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04:15 pm PDT - Sun, April 29, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook warns investors to expect bigger and worse scandals than Cambridge Analytica
The Cambridge Analytica affair wiped billions off of Facebook's valuation and prompted millions of users to #DeleteFacebook, but inevitably, the company bounced back, reporting high earnings in its qu...
03:55 pm PDT - Sun, April 29, 2018
BoingBoing 100 US Mayors sign a pledge to boycott ISPs that commit Net Neutrality violations
As states pass a wave of laws barred non-neutral ISPs from providing services to state agencies, more than 100 US mayors have pledged to disqualify non-neutral ISPs from getting city contracts as well...
03:23 pm PDT - Sun, April 29, 2018
BoingBoing The teachers' strikes are spreading
From Labor Notes, a weekly report-card of teachers' strikes, which are spreading from state to state, with North Carolina -- the laboratory for gerrymander-fueled Republican takeover -- next in line f...
03:09 pm PDT - Sun, April 29, 2018
BoingBoing The US gave its client states hundreds of millions for anti-terrorism, then crooked UK military contractors ripped it all off
Defense Secretary James Mattis has announced a criminal investigation into the misuse of $458,000,000 that the US government gave to Iraq and Afghanistan to build out mass-scale domestic surveillance ...
02:38 pm PDT - Sun, April 29, 2018
BoingBoing In a time of "driving while black," the Negro Motorist Green Book gets a new edition
The Negro Motorist Green Book was a series of annual guides for African-American drivers and holiday-makers who wanted to know where they could find gas-stations, restaurants and hotels that would ser...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 29, 2018
BoingBoing Start making your own games with this 120-hour training
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be a computer science whiz to create video games. In fact, even if you're a complete novice, you can create your own App Store sensation if you're willing...
09:23 pm PDT - Sat, April 28, 2018
BoingBoing RIP Larry Harvey, Burning Man founder
A few weeks ago, Burning Man founder Larry Harvey suffered a massive stroke. Today I have learned that he has passed. He was 70 years old.Marian Goodell, Burning Man's CEO, made the announcement:Our f...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 28, 2018
BoingBoing Reach new audiences with this animation studio
When it comes to telling a story, animation is a powerful tool, especially in the realm of marketing. Whether you're pushing a new product or just trying to cultivate a larger following, utilizing fun...
12:41 pm PDT - Sat, April 28, 2018
BoingBoing What's new in tabletop gaming? (April edition)
Last month, I posted the first of what I hope will be a series of Boing Boing articles looking at the latest tabletop miniature, board, card, and roleplaying games, and some of what's going on in tabl...
08:53 am PDT - Sat, April 28, 2018
BoingBoing Emotional labor watch: "Closers" flirt on behalf of men who use Tinder
Closers are paid $1.45/session to log into (usually) men's dating-app accounts and flirt with the women in their queue for 10 minute stretches, as part of a gig-economy company called Vida (Virtual Da...
01:07 am PDT - Sat, April 28, 2018
BoingBoing Kids traumatized when horror film trailer is shown ahead of 'Peter Rabbit'
Here's something from the department of "You can't buy this kind of publicity."At a movie theater in Perth, Australia, a group of kids and parents got more than they bargained for when a scary trail...
01:02 am PDT - Sat, April 28, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: Enjoy Yourself (it's later than you think)
We made it through another week! I don't know about you, but I'm amazed. Between what we're doing to the planet, what our planet has started to do to us and what we all do to each other, every momen...
12:52 am PDT - Sat, April 28, 2018
BoingBoing November 17th is Danny DeVito Day in New Jersey and all is right with the world
Taxi, Throw Momma From the Train, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, War of the Roses, Death to Smoochy: Danny DeVito has his wee fingers in so many of the movies and television pies that I've loved o...
12:45 am PDT - Sat, April 28, 2018
BoingBoing I don't know about these new drugs, guys
Being medicated is the best and the absolute worst.I take a cocktail of anti-anxiety and anti-depressive drugs on a daily basis to help me deal with the symptoms that come with my PTSD. Most of the ti...
08:49 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Bill Cosby explains why people go to prison
"Somewhere along the way, they did something wrong, something dumb... Maybe they even got away with it first and thought they'd never get caught." Hey, hey, hey?...
08:37 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing The world's oldest known spider has died
This female trapdoor spider, named Number 16, was the world's oldest known spider. A lifelong resident of the Australian outback, she has just died at age 43. From Curtin University:The research, publ...
07:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Stressed-out students can now break down in the Cry Closet at the University of Utah
School isn't always fun. In fact, during the weeks of back-to-back midterms and finals it can make you want to scream or break down and have a good ol' fashioned cry. Enter the Cry Closet, Utah Unive...
07:09 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing How Amazonian drum communication sounds (and acts) like human speech
In the forests of the Amazon, West Africa, and Asia, villagers often beat on large drums to send messages miles away. While you may think that the patterns are similar to Morse Code, they're actuall...
06:30 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing The story of Don the talking dog
In 1912, Don the dog took American vaudeville by storm. A European immigrant, Don spoke German, or at least 8 words of it. He reportedly said things like kuchen (cake), hunger (same word in English an...
06:11 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Kansas continues to struggle with measles outbreak
A measles outbreak in Kansas continues to spread. Health officials warn folks who are potentially contagious to call ahead and find locations where they can safely be treated.Vaccinate your kids.Via t...
06:07 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Music reduces the pain and anxiety of surgery
Analyzing decades of data from more than 7,000 surgical patients, researchers have determined once and for all that music helps patients calm their anxiety before an operation and also reduces pain fo...
05:54 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Weaving ride and car crash of a drunk driver caught on her dash cam
This is what it looks like from inside the car of a drunk driver. Louise Willard, a 41-year-old school teacher, swerves and sideswipes for a few miles in East Sussex, England, before crashing into a...
05:54 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Chuck Tingle covers Sean Hannity's disclosure problems
Master self-publisher and world-renowned author Chuck Tingle has penned a dramatic take on Sean Hannity's failure to disclose.Thanks to BBS commenter Sosumi for pointing this out.News Commentator Sam ...
05:17 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: 9-year-old girl's one-liners for The New Yorker cartoon caption contest are all winners
In early April, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The New Yorker writer Bess Kalb tweeted some cartoon captions that her cousin's 9-year-old daughter, Alice Kassnove, had come up with. And the tweet went viral....
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Bone & Sickle, a new macabre podcast by Al Ridenour
Krampus LA co-founder (and occasional BB guest blogger) Al Ridenour is taking a stab at podcasting with Bone & Sickle, a show that "celebrates the intertwining of horror and folklore." He writes:L...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Certify your IT skills with this CompTIA training
Ask any IT professional worth their salt, and they'll tell you that having the right certifications can make or break your chances when it comes to earning a promotion or getting your foot in the door...
01:41 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing A crocheted Venus of Willendorf
Discovered nearly 110 years ago by a workman on an archaeological dig in Lower Austria, the limestone Venus of Willendorf statuette is guessed to be have been created sometime between 28,000 and 25,00...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Soviet spy maps of western cities
The Guardian posted a fun gallery/quiz today: can you identify which cities these cold war spy maps represent? It's always fun to see London in Cyrillic....
12:54 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Behold this adorable weird bug
This portable mini cloud was posted to YouTube as a "scallop carrot," but I'm 99% certain there's no such bug. Is it a scale bug? A trashbug that got lucky?...
12:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Gorgeous reimagining of Vespas as electric scooters
Designer Giulio Iacchetti was inspired by the clean lines of the classic Vespa 98 to create a spec concept for an all electric model. He nicknamed his digital mockup the Vespampre. (more…)...
12:38 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing 1940s footage of man in 457mph wind tunnel
In this silent footage filmed in NASA Langley Research Center's 8ft wind tunnel, we see what happens when a human being is blasted with 457mph gusts. They were trying to find out how safe it was for...
12:11 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Abba reforms, announces new songs
Abba has written and recorded new songs, reports The Guardian, and will release them and tour soon. The band split in 1982 after ruling the seventies with its unique mix of folk music, disco and polye...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Disney has unveiled rainbow mouse ears in time for Pride
June is Pride month and Disney has already rolled out rainbow mouse ears, with a depiction of Mickey's gloves in a hand-heart, in their U.S. parks. I spotted this pair, which is officially called the ...
11:43 am PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Thinking through the "What should we do about Facebook?" question
There is, at long last, a public appetite for Doing Something About Facebook (and, by extension, about all of Big Tech); I have been playing with the idea of regulating the outcome, rather than the me...
11:40 am PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing These striking blackwork tattoos look like circuit boards
Georgie Williams creates cybernetic-inspired tattoos. She's currently doing bookings on the west coast, but she's soon heading out to Oceania next month. (more…)...
11:39 am PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this moving tribute to abandoned pianos
Photographer and pianist Romain Thiery accompanied his own remarkable images of abandoned pianos for his Requiem for Pianos series. (more…)...
11:39 am PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Very soothing found art collages, impeccably arranged
Kristen Meyer of Salvage Design creates lovely art from foods, rocks, and plants, all arranged meticulously for maximum aesthetic joy. (more…)...
11:09 am PDT - Fri, April 27, 2018
BoingBoing Scott Pruitt can't answer a yes-or-no question to save his life (or even his ass)
Scott Pruitt is Trump's scandal-haunted EPA administrator; yesterday, he was called before a Congressional hearing to account for himself and his lavish, tax-funded spending, as well as the paranoid c...
08:27 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing A Bad Lip Reading of Mark Zuckerberg testifying to Congress
It makes me very happy that the "Bad Lip Reading" folks took Zuck's recent testimony footage and made this gem of a video. Could they have been a little harder on Mr. Facebookman himself? Probably s...
08:25 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing David Blaine sewed his mouth shut on the Tonight Show
Entertainment just gets weirder and weirder, as evidenced by this Tonight Show clip.Magician David Blaine SEWS HIS MOUTH SHUT as part of his latest trick (which I won't spoil, of course), as Indian ...
08:21 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: Water spout surprises couple when it turns into a tornado
This tornado on the Gulf Coast started out as a water spout when a couple first started recording it from their condo across the water on Sunday. The woman then realizes it's a tornado, but at first...
06:54 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing One lucky motorcylist
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYimlrucN4sMotorcyclist Malik Elizee is spared as his motorcycle is sent flying in an automotive chain reaction.Elizee's motorcycle goes sliding away at a near 90degree...
06:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Woman fights hot tub cover on a windy day
Resistentialism is a theory to describe "seemingly spiteful behavior manifested by inanimate objects," where objects that cause problems (like lost keys or a runaway bouncy ball) are said to exhibit a...
06:33 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing This Japanese body wash commercial is my everything
I've got nothing. Just... just watch this....
06:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Heathens serving in the American military can now sport beards as part of their faith.
Soldiers that consider themselves part of the many religious traditions that make up what we call modern Heathenry have had the option since 2013 to have their military tombstone marked with a Hammer ...
06:24 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Cosby found guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault
Comedian Bill Cosby, 80, was found guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison on ...
06:20 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Report: Freedom of the Press in decline around the world
While it should come as no surprise to anyone that follows the news or gets depressed by Twitter on a regular basis, freedom of the press an important check against corruption and the misuse of power...
06:13 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Man in the big straw hat takes down gunman
I'm no armed robbery expert, but pointing a gun at a man with a mustache so mighty that it can be seen from behind him and the swagger to pull off an unironic straw cowboy hat seems like a solid for...
05:49 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Trump supporters can legally be kicked out of bars, NYC judge rules
A man was kicked out of a bar in New York City last year for wearing a red "Make America Great Again" cap. Philadelphia accountant Greg Piatek and his friends were at the Happiest Hour bar, where he s...
05:45 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Tip for preventing burnout: collect information in big buckets, not tiny cups
The folks at Evernote have released a whitepaper called Triple Overload and What You Can Do About It. Triple overload is what happens when you combine data overload, communication overload, and cognit...
05:12 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Free PDF download of MagPi, a magazine about Raspberry Pi projects
Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized (or smaller) Linux computer that costs about $35 (you also need a monitor, a keyboard, SD card, and power source). The organization that developed it is called the ...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Disney made a haptic jacket for the VRs
As VR headsets and controllers become readily available it is only a matter of time before we are all wearing haptic underoos and doing VR yogas.Now I can feel my heartbreak as I get shot down in Fo...
04:45 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Enchanting mix of experimental, minimalist, and ambient cassette music
Brandon Hocura of the excellent Seance Centre record label mined his (and his friends') rare and vintage cassette archive to create this sublime guest mix for the Noise In My Head show on NTS Radio. L...
04:39 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing RIP Bob Dorough, musical director of 'Schoolhouse Rock'
Bob Dorough jazz musician and musical director of Schoolhouse Rock, passed away earlier this week, at the age of 94. His voice is instantly recognizable.Lolly, Lolly, Lolly.Via Yahoo Entertainment:I...
04:22 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing The evolution of the Star Wars Stormtrooper
This simple GIF from Gadget Love is pretty pleasing to me.Clone Troopers were not useless in battle....
04:05 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Raleigh-Durham, I'm headed your way!
I'm delivering the annual Kilgour lecture tomorrow morning at 10AM at UNC, and I'll be speaking at Flyleaf Books at 7PM -- be there or be oblong! (more…)...
04:05 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Raleigh-Durham, I'm headed your way! (CORRECTED!)
UPDATE: The event at Flyleaf is at 6PM, not 7!I'm delivering the annual Kilgour lecture tomorrow morning at 10AM at UNC, and I'll be speaking at Flyleaf Books at 6PM -- be there or be oblong! (more&he...
02:45 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Package thief tries to swipe doorbell camera
This porch pirate in Tracy, California noticed that he was being surveilled by a doorbell camera so he tried to swipe that too. "It's kind of pointless to a certain extent because a lot of these devic...
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Amazing video of cells moving within an organism
Scientists combined multiple imaging technologies to deliver an unprecedented 3D view inside the body of crawling cancer cells, spinal cord circuit development, and immune cells traveling within a z...
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing The predictable dystopian trajectory of China's Citizen Scores
China's Citizen Score system combines surveillance of your social media and social graph with your credit report, your purchase history and state spy agencies and police files on you to produce a "tru...
02:18 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing A who's-who of tech manufacturers sent scaremongering letters to the Illinois legislature to kill Right to Repair
Illinois is one of 18 states where Right to Repair legislation has been introduced -- rules that would force manufacturers to end the practice of undermining the independent repair sector with hidden ...
02:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Security researchers can turn Alexa into a transcribing, always-on listening device
Checkmarx researchers including Erez Yalon have created a "rogue Alexa skill" that bypasses Amazon's security checks: it lurks silently and unkillably in the background of your Alexa, listening to all...
02:03 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Little Brother is 10 years old today: I reveal the secret of writing future-proof science fiction
It's been ten years since the publication of my bestselling novel Little Brother; though the novel was written more than a decade ago, and though it deals with networked computers and mobile devices, ...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Score 2TB of cloud storage from one of the best under-the-radar providers
Our computers are home to a myriad of files and documents, many of which contain sensitive information. While storing this data on your computer is convenient, it's not exactly safe, and with news hea...
01:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing "Phooey": a pre-eminent cryptographer responds to Ray Ozzie's key escrow system
I have a lot of respect for ex-Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, but when I saw that he'd taken to promoting a Clipper-Chip-style key escrow system, I was disheartened -- I'm a pretty keen...
01:07 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Microsoft sends recycler to jail for reinstalling obsolete, licensed copies of Windows on refurbished PCs
Eric Lundgren is an environmental hero, whose California business diverts literal tons of e-waste from landfills, refurbishes it, and puts it in the hands of people who can make good use of it. (more...
12:37 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Oft-cited student loan expert turns out to be fake persona affiliated with lenders
If you've been keeping up with the slow-burning student loan crisis -- the lifetime of debt imposed by the exploding cost of higher education -- you've probably read a thing or ten from Drew Cloud, on...
12:13 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing The Onion on Kanye West
The context is Kanye West's long-expected but nonetheless startling MAGA turn. Nation Suddenly Concerned About Black Man's Opinion [The Onion]...
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's finance watchdog wants to make the taxpayer-funded database of crooked banks go dark
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is Elizabeth Warren's gift that keeps on giving -- one of the most effective US government agencies, handing out real punishment to banks that break the law, f...
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing The ultimate 1990s mail-order panflute CD commercial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ISe0fdoaPsBehold the hauntingly beautiful strains of Gheorghe Zamfir, master of the panflute, viral once again in 2018 due to the retro 90s' charms of his cable TV ads...
11:42 am PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Experimental 1080p video footage offers an uncannily sharp snapshot of 1992 in Japan
Good-Night TOKYO was video recorded in 1992 using a high-definition camera with features that didn't become standard on consumer devices for 20 years: 1080 lines and 60 frames per second. The world ...
11:26 am PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing MacBook Pro considered a bad buy even at Best Buy's fire sale
There's a huge sale on MacBook Pros right now at Best Buy, but Casey Johnston convinced me not to upgrade. The current models' keyboards have severe reliability issues, and are so badly-designed that ...
11:14 am PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Yale study: Newspaper op-eds change minds
Opinion pieces are often treated as performances of no real consuequence, as entertainments and political groundskeeping. But in a study at Yale University, researchers found that op-eds have "large a...
11:02 am PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Conan road trips around Italy acting like a big, dumb American (in the funniest way ever)
Conan O'Brien and his show's associate producer Jordan Schlansky recently traveled to Italy together. According to Conan, Jordan is a "self-proclaimed expert of all things Italian," as he's traveled...
11:01 am PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing A squirrel named Furry Boi wins UC Berkeley student senate seat
This is nuts: A squirrel named "Furry Boi" has won a student government election at UC Berkeley. On April 13, he was elected for one of the 20 seats in the Associated Students of the University of Cal...
11:01 am PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing New, unusued Robotron cabinet found still in the box
Robotron: 2084 is one of my favorite games of all time. It has the rapidly-escalating-curve-of-difficulty I prefer in arcade games -- the first level is easy, the second is harder, the third is like, ...
11:01 am PDT - Thu, April 26, 2018
BoingBoing Podcast asks: "What would you say to the one who got away?"
I've just learned of a lovely new podcast. It's called "The One Who Got Away" and this is what it's all about:We all have a lost love, a forgotten romance, a missed connection. If you had the chance, ...
08:53 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Trumps Fixer, Killer Clintons, and What Comey Didnt Reveal, in this weeks fact-challenged tabloids
Not all is as it seems in this weeks dubious tabloids, as ulterior motives and hidden agendas mark a couple of the more notable stories.Why does the National Enquirer attack recent Pulitzer Prize winn...
08:46 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Items banned by the Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest is Europe's pinnacle of absurdly politicized trashy fun. It also has a substantial and rather bizarre list of banned items that shall not be brought to it, including golf b...
08:29 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Somehow I never saw 1991's "Cool As Ice"
Last I heard 90s "rap" icon Vanilla Ice was working on a new album with Psycopathic Records, the Insane Clown Posse' label....
07:33 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Moby auctioning music gear to benefit animal rights group
Moby is selling more than 100 vintage synthesizers and a slew of other musical equipment to benefit the animal rights group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. His Reverb marketplace store ...
07:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 starts tonight and it looks amazing. Here's the trailer
The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel of the same name, begins Season 2 tonight on Hulu. If you enjoy being scared out of your wits, this terrifying drama about authoritari...
07:08 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Security researchers demonstrate inexpensive one-minute method to clone master hotel key cards
Finnish security researchers Tomi Tuominen and Timo Hirvonen can clone many master hotel keys very quickly using their clever cryptography, an expired keycard from the hotel trash, and a $300 Proxmark...
06:51 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing 3-quart Instant Pot on sale today for $56
I joined the cult of the Instant Pot a couple months ago when the plastic housing around the steam valve on my 10-year-old Fagor pressure cooker cracked. Based on recommendations from a lot of people,...
06:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing These standing airplane "seats" may be tomorrow's economy class
Following other proposals for standing "seats" on airplanes (link and link), the Skyrider 2.0 saddle seat "is the new frontier of low-cost tickets, according to Italian company Aviointeriors. Rather t...
06:34 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Step-by-step analysis of what police "de-escalation" looks like
Yesterday, Seamus noted here the remarkable act of policing in Toronto this week: A man had just killed ten people, and injured many more, by driving into them with a van -- and he was apprehended by ...
06:16 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Just you wait: This Hamilton parody follows 'Weird Al' Yankovic's life
Weird Al's "The Hamilton Polka" inspired Michael William Hunter to create a song about the accordion-playing musician's life. It's a Hamilton parody set to the tune of the musical's "Alexander Hamil...
06:14 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Rescued octopus comes back a day later to chill with its rescuers
A fun little tale of interspecies aid here at Youtube:We spent our Holidays at the red sea. While walking along a lonely beach we saw a stranded Octopus in the sand. We were not sure if he is alread...
06:14 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Look at this comet's terrifically chaotic surface
Landru79 created this spectacular GIF from images captured in 2016 on the surface of Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko by the European Space Agency lander Philae deployed by the Rosetta probe. The video ...
06:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Art on Old Navy designs looks exactly like illustrator's work
Illustrator Lili Chin noticed that Old Navy was selling clothes with her art on it. When she asked them to compensate her, they told her to go pound sand. From her blog:My art gets stolen all the time...
05:55 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing The case for storing digital data in DNA
Using DNA to store digital data has been a classic forecast in infotech futurism for more than two decades. The basic concept is that you could synthesize strands of DNA encoded with digital informati...
05:52 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Annoyed pregnant woman purposely trips little boy and gives him a concussion
Last week a four-year-old boy in China ran inside a restaurant to grab some chopsticks for his parents, and as he entered the restaurant, some plastic curtains accidentally hit a pregnant woman siting...
05:28 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Why you might see flying boats
A Fata Morgana is a spectacular optical illusion in which you may see boats floating above the sea or city skylines in the clouds. (The term is named after the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay as her...
05:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Interview with host of JapanesePod101
Carla and I enjoy the Japanese language learning video series called JapanesePod101. This episode of Life Where I'm From (produced by a Canadian who lives in Japan) has an interview with Risa, the h...
04:21 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing I just wanted to maintain my bicycle
It is spring. I wanted to lube the chain on my mountain bike. I prefer dry, wax-based lubricant as it sheds dirt and is more easy to maintain.Amazon had other ideas.I use White Lightning on the bike c...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Apple robot that disassembles iPhones
Apple has unveiled Daisy, a robot that can disassemble nine different types of iPhones, as part of their program to try and recover and recycle more materials that go into their devices. It can appare...
03:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Sarah Huckabee Sanders: At some points Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this president.
[email protected]: At some points Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this president. pic.twitter.com/gVQPfDSZ0B— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 23, 2018Trump's press...
03:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Public ignorance about drunk/drugged up losers is expensive and deadly
Opioid overdoses now kill more Americans every year than guns, breast cancer, or car accidents. 20 million Americans suffer from addiction to alcohol, illicit, or prescription drugs. On the second ann...
03:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Incentives matter: the Mr Market LOOOOOVES death squads
In 1970, Chile elected Salvador Allende, a socialist, to office; he instituted sweeping reforms aimed at ending the corrupt rule of a small, monied, brutal elite; in 1973, the dictator Augusto Pinoche...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing An algorithm for detecting face-swaps in videos
Begun, the deepfake wars have.As usage grows of FakeApp -- the software that makes it comparatively easy to create "deepfaked" face-swapped videos -- a couple of researchers have decided to fight fire...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing This versatile telescope lets you observe both Earth and sky
Total versatility isn't something you'd typically find in a telescope. While magnification tech has come a long way, most telescopes are designed to either gaze upon the stars or view the landscapes b...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing In 60 seconds, security researchers can clone the master hotel-room keys for 140,000 hotels in 160 countries
The Vingcard Vision locks are RFID-based hotel locks; at this week's Infiltrate conference in Miami, Tomi Tuominen and Timo Hirvonen from F-Secure will present a method for combining a $300 Proxmar...
01:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders' New Deal: ending involuntary unemployment with guaranteed $15/hour infrastructure jobs
Bernie Sanders has a plan to solve America's wage stagnation and its long-neglected infrastructure: tax the super-rich and massively profitable corporations, then use the money to fix the multi-trilli...
01:38 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this balancing artist stack bottles inside a shaky frame
It's one thing to balance four different-sized glass bottles on top of another. It's another to balance them inside of a moving wooden frame which is then spun around. Watch as balancing artist Rock...
12:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing In 1975 a woman set out alone to lead four camels across the deserts of western Australia
In 1977, a young woman named Robyn Davidson set out to pursue what she called a "lunatic idea" -- to lead a group of camels 1,700 miles across western Australia, from the center of the continent to th...
12:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Grease's director breaks down the 'You're The One That I Want' scene
Grease was the first feature Randal Kleiser ever directed. That was 1978. Forty years later, Kleiser breaks down the now-iconic "You're The One That I Want" scene, the "electrifying" musical number ...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Miniature 3D-printed Disney trash cans
A longtime friend and I first bonded years ago over something funny. We discovered that we both had a history of photographing trash cans at Disney Parks. (I mean, c'mon, they're all in theme.)So I ha...
11:02 am PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Grandview Golf Club in York, Pa., calls cops to remove black members "playing too slowly"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHip22RrEj8Calling cops on black people is something white people do to place them in lethal danger, which is why several members of the Grandview Golf Club in York, Pa...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Another Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at Donald Trump and his imaginary friends
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12:17 am PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Three Identical Strangers, a dark documentary about identical triplets who were separated-at-birth
In 1980, two young men start the same community college and soon discover, after being mistaken for each other several times on campus, that they are twins. Their story gets crazier when they learn ...
12:15 am PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Vsauce parody video
Finlay Hogan is a young Australian man who faked an American accent to make this Vsauce parody video last year. It's pretty funny and I feel certain Michael Stevens, Vsauce himself, would laugh.Here...
12:13 am PDT - Wed, April 25, 2018
BoingBoing Judge was supposed to preside over a Pennsylvania couple's wedding. She called ICE on them instead
If you want to erode the public's trust in the legal system, making a court house an unsafe place to be, even during what's supposed to be a joyful occasion, is a great place to start. Just ask Alexan...
11:59 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Lone Canadian cop takes down alleged mass murderer without firing a shot
I was getting on a plane in Toronto yesterday when I heard the news that a van had been intentionally driven into a crowd of people. By the time I landed a few hours later in Calgary, word was that ...
09:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Senate confirms Paul Nakasone to head NSA and U.S. Cyber Command
The U.S. Senate today confirmed President Donald Trumps selection to lead the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Paul Nakasone will replace Mike Rogers, who is retiring. (more…)...
08:30 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing MSNBC's Joy Reid says anti-gay posts on her old blog were 'fabricated', Internet Archive responds
MSNBC news host Joy Reid has been the focus of controversy this week over her old blog, and her assertion that someone may have manipulated the Wayback Machine's archive of that content to make her lo...
08:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Paul Manafort was interviewed twice by FBI years before he joined Trump's political campaign
The FBI interviewed Paul Manafort two times when he worked as a consultant for a political party in Ukraine aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in March 2013 and July 2014--that's long befo...
07:26 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing SEC fines Yahoo (now Altaba) $35 million over massive data breach
How the once mighty have fallen. (more…)...
06:41 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Good deals on Arduino Nano clones
The Arduino Nano is like a miniature Arduino Duemilanove not only is it tiny, but you can stick it into a breadboard. It costs $22, which is a good price for a genuine Arduino product, but since it is...
06:11 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Man in green suit on baseball field recreates iguana escape scene from Planet Earth II
In this split screen GIF we see the same story told in two different ways. (more…)...
05:54 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Prof says he'll grade students on a curve, so they organize a boycott of the exams and all get As
Johns Hopkins Computer Science prof Professor Peter Frhlich grades his students on a curve: the highest score on the final gets an A and everyone else is graded accordingly. (more…)...
05:33 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing A pro-Trump avatar troll hacked the instagram account of another avatar
Miquela Sousa and Bermuda are computer avatars with Instagram accounts. The humans who post on their behalf are anonymous. Sousa is a "19-year-old Brazilian-American model, singer" with almost a milli...
05:13 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Man gets 50 years in prison for $1.2-million fajita scam
For nine years a Texas gentleman was making a fortune with a fajita scam. 53-year-old Gilberto Escaramilla earned a total of $1.2-million by ordering hundreds of pounds of fajitas every day for the Ju...
05:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing AI system turns hand-drawn sketches into website templates
"Our team has begun exploring methods to bring testing time to zero," says Benjamin Wilkins, a design technologist at Airbnb. One method his team is exploring is this software that scans of a hand d...
05:02 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Cops shoot man, then interrupt his funeral to press his corpse's finger to his Iphone
Linus F. Phillip was 30 years old when Largo, Florida cops shot him when he drove his car away from a gas-station where he had been stopped by police. (more…)...
04:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing The difference between homeopathy and naturopathy
Naturopathy uses plants and tinctures as medicines. A lot of of naturopathy is hokum, but some of the treatments actually work. A simple example is an orange. If you eat enough oranges, you can ward o...
04:41 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Trump brushes "dandruff" off French President's suit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j22BQe5L3bMIn lieu of upgrading his once-formidable handshake, the President has a new alpha roll: brushing dandruff from Emmanual Macron's suit. It's a perfectly Trump...
04:34 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing The problem isn't that Facebook is creepy, it's that it's creepy AND HUGE
Writing in Wired, Rep David N. Cicilline [D-RI], the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciarys Antitrust Subcommittee; and Terrell McSweeny, outgoing Democratic commissioner at the Federal Trade Commis...
04:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Trump flicks dandruff off of Macron's jacket at Oval Office meeting
Trump never ceases to show himself as the uncouth buffoon that he is. During his Oval Office meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron's this morning, he went into chimp mode by picking and wipi...
04:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Thanks to streaming, recording industry revenues are back up to pre-internet levels, but musicians are poorer than ever
Since the days of Napster, record labels have recruited recording artists as allies in their fight against unauthorized music services, arguing that what was good for capital was also good for labor. ...
03:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Florida teen apologies for grammatically incorrect sign that was also racist
A young man from Florida hoped to impress a potential prom date with a sign reading "IF I WAS BLACK I'D BE PICKING COTTON,BUT I'M WRITE SO I'M PICKING U 4 Prom?"The Huffington Post:Acting principal Ka...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing It's 2018, and Google just proposed an instant messaging tool with no encryption
It's 2018, five years after Edward Snowden's documents revealed the scope of US and allied mass surveillance; after a string of revelations about creepy private-sector cyber-arms-dealers who sell spyi...
02:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing A handheld version of Oregon Trail!
The Oregon Trail Handheld Game is a Target exclusive at $25, but for $29.20 you can get resold/new ones with Prime -- it's a straight port of the Apple ][+ game with a specialized keypad, about the ...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Make your mark on the web with this complete WordPress training
The web is an invaluable tool for connecting small businesses with their target audiences. However, when it comes to building a website and marketing online, the learning curve can be steep if you're ...
01:57 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Gorgeous, betentacled machined sculpture from Chris Bathgate: the BU 622411311751
Machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) is taking a break from small fidget toys and has returned to large format work with the BU 622411311751, which has a distinctly cthuloid/tentacly aspect....
01:50 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing ISO rejects the NSA's IoT crypto standard, believing it to be backdoored
For three years, International Standards Organization has been wrangling over which cryptographic algorithms will be incorporated into a standard for interoperability in "Internet of Things" gadgets; ...
01:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Artist creates portraits from intricate string art
Slovenian designer and web developer Sao Krajnc, aka Cvern, says he has always been amazed by string art. He creates large pieces in round frames that depict eyes, faces, animals, and patterns. (more&...
12:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Video essay on how video essays deceive you
YouTube BluShades creates video essays, and that experience has prompted him to examine how video essays deceive you. (more…)...
12:18 pm PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Driver stuck at red light figures out clever trick to make them go green
I came for one weird trick; I stayed for the laughter....
11:46 am PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Penis transplant successful
Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore successfully completed the world's first scrotum-included penis transplant last month, restoring cock and balls to a soldier maimed by an IED in Afgha...
11:45 am PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this impressive demonstration of bamboo basketmaking
In this three-part series, artisans show how bamboo is harvested, cured, and processed with specialized tools to make intricate baskets and other household items. (more…)...
11:20 am PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Failed 'Wizard of Oz' theme park to reopen for tours
Want to walk down a yellow brick road at a once-defunct, "famously failed" Wizard of Oz theme park? Of course you do. Head over to Beech Mountain in North Carolina in June for one of the six upcoming ...
11:20 am PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing 'Mind-blowing' new Prince album coming in September
Last week, just prior to the second anniversary of his death, we heard Prince's original studio cut of "Nothing Compares 2 U", along with previously-unseen rehearsal footage from 1984, all for the fir...
11:19 am PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how fog harvesters may help reduce water shortages
Scientists have been experimenting with "fog harps" in arid climates as an easy way to collect potable water from fog.Via the paper:Fog harvesting is a useful technique for obtaining fresh water in ...
11:19 am PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing Watch these super satisfying wax sealing compilations
There's something very delightful about pressing a nice metal stamp into perfectly cooled wax. The YouTubers at Calligraphy Masters gathered up some of their favorites. (more…)...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, April 24, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design: Busting up the Nazis
Welcome Ed Piskor back to Boing Boing (previously), where he'll be offering an annotated page-by-page look at the first part of X-Men: Grand Design, his epic retelling of how Marvel comics' pantheon o...
11:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Colorado Senate Republicans introduce legislation to fire, imprison striking teachers
SB18-264 -- AKA the Prohibit Public School Teacher Strikes Bill -- was introduced by Colorado Senator Bob Gardner [R-12/303-866-4880/@senbobgardner] and Representative Paul Lundeen [R-19/303-866-2924/...
09:03 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing IoT Inspector: Princeton releases a tool to snoop on home IoT devices and figure out what they're doing
IoT Inspector is a new tool from Princeton's computer science department; it snoops on the traffic from home IoT devices and performs analysis to determine who they phone home to, whether they use enc...
08:55 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Lost Voice Guy: Stand-up comedian wins over audience without uttering a word
For a Britain's Got Talent audition, stand-up comedian Lost Voice Guy (aka Lee Ridley) performed a brilliant set without speaking a word. The voiceless 37-year-old British comic used a synthetic voi...
08:55 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Teens try to guess 1990s songs and their artists
Ready to feel really old? In this React video, a group of older teens -- they all seem to have been born right around the year 2000 -- put on headphones to listen to select music from the 1990s. The...
08:30 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Brush pens are fun - get two for $7
Brush pens are fun for drawing and lettering because you can vary the line thickness. And unlike a brush, which requires frequent dipping into an inkwell, a brush pen is always loaded with ink (until ...
08:11 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing This woman remembers every detail from her life since she was 12 days old
Great Big Story had a chat with Rebecca Sharrock, who has a condition called highly superior autobiographical memory (H.S.A.M.). Only about 60 other people on earth share her condition, which allows...
07:14 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Human hair as a computer interface
UC Berkeley researcher and artist Eric Paulos and his students continue their explorations of "cosmetic computing" with a new prototype and paper about "Human Hair as Interactive Material." If you'd...
07:01 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Wonderful toy photography reveals delightful alternate realities
Pro toy photographer Mitchel Wu creates these stunning scenes using "practical effects," physical effects created without computer-generated imagery.I create and craft stories through toy photography....
06:14 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Evel Knievel's Sky-Sicle and Motor-Sicle treats
"A new craze for spring -- the Evel Knievel Sky-Sicle and Motor-Sicle combo enables any child to make their favorite ice pops using almost any fruit juice or soda. Just fill 'em up and pop 'em in the ...
05:39 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing How to destroy an AR-15
Dick's Sporting Goods has decided to destroy its stock of AR-15 rifles. If you'd like to do the same, I suggest you refer the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)'s official guide...
05:34 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing 21 famous books you don't have to read (and recommendations for better books)
Advice from the editors of GQ: Don't read the "totally silly" The Catcher in the Rye. Instead, read Olivia, "the story of a British teenage girl who is sent to a boarding school in France." Don't read...
05:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Watch intense trailer for Patti Smith's new concert documentary
High priestess of punk poetry Patti Smith assaults us with her epic 1975 jam "Land" in this trailer for her new concert documentary "Horses: Patti Smith and her Band," celebrating 40 years of her se...
05:01 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Man on forklift prevents keg of beer from hitting the ground
I hope this forklift driver didn't hurt his shoulder when he saved a keg of beer from falling to the ground....
04:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Here's how The Rock responded to a high school girl's invitation to her prom
Katie, a high schooler in Minnesota invited Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to her prom. He wasn't able to make it, but he did have a special surprise for her....
04:42 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Kickstarting a playable version of the CIA's previously secret training card-game
When Freedom of Information Act enthusiast Douglas Palmer used public records requests to explore the games that the CIA uses to train its analysts, he laid the groundwork for republishing these games...
04:32 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing A.I. reconstructs incomplete photos
Researchers from graphics company NVIDIA developed a deep learning system that automatically reconstructs corrupted images or fills in missing parts:The method, which performs a process called image...
04:32 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Why are restaurants louder than ever?
Why are restaurants, bars, and clubs so loud? I often return from a dinner party with a sore throat from having to shout all night just to converse with other people. It wasn't always this way. Julia ...
04:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Convention celebrating diversity in fandom abruptly cancelled
Universal FanCon was supposed to fill the Baltimore Convention Center with a celebration of diversity and marginalized folks in fandom, complete with big-name guests and an array of panels. Then it wa...
04:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Uranus stinks
It is irrelevant that the planet Uranus stinks like rotten eggs, the atmosphere will kill humans very, very quickly.Via Space.comThe clouds in Uranus' upper atmosphere are composed largely of hydrogen...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing The scene at 4:20 PM on 4/20 at San Francisco's Hippie Hill
Look at all these stoners... San Francisco, California, ladies and gentleman! According to SFGate, an estimated 15,000 revelers attended the annual 4/20 gathering at Hippie Hill in San Francisco's G...
03:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing The used cars that Europe sends to Nigeria are filled with illegal, toxic e-waste
EU and Nigerian law both ban the export of e-waste to Nigeria, but a new study jointly authored by scholars from UN University and the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Africa found that export...
03:18 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Woman fined $500 after taking free snack apple off Delta flight
Delta airlines gave a passenger a free apple as an on-flight snack. She took it off the plane, failed to declare the agricultural contraband, and was fined $500 by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when ...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing The BBC finally admits that MI5 secretly vetted its employees, an open secret for generations
My wife -- whose father is a TV director who'd worked for the BBC -- learned as a little girl that the British spy agency MI5 secretly vetted people who applied for work at the BBC and denoted possibl...
02:12 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Neko Case's home burnt down, so she recorded her "Bad Luck"
Neko Case ran into some bad luck last September. Her Vermont home was ravaged by fire. Hours after getting the news, she went into the studio to record a song she had already written, aptly titled "...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Disconnect gives web trackers the boot and ups your device's battery life
Most of us understand that when we visit a website, we're subjecting ourselves to surveillanceby trackers. And, while these tools are usually used for innocuous purposes, like determining which ads to...
01:36 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Sean Hannity, while excoriating Obama over housing crisis, quietly snapped up hundreds of foreclosed properties
Fox News' Sean Hannity used to make a lot of noise about how President Barack Obama was responsible for a housing crisis that destroyed American families. All that while, through various shell compani...
01:12 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Want to review Comey's book on Amazon? You gotta buy it
Amazon has long had a problem with shill reviews and quiet removal of negative reviews, but the flood of questionable anti-Comey book reviews by non-purchasers finally prompted them to require a verif...
01:10 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to cut the world's hardest foods with a modded kitchen knife
Kiwami Japan tried modding a cheap kitchen knife with serrations so it can cut through rock-hard foods like China Marble hard candies, macadamia nuts, and katsuobushi. (more…)...
12:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Would it surprise you to learn that Facebook's "Download your Data" doesn't?
Wired's Nitasha Tiku reports that Facebook's "Download your Data" tool excludes much of the data Facebook keeps on you. Among the information not included: • information Facebook collects about y...
12:10 pm PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Study: birds can sense earth's magnetic fields thanks to a fancy eye protein
It's long been known that birds possess magnetoreception, or ability to sense earth's magnetic fields. Now researchers are narrowing down a specific eye protein called Cry4 that appears to allow birds...
11:52 am PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing The last Americans holding out against same-sex marriage
With majority support in 44 states, and more in favor than opposed in 4 others, same-sex marriage is a done deal for most Americans. Besides, it's legal nationwide after a Supreme Court ruling in 2015...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing "But slavery was so long ago"
Originally commissioned as a wrist tattoo, the simple and powerful chart showing how recent black freedom is in America is now also a t-shirt. "...but slavery was sooo long ago."We've heard this quote...
11:18 am PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Earth Day Caption Contest
 Enter in the comments below....
11:12 am PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Designer garden hoses, and other 'luxurious alternative garden appliances'
Riffraff, step aside. A line of garden hoses for the more discerning yard worker has arrived. With models like the Gold Digger ("certainly a statement piece is for those who love a bit of show off"), ...
11:11 am PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing How Warner Bros. used The Hobbit to strongarm New Zealand's acting union
Following the smash success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand's actors' union pushed for similar compensation and benefits as American actors. This detailed autopsy of how their demands ...
11:09 am PDT - Mon, April 23, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to draw with colored pencils on black paper
Artist Kathleen Darby takes viewers through her step-by-step process of drawing a colorful bird on black paper. Start at the beginning for more details. It's interesting as well as relaxing, as ther...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 22, 2018
BoingBoing Score 10 coding courses for a price you choose
Learning how to code is a greatway to improve your hiring potential and open the door to more lucrative careers, but getting the ball rolling can be a bit daunting considering the number of languages ...
04:24 pm PDT - Sat, April 21, 2018
BoingBoing Tonight in LA: Cory at the Last Bookstore (then Chapel Hill, Boston, Chicago, Waterloo, Phoenix, Santa Fe, San Jose...)
Tonight at 7PM, I'll be appearing on a panel at the Last Bookstore in downtown LA, with the title "Truth to Power: Genre Fiction in Post-Fact America," alongside of Gretchen McNeil, Jennifer Brody, Ch...
03:48 pm PDT - Sat, April 21, 2018
BoingBoing 2,000 awesome hieroglyphs, coming soon to Unicode
Unicode pioneer Michael Suignard has submitted a "Revised draft for the encoding of an extended Egyptian Hieroglyphs repertoire" in Unicode, trying to replicate the expressivity of the 7,000 hieroglyp...
03:36 pm PDT - Sat, April 21, 2018
BoingBoing The world is no longer willing to tolerate the plague of bullshit "agreements"
Mark Zuckerberg says it doesn't matter how creepy and terrible his company is, because you agreed to let him comprehensively fuck you over from asshole to appetite by clicking "I agree" to a tens of t...
02:15 pm PDT - Sat, April 21, 2018
BoingBoing Family-owned Smugmug acquires Flickr, rescuing it from the sinking post-Yahoo ship
Flickr exists, in part, because I needed a photo-sharing tool to help me woo my long-distance girlfriend, who later became my wife, and whom I've been with now for 15 years -- so I have watched the se...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 21, 2018
BoingBoing The Nix Pro Color Sensor matches colors with extreme precision
Our world is a colorful one, and when it comes time to repaint the house or create a new design, many of us look to our surroundings for inspiration. However, matching colors from the outside world to...
01:54 pm PDT - Sat, April 21, 2018
BoingBoing World Bank recommends that countries eliminate minimum wage, dismantle wrongful dismissal rules, and contractual protections for workers
A draft of the World Bank's annual flagship World Development Report says that its creditor-states (the poorest countries in the world) should eliminate their minimum wage rules, allow employers to fi...
