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Ugly Starbucks gift card costs $200, has only $50 in credit on it


This "Limited-Edition Mother's Day Premium Starbucks Card" looks like something you'd come across at a garage sale in a mildewy cardboard box filled with loose hot curlers, a broken epilator, and a hot water bottle shaped like a lamb, and would be priced at "25 cents or make offer." But you can buy one directly from Starbucks for $200. It is pre-loaded with $50 in Starbucks credit, making the card itself a $150 item.

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Bifocal safety goggles

Dewalt's bifocal safety goggles come in strengths from 1.0 to 3.0 and at $10/pair, you can't go wrong, especially if you, like me, are losing your vision as you hurdle towards senescence -- better Mother's Day present than flowers, better Father's Day present than a tie. (Thanks, Ian!) Read the rest

Rare twins born on Mother's Day hold hands after being born

Photo: Akron General Health System

What an amazing photo. "Sarah Thistlewaite's daughters, Jenna and Jillian, are a rare set of monoamniotic or 'mono mono' identical twins, which means they shared an amniotic sack and were in constant contact during the pregnancy." Above, they hold hands in the delivery room. More like mano a mano, right? Read the rest

A Mother's Day memoir of a scientist who beat the odds

"To become a scientist is hard enough. But to become one while running a gauntlet of lies, insults, mockeries, and disapproval — this was what my mother had to do." Mother's Day was yesterday, but you'll still want to read this fantastic essay from 2002, written by journalist Charles Hirschberg about his mother, geophysicist Joan Feynman. Read the rest

Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic, phrenology t-shirts, and Mother's Day!

Thanks to our lovely sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed apparel, jewelry, prints, and other unique items. Now available, Maiden Voyage's "Phrenology of a Gentleman Tee," printed on a 100% super-soft cotton lightweight charcoal grey shirt! Also, Mother's Day is May 12 and ShanaLogic put together an excellent Mother's Day Gift Guide filled with cats, birds, hearts, sloths, monkeys, tentacles, and other fine motifs. Shana says, "Free USA shipping on orders over $50!" ShanaLogic Read the rest

Gift Guide 2012

Welcome to this year's Boing Boing Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved stuff from 2012 and beyond. There are books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides: click the categories at the top to filter what you're most interested in—and add your suggestions and links in the comments.

Emmy nominations: Predictable as usual, plus some stuff you'd hoped would happen that did

Here its comes: awards season! That special time of year when the days get shorter and more famous people celebrate each other for doing all those things that made them rich while we pay for cable and become slightly less rich! It's the Primetime Emmys, and while the usual suspects have received their usual amount of nods (Mad Men, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, 30 Rock, The Good Wife), there were some surprises (Girls, American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, lots of Betty White), pleasant and otherwise. And after reading through the entire list of nominations, I can comfortably conclude the following things: the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is just as obsessed as everyone else is over Downton Abbey and NBC's Community is existing in another dimension than the people who nominate excellent shows for Emmys. (Yup -- almost totally snubbed.) Read the rest

Nasty men's rights ad banned

Britain's Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints leveled against a men's rights group's controversial ad campaign.

Fathers4Justice's ad depicted a crying baby, his body emblazoned with perjoratives such as "pig" and "rapist", with text attacking Mumsnet, a popular online hangout for mothers of young children. According to Fathers4Justice, Mumsnet presided over an anti-male hate campaign as objectionable as homophobia and racism. Read the rest

On Twitter, shared stories of moms, cancer, and loss

Yesterday was Mother's Day in the US. I spent the day at home in Los Angeles, still recuperating from chemo, gearing up for the next phase of my cancer treatment. After I called my mom on the East Coast to wish her a happy Mother's Day and thank her for all she has done, I shared a few thoughts on Twitter about moms and cancer. I invited my followers to do the same.

