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You've Got Crabs: a party-game from the creators of Exploding Kittens

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:22:50 +0000

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https://youtu.be/Cv8zaUOmLzY

Elan Lee and Matthew "The Oatmeal" Inman have run some of the world's most successful game Kickstarters, but for their latest, You've Got Crabs, they're just selling it the traditional way. (more…)







News of the Times Flashback: Pearl Harbor Attacked; FDR Doesn't Know Who Did It

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:00:44 +0000

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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…)




This French baker cruises around delivering fresh-baked goods to boaters

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:09:40 +0000

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Here's a guy who's found his niche market.

Out of a humble panga, there is a French baker who goes boat to boat selling his fresh-baked wares to those docked (primarily gringos) in Jalisco, Mexico's Barra de Navidad marina and lagoon area.

Chef Emeric Fiegen opened up shop, with his wife Christine, in this small laidback beach town over 15 years ago after a stint in Montreal. Early each morning, Chef Emeric still personally delivers his many breads, baguettes, croissants, pies, and quiches by boat. Not surprisingly, his pastries sell out by the time he's done making his rounds. (image)

My friends Andrea and Nick are currently on an epic cruising adventure with their teen daughter Pari, and were lucky to sample the breakfast pastries while anchored in Barra de Navidad. Andrea told me that they've never come across a delivery service like this before on any of their many boating trips.

Here's a look at the menu. Keep in mind that those prices are in pesos and that it's currently about 18.50 pesos to the dollar: (image)

Landlubbers, fear not, the French Bakery (aka El Horno Francés) has an onshore eatery for you in town.

photos by Andrea Cook




Get a great deal on Trainz, the world's leading train simulator

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:00:49 +0000

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Trains may not be the most popular means of conveyance nowadays, but chances are you grew up playing with toy trains or building a model set to wrap around the Christmas tree. In either case, it's safe to say that locomotives have long carried a unique sense of awe and scale, especially when they're hundreds of cars long and roaring across the countryside. Trainz: A New Era lets you experience this feeling again with a 21st-century spin, and its Platinum Edition Bundle is on sale for $19.99 in the Boing Boing Store.

Trainz is a train simulator that brings famous locomotives to life as they travel across historical and modern routes in mind-blowing realism and with a powerful graphics engine. You can create your own routes with in-game editing tools and combine your efforts with other players to build and operate a working rail line. Plus, this edition includes 16 additional routes, three bonus trainsets, and a host of other downloadable content.

The Trainz: A New Era Platinum Edition Bundle is on sale today for $19.99.




Fashion insider offers creative ways to tackle the industry's big pollution problem

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:00:42 +0000

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https://www.ted.com/talks/amit_kalra_3_creative_ways_to_fix_fashion_s_waste_problem

These stats are just staggering.

According to Amit Kalra, the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, right behind oil and gas.

He says that in the United States alone, 85% of unsold apparel, a whopping 13 million tons a year, ends up in landfills instead of being donated or recycled.

In his November 2017 TED@Tommy Talk, he offered three creative ways to deal with this issue. Kalra suggests methods for making garments more recyclable and even compostable, and for using spices and herbs to dye fabric instead of the harmful chemical colors that are currently being used.

"There's no fix-all, and there's no one-step solution. But we can get started by designing clothes with their death in mind. The fashion industry is the perfect industry to experiment with and embrace change that can one day get us to the sustainable future we so desperately need."



Incentives matter: after back surgery, a routine urine test resulted in a $17,800 bill the patient was expected to pay

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:16:42 +0000

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At a followup visit a year after Elizabeth Moreno had a disk removed to successfully treat her crippling pain, her doctor asked her to leave a urine sample; a few months later, Sunset Labs LLC of Houston sent her a bill for $17,800. (more…)




Snake climbs a thin wire fence and then slithers along the top of it

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:43:24 +0000

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I've never seen anything like this before and neither had Matt Dunbabin, the owner of the Bangor Vineyard Shed in Dunalley, Tasmania, who shot this now-viral video of a Tasmanian tiger snake slithering along the top of a wire fence.

Dunbabin said there are plenty of snakes in southern Tasmania, but he had never witnessed one climbing a fence, he told The Mercury.

“Certainly not along a strand of wire on the fence, it seemed really bizarre..."

“They’re a part of the landscape that is great to see, and it’s fascinating to see behaviour that you just don’t normally see, it’s quite amazing.”

https://twitter.com/wlt_au/status/963577055626518528

(Geekologie, Mashable)




This app helps you build your dream home from the ground up

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:00:47 +0000

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When it comes to redesigning or renovating a living space, envisioning changes before they occur can be tricky for most. Thankfully, the web is home to tools that can remove some of the guesswork, like Live Home 3D Pro for Mac. This app lets you create detailed and furnished floor plans for everything from sheds and homes to even skyscrapers, and it's on sale for $24.99 in the Boing Boing Store.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/181496369

A TopTenReviews Gold Award winner, Live Home 3D Pro allows you to design advanced 2D floor plans via simple, point and click drafting tools. Its elevation view lets you see walls, adjust doors and windows, and arrange furniture in your design. Plus, you can add a custom light source to an object, giving you full control over light attenuation, glow, and direction. Live Home 3D Pro is also capable of rendering movie tracks to ultra HD video files, handy for impressing clients if you're a contractor.

