Carry your drink in this banana flask

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The Barbuzzo Banana Flask is perfect for your drinking needs. Just look at it! Read the rest

Why Harvard should welcome free citation manuals

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Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, "Third year Harvard Law School student Kendra Albert did a very nice job on her powerful opinion piece in the Harvard Law Record, the student-run newspaper." Read the rest

Save 96% on Project Management Certification Training in the Boing Boing Store

Projects will always need management. And now with the tech gold rush it feels like there are more projects than ever with fewer managers than there’s demand for. But it takes too much time and money to go back to school full time so luckily the Project Management Professional certification training course is now 96% off and will get you trained up in no time, on your own time. Take your career up to a whole new level with this feather in your cap and new bullet on your resume. These valuable skills will more than pay for themselves.

You’ll have lifetime access to over thirty five hours of training that cover over seventy five courses, which means you can absorb all that information whenever works best for your schedule, 24/7, and revisit the material as often as you’d like. The criteria to meet the PMP and CAPM certifications are super strict and these lessons meet all the necessary requirements. The PMP certification even requires thirty five contact hours, all of which you’ll get here too. You’ll also meet the Professional Development Units to maintain your certification.

All you need is internet and the rest is up your flexible schedule and desire to earn this distinction. The huge and helpful course pack is 96% off and can launch your career to a whole new level. No matter what your experience level is, you can start today.

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Brianna Wu pwns a misogynist troll

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When a prick on Twitter attacked Gamergate arch-nemesis Brianna Wu's game dev credentials, sneering that her latest game looked "like something that would've been shitcanned on the ps1," Wu proceeded to shred the fool with a masterclass in the technical capabilities of the PS1 and their relationship to Revolution 60, Wu's new game.

Female Video Game Developer Snaps at Twitter Troll, Results Are Fantastic [Mike Dever/Vice] Read the rest

LA Area: Silent comedies on Valentine's Day at the Cinefamily Silent Theater

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Looking for something to do this Valentine's Sunday? Nothing says I love you like silence. Cinefamily is screening Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, matched with a live performance of Lindsay Benner's amazing Book of Love!

If you haven't seen a film in the Cinefamily Silent Theater, Charlie Chaplin's City Lights is a pretty fantastic choice! Lindsay Benner's Book of Love is an exceptional, hilarious interpretation of your favorite 1950s instructional videos. Lindsay keeps the audience laughing, and charms their socks off, all without saying a word! Her daredevil juggling is also phenomenal.

Give the gift of silence this Valentine's Day!

City Lights + Book of Love @ The Cinefamily Silent Theater

3:30 pm, February 14th

611 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles Read the rest

The Origami bookmark you can make for free

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I can’t tell you how many times over the past five decades I needed a bookmark when none were around. Bookmarks are designed to reside most comfortably between the pages of a book, which makes them awkward to keep in your pocket, wallet, or purse, which is really where you want them when you suddenly need one.

This results in lots of corners being torn off magazines and newspapers to use in a pinch. But the bookmark you get from tearing off a corner is small and often slides either out of the book or down between the pages. And don’t mention folding the corner of the page over – don’t go there. Book publishers (that’s me) don’t like to hear that.

Of course, origami will solve your problem. Before you give up and think, “I can never get those damn paper folds right,” let me soothe your anxiety by explaining that making one of these cute and clever origami bookmarks is easy as pie and takes about a minute.

The Origami Resource Center online teaches oodles of methods for simple square origami bookmarks, or more decorative versions including pandas, penguins, peacocks, and Santas. From that website is a simple square fold that you can make even if you’ve never folded a piece of paper before. I’ve simplified it a bit more, making it (hopefully) even easier.

First, you need a piece of paper, exactly square – anywhere from 4 to 8 inches will do. And I’ll use a piece of origami paper in the photos so it’s easier for you to keep track of which side is which (commonly found origami paper is colored on one side and white on the other). Read the rest

5-port Quick Charge 2.0 USB station for $24

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The highly-rated Tronsmart Titan 10A/90W 5-Port USB Charger Charging Station with Quick Charge 2.0 Technology sells on Amazon for $38, but if you use code USBTITAN you can get it for $24. Read the rest

Dog screams like man being tortured instead of barking

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LADY: Cody! Coooodyyyy!

CODY: *scream of despair and terror*

CODY: *wags tail* Read the rest

Charles Darwin "Natural Selecta" t-shirt

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In celebration of Charles Darwin's birthday today, our friends at Imaginary Foundation reprinted their classic "Natural Selecta" t-shirt! The IF Director kindly provided BB readers with a site-wide 10% off code too: boingboing Read the rest

Perserving the Japanese Way: Traditions of Salting, Fermenting and Pickling for the Modern Kitchen

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

I saw the sour plums on the cover of Preserving the Japanese Way calling out to me from the highest bookshelf at teeny-tiny Moon Palace Bookstore, Minneapolis. As the Master Food Preserver for my county, I’m a sucker for beautiful books on food preservation. Angela, the owner, clapped and oohed as I plunked it down. “I love this book. I can’t cook, but this book makes me want to eat!”

I’m authorized by the State of Wisconsin to teach the safest scientifically proven methods of food preservation. In my teaching, I’ve heard lovely stories of immigrant grandmothers and their favorite recipes and the joy keeping these traditions alive brings to people. This connectivity to our shared and adopted cultures is one of the most compelling aspects to Preserving the Japanese Way. Nancy Singleton Hachisu is a wonderfully opinionated ex-pat who embraced rural Japanese culture with her marriage to a Hokkaido farmer nearly thirty years ago. Her notes and recommendations are informed by her American “keep trying” attitude, coupled with the Japanese concept of perfecting a singular thing.

