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This week‘s coolest maker projects: giant AT-AT made from foam board

This week on Maker Update, a giant AT-AT made from foam board, the Goliath CNC robot, embossing your notebook, affordable addressable LED strip, a software update for your knitting machine, and World Maker Faire. This week‘s Cool Tool is an Individually Addressable LED Strip Light. Also, check out Cool Tools new YouTube channel of tool reviews!

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Why ride a motorcycle

This ad from Taiwan is just fantastic.

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Learning to code is cool!

You can pick up a wide variety of software development skills with this Learn to Code 2017 Bundle. It‘s available now in the Boing Boing Store for a pay-what-you-want arrangement- just beat the average purchase price to lock in a healthy discount for this collection of professional tech courses.To get you up to speed on modern web development, you‘ll get access to beginner resources for learning basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Once y

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Police officer ignorantly and aggressively detained autistic boy who was just stimming

At a Buckeye, Arizona park, police officer David Grossman observed 14-year-old Connor Leibel moving his hands rigidly in front of his face, sniffing a piece of yarn, and making other unfamiliar movements. The officer thought the boy was intoxicated, held him on the ground, and handcuffed him. Leibel was simply self-stimulating, "stimming," a very common behavior among autistic people. On the just-released body cam video, you can hear Leibel tr

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Panera‘s CEO to McDonald‘s CEO: "Would you really eat your own kids‘ meals?"

How healthy are kids‘ meals from the big fast-food chains? If you‘re not sure, just ask Panera‘s founder and CEO Ron Shaich. Shaich is so sure that fast-food restaurants like McDonald‘s, Wendy‘s and Burger King include "nutritional nightmares" in kids‘ meals that he has a challenge for their CEOs: Eat every breakfast, lunch, and dinner from their own restaurant‘s kids‘ menu for seven days. Accordi

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Does the iPhone X prove the Unabomber was right?

Theodore Kaczynski killed 3 and injured 23 more in a bombing campaign inspired by the erosion of human freedom and dignity under modern technology. The Chicago Tribune‘s Steve Chapman writes that the latest iPhone proves him right: "it‘s an excellent illustration of something that has long gone unrecognized: The Unabomber had a point." To do without a cellphone - and soon, if not already, a smartphone - means estranging oneself from

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Quiz: Breitbart headline, or KKK newspaper headline from the 1920s?

"‘Who is Responsible for the Crime Wave?‘ ‘Reporters Cover Up Evidence of Immigration Crime Wave‘ ‘One New Immigrant for Every Two U.S. Births‘ ‘One Foreigner Enters by Stealth for Every One Who Is Legally Admitted, Immigration Men Say‘ (more)

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20% of Manchester police systems run Windows XP

Manchester boasts England‘s second-largest police-force (after London) and some of the nation‘s shittiest IT. (more)

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The augmented reality future turns out to be putting ghostly furniture in inappropriate public locales

https://twitter.com/jetscott/status/910187172648677381 Scott Stein is beta testing a new mobile app from Ikea called Ikea Place. It lets you augment the real world with Ikea furniture, for your own amusement and that of others, and perhaps now and again to help you decide what furniture to buy.

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Blind cat hugs phone when his favorite pianist is playing

I‘m convinced that there is nothing more heartwarming on the internet right now than this video of a blind cat hugging a phone. In the video, an orange tabby named Namik is shown pulling a phone close and hugging it gently. Why? Because his favorite pianist is playing, that‘s why. The man playing is Sarper Duman of Istanbul, a cat rescuer who shares his music online for other animal lovers. It seems a fan sent him the video, whi

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Parents explain to their kids why they smoke weed

Oh gosh, parenthood is so hard sometimes. I‘m a mom to a nearly-teen daughter and I teach her that she should do the right thing as much as humanly possible. This often mean explaining why I can do certain things as an adult that she shouldn‘t do as a child. I‘m pro-cannabis all the way. I‘ve worked in the industry, have a current medical card, and am publicly vocal about it. I don‘t, however, want my kid using

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Spectacular shots of Japanese summer fireworks

