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Barack Obama’s real Kenyan birth certificate has been discovered, President Trump has caught “Russia’s White House spy,” and actor Robert Wagner has been hit by “grand jury murder charges” - if you believe this week’s tabloids. Alas, it’s...
From: Boing Boing | By: Peter Sheridan | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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https://youtu.be/uZGFTmK6Yk4 It's no secret that Boing Boing (along with over 4 million other netizens) loves the Primitive Technology channel on YouTube. We've covered this channel numerous times (about a guy making primitive tech in the wilds of Far...
From: Boing Boing | By: Gareth Branwyn | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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https://youtu.be/S2BB52xc_cc You are a king and have invited 1,000 guests to a party. Each guest has brought one bottle of wine. But before any of the wine has been opened, your chief spy takes you aside and tells you that he is certain that one, and...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Are you an urban police force thinking about how to control your fellow humans? Look no farther! Your pals at Bozena have an all-new RIOT system, a crowd-control killdozer for all your protest-suppressing needs! (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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The AP reports that Jeremy Putnam, 31, was arrested in Winchester, Virginia, and charged with "wearing a mask in public," a felony in that state. He was armed with a "sword" in public, which apparently alarmed residents. But they haven't charged him...
From: Boing Boing | By: Rob Beschizza | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Trumpcare went down in flames yesterday, and the flames smelled faintly of burning Trumphair. But the president's personal humiliation was shared with adviser Steve Bannon, according to reports, whose behavior around conservative Republicans made a joke...
From: Boing Boing | By: Rob Beschizza | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Christopher Tan created Retrocade, a delightful 3D printed arcade machine project that lets users play classic games. He's even releasing the files and instructions. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Andrea James | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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This Inception-like moment as all the doorways form a straight line is both satisfying and mesmerizing. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Andrea James | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Some pretty good action sequences in this sendup of John Wick, with hot lead replaced by pliant foam projectiles. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Andrea James | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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If Mythbusters and Jackass had a brother they kept in the attic and never talked about, he would be FarmtruckandAZN. Farmtruck, the brains of the outfit, invented the Nitrous Chair. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Andrea James | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Here's a great backstory on the shot of Air Force One that cost a guy his job after commissioning an unannounced low-altitude flight around lower Manhattan. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Andrea James | Friday, March 24, 2017
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The use of "them" as a gender-neutral pronoun goes back hundreds of years, but the weaponizing of grammar as a way to tell people how to talk (rather than a way to understand what speakers are saying) made the practice anathema, creating strong headwinds...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you...
From: Boing Boing | By: Boing Boing's Store | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Our guest this week on the Cool Tools Show is Danielle Applestone. Danielle is a material scientist, co-founder and CEO of Other Machine Co., the leading manufacturer of high-precision desktop CNC milling machines. Formerly, Danielle ran a DARPA project...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Carla and I just returned from a one-week trip to Tokyo. It was my sixth visit to Japan's capital, and it was my favorite. For the next few days, I'll be writing about recommended things to do there. See them all here. We arrived at Narita airport about...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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I have a Fender Telecaster but no case or stand. It usually sits on a couch. I finally broke down and bought the ChromaCast CC-MINIGS Universal Folding Guitar Stand with Secure Lock for $8.96 on Amazon. It's got a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with over...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, March 24, 2017
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People in the 400 highest-income households are gnashing their teeth today. If the repeal of Obamacare hadn't stalled, they stood to get tax cuts of about $7 million each. Mother Jones made this graph based on a report from the Center of Budget and Policy...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, March 24, 2017
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By day, Scott Weaver is a grocery store clerk. When he's not working, he's making elaborate sculptures out of toothpicks and Elmer's Glue. His tool is a nail clipper. His largest work is called "Rolling Through the Bay." It's a 9-foot sculpture of San...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Republicans withdrew Trump's favored legislative plan to replace Obamacare on Friday, understanding that they lacked the votes to pass it in the House of Representatives. This despite the president's threat to leave Obamacare as law of the land if they...
From: Boing Boing | By: Rob Beschizza | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Founded in 1989, Mr Bongo is an exquisitely-curated indie record (and film) label that uncovers incredible Brazilian psych, rare soul, avant-jazz, and deeply groovy Afrobeat recordings and reissues them in beautiful and informative vinyl and CD packages....
From: Boing Boing | By: David Pescovitz | Friday, March 24, 2017
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A better understanding how a sperm swims its way toward an egg could help inform new treatments for male infertility. Researchers from the University of York have now come up with a mathematical formula to model how large numbers of moving sperm interact...
From: Boing Boing | By: David Pescovitz | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards tells the fascinating backstory behind Darth Vader's brutal stroll down the hallway in Rogue One. (Wired) And if you missed it yesterday, check out the Star Wars: Rogue One ending flow into A New Hope beginning....
From: Boing Boing | By: David Pescovitz | Friday, March 24, 2017
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In 1948, Moses Asch founded the incredibly influential Folkways Records label to record and share music and sounds from around the world. Along with bringing the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, and Elizabeth Cotten to wider audiences,...
From: Boing Boing | By: David Pescovitz | Friday, March 24, 2017
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In Britain, grounds for divorce are quite specific: adultery, desertion, "unreasonable behavior", the agreement of both parties or five years separation. An appeals court has therefore affirmed another judge's ruling that Tini Owens, 66, is not otherwise...
From: Boing Boing | By: Rob Beschizza | Friday, March 24, 2017
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It's not even clear where it's from, but alongside various stories about Trump's healthcare legislation woes, it's been on the BBC News homepage for what, two days now? For this morning's one, they've started zooming into it. By tomorrow, if the legislation...