01:54 pm PDT - Sat, April 21, 2018
BoingBoing World Bank recommends that countries eliminate minimum wage, dismantle wrongful dismissal rules and contractual protections for workers
A draft of the World Bank's annual flagship World Development Report says that its creditor-states (the poorest countries in the world) should eliminate their minimum wage rules, allow employers to fi...
01:39 pm PDT - Sat, April 21, 2018
BoingBoing Romance writers sought for library residency at my former Toronto workplace
I was a teenaged page at the North York Central Library in suburban Toronto, working in the Business and Urban Affairs section, shelving books, taping together newspapers while we waited for their mic...
11:52 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Police discover over 10,000 endangered tortoises jammed into one small house
An overwhelming stench of poop and urine led authorities to check out what was going on in an unassuming two-story house in Toliara, Madagascar. When they opened the front door, they were shocked to f...
11:47 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing The evolution of music from 1680 to 2017
I enjoyed the piano stylings of Lord Vinheteiro in this "Evolution of Music" video**. He plays a little music from each year, starting with 1680 and ending with 2017. There's Beethoven, Iron Maiden,...
11:45 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing A genetic adaptation allows Indonesia's Bajau people to stay under water longer than you or me
A former post doctoral candidate from the University of Copenhagen's Centre for GeoGenetics has discovered that a group of aquatic nomads from Indonesia have adapted, on a genetic level, to staying un...
11:45 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Why Indonesia's Bajau people can stay submerged under water longer than you or me
This is amazing. (more…)...
11:34 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: Dread Zeppelin
Raggae-scorched Led Zeppelin covers churned out by a tight band fronted by an Elvis Presley impersonator? Yes, there is a God, and Dread Zeppelin is proof that she loves us.These guys were the music...
11:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing A new podcast hopes to solve an infamous unsolved death in Norway's Isdalen Valley
In November, 1970, just outside the Norwegian town of Bergen, two kids found the partially burnt remains of a woman's body. Surrounding the woman's remains were a number of objects: some bottles of wa...
10:23 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing North Korea says it will stop conducting all missile and nuclear tests
Huge news from North Korea in advance of the North-South summit next week, and planned denuclearization talks with the U.S. President. (more…)...
10:23 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Kim Jong Un says North Korea no longer needs to do nuclear tests
Huge news from North Korea in advance of the North-South summit next week, and planned denuclearization talks with the U.S. President. (more…)...
08:58 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Digital synesthesia
Stanford neuroscientist David Eagleman invented the Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST), a wearable tactile display that translates myriad kinds of information, from speech to sounds to digital ...
08:36 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Reefer Madness: anthology of funny old weed-scare comic books
My friend Craig Yoe, who is one of the most-knowledgeable comic book historians alive, edited an anthology of old comic book stories about the dangers of marijuana, called Reefer Madness. It came out ...
08:34 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Amazing birdseye photos taken by pigeons a century ago
In 1907, pharmacist and photography buff Dr. Julius Neubronner invented the "pigeon camera." Neubronner attached his cameras, with a built-in shutter timer, to his own homing pigeons and let them fly....
07:30 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing If you read a lot or need books for research, Kindle Unlimited is a good deal
Kindle Unlimited reminds a of Netflix. You get tons of all-you-can-eat content to choose from for a monthly fee, and the overall quality keeps getting better every year. I've been using Kindle Unlimit...
06:59 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing San Francisco: Kronos Quartet's Kronos Festival April 26-28
Kronos Quartet, my favorite avant-garde classical group, is holding its Kronos Festival 2018 at San Francisco's SF JAZZ Center next week, April 26-28. I've attended multiple Kronos Festivals and the...
06:38 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing GOP fundraiser who paid for silence of impregnated Playboy model offered to lift sanctions on Russian firm for $26M
Remember that Trump associate who resigned as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee last week after news came out he'd hired Michael Cohen to negotiate a $1.6 million deal to buy t...
06:22 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing China escalates the war on jaywalkers with automated shouting laser/squirtguns tied to motion-sensors
Chinese authorities hate jaywalkers and they've decided to use technology to end the practice; in Shenzhen, jaywalkers are identified with facial recognition and sent threatening texts while their fac...
06:05 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Koch-backed climate deniers are exploiting the reproducibility crisis to discredit climate science
The National Association of Scholars is a tiny, hydrocarbon-industry backed organization that is not to be confused with the National Academy of Sciences. (more…)...
05:54 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Senate confirms a homophobic climate change denier with no scientific credentials to lead NASA
Homophobic climate change denier Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) "has made a career out of ignoring scientific expertise" says Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). Naturally, Bridenstine was approved 50-49, a...
05:48 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing The FDA is finally doing something about the medical device security dumpster-fire
Medical device security very, very, very, very, very, very, very bad. (more…)...
05:25 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Online communication: "If you just message 'hi' and nothing else I assume Im getting fired"
I have a friend who used to always put "Mark" and only "Mark" in the subject line of emails to me. It vaguely bugged me but I never told him to stop. Then I found out he did it to a mutual friend and ...
05:13 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Palantir has figured out how to make money by using algorithms to ascribe guilt to people, now they're looking for new customers
In 2009, JP Morgan Chase's "special ops" guy was an ex-Secret Service agent called Peter Cavicchia III, and he retained Palantir to spy on everyone in the company to find "insider threats"; even getti...
04:49 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Entertaining science for stoned people
These hand boilers are a hell of a lot of fun, even if you aren't stoned.Not just fun, this is science! Use your body heat to teach a child about distillation! Every child needs to know how to create ...
04:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Last summer, Southwest tried to kill a rule that would have tightened up engine fan blade inspections
This week, Southwest flight 1380 lost an engine in midair when one of its fan-blades cracked; it was the second time in recent years that this happened to one of Southwest's Boeing 737s. (more…...
04:23 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing What do blind people "see" on LSD?
In a case study published in the journal Cognition and Consciousness, a 70-year-old musician who has been blind since birth reports on his experiences taking LSD. The man used the name "Mr. Blue Penta...
04:11 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Man uses GPS trackers to catch air conditioner thief
Cincinnati landlord Courtland Gundlind had enough of the thief who had recently stolen two air conditioning units from his properties. So he hid a GPS tracker inside a new unit, installed it, and wait...
04:07 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Arizona is about to get its first statewide teachers' strike
The contagion is spreading: Arizona is the latest red state where teachers -- backed by immense public sympathy -- are staging first-of-its-kind state walkout, protesting against the very idea of neol...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing The CADO: A pop-up museum celebrating the avocado to open in San Diego
There's the Museum of Ice Cream, and more recently, The Museum of Selfies. Now there's an Instagram-friendly pop-up museum dedicated to California's most iconic fruit, the avocado. It's called The CAD...
03:12 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Democratic Party lawsuit says Russia, Trump campaign, WikiLeaks conspired to hack 2016 presidential campaign
The Democratic National Committee today filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and WikiLeaks, alleging the Trump campaign 'gleefully welcomed Russia's he...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Buzzfeed guide on how to detect "deepfaked" videos
Get Out director Jordan Peele and Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti got together to make ObamaPeele -- a faked video of Obama, using Peele's voice. It's a PSA aimed at getting people to be more wary of pos...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Happy 420 Day - very high people on the TV news
I got a contact high just from watching these people who are high as fuck being interviewed on TV....
02:28 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Wells Fargo loses teachers' union business after it pledges its eternal loyalty to gun manufacturers
Last week, Wells Fargo defiantly announced that it would not follow its competitors' examples and cease lending to gun manufacturers; this week, the American Federation of Teachers dropped Wells Fargo...
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Wells Fargo fined $1B for stealing cars and jacking houses
Wells Fargo defrauded 800,000 car loan borrowers, forcing 274,000 of them into bankruptcy and stealing ("wrongfully repossessing") 25,000 cars; they also ripped off mortgage borrowers by failing to se...
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing This keyboard is Zlanted
The Zlant keyboard -- a compromise between tiny "ortholinear" grid keyboards and a traditional staggered layout -- will be available soon.Plancks are one of my favorite keyboards. However, I've found ...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing UK's indie music fests vow to end plastic bottles and straws at events
The Association of Independent Festivals plans to take a step in the right direction on single-use plastic items with their Drastic on Plastic initiative. (more…)...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Here's an XL 4/20 surprise
You probably remember the Twisty Glass Bluntsince we love to write about it. And you may also remember its little buddy, the Twisty Glass Mini. Well, today we've got a fun surprise that isn't so littl...
01:38 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Hot competition in the world of replacement jewel cases for Sega games
Sega made nice jewel cases for its video games, providing ample space for manuals and a nice thick spine for shelf display. But they cracked easily, and Sega's departure from the console business mean...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how smartphones plus RF imaging can detect motion through concrete and stone
The Action Lab set up an interesting proof of concept using a smartphone plus a cheap radio frequency 3D imaging doo-dad to sense motion in another room. (more…)...
12:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing The rise and fall of smoking in the west
From the 1920s to the 1980s, the United States was the most smoking country in the developed world. In the 1960s, consumption peaked over 10 a day, per capita. But now it's near the bottom of the char...
12:17 pm PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Every time Rod Serling said "Twilight Zone" synced up
This video synchronizes every Rod Serling opening monologue from The Twilight Zone so that they converge upon him saying "The Twilight Zone." It's surprisingly weird and uncanny as the cacophony bui...
11:53 am PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a waterjet slice a perfect obsidian cube and some batarangs
The guys from Waterjet Channel took a request from a Minecraft fan who wanted to see them cut an obsidian cube, even supplying the obsidian. They also made some super-thin batarangs that could almos...
11:53 am PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing For a post-#MeToo world: 'The Field Guide to Consent'
Sex communication expert, and co-founder of the groundbreaking Cuddle Party, Marcia Baczynski has bravely taken on the task of teaching folks -- primarily women -- how to handle consent in a post-#MeT...
03:53 am PDT - Fri, April 20, 2018
BoingBoing Listen to Prince's original 'Nothing Compares 2 U' for the first time (and see him rehearsing in 1984)
On Saturday, it'll be two years since we lost Prince. In remembrance of the "Purple One," his estate has released a video of long-lost footage of him rehearsing with his band in his Minnesota studio...
11:53 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Scientologists were all up in Neopet's business
Since its launch in 1999, Neopets has enjoyed a pretty colorful history. The game offers users the ability to create a virtual pet to take on adventures and, using virtual and real-world currency, fee...
11:49 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing What if humans weren't the first civilization on Earth?
Is it possible that modern humans aren't the first civilization on Earth?This is the insanely interesting question probed by "The Silurian Hypothesis", a new paper authored by Gavin A. Schmidt and Ada...
11:43 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to use dry erase markers to make writing that floats
SoCraftastic tested six marker types on a non-porous surface to see which one allowed the ink to float on water. The effect is pretty cool with a stick figure. (more…)...
11:34 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Customizable cat-purr emulator
Stphane Pigeon has created Purrli, a web site that generates audio of a cat purring. It's customizable; I found setting it for "sleepy" and "relaxed" produced my particular fave timbre of cat-purr.As ...
11:30 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Mostly naked man plays Nokia ringtone on the accordion so that you don't have to
He's doing God's work. Which God that might be, however, is open for debate....
11:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing ICE agents remove legal foreign worker from farm, threaten farmer when questioned about having a warrant
I don't want to alarm anyone, but it sounds like maybe some ICE agents are, I dunno, a shower of bastards.According to Syracuse.com, New York state dairy farmer John Collins was doing his thing when h...
10:06 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Giuliani to join Trump's legal team
Rudolph W. Giuliani, the once moderate former New York mayor who morphed into an angry spittle-flecked screamer, says he is joining Trump's legal team with the goal of getting Special Counsel Robert M...
09:25 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Pepsico launches a K-Cup for juice
https://youtu.be/ImYEAYYlBJkPepsico is the low-key -- some might say deliberately hidden -- backer of the Drinkfinity system. As Jaiksmith says, "it's a proprietary bottle that uses proprietary "pod...
08:39 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Copy of Action Comics #1 could fetch $600k at auction
A copy of Action Comics #1 (1938), featuring the first appearance of Superman, is on the auction block. The current bid is $300k and Heritage Auctions says it could go up to $600k or more.The book con...
06:59 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Good deal on flush-cut wire cutter
These flush-cut micro soft-wire cutters are made by Hakko. I use them to cut wire, zip-ties, and stray pieces of 3D printer filament. I have one in my toolbox and another on my workbench. At $4.43 (w...
06:57 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing I tried Odlum's Irish Brown Soda Bread mix
I tried the popular Irish brand Odlum's Irish Brown Soda Bread mix to see if it was better or easier than my standby recipe. (more…)...
06:34 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing White evangelical support for Donald Trump at all-time high
White evangelicals love Trump more than ever. From PRI:Trumps support among white evangelicals at this stage of his presidency is strikingly solid. While there are modest differences by gender, Trumps...
06:33 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Since when did breaking into houses to take a bath and perhaps enjoy a meal become a thing?
Usually the goal of a home burglary is to get in and out of the house as quickly as possible. But apparently there are those who prefer to make a pitstop in the bathtub where, if inclined, a full-on m...
06:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Jim Carrey makes a surprise appearance during Conan's interview with Jeff Daniels
https://youtu.be/kxMC7g_sKjwJeff Daniels was just finishing up answering Conan's question about Dumb and Dumber when Jim Carrey walked on stage to surprise him. Their genuine pleasure of meeting up ag...
06:14 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Ordering ice cream in VR is dangerous
I have questions about this VR ice cream incident. First, where is this taking place? And second, was the ice cream vendor intentionally trying to kill the customer?...
05:44 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing EPA head Scott Pruitt is being investigated by the House of Representatives, Senate, White House, Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, and EPA Inspector General
EPA head Scott Pruitt has gone on a multi-million dollar luxury item spending spree at taxpayers' expense. With his soundproof booth, bulletproof limousines, and chartered private jets, he seems to th...
05:22 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard play the re-prounouned Beatles song "And I Love Him"
Universal Love is a new compilation of wedding songs reimagined for same-sex couples. It includes the likes of Kesha doing "I Need a Woman to Love," Bob Dylan playing "He's Funny That Way," and my p...
05:18 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing 'Walmart yodeling kid' becomes a one-up action figure
Remember Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old yodeler who was discovered in an Illinois Walmart? Well, now thanks to artist Dano Brown, the "Walmart yodeling kid" has become an action figure. You won't find ...
04:46 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Post-internet lament
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04:43 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Government accidentally sends file on "remote mind control" methods to journalist
When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of Homeland Security) to obtain information about Anti...
04:31 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Help wanted: Archivist for the Prince museum at Paisley Park
Prince's Paisley Park, now a museum, is seeking an archives supervisor to "actively work in the care, catalog, storage and preservation of all artifacts and archival materials; the care, cleaning, and...
04:23 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing All of Puerto Rico loses power
1.4 million people in Puerto Rico lost power yesterday in an outage that lasted for a day and left part of the island without power even after service was mainly restored. (more…)...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Ovary Actions: menstruation euphemism gifs to smash period taboos
Oakland, California-based stop motion/GIF artist Headexplodie (aka Annie Wong) thinks that society is overreacting to menstruation, an ordinary biological process that affects half our population. Tha...
03:59 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Amputee drummer with bionic playing arm launches Kickstarter
Drummer Jason Barnes, who only has one arm, has been collaborating with engineer Gil Weinberg of Georgia Tech's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines to develop a cyborg arm that enables ...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Tesla pulls a Trump, smears critical press outlet as "extremists"
Tesla was extremely upset to learn that the employees who'd been injured and maimed in its factories spoke to Reveal News about the unsafe working conditions and culture of cover-ups at the Tesla plan...
03:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Video toilet displays ads while men pee
Mr. Friendly is a waterless public urinal that integrates a video screen to show you ads while you pee. This is just begging for "gamification." From the Dutch manufacturer:Every gentleman knows that ...
02:54 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Amazing photos of sports games combined into single chaotic images
Photographer Pelle Cass takes dozens of photographs of the same location and then combines the people into a single image. His photos of sporting events make the games look much more fun! From Cass's ...
02:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Police seeking woman who stole butterfly from exhibit
Cincinnati police are looking for a woman caught on video stealing a live Menelaus blue morpho butterfly from a special exhibit at Krohn Conservatory. From WCPO:(University of Cincinnati biologist Ste...
02:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook vs regulation: we exist nowhere and everywhere, all at once
Where is Facebook located? Well, if you're the taxman, Facebook's global HQ is a tiny shed somewhere in Ireland, where Facebook can escape virtually all taxation; but on the other hand, if you're the ...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing O Moldy Night: A pop-up museum of molded gelatinous food
"Jell-O by the Sea" by home cook Kate FulbrightThree (m)old friends -- Kate Medley, Emily Wallace & Kate Elia of North Carolina -- have a long-standing relationship with Jell-O and its molds. So, ...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Win a Samsung Galaxy S9 in this giveaway
Another year, another iteration of Samsung's Galaxy smartphoneexcept this time around Samsung sought to redefine what a smartphone can do completely. Boasting a 6.2" Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960x1440) ...
01:46 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing The upside of big tech is Russia vs Telegram, but the downside is Cloudflare vs SESTA
Yesterday, I wrote about the way that tech-sector concentration was making it nearly impossible for Russia to block the encrypted messaging service Telegram: because Telegram can serve its traffic thr...
01:30 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing MAD Magazine gets a reboot
MAD Magazine has made the move from New York City to Los Angeles, relaunching itself with a new logo and staff (for instance, the magazine has its first female art director, Suzanne Hutchinson, aka Su...
12:30 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Spliff, a film festival for stoners, by stoners
Spliff is a brand new film festival from the folks behind Dan Savage's Hump! fest. While Hump! shows homemade, but well-curated, porn, Spliff will feature films "made by the stoned for the stoned" tha...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Gorgeous resin sphere turned on a lathe
Heath Knuckles created this beautiful burl and resin sculpture he names "Red Dawn." A very satisfying and relaxing video, in large part thanks to the great music choices. (more…)...
11:40 am PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Programmer demonstrates his "perfect" Minesweeper AI
Code Bullet claims in this demo video, "I was able to create what I believe to be a perfect minesweeper player." (more…)...
11:20 am PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Watch traffic flow better in 30 simulations of a 4-way intersection
YouTuber euverus modded Cities: Skylines to demonstrate how 30 different types of intersections have dramatically different amounts of traffic flow. A four-way intersection with no traffic lights ge...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Rick Astley sings with Choir! Choir! Choir!
Rick Astley is getting around lately. We recently saw him on a Canadian morning show for a live, in-person rickroll. Now he's singing his 1987 hit song, "Never Gonna Give You Up," with Choir! Choir!...
10:57 am PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Artist creates curly wire sculptures that spell words with their shadows
Sculptor Fred Eerdekens created aluminum and copper works that look like abstract squiggles until lit from the right angle. When lit just right, each spells out a word. (more…)...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, April 19, 2018
BoingBoing Our long national NECCO nightmare may soon be over
Since 1847, non-discerning Americans have been eating slices of flavored chalk branded as NECCO wafers. With the company possibly closing soon, they're panic buying the inedible grim-tasting "candy" t...
11:05 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Russia's fumbling, heavy-handed Telegram ban is a perfect parable about the modern internet's promise and peril
Russia tried to get the creators of the private messaging service Telegram to create a back-door so its cops could spy on Telegram users; Telegram refused and Russia banned Telegram in retaliation. (m...
10:46 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Terms of Service; Didn't Read: a browser add-on that warns you about the terrible fine-print you're about to "agree" to
ToS;dr is a crowdsourced database of website terms of service; install the associate plugin and your browser will display a letter grade (from A to F) for every site you visit, with subcategories for ...
10:21 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing In 1968, the Supreme Court gutted the Fourth Amendment, certain that it would all work out in the end. It didn't.
In 1968, the Supremes ruled in Terry v. Ohio that the police did not need "probable cause" to stop a person, it was sufficient that they have "reasonable suspicion." (more…)...
09:26 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Melania humiliated, a JFK conspiracy bombshell, and beautiful people in this weeks dubious tabloids
Is a seismic shift underway at the Trump-loving supermarket tabloids?For the past two years American Media Incs National Enquirer and Globe magazines have slavishly served as Trumps attack dogs, unwav...
09:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Is this a tiny person in a glider being held by a woman in a bikini, or a giant woman in a bikini holding a man in a glider?
...I'm not sure! This October 1976 issue of Radio Models promises a "full-size Messerschmitt," too![via Pulp Librarian]...
09:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Get a tiny Raspberry Pi Zero with adapters
The Raspberry Pi Zero is a tiny Linux computer. Ever since they were announced last year for $5, they have been hard to get. But if you are willing to spend about $20, you can get one on Amazon. This ...
08:58 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Zimbabwe's nurses went on strike this week and got fired by the government as a result
On Monday in Zimbabwe, thousands of nurses went on strike, demanding better salaries. The strike came hot on the heels of the country's doctors returning from their own weeks-long strike, which took p...
08:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing EFF and iFixit are hosting a Reddit AMA on jailbreaking TOMORROW at 11AM Pacific
Join me, EFF attorney Kit Walsh and iFixit's Kyle Wiens -- along with special guests! -- in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session tomorrow (Thursday) from 11AM-3PM Pacific; we'll be talking about the upcom...
08:53 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing "Pirate Water" and other fragrances inspired by Disney resorts
We've seen Disneyland-scented candles before but now there are new contenders in the category of "Things that smell like something you'd find in a Disney resort."While the Magic Candle Company in Kiss...
08:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Justin Trudeau's political party wants to decriminalize ALL THE DRUGS
In Canada, we're just months away from seeing the nationwide decriminalization of marijuana. There's still a ton of legislative junk to work out: the provinces and our Federal government, as well as a...
08:44 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Stolen Department of Revenue hard drives used for storing Xbox games
A few weeks back, a number of external hard drives full of state taxpayer information were poached from the offices of Florida's Department of Revenue. Why these drives full of sensitive data were lef...
