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11:08 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Watch boxer's incredible ability to dodge punches
via GfycatOn Saturday night, junior featherweight boxer Tremaine Williams won two regional title belts by beating Yenifel Vicente. Check out this astonishing clip from the eighth round when Williams ...
10:56 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Quentin Tarantino talks about the sounds in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
One of the things that really stood out for me in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is how he captured the sounds of the late 1960s. Everything from AM car radio speakers, to the way p...
10:34 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing My off-label use for these silicone BBQ cooking gloves
These silicone gloves are good for handling meat and vegetables on a barbecue but they excel at letting me tear apart a hot roasted chicken without burning my fingers, which is the main reason I use m...
10:17 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Woman who urinated on potatoes at Walmart turns self in
A woman suspected of urinating on the potatoes at a Pittsburgh-area Walmart has turned herself in, reports CBS News. The woman was charged with criminal mischief, open lewdness, disorderly conduct and...
07:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Cooking Price-Wise
Cookbooks by Vincent and Mary Price are amongst my very favorite.This new edition of Cooking Price-Wise is certainly a family affair. Originally published as a compendium of recipes shared on Price's ...
07:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing "Superflat" artist Takashi Murakami writes about himself
Over at CNN, fantastically creative and influential Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is CNN Style's latest "guest editor." Along with commissioning a series of articles "exploring the theme of identit...
06:55 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Jack Black and Rob Zabrecky contact Kurt Cobain
Boing Boing recently shared Rob Zabrecky's fantastic memoir Strange Cures.Jack Black really enjoyed Kurt Cobain's live performances. Zabrecky can contact the undead. What could be more fun?Other Side ...
06:44 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Houstonites! Come see Hank Green and me in conversation tomorrow night!
Hank Green and I are doing a double act tomorrow night, July 31, as part of the tour for the paperback of his debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It's a ticketed event (admission includes a c...
06:44 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Heavy metal and Dungeons & Dragons were a match made in hell
Heavy metal and Dungeons & Dragons have an interconnected history that goes beyond just being targeted during the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. Over at Kerrang, John Reppion draws the links from Bl...
06:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Police searching for woman who urinated on potatoes in Walmart
In West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, police are searching for a woman who evacuated the contents of her bladder on potatoes for sale in the produce section of the local Walmart. WPXI ran a video with photos...
06:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Some of my favorite movie sword fights
The greatest of all time. I cry every time I watch Inigo Montoya destroy Count Rugen. I can bring my self to cry by thinking about it.Errol Flynn fighting Basil Rathbone in Captain Blood is just wonde...
06:14 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Excellent bumper at the end of a bootlegged Fantasia videocassette from 1977
At the end of a 1977 bootlegged videocassette of Disney's Fantasia, a fine bit of mockery from Miracle Productions Company, "leaders in illegal Betamax recording since '76." (r/ObscureMedia) Read the ...
06:14 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Excellent bumper from a bootlegged Fantasia videocassette from 1977
From a 1977 bootlegged videocassette of Disney's Fantasia, a fine bit of mockery from Miracle Productions Company, "leaders in illegal Betamax recording since '76." (r/ObscureMedia) Read the rest ...
06:11 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing The guy who played the role of Trump in Hillary Clinton's practice debates explains how to beat him
Trump is a "malevolent George Costanza," a person who's gotten every job "simply by being [his] obnoxious self, with no filter." That's Philippe Reines' assessment. He should know. As Hillary Clinton'...
06:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Children from Mexico and the US play together on seesaws that cross the border wall
Two artists installed seesaws that cross the border wall between the United States and Mexico, enabling children from both countries to play together. The brilliant creative intervention was created b...
05:50 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Trump Tower is CrimeInfested
"On the subject of #CrimeInfested," tweets @zeddary. "A thread."Thread by @Zeddary: "On the subject of . A thread. Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, owned and lived in a condo on 43rd flo...
05:15 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Scotland has its own "can opener" bridge
Tam Lindsay (tambothejambo on twitter) witnessed a spectacular mistake by a bus driver in West Lothian that tore the roof off his double-decker ride. Out a walk in Fauldhouse and heard a huge collisio...
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Fascinating, accessible guide to cryptographic attacks, from brute-force to POODLE and beyond
Ben Herzog's Cryptographic Attacks: A Guide for the Perplexed from Check Point Research is one of the clearest, most useful guides to how cryptography fails that I've ever read.While popular media lik...
03:34 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Cop says Amazon told him they had "partnered" with 200 US police forces to sell and tap into Ring surveillance doorbells
Last week, Motherboard reported on a public record request that revealed that Amazon had struck confidential deals with local police forces to get them to promote the company's Internet of Things "Rin...
03:19 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Affluent parents surrender custody of their kids to "scam" their way into needs-based college scholarships
Propublica Illinois has identified "dozens of suburban Chicago families" who surrendered custody of their children during the kids' junior and senior years of high-school, turning them over to aunts, ...
03:15 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing At least two dead after man opens fire at Mississippi Walmart
At least two people are dead after a gunman opened fire at the Southaven Walmart in Mississippi on Tuesday, with a police officer and the shooter also reportedly injured. CBS News:WHBQ-TV reports one ...
02:57 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Video effects used to improve the Trumpbot at Disney World's Hall of Presidents
The election of authoritarian racist garbage person Donald Trump to the presidency was attended by many controversies, but none so salient as his inclusion in Walt Disney World's Hall of Presidents, w...
02:46 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing The darkest SEO: forging judges' signatures on fake court orders to scrub negative Google results
It's one thing to send a bogus legal threat in an effort to suppress criticism, because usually the only consequence of that is public humiliation and a little Streisand Effect heat; but if you really...
02:35 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Judge orders man's mouth taped shut in court, then orders video of it destroyed
A man so vexed District Court Judge Marilyn Castle in Lafayette that she ordered his mouth taped shut. The Advocate reports that Michael C. Duhon, already found guilty of theft, repeatedly interrupted...
02:16 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Broken tail light replaced with red sports drink
A trucker replaced a broken tail light with a red sports drink, reports the Denver Channel. His ingenuity earned him police attention in Longmont, Colo., but they let him go without a ticket. While we...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Wearable miniature cooler/warmer
You may now cool or heat a small part of your body on the go, if you are in Japan and have ¥13000 to blow. The Reon Pocket is a roughly the size of a smartphone, hangs around your neck, and claim...
01:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Defects in embedded OS Vxworks leaves an estimated 200m devices vulnerable, many of them mission-critical, "forever day" systems
Vxworks is a lightweight, thin OS designed for embedded systems; a new report from Armis identifies critical vulnerabilities (called "Urgent 11") in multiple versions of the OS that they estimate affe...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing 100 millions PlayStation 4 consoles sold
It's got a long way to overturn the PS2's and Nintendo DS's ~150m hauls, but Sony's PS4 reached the 100m sold mark this summer and has a good shot at ending up the third best-selling game console (cu...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing 100 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold
It's got a long way to overturn the PS2's and Nintendo DS's ~150m hauls, but Sony's PS4 reached the 100m sold mark this summer and has a good shot at ending up the third best-selling game console (cu...
01:18 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Rockstar Games made 4b between 2013-19, paid no corporate tax in the UK, claimed 42m in tax relief
Multinationals are excellent players of the global financial tax system, using "profit shifting" (through which operating profits are remitted to phony sister companies in tax havens as "licensing fee...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing In 1855, a band of London thieves pulled off the first great train robbery
In 1855 a band of London thieves set their sights on a new target: the South Eastern Railway, which carried gold bullion to the English coast. The payoff could be enormous, but the heist would require...
12:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing First time hearing Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird"
TIL: There are folks not familiar with Lynyrd Skynyrd's concert-closing song "Free Bird." It seems nearly unimaginable for someone who grew up hearing the Southern rock band's signature 14-minute-long...
12:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Scientists: hot pavement will burn you like something hot
Dehydration. Sun stroke. Quickly standing up from a vinyl chair whilst wearing shorts. There's lots of danger to be found on a scorching hot summer day. According to a team of Doctors from the Univers...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Zero Sum Game: action-packed sf thriller about a ninja hero whose superpower is her incredible math ability
SL Huang got a degree in math from MIT, then became a martial artist, stuntwoman and weapons expert; her debut novel, Zero Sum Game, features an ass-kicking action hero called Cas Russell, who combine...
12:52 am PDT - Tue, July 30, 2019
BoingBoing Man interviewed at Amazon, didn't get the job, but they used his photo on their jobs site
Several years ago, Jordan Guthmann, a VP at Edelman PR, interviewed for a job at Amazon. While he was on the company campus chatting with folks, someone asked to take his photo and he kindly obliged. ...
09:45 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing 2600's Hackers on Planet Earth con needs your help because the Hotel Pennsylvania has tripled its fees
Aestetix sez, "2600 Magazine has hosted the biennial Hackers On Planet Earth conference since 1994. However, for 2020 the host hotel, the Hotel Pennsylvania, has tripled the fee charged to the confere...
08:47 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Svalbard: a "puzzle story" created by Lavie Tidhar and Jake Olefsky
Jake Olefsky writes, "I am a puzzle author interested in story telling. I recently worked with award winning author Lavie Tidhar to create an interactive sci-fi puzzle story called 'Svalbard' that we ...
08:41 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on deluxe edition of Ultimate Werewolf
Werewolf is one of my favorite games. My daughter and I played it almost every night on the JoCo Cruise last year. It's normally $25, but Amazon has it on sale today for just: Read the rest ...
08:37 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Nemo has passed away
This morning I woke up and my Great Pyrenees of six years Nemo was no longer with me.We were sleeping in our Volkswagen bus. Apparently, I had missed Nemo ingesting something poisonous on our last wal...
08:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Equifax is going to rip you off again
If you are an adult human being living in the United States, Equifax is making a lot of money from your personal data (Equifax's annual revenue is $3.1 billion. Its CEO Mark Begor gets over $20 millio...
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Welcome to The Grand Overlook Hotel
There are times in life when you're presented with something that you never knew you wanted but, once its in your head, you're certain you can no longer live without it.That this isn't a real film has...
06:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Podcast: Adblocking: How About Nah?
In my latest podcast (MP3), I read my essay Adblocking: How About Nah?, published last week on EFF's Deeplinks; it's the latest installment in my series about "adversarial interoperability," and the r...
06:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing What Lenore Edman of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories keeps in her bag
We have a new newsletter at Cool Tools called "What's in my bag?" Each week, one interesting person shares four favorite things in their bag. This issue's interesting person is Lenore Edman, co-founde...
06:29 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Shark bath bomb bleeds red
Discovery Channel's 2019 Shark Week is upon us and what better way to ring in this annual television event than by turning your bath water into a scene reminiscent of a recent shark attack. Etsy shop ...
06:15 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Watch how Hong Kong protestors neutralize police tear gas canisters
Protestors in Hong Kong have figured out how to extinguish tear gas canisters that police throw at them. They cover it with a traffic cone then pour water into the hole at the top of the cone, which s...
06:04 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing NASA fed moonrocks to cockroaches and injected moon dust into mice
When the Apollo 11 crew brought home a big stash of moon rocks in 1969, NASA scientists immediately kicked off a series of carefully-planned tests to ensure that even tiny amounts of lunar dust wouldn...
05:44 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Five favorite street foods in Tokyo
Great Big Story went to Tokyo to visit five small restaurants that make different kinds of popular street foods: takoyaki (pieces of octopus in griddle-cooked balls of dough, yakisoba (fried noodles, ...
05:44 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing A true crime book for every US state
If you appreciate the true crime genre, this New York Times feature is a fantastic checklist of books to read. Tina Jordan and Ross MacDonald selected one true crime book to represent each of the fift...
05:23 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing A message from the Pyramid Earth Association (circa 1990)
This 6-minute VHS video from the Pyramid Earth Association is fiction. It's another great retrofuture alternate reality video from the brilliant Squirrel Monkey. Read the rest ...
05:18 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Watch these pro skaterboarders, including Tony Hawk, shred an empty water park
Some of SoCal's finest skaters jumped the fence of Palm Springs' Wet n Wild water amusement park when it was closed for winter. On their way out after a short session, they ran into the proprietor on ...
05:12 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Brian Eno, Roger Eno, and Daniel Lanois discuss the recording of "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks"
In this new 14-minute mini-doc from Noisey, Brian Eno, his music-therapist brother Roger, and producer/musician Daniel Lanois discuss their 1983 writing and recording of Apollo: Atmospheres & Soun...
04:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a picture book about resisting surveillance
Murray Hunter writes, "I'm a digital rights activist in South Africa - I've written and illustrated a silly, subversive kid's book about the Big Data industry, and a squiggly, wiggly robot sent out to...
04:45 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Scots welcome new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Edinburgh
Turn the volume up. [Filmed by @cghgreen] Read the rest ...
03:13 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Kanye West's "Sunday Service" choir sings iconic Nirvana songs with Christian lyrics
Every week, Kanye West hosts exclusive "Sunday Service" worship gatherings in Southern California for celebs and bigwigs. At yesterday's service, West's choir covered Nirvana's "Come As You Are" and "...
03:12 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Goreytelling: Animations to go with Edward Gorey's narration of his life
In the 1990s, student filmmaker Christopher Seufert talked his way into Edward Gorey's life and convinced him to record a series of memoirs and tales from his life; the project blossomed into a docume...
02:57 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Design competition to create graphics to illustrate cybersecurity stories
Illustrating abstract articles is a pain in the ass, and in the age of social media, a post without an illustration is likely to disappear without attaining any kind of readership, which leaves those ...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Runner maps portrait of Frida Kahlo on his nearly 30-mile run around San Francisco
Last weekend, long-distance runner Lenny Maughan ran 28.93 miles through the hilly streets of San Francisco to complete this mapped portrait of Frida Kahlo. Visible through the Strava fitness app, his...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Teardown of Apple's lightning-to-HDMI adapter, which turns out to be a tiny computer with 256MB of RAM
Everything's a computer these days, obviously, but this one is surprisingly elaborate given the apparent simplicity of what it does. Lisa Braun on Twitter: "Here is my little thread about Lightning vi...
02:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Author hid funny messages on the copyright page of his book
When my first couple novels came out, I lobbied to add some kind of notation about "fair use" and "limitations and exceptions to copyright" on the copyright notice page and was told not even to try be...
02:13 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Kamala Harris policy generator
Today Democratic Party presidential candidate Kamala Harris announced her version of Medicare for All, but over the weekend, she perked ears by issuing an oddly-specific policy proposal on Twitter: st...
01:59 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Kamala Harris announces medicare for all plan
Dem presidential hopeful Kamala Harris announced her cut of Medicare for All monday morning.Medicare for All will cover all medically necessary services, including emergency room visits, doctor visits...
01:30 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Temporary tattoos that look embroidered
Textile artist Tessa Perlow has designed a stitched floral collection of temporary tattoos for Tattly that's really cool. Like their popular permanent counterpart, they make your skin look like it has...
01:08 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Literary tattoos of the New York Public Library staff
Apparently July 17 is National Tattoo Day (it's also my birthday, which means I spend it offline, not paying attention to the internet); to celebrate, the NYPL rounded up a gallery of its workers' lit...
01:08 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing "People To Kill" notebook
Organize the week ahead with this handsome People To Kill notebook from Amazon. With 100 pages to accomodate a frenetic schedule, unlined to allow your deranged handwriting to freely wander the page a...
01:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing "Bucket of heads" and "cooler with male genitalia" among horrors found at raided body donation clinic
Authorities raided an Arizona body donation clinic in 2014, uncovering "the bodies of different people sewn back together", a "bucket of heads", a "cooler with male genitalia" and other alarming finds...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing "American Indian headdresses" banned from major San Francisco festival
In the Dept. of It's About Time: Attendees to San Francisco's upcoming Outside Lands festival will not be allowed to wear Native American headdresses anymore. The festival banned the headwear and incl...
12:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Tank vs Car
Here's what happens when a tank T-bones a car at speed. SPOILER: it is what you likely expect to happen. Read the rest ...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Mounties accidentally stream homicide press conference with Facebook's cat filter turned on
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police aren't known for their sense of humorespecially in instances where investigating a senseless murder. When it's a double homicide, you can taste the gravitas right thr...
12:24 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Dictionary considers adding "Fursona"
Merriam-Webster welcomes the furries to its candidate list.Not all furries manifest their fursonas in the same way. Some see being a furry as a pastime and may only engage their fursona in online role...
12:20 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Apple's contractors also listening to private conversations
Android apps are tracking your every move. Amazon is watching and listening. Google's watching you watch porn. Facebook is up all of our shit, all of the time. Perhaps it shouldn't come as any surpris...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Four dead in garlic festival mass shooting
A gunman opened fire at Gilroy, California's garlic festival Sunday, killing three before being shot dead by police. At least fifteen more were injured and a 6-year-old boy was among the dead.There wa...
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 29, 2019
BoingBoing Pillars of Eternity is coming to the Nintendo Switch this August
Despite the user interface issues with games like Wastelands 2 and Phantom Doctrine on the Nintendo Switch, I've still waited like a mook for Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity II to break cover for the c...
02:48 pm PDT - Sun, July 28, 2019
BoingBoing "Intellectual Debt": It's bad enough when AI gets its predictions wrong, but it's potentially WORSE when AI gets it right
Jonathan Zittrain (previously) is consistently a source of interesting insights that often arrive years ahead of their wider acceptance in tech, law, ethics and culture (2008's The Future of the Inter...
12:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 28, 2019
BoingBoing Looking to jump into an IT career? Learn faster online.
The field of internet technology is wide open, for those who know their way around it. And with the infrastructure that drives it changing every day, the best way to learn is to dive right in - with a...
09:38 pm PDT - Sat, July 27, 2019
BoingBoing Irish islamaphobe condemns Halal grocery as evidence of creeping islamification, is subsequently forcefully reminded of the global proliferation of Irish pubs
If racist Gemma O'Doherty (banned from Youtube for hate speech) thinks that the Halal grocer in her Irish town is cause for alarm, how does she suppose people in every city and town in every country i...
03:13 pm PDT - Sat, July 27, 2019
BoingBoing "Mass brawl" erupts on British liner after "patriotic party" ends in clown encounter
Buffet area sealed off as booze cruise ends in, wait, what?...
03:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 27, 2019
BoingBoing Germany's powerful IG Metall trade union is organizing Youtubers to force Google to play fair
As Google has enacted a series of high-handed, opaque changes to how Youtube monetizes, upranks and censors videos, Youtubers have found themselves battered by the changes: they built Youtube into a g...
02:52 pm PDT - Sat, July 27, 2019
BoingBoing Shahid Buttar: the civil rights cyberlawyer and community organizer who's challenging Pelosi from the left ShahidVsPelosi
I endorsed Shahid Buttar's primary challenge to Nancy Pelosi in 2018, and I'm proud to do so again for the 2020 primary, especially as Pelosi has allowed herself to be played by Trump on American conc...
01:57 pm PDT - Sat, July 27, 2019
BoingBoing Every Windows 3.1 theme
What if Windows 3.1 was better than Windows95? How about that, huh?Every Windows 3.1 theme Read the rest ...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 27, 2019
BoingBoing These Japanese precision knives are on sale for almost 90% off
Hey, we get it. Not everybody's a master chef - or even a chef. And when all you see on the recipe is prep time, cooking even the simplest meals can seem like a hassle.But trust us, the simple act of ...
11:57 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Upcoming exhibition by Latvian artist Jana Brike
Cory Helford Gallery in Los Angeles is exhibiting paintings by Jana Brike. The show is called Soulsearching and it runs from August 10 to September 14, 2019.Mostly using the traditional medium of oil ...
11:43 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Mary Blair Embroidery Patterns
Mary Blair was an artist who did a lot of work for Disney, including concept art for animation and Disneyland (It's a Small World After All is her great work, if you ask me). My friend Jenny Hart, who...
11:31 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Incredible science fiction art auction
I have a Berni Wrightson zine (The Berni Wrightson Treasury) that I bought as a kid when I worked at Mile High Comics in Boulder, Colorado in the 1970s. The cover of the zine had this 1969 painting on...
09:53 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Claiming your $125 from Equifax is a "moral duty"
If you fill in this form, Equifax will send you $125 as part of its settlement with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, the FTC, and 48 out of 50 states.Equifax doxed the nation and profited hands...
09:03 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on 24-pack of large cotton dish towels
Once a year or so I replace our dishtowels with a new set. I learned today that Amazon has a good deal on a 24-pack of 15 x 25 inch cotton towels: . I ordered them. When they arrive the old ones will ...
08:12 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Interview with Dan Shapiro, creator of the Glowforge laser cutter
My guest this week on the Cool Tools Show is Dan Shapiro. Dan is the founder of Glowforge, the 3D laser printer. He's also the creator of Robot Turtles, the board game that teaches programming to pres...
07:40 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Kleptocracy excited by news of pro-Trump candidate's felony theft charges
Danielle Stella is a pro-Trump candidate with aspirations to beat Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar in the the 2020 election. She has one more thing to add to her resume that will surely win the hea...
07:25 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Make the internet better by empowering users, not by demanding that platforms implement automated filters
In the wake of the Senate's predictably grandstanding "Protecting Digital Innocence" hearings (on how to keep kids from online harms), my EFF colleagues Elliot Harmon and India McKinney have posted an...
07:20 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Got eye floaters? Researchers have created gold nanoparticles that bust them up
My eyes are loaded with floaters and I get more of them every year. I try to think of them as free entertainment, but I hope this new research into reducing floaters takes off.From Chemical and Engine...
06:27 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing DOJ approves $26 billion T-Mobile and Sprint deal
Well, it's finally official. After more than a year in regulatory limbo, The United States Justice Department has approved a $26 billion dollar deal between mobile carriers T-Mobile and Sprint.Here's ...
06:14 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Comic Code: Comics Sans, but monospace, for coders
Comic Code is a monospace version of the classic and "over-hated" Comic Sans. Comic Code was designed by Toshi Omagari and published by Tabular Type Foundry. Comic Code contains 14 styles and family p...
06:02 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing IRS sends warning letters to 10,000 cryptocurrency holders
The IRS knows about the cryptocoins and wants you to pay taxes on them. The Wall Street Journal reports that the warning letters are going out.An IRS spokesman declined to say whether the letters stem...
05:58 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Cheap frozen dinners styled and photographed as dishes from five star restaurants
Taylor Jackson challenged himself to photograph cheap pre-packaged frozen dinners so the look like a fancy food photo of a dish from a posh restaurant. To get it done, he sought the help of a professi...
05:36 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Woman finds two fluorescent green bulldogs in her kitchen
We're told that these French bulldogs made mischief with a bag of green food coloring but I suspect that an accidental overdose of gamma radiation altered their body chemistry. Read the rest ...
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Frat boys who posed with rifles in front of a shot-up civil rights memorial kicked out of frat
Emmet Till was 14 years old when he was tortured and murdered in 1955 because he was accused of offending a white woman in a grocery store in Mississippi (the woman later admitted she made up most of ...
05:06 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Jeremy Mayer and his mindblowing monsters and marvels made from old typewriter parts
Jeremy Mayer is a San Francisco sculptor who creates incredibly intricate creatures from torn-apart typewriters. One of Jeremy's preying mantises has lived in my home for many years and I still marvel...
04:33 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Check out this massive dinosaur femur just found in France
This week, French paleontologists unearthed a two-meter long dinosaur femur in southwestern France. From Reuters:The... femur at the Angeac-Charente site is thought to have belonged to a sauropod, her...
