Light turnout for Trump inauguration

On the left, Obama. On the right, Trump. I guess no-one could find a dress. Read the rest

An analysis of Donald Trump’s election win and the prospects for his presidency

photo by Gage Skidmore
Much has been said of Donald Trump's presidency, which begins today with his sparsely-attended inauguration in Washington, D.C. If there's one thing I found insightful and well-geared to the historical context of the moment, however, it's this thoughtful and ruminative longread from Tom Freeman. Read the rest

Alien: Inauguration

Not sure about Neill Blomkamp's reboot of this classic franchise, but the poster's great! (Who made it?) Read the rest

Yolocaust: selfies taken at the Holocaust Memorial

Israeli author Shahak Shapira found a use for foolish and disrespectful selfies taken at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.

A newly unveiled online project called “Yolocaust” delivers a stinging message for those who not only act disrespectfully at a Berlin Holocaust memorial but capture their behavior and share it with their friends on social media. The project, which debuted on Wednesday, was visited by so many Germans that the computer server hosting it crashed, according to reports in the German media, where it was covered with great interest.

You only live once, but we die twice: once when the body fails, the second when we are forgotten.

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Guide to weird movies

366 Weird Movies is a selection of the best (for various definitions of "best"), each reviewed with a clear eye on its weirdness. The descriptions are complete with bullet-point lists of oddities and trivia and an "indelible image" for each flick. [via MeFi]

It gets them right, too. For example, it selects Dean Stockwell lip-sync "Candy Colored Clown" for Blue Velvet instead of Frank Booth inhaling rage through an oxygen mask.

Ben is a homosexual stereotype, but ultra-macho Frank, who we would expect to be a raging homophobe, doesn’t notice; instead, he’s overwhelmed and impressed by Ben’s “suaveness.” Frank’s hoodlums menace Jeffrey, but we are unprepared for the most horrific event: Ben serenades Frank with Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams,” swaying his hips, staring into his eyes, and using a light-up microphone. While nothing happens in this scene that we could put our finger on and say “that’s impossible!,” the effect is undoubtedly weird—and frightening. It is one thing to be captured by gangsters who you know are going to beat, maim or even kill you; but when they stop along the way to perform karaoke, you realize that all rules of normal human behavior are off, and there is no possible way to predict your fate.

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Roll your own ASMR soundscape

ASMRion generates relaxing "Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response" soundscapes for you. There are ten sigils with sliders underneath them, each representing a particular sonic ingredient—"leaves rustling in the wind," "barbershop haircut," "whispering psychopath," etc—that allegedly trigger the vaunted ASMR response. Previously. Read the rest

Compare cities with this attractive city-comparing tool

City-compare does exactly as its name suggests: select two U.S. cities and it will display various charts and statistics by way of comparison, all cleanly laid out and easy to absorb. For example, you can see at a glance why people call Pittsburgh "The Paris of Appalachia" but Cleveland a "giant Scooby Doo ghost town"

Based on data gathered from multiple sources (including the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, FBI and many more), I created a tool that lets you compare any two U.S. cities. This tool compares a wide variety of indicators, including income, demographics, crime rates, weather patterns, employment, religion and more. This is the most comprehensive comparison tool that I know of.

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Surveillance camera vandalized in Russia

An apartment-dweller in Tver, Russia installed a video camera on his or her front door, looking out into the stairwell, then uploaded a compendium of amusing and/or interesting moments to YouTube. The neighbors seem generally hostile to surveillance, though some of them are in no condition to notice it.

Google Translate suggests the following caption: "Pensioner, hammer and inadequate man camera shot war neighbors in apartment building in Tver."

