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The DNC picked a bunch of sleazy lobbyists as superdelegates, can't figure out why no one is donating

The 2018 "superdelegates" to the Democratic National Convention will include lobbyists for Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp, CITGO petroleum, Citigroup, and other large corporations.

How to fold a fitted sheet

If you've ever tried to fold a fitted sheet, you probably know you can't just fold it like a regular sheet. If you are like me, you will just wad it up and hide your shameful attempt in the closet. Here's a woman made of better stuff than me, who has conquered the fitted sheet conundrum. The first ...

Company offers photo shoots on grounded Gulfstream jets to impress your Instagram followers

For around $250, Private Jet Studio invites you to book a two-hour photoshoot on a grounded Gulfstream jet at an airstrip in Moscow. Why? To impress people on social media with your jet-setting lifestyle. Hair stylist and makeup artist costs extra.

Applicants for the Customs and Border Protection agency keep admitting to ghastly crimes during polygraph tests

Back in April, experts warned that Trump's plan to hire 5,000 new Customs and Border Patrol officers was unlikely to succeed: the agency already loses 1,000 employees per year and a significant number of applicants are disqualified on the grounds of past bad actions, from theft to rape to drug ...

Sesame Street: How a saxophone is made

Wonderful 1980 video of Sesame Street's visit to a saxophone factory, complete with a free jazz sax soundtrack.

The ultimate DMCA takedown fail

A gentleman jailed for his part in a $5.4m scam wanted Google to remove links to news stories about the wheeze. His cunning plan to get them to do it – file a DMCA takedown notice claiming copyright in his own name and criminal record – perhaps offers a clue about why he got caught ...

Whittler's "sloyd" knife for roughing and carving

I wanted to try whittling. This knife is my tool. I dreamed of carving my own cute wood trinkets in all the spare time I have, so I asked a pal what knife he uses when he whittles. He suggested I start with a "sloyd" knife, a traditional Swedish carving blade. This video may help: ...

Readspike: simple news aggregator

Readspike is a simple news aggregator: just the headlines, with no social networking or other bullshit getting in the way. It's by Blackspike, a British design agency. The best yet in its class, beautiful and simple, with a good taste in sources. But I find something about it hard to read. It might ...

Tech Support Gore

My new favorite subreddit is r/techsupportgore, where people who fix computers post the nightmare scenarios they find themselves in. It's not always the grand-guignol horror of Playstation 4 cockroach farms or, as pictured, loaves of solidly-baked dust. Some of them are subtle problems that can take ...

The Sackler Family: best known for philanthropy, they made billions promoting Oxycontin

Purdue cynically created the American opiod epidemic through a combination of bribing medical professionals to overprescribe Oxycontin, publishing junk science, and aggressively lobbying regulators at every level to turn a blind eye to the destruction of the lives of millions of patient; while the ...

Enamel pin for artists tired of being asked to work for free

CWilock, tired of people who make use of others' artwork without permission, made this enamel pin to celebrate the best response to entitlement of the relentless quality that artists must deal with online. It's not for sale just yet, but keep an eye on their Etsy store for updates.

Toner explosion

This photocopier's already had enough Monday. Previously: What is a photocopier? This is from a subreddit called Tech Support Gore! BB reader Grey_Devil has found more.

The MNT Reform: a modular, open source hardware, blob-free laptop inspired by classic PCs

Lukas F. Hartmann grew up on PCs like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amiga 500, and while he appreciates the power and portability of modern laptops, he missed the character and invitation of experiment in these classic PCs.

Halloween bento boxes

I'm so inspired by these Halloween bento boxes. Not sure I could stomach eating some of them though! https://twitter.com/kiyo_0130_D/status/920403998884036609 https://twitter.com/SnapDishJP/status/916060582561943557 https://twitter.com/lovefirstbento/status/920689218397097984 ...

The iBeamBLOCK is a projector, tablet, and external battery rolled into one

This innovative, ultra-portable display system combines a tablet, an HD projector, and a 13200mAh power bank, and it's currently being offered in the Boing Boing Store.https://www.youtube.com/embed/4wyrTQn0rOkProjectors allow you to instantly turn any dimly-lit room into a movie theater or ...

Republican lawmaker Doug Cox tricked legislature into exempting "Christian" forced-labor camps from regulation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36rW9Pjg6_o Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery is a scandal-haunted forced-labor program that addicted convicts in Oklahoma were diverted to; they were put into back-breaking, unsafe labor for long hours with little or no pay and no care or compensation when ...

Spanish government announces plan to seize power in Catalonia, remove elected government

Yesterday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to remove the democratically elected regional government of Catalonia and replace them with direct rule by the national government in Madrid.

Jeremy Corbyn to European left-wing parties: you won't win until you abandon neoliberalism

The Europe Together conference in Brussels brought together party leadership from "centre-left" parties across Europe; Jeremy Corbyn got two standing ovations for a barn-burning speech in which he called on European left wing parties to abandon Blairite anti-union/pro-bank policies and embrace ...

