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Footage shows policeman stuck in own car window

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is not responding to queries about this unusual video, wherein a police officer's legs may be observed dangling haplessly from a cruiser's window.

The bumbling cop's thrashing was caught on camera by amused passers-by, whose video was later uploaded to youtube.

Summary of conservative responses to this week's Supreme Court rulings

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CNN thinks comedy dildo flag at London Gay Pride is "ISIS FLAG"

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Onion: "Only 47,000 social justice milestones to go"

gayrights “This is a watershed moment for civil rights that finally brings the dream of living in an equitable society one tiny fraction of a step closer to reality,” said civil rights lawyer Helene Najjar, adding that the country could now turn its attention to closing the income gap, ending racial discrimination in law enforcement, and providing equal educational opportunities for all children, among tens of thousands of other issues."

Supreme Court OKs gay marriage, ends nationwide bans

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The Supreme Court of the United States of America has ruled that same-sex partners have a right to marry anywhere in the nation. The verdict strikes down remaining prohibitions on same-sex marriages and mandates recognition of such unions performed in other jurisdictions.

The 5-4 split between justices reflected an anticipated ideological divide.

“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority opinion, joined by liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Justices John Roberts Jr., Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas each dissented, producing separate opinions.

Same-sex couples are currently able to wed in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The remaining 14 states must now stop enforcing their bans. According to recent polls, more than sixty percent of Americans approve of same-sex marriage, up sharply from even just a few years ago.

Immediately after the ruling, President Barack Obama wrote on twitter that "today is a big step in our march toward equality."

Previously:

News is just breaking now, and it must be stressed that reportage from the Supreme Court steps tends to be premature. But @SCOTUSblog's tweets from the court, corroborated by other reports, strongly suggest the court is ruling in favor not only of same-sex marriage, but recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

Adorable Llama kisses zoo visitor

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Bilbo Baggins' Hobbit hole would cost $14m if it were in the Shires of England

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A U.K. realtor valued the subterranean residence at £8.5m (~$14m), on the assumption that it is situated in Worcestershire, the county J.R.R. Tolkien supposedly had in mind when creating the homeland for his doughty, half-height, very well-to-do hero.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

The Metro's experts value Winterfell at $200m, though. It's a stark reminder of the wealth of the aristocracy.

Crush your browser's dreams by running Quake full-screen in it

quake WebQuake is doing the rounds, today, and to my horror I found we have never posted it. Consider this sad omission remedied. [details]

Paul Krugman, Economics Fighter

krugman I'm too dumb to understand what the article is about, but Walter Newton's Street Fighter-style animations for "Paul Krugman Battles The Austerians" are fabulous.

Website claims to fix "stuck" pixels

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JScreenFix purports to repair pixels stuck on a certain color using nothing more than javascript and HTML.

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Ovens have terrible user interfaces

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It's from 2013, but Tim Ellis's wrath at the insane, incomprehensible controls of modern ovens speaks for all of us.

This Jenn-Air microwave sports 34 buttons. Thirty-four buttons! The microwave in my kitchen at home is a similar Jenn-Air model, also with thirty-four flat, zero-feedback buttons. The vast majority of the time, I use exactly two of these buttons: “Add 30 Sec.” (which also starts the heat) and “Stop / Cancel.” For those of you keeping score at home, that makes 94% of the buttons on my microwave a total waste of space.

Combine an excess of useless buttons with a completely flat surface that has zero tactile feedback, and you’ve basically designed the worst interface possible. Which comes standard on most microwaves. For some reason.

I wonder if what's going on is this: adding features to microwave ovens improves the appeal to consumers at the point of sale, but generates no consequences, negative or positive, that might result in further refinement. It doesn't matter how bad the UI is so long as you can make it start and stop, because that's all anyone ever does with a microwave oven.

He recommends Sharp's commercial microwaves for their gas-stop simplicity. Pricey, but immortal. [via Skimfeed]

Would you pay $499 for a beautiful aluminum NES?

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AnalogNT is an 8-bit gaming console precision-crafted from a single block of aluminum, resulting in something beautiful but no more capable than thrift store tat. The Verge calls it the Leica of game consoles.

This has little to no bearing on how the Nt actually functions, of course. But Analogue believes that it’s energy worth expending. "For us, the quality and aesthetics of a product should be carried all the way through," says Taber. "Putting this much effort into designing something that most customers will never end up seeing may seem superfluous — but we couldn’t imagine making something any other way."

I like their Arcade system much more; a more straightforward refinement of a classic gaming experience to a place of timeless quality than making the NES good for "videophiles."

Supreme Court explained in infographic

supremecourt Recent rulings at the Supreme Court of the United States have left some people confused at its ideological composition, traditionally held to be perfectly balanced between four liberals and four conservatives, with a "swing vote" in the middle. In order to help explain what's going on, I prepared this useful info-graphic.

Obamacare prevails at Supreme Court

obamacare A major challenge to the Affordable Care Act was dismissed Thursday in a 6-3 ruling.

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STD-detecting condom story "debunked"

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"This is pure tabloid bait, combining some of the tabloid’s favorite things," writes Peter Yeh. "smart children, sex, and shaming people."

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Man tries to wear high heels for a day, fails

"I'm already in so much pain," he says, leaving the house in the morning. "It's astounding."

After mocking women for complaining about the shoes they feel expected to wear, Brandon Cohen, a video correspondent for BroBible, agreed to find out for himself what it was like. He made it through the workday, but quit before dinner: "it was the worst day of my life."

"I literally can't stand anymore. My legs are shaking," he says.

"This is Chinese foot binding but in modern form."

And by 7:15 pm, he throws in the towel and is walking barefoot, just like the "disgusting girls" he criticises in his article who walk without shoes on grimy pavements.

Brandon admits that he had plans to go dance at a bar and "do a bunch of other stupid sh*t" but says he is "in way too much pain".

"I am going to go take some Advil and go to sleep," he adds.

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Etsy on why it banned magic spells

spellsEtsy banned metaphysical goods recently, to the furious wrath of those selling spells, enchantments and other supernatural intangibles.

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