Tip: use stickers. Legal, easily carried, completely effective, no damages. Read the rest

Hedgehog walks nonchalantly away from the explosion behind it

Cool hedgehogs don't look at explosions
I believe this may be photoshopped, or perhaps clipped from a forthcoming blockbuster reboot of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. [via] Read the rest

Sold Pupper Dance

When the Youtube description is "I am sold dance, happy pupper dance," you know nothing can go wrong. Read the rest

Mozilla rebrands

Mozilla announced its new BRAND IDENTITY today. There it is above. Reception has not been kind. But is it ever? Its nerdliness (:// indeed!) is being held responsible for the inelegance of the logotype, but it's the best thing about it.

I know it's easy to toss off "how I woulda done it" logo designs, but I think a little subtlety could have worked wonders. Something like the following, perhaps? Making the :// live within the flow of the type...

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Map shows Middle East based on who actually holds territory

From Geopolitical Futures via Joshua Landis. Seems rough on details. If Islamic State gets wee satellites down in Yemen, you'd think the Sinai Insurgents would at least get some diagonal shading! Read the rest

I rolled these hand-forged metal dice hundreds of times. How fair are they?

Rough metal dice, fresh off the forge! Dice so heavy and clunky and sharp you can ruin tables and kill cheats without brandishing a dagger. But is this ren-faire fun fair play? I decided to put them to the test and see how random they were. I'm not great at math, so I'll just show my method and results and you can do the judging. Read the rest

Trump running Facebook ads asking people to attend inauguration

We knew President-elect Donald Trump was having trouble finding acts willing to perform at his inauguration, but now we know he's worried about public turnout too. How? Because he's running Facebook ads begging New Yorkers to attend. Read the rest

We Are Zogg

I learned that Boing Boing seems never to have linked to one of my favorite things on the internet: Zogg, the Cuddly Menace. Jason Yungbluth's brilliant remix of My Little Golden Book About God is as wonderful as it was 478 glorns ago, so I thought it would be fun to perform a dramatic reading to celebrate the impending arrival of the star tankers.

Yungbluth (@IAmDeathRay) is a cartoonist and "all around sexy beast" living in Rochester, NY. His comic books include Deep Fried, PEEK and the Weapon Brown graphic novel. You can read Jason’s work in the pages of MAD magazine too.

Weapon Brown in particular is getting great reviews lately, such as the following from Total Nerd. A parody of Peanuts sent in a grim dystopian techno-future, it was originally published in 2002 but has recently been collected in Omnibus form.

Do not fail your species. Read the rest

Trump tweets at wrong Ivanka, who tweets back

Millionaire president-elect Donald Trump tweeted at @Ivanka, but that ain't his daughter. Even better, Ivanka Majic smacked him down for good measure.

A woman from Brighton who was mistaken for Ivanka Trump on Twitter by none other than the US President-elect himself has told the BBC it has been a surreal start to the day. Ivanka Majic, a digital consultant, said she and her husband were woken at 06:00 by calls from the media.

Just imagine the wonderful mistakes he'll make as president!

Trump has a habit of manually quoting praise on Twitter rather than simply retweeting it like a normal narcissist would. The result is that Twitter's system presents the quote as being authored by Trump himself, allowing his account to benefit from whatever systematic and organic propagation occurs. So while he didn't write the original mistake, he manually repeated it out of ignorance or plain disinterest in fixing it.

Ivanka Trump is @IvankaTrump on twitter. Read the rest

Three-year search for missing flight MH370 called off

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 pitched somewhere in the vast oceans west of Australia three years ago, the only evidence washing ashore thousands of miles away. The search for its remains, and those of hundreds of missing passengers and crew, has been called off.

Families of the victims of flight MH370 say a decision to halt the search for the Malaysian airliner that vanished in March 2014 is "irresponsible". ... More than 120,000 sq km (46,300 miles) of the Indian Ocean has been searched with no results. Pieces of debris have been found as far away as Madagascar. But only seven have been identified as definitely or highly likely to be from the Boeing 777.

It's 2017 and they still dress airline pilots up like commodores and let them turn off the transponders. Read the rest

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