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Spider Robinson‘s joke

At Worldcon yesterday, as recounted by Steph Herman: What did one snowman say to the other snowman? (more)

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Homer Simpson in 3D: Artist Miguel Vasquez imagines what cartoon characters would look like in real life

3D character artist Miguel Vasquez brings fairly innocuous-looking cartoon characters into disturbing 3D "life," like he did with Homer Simpson, here. (more)

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A next-gen, multi-switch Useless Machine that unswitches your switches in order

Coffeeman 500‘s Useless Box - Multi Switch project is an open-source hardware project that‘s an ambitious variant on the beloved "Useless Machine" -- 2010, 2010 (Lego)), 2010 Political edition), 2011 (HOWTO), 2012 (politics), 2013 (fancy), 2013 (advanced) (vs human), 2016 (most useless), 2017 (vs twisty vase). (more)

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Trump is the Lorax who speaks for the Nazis

American‘s Orange Menace has spoken! In response to most social media outlets shutting down Alex Jones, recently referred to as the gateway drug to white supremacy, the President of the United States has decided to defend free speech for people who hate. (more)

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Antivirus maker Sentinelone uses copyright claims to censor video of security research that revealed defects in its products

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYEbhDXgElQ At this week‘s B-Sides Manchester security conference, James Williams gave a talk called "Next-gen AV vs my shitty code," in which he systematically revealed the dramatic shortcomings of anti-virus products that people pay good money for and trust to keep them safe -- making a strong case that these companies were selling defective goods. (more)

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Criminals have perfected the art of taking over dead peoples‘ online accounts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWb5tNZUe5s When you die, your relatives will be sad and (depending on the circumstances of your death) possibly left scrambling to make arrangements for your remains, effects, and estate. (more)

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Catholic League insists that it‘s only rape when priests "penetrate" children

Bill Donohue, the president of the ultra-conservative Catholic League, has called the Pennsylvania Supreme Court‘s report on the official coverups of the priestly rape of children an "obscene lie," insisting that rape was relatively rare, because most of the sexual abuse committed by the priesthood doesn‘t qualify as rape, because the priests didn‘t penetrate their victims.

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Comedy sketch imagines a sobriety test for stoners

"Once marijuana is legalized in Canada, how will police test for pot impairment?" CBC Comedy sketch comedy series 22 Minutes humorously imagines what a pot sobriety test might look like, cookie dough and all.

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Aretha Franklin tribute on the NYC subway

As spotted at 1st and Franklin yesterday by my friend Justin Wolfe.

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Present with confidence using the hacks in this public speaking bundle

Whether you‘re set to give the toast at your best friend‘s wedding or a presentation at work, you‘ll be relying on those public speaking lessons you slept through during high school. Scary thought, right? Thankfully, thePublic Speaking Bundle is loaded with hacks, tips, and techniques that will get you speaking more naturally and with confidence, and it‘s on sale today for 19. Comprised of four comprehensive courses, this

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Artist imagines what cartoon characters would look like in real life (and they ain‘t pretty)

3D character artist Miguel Vasquez brings fairly innocuous-looking cartoon characters into disturbing 3D "life," like he did with Homer Simpson above. Here‘s his Spongebob Squarepants... https://www.instagram.com/p/BV8r2LGDlq4/?taken-by=marvelous_mikee Along with Squidward and Patrick: https://www.instagram.com/p/BalK8mVj3en/?taken-by=marvelous_mikee Here‘s his Nigel Thornberry (who‘s voiced by Tim Curry) of the old Nickelo

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FBI investigating cyber attack on CA Democratic congressional candidate‘s campaign

The FBI is investigating a cyberattack on the congressional campaign of David Min, a Democratic candidate in California. (more)

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HUD accuses Facebook of Fair Housing Act violations

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) filed a complaint [PDF] against Facebook on Friday. HUD accuses the social media company of violating the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in print and online advertisements on the basis of race, religion, physical ability, gender, and other attributes. (more)

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Omarosa tapes: She has video, not just audio, reports AP.

