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11:58 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Google accounts and pages will be shut down April 2nd, says Google
Google announced last fall it's killing off Google+ because of the social network's laughably low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers expectations, ...
11:53 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing How to: make up swears
The power of fuckbonnet, shitsquib, fuckstumbling, douchenozzle, Fuckface von Clownstick, shitwhistle, cockbucket, can be captured through a simple formula: the "pyrrhic foot" of a "familiar profanity...
11:51 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Hoover killed JFK, RFK & MLK, Brad Pitts private hell, and Mick Jaggers mental disorder, in this weeks dubious tabloids
Reality packed its bags, cancelled the mail, put its dog in a kennel and boarded a plane to take a long flight as far away as possible from this weeks tabloids.Former FBI chief "Hoover Ordered Kennedy...
11:45 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Ex-NSA American mercenaries for UAE used 'Karma' to hack journalists and human rights activists
Former NSA spies have been working for the government of the United Arab Emirates as hacker mercenaries, helping the UAE attack journalists, dissidents, and human rights activists. This is a great rea...
08:27 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: Tourist in Australia picks up a "pretty octopus," not realizing he could die in minutes if stung
A tourist in Australia picked up a beautiful tiny octopus and originally posted it on TikTok with "What a pretty octopus" written in Mandarin. But what the tourist didn't seem to know is that he was h...
07:25 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Reversible Micro USB cables back in stock
In early December Tod Kurt of ThingM recommended these reversible Micro USB cables. I bought a 3-pack on Amazon. They really work and have held up for the nearly two months I've had them. Both the USB...
06:46 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Colorsupplyyy, a perfectly simple color picking tool for designers
We've written about various color-wheel and pallette-generating widgets over the years, but colorsupplyyy is the best I've seen. It's extremely straightforward, doesn't get bogged down in "science" or...
06:42 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing A would-be robber goes up to the teller, gets cold feet and rips up her note
A wanna-be bank robber without a solid plan got as far as the teller, but cold feet got the best of her.The woman, wearing a black fleece jacket, black knit hat, and black glasses headed straight for ...
06:27 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Here's a bunch of notes left on windshields of bad parkers
Here's a gallery of notes found on the windshields of problem parkers. It's interesting to note that some of the notes are printed on a computer, as if the person who left the note has a stack of them...
06:24 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Closeness lines
Kottke spotted Olivia de Recat's curiously affecting illustrations of how relationships change over time and I can't help but signal boost. Hopefully she'll be taking orders for prints again soon: "In...
06:22 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing In space no one can hear you snore: Alien facehugger CPAP mask
Author and science fiction fan Jared Gray needed a CPAP machine to treat his sleep apnea so he decided to have some maker fun with the machine. So he carved out a foam replica Aliens Facehugger to int...
06:18 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing American prisoners coerced or tricked into providing voice-prints for use in eternal, secret, unchecked surveillance
American prisoners are being forced -- on pain of losing access to the prison phone system -- to provide training data for a voice-print recognition algorithm that private contractors are building for...
06:13 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Charming handmade unicorn pin
I spotted this charming 1.5"-wide unicorn pin at Amazon Handmade, crafted by Cynical Redhead in Illinois and sporting a delightful and timely message for the new year. Read the rest...
06:05 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Man spent more than a month in jail for heroin that was actually laundry detergent
Last month, Matt Crull, 29, of Martin County, Florida, was sleeping in his van when police came to investigate what they described as a suspicious van." Martin County Sheriffs deputy Steven OLeary fou...
05:54 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Great 10-minute video about the history of movie poster design
James Verdesoto is the movie poster designer responsible for some of the more memorable posters of recent decades, including Pulp Fiction, Girl, Interrupted, and Training Day. In this short video, he ...
05:46 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing KFC's new 'Cheetos Sandwich' not my first choice either
A magazine named after something kids shouldn't eat REALLY hates on a sandwich.Paste:And then you see something like KFCs new Cheeto Sandwich, and you remember how it feels to take one look at a promo...
05:45 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Books collect an artist's daily grotesque Trump portraits
Warren Craghead writes, "I wanted to let you know about my TRUMPTRUMP drawing project and the new collection that Retrofit Comics that was just published. Since Trump got the nomination for president ...
05:37 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Salad Fingers returns for eleventh episode
It's been a while, Hubert Cumberdale. The year two thousand and thirteen marked our last adventure. Before the war. (Previously)Animator David Firth:Salad Fingers is back for the first time in 5 years...
05:29 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing After $4.1 billion subsidy, Foxconn cancels plan to build Wisconsin "factory," now proposing a small R&D facility
When GOP darling Scott Walker offered to hand billions in subsidies to Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn, he was warned: the Foxconn MO is to suck up billions in public money for ambitious megafacto...
05:29 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Deepfake of Jennifer Lawrence with Steve Buscemi's face
"Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now? John Lennon Read the rest...
05:12 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Kickstarter for the blackest black paint in the world
You may have heard that artist Anish Kapoor has an exclusive license to produce art using Vantablack, a pigment made from carbon nanotubes that absorbs up to 99.96% of visible light. Covering an objec...
05:08 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Grade school children explain climate change to Trump
We have a president who has a hard time understanding the difference between weather and climate. Science is a tough subject for the man. On Monday he proved once again just how ignorant he is with th...
05:01 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook cancels its all-spying, secret "research" program, Apple cancels Facebook's developer account
Yesterday, Techcruch published a deeply reported account of Facebook's "Project Atlas,", a "research" app whose users were paid up to $20/month (plus affiliate fees) to install on Ios devices, which e...
04:59 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Lego bricks are a better investment than gold bricks
"We find that LEGO investments outperform large stocks, bonds, gold and other alternative investments, yielding the average return of at least 11% (8% in real terms) in the sample period 1987-2015," w...
04:23 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Blackmailers use false copyright claims to shut down victims' Youtube accounts, offer to lift them in exchange for Bitcoin
Youtube's ContentID system allows rightsholders to upload video and audio and block videos that contain their works (or put ads on those videos and take the revenue they generate), and to have the acc...
03:50 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Inside El Chapo's secret tunnels
Remember when drug kingpin Joaqun Guzmn Loera, aka El Chapo, escaped from prison through a tunnel below his cell that was outfitted with lighting, rails, and a motorcycle? In fact, El Chapo built his ...
03:35 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing 50 years ago The Beatles played on a roof
On January 30th, 1969 The Beatles played their last gig.It can be hard to keep the band together. Read the rest...
02:05 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Archaeological evidence for the Iron Age practice of embalming your enemies' severed heads with resin and displaying them
Ancient Roman texts and sculptures describe a Celtic practice of severing your defeated enemies' heads, embalming them with resin and plant oils, and displaying them as war trophies: now, archaeologis...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Puzzle: Can you spot the criminal danger in these three pictures?
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH you are asked to spot the criminal danger in various scenarios....
01:43 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Conducting "evil" computer research, in the name of good
The next CHI (computer-human interaction) conference is being held on May 5 in Glasgow, and will include a workshop called CHI4Evil, "Creative Speculation on the Negative Effects of HCI Research," in ...
01:36 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Ariana Grande got a Kanji tattoo she thought meant "seven rings" but actually means "small charcoal grill"
Brian Ashcraft: Grande posted a photo of her tattoo. In Japanese, it reads, (shichirin). You can see the pic photo (via Grandes official Japanese Twitter), which has since been deleted from her Insta...
01:07 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Time-lapse footage of container ships coming and going from international ports
SeaTube [via Metafilter] is a YouTube channel dedicated to time-lapse videos of ports. Enjoy the view from the boats themselves, gliding past landmarks and other vessels, while listening to relaxing y...
01:01 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Ancient Scottish stone circle turns out to have been built in 1990s
Aberdeenshire Council said that a stone circle thought to be of ancient vintage was in fact built in the 1990s. Neil Ackerman, Historic Environment Record Assistant at Aberdeenshire Council, said: It ...
12:39 pm PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Enjoy delicious Tyson rubber nuggets while you can
Tyson Foods has recalled 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets due to the presence of "rubber" in them.The Food Safety and Inspection Service was alerted to the issue Tuesday after Tyson received consumer ...
05:54 am PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing 'Wall, Actually'
The three wishespart is where I lost it. This is an extremely well done GIF that remixes Love, Actually with Donald Trump's racist wet dream of a Wall.The Wall[via] Read the rest...
05:33 am PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Apple was slow to act on FaceTime bug report, which came from mother of 14 year old who found it
Go get a developer account and send us a formal bug report, Apple reportedly told them....
04:49 am PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing #JussieSmollett: Chicago Police seek surveillance cams to ID attackers, 'MAGA' claims were true
Chicago Police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi tweeted a case update tonight on the attack reported against 'EMPIRE' actor Jussie Smollett. Tonight Chicago Police detectives expanded the search area fo...
02:00 am PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing New privacy hires at WhatsApp: Nate Cardozo (EFF), Robyn Greene (Open Technology Institute)
This bodes well for WhatsApp users.Attorney Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (for the last 6 years!) and Robyn Greene from the Open Technology Institute are among new privacy team h...
01:24 am PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Discarded smart lightbulbs reveal your wifi passwords, stored in the clear
Your internet-of-shit smart lightbulb is probably storing your wifi password in the clear, ready to be recovered by wily dumpster-divers; Limited Results discovered the security worst-practice during ...
01:18 am PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Project Atlas: Facebook has been secretly paying Iphone users to install an all-surveilling "VPN" app
The "Facebook Research" VPN is an app that circumvents Apple's ban on certain kinds of surveillance by cloaking itself as a beta app and distributing through the Applause, Betabound and Utest services...
12:59 am PST - Wed, January 30, 2019
BoingBoing Announcing the audiobook for Unauthorized Bread: a DRM-free tale of DRM-locked appliances, refugees, and resistance
Unauthorized Bread is the first of four audiobooks that make up my forthcoming book Radicalized, read by the talented actor Lameece Issaq. The book, published by Macmillan Audio, is a Google Play excl...
08:28 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Simone "Shitty Robots" Giertz has big, makerish plans for her brain tumor
John Cog writes, "Inventor extraordinaire Simone Giertz (YouTube's 'Queen of Shitty Robots') (previously) is already planning funny new experiments for that 'weird radiation mask' that 'looks like som...
08:00 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing A free book of science fiction from around the world about climate change, introduced by Kim Stanley Robinson
[Editor's note: I'm a volunteer advisor to Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination, and Joey Eschrich is a colleague of mine there; I invited him to write up his latest proje...
07:50 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Major vulnerability in 5G means that anyone with $500 worth of gear can spy on a wide area's mobile activity
Stingrays (AKA IMSI catchers) are a widespread class of surveillance devices that target cellular phones by impersonating cellular towers to them (they're also called "cell-site simulators").IMSI cat...
07:48 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Rather than fixing the cause, Bangkok tries to spray its smog away using water cannons
Bangkok, Thailand is now considered one of the top 10 polluted cities in the world, according to Global News. And to combat the problem, Bangkok is attacking the smog with water cannons. Thai authorit...
07:32 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Undercover who targeted Citizen Lab over Israeli cyber-arms dealer is an ex-Israeli spook linked to black ops firm used by Harvey Weinstein
Last week, Citizen Lab and the AP published a blockbuster story revealing that Citizen Lab had been targeted by undercover operatives who pumped Lab employees for information on the group's work uncov...
07:28 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Another shoutout for the Tweezerman hangnail clipper
This clipper was designed to cleanly cut off a hangnail. The angled blades make it easy to see what you're doing. It gets right to the nub of the hangnail, preventing it from spontaneously regeneratin...
07:16 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Boy lost in woods for three days says a bear looked after him
Casey Hathaway, age 3, was lost for three days in the woods of Craven County, North Carolina before police found him alive and well. He had survived pouring rain and near-freezing temperatures. Accord...
07:16 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Measles crisis now impacts Seattle's King County
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has declared an emergency as measles spreads to Seattle's King County.CNN:As of Monday, there are 36 confirmed cases of measles in the state of Washington -- an outbreak...
07:02 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Make: an adorable crocheted AT-AT Walker
You can make your own perfectly adorable chibi crocheted AT-AT Walker with this $5.90 pattern from Polish textile artist Kamila Krawczyk, AKA Krawka. (via The Stars My Destination) Read the rest...
06:56 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing San Francisco tomorrow night (1/30): Doug Rushkoff interviewed by David Pescovitz at Commonwealth Club
Tomorrow evening (Wednesday 1/30) at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club, I'll be interviewing longtime BB pal Douglas Rushkoff about his inspiring and (as usual) provocative new book Team Human! I expe...
06:54 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Citing terms of service and "bad actors," Facebook locks out tools that catalog ads and ad targeting
Propublica is one of many organizations, mainly nonprofits, whose "ad transparency" tools scrape Facebook ads and catalog them, along with the targeting data that exposes who is paying for which messa...
06:46 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing I was too young to understand 'Love, American Style' but the theme-song stuck with me
Love, American Style was occasionally on in re-runs, during my younger years. The short stories made no sense, and I didn't really understand why there was no continuity.I sometimes find myself singin...
06:37 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Ancient civilizations' fascination with AI, robots, and synthetic life
Stanford folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor has a fascinating-sounding new book out, titled "Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology." It's a survey of how anci...
06:28 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing How to avoid a thin, shaky voice when you are about to give a speech
Jackie Gartner-Schmidt is a speech-language pathologist at the University of Pittsburgh. She studied why people's voices tremble or even squeak when they get nervous. It's because our vocal cords clos...
05:55 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Look at South Carolina's Attorney General spout nonsense about marijuana
South Carolina has a bill in the works to become the 34th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana, and Attorney General Alan Wilson is freaking out. He went to the Statehouse lobby and stood...
05:48 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Students' phallic prank as seen from a satellite
Students at Mackie Academy secondary school in Aberdeenshire, Scotland created a piece of high art on the playing field. While the act occurred last year, its documentation -- which was actually the r...
05:46 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing The gorgeous, grotesque animations of @Extraweg [NSFW-ish]
Extraweg (AKA Oliver Latta: Twitter, Youtube) is a superb and surreal animator whose computer rendered grotesques of human faces and forms writhing, merging, and doing the impossible are spellbindingl...
05:42 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing A video that explains why airplane food sucks and it doesn't have to do with cost
Why is airplane food so mediocre? The obvious but wrong answer: because it's cheap. Pringles and French fries and Snickers are cheap, and they are delicious. So what gives?According to Patrick Jones i...
05:38 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing A 70% tax on income over $10m is designed to correct inequality, not raise revenue
Just as the purpose of a tobacco is not to pay for cancer treatment, the purpose of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's wildly popular proposal to tax income over $10m at 70% is to correct inequality and reduc...
05:28 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Fascinating chart shows the evolution of the English alphabet from Egyptian hieroglyphics
Matt Baker, who designs and publishes the posters at UsefulCharts, created this beautiful poster that traces the evolution of the alphabet from 1750 BCE to today's modern Latin script. In some cases, ...
05:27 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Hide and seek: A catalog of useful steganography tools
Steganography is the art of hiding things in plain sight: for example, secretly encoding a message in an image by flipping the least-significant bit in each pixel to create a binary string that can be...
05:24 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett attacked by 2 white men who put rope around neck, poured chemical on him, yelled slurs
Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime....
05:18 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Siri accompanied by pen drumming sounds like minimalist experimental music
Of the videos like this one showing people drumming along as Siri recites 1 trillion to the tenth power, the particular variation below really reminds me of a minimalist composition by Laurie Anderson...
05:10 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Words, but not deeds: the Democrats as climate-deniers
Oh, sure, the Democratic leadership says it takes climate change seriously, but that same leadership has sidelined the Green New Deal and gutted the climate committee, replacing it with a lame-duck co...
05:06 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Dig the crazy beat of "Siri ! What is 1 Trillion to the 10th Power"
Siri provides the backing vocals for this catchy tune.Image: YouTube/World Viral Videos Read the rest...
05:00 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing 3D printed Braille D20 dice
Ingo Dwelling designed a Braille D20 die and uploaded the model to Thingiverse. Here's a time-lapse of it being 3D printed by the folks at Adafruit. Read the rest...
04:57 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Make: Slithy Toves, a kinetic Lego sculpture
aeh5040's kinetic Lego sculpture is a gorgeous and hypnotic piece; you can build one yourself from the plans provided. (via Beyond the Beyond) Read the rest...
04:44 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing The EU's plan for algorithmic copyright filters is looking more and more unlikely
After the last-minute collapse of negotiations over the new EU Copyright Directive, things have only gone from bad to worse for the beleaguered (but deadly and far-reaching) internet regulation.Under ...
01:27 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Profile of Peter Thiel's "junk science" journal from someone asked to write for it
Adam Becker was invited to write for Inference, a "quarterly review of the sciences" backed by billionaire Peter Thiel. Inference covers all sorts of interesting subjects, but has an alarming tendency...
12:29 pm PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing The dig tree: a tragedy of Australian exploration
In 1860 a party of explorers set out to traverse the Australian continent, but bad management and a series of misfortunes sent it spiraling toward tragedy. In this week's episode of the Futility Close...
03:04 am PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Compilation video of things that fit perfectly
The immense sense of vicarious satisfaction I feel watching this gives me hope for the machines that will replace us. [via r/perfectfit] Read the rest...
01:48 am PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing That Lebowski beer commercial is unwatchable
The Dude disappoints, watch this instead.Be disappointed. Read the rest...
01:48 am PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Apple bug lets others eavesdrop on Facetime video and audio before you pick up
Apple iOS users are vulnerable to a bug revealed on Monday that allows malicious third parties to listen in on others' FaceTime video chats. Apple says the issue will be addressed in a software update...
01:48 am PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing FaceTime bug lets you hear or see through someone elses iPhone, even if they havent answered
Were aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week. Apple....
01:40 am PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Crocheted budgies, for a friend who loves birds but can't have one
They are the pets of a friend of mine and he wanted to give them as a gift to someone who loved them but could not have their own budgies.IMGURian pewdpie made these wonderful crocheted budgies and im...
01:23 am PST - Tue, January 29, 2019
BoingBoing Terrorise other beachgoers with the Beach Behemoth, a 12-foot beach ball
The Beach Behemoth is a 12-foot beach ball. Perhaps you think that this is a mere toy, one of those ultimately trivial impulse buys of no permanence beyond momentary amusement. This is because you ha...
11:51 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Houston: Mass Shooting Reported, 5 officers shot, suspect 'down'
We have had several officers shot,says Houston TX Police Chief Art Acevedo.Please pray for officers on the way to the scene Houston police union says 5 officers have been shot and have been transporte...
09:55 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Ray Walston AND Bill Bixby? There's the reason it's "My Favorite"
Re-runs of My Favorite Martian were so much fun. I wanted retractable antenna. Read the rest...
08:19 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Fox News just now figuring out Trump: "Bullying journalists is not presidential"
Trump's government shutdown fiasco that ended last week without a penny for his primitive wall seems to be taking quite a toll on president he's now lashing out at his friends at Fox a rarity indeed...
08:01 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Skull microphone
Von Erickson Laboratories created this skull microphone, which the press release compares to the Shure 55. It's $375 and made in bright chrome, dark chrome, gunmetal, white and orange, but the chrome ...
07:51 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on these locking pliers
Knipex makes high-quality tools, and these 10-inch Universal Jaw-Locking Pliers are no exception. If you've never used jaw-locking pliers, they clamp on to things without you having to keep gripping t...
07:24 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Salvador Dal reborn as a deepfake at his museum
The Dal Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida has reanimated Salvador Dal as a deepfake video experience. The "Dal Lives" video installation opens in April on screens throughout the galleries. As Dali onc...
07:07 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Look at how this guy removes 7-feet of snow from the roof of a general store
"It's like moving a refrigerator," says the woman to the man on the snow-covered roof of the Canyon General Store in Yellowstone National Park. He expertly divides the snow into 7-foot towers, weighin...
06:57 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing The Right to Repair movement is making strides around the world
Last year saw a massive surge in the right to repair movement, which seeks to limit manufacturers' power to undermine repairs, by mandating certain design decisions to facilitate independent servicing...
06:52 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing No one stopped this museum visitor from removing a painting from the wall and walking out with it
Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that a museum visitor walked out of Moscow's Tretyakov gallery with a painting worth $1 million tucked under his arm. As you can see in the video above, ...
06:35 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Woman finally rescued after three days trapped in a New York elevator
A woman in Manhattan got stuck in an elevator Friday evening and wasn't rescued until Monday morning. According to HuffPost, the unidentified woman was cleaning a five-story townhouse in the Upper Ea...
06:32 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Billionaire pharmaceutical founder bribed doctors to push addictive fentanyl spray, says US prosector
John Kapoor (75), the billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics, ran a bribery scheme to get doctors to prescribe an addictive fentanyl spray, said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lazarus in Boston fede...
06:28 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing The Safe Face Pledge: an ethical code of conduct for facial recognition scientists and developers
The Safe Face Pledge launched last month as a "pledge to mitigate abuse of facial analysis technology," with four themes: "Show Value for Human Life, Dignity, and Rights;" "Address Harmful Bias"; "Fac...
06:04 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Avoid Euronet ATMs - they use a dirty trick to cheat tourists
Honest Guide is a YouTube channel for people planning to visit Prague (and sometimes other places in Europe). In this video, you are warned to stay away from Euronet ATMs. Apparently, they are located...
05:53 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Bride attains virality by adding pockets to her dress and those of her dressmaids
When Cambridge, UK resident Eve Paterson got married, she insisted that her dress and those of her bridesmaids would include pockets and belts; her friend Nell Gordon's tweets about it raced around th...
05:53 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Bride attains virality by adding pockets to her dress and those of her bridesmaids
When Cambridge, UK resident Eve Paterson got married, she insisted that her dress and those of her bridesmaids would include pockets and belts; her friend Nell Gordon's tweets about it raced around th...
05:29 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing How a Bell Labs engineer/artist created the sounds of planetary orbits for the Voyager Golden Record
During the 1960s and 1970s at Bell Labs, the intersection of science and art was rightfully recognized as an extremely fertile ground for creative and technological experimentation. New York City's av...
05:25 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Grifter steals dead peoples' houses in gentrifying Philadelphia by forging deed transfers, then flipping them
At least six empty houses owned by the estates of Philadelphians ended up in the hands of William Ernest Johnson III, a violent felon currently on parole; the houses were then sold on to developers wh...
05:01 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Megathread of Facebook's terrible, horrible, no-good eternity
Bruce Sterling's All Things Facebook is a massive linkdump of the latest-and-greatest reasons to delete Facebook (and possibly put Zuck and Sandberg on trial for crimes against humanity). This morning...
04:36 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Canadian traffic accident
People stuck in a 75-car pileup about 20km east of Montreal decided to get creative in passing the time pic.twitter.com/JInUxB9ed7— CBC (@CBC) January 28, 2019Oh, Canada! Thank you for the exam...
03:23 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing How Facebook tracks Android users, even those without Facebook accounts
Facebook provides a suite of turnkey app-building tools for Android that are widely used among the most popular Google Play apps, with billions of combined installs; naturally, these tools create incr...
02:11 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Man clings to hood of car at 70 mph in road rage video
In this spectacular example of road rage, a Massachusetts senior clings to the hood of a vehicle as it accelerates to 70 MPH on the state turnpike.The man, Richard Kamrowski, and the driver of the SUV...
02:01 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Basement excavation project using RC toys enters eleventh year
This video shows remote-controlled miniature diggers being used to escavate basement. It's taken quite a while, according to one source, though it seems more like a growing hobby than an explicit cons...
01:36 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Great article about bothies, the remote shelters of the British uplands
Stephen Hiltner trudges miles through beautiful moors and mountains to get to the next bothy [New York Times].But bothy culture, some longtime proponents fear, is imperiled by a generation unaccustome...
01:16 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Good tweet from Tom Brokaw's account after bad ideas about hispanics
Late-evening Twitter poetry from Tom Brokaw after blurting out his opinions concerning hispanic immigrants' "failure" to "assimilate". There's speculation that he's been hacked – "This cannot be...
