OR 

Yale‘s most popular course ever: Happiness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rs1B8V4vx0 When Yale psych professor Laurie Santos offered a course in how to be happy -- based on the latest peer-reviewed science -- she hoped that a reasonable number of students would sign up (after all, the literature suggested that there is an epidemic of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation among US college students); the course was the most successful in Yale‘s history, with one in four stud

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Teaching a banjo workshop while undergoing an EEG

Patrick Costello (previously) writes, "I had to go through a 25 hr EEG, but I didn‘t let the wires glued to my head stop me from posting my weekly frailing banjo workshop."

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Homebiogas: easy, clean, climate-friendly way to heat and power your home with garbage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20LY1316IM8 Yesterday, I saw a demo of the Homebiogas bioreactor: it‘s essentially an artificial stomach that uses colonies of microbes to digest your home food waste (it can do poop, too, but people tend to be squeamish about this), providing enough clean-burning biogas to cook your next meal, heat your house, or run a generator -- what‘s left behind is excellent fertilizer. (more)

favicon of http://boingboing.net

The Internet of Shit: a godsend for abusers and stalkers

People who help domestic abuse survivors say that they are facing an epidemic of women whose abusers are torturing them by breaking into their home smart devices, gaslighting them by changing their thermostat settings, locking them out of their homes, spying on them through their cameras. (more)

favicon of http://boingboing.net

This 360-degree wireless security camera is 45

While it‘s fun to watch Hollywood action heroes hack into cameras to spy on their targets, the thought of an actual cybercriminal using our own security devices against us is chilling for most. That‘s what makes theiPM World HD 360 Degree 1080p Wireless IP Camera essential for anyone looking to deter digital and physical intruders alike, and it‘s available today for 44.99. Completely encrypted and capable of rotating 360 degree

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Trump sends 1,000 immigrants to Mojave Desert prison, staff say it‘s unsafe & predict ‘detainee deaths‘

‘Disease outbreaks and a lack of medical personnel await those imprisoned in Victorville, California.‘ Prison staff in Victorville say immigrant detainees are treated like ‘cockroaches.‘ There‘s already an outbreak of scabies and a case of chicken pox among the detainees. (more)

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Insecure internet security cameras and nannycams are actively exploited by voyeurs to spy on owners

Shenzhen Gwelltimes Technology Co., Ltd is the white-label vendor behind a whole constellation of Internet of Things networked home cameras sold as security cameras, baby monitors, pet monitors, and similar technologies; these cameras are designed to be monitored by their owners using an app, and because of farcically bad default passwords ("123") and other foolish security practices (such as sequentially numbering each camera, allowing attacker

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Star Wars fans: You have to see this animated ASCII remake of Episode IV

It was 1997 when Simon Jansen started his remake of the first Star Wars film -- Episode IV - A New Hope -- as an ASCII animation (or "asciimation," as he coined it). It was in 2015 when the dedicated New Zealand Star Wars fan added the last scene. That‘s right, it‘s not finished yet. In fact, it‘s only about 40 percent complete. Tedium reports: For reasons that are a mystery even to himself, Simon Jansen began creating indi

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Look closely: These Hawaiian shirts depict our plastic-polluted oceans

A staggering eight million tons of plastic trash is dumped in our oceans each year, according to a 2015 Science report. As a way of putting a spotlight on the issue, Spanish designer Adolfo Correa created the art for The Paradise? Shirt, a Hawaiian-style shirt that, at first glance, looks standard-issue. Look closer and you‘ll see he‘s put plastic waste -- like toothbrushes and six-pack rings -- into the design. The shirt was a

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Insecure internet security cameras, nannycams are being actively exploited by voyeuers to spy on their owners

Shenzhen Gwelltimes Technology Co., Ltd is the white-label vendor behind a whole constellation of Internet of Things networked home cameras sold as security cameras, baby monitors, pet monitors, and similar technologies; these cameras are designed to be monitored by their owners using an app, and because of farcically bad default passwords ("123") and other foolish security practices (such as sequentially numbering each camera, allowing attacke

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Would you buy a 28 bottle of "unfiltered Hot Dog Water"? Some people in Canada did

What‘s in the water in one Canadian city? Uncooked hot dogs, apparently. Last weekend, a reality-hacking hero offered bottles of unfiltered, "keto-compatible" "Hot Dog Water" at a Vancouver street festival for CAN37.99 (~US28) a pop. The vendor, performance artist/"foodie-troller" Douglas Bevans, claimed his special water (which included a real hot dog inside each bottle) had health benefits. "Several" people "bought-and-consumed" his e

