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10:23 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Efail: instructions for using PGP again as safely as is possible for now
https://youtu.be/IMPKe-GJSh0It's been nearly three weeks since the publication of Efail, a critical set of attacks against PGP/GPG-encrypted emails that was so hard to mitigate that EFF's recommenda...
10:17 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing EFF on Cockygate: trademark trolls vs romance literature
Romance author Faleena Hopkins earned the wrong kind of notoriety when she registered a trademark on the word "cocky" for use in romance novel titles and then began indiscriminately threatening to sue...
10:11 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Founder of Diamond Comic Distributors donates 3,000 comics rarities to the Library of Congress
Gary Price writes, "The Library of Congress announced today that collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi (owner of Diamond Comic Distributors) has donated to the nations library more than 3,000 it...
10:07 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing A weather report from an alternate universe, in which science is real and people aren't idiots
Stevedore Comedy talks about climate change as if it were real in "News From a World Where People Aren't Complete Idiots." Wake up America!...
10:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Trump wants you to elect Net Neutrality's biggest hater to the Senate
To call Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn [R-TN] a shill for Big Cable is to insult honest, hardworking shills everywhere: she is so deep in hock to Verizon that she has toshill for new subscribers on we...
09:27 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing The crazy range of medical developments vying to extend or radically improve our lives
I dont know anyone with a broader purview on the crazy range of medical developments that are vying to extend or radically improve our lives than Daniel Kraft. Daniel is a physician-scientist, an entr...
09:08 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing ET's footage of Morgan Freeman making creepy comments to women on camera
This video footage released by Entertainment Tonight is certainly telling. They cut to the chase around 1:25 seconds in....
08:50 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Podcast: Petard, Part 03
Here's the third part of my reading (MP3) of Petard (part one, part two), a story from MIT Tech Review's Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling; a story inspired by, and dedicated to, Aaron Swartz...
08:17 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Royal twins, Robert Blakes murder confession, and the secret to long life, in this weeks dubious tabloids
Its strangely reassuring when the National Examiner tells us that Princess Dianas ghost was caught at Harrys wedding, and that Nostradamus predicted that the "Hawaii volcanoes signal END OF WORLD! Its...
08:06 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Design fiction, speculative design, and "creepiness"
In "design fiction" and "speculative design," designers and science fiction writers create fictional products and services, which go on to inform real engineering and product design processes. (more&h...
07:35 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Reimagining US banknotes as modern, plastic, QR-code-verified, PGP-protected collectibles
Andrey Avgust's speculative redesign for America's heroically ugly paper money reimagines greenbacks as modern plastic banknotes, similar to the more daring bills in Australian and UK currency, with U...
07:20 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing The TSA has a secret enemies list of people who've complained about screeners
We all know that the TSA maintains a secret watchlist of suspected terrorists who are somehow suspicious enough that they can be denied the right to fly or be subjected to humiliating screenings (but ...
07:01 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Spectacular read: a profile of Anna Sorokin, a con-artist who convinced New York that she was a high-rolling socialite trust-funder
Jessica Pressler's long, gripping profile of con artist Anna Sorokin (AKA Anna Delvey) has all the making of a first-rate grifter novel, where the likable, unflappable rogue is revealed by inches to b...
06:53 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Linux for Makers, by Aaron Newcomb
I've had very little experience with Linux but now that I'm using Raspberry Pis (a cheap single board computer that runs Linux) I need to know how to use Linux. Online how-tos are good, but Linux for ...
05:52 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Failed attempt to move boat engine with a pickup truck
Four men with a pickup try to move a boat engine. A woman videotapes it. The engine is suspended on a chain attached to a small crane in the back of the pickup. For some reason, the woman says, "Hit...
05:46 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing "Journalism Jesus" rises from the grave to tweak the nose of Russian intelligence officials
Im starting a petition to have Arkady Babchenko henceforth referred to as "Journalism Jesus," Because holy shit, he just returned from the grave.Less than 24 hours after it was reported that the veh...
05:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing 240 compostable dog poop bags (unfilled)
These compostable sacks for poo are better than the ones I was previously using. They are made .Walking my dogs, and general yard clean-up at home, tends to consume 2-4 dog poop bags a day! Ever since...
05:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing NYC gynecologist files $1 million lawsuit against woman for 1-star Yelp review
Dr. Joon Song, a gynecologist in New York, has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Michelle Levine for leaving bad reviews on Yelp and other review sites.From CBS:After I got a bill for an ultrasound a...
05:34 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Quantifying the massive premium paid to people who work in "bullshit jobs"
It's been five years since David Graeber's original, groundbreaking essay on "bullshit jobs" (socially useless busywork that everyone -- including the holders of bullshit jobs -- knew to be a tremendo...
05:17 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Gentleman jailed for YouTube stunt at Disney resort
Dillion Burch, 22, was arrested for telling guests at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orange County, FL, that an "active shooter" was on the premises. He videotaped the guests' reactions with the inte...
05:14 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria death toll is 70 times higher than the official count
According to the Trump administration, Hurricane Maria killed 64 people; according to a careful, peer-reviewed study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the death toll was 4645. (more…)...
04:57 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Which '3-2-1 Contact' theme is your favorite?
One of my favorite TV shows as a kid had a rockin' 80s style theme, 3-2-1 Contact made science exciting.https://youtu.be/KmQWtGn889EThe very first episode opens with the making of this fantastic tra...
04:51 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing An analysis of all those Internet of Things manifestos sparked by the slow-motion IoT catastrophe
The Internet of Things morphed from a ridiculous answer in search of a problem ("why do I want my fridge connected to the internet?") to a source of Black Mirror-style modern absurdities ("someone pus...
04:46 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing How much are teachers paid in every US state?
How much money are teachers in the US paid? The correct answer, of course, is "not enough." As nationwide teacher strikes continue, HowMuch created infographics showing the average annual teacher sala...
04:41 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Map of Britain's roads... and nothing else
jamaps created a map that shows all the main roads in Britain and nothing else, giving the vague impression of something weirdly biological.Data: Ordnance Survey (2014) Tools: QGIS...
04:37 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Autonomous boats in some cities could transport people, shuttle goods, and self-assemble into structures
MIT researchers designed and prototyped small, autonomous boats that they think could go a long way to improving urban mobility and reducing traffic in cities with waterways like Amsterdam, Bangkok, a...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Making tires out of duct tape and rubber bands
A group of guys from the YouTube channel Life OD first crafted a working tire out of $80 worth of duct tape, then they daisy-chained 100,000 rubber bands together to make another one. Why? Apparentl...
03:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Weezer fan convinced band to cover Toto's "Africa"
Weezer revealed their cover of Toto's 1982 hit "Africa" on Tuesday. It was a matter of "giving the fans what they want," as the Weezer fan Twitter account @weezerafrica began suggesting the band "bl...
03:17 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Remembering the NYC Citibike backlash, on their fifth anniversary
Five years ago, New Yorkers got to participate in the city's first bikeshare experiment, the Citibike, and people were very worried! (more…)...
03:05 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing FBI says to reboot your router ASAP to avoid Russia malware VPNFilter
Have you tried turning it off and on again? The FBI sent out an urgent bulletin advising anyone with a home or small office internet router to immediately turn it off and then turn it on again as a wa...
03:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing High fashion brand is attaching shirts to shirts and selling the inane creations
The designers at luxury fashion house Balenciaga are taking "dress in layers" a smidge too literally with their Double Shirt. The striped garment is part of their Men's Fall 2018 collection and featur...
02:58 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing White Americans abandoned democracy and embraced authoritarianism when they realized brown people would soon outvote them
A working paper from a pair of political scientists analyzed World Values Survey data to trace the rise of support for authoritarianism in America to a growing sense among white people that democracy'...
02:31 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Ambien maker Sanofi responds to Roseanne, who blamed drug for racist tweets
Ambien manufacturer Sanofi issued a masterfully worded public statement on Wednesday in response to recently-fired ABC TV star Roseanne Barr's latest Twitter meltdown. In a series of wackadoodle tweet...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Russia-linked hacker Karim Baratov gets 5 years in U.S. prison & $250,000 fine for Yahoo breach
A Canadian man born in Kazakhstan has been sentenced to five years in prison for crimes connected to the massive Yahoo security breach that U.S. federal agents say was directed by Russian government s...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Just the Tip: Documenting San Francisco's (undeniably phallic) Salesforce Tower
If you've been to San Francisco lately, no doubt that you've seen the 1,070-foot architectural monstrosity known as the Salesforce Tower. The new skyscraper is hard to miss as it's now the tallest bui...
01:37 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Cybersecurity of 96 federal agencies reviewed. 71 of them rely on 'at risk or high risk' programs.
A recently concluded cybersecurity review conducted by the Trump White House and Department of Homeland Security finds most government agencies remain shockingly insecure, despite Trump's campaign pr...
01:13 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Feds to get access to 1 million files from Michael Cohens seized phones today
Federal prosecutors investigating Michael Cohen already have access to 300,000 pieces of evidence from the digital devices seized in April. They're about to get access to more than a million of 'em, b...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing See what food labs are creating for meat-reducing flexitarian consumers
Food Exposed with Nelufar Hedayat is a timely look at the future of food for the globe. In this episode, she visits a lab working on meeting the demand of consumers joining the "veg rev," including ...
11:07 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Watch these trippy freedivers go underwater caving
Mesmerizing and anxiety-inducing at once, this short clip of Kimi Werner descending into a cave has an otherworldly feel thanks to the stabilized camera used by Justin David Baluch. (more…)...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Brutalist cuckoo clocks
German artist Guido Zimmerman's Cuckoo Blocks are an expansion of his project creating cuckoo clocks in the Brutalist style. (more…)...
10:30 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing How NFL Players must honor the flag so many have died for
FOR THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE, AND THEIR SUMMER READING: Get Ruben Bollings hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures."The EMU Club inhabits exactly the world I always hoped to live in when I was ...
10:07 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Explore what London looks like in infrared
Invisible London is a great primer on infrared filmmaking, with lovely shots of London as the backdrop. (more…)...
09:30 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing The Blair Witch Project x Scooby-Doo (1999)
Here's a gem from 1999: This is a self-aware Scooby-Doo-themed parody of the popular low-budget "found footage" horror flick, The Blair Witch Project.It's called The Scooby-Doo Project and those med...
09:18 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing De Beers to sell lab-made diamonds as gemstones
De Beers has long fought against the sale of "synthetic" carbon chunks as gemstones -- a losing battle given that telling the difference between lab-made carbon chunks and carbon chunks from undergrou...
08:33 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing 1979 computer shop guy predicts the future
This clip, posted by David Hoffman a few years ago, is going viral this fine Wednesday morning: "I was shooting a documentary called The Information Society in 1979 and filmed this in Cedar Rapids I...
08:30 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Get "lovingly curated" niche trade journals delivered to your door
Tim Hwang has announced a fun new venture: the "Trade Journal Cooperative." It's a subscription service to have a printed niche trade journal sent to you every quarter (US addresses only). Our editors...
08:07 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Thought-provoking list of 1980s movies that shaped our humanity
YouTuber Pop Culture Detective has a lovely video essay up on 1980s movies that shaped our humanity, and he chooses five often-overlooked favorites of his. What films would you list? His choices are...
08:06 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Legal battle royale: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds maker sues Fortnite maker
Fortinte has eclipsed the previously reigning PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds, and now PUBG believes that success has come at the expense of their copyrights. So here comes the lawsuit! (more…)...
03:05 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Ad brokers are selling the fact that you visited an emergency room to ambulance-chasing lawyers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cyjN-dc2RcPhiladelphia's WHYY radio reports that visitors to the city's hospital emergency room are blitzed for weeks with ads for personal injury lawyers, thanks to...
12:35 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing "Spiderman" who saved French child gets his dream job with Parisian fire brigade
In a world that all too often heaps accolades on those who claw and manipulate their way to the top with cruelty and hate, it feels so good to chase a story about someone being praised for being a dec...
12:30 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing This cheese rolling contest makes a hockey fight look like a loving embrace
Every year, a gaggle of lunatics gather at the top of Cooper's Hill in the Cotswold Hills of South West England. Following in the footsteps as well as the ambulances of those that came before them, ...
12:17 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing Ancient Roman turned down tragic death by volcano for a slapstick alternative
Some folks believe that when its your time to go, youre gonna go, no matter what you do. Were he still able to speak, at least one former citizen of the Roman city of Pompei might have something to sa...
12:14 am PDT - Wed, May 30, 2018
BoingBoing A piece of the original Death Star is on the auction block
Here's an unusual opportunity for a hardcore Star Wars fan. An authenticated, screen-used segment of the original Death Star (yes, from 1977) can be bid on through eBay. In partnership with Hollywood ...
07:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Buddhist funeral service for robot dogs
When Sony announced in 2014 that support was ending for Aibo, their pioneering line of robotic dogs, former Sony employee Nobuyuki Norimatsu launched A-Fun, a repair service in Japan, to take care of ...
07:03 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Vice President Mike Pence wish Garfield a happy birthday on the House Floor
That's the current US Vice President on the House Floor in 2003 wishing happy birthday to Garfield the comic cat. Garfield creator Jim Davis was born in Marion, Indiana and at the time of the video ...
06:48 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Fantastic psychedelic Levi's commercials from the early 1970s
In the early 1970s, Levi's ran these fantastic psychedelic TV commercials with narration by Ken Nordine, the beat creator of the pioneering Word Jazz albums of the 1950s that melded far-out poetry w...
06:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Panasonic's excellent ear and nose hair trimmer on sale for $10
The older I get, the hairier I get. I combat my fast-growing ear and nose hair with a Panasonic trimmer. Amazon is selling it for $10. It is easy to clean, and runs on a AA battery....
05:59 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Arkansas IHOP manager put on leave for refusing to serve kid born without arms
A 3-year-old armless kid who learned how to eat with his feet was refused service by a disapproving IHOP manager.His mom said the general manager told her he could not sit on the table and touch the s...
05:57 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing ABC cancels 'Roseanne' because Roseanne Barr is a racist
ABC cancelled "Roseanne" after Roseanne, once again, went off on a racist tear.Via Variety:ABC has pulled the plug on Roseanne.Roseannes Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with...
05:50 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing RFK Jr. calls for a new investigation into his father's assasination
Robert F Kennedy Jr. is calling for a new investigation into the 1968 assassination of his presidential candidate father. "I didn't feel it was something I could dismiss," said RFJ Jr. who recently me...
05:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Televangelist tells his flock to buy him a $54 million jet: "It's what Jesus would do."
Louisiana preacher Jesse Duplantis needs a new jet so he can share the good word with people around the world without having to stop and refuel, as he is forced to do with his current fleet of jets....
05:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Disney and ABC stand by as Roseanne Barr spews racist filth
Disney and subsidiary ABC are standing by quietly while vicious racist Roseanne Barr erupts with Islamophobic and anti-gay remarks.via HuffPo:Roseanne Barr has said another racist thing.On Tuesday, th...
05:03 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Strange Parts visits an industrial production materials market in Yiwu, China
Scotty of the Strange Parts Youtube channel says, "today we're exploring the Industrial Production Materials Market in Yiwu, China, which is filled with all sorts of amazing factory machines and ton...
02:49 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Tank: an excellent animated short paying homage to 80s vector videogames
Red Giant's chief creative officer Stu Maschwitz used Adobe After Effects to painstakingly create Tank, a fantastic tribute to 1980s vector graphics videogames like Battlezone, the Vectrex system, a...
02:43 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing In the 1970s, David Rosenhan showed that healthy people could be diagnosed as mentally ill
In the 1970s psychologist David Rosenhan sent healthy volunteers to 12 psychiatric hospitals, where they claimed to be hearing voices. Once they were admitted, they behaved normally, but the hospitals...
01:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Formula 1 car hits 88 mph with ease
"I can't be the only person who saw the sparks and thought this," writes Barry Dennen, "so apologies if it's been done already."It has not only been done, but it will be done again forever!...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Fire and brimstone: watch volcanoes emit psychedelic blue flames
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been spewing hypnotic blue flames thanks to the burning brimstone (aka sulfur). (more…)...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing See how this 3D-printed gear turns clockwise no matter how it's cranked
Differential gears can be used for all sorts of interesting things, as YouTuber Maker's Muse demonstrates with this 3D-printed hand crank that only turns clockwise. (more…)...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a kajillion clams make a sudden choreographed appearance
Coquina clams are so attuned to life in the foreshore that they all know exactly when to dig into the sand and exactly when to pop up. (more…)...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a nanorobot build a miscroscopic house on the tip of a fiberoptic filament
A team led by Jean-Yves Rauch at FEMTO-ST demonstrated the Robotex nanofactory's capabilities by building a tiny origami house from silica membranes. (more…)...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a nanorobot build a microscopic house on the tip of a fiberoptic filament
A team led by Jean-Yves Rauch at FEMTO-ST demonstrated the Robotex nanofactory's capabilities by building a tiny origami house from silica membranes. (more…)...
01:34 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing California proposes location-tracking, e-ink license plates that display "STOLEN" if a car is boosted
A new California pilot program will let drivers replace their metal license plates with e-ink versions that will eliminate the need to use stickers to prove that you've renewed your tags, allow you to...
01:26 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Scott Pruitt's EPA has opened secret backchannels to the climate denial industry to find "scientists" and other "experts"
The Environmental Defense Fund and the Southern Environmental Law Center sued the EPA to force it to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for access to emails to and from thinktanks associ...
01:17 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing Garbage In, Garbage Out: machine learning has not repealed the iron law of computer science
Pete Warden writes convincingly about computer scientists' focus on improving machine learning algorithms, to the exclusion of improving the training data that the algorithms interpret, and how that f...
12:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 29, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design 9 - Psychic battle
Ed Piskor's offering an annotated page-by-page look at the first part of X-Men: Grand Design, his epic retelling of how Marvel comics' pantheon of heroes came to be. Catch up here. — Eds.Directo...
10:22 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: Young woman blows smoke out of her ear
Blowing smoke rings or the French inhale (blowing smoke out of your mouth and into your nostrils) are smoking tricks of yesteryear how about vaping smoke through your ear? Pretty impressive, but ac...
09:50 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Cop punches young woman in the head for underage drinking on the beach
Emily Weinman, a smidge under drinking age at 20 years old, went to the beach in Southern New Jersey to enjoy Memorial Day with her daughter, her daughter's father, and a friend. A police officer su...
09:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Vaccinations against Ebola begin in Congolese town of Bikoro
Last week, officials in charge of stemming the latest outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo began the process of inoculating healthcare workers and other individuals who may have...
09:06 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Why Portugal's decriminalization of all drugs has saved so many lives
In less than two decades, Portugal went from suffering an epidemic of heroin use, drug-related crimes and deaths to enjoying one of the lowest rates of drug-related deaths in the world. This excelle...
09:01 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Real-life "Spider-Man" scales Parisian building to save dangling child, gets rewarded with citizenship
It took 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama just seconds to reach a child that was dangling from the fifth-floor balcony of a building in Paris, saving the four-year-old boy. The undocumented migrant worke...
08:59 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing This Logitech mouse is changing the way I think about tech
Ive used an Apple Magic Trackpad for the past eight years basically since they became available in Canada. I love them for the fact that all of the muscle memory that Ive developed using trackpad-bas...
08:50 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Donald Glover got his rap alter-ego name from a Wu-Tang name generator
Today I learned that Donald Glover got his rapper name Childish Gambino from this online Wu-Tang Clan name generator. It's not new news (though the info was new to me, and perhaps to you as well), a...
06:48 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing The first cyberattack took place nearly 200 years ago in France
France created a national mechanical telegraph system in the 1790s; in 1834, a pair of crooked bankers named Franois and Joseph Blanc launched the first cyberattack, poisoning the data that went over ...
06:23 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Germany's scientific texts were made free during and after WWII; analyzing them today shows the negative effect of paywalls on science
In 1942, the US Book Republication Program permitted American publishers to reprint "exact reproductions" of Germany's scientific texts without payment; seventy-five years later, the fate of this scie...
06:13 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Futuristic designs for products the EU's stupid new copyright law would kill
The Polish thinktank Centrum Cyfrowe commissioned designers to come up with "speculative designs" for products that could be enabled by a European approach to copyright reforms that favored a more equ...
05:47 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing 8 years of austerity have turned the UK into a bleak Victorian dystopia, where pensioners without electricity die from fires ignited by their candles
It's been eight years since the Conservative government of David Cameron declared its austerity programme, slashing transfer grants to local governments and putting private firms in charge of rooting ...
05:34 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing plainbudget: do your budgeting with a plain text file
plainbudget is a minimalist budgeting app that lets you sum your cashflow in plaintext: think Markdown, but it's a spreadsheet. There are two kinds of value groups: cashflow and expense. A cashflow va...
05:23 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Canadian Conservative parliamentarian accuses black rival of "thinking the world revolves around her skin colour"
Dave writes, "Maxime Bernier, a far-right asshole who ran for leadership of Canada's Progressive Conservative party on a platform of 'fair gun policy' and 'standing up for rural Canadians,' decided th...
04:58 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing RIP Gardner Dozois, pioneering, genre-defining science fiction editor who helped launch my career
Gardner Dozois started his career in science fiction as a (very good) writer, but quickly transitioned to the role that defined his life in the field, as an editor, taking over Asimov's from 1984 to 2...
01:17 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Enigma released the second part of Sadeness
Enigma's Sadeness (part 1) was riveting when it appeared in 1991, a peak of remix culture that transported millions to another place, the old world and the new age meeting in a feast of futuristic E...
12:14 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing How the North does Jim Crow
Segregation was an institution of the American south, but the north had its ways and means. At the New York Times, Andrew W. Kahrl explains that recent startling examples of black people being hounded...
12:05 pm PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Start your monday with this enormous Scottish foghorn
The foghorn at Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands of Scotland is powered by more than one 44hp Kelvin K-Series diesel engines, powering the Alley and MacLellan compressors which blow the horn itself."...
11:56 am PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Turning on the internet after GDPR day
Dolan Darker (YouTube) welcomes the world to the web of 2018. https://twitter.com/fr3ino/status/1000166112615714816...
11:47 am PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Surprisingly attractive laptop for playing computer games
Most "gaming" laptops look like props from cheap 1990s sci-fi: greebled plastic carbuncles, all edgy red LEDs and bloated bezels, whirring like drones in a tiled bathroom as soon as gameplay begins. T...
11:20 am PDT - Mon, May 28, 2018
BoingBoing Catholic church launches probe into weeping Mary statue in Hobbs, N.M
Hobbs, N.M. is an oil town out in No Country For Old Men country, and I lived there for 7 years after moving to the United States. It's rarely in the papers, but thanks to a weeping Mary statue at Our...
02:34 pm PDT - Sun, May 27, 2018
BoingBoing Kickstarting Dream Askew and Dream Apart, no-dice, no-GM RPGs about radical justice, queers and Jewish shtetl life
Dream Askew and Dream Apart are "no-dice, no masters" RPGs where players collaborate to tell stories together without dice or dungeon masters: Dream Askew uses the system to create campaigns in "a que...
11:02 am PDT - Sun, May 27, 2018
BoingBoing Power tool company Makita sells a coffee machine
Once again, the future has been unevenly distributed: Makita's coffee machine was available in Japan years ago. I can't wait to have one of these in my kitchen. Asahi Shimbun writes:Makita's first cof...
04:57 pm PDT - Sat, May 26, 2018
BoingBoing Jargon watch: smishing and vishing
Smishing: phishing with SMSes. Vishing: phishing with voice-response systems. A pair of Romanian hackers have been extradited to the U.S. after allegedly bilking unwitting victims out of more than $18...
03:15 pm PDT - Sat, May 26, 2018
BoingBoing Superstar Limo: The story of Disney's "worst attraction ever"
We can all take some comfort that even Disney, with all its money and creative resources, can fail. Take for instance, Disney's epic failure, a long-gone ride called Superstar Limo. The dark ride, t...
03:15 pm PDT - Sat, May 26, 2018
BoingBoing How to use a rotary dial telephone (1927)
In 1927, folks in the Fresno, California area went down to the local cinema to learn how to use those new-fangled dial telephones that everybody was talking about. This is the charming footage, a co...
05:40 am PDT - Sat, May 26, 2018
BoingBoing Interview: Dr. Karl E H Seigfried talks satr, Heathenry and beards
A few weeks back, we pushed out a post about the fact that Heathens serving in the U.S. Army are now allowed to sport a beard as part of their faith. In the story, I mentioned that a group that stands...
01:06 am PDT - Sat, May 26, 2018
BoingBoing GDPR: Don't forget to bring a towel!
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12:48 am PDT - Sat, May 26, 2018
BoingBoing Ireland's referendum results: legalised abortion projected to win "by a landslide"
Ireland's no-exceptions-made abortion ban was one of the cruelest and most inhumane in the world, and after years of struggle, the country has finally held a referendum to amend its constitution and s...
12:40 am PDT - Sat, May 26, 2018
BoingBoing Congressional staffers for Rep. Tom Garrett [R-VA] say they were used as "personal servants"
Politico spoke to four former congressional staffers who'd been assigned to Rep. Tom Garrett [R-VA] who say that the Congressman and his wife treated the staff as "personal servants," demanding that t...
12:14 am PDT - Sat, May 26, 2018
BoingBoing Upward-facing Han Solo in carbonite yoga mat
Onnit's $65 Solo Yoga Mat features a lifesize Han-in-Carbon for you to perform upward-facing Jabba on. (via Cnet)...
11:49 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: Tom Waits' Hell Broke Luce
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fju9o8BVJ8Memorial Day is upon us. As you enjoy the long weekend, don't forget what that extra day off you're getting this month represents: lower your flags to half m...
11:43 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing This movie about a 1300-year-old family business is the most sublime thing you'll see today
https://vimeo.com/114879061Built in 718 AD, Hshi is the second oldest ryokan (hotel or inn) in the world and, with 46 consecutive generations of the same family running it, is hands down the longest r...
11:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Collaborating in Fortnite
Fortnite is popular for tons of reasons, but chief among it is the "battle royale" style of combat -- 100 random players dropped on an island, foraging for defenses and weapons, and killing each other...
11:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Good riddance to Klout, horseman of the influencer apocalypse
Social rating site Klout saw where society was heading with influencer marketing, but like many bad ideas that were a little ahead of their time, Klout will not live on to see the devastation they hel...
10:37 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing This t-shirt shows Marcie of 'The Peanuts' gang as the BBQ snitch (aka White People Calling Cops on Black People)
So THAT'S what happened to Marcie. She became the BBQ snitch. (more…)...
10:37 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing This #PEANUTSBBQ t-shirt shows Marcie of 'The Peanuts' gang as the BBQ snitch
So THAT'S what happened to Marcie. She became the BBQ snitch. (more…)...
