Citizen journalists vs San Francisco's hydrophobic pee-reflecting paint


San Francisco recently doubled the number of walls it was coating with hydrophobic paint, which is supposed to deter wall-pissing by making the urine spray back all over the pee-er. Read the rest

Volkswagen CEO: Dieselgate caused by Lynndie England "rogue engineers"; execs blameless


Remember Lynndie England, the 21-year-old low-ranking Army Specialist who, along with ten other low-ranking Army personnel, was determined to be responsible for years of systematic torture in Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison, thus letting the entire Army chain of command off the hook for any wrongdoing in one of the worst scandals of the unbelievably scandalous Iraq War? Read the rest

Unicorn poop and squatty potties: the greatest viral ad in Internet history


Squatty Potty is a $28 footstool that slides away under your toilet; you use it to bring your knees up to a squatting position while you poop, which makes pooping much, much easier. Read the rest

The Fastest, Smartest Way to Charge All Your USB-Capable Devices at Once


It’s time for a power upgrade — throw out that tired-out power strip and swap in this family-size USB charger, packed with 6 high-speed ports. With a built-in control chip, Kinkoo optimizes each port to ensure the fastest charging possible for all your devices. The Kinkoo is made from high-grade and durable materials so you can rest assured it will continue to power your devices for years to come.

Made with quality, industry-grade materials & premium circuitryCharges 6 USB devices at a consistent high speed Contains an intelligent chip that detects your device & selects optimal charging speedIndicates when it’s ready for use w/ blue LEDCharges up to 85% faster than conventional chargersCompatible with all 5V USB-charged devicesDesigned for US and international voltages (100-240v)Certified w/ CE, FCC and RoHS, enduring complete safety

Check out the Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger today in the Boing Boing Store.

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Interview: Joëlle Jones, the artist behind Lady Killer


After this year's San Diego Comic Con, I talked to Joelle Jones, the artist and creator of Lady Killer, a hit comic about Josie Schuller, a midecentury housewife who also happens to be a professional killer. Read on to find out the secret long con of Jones' career, the difference between drawing and writing, and Josie's top tip on parenting. Read the rest

Crazy tricks by guy wearing inline skates on his hands

Mirko Hanßen puts inline skates on his hands and insanity ensues. (YouTube via Laughing Squid)

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Mysterious walking banana tosses banana into business


On Monday in Prescott Valley, Arizona, a banana-human hybrid opened the door of a business, yelled "Banana!," and tossed in a banana. Then he took off.

According to police, the banana was male and wearing jeans and black shoes. They say it was a person in a banana suit, but we all know better.

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RIP, Paul Prudhomme: TV chef popularized Cajun and Creole cuisine, invented turducken

Chef Paul Prudhomme. photo: shutterstock

If it weren't for Chef Paul Prudhomme, we wouldn't have turducken, and Cajun/Creole cuisine would not have become the global sensation it is today. When the charismatic television chef popularized blackened redfish, it became such an obsession the species nearly went extinct.

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Prudhomme died today, at 75. His restaurant, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, confirmed the news to CNN, and said he died after a “brief illness,” the nature of which was not further specified.

If you read only one obituary, make it his hometown paper: The New Orleans Times-Picayune. If you're not old enough to remember when he was a fixture on public television, here's a primer on why Chef Paul was so awesome.

At its peak in the 1980s, Prudhomme's profile cast a shadow even over such culinary legends as Julia Child and James Beard, and there was no restaurant-world precedent for the celebrity he enjoyed. The portly chef starred in several cooking shows and home videos, was a regular on local and national TV, appeared on magazine covers and became a best-selling cookbook author a decade before chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, his heir at Commander's Palace, ushered in the age of the celebrity chef. His first of eight books, 1984's "Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen, " is still widely considered a classic.

“I think that Paul Prudhomme has had the greatest influence on American cooking, in cultivating the public interest in American food, of anybody I know,” said New York Times food critic Craig Claiborne in a 1988 interview. Read the rest

X-Men line-up decade-by-decade


Ed Piskor drew this cool pin-up of an X-Men family tree (abridged). Each row represents a decade of the X-Men from 1963-1992. [Download] Read the rest

Stunning video of whales swimming under the Aurora Borealis


Harald Albrigtsen shot this beautiful footage off the coast of Norway. (YouTube)

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PAUSE, a relaxation app from the studio that created Monument Valley


The impossible architecture puzzle game Monument Valley is pretty soothing—it's inspired hours of ASMR videos, if that's your jam—but the newest iOS release from Monument Valley developer Ustwo takes things a step further with a straight up relaxation app.

