Fit to Print
collects the literary gyrations that the New York Times
uses to avoid saying bad words such as "dang" and "jeez" and "fiddlesticks."
"A derogatory word for gay men, followed, alliteratively, by freak"
"A master of the bitter and unprintable insults (His denunciations made me recall the title of an old Fairport Convention album, Expletive Delighted)"
"The rapper French Montana gave an unaswer that features two unprintable worlds with that between them"
"Mr. Lee blasted a dictionary's worth of unprintable words at developers"
"Let me be clear to you, he said. You ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this balcony, infusing it with an obscenity favored by mobsters."
It looks a culture of giggling cleverness, of writers more impressed by optimized circumlocutions than the subjects they refer to. In the absence of policy, they'd use still them—at least for as long as they could get away with it! [via Kottke
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
With the cacophony of an election year ablaze with unparalleled drama being fought on the front lines of Twitter, we find ourselves slowing down and staring at it like a bad accident. The need for escapist relief is perhaps more dire than usual right now. This fall, if it’s drama you crave, but the Hillary […]
Geek Fuel is a subscription delivery service that caters to those of us that love comics, gaming, and general geek culture. Every month, Geek Fuel will assemble a box of goodies with a value of $50 or over. The specific items are a mystery, but you’ll always get an exclusive t-shirt not found anywhere else, a full […]
If you like to DIY and you like helicopters, you’re going to really love the Flexbot Hexacopter Kit. This copter blows traditional models out of the water: it includes everything you need to actually build your own hexacopter, and then pilot it like a pro, too.The construction is complicated enough to give you a challenge, […]
This week’s top deals from the Boing Boing Store range from lobster to wine to desk organization. 1. Get Maine Lobster (50% Off)With these discounted packages from Get Maine Lobster, you can experience the sweet, fresh flavor of world-renowned Maine lobster right at your own dinner table. There are four options to choose from, each at […]