09:43 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Nkechi Diallo, formerly Rachel Dolezal, charged with welfare fraud
Nkechi Diallo, formerly known as Rachel Dolezal, was charged with welfare fraud this week over payments totaling about $9,000, received between 2015 and 2017. As Dolezal, she served as the Spokane Cha...
09:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook moderation guidelines leaked
"White supremacy" is forbidden on Facebook, but "white nationalism" is OK. They know it's bullshit, elsewhere talking of "overlaps with white nationalism/separatism," but it's what they've got. Mother...
08:53 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this guy solve a 17x17x17 Rubik's Cube in under 5 hours
Russian speed-cuber Evgeny Bondarenko decided to tackle the biggest challenge on the market today: solving the 17x17x17 Rubik's Cube. Talk about concentration! (more…)...
08:52 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Listen to noted perv Bob Crane improv an ad for "Man, Oh Manischewitz"
"Red Coke," aka Riunite on Ice, was largely inspired by the 1940s "Man, Oh Manischewitz" ads. Here, voiceover genius Bob Crane does several impressions for that Robitussin-adjacent wine beloved by m...
08:08 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Interview with Scotty Allen, host of the Strange Parts Youtube channel
My Cool Tools podcast guest this week is Scotty Allen. Scotty is a nomadic engineer, entrepreneur, adventurer and storyteller who orbits around San Francisco and Shenzhen, China. He runs a YouTube cha...
07:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Turns out that python eggs stick to each other for a bunch of good reasons
YouTuber Retic over at Prehistoric Pets TV has a huge collection of pythons and other ancient creatures. Here he shows how and why a clutch of python eggs can be lifted up in giant sticky clumps. (m...
06:50 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Puget Sound mussels are failing drug tests
If youve been using or abusing an opioid, then your pees been full of opioids. When your opioid-laced pee gets flushed away, those opioids wind up in our water: our reservoirs, streams and oceans.And ...
06:44 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Great price on Kuhn Rikon Swiss Peeler
Buy 3 Kuhn Rikon Swiss Peelers for $6.69. Keep one and give the other 2 to friends. They'll love you forever. Once I started using this, I got rid of my other, inferior peelers....
06:42 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Driver sees a black object in the air, later finds a handgun lodged into his car
A man was driving on I-5 in Washington when he saw "a small black object in the air." He then heard it hitting the front of his car, but it didn't seem like a big deal. It wasn't until he stopped for ...
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Baggage handlers gives zero f*cks
This baggage handler looks like she's been at her job for a long time, effortlessly tossing luggage down the slide as if they were bags of marshmallows. Hopefully, marshmallows are what's in that lugg...
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Baggage handler gives zero f*cks
This baggage handler looks like she's been at her job for a long time, effortlessly tossing luggage down the slide as if they were bags of marshmallows. Hopefully, marshmallows are what's in that lugg...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Martin Shkreli owes IRS $1.6 million
Martin Shkreli, the imprisoned pharmacy tycoon who skyrocketed the price of an HIV drug and enjoyed a short period of trollish infamy on social media, owes the IRS more than $1.6 million, according to...
05:31 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Two late-stage Ebola patients break quarantine, the number they may have infected is unknown
Last week, the Democratic Republic of Congos latest Ebola outbreak was confirmed to have spread to Mbandaka, a transportation hub, home to over one million people. As of the time that this post was wr...
05:26 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing What makes a woman? New documentary seeks answers
Transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf hosts the new Channel 4 documentary What Makes a Woman? Science and society are grappling with the complex and contentious topics of sex, sexuality, an...
05:16 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Study finds that sleeping in on the weekends is good for you
I sleep in late whenever I can, and have felt vaguely guilty about it because everything I've read about sleep says people are supposed to stick to a strict sleep schedule every day. That's not possib...
05:15 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Loaded gun stored in an oven gets too hot and shoots owner
A gun-toting gentleman in Ohio wanted to keep his revolver out of harm's reach when his kids came to visit him, so he hid it in his oven's broiler. But 44-year-old Robin Garlock neglected to tell his ...
04:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Use this link to see what your Twitter feed looked like 10 years ago today
In February Xeni tweeted a history of the Twitter experience over the last 10 years or so:Twitter was like good weed & an espressoThen it was like crackThen for a while PCPNow Id say we are in bath sa...
04:37 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Underoos were not any more fun than other underwear, seriously
Underoos were always treated more as pajama than underwear, but occasionally some Super Kid would wear them to school and the jokes would fly!Sometimes that kid was me.I had the Spiderman Underoos. ...
04:21 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Drone's-eye view of how solar farms clean all those panels
Clifford Burgoni wanted to sell his system for cleaning 86,000 solar panels, so he made a cool drone video of the gear in operation. (more…)...
04:08 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Motiv fitness-tracking ring comes in all sizes
Beth Skwarecki reviewed the Motiv fitness-tracking ring and liked it a lot. I can't get over how tiny and inconspicuous it is: it syncs wirelessly with a phone app and needs about an hour's charge eve...
03:42 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Gorgeous plasticine circuit-board
Tim Easley's gorgeous sculpture depicting an elaborate circuit board made from modeling clay, was commissioned by the record label Albert's Favourites as the cover art for Modified Man's new release, ...
03:40 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Climate change depicted as vertical stripes
Warming Stripes: (cache) average annual temperatures in England, with each year depicted as a vertical line, from left to right, covering 1772-2017. At the link, see the U.S. and Toronto....
03:35 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing A guide to the valuable electronics inside Bird's illegal-in-San Francisco scooters
On the occasion of Bird being ordered to remove its scooters from the streets of San Francisco, JWZ has published the beginnings of a costed teardown of the key components of any you find lying around...
03:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Zelda propaganda posters
Counter the creeping resurgence of genuine, non-metaphorical Naziism in gamer culture with Fernando Reza's kick-ass WWII style Zelda propaganda posters! $40 each, 18" x 24", printed on archival paper....
03:21 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how organic farmers use tractor-mounted flamethrowers on weeds and pests
Flame weeding involves strapping a tank of propane to the back of a tractor and running specialized equipment down rows of crops, burning any non-crop stuff that gets in the way. (more…)...
03:18 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing John Hodgman's outstanding Vacationland: now in paperback!
I found John Hodgman's Vacationland to be a genuinely moving and hilarious read; and it has stuck with me in the year since its hardcover release -- now it's out in paperback, and Hodgman is touring w...
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook is worth much less to its users than search and email, but it keeps a larger share of the value
Economists Erik Brynjolfsson, Felix Eggers and Avinash Gannamaneni have published an NBER paper (Sci-Hub mirror) detailing an experiment where they offered Americans varying sums to give up Facebook, ...
02:35 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing The Trump-Kim commemorative coin now commemorates Trump's disastrous handling of the North Korea talks
Ahead of Trump's planned summit with North Korean "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong Un, the White House issued a tacky commemorative coin; once Trump sent his petulant breakup letter to Kim canceling the summ...
02:25 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing The paleocomputing miracle of the 76477 Space Invaders sound effects chip
In 1978, the 76477 Complex Sound Generation chip was foundational to creating the sound effects in many popular games, notably Space Invaders; it was also popular with hobbyists who could buy the chip...
02:21 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Gentlemen mod a car with shopping-cart style caster wheels
Crazy Carts are souped-up electric go-karts with rear wheels like the ones on the front of shopping carts. Some goofballs decided to turn a real car into a Crazy Cart by replacing the rear tires wit...
02:10 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Texas high-school principal fires award-winning, nationally famous journalism teacher to rein in critical student newspaper reporting
Dallas-Fort Worth's Prosper High School has an excellent student paper, the Eagle Nation Online, with a most excellent advisor, Lori Oglesbee-Petter, a journalism teacher with 34 years of experience, ...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing The Empire Strips Back: "Star Wars" burlesque show soon to tour the West Coast
Hey Californians, a burlesque show is headed your way for a short tour all the way from Australia starting on May 31. Not just any burlesque show though, this is "The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque P...
12:22 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Cat kicks oncoming Roomba like a boss
You might think you're smooth. But you'll never be as smooth as this black cat redirecting a robotic vacuum with its back leg WHILE continuing to aggressively stare down another cat. I mean, it does...
12:01 pm PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Cool backgrounds
Cool Backgrounds generates beautiful, abstract, geometric images perfect for use as backgrounds on your computer or mobile gadgetry. There are four different styles, many color scheme options, and a f...
11:32 am PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Florida Man arrested for teaching kids where babies come from... at the top of his lungs
No matter how shitty a day I've had, I can always count on Florida Man to cheer me up or at the very least, horrify me to the point that my personal problems feel like minor issues.In this episode, we...
11:32 am PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing I don't care what scientists say: drinking your Guinness from a Martini glass is a heresy
Tech Insider, I break with thee. Science, I break with thee. None of this is OK. It will never be OK....
11:23 am PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Dad puts a John C. Reilly filter on his baby's face, then does impression
This is fun.Using his phone, a dad in Boston put a digital filter on his daughter's face. It made the poor thing look like a little John C. Reilly in a pink fleece onesie. Baby Reilly's dad, Joe Gau...
11:22 am PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Fishmonger buys 70-pound octopus just to set it free
This is Fred. Fred is free again.They may not be from space, but octopuses are still incredible, intelligent creatures. One California fishmonger in Morro Bay certainly thinks so.Earlier this month, G...
11:20 am PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this delightful 3D zoetrope system with swappable animations
4-Mation is a product being developed by Kevin Holmes, Jonathan Scoon, and Charlie Round-Turner that features a spinner that accommodates different 3D-printed animations, like the leaping frogs abov...
12:36 am PDT - Fri, May 25, 2018
BoingBoing Amazon: 'Unlikely' string of events led to Echo recording a family's private chat & sending to some random guy
Amazon has now publicly responded to today's bombshell news that an Alexa/Echo personal digital assistive device recorded and then leaked a Portland family's private conversation to a third party acqu...
07:59 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing "World's Largest Orgy" no longer hosted at Las Vegas Embassy Suites, but it's still on, now with more science
Menage Life's world's biggest orgy on June 2 will move from an Embassy Suites hotel in Las Vegas to the Erotic Heritage Museum. Menage Life said the change is due to increased interest in the event." ...
07:25 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Riunite advertising was something out of another universe
Riunite. On ice. Who were they trying to sell this wine? These ads had me cracking up as a child. Were yodelers, robots, and folks with made-up but pretty racist accents really lacking the right cho...
07:24 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Get the awesome Babylon 5 encyclopedia print edition before it sells out
Last year, the team behind B5 Books put together a The Babylon 5 Encyclopedia a thoroughly researched, lovingly crafted set of volumes on the universe of the 90's Sci-Fi series Babylon 5.I was lucky e...
06:18 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Good deal on an Arduino clone starter kit
This Arduino clone starter kit, at $28.34 on Amazon, is a really good deal. Besides the Arduino Uno clone itself, it has a full size solderless breadboard, a servo motor, a power supply, a distance se...
06:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Uber driver with two passengers in car gets arrested for attempted rape and aggravated burglary
While an Uber driver was shuttling two passengers in Georgia last Sunday, he was arrested for attempted rape, sexual battery, and aggravated burglary. Looks like Uber did a real good job in vetting th...
05:54 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Do drones need sweaters? Plus: drone dating
Over at Make, Gareth Branwyn reported on his personal highlight of Maker Faire Bay Area last weekend -- a presentation by artist Danielle Baskin, who made sweaters for drones and then sent the drones ...
05:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Here are the Dungeon and Dragons stat sheets for famous cartoon characters
In the early 1990s Dragon magazine published AD&D stats for various cartoon characters. Bugs Bunny is a 15th-level illusionist with a chaotic good alignment. Popeye is Lawful Neutral and he is either ...
05:35 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Bill Gates suggests these five books for summer reading
For your summer reading pleasure, Bill Gates recommends:Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter IsaacsonEverything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies Ive Loved by Kate BowlerLincoln in the Bardo by George Sau...
05:27 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Amazon home assistant recorded and sent private conversation to third party, says Portland woman
Why do people have these infernal contraptions in their homes?Every room in her family home was wired with the Amazon devices to control her home's heat, lights and security system.But Danielle said t...
05:24 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Alexa listened to a couple's conversation and sent it to the husband's employee without permission
A couple in Portland is accusing Alexa of doing exactly what many people have feared she might do. They say she listened in on a conversation and sent it to a random contact of theirs one of her husb...
05:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Listen to Weezer cover Toto (but not the song you think)
For six months, a Weezer fan named Mary (@weezerafrica) has been rallying support for her request that Weezer cover Toto's "Africa." It started as a joke but now is now very, very serious. (Kinda. N...
05:07 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Barbie ride-on toy car modded with real engine goes 70 mph
Edwin Olding hacked together a Barbie Power Wheels Ford Mustang chassis with an old go-kart frame and a customized Honda dirt bike engine. This hot pink whip now races at 70 mph. From The Drive:Oldi...
04:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Comcast's $1.2b/year modem-rental scam picks your pocket, then exposes you to hackers, stalkers and identity thieves
For most of a century, AT&T ripped off its customers by requiring them to rent their phones, meaning that over the life of your phone subscription, you would buy your phone thousands of times over. (m...
04:52 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing How to make a Battlezone type movie using Adobe After Effects
I taught myself After Effects a couple of years ago so I could make this Blockchain explainer video. From the perspective of my limited skillset, I was blown away by what filmmaker Stu Maschwitz was...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Check out Disney's robot acrobat
This is "Stickman," a robot acrobat that Disney Research scientists presented at this week's IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. From the abstract of their technical paper:Huma...
04:39 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Thoughtful, devastating critique of Jordan Peterson's "12 Rules for Life"
Jordan Peterson is really easy to make fun of -- what with the mystical nonsense and the pseudoscientific evolutionary biology -- but there are millions of (largely white, largely young, largely male)...
04:30 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Explaining the flashed face distortion effect
Steve Mould offers a couple of explanations for the flashed face distortion effect. I've seen this before and it's very strange. When you put pictures of two different people side-by-side and flash ...
04:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Cable industry attains the impossible: makes Americans hate it even more
Comcast is America's perennial most hated company, so it's hard to imagine how it could get even less popular, but you've got to give the company credit: on the way to growing to never-seen size and p...
04:07 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Mining the Panama Papers and other leaks to reveal the hidden looting of West Africa by its corrupt elite
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists teamed up with the Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism (Cenozo) to delve deep into 27.5 million files from the Offshore Leaks, Swi...
03:50 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Why "leftism" is parting ways with "liberalism" and what it means for the future of American politics
The 2016 elections were fraught and game-changing on many axes, but one important one that is still playing out is the split between the "left" (universal healthcare, steeply progressive taxation, no ...
03:12 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Debugging AI is a "hard problem"
Writing code is a lot easier than fixing code! For a lot of well-understood reasons, code requires a lot of debugging to run safely and property, and different code structures and practices make debug...
03:02 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing FBI sinkholes a key domain used by the malware that infected 500,000 home routers, declares partial victory and Russian attribution
VPNFilter is a virulent, sophisticated, multistage worm that has successfully infected 500,000 home routers, leaving them vulnerable to both surveillance (the malware snoops network traffic for passwo...
02:43 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing "Failure is fuel": Abby Wambach summons "Wolf Pack" in commencement speech
Last Wednesday, soccer champion, equal pay/LGBTQ activist, and badass extraordinaire Abby Wambach delivered the keynote for Barnard College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Manhattan. She sha...
02:20 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Samurai Jack vs the soundtrack from Doom
There are a so many points of apparent correspondence here I can't believe it's not edited! [By HappyOrange, via via]P.S. You can buy the Doom soundtrack (by Mick Gordon) on vinyl at Amazon....
02:13 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Cat riding on car at 60 miles per hour
Fox 47 News reports on a fast cat, left atop a car as it speeds down an interstate highway: "How that cat held on at high speed is amazing," says a local Humane Society rep....
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Add Excel to your resume with this 4-course bootcamp
Businesses big and small use Microsoft Excel for everything from data visualization to bookkeeping, and chances are you've already had some exposure to this ubiquitous tool. Whether you're looking to ...
12:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Canton police set dog on a driver who politely refuses to answer questions
https://youtu.be/8985Of40hTo?t=49WKYC Channel 3 in Canton, Ohio, posted footage of police smashing a car window, dragging out the driver and setting a dog on him after he very politely refused to answ...
12:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Police set dog on a driver who politely refuses to answer questions
https://youtu.be/8985Of40hTo?t=49WKYC Channel 3 in Canton, Ohio, posted footage of police smashing a car window, dragging out the driver and setting a dog on him after he very politely refused to answ...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing The evolution of meme music from 1500 AD to the present
Pianist Lord Vinheteiro's latest tracks selections of meme music from the year 1500 AD to now. You'll hear "Greensleeves," Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9," The Village People's "YMCA," Rick Astley's ri...
11:58 am PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Interactive animation of why NYC's subway is so slow
In the last few years, the subway in New York has become clotted with delays. For just as long, the MTA -- the agency that runs the subway -- has claimed the reason was underfunding, rising ridership ...
11:30 am PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Analyzing mouse-movement to see if you're lying
Here's an interesting experiment: Using mouse-movement as a lie-detection technique.Cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists have long noted a big "tell" in human behavior: Crafting a lie takes mor...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing TIL: Camels can eat long-needled cactus
Do not mess with a Dromedary camel. Their mouths are adapted to eat whole pieces of prickly pear cactus, six-inch long needles and all. Watch this video by Camels and Friends if you don't believe me...
10:43 am PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Gay elders try to figure out new gay slang
This is adorable. Bill, Robert, and Mick -- three elderly gay gentlemen -- try on young people's gay words and phrases on for size in this video by INTO.Thanks, Moe!...
01:45 am PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Age Gate With Attitude
Damjanski, a really witty digital artist, has released his latest work -- "The Age Gate".I won't give any spoilers, but it's pretty funny....
12:41 am PDT - Thu, May 24, 2018
BoingBoing Matt Groening's new animated series "Disenchantment" headed to Netflix
The creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening, has a new animated series for adults called Disenchantment. The "medieval adventure" debuts August 17 on Netflix and "follows the misadventures...
10:50 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Why Donald Trump is the tabloid president
Its hard to believe that President Donald Trump didnt personally edit the supermarket tabloids this week.They ignore facts, present opinions as reality, leap to improbable conclusions, and claim to be...
10:34 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Court rules that Trump can't block people on Twitter
A New York federal judge has ruled that Donald Trump can't block people he doesn't like on Twitter, because he uses Twitter to communicate his edicts and policies as President of the United States, an...
09:25 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Depression: the psychedelic cure
George Goldsmith and Katya Malievskaia are a married couple whose startup Compass Pathways will soon launch the largest triple-blind clinical trial ever of a psychedelic drug. The drug is psilocybin...
08:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing 500,000 home routers have been infected with VPNFilter, malware that steals data and bricks devices
VPNFilter is a sophisticated, multi-stage malware package, part of the new breed of boot-persistent malware (software that can survive a reboot); it targets home routers and network-attached storage d...
08:34 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing The FBI's mountain of uncrackable crimephones was nearly entirely imaginary
The FBI has been trying to ban working cryptography since the Clinton years, a losing battle whose stakes go up with each passing day as the number of devices that depend on working crypto to secure t...
08:22 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing A free internet is a configurable internet
I appeared on the O'Reilly podcast this week to discuss my upcoming keynote at the O'Reilly Fluent Conference. (more…)...
08:19 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Federal judge: Trump violates the Constitution when blocking Twitter users
New York federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that president Donald Trump is violating the Constitution when he blocks people on Twitter. "We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account -- ...
08:09 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing NASA photographer's camera cooked by last week's SpaceX rocket launch
Senior NASA photographer Bill Ingalls apparently set up his Canon EOS 5DS at an unlucky spot near yesterday's SpaceX rocket launch. The camera was outside the pad perimeter and the launch sparked a sm...
08:05 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing The Democratic candidate for the Georgia governorship is a Black woman running on an "unapologetic progressive" platform
Stacey Abrams has won a bitterly contested primary for the Democratic candidate in Georgia's upcoming gubernatorial race; Abrams aims to be the first Black, woman governor in US history, and she plan...
08:02 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Neuron necklace
For €105, the delightful and enchanting silver Neuron Necklace is yours. Its just one of a number of clever items offered by science-inspired jewelry, which include brains, fetuses, spines and th...
07:58 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Pomera heads to English-speaking world with new e-ink folding pocket typewriter
The first Pomera designed for English use looks like the e-ink typewriter I've always wanted, and even has a cleverly-folding full-size keyboard so the whole thing fits in a pocket. Two AA batteries w...
07:50 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing A hard look at the wastefulness of "proof of work," the idea at the core of the blockchain
David Gerard is a technically minded, sharp-witted, scathing critic of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies; his criticism is long, comprehensive and multipartite, but of particular interest is is criti...
07:19 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Charlie Stross on the "soft genocide" of eugenics-tainted, alt-right climate dystopia
Right now, the eugenics-happy alt-right are also climate deniers; but climate denial has a short half-life -- its undeniability will only grow, as the world gets hotter, more dangerous, drier, wetter,...
07:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Epic Bill Gates e-mail rant from 2003
In 2003 Bill Gates tried to download Microsoft Movie Maker from Microsoft.com. His confusing, frustrating, futile experience prompted him to write a terrifically scorching email to the managers in cha...
06:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing How do pinball machine solenoids work?
Solenoids are common electromechanical devices. They're used in pinball machines to make the ball shoot away when they hit a bumper. If you've ever have the opportunity to touch an energized pinball...
06:21 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Beloved Kura Toga mechanical pencil on sale for $4.90
Available as an add-on item on Amazon, this Kuru Toga pencil has a cool feature that rotates the lead incrementally every time you press it down on paper. That way, the tip stays nicely rounded. Here'...
05:58 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Toronto cops eat drugs, freak out, and charged with Attempting to Obstruct Justice
If youre a cop who calls for backup to save you from drug-induced hallucinations, youre going to have a bad year.This past January, Toronto Police Service Constable Vittorio Dominelli and his partner,...
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Can you solve the wizard standoff riddle?
Math 4 Love founder Dan Finkel writes:Youve been chosen as a champion to represent your wizarding house in a deadly duel against two rival magic schools. Your opponents are a powerful sorcerer who w...
05:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing US consulate worker in China injured by mysterious sonic attack
Remember when 15 US government workers in Cuba got sick from some kind of unknown "sonic attack" a couple of years ago? Well, today it was reported that a US consulate staffer in China was the victim ...
05:35 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing A robot found the "holy grail of shipwrecks" containing billions of dollars in cargo
In 1708, British ships sunk a Spanish galleon called the San Jos that contained a cargo of gold, silver, and emeralds believed to be now valued at billions of dollars. Now it's been revealed that in 2...
05:09 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Boring company makes "the world's most boring billboard" and promises to keep it up for 12 years
Sioo:x Wood Protection is a boring company. That doesn't mean its products aren't important. It's just hard to jump up and down with glee over wood protection. Nevertheless, the "world's most boring...
05:09 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Bringing DNA testing to the Loch Ness Monster mystery
For more than a century there have been reports of a strange sea "monster" living in Loch Ness yet hard evidence is, er, lacking. Now, evolutionary biologist Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago is...
05:06 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Young girl shocks parents with hilarious answer to why people get married
When parents ask their daughters why Prince Harry is getting married, the younger of the two says, "Harry is getting married because they want to get married." But when asked what you do when you ge...
04:58 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Andy Warhol's Interview magazine shuts down after 49 years
In 1969 Andy Warhol and John Wilcock launched Interview, "The Crystal Ball of Pop." True to its name, the magazine ran interviews of artists, actors, musicians, and celebrities.From The New York Times...
04:42 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Madman attacks car and passenger with a sledgehammer
An irate gentleman wearing shorts and a lime green shirt was caught on a security camera attacking an SUV and then a passenger with a sledgehammer. He followed the SUV into a parking lot, and whe...
04:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing How stalking is romanticized in movies
This episode of Pop Culture Detective is called Stalking for Love, and explores the movie trope about "nice guys" who relentlessly stalk and harass women they are obsessed with. It's remarkable how ...
04:34 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Mindbendingly cool Mexican psychedelic music from 1981
I'm familiar with the psych music scene that emerged in the 1960s-1970s in some Latin American countries like Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, thanks to fantastic reissues of rare LPs on labels like Luak...
04:25 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Adam Savage at Maker Faire: the importance of sharing
Adam Savage gives a talk every year at Maker Faire. It's one of the highlights at the Bay Area event. This year, Adam talked about why sharing is such an important part of the maker movement. I'm he...
04:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Plane flying from Austin TX to Honduras crashes and breaks in half, and everyone survives
A private plane carrying at least six US passengers from Austin, TX crashed on the small runway at Toncontin airport in Honduras's capital, Tegucigalpa. The plane split in half, but miraculously nob...
03:54 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing The Computer History Museum just published the sourcecode for Eudora
Eudora -- first released in 1988 -- was the first industrial-strength email client designed to run on personal computers like IBM PC and the Macintosh; though there are still die-hard users of the pro...
02:20 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Working replica of Snake Plissken's Lifeclock countdown timer watch from Escape From New York
The Lifeclock One: Snake Edition is a $300 licensed replica of the countdown timer watch worn by Snake Plissken in Escape From New York: it's very cool looking and faithful to the original prop, but r...
02:06 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing For the first time in nearly 40 years, there's a new Parliament album!
George Clinton, explaining why Medicaid Fraud Dogg was being released under the Parliament banner, rather than Funkadelic: "Because the last album was (2014's) Funkadelic First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing These mini cinder blocks let you build your own desk gear
The workday is long, and inevitably, you're going to find yourself needing to take a break from the daily grind. With Mini Materials Miniature Cinder Blocks, you can take some time for yourself and de...
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing The company that made Grenfell Tower's flammable, poisonous insulation used dangerous lies to make hundreds of sales
Celotex convinced the owners of Grenfell Tower and hundreds of other buildings in the UK to insulate with their RS5000 insulation product -- a product that had never passed safety tests. The company c...
01:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Game platform Steam set to ban sexy toons
Steam is reportedly cracking down on "scantily clad cartoon women" in its online gane platform. Publishers of adult-themed anime visual novels say they've been told to remove offending titles or leave...
12:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing The Rammellzee universe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I56Kkxh_osRammellzee (previously) -- artist, graffiti writer, hip hop musician, masked performer, Gothic Futurist -- died in 2010, leaving a mysterious body of work. H...
11:35 am PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Photoshop was first sold as Barneyscan XP
Adobe's Photoshop, the all-conquering image manipulation software that now anchors the subscription-based Creative Suite, was originally written in Pascal and distributed under the name "Barneyscan XP...
11:31 am PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing The largest art theft in history remains unsolved
In 1990, two thieves dressed as policemen walked into Boston's Gardner museum and walked out with 13 artworks worth half a billion dollars. After 28 years the lost masterpieces have never been recover...
11:13 am PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing How everyone in Ireland feels about the British royal wedding
Let's check in with Michael, who has thoughts on the nuptials of the lizard prince....
