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11:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Ohio judge: transgender teen lacks "maturity, knowledge and stability" to get a name change
The slow eroding of autonomy for trans youth continues apace in Ohio, where a judge denied a legal name change to a trans teen who has taken all available social and medical steps required to do so. ...
11:04 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Building concentration camps on military bases will lead to the moral injury of American soldiers
We've talked about the fact that the Trump administration wants to house thousands of asylum seekers, refugees and other legal migrants within what amount to modern-day concentration camps, inside the...
08:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: The Tossers - Whiskey Makes Me Crazy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUDcU6MG6uAIt's wedding season, y'all. Time to get dressed up, drink too much and do something regrettable at what should be the best day of your best friend/sister/mot...
07:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Listen: Stuttering John actually talks to Trump on the phone in bold prank
It's hard to believe, but according to Axios and Yahoo Finance, as well as my own ears, The Stuttering John Podcast just recorded a prank phone call with Trump.Yesterday, comedian John Melendez just c...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Good deal on 2 sets of inch/metric ball-end hex keys -- $11
If you don't have hex key without ball ends, you are missing out. The ball end allows you to tighten/loosen hex nuts from an angle up to 25%, which helps get around obstructions that would block a reg...
05:55 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Michael Moore shares details of his new anti-Trump documentary with Stephen Colbert
Michael Moore is just finishing up his anti-Trump documentary, which he talked about along with the plight of America on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. His new film, Fahrenheit 11/...
05:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing The history of rock in 100 guitar riffs
https://vimeo.com/43426940Alex Chadwick and his 1958 Fender Strat present one hundred great guitar riffs of all time in one 12-minute take. (The only riff here I can play is Blitkreig Bop, but fortuna...
05:24 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing We can size up other people by the sound of their roar
A team lead by Jordan Raine, a behavioral ethologist at the University of Sussex, found that people are pretty good at guessing the relative size and strength of other people just by hearing their roa...
05:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing All-you-can eat restaurant shuts down after customers ate all they could
An an all-you-can-eat buffet in Chengdu, China closed its doors after just two weeks because customers ate too much and also cheated, causing the owners to go over $100,000 in debt. From Matador Netwo...
05:02 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing This abandoned house sat in the middle of a two-lane road in Delaware
Police in Dover, Delaware were flummoxed on Tuesday when they found a house sitting in the middle of a two-lane road with an "Oversize Load" banner hanging across it. According to the police on their ...
04:57 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Enraged gentleman drives his pickup through Walmart, causing $500,000 in damage
The San Angelo Police department have arrested 19-year-old Caleb Wilson on multiple felony charged after he drove his large red pickup truck through a Texas Walmart. From the police incident report:Af...
04:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Woman robs liquor store during police training exercise
A woman from Rock Hill, North Carolina, was taken into custody shortly after robbing the Express Beverage store there. Unfortunately for her, dozens of cops were training over the road and arrived wit...
04:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Blogger gave lecture on dealing with trolls, then stabbed to death by a troll
Kenichiro Okamoto, a Japanese blogger and cybercrime consultant, was murdered in a restroom following a lecture he gave in Fukuoka on how to deal with Internet trolls. From The Washington Post:About 1...
04:23 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Maruman Mnemosyne remains my favorite note paper
For note taking with a fountain pen, which I do, there is no better paper than Maruman Mnemosyne.While there is a lot of variety in ink, and I like to swap between several colors and pens, Maruman Mne...
04:02 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Fortnite 'Playground' mode almost ready
After releasing and withdrawing their long awaited 'Playground' Limited Time Mode (LTM) due to server load problems, Fortnite is poised to bring it back.Popularity of Epic's massive 100 player Battl...
03:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Why the T-Rex has tiny arms
Tyrannosaurus rex is known for being huge and threatening. What's with those tiny arms though? Don't call them useless....
03:24 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing The history of the Smore
When my son was very young, he referred to S'Mores as "ores," as in, "I really want an ore. Can we make some ores?" We always laughed but apparently the original name is indeed a "Some More," at least...
03:07 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Why we fart: the fascinating science of flatulance
She who said it, let it. ...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to use light to move matter
Before he demonstrates an elaborate example of using a laser to push an object, The Action Lab gives an accessible overview of light physics and relativistic mass. (more…)...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Last of the Stolen Generation sisters who inspired 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' dies
Daisy Kadibil and her two young sisters were separated from their family by the Australian government, and the children were sent to an internment camp. Their escape and return home across hundreds of...
01:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Enjoy this fitted normal distribution of popcorn popping
Redditor sp__ace filmed the popping of popcorn and provided a handy analytical study of the outcome, with pops-per-second in a fitted normal distribution to illustrate just how crazy things get on the...
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Videos of last night's SpaceX launch
It's an ISS supply run, but what a beautiful boat. Check out the plume -- "Holy Cow, look at that thing!" -- in this clip: https://youtu.be/u0dXiFKZY_o?t=98...
12:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Inventory of a Dutch riverbed
Below The Surface presents items dredged from the river soil in Amsterdam. [Via MeFi]Urban histories can be told in a thousand ways. The archaeological research project of the North/South metro line l...
12:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Designer makes figures that are simultaneously charming and troubling
Jun seo Hahm likes to create strange and wondrous beings, like this mouth-walker or these "negative-metaballs" below: (more…)...
11:32 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Capital Gazette publishes despite newsroom attack
Though five of its employees were shot dead yesterday, The Annapolis Capital-Gazette vowed to put out an issue this morning and did so. An otherwise blank editorial page memorialized the victims. http...
11:30 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Legendary Russian guitarist dies from flesh eating infection
Andrey Suchilin has long been regarded as one of Russias best guitarists and the progenitor of rock and roll in his country. It's a reputation thats made his face and name famous to one degree or anot...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Lesbian elders learn modern-day lesbian slang
In this video by INTO, three lesbian elders -- Belita, Phyllis, and Sabel -- learn some new lesbian slang. They also relate to slang still being used today, like scissoring and uhauling, that they s...
10:58 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Important elephant road safety tips
If you see an elephant on the road and do anything but breathe, you're gonna have a bad day....
10:50 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this fun Fortnite flipbook
YouTuber Mr Mash likes to make flipbooks. His latest is a depiction of Raven from Fortnite dancing. (more…)...
12:49 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing Cop tases man for not being able to put his legs straight out and cross them at the same time
A police officer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania told a man to put his legs "straight out." The officer's partner told him to "put your legs straight out and cross them now." When the poor man tried his be...
12:24 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2018
BoingBoing University students raise 1500 to send much loved janitor on a much needed vacation
This isn't a long story, but damn, it's a great one: students at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom recently came together to celebrate one of the best things about where they go to schoo...
11:23 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing CBS News catches ICE Spokesman being intimidated by Homeland Security agents on video
James Schwab worked as federal employee for 17 years, serving in the military, at the Department of Defense and NASA. His last gig with the government was as a spokesperson for ICE under President O...
10:01 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing The time I interviewed Harlan Ellison about his lawsuit against a fan who posted his stories to Usenet
In 2001 I wrote an article for The Industry Standard about the Harlan Ellison's one man war against people uploading his short stories to Usenet. I interviewed him on the phone for the piece and the f...
09:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing 5 dead, many injured in mass shooting at Annapolis newsroom
5 are reportedly dead and at least 20 more injured after a gunman opened fire at the Capital-Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, this afternoon. A suspect is in custody, but police have yet to r...
09:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing 5 dead, many injured in mass shooting at Annapolis newsroom (Updated)
5 are reportedly dead and at least 20 more injured after a gunman opened fire at the Capital-Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, this afternoon. A suspect is in custody, but police have yet to r...
09:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Meet the people who went to the US Copyright Office to demand your right to repair, remix and preserve!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wbpZbTh3y8Every three years, the US Copyright Office undertakes an odd ritual: they allow members of the public to come before their officials and ask for the right ...
08:56 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing The continuing saga of Buck Rogers and the Copyright Trolls
The lawsuit began in 2015 when Angry Films and Producer Don Murphy (Transformers, Real Steel) announced plans to film the original Buck Rogers novella, ARMAGEDDON 2419, as a major motion picture. The...
08:36 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing McMansion Hell's tour through Texas's Most Terrible fake castles
On the first anniversary of its triumph over Zillow's censorious attempt at copyfraud, McMansion Hell is back and better than ever. (more…)...
08:20 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing RIP, Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison, essayist, editor and short story writer, has died in his sleep at the age of 84. (more…)...
07:35 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Self-hacking Internet of Shit camera automatically sends randos the feed from inside your house
Last week, I wrote about Shenzhen Gwelltimes Technology Co's ubiquitous "home security" cameras that can be hacked with ease by voyeurs and criminals, seemingly the last word in dangerously lax securi...
07:23 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing AT&T stands to make $800,000,000 more by sneakily tripling a bullshit "administrative fee"
When the DoJ greenlit the merger of AT&T and Time-Warner, they blessed a union that would see one of technology's most notorious monopolists get even bigger, with the presumption that scaling up to un...
07:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing We need 46 more Congressional votes to force a vote on restoring Net Neutrality
The Discharge Petition that cleared the Senate in May is struggling in the House (as we knew it would). (more…)...
06:52 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Hugh Howey's Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories - $2 ebook
Author Hugh Howey is a favorite with many of the Boing Boing staff. We first fell in love with his Wool series of stories, which won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award and is being...
06:51 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Mattel finally made a "tech Barbie" that isn't terrible!
Ever since 1992's Math class is tough/let's go shopping scandal, Mattel has been trying to figure out how to make a more progressive Barbie, something to bring back the edgy glory-days of 1982's teen ...
06:37 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing In new video, Schwarzenegger mocks Trump about saving coal: "What's next...Blockbuster?"
Arnold Schwarzenegger is at it again with a new Trump bobblehead video, this time schooling Trump on his attempts to bring back the coal industry."As a businessman, you have to admit that it absolut...
06:34 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing The internet, 2008-2018: what's changed?
In 2008, Telstra Chief Scientist Geoff Huston wrote an informative and important retrospective on the shifts in internet technology since 1998; now, ten years later, he's written another one, tracing ...
06:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing "The Electric Slide" is about a vibrator, its songwriter confirms
Ah, the truth comes out. The line dance song that's popular at celebrations like weddings and bat/bar mitzvahs is about a SEX TOY. LGBTQ news and entertainment site Aazios is reporting that Neville ...
06:24 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Gentleman regrets touching elephant's trunk
This bro thought it would be a good idea to annoy a busy elephant in Thailand by sticking branches in its mouth and rubbing its trunk. The elephant thought otherwise, teaching him a valuable lesson ...
06:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing 1978 NBC news segment on the horrors of The Sex Pistols coming to America
Everyone on the staff of NBC seems to be on quaaludes in this mind-numbing but historically interesting 1978 segment about the Sex Pistols US tour. The one exception is co-anchor Jane Pauley, who I ...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Beautiful film on the colorful diversity of nudibranchs
Sea slugs, aka nudibranchs, are weird and wonderful psychedelic sea creatures. Earth Touch caught a frisky couple kissing beneath the waves. (more…)...
05:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's big stupid mouth is the smoking gun in court fight over immigration
Remember when the words "shithole country" erupted from Trump's oozing, racist mouth-hole? Yeah, so does everyone else. (more…)...
05:52 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Coldest temperature ever recorded makes Earth "almost like another planet"
With climate change comes extreme temperatures, and scientists just recorded a new low.Nearly 15 degrees colder than the previous record-breaking coldest temperature, which was -128 degrees in 1983 ne...
05:50 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing 12-year-old pianist improvises a sonata using 4 random notes drawn from a hat
12-year-old composer Alma Deutscher improvised a beautiful sonata from 4 musical notes drawn from a hat.From Open Culture:"At age six she composed her first piano sonata. At age seven, she completed...
05:33 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing All the ducks, ever, crossing a road
The worlds being overrun by fascists and feckless fools, both consecutively and concurrently. You deserve a break from the stress theyve been causing. So, heres footage of every frigging duck who ev...
05:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing This is the madness that happens when you break open cattails
Whoa, check out what happens when you tear open cattails, aka corn dog grass!From Cattails.info:Under the right conditions, cattails can grow and spread vigorously. The pollinated flowers develop in...
05:03 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Man in underwear stopped traffic as he vaped and danced on sign over LA freeway
When a man in his underwear was first spotted vaping, dancing, and hanging banners from an exit sign over a Los Angeles freeway, some witnesses who called the police worried he was suicidal. Mind you,...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Weaponized candy
While these guns, knives, and bombs look deliciously real, they are in fact masterful digital art confections by artist Cristian Girotto. Let's hope a candymaker gets inspired! (more…)...
04:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra interviewed during his 1987 obscenity trial
In 1985, a 15-year-old Southern Californian girl went to a shopping mall in Northridge and bought the Dead Kennedys' Frankenchrist album, which included an H.R. Giger poster called Landscape XX, als...
04:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Good riddance: Justice Kennedy; Democrats, it's time for hardcore, relentless Gorsuch payback
When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy quit yesterday, it was a nightmare for liberals: now Trump was going to get to appoint a second judge, and he'll be replacing a judge who cast deciding votes...
04:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Best day ever: This six-year-old kid was given $1K to spend in 24 hours
One six-year-old kid, one thousand dollars, one day to spend it.The guys at Yes Theory gave Huck a cool grand in cash to spend on anything he wanted. Inspired by a scene in Home Alone, he starts wit...
04:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Jiffy Pop always did suck over a campfire
I have wonderful childhood memories of Jiffy Pop over a campfire. They are absolutely false.Jiffy Pop is the hardest way to make popcorn I've seen. Even stove top preparation is a pain. If you pay...
04:20 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing This guy made a video showing the most annoying driving behaviors
Inconsiderate drivers cause accidents. This guy used clips recorded from his dashcam to show examples of rude, annoying driving behaviors - people who don't use turn signals, people who slow down wh...
04:15 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Transparent timelapse photos printed and layered
For his Layer Drawings series, artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi photographs the same shot at regular intervals, then prints them on glass and layers them into mesmerizing sculptures. (more…)...
04:11 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Can an electric bandage kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria?
Can an electrified bandage really kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria (and make the wear not as smelly)? Chemical and Engineering News put one, made by Vomaris Innovations, to the test, and the answer ...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Watch the filthiest, most hilarious NSFW meth story you'll ever hear
Jessa Reed was addicted to meth for years, and it's great she survived to tell us about her rock bottom, which involved drinking her own pee to get high. (more…)...
03:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing After London builders' bid to remove a complaint from Mumsnet failed, a mysterious Pakistani-American copyright claim did the job
Annabelle Narey hired a London construction firm called BuildTeam to do some work, which she found very unsatisfactory (she blames them for a potentially lethal roof collapse in a bedroom); so she did...
03:51 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Homeland Security sting nets dark net drug dealers
Welp, the United States Department of Justice just finished off their first major initiative to take on drug dealers and other shifty types plying their trade on the dark net. So far as stings go, it ...
03:46 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing This bouquet is made up of Stitch plushies and fake flowers
Fresh from my Facebook feed is this Stitch Bouquet ($67.99). I'm not sure what would possess someone to create bouquets with Stitch plushies and fake flowers but it now exists along with the other off...
03:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Bee Gees' Barry Gibb was knighted by Prince Charles
Buckingham Palace showed how deep their love is for Barry Gibb, the only living member of the Bee Gees, by knighting him in honor of his work in music and charity. Prince Charles performed the cerem...
03:29 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing What is this strange metal artifact that washed up in North Carolina?
A mysterious metal object washed up on a beach in Corolla on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and nobody seems to know its origin. Is it part of a Russian nuclear sub? An ocean buoy? Advanced alien...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Magnificent new show of Scott Albrecht's deconstructed, typographical art opening in San Francisco on Saturday
This Saturday (6/30) in San Francisco, Brooklyn-based artist/designer Scott Albrecht opens "A Forgiving Sunset," a large solo exhibition of new woodworks, works-on-paper, and steel sculptures. Scott c...
03:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Astonishing VR experience lets participants experience a dangerous border crossing
CARNE y ARENA is a timely virtual reality project from Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound that allows people to feel the terror of being apprehended by border patrol. (more...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Watch the best shots of amphibians eating fireflies
Sometimes a toad or frog just wants a light snack. (more…)...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this machine bore out and remove an entire manhole
Ever drive over a manhole that was not flush with the pavement? This is how they fix them.Via Mr. Manhole:In 2002, we recognized that there had to be a better way to remove manhole frames from the r...
11:32 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing "Girls and boys like to play witches, don't they?" Mr. Rogers interviews Margaret Hamilton, aka the Wicked Witch of the West
Here is a clip from a 1975 episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood where Mister Rogers interviews Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film, The Wizard of ...
12:33 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing Villagers dig 15 miles of trenches in the name of faster Internet
Choosing to live as far from cities as I can, as often as I can, I spend a lot of time on the cusp of sanity trying to do my online job, keep up with the news, and keep in touch with the people I care...
12:27 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2018
BoingBoing JFK Jr. murdered, Princess Diana murdered, and Prince George targeted by assassin, in this weeks killer tabloids
Lets give credit where its due: The National Enquirer world exclusive has scooped everyone with its latest cover story: ISIS Kill Plot Foiled! Sniper Caught Stalking Prince George! They even have the ...
11:48 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing This 4,000-year-old recipe has had a long time to stew
Sure, the recipe for hotdog fried rice your mom passed along to you may have been brought over from Ireland by your grandfather but, tasty as it is, it cant come close to touching the lineage of a 4...
09:35 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing The Gates Foundation spent $775m on a Big Data education project that was worse than useless
Kudos to the Gates Foundation, seriously: after spending $775m on the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching, a Big Data initiative to improve education for poor and disadvantaged students, the...
08:59 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Apple and Samsung finally settle 7-year patent dispute over claims of 'slavishly' copied iPhone design
It's about patents for smartphones & tablets The legal battle began in 2011 In May, jury said Samsung owed Apple $539M Today, they settled. (more…)...
08:47 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing TicketMaster UK: 'malicious software' may have allowed thieves to steal customer data
Ticketmaster UK today admitted that an unknown number of customers' data may have been stolen in a malware attack. (more…)...
07:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Tech giants met with intel chiefs at Facebook HQ to discuss Russian attacks on midterm elections
Representatives from 8 of America's largest technology companies met with U.S. intelligence officials in May to talk about how to respond to the ongoing Russian cyber-attacks and foreign influence cam...
07:10 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Joe Jackson, musical family patriarch and Michael Jackson's famously abusive dad, has died.
Joseph Jackson, father of late pop superstar Michael Jackson, is reported to have died early Wednesday. He was 89. (more…)...
07:09 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Industrial Accident: a short text adventure about going haywire
Industrial Accident is a short text game by John Ayliffe, creator of the amazing Seedship (play). You are (or control) an advanced industrial robot that makes a break for it, but whose freedom has, we...
06:04 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing 'LEGO The Incredibles' is pretty incredible
Both my daughter and I love The Incredibles. The new movie is wonderful! Naturally the film is matched with a pixel-perfect LEGO video game adaptation. (more…)...
06:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Here's how to save a wet book or paper
A recent mishap sent me scrambling for info on how to dry a wet book. Luckily, Syracuse University Libraries has a handy how-to guide demonstrated by their preservation department. (more…)...
05:12 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's tariffs will kill making, especially STEM education, while encouraging US manufacturers to go offshore
With Trump poised to exact high tariffs on goods from China, it's tempting to declare the gadget party over: everyone is going to pay through the nose for electronics, from makers to Apple, and that's...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this cutting-edge presentation on world population
The late, great Hans Rosling presents entertaining global population information here, but equally remarkable is the 3D graphics package he uses in his lecture. (more…)...
04:42 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing The Onion offers tips on how to politely engage with people who cage migrant children
"Recent incidents of Trump officials being confronted in public for their role in the administrations separation and imprisonment of immigrant families have driven renewed concern about the lack of ci...
04:08 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing The United States Marine Corps is kicking ass when it comes to equality
The United States Marine Corps equality science is tight. This month alone, the number one reason not to screw with America has seen two firsts, from women in their ranks who have had the intelligence...
04:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing How chocolate is made in Guatemala
In this short video you'll see how cacao is grown, harvested, fermented, aged, roasted, ground-up, and made into chocolate in Guatemala. We see both a low-tech, time-tested process and a modern proc...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing The Anonymous Project curates strange and mundane vintage slides
The Anonymous Project buys batches of old amateur slides, usually with with little or no provenance, then scans the most interesting ones for a long-running art project. (more…)...
03:59 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Street interview: what do Singaporeans think of their strict laws?
I went to Singapore a couple of months ago and was enchanted with the beauty and cleanliness of the tiny nation-state. I've never been anywhere that felt more futuristic -- the new architecture is...
03:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Twins tend to look at images in the same eye movement patterns
Based on a recent eye-tracking study, researchers believe there's a genetic component to variations in how humans process visual information. (more…)...
02:38 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Restaurant servers can't afford San Francisco rents so restaurants are going self-serve
San Francisco is one of the most expensive places in the world to live -- six figure incomes are considered "low" and even the tiniest homes are farcically expensive. (more…)...
02:10 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing What it's like to be personally responsible for automating away someone's high-paid, high-skill job
When Erin Winick was a sophomore, she got a summer internship at a company where her manager offered her the opportunity to use her passion for 3D printing to streamline the company's mold-making proc...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing What do they mean by "enhanced color" in space images?
The striking enhanced color image of blue-hued sand dunes on Mars led some readers to ask what that means. Above is a side-by-side image in what scientists call "true color" on the left and enhanced o...
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Republicans were so eager to pass the #TaxScam that they didn't notice they were taxing the churches they depend on
In the rush to vote through Trump's trillion-dollar-plus tax gift to the super-wealthy, Congressional Republicans voted on unfinished drafts full of notes, erasures, and incoherencies, with no one rea...
01:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Interviews with people caught in the new policy of Zero Tolerance
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 ...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing New York primaries: Democrats' finance-affiliated fundraising superstar got his ass kicked by a young woman with a Democratic Socialist platform
https://youtu.be/rq3QXIVR0bsRep. Joe Crowley has been in Congress since 1999; he's the number four Dem in the House, representing a diverse district in the Bronx, and winning primaries in a solidly ...
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Elaborate electronic fly trap
It took me a few moments to realize that the flies were being shuffled into a can rather than mechanically chopped to pieces by the rotating fins. So you end up with a can writhing with live flies! ...
01:12 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Norwegian government report outlines how Facebook and others trick users into giving up their privacy
Deceived by Design is a report by Norway's consumer protection bureau on 'dark patterns' -- the interface tricks and traps used by tech companies to fool users into doing things they don't want to. Th...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Ladybugs will follow a random line as you draw it
YouTuber baileywhj and her friend figured out that a ladybug she calls Jerry would follow a line around a piece of paper it's being drawn, no matter how squiggly or irregular. (more…)...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Japanese space probe visits diamond-shaped asteroid
After a four-year journey, Japan's Hayabusa 2 returned its first image of Ryugu, a diamond-shaped asteroid far from Earth. Habayusa is going to shoot explosives at the rock, scoop up some of the bits ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how timelapse footage revealed the secrets of penguin huddling
Penguins huddle in frigid temperatures, but rather than stay in one place, timelapse footage shows that when one occasionally takes a step, others follow suit, creating a low-moving wave and allowin...