Invest in popcorn stocks. Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation‘ of rampant fear and loathing inside the Trump White House, The Associated Press reported on Friday. (more)

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Omarosa tapes: Not just audio, she also has video, reports AP

Invest in popcorn stocks. Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation‘ of rampant fear and loathing inside the Trump White House, The Associated Press reported on Friday. (more)

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Feds ask court to force Facebook to break Messenger‘s end-to-end voice encryption for MS-13 gang probe

In secret court proceedings, the U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to help wiretap Messenger. Facebook has declined, so the Justice Department is asking a judge for an order of contempt. (more)

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They have started making these cool little Moleskine business card holders again

About five years ago I got this Moleskine business card holder and I love it. It has two accordion pockets and is kept closed with an elastic strap. It looks just like a little Moleskine notebook. It looks like they are back in production. Amazon is selling a dark green one for 10.

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Naughty Tijuana Bible about Trump and Stormy

My friend Mitch O‘Connell (that‘s O‘Connell, the world‘s greatest artist, not McConnell, the invertebrate fascist symp), sent me a cache of Trump Tijuana Bibles, secreted in Tony Schwartz‘s 1987 book, The Art of the Deal. Tijuana Bibles are little 8-panel pornographic comic books that were popular during the Great Depression, and usually starred famous comic strip characters, like Blondie, Popeye, Dick Tracy, and M

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Aretha Franklin performs "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (1971)

The Queen of Soul at the Fillmore West, March 5, 1971. Personnel: Aretha Franklin - vocals, piano; "King" Curtis Owsley - sax, band director; Cornell Dupree - guitar; Billy Preston - organ; Truman Thomas - piano; Jerry Jemmott - bass; Bernard Purdie - drums; Pancho Morales - percussion, drums; Jimmy Mitchell - baritone sax; Lou Collins - tenor sax; Andrew Love - tenor sax; Wayne Jackson - trumpet; Roger Hobbs - trumpet; Jack Ha

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The Center for Disease Control‘s realistic new comic about swine flu and a state fair

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a free graphic novel titled "The Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak," some of which is set at a state fair where a teenage 4-H member is infected with swine flu. As CNN reports, the comic‘s plot is similar to what actually happened this summer at two state fairs. From CNN: At the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, which took place in San Luis Obispo Count

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Utah lawyer says his religious beliefs are more important than sick people who use medical cannabis

A Salt Lake City-area lawyer named Walter J. Plumb III is trying to remove Utah‘s medical marijuana initiative from the ballot in November. Plumb, who owns a pharmaceutical company called Pharmics Inc., asserts that his religious right to be intolerant of sick people who use cannabis to treat their illness is guaranteed by the constitution. He has spent over 100,000 of his own money in his effort to prevent allowing Utahans from voting on t

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Man‘s passive aggressive and funny way to shame dog walkers who don‘t pick up poop

Steve Tamblyn of Adelaide, Australia was frustrated at his neighbors that didn‘t pick up after their dogs. So he set up a security cam, captured an image of a dog and its lazy walker, printed out the evidence, and posted it by the poop. So far, the funny but passive aggressive technique hasn‘t actually led to the individual cleaning up the mess but he‘s hoping it will deter others from shirking their responsibility. (ABC) Steve

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Over six percent of us experience "phantom odor perception"

About 7 or 8 years ago, I started experiences episodes of smelling a burning paper odor, even though there wasn‘t any source for the odor. It would last for a few days, then abruptly stop, and return a few weeks later. I started tracking these episodes, and found that they are very loosely correlated with lack of sleep and stress. Sometimes the weird smell starts while I‘m feeling great, though, so I really didn‘t know what the

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Student makes realistic car sounds while pretending to drive a race car in class

This enterprising kid uses a crushed soda can as a kazoo to imitate the sounds of a race car, much to the amusement of his classmates. That sound effects are damn authentic.

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