Salmon oil for my dog's coat

My dog Zuul, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has a frizzy coat. I've been feeding her salmon oil to help make it more manageable. Read the rest

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath is running for congress in Kentucky

A moving campaign ad. I hope we see Lt. Colonel McGrath in congress! Read the rest

Danger looms at California's Oroville Dam

Last winter's epic rainfall brought the Oroville Dam, the country's tallest embankment dam and a crucial reservoir in California's beleaguered water supply system, near an epic collapse. Tens of thousands were evacuated as decision-making worsened the situation and an emergency spillway began to crumble. Now, one of the team leads studying the dam says more trouble is looming...

A 15-member team at UC Berkeley, through the university's Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, issued the report earlier this month, and one of the team leads, professor emeritus Robert Bea, tells SFGate that the state Department of Water Resources (DWR) has been disingenuous in their public lack of concern over some patches of green vegetation that have appeared partway down the earthen dam which could be signs of slow water seepage that could lead to the dam's ultimate failure.

According to the report, "Oroville Dam may be facing a breach danger from a serious and a dangerous form of a slow motion failure mode of the left abutment of the dam."

The green spots, which the report points out have appeared in both rainy and drought years, are the result of a "natural spring" according to the DWR. But why, then, did the DWR conduct some sort of drill test near the green spots in 2016 if they aren't concerned about them.

Via SFist

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Please Destroy My Enemies

I love Michael Sweater's collection of 60 darlingly ironic and awful comics.

It feels like each comic perfectly captures the frustration and fultility of today.

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Ducks Breath Mystery Theater's Grand Finale

Grand Finale, a documentary covering legendary comedy troupe Ducks Breath Mystery Theater's final performance, is now available on iTunes!

For 40 years Bill Allard, Dan Coffey, Merle Kessler, Leon Martell, and Jim Turner performed together as Ducks Breath Mystery Theater. From their humble start in Iowa City, to their humble decades on the West Coast, the troupe entertained audiences across the country, on radio and television.

Some of their characters grew to be more popular than the team itself! Merle Kessler's caustic pundit Ian Shoales may have been the inspiration for Bill O'Reilly. Dan Coffey's Dr. Science predicted a nation of climate deniers, and Jim Turner's Randee of the Redwoods would go on to become Generation X's most treasured presidential candidate.

It was always more than a box!

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Police officer calmly handles irate gentleman

In this case, I think the P stands for "Peace Officer," actually. Read the rest

Great Pyrenees are merely the 67th most popular dog breed says the AKC

Every dog is the best breed if you are the person who loves'em.

Perhaps it is their great size, their extremely loud bark, all the fur they shed, or the 2-tons of poop? My best buddy Nemo's breed strangely lands at 67th on the AKCs 2017 list of most popular breeds. Zuul, and her family of Cavalier King Charles, comes in 19th.

Wonder what kind of standardized test they give the dogs?

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Chunk is the coolest kid ever

The Goonies' Chunk, performed by Jeff Cohen, is so wonderful. I can not stop laughing when he spills his guts!

My 10-year-old and I enjoyed The Goonies last night, it really holds up. Corey Feldmans' Mouth is also a delight. His Spanish translations are a masterpiece.

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The Ultraman themed Toyota M78x86

I would have thought the guys in the SSSP would want something a little more utilitarian, but this Toyota is for Ultraman.

Not very inspiring, this Toyota looks like a Toyota. They've added some mildly reminiscent of Ultraman touches -- like the name "M78" referring to Ultraman's home planet. Also, watch out! When the big light in the middle of the dashboard stops flashing and sounds a chime the car is about to shut off!

The M78x86 is available as either the GT or GT "Limited," in five different color schemes, either automatic or manual transmissions, basic or full kits. Options include rear fender trim and chrome door handles.

Ten Toyota dealers across Japan will begin pre-selling the new model today, with the cheapest option being the GT with basic kit at 3,373,800 yen (about $30,366). Cars will be made to order and presumably in limited supply.

Via CrunchyRoll

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Drew Hayes' Fred the Vampire Accountant is back in 'The Fangs of Freelance'

Drew Hayes' Fred the Vampire Accountant is one of my favorites in the supernatural-folks-repeatedly-save-the-world genre. He's back in this fourth installment, even more accountant-y than ever.

Just because you are a creature of the dark and imbued with amazing skills doesn't mean you'll be interesting as an individual. Fred is an accountant who became a vampire looking for excitement. He found a whole lot of accounting work. The supernatural community doesn't have anyone who can reliably prepare their taxes, and so Fred. This is a wonderfully twisted view of a supernatural world.

Working for some of the most highly powered creatures in North America, but being a solo vampire left Fred vulnerable to more senior vampires co-opting and controlling both he and his accountancy. So Fred formed his own clan to maintain his independence and things went exactly as he planned, for about five minutes.