11:48 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2018
BoingBoing VFX artist demonstrates just how big SpaceX rockets are
Because most people see SpaceX rocket launches on a small screen or from a great distance, here's a better sense of how enormous these vehicles are by adding them to real-world places. (more…...
11:12 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Trump officials say they have database to reunite separated immigrant families, won't talk about it
Who is building and managing the database ICE and HHS are using to track all those thousands of immigrants caught at the U.S./Mexico border in Trump's 'zero tolerance' racist crackdown? And did they b...
10:48 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Dog-sized holes in the fence so that pup can peep at her neighbors
This is adorable. Last year, a woman drilled three strategically-placed peepholes in her fence so that her neighbor's dog Penny could look through. She writes, "Got tired of my neighbor's German She...
10:44 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Update: Faces of Auschwitz website is now live
A while back, I wrote about Faces of Auschwitz: a website dedicated to telling the stories of the prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Its a passion project Ive been collaborating on with ph...
10:36 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Hitler's mouthpiece got booted from American restaurants, too
Conservatives have been dealing with the horrors of "incivility" in the good old U.S. of A. for a long time. It's an American tradition to refuse service to fascists and their enablers. From a Decembe...
10:15 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Emin, Russian pop star linked to Don Jr. Trump Tower meeting, releases weird video
Yes, there is a Stormy Daniels impersonator. And yes, Russia is trolling us all. (more…)...
08:44 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Federal judge denies request by ex-Trump aide Manafort to dismiss charges in Mueller probe
A federal judge today denied a request by Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to dismiss charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. (more…)...
08:24 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing DRM, the World Cup, and what happens when a red team plays a green team
Before the W3C green-lit its DRM for web-video, we at EFF made a plea to allow bypassing the DRM to add accessibility features like shifting colors to accommodate color-blind people; the leadership di...
08:02 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing ICE hacked its algorithmic risk-assessment tool so it recommended detention for everyone
One of the more fascinating and horrible details in Reuters' thoroughly fascinating and horrible long-form report on Trump's cruel border policies is this nugget: ICE hacked the risk-assessment tool i...
07:56 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing This "restoration" of a 16th century statue at a Spanish church is really... something
In Estella, Spain, a local handicrafts teacher completed this incredible "restoration" of a 500-year-old painted wooden effigy of St. George at a local church. Apparently the parish authorities of the...
07:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Essay competition: "Science Fiction & Information Law"
The University of Amsterdam's Institute for Information Law is soliciting English-language essays from 8,000-15,000 words dealing about ""our possible data-driven future, where data has been firmly es...
07:45 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Giant heroin spoon installed outside of OxyContin manufacturer's headquarters
On Friday, Stamford, Connecticut gallerist Fernando Luis Alvarez and artist Domenic Esposito kindly installed Esposito's large sculpture of a burnt spoon outside of Purdue Pharma, developers of the Ox...
07:33 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing China is sending its ethnic minorities to torture camps to be brainwashed out of Islam
During the Cultural Revolution, millions of dissidents (and those suspected of dissidence) were sent to "re-education camps" where torture and slave labor were augmented by marathon "self-criticism" s...
07:22 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Classic on-air fight between anchor and reporter
Jim Ryan vs. Dick Olive on Fox 5's Good Day New York, July 19, 2001. So great that the network itself uploaded this wonderful moment to YouTube. Of course Oliver was the inspiration for Bill Hader's...
07:12 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing EFF has released STARTTLS Everywhere: free tools to encrypt email between mail servers
When you send someone else an email, your mail server connects to their mail server to transmit the message, and spy agencies have made a surveillance banquet out of these transactions, harvesting ema...
07:06 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Lowest price of the year for the 6-quart Instant Pot
I bought this Instant Pot earlier this year to replace my Fagor pressure cooker (which broke after many years of service). I like the Instant Pot more. The pot is stainless steel, unlike the Fagor, wh...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Archivist in a Backpack project empowers local efforts to preserve history
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is using a grant to create kits for novice archivists to use in underserved communities. Dubbed Archivist in a Backpack, the kits actually range in size and...
06:57 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing WD40's new straws are pretty amazing
WD40 has replaced its traditional taped-on, easy-to-lose nozzle straws (so important for getting the slippery stuff into the stuck places) with a pair of new options: a "smart straw" that is permanent...
06:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing How rich people buy their way out of prison
This video explains why rich people -- like the heir to the Dupont fortune who admitted raping his three-year-old daughter -- are able to avoid jail. As you might guess, they pay high-power lawyers ...
06:21 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing The "upset girlfriend" in famous meme is very, very shocked
On Twitter, Ernie Smith created a great thread with many stock photos of the famous "girl upset that her boyfriend is looking at another girl" meme. She is easily shocked!Know the girl on the right? I...
06:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Watch these guys make an RC plane from an old pizza box
The folks at FliteTest like to see of they can make all sorts of things airworthy, and they succeed in turning a Little Caesar's box into a working airplane. (more…)...
05:58 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Cambridge Analytica's financiers somehow got hold of a simulation game designed to warn about machine-learning's corruption of politics
Randy Lubin writes, "Earlier this year I teamed up with Scout.ai to design Machine Learning President, a simulation game to help pro-democracy folks think about the impact of technology on politics. S...
05:56 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Only conservatives are allowed to harass people in public
Conservatives have nothing but good things to say about James O'Keefe and Breitbart's tactics of using hostile video crews to harass people in public. They don't complain when abortion protestors bomb...
05:44 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Code For Canada fellowships: get paid to hack better public services
Ren from Code for Canada writes, "We launched last year and, among other things, fund "fellows'--i.e. tech-savvy, civic-minded professionals who get embedded in government agencies for 10 months (ed: ...
05:31 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing WPA3: a new generation in wifi security starts today
When wifi first appeared, it was secured by something called "WEP" that was so laughably weak that many people believe it was deliberately sabotaged by US spy agencies (who have a history of sabotagin...
05:27 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Rep. Maxine Waters inspires the resistance, Trump lies
US Representative for California's 43rd district Maxine Waters clearly explains why we need to stand up to the fascist cronies of President Trump....
05:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Very small Silicon Valley bungalow going for $2.6 million
In Silicon Valley, people with six-figure jobs sometimes live in vans, so how can they scrape together financing for the $2.6 million asking price for this 897-foot bungalow in Palo Alto? Just imagine...
04:54 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Rat takes up residence in ATM, shreds $18,000 in currency to build nest
Aficionados of the Austrian school of economics, take note: fiat currency is not as worthless as you think. At least not for this rat, which worked its way into a ATM in Guwahati, India and shredded $...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Cool satellite view of dozens of oxbow lakes formed when a river changed course
When a river changes course on its flood plain, it can leave an entire bend of the river cut off from the new flow, forming an oxbow lake. Seen in bright blue in this shot of the Songhua River in nort...
03:55 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Vintage British travel posters improved with added fantasy monsters
Chet Phillips (creator of the Monster Zen book, the Steampunk Monkey Coloring Book and the Steampunk Monkey Cigarette Cards) sends us his Fantasy Travel Poster Series, "Paying tribute to vintage railw...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this short film on the art of making neon signs
This short documentary visits Lite Brite Neon in New York to see how neon lights come to life, with a piece being made from start to finish. (more…)...
02:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Uniqlo's got a KAWS x Sesame Street line for grownups & kids
KAWS has put his imprint on Sesame Street in a new apparel line for adults and kids. The collection will be available online on June 28 and in stores on June 29 at Japanese retailer Uniqlo. Prices sta...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Turns out that a potato can be used as a camera, with predictable results
The phrase "recorded with a potato" has gone from figurative to literal thanks to a group of curious spud-hackers. (more…)...
01:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Beach Toy Library: Borrow a sand toy, leave a sand toy
There have been all kinds of neat alt-libraries, places where you can check out things other than books. There are ones for tools, American Girl dolls, and musical instruments (and undoubtedly lots mo...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Artist corrects her Wikipedia bio by rebuilding it on her own site
People with a Wikipedia article about them usually resign themselves to living with an error-ridden, lopsided version of their life and work as a top search result. Artist Adrian Piper took matters in...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Remember taking the "Nestea Plunge" when it was hot?
"101 degrees in the shade..."It's been hot in the Bay Area and I was joking with a friend that we should take the "Nestea Plunge." They had no idea what I was talking about which surprised me, given...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Deep-fried filet mignon, spaghetti donuts, and "unicorn-specific" foods debut at the San Diego County Fair
The San Diego County Fair, the largest one in the United States with an estimated 1.6M visitors annually, is known for its quirky, over-the-top vendor food. This organizers of this year's fair theme...
12:09 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing The song "Paper Planes" with the handgun replaced by a musket
Perfectly executed, just like Dogtanian at the siege of Maastricht....
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Watch the sumptuous trailer for Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, now on VOD
Pressing On: The Letterpress Film has just released a trailer for their film that been screening at film festivals to great reviews. It's a beautifully shot homage to the art and craft of letterpress....
11:53 am PDT - Tue, June 26, 2018
BoingBoing Explorer Auguste Piccard conquered both the stratosphere and the deep ocean
Swiss physicist Auguste Piccard opened two new worlds in the 20th century. He was the first person to fly 10 miles above the earth and the first to travel 2 miles beneath the sea, using inventions tha...
11:45 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Podcast: Let's get better at demanding better from tech
Here's my reading (MP3) of Let's get better at demanding better from tech, a Locus Magazine column about the need to enlist moral, ethical technologists in the fight for a better technological future....
08:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a very detailed overview of the latest innovations for power in space
Improved super-thin solar panels and nuclear fission are all in development to handle the massive logistical problems of meeting power needs in space. Fraser Cain takes viewers through the newest de...
07:31 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Digital Caliper for $7.58
I use my digital calipers often. They are especially useful for 3D printing projects, but they come in handy for a lot of other projects. When I was a mechanical engineer in the 1980s, calipers were n...
06:58 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Managing carpal tunnel syndrome at 46
Decades of working on the computer, video games, and riding a motorcycle have left my hands in pretty bad shape. I still like doing all of those things, however, so over the years I've found a few thi...
06:56 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Keyboard with only the letters of the alphabet and a space bar
The Pain27 keyboard has only 27 keys. There's one for each letter of the alphabet, and a space bar. The pain27 is an open source keyboard project to make an easily usable, yet completely and utterly u...
06:49 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook is social media for old people
A new Pew survey is out, and it shows that teens are losing interest in Facebook. My daughters don't have accounts and the younger one never bothered to sign up. Who can blame them? It's no fun and th...
06:29 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's restaurants -- cockroaches and "slimy/mold-like build-up"
Do you like restaurants with "live and dead cockroaches" in the kitchen and slimy/mold-like build-up in coolers and freezers? Try one of Trump's fine dining establishments, then. From The Daily Beast:...
06:22 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this live TV reporter respond to a random creep who attempts to kiss her
On Sunday, TV Globo and SportTV journalist Julia Guimares was reporting on camera from the World Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia when a random asshole tried to kiss her. If only she could have punctuat...
05:57 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Residents call police on black firefighter in uniform for doing his job while black
Oakland firefighter Kevin Moore, who is black, was doing vegetation-management inspections, in full uniform, with a radio and identification, when residents became suspicious and called police. Accord...
05:30 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Fascinating interview with a film bootlegger from the 1960s
Woody Wise was manager of a small movie theater in the 1960s, when people were starting to watch TV more. To supplement his meager income, he eventually picked up a side hustle trafficking in bootlegg...
05:22 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Rakim on NPR's Tiny Desk
After a 10 year break, rap legend Rakim has returned to the studio. Watch as Rakim performs his new track on NPR's Tiny Desk. ...
05:22 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Han Solo's blaster sold for $550,000
Han Solo's blaster used in "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi" sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction on Saturday. Turns out that Ripley's Believe It Or Not bought it. Believe it... or not. ...
05:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this cool demonstration of a vintage carbon arc lamp
Tim from Grand Illusions dusted off a decades-old carbon arc lamp to show how it works, and how to create colorful and hypnotic pulsing patterns. (more…)...
05:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Kickstarting a gorgeous, thoughtfully designed hardcover notebooks for RPG campaigns
The Game Master's Tome & Player's Compendium are a pair of A5-sized, Moleskine-like notebook with custom interiors designed for RPG gamemasters and players, with 480 pages' worth of hex maps, worldbui...
05:07 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Amazing flying "dragon" robot that changes shape
This is the Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON, aka DRAGON. Designed at the University of Tokyo, this modular bot can rearrange its...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this terrific animated storybook of the Dark Souls video game plot
Illustrator Versiris has a new series called Video Games Retold, and the first episode is a worthy entry for the story of Dark Souls. It's wonderful if you just want to revisit the game's themes, or...
04:56 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Chef shows how he eats for less than $25 a week
Eco chef Tom Hunt says the secret to eating well and cheap is to buy food in season and buy it in bulk. In this Guardian article, Hunt reveals his weekly and monthly lists, along with ovo-lacto vege...
04:48 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Which windowless American buildings are secret AT&T/NSA listening posts?
In 2016, Ryan Gallagher and Henrik Moltke published a long, Snowden-derived investigation into AT&T's secret NSA listening station in New York City, and AT&T's extensive complicity in mass, warrantles...
04:47 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Glenn Beck walks off CNN interview after being asked about layoffs at his company
https://youtu.be/zxAqZv6TMb4According to the Daily Beast, Right-wing goofball Glenn Beck's media company is in serious financial trouble, but he doesn't want to talk about it. This video begins with C...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Gentleman has a few too many scooters piled in his car
Electric scooter sharing services are exploding on the west coast, but after users drop them wherever, they eventually need to be recharged. This fella got a little too ambitious for the cops in "ca...
03:18 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Meet the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest
This is Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog who this weekend took home the top prize at the 30th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. "Nine years young with a swaggering tongue, Zsa Zs...
03:06 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Would EPCOT have worked as a city?
Rob from Rob Plays takes an in-depth look at Walt Disney's grand plan to make an experimental prototype city of tomorrow. (more…)...
02:57 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Wheel reinvented to allow combat vehicles to easily traverse streets, corpses
Attention, comrades! A newsflash has this moment arrived. Engineers working with the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program have improved the survivability and mobility of combat vehicles by reinvent...
02:44 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Adblocker for radio
Tomek Rkawek, irritated by ads on the radio, created an app that mutes them. Radio Adblock uses digital signal processing to detect distinctive audio patterns that signal the beginning and end of brea...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing With the number of people living under dictatorships up by a billion, a reminder of dictators' deceptively humanizing traits
Stalin was an incredibly devoted father; Saddam Hussein was fantastically charming; Hitler was a streetfighter who risked his personal safety in the fray; and a surprising number of dictators, monster...
02:27 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Human civilization likely alone
The good news: it's all ours. The bad news: there's nothing to stop us. A new model of civilization, arrived by taking the Drake equation and plugging in models of chemical and genetic transitions on ...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Make Facebook work for your business with this marketing course
Facebook is good for more than just keeping tabs on your high school friends. In fact, the platform has become an invaluable tool for marketers and entrepreneurs building their brands online. So, whet...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Mars has blue-hued sand dunes
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this giant Martian sand dune that has a turquoise blue hue in enhanced color. (more…)...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this and you'll be humming about sexy pants all day
Bill Wurtz is back, this time with sexy pants. (more…)...
12:30 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Italian Chefs watch in horror as YouTube ruins Spaghetti Carbonara
In this video, three reputable Italian chefs are subjected to severe moral injury by being forced to watch the top five 'how to cook carbonara' videos on YouTube. Their emotions range between outrag...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Dev Tube: collection of videos for computer programmers
Dev Tube delivers exactly as promised: a selection of high-quality videos for developers. And it's not just about code, but craftsmanship and career....
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this delightful montage of dancing in movies
For Dancing in Movies, Casper Langbak took dancing scenes from over 300 movies and set them to some great retro hits.YouTube gave it an instablock because of the music used, but he does have a chann...
11:40 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Protest without strategy is performance
In times of trouble, people want to do something, but as activist Kat Calvin points out, make sure your time and resources are spent wisely. Otherwise you end up enriching grifters: (more…)...
11:09 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this beautiful tour of Manhattan's Classic Car Club
Mike Prichinello co-founded Classic Car Club in Manhattan, which recently moved into a beautiful new space. Mauricio Mochon shot some of the gorgeous cars on display. (more…)...
11:43 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2018
BoingBoing For the best of reasons, The Slants won the right to trademark racially offensive slurs -- and now there's rather a lot of that
It's been a year since the Asian-American band The slants won their court case against the US Patent and Trademark office, which had refused to allow them to trademark their band-name because it was a...
09:27 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2018
BoingBoing Wildbook: facial recognition for critters in the wild
The Wildbook project conducts wild animal population censuses by combining photos of animals taken by tourists, scientists, and volunteers and then using their distinctive features (zebra stripes, w...
03:31 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2018
BoingBoing Teaching a banjo workshop while undergoing an EEG
Patrick Costello (previously) writes, "I had to go through a 25 hr EEG, but I didn't let the wires glued to my head stop me from posting my weekly frailing banjo workshop."...
03:28 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2018
BoingBoing Yale's most popular course ever: Happiness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rs1B8V4vx0When Yale psych professor Laurie Santos offered a course in how to be happy -- based on the latest peer-reviewed science -- she hoped that a reasonable num...
03:21 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2018
BoingBoing Homebiogas: easy, clean, climate-friendly way to heat and power your home with garbage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20LY1316IM8Yesterday, I saw a demo of the Homebiogas bioreactor: it's essentially an artificial stomach that uses colonies of microbes to digest your home food waste ...
03:09 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2018
BoingBoing The Internet of Shit: a godsend for abusers and stalkers
People who help domestic abuse survivors say that they are facing an epidemic of women whose abusers are torturing them by breaking into their home smart devices, gaslighting them by changing their th...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2018
BoingBoing This 360-degree wireless security camera is $45
While it's fun to watch Hollywood action heroes hack into cameras to spy on their targets, the thought of an actual cybercriminal using our own security devices against us is chilling for most. That's...
06:18 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2018
BoingBoing Trump sends 1,000 immigrants to Mojave Desert prison, staff say it's unsafe & predict 'detainee deaths'
'Disease outbreaks and a lack of medical personnel await those imprisoned in Victorville, California.' Prison staff in Victorville say immigrant detainees are treated like 'cockroaches.' There's alrea...
04:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2018
BoingBoing Star Wars fans: You have to see this animated ASCII remake of Episode IV
It was 1997 when Simon Jansen started his remake of the first Star Wars film -- Episode IV - A New Hope -- as an ASCII animation (or "asciimation," as he coined it). It was in 2015 when the dedicated ...
03:02 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2018
BoingBoing Insecure internet security cameras, nannycams are being actively exploited by voyeuers to spy on their owners
Shenzhen Gwelltimes Technology Co., Ltd is the white-label vendor behind a whole constellation of Internet of Things networked home cameras sold as security cameras, baby monitors, pet monitors, and s...
03:02 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2018
BoingBoing Insecure internet security cameras and nannycams are actively exploited by voyeurs to spy on owners
Shenzhen Gwelltimes Technology Co., Ltd is the white-label vendor behind a whole constellation of Internet of Things networked home cameras sold as security cameras, baby monitors, pet monitors, and s...
03:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2018
BoingBoing Look closely: These Hawaiian shirts depict our plastic-polluted oceans
A staggering eight million tons of plastic trash is dumped in our oceans each year, according to a 2015 Science report. As a way of putting a spotlight on the issue, Spanish designer Adolfo Correa cre...
02:45 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2018
BoingBoing Googlers' ethical refusal to build airgap systems curtailed Google's ability to bid on sensitive military contracts
A group of elite Google Cloud engineers simply refused to put any work into an airgap system designed to let the company bid on sensitive military contracts, which undermined the company's ability to ...
02:40 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2018
BoingBoing Would you buy a $28 bottle of "unfiltered Hot Dog Water"? Some people in Canada did
What's in the water in one Canadian city? Uncooked hot dogs, apparently.Last weekend, a reality-hacking hero offered bottles of unfiltered, "keto-compatible" "Hot Dog Water" at a Vancouver street fest...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2018
BoingBoing This cordless Dyson vacuum helps you clean every corner of your living space
Spring came and went, but we're not here to judge if you didn't get around to cleaning up your living space. After all, taking the time to vacuum your floors can stretch out into a lengthy task when y...
01:40 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2018
BoingBoing 'Rolling Stone' gives an unflinching portrait of Johnny Depp and the financial mess he's in
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack SparrowAfter "a month and almost 200 e-mails," Rolling Stone writer Stephen Rodrick succumbed to an interview with Johnny Depp at his London home to discuss how the 55-year...
11:29 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Judge orders Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to go back to law school
Kris Kobach (previously) is a racist shitbag who engineered Red State America's voter suppression campaign; he is also (predictably enough) the Kansas Secretary of State, in which capacity he has been...
11:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Browser extension to fix the NYT's squeamishness about calling Trump a liar
The New York Times doesn't like to call Donald Trump (who is a compulsive liar) a liar; they deploy the squeamish euphemism "falsely claimed" in place of "lied" -- with Gabriel Gironda's NYT Speak Chr...
09:41 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Brilliant billboard modification protesting ICE's treatment of migrant children
Last night, a group of culture jammers called Indecline improved a "1-800-GOT-JUNK?" billboard on a highway in Emeryville, California, just east of San Francisco. The billboard previously said "We mak...
08:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Firefighters burn down careers with sweet, sweet pornography
Firefighters sleep together in the same room, eat and risk their lives together. Getting your ya-yas out for all the world to see together? Well, thats not a part of the job. According to the Akron Be...
07:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Large retro wall clock for $7.50
The keen retro wall clock I bought in January is back on sale on Amazon for $7.50. It's worked like a champ and I haven't had to change the batteries or adjust the time yet....
07:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: Spinal Tap - Stonehenge
Stonehenge has been stuck in my head like an ice pick during every summer solstice for as far back as I can remember. I'm a day late with it, but now my pain/joy is yours....
07:09 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Mental health of black people harmed by police murders of unarmed black people, says medical research
A report published in The Lancet by a team of medical researchers shows that when cops in the United States murder unarmed black people, it messes with the mental health of black people who live nearb...
06:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing U.S. Navy plans immigrant internment camps to detain tens of thousands in CA, AL, AZ
An internal document shows the U.S. Navy has developed a plan to construct 'austere' tent cities capable of holding tens of thousands of immigration detainees on remote bases in California, Alabama an...
06:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Paul McCartney takes James Corden on a tour through Liverpool
Paul McCartney took a very lucky James Corden on a terrific car tour of Liverpool, they sang Beatles songs, checked out Paul's old haunts (including his childhood home), and generally enjoyed themse...
06:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Coffee expert asked to guess difference between cheap and expensive coffee
From Epicurious: "Epicurious challenges coffee expert Dillon Edwards to guess which coffee is more expensive. Edwards breaks down roasts (dark roast vs light roast), processing, freshness, varietals...
