Tactical baby wipe pouch

Whether you're running low on ammo defending Wyoming from antifa or tearing toward the Canadian border while your passenger plinks out the orange lightbars of the pursuing Trumpstapo, baby's butt will be smooth and clean. [via Joel]

• Fast-Deploy Wipe Pouch – Holds a single pack of standard disposable wipes and features a wipe dispenser slot under the flap
• MOLLE-Compatible Design – Tactical baby wipe holder designed for modular customization; MOLLE-compatible with all your accessories and patches
• Effortless Reloading – Quickly resupply whenever you’re running low thanks to the seamless zipper closure and smart open-front design

Tactical Baby Gear MOLLE Baby Wipe Pouch 2.0 (Black) [Amazon link]

Watch a treestump become a vase

Usually I like to find something to start Monday that reflects our growing sense of anxiety and unease at the accelerating failure of the American Republic, but his week I've got a nice relaxing video of Andy Phillip turning a big ol' chunk o' stump into an attractive vase on the lathe. Enjoy!

Abandoned coyote pup gets the care it deserves

Joey Santore's YouTube channel Crime Pays But Botany Doesn't has meat-and-potatoes approach to the wonders of the natural world: it's direct, informative and often funny as hell. Recently, while out in the field doing what he does, Santore came across what appeared to be an abandoned coyote pup. Emaciated, and possibly showing signs of mange, it was in pretty bad shape. After a quick chase, Santore cornered the pup and, well, just watch.

With the pup in rough enough shape that Santore was able to catch it, I'm hoping for the best, but assuming the worst. If it survives, I'll be happily surprised. Fingers crossed for a bit of good news on this one.

Save $45 on this wireless charging sonic toothbrush kit

Want to keep the dentist away? A little tooth care at morning and night isn't bad, but it won't keep the stains from smoking or fried foods at bay for long. If you enjoy your food and want to avoid the consequences, an upgrade from that old analog toothbrush can make a huge difference.

Among sonic toothbrushes, there are not many contenders like the Aquasonic toothbrush. And the Aquasonic PRO is definitely worth the investment.

The brush packs 40,000 vibrations per minute, which might be a little intimidating if you've never tried an ultrasonic brush. Luckily, you can ease in with a soft mode for gentle cleaning. There are four modes in all, including a massage setting for gum care.

When you're done, the space-saving rinse cup doubles as a wireless charger for the lithium-ion battery. And the entire setup is good to go for vacations, thanks to a travel case that holds two extra brushes.

The Aquasonic PRO Toothbrush includes 6 ProFlex Brush Heads, Wireless Charging Glass & Case for $54.99 - a full 45% off the MSRP.

A new biography reveals the Koch brothers' very early role in creating organized climate denial

The Koch brothers are quite an enigma: on the one hand, they owe their vast fortune to extremely long-range planning: Charles Koch is famously contemptuous of entrepreneurs who take their companies public, believing that the public markets insist on such short timescales that they undermine real growth; and he grew his father's hydrocarbon empire by investing heavily in automation systems with extremely long amortization schedules. (more…)

Turning a recalled children's unicorn boot into a display for endless product recall notices

Phil Torrone from Adafruit told us about Consumers Should Immediately...: "This uses a live data feed from The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) to randomly display thousands of products recalled for reasons such as fire, electrocution, entrapment, choking and a variety of other unintended dangers. Every two minutes the embedded screen lists the name of the product, the identified danger, the product manufacturer, and the original recall date. The electronics are enclosed in an actual recalled children’s unicorn boot, along with an embedded rechargeable battery, allowing for an uninterrupted stream of recalled products in any location."

Boost your productivity with this Microsoft Office boot camp

If your office works at all, it uses Microsoft Office. Those icons for Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook are as familiar around some workplaces as the coffee machine. So familiar, in fact, that they get taken for granted - and rarely used to their full potential.

Whether you need a crash course in the essential tools of Office or you really want to jumpstart your productivity, the Mega Microsoft Office 2019 Course Bundle can open up loads of new uses for your favorite platforms.

What you get is a comprehensive look at the most popular software apps for Office, suitable for beginners but useful to even old hands at the stuff. Courses on Word and PowerPoint will spotlight tons of time-saving shortcuts, while those on Outlook will teach how to customize and streamline your email. You'll make tighter spreadsheets quicker with Excel, set up cleaner databases with Access, and even learn how platforms like VBA can link up with those spreadsheets and automate your work.

It's 11 courses in all, packed with 120 hours of videos and exercises. Get the Mega Microsoft Office 2019 Course Bundle for $39 today.

Pumpkin Spice Spam hitting stores in September

Yes, really.

Although we're deep in the heat of summer, Hormel Foods is busy promoting their new fall pork product: Pumpkin Spice Spam. That's (sp)iced h(am) spiced with cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg.

For a limited time, you'll be able to get cans of it at Walmart and the Spam online store come September 23.

CNN reports that "Spam recommends topping waffles with it, adding it to a fall vegetable hash or baking it into a cornbread muffin." (No, thank you.)

Town to install public toilets with anti-sex systems

Porthcawl in Wales will install public toilets with systems to prevent people from having sex inside including an alarm, doors that spring open, and a water sprayer. It seems the possibility of false alarms makes this a real, er, shitty idea. From CNN:

Movement sensors inside the toilets will respond to "violent" activity, while weight sensors will be installed to detect the entrance of more than one person, triggering the deterrent measures. The toilets have also been designed to prevent rough sleepers taking shelter inside: If a user remains in the toilet for too long, a warning message will play, while the lights and heating will switch off.

