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11:56 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Watch this baby's hilarious reaction to a new toy
The California mom who captured this hilarious video of her baby explains:"I was shopping for toys for my daughter, Maisie at the store. I was showing her different toys to see which ones she wanted. ...
11:48 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Man cleans snow off driveway with flamethrower (VIDEO)
This Kentucky man is not about shovels. He's cleaning off snow from his driveway with a flamethrower.A man dressed as Cousin Eddie from the holiday classic "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" clea...
11:38 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing One year ago today, first tweet on 'mystery pneumonia' in Wuhan, China
A year ago today, this tweet warned of a "SARS/Suspected SARS Pneumonia Outbreak in Wuhan, China." Now, COVID-19 has killed 350,000 in US, and counting.This appears to be the first tweet to have eve...
11:15 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Highly contagious COVID variant first found in UK is now in California and Colorado, could change course of pandemic in US
"The overall picture is pretty grim." Bill Hanage, Harvard epidemiologistNew York Times, December 30, 2020In Colorado and California, there are now two confirmed cases of that new and highly contagiou...
10:08 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Big box 'o cheap LED bulbs
The sad truth about LED lightbulbs is that they burn out a lot faster than promised, at least in my experience. Even the most expensive ones don't seem to last much longer than incandescent bulbs. So ...
09:41 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing RIP, Dawn Wells
Dawn Wells, the actress who most people likely know through her role as Mary Ann in the wack-a-doodle 60s sitcom, Gilligan's Island, has died from COVID-19. She was 82.Read more here.[H/t Don Webb]Ima...
08:35 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Alaska Airlines is banning emotional support animals
I know some people abuse service animal policies to bring their pets on planes and into hotels and restaurants but some people with anxiety benefit from having a support animal with them. It's too bad...
08:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Study finds brain-activity of people coding isn't quite like when they use language, or do math
When you do computer programming, what sort of mental work are you doing?For a long time, folks have speculated on this. Since coding involves pondering hierarchies of symbols, maybe the mental work i...
07:55 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Japanese Starbucks drinkware for 2020 is cute
Starbucks Japans' online store has a bunch of cute new mugs for sale. Here are my favorites: A tiny cup with a coupon for a free drink...
07:42 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Almost 200,000 ceiling fans sold at Home Depot are recalled after blades spin off and hit people
If you purchased a Hampton Bay 54-inch Mara Indoor/Outdoor fan don't turn it on. CBS News reports that "King of Fans, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based distributor of the product sold exclusively by...
07:06 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing After 14 years, a puzzle to find a man has been solved
Perplex City was a cool alternate reality game(ARG) launched in 2006. Players received cards in the mail, each of which contained a puzzle. Solving the puzzles yielded clues for finding the ultimate p...
06:13 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Watch "a bunch of cool looking insect flying in slow motion"
Dr. Adrian Smith of the Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences & North Carolina State University shot slow motion take-off and landing vi...
05:46 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Rare Pokmon card expected to fetch $350k at auction
A mint condition first edition hologram Pokmon card could sell for $350,000 or more at Heritage Auctions'Comics & Comic Art AuctionJan. 14-15.From Heritage Auctions:ThePokmon Charizard #4 First Ed...
05:33 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing My favorite shop tips of 2020, part 2
A few weeks ago, I published the first part of my roundup of favorite tips gathered from my weekly maker shop tips newsletter. Here is part 2.Using Paper Towel and Wood Glue to Seal Up Molds for Casti...
05:33 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Learn how not to cook with this 1820 book about culinary poisons
I just learned about the Frederik Accum's 1820 book A Treatise on Adulteration of Food and Culinary Poisons from Public Domain Review:This groundbreaking work written in English by a German scientist...
05:32 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing How to convert a MIDI guitar into a QWERTY keyboard
From George The KA:After putting up the Christmas tree early with the kids, I spent a few hours this Sunday afternoon on another geeky techno-music experiment: building a program converts any MIDI gui...
05:32 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing The EPA has released the first ever pollution regulations for airplanesbut they don't do anything.
Aviation is notoriously bad for the environment. According to the nonprofit Environmental and Energy Study Institute, "Aircraft contribute 12 percent of U.S. transportation emissions, and account for ...
05:32 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Wooden puzzle box for storing stuff
I'm really charmed by these wooden puzzle boxes: You can store stuff inside the inner metal tube, but to open the box you need to rotate the wooden outer cylinder to guide an internal peg through its ...
05:32 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Don't do this with a Bluetooth headphone knit hat
I wear warm socks and put on gloves for a Chicago winter run. I am confident my knit hat is well-charged before pulling it down on my head. Not charged for heat but for sound. I power up my hat and h...
05:31 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing A stunning visualization of how racist housing policies create urban heat islands
The New York Times has an extraordinary articlebuilding on some earlier research from Yale Environment 360that illustrates with frightening detail how racism, urban planning, and climate change go han...
05:31 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Joe and Jill Biden rockin' on New Years Eve with JLo, sadly no Mariah
The Bidens will not be sitting in rocking chairs with Jennifer Lopez on a New Year's program like the headline might indicate. They will be on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2...
05:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Robots "Do You Love Me?" dance
Boston Dynamics put out an entertaining video for the holidays featuring some of their robots dancing to The Contours' "Do You Love Me?". Is it a heartwarming nod to the film Dirty Dancing or is this ...
05:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing 3D printed add-ons for Ikea furniture
With its DIY-adjacent industrial model — get the customers to build the stuff — Ikea furniture has long invited tinkering and modifying, as with the excellent Ikea Hackers site. Now the de...
04:43 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing An Honest Trailer for 2020
If 2020 were a movie, the critics would have a field day with the plausibility factor. Screen Junkies takes movies we've seen and tells us everything that's wrong with them in their Honest Trailer ser...
04:19 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Computer hamster
Who needs mice when you can have adorable, pastel-hued hamsters? These cheapo wireless computer mhamsters [Amazon] are compatible with Windows, MacOS, Linux, "etc", and promise a "comfortable hand fee...
04:07 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing The sounds of (old) computer games loading
In the 8-bit age, data screeched slowly off tape decks. In the 16-bit era, floppy drives whirred, clinked and chunked according to the peculiarities of the system's disk controller. For the BBC's "Bor...
04:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Pro bowler scores a strike at 140 mph from a NASCAR Mustang
NASCAR driver Aric Almirola and top bowler Jason Belmonte teamed up for the world's fastest bowling strike. They had to use a special ball, because a regulation ball would have shattered on the track ...
03:50 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing The glaring difference between British and American cop shows
My dad's been pestering me since the summer to watch the Irish police soap opera Red Rock now that it's on AmazonPrime. While I'm always down for a good crime story, I'm not always keen on cop dramas....
03:41 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Documentary on The Black Ghost, Detroit's legendary street racer
The Black Ghost, a 1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi, reached mythical status in Detroit's street racing scene, where it would sporadically appear, blow the doors off the competition, then disappear...
03:20 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Turning a pile of broken glass into a lampshade
It's time-consuming, it's expensive, and it's ridiculously tedious, but as well-known YouTube maker, Peter Brown, puts it "This should not exist." Peter took broken glass from a large shattered window...
03:12 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Which deodorant brands are mostly empty containers?
Certain brands of deodorant are sold half-empty, like the ink cartridges that come with a printer, to fool unwary shoppers who don't look at the weight. This video concisely (and swearily) compares a ...
02:52 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Hot tip for blacking out thermal paper labels
The easiest way to black out thermal paper (for example, to remove addresses or barcodes that would make it risky to re-use a box) is to heat it up: no marker necessary! Why use the Sharpie you alread...
02:46 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Dumpster fire 2020 candle and tree ornament
Our friend, Becky Stern, was part of a group of makers doing ByeBye 2020-related projects. For her project, Becky molded a 2020 candle that burns away to reveal a metal 2020 dumpster fire tree ornamen...
02:45 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing News of the Times: Placebo Drug Craze Hits Teens
YOU can buy the two new Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader! Information here."Behold the wondrous, whimsical, witty world that is T...
02:07 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Prohibition whisky found while renovating the "Bootlegger Bungalow"
Nick Drummond and Patrick Bakker bought an old house in the small town of Ames, New York, and set out to repair and renovate it. The house had once been owned by "Count" Adolf Humpfner, who was rumore...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing This honeycomb-patterned gel cushion could be the answer to that nagging back pain
None of us are getting any younger. And while the ravages of time work differently on everyone, there seems to be one area where everyone from seniors down to the way-too-young start feeling discomfor...
01:22 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Maker tests his DIY grappling gun
Grappling guns appear in movies and video games all the time, but a real-world arm-worn grappling gun turns out to be quite an interesting engineering challenge for JT at Built IRL. Watch the epic yea...
01:20 pm GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Scientists have discovered that the universe is brighter than previously believed
A team of astronomers from Cornell University have published a new paper titled "New Horizons Observations of the Cosmic Optical Background," which explains that, using new measurements from the New H...
11:02 am GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing PornHub shirt but it's Ewoks
Magoob Toys is selling an Ewok t-shirt in the style of the PornHub logo, because "Ewoks need love too." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Magoob Toys (@magoobtoys)The sh...
10:22 am GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Louisiana congressman-elect dies from COVID-19 at age 41
Congressman-elect Luke Letlow (R-LA), who won a special election to represent Louisiana's 5th District just three weeks ago, died on Tuesday evening from COVID-19 complications. He was 41-years-old.Le...
02:08 am GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing First known US case of highly contagious COVID-19 variant from UK reported in Colorado
The highly infectious variant of COVID-19 first reported in the U.K. has now been reported in Colorado, say U.S. health authorities on Tuesday.From Reuters:"The effort to distribute and administer the...
02:00 am GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Husky loves to run and howl in his sleep
Very sweet dog. "Blaze, my Siberian Husky, twitches and runs in his sleep quite often, but when his feet are against the radiator he makes a lot of noise! And if I'm asleep downstairs it wakes me up! ...
01:55 am GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Large snake falls through ceiling, trashes home
Labsanit S. of Thailand says, "I came home to a mess and discovered a giant snake had caused all the damage." The incident happened on December 10, 2020....
01:41 am GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing New Lincoln Project ad shows Trump border wall built from COVID victims' tombstones 'This is Trump's Wall'
A striking image in the new Lincoln Project political ad. "330k+ dead and counting. because of the #TrumpVirus. This is #TrumpsWall."Video below.330k+ dead and counting. because of the #TrumpVirus.Thi...
01:29 am GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing Trump criminal probe heats up in NY as prosecutor hires forensic accounting experts
"The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has retained forensic accounting specialists to aid its criminal investigation of President Trump and his business operations, as prosecutors ramp up their sc...
01:25 am GMT - Wed, December 30, 2020
BoingBoing U.S. $600 stimulus payments may begin arriving as early as Tuesday night by direct deposit, Mnuchin says
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said today the $600 stimulus checks may begin arriving in Americans' bank accounts as soon as [email protected] has delivered a payment file to the @FederalRe...
10:42 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Los Angeles hospitals forced to use gift shops to treat COVID patients
Los Angeles County hospitals have hit their breaking point amid the COVID-19 surge, resulting in ambulances being turned away and gift shops being turned into makeshift treatment rooms. On Sunday, fiv...
09:02 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Game of Life running on Penrose tiles
There's a fantastic feature in the New York Times about "The Lasting Lessons of John Conway's Game of Life" — well worth reading on its own, since they solicited short reflections from big think...
08:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Good inexpensive binoculars
We live in a part of LA with coyotes, hawks, bobcats, deer, and other wildlife. (Last night I took a video of a coyote in the backyard.) We have some good travel binoculars (I got two when I took Carl...
08:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing The monstrous truth about angels
These aren't the purdy angels with gauzy gowns and silky wings that you grew up with. This is how angels are really described in the bible. Think: H.P. Lovecraft, not Michelangelo. Image: Screengrab...
07:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Charming broccoli skull ornament
Stuffed with greenery and title keywords, the Green Vegetable Produce Sprouting Broccoli Skull Statue Long Healthy Eating Salad Themed Skeleton Head Cranium Bizarre Ossuary Macabre Halloween Decorativ...
07:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Listen to scar Isaac's ska band from the 90s
Oscar Isaac is the handsome bastard of Ex Machina and Star Wars and Dune and so many other fames. But before he was Poe Dameron and Duke Leto, Isaac was also the front name in a ska band called the Bl...
06:51 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing California city bans smoking and vaping in apartments
Concord Neighbors: For the health and safety of Concord residents, my Council colleagues and I have adopted an ordinance prohibiting smoking and vaping in and around multiunit and attached housing uni...
06:21 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Trump White House commemorates 850th anniversary of Christian martyr St. Thomas Becket
The White House released an official proclamation to mark the 850th anniversary of the death of St. Thomas Becket who had a contentious relationship with King Henry II of England, and was ultimately k...
06:21 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Guy compresses Shrek onto a 1.44MB floppy disk
Redditor GreedyPaint hooked up a floppy disk drive to a Raspberry Pi to play a highly compressed version (0.03 percent of its original size on the DVD) on Shrek stored on a floppy disk. I cre...
05:27 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Trump resembles traitor Benedict Arnold in GOP-promoted portrait
A portrait of Donald Trump posted by the Arizona GOP poses the President in unnervingly similar garb and pose to the famous portrait of Benedict Arnold, the traitor who was secretly in the employ of t...
05:20 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing The average rent in San Francisco dropped $1,000 since the beginning of the year
San Francisco apartments are, on average, $1,000 a month cheaper this year than they were in January, according to SocketSite.Withthe average asking rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco h...
05:12 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing How Fiesta tableware is made
We have a lot of Fiestaware plates, bowls, and cups at our place, so it was fun to see how Fiestaware is made and to learn the history of the 80-year-old brand....
05:06 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Donald Trump overtakes Barack Obama as most admired man in America
A consolation prize for the one-term president: Donald Trump is now more-admired than predecessor Barack Obama, who has held the title in Gallup's annual poll for 12 years. 18 percent named Trump as m...
05:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Gallup poll: Trump tops list of "Most Admired Man, 2020"
When asked which man they most admired, 18 percent of Americans picked Donald Trump, a reality television host with a history of failed businesses and 26 sexual misconduct accusations against him. For...
04:34 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Space Force uniform designs
Turning a big dial that says "Paul Verhoeven" on it....
04:25 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Hypnotic school of young striped eel catfish
Striped eel catfish school in tight formations for protection. From above, it's clearer that they are using collective mimickry to resemble sea urchins and other creatures:These are very tiny, by the ...
04:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Watch machines manipulate objects via soundscapes in "Dialogo"
Filmmaker Blo Que created four devices which are able to translate human voice into movement. The resulting film "Dialogo" features things responding to an unintelligible conversation.Check out their ...
03:15 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Surreally-earnest instructional videos from the 40s, 50s, 60s
What retro-fresh hell is this? Old TV Time is a YouTube channel dedicated to cultural and industrial instruction videos from the 1940s and 50s (and also some from the 60s and 70s). From advice on dati...
03:09 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Museo Autoservicio, a new drive-thru art exhibit in Mexico
Art museums worldwide have been grappling with novel ways to serve their communities in the pandemic, and the Museo Autoservicio exhibit was designed to be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of visit...
03:06 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Brexit deal mentions Netscape
The last-minute Brexit deal hammered out between the UK and the EU includes mention of Netscape. Depending on how you look at it, Netscape is a web browser that hasn't been updated since 2008, or a co...
02:56 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing First-hand report on a pyramid scheme, charmingly animated
Pyramid schemes endure because victims are often too embarrassed about being scammed to warn others. That's why this animated first-hand report by Domics is so important, especially at a time when man...
02:48 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Discover movies by feeling
Flickseeker lets you search thousands of movies by their mood. For example, here is a list of charming movies that are also funny. A caveat: you can only search by what they consider "compatible"...
02:43 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Maker attempts making an unpickable lock
After many, many attempts at making a viable prototype, Shane's "unpickable" Stuff lock was able to thwart a professional locksmith picking and using a bump key. It's a really great overview of the me...
02:28 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Protestors use facial recognition to ID cops with hidden badges
Well, isn't this cyberpunk AF?From The New York Times:Mr. Howell, 42, is a lifelong protester and self-taught coder; in graduate school, he started working with neural net technology, an artificial in...
02:15 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Biggest breakthroughs in biology for 2020
Yesterday, I posted a video on Adafruit of Quanta Magazine's picks for the three greatest breakthroughs in physics this year. In the video below, they look at three of the biggest advances in biology ...
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing This training can help you jump into WordPress and find web success immediately
Sony, Variety, MTV, and The New York Times are on board. The Rolling Stones, Snoop Dogg, and Katy Perry too. Mercedes-Benz, Disney, and yes, even Star Wars. They're all instantly recognizable brands t...
12:03 am GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing House approves $2,000 COVID relief checks demanded by Trump, next goes to GOP-led Senate where fate uncertain
The $2.3 trillion includes $1.4 trillion in spending to fund government agencies and $892 billion in COVID-19 relief Coronavirus pandemic has killed nearly 330,000 people in the United States"The Dem...
12:00 am GMT - Tue, December 29, 2020
BoingBoing Plant explorer Richard Evans Schultes' Amazonian Travels interactive map
Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001), the father of ethnobotany, is regarded as one of the most important plant explorers of the 20th century. Schultes made numerous explorations, new species discoverie...
11:48 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Synchronic Cinema a new podcast about film and music
I enjoyed the first episode of Synchronic Cinema, a new podcast by filmmaker Case Esparros. In the premiere episode Case interviews musician and filmmaker Flying Lotus....
11:37 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Hear how to make Stroboscopic Audio Panning to improve hallucinations on LSD for New Year's.
Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic soundsGreetings, fellow residents of 2020! Welcome back...
11:23 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Trump remains silent on Nashville suicide bombing
Three days ago, a suicide bomber loaded an RV with explosives and parked it in downtown Nashville. After broadcasting an evacuation warning for several minutes, 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner detona...
11:04 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing A look back at Golden Age "Antiviral Alliance" comic books
For those of us who grew up encountering Golden Age comic books comics published between 19381956, that is haphazardly, picking up a tattered issue here or there at flea markets and yard sales, the ...
07:10 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Designer of famous UK TV logos dies
Martin Lambie-Nairn, who designed the logo idents for BBC2 and Channel 4, is dead at 75. Former Apple design chief Sir Jony Ive also paid tribute, saying he was "fortunate" Lambie-Nairn had "defined p...
06:52 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Glue Sniffing: Big Trouble In A Small Tube (1960s PSA)
This educational moral panic slideshow from the 1960s highlights the danger of inhaling plastic model glue. I suspect the anecdotes and statistics are exaggerated but the slide art makes for excellent...
06:21 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Cat defeats owner's attempt to cat-proof a Christmas tree
"We decided to hang the Christmas tree from the roof so the cats couldn't destroy it. It didn't work."...
06:12 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Why Kmart failed
When I was in high school in Boulder, Colorado I got a nights-and-weekend job at Kmart. They put me in the home improvement section, which was a lot bigger than you might think. It was almost like a ...
05:52 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Wanted: albino python thieves in Massachusetts
A couple asked to play with an albino cinnamon ball python while in a Petco in Peabody, Massachusetts last Monday. When the employee said that was against store policy they said they would like to pur...
05:40 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Is War and Peace worth reading? A review
Tolstoy's War and Peace is over 1,300 pages long. I've not read it. James Wallace Harris recently finished it, and I enjoyed his essay about having read it. Overall, he feels the rewards were worth th...
05:17 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Why are WiFi routers so ugly?
Who makes WiFi routers, with those swollen-blob, low-polygon, trypophobic plastic cases that look like they came from a parallel universe where German Democratic Republic industrial designers toil ove...
04:31 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Behold the asteroid chunks returned to Earth from Ryugu
JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) sent a probe to the asteroid Ryugu, collected samples, and brought them home. "Artificial material seems to be present in chamber C. The origin is under inves...
04:13 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany 'lies the way that most people breathe'
Interviewed by Brian Stelter, CNN reporter and host Jake Tapper says that he won't book White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany because she "lies the way that most people breathe."Here's the clip...
03:56 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Listen to "Hey Ya!" "WAP" and songs from CATS, in the style of the B-52s
Last April, I shared a hilarious cover of the Killers' "Mr. Brightside," performed in the style of the B-52s by a group nicely calling themselves the B-69s. Now, the B-69s are back with another 3 song...
03:28 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Watch a contaminated, radioactive video from Chernobyl
The IMDB entry for Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks describes it as:The first film made following the nuclear meltdown accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near Pripyat, Ukrainian SSR...
02:35 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing That time Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald measured dicks
In his memoir A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway recalled the time that he and his pal, Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, were talking about their dongs. (Excerpted text from Faded Page)In the ...
02:05 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Sarcastic weatherman explains how to brush snow off a car
Derek Kevra should moonlight on YouTube explaining simple procedures that people are too lazy to complete....
02:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing 8-minute biopic of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club bassist, Tina Weymouth
This little mini-doc about the life and music of bassist, Tina Weymouth, was put together by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. It manages to pack in a lot of info about Tina's growing up, how she ...
02:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing The Allin1E Smoking Tool gathers all your smoking needs in one ultra-portable travel set
To be clear, cigarettes are not illegal. But if you're a smoker in America, it can probably often almost feel that way. Anyone carrying a lighter or the visible bulge of a cigarette pack tucked in a s...
01:45 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Watch 70 birds play guitar in Canada
From CBC in 2015:A living musical exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will set 70 zebra finches loose in an aviary, and the only perches are the strings of 14 electric guitars and bass gu...
01:42 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing This visual timeline of the STAR WARS saga compared to years in the real world is blowing my mind
Twitter user Rik Villanueva of the Jammed Transmissions Star Wars podcast posted this, and it's absolutely blowing my mind.In other words: the Star Wars saga (or at least, the Skywalker saga) is basic...
01:42 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing This STAR WARS visual timeline compared to real world years is blowing my mind
Twitter user Rik Villanueva of the Jammed Transmissions Star Wars podcast posted this, and it's absolutely blowing my mind.In other words: the Star Wars saga (or at least, the Skywalker saga) is basic...
01:34 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Celebrate New Year's Eve with a friendly game of chess
In 1995, a group of four chess enthusiasts were devastated when their opponents took their queen in a very public New Year's Eve match at Madison Square Garden. Exactly 25 years later, they are stagin...
01:20 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Heavy metal bandmembers join up for "bedroom covers"
The heavy metal talk snow, Two Minutes to Late Night, has been doing a series of social isolation covers featuring members of Gwar, Deafheaven, Mastodon, Tool, Primus, Type 0 Negative, The Distillers,...
01:17 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Smith & Wesson sued the state of New Jersey for having an "anti-Second Amendment Agenda"
From Courthouse News:In a federal lawsuit filed in New Jersey on Tuesday, Smith & Wesson claims New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has tried everything in his power to stymie gun ...
01:11 pm GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing Facebook is an imperialist nation, and people are its colonies
Over at The Atlantic, Executive Editor Adrienne LaFrance has a fantastical and fantastically harrowing new essay about hypothetical doomsday machines and the not-so-hypothetical horrors of Facebook. S...
03:00 am GMT - Mon, December 28, 2020
BoingBoing This 22-course mega-collection can get you on track to become a certified project manager
The median average salary for an American project manager is currently over $115,000 a year. As you'd expect from an employee earning a paycheck that size, companies don't hand those titles out to jus...
09:58 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing Khai Dreams has a very 2020 video for "Good Advice"
In what feels like an extended "this is fine" meme, the "Good Advice" video by Khai Dreams looks at disasters large and small unfolding.The acoustic version they just released is very nice, too!Image:...
09:58 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing Gingerbread monolith appears on San Francisco hilltop
The monolithic silliness continues with this gingerbread monocookie(?) appearing in San Francisco on Christmas morning.Image: Screengrab...
09:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing Hudly has created an invisible wireless charger but it's not as crazy as it sounds
Qi wireless charging has only been around for about a decade. While it only took a few years for Android phone manufacturers like Nokia and LG to jump on the wireless charging bandwagon, it was as rec...
06:02 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing A look at the making of David Bowie's Hunky Dory
Louder has a piece on Bowie's 4th studio album, Hunky Dory, the record where he arguably began to establish real knowledge and conversation with his artistic muse.Bowie was also discovering interestin...
06:01 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing Annie Lennox and London City Voices perform Purcell's "Dido's Lament"
Check out this gorgeous rendition of Henry Purcell's "Dido's Lament" (1683) performed by Annie Lennox and London City Voices. The piece was recorded in isolation and done as a "lament for a dying plan...
06:01 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing How Vince Guaraldi's seriously swingin' "Linus & Lucy" became a Christmas classic
Like many of a certain age, I've always had a gooshy soft spot in my heart for the Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas. To me, if Christmas had a soundtrack, this would be it for me.This p...
06:01 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing The renovation of a gorgeous brutalist house in Brazil
I went to college at the University of Toronto, which saw a ton of growth in the 1950s and 60s, when brutalist architecture was a big deal — so the campus was filled with utterly charmless, bloc...
06:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing The forgotten life of Einstein's first wife
Mileva Mari Einstein was a brilliant physicist who is barely remembered today, mainly because she was a woman born in 1875. The reason she is known at all is because she was married to Albert Einstein...
06:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing Tour of America's loneliest road
Take a journey with Through My Lens from Carson City, Nevada to the Great Basin on US Route 50, dubbed the loneliest road in America:Highway 50, through Northern Nevada, was named the loneliest road i...
02:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing The Sinji Ergonomic Mouse could be the answer to all your hand, wrist, and forearm pains
When construction workers, landscapers, or warehouse workers complain of aches and pains incurred on the job, we acknowledge the rigors of back-breaking physical labor. But when keyboard warriors who ...
03:00 am GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing This training can launch your new career in real estate management
At first, the thought of jumping into the real estate game after the world's year under the COVID-19 bubble could feel like a risky proposition. But, while the depressed economy might trigger fears of...
01:43 am GMT - Sun, December 27, 2020
BoingBoing AI Christmas carol: "Mild is Rudolph"
Research scientist Janelle Shane used GPT-3 to create new Christmas carols. My favorite is "Mild is Rudolph"Now in 2020 we have GPT-3, trained on so much of the internet that my challenge is now to s...
10:49 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Gorgeous 4K hyperlapse of Los Angeles
FilmSpektakel (previously) has returned after a 3-year absence with A Taste of Los Angeles, the latest in their hyperlapse series of famous places.They hit a lot of the best-known spots in town, but t...
10:48 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Five minutes of a mushroom playing a synthesizer
H/t Jay TownsendImage: Screengrab...
10:48 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing The food stalls of ancient Pompeii
Archeologists have recently uncovered a street food stall in the ancient ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD.Known as a termopolium, Latin for hot drinks counter, the shop was ...
10:48 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing What did we get stuck in our rectums in 2020?
It's time for Barry Petchesky's annual list of things people had to go to emergency rooms to have removed from various bodily orifices in the preceding year. That includes the ear, nose, throat, penis...
09:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing These 10 portable projectors will liven up your home theater
We're all usually overjoyed to add a new piece of technology to our galaxy of devices. But, once you've spent a lot of time with that new addition, it can start to lose some of its luster and your ey...
07:26 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Young driver goes from bad to worse
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07:26 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Hypnotic timelapse of things drying out
Christian Stangl (previously here) turned a common process into a gorgeous abstract short film using macro footage of things as they dry out.Life needs water. But this fluid tends to evaporate over ti...
07:26 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Analyzing the evolutionary biology of STAR WARS megafauna
"Why Is the Star Wars Universe Full of Megafauna?" This is the question that has plagued James Davis Nicoll for years. But it ultimately hit its peak after watching the recent season of The Mandaloria...
07:25 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Gymnast does 342 handstand presses in about 52 minutes
Stefanie Millinger has astonishing upper body strength and control. Watch her go from an L-seat straddle press to handstand/schweizer handstand press 342 times without stopping. Her Instagram has many...
07:25 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Maker replicates expensive mirrored table with $30 of materials
YouTuber yoduvh Essentials likes to make homemade versions of expensive items using inexpensive materials, like this $900 coffee table made for 3% of the retail version's cost.Image: YouTube / yoduvh ...
07:24 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Why 18th-century lovers exchanged portraits of their eyes
Apparently there was a trend — beginning in the late 18th century, and continuing for a few decades — of lovers exchanging tiny portraits of one of their eyes, and wearing them mounted on ...
07:24 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing 57,000 year-old wolf pup found frozen in the Arctic
From National Geographic:In the summer of 2016, a gold miner in Canada's Yukon Territory found an unexpected treasure. While blasting a wall of permafrost with a water cannon to release whatever riche...