01:00 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Are you the owner of this jetliner? If so, please move it immediately.
There is an abandoned McDonnell Douglas MD87 jetliner parked on the tarmac of Adolfo Surez-Madrid Barajas airport in Spain. If this is your jetliner, the airport asks that you please move it immediate...
12:00 pm PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Florida fisherman reels in WWII hand grenade and brings it to Taco Bell
A man using a magnet to fish for salvageable items in Ocala, Florida was surprised to reel in a hand grenade. So he tossed it into his trunk and made a run for the border. As one does. Upon arriving a...
08:08 am PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Banksy mural stolen from Bataclan in Paris
This weekend, thieves stole the Banksy mural painted on the emergency exit door of the Bataclan concert venue in Paris. The Bataclan is where on November 13, 2015 Islamic State militants launched a te...
12:25 am PST - Mon, January 28, 2019
BoingBoing Video and audio from my closing keynote at Friday's Grand Re-Opening of the Public Domain
On Friday, hundreds of us gathered at the Internet Archive, at the invitation of Creative Commons, to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Public Domain, just weeks after the first works entered the ...
10:49 pm PST - Sun, January 27, 2019
BoingBoing The rent is too damned high because money-laundering oligarchs bought all the real-estate to clean their oil money
In an absolutely epic Twitter thread (unrolled here) author CZ Edwards lays out an incredibly compelling explanation of spiralling real-estate prices: oligarchs need to launder a lot of oil money -- t...
06:44 pm PST - Sun, January 27, 2019
BoingBoing Scooter injuries plague the helmet-less
Scooter companies like Bird and Lime do not currently provide helmets for their riders. A recent UCLA study shows riders without helmets suffer the worst injuries.LAist:During a year of study, doctors...
02:19 pm PST - Sun, January 27, 2019
BoingBoing Looks like the Deepmind Starcraft AI relied on superhuman speed after all
Deepmind presented an AI that could beat human champions at Starcraft II. It claimed the AI was limited to what human players can physically do, putting its achievement in the realm of strategic anal...
01:00 pm PST - Sun, January 27, 2019
BoingBoing Grow boatloads of Instagram followers with these 4 tools
Everybody's on Instagram to be seen, but what separates the average selfies-and-food account from the true influencers? Chances are, it's not random chance. Check out our favorite online tools geared ...
05:29 am PST - Sun, January 27, 2019
BoingBoing It's the mighty Flash
No one but the pure at heart may find the Golden Grail.Oh, Flash! Read the rest...
03:08 pm PST - Sat, January 26, 2019
BoingBoing Predatory lender found to have swindled veterans' pensions for eight years, so Trump's CFPB fined him $1
Mark Corbett has settled with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- founded by Elizabeth Warren and then gutted by Trump appointee and awful person Mick Mulvaney, now the White House Chief of St...
02:12 pm PST - Sat, January 26, 2019
BoingBoing Supercut of Sean Bean calling people "Bastard"
All in the form of signature character Richard Sharpe add Ed Stark and we'd be here all weekend. Read the rest...
01:47 pm PST - Sat, January 26, 2019
BoingBoing The Welsh alphabet
Regional languages of the British Isles for the win. In Morpheshire we called it Glitchtongue.Previously: Read the rest...
01:00 pm PST - Sat, January 26, 2019
BoingBoing These are the last workout earbuds you'll ever need
The wheel. The light bulb. Throughout history, the best technology has always been simple and elegant. That's especially true for a good pair of earbuds, which should sound like they're packing an orc...
12:16 pm PST - Sat, January 26, 2019
BoingBoing The Curse of Bigness: Tim Wu channels Brandeis on Big Tech (and Big Everything Else)
Tim Wu (previously) is best known for coining the term "Net Neutrality" but the way he got there was through antitrust and competition scholarship: in his latest book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust ...
06:36 am PST - Sat, January 26, 2019
BoingBoing Remembering "the Truffle Shuffle"
Chunk was HANDS DOWN the coolest Goonie of them all! Read the rest...
06:12 am PST - Sat, January 26, 2019
BoingBoing Brilliant video: Wilbur Ross dubbed over Mr. Burns
Watch the video below. As a wise man once said, "God bless America!"Fixed it: Wilbur Ross dubbed over Mr. Burns pic.twitter.com/UQn8Hq6WrR— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) January 24, 2019(Thanks, Bo...
03:07 am PST - Sat, January 26, 2019
BoingBoing Nancy Pelosi: 'What does Putin have on Trump, politically, personally or financially?'
Deliberate, coordinated effort by top Trump campaign officials to subvert the will of the American people...
01:22 am PST - Sat, January 26, 2019
BoingBoing Spies tried to infiltrate Citizen Lab and trick them into talking about their research on Israeli spytech company NSO Group
Citizen Lab (previously) is a world-renowned research group that specializes in deep, careful investigations into the nexus of state and private surveillance, outing everything from the Chinese spies ...
07:55 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Roger Stone Yakety Sax
ICYMI. Read the rest...
07:49 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Customer finds a human bone tucked inside a newly-purchased pair of socks
Whether legit or not, plenty of people have reported finding at least a piece of a human finger in their food (from thumb skin in an Arby's sandwich to a finger in Kohl's Frozen Custard, according to ...
07:43 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Lawrence Lessig on designing a corruption-resistant democracy for a virtual world
Lawrence Lessig (previously) has spent years articulating the case against corruption of the political sphere (and has written a superb book on the subject); now he's helping to design the political f...
07:36 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Watch Kraftwerk's earliest concert video and witness the birth of the man-machines
From the archives of Germany's public broadcasting institution WDR, this televised concert video of Kraftwerk from 1970, the year of the band's formation. Even then, their post-Krautrock motorik dynam...
07:22 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing This cordless Dremel clone is so cheap you can buy an extra and use it as a milk frother
I've had nothing but good experiences with Tacklife tools, so I didn't hesitate to order this Cordless Rotary Tool, chargeable via USB. I will review it once I get it, but the reason I'm posting it no...
07:08 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing 70 years of douchebag style
Man buns, mullets, duckfaces, and spray tans. Enjoy 70 years of douchebag style. Read the rest...
06:38 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing "Slow multitasking" is the good kind of multitasking
There's plenty of research that provides evidence to support the idea that multitasking is a fool's bargain: instead of getting two things done at once, you go slower on both, and do worse. But there'...
06:26 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing At least 14,000 IRS workers did not show up to work this week, disobeying Trump's order
Despite Trump's order to to call 26,000 unpaid IRS workers back to work (still without pay, of course), at least 14,000 of them did not show up at the office as of Tuesday, according to The Washington...
06:24 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Washington State seeks to outlaw "dwarf-tossing" at bars and strip clubs
The practice of clothing small adults in velcro and tossing them at velcro targets will be banned in bars and strip clubs, if Senate Bill 5486 passes the Washington State legislature."No holder of a r...
06:17 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Jonathan Coulton is kickstarting an album of 70s soft rock covers
The marvellous Jonathan Coulton (previously) is crowdfunding for his next album, Some Guys, "An album of 70s soft rock covers that sound exactly like the originals" (America, Stephen Bishop, Gilbert O...
06:13 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the time Mark Zuckerberg stun-gunned a goat, knifed it, and served it... and other matters
Rolling Stone published a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. There aren't any bombshells on the big stuff like Nazis on the platform, harassment, and disinformation, but the...
06:07 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Even as Google was making nice during employee walkout, it was secretly asking the Trump administration to ban email labor organizing
Last year, Google was rocked by a string of employee uprisings: first over selling AI tools to the Pentagon for use in drone development; then over the clandestine development of a censored Chinese se...
06:05 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Roger Stone released on bond
Roger Stone, the former Trump advisor arrested this morning and charged with obstructing justice and witness tampering, was released on a $250,000 bond after his preliminary hearing. Here's a shot of ...
05:53 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Leech smuggler busted at Toronto airport
A fellow was recently busted at Toronto Pearson International Airport for allegedly attempting to "import" 5,000 live leeches in his luggage. Apparently an airport security beagles sniffed out the par...
05:48 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing What is a "general strike," and is it time to have one?
A couple of days ago Teen Vogue published an article about "resistance, rebellion, and revolution" (see Cory's post about it). Today, Teen Vogue has another excellent article along the same lines. It'...
05:48 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Denver's legendary Tattered Cover bookstore "breaks up" with Audible
The Tattered Cover is one of the nation's great independent bookstores, ranking with New York's Strand, Portland's Powell's, and Salt Lake City's Weller Books; now in an open letter, the store has "br...
05:38 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Scientific study shows that adults sleep better when rocked as they snooze
Here's another fine development in sleep science today! A new study shows that young adults, like babies, sleep better when rocked. University of Geneva neuroscientist Laurence Bayer and colleagues bu...
05:33 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Emboldened by the LA teachers' "blue state" victory, Denver's teachers declare strike
Just days after LA teachers declared victory in their strike for better classroom conditions and limits on charter schools, their colleagues in Denver -- another "blue state" -- have voted to walk off...
05:32 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook sued for ripping off kids
Records in a class-action lawsuit uncovered Facebook's "multi-year effort" to bilk money from kids who unwittingly spent hundreds and thousands of dollars on games on Facebook, who refused to refund t...
05:28 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Michael Moore has a message to federal employees: "Don't go to work!"
With 800,000 federal employees either furloughed or expected to work without pay and expected by Trump to simply ask grocery stores for free food during the longest government shutdown in US history...
05:27 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Brief history of grid-based dungeon crawlers
The Digital Antiquarian offers a potted history of 1990s-era dungeon crawlers: the first-person kind that plays out in real time, but restricts players to movement on a grid to keeps things doable on ...
05:25 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Noise-cancelling pillow for bedmates of people who snore
Northern Illinois University researchers have designed a noise-cancelling pillow for people who sleep near loud snorers. It works using the same principle as noise-cancelling headphones but with an ad...
05:11 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Dung beetles fight to gain possession of a ball of dung
Two dung beetles engage in a fierce battle over a treasured ball of dung, which is their source of food. Off-camera, an amused human narrator provides colorful commentary. Read the rest...
04:56 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing German Minister of Justice to receive the largest EU petition in history, opposing Article 13 of the Copyright Directive
Katarina Barley, the German Minister of Justice, is set to receive this petition, now signed by more than 4.5 million Europeans, opposing the include of mandatory copyright filters (AKA Article 13) in...
04:54 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Pacific Northwest measles outbreak: "like taking a pail of gasoline and throwing a lighted match into it"
Failure to vaccinate can cause death. Maybe not killing your own child, tho it is not unlikely, the awful decision to not vaccinate puts at risk all the people who for good reasons can not get the sho...
04:18 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Trump's shutdown: LaGuardia shut, Philadelphia and Newark airports limping
LaGuardia is closed and PHL and Newark are facing major delays because there aren't enough TSA workers willing to work without pay to keep them open. I'm supposed to be flying from Burbank to Oakland ...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Learn piano the fun way with this new, hands-on method
The keyboard is one of the most universally loved instruments, and it's relatively easy to learn. So why do so many kids hate their piano lessons? It's likely they weren't being taught Pianoforall, an...
12:33 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Jeff "Sweet Tooth" Lemire's new horror comic Gideon Falls is spooky af
Jeff Lemire can do weird-spooky (see, e.g., his Twilight Zonish graphic novel Underwater Welder) and he can do gripping (see his amazing, post-apocalyptic Sweet Tooth), but in his newest graphic novel...
12:26 pm PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing The guy who always has a knife
This funny video lampoons the guy in your circle who always, for some reason, has a knife and a pretext to display it. Read the rest...
11:35 am PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Trump crony Roger Stone arrested
Roger Stone Jr., the Republican political trickster and former advisor to Donald Trump, was arrested early this morning in Fort Lauderdale on seven charges related to the Mueller probe.Stone, 66, was ...
04:00 am PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Trump: Unpaid federal workers should just go ask grocery stores for free food
Has Trump shopped for groceries ever in his life?...
02:00 am PST - Fri, January 25, 2019
BoingBoing Shiny Fu dog assemblage sculptures
Sculptor Jud Turner (previously) sez, "My childhood friend recently commissioned me to a pair of traditional Chinese Fu Dogs, which symbolize protection. He's of Chinese descent, recently bought a hou...
10:58 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing US Senator Michael Bennet is having none of Ted Cruz or this government shutdown
US Senator from the state of Colorado Michael Bennet explains why the government shutdown, President Trump and Ted Cruz are all full of shit. Read the rest...
09:19 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Florida's Secretary of State resigns after discovery of blackface photos
Having served a whopping 16 days in office, Florida's Republican (shocker) Secretary of State Mike Ertel has resigned after the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper obtained photos of Ertel in blackface, dr...
09:06 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Elizabeth Warren proposes Thomas Piketty-style annual wealth tax
Following recommendations set out in Thomas Piketty's landmark Capital in the 21st Century, would-be Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has proposed a 2% annual tax on household w...
08:34 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Delightful set of Mondrian sticky notes
Designers Assia Quetin and Catherine Denoyelle created this ingenious sticky note desk accessory inspired by the beloved abstract artist Piet Mondrian. "Monde Riant" is 13.75 from PA Design.Of course ...
08:17 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing That's one way to put leftover IKEA boxes to good use
Take that, Petsmart, with your overly expensive cat toys!Watch this very funny cat/DIY video from IMGURian YouWillAllReferToMeByTheNameBetty, a masterpiece.Putting the left over ikea boxes to good use...
08:11 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Keep your pets hydrated with a gravity waterer
With three cats, I was refilling their water bowl a lot, and often forgetting. Years ago I bought a gravity waterer and it is a huge relief, for me and the cats. I have the 1-gallon version (Amazon al...
08:01 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Excited to see the vet, a dog high-jumps 45 times in a row
I don't know what this vet does to incite such excitement, but this dog, Endo, in Fort Collins, Colorado, is jumping really high. Like above-the-counter high, causing the receptionist to break out in ...
08:01 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Chinese app offers map of "deadbeat debtors" near you
As part of its social credit system, China deployed an app that lets you see if a "deadbeat debtor" is within a 500-meter radius of you. From The Standard:The app name translates to map of deadbeat de...
07:56 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Man has alligator as emotional support animal
Joei Henney, 65, of Strinestown, Pennsylvania has an alligator as his registered emotional support animal. According to Henney, the 5-foot alligator, named Wally, helps Henney manage his depression. A...
07:48 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing 1,500 private jets coming to Davos
Even though jet travel is a major contributor to global warming, the pluto-kakisto-klepto-cracy coming to the World Economic Forum in Davos will arrive in an estimated 1,500 private jets. One of the t...
07:39 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he doesn't "understand why" unpaid federal workers need money
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is puzzled as to why 800,000 furloughed federal workers need to visit food banks to keep their families from starving, when they can simply get a loan.From Reuters:...
07:26 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Celebrity chef attempts DIY Pringles
Pringles are my favorite chip. In this Bon Apptit video, chef Claire Saffitz attempts to make them herself. Even if she nailed the form and the flavor, I don't think her technique would scale in my ho...
07:23 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing The Convoy: a glimpse of a deepfakes future owned by James O'Keefe-style hoaxers
On Motherboard, Brian Merchant's (previously) new science fiction story The Convoy poses an eerily plausible future for political deepfake hoaxing -- with James O'Keefe-alikes running the show -- that...
06:58 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Lasers can beam audible messages directly to people's ears
Researchers at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, a United States Department of Defense research facility, developed laser systems that can "transmit various tones, music and recorded speech at a conversationa...
06:53 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Classic Science Fiction: 'Day of the Triffids' is dated but haunting
Despite showing its age, John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids continues to be a consuming post-apocalyptic tale.A hit since its 1951 publication, I first read John Wyndham's landmark story of a post-apo...
06:51 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Braille RPG dice
Jack Berberette's Dots RPG project creates free, CC-licensed shapefiles for RPG dice with Braille faces (you can order readymades from Shapeways); they're part of a larger project to produce accessibl...
06:43 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Davos audience erupts in uneasy laughter at mention of AOC's proposal for a 70% tax on income over $10,000,000
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Michael Dell was asked about Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez's wildly popular proposal to tax income over $10,000,000 at 70%, but before he could answer ("Im...
06:33 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing An alternative to Wikileaks, new website says it'll leak Russian oligarch and Kremlin emails and documents tomorrow
Move over Wikileaks. A new leak site, Distributed Denial of Secrets (Tor), co-founded by "transparency activist" Emma Best, says they will leak hundreds of thousands of emails tomorrow, according to T...
06:31 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Why Mozart's The Magic Flute is on the Voyager Golden Record
Aria Code is WNYC Radio's captivating podcast that deconstructs famous arias. Believe me, even if you don't know anything about opera, or think you "don't like it," Aria Code is a fascinating way in. ...
06:23 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing The Myth of Capitalism: an ardent capitalist decries monopoly
Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith reviews Joanthan Tepper and Denise Hearn's The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition, in which Tepper (who does research that is sold to asset manag...
06:14 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing CBS won't say why it rejected a medical marijuana superbowl ad
Acreage Cannabis produced a one-minute commercial, intending to air it during the Superbowl. The ad consists of testimonials of people who've been helped by medical marijuana. CBS rejected the ad with...
05:55 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Booby trap in a "meth" house
See if you can guess how you would die if you walked up this completely innocuous staircase. Read the rest...
05:52 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Peak indifference: "extreme weather events" drive record US acceptance of climate change as an immediate problem
Peak indifference is the moment at which a far-off problem becomes so obvious that the number of people alarmed about it begins to grow of its own accord; a new Yale Program on Climate Change Communic...
05:33 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing The most sampled drum loop in history
The "Amen Break" is a six-second drum sample from a 1969 song called "Amen, Brother" by a band called The Winstons. Over time it became used in over 3,000 songs.From Great Big Story: What do Skrillex,...
05:29 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Watch this kid shred Smells Like Teen Spirit on the ukulele
This kid is a star in the making. Feng E, from Taiwan, has been strumming ukulele for six years, but that doesn't seem like enough time to reach this level of playing. He's got it all talent, charism...
04:58 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Secret Service challenge coin commemorates unpaid labor during the shutdown
The latest Secret Service challenge coin (previously) commemorates Trump's shutdown (which has nearly 1,000,000 people going without pay, and has undermined everything from air travel to the ability o...
04:56 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Sort by Controversial: training machine learning to sow irreparable divisions
Scott Alexander continues to delight with his works of short, sharp science fiction (previously): this time, it's "Sort by Controversial," a teachnolovecraftian story of training a machine learning sy...
04:24 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing The "reverse supply chain": vast warehouses of deeply discounted, returned goods
When your return your unwanted Amazon purchases, they end up with discounters who sell them by the palletload at pennies on the dollar, and millions of "reverse supply chain" specialists bid on these ...
02:47 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Google, Facebook and Microsoft were the top sponsors of a conference that featured climate change denial kooks
Libertycon is the annual conference of Students for Liberty, a libertarian youth group, held in DC; at this year's conference, Google was the $25,000 platinum sponsor, while Facebook and Microsoft wer...
02:24 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook sold out the internet, secretly lobbied IN FAVOUR of upload filters
Though Facebook's lobbying associations spent the whole debate over the EU Copyright Directive arguing (correctly) that algorithmic filters to catch copyright infringement would end up blocking mounta...
01:00 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Boost your resume with this project management training course
In a competitive business landscape, employers need to know that their management hires are going to produce results. And if there's one way to show that, it's with a certification in Lean Six Sigma, ...
12:36 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Photographing computers to show the art inside the black box
[Editor's note: I was utterly taken with the gorgeous photos in the new edition of Core Memory, photographer Mark Richards's lavish survey of the vintage computing hardware in Silicon Valley's gem, th...
12:30 pm PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Trump caves to Pelosi, agrees to delay State of the Union address
Trump:As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prer...
03:12 am PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing WATCH: Delightful stop-motion woodworking video
The finished piece he makes is such a delight, but so is watching it come together from spare scraps of wood. A crappy stopmotion of my woodworkingShared on IMGUR by IMGUrian Basil123, who thought it ...
02:13 am PST - Thu, January 24, 2019
BoingBoing Microsoft confirms 'Bing is currently inaccessible in China'
Bada bing, bada banned. China has blocked Bing, Microsoft's search engine, tonight.Bing.com is not accessible inside China, per reports throughout the country. Microsoft says weve confirmed that Bing ...
11:42 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Glenn Millers death plane, Robert Dursts cannibal appetites, and exploding heads in this weeks dubious tabloids
There are trace elements of facts in many of this weeks tabloids stories, but that hasnt stopped the rags alchemists from spinning gold out of these barely-detectable sub-atomic particles.George Cloon...
11:28 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing WATCH: Two New Adam Savage #MythbustersJr episodes, 'Demolition Dominoes' and 'Gravity Defying Carl'
I've really been enjoying the new 'MythBusters Jr', Adam Savage's new science exploration show featuring... kids. Really smart awesome talented kids. Adam Savage will be Tweeting live during tonight's...
09:44 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing After Net Neutrality repeal, Comcast, Charter and Verizon cut investment in their networks
When Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai cheated his way to a repeal of Net Neutrality, he justified allowing ISPs to decide to slow down the services you want to use by saying that doing so would encourage i...
09:01 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Glass screen protector for our Nintendo Switch
Glass screen protectors have saved me $100s of dollars in repairs. I use them on our cellphones, tablets and now on the Nintendo Switch my daughter and I share.Simple to apply, these glass screen prot...
08:26 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing The Office documentary reportedly confirmed by Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration
Robert Ray Shafer who played Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration on the US version of The Office apparently posted the below to his Facebook page confirming a documentary in production about the beloved sh...
07:52 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Stainless steel taco holders on sale
We have tacos about once a week, and every time I pull out these stainless steel taco holders, I'm glad I bought them. They make it easy to load your taco with cheese, tomatoes, avocado, and salsa, an...
07:31 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Cockatiel sings "Another One Bites the Dust"
I'm surprised the record company hasn't filed a takedown notice and confiscated the bird for being an illegal recording of "Another One Bites the Dust."Another one bites the dust Read the rest...
07:22 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing This video shows how long it takes for light to travel from Earth to Mars and back again
At this scale, light moves at a snail's pace.From the YouTube description: "This is the distance between Earth, the Moon and Mars with the correct distances but with Earth, Moon and Mars 20 times bigg...
07:21 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Special deal on 2 extra-large inflatable unicorn heads
These Rainbow Unicorn Foil Balloons are 32 inches long, ship uninflated as pairs, and we are promised that the "pretty design is on both sides". Finally. Read the rest...
07:21 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Shapeshifting microrobots to travel through your bloodstream
Continuing the quest to design robots that could travel through our bodies to deliver drugs and cure disease, researchers at EPFL and ETH Zurich demonstrated tiny shape-shifting microrobots that swim ...
07:15 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: Here's what emus look like when they are first hatching
These baby aliens, er, emus are hatching at the same time a "simultaneous breakout," as the person behind the camera calls it. I only wish she would have kept the camera rolling until these babies ma...
07:13 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing A psychotic rogue Japanese otter mascot concerns city officials
Susaki is a city in Japan. They have a cute otter named Shinjokun with nearly 500k Twitter followers, and who serves as an honorary tourism ambassador. But then someone created a Twitter account for C...
06:53 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Data-broker implicated in bounty-hunters' access to mobile location data lobbied FCC to fight consent for sharing location data
When Motherboard broke the story of a thriving underground in bounty-hunters and other unsavory sorts buying realtime location data from America's cellular carriers, many were outraged that the carrie...
06:50 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Trump team photoshopped him to have larger hands and a better suit
The BBC posted an amusing graphic that lets you flip between the original photo of Mr. Trump and the photoshopped version. But I've made a gif here that says it all. Here are the two source images. Fi...
06:31 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Chinese scientist who edited babies' genes has been fired and may face criminal charges
An investigation by the health ministry in Guangdong, China determined that scientist He Jiankui broke national laws when he used the CRISPR gene-editing technique to engineer human embryos with resis...
