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Last Build Date: Mon, 29 May 2017 19:11:45 +0000


Tire seems intent on attacking human

Mon, 29 May 2017 19:11:45 +0000



This malicious tire is a more terrifying than Rover.

A guide to prisons for white collar criminals

Mon, 29 May 2017 18:57:22 +0000


When rich people are somehow forced to go to prison, they stay in minimum-security federal prison camps (FPCs). Perks include air conditioning, "superior" medical care, regular Internet access, step aerobics classes, ceramics, crocheting, knitting, practice rooms for musicians, basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, and an "on-site sweat lodge that's used for Native American religious ceremonies." This 2012 Town and Country article has photos of these places, which look like pretty nice college dorms.


Placebos work even when you know they don't contain medicine

Mon, 29 May 2017 18:45:58 +0000


A review of five studies, involving 260 patients, published last month found that 'open-label' placebos – those that patients know contain no active medication – can improve symptoms in a range of conditions," reports The Guardian.

One Harvard Medical School study gave placebos to 80 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Thirty seven patients were told they were being given placebo pills and 43 were given no treatment. Those receiving the placebo had "significantly greater scores than the no-treatment control on the main outcome measure, Global Improvement Scale."

In another study "chronic lower back pain patients openly given dummy pills to add to their existing treatments reported an average 30% pain reduction." The other three open placebo studies "reported reduced symptoms for depression, lower back pain, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder."

Why do placebos work? The Guardian lists three possibilities:

  1. Patients who have had positive experiences with doctors might have "subconscious boosts to levels of endorphins and neurotransmitters," making them feel better.
  2. When patients are told that placebos are effective, it could result in "a conscious expectation of improvements, resulting in chemical releases that relieve their symptoms."
  3. The embodied cognition effect: "the possibility of improvement can trigger subconscious signals to pass between different parts of the body, resulting in chemical releases that alleviate symptoms."

Teenage Mutant Ninja Sofa

Mon, 29 May 2017 18:29:30 +0000


Spotted on the Pittsburgh craigslist, the future of law enforcement.

Watch: Women taunt men for peeing in public in new pipe ad in India

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:19:59 +0000


Last week, Astral Pipes released a commercial in India that addresses the lack of our most basic needs: privacy when urinating and defecating. This is especially important for women, who take a risk every time they venture out to relieve themselves in nature. In the ad, a group of men in their pajamas go out to a field to do their business, when suddenly they are surrounded by a bunch of chanting women, who shame the men and even snap photos of them with an cel phone.

When the men plead with them to consider their honor, the women respond, "Oh, really? When we are assaulted or raped because we have to go to the field in the cover of darkness to relieve ourselves, what happens to privacy or honor?"

According to NPR:

More than 500 million people — representing more than half of the world's toilet-less people – live in India. According to UNICEF, India has nearly 200,000 diarrheal deaths yearly among children under age five, the highest number in the world. Open defecation is a contributing factor.

And without private toilets, the health of women and girls suffers, too. Many develop genitourinary infections from not urinating frequently enough — and from poor hygiene during menstruation.

The U.N. report also says the lack of private toilets exposes women to physical attacks and even natural dangers like animal attacks and snake bites. Stories of girls being assaulted when they go to do their business in the fields abound.

The ad has gone viral on YouTube, at almost 600,000 views.

The DEATH STAR, an armored weed grinder with enough power to grind weed

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:45:41 +0000


I could not resist a $9 Death Star weed grinder.

It looks like the Death Star and it grinds weed! Mission accomplished. I am not sure I will use it very often, but this grinder will sit next to the headpiece for the Staff of Ra in my living room. Its a cool knickknack for $9.

The 'heavy feeling' zinc alloy feels heavy. You have the choice of leaving a screen in and having the weed all sit in the grinder teeth, and kief falling in a holding cell -- OR you can remove the screen and have the weed all just fall together! Not a lot to this baby.

This item appears to be the same as more expensive variants of the Death Star grinder, down to the packaging. This version does not come with the cleaning tools that I doubt you'll really want.

Formax420 Death Star Grinder Star War Round Grinder 3 Pieces Spice Mill 1.9 inch via Amazon

No Small Children's "Big Steps"

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:32:18 +0000


Lovely, lovely video.

My guest-appearance on Hello From the Magic Tavern

Mon, 29 May 2017 14:44:39 +0000


I'm a huge fan of the fantastically rude improv/current affairs/high fantasy podcast Hello From the Magic Tavern, I've enjoyed it ever since I binge-listened to the first season halfway through. (more…)

Media Files:

Two cats bouncing in sync up a wall onto another wall

Mon, 29 May 2017 14:08:38 +0000


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The peace and quiet and the camera operator's calm framing of the shot really make it. In a few days this will have gone viral, covered in jaunty music, giant text, and an inane voiceover.

Thinking of the history of life on Earth in terms of "energy epochs"

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:39:43 +0000


Olivia P. Judson's paper in Nature, The energy expansions of evolution, presents a novel, beautifully written and presented frame for looking at the history of life on Earth: as a series of five epochs in which energy became more abundant and available to lifeforms, allowing them to scale up in complexity and fecundity: geochemical energy, sunlight, oxygen, flesh and fire. (more…)

Aviation is hell because airline exec pay is solely based on quarterly profits

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:25:58 +0000


There was a time when airline execs were paid based on a mix of on-time arrivals, accurate and timely baggage delivery, and profits. Now it's just profits. (more…)

Traditional capitalism needs "extra" people, but managerial capitalism has no use for them

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:13:14 +0000


The Nation's outstanding roundtable  What Will Kill Neoliberalism? has many admirable interventions (including a notable one from Paul "Postcapitalism" Mason), but the one that got me right between the eyes was William Darity, Jr's "A Revolution of Managers." (more…)

The electable Mr Corbyn

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:46:56 +0000


UK Theresa May called snap UK elections (after promising not to) in order to consolidate power in her own party, shutting up the MPs who didn't fall into line with her policies -- this was the same logic behind her predecessor David Cameron's decision to call a referendum on Brexit, and both banked on the idea that the UK electorate wasn't willing to vote for an "unthinkable" alternative in order to tell the establishment to go fuck itself. (more…)

Explaining the WannaCry ransomware attack

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:45:44 +0000


SciShow’s Hank Green breaks down the details of this month’s WannaCry ransomware attack.

