The Big O: Eugene, Oregon's global roller derby tournament

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This weekend, April 29th through May 1st, Eugene, Oregon plays host to a giant roller derby tournament, The Big O.

For the fifth year running, the Emerald City Roller Derby will bring derby players from around the world to face off in a town best known for being where Animal House was filmed. Three tracks of derby will be running all weekend. In the main event, a global roster of teams will seek to defeat the Rose City Rollers Rollers' world champion team, the Wheels of Justice, while competition in Mens and Junior leagues will also be run.

All the bouts will be live streamed via wftda.tv and ESPN will be covering 2 bouts on Sunday!

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J. Herbin fountain pen cleaning solution

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I far too frequently let ink dry inside one of my treasured pens. When simply flushing with hot water won't clear them, I use this cleaning solution.

Simply draw some solution into the pen as you normally would ink. Shake it around and then let sit for 5-10 minutes. Flush the pen out several times with warm water, and you are back to an evenly flowing pen.

A good practice is to run warm water through the pen between fill ups. I often forget.

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Heathens need not apply! Kentucky's 'Ark Encounter' is hiring

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Kentucky's tax-payer funded creationist amusement park is hiring, and all types of 'Christian' are welcome. Answers in Genesis, the park operator, plans to hire several hundred adherents who will be required to sign papers confirming they have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. Kindly, the park won't discriminate against various flavors of Christianity!

Somehow it is legal to use tax dollars for this.

Via Christian Daily:

In January, Answers in Genesis won a federal court ruling allowing it to hire workers based on religious beliefs. The religious group also seeks US$18 million worth of Kentucky's tourism tax incentive. U.S. District Judge Greg Van Tatenhove ruled that the group can impose a religious requirement for its employees under an exemption on the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

"We are a religious group and we make no apology about that, and (federal law) allows us that," said Ham on Thursday. "We're requiring them to be Christians, that's the bottom line," he added.

There was also a question on whether Answers in Genesis will allow Catholics to work at the Ark Encounter. Kentucky Paleontological Society president Dan Phelps said Catholics usually do not interpret things literally since they do not have the tendency to be fundamentalists Christians.

In response to Phelps' query, Ham said they will not make any distinctions between the different Christian denominations. As long as the future workers sign the statement, they can work in the theme park.

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Legendary rockstar Prince has passed away

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Amazing entertainer Prince Rogers Nelson has passed away, at the age of 57.

The Atlantic reports:

His body was discovered at his compound in Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, early Thursday. The cause of death is unknown, though Prince had been hospitalized last week. TMZ, which first reported the singer’s death, said Prince’s representatives had at the time said he’d been battling the flu.

Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, the musician became a superstar after the release in 1982 of his album 1999. But it is his iconic release, Purple Rain, released in 1984, for which he’s probably best known.

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A photo essay, studying what it means to pose nude

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Allan Amato, the photographer behind The Temple of Art, is kick starting a new book with our friends at Baby Tattoo! S L I P: Naked In Your Own Words is a study of folks who pose nude for a living discussing their experience.

From the KS page:

Slipping past the inflammatory nature of the naked form, we celebrate with words and images, the courage of those who reveal the most.

Three years ago, I began an informal nude series, featuring models, artists and performers I'd worked with and befriended in LA. My goal was to create a non-presentational kind of image that can't simply be objectified and dismissed. I wanted to explore something slippery, feral, harder to define. And as a person wholly committed to cowering behind the camera, I desperately wanted to know more about their motivation, their story.

For those who brave the risk of being vulnerable on camera, the negative aspect of this experience is omnipresent: the shaming, judgement, stigma that is all too often deemed acceptable to level at those who express themselves via the medium of their bodies.

But there must be a positive element as well; otherwise why do it at all? And while confronting the darker side is necessary and important, I'd rather the beauty not get wholly overshadowed. The result is a book dedicated to unravelling the complicated relationship we have to nudity, self-expression and commerce.

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Help kickstart this fantastic, easy-to-use telescope

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Decades ago, Norman Sperling co-created the Astroscan telescope. As that telescope is no longer available new, and such an incredible treasure, Sperling has decided to kickstart a new model, the Bright-Eye!