04:23 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Strange Cures is a compulsively readable memoir by musician/magician Rob Zabrecky
I've spent most of my adult life in Los Angeles, so musician/magician/actor Rob Zabrecky's new memoir Strange Cures hit home, literally. Growing up in a lower-middle-class 1980s family in Burbank, Cal...
04:18 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing The Airbus 350 needs a hard reboot every 149 hours
Two years ago, the EU Aviation Safety Agency warned that some Airbus 350s required a hard reboot every 149 hours to be safe to fly; two years later, most of the affected planes are still being reboote...
04:08 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Amazon struck secret deals with local cops to get them to push surveillance-camera doorbells
Amazon quietly struck deals with dozens of local law enforcement agencies across America that gave the police access to a distributed surveillance feed from its Ring "smart doorbell" products in excha...
03:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Siemens contractor hid "logic bomb" in complicated spreadsheet, guaranteeing future maintenance work
David Tinley developed complex spreadsheets under contract to Siemens, which used them to manage its equipment orders; Tinley hid "logic bombs" in the spreadsheets' scripts that caused them to malfunc...
03:41 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Scite: a tool to find out if a scientific paper has been supported or contradicted since its publication
The Scite project has a corpus of millions of scientific articles that it has analyzed with deep learning tools to determine whether any given paper has been supported or contradicted by subsequent pu...
03:35 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Perfect kid at a wedding. Wait for the zoom.
Proof that yes, any party is a monster costume party, if you have the determination to pull it off.The perfect kid at a wedding.Don't know the source uploader, or the identify of those involved anyon...
03:31 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Activist blacksmith teaches gun violence survivors to melt down guns and turn them into farm implements
For more than a decade Shane Claiborne has worked with gun violence survivors, teaching them to use a forge to melt down guns and an anvil to makes farm implements out of the metal.Claiborne (coauthor...
03:26 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Pelosi on impeachment: 'We will proceed when we have what we need to proceed. Not one day sooner.'
Hard to believe it, but here we still are.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today, to reporters, on the subject of impeachment hearings against the illegitimate and manifestly unfit president of the United S...
03:19 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Grifty conservative PACs raised millions pushing racist Obama conspiracies to elderly, low-income supporters, then kept almost all of it
Propublica and Politico have teamed up for a long, beautifully reported expose on the Conservative Majority Fund and other PACs that senior Republican operators founded to solicit millions from donors...
03:17 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Mega Mobile Merger: $26 billion Sprint and T-Mobile deal to be approved by Justice Department on Friday
The Justice Department is expected to approve a $26 billion deal between mobile carriers Sprint and T-Mobile on Friday.Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, head of the departments Antitrust Divi...
03:02 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing American tourist released from Syria
An American tourist has been released from Syria, report multiple news outlets on Friday. Negotiators from Lebanon brokered the deal, led by Lebanese security chief Abbas Ibrahim. The detained indivi...
02:49 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Trump: Apple won't get a tariff break for Mac Pro parts made in China
Donald Trump says his administration will not provide any waivers or relief for Apple Mac Pro components built in China, and said Apple should instead build its products in the U.S.Apple will not be g...
02:42 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing The tattoo aftercare kit good for my whole arm
This Billy Jealousy Marked IV Life tattoo aftercare kit helps me heal up quick.I have a number of tattoos. I got the first when I was very young, and I think aftercare was some 'romantic' notion of Ja...
01:52 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing B-Boys making with the vegan shoes
To honor MCA, the great Adam Yauch, the remaining Beastie Boys have partnered with Adidas to release a vegan shoe.VegNews:This week, shoe brand Adidas released the Adidas Skateboarding x Beastie Boys ...
01:46 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Samsung finally announces new launch date for Galaxy Fold
After disastrous previews —the damned things simply broke in the hands of tech journalists trying them out—Samsung is relaunching its cursed folding tablet-phone, promising a fixed and rel...
01:14 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy returns to the screen in new Hulu series
The classic TV series cannot be topped, but is very old, whereas the movie is quite new, but can surely be topped. So let's hope that the new Hulu reboot of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Gal...
12:48 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing 50 must-read fantasy books by women
Sarah Davis suggests a smorgasbord of novels for the summer, all fantasy, all by women.Youll find a range of sub-genres represented, from portal fantasy to epic fantasy and everything in between. Feat...
12:03 pm PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Mont Saint Michel and St. Michael's Mount: drone footage of two tidal islands
Mont Saint Michel is a 257-acre tidal island on the French coast, hosting a monastery (later used as a prison) and a medieval town. Wanaii films posted this beautiful drone footage of it.The structura...
11:30 am PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Forever 21 tossed diet food samples into online clothing orders
When you're overweight, taller or shorter than average or otherwise physically different from the vast majority of folks, shopping for clothing sucks. Speaking from past experience, there's something ...
07:08 am PDT - Fri, July 26, 2019
BoingBoing Thrift store shopper scores original drawing by Egon Schiele
A shopper at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore thrift shop in Queens, New York bought a pencil drawing that turned out to be a previously unknown piece by Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele (189...
11:37 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing The DIY graphic design/publishing revolution of Letraset
The Pulp Librarian tweeted a fun history of Letraset's rub-on lettering sheets. Launched in 1959, the dry transfer letters transformed DIY design and publishing, from 'zines to record albums! Below ar...
11:04 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Aquanaut, an autonomous submarine that transforms into a humanoid robot
Aquanaut is an autonomous submarine developed by Houston Mechatronics Inc. that transforms into a humanoid robot -- well, the upper half anyway -- to service underwater oil and gas rigs. IEEE Spectrum...
10:23 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Is this a dog wearing a gas mask or an albino baby elephant?
Posted by redditor Cutcakenotwrists to r/confusing_perspective. Read the rest ...
10:15 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Great trick for freeing a power cord when it's trapped under furniture
Magic! Read the rest ...
10:03 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Get this 2-port USB charger with foldable prongs at a great discount
The Aukey Dual USB Wall Charger is available at a very low price when you use code YIAZF27X. Read the rest ...
09:49 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Here's a composite photo of the most upvoted portraits of men from r/LadyBoners
/r/LadyBoners is described as "A positive community that encourages, enjoys and champions ladyboner-inducers of all types, showing the rest of the internet that, yes, ladies can slobber and objectify ...
08:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Kid evades cop by hiding in trash can
It's like an outtake from one of my favorite movies, Over The Edge. A kid in Bend, Oregon escaped the long arm of the law by hopping into a trash can and closing the lid. He stayed in the bin for 30 m...
07:29 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Watch Max Headroom interview Rutger Hauer about Blade Runner
From an episode of The Max Headroom show that first aired in 1986, Max Headroom interviews, um, "Rootbeer Hauer."Previously: "Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner's Roy Batty, RIP" Read the rest ...
07:28 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Man accused of murdering wife blames powerful group that infected him with mayonnaise
Mayo. Not even once.A man from Oilfield, California (near Bakersfield) with a history of mental health and methamphetamine abuse is in jail having admitted to killing his wife. His defense: a powerful...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Senate Intel releases report on Russian interference in 2016 election
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation report on Russia. This volume of the report deals with election security. The complete report w...
06:41 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing On her final video, Laina, the "overly attached girlfriend," gets serious about depression and anxiety
Laina is the young woman who became internet famous some years back for being the face of the "overly attached girlfriend" meme. She started a YouTube channel to capitalize on her fame and it turned o...
06:41 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Tulsi Gabbard, most-searched candidate during Democratic debates, sues Google
Gabbard lawsuit, filed Thursday in a Los Angeles federal court, is reportedly the first time a presidential candidate has sued a major technology firm....
06:34 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Adblocking: How about nah?
For more than a decade, consumer rights groups (including EFF) worked with technologists and companies to try to standardize Do Not Track, a flag that browsers could send to online companies signaling...
06:24 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Monkey Shirt Barbecue Man
I wonder what it's like to live your entire life with talent like this, the burden of all that masterful skill must crush this guy every morning.This is the point of those breathing exercises in yoga ...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Why did Trump make the "white power" hand signal when he mentioned AOC at the Young Conservatives DC summit?
Here we see President Trump making the "white power" hand signal while uttering AOC's name during his speech at Young Conservatives DC summit. It's the same hand signal that Australian white supremaci...
05:41 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Guy pulls a Breaking Bad prank and it goes over too well
This 13-minute Vice documentary is about a fellow named Josh who made a fake meth lab in his house as a way to prank his friends. Josh also made a TV news station website that looked just like the rea...
05:05 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Adventuron: online text adventure creation system
Adventuron is an online text-adventure creation system. Like Pico-8, it uses the conventions and limitations of the 8-bit era to simplify code and suggest a distinctive aesthetic. Like Twine, it makes...
04:18 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Pole Position remade in 3D with original game logic
PPEngine isn't just a 3D remake of the 1982 arcade game Pole Position, but a complete reverse-engineering of the original game's code. The result is something truly uncanny, following all the plays, b...
03:17 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Hate Twitter's new design? Fix it with your own stylesheet!
I'm not a fan of Twitter's new design: in addition to all the other complaints people have, I hate the fact that if you load a tab with your mentions in it, there's no easy way to refresh it to see ne...
03:09 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Countries with higher levels of unionization have lower per-capita carbon footprints
In Is Labor Green? (Sci-Hub mirror), three Oregon sociologists investigate the correlation between high rates of trade unionization and low carbon footprints.The authors hypothesize that unionization'...
03:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Analyzing 800 daily tweets that say "Today was the day that Donald Trump became president"
Every day, for reasons best understood by herself, Megan Amram ("it's this weird, sexual, anti-comedy comedy that's 'in' right now") posts "Today was the day Donald Trump finally became president" to ...
02:54 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Trade war: Hasbro is shifting manufacturing to Vietnam and India, drawing down production in China
Thanks to Trump's tariffs and saber-rattling, Hasbro is investing in factories in Vietnam and India, de-emphasizing its China operations: the world's biggest toymaker insists that the initiative -- wh...
02:52 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Yet another ICE custody death: Mexican national, 44, dead in Georgia
The death is the 7th in ICE custody since October 2018...
02:47 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Austin Ukelele Society plays Bryan Adams
(Thank you, Shaft!) Read the rest ...
02:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Amtrak to launch nonstop Washington D.C. New York Acela train service, weekdays only, on September 23
Finally! Holy cow this is huge news. Beginning on September 23, 2019, Amtrak will offer weekday nonstop service from the nation's political capital to its financial and media capital. Washington DC to...
02:37 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Rickyrenuncia: Bowing to popular pressure, Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello has resigned
After weeks of mass demonstrations touched off by the publication of a trove of leaked chats and evidence of mass corruption by Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism, Ricardo Rossello has ...
02:31 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing My first attempt at smoking meat on a compact bullet smoker
Smoking my dinner is the latest in slow and low cooking for me.My brother, the actual bonafide chef in the family, got me addicted to smoking meat. While I've long been an enthusiast of sous-vide cook...
02:19 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing U.S. reinstates death penalty, AG William Barr orders execution of 5 federal inmates
Justice Department says federal government re-starting capital punishment after nearly 2 decades. AG Barr ordered 5 inmates executed ASAP under new policy....
01:51 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Academic used GDPR request to reveal they'd been secretly blacklisted
In The Independent, Dora B writes about experiencing a growing and disturbing awareness that they were being shunned and excluded from their field of specialism. Dora eventually used the GDPR—Eu...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing 29leaks: someone leaked 15 years' worth of data from London's most notorious shell-company factory
Formations House is a London "financial services" firm that has been implicated in some of the world's most notorious money-laundering and fraud schemes, a company that has formed more than 400,000 co...
12:10 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Gardening games offer respite for anxious players
Charlotte Madelon's Rosa's Garden exemplifies a flowering genre: the bucolic, relaxing gardening game. Lewis Gordon explores what's growing: a growing claustrophobia and despair among the young, a nee...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Need security as well as speed? Here's our guide to picking the right VPN
Virtual Private Networks can make the internet a much safer place, but that's not all. They can offer freedom from local content restrictions, anonymity and even protection from popup ads - and a real...
11:30 am PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Baby eats ice cream off own foot
I scream, you scream, we all scream when babies eat ice cream off their own foot!I don't have any information on who this little person is but if you talk to them, tell'em I approve.(Rock 95)Thanks, A...
11:25 am PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Toddler jumps on airport conveyor belt, is conveyed to bag room
Hilarity fading to horror, like everything else on the internet. NBC News reports minor injuries for the little boy who found his way into ATL's bowels.The small boy walked away from his mother at the...
11:12 am PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing During World War II, an isolated sledge patrol in Greenland came upon a secret team of Germans
In 1943 an isolated sledge patrol came upon a secret German weather station in northeastern Greenland. The discovery set off a series of dramatic incidents that unfolded across 400 miles of desolate c...
11:11 am PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing Stefan Murphy's Dry Cider rings on about the sort of days I hope I had
I have a hard time remembering my younger years, but I want to believe that I had days like the one that Stefan Murphy (AKA The Mighty Stef and, from time to time, Count Vaseline) describes in Dry Cid...
12:34 am PDT - Thu, July 25, 2019
BoingBoing E-scooter companies are desperate for repo men to stop impounding their vehicles
E-scooter companies like Bird and Lime have sued Scootscoop -- a self-financed startup that tickets and impounds e-scooters that have been abandoned on private property -- claiming that the repo men a...
09:53 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing My favorite Apple watch band
I like this mesh steel Apple watch band mainly because it is not tiny belt. The magnetic latch makes it easy to wear and remove the watch from my wrist. It is infinitely adjustable, so I have the perf...
09:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Oakland's iconic "Mid-century Monster" rescued
If you know Oakland, you know about the big, free-form sculpture that lives on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland. You probably also know that it's been behind a chain-link fence in disrepair for s...
08:03 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Robert Doisneau's famous street photo "The Kiss" was actually staged
In 1950, French street photographer Robert Doisneau captured his iconic image Le baiser de lhtel de ville (The Kiss). It wasn't until the 1980s that Doisneau was forced to reveal that the photo was st...
07:57 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing This pot of beef soup has been cooking for 45 years
Bangkok's family-run Wattana Panich restaurant has been cooking the same pot of beef noodle soup for a very long time. Forty-five years, to be exact. Every day they simmer the stew -- locally called "...
07:52 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Realistic Starfleet meetings
Dan Hon (previously at BB) noticed that Star Trek's meetings and conferences always involve military officers, usually occur with ample time for preparation, yet invariably has them just talking to on...
07:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing "Then and Now" photos of Death Valley spots used for Tatooine in Star Wars
The excellent "Then & Now Movie Locations" visited the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park where some of the Tatooine shots were filmed for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (1...
06:58 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Bison at Yellowstone tosses 9-year-old girl into the air (she is OK)
A group of visitors to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming got too close to an American Bison, prompting it to charge and toss a 9-year-old girl into the air like a toy. Fortunately, her injuries wer...
06:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Solar sail test successful so far!
Yesterday, a satellite smaller than a shoebox unfurled a solar sail making it the first spacecraft to orbit the Earth powered by sunlight. LightSail2 is a project of the Planetary Society, a fantastic...
06:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Why didn't OpenAI release the "Unicorn" version of its AI storytelling software?
GPT-2 is OpenAI's language model that produces astonishingly lucid text responses to short text inputs. I've been playing around with a small model of GPT-2 (here are installation instructions) for a ...
06:16 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Vacation scammer telemarketer spends 15 minutes to a bot
The Jolly Roger Telephone Company is a service that answers phone calls with pre-recorded bots designed to keep telemarketers on the line as long as possible. In these recording, we can hear a scammer...
06:16 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Vacation scammer telemarketer spends 15 minutes talking to a bot
The Jolly Roger Telephone Company is a service that answers phone calls with pre-recorded bots designed to keep telemarketers on the line as long as possible. In these recording, we can hear a scammer...
06:08 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner's Roy Batty, RIP
Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who famously played replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner (1982), has died at age 75. Above is his unforgettable death soliloquy from Blade Runner, much of which Hauer wrote hi...
05:47 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Trailer for new Harriet Tubman biopic
Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) escaped to be become one of the most heroic and effective activists and abolitionists leading up to the American Civil War and after. Her courageous effo...
05:07 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Share prices slide as DOJ announces sweeping antitrust investigations of Big Tech
Without naming any companies, the DOJ has announced that it will investigate Big Tech platforms that dominate "search, social media and retail services."The most notable thing about the announcement i...
04:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing FAA approves tests of new design for middle seats that are more comfortable and speed boarding
The S1 (AKA the "Slip-Slide Seat") is a radical rethink of airline middle seats from Colorado's Molon Labe Designs; it sits a little back of the seats to either side of it, is slightly wider, and has ...
04:32 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Celebrity grave-digging, flesh-eating bacteria and alien abductions in this weeks dubious tabloids
How long does it take to dig a hole six feet deep and eight feet long using just a fork?...
03:41 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Coming to Burning Man? Join our "Assassination Army" game!
This year for Burning Man, my lovely campmates and I at Liminal Labs are running a big, playa-wide squirt-gun game called Assassination Army: come and get a gifted squirter from us (or bring your own!...
03:34 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Vanlife: Camping California's coast -- Gaviota State Beach
This is post is part of a series of reviews of Federal, State, and County provided campsites along California's amazing coastline.I mistakenly thought Gaviota State Beach was Refugio State Beach. It i...
03:32 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing AP: the mob who attacked Hong Kong protesters were rural thugs hired by gangsters
The hundreds of men dressed in white who beat up Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters last week were thought to be affiliated with the notorious triad organized-crime gangs, but according to the AP, the...
03:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing A generalized method for re-identifying people in "anonymized" data-sets
"Anonymized data" is one of those holy grails, like "healthy ice-cream" or "selectively breakable crypto" -- if "anonymized data" is a thing, then companies can monetize their surveillance dossiers on...
03:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing I love the guitar lick in Peter Frampton's "I Want It Back"
Looks like Frampton has fun with it too. Read the rest ...
02:52 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook must also pay SEC $100 million over misuse of user data
The $5 billion FTC fine isn't the only fine Facebook must pay....
02:50 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing This affordable Kaweco fountain pen is a pleasure to use
I picked up one of these Kaweco Sport fountain pens the other day...I am unclear what is 'sport' about this pen, but it is a classic. The barrel is a bulbous octagonal design, something like a Rotring...
02:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing William Barr's terrible, stupid idea to ban working crypto is slightly less terrible and stupid than earlier ideas
Proposals to ban working cryptography were all the rage in the Clinton years, but then they fell out of vogue for a decade, only to come roaring back in the form of bizarre proposals each stupider tha...
02:47 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Adapting a 100-year-old lens to shoot video on a new camera
Mathieu Stern is curator of the Weird Lenses Museum.This lens spent 100 years in the dark, the last think it captured must have been the horrors of the World War I ... i think it was time to use it fo...
02:45 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook finally cuts 3rd-party 'friend data' access for Microsoft and Sony, under $5B FTC deal
Oops! Facebook says allowing Sony and Microsoft access was our mistake....
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing FTC announces $5B fine against Facebook for repeated privacy violations
Settlement between FTC and Facebook ends 16-month probe that began Cambridge Analytica, Russia, and Trump....
01:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Speeding yacht rams anglers' boat
"Hey! Heeeey! HEY! Oh my God." Read the rest ...
12:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Trump hails Boris Johnson as "Britain Trump"
After being elected leader of Britain's governing Conservative party yesterday, Boris Johnson today becomes the unelected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, an undemocratic process he once describe...
12:34 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Algorithm can identify 99.98% of users in supposedly "anonymized" data
In The New York Times, Gina Kolata writes that a team of scientists has proven a method of identifying specific individuals from "anonymous" data sets.Scientists at Imperial College London and Univers...
12:15 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Using VLC? Your computer's vulnerable to hackers
VLC, the exceptional open-source media player that pretty much runs on everything, has been one of the first programs I install on a new computer or smartphone for years. It's simple, powerful and fre...
12:15 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Using VLC? Your computer's vulnerable to hackers [Updated: Not really]
UPDATE: VideoLAN, makers of VLC, tweeted to say the claim about VLC's vulnerability is false:"About the "security issue" on #VLC : VLC is not vulnerable. tl;dr: the issue is in a 3rd party library, ca...
12:15 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Security company reports vulnerability in VLC, but it's already patched
VLC, the exceptional open-source media player that pretty much runs on everything, has been one of the first programs I install on a new computer or smartphone for years. It's simple, powerful and fre...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Rosetta Stone is still the fastest way to learn a new language
Every language has its quirks. The gendered pronouns in French and Spanish can raise an eyebrow for some, and the verb placement in Japanese can confound English speakers. But when learning any new la...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at "Go Back to Where You Came From"
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH spunky little Donald and his imaginary publicist John protect America from brown-skinned Congresswomen...
11:57 am PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Macy's pulls fat-shaming dinner plates after complaints
Novelty plates marked "mom jeans" "favorite jeans," and "skinny jeans" have been yanked off of Macy's store shelves after people criticized the company for being fat-shaming jerks. Ok, maybe Macy's wa...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Because Internet: the new linguistics of informal English
Conversational language is not the same as formal language: chatter over the dinner table does not follow the same rules as a speech from a podium. Informal language follows its own fluid, fast-moving...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, July 24, 2019
BoingBoing Taika Waititi's got some great advice for writers and film directors
If you're a Taika Waititi fan, like I am, it's been one hell of a year. The What We Do in the Shadows TV series was absolutely brilliant. Last week, it was announced that he'd be directing the fourth ...
11:24 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Boxed wine packaged with Cheez-It crackers as a "pairing"
There's a new wine-and-cheese pairing in town. But it's not real cheese, it's one with Cheez-It snack crackers. Yep, for a limited time, Cheez-It and red-blended House Wine are being sold together in ...
10:27 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing eBoy has released an expanded improved version of their fun FixPix smartphone game
Our friends at eBoy, who have designed a lot of stuff for Boing Boing, MAKE, and Institute for the Future over the decades, have released a new version of their tilt-to-solve game, FixPix. It features...
08:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Two police officers fired for Facebook post encouraging the murder of Ocasio-Cortez
Louisiana police officer Charlie Rispoli is out of a job for posting to Facebook his belief Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deserves to be assassinated. Officer Rispoli wrote the post after re...
08:23 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Clever hack that will end badly: playing copyrighted music during Nazis rallies so they can't be posted to Youtube
RJ Jones writes, "My friend gave me a tip! If you need to drown out fascists, bring a speaker & play copyrighted music at their rallies cause it will be easy to report their videos & get the...
08:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Steve Bannon used nonconsensually harvested location data to advertise to people who'd been to a Catholic church
In 2018, Steve Bannon teamed up with a group called Catholicvote to acquire mobile phone location-tracking data to identify people in Iowa who'd visited a Catholic church and target them with politica...
07:55 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Women are much more likely to be injured in car crashes, probably because crash-test dummies are mostly male-shaped
Women wearing seatbelts are 73% more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a car crash than men in seatbelts, and while it's not entirely certain why this is, it's a pretty good bet that samplin...
07:47 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing That mysterious sonic attack on US Embassy in Cuba shrunk the brains of American diplomats
In recent years, American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba have been targeted with mysterious sonic rays. The attacks have caused the brains of the diplomats to shrink, according to a paper just publish...
