Itunes terms and conditions as a graphic novel in many cartoonists' styles

Artist Robert Sikoryak is creating a full-length graphic novel based on the terms and conditions for Apple's Itunes, a novella-length document of eye-watering legalese that you "agree" to without ever reading. Read the rest

Gorgeous book of paper airplanes collected by anthropologist Harry Smith

h Brian writes, "Avant-garde film maker and producer of the highly influential Anthology of American Folk Music series Harry Smith was also an avid collector of folk art. This book compiles some 251 paper airplanes Smith collected from off the streets of New York City, along with the date and location at which they were recovered. It's a really beautiful collection." Read the rest

Analog timekeeping: a clock built into a voltmeter

Awkward Engineer's Model AWK-105 Analog Voltmeter Clock costs $139; it began life as a successful Kickstarter and is now an object of commerce, in off-white or khaki. I love that the "twitchy" analog needles that display the time are connected to an Attiny44 CPU. (via Red Ferret) Read the rest

Why do people put broomsticks in trees in Brooklyn?

Jeff Newelt says, "Here's a story from Dean Haspiel's Beef With Tomato, a collection of autobiographical comics with some essays that cover Dean's move from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Dean as you may know, drew The Quitter graphic novel for Harvey Pekar plus many American Splendor stories, and he collaborated with Jonathan Ames on The Alcoholic graphic novel, and also drew the opening title sequence for Bored To Death Beef With Tomato is published by Dean's own Hang Dai Editions imprint (distributed by the newly revamped Alternative Comics) that he started with fellow cartoonists including Gregory Benton, Joshua Neufeld and the late Seth Kushner."

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Welp, here is the actual cover of Donald Trump's new book

Angry rich crackpot racist Donald Trump would like you to know that he is very angry, and that's why this is the cover of his new book. Extra points to The Donald for casually insulting every single American who has physical disabilities. Read the rest

America's a rigged carnival game that rips off the poor to fatten the rich

America boasts a collection of one-of-a-kind policies that send wealth from the poor to the rich: the lack of competition in cable operators gives Americans some of the most expensive Internet anywhere; the rules permitting pharma companies to pay generics companies not to make cheaper versions of off-patent drugs gives Americans the most expensive pharmaceuticals in the world. Read the rest

As America's middle class collapses, no one is buying stuff anymore

From Walmart to Hershey to Campbell's Soup, America's biggest retailers and manufacturers are warning their shareholders that flat growth is a fact of life because of "consumer bifurcation," which is plutocrat-speak for "everyone is broke except the one percent." The companies' plan for rescuing themselves is to turn themselves into luxury brands targeted at the wealthy. Read the rest

Convicted Christian con artist Jim Bakker now just literally selling buckets of Bibles on TV

Behold, how the mighty have fallen. Read the rest

Irish government to decriminalise personal quantities of many drugs

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin the Irish Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality, announced that his government is opening safe injection sites, will introduce a new Misuse of Drugs Bill bill in early 2016 that will decrminalise possession of "small amounts" of drugs including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, and "as far as possible drug addiction should be removed from the criminal justice system." Read the rest

Kickstarting an exciting feminist steampunk bicycle-racing novel

You may remember Elly Blue from Pedal Zombies, a kickstarted collection of feminist science fiction about zombies and bicycles. Now she's back with a new crowdfunding drive for a feminist steampunk cycling novel called The Velocipede Races. Read the rest

Book and Bed: Tokyo's coffin hotel/bookstore

If you're in Ikebukuro and need a cozy, bookish bed for the night, try Book and Bed, a "designed hostel" that hides coffin-hotel-style bunks among bookshelves lined with handsome volumes and rolling ladders. The books aren't for sale, but you're welcome to read them in your bunk. Read the rest

Why games need to stop letting everyone save the world

This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us a look inside the cheerful pacifist adventure game Undertale as well as Life is Strange's final chapter.

Kill Screen's Frances Chiem argues that the “gut punch” of futility in Life is Strange’s conclusion is effective because it transcends genre cliches. Protagonist Max doesn’t get to be the hero. As the title of Chiem’s article succinctly argues, "We Need to Stop Letting Everyone Save the World."

