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08:22 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Ivanka Trump to provide excuse to boycott CES
Looking for a reason to finally power down that annual orgy of future high-tech landfill poisons? Here ya go.From Variety:Its official: Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trumps daughter and adviser, will...
07:26 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Syd Mead, 1933-2019
The futurist and artist Syd Mead has died, according to the Associated Press.His work powered the visionary qualities of movies such as Blade Runner, Tron, Star Trek The Motion Picture, Aliens and Ely...
07:26 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Legendary sci-fi artist Syd Mead reported dead at 86
The futurist and artist Syd Mead died today, according to auto industry veteran John McElroy and other associates of his, but there's no confirmation from official sources even as the legendary design...
07:26 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Legendary sci-fi artist Syd Mead dead at 86
The futurist and artist Syd Mead died today, according to his partner and business manager Roger Servick. The news was first broken by according to auto industry veteran John McElroy and other associa...
06:51 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing In this tic-tac-toe variant played with all X's, the loser is actually the winner
In Misre Tic-tac-toe, getting three-in-a-row means you lose. I can't wait to unleash this game on my kids at our next dinner out.Here is a wonderfully-named app version: Notakto Here is a scientific p...
06:09 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Massive sea lions commandeer small boat
Two big sea lions kicked back aboard a small, empty anchored boat in Eld Inlet at the southern end of Washington's Puget Sound. Josh Phillips of Spawn Fly Fish captured this delightful moment two week...
05:50 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Watch the best TV news bloopers of 2019
Keep fucking that chicken! Read the rest ...
05:26 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Scientists genetically engineer E. coli to produce the psychedelic psilocybin
Finally, researchers are again exploring the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics to treat the likes of depression, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. To provide pharmaceutical-quality comp...
04:59 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Alabama cops gloat over "quilt" made from cardboard signs confiscated from homeless people over Christmas
In this photo posted to Facebook, two police officers from Mobile, Alabama pose with a "quilt" made from cardboard signs confiscated from homeless people in the area over the Christmas break. Wanna wi...
04:36 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Vaughan Oliver -- graphic designer for 4AD, Cocteau Twins, Pixies -- RIP
Vaughan Oliver, the graphic designer whose work defined the 4AD record label, has died. He was 62. His ethereal, surreal, magnificent album art for The Pixies, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, and Cla...
03:00 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Review: "The Nobody People" is like a literary X-Men novel for the Trump era
The X-Men are often cited as a pop culture metaphor for the struggles of persecuted peoples in the face of bigotry. But the allegory is far from perfect. It's barely even present in the foundational D...
02:32 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Inspector Gadget and He-Man themes performed on church organ
The theme tune to classic 80s' cartoon Inspector Gadget performed by Riccardo Bonci at St Barnabas with Christ's Chapel in Dulwich, England.Here's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Read the rest...
02:08 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Racist lady on bus informed U.S. has no official language
A woman on a bus in Amherst, Ma., objects to young passengers not speaking English in a private conversation she was not party to. Other riders on the vehicle then object to her making a big racist fu...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing This company wants to use AI to help you pretend to increase diversity
Generated Photos is the latest stupid startup that sounds like a joke from "Silicon Valley" that someone took too far. From their announcement on Medium:Generated Photos is the free resource of 100k f...
01:45 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing A happy sing-along song about Krampus
Krampus, Oh Krampus is a brand-new accordion-filled sing-along by my friends at Tight Pajamas. It's surprisingly chipper!Susie Davis of the band wrote me:My fascination with Krampus began after joinin...
01:44 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Totally Accurate Battle Simulator not entirely accurate
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator [Landfall Games] plays out skirmishes between bands of fighters with a state-of-the-art physics engine. This engine is the "totally accurate" part, but if you know an...
01:42 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing This electric toothbrush removes 10 times more plaque than traditional brushes
Tooth decay is no joke. As dentists are fond of telling you, you've only got one set. (Unless you're, like, 5.)If you're tired of hearing that, maybe it's time to minimize those dental visits. This Aq...
03:47 am PST - Mon, December 30, 2019
BoingBoing Treat yourself to delicious CBD relief with these organic gummies
CBD (or cannabidiol, if you've been living in a cave) has come a long way in a short while. It's gone from being a relatively unknown, non-psychoactive compound in the hemp plant to a highly-touted st...
09:45 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2019
BoingBoing Save over 60% on these Damascus steel steak knives
If you're at all serious about your cooking, eventually you're going to need a knife set. And not the one that got handed down to you by your parents, but a real chef's set that will make you notice t...
01:44 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2019
BoingBoing This smart notebook lets you write freehand while still saving your notes to the cloud
No matter how much you love your tablet or laptop, some things demand a detour to the old school. When it comes to notes, brainstorming or creative scribbling, there's still no substitute for a good o...
09:39 am PST - Sun, December 29, 2019
BoingBoing Science fiction, Canada and the 2020s: my look at the decade ahead for the Globe and Mail
The editors of Canada's Globe and Mail asked me to reflect on what science fiction can tell us about the 2020s for their end-of-the-decade package; I wrote about how science fiction can't predict the ...
09:32 am PST - Sun, December 29, 2019
BoingBoing 2019: EFF enters the competition fray
None of us signed up for an Internet composed of "a group of five websites, each consisting of screenshots of text from the other four", but here we are, watching as hyper-concentrated industries rack...
09:29 am PST - Sun, December 29, 2019
BoingBoing Donald Knuth's Christmas pi surprise
Jon Cog writes, "For Christmas, mathematician Donald Knuth shared some great geeky fun. He revealed how for the last 57 years, he's been incorporating the digits of pi into the exercises of his compu...
03:30 am PST - Sun, December 29, 2019
BoingBoing This money management app does more than just crunch numbers
Paying for things is all too easy online these days, and that's why managing your money has gotten so hard. We've all done it: You sign up for a streaming subscription or gym membership, blow past the...
09:39 pm PST - Sat, December 28, 2019
BoingBoing This 180 degree headlamp is a game changer for night hiking
If you enjoy the outdoors, you know that it's not necessarily any scarier at night than it is during the day. But it sure can seem that way when you're using a traditional flashlight that effectively ...
01:24 pm PST - Sat, December 28, 2019
BoingBoing Instantly upgrade your golf game with this clip-on rangefinder
Golf is a game that fosters an appreciation for nature. But like any sport, it's also about the stats especially if you're trying to improve your game.There are rangefinders out there, but most of th...
04:21 am PST - Sat, December 28, 2019
BoingBoing This durable cork-handled umbrella has style to spare
Sooner or later, everybody needs an umbrella. It's kind of the great equalizer that way.That does not, however, mean they all have to look the same. It's pretty rare to find one that matches any outfi...
11:44 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing North Carolina couple call cops on midnight intruder that turns out to be their robot vacuum
[The moral of this story is buy a Roomba, they last longer and have better software.]A man and a woman in Forsyth County, North Carolina, called for help just after midnight when they awoke to loud no...
11:20 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Get on the fast track to an IT career in 2020 with the help of this training
Having an IT career means dealing with constant change. There are updates, new security threats and, on occasion, entirely new web platforms to deal with as companies adapt to new demands.That's why t...
08:06 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Rest in Power, Allee Willis Queen of Kitsch
Allee Willis with psychedelic FluffernuttersIt's never fun to report that someone in our tribe has passed. That's especially true when that person is also someone you know and love. Allee Willis, Happ...
07:01 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Dave Riley, bassist for Big Black, RIP
Dave Riley, bassist for the influential 1980s Chicago noise-punk band Big Black, has died. He was 59. According to his partner Rachel Brown, he had throat cancer. What a fucking great player, he was. ...
06:32 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Patent for a toy turtle operated by houseflies
In 1926, Oscar Williams of San Diego, California was granted a patent on a toy turtle operated by houseflies buzzing around inside. From patent number US1591905A, "Artificial Animal":My invention rela...
06:20 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Evidence that a car isn't a pedestrian and probably shouldn't use the pedestrian lane
Yesterday in New York, police spent hours attempting to remove this Honda from the pedestrian lane of the Pulaski Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Queens. Apparently, it was a stolen car and the driver ...
06:13 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Love, loss, and Carrie Fishers lamp
I can only imagine what the hospice nurse must have been thinking.It was an early October evening in 2017, and I was camped in the gigantic, overstuffed leather recliner that I had delivered the previ...
06:07 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Fantastic Homer Simpson embroidery
Embroidery master Rayna created this exquisite hand embroidery of Homer Simpson disappearing into the bushes. This follows on her Lisa Simpson "true crime" embroidery and other fine Simpsons stitchery...
06:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Watch the new Star Wars film "Kenobi"
Jason Satterlund directed this short film, "Kenobi." Not canon. Read the rest ...
02:05 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing One of the world's largest private equity firms just bought one of the world's largest library ebook companies
KKR is one of the largest private equity funds in the world. Overdrive is one of the largest e-lending suppliers to the world's libraries, supplying 43,000 libraries in 75 countries. Now, KKR owns Ove...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Enjoy 101 different versions of "Fairytale of New York"
"Fairytale of New York" is, unequivocally, the best Christmas song. Because it's actually a bleak story about the false veneer of holiday spirit as a metaphor for the soul-crushing deceptions of the s...
01:56 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Youtube declares John Lennon's classic "Happy Xmas" to be "offensive content"
Robbo sez, "As is my wont, I post on social media at this time of year John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Happy Xmas (War Is Over) official YouTube video. It is an anthem for peace and the end of war. This...
01:18 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Here's a cozy (and functional) home for all your Apple gear
Apple is making it tough not to stock up on new smartphones and peripherals lately, but all that extra gear can lead to something we like to call "iSprawl." All that stuff is useful, but only if you d...
12:21 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Royal brawl in palace, Brad & Jens reunion, and 2020 predictions in this weeks dubious tabloids
Tis the season when the tabloids look into the future to forecast what lies ahead for a scandal-filled 2020 - and when are they ever wrong?...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Baylor University used puppets to announce its newly signed football players
National signing day is when high school athletes sign letters of intent to play for specific university. It's a big enough deal for college football fans that ESPN was updating it class rankings eve...
02:56 am PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Building a movement? NationBuilder has all the right tools for you
Whether you're managing a political campaign or building a client base, there comes a time when you stop seeing people and start seeing numbers.This doesn't happen suddenly. You shake hands, make call...
02:47 am PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing Man robs bank and tosses cash into the air shouting "Merry Christmas"
On Tuesday, Colorado Springs police arrested David Wayne Oliver, 65, at a Starbucks for allegedly robbing a nearby bank. After departing the bank with the loot, Oliver apparently started tossing the c...
02:22 am PST - Fri, December 27, 2019
BoingBoing What did we get stuck in our rectums in 2019?
In 1994, Cynsa, a member of the pioneering online community The WELL, thrilled us with her Rectal Foreign Bodies page all about the weird things people have put in their butts as reported by medical p...
09:00 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2019
BoingBoing The Omega AXL Inkless Pen never needs refilling and writes with actual metal
Cities have done a lot to eliminate straws and other forms of plastic waste in recent years. Now isn't it time we start talking about all those pens and pencils we throw away?Actually, it looks like p...
07:40 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2019
BoingBoing Marvel at this autonomous, drifting DeLorean
MARTY is the name of this 1981 DeLorean that researchers from Stanfords Dynamic Design Lab customized into a self-driving electric car. Now, Jon Goh and Tushar Goel have augmented MARTY so it's capabl...
07:23 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2019
BoingBoing Watch crane collapse onto boat, causing a terrible oil spill in the Galapagos Islands
In the Galapagos Islands, a shoreside crane toppled over while loading a shipping container onto a barge, capsizing the boat and causing a terrible oil spill of hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel. It ...
07:07 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2019
BoingBoing Museum of Hangovers opens in Croatia
College student Rino Dubokovic has opened a Museum of Hangovers in Zagreb, Croatia. From CNN:Exhibits include displays of objects people found inexplicably the morning after a boozy night, a room wher...
02:02 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2019
BoingBoing Multitask your meals better with this automatic pot stirrer
You know those cooking shows where you see chefs furiously stirring their broth or risotto? That's the only time stirring has ever looked cool.For the rest of us, it's an unbearable time-sink and a qu...
01:30 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2019
BoingBoing Crazy sky dancer menorah
Friends of mine in Palm Springs are up to some real Hanukkah hijinx. Kudos to Mel, Jessica, and Sasha (the tall one in yellow) for making the world's first crazy sky dancer menorah. Happy Hanukkah to ...
12:45 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2019
BoingBoing Microtransactions overwhelmed the Disney cinematic universe
Writing for the Washington Post, Gene Park argues that Star Wars has been at its best in recent years the closer the product has been to a video game. He praises the narrative in the game Fallen Orde...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2019
BoingBoing A world record for the most ghost peppers eaten? It's been an honor serving with you
I'd call this madness if it weren't for the fact that the event was used to raise awareness about world hunger. Read the rest ...
03:01 am PST - Thu, December 26, 2019
BoingBoing Get the best pour out of any wine bottle with this electric aerator
Wine is great, but wine poured with an aerator is even better.It's true that a jolt of oxygen does wonders for the flavor of a wine just before it's poured. This Electric Wine Aerator & Dispenser ...
09:47 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2019
BoingBoing Give your glasses a deep clean with this ultrasonic case
How many times a day do you wipe your glasses clean? If you actually care about your specs, you're using a microfiber cloth and not your shirt. In which case, good for you. But even so, you're just re...
08:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2019
BoingBoing Arts & Crafts: Build your own personal steam engine.
I just discovered Pavel Chilin's YouTube channel. There's only five videos there so far but, my friends, they are glorious.As near as I can tell, Pavel's love of trains has translated into his buildin...
01:49 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2019
BoingBoing This percussion deep tissue massager is on sale for under $90
When you're doing long-term workouts, you know the recovery can be just as important as the exercise itself. And when the intensity gets to a certain level, a simple stretch won't cut it.From there, y...
01:45 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2019
BoingBoing Bob Figures It Out
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Bob figures out how to escape from terrorists...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2019
BoingBoing Does the creepy Santa mask from "It's a Wonderful Life" exist somewhere?
"What's even the point of having an Internet if I can't buy a replica kid's plastic Santa Claus mask from 'It's a Wonderful Life'?" That's the question my friend Evan Prodromou recently posed on Faceb...
12:44 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2019
BoingBoing Jack Russel Hurdle Racing
Jack Russell Hurdle Racing is a lightning fast race where the dogs leap over three obstacles while chasing lure, and then cram through the narrow finish arch. The television broadcast that was on ove...
12:30 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2019
BoingBoing The world's first Christmas movie is a silent one made in 1898
While looking up something else on YouTube, I came across Santa Claus, the world's first Christmas movie! This British silent film, a little over a minute long, was made in 1898 and was directed by Ge...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2019
BoingBoing This Christmas tree is so fucking metal
The staff at Vilnius Airport in the capitol of Lithuania decided to celebrate the holidays a little differently this year by creating a Christmas tree out of the various objects they'd confiscated fr...
03:49 am PST - Wed, December 25, 2019
BoingBoing Pamper your peepers with this water-powered eye massager
Sleep masks work wonders on the sleepless. A hot towel on the face is one of the best sensations of a spa treatment. So we're not sure why eye massagers aren't more of a thing - even though just talki...
09:47 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Save over 80% on these 10-Ft. braided lightning cable packs
Sometimes it's easier to focus on needs rather than wants. And the one thing that almost everyone needs these days is power. Power for smartphones, tablets and any of the other gadgets we use on a dai...
07:05 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Le Creusets Star Wars roaster features Han Solo in carbonite
Le Creuset offers this Han Solo Carbonite Signature Roaster. It's enameled cast iron and sells for $450. The product description points out that "the lids interior has been embossed with the word Fran...
06:57 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Listen to the Christmas Eve message from the first humans orbiting another world (1968)
On Christmas Eve, 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, the first humans to orbit another world, delivered a Christmas Eve message from above the lunar surface. From NASA:"We were...
06:49 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Astonishing stabilized time-lapse showing the Earth's rotation from the ground
Photographer Eric Brummel created this magnificent time-lapse video of the Milky Way in which the sky is stabilized so you can experience the Earth's rotation. He captured the footage at Font's Point,...
06:15 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Watch Laurie Anderson's fantastic "What You Mean We?" (1986) from PBS's Alive from Off Center
Alive From Off Center was PBS's pioneering TV series that featured experimental video and performance pieces by artists like Ann Magnuson, the Brothers Quay, Jonathan Demme, Bill Irwin, and Laure Ande...
05:56 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Catholic church dumped holy water from airplane onto the town below
A Roman Catholic church in the rural community of Cow Island, Louisiana dumped 100 gallons of holy water from a crop duster airplane onto the people and their land below. From NPR:"I've blessed some b...
03:00 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing These festive cocktails will kick your holiday celebrations up a notch
The holidays can be a boozy time of year for many people. Even though I'm on four different medications with labels stating that I shouldn't drink alcohol while taking them, I still like the occasiona...
02:41 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing This luthier keeps Willie Nelson's legendary guitar playable
Willie Nelson's Martin N-20 guitar, affectionately known as Trigger, has seen some shit. Happily, the majority of the shit it's seen has been in the name of making countless music lovers, the world ov...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Longtime Fantasy Flight employees get their likenesses added to the company's games
What a terrific perk, after five years of working at Fantasy Flight Games, employees gets their likenesses added to a game. Below are four examples from the Shadow of the Beanstalk Android sourcebook...
01:46 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Get your dab on anywhere with this portable, smell-proof kit
When it comes to smoking methods, dabbing is still a fringe exercise. Which is puzzling, because inhaling from a wax concentrate is pretty potent.It might have something to do with the gear involved, ...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Enjoy a full ride through of the new Star Tours adventure
Ahh, Kef Bir and Exogol, sure to become cherished locations in Star Wars lore, are now the featured destinations in Star Tours. Disney says Star Tours now offers more than 100 storytelling combinatio...
12:45 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing In 1986, MTV reunited the Monkees for a "Christmas Medley"
Former MTV Veejay Martha Quinn is now a deejay and blogger for iHeart80s. On Friday, she posted a bunch of holiday videos from her MTV days, including this gem that reunites the Monkees for a weird me...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing 30-50 feral hogs are now building pigloos
From the University of Saskatchewan:Wild pigs typically weigh between 120 and 250 pounds. They have around six piglets per litter, per year.They are adapted to very cold temperatures, and can breed in...
03:30 am PST - Tue, December 24, 2019
BoingBoing Daily Harvest is healthy eating for the on-the-go lifestyle
Who are these people that have time for a job, social life, and actual healthy meals? With a nutrition segment on seemingly every talk show and entire networks devoted to food, it can sometimes seem l...
09:00 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Get insights from the world's best business books in 15 minutes
TMI: It's not just applicable to the stuff your best friend posts online about their kidney stones. There's too much information in general, online and everywhere. Too many opinions, facts, strategies...
08:08 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Happy Hanukkah from space
Yesterday was the first night of Hanukkah. From the International Space Station, astronaut Jessica Meir tweeted the image above and the following: "Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it on Eart...
07:52 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Watch the world's fastest juggler
David Rush now holds the Guinness World Record for the most juggling catches in 60 seconds. Rush had the record before, with 556 catches, until Michael Ferreri snatched it with 558. Now, 586 catches l...
06:44 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Robot Reindeer Happy Holidays
A classic robotics video from Boston Dynamics in 2015.Think of how much more developed the robots are now!Yikes.[YouTube] Read the rest ...
06:39 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Gingerbread Groot
GROOT. GINGERBREAD.Says IMGURian @cdeniseeriksson, 'I made a gingerbread Groot!'This years christmas gingerbread project! It took me 5 weeks, 1 for planning and 4 to build. It has a wire mesh structur...
06:36 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing US Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices as 'cybersecurity threat'
The US Navy has issued a policy banning the social media app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices, saying the China-owned video messaging service is a cybersecurity threat. Authorities will bl...
06:29 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Mike Bloomberg created 'Hawkfish' tech firm working on his 2020 campaign, ex-Facebook CMO and ex-Foursquare CEO on board
New York billionaire and 2020 US presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is working with former Facebook and FourSquare executives on technology systems for Bloomberg's campaign. Hawkfishs executives...
06:19 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing ToTok is a UAE spying tool, say US officials. Delete it now.
Google and Apple remove app...
06:08 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing School apologizes after parents complain that "Santa Goes Green" Christmas concert was anti-oil
On Thursday, the Oxbow Prairie Horizons School in Saskatchewan, Canada staged their annual student Christmas concert. The show, "Santa Goes Green," pissed off parents in the town where oil is one of t...
05:47 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Counterculture icon and psychedelic pioneer Ram Dass, RIP
Ram Dass -- counterculture icon, psychedelic pioneer, and spiritual guide -- has died at age 88. After turning on with his Harvard psychology colleague Timothy Leary in the early 1960s, Ram Dass (form...
04:35 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing "China flight systems jammed by pig farms African swine fever defences"
"China flight systems jammed by pig farms African swine fever defences." That headline from the South China Morning Post sums up this strange story. Gangs in China reportedly send drones to drop mater...
04:00 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing This Washington State Representative has been accused of domestic terrorism and won't step down
Matt Shea has served as a state representative for Washington since 2008. He's also a violent religious separatist and a member of the extreme right-wing Patriot Movement. Shea was an ardent supporter...
03:00 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing An exclusive interview with an AI neural network based on Mark Zuckerberg
Ever since the glorious disaster that was Cambridge Analytica and the entire political climate of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg has been making the rounds from press outlets to private meetings with Republica...
02:41 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Travel Tunes: Kla: Suas Sos
Kla's music has been a huge part of my life for decades.In January of 2015, I was preparing to travel to Costa Rica, and Nicaragua to take some time away from the damp of a British Colombian winter an...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing A Carnival cruise ship hit another Carnival cruise ship and narrowly missed a third
While attempting to dock in Cozumel, Mexico, the Carnival Glory struck the Carnival Legend, and then narrowly missed a third ship. Turn up the volume on the video to hear the eyewitnesses' excitement...
01:44 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Save over 50% on this plush weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are a thing. And if you don't know why you've either never tried one or you're one of the lucky few who can sleep in a cave with no pillow.For the rest of us, comfort like the Corala...
12:29 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Hellboy 25th Anniversary art show
The Hellboy 25th Anniversary show opened December 14th at Copro Gallery. The artwork above is by Dos Diablos; David Igo, Kelly O'Neill, Anthony Mestas; and Natalie Hall. Here are a few more gems fro...
12:00 am PST - Mon, December 23, 2019
BoingBoing Get your CBD in the most relaxing way with this vape pen that's over 30% off
A good vaporizer is a preferred method for casual smoking for a reason. There's just something about the operation that's calming, and definitely preferable to lighting up.Combine that with CBD, and y...
06:30 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2019
BoingBoing JBL's Go 2 pocket bluetooth speaker is the perfect last-minute stocking stuffer
Though I keep buying the damned things, I've never liked any of the portable bluetooth (or airplay) speakers I've gotten: they're all too large, too daft, too boofy or too tinny, too fancy, too hinky....
01:09 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2019
BoingBoing Create high-quality recordings with this digital stereo condenser microphone from Shure
"Anybody can be a creator.""All you need is something to say."Those are great platitudes when you're building up the confidence to start your YouTube channel or vlog, but let's be honest: If you want ...