07:47 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing That mysterious so-called "sonic attack" on US Embassy in Cuba shrunk the brains of American diplomats
In recent years, American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba have been targeted with mysterious "sonic rays" (edit: actually there is no evidence that they were intentionally subjects to sonic rays). The ...
07:16 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing These reversible Micro USB cables eliminate frustration
When Tod Kurt of ThingM recommended these reversible Micro USB cables, I bought a 3-pack on Amazon for . They really do work. Both the USB male plug and the micro plug can be inserted without regard t...
06:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Sweet new moon rover from Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
No, this isn't a concept design for a Space: 1999 reboot but rather an illustration of the new moon rover in development by Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Toyota has just si...
06:05 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Interview with investigative reporter Seymour Hersh: our world is "run by ignoramuses, wackos and psychotics"
Seymour Hersh (82) has been an investigative reporter for over 50 years. In this Salon interview conducted by Chauncey Devega, Hersh says Trump has trolled journalism by getting them addicted to his "...
05:48 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing For Sale: Offshore fortress and gun tower built in 1851
This incredible offshore fortress and defense gun tower at Pembroke Dock, South West Wales, UK is for sale. It was built in 1851 and "designed to be operated by one officer and 33 men." Offers above 7...
05:23 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing What's the difference a budget and a top-of-the-line precision steel rule?
Over at my other website, Cool Tools, we just posted a new video produced and hosted by my old MAKE colleague, Sean Michael Ragan, about steel rules. I had my doubts that a 10-minute video comparing 6...
05:22 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing How to build empathy with robots
Trying to see the world through someone else's eyes is a great way to build empathy and understanding between people. Turns out, this approach -- when taken literally -- also works with robots. Resear...
04:57 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Small but meaningful progress towards a federal Right to Repair rule
The Right to Repair movement has introduced dozens of state-level laws that would force companies to support independent repairs by making manuals, parts and diagnostic codes available, and by ending ...
04:54 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Trump: 'I have the right to do whatever I want as president' [VIDEO]
This is real not normal not okay.Donald Trump: Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.FACT CHECK: False.The president was speaking on Tuesday to the Turni...
04:50 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Linkedin to libraries: drop dead
For years, libraries across America have paid to subscribe to lynda.com for online learning content; four years ago, lynda.com became a division of Linkedin, and this year, the company has informed li...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Google's watching you watching porn
Friends, you're going to wish you were still making the scene with a magazine after reading this sentence: Google's web trackers are all up in your fap time and there's pretty much nothing (except may...
03:59 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Jeffrey Epstein's trying to get out of jail (again)
Prosecutors accuse Epstein of coercing under-18 girls into sexual abuse, and paying victims to recruit others...
03:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing This cereal sippy cup mixes in the milk as you drink it
Finally, an invention worth its weight in gold. The CrunchCup is a to-go cup for your cereal and milk. It's comprised of two cups; one for the cereal and the other for the milk. Each cup has it's own...
03:44 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Apple rumored to release 3 new 'iPhone 11' models in Fall 2019
We can expect three new iPhone 11 models this fall from Apple, according to the official unofficial rumor mill. Each of these is said to be designed with an A13 chip, a Lightning port, and a new 'Tap...
03:35 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing These wood-crafted beer hops earrings are adorable
Beer hops earrings I made, I'm pretty proud of these, says IMGURian Shancar1. Seriously cool! Turns out Shaun runs The Shores Woodshop, out of Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. They make lots of cool thin...
03:35 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing A deep dive into Elizabeth Warren's plan to tame private equity
Yesterday, I published a brief analysis of Elizabeth Warren's plan to close the loopholes that allows private equity to defraud investors, creditors and workers to make billions while destroying the r...
03:23 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing The Expanse season four arrives on December 14th
I'm a few years late to the Expanse party, but I am totally into it. I just finished devouring season two on Saturday evening and will likely dig into the third season later this week. Late or not, it...
03:22 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing What it's like to use a 5 Black and White TV as a computer monitor
Adrian Storey decided to use a 5" portable TV--a monochrome cathode ray tube the size and weight of a bag of sugar--as a computer monitor. The first problem: it uses a 3.5mm jack as its sole RF input....
03:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing The cast of Cats urge you not to smoke cigarettes (1986)
After all the hoopla surrounding the new and creepy Cats movie trailer, this delightful 1986 PSA from the American Lung Association may provide some relief.(via r/ObscureMedia) Read the rest ...
03:12 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Scientists control mouse neurons so the rodents "see" things that aren't there
Scientists have used laser light to activate neurons in a mouse's brain so the rodents "sees" non-existent lines. The technique, called optogenetics, switches on and off neurons that have been previou...
03:05 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook's alleged growth is largely coming from countries where Facebook says it has a fake account problem
By Facebook's own admission, more than 10 billion of the 12 billion Facebook accounts ever created have been fake; Facebook's growth has stalled out in high-income countries like the USA (where the co...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Horse has zero interest in crossing creek, lets riders know
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it cross it.Watch as first-time riders, Tyler and Ariel, get bucked off by an uncooperative horse. (Digg) Read the rest ...
02:17 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Mayor of Idyllwild, California, is a very good boy indeed
Meet Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller II, the mayor of Idyllwild. He won the election with two thirds of the vote and will serve in perpetuity. Max has an instagram page. [via] Read the rest ...
02:01 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing From TelegramGate to RickyLeaks: Puerto Rico is on !
Two weeks ago, Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism published one of the most consequential investigative stories in the island's history: a trove of leaked private Telegram chats between...
01:09 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Louisiana police officers fired over death threat to politician
Two police officers in Louisiana lost their jobs this week after one said Democratic Party legislator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot and the other signaled their agreement. Charles Rispoli wr...
12:53 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing How to deliver a large package when a tall fence blocks your way
In this video, a FedEx delivery driver demonstrates the proper form for hurling a television set over a 6ft fence. Read the rest ...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Boris Johnson to be new UK Prime Minister
Boris Johnson is to lead the UK Conservative Party after winning 66.4% of votes cast by members in its election. As head of the largest party in Parliament, he will become Prime Minister.- Boris Johns...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing These earbuds were designed to help you get a better night sleep
If you suffer from sleep disorders, there are a number of methods out there to mitigate them: Ambient noisemakers, relaxation tapes, sleep masks, you name it. One thing that doesn't get tried is headp...
10:58 am PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing J Michael Straczynski's "Becoming Superman": a memoir of horrific abuse, war crimes, perseverance, trauma, triumph and doing what's right
J Michael Straczynski (previously) is known for many things: creating Babylon 5, spectacular runs on flagship comics from Spiderman to Superman, incredibly innovative and weird kids' TV shows like The...
12:39 am PDT - Tue, July 23, 2019
BoingBoing Bellwether: a very cool podcast of speculative journalism
A few months ago I got a sneak listen to the pilot episode of Sam Greenspan's podcast of speculative journalism called Bellwether. Sam was a producer at 99% Invisible and he knows how to tell a great ...
10:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Podcast: Adversarial Interoperability is Judo for Network Effects
In my latest podcast (MP3), I read my essay SAMBA versus SMB: Adversarial Interoperability is Judo for Network Effects, published last week on EFF's Deeplinks; it's a furhter exploration of the idea o...
09:26 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Why was Jeffrey Epstein visited by a JPMorgan Chase exec while serving time in Florida?
After Alex Acosta helped Jeffrey Epstein get off the hook in Florida for soliciting prostitution from a minor, Epstein is reported to have received a number of odd visits while in detention -- from yo...
08:56 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing LimeBike guy crosses 5 lanes of Texas freeway traffic in 15 seconds on electric scooter
It really is amazing how stupid some people are.Yes, that dude on the e-scooter is nonchalantly crossing five, count 'em, 5 lanes of traffic on I-35 in Dallas. Josh Weatherl's car dashcam shot this in...
08:37 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Trump administration to radically expand 'Expedited removal' of immigrants, extrajudicial detention to increase
The change is expected to be a massive expansion of the government's power to seize, detain, and abruptly deport. Previously, expedited removal was limited to undocumented immigrants caught within 10...
08:32 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing This roll of 3M electrical tape is supercheap on Amazon right now
It's just black electrical tape, but it's made by 3M and a roll costs just on Amazon. It's temporarily out of stock but you can still buy it at this price and you'll get it when Amazon gets more. Rea...
08:20 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing FBI raids LA Department of Water and power with sealed federal search warrants
Jon Baird a reporter on KNX 1070 radio, reports that FBI raided the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power this morning, brandishing sealed warrants. Details are sketchy but all I want to know is d...
08:17 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Trump would wipe Afghanistan 'off the face of the earth' but 'don't want to kill 10 million people'
Illegitimate popular-vote-losing United States President Donald Trump, folks. If I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth, it would be over literally in 10 days,"...
08:06 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Mueller 'fully prepared' and 'going to be ready Wednesday'
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will arrive on Capitol Hill 'fully prepared' to testify, his spokesperson tells a CNN reporter today.CNN's Jessica Schneider reports that Mueller has been preppin...
08:05 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing I love TS Eliot and Andrew Lloyd Weber but the 'Cats' trailer scares me
GerontionBY T. S. ELIOTThou hast nor youth nor age But as it were an after dinner sleep Dreaming of both.Here I am, an old man in a dry month,Being read...
07:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing This "Noggle" tube redirects A/C to your backseat passengers
If you have a vehicle that isn't fancy enough to have air conditioning vents in the backseat area, you might want to consider this totally tubular invention. It's called the Noggle and it was designed...
07:45 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Eleanor Roosevelt on "What's My Line?" game show (1953)
On October 18, 1953, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt signed in as the "mystery challenger" on the popular game show What's My Line? By allowing the show's host to answer her initial questions, she...
07:41 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing New Orleans music legend Art Neville has died.
New Orleans music and cultural legend Art Neville, who co-founded the Meters and Neville Brothers, has died. He was 81 years old. Poppa Funk, as he was known, shaped the sound of New Orleans for half ...
07:14 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Los Angeles: Join Dr. Zaius and Jim Turner as they 'Stand Up for America'
On Thursday, August 8th, in Silverlake, California you have the opportunity to see some amazing performers. The line-up includes Jim Turner, Dana Gould, and legendary guitarist Laurence Juber, all whi...
07:04 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Shipping container converted into a large format camera, darkroom, and gallery
UK educator and photographer Brendan Barry converted a shipping container into a large format film camera. Inside is a self-contained darkroom to develop the photos along with a gallery to display th...
06:53 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Rep. Rashida Tlaib once again vows to impeach Trump
Inspiring Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan responded to President Racism's latest round of disgusting comments by telling the NAACP she's "...not going nowhere, not until I impeach this Presi...
06:42 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Airbus unveils "bird-like" concept airliner
With Boeing teetering toward the brink after two decades of mismanagement and two spectacularly deadly crashes, times are looking good for European rival Airbus; talk has even turned to the dangers of...
06:41 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Violent mobs of alleged Triad gangsters dole out savage beatings to Hong Kong democracy protesters, cops nowhere to be found
The #612strike protests that have rocked Hong Kong for more than a month continue to gather steam, as Hong Kongers march to demand that China make good on its promise to respect the island's right to ...
06:39 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Tough apple watch band doubles as a case
This rugged watch band acts as a case to protect my Apple Watch as I fall all over myself.Hiking, fishing, falling down -- these are a few of my regular things. I am not particularly clumsy but I tend...
06:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Wearable device amplifies your reaction time
Researchers from the University of Chicago and Sony are developing a wearable electrical muscle stimulation system that boosts your physical reaction time without making it feel like you've lost contr...
06:28 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Vanlife: Camping California's coast -- the Pismo Beach Oceano Campground
This is post is part of a series of reviews of Federal, State, and County provided campsites along California's amazing coastline.I've visited the Oceano Campgrounds at Pismo State Beach several times...
06:26 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing FBI agent describes finding "Frankensteins" and a "cooler full of penises" at an unregulated Arizona body-donation center
Phoenix's Biological Resource Center advertised that it would collect your relatives' remains and dispose of their body parts for medical purposes, cremating the unused portions and returning them; it...
05:49 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Nebraska Weather Service commemorates climate emergency by baking cookies inside a hot car
Ten years ago, we showed you a method for baking cookies on your car dashboard on hot days while you're at work, filling your car with delicious baking smells and a tray of warm cookies for the commut...
05:49 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Nebraska Weather Service commemorates climate emergency by baking biscuits inside a hot car
Ten years ago, we showed you a method for baking cookies on your car dashboard on hot days while you're at work, filling your car with delicious baking smells and a tray of warm cookies for the commut...
05:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Oregon now excuses students for "mental health days"
Oregon governor Kate Brown signed a bill that excuses public school students for taking "mental health days" just as they are excused for other illnesses. The bill was spearheaded by youth activists. ...
05:32 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing App-based English-language tutors say they frequently witness their Chinese students suffering brutal physical abuse by their parents
There is a booming market for app-based English-language tutors, many in the USA, who serve Chinese families where the parents are eager to have their children acquire English proficiency; these tutor...
05:26 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Real street art: potholes turned into mosaics
Since 2013, Chicago artist Jim Bachor has turned potholes on the city streets into mosaics. At WGN9, he writes:What got me going with mosaics originally was the durability. I visited Pompeii for the f...
05:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing It's hard to find public trash cans in Tokyo
It's not easy to find public trash cans in Tokyo (other than bottle-and-can recycling bins next to drink vending machines). Even so, there's hardly any litter on the ground. When I travel to Japan, I ...
05:06 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Paul Krassner, RIP (1932 2019)
Author, activist, and self-described "investigative satirist" Paul Krassner died at the age of 87 today in Desert Hot Springs, California. He was a personal friend and an early supporter of Boing Boin...
05:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Louvre purges every mention of the Sackler opioid family after artist's protest
The Sackler family got richer than the Rockefellers by marketing Oxycontin in ways that kickstarted the global opioid epidemic, whose body count continues to rise -- more than 200,000 dead in the US a...
04:54 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Listen to MAD Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman sing "WhatMe Worry?" (1959)
In 1959, MAD Magazine released a delightful 45 RPM single from Alfred E. Neuman And His Furshlugginer Five titled "WhatMe Worry?" The B-side is the fine instrumental "Potrzebie." Read the rest ...
02:45 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Elizabeth Warren's banking proposals are designed to demolish the private equity sector and force finance to serve the people
Elizabeth Warren's bid for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination has been dominated by a series of bold, detailed policy proposals that are designed to enact deep, structural changes in American...
02:14 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Color-changing tattoo shows blood glucose level
An experimental dermal implant changes color in the presence of high acidity or blood glucose, potentially allowing diabetics and other patients to monitor their wellbeing without taking samples. The ...
01:57 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in biopic's first trailer
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Sony Pictures: It only takes one person to inspire a world of kindness. Based on the true story, #ABeautifulDayMovie in theaters this Thanksgiving.If you have...
01:23 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Caiman joins couple for late-night swim in pool
Caimans are such adorable little crocodilians! Here's one joining a Florida (?) couple for a late-night dip in the pool. Read the rest ...
12:58 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Today marks the 20-year anniversary of Len's Steal My Sunshine
For your records, the hook was sampled from Andrea's disco hit More More More. It happens all of a sudden at about 2:19 in this video:Isolated for your repeat pleasure:You can buy Steal my Sunshine on...
12:45 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Penn Jillette remarks on (mostly phony) magic tricks in pop culture
"But remember, I lie." In this video, legendary magician Penn Jillette watches clips from TV and movies that feature magic tricks of one kind or another, and then gives his honest opinion about what's...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Picard trailer
Here's the trailer for CBS's forthcoming series focusing on the further adventures of Starfleet Captain Jean Luc Picard, starring Patrick Stewart. I'd hoped for a sci-fi mix of Murder She Wrote and Le...
12:30 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Freequences, Alexandre Dubosc's latest mesmerizing "caketrope"
No one makes a cake-based zoetrope like French artist Alexandre Dubosc (previously). He spent three months on his latest caketrope, "Freequences," and it's a completely mesmerizing visual and auditory...
12:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing How to hide from the cops
Step 1: be small enough to fit in a trashcan.(Protip: recycling cans smell better) Read the rest ...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing Trump offers self-branded plastic straws to mock Liberals
Trump's merch team sure does know their audience. To mock Liberals, they're offering a 10-pack of these red "reusable" and "recyclable" plastic straws for $15 on his website.Liberal paper straws dont ...
12:14 pm PDT - Mon, July 22, 2019
BoingBoing The trailer for Top Gun: Maverick buzzed the tower today
If you managed to miss watching Top Gun over the past three decades, lemme catch you up: FUCK YEAH JETS! As thin as the plot of the original was, you'll likely be able to dive into the film's sequel w...
02:03 pm PDT - Sun, July 21, 2019
BoingBoing Come to my SDCC2019 signing and giveaway this morning at 10AM at the Tor Booth, 2701
I'm headed back to San Diego for Comic-Con today for a signing and giveaway for Radicalized, Tor Booth, #2701. I hope to see you there! Read the rest ...
01:59 pm PDT - Sun, July 21, 2019
BoingBoing The snail cosmology of medieval manuscripts
We're no strangers to the delights of the rude drawings that monks doodled in the margins of medieval manuscripts around here (1, 2, 3), but University of Bonn medievialist Erik Wade's epic Twitter th...
01:49 pm PDT - Sun, July 21, 2019
BoingBoing A 3D papercraft Haunted Mansion board game to print and assemble
Escape from the Haunted Mansion is a massive, ambitious free papercraft project to download, print, mount on coreboard, cut out, assemble and play. I have no idea if the gameplay is any good, but the ...
01:41 pm PDT - Sun, July 21, 2019
BoingBoing Massive trove of Russian spy-agency docs hacked from private sector contractor and passed onto media
Sytech is a private sector contractor to FSB, the Russian spy-agency that is the successor to the KGB; on July 13th, hacking group 0v1ru$ defaced Sytech's site and claimed to have hacked their interna...
12:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 21, 2019
BoingBoing 7 high-tech vaporizers on sale for up to 65% off
Vape technology has been around long enough that vapers are starting to get picky about their gear. Luckily, so are we. From disposable models to cutting-edge touchscreen atomizers, there's a vaporize...
03:17 pm PDT - Sat, July 20, 2019
BoingBoing Three California Nazis sentenced to prison for their participation in the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally
Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis, and Thomas Gillen, members of the California Nazi group "Rise Above Movement (RAM)" have been given prison sentences by a Virginia court for their participation in the...
03:09 pm PDT - Sat, July 20, 2019
BoingBoing A free, accessible, hyperlinked version of the Mueller Report
The Internet Archive, the Digital Public Library of America and Muckrock have released a version of the Mueller Report as an Epub with 747 live footnotes, fully compliant with both Web and EPUB access...
03:02 pm PDT - Sat, July 20, 2019
BoingBoing Eminent psychologists condemn "emotion detection" systems as being grounded in junk science
One of the more extravagant claims made by tech companies is that they can detect emotions by analyzing photos of our faces with machine learning systems. The premise is sometimes dressed up in claims...
02:50 pm PDT - Sat, July 20, 2019
BoingBoing Equifax settles with FTC, CFPB, states, and consumer class actions for $700m
Equifax doxed virtually every adult in America as well as millions of people in other countries like the UK and Canada. The breach was caused by an acquisition spree in which the company bought smalle...
02:30 pm PDT - Sat, July 20, 2019
BoingBoing Chrome is patching a bug that lets sites detect and block private browsing mode, declares war on incognito-blocking
The next version of Chrome will patch a bug that lets websites detect users who are in incognito mode by by probing the Filesystem API; they've also pledged to seek out and block any other vulnerabili...
01:55 pm PDT - Sat, July 20, 2019
BoingBoing Where to catch me this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con! Panel today at 5PM!
I'm headed back to San Diego for Comic-Con this weekend, and you can catch me on Saturday and Sunday:Saturday, 5PM: Panel: Writing: Craft, Community, and Crossover (with James Killen, Seanan McGuire, ...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 20, 2019
BoingBoing Learn how to draw portraits, comic books, & more with this training
With enough practice and commitment, anyone can be a visual artist. But without the right instruction, that time spent honing your skills could seem like an eternity. If you really want to see where y...
07:31 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Howto: design a cocktail for a Lunar civilization
Ian McDonald's Luna trilogy is filled with fantastically detailed grace-notes that give his lunar society an uncanny veneer of reality; one of the most fascinating and thoughtful of these details is t...
07:18 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Good deal on the Takeya 32-oz vacuum insulated water bottle
Amazon has a sale on the 32-oz Takeya Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel Water Bottle. It's . It's got a one-hand-operated drinking spout, and you can unscrew the lid to rinse and dry the inside of the ...
06:33 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Buried in the TOS: free Starbucks refills
Lifehacker bravely read Starbucks' Terms of Service and reports that you can get free refills on certain drinks. This is news to me.According to the companys website, to qualify, you have to have purc...
06:12 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing More snarky comments about crappy design
"While most beds provide convenient ingress/egress from the sides, I wanted to design one where you need to crawl in and out through the foot of the bed. I also wanted it to be difficult to make the b...
05:48 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing 16,000 NYT readers share their stories of being told to 'go back'
Go back to where you came from....
05:36 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing George Nader indicted on child porn charges and traveling with a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity
Trump-linked businessman testified in Mueller probe Search of 3 iPhones seized from George Nader in 2018 via search warrant turned up child pornography, say fedsJailed Mueller witness George Nader sh...
05:16 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Startup offers to build studio apartments in homeowners' backyards and split the rental income
Rent the Backyard is a startup that is building small standalone apartments in people's backyards and splitting the rent with the homeowner.From Techcrunch:That means Rent the Backyard works with a pa...
05:01 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing This portable fire pit is pretty nice to have around
I was absolutely thrilled with this hot burning, nearly smoke-free portable fire pit.If you are dispersed camping and you do not want to dig a fire pit everywhere you go, or you just want to enjoy a w...
04:59 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Having burnished their reputations with extravagant promises, the billionaires who pledged 600m. to rebuild Notre Dame are missing in action
Philanthropy is theoretically an expression of generosity and fellow-feeling, but in an increasingly unequal world, charitable giving is a form of reputation laundering for super-rich oligarchs who bu...
04:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Boing Boing's own Rob Beschizza interviewed on the Cool Tools podcast
Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Boing Boing's Rob Beschizza for the Cool Tools podcast. Rob is a fascinating person, as you probably already know from the thousands of posts he's written here. He is an ...
04:43 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Will 'Top Gun: Maverick' be used to test new surround systems?
Nostalgia time! Top Gun was not my favorite Val Kilmer film, but it did teach me that the Navy pilots are more pilot than Air Force pilots.Football? Not volleyball? Read the rest ...
04:38 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing After the Oliver Twist poorhouse became luxury housing with a segregated playground, London bans segregated play-areas
The world is full of corrupt oligarchs looking to smuggle their money out of their countries and put it somewhere where the rule of law that they have helped to dismantle at home still reigns; a favou...
04:35 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing This soup has been simmering for 45 years in a Bangkok restaurant
A family-run restaurant in Bangkok has had a the same giant pot of soup simmering for 45 years. When it runs low, they top it off.From Great Big Story:Its a beef noodle soup called neua tuna. It simme...
04:22 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Palm Beach sheriff opens internal affairs investigation into Jeffrey Epstein Florida case
On Friday, the Palm Beach sheriff opened an internal affairs investigation into the absurdly lenient handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case, after Epstein entered a guilty plea in his prostitution case....