PAUSE, a collaboration between ustwo and Pausable, has a simple concept: You simply press your finger on the screen, and move it slowly to make a colorful, amorphous blob grows larger and larger. Stop moving (or move too fast) and the game will gently try to correct your pace; the idea is to stay present, calm, deliberate.

Once the undulating blob fills the screen, the app will tell you to close your eyes, while still rotating one finger around the screen to the thrum of its ambient sounds. Eventually, a bell will ring after the appointed amount of time has elapsed, ideally indicating that at least some of your anxiety has dissipated.

"Everything started with my own severe stress and depression," says Pausable cofounder Peng Cheng, who eventually became so incapacitated by stress that he couldn't work. After a six-month sabbatical, which included meditation and tai chi, he realized that what helped him most were activities that helped him focus on the here and now. "Most stress exists only in our head and absorb all our attention... to break this pattern I needed to focus on what is physical and tangible, and actively put my attention in the moment."

While I can't speak to the scientific benefits of the app, Cheng is correct that there's something soothing and relieving about focusing on one thing at once, especially if your attention is typically fragmented into many tiny splinters by multiple tasks, demands, and pings from your smartphone. Read the rest

Compact 5000mAh USB charger for $8


This smallish portable USB charger from Kmashi is rated at 5000mAh and is on sale now for $8.38 when you use promo code: PIRVWBWG on Amazon. I have a few different Kmashi chargers, and have used them for over a year with good results. Read the rest

Explore super-detailing, weathering, and finishing in this gorgeous, comprehensive modeling encyclopedia


See sample pages of this book at Wink.

I have always had a great attraction to obsessive hobbies. When I was a teen, I didn't just want to have model trains, I needed the fully detailed train board, with forests, a mountain and tunnel, a town, and a coal mine. I didn't just want to play tabletop wargames with salt shakers and napkin holders for obstacles – I had to build an entire terrain board, with homemade buildings, impact craters, command bunkers, and the like. And when I'm not dabbling in my own all-in hobbies, I'm frequently found online, looking at forums about other people's hobby obsessions. One of these is super-detailed scale modeling.

Anyone who has done any military modeling is familiar with the AMMO brand of Mig Jimenez. Mig and AMMO are known for making the most amazing products for super-detailing models, paints, powders, and effects for painting, weathering, and basing, and high-end how-to books on model painting and finishing. Soon they will also be known for creating this incredible series, Encyclopedia of Aircraft Modelling Techniques.

I got Interiors and Assembly Volume 2 in the five-part series because I was looking for inspiration for interior detailing of some tank models that I'm building for a tabletop wargame. I was not disappointed in what I found in this book. These volumes are crammed with hundreds of high-quality, close-in photographs showing many tried and true techniques for using aftermarket parts, making your own parts, and getting the most out of the parts that came in your model kit. Read the rest

Insanely frenetic 1944 comic book cover


Alex Schomburg's cover for Speed Comics #35, published by Harvey Comics, November 1944, has a lot going on: bondage, sadism, racist depictions of Japanese soldier, gunfire, and a scantily clothed woman.

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Court tells millionaire yoga troll Bikram Choudhury that poses can't be copyrighted


Bikram Choudhury, the millionaire accused serial rapist who popularized hot yoga in America, sued other hot yoga studios in 2003, including "open source yoga" practicioners, asserting that he held a copyright over the sequence of poses conducted in his class. Read the rest

Parody of sexy halloween costumes: sexy tampon, sexy fetus, and more


Artist Rebecca Cohen posted her interpretation of six sexy halloween costumes on Deviantart: a sexy cockroach, a sexy frying pan, sexy poo, a sexy tampon, a sexy fetus, and sexy late-stage syphilis.

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Woman shot dead by drug gang after following Waze app's directions to wrong destination


In Brazil, a 70-year-old woman was killed when directions she followed from the driving app Waze led her and her husband into a neighborhood controlled by a violent drug gang. The destination they meant to go to? A beach area popular with tourists, which was in the opposite direction. Read the rest

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