07:24 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Susanna Clarke's new book PIRANESI is a contemplative thriller about solitude
Susanna Clarke's debut novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, took the world by storm when it came out in 2004. The 900-page magical Victorian epic was swiftly followed by a short story collection,...
07:24 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Self-strumming guitar
Behold the "Circle Guitar", an invention of Anthony Dickens, which has a motor-driven disk that spins and strums the strings. You can place pick-pegs in the disk to represent different strumming patte...
07:23 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing 'Trump Bites,' a last look at lame duck Don's craziest utterances
As the Trump Administration draws to a close, Trump Bites animates a second series of real audio clips of The Donald. Image: YouTube / Trump Bites...
07:23 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Founding Father Gouverneur Morris died from a self-inflicted penis injury
Gouverneur Morris was given an awesome name at birth, and became a well-respected representative of what would become the state of Pennsylvania. He wrote the Preamble to the Constitution, and spoke up...
02:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing Skullcandy is serving up end-of-the-year deals on all of its top earbuds and headphones
Skullcandy has carved out an interesting lane for itself in the ultra-competitive audio earbuds and headphones market. Unlike the big business interests of most of their big-name corporate competitors...
03:00 am GMT - Sat, December 26, 2020
BoingBoing This wood-fired pizza oven will wipe Dominos right out of your phone forever
While there are those few weirdos that don't like pizza, the rest of us normal folks can usually find our place on the pizza loving spectrum. If you're a kid, you're likely fine with a frozen piz...
09:44 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing New FIREFLY series coming out, but not on TV
There were recent rumors that the cult-favorite sci-fi western Firefly might be rebooted or retooled for a triumphant return on Disney+.This never sounded reliable to me. But now, BOOM! Studios has an...
09:42 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Tens of million in CARES Act loans went to the families of just 28 Congresspeople
A new analysis from Sludge Magazine shows that Washington nepotism is just as unsurprisingly nepotistic and grossly disappointing as ever:18 congressional Republicans and one Libertarian have received...
09:41 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Whites-only church opens in Minnesota, swears it isn't racist
NBC News reports that the neo-Vlkisc Asatru Folk Assembly has opened a new house of worship in Murdock, Minnesotaa farming town of 280 people. 50,000 people signed a petition opposing the move; but th...
09:41 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Using an excavator to play with a Learjet like a toy plane
This video — captured by vice.aviator on Instagram — is the chaser for 2020 that I desperately needed.From the post: After leaving the airport this morning after my flight training, I deci...
09:40 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing A pay-what-you-want holiday music compilation raising money to save independent music venues
A random group of internet-connected Phoebe Bridgers fansmyself includeddecided to put together this compilation album of holiday music. It's 19 songs by various indie and folk musicians to celebrate ...
09:40 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing The Bad Sex in Fiction Awards have been (kind-of) saved, courtesy of Electric Lit and a Bot
Earlier this month, the Literary Review announced that the 2020 Bad Sex in Fiction Awards would be cancelled, on the grounds that "the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to jus...
09:40 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing The White Stripes Yule log
Enjoy this animated video/yule log and 90 minutes of White Stripes music.Image: Screengrab...
09:40 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing So this is Christmas
This official John Lennon video for "Happy Xmas (WAR IS OVER)," the 1971 antiwar anthem from John and Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band (which was flagged last year on YouTube as age-restricted and possib...
09:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing This mini massage gun fits in the palm of your hand, pounds tired muscles, and is under $100
Massage guns have become a staple of athletes, trainers, and other workout fans who appreciate the pounding burst of that percussive power after an intense session. Unfortunately, there's a problem wi...
05:15 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Very approachable method for quickly painting tabletop miniatures
In this video from OnTableTop, resident painter John paints up a wizard in honor of their Frostgrave week. There are so many methods for painting gaming minis these days and so many specialty paint pr...
05:14 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Maker created an infinity mirror guitar
Burls art created this awesome "guitart": an infinity mirror guitar with an adjustable color LED to fit the mood.I also love his amazing shovel guitar:Image: YouTube / Burls Art...
05:13 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing The existential dilemma posed by Lego crayons
These Lego-shaped crayons by Goober are totally delightful, though it occurs to me that they're pretty fragile. Using them as crayons — even a little bit — could sufficiently deform the cr...
05:13 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Moths have evolved stealth acoustic cloaking to evade bat sonar
Researchers closely studied the wings of two moth species from China and Africa, and found that their tiny scales form a "metamaterial" that absorbs bat sonar — thus becoming an acoustic cloakin...
05:13 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing The 'Batman Effect': how having an alter ego empowers you
Science says that having an alter ego, a different persona than the one you inhabit every day, can boost confidence and reduce anxiety. I can attest to that, as I used a stage name on radio and anothe...
05:11 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing A 50-year timeline of pop music by DJ Earworm
DJ Earworm put together instrumental snippets of 52 hit songs, one for each year from 1970 to 2020 (there's two for 1985). It's like a timeline of pop music, accurately called Time of Our Lives. The p...
05:11 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing KFC is releasing a video game console with a chicken warming compartment
How does a marketing team follow-up on a Lifetime mini-movie starring Mario Lopez (the trailer for which got a million plays overnight, compared to the actual movie, which took over a week to break 10...
05:10 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Someone added lyrics to THE MANDALORIAN theme song
Here are the delightfully self-aware (but a little too long for an intro) lyrics:VERSE 1Here's a man in an Beskar suit Who's a walking armory Bounty hunting to just make do In the gig economy His name...
05:10 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Somebody attempted to murder a Chinese producer from Netflix's "The Three-Body Problem" with poison
From The Hollywood Reporter:Netflix's high-profile plan to haveGame of Thronescreators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss adapt the bestselling Chinese sci-fi booksThe Three-Body Problemhas been hit by a sc...
02:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Prepare for the return of travel with these 10 luggage and carry-on bag deals
The world is chomping at the bit to get back out on the road. So when the day comes that air travel reignites, the car tank refills, and everyone is given the all-clear to get out and explore again, i...
01:51 pm GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Large explosion in Nashville downtown, buildings damaged parked vehicle exploded on Christmas morning
Authorities are investigating a massive explosion in downtown Nashville that occurred at around 6:25AM local time this morning. Reports say a parked RV exploded and caused damage to several buildings....
04:00 am GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing The Aura Smart Strap makes your Apple Watch an even smarter fitness trainer
Going back to the Dick Tracy days of the 1940s, the idea of the ultra-powerful wrist-bound computer has been an ongoing fascination. We've finally crossed over into that world of tomorrow this century...
01:24 am GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Rep. Debbie Dingell on Trump: 'This President Doesn't Give a Damn About People!' [VIDEO]
President Failure golfs on Christmas Eve while COVID ravages America. Rep. Debbie Dingell: "This president doesn't give a damn about people!"Wow pic.twitter.com/uWuzDCCi9S— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) D...
01:13 am GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Heavyweight boxing in the 1990s, a brief chronology [VIDEO]
This @RummysCorner chronology of heavyweight boxing in the 1990s is a delight to watch [h/t @arupar]...
01:01 am GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing UK passengers flying United or Delta to USA must show negative COVID-19 tests
United Airlines and Delta Air Lines will require all passengers on flights from the United Kingdom to the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.From Reut...
12:50 am GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing Russian hackers used Microsoft vendors to breach customers: Report
"The suspected Russian hackers behind the worst U.S. cyber attack in years leveraged reseller access to Microsoft Corp services to penetrate targets that had no compromised network software from Solar...
12:39 am GMT - Fri, December 25, 2020
BoingBoing California hits 2 million confirmed COVID cases and counting, with a post-Christmas surge expected
"Hospitals are full, ICU beds are few, people are dying. The simplest thing we can do, but also the most significant, is to stay home. We are the first line of defense against this virus, and we must...
11:17 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Ghislaine Maxwell's jailbreak and Hunter Biden's corruption in this week's dubious tabloids
It's not even Christmas yet in the real world (or in Burning Man's' default world) but in the tabloid world, it's already the New Year, with this week's rags all gleefully emblazoned with the date: Ja...
10:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing This standing desk will get you on your feet for under $200
We've all heard about the positive impacts of using a standing desk versus the traditional sitting desk. Exactly how much a user benefits from standing is up for debate, though some argue the upside c...
08:24 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing This 95-year-old gymnast is better at the parallel bars than you'll ever be
Meet the oldest gymnast in the world Johanna Quaas. She lives in Germany and turned 95 this year. Age is only a number…pic.twitter.com/wNEVQeFDni— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) December 22, 2...
07:59 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Kevin Spacey posted another Christmas YouTube video
Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey has taken to posting a Christmas message every year. This time, his message is meant to cheer up despondent people.From Variety:Spacey has been mostly absent on social med...
07:33 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Psychopaths favor right-wing authoritarianism, finds study
Is it any surprise that psychopaths love Trump? A new study published inPersonality and Individual Differences find that "people with calloused, deceitful, and manipulative interpersonal styles are mo...
07:01 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Colorado governor pardons "Balloon Boy" parents
Colorado governor Jared Polis (seen here wearing a Boing Boing T-shirt) granted a pardon to the parents who pleaded guilty for staging the infamous "Balloon Boy" hoax of 2009. From The Guardian:In gra...
06:38 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing This tiny, durable drone has stable flight features and a 4K camera, all for under $100
If you only think of drones as silly diversions or big kid toys, you're selling the technology and its overall impact short. In Southern California, police drones and the AI running them are changing ...
04:42 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Cary Grant pilots the Millennium Falcon in Darth by Darthwest 2
It's been more than four years since French filmmaker Fabrice Mathieu brought us the surreal short Darth by Darthwest, in which Cary Grant was chased down by a TIE fighter in a mashup of North by Nort...
04:41 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing The story behind David Bowie's knit scarf from "The Snowman"
Duncan Jones, David Bowie's son, was rummaging through some stuff and came upon the scarf his father had given him as a child. The scarf was from the set of UK Channel 4's animated adaption of Raymond...
04:40 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Intro to Gaganyaan ("Sky Craft"), India's first crewed mission to space
This seven minute video on the Astrum YT channel is a decent introduction to the Gaganyaan mission, the ISRO's (Indian Space Research Organisation) planned crewed mission to space. Two un-crewed fligh...
04:39 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing AI judges "How bad is your Spotify?"
I doubt there's any serious AI at work here, but there is plenty of acid humor!If you give the app "How Bad Is Your Spotify?" permission to access your Spotify account, it renders an acerbic verdict o...
04:38 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Christmas lunacy from Jean-Luc Picard
John C. Worsley has a thing for Star Trek and Christmas. For years, he's been editing Star Trek clips to fashion 23rd-century versions of classic Christmas songs. Now he's taken on the challenge of re...
04:36 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Scarcely seen sea angel filmed off of Russian coast
With colorful translucent wings and traveling with such grace, to be labeled a swimming sea slug, or Gymnosomata, seems wrong. It even has devil horns on its little head but no matter, it gets to be r...
01:28 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing 2020's top 200 cup stackers demonstrate their skills
Congrats to William Orrell, whose speed stacking time of 4.472 seconds put him at the top of this year's 200 best in their Cycle event. The world record in a sanctioned World Sport Stacking Associatio...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Lemonade is insuring pets for as little as $10 a month and it's time get onboard
For most of us, our pets are the center of our universes. They get a Christmas stocking above the fireplace, a birthday celebration most kids would envy, and, of course, we make sure they never miss a...
04:00 am GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Blooming flower timelapse [VIDEO]
Enjoy this blooming flower timelapse video from Temponaut Timelapse....
04:00 am GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing If you haven't tried compression therapy, the Reathlete can knock out leg and joint pain
No one is immune from the aches and pains of sore, tight muscles. The good news is that that tightness often means those muscles are actually getting stronger. Of course, that doesn't wipe away the ba...
03:44 am GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Trump gives out 26 MORE pardons: Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Charles Kushner, other cronies
Part two of Pardonpalooza just hit. Part one was yesterday. On Wednesday, outgoing U.S. president Donald Trump gave out 26 more pardons, including to his 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort, to Trum...
03:31 am GMT - Thu, December 24, 2020
BoingBoing Paul Manafort is back on Twitter after getting a Trump pardon
Noted felon Paul Manafort received a pardon from Donald Trump just before Christmas, but it's you and me who get the real gift. He's back on Twitter.Mr. President, my family & I humbly thank you f...
11:22 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Get a special deal on The Magnet: $25 a year forever
I startedThe Magnetnewsletter in August of this year, and I've been amazed by the response. Many of you have subscribed, and it means so much to me that you are willing to pay to support the newslette...
07:24 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing A sampling of unusual novelties from the 1937 Johnson Smith Catalog
I loved getting the Johnson Smith Catalog in the mail as a kid. I'd pore over every page of fine print and tiny line drawings to find patches, smoking monkeys, magic tricks, practical jokes, puzzles, ...
06:49 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Sara Fischer's best news media corrections of 2020
From Axios' excellent Media Trends newsletter, written by Sara Fischer the best news media corrections of 2020:December 16, The Associated Press: "In a story on December 15, 2020, about the Mexi...
06:34 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Dominion Voting Systems' security director sues Trump campaign and others for baseless vote-rigging accusations
Dominion is running our Election. Rigged! https://t.co/xvwrpLpAZa— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020Eric Coomer, the security director for Dominion Voting Systems, which suppl...
05:53 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Man, woman and dog bolt from airplane using emergency slide
An agitated man paced from seat to seat on a Delta Airlines flight before take off and eventually opened an emergency door and slid down the slide to the Laguardia airport tarmac. A woman quickly fol...
05:53 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Perseverance: coming soon to a planet near you
"A planet near you" is relative, of course, as 300 million miles is still quite a journey. NASA's Perserverance rover launched in July, and is scheduled to land in the Jezero Crater on Mars on Februar...
05:50 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing New and improved robot barber still looks pretty scary
Robot Barber 2.0 improves on the previous design by adding a few new bells and whistles, as well as an improved pattern carving setup that basically shaves a pattern in hair like a 3D printer operates...
05:41 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Jesper Ryom's hypnotic animated video for "Nights"
Mathijs Luijten directed and animated "Nights" by Jesper Ryom, based on gradient and line animation designed by Sofie Lee.Mathijs first came to my attention with the video for Tycho's "Weather" earlie...
05:39 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Watch this ATV freestyler get some serious air
David Tharan competes as an all terrain vehicle freestyler. Some of the tricks he can do midair do not seem humanly possible.Here's a still of him showing how far off the ground he is when performing ...
05:02 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Just look at these bananas turned into explosive radioactive potassium
Cody from Cody's Lab bought 10 kilograms of bananas at the store, then proceeded to extract 9 grams of potassium from them. He could have gotten about twice that, but his condensation device had a des...
04:58 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Laura Kampf talks to Adam Savage and Norm Chan of Tested
I really enjoyed this video chat between German maker and YouTuber, Laura Kampf, and Adam and Norm from Tested. The casual, far-ranging conversation touches on shop organization, being a video maker d...
04:56 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing 151 Easter eggs and cool connections in season 2 of The Mandalorian
In this over 30 minute installment of Star Wars Explained, host Alex runs through a dizzying array of Easter eggs, fan service, and explanations of how characters and scenes from season 2 of The Manda...
04:48 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing 13-minute mini-doc on the cult of the Criterion Collection
You probably know a few Criterion cultists. They're a curious breed of obsessive collector and media citizen who just can't get enough of these video products, with their extensive special features an...
04:47 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing A carrying case for your snowman
The designer/artisan Yuko Matsuzawa created a gorgeous insulated tote bag in which to carry around your snowman.Apologies for the undoubtedly-dodgy machine translation here, but this is how Google tra...
04:47 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Great profile of enigmatic country singer Orville Peck
The Orville Peck Story is a great introduction to the masked country singer and his work. To get a sense of his style and vibe if you're not familiar, I recommend starting here:"No Glory in the Old We...
04:46 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Hypnotic hand-drawn animation inspired by the song "Catgot"
Ho Tsz Wing created a lovely animation for "Catgot" that has been making the festival circuit. The artist's site has more details:The idea of the animation is to present a fountain performance in an a...
04:42 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing How bees stay warm in the winter
You may have heard at one time or another that honeybees hibernate in the winter. Insects use many different methods to survive cold weather, but bees do not hibernate. The beekeepers at Bell Farm in ...
04:41 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing "Goodbye Robin!" is a sweet film about memory and loss
In "Goodbye Robin!," as Mika remembers his childhood, he awakens a giant in his head. The giant has a creature trapped in his head as well: Kai, who finds and collects memory bubbles.Image: YouTube / ...
04:41 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Eddy Goldfarb invented chattering teeth and 800 other legendary toys
The New Yorker has a wonderful profile of 98-year-old inventor Eddy Goldfarb, creator of some of the world's most iconic toys, including the bubble gun, Kerplunk, and perhaps most notably, chattering ...
04:40 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Gloria's "PTS" video is an ode to doomscrolling
"PTS" has a very 2020 vibe, depicting how all of us feel pretty much any time we check our phone to see what fresh hell is going on.Directed by Kinopravda, the clip is a nave utopia offering respite f...
04:38 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Snowflakes" on an airport tarmac
Here's a little light and wonder during this rather anxious and overcast holiday season. It's the Post:ballet dance troupe and members of the Berkeley Ballet Theater performing Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of...
04:37 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Backlash in China brewing against rampant face-recognition in daily life
Over at Technode, Shi Jiayi synthesizes recent stories in Chinese media showing how China's ever-surveilled population is getting sick of rampant face-recognition, and is speaking out.Face-recognition...
04:35 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Beautiful black and white footage of snowboarding
Nicholas Wolken and Lars Popp hit the slopes of Mount Baker, Crystal Mountain, and Mount Bachelor in this sumptuously shot in all kinds of precipitation:It's also a slight hint to the predominantly mo...
04:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. "Marshmallow Test," and MORE!
YOU can buy the two new Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader! Information here.Memberships are now open for Tom the Dancing Bug's INN...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Zoho Creator makes building an app as simple as drag-and-drop
Part of the frustration many business owners feel comes from knowing some of the things they need to run their business better should be easy to produce. It shouldn't be hard to build an app where cli...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing This Duracell Jumpstarter can bring your battery back to life, even without another vehicle
If you're already considering all the day trips you're going to take in 2021 to make up for basically going nowhere in 2020, you're not alone. Of course, that means not only making sure your car or tr...
03:30 am GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing In just 100 hours, Speakly says they'll have you speaking confidently in a foreign language
You may have heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule, popularized by noted journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell. It supposes that it takes 10,000 hours of active, intense focus on a talent or skill to attain ...
01:04 am GMT - Wed, December 23, 2020
BoingBoing Trump gives out 20 pardons and commutations to Russia inquiry figures, a Blackwater Guard, fellow corrupt politicians, and more
Donald Trump issued 20 pardons and commutations, just before Christmas. They are are not likely to be the last before he is scheduled to leave the White House on January 20.Three former members of Con...
09:55 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Elon Musk tweets he asked Apple CEO about buying Tesla, says Tim Cook 'refused to take the meeting'
Elon Musk, at it again. The Tesla CEO and social media shitlord tweets he once approached Apple CEO Tim Cook about buying Tesla, but says Cook 'refused to take the meeting.'Musk says he reached out to...
09:48 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Pfizer close to federal deal that could provide 'at least tens of millions' more COVID vaccine doses in 2021
The administration of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump is close to a deal with Pfizer that could provide tens of millions more doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Americans in 2021, the NYT report...
09:35 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing SEC charges blockchain payments firm Ripple with conducting unregistered securities offering
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Tuesday it has filed an action against Ripple, the blockchain payments company associated with the cryptocurrency XRP, charging it with ...
09:18 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Goat enjoys holiday beverage with Christmas sprinkles [VIDEO]
In Tennessee, this goat got into the Christmas spirit by enjoying some whipped cream in a Starbucks cup, December 4. Surrounded by a Christmas tree and wearing festive apparel, MaDolly the goat can be...
09:05 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Cat enjoys relaxing in newborn baby's electric cradle
You may be relaxed, but will you ever be as relaxed as this happy kitty who took over a newborn baby's electric rocking cradle gizmo for a cozy little nap?[Video Link]...
09:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Former Rep. Katie Hill sues ex-husband, Daily Mail, & Redstate for 'nonconsensual porn'
Former congresswoman Katie Hill filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Tuesday that claims ex-husband and the owners of Redstate.com and the Daily Mail distributed sexual images of her that amounted to "n...
09:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing This cookware system can replace a bunch of kitchen tools in one handy unit
We've all had that kitchen moment that feels like a scene straight out of a Three Stooges movie. We go to one of those big cupboards to dig out a cupcake pan or a pasta maker or some other piece of hi...
08:51 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Russia and China fly bombers in joint patrol over Pacific
Russia's Defense Ministry: "the measure was conducted as part of implementing the provisions of the 2020 military cooperation plan and is not aimed against third countries"Russian and Chinese bomber ...
08:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing 'His failure will land at my doorstep' Biden on Trump and ongoing hack of U.S.
"His failure will land on my doorstep" President-Elect Joe Biden on Donald Trump, and the ongoing hack of U.S. government computer systems, which intelligence experts pin on Russia.Video below.Biden ...
08:21 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Donald Trump's longtime banker at Deutsche Bank resigns
Timing is everything. The New York Times and other news organizations report today that Rosemary Vrablic, the longtime personal banker at Deutsche Bank for client Donald Trump, has resigned. One of he...
08:03 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Biden: 'Our darkest days in the battle against COVID are ahead of us, not behind us'
"We all have to stay apart just a little longer," cautions President-Elect Biden on cyberattack: "We know this much: This attack constitutes a grave risk to our national security."President-Elect Joe...
04:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Kit converts a regular bike into a snowbike
This "Electric SnowBike Kit" by the Canadian firm ENVO lets you replace the back wheel of your bike with a powered snowmobile-style tread, and the front with a snowboard.The upshot is just delightfull...
03:56 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Alaska does a new 'Safety Dance'
Updated Airline safety videos for these pandemic times....
02:42 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing A Collin's Lab look at eInk
When I was an editor at Make:, one of the products I was most proud of that we produced was Collin's Lab, with Collin Cunningham. When Collin moved over to Adafruit, he took the Lab with him. Seeing a...
02:40 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing The feature films of 2020 in one great mashup
Despite the fact that movie theaters were closed for a big part of the year, and many productions were postponed, 2020 still had movies. And like every year, Sleepy Skunk made an artistic and emotiona...
02:38 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Giant claws in spaaaaace
The European Space Agency (ESA) is planning on deploying a giant-clawed robot scavenger in Earth's orbit that will grab space junk and toss it into a decaying orbit where it will burn up in the Earth'...
02:37 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Heavy metal: down the rabbit hole of cast-iron doorstops
Have you ever seen a cast-iron dog? They were once quite popular, used to prop open doors or to keep doorknobs from damaging the wall behind them. Scott Thompson knows all about doggie doorstops, rabb...
02:36 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Is the Milky Way a boneyard of long-dead civilizations?
That's the position of a new study published to the arXiv database.The authors looked at a range of factors presumed to influence the development of intelligent life, such as the prevalence of sun-lik...
02:34 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Mysterious phishing scam is targeting novelists for their first drafts
Here's a weird one: For the the last three years, a phishing scam has been targeting authors of fiction, getting them to cough up copies of their new manuscripts.The scammers have been sending emails ...
02:34 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Mysterious phishing scam targets authors' first drafts
Here's a weird one: For the the last three years, a phishing scam has been targeting authors of fiction, getting them to cough up copies of their new manuscripts.The scammers have been sending emails ...
02:32 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Santa Claus flies into power lines, needs rescue
An unnamed man who flies around the Rio Linda, CA area regularly in a motorized parachute aircraft decided to dress up as Santa Claus, fly in and deliver candy to children–a noble effort. This ...
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing The Quantum X is the world's first upright water filtration vacuum
For most of the past century, vacuums were pretty much just vacuums. They suctioned dirt and other debris up off the floor, then passed it through a cloth or paper-based filter that would trap and col...
01:46 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing In 1928, the world's third-richest man inexplicably fell from an airplane
In 1928, Belgian financier Alfred Loewenstein fell to his death from a private plane over the English Channel. How it happened has never been explained. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet p...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Australian beaches overrun by snake-infested foam
Massive storms in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland have brought massive piles of seafoam to the shoresa churning concoction of seawater, algae, salts, fats, and other pollutants...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing A visit to the Barbie Woodshop
I recently discovered this Instagram account for Barbie of All Trades. Yes, THAT Barbie. She's taken up woodworking and has amassed a shopful of gorgeous (1:6 scale) miniature tools. According to her ...
10:00 am GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Explosive forming of a metal sphere
Low-rez, but deeply satisfying to watch.As The Awesomer notes:Making a metal sphere usually involves stamping or spinning sheet metal. But this video shows a process where they sta...
03:00 am GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing If you've got a brilliant iPhone app idea, this training can help you build it yourself
When the Apple App Store got started in 2008, they opened with just 500 apps available. Just a short 12 years later, there are now approaching 2 million apps available for an iPhone user to download. ...
12:45 am GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Is 2020 the Year for Festivus?
Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic soundsHello, all – Happy Grievances! Welcome back...
12:41 am GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Good deal on a 4-pack of glass food storage containers
Amazon has a super low price on this 4-pack of 8 oz glass food storage containers. I just bought a set to add to our collection of leftovers storage containers....
12:29 am GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Here are the chemistry stories that delighted the editors of Chemical and Engineering News this year
Deep-sea fish that have evolved non-reflective ultra-black skin to avoid being eaten by other fish. Nanoscale linked chains. Locust pheromones that encourage flocking behavior. The world's brightest f...
12:18 am GMT - Tue, December 22, 2020
BoingBoing Let Shigeru Miyamoto take you on a tour of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan
God-Emperor of Nintendo Shigeru Miyamoto gave Nintendo fans a 15-minute tour of the new Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan. The candy-colored pocket universe looks just like Nintendo's fa...
11:58 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing McDonald's China has a new Spam and Oreos burger they're dying for you to try
I may have thrown up a little in my mouth typing the headline. According to Delish, McDonald's is releasing a "unique" new burger in China today:Set to roll out at McDonald's China, America's favorite...
11:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing PAL-V commercially available flying car
This is more of a drivable helicopter than what most people imagine as a "flying car," but it's still pretty neat! Via Seeker:Starting with the undercarriage, which PAL-V credits as their main breakth...
11:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Turns out vinyl gloves can be made into grape soda
YouTuber NileRed figured out that some vinyl gloves contain phthalate ester, a compound similar to methyl anthranilate, the molecule used in many grape-flavored products. So he set about extracting th...
11:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Gram Theft Parsons: The strange death, corpse theft, and botched desert cremation of Gram Parsons
In the latest "Iconic Corpse" episode of Ask a Mortician, Caitlin Doughty covers the bizarre circumstances of country rocker, Gram Parsons, overdose death and his entourage's drunken theft of his cask...
11:18 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing PEZ originally marketed as smoking cessation aid
Smithsonian magazine has a fascinating history of PEZ candy, in which I learned that it was originally created and marketed in Austria in the 1920s as aid to quitting smoking.The creator, Eduard Haas ...
11:18 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing 30-minute interview with Frostgrave creator, Joseph McCullough
As part of a week-long series on the tabletop fantasy skirmish game, Frostgrave, gamesite OnTableTable kicks things off with an interview with the game's creator, Joseph McCullough. Frostgrave 2nd edi...
11:18 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Stovetop method for making bismuth crystals
Because it has a low boiling point, bismuth can be melted on a stovetop in a pan, then allowed to crystallize like making rock candy with heated syrup. If the crystals don't look the way you want, you...
11:18 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Russian opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, spoofs call to his FSB assassin and he confesses
This is astounding. Alexey Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who the Kremlin tried to poison, spoofed a call to the agent who attempted to kill him. Posing as an assistant to Russian National Sec...
11:13 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Televangelist Pat Robertson basically tells Trump to get lost
When you've lost Pat Robertson…Televangelist Pat Robertson declares that Biden will be president and that Trump "lives in an alternate reality," "is very erratic," and should not...
11:11 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Statue of Robert E. Lee removed from US Capitol building
Virginia's 111-year tribute-on-the-national-stage to renowned traitor Robert E. Lee has ended. AP:Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement that workers removed the statue from the National Stat...
09:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing With this ultra-nifty tracking system, you'll never lose your AirPods ever again
The worst thing about Apple AirPods has nothing to do with their sound. They sound great. And, it has nothing to do with their functionality. They're packed with all the Apple goodies they pack into a...
08:08 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Sneak preview of The Beatles: Get Back with fantastic unseen footage
As we patiently await Peter Jackson's documentary The Beatles: Get Back, here is a sneak preview montage from the film. Damn, this is gonna be great....