11:06 am PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Chimp in a ball pit
Project Chimps put chimps in a ball pit and the chimps were happy: "Chimpanzees love ball pits too!"...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Franz Harary Produces a Marching Band
You likely havent heard of magician Franz Harary, an American whos fame and fortune have come from performing mostly in Asia. Not only is Franz a fine performer, but hes also one of the most respect...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing A funk cover of "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Here's a fab funk cover of Guns N' Roses' 1988 hit single "Sweet Child O' Mine" featuring the powerful vocals of Mario Jose. Now, here's the backstory of the band behind the cover: In 2017, Patreon'...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Leggings inspired by dazzle camouflage
No one will doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion in Standard Rainbow's leggings. Their geometric patterns are inspired by the "dazzle camouflage," the experimental paint jobs used on World War I ba...
09:31 am PDT - Wed, May 23, 2018
BoingBoing Tom the Dancing Bug: Our Nation's Leaders Analyze the Data on USA's Gun Violence
FOR THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE, AND THEIR SUMMER READING: Get Ruben Bollings hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures."The EMU Club inhabits exactly the world I always hoped to live in when I wa...
09:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Delware! Tonight, a public vote will determine the fate of one of the state's most important libraries
Walter Stabosz writes, "Delaware was the first state to ratify the US constitution, giving it the moniker 'The First State.' It is also the second smallest state, and has only three counties. Tonight ...
09:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Delaware! Tonight, a public vote will determine the fate of one of the state's most important libraries
Walter Stabosz writes, "Delaware was the first state to ratify the US constitution, giving it the moniker 'The First State.' It is also the second smallest state, and has only three counties. Tonight ...
08:26 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how machine learning can enhance low-light images
At this year's Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, researcher Chen Chen presented a cool project that vastly improves the quality of images captured in low-light conditions.Via hi...
08:22 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Where to find me at Phoenix Comics Fest this week
I'm heading to Phoenix Comics Fest tomorrow (going straight to the airport from my daughter's elementary school graduation) (!), and I've got a busy schedule so I thought I'd produce a comprehensive l...
08:11 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: A Bad Lip Reading of the Royal Wedding
I've been patiently awaiting this Bad Lip Reading of the Royal Wedding, and, I have to say, it was worth the wait. "Let's all try to be the best squirrel in the hole."Previously: Bad Lip Reading vi...
07:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing $9 magnetic desk phone mount
I already have a metal plate on the back of my phone case because I use it with my magnetic car mount, so this magnetic desk mount looks like a good way to hold my phone on my desk. If your phone does...
07:26 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Neo hide from Lundbergh
This classic mashup of The Matrix and Office Space holds up, so ICYMI, enjoy this well-edited clip of Neo hiding from Lundbergh while taking a call from Milton. (more…)...
07:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Free pulp sci-fi, mystery, crime and fantasy magazines? Yes please!
I love low-rent pulp magazines from the 1920s right through to the early 1980s. Trashy, flashy and a constant pleasure to read, I used to own a ton of the things in varying conditions. If I saw it and...
07:22 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Peter Egan talks about his 1976 BMW R90 S and some other bike
Without question the 1976 BMW R90s is the high watermark of motorcycle design and engineering. I absolutely love mine. Listening to Peter Egan, a legendary motorcycle journalist, talk about his and ...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Mickey Rooney gets plaque for his career playing women's soccer
Or maybe Gary Busey. That's supposed to be Brandi Chastain, recently inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Here's a side-by-side to see who this resembles more: (more…)...
06:48 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Thanks for the wine, beer, bread, and yeast infections, China
Yeast has brought a lot of joy into the world, but its evolutionary origins were unclear until scientists did a worldwide genomic survey of the humble organism. Based on the genetic diversity of strai...
06:45 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Octopi are not from space, but disappointment is real
The pretty far reaching study we blogged last week, about Octopi coming from outer space, is really most likely, probably, near certainly not true.Via Space.com For evidence of the panspermia hypoth...
06:45 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing How Wim Hof, "The Iceman," withstands such extreme temperatures
Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof is known for chilly feats like the world's longest ice bath and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in just a pair of shorts. (Hof is the subject of the recent New York Times best...
06:30 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing New AI-enabled tractors target weeds, using 90% less herbicide
Farming is undergoing a quiet but radical transformation as machine learning and automation innovations reduce waste. One especially promising new technology targets individual weeds. (more…)...
06:28 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Eric B. and Rakim's "Paid in Full" is still just fantastic
One of the best songs, and videos, of all time.Currently on tour again, after a years long hiatus, Eric B. and Rakim have been in my playlist since Paid in Full's debut in 1987....
06:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Two sitting Senators were among the people whose identities were stolen in FCC comments from anti-Net Neutrality bots
Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was so determined to ram through a Net Neutrality repeal that he ignored the fact that the FCC's public comment inbox was flooded with fake comments from anti-Net Neutral...
06:19 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Giuliani helped to keep Oxycontin in the hands of addicts
If you or someone you care about is addicted to OxyContin, former New York City Mayor and current Worst Frigging Lawyer on the Whole Damn Planet, Rudolph Giuliani, is partially to blame.300,000 Oxycon...
06:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Jim Gaffigan captioning "New Yorker" cartoons
A couple of weeks ago, comedian Jim Gaffigan took a stab at writing cartoon captions for The New Yorker. Turns out he's really good at it, almost as good as 9-year-old Alice Kassnove.Previously: Jim...
06:13 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Here's an interactive quiz using only YouTube clips
YouTuber Nigels Life created a cool proof of concept for a quiz show using YouTube clips as multiple choice answers. He recorded a clip for every possible outcome. (more…)...
06:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing There's going to be scratch-and-sniff postage stamps this summer
On June 20, the U.S. Postal Service will roll out Frozen Treats, the first ever scratch-and-sniff stamps. Artist Margaret Berg of Santa Monica, California created the watercolored illustrations of ice...
06:06 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Tibetan man gets five years in prison for speaking about his native language
For the crime of talking to a western media outlet about his native tongue, Tashi Wangchuk has been sentenced to prison.Back in 2015, Mr. Tashi spoke to the New York Times about his concerns that Tibe...
05:58 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing How to make a tiny spy transmitter
TomTechTod has plans for making a very tiny radio transmitter which could be used to eavesdrop on a conversation at a distance. At the end of the video, he demonstrates how it works at a distance of...
05:56 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Shingle Jingle, the best way to experience shingles
Brian David Gilbert is the anxiety-laden voice of a generation in Shingle Jingle, the most upbeat song ever written about suffering from shingles outbreaks. (more…)...
05:55 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing The military sysadmins in charge of Trump's cellphones can't get him to give up wildly insecure practices
The White House Communications Agency, staffed with military information security experts, is in charge of making sure that the President's cellular phone isn't getting hacked by adversaries who might...
05:41 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Couple suing overgrown 30-year-old son for not moving out of their house
A couple in Syracuse, New York have a 30-year-old son, Michael Rotondo, who is an unwanted guest in their house. He doesn't pay rent or any house expenses, he doesn't help out with the house chores, a...
05:40 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing ADL identifies 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets from 3 million accounts last year
The ADL has sorted, sifted and studied a mass of English-language anti-Semitic tweets from last year. They dropped any that might be just ironic or meant in jest, not actually hating on us Jews, and...
05:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Amazon has been quietly selling its facial recognition system to US police forces, marketing it for bodycam use
Amazon bills its Rekognition image classification system as a "deep learning-based image and video analysis" system; it markets the system to US police forces for use in analyzing security camera foot...
05:10 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Good explainer video for how servo motors work
A servo motor has a rotating shaft that can be controlled to rotate to a specified angle. They'e used in a lot of industrial applications, and also in hobby electronics to control robots and remote ...
04:58 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Fascinated woodpecker pecks all around a Tesla Model 3 while the nervous owner tells it to stop
This curious woodpecker is captivated by a Tesla Model 3, which is parked at a campsite in Yosemite. The bird checks out the entire car, pecking at the metal and glass as it moves from the passenger...
04:56 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Training skydive goes wrong on landing
The landing is the hard part. Thoughts and prayers for this now-injured skydiver. Thankfully rescue staff rush to her aid, while office staff hope she clearly signed the release of liability....
04:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing The Onion wishes to speak to Michael Cohen about the angry email he sent them in 2013
In January 2013, The Onion ran a satire piece "written" by "Donald Trump," titled, "When You're Feeling Low, Just Remember I'll Be Dead In About 15 Or 20 Years." (Excerpt: "In the not-very-distant fut...
04:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Two displeased lynx have a screaming match with each other
If you've never heard a lynx wail, now is your chance. Their screams sound more like humans just being weird than actual animal sounds, but according to Global News, these lynx shouts are real.The v...
04:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Publix censors graduation cake to remove the cum from "Summa Cum Laude"
Cara Koscinksi ordered a graduation cake from the John's Island Publix, requesting the phrase "Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude Class of 2018". Publix ruined the order by removing "cum", because "cum" ...
04:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Laura Kampf's trip report for Maker Faire Bay Area 2018
German maker Laura Kampf came to Maker Faire Bay Area 2018, which took place last weekend. I interviewed her on stage there on Saturday and really enjoyed meeting her. I highly recommend her YouTube...
04:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing US public schools are still theoretically safer than combat-zones
Politifact ran the math on Gwen Graham's Washington Post story comparing numbers of 2018 US school shooting deaths vs 2018 US armed service combat deaths to-date. Schools have seen more deaths than co...
03:05 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Mur Lafferty wrote a science fiction story about the DMCA to help EFF's fair use for vidders campaign
Every three years, the US Copyright Office asks America about the problems with Section 1201 of the DMCA, which bans breaking DRM even for legal reasons, and America gets to answer with requests for e...
02:57 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Beethoven original musical manuscript up for auction
Two pages of Ludwig Van Beethoven's original musical manuscript for his Emperor Concerto (Piano Concerto No. 5) are up for auction. The 1809 document is expected to go for US$250,000-$350,000. The Emp...
02:47 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing NRA president Ollie North partially blames school shootings on Ritalin
On Fox News Sunday, the National Rifle Association's incoming president Oliver North partially blamed the increase in school shootings on the ADHD medication Ritalin:"The problem that we've got is, we...
02:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing The paperback of Walkaway is out today, along with reissues of all my adult novels in matching covers!
Today marks the release of the paperback of Walkaway, along with reissues of my five other adult novels, all in matching covers designed by the incredible Will Stahle (and if ebooks are your thing, ch...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing An ice-cream maker tries to figure out what AI ice-cream flavors derived from metal band-names would taste like
Janelle Shane (previously) is a delightful AI researcher who likes to use machine learning systems to produce absurd, inhuman outputs, such as a list of AI-created notional ice-cream flavors generated...
02:01 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing The emerging split in modern trustbusting: Alexander Hamilton's Fully Automated Luxury Communism vs Thomas Jefferson's Redecentralization
From the late 1970s on, the Chicago School economists worked with the likes of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Augusto Pinochet and Brian Mulroney to dismantle antitrust enforcement, declaring that ...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing This solar-powered device will keep you connected during an emergency
Handheld radios might seem a bit archaic, but in an emergency situation, few things will keep you as reliably connected to the outside world. ThisEmergency Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight takes ...
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Theranos's corporate culture was a nightmare
John Carreyrou broke the story of Theranos' epic medical fraud. At Wired he now takes a sharp look at its dysfunctional corporate culture, excerpted from his new book on the corrupt Silicon Valley uni...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design 8 - In Cairo
Ed Piskor's offering an annotated page-by-page look at the first part of X-Men: Grand Design, his epic retelling of how Marvel comics' pantheon of heroes came to be. Catch up here. — Eds.Directo...
11:32 am PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Eyeball planets
I'm fascinated by painting of an extrasolar planet, credited to "Beau.TheConsortium" and apparently first posted to this SF Wiki. They're called "eyeball planets" -- similar to Earth, but tidally lock...
11:23 am PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing This is how you make a knife from gelatin
We've seen kiwami japan make sharp instruments from such things as dried fish, wood, and aluminum foil. Now, the YouTuber is using green gelatin as the medium to make "the sharpest jello kitchen knif...
11:23 am PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Henri le Chat Noir bids us "Oh, revoir"
Henri is a black cat with an "interminable sense of ennui." He unwittingly came across some internet fame back in 2007 when his caretaker Will Braden posted the first video of him in what would beco...
11:23 am PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Royal Wedding "outtakes"
When I first started watching this "outtakes" video by entertainment site BlendTV, I thought it was real. They took the part of Harry and Meghan's wedding where they exchange their vows and made it ...
01:32 am PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing There's a new James album coming out!
If you came of age in the 1990s, you couldn't help but know the lyrics to at least one James song. Laid is great! Not just the single, but the whole damn record. But here's the thing: It's not the g...
01:22 am PDT - Tue, May 22, 2018
BoingBoing Some Simpson jokes that go over kids' heads
Children's shows often include jokes to give a little "nudge nudge wink wink" to grown-ups. I mean, who could forget the subversive bits in Looney Tunes or, say, Pee-wee's Playhouse? But this compil...
09:40 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Chernobyl pups find forever homes
Hey, remember a few months back when we told you about the dogs of Chernobyl? If not, long story short: when the nuclear power plant lost its shit back in the 1980s, everyone was evacuated so quickly ...
08:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Apple bends to Chinese government demands... again
One of the best reasons to buy a piece of Apple hardware, in my opinion, is the companys history of protecting the privacy of its customers.Provided you're not a customer living in China.You may recal...
08:40 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing If Amazon existed in the 1980s
Activate your willing suspension of disbelief because Squirrel Monkey's back with Wonders of the World Wide Web. In this episode, they envision Amazon, "the department store of the future," as a vir...
08:22 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Silly Putty is fun for most everyone
I still buy multi-packs of the red egg. My daughter is into Aaron's Thinking Putty, but I find Silly Putty to be the ultimate fidget toy.Lifting newsprint ruins the putty, so buy a few eggs at once....
08:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing London's Variety Club for Kids: Cabaret for all ages, May 29/30
Showman Mat Ricardo (previously) writes, "I've always thought it was a shame that the resurgence in cabaret and variety shows has tended to be adult-centric. Late night sexy circus shenanigans are all...
07:01 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Explaining marine invertebrate reproductive strategies to the lobster-obsessed Jordan Peterson
Alt-right darling Jordan Peterson is a big fan of hierarchies, which he says are innate to the human condition, something he knows because lobsters have social hierarchies. (more…)...
06:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Supreme Court rules that employers can make signing away your right to sue them in a class a condition of employment
Supreme Court Justice Neal Gorsuch used his stolen Supreme Court seat to carry the day for corporations against workers in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, ruling that employers could force potential empl...
06:39 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Mark Dery visits the "David Bowie is" exhibit
My favorite culture critic, the inimitable Mark Dery, visited the "David Bowie is" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Author of the excellent "All the Young Dudes: Why Glam Rock Matters," Dery sees th...
06:19 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Psychotronic horror and sci-fi films with the people edited out
VanTassel2 posted a fantastically weird series of ridiculous horror and science fiction B-movies with all appearances of humans edited out. Above, is the MST3K favorite "Attack of the Eye Creatures"...
06:18 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Safety glasses with built-in magnification
I've owned these safety glasses for a long time. They're like regular safety glasses, but they have magnifiers at the bottom. I've found them to be useful when I use a rotary tool, bandsaw, or drill p...
06:15 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing New York high school will use CCTV and facial recognition to enforce discipline
Next year, high schools in Lockport New York will use the "Aegis" CCTV and facial recognition system to track and record the interactions of students suspected of code of conduct violations, keeping a...
05:40 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Watch 193 pride flags stop a bullet
Fondation mergence created a great PSA they call the Pride Shield, where 193 pride flags (one for each country) show that together we can end the worldwide epidemic of violence against sex and gende...
05:34 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing High school students who will not smile in the hallways are sent to mandatory counselling, while bullying is rampant
High school students in Pennsylvania's Northern Lebanon School District report that they are not allowed to walk through their schools' hallways unless they smile; if they refuse they are sent for man...
05:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Plane passenger arrested for urinating on seat in front of him
Here's a photo of a gentleman, possibly inebriated, who appears to be urinating while seated in a Frontier jet. The Denver CBS news affiliate reports the man was taken away in handcuffs when the plan...
05:27 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Sweden sends "If War Comes" booklet to all of its 4.8 million households
Sweden is sending out 4.8 million booklets to households across the country called, "If Crisis or War Comes" (Om Krisen Eller Kriget Kommer). The booklet is 20 pages long and explains what to do if th...
05:16 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing The Vatican dunks on the finance industry and its "amoral culture"
The Vatican has published Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones. Considerations for an ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic-financial system of the Congregation for the ...
05:02 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing In the future, demolition robots like this will destroy everything
Husqvarna's remote-controlled demolition robots remind me of the machine art performances that Survival Research Laboratories has staged since 1977.Husqvarna bills its machines as "remote workmates ...
05:01 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Ahead of national elections, India's authoritarian ruling party loses a key regional battle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94TP4FcWJucIndia's national elections are only a year away, and things aren't looking good for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party of Prime Minister Na...
04:57 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Two US citizens detained by a Border Patrol agent for speaking Spanish
Ana Suda and her friend, Mimi Hernandez, were born in the United States. They live in Montana. On early Wednesday morning they went grocery shopping. A uniformed Border Patrol agent heard them speakin...
04:46 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Britain's hardline prohibitionist drugs minister is married to a weed grower
When Theresa May became the British Prime Minister, her pick for Home Office Undersecretary of State was Victoria Atkins, a former prosecutor who specialised in jailing drug users, and who was on reco...
04:43 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Japanese people try American style sushi. Not impressed.
Asian Boss asked Japanese people on the streets in Tokyo to try American style sushi. "I can see that they try to hide the fish flavor by using mayonnaise and adding a bunch of avocado."Indeed....
04:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Get ready to feel something strange while watching Finger Machines
Finger Machines will likely give viewers a visceral reaction by design. That reaction will vary greatly, from joy to arousal to disgust, and maybe all of the above. It's totally safe for work, but i...
04:40 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Epic to fund $100,000,000 in Fortnite tournament prizes
You'll want to learn to play Fortnite.Fortnite, the ridiculously fun battle royal game, will hit the esports scene with an incredibly INSANE prize pool. The game's creator, Epic Games, has pledged $...
04:33 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Japanese try western style sushi
In the latest episode of Asian Boss, people in the streets of Japan are given American style sushi and asked what they think about it. Most of them don't consider the complex, spicy concoctions to ...
04:32 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing A visit to China's Commodity City, the world's biggest "shopping mall"
From director Jessica Kingdon:"Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in ...
04:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Man followed by pig on a morning walk calls the cops, who assume he's drunk. But he's not
A man in Elyria, OH was walking home at 5:26am Saturday morning when he got spooked. Someone - or something was following him. When he noticed it was a pig, he freaked out and called the police.Of co...
03:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Watch glassblowers hand-craft an enormous glassblowing rabbit
Robin and Julia Rogers team up in this video to make a giant blown glass rabbit that barely fits in the kiln. (more…)...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Artist makes enormous, incredibly detailed paper flowers
Tiffanie Turner has mastered the art of the paper flower to the point that she can make enormous crepe-paper blooms that still somehow look real. (more…)...
02:24 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Efail: can email be saved?
The revelation that encrypted email is vulnerable to a variety of devastating attacks (collectively known as "Efail") has set off a round of soul-searching by internet security researchers and other t...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Start building apps with this 30-hour Python training
Few programming languages boast the versatility and user-friendliness of Python, which is why it's the first language of choice for many aspiring programmers. Regardless of your experience level, you ...
01:42 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Arnold Schwarzenegger has appeared in over 15,000 published scientific studies
Vanessa Hill at BrainCraft got obsessed with tallying up how many times Arnold Schwarzenegger has appeared in scientific papers, but she wasn't prepared for the actual number of papers: over 15,000....
01:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook support groups packed with predatory marketers
Looking to Facebook for help with addiction? Take care: the social network is full of predators, and they know where to find vulnerable people. They're sleazy marketers, brokering questionable self-he...
01:14 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Foley artists share how they make sex noises
A nasty comedy short depicting a foley artist fisting a jar of mayo to make sex noises for the movies was not far off the truth. Sometimes. Rebecca Pahle: Stay away from gooey, wet sounds, because it ...
01:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Man rams car into restaurant, killing own daughter
(Photo: WSOC-TV 9)Bessemer City Police report that Roger Self, 62, deliberately rammed his vehicle into a Surf and Turf Lodge packed with diners, killing his 26-year-old daughter and another victim.Po...
12:43 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing New hi-res scans of NASA's 1970s dreams of space colonies
NASA's groovy imagining of space settlements were put in the public domain in 2007, and now space antropologist Michael Oman-Reagan has shared these remarkable hi-res scans created by David Brandt-Eri...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing House your Raspberry Pi in a miniature TRS-80 style case
Retro Pi Cases makes and sells adorable housings for tiny computers, and their next model is going to be Tandy's classic TRS-80. It's not available yet, but checking out their site revealed to me thei...
12:35 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing The best Abba album tracks
There's no point buying Abba albums instead of the Greatest Hits, the conventional wisdom goes, because the albums were just commercial vehicles for the blockbuster singles. Not so, declares The Qui...
12:20 pm PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Craiglist traffic fell sharply after FOSTA
Redditor datacanbeuseful charted the wounding of Craigslist and the death of Backpage. After a political panic over sex trafficking, the latter's domain was seized by the government. Craiglist, to avo...
11:44 am PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Hasbro trademarks Play-Doh's "sweet, slightly musky" scent
One of the most iconic scents of childhood, Play-Doh's, has been trademarked.Hasbro, the company behind the modeling clay, made the announcement Friday:The trademarked scent, which Hasbro formally des...
11:40 am PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Watch these three kids transform into vehicles in seconds
These next-level Transformers costumes are not only cute, but they are very well-designed! It's especially cute because the kids are so young they seem a little unclear on how cool their final forms...
10:43 am PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing Just look at this racist talking robot banana
Mike from the Useless Duck Company simply wanted to make a dancing and talking banana robot. For his troubles, he got banned from Twitch due to racist and sexist content. (more…)...
02:05 am PDT - Mon, May 21, 2018
BoingBoing App that let parents spy on teens stored thousands of kids' Apple ID passwords and usernames on an unsecured server
If you're the kind of parent who wants to spy on everything your kids do, you can force them to install an app like Teensafe, which only works if your kid doesn't use two-factor authentication; you ha...
04:42 pm PDT - Sun, May 20, 2018
BoingBoing Congrats to the 2017 Nebula Award winners!
The 2017 Nebula Awards, presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America, were announced last night, with a sweep in the main literary categories by women: Best Novel, The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin; ...
04:32 pm PDT - Sun, May 20, 2018
BoingBoing News crew discovers 40 cellphone-tracking devices operating around DC
An NBC investigative journalism team and a security researcher went wardriving around the DC area with a cell-site-simulator detector that would tell them whenever they came in range of a fake cellpho...
04:08 pm PDT - Sun, May 20, 2018
BoingBoing Stagnant wages soaring cost of living massive cuts to services = collapsing US birth-rate
The US birth-rate continued to plummet last year, with births falling in nearly all groups, and a one-year dropoff in overall fertility not seen since 2010; the US fertility rate is at its lowest leve...
01:14 pm PDT - Sun, May 20, 2018
BoingBoing Ebola outbreak in Congo has spread to city of one million people
The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo has moved from the rural area in which is was first discovered to Mbandaka: a city home to approximately one million people. That the disease has spread to an area w...
11:15 am PDT - Sun, May 20, 2018
BoingBoing Imagining a cat actually catching a red laser pointer dot
Almost nothing riles up a cat like the red dot of a laser pointer mysteriously moving around on a surface. But what would happen if one of them actually caught it?The latest episode of Los Angeles-b...
10:33 pm PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing An interview with Jordan Peterson, who believes in witches and dragons
The New York Times was just for starters: Something Awful got the real deal from manhood's true savior. (more…)...
09:50 pm PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing Human beds have much more saliva and fecal bacteria than chimp beds
Humans take hot showers, wash their sheets, and use soaps, disinfectants, hand sanitizers and all sort of other cleansers to keep themselves free of dirt and germs. And yet, after all that effort, chi...
02:34 pm PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing A data-broker has been quietly selling realtime access to your cellphone's location, and they suck, so anyone could get it for free
Last week, the New York Times revealed that an obscure company called Securus was providing realtime location tracking to law enforcement, without checking the supposed "warrants" provided by cops, an...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing The Glory of the Fluffernutter
As a tail-end Baby Boomer, many memories of the early 1960s linger even as Ive just turned 60 (of which I can only say, Holy She-it!). The talented jingle composers of the 60s had no peers when it cam...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing Blooper reel from Jim Henson's "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas"
Enjoy these fun outtakes from Jim Henson's hour-long Christmas special from 1977, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. They give "drum roll" a whole new meaning.By the way, that's Frank Oz (AKA Miss Pi...
12:15 pm PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing Nino, the Brutalist garden gnome
Low-poly sculpturist Pellegrino Cucciniello of Italy has rethought the ordinary. He's taken an icon of outdoor kitsch, the garden gnome, and stripped it of its details and paint job. His angular, conc...
11:15 am PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro will play POTUS and FLOTUS, respectively, in new political comedy
We'll find out soon what might happen when if lesbians run the country.Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro will star as the first same-sex couple in the White House in an upcomi...
12:36 am PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing How we can win on Net Neutrality in Congress!
Two days ago, the Senate voted to overrule Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and restore Net Neutrality; it was an incredible victory, but unless the same motion passes in the House, it's a symbolic one. (m...
12:16 am PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing Bridal trend: "Extremely revealing," low-cut wedding gowns
How low can you go? NPR is reporting that brides are willing to go really low with the cut of their wedding gowns: Monte Durham works at an upscale wedding dress store in Atlanta and co-hosts the TLC ...
12:15 am PDT - Sat, May 19, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: The Clash - Know Your Rights
It's been 36 years since The Clash dropped Know Your Rights as the first single from their fifth studio album, Combat Rock. That it's just as relevant today as it was close to four decades ago leaves ...
07:27 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Santa Fe! Come see Neal Stephenson, NASA's Pete Worden, Los Alamos's Nina Lanza, JPL's Sasha Samochina (and me!) at the Interplanetary Festival!
I'm one of several guests appearing at the first-ever Interplanetary Festival, coming up Jun 7/8 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; it's a science festival that's part of the larger Futurition|Santa Fe festival...
07:27 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Santa Fe: Come see Neal Stephenson, NASA's Pete Worden, Los Alamos's Nina Lanza, JPL's Sasha Samochina (and me!) at the Interplanetary Festival!
I'm one of several guests appearing at the first-ever Interplanetary Festival, coming up Jun 7/8 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; it's a science festival that's part of the larger Futurition|Santa Fe festival...
