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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."

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A motion detecting light for your mailbox

Last year I bought this mailbox light. You stick it inside your mailbox (it‘s got peel-off sticky tape). Two sensors - light and motion - sense what‘s happening. If they sense darkness and no motion (door closed) nothing happens. If they sense light and motion (opening the box in the day) nothing happens. If they sense darkness and motion (opening the box at night) the light goes on for a couple of minutes, allowing you to see the ma

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Another truck rips its roof of 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. The latest incident, which happened on 10/14/2107, is a doozy.

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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. (more)

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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 (you put in 1 and get 0.75 back, say), 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 stimulus, a powerfully addictive combination. (more)

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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. (more)

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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.

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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 (previously) turned it into a song! I‘m pressing the space bar I‘m pressing the space bar I‘m pressing the space bar I‘m pressing the

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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 pods..."the seedpods of some species resemble human skulls"; Tacca chantrieri..."the Black Bat Flower"; Monkey Orchids..."as I‘m

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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 folks waiting for the bus, and gave them the Nazi salute. Local police took the three shameful failures of our education system into custody. Via N

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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. (more)

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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. (more)

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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 pic.twitter.com/I522ZgtRWP- Reliable Truck (@ccchauffe) January 22, 2015 From AV Club: The ‘Jon drinks dog semen‘ theory has been floa

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Should we end aging forever?

https://youtu.be/GoJsr4IwCm4 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 of what happens to the world when a cure for aging is discovered. I reviewed it here.

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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 Store.This versatile device combines a powerful LED torch with a radio tuner that includes AM, FM, and WB bands for weather updates. Its h

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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 (who refused to help with an illegal NSA spying program when he was CSO for Yahoo) 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." (more)

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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 up from his teeth. The flavoring seems to last a long time, or Nemo just got used to chewing this bad boy for comfort. Sometimes I‘ll put a bit of peanut butter on it, if I just w

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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 also assign a score to files indicating the likeliness that the file has a previously unseen form of malware. (more)

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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 in the state have pulled off a series of brazen canned-meat heists. The thefts have become so common, the Washington Post reports, that so

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

In the early 2010s, Quinn Norton (previously) was sexually assaulted by Robert Scoble (previously), 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. (more)

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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 whistleblowers is now prohibited from talking with whistleblowers, from briefing agencies or congress or send out the office‘s newsletter. He has been

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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. In a four-page order offering a check on the president‘s executive power, Bolton wrote that a pardon could not erase the f

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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 What You Get" machine. "What you get" is an old-school tattoo design which pops out in a plastic toy capsule and is then inked on your person. If you aren&

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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. (more)

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