Boing Boing 

Video: snake eats whole egg

Probably would taste better with a dollop of sriracha.

Music:"Boogaloo Down Broadway," The Fantastic Johnny C (1967)

"Come on baby, it ain't hard to do, You've been doin' it ever since you were two!"

8-bit gamer duvet cover


Pixel Nostalgia ($100): also available as a rug, print, tee or tote.

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GAMAGO t-shirt: Kaiju vs. a Google-esque Bus

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After four years of a t-shirt hiatus, our old pals at GAMAGO teamed up with Headline Shirts to reissue four classic designs and one new one: "Kaiju Bus," depicting a great beast in San Francisco devouring a familiar-looking shuttle bus. GAMAGO at Headline Shirts

The dystopian future of quantified babies

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A group of design students from a Swedish university published an insightful academic paper last year spoofing all the baby health trackers now pitched to parents. The trackers measure things like a baby's breathing rate, heart rate, and sleep, and are made by startups including Mimo Baby, Owlet, Sproutling, and Monbaby.

Is this fear mongering for new moms? Or will these devices actually offer valuable data on infants? I think it's too early to tell. But the paper does a good job of critiquing the design pitfalls of the user experience. It argues such devices could needlessly raise anxiety and remove intuition from parenting.

There's a cool hand-drawn storyboard of a new mom deciding not to go the park with Johnny after she binges on biometric data:

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Also, a good rendering of an epidemiological map overlay that would show all the kids in your neighborhood suffering from excessive booger:

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The beauty of an energy-free treadmill

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I've been coveting the world’s best manual treadmill, the EcoMill ($7,000). But until I have a spare seven grand, I have to run with conventional electric mills. Most use a lot of juice -- between 800 and 1800 watts continuously -- because they have ot lock down a consistent pace with a low-cost mechanism.

At a sleepy little gym and pool complex here in Vermont, on a conventional electric machine this week, the current was so high it overloaded a nearby stereo receiver playing upbeat pop music for a water aerobics class. All of a sudden, seven wet, angry seniors swarmed from the pool. Encircled by bright floaties, they demanded I quit running so the music would come back on. I tried to explain the concept of a blown fuse and how treadmills use high wattage because they can’t rely on the friction like spin bikes and how the world really should invent a cheap electricity free mill. But at that only enraged them, and they gripped the handrails and rocked the machine side to side.

I really want my own EcoMill for the house. Or maybe a human-sized hamster wheel.

 

Small-town 911 calls can be weird, fascinating and heart-warming

Police blotter sites aggregate only the saddest reports of meth-addled America. A better way to consume local police news: unedited dispatch logs.

Dogs are lost, then found a few hours later. Little old ladies are outraged by skateboarders. In such circumstances, it's the reader who must provide narrative continuity between entries, but it's honest work and always rewards the day with a little Mayberry bump.

The following are recent 911 calls to a small-town Massachusetts police department:

"5:27 p.m. Caller reports group of juveniles sliding down a mound of snow.

7:27 p.m. Caller reports a possum on her patio she believes is sick or lost.

9:32 a.m. Caller complaining that someone dumped snow in her driveway.

10:24 a.m. Caller reports message left on voicemail from the IRS.

12:16 p.m. Caller reports person is going door to door asking to shovel driveways for money.

12:28 p.m. Report of black pick-up truck doing donuts in school parking lot, Main St.

12:30 p.m. Caller wants to speak with officer regarding a company stealing emails from his website and taking customers away from him, Maple Brook Dr.

12:31 p.m. Caller reports large duck in yard; Has put duck in crate until owner is found."

The First Scientist

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the very first scientist very quickly is introduced to the second scientist.

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Ryan Burke's otherworldly photos are better than sci-fi

A photographer and makeup artist based in New York City, Ryan Burke creates characters from the best sci-fi series you've never seen.

"The portraits I create express a perspective on human styling that does not rely on conventional clothing, hair, makeup or accessories but rather an aesthetic derived from the use of unusual materials and makeup to create otherworldly personas," writes Burke. (Some images may be NSFW.)

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Grasshopper Jungle takes angst to its allegorical limit

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Not all young adult novels are for adults1, But this one is.

Grasshopper Jungle isn't Andrew Smith's first novel, but it is the one that's thrust him forward as one of the best voices in the genre

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Video has everything: nerdy pick-up lines, a kitten, a ukelele

Did you know that "fuck" is a legitimate word in Scrabble? Enjoy stand-up comedian DeAnne Smith's, cute, catchy video.

3D Edward Gorey picturebook

Kudos to the Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic Unversity for their sweet Vine, showing off the rare book The Tunnel Calamity, by Edward Gorey.

What a rad way to show off the benefit and joy of a paper book while existing on the internet! High fives all around.

Crowdfunding an Abomination with Gary Whitta (Star Wars, The Book of Eli)

Gary Whitta is an award-winning screenwriter who wrote The Book of Eli and worked on the first Star Wars standalone film. So when he had an idea for a dark historical fantasy story he wrote a book. Why? We ask him that, about successfully crowdfunding his novel, and much more on this episode!

Oh, and yes. We ask him about Star Wars too.

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The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of science fiction / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. For show notes and previous episodes, head here. You can also help support us on Patreon!