From: Boing Boing | By: Rob Beschizza | Friday, March 24, 2017
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The latest poll emailed by Trump HQ to its mailing lists asks supporters to click based on whether they "stand with President Trump" or "believe Democrats and Fake News": click the former and you're taken to a donation solicitation, click the latter...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Dr Gale Ridge is a public entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, where an average of 23 people a day call, write or visit; an increasing proportion of them aren't inquiring about actual insects, they're suffering from delusional...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, March 24, 2017
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In 2012, Google rolled out Certificate Transparency, a clever system to spot corrupt "Certificate Authorities," the entities who hand out the cryptographic certificates that secure the web. If Certificate Authorities fail to do their jobs, they put the...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Custom coffee vessels are the perfect piece of office flair, but it’s just a matter of time before your VOTE FOR PEDRO mug will start to lose its relevant wit. Why not have a new one every day, with whatever silly nonsense you want sticking off the...
From: Boing Boing | By: Boing Boing's Store | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Time's cover-story about Donald Trump features a long interview with the president, in which he insists, over and over again, that he is not a liar. It is full of lies. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Trump's distaste for publicly-funded children's programming may or may not be connected to Sesame Street's character Ronald Grump, a grouch who finagles Oscar into relocating from his trash can to Grump Tower. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Andrea James | Friday, March 24, 2017
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CSIR-Tech is the commercial arm of the Indian government's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; after spending ₹50 crore (about USD7.6M) pursuing more than 13,000 "bio-data patents" (patents of no real value save burnishing the credentials...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, March 24, 2017
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With the shambolic FARC peace deal finally in place, the Colombian government is hoping to shift the country's farmers from Colombia's major cash crop: the coca leaves that are refined into the world's cocaine supply. Perhaps with the guerrillas no longer...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, March 24, 2017
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This nifty crying unicorn candle comes with three colorful wax rainbow horns. Light the horn, and tears of joy start to flow from the unicorn's eyes: (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Andrea James | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Biologist Nipam Patel and his team at UC Berkeley study how butterflies develop wing shape and color by performing surgery on caterpillars, creating translucent windows in their cocoons. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Andrea James | Friday, March 24, 2017
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When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail; when all you have is clip art of a hooded hacker figure... (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Studio North was commissioned to refit an old elevator shaft in a converted warehouse loft in Calgary; they built a tall, narrow library with climbable shelves whose hand- and foot-holds retract into the shelving. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, March 24, 2017
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The chaos surrounding Donald Trump and Paul Ryan's monster of a health care bill grows: a long-planned vote in Congress was called off today, representing a devastating blow to the narcissist-in-chief's bravado. Late news on Thursday night, “The President...
From: Boing Boing | By: Xeni Jardin | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Trump, his deal-making skills having failed him, simply ordered his party Thursday night to pass his unappetizing Obamacare replacement plan, or else. And the "else" is Obamacare, forever and ever and ever. It was far from clear, however, that Ryan and...
From: Boing Boing | By: Rob Beschizza | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Toronto high-school students have been visiting the USA since their inception; I remember my own high-school trips to Buffalo's Albright Knox gallery warmly. But they are a relic of the past, because the Toronto District School Board will not risk harassment...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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In a party-line split, the U.S. Senate today voted to allow internet service providers to retain personal data without permission and sell it to whomever might pay for it. The Senate voted 50:48 in favor of S.J. 34, which would remove the rules and,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Rob Beschizza | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Despite the widespread belief that meme-warriors won the election through tactical shitposting of photoshopped Pepe the Frogs in Nazi arm-bands, the reality is a lot more complicated. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Israeli makeup magician Ilana Kolihanov created this wonderfully creepy optical illusion. See more of her incredible work on her Instagram feed. A post shared by Ilana Makeup Artist🌻🐙 (@ilana_makeup_artist) on Sep 2, 2016 at 10:02am PDT A post...
From: Boing Boing | By: David Pescovitz | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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I hate to travel, but Roku's Streaming Stick lets me take my home TV viewing experience with me. While we've tried AppleTV, Xbox One, and a Google Chromecast stick, my daughter and I both prefer Roku. We've got all the apps we like loaded, and our profile's...
From: Boing Boing | By: Jason Weisberger | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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The public bathroom at Beijing's Temple of Heaven Park now has a toilet paper dispenser outfitted with a camera and facial recognition technology to prevent toilet paper theft. From the New York Times: Before entering restrooms in the park, visitors...
From: Boing Boing | By: David Pescovitz | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Call it The Landmaid's Tale: two girls were barred from boarding a flight by a United Airlines agent Sunday, and the airline confirmed that leggings are against a dress policy it applies to people traveling on passes issued to employees and their dependents....
From: Boing Boing | By: Rob Beschizza | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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It's not just Mexican cement giant Cemex that's refusing to bid on the Great Wall of Trump; many of the firms in the super-concentrated large-scale construction sector are signalling their unwillingness to participate in the wall's construction. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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This brainfart from the Republican speaker of the house dates to 2013, not the aftermath of his failure to pass his widely-disliked Obamacare replacement plan. Snopes: WHAT'S TRUE House Speaker Ryan said he would not give up on destroying the United...
From: Boing Boing | By: Rob Beschizza | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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The humiliating inability of Republicans to legislate even when they control the Presidency, House and Senate has emboldened the left wing of the Democratic party, led by Bernie Sanders, to push to replace Obamacare (designed by the Heritage Foundation...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade...
From: Boing Boing | By: Boing Boing's Store | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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