06:29 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing To do in Boston Mar 23/24: The Free Software Foundation's Libreplanet conference
The Free Software Foundation has announced the keynotes for its 2019 Libreplanet conference: Debian pioneer Bdale Garbee; Micky Metts from the MayFirst People Link Leadership Committee, Solidarity Eco...
06:21 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing US residents who went to Mexico for surgery returned with deadly superbug
An alarming story in the Washington Post about US residents going to Mexico for more affordable surgery and then contracting a deadly microbial infection.Tamika Capone thought she was making a smart c...
06:17 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Limits to trickle-down: Trump's tax-cut "boom" fizzles
Trump's multi-trillion-dollar giveaway to the richest Americans and largest US corporations led to a rise in GDP, but it was a short-lived sugar-high: the major effect was a trillion dollars in stock ...
06:08 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Corporate America projects giant profits from climate disasters
Though firms may worry about profits now that Trump's decision to let the world boil in its own juices rather than offend the hydrocarbon lobby (Coke may run out of water, Disney may run out of themep...
06:03 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Trailer for "Beach Bum," Harmony Korine's new weirdo stoner comedy
Writer/director Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo, Spring Breakers) is back at the shore for Beach Bum, a stoner burnout comedy starring Matthew McConaughey with Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Jimmy Bu...
05:43 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Kickstarting a monthly zine that celebrates 1923 works that entered the public domain this year
This month, for the first time in a generation, America's public domain grew, as the 20-year freeze created by the 1998 changes to copyright law finally thawed.The remarkable Parker Higgins (previousl...
05:29 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Passenger confronts Republican Congressman sitting in first class on plane during government shutdown
While 57,000 TSA employees are expected to work without pay during the government shutdown, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), a government worker himself, thinks it's just dandy to travel first class. While...
05:27 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing A surprise meteorite hit the moon during Monday's total lunar eclipse
During Monday's super wolf blood moon lunar eclipse, some observers noticed a tiny flash on the surface. Turns out that was a football-sized meteorite smashing into the western surface of the moon. Th...
05:26 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing After six days, LA teachers settle their strike, wringing huge concessions out of the school district
After six school days on the picket line, more then 30,000 LA public school teachers voted to accept an offer from the nation's second-largest school district that amounted to a near-total capitulatio...
04:58 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Winners Take All: the Davos Edition (how elites launder looting with phoney philanthropy)
With the World Economic Forum kicking off in Davos, Switzerland -- where the super-rich are already decrying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's massively popular 70% tax-rate on earning over $10,000,000 -- it...
04:56 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Make a RetroPie tabletop arcade game player with the help of a Glowforge laser cutter
[This post is sponsored by Glowforge. To get $100 off a Glowforge Basic, $250 off a Glowforge Plus, or $500 off a Glowforge Pro use the link glowforge.com/boingboing.]My 15-year-old daughter and I lov...
04:43 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing How a political outsider's fundraising tool is helping insurgent, working-class Dems mount primary challenges and campaigns
Grassroots Analytics is a small, obscure founded by Danny Hogenkamp, a 24-year-old who studied Arabic in college and had not been involved in politics until he joined the 2016 Congressional campaign o...
04:01 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Free game: What Remains of Edith Finch
What Remains of Edith Finch is free this month from the Epic store. I downloaded it last night and couldn't stop playing until I was done. It's a detailed, polished walking simulator that clocks in at...
01:32 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Blur's Song 2 performed on the Floppotron
Get your head checked with the latest from the Floppotron, an electronic music instrument comprising floppy drives and other ingeniously abused computing peripherals. [Previously at BB] Read the rest...
01:27 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing In 1979 two families sought to escape East Germany in a hot-air balloon
In 1978 two families hatched a daring plan to escape East Germany: They would build a hot-air balloon and sail it by night across the border. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'l...
01:20 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Donald J. Trump is... TARIFF MAN: Righting wrongs and funding walls
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Tariff Man takes money from Americans and courageously pretends that equals Mexico paying for the wall!...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Pay what you want for this Python bundle
For the newbie, Python can seem like the most intimidating programming language. After all, it can be used to create everything from simple apps to vast networks of web crawlers. But there are fundame...
12:52 am PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Adorable photos of tiny baby doing super manly things
Baby Ryan doing manly things. Yes, please.Our son was born premature 9 weeks early weighing just under 3 lbs,says IMGURian bonebowl. I like to joke that he wasn't premature, he's just advanced. So ...
12:40 am PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Australia may have just backdoored your mobile phone
A really bad new law in Australia gives police the right to force companies like Apple to 'backdoor', or create encryption circumvention alternatives, in all their products. The issue has been contro...
12:32 am PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing 'Bobs Burgers' embroidery portraits of every Belcher family character
'Bobs Burgers' fans and stitching crafters, get ready to flip out. I made the entire Belcher family into embroidery hoops, says IMGURian loveandasandwich, aka Chelsea Bloxsom.All done on 8 inch embroi...
12:19 am PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Uber's internal investigators 'overworked, underpaid, emotionally traumatized' with 1,200 cases a week: Report
"A single suicide by an Uber investigator who posts that they could not 'take' the job demands any longer will be fodder for the national if not international news media," the memo said....
12:12 am PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing Twitter is slow-rolling out a simpler web interface, some users get it first
A new Twitter is coming, tweeted Twitter today.Some of you got an opt-in to try it now. Check out the emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, upgraded trends, advanced search, and more. Let us know yo...
12:02 am PST - Wed, January 23, 2019
BoingBoing DHS issues security order after DNS hijack attacks from Iran, 6 agency domains already affected
The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday issued an emergency security alert urging federal civilian agencies to secure login credentials for their respective internet domain records. The alert f...
11:59 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Senator Mark Warner's Stop STUPIDITY Act would protect federal employees' pay during shutdowns
Senator Mark Warner [D-VA] has introduced the Stop STUPIDITY (Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years) Act, which would "keep the government running in the c...
11:29 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Newark airport halted all flights after 2 drones spotted flying nearby
Two drones flying near Newark Liberty International Airport led to a full stop on all flights. The airport, also known as EWR, serves the greater New York City area. Federal Aviation Administration of...
10:54 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing This BBC video shows the science-tested way to make the ultimate cup of tea
Cherry Healey met with a scientist who taught her how to make a superior cup of tea. tl;dr: Don't use a styrofoam mug (it absorbs flavor), do use a red mug (it tricks your brain into making the tea ta...
10:10 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Restored video of High Street in Marseille, France in 1896
I appreciate all the work Guy Jones puts into restoring old movies. He replaces the herky-jerky motion with a more natural looking motion and adds sound that matches the action. Here's a short film of...
09:37 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Handheld Oregon Trail game on sale at a deep discount
Recall the days of being a well-adjusted middle-schooler, free of pimples, bullies, authoritarian teachers, and self-doubt, by playing this dirt-cheap Oregon Trail handheld game. Learn about the reali...
09:12 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing EXCLUSIVE: Even MORE shocking video of the Covington teens
I am so sick of the fucking handwringing shit over those racist kids. Read the rest...
08:04 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman uses backhoe to destroy Travelodge
All we have to go on here is the YouTube description: "Unpaid contractor destroys travelodge" and some blow-by-blow comments from an excited witness. Read the rest...
08:03 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Bushwookies rejoice! Fortnite has added the Sneaky Snowman
Fortnite Battle Royale is constantly adding new items, weapons, vehicles and locations. The latest? The Sneaky Snowman.The winter-themed map has a lot of Snowmen hanging around it. Now you can disguis...
07:58 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Woman says she was forcibly stripped naked for 12 hours by sheriff
Zandrea Askew (28), a Marine Corps veteran, was detained by an Illinois sheriff's department on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. She is now suing the department for forcibl...
07:28 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Lady Gaga interrupts her concert to scold Pence: "You are the worst representation" of Christianity
Lady Gaga interrupted her performance during her Enigma show in Las Vegas this weekend to chew out Mike Pence. While singing "Million Reasons," she stops mid-song to say, "If the fucking president of ...
07:25 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing New Recomendo - six tips of things I like
I write a weekly newsletter with Kevin Kelly and Claudia Dawson called Recomendo (subscribe here). Here's the latest issue:Searchable RecomendoWe made a searchable, inexpensive version of our Recomend...
06:51 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing A fully-grown man takes an axe to his house and car when he thinks his wife messed with his action figures
A 35-year-old boy had a temper tantrum over the weekend when he thought his wife had damaged some of his action figures. After she left the house, he rebelled by taking a log-splitting axe and smashin...
06:29 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Retired CIA operative warns us "Convergence Is Worse Than Collusion"
I heard former CIA 'clandestine serviceman' Jon Sipher on Renato Mariotti's fantastic podcast On Topic.Sipher describes how Trump and Putin's colliding interests are far more threatening to the future...
06:17 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Republican Arizona lawmaker revives doomed "porn tax" to fund Trump's doomed border-wall
Anti-porn troll Chris Sevier (previously) has built his career by convincing grandstanding Republican state lawmakers to introduce doomed, unconstitutional porn-tax laws that would require in-state IS...
06:03 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing An annotated bibliography of anarchism in science fiction
Ben Beck has relaunched his 30+ year-old AnarchySF site, with new contributions from Eden Kupermintz and Yanai Sened; it's billed as "an open-source repository of anarchist or anarchy-adjacent science...
05:56 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing The surgeon who removed his own appendix
On April 29, 1961, Dr. Leonid Rogozov was in Antarctica in a blizzard when his stomach began to hurt. Badly. The only physician on the Soviet Antarctic Expedition, Rogozov realized his appendix needed...
05:41 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing The sad history of Livejournal as a lens for understanding the state of social media today
Like Facebook, Livejournal was built in a bright student's dormroom; but unlike Facebook, LJ wasn't built "for nonconsensually rating the fuckability of stolen photos of undergrads," but rather as a c...
05:29 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Drunk gentleman gets aggressive mid-flight, punches passenger before plane is diverted
A Scoot Airlines plane flying from the Gold Coast in Australia to Singapore had to cut the flight short, landing in Sydney, when a gentleman became "unruly." About 20 minutes after the plane took off,...
05:28 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Teen Wolf is so '80s
Made in 1985 to share the hardships of growing up a werewolf, Rollin Augusts "Rod" Daniel's Teen Wolf serves as a most excellent time capsule.From the graffiti in Michael J. Fox's locker to Michael J....
05:20 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Vice employee convinced the Illuminati hang out at Denver Airport
Denver is a huge airport, and I hate connecting there, but the Illuminati probably have a cooler hideout.How could there be a Harley dealer inside the Illuminati HQ? Read the rest...
04:56 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Matt Taibbi on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs the US political establishment
Matt Taibbi (previously) is in characteristically fine form here: the average Congressjerk is mythologized as a "brilliant 4-D chess player" but "would lose at checkers to a zoo gorilla": they are onl...
04:41 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Teen Vogue explainer: what are "resistance, rebellion, and revolution?"
Teen Vogue continues its excellent tradition of radical reporting with Lucy Diavolo's explainer on the definitions and relative merits and demerits of "resistance," "rebellion" and "revolution."Diavol...
03:26 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Astonishing aerial view of Hong Kong's public housing towers
Aerial photographer and filmmaker Toby Harriman turned his lens on the soaring public housing apartment block towers in Hong Kong. The result is a stunning film and series of stills that convey the be...
03:13 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Supreme Court lets military transgender ban go into effect
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today allowed the enforcement of President Trump's ban on transgender people from the military. The Trump administration was earlier blocked from implementing...
02:41 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing English and Welsh Ramblers have seven years left to catalogue the nation's footpaths, or they will be absorbed into private lands
There are an estimated 140,000 miles of footpaths in England and Wales, public rights of way that cut across all manner of private land, and due to various quirks of history they have never been fully...
02:28 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing A list of all the booze in Casablanca (surprisingly long!)
Bruce Sterling cataloged all the onscreen booze in Casablanca, producing a surprisingly long list (Sterling: "ranted, theyve all got plenty to drink about, but gee whiz.") A French 75 sounds a little ...
02:25 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Weirdly compelling game: Which domain name is more expensive?
The Domain Name Pricing Game is surprisingly addictive and rather surreal. I'm terrible at it though.Martin O'Leary created the game based on an idea by Holly Gramazio. "Please don't buy any of thes...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Striking photo essay about Oakland's Black Panther Party (1968)
Fifty years ago, San Francisco's DeYoung Museum exhibited Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones's striking photo essay depicting Oakland's Black Panther Party at the peak of their community activism and...
01:35 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Florida man pulls gun, racial slurs on kids in street argument
The video begins in medias res during the annual "Wheels Up, Guns Down" bicycle ride, with a group of teens and an older woman engaged in a heated dispute over the riders' blocking of traffic. As the ...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Build your dream website with this trove of WordPress themes
Building a website on WordPress has always been easy. But if you really want to make your website stand out from the growing crowd, you're going to need some help. For our money, a subscription to Sto...
12:37 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing New Orleans Saints fan destroys TV with a single punch
The New Orleans Saints lost the NFC Championship on Sunday to the Los Angeles Rams in overtime. The Saints were the victims of one of the worst blown pass interference calls in recent memory and ended...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Astonishing aerial view of Hong Kong's public housing towers
Aerial photographer and filmmaker Toby Harriman turned his lens on the soaring public housing apartment block towers in Hong Kong. The result is a stunning film and series of stills that convey the be...
08:08 am PST - Tue, January 22, 2019
BoingBoing Ozzy Osbourne sells bat plushie with detachable head
On Sunday, Ozzy Osbourne launched pre-orders for this darling plushie bat with a detachable head, and it has already sold out. Today is the 37th anniversary of Ozzy's show at Veterans Memorial Auditor...
09:30 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Latvia opens up its KGB files and names 4,000 "informants," many of whom claim they were framed
When Latvia attained independence in 1991, the retreating KGB left behind two sacks and two briefcases containing indexed records of the secret informants who had been paid to turn in their neighbors ...
08:40 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Watch as the Ghostbusters franchise gets even more fractured
A sequel to the first two Ghostbusters movies is in the works. Leslie Jones, who played Ghostbuster Patty Toland in the latest Ghostbusters film, a reinvention of the entire franchise, is unhappy with...
08:13 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Shoshana Zuboff discusses her new book, "Surveillance Capitalism"
Ever since academic Shoshana Zuboff coined the term "Surveillance Capitalism" in 2015, it's become a touchstone for the debate over commercial surveillance (we've cited it hundreds of times). This wee...
07:07 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Read the fine print on this coyote warning sign
This fine sign from Stephen Zunes facebook page. Read the rest...
06:36 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Flight attendant forced to wipe passenger's rear
An EVA airlines flight attendant, supported by her union, complains the airline has failed to curb a routine problem flyer. Her recent experience sounds absolutely dreadful.Folks need different types ...
06:20 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Fantastic interview with Martin Luther King Jr.
THIS. IS. GOLD.There's a lot of MLK interviews out there but this is my best.Seriously deep.pic.twitter.com/NcETBCv6bU#MLKDay#MartinLutherKingJrDay— The Hummingbird (@SaysHummingbird) Janua...
05:49 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing "The red MAGA hat is the new white hood."
The red MAGA hat is the new white hood. Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself. #FirstThoughtsWhenIWakeUp— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_...
05:13 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing The EU's ambitious, fearless antitrust czar is unlikely to win another term
Margrethe Vestager (previously) has been the EU antitrust commissioner for five years, and now she is getting ready to step down (her party is unlikely to prevail next year, so she will likely be repl...
04:42 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing The Boing Boing blog turns 19 today
Nineteen years ago today, Mark decided to do some research on the new Blogger service for an article in The Industry Standard, and so he created a blog and started posting to it (the Standard spiked t...
04:20 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing "Capitalism has outlived its usefulness" -Martin Luther King, Jr
"I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started...
04:20 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream," the deep house mix
From 1989, Fingers Inc.'s beautiful mix of "Can You Feel It" with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech: Read the rest...
03:06 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Using pikes to confront and immobilize knife-wielding troublemakers
If American police were trained to do this sort of thing, how could they experience the joy of lethal escalation? [via]The British police don't use pikes, but they do have ways and means. Read the res...
02:49 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing The Nazis and your privacy
The nonprofit organization to which I belong recently put the personal data of around 410,000 people on the internet, connected to interactive street maps of where they lived. The data includes their ...
02:39 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Aussie cops filmed beating kid with autism, disabled senior, and more
"Horrific" CCTV footage shows a group of Aussie cops savagely beating a teen with autism, and the resulting outrage is drawing attention to the country's worsening reputation for police brutality. In ...
01:59 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Fox & Friends apologizes for announcing death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who lives
Too bad, conservatives! Fox & Friends apologized on Monday after briefly airing a graphic suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead.As the show came back from commercials,...
01:31 pm PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Kamala Harris makes it official
California Senator and former attorney general Kamala Harris is running for President.Kamala Harris announced Monday that she is running for president in 2020, arguing that the time has come to fight ...
12:13 am PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing CES-goer says his camera was killed by a self-driving car's LIDAR
Jit Ray Chowdhury attended CES in his capacity as an autonomous vehicle engineer, and while there, snapped a picture of a self-driving car equipped with a LIDAR system from Aeye; he says the LIDAR's l...
12:08 am PST - Mon, January 21, 2019
BoingBoing Longer video of Native Americans, MAGA cap high-schoolers, and Black Hebrew Israelites encounter tells a different story
The story about an encounter between a group of high schoolers at a March for Life rally and Native Americans at an Indigenous People's March in Washington DC appears to be more complex than what was ...
05:44 pm PST - Sun, January 20, 2019
BoingBoing Online viewer for Windows 98's icon set
win98icons.alexmeub.com presents Windows 98's meticulously utilitarian and currently fashionable icons in an easy, no-nonsense way.Why are they so good?Rather than some designers flashy vision of the ...
03:20 pm PST - Sun, January 20, 2019
BoingBoing Another newsreader calls MLK Jr "Martin Luther C**n"
Slip of the tongue! We just can't help ourselves! Kevin Steincross, a veteran morning anchor on Fox2 St. Louis, was discussing an upcoming tribute to the civil rights leader when he pronounced Dr. Kin...
02:18 pm PST - Sun, January 20, 2019
BoingBoing Sci-Fi Sundays: Analog, December 1962
2019 started off with a rather interesting tweet from Elon Musk. He was showing off the "Starship test flight rocket" from SpaceX. This thing evokes a strong bit of imagery that has been so deeply int...
02:00 pm PST - Sun, January 20, 2019
BoingBoing This case turns your iPhone into a point-and-shoot camera
These days, there isn't much our iPhone camera can't do - except feel like an actual phone. Despite years of steadily increasing resolution and image sensing technology, we're still taking shots awkwa...
10:52 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Fundraising to save Burbank's horror bookstore Dark Delicacies
Burbank's amazing quarter-century institution Dark Delicacies is a horror book-, memoribilia- and clothing-store that is a community hub for genre creators, hosting a wonderful stream of events, signi...
05:36 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Mob of young MAGA hat wearers surrounds Native American elder and mock him
Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts are on lockdown this morning after a video was posted that shows a mob of students intimidating a Native American e...
05:36 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Mob of young MAGA hat wearers surrounds Native American elder and mock him [UPDATED WITH NEW VIDEO]
UPDATE 1-20-19: This story appears to be more complex than what was seen in the video above and from news reports in the Washington Post, CNN, New York Times, and other major news media. After watchin...
05:00 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!
Neil Gaiman says Edgar Allan Poe should be read aloud, and he's right: he recorded this video of him reading "The Raven" in 2016 as part of Pat Rothfuss's Worldbuilders charity drive. It's Poe's birth...
04:55 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing The EU's plan to impose mandatory copyright filters is on life-support and may die
This Monday, the final "trilogue" (a meeting between the European Parliament, the European Presidency, and the EU member-states) was supposed to convene to wrap up the negotiations on the first update...
04:04 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing AOC's debut speech as Congresswoman is the most popular Congressional video in C-SPAN history
It's been three days since C-SPAN posted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's amazing, stirring freshman speech from the floor of Congress, and it has smashed all Congressional C-SPAN records with 3.1m views (a...
03:54 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Regular says she was banned from eating at the bar at Manhattan's fancy Nello restaurant because she might be a sex-worker
After marketing executive Clementine Crawford published an essay about being banned from eating at the bar at her favorite New York restaurant, Nello, because the owner (already notorious for labor ab...
03:54 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Regular says she was banned from eating at the bar at Manhattan's scammy Nello restaurant because she might be a sex-worker
After marketing executive Clementine Crawford published an essay about being banned from eating at the bar at her favorite New York restaurant, Nello (a notorious ripoff joint), because the owner (alr...
03:25 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Firefox is finally fixing its broken screenshot tool
Firefox's screenshot tool has a lot going for it, but after two days of trying to use it I gave up and went back to using Ksnapshot (now Spectacle) for the near-constant screenshotting I do, all day l...
02:31 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Delicious unicorn poop
Unicorn poop [Amazon] appears to be pastel-colored gourmet marshmallow chunks flavored with strawberry, lime, lemon and orange, guaranteed to be gluten- and nut-free. But don't let that put you off: I...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Hit those fitness goals at home with these virtual trainers
Still determined to keep those New Year's health resolutions? If you're going to stick with the exercise plan, it's enough of a challenge to budget your time. No need for your financial budget to take...
01:37 pm PST - Sat, January 19, 2019
BoingBoing Teens in trouble after Nazi salutes go viral
Two high school students from Minnetonka, Minnesota, photographed themselves performing Nazi salutes and holding a dance invitation full of Hitler-themed puns. While I do not know whether it was an in...
07:51 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing China is blurring men's earrings on TV
Chinese TV is blurring out the ears of men wearing earrings. From CNN:It's unclear if Chinese regulators have issued a specific directive barring men from being shown wearing earrings, or whether TV s...
07:41 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Android malware uses accelerometer readings to figure out if it was running on a real phone or in emulation
Malware authors have a problem: they want their software to run aggressively when no one is looking at it, but to shut down entirely if the device it's running on is actually in some malware researche...
07:39 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Twitch Presents is streaming classic 'Doctor Who' thru most of January
Watch live video from TwitchPresents on www.twitch.tvI stopped watching Doctor Who after the War Doctor episode. I've never watched again, and I wasn't going to -- I completely lost interest. I just h...
07:36 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on ball-end hex key sets
I've written about ball-end hex keys before. They are much easier to use when clearance is an issue. They fit into sockets at an angle. Tacklife has a great deal on this dual set of metric and US hex ...
07:32 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Plug in at an NSA charging station
Stop by and charge your phones @shmoocon! Courtesy of @NSAGov pic.twitter.com/yxIL8mohvi— Rob Joyce (@RGB_Lights) January 18, 2019Let me think about that... nope.(h/t Bob Lord) Read the rest...
07:21 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Excellent video shows how pull-back toy cars work
You've probably played with one of those toy cars that you drag back to wind up and then let go to let it zoom across the floor. In this video, Jared Owen uses 3D animation to clearly show how the mec...
07:01 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Trailer for "The Drone," a horror film about a sentient flying drone
The Drone, currently in post-production, is a real movie about a killer drone. From the trailer description:A serial killer transfers his consciousness into a consumer drone right before he is killed,...
06:59 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing An archive of Freedom, Paul Robeson and Louis Burnham's radical Harlem newspaper
Freedom, published in Harlem during the Cold War and McCarthy years, was Paul Robeson and Louis Burnham's radical black paper that "ppenly challenged racism, imperialism, colonialism, and political re...
06:55 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Japanese company develops artificial meteor showers on demand
A Japanese start-up built a microsatellite that was launched into orbit today. The satellite contains 400 tiny balls that can be released on demand and will burn brightly enough to be seen on Earth as...
06:39 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Organized crime is laundering money through Fortnite's in-game currency
Criminals are using stolen credit cards to buy Fortnite V-bucks, then selling the in-game currency for bitcoin at a discount on the dark web as a way to launder money. From The Independent:Discounted ...