07:41 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing I'm back to playing Bobby Cobb's "Penny Can"
The greatest Made-for-TV game of all time, Penny Can, is pretty much all I have going this pandemic holiday season.Penny Can was invented for the tv sitcom Cougar Town, and is perhaps the most (only) ...
07:36 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Watch Tom Cruise as Santa Claus lambast the reindeer and elves
This is my December passion project pic.twitter.com/M9nfZi3HPI— Jason Gallagher (@jga41agher) December 17, 2020"If I see you do it again, you're fucking gone. And if anyone in this crew does it,...
07:24 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Trailer: Diego Luna talks 2022's Star Wars: Andor
Rogue One had some of the best non-animated character development in the on-screen Star Wars universe. I can not wait for more of Diego Luna's Cassian Andor....
07:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing DHS whistleblower claims he was instructed to exaggerate threat of Leftists and immigrants, downplay white supremacy
On Friday, December 11, former DHS intelligence chief Brian Murphy testified in a closed-door sessions before Congress, following up on his September whistleblower complaint, when he claimed that he h...
07:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing What if Tom Waits released a Christmas album?
Playwright John J King made this delightful holiday parody, imagining what a 2020-themed Tom Waits Christmas album would be like. Even just hearing these satirical snippets makes me kind of wish that ...
06:44 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Angry octopus punches fish
Octopuses punch fishes. YES. OCTOPUSES. PUNCH. FISHES!! Our new paper is out on @ESAEcology, showing that octos express this behavior during collaborative hunting with other fishes. This was probably ...
06:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing 15-year-old Pennsylvania teen pens a peppy yet sad ode to 2020
Wallis Schriver is a 15-year-old from Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania. She, accompanied by her dad, wrote a song, "Lonely Christmas," to try and encapsulate her feelings about 2020, COVID-19, and a socially...
06:07 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Cow enjoys catching snowflakes on her tongue [VIDEO]
This sweet cow really enjoys trying to catch snowflakes on her tongue.From December 16, on a farm in Wooster, Ohio: "Stella was so excited for the first big snowfall that she got out of her gate and w...
06:03 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Check out this obsessive collection of plastic bread bag closures
I've never paid attention to those little plastic squares used to keep bread bags closed. Then I came across this site that has a taxonomy for bread bag closures. There are so many different kinds!Als...
06:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Number-crunching the overwhelming whiteness of the book publishing industry
A new interactive article from the New York Times examines just how white the publishing industry actually is. And despite the number of high-profile books from non-white authors in recent years, the ...
05:58 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Car decked out in Christmas lights drifts around an inflatable snowman at night [VIDEO]
This driver looks like they're having fun.Video Link: Guy Driving Car Covered in Christmas Lights Drifts Around Inflatable Snowman...
05:44 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Russian scientist who worked on coronavirus vaccine is stabbed, falls out of window to his death
A Russian scientist credited with working on a coronavirus vaccine has been stabbed and somehow fell out of a window of a multi-story St. Petersburg apartment building, and has died, reports Moscow Ti...
05:31 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Trump declares classical architecture D.C.'s official style, all federal buildings must now be 'beautiful'
As thousands die each day from the pandemic, outgoing President Donald Trump signs an executive order that declares classical architecture is the official style in D.C., and that all new federal const...
05:24 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Internet Archive acquires massive Michelson CinemaResearch Library
In one of the most important developments in the history of film archiving, the Internet Archive will be the new home of the legendary Michelson Cinema Research Library. Via Internet Archive:When...
05:23 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Plastic-teeth synthesizer
In one sense, the voc-25 is just a keyboard controller triggering a synthesizer, with some visual yuks thrown in.But when I heard it played, I realized there's a loud clack every time a note is sounde...
05:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii's Big Island, along with 4.4 earthquake and a massive steam cloud
Officials in Hawaii have raised Kilauea's alert to "warning" level and the aviation color code to red, as the volcano erupts and lava threatens homes. The U.S. Geological Survey and the Hawaii Volcano...
05:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing The E-40 and Too $hort Verzuz battle is more popular than Christmas this year
Timbaland and Swizz Beatz created Verzuz TV to keep us entertained with virtual DJ and MC battles while we're stuck in pandemic purgatory. Since March, they've streamed battles between the likes of Gu...
05:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Vatican says it is "morally acceptable" for Catholics to get COVID-19 vaccines developed from abortion fetal tissue
Funny how times change! The Vatican has declared that it is "morally acceptable" for Roman Catholics to receive coronavirus vaccines developed from research that used fetal tissue from abortions.The C...
05:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Nina Abney creates a "Artiste" UNO deck
Mattel Creations asked the artist Nina Abney to create a new design for UNO, and she knocked it flaming out of the park. I'm ordering a deck now.Apparently she also created a new card — a "hard ...
04:51 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Robin Gibb's pyromania and other trivia left out of the new Bee Gees documentary
The Bee Gees' ethereal harmonies have always hit me in a special place and Robin Gibb's voice in particular is one of my all-time favorites. He was like a gangly human muppet with the voice of an ang...
04:46 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Trump officials attacked CDC reports on coronavirus, downplayed COVID-19 threat, House probe finds
Political appointees in the outgoing administration of Donald Trump repeatedly interfered in more than a dozen government reports detailing scientific findings about the spread of COVID-19, a House in...
04:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Best Illusion of the Year 2020
Mathematician Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University has once again won first place in the Best Illusion of the Year contest. His "3D Schrder Staircase" can break your mind until you see how it's done a...
03:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Marvel fans react to Pence's new name of Space Force members
"Guardians". Yes, just like Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy". Vice President Mike Pence announced Friday that the name for members of the newest branch of the armed forces, Space Force, established...
03:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing US Police have stolen $68 billion in the past 20 years from American citizens without due process
The nonprofit Institute for Justice has just released the 3rd edition of its Policing For Profit report, examining the abuses of civil asset forfeiture by local police across the United States. Accord...
02:47 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Inside the ancient dying art of Iron Crotch Kung Fu
Reuters recently published one of those stories I never knew I needed: a profile of Wang Liutai, a 65-year-old kung fu master with two children who is struggling to continue the dying martial art trad...
02:44 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing UK isolated to prevent spread of mutant coronavirus strain
More than 30 countries have shut down travel to and from the UK in hopes of preventing the spread of a more contagious strain of coronavirus. The UK has implemented internal movement controls with the...
02:26 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Twitter adding "Biden won" warning to Trump tweets claiming election fraud
Twitter now adds a new warning to tweets spreading conspiracy theories about November's election: "Election officials have certified Joe Biden as the winner of the U.S. Presidential election." They're...
02:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Rules for Predicting the Future, according to Octavia Butler
Octavia Butler's Parable books are having a bit of a renaissance. Originally published in 1993 but set between 2024 and 2027, Parable of the Sower finally made it onto the New York Times Bestseller Li...
02:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Comics Beat's choices for best comics of 2020
The Beat has published their list of the best comic books of 2020. It's a nicely diverse list, from mainstream spandex to obscure indies.Crisis Zone by Simon Hanselmann (Self-published)During the pand...
02:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing The Stori is the functional and stylish storage system for the modern-day cannabis user
For marijuana pioneers of the 60s and 70s, this new America must almost seem like an alien world. There are now twice as many states where cannabis is fully legal as states where it remains illegal. C...
01:55 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Puzzle enthusiast tackles the 5,000 piece gradient puzzle
Karen from Karen Puzzles needed 28 hours to complete this enormous puzzle with an interesting distinction: rather than a gradient printed as an overlay and then stamped, each piece of these Clemens Ha...
01:48 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing How Visa and MasterCard strong armed PornHub into making policy changes
Earlier this month, I wrote about PornHub's recent policy changes. A quick summary: the New York Times published an expos about victims of child trafficking and revenge porn, whose lives had been wrec...
01:48 pm GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing Is Cyberpunk 2077 anything more than a reskinned GTA? Wired UK says not really
Anyone who's been paying attention to all of the controversies leading up to the release of the open-world cyberpunk videogame, Cyberpunk 2077 (seven long years in the making) can't help but be gobsma...
03:30 am GMT - Mon, December 21, 2020
BoingBoing This training collection can make you a Six Sigma project management black-belt
Anybody can be on the receiving end of a good idea or a lightning bolt revelation. It might be about a software project. It could be a method for reorganizing your business operations. It could be a n...
09:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing The Icebreaker Nordic Pop is the ice cube tray you've waited your whole life for
For all its basicness, it's surprising how many people have amazingly strong opinions about their ice. And after reading that sentence, you probably had a visceral reaction to the right ways and wrong...
08:54 pm GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing Bill & Hillary Clinton seduced by Ghislaine Maxwell, in this week's dubious tabloids
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, but the tabloids are getting thinner and are stuffed full of nutrient-lacking filler."What Shocked & Rocked in 2020" reports the 'National Enquirer,'...
07:19 pm GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing Christmas with a Z: Zara Bode KO's COVID with a Holiday Special All Her Own
Snowmen! Puppies! Disco Balls! And tunes, lots of tunes. If you only watch one holiday-y thing this year, let it be this.I first heard the voice of Zara Bode when she and her band, The Sweetback Siste...
05:44 pm GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing Super-creepy offices and drawbridge control rooms beneath Memorial Bridge
I live only a few miles from Arlington Memorial Bridge which links Arlington, VA with Washington, DC across the Potomac river. The middle span of the bridge used to be a drawbridge. Living here for 39...
04:26 pm GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing 22 very last minute board game gift ideas
The team at Shut Up & Sit Down have assembled a list of 22 board games, card games, and solo RPGs that they recommend as great games and great holiday gift ideas. It might be getting a little late...
02:30 pm GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing Here's the smart desktop warmer that safely keeps your coffee or tea at the perfect temperature
Simple solutions are almost always the best solutions. If you're cold, put on a jacket. If your car engine light clicks on, take it into the shop. And, if your coffee loses its piping hot bite…w...
02:00 am GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing These 30 winter survival items will help you handle the cold all winter long
It happens every year and it still feels like a chilly slap across the face each time. Winter rolls in…and you're uncomfortably reminded that the next few months will feel like something you ju...
12:45 am GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing Apple shuts all California stores temporarily as COVID-19 pandemic surges
Apple is temporarily shutting down all of its California retail stores, as the COVID-19 outbreak becomes dire throughout the state.From Reuters:Apple Inc has temporarily shut all of its 53 stores in C...
12:36 am GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing Trump weirdly defensive of Russia in his first comments on Russian hack of U.S. government
So, this two-part Trump tweet today was weird.The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Ru...
12:27 am GMT - Sun, December 20, 2020
BoingBoing White House canceled plans to mail face masks to all American homes because Trump hates Amazon's Jeff Bezos & feuded with USPS
The Trump White House canceled a plan to send face masks to every household in America because of Donald Trump's personal feud with the United States Postal Service, and his personal animus toward Ama...
11:30 pm GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing This training bundle might be your ticket to a new career as a freelance writer
Lots of people think they can write. But a quick check of social media posts, blogs, and even some astonishingly mainstream media outlets prove that isn't always the case. Writing isn't easy. Writing ...
10:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing The racial bias in pulse oximeters
Pulse oximeters are little devices you clip on your finger, which shoot light into your skin to measure the percentage of oxygen in your blood.They're crucial tools for doctors and patients in many si...
07:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing With CuriosityStream, you get educated and entertained right now, it's 40% off
Why is the sky blue? How do birds fly? How were swear words invented if we're not allowed to say them? If you've ever been a parent to or anywhere within a 100 foot radius of an inquisitive kid, ...
04:57 pm GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing Senate report: Boeing and FAA "manipulated" 737 MAX re-approval tests
Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration "manipulated" recertification tests for the 737 MAX airliner, and this is only "one of many accusations in a damning new Senate report," writes Sean O'Ka...
02:08 pm GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing Illegal winery in a sewage plant
Officials shut down a "large illegal winery" found in a sewage plant in Rainsville, Alabama.Photos released by investigators show glass containers, buckets, a fermenting rack and other equipment often...
02:04 pm GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing Buy a tiny house at IKEA
IKEA has now joined the tiny home craze and is selling a 187 sq ft. tiny house for US$50,000. As my friend Jayme, who posted it on Facebook, said, just don't let me shop at IKEA ever again after movi...
01:47 pm GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing Cyberpunk 2077 apology generator
To celebrate the troubled release of Cyberpunk 2077, Foone created a Cyberpunk 2077 apology generator that usese the distinctive edgy aesthetic from the developer's real online atonements. Put in your...
12:30 pm GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing SureWay Health is finally making their premium N95 medical-grade masks available to the public
While we're by no means finished with the global COVID-19 nightmare, it's reassuring that it seems most of the world has adapted to certain difficult realities of life under the virus one of those be...
04:00 am GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing Launch your Amazon side hustle with this awesome training bundle
Back in the infancy of Amazon, third party sellers were just a tiny facet of the company's growing eCommerce power. In fact, those small retailers affiliated with Amazon only accounted for 3% of their...
01:52 am GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing Cute kid asks Santa about gift, 'WTF is that?', her brother's face says it all [VIDEO]
In this video, a very cute three year old girl asks Santa, WTF? Which is a reasonable question.December 13, 2020 / London, UK: We went to see Santa at Hamley's, all was going well until Santa gave out...
01:16 am GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing Not a creepy photo at all: 'Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump'
Absolutely definitely not the creepiest Christmas nightmare I have ever seen and what is with those insane blood red lamps. From FLOTUS Melania Trump, on her official USG Twitter account, Friday Decem...
01:06 am GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing NORTH KOREA: Satellite imagery shows new walled compound in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square
Commercial satellite imagery shows that a small building surrounded by a high wall has apparently been newly constructed built in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square.Here's something I didn't expec...
12:44 am GMT - Sat, December 19, 2020
BoingBoing Moderna coronavirus vaccine gets FDA emergency use authorization to fight worsening COVID-19 pandemic
BREAKING: U.S. FDA authorizes Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, adding a second vaccine to the country's arsenal to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak is so dire that the United S...
10:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Get a MagSafe Wireless Charging Cable and a 20-watt adapter for your iPhone 12
Just like the Lightning cable that came before it, manufacturers are now chasing Apple's latest step in ever-evolving charging technology, the MagSafe. If you haven't purchased an iPhone 12 yet, then ...
09:28 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing 'We'll watch and see.' House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, asked if he will fight election results showing Biden won
"Will you join the effort to object to the election results January 6?," asks a Fox News reporter."We'll watch and see," says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, sauntering dangerously close to sedi...
09:18 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Driver buried inside car by snow plow is rescued 10 hours later, and survives
These New York State Police photos show a car and its unfortunate driver in Owego, New York. New York State Police sergeant Jason Cawley, is credited with rescuing Kevin Kresen, 58, of Candor, NY, who...
09:08 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Bidens to get first COVID vaccine dose on Monday
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will be getting their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, From the Associated Press, citing Biden's incoming press secretary, Jen Psaki:Vice ...
07:52 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Enjoy the relaxing sounds of these cute chonky beavers eating bark and chomping on leaves in a pond
Cue the beaver jokes, yeah, yeah. But this is my kind of ASMR. Little beavers chomping on their nom-noms, doing their wild thing in the pond. Hi beaver!Says the human who uploaded it: This summer I f...
05:50 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Price of lithium-ion batteries has dropped 88% in last decade
A new Bloomberg survey reports that lithium-ion batteries are much cheaper than they were ten years ago. It says "increasing order sizes, growth in BEV [battery electric vehicle] sales and the introdu...
05:30 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing All of these holiday gift ideas require no shipping and your giftee can have them in minutes
Look, we're gonna level with you…you may have already blown Christmas. The problem is, is you haven't purchased gifts already AND if they aren't already en route, there's a decent chance they wo...
05:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Wooden sculptures showing solar dataviz for your location
Using the Python library Pysholar and some Javascript, John Kuiphoff wrote code that takes GPS coordinates, finds the amount of sunlight that falls all day long there, and turns it into 24 shapes R...
04:59 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Supercut of Republicans changing what needs to happen for presidential election win
You're kicker on the football team and you just kicked a 30 yard field goal. Republicans: "Nope. That counted before, but now we need you to kick a 40-yarder. Yeah, we just found a rule about that ...
04:55 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Cyberpunk 2077 removed from Sony's online store after buggy launch
Earlier this week, the creators of Cyberpunk 2077 offered refunds to buyers after the game's buggy launch. Now the game is being completely unlaunched, at least on PlayStation: Sony is taking it off t...
04:51 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Bootleg winemaking operation discovered at wastewater treatment plant
Toilet to table? Sheriffs in the Alabama city of Rainsville cleared out a bootleg winemaking operation inside a wastewater treatment plant. Interestingly, it was illegal to sell alcohol in Rainsville ...
04:42 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Electric shock male chastity device for you
Want a nice constricting plastic apparatus on your nether regions giving you electric shocks? Well, this male chastity bird cage device might be what you or your loved ones are looking for. Though it'...
04:37 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing How to play a fiery Victorian Christmas game and not get burned
Snapdragon is a game from the 18th and 19th centuries that involves sticking your hand in a bowl of flaming brandy to snatch a raisin. While it sounds painful and dangerous, the parlor game was a Chri...
03:45 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing This guy can hula hoop, plate spin, juggle, and unicycle all at once
Circus arts enthusiast Paladin Ellsworth demonstrates some impressive multitasking while atop a rather tall unicycle. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Paladin Quaid Ells...
03:36 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Downing Street identifies leaker with the old "send everyone a different memo" trick
Andrew Lewer, a Conservative Party Member of Parliament in the UK, was today fired from his position in the Home Office after being identified as the source of a leak. To figure out who forwarded inte...
03:30 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Geometric stringed polyhdron art
France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke...
03:30 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Geometric stringed polyhedron art
France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke...
03:27 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing 126-year-old mystery message in a bottle found inside building wall
A Boston resident found a rye whiskey bottle inside an interior wall of their home. The bottle, discovered between near the fireplace flue, had a curious note inside:Tom Ford 6 on Shea[illegible] Sep ...
03:15 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Realistic 1:150 scale remote control car that drives
This RC 1:150 scale silver Toyota Crown was modded by YouTuber diorama111 from a TOMYTECH toy:The car is controlled by a self-made infrared remote control. The remote control format is proprietary. Th...
03:03 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Eminem's "Lose Yourself" as if the rapper was a 1940s horse race announcer
"If you had one shot… one opportunity… would you read everything in a transatlantic accent?" (Elise Roth)...
03:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Watch some trippy recent developments in datamoshing
In the ten years since it came on the pop culture scene, datamoshing has not considerably changed, though a few practitioners are doing lovely work. Datamoshing takes the data from a media file and ma...
02:55 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing A mystery monolith of your very own
Our friends at surrealist clothier and art collective Imaginary Foundation celebrate "2020's most important global art event" with this limited edition monolith sculpture for your desktop. The handmad...
02:37 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Animator turned a voicemail from his dad into a delightful (very) short cartoon
Garrett Lewis, a character animator for Disney, received a birthday voicemail from his dad. So he animated it. As one does. ...
02:22 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Interesting untethered VR system
New Zealand firm Eight360 is one of many working on prototypes for untethered VR. This is their NOVA immersive driving / flying simulator, which can be run as a two-player option.Seated options are pr...
02:14 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Former general Mike Flynn calls for military to keep Trump in power.
Mike Flynn, the former general fired (and later pardoned) by President Trump for lying about his contacts with Russian officials, says that the military should overturn the results of November's elect...
02:10 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing The greatest Christmas movie Is The Lord of the Rings
There are lists of the best Christmas movies here and there, and all are arguable, not only about how "great" they really are, but whether they are Christmas movies at all. Must a Christmas movie be a...
01:45 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing The bioluminescence on these beaches is next level
Sea sparkle, or bioluminescent algae, happens in many parts of the world, but rarely is it as intense as in this footage by Raymond K.Here's another vibrant example from the Maldives:Image: YouTube / ...
01:36 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Interactive light-up Hanukkah Menorah sweater
On Adafruit, Erica St. Blaine shares a cool project for creating a light-up Menorah sweater using the Adafruit Gemma M0 microcontroller and NeoPixel LEDs.Image: Screengrab...
01:30 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing My favorite shop tips of 2020
I publish a weekly newsletter called Gareth's Tips, Tools, and Shop Tales. For the last two years, I've done a year-end best-of collection. This year, I had too many great tips and didn't want the iss...
01:22 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing On "Fraidycat", and the pleasures of non-algorithmic tools for following stuff online
It's been out for more than a year, but just this week @strutting and Robin Sloan introduced me to "Fraidycat" — an intriguing tool for keeping up with people and sites online. It's a type of RS...
01:15 pm GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Behind the gorgeous railroad posters of New Zealand
Between the 1860s and World War I, railroads were built to tie the various communities of New Zealand together. They were heavily advertised with gorgeous posters under the auspices of Railways Studio...
03:00 am GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing These elegant, yet purposeful Empowered bracelets are a beautiful statement to the world
When you head out into the world, you're making a statement, whether you're conscious of it or not. With your appearance and attitude, you project a version of yourself to anyone and everyone you meet...
12:16 am GMT - Fri, December 18, 2020
BoingBoing Ann Druyan and Sasha Sagan light the Hanukkah candles (plus Laurie Anderson and Luther Dickinson!)
My dear friend Ann Druyan, co-creator of Cosmos and creative director of the Voyager Golden Record, and her daughter Sasha Sagan, author of the wonderful For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Fi...
09:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing The KeySmart Max will make sure you never lose your keys again
Vintage styles weave back in and out of fashion, but there are some looks that no one ever wants to replicate. Like…ever.And while we mean no disrespect to our custodian brothers and sisters out...
07:03 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Nasty rug cleaned in satisfying video
"You haven't seen such a dirty carpet, the brown water almost flowed away like mud!" is the literal title of Lubuskie Centrum Czystoci's nearly hourlong epic cleansing of what is, you will certainly a...
06:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing QAnon likened to Alternate Reality Game
In this Twitter thread, author (Proof of Corruption), attorney, and online investigative journalist, Seth Abramson offers a fascinating take on the QAnon cult.QAnon is an ARG (Alternate Reality Game)....
06:20 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Best Pandemic DIY Projects of 2020
In the last installment of Donald Bell's Maker Update for 2020, he celebrates some of the most creative and clever pandemic and social isolation projects of 2020.There are some really great projects h...
06:15 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Former CIA chief shares his thoughts on UFOs
On his popular Marginal Revolution podcast, Tyler Cowen interviewed John O. Brennan, who ran the CIA for four years under the Obama administration. In this excerpt, Cowen asks Brennan to give him the ...
06:12 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing How open source designs and 3D-printing make prosthetics more accessible
Vice France has a great new article about the ways that 3D printing is disrupting the prosthetic limb industry. While a standard upper-body prosthetic can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $120,000, the e-...
05:27 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Why is this rotting tomato time-lapse video so weirdly calming?
Why am I finding it so weirdly peaceful to watch these Temponaut Time-lapse videos of food rotting? Quarantine brain, I guess. Here is a rotting tomato time-lapse. I can't stop watching these. Tempona...
05:12 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Cities: Skylines currently free of charge
Cities: Skylines is free of charge on the Epic store for the rest of December. This is an essential pick for fans of city-builder games. I'd especially recommend it if you're still bitter about how ba...
04:25 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Russia can't use name, flag, anthem at next 2 Olympics
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Thursday that Russia cannot use its national anthem, flag, or even its name, at the next two Olympics, or at any world championships for the next two years. T...
04:10 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing 'We have failed' Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf admits failure on coronavirus 'herd immunity' strategy as COVID deaths multiply
King Gustaf calls virus strategy a failure"We have had a large number of deaths and that is terrible"Swedish health care system overwhelmed"We have failed." Finally, even Sweden's King Gusfaf has los...
04:07 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Ultra-realistic face masks on sale, in Japan
About a decade or so ago, realistic molded silicone masks [Amazon] appeared and traveled their uncanny trajectory from convincing to disturbing to halloweeny as our familiarity with them increased. Th...
04:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Poems generated by finding midpoints between how words sound and are spelled
Allison Parrish is one of my favorite poets; she writes code that transforms language into fascinating and evocative literary forms.Recently she wrote software that generates "compass poems". She'll p...
03:58 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing This is the ugliest orchid in the world
The recently discovered Gastrodia agnicellus has been named the "ugliest orchid in the world," according to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It's one of more than 150 plants and fungi that RBG Kew rese...
03:56 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Adam Savage Answers the Question: What is a Maker?
I posted this on Adafruit yesterday, but I just thought it was too righteous not to share here.In this Tested.com Q&A with Adam Savage, he's asked the question "What is a maker?" As you might expe...
03:55 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing President Emmanuel Macron of France tests positive for coronavirus, with symptoms of COVID-19
The office of Emmanuel Macron says on Thursday the French President has tested positive for coronavirus. A contact tracing effort is now under way across Europe, after a series of recent meetings betw...
03:42 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing European map of quotation marks
Jakub Marian (previously at BB) created another fantastic map: this time, of the characters used in various European languages as quotation marks. As with other things, the English standard is slowly ...
03:40 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Now entering the public domain: The Great Gatsby, music by Ma' Rainey and Duke Ellington, and other great works
On January 1, Public Domain Day, a fantastic trove of great works from 1921 are entering the US public domain, free for all to use, remix, and reimagine, including: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gat...
03:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Rollerman tests his latest rollerblade suit on mountain course
Rollerman has added a few more skates to his already speedy outfit, as well as some pretty impressive helmetcam gear. Then he zips down a mountain road amidst the gorgeous fall foliage.Image: YouTube ...
03:26 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing "Deck the Halls with War Pigs," a Black Sabbath yuletide mash-up for the ages
Oh lord, yeah.(Aaron Gage)...
03:15 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Rube Goldberg-style basketball trick shot has 70 steps
The Swish Machine takes 70 steps and over 3 minutes from start to swish, and "the machine took a month to build and another month to successfully work." The shot was filmed in one take, with no cuts. ...
03:11 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing New documentary about people who think we're living in a simulation
Two years ago, I posted that my old pal Rodney Ascher, director of fantastically freaky documentaries like Room 237, about weird theories surrounding The Shining, and The Nightmare, a study on sleep p...
03:03 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing This is your chance to destroy a Trump hotel and casino
On January 29, the former Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City will be imploded and you could be the one to push the button. Mayor Marty Small Sr. kicked off a charity auction for the oppor...
03:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Study finds that robots can pressure people to do risky things
We humans are social animals, so we take our behavioral cues from people around us. A new bit of research suggests we'll take those cues from robots, too.In their new paper entitled "The Robot Made Me...
02:57 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Watch these metronomes spontaneously synchronize
Five metronomes started at different times eventually synchronize in this nifty video from UCLA. It's been a known phenomenon since the 17th century:In 1665, Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens, i...
02:56 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Realtime raytracing on the SNES
Ben Carter made an incredible mod for the Super Nintendo that adds real-time raytracing capabilities to the vintage console. It uses in-cart hardware similar in principle to the official 1993 Super-FX...
02:38 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing British government says UNICEF should be "ashamed" for feeding hungry children there
UNICEF, the UN agency that provides humanitarian aid to children worldwide, is arranging Christmas breakfasts for kids in Britain for the first time in its 70-year-history. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader...
02:22 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Tips for stopping porch pirates
The New York Times' Rachel Cericola today offers a guide to preventing package thefts. The basic premise is that cameras, while a deterrent, don't stop thefts: all they do is film them.One big deliver...
02:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Instaread offers thousands of best-selling books you can read in just 15 minutes
In 1982, 57% of Americans reported reading at least one work of creative literature in the preceding year. That number fell to 54% in 1992, then down to 47% in 2002. And, according to a Pew Research C...
02:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Vaccine delivery footage considered as a unboxing videos
The New York Times columnist Charlie Warzel found himself obsessed with watching videos of COVID-19 vaccines being delivered — big packages being unloaded by forklifts, opened up by medical offi...
02:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Vaccine delivery footage considered as unboxing videos
The New York Times columnist Charlie Warzel found himself obsessed with watching videos of COVID-19 vaccines being delivered — big packages being unloaded by forklifts, opened up by medical offi...
01:42 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Algorithms like YouTube's content ID harm fair use, free speech, and creativity
The Electronic Frontier Foundation just released new whitepaper study titled Unfiltered: How YouTube's Content ID Discourages Fair Use and Dictates What We See Online that examines the oppressive use ...
