Rob Beschizza

Rob Beschizza is the Managing Editor of Boing Boing. He's @beschizza on Twitter and can be found on Facebook too. Try your luck at besc...@gmail.com

 


How to respond to a bad review

Stephan J Harper, author of a self-published ebook concerning crime-fighting teddy bears, makes a spectacular appearance in the comment section of Michael E. Cohen's review. [via]

Stonehenge was a circle

Stonehenge's remains suggest a circle, but archaeologists have finally proven it after a drought revealed what lay beneath the grass.

The worst-paying jobs in America

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 22 percent of Americans hold one of the lowest paying jobs that the agency categorizes... 1. Fast Food Cooks."

Going distraction-free without losing the smartphone

Jake Knapp didn't want to get rid of his iPhone, but needed to get its endless attention-demands under control. He started by removing everything except Phone and Messages.

Review: Cappucino flavor Lays

IMG_2127-0.JPG They smell like a tomb, and taste like stale crackers dusted with International Delight-brand instant coffee.

Games with female protagonists

"An unfiltered list of games featuring a leading lady, because such a list should exist."

Police sketch of serial killer unlike him

COMPARISON Derrick Todd Lee didn't look much like the police artist's photo-composite. [via]

The history of the stereotyped "Asian" melodic riff

Carl Douglas's 1974 Kung Fu Fighting made it ubiquitous, but NPR found that the distinctive, stereotyped combination of rhythm and scale dates to the 19th century, and arrived at its exact nine-note form in the 1930s: "It doesn't come from Chinese folk music; it's just a caricature"

Email a giant waste of time and energy

Companies are taking measures to limit the volume of internal email and its insidious effect on productivity, reports The New York Times.

Republican governor has plan to help women prepare dinner

PA governor Tom Corbett is not popular among women, or, indeed, anyone: “I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a six-pack or two six-packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as three stops in Pennsylvania.”

The tape deck you probably won't be leaving for your great-grandson

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"Laughing at previous generations makes me feel bad," writes John Self, "but this *is* pretty funny."

A TC-377 in good nick may fetch $50 or so on eBay.

Journalists: publicly cynical about traffic metrics, privately obsessed with them

Niemanlab: "all media sites now rely on web analytics to make editorial decisions, but this does not mean that they all use and interpret metrics in similar ways."

ISIS hostages were waterboarded

Hostages held in Syria, including recently-executed U.S. journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in captivity, reports The Washington Post.

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IBM's corporate songbook from 1937

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Paint the clouds with sunshine, and worship Thomas Wilson, head and soul of our splendid IBM.

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Coroner protip: double-check that they're dead

Walter Goncalves suffered respiratory failure and multiple organ failure and was pronounced dead. His brother found him alive, hours later, at the morgue.