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Politicon 2017 is July 29-30, and Boing Boing (me, Xeni Jardin) will be in the mix

Politicon is a non-partisan ‘Unconventional Political Convention‘ that brings Republicans, Democrats, and people of all political stripes together to get worked up over politics. It‘s a lot of fun, and it goes down in Pasadena, CA on Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30 at the Convention Center. I will be there, hosting and speaking on panels that include the likes of noted Delta airlines seat-swapper Ann Coulter and longtim

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U.S. bans travel to North Korea by American citizens

The U.S. government today said that Americans will be prohibited from traveling to North Korea because of an elevated risk of "long-term detention" in the country, where an American student was jailed last year while traveling there, and later died. (more)

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Mueller asks WH staff to preserve all docs related to Don Jr.‘s Russia meeting: CNN

CNN reports that special counsel Robert Mueller III has asked the staff of President Donald Trump‘s White Supremacist House to preserve all documents that may be related to a meeting organized by Donald Trump‘s son, Donald Trump Jr., at which he‘d been promised dirty info hacked from Hillary Clinton by the Russian government. (more)

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Charlie Sheen & Whoopi Goldberg are in a new ‘9/11‘ movie and the trailer is crap-tacular

The film opens in September, 2017. God help us all. [CNN, thanks @ginalou]

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The joy of summer

Not sure who gets the worst end of this deal, but happy summer weekend. (more)

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Old NASA computers and space probe data tapes found in dead engineer‘s basement

A scrap dealer cleaning out a deceased engineer‘s basement in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania found two massive 1960s computers, magnetic tape data storage systems, and hundreds of tape reels, all of which was marked as the property of NASA. The scrap dealer called NASA to report what he found and the agency‘s Office of the Inspector General investigated. It turns out that the fellow was an IBM engineer who worked for NASA in the early 1970

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Creepy and amazing tattoo and haircut combo

(youdontknowimadaog via /r/ATBGE)

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Typewriters transformed into incredible sculptures of machine guns

Montreal artist Eric Nado transforms vintage typewriters into stunning models of machine guns. As a William S. Burroughs fan, I have great appreciation for this intersection of objects. From Galerie COA: Through sculpture-assemblage, ric Nado transforms and reorganizes certain objects to reveal other possibilities through their forms or intended functions. Using iconic metal objects such as typewriters and sewing machines, Nado materializes

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What a rocket launch looks like from space

Usually we only get to see what a rocket launch looks like from ground level. (more)

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The moment this kid realizes he‘s hawking 2 candy bars to ‘Bart Simpson‘

Nancy Cartwright surprised the heck out of this 13-year old boy when she revealed she is the real voice of Bart Simpson. The look on his face, ha! (more)

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My favorite Japanese pencil case is on sale for 10

My older daughter and I both like to sketch. We sometimes go the the Art Directors Guild‘s figure drawing sessions here in Los Angeles on Tuesday nights (only 10!) or we sit on the floor of her room and sketch whatever we want. (I like to use old black-and-white photos I find online for reference.) To store my pencils, charcoals, lead holder, erasers, snap-blade knife, and reading glasses I bought a Lihit Lab Teffa "book style" pencil case

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Spicey go bye-bye

Sean Spicer has resigned as President Donald Trump‘s communications director, and he doesn‘t like his replacement. From The New York Times: Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that

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George RR Martin, 1993 "The fantasy novel I‘ve been working on off and on for a while" is an unlikely project for TV

Scott Edelman writes, "I interviewed George R. R. Martin at a Thai restaurant on Episode 42 of my Eating the Fantastic podcast (MP3), and after I returned home, remembered I‘d also interviewed him back in 1993. After digging out the tape, I couldn‘t resist incorporating his amusing admission about ‘a fantasy novel I‘ve been working on off and on for a while‘ as part of the episode." (more)

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Trump‘s latest senior science nominees are a talk-radio ignoramus and a career poisoner