04:03 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing R. Kelly ordered to NY to face racketeering conspiracy and sexual abuse charges
The American singer-songwriter-sexual-predator R. Kelly has been ordered to be brought in the custody of U.S. Marshals to New York, where he will be arraigned on August 2 on racketeering conspiracy ch...
02:55 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Using university syllabi to map the connections between every scholarly and scientific discipline
Joe Karganis writes, "This is the 'Co-Assignment Galaxy' created by David McClure. It maps the top 160K titles in the new Open Syllabus 2.0 dataset, based on the frequency with which those texts are ...
02:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Small town, independent and municipally owned ISPs offer America's best connectivity
An article of faith among neoliberals is that monopolies are efficient because they are so profitable that they can offer better prices to their customers as well as better services.Reality has a well...
02:31 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Vast majority of porn sites use Google Analytics and Facebook embeds that track you, even in incognito mode
If you only look at porn with your browser in incognito mode, your browser will not record your porn-viewing history; but the porn sites themselves overwhelmingly embed tracking scripts from Google an...
02:10 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Stephen Fry explains the vast superiority of UK healthcare to America's omnishambles, which Brexiteers hope to import
After Brexit, Tory leaders are hoping to strike a bilateral trade agreement with the USA that will begin the dismantling of the NHS, starting with a ban on price-controls for pharma and open doors for...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing Where to catch me this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con!
I'm headed back to San Diego for Comic-Con this weekend, and you can catch me on Friday, Saturday and Sunday:Friday, 5PM: Signing in AA04Saturday, 5PM: Panel: Writing: Craft, Community, and Crossover ...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 19, 2019
BoingBoing This bundle teaches you how to market on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, & more
Theoretically, there's never been an easier time for marketers. The ubiquity of social media means a good word - or a good brand - can spread like wildfire with very little effort. But as limitless as...
11:37 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing SAMBA versus SMB: Adversarial interoperability is judo for network effects
Before there was Big Tech, there was "adversarial interoperability": when someone decides to compete with a dominant company by creating a product or service that "interoperates" (works with) its offe...
10:21 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing E.P.A. won't ban chlorpyrifos pesticide that scientists say damages children's brains
In the Federal Register, EPA said critical questions remained regarding the significance of the data that show chlorpyrifos causes neurological harm to young children....
10:03 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing DoNotPay's latest service will auto-cancel your free trials before the billing period starts
DoNotPay (previously) is a collection of consumer-advocacy tools automated the process of fighting traffic tickets, help homeless people claim benefits, sue Equifax for leaking all your financial data...
09:47 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing An Indian research university has assembled 73 million journal articles (without permission) and is offering the archive for unfettered scientific text-mining
The JNU Data Depot is a joint project between rogue archivist Carl Malamud (previously), bioinformatician Andrew Lynn, and a research team from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University: together, they ...
08:15 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing How deceptive browser extensions snaffled up 4m users' browsing history, including Nest videos, medical history and tax returns
Nacho Analytics sells browsing data from more than 4m users (they advertise "See Anyones Analytics Account"), a service it calls "God mode for the internet." The data is harvested by embedding Nacho's...
06:13 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Thousands of elderly Hong Kongers march in solidarity with young human rights activists
For more than a month, Hong Kong has been rocked by an escalating series of public demonstrations that have persisted in the face of violent police suppression tactics; the demonstrations were kicked ...
06:12 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on the Kano Raspberry Pi computer kit
I have a Kano computer and they are a lot of fun, and actually can be used as an everyday computer, if you aren't looking for blazing speed. It comes with a wireless keyboard/trackpad, a Raspberry Pi ...
05:46 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Martin Shkreli's fraud conviction upheld in federal appeals court
Fraudster Martin Shkreli, who enjoyed a brief period of notoriety as an Internet troll and pharmaceutical price-gouger, must remain in prison after a federal appeals court upheld his conviction for mu...
05:33 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing When you use FaceApp, you give a Russian company "perpetual, irrevocable" rights to your photos
FaceApp is a wildly popular smartphone app that alters people's faces with various filters. Its most popular filter is one that ages the person in the photo. It turns out when you upload your photos t...
05:10 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Arson attack on Kyoto animation studio leaves at least 33 dead, dozens injured
Japan and much of the world is in shock after an arsonist entered a Kyoto animation studio, doused the interior with gasoline and set it on fire, killing at least 33 people and injuring dozens of othe...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Interactive map of public facial recognition systems in America
Evan Greer from Fight for the Future writes, "Facial recognition might be the most invasive and dangerous form of surveillance tech ever invented. While it's been in the headlines lately, most of us s...
04:48 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Anti-vaxxer escalates from wishing children dead to threatening to kill adult lawmakers
A Pentagon cybersecurity contractor threatened to murder Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) if she advanced a bill to vaccinate children in public schools, The Daily Beast reports today. Yes, we are in a dy...
04:45 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Amazon accidentally sold a $13,000 camera lens for $95 on Prime Day
Amazon dun goofed on Prime Day by listing high-end camera gear that usually sells for thousands of dollars at the fire-sale price of $95. Petapixel has an article with screenshots of gleeful shutterbu...
04:45 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Sony's copyright bots remove a band's own release of its new video
The Sheffield-based experimental music act 65daysofstatic has a new album coming out in September, called "Replicr, 2019." Today, the band began its launch publicity by releasing a video from the albu...
04:32 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Five cool mechanisms made from simple materials
The Q makes whimsical mechanisms mainly from wood and cardboard, using basic hand tools. In this video, he shows how he made a "fully working gearbox made out of cardboard, Rock 'em Sock 'em board gam...
04:30 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing This map shows where local police departments partner with Amazon's Ring
For the first time ever, there's a comprehensive map on where local police departments have partnered with Amazon's Ring, CNet's Alfred Ng writes.Amazon and police have been working closely together w...
03:59 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Watch the CBS broadcast of the moon landing, old school commercials and all
50 years ago this month, our species placed its first footprint on the moon... and we've been leaving space junk there ever since. I mostly kid: the limits of our technology at the time forced us to l...
03:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Ebola outbreak declared a public health emergency of international concern
Hey! Remember last month when the World Health Organization was like 'nah, let's not declare this outbreak of a viral hemorrhagic fever that's killed over 1,000 people this time around a public health...
03:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Court records show Trump was on calls with aides to kill stories of alleged sex affairs before 2016 election
According to court documents released today, Donald Trump spoke with Michael Cohen on the phone at least two separate times on the same day Micahel Cohen initiated a $131,000 wire transfer which would...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Spend a "bunderful" night in the Wienermobile through Airbnb
Hot dog! First, Hearst Castle made it possible for everyday folks to swim in their pools (as a fundraiser). Now, Oscar Mayer has turned one of their Wienermobiles into a rentable RV of sorts. AlexanDo...
03:50 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Cyriak's obsession became his trippy, weird "Breakfast"
"I became obsessed with this old piece of film footage and it evolved into a music video," writes UK Animator Cyriak Harris on his latest work, "Breakfast." As one commenter quips, "1:40 Because it's ...
03:47 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Taika Waititi's directing Thor 4!
Thor: Ragnarok was, by one million miles (or parsecs, if you will) one of the most delightful surprises in a decade of superhero flicks. Much of the film's charm was arguably due to the joy that Taika...
03:44 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Man launches iPhone XS into the sky because reasons
I'm not sure if the first thing on my to-do list with a late model $1,000 handset would be to tether it to a whack of party balloons and launch it into the atmosphere, but hey: to each their own. That...
03:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing No bail for Jeffrey Epstein, he will stay in detention pending trial
A judge has ruled that convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein will stay in detention pending his trial.Judge Richard Miles Berman, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District...
03:35 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Slack resets passwords for users who haven't updated since 2015 Slack Hack
Slack says that through its bug bounty program, the company has newly received a set of compromised user credentials from the Great Slack Hack of 2015. Remember that one? No? Well, it's why Slack has ...
03:32 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Vanlife: Camping California's coast -- Morro Strand
This is the first in a series of reviews of Federal, State and County provided campsites along California's amazing coastline.I started my summer of #vanlife at the Californa State Park campsite of Mo...
03:01 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing 'Station Eleven' is a haunting tale of the apocalypse
I was attracted to Station Eleven by the short description,it smacked of Commedia dell'arte: a post-apocalyptic tale of new-troubadours desperate to keep music and performance alive in a time of death...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 18, 2019
BoingBoing Over those AirPods? Here are 10 pairs of earbuds that bring the noise
They might be the shiny new thing, but AirPods aren't for everybody. Maybe you're looking for a new sound or you understandably lost those tiny buds during a brisk run. If so, here's 10 headphones and...
09:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing House votes to table (kill) impeachment resolution
Texas Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump this week. Today, the House voted against them.The vote was to table, or kill, impeachment.332-95, House rejects Al Green...
09:24 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Feds say Jeffrey Epstein's weird passport was used multiple times
Government prosecutors just revealed new details about that super suspicious passport - his photo, different name -- Jeffrey Epstein kept hidden in a safe..Epstein's lawyers previously said the gover...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Google kills 'Project Dragonfly' China search engine project
The company hasn't ruled out doing other work for China....
07:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Scan of a 1921 book about insects
Public Domain Review calls our attention to the gorgeously illustrated 1921 Fabres Book of Insects.Like Jacques Cousteau in the twentieth century, Fabres greatest accomplishment was perhaps to have br...
07:53 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing If you are planning on buying a Nintendo Switch, wait until next month for the new model
Here's a tip if you're thinking of getting a Nintendo Switch -- skip the current model (HAC-001) and wait for the HAC-001(-01), which offers significantly improved battery life.From Ars Technica:Switc...
07:46 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Instant Pot at a very low price
Hardly a day goes by that I don't use my Instant Pot to make chili, curry, soup, or yogurt. I paid about $100, but right now this 6-quart model is just , which is the lowest price I've seen for it. Re...
07:36 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing "Unpickable" padlock picked in 15 seconds
The Europa Disc Padlock Picked (Model P-370) is advertised as "UNPICKABLE" by the manufacturer. It took the Lockpicking Lawyer 15 seconds to open it using basic lockpicking tools.Image: YouTube Read t...
06:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing This AI turns your headshot into a portrait painted by a master
AI Portraits does an amazing job of creating original portraits based on photos of faces. The generative network was trained with 45,000 portrait images."Not only colors, but shapes, the lines of the ...
05:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Here's a smart person deconstructing Steven Mnuchin's dumb speech about cryptocurrencies
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin made a fortune during the real estate boom when he rushed delinquent homeowners out of their homes by violating notice and waiting period statutes, illegally b...
04:05 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Trump and Epstein discuss women
NBC shared this video.Back in 1992 Trump and Epstein sure seemed to know one another. Since 1992 both men have independently been accused, multiple times, with criminal behavior towards women, many of...
03:39 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Thunderdome for Democrats: Harris now leads Biden in California
Twenty democrats entered, one will lead.The latest Quinnipiac run poll shows a US Senator from the Republic of California, Kamala Harris, leading the pack in the countries largest and probably most pr...
03:28 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Canada-shaped coin issued by Royal Canadian Mint
Illustrator Alisha Giroux was drawing the map of Canada "for fun," when she noticed that its shape aligned with the shape with animals.CBC News:She turned Quebec into a snowy owl taking flight, and On...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing The Corridor Crew give The Scorpion King a facelift
I loved The Mummy back in the day... although it hasn't held up very well.If I were home and dying of the flu in bed, I wouldn't use the last of my strength to get up and change the channel if The Mum...
03:18 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing When the lights went out in NYC, Broadway performed impromptu sidewalk shows
On Saturday night, a blackout darkened Manhattan's West Side for several hours. But that didn't stop cast members from several Broadway shows, and Carnegie Hall, from performing. Not in their schedule...
03:16 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Germany says nein danke to Microsoft
Microsoft has a history of attempting to give Microsoft das boot (yes, I know boots in German is stiefel, but work with me here...)Around 14 years ago, the municipal government in Munich decided that ...
03:10 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Colbert to Trump: "Racism is your brand"
TONIGHT: "The Squad" claps back at President Trump! #LSSC pic.twitter.com/AUzgmVdKbE— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) July 17, 2019 Comedy shows have been our source of truth for too lo...
03:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing The children's fantasy series currently dominating my family is...
Pretty much everyone of reading age, from grandparents to 11-year-olds, are reading Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities series.I think a 13-year-old niece discovered these books and suggeste...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing This top-rated password manager helps keeps your logins secure
When it comes to passwords, there's no such thing as paranoia. You want them secure and complex, and you definitely don't want to repeat them on all your accounts. The trouble is, the internet seems t...
03:27 am PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Drug smuggler busted with half a kilo of cocaine under his bad toupe
At Barcelona's international airport, police arrested a Colombian gentleman who arrived from Bogota with half a kilogram of cocaine under his toupe. According to a Reuters report, "The man attracted p...
12:01 am PDT - Wed, July 17, 2019
BoingBoing Many of the key Googler Uprising organizers have quit, citing retaliation from senior management
The Googler Uprising was a string of employee actions within Google over a series of issues related to ethics and business practices, starting with the company's AI project for US military drones, the...
11:31 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Watch CBS News coverage of the Apollo 11 moon launch from 50 years ago today
Fifty years ago today, a Saturn V rocket launched with Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins on board. On July 19, Armstrong became the first human to step onto the moon. Above is al...
09:35 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Turn your drone into a flying flamethrower
Throwflame, the Ohio-based supplier of flamethrowers, announced the TF-19 WASP Flamethrower Drone Attachment designed for the DJI S1000 drone. The WASP contains a one gallon fuel tank for 100 seconds ...
09:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Florida homes invaded by scurrying onslaught of land crabs
Endless casts of land crabs have invaded a neighborhood in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Apparently heavy rains have driven the crustaceans to seek shelter in people's homes. Groceries have reported a run ...
09:15 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Did the US try to weaponize ticks?
The US House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that orders the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to "conduct a review of whether the Department of Defen...
08:33 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing VIDEO: Activists vow to 'shut down' ICE headquarters in Washington, DC
Human rights activists in Washington DC who oppose the Trump administration's racist policies against mostly Mexican and Central American refugees at the southern border protested at ICE headquarters ...
08:15 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Did Donald Trump's racist tweets violate federal laws against workplace discrimination?
When President Trump said on Sunday that "'Progressive' Democratic Congresswomen" should go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came, was he violating federa...
07:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Kickstarting "The Decline of Mall Civilization," a sequel to the long-out-of-print "Malls Across America" book
Michael Galinsky's 2011 photo-book "Malls Across America" went out of print quickly and now sells for upwards of $1000/copy; Galinsky is now kickstarting a sequel, The Decline of Mall Civilization, fe...
07:04 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing How F Scott Fitzgerald conjugated the verb "To cocktail"
F Scott Fitzgerald, in a 1928 letter to Blanche Knopf: "As cocktail, so I gather, has become a verb, it ought to be conjugated at least once." (via JWZ) Read the rest ...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on a 6.5-inch Lodge cast iron skillet
This 6.5-inch Lodge cast iron skillet is on sale at a bargain price on Amazon today for Read the rest ...
06:58 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing When Trump's TaxScam meant that affluent people no longer had to use the paid version of Turbotax, Turbotax started charging poor people, disabled people, students and elderly people
In most countries, you don't have to pay an accountant to prepare your tax return: the government already knows how much you made, so every year they just send you a pre-filled in form to check over a...
06:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing How Wechat censors images in private chats
Citizen Lab has expanded its analysis of how censorship and filtering work on Chinese social media (previously). In (Cant) Picture This 2 An Analysis of WeChats Realtime Image Filtering in Chats , re...
05:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Tennessee police to drug users: don't flush your dope or you'll create "meth gators"
Following a raid where they caught a suspect flushing evidence down the toilet Loretto, Tennessee Police Department has asked the citizenry to refrain from flushing dope due to the potential risks to ...
05:32 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Here's Robert Hazard's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" from 1979, four years before Cyndi Lauper's cover
Musician Robert Hazard (1948-2008) wrote and recorded "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" on a demo tape in 1979. Four years later, Cyndi Lauper covered it and it made her famous.From Wikipedia:The song was w...
05:21 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Complete run of MAKE magazine on archive.org
I was part of the team that launched MAKE: (a technology project magazine) and served as its editor-in-chief for 12 wonderful years. I just found out that archive.org has a searchable archive of all p...
05:01 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing People in Japan are renting cars, but not to drive them anywhere
Orix Auto charges $4 to rent a car for 30 min. The car-sharing company has more than 12,000 parking places, so cars are readily available. Orix learned that a large number of its 230,000 users rent ca...
04:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Robots made from tree branches learns how to walk
Made from servo motors and tree branches, these robots were trained to successfully walk across the floor. Read the paper. (The project was undertaken by Preferred Networks of Japan, which also made t...
04:19 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Neo-Nazi ordered to pay $14MM in damages for anti-semitic "troll storm"
The founders of German National Socialist fan-site "The Daily Stormer" were ordered to pay $14MM in damages for being trollish assholes. NBCThe founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Sto...
04:03 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing $12,000,000 buys Yosemite's iconic landmarks their names back
A few years ago bad dealmaking with the park concessionaire cost the National Parks Service the names of Yosemite's famous Ahwahnee Hotel, The Wawona Hotel and Curry Village. Restoring the historic na...
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing It feels like this GSI 30oz french press saves my life every morning
#Vanlife would be intolerable without coffee. This GSI Glacier series 30oz 'java' press is my new best friend.I transition back and forth from tea to coffee and spent most of the last year pounding sh...
03:18 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Trump sent back to where he's originally from!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the adorable racist Donald Trump complains about America so much, true patriots send him back to where he's originally from....
02:48 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Read: Trump's grandfather's letter, in which he begs not to be deported
In 1905, Friedrich "Bone Spurs" Trump -- grandfather of Donald -- dodged the Bavarian draft and was ordered deported by Luitpold, the prince regent of Bavaria. Friedrich Trump sent Luitpold a letter g...
02:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Revisitng Jonathan Coulton's album/graphic novel "Solid State"
Lou Cabron writes, "Jonathan Coulton re-visited his album/graphic novel 'Solid State' (previously) over the weekend with new comments about how it applies to today's world. 'When I started work on ...
02:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Revisiting Jonathan Coulton's album/graphic novel "Solid State"
Lou Cabron writes, "Jonathan Coulton re-visited his album/graphic novel 'Solid State' (previously) over the weekend with new comments about how it applies to today's world. 'When I started work on ...
02:27 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Lessons from testing decades of forgotten rape kits: serial rapists are common, they don't follow a pattern, they're not very bright, and they're often the same men who commit acquaintance rape
America has an epidemic of untested rape kits, thanks to the institutional misogyny of police departments and prosecutors, especially when it comes to rapes committed against poor and racialized women...
02:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Eric Garner's killer will not be charged
U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday said they will not charge an N.Y.P.D. officer in the death of Eric Garner, whose final words, "I can't breathe," inspired national protests against the unpunished police ki...
02:03 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Peter Thiel 'most scared' of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, accuses Google of treason. Trump agrees.
In a Fox & Friends newsbrief, Thiel spurred President Trump to promise to look into baseless claim that Google committed treason....
01:56 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing In 1943, the chairman of the NY Fed backed Modern Monetary Theory: "Taxes for Revenue Are Obsolete"
Modern Monetary Theory is the latest incarnation of chartalism, the economic theory that holds that government spending -- and a federal jobs guarantee -- doesn't create inflation, so long as the spen...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing This personal AC cleans and dehumidifies the air as it cools
With the rising temperatures on tap this summer, the climate is going to be a frequent topic of conversation, and those conversations won't be happy ones. Luckily, there's a way to do a little climate...
02:18 am PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing How To: play Vlad Taltos in an RPG
Vlad Taltos is the (anti)hero of Steven Brust's stupendous, longrunning fantasy series (which is nearly complete, a generation after it was begun!); Issue 220 of Dragon magazine (August 1995) included...
01:45 am PDT - Tue, July 16, 2019
BoingBoing Podcast: Occupy Gotham
In my latest podcast (MP3), I read my essay Occupy Gotham, published in Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman, commemorating the 1000th issue of Batman comics. It's an essay about the serious hard prob...
11:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Ex-Fox & Friends host, accused of a Ponzi scheme that turned Indianapolis real-estate investors into slumlords, moves to Portugal
Clayton Morris -- a former host of Fox & Friends -- was part owner of Oceanpointe, a company that sold turnkey landlord services in Indianapolis to investors who could send Oceanpointe money, whi...
08:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing 5G won't fix America's terrible broadband
5G cellular networks are able to transmit data at very high speeds, with incredible spectrum sharing that allows multiple 5G towers to operate in close proximity without their transmissions clobbering...
08:39 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
Amazon's Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is the media player we use. I even keep an extra set with me to use in hotels and Airbnbs. Amazon is selling it as a Prime Day deal at a very low price. ...
08:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Putting a price on our data won't make the platforms stop abusing our privacy
There are several proposals at the state and federal level to force the Big Tech platforms to disclose how much our data is worth to them -- with the hopes that this will curb their abuses of our priv...
07:45 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing WikiLeaks' Julian Assange got 'new computing & network hardware,' maybe hacked election data, in weird embassy meetings
CNN reports that the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, personally received deliveries, potentially including hacked materials related to the 2016 U.S. elections, during a series of odd meetings a...
07:45 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing CNN: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange got 'new computing & network hardware,' maybe hacked 2016 election data, in weird Ecuador embassy meetings
CNN reports that the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, personally received deliveries, potentially including hacked materials related to the 2016 U.S. elections, during a series of odd meetings a...
07:31 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing James Alex Fields, Nazi, gets life sentence 2 for killing protester Heather Heyer at Charlottesville racist rally
Never forget: Trump said the Charlottesville racists were 'very fine people.'...
07:27 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Kevin Smith to do a theatrical reading of his Clerks III script
Director Kevin Smith wrote Clerks III more than a decade ago but it was never made, the director has said, because Jeff Anderson, who plays Randal, wasn't game. Today, Smith announced that he and some...
07:13 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Astonishing encounter with a nearly human-size jellyfish
UK TV host and wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly and her crew were diving off the southwestern coast of England as part of their Wild Ocean Week initiative when they met this magnificent and massive barr...
07:13 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Border Patrol investigating 62 employees, 8 ex-employees over racist CBP Facebook group
Some 9,500 members were in the racist 'I'm 10-15' CBP Facebook group...
06:56 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Amazon on Prime Day Strike: 'People who plan to attend the event on Monday are simply not informed'
Workers say they're underpaid and overworked, strikes planned for July 15th & 16th...
06:44 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Mitt Romney delivers totally weak-ass response to racist Trump tweets
Profiles in courage here, folks. Mitt Romney is a shitstain on the great state of Utah.Today, the Utah Republican Senator was asked about Trump's Sunday tweets that called for four congresswomen to go...
06:25 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Trump on racists being inspired by his tweets: 'It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me'
None of this is a surprise. And none of it is normal or okay.Today, United States popular-vote-losing and illegitimate president Donald J. Trump was asked if he is concerned that he is speaking and tw...
06:12 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Inaugural Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship title goes to Japan's Giga Body Metal
The inaugural Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship were an unqualified success, with competitors from the US, Russia, Japan and beyond converging on Joensuu, Finland to thrash and knit: competitors...
04:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Excellent video about why the SHA 256 hash algorithm is so cool and useful
SHA 256 is an algorithm that takes a digital input of any length and returns a string of 256 bits (typically converted to 64 hexadecimal digits). It's a one-way algorithm, which means there's no known...
04:29 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman decides it's a good idea to bother a mother bear with three cubs
At 41 seconds, you can hear someone call this fellow a "dumbass."Image: YouTube Read the rest ...
04:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Pranksters on sidewalk trip over nothing, surprising onlookers
As innocent people sat on a sidewalk bench in Beirut, pranksters walked by them, tripping over nothing. The pranksters were spaced out through the flow of pedestrian traffic, to make it seem more real...
04:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Manbabies react to announcement that a black woman is the new 007
"The person who sends me a screenshot of the best manbaby fan reaction to this wins a chocolate fish," tweeted Sacha Judd, linking to a GQ article with the headline: "Actress Lashana Lynch Is the New ...
03:57 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Huawei plans hundreds of layoffs at U.S.-based research subsidiary Futurewei
Some 850 people in research labs across America will lose their jobs....
03:36 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Why won't the big news outlets call Trump's racist tweets racist?
Why is the American news media so very afraid to just call Trump's racist tweets racist?We had another chance to see cowardice in action on Sunday.On Sunday morning, popular-vote-losing illegitimate p...
03:34 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Presidential fundraising scorecard: who's raising the most and who is most beholden to the ultra-wealthy and corporations?
Propublica's 2020 Presidential Candidate Summaries breaks down the 2020 candidates' fundraising, Trump's massive war-chest and Bernie's pack-leading raise and his continued success with small-money do...
03:12 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Mountain Dew connoisseur does not like 'AMP Game Fuel'
Mountain Dew made a place in the market by tasting like crap and having more caffeine than a handful of No-Doz. The flavors are all "SUGAR." They are nearly indistinguishable to an over 8-year-old pal...
02:58 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman rides electronic Harley-Davidson and likes it
Electrek.co test rode the Hardly-Dangerous 'Livewire' electric bike. The LiveWire has 105hp and looks like a Buell! It is also orange, but not as awesome an orange as BMW Daytona Orange. Read the rest...
02:37 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing See a python devouring a whole crocodile
At Queensland, Australias Mount Isa, kayaker Martin Muller spotted a python devouring a whole crocodile. The nonprofit GG Wildlife Rescue posted Muller's evidence of the impressive feast to its Facebo...
02:30 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Heirs' property: how southern states allow white land developers to steal reconstruction-era land from Black families
Back in 2017, The Nation ran a superb, in-depth story on "heirs' property," a legalized form of property theft that allows primarily rich white developers to expropriate land owned by the descendants'...
02:25 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Fortnite now has airstrikes!
The breakneck pace of mods, changes, and additions to Fortnite did not slow over the last few weeks! There are now drum shotguns, storms-in-a-bottle, and the wildly fun airstrike!Call in a rain of roc...
02:15 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Recycled polypropylene rug helps my dog look GOOD
This Mad Mats rug keeps sticks, dirt, burrs and other garbage out of my dog's fur and out of my camper!6'x9' and awfully stylish, I've had this rug since 2013 and it looks as good as new. Excellent fo...
01:58 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Stranger Things spin-off: Hopper, P.I.
Title sequence for "Hopper, P.I." by Eddie Spuhghetti. Read the rest ...
01:39 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Entrancing interactive Gregorian Chant generator
Signal processing engineer Stphane Pigeon created this captivating Gregorian chant generator. It enables you to simply "conduct," mix, and process the sacred a capella songs heard in the monasteries o...
01:09 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Alan Turing will be on England's 50 note
Computer scientist Alan Turing, key to decoding Nazi communications during World War II, is to be the face of the new 50 banknote. The BBC:The work of Alan Turing, who was educated in Sherborne, Dorse...
01:05 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing The new 50 notes will feature Alan Turing (whilst HMG proposes bans on Turing complete computers AND working crypto)
The Bank of England has unveiled its new 50 notes, which had been earmarked to honour a distinguished British scientist, and which will feature Alan Turing, the WWII hero who discovered many of the fo...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Review: Phantom Doctrine lacks the fun of XCOM
I want XCOM 2 on the Nintendo Switch. I'm waiting for it. Hoping. It has yet to come, be announced or even rumored by its developers. So, of late, I've found myself looking for other ways to get my tu...
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Learn to play guitar like one of the most influential musicians of the 1970s
You might recognize Wilko Johnson's as Ser Ilyn Payne from Game of Thrones, but that role's small potatoes compared to his musical legacy. As the lead guitarist and song writer for the British pub roc...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing This 4K HD camera/gimbal combo from DJI fits in your pocket
Whether you're using them for next-level selfies or steady tracking shots, gimbals are a must for anyone who wants to maximize the potential of these powerful smartphone cameras we're all carrying aro...
12:10 am PDT - Mon, July 15, 2019
BoingBoing Bulletproof thobes and abaya
Tailor Saleh Alnahdi is courting the conservative Saudi gentleman who still worried about being gunned down in the street with a line of bulletproof thobes and abaya, lined with Aramid ("a little more...
02:12 pm PDT - Sun, July 14, 2019
BoingBoing Crowdfunding public access to the Social Security death index
The Social Security Administration has a tool for looking up deaths in the USA that took place within the past three years, but older deaths are in the Social Security Death Master File (aka Death Ind...
01:35 pm PDT - Sun, July 14, 2019
BoingBoing Florida DMV makes millions selling Floridians' data...for pennies (and you can't opt out)
Axciom buys records from Florida's DMV (which include non-driver IDs) at $0.01/each.They're just one of many, many data-brokers who buy data from the state's DMV. So many, in fact, that the state turn...
12:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 14, 2019
BoingBoing 10 deals this week that someone thought would make you shout
It's too hot for yard sales, but hey: The internet is here for you. Here are the top ten deals on some of the Boing Boing Store's best gear, just in time for summer. It's everything from grills to sec...
07:01 am PDT - Sun, July 14, 2019
BoingBoing Your chance to swim in a Hearst Castle pool is now
Ever dream of taking a dip in one of those gorgeous pools at Hearst Castle? YES, ME TOO. Well, get out your credit card, because it's going to cost you.Architectural Digest:...it will require you to j...
02:43 am PDT - Sun, July 14, 2019
BoingBoing TelegramGate: leaks show Puerto Rico's appointed officials mocking the dead as hurricanes devastate the island
A reader writes, "This link discusses the ongoing revealing-leak of a Telegram chatgroup were the Rosello's administration, advisors and collaborators collude and mock the accumulation of corpses at P...
10:49 pm PDT - Sat, July 13, 2019
BoingBoing Where did all of Bob Ross' paintings go?
It's estimated that Bob Ross painted thousands of paintings on his TV show "The Joy of Painting" but where did they all go? The New York Times went to find out. They discovered that the thousands of ...
05:50 pm PDT - Sat, July 13, 2019
BoingBoing Vidcon cosplayer dressed as an influencer apology video
Young @Pugloca has his finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist -- the self-described anime and Halflife fan came to Vidcon in this stunning cosplay: an influencer apology video, replete with many, many a...
03:48 pm PDT - Sat, July 13, 2019
BoingBoing Bird Scooter reportedly lost $100m in three months, needs more capital to stay afloat
Bird Scooter really is the Uber of scooters: vastly overcapitalized, vastly overvalued, incapable of turning a profit...ever.According to a report in The Information, Bird lost $100m in the first quar...
03:29 pm PDT - Sat, July 13, 2019
BoingBoing Al Jaffee's MAD Life: how a traumatized kid from the shtetl became an American satire icon
Back in 2010, It Books published Mary-Lou Weisman's biography of MAD Magazine icon Al Jaffee: Al Jaffee's Mad Life: A Biography; I missed it then but happened upon Arie Kaplan's 2011 writeup in The Je...
03:05 pm PDT - Sat, July 13, 2019
BoingBoing London police official warns journalists not to publish leaks on pain of imprisonment
After a leak revealed that the British Ambassador to the USA had called Trump "inept, insecure and incompetent" (leading to the ambassador's resignation and a round of Twitter insults between Trump an...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 13, 2019
BoingBoing This app makes it easy to customize templates for PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides
When it comes to getting stats and ideas across quickly, there's still nothing like a good slide presentation. But the critical word here is "good" - not 20 slides all thrown together with the same st...
04:09 am PDT - Sat, July 13, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook's $5B FTC fine was so laughable its stock price went UP after the announcement
In 2011, the US Federal Trade Commission put Facebook under consent decree after the company "deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeate...
03:40 am PDT - Sat, July 13, 2019
BoingBoing Just look at this 3D printable "banana knight"
Just look at it. (Thanks, Geoff Cole) Read the rest ...
12:15 am PDT - Sat, July 13, 2019
BoingBoing MLMs are cults that prey on moms, Mormons and the military
Pyramid schemes are illegal, but "multi-level marketing" schemes are not; the difference is supposedly that pyramid schemes don't really sell anything -- they just sell the right to recruit people who...
11:58 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing How to: run a small social network for you and your friends.
Darius Kazemi runs Friend Camp, a small social network for about 50 people; it costs him about $30/month to run, and consumes about 2h/week to administer: in his guide to running your own social netwo...
11:40 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Dad tricks his toddlers to stop bawling by telling them to take turns crying
An excellent parenting hack! From the YouTube description:The father recorded the sweet moment both his daughters calm down after throwing hysterical tantrums after they refuse to take "their turn to ...
09:57 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing An illustrated guide to San Francisco's most unusual statues
Peter Glanting's illustrated guide to San Francisco's most unusual statues is an annotated delight, even if, despite its length, JWZ wrote, "They skipped a few of my favorites." Read the rest ...
09:51 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing US Conference of Mayors adopts a resolution to never pay off ransomware attackers
As city after city has remitted hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay off ransomware criminals who hijacked their crucial systems, the US Conference of Mayors had unanimously adopted a resolution to...
09:42 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing How science fiction affects (but does not predict) the future
Wired's Rose Eveleth asks Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future? Eveleth looks at the rise of science fiction writers being asked to consult with companies about their future plans (I'...
09:32 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Trump's trade war cost the world $2t, wiping 6% off the global one percent's books
Trump's trade war has reduced the world's net worth by $2 trillion ($1.5 trillion of which came off the balance sheets of the 1%), with losses most deeply felt in China and Europe; North and South Ame...
09:25 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Teens are filling Tiktok with memes deploring Life360, a parenting app that tracks teens
Life360 is an app that lets you track a mobile phone user in fine-grained, realtime detail, with options to set alert for things like "is this person exceeding the speed limit?" It's widely used by pa...
09:18 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Ask Reddit: "What book f*cked you up mentally?"
Posted today on /r/AskReddit/: "What book fucked you up mentally?"Answers include:Animal Farm -- "The whole thing spooked the shit out of my 13-year-old mind."Night -- "A candid, horrific, and deeply ...
09:10 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Detroit's police commissioner arrested at commissioners' meeting for demanding answers about secret meetings where facial recognition was planned
Alan Wendt writes, "Detroit commissioners arrested the police commissioner Willie Burton during a public meeting because he wouldn't stop talking about the secret meetings where the commission decided...
07:51 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing CBP employees' new challenge coin mocks care for migrant kids
Challenge Coins have their origins in the military; they're a little like a mission patch, commemorating some element of service or event, and they serve as a kind of badge of honor or respect -- you ...
07:42 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Red Dwarf, legendary UK sci-fi sitcom, becomes auto-rescue ad
I loved Red Dwarf as a kid, sensed I should "stop immediately" upon seeing the previews for season 7 (or maybe 8?), and had relegated the whole thing to the palace of nostalgia by the end of the last ...
07:38 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing For years, the chief of the Border Patrol was a member of the secret CBP Facebook group for racist and threatening chatter
Last week, Propublica revealed the existence of "I'm 10-15", a secret Facebook group for current and former Customs and Border Protection employees -- a group with 9,500 members, while CBP's total wor...
07:24 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Nintendo announces Switch Lite, new handheld game console
The Switch Lite doesn't connect to a TV set, but it's otherwise a slim, pocketable version of Nintendo's popular portable game console.The Switch Lite the newly unveiled spinoff of the full-sized Swi...
06:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Cooperative porno copyright troll gets 5 years in prison, while his co-conspirator got 14 years
Last month, Paul Hansmeier was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $1.5m in restitution for the copyright trolling his firm, Prenda Law, engaged in: the firm used a mix of entrapment, b...
05:20 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Mattel announces "David Bowie" Barbie doll
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Mattel has announced a "David Bowie" Barbie doll. On Amazon, it's priced at $50. From the New York Times:Its a notably androgyno...
05:01 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing NRA financial records subpoenaed
The attorney general for Washington, DC has issued subpoenas for the National Rifle Association and its charitable foundation. The gun rights organization is in the sights of nonprofit regulators, and...
04:55 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Philadelphians debate whether parks and rec centers should use anti-personnel weapons that indiscriminately target children
The "Mosquito" is a high-pitched tone generator designed only to be audible to children and teens, and not to adults, in whose ears the nerve cells that detect these high tones have died off.In Philad...
04:54 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Science offices throughout U.S. government closing under Trump at alarming rate
The great science purge, they'll call it one day.Donald Trump is closing science offices throughout the federal government. As of June, around 85 percent of all scientific posts in the federal governm...
04:49 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Arts & Crafts: Build your own air conditioner
If you've got a spare bedroom and never plan on having company over, then you've got the space to build and run your own desiccant-based air conditioning system.I mean, sure, some of the stuff that ma...
04:49 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing How to build your own air conditioner
If you've got a spare bedroom and never plan on having company over, then you've got the space to build and run your own desiccant-based air conditioning system.I mean, sure, some of the stuff that ma...
04:47 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Random mansion generator
The Procgen Mansion Generator produces large three-dee dwellings to toy with your imagination, offering various architectural styles and other options. Each mansion even comes with floorplans: Read th...
04:36 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Here is Alex Acosta's resignation letter to Donald Trump
Acosta calls his role at the Labor Department "the honor of a lifetime."...
04:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing For rent on Airbnb: Hunter S. Thompson's Woody Creek guest cabin
Now on Airbnb: gonzo journalism master Hunter S. Thompson's guest cabin on his infamous Owl Farm compound in Woody Creek, Colorado. Eventually, the late writer's wife Anita intends to turn the propert...
04:19 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Starbucks to stop selling newspapers, citing 'shrinkage'
If you're going to Starbucks to have some coffee and read the newspaper, BYON: Bring your own newspaper.On Friday, the Seattle-based coffee chain said it's going to stop selling The New York Times, Th...
04:04 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Leaked Palantir 'Gotham' user manual shows how fast police and government can grab your info
The Palantir user guide shows that police can start with almost no information about a person of interest and instantly know extremely intimate details about their lives....
03:51 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Denise Nickerson, "Violet Beauregarde," RIP
"Well, I'm a gum chewer, normally. But when I heard about these ticket things of Wonka's, I laid off the gum and switched to candy bars, instead. Now, of course, I'm right back on gum. I chew it all d...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Trump wants to fire DNI Dan Coats, eliminate 'unnecessary' Office of Director of National Intelligence: Axios
ODNI, RIP? Huge and also completely unsurprising if true. Trump wants to fire Dan Coats, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, and nuke the entire ODNI from orbit, per Axios today -- citing fiv...
03:33 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Mueller testimony may be delayed, or not: Conflicting reports
Two U.S. House of Representatives panels plan to hear testimony from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 17, but there are reports today, Friday July 12, of a possible one-week delay that would pus...
02:53 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Video about woman who fell 33,000 feet and survived
On January 26, 1972, a suspected bomb exploded on board a Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 and the debris of the plane rained down on mountains in the former Czechoslovakia. Everyone died except flight attendan...
02:27 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Where to catch me at San Diego Comic-Con!
I'm headed back to San Diego for Comic-Con next weekend, and you can catch me on Friday, Saturday and Sunday:Friday, 5PM: Signing in AA04Saturday, 5PM: Panel: Writing: Craft, Community, and Crossover ...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid scrutiny over Jeffrey Epstein 2008 plea deal
Trump Labor Secretary under fire for his previous handling of Jeffrey Epstein case in Florida...
12:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing The RV of my dreams is only $500,000 away
We've been living, full-time in a 40-foot motorhome for a few years now! It's been great! But we're thinking seriously about downsizing. While we've got all of the room that we could want, our 2004 Ne...
12:49 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Drug sub raided
Enjoy this video of drugrunners in a semi-submersible vehicle getting collared by the U.S. Coast Guard. How dangerous that thing must be! U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL-755) crew members board a ...
12:26 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Security camera shows Detroit cop causing serious road accident then detaining his victim
As Michigan State Police have it, 27-year old Carlos Martinez was at fault when his vehicle and one driven by an officer collided at a Detroit intersection. But security footage from a nearby porch ha...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Find the graphics you need with this Netflix for designers
It can be hard enough finding graphics for a personal website. If you're a graphic designer looking to create or customize several of them every day? Forget about it. Deadlines are a thing, and client...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Irrerevent cat and dog butt coloring books for (not-so) grownups
It's not often talked about but people with pets see a lot of animal butt. Too much, really. Well, now the folks at Honey Badger Coloring have made coloring books that offer the same view the backsid...
11:56 am PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing Woman killed by metal drinking straw
I'm all for stainless steel straws of the sort that we sell in the Boing Boing Store. They're an environmentally-friendly way to stop yourself from making the idiot-stick move (unless you need to use ...
12:59 am PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing The treadmill was invented to punish prisoners with hard labor
Well, it's not the Iron Maiden or the Brazen Bull, but the treadmill of today's fitness centers does have a "tortuous history" as Dan Kopell writes at Wirecutter:Inventor William Cubitt subscribed to ...
12:59 am PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing The treadmill was commonly used to punish prisoners with hard labor
Well, it's not the Iron Maiden or the Brazen Bull, but the treadmill of today's fitness centers does have a "tortuous history" as Dan Kopell writes at Wirecutter:Inventor William Cubitt subscribed to ...
12:24 am PDT - Fri, July 12, 2019
BoingBoing The real reason people in old photos are almost never smiling
I always thought that the reason people look so grim in antique photos is because it would have been exhausting to hold a smile for long exposures that I imagined were required by ye olde cameras. Nop...
08:30 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Interoperability: Fix the internet, not the tech companies
Everyone in the tech world claims to love interoperabilitythe technical ability to plug one product or service into another product or servicebut interoperability covers a lot of territory, and depend...
07:06 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing A fireplace that burns proprietary logs
Hearthcabinet's "Ventless Fireplaces" use "pre-filled alcohol gel cartridges" -- that is, proprietary logs. When Drew quizzed the company's reps about this on Facebook, they danced around the question...
06:50 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Show Your Stripes: visualizing climate change in your location by displaying 100 years of average temperatures in color bars
Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist, created Show Your Stripes as a way to easily visualize the past century's climate change: give it a location and it will render a series of stripes representing a cent...
06:45 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing How a sex researcher and a cosplaying 3D printing specialist created an open source, orgasm-measuring butt-plug
Nicole Prause is a sex researcher who wanted to design a gender-neutral orgasm-measuring tool that would fit in the anus and detect and measure pelvic contractions but all the buttplugs she tried to m...
06:36 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Bright work light with clamp
This battery-powered (4 AA cells, included) adjustable work light is bright and has a clamp, making it a great option for people with fewer than three arms. The clamp even doubles as a stand, so you c...
06:21 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing China's AI industry is tanking
In Q2 2018, Chinese investors sank $2.87b into AI startups; in Q2 2019, it was $140.7m.It's part of a massive slowdown in China's AI industry, which kicked off with massive political/economic fanfare ...
06:16 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Cyclist enrages driver by blocking him from driving on wrong side of the road
London bobbies were quick to arrive on the scene after a Mercedes driver tried to drive down the wrong side of a street, endangering a cyclist. When the cyclist told the driver to back up and drive on...
05:49 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Jimmy Kimmel interviews customers at a weed store drive-thru
Jimmy Kimmel hosted a game show called "Let's Make a Dope Deal" with customers at a weed store drive-thru in Las Vegas. People who correctly answered questions won not-so-fabulous prizes, like snow gl...
05:49 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Rebecca Solnit on Jeffrey Epstein: "In patriarchy, no one can hear you scream"
In a characteristically brilliant essay, historian, activist and writer Rebecca Solnit connects the dots between the sexual abuses of Jeffrey Epstein, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Brett Kavanaugh, Harvey W...
05:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman with fake electrical outlet sticker bedevils people in need of charging their phones
This gentleman sowed discord and strife at a rooftop party and a coffee shop by affixing fake electrical outlet stickers to walls. People in need of a smartphone charge were dismayed to discover that ...
05:26 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing A prolific credit-card theft ring is scanning for unsecured "buckets" in Amazon's cloud and has compromised 17,000 domains (so far)
Magecart is the hacker gang that pulled off the British Airways and Ticketmaster credit-card heists; now they've build an Amazon cloud scanner that systematically probes S3 storage "buckets" for confi...
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing House Judiciary Committee subpoenas 12 witnesses, Jared Kushner and National Enquirer's David Pecker and Dylan Howard included
On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday expanded its investigation into Donald Trump and obstruction of justice by authorizing subpoenas to 12 officials, including the President's son-i...
05:02 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing After poacher crackdown, Tanzanian endangered rhino and elephant populations are staging inspiring recoveries
Four years ago, there were 15 known black rhinos left in Tanzania -- "ground zero of the poaching crisis" -- and today there 167 of them; elephant populations (which dropped 60% between 2009-2014) are...
04:47 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing The flags of Russia's regional governments are amazing
From Zheleznogorsk's flag depicting a bear splitting an atom (the city started as a plutonium mining-town) (yours for $60!) to Domnovskoye's stark eagle claw to Syaskelevskoe's drunken bull to Khorosh...
04:45 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Asking for pre-trial release, Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers say he has 'spotless 14-year record of walking the straight and narrow'
Oddly, convicted sex offender didn't ask feds to return his child porn stash...
04:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Understanding "transfer pricing": how corporations dodge taxes through financial colonialism
Every day, the world's poorest countries lose $3b in tax revenues as multinationals sluice their profits through their national boundaries in order to avoid taxes in rich countries, and then sluice th...
04:31 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Watch this fantastic 1994 Pizza Hut TV commercial that's entirely in Klingon
In 1994, Pizza Hut aired this TV commercial in the UK that was reportedly the first completely non-English advertisement on British television. The entire thing is in Klingon. (via r/ObscureMedia) Rea...
04:26 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Bird flapping in wind
Bird, the electric scooter company that foolishly took on Boing Boing and had their asses handed to them, is reportedly in fresh financial distress.The electric scooter company has been having convers...
04:23 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Chinese oligarch sues city of Vancouver over $200,000 "Empty Homes Tax"
In recent years, Chinese oligarchs have been buying up vast swaths of Vancouver real estate as a way to park their money. They often don't set foot in the luxury townhouses they buy, which has led the...
04:23 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Two people arrested in stolen car containing rattlesnake, gun, booze, and uranium
Police in Guthrie, Oklahoma arrested Stephen Jennings and Rachael Rivera after pulling them over due to an expired license tag. Turns out, the car was reported stolen. Also turns out that inside the c...
04:02 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Injured man sues to get name of e-scooter rider who committed hit-and-run
Allyson Medeiros (32) was riding his bike home from his job as a tattoo artist in Chicago when a person riding a rental scooter on the wrong side of the street ran into him and caused a number of inju...