01:36 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Enjoy this free onboarding kit for organizing laborers in tech
Labor organizing has been on the rise in media and tech. And just this week, Quartz launched a multi-part series investigating how, "a new generation of employee activists is pushing back against thei...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Scientists find two new species of fungi that turn flies into 'zombies'
There are many types of fungus that will invade insects in order to reproduce, but most kill the host and then release spores. Two new species of fungus discovered in Denmark consume their fly hosts f...
12:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Rudolph the Leaky Lawyer
The song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" has always lent itself to parody lyrics -surely you remember that one about the sheriff who shot his wife that you learned on the school playground. However, ...
11:00 am GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Dancing With Myself: Christmas edition
The latest mashup from YouTuber There I Ruined It (previously) features Billy Idol singing a lively Christmas song. The tune of "Jingle Bells" fits the lyrics of "Dancing With Myself," but that doesn'...
03:34 am GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Sleep peacefully in 2021 with these comfortable, discounted pillows
They seem innocent enough. But without trumping up local news expos levels of hysteria here…your pillow could actually be hurting you.Sure, they appear like happy, cloud-like wads of fluff, but ...
01:20 am GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Goose family struggles to make it up this river bank
"This family of geese had about 2 dozen goslings under their care. They chose a place to exit the river that was very challenging for some of the goslings. With no wings yet, and tiny legs, the small ...
01:16 am GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Adorable beagle still getting used to wearing these snow booties
If you're in the path of winter weather today, you're not alone. This adorable beagle is still getting used to wearing his new cold weather snow booties. They look really cute and comfy, actually. [V...
01:12 am GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Turtles, sexing it up
There they go, reproducing. Look at 'em go. Sea turtles doin' it in the waters off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia....
12:59 am GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Cute little dog destroys all that comes through this mail slot
Look at that little dude go! He's a mail mauler. He's taking every letter and magazine that comes through this mail slot very personally. [Video Link]...
12:23 am GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Biden could save U.S. taxpayers $2.6 billion by halting Trump's stupid border wall on January 20, says Army Corps
President-elect Joe Biden would save American taxpayers $2.6 billion if he stops Trump's border wall project on Jan 21 as promised, according to new estimates from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ho...
12:11 am GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Biden to get coronavirus vaccine as soon as next week
A transition official says President-Elect Joe Biden will likely be receiving his coronavirus vaccine as early as next week. From Reuters:Biden has said he would get the injection in a public setting ...
12:06 am GMT - Thu, December 17, 2020
BoingBoing Congress close to finalizing $900 billion COVID-19 aid bill with $600-$700 stimulus checks and extended unemployment benefits
On Wednesday, U.S. congressional negotiators continue to go back and forth over details of a $900 billion COVID-19 emergency aid bill, expected to include $600-$700 stimulus checks and extended unempl...
11:46 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Use this code to get a super-bright garage LED light for cheap
Enter code 40IS77DW at checkout and get a discount when you order this LED light. Meant for garages and basements, you can adjust the four blade-like panels to direct light where it's most needed. It...
10:36 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing These spooky kinetic sculptures are mesmerizing
When she's not in her tattoo studio, New Orleans artist Jamie Winn is creating haunting automata pieces that are truly a delight. The painted wood pieces featuring both nature and the supernatural are...
10:33 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Guy impersonates Tucker Carlson at Chipotle
This is an excellent impersonation of Tucker Carlson. Watch it, then watch the real Tucker, below:...
10:21 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Bitcoin at all-time high of $21,300 as institutional investors move in
The price of bitcoin has been steadily on the increase as institutional investors are adding it to their portfolios as a hedge against fiat currency devaluation. As of 2:15pm PT the price of a bitcoin...
09:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Here are deals on 15 awesome chargers and power banks
Without power, all these devices and gadgets we love so much are little more than glorified doorstops. And, some of them are too small to even do that very well.For the person on your holiday list who...
08:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Time Travel Twins and the Very, Very Stupid Civil War!
YOU can buy the two new Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader! Information here."God bless Tom the Dancing Bug! Funny, succinct, and h...
07:47 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Mexico restricts DEA's operations in its country
The Mexican government passed a law to curb the DEA's interference in that country. Given the long history of DEA corruption and deadly botched operations in Mexico and elsewhere around the world, thi...
07:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing How Birth Control Can Help Us Reimagine The Future
Authors and former io9 majordomos Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders have a fortnightly podcast called Our Opinions Are Correct, which covers all sorts of nerd culture and science-related topics. ...
07:29 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Google's new Blob Opera lets anyone create your own adorable musical cartoons
Blob Opera is a new Google AI experiment that uses machine learning to help you compose what's essentially a Barbershop Quartet of pseudo Minion-like cartoons. You don't need any musical knowledge or ...
07:15 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Firefly returning to TV?
Could it be? Maybe. But it sounds like the resulting Disney-fied complete reboot could be a very different animal from the show we Browncoats knew and loved.My source tells me that Disney is in early ...
07:08 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Good news: Ikea Monkey is living his best life
It's the uplifting "Where are they now?" file we all need to hear right now. Back in 2012, a Japanese macaque monkey named Darwin entered pop culture history, and all of our hearts, when he was photog...
07:02 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing An Advent calendar of things that go wrong during the holidays
Day 2 of my #AdventCalendar [sound up] pic.twitter.com/BhpVBWjbIK— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) December 2, 2020Twitter user @Pandamoanimum put together an Advent calendar to spread joy and laughter ...
07:01 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing With Trump's executive order Christmas Eve will be a federal holiday this year
Donald J. Trump considers himself a Christian, though he does not go to church regularly, read the Bible (or read anything, really), follow the teachings of Christ or display any actual Christian valu...
06:45 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing How Disney execs and COVID-19 wrecked the lives of middle-class Disney World workers
The Washington Post has an excellent new multimedia exploration of the impact of COVID-19 layoffs on longtime employees at Florida's Walt Disney World park. Mixing large-scale headline newsDisney layi...
06:32 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Would anything stop Ted Cruz from pulling this dirty trick to prevent Biden from being sworn in?
On January 6, 2021, the U.S. House and Senate will get together to accept the electoral votes. If one House representative and one Senator decide to challenge the results, they are allowed to debate t...
06:08 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Watch: George Lucas released rare and unseen behind-the-scenes footage from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas released a selection of behind-the-scenes, outtakes, and blooper footage from the filming. Can you ...
06:06 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing This Japanese band uses instruments made from retired consumer electronics
Electronicos Fantasticos! is a Japanese band that makes and plays instruments made from "various retired consumer electronics such as Electric Fan Harp, CRT-TV Drums, Air Conditioner Harp, etc."[Thank...
05:55 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Strange juxtaposition during an airing of A Muppet Family Christmas
I've never been brought back to Earth so fast. pic.twitter.com/p7g96UzNOL— Mike Scollins (@mikescollins) December 15, 2020Here's a rather odd juxtaposition of a Nightline promo read over the end...
04:48 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing "Ghost ship" washes up on remote island with $20 million of cocaine aboard
A "ghost ship" with no passengers aboardbut packed with 649 kilos of cocainewashed up on Ailuk Atoll in the Marshall Islands last week. The Marshall Islands lie between Hawaii and the Philippines and ...
04:10 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Why is serial killing no longer en vogue?
Discover Magazine has a bleakly fascinating article about the decline of serial killers in America:After that three-decade surge, a rapid decline followed. Nearly 770 serial killers operated in the U....
04:07 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Tom Cruise flips his lid on set over broken Covid protocols
Under great pressure to safely shoot "Mission: Impossible 7" during Covid, movie star Tom Cruise went off on the crew. While in England Mr. Top Gun unloaded on members of the set who huddled around a...
04:07 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Ex-cop investigating "election fraud" arrested after ramming van and threatening driver
Steve Hotze, a wealthy Republican donor, was so desperate to find evidence of voter fraud in Harris County, Texas, that he tasked investigators with looking for it. One of them, an ex-cop, rammed a va...
04:04 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Santa and elf raid drug dealer's house
Santa Claus and one of his elves raided a house in Lima, Peru to bust a suspected drug dealer who allegedly hawked his wares near a school. The cops wore flak jackets under their costumes. According t...
03:50 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing After losing his sight at age 25, James Holman became the most prolific traveler of his day
When a mysterious illness blinded him at age 25, British naval officer James Holman took up a new pursuit: travel. For the next 40 years he roamed the world alone, describing his adventures in a serie...
03:50 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Enjoy this mix of hip-hop songs performed in the style of medieval ballads
Beedle the Bardcore performs covers of modern day hip-hop songs, in the style of medieval ballads. Just in case Postmodern Jukebox doesn't have enough lutes and bards and pennywhistles to please your ...
03:45 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Blob Opera, a delightful machine learning and music experiment
David Li created the Blob Opera, a wonderful creative experiment at the intersection of machine learning, music, and digital art. From the project description at Google Arts & Culture, hosts of th...
03:39 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Cancel culture book cancelled after author tells Muslims they worship a pedophile
The publisher of a forthcoming book about cancel culture has cancelled its plans after the author ranted about Islam on Twitter. The author, Julie Burchill, "stepped over the line" in her verbal attac...
02:20 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Tik Tok bans Perez Hilton after influencers demand it
Tik Tok banned Perez Hilton, reports Taylor Lorenz, and it plainly did so because the site's younger, more popular influencers demanded it.The ban set off alarm bells because influencer fans had been ...
01:28 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing These puzzles, games, and DIY kits will have both kids and adults building their own fun
Whether you're 6 or 60, we all need some fun diversions from time to time. There are always easy time-killers like video games around, but sometimes you want something a little more tactile and engagi...
01:25 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Facebook to move UK customers from EU user agreement to California's
Facebook will move its U.K. users into user agreements under U.S. law, swapping Europe's strict privacy rules for the lax ones it enjoys in California. This will allow the company more leeway to track...
01:20 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Flickr's top 25 images of 2020: all rights reserved
Leticia Roncero, Community Manager at Flickr, shared the platform's top 25 images of 2020. Since they are all marked "all rights reserved," here's a great puppy photo from Pexels. It has 13.4 million ...
01:10 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Economist Richard Murphy explains what money and taxes actually are and how they work
Richard Murphy is an economist who blogs at TaxResearch.org.uk. He's also a visiting professor and consultant on economics and management at several universities; as well as an advisor to the Fai...
01:09 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Preview 'The Mill,' an ecological allegory leavened with pandemic themes
Alex Boya (previously) has released a trailer for The Mill, his newest animation about the unintended consequences of relying on biotech to solve the woes of the anthropocene.In the near future, globa...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing Measuring spoons made from pine cones
A pine cone, a lathe, and some resin is all it takes to make some cool and distinctive coffee measuring spoons. The pattern is quite lovely when this relaxing project is completed.Image: YouTube / Mat...
03:45 am GMT - Wed, December 16, 2020
BoingBoing The Seven & Me Espresso Maker brings barista-level brewing and milk frothing home
There's a reason why Starbucks and other high-end coffee outlets have lines snaking out the door every morning. Sure, you can make coffee yourself in your own home with any of a thousand different cof...
10:52 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing How to misuse a Radio to play all the stations simultaneously.
Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic soundsHi, everyone. Welcome back to the show. The lead ...
10:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Everyone needs a handy USB hub, and right now, these models are an extra 20% off
USB hubs are kind of like the NFL linemen of the technology world. They don't get a lot of credit. They seldom get attention. And when they do, it's often because something didn't go right, or it stop...
09:45 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Simple screenprinting using adhesive vinyl and a basic printing kit
In this hour-long "Build-a-Long" livestream on Tested yesterday, Jen Schachter demonstrated how you can create simple screenprints by cutting stencils out using adhesive vinyl. No photo emulsion or li...
09:21 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing The quiet horror of procedural generation
The following is from my newsletter,The Magnet. There's a free version and a subscriber version. I hope you'll check it out! — MarkThat feeling from being the only one in a building is calledken...
09:03 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Get a self-healing cutting mat for cheap
I bought a self-healing cutting mat in 1988 so I could cut paper when laying out issues of Boing Boing. I still have it and use it all the time. There is no better way to slice paper with a craft knif...
08:48 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Before Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit there was Chuck Wagon
Of all the Chuck Wagon dog food commercials, this one from 1976 is my favorite. It starts with a dog peacefully resting on a living room rug. Suddenly a tiny horse-drawn covered wagon charges out of t...
08:19 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing City of Chicago doesn't want you to see video of cops raiding wrong house, humiliating naked woman
Over a dozen Chicago police officers bashed down the door of the wrong house and found an innocent unclothed black woman standing inside. They immediately handcuffed her but didn't bother to cover her...
07:24 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Watch Michigan GOP try to enter Michigan Capitol to submit phony electoral votes
Apparently unwilling to accept that Michigan voters chose Biden for president, a group of Republicans unsuccessfully tried to enter the Capitol with a batch of fake electoral votes for Trump. In the v...
07:08 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Man lip-syncs a song in time-lapse while letting his beard grow
Joaquin Baldwin made a time-lapse music video, lip syncing "Better Days" by @Radical Face over a period of 101 days as he let his beard grow.The "making of" video explains how Baldwin did it:...
07:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Wired's "Tech Support" video series
I really like a number of the YouTube series that Wired produces. One that I just discovered is called "Tech Support." But the support these techs render is not about computers. It's support for subje...
06:58 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Pepsi's deadly "Number Fever" campaign
In the 1990s Pepsi ran a promotion in the Philippines that gave people the chance to win cash prizes if the three-digit number printed on the inside of a Pepsi bottle cap matched the number announced ...
06:40 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Examining the carefully selected color palette of Netflix's THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT
There are a lot of reasons why Netflix's The Queen's Gambit won* so many people over this fall. Based on a novel, the series tells the story of a young woman in the 60s and 70s who rises through the r...
06:18 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Enchanting microscopic time-lapse of a snowflake's formation
Always worth rewatching in the winter months, Slava Ivanov's classic microscopic time-lapse film of a snowflake's formation is a magnificent meditation on the wonder of our natural world. The music is...
05:47 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Why self-driving cars look like "toasters"?
Why do self-driving cars tend to look, well, like the Zoox you see in this post? They're optimizing for storage area and simplicity, obviously, but there is also psychology at work. Still, cubes have ...
05:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Virtual reality is effective training for lucid dreaming, according to scientific study
A lucid dream is one in which you're aware of the fact that you're dreaming and can often control what happens. It's a powerful skill to develop for the sake of fun but also as a way to enhance creati...
05:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing The Hydaway is the ultra-cool reusable water bottle that collapses to just 1.5 inches high
There are few more infuriating sights than to be hiking through a gorgeous landscape, or enjoying a day on the shore, only to see empty plastic water bottles strewn everywhere. As if the littering was...
04:51 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Facebook takes down 2 foreign influence operations going head to head in Central African Republic, targeting other nations
"Facebook just took down two foreign influence ops that it discovered going head to head in the Central African Republic, as well as targeting other countries," says Graphika's Ben Nimmo. "More-troll ...
04:37 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris tell supporters to watch inauguration from home, don't travel
"The PIC is urging the public to refrain from any travel and participate in the inaugural activities from home"The Presidential Inauguration Committee of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-...
04:31 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Watch: Perfect impression of the archetypal social media "singer" with that strange, slurry, wannabe pop star voice
Early in comedian Caitlin Reilly's series of impersonations of annoying archetypal people on social media, she nailed "the girl who's a singer." ...
04:19 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Sen. Mitch McConnell finally acknowledges Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' win for the first time
"So as of this morning, our country has officially a president-elect and a vice president-elect. So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden." Mitch McConnell, Tuesday December 15, 202...
03:56 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Watch a delightful Smokey Robinson mispronounce Chanukkah as Cha-Noo-Ka.
Hey @jeffjacobson – in the spirit of 2020, I'm gonna need a do-over! Please DM your mother's phone number so we can try this again https://t.co/4E87elQkD8— Smokey Robinson (@smoke...
03:26 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Twitch streams with nobody watching
Nobody.live presents random Twitch streams with nobody watchinguntil you are. Welcome to the chat room. Send a message. (via WAXY)...
03:23 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Manage a cyberpunk slum/resort in this fun online game
Cyberpunkland is a turn-based strategy game by Adi Robertson and William Joel. It's about managing Blade City, a futuristic dystopian environment that's both a theme park and a slum, depending on your...
02:31 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Webcams are back, obviously
With laptops ubiquitous and desktop monitors often coming with one built in, the idea of buying a stand-alone webcam became unusual, even rustic. Then the Covid pandemic struck and everyone started wo...
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Building computer logic in the oddly addicting "NAND Game"
nand2Tetris is a famed online course where you build a computer from the ground up — learning to chain together logic gates like AND and OR and NAND until you've built virtual hardware that can ...
01:45 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing The only solar eclipse of 2020 seen from space
#SATELLITE SPOTLIGHT: Here's a closer look at today's total #SolarEclipse from @NOAA's #GOES16. The moon's shadow tracked over the southern Pacific Ocean, as well as across #Chile and ...
01:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing MIT physicists capture audio of a "perfect fluid", people put it on their Soundcloud playlists
In the realm of physics, a "perfect" fluid is one that flows with the smallest amount viscosity possible under quantum mechanics. It's predicted that you'd find them occurring naturally in the core of...
01:15 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Beware Sin City drunk drivers, "ghosted out" police Ford Explorers are coming for you
The Nevada Highway Patrol in the Las Vegas area has a fleet of Police Interceptor Utility vehicles that are hard for drunks and non-drunks alike to identify as law enforcement. These "ghosted out" Fo...
12:55 pm GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing How to start an electric fire with just a Marshall amp, a space heater, and a power strip
Over the weekend, I had an article printed in the New York Times Real Estate section about that time I nearly burned the house down with a really dumb electrical error:I was down in my unfinished base...
04:25 am GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing DHS, State, and NIH join list of 5 (and counting) federal agencies confirmed hacked in massive Russian cyberespionage campaign
Washington Post reporter Ellen Nakashima writes late Monday night, "The State Department and NIH join list of federal agencies now five hacked in major Russian cyberespionage campaign. And their num...
04:18 am GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Clever dog annoyed by robot vacuum noise turns off Roomba all by himself
December 5, 2020, in Opelousas, Louisiana: "My Roomba kept cutting off and I didn't know why. So I decided to watch it and this is what I discovered!" [Video Link]...
04:07 am GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing California Attorney General Xavier Becerra urges court to force Amazon to comply with coronavirus labor probe
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra asked a court on Monday to compel Amazon.com to comply with outstanding subpoenas for a state investigation into Amazon's response to the coronavirus pandemi...
04:01 am GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing California fines Uber for not cooperating with sexual assault and harassment investigation
Uber was fined $59 million Monday for failing to provide the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) with information on a number of sexual assault and harassment claims. Reuters reports that U...
03:46 am GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Watch CNN reporter Clarissa Ward confront Russian military agent suspected of Navalny murder attempt
CNN has published a comprehensive report on Alexey Navalny's own investigation into who tried to kill him. The answer, spoiler, isthe Russian state security services under Vladimir Putin. Don't miss t...
03:30 am GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing From programming, to stocks, to playing the piano, these training packages are all an extra 20% off
You probably had some grand visions about all the new skills you were going to learn this year with all that extra time on your hands while cooped up in the house. But, if you're like the overwhelming...
03:08 am GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Lindsey Graham: Big 'threats to conservatism" are election officials helping people to vote, and social media disinformation crackdown
Senator Lindsey Graham says the biggest "threats to conservatism" are election officials making it easier for people to vote, and social media companies cracking down on disinformation.Video from Fox ...
03:00 am GMT - Tue, December 15, 2020
BoingBoing Paul Behrends, longtime aide to 'Putin's Congressman' Dana Rohrabacher, dies suddenly of head injury
Paul Behrends, who lost his job on the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee after links to Russia were reported, suffered a head injury close to his home on Friday night....
09:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Need a digital projector? These eight options are now at low Green Monday prices
Digital projectors used to be almost the exclusive domain of business pros. While PowerPoint presentations are still the bread and butter of a business pitch, projectors have now become so powerful an...
08:50 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Weird commercial for Japanese bank starring the Flintstones
Just another example of why I love r/ObscureMedia: this early 1980s commercial for a Japanese bank featuring wildly off-model teenage Pebbles and Bam-Bam....
08:27 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Longest photo exposure of all time
In 2012, photographer Regina Valkenborgh, then a student at the University of Hertfordshire in England, created a series of makeshift pinhole cameras by lining drink cans with photographic paper. She ...
08:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Santa and gun-toting elf arrest alleged carjacker
Two undercover police officers dressed as Santa Claus and a worker elf arrested a carjacker suspect at gunpoint. The cops were at a Target in Riverside, California as part of a shoplifting sting when ...
08:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Celebrating 30 years of COMMANDER KEEN
I have many fond childhood memories of playing Commander Keen on my friends' early computers. We were a strictly Mac household starting in 1991, so I rarely got to indulge in the pleasures of cool vid...
07:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing A Christmas poem about grammatically-tense ghosts
Brian Bilston has been called the "unofficial poet laureate of Twitter" for his clever, digestible, pun-tastic poetry.Fitting with the theme of 2020, Bilston has written a new holiday poem titled "Ten...
07:12 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Electoral college tallying votes today
Today's the day that the Electoral College reports in, legally confirming Joe Biden's victory and obviating further legal moves from Trump, whose courtroom efforts to overturn the election are at thei...
07:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Aztec Skull Tower discovered beneath Mexico City
The BBC reports:Archaeologists have excavated more sections of an extraordinary Aztec tower of human skulls under the centre of Mexico City.Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INA...
06:43 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Tone indicators and the ever-evolving quest to clarify what we're saying online
The New York Times has a piece on "tone indicators" — a growing trend on the Intertubes to use short-forms that clarify the emotional tone of an utterance.This tweet by @CosmicSky0_o, cited by t...
06:41 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Visual explainer of how a push-latch mechanism works
Push latches are found in things like gasoline valve lids and cabinet doors. Push it once and they lock the door. Push it again and it pops open. This Old Tony wanted to better understand how they wor...
06:39 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Santa likely delivered coronavirus to nursing home, infecting 75 people
Santa Claus likely delivered the gift of COVID-19 to at least 75 residents and staff of a nursing home in Mol, Belgium. One person who was already receiving palliative care has died while another is s...
06:24 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Hitler reacts to The New Yorker's report that his infamous bunker rant never happened
In The New Yorker, Alex Ross writes that Hitler's bunker rantas immortalized in film by Bruno Ganz in the 2004 movie The Downfallprobably never happened. The subtitled parodies of the scene offer absu...
06:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing How to make a breadboard wristwatch
In the mid-70s I bought a Sinclair Black Watch kit with my hard-earned lawn-mowing money. It actually worked, at least some of the time. It burned through batteries. The most memorable part about it w...
06:13 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Cleveland baseball team no longer to be called 'Indians'
The name "Indians" for Cleveland's baseball team joins former mascot "Chief Wahoo" in the 'retired' category. ESPN:The Cleveland Indians plan to drop the nickname they have used for more than a centur...
06:06 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Stephen Miller says pro-Trump "alternate slate of electors" will submit their votes to congress
Stephen Miller on Fox & Friends says "an alternative" group of electors is also voting today: "As we speak, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and ...
05:57 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Cyberpunk 2077 publisher apologizes, offer refunds
pic.twitter.com/jtF5WKCiro— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) December 14, 2020Not only is the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 is riddled with glitches, but the game itself has been roundly panned by ...
05:34 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing This holiday season, Wisconsinites are reminded to cook their meat
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services found it necessary to issue a tweet reminding the local populace that raw meat is dangerous. Evidently, there is a holiday custom of eating raw meat. For ma...
05:03 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing How to make fried water
While fried water isn't likely to make the grade for the ultimate hotbed of fried foodsstate fairsthis looks like a perfect recipe for a school science fair project. (The Action Lab)...
04:55 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Iconic Japanese woodblock print "The Great Wave" recreated in Lego
Lego Certified Professional Jumpei Mitsui brought Hokusai's iconic ukiyo-e woodblock print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" (c. 1829-1833) into the Lego realm. Marvel at this incredible work in Osaka's H...
03:45 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Watch how close the COVID nasal swab test gets to your brain
Jonathan from the Institute for Human Anatomy and a willing cadaver demonstrate the path of a nasopharyngeal swab during COVID-19 testing. Spoiler: Bone protects your brain from the probe but the dist...
03:29 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Mary, Jesus, and Cookie Monster
The Mother, the Son, and the real Holy Spirit. Can you spot Cookie Monster?(@marksumm, thanks UPSO!)...
02:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Laura Kampf builds a steel wool fire wheel
German maker Laura Kampf was asked by Lenovo to make something big, dramatic, and fun for their #ForAllofUsFridays online events. She decided to create a huge fire wheel of burning steel wool. Fire! F...
02:08 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Apple II Myst demake
I don't have a VR headset, so can't check out the newfangled VR edition of classic exploration and puzzle game Myst from Cyan Worlds, launched last week to positive reviews. So instead I have to conte...
02:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing The lost art of making phyllo dough by hand
It can take about four hours to make a batch of phyllo dough by hand before it becomes tasty baklava or spanakopita, and not too many people practice the ancient baking technique these days. 86-year-o...
01:58 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing E-ink photo frame doesn't need charging
I had to get an e-ink photo frame for an Xmas gift and, after exhaustively researching the matter for about 8 minutes, have decided that the one from Frame Labs is clearly the least cheesy. Its ArtFra...
01:45 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing How to grow an opal at home
With a surprisingly small number of specialized items, it is possible to grow opals in a small home setup. For the process here, the only thing that's a little hard to get ahold of is tetraethyl ortho...
01:38 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing How building a working Antikythera Mechanism might have uncovered an unknown lunar calendar
Over the past four years, I've been a devoted viewer of Clickspring, the YouTube channel of an Australian clockmaker named Chris. The main project Chris has been working on over that time is reconstru...
01:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Check out these 20 Green Monday deals on stuff for your car or truck
Green Monday isn't just a time for finishing off your holiday purchases. It's a time to cast an eye toward 2021 and pick up a few needed essentials you might have been putting off up until now.And, if...
12:31 pm GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing DOWN: Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs, Google services globally reported unavailable
(UPDATE: Looks like service is in the process of being restored)AFFECTED BY OUTAGE starting around 7am Eastern Time U.S.: Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Docs, Maps, Adwords and Adsense, and Goog...
04:02 am GMT - Mon, December 14, 2020
BoingBoing Agile, Scrum, Kanban, and more can become second nature after this project management training
"There are no small parts, only small actors." -Konstantin StanislavskiIn business, there are no small projects. There are only project managers who haven't embraced the full importance of crossing ev...
09:30 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Get these awesome apps and software packages with an extra Green Monday discount
No sooner are consumers getting used to Cyber Monday than holiday shoppers are now being presented with another retailer-driven hot day: Green Monday. It's actually been around for almost 20 years, bu...
06:42 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Isaac Newton's attempts to unlock secret code of pyramids
Like Da Vinci before him, Sir Isaac Newton was a polymath with plenty of claims to fame. He explained gravity. He developed calculus. He invented the cat flap. But Newton's not-so-public interests are...
06:42 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Women of science tarot deck
This fall, Massive Science released the "Women of Science Tarot Deck". It includes such notables as Rosalind Franklin (the chemist whose work was key to understanding DNA), experimental physicist Chie...
06:42 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing An icy night in Ukraine
Winter is always fun from funny Earlier this week, Kiev had an ice storm which left a coating on everything, including roads, sidewalks, and ramps. Security cameras caught people...
06:41 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Alex French Guy Cooking and 4-minute eggs benedict
Alex French Guy Cooking, our favorite French chef and nerd in the kitchen, has been running a series on his YouTube channel on mother sauces, those sauces which are the basis of French cooking. The wh...
06:40 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing An online tour of the British Museum's current show, Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution
In September, the British Museum launched a show, "Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution." The purpose of the show is to demystify this very misunderstood Eastern philosophy and practice through its art...
06:37 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Why Madagascar is the world's largest vanilla producer
Vanilla is the world's second-most costly spice, exceeded only by saffron. While we refer to vanilla seed pods as "beans," the plant is really an orchid, the only food-producing orchid in the world. Y...
06:36 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing The rise and fall of Peoria's Cookie Monster
Peoria artist Joshua Hawkins was commissioned to paint a mural in Peoria, Illinois. The work had to be completed over Thanksgiving weekend, and he would be well paid. The requested art was of Sesame S...
06:35 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing 'You Call This Archaeology?'
Amid the news that 78-year-old Harrison Ford has signed up for a fifth Indiana Jones movie, it occurs to us that it's about time for Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. to retire from the fictional Marshall College....
06:33 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing The No-Fcuks-Given Isolation Fun of Toyah Wilcox and Robert Fripp
One of the things I've enjoyed about isolation media during COVID has been watching British New Wave pop star, Toyah, and her husband, the King Crimson, Robert Fripp, streaming music, fun, and high we...