The kickstarter video for this is so charming, I almost want to give up my Astroscan and get a Bright-Eye! My Astroscan is beautiful, portable, and easy to use. The Bright-Eye should be no different.

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'Wizard in a Witchy World' is an urban fantasy love story

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Jamie McFarlane's Wizard in a Witchy World tells the tale of lost in love, current-era wizard Felix Slade.

Slade has a tough name, but thats about it. Generally having spent his life not in love, suddenly Felix is. Naturally, he falls in love with a witch, and they are hard to love. It doesn't help simplify matters that Slade has had a vision of the object of his desire dying, and must save her.

This cute, fast paced adventure includes a lot of strong world building. The lead character is not a big action seeking hero, and the story reflects that. It will be interesting to see where McFarlane takes this next.

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Florida homophobe desperately begs for attention

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A homophobic guy in Florida, of all places, has changed his name to "Bruce Jenner." He barely closets his intolerance in a ridiculous theory about returning this precious name to earlier glory.

This excerpt, from the Sun Sentinel, reads as a list of scorn worthy people.

This Bruce Jenner was formerly Mark Behar, an actor and bodyguard who legally had his name changed in order to preserve the “heterosexual roots” of Jenner’s original name, according to a statement from his publicist, Tom Madden.

"We're representing Mark who is now legally Bruce so the famous Bruce Jenner name will return to its heterosexual roots where our client believes it belongs instead of hanging around out with the likes of the Kardashians and getting into car accidents as Caitlyn," Madden was quoted saying in a press release from TransMedia Group, the PR firm representing the former Behar.

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Ugly camera strap like my dad's now only $3.52

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A few months ago I shared a camera strap that I feel is ugly. Readers disagreed. Now you can get it for almost 33% less!

Make sure to select item LC-006B. While they appear the same, select the free shipping option to save $2.28!

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Amazing 1937 informational film on how a carburetor works

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This is an incredible example of early informational film making, and still super interesting today. I love the meandering start. Read the rest

John Hodgman endorses Hillary Clinton

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Comedian John Hodgman, who is incredibly well loved here at Boing Boing, today endorsed Hillary Clinton.

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Samantha Bee interviews Bernie Sanders supporters, and it's pretty hilarious

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Samantha Bee hilariously interviewed a panel of folks feeling the Bern. Read the rest

Chicken salt, with and without chicken

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A friend, who purports to be a famous chef in the Seattle area, introduced me to Chicken Salt. After discussing his great love of transglutaminase, and MSG, he told me about Chicken Salt. This Australian seasoned salt was, in his opinion, where I had to adventure next.

He sent me this recipe on Lucky Peach. It involves the roasting and toasting of chicken breast skin in a manner to maintain chicken-y flavor and not create carbon dust. You then grind that chicken skin into dust, in a mortar and pestle, and mix it with seasoned salt. Adding baked down chicken fat as if it were nitrous to the muscle car of flavor, salt.

This seemed like a lot of work for me, at the time, so I thought I'd just buy some online. When it arrived at home, I tried it on some homemade potato chips, fried in rendered duck fat. I suggest lightly salting the chips on their way in and out. It totally added a delicious chicken-y, and salty flavor!

Then I looked at the can, and there was no chicken in there. It says VEGAN right on the label. I was confused. So, I asked a friend, who claims to have been born and raised in Australia, if Chicken Salt needed chicken to be authentic. She laughed and laughed. Evidently the Lucky Peach recipe is a bit more lower eastside than down under. She assures me the OTC stuff is authentic, and suggests the next time I want an Australian seasoning, I not ask a Seattle Chef for a recipe from New York. Read the rest

As Northern California's kelp forests collapse, so goes the coastal ecosystem

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California's kelp forests are disappearing from the north coast. These formerly lush, dense jungles of sea weed provided shelter, food, and in many cases home, for many, many marine creatures. Without this important resource the ecosystem is in big trouble.

