Softball brawl of the day

The Kingsport Times News reports that parents brawled at a girls' softball game Saturday. No-one was arrested or hurt, but everyone is now banned from the softball.

“Apparently some spectators were very vocal towards the umpire calls in favor of Blue Ridge and it just got louder and louder.”

McLemore said some Blue Ridge parents then went over and had a verbal confrontation with some Cardinals parents. Then someone got pushed down a sloped area near field one. A parent from Blue Ridge then retaliated.

“And then all chaos broke out,” McLemore said.

Bryan Sayers, who hails from Southwest Virginia, captured most of the fight on video and posted it to Facebook Saturday night.

Time-to-Khaki-Shorts is 0. Read the rest

Automated list of people on LinkedIn who claim to work for ICE

Sam Lavigne wrote a script that scrapes LinkedIn to create a handy list of people who work for ICE, lately responsible for various unlawful and totalitarian acts in the name of policing immigrants to the United States of America. Read the rest

Louis Vuitton Windows CE pocket computer on eBay

Louis Vuitton's Windows CE gadget was a misstep. Pocket PCs were unpopular gadgets of questionable utility even in their day: obsolete in a heartbeat and now draped with the comical stink of Microsoft at its nadir. It hardly speaks to the timeless quality a luxury brand wants to conjure, even as a promotional stocking stuffer.

As an artifact, though, what an oddity! I'd get it for sheer ironic magnitude – with a WiFi CF Card [Amazon] you should be able to get it online – but it's listed for $680, OBO and a Jornada 728 would be a better choice.

Perhaps Louis Vuitton should make a branded case for the Gemini PDA, a far classier (and more functional) expression of the ultra-mobile PC concept.

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Voronoi diagram of airports

Jason Davies created a voronoi diagram of the world's airports projected onto an interactive 3D globe. Easter Island's airport claims the largest partition.

Most Remote Airport

Mataveri Airport at 27°S, 109°W is the most remote; 2,602km from the nearest airport, Totegegie Airport.

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CoachBot malfunctions during basketball match

Boston Dynamics finally took a step too far with its new model, "Jalen Rose."

(Note: video contains NSFW language. Note: Rose is in fact neither a robot nor a coach) [via Reddit] Read the rest

Smooth Criminal on a Victorian barrel organ

Here's Smooth Criminal, arranged and performed by Patrick Mathis. Something about this suggests to me that there is a machine that turns midi into those rolls; I couldn't find it, but Virtual Roll is a physical gadget that pretends to be a paper roll in player pianos, kind of like the fake cassette tapes that let you hook MP3 players up to a car stereo. Read the rest

Interview with Alex Norris, of "oh no" Webcomic Name fame

Jenny Robins interviews Alex Norris...

NORRIS: My comics have always largely been about exploring the link between joy and sadness, and finding humour in despair, so I think when I started this format the mix of heartbreak and silliness just sort of came naturally and I like to take it as far as I can. Interesting things happen when you say two opposing things at the same time. I’ve always seen Webcomic Name as a sort of celebration of failure, and I think the mental twist in that prevents the repeated “oh no” from becoming completely depressing!

... and finds out what the "oh no" voice sounds like.

NORRIS: This is probably my most-asked question, and I usually say it sounds like someone who is disappointed but used to being disappointed, or reading from a script. If I ever turned Webcomic Name into a video format, I would probably get readers to send in their version of the “oh no” and use a different one each time. I like that the “oh no” speech bubble is basically a visual motif now – because you see it so often as you read my comics it loses the verbal meaning and just becomes a symbol.

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Doom as an eye-melting Magic Eye puzzle

Remember Doom? Remember Magic Eye puzzles that required you to unfocus your eyes and see forever in a field of stereographic static? Now you can do both at once with OMDO, a free download at Itch.

OMDO plays just like DOOM, except every frame is a random dot autostereogram. If you don't know what that is, you should read more about it here, but the gist is that you have to either go cross-eyed or wall-eyed in order to see the game. Otherwise it just looks like a bunch of random dots.

Fraser Brown:

Not surprisingly, this is not a particularly effective or fun way to play DOOM. Depending on your favoured method, you’ll be spending the whole time with your face almost pressed against the screen, or you’ll be cross-eyed. I’ve tried both methods, along with their accompanying game modes, and I’ve yet to see more than the gun.