07:18 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Tumbleweeds invade a California town and residents have to call 911
Like a scene from a 1970s horror flick, tumbleweeds invaded a neighborhood in Victorville, California on Monday, racing towards a neighborhood at 60mp and piling up so high against houses that some ...
06:31 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Martin Shkreli's request for a minimum-security federal camp is denied -- he's going to prison
Fraudster Martin Shkreli will serve his seven year term at a federal prison in New Jersey instead of the minimum security camp he'd been hoping for. His new home is in the U.S. military base at Fort D...
06:19 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Pittsburgh prepares for riots if Trump fires Mueller
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would block a vote on legislation to stop Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Now that Trump has McConnell's blessing, P...
06:01 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Train load of NYC poop stinks out small town little league
A train carrying a load of human waste from New York City has been stranded outside the 982 resident town of Parrish. Evidently, after two months of sitting next to their little league fields the st...
05:44 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing LA Fitness assumes black man isn't a member (but he is), bars him from entering and calls police
My first response to this story was "Unbelievable!" but unfortunately in America it's all too real, too frequent, and very believable. Tshyrad Oates says he has been a paying member of LA Fitness in...
05:31 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing iPad review video made on a iPad
Serenity Caldwell made a video about the iPad using her 2018 iPad and an Apple Pencil. Now I feel guilty for using my iPad mainly as a Netflix streamer.[via Doobybrain]...
05:05 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Restauranteurs' association dismayed when their private poll on minimum wage reveals a nation in support of their low-paid staff
The National Restaurant Association privately commissioned GOP pollster Frank Luntz and his company LuntzGlobal to poll Americans on their support for raising the minimum wage, a policy they staunchl...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Ugandan president wants to outlaw sex because "the mouth is for eating"
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni doesn't want people to use their mouths in ways he does not approve, so he trying to ban oral sex. This is the same gentleman who made it a crime not to report peop...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Ugandan president wants to outlaw oral sex because "the mouth is for eating"
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni doesn't want people to use their mouths in ways he does not approve, so he trying to ban oral sex. This is the same gentleman who made it a crime not to report peop...
04:52 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Ontario town councillor posted racial slur to Facebook then claimed his account was hacked and asked IT to wipe his hard-drive
Don Cardy is a town councillor in Brant County, Ontario; on August 29, 2017, late at night, Cardy replied to a post in Arabic with a two-word post: "Fucking raghead." (more…)...
04:29 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how this baby boy, locked inside a car with the keys, figures a way out
This clever little guy calmly examines his situation, listens to the nervous crowd of grown-ups trying to explain what he needs to do, and finally works it out. No window-smashing was needed....
04:26 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing This Great Pyrenees can not catch snacks
This dog is even worse than my best buddy Nemo. My guy is too lazy to try and catch a snack, he lets it bounce off his big ol' head and then just takes it off the ground....
04:25 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Cambridge Analytica data-raid: the number is "much greater than 87 million"
Brittany Kaiser is an ex-Cambridge Analytica employee who gave written testimony and answered questions at the UK Parliament this week in which she revealed that the Facebook apps that Cambridge Analy...
04:22 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Nancy comic tackles subject of bots
I haven't read newspaper comics in years, and I was surprised that Nancy is still around. Yesterday's strip was about computational propaganda. I like the image of Sluggo as a bot and would like it in...
04:10 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Stephen Colbert's interview with former FBI director James Comey
James Comey is on the road to promote his new book, A Higher Loyalty. Stephen Colbert interviewed him for a full half hour on the Late Show, where the two discussed the odd actions he took during th...
03:57 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Yoda's cool LEGO chill pad
While light on rocks, you can certainly lift a box with Luke and the Force at LEGO Yoda's Hut. (more…)...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Validate your Salesforce skills with these 8 courses
Competition in the job market is getting stiff, and while experience and a four-year degree can put you on the map, most employers prefer applicants versed in the tools that power their industry. To t...
11:49 am PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Paul Erds really got going on speed
On Reddit, binary_bender charted the stimulant consumption of mathematician Paul Erds against his professional output. The prolific professor wrote more than 1500 papers in his long, incredibly wired ...
11:14 am PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing BBC sound effect archive posted online
The BBC posted an online archive of many of its sound effects. The nature scenes and peculiar things of historical interests are wonderful, though the broad focus seems to be components for radio play...
10:57 am PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Native American Tribe to DHS: Keep your dumb border wall off our land
In 1853, the U.S. Government bought a 29,670 square mile chunk of dirt in a deal that, as history buffs will tell you, ended up being called the Gadsden Purchase. It was a dick move: purchasing the la...
10:57 am PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing After Pearl Harbor was attacked, one American seaplane had to circle the world to get home
When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the crew of an American seaplane were caught off guard near New Zealand. Unable to return across the Pacific, they were forced to fly home "the long way" -- all the w...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Ancient bad ass had knife for a hand
So, there's this skeleton that archaeologists discovered in Italy during the mid-1990s. They reckon the man, who became the skeleton, was alive somewhere between the sixth and eighth century. Those we...
01:52 am PDT - Wed, April 18, 2018
BoingBoing Glitch makes programming on the web fun again
Glitch is a simple and powerful open-source canvas for experimenting on the web—and after a year of beta testing, it's ready for artists and coders to get stuck in. If you want to make things on...
07:45 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Trump campaign paid $66,000 to lawyers for Keith Schiller, former longtime bodyguard
Trump's longtime strongman got benefits we're just beginning to learn about. Wonder why he needed legal representation? (more…)...
07:02 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing IRS E-File system crashes on Tax Day because LOL nothing matters
Congratulations, America! The electronic federal tax filing system offered by the Internal Revenue Service so you can file your taxes today just crashed. (more…)...
07:01 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Trump radicalized teachers, now Republicans are saying they won't vote for the party anymore
The teachers' rebellion is a global phenomenon, and though it's been brewing for a long time, the public was a lot more skeptical of teachers' demands when they were striking in Democratic strongholds...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Have a sex secret? "Get Cohen on the phone"
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06:52 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Russia blocks Google & Amazon IP addresses, saying they're used by Telegram app Putin just banned
Russia's communications regulator says it has blocked IP addresses owned by Google and Amazon because Moscow claims the internet addresses are used by the Telegram messaging service that was banned by...
06:49 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing T-Mobile fined $40m for scamming rural users with Potemkin ring-tones
T-Mobile didn't want its rural users to know how shitty its service was, so when the company couldn't connect a call, it would play fake "ring tones" to the caller that made it sounds like the person ...
06:37 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing People with implanted neurostimulators are vulnerable to wireless attacks
A group of Belgian academic security researchers from KU Leuwen have published a paper detailing their investigation into improving the security of neurostimulators: electrical brain implants used to ...
06:33 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Great way to store food in cupboards: wide mouth ball jars and plastic lids
For years, we've been storing nuts, sugar, seeds, and other food items in wide mouth Ball jars and plastic lids. We also use them to store leftovers in the refrigerator. They're less expensive than mo...
06:27 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing 1985's "Clue" the movie remains more fun than the game
Clue the movie sported an amazing cast who were clearly having a ball with the film. Clue the board game was never very much fun.Riffing on the board game finale of declaring the murderer, location ...
06:13 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing David Copperfield takes stand in trial for magic trick accident that allegedly left man with serious brain injury
Magician David Copperfield is about to take the stand in a trial brought by a man who says he was left with a traumatic brain injury after volunteering in one of Copperfield's magic tricks at the MGM ...
06:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Examples of "dark design patterns" -- aka, asshole designs
Flavio Lamenza, a user experience designer, collected 11 examples of malicious websites, apps, and other designs intended to deceive users.Here's one:It's gross that Apple allows these kinds of apps i...
06:02 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Starbucks to close over 8,000 stores May 29 for racial bias education after 2 black men arrested
This is a pretty amazing thing for a company as big as Starbucks to do. (more…)...
05:47 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Baboons cleverly plot escape from Texas research facility
Video, via KENS 5, shows a troop of baboons escaping from the the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, evidently the birth place of The Planet of the Apes. The damn dirty apes rolled a 55gal drum t...
05:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing For sale: a 1958 Nash Metropolitan converted to an electric vehicle
Someone is selling this super cute 1958 Nash Metropolitan that runs on batteries for $12,500. It has a range of 45-55 miles. There's no room in the trunk because of all the batteries, but I am tempted...
05:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this mother gorilla lovingly kiss her new infant again and again
The similarities between this gorilla mama gently kissing and holding her baby and that of a human mama is striking. (more…)...
05:11 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Mutant enzyme eats plastic bottles
In 2016 a bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic was discovered at a dump in Japan. Scientists who were studying the bacterium say that when they tweaked ...
04:49 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Parents of Sandy Hook victims are suing Alex Jones for defamation
Alt-right hero Alex Jones claims the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax perpetrated by the federal government to give it a reason to repeal the second amendment. (more…)...
04:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing NASA's new jet will fly faster than the speed of sound without the supersonic boom
NASA recently gave Lockheed Martin 247.5-million dollars to create a supersonic plane without the supersonic boom. (more…)...
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Stego for Skrillex: hiding data in dubstep drops
Ben Cartwright-Cox observed that he could modulate the bass frequencies in electronic dance music/dubstep in a way that was easy to detect with a signal processor and inaudible to his unaided ears, so...
03:42 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Adam Pally go way off his Shorty Awards script
While presenting the award for Best Instagram Brand at the Shorty Awards, a dishevelled Adam Pally seemed to have an epiphany about the banality of evil that is the Shorty Awards, which he called th...
03:30 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Cops use backdoored WhatsApp photo to extract fingerprints and convict user
South Wales Police announced they were able to access a WhatsApp user's photos through a backdoor, then extract fingerprint data from a picture of a weed dealer's hand to help convict 11 involved peop...
03:28 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Hazmat Modine's new album is killer but they need your help to finish it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqnPr470bhcIt's hard to sort Hazmat Modine into a neat musical category. They play the blues, but it's not like anything you've likely heard anywhere else. A lot of fol...
02:18 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Security expert says she helped a casino whose high-roller database was stolen through an Internet of Shit fish-tank thermometer
Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan's presentation to last week's WSJ CEO Council Conference in London included an anaecdote about an unnamed casino for whom her firm had done work; they uncovered a data-breac...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing The HyperChiller makes iced coffee in less than a minute
Warmer weather is coming, and so too is the hankering for iced coffee. But, since most of us don't have the timeor foresightto make a batch of cold brew the night before, we'll be chilling our cups of...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Review: Zotac's Zbox EN1070K is the tiny game PC that could
Regular readers will know I'm fond of tiny computers. During my search for one powerful enough to play games on, I found several beautiful and well-made options. But none were so wee as the Zotac Zbox...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design: The Xaviers
Welcome Ed Piskor back to Boing Boing (previously), where he'll be offering an annotated page-by-page look at the first part of X-Men: Grand Design, his epic retelling of how Marvel comics' pantheon o...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Nastygrams shut down site that created fonts of famous songwriters' handwriting
Nicolas Damiens and Julien Sans thought it would be cool to offer inspiring fonts based on the scrawl of some of their favorite recording artists like Bowie, Lennon, and Cobain, whose handwriting appe...
11:45 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Model of Ancient Rome fills room
Mussolini commissioned this enormous scale model of Ancient Rome and it took 4 years to build. Surely, much of this is guesswork? [via]At the Museum of Roman Culture resides a 1:250 recreation of impe...
11:35 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing The chemistry of Neuromancer
At Chemistry Blog, Nick Uhlig explores the chemistry of William Gibson's classic novel Neuromancer.Apart from inventing the term cyberspace and predicting virtual reality long before it became commonp...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a comedian who's a dead ringer for televangelist Joel Osteen make the most of his curse
Michael Klimkowski looks so much like unctuous megachurch proprietor Joel Osteen that strangers come up to him for autographs. Watch him throw on a suit and head out to Osteen appearances and events...
10:58 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Person driving on shoulder receives instant justice
Matt Bentkowski was stuck in traffic on Interstate 285 East near Atlanta, enjoying "a front row seat" when a driver behind him decided the shoulder would do just fine as a lane.P.S. Instant Justice ...
10:47 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Man gets swallowed by hippo and lives to talk about it
Ok, show of hands: who here's been eaten by a hippo? Anyone? No? Then you'll want to keep reading, because Chris Broughton has and his story is frigging horrific.While he was in his twenties, Broughto...
10:43 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing How armored vehicles stop bullets
YouTuber JerryRigEverything had a chance to fire some bullets at a bullet-proof car. The physics are interesting to watch as the energy disperses into the materials in slow motion. (more…)...
10:43 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Aboriginal elders dye their hair blonde and the tribe gets a big kick out of it
Freddy, the host of a Dutch show from the early 2000s set in an aboriginal area of Vanuatu, is shown dyeing his hair blonde. A couple of the tribe's elders are curious about what he's doing and soon...
10:42 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Drone footage of Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy Edge in construction
A drone captured this aerial peek of Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (aka "Star Wars land") as it stood at the beginning of last month. I was just at the park this past weekend with my daughte...
10:41 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing There's a cute VW bus made for little kids
Three hundred and fifty bucks doesn't seem unreasonable for this kids' electric VW T1 Camper Van. The red-and-white two-seater IS an officially licensed product, so it may be of decent quality. Not on...
09:06 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Quakers release podcast of silent meeting
A young Quakers group in Nottingham, England released this 30-minute podcast of a silent meeting, complete with the ambient room sounds. John Cage would be proud. From The Guardian:Quakerism was found...
08:57 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Distract yourself with multiplayer Minesweeper
Andy Baio points us to "Multiplayer Minesweeper you probably need the distraction right now." From Wikipedia:The objective of the game is to clear a rectangular board containing hidden "mines" or bom...
08:49 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Photo of freaky monster terrorizing Santa Fe, Argentina
A resident of Santa Fe, Argentina snapped this photo of a horrific beast that allegedly is killing dogs in the town. It's said to be 7-feet-tall and resemble a cross between a horse and El Chupacabra....
08:38 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Scientists accidentally engineer enzyme to eat plastic waste
Researchers "accidentally" engineered a natural enzyme found in a Japanese waste recycling plant to eat plastic waste. According to the scientists from the UK's University of Portsmouth and the US Dep...
07:56 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Dirt therapy: Help this incredible community farm in Bellingham, Washington build a greenhouse by the freeway
My sister-in-law Mary Loquvam was thinking globally and acting locally long before urban homesteading became hip and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch grew to double the size of Texas. In the last dec...
01:11 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing The UK's company registry finally prosecuted someone for setting up a fraudulent company, but it's a whistleblower who told them he did it
Companies House, the UK registry of companies, is widely known to be filled with fraudulent registration information about directors, addresses and ownership, and it's this willingness to tolerate fra...
12:38 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Nova Scotia filled its public Freedom of Information Archive with citizens' private data, then arrested the teen who discovered it
A 19 year old in Nova Scotia wanted to learn more about the provincial teachers' dispute, so he filed some Freedom of Information requests; he wasn't satisfied with the response so he decided to dig t...
12:12 am PDT - Tue, April 17, 2018
BoingBoing Ajit Pai made Elizabeth Pierce his "broadband advisor," and now she's been arrested for a $250,000,000 fraud
Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made Elizabeth Pierce -- ex-CEO of Alaska fiber networking company Quijntillion -- one of his "broadband advisors" and now she's in jail on charges of having run a $250,000...
11:20 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Harry Anderson, TV's 'Night Court' star, has died at 65 in Asheville, N.C.
Actor Harry Anderson, best known for presiding over NBC's 'Night Court,' has died. He was 65. (more…)...
10:48 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Fortnite's cinematic replay feature opens the floodgates for content creators
Epic's Fortnite Battle Royale has a new new replay system that offers content creators an incredible tool. Here are some fun samples from the YouTubes. (more…)...
10:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing FBI, DHS, and UK cyber agency warn of Russia internet attack that targets routers
The United States and Britain today accused Russia of launching a new wave of internet-based attacks targeting routers, firewalls and other computer networking equipment used by government agencies, b...
09:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Managing fitness and pain with my DIY Peloton
A little over a year ago I pieced together my own 'low-rent' Peloton spinning cycle. This cheap spinning bike has become an invaluable tool managing my so-called fitness, as well as the pain my degene...
09:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Judge denies Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's request for temporary restraining order
A federal judge rejected a request from President Donald Trump and from Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer, for a temporary restraining order to keep federal prosecutors from reading files seized in '...
07:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Good price on my favorite shoes -- Native Jeffersons
Cory gave me a pair of Native Jeffersons about five years ago, and ever since, I hardly wear any other kind. They're made of the same kind of rubber as Crocs and, in my opinion, look nicer. I never we...
07:14 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Sean Hannity revealed as Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's client number 3
In New York today, a judge ordered Michael Cohen to reveal the name of a third client, someone who didn't want to be named. It's Sean Hannity. (more…)...
06:41 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing These prosthetic fingers, toes and ears are so real you can't tell they're fake
Dianceht is a company in Mexico that makes such realistic prosthetic body parts, it's almost impossible to tell they're not the real thing. Started in 2005, Dianceht makes custom-made silicon-based ...
06:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing EPA broke the law by installing a $43,000 soundproof phone booth for agency head Scott Pruitt
The EPA broke the law by installing a $43,000 soundproof phone booth for agency head Scott Pruitt. It's just the latest in Pruitt's series of flagrant wastes of taxpayer money on extravagant purchases...
05:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing The Crazy Russian Hacker tries out 8 kitchen gadgets
I have a lot of kitchen gadgets that I like and use (and almost every time I write about them, an Alton Brown devotee will explain why my opinion is wrong in the comments). In this video, the famous...
05:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing A list of poop-filled places beyond the bathroom
If you only wash your hands after using the bathroom, think again. It's not just toilets and bathroom hand-dryers that are loaded with poop particles. Sorry to burst your bubble, but fecal bacteria is...
05:13 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Vietnamese ICO scammers disappear with $660 million
32,000 people "invested" $660 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) for a token called Pincoin. Now, the seven seven Vietnamese nationals behind the unregulated ICO, which operated as a ponzi sche...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Gentleman in car crash gives police his dashcam to prove innocence, but footage shows him committing earlier crime
After a Royal Palm Beach man crashed his car, he wanted police officers to check his dashcam to prove it was the other driver's fault. But his dashcam showed more than just the car crash it also show...
04:36 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Russian investigative journalist who wrote about Russian mercenaries in Syria dies from fall
Russian investigative journalist Maxim Borodin died in a hospital after falling from his fifth floor apartment in Yekaterinburg on Friday. Recently Borodin had been writing about the Syria-based activ...
04:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's security costs $7.3 million a year
It's expensive to be one of the most well-recognized billionaires on the planet. Facebook's regulatory filing for the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that CEO Mark Zuckerberg's security ex...
02:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this lovely tribute to Isao Takahata's groundbreaking animation career
Animation visionary Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli fame died on April 5, and Smithsonian magazine published a great written overview that complements the video essay above. (more…)...
01:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Pioneer Vra Molnar has been creating computer art since 1968
Fifty years ago, Vra Molnar decided to experiment with computers for generating art printed on continuous plotter paper with the pin strips on the edge. To honor that anniversary, a number of galler...
01:05 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Launching today: NASA's new satellite seeking "alien" Earths
Today, SpaceX expects to launch a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) into orbit. Scientists expect TESS to find thousands of exoplanets by detecting when th...
12:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Charming birdhouses that look like retro camping trailers
Nashville maker One Man One Garage created these fun flat-pack birdhouse kits that assemble into vintage campers. (more…)...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Celebrate Myst's 25th anniversary through this Kickstarter
In 1993, Cyan Inc.'s Robyn and Rand Miller created Myst, a magical interactive story/puzzle published on CD-ROM that forever changed the landscape of immersive gaming. Myst proved once and for all tha...
12:28 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing iMac Pro reviewed
TechCrunch's Veanne Cao reviews Apple's iMac Pro. It's a beautiful, powerful machine, Veanne writes, but when it comes to high-end video work the price premium over a similarly-specced Windows box mak...
12:11 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing This punk turtle that breathes through its genitals is going extinct
The Mary River Turtle (Elusor macrurus), seen in this marvelous photo by Chris Van Wyk, calls Queensland, Australia its home. It's a fantastic creature with a green mohwawk of algae strands. The Mary ...
12:05 pm PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Map of how England and Wales is aging
Outside the big cities, England and Wales is aging. From Plumplot:In 2002, 40% of the population was over 44 years old. Fourteen years later it was 43.5%. The share almost equaled to the population b...
11:45 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Adam West's Batman helps kids cross the street safely
On Saturday, the UK's Birmingham City University screened "long-lost" footage of Batman helping youngsters cross the road safely. The clip, starring Adam West as the caped crusader, was shot in May ...
11:40 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this deeply emotional music video tribute to Milhouse of The Simpsons
"How could this happen? We started out like Romeo and Juliet but it ended up in tragedy!"Lucien Hughes created this Simpsonwave clip for the Goody Grace track "210 Lilac Sky." ...
11:34 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Banned Donkey Kong champ promises proof in emulator scandal
Billy Mitchell is an infamous game champion whose Donkey King high score was long the record. But video of his current best time was apparently recorded using an emulator rather than real arcade har...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's sweetheart tax deal for economically useless financial engineering triggers a stock buyback bonanza
Stock buybacks are a form of economically useless, business-starving financial engineering that makes rich people much, much richer. (more…)...
11:26 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Fantastic interview with the original Lost In Space's Dr. Zachary Smith, Jonathan Harris
As we make our way through the Lost In Space reboot on Netflix (or not), let's honor the late, great Jonathan Harris who stole the original series as the prissily menacing Dr. Zachary Smith. "(Smith...
11:15 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Self-powering camera: an image sensor that's also a photovoltaic cell
A team of University of Michigan electrical engineering/computer science researchers have published a paper (Sci-Hub mirror) detailing their work in creating a camera sensor (a device that converts li...
