoundly remade America for the worse
The average person in America is much more likely to come into contact with the administrative branch of the government -- the regulatory agencies the president staffs and directs -- than they are to ...
08:42 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing Washington state says Comcast stole at least $73 million from subscribers over 5 years
Washington state is in the midst of suing Comcast over misselling of its "Service Protection Plan," a nearly useless insurance plan that was sold as a way to avoid having to pay fees for faults in you...
08:06 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing Surveillance advocate Eric Schmidt is stepping down as head of Google parent company Alphabet
Eric Schmidt, the ex-Sun CEO who came onboard at Google to be the "adult supervision" for the founders and who has repeatedly declared privacy dead and dismissed people who worried about surveillance ...
07:51 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing Women routinely caught fire in the mid-19th century
The mid-19th century vogue for flowing, diaphanous women's garments made from open-weave fabrics like "bobbinet, cotton muslin, gauze, and tarlatan," combined with gas lighting, candles, and open fire...
07:00 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing These courses will help you build your dream computer
With new, innovative apps and programs dropping everyday, it pays to have a powerful computer. But forking out the cash for a pre-made rig can get expensive especially when it's perfectly feasible to...
06:02 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing 105 power brokers accused of sexual misconduct this year, starting with Fox News firing Bill O'Reilly
The Reckoning [vox.com] examines 105 of the powerful people (all but two of them men) who have been accused of sexual misconduct in 2017. Abusers in media and journalism are relatively widely-exposed,...
05:51 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing IDEO.org has designed cards to 'spark creativity and collaboration'
IDEO.org, the nonprofit sister branch of global design firm IDEO, has created a pack of 32 cards to "spark creativity and collaboration."The deck is called the Design Kit Travel Pack and it's selling ...
05:51 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing A useless machine that wraps gifts in 10 seconds
It's not a good machine or a precise machine, but it is still a machine that will wrap gifts (and sandwiches and ankles) in 10 seconds.But the best part of this video isn't the present wrapping, it'...
05:50 am PST - Fri, December 22, 2017
BoingBoing This newspaper classifieds section is trippy
I'm not sure who reads the classifieds anymore but this special optical illusion ad section by Felipe Salazar and Karen Castaeda is definitely worth a look. The Columbia-based graphic designers took t...
08:08 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing The Way of the Shadow Wolves, a novel by Stevan Seagal
I can't quite beleive this is real: a novel by former movie star and Putin pal Steven Seagal, with a foreword by racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio, titled "The Way of the Shadow Wolves", with a cover that loo...
08:08 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing The Way of the Shadow Wolves, a novel by Steven Seagal
I can't quite believe this is real: a novel by former movie star and Putin pal Steven Seagal, with a foreword by racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio, titled "The Way of the Shadow Wolves", with a cover that loo...
06:11 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Papa John's Pizza CEO steps down after winning coveted approval of white supremacists
If only we could all retire on a high note like John Schnatter! The founder and CEO of Papa John's Pizza has announced his departure only weeks after the brand was cast as the "official pizza" of the ...
05:42 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Infosec vs. its predators
Pundits suggest the "Weinstein moment" — a broader, deeper awareness of abusive conduct, sexual harassment and criminal sexuality — is already fading without significant change. Few of the...
03:16 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Giant swan shows dog who is boss / Condor snuggles with a man
Swan:A conflict arises between a dog and a swan in Strasbourg, France that is captured on camera. The dog's owner makes the right decision in not fleeing from the swan. Showing an act of dominance m...
02:56 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Seven useful tools by Lloyd Kahn
Lloyd Kahn is one of the coolest people I know. He was the "shelter" editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He is also the publisher of Shelter Publications. In this video, he demonstrates seven of his ...
02:45 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Interview with pro-skater Nora Vasconcellos
This week I got the chance to interview pro-skater Nora Vasconcellos after watching the inspiring new digital short, "Nora," (above) which is about her journey from being a kid who loved to skate to...
02:29 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Stench of death in village turns out to be hundreds of pounds of rotting moose bits
Argyle, New York. The stench of death descended upon this small upstate village, about halfway between the Hudson and Vermont, earlier this fall. It took until now for locals to find the source: a cac...
01:15 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Iced tea company stock soars after renaming itself "Long Blockchain"
The Long Island Iced Tea Corporation, aptly-named, is now the "Long Blockchain Corporation". The stock market was so pleased by the change of name that its stock price tripled. The company will contin...
01:14 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Timur and the Dime Museum present "Werewolf Christmas"
Check out the latest from Timur and the Dime Museum!Several years ago, Daniel Corral, songwriter of Timur and the Dime Museum, and J.G. Quintel, creator of Cartoon Network's The Regular Show, had a ...
12:35 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing An aquatic ecosystem in a sealed glass bubble
We had one of these in the MAKE magazine office for years. I think the shrimp's name was Fred. Amazon has the small one on sale for $44, which is an all-time low price.EcoSphere is a completely closed...
12:26 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Don't mess with MoonPie
Twitter user Kaela Thompson was schooled by MoonPie.Note to self: dont mess with @MoonPie pic.twitter.com/LM6cxyHNAs— Kaela Thompson (@KaelaDianne97) December 17, 2017Related: How MoonPie Became...
12:06 pm PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Grant Morrison on Happy! "the world is a nihilistic hellhole plunging toward screaming entropy, but ... we have hope"
For three decades, Grant Morrison has been the most prominent voice of the avant-garde in the world of graphic novels. His work has redefined every landmark comic book title from Batman and Superma...
11:58 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Job-listing language as a mirror of high-tech company values
Textio, a company that makes tools for composing job-postings, analyzed the language used by major tech firms in their job listings. They found distinctive phrases that various firms used much more of...
11:58 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Property of the People sues the FBI for details on "Gravestone," its reassuringly named secret mass-surveillance tool
In 2016, the watchdog group Property of the People discovered a secret FBI spying program called Gravestone, a mention of which slipped into the metadata of a document on the DoJ's website. (more&hell...
11:41 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing PBS: why do some people hate cilantro?
https://youtu.be/HF7Ni347GvgI wish Jeff Sessions hated cilantro as much as he hates pot. I can't stand the stuff. According to this PBS video, I have a chromosomal abnormality that makes it taste terr...
11:27 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing The hardest and easiest languages to learn for native English speakers
The Foreign Service Institute has ranked the difficulty of learning a language for English speakers. From Blazepress:Languages based upon Latin, such as French, Spanish and Italian are some of the eas...
11:18 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Mark Wahlberg does a pretty good job decoding Boston slang
To promote his new movie All the Money in the World, Mark Wahlberg went on camera to translate some regional Boston slang. He starts with "Hoodsie," then moves on to "Masshole," "packie," "the Garde...
11:14 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing This UFO chicken coop is everything
I have a new favorite thing and it's this amazing UFO chicken coop. Its creators, the folks at Backyard Chickens, write:When we expanded our flock this Summer, we knew a larger coop would be necessar...
10:58 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Now I Know: Why an episode of Peppa Pig is banned in Australia
[This story is from one of my favorite newsletters, Now I Know. It has over 100,000 subscribers. Sign up for it here. -- Mark] If you're a four-year-old in the United Kingdom, you probably know who Pe...
10:41 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing A pig and his five-dog posse
Given the many historic records for dreadfulness that 2017 handily destroyed, let's try and find some a tiny moment of joy upon which to end the year, shall we?So: Behold Chowder, a 6-year-old Vietnam...
10:29 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing This town in Japan produces almost no trash
If you go to Japan, one thing you'll notice is a lack of garbage cans. This was frustrating for me the first few times I went, but now when I'm there I carry a plastic bag and keep it in my backpack...
10:01 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Man afraid of Tasmanian Devil cartoon has father-in-law arrested for teasing him with a Taz wig
A 36-year-old gentleman from New York has had a deep fear of the Tasmanian Devil cartoon his entire life. So after his father-in-law, Yunes Doleh, teased him by waving a Taz-like toupee and snarling a...
10:00 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Loser Roy Moore is sore at Muslims, Marxists, and Doug Jones' gay son
The state of Alabama announced that it's mathematically impossible for accused pedophile Roy Moore to win the senate race. Moore predictably responded to the news by promoting an article from a loon...
09:07 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Star Toys: a line of Star Wars-themed sex toys
Australian bathing-suit-area-gadget vendor Geeky Sex Toys has launched Star Toys, a line of Star Wars themed sex-toys that include a Dark Side Bondage Kit, a Hand Solo fleshlight, the Darth Vibrator, ...
09:03 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Lawyer sounds a bit like Kermit the Frog
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PQNZd3BVeg&app=desktopIf ever I require courtoom representation in Canada, I'm definitely hiring Alf Kwinter of Singer Kwinter....
08:35 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing "Financial dominatrix" orders the rich men who submit to her to operate a "crypto slave farm" to mine bitcoin
Theodora is a "financial dominatrix," a woman who sexually gratifies rich and powerful men by humiliating them with orders to give her money; in the age of cryptocurrency, she says her clients are now...
08:28 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Ars Technica's Dan Goodin is being sued by Keeper Security over an article about a defect in its password manager
On December 15, Ars Technica ran a story by veteran security reporter Dan Goodin in which Goodin reported on a disclosure by Google researcher Tavis Ormandy, who had discovered that Keeper Security's ...
08:23 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Max Brckners polyhedral models
The German geometer Max Brckner was fascinated by polyhedra, and he wrote about them in depth in his 1900 work Polygons and Polyhedra: Theory and History. Over at the Internet Archive, they've scanned...
07:28 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Daranide, a 1958 drug, used to be free - now it costs your insurer at least $109,500/year
Daranide is a drug that was approved for treating glaucoma in 1958; the public domain drug's manufacture has shifted around for decades, sending its price soaring and plummeting from $0.50/dose to $13...
07:17 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing After Grenfell, local UK governments pay the developers who chose lethal cladding to replace it
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster (in which a building full of poor people were roasted alive because their homes had been skinned with a highly flammable decorative element that was supposed...
07:10 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's Space Council chief says space is "not a commons" and promises that it will become property of US corporations
In a speech last week, US National Space Council executive director Scott Pace rejected the idea that space was a "global commons" or "the common heritage of mankind" and vowed to make the USA "the mo...
06:57 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing The majority of US workers live in "employment monopsonies" where there is little or no competition for workers
In Labor Market Concentration, a new working paper from economists at U Penn, U Navarra and the Roosevelt Institute, researchers analyze a large US government data-set to determine how many workers li...
06:43 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing "Blatantly unlawful": companies use Facebook targeting to ensure older workers don't see help-wanted ads
A Propublica investigation (ed: I am an annual donor to Propublica and urge you to support their work) found dozens of companies who placed help wanted ads on Facebook that used ad-targeting to exclud...
06:01 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing The Australian health authority believed it had "anonymised" a data-set of patient histories, but academics were easily able to unscramble it
The Australian government's open data initiative is in the laudable business of publishing publicly accessible data about the government's actions and spending, in order to help scholars, businesses a...
05:23 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Original Rankin/Bass 'Rudolph' puppets up for sale, but have an enormous price tag
It's cool just seeing these images of the original Santa and Rudolph puppets from Rankin/Bass' 1964 TV perennial classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. They're so iconic, so familiar, even if that Sa...
05:22 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Making rubber bands is incredibly labor intensive
Wow. I had no idea that making rubber bands was so labor intensive. Can you imagine the resources it took just to get this long process in place?This footage is from the show How It's Made. An older...
05:22 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing In the 1870s, a French laborer found himself making strange, compulsive journeys all over Europe
In the 1870s, French gas fitter Albert Dadas started making strange, compulsive trips to distant towns, with no planning or awareness of what he was doing. His bizarre affliction set off a 20-year epi...
05:21 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Watch a mathematician explore non-euclidian geometry with a VR headset
Mathematician Henry Sagerman and colleagues developed a cool way to observe non-euclidian geometry from a new vantage point: inside the geometry itself via virtual reality. (more…)...
05:21 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Miniature motors powered by spinning drops of liquid
If you've ever observed "wine legs," the rivulets that form when you swirl wine in a glass, you've seen the Marangoni effect. Watch how scientists are using this effect to create tiny motors that em...
05:19 am PST - Thu, December 21, 2017
BoingBoing Mod turns Quake into a lovely walking simulator
https://youtu.be/whIQCKDlx-4?t=233Quake, the 1996 classic game set in a grim and hellish world of stone, fire and blood, pulsed with danger and violence. But a new mod from JP LeBreton turns it into a...
05:30 pm PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing UK government wants to ban this tiny phone in some harebrained effort to stop prison smuggling
Britain's justice secretary wants to ban miniature cellphones in a hapless effort to be seen to be doing something about prison smuggling. The "Beat the Boss" handsets (Amazon) are barely the size of ...
04:14 pm PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Shot glass with a real bullet in it
Lucky Shot's .308 Real Bullet hand-blown Shot Glass (Amazon), we are assured, "does not contain gunpowder or lead residue," making them safe to drink from. Described as the "ultimate gift," not witho...
03:24 pm PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing There's a Louis Vuitton ping pong set and it's still cheaper than that Tiffany's ball of yarn
The 1% do things a little differently from us. Take, for instance, playing ping pong. Now, your average, run-of-the-mill ping pong set will set you back about $22. But let's be real, no self-respectin...
03:09 pm PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Still looking for holiday gifts? Check out Cool Tools' gift guide
If you've already bought one of everything from our Boing Boing gift guide, take a look at the Cool Tools gift guide! We've got a selection of gift books, tools under $10, musical instruments, kitchen...
02:51 pm PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Woman says Abbey Inn in Nashville, Indiana fined her $350 for leaving a negative review
The Indiana Attorney Generals office has filed a lawsuit against the Abbey Inn in Nashville, Indiana, "claiming the hotels policy of levelling a charge against guests for negative reviews violated the...
02:25 pm PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing 3D printing a key to save the day
The parents of redditor odin917 were away on vacation, and he needed to get into their mailbox. They had the only key with them. So they emailed him a picture of it, and he 3D-printed a copy of the ke...
02:21 pm PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Watch these two guys in Japan remove a great deal of snow from a roof
The Japanese word for snow is (yuki). I'm teaching myself kanji through a program called wanikani (just made it to level 10), and I memorized the word by associating snow with "yucky." This video s...
12:46 pm PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Rich Koch Brothers heir boldly makes shirts
Meet Wyatt Ingraham Koch, the billionaire scion of the Koch Brothers empire. This gentleman makes shirts with oh-what-fun patterns, including the one he is wearing in this self-promotional video, wh...
12:30 pm PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing "The Kid Should See This" is an antidote to idiotic kid-meme Youtube
Plenty of parents are unsettled by abysmal quality of videos aimed at kids on Youtube -- which range from the merely dull/hacky/ultra-branded to the slurry of possibly-autogenerated brain porridge t...
11:09 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing LEGO Apollo Saturn V rocket on Amazon for $119
I have been waiting to find the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309 Building Kit for list price. Amazon is selling it now.This fantastic 1969 piece set looks wonderful. I can not wait to build it wi...
10:57 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Scientists model the climate in Game of Thrones
[Hi everyone! I'd like to re-introduce you to Clive Thompson, who will be writing posts for Boing Boing. You may remember Clive from his guestblogging stint here a few years ago. Clive is a journalist...
10:32 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing A new draft of Resisting Reduction, a manifesto against the Singularity, for a "culture of flourishing"
Joi Ito has published the "1.0" version of his October essay, Resisting Reduction, which makes major advances on the earlier draft. He's soliciting revisions and comments here. Here's what I wrote ab...
10:17 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Researchers trick Google's AI into thinking rifles are helicopters, without any knowledge of the algorithm's design
In Partial Information Attacks on Real-world AI, a group of MIT computer science researchers report on their continuing work fooling Google's image-classifier, this time without any knowledge of how t...
09:57 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing UK Tory MP unclear on the concept of dystopia
The Getting to the Future First: How Britain can lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution report was created by Alan Mak, Conservative Member of Parliament for Havant, and it's a laughable compendium of ...
09:49 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing When Las Vegas cops put on bodycams, they used 37% less force and generated 30% fewer complaints
A study published this year traces policing outcomes in Las Vegas between Sept 2014 and Oct 2015, comparing the conduct of 200 officers who wore bodycams and 200 who did not. (more…)...
09:36 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Dynamicland: a collaborative programming environment inside a whole building that you modify by doodling on paper
Dynamicland is a new nonprofit based in Oakland, where they are building a collaborative computing space, kitted out with cameras and projectors that allow people to work together to compose computer ...
09:07 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing "Friendly" apps are good at maximizing engagement, but their context-blindness is a cesspit of algorithmic cruelty
Designers use metrics and a/b splitting experiments to maximize engagement with their products, seeking out the phrases that trigger emotional responses in users -- like a smart scale that congratulat...