03:56 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Wonderful vintage snapshots showing our love for the moon
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first human Moon landing on July 20, Vernacular photography collector Robert E. Jackson curated a lovely collection of vintage snapshots related to the Mo...
03:55 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Cute cat break: 'How to summon a demon'
The dark lords of the underworld are best summoned by sparkly glitter bait.What an adorable murder kitty!How to summon a demon Read the rest ...
03:38 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Youth cannabis use declined in states that legalized, new study finds
Report says legalization associated with decline in youth cannabis use...
03:28 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Racist tirade filmed in grocery store
A woman in a grocery store directed a bigoted rant at another shopper, all captured on video. NBC News reports that the incident occured in Abingdon, Pennsylvania, and kicked off when the woman heard ...
03:13 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing North Korea develops app to teach its ideology
An encyclopedic application will teach the Juche idea to a new generation of North Koreans, reports the BBC, which cites the state's official media organ thus: "People must try harder to learn the tea...
03:08 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Apple disables Walkie Talkie app for Apple Watch over eavesdropping vulnerability
Apple has temporarily disabled the 'Walkie Talkie' iOS app for Apple Watch after a vulnerability was revealed that could allow a third party to eavesdrop on your iPhone. The app lets two users who acc...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing LEGO Steamboat Willie with Mickey and Minnie-figs
The LEGO Steamboat Willie is absolutely darling.Based on the legendary animation that introduced us to Mickey Mouse, the Steamboat Willie can be yours!It also comes with black and white Mickey and Min...
02:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Prince Charles gay scandal, Tom Cruise destroys Scientology, and Michael Jacksons afterlife, in this weeks dubious tabloids
We're through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole in this weeks tabloids that give Alice in Wonderland a run for her money in their wild imaginings....
02:54 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Here's something you don't want to see happening to your plane's engine when you look out the window
A plane made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport earlier this week after "mechanical issues arose," according to reports.The flight crew of Delta flight 1425 from Atlanta to B...
02:47 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing The Pepsi Challenge: a blind taste test started an expensive war
Much like the "War on Drugs," no one won the Cola Wars.In 1975 Pepsi started a blind taste test called 'The Pepsi Challenge' the idea was to show folks enjoying Pepsi far more than Coca-Cola, and thus...
02:35 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Automotive hi-jinx from 'Trafic'
Came for the classic BMWs, stayed for the fun.(Thanks, Airheads!) Read the rest ...
02:28 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Hackers crack telecom networks across multiple continents to track a handful of targets
You might be popular, but are you Chinese hacker following your every move, no matter where you go popular?No? It's cool. Not many people are.According to cybersecurity firm Cybereason, Softcell, is d...
02:15 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing "Sheer" tees trick people into thinking you have a beach body
A company in Japan has made t-shirts that give the illusion that you can -- kind of -- see through them. The one for women hints at a busty chest in a lacy bra, and the one for guys suggests six-pack ...
02:01 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Guinea Pig tricks
There are 25 of them in this video -- tricks, that is, not guinea pigs -- but I was happy to lose count. Read the rest ...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Trailer: The Art of Self-Defense looks terrible in the best possible way
From the look of things, The Art of Self-Defense looks to be full of toxic masculinity and Iron John bullshit--to hilarious effect. Jesse Eisenberg is at his best in movies where he plays the straight...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing After Microsoft moves its servers back to the USA, German state's privacy commissioner advises schools not to use Office 365
After the Snowden revelations, US-based Big Tech companies raced to reassure their non-US customers that the NSA wasn't raiding their cloud-based data, moving servers inside their customers' borders a...
01:45 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Kids crayon-colored thousands of frames to help animate this music video
What a cool idea! Here's a music video for a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" that over 2100 kids contributed to, by coloring with crayons.Colossal: An animated music video for Meg Myers co...
01:30 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing That next cocktail could burn you literally
I spent a long time in Mexico this past winter. My wife and I traveled to Play Del Carmen and stayed there for months while she completed some rigourous scuba instructor training. While she was in the...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Ditch iCloud and Dropbox with this amazing cloud storage deal
When it comes to storage, you've typically got a couple of options: Keep those priceless pics and videos on your phone or laptop (then lose them when either breaks down), or cough up hundreds every ye...
05:02 am PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing Like Amazon, Google sends voice assistant recordings to contractors for transcription, including recordings made inadvertently
After Bloomberg revealed that Amazon secretly sent recordings from Alexa to subcontractors all over the world in order to improve its speech-recognition systems, a whistleblower leaked recordings from...
04:39 am PDT - Thu, July 11, 2019
BoingBoing "It's easy to play the Nazi card"
This video from Bohemian Browser Ballett on Germany's public broadcaster Funk is absolutely genius: a comic dialogue between a literal uniformed Nazi officer outraged that someone had the temerity to ...
10:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Why did Jeffrey Epstein build a 'temple' on his island, and why did he ship himself a 53-pound paper shredder, plus a tile and carpet extractor?
This is not a riddle, but two questions inspired by two very weird stories circulating about financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is in federal custody over charges of trafficking and sexual abuse of young ...
10:11 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign maintains a page of anti-endorsements: denunciations from billionaire ghouls and their enablers
Bernie Sanders wants you to know who hates him: billionaire sociopaths like Andrew Pudzer, Kenneth Lagone ("This is the antichrist!"), Lowell McAdam ("contemptible"), Lloyd Blankfein ("dangerous"); Al...
09:57 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta defends giving sex predator Jeffrey Epstein the plea deal of the century
When Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was a federal prosecutor in 2008 he gave sex predator Jeffrey Epstein a joke of a plea deal on sex crime charges. Epstein was given a 13-month prison sentence, bu...
09:55 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing The PAC for a private prison giant that builds ICE 'detention centers' gave money to these lawmakers
Peek inside this corporate report to see how private prison companies make money from migrants in ICE concentration camps....
09:55 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing PAC for private prison giant that builds ICE 'detention centers' gave money to these 50 lawmakers
Peek inside this corporate report to see how private prison companies make money from migrants in ICE concentration camps....
09:32 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Sexual assault claim emerges against Trump's nominee for Joint Chiefs vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten
General John Hyten is the Trump administration nominee for Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His background check already cleared, but today news of a credible allegation of sexual assault a...
09:11 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Elizabeth Warren wants to force companies to warn investors about their risks from climate change
Public companies are legally required to disclose their risks to investors, but it's a rare company that incorporates climate change into those mandatory disclosures; under a new presidential campaign...
09:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing AOC and Greta Thunberg talk tactics and hope
Congresswoman and force of nature Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and student activist and force of nature Greta "Extinction Rebellion" Thunberg conducted a videoconference to meet one another and talk tacti...
08:42 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Fur industry paid protesters to attend California and New York hearings on a fur ban
When California's legislature opened hearings on a proposed ban on fur sales, they met with stiff opposition: Andrew Aguero, who described himself as a Native American student said that it was "people...
08:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Footage from the Boing Boing Picnic, nine years ago today!
Billy Green writes, "This is video I shot at the Boing Boing Picnic in 2010. Music by Dr. Popular recorded live at the picnic." Such fantastic footage! Read the rest ...
08:13 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Subway tunnel heat-exchangers could heat and cool thousands of nearby apartments
In Numerical investigation of the convection heat transfer driven by airflows in underground tunnels (Sci-Hub mirror), a group of engineers from L'Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne and the Swiss ...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Robotic nursing aide wins over both skeptical nurses and their patients
Diligent Robotics's Moxi is a robot created by Andrea Thomaz (a former robotics professor at UT Austin and Georgia Tech's Socially Intelligent Machines Lab) and Vivian Chu (one of Thomaz's former grad...
07:42 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Chase customers have ONE MONTH left to opt out of binding arbitration
Ten years ago, Chase was forced to withdraw the binding arbitration clauses in its credit card agreements as part of a settlement in a class-action suit (the company was accused of conspiring with oth...
07:25 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing An academic pollster explains why she thinks any Democratic nominee will win the presidency in 2020
Rachel Bitecofer, a political scientist at Christopher Newport University's Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy has developed a US election prediction model that performed very well in the 2018 m...
07:15 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Easy subway access predicts the resilience of New Yorkers' friendships
In Social Connectedness in Urban Areas (Sci-Hub mirror), a group of business and public policy researchers from Facebook, NYU and Princeton study anonymized, fine-grained location data from Facebook u...
07:04 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Help climate scientists by transcribing weather data from old ships' logs
The Old Weather project is a crowdsourced effort to gather data on historic climate patterns by transcribing entries from old, logbooks, some typed and some handwritten. The project is jointly run by ...
06:50 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Sleeping fish may help us understand why we snooze
New research reveals that sleep patterns of zebrafish are similar to the slow-wave and REM sleep of humans and other mammals, birds, and lizards. Furthermore, the study suggests that these sleep signa...
06:14 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Great price on the 6-quart instant pot
Hardly a day goes by that I don't use my Instant Pot to make chili, curry, soup, or yogurt. I paid about $100, but right now this 6-quart model is just minus another $10 when you click the coupon butt...
05:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Woman says Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was 15
Jennifer Araoz says a recruiter brought her to Jeffrey Epstein when she was 14. She says she started giving him weekly massages, during which he masturbated and paid her $300 per session. When she tur...
05:40 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Hedge fund billionaire made a fake driveway in a Manhattan sidewalk as a way to get 24 hour free street parking
Noam Gottesman, a businessman worth $2.7 billion, added a curb cut to a public sidewalk in Manhattan's West Village and posted No Parking and Active Driveway warnings, even though there is no driveway...
05:11 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Hate speech on 4chan is up by 40% since 2015, analysis of one million comments finds
Analysis of more than 1 million comments from the site finds dramatic shift toward racist hate content...
04:58 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Voting machine companies: the names of our parent companies are trade secrets
When the North Carolina State Board of Elections asked the voting machine companies whose products were used in state elections who owned those companies, both Election Systems & Software and Har...
04:54 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Woman at DMV started shooting because line was too slow: Police
A woman at a Kansas City, MO Department of Motor Vehicles office said the presidents security was in danger, and pulled out a gun and started shooting because she felt the line was moving too slowly, ...
04:54 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Woman at DMV started shooting because line was too slow, police say
A woman at a Kansas City, MO Department of Motor Vehicles office said the presidents security was in danger, and pulled out a gun and started shooting because she felt the line was moving too slowly, ...
04:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Arbitrage nomads are stripping the carcasses of America's dying big-box stores and moving the choicest morsels into Amazon warehouses
Across America, semi-homeless "nomads" drive from big-box store to big-box store, hunting for items on clearance that Amazon customers are paying a premium for; when they find them, they snap them up ...
04:45 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: Magician performs close-up tricks at a maximum security prison
In the latest episode of Scam Nation, magician Nate Staniforth went to Anamosa State Penitentiary in Iowa to perform magic for the inmates.Image: YouTube Read the rest ...
04:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Video series: how to build an app (and why you probably shouldn't)
YouTuber Tom Scott created a 15-part series on how to create a smartphone app - not really the tech details, more like the foundations and basics you need to know. He spends a lot of time telling you ...
04:25 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing 'The kidney has a very special place in the heart' Trump, signing kidney health executive order
The kidney has a very special place in the heart, President Donald J. Trump said today, just before he signed an executive order on kidney health care.Here is the full quote:The kidney, very special, ...
04:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Cutbacks caused Brexit: austerity correlates with UKIP membership
Not much detail, as the paper that makes the claim is only available at present to American Economic Association members; but in Did Austerity Cause Brexit? University of Warwick economist Thiemo Fetz...
04:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Man survives being swept over Niagara Falls
Police say a Canadian man survived after he was swept over the largest of all the waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls.Authorities tweeted about a man in crisis near Horseshoe Falls, the largest of t...
04:10 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Exorcist training and conference next month in Chicago
Next month in Chicago, the Pope Leo XIII Institute will hold its annual exorcism conference for clergy. While not directly associated with or funded by the Catholic Church, the Institute was "establis...
03:25 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Bangkok's Death Awareness Cafe designed to provoke patrons to ponder their demise
Bangkok's Death Awareness Cafe takes its design cures from a mortuary, complete with funeral wreaths and caskets. Patrons sip cappuccinos, read death-related "inspirational" quotes on the walls, and t...
02:25 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing French politicians want to add an ag-gag rule to the country's sweeping online hate speech proposal
One of the arguments against hate-speech laws is that once the state starts dividing expression into "allowed" and "prohibited," the "prohibited" category tends to grow, in three ways: first, because ...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Frog and Toad "Fuck the Police" T-shirt
Frog and Toad are friends.But Toad had a run-in with the law."Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truthAnd nothin' but the truth?""I got somethin' to say," said Toad."FUCK THE POLICE."Frog and T...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Nintendo Switch Lite finally unveiled
Nintendo finally unveiled the long-rumored Nintendo Switch Lite. Besides the compact size, the biggest difference is a classic D-pad control. Due out in September, it will retail for $200. From The Ve...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Listen to the original "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" sung by Robert Hazard
In the 36 years since Cindy Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" was an MTV staple, I had never listened to Robert Hazard's original version from 1979 that was only recorded as a demo. It's a totall...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Chekhov's Gum, et al.
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Kafkaesque Nightmare, Good Cop / Better Cop / Best Cop, and more!...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Honest Trailers has the last few seasons of Game of Thrones it their crosshairs
The last few seasons of Game of Thrones weren't great... for Game of Thrones. I mean seriously, if we were talking about any other series on any other network it'd have looked pretty damn good, underw...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Honest Trailers x Game of Thrones
The last few seasons of Game of Thrones weren't great... for Game of Thrones. I mean seriously, if we were talking about any other series on any other network it'd have looked pretty damn good, underw...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing This levitating turntable plays your records in mid-air
If you listen to vinyl, it's a good bet that the sound is only part of the experience. There's something about the tactile sensation of putting the needle on the record, the ritual of hearing that sta...
03:42 am PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Rest in peace, Rip Torn
Acting legend Rip Torn always sounded like someone I'd want to hang out with.The Hollywood Reporter:Torn was an "actor's actor," but he had a reputation as a trouble-maker.Legend has it that he was al...
12:13 am PDT - Wed, July 10, 2019
BoingBoing Cool kid makes bow ties for shelter dogs and cats to help them get adopted
Darius Brown, an awesome kid from Newark, New Jersey, makes bow ties for shelter animals to help them get adopted (because they're more cute). The cause is righteous, and so is the creativity he puts ...
11:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein's curious connection
Sam Nunberg and Michael Cohen recalled David Pecker meeting with Trump in 2015 in Trump Tower, where they talked about what the Enquirer/Epstein may have had on Prince Andrew and President Clinton, wr...
11:40 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Judge rules that EFF's DRM lawsuit can proceed!
In 2016, EFF suedthe US Government on behalf of Andrew "bunnie" Huangand Matthew Green, both of whom wanted to engage in normal technologicalactivities (auditing digital security, editing videos, etc)...
11:25 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Trump Doral resort to host golf tourney run by strip club, dancers auctioned off as 'caddy girls'
How bad are things at Donald Trump's garbage Doral golf resort? On Saturday the resort is scheduled to host a golf tournament run by a Miami-based strip club. The club is auctioning off dancers as 'gi...
11:05 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Bear enjoys watching the sunrise from New Hampshire hotel
A bear was spotted outside the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire this week by hotel worker Sam Geesaman, who snapped a couple of breathtaking shots around 5 a.m. on June 29.From New Hampsh...
11:01 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing I finally found an anti-fog product for my swim goggles that actually works
I am an extremely dedicated swimmer, thanks to a chronic pain condition that is just barely held in check by an hour in the pool every day. I go through a couple pairs of goggles every year: generally...
10:49 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Only jerks are invited to Trump social media summit
Trump says Google wants to rig the 2020 election....
10:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Podcast: Steering with the Windshield Wipers
In my latest podcast (MP3), I read my May Locus column: Steering with the Windshield Wipers. It makes the argument that much of the dysfunction of tech regulation -- from botched anti-sex-trafficking ...
10:21 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google to testify at Capitol Hill antitrust hearing July 16
Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google (Alphabet) will testify next week before a House congressional committee at a hearing on the power held by online platforms, and whether government should be regula...
09:36 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Seth Rich conspiracy was a Russian military operation: Yahoo News
The Seth Rich conspiracy traces back to an SVR operation, reports Yahoo News today. Huge if true, and possibly the Russian military's biggest coup yet, not counting the one that landed Trump in the Wh...
09:35 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing This very cheap illuminated magnifier is just what you need to read the tiny print on electrical components
I've been using these illuminated magnifiers for years, mainly to read the tiny printing on capacitors and integrated circuits. They require 3 AAA batteries, which are not included. Shipping is free ...
09:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Cat revs self up to jump through hoop held high
Hold my ring.Yes. wait. yes. wait. no. yes. no. wait. yes. wait. NOW!From kaomaru42.[via IMGUR] Read the rest ...
09:03 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Watch Netflix at work by making it look like youre on a conference call
Netflix Hangouts lets you watch Netflix at the office without your boss knowing by playing it in a quadrant of a fake video conference call. Read the rest ...
06:57 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Electric Mini available next year
The Mini Cooper SE battery electric vehicle will go on sale in 2020, according to Ars Technica. The manufacturer specified range of 148-167 miles will more likely be 150 miles between charges, and it ...
06:18 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Pacman in 512 bytes
Pillman is Oscar "Nanochess" Toledo's reimplementation of Pacman ("a game about a yellow man eating pills") in 512 bytes -- small enough to fit in a boot sector -- written in 8088 assembler. (via Fou...
06:10 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing There's a particle accelerator in the Louvre's basement
Three basement levels of the Louvre are given over to the Centre de recherche et de restauration des muses de France (C2RMF), which provides research and restoration services to France's 1,200+ art mu...
05:43 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing The nine rules of "Freddish": the positive, inclusive empathic language of Mr Rogers
From an excerpt from last year's The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, the rules of "Freddish" -- as Mr Rogers' crewmembers jokingly referred to the rigorous rules that Rogers used to r...
05:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Enjoy this fantastically weak bike accident insurance scam
From Wuhu in China's Anhui province comes one of the best worst insurance scam attempts ever.(Newsflare) Read the rest ...
05:28 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing AI is like a magic trick: amazing until it goes wrong, then revealed as a cheap and brittle effect
I used to be on the program committee for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conferences; one year we decided to make the theme "magic" -- all the ways that new technologies were doing things that baffl...
05:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Jim Carrey in... The Shining
"All work and no play makes Jim a dull boy."Another top-shelf deepfake from Ctrl Shift Face. Read the rest ...
04:57 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is releasing a compilation of "secular gospel" from the 1970s, with liner notes by Jonathan Lethem
Since its inception in 1988, David Byrne's Luaka Bop label has been a sure-fire source of some of the best music I've ever heard, from its compilations of Brazilian and Cuban music to bands like Corne...
04:55 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: woman has taught herself to run and jump like a horse
Ayla Kirstine of Norway can run like a horse. The effect, especially at a distance, is uncanny.Norwegian woman Ayla Kirstine developed an unusual skill running and jumping like a horse because of her...
04:28 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: Trump supporters don't like being reminded of the president's friendship with child molestor Jeffrey Epstein
Trump and his fan base became upset when a man at a June 2018 rally held up a photo of a smiling Donald Trump with his old friend, sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Trump ordered the man to be removed, de...
02:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Failure to set a handbrake causes damage (and hilarity)
I have certainly made this mistake and had to rush bad to my starting to roll car. It has not gotten away from me, however. Read the rest ...
02:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Zoom has slow-walked a fix for a bug that allows randos to take over your Mac's camera
Zoom is an incredibly popular videoconferencing tool. In late March, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh notified the company that its Mac software contained a ghastly vulnerability that allowed at...
02:35 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing The resurgence of measles suggests our society is falling apart
Peter Beinart has written a piece for The Atlantic that uses the measles epidemic as a pretty good example of what is happening to our society as a whole.Our amnesia about vaccines is part of a broade...
02:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Watch these twins play wonderful "teleportation" pranks
Watch twins Niko and Marko Martinovic use their natural born prank powers for good. (LifeOfTwinz) Read the rest ...
02:14 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Hong Kong's beleaguered chief exec says the extradition bill is "dead" but won't make it official
When the Chinese politburo gave itself the right to veto nominees for Hong Kong elections in 2016, it ensured that any future legislature on the supposedly independent island would be a puppet regime,...
02:12 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing At least ten unexploded bombs are hidden in the ruins of Pompeii
At least ten unexploded bombs are hidden somewhere deep in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. They are leftovers from a 1943 allied air force raid that dropped 165 bombs in the area. A UN...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Big Lebowski spinoff raises questions
IGN tells us a movie about Jesus Quintana, The Jesus, is coming to the big screen.A spinoff of The Big Lebowski called Jesus Rolls and starring John Turturro himself has been confirmed for a 2020 rele...
01:55 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Incredible ultra-high resolution 3D brain scan from 100 hour MRI
More than 100 hours of MIR scanning has generated an image of a whole human brain with unprecedented level of detail. Massachusetts General Hospital researchers and their colleagues used a 7 Tesla MRI...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Learn photography, finance, and more from the masters like Tim Ferriss
So the kids are on summer vacation? That doesn't mean you can't do a little schooling yourself. These eLearning bundles from CreativeLive can teach you photography, finance, podcasting or other life s...
11:53 am PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing American Airlines forces black doctor to wear blanket to cover up her "inappropriate" dress
Dr. Latisha Rowe, a family-medicine specialist, was on the way to Miami with her 8-year-old son. She says that an American Airlines flight crew publicly humiliated her by demanding she wrap herself in...
11:45 am PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Pack of T-Rex race down the track instead of horses
This is quite a sight! At Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, a bunch of folks in inflatable T-Rex costumes struggled to make their way down the horse-racing track this past weekend. Triguard Pest Co...
11:40 am PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Florida school principal unsure if Holocaust happened, but certain to lose job
When asked how his school taught The Holocaust, Spanish River High School principal William Latson said that "I cant say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event" and that you have your thoughts,...
11:40 am PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Florida school principal unsure if Holocaust happened now certain to lose job
When asked how his school taught The Holocaust, Spanish River High School principal William Latson said that "I cant say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event" and that you have your thoughts,...
11:30 am PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Android apps are tracking your every move and there's currently no way to stop them
I occasionally need to use an Android device to get things done for my day job. I like the flexibility of the operating system: I can tweak to my hearts content. An Android phone often runs cheaper th...
11:28 am PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Cockatoo removes anti-bird spikes from building ledge
This bird is smarter than I am. The Independent:In a video posted on social media, titled Fuck the police, the sulphur-crested cockatoo is seen patiently ripping out sections of metal spikes and dropp...
11:20 am PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing For 90 years, fortune hunters have been seeking a legendary outcrop of gold in the Australian desert
In 1930 Harold Lasseter claimed he'd discovered an enormous deposit of gold in the remote interior of Australia, and a small group of men set off into the punishing desert in search of a fortune estim...
02:37 am PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing Zuck's personal head of security resigns after allegations of homophobia, transphobia, "pervasive discriminatory conduct," and "horrific levels of sexual harassment and battery"
Ex-Secret Service officer Liam Booth was the head of security for Mark Zuckerberg's "family office" and charitable foundation; two former employees accused Booth of homophobia, transphobia, "pervasive...