07:11 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Mugshots.com owners charged with extortion. Here are their mugshots.
Mugshots.com works like this: they post pictures of your mugshots, publicize them as part of a public database of criminals and such, then charge you money to remove them. Here are the mugshots of two...
07:03 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Squirrel grappling with a bird feeder is set to Miley Cyrus
This is why the internet was invented.Watch this squirrel come in like a wrecking ball as it tries to launch itself onto a backyard bird feeder. (Gabrielle Geno)...
07:03 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Fortnite is coming to Android to kill your productivity
It's still a few months down the road but, if you're an Android user, like I am more and more, these days, there's reason for celebration: Fortnite is finally coming to the platform.Fortnight has been...
07:03 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing How to tell when a singer is lip-syncing
How can you tell when a star is actually singing or just moving their lips to a recorded track? This Slate video uncovers the many ways you can tell if they're actually performing or faking it. (red...
06:54 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Bandai is manufacturing armored cats
Bandai created armored cats ("Nekobusou") as a jokey tweet whose unexpected popularity inspired the toymaker to go into production with a like of armored cat figurines ranging from $5-14 each. (more&h...
06:49 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Hollow bookends that contain dioramae of Tokyo's narrow alleyways
Tokyo artist Monde created a set of bookends for last week's Tokyo Design Festa that are tall, narrow dioramae containing detailed miniatures of the narrow laneways of Tokyo, with street furniture, si...
06:32 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing People don't care about "Net Neutrality": they care about "internet freedom" which is the same as "freedom"
Why do 87% of Americans hold a favorable view of Net Neutrality? Not because the vast majority of the country has become wonkishly interested in the intersection of competition policy and telcoms regu...
06:06 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing After his viral racist rant, Aaron Schlossberg's law office lost its lease
Aaron Schlossberg has spent years showering his fellow New Yorkers with racist abuse, but it wasn't until he went on an unprovoked racist tirade against a server and customers at a restaurant near his...
05:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing My family as LEGO Brickheadz
My daughter has sculpted our likenesses as LEGO Brickheadz.The LEGO Brickheadz Brick Me kit is fairly awesome. My 11 year-old spent an hour or so on each of these, and was excited to point out she p...
05:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Turtle vs puppy in epic battle
Little doggo pissed this turtle off chewing on his shell (?) and he aint getting away easy!...
04:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Serial racist: for years, New Yorkers have been videoing their encounters with ranting racist lawyer Aaron Schlossberg
https://youtu.be/y3jXyq6B2i4Aaron Schlossberg is the triggered snowflake who became internet famous when he went on an unhinged racist rant against some customers and servers at a restaurant near hi...
02:47 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing War criminal Henry Kissinger: "AI is the end of the Enlightenment"
Henry Kissinger -- the war-criminal who abetted Pinochet's coup in Chile, supported the genocide of Bangledeshis by Pakistan, and architected the US's secret bombing campaigns in Indochina -- is worri...
01:39 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Congress wants to extend the copyright on some sound recordings to 144 years
Back in March, the House passed the Music Modernization Act, a welcome bill made it easier for musicians to get paid reliably for digital streaming. (more…)...
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing How to play the saxophone, for people who already know
Rushing Past Willow: It took me a few moments to realize that Nick Zoulek (Twitter) was playing the alto sax. The dancer is Mauriah Kraker, and the film is by Cody Laplant with Damien Klavern, Jason...
12:49 pm PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Slow-motion magnet collisions
The YouTube channel of Magnetic Games ("all the ways to have fun with magnets") posted high-powered neodymium magnets with names like "The Death Magnet" and "Big Magnet" colliding with one another i...
10:42 am PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Woman animates her dysfunctional family's conversations
For her "True Stories" series, cartoonist Lauren eLL (Lorenzo) gives us a candid look into her dysfunctional (her words, though it's hard to disagree) family's life by secretly recording their conve...
10:40 am PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Upgrade your trampoline by adding interactive LEDs
Adafruit Industries has created a tutorial to upgrade an ordinary trampoline by adding fun, interactive NeoPixel LEDs. This is a really fun project that lights up when you jump on it! These trampoli...
10:39 am PDT - Fri, May 18, 2018
BoingBoing Learn the art of hand-pulling noodles by two masters
Here where I live in Alameda, California, there's a Chinese restaurant where they hand-pull noodles behind a window in the back of the room. The atmosphere at Ark feels dated but the food's pretty g...
09:09 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Senate confirms Trump's pick Gina Haspel to lead CIA. Here are the 6 Democrats who voted 'yes' for torture.
What's a little harsh interrogation between friends? President Donald Trump's pick Gina Haspel was today voted in by the Senate as the new head of the CIA, despite playing a key part in post-9/11 tort...
08:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Star of racist deli rant identified as Trump-donating NYC lawyer Aaron Schlossberg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfmCk8SwKnQEdward Suazo recorded and posted a video of a white man harassing his wife and the cashier at a NYC deli; the Caucasian fellow was triggered by hearing peo...
07:46 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Rising levels of a banned chemical are threatening the ozone layer (again)
CFC-11 was phased out under 1987's Montreal Protocol and the immediate halt of its usage has done much to reverse ozone depletion in the years since; but since 2012, atmospheric levels of CFC-11 have ...
07:27 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Student debt crisis watch: pay $18,000 of your $24,000 loan, owe $24,000
Kaitlin Cawley finished grad school with $95,000 in student loans, including a $24,000 variable-rate loan that started at 9.4% and now stands at 11%, a loan that the US government lender Sallie Mae br...
07:03 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing For decades, it was an open secret that patients of USC's only full-time gynecologist were complaining about sexual assaults during exams
For nearly 30 years, there was only one full-time gynecologist on staff at the University of Southern California's student health clinic: Dr. George Tyndall, about whom there was a widespread understa...
06:37 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Kindergarten teacher finds bag of crack cocaine in 6-year-old student's mouth
A kindergarten teacher noticed a small plastic bag in one of her student's mouths. The girl was chewing on the bag, thinking the white stuff inside was sugar but it was actually crack cocaine.Luckily...
06:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing It's laughably simple to buy thousands of cheap, plausible Facebook identities
Twitter draws a lot of fire for making it easy for anyone to set up an anonymous account or a bot; the argument against this says that making it easy to be anonymous also makes it easy to be shady. (m...
05:52 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a time-lapse video of this large geometric tattoo in the making
Lewinski, a 27-year-old artist based in France, does amazing geometric tattoos. Here's a mesmerizing timelapse video of one such tattoo, and to see more of his work some of which is even more spect...
05:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing A collaborative bibliography of "economic science fiction"
The Econ-SF wiki is a new, annotated collaborative bibliography of science fiction that delves into economic topics -- remember that Paul Krugman was inspired to get into economics after reading Asimo...
05:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Insurance scam backfires on scammer
Two gentleman in the UK attempted to pull a fake collision scam on a driver by backing a scooter into her car. When the car driver told the scooterist and his "witness" that she'd recorded everythin...
05:43 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing GQ's comedy issue cover is an intentionally-'shopped winner
GQ has made the perfect funny with the cover of their comedy issue. It pokes fun at Vanity Fair's cover fail last year with Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey.They write:GQ would like to apologize to...
05:42 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing The 7 billion Carillion collapse has the UK government talking about breaking up the Big Four accounting firms
Carrillion was the UK government's go-to outsourcing partner, a company with a long and disgraceful history of putting profits before people -- perhaps that's why HM Government was so ready to believe...
04:59 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Learn about Arduino with Tinkercad's Arduino simulator
Donald Bell of Maker Project Lab interviewed Becky Stern about Tinkercad's new and very cool Arduino simulator. It's a good way to teach a bunch of people Arduino in a classroom setting....
04:52 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Making a metal teaspoon that melts in a cup of tea
In this episode of Periodic Videos, professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff from the School of Chemistry at The University of Nottingham describes the process of making a spoon from an alloy that melts in a ...
04:38 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing 10 memory tips
Quirkologist Richard Wiseman has a new book out called How to Remember Everything. In this video, Richard shares 10 mnemonics for remembering various bits of useful information....
02:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing America's new aristocracy: the 9.9% and their delusion of hereditary meritocracy
It's true that the 1% have accumulated a massive share of America's national wealth; but just as significant is the cohort of professionals -- "well-behaved, flannel-suited crowd of lawyers, doctors, ...
02:14 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing New XBox and Windows game controller for people with disabilities
Microsoft's new accessible game controller has a retro vibe, enormous buttons, and a range of attachments tailored to specific disabilities. The new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will be available l...
01:58 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Acting out (almost) every type of crying
YouTubers Tripp and Tyler (and friend) perform the Lip Quiverer, the Fugly, the Whaambulance, the Friend Just Fell Off a Cliff, and other styles of crying, all over the last Slim Jim. It's alright.....
01:58 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing World's largest rodent extermination plan clears entire island of pests
South Georgia Island (population 20), due east off the tip of South America, had no rodents until 18th-century sailing ships accidentally introduced them. After seven years of work, the island is now ...
01:58 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Thanks to Doc Pop, there's going to be a yo-yo emoji
About a year ago, professional yo-yoist (and hand-knit Pac-Man Icelandic peysa wearer) Doc Pop submitted a proposal for a yo-yo emoji. He's just learned that it was approved!He explains how he made ...
01:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing New York surpasses Brexit London as the world's second-hottest luxury property market
If you are an oligarch or criminal looking to exfiltrate and launder your money, London property markets have been your go-to asset class: London lux is real-estate that behaves like cash, thanks to t...
01:33 pm PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Rating stranger's attractiveness to their face
This might be the most awkward thing I've seen in a while. It's a video by The Cut where people are rated how attractive they are on a scale from 1 to 10, by strangers, in person....
12:25 am PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Airmen expected to protect nuclear weapons accidentally lose grenades
If you want to make a quick $5,000, all you have to do is help the United States Air Force find a box of grenades that some of their employees misplaced.According to the Washington Post, Airmen from t...
12:08 am PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Enjoy this delightful live mini-concert from Superorganism
Hipster quirkcore band Superorganism recorded this delightful live performance replete with sounds made by toy cars, apples, and soda cans. (more…)...
12:06 am PDT - Thu, May 17, 2018
BoingBoing Sony is killing production of physical PS Vita games in 2019
Pour another one out for Sony's PlayStation Vita. Despite being a powerful, capable handheld that's great for a bit of fun on the go or as a companion to your PlayStation 3 or 4 when you're at home, S...
11:54 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Getting dressed in the 14th century was a pain in the ass
For women, getting dressed in 14th-century Europe was apparently a full-time job.So. Many. Layers.That someone probably some dude that never had to wear the stuff thought it was a good idea to com...
10:19 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing The MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award: $250K for "disobedience for the benefit of society"
https://youtu.be/fhHL8_7k82YFor the second year in a row, the MIT Media Lab is giving out a no-strings-attached cash award of $250,000 for "disobedience" that benefits society; the prize is a reacti...
10:11 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Ampli: A construction set for medical diagnostics
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08:25 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing The Senate's Net Neutrality vote split on party lines, with three Republican exceptions
The Senate has successfully voted to overrule FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and save Net Neutrality (provided that Congress and Trump agree); the vote was a squeaker on near straight party lines: all the Dems...
07:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing NEWS: Senate votes to reinstate Net Neutrality protections
The US Senate has just voted in favor of REVERSING the #NetNeutrality rollback which Trump FCC chairman, Ajit Pai put in place. This is a major win for the internet, Net Neutrality, and the American ...
07:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing NEWS: Senate votes to reinstate Net Neutrality protections
The US Senate has just voted in favor of REVERSING the #NetNeutrality rollback which Trump FCC chairman, Ajit Pai put in place. This is a major win for the internet, Net Neutrality, and the American ...
07:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing What porn stars want you to know
Jiz Lee, Stoya, Nikki Darling, and Asa Akira talk about representation, the marketing of white women vs. women of color in adult movies, and how porn is still a very white industry. And unfortunatel...
07:20 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Everyone remembers waffles
Flashing back on this video by Nathan Mazur set to a song written by Parry Gripp....
07:14 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing White supremacist Matthew Heimbach is headed to jail
Matthew Heimbach has been sent to jail.You may remember him from such violent, bigoted hits such as physically assaulting a black protester at a Trump rally back in 2016 or his time leading the Tradit...
07:03 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Pop culture monsters redesigned in Mayan art style
Mexican artist Monica Robles Corzo created a cool mashup of modern monsters and Mayan iconography for her Mayanizations series, like this reimagining of the Alien Xenomorph. (more…)...
06:53 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Play with letters in this fantastic Segmented Type Playground
Marcin Wichary, a wonderful designer/typographer/writer who I had the pleasure of working with at Medium years ago, created this fantastic "Segmented Type Playground." Learn more via Marcin's Twitter ...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Neural net trained on Goop products
Beth Swarecki trained a neural net on the names of products from Gwyneth Paltrow's spiritual hygiene wellness lifestyle shop and its creations are surely good enough to brand....
06:20 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Airforce offers $5000 reward for belt of grenades lost in North Dakota
Whilst traveling between two nuclear launch sites someone forgot a box of explosive ammunition someplace in North Dakota. The US Airforce has had servicefolk literally walking the area searching for t...
06:20 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing US Air Force offers $5,000 reward for belt of grenades lost in North Dakota
Whilst traveling between two nuclear launch sites someone forgot a box of explosive ammunition someplace in North Dakota. The US Airforce has had servicefolk literally walking the area searching for t...
06:07 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Maryland has banned "gay conversion therapy" for minors
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law protecting minors from "gay conversion therapy," a bullshit, discredited, harmful "method" of trying to psychologically change a person's sexual orient...
05:49 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Exhuming JonBenet, Michelle Obama eating herself to death, and Prince Charles bombshell confession, in this weeks dubious tabloids
The tabloids loose relationship with facts grows even more tenuous this week, and sometimes even their fake news is phony.Prince Harrys marriage to Meghan Markle Wont Last 5 Years! claims Princes Own ...
05:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing See this over-the-top $30,000 PC gaming setup
https://youtu.be/r-3iathMo7oUnbox Therapy built this intense gaming cockpit around a Xidax PC, LG 42.5" monitors, the Imperator Workstation Game Chair with massage features, and other components total...
05:28 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Florida man dies in bedroom from exploding e-cigarette
A 38-year-old Florida man was killed in his bedroom when his vape pen exploded and shot two pieces into his head. The explosion also burned 80 percent of his body and lit his house on fire. (more&hell...
05:28 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Senate Judiciary Committee finds Russia funded Trump campaign via the NRA
The Senate Judiciary Committee believes NRA leadership were likely tools evil enough to have been a channel for funneling illegal foreign money into Trump's 2016 campaign.More interesting to me: are A...
05:27 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing The secret, unaccountable location-tracking tool favored by dirty cops has been hacked (and it wasnt hard)
Securus is the widely abused location-tracking tool that exploits a loophole in privacy law to allow police to extract realtime and historical cellphone location data without a warrant or any accounta...
05:23 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Crows hold "funerals" for their dead and this very weird experiment revealed why
According to researcher Kaeli Swift of the University of Washington's Avian Conservation Laboratory, crows hold "funerals." When they see a corpse of their own kind they gather together and squawk l...
04:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Bay Area nurses protest, demanding removal of Mark Zuckerberg's name from their hospital
Nurses picketed The Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital And Trauma Center (AKA "Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital") and covered up Zuckerberg's name on the hospit...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing The Passport Index: a beautiful guide to the passports of the world
The Passport Index features beautiful high-resolution images of the covers of all the world's passports, with interactive features ranking passports by how much visa-free travel they entitle their bea...
04:19 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing To do right now: watch the Senate vote on whether to discuss saving Net Neutrality
Today, Senate Democrats will force a vote on whether to rescue Net Neutrality from the depredations of Vichy nerd Ajit Pai; the debate is streaming now and will continue until 3PM Eastern/12PM Pacific...
02:55 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Ajit Pai: portrait of a Vichy nerd who transformed from debating-society darling to thin-skinned, brooding manbaby
Andrew Rice's long profile of neutracidal FCC chairman Ajit Pai paints a portrait of a genuine nerd who really loves the ways the internet let him escape his small-town life, who really dotes on memes...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Spectacular slow-motion footage of lightning strikes
In Transient: Extended and Unused Footage, Dustin Farrell shares some of the great shots of weather events that got trimmed or omitted from his beautiful film Transient. (more…)...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Howler Monkeys are coming for your soul
Beautiful beaches. Lush jungles that thrive in volcanic soil. Friendly people and amazing local cuisine. You can keep 'em all. One of the things I enjoyed most about my last trip to Costa Rica were t...
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Comcast charges you $90 to "install" cable in houses that are already wired by Comcast
If you move into a new place and start service from Comcast -- increasingly the only way to get internet service in many places -- the company will often charge you a $90 installation fee, even if the...
02:13 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Why modern cling wrap sucks
In the 2000s, Saran changed their formula to be less sticky: more convenient for most people, but also less useful to those adept in the mystic arts of cling-wrapping things. And where Saran goes, t...
02:05 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Watch thousands of robots pack groceries in a warehouse
Ocado robots zip around simultaneously filling orders without bumping into each other in this fascinating look at a modern warehouse. (more…)...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Start a cybersecurity career with this course and e-book bundle
We live during a time where cyberattacks regularly make news headlines, so it should come as no surprise that cybersecurity professionals are experiencing a surge in demand at even the entry level, ma...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing White neighbor calls police after black man turns up to inspect house
Wherein a contractor invests in a house and the next-door neighbor objects to him entering the house, insults him, and calls the police: "This is what we go through, young black men trying to do wha...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Zuck tells Parliament they'll have to arrest him if they want him to testify
Earlier this month, Parliament sternly warned Mark Zuckerberg that if they continued to ignore their polite requests for him to testify, they'd issue a "summons" that could result in his being dragged...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Look at this interesting explainer on eye charts and human visual acuity
A Snellen chart (below) may just look like random letters in different sizes, but they were carefully designed to measure visual acuity. This piece on testing the limits of human vision brings it al...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing $70 million Picasso painting accidentally damaged, pulled from auction
Oops.On Friday, a painting by Pablo Picasso was damaged by Christie's auction house and has been withdrawn from their May 15 sale.The painting, Le Marin (The Sailor), was created by Picasso as a self-...
12:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Tom the Dancing Bug: John Kelly's American Tales of Immigration
FOR THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE, AND THEIR SUMMER READING: Get Ruben Bollings hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures. "The EMU Club inhabits exactly the world I always hoped to live in when I w...
12:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Five lateral thinking puzzles
Here are five new lateral thinking puzzles to test your wits and stump your friends -- play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing situations using yes-or-no questions.Show notesPlease su...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Commodity City, short documentary on a massive Chinese market
Yiwu International Trade City in Yiwu, Zhejiang, China is the largest wholesale consumer market in the world. This documentary looks at the people who look after its countless booths. (more…)...
11:31 am PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Former Letterman writer dissects Dave's lame excuses for not hiring more women
Nell Scovell wrote for David Letterman, who in 33 years had a bad track record of hiring women as writers and stand-ups (about 10% of the total). He also admitted having sex with some of the women he ...
11:27 am PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Completely silent computer built
There's an art and craft to building fanless computers that can do fancy things (like play games), but the one Tim made is housed in the attractive Streacom DB4 and makes no noise at all. Zero decibel...
11:20 am PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Tony Hawk at 50 performing 50 tricks from his youth
Spliced with footage of him skating in his youth, here's a video of skate legend Tony Hawk showing what he can still do at age 50. A lot, as it turns out.He writes:I never imagined being able to ska...
11:04 am PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this liquid calligraphy dissolve into trippy patterms
Watching the interplay of liquids used to make these beautiful calligraphic letters looks like geothermal vents opening and releasing gases and lava into the air. (more…)...
11:03 am PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing New Yorkers can now get pickle-flavored soft serve
In a real life case of "We can pickle that," New York City's Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. has pickled... ice cream. Well, sort of, they made pickle-flavored soft serve.https://www.instagram.com/p/BirrbVB...
10:03 am PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Here's a Tesla Model X towing an airplane
There must have been one helluva marketing meeting to come up with this PR stunt. "No one believes electric vehicles have pulling power!" "Let's prove they do!" "With a 287,000 pound plane!"Silence...
01:08 am PDT - Wed, May 16, 2018
BoingBoing Joshua Schulte named as suspect in 'Vault 7' leak of CIA tools to Wikileaks, but charged instead over child porn
Federal investigators believe a man who once worked for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is responsible for last year's massive leak of Top Secret CIA hacking tools, court documents reveal. (mor...
09:39 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Doc Martens with velcro straps
Daiki Suzuki's menswear brand Engineered Garments took the iconic Dr. Martens 1461 shoe and made them into grandpa shoes by adding velcro straps.They're available in five colors at End. Clothing for $...
09:01 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Haspel now likely to get CIA boss confirmation. Thanks, Democratic senators. You had one job.
The psyopsing worked. Gina Haspel now appears to have secured enough votes to be confirmed as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, after two additional Senate Democrats today announced they wi...
08:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Uber and Lyft agree to stop forcing driver sexual assault victims into arbitration, confidentiality agreements
Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft have now both stated that they will no longer force victims of sexual assault into non-binding arbitration, as has been the practice of both firms until today. (mor...
07:11 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Trump Administration moving to store migrant kids on military bases
The Washington Post reports that the Trump Administration is laying the necessary groundwork to warehouse the children of migrants who enter the United States illegally on military bases in Texas and ...
06:53 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Mother renames her son to match her misspelled tattoo of his original name
Johanna Giselhll Sandstrm of Kyrkhult, Sweden paid to have her arm tattooed with her two children's names: Nova and Kevin. Problem is, he accidentally inked her with "Kelvin." The tattooist refunded h...
06:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing John Scalzi wrote a science fiction story about the DMCA to help EFF's Right to Repair campaign
Every three years, the US Copyright Office asks America about the problems with Section 1201 of the DMCA, which bans breaking DRM even for legal reasons, and America gets to answer with requests for e...
06:18 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Water geysers on Europa may make it easier to search for life there
New analysis of old data gathered by NASA's Galileo orbiter suggests that Jupiter's moon Europa is likely shooting water into space from geysers on its icy surface. Europa is considered to be the most...
06:08 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Scientists declare octopi life from another world
Evidence of the octopus evolution show it would have happened too quickly to have begun here on Earth. Published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology Journal, 33 scientists have decla...
06:08 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing A dozen googlers quit over Google's military drone contract
Google's "Project Maven" is supplying machine-learning tools to the Pentagon to support drone strikes; the project has been hugely divisive within Google, with employees pointing out that the company ...
05:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Watch the trailer for Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody"
The long-awaited biopic Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen's incredible story from their formation in 1970 to their outstanding Live Aid performance in 1985 just a few ye...
05:47 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Kansas finally bans cops from having sex with detainees, people undergoing questioning, witnesses, and people they pull over during traffic stops
Until last week, Kansas was one of 33 states in which cops could have consent with people they'd arrested, provided their sexual partners "consented"; but now, a law prohibits officers from having sex...
05:33 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing This virtuoso panpipes player has no hands
Matthias Schlubeck is considered one of the world's greatest players of the pan pipes (aka pan flute.). Zamfir's got nothing on Schlubek who was born without hands. From Dust to Digital's Instagram:...
05:30 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing This $129 bluetooth headphone adapter sounds better than a $22 one
I have been enjoying Bluewave's GET, a $129 bluetooth receiver, DAC and amp for using 3.5mm jack-style headphones with my IOS and Android devices.The Bluewave GET beats the pants off my $22 Ribbon, at...
05:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Tom Wolfe, pioneering "New Journalist" and novelist, RIP
Tom Wolfe, the highly influential journalist at Rolling Stone and Esquire and author of such fantastic works as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, has d...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Artist summons supernatural animals in these gorgeous images
Polish artist Dawid Planeta created his "mini people in the jungle" series to include gentle gargantuan animals which appear before silhouetted humans. (more…)...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing A large bowl and some peanut oil make a perfect live mousetrap
Shawn Woods was able to catch seven mice in one night with a large bowl and some food-grade oil. (more…)...
03:29 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Cat using a door knocker to be let in
Just when you think you've seen everything, a cat in Bootle, England has been captured on camera using a door knocker to be let inside. The 26-year-old man who got the footage, Daniel Richardson, ha...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a CNC lathe make a hollow spiral candlestick
Legacy Woodworking Machinery has a great series of videos on how they program CNC machines to cut a hollow spiral candlestick. (more…)...
02:47 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing EFF has comprehensively killed the bullshit podcasting patent
Back in 2014, a patent trolled called Personal Audio LLC embarked on a campaign to shake down podcasters large and small for millions, but then they made the mistake of tangling with the Electronic Fr...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Judge to Facebook: stop deliberately misinterpreting my privacy rulings
In a new ruling, US District Judge James Donato included extraordinary recriminations directly against Facebook and its lawyers, whom he upbraided for deliberately misinterpreting his earlier rulings ...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing 5 courses to help you get project management certified
It's no secret that companies are eager to hire new project managers and pay them hefty salaries to ensure their initiativesmake it from A to B. However, demand alone isn't quite enough to get your fo...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing What's inside one of those magic chess boards?
Square Off is a crowdfunded chess board that uses a computer and magnets to move pieces physically while playing a human opponent. YouTuber What's Inside? does a teardown to see how it works. (more&...
01:47 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing How the "global super-rich" have honeycombed London's posh neighbourhoods with sub-basements, sub-sub-basements, and sub-sub-sub-sub-sub-basements
London -- ground zero for financial shenanigans, money-laundering, and the conversion of housing from a human necessity to an asset-class -- has spent decades converting itself to an inert, open-air v...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Artists pay tribute to 2001: A Space Odyssey at the half-century mark
It's Nice That surveyed an eclectic group of artists, designers, and thinkers on the outsize impact of 2001 since its premiere 50 years ago this month. (more…)...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Workers bring the snark on bad stock photos of their jobs
The #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob has had some worthy entries so far, like OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Gunter's comment on this gem: "I always give a thumbs up after a pelvic exam, its so not creepy at all." (more&h...
12:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Secrets from games that you can't find by playing them
The Cutting Room Floor is a wiki collecting programming secrets from old games: messages hidden in the code, levels and characters that never show up in-game, and anything else unused or left on the e...
11:56 am PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing John Carmack shares Steve Jobs memories
Programming legend John Carmack shares stories of working with Steve Jobs. Jobs, Carmack writes, disliked computer games and their early prominence on the Mac platform — Steve doesnt like blood ...
11:36 am PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Dog enjoys personal ball pit
With 5400 balls, YouTuber penguinz0 made his dog "the happiest dog in the world."Previously in Ball Pits: "Tumblr convention" a total disaster...