Hachisu follows her insatiable curiosity in discovering the old ways. Her vignettes of meetings with artisanal makers are entertaining and informative. Her explanations and definitions of very specific Japanese ingredients are profoundly useful; for the first time ever I understood the nuances of soy sauces. She also acknowledges that artisanally made food is expensive. She recognizes that not everyone has the monetary luxury of purchasing small-batch regional soy sauces and offers accessible and easily available substitutes. Read the rest

Petition to make the Ackermansion an historic site

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Forrest J Ackerman -- editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, collector, agent, writer, and superfan -- died in 2008. Read the rest

Ted Nugent is an anti-semitic asshole

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Has-been rock musician Ted Nugent made shockingly anti-semitic and idiotic posts to Facebook this week, spurring many pro-gun advocates to call for his removal from the board of the National Rifle Association.

Nugent, an outspoken Second Amendment advocate, posted a photo on Facebook earlier this week calling Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), “Jew York City Mayor Mikey Bloomberg,” former senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, among many others, “punks” who would “deny us the basic human right to self defense and to keep and bear arms while many of them have paid hired armed security.”

The Israeli flag appears over or next to each of the 12 faces in the photo, which is the same one that has been shared many times in white suprema­cist cir­cles, according to the Anti-Defamation League....

Nugent later posted a photo of Nazis rounding up Jews during the Holocaust and described gun-control advocates as “soulless sheep to slaughter.”

And there's more.

"Ted Nugent digs in amid anti-Semitic accusations — and calls for his NRA ouster" (Washington Post)

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Cool mechanical model of a shell game con artist

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I love this hand-cranked shell game automaton, built by Per Helldorff.

And here's a flesh-and-blood shell game artist plying his trade on Westminster Bridge in London: The person who secretly recorded him wrote on YouTube:

A few years ago, I got duped out of £20 on the Westminster Bridge, in London, by a guy doing the age-old ball in a cup trick (you know, the one with the 3 cups). The first time I tried, I was absolutely certain of the location of the ball - only to be fooled. However, yesterday, I was back again, and happened to scam the scammer with a little iPhone hidden cam slowmo of my own.

Watch and see how he cups the sponge ball in his small two fingers on his right hand. When the innocent contestant chooses the likely position of the ball, the fact is he'll loose every time, since the ball is under none of the three cups. A complete deception indeed!

For the reveal, you can also see how he quickly replaces the ball with his right hand just before he turns the cup over to reveal the hidden surprise.

Should he be arrested for consumer fraud, or given a medal for street magic? You decide! :-)

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Document about Inuit family exhibited in zoos

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Trapped in a Human Zoo is a documentary about Abraham Ulrikab and his family, who were lured from Labrador to Europe with false promises and then exhibited in zoos along with animals in the late 1800s. All eight family members died of smallpox in Europe, but Abraham kept a diary of his family's ordeal, which was used to make the documentary.

This is the story of the incredible journey of eight Inuit who came from Labrador in 1880 to Europe lured by promises of adventures and wealth, only to realize they had been trapped in a world that time has today forgotten; the world of human zoos. Thirty-five thousand indigenous people from around the world were recruited for these zoos.

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Man missing for 30 years realizes that he's someone else

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This is Edgar Latulip of southwestern Ontario. The developmentally disabled man has been missing since 1986 but was just found about 120 kilometers from his hometown. Or rather, he found himself. Latulip had lost his memory due to a head injury after he disappeared and had created a new identity. Last month, he realized he wasn't who he thought he was. From CBC:

On Jan. 7, Latulip met with a social worker and told her he thought he was somebody else, Gavin said. The social worker found his missing persons case file and police were then called in. Latulip volunteered to have a DNA test done and on Monday, the results came back indicating he was Latulip.

Gavin said it is an unusual, but happy resolution to the case.

"When someone goes missing for an extended period of time, they don't want to be found and they're off the grid and we don't find them," Gavin said. "Or the other option, sadly, is sometimes people are deceased. I've never heard of something like this where someone's memory has come back and their identity is recovered.

"It is absolutely a good news story," Gavin added. "I try not to only think about his mother's side, but also Mr. Latulip's side where for 30 years you've learned a certain way and someone tells you and confirms to you that's not who you are. That's a lot to take in, personally, right, so there's interesting pieces for him as well."

"Ontario man missing 30 years suddenly remembers own identity" (CBC) Read the rest

New York Times threatens to sue publisher of an art book critical of the paper's war coverage

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The critically acclaimed War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict examines the ways in which the newspaper happily propagated the Bush Administration's lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that resulted in a senseless war that hurt millions of people and immensely enriched Halliburton, Blackwater, the Carlyle Group and other companies with close ties to the Bush and the Cheney families.

As Ben Collins of the Daily Beast writes, "The book makes an artful, journalistic point: Photography on the front page of the paper of record depicted the conflict in rosy, gorgeous, cinematic ways, like the first scene in Apocalypse Now." And the book's author, David Shields bought the rights to use all the photos in the book. Why then, is the The New York Times suing the publisher for $19,000? Because the inside back cover of the book is decorated with 64 thumbnail photos from the front pages of the NYT.

“We didn’t expect we’d have a First Amendment fight,” Daniel Power, owner of Powerhouse Books told The Daily Beast. “Plus, we licensed the damn images and compensated these photographers for their work.”

Now, the paper contends, they’re just trying to collect an invoice for $19,000, even though this is almost definitively a textbook case of fair use. Thumbnails of copyrighted materials were protected speech, dating back to a very specific case just like this one about Grateful Dead posters ten years ago.

“Licensing content is not ‘quelling speech,’” said Rhoades Ha.

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Comedian's email exchange with a scammer

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In this first episode of Scamalot, a new weekly series from Mashable, comedian James Veitch trolls a scammer who wants to give Veitch 50kg of free gold. Read the rest

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