05:51 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Germany begins hard lockdown against coronavirus until at least January 10, as COVID-19 spreads
In Germany, most stores must close starting Wednesday until at least January 10, as the country tightens restrictions to fight coronavirus spread, said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday.And sorry, Ge...
05:36 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing FedEx and UPS trucks carry first U.S. coronavirus vaccine shipment from Pfizer facility in Michigan [VIDEO]
Never have I cheered more cheerfully for trucks. CNN aviation and transportation correspondent Pete Muntean tweeted this video of UPS and FedEx trucks carrying the first U.S. shipment of coronavirus v...
05:30 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Fired Trump kraken attorney Sidney Powell says Georgia voters should avoid voting unless all voting machines go away
Here's a bonkers Sunday Morning political talk show clip for you. Fired Trump 'attorney' Sidney Powell of losing 'Kraken' lawsuit infamy tells Mike Huckabee that voters in the state of Georgia should ...
05:23 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing China's Chang'e 5 return capsule begins trip home, carrying moon rocks back to Earth from space
A Chinese space capsule has begun its three-day return trip home to Earth, carrying with it the first moon rocks to reach our planet in more than four decades. The Chang'e 5 lunar probe has been orbit...
04:55 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Biden-Harris coronavirus PSA: 'Wearing a mask isn't about politicsit's science'
This is what is needed, and it's a good PSA, just out on Sunday from the transition team of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.Wearing a mask isn't about politicsit's science. pic.twitter.com/InZBj4WkKj̵...
04:22 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Hundreds of students kidnapped in Nigeria's Katsina, frantic parents beg authorities to save boys abducted by gunmen
In Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari says in a statement that the military has located kidnappers who abducted an hundreds boys from a school in Katsina state. The statement issued Saturday says the...
04:07 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Flight Watch: FedEx Flight FDX884 carries first COVID-19 vaccines for distribution
This is so cool. Track the flight of FedEx Flight FDX884, which is carrying the first COVID-19 vaccines for distribution. Via @ShadyPlanes.FedEx Flight FDX884 carrying first COVID-19 vaccines for dist...
02:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Enjoy Green Monday savings on everything to make your home office the best it can be
Maybe you're eyeing a return to the office next year. Or, maybe you think this 2020 work-from-home thing might be your work-space for the foreseeable future. Either way, the past nine months might hav...
04:00 am GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing These Cisco and CompTIA certification training courses chart a path to your IT career
Cybercrime is not only on the rise, but its global impact has become virtually incalculable. This year, digital thieves will cost the world economy over $1 trillion, according to a report compiled by ...
02:57 am GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing Virgin Galactic test flight ended after 'Lost connection'
A Virgin Galactic test flight today had to be ended prematurely when the spacecraft's rocket motor wouldn't ignite. The ship descended safely to its landing site in southern New Mexico.The hour-long f...
02:51 am GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing CD Projekt Red and Cyberpunk 2077 appear to have a transphobia problem
CD Projekt Red (CDPR), the Polish software house responsible for the recent release of Cyberpunk 2077, have been facing a backlash from the LGBTQ+ community for their transphobic marketing since at le...
02:43 am GMT - Sun, December 13, 2020
BoingBoing After pro-Trump rallies, Proud Boys roam D.C. terrorizing people in mob violence, stabbings reported
Just a few months ago, Donald Trump told the white supremacist terrorist organization The Proud Boys, "Stand back & stand by, but I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something." The Washingto...
09:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 12, 2020
BoingBoing 20 awesome gift ideas for your favorite nature and outdoors lover
In the dead of winter, camping and the great outdoors are likely among the last things on anybody's mind. But, before you know it, spring and summer will be right back around, so picking up gift items...
05:46 pm GMT - Sat, December 12, 2020
BoingBoing This deep funk Hanukkah song is a holiday classic in the making
Many have tried and all have failed to create a proper holiday pop song for Hanukkah that is both educational and possesses a nasty bass line. Luckily for us, funk wizard Chaki Sklar has stepped in to...
03:30 pm GMT - Sat, December 12, 2020
BoingBoing These headphones, speakers, and more are perfect for the music lover on your list
For decades, music lovers have been one of the easiest groups of people to buy for each holiday season. Just find the newest advancement in tech that makes the music sound even better, make your purch...
12:50 pm GMT - Sat, December 12, 2020
BoingBoing Is this the inspiration for the Pantone "Colors of the Year"?
In response to Pantone's reveal of their "Colors of the Year 2021," Doctor Popular posted this image on Facebook with the remark: "This is all I see when I think of Pantone's colors of the year. Now y...
12:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 12, 2020
BoingBoing The Zodiac Killer's final cryptogram solved
The Zodiac Killer, who murdered at least five people in 1968 and 1968 and claims to have killed many more, sent taunting letters to California newspapers. One of the message consisted of a series of l...
11:30 am GMT - Sat, December 12, 2020
BoingBoing Combat stress with Apollo Neuro, the wearable that helps your body fight anxiety naturally
If you want to know the personal areas where people feel they need help or growth, look no further than the coursework adults take. In a report by respected online education provider Udemy, 2020 has s...
02:59 am GMT - Sat, December 12, 2020
BoingBoing Check out deals on cool wallets that'll make perfect holiday gifts for anyone on your list
Even in an age of credit cards and cash apps, the wallet is still a stylish calling card. Beyond just holding your money and assorted plastic, it's a personalized distillation of you in a small leathe...
10:33 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing This Christmas tree ornament is a tiny Nintendo Entertainment System
This itty-bitty NES ornament won't let you play games, but you can press a button and turn on the red LED. ...
10:01 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing NYC driver plows car into BLM protestors
A person who drove their car into a group of Black Lives Matter protestors is in custody, says the NYPD. No news about the number of people who were hit or the extent of their injuries.From NBC New Yo...
09:30 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing These engineers are pushing solar racecars to new levels
Derek Muller of Veritasium hosts this show on an Australian solar-powered vehicle race, with competitors from around the world braving wind, dust and a surprising number of crashes: "They'll race 2,00...
09:19 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Former FX tech person points out the racist trajectory of skin and hair CGI
Theodore Kim is a Yale computer science professor who's worked for years on techniques for rendering computer-generated humans; he used to be a senior research scientist at Pixar. In Scientific Americ...
09:19 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Teenage science explainer wins scholarship for brilliant explanation of quantum tunneling
Maryam Tsegaye, a 17-year-old science adept in Fort McMurray, Alberta, entered a global contest called the "Breakthrough Junior Challenge", in which you create a YouTube video to try to explain a comp...
09:16 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Nathan Myhrvold custom-builds a camera to take highest-rez-ever pix of snowflakes
Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft CTO, is also famous for his audacious photography, notably of food. A while ago he got interested in snowflakes, too, and realized that to take high-rez photos of th...
09:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Microsoft apps are all fully explained in this 18-course mega-package
Since its founding in the 1970s, through its emergence in the 1980s, through its dominance in the 1990s, Microsoft has been at the center of the personal computing universe as long as there's been a p...
08:05 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Woman searches for her drone on a tiny inhospitable island in Thailand
Brooke on Foot was shooting video with her $1,500 DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone when it crashed on this tiny island. She free climbed the cliff wall to search for it, and was able to recover it....
07:52 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Lost luggage: LA person vs NYC person
@michaelaboutrosghali Comment if you'd rather travel with Sky or Alexa. (PS – another pre covid sketch) #foryou #foryoupage #fyp #sky #alexa #travelaway @away #ad original sound – Micha...
07:20 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing German police recover valuable surrealist painting that had been tossed into the airport trash can
Imagine boarding a plane and shortly after takeoff, realizing you'd left a $300,000 painting by Yves Tanguy sitting at the check-in counter. It probably wouldn't be a carefree flight. That's what happ...
06:27 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Whoever made this website collected a lot of photos of people pointing
Pointer Pointer is a website that loads a photo with someone pointing at where your mouse cursor is in the window. That's all it does, but it gave me a few minutes of amusement. For that, the creator ...
06:22 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin cover the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" for their "Hanukkah Sessions"
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters producer Greg Kurstin are foregoing their annual Christmas song tradition and instead, Grohl says, "decided to celebrate Hanukkah by recording eight songs by eight famous J...
06:12 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Funny review of a $45 dog bowl
Will your dog appreciate a bowl that costs $45 more than one that costs a buck or two? The host of You Betcha employs his canine companion, Jack (whom the host assures us is a "man of science"), to fi...
06:06 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Covid results in 1 billion unsold hotel room nights in 2020
Hotels are suffering greatly as a result of the pandemic, reports MSN. By the end of the year, the hotel industry in the United States will have recorded a billion unsold hotel room nights. Based on a...
06:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Open 2021 with PlayStation Plus, VPN protection, and more in this giant entertainment bundle
We've all spent decades complaining about the ever-skyrocketing cost of the monthly cable bill. The irony is, now that cable is quietly dying at the hands of streaming services, the proliferation of t...
05:34 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Watch the Weinerville Chanukah Special (1995)
Weinerville was a surreal puppet and live action variety show for kids (although not really) that aired on Nickelodeon for two seasons from 1993 to 1994. (The show was created by puppeteer and actor M...
05:34 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Watch this 1995 Nickelodeon weirdo Weinerville Chanukah Special
Weinerville was a surreal puppet and live action variety show for kids (although not really) that aired on Nickelodeon for two seasons from 1993 to 1994. (The show was created by puppeteer and actor M...
05:15 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Listen to Jon Bon Jovi cover "Fairytale of New York"
I can confidently say the best part is the lyric change in the third verse.Last year, I shared my Spotify playlist of 101 different covers of the best Christmas song with the most unfortunate 3rd-vers...
05:11 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing How the pandemic is changing male friendships
Men are notoriously bad at maintaining friendships as they get older a problem that likely stems from the toxic masculine behaviors we learn to internalize in our youth. Few of us are immune to it, e...
05:10 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Space station spiders found a hack to build webs without gravity
As you clean the cobwebs from the corners, you can take comfort in the fact that the ISS has spiders, too. Those are experimental spiders, deliberately taken aboard to see how space conditions affect ...
05:08 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing When it comes to expanding knowledge, Twitter is objectively better than Facebook
Over at Logically.ai, philosopher Dr Natalie Ashton has a great short piece about the epistemological value of social media. While I've definitely found myself preferring Twitter over Facebook even a...
05:07 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing The Supreme Court ruled 8-0 against the FBI in favor of religious freedom for Muslims
Because 2020 is full of surprises, the conservative-majority Supreme Court just voted unanimously to protect Muslims from the FBI. From NPR:The case  Tanzin v. Tanvir  involved three Muslim ...
04:52 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Recall issued for candles due to fire risk
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission posted a recall on Adco Trading Inc.'s Peaceful Stream/Moonlit Waves Candle due to fire risk. If you have one, please return it to Dollar Tree for a full refu...
04:37 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing France receives official go-ahead to build a legion of bionic super soldiers
French armed forces received approval from a military ethics committee to officially begin developing "augmented soldiers," according to CNN:The report, released to the public on Tuesday, considers me...
04:32 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Huge submarine found off Maryland coast
A salvage company has found the wreckage of a 1920s US Navy submarine at the bottom of the ocean off the Maryland coast. US bombers sank the USS R-8 submarine near Ocean City, Maryland in 1936 during ...
04:30 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing COVID-19 can cause long-term erectile damage, too
COVID-19 kills a lot of people. But one of the scarier things about the disease is how many of the survivors have continued to suffer long-term damages, many months after the actual virus has left the...
03:53 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing China Aviation Administration: Flight attendants should wear diapers
The Civil Aviation Administration of China's new official coronavirus guidelines suggest that flight attendants on trips involving high-risk COVID countries should wear "medical masks, double-layer di...
02:49 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Mummy GI tracts yield evidence of early hospice care
A mummified body buried near the Rio Grande between 1000 and 1400 years ago reveals not only a diagnosis, but his end-of-life care. A microscopic-level study of his digestive tract revealed the cause ...
12:57 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Chinese authorities detain reporter for Bloomberg on suspicion of endangering national security
In China, plainclothes police abducted a Bloomberg News reporter from her home, and authorities are detaining her on suspicion of endangering national security. Haze Fan last contacted her editor on M...
12:48 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Manhattan DA intensifies Trump financial fraud probe, Deutsche Bank and Aon employees summoned for questioning
David Enrich, 'Dark Towers' author and New York Times correspondent, reports that the Manhattan District Attorney is intensifying a criminal investigation into Donald Trump's business dealings, and th...
12:42 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing FDA to approve emergency use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
During an appearance on ABC News this morning, Health and Human Services Director Alex Azar said the FDA intends to grant Emergency Use Authorization to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. The EUA could be iss...
12:35 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Trump tweet: 'I just want to stop the world from killing itself!'
Whew. Things are weird. Donald Trump, who lost the presidential election and is trying to stage a coup, tweeted the following early on Friday morning: I just want to stop the world from killing itself...
12:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Rats raid a Chipotle, bite workers
In a brazen attack by desperate New York City rats a Washington Heights Chipotle Mexican restaurant became their best target, eventually forcing this popular food chain to shut down indefinitely. Rec...
03:39 am GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Q: Do two-way nanoparticle chips exist in the COVID vaccine to robotically spy on you? A: No, you fool, they do not
Some social media accounts are posting a disinformation meme that says lipid nanoparticles in the COVID-19 vaccines mean the anti-coronavirus vaccinations contain small robots or computers that transm...
03:23 am GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Burial, Four Tet, Thom Yorke 'Her Revolution' / 'His Rope' [MUSIC]
This one's a stunner. Burial, Four Tet, Thom Yorke: 'Her Revolution' / His Rope' out now, XL Recordings....
03:07 am GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Brandon Bernard executed despite 5 jurors' objections, he becomes 9th U.S. federal execution of 2020
On Thursday night, the government of the United States carried out the ninth federal execution of 2020, the first during a presidential lame-duck period in 130 years. Federal prisoner Brandon Bernard ...
01:37 am GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Inspiring studio visit with Bay Area artist Brian Singer
I've always been a big fan of artist Brian Singer (aka Someguy). He came to my attention in 2000 with his wonderful The 1000 Journals Project. In this 5-minute EMS film, Brian gives us a tour of his s...
01:37 am GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Maker Update hosted by Becky Stern
Maker Update, Donald Bell's weekly showcase of inspiring projects, maker news, tips and tools remains one of my favorite DIY shows on YouTube.Donald does a great job himself and he's been expanding th...
01:37 am GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing Chris Hayes on the "depraved indifference" of the Trump administration toward COVID-19
On Wednesday, a day in which we lost more American lives to COVID than we did on 9/11, MSNBC's Chris Hayes bleeds off some of the pressure from his rage and anguish at what he calls the "depraved indi...
12:49 am GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing First look: STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH, new Lucasfilm animated series
Out today, this little sneak peek of 'Star Wars: The Bad Batch,' an all-new animated original series from Lucasfilm Animation to be released on Disney Plus.A sneak peek at Star Wars: The Bad Batch, an...
12:40 am GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing World carbon dioxide emissions drop 7% in COVID-hit 2020
Pandemic lockdowns and a steep drop in air travel and driving led to a 7% global reduction in carbon dioxide emissions this year, the biggest drop ever, new preliminary figures from the Global Carbon ...
12:20 am GMT - Fri, December 11, 2020
BoingBoing In U.S., over 3,000 new COVID deaths today for the second day in a row, and total patients in ICU now 21,000
"If the patterns we've traced here since spring hold true, the worst is yet to come." COVID Tracking ProjectU.S. COVID update: More than 3,000 new deaths for 2nd day in a row, number in ICU hits 21K....
11:57 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Uber's CEO sent a letter to all 50 U.S. governors asking to prioritize drivers and delivery workers for COVID-19 vaccines
Uber's CEO sent a letter to all 50 United States governors asking them to prioritize giving coronavirus vaccines to drivers and delivery workers, who are essential workers in the COVID-19 pandemic.Fro...
11:33 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing STAR WARS: ROGUE SQUADRON slated for Christmas 2023, to be directed by WONDER WOMAN'S Patty Jenkins
The next 'Star Wars' movie STAR WARS: ROGUE SQUADRON will be released at Christmas 2023. The film will be directed by 'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins. The news hit via Disney's 'Investor's Day' ...
10:22 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing A useful AC and USB extension cord
Everyone in my family seems to like working and studying anyplace but their desks. I've gotten sick of working at a desk all day, myself. We've been using the 12-foot Habitat 360 extension cord, which...
09:36 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Cyberpunk 2077 characters "can't get their penises to stop poking through their pants"
When setting up characters in the newly released Cyberpunk 2077, players can choose from a variety of genitalia. Fortunately/unfortunately (take your your pick) some of the outfits allow people to air...
09:17 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Watch the "Creating The Queen's Gambit" featurette
Netflix just posted the 14-minute video about the making of The Queen's Gambit. It includes interviews with lead actor Anya Taylor-Joy and writer-director Scott Frank.Based on the novel by Walter Tevi...
09:03 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing GOP congress members could be forced to vote on Trump's coup attempt
Alabama representative Mo Brooks said he is planning to make use of the Electoral Count Act of 1877 law to force both houses of congress to debate the certified electoral vote. He needs a senator to a...
09:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing This expert-led training bundle explains everything Google has to offer
As we all know, Google is more than just a search engine. Like most of the major players in the digital space over the last 30 years, Google has diversified far beyond the search engine they introduce...
08:37 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Face shields don't fully protect from "sneeze vortex rings," analysis finds
A group of scientists created a computer model of the airflow around someone wearing a face-shield — one of those see-through plastic visors you attach to your head.They discovered that if you'r...
08:22 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Can you tell which written languages are real?
Rain Noe of Core 77 posted a graphic with samples from 50 different written languages. Can you tell which ones are real and which ones were made up for movies or TV? However, of these 50 scripts, five...
07:43 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing A list of Reddit users' best purchases of 2020
I enjoyed reading Reddit users' favorite purchases this year. Some highlights:Chickens. "They eat weeds and table scraps. They give us eggs. They give us good compost. They are funny as all heck. They...
06:52 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Cartoonist Richard Corben, RIP (1940-2020)
I discovered the work of Richard Corben as a teenager in the 1970s in copies of Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella. His distinctive airbrush style gave a sense of mass and volume to his characters, and I i...
06:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing "Apocalypse Christmas" illustrated with awful movie clips
Christmas becomes gloriously weird in the song "Apocalypse Christmas" by the RiffTones. Josh Flowers made a video for the song using clips from various B-movies featured on RiffTrax. From those movies...
06:28 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing COVID unbeatable and vaccines won't work, in this week's optimistic tabloids
Recycling and sustainability are the keywords for this week's eco-friendly tabloids, which rehash old stories as news and return yet again to perennial favorites."Barbra Streisand, 78 Blindsided By D...
06:09 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Joseph Medicine Crow fulfilled four traditional war deeds during World War II
Joseph Medicine Crow was raised on a Montana reservation in the warrior tradition of his Crow forefathers. But during World War II he found himself applying those lessons in very different circumstanc...
06:06 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Beautiful scrollsawn wooden Star Wars movie poster
KP Mackenzie creates charming wooden artwork from some of his favorite films, including some really nice posters and still using different colored wood:This is a brief quick lapse video of the making ...
06:04 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Silversmith shows how he makes chains and bracelets by hand
YouTuber Made By Marv shows how he turns sterling silver wire into gorgeous handmade jewelry, like this Cuban link with an amethyst.Here he makes a Figaro bracelet:Check out his Instagram for the late...
06:03 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing "Smellicopter" uses amputated moth antenna to navigate towards smells
Behold the "Smellicopter": A wee drone that's been outfitted with a live antenna from a moth, which lets it navigate towards smells.It worked — and when they compared its performance to an artif...
06:03 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing This Pennsylvanian winter cocktail is sweet, spicy, and possibly explosive
What could be more festive than a hot toddy infused with honey, spices, and citrus fruits? That's what boilo is, but unless you're from Pennsylvania, you've probably never heard of it.While boilo's ra...
04:15 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Scientists re-engineered natural psychedelic drug as treatment for depression and addiction, without the trippy effects
Ibogaine is a plant-based psychedelic substance used ritually by indigenous peoples in South America and West Africa. In the 1950s, researchers began studying the compound for use to treat drug addict...
03:51 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Smugglers toss weed and BBQ chicken wings over prison fence
In the middle of the night this week, smugglers tossed more than two dozen packages over the fence at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Jackson, Mississippi. The big score was apparent...
03:26 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Nintendo: How to deal with difficult customers
If you sold Nintendo products in the early 1990s, you likely were audience to this delightful customer service training video. And yes, that's Dr. Phlox (aka John Billingsley) in the taped eyeglasses....
03:24 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Listen to Rob Delaney's devastatingly beautiful speech about death and stardust
Comedian Rob Delaney lost his 3-year-old son to a brain tumor in January 2018. 3 years later, he reflects on this, and how it's changed his relationship with death, in a brief segment for BBC Radio 4'...
03:23 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Julia Marcus: Use the lessons from safer-sex policy to encourage safer pandemic behavior
Over the last few months, Julia Marcus — an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School — has been writing articles for the Atlantic that make a solid point: If you want people to act more sa...
03:22 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Elvis Costello and Iggy Pop in conversation with Rolling Stone
In this Rolling Stone interview, lightly moderated by Andy Greene, Elvis Costello and Iggy Pop reminisce about when they first met, what they discovered in each other's music, the genius of the Bowie/...
03:21 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Black ABCs project celebrates 50th anniversary
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hugely influential Black ABCs project, child models for the educational posters are reminiscing about being part of so many urban classrooms.Via University of ...
03:20 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing This potoo is a master of camouflage
This potoo guarding her egg is almost invisible. Keep watching to the end for a happy ending with a beb urutau.Here are some Costa Rican potoos:This common potoo can see through your soul:Image: YouTu...
03:20 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Makers build and fly a giant spaceship thing
The fine folks at FliteTest turned $50 of foam into an impressive large-scale model of a smaller flyer shaped like a futuristic space vehicle:We took one of the flyers from the new FT STEM Project EZ ...
03:18 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing World's largest aerial firework
A massive 62-inch firework lit up the mountains above Steamboat Springs, Colorado earlier this year. The firework was recognized as a world record by Guinness.The makers show that the shell was big en...
03:17 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Adorable baby tamarin rescued
Workers heard distress cries of a baby tamarin and safely got it back to its mother. Here's another little cutie reunited:Tamarins are having a tough time of it in many parts of the world:Image: YouTu...
03:16 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Augmented reality system for aligning pool shots
Pool Live Aid allows anyone to line up a shot on a pool table. In addition to the trade show demonstration above, Luis Carlos also put together this promotional video:Image: YouTube / Lus Carlos...
03:14 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Google's Year In Search 2020
Google Trends has released the top search terms for 2020, and made this video to illustrate the overarching topics of what people searched for. It's a short but good look at the year, centered around ...
03:13 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Photographer discovers and develops 19th century child's cat photo
Mathieu Stern (previously) found a 120-year-old keepsake box containing childhood memorabilia, including two glass negatives of beloved pets. So he developed them and colorized them.Image: YouTube / M...
03:13 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Photographer discovers and prints a 19th century child's cat photo
Mathieu Stern (previously) found a 120-year-old keepsake box containing childhood memorabilia, including two glass negatives of beloved pets. So he printed them and colorized them.Image: YouTube / Mat...
03:12 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Start your Hanukkah with this Cars-inspired Dreidel song
Jacob Wake Up! is the bass player in my rock band, the Roland High Life, as well as the guitarist in the Boston-based ska band the New Limits. But since the music world is, well, pretty slow right now...
03:10 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing PornHub gets busted for profiting off child trafficking, coincidentally announces new policies
On Sunday, December 4, 2020, the New York Times published an expose about the dangerous consequences of PornHub's user-generated content:Pornhub is like YouTube in that it allows members of the public...
03:07 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing New study shows that everything about restaurants during COVID is awful, but especially the customers
"Take off your mask so I know how much to tip you" is a new report from One Fair Wage, a national organization that works to improve wages and working conditions for service industry employees. T...
03:06 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Two puzzles with the cuts of each printed on the other
Artist and designer Michael Lexier created this curious object, "Two Puzzles," in which the image of one puzzle's cuts is printed on the other, and vice-versa."They look like two of the exact same puz...
03:04 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Why do giant pandas roll around in horse manure?
A team of Chinese scientists spent a decade trying to find the answer to the question that has kept so many of us up at night: why do pandas like to roll around in poop?Specifically, they had noticed ...
02:51 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Live kitten cam with meows transformed into saxophone sounds
Jazz Cats is a live kitten cam in which the meows are changed into saxophone sounds. The software behind the sound is Imitone, pitch-to-MIDI software that translates the notes that you (or the cats) s...
02:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Bitcoin has been on fire in 2020 here's how to get your piece of the cryptocurrency pie
Have you seen how bitcoin is doing in 2020? You're forgiven if you've had other things on your mind this year that don't involve digital dollars, but it might be time to give it a little attention.Aft...
04:00 am GMT - Thu, December 10, 2020
BoingBoing Elfi can send your child a personalized video from Santa in less than 6 hours
We all realize this is going to be a very different Christmas this year. Travel plans are on hold, shopping is all cyber, and even some of the hallmarks of the season are forced to change course to ac...
11:42 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Trump's delusional rage hits boiling point as all 50 states certify Biden win
Now that all 50 states plus DC have certified their election results, given Biden an easy victory, Trump is clinging to a fantastical Texas lawsuit as if it were a reality changing magic spell. From C...
11:03 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Starship SN8 explodes on failed landing
Missed it by that much....
10:44 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Thomas Wright's gorgeous 1750 drawings of the cosmos
Thomas Wright was a British astronomer who made some sharp predictions — while looking at the Milky Way and other nebulae back in the mid-18th-century, he was the first to surmise they were actu...
10:44 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing "Self-cleaning" elevator buttons?
There are companies out there trying to make a buck by selling antibacterial and antiviral elevator button or door handle covers. Victory! Germophobes rise up. Unfortunately these will do little to a...
10:44 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Watch as Anthony Howe creates a massive, kinetic wind sculpture
The artist Anthony Howe is famous for making kinetic metal sculptures that move in the wind. Colossal has a nice roundup of several here — they're mesmerizing, a study in opposites: The strength...
10:41 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Put a Tile Slim bluetooth tracker in your wallet
I have a Tile Slim tracker in my wallet and the only time I remember it's there is when I can't find it and use the Tile app on my phone to make it chirp. It's the size of a credit card and as thick a...
10:27 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Password that Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones allegedly used is publicly available
On Monday Florida's Department of Health conducted an armed raid at Covid data scientist Rebekah Jones' home because she had allegedly sent a message to 1,700 people on a state emergency-responder sys...
09:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing These 30 tech gift ideas can satisfy just about anyone on your holiday list
The alarm hasn't sounded yet, but admit it…you're starting to realize you're running out of time for holiday shopping. With logistics this year, it already might be too late to get some gif...
07:53 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Facebook hit with massive antitrust lawsuits
Breaking news: The Washington Post reports that the "U.S. government and 48 state attorneys general filed wide-ranging antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday, alleging the tech giant relied ...
07:46 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing YouTube will remove videos that allege Biden won through fraud
2/ Yesterday was the safe harbor deadline. Now that enough states certified their Presidential election results, we'll remove any content published today (or anytime after) that alleges widespread fra...
07:40 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Watching this guy live code Frogger in Python is a great way to learn the language
I've long enjoyed Christian Thompson's Python tutorials on YouTube. He's an excellent instructor. Even better are his livestreaming coding sessions, where he programs games in real time. It's useful w...
07:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing 10 wine-derful gift ideas to brighten a wine lover's day
This year has given wine fans plenty of opportunity to indulge in their hobby. And, while we could make hundreds of jokes about 2020 and drinking, let's focus on their point here: great holiday saving...
06:28 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing NY attorney general predicts Trump will quit so Pence can pardon him
Trump probably can't pardon himself, so to protect himself against being prosecuted for a multitude of federal crimes he's going to step down and allow President Mike "Stonks" Pence to pardon him. Tha...
06:16 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing New York Times 2020 in photos: "A year like no other"
The year 2020 seemed to be off to a good start. Then came wildfires, a brutal crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong, a deadly pandemic, the collapse of Venezuela's economy, Trump's impeachment and acqui...
06:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Stuff made by humans now outweighs all life on Earth
The totality of stuff made by humans and currently in-use, from forks to cars to buildings, is likely to now outweigh all of the plants, animals, bacteria, and other living things on Earth. According ...