From the Sonoma Press Democrat:

The unprecedented collapse has been observed along hundreds of miles of coastline from San Francisco to Oregon. The region’s once-lush stands of bull kelp, a large brown alga that provides food and habitat for a host of wildlife species, have been devoured by small, voracious purple urchins. In the most-affected areas, denuded kelp stalks are almost all that remains of plant life.

Scientists have described the landscape left behind as an “urchin barren.” Other factors, including warmer water, also are to blame, they say.

“It’s no longer a kelp forest,” said Cynthia Catton, an environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, stationed in Bodega Bay.

Laura Rogers-Bennett, another Bodega Bay scientist, said it is as if whole terrestrial forests were disappearing, only in this case they are underwater and out of sight.

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Bill and Ted may be heading to the UK

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Rumors have it that the fabled third Bill and Ted movie will be filmed in the United Kingdom, where they know nothing at all about time traveling phone booths.

Wyld Stallyns!

Via the Irish Examiner:

“The script is already written for the third film and much of it is set in the UK,” a source told The Sun. “The whole film is going to have a huge British feel. They’ll time-travel through London and meet historical figures, meaning the Queen and Winston Churchill could get cameos.”

Bill And Ted 3 has been in the pipeline for some time, with star Alex (Bill) dropping hints about the plot as far back as 2014. However, the plans seemed to have stalled until Alex confirmed earlier this month that it was still on the cards.

He told Forbes: “It’s looking good. This is Hollywood so I don’t believe it’s happening until it’s coming out on VOD but we’re all working on the film everyday at the moment in terms of the pre-prep type work so it’s an active project. Hopefully we’ll be shooting it shortly.”

Asked if Keanu was also on board as Ted, he said: “How the **** would we make it if he wasn’t on board? People always ask if Keanu’s doing it and I’m like, ‘No, I’m making a Bill movie.’ Of course he’s in it. I can’t make a Bill and Ted movie without Keanu.”

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This heavy machine only juices citrus, and I love it

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A few years back, on a whim, I bought a Breville citrus juicer. This monstrous, stainless-steel, $200 boat anchor takes up a ton of space, weighs more than I really want to move around, and is an absolutely meditative pleasure to use!

Every weekend I buy a 10 pound bag of oranges. I then move this 10 pound juicer from the pantry to the counter top, and spend 30-45 minutes slicing oranges in half and juicing them. You put the half orb on the juicing element, and crush it in the press. When the press is shut, the juicing element will begin to turn and wring nearly every last drop out of the orange, lemon or grapefruit half. The turning element is also important, it whips up the pulp-y mass that gathers and allow it to drain.

There are several different sized pulp baskets. My daughter prefers the least pulp-y of them all, and I do too, it still lets an awful lot through. The juice tastes amazing.

I find it pretty mellow to stand there and just squash a bunch of oranges. I tend to get enough juice to get my daughter and I through a week. Sometimes I listen to a podcast, other times just the whirring of the motor.

Make sure you have space in your kitchen, or someplace to store this juicer. If you are going to put it down low, know that it is heavy and an odd shape to be picking up. I use the 8-year-old to get it from ground level to around 3 feet of elevation. Read the rest

Sanders campaign accused of "trademark bullying"

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Daniel McCall of Liberty Maniacs, an online jokey t-shirt and mug shop, received a nastygram from the Sander's campaign. It would appear Sanders is turning to intellectual property thuggery in an attempt to silence voices it does not like, even cute pictures with Karl Marx.

McCall's lawyer has answered the Bernie 2016 folks with a letter of their own.

Via BuzzFeed:

Paul Levy, McCall’s lawyer, responded to Hawkins, accusing the Sanders campaign of “trademark bullying.”

In his letter, Levy wrote to Hawkins: “It is your contention, apparently, that an ordinary and reasonably prudent consumer would tend to be confused about whether it is the Sanders campaign that is promoting Sanders’ candidacy by associated him with the 19th Century theoreticians of the communist movement as well as with three ruthless Communist Party dictators.”

Levy called the contention “absurd,” adding that the Sanders campaign “cannot use trademark theories to silence members of the American public who disagree with your client’s views and oppose his candidacy.”

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