Poet Jon Cotner takes people on "conceptual walks" around New York City: "I'll give each participant two lines to repeat to strangers on the sidewalk. Possible lines include: "That looks pretty cozy" (uttered when someone approaches with a baby carriage); "That's a good-looking wolfpack" (uttered when someone passes with three or more dogs); "I hear that's a nice way to cool off" (said when someone passes with an ice-cream cone, iced coffee, or slushy) … they inevitably produce laughter and warm, oceanic feelings. They replace urban anonymity with something bordering on affection — even if it's fleeting. The accumulation of these moments can be blissful."
I really get a kick out of Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, a conceptual band out of San Diego with a robot lead singer. So when the band's human, Professor B. Miller, asked me to write the liner notes for their latest laser-etched LP, Balance a Checkbook, I couldn't say no! It's a "financial record," so I've… READ THE REST
Squirrels eating you out of house and home? Make them out house and gnome! Just another big head squirrel feeder from the wonderful weirdos at Archie McPhee ($18.95). THAT GNOME SURE GOES THROUGH A LOT OF NUTS Have you given up on trying to get rid of squirrels? Why not make them part of your… READ THE REST
Not long ago I posted a screenshot of a Teletext-style theme for Boing Boing. Though that was just a HTML mockup, Rhys Jones went right ahead and implemented it on Teefax, the online Teletext emulator. Perhaps we've found the future of the web! The weird compelling joy of simple technology that gets you where you… READ THE REST
The pandemic has forced all of us to live with our decisions, which includes the type of furniture we're trapped indoors with. But if your furniture isn't helping you relax, do you truly own furniture, or is it just for show? If you're hunting for plush furniture that you can actually relax on after a… READ THE REST
You can spend hours and hours creating blogs, promotional content, and fancy landing pages for your business. But if you're not reaching the right clientele, all this hard work can fall on deaf ears, or blind eyes, digitally speaking. But if you can't gain more customers, how do you expect your business to grow? Even… READ THE REST
Bicycling through a crowded city and avoiding infuriating traffic is a blessing, that is until you realize just how cumbersome toting around and storing a bike can be. Alternatively, skateboards are an ideal size for zipping through side streets and hauling around, but they just don't have the "oomph" you need to get you around… READ THE REST