eBay and PayPal to split into separate companies

The official statement is all business. Jason Del Rey explains what it'll mean for users.

Tetris: The Movie

The abstract puzzle game is to be turned into a blockbuster, writes Michael McWhertor. [Polygon]

Kill women who have abortions, says National Review reporter

Kevin Williams has "hanging more in mind" than letting 'em off with life imprisonment.

Post-Hobby Lobby, corporate religious exemptions set to flourish

A judge excused a member of a fundamentalist LDS offshoot from testifying in a church child labor case after he said his religious beliefs prohibit him from discussing church matters.

Hong Kong protests continue amid increasing police pressure [photo gallery]


A protester sits next to a defaced cut-out of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying while blocking a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014.

Reuters: “Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.” [Photos: Reuters.]

Protesters take shelter from the rain under umbrellas as they block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.


Protesters take shelter from the rain under umbrellas as they block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.

A man walks by a barricade as protesters block areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.


A man walks by a barricade as protesters block areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.



A secondary school student holds up a hand with a yellow ribbon tied around her wrist during a rally against Beijing's election framework for Hong Kong, outside government headquarters in Hong Kong September 26, 2014.

 A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.



A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.

“Iceland,” a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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A photo shared by reader Richard P. Lambert in our Flickr Pool.

Windows 10 previewed

The next version of Windows will skip a version. With a branding flourish as its primary feature, what need will you have for everything else it does?

Just look at these banana-dolphins.


Just look at them.

(Thanks, Xeni!)

Great album covers reimagined as animated GIFs

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The brilliant work of JB: famous album covers transformed into animated GIFs.

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Scientists using Bob Dylan references

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“Nitric oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind": For almost a decade, researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institute had a private internal contest around embedding Bob Dylan references in their scientific writings, and now they've opened up the challenge.

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Lightsaber key-blanks


They're $10 for a set of two -- one red, one blue. Blanks come in KW1/KW10, SC1 or WR5, with more to come.

2 pcs. Red and Blue Light Saber Space Keys (via Oh Gizmo)

“Tim and Eric” directed this lightbulb ad for GE, starring Jeff Goldblum, and it's awesome

This commercial for GE Link Light Bulbs starring Jeff Goldblum was directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, bizarro-discomfort comedy performers and directors best known for the Cartoon Network Adult Swim programs “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!,” “Check it Out With Dr. Steve Brule,” and “Tom Goes to the Mayor.” Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule are currently on a sold-out US tour.

Give Me Fiction #006: Ivan Hernandez

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Give Me Fiction is a prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez. On this episode, your host reflects on the demise of the Star Wars Expanded Universe in "To Destroy All Worlds."

The first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video, a group of comedians, writers, and artists read pieces based on a theme. For the podcast, we release one of those stories a week to you, the listening public. On this sixth episode, Ivan journeys into the mindsets of a bunch of nerds in mourning for their beloved franchise, in "To Destroy All Worlds."

GMF is produced by Will Scovill and presented by Boing Boing. You can check out GMF on the iTunes Store, Soundcloud, RSS, Stitcher, Twitter, and Facebook, and buy tickets for the live show on October 5th.

An insider’s guide to boosting your kid’s IQ

I asked my friend Rick Rosner for some IQ boosting tips, and wrote about it for Credit.com.

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Steven Johnson: the flashbulb and urban poverty

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Over at Medium, Steven Johnson, author of How We Got To Know, writes about how the 19th century invention of flash photography shined a light on poverty.

"Flash Forward: How We Got To Know"