06:01 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Jogger in Canada accidentally crosses over U.S. border and gets detained for 2 weeks
Nineteen-year-old Cedella Roman, a French citizen staying in Canada, was jogging in White Rock, B.C. when she was stopped by two U.S. border patrol officers. They told her she'd illegally entered the ...
05:36 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing MTV reviving Daria and Aeon Flux
MTV is reviving two of the greatest shows to ever appear on the channel: Daria and Aeon Flux. The latter will be a live action reboot. Daria, a spin-off from Beavis and Butt-head, was a brilliant blac...
05:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Men arrested for stealing shed by trying to drag it down the road behind a truck
Last month, three gentlemen were arrested in Lebanon, Maine for trying to steal a 25-foot-long shed from a foreclosed property. They had tied the shed to the back of their pickup truck and were tuggin...
05:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this absolutely glorious slo-mo collision of two vortex rings
In 1992, University of Melbourne researchers TT Lim and TB Nickels wrote a scientific paper titled "Instability and reconnection in the head-on collision of two vortex rings." The research so inspir...
05:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing 3D printed origami robots that crawl and grab when activated by magnets
A team at MITs Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have created a set of foldable, 3D printed robots that are doped with magnetic particles tha...
05:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Supreme Court: no government location tracking without a warrant
The Supreme Court has ruled in the closely watched Carpenter v. United States case, which questioned the constitutionality of warrantless location surveillance, a widespread practice among US law enfo...
04:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing What a journalist learned by tracking her time every day for 3 years
"On Monday, April 20, 2015, I opened a new spreadsheet on my laptop," writes Laura Vanderkam for Fast Company. I put the days of the week along the top. I put half hour blocks, from 5 a.m. to 4:30 a.m...
04:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing The making of the Upside Down
Stranger Things special effects producers Paul and Christina Graff explain the season two VFX of the Upside Down, the demodog Dart, and that shadowy motherfucker from the finale....
04:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Separating families is an American tradition
In this Washington Post video, Karen Attiah shows that America has a long history of doing terrible things to families of migrants, Native Americans, slaves, Japanese Americans, and others....
03:58 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Celebrities destroy their pie holes with hot sauce while being interviewed
Hello. My name is Gareth Branwyn and I am a hot food addict. As I type this, I am horking my way through a can of tuna iced with a generous layer of Sriracha sauce. But as my mouth and tongue are abla...
02:35 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Canadian border guards have secret access to a US "anti-terror" database of 680,000 names
Canadian border guards' terminals give them secret access to Tuscan, a database maintained by US spy agencies of suspected terrorists; the database has some 680,000 names in it and if you match one of...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing How Timelinr's project roadmaps keep your team on task
Projects big and small always go smoother when the whole team is collaborating, but members tend to get lost once the conference call ends. Timelinr is a project management solution that helps keep yo...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Bread can be made from a gangrenous wound's bacteria
Atlas Obscura just added an interesting new section on strange and wondrous foods, like salt-rising bread leavened with bacteria that cause gas gangene. (more…)...
12:54 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing What was hot in pop culture in June of 1998
YouTuber thepeterson makes video montages that pull together clips from pop culture days of yore, highlighting what movies and TV shows the masses were watching, what they were listening to on the r...
12:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing How many engineers does it take to change a lightbulb on a 1768ft tower?
One.It's weird to think that if he got struck by lightning a couple of feet short of the top, and you were being sent up to fetch the charred remains, you would obviously take a light bulb with you....
11:54 am PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing Guy captures the moment a river cuts a new channel to the ocean
Wayne Easton braved the elements to capture an interesting natural phenomenon: the Mahlongwa River in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa breaching its bank and cutting a channel to the Indian Ocean. Part t...
02:36 am PDT - Fri, June 22, 2018
BoingBoing This Wednesday, an EU committee voted to break the Internet: this Sunday, Berliners take to the streets to say NO!
On Wednesday, the Legislative Committee of the European Union narrowly voted to keep the two most controversial internet censorship and surveillance proposals in European history in the upcoming revis...
11:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing The EU's new copyright filters will be catastrophic for the web, but they're going to be even worse for your favourite game
Wednesday's vote to press ahead with mandatory copyright filters for the European internet is catastrophic for the web: starting a new business just got $60-100 million more expensive, because buildin...
11:11 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Mini-documentary about the race to conquer Mario Kart's Choco Mountain in seconds
Enjoy this surprisingly dramatic and gripping YouTube mini-documentary about one of gaming's strangest and most obsessive cults: racing around Mario Kart 64's Choco Mountain track. Thanks to glitchy...
10:45 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Interview with Stewart Brand on the 50th anniversary of the Whole Earth Catalog
Many people have equated Stewart Brand to the mythical Worlds Most Interesting Man, who was featured for years in those Dos Equis commercials. Enough people that the comparisons a bit of a clich. But...
10:35 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Rosetta probe's last images before colliding with comet
Now that's a pretty comet. ESA:Enjoy this compilation of with the last images taken by Rosettas high resolution OSIRIS camera during the missions final hours at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. As i...
09:37 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Kickstarting an open digital microscope kit for public-spirited citizen science
The Community Microscope is a fully-funded, crowdfunded open source microscope hardware kit built around a digital camera: it costs $39 and snaps together in 15 minutes. (more…)...
09:06 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing GOP Senators to celebrate 4th of July in Moscow before Trump-Putin meeting
Lo, how the mighty have fallen. (more…)...
08:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this blind skateboarder shred
Dan Mancina of Livonia, Michigan began to lose his sight as a teenager due to two disorders of the eye. Now he's 95 percent blind. And he's a killer skateboarder. From a Red Bull interview with Manc...
08:46 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing A cabinet of noses
On display in Copenhagen, Denmark's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum is this glass display case filled with noses of myriad shapes and sizes. Why?According to curator Anne Marie Nielsen, noses on 19t...
08:33 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing The Biology of Disinformation: Interview with Rushkoff, Pescovitz, and Dunagan
Over at Mondo 2000, our old pal RU Sirius interviewed Douglas Rushkoff, Jake Dunagan, and I about the "The Biology of Disinformation," a new research paper we wrote for Institute for the Future about ...
08:24 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Piers Morgan try to embarrass a reality TV star but make an ass of himself instead
Piers attempts to embarrass UK reality TV star Hayley of "Love Island" by asking her, "Do you know Pythagoras's theorem to the nearest five decimal place?" Um... wut?...
08:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Reality Winner will plead guilty to Espionage Act charges for leaking NSA doc on Russia election hack
Reality Winner, 26, is the whistleblower accused of releasing an NSA document on Russia's attack on U.S. voting systems to reporters at The Intercept. (more…)...
07:47 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Los Angeles cools street temperatures by painting them white
This very satisfying drone footage shows an innovative plan to reduce temperatures in Los Angeles by sealing streets with a reflective sealant. (more…)...
07:47 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Here's exactly how to make amends for past biased reporting on transgender people
Donna Minkowitz wrote one of the most important pieces about the murder of Brandon Teena, the transgender man depicted in the film Boys Don't Cry. A quarter century later, she does what few journalist...
06:45 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Watch indoor plants sway from a breeze half a world away
Artist David Bowen (previously) has produced a new video of his expanded tele-present wind project, where indoor plants in Spain are moved by an outdoor plant buffeted by winds in Minnesota. (more&h...
06:31 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing A Bad Lip Reading of the Trump-Kim Summit
The recent Trump-Kim man-child summit in Singapore was already awkward and now Bad Lip Reading has made it even more so by redubbing some of their conversations.Nailed it!Previous Bad Lip Readings o...
06:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this guy make and use a propeller backpack for skiing
Last winter, Samm Sheperd took another stab at skiing with a propeller backpack (his first try overheated). The first four minutes show the build for those who want to jump to the testing. (more&hel...
06:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Kidnapping solved, Tom Cruises love plot, and inside Area 51 in this weeks fact-challenged tabloids
Theres only one problem with the National Enquirer's photograph of the convicted pedophile who allegedly kidnapped British three-year-old Madeleine McCann, snapped in Bulgaria on June 15, 2018, accord...
06:09 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Mysterious moving lump on woman's face turned out to be a worm
Over five days, a 32-year-old woman in Russia took selfies to document a strange lump on her face that moved from under her left eye to above it and then later to her lip. She finally visited a physic...
06:03 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Good price on Anker's reinforced Lightning cables: 2 for $16
Why do Lightning cables fail so frequently? I don't think I've ever had a micro-USB cable malfunction, but Lightning cables go out all the time. Curse you, Apple.The least worst Lightning cables, in m...
05:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Tiger sneaks up on man at zoo
If it wasn't for the barrier of hard air, this guy would have been lunch for this stealthy tiger....
05:35 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Sara Netanyahu charged with fraud
Sara Netanyahu, wife of scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been charged with misusing state funds. She was indicted this morning.From CNN:In a case known as the "Meals Orde...
05:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing New San Francisco restaurant has factory-style "burger bot" making all its hamburgers
Tech Crunch visits Creator, a San Francisco fast food joint that uses a factory-style "burger bot" to assemble its $6 hamburgers. Owner Alex Vardakostas says his burger-making machine, which he buil...
05:24 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing RIP Koko (1971-2018)
https://youtu.be/I9I_QvEXDv0Koko, the famous western lowland gorilla who communicated with humans through sign language, died in her sleep Tuesday. She was 46. From NPR:Throughout her life, Koko's ab...
05:24 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing R.I.P. Koko, the amazing gorilla who used sign language to communicate with humans
That time Robin Williams hung out with Koko in 2001.Sad news out of Woodside, California:Koko, the western lowland gorilla who mastered American Sign Language, passed away Wednesday in her sleep at ...
05:04 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Injured combat veteran runs against Texas tea party congressman who wouldn't meet with her
MJ Hegar is an Air Force veteran whose helicopter was shot down in combat. In this video, she talks about how she fought and won against Pentagon efforts to keep her and other women from ground comb...
04:44 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Visit to a cashier-less, employee-less convenience store in China
Scotty of Strange Parts went to an employee-less convenience store in Yiwu, China. To enter it, he scanned a QR code on the outside of the building and the door unlocked. Inside, it looks like a tin...
04:41 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Japanese man who left for lunch break 3 minutes early is shamed, forced to apologize on television
A 64-year-old Japanese man who works at the water bureau in Kobe has made a grave error. He left his desk for a break three minutes early so that he could buy a bento box for lunch. In fact, over a pe...
04:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Dogs have more cortex neurons than cats, but raccoons beat them both
Who is smarter: dogs or cats? It's not really meaningful question. Cats have brains suited to the life of a cat, and dogs have the perfect brain for being a dog. But it's interesting to learn about th...
02:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Remember when conservatives were terrified of Big Government violently interfering with families?
Remember when conservatives were into "family values" and defending their families from Big Government intrusions, like breaking up families over refusal to obey the law on education, vaccination, cor...
02:50 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Architect of Charlottesville receives preliminary approval for a "white civil rights rally" in DC
Jason Kessler, organizer of last summer's violent, murderous "unite the right" rally in Charlottesville, has received preliminary National Parks Service approval to stage a "white civil rights rally" ...
02:37 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing White House source: Stephen Miller revels in the misery and terror of separated children, "Hes Waffen-SS"
An "outside White House adviser" told Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman that Stephen Miller, the architect of the ICE child kidnapping program actively enjoys the photos of terrified, miserable children i...
02:31 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing We know how to fix homelessness, we just won't do it
The largest, wealthiest cities in America are filling up with tent cities -- especially on the west coast, where East Coast style right-to-shelter laws are rare -- and if the spectacle of human misery...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing 7 courses to help you master the entire Adobe Creative Cloud
The Adobe Creative Cloud is home to a suite of editing tools today's creatives count on to produce their content. Whether you're an aspiring photographer, animator, or graphic designer, Adobe's progra...
01:51 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook as stalker ex: When you stop logging in, it incessantly, desperately emails you to lure you back
After switching computers and phones, Henry Grabar tried not logging into Facebook for nine days; the company's systems noticed and embarked on a relentless campaign of email harassment, automatically...
01:26 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing China has perfected the internet control playbook and now it's exporting it to the world
After decades of back-and-forth over internet freedom, China has figured out a method for allowing people to use the internet for social and business purposes, but not for political reform -- a combin...
01:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing How markets plundered Free Software's best stuff and used it to create freedom for companies, not people
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBknF2yUZZ8&t=199sBejamin "Mako" Hill (previously) is a free software developer, activist and academic with a long history of shrewd critical insights into the ways t...
11:36 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Mother American Night: John Perry Barlow's posthumous memoir
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01:55 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Burger King quickly abandons eugenics program in Russia, World Cup players disappointed
Burger King was briefly offering a lifetime supply of its signature burger "the Whopper" to Russian women willing to be impregnated by a footballer during the World Cup.Burger King has offered an ap...
12:54 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Another iPhone screen protector saves the day
These Omoton glass phone screensavers are really doing their job.Before riding off I thought I put my iPhone 7+ back in the chest pocket of my motorcycle jacket. Half a block later I learned I had mis...
12:33 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Italys Matteo Salvini is back on his racist bullshit again
Italys Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is what youd call a renaissance bigot: Hes equally comfortable refusing safe harbor to migrants in desperate need of medical care as he is whipping off statemen...
12:22 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing What's new in tabletop gaming (June edition)
Here are some recent game releases of note and some of what I've been up to in hobby gaming over the past month or so.The GrimoireOsprey Games, $20, 2-4 Players, 12+One of the hallmarks of the highly-...
12:01 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2018
BoingBoing Fight against Ebola continues in high security African lab
With all of the horrible things happening in America right now, its easy to become overwhelmed by the news and forget that there are other, equally terrible things happening elsewhere. Take Ebola, for...
11:50 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing China announces crackdown on ASMR videos as pornographic
In the five years since I first wrote about "Autonomous sensory meridian response" (ASMR) a folk-neurological condition that describes the pleasant shivers some people experience when hearing certain ...
11:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Scott Pruitt's $4.6m "security" bill includes a $1500 worth of taxpayer-funded "tactical pants"
Scandal-haunted EPA chairman Scott Pruitt has billed the American public for $4.6 million for his "security," a roster of expenses than includes a supply of "tactical pants" purchased for the low pric...
10:43 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing 10 things you can do to help the immigrant children and families in Trump's Camps.
Don't despair. Take action. (more…)...
09:28 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Dr. Dre is making a Marvin Gaye movie
The following people have all unsuccessfully tried to bring Marvin Gaye's story to the big screen: F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin, Jesse L. Martin, and Lenny Kravitz. None ...
09:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Enjoy the psychedelic sounds of West Coast Fog Radio
West Coast Fog Radio is the absolutely wonderful podcast of far-out music and other sounds hosted by Erik Bluhm, former editor of the greatly-missed "Great God Pan," a killer 1990s 'zine about outr Ca...
07:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing This Dremel clone is on sale for $30
I bought the WEN 2305 Rotary Tool Kit with Flex Shaft last year and it has worked beautifully. The speed is adjustable, it has tons of power, and it comes with a number of different attachments. It al...
07:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Major airlines won't fly kidnapped children anymore, but Trump is still welcome in the UK
United Airlines and American Airlines have signalled the end of their participation in Trump's practice of kidnapping children to scare away potential asylum seekers, (AA: "We have no desire to be ass...
07:01 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Fun montage of dance scenes from 292 movies
Someone made this 7-minute video that consists of snippets of dances scenes from almost 300 movies. The full list is here. Almost every one is joyful. The only exceptions I noticed were Clockwork Or...
06:47 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Canadian Parliament approves final bill to legalize cannabis
The Canadian Parliament has passed Bill C-45, which legalizes the possession and cultivation of cannabis for anyone over 18 (19 in some provinces). Canada is the first G7 country to legalize weed, and...
06:43 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Watch: "Horse destroys the universe"
Cyriak Harris is writing a novel titled "Horse Destroys the Universe." Cyriak has been creating strange animated GIFs and videos for more than a decade so he made a promo animation for his book-in-p...
06:42 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing A viral hoax video has inspired Indian mobs to multiple, brutal murders
Someone edited a Pakistani child-safety education video to make it look like evidence of a ring of kidnappers was snatching children and taking them away on motorcycles; the video went viral in India,...
06:35 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Robert Plant has a whole lotta love for eight-year old drummer
Remember that kickass eight-year old drummerthat we fell in love with earlier this month? Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin (his last few solo albums have been epic, too) was treated to ...
06:26 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Secrets of a mind-blowing bubble artist
The Yang family make some of the most incredible soap bubbles in the world as part of their Gazillion Bubble Show in NYC. In this Wired video, Melody Yang shares some of her secrets....
06:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Thanks to 2016's trade secret law and algorithmic justice, America's courts have become AI-Kafka nightmares
In 2014, the Alice decision made it much harder to patent software in the USA; in 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act, creating the first federal trade secrets statute: the result of th...
05:51 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing The creepy/cool robes that heretics were forced to wear during the Spanish Inquisition
Catholic church leaders took cruel delight in humiliating heretics during the Spanish Inquisition (15th - 18th century). Between 3,000 and 5,000 people were executed for various crimes against the Chu...
05:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Nazi UFO toy model pulled from shelves
Toy model manufacturer Revell agreed to discontinue its model of the Haunebu II Flying Saucer, described as "the first object in the world capable of flying in space." According to the product descrip...
05:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing California State lawmaker Miguel Santiago says he's a Democrat, but he's single-handedly killing state Net Neutrality
California Assembly member Miguel Santiago [D-83/@SantiagoAD53] is the chairman of the Communications and Conveyance Committee, where he is single-handedly sabotaging the state's outstanding proposed ...
05:08 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Fired by an algorithm, and no one can figure out why
Ibrahim Diallo was eight months into a three year contract with a big company when its systems abruptly decided that he was fired: first it told his recruiter that he'd been let go, then it stopped ac...
04:57 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Microsoft CEO: don't worry, we're mostly helping the parts of ICE that don't involve kidnapping children
As Microsoft employees grow increasingly furious that their employer is a key technology provider to ICE, providing, among other things, facial recognition software, the company is responding, conscio...
04:41 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Today, an EU committee voted to destroy the internet. Now what?
This morning, the EU's legislative affairs committee (JURI) narrowly voted to include two controversial proposals in upcoming, must-pass copyright reforms: both Article 11 (no linking to news stories ...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Better pet selfies are a clip away with this attachment
Your pet might be photogenic, but getting them to stare long enough at your camera to snap that Instagram-worthy photo isn't as simple as telling them to sit. Bribing your pets with their favorite tre...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing New Zealander Nancy Wake became an intrepid leader in the French resistance against the Nazis
In 1928 Nancy Wake ran away from her Australian home and into an unlikely destiny: She became a dynamo in the French resistance, helping more than a thousand people to flee the Germans and then organi...
01:59 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing How I got a free scenic flight over Black Rock City (and how you can too)
I have a long history with Burning Man, both on playa and off, but I did not know until last year that Burner pilots offer free scenic flights over Black Rock City during the event. The catch? Well, f...
01:58 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Hey new cannabis users and microdosers: Pax's app stops you from getting too high
I just learned about Session Control, a new feature on an already-existing mobile app for the Pax Era portable vaporizer. It's great for people who microdose, like myself, or for folks new to cannabis...
12:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing Softball brawl of the day
The Kingsport Times News reports that parents brawled at a girls' softball game Saturday. No-one was arrested or hurt, but everyone is now banned from the softball.Apparently some spectators were ve...
12:27 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing XOXO will be bigger and more inclusive in 2018
Described as "an experimental festival for independent artists and creators who work on the internet," Andy Baio and Andy McMillan's internet-fest baby XOXO will be back in early September. And accord...
04:30 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing 'Toddlers are being detained.' 3 Trump 'Tender Age' immigrant baby jails confirmed, more are coming
Toddlers are being detained. (more…)...
04:26 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing The EU is about to "end everything that's good and pure about the internet"
On Gizmodo, Rhett Jones pulls no punches about Article 13 and Article 11 -- a pair of copyright proposals that go up for a committee vote in the EU in mere hours. (more…)...
04:17 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing In less than 24 HOURS, an EU committee votes on whether to mass-censor the global internet
We've got less than a day until the key vote on the wording of the new EU Copyright Directive, when members of the EU's legislative committee will vote on whether to include controversial mass censors...
02:31 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing "Wah wah" -- Corey Lewandowski mocks ten-year-old girl with Down Syndrome being taken from her mother
Ah, so this is were we are now: Trump's campaign manager can finally let his psychopath flag fly without fear of universal and permanent censure....
01:00 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2018
BoingBoing 'Shame!' DHS Sec. Nielsen shouted down at Mexican restaurant, exits to loud protests
She picks a Mexican restaurant. The irony is not lost on anyone. (more…)...
11:32 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing 'Mister President, dont you have kids!'
As Donald Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen walk by, Rep. Juan Vargas shouts, 'Mister President, dont you have kids!' (more…)...
09:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing 'Family detention' existed under Obama, too. But systematically separating kids is all new.
THE LOWDOWN: Here's an immigration lawyer's first-hand account of confronting former President Barack Obama on family detention centers. Trump's a monster, but failings of previous administrations pav...
09:23 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing U.S. withdraws from U.N. Human Rights Council, calling it 'not worthy of its name.'
Trump envoy Nikki Haley today said the United States is withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council. (more…)...
09:16 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Yet another Trump White House staffer is leaving.
"More than 60 percent of those who served in senior positions at the beginning of the administration have exited." (more…)...
09:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Starbucks is closing 150 stores
The coffee chain Starbucks today announced plans to close 150 locations. (more…)...
09:04 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Automated list of people on LinkedIn who claim to work for ICE
Sam Lavigne wrote a script that scrapes LinkedIn to create a handy list of people who work for ICE, lately responsible for various unlawful and totalitarian acts in the name of policing immigrants to ...
07:41 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Pencil dice: a D6 in pencil form
Roll Sebastian Bergne's $3.33 pencil dice across the table to get a randomish value from 1-6. Useful for writing choose-your-own-adventures! (via Geekologie)...
06:39 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Restaurant taco holders on sale today
American Metalcraft makes restaurant equipment, but you can buy these stainless steel taco holders for home use on Amazon. The have a model that holds 2 tacos, and another that holds 3, which is on sa...
06:28 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing 1,500 pounds of dynamite make quick work of these cooling towers
Watching the graceful fall of these cooling towers in Jacksonville, Florida offers a momentary reprieve from the fall of western civilization....
06:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Russia buffs strategic Baltic nuclear bunker
As President Trump continues his campaign to piss off anyone whos not a Nazi or the leader of an oppressive dictatorship, CNN is reporting that Russia may have dropped some serious coin to modernize a...
06:09 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing The value of CryptoKitties has plummeted
CryptoKitties are "digital collectibles" in the form of cartoon cats that people can buy, sell, and breed using cryptocurrency. In December someone paid US$155,000 for a single cryptokitty. In March i...
05:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Frankensteinian blue jeans-mesh monstrosity on sale for $236
Regularly priced at $590, Bless Mesh Jeans are on sale for the bargain price of $236."Making use of vintage 501 Levi's, these jeans feature an asymmetrical fold along the fly and a tan mesh panel down...
05:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Grandfather finds "PLEASE SPIT IT IN TOO" printed on his restaurant bill
When a man in Queens, New York celebrated Father's Day at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden with his daughter and granddaughter, he asked for mayo and carmamel onions on his burger. But there was an extra...
05:46 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Even the Texas GOP is ready to decriminalize marijuana
Texas has some of the most draconian marijuana laws in the United States. Possession of small amounts can result in 6 months in jail and a $2,000 fine. And of the 60,000 people who get arrested on mar...
04:59 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Trump says immigrants "infest" the United States
In a tweet this morning, Trump chooses the dehumanizing word "infest" to describe immigrants coming to the US. This is eerily similar to German Nazi propaganda "linking Jews and vermin or disease to G...
03:57 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Concord Coach tells passengers they must be US citizens to ride their bus
This is the stuff dystopian movies are made of. This video, put out by the ACLU, shows immigration agents asking passengers waiting to board a privately owned Concord Coach if they are a US citizen....
03:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing The Atlantic again concern-trolls: SHOULD CHILDREN HAVE SEX CHANGES?
How did Twitter addict Jesse Singal become the anti-transgender spokesgoblin of his generation? When a Child Says She's Trans continues his creepy fixation on gender-nonconforming minors. The "ex-tran...
02:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Bible Stories, with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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 ...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Learn how to take on cybercriminals as a certified ethical hacker
The cybersecurity landscape is changing, and now one of the most effective ways to counter hacking threats is to employ another hacker against them. Commonly referred to as ethical hackers, these prof...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Claw machine fish tank
While an actual Claw Machine Fish Tank would be cruel and unethical (and some say just keeping fish in captivity isn't cool), the concept itself is fun to think about. Kudos to Dave's Geeky Ideas for ...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing There's a Hawaiian shirt of Chunk doing the "Truffle Shuffle"
I came across the strangest Aloha shirt on Instagram the other day, one called the "Hawaiian Shuffle" ($55). It depicts Chunk of The Goonies, amongst the shirt's tropical foliage, doing his "Truffle S...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Make a cardboard shiv: Another way to recycle an Amazon box
From the Dept. of Making-Knives-Out-of-Oddball-Things, aka kiwami japan, comes the "sharpest Cardboard kitchen knife in the world," one made from an ordinary Amazon box. It chops, it dices, it slice...
11:45 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Louis Vuitton Windows CE pocket computer on eBay
Louis Vuitton's Windows CE gadget was a misstep. Pocket PCs were unpopular gadgets of questionable utility even in their day: obsolete in a heartbeat and now draped with the comical stink of Microsoft...
11:27 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing The secret RPG history of an enabler of America's border child kidnapping policy
When Bryant Durrell was in college, he played D&D with an amazing Dungeon Master, Eric, who was obsessed with the moral dimension of the game, constructing thoughtful, elaborate campaigns to get the p...
11:24 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Rare cotton candy-colored lobster named "Lucky" escapes pot, now lives in an aquarium
A 2 lb. cotton candy-colored lobster was discovered last November by a Canadian fisherman and it's just making the rounds on social media now. The Portland Press Herald reports:Canadian fisherman Robi...
11:18 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing As thousands of children are torn from their parents, Trump's popularity rating hits an all-time high
In case you thought that kidnapping babies would awaken the moral consciences of Trump supporters, be told: Trump's approval rating hit its all-time peak on Monday, with 45% of Americans saying he is ...
11:15 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design 12 - One Fateful Day
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...
11:03 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Secret recording of weeping children begging for their parents while a Border Patrol official mocks them
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoncXfYBAVI"Well, we have an orchestra here. Whats missing is a conductor." That's the voice of a Border Patrol official, mocking a sobbing group of 10 terrified Cent...
10:52 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing History's most productive geniuses goofed off like crazy
In Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less (published in 2016, just out in paperback), Alex Soojung-Kim Pang painstakingly investigates the working lives of the likes of Charles Darwin and find...
10:30 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing With the App Store monopoly case, the Supreme Court could reverse decades of frustrated antitrust enforcement
On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear Apple Inc. v. Pepper, in which the plaintiffs argue that Apple has established a monopoly over apps for Ios (this part is actually incontrovertible, as Apple has...
10:01 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Screwdriver optional: fingerprint lock broadcasts its unlock code over Bluetooth (and the steel is garbage)
https://youtu.be/BLfI2_xOmK8Fingerprint locks are catastrophically awful, part LXVII: the software security on the crowdfunded Tapplock "is basically nonexistent" -- the lock broadcasts its own unlo...
09:50 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing The Rent's Too Damned High: 15,000 words on the ways real-estate speculation and inequality have killed NYC
Harper's has published The Death of a Once Great City, Kevin Baker's beautifully written, 15,000 word, non-comprehensive list of all the ways that raising the rents in New York City (something that wa...
02:38 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing There could be as many as 7000 tigers living in American backyards
If school shootings, the former leader of the free world's alienation of long-time allies in favor of getting cozy with dictators, or the systematic destruction of the environment and the norms of hum...
02:30 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing Microsoft employees pissed over company's connection to ICE
Back in January, Microsoft announced that they were "proud" to support ICE. Honestly, what company wouldn't be? A U.S. federal contract, no matter how large your coffers and corporate reach might be, ...
12:16 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2018
BoingBoing "Tubular Bells" live in 1973
Mike Oldfield performs Tubular Bells live on the BBC in 1973. The first release on Richard Branson's new Virgin Records, Tubular Bells became a huge success after film director William Friedkin cast...
11:57 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Apple's HyperCard was inspired by an acid trip
Pioneering engineer Bill Atkinson was the lead designer/developer of the Apple Lisa graphical user interface, creator of MacPaint and QuickDraw, and part of the original team that developed the Apple ...
07:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Child hit with $132,000 bill for accidentally knocking over sculpture
A 5-year-old boy knocked over a sculpture at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. A few days later, Overland Park's insurance company hit the boy's parents with a $132,000 b...
06:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing The Heaviest Banjo in the Universe: A hillbilly heavy metal cover of Gojira
Watch Leo Moracchioli and Rob Scallon perform a genre-bending cover of French heavy metal band Gojira's "The Heaviest Matter in the Universe," banjo, straw hats, and all.(digg)...
05:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Public Domain Hulk explains the EU's catastrophic copyright filtering proposal
"WHAT YOU THINKING EUROPE? WANT BORING STUPID INTERNET? WANT MUSIC INDUSTRY INTERNET? WANT COPYRIGHT INTERNET? HULK SMASH CENSORSHIP. HULK SMASH SURVEILLANCE. HULK SMASH ARTICLE 13. #HULK #SMASH #ARTI...
05:50 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Chris Cornell's daughter Toni released their stunning duet of Prince's "Nothing Compare 2 U"
Toni Cornell, daughter of the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, released this duet yesterday of she and her dad singing one of his favorite Prince tunes. From Chris Cornell's YouTube account:...
05:50 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Minecraft for Nintendo Switch is having a $24 pre-sale
https://youtu.be/HqllNjR7vl8Now that I've killed Calamity Gannon in Zelda: Breath of the Wild (it took 4 months of playing everyday and I loved it), I'm ready to try something else on the Nintendo Swi...
05:38 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Octopuses, starfish, and prawns rain down on Chinese city
A mass of sea creatures rained down on the Chinese city of Qingda during a storm last week. From Mysterious Universe:The phenomenon of fish rain or animal rain is a rare, but very real, weather phenom...
05:24 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Drudge Report uses 2012 photo taken in Syria for story about US-Mexico border
[Update 6/18/2018 10:52am PT - Drudge replace this photo for another without explanation]Look at these Central American kids brandishing handguns on the front page of Drudge Report. Thank goodness Tru...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing The CEO of Audi arrested in Germany
When a large corporation in the United States has committed massive fraud, the CEO usually retires with a large bonus and the corporation receives a modest cost-of-business fine. But Audi CEO Rupert S...
04:40 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Germany's crime rate lowest in 26 years
I have friends in the US seriously looking into moving to Germany. One reason - crimes rates are going down fast. From Politico:The new figures show a drop in crime of 5.1 percent over the previous ye...
04:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Fox news host says kids are being held in enclosures built from chain-link fences, not cages
The children that Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump are locking up in enclosures are not actually cages, said a host on Fox and Friends Fox & Friends. They simply "built walls out of chain-link fences....
03:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Proposed solution for Trump propaganda: "truth sandwich" reporting
George Lakoff, a cognitive scientist and linguist that studies propaganda, says the way the media reports on Trump's lies actually helps Trump. Trump needs the media, and the media help him by repeati...
03:55 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing The EU's Link Tax will be voted on in TWO DAYS: if passed, you won't be able to link to the news except on Big Tech's licensed platforms
Article 11 is the EU's bizarre proposal for transferring money from Google and Facebook to newspapers: it creates a special copyright over links to news stories and bans services from linking to the n...
03:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Giant Hogweed infestation in Virginia -- plant causes burns, blindness
An invasive plant species with an appropriately unappealing name, giant hogweed, has been found growing in Virginia. If its clear sap gets on your skin, exposure to sunlight can cause 3rd degree burns...
01:49 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Voronoi diagram of airports
Jason Davies created a voronoi diagram of the world's airports projected onto an interactive 3D globe. Easter Island's airport claims the largest partition.Most Remote AirportMataveri Airport at 27S, ...
01:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Mexican election: saturation robo-calls spreading disinformation about Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador the front-running candidate for president of Mexico on a largely progressive ticket (tuition breaks, increased aid to seniors, drug war amnesty, though it's a mixed bag, re...
12:54 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing CoachBot malfunctions during basketball match
Boston Dynamics finally took a step too far with its new model, "Jalen Rose."(Note: video contains NSFW language. Note: Rose is in fact neither a robot nor a coach) [via Reddit]...
12:41 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Smooth Criminal on a Victorian barrel organ
Here's Smooth Criminal, arranged and performed by Patrick Mathis. Something about this suggests to me that there is a machine that turns midi into those rolls; I couldn't find it, but Virtual Roll i...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Shiny animal sculptures from Jud Turner
Sculptor Jud Turner (previously) writes, "Been playing with shiny chrome parts in the studio lately (motorcycle parts, mostly) to conjure up things that are currently scaring me: "Stanislav the Russia...
12:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Slashdotter: I've had a pillcam stuck in my gut for 12 weeks and counting
BeauHD, a Slashdot moderator, has Crohn's Disease, and he lives in an age of modern miracles, which means that he can have his small intestine surveyed by swallowing a tiny pill-sized camera, rather t...
12:24 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Interview with Alex Norris, of "oh no" Webcomic Name fame
Jenny Robins interviews Alex Norris...NORRIS: My comics have always largely been about exploring the link between joy and sadness, and finding humour in despair, so I think when I started this format ...
12:23 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing A young caged teen in a Texas immigration camp is teaching other kids to change caged toddlers' diapers
At Ursula, an immigration facility in McAllen, TX, 500 children separated from their families are crammed 20 to a cage. It's home to kids of all ages, from toddlers to young teens (once a teen turns 1...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Doom as an eye-melting Magic Eye puzzle
Remember Doom? Remember Magic Eye puzzles that required you to unfocus your eyes and see forever in a field of stereographic static? Now you can do both at once with OMDO, a free download at Itch. OMD...
11:43 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's baby-snatching border policy "cruel" and "immoral", writes Laura Bush
Unlike most of the GOP, former first lady Laura Bush is not afraid of Trump. His policy of taking children from their parents and putting them in detention centers, she writes, is "eerily reminiscent"...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing Officer in charge of lost grenades fails his way into cushy new gig
Hey, remember last month when that group of United States Air Force personnel lost a box of grenades? It apparently fell off the back of a vehicle on a public road while the Airmen responsible for the...
11:28 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2018
BoingBoing In two days, an EU committee will vote to crown Google and Facebook permanent lords of internet censorship
On June 20, the EU's legislative committee will vote on the new Copyright directive, and decide whether it will including the controversial "Article 13" (automated censorship of anything an algorithm ...
09:28 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing Cockygate defeated: judge finds "Cocky" trademark for romance titles unenforceable
You'll recall that self-published romance author Faleena Hopkins undertook the sociopathic step of registering a trademark on the word "Cocky" in the titles of romance novels and then had her rivals' ...
05:56 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing France's Front National (who support the EU's mandatory copyright filters) furious when Youtube's copyright filters kill their channel
On June 20, an EU committee will vote on mandatory copyright filters -- the idea that everything that gets posted to an EU service should be checked for copyright violations by a machine learning syst...
03:21 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing A musical salute to Father's Day, courtesy of Groucho Marx and Junior Bear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV9Rh4ynBf4Behold, my two most favorite pieces of Father's Day media. I'm thousands of miles from my own family today, but I'm celebrating Father's Day in my own way....
02:08 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing Canada's best weapon in a US trade-war: invalidating US pharma patents
As the US-Canada trade war heats up, Canada finds itself in an asymmetrical battle, vastly overmatched against a country with an order of magnitude population advantage. (more…)...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing This flexible camera pinpoints problems at the source
The human eye is a powerful thing, but it's not so great at seeing in the dark or around tight spaces, which is partially why most of us struggle with unplugging drains, cleaning under the fridge, and...
01:47 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing Here are 15 privacy settings you should change from defaults, from Linkedin to cellphones to smart TVs
The Washington Post rounds up 15 privacy defaults that no one in their right mind would want to leave as-is, and provides direct links to change 'em (hilariously and predictably, Verizon/Oath/Yahoo's ...
01:41 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing Across America, the Poor Peoples' Campaign is building steam and refusing to be intimidated by crackdowns
We're into the fifth week of the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, a national uprising over the state of the richest nation in the world, where 140,000,000 people live at or ...
01:28 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing It's often cheaper to pay cash for your prescriptions rather than the co-pay, but the pharmacy is legally prohibited from suggesting it
America's health care is totally screwed up, Part Ten Gazillion: in many cases, the medicines your doctor prescribes are cheaper than the co-pay your health insurance charges, which means that if you ...
01:19 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing Happy Father's Day
Like father, like son. Happy Father's Day....
01:09 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing Frozen Rat Kidney Shipping Container: The incredibly bounty of the NIH's 3D printables repository
The National Institutes of Health maintain a 3D Print Exchange, a kind of miniature Thingiverse for open-licensed, 3D printable objects for teaching and practicing public health. (more…)...
12:59 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing 114 candidates in Mexico's upcoming elections have been murdered, so far
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZBwibPFGfUAlejandro Chavez Zavala was running for mayor of Tareta in the state of Michoacan when he was gunned down following a campaign event. (more…)...
12:48 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2018
BoingBoing Employees who practice mindfulness meditation are less motivated, having realized the futility of their jobs
In the NYT, a pair of behavioral scientists describe a forthcoming Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes article (Sci-Hub mirror) that studied the effect of mindfulness meditation (a tr...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2018
BoingBoing These top-rated apps can elevate your Mac's potential
Macs are undeniably some of the most versatile computers on the market, but they can do so much more than what their stock apps allow. For those looking to get the most out of their Mac hardware, theP...
12:08 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2018
BoingBoing NASA's Lunar Orbiter pics from 1967/8 were deliberately fuzzed and downsampled to hide US spying capabilities
In 1967, the Lunar Orbiter missions sent back exciting -- but grainy and low-rez -- photos of the moon's surface. (more…)...
12:08 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2018
BoingBoing Hi rez images from NASA's 1967/8 Lunar Orbiters were withheld to hide US spying capabilities
In 1967, the Lunar Orbiter missions sent back exciting -- but grainy and low-rez -- photos of the moon's surface. (more…)...
11:53 am PDT - Sat, June 16, 2018
BoingBoing Adventure House: the sequel to the Haunted Mansion that never was
In 1976, Walt Disney World was riding high: the oil crisis was over, tourists were flocking back to Florida, and the successful bicentennial celebration at the Florida Disney resort had been national ...
05:46 am PDT - Sat, June 16, 2018
BoingBoing High tech lock is "invincible to people who do not have a screwdriver"
LockPickingLawyer, a recreational lock picker, was sent a fingerprint padlock for review. He emailed the manufacture to let them know that he'd discovered a security vulnerability: "Upon examining the...
11:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing The Jerry Springer Show ends production
Since 1991, The Jerry Springer Show offered America an unevenly-distributed taste of its own future. But we're settled comfortably in, now, and the present has no need for its harbingers. So long, Jer...
10:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Watch North Korea's film on Kim Jong Un's Singapore trip with Trump
No, really. You gotta see this. (more…)...
10:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes charged with fraud
The game is up for folks who enjoy pointing out that Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes (and company president Sunny Balwani) inexplicably escaped serious consequences for the company's billion-dollar ...
10:03 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: Sean Rowe - Old Black Dodge
Sean Rowe travels under the radar of many a music aficionado. This is a damn shame.Playing songs from an early age, Rowe cut his musical teeth playing bass in a local band before he was even 12 year...
07:23 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Cambridge Analytica's key staffers formed a new company that's working on Trump 2020
Cambridge Analytica declared bankruptcy last month, but it's not like all its evil masterminds joined a Buddhist monastery -- they've started a new company Data Propria, helmed by Cambridge Analytica ...
07:01 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing "Between Two Ferns" returns with Jerry Seinfeld & Cardi B
The last time we saw Zach Galifianakis uncomfortably interview people on his series Between Two Ferns was in 2016 (his last guest was Hillary Clinton). This time he's got Jerry Seinfeld (with a came...
06:52 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Gifted clarinetist's prestigious scholarship sabotaged by ex-girlfriend
Eric Abramovitz is a gifted musician, who can currently be found fulfilling the role of associate principal/E flat clarinetist at the Toronto Symphony: a position that thousands of musicians around th...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Watch sand dune skiers hit the hot, dry slopes
With snowpack disappearing and desertification expanding globally, the Global Warming Riders are making the best of a bad situation and shredding some challenging dunes. (more…)...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Paul Manafort is going to jail pending trial
Lock him up. Paul Manafort is heading to jail, facing trials for bank fraud and money laundering. Today, the judge revoked his bail after being told by lawyers for Special Counsel Robert Mueller that ...
03:25 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing An Irish band's tribute to Aaron Swartz
Brian writes, "I play in band in Dublin, Ireland. In January 2017 we released an album called 'Long Gone' and on it we had a song called 'Papaya' which I wrote after watching The Internet's Own Boy. I...
03:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Stephen Colbert explains Jesus' position on ripping children from their parents to Jeff Sessions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4KaLkYxMZ8Jeff Sessions says that the Bible commands him to cruelly separate thousands of children from their parents, but Colbert -- a devout Catholic -- begs to di...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing These soccer-ball-shaped water jugs make great firestarters
Some World Cup fans who picked up AquaStar's commemorative water jugs found out the hard way that leaving them in the sun is not a good idea, as they make fire-starting magnifiers. (more…)...
02:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Eye tracking and fMRI confirm that we don't even perceive security warnings before clicking past them
A team of computer scientists, psychologists and neuroscientists used eye-tracking and fMRI to measure how users perceived security warnings, such as warnings about app permissions and browser warning...
02:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing GDP vs human thriving: a "healthy" economy means debt-haunted people, desperately searching for housing
GDP and stock market performance are the two metrics that economists (and politicians) use to measure the health of a nation's economy, and by those metrics, Trump is doing a hell of a job. (more&hell...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Nostalgic tour of an endangered institution: the model shop
Lindybeige takes viewers on a wistful tour of a Helsinki model shop while remembering the now-closed shop of his youth. (more…)...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing How these Salesforce courses can improve your job prospects
Salesforcehas reinvented the way companies manage customer information, close deals, and ultimately drive revenue, so it should come as no surprise that it's one of the more valuable skills you can li...
01:53 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Standing waves in lava on Klauea
From Klauea, where the eruption continues, now with "lava flowing unabated with standing waves."You can see them to the left of the photo here, taken by a USGS drone over the flow, and in this video:h...
01:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Danish anti-piracy lawyers stole millions from their clients, sentenced to years in prison
Johan Schlter is (was!) a Danish lawyer whose firm contracted with the Antipiratgruppen (an entertainment industry group now called RettighedsAlliancen, whose members include the MPAA) to run legal ca...
01:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Why you don't park in front of a fire hydrant
This photo, which comes courtesy of the Hamilton Township Fire Department, shows a car parked in front of a fire hydrant. The car's windows were smashed by the firefighters and a large hose threaded t...
01:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing The UN's top free speech expert just denounced the new EU copyright plan as a "potential violation of international human rights law"
David Kaye (previously) is the UN's Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression; he just released a detailed report on the catastrophic free speech implications of Article 13, the EU's proposed copyri...
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing History of Mac startup chimes
Enjoy this history of the Mac startup sound, which Apple got rid of in the 2016 MacBooks after three decades of bongggggg.Here's a video featuring just the startup sounds, complete with crash chimes...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Hear all 77 songs Weird Al covered on tour
From Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" to Alice Cooper's "School's Out," Weird Al and his band covered a different song for the encore each night for Yankovic's recent "Ridiculously Self-Indulgent,...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Can the future influence the past? The scientific case for quantum retrocausality
Quantum physics gets real weird real fast, and one idea gaining more currency of late is the concept of quantum retrocausality, where a decision made in our experience of the present may influence w...
11:16 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Vintage IBM lab coveralls on eBay
One of my eBay alerts finally pinged! A Boing Boing reader will surely become the lucky owner of these splendid IBM lab coveralls, dated to the late 1980s or thereabouts, which have a buy-it-now price...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing A LEGO Hasselblad camera
Photographer and designer Helen Sham of Taiwan has constructed a Hasselblad 503CX film camera with LEGO blocks. As if that wasn't impressive enough, it's functional. No, it doesn't take actual photos ...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Careless Whisper in the Abyss: A Wham!/Slayer mashup
I'm always surprised when these oddball mashups work, but sometimes they just do, like with this Wham! and Slayer one by YouTube mashup guy Bill McClintock called "Careless Whisper in the Abyss." (r...
09:00 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing This cowboy's motorcycle has a sidecar for his horse
I have never seen anything like this before: A motorcycle-riding cowboy in Idaho has figured out a way to bring his horse along with him... in a sidecar! https://www.instagram.com/p/BjxuopYAXVn/?tak...
12:02 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2018
BoingBoing Defense contractors already making millions off detention of immigrant kids in #TrumpsCamps
Defense contractors are making millions off the Trump administration's racist campaign to separate immigrant kids from their parents, and detain the kids separately --indefinitely-- in ad-hoc camps. W...
11:36 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing What the Bible *really* says about detaining children in immigrant camps without their parents
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will n...
11:36 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing What the Bible *really* says about tearing immigrant kids from parents
LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO ME and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will ne...
10:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Justice Dept. won't block AT&T purchase of Time Warner, mega-merger can proceed
Monopoly season is open, and Net Neutrality just died. The Justice Department will not try to stop AT&T from purchasing Time Warner, and the companies are now free to close their deal. The government ...