Japan‘s many summer fireworks festivals have inspired enthusiasts who specialize in photographing hanabi (literally "flower-fires"), and Keisuke is emerging as an Instagram favorite thanks to works like these. (more)

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Check out these massive curving structures of millimeters-thick strips

Sculptor Marc Fornes sets algorithmic parameters, then generates large self-supported sculptures based on the results. The work has an oltherworldly quality. (more)

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White Supremacist President Furious at Being Called a White Supremacist

FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug‘s subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, extra words and such. People love it.GET Ruben Bolling‘s new hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures, beloved by young and old alike. (‘Filled with wild twists and funny dialogue‘ -Publishers Weekly) Book One here. Book Two here. More Tom the

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Vancouver housing co-op rescinds family‘s apartment because unborn child is a girl

Kristjan Gottfried and Michelle Hurtig were first the waiting list for Vancouver‘s Marina Housing Co-operative, a nonprofit when a volunteer told them that their new home couldn‘t be confirmed until they found out the sex of their unborn baby. When they found out they were having a girl, they were refused a place to live. (more)

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Watch Depression-era machinists and laborers forge and mill steel parts

When watching assembly line robots of today, it‘s easy to forget that gruelling repetitive work used to be done manually. This beautiful footage from 1936 shows the precision needed, and it‘s beautifully lit and shot in black and white. (more)

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Did an 18th-century engineer manage to build a chess-playing automaton?

In 1770, Hungarian engineer Wolfgang von Kempelen unveiled a miracle: a mechanical man who could play chess against human challengers. In this week‘s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we‘ll meet Kempelen‘s Mechanical Turk, which mystified audiences in Europe and the United States for more than 60 years.We‘ll also sit down with Paul Erds and puzzle over a useful amateur.Show notesPlease support us on Patreon!

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Alabama Senate leading candidate Roy Moore refers to Native Americans and Asians as "reds and yellows"

Wow. One of Alabama‘s Senate candidates, Roy Moore, refers to Native Americans as "reds" and Asians as "yellows." He is competing with and leading Sen. Luther Strange in the GOP Senate runoff next week. In a speech on Sunday, he said, "We were torn apart in the Civil War - brother against brother, North against South, party against party. What changed? Now we got blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and

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Walt Disney reviews work-in-progress "Pirates of the Caribbean"

Walt Disney shows off a ride in production, "Pirates of the Caribbean" to Miss Disneyland-Tencenial. It is amazing to see my favorite ride at Disneyland at this point in its life. During my first visit, my grandmother lost her wig on the second sharp waterfall drop. My father had to fish it out. Cemented my love of that ride forever. Sadly, Walt seems a little condescending.

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Great deal on 150 pack of 10-inch cable zip-ties: 6.36

I just bought this 150-pack of 10-inch cable zip-ties for 6.36 on Amazon. The deal lasts a few more hours.

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Dead man sat in truck for 8 months in airport parking lot before someone found him

A dead body sat in a pickup truck for eight months in a parking lot at the Kansas City International Airport before someone discovered it. 53-year-old Randy Potter disappeared January 17, and had parked at the airport that same day. When his family contacted the airport police to report their missing relative and to see if his truck was still in the parking lot, the police said if it was, they would find it. Astonishingly, they somehow missed it.

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No one wants to host the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee took the unprecedented step of announcing the 2024 and 2028 Olympic host cities (Paris and LA), because both cities were bidding unopposed, and LA had to be bribed with a 1.8B "grant" from the IOC to agree to host the games. (more)

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Elementary school teacher suspended for having students sympathize as KKK members

A fifth-grade South Carolina teacher is on administrative leave after asking students to visualize themselves as KKK members and then ponder the justifications of their treatment toward African Americans. A man who identified himself as an uncle of one of the students posted the assignment to Facebook on Thursday, according to USA Today. "You are there...You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African-Americans is justi

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Equifax was always dirty, it bills the US government for millions, and was repeatedly hacked

Before Equifax changed its name in 1976 -- in the midst of a Congressional investigation and a national scandal -- it was the Retail Credit Company, founded in Atlanta in 1899. (more)

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