05:43 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Pantone picks two 2021 Colors of the Year: 'Illuminating' yellow, and 'Ultimate Gray'
Two of Pantone's 2021 colors of the year: "Illuminating," and "Ultimate Grey."More at Pantone's 2021 colors of the year site.. @Pantone has revealed that two colors have made the cut for 2021's "Color...
05:37 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Canada's health regulator has approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, after completing a full independent review of the data on safety and effectiveness. Canadians will begin receiving ...
05:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Russia conducts drill of strategic nuclear forces, including multiple missile launch tests
The Russian military conducted large-scale drills of its strategic nuclear forces on Wednesday, featuring multiple missile launch tests.Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement the maneuvers incl...
05:07 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Chonker cat takes first treadmill steps, not too sure about this thing
It's Hosico Cat on the treadmill! In this video, you can see my first introduction to the treadmill. My first steps are still timid and not everything works out right away, but I will continue trainin...
05:04 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing China university soccer game cancelled because players had dyed hair
A women's soccer game between China's Fuzhou University and Jimei University was cancelled on Saturday because players on both times apparently had dyed hair, verboten according to game regulations. F...
05:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Google to lift political ad ban on December 10
Google will lift a temporary ban on election-related advertisements on December 10, the Alphabet-owned company said on Wednesday."We will still rigorously enforce our ads policies, which strictly proh...
04:52 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Watch Wolverine battle a group of brutal barbers in this "Close Shave" fan film
All the mutants are dead, or so the world thinks. So ol' Logan goes into the Barber Shop for a shave. But the wannabe-Sweeney Todd recognizes him, leading to a barbershop quartet's worth of violence.I...
04:51 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing A Brief History of the War on Christmas
Last year, my friend Parker Molloy published a pretty comprehensive look at the manufacturing of the fake "War on Christmas" that has driven so much conservative discourse this century. It's at once f...
04:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing News of the Times: Pearl Harbor Attacked; Americans Ready for Sacrifice
Announcing the new GIFT BOOK PACKAGE: Send the two new Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader, to a liked/loved one this holiday season...
04:25 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Breakdancing will be an official sport at the Paris 2024 Olympics
The International Olympic Committee announced on Monday that breakdancing will be an official event at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. From The Guardian: It made its Olympic debut at the 2018 Summer ...
04:13 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Incredible X-ray footage of a bat in flight
A segment from the BBC's "Inside the Bat Cave" documentary that uses night-vision, ultrasonic detectors, and X-ray imagery to reveal the secret lives of bats and their flight dynamics. Forward to 1:52...
03:58 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Leaked US military photo of a UFO
The above leaked photo reportedly came from a 2018 document prepared by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), the US defense department's group that investigates UFOs. From The Debrief...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing These 25 fun stocking stuffers are all on sale for under $25
Everybody needs some little stocking stuffers ready to go at a moment's notice. Whether they're genuinely filling out that stocking hung by the fireplace or you just need a fun White Elephant gift for...
11:09 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Creatures large and small use this wildlife bridge to cross a busy highway
More and more states are building wildlife overpasses so animals can cross highways more safely. This is good for animals, especially endangered ones, and it's good for motorists because it reduces co...
11:09 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Watch this bike messenger break pretty much every traffic law
Cooper Ray is a New York City bike courier who zips around with little regard for safety. While the narrator presents this "riding the wave" style as wonderful, the commenters on the video would beg t...
11:08 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing This racer makes a tough bike course look easy
The helmetcam on this intense course shows that not only is the course hard, but the other bikers are obstacles as well!The Red Bull Romaniacs Extreme Enduro Rally was created in 2004 by founder Marti...
11:07 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Grandmaster plays chess against his own AI
Hikaru Nakamura decided to take on his own artificial intelligence Hikaru-bot, and he hilariously gets annoyed when it plays his own openings against him.And if that's impressive, watch him play blitz...
11:07 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing This hunting blind is transparent inside and opaque outside
Outdoorsy stuff is taking advantage of interesting fabrics, like this one-way see-through hunting blind. They even work in the rain if you tap them.Seems way better than the tents with metal poles we ...
11:06 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Sleep among the trees with this off-the-ground tent
The Tentsile is a tent that uses straps and tensile strength to support its occupants. It's kind of like a covered tri-point hammock. This reviewer includes some pretty dramatic images.If you've ever ...
11:04 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing The twisted history of the cherry-stem tongue-tie trick
Tying a knot in a cherry stem with your tongue is an old bar trick that has sexual connotations going way back. When you're drinking, it doesn't take much to make you think about sex, and the idea of ...
11:03 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing How to paint miniatures to a high standard in an hour or less
I love painting game minis. It's one of my favorite things to do to relax, to escape, and to express my creativity. Sadly, I rarely get a chance to do it. Too many things to do, not enough hours in th...
11:01 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing An ad from an alternate universe
This is easily THE most bizarre advertisement I have seen in quite some time :) I made a mental list of products/services that it could be advertising, but it beat every single expectation or idea int...
10:59 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Thieves steal stash of GPUs worth $336,000
Gamers and cryptocurrency miners are avid consumers of the latest hotrodded "graphics processing units," computer cards designed specifically to crunch massive amounts of math at screaming speeds. The...
03:30 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Start your booming new web development career with this in-depth training
In the age of COVID, Zoom meetings, and digital commerce, it's never been more crucial for a business or brand to have a strong, impactful web presence. Knowing how to build one is not simple, which i...
03:24 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Puppy rides a rooster (VIDEO)
Just a cute little puppy dog going out for a ride on his rooster friend. [Video Link]...
03:09 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Biden may offer China ambassadorship to Pete Buttigieg
President-elect Joe Biden may offer a high-profile ambassadorship to former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana may become the new U.S...
02:58 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing 'Intense protests' by COVID deniers halt Idaho health board meeting that sought to mandate masks as coronavirus rages in state
In Idaho, public health officials were forced to halt a meeting already in progress on Tuesday, after Boise's mayor and chief of police said intense protests outside the health department building, an...
12:52 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Cute baby laughs while dad uses him for quarantine workout weight
This is a pretty genius workout setup here. [Video Link]...
12:49 am GMT - Wed, December 9, 2020
BoingBoing Virginia bans cellphone use while driving, starts January 2021
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam held a press conference Tuesday morning to prepare drivers in the state for a new law set to go into effect in the new year.Virginia's General Assembly passed a ban on the ...
09:44 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Trump says it's 'terrific' so many Americans have coronavirus
Outgoing, bonkers, and impeached U.S. President Donald Trump says it's "terrific" that so many Americans have gotten the coronavirus.In this clip, Trump says of the percentage of Americans who had con...
09:44 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Harold Budd, pioneering ambient composer, RIP
Harold Budd, minimalist and avant-garde musician who helped pioneer the genre of ambient music, has died. He was 87. Budd's solo compositions and collaborations with Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, and the ...
09:37 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing HACKED: U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye discloses breach and theft of internal hacking tools, blames state-sponsored attack
Prominent U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye disclosed on its corporate blog Tuesday it was hacked, possibly by a foreign nation, and the breach included the theft of internal hacking tools the firm norm...
09:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing From PC to PS5, from Xbox to Switch, these 18 gamer deals will guarantee a happy holiday season
There's never a bad time to be a gamer. But in the season when two next-level gaming systems both drop…well, it's a time for gamers to revel in their obsession. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series...
09:26 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing This 21yo faked being Trump's family on Twitter, and Trump fell for it
Wow, what a story from the New York Times' Jack Nicas [@jacknicas]. "Remember when Trump fell for a fake account posing as his sister? (If not: He did.) Well, I figured out who was behind it: a 21-yea...
09:15 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Elon Musk moves to Texas from California
Elon Musk confirms he has moved to Texas where SpaceX's new Starship spacecraft and Tesla's new Gigafactory are locatedElon Musk said Tuesday he has relocated from California to Texas, where he inten...
08:50 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing What does the rest of the Pringles guy look like?
John Oliver took a break from his holiday to post an update video on YouTube. Earlier in the year, he posed the question on Last Week Tonight: What does the rest of the Pringles guy look like? As you ...
08:05 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Canada's Health Minister says health care professionals can consume magic mushrooms
Therapists in Canada will be allowed to possess and consume psychedelic mushrooms, said Canada's Minister of Health Patty Hajdu. Earlier this year Canada approved the use of psilocybin mushrooms for s...
07:23 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing These deeds to 1 square inch of Yukon territory were given away in cereal boxes
Back in the 1950s boxes of Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat had deeds to 1 square inch of Yukon territory. From Amusing Planet:The deeds excluded mineral rights. It was also stipulated that owners had to ...
07:15 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Bill Gates recommends 5 "good" books to read during "lousy" times
Bill Gates has been sharing his favorite books with a summer list and a winter list for the last eight years. This year's winter reads are five "good" books inspiring, uplifting, happy endings "for ...
07:07 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Trump slinks away, leaves Medal of Freedom recipient awkwardly hanging
President Donald J. Trump hosted Olympic gold medal winner and legendary wrestling coach Dan Gable and his family at the White House to award Gable the highest honor a civilian can receive: The Presid...
07:06 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Fantasy card-game based on Javascript
Behold "Summon The JSON", a fantasy card-game where the creatures are based on parts of Javascript.Given that Javascript is regarded by many coders as a particularly monstrous language to begin with, ...
07:06 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing "Star" to appear just before Christmas
Just in time for Christmas a celestial spectacle will take place in the night sky on the winter solstice, December 21, but it won't be an actual star.via NBC 5 ChicagoIt's called the "Great Conjunctio...
07:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Tattooing is illegal in South Korea, but this artist does it anyway
Tattooing is illegal in South Korea, but that doesn't stop Zihwa from practicing the craft in the country. Zihwa is a female tattoo artist in South Korea specializing in floral designs. In South Korea...
06:48 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing After Florida raids data scientist's home, commissioner and vice-chair for 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission resigns
My resignation letter to Governor Desantis. pic.twitter.com/Wc78tgr6Ef— Ron F. (@RonGOPVet4Biden) December 8, 2020The day after Florida's Department of Health ordered gun-pointing police to raid...
06:05 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing A tribute to 500 places that defined New York City and have now closed forever
New York Magazine devoted its annual "Reasons to Love New York" issue as a tribute to 500 of the iconic, singular, "essential," and decidedly NYC businesses that have shuttered as a result of the pand...
05:43 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Arizona GOP asks people to die for Trump
He is. Are you? https://t.co/OY8qxNMPxm— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) December 8, 2020The Arizona GOP is asking people to martyr themselves in its fight to overturn the election for Trump. ...
05:01 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Relax to this one hour VHS video of a petrified forest with a New Age soundtrack by Deuter
New Age music curator and record label Sounds of the Dawn preserved this 1990 VHS tape for all to enjoy in eternity. "The Petrified Forest: A Picture Poem," featuring music by Deuter and photography b...
04:47 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Award for Bad Sex in Fiction cancelled due to enough bad things in 2020
The Literary Review has cancelled its Bad Sex in Fiction Award for 2020 because "the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well," according to...
03:53 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing National Spelling Bee seeks new executive director, d-i-r-e-c-t-o-r, director
After nearly twenty years as executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Paige Kimble, has resigned from her role. No reason has been announced. Sadly, there was no Bee during Kimble's fi...
03:52 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing REVIEW: The new DUNE graphic novel is a stunning but very streamlined introduction to the world
Let's be honest: the first half of the original Dune is weird. Not because of the Bene Gesserit, or the vaguely-alluded-to Butlerian Jihad, or how Baron Harkonnen evilness is uncomfortably correlated ...
03:47 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Former Israeli military leader opens up about contact with "Galactic Federation" of aliens
According to the Jerusalem Post, 87-year-old retired general Haim Eshed, a former space security chief for the Israeli military, says that the country had been in contact with the "Galactic Federation...
03:44 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Listen to this wild vinyl recording of a rogue psych professor and some early Moog employees
One of the best people I met during the time I lived in Ithaca, New York was John Lennon, an author, musician, and all around great dude whose books are published under the name J. Robert Lennon for w...
03:41 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing "Come On, Eileen" but it's "Covid-19"
I'm not normally one to share acapella covers, but this COVID-19 tribute to Dexy's Midnight Runners by the Boston-based common sound is delightfully silly enough that I am happy to give it a pass....
03:39 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing A Lifetime mini-movie about Colonel Sanders (presented by Kentucky Fried Chicken) is apparently real.
Is this what Voltaire meant went he spoke of the best of all possible worlds? When I saw the Lifetime movie poster online featuring Saved By the Bell actor Mario Lopez as a studly Colonel Sanders, I t...
03:38 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Original Apple I, signed by Woz, up for auction at an estimated price of $400K
So, you're in the market for an original Apple I, signed by Woz on the back of the box in black felt marker?RR Auction has you covered — they've got one in their next auction. Bids open on Dec. ...
03:35 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Christians censor monoliths, vandalizing property and tearing down monuments
A rash of mysterious monoliths have recently begun to surface all around the world, in what's either an actual alien invasion straight out of a comic book, or an ultimately disappointing viral marketi...
03:33 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing 12th century optical illusion of elephant or bull
Airavatesvara Temple in Tamil Nadu has a small sculpture with a cool optical illusion where two animals appear to share a head. Do you see the elephant or the bull first?In Chennai, they made a larger...
03:32 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing How to grow a crystal tree at home
Crystmas time is here, when families gather to grow crystal holiday trees at home with a little salt and food coloring. KiwiCo shows how.If you decide on deciduous, that's cool too!Image: YouTube / Ki...
03:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Have you met one of your unrelated identical twins?
Experts estimate you have about half a dozen unrelated "twins" roaming the earth. Origin profiled a few who met each other.Ever wondered if there's someone out there who looks exactly like you? Well, ...
03:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Astounding high-resolution image of a sunspot resembles a sunflower
This marvelous image of a sunspot was captured by the world's largest solar observatory, the National Science Foundation's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on the island of Maui, Hawai'i. From the Nat...
03:29 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Miles of Ice Age art discovered along South American river
A 15-kilometer "Sistine Chapel" of Ice Age rock art has been found along the Colombian Amazon. It includes depictions of now-extinct animals like mastodons, giant sloths, and paleollamas. Via LiveScie...
03:26 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Santa Claus now offering free personalized DeepFake videos, via Synthesia AI
From Debugger:Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like an A.I.-generated, deepfake Santa Claus delivering a personalized greeting to your loved ones. At least that's what Synthesia  a synthetic me...
03:24 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Filipino man fined $3500 for breaking quarantine in Taiwan for 8 seconds
From CNN:The man, a migrant worker from the Philippines, was quarantining in a hotel in Kaohsiung City when he briefly stepped out of his room into the hallway, the city's Department of Health to...
03:22 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing David Sedaris unfunnily proposes a "citizen's dismissal" law that lets anyone fire service workers at any time
You know that saying, "The customer is always right?" Which is literally just a nicer way of saying, "We live in capitalism and therefore money talks so sometimes it's best to just appease the person ...
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Young kids will flip for this DIY starter drone and they might even learn something
Every time a kid opens a present, you can watch them visually deflate the instant they realize the gift is something that's…sigh…good for them. In fact, you may very well hear an audible "...
04:27 am GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing Chuck Yeager, RIP (1923-2020)
Sound barrier busting test pilot Chuck Yeager died today at the age of 97. From The Washington Post:For his prowess in flight, Gen. Yeager became one of the great American folk heroes of the 1940s and...
02:42 am GMT - Tue, December 8, 2020
BoingBoing The wonderworld of Oracolarium
If you had an oracle available to you, I mean a real oraclea person or an "entity" able to actually peek into your future, and thus provide advice and directionwhat question would you ask?Does divinat...
11:11 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Florida police raid home of Rebekah Jones, former health employee who said she was fired for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data
Florida police have raided the home of Rebekah Jones, the former health department employee who said she was fired for refusing to manipulate coronavirus case data. Jones documented the raid in a seri...
11:03 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Crab quickly constructs new home from sand in sea tide
"This little crab made light work of constructing a new home on the beach."November 30, 2020, Vung Tau, Vietnam. Video Link....
10:47 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing The return of Heavy Metal preacher Kenneth Copeland
He's back! Heavy Metal Kenneth Copeland. Video: Kenneth Copeland Returns! [Wind of God] [Heavy Metal Remix]Previously on Boing Boing:Heavy Metal Kenneth Copeland COVID-19 rant, by Andre Antunes (MUSIC...
10:38 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing 'And f*ck polar bears in particular.' the Trump administration, basically
The administration of outgoing president Donald Trump on Monday proposed allowing oil and gas companies who are exploring for resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to disrupt polar bears li...
10:26 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Mr Rogers consoled terminally ill children in 1983, even discussing Death. Hear this wonderful recording.
Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic soundsHi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week...
10:24 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Trump administration passed when Pfizer offered in summer to sell more coronavirus vaccine doses to U.S. NYT
The administration of outgoing president Donald J. Trump passed when Pfizer approached the government in late summer and offered to sell more coronavirus vaccine doses to the United States, reports th...
09:34 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Rivers Cuomo of Weezer take online Harvard coding courses, writes band software
There are mythical rockstar coders, and then there are …. rock stars who actually write code.I call your attention to Techcrunch, which has a piece interviewing Rivers Cuomo of Weezer about his ...
09:34 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Rivers Cuomo of Weezer takes online Harvard coding courses, writes band software
There are mythical rockstar coders, and then there are …. rock stars who actually write code.I call your attention to Techcrunch, which has a piece interviewing Rivers Cuomo of Weezer about his ...
09:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing These 10 espresso makers will punch up any coffee lover's 2021
We all know a coffee obsessive. But despite the overwhelming urge to roll your eyes at the mania coming from those who live for just the right cup, don't judge them too harshly. In fact, why not just ...
09:27 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing How a convience-store-owner hacked the lottery odds and won $27 million
Here's a fascinating story about a convenience-store owner in Michigan, Jerry Selbee, who cracked a Michigan state lottery — and then a similar one in Massachusetts. He didn't do anything illega...
08:37 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing What's the best end times coffee maker?
In this video my friend Donald Bell gets wise to one of my favorite ways to make coffee: the Moka Pot.What I want to do is make the case for you having one and learning how to use it. Because after I ...
08:16 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Japan alarmed by rise in bear attacks
Over 140 people have been attacked by bears in Japan during the last six months, with two attacks resulting in deaths, reports France 24. Why? An acorn shortage, for one thing. But there are bigger fa...
07:58 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Mysterious illness with vomiting, seizures hits over 300 people in India
Over the weekend, more than 300 people in Eluru, India went to the hospital after coming down with an unknown illness that caused headaches, nausea, vomiting, and seizures. Some lost consciousness. No...
07:52 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing If Trump's coup attempt fails, beware of another attempt by a smarter, slicker fascist
The majority of Americans who voted for Biden have more work ahead of them than just making sure Biden gets sworn in on January 20th, says Zeynep Tufekci of The Atlantic. They also have to be ready to...
07:27 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Newt Gingrich: "Republicans have to turn out more votes than Stacey Abrams can steal"
Fox's Newt Gingrich: "The objective fact is I believe Trump probably did actually carry Georgia. … Republicans simply have to turn out more votes than Stacey Abrams can steal." pic.t...
07:03 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Pandemic profiteer Kelly Loeffler's debate performance cut to 85 seconds
Here is Kelly Loeffler's debate performance, cut down to 85 seconds by @AlexMohajer. Somebody call this robot's programmer. It clearly needs maintenance.How could you possibly vote for this? #gapol #D...
06:24 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Watch this soccer player mockingly delay scoring at an open goal
VfB Stuttgart player Silas Wamangituka pissed off his Werder Bremen competitors by pausing before tapping the ball into the open goal. Stuttgard won 2-1 and Wamangituka was handed a penalty for bad sp...
05:39 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing First lab-grown chicken nuggets on restaurant menu
Food startup Eat Just is cranking out their lab-grown chicken nuggets for an as-yet unnamed Singapore restaurant. This news follows the Sinapore Food Agency's approval of "cultured chicken" to be sold...
05:28 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing New, expanded edition of the Recomendo book
Claudia Dawson, Mark Frauenfelder, and I have gathered 1,000 of our best recommendations featured from our free newsletter,Recomendoand arranged them into a 217-page book. Each recomendo is a brief ra...
05:20 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Protect your identity with fake profile photos
The Anonymizer is an AI that generates photos for the purpose of protecting your identity. All of the faces pictured above do not exist and were generated after I uploaded this photo: I can ...
05:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Star Trek: Discovery actors play D&D as a creative storytelling outlet
Actors Deborah Ann Woll (Daredevil, True Blood) and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Justice League, Magic Mike) have talked about the value of actors playing D&D. Turns out, some of the cast of Disc...
05:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing 125 artists create 125 parallel worlds
YouTuber pwnisher staged a contest for digital animators, in which they each took a simple prompt and created unique environments around it. The winners are named at the YouTube page. Here are the ent...
05:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Little Daveed Diggs wants a "Puppy for Hanukkah"
With Hanukkah right around the corner, Daveed Diggs and Disney have dropped a catchy new holiday song. "Puppy for Hanukkah" imagines a young Diggs rapping about what he really wants for one of his eig...
05:18 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Chinese flag pictured on the moon
China's space program took significant leaps for mankind Thursday as it's lunar lander, a component of the space vehicle the Chang'e 5, gathered rocks and left the moon to return to Earth. Before the...
05:18 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing How about a pumpkin spice bologna sandwich?
Jim Behymer knows sandwiches. He runs a site called Sandwich Tribunal and he makes his own bologna. Behymer saw a meme referencing pumpkin spice bologna, which does does exist -or it didn't until he m...
05:18 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing How Cornishware magically gets its iconic stripes
Cornishware is a traditional ceramic style that was repatriated to the UK after outsourcing production led to the firm's closure. New owner Karina Rickards shares cool videos of how it gets its distin...
05:17 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing This guy can jump onto raw eggs without breaking them
Lan Guangping is a street performer from China. He has figured out how to jump almost a meter off the ground onto raw eggs without breaking them.Here's a little background on how that's possible:Image...
05:17 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing How to make a Levitron float inside a bubble
YouTuber Magnet Tricks made a Levitron from scratch a few years ago. The he figured out how to make it levitate inside a smoke-filled bubble. Here's how to 3D print your own Levitron:Image: YouTube / ...
04:42 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Scientific report: mystery microwave beam weapon used on diplomats in Cuba and elsewhere
Since 2016, American and Canadian diplomats at an embassy in Havana, Cuba and US consulates and elsewhere have suffered neurological problems thought to have been caused by a mysterious directed energ...
04:01 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Bob Dylan sells entire catalog of songs
The great Bob Dylan never sold out but he has finally cashed in. He just sold the copyrights to his entire catalog of more than 600 songs to Universal Music for what the New York Times estimates was a...
03:53 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Watch the "Best News Bloopers" of 2020
Keep fuckingthat chicken, everyone....
02:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Amplify your generosity when you give these brilliant charity watches as a holiday gift
After the year we've all suffered, it's tempting to think of the holidays as a time to stop, unwind, and focus on ourselves and our nearest and dearest. Yet, that's not really in the spirit of the sea...
05:44 am GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing This 11-course digital marketing package can help make 2021 your most successful year yet
As a business owner, you've got a whole lot on your plate. But, with everything you're struggling to get done to satisfy your daily to-do list, you're probably frustrated by some of those big-picture ...
04:02 am GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Kangaroos frolic in Australia snowstorm (VIDEO)
An archival video from 2019, but a beautiful thing to watch. While driving in rural Curraweela, New South Wales, on August 10 2019, Stephen Grenfell captured this video of a large group of kangaroos ...
03:58 am GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Toddler gazing at Christmas tree gives hilarious look when Mom calls him (VIDEO)
Oh man, he's so cute. Is he related to the baked beans kid?...
03:46 am GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Arizona Legislature to close for 1 week 'out of an abundance of caution' after Rudy Giuliani exposed lawmakers to COVID-19
The Arizona Legislature will close for a week "out of an abundance of caution" after Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's personal attorney, possibly exposed several Republican lawmakers to COVID-19.More at ...
03:37 am GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Anti-vaxxer invited by Senate Republicans to testify before Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday
Senate Republicans invited an anti-vaxxer to speak as the lead witness before a Homeland Security committee hearing on Tuesday, as the nation readies its largest-ever vaccination campaign to fight COV...
03:30 am GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Bill Barr might resign, reports NYT
Plot twist. According to the New York Times, sources close to Attorney General Bill Barr say he is exploring how to resign from the flaming dumpster fire that is the decomposing Trump administration, ...
01:18 am GMT - Mon, December 7, 2020
BoingBoing Get VPN and email security protection and keep your cyber world safe with this bundle
Back in 2013, market research firm Global Web Index found 56 percent of internet users were worried that the web was an enemy of their own personal privacy. By last year, that number had climbed to 61...
09:16 pm GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing The Page Anchor makes sure you never lose your spot in any book
As long as there have been books, there have been bookmarks. Researchers can even back up that assertion, finding evidence of bookmarks dating all the way back to the 1st century AD.Over the centuries...
09:07 pm GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Rudy tests positive
Outgoing president Donald Trump Sr. today announced that Rudy Giuliani tested positive for coronavirus. Giuliani, 76perpetually traveling, rarely wearing a mask, and limited in his ability to social d...
09:07 pm GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Rudy hospitalized with Covid
Outgoing president Donald Trump Sr. today announced that Rudy Giuliani tested positive for coronavirus. Giuliani, 76perpetually traveling, rarely wearing a mask, and limited in his ability to social d...
06:55 pm GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Math doesn't have to hurt your brain from engineering to the stock market, this training makes math fun
Math. A tiny little word that unlocks a flood of anxiety. And if you thought it was just you…well, it's not. In fact, if you're a typical American, then there's probably good reason for you to b...
05:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Just 11 minutes of exercise can reverse the effects of sitting all day
A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that even a tiny amount of moderate exercise, as short as 11 minutes, can help to offset the negative health impacts of sitting al...
04:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Adapting to 2020 is not a simple task for Santa Claus
"I make no secret: I don't know what I'm doing."Santa Claus is an elderly, traditional man. However, he loves his job, and if the pandemic means he cannot see good little boys and girls in person, the...
03:17 pm GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Everyday tasks with parkour
Sure you could do things like a normal person, but why? Putting padding and trampolines throughout your apartment and doing flips enjoying the parkour life is way better. Please do not attempt. Spina...
06:45 am GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing These 20 deals on knives and knife sets can help slash your Cyber Week spending
Whether you're a skilled chef or can barely find your way around a kitchen, there are a few culinary instruments that are absolute must-haves and a quality blade is right at the top of that list.In f...
04:45 am GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing This step-by-step real estate investing guide provides priceless knowledge to help you make the big bucks
Even during the best of times, investing in the stock market can be a stomach-churning ride. And especially with today's volatility, that's not a rollercoaster many are looking to board right now....
02:45 am GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing This course explains what IoT is all about to help you create your own web-connected items
The term 'Internet of Things' still mystifies many, but the foundational idea is fairly simple. IoT basically covers all the objects in the world that are connected to the web. Using embedded sensors,...
02:43 am GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Actor David Lander, 'Squiggy' on 'Laverne & Shirley,' has died, age 73
David Lander, the actor who played Squiggy on the long-running TV sitcom 'Laverne & Shirley,' has died. He was 73.From CNN:Lander died on Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after fighting multi...
02:23 am GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Jeanine Pirro sloshily drags Bill Barr and Lara Trump says GA gov. Brian Kemp owes his job to Donald Trump, on Fox News (VIDEO)
Acyn Torabi, who captured this clip from Jeanine Pirro's show on Fox News tonight, is probably right when he says Trump may end up retweeting Jeanine's monologue attacking AG Bill Barr. Lara Trump on ...
02:13 am GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing 'We're all victims' Trump whines at Georgia rally, repeatedly refusing to accept he lost election to Biden
"We're all victims. Everybody here. All these thousands of people here tonight. They're all victims. Every one of you." "If I lost — I'd be a very gracious loser." "We will not back down. We w...
01:34 am GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Trump as Shakespearean tragedy
This is a fantastic piece by Peter Baker at the New York Times, comparing mad king Trump's delusional fury to that of a Shakespearean figure, in the increasingly grim last acts of a long drama. Spoile...
01:24 am GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Trump boasts of hydrosonic toothbrush missiles again
"Hypersonic missiles we have hypersonic and hydrosonic. You know what hydrosonic is? Water!" Donald J. Trump, December 5, 2020At a rally in Georgia tonight, Donald J. Trump boasted of America's milit...