12:29 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2019
BoingBoing The 1994 Denise Richards movie where Paul Walker's brain is inserted into a T-Rex has a new gorier version
Tammy and the T-Rex features Denise Richards (Tammy) and Paul Walker (Michael) as young loverbirds. After Michael is badly wounded by Tammy's ex-boyfriend, a mad scientist seizes his brain and insert...
12:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2019
BoingBoing A stolen lobster truck crashed into another lobster truck, because Boston
A recent Boston Police report has revealed the probable plot to Ben Affleck's next crime movie:A 29-year-old male from South Boston, had stolen a box truck loaded with at least $10,000 worth of lobste...
12:03 am PST - Sun, December 22, 2019
BoingBoing 8 prints that prove you can afford quality wall art
Want to class up your walls? There comes a time when we all must move out of the dorm room and its comfortable movie posters. A time when we might even consider purchasing actual art by actual living ...
09:38 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2019
BoingBoing Party Discipline, a Walkaway story (Part 4 -- the final part!)
In my latest podcast (MP3), I conclude my serial reading of my novella Party Discipline, which I wrote while on a 35-city, 45-day tour for my novel Walkaway in 2017; Party Discipline is a story set in...
02:41 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2019
BoingBoing The 2010s were the decade of Citizens United
Slate has dubbed the 2010s as the decade of Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that paved the way for unlimited, anonymous corporate election spending. In 2010, the year of Citizens United, t...
01:38 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2019
BoingBoing Kentucky's former GOP governor pardoned a bunch of rapists and murderers on his way out of office, including a child rapist
Former Republican Governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin pardoned 28 prisoners on his way out of office, including Micah Schoettle, convicted of repeatedly raping a nine year old girl over a two year period,...
01:32 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2019
BoingBoing Become a master of Google & SEO with the help of this certification training
So you're building a brand. Ideally, you've got a website, but that's only half the battle. As any online marketer can tell you, the real work comes in getting that site to come up in internet searche...
12:34 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2019
BoingBoing The Fruity Pebbles Christmas commercial that implies Fred poisoned Barney
This commercial packs a lot of narrative into 29 seconds. Fred feeds Santa, Barney burglarizes Fred's home to steal food, and Santa convinces Fred to forgive Barney. Well, Fred seems to forgive Barn...
12:28 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2019
BoingBoing The best sports gifs of the decade
i have at least 75 answers to this question, this is one of them https://t.co/1zGgRRVjTv pic.twitter.com/mHxuUOjE5i— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) December 13, 2019SB Nation asked for recommendations for...
12:15 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2019
BoingBoing And now, eight hours of vintage department store holiday music
Consider your every waking moment to be haunted, from this point on. Image via Pexels Read the rest ...
02:30 am PST - Sat, December 21, 2019
BoingBoing Spark a conversation with these retro kerosene lighters
We'll say this about smoking: The act of asking somebody for a light is a minor bonding ritual all its own and a great chance to make a first impression.And if it takes you a while to find a bon mot,...
12:30 am PST - Sat, December 21, 2019
BoingBoing How to gain in-demand skills in IT, development, and more with Whizlabs
Whether you're an industry professional, IT worker or a budding entrepreneur, your worth boils down to one main thing: expertise. What you don't know can hurt you, and what you do know can only help y...
10:08 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Doctors who take pharma industry freebies prescribe more of their benefactors' drugs
Doctors who accept pharma industry gifts (which can range from free coffees to lavish dinners to six-figure speaking fees) claim that they're not influenced by these bribes/gifts, which is possibly wh...
09:59 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing New York Times analyzes a leaked set of location data from a private broker, sounds the alarm
In 2017, a string of reports revealed that data-brokers were acquiring and linking titanic sets of location data from apps and mobile carriers and mining that data (and sometimes selling it outright)....
09:30 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Meet Jackie Fielder, the recently homeless indigenous woman who's primarying a San Francisco Democrat in a state senate race
Until recently, Jackie Fielder was living in her van. At 25, the Stanford sociology grad couldn't afford rent in San Francisco.Now Fielder -- who is of Hidatsa, Lakota and Mandan heritage -- is primar...
09:13 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Armed robber who face-planted into Pizza Hut door left DNA, cops say
In Las Cruces, New Mexico, police say they collected DNA from the spot where a suspect face-planted into a door while trying to escape. Police swabbed the door for possible DNA evidence, collected it,...
09:05 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Thief busted for stealing car with a guy sleeping inside
In New Mexico, Joseph Allen, 40, is facing charges after authorities say he stole a car without realizing that another guy was still sleeping inside the vehicle at the time. Joseph Allen of Las Cruces...
09:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Child, 3, shot dad in the butt with family gun
A 3-year-old boy shot his father in his rear end with a gun the toddler found in their Erie, Pennsylvania home, say police. The father survived.Erie police say the shooting took place at 6:30 PM Thurs...
08:55 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Goat snuck onto UPS truck
UPS driver Bruce Slette found a goat in the back of his UPS delivery truck, and the images he snapped and sent to his daughter have now gone very viral.They're really quite funny.My dad is a UPS drive...
08:48 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing 'No joke, we just found a live owl roosting in our Christmas tree'
One Georgia family's viral owl Christmas saga started began on December 12, with this Facebook post: No joke, we just found a live owl roosting in our Christmas tree. In the photo, an owl tucked in to...
08:37 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing American Airlines now offers 'U' and 'X' gender markers for nonbinary flyers
We are glad to be able to better accommodate the gender preferences of our travelers and team members. - AA...
08:35 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Americans should definitely be worried about the EU's new copyright rules
The passage -- through MEPs erroneously pushing the wrong buttons! -- of the new EU Copyright Directive last March means that online platforms operating in the EU will have to implement filters that a...
08:16 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook & Twitter kill 55 million fake pro-Trump accounts with AI-generated faces, Epoch Media Group blamed
They had 'American' faces, but these pro-Trump social media accounts all had algorithmically generated faces that only appeared 'American.' Twitter and Facebook say they have identified 55 million fak...
08:16 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook & Twitter ban pro-Trump network that reached 55 million accounts with AI-generated faces, Epoch Media Group and Falun Gong links identified
They had 'American' faces, but these pro-Trump social media accounts all had algorithmically generated faces that only appeared 'American.' Facebook and Twitter have banned a pro-Trump network that re...
08:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing The Heir is everything a waterpipe should be
If you smoke, you know there's nothing like the hit you get from a waterpipe. You also know that smooth hit gets balanced out a little by the refilling you have to do - not to mention the cleaning.Fin...
07:52 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Radicalized is one of the LA Public Library's books of the year!
It's not just the CBC and the Wall Street Journal -- I was delighted to see this morning that Radicalized, my 2019 book of four science fiction novellas made the LA Public Library's list of the top bo...
07:31 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Illinois schools don't just lock special ed kids in solitary, they also restrain them
Last month, Propublica published a characteristically blockbuster piece on the use of "quiet rooms" in Illinois schools, especially in special ed programs: these are a euphemism for solitary confineme...
07:15 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Codifying "Boomerspeak" and debating the ethics of poking fun at it
Gretchen McCulloch is the internet's favorite linguist, whose outstanding 2019 book Because Internet explores how statistical methods can, for the first time, be applied to large amounts of informal c...
05:53 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Medicare for All would cut most Americans' taxes, creating the biggest American take-home pay raise in a generation
When Americans get their paycheck every month, there are a ton of deductions from it -- some represent money taken by state governments, some by the feds, but one of the largest line-items is the amou...
05:25 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Alberta's tax-funded climate denial "war room" ripped off its logo from a US tech company
The Canadian Energy Center (AKA "The War Room") is a taxpayer funded propaganda outlet that the Alberta government -- dependent on the tar sands, the world's filthiest oil -- funds to deny climate cha...
05:10 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Darling Hasbro 'The Child' with adorable accessories
I must have this Baby Yoda!I want to see what happens when an incredibly powerful force user is raised by a person who disintegrates car thieves.Star Wars The Black Series The Child Toy 1.1-Inch The M...
05:01 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing TubShroom really works
If you have the right kind of drain TubShroom really works.My last home did not have a drain that'd accept a TubShroom. Every few months I'd have to run a slug of LiquidPlumbr to speed the drain back ...
04:23 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing We need a "science of the night"
In the journal Nature, University of Melbourne researcher Michele Acuto argues that what happens in our cities after dark has a tremendous impact on energy, sustainability, waste, and inequality "yet ...
02:45 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing My annual Daddy-Daughter Xmas Podcast: interview with an 11-year-old
Every year, I record a short podcast with my daughter, Poesy. Originally, we'd just sing Christmas carols, but with Poesy being nearly 12, we've had a moratorium on singing. This year, I interviewed ...
02:23 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing See the winners of the best optical illusion of the year contest
Every year, the nonprofit Neural Correlate Society, an organization "that promotes scientific research into the neural correlates of perception and cognition," holds a competition for the Best Illusio...
02:06 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Charmin's Forever Roll is the best freestanding toilet roll holder
We received the Charmin Forever Roll with Stand [Amazon] as a joke gift but it has improved the quality of our lives immeasurably due to the sheer enormity of the roll, its portability, and the genera...
01:15 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Rian Johnson posted a director's commentary track for Knives Out
Knives Out is currently sporting a well-deserved 97% fresh score at Rotten Tomatoes, and now there's a solid reason to see it again in the theater--Rian Johnson created a director's commentary track:I...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Tenet movie new Nolan's Christopher for trailer shifting-time the Here's
You don't have to hunt Youtube for bootleg copies of the teaser for Christopher Nolan's new thriller Tenet anymore. The official trailer has been posted:It may or may not be a story about the incredi...
12:39 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing The Jank keyboard in action
The Jank keyboard, named for inventor Paul von Jank, compresses the standard 88-key piano layout into a thinner, four-row field of 264 keys. If this sounds like a solution to a different problem than ...
12:28 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing The Ikea that exists outside of normal space
Writing for EGM, Alexis Ong looks at Neurocracy, SCP Foundation, and other gameful hypertexts. It reminded me of SCP-3308, which describes a disturbing Ikea. The location seems to be a typical Ikea,...
12:23 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Santa Claus is a psychedelic mushroom
One fantastic and wonderful origin theory of Santa Claus involves psychedelic mushrooms and shamanic rituals of the indigenous Smi people who live in northern Finland. Paul Devereux wrote about this i...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Bewildering optical illusion awarded best of the year
Watch Dual Axis and see if it you can make it move clockwise, counter-clockwise, and up and down in your head. Trippy, huh? This mind-boggling optical illusion was recently awarded "Best Illusion of t...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Fake license plates drawn with crayons might not be the best way to avoid a cop encounter
I've heard it said that criminals get caught becasue the majority of them are far from being masterminds. Welp:From USA Today:Indiana state troopers almost calleda tow truck forJoshua Anthony Lewis-Br...
11:50 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing The Photo Roulette app sends a random photo from your phone to your friends
Here's a terrifying new game that's one of the most popular apps in the United States, Photo Roulette. Up to fifty players allow the app to access their photos. Each round, a random photo from one o...
10:23 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Perfection: "Frre Jacques" featuring Ricky Gervais' infectious laughter
A delightful moment of "Frre Jacques" performed by composer Luke Thering and comedian Ricky Gervais. More of Luke and Ricky below: Read the rest ...
08:08 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Subway sandwich artist robbed the shop to teach her coworker "a lesson"
Lorena Ariana Marin, a 22-year-old Subway sandwich artist in Las Cruces, Mexico, and Angelo Rey Espinosa, 19, allegedly robbed the Subway where Marin works. Police caught them quickly and Marin appare...
05:00 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Hook up to clean energy with this digital power company
There's overwhelming support for clean energy, and the planet is giving us more reasons to invest in renewable power sources with every passing year. Even in the most inhospitable areas, wind and sola...
02:58 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Subway restaurant workers robbed the shop to teach their coworker "a lesson"
Lorena Ariana Marin, a 22-year-old Subway sandwich artist in Las Cruces, Mexico, and Angelo Rey Espinosa, 19, allegedly robbed the Subway where Marin works. Police caught them quickly and Marin appare...
12:53 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Roomba screams when it bumps into stuff [UNMUTE]
Roomba: [AUGHHHHHHH!!!!]Do unmute this one for maximum enjoyment.The Roomba That Screams When it Bumps Into Stuff[ Michael Reeves, May 2019, via] Read the rest ...
12:46 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Lyft said their names are offensive. Candice Poon, Cara Dick, and Mike Finger disagree.
I cant change my birth name for you?! said one user....
12:39 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Christianity Today: Trump should be impeached and removed, 'morally lost and confused'
Yep.Sounds about right.The leading evangelical Christian publication Christianity Today, which was founded by the media figure and former presidential advisor Billy Graham, endorses the impeachment of...
12:29 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Yet another Chinese woman arrested for trespassing at Trump's Mar-a-Lago
Well, this is weird.Yet another woman from China was arrested on Wednesday and charged with trespassing on the property of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the Palm Beach Police said. This...
12:17 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Kentucky's ex-governor Matt Bevin defends pardon of child rapist by claiming 9-year-old girl had 'intact hymen' and 'she made it up'
MATT BEVIN: Her hymen was intact. There's no way that girl was raped. She made it up.The former governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, is now defending his utterly disgusting pardon of a convicted child r...
12:05 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2019
BoingBoing Corgi sneaks up on a strawberry
He chonkin'.Crumpet The Corgi sneaks up on a white strawberry, and it's pretty delightful.Crumpet The Corgi sneaking up on a white strawberryDefinitely follow crumpetandbutter on IMGUR.[via]Keep calm ...
11:56 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Amazon used "security" to sell Ring doorbells, then blamed customers when hackers broke into them
[Amazon's surveillance doorbell company Ring sells "security" -- the sense that surveilling your porch or your driveway or your home can make you safe. But when the company experienced a grotesque and...
11:50 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Trump impeachment heads to Senate, but...
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald J. Trump last night. The 45th President of the United States became the third ever to be impeached last night, on abuse of power, and obstruct...
11:43 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Mass convictions of local warlords for 2009 massacre revive faith in Philippines' justice system
The election of the violent Philippine autocrat Rodrigo Duterte and the subsequent widespread extrajudicial killings, torture, and other crimes against humanity was a blow to the rule of law in the Ph...
11:29 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Spectacular, tiny room hidden behind a hinged electrical outlet cover
Japanese artist Mozu makes incredible, miniature dioramas with tiny, winking electronic devices; their latest piece is The Secret Base of Kubito, a tiny workroom hidden behind an electrical outlet. Mo...
10:08 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing A vast network of shadowy news sites promote conservative talking points mixed with floods of algorithmically generated "news"
Columbia Journalism School's Tow Center has published the results of a longrunning investigation into a network of shadowy "local news" sites whose bulk content is composed of algorithmically generate...
09:24 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing I am the master of my home plumbing
We live in an older house, and the plumbing gets clogged a lot. Whenever a sink, shower, or toilet backs up, I try to to unclog it myself before calling a plumber. Sometimes it's as easy as using a Dr...
09:19 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Silence your snoring with this incredibly simple device
If you snore, you know it can be infuriating for your partner. But did you know it can also be unhealthy for you? Yep, those sawing logs that you can't even hear can be a warning buzzer, increasing yo...
09:03 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing New Jersey AG says 5 politicians took thousands in cash bribes via envelopes, paper bags, coffee cups
Well, it's nothing if not on brand for New Jersey politics.Five politicians in New Jersey have been charged in a bribery case with taking thousands of dollars in cash that was delivered in envelopes, ...
08:39 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Volunteer "stick library" is a hit with neighborhood dogs
Andrew Taylor lives in Canterbury on New Zealand's South Island; when he grew frustrated with the local park's lack of good throwing sticks with which to amuse his dog, he created a "stick library" --...
08:26 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Students at elite Shanghai university protest the removal of "freedom of thought" from the school charter
Fudan University, one of China's elite centers of higher learning, has had its charter altered to remove "freedom of thought" from its values. In its place, the charter now promotes "arming the minds ...
07:26 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing NIST confirms that facial recognition is a racist, sexist dumpster-fire
While NIST doesn't speculate as to why, it did find that the performance of 189 facial recognition algorithms from 89 different vendors varied by "race, sex and age" -- that is, the systems performed ...
07:01 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Uber must pay 250,000 per ride, according to court ruling in Germany
The German taxi association scored a major victory by convincing the court to ban Uber in the country. Well, I guess people can still take an Uber if they are willing to 250,000 per ride.From Engadget...
06:49 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Many bricks were destroyed for your amusement
If the forklift driver did something like this everyday, he could become a popular YouTuber.Image: YouTube Read the rest ...
06:23 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing "How can the moon reflect light if it is a rock?" excellent self-own
A new thing flat earth idiots are doing is posting a photo of a rock with the caption, "How can the moon reflect light if it is a rock?" Unfortunately, the rock in the photo is reflecting light. Read ...
05:26 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Betsy DeVos quietly spends millions to promote the unpopular policies she hopes to enact as a federal official
Betsy DeVos is the religious fanatic whose access to two unearned fortunes -- one from the Amway Ponzi scheme, founded by her husband's father; the other from her own father's machining business -- ha...
05:08 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders got the GAO to study the life chances of millennials, and the report concludes that debt is "crushing their dreams"
Bernie Sanders commissioned the Government Accountability Office to study the consequences of the high degree of indebtedness borne by Millennials; the GAO's report concludes that Millennials dreams a...
04:59 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Colorado radio host fired after wishing for a "nice school shooting" to interrupt impeachment coverage
Denver's 710 KNUS radio host Chuck Bonniwell is out of a job after he announced that he wished for a "nice school shooting" to provide respite from "never-ending impeachment of Donald Trump," reports ...
04:17 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Video of Epstein's first suicide attempt has gone missing
The Manhattan U.S. Attorneys Office refused to comment on the news that surveillance camera video outside Jeffrey Epsteins cell suddenly went missing.From Radar Online:News of the missing surveillance...
03:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Singer/Songwriter Kirsty MacColl was killed 19 years ago this week
Many may only know her voice from hearing The Pogues' Fairytale of New York, but beyond that timeless tune, Kirsty MacColl's career as a singer and songwriter was as full and respected as you're bound...
02:13 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Chomsky: a blackletter typeface inspired by The New York Times' nameplate
The New York Times' logo looks like it might be set in a classic blackletter typeface, but it is in fact hand-made. Enter Chomsky, a typeface designed by Fredrick Brennan (yes, the Fredrick Brennan) a...
02:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey wants to cram your skull full of writing knowledge
Richard Kadrey is a New York Times bestselling author and a friend of this website. His dark, horror-tinged urban fantasy books have been a fixture in bookstores and libraries since 2009. 11 books (an...
01:47 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Power up 3 devices at once on the go with this all-in-one charger
We've all heard that Boy Scout motto, "be prepared." These days most everybody is, thanks to the most useful emergency device of all time: The smartphone.Except, of course, when they run out of power....
01:33 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Wakanda removed from official U.S. list of trade partners
Someone is going to get a bollocking at the U.S. State Department, because they added Wakanda—the fictional high-tech African kingdom from the marvel Black Panther movie—to an official lis...
01:30 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing UPS Dogs is an Instagram account where drivers share photos of dogs they meet on their routes
You can view the photos on Instagram or Facebook:UPS drivers deliver packages all day long. During each day, drivers encounter many dogs, most friendly and some not so nice. When time permits, drivers...
01:26 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Choam-azon logo tees, mugs and housewares
Last-minute stocking stuffer! After many requests I have finally made the Choam-azon logo available on tees, mugs and housewares, with absolutely no-one's permission. Celebrate the crushing monopoly o...
01:15 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Look at this complicated robot designed to discourage use of e-signatures
Traditionally, people in Japan used personal seals called hanko for signing important documents. But increasingly banks and government bodies have permitted use of digital signatures instead. Some are...
01:06 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Killing the Queen, John Lennons murder, and William Shatners talking horses in this weeks dubious tabloids
The phrase You couldnt make this shit up clearly hasnt reached the corridors of power at the tabloids, where they can, and do....
01:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Congregants allegedly pressured to to sell their own blood and donate the funds to their church
For all the good that many organized religions try to do in the world (albeit, often with ulterior motives,) there's no end to the amount of greasy shit that individual preachers and congregations get...
12:45 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Sesame Street characters doing impressions of each other is gold
If Sesame Street characters doing impressions of each other doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.The cast of 'Sesame Street' test out their best impressions of Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo...
12:30 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing The original, sketch-less music video for a-ha's "Take on Me" (1984)
In 1984, Norwegian pop band a-ha struggled to get the first version of their now-iconic song "Take on Me" to chart. And record sales of the single were dismal at just 300 copies. The video itself? Eh....
12:28 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Baby Yoda in his floating bassinet paper toy
Although you won't find any official toys of "the Child" from Disney's The Mandalorian in stores yet, you can decorate your tree with this authorized papercraft version of Baby Yoda in his floating ba...
12:24 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: A Xmas Letter From Hunter S. Thompson
A holiday letter to John Wilcock from Hunter S. Thompson (written exactly fifty years ago this week!) - Describing Thompson's intentions to run for sheriff of Aspen and Joe Edwards' nearly successful ...
11:50 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Current chess champion Magnus Carlsen is also one of the top fantasy soccer players in the world
The Premier Leagues official fantasy football league has over seven million entrants. And as of a few days, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen was number one in the league. As of this writing, he'...
04:20 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing This polygon sculpture is actually a Bluetooth speaker like no other
Want to get people really into the music at your next house party? Well, a killer playlist is clearly key. But we have to say, this amazingly striking sculpture/speaker combo is a pretty good plan B.T...
02:10 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing Trump impeached: U.S. House of Representatives votes
On a party-line vote, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Trump on two counts this evening. Trump is only the third U.S. head of state to be impeached, and now proceeds to the U.S. S...
01:25 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2019
BoingBoing TRUMP IMPEACHED ABUSE OF POWER & OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS
HOUSE VOTES FOR IMPEACHMENT IN HISTORIC VOTE...
09:17 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Church elder tried to pay for Grindr sex with Arby's card, say police
Sir? This is an Arby's card....
09:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Transmit Bluetooth audio from your TV to your wireless headphones with this adapter
Bluetooth audio is all about convenience. It's so convenient, in fact, that it's somewhat disappointing when you return from a run with those wireless earbuds to home audio or TVs that aren't equipped...
08:59 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook offers funny answer for why it tracks users locations even when they turn tracking services off
Facebook offered a revealing explanation to lawmakers for why it continues to track users locations even after those users turn Facebook's location tracking services off.Responding to a letter from Se...
08:51 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing After hack, Canadian LifeLabs paid ransom for 15M customers' health data
After LifeLabs was hit by a a cyber attack in November, the Canada-based medical lab paid a ransom to recover stolen data belonging to more than 15 million of its customers. That stolen data included ...
08:37 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Getting a library card in Los Angeles is pretty easy
Any California resident with current identification may obtain a Los Angeles Public Library card in moments.After reading this fantastic list of benefits associated with an LA Library card I immediate...
08:30 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Donkey tries to sing along to human playing violin - unmute!
You've seriously gotta unmute this.Donkeys must think the sound of these humans playing the violin sounds like other donkeys, because the donkeys in these videos appear to be really enjoying it.Here's...
08:23 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing When the road gets icy, you know what you must do
Salt, bae.There is only one proper way to salt the roads when the weather gets icy and it snows.Source: @mickyo25 Read the rest ...
