Johnson Tsang created a very 2020 porcelain work

Hong Kong-based sculptor Johnson Tsang (previously) is known for his fanciful ceramic artworks, and he was inspired during the pandemic to make a lovely piece that reflects the times, titled "Still in One Piece III." During quarantine, he also shared a cool timelapse of a work in progress: Image: Instagram / johnson_tsang_artist

Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and others are trying to censor a Netflix film they haven't seen

The Netflix blurb for Cuties describes the plot as: Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family's traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew. Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, a French Senegalese woman (not unlike the film's young protagonist), the film won the Directing Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at…

Hundreds of Americans planted those unsolicited mystery seeds from China

Despite USDA warnings, hundreds, maybe even thousands, of Americans planted those mystery "innocuous" Chinese seeds sent to addresses in all 50 states, according to Motherboard's Jason Koebler. Some even ate them. What he learned through reading internal documents obtained from state departments of agriculture and the USDA through the Freedom of Information Act is fascinating…

New $500 and $300 Xbox consoles out November 10 from Microsoft

Microsoft says the Xbox Series X will cost $500, a stripped-down $300 Series S will also be available, and both will launch on November 10, as the holiday shopping season kicks off. AP: There haven't been new generations of video game consoles for several years. The most recent Xbox, Xbox One, was released in 2013,…

Details emerge after an honest Tesla employee thwarted a ransomware plot

Elon Musk confirmed last week that a Tesla employee reported a credible ransomware plot. The employee had been offered $1 million dollars to install the ransomware at their Giga Nevada facility, according to the FBI. Via Wired, which has excellent coverage of the details: Earlier this month, according to a recently unsealed criminal complaint, a…

"Comms veteran" Joel Johnson shares work-from-home tips

Joel Johnson once edited the gadgets blog here at Boing Boing, but now he's a Vice President at Dashlane and a "comms veteran" with some useful working-from-home tips to share with PR Daily's Ted Kitterman. 4. What's a tool you couldn't live without right now? Johnson: I know you mean a digital tool. But those…

I just learned about the strange history of Exxon-sponsored showtunes

The other day, I retweeted a post from my own band about a collaborative playlist of songs about conspiracy theories. It seemed like a fun promotional exercise, ya know? What's your favorite song about #conspiracytheories? ⠀Add your favorites tunes about the #illuminati or #911truthers or #UFOs or #Qanon or whatever other weird shit you're into…

Unsolved Mysteries coming to Netflix

Netflix is rebooting Unsolved Mysteries, a true crime and paranormal event series that originally aired on various networks from 1987 to 2010. "The original creators of Unsolved Mysteries and the producers of Stranger Things invite you to solve new mysteries." It premieres on July 1, 2020.  I just wish the late Robert Stack could host…