12:45 am GMT - Sun, December 6, 2020
BoingBoing Cylance brings AI and machine learning to anti-virus protection
Malware is everywhere. 350,000 new pieces of malware are discovered every day, which breaks down to more than four new threats every single second. Right now, nearly 1 billion malware programs are out...
09:45 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing The fully adjustable ergonomic office chair is just the gift for yourself to make work more comfortable
Considering the makeshift way most of our work-from-home environments came together, it wouldn't be unusual if there weren't still a few kinks to be worked out. That's especially true when it comes to...
07:45 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing Start training for a career as a Cisco networking pro with this immersive bootcamp
If you're reading this, you're likely more tech-savvy than most. And if you're also looking to make a career move, your natural interest in tech may help move you closer to that goal in a field like I...
03:38 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing Pee-Wee's Playhouse artist Wayne White makes a surprise appearance on David Letterman, 1984
Two years before he first basked in the art world's limelight with his set and puppet design on Pee-Wee's Playhouse and Art Direction on Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" video, artist Wayne White was just a...
02:29 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing Tabletop gamer's gift guide for 2020
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 Alcoa aluminum tree this year.What were some of you...
02:28 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing A Deep Dive Into Cap'n Crunch
Think of Cap'n Crunch, and you most likely think of scratching the inside of your mouth when eating the cereal. However, the mascot himself has a fascinating story. He's even older than the cereal he ...
02:27 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing City of Aurora files to dismiss Elijah McClain wrongful death lawsuit
The City of Aurora, Colorado is attempting to get a court to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Elijah McClain, who died in August 2019.In case you missed this story, El...
02:18 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing Bill Clinton's Sweetheart deal and Billy the Kid's death in this week's dubious tabloids
The crack squad of medically-trained psychics at the tabloids have been working overtime this week.Prince William has cancer, Ghislaine Maxwell is trapped by coronavirus, Gwen Stefani is pregnant, and...
02:02 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing The next trash problem is in low-earth orbit
I just published a longform piece in the New Republic on the private-sector boom in outer space — and what its implications are for society.One big issue that many people told me about: The prob...
02:02 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing Software for using your head movements to control your cursor
Oz Ramos is the creator of Handsfree.js, a software library that you can use to add face-, hand- and pose-tracking to any app built in Javascript. It looks incredibly fun and I'm gonna tinker with it ...
02:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing Inside the studio of John T. Unger, creator of gorgeous sculptural firebowls
I first met my friend John T. Unger back in the early 2000s when I stumbled upon his amazing sculptural firebowls — crafted from the round ends of recycled propane tanks.I adored the meta nature...
12:05 am GMT - Sat, December 5, 2020
BoingBoing Friday Night Kraken Massacre: Trump campaign loses a bunch of election cases all at once, womp womp
WOMP, and truly I cannot emphasize this enough, WOMP.The campaign of outgoing President Donald J. Trump just lost a slew of election-related lawsuits, and all of the losses were announced within the s...
11:54 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants who arrived in US as children
A federal judge on Friday ordered the administration of outgoing president Donald Trump to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which offers undocumented immigran...
11:46 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Trump-led Pentagon is blocking Biden transition team from visits to military spy agencies
The outgoing administration of Donald Trump is refusing to permit members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team to meet with officials at Pentagon-controlled U.S. intelligence agencies. The ...
10:45 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing This tiny powerhouse computer can also fuel your IoT projects for under $180
Sure, there used to just be Cyber Monday — full stop. But that day of digital-only holiday shopping deals has bloated into an honest-to-goodness Cyber Week. And considering that's all good news ...
09:14 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Six Bay Area regions San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda counties, and Berkeley to enact stay-at-home order starting Sunday
It's official: The SF Bay Area locks down on Sunday, December 6 Health officers in most of the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday issued new stay-at-home order as hospitals and ICU beds reach capacity ...
09:05 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Trump orders Pentagon to pull nearly all U.S. troops from Somalia, where for 13 years they fought against local al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab
Outgoing and impeached U.S. President Trump on Friday ordered the Pentagon to pull nearly all U.S. troops out of Somalia, the East African nation where for the last 13 years they have been fighting a ...
09:01 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Lynx climbs up to get a better look at this human
A guy who works as a logger in Alberta, Canada captured this amazing wildlife encounter earlier this year. He says: I was stopped on the road with my skidder and looked back and to my great surprise, ...
08:53 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Good deal on Contigo water bottle
Our family has two of these Contigo water bottles. We like them because they are made of stainless steel, keep cold water cold, and can be opened with one hand. They are on sale for a great price on A...
08:50 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft all set to deliver Ryugu asteroid samples to Earth Sunday, December 6
IMAGE: A computer graphic simulation provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the Hayabusa2 spacecraft above the asteroid Ryugu. Japan's space agency said Friday they are ready...
08:33 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Trump toadies Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie added to Defense Business Board after Pentagon purge
Donald Trump and his administration have effectively enacted a purge in the Defense Department, in the last 45 days of his term. On Friday, the Pentagon announced that two of Trump's longtime loyalist...
08:20 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Trump campaign paid $9 million in failed bid to overturn election, including $2.3 million on Kraken lawyers Jenna Ellis, Rudy Giuliani, et al
Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign has so far paid an estimated $9 million in its failing bid to overthrow election results which declared Trump the loser and Joe Biden the winner, a repo...
08:09 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Fauci said 'yes right on the spot' to Biden
On Thursday, we reported that President-elect Joe Biden said he asked infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci to stay on in the new administration, and lead the government's fight against COVID-19...
08:01 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Close call for these reindeer on an icy road
They're so beautiful, and wow that ice looks like slippery stuff. [ViralHog]...
07:29 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing House votes to federally decriminalize marijuana
Rep. Matt Gaetz: "The federal government has lied to the people of this country about marijuana for a generation." pic.twitter.com/kguvepc3HL— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) December 4, 2020Eve...
07:05 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Interview with a late 1800s circus worker
[The following is from my newsletter, The Magnet]When I was in high school, I worked on a carnival that traveled around rural Colorado and Wyoming. I manned a basketball game, which was called "Mini-H...
06:59 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Time names its first "Kid of the Year"
Congratulations to 15-year-old inventor Gitanjali Rao, who was selected at Time magazine's first-ever Kid of the Year!"Observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicate." That is what the brilliant...
06:49 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Barack Obama asked about UFOs: can't confirm but won't deny
"It used to be that UFOs and Roswell was the biggest conspiracy," President Obama told Stephen Colbert. "And now that seems so tame, the idea that the government might have an alien spaceship." ...
06:43 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Who did it better Mussolini or Rick Santelli?
Rick Santelli is good at the supercilious nod/shut eyes/fold arms move, but how does he compare to the master of the move, Benito Mussolini? Judge for yourself!Things escalated quickly on CNBC this mo...
06:33 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing When Kimmel extracts all lies from Trump's 45-min rant, it turns into great 45-second speech
Earlier this week, Trump uploaded a long-winded, 45-minute rant against election fraud on Facebook. In the usual Trump fashion, it was loaded with lies and misinformation. So loaded, in fact, that aft...
06:27 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing A clear and powerful story about the racial disparity of COVID-19, presented in comic form
Over at Journalist's Resource, comic artist Josh Neufeld has a great piece of visual journalism called A tale of two pandemics: A nonfiction comic about historical racial health disparities. It's avai...
06:08 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Queen down to last corgi
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and fifteen other realms, is down to her last corgi following the death of Vulcan, a corgi mix in her companionship since 2007. Now only Candy remains by her ...
05:56 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Official COVID-19 high school wrestling rule: you can wrestle but no shaking hands
In Ohio, high school wrestling season began with some new rules set by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Notably, reports WLWT5, "Student-athletes are permitted to wrestle, but must refrain f...
05:54 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing U.K. trash talk aimed at Dr. Anthony Fauci
In a statement that hearkens back to the age old case of my dad v. your dad the U.K.'s Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, bragged that the British medical regulators are "much better"...
05:54 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Trump's star witness has a computer crime record
Mellissa Carone, the former Dominion contractor who told Michigan's state assembly that she witnessed instances of voter fraud at her job, is a convicted computer criminal, reports The Daily Mail:The ...
05:53 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Man sells wife's clothes to populate miniature Christmas village
"I sold my wife's clothes," write Richard Kelly Kemick, "to build a Christmas village in my parents' basement."Gaze on the world I've created. Just past my restaurant is my butcher. Next is my fire ha...
05:46 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing NBA suspends random marijuana testing for 2020-21 season
The NBA has officially suspended random marijuana testing for the 2020-21 season, reports the New York Times' Marc Stein.Said NBA spokesman Mike Bass: "Due to the unusual circumstances in conjunction ...
05:40 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Microsoft releases Windows 95 ugly Christmas sweater
Microsoft has released a line of ugly Christmas sweaters with retro Windows themes. Along with Windows 95 graphics, there are also Windows XP and MS Paint designs. Microsoft says that for every sweate...
05:36 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level, MORE Act goes to Senate next (where it will likely die)
Cannabis history was made today in the USA. The House voted on the most significant federal legislative development on marijuana policy in 50 years. The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the ...
05:26 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing How to make a pocket-sized Jacob's Ladder electrical arc generator
Jacob's Ladders are the classic arc generators seen in mad scientists' labs. As a kid, we'd make them using high voltage transformers scavenged from neon signs. (Not safe, don't do it, etc.). Over at...
05:21 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing The music of the Verrazzano
The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island, makes beautiful yet unsettling music in the wind.This is why the #VerrazanoBridge was closed yesterday during the high winds. pic...
05:12 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Biden on jobs report and $900 billion relief package: 'Congress and President Trump must get a deal done for the American people'
President-Elect Joe Biden, in a statement on the November jobs report released Friday, says he is "encouraged by the bipartisan efforts in the Senate around a $900 billion relief package."He adds: "Co...
05:05 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Listen: Miley Cyrus covers Hole's "Doll Parts"
Miley Cyrus continues her stream of killer covers with Hole's "Doll Parts" on the Howard Stern Show. "There's nothing like covering Hole at 6 am in a Plasmatics sleepy tee cause I got to the fucking s...
03:37 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing 5G conspiracy theorists are selling Faraday cages to put your router in. But there's a problem.
Faraday cages for Wi-Fi routers are the latest 5G conspiracy grift, writes Matthew Gault at Vice. The metal cages "block up to 95% EMF RF waves", the 'blue smog' feared by claimed radio-sensitives. Bu...
03:26 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Fake delivery spam was the most rampant scam of 2020
Last year, I wrote about BeenVerified's analysis of scam phone calls. Using data from more than 200,000 reports across the US, they determined that Social Security scams were 23 times more common than...
03:03 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Google AI researcher Timnit Gebru fired after complaining of "aggressions and harassments"
Timnit Gebru, an AI ethics researcher at Google, was fired this week after sending an internal email complaining that marginalized voices at the company were being silenced. Google, for its part, clai...
02:37 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing How a 2020 Grammy-nomination reunited two elementary school friends
A new Fiona Apple album is always a treat, and 2020's Fetch The Boltcutters did not disappoint. The title track may have even incidentally felt more resonant, thanks to the *gestures at everything kee...
02:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Cartoonist with ALS uses eye gaze-tracking technology in order to continue creating.
I discovered Athens-based cartoonist Patrick Dean through Devlin Thompson, owner of the celebrated mainstay comics shop and weirdo refuge Bizarro Wuxtry. I became an instant fan of Patrick's loose and...
01:59 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing The deadly temptation of the Oregon Trail shortcut
Imagine you are in your car, trying to get somewhere in an area you've never been. You pull up a map, spot a shortcut, and decide to take it, since it appears that you'll save a lot of time. Then even...
01:45 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Dinosaurs thrived in the snow
Dinosaurs were reptiles, and so we often think of them as big lizards, soaking up the sun in tropical or at least temperate regions. But scientists are always learning more about dinosaurs, and find t...
01:40 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Spotify's "Wrapped" data doesn't add up. Here's how to convert to Bandcamp.
On the first Friday of every month, the music distribution site Bandcamp waives its personal cut of music purchases, so 100% of the profits (minus credit card processing fees) go to the artist. That's...
01:30 pm GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Lip-reading game becomes hilarious with magnified mouths
A board game where you compete to read someone's lips is an intriguing idea. But the real fun of Mega Mouth is that you hold a magnifying sheet over your mouth when you mouth the words! While your big...
01:49 am GMT - Fri, December 4, 2020
BoingBoing Names reported in Trump bribery-for-pardon scheme: Elliott Broidy, Abbe Lowell, Sanford Diller, Hugh L. Baras
Now we know who was behind those redactions, and a lot of newly minted apostrophe experts on Twitter might want to delete their tweets. NYT: 'A billionaire San Francisco real estate developer, Sanfo...
10:28 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Biden says he asked Fauci to be a chief medical adviser for incoming administration
President-elect Joseph R. Biden told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday that he spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci today and asked him to stay on and also be his "chief medical adviser."No word at this time of F...
10:25 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Chonker cat oddly enjoys standing on two legs
Says the parent of this cute chonker cat, "Riggs is 5 1/2 years old he's a domestic cat that we rescued when he was a baby. He's a very happy loving cat loves playing with his other cat friend and our...
10:13 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Federal agents guard Fauci so 'nobody tries to break in [to my home] and, as Steve Bannon would like, have somebody behead me'
This is America.In a Huffington Post "Day in the Life"profile of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert says Federal agents "drive me to work, they stay here, they make sure that nobody trie...
09:57 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing California Governor Newsom orders new limits based on ICU capacity, as COVID-19 soars
Regional stay-at-home orders go into effect when a region's ICU capacity falls below 15% Bars and personal care services must close for 3 weeks Schools, reduced capacity retail and restaurant take-ou...
09:09 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to hear Trump's "case"
Wisconsin's Supreme Court, which has conservatives in the majority, today declined to hear Trump's challenge to the election results. The defeat on a 4-3 ruling was the latest in a string of losses fo...
08:04 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Good deal on a 5-pack of Lightning Cable
These inexpensive Lightning cables are advertised as being MFi-certified. I just bought a pack after my newish Lighting cable made by Apple suddenly stopped working. Why won't Apple make phones with a...
07:38 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Mysterious genitalia sculpture swapped in Bavarian mountains for bigger phallus
While the chaos that is the monolith mysteries in Utah, California and Romania rages on, a giant dick enigma presents itself in Germany. Atop the Gruenten mountain in southern Germany appeared a 7-fo...
07:22 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing The strange and terrible tale of how Liberia became a tax haven for US companies
Until I watched this video, I knew nothing about the foundation of Liberia or how it became a place that US companies could base their virtual headquarters to avoid taxes and regulations. The money Li...
06:40 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Watch drone footage of Arecibo collapse
The National Science Foundationreleased a video that shows the 60-year-old Arecibo Radio Observatory's collapse. From Ars Technica:As you can see from the video, the drone was examining the area where...
06:18 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Lip-Sync pro Ben Yahr impersonates Trump's star witness
Trump legal team's STAR witness pic.twitter.com/ZKWiwUmdk4— Ben Yahr (@benyahr) December 3, 2020Between the USPS driver who says a shadow man is haunting his house and this character, it's clea...
06:04 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Later this month, look up to see Jupiter and Saturn appear closer together than they've been since the Middle Ages
On Monday night, December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will look closer together than they've appeared since March 4, 1226, almost 800 years ago. This event, taking place on the December solstice, is known ...
06:03 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing FCC cancels proposal to allow cell phone calls during flight
Unless you're in favor of strangers sitting next to you on a plane yammering into their cell phones, you'll cheer the FCC's decision to terminate "a proceeding to consider a proposal that would permit...
05:58 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing FCC cancels proposal to allow cell phone calls during flight
Unless you're in favor of strangers sitting next to you on a plane yammering into their cell phones, you'll cheer the FCC's decision to terminate "a proceeding to consider a proposal that would permit...
05:45 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Listen: Metallica covers Stone Temple Pilots' "Would?"
This week, Seattle grunge mainstays Alice in Chains were honored with the Museum of Pop Culture's Founders Award. In celebration, Metallica covered STP's classic jam "Would?"The video above starts at ...
05:45 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Listen: Metallica covers Alice in Chains' "Would?"
This week, Seattle grunge mainstays Alice in Chains were honored with the Museum of Pop Culture's Founders Award. In celebration, Metallica covered Alice in Chains' classic jam "Would?"The video above...
05:41 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing A gallery of "woman yelling at cat" meme art in different historical styles
Bruce Sterling posted a gallery of images depicting the famous "woman yelling at cat" meme rendered in different period styles....
05:20 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Magnificent burst of graffiti bombing on NYC subways
Over the weekend, graffiti artists bombed at least two dozen New York City train cars resulting in a traveling gallery of magnificent pieces reminiscent of subway art's 1970s heyday. From The City:The...
04:55 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Are asteroid impacts preventable?
Before we can prevent asteroid impacts on earth, we need to get a lot better at predicting them. We are frequently surprised by impacts that cause significant damage.We all know the little fast-moving...
04:46 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing People with quadriplegia use brain-computer interfaces to compete in a cyborg olympics
Cybathlon 2020 was a recent cyborg Olympics in which people with physical disabilities compete while using exoskeletons, bionic limbs, and other technology. For example, in one race, competitors with ...
04:45 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Does cyanide really smell like almonds? An investigation
More impressive than the answer here is the safety precaution NileRed took to avoid dying while seeing what cyanide really smells like.Spoiler: bitter almonds, which contain high levels of cyanide, ar...
04:31 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing San Francisco bans smoking tobacco in apartments, weed A-OK
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to ban the smoking of tobacco in apartments. Weed is still OK because, well, there aren't many other places where it's legal to smoke it. Enforcement in...
04:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing World record holder explains five high-performance paper airplane designs
John Collins (previously at Boing Boing) made and threw a paper airplane that sailed without wind assistance a whopping 69 meters, or almost 227 feet. Now he shows how you can make one, too.He actuall...
04:08 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Satan falls for 2020 in a perfect year-end ad
There's someone for everyone, and Satan finds his true love in this ad for Match.com. Not only is it grimly hilarious, it's full of easter eggs. Her profile pic is a murder hornet. The actress appears...
04:07 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing GlassDuo adds a theremin to their ethereal glass harp music
This beautiful etude gets a modern update as glass harp masters Anna and Arkadiusz Szafraniec are joined by thereminist Grgoire Blanc.Szymanowski is one of our favorite Polish composers. Even though h...
04:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Scientists have figured out why some plant leaves are unwettable
Materials scientists engaging in biomimicry of plant surfaces classify three levels of wettability of plants. It turns out that the least wettable leaves, or superhydrophobic leaves, often use both ep...
03:45 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Using cotton-candy machines to produce N95-quality mask-filter material
N95 is a US standard for particulate filtering; a material has to be able to block at least 95% of airborne particles. That material is comparatively expensive, but Mahesh Bandi — a physicist at...
03:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing The mysterious case of the dead hiker whose body can't be identified by anyone
Wired has the wild story about a hiker known only as Mostly Harmless, who was found dead in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve in the summer of 2018. Mostly Harmless had allegedly left his tech j...
03:21 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Christmas cheer from Slayer and George Michael
For Christmas 2020, mashup artist extraordinaire Bill McClintock combined Slayer's "South of Heaven" with Wham!'s "Last Christmas" into a song he calls "South of Christmas" by Slam! There's also a cam...
03:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Amazon is using Pinkertons for union-busting surveillance
Lauren Gurley at Vice's Motherboard has broken the story about the obsessive monitoring of labor and environmental activists at Amazon facilities in Europe by Pinkerton merceneries. From the source:A ...
02:50 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing The inappropriate retro children's book art of Steven Rhodes turned into board and card games
Boing Boing readers are likely familiar with the art of Steven Rhodes (even if you don't know his name). He's the guy who sells TV shirts with images reminiscent of innocent 50s and 60s Dick and Jane ...
02:19 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing 2,885 Covid deaths reported Wednesday, America's worst day yet
At least 2,885 people died of Covid in America on Wednesday, the worst yet in the ongoing pandemic. The previously worst day's toll was April 15, with 2,752 deaths. The disease has now killed nearly 2...
02:16 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Tonic water is fluorescent
The quinine in tonic water, like the vitamin B in energy drinks, makes these common beverages fluorescent. Oils with chlorophyl and some phenolic compounds also glow under UV light.And while you might...
01:55 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing A recursive tweet that links to itself
That tweet above doesn't look very remarkable, but what it's doing is super weird and fun — it is retweeting a link to itself. How was this possible? Through a bunch of very clever detective wor...
01:52 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Author Nalo Hopkinson named as the 37th SWFA Damon Knight Grand Master
The Jamaican-born Canadian speculative fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson is the author of such award-winning books as Brown Girl In The Ring and Midnight Robber; her most recent work includes the short st...
01:45 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Interactive site showing how 141 optical illusions work
Michael Bach a scientist of visual function, and he made a clever site that shows off 141 optical illusions — using interactive doodads that let you tweak different parts of the illusion, to fig...
01:38 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing 3D printed "impossible domino" bounces back upright
This fun little physics demonstration has now been made as a 3D printing project.The impossible Domino physics toy was invented by ViralVideoLab November 21th 2020 and consists of two 3d printed parts...
01:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Make a little champagne chair for fun and prizes
A champagne chair is a dollhouse-sized chair made from the cap, cage, and/or cork from a champagne bottle. We can imagine it originated from partygoers who needed something to do with their hands whil...
01:22 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing PVC cement spins wildly when dropped in water
A viewer sent Steve Mould a clip of PVC cement he accidentally spilled in water. The droplets would spin very quickly, but why? It turns out the same phenomenon can happen with dry ice as it sublimate...
01:16 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Todd Rundgren's faithful translation of classic Dutch Christmas song, Flappie
Here's Dutch comedian, Youp van 't Hek, doing the song in Dutch.H/t Tim TateImage: Screengrab...
01:15 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing The government can "unilaterally decide to kill US citizens," according to Justice Department lawyers
A recent hearing in the case of award-winning American journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem versus the US government took a very dark turn towards the unlimited privilege of extralegal killings of US citizen...
01:15 pm GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Americans party like there's no pandemic
Chicago city officials broke up a party of 300 ne'er-do-wells at a Wicker Park establishment this past weekend, where there was no social distancing and scarce mask-wearing. The same personal conduct...
11:00 am GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Check out the 2020 Boing Boing Gift Guide
It's that time of year again: check out the Boing Boing Gift Guide for a hundred (ish) great ideas for stocking stuffers, brain-hammers, mind-expanders, and terrific toys. The cheapest items are a few...
03:30 am GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing The WonderCube Pro is only 1 inch across, but may be your new mobile EDC go-to
Back in the days before schools, airlines, and law enforcement considered them weapons, most people used to carry around a Swiss Army knife, or another such multi-tool, for handling all those daily pr...
02:46 am GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing Rudy Giuliani's voter fraud 'whistleblower' is rude af and vibing major drunk girl energy at Michigan hearing (VIDEO)
Seemingly inebriated woman is Team Trump star witness in MichiganRudy Giuliani and other Trump 'voter fraud' truthers are on the trail with weird 'whistleblowers' who are said to have witnessed votin...
02:36 am GMT - Thu, December 3, 2020
BoingBoing In 46-minute Facebook speech, Trump lies about 'voter fraud' and holds chart complaining of 'massive dump' of votes (VIDEO)
He's nuts.Outgoing United States President Donald J. Trump ranted for 46 minutes about voter fraud in a pre-recorded speech his team posted on Facebook on Wednesday. In the speech, Trump lies about th...
09:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing The Nix Pro 2 Color Sensor instantly IDs any color on any surface, anywhere
From artists to serious design pros, color isn't just about fun. It's a livelihood. And, there's a lot more to it than being able to point out the differences between a royal blue and a sky blue. Can ...
08:41 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Parler, alt-right Twitter alternative, has a porn problem
When alt-right Twitter alternative Parler launched in 2020, its CEO told a reporter, "We're a community town square, an open town square, with no censorship… If you can say it on the street of N...
08:32 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing CDC's Redfield expects up to 200,000 more deaths in US by February from COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield on Wednesday said he expects that another 150,000 to 200,000 people will die of COVID-19 in the U.S. by February. This would bring t...
08:18 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing US economic activity is slowing as virus surges, Fed reports
A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions around the United States reports that economic activity in several regions slowed in November, as coronavirus cases surged. Public health experts predic...
07:51 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Trump wingnuts Sidney Powell and Lin Wood tell Georgia Republican voters to NOT vote in January 5 runoff election
Sidney Powell: "I would encourage all Georgians to make it known that you will not vote at all unless your vote is secure." Lin Wood: "Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election?" From ...
07:43 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Interpol warns of fake COVID vaccine made by organized criminals
It's depressing to imagine that there are people who are so greedy that they would form complex organizations for the purpose of manufacturing and selling phony COVID-19 vaccines. But Interpol just is...
07:38 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Can Trump pardon himself, his children, and his allies?
Testing the boundaries of constitutional power to nullify criminal liability, explainedCharlie Savage at the New York Times today has a legal explainer on the pardons Trump has discussed possibly gra...
07:29 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Chef cooks hot tasty tacos on clothes iron while isolating in a Vancouver hotel room during pandemic
WOW. Where there's a will for tacos, there's a way.Says the guy who made this video and these pandemic tacos, "I'm a chef in isolation in a hotel room. I use different hotel room appliances such as th...
07:21 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Heavy Metal Kenneth Copeland COVID-19 rant, by Andre Antunes (MUSIC VIDEO)
A perfect Heavy Metal interpretation of TV preacher Kenneth Copeland's demonic utterances, by Andre Antunes.It's really just perfect. Here's Andre Antunes' YouTube channel, subscribe.VIDEO: Judgement...
07:20 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing UK is looking for a site to build world's first prototype fusion energy plant
The UK government is looking for a location to build its "Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production" (STEP). The hope is to start constructing the prototype fusion reactor by 2032 and have it generating...
06:59 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing When depressed people are rewarded, their pupils don't dilate as much as non-depressed people's
When something exciting happens to a person (like winning money) their pupils dilate. Researchers found that acutely depressed people's pupils dilate less than non-depressed people's pupils.From Bioni...
06:47 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Hugh Keays-Byrne, of Mad Max fame, dead at 73
Hugh Keays-Byrne, the intimidating British and Australian actor most famous for portraying Mad Max villains The Toecutter and Immortan Joe, is dead at 73. The news was reported by his friend and oneti...
05:45 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Driver pulled over for sitting in a lawn chair behind the wheel
Ontario, Canada police pulled over a vehicle after noticing that the driver appeared to be sitting in a lawn chair behind the wheel. According to a tweet by the Halton Regional Police Service Burlingt...
05:18 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing The Obamas are producing a Netflix comedy series about the Trump administration
Vanity Fair reports that Barack and Michelle Obama are producing a comedy series for Netflix based on Michael Lewis's book The Fifth Risk that documented "the historic chaos and mismanagement tha...
04:43 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Digital sigil generator
The Sigil Engine translates your intentions into sigils, graphical symbols used in magick and other occult practices to help achieve a desired outcome. Artists Darragh Mason and David Tidman created t...
04:19 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Watch: Guitarist rocks with bird pal happily sitting on his hand
pic.twitter.com/uTnijyWER7— FROG (@wakatchairukedo) December 1, 2020Roughly translated, the caption reads: "I feel like I don't need friends anymore." (Thanks, Lux!)...
04:11 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing John Waters's fave films of 2020
The great Pope of trash, John Waters, revealed his top 10 favorite films of 2020 for Artforum. Here are his top 3:1BUTT BOY(Tyler Cornack)A jaw-dropping, deadpan, bowel-bonkers thriller about a hetero...
04:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Fabulous toilet trompe l'il
Leon Keer created "Fake News," an art installation at Mural Festival Montreal. Here's a great making-of video of another work:Leon posted this clip of another attendee cavorting on his work: V...
03:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Lucky Ducky and the return of the Deficit Hawk!
Announcing the new GIFT BOOK PACKAGE: Send the two new Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader, to a liked/loved one this holiday season...
02:45 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Kesha interviews Alice Cooper about ghosts, demons, UFOs, and shooting your drummer in the foot
Pop star Kesha has a new podcast called "Kesha and the Creepies" which is all about the occult and other weird shit. Here's the official description:Kesha and the Creepies explores supernatural subjec...
02:10 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Watch this Swedish jazz musician rip a sick jazz bagpipe solo
This performer, Gunhild Carling, is also known for playing 3 trumpets at the same time. But I personally think the jazzy bagpipes are way cooler....
02:04 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing "Pandemic" is the Dictionary.com word of the year.
Following up on the existential linguistic crisis of 2019, Dictionary.com has awarded their "Word of the Year" distinction to "pandemic." The website tends to favor a descriptivist, rather than prescr...
