Now that public companies must publish the CEO-median worker wage ratio, cities and states can tax the most unequal firms

The Dodd-Frank act mandated that publicly listed companies would have to publish an annual figure listing the ratio between their CEO's pay and their median worker's pay: now, after nearly a decade of stalling tactics from corporate lobbyists, those figures are emerging, and they're equipping cities with the tools they need to crack down on the most unequal companies in the world. (more…)

The fashion boutiques that line the "Champs-Élysées" of a massive Syrian refugee camp are a fascinating lens on the crisis

Sara Elizabeth Williams' long, beautifully written profile of the merchants who established illegal storefronts on the Champs-Élysées, a stretch of road in Jordan's Za’atari refugee camp -- home to 93,000 Syrian refugees -- is a lens on the crisis created by decades of western complicity in the brutal Assad regime, followed by a global proxy war fought on Syrian soil, with no compassion or regard by any of the belligerents for the civilian costs. (more…)

Phone room still running in abandoned building

Exploring a disused and marvelously creepy building, urban spelunker shiey runs into a still-functioning PBX room. The environment isn't so decrepit that it comes across as as impossible or supernatural--the building has power, obviously--but it's definitely weird to find the place between presence and abandonment, where the humans are gone but our footsteps are still talking.

Can you hear the difference between cheap and expensive pianos?

It's obvious when comparing an untunable yet adorable craigslist clunker with a high-quality modern piano, but I was surprised to find myself noticing the difference between a $15k grand and a $50k one, too. There was, it must be said, a big difference in age. I wonder how "cheaper" modern Yamahas (the GB1K comes in at a trifling $14k or so, and then there are the uprights...) sound compared to the big grands.

Nordstrom confirms that it did not "like" tweet claiming "dick suck" is the true meaning of Nintendo DS

The Twitter account of upscale retailer Nordstrom confirmed this weekend that it did not "like" a tweet that claimed the "DS" in "Nintendo DS" stood for "dick suck."

Another twitter user had reported that the offensive remark appeared in their feed because Nordstrom liked it, but it appears now that this report was itself mistaken.

"The DS in Nintendo DS stands for Dick Suck," wrote Nick Wiger, a Twitter japester with 32k followers on the popular social network. "The idea was, playing it was as fun as gettin your dick sucked. 3DS, as fun as 3 dick sucks."

"Um, this appeared in my feed because @Nordstrom liked it?," replied Katie Metz of St. Louis, or at least an account using that identity, concluding her tweet with a skeptical frowny face emoji and the hashtags #nordstrom and #fail.

"Sorry for the confusion, Katie," Nordstrom responded three minutes later. "We can confirm we have not liked this tweet."

At press time, Twitter had not yet responded to an inquiry concerning why the site was still free.

Photo: Mike Mozart (CC-BY-3.0)

Elite: The Musical turned the classic space-trading video game into a glorious epic

Elite was the original 3D space-trading game, spinning a vast universe to explore from a few lines of code, birthing a series that's still going strong. It famously came boxed with a novella by Rob Holdstock to give literary life to its procecurally-generated expanse, but did you know there was also Elite: The Musical?

By Aidan Bell, brother of Elite co-creator Ian Bell, the musical clocks in at 1 hour and 44 minutes and you can listen to the whole thing right here, right now in your browser. [via]

The Elite Musical seems to have gone forgotten, which is a real shame because it's amazing even if it's a bit dated. So I took it into my own hands to stitch all the audio together to try and log to forgotten Musical. One problem is that the quality in audio changes scene to scene, it seems like some of the songs where recorded live while others where done in a studio setting. However I did my best to get the audio in chronological order. There is some missing audio at the start of scene 6 and some music has crowed cheers, i decided to leave them in as I felt it brought some life to the musical knowing that this was preformed in front of a live audience.

The 'WKRP in Cincinnati' closing theme lyrics are all gibberish

Remember that rock song at the end of WKRP in Cincinnati? The one that ends with a kitten meowing? Well, today I learned that its lyrics are complete gibberish.