06:32 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing The Grand Tour Season 3 is here!
Amazon just sent me a text saying The Grand Tour Season 3 is now available. I'll be back in a few hours! Read the rest...
06:27 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Unsealed court documents reveal that Facebook knew kids were being tricked into spending thousands of dollars on their parents' credit cards
In 2012, Facebook settled a class-action suit with parents who claimed that their kids were being tricked into spending real money on game items, thinking they were spending virtual in-game currency; ...
06:10 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Why charter schools are the flashpoint for the LA teachers' strike
When teachers from the largest school district in America walked off the job this week, they were not campaigning for wages: rather, they were demanding smaller classes; more librarians, counselors, a...
06:09 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Diver swims with 20-foot great white shark
Watch marine biologist Ocean Ramsey (yes, Ocean is her first name!) swim with a 20-foot great white shark off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. First spotted off Guadalupe in 2014, this animal, nicknamed "De...
06:02 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Sasha Baron Cohen in disguise triggers racist townsfolk with plans for giant mosque
Sascha Baron Cohen put on a funny disguise and went to a small town in the United States to tell the residents of a plan to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. The townsfolk...
05:49 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing A megathread of dirty industry secrets that you'll be glad you know even as you wish you didn't
Holly, a Harvard seminarian and activist, invited Twitter users to DM her the dirty secrets of their industries, which she then anonymized and posted in a megathread with more than 600 parts (as of th...
05:46 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Auction for entire series of Supreme skateboard decks expected to hit nearly $1 million
Launched as a NYC skateshop in 1994, streetwear brand Supreme has become a religion for hypbeasts (and the flippers who serve them). Now, a private collector is auctioning off their collection of ever...
05:34 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Check out this amazing collection of playable spoken word LPs
Here's an incredible collection of digitized historical LPs you can listen to online. A lot of them remind me of podcast episodes, like this record about "big-lie-technique" master Senator Joseph R.Mc...
05:26 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Trailer for "Lords of Chaos," the horror-thriller about Norwegian black metal and murder
In the early 1990s, the burgeoning black metal scene in Norway was plagued with jealousy, violence, arson, and eventually murder. Lords of Chaos, named after Michael Moynihan and Didrik Sderlind's exc...
05:22 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Start-up injects old people with the blood of the young
We are in serious bad sci-fi movie territory here.Ambrosia is a start-up offering "young blood" to people who are not "young." This blood is supposed to make you all awesome again! Like before your bl...
05:19 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Now EVERYBODY hates the new EU Copyright Directive
Until last spring, everyone wanted to see the new European Copyright Directive pass; then German MEP Axel Voss took over as rapporteur and revived the most extreme, controversial versions of two propo...
05:16 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Regardless of whether it ends his term, impeaching Trump have five likely benefits
Yoni Appelbaum's longread in The Atlantic on the case for impeaching Trump draws on heterodox interpretations of the Clinton and Johnson impeachments, as well as the Nixon impeachment, to argue that d...
05:01 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Measles strike the unvaccinated in Washington
Unvaccinated children exposed to the measles are catching and spreading the highly contagious disease in Washington's Clark County, JUST LIKE YOU WOULD EXPECT.The Oregonian:A measles outbreak in south...
02:30 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Enjoy delicious Perdue wood nuggets while you can
Perdue has recalled 60,000 pounds of chicken nuggets due to the presence of "wood" in them. The 22 ounce packages of frozen PERDUE SimplySmart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS GLUTEN FREE with...
02:18 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Those rectangular foam snow brooms are trash
We got one of these gadgets from The Lakeside Collection and it broke on the first use. It turns out the screw neck is made of the cheapest plastic known to man and is doomed to failure upon contact w...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Learn web design and development from all the angles with this bundle
Want a career in web design? It's true that these days, most anyone can throw up a page or two. But for true workhorse web design, you'll sometimes need to match the platform to the project. Enter the...
01:58 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Yikes is over.
Seeing a slight resurgence online this week, perhaps due to issues related to the government shutdown, is the viral term "Yikes!" I humbly propose that this shopworn exclamation be replaced for the du...
01:28 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing America's most honest used car salesman explains AS-IS
Cash Cars in Kansas City will take very little cash for very crappy vehicles. They are sold AS-IS, and yet Desmound Logan here must still explain to customers that when you pay $3,000 for a Tahoe, you...
01:15 pm PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Making a song from the Tropic Thunder "I'm a Dude" quote with Teenage Engineering's amazing OP-1
It's a very expensive wee gadget, the Teenage Engineering OP-1 [Amazon link; a used one from eBay is much cheaper]! Yuri Wong is an expert with its sampling and sequencing tools, and this video he upl...
06:30 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Watch Miley Cyrus belt out Temple of the Dog's "Say Hello 2 Heaven" at Chris Cornell tribute
At last night's "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" concert in Los Angeles, Miley Cyrus belted out Temple of the Dog's "Say Hello 2 Heaven" backed up by Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pear...
06:14 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing That first plant grown on the moon? Already dead.
On Monday, we reported that for the first time, a plant seed had germinated on the moon, an early experiment to test whether food could someday be grown on the moon to feed residents of a lunar base. ...
05:54 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Lorna Doom, bassist for the Germs, RIP
Lorna Doom, badass bassist of influential Los Angeles punk band the Germs, died yesterday. Formed in 1976, the Germs -- Doom, Darby Crash, Pat Smear, and Don Bolles in the classic line-up -- were at t...
03:53 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress about Trump Tower Moscow deal with Putin
Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin, says reporter Jason Leopold....
03:53 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress about The Moscow Tower Project
Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin. Make it happen, Trump said of the Putin meeting....
03:42 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Trump grounds Pelosi, Melania flies Air Force to Florida same day (cost: $35,217.50)
Scammers are so petty.In a bizarre statement today, Donald Trump grounds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from flying on government aircraft for a planned but not publicly disclosed to visit U.S. troops in ...
01:21 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Sears not dead yet, Lampert wins bankruptcy auction with $5.2 billion bid
Once-iconic American retailer Sears (owned by Sears Holdings Corporation) will not die a bankruptcy liquidation death after all. Chairman Eddie Lampert today won a bankruptcy auction to purchase the c...
01:12 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Total lunar eclipse Sunday January 20 will be 'Super Blood Wolf Moon'
Starting Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 2019, North and South America will have a chance at seeing 2019's only total lunar eclipse, from start to finish. Our Earth, Moon and Sun line up on Sunday night for...
12:49 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Two GOP reps meet racist troll Chuck Johnson 'to discuss genetic testing and DNA'
Two GOP congressmen met with noted white supremacist Chuck Johnson about genetic testing and DNA, then deny knowing he's a white supremacist. Holocaust denier and white supremacy troll Chuck Johnson, ...
12:02 am PST - Fri, January 18, 2019
BoingBoing Manafort worked with Kilimnik, reported Russian operative, even after criminal charges: Reports
Four words in a tiny font at the top of a court filing reveal that former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort kept right on working with Russian intelligence even after he was charged with mul...
11:35 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Trump White House cancels Davos trip for World Economic Forum
The planned delegation included Pompeo and Mnuchin.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the Trump administration has canceled a planned trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic For...
10:57 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Aeromexico trolls the MAGAs
Mexico's largest airline is trolling Americans and it's the best. h/t @Aeromexico pic.twitter.com/hPvqGnDZeF— Kevin Sieff (@ksieff) January 17, 2019I love visiting Mexico. Baja is amazin...
10:25 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing World Health Organization lists 'Vaccine Hesitancy' as a top 10 threat
Anti-Vaxxers magically deny science, cite debunked papers, and threaten all of our well being. Only the smartest people are anti-vaxxers, like President Trump.WHO:Vaccine hesitancy the reluctance or ...
09:34 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing AOC's debut speech on the Congressional floor: "It is not normal to shut down the government when we dont get what we want."
"The truth of this shutdown is that it is not actually about a wall, it is not about the border, and it is certainly not about the well-being of everyday Americans. The truth is, this shutdown is abou...
09:10 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing The Mortal Kombat 11 official game play trailer is actually quite violent
MORTAL KOMBAAAAAAAAT!I haven't paid attention to Mortal Kombat since the 1995 movie. There was a time it was my go-to coming down off of hallucinogenic drugs film. This game trailer would have made my...
08:31 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing The right to own a gun does not imply competence of any sort
Sho nuff!(via 10NEWS WTSP/facebook) Read the rest...
07:30 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing The classic Swingline Red Stapler is on sale today
I bought my Swingline Red Stapler on September 10, 2008 and it still makes me happy every time I look at it. Amazon has it on sale today for great price. Read the rest...
07:10 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Here's a must-read checklist of actions to increase online privacy and security
As the about page says, "This website provides a beginners checklist for staying safe on the internet." It shows you how to use a password manager, create a strong device passcode, use two-factor auth...
07:09 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing John Wick is finally gonna kill some people in John Wick 3
Do not ever mess with a guy's dog. Read the rest...
06:46 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Peng Shepherd's "The Book of M" is a dystopian love story
Peng Shepherd's The Book of M delivers the confusion and frustration of massive world change by playing on the strings of your heart.Magical realism certainly collides with prepper fantasy novel in Th...
06:38 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Instagrammer writes about how he was elaborately scammed out of $7500
Henry Wu posts beautiful travel photos on Instagram. He and his friend, another Instagrammer named Zory were scammed out of $7500 by a person pretending to be Wendi Murdoch, ex-wife of Rubert Murdoch....
06:15 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing This online comic shows how pick-up artists morphed into the alt-right
Cartoonist Charis JB's webcomic reveals the deep ties between the "pick-up artist" movement and the alt-right. Read the rest...
05:56 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing To do in San Francisco this Sunday: Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Hendrix, and Cecelia Holland at SF in SF
The next installment in the SFinSF reading series features Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Hendrix, and Cecelia Holland; it's this Sunday, Jan 20, doors at 6, event at 6:30, $10 (no one turned away for l...
05:33 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Trump's approval ratings go down the drain among his base
Trump's base is not happy with their leader. His approval rating is down 18 percentage points among suburban men, down 13 points among white evangelicals, down 10 points among Republicans, and down 7 ...
05:11 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Mike Huckabee repeats joke twice to elicit laughs from elderly all-white audience
What professional comic Mike Huckabee lacks in creativity, comedic timing, and material, he more than makes up for in grossly mistaken self-assurance. Watch him force weak laughter and applause out of...
04:50 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Jerk tries to drive through giant snowman not realizing it was built on a tree stump
Over the weekend in St, Petersburg, Kentucky, Cody Lutz, his fiancee, and her sister built a beautiful 9-foot snowman in their yard. When Lutz returned home from work this week though, he noticed tire...
04:17 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing The 'most powerful man in politics,' demonized in this weeks dubious tabloids
If you roll up a copy of this weeks Globe tabloid into the shape of a seashell and hold it to your ear, you can hear the sound of President Trump screaming. Just because theyre packed with fact-challe...
04:17 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Vermont official fact-checks mobile carriers' coverage maps, proves they're lying like crazy
America's major cellular carriers publish maps showing that virtually the entire state is well-covered, with solid signals and 5MB/s internet speeds, but Vermonters know that this is totally untrue.Kn...
04:07 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Rethinking Capitalism: like the Feynman lectures but for economics
From 1961-1963 Richard Feynman -- one of the preeminent physicsts of his day -- taught an undergraduate class in physics at Cal Tech, a gig that was nominally well below his paygrade, and gave such a ...
03:49 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing The glass is half-full (of bile over Facebook's business-model)
While it's true that the Pew Center found that most US Facebook users don't understand how they're being tracked and targeted, the more important fact is that the number of Americans who do understand...
03:45 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing This CIA toolkit is built for concealing in a spy's butt
Everyday carry? From Atlas Obscura:This CIA-issued tool kit was issued to CIA officers during the height of the Cold War. It was a way for spies to get themselves out of sticky situations: to pick a l...
03:26 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Privatized energy utilities are burning down their states, but antitrust can make them stop
Pacific Gas and Electric has gone from Wall Street darling to bankruptcy, thanks to the $30 billion in liability from the fires that were started in California by its power-lines.But while any long-ha...
02:47 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Trump's FCC chairman won't do anything about your cellular company selling your location to bountyhunters because shutdown
Motherboard's blockbuster story about mobile carriers selling your realtime location data into a marketplace where bounty hunters and other villains can buy it for just a few dollars has triggered an ...
02:33 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Shutdowns dont get bad linearly; they get bad exponentially
Federal employees missed their first paycheck last week; from here on in, every milestone dramatically exacerbates the pain of the shutdown: a halt to aviation as TSA screeners quit en masse, civil ca...
02:00 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing This boot camp cracks the code of social media marketing
Things move fast in the world of social media, and they don't slow down for marketers looking to make an impact. Whether you're grabbing eyeballs for a major company or a local business, you'll need t...
01:51 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Poland, Take Action Now: Tell Negotiators to Oppose Article 13 and 11
Sze lat temu Polacy wyszli na ulice by uratowa Europ przed ACTA midzynarodow umow handlow, negocjowan z inicjatywy Stanw Zjednoczonych, ktra grozia wprowadzeniem szeroko zakrojonej cenzury i nadzoru ...
01:50 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Belgium: Say No To Article 13 and 11
LUnion europenne est sur le point de donner encore plus de pouvoir une poigne dentreprises gantes tats-uniennes en technologie, en change contre des accords temporaires de partage des bnfices avec un...
01:49 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Luxembourg: Save the Internet from the Copyright Directive
nos amis au Luxembourg : ce mois-ci, lUE espre concrtiser la Directive sur le droit dauteur dans le march unique numrique, sans donner aucun signe quils amlioreront ou supprimeront les articles 11 et...
01:45 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Man stops in traffic to steal parked car's catalytic converter
Watched and filmed by the other drivers he has delayed, a man in East London slowly, laboriously, loudly removes and steals the catalytic converter from another vehicle. If you have plans to be in Bri...
01:43 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Sweden and You! Can Save the Internet from the Copyright Directive
Europeiska unionen r nra att ge nnu mer makt till ett ftal stora amerikanska IT-fretag, i utbyte mot tillflliga vinstdelningsarrangemang med en handfull europeiska underhllningsfretag med masscensur ...
01:41 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Germans Can Help Save the Internet from the Copyright Directive!
An unsere Freunde und Freundinnen in Deutschland. In diesem Monat mchte die EU die Richtlinie ber das Urheberrecht im digitalen Binnenmarkt abschlieen. Es besteht wenig Hoffnung, dass die Artikel 11 u...
01:34 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Open letters to the people of Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland: save us all from mandatory internet censorship!
The EU plan to mandate censoring filters for online speech to catch copyright infringement could be finalised as early as next week, and our best hope for halting it is to get the national governments...
01:26 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Turns out that injecting semen into your arm doesn't cure back pain after all
A man in Ireland repeatedly injected semen into his arm in the hopes that it would cure his back pain. He instead got a subcutaneous abcess and had to get professional help. [via Gizmodo]Drs. Dunne, M...
01:19 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Tory voters: are you happy with your purchase?
British political satirist Jonathan Pie (previously) has a pointed question for Tory voters on the eve of the omnishambolic Brexit collapse: "Are you happy with your purchase? "Because this is what yo...
12:49 pm PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani insists they never denied collusion with Russia
Interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani all but admits what everyone assumes: that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election. Rud...
11:00 am PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing This TARDIS Grows Weed with Artificial Intelligence, PART 2
Editor's Note: Richard Metzger is a connoisseur of cannabis, and recently started growing his own. He's test-driving high-end rig good for small-scale grows from Cloudponics. This is not a sponsored p...
02:48 am PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Largest dump in history: 2.7 billion records; 773 million of them unique; 140 million never seen before
A dump called "Collection #1" has been released by parties unknown, containing email addresses and cracked passwords: in its raw form, it contains 2.7 billion records, which Troy "Have I Been Pwned" H...
02:16 am PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Checking out Bexim's Bazaar, a wonderful new zine for tabletop game crafters
As we have written about before, the game crafting (or dungeon crafting) scene has exploded over the past few years. There are dozens of websites and YouTube channels devoted to every aspect of making...
01:16 am PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Slack's new logo is a penis swastika
Behold the Brostika! Like the hidden arrow in the FedEx logo, Slack's new brand has a negative-space surprise in store. The bars point the "lucky" left way, at least, rather than, well, to the right.B...
12:50 am PST - Thu, January 17, 2019
BoingBoing Adam Savage is back, in 'MythBusters Jr.' on Science Channel (Wednesdays 9 pm ET/6 pm PT)
Adam Savage is back with an all-new show, and hell be tweeting live during tonights MythBusters Jr. on The Science Channel. The episode is named "Battery Blast," so we're expecting there will be expl...
11:48 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Most Facebook users don't know their interests are tracked for ad targeting, Pew study finds
Most Facebook users have no idea how the company tracks and profiles everything they do to target ads, a new Pew Research study confirms.Pew reports that three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users surveye...
11:31 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Huawei under U.S. criminal investigation for alleged theft of trade secrets from T-Mobile, other tech companies
Chinas Huawei is the subject of a U.S. criminal investigation in which federal prosecutors say the Chinese tech company stole trade secrets from U.S. business partners including technology behind a r...
10:40 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing FBI arrests Georgia man suspected of planning to bomb White House
Federal agents today arrested a man in Georgia who they say was planning an attack with weapons and explosives on the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.T...
10:09 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing A list of Steve King's worst remarks: Racist, shocking, and just plain stupid
You've gotta read, by Douglas Burns, this excellent roundup of a dozen or so of the worst things congressman Steve King (R-IA) has said, dating back decades.Notable that these long, long predate the l...
09:45 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing The EU's Copyright Directive charm offensive pats Europeans on the head and tells them leave it up to the corporations
When it comes to the new Copyright Directive, some in the EU would prefer that Europeans just stop paying attention and let the giant corporations decide the future of the Internet.In a new Q&A ab...
08:38 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Woman with no arms or legs demonstrates how she folds laundry, showers, writes, etc.
Amy Brooks was born without arms or legs. In a series of wonderful videos, she shows how she goes about everyday activities like folding laundry, cooking, showering, and writing.After being abandoned ...
08:20 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing TSA agents, unpaid for 30 days, are blasting explicit hip-hop in airport terminals
Say you work at the government agency with the lowest morale of any Fed job and then Cheeto Hitler decides to treat you like a casino contractor and not pay you, for thirty days, and recommends that y...
08:13 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Bug in reservation system used by 140 international airlines exposes passenger data and allows for manipulation
Noah Rotem got an intriguing error message from El Al's reservation system ("PNR: https://fly.elal.co.il/LOTS-OF-NUMBERS-HERE*) and by tugging at the loose thread it revealed, he was able to view any ...
08:00 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Gates tells Mueller of Trump campaign deal with Israel's Psy-Group for 2016 "social media manipulation"
[PHOTO: Psy Group's headquarters in Israel, via]Former Donald Trump presidential campaign aide Rick Gates is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Muellers probe, and has provided info on a firm in ...
07:18 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing New Ted Bundy documentary based on deeply creepy unheard jailhouse recordings
If you're into the dark fringes of true crime media... The forthcoming documentary "Conversations With A Killer," about serial killer Ted Bundy, is based on 100 hours of two journalists' unheard audio...
07:03 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Bird nonpologizes: "we accidentally sent you a threatening letter"
Last week, our lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation sent a reply to Bird, the scooter company, which had sent us an intimidating letter seeking to censor this post on Bird conversion kits, wh...
07:02 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing LA teachers' strike: Charter school teachers walk out, too
LA teachers have walked out, striking in torrential rains, protesting the billionaire-backed privatization movement that wants to hand public school funding to charter schools.So it would be noteworth...
06:54 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Delta Air Lines has a monthly garage sale
Once a month, Delta Air Lines holds a "garage sale" at one of its facilities near their flight museum adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The New York Times' Jackie Snow visi...
06:46 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on LED light bulbs
For some reason, Amazon won't ship these super-inexpensive Sylvania LED bulbs to California. I was able to get a box of 24 by having it delivered out of the state and picking it up on a road trip. The...
06:42 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Across DC, the Yes Men distribute newspaper announcing Trump's abdication
Political pranksters extrodinaire the Yes Men (previously) have printed a satirical edition of the Washington Post announcing that Donald Trump has abdicated and volunteers have fanned out across DC (...
06:32 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Embodied logic: Using stimuli-responsive materials and geometric principles to create smart objects
A new paper in Nature describes the US-Army-funded research of U Penn materials scientists to create a new generation of 3D printed "smart objects" whose geometry and materials enable them to interact...
06:31 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Watch fantastic night freeskiers illuminated by fiery flares
Swiss freeskier and filmmaker Nico Vuignier of Centriphone fame, delivers "Heatseeker," an exhilarating night skiing adventure illuminated by fiery shots from a flare gun. Edited by Nicolas Vuignier &...
06:31 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Unpaid Coast Guard employees told to work as part-time "mystery shoppers"
"Become a mystery shopper. Retailers are desperate to check how their in-store customer service is and will employ you to shop and rate their service." This is just one of many suggestions in a tip sh...
06:02 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing The human body is "full of evolutionary leftovers that no longer serve a purpose"
People have a little pink band in the inside corner of their eye. "This is the plica semilunaris," says Dorsa Amir, an evolutionary anthropologist. "It used to be a third eyelid that would blink horiz...
06:00 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Douglas Bader became Britain's top flying ace in World War II despite losing his legs
Douglas Bader was beginning a promising career as a British fighter pilot when he lost both legs in a crash. But that didn't stop him -- he learned to use artificial legs and went on to become a top f...
05:50 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing A cow escaped from a rodeo 6 months ago and no one can catch her
Last summer a 3-year-old cow named Betsy (not the one in the photo; that's a stock image I used because our content management system doesn't allow us to post something without an image) somehow escap...
05:31 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Trump calls 50,000 federal employees back to work, won't pay them
About 800,000 federal workers aren't getting paid because Trump doesn't want to lose the game of chicken he foolishly chose to play. Now he is forcing 50,000 to come back to work, but they won't get p...
05:30 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Russian News of the Times: Trump's Loyalty to Russia Under Investigation
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the shocking question is asked: Is it possible Trump isn't fully loyal to Mother Russia?...
05:30 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Most Americans want a 70% tax rate on earnings over $10,000,000
During a 60 Minutes interview Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez casually mentioned that she thought that America's super-rich should pay a marginal tax-rate of 70% on annual earnings over $10,000,000 (which is...
05:25 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Watch this marvelous animation that summarizes humanity in five minutes
Director Fabio Friedli animated 3,000 images to tell the story of humanity "from a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse."It is such an excessive amount of things, shown in s...
05:10 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Is organic food a scam?
Here's another explainer video from Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell. This time, they're looking at organic food. First, they define organic food as not being GMOs and not treated with artificial fertilizers...
05:01 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing A deep dive into the technical feasibility of Bloomberg's controversial "Chinese backdoored servers" story
Last October, Bloomberg published what seemed to be the tech story of the year: a claim that Supermicro, the leading supplier of servers to clients from the Pentagon and Congress to Amazon, Apple and ...
02:30 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Revealed! The cover of RADICALIZED, my next book of science fiction
On March 19, Tor Books will release my next book, Radicalized, whose four novellas are the angry, hopeful stories I wrote as part of my attempt to make sense of life in our current moment.As with my n...
02:24 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Decorative unicorn skull
Some unicorns chase; some are chased down. These splendid and totally real unicorn skulls [Amazon] are sourced from troll and ogre fairtrade collectives, are 8.5" long and 10.75" tall, and individual...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing The Twist Plus World Charging Station adapts to fit outlets in 150 countries
It's a rude awakening for that rookie vacationer abroad when they try to plug in their gear for the night. Veteran jet-setters know that outlet shapes can vary wildly from country to country, which ne...
12:42 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Edgar Allan Poe or emo band lyric?
