You've probably heard about the US Department of Energy's efforts to create a landmark to warn people to stay away from nuclear waste dumps in Nevada and New Mexico. The mission is to create some kind of warning system that will last for 10,000 years, and still be effective at delivering a message of danger that people in the distant future can comprehend. It's tough --the DOE has hired artists, architects, anthropologists, etc., but everything those people come up with to scare future generations away ends up looking more like a lure.
Here's what the DOE should do: hire Michael Eisner to design a theme park over the radioactive dumps. They'll never have to worry about anyone setting foot there again. As Boing Boing readers Vorbis comments on this photoessay of Disney's California Adventure Theme Park: "lookit how deserted this place seems to be not too long after the opening of the major ride."
Matthew sez: "I enjoyed that boingboing link you just submitted to the photos of empty lineups at Disney's California theme park -- but I thought maybe you should mention that savedisney.com (where the photos are hosted) is a site set up by Roy Disney and others as part of their campaign to oust Michael Eisner..."
It’s the end of an era, sort of: Fraunhofer IIS, the developers of the MP3 audio compression format, announced that they are ceasing their licensing program. In a blog post, spokesman Matthias Rose says that it’s had a good 20-year run and is obsolete. But it’s also true that the decoding patents expired last year, […]
Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
Alex Wood is an addict but won’t give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: “I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I […]
Boasting an IPX6 waterproof rating, the Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker resists dust and heavy rainfall. It’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store.The Trakk Bullet offers the same wireless convenience as other portable speakers, but few are built as tough as this one. Its utilitarian construction is designed to be a totally low-maintenance […]
The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch is a simpler take on an active wearable that raised over $2m dollars on Kickstarter and is currently offered in the Boing Boing Store.Somewhere in between the single-day battery life and platform-specificity of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, there exists the Ticwatch. Instead of trying to shoehorn another […]
Loot Crate is a subscription service that delivers a box of curated pop culture goods to your doorstep. To sample their geeky wares, you can order a single mystery box exclusively from the Boing Boing Store.Each month Loot Crate sends you 6-7 unique items and apparel, including collectibles, books, and t-shirts. Pulling inspiration from all […]