Create your robot army with these Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits

It's a great time to be a maker. 3D printers are on store shelves for anyone to buy, and coder kits like Arduino and Raspberry Pi are letting kids as young as 9 or 10 dive into the Internet of Things. Here are a few examples of our favorite tech toys, all priced low enough that even a mad scientist in training can afford them.

RoboxDual™ 3D Printer

This workhorse printer is designed to get you creating right out of the box with an impressive dual-head system that allows you to print with two materials at once. Operation is clean and safe for even first-time students, and there are no stray strings on your design thanks to nozzles that cut off the flow of material before pulling away. Pick up the RoboxDual™ 3D Printer for $449.99, almost 70% off the list price.

 

Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle

Here's one toybox that won't ever run out of toys. Designed for kids but full-featured, this 3D printer gives you access to a catalog of blueprints and the option to upload your own inventions to a companion app. The Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle is now $314.99, more than 30% off the original cost.

Elecrow Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit

Raspberry Pi systems are already a great introduction to computers and DIY gadget-making, and this kit makes that intro even more painless. The LCD touchscreen and multiple display modes allow you to surf the web your way, from scratch. Grab an Elecrow Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit now for $108.

SunFounder Raspberry Pi Robot Kits

If this were just a remote control car, the included wide-angle USB webcam would make it worth the price. But this infinitely tweakable car also comes with a Raspberry Pi board and Python code, which makes for years of tinkering. You can get the SunFounder Raspberry Pi Robot Kit for $139.99, down 6% from the list price.

Arduino Automatic Smart Plant Watering Kit 2.0

Instead of talking to your plants, let your plants talk to the moisture sensors in this DIY electronics kit. It comes with a pump, water switch and all the components you need to make a failsafe irrigator for your houseplants. Right now, the Arduino Automatic Smart Plant Watering Kit 2.0 is sale priced at $69.

SunFounder Robotic Arm Edge Kit for Arduino

Easy to build and easy to use, this gadget is a great start to your robot army. Control it through your PC, or directly through dials that rotate the arm through 4 axes of movement. One simple press of a memory button, and you can program it to do a variety of repetitive tasks. Pick up the SunFounder Robotic Arm Edge Kit for Arduino for $54.99, a full 21% off retail.

Crowtail NodeMCU Internet of Things Kit

The 30 modules in this pack can create laser pointers, moisture sensors and more with the lessons inside the included guide book, but the sky's the limit. There's also an ESP8266 WiFi module with a Crowtail interface that allows you to really unlock the kit's IoT potential once you've mastered the easy and interactive walkthroughs. Get started with the Crowtail NodeMCU Internet of Things Kit for only $89.

DIY Bionic Robot Lizard

Forget RC cars. This robot lizard is an original way to learn robotics by way of the Sunflower Nano board and included software. Get your DIY Bionic Robot Lizard for $54.99, more than 15% off the list price.

Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit & Course Bundle

Here's the perfect entry into Raspberry Pi's 3B+ model. You'll get the board itself, 37 sensors and three courses that teach you how to use all of them to their full potential, including home automation through Amazon's Alexa. The Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit & Course Bundle is now $139.99, a 68% discount.

The Complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course Bundle

Arduino's full-featured electronics kit comes with the ultimate guide here: Six courses that offer hands-on projects and resources. By the end of the boot camp, you'll have not only a full understanding of DIY electronics but a cool robot or two to show for it. Previously sale priced at $109.99, the Complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course Bundle is now $89.99, 85% off the original cost.

McMansion Hell: the Campbell County, Wyoming edition

McMansion Hell (previously) continues to tear through America's most affluent ZIP codes with trenchant commentary on realtors' listings for terrible monster homes; in the current edition, critic Kate Wagner visits Campbell County, Wyoming, home to some of the most ill-considered monstrosities in America. As always, she is laugh-aloud funny as she tackles the "Divorce Lawyer house," a 6,000 square foot house from 2002, listed for a mere $700k. (more…)

Tech conference changes policy, rescinds requirement for chipped, unremovable bracelets for attendees

Update: Justin Reese from Abstractions writes, "policy changes were implemented last night and additional changes were made this morning."

He adds, "The article was also inaccurate from the start by calling the wristbands surveillance devices in the title. They are only used to control access and don't track where users are or have been except in the case where the attendee has given explicit permission in their profiles to share with sponsors and completed a double opt-in by scanning their ID at the sponsor table (the read range is about 2"). Unless we receive a double opt-in, the ids on the wristband are never associated with a user. It is no more a surveillance device than any other conference badge. I'd appreciate a retraction of this inaccuracy and an update regarding our policies."

Reese is correct that the manufacturers design RFID chips to be read from inches; however, that doesn't mean that they can't be read from longer distances (for example, distant, directional antennas can read them at longer distances while they are being energized by a nearby reader). Likewise, the idea that users can't be identified from persistent, anonymous identifiers is incorrect.

It's a pretty good example of how a thin understanding of privacy issues in wireless technologies and statistical analysis can result in selecting authentication systems that expose users to privacy risks.

Sumana Harihareswara (previously) writes, "The Abstractions tech conference (Aug 21-23, in Pittsburgh) doesn't tell attendees this before they buy a ticket, but attendance requires you wear their wristband with an embedded tracking chip -- and that you don't take it off at night or in the shower till the conference ends. Organizers haven't addressed privacy, health, physical safety, and inclusivity concerns that registered attendees raised privately earlier this month, so Jason Owen is blogging about the issue in hopes of getting them to modify their policy."

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