While the "I'm a boring vampire" schtick has largely worn out by now, the story and characters are wonderful. I really enjoyed learning more about Arch.

The Fangs of Freelance (Fred, the Vampire Accountant Book 4) via Amazon

Previously on Boing Boing:

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, The Vampire Accountant

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Beautiful long exposure of a train

This beautiful photograph was shared by Redditor iam4real. Read the rest

Rapidly remove old automotive decals and bumper stickers

This eraser wheel is wonderful. It removes old, weathered decals in seconds.

I attached this eraser to my cordless drill and effortlessly rubbed some very old and bad looking decals off my VW Van. I replaced them with something closer to my heart.

I cleaned up with rubbing alcohol after removing the decal.

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Parisian canals now open to swimmers

Paris, France is making good on its promise to reopen long polluted waterways to bathers.

Up to three hundred people at any time can use the lifeguard-protected pools, although the pools only have locker space for 80. Located in a part of Paris already popular as a place to stroll in fine weather, the new bathing spot is likely to prove a major hit in an already hotter-than-average summer. Early reports suggest that the water is indeed delightful, though a small residuum of green algae does make a post-bathe shower a good idea.

How did Paris pull this off? The city’s been working on cleaning up the waters here for decades. Paris’s canals here were once unsurprisingly filthy, running as they do through a former industrial area once packed with cargo barges and polluted by sewage. Since the 1980s, however, regulations managing industrial run-off have tightened substantially, while Paris has invested heavily in wastewater treatment and in preventing sewage from being discharged into the canal during periods of high water. Two years ago, following a concerted clean-up, bacteria levels dropped below safe levels, and rogue bathers have been jumping in the water here for a while. Meanwhile, the Canal Saint Martin, which runs downstream from the basin down to the Seine, was entirely drained and cleaned in 2016, a process that sent a powerful visual message to Parisians that the area’s historic filth was being swept away.

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Dogs can get a Lyme disease vaccine, why can't you?

There are no good reasons, and a lot of bad ones, that your dog can be vaccinated for Lyme disease but you can not. Profiteering and vaccination fears have teamed up to leave humans defenseless from a terrible malady.

WBUR shares the story:

For Dr. Stanley Plotkin, a prominent vaccine scientist, Lyme disease is personal. His son, Alec, collapsed from a slow heart rate when he was 39, brought down by a rare heart complication from Lyme.

His son survived, but the incident helped cement Plotkin's resolve to pursue a human vaccine against Lyme disease. Using his bully pulpit as an emeritus professor of infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania, he’s taken his case from The New York Times to the New England Journal of Medicine, in which he called the lack of Lyme protection "the worst recent failure to use an effective vaccine."

That’s because we used to have a vaccine for Lyme, called LYMErix, but it was pulled from the market. Now, the only family member who can get a Lyme vaccine is your dog.

LYMErix had some problems. It required three doses at $50 each, and they were not covered by insurance -- so involved some inconvenience and out-of-pocket money. Despite a good safety record in clinical trials, some people experienced what they thought were side effects and sued SmithKline Beecham, the manufacturer. In 2002, SmithKline pulled the vaccine, after only four years on the market. (More on the history of the Lyme vaccine here.)

While the official line is that poor sales led the vaccine's maker to pull it, most experts think the specter of lawsuits was a key factor.

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Another Puddles Pity Party appearance on 'America's Got Talent'

Studio audiences continue to be thrilled by the giant clown with the golden voice. Read the rest

Tragedy averted once again by a tempered glass protector

My iPhone 7+ did a faceplant into gravel. There were 3 deep impacts but the screen saver took all the damage.

I'm a big fan of these tempered glass screen savers. I've been replacing iPhone screens with increasing frequency over the years, and these glass overlays are much cheaper.

The tempered glass does break in instances where the screen would not have, however I'm certain the damage it has fended off has saved me lots of time at the Apple store.

I generally prefer a naked phone, in all its sleek minimalist glory, but my daughter insists I take better care of the devices she'll inherit.

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Fender custom shop re-uses Hollywood Bowl bench boards to make $12k guitars

$12k for a guitar made of the boards where people sat and listened to historic concerts.

What kind of pick-up does this fantastically expensive beauty come with? Best I can tell: Black. I hope it sounds really, really good.

This is especially the case with Fender's new, limited edition Front Row Legend Esquire line. Made in Fender's Custom Shop by Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov, these special Telecasters are built to order using 100–year–old Alaskan yellow cedar from the Hollywood Bowl's original bench boards.

Since its official opening in the summer of 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has spent almost 100 years hosting some of the biggest acts of every decade. Louis Armstrong, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, and Black Sabbath are just a smattering of the talent that has graced the Bowl's stage, and now, you can own a functional piece of its history.

Shishkov maintained the characteristics of each piece of bench board that he used, with all of its original scratches, cracks, and bolt holes. The top of each guitar will also feature the original seat number.

Via Reverb

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