08:30 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Where the Wild Trumps Are
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN the Tom the Dancing Bug team, the INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics before publication, extra comics, and much more. (Note, th...
07:49 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing The new Portal is a bridge-building puzzle game, and it looks AMAZING
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIX7-Gkw0D0Portal was one of the best games of this century: originally a fan-mod of Half-Life, it used a clever-as-fuck game mechanic and outstanding game writing to...
07:39 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing More than 1 in 200 Britons are homeless
The countable homeless population of the UK -- the people living on the streets and in shelters, not including people sofa-surfing -- is 307,000, about 1 in 200. In some places, it's as high as one in...
07:01 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing ACT NOW: Only hours remain to stop Congress from sneaking in massive new NSA spying powers
There's only hours remaining before Congress will vote to renew the Section 702 powers that let the NSA conduct mass surveillance; powers that expand in 12 days. (more…)...
07:00 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing These belts deliver a perfect fit without the holes
Humans have been sporting belts since the Bronze Age and not much has changed concerning their functionality. Sure, there have been minor improvements, like reversible designs or buckles that double a...
05:55 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Who enters the public domain in 2018?
The Public Domain class of 2018 — authors with significant works entering the public domain next year — includes Aleister Crowley, Rene Magritte, Siegfied Sassoon and the other Winston Chu...
05:01 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing NASA's Juno captures more stunning Jupiter photos
As Juno continues its mission, NASA released new color-enhanced images, like this massive storm in the northern hemisphere. (more…)...
05:00 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 contest winners
Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan risked crocodiles and other dangers to snap this stunning image of an orangutan, named National Geographic's top nature photo for 2017. (more…)...
05:00 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Researchers infuse plants with chemicals to glow for hours
MIT researchers have figured out how to infuse common plants like watercress and arugula with luciferase, the chemical that makes fireflies glow. The process make the plants emit a dim glow for up t...
05:00 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing The Christmas Booty Song magically ushers in the decorated holiday butt
Because "ironic sweaters are so last week," the crew at Good Mythical Morning upped their ugly holiday game with their hilarious "Christmas Booty Song." Bravo, a new tradition is born!But wait, ther...
05:00 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing New 'Hamilton' track about Benjamin F*cking Franklin released, sung by The Decemberists
Here's an F-bomb-filled anthem about Benjamin Franklin that never made it into Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical, Hamilton. It's a humorous tune called "Benjamin Franklin's Song" and it's sung by The...
04:59 am PST - Wed, December 20, 2017
BoingBoing Google Maps knows all
Google is way ahead of the competition when it comes to the detail and complexity of its maps, writes Justin OBeirne, and its thanks to a relentless program of turning satellite and street view imager...
02:24 pm PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Over 450 useful things from Recomendo
There is so much more cool stuff in the world besides cool tools. Every week Mark, Claudia and I (the team behind the Cool Tools website) encounter great podcasts, bingeable video series, amazing peop...
01:09 pm PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing 5-year-old boy calls 911 to rat out the Grinch stealing Christmas, ends in arrest
Five-year-old TyLon Pittman of Byram, Mississippi wasn't going to take any chances when he thought the Grinch was going to steal his Christmas. After watching Grinch movies on YouTube on Saturday, he ...
11:45 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Rich people in Bristol install anti-bird spikes in trees to keep shit off their cars, rendering trees "literally uninhabitable" by local wildlife
Two trees in a fancy neighbourhood in Bristol, UK have had strips of anti-bird spikes nailed to their branches, rendering them "literally uninhabitable" by local wildlife, according to local Green Par...
11:25 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing United States takes one step closer to zombie apocalypse
The National Institutes of Health has lifted a moratorium on scientists mucking around with dangerous infectious disease. Government run review panels will protect us. What could go wrong?The New Yo...
11:09 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Young boy has a rough day, so sister surprises him with Lady Gaga tickets
When a boy 9-year-old boy comes home from school down in the dumps because the classroom frog died, his sister has the perfect antidote: surprise tickets for the same night from the "North Pole" to se...
11:07 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing What the world needs now is cute, sweet puppies
Taking a deep breath....
11:06 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Great deal on this hand-crank coffee grinder
Only a few minutes remain on this deal - a $9 hand-cranked conical burr grinder. Good for travel. I bought one for an upcoming five-week stay in Japan....
10:42 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing World's most depressing semi-robotic sandwich making factory
I started the video where the action heats up. We see a man loading bread into an "automated machine. (I wonder if he ever is tempted to press the jolly, candy like button on the control panel?)The ...
10:00 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller accused of punching, choking, and sexual assault
A woman has accused Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller of sexually assaulting, choking and punching her while they were both in college. She'd actually accused him after it happened and had brought it to...
09:59 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Wells Fargo CEO promises to spend not one cent of the GOP tax gift on investment or wages
Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan -- who inherited the most scandal-haunted bank of them all this year -- reassured his investors in a CNN Money interview that not one dime of the tax savings the GOP will del...
09:52 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Only Chinese companies will be allowed to map Chinese roads
Self-driving cars require incredibly accurate, up-to-date maps; in China, only Chinese companies will be able to make these maps. Nominally, this is about preventing espionage, but it also has the non...
09:43 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing What is the 2018 World Chess Championship logo really about?
Was the designer of the 2018 World Chess Championship logo inspired by Betty and Veronica?From Digg:Yes. It is what you think it is. No. It was not a mistake. Announced earlier this week in a press re...
09:39 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Trump's Department of Labor proposes rule that lets employers steal employees' tips
Under a new rule proposed by the Department of Labor, restaurants can take servers' tips and "pool" them in order to disperse some to dishwashers, bussers, etc: but it doesn't actually require them to...
09:26 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Stop charging AT-ATs (What the Rebellion should do in order to improve its anti-Empire tactics)
When I nerdpick a movie, I usually criticize the stupid computers, but I was fascinated by the angry nerding of Angry Staff Officer, a member of the Military Writers Guild, who picked apart the Rebell...
09:25 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Trump enjoys drinking water like a toddler
Remember when Trump made fun of Marco Rubio for the way he drank water? It's become clear that Trump's insults are always about himself.https://youtu.be/mUcDqUGGhrU?t=1m7sEnjoy this thread of Trump's ...
09:18 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory releases 62 declassified videos of nuclear weapons tests
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n3uane1UT8It's eschatology in motion: 62 tests carried out between 1945 and 1962, of detonations filmed from up to 50 angles. A total of 210 tests were carried out a...
09:13 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing This political sorting hat will assign you a nice flag
According to Politiscales, a political Myers-Briggs type questionnaire and sorting hat, I'm some kind of happy hippy anarchist with no time for terfs. I often found the questions vague or open to inte...
08:37 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Twitter purges hate groups
Twitter began enforcing new rules against violent and hateful groups and content yesterday; early results suggest that the institutional accounts of extremist parties, groups and media are being close...
08:17 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing A reporters-eye view of editing
Investigative reporter Nina Bernstein shared The New York Times' editing rules as seen by the reporters who had to put up with them.That "Mysterious second reference" is delightful!Here's something si...
07:55 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing UK cops' porn-spotting software can't tell the difference between sand and skin
British cops got software to help them identify children in abuse images, but it's having trouble telling the difference between skin and sand....the department is working with Silicon Valley provider...
07:33 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing The Trumpdroid at Disney's Hall of Presidents looks an awful lot like a hastily modded Hillarybot
Director/Comedian Shannon O'Neill has keenly observed that the Trumpbot just unveiled at the Walt Disney World Hall of Presidents looks an awful lot like a Hillarybot that was hastily converted after ...
07:27 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Superb science fiction story in the form of a list of failed attempts to stave off climate extinction
Debbie Urbanski's story "An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried" for Motherboard takes the improbable form of a list of failed strategies for coping with the incipient, climate-driven uninhabitabilit...
07:00 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Here's your chance to win a host of Apple hardware and productivity tools
Perhaps 2017 wasn't your most productive year, but that's okay because the Tim Ferriss Tribe of Mentors Dream Setup Giveaway gives you a chance to make 2018 a year of successful resolutions backed by ...
06:57 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing The final draft of the GOP tax plan transfers even more wealth to the 1%: now they get 83%
The GOP tax plan is a thousand-plus-page dog's breakfast of last-minute additions, giveaways, and complexity larded upon complexity, making it nearly impossible to parse out (so much for simplifying t...
05:40 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Design your own ugly sweater with this sweater customizer
It's a little late to get one for this ugly Christmas, but keep this sweater customizer by Ugly Christmas Sweater in mind for all your future ugly holiday needs.You start by picking out the sweater's ...
05:31 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing CGP Grey explains how machines learn
YouTuber CGP Grey is known for breaking down complex subjects so that they can be understood by just about anyone. His most recent animated video is no exception. In it, he answers the question, "Ho...
05:31 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this experiment on mice squeezing through tiny holes
Woodworker Matthias Wandel has mice in his workshop, and he wanted to see how small a hole mice could crawl through. But after setting up his ingenious little test, a challenger appears: the wily sh...
05:31 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Egg processing machine supercut
The gold standard of egg machine videos is back with some lovely footage of some new devices: Polish egg processor OVO-TECH demonstrates the Egg Splitter Rz3. (more…)...
05:31 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Firefighters and cops save a horse that fell into a frozen pond
This risky rescue could have gone wrong in a number of ways, but the first responders were able to save a horse that had walked onto thin ice without injuring the horse or themselves. (more…)...
05:30 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing Complete tour of the LEGO House in Denmark
The Beyond the Brick channel headed to Billund, Denmark for a superfan's tour of the LEGO House. What's great about this tour is that the host knows the names of many of the builders, and has met a ...
05:30 am PST - Tue, December 19, 2017
BoingBoing King Tut exhibition starts its final world tour in Los Angeles (March 2018)
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of discovering the tomb of King Tut, many of the Boy King's artifacts and other ancient Egyptian items will be touring the United States in the new year.Lonely Plane...
06:51 pm PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Behold the official policy for destroying the head of Chuck E Cheese
Britain and America are, as William Gibson has written, a subtle mirror-world reflection of one another. There is a complex language of similarity between these half-separated, half-remerged cultures,...
03:57 pm PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing EFF to US Copyright Office: fix the DRM rules that stop us from fixing our stuff, make fair use, and make IoT gadgets work the way we want
Section 1201 of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998) give DRM incredible protections: it's illegal to bypass DRM in products you own, for legal purposes, and merely investigating or revealin...
03:12 pm PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Matt Damon would like you to congratulate Matt Damon for not being a sexual predator
Matt Damon is missing the point, but I am glad it appears he does not hurt other people. Honestly, what a terrible way to promote his movie.Via Business Insider:Matt Damon thinks the men in Hollywood ...
01:19 pm PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing The Donald Trump droid is live at Disney World's Hall of Presidents
After a series of scandals and rumors, the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World has reopened with its Donald Trump robot, which "features the latest advances in technology that enable smoother and ...
12:28 pm PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing JCPenny removes racist display in Sioux City
JCPenny, whose name I did not realize no longer contains a space in it, removed a racist display from their Sioux City, Iowa location. Mannequins wore various "Tribe" themed clothing.The decorative us...
12:28 pm PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing JCPenney removes racist display in Sioux City
JCPenney, whose name I did not realize no longer contains a space in it, removed a racist display from their Sioux City, Iowa location. Mannequins wore various "Tribe" themed clothing.The decorative u...
11:54 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing A dad looks at a year's worth of voice-searches by his five-year-old
https://vimeo.com/245992513Filmmaker Brett Gaylor (previously) realized that Google had saved all the voice-searches his five-year-old had done since he discovered the feature a year ago; in a charm...
11:39 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing UFO IPO-182 Take me to your dealer: the Pentagon UFO story, crowdfunding, and Blink-182
The New York Times has an article about "Glowing Auras and Black Money: The Pentagons Mysterious U.F.O. Program." $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, there are 2...
11:36 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing When gifts are for the receiver
More Christmas fun with the British middle class! Previously: When gifts are for the giver....
11:34 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Ted Chiang: Elon Musk's fear of runaway AI is a projection of his repressed terror of runaway corporations
Why do billionaires like Elon Musk make terrified pronouncements about the imminent rise of self-aware, murderous AIs that use us to reproduce themselves, controlling us instead of serving us? (more&h...
11:30 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Newly uploaded videos of The Beatles' " Paperback Writer" and "Rain"
I've not see these videos of The Beatles' " Paperback Writer" and "Rain" before. The quality is great and I love both of these songs, especially Ringo's phenomenal drumming on "Rain."https://youtu.b...
11:30 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Newly uploaded videos of The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" and "Rain"
I've not see these videos of The Beatles' " Paperback Writer" and "Rain" before. The quality is great and I love both of these songs, especially Ringo's phenomenal drumming on "Rain."https://youtu.b...
11:30 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Score Sid Meier's Civilization VI for half off
There are few (if any) turn-based strategy franchises as prolific and decorated asSid Meier's Civilization, and its latest installment is an even greater step forward for the series. Boasting a new ci...
11:21 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing The Tea Party's baseless claims of IRS discrimination left the agency on life-support, unable to police dark money gushing through "charities"
In 2013, Tea Party activists claimed that they'd been singled out by the IRS for political reasons, and that's why their associated nonprofits were not being approved by the tax agency. In reality, a ...
11:17 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Rechargeable Sonicare toothbrush for $12
I went to the dentist for the first time in about 10 years, because I had a cracked tooth. The dentist told me my teeth looked good but said I should get an electric toothbrush. I asked what kind, and...
11:10 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing How to fix common mistakes in Git
Git is the current commonly accepted form of revision control in the un*x world. If you make a mistake, things can go awfully sideways. Oh Shit, Git! is a guide to fix some common mistakes....
11:09 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Anatomy of how crooks use financial secrecy in the UK and New Zealand to rip off international investors with impunity
The financial secrecy regimes in New Zealand and the UK create many opportunities for "jurisdictional regulatory arbitrage," playing each system's weaknesses off against the other to operate in near-p...
11:04 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Bad Lip Reading Rap of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back's Battle of Hoth
"Twenty nights in the ice is a long time, when there's hostiles on the hill."...
11:02 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Humanity - a game in progress where mobs of people fall and are crushed
This is like the game Lemmings, only with people. They get crushed by huge blocks, fall into holes, get chopped up by propellers, and killed by other people with guns. The game is being developed by...
10:58 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch Jaden Smith: Have you seen a better moonwalk since Michael Jackson?
Jaden Smith treated his fans to a super smooth moonwalk during his performance at the 2017 Rolling Loud festival in San Bernardino, CA over the weekend. "He was playing his single 'Icon' from his a...
10:57 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing When Justin Trudeau was in opposition, he voted for Canada's PATRIOT Act but promised to fix it; instead he's making it much, much worse
Back in 2015, Canada's failing, doomed Conservative government introduced Bill C-51, a far-reaching mass surveillance bill that read like PATRIOT Act fanfic; Justin Trudeau, leader of what was then a ...
10:40 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Gallery of vintage swingers personal advertisments
Artist Mitch O'Connell has curated a sizeable gallery of swingers ads from old magazines. Some are not safe for work. All are a testament to the varieties of the human experience....
10:39 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch rescue video of puppies trapped in a pool of tar. It has a happy ending.
In Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, three puppies were immobilized in a pool of tar. Fortunately, someone called Animal Aid, an organization that rescues and treats street animals. Prying them loose was i...
10:27 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Magnificent online experience inspired by the Voyager Golden Record supports SETI, Carl Sagan Institute, Astronomers Without Borders
Stephen Canfield and his colleagues at WeTransfer curated a stunning online experience inspired by the Voyager Golden Record, the iconic message for extraterrestrials launched into space on a phonogra...
10:26 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing As climate deniers claim credit for killing Net Neutrality, the FCC's internal auditor reveals that Neutracide was based on a lie
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is part of the dark-money funded network of think thanks that lead the charge to deny the scientific consensus on climate change; funded by a mix of money from the...
10:18 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Hidden camera pointing at a bed found in a passenger's room on Carnival cruise
A couple and their 10-year-old boy taking a cruise from Mobile, Alabama to Mexico on Carnival Cruise Line says they found a hidden camera in their stateroom. The small camera was tucked inside the cab...
10:09 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Bitcoin philanthropist donated $1 million to psychedelics research
The anonymous Bitcoin philanthropist behind the Pineapple Fund donated nearly 60 Bitcoins, approximately $1 million, to the psychedelics research and advocacy group Multidisciplinary Association for P...
10:00 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Watch the first-ever Star Wars trailer from 1977
Back when Star Wars was "an adventure unlike anything on your planet.... A big sprawling space saga of rebellion and romance."...
10:00 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing EPA employees who spoke out about Trump are having their emails ransacked, and the EPA's new "monitoring" firm is linked to a GOP oppo research firm
America Rising, a GOP oppo research firm, has filed a slew of Freedom of Information requests seeking access to EPA employees' email, targeting employees who criticized Donald Trump, Scott Priutt, or ...