07:59 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing From Enron to Saudi Arabia, from Rikers Island to ICE's gulag, how McKinsey serves as "Capitalism's Consigliere"
On this week's Intercepted podcast (MP3) (previously), host Jeremy Scahill (previously) takes a long, deep look at the history of McKinsey and Company, whose consultants are the architects of ICE's gu...
07:50 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Tekashi 6ix9ine sentenced to 2 years in prison after cooperating with feds
He has already served 13 months and will be released in late 2020....
07:43 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Best substitute teacher ever fired for smoking pot in class at Massachusetts high school
Set and setting, people. A substitute teacher in Massachusetts shocked students and high school staff, authorities say, by lighting up some marijuana in class and inviting students to join in a discus...
07:33 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Thief stuffed 30 bags of frozen shrimp in his pants, say police
Ah, Riverside, California. Don't ever change.Police say a gentleman in Riverside stuffed no fewer than 30 bags of frozen shrimp down his pants in a series of thefts targeting a Southern California gro...
07:22 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Leviathan: an eight foot tall, seven foot wide assemblage sculpture "ghost ship"
Last year, artist Jason Stieva completed work on "Leviathan Ark of the Apocalypse," a spectacular, 7-foot-long, 8-foot-high sculpture of a ghostly pirate ship. Steiva is an assemblage sculptor and ta...
07:10 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Illinois marijuana dispensaries open New Years Day 2020
New Year's Day will be a good day to be in Illinois if you like marijuana and you are an adult 21 and over with valid photo identification.On Jan. 1, 2020, as early as 6 a.m. Central Standard Time, th...
07:08 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on noise canceling headphones
With a couple of family members going on a long plane flight soon, I bought a couple of these wireless active-noise canceling headphones on sale for a really low price using code LBAKMMEL. Read the re...
06:56 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Will a cat walk on aluminum foil?
In this experiment, aluminum foil is spread out on the floor of a hallway. The only way for this cat to walk down the hallway is by walking on top of the foil, something cats are known to dislike. Wha...
06:49 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing NJ to expunge criminal records of many pot offenders, and restore voting rights for 80,000 convicts
New Jersey's Democrat governor today signed legislation to clear the state criminal records of low-level marijuana offenders, and he approved restoring the voting rights of more than 80,000 convicts.P...
06:39 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker receives dismal reviews
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth and concluding episode of the Star Wars saga, opens this week. Critics are mauling it, by and large, leaving it with the worst average rating of the series:...
06:35 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Colbert delivers a dramatic reading of Trump's letter to Pelosi
Stephen Colbert is my favorite Trump impressionist. He captures Trump's ever-present pouty whine perfectly Here he is giving a dramatic reading of Trump's six-page temper tantrum about his impeachment...
06:17 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing This $27,000 airplane "seat" is actually a shower, bedroom, and living room
Casey Neistat rode on the Etihad A380 The Residence, and made a video about it. The $27,000 ticket (which was comped) is basically a small apartment, which a private bathroom and shower (with a 10-min...
05:58 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing A profile of Cliff "Cuckoo's Egg" Stoll, a pioneering "hacker hunter"
Cliff Stoll (previously) is a computing legend: his 1989 book The Cuckoo's Egg tells the story of how he was drafted to help run Lawrence Berkeley Lab's computers (he was a physicist who knew a lot ab...
05:58 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Christian influencer couple asks for prayers from global church to resurrect young daughter who died
This is very sad. Kalley Heiligenthal is a popular worship singer who has over 200,000 followers on Instagram, according to the Daily Dot. She and her husband recently and tragically lost their baby d...
05:36 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Large truck rescue goes badly. Really, really badly
A large tractor trailer dangles precipitously over a steep embankment. A crane to the rescue! Things are looking good. But then the system's center of gravity moves in an undesirable direction, snatch...
05:20 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Toilet designed to be uncomfortable to sit on, aimed at boosting employee productivity
A Staffordshire company called StandardToilet has designed a toilet with a seat that tilts downward, making it painful to sit on for more than a few minutes.From StandardToilet's website:It is estimat...
04:53 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing I miss ska-punk
Funny how I can understand all the words now. Read the rest ...
04:08 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing The Loch Ness Ladel is real
I'm not usually one for gimmicky kitchen gadgets but OTOTO's Nessie Ladle is cryptozoological comedy genius. Also available as a Sweet Nessie Spoon! (Amazon) Read the rest ...
04:08 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing The Loch Ness Ladle is real
I'm not usually one for gimmicky kitchen gadgets but OTOTO's Nessie Ladle is cryptozoological comedy genius. Also available as a Sweet Nessie Spoon! (Amazon) Read the rest ...
04:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Thief robs caricature artist but leaves his portrait behind
Earlier this month at the Festival of Lights event in Riverside, California, a gentleman requested that a caricature artist paint his portrait. Once the drawing was finished, the subject snatched the ...
02:50 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing The team of elite jewel thieves and the retired cop that helped bring them down
Writing for The Atlantic, Geoff Manaugh has a lengthy new article about a team of elite jewel thieves operating in Florida. The story is full of absurdly-cinematic details.The burglars were able to op...
02:30 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing A legendary point-and-click adventure game has found a new life online.
I remember buying Westwood Studios (miss those guys) point-and-click Blade Runner game to play on my old ThinkPad, back in the late 1990s. It was the first game I can recall owning that spanned multip...
01:50 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Bear jumps on man's car at Sequoia National Park
A Southern California man and his dog were on their way home from a "disappointing" trip to Sequoia National Park when they encountered a bear. After the bear and dog eyed each other with interest thr...
01:45 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing The gothic sculptures of Jason Stieva
Jason Stieva (insta) makes elaborate, intense gothic sculptures: skulls with disturbing patterns of growth and embedded machinery, themselves assembled into clocks, ships, and miniature armies of the ...
01:34 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Give your gut a break with this adjustable toilet stool
When it comes to bathroom breaks, do you struggle to stay..."regular"? You're not alone. Most people don't use the toilet correctly, for the simple reason that toilets in the western hemisphere aren't...
01:20 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Puppy vibe check
This video shows a labrador puppy receiving his D&D alignment examination prior to being put up for adoption. King is adorable. King is a tabula rasa. He'll be two years old now —I wonder h...
01:11 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing The best thing about American "sports"
Wally Backman, seen here as manager of the South Georgia Peanuts, just wants to know what he said that got him ejected from the game along with his player. The umpire, he says, is "an embarrassment to...
12:59 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Wolfeye Studios' Weird West is looking like my kind of game
I'm looking forward to Weird West, for a number of reasons. Its hand-painted aesthetic and top-down tactical game play bring to mind all of the love that I hold for Fallout and Fallout 2 and Wasteland...
12:50 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing The Kinship Hybercube and the meaning of progress in Civilization games
Writing for Vice, Gabriel Soares takes a look at Civilization and why a standard playthrough tends to get more boring as the player reaches modern day technology:what is progress in an historical 4X g...
12:42 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Dartboard moves to ensure perfect shot every time
Mark Rober is bad at darts, but he still gets perfect scores, because he's good at engineering.I fulfilled a 3 year long dream to create a dartboard where you get a bullseye every time thanks to some ...
12:33 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Help wanted: Social media manager for Queen Elizabeth II
Buckingham Palace is seeking a Head of Digital Engagement to manage the social media accounts of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family. It's a full-time job and the annual pay is 45,000 - 50,000, de...
12:28 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing New experimental video games controlled by skate board, teeter totter, and a giraffe head
The 2020 Game Developers Conference will include alt.ctrl.GDC, a showcase of video game using unconventional, accessible or alternative physical controls. The 20 finalists include Far Away Cage, an A...
11:54 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Clever holiday gift-wrapping hack goes viral
The Internet is getting all aflutter about a gift-wrapping hack shared by DIY lifestyle site Blossom. It went viral after UK bookseller Waterstones posted it in their Twitter feed. What IS this "life-...
11:51 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing A Cavinesque and Hobbesian look at Donald's many imaginary friends
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the plucky little boy president Donald checks in on his many, many imaginary friends....
11:51 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at Donald's many imaginary friends
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the plucky little boy president Donald checks in on his many, many imaginary friends....
10:23 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Sadistic jerks delivered strobing images to the Epilepsy Foundation's Twitter followers
Last month, some assholes posted strobing images to Twitter with mentions of the Epilepsy Foundation's username and epilepsy-related hashtags, potentially triggering seizures in followers of the accou...
10:18 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing One of the Las Vegas pigeons wearing a cowboy hat has been caught
Last week, we posted about pigeons wearing cowboy hats in the Las Vegas Valley. Pigeon rescue group Lofty Hopes reports that they've finally trapped one of the animals, named Cluck Norris. The hats ap...
08:08 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Sequencing an anciet girl's genome from a 5,700-year-old piece of chewing gum
Almost 6,000 years ago on the island of Lolland, Denmark, a young girl disposed of her chewing gum. Now, University of Copenhagen researchers have used that gum, made from birch pitch, to sequence the...
04:17 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Trump tweets something stupid on Impeachment Eve
Here is a tweet from Donald Trump, the man serving America as the 45th president.The day after he typed this, Donald Trump will be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors against the United States ...
04:02 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Producer on TV's '60 Minutes' sues CBS, charging gender discrimination
A woman who works as an associate producer on the long-running CBS television show 60 Minutes today filed a lawsuit that claims she experienced gender discrimination at the TV network. Cassandra Vinog...
04:00 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Lemonade is breaking the mold for home and renters insurance
Whether you own or rent your place, insurance on that home is a necessary hassle - but a new tech-driven company called Lemonade is starting to show that while it might indeed be a necessity, it doesn...
03:26 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Australia just had hottest day in recorded history
104 F/40.9 C average across country...
03:09 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Sign of a chonker cat: 'Fat Fred'
A sign for our times. This is Fat Fred.He is a boy.He is not pregnant.Source: 'Walking by a vet clinic when I saw this sign' by KneeAppallingTanIceCream on IMGUR.Walking by a vet clinic when I saw thi...
01:18 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing With 5G, 2019 reached peak bullshit
Mitch Wagner writes, "My colleague Iain Morris takes a hammer to 5G hype in an article that's so, so good. The world went bonkers in 2019 and 5G hype is part of that. Yes, 5G is inevitable, Iain notes...
12:42 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2019
BoingBoing Kentucky's governor insisted that investment bankers could provide broadband. He was wrong.
When Steve Beshear was governor of Kentucky, he told experts to go fuck themselves and instead allowed the Australian investment bank Macquarie Capital to manage Kentuckywired, a program to build out ...
09:39 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Get a 12-pack of small tubes of toothpaste for air travel
For a variety of reasons, most hotels dont supply toothpaste in rooms. (Heres an article from Slate that explains why.) And you cant take a standard-sized tube in carry-on luggage because the toothpas...
09:18 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Save over 50% on these wireless earbuds that pack serious sound in a tiny package
We're rapidly approaching the point where wireless audio is breaking free of its only real stigma: Lackluster sound. There are a few earbuds edging into the market that not only deliver a solid listen...
09:06 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Kathryn Spiers: 'I was fired last week by Google for organizing.'
Google denies claim of illegal and retaliatory firing...
09:02 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Insulin prices doubled between 2012 and 2016
The historical excuse for pharma monopolists who conspired to rig prices on insulin was that hardly anyone paid full price -- everyone got their life-saving, non-optional medicine through health plans...
09:02 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Creditors of dead cryptocurrency exec want to exhume his body
When Gerry Cotten, founder of the QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange, died mysteriously in India at the age of 30 he left behind an encrypted laptop with up to $250 million of customer deposits locked...
08:55 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman roasts pork on car during Australia heat crisis
Well, there it is at last, the silver lining to climate change. Turns out it's so hot in Australia, you can totally roast a delicious hunk of meat on top of your car.In Australia, a guy roasted some t...
08:48 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Idiotic security mistakes in smart conferencing gear allows hackers to spy on board rooms, steal presentations
Dten is a "certified hardware provider" for Zoom, making smart screens and whiteboards for videoconferencing; a Forescout Research report reveals that Dten committed a string of idiotic security blund...
08:42 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman arrested at airport with 80 pounds of marijuana disguised as holiday gifts
He was only dreaming of a green Christmas, you guys.In Nashville, Tennessee, an unfortunate gentleman is in jail after authorities, and their K-9 drug sniffing dogs to be precise, smelled some odifero...
08:22 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders is the only leading Democrat who hasn't taken money from billionaires
Bernie Sanders' record-setting fundraising isn't just notable for how much he raised, it's also notable for how he raised it -- Sanders is the only leading candidate in the Democratic leadership race ...
08:11 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Search-warrant demands that Google turn over account info, Android info, all accounts and passwords, calendar, contacts, cloud docs, financial data, photos, location history, search history, call reco
Scott Budnick (producer of the "Hangover" movies) is embroiled in a complicated feud with an LA homicide cop named Sgt. Richard Biddle; Biddle has pursued his investigation against Budnick by securing...
07:33 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Privacy activists spent a day on Capitol Hill scanning faces to prove that scanning faces should be banned
Activists from Fight for the Future prowled the halls of Congress in "jumpsuits with phone strapped to their heads conducting live facial recognition surveillance" to "show why this tech should be ban...
07:03 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing AI Dungeon, the "infinite" text adventure is available as a smartphone app
AI Dungeon, a vastly open text adventure that used artificial intelligence to generate responses to your commands, is now available as an easy-to-use smartphone app (the web version was clunky). The V...
05:52 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Foxconn wants Wisconsin to keep paying it billions, but it won't disclose what kind of factory it will build
When Donald Trump and then-Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced a plan to give billions of dollars to the notorious Taiwanese sweatshop operator Foxconn to build a super-factory in Wisconsin, kno...
05:47 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Employee deprives gentleman from liberating merchandise from department store
A man who chose the no-payment option for a store item was pursued out the door by a relentless employee who apparently holds the quaint notion that transactions involving the exchange of goods should...
05:33 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Citing the Panama Papers, Elizabeth Warren proposes sweeping anti-financial-secrecy rules
The whistleblowers who brought us The Paradise Papers and The Panama Papers risked their freedom and even their lives (Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated for reporting on the s...
05:26 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Rusty Blazenhoff recommends this industrial ice cream scoop
Over at Cool Tools (a site I co-operate) Rusty Blazenhoff talks to Donald Bell about her favorite ice cream scoop: the Thrifty square ice cream scoop. Read the rest ...
05:23 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Immerse yourself in these stunning 4K airplane cockpit videos
Go full screen for this 4K video of an Airbus A380 landing at night at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The YouTube channel, High Pressure Aviation Films, offers dozens of POV flight videos, from ...
05:08 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Why should you read Dune?
This episode of TED-Ed is about Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel, Dune, and why you should read it.A mother and son trek across an endless desert. Wearing special suits to dissipate heat and...
05:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Someone will be sent to the hospital if this cat ever makes it out of this tinfoil-lined hallway
I'm like, eighty percent certain that this kitty's going to kill whoever it is holding the camera, just as soon as it figures out that it can survive crossing a hallway filled with aluminum foil. Read...
04:07 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing New Jersey waitress surprised with $1200 tip in Christmas act of kindness
I really hope this shows people that theres power in community and all it takes is a group of friends to come together and change someone elses life....
04:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Adobe is starting to sort out Photoshop for iPad's lousy feature set
Let me give it to you straight: Photoshop for iPad isn't great. Over the past year, creatives who rely on their iPadOS tablet to take care of photographic business have been promised the moon by Adobe...
03:41 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing 'Cars now run on the new oil your data.'
What data does your car gather about you? Where does it go? Who has access to it? Quite the story today from Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey Fowler [@geoffreyfowler], and quite the viral...
03:29 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Rudy Giuliani: 'I needed Yovanovitch out of the way. She was going to make the investigations difficult for everybody'
That Rudy Giuliani is really out-Giuliani-ing himself this week. What's he up to? This feels like a set-up, a prelude to a greater Act yet to come.Said Giuliani just last night on Fox News:"I forced h...
02:24 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing EFF announces major new EU focus and two amazing new hires
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just hired two new staffers focused on the EU: Icelandic poet, artist, and free expression activist Birgitta Jnsdttir, and European Internet policy expert Chris...
02:23 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Superman's cape just sold for nearly $200,000
Superman's cape, as worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978), sold at auction yesterday for $193,750. From Julien's Auctions:Includes a copy of Superman #331, which advertises on a banner above th...
02:15 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing This 13-year old Jarvis Cocker tune is vying a Christmas number one in England this year
This video hit YouTube in 2009. The song was originally released in 2006 as a bonus track on Jarvis Cocker's first post-Pulp album. More than a decade later, not much has changed. In light of this mon...
02:15 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing This 13-year old Jarvis Cocker tune is vying for a Christmas number one in England this year
This video hit YouTube in 2009. The song was originally released in 2006 as a bonus track on Jarvis Cocker's first post-Pulp album. More than a decade later, not much has changed. In light of this mon...
02:04 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Fish controls robot
This video depicts a fish controlling a robot, which is to say the fish is in a tank on wheels and a computer moves it in whichever direction the fish is currently swimming. Here's another one:The sta...
01:45 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing The Wall Street Journal's new hedcut-generating AI created monstrous portraits
Becoming important enough to merit a "hedcut" stippled portrait from the Wall Street Journal used to a be a significant honor. But on Monday, the WSJ announced that all members can now receive a hedc...
01:16 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Lock down your cash, cards, and RFID tags with this wallet that's over 60% off
Traditional wallets are slowly going the way of the VCR. Modern life has gotten a lot more portable, and the habit of carrying endless reams of business cards and receipts has gotten to be just that: ...
01:15 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing TIL: John Mulaney has an upcoming kid's musical comedy special
Today I learned (on Conan O'Brien's podcast) that comedian John Mulaney has made a children's musical comedy special for Netflix. What?! Terrific! The show's official description states he and his "ki...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing A retrospective on the making of Tie Fighter
Writing for PCGamer, Alex Kane takes a long look at the creation of the video game Tie Fighter, where the player becomes an ace in the Imperial Navy between the Battle of Hoth and Battle of Endor. Su...
12:56 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Russian man making own steam train, and tracks, to enjoy in back yard
"The first steam train test on October 7, 2019," writes Pavel Chilin, posting his own steam engine to YouTube. Choo choo! His channel has several other videos of his rusty railroad adventure. Read the...
12:45 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Frosty the Cheeseball Man is a holiday party must-have
A few years back, Charles Phoenix, the creator of kitchen kitsch behind the Cherpumple and other outrageous recipes, made something that's perfect to serve at a holiday party: Frosty the Cheeseball Ma...
12:38 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing This cheap professional grade electric razor is an upgrade I never knew I wanted
I started going bald in my mid-twenties, thanks to a combination of stress and shitty genes. I put up with it, right up to the point where I started thinking about getting a hair cut that would mask t...
12:38 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Embroidered aerial photography of English fields
At Victoria Richards' Etsy store she sells stunning embroideries evoking the timeless pastoral landscapes of southern England. May favorites are the "aerial photographs" such as the one depicted here....
12:30 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Some guy made a Super Mario guitar out of a popsicle sticks
I don't know why this exists, but I'm glad it does. I just want to know how it sounds, and how it plays! I guess I'll have to visit Cranmer Guitars the next time I'm in Glasgow. Read the rest ...
12:28 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing The island of infected chimpanzees, and the man who feeds them
Writing for the Washington Post, Danielle Paquette tells the story of Monkey Island in Liberia. Beginning in 1974, American scientists hoping to develop vaccines experimented on chimpanzees in Liberia...
12:23 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing In the winter of 1931, a mysterious fugitive led police on a 300-kilometer chase through northern Canada
In the winter of 1931, a dramatic manhunt unfolded in northern Canada when a reclusive trapper shot a constable and fled across the frigid landscape. In the chase that followed the mysterious fugitive...
11:00 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Watch Wham's "Last Christmas", the second-worst Christmas song, in gorgeously remastered 4K
A symphony in polyester sweaters and feathered mullets, now in splendid 4K. [via Input] Read the rest ...
10:23 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Car explodes after driver sprays too much air freshener and lights cigarette
In Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, a gentleman's car exploded after he reportedly sprayed "excessive" amount of air freshener and then lit a cigarette. From the BBC News:Gas from the spray ignited, ...
08:23 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Arthur C. Clarke reads his short story "Transit of Earth" (1975)
Arthur C. Clark's short story "Transit of Earth" appeared in the January 1971 issue of Playboy. It's a moving tale of an astronaut stranded on Mars, on the verge of death, waiting to watch the Earth p...
08:08 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing US Navy building a ship named after Harvey Milk sixty years after he was booted out for being gay
The US Navy is building a ship that they are naming after a true American hero. Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was an inspiring LGBT activist who in 1978 became the first openly gay elected official in Calif...
05:00 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing This adjustable travel pillow lets you sleep your way on the go
If you fly coach, you know that even a short jaunt can seem like an eternity, especially if it's during the wee hours. Cramped quarters and awkward, upright chairs can make sleep almost impossible no ...
04:22 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Rudy Giuliani on Yovanovitch: I didnt need her out of the way, I forced her out because shes corrupt
"I forced her out because she's corrupt," said Rudy Giuliani, a private citizen who was once Donald Trump's personal lawyer, about America's former ambassador to Ukraine. In this bananas TV segment wi...
04:16 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing New York City bans most flavored e-cigarettes in war on vaping
New NYC law to cub vaping takes effect next July, aims to protect teens' health...
04:02 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Russia calls Trump its agent on state TV
Well, this is rather bold, isn't it.Today, as Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was returning to Moscow from last week's visit with Donald Trump in the White House, Russian state media aired a s...
01:58 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Whistleblower reports Mormon Church has amassed a $100 billion tax-free fund
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has amassed $100 billion in tax-free funds that should have gone to charitable causes, according to a whistleblower who alerted the IRS, reports The Was...
12:59 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Harvey Weinstein miraculously cured - abandons walker after court appearance
It's a Christmas miracle! Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein showed up at court last week wearing a comically baggy suit and shuffling unsteadily with a walker. The very next day he was spotted ...
12:34 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing An oral history of the 2009 Folgers Incest Ad
Gabriella Paiella of GQ presents this excellent oral history of what has come to be known as the Folgers Incest Commercial of 2009. Folgers should remake the commercial and hire the actors who played ...
12:22 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Hallmark channel flips, then flops on hate group's pressure over lesbian kiss commercial
One Million Moms is an anti-LGBTQ division of the American Family Association, listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to its website One Million Moms is "fed up with the ...
12:04 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2019
BoingBoing Podcast: Party Discipline, a Walkaway story (Part 3)
In my latest podcast (MP3), I continue my serial reading of my novella Party Discipline, which I wrote while on a 35-city, 45-day tour for my novel Walkaway in 2017; Party Discipline is a story set in...
09:25 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Man makes improved glitter/stink bomb package to delight porch pirate
Mark Robler made a new version of his glitter/stink bomb to give package thieves a joyous surprise. This one's full of interesting bells and whistles, like an audio recording that makes it seem like t...
09:13 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Lock down a career in cloud security with the help of this training
To millions of end-users, the cloud means convenience. But one major security breach and that convenience isn't worth a thing. That makes cybersecurity professionals one of the most crucial positions ...
08:30 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing 3D printed "model kits" as Christmas cards
McChristian says, "Rather than send/give out Holiday Cards this year, I decided to make punch and assemble Holiday 'kits.' The sleigh and reindeer were models found on Thingiverse, and I designed/prin...