Why apple pie isn’t American

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:45:34 +0000


MinuteEarth refutes a common saying with some geopolitical culinary history.

A multi-generational musical tribute to Wonder Woman

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:45:28 +0000


From Nancy Sinatra to Beyoncé, Nerdist uses songs by some of the greatest female artists to salute the most famous female superhero, Wonder Woman.

[via The Verge]

Claustrophobic overhead shots of Hong Kong residential buildings

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:45:09 +0000


Aerial photographer Andy Yeung just released Walled City, a look at how Hong Kong's infamous dense and vertical city within a city resonates in buildings that still stand today. (more…)

Donald Trump 0045 - Superspy!

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:42:31 +0000



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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…)

Chess set made from car parts

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:35:50 +0000


It started when an anonymous Imgur user found an "old Integra cylinder head laying around the shop, collecting dust," which they "dis-assembled and decided to put it to use again." (more…)

Plasma lighters are TSA-approved and more environmentally friendly than butane

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:19:09 +0000


If you are camping during rainy season, or just want a TSA-approved lighter, these plasma torches make perfect travel companions. These gas-free lighters create a small plasma beam that’s safer than butane to use and more environmentally friendly. It creates a super-hot, splashproof flame so you can get a campfire going, or have a smoke in the rain. Their lithium-ion batteries get 3 hours of life on a single charge, and power up easily via micro USB cable.

A 2-pack of these plasma torch lighters usually costs $200, but you can get them here for just $29.99.

Surveil your own state with the PapaGo Dash Cam

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:18:03 +0000


If you don’t want to get stuck footing the bill for a hit and run, this dashboard-mounted camera offers up to 2K resolution to make sure you always have a reliable witness, and it’s available in the Boing Boing Store for 30% off it’s usual price.

The PapaGo mounts unobtrusively to your windshield to see everything in its 175º ultra-wide viewing angle. It supports recordings up to 12 hours in length onto a micro SD card, and can be set to activate automatically from nearby motion. To prevent against unexpected data loss, the included G-sensor ensures files are saved in the event of a collision.

You can pick up the PapaGo Dash Cam in the Boing Boing Store for $124.99.

Kickstarting gorgeous, illustrated slipcased classics with art from Pope, Shimuzu and Sienkiewicz

Sun, 28 May 2017 07:52:22 +0000


Zachary Zmith writes, "A Kickstarter is funding beautifully-designed and illustrated editions of classic stories, with illustrations from Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu and Bill Sienkiewicz. They have already met their initial goal to fund a version of Algernon Blackwood's 'The Willows' with art by Paul Pope. If they reach $100k, Bill Sienkiewicz will illustrate H.G. Wells' vivisection classic." (more…)

The anti-Net Neutrality bots that flooded the FCC impersonated dead people

Sun, 28 May 2017 07:37:23 +0000


Half a million fake, identical anti-Net Neutrality comments were posted on the FCC's docket on killing Net Neutrality, using identities that appear to have been stolen from a voter registration breach. (more…)

A dystopian reboot of some sponsored Internet of Shit content

Sun, 28 May 2017 07:23:42 +0000


Dan Hon (previously) took note of a sponsored tweet in The Atlantic's Twitter feed: "SPONSORED: The future city: What changes when everything is connected? #MSFTCloud #ad" and decided to have a go at answering the question. The results were fantastic. (more…)

Leaks: Mercenaries targeted Standing Rock water protectors with anti-terrorist tactics

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:15:22 +0000


Tigerswan, a secretive private mercenary company, was hired by Energy Transfer Partners to run campaigns against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters in five states, including states in which they were not licensed to operate -- the measures they deployed were developed as counterterrorism tactics. (more…)

The Malta Files: a European version of the Panama Papers, revealing a global web of corruption

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:55:29 +0000


On Friday, a variety of news outlets around the world published the Malta Files, a cache of 150,000 documents leaked "from a Malta-based provider of legal, financial and corporate services," revealing, among other things, that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was secretly given a $25M oil tanker (!) by Azeri billionaire Mübariz Mansimov, a "friend" of Trump's who was present at the inauguration. (more…)

Time-lapse of Juno's Jupiter fly-by

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:14:42 +0000


Composited by Sean Doran from images taken by NASA's Juno probe.

Previously: Jupiter's south pole.

Gorgeous lip art elevates the lipstick game

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:46:56 +0000


On her Instagram, Andrea Reed of Girl Grey Beauty creates gorgeously complex lip designs that are truly wearable art. Here are some of my favorites:

You can find more designs on Reed’s Instagram and you can watch her process in action over on her YouTube page:

Totally awesome animated music video starring Ronald Jenkees

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:46:42 +0000


Last month, musician and YouTube superstar Ronald Jenkees dropped his latest album Rhodes Deep. In honor of this delight, fan Ben Luce created this terrific animation called Quest for the Jam. (more…)