10:00 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing An eye drop guide for wimpy guys like me
I CAN NOT put drops in my eye. It freaks me the heck out. I use this Auto Dropper when things get critical.I will squirm, wrestle, wiggle and flee from any attempt to put drops in my eyes. The idea of...
09:57 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing The guy who makes videos of himself sitting and staring 4 hours at a time is still going strong
Benjamin Bennett's YouTube channel has 280 four-hour videos of himself sitting in a corner and smiling at the camera. I find his videos to be more exciting than Braco the Gazer's.From Bennet's Patre...
09:32 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing 11,341 abandoned rape kits identify 817 serial rapists in one Michigan county
In Michigan's Wayne County, Prosecutor Kym Worthy has spent years processing 11,341 rape kits. The kits, found in 2009, were forgotten in a police storage warehouse, where they were routinely dumped w...
09:24 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing When gifts are for the giver
This video encapsulates every British middle-class family's Christmas since at least the 1960s....
09:08 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Amtrak train carrying passengers jumps tracks and dangles over a highway near Seattle
An Amtrak train full of passengers derailed this morning at 7:40am, leaving cars dangling over an overpass near Seattle, WA. There have been multiple deaths and injuries.Via CNN:"I was traveling to ...
08:41 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing New study finds 27% of Californians age 12-17 are gender nonconforming
UCLA released a study that found 796,000 California adolescents, or over one in four, self-report that peers consider them gender nonconforming. Our recruitment drive is working! (more…)...
08:41 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing This Burner couple torched a little Burning Man for their 'gender reveal' video
In case you've never heard of gender reveal parties, let me clue you in. It's a celebration for expecting parents, or their guests (or sometimes both), that announces the gender of the child, usuall...
08:41 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Scientist finds shimmering blue moths last seen in 1887
A Polish entomologist has observed and recorded footage of a bee-like moth called the Oriental blue clearwing. (more…)...
07:58 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing This is the potato chip grabber
This little faux-gloved hand will pinch chips for you, so your own hands won't get greasy. You don't need it, no one does, but if you have to know, this poorly-reviewed product is available for $4.24 ...
07:48 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing After eating ghost peppers, this Danish boys choir sings a Christmas carol
This Danish boys choir attempts to plow through "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful" after each downing a whole (ghost?) pepper. A sadistic YouTuber and "chilienthusiast" by the name of Chili Klaus gave each ...
07:44 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing China will collect the DNA of every adult in Xinjiang province, where Uyghur people are systematically oppressed
Xinjiang province is the site of intense surveillance and oppression, even by Chinese standards; it's home to the largely Muslim Uyghur minority, and a combination of racism and Islamaphobia drive a u...
07:38 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing A weird little winter wonderland is inside this snowglobe nail bubble
I'm not a "nail person" myself but I have noticed how prevalent over-the-top nail art has gotten in the past few years. In general, I skip nail art videos because it's just not my thing but this sno...
07:29 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Find out if anyone tied to the films or TV shows you watch is accused of sexual misconduct by searching 'Rotten Apples'
It's said that it takes just one bad apple to spoil the bunch. If you'd like to know if any of the movies or TV shows you watch has a bad apple --someone accused of sexual misconduct-- affiliated with...
07:28 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing The Simpsons' classic "steamed hams" gag gets the deep meme treatment
The season 7 gem starring Principal Skinner and Superintendant Chalmers has seen a massive uptick in meme activity in late 2017. Here are some highlights: (more…)...
07:28 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Using ranch dressing for bongwater is bad, but mouthwash is good
Justin Caffier was good enough to play human guinea pig in the quest for the ideal liquid to put in a bong. Colloids and emulsions quickly got ruled out after his disastrous attempts at using ranch dr...
07:28 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Deep-sea expedition seeks clues about how extraterrestrial life might exist
Life on the Rocks is a fascinating account of a scientific expedition to a craggy archipelago off Brazil, where conditions may unlock secrets about possible life forms on Europa, Enceladus, and othe...
07:25 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Architects designed these groovy cat houses for charity
FixNation is a nonprofit working to reduce the feral cat population. To raise funds, they commissioned cool cat shelters from prominent Los Angeles architecture firms, then auctioned the structures ...
07:21 am PST - Mon, December 18, 2017
BoingBoing Female adolescent macaques practice sex by mounting male deer
Visitors to the Minoo reserve in Japan's Osaka prefecture have long observed female adolescent macaques mounting and humping adult male deer; in a fascinating paper (Sci-Hub open access link) in Archi...
09:16 am PST - Sun, December 17, 2017
BoingBoing CBD is a non-psychoactive compound in marijuana that shows promise in epilepsy and pain therapy, so the DEA wants to class it with heroin
The World Health Organization's new report on cannabidiol (CBD) found that the compound (which does not produce any kind of high -- and may actually counteract the psychoactive properties of THC) is n...
07:00 am PST - Sun, December 17, 2017
BoingBoing Treat yourself with these 8 holiday deals
'Tis the season for gift-giving, but sometimes you need a little something for yourself to get through it all in one piece. As such, as a gift to you, you can take an extra 15% off the following items...
11:22 am PST - Sat, December 16, 2017
BoingBoing Last-minute gifts for Trump-haters
A pass to the national parks ($80); vulva-shaped chocolates ($20; a donation to Planned Parenthood (varies); anything from Patagonia (they're suing Trump); ACLU tees ($28); Cards Against Humanity ($2...
10:28 am PST - Sat, December 16, 2017
BoingBoing "You Died"
As the father of a five-month old baby and the owner of a copy of Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition, this has been the funniest 11 seconds of 2017....
08:42 am PST - Sat, December 16, 2017
BoingBoing Next year, the Share Festival's theme is [email protected]
The annual Share Festival, held in both Turin and Belgrade, features a juried prize for electronic art; this year's theme is "[email protected]: The Modern Prometheus," and will be judged by an internation...
08:20 am PST - Sat, December 16, 2017
BoingBoing The CDC is why you and your loved ones aren't dead. Trump just banned them from using the phrase "science-based."
Epidemiology is intrinsically at odds with right-wing ideology: the idea that all humans have a shared microbial and viral destiny, one that entwines the poorest and richest among us, which cannot be ...
08:03 am PST - Sat, December 16, 2017
BoingBoing Beware unexpected extra charges added to your cable bill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PNoJoTpnFkHidden fees awere long ago regulated on utility bills, but time and legal ingenuity (not to mention consumers drifting from phone companies to wireless and c...
07:14 am PST - Sat, December 16, 2017
BoingBoing Cities want to opportunistically lay fiber lines during big digs, but Koch dark money is trying to stop them
Kentuckywired is a project to run fiber between cities in Kentucky, creating a high speed network for the state's operations. It involves a lot of expensive public works -- digging up streets and high...
07:00 am PST - Sat, December 16, 2017
BoingBoing Learn important tech skills on your own time with Stone River eLearning
Stone River eLearning has over 2,000 hours of instructional content, and lifetime access is currently available in the Boing Boing Store for $85.To help you start training for a new career, Stone Rive...
06:52 am PST - Sat, December 16, 2017
BoingBoing Rogue One is a movie about internet freedom
Sarah Jeong is right (as usual): Rogue One is about internet freedom, a movie about the struggle to upload a large file under time-constraint in a post-Net-Neutrality dystopia where Dropbox is a dista...
03:40 pm PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Merry Mixmas 2017: DJ Riko drops another album of festive mashups
Tis the season (1:12:27). (more…)...
12:31 pm PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing A deep dive into the race to preserve our digital heritage
Science Friday's beautiful "File Not Found" series looks at the thorny questions of digital preservation: finding surviving copies of data, preserving the media it is recorded upon, finding working eq...
11:55 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Trump gives ugly speech saying legal immigrants come from a "bin"
In a speech to graduates of the FBI Academy, Trump talked about calling on Congress to end "chain migration" and "visa lottery," and compared legal immigrants to trash. "You think the countries [ar...
11:54 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Documenting the laughable lies the FCC told at the hearing where it killed Net Neutrality
The FCC is only allowed to change existing policies if they can show evidence of some change in facts, so at yesterday's bomb-threat haunted hearing to destroy Net Neutrality, Trump FCC Chairman Ajit ...
11:40 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Motherboard announces a neutral, meshing community ISP based at Vice's Brooklyn headquarters
Motherboard -- an imprint of Vice -- has announced that it will build a community ISP branching off its Brooklyn headquarters, built on meshing wireless protocols, and connected to the internet via hi...
11:13 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing After priest/child rape scandal, Australian Archbishop says he'll ask the Pope to allow priests to have sex
As a Royal Commission in Australia wraps up its investigation into decades of rape by priests (especially rape of children), and decades of Church officials obstructing investigation into the rape, Me...
11:06 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Thank you for being a friend
All of you....
10:48 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing UPS loses man's inheritance check of nearly $700,000, offers $32 compensation
UPS was supposed to deliver an inheritance check for $664,850 (846,650 Canadian dollars) to a man whose father died. The check never arrived. When UPS lost it, they decided $32 was fair compensation.A...
10:06 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Comcast has been planning to ditch Net Neutrality principles for months
In defending his vote to dismantle Net Neuratlity rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai insisted that not much would change for consumers; ISPs would voluntarily refrain from degrading internet service.Michael...
09:58 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Cyclist finds nearly dead puppy, works frantically to bring it back to life
This puppy looked so far gone, I don't think most people would have thought they could bring it back to life. But the determined, resourceful cyclist who found the pup did everything right, includin...
09:52 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Tobacco giant Philip Morris is quietly funding an "anti-smoking" foundation offering $1 billion in "grants" to public health leaders
Derek Yach, president of The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, sent a letter to 344 public health researchers and groups inviting them to bid for grants from a $1b fund set up by tobacco giant -- the...
09:29 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Even when a Chicago cop is convicted of wrongdoing, a secret appeals court usually overturns it
Chicago boasts one of the nation's most corrupt police forces: Chicago PD ran an off-the-books secret torture site; stole millions from innocents and used the funds to buy illegal surveillance gear; h...
09:27 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing What does a Jedi use to open a PDF file?
What does a Jedi use to open a PDF file?Adobe-Wan Kenobi....
09:19 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Trump judicial nominee can't answer a single question properly at hearing
Trump sure knows how to pick 'em. This judiciary nominee, Matthew Spencer Petersen, up for a seat on the US District Court for the District of Columbia, was completely out of his element when asked ...
08:54 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Cryptocurrency: From Basic Definitions to Expert Issues in One Interview
Youd have to be living in some kind of a news blackout not to have heard chatter about cryptocurrencies recently. The granddaddy of em all BitCoin has appreciated roughly 2000% over the past twelve ...
08:45 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Leaked Mormon Church booklet for leaders claims masturbation turns you gay
Remember when the fear of going blind or growing hair on your palms was enough to make you stop masturbating? Neither do I, but apparently The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been spre...
08:27 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Streaming porn might not be helping the environment
If the guilt of sneaking off into the basement bathroom to watch a few porn videos on your smartphone wasnt enough, now avid smut viewers can carry the potential concern of harming the environment. Lo...
08:08 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Off-the-wall Harry Potter chapter created using predictive text
The Harry Potter series has an unusual new chapter and J.K. Rowling didn't write it, machines did.Botnick Studios, a "human-machine creative collective" which describes itself as "a community of write...
08:08 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing If Santa had a raunchy Netflix comedy special
Hey Santa, 1983 called. Eddie Murphy wants his tight red leather suit back.This Team Coco bit imagines Santa Claus telling off-color jokes for a stand-up comedy special on Netflix called, "Sack Up! ...
07:55 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Nativity cow in second bid for freedom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dw7ilzSAcEStormy the cow was recaptured after again escaping the Philadelphia nativity scene in which she is imprisoned. The bovine's second bid for freedom ended afte...
07:48 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing The Quantum Game: like Laser Maze, but built on real principles of quantum mechanics
Laser Maze is a super-fun electronic board game that challenges players to arrange angled mirrors to route a laser beam from an emitter to a sensor, avoiding obstacles; in The Quantum Game, you undert...
07:27 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Here's everything that's wrong with America's insecure electronic voting machines, and what to do about it
The University of Pennsylvania's Matt Blaze (previously) is a legendary figure in cryptography and security circles; most recently he convened Defcon's Vote Hacking Village where security experts with...
07:00 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Fill your home with Star Wars gear just in time for The Last Jedi
To celebrate the upcoming release of The Last Jedi, were offering a selection of Star Wars-themed interior decorations in the Boing Boing Store for 15% off the usual retail valueall you have to do is ...
06:27 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Doctors diagnose the bad guys' injuries in 'Home Alone'
Remember how the bad guys got battered on by little Kevin's (Macaulay Culkin) booby traps in the Home Alone series? Well, in these videos from 2015, a group of real-life doctors watched clips from b...
06:27 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing 'Hank Hill' sings Red Hot Chili Peppers and it's so good
This one is an oldie but a goodie. From 11 years ago, here's YouTuber EmperorCalebtine singing Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Soul to Squeeze" as cartoon dad Hank Hill. It's so good, isn't it?(reddit)...
06:27 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Circuit Maze Logic Game
When I was a child my favorite game was Mousetrap because the experience wasn't simply about rolling dice and moving around a board. Rather, it was an invitation to construct environments with the rew...
04:54 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Moebius's photo reference
In an unsourced interview reposted at Ragged Claws, Jean "Moebius" Giraud discusses his use of photo reference (more) — a popular topic of late among amateur numpties who think it's "cheating."U...
04:26 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Gorgeous low-profile miniature mechanical Planck keyboard
It won't be arriving in time for Easter, let alone Christmas, but this keyboard features three particularly fabulous qualities: the tiny 40% size, the unstaggered grid layout, and a new type of keyswi...
04:09 am PST - Fri, December 15, 2017
BoingBoing Arf.mp4
The apotheosis of ASMR. [via Reddit]...
05:58 pm PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Sean Spicer literally thinks "A Christmas Carol" is a book of Christmas carols
Not only that, but as Randy Michaels quipped, "The most Christmas carols ever gathered in one book. Period." (more…)...
04:41 pm PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Make your own unicorn kit
You can make six things with the I Love Unicorns Kit (Amazon), though only one of them is, technically, a complete unicorn. The other items, however, when worn together, entitle the wearer to be recog...
04:09 pm PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Racist lady removed from Starbucks
A woman was escorted by police out of the Walnut Creek, Cali., Starbucks after berating a Korean student there for speaking her own language. (more…)...
12:29 pm PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Alarming lawyer ad
The best personal injury lawyer ad in human history is the chroma key apocalypse of Berger & Green, but this fellow Barry Glazer gives Pittsburgh's finest a run for their money: "I'm in it for venge...
12:06 pm PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing NASA and Google found first solar system to have 8 planets like our own
Today NASA and Google found another planet in the Kepler-90 solar system, making it a solar system with eight planets, just like ours.According to Business Insider:That finding is due to the discovery...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing New Errol Morris documentary about CIA dosing an unwitting man with LSD, who committed suicide
It's well known that the CIA would dose unwitting, innocent people with LSD to see how they would react. Filmmaker Errol Morris has a new docudrama series on Netflix called Wormwood about a Frank Ol...
11:58 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing SNL writer spies on and 'fart-shames' his friend remotely using a Nest cam
As a safety measure, SNL writer Nick Kocher recently installed a Nest cam in his apartment. He then left town for the weekend, letting his friend Jon Bass crash at his place. (more…)...
11:57 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Morgan Spurlock comes out as a serial sexual abuser of women in weird online confessional
New York-based filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, best known for his 2004 indie documentary Super Size Me, admitted Wednesday in a long online confessional that he has a history of sexual abuse towards women....
11:46 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Just before the FCC's cowardly vote to kill Net Neutrality, they had to evacuate due to "security advice"
"On advice of security, we need to take a brief recess," said Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, just as the he was about to call a vote to kill Net Neutrality after ignoring tens of millions of comments fr...
11:32 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing What is bias in machine learning, when does it matter, and what can we do about it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMym_BKWQzk"The Trouble with Bias," Kate Crawford's (previously) keynote at the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems is a brilliant tour through different ways ...
11:26 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing San Francisco SPCA uses a robot to chase away homeless people, because cruelty to humans is just fine
The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals bought a "security robot" to harass homeless people at its Mission District offices, a move that the city has banned and threatened $...
11:15 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Ajit Pai makes a "funny" video dismissing Net Neutrality advocates for fringe-right site
Donald Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made a terrible, unfunny video mocking the tens of millions of Net Neutrality advocates whose comments he has discarded (along with filings from the internet's inv...