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Trump's baby-snatching border policy "cruel" and "immoral", writes Laura Bush

Unlike most of the GOP, former first lady Laura Bush is not afraid of Trump. His policy of taking children from their parents and putting them in detention centers, she writes, is "eerily reminiscent" of internment camps. "Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children." (Wayback Machine link)

The term "baby-snatching" isn't hers, though. That's from today's opionion piece in the New York Times.

This may well be one of the most callous policies the Trump administration has instituted in its zeal to crack down on illegal immigration.

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The Jerry Springer Show ends production

Since 1991, The Jerry Springer Show offered America an unevenly-distributed taste of its own future. But we're settled comfortably in, now, and the present has no need for its harbingers. So long, Jerry.

Syndicated talk-show staple The Jerry Springer Show has ceased production of new episodes, a source confirms to TVLine, and will only air pre-taped episodes and repeats when it moves to The CW this fall. (Broadcasting & Cable first reported the news.) The CW is still considering ordering fresh episodes of Springer down the line — the deal is for multiple years — but as of now, the show has finished filming.

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Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes charged with fraud

The game is up for folks who enjoy pointing out that Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes (and company president Sunny Balwani) inexplicably escaped serious consequences for the company's billion-dollar blood test hoax. They were charged with fraud today by the Feds.

Both Holmes, who stepped down as CEO of the financially crippled company earlier Friday, and Balwani appeared in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., for arraignment on two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud.

Both Holmes and Balwani, who surrendered Friday to the FBI, were released on $500,000 bond each and ordered to surrender their passports at the arraignment, which was attended by Holmes

Theranos's blood-testing machines never amounted to much more than hacky prototypes, but the company faked its way to a $9bn valuation by secretly using competitors' traditional technology while keeping employees shushed with a threatening, cultlike corporate culture. CNBC says "Holmes and Balwani face up to 20 years in prison if convicted" but doesn't suggest likely sentencing. Read the rest

Standing waves in lava on Kīlauea

From Kīlauea, where the eruption continues, now with "lava flowing unabated with standing waves."

You can see them to the left of the photo here, taken by a USGS drone over the flow, and in this video:

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Why you don't park in front of a fire hydrant

This photo, which comes courtesy of the Hamilton Township Fire Department, shows a car parked in front of a fire hydrant. The car's windows were smashed by the firefighters and a large hose threaded through them, so that a nearby fire may be fought.

This is what happens when you park in front of a hydrant. This was taken last night at the fire on Norway Avenue in the Bromley section of Hamilton. Reminder, it is against the law to park in front of a fire hydrant.

Here's another angle of the Great Humiliation Snake of Hamilton:

Most cities will just push the offending vehicle out the way, but this is funnier and less likely to damage a fire truck's bumper. Read the rest

History of Mac startup chimes

Enjoy this history of the Mac startup sound, which Apple got rid of in the 2016 MacBooks after three decades of bongggggg.

Here's a video featuring just the startup sounds, complete with crash chimes.

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Vintage IBM lab coveralls on eBay

One of my eBay alerts finally pinged! A Boing Boing reader will surely become the lucky owner of these splendid IBM lab coveralls, dated to the late 1980s or thereabouts, which have a buy-it-now price of $170 and ship out of California. Read the rest

Tech support scammer actually caught, gets slap on wrist

A man who helped bilk elderly Americans out of millions as part of a "calling about your Windows" tech support scam must pay $136,000 in fines to the FTC--and may never offer tech support again. Behold the merciless justice of the federal authorities.

Under the settlement, Brar — who operated Genius Technologies and Avangatee Services and does not admit or deny the allegations, according to court documents — “is permanently restrained and enjoined from advertising, marketing, promoting, or offering for sale, or assisting in the advertising, marketing, promoting, or offering for sale of Technical Support Services.”

The settlement was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, and must still be signed by that court’s judge.

Phone-scamming seniors is and will remain a lucrative line of work in America, for those whose stomach for it. Fortunately for them, they can count the relevant regulators in that group. Read the rest

Dog on a treadmill

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