Magician, author, and inventor Andrew Mayne, star of A&E's magic reality show Don't Trust Andrew Mayne will be one of our featured guests/workshop runners at our Weekend of Wonder extravaganza (Sept. 18-20 in Riverside, CA). He's also going to discuss and sign his new thriller, Name of the Devil: A Jessica Blackwood Novel on Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30pm at Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood, California.
In this electrifying sequel to the crowd-pleasing thriller Angel Killer (4.5 stars with 276 reviews on Amazon), magician-turned-FBI agent Jessica Blackwood must once again draw on her past to go up against a brutal murderer desperate for revenge at any price. After playing a pivotal role in the capture of the Warlock, a seemingly supernatural serial killer -- and saving the FBI's reputation in the process -- agent Jessica Blackwood can no longer ignore the world she left behind. Formerly a prodigy in a family dynasty of illusionists, her talent and experience endow her with a unique understanding of the power and potential of deception, as well as a knack for knowing when things are not always as they appear to be.
When a church congregation vanishes under mysterious circumstances in rural Appalachia, the bizarre trail of carnage indicates the Devil's hand at work. But Satan can't be the suspect, so FBI consultant Dr. Ailes and Jessica's boss on the Warlock case, Agent Knoll, turn to the ace up their sleeve: Jessica. She's convinced that an old cassette tape holds the key to the mystery, and unraveling the recorded events reveals a troubling act with far-reaching implications. The evil at work is human, and Jessica must follow the trail from West Virginia to Mexico, Miami, and even the hallowed halls of the Vatican. Can she stop a cold-blooded killer obsessed by a mortal sin -- or will she become the next target in a twisted, diabolical game of hunter and prey?
Would you like to learn from Andrew how to invent and make cool stuff? You can! Register here to join us at Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder.
One of my all-time favorite podcasts, Nate DiMeo's Memory Palace, is back and on a weekly schedule. In the latest episode, Nate tells the story of a mid-century UFO hoax.
And don't miss Nate's live shows in Seattle, Portland, and LA!
Do you have kids? Here’s my advice – get these headphones by Puro Sound Labs. You won’t regret it. The number one reason to get them is for their volume-limiting ear protection. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “As many as 16 percent of teens (ages 12 to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise.” And the Hearing Health Foundation says “…the problem is listening to MP3 players through earphones turned all the way up.” These headphones keep the volume below 85 dBA, the safety limit established by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
The headphone cups and cushioning are designed to greatly reduce background noise so that your kids can listen to music and videos without having to turn up the volume to compete with traffic, airplane noise, and other sounds.
The ear safety features are reason enough to buy the headphones, but thier other features are also compelling. They have built-in Bluetooth, so no cord is needed (it comes with a cord in case you want to use the headphones with a non-Bluetooth media player). They will run for 18 hours on a single charge. They are also lightweight and made with attractive materials. They don’t look like a kid product - they are elegant and I like using them, too (though it’s a bit of a stretch to get them around my fat head). The sound quality is excellent, too. They are pre-tuned to sound their best on iOS (you can download an equalizer app to change the sound characteristics). I want the adult sized version of these, but Puro is not offering it (at least not yet).
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"Yesterday, two landmark reforms took effect in Montana and New Mexico," says Nick Sibilla. "Both states now require a criminal conviction for civil forfeiture, while New Mexico went even further and banned the practice outright."
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Weird Universe found this inspirational story about a maker on a mission in the pages of the May 1948 issue of Popular Mechanics.
Bonus: The cover of this particular issue shows a man with a primitive VR headset engaging in teledildonically-assisted underwater cybersex, a popular fad at the time:
Notorious murderer and organized crime thug Whitey Bulger is serving a life sentence at a Federal penitentiary in Florida. Recently, three high school girls participating in the National History Day competition wrote Bulger a letter to ask him what he thought about his legacy. Here's the 84-year-old convict's reply:
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Against the backdrop of a beautiful Sound of Music type village, this fellow sent a wheelbarrow 15 meters into air. It did not achieve escape velocity, but it did make a perfect landing. According to our friends at Geekologie he used a Cobra 6 firecracker, "which packs 48.5-grams of explosive powder (versus 2-3 grams for an M-80)."
Tea Party hero Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General who won the hateful hearts of homophobes with his vainglorious fight against gay marriage, is facing upcoming first-degree felony securities fraud charges.
