Behold the official policy for destroying the head of Chuck E Cheese

Britain and America are, as William Gibson has written, a subtle mirror-world reflection of one another. There is a complex language of similarity between these half-separated, half-remerged cultures, and it provides a shared appreciation of difference for all to enjoy. When I emigrated from Britain to America, then, I experienced the many charming embraces and disarming rejections offered by this history.

But two questions stood out from the very beginning.

First: given that America is so riven by racism that it invites an annihilating bloodbath of justice, why do white people cling mindlessly to the doomed bonds of privilege? Second, what the hell is the deal with Chuck E Cheese?

Dahlke says that destroying Chuck E. is usually done “out of sight.” In the case of Oak Park, Chuck E.’s head was slated to return to a warehouse in Kansas where games and robots are typically shipped following a store’s closure. “But those employees went rogue and took that outside … they should not have been doing that,” Dahlke says. He is quick to add that most Chuck E. Cheese’s locations don’t keep sledgehammers around, and they appeared in Oak Lawn to break down old furniture. Usually, he says, Chuck E.’s head isn’t bashed in. Instead, stores will slice it in half or otherwise “find a way to make sure that it’s not recognizable.”

Previously: For sale: (1) Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band; Millennials blamed for death of Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band Read the rest

EFF to US Copyright Office: fix the DRM rules that stop us from fixing our stuff, make fair use, and make IoT gadgets work the way we want

Section 1201 of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998) give DRM incredible protections: it's illegal to bypass DRM in products you own, for legal purposes, and merely investigating or revealing defects in products with DRM can land you in jail. Read the rest

Matt Damon would like you to congratulate Matt Damon for not being a sexual predator

Matt Damon is missing the point, but I am glad it appears Matt Damon does not hurt other people.

Honestly, what a terrible way for Matt Damon to promote Matt Damon's new movie.

Via Business Insider:

Matt Damon thinks the men in Hollywood who aren't sexual predators should be talked about more.

The flood of sexual-misconduct allegations since The New York Times and The New Yorker published bombshell reports in October detailing those against the producer Harvey Weinstein have included some of the biggest names in entertainment, media, and politics.

But Damon says not all the men in Hollywood are despicable.

"We're in this watershed moment, and it's great, but I think one thing that's not being talked about is there are a whole s---load of guys — the preponderance of men I've worked with — who don't do this kind of thing and whose lives aren't going to be affected," Damon told Business Insider while promoting his new movie, "Downsizing," opening in theaters Friday.

"If I have to sign a sexual-harassment thing, I don't care, I'll sign it," he said. "I would have signed it before. I don't do that, and most of the people I know don't do that."

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The Donald Trump droid is live at Disney World's Hall of Presidents

After a series of scandals and rumors, the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World has reopened with its Donald Trump robot, which "features the latest advances in technology that enable smoother and more lifelike movements" and "personally recorded remarks exclusively for The Hall of Presidents." Read the rest

JCPenney removes racist display in Sioux City

JCPenney, whose name I did not realize no longer contains a space in it, removed a racist display from their Sioux City, Iowa location. Mannequins wore various "Tribe" themed clothing.

The decorative use of arrows really ends the need for apologists to try. The additional WINE and BEER shirts make me pretty angry.

Via Indian Country Today:

The JCPenney at Southern Hills Mall, a shopping mall in Sioux City, Iowa is under fire on social media after Facebook posts including a video and a photo were created by Iowa resident Michelle Free-LaMere. The video posted by Free-LaMere has gone viral having received 51k views within two days of being posted. The video currently stands at 101k views.

The posts contain four mannequins wearing different ‘Tribe-themed’ t-shirts that say ‘Tribe Leader,’ ‘Love My Tribe’ and ‘New to the Tribe’ which are standing between additional t-shirts with the phrases ‘Wine Wine Wine’ and ‘Beer Beer Beer.’

Comments on social media have been largely negative toward JCPenney.

“Just sad and disrespectful,” said Katrina RedOwl from Pasadena, California. Mikki Naranjo from Ignacio, Colorado said she will no longer shop at the store. “That is just disgusting of Management of JCPenney put that display up. I will no longer shop there!”