11:12 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Santa Cruz del Islote, the "world's most crowded island"
1200 residents, two shops, a restaurant, a school, and no cops: Santa Cruz del Islote is the world's most crowded island.Two hours off the coast of Colombia is a small island home to over 1,200 peop...
10:59 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this energetic lady fake hula hoop across town
Josh King directed this delightful video for Texas-based Khruangbin's song Evan Finds The Third Room. The casting is perfect, and her smiling is infectious. (more…)...
10:49 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Bombing makes great propaganda, but not for the side that's doing the bombing
Josh Quiggin argues persuasively that the easiest way to seem "presidential" is to drop bombs on someone else, and reminds us that Americans only recognize bombing people as "cowardly and evil" when t...
10:38 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Contrasting perspectives on the meaning of the raid on Michael Cohen's office
It's hard to know what to make of the raid on Trump family lawyer/bagman/fixer Michael Cohen's office -- there's been plenty of news tick-tock on the subject and legal experts agree that something mom...
09:59 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing Artist adorns trash with vibrant sculptures resembling coral and mushrooms
Stephanie Kilgast makes lovely sculpted work with environmental and nature themes, like this old can she painstakingly covered with brightly-colored sea creatures, flowers, and mushrooms. (more&hell...
12:37 am PDT - Mon, April 16, 2018
BoingBoing R. Lee Ermey, 19442018
https://youtu.be/5TNhS81w4bM?t=24sR. Lee Ermey, the retired U.S. Marine whose portrayal of shrieking, sadistic Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket became the gold standard for movie drill instructor...
03:26 pm PDT - Sun, April 15, 2018
BoingBoing When your dental insurer sends you a "free" Internet of Shit toothbrush
Wolf Richter's dental insurer sent his family a free "smart" toothbrush that records how often and how well you brush, using a set of proprietary consumables to clean your teeth. (more…)...
03:12 pm PDT - Sun, April 15, 2018
BoingBoing The US workforce is the most productive, best educated in history and unemployment is at an all-time low, but wages are stagnant
Orthodox market economics holds that when unemployment falls and the labor supply gets tighter wages go up; it also predicts that better-educated workers and more-productive workers get paid more for ...
02:54 pm PDT - Sun, April 15, 2018
BoingBoing An auction for Rolly Crump's "Museum of the Weird" art from the Haunted Mansion that never was
Rolly Crump (previously) was one of the weirdest, most bohemian of the original group of Imagineers; when he was tasked with developing concepts for the oft-stalled and perennially beleaguered Disneyl...
10:42 pm PDT - Sat, April 14, 2018
BoingBoing Spike Trotman, powerhouse pioneer of indie comics
The Chicago Tribune published a profile of C. Spike Trotman, one of indie comics' most insightful young publishers. Trotman's proving that the mainstream business is leaving everything on the table&md...
08:21 pm PDT - Sat, April 14, 2018
BoingBoing New version of Pixatool, great app for turning images into pixel art
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiN3jNV9yNIPixatool (previously), an excellent app that turns any image into perfectly-tuned pixel art, is already on its second edition: a complete rewrite that adds a...
02:12 pm PDT - Sat, April 14, 2018
BoingBoing For the first time, a US president has classified the legal justification for taking publicly acknowledged actions
It's not uncommon for legal opinions from the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel to be classified; whenever the President wants to do something nefarious -- like authorizing the CIA's program...
01:58 pm PDT - Sat, April 14, 2018
BoingBoing Goldman Sachs report: "Is curing patients a sustainable business model?"
In Goldman Sachs's April 10 report, "The Genome Revolution," its analysts ponder the rise of biotech companies who believe they will develop "one-shot" cures for chronic illnesses; in a moment of rare...
01:14 am PDT - Sat, April 14, 2018
BoingBoing US AIR STRIKES HIT DAMASCUS - Trump announces Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack
President Donald Trump appeared on television tonight to announce that the United States military is now striking 'chemical weapons sites' in Syria by air, with coordination from the military forces o...
11:49 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Tube: minimalist YouTube search
Madeline Cameron's Tube is a minimalist YouTube search engine: no recommendations, no nonsense, just a search bar, a list of results with thumbnails, and clean chromeless full-screen video embeds. [vi...
09:09 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Friday Tunes: The Cramps
The Cramps got together in the same year I was born. I didn't discover them until I was 15 years old: the kindly middle-aged punk who ran a record shop in my hometown told me to check them out or he...
09:04 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Watch police contact the YouTube shooter the night before her attack
The Mercury News obtained and released a 30-minute captioned bodycam video of police interacting with Nasim Aghdam as she slept in a Walmart parking lot a few hours before shooting three people and ...
09:02 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Mystery of The Giant's Causeway in Ireland has been unlocked
Time for a bit of folklore.Benandonner was a giant from Scotland. He was something of a tool and constantly threatened to lay a beating on Ireland. Fionn mac Cumhaill was a giant too. He resided in Ir...
08:44 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing No more hotel room meetings for Screen Actors Guild members
In an effort to save its members from being exploited, sexually assaulted or be otherwise forced to spend time with human turds in a private setting, the Screen Actors Guild has put the kibosh on hold...
08:39 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Trump endorses letting states decide on pot. Will he move to decriminalize marijuana?
President Donald Trump endorses letting states decide how to regulate marijuana, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today. (more…)...
08:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Wells Fargo: fyeah, we're going to lend money to gun manufacturers, now stfu before we shoot you
Wells Fargo, America's dirtiest bank, has proudly announced that it will continue to lend money to gun manufacturers, unlike its competitors at Citi and Bank of America. (more…)...
08:13 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Pennsylvania school district issues teachers billy clubs to combat gun violence
If a gun toting mad-person enters a classroom in Pennsylvania's Mill Creek Township school district they'll find themselves challenged by an army of billy club wielding school teachers!Pennsylvania wi...
08:12 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Trump called Michael Cohen Friday to check in, as lawyers fight over seized documents from FBI raid
Four days after FBI agents raided Michael Cohen and seized loads of potential evidence, President Donald Trump called his longtime personal lawyer just to check in and see how things were going, no bi...
07:21 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing The Facebook Liberation Army Link List
https://youtu.be/IPSbNdBmWKEThe Institute of Network Cultures' Facebook Liberation Army Link List (compiled by Geert Lovink & Patricia de Vries) is a thoroughly useful document: (more…)...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this interface designer change a bad website design into a good one
I enjoyed watching Steve Schoger make changes to a poorly designed website, explaining why he made the changes as he made them.Before:After:...
06:55 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Prosecutors got 'covert' warrants to search Michael Cohen's email, here's what we know of their findings
A court filing in the case of President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen shows that prosecutors obtained covert search warrants on multiple email accounts belonging to Cohen. An early report says ...
06:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Turtle that breathes through its genitals is now endangered
Behold the Mary River Turtle (previously!), which has, alas, recently joined the endangered-species list maintained by the Zoological Society of London.Apart from sporting a totally rad green mohawk, ...
06:47 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Actually, James Comey is not your homie
"[T]he virtuous & forthright Comey resembles the degenerate & deceitful Trump. Both are the main characters in their own cinematic dramas... a mindset that blinds each of them to the consequences of t...
06:43 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Big blue penis painted legally on the side of building shocks Stockholm residents, who demand it be taken down
Earlier this week, residents in the middle of Stockholm, Sweden were greeted with a giant blue penis painted on the side of a 5-story-high building. The mural, titled "Fuck the World," was meant to st...
06:22 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Careful study reveals that low testosterone is almost nonexistent and that taking T has almost no health benefits
A large-scale, long-term double-blind study found that low testosterone levels were far, far lower than previously suspected, and showed that taking testosterone supplements didn't confer most of its ...
06:18 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Cheap gaming headset just as nice as my expensive one
This $33 Bengoo stereo gaming headset is every bit as nice as my $100+ one.Gaming and marijuana do not mix. I break headsets and controllers pretty regularly, every few months something gets dropped h...
06:10 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Google Books does copyright right
Steven Melendez discovered some public domain government documents in Google Books that the service wouldn't let him download because they had been misclassified as copyrighted; he filled in an online...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Forced prison labor put downward pressure on wages at American companies, worsening inequality
In Economic Consequences of the U.S. Convict Labor System, UCLA economist Michael Poyker uses data on prisons and their surrounding areas from 1850 to 1950 to examine the role that free/extremely low-...
04:41 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Leaked docs reveal Koch/Walton/DeVos's anti-teacher talking points
The "State Policy Network" is a coalition of 66 far-right organizations who've been given $80M by a small number of billionaires, including the Walton family (heirs to the Walmart fortune), the Koch B...
04:38 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Some Republicans fear that Cohen had taped conversations between himself and Trump that were seized by FBI
On Monday the FBI raided Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's office and home, and now some in the Trump camp worry that Cohen could have had tapes between himself and Trump. After all, Cohen "had a reputatio...
04:28 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing UK police train machine-learning model using Experian data that stereotypes people based on garden size, first names, and postal codes
The police in Durham, England bought a license to the "Mosiac" dataset from the credit bureau Experian, which includes data on 50,000,000 Britons, in order to train a machine learning system called HA...
04:03 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Teaching computers to pick a conversation out of a noisy room
Human beings have a weird, poorly-understood ability to pick a single conversation out of a noisy room, it's called the "cocktail party effect" and while its exact mechanism isn't totally understood, ...
03:54 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing The Suburban Pittsburgh Book of the Dog
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, is one of very few (and apparently the most populous) to publish data on its dog registrations. Nathan Fulton, a student at CMU, offers a summary of Pittsburgh Doggos B...
03:42 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's lawyer Cohen trying block information found in FBI raid with a restraining order
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is trying to stop the government from using information found in the FBI raid that occurred on Monday in his office and home. Cohen is asking a federal judge for a restraini...
03:42 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's lawyer Cohen trying to block information found in FBI raid with a restraining order
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is trying to stop the government from using information found in the FBI raid that occurred on Monday in his office and home. Cohen is asking a federal judge for a restraini...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Stealing data from airgapped computers by using power fluctuations as a covert channel
Ben Gurion university's Mordechai Guri is a master exfiltrator, a computer scientist who's devised a bewildering array of innovative techniques for getting data off of "airgapped" computers that have ...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Weird Al covers Billy Idol's 'Rebel Yell' live
"Weird Al" Yankovic is currently traveling North American performing for his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, one that he promised would not be business as usual. Living up to t...
11:38 am PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Gallery of unusual houses
The Atlantic posted a big-picture gallery of unusual homes from around the world. My favorite is this profusely overgrown shack built on top of a high-rise tower in Guanghzhou. The owner has evaded le...
11:12 am PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Stormlapse: America's prettiest dark clouds
This is a compilation of time-lapse storm video shot by Ryan McGinnis in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. The music is by Hanu Dixit. I am a storm photographer based out of central Nebraska. Each Spr...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Turn your shoes into roller skates
A French company has made it possible to take ordinary kicks and turn them into roller skates. Flaneurz' On Wheelz can put a set of wheels on sneakers (or other shoes like Doc Martens) simply by click...
10:45 am PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Monkey slapping lion
Introducing the worst video thumbnail image in Boing Boing and perhaps world history. [via]...
10:38 am PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth' returns to theaters for 3-day fan celebration
David Bowie and his bulge will be viewable on big screens nationwide come April 29, May 1, and May 2. Fathom Events' three-day fan celebration will bring back Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy Labyrinth to ...
10:38 am PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Ultra-fast-growing rhubarb makes incredibly weird sounds
"Forced rhubarb" is rhubarb grown to maturity in complete darkness -- during which it grows so rapidly it produces incredibly cool, weird sounds.If you listen to that video above you'll get an earfu...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Massive lava bubble from 1969
Behold a photo of a massive lava bubble, taken by the United States Geological Survey in 1969.It's from the long eruption of the Klauea volcano in Hawaii, which began on May 24, 1969 and went on for a...
01:28 am PDT - Fri, April 13, 2018
BoingBoing Trump to pardon Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's former chief of staff
President Donald Trump plans to pardon Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, reports ABC News citing 'sources familiar with the presidents thinking.' (more…)...
08:47 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Teacher says no phones during midterm exam, so student brings portable record player with headphones
Lots of students like to listen to music while studying or taking tests. So when a high school teacher told students they couldn't have their phones with them during their physics exam (to avoid cheat...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Hanging closet shelf for $11
I just bought this hanging wallet shelf because it's just $11 when you use the promo code AGKZWGAV. I'm using it to store my shoes and boots. It will replace a falling-apart shoe rack contraption the ...
06:37 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: Credit card scammer shows how he makes $2000 a day
Credit card fraud is a $24 billion business. Vice convinced a credit card scammer to be videotaped as he goes about his business. The Brooklyn based criminal in the video purchases credit card numbers...
06:11 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing A Syrian man has been trapped in a Malaysian airport for 37 days
Hassan al-Kontar doesn't know when he is going to get out of the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Syrian man understandably doesn't want to go back to Syria, but no other country is willing to t...
05:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing These cats have a helluva time figuring out how to pass each other on narrow ledge
Two cats facing each other on a narrow ledge want to pass each other, but it isn't easy. In fact, it looks impossible. But after a lot of backing up by one cat and looks of confusion by both, they f...
05:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Massive lode of rare-earth metals found in Japanese waters
The world is dependent on a steady supply of rare-earth elements such as yttrium, europium, terbium, dysprosium. They go into computers, phones, electric cars, solar panels, batteries, and electronic ...
05:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: Man walks on hands for six hours a day and can do just about anything upside-down
Dirar Abohoy has been walking on his hands since he was nine years old. Now the Ethiopian man is 32 and walks on his hands for three hours in the morning, and another three hours at night. He can do...
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Parkland teacher who was open to the idea of arming teachers forgets his loaded Glock in a public bathroom
Sean Simpson is a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who had expressed an openness the idea of arming teachers to prevent school shootings. (more…)...
05:04 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Watch great film moments juxtaposed with the original screenplay
In filmmaking, they say you make three films: the film you write, the film you shoot, and the film you screen. YouTuber Script to Screen takes bits of iconic films to show how the as-produced scene ...
05:01 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing New York City: Kick off the weekend by buying cookies from these homeless Girl Scouts
Do you live in New York City? Do you like cookies? Are you into cookies so hard that you carry cash with you, just in case the opportunity to buy cookies arises while you're going about your day?If yo...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Airbus is making bunk beds in jet cargo holds
European jet manufacturer Airbus is going to add bed modules to the cargo hold of its Airbus A330 widebody jet starting in 2020. I'm getting sleepy just looking at the photo on Bloomberg.Under Airbuss...
04:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Zuck to Congress: "I'll get back to you" (42 times)
Mark Zuckerberg snuck an amazing Easter Egg into his Congressional testimony, feigning ignorance of the most basic questions about his own company a whopping 42 times, in tribute to Douglas Adams and ...
04:25 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Eleven Doctor Who 'microfigs'
Missing my favorite Doctor, the War Doctor, this set is remains amazing and a must have.Lovely and fairly accurate, these "not-a-minifig" fit just fine on my my Lego brick mug. My daughter likes build...
04:10 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Peak Zuck: "What's a shadow profile?"
Shadow Profiles is the industry term for the dossiers that Facebook compiles on billions of people, including people who don't have Facebook accounts, merging data from Facebook Like buttons and track...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Drones find over 50 new enormous artworks etched into the Peruvian desert
National Geographic reports exclusively on a project in Peru using low-altitude drones to identify dozens of ancient geoglyphs undetectable by the unassisted human eye. (more…)...
03:38 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing American banks' secret subprime exposure stretches into the billions
On paper, America's bailed-out banks learned their lessons from the crash of 2008 and got rid of their exposure to subprime debt, especially "deep subprime" loans to people who are so broke that it's ...
03:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Drinking glasses made from old smartphone screens
Pentatonic is a high-end furniture company that turns consumer trash into well-designed treasures. For example, they take fashion industry waste and cover their chairs' seats with it. Now they're bran...
02:31 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing When new liberal gun owners attack
The Las Cruces Sun News reports that a woman was charged with aggravated assault after shooting out her own car window after things got hot with another motorist. UK tabloid The Mirror spotted that sh...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Rick Astley rickrolls unsuspecting weather reporter on air
Rick Astley was waiting to be interviewed in the studio for the Canadian morning TV show Your Morning and decided to rickroll Brandon Gonez, the show's weather reporter, on air. At first, the "Never...
01:53 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Wisconsin clears the way for Foxconn by bulldozing working peoples' homes and paying them pennies on the dollar
Last July, Wisconsin's far-right state government declared victory for its "free market" agenda when it announced that it would transfer $3,000,000,000 in taxpayer-funded corporate welfare to Foxconn,...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Watch surfers try out train-powered waves at Slater's surf ranch
Surfer Magazine recently headed over to Kelly Slater's Wave Company, a humongous wave-generating engine on rails that lays out glassy slab after slab. (more…)...
12:45 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing The Secret History of Mac Gaming
Richard Moss's been working on The Secret History of Mac Gaming [Amazon]for years, and now it's finally out. Written by Richard Moss , with additional contributions by Craig Fryar Designed by Da...
12:24 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Let this AI color your line art
Paintschainer attempts to intelligently colorize artwork that you upload. It's very good at tight line art (such as the flowery anime portraits provided as samples) and can color them in several diffe...
12:15 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing All six Myst games will soon be available on Windows 10 for the first time
If you had a Windows PC with a CD drive in the mid-1990s, the percentages are pretty good that you lost countless hours of sleep to playing Myst. Full of difficult but rewarding puzzles and featurin...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing A stationary exercise bike that looks like an old school cruiser
The Schwinn Classic Cruiser may well be the coolest indoor fitness bike out there. It's not only snazzy to look at but it's also Bluetooth-enabled.For $799, you get the retro red stationary bike along...
11:58 am PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Youtube channel mundane yet quite weird
In the spirit of The Dullest Blog comes this YouTube channel -- same mundanity, but somewhat more surreal -- with videos such as kicking a tree, not measuring anything, holding a bottle of mustard, ...
11:45 am PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a great interview with Bjrk and collaborator Jesse Kanda
This promising new series explores artistic collaboration, and the first episode features Bjrk and collaborator Jesse Kanda. (more…)...
11:39 am PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Weatherman angry that no-one appreciates being told about forthcoming Michigan weather
Some folks have a tough lot in life than this, but today let's offer a little sympathy for the bitter comfort of a man whose job it is to inform people what the weather's going to be like in Michiga...
11:30 am PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Ellen surprises 'Walmart yodeling kid' with a spot on the Grand Ole Opry stage
Eleven-year-old Mason Ramsey has been getting a lot of attention since a video of him yodeling recently went viral. At the end of last month, he performed Hank Williams Sr.'s "Lovesick Blues" for a ...
11:16 am PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Editing the Los Angeles Free Press
From an ongoing biography of John Wilcock, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. (See previous Boing Boing posts)Ethan Persoff is currently working on a daily comic book/audio series called The Bureau....
11:12 am PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Learn how to wrap ten unusual shaped items
Most of us are pretty good at wrapping a cube or cuboid box, but this handy video shows how to wrap a bunch of weird shapes, including pyramids, cylinders, and those annoying cardboard-backed bliste...
11:11 am PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing New trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story.... I have a bad feeling about this.
I grew up watching Star Wars. I was bought Star Wars toys for Christmas. I had Star Wars sheets on my bed. At some point, those sheets were made into a quilt that I proudly took along with me to uni...
11:08 am PDT - Thu, April 12, 2018
BoingBoing Musician covers Jamiroquai's 'Virtual Insanity' in virtual reality
Singer-songwriter Chase Holfelder of Raleigh, North Carolina did something cool. He used virtual reality to perform a cover of Jamiroquai's 1996 hit "Virtual Insanity." With an HTC Vive rig, he made...
10:07 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Prince Charles four love children, the Clintons corruption, and who needs Brad Pitt anyway, in this weeks dubious tabloids
Why bother breaking fresh news when you can refurbish old stories and pass them off as new?Claiming to expose a Chappaquiddick autopsy cover-up, the National Enquirer cover screams: Teds Lover Mary Jo...
08:48 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing YouTube Face: the same thumbnail on every video
YouTube Face is "everywhere you look" on the site, writes Joe Veix: the exaggerated leering, lurching, laughing mugshots used by virtually every YouTuber seeking a mass audience, slapped on as the thu...
08:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing More DRM-bustin' stuff for the Catalog of Missing Devices, courtesy of EFF supporters
When EFF launched its Catalog of Missing Devices, we invited EFF supporters to come up with their own ideas for gadgets that should exist, but don't, because the Digital Millennium Copyright Act bans ...
08:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing How abusive bosses and Slack led software engineers to unionize and demand justice
Lanetix is your basic shitty tech company, where your two weeks of annual paid leave is subject to often-withheld managerial approval, where bosses threaten engineers with getting canned if they parti...
08:18 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing The Peltzman model: a way to understand the kind of regulation Facebook might face from Congress
Sam Peltzman proposed a model of regulation where the profitability of firms is in tension with their customers' desire for low prices and politicians' desire to get votes. (more…)...
07:49 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Between Trump, Ajit Pai and a GOP Congress, there's never been a better time for a terrible Sprint/T-Mobile merger
One of the factors that makes the Net Neutrality fight so urgent is how little competition there is in the telcoms sector; it -- like the whole modern economy is dominated by a few giant, top-heavy fi...
07:21 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Lawsplaining the FBI raid on Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen
Ken "Popehat" White (previously) is a former US federal prosecutor whose explanations of the minutae of law have been invaluable to my understanding of the legal controversies swirling around Trump an...
07:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Hells Angels around the world rally to downrank Manitoba businesses that don't serve outlaw bikers
After Winnipeg's Marion Hotel turned away members of the Manitoba Nomads -- a branch of the Hells Angels, classed as a criminal organisation under Manitoba law -- the gang's president called on Hells ...
06:56 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Conservative Sinclair TV pundit resigns after threatening to sexually assault Parkland survivor
Jamie Allman, a St Louis broadcaster at a Sinclair Broadcast Group television station publicly announced his intentions to sexually and violently assault 17-year-old Parkland high school student David...
