Sassy Trump admits relationship with Putin in 2013

A new "Sassy Trump" from Peter Serafinowicz. Read the rest

How to help shape a future that is more sustainable and equitable for everyone

Together, we can shape a future that is more sustainable and equitable for everyone! If you are interested in joining together with creative technologists, social inventors, policy experts, and thought leaders for a two-day event in Palo Alto where we will tease out the thorny challenges of the evolving on-demand economy and prototype real solutions tell us here.

Institute for the Future’s Positive Platform Design Jam November 30–December 1, 2016 8:30am-5:30pm

Institute for the Future Palo Alto, CA, USA

The IFTF Workable Futures Initiative is a call-to-action for policymakers, platform developers, corporate strategists, activists, and of course other workers of all kinds, to join us in blueprinting these positive platforms for the future of work. The time is now to grapple with the challenges ahead, develop sustainable solutions, and create a future of work that is workable for everyone. Read the rest

Everything Is Teeth – An unsettling, autobiographical peek at a childhood obsession

Everything Is Teeth is an unsettling, autobiographical peek at a childhood obsession: author Evie Wyld’s fixation with sharks, and with a particular shark survivor named Rodney Fox. This is a small girl with a big internal life; pop culture and her imaginings about sharks are more vivid than real life.

Joe Sumner’s art is well matched to the mood of the text. The illustrations are spare, and mostly black and white. The images of books and sharks are vivid by comparison, especially the bright red blood that pops up periodically. And the humans are drawn with big heads and childlike features, which is appropriate for text that reveals an introspective child’s thoughts about grownups. The best lines are about Wyld’s parents, such as: “He hangs on to his jetlag like it’s the last bit of civilization he’ll see in a long while.”

Why sharks? One hard-to-avoid theory is that Wyld’s focus on blood is one sign of her apprehension about menstruation, and womanhood in general. She tells two especially memorable stories of washed-up sharks found and cut open. One contained a litter of shark pups, the other some expensive stiletto heels. Stilettos and offspring are potent symbols of womanhood, of course. Thus, becoming a woman, like facing off with a shark, inspires both fear and fascination. I was also a morbid girl who wasn’t so sure about this femininity business, so this odd book strikes a chord.

NOTE: The link above sends you to the same book, different cover.

Everything Is Teeth

by Evie Wyld (author) and Joe Sumner (illustrator)


2016, 128 pages, 8.1 x 10.3 x 0.7 inches (hardcover)

$17 Buy a copy on Amazon Read the rest

Things I miss: being eaten by a grue

Zork is just as magical today. Read the rest

Beautiful, slim rosewood iPhone 7 plus case for $8

I love this rosewood case for my iPhone 7 plus. I went with the compass design.

I hate thick cases and kind of love the simplicity of the iPhone's design. My daughter gives me grief for the number of screen, and other, repairs I can inflict on a phone. We split the difference on this lovely rosewood and rubber case.

The phone sits in a thin rubber cage that does most of the protecting, the wood back is adhered to the rubber, is both decorative and likely adds some additional buffer. There looks to be room in the case for a tempered glass screen protector, so I'm gonna add one soon.

I couldn't be happier with this $8 case.

FULLLIGHT TECH iPhone 7 Plus Case Unique Handmade Natural RoseWood Back Shell Cover Slim Bumper Protective Wooden Cases for Apple iPhone 7 Plus 5.5" via Amazon Read the rest

Pay what you want to learn to code with AWS and Python

The Learn to Code 2016 Bundle is an extremely cost-efficient way to learn to code online. This is how it works: you can pay anything you want to get two courses that introduce you to Git and AWS. If you beat the average price (currently $19.36), you'll get 9 courses with over 92 hours of instruction. 

The bundle of courses covers all of the major programming languages that top tier employers are looking for: including HTML5, Ruby, and Python. There are many different specialities you could have as a coder, and this bundle allows you to explore them and decide what you like best. Here are two of the included courses we recommend for any beginner coder:

AngularJS - AngularJS helps developers become more efficient, more productive, and deliver rich client-side experiences with every line of code. It's a great skill to have on any coding resume.

Python - Python is a fantastic beginner coding language as it's fairly simple to dive into. The versatile language is used for everything from web development to data analytics to game development. 

There are plenty of way to learn to code: from traditional college to coding bootcamps, but they can cost thousands of dollars. If you really want to learn to code on a budget, this is the best option out there. Click here to pay what you want and learn to code.

Also explore the Best-Sellers on our network right now: Smartwatches Martian Notifier Smartwatch (76% off) Music + Entertainment 3-Year Subscription ($29) Cord-Cutting Ghost Indoor HDTV Antenna (57% off) Python Python Programming Bootcamp ($39)  Read the rest

Why are license "agreements" so uniformly terrible?

An excerpt from The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy, by Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz, coming this Friday from MIT Press.

This Samsung Wireless Charging Stand is now just $29

The Fast Charging Samsung Wireless Stand is a high-tech gadget that charges by just resting a phone on its base. Its design is super sleek and simple, and at 58% off, it’s just $28.99 in the Boing Boing Store.

Apart from adding a futuristic touch to my bedroom decor, I found that the stand functions really well. It works with all compatible Galaxy smartphones and other Qi-compatible devices, and allows me to actually use my phone while it’s charging. I don’t have to constantly unplug and replug, I just lift it off the base when I need to make a call.

The Fast Charging Samsung Wireless Stand uses Samsung’s Qi inductive charging technology, which automatically initiates charging when it senses the phone. Wireless charging is definitely the future, and Samsung’s technology appears to be some of the best available.

This handy gadget is currently 58% off retail. Grab yours in the Boing Boing Store today.