Writing for FemHype, the writer known as Nightmare takes on the staggeringly popular Undertale, "the RPG game where you don't have to destroy anyone." The game has become a hit for its charming characters and broad, inclusive representation, as well as its emphasis on pacifist resolutions, which Nightmare argues speaks especially to LGBT+ players.

At Ludus Novus, Gregory Avery-Weir explains how Skyrim’s city of Riften is doomed to perpetual crime and poverty because the thieves and thugs running it are “essential” in the game’s code and therefore can’t be removed:

When games portray fictional worlds, they make implicit statements about the nature of the real world. By placing the Thieves Guild—one of the game’s three major employers—in a corrupt town ruled by a coldhearted mead magnate, Skyrim makes a statement about criminals and morality. Criminals come from bad places, and there’s nothing you can do to improve the situation.

Bianca Batti of Not Your Mama’s Gamer takes a look at women-driven horror games like Among the Sleep and Alien: Isolation and concludes that they, too, often 'hard code' their mother figures as either victims or monsters:

In these two texts, motherhood becomes binaristically constructed between the two poles of good mothering and bad mothering, with no other options for maternal identity made available.

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Try this addictive coconut cocoa drink

I've been trying to cut back on the amount of caffeine I drink. I stopped drinking coffee, except on weekends, and have switched to mainly to tea (herbal and black tea). I feel less jittery. Recently I started making a hot drink out of cocoa powder and coconut oil and I love it. It has a bit of caffeine in it, but much less than a cup of coffee. According to this site, a glass of chocolate milk has about as much caffeine in it as a cup of decaf coffee.

I use 1 rounded teaspoon of Now Foods Organic Cocoa powder that I buy on Amazon, and 1 rounded tablespoon of Organic Coconut Oil (unrefined, because it has that great smell and taste). I add them to about 10 ounces of hot water, and mix it with an immersion blender. The result is a creamy cup of coconut-flavored unsweetened cocoa. When I make for my daughter I use a little hot milk with the water. Read the rest

Bizarre brutalist and experimental Soviet bus stops

Over the course of 12 years, photographer Christopher Herwig traveled more than 18,000 miles around Eastern Europe to photograph the incredible, brutalist, experimental, and downright bizarre bus stops built during the Communist era. He compiled the results into a new book titled Soviet Bus Stops.

“I’d never seen such a variety of creative expression applied to a public structures before,” Herwig told Vantage. “The designers pushed the limits of their imaginations. They did not hold back and sometimes, maybe, even they went too far...These bus stops are less about the Soviet Union as a whole and more about the local regions and individual artists … people who were often creatively oppressed.”

Soviet Bus Stops (Amazon)

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Property developer's fellatio-themed billboard stays up

This looks like a billboard from the movie Idiocracy, but it is Christchurch, New Zealand, and the property development company that owns it has refused to take it down after receiving complaints that it demeans female construction workers. Read the rest

Star Wars characters wonderfully painted by Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock

The dynamic painter duo of Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock created these fantastic interpretations of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader on commission! Kelly and Ferris have a new collaborative exhibit, titled "Holding Pattern," opening on Friday (11/6) at San Francisco's 111 Minna Gallery. Check Boing Boing later this week for a sneak peak at their new work!

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This board game takes place over a really bad year for humanity

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If you’re familiar with Pandemic then you’ve already got a handle on the basic game play of Pandemic Legacy. Fly around the world, cure diseases and save humanity. The first differences you’re going to notice with any Legacy game is the sheet of stickers, secret envelopes with little numbers and Advent calendar-like little packages in the main box. Pandemic Legacy takes place over the course of a really bad year for humanity. You’re going to be trying to save the world from four diseases, but this time, each individual game is going to affect the future ones as you place stickers on the board and the game changes permanently when certain events occur.

We’ll not be going into spoilers here, but some of the common knowledge things that carry over from Pandemic as slightly changed are that when cities outbreak, the first one is free, but then they slowly spin out of control there, restricting travel to and from those cities, making it harder to move in and out. Also your role will be with you for the duration of the game, and being in a city when it falls means bad things happening to your character that’ll provide lingering effects.

As far as play goes, you’ll get about 12-24 plays out of a single box of Pandemic Legacy. You get two chances per month to win, and the game adjusts difficulty based on how your record is going by varying the number of special cards in the player deck. Read the rest

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