08:27 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Beaming mugshot of politician's wife booked into jail after pouring drink on journalist
Abbey Winters, the wife of Chattooga County, Georgia's sole county commissioner, was arrested Friday and charged with battery after pouring a drink on a reporter. The reporter had apparently asked her...
08:10 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing McKinsey is lying about its role in building ICE's gulags, and paying to own the top search result for "McKinsey ICE"
Propublica's meticulously researched and reported story about McKinsey's roles in designing ICE's detention centers, advising ICE to skimp on supervision, food and medical care, is as unimpeachable as...
07:50 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing The EST Torch L1 is an ultra-durable, ultra-versatile flashlight
Boing Boing proudly welcomes EST as a sponsor.The Torch L1 by EST Gear is the worlds most versatile flashlight. It features a unique L-shaped design so you can use it hands free as a headlamp or stan...
06:58 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Boston city council election decided by a single vote
The final spot on Boston's city council race for at-large councillors went to Julia Mejia, who edged out her opponent Alejandra St. Guillen by a single vote (22,491 to 22,492). Both were in the runnin...
06:39 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Bunnie Huang's classic "Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen" is now free online
Bunnie Huang (previously) is a legendary hardware hacker, and one of his claims to fame are his annual trips to Shenzhen -- China's electronics manufacturing hub -- with groups of MIT students to show...
06:03 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Private equity firms should be abolished
In his latest BIG newsletter, Matt Stoller (previously) relates the key moments in the history of private equity, from its roots in the notorious "leveraged buyouts" of the 1980s, and explains exactly...
05:01 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing ICANN hits pause on the sale of .ORG to Republican billionaires' private equity fund
Here's what's happened: first, ICANN (the legendarily opaque US corporation that runs the internet's Domain Name System) approved a change in pricing for .ORG domains, run by the nonprofit Internet So...
05:00 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Travel Tunes: TinariwenKel Tinawen
The RV might be winterized and staying put until the spring thaw, but we're not. Now that I have the all clear from my cardiologist, my wife and are are planning a 20-day trip to Morocco. It'll be the...
04:18 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing This teenager is not just a big mouth but the world's BIGGEST mouth
Isaac Johnson, 14, of Bloomington, Minnesota, has the world's largest mouth gape. Johnson's 3.67 inch pie hole was recently confirmed to be .21 inches large larger than the gape of the previous record...
04:03 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Supreme Court affirms homeless peoples' right to be on public property
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to let Boise ban people from sleeping rough.The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Boise would be violating the constitutional ban on cruel and u...
03:07 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing How tech rotted out
Here's The New York Times's verdict on the 2010s: "The Decade Tech Lost Its Way." The individual stories--Deepfakes, self-driving cars, social media, fake news -- aren't laden with opinion, and many s...
02:47 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Input, a new tech news site
Joshua Topolsky's new techology news site, Input, just launched. The aim, in a crowded pack? To focus on the things that are neither speculative nor mass-market but which will shape lives in the immed...
02:44 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Merry Christmas, someone stole Jesus's foreskin
The Catholic church has plenty of weird relics stored in ornate boxes around the world. Tourists flock to these churches to get a glimpse of the vessels that allegedly contain the original Crown of Th...
02:23 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Listen to Brian Eno's beautiful cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire"
In 1990, Brian Eno and John Cale made a wonderful experimental pop/art rock record called Wrong Way Up, released by Warner Bros. Records. At the time, the label would send out 7" records to alt.rock/c...
02:16 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Gershon Kingsley, 1922-2019
Synth pioneer Gershon Kingsley is dead at 97.Kingsley was most famous for his 1969 song Popcorn, which was one of the first electronic singles to hit the airwaves. The song became a hit for the group ...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Baby Yoda's just fiddling with the radio (meme alert)
There's a scene in the fourth episode of The Mandalorian where the unnamed child (aka Baby Yoda) is literally pushing Mando's buttons, well, the buttons on his ship anyway. Since it aired, the interne...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing The Final Trailer for Netflix's The Witcher is here
I haven't had the chance to play any of the Witcher games (although Witcher 3 for Nintendo Switch is on my list of titles to buy, just as soon as I finish Divinity: Original Sin 2.) However, I loved t...
01:45 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Why is the FBI protecting Superman's civilian identity?
In last week'sSuperman #18, the eponymous hero held a press conference to reveal his identity to the public. Comic book continuity is ever-shifting, of course, and the connection between Superman and ...
01:43 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Things that have been mildly vandalized
"Vandalism must be mild!" declares the pinned post at r/MildlyVandalised, my new favorite subreddit. It's dedicated to amusing examples of relatively insignificant destruction and decay, such as missi...
01:15 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing 100% relatable: SNL parodies Macy's kids' holiday clothing ads perfectly
This SNL skit is funny 'cause it's true whether you have kids, had kids, or you've been one yourself. Read the rest ...
01:00 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Arcade game combines Pop-A-Shot basketball with fighting off zombies
Here's a clever update to the arcade classic Pop-A-Shot basketball. The really Big Crane Company has combined the basketball mechanic with Plants vs. Zombies to create Zombie Jam. Hit a basket in th...
12:48 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing A clear breakdown of everything your employer can (or can't) see on your computer
My Wirecutter colleague Thorin Klosowski has written a great new article on what not to do on your employer-issued computer. He consulted with security experts at the New York Times as well as Vantage...
12:42 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Happy 10th birthday, TAILS -- the real Paranoid Linux!
In my 2008 novel Little Brother, the underground resistance uses a secure operating system called "Paranoid Linux" that is designed to prevent surveillance and leave no evidence of its use; that was f...
12:30 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing American Psycho as a valley bro? Yes please.
For the record, I own a Jok3r 60% keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches.Image via Pixabay Read the rest ...
12:08 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Porch pirate left smug "thank you" note
A porch pirate in St. Paul, Minnesota had the gall to leave a smug "thank you" note after stealing a package off Hilary Smith's doorstep. I do appreciate a nicely-crafted thank you note, but this is r...
10:23 am PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing How 700,000 bottles of Tabasco are made every day
Tabasco isn't quite hot enough for my jaded tongue but I do like the consistent taste and the product's ubiquity. Also, the tiny bottles they sometimes include with hotel room service orders are fanta...
08:08 am PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing Starbucks apologizes after two cops claimed they were ignored by the baristas
Starbucks has apologized after two Riverside County sheriff's deputies reported that baristas ignored them when they waited to place an order. This comes just a couple weeks after an Oklahoma Starbuck...
04:33 am PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing 10 gifts you can get now that don't need shipping
This holiday season, give the delivery man a break. Who needs the extra cost and uncertainty of shipping anyway? Here are 10-holiday gifts that cut out the middleman and go straight to the nicest ones...
12:43 am PST - Mon, December 16, 2019
BoingBoing San Diego's Mysterious Galaxy bookstore is saved!
With just days to go before it would have to close its doors forever, San Diego's beloved science fiction bookstore Mysterious Galaxy has found a new location and new owners: Jenni Marchisotto and Mat...
09:07 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2019
BoingBoing This smart notebook saves your scribbles with a simple scan of your SmartPhone
For some folks, writing notes by hand is just plain easier, but having to re-type them later can be a huge bore, not to mention time-sink.The guys from Rocketbook successfully merged the best parts of...
01:32 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2019
BoingBoing Save 40% on this innovative desktop toy and card game
There are fast-paced card games, and some of them even require enough dexterity for a mini-workout (like Skip-Bo or Snap). But there's nothing quite like the Mokuru Card Game, which uses an already ad...
04:55 am PST - Sun, December 15, 2019
BoingBoing Save over 50% on this collision-detecting dash cam
People who ask themselves why they need a dashcam usually have one thing in common: They've never been a serious collision. Even in fender benders, these gadgets can save you an immense amount of time...
09:30 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing Juice up on the go with this power bank/wireless charger combo
There's no shortage of wireless chargers out there. So when one scores a Best of Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show, we take notice. And, those industry nods mean good news for just abo...
08:15 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing TikTok owner ByteDance launches new deal with Chinese government
The increasingly popular social media application TikTok has a concerning relationship with the Chinese state. That link became ever the more concerning today, when reports began circulating of a bran...
08:08 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing Utah destroys thousands of gallons of beer
In Utah, liquor authorities who have long been aligned with the Mormon patriarchs who more or less run everything in the state have poured thousands of gallons of drinkable beer down the drain -- no, ...
08:02 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing Gentleman arrested after calling police 3 times to confess
In Georgia, a man was arrested after he called the sheriff's office to confess -- three separate times.The Thomasville Times-Enterprise reports that Lt. Tim Watkins of the Thomas County Sheriffs Offic...
08:00 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing The UK's Conservative Party recently put up a new statue of known anti-Semite Nancy Astor
Nancy Astor was the first woman to sit in Parliament; this is true. She took her seat as a member of the Conservative Party on November 28, 1919. And so, to celebrate the centennial, the party put up ...
07:24 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing Death Stranding Instagram filters
Now you can add some Kojima flavor to selfies or news coverage of the impeachment hearings. Erop has created two different Instagram filters. TOMORROW IS IN YOUR HANDS #DeathStranding #TomorrowIsInY...
05:10 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing McKinsey's internal mythology compares management consultants to "the Marine Corps, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Jesuits"
Consulting giant McKinsey is embroiled is a string of scandals, from the revelation thatit designed ICE's gulags to the news that it charged New York $27.5m for a fraudulent (and worse-than-useless) v...
04:54 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing Lawmaker admits not independently researching lobbyist's claim that ectopic fetuses could be reimplanted in the uterus, blames medical journals
Ohio lawmakers introduced legislation that would see women and doctors charged with murder if they did not re-implant fetuses from ectopic pregnancies in women's uteruses, a procedure that does not ex...
04:18 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing Private equity looters startled to be called out by name in Taylor Swift award-acceptance speech
Taylor Swift has been embroiled in a terrible dispute with Scooter Braun, who acquired Swift's former label for $300m, delivering him control over Swift's first six albums. Swift says that Braun had b...
04:02 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing AI Now's annual report: stop doing "emotion detection"; stop "socially sensitive" facial recognition; make AI research diverse and representative -- and more
Every year, the AI Now Institute (previously) publishes a deep, thoughtful, important overview of where AI research is and the ethical gaps in AI's use, and makes a list of a dozen urgent recommendati...
01:32 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing Save over 75% on this 5-piece Damascus chef's knife set
Once you've cut steak or poultry with some actual quality knives, it's really tough to go back to those budget blades you bought at the department store a couple of decades ago.Consider that a fair wa...
04:55 am PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing These home vision tests offer a clear look at the state of your eyesight
Concerned about your eyesight? You probably should be. And we're not just talking about seniors here. Young or old, we're all at risk of coming down with vision issuesMost of us might get a vision tes...
03:10 am PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing Top Florida Cop instructed officer to act like a "white supremacist" when engaging Black suspect
The Miami Herald reports that a high-ranking officer in the Monroe County Sheriff's department instructed another officer to act like a "white supremacist" and a "Neo-Nazi cop" when detaining a black ...
12:32 am PST - Sat, December 14, 2019
BoingBoing Radicalized is one of the Wall Street Journal's top sf books of 2019!
Radicalized, my collection of four novellas, is one of the Wall Street Journal's picks for best sf books of 2019! My thanks to Tom Shippey, who listed it alongside of David Walton's Three Laws Lethal,...
10:38 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Large, diverse coalition of civil society groups tell the US, UK and Australian governments not to ban working encryption
Facebook's decision to default to end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger prompted the governments of the UK, the USA and Australia to write to Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to delay implementation...
09:55 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Canada's infrastructure was once cheap and effective to build. Now, it's a titanic transfer from taxpayers to the world's biggest businesses and investors
[We're delighted to have Rosemary Frei back with us, this time reporting on a global transformation: once, infrastructure was created efficiently cheap central bank funding and now it's done with publ...
09:02 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing This 5-row Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard rolls up so you can take it on the go
We love our smartphones and tablets, but we also love to write. For a while now, there hasn't been a workable solution. Either hook it up to a keyboard (which defeats the purpose of a portable gadget)...
08:54 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Review: SpotHero should be called SpotZero
SpotHero is an app that lets you reserve parking in advance. It seemed like a cool idea, so I installed it and gave it a try when I had a business lunch on Tuesday. I entered the name of the restauran...
07:33 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Getting rid of silverfish with lavender oil
For years weve had silverfish darting around our guest bathroom floor. I bought some silverfish traps (little cardboard boxes with sticky goo to ensnare them) and they helped, but didnt stop them. In ...
06:59 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Ki ki ki, ma ma ma
In honor of today, please enjoy Harry Manfedini's "Overlay of Evil/Main Title" from the score to Friday the 13th (1980). And as a bonus, here is the evolution of Jason Vorhees's handsome mug: Read the...
06:53 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing The Queens worst nightmare, Prince Andrew jailed, and Royal cosmetic surgery exposed in this weeks dubious tabloids
The Royal soap opera continues apace in this weeks tawdry tabloids, increasingly untethered from reality....
06:49 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Celebrate Friday the 13th with "The Occult: Mysteries Of The Supernatural" (1977 )
Throw some salt over your shoulder and enjoy this 1977 Encyclopedia Britannica short documentary, The Occult: Mysteries Of The Supernatural, hosted by Christopher Lee who famously starred as Dracula i...
06:43 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Puma loses 3 cup shuffle game, but it turns out fine in the end
This adorable puma is willing to play a game with its human, as long as it receives the prize, win or lose.Puma reasoning skills on display, 3 cup shuffle from r/Magic Read the rest ...
06:35 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Airport security made a Christmas tree out of confiscated items
Security officers at Lithuania's Vilnius Airport built a Christmas tree from "items that are prohibited to carry in hand luggage and which were taken away from passengers during screening.""With knive...
06:29 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Watch: Octopus vs. eagle
Fish farmers on Canada's Vancouver Island spotted an eagle in the clutches of a giant Pacific octopus. Realizing the eagle would soon drown, the men freed the raptor from the cephalopod's tentacles an...
06:23 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Enjoy these photos of lips injected with filler to give them a pointy look
Dazed Beauty reports on a rising trend in Russia called devil lips, or octopus lips. "[T] he procedure is said to involve inserting filler in the outer lip to create a wave effect across both the lips...
06:18 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing John Waters and Steve Martin look at modern art
In the above episode of the Museum of Modern Art's "The Way I See It," the patron saint of bad taste John Waters looks at Lee Lozanos "Untitled" (1963). And below, legendary comedian and musician Stev...
06:18 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing John Waters looks at modern art
In the above episode of the Museum of Modern Art's "The Way I See It," the patron saint of bad taste John Waters looks at Lee Lozanos "Untitled" (1963). "I buy art and love art that frightens me and g...
06:05 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Whole album just the sound of classic mechanical keyboards being typed on
Taeha Types' Mechanical Keyboard Sounds: Recordings Of Bespoke And Customised Mechanical Keyboards is the album of the year. Roaring into life with the kinetic Apple M011A and the hard-rocking Chicory...
05:54 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing My top ten maker tips for 2019
In the spring of this year, I started a weekly tips newsletter, Gareth's Tips, Tools, and Shop Tales. I had released a book of tips in 2018, called Tips and Tales from the Workshop, and couldn't shake...
05:53 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing One Million Moms, a far-right Christian group, is offended by Hallmark commercial of newlywed women kissing
A coterie of Karens, banded together under the banner "One Million Moms," have called for a boycott of the Hallmark Channel after it ran a commercial that showed a married couple kissing. The Karens o...
05:31 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Steve Martin makes abstract art theory interesting
In this MoMA video, Steve Martin talks about two of his favorite abstract art paintings and why he appreciates them. Read the rest ...
05:14 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing This driver towing a boat made a poor decision resulting in the loss of his boat
This boat enthusiast was either excited to get his boat into the water, or in a hurry to go home. Either way it doesn't matter, because now he is without a boat.The high-speed wobs, man. They'll get y...
05:00 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing California beach awash with penises which also happen to be fish
OK get to it. There's a worm out called the Fat Innkeeper Worm or, if you will the Penis Fish. Recently, thousands of the sea-cocks washed up on the shores of a beach, around 50 miles north of San Fra...
04:14 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Actor Danny Aiello has died at 86
PHOTO COURTESY Universal Pictures: Danny Aiello, second from left, with Spike Lee, John Turturro, and Richard Edson in a scene from Do the Right Thing (1989).Beloved blue collar tough-guy actor Danny ...
04:03 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing House approves Trump impeachment articles
A Democract-led U.S. House of Representatives committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction against manifestly unfit U.S. president and obvious Russian puppet Donald Trump. Th...
04:00 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Threat Level Midnight is a go
Golden Face is back. This time, it's personal. Read the rest ...
03:54 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Gretchen Carlson to Fox: release employees from NDAs, 'buying silence instead of stopping harassment is immoral and unjust'
I still can't talk about what happened to me because of a non-disclosure agreement, says Gretchen Carlson.In an op-ed today, former Fox News presenter Gretchen Carlson calls on Fox to release employee...
03:48 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Workers at Spin, Ford's e-scooter company, have unionized in San Francisco
Spin is a short-hire/e-scooter company -- one of those firms like Bird and Lime that fill city streets with future-ewaste vehicles that block wheelchairs. It's owned by Ford.On Dec 5, workers at Spin'...
03:47 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Bikini Kill, Circle Jerks to headline Burger Boogaloo in 2020
Punk AF music festival Burger Boogaloo has announced its initial 2020 lineup:DAY 1 /////////////////////// DAY 2 ...BIKINI KILL ///////////////// CIRCLE JERKSPLASTIC BERTRAND //// BLEACHEDPANSY DIVISI...
03:27 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Nulledcast: a podcast where hackers play live audio of themselves breaking into Ring cameras and tormenting their owners
Nulledcast is a realtime podcast streamed on a Discord channel for the hacking forum Nulled: the hosts break into Ring and Nest cameras in realtime, blare sirens at the owners, then torment them with ...
03:07 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing LA police union will not defend cop accused of sexual assault on a corpse
Finally, a police union has identified a form of misconduct it will not defend: necrophilia.David Rojas is the LAPD cop who thought that turning off his bodycam would stop it from recording him as he ...
03:04 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing The cinematic universe of Melania Trump christmas videos
Each year, the White House issues a video of Melania Trump wandering around it revealing the Christmas decorations. The decorations are beautiful, cold and slightly weird, and in combination with her ...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing A harrowing look inside the apocalyptic Evangelical cult around Donald Trump
I have kind of an unhealthy fascination with the cultishness of Christian Nationalist American Evangelicals. I was raised Catholic; before I went to high school, my mom actually worked at the local ch...
01:57 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Save over 50% on this slim battery case for your iPhone 11 Pro Max
So you've got an iPhone 11 Pro Max. It's an impressive piece of hardware - sometimes, too impressive. The more you're compelled to use it, the more an age-old problem pops up: The dreaded low battery ...
01:30 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Homeland Security labelled a group of volunteer doctors as "radical political activists"
The Trump administration's brazen propaganda game has always been strong, and always finds impressive new ways to out-horrible itself.So this is really just the latest example of dehumanizing language...
01:14 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Star Wars Imperial keycaps
One can buy, at considerable expense, a set of Imperial keycaps themed on Star Wars' galactic empire. Insert "you don't know the power of the Dark Side" joke here.DSA Galactic Empire commemorates the ...
01:03 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing You can buy million-watt tattoo-removal lasers on eBay, but don't
Styropyro plays with fire on his YouTube channel, and the latest video shows him playing with a ridiculously dangerous laser, intended for tattoo removal, that he bought on eBay.I was searching for a ...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Here are the freebies college football players will get for participating in bowl games this year
There are 40 college football bowl games this season. Sporting News ranked each matchup (picking the Arizona Bowl as the worst), and also took a detailed look at all the freebies players will get for...
12:47 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Glow-in-the-dark Converse All Stars
Converse's line of basketball shoes is the All Star Pro BB. The latest model is the "Nocturnal," available December 15 in North America. They glow in the dark, but will absolutely burn your eyes in ...
04:10 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Link unshortener
Unshort unshortens short links for you, revealing the true URL. This lets you visit a page without being tracked by the URL shortening service. There are add-ons for all major browsers to automaticall...
03:53 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing UK Elections: Boris Johnson's Conservative Party to win Britains election
Exit polls show a clear win for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party, report Reuters and other media outlets at this hour.Boris Johnson lied in his victory speech.He also boasted...
03:47 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Jeremy Corbyn: 'I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign.'
UK ELECTION RESULTS: Jeremy Corbyn says he will not lead the UK's Labour party in the next general election, as voting results come in and add up to a crushing defeat for Labour at nationwide polls.Ye...
03:40 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing 'Duck seeking duck'
A man in Maine realized one of his female ducks was heartbroken after a bobcat snatched her two fellow ducks from owner Chris Morris yard on Dry Moon Lane about two weeks ago.So Mr. Morris, who is a ...
03:30 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Go from beginner to expert videographer with this training pack
The good news: Software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Camtasia and Final Cut Pro has opened up a ton of possibilities for desktop videographers. On the other hand, their use is so widespread that you have ...
12:16 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2019
BoingBoing Abbott Labs kills free tool that lets you own the blood-sugar data from your glucose monitor, saying it violates copyright law
Abbott Labs makes a continuous glucose monitor -- used by people with diabetes to monitor their blood-sugar levels -- called (ironically, as you'll see below) the Freestyle Libre.Diabettech is a hub f...
10:28 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing This is the first known family photo taken at Stonehenge
According to a new exhibition titled "Your Stonehenge -- 150 years of personal photos," this image of was taken at the Wiltshire, England's magical megalithic structure in 1875 and depicts the family ...
10:14 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Wristwatch commemorating the Nikon F's 60th anniversary
The Nikon Museum in Tokyo issued this handsome wristwatch commemorating the 60th anniversary of the revolutionary Nikon F camera. Apparently the company only made 100 of the watches for sale in their ...
09:38 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Fly this remote-controlled plane by phone - with a joystick
There are a lot of high-tech drones and RC planes flooding the market lately, and the innovations are coming so fast on each new iteration, most of them forget one crucial thing: Flying these is suppo...
09:36 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Splatter screens are welcome addition to frying pans
Anytime I fry something that requires more than a few drops of oil, I cover the pan with a splatter screen. It keeps drops of hot oil from shooting out of the pan while at the same time allowing steam...
06:45 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing See the magic of a Tesla Valve
In 1920, the great Nikola Tesla patented this ingenious valve that allows fluid or gas to flow in one direction but not the other. And it does it based entirely on its geometry without any moving part...
06:30 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Teespring removes Techdirt's "Copying is Not Theft" tees for copyright infringement, and won't discuss the matter any further
As pranksters target skeezy t-shirt sellers that mine Twitter for replies containing "I want that on a t-shirt" and then put the original Tweet on a t-shirt and shame online t-shirt sellers for underp...
06:23 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing County seizes man's home because he owed $8.41 in property tax
Uri Rafaeli (83) a retired engineer, underpaid his property tax bill by making a mistake calculating the interest. He paid $8.41 less than he owed. As a result Michigan's Oakland County seized the pro...
05:52 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing This app turns your iPhone into an iPod
Rewound is a free iPhone app that simulates the iPod Classic click wheel interface. How did its creator Louis Anslow manage to get it approved for the App Store? From 9to5Mac:The app used some tricks ...