The Texas State Securities Board in May 2014 found that Paxton was not properly registered as an investment advisor in his work with the firm. It reprimanded him and fined him $1,000. The special prosecutors, appointed earlier this year, have been looking into possible criminal violations stemming from Paxton’s role with the firm and his failure to properly register as an advisor.
A first-degree felony conviction in Texas can result in 5 to 99 years in prison.
“It hit my wife and knocked her over, and punched my daughter,” said Dirk Frickman. He was referring to a 350-pound dolphin that jumped aboard the family boat in Dana Point Harbor, California in June. The deck of the boat was covered in dolphin blood, and Chrissie Frickman was sent to the emergency room to treat two broken ankles
The Orange Country Register has the story:
Chrissie Frickman was screaming in pain as the dolphin flopped on her legs. Her husband pulled her out from beneath it, and the family scurried around the center console toward the bow as the gravity of the boat pulled the frantic dolphin toward the back.
Dirk Frickman called the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol on the radio. He told them he was coming in fast and to look for his boat at the mouth of the harbor.
The officer “came zipping out,” Frickman said. “ He looked at the boat and said, ‘Oh, my God. I’ve never seen this before.’”
Todd Brendan Fahey interviewed me for Reality Sandwich about the zine phase of Boing Boing, and beyond. I gave him this photo of me pasting little bits of paper to the cover of Boing Boing issue #2, which came out in 1988 or 1989.
Astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) is back in a new season of the scifi drama Extant. After a so-so first season, the series was rebooted by new showrunners Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro. “It’s a substantial reboot, in that we’re going to come in, in this time and place, several months [after the Season 1 finale], and that puts Molly in a completely different head space," Kruger told Yahoo. "Her mental stability is potentially in question, and we’re going to find out how that happens. There is a significant amount of new casting that changes the landscape of what we’re doing, and it’s less about Molly as mom, and more about Molly as warrior. Molly as a sexy warrior.”
Extant season 2 premieres Wednesday, July 1 at 10/9c.
I keep frequently-used household tools on the powerful magnetic tool holder in the garage. It beats digging around for a screwdriver in a drawer or tool box. It's $19 on Amazon.
The Grey Lady made the Internet sick to its collective stomach today when it told people to add green peas to guacamole, making it look like partially-masticated pea vomit, and likely tasting as bad, too.
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The United Nations declared coca leaves an illegal substance in 1961, but Pope Francis told the government of Bolvia to break out the leaves when he arrives for a visit later this month - he plans to chew them. Coca leaves, which are the raw ingredient of cocaine, are legal in Bolivia for religious and medicinal purposes. It has mild stimulant qualities.
Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao says visiting dignitaries are usually offered coca tea, but when he contacted the Vatican to discuss the tradition, the pontiff had "specifically requested" to chew coca leaves.
"We will be awaiting the Holy Father with the sacred coca leaf," Mr Machicao said.
Image: Shutterstock/Jess Kraft: "Coca leaves and cigarettes for sale in Potosi, Bolivia" and Shutterstock: "Pope Francis"
Josefina Tometich has some mighty fine mangoes growing on a tree in her Florida home. But don't even think of taking one: she's got a BB gun, and she knows how to use it. The 64-year-old mango enthusiast was arrested after she allegedly shot out the rear window of Christopher Richey's truck for trying to steal one of her beloved fruits.
Tometich's family says "no trespassing" signs are on the property, and they'll put up more, to deter mango thieves. But Richey maintains the mango he saw was in the roadway, and therefore free for the taking. In the end, he and his wife left without any mangoes. Tometich was arrested for firing a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft.
Random Mango Fact: "In India, a certain shade of yellow dye was attained by feeding cattle small amounts of mango leaves and harvesting their urine. Of course as stated above, this is a contraindicated practice, since mango leaves are toxic and cattle are sacred. It has since been outlawed." [via]
In 2009, Colorado police officer Mark Magness broke an innocent man's arm during an illegal fireworks investigation. Magness pled guilty, but the police department didn't fire him.
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People interested in emulating Donald Trump's taste in fashion received bad news today. In response to the presidential candidate's disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants, Macy's announced it will pull Trump-branded clothing from its stores. This follow's NBC's, Univision's, and Ora TV's moves to scrub all taints of Trump from their networks.
From Macy's statement:
"We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation," the statement said.
"In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004."