09:51 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing FBI Dir. Wray on Trump's FBI attacks: I'll only comment on 'opinions that matter'
Christopher Wray, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, spoke publicly about the findings of the just-concluded investigation into--among other things--James Comey's 11th-hour actions aro...
09:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Sponsor my next Little Brother novel and a short story in the Clarion Write-a-Thon
I'm in the home stretch on CRYPTO WARS, the third Little Brother novel; and making good progress on RADICALIZED, a short story about suicide bombers and US health care; you can follow my progress and ...
08:48 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Making an espresso machine from a (thoroughly scrubbed) motorbike piston
Rulof Maker used a salvaged motorcycle piston and cylinder, mounted in an Ikea lamp, to create a homebrew espresso machine, using a lever to pressurize water at temperature through a puck of coffee ...
08:32 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Tech support scammer actually caught, gets slap on wrist
Parmit Singh Brar is a telemarketeer who bilked elderly Americans out of millions by running a "calling about your Windows" tech support scam. He'll have to pay $136,000 in fines to the FTC--and may n...
08:17 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Pam Grossman talks "waking the witch," empowerment, and the magic of art on Ultraculture
My favorite witch, Pamela Grossman (who runs the art/occult blog, Phantasmaphile, the podcast, The Witch Wave, and is the author of What is a Witch) recently sat down with Jason Louv of Ultraculture t...
08:15 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Gaming: Cyberpunk 2077 looks amazing
I often live in places where the only internet connectivity I have comes from tethering to my smartphone (just like I'm doing right now). So, online multiplayer games don't hold a whole lotta joy fo...
07:48 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Watch people from different countries count paper money in myriad ways
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx3QlyeG_mII've seen people in the US count money in nearly all these ways but perhaps certain methods are dominant in different countries. In any case, the Belarusian ...
07:40 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Canadian border authorities hold citizen without charge for eight months
Look, were not all maple syrup lollipops and free healthcare up here. According to the CBC, a naturalized Canadian citizen was held against his will, without charge, for 10 months while immigration of...
07:34 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing More mammals are becoming nocturnal so they can avoid humans
As Earth's human population expands, it's harder for other mammals to avoid people during the daytime. As a result, some mammals are becoming increasingly nocturnal. Nobody knows how that shift will a...
07:01 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing The shortest commercial flight in the world is less than one minute long
Singapore Airlines just launched the longest nonstop commercial flight route in history -- 20 hours between New York City and Singapore. On the other side of the coin though is the shortest internatio...
06:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing A painful device to punish hat thieves
In 1911, inventor Frank P. Snow invented this "hat guard" to inflict a painful punishment on any creep with the gall to steal a chapeau belonging to another gentleman. From Weird Universe:A thief coul...
06:38 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Frankenbook: collective annotations on Mary Shelley's 200 year old novel "Frankenstein"
Joey from Arizona State Universitys Center for Science and the Imagination writes, "Frankenbook is a collective reading experience of the original 1818 text of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelleys Frankenstei...
06:35 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Hilarious "bad lip reading" of the NBA
I didn't bother to watch any of the NBA championship series but I was glued to the screen for this Bad Lip Reading of the 2017-2018 pro basketball season....
06:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Dank Learning: teaching a machine learning algorithm to generate memes
A physics student and an engineering student from Stanford fed 400,000 memes to a Long Short-Term Memory Recurrent Neural Network and asked it to generate more memes of its own. (more…)...
06:19 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Bubble, a new dystopian podcast sitcom!
The Maximum Fun podcast network (home to such shows as Judge John Hodgman (previously), Oh No Ross and Carrie (previously), and Sawbones) has just launched its most ambitious project to date: a scienc...
06:09 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing SON OF COCKY: a writer is trying to trademark "DRAGON SLAYER" for fantasy novels
Back in May, the romance writing community was rocked by a scandal after author Faleena Hopkins started enforcing a trademark over the common word "COCKY" in the titles of romance novels; I predicted ...
05:39 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing China mandates radio-tracking beacons in all cars
As of July 1, registering a car in China will involve registering an RFID radio-beacon that will be planted on the car in order to track its movements. (more…)...
05:04 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing The EU is about to impose Google's worst idea on all European internet users
Everyone hates Content ID, Google's $60,000,000 copyright filter for YouTube that tries to stop users from uploading copyrighted videos. (more…)...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Trippy and relaxing animated insects move to a hypnotic beat
Felix Colgrave animated this wonderful video for Nitai Hershkovits' Flyin' Bamboo. (more…)...
03:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Dog on a treadmill
If you are going through hell, keep going. Winston S. Churchill...
03:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing This indoor bike can knit a scarf in five minutes: Cyclo-Knitter
To stave off the cold and boredom of waiting at the train station, Dutch design student George Barratt-Jones made a pedal-powered knitting machine that can whip up a neck scarf in five minutes flat....
02:44 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Which American cities have lowest herd immunity due to anti-vaxxers?
Parents of Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Provo, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, Plano, Detroit, Troy, Warren, Kansas City and Pittsburgh: beware. (more…)...
02:40 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Behold the face of God
...as imagined and averaged out by 511 American Christians surveyed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.When the researchers averaged out the features on the more commonly-selected pict...
02:36 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Full time minimum wage workers can't afford the rent on a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the USA
In the US, states and cities have their own minimum wages, keyed to the local cost of living -- but every one of these minimum wages is insufficient to provide that most basic of needs: a roof over yo...
02:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing From shy to badass: 13-year-old singer compared to Janis Joplin
When 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin of Hartlepool, England took the America's Got Talent stage to audition she was visibly shy and nervous, but watch what happens when she started her performance. It's...
02:20 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Astounding t-shirt art, created by marker-wielding open source hardware plotters
Evil Mad Scientist Labs sell a bunch of cool open source hardware kits for making plotters -- basically, a very precise robot arm that draws with whatever pen or marker you screw into its grip. There'...
02:08 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Europeans killed ACTA, and we have just SIX DAYS to save the internet again!
In just six days, an EU committee will vote on the most drastic, foolish, harmful internet regulations in the history of the EU: a mass censorship and surveillance system that will fail to defend copy...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Cook sous vide meals at home with this precision cooker
Normally practiced by elite chefs, sous vide is a cooking style that involves placing food in a sealed bag or jar and heating it in a bath for hours at a time, cooking the item evenly and retaining it...
01:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing In the 1810s Mary Anning begin to unearth strange creatures near her English seaside town
In 1804, when she was 5 years old, Mary Anning began to dig in the cliffs that flanked her English seaside town. What she found amazed the scientists of her time and challenged the established view of...
12:29 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Albert Einstein's racist travel diaries
Albert Einstein's diaries reveal starkly racist sentiments well into middle age. The BBC reports that he disliked China most of all: industrious, filthy, obtuse people about whom it would be a pity if...
12:15 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Japanese woodcut artisan makes iconic David Bowie mashups
Artist Masumi Ishikawa has announced a new project to immortalize iconic David Bowie imagery in the style of ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodcuts. (more…)...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Ride this unicorn like a mechanical bull
Ladies and germs, allow me introduce you to the world's first mechanical unicorn! Jumpverhuur, a Dutch inflatable party rental company, introduced this "rodeo unicorn" to their roster last summer. I...
11:45 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Deranged candymaker creates many flavors all with one color
Greg from Lofty Pursuits used his antique candy drop roller to create Madness, his mixture of candies that all have the same red color but have many different flavors. He also demonstrates the Stroo...
11:15 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing North Korean escapee makes heartfelt plea to Trump to hold Kim Jong-un accountable for his atrocities
When Yeonmi Park was just 13 years old, after suffering inhumanely under the North Korean regime, she and her family escaped to China (and eventually to South Korea). She is now 24 years old and has...
11:07 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Raccoon climbs up side of skyscraper as world watches with baited breath, then is captured and released to wild
A raccoon in Minnesota got its 15 minutes of fame after climbing up the side of a skyscraper Tuesday. The world watched online as the adorable little trash panda scaled more than 25 stories of St. P...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Robert Longo's new sculpture is a Death Star of 40,000 bullet casings
Artist Robert Longo has created Death Star II, a stunning sphere made with a bullet for each gun death in the US. It premiered at Art Basel this week (photos below). (more…)...
10:57 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Some male models wore baby bumps on the runway at Men's Fashion Week
On Sunday at London Men's Fashion Week, Chinese designer Xander Zhou sent male models down the runway wearing prosthetic pregnancy bellies for a 2019 collection called, "New World Baby."HYPEBEAST re...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing New theme park ride induces vomiting by independently spinning on three different axes
Six Flags Great Adventure debuted their newest thrill ride Wednesday, the 7-story-high CYBORG Cyber Spin. The Jackson, New Jersey theme park claims their gyroscopic anti-gravity attraction is a firs...
04:55 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing How to design a chair that can survive an 8-story fall
The latest episode of 99 Percent Invisible is about the the 1940 Emeco 10-06 Navy Chair, made of bent aluminum and strong enough to withstand a torpedo blast.The chair was made to be relatively utilit...
04:29 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Tour of a printed circuit board factory in China
Scotty Allen is a nomadic engineer, entrepreneur, adventurer, and storyteller who lives in San Francisco and Shenzhen, China. His YouTube series, Strange Parts, is a must-watch for me. In his lates...
04:13 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing How to make a bouncing ball simulator in Python
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHQV3ifJopoChristian Thompson has a YouTube channel where he clearly explains how to write neat little game-like programs in Python. It reminds me of the fun I had writ...
01:47 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Rosemary's Baby and the era of Satanic panic
Inspired by the 50th anniversary this month of the release of Rosemary's Baby, my friend Peg Kay Aloi has written a piece on Crooked Marque on how the iconic occult horror film helped set the stage fo...
01:37 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch from a Gameboy aficionado
As an insomniac, I take my gaming seriously. When I get to a point in a cycle of sleeplessness where Im too tired to work or keep track of where I am in the book Im reading, I turn to video games to k...
01:27 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Ford Ranger murdered by boulder
I promise you, the payoff from this video is worth two minutes of your time....
01:17 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Tom Cruises healing touch, Nazi Roseanne, and Vanna Whites hooker scandal, in this weeks dubious tabloids
Flying boldly in the face of reality takes a mix of bravura and sociopathy, but this weeks tabloids manage the feat with lan.#MeToo activist and Anthony Bordains long-time girlfriend Asia Argento is p...
01:00 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing "With A Little Help From My Friends" covered on a mobile carillon
Most carillons are fixed in bell towers, but Chime Masters makes a mobile carillon, used here to play a lovely Beatles cover. (more…)...
12:58 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Trump Administration moving forward on tent cities for kids
Tent cities for migrant children separated from their parents at the border? Sure, why not.According to USA Today, the Department of Health and Human Services will be paying a visit to Fort Bliss Army...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how gross makeup looks at 1600x magnification
YouTuber Tina Yong grabbed an inexpensive digital microscopic camera and shot some extreme closeups of her makeup, to horrifying results. (more…)...
11:47 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing The Trumps: Donald is called in to see the boss. D'Oh!
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 ...
07:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Weezer perform "Africa" live with Toto's Steve Porcaro on synth
On the heels of the successful fan campaign for Weezer to cover Toto's "Africa," and the subsequent online release of the song, they performed it last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Special guest all-t...
07:05 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing These 3D-printed shapeshifting bots can crawl, jump, and catch things under magnetic control
MIT researchers designed and 3D-printed an array of soft, mechanical critters that are controlled by waving a magnet over them. The shapeshifters that fold up, crawl, grab things, and snap together ...
06:48 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing An ingenious gas-powered scooter in a suitcase
Designed by French engineer Victor Bouffort, the Suitcase Scooter sold for a whopping $245 in 1962. That's steep even with its 2.8 horsepower engine and 35 MPH speeds. Unfortunately, it was also ahead...
06:32 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing New song and video from Death Cab for Cutie: "Gold Rush"
Today my friends in Death Cab for Cutie released the first song and video from their forthcoming album, Thank You for Today. Featuring a sample from Yoko Ono's "Mindtrain," the tune is a fantastic, ...
05:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing Trump's Korean summit trailer is a template for fun
Yesterday, we shared the insane movie-style trailer President Trump used to convince North Korea's dictator to buddy up. The New York Times, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert offer their takes ...
02:13 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing Tanzania's independent websites, podcasts and video channels have gone dark as the country's new blogger tax goes into effect
As of this Friday, anyone operating an independent online presence in Tanzania will have to pay a licensing fee equivalent to an average year's wages, and submit to a harsh set of censorship rules, as...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing How Scapple helps you map great ideas together
The creative mind is a curious thing, filled with brilliant ideas but not always the conclusions to link them together. That's why writers, artists, and other imaginative minds are using Scapple to tu...
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing Win a free copy of David Graeber's 'Bullshit Jobs'
Boing Boing is proudly sponsored by David Graeber's Bullshit Jobs!Enter for a chance to win a copy of Bullshit Jobs.Is your job bullshit?David Graeber, author of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, analyzes the ...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing Ranking the most influential computer security papers ever published
Konrad Rieck has data-mined the nine top security conferences, compiling a decade-by-decade list of the papers most often cited in the presentations delivered at these events: top of the pile is Rand...
05:15 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing Rape Jokes: watch Cameron Esposito's standup special about sexual assault
I had the pleasure of meeting comedian Cameron Esposito earlier this year on the JoCo Cruise (a mind-blowingly fun geek cruise produced by Jonathan Coulton). She was the MC for a variety show one nigh...
04:57 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2018
BoingBoing Eight-year-old kills it drumming to Led Zeppelin
"My name is Yoyoka Soma. I am 8 year old Japanese drummer."In the video description she writes:My favorite drummers are John Bonham, Chris Coleman and Benny Greb.As a drummer, I enjoy being groove, ...
10:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Country Time will pay your kids' lemonade stand fines this summer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kocQvvKoyg4If your kid gets fined for running an unlicensed lemonade stand this summer, or has to pay to get a license to operate a stand, Country Time will pay the f...
07:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Fortnite Battle Royale now available on Nintendo Switch
Epic Games' fantastic Fortnite Battle Royale has launched, as anticipated, on the Nintendo Switch. Now you can dance the L on every major gaming platform but one: PC, Xbox, PS4, IOS and Switch. Andr...
07:34 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Fancy arcade game simulator cabinet inspired by Pong's design
The design of the ORIGINX wall-mounted arcade cabinet was inspired by the simple wood and yellow paint of the original Pong arcade game from 1972. The walnut and aluminum tribute is an edition of 50 a...
05:58 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Eh, too: Canadians will also suffer under the EU's proposed copyright rules
I appeared on CBC Radio's national flagship news programme As It Happens last night, talking about the EU's Article 13 proposal to use AI algorithms to spy on and judge everything posted online for po...
05:06 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing New Yorkers: DJ Spooky is launching "Phantom Dancehall" in Brooklyn on Jun 13
Lisa Rein writes, "DJ Spooky is having a record release party Wednesday night for his new Phantom Dancehall album, which utilizes samples from legendary VP Records' Greensleeves sublabel." (more&hell...
04:56 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing The weird(er) US-North Korea summit that ended with 4.5 hours of silent staring
In 1969, United Nations Command negotiator and US Maj. Gen. James B. Kapp and North Korean Maj. Gen. Ri Choon-Sun sat across the table from one another for 11.5 hours without eating or using the restr...
04:47 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Cameron Esposito's "Rape Jokes," an hour-long set free to stream, raising money for anti-sexual-violence campaigns
Cameron Esposito's one-hour long comedy special is free to stream on her site -- the perfect knife-edge balance of laughs and rage, and she's soliciting donation for RAINN, "the United States largest ...
04:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Reddit sounds the alarm: the EU internet proposal would end the net as we know it!
Reddit's management have posted a long explainer on the EU's extreme copyright proposal, which would snuff out sites like Reddit and make it impossible to start new ones. It's a great piece, and the d...
04:28 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing The first "portable" computer fit in two trailer vans and weighed 20 tons
The first electromechanical computers occupied whole buildings, making them rather unwieldy; in the 1950s, an effort to create a "portable" computer called the DYSEAC bore fruit in the form of a compu...
04:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Moby is selling his record collection to benefit an animal rights org
In April, Moby sold a slew of his vintage synthesizers to benefit the anti-animal testing organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Now he's parting with 1,000 of his vinyl records...
04:01 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing LA's high-tech, thoughtful water management is cause for cautious optimism about adapting to climate change
Southern California is almost totally dependent on Sierra snowpack and the Colorado River for its water, and both sources are endangered by climate change, even as SoCal's cycle of long droughts and c...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing This is the "movie trailer" that Trump played for Kim Jong-Un
At yesterday's Trump-Kim summit, the White House played this fake movie trailer. I wish it began with "Imagine a world.." but the actual narration is almost as good:Destiny Pictures presents a story...
03:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Feds indict Florida police chief who framed a teen for burglaries so he could boast about perfect record
Raimundo Atesiano was chief of the Biscayne Park Police Department in 2013, and he was proud to boast about his department's 100% clearance rate for burglaries -- but according to federal prosecutors ...
03:28 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Empirical evidence for the Peter Principle (or, why bosses are so incompetent)
Dr. Laurence J. Peter's 1969 "Peter Principle" holds that companies promote high-performing employees to more and more exalted managerial jobs until those employees reach a role that they're incompete...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing The EU's terrible copyright proposal will "carpet bomb" the whole world's internet with censorship and surveillance
There's one week to go until an EU committee votes on a plan to "transform the internet into a tool for surveillance and control," that will permanently cement the place of American internet giants li...
02:40 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing 70 internet pioneers to the EU: you are transforming the internet into a "tool for automated surveillance and control" SHARE THIS!
In one week, an EU committee will vote on a pair of extreme copyright proposals that will ban linking to news articles without permission, and force internet platforms to spy on all the pictures, text...
02:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Steve Martin do Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"
Steve Martin takes a walk in Michael Jackson's loafers for "The New Show," a 1984 sketch-comedy TV program from Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. The New Show only ran for one season but t...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Pay what you want for these 7 coding ebooks
Programming is one of today's most sought-after skills, but with the staggering number of tools and resources out there, figuring out where to start can be challenging for beginners. Ideal for aspirin...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Muttnchop Piper explains Netrunner, the cyberpunk card game
It's always a treat to see someone unexpected embrace tabletop gaming. I just got the Netrunner: Revised Core Set, the latest edition of the popular and surprisingly immersive cyberpunk card game orig...
11:30 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing There's now a subscription service for fancy ice pops
I don't think I'm cool enough to have these Dream Pops delivered to my house monthly, or ever.Plant-based ice cream. Packed with superfoods. Dairy, gluten and soy free. All under 100 calories with n...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design 11 - Ungodly Creature
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...
10:30 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Fine art finger painter Iris Scott talks about being "gifted"
When Brooklyn-based artist Iris Scott begins a new piece, she doesn't get out paintbrushes. Instead, she simply puts on gloves when she starts on an oil painting. Scott is a fine art finger painter....
10:18 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Congress Tracker
Jason Crane's Congress Tracker is a Glitch app that automatically collects statements (official and otherwise) made by U.S. congresspersons. The initial focus is on gun control but it could be forked ...
10:09 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Unreal Tournament for Atari 2600
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz8JepbR6d0Unreal Tournament was the multiplayer 3D shooter that stole Quake's candy, and now it's been demade to run on a toaster. Gone is the expansive virtual enrivo...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Amusing matchboxes show drunk cats in "good, embarrassing and confusing situations"
These 3-color block prints on matchboxes by Denver-based wife-and-husband team Arna Miller and Ravi Zupa are the cat's meow! The set, titled Strike Your Fancy, depicts "cats drinking at the bar and th...
09:55 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Grafx 2 is "the ultimate" 256-color pixel art app
Designed to look like something running on the Commodore Amiga but with all the modern conveniences, Grafx 2 is pitched as "The ultimate 256-color painting program."GrafX2 has a long history, with the...
09:13 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Commodore 256 under construction
Commodore made the world's most successful 8-bit personal computer, the C64, and its most iconic 16-bit one, the Commodore Amiga. But the latter was a weird, complicated, two-faced beast, dooming a ba...
08:31 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing 8-year-old drummer performs Led Zeppellin
Yoyoka Soma (YouTube) is an 8-year-old Japanese drummer.When I was a just small baby, my parents had a home studio and there were various kinds of instruments. My parents were performing music activ...
08:24 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing The baobabs are dying
Nine of thirteen "landmark" baobab trees across southern Africa abruptly died in recent years, reports Agence Presse-France. Climate change is blamed.It is definitely shocking and dramatic to experien...
04:37 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2018
BoingBoing Explainer video looks at the three most common arguments against legalizing weed
The attitude towards marijuana has changed a great deal since the days of Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign in the 1980s, which was an escalation in Nixon's war on black people. Several states i...
10:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Documentary about Robin Williams: First trailer for HBO's "Come Inside My Mind"
I could not be more thrilled that Come Inside My Mind, a documentary about the legendary Robin Williams, will air soon. Look for it on HBO starting on July 16. The film explores his extraordinary li...
09:50 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Italy gives boot to 629 desperate migrants
This past weekend, a woefully overloaded rescue ship operated by SOS Mditerrane and Mdecins Sans Frontires made its way across the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe, looking for a safe port in...
09:41 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Norwegian court orders volunteers to take down public domain court verdicts and pay copyright troll's legal bills
Hkon Wium Lie has many claims to fame -- he not only created Cascading Style Sheets, an integral part of the web, but he also was the first person to publish the laws of Norway (which are public domai...
09:27 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Kickstarting a Trump Tower Collusion Meeting commemorative coin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZjUsfrqYiAJohn writes, "My partner, Valery Estabrook, is an artist who has started a Kickstarter for a project of limited edition coins based on actual historic even...
09:19 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Spanish football app turns users into unwitting surveillance operatives
Spain's got a stiffy for football, or soccer, if you must.When a football match is on, just about everyone in the country loses their minds. TVs are gathered round, siestas are forgone, and team songs...
09:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing For sale: (1) California ghost town
Nestled between two national parks, Sequoia and Death Valley, there is a ghost town for sale. For a little under a million dollars, you could own a piece of the American West: an abandoned silver mi...
08:47 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing John Oliver updates us on the current state of the Mueller Investigation
It's been a year since the Mueller investigation began and the Trump administration and its goons have been working harder to derail it than they have on pretty much anything else, aside from creati...
06:03 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing IHOP isn't really changing it's name to IHOb, but here's what the "b" stands for
IHOP caused quite a stir last week by claiming they are changing the restaurant chain's name to IHOb. They aren't. It's (duh) a marketing stunt and the "b" stands for "burgers." From the New York Time...
04:48 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Why these libraries welcome the bat colonies that live among the books
In Portugal, there are two 18th century libraries where colonies of bats are invited to roam free. Why? They eat the insects that would otherwise munch on the pages of the books shelved there. From Sm...
02:55 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Chinese city has a "zombie walkway" for slow-walking smartphone users
The city of Xi'an in Shaanxi province has designated one of the sidewalks on Yanta Road for "phubbers" -- slow-walking smartphone users who shuffle while they read and text. (more…)...