Go ahead, listen to it, I'll wait.

All gibberish!

Here's its story, according to the wiki:

The closing theme, "WKRP In Cincinnati End Credits", was a hard rock number composed and performed by Jim Ellis, an Atlanta musician who recorded some of the incidental music for the show. According to people who attended the recording sessions, Ellis didn't yet have lyrics for the closing theme, so he sang nonsense words to give an idea of how it would sound. Wilson decided to use the words anyway, since he felt that it would be funny to use lyrics that were deliberately gibberish, as a satire on the incomprehensibility of many rock songs. Also, because CBS always had an announcer talking over the closing credits, Wilson knew that no one would actually hear the closing theme lyrics anyway.
A big thanks to astute reader Mangochin for pointing this bit of trivia out in the comments section for our other recent WKRP in Cincinnati post.

This charger case doubles your Nintendo Switch's battery life

The Nintendo Switch is king when it comes to gaming on the go, but it's tough to lose yourself in Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Skyrim if your battery dies out. That's where this Nintendo Switch Battery Charger Case comes into play. Built exclusively for Nintendo Switch, this pack allows for uninterrupted charging while you play, delivering 10,000mAh of power via an integrated USB-C PD port, and it's on sale in the Boing Boing Shop.

In addition to doubling your Switch's battery life, this case protects your console inside and out. Its high-density shell ensures a slip-proof grip and shock-resistant protection, while the built-in kickstand allows for cooling airflow, preventing your Switch from overheating. Plus, the charger even boasts a Quickchip chipset to provide steady power flow while protecting against over-charging.

You can pick up the Nintendo Switch Battery Charger Case on sale today for $40.

Pickle juice slushies are coming to Sonic Drive-In this summer

This June, fast food chain Sonic Drive-In will rollout a pickle juice snow cone slush, according to Food & Wine (who's already taste-tested the new beverage):

We tasted the drink at Sonic’s headquarters in Oklahoma City, and it’s surprisingly delicious... Sweet and tangy, the bright brine compensates for the over-savoriness you might have been worried about. You won’t understand why, but you’ll keep going back for more sips, likely until it’s all gone. Our only gripe is that the slush is a bit too sweet, as if overcorrecting for the acidity, but maybe this is what has to happen for America to acclimate to—and embrace—pickle-flavored soft drink.

...No one can stop you for asking for a squirt of pickle juice in your shake, or on your burger, or on whatever your sick heart desires.

There are 3584 Sonic locations in the United States, should you wish to try it.

Sonic Will Roll Out Pickle Juice Slushes This Summer

image: Sonic via Delish

Richard Spencer says that antifa sucked all the fun out of college appearances, calls it quits

Elements of the left say that antifa tactics -- direct, physical confrontations with fascists and racists -- are a "gift to the alt-right," letting them play victim and validating their paranoid fantasies about the persecution of white dudes -- but punched Nazi Richard Spencer says that antifa tactics have worked as intended, making it impossible for him to continue his on-campus recruitment tour for his forthcoming race-war. (more…)

Launch a design career with help from this huge bundle

Creative designers play a pivotal role in engaging target audiences and customers, and while companies are eager to bring more of these professionals on board, you'll have a hard time getting your foot in the door if you're not using the industry's best tools. From Adobe to Maya, the eduCBA Design & Multimedia Lifetime Subscription Bundle familiarizes you with the design tools of the trade, and it's on sale in the Boing Boing Store for $19.

This collection delivers lifetime access to more than 700 hours of training spread across 200 courses. You'll learn animation from courses on Mocha, Keyshot, Maya, and Nuke and tap into other creative tools, like Adobe, Unity, and CAD. You can validate your training with online quizzes and tests, and certificates of completion are awarded for each course you finish. 

The eduCBA Design & Multimedia Lifetime Subscription Bundle is available today for $19 in the Boing Boing Store.

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