A quiz from Mental Floss: Who Wrote It: Edgar Allan Poe or an Emo Band? [via MeFi]"I stand amid the roar of a surf-tormented shore" Read the rest...
12:29 pm PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Take care outside today, America
Nationwide icy weather's coming, reports the Weather Channel, with Winter Storm Harper tumbling over the west coast and up east already covered in bullshit. Read the rest...
03:07 am PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Karen Pence teaches at school that bans LGBTQ kids and staff: Report
Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, just started a new job this week. She's an art teacher at a Christian school that makes job candidates sign a pledge not to engage in homosexual activit...
02:46 am PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Like Putin, Trump wants U.S. out of NATO
How much more evidence does America need that Donald Trump isn't working for us, but for Russia?No, seriously. Trump can't stop talking about removing America from NATO.Trump hasn't had an original id...
01:33 am PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing This wine bottle hides an umbrella
From the WTF why? files comes this hidden umbrella!Seriously disappoint your friends, who would probably rather have wine! I am wondering what occasion this prank is right for?Playmaker Toys Brella Vi...
01:33 am PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Roku deletes Alex Jones' Infowars after user outrage and canceled orders
Following up on our earlier story about Roku re-platforming Alex Jones and Infowars, it looks like Roku got so much criticism from users, they've reversed course and will remove the Infowars app.After...
01:31 am PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing #TacosForTeachers: crowdfunding to feed LA's teachers as they strike against privatization and austerity
Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (America's largest district) are walking the picket line this week in the pouring rain, demanding an end to the billionaire dark-money backed privat...
12:20 am PST - Wed, January 16, 2019
BoingBoing Chuck Wendig, Apple Reviewer
Chuck Wendig isn't just a fine novelist, he's also got a discerning sense of what distinguishes good apples from bad, and what elevates apples to true greatness.He ate 15 grocery-store apples and prod...
09:24 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing LEGO Bowie contemplates post-Ziggy Stardust character ideas: Cobbler Bob? AMad Deus? Viscount Jizzmark?
Yesterday, we paid tribute to the 42nd anniversary of David Bowie's iconic album Low by featuring The Brothers McLeod animation of comedian Adam Buxton's hysterical radio tribute to Bowie from 2013. W...
09:15 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Watch as Presidential burger recipients note the absurdity
LISTEN CLOSELY: "I thought it was a joke," says Clemson athlete upon learning the White House was serving him Wendy's.pic.twitter.com/bRNRhLmDBF— ogue US Mint (@RogueUSMint) January...
07:51 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing These sneaky spiders wait inside tiny towers to attack their prey
The California turret spider build tiny towers on the forest floor that extend underground into a burrow. At night, they climb up into the tower and await their dinner -- beetles, moths, and other ins...
07:43 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Prime Minister's Brexit plan defeated by 230 votes
Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan was not expected to pass, but it was brutally murdered in a far larger margin of defeat than was expected: 432 to 202. This is the largest parliamentary defeat...
07:30 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Woman with medical condition can't hear "male voices"
A woman in China reportedly suffering from a rare medical condition supposedly can't hear male voices. Most hearing loss occurs at higher frequencies when the delicate hair-like stereocilia of the inn...
07:29 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing William Barr says he can "conceive of situations" where journalists should be prosecuted
Nominee for Attorney General William Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning that he "can conceive of situations where, as a last resort," journalists could be prosecuted for putting out...
06:57 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing The Flying Morgans threw another insane NYE bash
This year I missed the party, but as usual stellar photographer Star Foreman captured an amazing gallery of images!Every year Los Angeles' fantastic circus family, The Flying Morgans, throw the most i...
06:47 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Why switching attention from one thing to another wrecks your productivity
"Every time you switch your attention from one target to another and then back again, theres a cost," Cal Newport said in a New York Times interview. "This switching creates an effect that psychologis...
06:26 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Even the rightsholders think Europes Article 13 is a mess, call for an immediate halt in negotiations
With only days to go before the planned conclusion of the new EU Directive on Copyright in the Single Digital Market, Europe's largest and most powerful rightsholder groups -- from the Premier League...
06:23 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing NBC News standards department asks staff to lay off racist Iowa Rep. Steve King
NBC declined to comment.Huffington Post:NBC News standards department sent an email to staffers Tuesday telling them not to directly refer to Rep. Steve Kings recent comments about white supremacy as ...
06:02 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Angry Christians riot and throw firebomb at a museum that exhibits 'McJesus' sculpture
Hundreds of angry Christians protested at a museum in Haifa, Israel, demanding that the museum remove an exhibit that featured a "McJesus" sculpture. The sculpture Ronald McDonald crucified on a cros...
06:02 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Rigorous new scientific study: Link between kids screen time and their well-being is highly overstated
In a heavy-duty new scientific paper published this week, University of Oxford researchers argue that association between adolescent well-being and digital technology use is tiny. Really tiny. From Sc...
06:00 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing My new book, Recomendo, available as a searchable PDF
The Cool Tools website focuses on handy, useful, proven tools. But a lot of great stuff that Mark and I come across are not really tools. We created the Recomendo email list for this purpose. Every Su...
05:59 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Here's why you shouldn't rinse dishes before putting in the dishwasher
Don't rinse food particles from dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. If you do, the detergent won't have anything to cling to and your dishes won't get as clean.From Mental Floss:One of the a...
05:45 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing This 64-year-old describes why he chose to live house-free in Alaska
Joe Ford is a self-described "64-year-old navy veteran of the Vietnam era and houseless in the tundra." He wrote for The Guardian about what its like to live in Alaska without a permanent house. It so...
05:37 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Merger: a science-fiction short about corporations as literal (as well as figurative) AIs
Keiichi Matsuda created 2016's Hyper-Reality, an amazing, dystopian video about the future of augmented reality; now Matsuda is back with Merger, that plays darkly into the idea that corporations are ...
05:30 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing This is the first plant grown on the moon
A cotton seed has germinated on the moon. The sprout is inside a canister on China's Change 4 lander that touched down on the far side of the moon earlier this month. From The Guardian:Plants have bee...
05:28 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing What's the difference between a small and large beer at Applebee's?
The glasses Applebee's uses to serve large beers and small beers look very different. But in this video you'll see they are almost equally capacious.When asked on Twitter about the revealing video, Ap...
04:38 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Roku welcomes conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Infowars
Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars rantathon channel have been turfed out of virtually every major platform due to his love of violent rhetoric, racial hatred and general bigot...
04:38 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Roku welcomes conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Infowars (Update: Jones removed)
Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars rantathon channel have been turfed out of virtually every major platform due to his love of violent rhetoric, racial hatred and general bigot...
03:48 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Toto's "Africa" plays on repeat in the middle of the Namib Desert... indefinitely
Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf created "Toto Forever," an installation that plays the song "Africa" on repeat in the middle of southern Africa's Namib Desert. From the BBC News:Mr Siedentopf te...
02:36 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Visual Disturbances: what eye-tracking and 187 unlicensed clips reveal about change blindness and our perception of films
My most recent essay film, Visual Disturbances, premiered in the open access journal [in]Transition yesterday. This open access journal features peer reviewed academic video essays and showcases a wi...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Learn Ableton Live front-to-back with this online bundle
Looking for a career in music behind the boards, either as a music producer or DJ? It's a good bet that you're going to be working with Ableton Live. Each new iteration of this powerful workstation gi...
01:27 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Hamberders
Here's a White House photo of Donald Trump with 1000 hamburgers—or "hamberders", as he put it this morning— in the State Dining Room of the White House. God bless America! Read the rest...
01:10 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Top Google Play game accused of ad fraud
A popular mobile game available on the Play store is an "ad fraud platform", say researchers at a media intelligence company. Word Link was approved by Google and had since been downloaded 50m times, ...
12:52 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Duck enjoys being gently vacuumed
I was surprised to learn today that I've never posted the video of a duck being gently vacuumed. Read the rest...
12:41 pm PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Parliament to vote on Brexit today
Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal with the European Union finally comes before parliament for a vote today. The deal is expected to fall short, leaving Britain with several more difficult choic...
01:27 am PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Trump showing off his 300 hamburgers for Clemson national championship football team (VIDEO)
Clemson's national championship football team went to the White House on Monday where President Donald Trump hosted them for winning the title. Trump had a bunch of burgers ready for them: Wendy's, Mc...
12:47 am PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Women's March leader won't condemn anti-semitic comments by Louis Farrakhan of Nation of Islam
On The View's Monday episode, Women's March co-founder Tamika Mallory refused to condemn anti-semitic comments made by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Controversy about the March's leadership ...
12:45 am PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Walmart bans woman after she rode around on mobility scooter drinking wine from Pringles can
She was living her best life.A Texas Walmart has banned a woman from their store for doing something we've all done at one time or another - riding around the parking lot in a mobility scooter while d...
12:41 am PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Steve King's racism finally catches up with him, House GOP may kick him off committee seats
Noted racist congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) may finally face consequences for being an open white supremacist and anti-Semite. Who knew there would ever be a line this guy could cross? He's gotten a...
12:24 am PST - Tue, January 15, 2019
BoingBoing Another World: Survival turns an old game into a new challenge
Another World: Survival is a low-res adaptation of Eric Chahi's classic 16-bit game. Though it's broken down to the essentials to "fit" on the Pico-8 fantasy console, it so perfectly implements the or...
09:40 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing My dog's medical insurance is paying off big time
My dog had some pretty massive surgery. Pet insurance did what it was supposed to do.I will start with the absolute shame I feel: the first thing I said to my veterinarian, as she told me my 125 lb Gr...
09:20 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Rome and the Catholic Church fighting over change tossed into the Trevi Fountain
Every year, visitors to Rome's famed Trevi Fountain toss in more than $1.7 million in coins. Historically, the Catholic charity Caritas has taken that money to help poor people. Now though, Rome mayor...
09:08 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing From the empty, shutdown IRS, automated processes are sending out property seizure notices, and no human can stop them
The IRS is shut down, along with much of the rest of the federal government, but unattended servers running on autopilot are sensing that no progress has been made on taxpayers' attempts to clarify di...
09:00 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Hungry Like The Wolf on a Solton Ketron Programmer 24
The Solton Ketron Programmer 24 is a 1985 sample-based synthesizer described as "The Italo Disco machine". They used to be on eBay, but good luck finding one nowawadays for much less than $2,000.Hungr...
08:50 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing A laptop built into a mouse
Electronic Grenade's "'Computer' Mouse" project fits a fully functional computer into a fully functional, 3D printed mouse; the computer is a Raspberry Pi Zero W, with a teeeny leeetle flip out keybo...
07:40 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Discount code for self-adjusting wire strippers
Once I started using self-adjusting wire strippers I never went back to the other kind of wire strippers. These a pleasure to use. One squeeze of the handle the insulation is perfectly stripped from a...
07:33 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Collection of old digital cameras
Old Digital Cameras is a collection of, well, old digital cameras. Models go back to 1996; pictured here is Leica's 2006 digital M3, which was obsolete within months and is now worth about a tenth of ...
07:16 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Man cleans filthy bathroom at national park, then sends Trump $28 bill
Although many national parks are still open during the longest government shutdown in US history, there is no one around to clean the increasingly filthy bathrooms. Except, perhaps, for one man, Dan L...
06:33 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Swedes! Poles! Germans! Luxembourgers! The world is depending on you to save the internet from the EU!
The European Parliament is meeting this week, and the committee that will decide the future of the controversial new Copyright Directive will meet next, and depending on what they do, it might be the ...
06:25 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Measles warning in Los Angeles, New York outbreak surges
Anti-vaxxers are winning the war on life. Measles outbreaks are happening with increasing frequency.US News and World Report:In late December, one person who was sick with the highly contagious viral ...
06:21 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: this spectacular gymnastics performance by UCLA's Katelyn Ohashi is a perfect 10
I don't usually pay much attention to gymnastics, but this routine by 21-year-old UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi is mind blowing. Via Uproxx:Katelyn Ohashi is about to become a household name. The 21-yea...
06:18 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Steve Albini, legendary Big Black guitarist and Nirvana engineer, is also a poker champion
If you played poker with Steve Albini -- esteemed guitarist for Big Black, Rapeman, and Shellac, recording engineer for Nirvana, Pixies, and PJ Harvey -- he would take all your money. I was surprised ...
06:13 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Hulu appears poised to win the Fyre Festival documentary race
Looks like Hulu is going to beat Netflix to market with their Fyre Festival documentary.Two documentaries on a festival that didn't happen. I was not one-documentary interested, but Mark is making pop...
06:06 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Dark markets have evolved to use encrypted messengers and dead-drops
Cryptocurrencies and Tor hidden services ushered in a new golden age for markets in illegal goods, especially banned or circumscribed drugs: Bitcoin was widely (and incorrectly) viewed as intrinsicall...
06:05 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Trump denies his ever deepening Russian connections
BREAKING: Donald Trump asked by reporter: "Have you ever worked for Russia?" pic.twitter.com/a2ph4Raduq— Paul Lee Ticks (@PaulLeeTicks) January 14, 2019No sniffles tho. Read the rest...
05:30 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing David Bowie's 11th studio album, "Low," is 42 today
Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the release of David Bowie's mid-70s masterpiece, Low, the first album of his so-called Berlin Trilogy (later joined by "Heroes" and Lodger). Working with the incre...
05:20 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Mobile app for detecting opioid overdose
Second Chance is a smartphone app developed by University of Washington engineers to detect an opioid overdose. The researchers tested the app at a public supervised injection facility in Vancouver, C...
04:52 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Google Walkout meets #MeToo in a new anti-arbitration campaign
When outraged googlers walked off the job last year to protest the company's practice of secretly paying off serial sexual assaulters and harassers, while denying employees the right to sue over haras...
04:22 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Man with a gun in his carry-on bag slips by TSA and flies from Georgia to Tokyo
A man carrying a firearm in his carry-on luggage got past the TSA screeners at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew with it to Narita International Airport on January 3. This occu...
03:56 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Why you definitely want to be on Star Trek: The Cruise IV
I've just returned home from Star Trek: The Cruise, a truly extraordinary fan event for lovers of Science, Science Fiction, and the future.You really want to be on the next one.Longtime Boing Boing fr...
03:54 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Photo of egg becomes Instagram's most-liked
Following a publicity campaign to make it the most popular photo on Instagram, a photo of an egg became the most popular photo on Instagram.The campaign started off slowly, with under 10,000 likes by ...
03:35 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Behold the theorbo, an enormous baroque lute
"People complain a lot about the space that I take up", says Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny[Kenny] explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century, what it was used for, and what it's lik...
03:27 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing This screw is impossible
The "impossible screw" will "drive you nuts." It appears to turn only clockwise -- even when you turn it around. It's a small project you can do in your home shop even if you don't have a milling mach...
02:14 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Billionaire Beach Villain Vinod Khosla has a thought concerning Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Vinod Khosla is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who chose to define his legacy through a spectacular legal battle to block access to the public part of a beach are he owns in California.Alexandria...
02:02 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reaches more people on Twitter than the press and establishment Democrats
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Twitter ninja, whose Twitter interactions far outstrip any establishment Democrat (including powerhouses like Kamala Harris and Barack Obama) as well as media outlets fro...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Create flawless front-end designs with this UI / UX bible
The graveyard of failed startups is littered with concepts that just got lost in translation. At its core, that's what great front-end design is about: Making an app or website usable, translating its...
01:55 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing In LA, the teachers of America's largest school district are on strike
LA teachers are on strike today, fighting against privatization, standardized tests, giant classes, and clawbacks of in-class teachers' aides.The LA Unified School District -- whose billionaire superi...
12:30 pm PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Listen: HP Lovecraft's "The Outsider" and "The Hound" read by Roddy McDowall
On this 1966 LP, British actor Roddy McDowall -- later known for playing Dr. Cornelius and Caesar in the original Planet of the Apes films -- delivers a wonderful reading of HP Lovecraft's classic sho...
08:18 am PST - Mon, January 14, 2019
BoingBoing Pioneering punk print 'zine Maximum Rocknroll is ceasing publication after nearly 40 years
Maximum Rocknroll, the seminal punk print 'zine launched in 1982, is ceasing publication of its paper edition. This truly marks the end of an era in punk culture and underground media. According to to...
08:50 pm PST - Sun, January 13, 2019
BoingBoing Jimmy Kimmel remembers Super Dave Osborne
Bob Einstein will be sorely missed. Read the rest...
06:09 pm PST - Sun, January 13, 2019
BoingBoing Hannu Rajaniemi's Summerland: a midcentury spy thriller, with the afterlife
Hannu Rajaniemi is the Finnish-Scottish mathematician and science fiction writer whose debut, 2012's Quantum Thief was widely celebrated; now, in Summerland, Rajaniemi delivers new kind of supernatura...
05:45 pm PST - Sun, January 13, 2019
BoingBoing China has a very Orwellian reason for banning typing "1984" on social media, while allowing people to read Nineteen Eighty-Four
Chinese internet users can't type the numbers "1984" into social media, but Chinese bookstores freely sell copies of Orwell's novels, including Nineteen Eighty-Four, as well as other books whose title...
05:18 pm PST - Sun, January 13, 2019
BoingBoing Teen Vogue counsels taping over your webcam to resist FBI (and other) surveillance
As EFF's Eva Galperin notes, Nicole Kobie's story about resisting surveillance by taping over your webcam "proves that once more, the best and most straightforward tech reporting is being done by Teen...
04:55 pm PST - Sun, January 13, 2019
BoingBoing Not customers: doctors have patients, libraries have patrons, lawyers have clients and teachers have students
Professionalization isn't perfect: historically, professional societies "were structured around hierarchies of gender and race and laypeople were expected to obey expert judgment without even asking q...
04:00 pm PST - Sun, January 13, 2019
BoingBoing Trump chose a thin-skinned, blowhard ignoramus as ambassador to Germany, and now no one will talk to him except Nazis
In many ways, Richard Grenell was the perfect pick for Trump's ambassador to Germany: a longtime Fox News pundit and John Bolton protege whose vanity and narcissism cause him to lash out constantly (a...
03:20 pm PST - Sun, January 13, 2019
BoingBoing An embroidered computer whose circuits are ornate, golden thread
Irene Posch and Ebru Kurbak's Embroidered Computer uses historic gold embroidery materials to create relays ("similar to early computers before the invention of semiconductors") that can do computatio...
09:45 pm PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing Did the National Enquirer finally get one right with its sensational expos of Bezoss affair?
The Worlds Richest Man Caught Cheating! screams a National Enquirer special edition devoting 11 lurid pages to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and his alleged marriage-wrecking affair. You can loathe the tabl...
08:03 pm PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing A celebration of Libro.fm: the indie, DRM-free Audible alternative that helps your local bookseller (with giveaway!)
Libro.fm (previously) is an independent audiobook store that sells all the same audiobooks you can get on other platforms like Audible, Google Play, Apple, Downpour, etc, but unlike the industry leade...
05:58 pm PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing In DHS tests, prototypes of Trump's chosen barrier posts were easily defeated by hacksaws
Trump isn't America's most anti-immigrant president; that honor goes to Obama, the great deporter, who also extensively tested border wall technologies while deporting 2MM undocumented people. One of ...
05:40 pm PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing A month after the statutory restoration of expat Canadians' voting rights, Supreme Court says taking those rights away was illegal
In 2015, Stephen Harper's Tory government began enforcing a 1993 law that stripped expatriate citizens like me of our right to vote in Canada; last month, Justin Trudeau's Liberal government restored ...
02:27 am PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing Border Patrol union deletes 2012 anti-border wall web page that argued walls waste taxpayer money
A union that represents agents for the U.S. Border Patrol deleted a 2012 page from their website that said building walls or fences along the U.S./Mexico border to stop desperate migrants would be was...
01:53 am PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing After Comey firing, FBI began investigating if Trump was working for Russia
Officials became so concerned by the presidents behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests...
01:43 am PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing SpaceX laid off 10% of its employees
Elon Musk's SpaceX let go 10% of its 6,000 person staff today. In May of last year, the company stated that it has had "many years" of continuing profitability and in recent weeks raised $273 million ...
01:37 am PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing Shutdown: Dot-gov websites vulnerable to cyberattacks, certificates expiring amid funding pause
With around 400,000 federal employees currently furloughed, more than 80 TLS certificates used by .gov websites have so far expired without being renewed....
01:20 am PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing 'Verizon Gaming' soon on Android, cloud-based games service now on Nvidia Shield
'Verizon Gaming' is coming soon to Android, and a beta is already running on the Nvidia Shield, per a report from Chris Welch at Verge.The Verge can report that Verizon Gaming is already up and runnin...
01:20 am PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing 'Verizon Gaming' cloud-based games service coming soon to Android
'Verizon Gaming' is coming soon to Android, and a beta is already running on the Nvidia Shield, per a report from Chris Welch at Verge.The Verge can report that Verizon Gaming is already up and runnin...
12:52 am PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing Listen to Siouxsie Sioux's absolutely magnificent isolated vocal track from "The Killing Jar"
Siouxsie and the Banshees' "The Killing Jar" from Peepshow (1988) is easily one of the band's finest tracks from an incredible body of work that has aged with grace. I consider this isolated recording...
12:17 am PST - Sat, January 12, 2019
BoingBoing GoFundMe shuts down Trump border wall campaign
On Friday, GoFundMe said it plans to close Brian Kolfage Jr.'s campaign to pay for Donald Trump's border wall. More than $20,000,000 (sweet Jesus) had been raised by nearly 350,000 donors before GoFu...
09:52 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing A ratcheting screwdriver set for working in tight spots
This screwdriver set comes in handy when you need to tighten or loosen a screw and a regular long handle screwdriver won't fit. The ratchet mechanism means you can quickly attach or remove a screw wit...
09:01 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing The Notorious RBG is cancer free and will return to the Supreme Court
Frazzled American nerves should be calmed by Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen L. Arberg's statement that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is cancer free. The beloved justice is recovering and will return...
08:42 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Epicurious has a video explainer on brownies that takes the cake and delivers the fudge
I wanted to make fudgy brownies.A week or so ago I posted a cry for help. There was so much conflicting information on how to make a fudgy brownie, I didn't know what to do.Tons of comments in our for...
07:53 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Google Fi to carriers: don't sell our customers' location data to third parties
In the wake of this week's Motherboard scoop that the major US carriers sell customers' location data to marketing companies that sell it on to bounty hunters and other unsavory characters, Google has...
07:38 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quotes Rorschach from Watchmen
Joe Lieberman (76) went on Fox Business News last night to let everyone know that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (29) "is not the future." I wonder how many Democratic Ocasio-Cortez supporters who watch Fo...
07:11 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Miami Airport is shutting down a 15-gate terminal that includes United over the weekend because of shutdown
Today is the first day federal employees won't see their paycheck, thanks to Trump's government shutdown, and already we can see its effects. Miami International Airport has announced that they will b...
06:51 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Vizio exec: we'd have to charge a premium on "dumb" TVs to make up for the money we'll lose by not spying on you
At CES, the Verge's Nilay Patel interviewed Vizio CTO Bill Baxter, who told her that when it comes to the surveillance features of his company's "smart" TVs, "its not just about data collection. Its a...
06:40 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing This digital piggybank has its own cryptocurrency
Pigzbe is a digital "piggy-wallet" for children that uses its own cryptocurrency called Wollo (WLO). It has gotten $100k on Kickstarter, but that's not where the real money is. According to ICO Bench,...
06:30 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Bird Scooter tried to censor my Boing Boing post with a legal threat that's so stupid, it's a whole new kind of wrong
Last month, I published a post discussing the mountains of abandoned Bird Scooters piling up in city impound lots, and the rise of $30 Chinese conversion kits that let you buy a scooter at auction, sw...
06:26 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Deborah Ann Woll and Joe Manganiello talk about acting, roleplaying, and D&D's unique form of storytelling
I really enjoyed these two interviews on the D&D Beyond channel with actors Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood, Daredevil) and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Justice League, Magic Mike), both D&D fana...