02:14 am PDT - Tue, July 9, 2019
BoingBoing EFF publishes an indispensable, plain-language guide to "cell-site simulators": the surveillance devices that track you via your phone
In 2012, the Wall Street Journal first reported on a mysterious cellphone surveillance tool being used by law-enforcement; years later, we learned that the origin of this report was an obsessive jailh...
10:11 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Juggalo face paint defeats some recognition systems
Insane Clown Posse fandom has some pretty jazzy membership benefits.Consequence of Sound:It turns out that Juggalos face makeup cannot be accurately read by many facial recognition technologies. Most ...
09:20 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing 'I made a Starbucks dress!'
Roxanne Lehmann defines herself as a DressmakerKnitterQuilterCrafterCosplayer on Instagram, where she posts images of her incredible sewing projects and whimsical DIY dresses.She made a Starbucks dres...
09:06 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Scandals hit US Agency for Global Media which runs VOA, Radio Mart, TV Mart
Newly unearthed scandals are placing a harsh spotlight on the United States Government agency behind Voice of America, Radio Mart, TV Mart, and other broadcast entities purportedly in the business of ...
08:43 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Even the fireworks were corrupt at Trump's July 4th 'Salute to America'
Even the fireworks were corrupt at Donald Trump's July 4th rain-dampened, taxpayer-funded, narcissistic dick-wag fascism fiesta.Bruce Zoldan is the CEO of an Ohio fireworks company, and is reported to...
08:07 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing The Serial Toilet Clogger of Sheboygan, WI is going to jail for 150 days
Sheboyagan's Patrick D. Beeman has been sentenced to 150 days in the Huber program -- which allows him to work days and return to his cell at night -- as well as $5,500 in restitution payments and 100...
07:57 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Woman banned from Walmart for eating half a cake and then trying to pay half-price for it
Police banned a woman from a Walmart in Wichita Falls, Texas after she allegedly ate half a cake while shopping and then, at check-out, insisted that she should only pay half-price for what was left. ...
07:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty to sex trafficking charges in Manhattan federal court
Hes a lot of fun to be with, Trump said of Epstein in 2002. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side....
07:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Motorcyclist shows off until the moment he'd prefer nobody was watching
As Bruce Lee once said, "Showing off is the fool's idea of glory." Read the rest ...
07:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Trump to hold 'social media summit,' Facebook and Twitter not invited
Facebook and Twitter are very much not invited to Trump's upcoming White House social media summit, CNN's Oliver Darcy reports.A spokesperson for the White House declined to comment.The people, who sp...
07:15 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Instagram's new solution against bullying: Artificial Intelligence, and 'Restrict'
Instagram launched a new feature today, Restrict, intended to help vulnerable users avoid abuse. Facebook's Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri says the company will also be focusing on new uses for AI to...
06:59 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Warren's fundraising surges
Continuing to climb in the polls, and our hearts, Elizabeth Warren delivers some impressive fundraising numbers.NPR:The momentum translated to fundraising. Warren took in $19.1 million in April, May a...
06:42 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing How much is Trump's taxpayer-paid golf bill? $108.1 million and counting
I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off. Candidate Donald Trump, 2016...
06:30 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Man bought Jaws of Life on eBay to, er, access ATMs
Police in Southington, Connecticut arrested Joshua Moore who is accused of robbing numerous ATMs of $200,000-$300,000 in cash. How would Moore have accessed the machines? He got the right tool for the...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Why this mysterious, bizarre bird is bright orange
Drivers on a highway in Buckinghamshire, UK spotted this very strange orange bird on the side of the road and called the nearby Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. Further investigation by veterinarians r...
05:20 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Great clippers for thick toenails
I hope your toenails aren't 15 millimeters thick, but if they are, these clippers will accommodate them. They have tons of leverage and reviewers on Amazon love them. The price is good, too: Read the...
05:16 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing High art subprime: borrowing on private art collections surges into billions
The international art market is a looter's go-to gambit for grifting their money out of their national borders and getting it into a no-man's land out of reach of every tax authority in the world, but...
05:16 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Stranger Things, the 1980s anime
Created by animation studio Humouring the Fates, this wonderful 19A0s anime re-imagination of Stranger Things. Read the rest ...
04:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Hong Kong protests continue to mount, and popular sentiment is with the protesters
In early June, protesters surged into Hong Kong's streets to protest a change to the country's extradition rules that would allow the Chinese state to demand the extradition of political dissidents to...
04:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Bluetooth cassette player
It being 2019, you may now buy a portable cassette player with Bluetooth functionality. Meet Its OK, a ~$65 gadget currently firing up Kickstarter.Chaim Gartenberg:the Its OK does the usual tape thing...
04:15 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing DIY treadmill for hamsters
The Q makes fun projects out of wood, and his latest is a treadmill for his hamsters. They like it! Read the rest ...
04:08 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Stranger Things' Winona Ryder & David Harbour answer the web's most searched questions
Stranger Things' Winona Ryder and David Harbour have fun answering Google autocomplete queries about them. Read the rest ...
03:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Check out this cool synthesizer based on the cellular automaton, Game of Life
I'm a fan of Love Hultn's electronic projects, which usually involve midcentury style industrial design and retro video games. In this video, he shows off his latest creation, the Evoboxx:Evoboxx is a...
03:53 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Puddles sings a song by his friend Quinn
Puddles may be the soundtrack to my soul.Evidently, this song was written for Puddles by Andrew Quinn, they may be working on more music together. I hope so! Read the rest ...
03:50 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Interview with the number one hostess in Toykyo
Kurumi (28) is the top money earner at a hostess bar in Tokyo's Roppongi district. She says she earns about $46,000 a month sitting with men who buy expensive drinks. She spends 40% of her salary buyi...
03:50 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Interview with the number one hostess in Tokyo
Kurumi (28) is the top money earner at a hostess bar in Tokyo's Roppongi district. She says she earns about $46,000 a month sitting with men who buy expensive drinks. She spends 40% of her salary buyi...
03:42 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Game key-selling platform assailed over stolen keys
G2A is a website where people can list and sell the codes that activate software, effectively functioning as an online pawn shop for video games. It was accused lately of allowing itself to act as a c...
03:41 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Finding the best finger ratchet
Finger ratchets are handy tools for low-torque nut and bolt work. In this Cool Tools video, Sean Ragan examines a number of offerings, and takes them apart to see what they're made of. Read the rest ...
03:26 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing I can quickly set up this easy-up canopy all by myself
This easy to set-up canopy is cheap AND actually easy to set up.I am spending most of my summer camping with my dogs. Shade became very important on day 2 when I realized that not having shade on day ...
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Live-action Mulan looks fantastic
This trailer nearly had me in tears. Read the rest ...
02:54 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Woz stopped at an airport and asked about privacy
Woz says toss your Facebooks and beware your phone.I have been a fan of Steve Wozniak ever since meeting him at an Apple Users Group meeting in my very early teens.A friend had (still likely HAS) a si...
02:34 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Giant crab summer quilt
Say goodbye to sweaty, kosher nights with this $40 Crab Summer Quilt made out of machine washable polyester fiber that is nevertheless billed as "moisture absorbing" and "breathable" -- and prohibited...
01:33 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing The dark truth about mechanical keyboards and gaming
Eurogamer's Will Judd flirts with heresy: "Are mechanical keyboards really good for gaming?" When it comes to PC gaming peripherals, stats and specs drive purchases. Gaming monitors became popular bec...
01:30 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing The Panama Canal: The world's most interesting ditch
For more than a century, the Panama Canal has helped move shit by ship around the world. It's acted as a pinch point in international diplomacy, made vast sums of money off of the vessels that pass th...
01:17 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Nightmare footage of cruise ship emerging from fog in Venice near-collission
The Costa Deliziosa is a 92,700 tonne cruise ship, and holidaymakers along Venice's Giardini della Bienna got an up-close look at all 294 meters of its length on a foggy, sodden weekend. Too close.New...
01:17 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Nightmare footage of cruise ship emerging from fog in Venice near-collision
The Costa Deliziosa is a 92,700 tonne cruise ship, and holidaymakers along Venice's Giardini della Bienna got an up-close look at all 294 meters of its length on a foggy, sodden weekend. Too close.New...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing PSA: Digital scammers will try to scam you
I got a fun reminder last night that there a lot of greasy people out there doing a whole lot of greasy shit unto others. Last night, I was taken on a walk down memory lane: I received an email with a...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Miniature bear trap for your finger
This miniature recreation of a cruel device designed to trap animals is just adorable!BrainfooTV:Despite its looks this miniature pocket bear trap is not dangerous. The teeth are unsharpened and the s...
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing The Simpsons intro as a Russian art film
Something uplifting to start the week with! BONUS: The Simpsons intro as a dimly-remembered VHS nightmare: Read the rest ...
12:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Wasps invade Alabama
In this photograph, shared by entomologist Charles Ray, is the fate of an alarmingly high number of Alabama gutters, overhangs, soffits and corbels: "super nests" housing as many as 15000 wasps.We wan...
12:35 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing Monday Music: Run Runaway, by Slade
A new week is upon us and, sadly, the earth did not pitch out of orbit into the sun before we all had to go back to work. A little bit of Slade can almost make that feel OK.Image via YouTube Read the ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 8, 2019
BoingBoing This digital camera takes retro-style pics without the retro film
Now that everybody's got an HD camera in their pocket, every image is perfect - and yet somehow, they seem more disposable than ever. Back in the pre-smartphone days, a lot of the joy of photography c...
04:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 7, 2019
BoingBoing Airport provides slide to help passengers make their flight on time
Running for your gate, carry-on in hand to make your flight on-time is the worst. Sliding to your flight's gate? That's the best.This four floor-high slide located in Singapore's Changi Airport is des...
03:02 pm PDT - Sun, July 7, 2019
BoingBoing Texas' new cannabis laws screw PTSD sufferers. Again.
Back in 2015, the great state of Texas passed The Compassionate Use Act, making the use of cannabis for medical purposes totally cool... in a small number of instances. Only those with epilepsy are al...
01:06 pm PDT - Sun, July 7, 2019
BoingBoing Mississippi makes it a jailable offense to call plant-based or cultured-meat patties "burgers"
FDA (totally not in thrall to Big Dairy): we're going to ban calling almond milk "milk"; Mississippi State legislature (totally not in thrall to Big Ag): hold my beer.Also prohibited: "veggie hot dog"...
01:06 pm PDT - Sun, July 7, 2019
BoingBoing Missouri makes it a jailable offense to call plant-based or cultured-meat patties "burgers"
FDA (totally not in thrall to Big Dairy): we're going to ban calling almond milk "milk"; Missouri State legislature (totally not in thrall to Big Ag): hold my beer.Also prohibited: "veggie hot dog"; "...
12:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 7, 2019
BoingBoing 10 knife sets that will make you a kitchen samurai
Want to be a real chef? Or maybe just look like one? Either way, you need a real set of knives. Here are ten sets of precision cutlery that don't just look sharp - they cut that way too. Best of all, ...
02:03 am PDT - Sun, July 7, 2019
BoingBoing Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested for trafficking dozens of young girls for sex
Days after an appeals court panel ordered the unsealing of thousands of pages of documents from one of the civil suits arising from billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's secret sweetheart plea bargain that al...
12:09 am PDT - Sun, July 7, 2019
BoingBoing Britain's US ambassador: Trump is "insecure, incompetent, inept"
A leaked cable from the British ambassador to the US, sent home to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has the ambassador calling Trump "insecure," "incompetent" and "inept." In the ambassador...
07:26 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing 31st dead grey whale spotted off west coast this year
News continues to worsen for marine mammals on the west coast. In addition to terrible domoic acid poisoning for seals and sea lions, whales are passing away at a record rate.HuffPo:Thirty-one dead gr...
07:02 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing After Istanbul voters rejected Turkish strongman Erdogan, he made them vote again -- and lost by the biggest landslide in 35 years
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (previously) was dealt a stinging rebuke in March, when voters in Istanbul overthrew his AK Party, which had run the city for 25 years; Erdogan had previously sa...
06:39 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing The reporter on the NYT's Bernie Sanders beat consistently fails to identify her sources as corporate lobbyists
Sydney Ember is a news reporter who covers Bernie Sanders for the New York Times; her coverage is consistently negative (part of the Times's overall pattern of negative reporting on Sanders, including...
06:30 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing Bow to this rock-skipping master
There are rock skippers and then there's this guy and all his zen-like moves. This is overall world stone-skimming champion Keisuke Hashimoto, an office worker from Saitama, Japan, who has been called...
06:22 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing When street parking was plentiful in Los Angeles
I no longer think this famously accurate characterization of 1990s LA holds up. Neighborhoods that once had endless street parking now force you to circle.Plus, no one wants the duck unless it comes f...
05:58 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing Crisis for Bolsonaro's justice minister Sergio Moro after leaks reveal that he targeted Lula for political prosecution
Sergio Moro was once the darling of the international press, lauded for his role as the judge in Brazil's Operation Carwash anti-corruption prosecutions, which saw public accusations against the count...
05:33 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing Crowdfunding season four of JourneyQuest: a CC-licensed fantasy-comedy show that treats its fans with respect
Ben writes, "First featured on Boing Boing in 2010, the fan-supported TV series JourneyQuest has continued for nine years(!) and is now Kickstarting a fourth season. It's an open world with a copyleft...
05:30 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing Akira to be re-released in high definition
I love comic books and graphic novels. I'm not ashamed to say that dig me some cartoons. Sadly, I've never been able to get into anime and manga. It's a shame: I know that there are a ton of series av...
05:19 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing National Parks Service publishes hi-rez scans of Heinrich Berann's iconic, panoramic paintings of America's parks
In the 1980s and 1990s, the National Parks Service commissioned Heinrich Berann to produce gorgeous, panoramic paintings of America's beautiful national parks as part of an advertising campaign; this ...
05:01 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing Autonomous vehicles fooled by drones that project too-quick-for-humans road-signs
In MobilBye: Attacking ADAS with Camera Spoofing, a group of Ben Gurion security researchers describe how they were able to defeat a Renault Captur's "Level 0" autopilot (Level 0 systems advise human ...
04:46 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing UK ISP Association, spies, censorship organsation jointly condemn Mozilla for supporting secure DNS because it breaks UK internet censorship rules
ISPs in the UK are required to censor a wide swathe of content: what began as a strictly limited, opt-in ban on depictions of the sexual abuse of children has been steadily expanded to a mandatory ban...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 6, 2019
BoingBoing 10 eLearning bundles on sale to upgrade your rsum
This Independence Day, how about getting a little more independence? We've got 10 e-learning bundles that can teach programming, management, data science - even guitar. And the best part is, they're a...
07:58 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Chuck Klosterman on space rock
In Technology Review, author and essayist Chuck Klosterman delivers a short introduction to the stars of space rock, from Pink Floyd (above) to Hawkwind to Spacemen 3:Space is a vacuum: the only song ...
07:21 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Video: Ding dong! Who's there? A snake ringing the doorbell.
A woman in Converse, Texas was awakened by her doorbell at 1am on Sunday. Video from the doorbell camera revealed the visitor to be a snake that had slithered up the door frame and pushed the button w...
07:09 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Rare image of US Air Force's secretive space plane in orbit
Astrophotographer Ralf Vandebergh captured an image of the US Air Force's X-37B space plane in orbit. The reusable, uncrewed space vehicle, designated OTV-5, is on a secret testing mission since its l...
07:03 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing USB rechargeable flying insect electrocuter
If you've ever used one of these electric flyswatters, you already know they work. Mine finally broke so I upgraded by getting this USB-charging zapper with an LED for swatting in the dark. Amazon has...
06:36 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Applying AI filters to an 1830 painting leads to pleasing results
Pyotr Basin (17931877) painted "The earthquake in Rocca di Papa, near Rome," in 1830. According to Bruce Sterling, these images are the result of a "couple of guys screwing around attacking a 19th cen...
06:34 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Whinefeld: the bizarre Seinfeld parody clip from the Stay Tooned! videogame (1996)
The clip above is from Stay Tooned!, a 1996 computer game developed by Funnybone Interactive. From Wikipedia:The player takes the place of an ordinary patron living in an apartment. The player starts ...
06:25 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Watch this dazzling fire at a fireworks store
A fire outside Davey Jones Fireworks and the House of Fireworks in Fort Mills, South Carolina resulted in a massive and unexpected fireworks show. From WCNC:According to Capt. Jeff Nash with Flint Hil...
05:48 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Penguins new ad campaign celebrates well-read books
This new ad campaign from Penguin appeals to those of us who think beat-up, torn, taped, scribbled-upon books are more appealing than pristine ones. I wondered if the books photographed here were foun...
05:40 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing This game simulates a frustrating online form
User Inyerface is a web-based game in which your challenge is to fill out a poorly designed online form. It's loaded with frustrating examples of hostile user interfaces that we've all encountered at ...
05:04 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Computerphile explains the fascinating AI storyteller, GPT-2
GPT-2 is a language model that was trained on 40GB of text scraped from websites that Reddit linked to and that had a Karma score of at least two. As the developers at OpenAI describe it, GPT-2 is "a ...
04:12 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Bowling meets the future
bruh... pic.twitter.com/j26E2GlcR6— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) July 5, 2019 "Donny was a good bowler, and a good man. He was one of us. He was a man who loved the outdoors...and bowling. And as a...
04:07 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Sneeze during scan results in X-ray image of monster head
In the annals of hard-to-replicate works of brilliant, unsettling art, this must surely rank highly: an image created by a human subject sneezing during an X-ray scan. [via Reddit] Read the rest ...
04:03 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing New Elfquest series
Elfquest, my favorite series of fantasy comics books and graphic novels, is returning for a run featuring popular character Skywise. Elfquest: Stargazer's Hunt is out November: notify your comics reta...
03:49 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing PC BIOS simulator
Now you too can experience the joy and wonder of changing the BIOS configuration of a Lenovo-brand personal computer with the Lenovo BIOS Simulator Center. [via Hacker News] Read the rest ...
03:25 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Mutant fly strains invented by a neural net
Janelle Shane, harbinger of the generative apocalypse, presents mutant fruit flies invented by a neural network: "Nothing to worry about."I knew that fruit flies are a mainstay of research labs, but I...
03:17 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Consultant helps game developers not do stupid things such as decorate lava levels with Stars of David
Geographer Kate Edwards helps game developers avoid offensive and malignant stereotypes and tropes in their work. There are more than enough mistakes and blunders to keep her in business.A common and ...
02:45 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Turtles eating watermelons
"This turtle's obsessed with watermelon." Read the rest ...
02:16 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Self-driving car jargon
Bruce Sterling republishes the acronyms in a recent Daimler white-paper on self-driving cars:Advanced Driver Assistance SystemAutomated Driving SystemAutomotive Safety Integrity LevelAutomotive Inform...
02:07 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Tim Wu rebuts Zuck's reasons for exempting Facebook from antitrust enforcement
Competition scholar and cyberlawyer Tim "Net Neutrality" Wu's (previously) latest book is The Curse of Bigness: a tight, beautifully argued case for restoring pre-Reagan antitrust approaches.Wu isn't ...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Stars who wear clothes more than once, rats in Buckingham Palace, and why sharks attack, in this weeks shocking tabloids
Its the start of July, but it already feels like August in the tabloids, which this week reek of nothing-happening-desperation....
01:59 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing At military parade, Trump celebrates rebels' occupation of airports during American Revolution
Here's Trump at his rained-out, sparsely-attended, $92m military parade:During his hour-long speech at the grounds of Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Trump stayed largely off politics. Trump prai...
01:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing Sticker portrait of Alfred E. Neuman (RIP, MAD)
Noah Scalin (previously) writes, "I'm so devastated to learn about Mad magazine's imminent demise. I just recently finished my own portrait of Alfred E. Neuman, made from stickers, inspired by the reb...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 5, 2019
BoingBoing This innovative air fryer is now on sale for over 60% off
If you're eating healthy, there are more options than ever at restaurants and at home. But we'll bet the one thing you're really missing is the taste of deep-fried food on the regular. If so, we've go...
09:13 pm PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Photos from MAKE's 2008 visit to MAD Magazine
Phil Torrone from Adafruit writes, "A million internet years ago in 2008 when I was Senior Editor at MAKE Magazine, Ladyada and I went to DC Comics to meet the MAD Magazine folks for a collaboration i...
03:25 pm PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Frederick Douglass: What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
1852: "This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the Fourth of July. It is the birthday of your National Independence, and of your political freedom. This, to you, is what the Passover was to the ...
02:48 pm PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Celebrate July 4 with this classic fireworks stop motion animation!
"Fireworks," a classic by PES. Happy Independence Day! Read the rest ...
02:37 pm PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a ...
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Appeals court orders unsealing of the Jeffrey Epstein files
More than a decade ago, a federal prosecutor named Alexander Acosta set up a secret sweetheart deal for Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy, Trump-connected admitted multiple rapist of underaged teen girls who...
12:13 pm PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Trump writes that "Aircraft One" may do a "low & loud sprint" over his military parade
The President's ride is called Air Force One. What, then, is "Aircraft One?" Trump:People are coming from far and wide to join us today and tonight for what is turning out to be one of the biggest cel...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Take an extra 15% off this tech and household gear for the Fourth of July
The Fourth of July is nigh, and what better way to celebrate than with a little dose of capitalism? Here's a roundup of 10 of our favorite household gadgets and tech toys, all of which are already sal...
11:54 am PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Tech analyst claims Apple is giving up on butterfly keyboards
Tim Cook waved goodbye as Jony Ive pulled out of the car lot for the last time. Without dropping the smile, Cook tilted his head at Jeff Williams. "Finally," he whispered though his teeth. "We can fix...
11:45 am PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Make funny faces with these Baby Face and Hairless Hugo magnetic drawing toys
Fashioned after the magnetic drawing boards of yore, "Baby Face" and "Hairless Hugo" take the genre into a whole new, and really amusing, direction. Like "Wooly Willy," you use a magnetic wand to turn...
11:37 am PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing MAD Magazine mostly shutting down after 67 years
Jedadiah Leland:I just heard from a friend of mine who is in a Facebook group with a MAD writer that, after the next two issues, MAD will no longer be publishing original material. Instead, itll publ...
11:30 am PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing 45,000 barrels of Kentucky bourbon went up in flames
If you're a fan of Kentucky bourbon, get ready to cry: According to a number of reports, 45,000 barrels of Jim Beam just went up in flames.From The New York Times:The fire started around 11 p.m. in Wo...
11:16 am PDT - Thu, July 4, 2019
BoingBoing Amazon's being greasy about Alexa user data. Again.
Remember when Amazon introduced the ability for folks easily delete their conversations with any of the Alexa wiretap they'd foolishly allowed into their homes? Boom! Gone! No more voice history! Ever...
10:11 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Youtube's ban on "hacking techniques" threatens to shut down all of infosec Youtube
Once upon a time, companies were able to insist -- with a straight face -- that the real problem with the security defects in their products was the researchers who went public with them, warning cust...
09:58 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing User Inyerface: collecting every "dark pattern" of web design in one place
Bagaar's User Inyerface is a frustratingly hilarious set of web dark-patterns that you have to navigate your way through, as a kind of remarkably enraging game. I got stuck on the captchas, whose wind...
06:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Celebrate Independence Day with Cordell Jackson, the "Rock n Roll Granny" a psychobilly pioneer who played until she was 81
Cordell Jackson started out playing on her father's radio show in the mid-1930s at the age of 12; she was a talented musician who'd already mastered the guitar, piano, and upright bass; she continued ...