11:13 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Protesters flood the Senate, calling for a delay in voting on the GOP tax plan until new Alabama Senator Doug Jones is seated
When Massachusetts GOP Senator Scott Brown was elected in a 2010 special election, Senate Democrats agreed to delay a key vote on health care reform until he could be seated, so that the vote would be...
11:11 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing The Most Annoying People of 2017, in this weeks tabloids
Its rare, but once in a while the tabloids just get a story right. While Us magazine bores us with the most fascinating people of 2017 (Melania Trump? Meghan Markle?) and the National Enquirer tells u...
11:10 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing A preview of the lawsuits that will be filed to save Net Neutrality after the FCC voted to kill it today
Today, the FCC ignored tens of millions of Americans' views, as well as comments from the world's leading internet scientists and the inventors of the internet, and give a huge regulatory gift to the ...
10:57 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarter for artbook of Viktor Kalvachev, one of comicdom's best illustrators
Viktor Kalvachev is one of the most exciting figures in comics today. I love his art, which reminds me of the great paperback book illustrators of the 1960s. He's the creator of Blue Estate, a hardboi...
10:54 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing How killing Net Neutrality irreparably harms public libraries and the communities they serve
New York Public Library president Tony Marx presides over the largest public library system in America, in a city where 2,000,000 people lack broadband internet access, so he understands as well as an...
10:51 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Kentucky lawmaker shoots himself after being accused of molesting teenager
Last night Kentucky Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson drove onto a bridge in Louisville, Kentucky, shot himself inside his car, and died. 24 hours earlier, he had been publicly accused of molesting a ...
10:42 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing An anonymous person with $86 million in bitcoin is giving it to charity
The Pineapple Fund was started by some nice person whose early acquisition of bitcoins made him a multimillionaire. He's donating $86 million to different charities, including the EFF (who gets $1 mil...
09:34 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Roy Moore continues to defy reality
After losing the Alabama special senate election two days ago, Roy Moore remains stuck in the Denial stage of the Kubler-Ross Model of Grief. In a cartoonishly self-important video statement release...
09:27 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing A proposed Australian leaker law will put journalists and whistleblowers in jail for 20 years
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a plan to bring down anti-leaker legislation that provides for 20 year prison sentences for whistelblowers who leak in order to prove governmen...
08:39 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Cheap dates: here's how much it cost the telcoms sector to buy Congress and murder Net Neutrality
Congress took $101 million in donations from the telcoms sector, and then, by an amazing coincidence, 107 Republican Congressjerks sent a letter to Donald Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, exhorting him ...
08:21 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Piketty and 100 researchers: inequality is getting worse, and will continue to worsen
The World Inequality Lab -- led by Thomas "Capital in the 21st Century" Piketty -- has published its 2018 World Inequality Report, summarizing the research of 100 academics around the world who invest...
07:04 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Cross the street in Iceland and float through the air
The wonderful French expression Trompe Loeilwhich translates to fools the eyein this case describes a type of painting, done on the pavement, which is making the roads safer for people around the worl...
07:03 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Disney buys Fox in all-stock deal, making Rupert Murdoch the largest shareholder in the company
Most of 21st Century Fox's assets now belong to Disney, a company that is famous for its liberal messaging and blockbuster movies that stress social justice themes, from Star Wars to Coco to Frozen, a...
07:02 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing Vegemite ice pops
It's summer in Australia, which means people are thinking of cool treats to enjoy in the heat.Then, on Tuesday, the folks at Vegemite ruined everything by making ice pops with their thick, dark yeast ...
07:00 am PST - Thu, December 14, 2017
BoingBoing White elephant gifts that someone will actually be pleased to receive
Holiday gift exchanges are often overpopulated with useless junk, but it doesnt have to be that way. The following items definitely have some novelty appeal, but not without some actual everyday utili...
04:54 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Surgeon admits to branding initials onto patients livers
Patients of Dr. Simon Bramhall probably werent expecting an autograph on their transplanted organs. That didnt stop the surgeon from signing their livers like Roy Moore on high school yearbook day. Br...
04:40 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing State trooper finds nothing funny about pulling over DeLorean going 88mph
The driver of a DeLorean modded to resemble the version from Back to the Future didnt impress a Texas state trooper for hitting 88 mph. Mark Shields, who was driving his car to an event, told KHOU he ...
04:33 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing A French robot named Jojo makes plotter portraits
Digital media artists Makio&Floz use their AxiDraw drawing machine, which they have dubbed "Jojo le robot," to create plotted portraits. They are currently offering these signed and numbered "Plot...
04:29 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Japan has way more interesting Kit Kat flavors than rest of world
Jonathan Kaiman, the Beijing Bureau chief of The Los Angeles Times, reported on the history of how different flavor Kit Kat bars infiltrated Japan. The country is home to an estimated 300 flavors (sak...
03:45 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Beer brand's giant graffiti Advent calendar 'tells it like it is'
There are Advent calendars and then there is the Banks's Brewery's Advent calendar. Launched on December 1, the UK beer brand's countdown to Christmas stands over 36 feet tall because it's spray paint...
01:58 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Nazi blog style guide
Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer was recently pushed off the web by domain registrars, but can supposedly still be found as a hidden service. And would you know that it has a 17-page style guide? Th...
01:57 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Net Neutrality is only complicated because monopolists are paying to introduce doubt
My op-ed in New Internationalist, Dont break the 21st century nervous system, seeks to cut through the needless complexity in the Net Neutrality debate, which is as clear-cut as climate change or the ...
01:15 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Mirai's creators plead guilty, reveal that they created a DDoS superweapon to get a competitive edge in the Minecraft server industry
Last year, the Mirai botnet harnessed a legion of badly secured internet of things devices and turned them into a denial of service superweapon that brought down critical pieces of internet infrastruc...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing You can run DSL over wet string
ADSL was a miracle when it debuted, delivering high speeds over old copper, thanks to a protocol that was so adaptable to suboptimal media that it was said it could run "over a piece of wet string." (...
12:03 pm PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Climate change has created massive blooms of ecologically disruptive jellyfish, but luckily they're delicious
I fondly remember the unalloyed joy of eating lionfish tacos in the Caribbean, consuming an invasive species that was wrecking a reef preserve; if you've never experienced a similar pleasure, be on th...
11:27 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Democratic lawmaker says women invite sexual harassment with the way they dress
Democratic lawmaker Marcy Kaptur said she's appalled at the way women on Capitol Hill dress, stunning other lawmakers who were in a meeting with her yesterday. "I saw a member yesterday with her cleav...
10:46 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Driver sees woman covered in snow on park bench and calls ambulance, finds out woman isn't human
A concerned UK citizen called an ambulance from their car after spotting a person covered in snow, sitting stone still on a bench in the middle of a park. The ambulance rushed to the scene, only to fi...
10:18 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Patreon decides not to change fee structure: "We messed up"
Following a backlash against planned fee increases, Patreon is backing down. For now, everything will stay the way it is.Weve heard you loud and clear. Were not going to rollout the changes to our pay...
10:01 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Gawker alumni are crowdfunding to outbid Peter Thiel for control of Gawker's assets
Gawker was bankrupted by Peter Thiel, who secretly backed Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against the network of news, entertainment and gossip sites in an act of petty revenge. (more…)...
09:54 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Sledlegs: shinguards that you can turn into toboggan sleds by dropping to your knees and shoving off
Ever find yourself coming home from an attack-dog training session in heavy armored shinguards and come across a snowy hill and muse, man, if only my shinguards were a leeeetle optimized, I could drop...
09:37 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Group behind voter ID, stand your ground, ag-gag, private prison, anti-muni-wifi, and killing Obamacare now planning rules for jailing pipeline protesters
The American Legislative Exchange Council is a big-business-backed think tank whose funders run the gamut from oil companies to Tesla motors; they specialize in drafting insane, racist, voter-suppress...
09:18 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing 12 Michigan cops, looking for a 40-year-old white woman, draw guns on 11 year old black girl and put her in cuffs
A dozen Michigan cops from Grand Rapids broke into a family home and rushed an 11 year old black girl, pointing guns at her and cuffing her while her terrified mother begged them not to shoot her. (mo...
08:49 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Loser Roy Moore refuses to concede
Infamous child predator Roy Moore says only God is going to declare the real winner of last night's election, so Moore's not about to listen to a bunch of sinful people with their newfangled vote ta...
08:14 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing How to solve a masyu logic puzzle
Puzzle designer Fleb explains the rules for solving masyu logic puzzles, then solves one, explaining his logic....
07:41 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Terrorism is way, way down, except in countries torn apart by civil war, often where the US has sent occupying troops
In Terrorism before and after 9/11 a more dangerous world?, researchers from the US Department of Defense and the RAND Corporation used data from the University of Maryland's Global Terrorism Databas...
07:25 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Trump fires Omarosa, again
According to news reports, Trump aide/hanger-on Omarosa Manigault was fired by the President last night as the drama in Alabama unfolded -- and escorted from the White House to boot. Other reports cla...
07:12 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Bowie and Prince rule "Singer" emoji picks
Emojipedia notes that with Twitter's adoption of David Bowie-like figures for its singer emojis, the British pop legend lives on as such on four major platforms: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter. ...
07:08 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Idiot Roy Moore spokesperson left utterly speechless when Jake Tapper teaches him about the Bible in Congress
Yesterday, before Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican child predator Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate election, we were entertained by an idiot spokesperson for Moore on CNN. Ted Crockett, said spoke...
07:05 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Journalists receive forged lawsuit docs hoaxing a nonexistent sexual harassment suit against Chuck Schumer
Someone is shopping a password-protected PDF of a forged lawsuit against Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to the DC press; the forgery attempts to trick journalists into thinking that Schumer is...
07:00 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing CrossOver 17 lets you run Windows on your Mac or Linux system
Boot Camp is an excellent way for fans of Mac hardware to run Windows for work, games, or legacy software, but rebooting to switch operating systems is a hassle if youre just looking to launch one or ...
05:22 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing The 3D Pee-wee Herman tee
Eighties icon Pee-wee Herman is now featured on this fun t-shirt by Creepy Co. To see the full effect, pop on a pair of paper anaglyph glasses (included).Oui, they made a 3D Pee-wee tee! It's availabl...
05:22 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing "I'm Just a Bill up on Capitol Hill" Gets His Star Turn in the GOP Tax Bill Parody
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and Other Stu...
05:21 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Ugly cryptocurrency sweaters
It seems whatever you're into, there's an ugly holiday sweater for it. Now, with the rise in interest in cryptocurrency, there's a collection of machine-knit "ugly crypto sweaters" available. For $59....
05:21 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing The story of a daring 1943 commando raid to stop Germany from getting an atomic bomb
During World War II, the Allies feared that Germany was on the brink of creating an atomic bomb. To prevent this, they launched a dramatic midnight commando raid to destroy a key piece of equipment in...
05:21 am PST - Wed, December 13, 2017
BoingBoing Walmart.com has 'Weed Marijuana Leaf' Christmas trees
For those looking to "'light up' the room" with this "Weed Marijuana Leaf Christmas Tree," be prepared to shell out $249.99 to an unlikely source: Walmart.com. While available at the retail behemoth'...
07:45 pm PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing A track you never expected to see on Boing Boing
When I, a Briton, became an American citizen, I punted on a key decision: what would my new accent be? I couldn't decide between Californian surf dude or subtly-queer Alabama backwoods troublemaker....
07:32 pm PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Democrat Doug Jones beats cowboy cosplay creep Roy Moore in Alabama senate race
God bless Alabama.https://twitter.com/AP/status/940784509238333441Trump deleting tweets in 1... 2......
03:04 pm PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Watch how a couple makes a Christmas tree with a tire, a plastic bucket, and a PVC pipe
Watch how this couple made their Christmas tree using a cut-up PVC pipe, a tire, white paint, a plastic bucket, ornaments, and lights all cheap hardware store items you can probably find in your ga...
02:31 pm PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Cigarette addict caught smoking in plane bathroom threatens to kill everyone on board
Video taken during a Southwest Airlines flight Saturday shows a woman screaming and making threats toward passengers' lives. The airline said the woman was found smoking in the planes lavatory after...
02:23 pm PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Roy Moores wife: we aren't anti-semites -- one of our attorneys is a Jew
Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of many things -- sexually assaulting girls, racism, sexism, and antisemitism. On that last point, earlier this month Moore said George...
02:15 pm PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Catch a movie in Saudi Arabia for the first time in 35 years
Saudi Arabia is planning to open up movie theaters by March, ending a 35-year ban on cinemas. The goal will be to have 2,000 movie screens over the next 12 years, according to the Guardian. Saudi Arab...
02:08 pm PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Stanley flask for $12
This is probably the lowest price for the Classic Stanley Flask -- 11.90 on Amazon. I've admired my friend's for a while, and now I'm getting one for myself. Don't forget to pick up a flask funnel, to...
11:16 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing How a maker with Type I diabetes led an open source project to create a free-as-in-code artificial pancreas
Dana Lewis kickstarted the Open Artificial Pancreas System (previously) by trying to solve her own problems with monitoring her glucose levels, calculating insulin doses, and administering them around...
11:03 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Independent auditor: Trump has made it impossible for students defrauded by predatory diploma mills to get their loans cancelled
The US Department of Education's Inspector General has released a report saying that the DoE has stopped cancelling the debts of students who were defrauded by fake universities. (more…)...
10:51 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Biopic of Darth Vader actor David Prowse in the works
Towering English bodybuilder David Prowse was the man actor behind Darth Vader's menacing presence. With James Earl Jones's voice and Sebastian Shaw's face, he helped create one of cinema's greatest v...
10:50 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: When woman falls on icy sidewalk Santa comes to the rescue
A woman carrying shopping bags in each hand slips on an icy sidewalk and slams onto her back. Then a good samaritan in a black car skids to a stop, and who pops out to help? Santa! This comically he...
10:46 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Child molester Roy Moore said he wants to repeal all Constitutional amendments after the first ten, which would revive slavery and end votes for women and black people
Roy Moore, who has been thoroughly endorsed by Donald Trump, said in 2011 that the US government would "solve many problems" by ridding itself of every Constitutional amendment after the first ten -- ...
10:25 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing German VW exec is going to US prison for seven years for his role in Dieselgate
Oliver Schmidt, the general manager of Volkswagen's Michigan environmental and engineering office, is going to jail for his role in Dieselgate, the company's criminal conspiracy to trick regulators ab...
10:07 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing A law-enforcement agency is trying to figure out who owns the bots that hacked the FCC's Net Neutrality comment period, but the FCC is obstructing justice
The FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on killing Net Neutrality was flooded by anti-neutrality bots who submitted millions of comments under the names of fake people, dead people, and living people ...
10:00 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Collage.com lets you print virtually anything on anything
If you want to give your family and friends a truly personalized gift for the holidays, were offering $100 of credit onCollage.com for $24.99 in the Boing Boing Store. And if you order before the 15th...
09:57 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing A tiny stand for your smartphone or tablet
My daughter and niece will whine incessantly if their phones do not have a Pop Socket attached.These cute pop-up buttons act as a stand or handle for your small screen device. It sticks to your case, ...
09:48 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Ajit Pai says the FTC is will guard against ISPs abusing a world without Net Neutrality, but the FTC had no authority to act in history's most prominent telcoms abuses
Public Knowledge's Harold Feld is one of the leading and most longstanding pro-Net Neutrality telcoms lawyers in America, and in a post, he analyzes Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to punt Net Neu...
09:36 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Building a scale model of our solar system in the desert is an eye-opening exercise
You are no doubt aware that models of our solar system are not to scale. These guys went to Black Rock Desert to create a scale model of our solar system, starting with an Earth the size of a marble...
09:24 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Amputee monkeys learn mind control methods to manipulate robotic arm
Neuroscientist Nicho Hatsopoulous and his team taught monkeys that lost limbs through accidents how to control a robotic arm. The work has profound implications on what they call the brain-machine int...
09:23 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing 'Kick the Balls (of Patriarchy)' and other cheeky on-topic hyrrs, ie. feminist hymns
We've seen a lot of dark come to light this past year. In response, ad agency Grey London paired with Goldstein Music to spice up some Christmas musical favorites with these seven feminist hyrrs. Fa...
09:23 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Breitbart plotted to ruin Twitter, emails show
Breitbart, Steve Bannon and co. mused often about destroying Twitter, reports Buzzfeed, exploring financial and legal options to bring the site to heel and Jack Dorsey to his knees. On Jan. 15, Yiann...
09:21 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Trump accusers speak out against president's sexual assault
At this press conference a panel of women shared "firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by Donald Trump and demand an investigation by Congress." Watch the video here. In the meantime, "More than 50...
09:06 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing This guy typed every country in the world in under 3 minutes. Can you do that?
It took "Geography Joe" just 2 minutes and 59 seconds to type every country in the world (depending on your definition of how many countries there are here it's 197) on the trivia website Sporcle. ...