05:37 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Tip: Don't shoplift when store is holding 'Shop With A Cop' event
In Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Walmart was hosting a "shop with a cop" event where police officers take young people from low-income backgrounds on shopping sprees to buy gifts for their families. Accord...
05:07 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Mall robot is programmed to detect when kids are about to bully it, and take evasive action
In this video, we learn that children enjoy bullying a mall patrol robot. The kids will kick, slap, surround, and throw things at it. Tests show that kids are more likely to abuse the robot when adult...
04:46 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Behold the Drawstring Piglet Electric Luminous Concert Walking Doll Crystal Pig
On Twitter, David Wahl (Archie McPhee's Director of Awesome) shared his latest discovery: the Drawstring Piglet Electric Luminous Concert Walking Doll Crystal Pig. This incredible creature is my new S...
04:38 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Political journalist Omoyele Sowore arrested and tortured under Nigeria's overbroad "cyberstalking" law
[Omoyele Sowore is a Nigerian journalist and owner of the independent media outlet Saraha Reporters; shortly after the election of President Buhari, Sowore was arrested under the country's anti-cybers...
04:25 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing The three biggest Chinese business scams that target foreign firms
Just in time for the holidays, the China Law Blog (previously) rounds up the three most common scams in China that target foreign firms: "Come to China and celebrate our deal" (foreign business person...
04:24 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Americans who can't afford health care are taking fish antibiotics
People in the United States who can't afford medical insurance are resorting to fish and veterinary medication to treat themselves, reports The Guardian. Antibiotics like amoxicillin are available onl...
04:14 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing A Wechat-based "mobile court" presided over by a chatbot has handled 3m legal procedures since March
The Chinese Supreme Peoples Court has just released a report on a "mobile court" pilot program that's been running since March to manage procedures in civil legal disputes through the Wechat social me...
04:11 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing What's the best 9-volt snap light?
Over at Cool Tools (I site I co-run) Sean Michael Ragan made a video about 9 volt snap lights. These are small cubes containing and array of bright LEDs that snap onto a 9 volt battery, giving you a c...
03:34 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Facebook promised to provide academics data to study disinformation, but their foot-dragging has endangered the whole project
Social Science One is an academic consortium that was created to conduct "independent scientific research into potentially consequential phenomena such as online disinformation, polarization, and echo...
03:23 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing DJ Riko is back with the 18th annual Merry Mixmas mashup album!
We love DJ Rijo's annual Merry Mixmas albums, and for the 18th consecutive year, the legendary mashup DJ has released an album-length mashup of Christmas rarities (MP3), just in time for your holiday ...
03:16 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Britons and some Irish head to the polls
The United Kingdom's general election is underway today, with voters headed to the polls across the nation. After years of single-issue deadlock and minority government, Conservative Party leader and ...
03:16 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Family puts Ring camera in children's room, discovers that hacker is watching their kids 24/7, taunting them through the speaker
A family in DeSoto County, Mississippi, bought a Ring security camera so they could keep an eye on their three young girls in their bedroom. Four days later, they learned that a hacker had broken into...
03:03 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing 2019 was the year of voice assistant privacy dumpster fires
2019 was the "I Told You So" year for privacy advocates and voice assistants: the year in which every company that wanted you to trust them to put an always-on mic in the most intimate places in your ...
02:30 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing What to do when random airport security screening isn't all that random
With the holiday season upon us, folks will soon be flying to see folks. Some people are able to breeze through airport security lines with nothing more than a removal of their shoes. Others? Not so m...
01:36 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Save 30% on this robotic chessboard that lets you play online or with AI
There are few intellectual exercises better than a good game of chess against a capable opponent, which is why a lot of old hands at the gameplay it online. But there's still nothing like the tactile ...
01:01 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Coffee chain ditching cups in 2020, customers must "rent" or bring their own
Blue Bottle Coffee customers will need to bring their own containers, or put a deposit down on one, to get a beverage at the high-end chain in the new year. In an ambitious zero waste effort, they are...
12:45 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Polar bears are eager to know what a camera drone tastes like
Polar bears have been at the shit end of the global warming stick for some time now. Food has grown scarce for the massive beasts, causing them to move inland in search of sustenance, eat carcasses th...
12:30 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Do the "Fruitcake" with Fred Schneider & The Superions
This just now got on my radar, even though it was released way back in 2010. Whatever! You can't put a date on fun. Fred Schneider (of The B-52's, of course!) & the Superions made a kind-of-sexy, ...
12:22 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Rowan Atkinson deepfaked into the J'adore ad
Christian Dior shot a spectacular ad (below), starring Charlize Theron, to market the new J'adore Absolu fragrance. Embedded above is Rowan Atkinson, of Blackadder and Mr Bean fame, deepfaked into it....
12:15 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing Secret games to play when you're bored in public
This article by Holly Gramazio suggests several ideas for games you can play alone or with friends while in public. My favorite of the lot was posted by a Redditor, and seems like a great way to feel...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing The Alpha Gun Angels are Israeli gun influencers
Earlier this year, Vox looked at the popularity of female influencers showing off firearms on Instagram. Facebook/Instagram forbids advertisements promoting the sale or use firearms. So, marketers p...
03:30 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2019
BoingBoing These earbuds are the perfect gift for the audiophile on your list
Got a real music junkie on your list this year? It's a good bet that they already have a solid pair of earbuds, but probably nothing quite like these Seeds Earphones.Here's the thing: Wireless earbuds...
11:16 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: The Brutal 1968 DNC and Abbie Hoffmans Illegal Forehead
The mayhem (or success) of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and Abbie Hoffman's arrest for writing a forbidden word on his forehead.From John Wilcock, New York Years, by Ethan Persoff and Scot...
11:05 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Wilson and Shea's Illuminatus! trilogy to become TV series
According to the nerd media website, Bleeding Cool, Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea's crazed, over-the-top, post-modern sci-fi satire, the Illuminatus! trilogy is slated to become a TV series. No ...
10:10 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Cute kitten plays with snow
What is this sorcery?Some cute video of a kitty playing in the fresh snow from IMGURian @Herkidar.You need this. Enjoy.Silly cat play with snow[via IMGUR] Read the rest ...
10:03 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Holiday Baking Inspo: Corgi Butt Bread
I love Corgis so much. This Japan-based bakery's corgi butt bread is something that I can really get behind.Next time you're in Sapporo, stop by @utiwapanya bakery for some corgi butt, or another one ...
09:51 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing How icy is Chicago? Salt truck slips into Lake Michigan
In Chicago, a salt truck slid on the icy street right into Lake Michigan.The incident happened early Wednesday morning. Nobody got hurt. Two workers for the Chicago Park District workers managed to ge...
09:33 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing The Official PMP 6 Certification Training Course gives you what you need to ace the exam
When it comes to the qualities of a good project manager, you hear a lot of talk about "soft skills" like leadership ability and confidence. And where does confidence come from? It comes from people w...
09:04 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Trains perform Pachelbel's "Canon in D Major"
Vigilant trainspotters will notice Thomas the Tank Engine sitting in with these real world trains. Delightful editing by Pavel Jirsek using source material from the video below (and elsewhere):(via Th...
08:09 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Heartwarming story about how Olivia Newton-John got back her iconic Grease leather jacket
Olivia Newton-John recently auctioned off hundreds of personal items from her career to benefit the Cancer Wellness & Research Centre she built in Australia. The big ticket item was her leather j...
07:57 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Mysteries of the Unknown: Inside the world of the strange and unexplained
As a kid, I devoured cheap paperback books about strange but true phenomena. The short stories were anthologized from mens adventure magazines of the 40s-60s and recounted mysteries such as: Who made ...
07:31 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Cheap phone rocker for boosting your daily step count
Aliexpress has lots of these little gadgets that rock a phone back-and-forth to fool the pedometer into thinking you are walking on a treadmill. They cost about $2. Why? "Some insurance companies in C...
07:25 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing The weird history of magical ways to protect your home
Last month, I posted about "witch bottles" -- containers of curious items like human teeth, fish hooks, glass shards, and undetermined liquid -- sometimes found in chimneys or inside walls of old buil...
07:05 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Man "registers" hive of bees as service animals
In Prescott Valley, Arizona, David Keller was annoyed by the number of people he believes are falsely registering their pets as service animals so they can take them anywhere they want. So he visited ...
06:57 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Cash, $3 million, found in barrels of raw pork
Money laundering meets bacon?The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office in Shelby, N.C. say they seized approximately $3 million in cash, wrapped in plastic, which is displayed in this photo near the barre...
06:49 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing This firm gave $10 million in holiday bonus cash to 198 employees
I have but one question. Are they hiring? Sounds like a great place to work.In Baltimore, a commercial real estate developer is distributing a total of $10 million in holiday bonuses to a total of 198...
06:48 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Trump pays $2 million fine for stealing from his charity
It's not surprising that Trump used his own charity like a personal piggy bank. Nor is it surprising that his base loves him all the more for stealing the money. What is surprising is that there was s...
06:12 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Please tell me where this conveyor belt sushi bar is so I can make sure to never go
Each plate of sushi at this joint has been blessed with the clammy hand of a toddler, at no extra charge.Hands-off parenting at a conveyor belt sushi bar from r/trashyImage: Reddit Read the rest ...
05:47 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Emergency team rescues girl whose fingers got stuck in a shopping cart
This is something that would happen to me. Now I know to wear mittens around shopping carts. Read the rest ...
05:36 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Runner who slapped journalist on butt is Tommy Callaway, a youth minister and boy scout leader in Statesboro, Georgia
Check out this jerk smacking a @WSAV reporter's ass live on air. And sorry, that's my kiddo making horribly timed weird noises in the background. pic.twitter.com/6tzi6P1Jbo— Tonya (@Grrr...
04:42 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing The Merriam-Webster dictionary's word of the year is...
The Merriam-Webster dictionary's word of the year is... "They." According to Merriam-Webster, online dictionary look-ups for the word "they" increased by 313% this year. Others top look-ups include "q...
04:40 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Italian food from Trader Joe's Disappoints Italians, as you'd expect
When you're eating "Italian" food from Trader Joe's, wishing it was a nosh from Commerciante Giuseppe's... Read the rest ...
04:20 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing School bus evacuated due to overwhelming stench of Axe body spray
On Monday, Manatee County, Florida students were evacuated from a school bus after someone sprayed too much Axe body spray. WFTS reports that "according to school officials, the bus carrying Buffalo C...
03:19 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Twitter wants to develop an open, decentralized, federated social media standard...and then join it
Twitter is advertising for "a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media" with the goal of bec...
02:49 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing The true nature of creativity: pilfering and recombining the work of your forebears (who, in turn, pilfered and recombined)
Alex from Copy Me (previously) writes, "Copying is one of the most essential steps to creativity. And if we dont understand how it works, copyright can easily become detrimental to the very creativity...
02:43 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Bee simulator games compared
Paolo Pedercini compares every bee-themed game with an eye to their scientific accuracy.Bees, particularly honeybees, are often incorrectly characterized in videogames as well as in other media. Some...
02:41 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing South Carolina's feudal magistrate system may take a modest step toward modernization
Propublica's blockbuster report on the magistrate judges in South Carolina revealed a system of patronage, cronies, and gross miscarriages of justice, with judges appointed on the say-so of a single s...
02:30 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing It's not just you social security scam phone calls are 23 times more common this year
I think we can all agree that the endless plague of robo-calls has spiraled out of control. But the folks at the public data directory BeenVerified wanted to quantifyexactly how much worse this onslau...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing "America's Funniest Home Videos" podcast looks at its history
Before YouTube, it was a TV show that brought us crazy home movie clips. That show, of course, is America's Funniest Home Videos (or "AFV" for short). On the air since 1989, AFV has seen several hosts...
01:52 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time's Person of the Year
In barely months, a 16 year-old Swedish activist has changed the record on climate change, drawing the attention of the world to a problem as it becomes critical--and the contemptuous wrath of politic...
01:40 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Mariah Christmas song mashups: Marilyn Manson, Radiohead, and Queen
The Mariah Carey mashups are coming out of the woodwork this holiday season. There's this one that combines her chipper hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You" with Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful Peopl...
01:32 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing This cool-hitting glass pipe will change the way you light up
You might know someone who can make a pipe out of any conceivable household object. But if they're doing it every time they smoke, it might be time to get them a little Christmas present. And we've go...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing The Trump Historical Players present: The Drafting of the U.S. Constitution
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Donald J. Trump Historical Players present the True Story of the Drafting of the U.S. Constitution!...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing My music distribution service is now offering automated memes
I release music sometimes, under my own name, or with my rock band, the Roland High Life. And in order to get our songs onto all the major music services, I pay an annual fee to DistroKid. They're an ...
12:45 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing The DNA in his semen was completely replaced with another man's DNA
Writing for the New York Times, Heather Murphy has a fascinating story about the unexpected results of a bone marrow transplant.When a patient receives a bone marrow transplant, the patient's own cell...
12:41 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing PSA: The Air Force isn't partial to cocaine
Many folks have to submit themselves to a drug test, on a routine basis in order to stay gainfully employed. There's greasy ways around these tests of course: bringing someone else's urine into the la...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Tabletop gamer's gift guide for 2019
Looking for gifts for tabletop gamers? Here are some of my suggestions, based on games I've enjoyed this year... and games I would love to see under my Tannenbaum.What were some of your favorite games...
05:05 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Watch Iranian artist Ali Akbar Beigi apply finishing touches to a hyper-realistic oil painting
Watch Tehran-born artist Ali Akbar Beigi work on this gorgeous hyperrealistic portrait.This amazing video is identified as Oil on Canvas by Aliakbar Beigi, from the Instagram account of the Beigi Acad...
05:00 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing These innovative stud finders take the hassles out of hanging
With all the revolutionary tech that's out there, it's pretty sad that finding a simple stud in your wall can feel like dowsing for water. This can be equally true whether you're using a magnetic find...
04:53 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing Here's what a nuclear reactor starting up looks like
Super neat video here that is identified as Nuclear reactor starting up (TRIGA). Fairly sure there is science involved in this here stuff.The blue light is from electrons moving through the water caus...
01:40 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2019
BoingBoing A song about the Tories, for anyone confused about this Thursday's election
Andy Moore writes, "My friend the marvelous Ms. Truelove Waits made a song containing election advice for anyone in the UK confused about who to vote for this Thursday." (I am a member of the Labour P...
10:51 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Youtube copyright trolls Adrev claim to own a homemade MIDI rendition of 1899's Flight of the Bumblebee
Chris Knight recorded a video of the bees in his backyard and wanted to accompany it with a rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's 1899 composition "The Flight of the Bumblebee."Mindful of the copyrig...
10:38 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Genetic genealogy company Gedmatch acquired by company with ties to FBI & law enforcementwhy you should be worried
[If you thought your relatives' gift of a "smart speaker" was the worst way that a family member could compromise your privacy, think again: home genetic tests can opt your whole bloodline into mass-s...
10:18 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing To do in LA, Jan 18: a special screening of Charlie Chaplain's "The Gold Rush" with live, improvised piano accompaniment
Heather sends us a notice of "a screening of Charlie Chaplin's masterpiece The Gold Rush, with live musical accompaniment at Hollywood's stunning new venue: The American Legion Theater on Highland Ave...
09:30 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing These Millennium Falcon ice cubes will melt your Star Wars fanboy heart
Do you have any Star Wars fans on your list? Given the reach and output of its new corporate masters these days, it might be easier to ask if there's anyone out there who isn't a Star Wars fan. So let...
09:18 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Minor Problem: a punk anthem about Donald Trump's mockery of Greta Thunberg
Balazs Sarkadi from the Hungarian band Bankrupt ("a refreshingly energetic blend of 90s indie, hip hop and punk rock") writes, "President Trump mocked Greta Thunberg in a recent tweet, which sparkled ...
09:13 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing NYC paid McKinsey $27.5m to reduce violence at Riker's, producing useless recommendations backed by junk evidence
Consulting giant McKinsey -- notorious price-gougers and architects of ICE's gulags -- took on a contract to help reduce violence at Riker's Island, and, $27.5m later, produced nothing but a set of tr...
07:42 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing I buy readers by the 5-pack
I use +3.0 to read books, phone, and kindle, and +0.5 when using my computer. My readers of choice are these cheap horn-rim spex. A five-pack costs . I keep a pair in my travel bag and the others are ...
07:36 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Chinese law professor's social media denunciation of facial recognition in the Beijing subway system
Lao Dongyan is a professor specializing in Criminal Law at Tsinghua University; on Oct 31, she posted a long, thoughtful piece to their public Wechat account about the announcement that Beijing's metr...
07:22 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Galveston GOP Chairwoman says her text message with N-word was a "typo"
Galveston County Republican Party Chairwoman Yolanda Waters says her use of the N-word in a text message about fellow party member J.T. Edwards was simply a typo. Edwards, by pure coincidence, is blac...
06:52 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Robots that can repair themselves and self-augment
University of Tokyo engineers have taught a robot how to repair itself. Well, they taught it to tighten its own screws. And with that skill, it also was able to self-install a hook for hanging a tote ...
06:17 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Distinguishing between "platforms" and "aggregators" in competition law
There's a lot of political will to regulate the Big Tech companies in both the US and the EU at the moment, which is a very welcome juncture to have arrived at after 40 years of antitrust inaction dur...
05:38 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Pete Buttigieg's prizewinning high-school essay praising Bernie Sanders: "the power to win back the faith of a voting public weary and wary of political opportunism"
In 2000, Mayor Pete won the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's Profiles in Courage Essay Contest with an excellent essay praising Bernie Sanders as a unique American politician, whom Bu...
05:16 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Amazon's Ring surveillance doorbell leaks its customers' home addresses, linked to their doorbell videos
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "A new investigation from Gizmodo just revealed that anyone, anywhere can get geographic coordinates of Ring devices from Amazons Neighbors App. Not only can som...
05:07 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Burglars fail miserably in attempt to steal a television
Three gentleman who tried to liberate a 75-inch television from the wall of a real-estate office in Spain were outsmarted by the cords attached to the appliance, as well an uncooperative door framee a...
05:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Today: Take part in an interactive online screening of "The Crossing" for Human Rights Day
Today is International Human Rights Day, and Storylab has arranged for a special free online screening of "The Crossing: Your Impact on Modern Day Slavery," via the interactive Hubhub platform, which ...
04:39 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Where are all the time travelers?
Over at Medium, Kesh Anand has a crisp answer, or rather five possible five answers, to this questions: "Where are all the time travelers?" Of course, it's very possible that there just aren't any. An...
04:36 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Unicorn takes $699 from 350 scooter buyers, tells them they won't be getting a scooter or a refund
Unicorn is a scooter company that launched with a lot of flash and hype. Unicorn's CEO Nick Evans is the co-creator of Tile, the GPS tracking app. The company spent a vast amount of money on Facebook ...
04:24 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Why are pigeons in Las Vegas wearing cowboy hats?
In the Las Vegas Valley, some pigeons are wearing cowboy hats. While the chapeaus may seem cute on first glance, and pigeons are annoying anyway, it's unlikely they are purposely making a fashion stat...
04:19 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing William Gibson profiled in The New Yorker
In the December 9, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman profiles one of the most influential authors in recent decades, William Gibson.Gibson doesnt have a name for his method; he knows only t...
04:13 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Key & Peele: "If Hogwarts were an inner-city school"
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele reveal the "deplorable conditions at Vincent Clortho Public School for Wizards." Read the rest ...
04:06 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Banksy's brilliant new mural commenting on homelessness
Over the weekend, Banksy stenciled a genius new artwork on a wall on Vyse Street in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, UK. Then last night, someone added red noses to the reindeer.)Fantastic work by...
03:11 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing What are these mysterious "beach circles"?
I'm not saying its aliens, and I figure it's for some mundane purpose such as trapping seafood, but I enjoyed watching this helicopter-shot video of mysterious beach circles near Isla Aguada in Mexico...
02:52 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing The surreal, glitchy, menacing animations of Pilot Red Sun
Michael Epler, AKA Pilot Red Sun, (patreon) warps his digital smeartool paintings with glitchy audio and crude pseudo-3D datamoshed effects that highlight the claustrophobia and deepen the nightmare. ...
02:38 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Someone is putting hats on pigeons in Las Vegas
Pigeons with hats have been spotted and filmed in Las Vegas, prompting a search for whoever is putting them there.Pigeons in Las Vegas have been spotted wearing tiny little cowboy hats. It's not clear...
02:17 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Welsh password generator
Princen Alice created a "password generator" that glues random Welsh-sounding words into a craggy landscape of letters. It's probably not very good, since it's three or four dictionary words and a num...
02:12 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Classic 2D games reimagined in pseudo-3D
Enjoy this compilation of 1990s-era sprite games extruded into lowpoly 2½D extravaganzas. These are works of static art, but I'm sure I've seen this done "live" in-game recently, in an automated,...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Public cemeteries as a precondition for the sale of land
Writing at Metropole, Sarah Balakrishnan describes the development of cemeteries in a city in Ghana. As of the 1800's, the general practice in the seaside city of Accra was to bury the dead underneat...
01:38 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Do It For State: epic domain name shakedown article
State Snaps is a send-in-your-photos party wheeze aimed at fratboys. Spread amorphously over various social media platforms, it's too sleazy to go mainstream but too successful to stay in one place. B...
01:30 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Have cold brew or hot coffee in minutes with this compact brewer
There's much ado about coffee brewing methods these days, but most of us - at least on the busy weekdays - just want our morning joe to be consistent, easy, and most of all, fast.If that sounds like a...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Check out the deliciously insidious first monetized choice in this freemium game
Storyscape is a freemium mobile app that offers several choose your own adventure-style stories. The vast majority of choices are free, and the choices made don't seem to have a meaningful impact on ...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Hollywood assistants are the latest group to come together, share their salaries, and demand better working conditions
Back in October, TV writer Liz Alper started posting on Twitter about her harrowing experience as a writer's assistant in LA, hoping to break into the industry. Alper had spent more than a decade bein...
11:00 am PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Socialite Rose O'Neal Greenhow was a surprising spy for the Confederacy
As the Civil War fractured Washington D.C., socialite Rose O'Neal Greenhow coordinated a vital spy ring to funnel information to her beloved Confederates. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet...
05:00 am PST - Tue, December 10, 2019
BoingBoing Get a 3-year subscription to Windscribe VPN for just $48
Online shopping is going to be through the roof this month, and you'd better believe that hackers know it. If you're going to invest in a virtual private network, now is the time. Especially when Wind...
10:25 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Kindle Unlimited is a fun and cheap way to read comics
The Kindle Unlimited program is $10 a month, and it gives you access to over a million books and comics on Amazon. Amazon is currently offering a deal: 3 months for 99 cents a month. I especially like...
09:42 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Google under investigation by National Labor Relations Board for 'Thanksgiving Four' firings
Google is reported to be under investigation by the United States National Labor Relations Board (NLRB.gov) for allegations of discouraging union organizing among workers, and for firing the so-called...
09:33 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing 'Raspbaby Yoda' pie breaks the Baby Yoda internet
The 12 days of crustmas are upon us....
09:30 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing This percussion massaging device is on sale for less than $100
Cheap massage chairs are a common Christmas gift, but we're willing to bet they don't get a lot of actual use from the people who could really use a massage. We're talking about people with deep, chro...
09:23 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Wrong-way RV driver gets stuck in Taco Bell drive-through, booze blamed
When you need tacos, you need tacos....
09:14 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Arizona man rescued and arrested after getting stuck in chimney that did not belong to him
His name was not Santa Claus....