11:30 am PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Every terrifying detail of what it's like to work as a saturation diver
Saturation divers are specialized workers doing construction or demolition hundreds of feet below the water's surface. This detailed report gives a sense of what it's like to have a grueling routine w...
11:20 am PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Stillborn two-headed fawn discovered in the woods
Two years ago, a freshly-born two-headed fawn was discovered dead in a Minnesota forest by a mushroom hunter. It has now been confirmed, in a recently-published study in The American Midland Natural...
11:19 am PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Snooker champ plays VR snooker, falls over because it feels so real
San Francisco's Computer Museum boasts a state-of-the-art virtual reality pool program that feels so real that the tester, snooker champ Ronnie O'Sullivan, falls over after trying to lean on the VR ...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Take a deep dive into the ASMR world of soap carving
Carving soap bars into tiny cubes is apparently so satisfying visually and aurally that there's a whole series of videos depicting its many pleasures. (more…)...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design 7 - Wake up, Mom
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...
04:37 am PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Solid brass octopus escape key
For $13, you too can have a writhing brass cephalopod instead of an escape key, one of various bizarre artisan keycaps on offer at BGkeycaps' Etsy store.These are solid metal keycaps, Not resin made t...
12:50 am PDT - Tue, May 15, 2018
BoingBoing Website guesses what an uploaded image is and plays a song
Patrick Weaver's Record Player is a "Rube Goldberg machine" for music: log into Spotify, upload an image, and it will use the Google Images Vision API to try and figure out what it's a picture of, the...
08:20 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Margot Kidder, "Lois Lane," RIP
Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve's Clark Kent/Superman in a series of movies starting with "Superman" in 1978 has died at age 69. From CNN:Kidder... thought t...
07:25 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing These are the top ten baby names in the US
The Social Security Administration has released its "Top 10 Baby Names of 2017" male and female baby names in the United States. (No info on gender neutral names though.) Male names:1Liam2Noah3William...
07:13 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Secret history of classic TV's laugh tracks
When I watched the Brady Bunch as a youngster, there was one particular deep guffaw that always caught my attention. I knew the laughs were pre-recorded but always assumed that there was just a laugh ...
07:09 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Dr. Dre loses trademark battle to Dr. Drai, only one was an actual doctor tho
Dr. Dre, purveyor of sick beats, has lost a trademark battle against Dr. Drai, OB/GYN.Praise the FSM for TMZ:Dr. Dre is STILL Dre, but same goes for the OB/GYN with a very similar name who was locked ...
06:55 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Profiles of flat earthers: report from the front lines of weaponized media literacy
Tom Usher went to a flat earth conference in Birmingham, England; he met an array of people who believe that the Earth is flat, because they believe that powerful people have conspired to control the ...
06:42 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing To understand the future sainthood of Donald J Trump, just look at George W Bush
George W Bush spent a decade as the record-holder for the worst US president in modern history: a stupid man who weaponized a lie to start a pointless war that rages to this day, the "Heck of a Job, B...
06:37 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Benedict Cumberbatch will only work on films where his co-stars are paid as much as he is
That's right, wizard, detective, and occasional actor Benedict Cumberbatch isn't cool with bullshitpay gaps that Hollywood production companies have been laying on his female colleagues since pretty m...
06:37 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Benedict Cumberbatch says he will only work on films in which female co-stars are paid as much as he is
That's right, wizard, detective, and occasional actor Benedict Cumberbatch isn't cool with bullshitpay gaps that Hollywood production companies have been laying on his female colleagues since pretty m...
06:34 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Vehicle Force Voltron was stupid
For some reason I remembered Vehicle Force Voltron this morning and just wondered why?There was something cool about 5 robot lions that an army of little cars didn't have. It was like someone hopped...
06:01 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing WWII living legend finally given the honors he deserves
Frank A. Gleason may not be a name that you're familiar with. But, given his contributions to the allied war effort during World War II, you should be. During the war, Gleason, now 97-years old, worke...
05:55 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing The CIA is psyopsing America to help torturer Gina Haspel get the job of CIA boss
Gina Haspel is the evidence-destroying torturer whose Senate confirmation hearings for CIA chief were so frightening to her that she tried to bow out of them (she went, and bullshitted her way through...
05:52 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Touch Me Not, a surreal 18th century manual on how to raise the Devil, and then send him treasure hunting
Last year, the UK occult arts publisher, Fulgur Limited , celebrated its 25th anniversary. Initially focused on the work of the early 20th century British occult artist, Austin Spare, over the years, ...
05:38 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Relive the trauma of learning to drive with this video
One of the greatest gifts I ever gave myself was to never, ever get behind the wheel of a car with a parent sitting next to me while I was in my teens. Others... well, their time learning how to dri...
05:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing The S3: a desktop fidget toy from machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGbvbRUJ--8Since 2016, machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) has been building an exciting, marvelous series of fidget toys, which he is now bringing to a cl...
05:13 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Realtor claims Uber and Lyft erode the premium homebuyers pay for good public transit links
Leonard Steinberg, a longstanding New York City luxury property broker, claims that the existence of Uber and Lyft has blunted the premium that buyers were willing to pay to live in neighborhoods with...
05:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing The last of China's cave dwellers want nothing to do with modern housing
Before China came under the sway of Communist rule, many of the impoverished people of the country's southwestern Guizhou province opted to live in caves rather than face the frequent assaults by the ...
04:32 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing A Studs Terkel Radio Archive will soon be public
Author and historian Studs Terkel's long-running radio show The Studs Terkel Program will now be available in a public archive online. (more…)...
04:07 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing I could not put down Tom Miller's 'The Philosopher's Flight'
Magic is barely understood science in Tom Miller's The Philosopher's Flight. A United States engaged in the early days of World War II both eagerly adopts Philosophy as everyday technology, while reje...
03:52 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing A vital guide to the Canadian encryption debate
Canada's two leading digital rights groups, CIPPIC (previously) and Citizen Lab (previously) have issued a joint report called Shining a Light on the Encryption Debate: A Canadian Field Guide , and ev...
03:33 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Podcast: Petard, Part 02
Here's the second part of my reading (MP3) of Petard (part one), a story from MIT Tech Review's Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling; a story inspired by, and dedicated to, Aaron Swartz -- about...
03:03 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing London cops are using an unregulated, 98% inaccurate facial recognition tech
The London Metropolitan Police use a facial recognition system whose alerts have a 98% false positive rate; people falsely identified by the system are stopped, questioned and treated with suspicion. ...
02:55 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars
Joining the Mars 2020 rover mission to the Red Planet will be a small helicopter. The Mars Helicopter, with a softball-size fuselage, the autonomous chopper will be solar powered and integrate a small...
02:44 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Impressive animal sounds played on a violin
Sebastiaan Kulwanowski displays archer-level concentration as he makes his violin sound like a cow, elephant, cricket, sparrow, and my favorite, the only one with an adjective, "annoying fly."Previo...
02:35 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Site generates privacy-preserving YouTube embeds
Jag Talon''s Embed Bud is a single-serving site (made with Glitch) that generates less invasive YouTube embed snippets to use on the web. It's a simple trick that adds the encrypted-media attribute to...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Magical video for kids: How to make a duct tape coin pouch
In this lovely video by Joel Fox/Smile Mountain, young instructor Sally explains how to make a duct tape coin pouch with a ziploc bag closure. The video has serene, calming quality to it due to the ...
02:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing UK government will deputise newsagents to collect and retain identity documents from the nation's pornography viewers
The UK public has spent years being fed a diet of ridiculous, empty promises about the government's capacity to find and block every adult site on the internet, then securely identify who is an adult,...
02:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Charming tiny fish pond art inside Altoids tins
Jackie Chaves of BonAppetEats makes delightful jewelry that looks good enough to eat, but among her best-sellers are these cute miniature ponds inside Altoids Smalls mint tins. (more…)...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Efail: researchers reveal worrying, unpatched vulnerabilities in encrypted email
A group of researchers have published a paper and associated website describing a clever attack on encrypted email that potentially allows an attacker to read encrypted emails sent in the past as well...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Learn virtually anything with lifetime access to this huge education library
Whether you're looking to switch careers or advance in the one you're in, chances are you're going to need to add some new skills to your repertoire before you can make your move. While going back to ...
01:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing How a 14-year-old Fortnite cheater may rewrite EULA law
A teenager livestreaming a demo of a Fortnite cheat he found online got sued by Epic Games, but the case raises questions about who, if anyone, is legally obligated after he clicked the user agreement...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Mind-boggling exploding 3D fractal animations
The animation team from Big Hero 6 did some cool experiments for the "Into the Portal" sequence, and this week they shared one: an exploding 3D pastel fractal. (more…)...
12:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood captures the ways inner demons sabotage in her latest comic book
If there's anyone out there who's never felt like an imposter, or suffered from FOMO (fear of missing out), or struggled with self doubt, I sure would like to meet them. Yet, just because these are co...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this landscape photographer's video tour of Greenland
Daniel Kordan is a great photographer who travels to distant lands for stunning astrophotographs among other. Some of his stills are below, but his video of a trip to Greenland has his same eye for ...
11:45 am PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Floppy disk coasters
It's been a long time since I used a floppy disk as a coaster, and I'm not sure I could find one now if I needed to. There's something unsettling, though, about these silicone floppy discs [Amazon] in...
11:37 am PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Procedurally-generated Space Invaders
Kjetil Golid wrote code that generates high-definition space invaders for all imaginary Earth-defense needs. The javascript library p5.js is part of the magic....
11:31 am PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing ZX Spectrum-style keycaps for your mechanical keyboard
Sinclair's ZX Spectrum is one of the UK's classic computers, a cheap and cheerful gadget that went toe-to-toe with more powerful, expensive stablemates for a decade. What it wasn't lauded for, though,...
11:12 am PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Nintendo bringing back the NES Classic
Withdrawn from sale to promote the 16-bit SNES Classic, Nintendo's NES Classic is finally coming back. Pulling it from shelves at the height of its popularity was a canny move by the Japanese game gia...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Dressed like mini Bee Gees, three boys cover "Too Much Heaven"
Been wondering what is happening on Filipino television? Wonder no more. They're dressing up pre-pubescent boys to look like The Bee Gees and then having them cover the band's 1979 hit, "Too Much He...
10:56 am PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing Just look at Nokia's revived banana phone
Once again offered in black and banana yellow, the new Nokia 8110 has a few upgrades on the original (such as 4G, a better camera, and more than 16 ringtones). But the classic's vaguely erotic curve i...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, May 14, 2018
BoingBoing This Yoda bookend, strong the Force is
It appears that Jedi Master Yoda is holding up the books using the Force, but it's really just a strategically-placed metal bar which holds up the first book that gives that illusion. You can buy this...
02:53 pm PDT - Sun, May 13, 2018
BoingBoing White woman calls cops on black family who barbecued in Oakland park's barbecue area
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh9D_PUe7QIOn April 29, a black family set up their charcoal barbecue in the designated barbecuing area in Oakland, Californias' Lake Merritt, only to have a hostile ...
02:34 pm PDT - Sun, May 13, 2018
BoingBoing 75% of Theresa May's 50m gift to grammar schools will go to Tory districts
The UK Conservative Party has "made Britain great again" by restoring systems that use tax money to subsidise the wealthy; for example, they have revived the "grammar school" system of publicly funded...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, May 13, 2018
BoingBoing Drink like Han Solo with these Millennium Falcon Ice Molds
After a long day of intergalactic smuggling, Han Solo probably cooled off with something a little stronger than a glass of bantha milk. And now, you can channel your inner smuggler with theseMillenniu...
01:59 pm PDT - Sun, May 13, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to build a Japanese-style free-standing bookshelf with no nails or glue
Japanese wood joinery (previously) is a highly-refined craft. In this video, YouTuber Third Coast Craftsman creates a free-standing bookshelf inspired by those joinery techniques. (more…)...
10:59 am PDT - Sun, May 13, 2018
BoingBoing Cute cartoon about a parking spot stealer
There's a kind of joke called "a long driveway to a small house," and the cartoon "Parked in My Spot" is a great example. There's not a huge payoff, but the story itself is pretty amusing and nicely...
10:40 am PDT - Sun, May 13, 2018
BoingBoing MyeongBeom Kim's whimsical mashups of unlikely objects
Artist MyeongBeom Kim likes to pair two things that seem to contradict, creating wonderful and often thought-provoking results. (more…)...
10:39 am PDT - Sun, May 13, 2018
BoingBoing Here's a philosophical look into how to focus intensely
The fine folks at Freedom of Thought share tips on How to Focus Intensely, and it shares a lot of good ancillary insight in the process. (more…)...
10:39 am PDT - Sun, May 13, 2018
BoingBoing Archie McPhee's Rubber Chicken Museum opens in Seattle
They've been building it up for weeks...https://www.instagram.com/p/BidEeYcnbH7/?taken-by=archiemcpheeTeasing us with build photos of the world's largest rubber chicken...https://www.instagram.com/p/B...
10:38 am PDT - Sun, May 13, 2018
BoingBoing Childish Gambino's "This is America" set to "Call Me Maybe" walks a fine line
Last Saturday, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) unleashed "This is America" on the world. In just this one week, the controversial video has already garnered over 95 million views and has ignite...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, May 12, 2018
BoingBoing Build your own railway with the Trainz Platinum Edition Bundle
Trains might not be the most high-tech means of conveyance, but few things match the awe-inspiring size and power of these behemoths roaring across the railways. Trainz: A New Era lets you tap into th...
01:14 pm PDT - Sat, May 12, 2018
BoingBoing Cops have a secret, unaccountable system for tracking you by your cellphone, and they abuse it like crazy
Securus Technologies markets a product to law enforcement that taps into realtime cell-tower data from mobile carriers to produce fine-grained location tracking of anyone carrying a phone; it is nomin...
12:59 pm PDT - Sat, May 12, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this speed build of a LEGO ship in a bottle
One of the great things about YouTube is the vicarious pleasure of watching someone do something satisfying that you may not have time or inclination to do yourself. Case in point: this cool speed b...
11:59 am PDT - Sat, May 12, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how unhatched birds get oxygen inside their shells
How birds get oxygen inside their eggs. File this great explainer under "questions previously unconsidered that have interesting answers." (more…)...
12:50 am PDT - Sat, May 12, 2018
BoingBoing Teeth nails
The stuff nightmares are made of: TEETH NAILS.I'm fighting tooth and nail to express my "thanks" to Nail_Sunny, the Russian nail art chain who created these monsters.https://www.instagram.com/p/BihcTu...
12:48 am PDT - Sat, May 12, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: The Levellers
Last week, I mentioned that listening to The Pogues turned me on to checking out The Levellers. This would be they.The band takes its name from a political movement that rose up in the 1600s during ...
11:59 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing The Handbook of Tyranny: stark infographics on human cruelty
Handbook of Tyranny tells the story of human cruelty in a series of beautifully designed inforgraphics, like this chart showing methods of crowd control. (more…)...
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Here's what this week's Mars space mission will observe
NASA successfully launched the InSight mission to Mars this week. This is a great overview of what scientists will be learning about Martian geology. (more…)...
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Guy puts a 360-degree camera in a pothole as runners pass over
Lawyer Viva Frei saw a pothole on a street closed off for a charity run, so he got permission to put his new 360-degree camera in and got a pretty neat shot. (more…)...
08:35 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Innovation should be legal; that's why I'm launching NeTV2
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08:25 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing FanFlick Editor: an entry in EFF's Catalog of Missing Devices
Wonderful EFF supporters keep on coming up with great new entries for EFF's Catalog of Missing Devices, which lists fictional devices that should exist, but don't, because to achieve their legal, legi...
08:18 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Here are the official lyrics to the Mr Softee jingle
According to the official sheet music, the familiar Mr Softee jingle was written in 1960 and is titled "Mr Softee Jingles and Chimes." (more…)...
08:09 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Bite-Sized Linux: a zine collecting awesome *nix tutorial webtoons
Julia Evans's Twitter feed is a treasure trove of her Bite-Size Linux comics that explain core concepts in Unix system use and administration in friendly, accessible graphic form. (more…)...
08:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing West Virginia Senator laughed at the idea that hating on teachers would bite him in the ass - then he lost his job
Robert Karnes is your basic knee-jerk reactionary West Virginia state senator who devoted his tenure in office to hating on unions, especially teachers, especially teachers who participated in the Wes...
07:43 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: Mini documentary about Interpol's "Turn On the Bright Lights" anniversary tour
Last year, Interpol set out on a reunion tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of their fantastic debut "Turn on the Bright Lights." Here is a mini-documentary about their post-punk revival revival....
07:42 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Idiots and their kids almost become dinner on a wild animal preserve
Note: some understandably NSFW language. Watching morons get out of their cars in front of apex predators has become a YouTube genre, but rarely are they stupid enough to walk out in pen fields with...
07:39 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Congress may fund the search for intelligent life in space as they can't find any in Washington
Does extraterrestrial life exist? It's a question that, for the past 25 years, Congress didn't care to try and answer.In 1993, just as SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) was getting its s...
07:32 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing This alchemist's guide to alcoholic beverages is clever and lovely
Musician Regaip "Rego" Alp Sen created this cool and comprehensive alchemist's guide to alcoholic beverages. Colors and sidebars denote pairing combinations. (more…)...
07:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Soldier destroys Humvees with the power of gravity
I don't know about you, but back when I was working a nine-to-five gig that forced me to wear pants and show up on time, I had days at work where I wanted nothing more than to knock everything off m...
07:28 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing How to make Worm Tea
Over at Popular Science, Jim Shaw, proprietor of Uncle Jims Worm Farm, posted his recipe for Worm Tea, an organic liquid fertilizer and insecticide. The key ingredient is three pounds of castings, als...
07:20 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Infographic of each US state's favorite 1990s sitcom
USDish analyzed Google search data for the last 15 years to create this map of the United States showing each state's "favorite" sitcom. The Midwest loves Friends, four states and Washington DC prefer...
06:39 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Two men dressed in space suits trick a businessman out of $200,000
A businessman in India was suckered out of $200,000 by two men dressed in cheap silver space suits. The swindlers are a father and son team, who pretended to have special palm-sized copper plates that...
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing This highly rated bluetooth speaker is just $6.88 today
I just bought this small bluetooth speaker (3.8 x 2.6 x 2.6 inches) made by Aukey because it has good reviews and is on sale for $6.88 when you use code FORMOM22. It's regularly $16. It comes with a b...
06:01 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Woman expresses her displeasure at KFC
Dissatisfied with the quality of service she received at a KFC, this woman decided to destroy the restaurant. It's possible she was inebriated, and now regrets the method by which she delivered her co...
05:47 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Farmers in China raising pigs in high-rise "hog hotels" up to 13 floors
Known as "hog hotels," European farmers have already experimented with raising pigs in two or three-story buildings, and many of those went (pork) belly up. But an agricultural company in China has ...
05:35 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Catholic Nuns accused of torturing 60 children under their care.
Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, used Orwell's 1984 as a training manual for torture and degradation. Some Catholic nuns in Colombia apparently looked to psychopathic torturer Aunt Lydia in T...
05:35 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Catholic Nuns in Colombia accused of torturing 60 children in their care
Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, used Orwell's 1984 as a training manual for torture and degradation. Some Catholic nuns in Colombia apparently looked to psychopathic torturer Aunt Lydia in T...
05:11 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Pygmy marmosets devouring grapes
Pygmy marmosets are from South America. At 3.5 ounces, they are the world's smallest monkey (but not quite the world's smallest primate -- that honor goes to 2 ounce pygmy tarsier of central Sulawesi,...
04:56 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing 14-year-old mashes Gravity Falls theme song and Gangnam Style
"My 14-year-old just made a MIDI mashup of the Gravity Falls theme song and Gangnam Style and its honestly amazing," tweets game designer Elizabeth Samat. This is not a delusional parental boast - it ...
04:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Wakefield Rural police in West Yorkshire threatens to prosecute anyone who mocks its epic drug bust
Covering Airedale, Altofts, Castleford, Crofton, Featherstone, Ferry Fryston, Glasshoughton, Normanton, Ryhill, Walton, Whitwood and surrounding areas of West Yorkshire in England, the Wakefield Rural...
04:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey, RIP
Adam Parfrey died yesterday at the age of 61. Carla, David, Xeni, and I knew him for many years. He was one of the most interesting people I knew, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the arcane, the eso...
04:26 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Australia says cash about to become illegal for purchases over $7,500
One great thing about cash is its anonymity nobody, including the government, can easily stick their nose in your beeswax when you're using physical banknotes and coins. But anonymity is about to bec...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Pentagon sucks up to Trump by censoring mentions of climate change in its global risks assessment
In 2016, the Pentagon released a draft of its comprehensive global risk assessment; this climate change as a driver of global instability and possible conflict. The final draft replaces "climate chang...
02:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing White House official on John McCain's objection to torturer Gina Haspel leading CIA: It doesnt matter, hes dying anyway.
John McCain's objection to Gina Haspel's appointment to lead the CIA is easily understood: he was tortured in Vietnam, whereas Haspel supervised torture at the CIA. Many conservatives have often held ...
02:36 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Teens are cyberbullying themselves as a form of self-harm
Child psychologists have observed an increasing trend in which teens cyberbully themselves, creating anonymous accounts in which they post vicious insults and slurs that seem to be directed to them by...
02:19 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Indigenous Canadians sue the Canadian government over decades of secret, involuntary, inhumane medical experiments
For more than a century, the Canadian government pursued a policy of forcibly removing First Nations people from their homes and imprisoning them in largely church-run "residential schools" where viol...
02:06 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Tiled tunnel under Belgian river "staggeringly monotonous"
After the delightful wooden elevator down from Antwerp's streets, the 1876-foot pedestrian tunnel under the Scheldt is "staggeringly monotonous," reports Atlas Obscura, but I rather like it. I have on...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing These ergonomic earbuds were made to take anywhere
Whether you have a long commute or an intense workout to get through, the right music can make the experience much more manageable. Magnetic, long-lasting, and enjoyably ergonomic, theN1 Bluetooth Wir...
01:50 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Individual FBI agents can be sued for blackmailing potential informants with no-fly list threats
It's been three years since the filing of a suit against the FBI after agents put several Muslims on the No Fly list to retaliate against their refusal to be conscripted as a confidential informants s...
01:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Seattleites: You'll soon be able to hitch a free ride in a 1967 Checker Cab
I met Seattle artist Marcia Wiley through my inbox zine a couple months ago. I had written about the idea of the "positive deviant," basically someone who strays from the norm but brings value rather ...
08:43 am PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a timelapse of climbers breaking an El Capitan record
Two Nineteen Forty Four is Tristan Greszko's remarkable timelapse of last year's record-breaking ascent on The Nose at Yosemite's El Capitan. (more…)...
04:57 am PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing Just look at this exploding, extremely ripe wild banana.
Just look at it.(Thanks, Gwynne!)...
04:18 am PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing That time a rando told Thomas Edison that he should invent a text-to-speech engine
David Weinberger writes, "I just blogged about a 1911 letter in the Thomas Edison digital archive in which the former mayor of Kingston, Jamaica, proposed that Edison take his Gramophone one step furt...
04:18 am PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing That time a rando told Thomas Edison that he should invent a speech-to-text engine
David Weinberger writes, "I just blogged about a 1911 letter in the Thomas Edison digital archive in which the former mayor of Kingston, Jamaica, proposed that Edison take his Gramophone one step furt...
01:01 am PDT - Fri, May 11, 2018
BoingBoing The Boston Dynamics bipedal robot can run now
You can run, but it doesn't matter, because so can your pursuer.Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing. Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, t...
11:55 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing We've got to stop turning our backs on Ebola
Remember back in 2014 when everyone thought that an Ebola outbreak in Africa wouldn't be a problem for North Americans and then and this is the shit and giggle part four laboratory-confirmed cases o...
11:48 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Being terrible with money set Will Smith on the path to super stardom
Will Smith never planned on being an actor. He never planned on being broke and in debt to the IRS, either. In this video, Smith breaks down how being bad with money started him down the road to bec...
11:40 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Space beer: coming soon to an unforgiving airless void near you
Space is no stranger to beer. Astronauts have farted about with beer fermentation, in orbit, in the past. The Russians have tried their hand at growing barley and hops in the International Space Sta...
08:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing California police detain Bob Marley's granddaughter for staying at an AirBnB while Black
Police in Rialto, California have released bodycam footage of an incident in which Bob Marley's granddaughter was detained when a white neighbor reported her for suspected burglary. Donisha Prendergas...
07:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing CIA & Army veteran has the best response to Gina Haspel confirmation obfuscation
David Chasteen is a veteran of the CIA, who has also served in combat with the United States Army in Iraq, and elsewhere. (more…)...
07:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Photographer claims Stranger Things stole his storm cloud image
Sean R. Heavey claims that Stranger Things used his storm cloud photo (top image) without permission in concept art (second image above) that eventually became a scene in the show. From https://petapi...
06:33 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Your perception of this graph is a graph of your perception
Look at the above image. The higher the peaks, the more sensitive your eyes are to contrasts at those frequencies. Ian Goodfellow spotted the image in a scientific paper about spatial frequency analys...
06:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Humble Bundle Nebula Showcase: great, DRM-free science fiction, benifitting the Science Fiction Writers of America
The latest Humble Bundle features dozens of Nebula-winning and Nebula-nominated novels and short stories from past and present, everyone from Octavia Butler and Ursula K Leguin to Samuel Delany and Jo...
06:15 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Eddie Murphy's perfect Bill Cosby impersonation
https://youtu.be/njZ21cbe9uoWhen he accepted his Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize in 2015, Eddie Murphy (who apparently stopped aging 25 years ago) did a dead-on impersonation of Bill Cosby talking abo...
06:06 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Oregon farmers are growing far more weed than residents can smoke
After three years of legal weed, Oregon has grown 1.1 million pounds, approximately three times what residents buy in a year. From The Guardian:The result? Prices are dropping to unprecedented lows in...
06:05 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Woman in sailor suit tells Infowars reporter that she has worms in her brain
Infowars went to an event to make a gotcha video with people outside a SXSW event featuring Bernie Sanders. The Infowars reporter probably regrets approaching a podcaster and actress named Dasha Nekra...
06:05 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Woman in sailor suit tells Infowars reporter that Infowars people have worms in their brain
Infowars went to an event to make a gotcha video with people outside a SXSW event featuring Bernie Sanders. The Infowars reporter probably regrets approaching a podcaster and actress named Dasha Nekra...
05:59 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Missing: Iron Man suit
An Iron Man suit from the original 2008 film is missing. Apparently the $325,000 suit disappeared from a Los Angeles warehouse in recent months. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Employees at the w...
05:35 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Crazy Russian Hacker tries Durian - a very smelly fruit
I've eaten durian a few times. Weighing as much as ten pounds, the hard greenish shell of this Southeast Asian fruit is studded with hard spikes, like some kind of living medieval weapon. Growing at...
