Jack Kirby's glorious, psychedelic Lord of Light black-light posters

Heavy Metal is bringing a limited-edition set of black-light posters depicting Jack Kirby's gorgeous Lord of Light concept art, whose beauty is only outstripped by its incredibly strange origin-story. Read the rest

Watch a WWII plane pick up a man and a sheep while flying at full speed

People do weird things for war. Read the rest

Jump start a car without another car

I fortunately have not had to use Cyntur Pack Mini Lithium-Ion Jumpstarter to start my car, but it's nice to know I have it if I need it. It's been in my car's trunk for two months, and when I checked it today, the LED meter indicated it was still holding a full charge. (The manufacturer recommends topping it off once a year with the included AC charger, so I set up a reminder on my calendar.)

The 2,000mAh Li-Ion internal battery can also be used to charge mobile devices and it has a built-in flashlight. It comes in a nice zippered case with instructions glued to the inside.

It's very simple to start your car (or someone else's) with this. Just plug the terminal clamps into the battery pack, attach the clamps to the battery terminals, and start the engine. Good riddance to jumper cables.

Cyntur Pack Mini Lithium-Ion Jumpstarter ($(removed)) on Amazon

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This racing game forces you to text while driving

You have 10 seconds to read and respond to every text message you get behind the wheel. After all, you wouldn't want to be rude.

Watch: Rabbit pummels snake to protect her baby

Here's an amazing YouTube video of a snake about to feast on a baby bunny when along comes mama rabbit to the rescue. She separates the snake from her baby, but doesn't stop there. She then proceeds to repeatedly stalk and attack the snake with a frenzy of kicks. Awesome rabbit!

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Beer to be named after Joe Paterno, late coach who enabled Jerry Sandusky sex abuse

For fans of beer honoring a sex-abuse enabler, this one's for you.

Native American teens commit suicide at alarmingly high rate

The reservation struggles with high unemployment and problems with substance abuse and gangs and is one of the poorest communities in the United States.

William Shatner "filled with dread and anticipation" about upcoming motortrike journey

84-year-old William Shatner is excited about his upcoming eight-day road trip, from Chicago to his home in Los Angeles. He'll do it astride a 3-wheeled vehicle called the Landjet. It looks like something Immortan Joe, the bad guy in Mad Max: Fury Road, might tool around on, rather than the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner says he isn't quite sure why he's doing this, other than for the sheer fun of it.

“It’s a jump into the dark,” he admits, though not one that will go undocumented. “I’m going to film it, and I’m wondering what the story is. The more I think about it, the more I realize it’s a ledger of an adventure into the unknown.”

Superheroes Wanted - A Look At The Machine from Rivet Motors on Vimeo. Read the rest

Google needs VR camera testers – just fill out their form and cross your fingers

Interested in creating virtual reality? Google is looking for people to test drive their Jump VR system that includes 16 cameras. Anyone can apply by filling out this 2-page form. But the company is going to be highly selective, and your answers should be "awesome," according to the company. They plan to start the testing by the end of summer, so if you're interested, apply now! Read the rest

Survey says weed prices are crashing in Colorado

Even though the price of an 1/8th ounce of recreational cannabis in Colorado has dropped from $50-$70 to $30-$45 in the last year, revenue is up, because the number of visitors to stores has greatly increased.

From Convergex's Marijuana Store Survey and Industry Outlook Q2 2015:

A quick look at the latest available state tax data from the Colorado Department of Revenue show these stores in the aggregate beat its 2014 comps from January through April. For example, the state grossed $3.55 million in revenues from the 10% retail sales tax in January, which suggests stores earned $35.5 million in revenue. That’s a 153% increase from the prior year. Revenues in February and March grew by 164% and 126% on the year respectively, while sales rose by 98% y/y to $43.9 million in April. If we use the average of revenues for the first four months of this year – about $40 million – as our monthly run rate for the balance of 2015, total revenues for 2015 could reach $480 million. That would mark a +50% comp to last year’s revenues of $313 million for recreational marijuana sales.

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Music: "I Used to Love Her," The Saw Doctors (1991)

"And even if she asked me now I’d let her go alone." Read the rest

Monster Cable founder sad about getting $0 from Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats By Dr. Dre

Noel Lee says he invented the headphones that are marketed by Beats by Dr. Dre. In May 2014, Apple paid $3 billion to buy Beats by Dr. Dre.

Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine got most of the proceeds of the sale and Lee got $0. Now Lee is suing for at least $150 million. Lee is the founder of Monster Cable, a company with an obnoxious reputation for threatening to sue any company that uses the word "Monster." I can't help feeling a bit of schadenfreude towards Lee, who has made many people miserable by hitting them with time- and money-wasting legal threats. Read the rest

CURT: the story of surfing's oldest grom

Check out the trailer for a very sweet documentary about Curt Harper, a 50 year old competitive surfer whose glowing spirit helps define the sport!

CURT is a short documentary about 50-year-old competitive surfer, Curt Harper. Diagnosed with autism as a child, Curt faced many challenges growing up, but one thing that came easy was his love for surfing. Over the past 21 years, Curt has become a beloved fixture in the Southern California surf scene, having played an unlikely, yet vital role in the growth and development of multiple generations of groms.

The film will be released June 30th at CurtTheFilm.com

Curt is part of an extremely talented family. His brother Gus is also a Boing Boing favorite. Read the rest

Guns don't kill criminals as often as criminals use guns to kill innocent people

There is one justifiable use of a privately owned gun to kill a criminal for every 34 murders committed with a firearm in America. Looking at the horrible gun death statistics recently shared by the Violence Policy Center, I can only shake my head and wonder what it'll take to reform America's love of guns. Read the rest

Amazon will pay authors based on number of e-book pages read

Authors who self-publish through Amazon’s KDP Select Program will start getting paid based on the number of book pages that are read, as opposed to how many books are borrowed through two different Kindle services. Read the rest

Book review: Wizard Defiant, a fun blend of tech and fantasy

In Rodney Hartman's Wizard Defiant, space cadet boot camp meets elves and wizards. Read the rest

Listen to Marc Maron's WTF interview with President Obama

Marc Maron and President Obama had a relaxed and fascinating one-hour conversation in Maron's Pasadena, California garage, where Maron produces his popular WTF Podcast. Obama used the "N" word (in talking about racism), gave his thoughts on voters' expectations for rapid Hope and Change, discussed his interest in improving police-community relations, and much more.

I learned more about how Obama thinks in this interview than any TV interview I've listened to.

Vanity Fair ran an article about how Maron prepared for the interview, and the security precautions undertaken by the Secret Service.

“A few days before the interview, the Secret Service started coming up, looking around the house, seeing what the perimeter was, figuring out how they can secure the house. They set up the isolated phone lines that are necessary for the president to have wherever he is. . . . They had to figure out how to do it in my garage, where [to place] the Secret Service. They had to have an archivist here recording it. They tried to put a sniper on the garage but it was too noisy. So they had to go on my neighbor’s house. They wanted everything out of the garage that was going to be in the path of the president—the boxes of books and piles of stuff that I had in here. They wanted anything that could be dangerous in the garage taken out.”

The President forgot his coffee.

A photo posted by @marcmaron on Jun 19, 2015 at 11:24am PDT

Maron did not even have to worry about providing coffee.

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