Trump's travel ban throws roller derby into chaos

Trump's travel restrictions are ruining the 2017 International Women's Flat Track Derby Association's season. Many players hold citizenship in one of the banned countries, and their teams simply won't play without them. Seems roller derby, if not the United States, is about inclusion.

Via Vice Sports:

It all couldn't come at a worse time for the young but fast-growing sport of women's roller derby. Since its revival in Austin, Texas, in the early 2000s, modern roller derby has been predominantly American, with most of the major tournaments and teams based in the U.S. The Women's Flat Track Derby Association, the sport's key governing body, accepted its first international member in 2009, and in recent years member leagues have joined the organization from Europe, Australia and New Zealand, South America, and Asia. There are a number of teams with skaters who are nationals of the seven targeted countries (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan) and for them this season presents an unprecedented challenge, with the prospect of both training and playing schedules being abruptly rearranged.

"As new info is popping up everyday, it is hard to know for sure what the situation will be like in a few months or even in a few weeks," Dorna Behdadi told VICE Sports. Behdadi is a charter member of the Gothenburg Roller Derby team in Sweden. They are also an Iranian national whose parents fled a country in upheaval (Sweden has historically received a large number of asylum seekers and refugees, something that the U.S.

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Battlestar Galactica's 'Muffit the Daggit' was played by a chimpanzee

The existence of daggits, the original Battlestar Galactica's space-dog, bought that show a special place in my heart. I just learned Muffit the daggit was played by a chimpanzee, named Evolution, in a really uncomfortable suit.

I spent a lot of years thinking "Galactica knew humanity couldn't survive without dogs!" not knowing they'd jammed a monkey in a hot suit to make the point.

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National Geographic shares 'Gavin Grimm's Story'

Gavin Grimm is the transgender teen bringing the fight to use a campus bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, to the Supreme Court. Arguments will begin in March.

National Geographic and Katie Couric offer a personal glimpse into Gavin's story. Boing Boing favorite Andrea James served as a consulting producer on this segement. Read the rest

The Sonics cover "Have Love, Will Travel"

In 1965 the Sonics were on the road to punk rock. Read the rest

Polishing a National guitar

My National guitar is a treasured personal artifact, but it was crusted with 17 years of crud. I tried a lot of stuff to get it clean, and in the end Simichrome did the job.

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'Suddenly the water came' — 14,000 people evacuated in San Jose, CA

Last night, Coyote Creek in San Jose, California dramatically overspilled its banks. A mandatory evacuation displaced 14,000 residents, many of whom required decontamination because the water was likely toxic.

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Funny noises a heart makes

She said, "I bet I do as good as you" Read the rest

Another 1960s game I would not give my kid

"Mystery Date." This is creepy as all hell. Read the rest

A hat brush for brushing your hat

Got lint on your felt fedora? You need a hat brush.

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Runner impales foot in booby trapped park

A popular running trail in a North Carolina park became dangerous when vandals set nail traps. One runner was injured, setting off a fairly large clean-up process. Over 40 nails were removed.


A popular park has reopened after being shut down because a runner impaled his foot on one of dozens of intentionally placed nails, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.

A search since that incident located dozens of 4-inch galvanized nails, hammered pointed end up into roots and logs along a trail in Sylva’s Pinnacle Park in Jackson County.

Brian Barwatt, an engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the director of a trail race in Pinnacle Park in March, said whoever hammered the nails left them sticking out one-half to 1 inch, and at an angle.

The nails were found on a popular trail that leads to Black Rock Summit.

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Star Wars Rebels: Thrawn turns badass

It appears Grand Admiral Thrawn is done hanging back, collecting data and has begun hatching his plan to end the rebellion.

We've all been waiting for the softspoken military genius to start kicking some butt. Read the rest

An appropriate children's toy from 1964


Check out this unboxing. You may want to skip a few minutes in.


Unbelievable boy's toy gun ad from 1964: “Johnny Seven OMA (One Man Army)” Read the rest

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

Jackie DeShannon's 1969 hit. Read the rest

Quickly touch up waxed cotton waterproofing

This has been one heck of a rainy winter! Touching up spots where lots of water has washed the finish off my aging Belstaff Trialmaster is easiest when done with a bar of Otter Wax.

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Be heard! Take Trump's 'Mainstream Media Accountability' survey

Some of these questions are just completely bonkers.

Make sure the current administration hears your opinion, as they consider "holding accountable" the free press. Read the rest

James Baldwin trounces William F. Buckley (1965)

This debate is always worth watching again.

Revered poet, playwrite and social activist James Baldwin debated a young William F. Buckley at The Cambridge Union in 1965, the question was "Is the American dream at the expense of the American negro?"

The students voted 540-160 in favor of Baldwin's thesis. Buckley demonstrates early moves to couch racism and bigotry as States Rights issues.

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Some more flavors of Noodler's Ink

I prefer Noodler's ink, and they have so many varieties I never seem to run out of new ones to try. Depending on what I'm writing, or who I am writing to, I like to change my ink and pen kinda frequently.

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