05:33 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Cornhole score leads to cornpone scrap
https://youtu.be/24Tifo-hJacA game of cornhole at the Douglas County Fair in Georgia led to a dispute between players, reports WSB-TV in Atlanta--a dispute that escalated into a fists-flying brawl at ...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Moving documentary on prisoners who break wild horses
The Wild Inside follows Arizona prisoners in a program where they work to break wild horses rounded up from the desert. (more…)...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Read Vanity Fair's excerpt of the new Robin Williams biography
The New York Times' culture reporter Dave Itzkoff has a new biography of Robin Williams called Robin. Vanity Fair has an excerpt about the months leading up to his death. It's sad and fascinating.So w...
04:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing When Trump bullied in a tweet today, Schumer reminded him of Melania's no cyberbullying campaign
When Trump whined this morning in one of his usual bully boy name-calling tweets, Senator Chuck Schumer had the perfect response. Schumer reminded the insecure president of his wife Melania's no cyber...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Illustrator and ceramic artists team up for "illustramics"
Illustrator Ksenia Kopalova and ceramic artist Natalia Savinova combined their talents to make a mashup they call illustramics. (more…)...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing IBM bans USB, SD cards, flash drives and all other portable devices from every office, worldwide
At IBM, portable storage devices like a USB, SD card, or flash drive are no longer welcome. As in banned, for security reasons. In the next few weeks IBM will be barring these items from the workplace...
03:33 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a hyperlapse review of Europe's wintry wonderland
Spring has finally arrived, and JF1LMS is celebrating by releasing a hyperlapse of some great footage shot all winter in the Slovak village where he grew up, all shot manually in bitter cold. Crank ...
02:34 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Delightful papercraft flora and fauna
UK-based artist Lisa Lloyd has been getting lots of well-deserved notice for her intricate papercraft animals, birds, food, and other earthly delights. (more…)...
02:06 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Bad breathalyzer code means countless DUI convictions are unsafe
Draeger's Alcotest 9510 breathalyzer [Amazon] is used widely by cops and has led to millions of drunk-driving arrests. For years its results have been suspect, and now researchers are elaborating upon...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Don't forget, there's still time to get Mom a bouquet for Mother's Day!
Life gets busy; and, while some things are bound to fall through the cracks, celebrating your mom on Mother's Day shouldn't be one of them. The Bouqs Company and Teleflora are both running specials on...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a terrific explainer on Hawaiian lava flows
Geologist Jerry Magloughlin made a lava video that's a real labor of love. It describes the marvelous complexity of Hawaiian lava flows, combined with lots of cool footage and interesting facts. Pla...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Woman fights off man with keys after he pulls off her headscarf and grabs her
A woman delivering lunch to an Atlanta residence was assaulted, say police, but fought off her attacker with her keys. The woman, 29-year-old Sonya Kristina King, said that she entered the home of 55-...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Woman uses keys to fight off man who pulled off her head scarf and grabbed her
A woman delivering lunch to an Atlanta residence was assaulted, say police, but fought off her attacker with her keys. The woman, 29-year-old Sonya Kristina King, said that she entered the home of 55-...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Behold the breathtaking vistas of South America
Mattia Bicchi captured some stunning panoramas in glorious 8K during a recent trip to South America. (more…)...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Charming interlocking wood sculptures
Zenji Funabashi creates colorful animals scultures that lock together in all sorts of fun ways. Imagine the satisfaction of sliding the pieces together. (more…)...
12:55 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Beethoven, but EPIC
Sure, "Moonlight Sonata" is one of the loveliest songs for a reflective and pensive moment, but what if it were covered in a FREAKIN' EPIC arrangement? (more…)...
12:35 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Simone Giertz on why we all should be making useless things
Donning a rad vest made with googly eyes, Shitty Robots' inventor extraordinaire Simone Giertz (who recently announced she has a brain tumor) makes a solid case for creating "useless" things in a TE...
12:33 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Enhance enhance: Using machine learning to recover lost detail from upscaled photos
A team of researchers from Twitter have published a paper detailing a machine learning technique that uses a generative adversarial network to make shrewd guesses about how to up-res small images by u...
12:23 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Amazon has a real fake review problem
A "vast web" of fraudulent reviewers have come to dominate Amazon, with shills being paid cash to order a product, photograph it on arrival, and write a glowing, 5-star review. (more…)...
12:10 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing If you watch one cat video this year, let it be this one
Watch this while you can. Run.Thanks, Doug!...
12:10 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Victory! Fourth Circuit rules that border officials can't subject electronic devices to suspicionless forensic searches
Back in 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in Riley v California, holding that border guards do not have unlimited authority to search our personal electronic devices when we cross the border, requiring in...
12:05 pm PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing What Google Assistant calls will actually be like
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF_K4910gQgPerhaps you were slightly unnerved by Silicon Valley cheering Google's startlingly convincing and conversant simulation of a human voice! You know they don't...
11:53 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's Labor Department is planning a rollback of teen labor laws, allowing kids to work in "hazardous" jobs
Under a leaked draft plan from Trump's Department of Labor, 16- and 17-year-olds would be permitted to work for extended periods in "Hazardous Occupations" as apprentices; at present, these apprentice...
11:52 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Scientists build a database of animal farts
Freshwater mussels? Goats? Wombats? If you've ever wondered whether a particular animal farts or not, hie thee to the #DoesItFart database.It's not some weird, fake meme thing, by the way; this databa...
11:40 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Leaked Grenfell Towers papers: Tory politicians rejected fireproof cladding proposal for a 5.7% savings
The Grenfell Towers fire was one of the most deadly fires in modern British history, killing at least 72 people, with no way to know how many more may have died. (more…)...
11:36 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Fantastic new promo video for this season's Power Racing Series
One of the great joys of being involved with Make:, Maker Faire, and the maker movement over the years has been watching the creation, growth, and evolution of the Power Racing Series. For those who d...
11:36 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Ron Howard narrates 'Star Wars' in the style of 'Arrested Development'
Not only is Ron Howard the narrator (and an executive producer) on the Arrested Development, he's also the director of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. So, it was only natural that the two enti...
11:35 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing "The Philosophy of Beards" from 1854
Behold The Philosophy of Beards, a short 1854 book on the allure, upkeep, and clear moral superiority of the beard.The Public Domain Review found this gem scanned at the invaluable Internet Archive, a...
11:34 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Beautiful circular tattoos
Eva Krbdk of New York's Bang Bang Tattoo specializes in circular tattoos on a wide range of thought-provoking and whimsical themes. (more…)...
11:29 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Chinese law professor: AI will end capitalism
Feng Xiang is a prominent Chinese legal scholar with an appointment at Tsinghua University; in a new Washington Post editorial adapted from his recent speech at the Berggruen Institutes China Center w...
11:02 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Senators will be forced to vote on Ajit Pai's decision to kill Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality is extraordinarily, improbably popular with Americans: 87% of Americans have both heard of Net Neutrality and believe it should be protected; virtually the only opponents Net Neutrality...
10:39 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing Why everyone is talking about Childish Gambino's "This Is America"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMYSince Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover debuted his single "This Is America" on last week's Saturday Night Live, the song and its accompanying video have ra...
10:24 am PDT - Thu, May 10, 2018
BoingBoing The UK's Data Protection Bill doesn't protect immigrants; help the Open Rights Group raise 30,000 for a court challenge
The UK's Data Protection Bill is far-reaching and long overdue, extending vital privacy protection to Britons -- unless they're immigrants. (more…)...
09:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Beware the goat gangs of Ireland
Ireland has a goat problem.A growing gang of wild goats is having its way with the towns of Ennis and Clare's gardens, parking lots and roads. Greenery is being devoured. Cars are being forced to slow...
09:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing This fish sounds like a vibrating phone
Today I learned the Splendid Toadfish, a creature found only in the Caribbean Sea, produces a sound like a phone on vibrate. National Geographic writes:This grumpy-looking splendid toadfish has a sp...
09:02 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Woman was unintentionally blowing her brains out, for years
Back in 2013, Kendra Jackson was in a pretty nasty car accident. The vehicle she was in was hit, hard, from behind. The force of the impact propelled Jackson's head into the dash in front of her. She ...
08:51 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Backhoe operator releases "pollen bomb" by tapping tree
Warning: Just watching this video could trigger an allergic reaction. Eric Henderson of Millville, New Jersey wondered what would happen if he tapped a pollen-laden tree with his backhoe. He soon d...
08:09 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Good deal on 2-port USB wall charger
Use code FORMOM32 to get this 2-port USB wall charger for $6 (regularly $8). It's not much bigger (1.4" x 1.2" x 1.2") than the standard issue Apple iPhone charger, and the prongs fold back, making it...
07:58 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Why tumbleweeds tumble
Recently, Carla posted about tumbleweeds invading Victorville, California leading to numerous 911 calls. Why do tumbleweeds tumble though? To make more tumbleweeds of course. From KQED's Deep Look:S...
07:42 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing World's biggest orgy to be attempted in Las Vegas
An organization for sexual enthusiasts called Menage Life is planning to break the record for the world's biggest orgy. The current record was established in 2006 in Tokyo when 500 people congregated ...
07:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Voyager Golden Record featured in V&A Museum exhibition about the future
This weekend is the opening of "The Future Starts Here," a new exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum of art and design. Celebrating "100 projects shaping the world of tomorrow," the exhibit ...
06:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Can you spot the ticks in this poppy seed muffin?
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention tweeted this image with the question: "Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?" Of course ticks generally don't hang out in pastries. The point was just to...
06:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Mouth sensor keeps tabs on your sodium intake
Approximately 36 million people in the United States have high blood pressure and many could do with reducing their sodium intake. But how do you even monitor your intake accurately? Georgia Institute...
06:39 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Royal assassins, JFK assassins, and Ronan Farrow character assassination, in this weeks dubious tabloids
The tabloids can be rattlesnakes provoke them at your peril.Newly-minted Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow finds that out this week to his chagrin, as the National Enquirer exposes his a...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Dr Dre loses trademark legal fight with Dr Drai, gynecologist
Dr Dre, seller of weighted headphones, has fought a three-year court battle to stop Pennsylvania gynecologist Draion Burch from using the moniker Dr Drai. This week, the US trademark office dismissed ...
05:53 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Kentucky cop drove rape victim to hotel and raped her again, says prosecutor
In 2017 Hillview Police Department detective John W. Nissen was assigned to drive a rape victim to her home. But prosecutors say he drove her to a hotel instead, and raped her. From WSBTV:[Nissen] agr...
05:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing EPA head Scott Pruitt flies first class because he thinks people who say mean things to him want to kill him
On May 1, 2017 Nino Perrotta, "Acting" Special Agent in Charge of EPA administrator Scott Pruitts personal security detail, wrote a memo to justify his boss's flagrantly wasteful travel habits. Perrot...
05:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing EPA head Scott Pruitt flies first class because he thinks people who fly coach want to kill him
On May 1, 2017 Nino Perrotta, "Acting" Special Agent in Charge of EPA administrator Scott Pruitts personal security detail, wrote a memo to justify his boss's flagrantly wasteful travel habits. Perrot...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing A new strain of IoT malware can survive a reboot
As scary as the epidemics of malware for Internet of Things devices have been, they had one saving grace: because they only lived in RAM (where they were hard to detect!), they could be flushed just b...
02:32 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Equifax lets identity thieves raid "frozen" credit reports through its shady, obscure secondary credit bureau
If you've had your identity stolen or if you're worried about having been doxxed by Equifax, you can freeze your credit record, and then Equifax, Experian, Trans Union and Innovis will block any reque...
02:21 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Ticketmaster finds a new way to be terrible: facial recognition!
Comcast may be the most hated company in America, but Ticketmaster has sure given it a run for its money, through a combination of monopolism, rent-seeking, shady dealing with scalpers and total indif...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing The most hated company in America is about to get much, much bigger
Comcast is a perennial winner of national polls for the most hated company in America, and the bigger it gets, the worse it gets: back in 2011, the Obama administration let the company swallow NBC Uni...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this new music video from Dawes
Please enjoy the premiere of this new Dawes music video "Living in the Future," the first single off the Indie roots rockers's forthcoming album Passwords, out June 22. Grant James directed the clip....
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing This robot vacuum is a more affordable alternative to Roomba
Robotic vacuums have been around for a while but developers are still finding new ways to improve upon their pint-sized designs. Case in point, theECOVACS DEEBOT Slim2 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is built ...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Dr Dre loses trademark fight with medical doctor using the name "Dr. Drai"
Dr Dre's trademark dispute against Pennsylvania gynaecologist Draion M Burch is at its end, reports the BBC. Burch will be allowed to keep his "Dr Drai" trademark registration over the music star's ob...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Rudolph Giuliani, Defense Attorney at Law, Champion of the Accused
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12:59 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing After the Boy Scouts opens up to trans kids, queer kids and girls, the Mormons severed their 105-year relationship to scouting
The Church of Latter Day Saints insists that its decision to end over a century of close association with the Boy Scouts has nothing to do with the organization's decision to admit girls, gay kids and...
12:54 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Convicted child rapist Roman Polanski: #MeToo is "collective hysteria" and "you can't stop laughing" at it
Roman Polanski, the filmmaker who drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl, plead guilty to statutory rape, then fled hours before his sentencing to live the high life abroad for decades, ...
12:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Bumblefuck Watch: Rob Ford's brother hired his own "reporter" to ask him scripted softball questions for literal fake news spots
Doug Ford -- alleged hashish kingpin and brother to the dead, racist, violent, sexist, rapey crackhead ex-Toronto-Mayor Rob Ford -- stole the nomination to lead the Ontario Conservatives in an upcomin...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Most excellent: Third 'Bill & Ted' flick in the works
Party on, dudes.After 27 years, metalheads Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) will time travel again on the big screen in a threequel called Bill & Ted Face t...
12:35 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Colorado cop corrects would-be dog-slaughtering Illinois officer about drug-sniffing after marijuana legalization
When I Macon County, IL K-9 trainer Chad Larner's claim that marijuana legalization would necessitate euthanizing 275 Illinois drug-sniffer dogs that couldn't be retrained and who would be driven mad...
12:15 pm PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing See in the Dark: a machine learning technique for producing astoundingly sharp photos in very low light
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWKUFK7MWvgA group of scientists from Intel and the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign have published a paper called Learning to See in the Dark detailing a po...
11:57 am PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing "Cocky" romance novelist embarks on a second career as a trademark troll: will romance writing fall from grace?
Over the past 20 years, the world has become a lot more cognizant of the risks of unbalanced copyright, as what was once a way to help creators gain leverage over publishers, studios and labels became...
11:40 am PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing In 1921 the schooner Carroll A. Deering was discovered aground off North Carolina. The crew had vanished.
In 1921 a schooner ran aground on the treacherous shoals off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. When rescuers climbed aboard, they found signs of a strange drama in the ship's last moments -- and no trace...
11:37 am PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing The 'Terrifying Automatic Hair Cutter'
Move over Flowbee, inventor Joseph Herscher of Joseph's Machines has figured out a fresh new way to cut one's hair at home using a swinging chandelier and a large kitchen knife. He calls it the "Ter...
11:33 am PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing "My hovercraft is full of eels" in many languages
The famously mistranslated phrase featured in Monty Python's Flying Circus; here it is in many languages. [via]Afrikaans    My skeertuig is vol palingsAlbanian (Gheg)  ...
10:37 am PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this 'blooper reel' of astronauts falling on the Moon
Gravity isn't always your friend, even when you're on the Moon. Watch as a series of Apollo mission astronauts fall down on the job in this compilation video by YouTuber Martian Archaeology. The fo...
12:48 am PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Kickstarting "Drawn to Sex": Oh Joy Sex Toy's sex-ed book
A couple months back, I was delighted to learn that the good, good people at Oh Joy Sex Toy were launching a sex-ed book aimed at explaining the basics, ins, outs, whats and wherefores of sex "for tho...
12:23 am PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Nova Scotia premier won't apologise for libeling teen who discovered massive data breach
In the wake of the Nova Scotia police fully exonerating the 19 year old who accidentally discovered an open directory full of compromising personal information belonging to Nova Scotians, you'd think ...
12:10 am PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Nova Scotia abandons its attempt to destroy a teenager who stumbled on a wide-open directory of sensitive information
Last month, an unnamed 19-year-old Nova Scotian grew frustrated with the lack of a search interface for the province's public repository of responses to public records requests; he wanted to research ...
12:00 am PDT - Wed, May 9, 2018
BoingBoing Revenge of the Laughable Bumblefucks: Rob Ford's brother admits that actors were hired to pretend to be his supporters at rally
Doug Ford is the leader of the Ontario Provincial Party, a job he got through outright fraud; and it's only getting better: on Monday night, Ford -- brother of the dead, disgraced, crack-addicted, rac...
11:49 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Getting to work on time: FINAL BOSS FIGHT
The way this man casually hops on to a moving freighter in Hailuoto, Finland as it tears through ice and sub-zero waters should make anyone who sees this video feel a whole lot better about their mo...
10:17 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Learn Electronics With Arduino - a good book
Many Arduino books assume you know at least a bit about electronics. Learn Electronics With Arduino by artist Jody Culkin and Eric Hagan is written for people who want to learn about electronics but a...
09:24 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Relic from a shameful chapter of American history returned to the Dakota People by an anonymous donor
In an age of decadence, narcissism and shit behavior from well-to-dos that's excused with mutterings of affluenza, it's always nice to be surprised by someone anonymously throwing a large sum of money...
08:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Georgia's governor has vetoed SB 315, the state's catastrophically stupid cybersecurity law
When Georgia's legislature passed SB 315, a horribly misguided cybersecurity bill that criminalized routine security research, thus allowing bad guys to get much worse, everyone pinned their hopes on ...
08:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Tomato plants can detect an imminent animal attack
Tomato plants can detect the telltale sign of nearby snails -- slime -- and release an enzyme that deters those and other pests before they even touch the leaves, according to new research. The defens...
07:57 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Young woman presented with 10 ideal men all at once
In this video, a 27-year-old Korean woman is playing an odd dating game, kind of like a live-action Tinder.She first chooses her ideal type of guy using options on her phone (e.g. "isn't cocky," "fu...
07:53 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Nigerian government shutters cough syrup manufacturers in an effort to stem an epidemic of codeine addiction
A few years back, I had a cough that was so bad that I ended up dislocating a rib from hacking away. My doctor prescribed me a cough syrup laced, heavily, with codeine. The stuff worked, easing my pai...
07:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing You could buy the remnants of Kurt Cobain's smashed guitar
On September 22, 1990, Nirvana played at Seattle's Motorsports International Garage. Kurt Cobain played his Aria Pro II Cardinal Series guitar that he ultimately smashed to bits. (Video evidence below...
07:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing The Slow Mo Guys capture colorful paint on a booming speaker in 12,500fps
Gav and Dan, aka the Slow Mo Guys, are revisiting a favorite video of theirs, one from 2013 where they put paint on booming speakers and capture it in glorious 2,500 frames-per-second slow motion. T...
07:43 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Gorgeous tiny synthesizers in wooden boxes
Love Hultn is a designer who builds gorgeous devices that merge faintly-retro stylings with digital guts (previously, previously, previously, and previously).Now he's created the Bivalvia Synthesis, w...
07:40 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Everyone's rescinding honors paid to Bill Cosby faster than shit through a goose
One of the great things about the past few years has been having it come to pass that, if you build a long, respected career in the public eye, yet simultaneously act like a lecherous scumbag behind c...
07:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Support Rudy Rucker's Kickstarter for his new book "Return to the Hollow Earth"
Cyberpunk fiction pioneer and old-school bOING bOING pal Rudy Rucker has just finished "Return to the Hollow Earth," the sequel to his fantastic 1990 novel The Hollow Earth, a wonderful and rollicki...
06:56 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Nordstrom Rack falsely accuses 3 young black men of stealing and calls the cops on them
Starbucks, LA Fitness, Chevron Gas and Food Mart... Nordstrom Rack is one of the latest in a rash of corporations to publicly get called out for racially profiling black customers. Three young black m...
06:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Trump pulls U.S. out of Iran nuclear deal
I am announcing that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump announced to a room of reporters at the White House today. (more…)...
05:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Illinois police say legalizing weed will result in euthanization of drug-sniffing dogs
Weed shouldn't be legalized in Illinois, says Howard Buffett, Sheriff Macon County, because what will become of all the dogs trained to ferret out the deadly drug? "The biggest thing for law enforceme...
05:35 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Scientists taught a spider to jump on command
It's not hard to teach a dog to do tricks, and sometimes even a cat. But spiders? Well, it's not easy, but scientists at the University of Manchester managed to train a spider to jump on command from ...
05:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Desktop probability machine
Tim of Grand Illusions shows off this nifty normal curve distribution demonstration machine called the Galton Board. It has 3,000 tiny metal beads that fall through a grid of pegs, landing into one ...
04:19 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: Girl too young to drive careens into an outdoor table at Dairy Queen
A girl who was too young to legally drive decided she wanted ice cream, so she took her sister's car and headed for a Dairy Queen in Detroit, MI. (more…)...
03:31 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Equifax finally publishes a tally of what got breached when it left 146.6 million credit files unsecured
Ever since the news of the Equifax breach broke last September, we've been waiting for the company to publish an authoritative tally of what, exactly, got breached. (more…)...
02:02 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Over 55,000 security camera DVRs are vulnerable to an exploit so simple it fits in a tweet
Last month, Argentinian security researcher Ezequiel Fernandez published CVE-2018-9995, a vulnerability he discovered in dozens of brands of DVR that are all based on the same white-label devices, TBK...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Expand your Raspberry Pi horizons with this kit
Thanks to the strides made by Raspberry Pi and Internet of Things (IoT), you don't need to tote an engineering degree to create your own devices, but you'll still need the right tools. This37 Sensors ...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Jeff Sessions tells border guards to separate children from their parents
Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- who identifies himself as a Christian -- addressed an Arizona law enforcement conference about an imaginary "massive influx of illegal aliens across our Southwest Bo...
12:56 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing An upcoming Supreme Court ruling could force all workers into forced arbitration, deprived of the right to class lawsuits
One of the cases that the Supreme Court heard this season was NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc. which rolls up several cases where employers are hoping to establish that they can force prospective employe...
12:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing The simplest online note-taking website
Jan Erik Klouman's jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj is a clever feat of minimalism: a web-based notepad so simple that the saved-to-desktop HTML file works as-is just like it did at the website. On Firefox, it ev...
12:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Welsh police deployed facial recognition tech with a 92% false positive rate, but they're sure it's fine
The South Wales Police deployed a facial recognition technology at the June 2017 Champions League soccer final in Cardiff, and 92% of the people identified by the system as matches for suspiciousness ...
11:57 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing How ink is made
It turns out that ink is made largely by mixing pigments with liquids! Various emulsifiers and such also factor in. How about that! The bright sheets of colorful slime are very satisfying and relaxi...
11:51 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing The hotel where Steve Jobs unveiled the first Macintosh prototype in 1983 (and why Apple got banned from it)
In Apple's early days, the swanky La Playa Carmel hotel was on the list of preferred venues for the company's offsite retreats. Carmel-By-The-Sea's quaint charm coupled with the property's privacy mad...
11:50 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Bob Hope's golf cart was a custom number by George Barris
By the time George Barris tricked-out this Cushman golf cart, he had already built quite a few custom cars including, most notably, the coffin-shaped Munster Koach in 1964 and the Batmobile in 1966. K...
11:22 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Best. Thriller. socks. ever.
A company by the name of Stance makes really fun socks. Their licensed ones are particularly nice. I was recently gifted a pair of their Thriller socks ($18) and I absolutely adore them. They're thick...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design - Magnus and Magda
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...
02:50 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Should I use an algorithm here? EFF's 5-point checklist
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Jamie Williams and Lena Gunn have drawn up an annotated five-point list of questions to ask yourself before using a machine-learning algorithm to make predictions ...
02:43 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Google announces ad-ban for sleazy bail-bonds companies
In 2016, Google banned ads for payday lenders; now it has followed up with a ban on another predatory industry: for-profit bail bondsmen, who rip off black people and poor people with deceptive financ...
02:36 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing AT&T to the Supreme Court: "Fuck the FTC"
Back when the anti-Net-Neutrality was pretending to have anything like an argument (apart from, "NETWORK NEUTRALITY INTERFERES WITH MY ABILITY TO BECOME LIMITLESSLY RICH, GO FUCK YOURSELF), one of the...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Here's why everyone in the world just emailed you a new privacy policy
The looming deadline for the EU General Data Protection Plan means that companies have a duty to be extremely clear about what data they're collecting on you and what they're doing with it, and give y...
12:43 am PDT - Tue, May 8, 2018
BoingBoing Online pixel density calculator
If, like me, you have a love-hate relationship with pixels, you might find use for the DPI/PPI Calculator next time you're looking for a new monitor. It calculates the pixel density of any display fro...
08:06 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Rudy and the Beast: Randy Rainbow's latest song parody rips on Giuliani and Trump
Our hero, YouTube parodist and future Tony award-winner Randy Rainbow, has a new video that tears on former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani and Trump (the "Beast")... in song! Brilliant....
08:05 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Watch these heart-pounding jet maneuvers from the pilot's POV
A very skilled pilot takes a Saab Gripen fighter jet through its paces, and his audio from the recording indicates just how physically and mentally taxing this kind of flying is. (more…)...
08:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing The new president of the NRA is Oliver North
The National Rifle Association announced that its new president will be Oliver North, Fox News correspondent and central player in the Iran-Contra scandal of the late 1980s under president Ronald Reag...
08:02 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Dash cam footage of lava consuming a Ford Mustang
In case you somehow missed it, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano started erupting last Thursday, leaving molten paths of destruction on the Big Island near the community of Leilani Estates. The eruption was ...
07:14 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Upright guitar stand for $12
I bought this stand for my Fender Telecaster, which has previously taken up space on a couch. The ChromaCast CC-MINIGS Universal Folding Guitar Stand with Secure Lock has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon w...
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Happy endings are NOT a part of massage therapy, no matter what the Montreal Police might think
Claudia Cavaliere had only been working as a massage therapist in Montreal, Canada for a few months when, as she began to work the knots out of a middle-aged client's leg, he started grinding against ...
06:54 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Angled satellite shots make earth's landmarks look like tiny dioramas
Planet Labs did an interesting spin on the standard straight down satellite shots: they angled the camera from 280 miles up, turning cities like Houston, shown above, into charming miniatures. (more&h...
06:29 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Ian McEwan tutored his son about his own novel for a high school essay and it got a C
Famous authors don't always make good tutors. At least not in the case of Ian McEwan, who tried to tutor his son, Greg, who was writing his high school A-level essay about a novel he had read. After t...
06:05 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Japan's prime minister treated to dessert in a shoe
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and their wives enjoyed a private dinner in Israel. By all accounts, they had a lovely evening, which was marred only by ...