09:01 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Alabamians explain why they are voting for Roy Moore
https://youtu.be/HjLMAoejW-AWhy are so many Alabamians voting for Roy Moore, even after nine women say he sexually assaulted or pursued them when they were teenagers? They believe the women were paid ...
08:42 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing The end for Storify
Storify is an online service that lets you present strings of social media posts as a single readable article, instead of as a half-broken javascript shitbox garnished with abusive commentary from naz...
08:02 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing The Orville is better than Star Trek: Discovery
Critics hate The Orville, Seth McFarlane's uncanny love letter to Star Trek and The Next Generation, but they love the gloomy, ultra-2017 Star Trek: Discovery. Viewers love The Orville, though, whi...
07:51 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing 100 million Americans live in areas where every single ISP has admitted to violating net neutrality
Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai -- a former Verizon exec -- says that we can count on ISPs to voluntarily refrain from abusing their natural monopolies to degrade service to their customers in order to ma...
07:47 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Cool sculpture made of repurposed wooden escalator stairs
Sydney's Wynyard Station wooden escalators, built in 1932, have been preserved and repurposed as a sculpture titled Interloop, in the station where they operated for over 80 years. (more…)...
07:37 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Slanted bookshelf that's climbable and earthquake resistant
Architect Shinsuke Fujii accepted the challenge from a client who wanted an accessible tall bookshelf that would not be affected by an earthquake. One entire wall of the house is slanted outward to al...
07:37 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing The scientists and innovators who invented the internet to the FCC: you really, really don't understand how the internet works
A group of 21 of the internet's most esteemed pioneers have written an open letter to the FCC's Congressional overseers that critiques the agency's foolish, self-serving description of how the net wor...
07:27 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing RIP Bruce Brown, groundbreaking surf film pioneer
The Endless Summer is the most important film in the history of surfing, and a lot of that is due to director Bruce Brown's evangelistic narration and participatory enthusiasm. Brown died this week ...
07:19 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing The Onion's new profanity-laced cooking videos send up the genre perfectly
Since Gordon Ramsay got 25 million views showing how to scramble eggs, there's been a sharp uptick in inane cooking videos. Enter The Onion with the perfect response. (more…)...
07:18 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Watch 'What a Wonderful World' performed in hand shadows
Unusualist Raymond Crowe has created something really special with his hand shadow puppet performance of Louis Armstrong's 1967 hit "What a Wonderful World." In this video, the Australian-born enter...
07:18 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing These ugly Christmas sweaters have special booze-bottle-holding pockets
At this point, I can't tell if it's a race to the bottom or the top of the "ugly Christmas sweater" genre. Either way, there's a new contender. An enterprising Etsy shop owner has created a line of on...
07:18 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing The 'best' Chewbacca impressions these 100 people could muster up on demand
Fans of Star Wars can undoubtedly hear what Chewbacca, the most notable of all the Wookiees, sounds like in their heads. But could they do a decent impression of him on demand?Watch this video to he...
07:18 am PST - Tue, December 12, 2017
BoingBoing Bad Lip Reading dubs 'Stranger Things' as a perfectly odd retro sitcom
Things have been turned upside down (see what I did there?) in the world of Stranger Things as the good folks at Bad Lip Reading have dubbed over original scenes from the show and created a funny si...
04:20 pm PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Watch George's Lucas's 1967 student short-film "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB"
Dust is a YouTube channel for short science fiction movies. Today they are showing George's Lucas's 1967 student short-film "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB" "While monitored and pursued, a man ra...
03:38 pm PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting Pitch Deck: a party game that challenges you to make great pitches for terrible startups
Fred Benenson (previously) just quit his job to make weird internet stuff, something he excels at: his latest is Pitch Deck, a kickstarted card game that uses a madlibs/Cards Against Humanity-style me...
03:30 pm PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Stranger Things: A Bad Lip Reading
"Maybe she's a simpleton."...
03:20 pm PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing The Earth's constant hum comes from the ocean floor
For more than fifty years, scientists have known that the Earth hums. We can't hear the sound as it's at a frequency 10,000 times lower than our hearing threshold but new research suggests that it's c...
01:24 pm PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing This 6-year-old made $11 million on YouTube in one year
Meet Ryan, age 6. He's the host of Ryan ToysReview on YouTube. He earned $11 million in revenue in twelve months. From the Washington Post:What has grown into a viral phenomenon began with a simple,...
12:55 pm PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing The main man for survivalist chow and prepper food
Aaaron Jackson, 42, is the CEO of Wise Co., a company that sells survival food like freeze-dried Savory Stroganoff, Loaded Baked Potato Casserole, and chicken pot pie in a pouch. His customers are FEM...
12:26 pm PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Lowest price on the Anker Astro candy-bar sized battery pack
I have a few different phone charging batteries, and the 6700mAh Anker Astro candy-bar sized battery is my favorite, because it's the perfect combination of itty-bittyness and high-capacity. It'll cha...
12:19 pm PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Massachusetts state senator busted for kickbacks including Dunkin Donuts coffee
Brian Joyce, former Democratic assistant majority leader in the Massachusetts State House, was incited for running a "criminal enterprise" that included "racketeering, extortion, honest services fraud...
12:07 pm PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Round up of Silicon Valley's worst apologies of 2017
The bros of Silicon Valley feel awful when they get caught doing something bad. It means they have to issue an apology hinting that they will consider looking into the possibility of conducting an int...
11:46 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing North Korea makes the best counterfeit $100 bills
The kindly North Korean government is doing its part to contribute to quantitative easing by printing US$100 bills that are nearly indistinguishable from the ones printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engravi...
11:29 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing France imposes "total ban" on mobile phones in schools
French primary and secondary school students will no longer be allowed to use their phones in class, or during breaks and lunch. The French education minister says the ban is necessary because "These ...
11:18 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing I rode Amtrak's Coast Starlight the wrong direction. I still loved it.
"Toot toot!" I yelled, as my friends and I were delayed and waiting around at the San Francisco Bay Area's Emeryville Station, waiting for the Amtrak Coast Starlight train to arrive.I was being paid $...
09:10 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Box rigged with firecracker provides unpleasant surprise for package thief
Here we see a gentleman scale a 3-foot picket fence to enter a front yard. It's night, and his face is partially disguised in a hoodie. His behavior suggests he's engaged in an activity that he woul...
09:04 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Security Planner: a peer-reviewed tool to help you figure out your personal digital security plan
The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab (previously) is one of the most effective, most trustworthy expert groups when it comes to investigating the abuse of computers to effect surveillance and sabot...
08:55 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Forklift drivers block in a car driven by suspected tool thives
In this video, we see some men park a red car, get out, and help themselves to some free tools in a white van parked next to them. But the tools weren't actually free, and when someone runs runs ove...
08:55 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Forklift drivers block in a car driven by suspected tool thieves
In this video, we see some men park a red car, get out, and help themselves to some free tools in a white van parked next to them. But the tools weren't actually free, and when someone runs runs ove...
08:49 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Open primaries? Democratic establishment bars anyone who challenges an incumbent from using the party's Votebuilder database
All things being equal, a Democrat in a safe seat is likely to swing to the right, because doing so allows them to hoover up massive campaign contributions from rich people and corporate lobbyists and...
08:10 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Cindy Wilson of the B-52s Drops Surprising Solo Album
Cindy Wilson of the B-52s has dropped a solo record called Change, and as the name suggests, it's nothing like what you'd expect from the founding member of a band best known for the one-of-a-kind, fr...
07:40 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Your inbox is full of spyware-riddled emails that are both potentially very harmful to you and also very easy to disable
It is routine for companies -- and even individuals -- to send emails with "beacons," transparent, tiny images that have to be fetched from a server. Through these beacons, companies can tell whether ...
07:19 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Cheggers dead at 60
A headline meaningful only to Britons of a certain age, and for all others a momentary visit to the strange alternative reality of UK childrens' light entertainment in the 1970s and 1980s. Keith Chegw...
06:54 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing ACA isn't enough: single-payer is a feminist issue
Any health-care system that depends on employers or wages is going to privilege the people with the highest-paid jobs (men) and take away power from people who do the bulk of unwaged work (women). (mo...
06:45 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Helping kids play with danger: crowdfunding a log-splitter, designed for children
Risky play is good for kids: it lets them test their boundaries in an exhilarating, vivid way -- and it's been all but entirely engineered out of contemporary child-rearing. (more…)...
06:33 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Now with Extra Monsters): At Least One Monster Per Paragraph! This Is Our Guarantee!
LETTER ITo Mrs. Saville, EnglandSt. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17--. You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil for...
05:51 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Kim Jong-Un "climbs" Mt Paektu
A press release from the DPRK announced that leader Kim Jong-Un and aides hiked up Mt. Paektu, on the Korea-Chinese border, to celebrate the 2,744m mountain's significance in the republic's history. N...
04:40 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Lego storage bricks
Lego makes storage containers that click together like standard bricks (Amazon), coming in a range of sizes and all the classic lego colors, from single-nodule pencil cups to four- and eight-nodule bo...
04:14 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Interesting look at how IBM designed its new bespoke typeface
IBM Plex is the company's first bespoke typeface. They put together a behind-the-scenes look at how and why the creative team developed this as an open-source type. (more…)...
04:12 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this student animator's quirky film about insomnia
Animation student Islena Neira had just five days to prepare a two-minute piece for coursework at Ecole des Mtiers du Cinma d'Animation in France. The result is Insomnia. (more…)...
04:11 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Broccoli, lifestyle magazine for women who love cannabis
Broccoli is a beautifully designed new magazine for women who love weed. The online version is free, or you can get it mailed to you. No word on whether the glossy pages would make good rolling paper....
04:08 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Keyloggers preinstalled on many HP laptops
A security researcher reports finding keylogging software preinstalled on 460 models of HP laptop, including those in the EliteBook, ProBook, Pavilion and Envy lines. It's part of the keyboard driver ...
03:33 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing New book looks at the golden age of illustrated dust jackets
Martin Salisbury's The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 is a wonderful overview of the innovative illustrators who prompted many a book purchase with their lovely design work. (more…)...
03:29 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Grade-school gym nightmares: Go, You Chicken Fat, Go!
If the recent post on square dancing's racist history brought back memories of learning to do-si-do in gym class, perhaps this calisthenics regimen will resonate, too: Go, You Chicken Fat, Go!, perf...
03:22 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Charming interview with the creator of super-fancy paper cranes
Origamist Leyla Torres of Origami Spirit interviews paper crane enthusiast Cristian Marianciuc, and their lovely conversation covers a cool project that Marianciuc started over 1,000 days ago: creat...
03:22 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Allen Ginsberg's HOWL and THE DEATH OF LENNY BRUCE
Previous Wilcock/Lenny comics on Boing Boing:Ladies and Gentlemen, Lenny Bruce!When Lenny Bruce Stayed at My Apartment- Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall...
03:20 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing Men have been pushing women out of tech since the beginning
Programming was women's work: the six who ran Eniac, America's first digital computer, were women. But not for long.They were systematically pushed out of the field, says technology historian Marie ...
03:11 am PST - Mon, December 11, 2017
BoingBoing The fascinating history of the first commercial jetliner
The de Havilland Comet, unveiled in 1952 to great acclaim, was beset with technical problems that grounded the entire fleet by 1954. One of the big design flaws? Square windows. (more…)...
01:52 pm PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing Material culture, considered (harmful?)
Designer, maker and writer Hillary Predko's "Kipple Field Notes" is five short essays on the nature of stuff in the 21st century, its relationship to justice, the environment, cities, intergenerationa...
08:06 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing Charitable Giving Guide 2017
Boing BoingHere's a guide to the charities the Boingers support in our own annual giving. Please add the causes and charities you give to in the forums!The Tor ProjectThe Tor anonymity and privacy too...
08:05 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing DNC's new rules: cutting superdelegates from 715 to 315, making their votes reflect the wishes of their states
Yesterday, the DNC's Unity Reform Commission unanimously adopted a resolution that slashed the number of superdelegates -- appointed officials who, in aggregate, hold the balance that determines the w...
07:57 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing Airbnb guests repeatedly discover hidden cameras in the homes they rent
As the new Wired Guide to Digital Security points out, finding hidden cameras is really, really hard, so the fact that several Airbnb guests have discovered them suggests that there are a bunch more t...
07:47 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing The FCC literally doesn't know how the internet works
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Erica Portnoy and Jeremy Gillula analyze a FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that served as precursor to the order to kill net neutrality and explain how ...
07:39 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing The white supremacist orgins of "public choice theory," the bedrock of contemporary libertarian thought
Hang around libertarians long enough and eventually one of them will start talking about "public choice theory" (I last heard it raised by a prominent libertarian scholar to justify corporations impos...
07:39 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing The white supremacist origins of "public choice theory," the bedrock of contemporary libertarian thought
Hang around libertarians long enough and eventually one of them will start talking about "public choice theory" (I last heard it raised by a prominent libertarian scholar to justify corporations impos...
07:07 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing A rogue's gallery of 17 of Eastern Europe's richest, most politically connected oligarchs
Albania's Shklqim Fusha likes to hide in the shadows, but his cousin, Tirana chief prosecutor Petrit Fusha, is implicated in a massive corruption scandal whose cover-up involved assassinating a 17-yea...
07:00 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing Codeanywhere helps youwrite and collaborate on code from any device
Keeping development environments in sync across multiple machines can be painful, if not downright impossible due to inherent limitations of mobile devices. Instead of relegating that beautiful new iP...
06:58 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing Simklept: Kleptocrat is a mobile game that uses real-world financial crimes to simulate being a tax-dodging one percenter
Kleptocrat is an Ios-only mobile game that challenges players to play as billionaire tax-dodgers, who construct ruses to hide their money from the tax authorities in the countries where the state guar...
06:44 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing Margaret Thatcher sold off public housing to create "the dignity of ownership" and today 40% of that housing is owned by gouging landlords
The theory behind Margaret Thatcher's sell-off of publicly funded council housing under the "right to buy" scheme was that poor people would buy their houses and then the structural factors keeping th...
06:08 am PST - Sun, December 10, 2017
BoingBoing Eco-friendly bamboo toy cars and planes
Giant Grass Design recently did a successful crowdfunding round to create eco-friendly bamboo toy vehicles. These look like lots of fun! (more…)...
06:52 pm PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Bros go to LA city council to speak for house parties
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=tFUKsthR-Ts&app=desktopChad Kroeger, a Youtuber whose persona is a kind of stoner party-bro, attended a City Council hearing to discuss a plan to pro...
12:10 pm PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Four things to know about the Republican plan to give trillions of dollars to the richest Americans
Corey Robin (previously) wants you to know four things about the Republican plan to add 1.5 trillion dollars to the US debt and transfer trillions more to the richest Americans. (more…)...
09:36 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing I could have potentially destroyed our moon base and still had time to eat astronaut ice cream
Our space camp instructor promoted me to Chief Research Scientist during our Mars mission for what I like to think was my competency and professionalism as Capsule Communicator during the previous day...
08:58 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Roller Coaster Challenge
I was just introduced to an excellent game called Roller Coaster Challengethat melds puzzle solving, creativity and fun. It's a logic-based, free-form, build-it-yourself kit that tasks you to get from...
07:32 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing British road barriers, modeled on children, stare into you
A town in Buckinghamshire, England, has repositioned road barriers made to look like children after a resident said they were too creepy. The toddler-sized safety posts were designed to be more attent...
07:09 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Unicorn duct tape
At the outset, let me address the likelihood that this post will eventually be visited by someone who has unspeakable plans for a unicorn, is holding a unicorn hostage, or who intends to affix a unico...
07:08 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful sculptures made entirely of store-bought nails
John Bisbee spends his days turning common steel nails into wonderful works of art. This short documentary by American Craft Council tours his Maine studio. (more…)...
07:00 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Make 2018 the year you learn white hat hacking
Instead of seeking vulnerabilities in computer systems for illicit access or valuable data theft, white hat hackers expose security flaws to help companies keep their users safe (and collect lucrative...
06:59 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Ajit Pai made a funny: leaked video shows his presentation at the Telecom Prom where he "pretends" to be a Verizon shill
Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a former top Verizon executive and now he's about to hand Verizon billions of dollars in public subsidy by striking down net neutrality rules, which is a really funny co...
06:50 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Wired releases a surveillance self-defense guide
Wired's new Guide to Digital Security is an excellent addition to the genre of simple-to-follow how-tos for reducing the likelihood that you'll be victimized by computer-assisted crime and harassment,...
06:28 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Bigots who swore their religious beliefs would force them to divorce if Australia passed marriage equality renege on promise
In 2015, Nick and Sarah Jensen publicly swore that their religious beliefs would force them to divorce in protest if Australia enacted marriage equality laws that allowed for same-sex marriage. This w...