The Tombstone House was built with 2200 discarded gravestones

I bet this Petersburg, Virginia home is the last place local trick-or-treating children want to hit up for candy on Halloween. The Tombstone House" was built in 1934 using the lower half of marble tombstones procured from Poplar Grove, the nearby Civil War cemetery. There are 2,200 discarded ...

How to play a Hammond organ

I have a 1956 Hammond M3, youtube and this here book. Wish me luck! I bought Hammond Organ Complete because I literally had no clue how to even turn on the Hammond M3 I decided would complete my living room. Took me a while to figure out it wasn't broken, just that all the drawbars were pushed in ...

Share anything from your Mac instantly with Dropshare 4

Dropshare is a dead-simple file sharing utility that doesn't tie you to any specific cloud service. A license for the Mac version is available now in the Boing Boing Store for $12.99.Sharing files with other people usually kicks off the same tedious dance: deciding which proprietary cloud vault ...

Vote for the best Halloween candies, for science

Remember last year? Remember the above figure , where all was laid out? This is how SCIENCE ranks your Halloween haul. Kit Kat and actual cash at the top, dental floss and anything whole wheat near the bottom. Well, now it's time for the 2017 Candy Ranking Games. Go and fill out this 10 minute ...

Kids' smart watches are a security/privacy dumpster-fire

The Norwegian Consumer Council hired a security firm called Mnemonic to audit the security of four popular brands of kids' smart watches and found a ghastly array of security defects: the watches allow remote parties to seize control over them in order to monitor children's movements and see where ...

Sailor tattoos decoded

Tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood's gorgeous "The Art of the Sailor" is an informative guide to the meaning of sailor tattoos. It first appeared in Vancouver Maritime Museum's traveling exhibit, "Tattoos and Scrimshaw: the Art of the Sailor." It's available as a signed and numbered ...

Take a look at the Gonzo Gizmo author's favorite tools

My guest on the Cool Tools Show podcast this week is Simon Quellen Field. Simon is a chemist and former Google software engineer and is the author of over a dozen books, including Gonzo Gizmos, Return of Gonzo Gizmos, Culinary Reactions, Why is Milk White, Elements Vault, Why There's Antifreeze In ...

A new IoT botnet called Reaper could be far more virulent than Mirai

In 2016, an Internet of Things worm called Mirai tore through the internet, building botnets of millions of badly designed CCTVs, PVRs, routers and other gadgets, sending unstoppable floods of traffic that took down major internet services from Paypal to Reddit to Dyn.

There's nothing like relaxing at home with your dog

"Petting your dog," writes Blake Boege, "is the most relaxing thing you can possibly do."

A motion detecting light for your mailbox

Last year I bought this mailbox light. You stick it inside your mailbox . Two sensors - light and motion - sense what's happening. If they sense darkness and no motion nothing happens. If they sense light and motion nothing happens. If they sense darkness and motion the light goes on for a couple of ...

Another truck rips its roof off on the infamous 11foot8bridge

A train trestle in Gregson St. in Durham, NC has a clearance of 11' 8". Despite the warning signs and flashing lights advertising the lower-than-normal clearance, trucks collide with the trestle often enough that an enterprising person has set up a video camera to catch every spectacular collision. ...

Detailed anatomy of Wisconsin's election-rigging, racist voter suppression

In 2008 and 2012, Wisconsin ranked second in the USA for voter turnout; in 2016, following the enactment of a series of racist voter-suppression tactics, the voter turnout was the worst it had been since 2000.

Viral Chinese mobile game requires players to "applaud" a speech by President Xi Jinping

Such a Great Speech: Applaud Xi Jinping has been played 860 million times; players score points by button-mashing an "applause" button while watching outtakes from President Xi Jinping's 3.5 hour speech to the Communist Party Congress last week.

New gamblers who see a short video about slot-machine psychology don't get tricked

Video slot machines pull a lot of tricks to make it hard to tell how fair the game is; one of them is to ring up "wins" that are actually losses , with a lot of fanfare and hoo-rah. These tricks are calculated to hook players into the game by stimulating their reward centers with intermittent ...

Plants are monsters

Cat Whitney's thread of her favorite spooky plants includes some of the plant kingdom's most horrifying denizens: Aristolochia Salvadorensis..."looks like a flayed skull, and reminds some of Darth Vader"; Hydnellum peckii..."The infamous bleeding tooth or Devil's tooth fungus"; Antirrhinum seed ...

Jonathan Mann sings a song about the MacBooks' dodgy keyboards

The Outline's Casey Johnson rages at the design of Apple's recent laptop keyboards, where the pursuit of thinness has resulted in keyboards that fail at the sight of a speck of dust, and where the said speck demands complete replacement of the keyboard assembly. Jonathan Mann turned it into a song! ...