06:33 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Insiders claim that Google's internet-fixing Jigsaw is a toxic vanity project for its founder, where women keep a secret post-crying touchup kit in the bathroom
In 2016, Google announced that it was renaming its small Google Ideas unit to "Jigsaw," giving the new unit a much broader, "wildly ambitious" mandate: to tackle "surveillance, extremist indoctrinatio...
06:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Good price on a SanDisk 128GB Flash Drive
If you need to sneakernet a large amount of data, or store it away, this SanDisk 128GB Flash Drive is on sale at Amazon for Read the rest ...
06:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Watch this glamorous group of pickpockets caught on camera
Even though these Thai tourists in London's Cambridge Circus were recording themselves on video, a glamorous group of pickpockets went for it anyway. Read the rest ...
06:27 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Sure, it's Banana Hand Milk but is it MAGIC?
I think this is Banana inspired hand milk? TONYMOLY bills it as 'Magic.'The ingredients discussed in the marketing include "Sheaf butter" but do not appear to include Banana.Hand milk.TONYMOLY Magic F...
05:58 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Photos of dangerous overcrowding at US border patrol detention centers
On Tuesday the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General released a report on overcrowding at US detention centers. Buzzfeed ran photos from the report.Inspectors detailed how, whe...
05:46 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing After Propublica expose, the "nonprofit," "Christian" Memphis University Hospital suspends practice of suing the shit out of poor people
Memphis University Hospital is a tax-exempt nonprofit whose CEO, Dr. Michael Ugwueke, took home $1.6m last year; the hospital itself makes an operating surplus of $80m/year -- and it also sues the shi...
05:21 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Suspicious material in letters to Straight Pride Parade organizers turned out to be... glitter!
Organizers of the planned "Straight Pride Parade" in Boston next month called police after receiving suspicious envelopes containing a powdery substance. A hazmat team investigated and the mystery mat...
05:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing The widening health gap between America's rich and poor is the result of worse health for the poor, not better health for the rich
Apologists for wealth inequality often argue that inequality is a poor measure of whether a society is just or not: in the gospel of the right, society naturally forms hierarchies with the "best peopl...
05:13 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Experiment to determine the best drain unclogger
Project Farm is one of my favorite YouTube channels because the guy who makes them conducts useful tests to determine whether or not common tools and materials are all they're cracked up to be. In thi...
04:55 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Video: review of a cool embroidery machine for making patches
The Brother Sewing Machine SE600 is an entry level embroidery machine that makes nice patches. In this Cool Tools video, illustrator Josh Ellingson talks about the machine and how he uses it.Image: Jo...
04:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Judge admonishes teenage girl for pressing rape charges against a "young man who comes from a good family"
New York judge James Troiano is unhappy with a 16-year-old girl's family for pressing rape charges against a 16-year-old boy who filmed himself assaulting the girl when she was drunk and sent the vide...
04:14 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Little known feature on French's Mustard lid
Good things to know:There's a little arrow on a car's fuel gauge that points to which side the car's fuel filler is on.Snap-blade knives have a removable piece with a groove you can use to snap off ol...
02:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing World Science Fiction Storybundle: $15 for 10 DRM-free books from around the world, benefiting English PEN
Lavie Tidhar (previously) writes in about the new World SF bundle from Storybundle, launched today: it's 10 books, from authors Nalo Hopkinson, Lauren Beukes, Saad Z. Hossain, Deji Bryce Olukotun,Jean...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Frontier: if you don't buy your router, we'll charge you a rental fee; if you DO buy your router, we'll charge you a "support" fee
Frontier bought out Verizon's FIOS business in Texas, California, and Florida; some of Verizon's (former) customers had shelled out $200 to buy their routers rather than endure the indignity of being ...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Canadians pass on fireworks, go for kindness to animals instead
Instead of shocking animals, and people, with the loud booms of fireworks the city of Banff took a kinder and gentler path.The Globe and Mail:Canada Day fireworks in Banff this weekend went off withou...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Watch the 1983 breakdancing documentary that inspired the movie Breakin'
Directed by Topper Carew, "Breakin 'n' Enterin'" (1983) documented the Los Angeles B-boy scene emerging at Venice Beach and MacArthur Park's Radio-Tron nightclub. Keep your eyes peeled for a young Ice...
01:53 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing HOW TO: Feed your dog like a boss
Doctor Emmett Lathrop Brown was one hell of a blacksmith, tho he reminds me of Klingon Commander Kruge. Read the rest ...
01:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing If 1989's Batman were made in 1949
From Journey's End: "A celebration of Batman 89 turning 30! Music from "The Big Sleep" (Max Steiner) and "Double Indemnity" (Mikls Rzsa)"*nasal midatlantic actor's voice*"I'm Batman, see?"Check out t...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Make: a machine-learning toy on open-source hardware
In the latest Adafruit video (previously) the proprietors, Limore "ladyada" Friend and Phil Torrone, explain the basics of machine learning, with particular emphasis on the difference between computin...
01:26 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Police: No, a corpse doesn't count toward the HOV lane passenger minimum
On Monday, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka pulled over a minivan in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane because nobody else was visible inside except for the driver. Turns out, the driver...
01:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing The rent's less damned high: rents falling in most of America's most expensive cities
In all but a few of the most expensive cities in the USA, median rents on one- and two-bedroom apartments have fallen, sometimes quite sharply (for example, in NYC median asking rents on a one bedroom...
01:15 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Europe just suffered through the hottest June in recorded history
Here in Alberta, Canada, it's been a frigging miserable summer so far: cold, full of rain and precious little sun. For weeks, I've been mumbling under my breath, in tooth-grinding resentment, that I s...
01:08 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Island from Fyre Festival promo video is now for sale
Saddleback Cay, the private island seen in the Fyre Festival promotional videos, is for sale. Only accessible by boat, the 35-acre Bahamian island features seven beaches, a main house, and multiple co...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing "Verasphere: A Love Story in Costume" is a vibrant, psychedelic must-see doc
You don't want to miss the technicolor "rainbow of love" that is Verasphere: A Love Story In Costume. This new KQED Truly CA short documentary film made me smile, laugh, tear up, and want to pull out ...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing The Smythe family of Chagrin Falls, USA, in the year 2029
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Smythe family of Chagrin Falls, USA, deals with regular weather, definitely not Climate Change, in the year 2029...
12:25 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Diablo reverse-engineered in four months, without source code
It's hard to believe that the source code of successful games is lost, but often proven true when it comes time to re-release or "remaster" classics. A recent example is Final Fantasy VIII, vanished b...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing In 1914, 132 Newfoundland sealers were trapped on the ice during a blizzard
In 1914, 132 sealers found themselves stranded on a North Atlantic icefield as a bitter blizzard approached. Thinly dressed and with little food, they faced a harrowing night on the ice. In this week'...
12:16 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Arts & Crafts: build your next home out of shipping containers
Finding a place home depends on what you can afford, deciding upon what you can live with and coming to understand what you can't live without. Many of us will never have the opportunity to build our ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Get July 4th savings on organizers for keys, bags, and more
The guys at KeySmart hit it big on Kickstarter in 2013 with their streamlined alternative to keychains, and they haven't stopped innovating since. For Independence Day, they're celebrating that good o...
09:08 am PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Lettuce tell you this smart tip for a better burger
A simple but effective tip for a better burger, from Boing Boing buddy Gareth Brawnyn's excellent "Tips, Tools, and Shop Tales" e-newsletter:Heres a life-thing that you need to know about, especially ...
07:08 am PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Star Trek's Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols checks out the Space Shuttle Enterprise (1977)
After Star Trek was cancelled, Nichelle Nichols, aka Lieutenant Uhura, volunteered her time to help NASA recruit women and minorities to join the space agency. The 1977 reel above is from that era. In...
03:29 am PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Bio-modem: a fan-art tribute to Simon Stlenhag's Things From the Flood
Leo Corvaisier, an art student in Paris, created this 3D rendered "bio-modem" based on an illustration from Things From the Flood, an alternative future-history of Sweden published in 2016 by Simon St...
02:23 am PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Let's Play Permadeath Speedrun
Pippin Barr writes, "This is Season 2 of my video series Let's Play Permadeath Speedrun. In these videos I play various games trying to die (permadeath) as quickly as possible (speedrun). Beyond their...
12:46 am PDT - Wed, July 3, 2019
BoingBoing Chinese authorities are secretly installing their anti-Uyghur surveillance app on the phones of tourists to Xinjiang province
Back in 2017, Chinese authorities in Xinjiang began stopping members of the Uyghur ethnic minority and forcing them to install spyware on their phones: it marked an intensification of the country's cr...
11:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Trump defeated: 2020 Census will not contain citizenship question
Following the Supreme Court's determination that there was no good reason to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the Trump administration has abandoned its pursuit of the project.The census...
10:47 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Inexpensive broadbeam LED headlamp
I have a few different LED headlamps, but this one is by far my favorite. It features a band of LEDs that throw light in a wide area in front of you. It lights up the entire area around you, as oppose...
09:10 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Bill Murray deepfaked into Kubrik's Full Metal Jacket
Bill Murray is deepfaked into playing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket.Here's the original, with R. Lee Ermey:Image: YouTube Read the rest ...
08:59 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman in U-Truck creates havoc in underground parking garage
A fellow thought it would be a splendid idea to drive a tall U-Haul truck through a low-clearance parking garage. Unfortunately for him, his antics were captured on a dashcam.Bought this dash cam two ...
07:49 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing "Just don't have a face": what it's like to opt-out of US airports' "optional" face recognition
Privacy advocate Allie Funk was surprised to learn that her Delta flight out of Detroit airport would use facial recognition scans for boarding; Funk knew that these systems were supposed to be "opt i...
07:34 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Using machine learning to pull Krazy Kat comics out of giant public domain newspaper archives
Jol Franusic became obsessed with Krazy Kat, but was frustrated by the limited availability and high cost of the books anthologizing the strip (some of which were going for $600 or more on Amazon); so...
06:36 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing What is the best way to peel garlic? This guy tries and ranks five different ways to do it
It turns out piercing cloves of garlic with a paring knife is the worst of five different ways explored here to peel garlic, at least according to Adam Ragusea. Number four is microwaving the garlic f...
06:19 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Elephant sees woman taking photo, hits her with its trunk
A camera shy elephant in Zambia flicked its trunk at a woman taking its photo, knocking the phone from her hands. It then grabbed the phone. The video ends before we find out what happened next.When i...
05:01 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Mysterious New Orleans "anti-crime" camera emblazoned with NOPD logos outside surveillance contractor's house is disavowed by NOPD
New Orleans is festooned with police cameras, the legacy of a secret partnership with the surveillance contractor Palantir, which used New Orleans as a covert laboratory for predictive policing produc...
04:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Hailstorm carpets parts of Guadalajara in a 1.5m layer of ice
Yesterday, Guadalajara's 30'C heatwave broke suddenly when, at 1:50AM, the nighttime temperature suddenly plunged from 22C to 14C, causing small, sub-1cm hailstones to form and fall in great profusion...
04:17 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Podcast: Fake News is an Oracle
In my latest podcast, I read my new Locus column: Fake News is an Oracle. For many years, I've been arguing that while science fiction can't predict the future, it can reveal important truths about th...
03:58 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Republican Roy Moore launches 2020 Alabama Senate campaign
Roy Moore, the former Alabama judge and failed Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is running again. Reuters:Alabama's Roy Moore launches 2020 Senate bid despite Republican Party opposition ...
03:11 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing How to fight a slow moving lizard
Kirk looks like he enjoys this far too much. Read the rest ...
03:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Adidas posts "Gas All Jews" tweet after turning account over to hashtag-parroting ad bot
The UK arm of international sports brand Adidas turned its twitter account over to an autoresponder that generated soccer kit images based on anything twittered at it, inviting senders "to the squad"....
03:01 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Mother forced to pay United extra $150 to lose her son
United Airlines reportedly ignored internal policies and allowed an unaccompanied minor to travel internationally alone. After charging the mother an unforeseen $150, to ensure the child arrived safel...
02:49 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Bungie cords! Bungie cords! Bungie cords!
Everything in my life seems to be held together by bungie cords.This 24-pack of bungies is currently keeping most of my possessions from sliding around, or off, my VW Vanagon camper. I'm living in the...
02:11 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Why is the American Medical Association finally weighing to oppose anti-abortion bills
In the late 1800s, the American Medical Association invented the anti-abortion movement, but over time, its ceased to advocate on either side of the debate -- until a bizarre 1997 statement supporting...
02:10 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing NASA successfully tests crew ejection system for use in aborted launches
From Kennedy Space Center:A fully functional Launch Abort System (LAS) with a test version of the Orion spacecraft attached, launches on NASAs Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) atop a Northrop Grumman provided bo...
01:57 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing 8-ft wasp nest found in barn
Phillips Pest Control out of Alabama reports that this is the largest yellowjacket nest they've ever had to deal with. I treat the nest with Permethrin. You will see the incredible size of the nest an...
01:40 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing How Boris Johnson's "model bus hobby" non sequitur manipulated the public discourse and his search results
Boris Johnson is a racist, sexist, homophobic lying buffoon who has been repeatedly caught out using lies to sway public opinion, and that's why he's likely to lead the UK Conservative party and becom...
01:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman angry in court
Alan McCarty Jr. was charged with threatening a judge. After his court hearing in August, 2018, he was described as "extremely belligerent" by the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Shut the fuck up, bitch, ...
12:44 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Nintendo voice actor preparing for a session
You can see the punchline coming a mile off, but it's a good one. Read the rest ...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing The decapitated swan pool float is a summer must-have for total weirdos
Just when you thought pool floats couldn't get any stranger, a beheaded swan floatie has surfaced for your summertime-buying pleasure. It comes after last summer's bizarro pink coffin float and what i...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing The rotating head on this screwdriver lets you work anywhere
As long as there are cabinets to be fixed or cheap dressers to assemble, you're going to encounter screws in tight corners where a screwdriver just won't fit. It's enough to make you give up on any pr...
11:25 am PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing Steakhouse chain puts a meat and booze ice cream flavor on its menu
Because they can, that's why (and because it's National Ice Cream Month, and because, marketing.)For a limited time, LongHorn Steakhouse is serving steak and bourbon-flavored ice cream -- complete wit...
06:47 am PDT - Tue, July 2, 2019
BoingBoing The Sony Walkman is 40 years old
It was 40 years ago today.On July 1 of 1979, Sony first began to sell the TPS-L2, first known as the Soundabout and soon rechristened the Walkman. This original Walkman wasnt the first portable tape p...
07:29 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Possible detection of Sarin reported at Facebook facility in Menlo Park, 'no employees exposed,' may be false positive
No employees have been exposed to the substance, officials said....
07:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Trump poll numbers went up each time Russian Internet Research Agency Twitter accounts became active: Study
Yes, Russian internet propaganda and military disinformation attacks may really have elected Trump....
06:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Here's the official Trump-Kim photo on North Korea Line of Demarcation
Well, there it is.This photograph from Official White House Photographer Shealah Craighead captures the precise moment and position of the border handshake yesterday between U.S. President Donald Trum...
06:29 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Police say Texas woman ate half a cake while roaming Walmart, then refused to pay
She was living her best life....
06:17 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Probe of personal e-mail use by Trump White House officials to be expanded
House Oversight Committee chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD 7th District) today expanded his investigation into use of personal e-mail by officials in the Trump White House.Cummings says in his July 1 lette...
05:56 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Good deal on 5-pack of MFi certified Lightning cables for iPhone
We run out of Lightning cables around here a lot. I think my kids' friends borrow them and forget to return them. Here's a 5-pack for just on Amazon. Read the rest ...
05:54 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Plans for Trump's July 4 'Military Tanks on The Mall' parade remain secret
Washington, DC will be the site of a grandiose self-homage that may cost well into the millions...
05:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Macron, May, and Trudeau snub Ivanka
The body language of these world leaders seems to suggest they don't think as much of Ivanka Trump as she thinks of herself.Ivanka Trump appears to be trying to get involved in a talk among Macron, Ma...
05:22 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Here's the video for crash 147 at the 11foot8 bridge
I've written about the 11foot8 bridge (aka the Can-Opener) quite a few times here on Boing Boing. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it's a 79-year-old railroad bridge that has a lower clearance than ...
05:13 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing This device does just one thing - it plays Keanu gifs
John Park says: "I made this Keanu GIF player using an Adafruit PyGamer and SD card. It autoplays each GIF for 10 seconds before moving on to the next one. You can also use the L/R thumbstick controls...
05:03 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Pianist plays "Happy Birthday" in 16 levels of increasing complexity
Nahre Sol plays "Happy Birthday" 16 times on the piano. The first time she plays with one finger, and gets fancier each time she replays it.Image: YouTube Read the rest ...
04:54 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Explainer video - The Nature of Machine Learning
Brit Cruise is the writer and producer of a YouTube series called Art of the Problem. Someone recently recommended it on Cool Tools, and for good reason. The show description: "Each episode presents a...
04:54 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing "Fake News is an Oracle": how the falsehoods we believe reveal the truth about our fears and aspirations
For many years, I've been arguing that while science fiction can't predict the future, it can reveal important truths about the present: the stories writers tell reveal their hopes and fears about tec...
04:33 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing "I'm 10-15": the secret CBP Facebook group full of racism, sexism, and jokes about migrant deaths
10-15 is Customs and Border Protection's code for "aliens in custody"; "I'm 10-15" is a secret Facebook group for current and former CBP officers whose participants create and share a torrent of racis...
04:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing American Medical Association off the sidelines in abortion debate
The American Medical Association has abandoned a neutral stance regarding abortion and has entered the fray. New state laws forcing doctors to lie to patients are seen as incompatible with their oath....
02:20 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Why can't we see big companies' tax returns?
As Russell Brandom writes, "before 1976, corporate tax returns were broadly considered part of the public record" and there's been bipartisan support since for mandating that big companies show us how...
02:06 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Solidarity at the NJ ICE protest
When dozens of Jewish activists were preparing to be arrested for blocking the ICE facility in Elizabeth, NJ, they heard singing and shofars as dozens and dozens more arrived to join the [email protected]
01:56 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Nominate someone for Sense About Science's "John Maddox Prize"
The John Maddox Prize previously is awarded annually by the UK organisation Sense About Science (previously) for "individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, fac...
01:44 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing ...and a dreadful flying glove!
In my boy scout troop, all the patrols had names stylized around military unit names. Rangers, Zuaves, etc.When I became a patrol leader I named my gaggle of scouts "The Blue Meanies."Only I was amuse...
01:35 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing UK comedy legend Blackadder to return for long-awaited fifth season
Blackadder is the ultimate UK black comedy: a killer team of comic actors, well-couched in historical and contemporary culture, accessible to children and adults in different ways, intellectually shar...
01:15 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing A Russian spy's story of fear, blackmail and betrayal
Deniss Metsavas was a well-known military officer who frequently appeared on TV on behalf of his country's armed forces. He was also, thanks to a event of passion, blackmail and a constant fear of inc...
01:07 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Find places to top off your water bottle with the Tap App
Bottled water is bullshit. Its production and transport to market are sucking the marrow out of our planet and the majority of the disposable bottles that it comes in wind up in landfills instead of r...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing WATCH: Connecticut State Troopers accidentally recorded themselves discussing plans to falsify a police report, and they got away with it
In this footage, Connecticut State Trooper First Class John Barone, Sgt. John Jacobi and Master Sgt. Patrick Torneo are recorded discussing how to justify ticketing Michael Picard, an activist who fil...
12:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Man performs drums unusually well with a keyboard
It helps that he's using a high-end hammer action keyboard, but Yohan's Kim's incredible skill cannot be denied. Perhaps Creative Labs needs a new spokesman:BONUS REMIX: Read the rest ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Photography is fun again with these themed Polaroid bundles
Remember Polaroids? The tactile joy of waving around one of those little plastic pictures, the anticipation of waiting for it to develop: These have been pleasures that some of us thought we'd only be...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing This pop art chair is a bunch of coat hangers on a frame
It's pop art! It's furniture! It's a stack of plastic coat hangers! Yep, the frame of this chair stacks plastic coat hangers. And not just stack them, Designer Joey Zeldon's Coat Check Chair isn't a c...
11:52 am PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing Mike Tyson as every character in Family Matters
An entire genre of Saturday Night Live-style skit humor--what if celebrity x were absurdly cast in absurd role y?--is made obsolete by deepfakery. Read the rest ...
11:47 am PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing This machine learning-assisted cat door keeps kitty from bringing furry surprises home
Using an Arduino, a bunch of code and a little machine learning, Benn Hamm created a cat door to keep his cat from bringing dead--and sometimes live--rats and birds into his home in the middle of the ...
11:46 am PDT - Mon, July 1, 2019
BoingBoing The Brain Coat is not a tinfoil hat
Behold the Brain Coat, which is not a tinfoil hat but rather a silver-coated nylon skull cap with ear flaps. It's lightweight, breathable, and claims to be effective at shielding the brain from radio ...
04:17 pm PDT - Sun, June 30, 2019
BoingBoing Juicy Ghost: Rudy Rucker's tale of an American coup
"Juicy Ghost" is a new tale from Rudy Rucker (previously), an explicitly politican sf story told from the point of view of a suicide-assassin who is getting ready to take out an illegitimate president...
04:08 pm PDT - Sun, June 30, 2019
BoingBoing Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Locus Awards!
Locus Magazine announced the winners of its annual reader-voted awards last night, with top honors for Mary Robinette Kowal, who won Best SF Novel for The Calculating Stars (which also won a Nebula Aw...
03:46 pm PDT - Sun, June 30, 2019
BoingBoing Police cameras to be augmented with junk-science "microexpression" AI lie-detectors
The idea that you can detect lies by analyzing "microexpressions" has absorbed billions in spending by police forces and security services, despite the fact that it's junk science that performs worse ...
03:31 pm PDT - Sun, June 30, 2019
BoingBoing Billionaire newspaper monopolist family cancels editorial cartoonist after anti-Trump drawing
Canada's Irving family is one of the richest in the world, owning more land than anyone except the British royals and the Catholic church; they also own virtually all the media in New Brunswick, as we...
03:06 pm PDT - Sun, June 30, 2019
BoingBoing Rob Israel's "They Live" meets "Distracted Boyfriend"
What could be more zeigeisty and revealing of our present moment than John Carpenter's 1988 sci-fi/horror flick They Live? How about Rob Israel's They Live, We Look Back illustration, a mashup with Di...
02:56 pm PDT - Sun, June 30, 2019
BoingBoing Debunking Microsoft's anti-Right-to-Repair FUD
Microsoft is no stranger to the use of "Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt" in the pursuit of monopolistic goals; the company perfected the tactic in the early 1990s as a way of scaring enterprise customers ...
02:39 pm PDT - Sun, June 30, 2019
BoingBoing Coffee cups made from coffee grounds
Back in 2011, I bought a new countertop made from "Curface," a composite material made from a mix of melted down used coffee cups and coffee grounds; we still have it and it's wearing beautifully -- y...
12:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 30, 2019
BoingBoing Name your price for these 10 essential tech training bundles
Many tech entrepreneurs are self-starters. The secret is in knowing where and when to start. And if your career plan involves programming or IT skills, the answer might just be "right here, right now"...