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How "real" are images of Pluto?

Images of celestial bodies are not typically photographed in the same way as, say, your cat. Wired's Jenna Garrett explains the complexity—and authenticity—of the technology that captures Pluto for our awestruck observation.

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Ethel, 31, is briefly distracted and confused by the presence of an observer. Drugs are not only debilitating, but so delicious that addicts will chew through syringes when injection becomes too time-consuming to satisfy their depraved urges.

FRACT is an increasingly popular street drug that causes its users to contemplate devastatingly complex math puzzles. Tina, 13, has been an addict for months. Here she struggles to determine whether, for any given integer a > 0, there are infinitely many primes p such that ap - 1 ≡ 1 (mod p2).

Though it has been reported that marijuana confers the power of levitation upon women, it is less widely understood that it causes hands to weigh as much as the sun, and may cause mascara to teleport to random locations upon the user's face.

Cornstarch is not the preferred drug of hardware store employees, but may be snorted should more desirable narcotics such as sawdust and portland cement be unavailable.

Astrological knowledge is essential in the drug "scene," as injections must be placed carefully upon meridians to ensure the efficacy of the delivered compound. Some users claims that there is no compelling scientific evidence for the existence of meridians and that drugs should be injected in patterns consistent with modern astronomical observations. Lena, 17, has stabbed the constellation of Cepheus in her forearm.

Though illegal for human consumption in almost all jurisdictions, most members of the United Nations have ratified the Convention on Undead Rights and now provide certified zombies with a specified weekly ration of cocaine.

Some drugs mask a deeper pathological attachment. Patricia, 27, chomps down on a thick sandwich of prescription medications, unaware that her true addiction is to the cold frisson of revulsion experienced when chewing aluminum foil.

Not everyone involved in the drug trade is an evil, subhuman, despicable, psychopathic monster. Emma, 16, has developed a flour habit, but her concerned, fatherly, protective, secretly honorable flour dealer has served her favorite buckwheat-tapioca blend in an arrangement he hopes will alert her to her growing problem.

Some street drugs cause normally passive individuals to become frustrated with the Internet. Sheila, 22, was raised to believe that everything should be accepted with grace and feminine forbearance. Having drunk a bottle of beer, however, she has become mildly sarcastic at the sight of a foolish comment upon a blog post. Experts say that even just two bottles of beer could cause weary disdain to progress to eye rolling and exclamations of "would you just look at this shit on Reddit."

Though most consider drug dealing a disreputable, even criminal profession, its adherents lay claim to a tradition stretching back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Second-Dan dealer Jordan, 23, performs a skag kata for reporters in Duluth, Minnesota.

All images courtesy of Shutterstock.

How Amazon became a larger company than Walmart

The plain truth, courtesy of anchor John Potter of KTVN in Reno.

WWE fires Hulk Hogan after racist sex tape tirade exposed in court


Gawker drops the other shoe and rams it rather hard up his nasty, racist, evidently stupid ass.

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Even Donald Trump thinks Sandra Bland's arrest was unacceptable


Reason and incredulity crossed the face of Donald J. Trump, magnate and Republican presidential candidate; a terrifying orgasm of facial muscles and disused emotions.

"I'm a big fan of the police. They need to be given back their power. But this guy was overly aggressive."

What's the most beautiful movie ever made?

Where do you start? Kubrick? Malick? Bay? [via Jason Kottke]


Interview with the Clicky Keyboards guy


If anyone may claim that title, it is probably Princeton University IT manager Brandon Ermita, who "finds, buys, rebuilds, and then sells IBM Model M keyboards to nostalgic, discerning geeks."

Dinosaur seen in ultrasound


<p data-recalc-dims=Life will find a way.

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Driver fails to leap retracting bridge

The driver was unharmed in the drop, reports Yahoo News, but broke his ribs and punctured a lung climbing out of the water.

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Amazon finally "bigger" than Walmart

bezos_surpriseAmazon's value on the stock market surged past Walmart's last night—a long-expected sign of changing times that will nonetheless generate a lot of pageviews today. market_value__amazon-com_walmart__chartbuilder

Map depicts per-city STD rates nationwide


Cities in the south such as Montgomery, Ala., Memphis, Tenn., and Richmond, Va., dominate the higher reaches of the list, but you just can't hold down Philly.

The data used here comes from the CDC for 2013, and reflects reports of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. (Herpes data is not collected). To normalize the data, we measured rates per 100,000 people. We chose only to show cities with a significant amount of population, so rural counties are not show on this map. The CDC makes available a wide range of statistical, anonymous data about STDs in America.

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Trump threatens independent presidential run if Republicans are mean to him


Washington HATES this. The Hill: "Pressed on whether he would run as a third-party candidate if he fails to clinch the GOP nomination, Trump said that “so many people want me to, if I don’t win.” “I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans,” Trump said. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”"

Beautiful video of Iceland

icelandGarðar Ólafsson has been "around Iceland the last few months" shooting video. The results are spectacular, even by the high standards of Iceland Vimeo. Bonus points are awarded for not using Sigur Rós as the soundtrack.

Font censors you as you type


Emil Kozole created Seen, a font that cleverly redacts certain words as you type—a clever automatic ligature hack. It comes in three cuts, with varying degrees of censorship.

Seen is a font that has a preloaded set of sensitive “spook words” that the NSA and other agencies are using to scan through our documents. The typeface can be used in any popular software such as Illustrator, Indesign, Word or in a browser. It is used normally to write text, but once one of the words on the “list” is written - the font automatically crosses it out. Therefore giving you an overview of your text and highlighting where you are potentially prone to being surveilled. It gets its name by a Facebook action that happens when the other user reads the message.

Wired has more.

See also: Christian Naths' Redacted Script, where every character is the same block or squiggle, designed to resemble redacted documents. Designers like them for making placeholder text genuinely abstract. And then there's the Doctors' Typeface.

Police refuse to launch hunt for sandwich-stealing seagull


After a sandwich was callously stolen by a seagull in Somerset, England, police not only refused to investigate but told the victim he was WASTING their time. Avon and Somerset Police's lackadaisical attitude to law enforcement doesn't end there, reports the Daily Mirror: an entire spate of serious crimes remains completely ignored by the force.

Another woman rang the police to complain about the airport losing her luggage and delivering it to her neighbours who were out.

And another caller reported the owner of a guest house where she was staying for refusing to cook breakfast.

Sad to see such grotesque indifference to human suffering from the very authorities we hold responsible for keeping us safe.

Happy 30th Birthday, Commodore Amiga!

The world's first psychedelic computer is three decades old.