Quaker Apples & Cinnamon has "35% less sugar" because they've cut the portion size by 35%, while the price remains 100%

Ever since I read Michael Pollan's advice to avoid any food whose packaging makes any nutritional claims, I've been a happy man -- but never so much so as I realize that this rule means I would never fall prey to the latest shitty scam from the Quaker oats people.

Gorgeous, grotesque animations from Esteban Diacono

Argentinian motion graphics designer Esteban Diacono produces the most amazing, surreal little animations for his social media, especially the weird, motion-deforming humaniform figures.

Apple brought back Braun design, but Google is bringing back Olivetti

1960s/70s Italian industrial design was led by Olivetti, featuring products with "touches of joy that enliven everyday tasks" featuring bright color and playful forms, very different from the Braun look of minimalist, "Snow White" gadgets that are the precursor to Apple's design language.

Three of Spencer's neo-Nazi supporters arrested after shooting wildly at bus-goers

Prominent American neo-Nazi Richard Spencer held a failed rally in Florida yesterday. Three enthusiasts, of the dozen or so who apparently showed up, were arrested after firing into a crowd of folks waiting for the bus. To ensure their intentions were well understood the trio yelled epithets at the ...

Garfield cartoonist denies Jon drinks a cup of dog semen in comic strip

Jim Davis, creator of the lasagna-living Garfield, has finally commented on his infamous May 30, 1990 comic strip in which Garfield's owner, Jon, appears to guzzle a cup a dog semen at a veterinarian's office. Have yall seen this Garfield where Jon drinks dog semen? What a great comic ...

Should we end aging forever?

Scientists are coming closer than ever to stopping aging. The latest video from Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell explores how we would change as individuals and a society if people could live as long as they wanted. In 2011, Drew Magary wrote a book called The Postmortal, a fictional first-hand account ...

Nearly impossible to destroy large dog chew toy

Nemo, my Great Pyr, tends to not like chewing on fake stuff. He's loved this Galileo Nylabone for years, however. Nylabones cover the spectrum of dog-chew toughness. Puppy softchews are like plastic gel caps to my big dog, This hard bone is barely scored by his massive teeth. The flavoring seems to ...

Facebook's security is like a "college campus," but they face threats like a "defense contractor"

A leaked recording of Facebook security chief Alex Stamos has him describing the company's IT culture as being "like a college campus, almost" while the company has the "threat profile of a Northrop Grumman or a Raytheon or another defense contractor."

This emergency radio and flashlight combo makes a good addition to an emergency kit

Keeping a stash of emergency supplies doesn't make you a paranoid doomsday prepper. It makes you a responsible human being that doesn't want to be totally SOL in a disaster situation. To help you prepare for the unpredictable, this Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight is now on offer in the Boing Boing ...

Canadian spy agency releases its top anti-malware tool as free software.

The Canadian Communications Security Establishment -- the most secretive of Canada's spy agencies -- has released the sourcecode for Assemblyline, a "Swiss Army Knife for malware analysis" that rolls up several malware analysis tools into a single unit, which can scan files for known malware and ...

Organized Hawaiian SPAM thievery

Hawaii, the only market left for SPAM in the United States, is suffering a rash of SPAM heists. This isn't just folks needing to grab a can of SPAM to feed the family, it appears these are highly organized, tactical SPAM swipings. Via Grub Street: Hawaii is under siege by Spam bandits. Individuals ...

Quinn Norton on sexual assault, community response, and restorative justice

In the early 2010s, Quinn Norton was sexually assaulted by Robert Scoble , a well-known technology exec and anti-privacy advocate while attending O'Reilly Media's FOO Camp, a private tech gathering that has a well-earned reputation as a safe and congenial space.

Federal judge: pardon sets Joe Arpaio free, but he's still guilty

Sheriff Joe Arpaio accepted a presidential pardon for his crime, then tried to have the verdict overturned. That isn't how it's going to works, says U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton, who refused to erase the criminal's conviction. Bolton said the pardon only freed Arpaio from possible punishment. ...

Trump's war on leakers has neutered the intelligence community's whistleblower program, which diverts leakers

The Intelligence Community Inspector General office is the place where spies and spook contractors who discover wrongdoing are supposed to be able to confidentially report their suspicions and know that they'll be investigated and acted upon. Dan Meyer, who is in charge of liasing with ...

Why race is not a thing, according to genetics

National Geographic interviewed geneticist Adam Rutherford, author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes. "In many ways, genetics makes a mockery of race," he notes.

Buy a random permanent tattoo from this vending machine

Choosing art to be inked permanently on your body can be a crippling decision, at least for some folks. Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, Texas thought of a fun way to make the process simpler. They created a vending machine that picks the art for you. Yup, for $100 you get one turn of their "Get ...