I sat down with Tim Jackson in London before Christmas to talk about LendAround, his fun new social entrepreneurship startup that makes it easier for you and your friends to share the stuff you've got lying around the house. He's starting with DVDs, and launching a service for people in the US, but I'm looking forward to the day when I can use it to figure out who can spot me a lawnmower for the afternoon. Tim sez,
LendAround is a free, legal site that helps you lend and borrow things with your friends, starting with DVDs. Unlike swapping or trading, it's about stuff you love, not stuff you want to get rid of -- and it's about your friends, rather than anonymous people on the other side of the country. We're in private beta now, but any Boing Boing readers in the US who'd like an invitation can email me up to 2 February at boingboingUS@lendaround.com. Tell us what kind of movies you like and how much you trust your friends or work colleagues, and we'll see if we can get you in.
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.
Libretaxi is an open source project that lets anyone become a rideshare driver in less than a minute; it has more than 20,000 users worldwide, and is maintained by Roman Pushkin, who started the project in December 2016 and is now planning to quit his job and work on it full time.
Mister Alphabet is an action-figure designed to cleverly bend and contort into every letter of the Latin alphabet; the website is long on trademark warnings and arty Instagram photos, but short on details, like, “Is this an object of commerce?” and “If so, where does one buy it?” (via Kottke)
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 any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]
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 have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, […]
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 sides? You can save big on your novelty […]