Realistic Donald Trump 3D t-shirt with "hair in the wind" effect

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You, too, can now have Donald Trump's hair. On a t-shirt.

IMGURian Jakob Brask is crowdsourcing these Donald Trump 3D t-shirt with "natural windblown hair" effect.

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Sassy Trump Has Himself a Hissy Fit at the Debate

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As with each and every episode of his genius 'Sassy Trump' voicedub series, actor-director-comedienne Peter Serafinowicz is using 100% actual Donald Trump's own words here. He's just voicing them differently. More authentically, perhaps.

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Shimon Peres, former Israeli PM who worked for peace, has died at 93 after a stroke

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One of the great political leaders of Israel, Nobel peace prize laureate Shimon Peres, has died. He was 93 years old. He suffered a stroke two weeks ago.

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Gentleman ejected from Uber car for smoking "medicine"

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The fellow who posted this video said, "I wanted to get medicated, so I asked the driver if I could smoke. He clearly said 'yes,' so I did. In New Orleans, marijuana has been decriminalized, so I didn't see the problem. But he did, so I got ejected." Read the rest

The Coloring Book for Goths: because goths (and former goths) can take a joke

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

The Coloring Book for Goths: The World's Most Depressing Book by Tom Devonald Atria Books 2016, 96 pages, 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches (paperback) $9 Buy a copy on Amazon

I wasn't a big fan of high school, and my high school wasn't a big fan of me. Weird, awkward, and music-obsessed, I was a concert-tee-clad speck in a sea of polo shirts and boat shoes. My 30th high school reunion was last July. A friend of mine from high school, who has a sadistic sense of humor, added me to the reunion Facebook page. One of the organizers for the event asked the group what songs they wanted to hear at the reunion. They all commented with one singular word, "Eighties." The organizer tried their best to be diplomatic, and calmly asked which particular songs they wanted to hear, which then prompted the response of, "Eighties." This went on for a while. Finally, someone commented with Starship's "We Built This City."

Needless to say, I didn't attend the reunion. I try my best to avoid situations where I might accidentally hear one note of Starship's "We Built This City." In a strange coincidence, some of my friends who didn't attend my high school organized a gothic/punk/industrial 'club kid' reunion the weekend prior to my high school reunion. During the early-to-mid '80s, the midwestern city I lived in had a great alternative music club scene. We would spend most of our evenings dressed in black and coiffed outrageously, dancing to Bauhaus' seminal track "Bela Lugosi is Dead," Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," amongst other doomy, angsty, deep cuts and non-hits. Read the rest

Prince Ea puts the school system on trial

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Richard Williams, aka Prince Ea, is an amazing spoken word artist who helps make people aware of their lives and surroundings. With his videos, he reminds us that we can make a difference. He has a new video about the modern school system and how, in his opinion, it needs to be improved. It shows that the school curriculum may not be as perfect as we thought. Does it need to change? Well, we'll let you watch and decide for yourself. Read the rest

Bad Little Children's Books

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Bad Little Children's Books by "Arthur C. Gackley" darkly reimagines innocent kids' books from the mid 20th century.

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John Park's PZ-1 Pizza Box DJ Controller

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My friend John Edgar Park made this cool MIDI controller in a pizza box with a conductive ink surface. Read the rest

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played on a 1929 Theremin

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Dan Colman of Open Culture says, "Watch Peter Pringle perform on the theremin “Over the Rainbow,” the song originally written for 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. Read the rest

Smithsonian scientist Harrison Dyar spent 20 years digging hidden tunnels under Washington D.C.

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In 1924 a curious network of catacombs was discovered in Washington D.C. They were traced to Harrison Dyar, a Smithsonian entomologist who had been industriously digging tunnels in the city for almost two decades. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll describe Dyar's strange hobby -- and the equally bizarre affairs in his personal life.

We'll also revisit balloons in World War II and puzzle over a thief's change of heart.

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Turn an original Mac mouse into a wireless one

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YouTuber kipkay repurposed a vintage 30-year-old Mac mouse in this how-to video. Turns out there are lots of little items inside that can be salvaged for other projects, too. Read the rest

What's inside toothpaste

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Chemist George Zaidan makes homemade toothpaste using the same ingredients in commercial toothpaste. It includes abrasives, humectants, sweeteners, flavors, foaming agents, thickeners and binders, sodium fluoride, and a few other things. He uses chalk, xylitol, peppermint oil, and glycerine. Read the rest

Stephen Colbert on last night's debate

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Clinton "was so prepared my new name for her is Preparation H," said Colbert about last night's debate between Clinton and Trump. "It's a compliment." Trump's strategy, as reported by the Washington Post, was to sit with his advisors "over bacon cheeseburgers, hots dogs, and glasses of Coca-Cola [and] test our zingers..."

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What did Trump lie about at the debate, mondo-hugeo chart edition, Sept 27

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A very special edition of of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

Ex-Wells employees who were fired for NOT committing fraud launch $2.6B lawsuit

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When four named whistleblowers came forward to reveal that they'd been illegally fired from Wells Fargo for reporting that the company was experiencing widespread fraud, it was deja vu all over again: Wells also punished whistleblowers who sounded the alarm during the subprime crisis, and was thus so totally compromised that they needed a $36B taxpayer bailout. Read the rest

Avantree Powerhouse can recognize, charge and organize up to 4 of your smart devices at once

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The Avantree Powerhouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station brings high quality, high power, and still keeps your work space or home looking neat and organized.  

The best part about this charger is its capacity. It comes packing 4 USB charging sockets and a powerful 4.5A/22.5W output.. Its smartport technology means you don’t have to worry about frying your battery, either—it automatically recognizes how many amps are needed to charge each device. Thanks to its smart compatibility, the Avantree auto-adapts to iPad, iPhone, Samsung, and all other iOS and Android devices so you always get the fastest charge for your device. 

 

But it's the design of this charger that really separates it from the competition. It comes with a velcro system that manages and hides cables, so you're not overwhelmed by a mess. Devices, big and small, will line up neatly on the charging dock, and the modern block-style buttons give it a clean, high-tech style.

The Avantree Powerhouse is currently $35.99 plus free US shipping in the Boing Boing Store. Read the rest

This scientist wants to crowdfund a cure to the common cold

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The Rider Institute has launched an Indiegogo campaign to develop DRACOS, which are broad-spectrum antivirals. If it doesn't work, Dr. Todd Rider (Ph.D. from MIT) could enjoy a great career as a charmingly nerdy YouTube star.

Currently there are relatively few prophylactics or therapeutics for viruses, and most that do exist are highly virus- or even strain-specific or have undesirable side effects or other disadvantages. We have developed a radically new, broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutic/prophylactic that has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of viral infections.Our Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizer (DRACO) approach selectively induces apoptosis (cell suicide) in cells containing viral double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). DRACO should recognize virus-infected cells and rapidly kill those cells without harming uninfected cells, thereby terminating the viral infection while minimizing the impact on the host.

He is asking for $100,000 to fund his research. Read the rest

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