09:04 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Police seize 20 pounds of meth mailed inside of an air fryer to Kentucky gentleman
Protip: If youre gonna deliver 20 pounds of meth in an air fryer, make sure it gets to the dealer....
08:56 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Twin girls, 4, free themselves from car seats to survive crash that killed their dad
Twin 4-year-old girls managed to survive a car crash that killed their father by unlocking themselves from their car seats and climbing an embankment to get help, say Washington state officials.The gi...
08:08 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing The New Yorker's profile of William Gibson: "Droll, chilled out, and scarily articulate"
I first met Bill Gibson in 1999 when I was profiling him for the Globe and Mail as part of a review of his book "All Tomorrow's Parties." Since then, we've become friends and colleagues, and I genuine...
07:15 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Librecorps: an organization that connects student free/open source software developers with humanitarian NGOs
Librecorps is a program based at the Rochester Institute for Technology's Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) initiative that works with UNICEF to connect students with NGOs for paid co-op placements...
07:14 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Bluetooth bookshelf speakers with great midrange
These Edifier S1000DB speakers will be the ones I listen to while I work.I left my old home stereo in my old home. It was hard-wired into the walls and I didn't want the new owners to have to sort all...
06:55 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Woman asked to remove "Hail Satan" T-shirt on American Airlines flight
Shortly after Swati Runi Goyal (49) boarded an American Airlines flight from Florida to Nevada, a crew member told her she would either have to remove her shirt or get off the plane, reports Buzzfeed ...
06:45 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Bold statement made at impeachment hearing
Live. Eat. Shop. Reuse.hey youre bringing your briefcase today for your nationally televised impeachment hearing right?no no ill be fine with this.pic.twitter.com/Uw27J337ra— j.d. durkin (@jiveD...
06:39 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Model stealing, rewarding hacking and poisoning attacks: a taxonomy of machine learning's failure modes
A team of researchers from Microsoft and Harvard's Berkman Center have published a taxonomy of "Failure Modes in Machine Learning," broken down into "Intentionally-Motivated Failures" and "Unintended ...
06:39 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing McDonald's customer sentenced to 3 years in prison for throwing hot coffee in employee's face
Joseph "Smilin' Joe" Deluca (54) of Ohio will have to wait at three years before he gets another opportunity to throw hot McDonald's coffee in a person's face. That's because he's going to prison, whe...
06:26 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing The blood of poor Americans is now a leading export, bigger than corn or soy
America is one of the only developed countries in the world that pays people to donate blood, much of it sold abroad (70% of the world's plasma is of US origin), and as commercial blood donations have...
06:06 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Six tiny cellphones found hidden in a pair of Nike shoes at Oklahoma detention center
Officials at Logan County Detention Center inspected a pair of Nike shoes and found three tiny cell phones hidden the sole of each shoe, reports Fox News.If you covet such a phone, AliExpress is awash...
06:05 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Popular Chinese video game invites players to "hunt down traitors" in Hong Kong
"Fight the Traitors Together" (motto: "Hong Kong is part of China and this can't be meddled with by outside power") is a web-game that has attained new popularity in mainland China; it invites players...
06:04 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing How to be inclusive
You? Me? Them? Everybody! Read the rest ...
06:00 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing NFL player wears unusual furry dog cleats to support an animal shelter
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ) is a supporter of the Berea Animal Rescue Friends shelter in Berea, Ohio. As part of the NFL's My Cause My Cleats program in which players wear c...
05:48 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Devin Nunes calls reporter a stalker for asking him a question
Rep. Devin Nunes' hand was shaking like a leaf while recording Intercept reporter Lee Fang politely asking a question about his role in investigating Hunter Biden. Nunes should learn about free and ea...
05:41 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing The student movements at the vanguard of Chile's protests are allied with former student leaders now serving in Congress
Chile's months-long uprising was led by student activists protesting neoliberal reform, galvanized around the seemingly trivial issue of public transit fare-hikes.Chile is ground zero for the neoliber...
05:33 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Video tutorial on how to play retro video games with a Raspberry Pi
In this video from Pi My Life Up you'll learn how to install and use software called RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi. RetroPie lets you emulate a bunch of different game platforms, like Atari 2600, Sega Ge...
05:23 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Walmart removes sweater depicting Santa Claus doing blow
There is no room for amateurs in the drug culture.CNN:"These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart's values and have no place on our website," Walmart said in ...
05:20 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing These are the bullets that killed JFK
The above GIF was created from new 3D scans of the bullets that killed president John F. Kennedy. The GIF shows two bits of the bullets that killed the president along with another mostly complete bul...
04:17 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing For a brief moment I forgot this amazing 1975 Pontiac Firebird is a 1975 Pontiac Firebird
I found myself actually considering this Pontiac Firebird.Bring a Trailer:The 400ci L78 V8 reportedly was rebuilt to stock specs in 2015, and the car is said to have accumulated less than 500 miles si...
04:01 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Elon shows off his cybertruck, hits a pylon
Who's driving @ElonMusk or the Auto-Pilot?$TSLA pic.twitter.com/xvmyHPG8Ol— GuruLeaks (@Guruleaks1) December 8, 2019 If at first you do not succeed just tell people you have.The truck remind...
03:45 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing We need to close the North Pole tax loopholes to pay for Universal Elfcare
Santa Claus holds a monopoly on Christmas spirit that prevents fair competition in the free market. The time has come to break up his oligarchical empire and free the reindeer from the shackles of sla...
03:41 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing HOLY SMOKES: Marie Osmond on dadaism
That's some dada right there. Read the rest ...
03:10 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Paul Reubens going on 20-city tour for Pee-wee's Big Adventure's 35th
The 35th anniversary of Pee-wee's Big Adventure is nigh. So, soon, you'll not only be able to see the 1985 hit film on the big screen, but you'll also get to hear never-before-shared stories about the...
03:01 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer drops
Bustin' makes me feel good. Here it is with Finnish subtitles, courtesy of Sony Pictures Finland's YouTube channel. Read the rest ...
02:50 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Podcast: Party Discipline, a Walkaway story (Part 2)
In my latest podcast (MP3), I continue my serial reading of my novella Party Discipline, which I wrote while on a 35-city, 45-day tour for my novel Walkaway in 2017; Party Discipline is a story set in...
02:47 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing In any other industry, emergency medical billing would be considered fraudulent
Last summer, MD/journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal's husband had a bike accident and was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to an emergency room.Rosenthal's description of what happened next is a co...
02:45 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Paul Reubens going on 20-city tour for Pee-wee's Big Adventure's 35th
The 35th anniversary of Pee-wee's Big Adventure is nigh. So, soon, you'll not only be able to see the 1985 hit film on the big screen, but you'll also get to hear never-before-shared stories about the...
02:28 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing US pharma and biotech lobbyists' documents reveal their plan to gouge Britons in any post-Brexit trade-deal
Both Phrma (the lobby for the global pharmaceutical industry) and Biotechnology Innovation Organization (biotech lobbyists) provided letters to a US-UK government meeting to discuss post-Brexit trade ...
02:15 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Do you dare look upon this horse-wolfpack hybrid?
I haven't read the later books in the Southern Reach series, but I imagine if the phenomena had eventually extended past the swamp to interact with horses and wolves the result would have looked very ...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing In praise of slow gaming
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a game that my MacBook can't even look at sideways with it it turning into a steaming slagheap of aluminum and silicon. The RPG, in it's PC and Mac iterations asks for too ...
01:48 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing This guy photocopied water so you don't have to
I've got to admit, I didn't expect the results to be quite so beautiful. Read the rest ...
01:45 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Pachelbel's Canon as performed by train horns
What happens when you get a mash a bunch of train horn recordings together to produce "Pachelbel's Canon"? MAGIC. Sweet, sweet magic, I tell ya! (Hang around long enough and you'll catch a glimpse of ...
01:30 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Take your cereal on the road with this innovative combo cup
The bummers of adulthood are too many to count, but one of our least favorites is the inability to sit down and enjoy a nice bowl of cereal. When you've got a long commute ahead, let's face it: That e...
01:30 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Willem Dafoe wanted to be left alone while filming Togo
Rumors from the locals in Nordegg, Alberta would have it that while filming Togo last year, Willem Dafoe stayed at the Goldeye Centre: a wilderness lodge around 30 minutes of hard driving west of the ...
01:29 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Marianne Williamson assails Trump for pardoning Charles Manson's corpse (he hasn't)
Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson posted a tweet late Sunday condemning Donald Trump for posthumously pardoning Charles Manson, the cult leader jailed for life after his followers ...
01:08 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Chipotle CEO: If employees call in sick, a nurse might make sure they're not faking it
According to Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO Brian Niccol, when their restaurant workers call in sick, they might have to talk to a nurse to make sure they're not fibbing."We have nurses on call, so that i...
12:00 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing "I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth" and other Cthulhuian Yuletide classics
Oh tidings of madness and woe. Gather 'round the Necronomicon, little cultists, and let's all sing these beloved holiday odes to Elder Gods. All the classics are here: "I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth...
11:00 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing I have so many questions about this new video game where you play as Jesus
Yes, this is real. Someone actually made a first-person shooter for the New Testament. From the game's Steam page:"I am Jesus Christ" is a realistic simulator game inspired by stories from the New Tes...
08:08 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Watch the trailer for "Wonder Woman 1984"
It's not the The New Adventures of Wonder Woman that I grew up with but it does have that Stranger Things/mallwave appeal, and a New Order song. It also has Steve Trevor who most certainly died in the...
08:02 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Puppeteer Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), RIP
Legendary puppeteer Carroll Spinney, who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life on Sesame Street, died today. He was 85. Here's the New York Times obituary. And from the Sesame Workshop:Caroll ...
08:01 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing A gin company already made a sequel to that dystopian Peloton ad
Looks like "Grace from Boston" has fallen on some hard times. It's not clear if she's pounding back that smooth Aviation ginduring her year-long exercise binge, or after she realizes that herhusband's...
12:20 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing As the end nears for Yahoo Groups, Verizon pulls out all the stops to keep archivists from preserving them
We only have a few days left until Verizon kills off Yahoo Groups, and the volunteer archivists who've been battling with the company to preserve its legacy have just been dealt a crushing blow.From t...
12:09 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2019
BoingBoing Church nativity scene puts the holy family in cages, because that's how America deals with asylum-seekers like Christ
Jesus and his fam were refugees, so it's only fitting that the folks at Claremont United Methodist Church decided to put its nativity figures in cages behind razorwire.As Rev Karen Clark Ristine said,...
11:51 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing RIP Ren Auberjonois
American actor and singer Ren Auberjonois, who played early roles in in M*A*S*H and 1979's King Kong and later starred as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's irascible and gelatinous security chief Odo, is d...
11:30 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing Daily Harvest is healthy eating for the on-the-go lifestyle
Who are these people that have time for a job, social life, and actual healthy meals? With a nutrition segment on seemingly every talk show and entire networks devoted to food, it can sometimes seem l...
05:00 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing Newsletter detailing the world of white collar crime
Matt Levine's consistently excellent newsletter for Bloomberg is called Money Stuff, and is typically focused on white collar crime and crime-adjacent behavior. Monday's edition looks at the New York...
04:24 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing Antipolygraph.org publishes secret guidelines for the federal "Test for Espionage and Sabotage," a psuedoscientific feature of government life
George Maschke from Antipolygraph.org (previously) writes, "Thousands of individuals are annually compelled to undergo a pseudoscientific polygraph screening ritual called the 'Test for Espionage and ...
04:16 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing After sweeping election victories, Hong Kong protesters stage massive demonstrations marking their 6-month anniversary
Today, 800,000 Hong Kongers marched through the city in a demonstration commemorating their six months of protests. Thanks to landslide victories for pro-Democracy candidates in last month's election,...
03:49 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing One upside of the Bernie Blackout: Sanders is not facing a frontrunner's backlash
The Bernie Blackout is a well-documented phenomenon: the press cover Bernie (far) less than other frontrunners, and when they do, they're (far) more negative than they are with other frontrunners.The ...
03:38 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing One of the poorest, most desperate regions in Appalachia is experiencing an economic miracle thanks to fiber run by a New Deal-era co-op
Kentucky's Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative came out of a local electrification co-op set up during the New Deal, and in 1949 it was expanded into a telephone co-op with more federal infrastructure...
03:00 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing The devastating 200-year-old tradition of running along a greasy pole in Malta
Presumably coming soon to ESPN's "The Ocho" is some version of this 200-year old tradition in Malta held in honor of St Julian the Hospitaller:In the tournament, known as Gostra to the Maltese, a 16 m...
02:00 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing 15 gift ideas under $100 for everyone on your list
Every Christmas list has names you dread buying for. But hold up: Before you wave the white flag and get them yet another gift card, scroll down a few. We've got 15 items that run the gamut from styli...
12:00 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2019
BoingBoing Modern archaeology is entering a paywalled Lovecraftian forum to access a 1929 edition of an Egypt travel guide
I had hoped In the Valley of Gods, Campo Santo's follow up to Firewatch, was going to adapt some of the magic of the Indiana Jones and Brendan Fraser Mummy films, and add a modern sensibility. The tr...
11:30 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing Become a bona fide data professional with this SQL training
Were living in the age of Big Data. As the driving force behind everything from Googles famed algorithms to self-driving cars, massive sets of complex data can be found at the heart of some of todays ...
09:47 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing Trump as imagined by Pierre Boulle
Even in his simian guise, Dr. Zira would hesitate to kiss the president.The Planet of the Fakes YouTube channel is great, btw![via] Read the rest ...
08:50 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing The lawyer who caught UNC giving $2.5m to white nationalists orders the white nationalists to create a $2.5m fund for Black students or face a lawsuit
T Greg Doucette is the lawyer who put the pieces together on the University of North Carolina's $2.5m handout to the white nationalist group the Sons of Confederate Veterans, then found and published ...
06:13 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing Beer company in trouble for "reindeer orgy" beer cans
Sycamore Brewing received a spanking from North Carolina's Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), which will punish the brewery for making a beer can with cartoon reindeer having sex.From Vice:[T]he label lik...
05:49 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing Reddit security detects likely Russian campaign to leak documents
Yesterday, r/redditsecurity announced that it believes leaked internal secret documents about trade agreement discussions between the United States and the United Kingdom were posted to /r/worldpoliti...
04:21 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing A teenager describes his hilarious adventures installing a surplus, 1,500lb mainframe in his parents' basement
Connor Krukosky's lifelong hobby was collecting and refurbishing superannuated computing equipment, which is surprisingly cheap provided you have a lot of space -- Krukosky scored things like keypunch...
04:00 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing A new court battle over the Ramones' legacy goes back to a song about the KKK
The Ramones were never a happy family. They never gave much of a crap for the political idealism that would come to be associated with the sound that they defined, either. This is especially of guitar...
03:40 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing Cops and spooks all over the world rely on a junk-science "walking polygraph" method to steer their investigation
SCAN (Scientific Content Analysis) is a lie-detecting method invented by Avinoam Sapir, a former Israeli spook turned polygraph examiner that involves picking out small textual details from writing sa...
03:00 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing BREAKING: A quantity of those who labor in police departments are the same as those who ignite crucifixes
Oh look. A bunch of American police cadets giving a Nazi salute. Whom ever could have seen this coming?From the Charleston Gazette-Mail:Several West Virginia state employees have been suspended after ...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing 14 gift deals to jump on before Green Monday arrives
So you missed Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well, there's one more holiday milestone coming up: Green Monday, on Dec. 16. It's one of the busiest online shopping days for the simple reason that it wi...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing I played this AI-generated text adventure as the Mandalorian and here's what happened
AI Dungeon 2 is designed by Nick Walton to achieve an ambitious goal:Imagine an infinitely generated world that you could explore endlessly, continually finding entirely new content and adventures. Wh...
01:00 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing Deepfake: Back to the (actual) Future
On Back to the Future Day (that's October 21, 2015), a film short premiered at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood that imagined Marty McFly arriving to the future meaning, October 21, 2015. Back to the ...
12:00 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing These are very cool kaleidoscopes
"Nova Scopes" by David Sugich:My kaleidoscopes are not your typical everyday kaleidoscopes. I make a variety of 2-, 3-, and 4-mirror kaleidoscopes which are 2-, 2.5-, and 3-dimensional in nature. I us...
01:18 am PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing Enjoy this psychedelic optical illusion
I know it's tik Tok but still... from r/blackmagicfuckeryMarvel at the potency of the motion afterffect illusion, first scientifically reported by Aristotle (384322 BCE) in his Parva Naturalia. Read ...
12:51 am PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing Double your EFF donation with POWER UP!
This week, I've been doing our family's annual charitable giving (here's a guide to some of the charities we support), a long process that involves using Charity Navigator to verify that the groups we...
12:07 am PST - Sat, December 7, 2019
BoingBoing Tesla Cybertruck in LEGO
BrickinNick created this LEGO model of the new Tesla Cybertruck. BrickinNick posted it to the LEGO Ideas site. If enough people like the design, it could become an actual LEGO product. From the LEGO I...
11:30 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing What's the deal with Mandalorians?
Truth be told, I'm not the biggest Star Wars nerd on my home world. I've seen all of the films and played the Star Wars: X-Wing miniature game. That's it. So, I don't know much of deeper lore, like wh...
10:32 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Magic mushrooms in a nasal spray
As scientists make great strides in their research on psychedelic therapies for depression, PTSD, OCD, addiction and other conditions, new ways to deliver the drugs are also emerging from laboratories...
10:30 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing This sleep mask is like a weighted blanket for your eyes
Weighted blankets are officially a thing. And if you've ever tried one, you know there's a reason for the fuss. Parents have known for generations that swaddling a baby has a profound calming effect, ...
10:07 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing KFC sells an artificial fire log that smells like greasy fried chicken
Kentucky Fried Chicken teamed up with Enviro-Log to bring back the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog that apparently sold out in just a few hours last year. On its site, JFC uses big bold type to make da...
09:10 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Great deal on a LED tracing light box
I don't have this particular LED tracing light box, but it's super cheap on Amazon when you use code HC37AVDP. (If you don't know what a light box is, you probably don't need one.) Read the rest ...
08:35 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Harvey Weinstein appears at court "clutching cane and looking enfeebled"
Why is it that people like Lee Baca, Paul Manafort, Bill Cosby, and Harvey Weinstein suddenly develop debilitating health issues when it's time to prosecute them? Variety reports that accused sex crim...
08:11 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Brands on Twitter have fun with Netflix's sex joke challenge
Yesterday the Netflix Twitter account issued a challenge to other brands: "What's something you can say during sex but also when you manage a brand twitter account?" Some E Cards collected a few of th...
07:54 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Prasad's Law: there's always enough health spending to concentrate wealth, never enough to diffuse it
In a recent installment of his Plenary Session podcast, hematologist-oncologist Vinay Prasad observed that "There are interventions that disperse wealth, and they give people jobs, and they send them...
07:39 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing James Bond always has the best watches
Here's Bond's wristwear from Dr. No to Spectre. While the Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar from Moonraker (1979) and the Hamilton Pulsar LED watch seen in Live and Let Die (1973) were high-tech icons o...
07:31 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Woman pulls gun on McDonalds workers for giving her ketchup instead of jelly
Relatable, though.Tennessee police arrested a woman who they say pointed a gun at McDonalds workers who gave her ketchup instead of jelly.Asia Vester, 20, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggrava...
07:23 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Mom gets $3,000 bill after doctors remove plastic doll shoes from 3-year-old's nose
A mom in Las Vegas got a shocking bill -- $3,000 -- after doctors removed a plastic doll shoe from her 3-year-old daughters nose. Kids do dumb stuff. Parenting shouldn't have to be this expensive, and...
07:22 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Unbreakable eyeglasses easily broken
(Transcript starts at 19:29)Ray J: "They're unbreakable."Speedy: "Unbreakable?"Ray J: "They're unbreakable. Break 'em."Speedy: "Step on 'em."Ray J: "No, you step on 'em."Speedy: "It's your product."Ra...
07:14 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Alaska dentist rode hoverboard while performing procedure, prosecutors say
Not cool.In Alaska, a dentist is accused of fraud, unnecessarily sedating patients, and performing a dental procedure on a woman while riding a wheeled, motorized hoverboard, authorities say.Seth Look...
06:59 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing House passes Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore Voting Rights Act of 1965
On Capitol Hill just now, the House of Representatives has voted to PASS the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Advocates of vote suppression are not having...
06:13 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Nikki Haley: Confederate flag meant 'service, sacrifice, heritage' until Dylann Roof 'hijacked' it
Nikki Nutjob Haley is at it again.In this clip blowing up the internet today, Trump's UN ambassador Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag was about service, and sacrifice, and heritage, not white supr...
05:56 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders has a High-Speed Internet for All plan, $150 billion for public broadband
Senator and 2020 US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' High-Speed Internet for All plan, unveiled today, promises $150 billion to build publicly owned broadband networks. Bernie wants to break u...
05:46 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing The retreat of "scientific selfishness," a literature review
Neoclassical economics was built on the straw-man of "homo economicus," an inherently selfish utility-maximizing actor, and since the mid-1970s, we've been building systems and institutions that take ...
05:33 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Actor who played husband in Peloton commercial talks about being a target of anger
Some people are so upset about the awful Peloton commercial that they seem to think the actors were not in a role but were a real family. This reminds me of my Russian grandmother who told me that cer...
05:13 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing This website gives you a scrollable tour of sea life from the surface to the inky depths
Scroll your way to the bottom of the ocean. The deeper you go, the weirder the creatures become, with names to match: headless chicken fish, zombie worm, cosmic jellyfish, stoplight loosejaw, faceless...
03:42 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing "Let it Go," sung in Klingon
Jen "Klingon Pop Warrior" Usellis records covers of pop songs, translated into Klingon, the apex of which is surely her rendition of "Let it Go" ("yIbuSQo'") from Frozen. (via Borderlands) Read the re...
03:38 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Call for entries: Share Festival 2020, themed "RIOTS Here we are"
Share (previously) is an annual festival held in Turin and Belgrade and curated by Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic; the 2020 Share Festival call for entries just went live, along with this year's...
03:30 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing 95% of America's largest voting districts' mailservers lack basic anti-phishing protection
DMARC is an anti-email-spoofing tool that mail-server administrators can enable; it's designed to reject emails with forged return addresses.Valimail, an email security company (and thus not a neutral...
03:07 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Sweet stocking-stuffer: an LED flashlight that clips onto a 9V battery
The Lixada LED Handheld Flashlight is a $9 stocking-stuffer ($29 for 4): a six-LED/36 lumen flashlight that clips directly over the terminals of a 9V battery, forming an easy flashlight rated for up t...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing These Handmade Custom Bobbleheads Could Be The Best Gift You Give This Year
Walk through any office, and you will likely spot a few bobbleheads. These wobbly figurines are great fun to have around, although most celebrate people we will never meet.For something a little more ...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Coca-Cola bottles with built-in light-up lightsabers
If you're going to be in Singapore in December you can participate in "the Galactic Hunt" for Coca-Cola bottles with built-in light-up lightsabers: View this post on Instagram Keep your eyes on the...
01:30 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Bill Barr's police speech proves the GOP doesn't actually care about "small government."