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A dad looks at a year's worth of voice-searches by his five-year-old

Filmmaker Brett Gaylor (previously) realized that Google had saved all the voice-searches his five-year-old had done since he discovered the feature a year ago; in a charming little animated documentary, Brett muses on the ambivalent miracle of a child being able to do research on anything or anything (but while storing all their intellectual history with a giant, creepy multinational company). Read the rest

UFO IPO-182 – Take me to your dealer: the Pentagon UFO story, crowdfunding, and Blink-182

The New York Times has an article about "Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program." $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, there are 2 declassified released videos that the reader is left to assume is proof of alien visitors (one of the authors of the articles is promoting a UFO book at this time). It has a lot of facts the NYTimes left out like the CEO of the newly formed crowdfunded company via the CROWDFUND ACT, Tom DeLonge. If you’re wondering if it’s that Tom DeLonge, yes! DeLonge was the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the band Blink-182. It was reported that DeLonge allegedly left Blink-182 in 2015 because of aliens and national security. Read the rest

When gifts are for the receiver

More Christmas fun with the British middle class!

Previously: When gifts are for the giver. Read the rest

Ted Chiang: Elon Musk's fear of runaway AI is a projection of his repressed terror of runaway corporations

Why do billionaires like Elon Musk make terrified pronouncements about the imminent rise of self-aware, murderous AIs that use us to reproduce themselves, controlling us instead of serving us? Read the rest

Newly uploaded videos of The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" and "Rain"

I've not see these videos of The Beatles' " Paperback Writer" and "Rain" before. The quality is great and I love both of these songs, especially Ringo's phenomenal drumming on "Rain."

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Score Sid Meier's Civilization VI for half off

There are few (if any) turn-based strategy franchises as prolific and decorated as Sid Meier's Civilization, and its latest installment is an even greater step forward for the series. Boasting a new city planning system, Civilization VI offers a groundbreaking level of customization that, when combined with reworked combat and building mechanics, makes for a memorable and unique experience each time you play. It's available now in the Boing Boing Store for $30.

Winner of 15 E3 Awards, including Best PC Game and Best Strategy Game, the series' most recent title lets you advance your civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age by waging war, conducting diplomacy, advancing your culture, and going head to head with history's greatest leaders. Whether you're interested in conquering your foes by force or uniting the world through technology, Sid Meier's Civilization VI offers several ways for you to assert world domination and build a civilization that stands the test of time.

Now, you can purchase Sid Meier's Civilization VI and redeem on Steam for $30. Read the rest

The Tea Party's baseless claims of IRS discrimination left the agency on life-support, unable to police dark money gushing through "charities"

In 2013, Tea Party activists claimed that they'd been singled out by the IRS for political reasons, and that's why their associated nonprofits were not being approved by the tax agency. In reality, a longrunning investigation found that the IRS was merely incompetent and understaffed, but the Tea Party's tactic of going after the referee rather than the system worked for them: the result was an IRS that has had its resources cut even further, leaving it less -- nor more -- able to evaluate charitable organizations that apply for tax-exempt status. Read the rest

Rechargeable Sonicare toothbrush for $12

I went to the dentist for the first time in about 10 years, because I had a cracked tooth. The dentist told me my teeth looked good but said I should get an electric toothbrush. I asked what kind, and he said he liked Sonicare. I got one for about $60, but now I see Amazon has one one sale for $12 Read the rest

How to fix common mistakes in Git

Git is the current commonly accepted form of revision control in the un*x world. If you make a mistake, things can go awfully sideways. Oh Shit, Git! is a guide to fix some common mistakes.

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Anatomy of how crooks use financial secrecy in the UK and New Zealand to rip off international investors with impunity

The financial secrecy regimes in New Zealand and the UK create many opportunities for "jurisdictional regulatory arbitrage," playing each system's weaknesses off against the other to operate in near-perfect secrecy, creating companies whose owners are anonymized but still able to cash out the firms' profits -- an enormous boon to fraudsters who run Ponzi schemes and other dodgy enterprises that rely on the UK and New Zealands' reputation as places of good governance and financial uprightness. Read the rest

Bad Lip Reading Rap of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back's Battle of Hoth

"Twenty nights in the ice is a long time, when there's hostiles on the hill."

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Humanity - a game in progress where mobs of people fall and are crushed

This is like the game Lemmings, only with people. They get crushed by huge blocks, fall into holes, get chopped up by propellers, and killed by other people with guns. The game is being developed by Tokyo-based Tha, Ltd.

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