John Oliver vs Miss America

It's 15 minutes that combines real investigative journalism, scathing satire, important social commentary, and, most importantly, compassion.

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Vilified, Even Rude

Growing up in SoCal exposed me to wonderful music.

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Funky Kingston by Toots and the Maytals

"I want you to believe every word I say"

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TBD: appreciating a catalog of the banal gadgets of tomorrow

David already posted about the amazing TBD Catalog, which is filled with "design fiction" about the devices of the future; but I just read it and I need to rave about it.

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Cute kids arguing: Is it raining or sprinkling?

You Poked My Heart,” says one kid as the debate escalates into physical territory. Shot and shared by Tara Willmott.

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Speed Chess is amazing and demented

Independent game developer Bennett Foddy has improved chess. Pray that he does not improve it further. [Previously] More

Video: Ferdinando Buscema on "The Magic of Breaking Ideas"

At the recent TEDxCaFoscariU in Venice, our co-conspirator Ferdinando Buscema, magician/author/engineer, explores "The Magic of Breaking Ideas." And don't miss Ferdinando's Boing Boing feature, "The Magic of Hacking Reality!"

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Cat jumps on wall to catch reflection

Zelda likes to chase a dot of sunlight reflected off the face of my wristwatch. We will both be sad when the sun runs out of hydrogen in 5 billion years and we won't be able to play this game any longer.

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“11,” by mysterious Korean artist Hitchhiker: either the best or worst music video ever

Korean recording artist Hitchhiker's new music video is pretty crazy. #seapunk meets #ababa. This bizarre CGI creation is making the viral rounds, and for good reason. Below, here's an equally mysterious video on Hitchhiker's origins.

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It's pretty easy to bend an iPhone 6 Plus with your hands

The aluminum case of the iPhone 6+ was already a little bent when he started. When he repeats the bend test with a Galaxy Note 3, it bends but flexes back.

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Kit to study Venus Fly Traps

Our friends at Backyard Brains (makers of the Spikerbox and the Remote Control Cockroach kits) have been studying Venus Fly Traps lately.

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Tattooing in close-up, slow motion

Smarter Every Day shot close-up, slow motion video of someone being tattooed; inking starts at 3:04.

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Insecure printer firmware hacked to play Doom

Printer security sucks -- but Michael Jordon's work on hacking the firmware of the standalone Canon Pixma printer is a more playful example of that suckitude than ever seen before.

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Dog amuses self in fountain

Happy hump day, readers! [link]

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Display of choreographed iron filings

Iron filings move to the music above an array of computer-controlled magnets in TechnoFrolics' "Choreographed Iron Dust" display shown at last weekend's World Maker Faire in NYC.

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