06:41 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Two $6 dollar tools you should own
This 60-piece precision screwdriver kit is $15, but if you use discount code ORTBHA221 at checkout it's just $6. I have a nearly identical set and it comes in handy at least once a week. And I have th...
06:28 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Eviction Lab: a comprehensive database of every eviction proceeding in America for the past 16 years
The Eviction Lab is a collaboration between Princeton University and Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Paperback; the lab's team gathered the court records o...
06:10 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Advertisers continue to dump Fox News host Laura Ingraham after she attempted to shame Parkland survivor
Nearly 20 companies pulled advertising from Fox News host Laura Ingraham's TV show after she made an insulting tweet about 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. She apologized a day later...
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Cities' emergency sirens will play anything you send them over an unencrypted radio protocol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdnTBOBGjiAIt's been a year since someone hacked all 156 of Dallas's emergency tornado sirens, setting them off in the middle of the night, and the security picture f...
05:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Cambridge Analytica instructs its lawyers to warn journalists
Cambridge Analytica, the British consultancy firm founded by Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer, and whose CEO, David Nix (pictured above), was secretly recorded boasting about using bribes and covert pro...
05:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing We won't have Paul Ryan to kick around anymore
House Speaker Paul Ryan, an asshole, is quitting his job. (more…)...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Rob a bank in an effort to pitch woo at Taylor Swift and you're gonna have a bad day.
A Connecticut man tried to tell Taylor Swift that You Belong With Me by robbing a bank.Call It What You Want, but according to the Associated Press, Rhode Island police believe that it was in bank rob...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing MIT students create and circulate open source, covert RFID rings to subvert campus tracking system
A reader writes, "A couple years ago MIT changed their dorm security/student trackingpolicy. They hired security contractors to work in dorms and requiredeveryone to tap their RFID cards upon entry (...
04:56 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Trippy infrared flyover of Jupiter's swirling north pole
NASA just released this fascinating and gorgeous video of Jupiter's north pole -- and its wild, swirling storms.They're not some CGI mockup; these are actual images of the real planet. They were tak...
04:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Water keeps my dog moving on long trail hikes
My Great Pyrenees gets thirsty on long hikes. This dog-walking water bottle keeps him peppy and moving, cause when he decides to stop walking things get rough.Great Pyrs do this thing when they get ti...
04:47 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing John Boehner pledged eternal support for imprisoning marijuana users, now he's in the legal weed business
When John Boehner was Speaker of the House, he described himself as "unalterably opposed" to marijuana legalization, a posture that contributed to the criminalization, imprisonment and ruination of mi...
04:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing ACLU supports the FBI raid of Michael Cohen's office
The ACLU said the FBI search of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's office was not a violation of attorneyclient privilege. In fact, it said in a statement written by ACLU Legal Director David Cole, "all ind...
04:23 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Bunny complete obstacle course by dismantling it
Obstacle course competitor BrandyWine had more fun destroying the hurdles than she did leaping over them during a hopping challenge at the Calgary Zoo in March. [via Laughing Squid]...
04:23 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Bunny complete obstacles course by dismantling it
Obstacle course competitor BrandyWine had more fun destroying the hurdles than she did leaping over them during a hopping challenge at the Calgary Zoo in March. [via Laughing Squid]...
04:20 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing FortNite Battle Royale's instantly deploying 'Porta-Fort' looks really cool
The world's most popular video game, FortNite Battle Royale, revolves around building forts and shooting chumps. Building can be really difficult, and it is hard to win without learning this skill. ...
04:16 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Video profile of Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes
https://youtu.be/6lZDDHpIJmEWoody Harrelson and Thora Birch narrate this video profile of the great cartoonist Daniel Clowes, creator of Eightball.Daniel Clowes brand of funny verges on bleak. Over hi...
04:14 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Mumm-Ra joins Wu Tang Clan
Good to see Mumm-Ra still getting work from the Ancient Spirits of Evil, though I'd have preferred it if Gordon Ramsay were on the altar being seranaded with Shimmy Shimmy Ya. I know that it's a tou...
04:08 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Kevin Smith offers ailing Stan Lee to move in with him
The Hollywood Reporter published a story yesterday about Marvel legend Stan Lee's horrible living situation. A document allegedly written by the 95-year-old Lee and his lawyer claims that he is the vi...
03:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner is now a pot dealer
John Boehner's eyes will be bleary, liquid and reddened for another reason, henceforth: he's got a job as a marijuana industry spokesman.Im joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on...
03:34 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Old UK military film about Belize incredibly smug and insulting
Whoever scripted this hated Belize almost as much as they hated Britain -- it's so sanctimonious, condescending, self-loathingly offensive you suspect it's dark comedy and start looking for Peter Se...
03:12 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing This much easier way of threading a needle works like magic
Most of us make several, if not dozens of attempts to stick the wet tip of a thread into a needle's minuscule hole, and what I don't understand is why the alternative method below isn't more popular. ...
02:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing The EU's latest copyright proposal is so bad, it even outlaws Creative Commons licenses
The EU is mooting a new copyright regime for the largest market in the world, and the Commissioners who are drafting the new rules are completely captured by the entertainment industry, to the extent ...
02:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing In full bloom: Prince tribute mural
When Prince died in 2016, California artist Christine Stein painted a piece of plywood in the likeness of the late artist under a shrub outside her Citrus Heights home. It originally looked like this:...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Mocking the formula of late night talk shows
Late-night talk shows have a lot in common with each other, including white male hosts, scripted political jokes, and "racially diverse" bands.In "Every Late Night Talk Show Ever," comedy channel Sm...
12:03 pm PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Delightful petri dishes filled with wool and felt fungi
Elin Thomas uses real petri dishes and fills them with beautiful crocheted felt and wool spores, mold, and fungi. (more…)...
11:30 am PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Mesmerizing looping animations
Swedish designer and motion graphics artist Andreas Wannerstedt creates captivating looping animations and uploads them to his Instagram.Here's a look: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhT1PLtA7Xy/?taken...
11:15 am PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Pop Trash: Celebrity junk portrait artist Jason Mecier announces book
I spy (a brand new junk portrait of) Pee-wee Herman at the :29 markExciting news: Jason Mecier, the artist who makes celebrity mosaic portraits in junk (or other objects like candy or cereal) has an...
11:03 am PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing A surprising case of classical music plagiarism
When the English concert pianist Joyce Hatto died in 2006, she was remembered as a national treasure for the brilliant playing on her later recordings. But then doubts arose as to whether the performa...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing The NRA and its slippery slope
YOU MUST FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.YOU MUST JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra com...
10:03 am PDT - Wed, April 11, 2018
BoingBoing Creepy new spy camera is so small it could be hiding anywhere
If you're not already wearing a tinfoil hat, it may be a good time to start: a pair of engineers based out of the University of Michigan have figured out a way to create a light-powered camera sensor ...
08:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Man donates frostbitten digits to Canadian bar to use as a cocktail garnish
British Adventurer Nick Griffiths sustained severe frostbite in three of his toes while mucking about in the Canadian Yukon a couple of months ago. He'd been competing in the Yukon Arctic Ultra race w...
08:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing FTC orders manufacturers to cut it out with the unenforceable "Warranty Void if Removed" stickers
Since the passage of the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, "Warranty Void if Removed" stickers and other policies that put restrictions on third party repairs have been unenforceable in America, but th...
08:15 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Youtube Face: the visual vocabulary of broad facial expressions dictated by Google's Algorithm Gods
You've probably seen the Youtube Face; it's that extreme facial expression (disgust, ecstasy, hilarity, etc) depicted in the thumbnails of Youtubers' would-be-viral videos, especially reaction videos....
08:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook quietly admits they let Cambridge Analytica read your private messages
Buried in Facebook's latest message to 87,000,000 users who had their data stolen by Cambridge Analytica is this eye-popping nugget: "A small number of people who logged into 'This Is Your Digital Lif...
07:56 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing The other class war: technocrats vs plutocrats
After World War Two, the balance of wealth shifted dramatically: the super-rich lost so much capital during the two wars and the interwar period that their grip on power slipped, creating the space fo...
07:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Public goods are REALLY good: thousands of years later, the Roman roads are still paying dividends
Social scientists often promote the value of public provision of infrastructure as a sound, long-term investment in development and prosperity, pushing back against the neoliberal tendency to abandon ...
07:23 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing New York judge admits to repeatedly breaking into young woman's home to steal her dirty underwear
Suffolk County District Judge Robert Cicale is facing up to 15 years in prison after he was caught breaking into the home of a neighbor and stealing a 23-year-old woman's dirty underwear; the judge sa...
07:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Galactic knives
I can't speak as to how good/sharp/functional these knives are** but they sure do look cool. This is the Cosmos Series by Chef's Vision and each knife in the set is printed with a "stunning color imag...
07:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Expedition will hunt for Ernest Shackleton's lost ship in 2019
During the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Sir Earnest Shackleton was the man, or at least one of them. Other explorers of his day may have gathered more renown, butShackleton's relentless drive ...
07:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Another itty bitty bluetooth speaker for under $8
This tiny bluetooth speaker has great reviews on Amazon. It's on sale for one day on Amazon for $7.49. It is about the same size as this mini speaker I bought last month, which now costs $13....
06:59 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Mom rouses sleeping son on Easter morning by tazing him: "Get up! It's Jesus' day!"
Phoenix-area mom Sharron Dobbins felt like her her teenaged son wasn't getting up quickly enough on Easter Sunday, so she tazed him in the leg while shouting "Get up! It's Jesus' day!" (more…)...
06:59 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing John Bolton reportedly threatened family of retired Brazilian diplomat in 2002
Trump's cartoonishlyvhawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, "reportedly made a bewildering threat against a former Brazilian diplomat who was butting heads with the US on Iraq back in 2002," ...
06:58 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Despicable California sheriff says it's "better financially" to kill suspects rather than "cripple" them
Kern County, California has the highest rate of killings by cops in the United States, and now we can see why. A just-released video from 2006 shows the county's current sheriff, Donny Youngblood (I...
06:35 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Is the villain in Ready Player one based on Scientology leader David Miscavige?
My daughter and I saw the movie of Ready Player One last night. I really enjoyed it. One thing that stood out was how the villain of the movie, Nolan Sorrento (played by Ben Mendelsohn), seems to be a...
06:31 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook finally has a form where you can check whether Cambridge Analytica stole your data
Want to know if Facebook let Cambridge Analytica steal your person information? here's the company's form to check, but you'll need a Facebook login, so it won't work if you've already done the right ...
06:16 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing "Silicon Valley" actor TJ Miller arrested for fake bomb threat
Actor T.J. Miller, who played Erlich Bachman in HBO's Silicon Valley, was arrested last night at La Guardia airport for calling in a fake bomb threat from an Amtrak train. He was released today on a $...
06:12 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Cambridge Analytica campaigned for Republicans across America in 2014
2016 wasn't Cambridge Analytica's first rodeo; in 2014, they worked for Republicans in races across the country. (more…)...
06:11 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Laws that criminalize sleeping are on the rise
Sleeping should be a basic human right, but municipalities are enacting more laws that make it illegal to sleep in public. It's a cruel and financially dumb way to ignore the problem of homelessness. ...
06:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Perfect mashup of an episode from The Office and A Quiet Place
Actor John Krasinski was in the cast of The Office and A Quiet Place. Someone took clips from an episode of The Office in which everyone was trying not to talk, and combined them with the trailer fo...
05:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Cop charged with assault for hitting 13-year-old girl while handcuffing her
Police officer John Flinn of Gloucester Township, NJ has been charged with simple assault for hitting a 13-year-old girl twice in the head while handcuffing her.From NJ.com:John Flinn, 27, and other...
05:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Credit card companies will no longer require signatures
The four major credit card networks -- American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa -- say they will no longer require merchants to obtain customers' signatures. From the New York Times:The signatu...
05:30 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Modern NDAs are unbelievably dirty, and the same handful of sleazy lawyers is behind most of them
Non-disclosure agreements were designed to protect trade-secrets, but they've morphed into a system for covering up misdeeds, silencing whistleblowers, and suborning perjury -- often at taxpayer expen...
05:26 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Oldest man on earth celebrates his new Guinness World Record title with a piece of cake
Guinness World Records just made it official: the title of "Oldest Person Living (male)" on earth goes to Masazo Nonaka from Japan, who is currently 112 years and 259 days old (when you're that old,...
04:41 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Movie about crack mayor Rob Ford to star mediocre male reporter instead of brilliant woman one who investigated him
Robyn Doolittle was the reporter who did most of the legwork investigating Toronto's crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford. But in the movie about his downfall, a man – a hotshot cub reporter to be playe...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Book review: Melancholy Accidents
With guns on the public mind, now might be a good time to read Melancholy Accidents: Three Centuries of Stray Bullets and Bad Luck, an anthology of newspaper accounts of accidental shootings, mostly...
03:59 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: Wheel of Fortune contestant is utterly confused when he loses big bucks for pronouncing "flamenco" wrong
Flamenco is a style of music and dance, and it also means and sounds like flamingo in Spanish. So it's easy to see how Wheel of Fortune's contestant, Jonny, made a $7,100 goof yesterday. Jonny had...
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Ridiculous Inflatable Swan-Thing
There are so many incredibly ridiculous pool floats out there now. I recently spotted one that looks like a whoopee cushion. And also one that looks like a baby bottle (why?!). But the one that really...
02:30 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Reverse-engineering Whatsapp, to let us talk to our friends without Facebook's oversight
The lifecycle of technology is fundamentally parasitic: successful technologies are ones that colonize their predecessors, devour them, and burst out of their limiting skins to and grow into new, more...
02:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing A hand-cranked 'Selfie Machine'
For over 20 years, Santa Monica-based inventor Aaron Kramer has taken trash and turned it into art. His latest creation is a "Selfie Machine" which draws his portrait when he hand-cranks a knob. Sho...
01:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing A satellite designed to get rid of space junk
There are 500,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the earth, many of which significantly endanger satellites and crewed space missions. Now there's a fascinating experiment underway to test various te...
11:30 am PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing 4K tour of the Moon
NASA posted this high-definition tour of the Moon, a perfectly serene antidote to the noise here on Earth.Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA's ...
11:27 am PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Animation of the earth from above, made from thousands of satellite images
Praic McGloughlin's Arena is "brief look at the eart from above" mesmerizes us with the shapes we made upon it, culled from satellite imagery then ordered frame-by-frame to give the uncanny appearan...
11:15 am PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing My friends have a new line of craft cocktail syrups
My longtime friend Jared Hirsch (previously) is an amazing mixologist (or as he humorously describes himself, a "cocktologist"). As a popular bartender at Sidebar in Oakland, he's always mixing up som...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design: Mutant History
Welcome Ed Piskor back to Boing Boing (previously), where he'll be offering an annotated page-by-page look at the first part of X-Men: Grand Design, his epic retelling of how Marvel comics' pantheon o...
10:58 am PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths
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10:10 am PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Jet ski motorcycle
A friend was just telling me that jet skis are like motorcycles for water. Now here's a jet-ski... motorcycle. Some guy in the Netherlands put the shell of a Sea-Doo jet ski over a motorcycle and to...
09:10 am PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing No is a complete sentence, the t-shirt
Last month, Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) tweeted "No is a complete sentence." This month, designer Debbie Millman put it on a t-shirt. It's currently on Cotton Bureau for $32. I give it a big "yes...
08:10 am PDT - Tue, April 10, 2018
BoingBoing Burning Man founder Larry Harvey in critical condition after 'massive stroke'
Sad to hear my pal, Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, has been hospitalized since last Wednesday. Burning Man's official blog The Burning Man Journal made the announcement Monday:This is a difficult a...
10:30 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Survey: 89% of Android users didnt give Facebook consent
In a survey of 1,300 Android users, 89% percent said that they did not give Facebook consent to scrape their call and text history. Facebook has been allegedly scraping phone records since 2015.From T...
10:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Fox News accidentally puts up a poll graphic that shows how they are the least trusted network
During a Fox news segment in which Republican strategist Frank Luntz thought the media should give Trump more credit for the nation's economic "clear recovery," someone behind the scenes made a boo bo...
09:52 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing FBI raids the office of Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen
Today the FBI raided the office of Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. They seized various documents, including information related to porn actress Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Cliffo...
09:07 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Magic cocaine rides the wind into Florida woman's purse
As Rick James would be the first to tell you if he weren't dead, cocaine's a helluva drug. Aside from providing an intense high that can be followed by an even more intense bout of depression, tons of...
09:03 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Introducing Faces of Auschwitz
The Auschwitz Memorial Archives preserves 38,916 photos of registered prisoners: 31,969 photos of men & 6,947 photos of women. These photographs were taken from the first quarter of 1941 until spr...
08:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing This squirrel is the cutest thing on two wheels
You'd be nuts not to watch this video: after finding a red squirrel with its front legs caught in an animal trap, a team of veterinarians and volunteers came together to give it a new lease on life....
08:48 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing This man is capturing the memories of World War II veterans while he still can
The Second World War came to an end 73 years ago. The men and women who served during the war are rapidly succumbing to the ravages of old age. In my lifetime, I know I'll mourn the loss of the last s...
08:11 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Sesame Street launches its first crowdfunded campaign, to prevent autistic kids from being bullied
This looks like a worthy cause -- Sesame Street is seeking $75k to fund its Autism Initiative to prevent bullying.Weve mapped out a multi-step plan to address bullying as it affects the autism communi...
07:37 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing You can unscramble the hashes of humanity's 5 billion email addresses in ten milliseconds for $0.0069
Marketing companies frequently "anonymize" their dossiers on internet users using hashes of their email addresses -- rather than the email addresses themselves -- as identifiers in databases that are ...
06:48 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Trump Hotel employee guide: no swearing, no sexually suggestive gestures, and DO NOT hire your family!
The Daily Beast and Property of the People used the Freedom of Information Act to force the National Labor Relations Board to release the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas employee handbook, which w...
06:31 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Sit on this Washington sidewalk and face a $1,000 fine plus 90 days in jail
Sitting on a commercial sidewalk in Monroe, Washington can land you in jail for 90 days as well as set you back $1,000. If you need a sit-down, play it safe and find a public toilet or park bench.On M...
06:31 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing UC Berkeley offers its Foundations of Data Science course for free online
Berkeley's "Foundations of Data Science" boasts the fastest-growing enrollment of any course in UC Berkeley history, and now it's free on the university's Edx distance-education platform. (more&hellip...
06:08 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Good deal on Nintendo Switch carrying case: $4 including shipping
AmazonBasics makes a good Nintendo Switch carrying case, with a pocket to store cables and a place to hold up to 10 game cartridges. I bought one a couple of months ago for $12, but right now Amazon i...
05:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Disney deletes "Dead Inside" tweet
File under "what were they thinking?" -- @disney removed its tweet showing an unresponsive Pinocchio marionette receiving a sparkly spell from a magic wand, with the caption, "When someone compliments...
05:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Pranksters control lawn mower at a distance, angering others
Two pranksters placed a remote control lawnmower in a grassy field and steered it from a distance, unseen. One man (the property owner?) made several attempts to climb on it and disable it, but the ...
05:23 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Wozniak quits Facebook
Taking a stand against Facebook for repeatedly and willfully violating the privacy of its users, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is deleting his account."Users provide every detail of their life to Fac...
05:18 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing The Congressjerks who will grill Zuckerberg this week are a rogue's gallery of Facebook donation recipients
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is scheduled to give Mark Zuckerberg a public drubbing on Wednesday morning, sticking up for America and sticking it to the reckless, feckless CEO of a giant di...
04:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing 3-year-old scrawls on furniture cushions, mom embroiders them
Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist, reported that his young son drew stick figures on some couch cushions. His wife cleverly dealt with the issue by embroidering the marker art.It reminds me...
04:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing DHS dismisses critics of its plan to assemble a hostility-sorted list of journalists and commentators as "conspiracy theorists"
When Bloomberg spotted a Department of Homeland Security RFP for a database of journalists and sources, classified by how friendly or hostile they were to the DHS, it struck many of us as sinister, es...
04:30 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Topless protester who ran towards Bill Cosby at his retrial is arrested
A topless woman with "women's lives matter" written across her chest jumped over a barrier and ran towards Bill Cosby, who was on his way to the Montgomery County courthouse this morning. The protes...
04:28 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing A visit to a self-service sushi restaurant in Japan
You have probably seen sushi restaurants where plates of different kinds of sushi move past you on a conveyor belt. These kinds of places are called kaitenzushi. Here's one where you order sushi on ...
04:14 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Finding a "secret" Chinese restaurant in Madrid
The folks at Great Big Story went to Madrid to find a hidden Chinese restaurant known as "The Underground."Underneath a plaza in Madrid lies one of Spains greatest culinary secrets. Cafetera Yulong ...
04:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Meshing, rugged, free/open wifi routers for refugee camps
Meshpoint is a Croatian open source hardware company that turns out rugged, meshing, battery-powered wifi hotspots that get their backhaul from cellular networks; they're based on the widely used DD-W...
03:29 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing A complex Rube Goldberg machine that serves cake
Joseph Herscher of Joseph's Machines has outdone himself with his latest machine. It's an incredibly complex Rube Goldberg machine that took him three months to make called "The Cake Server" and it ...
02:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Credit bubble a-burstin': wave of bankruptcies sweeps subprime car-lenders
The subprime car-lending industry -- charging exorbitant rates for car-loans to people least suited to afford them, enforced through orwellian technologies, obscuring the risk by spinning the debt int...
01:29 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Prototype of a low-friction "Brickley Engine" built
Almost ten years ago, I interviewed Mike Brickley, an inventor who'd designed a new architecture for an internal combustion engine -- one that he predicted would produce 35 per cent less friction than...
12:32 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Dogs eating popcorn
My fourth-favorite ASMR fad is dogs eating popcorn. Lots of treats for pups lately! Sadly, the wave has already crested and the garbage YouTuberati is burying the good stuff with rented animals and ...