06:22 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing New Yorker calls a Sylvia Plath story "lost," but it is easy to find
Here's a tidbit I came across in the excellent Book Curious newsletter:The Lilly Library Twitter account had some excellent words for the New Yorker headline describing the recent publication of a new...
06:17 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Big Data's "theory-free" analysis is a statistical malpractice
One of the premises of Big Data is that it can be "theory free": rather than starting with a hypothesis ("men at buffets eat more when women are present," "more people will click this button if I move...
05:56 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Court strikes down Iowa's unconstitutional ag-gag law
"Ag-gag" laws -- which ban the collection of evidence of wrongdoing on farms, from animal cruelty to food-safety violations -- are a sterling example of how monopolism perpetuates itself by taking ove...
05:21 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Drug-sniffing doggo OD'd at EDM cruise ship checkpoint, given Narcan, will be OK
Jake the police dog was screening passengers boarding the Norwegian Epic cruise ship for the Holy Ship! EDM festival on the ocean. Jake alerted his police officer companion that he smelled something s...
05:15 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing McGingerbread Hell: bakers celebrate McMansion Hell with delicious monster houses
Last month, he amazing architecture-snark criticism site McMansion Hell (previously) announced gingerbread house contest to create "the most nubtastic, gawdawful gingerbread McMansion in all of McMans...
05:09 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Bus driver rescues a barefoot toddler running alone on a freeway overpass
A bus driver in Milwaukee noticed a small toddler, alone and barefoot, running on a freeway overpass. She stops the bus, runs across the street and rescues the child. A passenger offers up her coat to...
05:00 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Celebrating a decade of writing a song every day with a best-of album
Jonathan "Song A Day" Mann (previously) writes, "On 1/1/19 I hit ten full years of writing a song a day. Part of the idea behind my Song A Day project has always been to find the 'good' songs in that ...
04:54 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing To do tonight in San Francisco: commemorating the sixth anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death
Lisa Rein writes, "there is a big event going on tonight at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on this Sixth Anniversary of Aarons tragic death; with a Q & A, followed by DJs, history and art till 2...
04:11 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing How to protect yourself from email tracking
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Sydney Li and Bennett Cyphers explain how to stop people tracking you through email. Read-receipt beacons and other trickery abounds....third-party email tracking ...
03:39 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Why video games are made of triangles.. smaller and smaller triangles
The power is in the polygons. Read the rest...
01:42 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Big Bill Hell's used cars
I was surprised to learn today that I've never posted the ad for Big Bill Hell's used cars in Baltimore. The omission is hereby rectified.Previously in Baltimore:Man shouts 'Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!' ...
01:29 pm PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Jack Black YouTube announcement now accompanied by piano
Polymathic genius Jack Black has a new channel on YouTube, which is great, but what's even better is Finn M-K's piano accompaniment to Black's thanks-for-signing-up announcement. Read the rest...
06:08 am PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Watch this trailer for the new Fyre Festival documentary!
The Fyre Festival documentary premieres on Netflix on January 18 and I can't wait. If you remember the Fyre Festival, you definitely weren't there... because, y'know, it didn't happen. And I'm glad, b...
05:36 am PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing A delightful cartoon about the living fossil fish, the coelacanth!
Known as a "living fossil," the coelacanth is an order of fish thought to have been extinct for 65 million years until one was caught in 1938 in a fisherman's net off the coast of South Africa and ide...
05:36 am PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing A delightful cartoon about the "living fossil" fish, the coelacanth
Known as a "living fossil," the coelacanth is an order of fish thought to have been extinct for 65 million years until one was caught in 1938 in a fisherman's net off the coast of South Africa and ide...
02:23 am PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Lou Dobbs: Trump should 'declare a national emergency and simply sweep aside the recalcitrant left'
On Fox News tonight, unofficial Trump spokesperson and noted racist Lou Dobbs went full fascist. Lou Dobbs said on tonight's broadcast that President Donald Trump has to "declare a national emergency,...
01:47 am PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing Google board sued for $90 million payout to Andy Rubin amid sexual abuse probe
Investors accuse Alphabet's board of directors of failing their duties....
01:24 am PST - Fri, January 11, 2019
BoingBoing How will Jeff Bezos' divorce impact Amazon's stock price?
Yes, it's a soulless, grotesque question. But it's all about money, and investors are wondering if Jeff Bezos getting divorced means they're gonna lose money.Shares in Amazon inc seesawed on Thursday ...
09:38 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing School police officer removed after ticketing principal for parking in disabled space
At Jefferson K-8 School in Warren, Ohio, school police officer Adam Chinchik noticed that a car kept parking in the no-parking zone between two disabled spaces in front of the school. Turns out that i...
09:32 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Minnesota AG's report reveals big telcos are literally letting their infrastructure rot
More than a decade of foot-dragging on fiber rollout has left millions of Americans dependent on taxpayer-funded copper-line infrastructure for landlines and DSL, but it's not like the carriers are pl...
09:13 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing The neuroscience of creativity (and yes, right brain/left brain is mostly bullshit)
Anna Abraham literally wrote the book on creativity and the brain. The Leeds Beckett University psychology professor is the author of a new textbook titled The Neuroscience of Creativity. From an inte...
09:03 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing THE BUREAU: Part Eleven, "Your Supervisor Disintegrates" with a Gysin Dream Machine, an Altman Brain Machine, and Other Hallucinatory Hardware
Week Eleven for The Bureau has you returning back to the office. The HR Video Terminal has a few exit questions, as this will be your last day. While you're completing that, be sure to plug on a Brain...
08:44 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Cyclops cow worshipped in West Bengal
A cow born with just one eye and no real nose was recently born in Bardhaman, West Bengal, India. According to, er, The Sun, a local source said that "Ever since the calf was born, the people have cro...
08:43 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Revisiting the horrifically sexist Battleship game cover from 1967
I had this Battleship game as a kid in the early 70s and remember thinking the cover illustration was weird. It showed Dad and Junior having the time of their lives playing the game as Mom and Lil Sis...
08:04 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Thankfully streaming services offer 'Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot'
Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot was some important TV viewing for younger me.I woke up today with the theme music from Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot in my head. I could not find my set of DVDs, ...
07:22 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Whistleblower: Amazon Ring stores your doorbell and home video feeds unencrypted and grants broad "unfettered" access to them
Sources "familiar with Ring's practices" have told The Intercept that the company -- a division of Amazon that makes streaming cameras designed to be mounted inside and outside your home -- stores the...
07:02 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Broadbeam LED headlamp
I have a few different LED headlamps, but after reading the reviews for this one, I decided to add it to my collection. It features a band of LEDs that throw light in a wide area in front of you. It u...
06:58 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Patent trolls celebrate as Trump's new rules breathes fresh life into parasitic grifter capitalism
A golden age of blackmail began in 1996, when the US Patent and Trademark Office created extremely generous criteria for when software could be patented, allowing every shitty grifter to register a pa...
06:24 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Why the hell do we continue to believe the carriers' promises to respect our privacy?
There have been several attempts to force the US telcoms industry to respect our privacy: to stop our ISPs from spying on us and selling our usage data to marketers, to stop the mobile carriers from s...
06:19 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Assistive tech can't handle the unusual fonts people use on Twitter to be cute
Kent C. Dodds, who works to makes software development more accessible, tweeted: "You it's to your tweets and usernames . But have you to what it with assistive technologies like ?"Listen to wh...
06:05 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Man who threatened Hispanic family claims was getting "rum" not a "gun"
Kevin McMahon of Longmont, Colorado received a year's probation for harassing and threatening a Hispanic family swimming in a pool in their apartment complex, where McMahon also resided. McMahon calle...
05:41 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Hugo Award nominations are open
If you attended the World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose last year, or if you're signed up to attend or support the next Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland, you're eligible to nominate for the Hugo A...
05:39 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Woman stuck in an airport for 4 hours gets creative and makes this 1980s-style music video
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has some stiff competition when it comes to dance videos. Twitter user @katiemgould missed her flight in Atlanta and had to wait four hours for another plane. But rather than ...
05:38 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Racist Iowa Republican Steve King asks why racism has such a negative stigma
Iowa Republican Congressperson Steve King is an ignorant insult to all humanity.The Hill reports:Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is questioning how terms such as "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" b...
05:15 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Catholic church allowed celebrity priest to minister after groping woman
Rev. C. John McCloskey III is a famous, beloved Opus Dei priest who is cozy with Washington power players like Newt Gingrich and Sam Brownback, both of whom he converted to Catholicism. In 2002 Rev. M...
04:24 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing A 1950s TV show had a fear-mongering conman named Trump who wanted to build a wall
On May 8, 1958, art imitated life in 2018. In an episode of a TV show called Trackdown, there was a conman named Trump, who tried to scare the bejeezus out of a town by preaching, "at midnight tonight...
03:50 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Children in Virginia's Trump supporting counties became more abusive
Kids are bigger bullies in counties that voted for the incoherent mobster.NPR reports:After the 2016 presidential election, teachers across the country reported they were seeing increased name-calling...
03:43 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Princess Dis killer, Burt Reynolds is a killer, and a killer milkshake, in this weeks dubious tabloids
Its a fresh and shiny New Year filled with hope and possibilities, but the same ol exaggerations, fantasy and fact-challenged nonsense as ever proliferates in this weeks tawdry tabloids. And as ever, ...
02:37 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Survey of the 2019 security landscape reveals some surprising bright spots
Chrome security engineer and EFF alumna Chris Palmer's State of Software Security 2019 is less depressing than you might think: Palmer calls out the spread of encryption of data in transit and better ...
02:15 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Baptist miniser who praised nightclub shootings resigns after great night out
Donnie Romero, founder of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth and fan of the gunman who killed dozens at the Pulse nightclub in Florida, is stepping down. Gambling, drugs, prostitution, the lot....
02:15 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Baptist minister who praised nightclub shootings resigns after great night out
Donnie Romero, founder of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth and fan of the gunman who killed dozens at the Pulse nightclub in Florida, is stepping down. Gambling, drugs, prostitution, the lot....
02:12 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Regardless of political affiliation, over-65s are most likely to share "fake news" (and there's not much fake news, and it's largely right-wing)
A peer-reviewed study conducted by a trio of Princeton and NYU political scientists and published in Science Advances systematically examined the proliferation of fake news in the 2016 election cycle ...
01:57 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing El Chapo went down because his sysadmin sold him out
Here's something to remember come the next Sysadmin Appreciation Day: Colombian drug lord El Chapo was only caught because his systems administrator flipped and started working for the feds, backdoori...
01:41 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing The beauty of blank VHS tape covers
There was something special about the perfectly-dimensioned, shrinkwrapped new VHS tape. Overlarge yet empty, a blank canvas in a new age of copying video. And now, a decade or three later, a perfect ...
01:15 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Shrapnel drone kills 6 at Yemen military parade
Les images de l'explosion d'un drone pendant une parade militaire dans une base loyaliste du sud du #Ymen. Six militaires ont t tus et 12 autres personnes, dont des officiers et des responsabl...
12:39 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing First 1 terabyte SD card hits stores
Quantity has a quality of its own. Lexar is the first to get 1TB SD cards to market.As ever, theres a price premium associated with this breakthrough in capacity; youll pay more for a single 1TB card ...
12:15 pm PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing New York will blow up the Tappan Zee Bridge on Saturday
The Tappan Zee will meet its maker on Saturday as New York state contractors plan to blow up what's left of the 63-year-old bridge. Replaced by the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in 2017, the iconic T...
05:08 am PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Shutdown creates uncertainty over Uber and Lyft IPO timing
Uber and Lyft are still waiting for feedback from the U.S. securities regulator on their confidential submissions for IPOs, Bloomberg reports tonight, citing people familiar with the matter who aren't...
04:49 am PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Trump Border Wall: Texans vow to fight eminent domain, historic chapel threatened
Donald Trump's border wall vs. the historic La Lomita church in Texas, which dates back to 1852....
04:03 am PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Federal workers must show up and can't strike even when not paid in Trump's Shutdown
Did you know all those hundreds of thousands of U.S. government workers who aren't getting paid during Trump's 18-days-and-counting shutdown still have to show up for work, even if they are not gettin...
03:50 am PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Sears chairman Eddie Lampert submits new $5 billion bid to save doomed retailer
Could this be the eleventh-hour bid that saves Sears from liquidation? Good news for fans of the 126-year-old iconic American retail brand.Sears Holdings Corp Chairman Eddie Lampert today submitted a ...
12:40 am PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Sarah Petkus' She Bon project: tech augmentation for sensing and expressing female arousal
I have followed the work of the brilliant indie hardware engineer, Sarah Petkus, for years. Her first projects to capture my attention were her delta robot army and NoodleFeet (see her YouTube feed fo...
12:10 am PST - Thu, January 10, 2019
BoingBoing Freeway sign crushes car in terrifying dashcam footage
An Australian woman is in stable condition after a massive freeway sign toppled onto her car near Melbourne. The dashcam video, captured by the driver behind her, is absolutely terrifying.(I wonder if...
10:57 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Tesla sued for death of 18-year-old in car accident, defective battery blamed
In Illinois today, a law firm announced they are filing a lawsuit against Tesla to hold the electric car maker accountable for a teen who died in an accident involving a car they say had a defective b...
10:16 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Mutantini: eyeball and viscera-encrusted martini glasses
Etsy seller Timothy "Cthuluforyou" Kostelnik sells a wide variety of tentacle- and eyeball-themed housewares, but few match his $38 mutantini glass for sheer encrustation with pseudopods, viscera and ...
10:03 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Bell Canada asks Canadians for permission to harvest and sell their browsing, location, viewing and other data
Bell Canada is the giant, diversified former national monopoly carrier that has been allowed to buy magazines, TV channels, and other users of its infrastructure, violating the cardinal separation of ...
09:39 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Medieval book opens six ways, revealing six different texts
A XVIth Century book held in the National Library of Sweden's collection features a "sixfold dos-a-dos binding," meaning that the book could be opened in six different ways to reveal six different tex...
09:28 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Underclocking a baseband chip creates a stealth wifi channel
CNLohr discovered that underclocking the ESP8266 wifi module's Baseband PLL made the wifi channel progressively narrower, until it could not longer be detected by an unmodified wifi receiver -- but a ...
09:13 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Cambridge Analytica pleads guilty, faces the first in a probable series of criminal convictions
EU privacy rules force European companies to surrender data they hold on anyone, anywhere; and that includes SCL Elections, which owned Cambridge Analytica, the notorious Facebook data-miner and elect...
08:53 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Mysterious repeating signal from distant galaxy detected by new radio telescope
One distant galaxy, one "very unusual repeating signal." But it's never aliens. ...a very unusual repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion light years away. Such an event has on...
08:18 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Samsung phone owners are upset because they can't delete the Facebook app
Samsung's sleazy deals with Facebook mean that owners of Samsung phones are not able to uninstall the Facebook apps that come pre-installed with their devices. This is true even of flagship phones lik...
07:57 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Smart jock strap: testicle sensor device helps improve sperm count
Fertility doctors often advise men that wearing boxers instead of briefs lowers scrotal temperature and possibly increase sperm count. The CoolMen device takes that idea to the extreme, instrumenting ...
07:56 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing KARR says KITT is inferior
KARR is my second favorite animated automobile with an attitude. I love how he blew up after flying off a cliff, but was back a few episodes later looking perfect.I remembered KARR as having a differe...
07:41 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Gamblers won $276,424 for betting that Trump would lie during Oval Office address
Gambling site Bookmaker took quite a punch last night after losing $276,424 to people who correctly bet that Trump would make at least 3.5 "false statements" (aka lies, or alternative facts) during hi...
07:02 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Someone's finally going to jail over the Panama Papers: a Turkish journalist who reported true facts from them
A Turkish court has sentenced journalist Pelin nker to 13 months' imprisonment for her participation in reporting the Panama Papers, a massive leak of documents from the tax-evasion enablers Mossack-F...
06:59 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Scientists equip bees with tiny environmental sensors
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a wireless battery powered sensor that can be attached to a bee's back. The sensor logs temperature and humidity as the bee flies, and the ba...
06:57 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Ask Dr. Ruth: Watch the trailer for the new documentary about the iconic sex therapist
Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a German-born Jewish Holocaust survivor who emigrated to the United States in 1956 and eventually became arguably the world's best known sex therapist. She's hosted multiple rad...
06:51 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing A history of the sprawling personality clashes over RSS
Sinclair Target's long, deeply researched history of the format wars over RSS are an excellent read and a first-rate example of what Charlie Stross has called "the beginning of history": for the first...
06:40 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing The most magical little free library is inside a hollowed-out tree stump
Librarian, artist, and bookbinder Sharalee Armitage Howard of Coeur dAlene, Idaho decided that rather than dig up the stump of the 110-year-old cottonwood tree in her yard, she'd transform it into a l...
06:38 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Popular Science challenge: can you make it through the worlds hardest maze?
I just started working on this maze. It looks easy, but you have to proceed by passing colored dots in red, green, yellow order. Is it cheating to work backward? Does it help? Read the rest...
06:20 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Woman in ten-year coma gives birth at care facility, police seeking DNA of workers
In December, a woman at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, Arizona who has been in a coma for at least a decade gave birth. This week, police served a warrant for DNA samples from the men who work at the...
06:18 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Unemployed 20-year-old who lives with his parents confesses to massive German political dox
When top German officials had their emails and social media hacked and dumped, people wondered whether the attack was some kind of well-financed act of political extremism, given that the targets were...
06:17 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Video: A massive highway sign falls and crushes a car, but the driver survives
In a freak accident, a 53-year-old woman was driving on a highway in Melbourne, Australia when a huge road sign from above fell and crushed her car. She was rushed to the hospital with neck injuries b...
06:13 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Malcolm Gladwell wrote a flawed weed moral panic piece for The New Yorker
The video above is an anti-drug PSA from the early 1970s, in which a slick talking magician offers drugs to children on a playground. "Hey kiddies, gather round, the man with the goodies is here!" he ...
06:02 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing American towns survive by fining poor people, and use debtors' prisons to make them pay
The Ferguson uprising was triggered by the police assassination of Michael Brown, but even before that killing, the city was a powder-keg, thanks to the practice of financing the city government by le...
06:00 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Watch train workers rescue a mountain goat completely buried in snow
Austrian train workers were clearing tracks that go through the Gesaeuse national park when they noticed a mountain goat that wouldn't move from the sidelines of their path, even after honking the tra...
05:59 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" masterfully covered by a single guitarist playing two guitars at once
Luca Stricagnoli has the funk of 40,000 years. Read the rest...
05:24 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing LA school district prepares for strike with army of expensive scabs
30,000 employees of the LA Unified School District are preparing to go on strike tomorrow, demanding a reversal of the trend to privatizing public education.In response, the nation's largest public sc...
05:17 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Precision helicopter rescue
A helicopter pilot pulls off an amazing rescue, with incredible precision flying, in the French Alps.Global News:Nicolas Derely wrote on Facebook that he was skiing on Jan. 2 with his family and his s...
05:09 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing British Museum discovers vase is actually a mace
Archaeologists make mistakes. I recently ran across this crown-that-was-actually-a-bucket story as well.The Art Newspaper:In a bit of serendipity, the curators realised during research for the show th...
04:55 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Trump's Oval Office address with all the words taken out
Do you like the idea of listening to Trump "struggling to breathe"? Splinter's Jon Eiseman has the video for you.Not the normal, everyday breathing that you and I would do. His breathing was labored b...
04:43 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Serbia erupts in nationwide protests after assassination attempts prompt fears of fascist resurgence
Mass protests have wracked Serbia after critics of nationalist strongman president Aleksandar Vui were attacked in a series of failed assassination attempts, compounding Vui's own human rights abuses ...
04:38 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing 64-meter fatberg lurks beneath English seaside resort
Fatbergs -- vast agglomerations of human waste, toilet paper, sanitary products and general filth held together by fat -- are often found in the sewers of major cities such as London. But a 64-meter m...
04:22 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Mundane activities made amazing by performing them in reverse
Backward Picnic is like a terrifying and fascinating cross between David Lynch and the Coen Brothers. Read the rest...
03:51 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Lionsgate accused of abusing YouTube's contentID system to remove criticism of its movies
Entertainment giant Lionsgate is allegedly using contentID, YouTube's internal copyright arbitation process, to remove criticism of its movies. (Note that "Angry Joe", the author of the viral video em...
03:19 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing If you stare at this image, it allegedly "disappears"
From @rainmaker1973 on Twitter: "Your visual system constantly adapts to all the external stimuli, and this is why if you stare at this picture, it will slowly disappear"Doesn't work for me!Previously...
02:59 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Saudi law now requires sending a text to women after their husbands secretly divorce them
In Saudi Arabia, women can only get a divorce after proving abuse in court, but men can simply file -- in secret -- for a divorce from their wives, and sometimes, they don't even tell their wives, con...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Learn to build robots (mad scientist's lab not included)
Robotics: It's a field that used to exist only as science fiction. Now it's science fact, and it's not just a playground for MIT prodigies. Thanks to the ROS (Robot Operating System) framework, anyone...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at the Border Wall
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH little Donald really, really wants a wall....
11:00 am PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing This TARDIS Grows Weed With Artificial Intelligence
Editor's Note: Richard Metzger is a connoisseur of cannabis, and recently started growing his own. He's test-driving high-end rig good for small-scale grows from Cloudponics. This is not a sponsored p...
07:45 am PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Deer-poaching woman brags on dating app to the wrong person
Cannon Harrison, 24, was on dating app Bumble when he connected with a woman in his area who quickly bragged to him that she had just shot a "bigo buck," a large deer, in the darkness. She even sent H...
02:20 am PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality
Mind metaphysics, or positive thinking, is a fascinating and mysterious field of personal exploration and inquiry. The guiding principle and basic tenet of mind metaphysics is that thoughts are causat...
01:32 am PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Police nab gentleman who was caught on camera licking doorbell
Salinas, California police nabbed Roberto Daniel Arroyo, 33, after homeowners the Dungan family captured video of the gentleman licking their doorbell, many times, in the middle of the night Saturday....
12:00 am PST - Wed, January 9, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: Bulldog is excited about treat, so he's gotta dance
Brutus Patutus is described by his human as a goofy, loving, American Bully .He lives his best life in Orange County, enjoys opening things, and really likes it when mom gives him a pig ear for a trea...
11:43 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing R. Kelly is under criminal investigation in Georgia, 'direct result' of #SurvivingRKelly Lifetime docu-series
Today is R. Kelly's birthday. Today, news is breaking that the singer is under investigation in Georgia. R. Kelly has been accused of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia for decades. A new inves...
11:19 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Joshua Tree National Park to close because Trump's shutdown led to damage
Trump's government shutdown, now on day 17 and counting, has led to the closure of Joshua Tree National Park. The park announced today, Tuesday January 8, that it will temporarily close effective 8 am...
11:06 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Trump's lying, there is no terrorism crisis on the US-Mexico border.
As Donald Trump prepares for his 8-minute The Wall remarks, which will be televised live by all major U.S. networks, read Nicholas Rasmussen's take in Just Security on the so-called terrorism crisis a...
10:54 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Manafort gave polling data to Kremlin agent while Russia attacked U.S. elections
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort provided an individual identified as a Kremlin agent with internal campaign polling data, while Russia's military was executing a political attack on the United S...
10:02 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Lin-Manuel Miranda rescues New York's beloved, century-old Drama Book Shop
For more than 100 years, New York City's Tony-award-winning Drama Book Shop has been a stalwart of the city's thronging theater community; but like so many independent bookstores, it has struggled (it...
08:56 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Trump gave AT&T a $20B tax break and killed Net Neutrality, now they're prepping mass layoffs
The same year that Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai killed broadband privacy and cheated Network Neutrality to death, the Trump tax plan delivered a $20B windfall to AT&T -- both Trump and Pai claim...
07:49 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Self-driving Tesla knocks over autonomous robot
News alert from Promobot: "A self-driving Tesla Model S hit and destroyed an autonomous Promobot the robot model v4 in Las Vegas in a car accident. The incident took place at 3000 Paradise Rd, Las Veg...