05:58 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Donald Trump is a pathogen evolved to thrive in an attention-maximization ecosystem
My latest Locus column is The Engagement-Maximization Presidency, and it proposes a theory to explain the political phenomenon of Donald Trump: we live in a world in which communications platforms amp...
05:51 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Woman arrested and handcuffed in Georgia for driving with a Canadian license
Emily Nield (27) of Ontario, Canada, attends college in the United States. She was driving from Georgia to Tennessee when a cop pulled her over for speeding. The officer asked for her license and thin...
05:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing This pigeon is protecting her baby kitten and will attack if you come near her
Don't mess with this fierce pigeon or she'll take your finger off. She's protecting her kitten, and snaps every time a human hand reaches towards her....
05:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing John Oliver has an easy time making fun of cartoonish Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani is like having a second Trump in the White House, only not as smart. John Oliver has a field day with Giuliani's latest client-damaging crazy talk on a recent Fox News interview. He al...
05:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing The "secret chamber" in King Tut's tomb does not exist
Several years ago, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said they were "90% sure" that new scans of King Tutankhamun's tomb revealed a hidden chamber. Following that, University of Arizona archaeologist Nicho...
04:54 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Watch these newly discovered film clips from the glamorous birth of Technicolor
The British Film Institute discovered bits of very rare Technicolor film fragments from 1920s Hollywood. The fragments, attached to the beginning and end of other film reels, include Louise Brooks d...
04:42 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Rather unusual vintage snapshots of adults and their plushies
Vernacular photography historian Robert E. Jackson curated a curious collection of photos depicting adults enjoying time with their favorite plushies.See more at Flashbak: "16 Vintage Snapshots of Adu...
04:39 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Gargantuan sinkhole surprises farm worker at sunrise in New Zealand
Last week, a worker on a farm in New Zealand was rounding up cows before sunrise when he noticed a massive sinkhole, almost falling into it while riding on his motorbike. But it wasn't until daylight ...
04:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing A brief documentary about the sensorial wonders of field recording
Since the birth of audio recording in the 19th century, people have used the technology to capture the ambient sounds of our world for later playback. With the invention of high-quality, portable ta...
03:03 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Where the manatees are
Manatees love warm water, evidently, and igotcharts.com posted this lovely manatee map to help you find them. What's with manatees heading up to cold-water parts of the US? Do they love us?...
02:56 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Famicase: beautiful cartridges for imaginary NES games
I's been eight years since we last checked in, and Famicase is going strong, both as an exhibition and a social media hashtag. The photo above was posted by @boheme. Here are just a few of my favorite...
02:46 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Action cam on a model train
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt9prI2it5g&feature=youtu.beI'm not sure of the technical specifications going on here, but this calmed me down after seeing the latest from the Malabar Front this morn...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a demo of the latest VR production tools
Virtual reality is now available at prosumer-level price points, and the race is on in the same way 2D filming reached the masses twenty years ago. Matt at Cinematography Database takes a quick spin...
12:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Someone stole a semi full of cancer drugs from a Tennessee truck-stop
Last Thursday, a trucker driving a semi carrying $965,000 worth of Octagam -- an immunotherapy drug taken by cancer patients -- pulled into Pilot Truck Stop at 9211 Lewisburg Highway, Tennessee, taile...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Hacked Polaroid camera prints on thermal paper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CwaT4R5_WAThere's an astounding level of detail and thoroughness in Mixtela's report on hacking a Polaroid camera to print on thermal paper. It reads almost like a pul...
12:09 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing The BBC on Afrofuturism
The BBC has published a long and welcome feature on Afrofuturism, the term coined by former Boing Boing guestblogger Mark Dery to describe (in the words of Steve Barnes) "science fiction, fantasy and ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this computer case mod made of wood and rope
If you like your PCs to look like a coffee maker from a 1970s yacht, you'll love this case mod. It's pretty neat in terms of heat sinks, but it has a rather large footprint. (more…)...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to tow a real car using toy cars
MrBeast, best known for surprising video game streamers and restaurant workers with enormous donations and tips, also dabbles in goofy experiments, like seeing how many toy cars it takes to pull an ...
11:52 am PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing More media paywalls rise--in price, too
Bloomberg's new paywall isn't terribly remarkable, but the price--$35 a month--suggests a new type of walled garden. Danny Chrichton favors the paywall model, but...Incentive alignment is one thing, a...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Watch ten eggs get sucked into a steam-heated jug
Plunging scalding hot glassware into ice water is not very safe, but it does create tremendous pressure, enough to suck ten eggs into a jug with a mouth slightly smaller than an egg. (more…)...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Torturer and coverup artist Gina Haspel tried to bow out of CIA Directorship to avoid Senate questioning
Gina Haspel is a 33-year veteran of the CIA, notorious for overseeing a torture camp in Thailand where rendered suspects were subjected to simulated executions; Haspel is also notorious for participat...
11:29 am PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Study: two spaces after a period makes reading easier
Amongst people who care deeply about typography and fonts -- which is, in our typographic age, probably a reasonable chunk of people online -- there's been a low-level war about spacing after a period...
11:06 am PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing "I Agree": Visualizing terms of service with long scrolls of colored paper
"I Agree" is an art installation that prints the terms of service for common apps on scrolls of colored paper, creating a bar chart of the fine print that neither you, nor anyone else in the history o...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Native American tribes vie for control of ancient remains found in Idaho's high desert plains
Some mysteries don't need to be solved. They need to be laid to rest.In spring of 2017, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game employee was going about his 'do you have a license to hunt that thing' dut...
10:33 am PDT - Mon, May 7, 2018
BoingBoing Tool that turns text into ASCII art
I am heavily digging this ASCII art generator: Type in your text and it'll render it in one of several dozen ASCII fonts.A few of my favorites ... ...
07:21 pm PDT - Sun, May 6, 2018
BoingBoing I've been using my $120 Amazon 10" Fire HD Tablet for 5 months and love it
I use my Amazon Fire HD 10 every day. At $120 it is the bargain tablet I wanted.My bright red Amazon Fire HD 10" tablet is amazingly darn useful. Compared to the Apple equivalent I've saved $100s of d...
06:29 pm PDT - Sun, May 6, 2018
BoingBoing Off-duty officer holds man at gunpoint over $1 package of mints
An off-duty Buena Park, California Police officer decided that a $1 pack of candy was worth risking human life. Mistakenly believing Jose Arreola was shoplifting a package of Mentos he had just purc...
08:20 pm PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing How to improve at Fortnite Battle Royale
Fortnite Battle Royale, a 100 player last-person-standing video game, has become all the rage in my home. It is easy, and free, to hop in and play but takes a lot of strategy, and tactics to play we...
05:54 pm PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing Dallas restaurant tires of NRA convention racists
After listening to tons of racist and ignorant horseshit from NRA conference attendees, the owner of Dallas-area eatery Ellen's decided to donate a portion of this weeks proceeds to groups pursuing re...
04:37 pm PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing Someone paid actors to support an energy company at public hearings in New Orleans
Every time a conservative jackass accuses a high school kid of being "a crisis actor" remember this: someone hired actors to support an energy company's proposal. The actors were required to sign non-...
01:33 pm PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing An excerpt from "Bullshit Jobs," David Graeber's forthcoming book about the rise of useless work
Anarchist anthropologist David Graeber made a landmark contribution to the debate about inequality, money, and wealth with his massive 2012 book Debt: The First 5,000 Years (a book that helped inspire...
01:14 pm PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing NSA report discloses that the agency tripled its surveillance of Americans in 2017
One effect of the Snowden leaks is that the NSA now makes an annual disclosure of the extent of its domestic surveillance operations; that's how we know that the NSA collected 534 phone call and text ...
01:01 pm PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing US housing prices skyrocket for homeowners and renters alike
Since the crash of 2008, both home ownership and renting have been getting steadily more expensive, with median house prices rising to levels surpassing pre-crisis levels, while the ballooning private...
12:46 pm PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing Britain's Great Firewall blocks access to official Disney sites, internet safety guides, VPNs, and coding sites for kids
In the decade since the UK rolled out its Great Firewall, the project of somehow dividing the entire internet into "good" and "bad" (or even "all-ages" and "adult") has run into a series of embarrassi...
12:33 pm PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing Explore today's top machine learning tools in this bundle
Machine learning is all around us. From Google's search engines to Tesla's self-driving cars, this field powers many of today's AI innovations, and, as more of these products find their way into the m...
12:20 pm PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing UK local elections: Conservative party forgets to alter placeholder text before distributing campaign literature
Prospective voters in Redford, part of the East London district of Ilford, found a flyer from the local Conservative Party in their mailboxes, in which the boilerplate text, which opens with "what we'...
02:54 am PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: The Pogues Live at the Town and Country
The Pogues were my entry point into punk. They caused a massive shift in my understanding of music: they made my growing up to play the mandolin, tenor banjo and bodhran feel cool. The music I playe...
02:45 am PDT - Sat, May 5, 2018
BoingBoing Richard Spencer's running out of places to spew his bigoted blather
No matter what else happens today, I've got enough joy to to see me through the weekend: According to Buzzfeed, professional fascist mouthpiece Richard Spencer has had his racist ass shown the door by...
10:08 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Shock your way to mosquito bite itch relief
I'm going to Japan for a month this summer. I know two things for certain: it will be mushi atsui (muggy hot) and I will get bitten by ka (mosquitoes). My favorite way to relive the itch of a mosquito...
10:04 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Western Illinois coroner will hold your family's ashes hostage for $1,000, won't produce a death certificate without payment
Adams County Coroner James Keller is western Illinois has a great way to self-fund his department: if a poor person dies and their family can't afford the $1,000 for cremation, Keller just dumps the a...
07:26 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Are cosmic gorillas limiting our search for E.T.?
Remember the fantastic attention experiment in which you have to count the times the basketball is passed? (If you don't know it, watch the video before reading the rest of this post.)In a recent pape...
06:27 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Three women are suing Charlie Rose
Three former CBS employees are suing television journalist and talk show host Charlie Rose for sexual harassment and threatening their jobs when they were in their 20s. The lawsuit, which was filed in...
06:17 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Wil Wheaton's frank, brave speech about his depression and anxiety
Wil Wheaton has publicly discussed his anxiety and depression before; I know several people whose lives were improved by reading what he had to say. (more…)...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Miami cop Mario Figueroa suspended after kicking handcuffed man in the head
Miami Police officer Mario Figueroa looks like he enjoyed kicking a defenseless, handcuffed man in the head. Unfortunately for Officer Figueroa, his violent assault was caught on camera. A non-officer...
05:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing New Guns N' Roses box set is over the top and $999
Guns N' Roses is reissuing their iconic Appetite for Destruction (1987) in various editions ranging from double LP and CD sets (all with unreleased music) to the fully-blown "Locked N' Loaded" massi...
05:41 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing How to use a Japanese purikura machine
Purikura means "printing club" in Japanese. It's basically a place for teens and kids to take their pictures in photobooths, filter them, and print them out as stickers. I took my daughters to the p...
05:34 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Speaker Ryan urges Americans to vote GOP because Dems will waste time fighting corruption
I guess outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has given up on weakly trying to hide things from people and has just gone ahead and said it. If the GOP loses control of the House or Senate they won't...
05:25 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch man trip gunman running from police
Columbus, Ohio police where chasing an armed suspect in front of a public library when a bystander named Bill casually stuck his foot out and tripped the fleeing fellow. From Cincinnati.com:(The suspe...
05:19 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Profile of a man who created a horse-racing algorithm and made close to a billion dollars
Bloomberg's Kit Chellel wrote a fascinating profile of Bill Benter, a man who cracked the horse-racing code in the 1980s and made hundreds of millions of dollars. Benter wanted something more rigorous...
05:07 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Fortnite's #ReplayRoyale winner
Fortnite Battle Royale, the video game that has taken over gaming by storm, announced "Revenge" by Enzait as the winner of the #ReplayRoyale fan film contest. Players can use an incredible in-game c...
05:03 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing May The Farce be with you! Mad magazine's 1978 Star Wars parody
In 1978, the usual gang of idiots at MAD gave us "Star Roars," starring Lube Skystalker, Cree-Pio, Bar-stool, Ham Yoyo, Chewbacco, Zader, and Oldie Von Moldie. May The Farce be with you! Always. Below...
04:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing 50 pulp cover treatments of classic works of literature
Lithub has put together a gallery of 50 pulp paperback versions of classic works of literature. "Some are true pulp coverswith overtly sexy women and tantalizing movie-esque taglines," writes Emily Te...
04:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Absolutely killer 1970s funky fashion illustrations of the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, etc.
Boyd Clopton was a clothing designer and illustrator who created funktastic fashions in the early 1970s for Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright (above), The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, and ...
04:41 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Squids used to have shells. Here's how they lost them.
Squid ancestors were happy creatures with shells until about 400 million years ago, when the emergence of fish with jaws set off an evolutionary arms race between fish and cephalopods. (more…...
04:35 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Spring allergies are here so I'm rinsing my sinuses out
I survive spring allergies by rinsing out my sinuses. (more…)...
04:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing This Lego robot cooks eggs and bacon
From The Brick Wall:"My father cooks breakfast every Saturday and Sunday- it is 104 times a year! He deserved this present."...
03:43 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing After annihilation at the polls, far-right UKIP leader compares own party to the Black Death
Another inconclusive election in the UK, this time for control of local governments, saw Conservatives stave off significant Labor gains thanks in part to right-wing voters coming home after abandonin...
03:41 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing A search engine for old Geocities sites -- find yours, and you can start re-editing it
So, Geocities -- the service that, back in 1994, set off the first phase of everyday folks putting crazy, fun stuff online -- still exists as a hosting service. Better yet, it has also preserved an aw...
02:41 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing New maps of America show race and diversity levels
The Washington Post created some interesting maps that show levels of diversification in various American cities. They categorize cities like Chicago as examples of legacy segregation, where cities li...
02:13 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Garage sale displeases neighbor
"We thought we'd have a garage sale to get rid of some of the clutter," writes jessie 31. "Unfortunately, our neighbor billy has been a little on edge lately and feels the need to rip everyone a new...
01:49 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Congrats to Tom the Dancing Bug, which has won a Kennedy Journalism Prize!
Our own Ruben Bolling, creator of the Tom the Dancing Bug comic, has won a Kennedy Journalism Prize, given for works that "provide insights into the causes, conditions, and remedies of human rights vi...
01:40 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Beautiful chart shows how the English alphabet evolved
Matt Baker from UsefulCharts.com made a detailed poster and video of how the English alphabet evolved over the last 4,000 years, but his elegant and colorful topline is the simplest iteration of the...
01:32 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Learn front-end development with JavaScript
If you have aspirations of making it as a web developer, you're likely going to need to master JavaScript. Abrowser language that supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming style...
01:22 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Three artificial pancreases: a special trio of Catalog of Missing Devices entries
EFF has just published an update to its Catalog of Missing Devices (a catalog of things that dont exist thanks to the chilling effects of Section 1201 of the DMCA): a trio of ads for future artificial...
01:12 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Prominent AI researchers call the entire field "alchemy"
Machine learning's reproducibility crisis is getting worse, and the massive shortage of qualified researchers has driven top salaries over $1,000,000, bringing in all kinds of cowboys and pretenders. ...
01:11 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Supercharging farm-soil to hoover up atmospheric carbon
Here's some promising eco-news: A simple scientific experiment tweaked the ecosystem of a California farm, and the soil began capturing tons of carbon from the atmosphere.The experiment began in 2007,...
12:57 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Scandal-haunted Scott Pruitt's staffers are shopping dirt on Ryan Zinke to create a distraction
Even by Trump administration standards, Scott Pruitt is a fucking mess, and as his day of reckoning looms, his staff are doing everything they can to take the heat off their boss, which is why Pruitt ...
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Grandad trips up armed suspect running from cops
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXK4Re7VS2Q&feature=youtu.beColumbus police report that an armed suspect fleeing on foot was tripped up by a bystander. April 3, 2018 "Bill" was at a west Columbus libr...
12:44 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Son of Spectre: researchers are about to announce eight more Meltdown-style defects in common microprocessors
The New Years revelation that decades' worth of Intel's processors had deep, scary defects called "Spectre" and "Meltdown" still has security experts reeling as they contemplate the scale of patching ...
12:40 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing A puzzle expert shows off some of his favorites
Tim at Grand Illusions chose several of his favorite "photogenic" puzzles to share. Some of them he has not solved yet, and even some that he's solved are still quite challenging to replicate. (more...
12:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Syllabus for a course on Data Science Ethics
The University of Utah's Suresh Venkatasubramanian and Katie Shelef are teaching a course in "Ethics in Data Science" and they've published a comprehensive syllabus for it; it's a fantastic set of rea...
12:14 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Tech conferences are relocating from the USA to Canada to attract attendees and speakers who don't want to come to Trump's America
One of the USA's sources of "soft power" in the world is as a convener and crossroads for academics, businesspeople, professionals, and other members of international communities that gather every yea...
12:11 pm PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Shark captures fish, then bird captures shark, then photographer captures it all
Professional photographer Doc Jon captured a remarkable series of photos of a shark snatched from the waves just as it had clamped down on a fish. Check out his page for more cool nature shots. (more&...
11:48 am PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Top Republican Senate candidate wants Jews removed from America
Republican Patrick Little doesn't stand much of a chance in California's Senate race this fall: he's up against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and his own party denounced him. Nonetheless, as the st...
11:41 am PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing AI finds solutions its creators didn't anticipate
Austrian researcher Kroly Zsolnai-Fehr from Two Minute Papers presents four examples of AI finding loopholes that programmers had not anticipated. (more…)...
11:40 am PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing What's your ikigai, your reason to get up in the morning?
Rob Bell lays out the basics of the Japanese concept of ikigai, the search for purpose and fulfillment in life. Illustrator Mark Winn created a Venn diagram often used to explain the idea: (more&hel...
10:40 am PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Today's "lone wolf" killers are actually a pack
In the wake of the Toronto van attack (image above), media attention is turning to the next strand of online white-guy aggrievement that the mainstream hasn't yet discovered -- the self-described "inc...
07:52 am PDT - Fri, May 4, 2018
BoingBoing Conservative protestor unable to tear up anti-fascist sign
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylfto5YnOwwAs posted to YouTube by Nate Gowdy, this gentleman appropriates a counter-protestor's sign and makes strenuous efforts to rip it up. But it's a fancy thick o...
11:35 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing What Jack Kirby proposed for the plaques on the Pioneer space probes
By way of the Daily Grail comes this fascinating bit of Pioneer spacecraft history. Kirby was among the artist asked to submit ideas for the plaques to be flown on the Pioneer 10 and 11 space probes, ...
09:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Study: Publishers sell books written by women for less than those written by men
Women have had to deal with the shitty end of the employment stick since, well, forever. Sexual harassment, rampant misogyny and pay disparity are but a few of the crap things they frequently have to ...
09:38 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing 3,600-year-old tattoo kit found
Archaeologists have long known that tattooing goes back for millennia. But recently they made a cool find: what appears to be a Native American tattoo kit that's at least 3,600 years old.The kit, whic...
09:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Ikea's Swedish meatballs? Totally NOT Swedish
Here's a fact you can kill with alcohol or a head injury and never miss: Ikea doles out around 2 million of its Swedish meatballs, per day. Here's another: those Swedish meatballs? There's a very good...
09:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing How to pick up a cat so that it won't murder you in your sleep
There's no guarantee that the cat in your life won't cut you at the drop of a hat, but learning the correct way to pick one up might make it think twice before breaking off a shiv in one of your vit...
09:16 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Secret Nazi experimental plane was an epic piece of vaporware
Behold the incredibly weird-looking Horten Ho 229 -- an all-wing "wonder weapon" plane that the Nazis frantically developed even as they were collapsing and losing WWII.The Smithsonian National Air an...
09:14 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing A stuffed anteater is at the center of a huge nature photography scandal
Marcio Cabral won a Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, but he was stripped of his title after some claimed he used a taxidermied anteater, shown above, in his winning shot. Internet sleuth...
09:10 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Mystery man found dead in wall of women's washroom
The Core Shopping Center caters to the needs of Calgary, Canada's downtown office workers. Wandering its multiple floors over a series of city blocks, you'll find a mid-ranged food court, travel agenc...
08:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing 120 small disc magnets for $10
I used eight small disc magnets in this Raspberry Pi computer case that my daughter and I designed for playing the early 1980s game Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, and I have 112 magnet...
07:16 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Nobody knew who was taking a daily dump on a high school football field until cameras caught him in the act
A fresh pile of human doo doo was found on the football field of Holmdel High School on a daily basis in Holdel, New Jersey, so coaches and staff made a stink about it to the district's resource offic...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Woman accidentally tipped cafe $7,732 and she can't get her money back
Olesja Schemjakowa of France enjoyed coffee and cake at a cafe in Switzerland. Her bill was $23.76. When it was time to settle the bill, she accidentally entered her PIN code (7686) as the tip on the ...
06:14 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Arrested Development: Star Wars with Ron Howard
My family came late to the Arrested Development series, and so we've been binge watching it on Netflix. The series is narrated by Ron Howard, and also narrates this very good Arrested Development: S...
06:13 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Coin puzzle: How do you make a circle of 6 coins from two rows in only 3 turns?
Here's a fun puzzle explained to us by math writer Alex Bellos (but invented by mathematician Henry Ernest Dudeney) that you can try with six coins. First line them up like this:Now see if you can arr...
05:57 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova is killing it at poker
One of my favorite authors, psychologist Maria Konnikova (who I've interviewed many times for Boing Boing and Institute for the Future) is writing a book about the world of professional poker. As pa...
05:43 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Hospital charged a woman $5,751 for an ice-pack and a bandage
In 2016 Jessica Pell fainted and cut her ear when she fell. She went to Hoboken University Medical Center, where was given an ice pack and a bandage. That was the extent of her treatment. She did not ...
05:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Results of following US dietary and exercise guidelines for a year
A year ago Daniel J. Green -- NBC News' self-described "overweight health editor" -- said he "had stage 1 hypertension, prediabetes and elevated cholesterol numbers. I also weighed 244 pounds and had ...
04:53 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Listen to this song about a Colombian mythical monster that inflates people into balloons
Matt Werth of record label RVNG Intl. asks: "Do you agree that a spoken word track about a mythical being sucking out the insides of someone and turning them into a skin balloon" is appropriate for ...
04:45 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Hawaii just passed a bill banning over 3,500 sunscreen products, which kill coral reefs
Hawaii just passed a bill that would make it the first US state as well as the first place in the world to ban most sunscreens.Chemicals used in over 3,500 sunscreen products oxybenzone (aka Benzop...
04:35 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Surfer hotel in a modded truck
The Truck Surf Hotel is a modded Mercedes Actros outfitted with a hydraulically-expanding two-story inn. Inside is a living room, kitchen, four double rooms with bunk bed, one double room with a singl...
04:20 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Adam Savage build a Blade Runner blaster in one day
Blade Runner superfan Adam Savage and Norm Chan build exquisite Blade Runner snub-nosed blasters:Norm and Adam both work on their kits, each taking a different approach to the paint and finish. Adam...
04:20 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Inside Cuba's massive, weekly, human-curated sneakernet
Most Cubans have terrible access to the Internet -- estimates suggest only 5-25% of the populace can regularly get online. The government made it a bit easier in recent years with paid wifi hotspots, ...
02:35 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing On Ferrero Rocher
I always loved Ferrero Rocher because of its wonderful television ads in Britain. To immigrants in America, writes Liana Aghajanian, the foil-wrapped chocolates are a status symbol. Growing up in Culv...
02:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Announcing "Petard," a new science fiction story reading on my podcast
Here's the first part of my reading (MP3) of Petard, a story from MIT Tech Review's Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling; a story inspired by, and dedicated to, Aaron Swartz -- about elves, Net ...
01:31 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing This pocket-sized drone is way cooler than a selfie stick
A group selfie is a great way to document a successful adventure, but getting everyone in the shot can be tricky when you're with a large group. And, while you can roll the dice on a good Samaritan to...
12:39 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing After record quarterly loss, Tesla's Elon Musk tells reporters that "boring bonehead questions are not cool"
Tesla burned $710m last quarter but hopes to be profitable soon. In the meantime, don't ask Elon any boring questions!"We're going to go to YouTube. Sorry, these questions are so dry. They're killing ...
12:30 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Movies depicted as fields of colored lines
The Colors of Motion creates abstract images by sampling the distinctive colors of frames and then stacking them as individual horizontal lines. This gives an impression of the movie's overall sense o...
12:13 pm PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Mashup Maker: Another entry for the Catalog of Missing Devices
EFF supporter Benjamin McLean was kind enough to send along his "Mashup Maker" as a new entry to EFF Catalog of Missing Devices, a tour through some of the legitimate, useful and missing gadgets, tool...
11:57 am PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Michael Jackson's drummer performing Smooth Criminal
There's something about Sugarfoot's perfectly-constructed drum work on Smooth Criminal that's both of its time and completely timeless—a key part of Michael Jackson's sound....
11:51 am PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Printed "paper" watches
Cajiso's "paper watches" wrap a watertight tyvek wristband with a magnetic closure around a cheap-and-cheerful LED watch mechanism, yielding a $28 novelty/fashion item that can be printed with arbitra...
11:39 am PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Trump reimbursed lawyer who paid off Stormy Daniels
Blithely contradicting President Donald Trump's claim to have known nothing about the payoff made to Stormy Daniels, Rudy Giuliani said Trump reimbursed the lawyer who made the payment. Stormy and Tru...
11:37 am PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook has repeatedly fired stalker employees, then covered it up
Multiple Facebookers and ex-Facebookers risked lawsuits by revealing the company's longstanding problem with employees who abuse their access to Facebook's databases to stalk Facebook users, and its l...
11:23 am PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Amazon doesn't like how Signal circumvents censorship
Signal is an encrypted messaging app for smartphones and desktops that I and a lot of other folks use on a daily basis to communicate with discretion and security. I like it so much that I've moved aw...
11:07 am PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Oakland passes groundbreaking municipal law requiring citizen oversight of local surveillance
Oakland, California -- a city across the bay from San Francisco whose large African-American population has struggled with gentrification and police violence for decades -- has a long reputation for p...
03:00 am PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing How to do smokey eye as well as Sarah Huckabee Sanders
After Michelle Wolf made fun of Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the courtiers of the White House press corps, there was much anguish and gnashing of teeth. Beyond a heightened awareness of how servile and ...
02:07 am PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing Rudy Giuliani says Trump paid Cohen back for $130K Stormy hush money. Trump denied knowing.
On Fox News tonight, Rudy Giuliani shared some jaw-dropping things. (more…)...
12:45 am PDT - Thu, May 3, 2018
BoingBoing LG's G7 ThinQ smartphone looks like a great handset but it creeps me out
Last week, I flew to Toronto to check out a new smartphone that LG's had a hell of a time trying to keep a secret: the LG G7 ThinQ. It looks looks and feels a lot like most of the high end handsets ...