02:50 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing The new Deep Fakes are in and they're spookily good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc5P2bvfl44SIGGRAPH is coming, when all the amazeballs graphics research drops, and the previews are terrifying and astonishing by turns (sometimes both!). (more&hell...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Here's the final installment of the podcast of Petard, about elves, Net Neutrality, and collective action
Here's the fourth and final part of my reading (MP3) of Petard (part one, part two, part three), a story from MIT Tech Review's Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling; a story inspired by, and ded...
01:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Machine learning may be most useful in tiny, embedded, offline processors
The tiny embedded processors in smart gadgets -- including much of the Internet of Shit -- are able to do a lot of sensing without exhausting their batteries, because sensing is cheap in terms of powe...
01:31 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing UK security minister proposes "Digital IDs" to enforce online civility
Ben Wallach is Theresa May's security minister; he has proposed that the UK follow China's example and require that any place providing internet access use bank-account verification to affirmatively i...
01:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Infographic: buying games vs pirating them
Back in 2010, I linked to a superb infographic showing all the ways that official DVDs were worse than their pirate equivalents (unskippable ads and FBI warnings, etc); now Dnd01 has updated the graph...
01:01 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Trump won't stop tearing up official papers so the White House archives employ a staff to tape them back together for the National Archives
Trump is notorious for his "filing system": when he is finished with a piece of paper, he tears it into tiny pieces and throws it away, which is fine if you're a CEO (maybe), but is radioactively ille...
12:47 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing British army targeted "stressed" 16-year-olds on exam-results day with Facebook recruitment ads
Every August, British 16-year-olds get their marks from the GCSE exams, a high-stakes test that has an enormous impact on their future educational and earnings prospects; on results day 2015, the Brit...
12:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Obscure video games reviewed
The Obscuritory offers in-depth reviews of games "unplayed and unknown," lost to the rapid technological changes of the 80s and 90s and the countless mutually-incompatible platforms that came and went...
12:30 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing What the world would be like if land and sea were inverted
You've likely seen maps of the earth with land and sea inverted, where Asia becomes the world's greatest ocean and the Pacific a vast, sprawling continent. But high school geography teacher John M Ada...
12:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Government costs rise when the local newspaper dies
A study (inspired by a John Oliver segment about the decline of local newspapers) looked at data from 1,266 counties and found that the loss of watchdogs leads to less efficient government. The Guardi...
12:02 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2018
BoingBoing Alternatives to Google products
Restore Privacy collects alternatives to Google products: "Its been fun Google, but its time to say goodbye." And it's not just Firefox, DuckDuckGo and Tutanota; privacy-oriented options include NextC...
05:06 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook only pretended to shut down access to friends' data in 2015, quietly continued access for its favored partners
Facebook opened up access to friends' data through its API in a bid to attract developers to its platform, but in 2015, it incurred those developers' wrath when it pulled the rug out from under them, ...
04:54 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2018
BoingBoing In 2012, Zuckerberg hosted "World Hack Moscow" and gave prizes for figuring out how to mine Facebook friends' data
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsae8f0Ajv0Mark Zuckerberg himself hosted World Hack Moscow, a hackathon in October 2012, handing the mic to Facebook product manager to Simon Cross, who walked the d...
04:43 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2018
BoingBoing The rich-poor obesity gap in kids is widening
A long time ago, obesity was often used as a shorthand for wealth, but over the decades obesity has become more and more correlated with poverty, both in culture and science (while wealth is increasin...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2018
BoingBoing This key sleeve has Tile tracking built-in so you'll never lose your keys
From your apartment door to your bike lock, it's not uncommon to carry a number of different keys on your keyring, but that doesn't make it any more bearable when you're fussing to find the right one ...
01:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2018
BoingBoing Pastry chef tries her hand at making artisanal Skittles and Kit Kats
Pastry chef and Bon Apptit's senior food editor Claire Saffitz has been reverse engineering popular candies like Kit Kats and Skittles in an effort to make her own gourmet versions. For both candies...
11:00 am PDT - Sun, June 10, 2018
BoingBoing Google Sheets' hidden Pride Easter egg
June is Pride month. What better time to spruce up your rows and columns with the colors of the rainbow?David Murphy of Lifehacker shares an oldie-but-goodie Easter egg in Google Sheets that turns the...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2018
BoingBoing How NordVPN doubles your online security
You have a right to privacy, but whether or not it's respected online is a different story. With hackers, shady third-party companies, and the government prowling the web for personal information, you...
01:36 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2018
BoingBoing To do in San Francisco: an evening with science fiction writers Ellen Klages, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, and Meg Elison
The next installment of the excellent SF in SF series is tomorrow night, June 10, starting at 630PM and featuring Ellen Klages (previously), Lucy Jane Bledsoe, and Meg Elison, moderated as always by T...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2018
BoingBoing Johnny Knoxville on every injury in his career
To promote his new film Action Point, professional jackass Johnny Knoxville made this video with Vanity Fair to share how he got every injury he's had in his career. As you can imagine, it's a painf...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, June 9, 2018
BoingBoing New Jersey town paints crosswalks in bold Pride colors
In New Jersey, four crosswalks have been permanently painted in rainbow stripes. The Maplewood Township is the first in its state to permanently honor its diverse community in this way.NJ.com report...
07:06 am PDT - Sat, June 9, 2018
BoingBoing This isn't an IKEA receipt, it's a rug that looks like an IKEA receipt
Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has been working on pieces for an upcoming IKEA collection. One of the first pieces to be unveiled is this pop-art rug that looks like an oversized shopping receipt. Deze...
01:04 am PDT - Sat, June 9, 2018
BoingBoing Weekend Tunes: Iggy & The Stooges - The Passenger
Be seeing you, Anthony....
11:54 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing I owe Anthony Bourdain so much
Ive always felt the urge to leave. Any place. No matter how beautiful. I want to go. When I was 18 and finished with high school, I attended my graduation ceremony, for the sake of my family, but I sk...
08:54 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Tiny home inspired by a lunar lander
Boat designer Kurth Hughes designed and built this far out home on the Columbia River in central Washington. It's just 250-square-feet but contains a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and dining nook with a...
08:37 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Anthony Bourdain eat at Waffle House and fucking love it
"This is better than The French Laundry, man."RIP, Anthony Bourdain....
08:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Read the 1999 Anthony Bourdain essay that started it all
Anthony Bourdain died today. He was 61.You may have seen his CNN program, or read a book, but you don't know all the world lost until you first read the New Yorker essay that set his career as a journ...
07:29 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing John Kelly's phone was hacked
NEW REPORTING CONFIRMS what previous stories speculated: chief of staff John Kelly's phone was hacked, and now they know where. They still don't know by whom, or how, or why, or what the damage was. (...
06:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Hurricane Aletta: 2018's first major Pacific storm already Category 4, no threat to land... yet
Hurricane season is on. Hurricane Aletta is now a Category 4 storm, and is the first major hurricane of the 2018 Eastern Pacific hurricane season. A second, as-yet-unnamed and still-forming storm is r...
06:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Mueller brings new charges against Manafort & Russia-Ukraine associate Konstantin Kilimnik
Special Counsel Robert Mueller today brings new charges against Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort. Also named in the Friday court filing is Manafort's longtime Russia/Ukraine business partne...
06:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Scott Pruitt had his security detail drive him to hotels in search of his favorite lotion
Most politicians are smart enough to stick their snouts in the trough when no one is looking. EPA head Scott Pruitt is one of the dumb ones. His pea-sized brain would rattle in his skull if it wasn't...
06:04 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Happy 101st birthday, Dean Martin!
Yesterday marked Dean Martin's 101st birthday. Happy birthday to the King of Cool.Fabled performer Dean Martin was born on June 7, 1917. Mr. Martin passed away on December 25th, 1995. I've never enj...
05:50 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Video of a tornado so beautifully perfect it seems unreal
This video was captured on Wednesday in Laramie, Wyoming. If I had a TV channel, I'd love to broadcast this. Wonder if anyone would mind. (Live Storms Media)...
05:32 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Why do cosmonauts piss on a wheel of the bus transporting them to the launch pad?
Apparently it's a tradition for cosmonauts to urinate on the rear right tires of the bus transporting them to the launch pad. Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev reportedly did just that Wednesday befo...
05:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Life's building blocks discovered on Mars
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has dug up organic molecules, the raw building blocks of life. The robot drilled out the organic carbon samples from 3-billion-year-old sediments in Marss Gale Crater that ...
05:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Stewart Brand on the Whole Earth Catalogs legacy over 50 years
https://youtu.be/tCRI22ewnY4Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Catalog was hugely influential on my life. I saw a copy when I was about 10 years old and it was a portal to a mind-blowing new world of possibi...
04:43 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Enjoy 10 hours of life under the sea
No narration, no chyrons, no ads. Just a 10-hour loop of sea creatures living their lives in a world that seems light years away.[via Kottke]...
04:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing It's becoming much cheaper to suck carbon dioxide from the air
In 2011 the American Physical Society estimated the cost of pulling a tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere to be $600. A new study, based on the analysis of a pilot CO2-extraction plant that's been in ope...
04:29 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing This weeks tabloids! With extra exclamation points!!
Its extraordinary! Exclamation points are flying in this weeks tabloids like theyre going out of style!Ellen Storms Out! RFK Junior Confronts Dads Killer! Taliban Targets Harry & Meghan! Harrys Secret...
04:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing The BBC warns that new EU copyright rule will break the internet
The BBC has weighed in on the debate over Article 13, a controversial last-minute addition to the EU's new Copyright Directive that will be voted on in 12 days; under Article 13, European sites will h...
04:20 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Street interviews: what Chinese think of white foreigners
Asian Boss, a YouTube channel that features person-in-the-street interviews around Asia on different topics, went to Shanghai to ask people about what they thought of white foreigners living in Chin...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Fight for what's right with these 19 ethical hacking courses
It might sound counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to bring down a hacker is with another hacker. Commonly known as "white hats," or ethical hackers, these professionals use a cybercriminal's t...
01:50 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Tardigrades can live for decades
Under normal circumstances, Tardigrades (previously) live a couple of years. But when they go into cryptobiosis in response to environmental adversity, they can wait it out for decades. McInnes once ...
01:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing 3D printing arbitrary shapes without sprues, by embedding them in 3D-printed clear plastic
3D printing complex shapes is hard; the additive nature of most 3D printing means that the printer has to create sprues (struts that support parts of the structure during printing, which have to be re...
01:18 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Anti-piracy group's study reveals that pirates are mostly people who couldn't afford, find, or use a commercial version
Muso is a London-based anti-piracy contractor, helping big entertainment companies conduct surveillance and legal threats against online infringers; in a new CitizenMe study they commissioned, 1,000 B...
01:07 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Towards a theory of theomorphic religious robots
Gabriele Trovato is an Italian human-computer interaction researcher at Tokyo's Waseda University; along with colleagues from Peru's Pontificia Universidad Catlica, he presented Design Strategies for ...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Watch 3,000 insect specimen photos turned into a stunning animation
In 2004, Paul Bush released When Darwin Sleeps, 3,000 digital stills of insects in the Walter Linsenmaier in the Lucerne Nature Museum. They flash by so quickly they feel animated, or as if evolutio...
12:42 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing How the Grenfell fire spread
Dozens of people were killed and injured when London's Grenfell Tower went up in flames last year. The fire spread under dangerous ornamental cladding designed to make the aging structure, which lacke...
12:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Trombonist with a loop pedal
There's a surreal quality to Trombonist John Sipher's use of a loop pedal, as performed for Colorado Public Radio, complete with beatboxing and layered brassy arpeggios....
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Honest Trailers roasts every Christopher Nolan movie ever
Well, not really a roast, but a warm light chafing, perhaps. (more…)...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Dan Harmon weighs in on Rick & Morty's most viral moments
What's Dan Harmon's secret to creating viral moments in cult hits like Rick & Morty? He and co-creator Justin Roiland have license to "take this really dumb thing incredibly seriously." (more&he...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2018
BoingBoing Watch these guys surf slush waves in subzero weather
This year's snow cyclone led to an ocean phenomenon called slush waves, or slurpee waves. A few hardy souls decided to try to surf them. (more…)...
11:25 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing #NetNeutrality: 49 Senators urge Ryan to schedule House vote before protections expire
In Washington today, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan received a letter signed by 47 Senate Democrats and two independents calling on him to schedule a vote to keep Net Neutrality rules active. Under Trum...
11:13 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Google promises no more use of its artificial intelligence tech in weapons
Alphabet, Google's parent company, promises not to allow use of its artificial intelligence technology in weapons and in certain forms of surveillance. (more…)...
08:59 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this teen drummer show her amazing skills on a Van Halen cover
Covering Alex Van Halen's drumming on "Hot for Teacher" has become its own YouTube genre, but few have nailed it as well as 13-year-old Mia Morris. (more…)...
08:20 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing I'm a big fan of this inexpensive little fan
I was recently asked by USA Today's technology site, Reviewed.com, to sort out a feature on the best rechargeable batteries. I called in a ton of the things, in a number of sizes, and got down to test...
08:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing On June 20, an EU committee will vote on an apocalyptically stupid, internet-destroying copyright proposal that'll censor everything from Tinder profiles to Wikipedia (SHARE THIS!)
The European Union is updating its 2001 Copyright Directive, with a key committee vote coming up on June 20 or 21; on GDPR day, a rogue MEP jammed a mass censorship proposal into the draft that is lit...
07:09 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Passing plane pummels people with poop
My nation, Canada, is a land of endless bounty. Yesterday, it provided us with a feral peacock infestation. Today? A case of pinkeye allegedly caused by poo raining down from the sky.Susan Allen of Ke...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Good deal on Anker's bluetooth body scale
The eufy body scale, made by Anker, has a bluetooth radio to store your weight in your Google Fit, Fitbit, or Apple Health account. It also records body fat, bone mass, and muscle mass, but I think ho...
06:38 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Sacramento driver throws incredible fit of road rage
A gentleman turned his SUV into a battering ram, repeatedly bashing another car. Eventually exiting his vehicle to climb atop the target of his anger, the rage filled driver slips and is apprehende...
06:19 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Beautiful gardens in the back of Japanese mini pickup trucks
The Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors' Kei Truck Garden Contest challenges people to transform the beds of their miniature pickup trucks into lovely mobile gardens. From Spoon & Tamago:Other t...
06:08 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Adam Savage brings the mayhem with a 1,000-shot Nerf gun mod
You know what's better than a Nerf blaster that can whip out 100 rounds of fun in rapid succession? One that can handle 1,000 rounds! In his latest One Day Build for Tested, Adam Savage shows you ho...
06:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Jerry Maren, the last of the Wizard of Oz "munchkins," RIP
Jerry Maren, the last of the living munchkins from the Wizard of Oz (1939), has died at age 98. Maren, who was 18-years-old at the time of the film, was a member of the "Lollipop Guild." After the Wiz...
05:47 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Oregon has twice as many weed shops as liquor stores and the regulators are overwhelmed
Oregonians love their weed. So much so that it has 564 recreational dispensaries, over twice the number of liquor stores in the state (266). The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, overwhelmed with lice...
05:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Breathtaking photos of sea monsters emerging from the waves
Rachael Talibart's breathtaking "Sirens" photo series pareidolically reveals the fantastic mythical beasts hidden in the ocean waves. From Tailbart's gallery page at the Sony World Photography Awards ...
05:27 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Movie star automobiles go on a field trip together
At first I was disappointed that the Mystery Machine and Knight 2000 weren't invited but then I realized they were probably on a separate TV star car field trip.All of these iconic autos and many more...
05:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing South Koreans explain how they get around government porn censorship
When a South Korean tries to visit a porn site, they will discover that the government's National Police Agency Cyber Bureau has blocked it. In this Asian Boss video of street interviews, people exp...
05:19 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Bear investigates police officers loitering on the side of the road
This bear smartly checked out a couple cops suspiciously loitering in their car on the side of the road. Reportedly the officers were just eating their lunch. This time....
04:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Microsoft is running an undersea data center to keep it cool
Microsoft has submerged an entire data center 100 feet below the surface of the ocean near the UKs Orkney islands. It is powered by wind, solar, and tidal sources, and will be keep cool by using the...
04:50 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Floor-mat tycoon buys world's most expensive car - a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO for $70 million
David MacNeil, the founder and CEO of a company that makes floor mats, just bought a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO for $70 million, making it the most expensive car in the world. Only 39 Ferrari 250 GTOs were ...
04:38 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Pruitt tried to illegally get a Chick-fil-A restaurant for his wife because "it is a franchise of faith"
The video below makes it clear that EPA head Scott Pruitt has learned from his boss how to defend himself when people call him out for breaking laws and wasting extravagant sums of taxpayer money -- m...
03:10 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Of Dog's Breakfasts, Article 13, and Mythbusting
It's enough to look at the recent text being discussed in the European Parliament under Rapporteur MEP Axel Voss in the lead JURI (legal affairs) committee: it's a barely literate hodge-podge of incho...
03:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing This kitesurfing film feels like taking a ten-minute vacation
Bucking the trend of non-stop adrenaline-fueled aesthetics, this short film about a kitesurfing adventure in Rugged Point Marine Provincial Park takes time to appreciate the stunning beauty of the V...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Shore up your emergency kit with these military-grade flashlights
Accidents are going to happen, and chances are you won't be able to see them coming. That's why having an emergency kit is vital for bailing you out of any trouble that comes your way. However, these ...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Gentleman sends a million volts through his phone with impressive results
When Nokia re-released the classic 3310 mobile phone, they probably didn't think someone would send a million volts through it. The shocking part is that it still worked. (more…)...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Very short films about very small sculptures made from scraps
Lydia Ricci's From Scraps project repurposes bits of refuse into tiny sculptures of objects that have often fallen out of wide use. She also made some very short films with some of the objects: (more&...
11:41 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing China's pervasive "social credit" scheme is still in development, but already profoundly shaping public behavior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHcTKWiZ8sISince its first stirrings in 2015, the Chinese social credit schemes have sprouted a confusing and frightening garden of strange growths, from spraying and...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Crayfish amputates its own claw to avoid being boiled to death in restaurant hotpot
In a video that's gone viral worldwide, watch as a crayfish at a restaurant in China escapes a pot of boiling water by severing off a claw and then scurrying away. The Washington Post reports:Weibo ...
09:00 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing For your special day: A pizza bouquet and boutonniere
We've seen donut bouquets before but now an East Coast-based pizza chain has taken this trend to the next logistical step with their Pizza Bouquet and Boutonniere. This cheesy set isn't for sale thoug...
08:39 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Freshly severed snake head attacks man who decapitated its body
Texas tip: when you decapitate a snake with a shovel, wait a while before picking up the head. A snake's bite reflex can be triggered up to several hours after it has died. Ms Sutcliffe told KIII-TV h...
08:00 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing IHOP appears to be changing its name to IHOb
An unusual set of tweets from the official IHOP account suggests that the pancake house chain is going to be changing their name to IHOb. They haven't revealed what the "b" stands for but will on Mond...
07:58 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Smooth Criminal with every other beat removed
This bizarre masterpiece is the pinnacle of a new trend in music editing (compare to speed-ups and major-minor key swaps): "Gonna send you back your Nintendo. In your apartment blood stained carpet....
12:48 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing The story behind that 'Smoked a flying drone bong' marijuana viral video
The human mind is capable of such great creativity when the rewards are dank. (more…)...
12:03 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2018
BoingBoing Marijuana: Warren/Gardner legalization bill would let each state 'determine for itself'
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced today that she will hold a press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill to unveil a marijuana legalization bill she is co-sponsoring with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO). (mo...
11:51 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Cambridge Analytica: Director 'met Assange to discuss U.S. election', channelled $ to WikiLeaks
A former executive from the data-mining dark operator Cambridge Analytica 'visited Julian Assange in February last year and told friends it was to discuss what happened during the US election,' the Gu...
10:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump
Incredibly Interesting Authors: RSS | iTunes | Download this episode | Email | Android Please rate or review Incredibly Interesting Authors on iTunes.How did Trump manage to become president of the Un...
10:21 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Stormy sues again, Avenatti leaks secret Cohen texts of Trump sex affair quash plot
Brace yourself for abundant Avenatti on the telly. (more…)...
08:35 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing California voters fire the judge who sentenced rapist Brock Turner to six months
Voters elected to recall Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who held the position since 2003. In 2016 Persky sentenced Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in pris...
08:15 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing The boy's club that is the U.N. General Assembly has chosen a woman to lead them
The United Nations General Assembly has a new President: Ecuadors Foreign Minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces. Every year, the U.N. votes to choose a new ramrod for its General Assembly. Potentia...
07:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Feral Peacocks terrorize Canadian neighborhood
Youve likely heard of Vancouver, British Columbia. Surrey? Maybe not: its a city in its own right and a part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Surreys got an unfortunate reputation for crime...
07:18 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Dig this amazing South African spoon-in-mouth slide guitarist
Thanks to the always-excellent Instagram feed of intrepid musicologists Dust To Digital for introducing me to guitarist Hannes Coetzee of South Africa's Karoo region. His spoon-in-mouth slide guitar...
07:05 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Nick Cave narrates The Cat Piano and it's, predictably, both horrific and sublime
In this 2009 short film, Nick Cave plays the part of a writer, who resides in a city populated entirely by cats. Yep, that's weird, but it's Nick Cave, so it works.When a madman starts snatching up ...
06:16 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Why these scientists are teaching robots to give good hugs
Five years ago, my artist/engineer pal Kal Spelletich drew at crowd at an Institute for the Future conference by demonstrating his "Huggerer," a pneumatic robot that delivers free hugs. Now robot hu...
05:38 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Absolutely insane video of car driving backwards on highway and busy roads
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) posted this video of a batshit driver near Canal Winchester, Ohio. Amazingly, there were no collisions. "Don't be that driver," says ODOT....
05:27 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Dentists can smell fear and it may impair their performance
New research suggests that dentists may unconsciously smell fear and that their patients' anxiety can hurt their performance. How did the scientists control for the fact that a patient's anxiety in th...
05:15 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Mermaid or beluga whale?
According to the excellent wunderkammer of Twitter accounts, We Like To Learn, "Throughout history, sailors have mistaken Beluga Wales for mermaids because of their human-like knees."(via Daily Grail)...
05:11 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Owning a pet raccoon sounds like an exhausting pain in the ass
Even if you live in an area where keeping a raccoon as a pet is totally cool, a raccoon is a wild animal that shouldn't be kept as a pet. They've got needs, habits and instincts which, even if you w...
04:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Zip Slip: a sneaky way to install malware using zip and other packing utilities
Packing files into archives like zips, tars, jars, wars, cpios, apks, rars and 7zs is a common way to keep important files and filesystem structures together when sharing them; it's also a source of ...
04:15 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Turning the NSA's vintage internal security posters into t-shirts
Techdirt is in the throes of a two-part revelation: 1. the US government's works are public domain and can be freely commercialized, and; 2. many of the weird things that spy agencies make can be turn...
02:42 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Sneakers made from Amsterdammers' used bubble-gum
https://youtu.be/f155BH2MErEGumshoe sneakers are made with rubber derived in part from gum chewed by residents of Amsterdam, made jointly with Gumdrop, whose gum recycling bins are used to collect ...
02:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Brain-aching list of counterintuitive probability riddles
In 2017, Leila asked Stack Exchange for suggestions for counterintuitive probability riddles for a course on probability; the assembled list is a brain-aching adventure in Monty Hall problems, neighbo...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Certify your Excel skills with this bundle
Microsoft Excel is undoubtedly one of the most important tools in any business environment, and it's home to a myriad of time-saving tools and functions that can dramatically improve your efficiencyif...
01:58 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing UPS Teamsters ready to stage America's biggest strike since 1997, with solidarity as the main sticking point
Unionized UPS Teamsters -- 260,000 of them -- are set to strike in the biggest American strike since UPS's unionized drivers walked out in 1997. (more…)...
01:44 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing New Vpnfilter analysis: modules attack router owners and target industrial control systems; reinfection still possible, more routers vulnerable
Vpnfilter is the malicious software that targets home routers, thought to be the work of Russian state-affiliated hacker group Fancy Bear, that raised alarm last month on the revelation that it had in...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Boo To You
https://youtu.be/YFj9pFfmI1MTheres a video thats been hanging around on the internet for the last few years and it popped up on my Facebook feed not long ago. I hadnt seen it before, and its intriguin...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing National Geographic's plastics issue is a huge wake-up call
This video accompanies National Geographic's terrific reporting on the global plastic waste crisis. it shows how America became a plastic-addicted throwaway culture, and how the earth is now paying ...
11:23 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Exclusive preview: Brian Wood's Sword Daughter
The Forty Swords arrive at night and, under the cover of darkness, murder an entire village. Only two people survive the slaughter: the infant Elsbeth and her grief-stricken father, Dag, who slips int...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Sneaking Pot into Disneyland with Shel Silverstein
Ethan Persoff is currently working on a daily comic book/audio series called The Bureau.Scott Marshall is currently working on a comics adaptation of Nietzsche's Zarathustra....
10:00 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Here's how the Hawai'ian Islands formed
Scientific American created this helpful explainer of how the chain of Hawai'ian Islands formed. The tectonic plate is moving northwest over a magma hot spot in the earth's mantle. In fact, there's ...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Doug, Everything Bagel, Eastworld, & MORE!
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 ...
08:14 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Salad Cream renamed
The Heinz condiment Salad Cream—a homogenous beige slime similar to Miracle Whip that has become a traditional staple of British home cuisine—is to be renamed Sandwich Cream to keep with t...
08:00 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Crayola now has a line of gender-fluid makeup
I'm not making this up: Crayola is making makeup.Yep, in a partnership with young adult retail brand ASOS, Crayola now has a line of 58 vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, which includes "face cra...
07:42 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Foster an Orphan Elephant
Just over two years ago I posted a video here titled I Will Always Remember You. Among the many pieces Ive done for Boing Boing both before and after, it remains the piece most read, and the video mos...
01:41 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Judge to EPA: you are legally required to turn over Pruitt's documentary evidence for climate denial
Embattled EPA Director Scott Pruitt went on national TV to announce on behalf of the US government that "I would not agree [CO2 is] a primary contributor to the global warming that we see... Theres a ...
01:26 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing John Perry Barlow's memoir, finished weeks before his death, is out
EFF co-founder, Grateful Dead lyricist and mayor of the internet John Perry Barlow died in February and left an unfillable hole. (more…)...
12:14 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2018
BoingBoing Fugitive wanted for attempted murder found at White House, where he worked for National Security Council
Pretty logical place to hide, if you ask me.Secret Service agents grabbed Martese Maurice Edwards today when he showed up for work at the White House, where he worked as a private contractor for the W...
11:54 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing MyHeritage leaks data of 92 million who use the genealogy and family tree website
A security breach affected the MyHeritage website, and leaked the personal information of over 92 million users, the Israeli company said Tuesday. (more…)...
11:28 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Rot the eyes right out of your head with this collection of 60 free Film Noir classics
I've been hooked on hard-boiled crime novels and Film Noir since I picked up my first copy (there have been many) of Dashiel Hammett's Red Harvest back in the mid-1990s. It's bleak, entertaining stuff...
11:23 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing This man is swimming across the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness about plastic pollution
Some people are more committed to a cause than others. Ben Lecomte? Hes one of those. In an effort to highlight the stunning amount of damage humanity is doing to the worlds oceans and generate awaren...
11:19 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook gave user data to 'at least 4 Chinese companies,' including tech giant ID'd as security threat by U.S. intel
Despite Mark Zuckerberg's internal war on transparency, the Facebook data abuse reveals just keep on coming. (more…)...
08:10 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a vinyl record spin so fast it disintegrates
Playing a vinyl album at 45 or 78 instead of 33.33 is always fun, but what happens at several thousand times that rpm? Let's just say it's record-shattering. (more…)...
07:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this terrific paper animation of a Japanese monster battle
Shinrashinge created this fantastic one-shot animation entirely out of paper. Below is another classic. (via Waxy)# # pic.twitter.com/4EHKa1AEbm— (@shin___geki) January 16, 2016...
07:46 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Watch Elemental, where beautiful ocean photos become stunning cinemagraphs
Water & Light contains astonishing images of waves. Last year, Armand Dijcks turned some of Ray Collins' shots into cinemagraphs. The two collaborated again in Elemental, a languid meditation on...
07:37 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Cutlery from 2001: A Space Odyssey is available on Amazon
In 1957, Danish architect Arne Jacobson designed a exquisite set of minimalist cutlery that Stanley Kubrick personally selected as the flatware aboard the Discovery One in 2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968...
06:56 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Brian De Palma is making a "horror film" inspired by Harvey Weinstein's downfall
Brian De Palma is writing a horror film" inspired by the downfall of Harvey Weinstein. The movie is about a sexual aggressor" and takes place "within the context of sexual harassment in Hollywood," he...
06:44 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Just look at this manually pixellated banana and apple
Tokyo based artist Yuni Yoshida created her Layered series by manually cutting out cubed "pixels" of foods that recreate the gestalt of the original. (more…)...
05:40 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing This is how you dance (without moving)
YouTuber Ryan Higa admits that he can't dance. When one of his viewers asked if he could dance without moving, he put together this amazing stop-motion video with his friends. This is how it was mad...
05:27 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Who won the horse race? Bofa. Bofa Deez Nutz.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JohY2YBRkgQA horse named Bofa Deez Nutz won its first victory on Friday at Oklahoma City's Remington Park. You'll note that the race caller is a master at his craft. Me...
05:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Gender creative kid mocked by James Woods named Pride Parade Grand Marshal
Last year, C.J. Duron and parents attended O.C. Pride, prompting various trolls to mock the family online. This year, C.J. is the youngest grand marshal in Pride Months 48-year history. (more…)...
05:20 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing How much is your body worth?
From a chemistry standpoint, your body isn't worth a lot, but from an organ standpoint, it can be. AsapSCIENCE does the back-of-the-envelope calculations.It turns out the question comprises a subgen...
05:16 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Redditor claims Chinese border guards installed malware on his phone
BigTyPB: "I saw the installation process, an icon appear on the home screen, the police ran the application and then the icon hid itself. Not sure if it rooted my phone or what. I know something was r...
05:04 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Facebook is the hub of the global trade in endangered species: can securities law be used to force the company into action?
Stephen Kohn, a highpowered whistleblower lawyer (he repped both Linda Tripp and the UBS Leaks whistleblower) showed Wired his heretofore confidential SEC complaint against Facebook, which details the...
05:04 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing What inspired the Hamilton stage "turntables"
If you've seen Hamilton (and I haven't, not live anyway... I've only seen a bootleg on YouTube of it), you've probably marveled at its incredible stage and how they used it to propel the story. I was ...
05:03 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Watch a great primer on the physics of skateboarding
Dianna Cowern, aka YouTube's Physics Girl, recruited skateboarding legend Rodney Mullen and a couple of friends with a high-speed camera for this look at the physics of skateboarding. (more…)...
05:02 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing "Be yourself. Unless 'yourself' is an asshole": David Sedaris delivers Oberlin's commencement speech
Last Monday, David Sedaris was granted an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Oberlin College in Ohio. Then, he gave the keynote address for the school's 2018 commencement ceremony. It was, of cour...
05:01 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this hilarious dismantling of Jordan Peterson's philosophical woo
Natalie Wynn, creator of the Contrapoints YouTube channel, is a lapsed academic well-versed in the lingo of both 4chan and Tumblr, making her the perfect person to construct an entertaining takedown...
04:59 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Little Bighorn's victors on the bravest man they fought
In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll explore some more curiosities and unanswered questions from Greg's research, including a misplaced elephant, a momentous biscuit failure, a ...
04:54 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Watch the huge drone lightshow that just broke the world record
Intel and Chinese tech firm Ehang UAV have been locked in a battle over the world record for largest drone lightshow, and Ehang recently took the lead with 1,374 drones as voxels.Here's a behind-the...
04:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Meat-scented candles
With Father's Day around the corner, the folks behind A.1. Sauce have rolled out (what they consider to be) the greatest gift for dad's ever: meat-scented candles. The three "meat scents" are Burger,...
04:45 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Brilliant new photography book captures the American West's vanishing signs and symbols
Vanishing Vernacular: Western Landmarks collects Steve Fitch's important photographic record of iconic imagery in the western United States: hotel neon, drive-in movie theaters, even ancient petroglyp...
04:44 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Remarkably detailed tiny sculptures on the tips of pencils
Artist Salavat Fidai creates all sorts of cool art, but his work sculpting the tips of pencils really stands out as an impressive achievement. (more…)...
04:33 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing For more than a decade, Facebook shared your friends' data and other sensitive info with phone makers, even after they claimed not to (they're still doing it)
From 2007 onward, Facebook created dozens of data-sharing arrangements with mobile phone vendors that let them raid your friends' personal information as well as your own, in arrangements that are sti...
04:11 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Bayer and Monsanto merge into a new company called "Bayer" because Nazis have a better reputation than Big Ag
The $63 billion takeover of Monsanto by Bayer prompted a thorny branding question: what to call the new company? The company's management has announced its decision: the new company will be called "Ba...
03:40 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Canadian "Road Rage"
Wherein a motorcyclist strikes a vehicle in Canada. Polite apologies and handshakes ensue....
03:21 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Sealing wax is easy to use and makes snail mail fun
Sealing wax is fun to play with. This weekend my daughter and I had a blast learning to use my signet ring to seal envelopes.We ordered this 230 bead sealing wax kit last week, to fancy up some lett...
02:43 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing How to vote strategically in the Ontario election
There's only two days to go until the Ontario election, which pits a know-nothing, far-right, failed businessman born with a silver spoon in his mouth (who is too cowardly to talk to a real reporter s...
02:32 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing This viral campaign video for a progressive New York Democratic primary challenger cost less than $10K and spread like wildfire
https://youtu.be/rq3QXIVR0bsAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a community organizer from the Bronx who is challenging New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley for the party nomination; she's a Bernie Sanders-...
02:18 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing It's really easy to steal your cellphone number, and that's a gateway to stealing everything else
Consumer Reports covers cellphone identity theft, which includes taking out cellphone accounts in your name and using them to establish credit that can be leveraged to get credit-cards and loans in yo...
02:01 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Terminal breast cancer "cured" by injecting patient with billions of her own white blood cells
Researchers at the US National Cancer Institute have reported in on an experimental breast cancer therapy that achieved remarkable results, rehabilitating Judy Perkins from the brink of death (she had...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing How to tidy up your Mac's storage with CleanMyMac 3
Apple might produce some of the most advanced computers on the market, but like all devices, they too accumulate clutter and can slow down over time. Whether your Mac is weighed down by duplicate phot...
11:15 am PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing X-Men: Grand Design 10 - A Tolerable Life
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...
02:59 am PDT - Tue, June 5, 2018
BoingBoing Rob Ford's brother is running for Ontario Premier, but Rob Ford's widow is suing him for stealing millions from the family
Rob Ford was Toronto's laughable, deplorable crack-addict mayor; his brother is a far-right Trump figure, running for Premier of Ontario (having stolen the party leadership through dirty tricks), who ...
08:58 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Actually, Solo is good
Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest Star Wars feature film and Disney's fourth, offers something new even as it stays connected to the old. I have a few gripes, but Solo is a nice side chapter to the ...
08:55 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Mozilla announces $225,000 in grants for "artwork and advocacy exploring AI"
Kevin from Mozilla writes, "In a world where biased algorithms, skewed data sets, and broken recommendation engines can radicalize YouTube users, promote racism, and spread fake news, its more importa...
08:22 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Hypnotic film of iridescent crystals growing
In Lattice, artist Maria Constanza Ferreira filmed microscopic crystals growing in a lab, then animated them into a mesmerizing work of art. (more…)...
08:22 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Jimmy Fallon surprised Parkland high school grads by speaking at their commencement ceremony
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's class of 2018 got a surprise visit from late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon on Sunday. He took the stage at their graduation ceremony to deliver a humorous ...
08:07 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing "Originality" is just filing the serial numbers off of others' contributions to your ideas
Alex from Copy-Me writes, "Copy-Me's got a fresh video out on the myths behind the way we process and arrive at 'fully formed' ideas. Minds do not operate differently for different people. Minds do ...
06:51 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Kilauea's new lava flow can be seen from space
The small but bright fissure at the left edge of Kilauea's lava field can already be seen from space via infrared imaging, but it's dwarfed by the magnitude of previously existing flows. (more…...
06:25 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Great deal on a 36-pack of Sharpie markers -- $11
Amazon is selling Sharpies at a great price today: 36 for $11. (Does anyone know how long an unopened Sharpie lasts?)...
06:02 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Art opening delayed after rotting fish artwork catches fire
In 1997, South Korean artist Lee Bul's "Majestic Splendor," an installation of bedazzled rotting fish, was removed from New York's MoMA because the stink was too much for visitors. To prevent the odor...
05:56 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch delicate skins of foods treated in ways to make human skin crawl
Aaron Tilley's Thin Skinned is an evocative and slightly unsettling short depicting foods with delicate skins undergoing various torments. It's kind of sensual and kind of disturbing at once. (more&...
05:56 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing New trailer for Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet"
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwaks video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet -- which may or may not survive Ralphs wre...
05:54 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Report: almost 25% of Tesla Motors Model 3 pre-orders have been refunded
Well, this should soften Elon Musks opinions about journalism: According to Engadget, Musks electric car-making baby, Tesla Motors, has had to return almost one quarter of the pre-order money it recei...
05:48 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Woody Allen: "I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement."
During an interview for an Argentinian news program, Woody Allen declared: "I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement. Because I have worked in movies for 50 years. I've worked with hundreds ...
05:47 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing America: where rising productivity means longer working hours
In most countries, rising productivity means fewer working hours: but US workers, among the world's most productive, put longer hours than other rich-country workers, especially nordic workers -- if A...
05:44 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing The Right Stuff: Adam Savage and astronaut Jim Newman talk with Ariel Waldman
On Tested's Offworld, Boing Boing pals Ariel Waldman and Adam Savage talk with astronaut Jim Newman about the 1983 film The Right Stuff, early NASA missions, and how "astronaut culture" has changed ...
05:37 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing How do we fix IoT security without blocking interoperability and creating monopolies?
Jonathan Zittrain (previously) writes, "Theres reason to worry about security for the ever-growing Internet of Things, and itll be tempting to encourage vendors to solely control their devices that mu...
05:25 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Bavaria says its mandatory crosses aren't religious, so there should be no problem hanging them upside-down, right?
Bavaria's far-right, Islamophobic government enacted its Kreuzpflicht ("cross obligation") law, which mandates that every government building must display a Christian cross, and finessed this violatio...
05:11 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Scandinavian metal cover of Toto's "Africa"
Since everyone's doing posts about their favorite cover of Toto's "Africa," here's my frontrunner, because it's very Norwegian: metal and ironic and funny all at once. (more…)...
05:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Casual badassery abounds in this amazing skiing video
No big deal, just a short video of just some dude sliding down the side of a mountain, hydroplaning over glacial waters and then backflipping onto a chunk of ice.Please, continue with your day....
05:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Ugears: beautiful, steampunkular geared wooden puzzle-toys
Ugears makes gorgeous wooden puzzle toys made from laser-cut plywood that snap-fits to create beautiful, retro machines and sculptures with meshing, working geared mechanisms. (more…)...
05:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Faked video gets much better
Researchers have developed a generative neural network to make fake videos of talking heads. It's getting a lot harder to tell the difference between real and deep fakes.We present a novel approach ...
05:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Inflatable delights abound at the Exploratorium in San Francisco
This summer, San Francisco's Exploratorium is hosting an exhibit called Inflatable, featuring air-filled works by several artists. (more…)...
04:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Ebola keeps on keeping on
Hey gang, let's talk Ebola: Everyone's favorite viral boogeyman.Over the weekend, the AFP News Agency reported that health professionals in the Democratic Republic of Congo have uncovered five new con...
04:58 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Mass protests against IMF austerity force Jordan's Prime Minister to resign
Jordan is broke, thanks to falling tax revenues due to tax avoidance and low taxes on the super-rich, and the country is seeking to bridge the gap in its finances by borrowing from the International M...
04:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch PancakeBot 3D print a flapjack dinosaur
PancakeBot 3D prints (somewhat) edible griddlecakes from your own design, or from a library of present options like the Eiffel Tower or a T. rex. (more…)...
04:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Laramie, Wyoming Sheriffs' department blocks public records requests for their prison phone monopoly deal
Every crappy thing in the world is beta-tested on people who have little or no power, perfected, and brought to the rest of us -- CCTV starts with prisoners, moves to mental institutions, then to scho...
04:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing A couple of bros posing in front of a shiny car get windshield smashed for stopping traffic
What do you think -- was this a staged incident involving three douchebags, or a real incident involving two douchebags and one asshole with a bat?UPDATE: Jalopnik says it was faked: How do we know?...
04:07 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing FBI agent accidentally shoots patron while dancing at a crowded bar
An FBI agent was showing off his dance moves at a Denver bar on Saturday, but when he did a backflip, his gun flew out of his holster. When he grabbed it off the ground, it fired into the crowd that...
02:52 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Using saccade-tracking to trick VR users into walking in circles, giving the illusion of "infinite walking"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDk4HrEtGrM&feature=youtu.be"Saccades" are the phenomenon where your eyes flick momentarily from one place to another; during saccades, you don't consciously register...
02:38 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Lecture videos from MIT's "The Human Brain" undergrad course
https://youtu.be/i1pdQjdAndcMIT 9.11, "The Human Brain," is taught by Nancy Kanwisher, the Walther A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, ...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Sentimental coal-miners carried canary resuscitators to revive their feathered lifesavers
This Canary Resuscitator was manufactured in the 1920s by Siebe Gorman and Co.; it was carried by miners to revive the canaries that were used from the late 19th century until 1987(!) as early-warning...
02:06 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Big Tech has established a "kill zone" of business ideas that startups can't get funded to try
In 2014, the Economist described a "Cambrian explosion" of tech startups trying every conceivable idea in every conceivable variation, competing to find better ways to deliver better services at lower...
01:43 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Vintage internal security posters, pried loose from the NSA's archives
Government Attic used the Freedom of Information Act to force the NSA to cough up its "old security posters from the 1950s and 1960s"; after two years' delay, the NSA finally delivered 139 pages' wort...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Animated short 'Tend' explores fatherhood and priorities
Just in time for Father's Day, here's a sweet animated film Tend, about a father who becomes too focused on tending a fire, at the expense of his young daughter. (more…)...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch these dancers do their thing dressed head to toe in mirrors
esko Slovensko M Talent is the Czech-Slovak version of the popular talent show franchise, and they had a family of mirror-clad dancers compete. Note: their dancing is really more like gingerly swayi...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this stop-motion "dance" sequence made of 4,000 stills
YouTuber nigahiga took a fan request and made this impressive clip of dancing without moving over the course of a week. (more…)...
10:32 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Fun and helpful blog on homophones is coming out as a book
The blog Homophones, Weakly helps young learners and iffy spellers master English homophones with fun and simple graphic mnemonics. Now, it's coming out as a book. (more…)...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to make patterns in cross-sectioned clay
Nerikomi is a classical form of pottery where different colored clays are rolled into cylinders, then cross-sectioned to reveal a pattern. So soothing to watch the string cut through!Faith Rahill ha...
09:31 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Asteroid discovered just before it impacted earth's atmosphere
Over the weekend, Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey spotted a near-earth asteroid just a few hours before its impact trajectory took it right into our atmosphere. Luckily, it burned up before impact. (m...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Dogs model costumes inspired by Met Gala's 2018 theme: Heavenly Bodies
Anthony Rubio dressed up his chihuahuas Bogie and Kimba in costumes inspired by this year's Met Gala theme: Heavenly Bodies. The result is, well, heavenly. Now he's compiling a book and needs your hel...
08:31 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this very satisfying candle-carving artisan at work
Anyone who was a hippie or who grew up knowing a hippie or two probably saw these intricate carved candles here and there. They eventually went mainstream in the 1970s, like macram. (more…)...
08:31 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how to animate still photos with Plotagraph
Ever wonder how to make those trippy cinemagraphs and animated gifs? One fairly easy was it with Plotagraph, as demonstrated in this tutorial. (more…)...
01:13 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2018
BoingBoing Giuliani says even if Trump murdered Comey he can't be indicted
Donald Trump can't be indicted for anything, including murder, says his attorney, Rudy Giuliani. The former federal prosecutor told Huffington Post that, "In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted. ...
07:46 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing Projection-mapped light-show on the Sydney Opera House
https://youtu.be/ppbiP-IBVxgSydney's annual Vivid festival fills the harbour with barges equipped with powerful projectors that use the buildings ringing the harbour (especially the iconic Sydney Op...
05:53 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing UK consumer review magazine Which?: your smart home is spying on you, from your TV to your toothbrush
The UK consumer review magazine Which? (equivalent to America's Consumer Reports) has published a special investigation into the ways that Internet of Things smart devices are spying on Britons at f...
05:37 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing Private equity bosses took $200m out of Toys R Us and crashed the company, lifetime employees got $0 in severance
Private equity's favorite shell game is to take over profitable businesses, sell off their assets, con banks into loaning them hundreds of millions of dollars, cash out in the form of bonuses and divi...
05:18 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders rallies Disneyland employees for a $15 minimum wage
Disneyland employees' average hourly wages have decreased in real terms every year for more than 15 years, while the company has taken in record municipal subsidies from the city of Anaheim and soared...
04:51 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing America is the world's first poor rich country
Americans' median income is $60,000 -- but the average American couldn't stump up $500 to bail themselves out of an emergency, and a third of Americans can't afford food, shelter and healthcare. (more...
04:35 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing Zuckerberg blows off Facebook shareholders' demand for transparency, says he's committed to transparency
Facebook's corporate structure allows Zuckerberg to overrule his board of directors and shareholder by giving extra votes to a special class of shares that Zuck gets to hold -- similar to the structur...