I have journeyed to the soul of chocolate and I bring you good tidings

Cold brewed coffee is a revelation of complex, bittersweet, intense flavor. Cold-brewed chocolate? Even better. (Holy. Crap.)

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Think you have the right to demand police identify themselves? Look closer.

Police officers are required to display and provide their identification on request—except when they aren’t. There is no federal mandate, nor much punishment, for officers who stay anonymous.

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Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-To History, Part #14

Pill Bottle Gifts: Rainy day projects for a crafting addict.

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Billboards tell the stories of professionals who can't afford London anymore


The London is Changing project collects the personal stories of professional people who are leaving the city because it has been remade as a playground for the global rich.

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The science of vaccine denial

The only real scientific mystery about vaccines is why so many people buy into the deadly pseudoscience of vaccine denial and put their kids -- and yours -- at risk of catching ancient, vanquished, deadly diseases.

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Last day to badger FCC over Net Neutrality: do it! Do it now!

The New York Times reports that the FCC will likely go ahead and treat the Internet as a utility, but don't let them off the hook just yet. Click "Save Net Neutrality" below and tell them what you think.

Don't argue about vaccination with Rob Schneider if you value your sanity

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez made the mistake of returning actor Rob Schneider's deranged anti-vaxx phonecalls and lived to tell the tale: "That is 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back arguing that vaccines don't cause autism with Deuce Bigalow, male gigolo."

Mary Poppins sings death metal

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Why aren’t more news organizations protecting their e-mail with STARTTLS encryption?

An aerial view of the NSA's Utah data center, taken by activists with the Electronic Frontier Foundation .


An aerial view of the NSA's Utah data center, taken by activists with the Electronic Frontier Foundation .

The Guardian published a shocking story a few weeks ago showing that in 2008 Britain’s spy agency GCHQ collected and stored the e-mails of some of the world’s biggest news organizations, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and BBC. We wanted to find out which news organizations are still vulnerable to this mass spying technique, so we conducted a survey of 65 major news organizations to see if they have implemented a common security protocol known as STARTTLS that can protect their e-mails from being intercepted as they travel across the Internet.

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Yahoo's security boss faces down NSA director over crypto ban


During Monday's Cybersecurity for a New America conference in DC, Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos stood up and had an intense verbal showdown with NSA director Mike Rogers about the NSA's plan to ban working crypto, in which the nation's top spook fumfuhed and fumbled to explain how this idea isn't totally insane.

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A Few Silent Men: 'A Few Good Men' with all the dialogue removed

“You want dialogue? You can't HANDLE the dialogue!”

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Purina sued over claims it killed 4,000 dogs with 'toxic' food

Photo Illustration by Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast


Photo Illustration by Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast

James Joiner at the Daily Beast reports that a class action lawsuit alleges that a mold byproduct used in dog food by popular pet kibble makers Purina has led thousands of pets to agonizing deaths.

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Bungee cords with a ring for gripping

I camp a lot and picked up six Power Pull bungee cords last year.

I thought the pull ring was a good idea after having more than a few regular bungees slip from my hands while stretching. The ring makes these easy to secure. Even better, the ring provides an additional tie down location. This works out great when latching locations are limited. My wife really loves them, a huge plus. A simple, very useful, innovation. -- Patrick Leary

Big Content publishes a love-letter to TPP

The secretive, corrupt, illegitimate Trans-Pacific Partnership would bind its members -- including the USA and Canada -- to criminalize file-sharing, putting people in jail for watching TV the wrong way, and that's just fine with the copyright lobbyist group Global Intellectual Property Center.

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Medium's new bloggy publishing tools

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Think Medium is just a place for you to post longform, high-production value stories? Think again. I'm excited that today, we rolled out a bloggier Medium in the form of a fantastic super-simple inline editor, new reading streams for easier scanning, and tags.

One of the primary reasons I joined Medium six months ago to lead the creative studio is because Ev Williams is at the helm of the company. I first met Ev in 2000 when Boing Boing began using the Blogger tool that he and his friends had made at Pyra Labs. Ever since, Ev has been relentless in his efforts to remove friction from writing and sharing stories and ideas on the Web. DIY publishing is what excited me about desktop computers in the 1980s, it's what delighted me when I first saw the Web back in 1994, and it's what makes me optimistic about the future today. And to me, that's exactly what Medium is -- a place to express yourself, read things that matter to you, and connect with other people and ideas. From Ev's post, "A Less Long, More Connected Medium:"

We know that length is not a measure of thoughtfulness. The quality of an idea is not determined by the polish of the writing. And production value does not determine worthiness of time investment on the web any more than it does at the movie theater.

We also know that sometimes you need to get a thought out in an incomplete form in order for it to grow — by bumping into other brains and breathing in fresh air.

Try it!

"New ways to Write and read on Medium"

The art of the Soviet propaganda poster

After the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Soviet Union was flooded with striking posters spreading communist propaganda.

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A "super sexy and silky" way to use bone broth

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Bone broth is hot. I love it for making my mediocre cooking taste more complex and accomplished. Others love it for its nutritional value.

San Diego-based Bare Bones Broth company makes some of the best bone broth I've tasted. One of their co-founders, Ryan, was nice enough to share a sexy chicken and sauce recipe with me:

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