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Googlers‘ ethical refusal to build airgap systems curtailed Google‘s ability to bid on sensitive military contracts

A group of elite Google Cloud engineers simply refused to put any work into an airgap system designed to let the company bid on sensitive military contracts, which undermined the company‘s ability to seek military work. (more)

favicon of http://boingboing.net

This cordless Dyson vacuum helps you clean every corner of your living space

Spring came and went, but we‘re not here to judge if you didn‘t get around to cleaning up your living space. After all, taking the time to vacuum your floors can stretch out into a lengthy task when you‘re constantly switching between power outlets and trying to jam your machine into those tight corners. With theDyson V6 Bagless Cordless Handheld Vacuum with HEPA Filter, you can sidestep the vacuum hassles and finally catch up o

favicon of http://boingboing.net

‘Rolling Stone‘ gives an unflinching portrait of Johnny Depp and the financial mess he‘s in

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow After "a month and almost 200 e-mails," Rolling Stone writer Stephen Rodrick succumbed to an interview with Johnny Depp at his London home to discuss how the 55-year-old actor lost nearly all of his 650M fortune. The piece was devised by his lawyer in an effort to put Depp and his financial woes in a positive light, instead Rodrick compared Depp to a late-stage Marlon Brando and detailed the eccentricities he

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Judge orders Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to go back to law school

Kris Kobach (previously) is a racist shitbag who engineered Red State America‘s voter suppression campaign; he is also (predictably enough) the Kansas Secretary of State, in which capacity he has been representing his office in a lawsuit over his unconstitutional voter ID law. (more)

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Browser extension to fix the NYT‘s squeamishness about calling Trump a liar

The New York Times doesn‘t like to call Donald Trump (who is a compulsive liar) a liar; they deploy the squeamish euphemism "falsely claimed" in place of "lied" -- with Gabriel Gironda‘s NYT Speak Chrome extension (source code here), you can remedy this situation. (Thanks, Gabriel Gironda!)

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Brilliant billboard modification protesting ICE‘s treatment of migrant children

Last night, a group of culture jammers called Indecline improved a "1-800-GOT-JUNK?" billboard on a highway in Emeryville, California, just east of San Francisco. The billboard previously said "We make junk disappear" and they fixed it to read "We make kids disappear - ICE." In a statement sent to the media, Indecline stated that the modification was a response to "President Trump‘s handling of the current immigration crisis, particularl

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Firefighters burn down careers with sweet, sweet pornography

Firefighters sleep together in the same room, eat and risk their lives together. Getting your ya-yas out for all the world to see together? Well, that‘s not a part of the job. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, a pair of firefighters from Akron, Ohio may have burnt down their careers by making a pornographic video on city property. Lt. Art Dean and Provisional Lt. Deann Eller were hired by the Akron Fire Department on the same day in t

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Mental health of black people harmed by police murders of unarmed black people, says medical research

A report published in The Lancet by a team of medical researchers shows that when cops in the United States murder unarmed black people, it messes with the mental health of black people who live nearby. (more)

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Large retro wall clock for 7.50

The keen retro wall clock I bought in January is back on sale on Amazon for 7.50. It‘s worked like a champ and I haven‘t had to change the batteries or adjust the time yet.

favicon of http://boingboing.net

From the Obvious Files: mental health of black people getting messed up by police murders of unarmed black people

You can file this one under ‘no shit‘: according to a report published in the esteemed medical journal, The Lancet, a team of medical researchers have come to the conclusion that, when cops in the United States murder unarmed black people, it messes with the mental health of black Americans living in the area where said killing occurred. Who would have thought. In order to collect the data required to complete the study, scientists

favicon of http://boingboing.net

Weekend Tunes: Spinal Tap - Stonehenge

Stonehenge has been stuck in my head like an ice pick during every summer solstice for as far back as I can remember. I‘m a day late with it, but now my pain/joy is yours.

favicon of http://boingboing.net

U.S. Navy plans immigrant internment camps to detain tens of thousands in CA, AL, AZ

An internal document shows the U.S. Navy has developed a plan to construct ‘austere‘ tent cities capable of holding tens of thousands of immigration detainees on remote bases in California, Alabama and Arizona. (more)

favicon of http://boingboing.net

U.S. Navy is planning ‘austere‘ internment camps to detain tens of thousands of immigrants on remote bases in California, Alabama, Arizona

An internal document shows the U.S. Navy has developed a plan to construct massive tent cities capable of holding tens of thousands of immigration detainees on remote bases in California, Alabama and Arizona. (more)

favicon of http://boingboing.net