06:13 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Americans have no savings, with good reason: housing, education and health care costs are out of control, wages are stagnant, and the Fed has suppressed interest rates
The American savings crisis is a time-bomb, as multiple generations hurtle toward retirement with effectively no savings, and experts are now saying that having $1 million in the bank on retirement da...
06:08 am PST - Sat, December 9, 2017
BoingBoing Citizen journalist enthusiastically reports local house fire
Rhoda Young turned in a series of high-energy live reports after being first journalist on the scene of a house fire in Norfolk, Virginia. It's got everything local news should have: vertical video,...
12:03 pm PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Square dancing was a racist hoax funded by Henry Ford to get white people to stop dancing to black music
Wonkette writer Robyn Pennacchia went on a brilliant Twitter rant about the strange history of square dancing, which is not an old American tradition, but rather a 20th century hoax that Henry Ford an...
11:48 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Ajit Pai says an informed public (not Net Neutrality) will discipline ISPs (BTW, he's also killing the rules forcing ISPs to inform the public)
Trump's neutracidal FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he wants to kill net neutrality and replace it with "disclosures," where ISPs tell you, somewhere in the fine print, how they're fucking you. That way, y...
11:28 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Here are some of the lavish, lobbyist-funded parties that Congress and the Trump administration will attend this month
CropLife America (pesticide lobbyists); the Financial Services Roundtable (lobbyists for Citigroup, Jpmorgan, etc) and Lockheed Martin (largest arms-dealer in the world) are just some of the entities ...
10:54 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing The point of Patreon isn't how many people earn a full-time living, it's how much of the money from art goes to artists
This week's Patreon PR fumble (the company changed what kinds of support are permissible and the way fees are paid and then said it was good for creators, when it clearly wasn't) prompted people to ta...
10:47 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing I'm listening to covers of Sonic 2's 'Aquatic Ruin Zone'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC60qFBZSGgAh, the Aquatic Ruin Zone. This jazz cover of the video game music is pretty much PERFECT. The Super Soul Brothers seems like a modern version of Matchgame...
10:31 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing California bans recreational abalone diving
California's abalone, once thought to be bouncing back from astounding levels of over-fishing, are again in trouble. Environmental conditions have led to mass starvation and are dramatically reducing ...
10:27 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Pope Francis wants to change a line in the Lord's Prayer
Pope Francis thinks the English version of the Lord's Prayer "is not a good translation." He's specifically referring to the line, "lead us not into temptation," which is something he says God wouldn'...
10:15 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Share of national wealth held by America's 1% hits 50-year high
In Household Wealth Trends in the United States, 1962 to 2016: Has Middle Class Wealth Recovered?, an NBER working paper by NYU economics professor Edward N. Wolff, we get an analysis of the annual US...
10:00 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing High school student wins $250,000 for her video about relativity
Hillary Diane Andales is a high school student in the Philippines. Her video, called "Relativity & The Equivalence of Reference Frames," won the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge prize, launched by...
09:59 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Utah white minority claims gerrymandering protects from discrimination
White folk in Utah's San Juan County claim that districts drawn to actually represent the local demographics unfairly discriminate against them.Via The Salt Lake Tribune:Last year, Shelby ruled the vo...
09:59 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Trump reiterates his love for accused child molester Roy Moore in new tweet
As if we haven't already heard, Trump again tweeted this morning that he wants Roy Moore, who has a thing for young teenage girls, to beat Doug Jones, "a former state attorney who prosecuted child mol...
09:49 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Movie and TV memorabilia at Collector's Shangri-La
This holiday season give the gift of history.My friend Kevin Segall runs the greatest movie and TV memorabilia shop around, Collector's Shangri-La.Kevin has some amazing additions to his collection of...
09:44 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Explainer video shows how secure 256 bit security is
https://youtu.be/S9JGmA5_unYHash functions are important in data security. SHA-256 (Secure Hash Algorithm) converts text of any length to a 64-digit hexadecimal number. Play around with the hash gener...
09:21 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing No birth certificates allowed for Arkansas newborns
Newborns in Arkansas will go home without a birth certificate, starting today, until the state fixes its unconstitutional birth certificate law. As it now stands, Arkansas favors heterosexual parents ...
08:37 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Dylan Farrow wonders why Woody Allen still gets away with it
So much for the Weinstein Moment: Woody Allen is still too powerful and too well-connected for people in Hollywood to speak ill of. Victim Dylan Farrow (whose sibling's reportage brought Harvey Weinst...
08:05 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing The Gvle goat: huge straw holiday goat often gets burned down
The Gvle goat is an enormous straw goat erected anually in the Swedish town. Just as traditional, though, is the act of (illegally) burning it down. Though the authorities have made efforts to prevent...
07:41 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Bosses seed Silicon Valley Christmas parties with models who impersonate fellow employees, after briefing them with back-stories
Business is booming for Silicon Valley modeling agencies that specialize in "ambiance and atmosphere models" who are sent to company Christmas parties after being briefed with back-stories that allow ...
07:02 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Congressman Trent Franks [R-AZ] resigns amidst accusations that he pressured his female staff to bear his children as surrogate mothers
The "inappropriate behavior" that caused Rep Trent Franks [R-AZ] to resign from Congress wasn't fondling or hugging or pressuring his staffers for sex: it was pressuring his female staffers allow him ...
07:00 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing 5 travel-friendly tech items to take some pressure off the holidays
Flying home for the holidays will always be a stressful endeavor, but these mobile accessories can help make the delayed flights, slow security lines, and bad WiFi a little more tolerable. Everything ...
06:48 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Experimental documentary shows one African migrant's harrowing journey to Europe
Fabio Palmieri directed IRREGULARS, a film about Cyrille Kabore, who tried time and time again to enter Europe after leaving his native Ghana at age 20. (more…)...
06:28 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing What would 'The Simpsons' house look like in different architectual styles?
The residence of Homer, Marge, and their kids is so unremarkably suburban that it's hard to describe what it looks like, let alone name the architectural style. Here's what it might look like as more ...
06:18 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Grocer offers stoneless avocados to avoid 'avocado hand'
Upscale British supermarket chain Marks & Spencer is offering avocados without pits at their stores as a way to avoid "avocado hand," according to The Telegraph.Surgeons said earlier this year tha...
06:10 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing A misty archway artwork that leads to a beautiful Japanese temple
Arc ZERO is an art installation from this year's Japan Alps Art Festival in Omachi. It heightens the Japanese experience of komorebi, a word that roughly means "sunlight filtering through trees." (m...
06:10 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing The Not Yorker: website features rejected and unsubmitted New Yorker covers
"City Life" by Istvan Banyai is one of many charming New Yorker magazine covers that never were. The website The Not Yorker hopes to gather up submissions to give them a second life and maybe share th...
06:09 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' featuring a rubber chicken
This is too silly not to share. Like the headline reads, it's Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" featuring the vocals of "Mr. Chicken," an (extra)ordinary squeaky rubber chicken.Thank you, YouTuber Franco ...
06:09 am PST - Fri, December 8, 2017
BoingBoing Post-punk song 'Anthropogenic Climate Change Is Real' is a wake-up call to Trump
Follow the bouncing Trump head in this music video for "Anthropogenic Climate Change Is Real" by Oakland, California post-punk band You Cant Make This Shit Up Amerika. Written by Tennessee Mowrey an...
05:24 pm PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Unicorn corkscrew, for your chasers
Kikkerland's unicorn corkscrew (Amazon) is clever, inexpensive and perfect for evenings in the presidency of Donald Trump, when chasers are much in-demand.Corkscrew acts as unicorn hornMaterial: Stain...
03:04 pm PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Broetry is the perfect blogging format for the age of Trump
There's a new form of blog post going around comprising short, single-sentence paragraphs. Mostly marketing clich delivered in the smugly sagacious tone of know-it-all men, "Broetry" is the perfect ma...
12:57 pm PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Rest in Power, David Vyorst
The open internet lost one of its unsung heroes this week, with the passing of David Vyorst, who served as Executive Director of the Washington, DC chapter of the Internet Society and as co-chair of t...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Joan Jett in new Blondie video
Enjoy the dark (very dark) comedy of this new Blondie video for the track "Doom or Destiny," starring Joan Jett and Debbie Harry anchoring an apocalyptic newscast about global warming, nuclear war, ...
11:58 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing These digital calipers are on sale for under $10
I bought some digital measurement calipers mainly as a tool for 3D printing, But I quickly learned that it was useful measuring other things - pipe diameters (inner and outer), screw diameters, small ...
11:34 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this astounding video of lightning bolts in ultra-high definition at 1,000 frames-per-second
Filmmaker Dustin Farrell spent his summer traveling 20,000 miles to film lightning around the United States. He used a Phantom Flex4K camera to capture these brilliant bolts at 1,000 frames per seco...
11:19 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Crane converted into a hotel room
TheKrane on Copenhagen's Nordhavn harbor is a coal crane converted into a two-person hotel suite. It's 2,500 per night. For that price, they should at least allow you to operate the crane. From the ho...
11:03 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing I was sent to space camp and survived the Multi Axis Trainer
https://rumble.com/embed/u7hb9.v1fl5j/Gearing up in a flight suit inside a bathroom stall at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama may not be the most authentic way to prepare for th...
11:02 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing San Francisco put the kibosh on delivery robots for now
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to restrict delivery robots to areas with very minimal foot traffic and only for research purposes. From Wired:Unlike self-driving cars, or at least se...
10:42 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Fidget spinner keycaps to make your clackies whirly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NHR0vpQYUUMassdrop's Hammer Fidget Spinner Artisan Keycap cost $20-$22, and fit any Cherry MX-compatible keyboard, with shipping in February. (via Ohgizmo)...
10:36 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Jordan Peele is rebooting Twilight Zone for CBS
Jordan Peele -- whose 2017 surprise low-budget smash Get Out was one of the best movies I saw this year, is executive producing a Twilight Zone reboot for CBS. (more…)...
10:34 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Toys R Us is bankrupt, but top execs are cleared to receive $16 million in bonuses
A Justice department attorney representing the people owed money by Toys R Us doesn't believe the bankrupt corporation should pay lavish bonuses to the same executives who drove the toy store chain in...
10:24 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Electric nostril plugs
Japanshop's Hanaga Tap Nose Outlet aren't cheap ($48), they take up two precious outlets and only give one back, and are two-prong only, but they still make me giggle. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
10:21 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Russian Orthodox Patriarch announces church-government inquiry to prove that the Tsar was killed in 1917 as part of a Jewish ritual
Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church says he's working with Vladimir Putin to convene a Church-based inquiry into whether the execution of the royal family by revolutionaries in 1917 was ac...
10:04 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Investigation into emergency rooms shows that for-profit hospitals engage in billions in price-gouging
Vox undertook a deep investigation into emergency room pricing, finding that emergency rooms, being the most monopolistic aspect of hospital care (because you don't shop for an ER while you're having ...
09:57 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing When a debt collector threatened to rape a man's wife over a bogus debt, the man devoted a year towards getting his revenge
If you're in the mood to read a thrilling, long-form article about how a man got revenge on a predatory fake payday loan swindler, here's one. It's written by Zeke Faux for Bloomberg.Here's the openin...
09:53 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Sanders, vindicated: Senior Democrats say the GOP's tax-plan has started a class war, and they're going to fight back on those terms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyjqc6HdeDUAs the Republicans plow ahead with their plan to transfer trillions of dollars from the poorest Americans to the richest, to the expense of children's heal...
09:50 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing JFKs killer, Michael Jacksons ghost, and Meghan Markles halibut, in this weeks tabloids
This Cop Killed Kennedy! screams the National Enquirer cover, boasting a photo of a gun-wielding assassin. Killer posed as Dallas cop, says the report. His real job? A Dallas cop. Note to Enquirer: If...
09:40 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Dream job - squishing silicone between steel rollers
This company could probably charge people to do this job....
09:32 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Did Toyota just not care that her eyebrow was falling off?
In this Toyota commercial, a woman is singing a Christmas-themed song about cars. Near the end of the commercial you can see that her right eyebrow is falling off. Did Toyota not notice? Did it know a...
09:30 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing The father of the most hostile piece of street furniture in world history explains why he thinks he's right to make life harder for homeless people and socializing kids
Dean Harvey is the co-founder of Factory Furniture, the company that created the Camden Bench, a piece of street furniture designed to stop anyone from using it for anything except sitting very briefl...
09:26 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Franken to resign
Al Franken, the Democratic senator and admitted groper who should have been made to resign weeks ago so because there's never just one, idiots, is to resign.The announcement came after dozens of Democ...
09:25 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Lioness overjoyed to reunite with her former human companion
It doesn't take long for this lioness to realize that a man entering her cage is her long-lost pal. There's not much he can do after that other than accept her enthusiastic display of affection.Lion r...
09:24 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Newt Gingrich's bogus "support" of Al Franken gets reaction on Twitter
Former Speaker of the House and faux-family-values guy Newt Gingrich pretended to support Senator Al Franken in a bizarre tweet this morning, which got lots of action on Twitter."Franken 1,053,205 Min...
09:09 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing A Chrome plugin that scrambles porn sites is a post-Net Neutrality internet simulator
Got a relative or friend who doesn't understand the stakes in the net neutrality debate? The FCC Internet Porn Scrambler will help bring the issue into focus: "all of your favorite content will be ins...
09:04 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Accused harasser re-used apology email for several alleged victims
Wired's Nitasha Tiku reports that Justin Caldbeck, a venture capitalist with a number of sexual harassment claims made against him, sent apology emails containing the same wording to multiple recipien...
08:59 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Understanding attorney-client privilege with Donald Trump Jr and Ken "Popehat" White
The latest stupidospheric controversy in Donald Trump's America is Donald Jr's hard-to-parse claims of attorney-client privilege; Junior told Congress to go fuck themselves when they asked him to test...
08:52 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Patreon slammed after pitching fee hike as boon for creators
Patreon is to lower its percentage but apply a 35c fee to every transaction, according to a confusing announcement that's thrown the funding site's userbase into chaos. It sounds good for the platform...
08:11 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Man risks his life at California fire to save a bunny rabbit
They tell you not to go back into a burning house to save a pet...well here's a man who jumped out of his car on a highway in Ventura County to save a wild rabbit from the Thomas Fire. I hope he and...
08:01 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Killer cop off to jail for shooting unarmed black man in back
A South Carolina cop who shot an unarmed black man in the back is going to jail for at least 19 years. Michael Slager killed Walter Scott in 2015, while an officer with the North Charleston Police Dep...
07:00 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Manage your business social media by using your competitors' data
Social media has largely devoured traditional marketing channels, but the tools provided by Facebook, Twitter, et al. are more focused around individual users, not businesses. If you want to have bett...
06:00 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing A mysterious Thai singer performing in an oyster costume is the top YouTube video for 2017
With nearly 183 million views since June, this Thai music video is the top globally trending video of 2017, according to YouTube. It's called "Until we become dust" and it's performed by a singer in...
06:00 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Check out this hand-knit Pac-Man Icelandic peysa
This woolen Pac-Man sweater, an Icelandic peysa, popped up in my Facebook feed on Wednesday and it made me squee with delight. It's the handiwork of my friend Christine Clarke. She told me that her hu...
06:00 am PST - Thu, December 7, 2017
BoingBoing Debbie Harry and Joan Jett anchor the apocalyptic news for Blondie's 'Doom or Destiny' music video
Last year, when 45 was elected to office, Amanda Palmer told The Guardian that "frightening political climates make for really good, real, authentic art," and that "Donald Trump is going to make pun...
08:28 pm PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing NYC (and beyond) Peeps: The No Pants Subway Ride is happening again
Hosted by the New York City comedy collective Improv Everywhere, the No Pants Subway Ride is an annual New York City tradition where folks go pantless --together-- on the subway. Now in its 17th year,...
07:53 pm PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Watch 'The Force,' Melodysheep's 'superchill' tribute to Princess Leia
John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, is using the force for good in The Force, his musical tribute to Princess Leia. He writes:A superchill tribute to Carrie Fisher, the galaxy's favorite princess. Re...
04:00 pm PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing A free sf anthology about space travel, inequality, equity and public policy: Kim Stanley Robinson, Madeline Ashby, Eileen Gun, Ramez Naam, Steven Barnes, Karl Schroeder and more!
Joey from ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination sez, "Today, we published Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities, a free digital collection of fiction and nonfiction about the near future of spac...
03:41 pm PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Make a plan to attend one of these nationwide Net Neutrality protests tomorrow!
Tomorrow, people across America will stand in front of Verizon stores, calling on the FCC -- whose chairman, the Neutracidal Maniac Ajit Pai, is a recovering Verizon lawyer -- is determined to rollbac...
03:36 pm PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing How much energy does Bitcoin consume, and can it improve?
After Digiconomist's analysis of the total energy consumption of the Bitcoin transactions on the blockchain went viral, Timothy Lee at Ars Technica provides a much-needed reality check in the form of ...
