This is huge, awesome news. In early 2018, experiential entertainment company Two Bit Circus will open the country's first micro-amusement park in downtown Los Angeles. The company's founders Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman will house the high-tech park (that will have an old school carnival feel) inside of a former power plant in Lincoln Heights. The entrepreneurial duo are hoping it will be the first in a chain of such parks that will use technology to bring people together to play.
Ribbonesia specializes in gathering, twisting, and tying ribbon into vibrant animals, plants, and other sculpted forms. Some are complex like this dragon and peacock.
I remember years ago, after a long hot hike, a British friend of mine took a Thermos of Pimm's out of her picnic basket and proceeded to pour us drinks. I still remember how "civilized" I felt sipping my refreshing little plastic cup of Pimm's in the woods.
"Phone, wallet, keys." Many of us recite these words to ourselves each time we leave home, or the office, or a friend's house, or anywhere at all. They're the typical essentials we all carry every single day, and would absolutely hate to lose. If you're a Samsung Galaxy S8 user, however, you can trim the list down to, "wallet, keys," when you've encased your phone in these Leather Folio Wallets.
Made from minimally treated, vegetable-tanned leather from Horween leather, one of America's oldest tanneries, these cases include a tough, polycarbonate frame and are designed to beautifully patina over time. The case holds 3-6 credit cards, plus folded cash, so you can keep your pockets lean while protecting your phone.
You can pick up one of these wallet cases in the Boing Boing Store for $49.95.
Arnold Drake World is a talented paper artist who sits at a communal table at the cafe in Portland's legendary Powell's City of Books and turns paper napkins and towels into "botanically correct flowers" with many flourishes and grace-notes. (more…)
Eye surgeon discovers that patient's irritated, dry eye is caused by a mass of dozens of lost contact lenses
UK eye surgeon Rupal Morjaria was poised to operate on a 67-year-old patient when he discovered a "blueish mass" that turned out to be 17 old, lost contact lenses that had fused together; he then recovered 10 more loose, floating lenses from her eye. (more…)
This old Mental Floss post collects salesmans' miniatures from the 1930s, including mausoleums, swimming pools, Persian rugs, and more -- but the gem is this gorgeous neon sample-case. (more…)
Donald Trump is running a national-scale voter-suppression effort, billed as a "Voter Fraud Commission," whose first act was to illegally demand that state election officials dox every registered voter by sending their lifelong voter records to the White House. (more…)
The core advice for minimizing wait time at Disneyland is to focus on off-peak hours (in the morning right after "rope-drop," in the evening before the park closes), but within that envelope, how should you prioritize your riding? (more…)
In the office or in transit, sometimes you just want a little alone time with your music. These Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth headphones oblige, providing up to 97% active noise cancellation, so you can jam out in peace without being distracted by the world around you.
Unlike many wireless headphones, these have an over-ear design, which contributes to the noise cancellation capabilities, but also allows for a more impressive battery life and superior audio. With 40mm drivers and playback time that comes in around 12 hours, you'll be able to enjoy excellent sound quality for the entirety of your commute, or on long plane rides.
It's Bluetooth flexibility without sacrificing the sound. These headphones are currently 59% off in the Boing Boing Store, available for $79.99.
Some people carry Swiss Army knives for their convenience and the solutions they offer to everyday problems. However, when you're doing that, you're still carrying a knife, and it's one extra thing to keep track of when you're going about your business. An alternative suggestion is these wallet sized multi-tools, available now in the Boing Boing Store.
The size of a credit card, one of these tools fits conveniently in your wallet, providing you with eleven simple tools on one durable stainless steel sheet. It can function as a can opener, knife, screwdriver, ruler, bottle opener, 2-position wrench, saw blade, 4-size wrench, directional auxiliary wrench, keychain hole, and a butterfly screw wrench. While you almost definitely will not need all of those tools on the same day, it doesn't hurt to have them.
You can get a two-pack of the multi-tools, plus protective cases for each, for $9.99 in the Boing Boing Store now.
In August, you'll have a chance to own a piece of Smashing Pumpkins history when Billy Corgan sells off over 150 pieces of his used gear, including guitars, basses and amps. These items are all from his personal collection which include, according to the Reverb (where everything will be sold), "the core gear used on the albums and tours all of which helped define Corgan as a musician."
Because of the UK's dramatic shift from student grants to loans, a startling report from the Institute for Financial Studies predicts that 77.4% of university graduates in the UK's class of 2017 will not repay their full student loan obligations. This is up from 41.5% just six years ago in 2011.
Chris Isner was a regular guy until an ayahuasca trip gave him clear instructions on creating a trippy style of bas relief wood sculptures.
With excellent integration in iOS and desktop browsers alike, 1Password is a very useful password manager for Apple users. Right now you can give it a free try for 60 days.
1Password makes it easy to generate secure password strings and keep track of important credentials on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. By keeping all of your passwords encrypted behind a single, long-form pass phrase, you can maintain personal security while still having convenient access to all of your web logins, credit cards, and ID info.
It lives on your desktop as a non-intrusive menu bar app, and keeps track of new accounts you create on websites automatically with plugins for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Their mobile app offers quick entry into your password vault with touch ID, so you can get into all of your online profiles as easily as on your home computer.
SuperDeluxe transformed some Alex Jones crazypants rants into a Bon Iver-esque song. It is hilarious.