One by one, 140-character-length tributes came in about moms who survived cancer, moms who helped their kids through cancer, and kids who lost their moms to cancer. I retweeted a few, then a few more, but—they did not stop. A flood of personal testimonies to the power of motherhood in relation to cancer followed. I read every single one, and tried to share every single one with my followers.

Josh Stearns kindly collected many of them into a Storify: Mother's Day Memories of Love, Loss and Living With Cancer. It's embedded below.

Above, a photograph of me and my mom, the day before one of my chemo infusions. I draw a lot of strength from my mom. And you need all the strength you can get to get through this thing.

She adds a tribute of her own today:

My Mom died of melanoma (skin cancer) at 54. Her doctor never knew it was cancer until the autopsy. All of us (3 girls, 3 boys) still carry her spirit in our hearts.

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Mother's Day ad: support the energy industry and we'll give you flying cars!

Another Vintage Ads gem for Mother's Day: this bit of corporate futurism from the energy sector.

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Jam-smeared scamp and supernaturally calm mother shill dishwashers

Oh that scamp. Poor Mom. Check out that beatific expression.

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Memorable moments in motherhood, from 20 moms in Brooklyn

Jon Cotner from the Hairpin tells Boing Boing, "To celebrate Mother's Day, my fiancée Claire Hamilton and I talked with 20 moms during an overcast, leafy walk through Brooklyn. We asked them to describe memorable moments of their motherhood. Here's the link." Read the rest

Princess Leia hoodie with sidebuns

MallGoth emporium Hot Topic sells a $54.50 Princess Leia hoodie with integrated hair buns. I'm thinking mother's day.


Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic

Thank you to our sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other fine products. Mother's Day in the US is coming up on May 13 and this plush Mom Tattoo Heart Pillow (13" x 11"), from ShanaLogic's Mother's Day Gift Guide, would make a lovely present for the right mom. Shana says, "I'm giving 10% off orders over $50 with code: GREAT and 15% off orders over $100 with code: GREATEST" Read the rest

Happy Mother's Day from Yoko Ono

Photo: Yoko Ono: My Mommy Is Beautiful (2004).

Stretched and primed linen canvases, paper, pens, tape, glue, table, chair, artist's holograph instructions. Visitors were invited to write a thought or memory about their mothers, or bring a photograph, and attach it to the canvases.

"Very quickly, the canvases became completely covered in memories and messages, which soon covered the walls as well," Ms. Ono writes.

She invites Boing Boing readers to engage in an online version of this project here: My Mommy is Beautiful / 2010. Read the rest

Leonard Nimoy posts picture of his mom for Mother's Day

Leonard Nimoy shared a picture of his mother on his Twitter feed today in honor of Mother's Day.

Road Trip Stop 5: Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

I'm taking a road trip to points of interest in Southern California! The trip is being underwritten by Buick LaCrosse, which has also kindly provided me with the use of a Buick LaCrosse to drive during the tour. My first stop was the Griffith Observatory, in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. My second stop was to Coco's Variety in Silver Lake. The third leg of my trip took me to lowbrow art galleries in Los Angeles. My fourth destination was the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City. My final stop is the Huntington Gardens, Library, and Galleries near Pasadena.

Those railroad robber barons sure left some nice things for us to enjoy. Take Henry E. Huntington. He was born in 1850 and at age 22 went to work for his uncle, Collis P. Huntington, tycoon of the Central Pacific Railroad, and made a fortune in the southern California rail business. When Uncle Collis died in 1900, he left behind his much younger wife, Arabella, the "richest woman in America." Her specialty was acquiring art from the old masters and other treasures, including "Medieval and Renaissance devotional images, and Louis XIV-XV furniture and decorative arts."

Henry, a bit of an art buff himself, took a shine to his uncle's widow, and in 1913 they were married. They shacked up in Henry's recently completed Beaux Arts mansion built on the grounds of his 600-acre ranch estate in tony San Marino, near Pasadena.

Now retired, Henry spent most of his time collecting rare books and art, and developing the gardens of his estate. Read the rest

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