07:47 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing The Science Fiction Writers of America inducts William Gibson as its next Grand Master
What an excellent choice! Dr William Gibson, Grand Master of Science Fiction has such a nice ring to it. Go Bill! You can watch him get his award at the next Nebula Awards weekend, May 16-19, at the W...
07:27 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Man doesn't realize that a woman he threatens is a UFC fighter, who pummels him but good
A gentleman thought he could threaten a woman waiting for an Uber outside of her home in Rio de Janiero by demanding that she hand over her phone and that he was armed. What he didn't know is that the...
07:18 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Silicon Valley real estate asking prices fall 12% from peak
There are more houses for sale in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and San Francisco County than at any time since 2013; inventory in December was up 113% year-on-year, and asking prices have fall...
07:08 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Bounty hunters track targets by buying realtime location data generated by T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T
If you want to follow someone in realtime, you don't need to shell out to shady data-brokers like Securus (which use a marketing company that exploits a privacy law loophole to obtain phone location d...
07:05 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Sears expected to liquidate as last-minute buyout fails
After 126 years in business, reports CNBC, Sears is shutting shop.Sears Holdings has rejected Chairman Eddie Lamperts bid to save the 126-year-old company, setting the storied retailer with more than ...
06:56 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Ethereum Classic blockchain successfully attacked, over $500,000 stolen
The Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain was recently compromised by a hacker who spent 88,500 tokens (worth $500,000) then used a lot of computing power to roll back the blockchain so they could get the...
06:55 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing In 1917 Halifax, Nova Scotia, was devastated by an exploding munitions ship
In 1917, a munitions ship exploded in Halifax, Nova Scotia, devastating the city and shattering the lives of its citizens. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the events...
06:45 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Ten years after Juneau ditched water fluoridation, kids racked up an average of $300/each in extra dental bills
It's been ten years since the people of Juneau, Alaska succumbed to conspiracy theories and voted to ruin their kids' teeth by removing fluoride from the drinking water, and it shows.A BMC Oral Health...
06:40 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Cool Raspberry Pi retro-game player
Love Hultn makes beautiful game devices based on the Raspberry Pi and RertroPie. His latest design, which has a speckly textured finish, is called the Geoboi. Read the rest...
06:37 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Doctor Bombay! Doctor Bombay! Emergency! Right Away!
My favorite part of Bewitched was always Bernard Fox's character Doctor Bombay. Read the rest...
06:36 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing CES rescinds own award from sex toy because sex toys are obscene
The Computer Entertainment Show gave a digital sex toy an award. Then it rescinded the award because sex toys are "immoral, obscene, indecent [or] profane" and banned it from the trade show floor. Kat...
06:33 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing London Heathrow airport departures halted after drone sighting
First Gatwick, now Heathrow. Departures at Londons Heathrow airport were stopped for some time on Tuesday after a drone sighting was reported to authorities.Metropolitan Police reported a drone sighti...
06:28 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Drone sighting closes Heathrow
Last month, London's Gatwick airport (the second busiest airport in the UK) was closed for several days after drones were sighted in its airspace.The Gatwick drones are still a mystery (it's even poss...
06:11 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing AT&T's fake 5Ge network
AT&T has added a "5Ge" symbol to several phones from Samsung and LG, misleading customers into thinking they have something special. There is no 5Ge network, it is LTE.The Verge reports:AT&T...
06:06 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing A virtual re-creation of San Francisco's massive WPA wooden city model
In the 1930s, the Works Public Administration commissioned a 1":100' wooden model of San Francisco; the final model is 38' x 42', with 6,000 removable city blocks spanning 158 pieces.After being exhib...
05:52 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing An interactive timeline of race categories in the US Census
Every ten years, the US government is constitutionally mandated to carry out a census: the first census, in 1790, only counted "the head of household and the number of free white males, other free per...
05:42 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Man outwits a creepy car that chases him up and down a street
What do you do if you're walking alone on a lonely dark street and a car starts chasing you? This man is minding his own business when a car stops alongside him. It's not clear what the passenger of t...
05:33 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing More Americans get the vote today than on any day since sufferage
The 2018 election included a Florida ballot initiative to restore felons' voting rights (with the exception of convicted murderers and sexual offenders): the 1.4 million Americans who will get their v...
05:27 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Itty bitty adorable jars of Nutella
If you require Nutella on demand, these 25-gram jars pocketable glass jars of the spreadable wonder substance will fit the bill. Amazon sells them in lots of 16 and 32. Read the rest...
05:26 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing The King of Laurel Canyon, a brief documentary on a stellar personality
This lovely documentary shares a bit of the magic that stuntman and comedian Gary Morgan calls life.The Flying Morgans are Los Angeles' honest-to-goodness circus family. I was lucky enough to have lun...
04:40 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Ancient redwoods cloned and replanted
The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has been cloning giant redwoods from genetic material still living in their stumps, and planting them around the [email protected] reports:Today, giant stumps of ancie...
04:12 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing TV weatherman fired after uttering racial slur on air
Go fuck yourself, Rochester.A TV meteorologist at an NBC affiliate in Rochester, New York was fired after being accused of using an on-air racial slur in reference to Martin Luther King Jr. However, W...
03:56 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Lin-Manuel Miranda and his Hamilton colleagues just bought a bookstore
Composer and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and three of his collaborators on the massively successful musical have saved a famed 100-year-old specialty theater bookstore in New York City from go...
03:40 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing How to improve your rubber band shooting with science!
When I was very little, my big brother brought me in to school for show-and-tell. In the lunchroom, a kid fired a rubber band that hit me right in the face. I still remember the welt. This fascinating...
03:24 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing "Invisible ink" features found in Basquiat painting
Art conservator Emily Macdonald-Korth was evaluationg a client's Jean-Michel Basquiat untitled painting from 1981 when she looked at the work under ultraviolet light to reveal any repairs or varnishin...
02:50 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Teacher who fed puppy to snapping turtle in front of children found not guilty of animal cruelty
Robert Crosland, the high school teacher who fed a puppy to a turtle in front of young teenagers, was found not guilty of animal cruelty this week.Robert Crosland, the Preston Junior High School teach...
02:42 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Travel warning: four days until Trump's shut-down costs TSA screeners their first paycheck
In four days, federal employees will suffer their first missed paycheck since Trump's border wall shutdown; it's hard to say who will be worst hit: the employees who are furloughed will never see that...
02:25 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Canada's housing market is slowly but surely imploding, and Canadians are more exposed that the US was in 2008
After 20 years of unprecedented lows, Canada's central bank is gradually raising rates; this, combined with strict rules on new loans, empty house taxes in overheated cities like Vancouver, and mandat...
01:02 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Wacom shows off entry-level Cintiq pen display
The leap from a Wacom's Intuos (a ~$300 graphics tablet) to its Cintiq (a $1200 pen-sensitive display) was always too much for me to make: a big investment in a new way of working that I'm not sure I'...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Master data analytics for any job with this Python course
As any successful company can tell you, it's all about the numbers. Compiling and using data quickly and effectively is key, and the best programs for doing just that share one programming language: P...
12:42 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Walking car design proposed
Hyundai developed a "walking car" and "unveiled" it at the CES trade show yesterday. As far as I can tell it's just a mockup video, but the idea is timely. Traditionally, only flimsy and obviously imp...
12:24 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Frosty the lamprey
@dyingmars, artist and author of the dark fantasy webcomic Aside, made the best "snowman" I've ever seen. We made a snowman today pic.twitter.com/r6gR0NKAnz— Zack Frost (@dyingmars) January 7, ...
12:15 pm PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing America's Fiber Future: Susan Crawford on how America's wired future is slipping away
No one in America explains the importance of good network policy than Susan Crawford (previously), a one-woman good sense factory when it comes to Network Neutrality, municipal fiber, and reining in t...
12:56 am PST - Tue, January 8, 2019
BoingBoing Burger King sued after revoking 'meals for life' compensation
A gentleman was trapped in a Burger King restroom, forced to listen to the staff laugh at his plight. In compensation the local manager offered him 'meals for life' -- that's right, a lifetime supply ...
10:51 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Big Tech loves disruption, when they're doing the disruption
My latest Locus Magazine column is "Disruption for Thee, But Not for Me," and it analyzes how Big Tech has been able to "disrupt" incumbent industries, but has repurposed obscure technology regulation...
10:34 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Teen self-injects verses from the Bible and the Koran that have been transposed into DNA
In the first injection in a human being of macromolecules whose primary structure was developed from a religious text a French 16 year old named Adrien Locatelli describes how he paid Vector Builder $...
09:51 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing The ACLU made the Border Patrol reveal its terrifying legal theories
After four years of Freedom of Information Act litigation, the ACLU has prevailed and forced the Customs and Border Patrol to release 1,000 pages' worth of training documents in which new agents learn...
09:39 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Tennessee doctors make a fortune kicking disabled people off Medicare
The state of Tennessee pays doctor-contractors by the case to review Medicare disability claims, leading to a situation in which doctors review four or more cases per hour -- and kick profoundly disab...
09:14 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Americans' happiness is correlated with spending on public goods
Baylor University political scientist Patrick Flavin's forthcoming study in Social Science Research finds that people in states with higher public goods spending (on "libraries, parks, highways, natur...
09:02 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Blame authors' fortunes on monopolism, not university professors, booksellers and librarians
The New York Times weighs in on an Authors Guild survey that shows a "drastic 42% decline in authors' earnings over the past decade. John Scalzi offers some important perspective.Here's the summary:* ...
08:35 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Bill Gates wants us to fear mosquitoes, not sharks
Bill Gates has a long, complicated and showy relationship with malaria eradication, and in a new letter, he makes a case that mosquitoes are Earth's deadliest animals, outkilling even the murderous h....
07:12 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Good deal on Contigo Autoseal Bottle
I have a stainless steel Contigo Autoseal Water Bottle but it's a bit too heavy for air travel. This plastic version is lighter and less expensive than the metal bottle. And it's really cheap as an ad...
06:38 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Star Spangled Banner sounds Russian when played in a minor key
Bill Bailey, performing at the London Palladium, entertained the audience by playing major-key songs in a minor key, and vice versa. "Now some of the great national anthems are written in the major ke...
06:13 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Weed is even better for old folks' brains than we thought
Previous studies into the effects of THC (the main psychoactive component of marijuana) have shown it to play a role in preventing symptoms of Alzheimers. But a new study published in Aging and Mechan...
06:02 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Pelosi: "No, nothing" on Trump's border wall demands
We repeat: nothing for the ineffective, immoral and costly 'border wall'. #TrumpShutdown pic.twitter.com/0MoSry6LOv— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 6, 2019Soon millions of American c...
05:57 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: bear visits a home and rings the doorbell
This black bear in Florida thought he'd pay a social visit to a family over the holidays. After lumbering onto the porch and knocking over some decorations for fun, he rang the doorbell. But the famil...
05:55 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing How to make an optical drum machine disc sequencer
John Park conducted a video workshop on how to make a drum sequencer by putting black and white markings on a disc. When he spins the disk, a row of optical sensors trigger the different drum sounds. ...
05:46 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing This pop-up cafe in Japan has a staff of robots controlled by people with disabilities
The host of Life Where I'm From, a YouTube channel about life as a foreigner in Japan, visited a pop-up cafe with robot waiters that are remotely controlled by people with disabilities. The workers c...
05:15 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Busted: Fox host Chris Wallace fact checks Sarah Sanders on air
It's an unusual day in the Fox news sphere when one of their own busts Press Secretary Sarah Sanders for her alternative facts.Fox host Chris Wallace interviewed Sanders on Sunday, and when she claime...
05:11 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Watch Mr. Rogers' wonderful show for adults from 1978
In 1978, Mr. Rogers hosted a television show for adults called "Old Friends...New Friends" in which he interviewed interesting musicians, artists, athletes, teachers, and others "about their search fo...
05:00 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Listen to haunting Ethiopian hymns over the buzzing Harp of David
Sosena Gebre Eyesus by Sosena Gebre EyesusListen above to Sosena Gebre Eyesus's deeply spiritual and enchanting Ethiopian Orthodox hymns sung over the Begena, a ten string instrument also known as the...
04:53 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Zuckerberg San Francisco General attempts to excuse price gouging
Zuckerberg San Francisco General has arranged for all ER care to be out-of-network, allowing the hospital to charge whatever wild prices it likes.VOX:Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG), recently ...
04:48 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing It has been years since I've heard Porky Pig say "That's all folks!"
I used to see/hear Porky say this 20x a day.I want this on my tombstone, but maybe higher res. Read the rest...
04:15 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Monarch butterflies headed for extinction
As a kid in the '70s, watching the annual monarch butterfly migration in Californa was a thing to see. Not so much any more.From KTLA 5 in LA:Researchers with an environmental group have labeled as di...
02:59 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Megalophobia
r/megalophobia is a my new favorite subreddit, specializing in things that are very big and therefore very, very scary. Postings range from Lovecraftian monsters looming in the mist to zoom-out animat...
02:41 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Bug footage shot with wireless mini-microscope
A kid got a wireless mini-microscope for Christmas and quickly located the best bugs in their yard: "Do you think anyone will watch a 2-minute long video?"The model they got is the Tsaagan Wifi 1080p ...
02:08 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Documentary about Moby-Dick devotees
David Shaerf, a professor of English and cinema studies at Michigan's Oakland University, is fanatical about Herman Melvilles Moby-Dick. He's so fanatical that he made a documentary about Moby Dick fa...
02:02 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Razer laptops get hotter
Too late for Christmas! Razer's laptopsone of few designed for playing games that an adult could use in public without embarassmentgot a spec bump to include 2000-series Nvidia graphics chips. The upd...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Learn the essential tools of graphic design in one master class
It should be no secret by now that thanks to Adobe's ubiquitous suite of design software, graphic designers do the bulk of their work in front of a computer screen. Why shouldn't they learn those tool...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Story about eccentric meteorite hunters in search of a Peruvian meteorite
Joshua Bearman has long been one of my favorite journalists (he wrote the Wired story that was adapted as the movie Argo, and a profile of the super weird software mogul John McAfee). He's got a new, ...
01:40 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Watch this fantastic "Circle in Circle" optical illusion machine in action
When this curious contraption is switched on, an inner circle of white balls appears to be rolling inside the outer circle, but that's actually not the case at all. Below is a video explaining this ci...
01:22 pm PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Who invented the Kiini Bikini?
Ipek Irgit mass-produced a novel bikini design, making millions and soon getting into furious legal fights with anyone who would dare copy it. In fashion, there is a fine, sometimes indistinguishable ...
08:08 am PST - Mon, January 7, 2019
BoingBoing Fantastic electric guitar built from 1,200 colored pencils
Flyjumper crafted this magnificent Stratocaster-shaped guitar from 1,200 colored pencils and a lot of grit. He's posted many more photos and GIFs of the build here."I saw a lot of people online making...
07:35 pm PST - Sun, January 6, 2019
BoingBoing Gofundme jumpstarts a golden era of snake oil as desperate people raise millions for quack homeopathy cancer "remedies"
In Patients' crowdfunding campaigns for alternative cancer treatments, published by researchers from Simon Fraser University in The Lancet Oncology (Sci-Hub mirror) we learn that thanks to Gofundme, 1...
07:19 pm PST - Sun, January 6, 2019
BoingBoing Listening to Trump at half-speed "reveals how often his logic is indistinguishable from a drunk person"
Documentarian Arlen Parsa had a key realization: slowing Trump down to half-speed "reveals how often times his logic is indistinguishable from that of a drunk person."my favorite way to listen to the ...
07:03 pm PST - Sun, January 6, 2019
BoingBoing Ahead of new Star Wars land, Disneyland raises pass prices by up to 25%
For years, Disneyland annual passes, parking fees and single-day-tickets have seen above-inflation price-hikes, but this year's will take the cost of the no-blackout-day "Premier Pass" to $1,949, up 2...
06:38 pm PST - Sun, January 6, 2019
BoingBoing LA's teachers are ready to strike on Tuesday, rejecting privatization of public education
Last year saw a wave of teachers' strikes across America, but mostly in red states where public education has been starved of funds, putting teachers on starvation wages, subjecting kids to dangerous ...
02:09 pm PST - Sun, January 6, 2019
BoingBoing Bill Bailey demonstrates major and minor keys with Star Spangled Banner
The single best demonstration of the difference in emotional tenor between minor and major-key dominated variations of a tune -- and a great topical joke to boot, when it comes time to show the Star S...
01:19 pm PST - Sun, January 6, 2019
BoingBoing Batman and the Joker settle their differences with a surfing contest
The Cesar Romero "Joker" is the best Joker of all Jokers. Read the rest...
01:00 pm PST - Sun, January 6, 2019
BoingBoing Lock down your anonymity and security with this top VPN
No matter where you go on the web these days, you're on somebody's radar. Advertisers, bots, or even hackers find it increasingly easy to pick up your trail and track your habits - unless you're using...
10:43 pm PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Holy fudge is there conflicting information online about inducing brownie 'cakeyness'
I want fudgy brownies.I am using a box mix that I really like, but I couldn't remember what I do to make brownies more 'fudgy,' so I searched the internet. That was fucking useless.Her royal highness ...
10:26 pm PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing That 1973 Barry Manilow scored Spaghetti-Os commercial where everyone is tripping balls
Uh, oh! Spaghetti-Os!Everyone loves canned pasta while riding on a carousel. Read the rest...
10:16 pm PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Life lessons from Mr. T
I pity the fool that doubts his wisdom.Also, I want to know what happened in Mexico City. Read the rest...
02:43 pm PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Failed white supremacist "law-and-order" Toronto mayoral candidate is now breaking the law by selling Canadian coat-of-arms merch
Faith Goldy is the white supremacist who failed in her bid for mayor of Toronto (despite an endorsement from US white supremacist Congressman Steve King); during her campaign, she unsuccessfully sued...
02:30 pm PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Netflix walks away from App Store payments, costing Apple up to $256m/year
When Ios launched, Apple's App Store took a 30% royalty on all apps sold. App vendors responded in large part by switching to free apps that charged in-app for annual subscriptions and other fees, pro...
02:25 pm PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing 3 dead, 4 injured in bowling alley shooting
At least three people are reported dead after a gunman opened fire in a California bowling alley late Friday night.The Torrance Police Department says in a tweet there were "reports of shots fired wit...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Binge on reality with this documentary streaming service
Let's face it. Binge-watching nothing but sitcoms and melodramas is like a stereotypical Chinese food buffet: You'll feel empty an hour later. Finally, there's a streaming service out there for those ...
01:47 pm PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Arizona's kick-ass new bisexual Senator took her oath on the US Constitution, administered by cringing, homophobic Dominionist Mike Pence
Last week, incoming Senator Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ] was sworn in by Mike Pence, in his aspect as President of the Senate, choosing to take her oath on a book containing both the Constitutions of the Uni...
01:13 pm PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Millennials will be able to buy homes soon, thanks to Boomer senescence and mortality
Fannie Mae predicts a "coming exodus of older homeowners" as Boomers die, downsize or enter retirement homes, which will dump a ton of housing stock on the market and crash prices, finally making home...
03:08 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Google will defeat its own captchas for you
Step one: write a bot that hits the "play this captcha as audio for me" on a Google Re:captcha; step two: record that as an MP3; step three: feed the MP3 into the Google's Speech2Text API; step four: ...
02:00 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a plan to pay for the Green New Deal: a 70% tax on the super-rich
How can America possibly fund a radical transformation into a carbon-free economy, centered on preparing for the coming centuries of climate crises? ACO knows: a 70% tax on people with more than $10,0...
01:44 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Masters Class in Dad Jokes
Mark Marino is following up on his previous course on "how to write and read fake news" with an unaccredited Masters Class in Dad Jokes: "In this classy class, well explore the ins and outs of jokes o...
01:38 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing The OTFB: a switchblade-inspired, machined sculpture
Machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) has revealed his latest piece: the OTFB (out the front/out the back), a spring-loaded, switchblade-inspired piece that substitutes rotation for a sliding...
01:10 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing The re-opening of America's public domain is good news for artists, less so for the corporations that exploit them
With the public domain re-opening for the first time in a generation (thanks, Sonny Bono), artists are once again getting a fresh installment of raw material with which to make new art, in the grand t...
01:01 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing China's One Child Policy coming home to roost: old people, in big cities, frightened of the sky
Bruce Sterling says the future consists of old people, in big cities, afraid of the sky, and, as we all know, China is the future.Generations of brutally imposed limitations on fertility has created a...
12:37 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Minnesota Attorney General's suit catalogs the many lies of Comcast
Late last year, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sued Comcast for lying and lying and lying and lying and lying to the people of Minnesota, all the time, because Comcast is a garbage company, u...
12:30 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing 'Toddler Star Wars Lightsaber' fight, now with Dramatic Sound
Sound on!Mitch Centers did the effects, and says, I saw these two fighting and HAD to edit in some effects for them!This kiddo really delivers an Oscar-worthy performance. Watch: View this post on I...
12:17 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing Ontario court rules that Uber can't use arbitration to keep its drivers from suing it
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that Uber can't use binding arbitration "agreements" to stop its drivers from joining a class action suit against the company; the court held that the arbitration...
12:02 am PST - Sat, January 5, 2019
BoingBoing LAWSUIT: Los Angeles accuses Weather Channel app of secretly mining user data
The city attorney for Los Angeles is suing the company behind The Weather Channel and its mobile app, and says the app covertly mined user data.The Weather Channel app is hugely popular, and the the l...
11:13 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Gamer who attacked wife on livestream reinstated by Twitch (UPDATE: banned again)
Last month, an Australian Fortnite player who streamed himself attacking his wife off-screen while his screaming children watched was charged with assault and banned from Amazon-owned Twitch. But afte...
09:43 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Great moments in Buck Rogers: Twiki offers a toast
In the year 1987, at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. The payload, perched on the nose cone of the massive rocket, was a one-man exploration ves...
08:12 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing 'Sanctuary city' picks up trash for Federal government shutdown over border wall
Blessed with an abundance of National Park attractions right in the midst of their metropolis, San Francisco leaders have decided not to let garbage pile up.SF Examiner shares:Trash has been piling up...
07:48 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Marriott hack update: Hotel now admits hackers got passport numbers
The Marriott hotel chain today said that a smaller number of customers were affected by a recent hack than initially estimated, but admitted that the hackers got customer passport numbers. The hotel ...
07:39 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing HACKED: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hundreds of government officials
Hackers have published a big dump of private data related to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hundreds of other of the country's politicians, in what is said to be the biggest data dump of its kin...
07:07 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook executives are upset at The New York Times
NBC News reports that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives are super pissed at the New York Times over what they say are weeks of antagonistic coverage and an anti-Facebook bias. Dylan ...
06:59 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: Ocasio-Cortez responds to dance-phobic Republicans with a new dance on Capital Hill
In response to the old-fart Republicans who thought they finally had a gotcha moment by digging up a college dance video of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she fired back with the best tweet o...
06:55 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Impressive champagne saber fail at Michelin-starred restaurant
Below is New Year's Eve video of Michael Minnillo, general manager of Yountville, California's legendary French Laundry restaurant attempting a dramatic saber opening of a $2,000 bottle of Billecart-S...
06:50 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Blank Bicycle 'Rider Back' cards
This deck of 56 'Rider Back' Bicycle playing cards has blank faces.These come in handy for a number of magic tricks. The cards are printed on US Playing Card stock, and excepting the missing printed f...
06:42 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Califonia's haunted wineries host different kinds of spirits
I don't drink wine, but living in Northern California I still end up visiting wineries in Napa and Sonoma with friends and visitors. Next time we're headed on a wine tasting trip, I'm going to suggest...
06:18 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Hunter caught killing an illegal deer tries to blame his wife
Reminiscent of the Trumpkin congressman who blamed his wife for his illegal campaign expenses, we've now got a hunter who's pointing his trigger finger at his wife for his illegal killing of a deer.Wh...
