On the always-fascinating Expanding Mind podcast, Erik Davis and Maja D'Aoust interviewed Earth and Fire, the founders and directors of Erowid. If you don't know Erowid, it's the Internet's best resource for information about psychoactive substances. Founded in 1995, Erowid contains tens of thousands of documents ranging from scientific papers and FAQs to carefully-curated "experience reports" and legal info. The non-profit Erowid Center also co-sponsors and operates EcstasyData.org, a lab testing program that analyzes samples of street Ecstasy. All of this publicly-accessible, good data is especially important as a counter to the insanely misinformed media hype around "Molly." Expanding Mind: Erowid.org Today
From the 1990 TV special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue,” this catchy anti-drug ditty Wonderful Ways to Say No” (1990), posted to YouTube by a fan of famed Disney lyricist Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, etc): Here’s “Wonderful Ways to Say No” from the multi-network drug-abuse prevention animated special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. […]
In the 1970s, legendary Disney animator Art Babbitt, creator of Goofy, worked at Hanna-Barbera directing the studio’s commercial division. His anti-drug PSA above, circa 1970, is a masterpiece of psychedelic cartooning.
The Taqueria Los Altos in Bell Gardens is the place for cheap blow: just 25c a go at the putty ball vending machine! The mother called police, who arrived and tested the white powder, which was positive for the drug. Police opened the machine and found 136 grams, or just under 5 ounces, of cocaine […]
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]
As the old saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour.” Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most […]