Also explore the Best-Sellers on our network right now: Self-Improvement Bamboo Bed Sheets: 4-Piece Set White (72% off) Music + Entertainment 3-Year Subscription ($29) Coding Learn to Code 2016 Bundle (Pay What You Want) Cord-Cutting Ghost Indoor HDTV Antenna (57% off) Python Python Programming Bootcamp ($39)       Read the rest

I am the master of my home plumbing

We live in an older house, and the plumbing gets clogged a lot. Whenever a sink, shower, or toilet backs up, I try to to unclog it myself before calling a plumber. Sometimes it's as easy as using a Drain Weasel and getting hair out of a drain. If that doesn't work, I'll try a water bladder. As a last resort, I'll use one of these hand-crank plumber snakes:

The snake is a wrist-killer and a huge hassle. To insert the snake, you have to loosen a screw, pull out a few inches of snake, tighten the screw, turn the handle a bunch of times, then repeat the process. It takes forever.

If none of these work, I call a plumber. He brings a giant snake that unclogs anything and gives me a well-deserved bill between $(removed) - $(removed) (depending on the time of day, or day of the week).

After getting a $(removed) bill plumber's service on a Sunday evening, I looked around online for a motorized snake. This Ryobi P4001 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless 25 foot Drain Auger had good reviews and it fit my budget. Including the price of the battery and charger, the whole thing was $(removed) When it arrived, I put the battery in the charger, almost looking forward to the next clog so I could try it out.

Yesterday morning, it happened. My wife noticed that one of the clean outs in the backyard had lost its cap and sludge was seeping out. Judging from the size of the puddle, it looked like it had been happening for a long time. Read the rest

Stranger Things: A TV news report

Archival footage of Brenda Wood on 5 WIYZ reporting on the disappearance of Barbara Holland and a young girl stealing Eggos in Hawkins, Indiana.

Read the rest

Experimental musician's gorgeous vinyl collaboration with his grandmother

Clint Heidorn, a musician I've previously posted about, creates haunting, beautiful guitar sounds that are the basis of exquisite, tangible artifacts he makes and sells himself. A few years ago, Clint's grandmother Jane Heidorn suffered a stroke that necessitated her moving into a nursing home, and that led to his latest project. "Hard Times Come Again No More" is a collaboration between Clint and the late Jane Heidorn, now available as a 10" vinyl record in a limited edition of 250 copies. Below, hear the song and read Clint's story of this loving, and lovely, tribute:

Hard Times Come Again No More by Jane Heidorn

In early 2013, my grandmother, Jane Heidorn, moved into a nursing home after a stroke left her unable to care for herself. After over a decade of living alone, she was forced to consider a future without the autonomy she had enjoyed, and - at least initially - it hit her hard.

The move brought her closer to me, and we'd spend Sundays listening to her old 78s on a small record player in her room, eating lunch in the cafeteria, reminiscing. I'd take her outside in her wheelchair and glide it along the twisting walkways that cut through the lawns and shuffleboard courts outside the complex, trying to keep her spirits up, reminding her of bridge games and activities, of the next time I'd visit.

After a few months, I asked if she'd be interested in recording a version of an old Stephen Foster song, "Hard Times Come Again No More".

Read the rest

Science behind sleeping while you're awake

You may think you're awake but there's a good chance that part of your brain is asleep. And that can cause real problems, especially since you may not even be aware of it. In fact, indivisual neurons and groups of neurons in the cerebral cortex can be independently offline while others are awake. In Scientific American, Christof Koch, president of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, explores the counter-intuitive reality of "Sleeping While Awake:"

A case in point for sleep intruding into wakefulness involves brief episodes of sleep known as microsleep. These intervals can occur during any monotonous task, whether driving long distances across the country, listening to a speaker droning on or attending yet another never-ending departmental meeting. You're drowsy, your eyes get droopy, the eyelids close, your head repeatedly nods up and down and then snaps up: your consciousness lapses....

Perniciously, subjects typically believe themselves to be alert all the time during microsleep without recalling any period of unconsciousness. This misapprehension can be perilous to someone in the driver's seat. Microsleep can be fatal when driving or operating machinery such as trains or airplanes, hour after tedious hour. During a microsleep episode, the entire brain briefly falls asleep, raising the question of whether bits and pieces of the brain can go to sleep by themselves, without the entire organ succumbing to slumber.

Indeed, Italian-born neuroscientists Chiara Cirelli and Giulio Tononi, who study sleep and consciousness at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, discovered “sleepy neurons” in experimental animals that showed no behavioral manifestation of sleep...

Read the rest

A toddler is run over by an SUV while mom checks smartphone. Now, China grieves and rages online.

[Graphic content warning] This video that shows an SUV crushing a baby girl while her mom checks her smartphone has sparked mourning and outrage on Chinese social media, as people shame the mom for distraction and warn others of “the perils of overusing smartphones.” Read the rest

370 economists sign letter slamming Trump for 'magical thinking and conspiracy theories'

Some 370 economists have written a blistering, evidence-based criticism of Trump that scorches the GOP nominee for his role in promoting “magical thinking and conspiracy theories,” and generally ruining reality for everyone else who's stuck living in it. Eight Nobel laureates in economics co-signed the letter calling him a “dangerous, destructive choice” for the country. Read the rest

FBI believes Russia hacks aimed at disrupting election, not electing Trump

None of the ongoing federal investigations into Russian cyber-hijinks this election season have found “any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government,” the New York Times reports, citing unnamed officials. Even the hacking of Democratic emails, say FBI and intel sources, is “aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.” Read the rest

Anubis Pharah Halloween costume 2016

Here's Germia's video demonstrating the features of her amazing costume of Pharah from Overwatch. Read the rest

World's greatest fishing show blooper reel

Bill Dance works hard for his money. Read the rest

More posts