06:07 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Police: screams of "Why don't you die?" and a crying toddler weren't what they seemed
A passerby in Perth, Western Australia heard a man inside a home yelling "Why don't you die?" amidst a toddler's screams. The concerned neighbor called the police who responded with haste. Turned out,...
05:46 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing The Furby was "coded for cuteness"
Released in 1998 by Tiger Electronics, more than 40 million Furbies were sold in its first three years of life. What made this bizarre animatronic toy so damn popular? At IEEE Spectrum, Allison Marsh ...
05:37 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing That time the Bionic man, Bionic woman and Sasquatch threw the ring into Mount Doom
This is only missing Max, the Bionic dog. Read the rest...
05:12 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Top Trump officials may receive pay raises while government workers remain unpaid
The Washington Post reports that without legislation to continue a pay-cap it appears senior Trump officials including Vice-President Pence will receive pay raises.The raises appear to be an intended ...
04:43 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman tries to kidnap a woman, but she runs into a karate studio. The man then gets his ass kicked
A gentleman in Charlotte, North Carolina tried to push a woman into his car, but she got away and ran into a nearby karate studio. The would-be kidnapper chased her inside the dojo, and that's where h...
04:16 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on crew T-shirts
I bought a six=pack of Gildan crew T-shirts to replace my ratty old ones. They're very inexpensive and comfortable. They're on sale right now, so I bought another six-pack of whites and a six-pack of ...
03:10 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Fusion power technology is coming
The unrepeatability of the FleischmannPons experiment in the 1980s soured the world on cold fusion as a possible energy source for decades, but recent fusion reactor breakthroughs seem to indicate tha...
03:00 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing How to deal with difficult people on software projects
Neil Green made a useful chart of the 42 types of difficult people you are likely to encounter on a software development team. Each type is represented by an animal, and by clicking on the animal you ...
02:45 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Less than 1% of the world's population owns almost 50% of the world's wealth
A graph from Credit Suisse/Forbes reveals that 0.7% of people on the planet own 46% of the world's wealth. That tiny percentage controls $128.7 trillion and they've done a good job convincing the 70% ...
02:40 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Watch man use Japanese knife to make paper-thin cuts of vegetables
Italian knife dealer Giacomo Giovannitti shows his skills using a Japanese chef's knife to cut transparent slices of tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, apples, and radishes.Image: YouTube Read t...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Forbes is developing AI that writes first drafts of articles
Forbes publishes 300 stories a day, and is developing AI software that writes first drafts of articles. From Digiday:With Bertie, a contributor who writes regularly about the automobile industry might...
01:44 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Bad swan dies
A memorial service was held Thursday for Angry Bob the bad swan. Bob went viral in 2010 after killing one mate and chasing two more away.The ceremony for 'Angry Bob' was held after a large online resp...
01:12 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Man attacks McDonald's worker, gets a battery charge and a beating
St. Petersburg, Florida. Facebook user TJ Biandudi posted a video he says was filmed by his mother and sister when they patronized a McDonalds in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Monday. The footage shows a w...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Earn your stripes in cybersecurity with this training bundle
The threats to established networks are coming from all directions these days, which means any big company that can't invest in security isn't going stay that way long. Know a thing or two about cover...
12:16 am PST - Fri, January 4, 2019
BoingBoing Elon Musk is back on his weird tweets again
I regret to inform you that Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is back on his inappropriate for a CEO tweets again.The two weird tweets were sandwiched between two other seemingly normal tweets about ...
11:51 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing FCC closed due to government shutdown, Ajit Pai won't be at CES
Is 911 service down in your area? Got a complaint about your mobile provider? Just invented a new iphone-killer, and need safety approval before your product goes to market? Well, too bad, you'll hav...
08:13 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Inside China's censorship factories, where young censors learn to erase history
The censorship industry in China is big business.My office is next to the big training room, Mr. Yang said. I often hear the surprised sounds of Ah, ah, ah. China's censorship machine is so well oiled...
07:53 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Casper the Friendly Ghost robbed New Jersey hotel
On Saturday night, Casper the Friendly Ghost attempted to rob a Ramada Inn in Wayne, New Jersey. According to police, the ghost jumped over the reception desk, pried open the cash drawer, and ran off ...
07:17 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: this dancing aircraft marshall has some fun while directing a plane
Directing airplanes to their gates could be a monotonous job, but not for this marshall at the Toronto Airport, who simultaneously motions to the taxiing plane while busting out the moves. Similar to ...
07:11 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Is it ok to toss your apple core or banana peel into the woods?
When on a picnic, I've been known to toss an apple core or banana peel into the woods. Turns out, even "organic litter" is a bad idea. From Mother Nature Network:...An apple core can take two months t...
06:51 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker of The House, 116th Congress is most diverse ever
The honorable Nancy Pelosi of California, having received the majority of the votes cast is duly elected the representative for the 116th Congress.And after those words were spoken, cheers and clappin...
06:51 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Paraglider loses control as dust devil flings him around
This paraglider is prepping for a cross-country trip across New South Wales, Australia with 39 other pilots when a dust devil decides to have some fun with him. He's tossed across the sky, out of cont...
06:49 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Wealthy adventurer just became the first person to touch the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean
Last week, private equity investor and adventurer Victor Vescovo became the first person to touch the deepest spot in the Atlantic Ocean, 27,480 feet down to the floor of the Puerto Rico Trench, in hi...
06:46 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing "Teach kids the improtance of saving" with a stack of prop $100 bills
There is no better way to teach kids the improtance of saving than by having them stick fake $100 bills into a piggy bank. Read the rest...
06:24 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing First images from China's probe that just landed on the dark side of the moon
Earlier today, the China National Space Administration's Chang'e 4 landed a rover on the far side of the moon for the first time. Blocked from direct communication with the Earth, the lander and rover...
05:58 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Texas indicts '3D gun guy' Cody Wilson for child sexual assault, 'Defense Distributed' founder faces 20 years in prison
Wow, never saw that one coming. The print your own guns proponent is a creep.In Texas, '3D gun' guy Cody Wilson has been indicted on multiple counts of sexual assault against a minor.Wilson rose to na...
05:54 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Watch - cheese infested with live maggots is a delicacy
Even though cheese is pretty disgusting when you think about what it is, most cultures enjoy eating the coagulated mammary secretions of hoofed animals. Even bleu cheese (which is little more that mol...
05:41 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing A giant wooden model of 1930s San Francisco has been put online
The David Rumsey Map Collection shares an amazing collection of photographs and the history of this 42 by 38 foot WPA built wooden map of San Francisco. Visit their site for high quality images.I will...
03:00 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Create and print your own perfectly-gridded paper
Rostislav Blaha created gridzzly, a simple single-page website where you pick the type of grid you want (lines, square, triangle, hex, dotted), set the size of the grid units and the weight of the lin...
02:45 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing It's January, so it's time to settle in with the annual WELL State of the Union address, with special guest James Bridle!
For decades, the WELL has rung in the new year with a weeks-long public discussion led by Jon Lebkowsky and Bruce Sterling (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2007, 2005, etc).This year's contributor...
02:45 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing VC Fred Wilson's prediction: we will have a different President of the United States by the end of 2019
I'm an avid reader of Fred Wilson's email newsletter, A VC. Wilson is a VC who invested in Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Zynga, and Kickstarter. In one of his recent issues Wilson predicted a very like...
02:40 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Smart pet food bowl closes when pets try to overeat
Mookkie is a pet bowl with built-in AI and a fisheye lens that keeps a close watch on your pets' dietary habits, and will generate detailed reports on how much food they are eating. It will close up i...
02:30 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing How the Director of Research for Radiolab finds story ideas
Latif Nasser is Director of Research for WNYC's Radiolab. He wrote a piece for Transom about how he comes up with story ideas for the show. He has an interesting "bag of tricks" to find stories and ha...
02:30 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Artist gives award for the tallest weed he found in a neighborhood
New York Times columnist and all-around unclassifiably interesting person Rob Walker has a book coming out in May called The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discov...
02:24 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Fans of Brazil's new fascist president chant "Facebook! Facebook! Whatsapp! Whatsapp!" at inauguration
Brazil's new president Jair Bolsonaro rode to power on a platform of racist and gendered discrimination, genocide for indigenous people, homophobia, torture apology, and the abolition of human rights;...
02:11 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Thunderbird team vows faster, easier-to-use, more stable versions in the year to come
In 2015, Mozilla announced that it would turn Thunderbird -- one of the last freestanding, cross-platform email clients -- into a freestanding, independent project, and in 2017, Thunderbird became a c...
01:00 pm PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Revisit Boing Boing's best deals of 2018 - now with an extra discount
Get ghosted by Santa this year? Here's a tip: Once Christmas is over, it's ok to do a little materialistic self-care. To that end, here's one last sleigh ride through Boing Boing's best deals of 2018....
02:35 am PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing LEGO stop-motion short film by 8-year-old girl animator
This 8 year old is a lot more patient and creative than most adults I know. What a cool little kid-made short film.My 8 year old daughter made a Stop-motion Lego movie hoping to post it on Legolife, b...
01:35 am PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing Model makers Kayte Sabicer and Adam Savage build a jaw-dropping replica of the Blade Runner blimp
Adam Savage keeps mining deeper and deeper strata of nerdly obsessions, with recent Tested projects including collaborating with other prop makers to create a spot-on ACES NASA astronaut suit for cosp...
01:25 am PST - Thu, January 3, 2019
BoingBoing THE BUREAU: Part Ten, "Your Death" with a Turing Machine, Bouncing Ball Envelope, and Other Randomized Voltage
Welcome back to The Bureau. Its the tenth installment, with two remaining installments until your day is complete. You've found your way to a bar, and it's a comfortable view of the train. You may hav...
11:14 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Gradated shot glasses good for espresso
If you make your own espresso and want to pull shots that are always the same strength, this set of 2 shot glasses with markings for ounces, milliliters, teaspoons, and tablespoons might be what you'r...
11:14 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Graduated shot glasses good for espresso
If you make your own espresso and want to pull shots that are always the same strength, this set of 2 shot glasses with markings for ounces, milliliters, teaspoons, and tablespoons might be what you'r...
08:38 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing "Benji" is one of the greatest movies of all time
It isn't a dog movie! 1974's Benji is still a tear jerker.The theme song, "I Feel Love" was nominated for an Academy Award.The whole movie is on YouTube here. Read the rest...
07:47 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing George Dyson: look to analog systems for autonomy and intelligence
Over at EDGE.org, the must-read hub of intellectual inquiry and head-spinning science, Boing Boing pal and legendary book agent John Brockman is launching a new series of essays "from important third ...
07:42 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Thieves use bulldozers to steal $2.3 million from armored van on highway
In southern Italy today, a brazen highway robbery in which thieves used bulldozers to pry open an armored van on the road. Police say the thieves blocked the money-mobile off with two big vehicles on ...
07:27 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman attempts to steal bike parked at police station
A gentleman stylishly dressed from head to toe in identity-concealing attire found a bicycle parked at a police station. The bicycle did not belong to him, and it was locked, but the man wished to tak...
07:19 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Fox and Friends guest: struggling Americans "are not working...they're watching porn"
Reminiscent of Trump's infamous remark that undocumented Mexicans coming into the United States were rapists and criminals, conservative writer Star Parker told hosts on Fox and Friends that people ne...
07:08 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Play HATETRIS, the most frustrating version of Tetris ever
According to its infernal creator, HATETRIS "is bad Tetris. It's hateful Tetris. It's Tetris according to the evil AI from 'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream.'"Background, hints, and links to others' ...
07:04 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Caterpillar padlocks all use the same key
It's easy enough to pick this Caterpillar padlock with a lockpicking rake, but if that seems too difficult, just buy another Caterpillar padlock of the same model. They all use the same key. Read the ...
06:56 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Deaths: Actor Bob Einstein, 'Super Dave Osborne' and Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm
'Super Dave Osborne' and 'Marty Funkhouser' have left us. Curb Your Enthusiasm fans will best remember actor Bob Einstein from his impact on Larry David's long-running HBO comedy series.Einstein was 7...
06:45 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Satisfying manufacturing videos
Core77 published its annual collection of "the best mind-melting manufacturing videos," including furniture made from chocolate, a chicken-wire wrapper, a thermoformed case, a cookie-cutter former, an...
06:39 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Trump says shutdown may continue a long time
Is that a threat?During today's back-from-the-holidays meetings, Donald Trump said the United States Government could be shut down for a long time...as long as it takes.Hang on now.As long as it takes...
06:22 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Rat implanted with green LED to restore bladder control
This rat has two green LED lights implanted near its bladder to help the animal regain control of its urination. According to Washington University researcher Robert Gereau, the technology -- which in...
06:11 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Toto's 'Africa' perfectly played on sweet potatoes and squash
YouTuber Toni Patanen "Pupsi" likes to make musical instruments ocarinas in particular with vegetables. Here he cuts up some sweet potatoes and a squash, and then (at 1:39) plays a mystical version ...
06:03 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Archive of the incredible mid-1960s magazine, "fact:"
In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy prosecuted Eros magazine publisher Ralph Ginzburg for violating federal obscenity laws when Eros ran 8-pages of photos of a naked black man and naked white woma...
06:00 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Trump places Game of Thrones meme of himself on table for todays Cabinet meeting
Sanctions are Coming - November 4. For today's Cabinet meeting at the White House, there was a weird Trump Game of Thrones political meme poster, wall sized, displaying Trump's face and those words, ...
06:00 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing 'SANCTIONS ARE COMING' - Trump has 'Game of Thrones' poster of himself on table in Cabinet meeting
Sanctions are Coming - November 4. For today's Cabinet meeting at the White House, there was a weird Trump Game of Thrones political meme poster, wall sized, displaying Trump's face and those words, ...
05:40 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Explore Dante's Inferno as a fantastic interactive visualization
The Alpaca graphic design cooperative created this terrific "illustrated and interactive Dante's Inferno, an alternative learning tool for the Divine Comedy first Cantica, made for aiding visual memor...
05:16 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Max Headroom recites the ABCs
In 1987, Max Headroom appeared on Sesame Street where he recited the alphabet. Catch the wave.And if you're not hip to Max's cyberpunk stylings, the 1985 UK TV movie is where it all started: Read the ...
05:13 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing This is how you rescue sea turtles from plastic fish nets in the Pacific Ocean
This Norwegian sailer is one cool dude. While sailing in the Pacific Ocean, he spots what he at first thinks is trash. He wants to clean it up, and then realizes that it's actually sea turtles four i...
05:00 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing AI trained to detect art forgeries by looking at a single stroke.
A neural network became a expert at detecting art forgeries by learning how famous artists drew their line strokes. Researchers at Rutgers University and the Atelier for Restoration and Research of Pa...
04:37 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Watch these horny toads take a "ride" on a python
During a storm in Kununurra, Australia that dumped nearly three inches of rain, a farmer braved the weather to check on the dam near his home. That's when he spotted this 11-foot python "moving across...
04:30 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Netflix pulls episode of political news show after Saudi Arabia complains
Netflix removed an episode of the program "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" in Saudi Arabia because the royal family didn't like its coverage of the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi....
03:14 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Celebrate Public Domain Day with a viewing of Cecil B Demille's 1923 epic "The Ten Commandments"
It's been 48 hours since the American public domain expanded for the first time in 20 years, allowing Americans free access to works from 1923, including Cecil B Demille's 1923 epic "The Ten Commandme...
03:08 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing A cafe where the robot waiters are remote-piloted by paralyzed people
Dawn ver. is a Tokyo cafe in Akasaka where all the table service is performed by 120 cm tall OriHime-D robots that are piloted by people who are paralyzed and work from home; it was inspired by a fict...
03:02 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Inter UI: A free font for "high legibility of small-to-medium sized text on computer screens"
Inter UI is a family of freeware fonts with ""a tall x-height to aid in readability of mixed-case and lower-case text" designed for small screen text. (via Four Short Links) Read the rest...
02:25 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Unicorn costume for dogs
Available in small, medium and large, the Unicorn Costume for Dogs [Amazon] offers a comfortable, adjustable-fit design that's secured under the dog's chin, neck and chest with three rows of velcro st...
02:06 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Behold the jukebox of tomorrow
Chris Patty made a wooden mini-jukebox where you pick songs by swiping magnetic cards. It's like a prop from an old BBC sci-fi show about how great it would be to listen to music would be in 2019.The ...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing WriterDuet Pro helps screenwriters collaborate online
Words on paper. It should be easy, but as any screenwriter can tell you, the road from the first scene to final draft can be a slog - especially if you're collaborating. Writers need a tool that will ...
01:37 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Asimov's 1983 predictions for 2019
In 1983, The Toronto Star invited Isaac Asimov to predict what the world of 2019 would look like. He was astute in his understanding of likely technical developments, but wrong about other things. Whi...
01:05 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Frankenstein's Castle, Emil the Bacterium Physicist, and MORE!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Doug, Classix Comix, Not a Pipe, Public Domain Fart Funnies, and just a bit MORE!...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, January 2, 2019
BoingBoing Police mourn loss of donut delivery truck
A Krispy Kreme donut truck caught fire this weekend and its cargo was destroyed. Responding police in Lexington, Kentucky, took to social media to mourn their loss."Hang tight, we are sending backup f...
09:21 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing Four or five people 'floss' in Times Square for New Years
Streaming sensation Ninja attempted to lead a very wet New York's Times Square mob in a million person 'Floss.'Ninja and his wife gave it their best and got soaked in the attempt. Apparently, support ...
08:49 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing Government shutdown puts national parks in nightmare mode
I live in a small, grandfathered, community inside of the Golden Gate National Recreation area. The government shutdown is making parks scary for tourists and residents alike.It is vacation time! Peop...
08:26 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing Shake your head to see this image
And if shaking your head really fast is, er, problematic, you can also just look at an angle or move away from the screen until the image appears.Here's an Instructable on how to make your own head-sh...
06:16 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing NASA reaches the farthest target ever
NASA's New Horizons space probe passed by Ultima Thule, a tiny icy world four billion miles from the sun. It's the farthest target that humans have ever reached and will give scientists insight into t...
06:12 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing The Themis Files: humanity races to kill itself before the aliens can
Sylvain Neuvel's series The Themis Files is a gripping tale where humanity repeatedly guesses wrong, the aliens are tied up in their own soap opera, and giant stompy robots are the least of anyone's p...
04:31 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing This new clip from American Gods Season 2 is worrisome
The first season of American Gods was great. Ian McShane! Ricky Whittle! Gillian Anderson! Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy? Perfection.And then, after the season wrapped up, shit went down. Show runners le...
03:29 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing Math against crimes against humanity: Using rigorous statistics to prove genocide when the dead cannot speak for themselves
Patrick Ball and the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) (previously) use careful, rigorous statistical models to fill in the large blank spots left behind by acts of genocide, bringing their ana...
03:17 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing A roundup of 2018 roundups
From the Library Journal's Infodocket: "A Curated Collection of Recently Published or Updated Data-Rich Reports Available on the Web", from climate cost breakdowns to Nielsen's top nonalcoholic bevera...
03:13 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing Japan opens its doors wide to immigration
As populism and a tilt to the political right has prompted many nations to question once welcoming immigration and refugee policies and embrace xenophobia, a nation with a centuries long reputation fo...
03:10 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing Trustbusting is now a bipartisan issue
Ronald Reagan may be sainted by the right, but 2018 was the year conservatives broke with his slavish, simpleminded adherence to the Chicago School antitrust theory that says that governments should o...
02:37 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing Game design contest: remix America's new public domain!
This is the first day in 20 years for new works entering the American public domain, and to celebrate, Itch.io is hosting a 1923 public domain game jam, with prizes for best analog game, digital game,...
01:37 pm PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing Florida driver caught by cops for using James Bond-style license plate
A driver from Orange County Florida was dinged by the cops for using a very slick-looking device to obscure his license plate while using a toll road. It would have been the perfect crime, except for ...
01:26 am PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing United Nations: too many women are being killed by their loved ones at home
Despite gains over the past century in the area of equal rights, equal pay and, in some regions, not having some assclown with a penis dictate what they do with their bodies, women, on the whole, stil...
12:00 am PST - Tue, January 1, 2019
BoingBoing Zombie Dancing Squid!
I hate to yuck you out before the holidays and I really love Japan but this is just gross.Its a Japanese delicacy called Katsu ika odori-don.The squid is deceased when the dish is served. A little s...
08:40 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing U.S. Strategic Command tweets nuclear war joke on New Year's Eve
Happy nuke year, everyone! Man, the Trump administration's recklessness really makes people feel like they can just say whatever they want with no consequences. Apparently, Donald Trump's penchant for...
08:31 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing Detaining immigrants is big business
Here's who is getting rich off Trump's immigrant detention camps.A new Daily Beast investigation reveals new details about just how lucrative the business of detaining immigrant asylum-seekers in the ...
08:09 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing Arizona: People are violently attacking driverless cars from Google/Alphabet's Waymo
People like this guy waving his gun at a driverless Waymo van in Arizona are attacking self-driving vehicles with rocks, knives, and *their own cars*, sending a message to tech companies like Waymo, w...
07:36 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing Man with knife makes bomb threat at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - suspect 'overpowered'
A man with knife made a bomb threat at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam today, and was 'overpowered' and arrested by Dutch police. Departures and Arrivals in the airport's hall 3 were evacuated, but have...
07:31 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing Texas: Large Infant Son breaks hospital newborn weight record at 15 pounds
This baby set a hospital weight record at birth. Of course it happened in Texas. Mother and child are reported by CNN to be healthy.CNN reports on the ginormous human baby born in Arlington, Texas, we...
04:07 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing Video: Red Rose Tattoo offers to cover up racist ink at no charge in a stand against hate
Billy Joe White, the owner of Red Rose Tattoo in Zanesville, Ohio is taking a stand against hate. Red Rose Tattoos has an open door policy to anyone who chose to adorn their flesh with swastikas, whit...
02:58 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing Iran sacks state TV chief after uncensored broadcast of Jackie Chan sex scene
A broadcast of the 2009 crime drama The Shinjuku Incident cost an Iranian TV chief his job last week, reports the BBC. He forgot to censor a sex scene featuring star Jackie Chan.Iranian media said the...
02:35 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing San Diego is America's safest city, but Republicans keep claiming that the US-Mexican border is responsible for "gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime"
San Diego and Tijuana are practically a single city, separated by a border, which Donald Trump wants to close, claiming that "The most important way to stop gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive...
02:32 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing In the future we might paint our homes with dead Christmas trees
Lots of folks celebrate Christmas by stashing their presents under the same reusable plastic and aluminum wire Christmas tree every winter: it's a thoughtful, cost-efficient way to cut down on the amo...
02:19 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing Video from the launch of the EFF/McSweeney's "End of Trust" project launch with Cindy Cohn, Annalee Newitz, and me!
The End of Trust is the first-ever nonfiction issue of McSweeney's, co-edited by McSweeney's editors and the staff of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; on December 11, we held a sold-out launch even...
02:12 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing White Mirror: How did Microsoft's 2009 predictions for the world of 2019 hold up?
In 2009, Microsoft produced a video imagining the world of 2019. They did well with the software aspects of touchscreen interfaces and machine vision, but overshot the runway on bezel-less devices and...
02:07 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing Happy Public Domain day: for real, for the first time in 20 years!
Every year, Jennifer Jenkins and Jamie Boyle from the Duke Center for the Public Domain compile a "Public Domain Day" list (previously) that highlights the works that are not entering the public domai...
01:10 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing The Chinese government is putting tracking chips into school uniforms to watch every move kids make
Just when you thought that the Chinese government's extensive surveillance of the country's citizens couldn't get any creepier or more intrusive, Xi Jingping slyly raises an eyebrow and asks the west ...
12:30 pm PST - Mon, December 31, 2018
BoingBoing Fallen officer honored
Detective Deirdre Mengedoht was killed when a truck crashed into her police cruiser on Christmas Eve. Some local news outlets experienced difficulties covering the story. Read the rest...