Sci-Chi: Tai Chi for science fiction fans


Author Sean Williams writes, "Last weekend I was MC of a small con in Canberra, Conflux 12. To keep people limber, psychically as well as physically, I devised a form Sci-fi form of Tai Chi, which GOH Alan Baxter helped me demonstrate over the course of the weekend." Read the rest

This is competitive indoor skydiving

It's quite surreal and feels rather retro-futuristic. "1st FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championship - Silver Medallists - Czech Team "MAD RAVENS" (FAI Parachuting)

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Serena Williams on police killings of black Americans: "I won’t be silent"


The world's greatest living tennis player wrote something on Facebook today about police killings of unarmed black Americans.

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Hydrofoil surfing on open ocean swells


Since hydrofoil surfing was introduced, Kai Lenny has been experimenting with boards and techniques to the point that he can go out in the open ocean and glide across swells for miles without having to compete for waves. Read the rest

A most relaxing skydiving video


The skydiving video genre is rife with energy drink ad clichés, so "Strings Attached" by Johannes Bergfors feels very calming. The divers do some innovative formations as well, and Bergfors' camera work is really nice. Read the rest

8-year-old girl is youngest skateboarder in Vans US Open Pro Series


Japan's Sky Brown is an up-and-coming pro at age 8.

She hat a rough heat at Vans this summer, but she's not giving up any time soon.

Her 5-year-old brother Ocean is pretty good, too! Here he is when he was 3 and Sky was 7.

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UNH will spend $1M of librarian's bequest on a football scoreboard

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Robert Morin worked for 50 years as a cataloger at the University of New Hampshire library (he was also a UNH alum); he was thrifty, ate microwave dinners and drove a 1992 Plymouth, and saved $4M, which he gave to the university as an unrestricted gift, and so the university is giving $100K to the library he worked in and $1M to the football team to pay for a new scoreboard. Read the rest

Hayley Ashburn balances on a tightrope buffeted by winter winds


Hayley Ashburn narrates this short but intense film on fear, overlaid on heart-stopping footage of her highlining on a line 2800 meters up, between Italy's snow-dusted Torri del Vajolet in winter, the first person ever to do so. Recognize the quote? Read the rest

Skimboarding while pulled by a horse


Even if you don't ride horses or skimboard, this gorgeous location makes this amazing feat worth watching. Read the rest

Paralympian archer with no arms demonstrates technique


Matt Stutzman was born without arms, but that has not stopped him from becoming an excellent archer. It's amazing to watch him do everyday tasks like drive and answer his smartphone, too. Read the rest

Naughty BMX rider schooled by skate park security guard

"Don't bmx in the middle of skateboarding runs or estonian security guards will show you how it's done!" writes Einius Žiūkas.

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Animation of every Olympic 100m dash winner racing one another


Since 1896, the 100m dash remains the best thing at Olympic track & field apart from the weapons-throwing events. Usain Bolt dominates now, but would he have dominated then? Yes, of course he would have: by several seconds! (Not included: Ben Johnson's steroid-fueled 9.79s win at the '88 Games, for which he was disqualified. Bolt beat it in 2008 and 2012's race, and other athletes have outside the Olympics) Read the rest

'Play like a girl' should be a term of respect

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Longtime Boing Boing video collaborator Eric Mittleman shares with us a new project he's been working with, The Youth Baller Network, which you can subscribe to here.

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Man celebrated Oakland A's World Series win with a baseball in the rectum


According to a medical report published in the January 1977 issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum (great bathroom reading! - ed.), a 49-year-old man was admitted to a San Francisco hospital complaining of severe pain. A "firm, fixed, round object" was found to be lodged high in his rectum. The man then admitted that he and his sexual partner had celebrated the Oakland A's World Series win by having a baseball inserted into his ass.

After the physicians tried various techniques to remove it, the baseball was finally "skewered with a corkscrew instrument" and pushed through an incision in the fellow's colon.

According to the medical report, "Follow-up examination a year later revealed normal bladder and rectal functions."

(Weird Universe)

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Important man's African-American colleague wins Olympic medal


At the Olympic games in Rio, The Mercury News reports that top U.S. swimmer "Michael Phelps shares historic night with African-American."

The subject of The Mercury News's unspecific racial disinterest is in fact Stanford junior Simone Manuel, who not only has a name and is neither Phelps' sister or wife, but is the gold medal winner in the 100-meter freestyle event.

The Mercury News later apologized for its "insensitve headline." Read the rest

What is fencing all about?

My first exposure to fencing was on Happy Days. (Video evidence below.) This Vox video above explains the sport much better.

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Important man's sister wins Olympic medal


Hours after an important man's wife won an Olympic medal, the feat was repeated by another important man's sister—twice! "Sister of Stars defenseman wins Olympic medals," reports, complete with a picture of him.

Penny won silver in the women's 100-meter butterfly on Sunday after helping Canada win a bronze medal in the 4x100 meter relay Saturday as the anchor leg. The Toronto, Ontario, native set a Canada and world junior record with a time of 56.46 seconds in the butterfly.

Jamie, 23, was selected by the Stars with the No. 14 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He had trouble finding the words to describe the feeling of watching his sister win medals at the Olympics.

"I don't even know what to say right now, that was one of the most intense and amazing things I've seen," he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Mr. Oleksiak has not won an Olympic medal, but he does play hockey now and again. [h/t Heather] Read the rest

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