10:44 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing John Guandolo, disgraced ex-FBI & hate speech star, now training law enforcement in Texas
Anti-Muslim hate personality John Guandolo was speaking just a couple of weeks ago about his desire to arrest Democratic and GOP leadership, then execute people. Mr. Guandolo's 'training workshops' on...
09:39 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Stolen antiquities returned from Hobby Lobby President's loot cache
Hobby Lobby's President Steve Green was part of a conspiracy to steal a lot of irreplaceable antiquities. The stolen artifacts have now been returned to the Iraqi Government. Mr. Green is suffering as...
09:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Cambridge Analytica is out of business, but its heavy hitters have reopened under a new name
Cambridge Analytica may be out of business thanks to bad publicity, but "Emerdata" is a new company, whose board includes the daughters of Robert Mercer, who bankrolled Cambridge Analytica; disgraced ...
09:07 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing 10 things youll be surprised to learn about dinosaurs
Steve Brusatte is a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh and a specialist on the evolution of dinosaurs. He has a new book out called The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. Here's a list of surp...
08:34 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Royal wedding bombshell, the CIAs Trump assassination plot, and the stars really are like us, in this weeks dubious tabloids
There are lies, damn lies, and tabloid exclusives.FOUND! screams the cover of this weeks National Enquirer, claiming a bombshell scoop about Prince Harrys bride-to-be, American actress Meghan Markle.M...
08:14 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Red Dead Redemption II's latest trailer reminds me which gaming console I'm supposed to buy
I've been a PlayStation guy for a long time now. (more…)...
08:03 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Ancient relics swiped by Hobby Lobby are headed home to Iraq
If you're not up to speed on Hobby Lobby's sketchy investments in illegal artifacts from Iraq, here's the lowdown. (more…)...
07:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Check out this amazing James Bond "Moonraker" prop and model collection
As a youngster, my favorite Bond film was Moonraker. In fact, it still is. A wristwatch dart gun! A space battle! JAWS! What's not love!In this video, Tested's Norman Chan visits with Alan Stephenso...
07:23 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Newspaper runs gun show ad on front page below Parkland massacre story
Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Sun Sentinel daily newspaper published an ad for a gun show on the front page just below stories about a benefit for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoo and another article ...
07:01 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Rock'em Sock'em Robots -- $15
In another career, I used my set of Rock'em Sock'em Robots to settle meaningless employee disputes. They worked successfully at several startups, until I met some online media sales people. They did...
06:44 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Tough guy Brian Kemp thinks it's funny to point a gun at a teen in his Georgia governor campaign video
Just three months after the high school mass shooting in Florida in which 17 people were killed, including 14 teenagers, Georgia's Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp thinks it's comical to...
06:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Cambridge Analytica shut down
Cambridge Analytica, the firm that consulted on Trump's 2016 campaign and mined the data of 87 million Facebook users without their permission, has shut its doors. Same goes for the company's UK count...
06:19 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Artist creates digital paintings using only HTML and CSS
Diana A. Smith is a user interface engineer, and to show off her skills, she creates art using hand-coded HTML and CSS. The results are stunning....
06:14 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Bus drivers in Japan go on strike by refusing to take riders' money
Bus drivers in Japan have gone on strike in an unusual way. Instead of forming a picket line, they've draped blankets over the fare machines and are giving free rides to everyone. This is an interes...
06:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Trade school infomercials of the 80s inspired us all to greater things
In the 80s everyone wanted their money for nothing and their chicks for free, even the students at ITT Technical Institute..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu6MovmnjFkThere was the Dootson School of...
05:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Gentleman has difficulty destroying an anti-fascism sign
A proud young gentleman was triggered by an anti-fascism sign in the streets of Seattle. He decided the best course of action was to tear the big bad sign into tiny pieces so it couldn't scare him a...
05:34 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Biohacker Aaron Traywick found dead in flotation tank at age 28
Biohacker Aaron Traywick, who self-experimented with unregulated medical products in front of live audiences, was found dead in a flotation tank at a spa in Washington, DC on Sunday.The 28-year-old CE...
05:32 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Driver gets cut off and his car nearly tips over
I'm always afraid of getting cut off at the last minute by lane-changers who aren't paying attention. It's happened to me more than once when I'm in the car pool lane and some idiot stuck in a traff...
05:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Dogs are smarter than cats, but raccoons are off the charts crafty
PBS asked some experts a question intended to inflame the masses: Which is smarter a dog or a cat? A neuroscientist gave the best answer with some 'measured neuron density shows dogs in the lead' answ...
04:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing How to make a pocket slingshot
Chris Notap shows how to make a pocket slingshot (inspired by the Pocket Shot) from a balloon and plastic plumbing parts. It's surprisingly powerful and accurate, even when you use mini marshmallows...
04:37 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing What the Chinese think of Japan
https://youtu.be/hfR9pwuR5yEChina and Japan have a complicated relationship that goes back for centuries. Asian Boss interviewed people on the streets of Shanghai and asked them about their impression...
04:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing First look at Strange Angel, the CBS series based on the life of occultist, rocket pioneer, Jack Parsons
After much anticipation, we finally get a first look at Strange Angel, the ten episode CBS All Access drama series based on the life of rocket scientist, JPL co-founder, and occultist, Jack Parsons. T...
04:26 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing DIY: How to make an engagement ring in your workshop
It took maker Eli Peterson several weeks to make this silver and "nowhere near perfect" diamond engagement ring, making mistakes along the way that forced him to melt the ring back down and start ov...
04:08 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Girls can be Eagle Scouts too
The Boy Scouts of America are set to drop the "Boy" from "Boy Scouts" come February 2019 and open scouting to all. Now girls can slave their teens away to become Eagle Scouts too!I was a Scout. Every ...
04:07 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Lightning knocks out woman's brain implant
Deep brain stimulators -- pacemaker-like implants that deliver electrical impulses to specific regions in the brain -- are common treatments for Parkinson's and other neurological disorders. It's know...
02:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Impossible objects, explained
Vsauce3's Jake Roper reveals the wondrous perceptual paradoxes of "impossible objects" from Escher's cube to the Penrose triangle.(via Laughing Squid)...
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Exploring the politics and history of alternate universes at the Templin Institute
If you haven't seen any of the videos produced by the Templin Institute, then you are in for a real treat. Templin is a shadowy online organization of deep sci-fi, fantasy, and game geeks who post a p...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing How Dashlane makes your passwords hack-proof
If you're anything like the average web user, you probably have dozens of online accounts, each with their own unique passwords. And, while maintaining unique logins helps protect your accounts, keepi...
12:20 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Amazon orders Signal to stop using AWS to defeat censorship
Repressive autocracies like Egypt, Oman, and the UAE ban Signal and other encrypted messaging apps, using national firewalls to try to block their traffic; Signal evades these blocks by using "domain ...
12:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing The endless stream of White House spelling mistakes
The BBC reports on the deluge of spelling errors in official White House communications, from amusements such as "Air Force Once" to dangerous mistakes such as this week's accidentally-on-purpose sugg...
12:07 pm PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Comcast: if you don't subscribe to cable TV, we won't sell you high-speed internet
Comcast has found a new way to stem "cord-cutting" (cutting off your cable TV subscription in favor of subscription services like Netflix, or, as in my case, in favor of giving up on watching TV altog...
11:50 am PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Yale rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree
Actor, comedian and rapist Bill Cosby lost the honorary degree Yale University bestowed upon him after a vote Tuesday by its Board of Trustees. From its statement:"Today the Yale University board of t...
11:40 am PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing What happens when you ask British Alexa to calculate 10 to the power of 308
"Oh."Here's the American one, offering an entirely different experience:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yKrsq8LKqk...
11:38 am PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Bipartisan amendment forces UK government to impose transparency on its offshore tax havens
One cute side-effect of Brexit is that it got the UK out of pending EU rules limiting financial secrecy as part of a crackdown on money laundering by looting dictators, one percenters, and criminals; ...
11:31 am PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Awaken Akira pays tribute to animated classic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY1QHpp6iEE&feature=youtu.beAsh Thorp and Zaoeyo animated this stunning tribute to Katsuhuro Otomo's animated Akira. It's so perfect it could be the trailer for a seque...
11:18 am PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Scottish Tories defeat anti-money-laundering measure aimed at shutting down the Russian oligarch-Scotland pipeline
The Scottish Limited Partnership is a notorious financial secrecy vehicle that's been used to launder at least $80 billion, mostly from oligarchs and organised crime figures from the former USSR, in o...
10:42 am PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing In 1932 four gangsters set out to kill their friend and failed five times in a row
In 1932 a quartet of Bronx gangsters set out to murder a friend of theirs in order to collect his life insurance. But Michael Malloy proved to be almost comically difficult to kill. In this week's epi...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing What Trump Supporters See...
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07:01 am PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design - A Well-Adjusted Boy
Directors commentaryEvery comics page is just an accumulation of many, many drawing choices and once a cartoonist puts pencil to paper, the world of that strip begins to solidify more and more. I thin...
12:20 am PDT - Wed, May 2, 2018
BoingBoing Mueller told Trump lawyers he could subpoena President if he refuses to testify: Reports
Four sources tell the Washington Post that special counsel Robert Mueller told Donald Trump's lawyers that he could issue a subpoena for the president to appear before a grand jury, if Trump didn't vo...
11:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing MDMA can help treat PTSD, yet another study shows
The active ingredient in Ecstasy, MDMA, is safe and can help to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, a new clinical psychotherapy trial shows. (more…)...
11:33 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing The Taj Mahal's white marble walls are turning green and brown with pollution
Thanks to pollution, bug excrement, and particulates thrown into the air by construction in the vicinity, the Taj Mahal has turned color. Constructed primarily using white marble in the 17th century, ...
11:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Harold Bornstein, Trump's ex-doctor, says candidate dictated letter claiming 'healthiest individual ever'
"He dictated that whole letter. I didn't write that letter," Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. "I just made it up as I went along." (more…)...
09:10 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Does this baby have a man's head?
As the original Reddit headline states, "Took me longer than I care to admit."(/r/illusionporn)...
08:57 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Death Cab for Cutie teases us with new album and tour announcement
"I dreamt we spoke, I dreamt we spoke again."My friends in Death Cab for Cutie just posted this enchanting video teaser to announce a new album coming in August and a US tour this fall! This record ...
08:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Speaking in my professional capacity as a dystopian science fiction writer...
It is hard to imagine a more foolish proposition than putting Mark Zuckerberg in charge of my romantic life....
07:45 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing It's back! British Conservative politicians' habitual "go ahead, kick me in the balls, I can take it" pose
Since George Osborne set the trend in 2015, UK Tory politicians have been posing for photos in a legs-too-wide stance laughably called the "power pose." (more…)...
07:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Amazon's favorite first aid kit is just $7 today
This 115 piece first aid kit is perfect for keeping in your car. It's small but has sterile eye wash, conforming bandages in assorted sizes and shapes, adhesive plasters, first aid tape, wound dressin...
07:26 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Kernit: a Jim Henson-inspired font and pun that will turn you green
Kernit is a font inspired by the work of Jim Henson. [h/t Akimbo_NOT].It's Nice That:Full of curves, with the counters and eyes of the letters appearing squished, Kernit is full of energy, as if it co...
07:07 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Doctor who admitted prescribing hair loss drugs to Trump has office raided by thugs
After publicly admitting he prescribed hair loss drugs to the wildly maned US President, Doctor Harold Bornstein claims his office was raided by White House aides.Via NBC News:In February 2017, a top ...
06:44 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Is control over your life just an illusion? Here's a game that has you making life decisions based on the roll of a die
Heres a provocative question to ponder: Do you believe in luck?We generally believe were in control of our lives; we proudly take credit for our achievements and tell compelling stories about our inte...
06:41 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing McDonald's workers across the UK are striking
It's May Day, and McDonald's workers in Manchester, Watford, Crayford and Cambridge have walked out, demanding an end to zero-hours contracts and a £10/hour living wage. (more…)...
06:39 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Catholic school to hand out modesty ponchos to girls at prom wearing revealing dresses
Dearborn Catholic high school in Michigan has a warning for its girl students -- "If your dress does not meet our formal dance dress requirements no problem! Weve got you covered literally. This is ...
06:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing NY public dog park hijacked by over-entitled locals
For ten years a band of locals hijacked a Tribeca public dog park and charged for access.In 2008 the NYC Parks Department partnered with a local dog owners group to help manage the Warren Street Dog P...
06:17 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing How Michelle Wolf blasted open the fictions of journalism in the age of Trump
https://youtu.be/CeEiq_C6j3cMany Republicans and Democrats were offended by comedian Michelle Wolf's performance at the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner. Professional liar Sean Spi...
05:59 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing 7-11 reduces loitering in front of one of its stores with classical music
A 7-11 in Modesto, California has found a solution to reducing loitering near its front doors. It plays classical music in front of the shop.The store started its musical program last summer when it i...
05:30 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing All the reasons why felon Michael Grimm is the ideal GOP candidate
Former New York congressman Michael Grimm is running for re-election and his constituents couldn't be happier about it. What are the qualifications that make this law-breaking lawmaker so special in t...
05:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing The meteor has struck: Fortnite Battle Royale Season 4 is here
Fortnite Season 4 has arrived, and the meteor has finally struck our island! (more…)...
04:53 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Folex is the best stain and spot remover I've found
Years and years of pet ownership have led me to declare Folex as the absolute best for cleaning up messes on a carpet or piece of upholstered furniture. (more…)...
04:40 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: Bully pelican lands in seats at Pepperdine graduation ceremony, then snaps at people near red carpet
An ornery pelican caused quite a scene at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California on Saturday when it crashed a graduation ceremony. First it landed in the audience, bouncing around the seats th...
04:34 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Roller Derby in Eugene: The Big O is on May 4-6
Not just a place where people mistakenly believe the US Constitution provides free land to cattle ranchers, Oregon is also home to Eugene's Emerald City Roller Derby. Once a year ECRG hosts a tourname...
04:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Project leveraging AI to scan and translate Vatican texts dating back to the 8th century
The Vatican Secret Archives sound like a joint that'd give Illuminati conspiracy junkies feverish wet dreams. The site, which sits kitty corner to the Vatican's Apostolic Library, is a treasure trove ...
04:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing LEGO crime boss busted in Portland
40-year-old Raji Afife Azar ran a LEGO theft and fencing operation in Portland, Oregon. Aided by the Fred Meyer market's Retail Theft Unit, Portland PD put a stop to this brick bandit.Via the Portlan...
03:43 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing George Mason economics department admits it sold hiring control to anonymous, super-rich donors
Universities -- especially public universities -- are never, ever supposed to cede their academic independence to their donors, who might otherwise use their departments as glorified think-tanks, laun...
03:39 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Simone Giertz, queen of the shitty robots, has a brain tumor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpa4kp4lK60Simone Giertz (previously), a roboticist/satirist/artist/youtuber, has announced that she has a brain tumor the size of a golf-ball behind one of her eyes; ...
03:03 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Thousands of prominent AI researchers tell Nature they won't have anything to do with its new paywalled journal
It's 2018, and the Open Access debate has been settled: institutions, researchers, funders and the public all hate paywalled science, and only the journal publishers -- whose subscription rates have g...
02:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Parliament to Zuck: show up or else
When the Cambridge Analytica scandal first broke -- and along with it, the news that the company had boasted of using deceptive and illegal tactics to sell Brexit -- Parliament asked Mark Zuckerberg t...
02:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing The longest straight lines you can sail or walk before hitting the shore
What's the longest straight-line route over land or water, uninterrupted by a shoreline? It's a question that gets complicated as soon as you recall that map projections are lies: no matter how straig...
02:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Right wing snowflakes moaning about Michelle Wolf's hilarious White House Press Corps monologue show us real "PC"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDbx1uArVOMMichelle Wolf delivered the best White House Press Corps monologue since Colbert's amazing 2006 performance, and it has made the right (as well as establis...
02:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing The GDPR might actually create an "attention economy"
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect this month and will completely overturn the way that businesses gather and circulate data about internet users. (more&he...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing iMazing 2 lets you easily manage all of your iOS data
Apple products are fairly intuitive, but when it comes to moving data from one device to another, the process isn't quite as easy as it should be. Whether you're upgrading to a new device or trying to...
01:29 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Atari "VCS" delayed to 2019
Atari's retro game console, annoying given the same name as the 1977 original, won't be showing up until 2019, reports Andrew Tarantola. But you'll be able to pre-order it soon anyway.We're also final...
01:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing BBC journalist has earwax cleaned out by hungry jungle grub
Will Millard visited the jungles of West Papua to hang out with the Korowai, a local group of hunters and gatherers late to the uncertain benefits of modernity. They reportedly use small grubs to cl...
12:50 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Eminent Domain: registrar gives France.com to the French government, destroying its owner's business
France.com was a popular travel site owned and operated by a U.S.-based French expat. Jean-Noel Frydman registered a trademark, had hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors, and loved his birth count...
12:04 pm PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Why you couldn't quit Facebook
I tried to quit Facebook, but couldn't, not really, not yet. We know that in some respects we can't quit, because it keeps profiles on everyone anyway, but there's more to it than that. It's got its h...
11:28 am PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing All aboard the Alabama shit train!
Fact: The only thing that smells worse than your poop is tons of other people's poop. If you don't believe me, take a road trip to the town of Parrish, Alabama. They'll back me up on this one: Accordi...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Chiefs of U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps & Air Force say that transgender soldiers aren't a problem
Hey, remember few weeks back when The Trump Administration, with its dickery engines revved up to 126%, declared that transgendered personnel would no longer be in welcome in the United States militar...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing A video game that simulates building custom PCs
"PC Building Simulator" is ... kind of what the name suggests, yes? A sim in which one builds PCs.I admit I'm intrigued. Sort of? As this review at Motherboard notes, the game has a "career" mode wher...
01:03 am PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Mueller has dozens of questions for Trump on Russia and obstruction. Read them here.
Did Paul Manafort reach out to Russia to ask for help? Did Donald Trump offer Mike Flynn a pardon?Special counsel Robert Mueller has dozens of questions for President Donald Trump about Russian interf...
12:48 am PDT - Tue, May 1, 2018
BoingBoing Boston, Chicago and Waterloo, I'm heading your way!
This Wednesday at 1145am, I'll be giving the IDE Lunch Seminar at MIT's Sloan School of Management, 100 Main Street. (more…)...
11:28 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing The Locus Award finalists are out!
Every year, the readers of Locus Magazine collaborate with its editorial board to nominate and vote on their favorite science fiction and fantasy works; this year's finalist list came out today, and I...
08:22 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing John Kelly calls Trump an idiot, mocks his ignorance
Chief of Staff John Kelly is said to have referred to President Trump as an idiot. Accurate. (more…)...
07:34 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing When cleaning slides, film or just my lenses, I use PecPads
When cleaning off slides for scanning, or the lenses on cameras that haven't been made for decades, I use PecPads.I used to ruin positives when trying to ready them for scanning. Then I was told about...
07:27 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Good deal on a box of nitrile gloves
Nitrile gloves are a cheap way to keep your hands clean. I've used them for bike and car work, clearing rat traps, wiping cat puke, cleaning grills, and countless other tasks. Amazon has a good deal o...
06:52 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing For $4k/year, Moscow cyber-arms-dealer Gleg will sell you 25 0-day bugs for attacking hospitals
https://vimeo.com/105542404Gleg is a cyber-arms-dealer based in Moscow, selling zero-day vulnerabilities it has uncovered in widely used systems to companies that want to weaponize them. (more&helli...
06:43 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing A LaTeX mod to draw coffee cup rings on your technical papers
LaTeX is the venerable, gold-standard layout package favored for scholarly papers, especially technical papers; back in 2009, Hanno Rein released LaTeX Coffee Stains, an extension to draw a variety of...
06:37 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Congressional candidate Brianna Wu explains Net Neutrality with cookies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iApE28eq7I4Frank Wu writes, "Brianna Wu, progressive Democrat and cybersecurity expert, is running for Congress in Massachusetts District 8. She has just released a ...
06:32 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing US military unveils experimental HERF gun that can immobilize cars, boats
The Defense Departments Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program has demonstrated the Radio Frequency Vehicle Stopper, an experimental "direct energy weapon" that causes car and boats' electronic engine co...
06:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Social Media ads are a bad deal for small businesses and individuals
Journalist and advertising consultant B.J. Mendelson (author of Social Media is Bullshit) was interviewed in the C-Realm podcast about the ineffectiveness of using social media to promote your book or...
06:23 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Debullshitifying Microsoft's smear campaign against the recycler it helped send to prison
Eric Lundgren is the PC recycler who is going to jail for 18 months for having a Chinese factory duplicate the obsolete Windows restore CDs Microsoft lets you download for free and authorizes recycler...
06:23 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Stormy Daniels sues Donald Trump for defamation
Stormy Daniels has filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump for his defamatory comments on Twitter. (more…)...
06:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Trump: Singapore and DMZ possible sites for North Korea Summit with Kim Jong-Un
In a White House press briefing with Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari at his side, U.S. President Donald Trump said he believes a summit with North Korean president Kim Jong-Un will happen, and th...
06:13 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing In just 7 months, the US public domain will get its first infusion since 1998
In 1998, the US Congress retroactively extended the copyright on US works, placing public domain works back into copyright and forestalling the entry into the public domain of a great mass of works th...
05:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Cool animated examples of the Muller-Lyer illusion
German sociologist Franz Carl Mller-Lyer (1857-1916) created an optical illusion that showed how changing the direction of angle brackets on line segments can make the segments look longer or shorter ...
05:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Kickstarting a metal, reusable, self-extracting straw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4TaVt7R7vkThe "Last Straw" is a cleverly named, cleverly engineered reusable drinking straw that folds down into a package small enough to use as a keyfob (including...
05:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing The French Republic claims France.com as its own
Long held by French ex-patriot Jean-Noel Frydman, France.com has been taken from his control. Emails are bouncing and the URL has been forwarded to the government tourism site. Frydman is suing his ...
05:20 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing "The Biology of Disinformation," a paper by Rushkoff, Pescovitz, and Dunagan
My Institute for the Future colleagues Douglas Rushkoff, Jake Dunagan, and I wrote a research paper on the "Biology of Disinformation" and how media viruses, bots and computational propaganda have red...
05:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Learn how to move one eye without moving the other
Steve Mould made a video to teach you the essential skill of moving one eye independently of the other. You'll also learn interesting things about the mechanics and neurology of eye movement....
04:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing The UK's surveillance regulator changed names and dropped its domain, which is now squatted by a premature ejaculation scammer
The Interception of Communications Commissioner was a watchdog created by the UK government to produce annual reports on the government's use of its surveillance powers; in September 2017 that functio...
04:54 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Enjoy a tarantula burger in Durham, North Carolina
When I was in elementary school, one of my classmates liked yanking the legs off Daddy longlegs spiders and popping the body into his mouth. He would likely enjoy the tarantula-topped cheesburger avai...
04:47 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing The UK is finally cracking down on its Russian money-laundry, but hasn't hired people to do the job
Scottish Limited Partnerships are a preferred money-laundering tool of the world's criminals, looters and oligarchs, especially favored by criminals from the former USSR, who have pumped an estimated ...
04:39 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Watch the back-story of the Han Solo back-story
Director Ron Howard and the stars of Solo: A Star Wars Story tease us with more context and scenes from the forthcoming film out on May 25. ...
04:29 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a dolphin knock a stand-up paddleboarder right off his board
Andrew Hill was stand-up paddleboarding off Gracetown, Western Australia when a pod of dolphins interrupted his fun. Eight or nine of them decided to catch that wave and surf straight at me, which h...
04:20 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Neurobollocks with Chinese characteristics: Chinese employers use "brain wave sensors" to tune workforces
Giant Chinese companies are outfitting millions of employees -- everyone from factory workers to military personnel to pilots and train drivers -- with special uniform hats containing an unspecified n...
04:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Surfer sets record for riding the biggest wave ever
Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa set a new Guinness World Record for riding the biggest wave ever surfed, an 80-footer in Nazar, Portugal. I try to surf big waves all my life, and I had a huge experien...
04:12 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Gun ban at Pence-featured NRA convention has Parkland students baffled. Why more guns at schools, but zero at conventions?
As you recall, after the Parkland school shooting in February that killed 17 people including 14 students, the NRA was adamant that schools would be safer if it were staffed with gun-toting faculty me...
03:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Simple web music box
Creative Beats is a single-serving music box designed to show how easy it is to create things when simple, effective tools are available. I reviewed a Novation Launchpad once and could barely figure i...
02:43 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Koch is abundant and low value: how the super-rich are buying American politics
In Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century, he advances a theory that as the rich acquire a critical mass of the national wealth, they are able to influence policy in ways that diverts even more ...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing These award-winning earbuds deliver crisp Bluetooth audio
Contrary to what you might think, you don't need to invest in a bulky pair of high-tech earphones to enjoy your music in its full aural glory. Boastingthe latest CSR Bluetooth 4.2 chipset and passive ...
01:22 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Most paintings in French art museum turn out to be forgeries
The Etienne Terrus Museum in France learned that 60 percent its collection was forged. Etienne Terrus worked a century ago and died in 1922; it's not clear how the local gallery dedicated to his memor...
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing The most common words in movie titles
AC-- on Reddit used IMDB's dataset to create a good old-fashined word cloud of the most common words in movie titles. The inevitable Vader movie should clearly be titled "One Big Black Love: Sex and B...
12:36 pm PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing The Simpsons overtakes Gunsmoke as America's longest-running scripted TV show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ODTAhD8rOoWith episode 636 on Sunday, The Simpsons finally outran Gunsmoke as America's longest-running TV show, as counted by scripted episodes. It overtook it about...
11:58 am PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Revengers: Intentional knockoffs of Avengers action figures
Obvious Plant's Jeff Wysaski made some knockoff Avengers action figures and they're perfectly hilarious in their bootleggedness. See them all here. He put a few for sale, but they've already sold out....
11:43 am PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing What airplane cabin depressurization looks like
I was expecting to see an explosive worst-case scenario, a can-opener at 30,000 feet. But this simulation of a less explosive leak has a nightmare quality all of its own....
11:04 am PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing Watch cops mock a driver they pulled over after the cops ran a red light
Here's yet another reason to install a dashcam. Joshua was rolling through Brooklyn around midnight when an undercover cop car ran a red light as he was turning left from the opposite direction. He'...
11:03 am PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing This cat is even grumpier than Grumpy Cat
Loki the Sphynx is eight years old, but he looks like a grumpy old man. His resting grump face is quite possibly grumpier than his furrier and more famous rival Grumpy Cat. (more…)...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, April 30, 2018
BoingBoing With these smartphone 'swinging cradles,' people are cheating to get to 10K steps
Apparently in China people can get discounts on their health insurance (and avoid punishment) if their phone hits 10K steps a day. That's nearly five miles of exercise they're expected to get every da...