12:28 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing The debate over the redesigned Wheelchair Symbol
Back in 2011, Sara Hendren -- a design and disability-studies researcher -- teamed up with the graffitti artist and philosophy professor Brian Glenney to redesign the International Symbol of Access. O...
12:08 pm PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Footage of the recent Sakurajima eruption
William Russell was fortunate and fast enough to capture footage of Sakajurajima's eruption, but his hand wasn't steady and his lens wasn't wide. Thanks to modern video-editing software, though, and...
11:59 am PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing The best online white noise machine
There are various apps that purport to generate white noise, but the free ones I've tried have all been strange or skeevy, and YouTube's a minefield of allcaps woo and bad ads. Turns out that the best...
11:37 am PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing $200 Street Fighter II selvedge denim jeans
The gimmick here is that the jeans have the emblem of Shadaloo -- the criminal syndicate operated on the side by Street Fighter II's evil dictator M. Bison -- sewn on them. $200 is quite normal for fa...
11:27 am PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing HAL's voice sounds unsettling because it's Canadian
Stanley Kubrick had a lot of trouble getting the right voice for HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. He initially used the Oscar-winning actor Martin Balsam, but his Bronx accent wound up making HAL sound "...
03:52 am PDT - Mon, April 9, 2018
BoingBoing Celebrate the Voyager Golden Record with David Pescovitz: London (April 17) and New York City (April 12)
This week and next, I'll be visiting the Sonos stores in New York City (4/12) and London (4/17) for a free listening party celebrating the Voyager Golden Record, the iconic message for extraterrestria...
02:02 pm PDT - Sun, April 8, 2018
BoingBoing GOP Congressgangster Ralph Norman does not regret pulling a loaded gun on constituents from "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense"
When a delegation from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America went to visit their Congressman, Ralph Norman [R-SC; @RalphNorman; (202) 225-5501; email], he drew a loaded handgun on them and place...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 8, 2018
BoingBoing Take this complete Cisco certification training at a new lower drop
For the uninitiated, Cisco is a worldwide leader in networking systems and solutions, and, as such, carrying a certification backed by them can fast-track your way to a coveted IT position in virtuall...
09:42 pm PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing Justin Trudeau's no-action tweet offering help to refugees harmed by Trump's #MuslimBan created chaos
Amid the chaos of Trump's illegal ban on refugee claimants and other migrants from Muslim-majority nations, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted "To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, ...
03:46 pm PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing 5' x 5' skeleton and cobweb poncho
If you're the sort of person for whom Halloween is an all-year affair, this highly reviewed, $25 poncho may be your jam: it features a slimming and flattering skeleton (with both front- and back-views...
03:35 pm PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing Bathroom hand-dryers suck in poo-particles and aerosolize them all over you and everything else
A new study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (Sci-Hub mirror) conducted microbial surveys of the bathrooms at the University of Connecticut (where the study's lead authors are based) to inves...
03:10 pm PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing Molly Ringwald's brilliant essay about John Hughes is a superb exploration of what it means to love "problematic" art
If you've been paying attention, you might already know that Molly Ringwald is a brilliant writer with smart things to say about the movies that made her famous. (more…)...
02:34 pm PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing If this goes on... The 1% will own two thirds of the world by 2030
The House of Commons Library has published research projecting the post-2008 growth of inequality until 2030, arriving at an eye-popping headline figure: at current rates, the richest 1% will own two ...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing This three-track course will help you learn Six Sigma
It's no mystery that project managers can make a pretty penny helping companies big and small cut costs and boost efficiency. But, despite the demand, you'll have a hard time getting your foot in the ...
11:25 am PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing Friday Tunes: Four Men and a Dog
Thanks to lousy weather conditions, I've been forced off the road from Texas to Alberta, Canada in an area near Tongue River State Park in Montana. There's no services here, save what we brought wit...
11:25 am PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing Tackle shitty working conditions with this free human resources service
Unless you're self employed, like I am, sooner or later you're going to need to talk to someone about a Human Resources issue. There might be someone harassing you in your workplace. Maybe your douche...
11:23 am PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing When birds sound like heavy metal and hardcore vocalists
TIL two things:1. YouTube is home to the world's only heavy metal-themed talk show. It's called Two Minutes to Late Night.2. Vocalists of all metal subgenres often shriek and squawk like birds. To p...
12:58 am PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing Scott Priutt is such a colossal asshole that the lobbyists who were bribing him with nearly-free lodgings evicted him
Scott Priutt, an asshole, was Donald Trump's pick to head the EPA. (more…)...
12:58 am PDT - Sat, April 7, 2018
BoingBoing Scott Pruitt is such a colossal asshole that the lobbyists who were bribing him with nearly-free lodgings evicted him
Scott Pruitt, an asshole, was Donald Trump's pick to head the EPA. (more…)...
10:57 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Deciphering "wee old lady" library book code
Georgia Grainger, a Scottish librarian, began a fascinating Twitter thread earlier this week:So there was a MYSTERY at the library today.A wee old women came in and said "I've a question. Wh...
09:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Now there are subscription boxes for witches
Starting at $14.99/month, you can have a box of "luxury occult items" sent to you by Box Bewitched. You'll pick either The Maiden, The Mother, or The Crone box and each month, they'll send you a curat...
09:41 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Fancy new geoglyphs discovered in Peru
Those thousands of drawings in the desert of southern Peru that we call the Nazca Lines? They're so yesterday. According to National Geographic, all of the cool kids know that the geoglyphs worth payi...
09:33 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Department of Homeland Security wants to build a database to track journalists and their sources
Well, this is creepy: According to Bloomberg Law, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is currently shopping for a contractor that can help it compile a list of editors, journalists, and online "m...
08:55 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Is Stormy Daniels being shadowbanned on Twitter?
This afternoon, Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and director to whom Dear Leader's lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid hush money weeks before the 2016 election, tweeted the following:Want to see somet...
08:15 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Best hangnail clippers
I keep this Tweezerman Mini Hangnail Nipper in my desk drawer and take it with me when I travel. Having a hangnail really bugs me, and this nipper cuts them off to the nub. I haven't come across anyth...
06:50 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook tried to get hospitals to share patient data, including medical conditions
Facebook tried to get hospitals to share "anonymized data" on patients with it, including conditions and prescriptions, for a "research project." (more…)...
06:39 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook is unfixable. We need a nonprofit, public-spirited replacement.
The corruption and surveillance culture of Facebook is baked in deep and can never be removed; if you doubt it, just peruse a sampling of their patent filings, which are like Black Mirror fanfic writt...
06:36 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Jezebel apologizes for hiring Cannibal Witch as writer-at-large
Jezebel says it has learned that its recent hire, Cannibal Witch, who often tweets about her propensity for eating children, is in fact a cannibal. "We should not have hired Cannibal Witch, an elegant...
06:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing FCC refuses public records request about Ajit Pai's monumentally unfunny "comedy" videos
In the runup to his execution of Net Neutrality, Trump FCC Chairbeast Ajit Pai released a video on The Daily Caller, a far-right site; as a work of comedy, it was every bit as lame as the sketch he pe...
06:22 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: Scotty buys spare parts in China to upgrade his iPhone memory 800%
Scotty, who runs the excellent Strange Parts YouTube channel, went to Shenzhen, China to upgrade the memory in his iPhone 6s from 16GB to 128GB. "I've been hearing for several years that this was so...
06:14 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing In an attempt to quantify stupendous risk, cyberinsurers ratchet up premiums, deploy gimmicks
In some ways, there's never been a better time to be an insurer: every business wants cybersecurity insurance, and the market is willing to tolerate crazy annual premium hikes -- 30% a year for the pa...
06:01 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Dashcam reveals lazy, lying mechanics
Daniel Sheikhan dropped his car off at a dealership for service. He was billed $700 for transmission work, but as his dashcam shows, the mechanics didn't do anything but put the car on a jack for 11...
05:50 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Puerto Rico to dismantle its statistics agency in the midst of radical shock doctrine project
The Puerto Rican senate has approved Governor Ricardo Rossell's plan to dismantle the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics (PRIS), handing its functions private contractors paid by the Department of Ec...
05:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Dishwashing causes more relationship distress than any other household task
Not surprising, but here's a new study confirming the obvious: couples that help each other with the dishwashing are happier.From The Atlantic:A forthcoming report from the Council of Contemporary Fam...
05:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Gentleman hospitalized after sneaking into ex-girlfriend's house and falling through ceiling, then arrested for stealing
Last week a gentleman from Kansas broke into his ex-girlfriend's house, hid in her attic for a couple of hours, and then fell through the ceiling. But he got stuck during the fall, until the ex-girlfr...
05:18 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing For years, Facebook has been secretly deleting Zuck's messages from his correspondents' inboxes
People who'd corresponded with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg contacted Techcrunch to say that Zuck's messages were missing from their inboxes -- but the replies to his messages lived on as proof that s...
05:05 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Even if governments backdoor crypto, they still won't be able to spy on terrorists
In a paper published by the International Association for Cryptologic Research, a group of Harvard and MIT cryptographers demonstrate that even if the government were to backdoor encryption and lock u...
04:21 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Lawsuit reveals the deadly, out-of-control free-for-all inside Red State America's for-profit prisons
The Management & Training Corporation operates two federal prisons and 20 more state/local prisons around America; previously, it has been censured by Arizona for its role in deadly prison riots; now,...
02:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing To solve America's housing crisis, build public housing
You know what works better than giving tax-credits to property developers, or mandating a few poor-door accessible affordable housing units in a new luxury high rise? Just building affordable housing ...
02:18 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing A science fiction writing workshop lexicon
The "Turkey City Lexicon" is a widely used -- if controversial -- set of critiquing terms for use in science fiction writing workshops, created by Lewis Shiner and Bruce Sterling for use in the Turkey...
02:02 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing New Florida law lets beachfront property owners kick people off of public coasts
A new Florida law redefines the reach of beachfront property owners' claims to "the land above the mean high-tide level." This seemingly innocuous change means that private property owners -- and thei...
01:17 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Rapper covers Dr. Seuss' "There's a Wocket in My Pocket!" with a Migos beat
Rapper Win Nevaluze (along with Jay Lava aka ScatterBrains News) rhymed Dr. Seuss' There's a Wocket in My Pocket! over the beat of Migos' and Drake's Walk It, Talk It. How fun!(Neatorama)...
12:16 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to turn obsidian into a razor-sharp blade
Andy from How To Make Everything went out in the Utah desert, gathered up volcanic glass, then through trial and error learned how to make an Aztec-style edge weapon.The episode includes an interest...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing HideMyAss! VPN does exactly what its name implies
In an age where net neutrality is far from a guarantee, VPNs have become a staple for users looking to make sure their online activity stays private. However, one of the biggest complaints about these...
11:40 am PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing 3D realtime map of objects in Earth orbit
stuffin.space is a real-time 3D map of all the crap floating in circles around planet Earth, much of it put there by us.The website updates daily with orbit data from Space-Track.org and uses the exce...
11:18 am PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Koch-funded "academic freedom" grifters run into trouble at Wellesley
Reactionaries of every stripe have latched onto "academic freedom" for self-promotion as speakers on college campuses, but Wellesley College's Koch-funded Freedom Project came under scrutiny thanks to...
11:16 am PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing William Blake Doc Martens
William Blake 1460, $150The summer after I graduated high school, I went to London with a friend. We visited the Tate and I became smitten with William Blake's art. I didn't have a lot of money to spe...
11:16 am PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Nice analysis of cars in films
This commentary titled Never Just A Car is a nice montage of iconic cars in films, making it fun to guess the film as each car whizzes by. (more…)...
11:15 am PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing This is the best NSFW explanation of the Florida bridge collapse
If you like sweary Canadians with lots of knowledge about building materials and construction, Arduino versus Evil has the most interesting armchair analysis of what caused the Florida International...
11:15 am PDT - Fri, April 6, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to solve a maze hidden inside a metal cylinder
YouTuber Mr. Puzzle demonstrates Revomaze, a maze puzzle hidden inside a metal cylinder. (more…)...
08:52 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Watch the world's oldest board game, The Royal Game of Ur, being played
Last year, in celebration of International Tabletop Day, the British Museum did several videos of Merlin the Magician, er... Irving Finkel, the Assistant Curator of Ancient Mesopotamian script, talkin...
07:18 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Flying Spaghetti Monster pasta strainer
Ototo's Flying Spaghetti Monster pasta strainer is a houseware, a religious artefact and a novelty item, all rolled into one $17 package! (via Geeks Are Sexy) (more…)...
06:45 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing The Atlantic fires Kevin Williamson, who said that women who have abortions should be hanged
Once upon a time, The Atlantic hired Kevin Williamson, a conservative columnist who likened a black child to a primate, wrote that transwomen were effigies, and tweeted that women who have abortions s...
06:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing 10 million pounds of human feces from New York/New Jersey are rotting in railcars stuck in a small Alabama town
Two months ago, dozens of train cars filled with ten million pounds of human shit from waste disposal plants in New York and New Jersey came to rest outside the town of Parrish, Alabama, population 98...
06:08 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing These Japanese gummy commercials make up the funniest ad series I've ever seen
In this quirky Japanese series of Sakeru Gumi ads, a young couple has a cute thing they share between them - they enthusiastically enjoy their little gummy candies when they get together. Until, tha...
05:38 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Make: a crawling, Arduino-controlled scrap cardboard spiderbot
Raz85's Instructable for a Cardboard Spider Quadruped offers a nice demonstration of the surprisingly durable material properties of humble cardboard, replacing the more familiar milled metal or pla...
05:16 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Large crane falls and crashes into ground while workers run for safety
A huge crane at a construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida came crashing down towards workers today. You can see them running for their lives as the crane smashes into the ground, just missing a...
05:05 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing If patrolling US soldiers can avoid shooting civilians, why can't US cops stop murdering unarmed black men?
David French served as squadron judge advocate for the Second Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, stationed at Forward Operating Base Caldwell in Diyala Province, Iraq; he walked patrol with oth...
04:55 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Listen to Marvin Gaye sing "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" in an isolated vocal track
Most songs aren't as good when the instrumentals are stripped out, but Marvin Gaye's vocals in "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" are so powerful and haunting that they don't need accompaniment.From...
04:49 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Trump will never, ever be impeached
For Trump to be impeached, 67 Senators would have to vote in favor of impeachment; assuming no Democrats voted against impeachment, the only way Trump could be impeached is if every single 2018 Senate...
04:49 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Trump will never, ever be impeached and removed from office
For Trump to be impeached and removed from office, 67 Senators would have to vote in favor of impeachment; assuming no Democrats voted against impeachment, the only way Trump could be impeached is if ...
04:24 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Alt-labor: the new, ungovernable red-state labor movements, led by teachers
America's "red states" are often thought of as homogeneous nests of parochial reactionary voters; it's more accurate to say that their places that have been cruelly dominated by Republican lawmakers w...
04:06 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Women helping to save collapsed mayor's life ordered to leave "sacred" sumo ring in Japan
During a sumo tournament yesterday, Mayor Ryozo Tatami of Maizuro in the Kyoto prefecture was making a speech in the sumo ring when he suddenly collapsed from a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Women and men ...
03:59 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Is China's social credit system becoming a Black Mirror episode?
This edition of Asian Boss asks residents of Shanghai what they think about China's new national reputation system, a mass surveillance tool that uses big data analysis to rewards and punish people ...
03:42 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Waze has turned the nearly undriveable, fifth-steepest hill in America into a disaster-strewn major thoroughfare
Baxter Street in Echo Park, East Los Angeles, is the fifth-steepest hill in America; it's so steep that inexperienced drivers struggle with it, spinning out and crashing, especially in the rain. (more...
12:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Portland Anarchists fixing potholes
Tired of waiting for city services to patch Portland's winter-wrecked streets, and also tired of state authority and the global structures of late capitalism that support it, anarchists are filling po...
12:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Raised semi truck container erupts in spectacular bridge strike
Spotting a semi truck with its container raised, a car driver noted its impending doom and began filming. And following it rather too closely.Check out my new favorite subreddit, 11foot8, named for ...
12:02 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Reel to reel tape in a standard mini-cassette
Teac briefly sold a standard tape cassette that opened to allow the listener to swap out its tiny little reels. This made for an ultracompact music collection--dozens of albums in a pocketable pouch...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing The 2018 Learn to Code Bundle is here
Coding is undeniably one of the most valuable skills to have in today's job market, but between four-year degree programs and pricy coding boot camps, the traditional avenues for gaining this skill ar...
11:52 am PDT - Thu, April 5, 2018
BoingBoing Montreal cop invents new law on the spot to ticket carpooling mom
A Montreal woman is contesting a $169 ticket that a cop got her to sign by making up a new law. She was driving in the carpool lane with her daughter; the cop falsely said that carpool passengers mu...
11:29 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing "Lets make it violence": Listen to The Atlantic's Kevin Williamson explain why women who have abortions should be hanged
The Atlantic sparked anger by hiring columnist Kevin Williamson, who likened a black child to a primate and wrote that women who have abortions should be hanged. His hiring was defended by Atlantic ch...
10:53 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing To do in LA, April 24: come hear from the people fighting for Right to Repair, freedom to tinker and the right to know
A law intended to stop people from making off-brand DVD players now means that security researchers cant warn you about dangers from the cameras in your bedroom; that mechanics cant fix your car; and ...
10:04 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Scammy phone company Centurylink: "No one can sue us because we don't have any customers"
Centurylink is a giant, scammy telco notorious for larding its customers' bills with fraudulent charges, and instructing its customer service reps to do everything possible not to waive those charges;...
09:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing 87 million Facebook users' data shared with Cambridge Analytica
Facebook admitted Wednesday that 87 million users' data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica--about 74% more than previously disclosed.The new figure sharply increased the companys previous estimate o...
08:46 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Melanias agony, Meghans betrayal, and how love changed Prince Harry, in this weeks dubious celebrity magazines
Im tired of the lies, says Melania Trump on the cover of this weeks Us magazine, below the headline: Melanias Agony.Will she stay in the marriage? asks the mag, following a week of humiliating revelat...
08:24 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Trump to deploy National Guard to southwest border with Mexico, 'to assist Border Patrol' in fighting immigration
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a proclamation today to authorize deployment of National Guard troops to the southwest border with Mexico. (more…)...
07:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Woman shocked when her DNA test reveals biological father isn't her father, but her parents' fertility doctor
When a couple told their doctor they were moving out of town, the doctor reacted in an unusual way he cried. Maybe his odd response was due to the fact that, unbeknownst to the couple, the doctor was...
07:13 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook: Actually, looks like Cambridge Analytica got 87 Million user records
Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer buried the news that Cambridge Analytica's total body-count was probably 87,000,000 (not 50,000,000 as previously recorded) at the end of a long-winded, mealy-mouthed upda...
06:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Daily Stormer may soon have to reveal who funds its hate-fueled bullshit
Thanks to a recent court filing, we may soon see who's responsible for funding the bigoted neo-nazi bullshit machine we all loathe and know as The Daily Stormer. (more…)...
06:41 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to find and eat giant puffball mushrooms
Tim Farmer found a giant puffball mushroom in the woods, a fall delicacy that requires a little good luck and timing to enjoy. They are a lot safer than picking other wild mushrooms because they are...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Gays who were charged under discriminatory laws in New Zealand will have records cleaned
Great news from New Zealand this morning. According to the BBC, the nation's government has passed legislation that will allow individuals who were charged under the country's old laws against homosex...
06:33 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a truck vs. a low clearance in super slo-mo
If you like 11foot8bridge and its evil cousin 10foot6bridge, you'll love this super slo-mo recreation of a crash from multiple angles. (more…)...
06:32 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Report: 66 million people will lose their jobs to robots
According a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 66 million people are at risk of having their livelihoods taken away by robots.From The Guardian:The OECD said 14% of...
05:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Take this test to see if you can identify the correct lowercase G. Most people can't.
This looks really simple just choose the correct lowercase "looptail" G in the video above. Do it now, before spoilin' it by readin' a lowercase G in the rest of this post. (Spoiler Gs below.)Okay,...
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani explains synthesizers on kids TV show (1980)
On this 1980 episode of 3-2-1 Contact -- the excellent PBS kids TV show about science -- legendary experimental electronic musician Suzanne Ciani explains the basics of synthesizer technology. If yo...
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Zuckerberg: Americans won't receive the same Facebook privacy tools as Europeans
Facebook could give American users the same privacy enhancements that are coming to European users. But they won't, Mark Zuckerberg admits. Put simply, they aren't legally obliged to.In a phone interv...
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Zuckerberg: Americans won't receive the same Facebook privacy tools as Europeans (Update: now they will)
Facebook could give American users the same privacy enhancements that are coming to European users. But they won't, Mark Zuckerberg admits. Put simply, they aren't legally obliged to.In a phone interv...
05:03 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing People pissed at parish for drone delivery of eucharist
The congregation of Brazil's So Geraldo Magela church seemed delighted as a drone outfitted with a monstrance containing the eucharist floats up the aisle to their priest at the altar. Once the vide...
04:52 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: These kids have to use rowing machine if they want to play their video games
Playing video games all day long becomes a healthy sport when you've got one of these genius contraptions. Maker Jeremy Fielding uses a rowing machine to make this human-powered generator, which is ...
04:44 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing MIT cuts ties with company promising to provide digital immortality after killing you
Remember Netcome, the startup I posted about that "promises to preserve your brain for uploading, after they kill you?" Apparently, Netcome had provided $300,000 of a federal grant it received to (leg...
04:24 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Weird Al Yankovic co-authored today's New York Times crowssword puzzle
Weird Al Yankovic co-authored today's New York Times crossword puzzle. His collaborator was crossword constructor Eric Berlin who writes in the puzzle notes:We batted around a few theme ideas, some of...
04:24 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Federal court will allow the ACLU to keep suing for the right to violate terms of service for legitimate purposes
Back in 2016, the ACLU and First Look (the publishers of The Intercept) sued the US government to force it to clarify that the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act -- the overbroad statute passed during ...
04:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Play free emulators of all those handheld video games of yesteryear
The Internet Archive has an incredible free collection of 1980s handheld game console emulators. In 1978, my brother and I played the hell out of Coleco Electronic Quarterback. It's amazing how compel...
04:06 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing The .cm typosquatters accidentally exposed their logs, revealing the incredible scale of typojacking
.cm is the top-level domain for Cameroon, and the major use-case for .cm domains is typosquatting -- registering common .com domains as .cm domains (like microsoft.cm or apple.cm), in the hopes of nab...
03:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing A chair that's also a library
Seoul-based designer Yang Si Young created the "Library Chair" in answer to a personal challenge: to design a piece of furniture that's also a library; with built-in shelving and a place to read. (mo...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing 100,000 Americans wrote to Trump's EPA to protest national park service-fee hike, and the EPA actually listened
Embattled Trump EPA chair Scott Pruitt (previously) unveiled a plan to raise the service charge for using our nation's parks to $70/day (it's currently $25/day), a move that would price access to nati...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing 100,000 Americans wrote to Trump's Park Service to protest national park service-fee hike, and the Park Service actually listened
Embattled Trump Secretary of the Interior chair Ryan Zinke (previously) unveiled a plan to raise the service charge for using our nation's parks to $70/day (it's currently $25/day), a move that would ...
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing For a mere $105,000, John McAfee will tweet about your cryptocurrency
Creepy (no, seriously) 1980s villain John McAfee has 812,000 Twitter followers, some of whom are not bots, and for the low price of $105,000, he will tweet to them about your cryptocurrency. (more&hel...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Parkland student activists drive American right berzerk, supercharge attack on public education
While people aroundthe world were inspired by the resilience, fearlessness and savvy of the students who created a national gun-control movement in the wake of the Parkland shooting, American right-wi...
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Ifixit flunks Apple's new educational Ipod as nearly un-repairable
Apple's education-centric new Ipad is meant to be used in rambunctious classrooms where drops and other abuse will be commonplace; it is also meant to compete with relatively easy-to-service Pixelbo...
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Ifixit flunks Apple's new educational Ipad as nearly un-repairable
Apple's education-centric new Ipad is meant to be used in rambunctious classrooms where drops and other abuse will be commonplace; it is also meant to compete with relatively easy-to-service Pixelbo...
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Zuckerberg: Facebook will not stop spying on Americans to comply with EU privacy law
The imminent implementation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been hailed as a victory for global privacy advocates; since the regulation severely limits the collection of data...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing YouTube shooter was vegan fitness YouTuber angry company had demonetized her videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s5lmYujYVoThe woman who opened fire in a YouTube cafeteria, injuring three others then killing herself, was named as Nasim Najafi Aghdam by investigators late yesterda...
12:52 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Kickstarting a public radio-backed revival of Gothamist, a beloved site killed by an evil, union-hating Trumpist billionaire
Gothamist voted to unionize in late 2017; immediately thereafter, its new owner, the evil, Trump-supporting billionaire Joe Ricketts killed it and all its sister publications in a fit of petty revenge...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing This smartphone grip is insurance against selfie butterfingers
Our smartphones boast pretty powerful cameras, but no matter how advanced they get, they never quite fix the shakiness that comes with trying to take a photo one-handed. This understanding is what pro...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Chagrin Falls - "2018: A Marketplace Odyssey"
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12:02 am PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing Aerial footage of a Volkswagen diesel car graveyard in California
To date, Volkswagen has bought back about 350,000 diesel vehicles in the wake of the massive environmental fraud they committed around emissions testing. Here's one of 37 VW graveyards. (more&helli...
12:00 am PDT - Wed, April 4, 2018
BoingBoing John Oliver focuses on the horrors of America's immigration court system
Children being forced to represent themselves in a court case that could determine their future? Sure, why not....
11:53 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing India ironically loses communications with new communications satellite
If you were to ask the Indian Space Research Organization, they'd tell you that space is hard: the IRSO has lost communications with one of its satellites mere days after launching it into orbit.Accor...
11:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing They're just like us: Feds fear their phone calls and texts are being monitored
The use of fake cellphone towers, known as Stingrays or IMSI catchers, plays well with the nation's spy agencies and in some police jurisdictions. The authorities just can't get enough of being able t...
10:53 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Offering users transparency and privacy is the only way Big Tech can avoid being turned into content cops
Dan Gillmor's got an excellent point about tech platforms: they more they act as technological regulators of what we see (the more they spy on us and filter-bubble us), the more they're going to face ...
09:31 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing The technologies that would make the web more participatory
The early web was heralded as a revolution in participatory media where everyone could make media as well as consuming it. (more…)...
09:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Eight months ago, Panera Bread was warned that they were leaking up to 7 million customers' data. They fixed it yesterday. Kinda.
On August 2, 2017, security researcher Dylan Houlihan contacted Panera Bread to warn them that their customer loyalty website had a serious defect that allowed attackers to retrieve the names, email a...
08:15 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing MC5's Wayne Kramer touring to celebrate "Kick Out the Jams" 50th anniversary
Wayne Kramer, founder guitarist of proto-punk band MC5, is heading on the road this fall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's seminal debut album "Kick Out the Jams." Of the original five...
08:06 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Even the telco industry thinks Ajit Pai is an asshole for maiming Lifeline, a broadband subsidy for poor Americans
Ronald Reagan created the Lifeline program, which gives low-income Americans a $9.25/month subsidy to spend on one of: landline, broadband, or wireless access. (more…)...
07:55 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Woman plays flute while undergoing brain surgery
Musician Anna Henry suffered from essential tremor, a movement disorder that causes shaky hands. As the conditioned worsened, it interfered with her flute playing. So she underwent a surgical proced...
07:39 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Analysis of all the elections since Trump produces no clear answers on the class and suburban/urban correlates of flippability
Fivethirtyeight studied every election since Trump -- 99 special elections plus regular state elections in NJ and Virginia -- and checked whether there were any strong predictors of whether Trump vote...
06:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Logitech Create keyboard case for iPad Pro down to $70
The excellent Logitech Create keyboard for the iPad Pro that I reviewed last month is on sale for $70. From my earlier review:The Logitech Create iPad Pro keyboard (on sale for $81 on Amazon) has chan...
06:44 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Alex Jones falsely accused a guy of being the Parkland school shooter, so now he's being sued for more than $1,000,000
Self-described roaring performance artist has a simple business model: he spouts outrageous lies to bring in an audience, then sells them quack remedies whose market has been proven by Gwyeneth Paltro...
06:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing "This young man rose like Jesus," crap covered kid rescued from Easter sewer ride
Bursting through some old and rotten planks in an abandoned park buidling, 13 year-old Jessie Hernandez plummeted into the Los Angeles sewer system. The City of Fallen Angels spared no resource or t...
06:35 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing How to make a shiny ball out of aluminum foil
15 or 20 year ago Japanese schoolkids started making shiny balls out of mud (dorodango). Now people have figured out how to make shiny balls out of aluminum foil. They look very cool! To make one, y...
06:21 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Danny Kaye has a wide vibrato
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMsPpO7W4lgDanny Kaye is charming as ever, as he joins a vocal chorus sing to "Do You Ever Think of Me" on the January 22nd, 1964 episode of The Danny Kaye Show....
05:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Stormchaser explains why powerful storms can have green coloration
Pecos Hank has seen his share of storms, as evidenced by his cool footage of ominous green-hued clouds. He explains the science behind why massive thunderstorms can "go green," as they say in stormc...
05:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing The end of Windows closes in
Five years ago, Steve Ballmer said "we can make Windows devices once again the devices to own." Last week, Microsoft announced that Windows will no longer be a standalone unit at Microsoft, ending a d...
05:34 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Police in Warwickshire, England would like you to be on the lookout for this man
As posted on the (verified) Twitter account of Warwickshire Police on April 2, this gentleman is on the run. We can confirm that this is real ... it's serious as a woman was victim of a horrible crime...
05:28 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing New Jersey police officers probe man's anus in desperate search for marijuana
A duo of grimly determined New Jersey cops were so certain that a man was in possession of marijuana that they went on a lengthy and energetic roadside expedition into his anus to find some. They we...
05:03 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Google's talking AI is indistinguishable from humans
Tacotron 2 is Google's new text-to-speech system, and as heard in the samples below, it sounds indistinguishable from humans.From Quartz:The system is Googles second official generation of the technol...
04:50 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing 2018 tsunami: Teachers lead mass strikes in four red states that voted for Trump in 2016
After the incredible success of the West Virginia teachers' strike, teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky walked out and now they're joined by teachers in Arizona -- all four of these are "red" states tha...
04:39 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Thursday 4/5 at San Francisco's Cal Academy of Sciences: Space Age NightLife with the Voyager Golden Record
Please join me this Thursday evening April 5 at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences NightLife event celebrating the Space Age! At 8:30pm, I'll be speaking about the Voyager Golden Record, t...
04:31 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing The Manhattan property bubble is bursting
Donald Trump's budget sought to punish blue states by removing income tax deductions for mortgage interest on high-ticket real estate; this was enough to prick the Manhattan property bubble, with co-o...
04:08 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Internet of Battle Things: a militarized IoT where "cognitive bandwidth constraints" require "autonomous cyber agents"
Alexander Kott is chief of the Network Science Division at the Army Research Laboratory; in a new paper, he rounds up several years' worth of papers that he wrote or co-authored, along with some essay...
03:59 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing How a shipping warehouse employee became the face of Nintendo
In 1981 Howard Phillips got a job at a Nintendo arcade game shipping warehouse in Seattle. One the the perks of the job was being able to play the games without spending quarters. As a result, Phill...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing The astounding present and dizzying future of synthetic biology
George Church's Harvard lab is one of the most celebrated fonts of innovation in the world of life sciences. George's earliest work on the Human Genome Project arguably pre-dated the actual start of t...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Mark Zuckerberg eats toast
The audio work makes it funny; the original, narrated by Morgan Freeman, is just uncomfortable, even as it smooths over the fact you're watching Zuckerberg eat plain toast right out of the toaster w...
12:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing A brief oral history of classic point-and-click adventure The Dagger of Amon Ra
The 1992 point-and-click classic The Dagger of Amon Ra was a high point of the genre's 16-bit era: an intriguing and offbeat adventure with distinctive colorful pixel art and Sierra On-Line co-found...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Score Apple's HomePod for free in this giveaway
Smart home speakers are nothing new, but Apple has finally gotten into the game with its HomePod speaker. Blending Apple Music and Siri together, this innovative speaker makes it easy to handle everyd...
11:56 am PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Typeface elegantly combines Braille and English characters
Braille Neue is a dual typeface designed by Kosuke Takahashi that overlays Braille and English into one simple font. For sighted people who do not currently know Braille, it's also a great mnemonic fo...
11:47 am PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Hockey Noir: The Opera
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11:30 am PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Holy moly, that cat sure has a long tongue
Thorin is a ragdoll kitteh who might have the world's longest cat tongue if such things are documented. Imagine that sandpaper tongue waking you up in the morning.There's an Instagram of Thorin and ...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing The first page of X-Men: Grand Design, with author and artist Ed Piskor's commentary
Welcome Ed Piskor back to Boing Boing (previously), where he'll be offering an annotated page-by-page look at the first part of X-Men: Grand Design, his epic retelling of how Marvel comics' pantheon o...
10:44 am PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to weaponize a small bike pump
A small hand pump is very convenient for bicyclists, but can a bike pump be weaponized? YouTuber JoergSprave from The Slingshot Channel gives it a shot. (more…)...
09:44 am PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Lost 1924 film 'The City Without Jews' to get a timely re-release
Following a crowdfunded restoration, the film of Hugo Bettauer's eerily prescient novel will tour Europe again as anti-Semitism is on the rise. At the film's release, Bettauer was doxxed by local medi...
03:23 am PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing A ball that inverts and changes color when it is midair, and the scientific literature that explains it
The Hoberman Switch Pitch Throwing Ball is a $12 toy that instantiates a dual polyhedron: every time you throw it, it turns inside-out; there's a wealth of scientific literature that explains how th...
03:13 am PDT - Tue, April 3, 2018
BoingBoing Podcast: The Man Who Sold the Moon, Part 08: the FINAL INSTALLMENT
Here's the eighth and final part of my reading (MP3) (party seven, part six, part five, part four, part three, part two, part one) of The Man Who Sold the Moon, my award-winning novella first publishe...
07:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Hillary Clintons funeral plans, and how to be like Donald Trump, in this weeks dubious tabloids
The tabloids take a running jump before leaping to some pretty wild conclusions this week one of the few things they do well.The National Enquirer has a series of stories based on Olympic-level leapi...
05:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing After 17 years, luxury hotel lifts ban for man whose pepperoni brought disaster to his room
I've lived in British Columbia and Nova Scotia. This is, hands down, the best story I've ever read that involves both coasts.According to The Times Colonist, 17 years ago, Nick Burchill, a naval reser...
05:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Vatican: More trained exorcists needed to fight the demonic
According to the Vatican, demonic possessions are on the uptick. In order to meet the rising demand for assistance by those assailed by the demonic, the Vatican-backed International Association of Exo...
05:37 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing A hive of scum and villainy: meet the right-wing "Democrats" the DCCC is planning to win 2018 with
Ann Kirkpatrick cast the vote that kept Guantanamo Bay open and voted against cap-and-trade, and has been a consistent opponent of EPA air-quality measures; Jason Crow says he won't take corporate PAC...
05:22 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing This is the world's smallest sushi
At Tokyo's Sushiya no Nohachi () you can order sushi made with just one grain of rice (). Fortunately, after the novelty wears off, you can also order regular-sized sushi that's said to be excellent...
05:08 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Even insured Americans flock to Mexico for low-cost, high-quality health-care
American health care is so screwed up, so horribly distorted by the insurance companies' abusive practices, that millions of Americans (even those with insurance) fly to Mexico every year to get state...
04:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing China's falling space station burned up last night just north of the Spacecraft Cemetery
Last night, China's Tinagong-1 space station, about the size of a school bus, burned up as it fell over the Pacific Ocean. The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques capt...
04:58 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing The Tentacuddle: a cthulhoid slanket
The Tentacuddle is another of Thinkgeek's not-April-Fools products launched on Apr 1 but seriously for realsies; it's $60, acrylic, 40"^2 plus five two-foot-long besuckered tentacles whose terminal ap...
04:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Review: Black Panther
I thought it was funny how they kept having Erik Killmonger do irrationally psychopathic things, just in case the audience starts wondering why they're supposed to side with a moderate CIA-backed auto...
04:52 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing John Oliver on America's immigration courts, where families are torn apart and young children represent themselves
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fB0GBwJ2QAJohn Oliver is in very good form in this 18-minute explainer on America's ghastly immigration courts, where "we try death penalty cases like it was traffic...
04:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Scientists design fire alarm wallpaper made from the same mineral as bone and teeth
Researchers demonstrated a prototype "fire alarm wallpaper" that's meant to be flame-resistant while also integrating a nanotechnology-based sensor that triggers a siren and warning lights. Ying-Jie...
04:44 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1: an encrypted, privacy-protecting DNS service
Cloudflare, a company with a history of resisting surveillance and censorship orders (albeit imperfectly and sometimes with undesirable consequences) has announced a new DNS service, hosted at the eas...
04:31 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Why humans are so enchanted with cats
We think cats are our pets but we are mistaken. The New Yorker interviews Abigail Tucker, author of The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World:She explains how cats...
04:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Here are the moats and walls Facebook has been building for years to defend against #DeleteFacebook
As we set ourselves to the task of dooming Facebook to the scrapheap of history, it's worth considering the many ways in which Facebook has anticipated and planned for this moment, enacting countermea...
04:13 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Governing a decentralized internet without votes
When we think of democracy, we generally think of voting: the people are polled, the people decide. But voting is zero-sum: it has winners and losers. There are other models of governance that can mak...
04:12 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Watch "Dog Police," a bizarre DEVO-inspired music video from 1984
Inspired by DEVO, Memphis musicians Tony Thomas, Sam Shoup, and Tom Lonardo took a break from the weirdo jazz fusion jams of their "real" trio create Dog Police. Dig the lyrics:The boys in blue had ...
02:45 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing On the junk science and excellent PR of Cambridge Analytica
Cambridge Analytica claimed that it could sway elections thanks to the devastating power of psychometric profiling, and they may have even believed it, but those claims should be read with a critical ...
02:09 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing West Virginia is contagious: mass teacher walkouts in Kansas and Oklahoma
It's been brewing for weeks and now it's boiling over: Kentucky teachers are walking off the job en masse in statewide demonstrations triggered by dirty-tricking GOP state legislators who snuck a prov...
02:09 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing West Virginia is contagious: mass teacher walkouts in Kentucky and Oklahoma
It's been brewing for weeks and now it's boiling over: Kentucky teachers are walking off the job en masse in statewide demonstrations triggered by dirty-tricking GOP state legislators who snuck a prov...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Folklore generator
Andy Purviance's Purviance.com/myths generates (and beautifully presents) snippets of folklore: perfect for forming story ideas or oblique strategies.Some I got:Pursuit of game leads to upper worldTri...
01:18 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing New York magazine depicts Trump
Splendidly grotesque work by cover artist Joe Darrow for a batch of articles in this month's New York Magazine about Trump corruption. Here it is without the layout:...
01:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Colorado Republicans admit they hate poor people and explain why
Today in conservatives hastily adjusting masks:"Out of self-respect be Republican," the original post read. "Democrats love poor people because they think that poor people will vote Democrat. Republic...
12:47 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Watch North Koreans watch K-pop
For the sake of the comity of nations, North Korea has opened its borders to bands from the south such as Red Velvet, seen here "belting out" one of their pop hits for the wildest audience they're e...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing Wire bending machine not quite as satisfying to watch as I had hoped
Behold the wire-bending machine—a video I though would be curiously satisfying to watch, right up there in the "robots making things" pantheon of satisfying videos depicting repetitive moveme...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing An afternoon with L.A.'s lady-in-pink: Angelyne
When my pink-haired pal Brittany High told me that she won a ride with Angelyne in her signature pink Corvette and that she wanted me to come along, I thought, "Oh, this will be interesting."When iden...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 2, 2018
BoingBoing This retro-looking keyboard eases the strain on typing
There are plenty of ways to enhance your efficiency at work, but few are as simple as swapping out your keyboard.Lofree's Four Seasons Wireless Keyboard is designed from the ground up to enhance your ...
03:41 pm PDT - Sun, April 1, 2018
BoingBoing 2017 Hugo nominees announced
The 2017 Hugo nominees were announced yesterday; attendees at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California will choose from among them to pick this year's Hugo Award winners. (...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 1, 2018
BoingBoing This endoscopic camera helps you find problems at their source
When it comes time to unclog a drain or figure out what's going on inside your car's engine, the human eye can only see so much, and our hands, while maneuverable, aren't necessarily built for snaking...
12:43 pm PDT - Sun, April 1, 2018
BoingBoing Motorcyclist lucky
There are countless videos of accidents and near-misses on YouTube, but this one's fractional difference between life and death makes it particularly alarming. (The very high-quality footage helps.)...
12:38 pm PDT - Sun, April 1, 2018
BoingBoing Watch countless American news anchors mindlessly intone the same propaganda script
"Extremely dangerous for democracy," is just one phrase in the uncanny propagandistic script that dozens (hundreds?) of news anchors "report" in this compilation video. The effect is creepy and surr...
12:17 pm PDT - Sun, April 1, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook kept copies of videos you deleted
Madison Malone Kircher writes that Facebook keeps copies of "every video you ever filmed on the platform", even after you think you've deleted them. Stephanis says that her archive contains videos s...
12:05 pm PDT - Sun, April 1, 2018
BoingBoing Watch the Slow Mo Guys smack James Corden in the face with a dodgeball
The Slow Mo Guys were guests on The Late Late Show and to show what they do, they filmed host James Corden as they threw a dodgeball at his cheek. The slow-motion instant replay shows Corden's face ...
02:14 pm PDT - Sat, March 31, 2018
BoingBoing Under Armor: hackers stole the data of 150,000,000 Myfitnesspal users because of course they did
Myfitnesspal was a startup that offered Internet of Shit-based fitness and diet tracking; they were purchased by Under Armor for $475,000,000 in 2015; three years later, Under Armor has admitted that ...
02:14 pm PDT - Sat, March 31, 2018
BoingBoing Under Armour: hackers stole the data of 150,000,000 Myfitnesspal users because of course they did
Myfitnesspal was a startup that offered Internet of Shit-based fitness and diet tracking; they were purchased by Under Armour for $475,000,000 in 2015; three years later, Under Armour has admitted tha...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, March 31, 2018
BoingBoing This speaker looks like the '50s but sounds like the future
There are plenty of us out there who enjoy the look of vintage speakers, but using them today isn't necessarily practical. However, that's not to say you can't add some 1950's flair to your listening ...
01:52 pm PDT - Sat, March 31, 2018
BoingBoing Hey small business owners! You can save the Internet
Josh from Fight for the Future writes: "The death of net neutrality will hurt small businesses the most. But mobilizing businesses and startups en masse could be the secret ingredient that saves the o...
01:40 pm PDT - Sat, March 31, 2018
BoingBoing Dutch panic over infiltration of an apostate Scientology-alike into education and government
Avatar is a self-actualization "technique" created by an ex-Scientologist named Harry Palmer, who defected from the "church" in 1986 to found a lookalike multi-level-marketing version where he serves ...
01:05 pm PDT - Sat, March 31, 2018
BoingBoing Concert: Kla - Live at Vicar Street
I got my first Kla album in the mid-1990s while I was going to university in Halifax, Canada. It was a big deal.Lemme give you some background: my folks declared bankruptcy the week that I shipped o...
12:53 pm PDT - Sat, March 31, 2018
BoingBoing A basket full of revolting EasterFools' Day 'treats'
For the first time in over 60 years, Easter and April Fools' Day are on the same day, creating the rare EasterFools' Day holiday. To celebrate, former NASA-JPL engineer/current science YouTube star ...