On Tuesday, December 2, the current Attorney General and former Iran-Contra fixer gave a speech at the Attorney Generals Award for Distinguished Service in Policing in which he threatened to take away...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing A touch of The Dark Tower in Red Dead Redemption 2
Warning, Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass spoiler ahead.It's fascinating to follow explorers discovering the bizarre out of bounds landscapes of Red Dead Redemption 2, like the mysterious pyramids, and...
12:30 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Leah Moore, Alan Moore's daughter, offers a compassionate defense of her father's infamous crankiness
Alan Moore is one of the most well-known names in modern comics. Even if you're not a comic book fan, you've probably at leastheard of the guy. There's a good chance you have at least a passing famili...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing This print requires anaglyphic viewing glasses for full appreciation
You need red and blue lens to fully appreciate Insane51's murals like these commissions for Star Wars and Infinity War: View this post on Instagram SWIPE LEFT Finn / Storm trooper Commission I did ...
11:52 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Bid on the "Neural Network Reindeer" and other one of a kind Christmas tree ornaments for charity
WorkOf recruited 50 independent designers to create one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments for auction at website Paddle8. Proceeds will be donated to Scope of Work, "a social impact company with the purpos...
03:18 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing We need to save .ORG from arbitrary censorship by halting the private equity buy-out
[The sale of the .ORG top-level domain to a private equity fund run by a bunch of Republican billionaires is a corrupt, revolting perversion. Here, my EFF colleague Mitch Stoltz does an excellent job ...
03:12 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Listen to the sound of one screw falling into a turbine engine
This is super neat.It was originally uploaded in 2010, but became newly viral again this week and the source is so much better than the crapped-out clip that went meme.Enjoy, unmute, turn up the volum...
02:59 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Uber says 3,045 sexual assaults involving drivers and passengers reported in U.S. rides last year
Women and girls, Uber at your own risk.In its first safety report released tonight, Uber disclosed the number of sexual assaults, murders and fatal crashes that happened through its ride-sharing platf...
02:39 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Radicalized is one of the CBC's best books of 2019!
Well this is pretty great! Radicalized, my book of four novellas, is one of the CBC's picks for best Canadian fiction of 2019. It's in pretty outstanding company, too, including Margaret Atwood's The ...
12:45 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing Every tech brand should be using a .tech domain
In the early days of the web, everyone wanted a .com domain for their site. As a result, all the good ones got snapped up. But .com no longer has the cachet it once did. In fact, many new businesses a...
12:43 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2019
BoingBoing German researchers with ties to for-profit "neuromarketing" company want to use AI to guess peoples' "intelligence" from their writing
The annual Germeval natural language processing event solicits German-language "shared tasks"; one of this year's proposed tasks from the University of Hamburg is Prediction of Intellectual Ability an...
11:48 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing UK's oldest ISP blames DoS attack on attempt to suppress human rights report about West Papua (read it now!)
Greennet (previously) is the oldest ISP in the UK, tracing its origins back to Fidonet, where it was a hub for radical progressive political movements, which has attracted retaliations (in the form of...
10:55 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Cattle guard doesn't work
Cattle guards are designed to keep cows from crossing them. They don't work if the cow is as smart as this one.When it's not your first cattle guardImage: Imgur Read the rest ...
10:01 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing "Dr. Penis" explains different types of penis enlargement procedures
In this Vice video, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Norman Rowe (aka "Dr. Penis") talks about the different ways people unsatisfied with the size of their penis can make them bigger.Photo byCharle...
09:22 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing McKinsey bills the US government $3m a year for anodyne advice from 23-year-old college grads
McKinsey made more than $20m helping ICE design its gulags, advising them to skimp on medical care, food and supervision in a cost-savings measure. But if Uncle Sugar really wants to save some money, ...
08:57 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Kickstarting a new edition of Steve Jackson Games's Car Wars
I grew up on RPGs, not tabletop strategy games, but the one exception was Car Wars, a dystopian science fiction game where you kit out vehicles with weapons and then fight them in giant duelling pits ...
08:03 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Good deal on Kindle Unlimited
The Kindle Unlimited program is $10 a month, and it gives you access to over a million books and comics on Amazon. Amazon is currently offering a deal: 3 months for 99 cents a month. The program inclu...
07:38 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Visualization of the world's richest people has a surprise ending
I was sure Bezos would have the number one spot in this animated comparison of billionaires' net worth. But $131 billion doesn't cut it.(I recommend watching the video at double speed. To do that, hov...
07:21 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Mint: late-stage adversarial interoperability demonstrates what we had (and what we lost)
In 2006, Aaron Patzer founded Mint. Patzer had grown up in the city of Evansville, Indianaa place he described as "small, without much economic opportunity"but had created a successful business buildi...
06:35 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Feline scientist investigates refraction
Cue "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." We've found Moonwatcher of the feline world.Cat Scientist from r/likeus Read the rest ...
06:19 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Buy the cheap orange foundation Trump uses
Xeni just posted a link to the Washington Post's story about Trump's undocumented personal servants, who spilled the beans on his personal oddities. It revealed the brand of makeup he uses as Bronx Co...
06:08 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Incredible: Watch a woman nonchalantly step aside as out-of-control car barrels toward her
Never let them see you sweat. Read the rest ...
06:05 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Owners of Tron: Evolution game can't play it because of DRM fuckery
Tron: Evolution is a Disney video-game that comes with the notorious Securerom DRM (previously). Thanks to unspecified DRM issues, anyone who bought the game but didn't activate it can no longer do so...
06:02 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Perhaps folks are getting a bit over invested in Baby Yoda
I am a big fan of seeing what happens when a super-powerful force user is raised by a mass murderer. Read the rest ...
05:58 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Apple's extension of "Activation Locks" to laptops will turn refurbishable electronics into e-waste
"Activation Lock" is a tool that uses Apple's trusted computing hardware to render systems inoperable if you don't have a login/password; nominally, this is used for theft-deterrence, but when Apple p...
05:52 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Norway gifts Britain amusingly sparse Christmas tree
Every year, Norway sends Britain an enormous Christmas tree in thanks for kicking out the Nazis, but this year they sent a hilariously sparse, shabby one."Britain's most famous Christmas tree" has bee...
05:51 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Los Angeles: Dr. Zaius hosts 'Christmas with a Z'
Supporting Swing Left-Los Feliz and Field Team 6, Dana Gould will be hosting a fantastic night of entertainment as the loveable ape Dr. Zaius!Come see Christmas with a Z!From the release:EMMY AWARD-WI...
05:49 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Six-year-old brought a loaded gun to school for show-and-tell
In Roswell, New Mexico, a six-year-old elementary school student carried a loaded revolver to class. According to police, the student had "no malicious intent" but rather brought in the gun for show-a...
05:36 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Tiktok took less than a day to settle parents' lawsuit over spying on their kids
Yesterday Bytedance, the company that acquired the tween-centric app Musica.ly and relaunched it as Tiktok, was been sued by a parents' group for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act...
05:14 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Watch police try to catch runaway pig
A resident of Erie County, Ohio called police on Tuesday when she spotted a large pig outside her back door. The police attempted to capture the suspect but as body cam footage (below) shows, it was n...
05:11 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Woman whose vulva was probed by Burbank TSA "officers" who ignored her refusal sues
Last September, Jessica Lundquist passed through a body-scanner at Burbank airport and was told by a TSA screener that they wanted to conduct a "groin search" on her.Lundquist refused to allow the scr...
05:08 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Boing Boing's 28 favorite books in 2019
Here's 28 of our favorites from the last year – not all of them published in the last year, mind you – from fairy-tales to furious politics and everything in between, including the furious...
04:51 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing This week Trump said he didn't know Prince Andrew. In 2000 Trump said "he's a lot of fun to be with."
On Tuesday Trump told reporters "I don't know Prince Andrew, but it's a tough story. It's a very tough story."In 2000 he told People Prince Andrew is not pretentious. Hes a lot of fun to be with.From ...
04:43 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Advice column question: "A Now-Famous Comedian Terrorized Me After I Rejected His Advances 20 Years Ago"
In Slate's latest Dear Prudence advice column, a woman writes in to ask if she should tell her husband that a famous comedian he admires (and for whose show he bought tickets for his wife and him to a...
04:40 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing List of popular books people started reading and then abandoned
When I was younger, I would feel so badly about abandoning a book that didn't grab me, I'd force myself to slog through it until the bitter end. Then I realized that there are only so many books I'll ...
04:29 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing A former InfoWars employee describes Alex Jones' bizarre and dangerous behavior
In a New York Times story titled "I Worked for Alex Jones. I Regret It," Josh Owens recounts his time working as a video producer for InfoWars. He says was a passenger in Jones' car and that Jones dra...
04:21 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Colombians take to the streets in the third general strike in two weeks
The far-right Duque administration in Colombia is only fifteen months old, but its polarizing policies have brought the country to its knees, with a third general strike in just two weeks shutting dow...
03:36 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Trump admin sued for requiring foreigners to disclose social media accounts when applying for visas
Two of documentary film groups are suing the administration of President Donald Trump for requiring foreigners to hand over their social media account IDs, even pseudonymous ones, to U.S. officials wh...
03:30 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing "The Mandalorian" as a wacky 80s sitcom
My only complaint is that it doesn't end with "And introducing Baby Yoda asTHE CHILD!"Nothing has ever spoken to me like this 80s version intro for #TheMandalorian. Nothing. Thank you, Gareth Wood.#St...
03:25 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Feds charge Evil Corp, Russia-based creators of Dridex malware, in $100 million bank hacking spree
The most on-brand name since Fraud Guarantee.The U.S. departments of Justice and Treasury departments today announced sanctions against the Russian hacking group Evil Corp. The Russian cybercrime orga...
03:13 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Trump is a creepy weirdo, his undocumented servants reveal
Donald Trump's undocumented personal servants were often left to perform the most intimate and personal work in the Trump estates. His former domestic workers from Costa Rica, Mexico, and other Latin ...
03:00 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing "63 Up": doc series following the lives of Brits every seven years since they were 7, returns
In 1964, director Michael Apted started documenting the lives of a group of 7-year-old British kids. Then, for every seven years since, he's returned to interview them as a way to learn "whether or no...
02:45 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Here are full-ride videos of Disney's Rise of the Resistance ride
Rise of the Resistance officially opens December 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but you can see just about the entire ride right now. What flavor of walkthrough would you like?Just the pre-show:Sev...
02:40 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing This fictional American soccer club is popular enough that Topps is selling jerseys and trading cards
Here's Know Your Meme on Asbury Park Football Club:In 2013, Ian Perkins, a lifelong soccer fan and New Jersey-based British guitarist for the American rock band The Gaslight Anthem, began asking local...
02:39 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Online freedom of expression hits a ten-year low
Pam Cowburn from Article 19 writes, "Our new report shows that digital freedom of expression defined as our ability to speak freely online is at a ten year low. The report states that this decline i...
02:30 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing The Chinese version of 23andMe purports to tell you what percentage Uighur you are
K. Oanh Ha submitted her DNA samples to 23andMe and 23Mofang, a Chinese company inspired by 23and Me, and wrote about the results for Bloomberg.What's the difference between a consumer DNA test fr...
02:12 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing A web-based artwork a day
Otherti.me presents a new example of Raphael Bastide's digital artwork each day. Today, I am starting a series of web based artworks: one page a day for 30 days. It is called https://t.co/Z49qqAy9pa a...
02:00 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing A janitor at a detention center saved immigrants' belongings and turned them into art
In 2003, artist Tom Kiefer took a part-time job as a janitor at a Border Patrol facility in Ajo, Arizona. It was just something to subsidize his creative work. But he watched first-hand as things got ...
01:57 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing George Zimmerman is suing Trayvon Martin's mother for $100M in order to promote a movie
It takes a special kind of person to randomly assault a black teenager, murder him, and claim it's self-defense, andthen continuously find ways to be even more heinous after your acquitted for that cr...
01:55 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing End of the British monarchy, FBIs Epstein cover-up, and Mary Poppins orgy, in this weeks dubious tabloids
The British Royal Family is a blank canvas on which the tabloids feel free to paint whatever sordid soap operatic scandals they care to invent....
01:30 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing This SNES-Inspired controller offers an old school upgrade for PC and Switch gamers
When the SNES launched back in the early 1990s, it changed gaming forever. One of the innovations was a gamepad with four action buttons something that has remained a constant on controllers ever sin...
08:08 am PST - Thu, December 5, 2019
BoingBoing Some idiot painted graffiti on a Russian polar bear and now the animal likely won't survive
In Russia, some idiot spraypainted this polar bear with "T-34," the model of a Soviet tank. The video was shared by World Wildlife Fund employee Sergey Kavry who lives in the remote region of Chutkotk...
11:06 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing FCC Chairman Pai's former employer, Verizon, lied about coverage, and then Pai tried to bury the news
America's telcoms sector is hugely concentrated and corrupt, and systematically underinvests in maintenance and infrastructure even as it gouges customers, which it can get away with thanks to its mon...
10:30 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Anyone Can Prep Delicious Meals With This App-Controlled Sous Vide Cooker That's Over 50% Off
After a long day at work, cooking a meal from scratch can seem like too much trouble. Unfortunately, the alternative is usually something unhealthy.Enter the Mellow Sous Vide Precision Cooker. This co...
08:39 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing RIP, science fiction pioneer Dorothy "DC" Fontana
DC Fontana was a pioneering writer and editor for Star Trek who worked on shows like Babylon Five, the Six Million Dollar Man, He Man, and Buck Rogers, one of the most prominent women in the field. Sh...
08:36 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Swastikas painted on cars and homes in San Bernardino mountains
Officials are not currently calling the act a hate crime, referring to it instead as an act of vandalism and tagging.At least five spray-painted swastikas were discovered on Tuesday morning in a resid...
08:32 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing The south's latest culinary trend: inadequate, rotting prison food, supplemented by cattle feed
One of my favorite podcasts is Gravy, from the Southern Foodways Alliance, where highlight hidden and fascinating changes and progress in southern food -- from disappearing "community canneries" to Ma...
08:17 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing American warship seizes what U.S. says are Iran missile parts headed to Yemen
Oh boy. Here we go.AP via Haaretz:A Navy warship has seized a significant cache of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen, U.S. officials said Wednesday, marking the first ti...
07:58 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Trump to kick 700,000 Americans off food stamps
700,000 may lose access to food stamps...
07:58 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Trump to kick 700,000 Americans off food stamps just in time for holiday cruelty display
700,000 may lose access to food stamps...
07:50 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Bill & Ted's excellent recap
How's it going, Royal Ugly Dudes? Read the rest ...
07:33 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing In Japan, these giant shoulder calluses are a badge of honor
I was looking at photos of Chigasaki, Japan in Google Images when I saw a photo a smiling man with what looked to be a huge pink bump on his shoulder. I clicked for a closer look and learned that he i...
07:22 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Browser plugins from Avast and AVG yanked for stealing user data
The Firefox extensions store removed four plugins from Avast/AVG, including two that are supposed to keep users safe from malicious activity because they appeared to be stealing browser histories and ...
07:11 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Second wave Algorithmic Accountability: from "What should algorithms do?" to "Should we use an algorithm?"
For ten years, activists and theorists have been developing a critique of "algorithms" (which have undergone numerous renamings over the same time, e.g. "filter bubbles"), with the early critiques foc...
07:00 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Pinterest and The Knot pressured to stop romanticizing former slave plantations as "romantic" wedding venues
Until now, Pinterest and The Knot (an online wedding-planning platform) actively promoted former slave plantations as great places to get married. It took pressure from a civil rights advocacy group c...
06:47 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing How Ken Liu went from engineer to lawyer to SF writer to the foremost translator of Chinese sf into English
Ken Liu went from university to a software engineering job at Microsoft, then to some startups, then to Harvard Law, where he got a JD and went into practice as a litigation consultant on tech cases -...
06:15 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Get Zelda: Breath of the Wild for a good deal
Even after I vanquished Calamity Gannon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild over a year ago, I'm still playing it. I have tons of side quests to complete, a few more shrines to clear, and a bus...
06:14 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Los Angeles: The Tony Martini HOLIDAY Variety Show is this Saturday!
The Tony Martini Variety Hour rings in a swinging holiday season with an incredible line-up at Hollywood's Three Clubs!Three of my favorite comedic actors: Mark Fite, Renee Albert, and Jim Turner are ...
06:03 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Police officer accused of fondling corpse apparently didn't realize that turning off his body cam wouldn't stop it from recording him
While a Los Angeles police officer is enjoying his paid leave (officially called "being assigned to home duty" lol) as he's being investigated for fondling a corpse, he's got time to wonder why simply...
05:36 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Here's how to save your friend if they catch on fire
Hopefully you won't find yourself in a situation where you'll have to see if the "wipe away the flame" technique demonstrated here really works.Image: LiveLeak Read the rest ...
05:26 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Watch a car accidentally launch off the the road and fly over dozens of autos at a dealership
In Citrus County, Florida, a dizzy driver veered off the road, crossed the berm, and then launched into the air, flying over more than a dozen cars at a dealership. The vehicle eventually smashed into...
04:45 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing From the Martin Scorsese Cinematic Universe: IRISH-MAN!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Martin Scorsese Cinematic Universe's IRISH-MAN must gather the other heroes to confront a grave and powerful threat!...
04:21 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Animated Playstation ad vanishes after plagiarism claims
A video promoting new Playstation games has disappeared from the web after fans noticed that its hand-drawn segues were nearly identical to scenes in other animated works. The swipes are unusually bra...
04:14 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing LIVE: Watch the Trump Impeachment Hearings
This morning's installment of the House impeachment hearings against manifestly unfit and corrupt U.S. President Donald Trump have been something else, indeed.Don't miss history unfolding in front of ...
04:02 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Vintage UFO photos sold at auction, including the one from The X-Files "I Want To Believe" poster
In the 1970s, "Billy" Eduard Albert Meier documented the extraterrestrials who visited him by taking fantastic photographs of their spacecraft zooming over the Swiss countryside. Meier, founder of Fre...
03:04 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing The bizarre story of China's most prolific bank-robbers, who stole literal tons of cash and spent it on losing lotto tickets
Writing in Marker, David Gauvey Herbert gives us an extended-play version of China's legendary bank-robber, Ren Xiaofeng, a bank official in a small industrial city who tried to make ends meet by stea...
02:40 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing What would Noam Chomsky think about the linguistic development of Baby Yoda?
It's frankly shocking that in more than 40 years since Yoda first debuted on the big screen, no one has asked the anarcho-linguist Noam Chomsky to explain the Jedi's syntactical idiosyncrasies. But no...
02:30 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing These noise-cancelling earbuds adapt to block noise or enhance conversations
In the course of any day, we encounter many different audio environments. If you are wearing earbuds, the ambient noise level can affect your listening experience.The HUB wireless earbuds adapt to dif...
02:30 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Humiliated Trump leaves NATO summit early after video emerges of world leaders mocking him
Earlier today, Xeni posted the video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Princess Anne yukking it up about what a twer...
02:29 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Opendemocracy: the Libdems tried to censor our article about their sale of voter data, then used a forged email to intimidate us
There's not really any dispute that the UK Liberal Democrats party sold voter data for £100,000 to the Remain campaign in 2016, though the Information Commissioner's Office tried to suppress that...
02:20 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing 3D-print your own Baby Yoda
Various official Baby Yoda toys will be available in a few months, but anyone with access to a 3D printer can print their own right now. Christopher Frieze has posted one version for free download. It...
02:02 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Airline opens restaurant serving their airplane food
Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia has opened a food court restaurant at a mall in Kuala Lumpur. Called Santan, the restaurant serves the same food as what's on the airline's in-flight menu. Over the ...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Apple's "Snowbrawl" commercial is by the director of John Wick and Deadpool 2
"Snowbrawl" is a high-energy 90-second David versus Goliath snowball fight directed by David Leitch for Apple.The commercial is nice, but the real magic is in this mini-documentary, which shows some o...
01:15 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing This amazing Godzilla Christmas tree breathes smoke
Crafted from four fake Christmas trees, chicken wire, green mesh, and a fog machine, Treezilla -- a smoke-breathing Godzilla tree -- is really something to behold! Its creator, Steven Newland of New Z...
01:13 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Man builds video store in basement
This man replicated a 1990s video rental store in their basement, right down to giant bags of Sour Patch candy, foamboard drop ceiling and a bulky CRT television set. And, of course, thousands upon th...
01:08 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Cart narcs judge those who fail to return shopping carts
Meet the Cart Narcs, who judge people for leaving shopping carts in irresponsible locations. "It's very discourteous of you, ma'am," says a cart narc in this video, judging a lady for leaving a shoppi...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing And we've come full circle: Carrying straps for wireless AirPods
Seems people are afraid of losing their AirPods, which you may remember are wireless. Well, a company named Tapper is tapping into their fears by offering $60 AirPod carrying straps. Available at Nord...
12:45 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Native English speakers try to guess Japanese words
Language learning brand Busuu took to the streets of London to see if native English speakers could translate the Japanese words thrown at them. They did better than I would have!Just like the English...
12:30 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Now you can send shout-outs from Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, to people you know
View this post on Instagram Now you can send a PERSONALIZED message from my good pal PAUL REUBENS...!! Have him wish someone you know a "Happy Birthday!" or "Merry Christmas!" or &...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Compare the fat joke in the Black Widow trailer with Daisy Ridley saying she was "taking in no nutrients"
The new Black Widow trailer features David Harbour's character being mocked as "fat."Meanwhile, this is from GQ's brand new feature on Daisy Ridley:By the time The Last Jedi opened, the wear was showi...
10:23 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Listen to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's minimalist cover of David Bowie's "Life on Mars?"
This lovely cover was heard in the seventh episode of the new Watchmen TV show, titled "An Almost Religious Awe." The track will appear on Reznor and Ross's album "Watchmen: Vol. 3 (Music from the HBO...
08:08 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Johnny Depp producing a musical about Michael Jackson's sequined glove
Johnny Depp is producing a musical about Michael Jackson's sequined glove. Well, it's actually about Jackson's life but told from the perspective of the glove. Surprise, the Jackson estate has not aut...
02:44 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Devin Nunes: 'Its possible' I talked to Lev Parnas
Uh-oh, someone's in trouble....
02:34 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing VIDEO: Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson discuss Trump's nutty behavior
Oh boy. Donald's not going to like this one at all.In this video from a Buckingham Palace VIP reception earlier today, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron of France, and Boris John...
01:43 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2019
BoingBoing Brits freak out when told the price of health care in the United States
"So if you're poor, you're dead." That's what a woman in the U.K. said when she was told the price of health care services in the U.S.No doubt many people in the U.S. do die from the high price of hea...
11:24 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing "Fuzz and Pluck" is a beautifully absurd series that belongs in your comic collection
If you happen to have the 2009 or 2018 issues of The Best American Comics lying around like some of us do, flip to any excerpts in there by Ted Stearn. Hopefully the appeal is instant. But for those w...
11:15 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing McKinsey designed ICE's gulags, recommending minimal food, medical care and supervision
Obama brought McKinsey and Co, the giant management consulting firm, into ICE to effect an "organizational transformation," so they were already in place when Trump took office, and as Trump pivoted t...
11:15 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Is trypophobia a social contagion?
Trypophobia is an aversion to holes and similar textures, with an obvious evolutionary explanation in its suggestion of the cruelty and regularity of infection. But the science is as weak as the memes...
10:44 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Paul Krassner and the Birth of the Political Prankster Group, YIPPIE!