You can experience Live Home 3D Pro's design potential for $24.99.




Watch: A painful belly flop in slo-mo

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:00:28 +0000

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YouTube creators Gavin and Dan, aka the Slo Mo Guys, make lots of fun slow-motion videos. In this one, Dan gets in a speedo and belly flops into a pool from a platform 15 feet in the air. To capture the painful plunge, they've got high-speed cameras set up poolside and underwater. Ouch!

(Tastefully Offensive)




Atari joins blockchain mania

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:10:01 +0000

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Atari is launching its own cryptocurrency, because of course it is.

The company’s Paris-listed stock rose as much as 111% between February 4 and February 15. The company says it is investing in a “crypto platform” that will use its own digital currency, the “Atari Token.” It can be used to – you guessed it – play video games.






I would replace my Kindle Voyage with a Kindle Voyage

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:54:02 +0000

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I mistakenly left my e-reader, a Kindle Voyage behind, in a hotel room last weekend. Faced with with the fear of having lost my most favored device, I pondered its replacement.

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FDAAA Trials Tracker: leaderboard for pharma companies that break FDA clinical trial rules

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:44:40 +0000

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Ben Goldacre (previously) led a team that created the FDAAA Trials Tracker, "A live informatics tool to monitor compliance with FDA requirements to report clinical trial results." (more…)




A crypto primer in the form of Ikea instructions

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:30:32 +0000

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"Idea-instructions" bills itself as "An ongoing series of nonverbal algorithm assembly instructions", with a half-dozen illustrations of popular computer science concepts covered to date; the latest covers Public-Key Crypto, one of the most important and elusive concepts from modern crypto. (more…)







Once again, a stalkerware company's had its servers pwned and wiped by a hacker who thinks they're selling an immoral product

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:24:52 +0000

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It's been less than a year since a public-spirited hacker broke into the servers of Florida stalkerware vendor Retina-X, wiping out all the photos and data the company's customers had stolen from other peoples' phones (including their kids' phones) by installing the spying apps Phonesheriff on them. (more…)







Surge-taxing Uber as a way relieve urban congestion

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:38:29 +0000

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Every city where Uber and Lyft have found a foothold has also faced impossible congestion in the city center; Felix Salmon says this is because drivers are incentivized to come to the city-center despite the traffic (because that's where the fares are) and riders are incentivized to skip public transit when there are a lot of cars around to hail with their apps. (more…)




Identical twin drugged brother, left him in cell to escape prison

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:24:42 +0000

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According to The Washington Post, a set of identical twins in Peru not only share the same parents and looks, but also, briefly, a prison sentence.

In January, 2017, Alexander Jheferson Delgado was in a Peruvian clink serving a 16-year sentence for robbery and child sexual abuse. For some people, no matter what they do, family is family. Alexander’s twin, Giancarlo, is one of those: he came to visit his incarcerated sibling, bringing food and letters from their family with him. Giancarlo met with his twin in a common area of the prison, walking with him as he returned to his cell. Once there, Alexander offered Giancarlo a soda. So nice! Except for the fact that the can of pop was laced with enough sedatives to lay out a rhino.

Once his twin was in a deep drug-induced sleep, Alexander stripped and swapped clothes with Giancarlo. Once in his brother’s threads, all he needed to do to make his escape was walk past six checkpoints inside of the prison to freedom. If the guards at the checkpoints had been doing their jobs, they would have noticed that Alexander did not have the stamp on his arm, given to all visitors to the facility, that his brother Giancarlo did.

When Giancarlo woke up, he tried to tell his captors what had happened. Of course, they didn’t believe him – at first. After checking Giancarlo’s fingerprints against the imprints of his brother’s that they had on file, the prison’s authorities had to admit that they had the wrong man under lock and key. As a result of Alexander’s escape, the prison’s warden and a number of the guards were fired. Alexander managed to evade authorities for over a year, before finally being captured last week.

Image: Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0



AT&T's 1993 "You Will" ads, the rightest wrong things ever predicted about the internet

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:04:23 +0000

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2EgfkhC1eo&feature=youtu.be

In 1993, AT&T ran a series of ads trumpeting the future of the internet, called "You Will." (more…)




People keep walking into the glass walls at the new Apple campus

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:55:01 +0000

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Apple employees are hurting themselves walking into the glass walls and doors of the new Apple campus, reports Bloomberg. Apple keeps removing the post-it notes they put up so they know where they are.

Surrounding the Cupertino, California-based building are 45-foot tall curved panels of safety glass. Inside are work spaces, dubbed “pods,” also made with a lot of glass. Apple staff are often glued to the iPhones they helped popularize. That’s resulted in repeated cases of distracted employees walking into the panes, according to people familiar with the incidents. Some staff started to stick Post-It notes on the glass doors to mark their presence. However, the notes were removed because they detracted from the building’s design, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing anything related to Apple. Another person familiar with the situation said there are other markings to identify the glass.