01:57 pm PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Hanging out with Bernie Sanders: it turns out that standing FOR something is a lot more politically important than merely standing AGAINST Trump
Vice reporter Eve Peyser spent a weekend on the road with Bernie Sanders, and writes vividly and charmingly about the personal habits and behind-the-scenes homeliness of the famously non-materialistic...
12:45 pm PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing A guy tricked Tripadvisor into making his garden shed the top-rated restaurant in London
Oobah Butler once had a job writing fake Tripadvisor restaurant reviews for £10/each, paid by restauranteurs; having learned how powerful these reviews were, he decided to turn his south London ...
12:17 pm PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing To build the future, we must escape the present, or, "The bullet hole misconception"
Air force pilots in WWII got shot like crazy and suffered farcical levels of fatalities; in an effort to save airmen, the Allies used statistical analysis to determine where the planes that limped hom...
12:05 pm PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing How Momentum UK learned from the Sanders Campaign to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime-Minister-in-Waiting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edt3d0xjEdUBack in the days of the Howard Dean campaign, it seemed that the political left had a near-monopoly on brilliant, technologically sophisticated "netroots" ...
11:39 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Israeli firm Cyberbit illegally spied on behalf of Ethiopia's despots, then stored all their stolen data on an unencrypted, world-readable website
Researchers from the University of Toronto's amazing Citizen Lab (previously) have published a new report detailing the latest tactics from the autocratic government of Ethiopia, "the world's first tu...
11:21 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing (Virtually) No one should ever own an Echo or any other "voice assistant" product
If you buy one of those intrinsically insecure, always-on "smart speakers" from Google, Amazon, Apple or other players, you're installing a constantly listening presence in your home that by design li...
10:54 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Treasure Islands: EU publishes a blacklist of 17 tax-havens and a long-list of runner-up tax avoidance jurisdictions
The EU's new blacklist of 17 money-laundering financial secrecy states includes South Korea, Mongolia, Namibia, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, and also includes a lon...
10:44 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing A grumpy cat crashes an outdoor nativity scene, making for a really funny photo
No doubt you've heard the stories about cats smothering babies where they sleep. Well, there's a tabby cat in New York City that has perpetuated that rumor in a whole new and hilarious way when it dec...
10:31 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing The sound of good champagne
Acoustics researchers suggest that it's possible to hear the quality of champagne just by listening to the bubbles form. According to the University of Texas scientists, "There is a well-known notion ...
10:05 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Woman makes earring to store her two-factor authentication device
Etsy engineer Samantha Goldstein made a small wooden earring to hold her YubiKey 4 Nano, a tiny USB two-factor authentication device.From Motherboard:She laser cut wood and acrylic for the base, and t...
09:59 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Sphinx head discovered in California desert
Archaeologists digging in the sand dunes of Santa Barbara County, California discovered a 300-pound sphinx head. Notably, the artifact does not date back to ancient times but is only 95-years-old. The...
09:38 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Intensity of Southern California fires as seen from space
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the horrific fires rapidly spreading through Southern California. Stay safe, friends. From NASA:NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image wit...
09:25 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing 3D printed Wi-Fi devices without electronics
University of Washington researchers 3D printed mechanical sensors and switches from standard plastic filament that can send data to Wi-Fi devices without using any electronics. As the engineers exp...
09:17 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Scotty travels to India to make a manhole cover
Scotty of Strange Parts took a train across India to try to make a manhole cover at a cast iron foundry. His goal was to replace an existing manhole cover on Mission Street in San Francisco with his...
09:00 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Tiger only seems mildly perturbed to have tooth pulled
In this GIF, we see a man force open the mouth of a noncooperative tiger, then skillfully and swiftly yank out one of the tiger's teeth with a pair of pliers. The tiger is a bit surprised, but instead...
08:57 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Movie bands "cover" Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
Rockstar editing by Robert Jones....
08:50 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Victims of mysterious attack at US embassy in Cuba now have "brain abnormalities"
Twenty-four US government officials and their relatives were subject to a series of unknown, invisible attacks on the US embassy in Cuba starting last year. Doctors who examined the victims say the pe...
08:31 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Putin says he'll run again for president of Russia
"I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian federation," announced Russian president Vladimir Putin, who has been in power since 2000. Spoiler alert: he's going to win.Im...
07:43 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Photographer creates flawless food emojis from real food
The Gourmand magazine commissioned Matthieu Lavanchy to create some of the most popular food emojis from the real thing. The whole project feels a bit like a modern update of Magritte's The Treachery ...
07:29 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing How quickly can a duck eat peas?
Whenever you want to befuddle someone by answering a question with another question that sounds like it might be a figure of speech, you won't do much better than shrugging and saying, "well, how qu...
07:05 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing The original legacy of Wendy and Richard Pini's ElfQuest
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07:00 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Learn a new language on your daily commute
uTalk is an educational app designed to get you speaking in a new tongue as soon as possible, and the subscription in the Boing Boing Store has been reduced to $19.99.With uTalk, you can choose from a...
06:30 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing The Trump Team, starring in Spy Stories for Dummies
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the INNER HIVE. You can also now join through Patreon!HOLIDAY GIFT-GIVING ALERT: Every kid wants Rub...
06:19 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this FPV drone pilot have fun buzzing around a train
This dizzying display of drone-piloting skills is not only impressive, but the locale is simply gorgeous. Watch as NURK FPV takes a sunset flight through a scenic river valley as a train passes thro...
06:11 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing There's a librarian action figure in the likeness of a real librarian
The rise of the Information Age has put librarians in more demand than ever, according to this recent article in the Wall Street Journal.It simply makes sense that a librarian action figure would pop ...
06:10 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Time Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers
Time got it right: The Silence Breakers.She recalls one screenwriter friend telling her that Weinstein's behavior was an open secret passed around on the whisper network that had been furrowing throug...
05:59 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing These remarkably intricate insect models are crafted from bamboo
Noriyuki Saitoh creates these delightful life-sized insects from carved bamboo. (more…)...
05:50 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Impressive photorealistic tattoos
Belgian tattoo artist Inal Bersekov does highly-detailed work that recreates famous moments from history and movies. (more…)...
05:50 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing The Tesla Model X is tricked out with a built-in holiday music and light show
People who drive Tesla's Model X have a cool "easter egg" feature built right into their vehicle: a holiday music and light show set to the tune of Trans-Siberian Orchestras "Wizards In Winter"! Whe...
05:49 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing John Waters' favorite 10 films for 2017 include: 'Baby Driver,' 'Tom of Finland,' and 'Wonder Wheel'
At the end of each year, "filth elder" John Waters shares his top 10 favorite films in Artforum magazine. Here is his top picks for 2017: 1. Baby Driver (Edgar Wright): 2. I, Olga Hepnarov (Petr Kazda...
05:22 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing Goodbye LDB game, Hello Whamageddon
For the past five holiday seasons or so, a group of my friends and I have been (somewhat reluctantly at this point) playing the LDB game. "LDB" stands for "Little Drummer Boy."To win, you must survive...
05:11 am PST - Wed, December 6, 2017
BoingBoing This film geek's jet-setting photojournal matches movie stills to locations
German blogger Andrea David, aka filmtourismus, travels the globe to find the exact spot where movies and TV shows were filmed. (more…)...
06:50 pm PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Germany's proposed anti-cryptography bill: backdoors and hack-backs
This week, German authorities will introduce a law that will allow law enforcement agencies to order companies to insert back doors into their products to assist in law enforcement queries; the law is...
06:37 pm PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Bell is leading the push to end Canadian Net Neutrality with a secret, extrajudicial Star Chamber that will decide what Canadians can and can't see
Canada has a grotesquely concentrated telcoms sector and a grotesquely concentrated media sector, and thanks to a series of extremely anticompetitive mergers, the two sectors are one in the same. (mor...
11:18 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Dan Rather: "Many things about the Age of Trump will make the stomach sicker than bad oysters"
Dan Rather has been in the news business for 70 years (how is that possible?!) and has interviewed every U.S. president since Eisenhower. So maybe he knows what he's talking about when he tells Cona...
10:48 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing These kitchen towels are cheap and good
Once a year or so I buy another dozen of these cotton kitchen towels to replace the stained ones (which go into the cleanup rags drawer). They're large (26 x 15 in.), absorbent and comfortable to use....
10:17 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Bruce Springsteen's doppelganger sings "Robert Mueller's Comin' to Town"
Jimmy Fallon does a great impression of Bruce Springsteen singing his parody song "Robert Mueller's Comin' to Town."...
10:07 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Tour of an insanely expensive supermarket in Barrow, Alaska where 1/2 a watermelon is $37
Barrow, Alaska (pop. 4,335) sits on the northernmost tip of the state. Because of its remote location, groceries are expensive -- really expensive. This friendly couple takes us on a tour of the loc...
09:50 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Cave puzzles look like fun - here's how to solve them
Puzzle designer Fleb shows how to solve a "cave puzzle," which is a logic puzzle that reminds me a bit of sudoku. It looks fun!...
09:39 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Cop accused of having sex with woman while on duty keeps job, gets probation
Earlier this year Columbus Ohio police officer Randall Mayhew, a 17-year veteran, was charged with three counts of prostitution, three counts of soliciting, and one count of dereliction of duty. At le...
09:18 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing When 25,000 little dice are agitated in a cylinder, they form into neat concentric circles
Behold the magic of compaction dynamics. Scientists from Mexico and Spain dumped 25,000 tiny dice (0.2 inches) into a large clear plastic cylinder and rotated the cylinder back and forth once a second...
08:21 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Mama dog protects pup in the most adorable way
A woman off camera is talking, with a tone that sounds kind of harsh, and this mama dog doesn't seem to like it too much. She wraps an arm around her pup as if to shield it from the human, and then ...
07:10 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Minimalist playing cards
MINIM (Amazon) is a standard, regulation deck of cards that come in white or black and feature an absolute bare mininum of detail. Designed by Joe Doucet, they're made from PVC and abstract the classi...
07:00 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing The TRNDlabs Spectre Drone is easy for beginners and fun for experts
For those who have never piloted a quadcopter, but dont want to burn their cash on cheap plastic, the TRNDlabs Spectre offers a high-end feel with a gentle learning curve. Its being offered in the Boi...
06:26 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Bogus professor Marvin Hewitt taught at seven different schools and universities
Marvin Hewitt never finished high school, but he taught advanced physics, engineering, and mathematics under assumed names at seven different schools and universities between 1945 and 1953. In this we...
06:25 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Beautiful textile sculptures of dogs
Looking for a lovely way to honor a special pooch in your life? British sculptor Helen Thompson, aka Holy Smoke, creates textile sculptures of dogs that really capture the essence of dogness. (more&he...
06:25 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Super-sized mattresses for your out-of-the-ordinary bedding needs
Do you co-sleep with your children? Do you have multiple partners? Are you tall? Are you larger than average? Do you have orgies on the regular? Do you like to pretend you're tiny?Well, whatever your ...
06:25 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Early footage of Elton John hammering out the harmony for 'Tiny Dancer' (1970)
Here's some behind-the-scenes footage of Elton John in 1970 working out the harmony for what he describes as "the song about Bernie's girlfriend." "Bernie" is Bernie Taupin, the song's lyricist and ...
06:25 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing This onesie will make you look like a seriously depraved Santa
Utah-based online clothing brand Beloved makes something called the "Belovesie," which is a long-sleeve, unusually-patterned onesie for grownups. It zippers all the way up from deep crotch to the top ...
06:24 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing This high-tech suicide pod offers a quick, painless death and a built-in casket
Dutch doctor Philip Nitschke of Exit International has created the Sarco, a controversial "suicide machine" that allows people an easy exit.AlterNet reports:The Sarco is a technological marvel, resemb...
04:18 am PST - Tue, December 5, 2017
BoingBoing Sources in Trump's White House report meetings to assemble a network of deniable wetwork/black ops spooks to target Trump's political enemies in the US and elsewhere
Multiple White House sources have told reporters that the Trump administration has been negotiating with Erik Prince (founder of the war-crimes plagued mercenary firm Blackwater; brother to pyramid-sc...
03:36 pm PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing ADT would appreciate if you agree never to criticize it
Home security company ADT had an offer its website users couldn't refuse: never criticize the company or its products. Customers accessing the "My ADT" service were challenged to agree to new terms an...
03:28 pm PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Woman shares new evidence of relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17
"He's a liar," says Debbie Wesson Gibson of Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee for U.S. Senate who has been accused by five women of pursuing them when they were teenagers. Moore denies knowing...
02:27 pm PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Jeff Sessions, Mitch McConnell, 40 others in GOP Congress think obstruction of justice should get a President removed
Although Trump's personal lawyer John Dowd conveniently thinks that U.S. presidents are above the law and can't be removed from office for obstructing justice, Jeff Sessions, Mitch McConnell, and doze...
02:19 pm PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing What kind of clod could resist bidding on these Alfred E. Newman underwear briefs
Treasure from Heritage Auctions:MAD Alfred E. Newman Underwear Group of 2 (EC, 1980). A pair of underwear featuring Alfred E. Newman on the front. One pair is blue and white and one is brown and tan. ...
11:20 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Bill Gates give us his top 5 favorite books for winter reading
If you're looking for something good to read during the holidays, you might want to check out one of Bill Gates' top five "amazing books" that he recommends for your winter 2017 reading list. "You can...
11:14 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Search and Rescue operation over Muir Beach, CA
I am watching this SAR operation right now. A search for a missing person started last night.I hope they find whomever they are looking for. It is always impressive, and comforting, to watch them wo...
11:12 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Woman trying to steal package from homeowner complains loudly when caught
p>In this security cam footage, we see a car pull up to a driveway. A female passenger gets out, walks up the driveway, and takes a package from the doorstep of the house. She runs back to the car, ...
10:57 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this house fall down a cliff
A retaining wall broke in Monterrey Nuevo Len, Mexico, causing the collapse of several homes. The follow who videod his own house falling seemed pretty calm about it."My house is collapsing. The fou...
10:41 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing "Time capsule" letters from 18th century found in Jesus's butt
Preservationists restoring an 18th century statue of Jesus that was hanging in Burgos, Spain's church of St. gueda found a two handwritten letters tucked into the figure's buttocks. Dated 1777, the no...
10:32 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Oddsmakers in the UK say Trump has a 50/50 shot of being impeached in the next 12 months
In light of the recent news about Michael Flynn becoming a stool pigeon, UK bookmakers are adjusting the odds on the likelihood that Trump will be impeached.In the wake of the bombshell news that Mich...
10:29 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Some people can hear this GIF
A lot of people can apparently hear this GIF. I can feel it.The GIF was created by HappyToast....
10:26 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Tiny construction vehicles on a tiny construction site
I would have set this video to the Fraggle Rock themesong.Via Digg....
10:13 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing 3D printing bacteria to clean up toxic chemicals or make band-aids that heal
ETH Zurich researchers developed a "living ink" for 3D printers that's made from bacteria, nutrients, and a polymer gel. In a small scale demonstration, they printed a small 3D lattice of the material...
10:12 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Sen. Grassley on why working class people don't deserve a tax break - they'd blow it on "booze or women"
Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) wants to do away with the estate tax. After much research on why this is right, he reported on his findings: I think not having the estate tax recognizes the peopl...
10:09 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing $12 string of 'A Christmas Story' leg lamps
Fra-geelay! They must be Italian!You can decorate with this awesome string of Leg Lamp lights.https://youtu.be/lR29zxrY2LMA Christmas Story Kurt Adler UL 10-Lights Leg Lamp Light Set via Amazon...
09:31 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Artist makes fantastic digital paintings using Excel
Tatsuo Horiuchi, 77, creates lovely landscape paintings using the color graphing features of Excel. As William Gibson said, "The street finds its own uses for things."...
08:00 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this high school cheerleader levitate
Ariel Olivar, a junior at Manvel High School in Texas, has powers. More on Olivar's magic at the Houston Chronicle.challenge accepted pic.twitter.com/QQ1JWbkXx0— ariel (@arielo1220) December 2, ...
07:41 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Well-dressed fellow rips boot off car so as not to miss his flight
Bravo, sir.(via DIGG)...
07:36 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Stanford rapist Brock Turner appeals sentence
Though already released from the very light sentence imposed on him by a sympathetic judge, Stanford rapist Brock Turner wants to have his verdict overturned all the same. Turner's lawyers argued in ...
07:24 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Reasons to keep a personal journal or sketchbook
In the age of omnipresent keyboards and computers and the internet lurking behind all of them, the idea of a handwritten journal might seem quaint or pointless. But there are good reasons to keep one,...
07:00 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing You can pay what you want for this Adobe CC training
Mastery of Adobe apps is encouraged, if not outright required for entry into creative industry roles. To take your skills beyond rudimentary Photoshop, were offering the Adobe CC Lifetime Mastery Bund...