A 1967 acid trip during a hurricane at Ramrod Key, Florida, leads Abbie Hoffman, his wife Anita, and Paul Krassner to see the upcoming 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as a hugely visibl...
10:30 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Become an in-demand web developer with this 6-course training bundle
Its no secret that web developers are in increasingly high-demand throughout multiple industries, but you dont need to invest an exorbitant amount of time or money in a traditional tech education in o...
10:29 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing An inexpensive home sewing kit for repairing clothes
Costing just on Amazon, this small sewing kit contains everything you need to make minor repairs to clothing. The only other thing you'll need is access to YouTube, so you can learn how to sew on a b...
10:02 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Plane forced to turn around after woman fakes illness to get a bigger seat
A woman was taken into protective custody for pretending she was experiencing a breathing problem in order to get a bigger seat on an American Airlines flight from Pensacola to Miami, reports NBC News...
09:00 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Frustrated game devs automated the production of 1,500 terrible slot machine apps and actually made money
Last March, game devs Alex Schwartz and Ziba Scott gave a presentation at the Game Developers Conference called "1,500 Slot Machines Walk into a Bar: Adventures in Quantity Over Quality in which they ...
08:49 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Make: a non-patent-infringing enclosure for your 3D printer
3D printing is a dumpster fire of stupid, obvious patents, but thankfully many of these are expiring; this year, the stupid patent on putting sides on a 3D printer (extrusion printers are very sensiti...
08:14 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing The Supreme Court just heard the State of Georgia's argument for copyrighting the law and charging for access to it
For years, rogue archivist Carl Malamud (previously) has been scanning and posting proprietary elements of the law, such as standard annotations or building and safety codes developed by outside parti...
08:10 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Here are photos of Trump with Prince Andrew, who he says he does not know
New flash: Trump has been caught lying. Currently in the U.K., Trump (a pal of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein) was asked about Prince Andrew (another pal of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein), and he replied: I do...
07:56 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Using the Challenger Disaster to illustrate the 8 symptoms of groupthink
When Yale research psyhcologist Irving Janis coined the term "groupthink" in 1972, he identified eight symptoms of the pathology: the "illusion of invulnerability"; a "belief in the inherent morality ...
07:47 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing UK Apostrophe Protection Society surrender's, saying "ignorance and lazines's have won"
Retired journalist John Richard's founded the Apostrophe Protection Society in 2001, its mission to convince people that apostrophe's denote missing letter's and possession, but never plurals. Now Ric...
07:40 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing What would happen if you dodged the draft in the United States?
In 1951 the United States government passed a law requiring all men between the ages of 18 to 26 to register for the draft. During the Korean War (1950-1953) 80,000 men attempted to dodge the draft. D...
07:37 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing MMT: when does government deficit spending improve debt-to-GDP ratios?
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) (previously) is an alternative to neoclassical economics that holds that sovereign states that issue their own currency can't default on debts denominated in that currency...
06:52 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing A sweeping new tech bill from Silicon Valley Democrats promises privacy, interoperability, and protection from algorithmic discrimination and manipulation
Reps Anna Eshoo [D-CA] and Zoe Lofgren [D-CA] have introduced HR 4978, the "Online Privacy Act," which is a comprehensive set of federal rules for privacy, interoperability, and protection from algori...
06:28 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Kamala Harris ends presidential run
Breaking news; she's reportedly just told her staff on a campaign call-in: "Kamala Harris is dropping out of the presidential race, she told staff on a call Tuesday. She will release a video momentari...
06:06 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Charitable Giving Guide 2019
Boing BoingHere's a guide to the charities the Boingers support in our own annual giving. Please add the causes and charities you give to in the forums!Friends of the Merril CollectionI'm on the board...
05:47 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing A year after banning "female-presenting nipples", Tumblr is much-diminished but still alive
The Atlantic reviews the state of Tumblr, where adult material was banned by new corporate owners, traffic collapsed, and the remains were sold for a pittance to Automattic, the company behind WordPre...
05:35 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Police seek gentleman sporting "CRIME PAYS" tattoo on his forehead
The New York Post reports Indiana police are on the lookout for Donald Murray, 38, after he allegedly fled officers in his car when they tried to pull him over for driving without turning on the car's...
05:32 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Harry Shearer interviews Uber's smartest critic: Hubert "Bezzle" Horan
Hubert Horan (previously) is a transport industry analyst who has written more than 20 essays for Naked Capitalism as well as two peer-reviewed scholarly articles explaining why Uber is a "bezzle" -- ...
04:50 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing What does "incognito mode" really do?
Chrome's incognito mode is useful if you don't want your browsing history saved to your account, don't want websites to access your cookies, or if you want to troubleshoot your browser. But it doesn't...
04:41 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Reading the "victory letter" a white nationalist sent to his followers after getting $2.5m from UNC, it's obvious why he tried to censor it
Last week, just before everything shut down for Thanksgiving, the Republican-appointed Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina handed $2.5m to the white nationalist Sons of Confederate ...
03:42 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing "Harbinger households": neighborhoods that consistently buy products that get discontinued, buy real-estate that underperforms, and donate to losing political candidates
In The Surprising Breadth of Harbingers of Failure (Sci-Hub mirror), a trio of economists and business-school profs build on a 2015 Journal of Marketing Research paper that claimed that some household...
03:30 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing This Pocket-Sized Smoking Tool Holds Everything You Need for a Quick Hit
For many of us, smoking provides relief from the stress of everyday life and a good excuse to take a break. At home, getting a quick fix is pretty easy. But when your schedule involves dashing from on...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Video: a simple guide to electronic components
I enjoyed watching this video by a fellow, who goes by the name of Big Clive, which explains what basic electronic components (resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors) do and how they do it.Image: ...
01:45 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Peter Thiel claims AI is "Leninist" and "literally communist" in a sprawling speech for a think tank
On November 13, noted vampire capitalist Peter Thiel gave a speech to donors at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research conservative think-tank on "The End of the Computer Age." Over the course of...
01:30 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing What happens when a neural network tries to write a bad sex scene
The Literary Review in the UK has given out a Bad Sex in Fiction Award since 1993. It's a coveted literary recognition indeed; even Morrissey took the prize home in 2015. While there are some valid cr...
01:15 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Snoop Dogg dropping lullaby album for babies, includes "Gin and Juice"
Stoner icon Snoop Dogg has teamed up with Rockabye Baby! to bring the world baby-friendly instrumental interpretations of his most popular hits, including "Gin and Juice" and "Drop It Like It's Hot." ...
01:10 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Vaporwave overalls
In Control clothing offeres these computer glitch overalls, perfect for a vaporwave Christmas. [h/t Jeff] Read the rest ...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Are electronic toothbrushes worth it?
Wired takes a long look at the rapid progress in oral health in the 20th century from this:In 1899, the British Army was recruiting troops to fight in the Boer War and recruiters were appalled at the ...
12:56 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Melania Trump's 2019 Christmas Video but with more appropriate music
I enjoyed Melania Trump's disquieting 2019 Christmas video, featuring her pacing alone around the symmetrical expanses of the executive mansion, inspecting its coldly festive ornaments. But it needed ...
12:45 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing The most disturbing horror film of the season is Peloton's new commercial
It's gratifying to see the correct takes pouring in that Peloton's new bicycle advertisement is deeply disturbing. I think it looks like an ARG advertisement for HBO's Westworld series, where everyon...
12:30 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing Big Bird put through a lie detector test
As a way to promote a movies and other projects, Vanity Fair sometimes puts celebrities through a jokey lie detector test (see: Jennifer Lawrence). The polygraph itself is real but the questions are h...
12:19 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing In 1965, a retired truck driver was convicted of one of the greatest art heists in British history
In 1961, Goya's famous portrait of the Duke of Wellington went missing from London's National Gallery. The case went unsolved for four years before someone unexpectedly came forward to confess to the ...
03:29 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing White nationalists who got a $2.5m payout from UNC abuse the DMCA to censor lawyer's trove of documents about it
T. Greg Doucette is the North Carolina litigator who sleuthed out the incredible, bizarre details of the decision of the University of North Carolina's Republican-appointed governors to hand a group o...
02:30 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2019
BoingBoing 10 Cyber Monday Deals on CBD Oil, Candies, Pet Products, and More
Many people turn to CBD as an all-natural remedy for aches, pains, anxiety, insomnia, and more. You can take the extract in many forms, but the products can be expensive. Now is a good time to stock u...
11:50 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Podcast: Party Discipline, a Walkaway story (Part 1)
In my latest podcast (MP3), I've started a serial reading of my novella Party Discipline, which I wrote while on a 35-city, 45-day tour for my novel Walkaway in 2017; Party Discipline is a story set i...
10:51 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing I chatted with Danny Elfman about his new MasterClass, and his ventriloquist dummy "Buddy"
You may remember I recently blogged about Danny Elfman's new "music for film" MasterClass (which launched on Halloween, naturally). A day or so after it posted I got an email from someone on his team ...
10:30 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing There are no humans in Star Wars, so what are the creatures we are watching?
From 2013, but new to me, Max Gladstone makes some close observations regarding the odd world of Episodes 1-6. The title card tells us that the story takes place long time ago, in a galaxy far, far a...
09:44 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing 35-year-old Commodore 64 Easter egg revealed on Christian rock album
Way back in 1984, Christian rock band Prodigal hid a Commodore 64 program on their "Electric Eye" album. The 35-year-old Easter egg, which I won't spoil for you, was recently unlocked by YouTuber 8-Bi...
09:00 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing 14 Can't-Miss Deals With an Extra 20% off This Cyber Monday
With the season of shopping in full swing, now is an excellent time to go looking for new tech and holiday gifts. Of course, that means everyone else has the same idea. Instead of fighting through the...
08:13 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Japanese overdesign fetish: Beetle 3-Way Highlighter
The business end of KOKUYO Beetle Tips highlighter looks a bit like a rhinoceros beetle's horns, hence the name. Three-way refers to the fun you'll have with the highlighter when you make three differ...
08:00 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing White woman interrupted a Broadway talkback to call the playwright "racist against white people."
Jeremy O. Harris's Slave Playis meant to be provocativecertainly moreso than most other Broadway productions that transfer from Off Broadway theatres. The play itself is about a group of interracial c...
07:59 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing A dying Stars Wars fan got an advance screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
A Star Wars fan in hospice is not expected to live long enough to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker when it is released in theaters on December. But a representative from Disney went to Rowans Hosp...
07:56 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing China tech firms shape new facial recognition and surveillance standards at UN: Report
Chinese technology companies are shaping new facial recognition and surveillance standards at the UN, according to leaked documents, as they try to open up new markets in the developing world for thei...
07:48 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Trump imposes metal tariffs on Brazil and Argentina
Acting United States President Donald J. Trump just imposed some new metal tariffs against the South American nations of Brazil and Argentina. Trump told reporters that currency weakness in both count...
07:42 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Delta evacuation slide falls from jet in sky, nobody hurt
Can you imagine seeing this yourself, while you're wandering around, minding your own business, not expecting to see part of an airplane falling from the sky?Thank goodness nobody was injured when on ...
07:23 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing What it's like to take a vacation in Singapore's Changi Airport
Singapore's Changi Airport is rated the #1 airport in the world by most entities that rate airports. It has theme parks, free movies, a retro video game arcade, hiking trails, and much more. Stephanie...
07:21 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Behind the One-Way Mirror: EFF's "deep dive into corporate surveillance"
EFF's Behind the One-Way Mirror: A Deep Dive Into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance is a long, comprehensive look at corporate tracking, particularly invisible, third-party tracking, as with ad...
07:20 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing This rebar-tying video is weirdly calming
I'm not an engineer, but I can't stop watching this hypnotic and oddly satisfying video of tying rebar.From World of Engineering.The tool in the video is identified as the Makita XRT01TK 18V LXT Lithi...
07:04 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Two ways to argue more effectively with a political opponent
It's very difficult to change someone's mind on a political issue. Facts rarely work, because the person you are arguing with has likely already been told the facts and has already formed reasons to d...
07:03 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Video: Siberian Husky puppy mlem mlems
Aren't those gorgeous blue eyes amazing!Watch this video only if you are prepared to experience a head-sploding squee of cute delight. View this post on Instagram GOOD BOY video By @mywinterfells...
06:43 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Kickstarter for a hoodie with a built-in neck pillow
The Pillowdy is a hoodie that comes with a self-inflatable neck pillow, and it met its Kickstarter goal. The cheapest model costs $109.[via Core 77] Read the rest ...
06:37 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing 92-year-old's memoir tells the forgotten story of a German official who sabotaged Nazi deportations and saved more Jews than Schindler
Hans Calmeyer was a left-wing German lawyer -- his law license was temporarily suspended when he was accused of being a Communist -- who was inducted into the German army under the Nazis, who put him ...
06:19 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing How the alt-right is like an abusive relationship
If you haven't watched Ian Danskin's Alt-Right Playbook explainer video series, I highly recommend them. Ian recently posted a video of a talk he gave called " How the alt-right is like an abusive rel...
06:10 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing A former pharma rep explains how the industry pushes doctors to overprescribe
The pharma industry spends $2 on marketing for every $1 it spends on R&D: Shahram Ahari was a rep for Eli Lilly, so he knows how the money was spent: in a tell-all op-ed in the Washington Post, A...
06:00 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing 5 Smart Video Doorbells With an Extra 20% off This Cyber Monday
Video doorbells are the perfect way to remotely issue instructions for delivery and check on your home from afar. These five smart video doorbells are already discounted, but you can take an extra 20%...
05:09 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing After Trump reversed Obama's restrictions on private federal prisons, states started banning them instead
Back in 2016, it looked like the private prison industry would finally die, thanks to an Obama memo directing the DoJ to reduce their use for federal prisoners, but the sector retrenched, doubling dow...
04:37 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Crap to randomly yell out in public
I never enjoyed this game.Yahtzee is now a product of Hasbro, the owners of Death Row records. Read the rest ...
04:30 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Billie Eilish asked same interview questions, TWO years after becoming a much bigger star
In 2017, Vanity Fair asked then-15-year-old rising star Billie Eilish a series of questions. A year later, they brought her back and asked the same questions. In that year, she had jumped from 257K In...
04:23 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Dogs painted like tigers to scare off monkeys
Farmers in the Malnad region in South India are reportedly dying their dogs' fur with tiger stripes to scare off bands of marauding monkeys. Apparently the monkeys are wreaking havoc on their corn cro...
04:15 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Amazon removes Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments
You can sell anything on Amazon, until you get noticed, and in the age of computer-generated copycats it can pretend not to even know what's for sale there. So it comes to pass that Amazon has now rem...
04:15 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Build the Mandalorian's Razor Crest in Lego microscale
Johan Scheffer has posted designs for Lego microscale versions of the Mandalorian's Razor Crest and a few other Star Wars vehicles.For more Mandalorian, Redditor Crybug created a Christmas card:And en...
04:02 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing The game Operation was born as a test of desert survival skills
We all know the game Operation in which the player must conduct surgery on a curious character named Cavity Sam. As the commercial goes, "It takes a very steady hand." But as sci-tech historian Alliso...
04:00 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Check out the 2019 Boing Boing Gift Guide
The Boing Boing Gift Guide has a hundred great ideas for stocking stuffers, brain-hammers, mind-expanders, terrible toys and unbelievably good books.Happy holidays! Read the rest ...
03:52 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing The electronic votes said he lost in a statistically impossible landslide, but the paper ballots said he won
Nick Corasaniti has a good news, bad news story in the New York Times on ballot security. The bad news:Vote totals in a Northampton County judges race showed one candidate, Abe Kassis, a Democrat, ha...
03:45 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing This Welsh password generator might keep you safe from hackers, but definitely from dragons
Inspired by XKCD's classic diceware strip, a programmer named Alice created an open-source algorithm to randomly generate secure passphrases in Welsh. As difficult as it would be for any human or comp...
03:45 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Flip flops that spell out "Impeach Trump" in sand
Perfect stocking stuffers: Impeach Trump flip flops ($25/pair).What better way to decorate the beach than this call to action?Frustrated by the State of our Union? Our Dumpster Fire line of sand impri...
02:11 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Veteran Boeing manager was transferred to 787 production; based on he saw there, he won't fly in a Dreamliner and begs his family not to
John Barnett had a three-decade career as a Boeing quality manager, but after he was transferred to the Charleston, SC production facility for the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner," he became a whistleblower --...
01:00 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Take Home 13 Award-Winning Mac Apps for Under $40 This Cyber Monday
Great software can be the difference between a smooth workday and staying late at the office. If you want to improve your workflow without spending a fortune, the 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle is de...
12:23 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Watch this funny and curiously compelling Bad Lip Reading spin-off of Stranger Things
Given that by the time we see a new season of Stranger Things the kids will probably be in college, this will have to do! That's ok because, as Steve Harrington says, "Hair is here!"In this week's epi...
12:23 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing The time Mikhail Gorbachev starred in a Pizza Hut commercial
In 1997, Mikhail Gorbachev, the final leader of the Soviet Union, needed some cash. So he made a Pizza Hut commercial. Of course there was more to the story than that, but not really so much. He repor...
08:08 am PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing A "Google Street View" for the natural sounds of remote Australia
The Australian Acoustic Observatory project, described by its creators as a kind of "Google Street View of sound," is a new acoustic sensor network of hundreds of microphones and digital audio recorde...
06:10 am PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing This "follow-me" FPV drone is an extra 20% off for Cyber Monday
Holiday memories are precious and should be remembered but when you're in the moment, it can be difficult to remember to take photos. This Force Flyers Card Drone with Hi-Res Wi-Fi FPV Camera is a cl...
12:17 am PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing As news outlets were shutting down for Thanksgiving, the University of North Carolina quietly gave white nationalists $2.5m to settle a lawsuit that hadn't even been filed
On November 27, just as the courthouses were closing and newsrooms were going to a skeleton crew, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina -- lately stuffed with GOP operatives and s...
12:00 am PST - Mon, December 2, 2019
BoingBoing Digitize your notes with this reusable notebook that's 20% off for Cyber Monday
Sometimes you can capture more in a notebook than you ever could with a laptop or tablet, whether you're doodling dreams or developing intricate mind maps. This Rocketbook Wave Executive Smart Noteboo...
11:41 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing Talking with the Left Field podcast about Sidewalk Labs's plan to build a surveilling "smart city" in Toronto
We've been closely following the plan by Google sister company Sidewalk Labs to build a surveilling "smart city" in Toronto; last week, I sat down with the Out of Left Field podcast (MP3) to discuss w...
06:06 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing Japanese store "rethinks" badges that indicate if employees are menstruating
A spokesperson for the Daimaru branch at Osaka Umeda department store says that badges given to women employees to let others know they are menstruating are not mandatory. But the store has received e...
06:00 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing Save big on these Cyber Monday deals that are already on sale
Cyber Monday is just around the corner, but you dont need to wait until hoards of shoppers break the internet in order to save big on these top-rated gadgets and accessorieseach of which is available ...
05:43 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing This guy hand-makes and sells giant LEDs
You can buy a giant LED from a guy who makes them at home. The cost about $70.From his site:My first Maker Faire as a maker was New York 2012, I brought a Giant Arduino Starter Kit (YouTube video Gian...
05:23 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing Remote controlled miniature surfer annoys a surfer
At first I thought this video used special effects to make it look like a tiny surfer was bugging a normal size surfer. It's actually a remote control scale model of a surfer.<blockquote class="re...
04:02 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing The Oligarch Game: use coin-tosses to demonstrate "winner take all" and its power to warp perceptions
Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle created The Game of Oligarchy, which "shows that the 'free market' leads inexorably to one person getting all the money and everyone else going broke. And fast....
03:52 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing DC Comics kills Batman image because China insisted it was supporting the Hong Kong protests
The poster for "The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child" features Batman hurling a molotov cocktail in front of the words "The Future is Young," after DC Comics posted it to Instagram and Twitter, t...
03:28 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing Pennsylvania to Ohio: we see your terrible life-threatening anti-abortion bill and raise you with funerals for unimplanted, fertilized eggs
Pennsylvania has one-upped Ohio's lethal anti-abortion bill (which requires OB/GYNs to perform a non-existent operation to implant fertilized eggs from ectopic pregnancies in women's uteruses, on pena...
03:13 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing A quick trip through the ghastly, racist, sexist, eugenicist, authoritarian things that Boris Johnson has said in recent years
For many years, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a newspaper columnist for the Telegraph, where he espoused some of the most reactionary, disqualifying garbage ever published by a mainstream U...
12:00 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing Get a Cyber Monday deal on this smart guitar that makes lessons mobile and user-friendly
It can be hard to pick up on music lessons later on in life, even if the desire is there to learn how to play. In between finding the time for lessons and retaining the skills you do manage to pick up...
05:04 am PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing Read Best-Selling Books in Minutes With This Micro Book Library
Reading is a great way to uncover new ideas. But for many of us, setting aside time for books can be a challenge. The 12min Micro Book Library provides the perfect solution. This mobile app offers con...
12:01 am PST - Sun, December 1, 2019
BoingBoing Pick Up a Drone for Less This Black Friday Weekend With These DJI Deals
When it comes to drone technology, one name stands out: DJI. The company makes some of the best quadcopters currently available, along with some ultra-cool video cameras. Over Black Friday weekend, th...
07:52 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2019
BoingBoing Can-opener bridge, recently raised 8 inches, claims another victim
When the infamous 11-foot-8 bridge of Durham, North Carolina was raised 8 inches last month, fans of the videos showing trucks getting their tops sheared off were bummed out. But it looks like their d...
07:43 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2019
BoingBoing Extra virgin olive oil prevented build-up of toxic proteins in brains of mice
Researchers fed extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to mice that are genetically engineered to get dementia from the accumulation of toxic proteins (tau proteins) in the brain that lead to alzheimer's. Afte...
07:09 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2019
BoingBoing A day in the life of a 23-year-old Tokyo game programmer
Masa is a 23-year-old game programmer at Bandai Namco Studios in Tokyo. In this 13-minute-video made by Paolo From Tokyo, we see what Masa's life is like, from the moment his alarm goes off in the mor...
06:30 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2019
BoingBoing Learn Speed Reading Techniques From World-Leading Experts With ZapReader
The problem with being a slow reader is that it takes longer to wade through emails and study for exams. Thankfully, anyone can improve their reading speed. ZapReader is an online platform that offers...
02:41 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2019
BoingBoing Coop's Randotti skulls: now available as tights!
Artist Coop's revival of the outstanding skulls of the Randotti Corporation (as seen at Disneyland and Walt Disney World!) continues with a line of tights featuring Haunted Skull, Voodoo Skull and Pir...
12:00 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2019
BoingBoing This Device Turns Your iPhone Into a High-Quality Audio Recorder
Normally speaking, recording audio with your phone is a last resort. The built-in mic simply wasnt designed for picking up guitar riffs and powerful vocals. However, the Shure MV88 Digital Stereo Cond...
04:54 am PST - Sat, November 30, 2019
BoingBoing Learn a new language in 2020 with Babbel and save extra for Black Friday
As one year draws to a close and a new year is about to begin, it's common to assess what you've accomplished and start to set new goals. And whether you have the resolution to travel more, gain inter...
12:00 am PST - Sat, November 30, 2019
BoingBoing 15 eLearning bundles on sale for 60% off for Black Friday
Between presents for your family and dedicating your free time to your friends, the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is a reinvestment towards what fuels and nourishes you. We could...