The Department of Agriculture‘s chief scientist oversees more than 1,000 scientists in 100 research facilities: Trump‘s pick to run the agency is Sam Clovis, a climate-denying talk-radio host who not only lacks any kind of scientific degrees -- he didn‘t take a single science course at university. (more)

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George RR Martin, 1993 "The fantasy novel I‘ve been working on off and on for a while is an unlikely project for TV"

Scott Edelman writes, "I interviewed George R. R. Martin at a Thai restaurant on Episode 42 of my Eating the Fantastic podcast (MP3), and after I returned home, remembered I‘d also interviewed him back in 1993. After digging out the tape, I couldn‘t resist incorporating his amusing admission about ‘a fantasy novel I‘ve been working on off and on for a while‘ as part of the episode." (more)

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Everyone could use some basic web development skills

The current web development landscape is rife with buzzwords and technology that gets abandoned almost as soon as it‘s made. If you‘ve never written a line of code before, it can be hard to figure out what‘s coming, what‘s here to stay, or how to get ahead.This Beginner Web Development Bundle is a great place to start getting your bearings in the web dev world. In this collection of learning materials, you‘ll get acq

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Trump lawyers are exploring his pardoning powers, and how to monkeywrench Mueller‘s Russia investigation

Lawyers for President Donald Trump are working on a conflict of interest case against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, reports the Washington Post, and Trump has asked advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members, and himself, for any possible crimes linked to Mueller‘s probe. (more)

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This car was lifted into the air by a tornado in Hamburg, NY. The owner‘s home security camera caught it on video.

In Hamburg, NY, Kevin Karas‘ home surveillance camera captured a tornado touching down and lifting his car and pretty much everything else around it right up into the air. (more)

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Watch: The Magic of Oz, the "worst cartoon ever"?

The Magic of Oz, most likely from the early 1960s, is sometimes referred to as "the worst cartoon ever." I think that is hyperbolic but I appreciate the sentiment. Animation historian Jerry Beck had this to say about it: "The film is a real mystery... and real awful." (via /r/ObscureMedia)

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Trump so befuddled on health insurance, he thinks it costs 1 a month when you‘re 21

The complexities of how health insurance works in the United States proves to be too much for Donald Trump. He‘s even having a hard time grasping how much it costs. (more)

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O.J. Simpson granted parole, could be out in October

After serving 9 years in prison for armed robbery, O.J. Simpson (70) was granted parole. He could be released on October 1. From ABC News: Simpson said in his nine years behind bars, he‘s been "a good guy." "I was always a good guy, but could have been a better Christian, and my commitment to change is to be a better Christian." He said he took an "alternative to violence" course in prison, and called it "the most important course anyb

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Japan‘s first lady pretended not to speak English when she sat next to Trump at G20 dinner

In an interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump said that Akie Abe, wife of Japan Prime Minister Abe, didn‘t even say "hello" to him at the G20 dinner because she doesn‘t speak English: So, I was seated next to the wife of Prime Minister Abe [Shinzo Abe of Japan], who I think is a terrific guy, and she‘s a terrific woman, but doesn‘t speak English. HABERMAN: Like, nothing, right? Like zero? TRUMP: Like, not &ls

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Watch: Angry gentleman shoots out the tires and engine of more than one AT&T truck

A gentleman who didn‘t like AT&T trucks parked in front of his Hialeigh, FL home grabbed his revolver and calmly began shooting at the tires and engine of one, and then another truck. One of AT&T‘s technicians, Derrick Taylor, called 9-1-1. ‘He‘s shooting the truck right now. There‘s a guy shooting the tires and shooting the engines and everything.‘ Meanwhile, according to The Miami Herald, another AT&T wor

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Hackers compromised smart fish tank at casino

An unnamed North American casino was hacked through an on-site fish tank connected to the Internet, reports CNN. "Someone used the fish tank to get into the network, and once they were in the fish tank, they scanned and found other vulnerabilities and moved laterally to other places in the network," Justin Feir, director for cyber intelligence and analysis at Darktrace, told CNN Tech. Image: example of a smart fish tank (not the kind the casino

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