"Flag Waver" is a fun online tool that lets you upload any image and have it displayed as a flag, waving in the wind.
During the Napster wars, Bruce Schneier famously quipped, "Making bits harder to copy is like making water less wet." (more)
Four Democratic challengers backed by United Working Families (linked with the progressive Working Families Party) have successfully challenged establishment Dems backed by Chicago‘s legendarily unassailable "Democratic machine," effectively winning their offices at the same time, because the Democrat candidate always gets elected to those offices, thanks to Republicans not bothering to field candidates (leaving a vacuum that is sometimes
I was in New York City this past weekend-a place where no one uses the word ‘Manhattan‘-and spent some time fighting the other pedestrians in order to walk down the street, and fighting the cars to cross from Third Avenue to Second Avenue. New York is always insanely busy. I lived there until 31 years of age and couldn‘t wait to get out. I had assumed, perhaps naively, that it was a more peaceful place almost a century ago.
The Atlantic‘s video coverage of Nazi salutes at a Trump rally was removed from YouTube‘s search results under its hate-speech policy. It reinstated the video after the magazine noticed and complained. ‘Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!‘ said the leader, Richard B. Spencer. Attendees in the room replied with shouts, applause, and Nazi salutes... Specifically, YouTube removed the video of Spencer‘s speech
As #DeleteFacebook sweeps across the web in the wake of data misuse, some users are resisting because their account contains valuable information they don‘t want to lose. Saving all your data is easy to do and may make the decision easier. (more)
After Vladimir Putin stole another Russian election, Trump placed an official call to the Kremlin; his national security advisors‘ briefing notes for the call included the all-caps instruction "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" -- naturally, Trump congratulated Putin. (more)
Strangely reminiscent of Big Train. Exhibit B: https://twitter.com/Chiaunbae/status/975415570765148171 Exhibit C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKbGnzmidsw&feature=youtu.be&t=21s
YouTuber NileRed was curious about how lactose-free milk is made, so he did a little research and came up with this helpful explainer. (more)
Just in time for the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to disappear! The chart was created by Jaydub. Data Source: https://www.federalreserve.gov/data/mortoutstand/current.htm Tools used: Microsoft Excel and Plotly
The Ataribox, announced after Nintendo scored surprise hits with its popular classic NES and SNES consoles, is going to be called "Atari VCS" instead -- the same name as Atari‘s original, way back in 1977. The company is showing off the Atari VCS, Classic Joystick, and Modern Controller prototypes to the press this week at GDC. And it is working with game developers, content creators, and other partners to finalize details. In April, At
I‘ve experienced other incredible interactive-type adventures (for instance, 49 Boxes, Meow Wolf‘s House of Eternal Return, and the Jejune Institute along with its offshoot, the ongoing Elsewhere Philatelic Society), but I had never gone through an escape room proper before. I was definitely not disappointed. Late Saturday afternoon, I arrived in Los Angeles to host a meetup I had planned for the readers of my inbox zine. A new Korea
Freediver Jake Koehler, better known as DALLMYD, ignored posted alligator warnings to explore what looked like a garden variety Florida swamp. Below the duckweed covering the surface, he found a crystal-clear freshwater spring. (more)
Reuben Wu‘s latest series of landscapes (Instagram; previously at BB) are "traditional landscape photography influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction." Nothing on earth is alien to us.
YouTuber Count Dankula turned his girlfriend‘s pug into the star of several Hitler and Holocaust jokes. He was arrested, charged under hate crime statutes, and convicted yesterday. (more)
Pu o Hiro is a roadside rock in the Easter Islands, but at one time its value was so great that factions fought over its possession. The rock‘s natural holes allowed it to be played like an instrument. Rare Earth uses it as a starting point for discussing consensus value. (more)
Memo Akten created Gloomy Sunday, part of his Learning To See series in which he juxtaposes mundane video with how deep-trained neural networks percieve the same input. (more)
The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California recently found a 6th century manuscript by Greek physician Galen, which had been scraped from its pages 500 years later and replaced with religious text. Who needs science when there are religious texts that need copying? (more)
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug‘s subscription club, the Proud Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and much more. GET Ruben Bolling‘s new hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures. (‘Filled with wild twists and funny dialogue‘ -Publishers Weekly) Book One here. Book Two here. More Tom the Dancing Bug comics on Boing Boing! (more
The Cambridge Analytica scandal devouring Facebook may not have been a ‘breach‘ of data, but it was a breach of trust. (more)
Facebook recently joined Google, Comcast, Verizon and AT&T and contributed over 1 million to a PAC fighting this California ballot initiative that would have let you opt out of data sharing with Cambridge Analytica. (more)
Fortnite is the most popular game to be searched about in Pornhub‘s online database of videos. I am not sure what that means, really. While I am enthusiastic about both forms of entertainment-art I find their intersection to be a bit confusing. There are a lot of great stats and tables about what people are searching for, to answer their Fortnite related pornographic need. Via PornHub: The most popular Fortnite related searches include
Nothing like a husband who throws his own wife under the bus. And that‘s just what "The Honorable Ben Carson" (yes, take a look, his desk placard actually says that!) did when he explained to a House committee hearing today that his wife, Candy, was the one who bought the 31,000 mahogany dining set for his office without his knowledge. ‘If it were up to me my office would probably look like a hospital waiting room, but at any rate,
These three tools are invaluable when cleaning up, or cooking with, your cast iron skillet. This threesome of scraper, chainmail scrubber and a silicone hot-handle-holder is pretty great. I use all three of these tools frequently, and certainly paid more for them individually. The pot-handle and hard plastic scraper are wear items and will eventually be tossed, but the chainmail should outlast you. Chainmail will not hurt your cast iron. Sta