04:58 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Insult teacups for 'the lady who speaks her mind'
If not-so-subtly insulting guests is your cup of tea, then Miss Havisham's teacups are for you. Prices start at $60. ...
04:56 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing There's going to be a Mister Rogers documentary in 2018
There's going to be a feature documentary about Mister Rogers next year. It's aptly titled Wont You Be My Neighbor? and will showcase "the lessons, ethics and legacy of iconic children's television ho...
04:56 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Swimming in a liquid sand hot tub
Science YouTuber (and former NASA engineer) Mark Rober explains how when you add air "in the just the right way" to sand, it "basically becomes a liquified soup." It sure does! Watch and learn....
04:56 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing Another 80s 'shame' video: A Staten Island Bar Mitzvah celebration in 1988
Remember that "shame" video of the kid getting a Nintendo as a gift in 1988? Well, my former child actor friend Jared Hirsch saw it too and shared his own "shame" video from 1998 with me. His nearly...
04:34 am PST - Mon, December 4, 2017
BoingBoing A cybersecurity playbook for political campaigns
The Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government has published a nonpartisan Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook, as part of its Defending Digital Democracy project (previously, "designed to ...
03:46 pm PST - Sun, December 3, 2017
BoingBoing Chinese zoo-goers bamboozled into seeing inflatable penguins
Yulin residents in Chinas Guangxi province were said to be excited last weekend about going to the citys first zoo, which was advertised as having rare animals. Instead, attendees discovered blow-up p...
03:36 pm PST - Sun, December 3, 2017
BoingBoing Doctors follow man's tattoos instructions that say "Do Not Resuscitate"
A Florida ICU staff faced a difficult ethical dilemma concerning a 70-year-old patient and a tattoo on his chest ultimately reaching a decision that still doesnt set a precedent for similar situation...
10:54 am PST - Sun, December 3, 2017
BoingBoing Trump hiding DC sex scandals, Bill & Hillarys $350m divorce, and you can fly, in this weeks tabloids
Donald Trump deliberately hides the sex scandals and indiscretions of Washington, D.C. lawmakers, keeping the shameful information as potential blackmail material, reveals the National Enquirer this w...
10:36 am PST - Sun, December 3, 2017
BoingBoing Cool Tools podcast guest: Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America
My guest on the Cool Tools Show podcast this week is Jennifer Pahlka. Jennifer is the Founder of Code for America, a nonprofit dedicated to proving that government can work for all people in the digit...
08:44 am PST - Sun, December 3, 2017
BoingBoing Octopus tiki mug
Munktiki's $20 Octopus mug comes in red or purple, and nicely complements their Bell-Buoy mug (sold out, but we can hope for a resupply!). (via Super Punch)...
07:00 am PST - Sun, December 3, 2017
BoingBoing Check out 10 fun stocking stuffers under $25
Not all holiday gifts have to be game consoles, premium smartphones, or professional camera equipment. To help you find a great stocking stuffer (a gift apritif, if you will) for under $25, were disco...
09:23 am PST - Sat, December 2, 2017
BoingBoing Kickstarting an antifascist cyberpunk RPG
Game designer Chad Walker is crowdfunding his latest game: SIGMATA: This Signal Kills Fascists, shooting for USD10,000 in pre-orders to produce "a cyberpunk tabletop role-playing game about ethical in...
07:00 am PST - Sat, December 2, 2017
BoingBoing 5 skills to learn in 2018
As this tumultuous year draws to a close, youll probably want to use the holidays as an excuse for gluttonous hedonism. But instead of totally losing yourself to various seasonal greetings, you could ...
05:00 pm PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing "I Caught a Snowflake," by Gina Borys
My friend Gina Borys has released a delightful, old fashioned Christmas song on iTunes, called "I Caught a Snowflake." We've added to our holiday music playlist.Here's a snippet:[audio mp3="https://me...
03:34 pm PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Giant coloring book of New York City by eBoy
One of my favorite illustrators is eBoy (a collective of people from Germany and LA). They designed our Jackhammer Jill logo and did a cool Boing Boing shirt many years ago (I don't think it's availab...
01:37 pm PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Flynn flipped like a pancake, is singing like a canary, and it's 'very, very, very bad' for Trump
When Trumps former national security adviser Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about contact with a Russian ambassador, it brought Robert Mueller's investigation right into Trumps innermos...
01:10 pm PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing NSA employee pleads guilty of taking classified info that was later stolen by hackers
Former National Security Agency employee Nghia H. Pho said in a Baltimore courtroom today he'd illegally taken home classified documents from NSA that are understood to have later been stolen from his...
12:02 pm PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing One-minute movie about a doomsday prepper
Gaspar Palacio is brilliant, and concise. "When the siren rings in the distance, a family has to get inside the shelter... Nothing will ever be the same again."...
11:11 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Climb a tree like a bear with these ninja hand claws
Want to climb a tree with ease? Put on these "Ninja Hand Claws" (shuko) and "Ninja Foot Spikes" and go to town (see video). Of course, you first need to be in shape. Also, f*ck that tree. (reddit)...
11:00 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Krampus season calls for this amazing horned head covering
Regina Weiss of the blog Morale Fiber upped her Krampus game this year with this amazing hand-crocheted hat. Even its horns are made of yarn.She writes, "I designed this crazy crochet hat after the tr...
10:54 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Outdoors enthusiast makes fun of highly improbable campsite photos
Stock photography is always good for a laugh, as artistic license often gets in the way of reality. Instagrammer @YouDidNotSleepThere, aka Luisa Jeffery, finally got fed up and started cataloging the ...
10:19 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing My god, what have I done? Donald Trump as David Byrne in "Once in a Lifetime"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSuregWhlWkInto the blue again after the money's gone....
10:00 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing The DoJ is going to make Shkreli sell off his unreleased Wu-Tang and Lil Wayne albums, his Picasso and his Enigma machine
Pharmadouchebro/Larval Trump Martin Shkreli was convicted of securities fraud in August and then sent to jail in September for putting a bounty on a lock of Hillary Clinton's hair. (more…)...
08:00 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Flynn charged with lying to FBI, pleads guilty, reportedly admits Trump ordered him to contact Russians
Michael Flynn, former National Security Adviser to President Trump, was charged today with lying to the FBI about his contacts with agents of the Russian government. He is expected to enter entered a ...
07:00 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing The FEZ vaporizer is very chill
The FEZ Vaporizer is highlighted by 60-second convenience and temperature customization, and is currently available in the Boing Boing Store for 43% off retail price.Despite its minimalist look, this ...
06:58 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing A gorgeous reception desk made with books
Goldstone Books, an online used-book seller in Wales, spruced up their offices with this gorgeous reception desk skinned with books. (via Blog on the Bookshelf)...
06:54 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Democratic Senators propose federal breach disclosure law with 5-year prison sentences for covering up data-loss
The Data Security and Breach Notification Act (S2179) was introduced by three Senate Commerce Committee Democrats, Bill Nelson [D-FL], Richard Blumenthal [D-CT] and Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] in the wake o...
06:37 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Australian government upholds dismissal of sneaky golfer who shielded his employer-issued tracking device in a chip-bag
Tom Colella worked for 20 years as an Instrument Electrical Tradesperson for Aroona Alliance in Western Australia, until he was fired in on Sept 20, 2016 for sneaking off to play golf every Wednesday ...
06:22 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing #Elsagate: a subreddit that's sleuthing out the weird videos of Youtube Kids
Last month, James "New Aesthetic" Bridle published an influential essay exploring the prolific and disturbing video-spam that had come to dominate Youtube Kids, in which seemingly algorithmically ge...
06:08 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Jeremy Corbyn to Morgan Stanley: you're goddamned right we're a threat to you
This week, global finance criminals Morgan Stanley published a report warning investors that a victory for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party would be worse for its fortunes than even the most shambol...
04:58 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Matt Lauer had a button under his desk to lock his office door, according to this detailed report
Variety is reporting that the desk recently-fired TODAY anchor Matt Lauer's desk was rigged with a special button:His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed hi...
04:58 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing Spectacular photos of an active volcano in Bali
You may have heard that Mount Agung, an active volcano in the Indonesian island of Bali, started erupting Saturday. It just so happens that my friend Kyle Kesterson is currently traveling there. He's ...
04:58 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing A Lorde superfan hung 'Melodrama' in the Louvre
After dodging security, photographer Nina Richard quietly hung Lorde's well-reviewed, sophomore album Melodrama onto the walls of Le Muse du Louvre in Paris, France. Presenting her photographic eviden...
04:58 am PST - Fri, December 1, 2017
BoingBoing In the 1930s, two promising young American writers disappeared without a trace
Everett Ruess and Barbara Newhall Follett were born in March 1914 at opposite ends of the U.S. Both followed distinctly unusual lives as they pursued a love of writing. And both disappeared in their 2...
08:20 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Cards Against Humanity purchases border territory to stop Trump's wall, gets legal advice and builds trebuchet, to make it stick
This year's Cards Against Humanity secret Xmas surprise has begun, and on day one, they've delighted buyers (I'm one!) by sending us a share certificate for an infinitesimal fraction of a stretch of U...
08:07 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing How rolls of turf are made
https://i.imgur.com/39lCXh7.gifvRolls of turf are made exactly how you imagine they would be: a huge truck courses over a well-kept lawn, literally screeds off three inches of grass and soil, then aut...
07:42 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing You are a horrifying amorphous alien blob in this gruesome game
In most examples of sci-fi horror, a desperate human protagonist must evade, hunt and vanquish the unspeakable alien creature. But what if you were a horrific amorphous nightmare blob, crawling around...
06:50 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Trump pressured GOP leaders to kill Senate Russia inquiry
President Donald Trump repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panels investigation into Russias interference in the 2016 el...
06:48 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Senator Lindsay Graham sick of the press calling Trump a "kook", an unusual word familiar to him
In a TV appearance this week, Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham took exception to the media describing Donald Trump as "some kind of kook." This being a slightly odd turn of phrase, minds immediately cas...
06:17 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Report: Tillerson to be replaced. White House: No
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former oil executive who famously called his boss a "fucking moron," is about to be fired by Trump. White House Plans Tillerson Ouster From State Dept., to Be Rep...
05:05 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Report: Trump visit to Britain canceled
The Telegraph reports that Donald Trump's visit to the UK has been canceled -- at least for now. A planned "working" stop in the near future, mooted as a compromise to keep Trump away from the symboli...
04:47 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing The promise and peril of reading your genome in 2017 (or for that matter, 2018)
Imagine that a folded note before you reveals -- definitively -- whether an excruciating, protracted neurological death lies a decade into your future. Should you look?Do so, and you could be rid of t...
04:15 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing YouTube stars gone wild
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXntoTverSg&feature=youtu.beYouTube stars Alissa Violet and Ricky FaZe Banks were ejected Saturday night from a Cleveland pub. FaZe ranted on his stream. Violet, selfyi...
03:12 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Bitcoin loses fifth of its value in 24 hours
It was a hell of a ride. Peaking at nearly $11,400 earlier this week, Bitcoin's value dropped by a fifth Thursday, deflating the cryptocurrency's explosive growth since last year. Reuters:One market-w...
03:07 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Man painted own road signs to get to work faster
A man in China was fined $125 after painting his own road signs to expedite his daily commute.The Modern Express reports that a 28-year-old man surnamed Cai, was fined 1,000 yuan (112; $151) in the ea...
02:51 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing The best strap-on unicorn horn
After careful examination of several practically-identical products and a thorough delve into reader reviews, I can finally make my long-awaited recommendation for a strap-on unicorn horn: the YanJie ...
02:33 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Correlation between Trump tweets and Fox and Friends being on
If you hadn't noticed, Trump tweets constantly during Fox and Friends, a fact more apparent as his presidency continues, but subsiding during times of intense travel (such as his recent tour of Asia)....
01:01 pm PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Which are smarter, cats or dogs? New study gives us the answer
Ever wonder which are smarter, cats or dogs? You can teach dogs to sit, roll over, play dead, etc, which cats don't do on command. But hey, my cats can knock over water glasses and steal food off a pl...
11:53 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Doctor Who theme creator Delia Derbyshire awarded posthumous Ph.D.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH0hHZA0U5cWorking from a traditional score by Ron Grainer, Delia Derbyshire created one of television and electronica's most distinctive works of music: the theme tune...
11:37 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch: Lauer to co-host Vieira while cameras were rolling: "Keep bending over like that. It's a nice view."
Even while the cameras were rolling, brazen Matt Lauer told his co-host Meredith Vieira to "keep bending over like that. It's a nice view." Nauseating....
11:14 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Do not let the cat into the library
Max is the internet's new hero, and, mercifully, not a duck. That's not to say, though, that Max is not a problem for his humans.This warning was spotted posted to a library window by by childrens' bo...
11:05 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Former Facebook exec Randi Zuckerberg "disgusted & degraded" by harassment on Alaska Airlines flight
Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook's former spokesperson and sister of founder Mark Zuckerberg, was told by Alaska Airlines flight crew to put up it when a fellow traveler sexually harassed her. She described...
10:36 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Study: most Redditors don't read the articles
A paper published by Notre Dame researchers in IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems reveals that Reddit users vote on things before reading the article.73 percent of posts on Reddit are v...
10:27 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing London's mayor warns Trump he isn't welcome
Reflecting the frank opinion of most Londonders, Sadiq Kahn said Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump is not welcome in the city.London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said in a statement Thursday that Trum...
10:04 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing New York's rat population has genetically diverged into "uptown" and "downtown" subspecies
Matthew Combs, a Fordham University Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station grad student worked with colleagues from Fordham and the Providence College Department of Biology to sequence the genom...
10:04 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing New York's rat population has genetically diverged into "uptown" and "downtown" subpopulation
Matthew Combs, a Fordham University Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station grad student worked with colleagues from Fordham and the Providence College Department of Biology to sequence the genom...
08:45 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Christmas is under attack: vandals steal Satanic Temple's tree-topper from San Jose's Christmas in the Park event
Christmas is under attack! The Satanic Temple was one of the many faith organizations who applied to put a tree at the record-breaking Christmas in the Park event in San Jose, an event that in no way ...
08:35 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Republicans destroyed Oklahoma with billionaire/corporate tax cuts and got killed in the following election
A toxic mix of voter suppression and dark money infusions has allowed Republicans to seize power at the state level across America, producing a series of living labs where their ideology has been allo...
07:20 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Guillotine watch: The executives who bankrupted Toys R Us this year want $16M-$32M in bonuses for their performance
Toys R Us was taken over in a debt-loading act of financial engineering in 2005; over the years, despite turning a profit, the service on that debt dragged Toys R Us lower and lower until the manageme...
07:08 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Bake: hand-pies with three-dimensional decorations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVPp5FtQN8E&feature=youtu.beCarbohydrate whisperer Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (AKA @thePieous) (previously), author of Pies Are Awesome Vol 1 "Pie-Modding": How to Epi...
07:02 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing A smartphone-shaped fidget-gadget to soothe your instinctive need for stimulus
Viennese artist Klemens Schillinger created these "Substitute Phones" as fidget toys with kinetic worry-beads that you can stroke and fondle when your conditioned reflex to reach for a distraction rec...
07:00 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing How to overcome your fear of public speaking
Even when your audience is small enough to fit inside a conference room, presentations can be absolutely nerve-wracking. If you get physically nauseous at the sight of a podium, check out thispublic s...
05:59 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Cats with tiny faces
We've done our share of tiny-face politicians, so why not tiny-face kittehs? (more…)...
05:55 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Woodworker carves a 'Christmas Story' leg lamp based on his own leg
YouTuber craftsman Paul Jackman fashioned his own "major award" a la A Christmas Story, a "manly" leg lamp based on his own leg's measurements. It's really quite impressive.He writes:This leg is an ...
05:47 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Watch this 120-year old mechanical organ play a song
Martin Molin traveled to Speelklok Museum in Utrecht for a demonstration of the Gavioli Dance Organ, part of his wonderful series on old-timey mechanical instruments. (more…)...
05:46 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Enjoy a relaxing AI lullaby written by our future robot overlords
If you teach an artificial intelligence a bunch of lullabies, will the resulting AI-generated lullaby make you dream of electric sheep? (more…)...
05:46 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing LA Peeps: Don't miss Allee Willis' campy 'Love N' Latkes' show
Heads up! The reigning Queen of Kitsch, Allee Willis, is hosting three live Christmas/Hanukkah mashup "party performance" shows in Studio City later this week.She writes:It is with great pleasure that...
05:46 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Fancy it up with this silver spork
Inspired by my friend Veek, I now carry a titanium spork in my purse. Now, when I'm eating out and plastic flatware is the only option, I don't have to use it. Don't judge, it doubles as a tiny rake a...
05:25 am PST - Thu, November 30, 2017
BoingBoing Soaps that look like food
Artist Rochelle Javier makes soap carvings that look good enough to eat. But don't, because they're soap. (more…)...