02:03 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing One of the highest-paid cops in the US accused of corruption
Metheun, Massachusetts is a town of about 50,000 people that sits on the border of New Hampshire. It's perhaps best known as the birthplace of Robert Frost. About 90 percent of the people there are wh...
02:03 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Thousands of people have signed up to throw eggs at a new bronze statue of the Iron Lady
From Newsweek:Over 2,000 people have signed up for an "egg-throwing contest" at the unveiling ceremony of a statue of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher which will cost a local council 10...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing TV writers and actors made a wonderfully awful Batman short film for charity
From GoFundMe:That's why every dollar donated to Fund the Bat is going to the Motion Picture Television Fund's Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund.Please give generously to support the thousands of out of ...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing The Robosen T9 is the transforming robot toy to top all robot toys in 2021
Every holiday season is marked by a few "it" toys. While you can always count on a hot new next-gen gaming console to spark a frenzy, it's not often that those hot toy items are almost as coveted by a...
01:45 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Patagonia creates an ad that's a palindrome
For Black Friday, Patagonia ran an ad in the print issue of the New York Times that had a clever palindromic form — you read the lines from top to bottom, then again from bottom to top. It's a g...
01:45 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Win a chance to hang with Mona Lisa
Much like a person getting a physical, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa gets a regular inspection each year. The 517 year-old is taken out of her temperature-regulated casing for experts to give a once-...
01:43 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Hens pursue Amazon driver
In this footage, hens advance upon an Amazon driver, who makes a fast exit. The hens pursue him to the driveway, then stand guard lest he return....
01:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing This Daft Punk-Mariah Carey mashup is the perfect Christmas song for the hell year of 2020
My friend and former colleague (and Media Matters Editor-At-Large) Parker Molloy made this mashup of Daft Punk and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and I hate it but I can't look away.I created a mas...
01:25 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing The deep methane lakes of Titan
Saturn's moon Titan is bigger than Mercury, and so far as we know, it's the only body in the solar system besides Earth that has surface liquid. Near Titan's north pole, there's an entire system of la...
01:24 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Jim Meskimen's deepfake Xmas message
Jim Meskimen's Christmas message is a year old, but like everything about the holiday is amenable to endless reuse. The deepfake work was executed by Sham00K.Thanks to Showcase productions for sound, ...
01:15 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Santa Claus is having a midlife crisis
Santa Claus feels like society has progressed to the point where he's a has-been. No one wants to sit in his lap, people no longer welcome late night home intruders, and they like to track their packa...
01:09 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing George Parker Bidder could do stupendously difficult arithmetic in his head
George Parker Bidder was born with a surprising gift: He could do complex arithmetic in his head. His feats of calculation would earn for him a university education, a distinguished career in engineer...
01:08 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing How was Weird Al's 2020?
Rolling Stone asked Weird Al Yankovic a series of questions about how his year went. The answers are pure Al. The album I listened to the most in 2020 was:A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip by Sparks. I've alw...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Peer-reviewed scientific study claims COVID-19 is embedded in our DNA, can be cured with magical amulets, also Stonehenge
This news comes from a peer-reviewed paper in the academic journal Science of the Total Environment, based on a study that was, allegedly, supported through funding provided by the US National Institu...
12:49 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing 1890s mechanical device sounds exactly like a bird singing
This wind-up mechanism has a tiny bellows and several gears that produce a remarkably lifelike bird call.Szymon Pawelec, the collector and demonstrator who consulted on the Scorsese film Hugo, says:A ...
12:47 pm GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing When people used to press bootleg recordings onto X-Rays to pass around Soviet Russia
Brian Heater of TechCrunch has a fascinating post on his SubStack about "music on ribs" when people in Soviet Russia would rip audio onto discarded X-Ray printouts in order to share them with friends...
03:30 am GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing IPVanish VPN offers a year of protection and 250GB of cloud storage for under $30
The need for a virtual private network (VPN) is all but universal these days, but choosing the right VPN provider can often be a shot in the dark. Some VPN shoppers are focused on security, while othe...
12:07 am GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing Trump's patriot whistleblower says a "shadow person" is haunting his house
Jesse Morgana truck driver (subcontractor) with USPS in PENNSYLVANIA…pic.twitter.com/EFxXZnQCUS— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2020Trump is excited about USPS contract tru...
12:00 am GMT - Wed, December 2, 2020
BoingBoing CDC to shorten guidance for quarantine after COVID-19 exposure to 10 days, or 7 with a negative test
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to shorten its guidance for quarantining after COVID-19 exposure to 10 days, or seven with a negative virus test, a senior administration offi...
11:41 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Outraged Georgia election official calls out Trump and GOP on violent threats against election staff: 'This has to stop!'
In the clip below, an outraged Georgia election official condemns threatening, violent rhetoric against election staff by Trump and GOP senators: "Mr. President senators, you have not condemned this l...
11:19 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Justice Dept investigating potentially criminal scheme of bribery for Trump presidential pardon
Breaking news from CNN late on Tuesday: "The Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to a c...
11:14 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing CDC votes to give first Covid-19 vaccine to health care workers, long-term care facility residents, once FDA authorizes vaccine
NEWS: The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has voted to give the first Covid-19 vaccine to health care personnel and residents of long-term health care facilities once a vaccine is aut...
11:06 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Toddler locked inside Maserati figures her way out with help from mom and dad
Oops."We were loading the luggage leaving the Lenox Hotel in Boston, and had our daughter London sit in the car so she wouldn't run into the street as we loaded with the valet. The valet accidentally ...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Hungary: Conservative anti-gay politician busted while trying to escape all-male orgy with backpack of drugs
In Hungary, a conservative politician known for his anti-LGBTQ and anti-marriage-equality positions was nabbed by authorities while departing an all-male orgy in the heart of the city's gay-bar distri...
10:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing These 10 best-selling air purifiers can offer a fresh start to 2021, at surprise Cyber Tuesday prices
With 2020 coming to a merciful close, could there be a better symbol for freshly launching into the new year than actually clearing the air? While that works metaphorically, the sad state of our world...
09:17 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Good deal on an Arduino clone kit
This Arduino clone kit has a lot of components for the price, including two types of displays, a stepper motor (and driver for the motor), a servo, heat and distance sensors.If you are new to Arduino ...
08:55 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Papercraft animation homage to videogames
Eric Power writes:I am pleased to present, Video Games, the latest collaboration between myself and jeremy messersmith for his Mixtape for the Milky Way project. Working on this video was a true joy. ...
08:39 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Are these circles moving?
pic.twitter.com/lUPySup2du— (@jagarikin) November 25, 2020The circles are rotating, to be sure, but are they moving in the direction of the arrows?(Via Core 77)...
08:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Watch this red cube somehow fit inside this blue shape
@souptimmy 2 Shapes into one @geobender #geobender #cuber #fidget #fidgettoy Balenciaga – Filmcharacter -https://www.tiktok.com/@souptimmy/video/6893598954504719622TikToker souptimmy shows...
08:08 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis attack AG Bill Barr for saying there's no evidence of widespread fraud that could have changed election outcome
NEW: Rudy Giuliani has responded to AG Barr saying there's no evidence of widespread fraud that could have changed election outcome. In a letter released late Tuesday, Rudy Giuliani and co-Trump-defen...
08:04 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing A two-year-old's approach to the trolley problem
Who says toddlers lack empathy?...
07:59 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing AG Bill Barr says Justice Dept. found no evidence of election fraud that would change outcome
"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr told the AP.Attorney General Bill Barr on Tuesday said the Justice Department has no evi...
07:04 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Mysterious monolith shenanigans update: the one in Romania has vanished
Yesterday we posted about a mysterious monolith that had popped up on a hillside in Romania, which had followed the discovery and disappearance of a similar monolith in Utah. But since our post, the R...
06:57 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Chemistry student poisoned roommate with thallium purchased online
A former Leigh University chemistry student pled guilty to charges that he poisoned his roommate with thallium that he purchased online. Yukai Yang is expected to serve 612 years in prison. From C&...
06:26 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Arcade Dreams documentary covers a century of game history
Arcade Dreams is a forthcoming documentary series about the 100-year history of arcades and arcade games, stretching back long before the age of Pong and covering everything great in detail. The proje...
06:11 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Sixty-five years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to go to the back of the bus
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." Rosa ParksVideo above written by Rich D. Richardson with animation...
06:09 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing The real reason Trump is contesting vote counts? To bilk his cult suckers out of $150 million
Trump filed lawsuits in six states to contest the election results and was laughed out of every court. He never expected to win. It's all a charade to bilk his foolish followers into maxing out their ...
06:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Delightful dinosaur hand puppets
Maker Teresa Noel shows off these wonderful dinosaur hand puppets. In addition the one shown, they have a triceratops and others:This red one has a nice mix of scary and awesome:Image: YouTube / Teres...
05:59 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing "spacehey", a new social network that reboots the design of MySpace
A teenager in Germany — who was only a toddler when MySpace originally launched — has launched spacehey, a social network that reboots MySpace's aesthetic and design flow. You fill out you...
05:45 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing How to make a window look covered in ice crystals
We've all seen fake snow that can be sprayed on windows, trees, etc., but did you know there's also fake ice crystals? MTFX demonstrates above. I learned about it on a shoot about 15 years ago. It wor...
05:43 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Hear how Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's BLUE BOX worked and why 2600 is such an iconic number for hacking.
Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic soundsHi everyone, welcome back to the show. This week ...
05:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Republican Congressional group opposing "The Squad" names themselves after X-Men villains
From The Guardian:A group of incoming Republican congresspeople intends to counter the "radical agenda" of the Democratic party, with the self-professed goal of becoming the Republican party's alterna...
05:28 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Amazing handheld inverted fire tornado bubble
Dustin Skye's mesmerizing bubble creations combine dexterity, patience, and precision. Here are step-by-step instructions of you want to make your own:Image: YouTube / Dustin Skye...
05:01 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Stunning underwater scenes drawn by hand in an 1860s submersible
In the late 1860s, artist, "amateur" zoologist, and maker Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez built a personal submersible so he could draw the otherworldly scenes he observed under the sea. (Did he actually s...
05:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Win a PS5 AND an Xbox Series X AND a whole bunch of more cool gaming gear
This is it. The console wars are back and this year might be the most blistering, savagely-fought engagement ever between bitter rivals, Sony and Microsoft. Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox ...
04:48 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Watch Sheryl Crow and her clones cover Tom Petty
Sheryl Crow and "friends" perform a lovely cover of Tom Petty's "You Don't Know How It Feels." Petty's original version appears on Wildflowers, his 1994 album that was just celebrated with a lavish 7 ...
04:43 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Short documentary about Jonathan Coulton
SindrElf (previously) celebrates the fiftieth birthday of Jonathan Coulton (previously) by creating a 30-minute biographical documentary about his work and career. An enjoyable tour of the classics!I'...
04:23 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing A glimpse of Super Nintendo World opening in February
Super Nintendo World is slated to open at Universal Studios Japan on February 4, 2021. The centerpiece of the $578 million endeavor is an augmented reality Mario Kart ride inside of Bowser's Castle. W...
04:14 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Verifying your humanity is harder every day
Every once in a while, you hear that a ridiculous percentage of internet users are merely algorithms. We design tests to exclude bots from making new accounts, leaving comments, or even consuming cont...
04:02 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Reviewers: Nvidia's RTX 3060 Ti video card a good deal
High-end video cards are hard to find right now, underproduced and overpriced as the pandemic grinds on. Though NVidia's GeForce RTX 3060 Ti lacks the power of the higher-numbered models, it's about a...
03:49 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Following swingers convention, 41 attendees test positive
Last month, around 250 people checked in at a New Orleans hotel for the Naughty in N'awlins swingers festival. At least 41 of those attendees (participants?) have now tested positive for COVID-19. "If...
03:34 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing RIP Sylvia Novak, virtual mortal
Instagram account @myfriendsylvia was a computer-generated mortal who lived five decades of life in just 21 weeks. She died on November 20, according to a family member who made a final post on her ac...
03:33 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing High school student newspaper exposes Nazi symbols in local police training videos
The Manual Red Eye is the student newspaper for DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky. And lately, they've been doing some fantastic work reporting on the white supremacist infiltration of...
02:45 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing New album by John Shirley and Jerry King, "Spaceship Landing in a Cemetery"
Science fiction author, Blue Oyster Cult lyricist, and "cyberpunk patient zero," John Shirley, has also been creating music while doing all of those other things. His latest project is with guitarist ...
02:42 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Hannibal Lecter striking the Sonic Adventure pose
Marcos Lopez (artstation) was struck by the "very simple question" of "What if NBC Hannibal did the Sonic Adventure pose?" Here is the outcome:Yesterday, I posed myself a question. A very simple quest...
02:26 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Sand-powered automata of yesteryear
Alexander Korzer-Robinson modeled this charming acrobat after a Victorian children's toy. It is powered by sand and is reset by gently rotating the toy.Here's an antique one that is still operational:...
02:26 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Heavy metal guitarist turns Kenneth Copeland sermon into a sick hard rock banger
Kenneth Copeland is one of the more notorious fire-and-brimstone MegaChurch millionaire con-artists of today. So guitarist Andre Antunes just did the logical thing: took one of the man's hellfire...
02:15 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Mondo 2000 talks to Illuminatus! show runner Brian Taylor
Our pals over on the Mondo 2000 website have an interview with Brian Taylor who's attempting to bring Shay and Wilson's labyrinthine novel, Illuminatus!, to the small screen. In December 2019, Deadlin...
02:03 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing How flies are able to elude your fly swatter
Flies have a number of tools in their arsenal that have given them a perpetual edge in the battle against human-engineered fly swatter technology. The most fascinating is a set of little barbells unde...
02:01 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Watch the Pogues perform "London Calling" with Joe Strummer for the first time ever on St. Patrick's Day 1988
Far Out Magazine has a great new write-up about this legendary 1988 performance at the Town & Country Club in London:The Town & Country club in London, which is now known as Kentish Town Forum...
01:49 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Arecebo Observatory destroyed in final collapse
Amigos es con profundo pesar comunicarles que acaba de colapsar la plataforma del Observatorio de Arecibo. pic.twitter.com/stJScy2Old— Deborah Martorell (@DeborahTiempo) December 1, 2020The susp...
01:49 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Arecibo Observatory destroyed in platform collapse
Amigos es con profundo pesar comunicarles que acaba de colapsar la plataforma del Observatorio de Arecibo. pic.twitter.com/stJScy2Old— Deborah Martorell (@DeborahTiempo) December 1, 2020The susp...
01:25 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Incredibly detailed, track-by-track analysis of the Doctor Who theme music
This web site does only one thing, but does it incredibly well: It offers a nuanced, track-by-track analysis of the Doctor Who theme music originally composed in 1963.The writers here — Danny St...
01:10 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing The Cruising Diaries is a queer cult classic set in underground Oakland
I was honored to illustrate a brand-new expanded color edition of The Cruising Diaries, Whiting Award-winning author Brontez Purnell's hilariously unhinged and decidedly unsexy erotic memoir. If there...
01:09 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing These elaborate cardboard forts for cats are a labor of love.
The good folks over at Sad and Useless have compiled this gallery of some of the most ambitious homemade cardboard cat forts I've ever seen. Some have elaborate turrets, others have gun towers or tiny...
01:08 pm GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Life on the inside as a locked-in patient
Jake Haendel came close to dying in 2017. He was diagnosed with toxic progressive leukoencephalopathy, caused by the use of adulterated heroin. Haendel did not die, but spent a year unable to move or ...
03:30 am GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing The Genius Pack is the perfect carry-on when you're ready to travel and it's now over half off
We'd all love to make the trip home this year for the holidays, but the reality is, that's probably not in the cards for millions right now. But with encouraging signs that a COVID-19 vaccine in early...
12:35 am GMT - Tue, December 1, 2020
BoingBoing Scott Atlas quits Trump White House coronavirus team, was 'herd immunity' proponent
Scott Atlas has resigned from his position in the White House as Donald Trump's special adviser on COVID-19, multiple news agencies report Mister 'Herd Immunity' has resigned, reports CNN:Dr. Scott A...
11:59 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Arizona's Gov. Ducey will get back to you
HE'LL GET BACK TO YOU Reporter Brahm Resnik of Phoenix, AZ NBC 12 News/KPNX TV tweeted this incredible video of Arizona's Republican governor Greg Ducey seeming to blow off an incoming call from the T...
10:38 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Utah monolith was removed by annoyed "locals"
Ross Bernards wrote on his Instagram page that he witnessed the Utah monolith being removed by a group of men he surmised were locals. The 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque monolith, discovered in the deser...
08:30 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing These 25 at-home fitness deals are available at Cyber Monday prices
This year, the pledge to focus on your health and take better care of yourself in 2021 needs to be more than just words. As we've all seen the past several months, your health is your most precio...
08:10 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing My favorite cordless vacuum is on sale today
I bought this Black+Decker Dustbuster cordless vacuum in 2015, and it's the best I've owned. All the other cordless vacs I've owned had batteries that conked out after a year or less, but the battery ...
08:04 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Russian Cyberpunk Farm
"They say that Russia is a technically backward country, there are no roads, robotics do not develop, rockets do not fly, and mail goes too long. It's a bullshit."Video. (Written and directed by: Serg...
07:57 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing This cat loves being dried off after a nice bath
This cat seriously enjoys getting dried off after a nice luxurious bath.November 30, 2020, Taoyuan City, Taiwan: "The first time I took my brother's cat to the bath, never expected him to enjoy it."...
07:48 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Workers climb a building to rescue brave dog holding on to life from 3-story window (VIDEO)
The dog is fine! "This brave furbaby was hanging for almost 20 minutes. He kept holding on to the wall so he didn't get strangled. He had been alone in the apartment. Maybe he was afraid and missed hi...
07:43 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Another mysterious monolith pops up in Romania
Last week, a shiny 12-foot monolith was discovered in Utah. Then, over the weekend, it mysteriously vanished. Now a similar monolith has appeared on a hillside in Romania, standing where an ancient Da...
07:41 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Despite COVID risk, 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, highest air travel day since pandemic began
What coronavirus? About 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the greatest single-day air travel numbers since the pandemic hit America in March. And th...
07:38 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Bitcoin price sets new record: $19,850
The price of a bitcoin reached $19,850 today, beating the 2017 record of $19,783. It's since dropped to $19,268. The 2017 price surge has been attributed to an influx of Asian speculators, followed by...
07:27 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing IRS admits it sent some $1,200 stimulus checks to non-Americans, and probably will again
The United States Internal Revenue Service now acknowledges that its own mistakes caused some foreign citizens to receive $1,200 coronavirus relief payments they weren't entitled to (the aid was for U...
07:20 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Federal judge advances lawsuit accusing Felix Sater of laundering money through Trump Organization properties
Adam Klasfeld of Law and Crime News reports that a federal judge on Monday partially advanced a lawsuit accusing Felix Sater of laundering millions stolen from Kazakhstan's BTA Bank through Trump Orga...
07:11 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Arizona certifies election, affirming Joe Biden's victory and granting him state's 11 electoral votes
The state of Arizona today certified results of the 2020 presidential election, affirming Joe Biden's victory and granting him the state's 11 electoral votes.This also clears the way for Senator-elect...
07:10 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Bonus to Biden win: FCC chair Ajit Pai is quitting
Ajit Pai announced he'll be stepping down as FCC chairman, rather than waiting around to be fired by Biden on January 20. Best known as a monopoly-loving foe of Net Neutrality, Pai also let stand the ...
06:55 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing As Trump howls, Arizona certifies Biden win
The State of Arizona certified President-elect Biden's win, but Trump's crack team of results deniers isn't giving up on trying to reverse the decision.From The Washington Post:The action came as Bide...
06:39 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Are you a super-recognizer? Take this test
I've always thought I was good at recognizing people's faces. But I took this test and my results said I'm in the bottom 50%. The test was hard for me. I was just blindly guessing most of the time. Gi...
06:29 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Malarkey, schadenfreude, and Merriam-Webster's other Words of the Year
Merriam-Webster published its list of the top eleven words looked up the most in 2020. It's a fascinating (albeit unsurprising) reflection of the zeitgeist:CoronavirusDefundMambaKrakenQuarantineAntebe...
06:20 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing A Project Runway contestant named Kovid created a "sick" mask in 2019
Project Runway's Season 17 had a contestant who made a "Head to Toe" look which included a matching mask. The hosts praised it as "sick." And, of course, his name was Kovid Kapoor. 2019 Project Runwa...
06:16 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Woz's Apple rainbow logo eyeglasses (and an Apple I) up for auction
"Around 1979, I had an optometrist in Palo Alto custom make 30 pairs of these glasses with lenses in the shape and rainbow colors of the original Apple logo," says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. "It ...
06:11 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Scientists translated bat screeches and learned they argue a lot about food and sex
Researchers at Tel Aviv University recorded 15,000 Egyptian fruit bat screeches into a machine learning algorithm that matched the bats' activities with the sounds they made. They learned that bats a...
06:03 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Wasps threaten airplane safety
Wasps are threatening airplane safety at Australia's Brisbane Airport. The keyhole wasps have identified an airplane's "pitot tube," an externally-mounted sensor that measures airspeed, as an ideal lo...
06:00 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing The Yankee Candle phenomenon
There are angry ladies all over Yankee Candle's site reporting that none of the candles they just got had any smell at all. I wonder if they're feeling a little hot and nothing has much taste for the...
05:16 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing A brief history of the ginormous novelty holiday decoration
In December, Inglewood Drive in Toronto becomes "Kringlewood" because almost everyone puts up a giant inflatable Santa Claus. That started in 2013, as the neighborhood embraced the absurdity of giant ...
05:16 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Pillow with a built-in hand to hold
Madeline Robertson recently patented a pillow with a built-in hand to hold. Apparently, the hand could also be attached to a shirt. From the USPTO filing:The tactile object may be formed of a second m...
05:00 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Model rocketry in the 21st century
If you're a former model/amateur rocket enthusiast, a born-again rocketeer, or current practitioner of amateur space, you must subscribe to BPS.space. It is the channel of Joe Bernard, a young amateu...
04:56 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing This is the deepest swimming pool in the world
Deepspot is a new swimming facility in Poland boating the world's deepest human-made pool with a depth of 148 foot. The pool is designed for SCUBA and freediving and features underwater caves, "Mayan"...
04:51 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing More psychedelic-y demo version of The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood"
A friend just posted this on Facebook. It's apparently one of the demo versions of "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" featuring the George Harrison sitar part much more prominently in the mix. Of ...
04:47 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Family builds a rollercoaster in their backyard during shelter-in-place
Did you learn how to crochet during shelter in place? Bake bread? That's nice. Meanwhile, the LaRochelle family in Napa, CA were busy building a large-scale replica of Disneyland's Matterhorn ride in ...
04:45 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Bizarro Erotica author Chuck Tingle made a moving animated short about depression and ghosts
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Chuck Tingle, the surprisingly wholesome author of such acclaimed literary masterpieces as Space Raptor Butt Invasion, Upset Tromp Supporter Pounded In The Butt B...
04:45 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing How THE MANDALORIAN is making old Kenner action figures relevant again
I have an older cousin who I used to think was the coolest dude ever. He always had hot girlfriends, he was always hammered, and he had an in-ground pool and a half-pipe in his backyard. What else do ...
04:33 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Listen to Bjork singing at age 11
In 1976, Bjrk, then 11-years-old and studying classical piano and flute, sang Tina Charles's "I Love to Love" for a school recital. According to Wikipedia, "her teachers sent a recording of her singin...
04:20 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing They Might Be Giants explain the Electoral College in a new song
The new They Might Be Giants single, "Who Are The Electors?", is a pop-rock civics lesson that belongs up there with "I'm Just A Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock. As the band explained in their newsletter:...
04:03 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Snowman and Fred from 'Smokey and the Bandit'
As I get older Fred the Dog becomes the best part of Smokey and the Bandit....
03:59 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing You can finally buy Richard Simmons as a Chia Pet
Yes, that's right: for just $20, you, too, can have a Richard Simmons Chia Pet growing your own home. Simmons is apparently offering lockdown workout videos as well. He also offered this helpful advic...
03:50 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing North Korea reportedly has a fleet of military dolphin assassins, too
A new article from the US Naval Institute which is not necessarily representative of the US Navy claims to have spotted evidence of dolphin holding pens along the Taedong River in North Korea. Howev...
03:45 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Watch freediver Andrey Matveenko descend 119 meters on one breath
In an astonishing display of control and focus, Andrey Matveenko calmly dives about 390 feet straight down into the ocean depths.There are several kinds of freediving, including with or without fins o...
03:17 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Trump's sons' high school nicknames were "stank" and "choad".
As noted by Tom McKay, the sons of outgoing president Trump enjoyed the nicknames "stank" and "choad" as high-schoolers. Don Jr is Stank, Eric is Choad. These revelations come courtesy of their yearbo...
03:07 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Modem noise spectrogram
Scotty H created this spectrographic animation of a classic dial-up modem's startup noise. Here's a breakdown, by Oona Risnen, of what each section concerns:Dial-up modem operaWhy the modems screamed...
03:00 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Welcome to Slimetown
Aleia Murawski and Samuel Copeland create delightful dioramas featuring live snails. View this post on Instagram A post shared by aleia (@aleia)They did a fun video for the Bully so...
02:56 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing As defeat unfolded, Trump's advisors told him he'd won
Trump's current behavior, refusing to accept defeat and insisting that the election was fraudulent, was inevitable: he's made the same claim about every poll that ever failed to go his way. But it cer...
02:30 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Why the web is a mess
Tom Scott looks at how the web devolved from a universal linked information system into a bit of a mess.There are two reasons, he says: advertisers and people. The web was originally stateless. Then c...
02:25 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Iranian nuclear scientist killed with drone gun
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's chief nuclear scientist, was shot with a remote-controlled machine gun, reports Iranian news agency Fars.The Fars News report said Fakhrizadeh was traveling with his wife in...
02:10 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Watch this delightful animated short of Stan Lee saying "fuck" a lot
Aron Fromm worked with the late Stan Lee as a sound editor for more than a decade. He recently dug up some old archival recordings of the excelsior man including one in which the ever-jovial Stan Lee...
02:00 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Watch North Korea's Mass Games opening ceremony
If the Beijing Olympics ceremonies were more concerning to you than inspiring, the North Korean Mass Games may remind you of how tight choreography and totalitarianism often go hand in hand. Presented...
01:30 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Thin-stemmed wine glass gets wobbled almost to breaking
Mattes Kuche shared this demonstration of how flexible cold glass can be by wobbling this wine glass with an extremely thin stem. View this post on Instagram A post shared by #kuche...
01:10 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Bob Ross art will be part of a new Magic: The Gathering expansion
From Vice:The set will feature two Ross landscapes representing each of Magic's five different land  typesplains, swamps, forests, islands, and mountains. "I thought swamp was going to be the har...
01:06 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Man grooms enormous Highland cow
In this video, a man gently grooms Hamish, a colossal Highland cow. It ends with a harmless but telling example of how much trouble you can get into around those horns, even with such a docile breed....
01:00 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Great deep dive into Japanese classic 'The Mysterians'
The Mysterians is a must-see Japanese sci-fi flick from 1957, and over at ourculture, they give it a thorough and thoughtful analysis.In the film, a series of earthquakes and forest fires precedes the...
01:00 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Parallels Pro, Luminar 4, and 10 more amazing Mac apps join this amazing Cyber Monday deal
It's become a tradition in the Boing Boing Store. Just like winter and Santa, every year's end isn't complete without the most tricked-out set of killer Mac apps included in the annual Cyber Monday Ma...
12:51 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Ransomware attack closes Baltimore schools: 115,000 kids affected
Baltimore's public schools are closed this week after a ransomware attack brought down its network. Administrators hope to bring students back in on Wednesday, but "it could take weeks" to bring up th...
12:45 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Umami tsunami: dry-aging a steak with only MSG
Like Uncle Roger, I liberally apply MSG to savory dishes, but this steak dry-aged in pure MSG is next level:MSG is something used quite often in many restaurants. Today I Dry Aged Steaks with it and t...
12:41 pm GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Here's what a $1.5 million guitar sounds like
An auction house called up Music Is Win with an amazing chance to play Eric Clapton's "Slowhand" 1954 Fender Stratocaster. From the auction house:It appears that Clapton first used it on stage circa 1...
03:00 am GMT - Mon, November 30, 2020
BoingBoing Here are 30 bestselling apps and streaming services on sale for Cyber Monday
While Cyber Monday is ostensibly about helping you save money on holiday gift ideas, the true sneaky joy of it all is scoring deals on stuff for you.Friends and relatives are great…but let's not...