I bet the campus overheats if you leave a magazine on top




Debullshitifying Uber's financial statement reveals a hemorrhaging fountain of red ink with no path to profitability

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:42:35 +0000

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Uber trumpeted its Q4/2017 financial statements as evidence of the company's progress towards CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's goal of profitability and IPO by 2019; the company argued that despite losing $4.5 billion in 2017, its cust-cutting in the final quarter of the year was proof that they would eventually go from losing money on each ride to actually earning money. (more…)







My interview with Nelson Dellis, USA Memory Champion

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:24:48 +0000

My guest this week on the Cool Tools Show is Nelson Dellis. Nelson is one of the leading memory experts in the world, traveling around the world as a Memory Consultant and Keynote Speaker. A four-time USA Memory Champion, mountaineer, and Alzheimer's disease activist, he preaches a lifestyle that combines fitness, both mental and physical, with proper diet and social involvement. src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/400263804&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="166" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"> Subscribe to the Cool Tools Show on iTunes | RSS | Transcript | Download MP3 | See all the Cool Tools Show posts on a single page Show notes: Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer Jacket "I like to climb, I'm a big climber, and through my charity I do a bunch of big expeditions. So I’ve been up Everest a few times … where you’re dealing with the elements, trying to stay warm and not get cold in different circumstances. You're trying to find the perfect gear that's not too heavy and gets the job done. So I’ve experimented with a bunch of stuff, and in 2016 I was on Everest, and I was introduced to this jacket … and I haven’t stopped using it since. It’s just this really lightweight kind of down jacket that folds up super small, it's super light, and it just has so many different uses. I wear it kind of in between layers, on top of layers, it just stops the wind and just keeps you toasty.” Peak Design Anchor Links for Camera Straps "I love taking video of when I travel, when I climb, even for some of my memory videos, I'm shooting them on the go, interviewing people or trying to get a shot while I explain something and sometimes, I like to go really hand-held to get these angles or to just be run and gunning. Other times, I just have to have it’s strapped around my neck and I'm doing something else, holding something else. So, I kind of go in-between those things and I’ve always hated Canon straps that have these double loops that take like, 10 minutes to sit down and fish them through the little loop and all that stuff and I think the Sony’s DSLRs, which I’ve played with too, have these really annoying kind of clips that make noise if you keep them on, so people take them off … this little kind of contraption is basically getting rid of you ever having to do that again … they don’t bother the camera at all, but you can just latch on when you need the strap or not and it’s awesome for dealing with that kind of stuff.” The Memory Palace Technique "This technique supposedly was invented by the Greeks thousands of years ago and has been used to memorize massive poems and legions of armies’ fighters names and it’s something people had to use back in the day to store information … The technique works around something that our brains are really good at, which is one, thinking in pictures. … The second step is to take advantage of what our brains are also good at, and that is spatial information. We're very spatially aware. Our brain is very good at kind of scanning areas and keeping that information within our heads without really trying. And so, if you think about your house for example, close your eyes and picture yourself standing at your front door. I [...]


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This $7 magnifying glass with alligator clips comes in 'handy'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:22:52 +0000

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This small magnifying glass on a stand comes in very handy when I need a third one.

Can you hold this?

Living solo has taught me that delicate tasks on small objects can be a real pain. Having only a ten-year-old, with the manual dexterity of a 10-year-old, around the house as an assistant sometimes causes a lot of unpleasant yelling. This helpful magnifying glass with some alligator clips reduces my instances of grumping-at-child markedly.

SE MZ101B Helping Hand with Magnifying Glass via Amazon

Image via Amazon




My dog has never had a Snausage

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:50:04 +0000

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As a youngster of 10 or 11 I walked around saying "snausages" over and over, just like the dog in this commercial. This was common practice for every kid in my elementary school.

Snausages are evidently still for sale, but neither of my dogs have ever seen one.




New York Federal judge rules that embedding tweets can violate copyright law

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:31:37 +0000

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Katherine Forrest, an Obama-appointed federal judge in New York, has overturned a bedrock principle of internet law, ruling that embedding a copyrighted work can constitute a copyright infringement on the part of the entity doing the embedding. (more…)




Psychedelic 'Mirror Maze' is a hidden gem deep within popular San Francisco tourist trap

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:00:04 +0000

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My friend Mark Krawczuk recently discovered an under-appreciated attraction at San Francisco's Pier 39, Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze.

In his latest newsletter (which is a delightful find itself), he describes it:

There’s something about the atmosphere at Pier 39 that set me and my friend Julie on edge. Something about the ingenuous tourist trap consumer culture that they’ve been able to refine to its purest form. We nearly turned back before we got to this marvel. I’m so glad we pushed through.

It’s unlike anything I’ve ever been to before: it evokes joy, awe, glee, fascination and terror at the same time. It’s premise seems so simple, but it truly blew my mind. I truly enjoyed my time there, but I have to admit I was glad when we solved the way out. I highly recommend it! And a bargain at $5.




Thoughts & Prayers, the game

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:51:33 +0000

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Press P to pray, or T to do nothing in secular fashion. See how many thoughts and prayers you can rack up before all the children are slaughtered!