04:03 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing Illinois votes to eliminate inmates' doctor visit co-pays, equivalent to one month's wages
Illinois lawmakers have want to end inmates' co-payments of $5 for each prison doctor visit -- the equivalent of a month's wages in the prison's $0.05/hour and under workshops; in Oregon, they're cont...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing This solar charger will keep your devices powered up on the trail
Whether you're going for a weekend at the lake or just leaving the house for an afternoon, you can't always count on finding a power outlet to keep your devices juiced up. Therein lies the value of ha...
10:00 am PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing 'This Is Nigeria' is that country's viral version of the Childish Gambino hit
Nigerian rapper Falz created This Is Nigeria, a parody of This Is America that switched out lyrics and imagery for social ills in his country: machete-wielding gangs, codeine use, internet scammers,...
09:30 am PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how easy it is to break into this $100 "smart" lock
Tapplock sells a fingerprint-enabled padlock for $100. Jerry was able to defeat it quickly and quietly by twisting off the back plate and removing a couple of screws. Ouch. (more…)...
08:25 am PDT - Sun, June 3, 2018
BoingBoing Log onto a BBS 1979-style with a TRS-80 and landline modem
Ah, the good old days, when logging on to social media meant sticking a big honkin' floppy in your TRS-80, then tying up a land line by cradling the handset on your modem. (more…)...
07:24 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing A glossary of Franken-words
It's the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a tale that casts a long shadow in many domains, including the linguistic. (more…)...
07:19 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Youtubers with millions of followers are dropping out, citing stress and burnout from algorithm kremlinology
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKKwgq9LRgAYoutube allows people -- some of them not very nice -- to earn incredible livings by performing stunts, playing videogames, creating sketches, anything tha...
04:45 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Leaked document shows Trump officials planning to force Americans to spend $311m-$1.8b/year to keep unprofitable coal and nuclear energy plants from shutting
Officials in Trump's Department of Energy prepared a plan to use unprecedented "emergency powers" to force the US grid to rely on expensive, unprofitable coal and nuclear power, rather than paying mar...
04:45 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Leaked document shows Trump officials planning to force Americans to spend $311m-$11.8b/year to keep unprofitable coal and nuclear energy plants from shutting
Officials in Trump's Department of Energy prepared a plan to use unprecedented "emergency powers" to force the US grid to rely on expensive, unprofitable coal and nuclear power, rather than paying mar...
04:33 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Citing bad publicity and internal dissent, Google announces it won't renew contract to supply AI for US military drones
Google knew that Project Maven, its contract to supply AI to US military drones, but they were chasing hundreds of millions of dollars in follow-on contracts, and even though dozens of engineers quit ...
04:13 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing To do in San Francisco: an evening celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Whole Earth Catalog
I was practically raised on the Whole Earth Catalog and its successors like the Co-Evolution Quarterly, the Whole Earth Review and the WELL -- pioneering publications whose motto, "access to tools and...
04:06 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Tax-funded charter schools textbooks deny evolution, teach human-dinosaur cohabitation, endorse slavery and indigenous genocide
2,000 US schools use textbooks from Abeka, BJU Press and Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), including tax-funded charter schools across America; students who learn from these texts are taught that...
03:52 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Amid wage stagnation, corporate leaders declare the end of annual raises triggered by increased profitability
It was once the standard that firms that performed well would give all their employees an annual raise, in part to acknowledge workers' contribution to the business's fortunes, in part to ensure that ...
03:41 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Former Tory chancellor takes over newspaper, sells "money-can't buy" coverage to Uber, Google and others
George Osborne was David Cameron's Chancellor of the Exchequer, the architect of UK austerity; he was fired by Theresa May when she became Prime Minister and he did not run for re-election in the disa...
03:28 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Stanford prof Niall Ferguson conspired with campus Republicans to do oppo research on students who opposed invited eugenicist speaker
Niall Ferguson is a conservative British historian who teaches at both Oxford and Stanford, where he chaired a right-wing lecture series called Cardinal Conversations. (more…)...
03:13 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Southwest wouldn't let mixed-race family fly until mom "proved" parenthood
Last Monday, UC Berkeley woman's basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb and her fiance Patrick Martin tried to board a Southwest flight with their one year old, biracial son; they presented the check-in cl...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Get Arduino-savvy with this 9-course training
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be a degree-toting engineer to create your own DIY electronics. In fact, with the advent of the Arduino platform, understanding the essentials of programm...
12:55 am PDT - Sat, June 2, 2018
BoingBoing Delightful Trek-themed Pride tee
Andy W writes, "An artist/illustrator friend of mine just put an illustration of hers up on RedBubble two iconic science-fiction television characters sharing a tender moment on the couch."...
08:18 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing At ex-CIA panelist's insistence, Oxford Union reneges on promise to upload video of whistleblowing debate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5mT6gEYCmEDouglas Lucas writes, "The prestigious Oxford Union, where Malcolm X and Mother Theresa spoke, has censored their own video of their own public February wh...
08:11 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Help Wanted: a new executive director for Simply Secure, a nonprofit focused on usability in crypto tools
For several years, I've been honored to volunteer on the advisory board of Simply Secure (previously) a nonprofit consultancy that does open research on usability in cryptographic privacy tools and co...
08:01 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Rebooting Tomb of Horrors, Gary Gygax's incredibly hard D&D module for "invincible characters"
In 1975, Gary Gygax revealed the Tomb of Horrors module at the first Origins convention, presenting it as a campaign that would specifically challenge overpowered characters who would have to rely on ...
06:42 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Dirty Computer: Janelle Mone's gorgeous, sexy, queer afrofuturist short film
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdH2Sy-BlNEBack in April, afrofuturist icon Janelle Mone (previously released Dirty Computer, an "emotion picture" that serves as accompaniment to her album of the sa...
06:40 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Leaks show that Google expected its modest AI-for-drones business to expand exponentially
While leaked memos show that Google execs perceived a real risk of internal backlash from their $9 million Pentagon contract to supply AI for US military drones, they were willing to risk it because t...
06:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing How the appearance of the Aeropress coffee maker has changed over time
Aeropress has an article that shows the evolution of its coffee maker over time.Even though no BPA was leaching from the polycarbonate, we switched to copolyester in August 2009 so that we could assur...
06:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing The EPA paid $1,560 for 12 fountain pens
Last year, one of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's aides ordered a dozen $130 fountain pens paid for with taxpayer money, according to new documents that the Sierra Club retrieved through a Freedom of...
06:24 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Crazy Walls: screengrabs from media where obsessives create pinboards stringing together clues
It's a well-worn trope: the obsessive, the stalker, the killer or the cop, pinning photos, maps, mugshots and other detritus to a large board and then joining the dots with bits of colored string: The...
06:20 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Here's the Starbucks racial bias training video employees saw
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson created The Story of Access, the video shown to all Starbucks employees on the day the store closed for racial sensitivity training. (more…)...
06:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Vermont offers remote workers a $10,000 subsidy to relocate to the state
If your boss is willing to let you work from home and you don't mind shoveling snow in the winter, Vermont wants you and will pay you $10K over two years to defray moving costs. The state boasts great...
06:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing An analogy is a raft you use to cross a river
In this Better Explained video, how the right analogies can make math joyful. "Numbers are like rocks." But what happens when the number is 0 or -1? The analogy breaks down. "OK, numbers are like po...
06:01 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Enjoy these delightful piano lessons from Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco
I don't play piano but I just can't get enough of this series of music lessons from my pal Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco and Quindar. The clips are smart. Funny. Earnest. And weird. Just like Mikael.htt...
05:52 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Oregon employers warn that the state has run out of workers who can pass a drug test
Oregon state economists Mark McMullen and Josh Lehner say that employers have told them that they can't fill vacancies because every qualified candidate fails their drug test, which is sometimes manda...
05:41 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing The Beatles' "White Album" demos: listen and learn
One May day in 1968, The Beatles gathered in Esher, London at George Harrison psychedelic bungalow Kinfauns to make music. They jammed through numerous songs written during or after their time hanging...
05:36 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Customs stole a US citizen's life savings when he boarded a domestic flight, now he's suing to get it back
Rustem Kazazi is a 67-year-old retired Albanian policeman who became a US citizen in 2010; last October, he boarded a flight from his hometown in Cleveland to Newark, planning to continue on to Albani...
05:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Not the heavy duty work pants I was looking for
I was looking for a pair of Duluth Trading Company fire hose pants. They are awesome. They are made of the same heavy canvas a fire hose outer insulation is. They are soft, but massively over stitch...
05:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Uber driver accused of shooting and killing his passenger
Denver police say that at 2:45am MT this morning, an Uber driver murdered his passenger. Details are still emerging.From the Denver Channel:Police said the driver shot the passenger, an adult male, mu...
05:09 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Robot that uses living muscle tissue
This "biohybrid" robotic finger melds a robotic skeleton with living rat muscle. The device is inside a container of water to keep the muscles from withering. The research is on the cover of this week...
04:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Audiotapes of Michael Cohen threatening journalist released
In July 2015, cartoonish thug lawyer Michael Cohen threatened Daily Beast journalist, Tim Mak, for working on a story about Donald Trump allegedly raping one of his wives. From NPR:"Im going to mess y...
04:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing The most interesting thing about the "Thanksgiving Effect" study is what it tells us about the limits of data anonymization
Late last year, a pair of economists released an interesting paper that used mobile location data to estimate the likelihood that political polarization had shortened family Thanksgiving dinners in 20...
02:57 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Uganda's unenforceable social media tax is augmented by a biometric requirement for SIM card purchases
Uganda's social media tax may be an unenforceable mess, but that doesn't make it harmless (it opens the door to selective enforcement and invites programs of censorship and mass surveillance in the na...
02:38 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Vanuatu will use drones to deliver vaccines across its remote chain of tiny islands
Vanuatu and UNICEF have issued a request for tender inviting drone companies to bid on a contract to deliver vaccines along the nation's chain of tiny, remote islands -- 83 volcanic islands strung alo...
02:24 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Spain's austerity-loving, authoritarian Prime Minister loses no-confidence vote and is replaced by a socialist
Spanish politics have been a mess for a decade, since the financial crisis triggered brutal austerity that gutted Spanish services and quality of life to ensure that bondholders did not suffer an inte...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Build new empires in the latest release in Sid Meier's Civilization franchise
It's not common that a game series survives as long as Sid Meier's Civilization has. But, with a premise focused on creating an empire that stands the test of time, it seems appropriate that one of st...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Watch how TIME created their new cover image with 958 drones
It took nearly a thousand drones carefully programmed and deployed to create the imagery used for the new TIME magazine cover. (more…)...
11:45 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing How to Draw a Black Lady
Myisha Haynes and Jaz Malone released the second in their fun and interesting series on how cartoonists can draw black people while avoiding imagery fraught with negative connotations. (more…)...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Podcast: Learn the hilarious stories behind the weird and quirky products of Archie McPhee
Want to know the stories behind finger hands, Handerpants (underpants for hands), and some of the other great novelty products from Seattle-based novelty giant Archie McPhee? I'm going to guess that y...
08:29 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Goose vs. scoreboard
A goose founds its way into Comerica Park, interrupting the Angels game and picking a fight with the scoreboard. It lost, but is reportedly in good health and was later released....
08:00 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Yikes: A massive swarm of mayflies cover Louisiana gas station
Kenny Hickman stopped to get a tank of gas from a station on Military Road in Slidell, Louisiana and discovered it was covered in A SWARM OF MAYFLIES! So, instead of pumping gas, he shot this video ...
07:15 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing "Quasi-neoreactionary libertarian" candidate for congress admits pedophilia
Just when you were thinking of voting for antisemitic racist neoreactionary libertarian Hitler fan Nathan Larson, I'm afraid something's emerged about him that might make you think twice.He is also a ...
06:48 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this cool one-take "animation" of a student daydreaming
Shin Shinrashinge created a meticulous setup of his two-dimensional drawings, then guided his phone through his 3D creation to create this one-take story of a boy daydreaming about fighting monsters...
06:48 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2018
BoingBoing This four layer vase took a machine 7 months to carve from 100kg of solid aluminum
Wakazono took a 100kg block of solid aluminum, then ran it through a specialized milling machine for seven months. The result is a remarkable 15kg vase with two different overlapping patterns. The p...
08:38 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Rite in the Rain notebooks
I use my phone to take photos of business cards, signs, parking spots, and so on, but I don't like to tap out notes on it unless I have to. I make too many errors. I've been carrying around a small n...
08:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Gigantic yacht crashes twice into smaller yacht
That crunching sound you hear is hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair bills. The person who shot the video says: "The larger ship, which had a prom on it, first rammed into the second cruise s...
07:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Uganda enacts unenforceable, ridiculous anti-"gossip" internet tax
At the urging of Uganda's corrupt dictator Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan parliament has enacted legislation imposing a daily tax on anyone using social media platforms; Museveni said the measure would ...
07:33 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing California Senate votes to reinstate Net Neutrality, now it goes to the State Assembly
Yesterday, the California Senate passed S.B. 822, voting 23-12 on party lines; the bill restores strong Net Neutrality protections to the state by banning ISPs from providing services to government en...
07:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing L.A. stories: New podcast looks at the real Los Angeles
Often when people think of Hollywood and Los Angeles, they perceive it to be glitzy and glamorous. The bubble is thick, but what is L.A. life really like? In KCRW's new podcast Welcome to L.A., host D...
07:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Fake reviews now generally necessary to do business online
"The temptation to pose as an impartial reviewer of ones own work will be familiar to many authors across history, writes Simon Parkin. "But the Internet has, as with all vices, smoothed the transitio...
07:14 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Count your bees with a Raspberry Pi and machine learning
Sure, you worry about your bees, what with colony collapse disorder, but they're hard to count! (more…)...
07:04 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing No, seriously, THIS is the mission patch for Google's drone warfare AI contract with the Pentagon
JWZ: "Which probably translates to, 'Take your ad-targetting snake-oil and repurpose it to execute brown people with drones'. You know, kind of like how Wehrner von Braun aimed for the stars, but most...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing San Francisco protestors toss electric scooters in front of tech company commuter buses
Protestors in San Franciscos Mission District don't like instant-rent electric scooters, and they also don't like tech workers who have moved into the neighborhood. So they decided to toss the scoot...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Sweden's notorious copyright troll said they'd sue, but if you ignore them, they just go away
When the Danish copyright troll Njord Law started operating in Sweden, it went to court saying that it was planning on enforcing copyright, not engaging in "speculative invoicing" -- a kind of legal b...
06:26 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Congresswoman Diane Black [R-TN] blames school shootings on "pornography"
"[Pornography is] available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but theres pornography there. All of this is available without parental guidance. I t...
06:14 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Stellar collection of 1980s tech company logos (also available as a slideshow!)
Available free on Archive.org, the 1985 Electronic Engineers Master Vol 2 contains page after page of excellent technology company logos, many of which have been lost to the obsolescence of hardware a...
05:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing The time Davy Crockett met Bigfoot who warned him about the Alamo
In 1835, Davy Crockett reportedly wrote a letter to his brother-in-law Abner Burgin telling him of a rather strange experience in the Mexican province of Texas just six months before Crockett was kill...
05:50 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Carvel's Fudgie the Whale ice cream cake is now also a beer
Fudgie the Whale is back. But this time it's not just a "whale of a cake," it's a whale of a beer. On Wednesday, Carvel announced a stout brewed with chocolate crunchies and fudge, aptly named Fudgie ...
05:29 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Kamasi Washington's killer new soul-jazz track inspired by videogame arcades of yore
Cosmic saxophonist, composer, and spiritual jazz revivalist Kamasi Washington has released a new jam inspired by his teenage experiences at the videogame arcade. "Street Fighter Mas" will appear on Wa...
05:13 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Baseball team to wear jerseys that look like Mister Rogers' sweater
The South Bend Cubs, a minor league baseball team in South Bend, Indiana, will be wearing special jerseys that look like Mister Rogers' iconic red cardigan for a special event in August. In honor of t...
05:11 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing PSA: Your birth control pills could be placebos
This one's for the ladies. According to Stat, Allegra is recalling 170,000 packs of their Taytulla birth control pills because the first four pills in each of the packs are placebos, instead of medici...
04:59 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing My science fiction story about EFF's proposed jailbreaking exemption
Every three years, the US Copyright Office lets the public beg for limited exemptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which bans bypassing DRM, even in your own property, even...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing What Toto's "Africa" is really about
I admit that I dig Toto's "Africa" (1982). No irony. I've always loved it. And once again, the song is all over our news feeds thanks to Weezer's fan-inspired cover of it. (My favorite cover though ...
04:49 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Tell your parents: Trump is lying to them about Medicare
The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Justice in Aging, and the Medicare Rights Center have issued a joint statement condemning the 2018 edition of Medicare & You, the annual guide published by the federa...
04:36 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Leaked memos reveal the deep divisions within Google over Pentagon contract
Google's decision to provide AI tools for use with US military drones has been hugely controversial within the company (at least a dozen googlers quit over it) and now the New York Times has obtained ...
04:27 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing A Hyatt valet somehow parks a Porsche underneath an SUV in bizarre accident
Porsche's can be a tricky car to maneuver if you've never driven one before (I know I parked cars for private parties as a teenager and panicked every time I got into a Porsche), but how a hotel va...
04:24 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Incredible rare 1930s color footage of the World's Tallest Man
As a kid, my favorite photos in the Guinness Book of World Records were the massive McGuire Twins on their motorcycles, the guy with the crazy long fingernails, and of course Robert Wadlow (1918-194...
04:14 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Governments all over the world buy spy products that let them track and eavesdrop on global cellphones, especially US phones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfnVvptL-8ESenator Ron Wyden [D-OR] has sent a letter to the DHS with his view that "nefarious actors may have exploited" the cellular phone system "to target the com...
03:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Amazon bars Australians from shopping on its non-Aussie sites to put pressure on the government to rescind tax rule
Australian retailers are required to collect 10% Value Added Tax on every sale; Amazon's Australia store collects this tax, but the company has rejected any suggestion that its non-Australian stores s...
03:10 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Telegram: ever since Russia's blocking demand, Apple has prevented us from updating our app
Last April, the Kremlin ordered a ban on the private messaging app Telegram, blocking millions of IP addresses that formed Amazon and Google's clouds in order to prevent users from accessing the servi...
02:40 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Last night was Manhattanhenge: It. Was. Glorious.
I'm obsessed with Manhattanhenge, the two nights a year when the sunset aligns with the prevailing east-west streets of the New York City grid, a phenomenon that Neil deGrasse Tyson named in 1992. (mo...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing This Alexa-enabled smartwatch is cheaper than an Apple Watch
Smartwatches are pretty neat, but some of us still appreciate the classic aesthetic that comes with toting around an analog timepiece. Martian mVoice Smart Watches with Amazon Alexa let you leverage p...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Mesmerizing timelapse of Kilauea lava flows
Tyler Hulett shot "River of Fire" at Kilauea before the previous eruption, but it still stands as some of the best lava timelapse out there. (more…)...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Watch what happens when you combine a yacht and a tank
If you're tired of dropping anchor offshore and having to take a dinghy or worse from your yacht to the beach, the Iguana Yacht may be for you. It has a tank-like continuous track system built into ...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Happytime Murders film successfully trolls Sesame Street into marketing the film
Sesame Street lawyers are not happy that Jim Henson's son Brian has a raunchy puppet film coming out called Happytime Murders. After they filed a suit against the film, Henson retained a crack puppet ...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this intense film about a Russian steelworker
This striking visual profile of a worker at the gargantuan Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works by director Evgenii Bakirov features Vladimir, The Metallurgist. The Russian title ( [the mountain]) is V...
11:30 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing 36 Days of Type's annual crowdsourced submissions did not disappoint
36 Days of Type is a long-running collaborative design project where different artists render letters and numbers in a unique style. This year's entries are as delightful as always. (more…)...
11:15 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Rail operator angers pound shop after comparing own poor service to Poundland chocolate
Poundland is a British discount retailer where everything costs a pound. Thameslink is a British railroad operator suffering from freqently late or cancelled services. Ferrero Rocher is an inexpensive...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Watch people turn their bodies into black light art
Black Light Visuals travels to music concerts and lets festival-goers dip their arms into vats filled with their fluorescent dyes, leaving them with marbled appendages that glow in black light. (mor...
10:30 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Taking a ride on Space Mountain with the lights on
We've previously seen what Space Mountain looks like with its lights on from the vantage point of the Wedway Peoplemover. Now, we get to experience the roller coaster with the lights on as if we wer...
10:28 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Sandworms are real
In this video, a dead fish is used to tease a Bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois) into revealing its vicious skill as an ambush predator. Fortunately, it's all happening underwater, far away from me....
10:12 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Grace Jones ominously asks: Do you know where your children are?
In many markets, 20th-century TV stations ran PSAs right before the local evening news reminding parents that they should probably know where their children are. This 1979 gem from Grace Jones may b...
10:03 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing New pole at Wal Mart struck 10 times in first week
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIxuxfsSGNI&feature=youtu.beThe Bayou Vista Wal Mart put up a new pole in its parking lot and vehicles struck it ten times in a week. The pole was given the nickname "P...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Delightful creatures frolicking in the waves
Swimming pigs, splashing horses, and diving bulls await in this lovely roundup of animals swimming, some of whom are a bit surprising to see taking to water so eagerly. (more…)...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this machinist create five extremely tiny nested cubes
A turner's cube is a traditional machinist's exercise to test consistency and tolerances when milling metal. But this two-millimeter cube in a cube in a cube in a cube in a cube is next-level skill....
09:30 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Lost Voice Guy is headed to Britain's Got Talent's finals
In late April, I posted about a stand-up comedian who cannot speak without the assistance of his synthetic computer voice. His performance won over the audience at his Britain's Got Talent audition....
09:23 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Bethesda reveals latest Fallout game
Bethesda released a teaser trailer for their next game in the Fallout series, Fallout 76, and man, I am so ready for it. Having been around to play Fallout Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics in the late ...
09:19 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Brilliant fashion analysis of Little Edie from Grey Gardens
Grey Gardens is one of the greatest documentaries of all time, and one of its subjects is style icon Little Edie Beale. YouTube channel The Ultimate Fashion History created a great bio and analysis ...
09:18 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Fanny pack sandals
Nike's new "Benassi JDI Fanny Pack" slide sandals may be the perfect footwear to don while sporting another hybrid fashion choice, the shirt-shirt.Summer's looking stylish AF! Ok, I'm only half kiddin...
09:00 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Watch this guy demonstrate his state-of-the-art prosthetic fingers
Naked Prosthetics creates custom-fitted hand and finger prostheses that allow an impressive range of fine motor skills to be done by the wearer, like holding and striking a match or unscrewing a tin...
01:37 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Kickstarting a science fiction anthology that puts Trump policies on blast
Colin writes, "Parvus Press is funding IF THIS GOES ON, an anthology of political science fiction on Kickstarter. The anthology is edited by Cat Rambo, author and president of the Science Fiction Writ...
01:30 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2018
BoingBoing Elon's Basilisk: why exploitative, egomaniacal rich dudes think AI will destroy humanity
Why does Elon Musk think that AI is going to kill us all? Why do so many "rationalist" techbros assume that he's right? (more…)...