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Last Build Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:51:55 +0000


Sun printing is fun printing

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:45:27 +0000


Sun sensitive paper is always fun to have around!

It is summertime and I'm busy keeping my kid busy.

This paper is the classic turns-blue-in-sunlight photo-sensitive stuff I remember from my youth. Shade any part of the paper you do not want to turn blue, and expose it to sunlight. Exposed bits turn blue. You can control the darkening of the blue by allowing the paper to soak up more or less light. Rinse the paper in water to "fix" it and stop the changing.

Tedco 8" X 10" Sun Art Paper Kit - 15 sheets via Amazon

Grounded United plane waits 30 minutes to evacuate overheated infant

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:44:48 +0000


It was hot in Denver on Thursday, the day Emily France and her infant son were stuck aboard a United Airlines jet idling on the runway. After two hours inside the sweltering cabin, the baby became overheated and had trouble breathing. France asked for an ambulance and for the captain to let her and the baby off the plane immediately, but United kept her on the plane for another 30 minutes. “They couldn’t evacuate us," France told the Denver Post. "It was chaos. I really thought my son was going to die in my arms.”


France planned to fly with Owen to El Paso, Texas, to join her husband, an astrophysicist, for a rocket launch.


Owen struggled in the heat, France said.

“His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming,” France said. “And then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.”

France and other passengers begged for an ambulance. There appeared to be disagreement between the flight crew and the ground crew over whether stairs should be pushed to the aircraft or the airplane should return to the gate, she said.

France said she sobbed as she sat by the open door and waited as Owen drifted in and out consciousness. She estimates they waited 30 minutes before the airplane returned to the gate.

“They seemed completely unprepared for a medical emergency,” she said.

Jet image used in collage: Wikipedia/Cliff

Oscar Mayer whips out a hotdog-dropping drone

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:06:54 +0000


Meat brand Oscar Mayer has announced the latest additions to its WienerFleet and frankly, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't relishing the news.

Their fleet already includes the iconic Wienermobile, the WienerMini (a hotdog-shaped MINI Cooper), and the four-wheeling, off-roading Wiener Rover. This summer, to introduce their new line of less-wurst* dogs, they've added two new branded vehicles. The first is the WienerCycle which is a three-wheeled moped designed for "tricky urban deliveries." It's pretty cool looking with its sweet sidecar which also acts a hotdog warming station.

But, the one that really kicks buns is the WienerDrone, a small 6.5 pound drone that drops warm meat from the sky. They report that it's the "first unmanned hot dog-carrying aircraft designed for remote location delivery."

If you're trying to ketchup, that means it will rain fewer cats and more dogs this summer. (image)

*They're removing "all added nitrates and nitrites, by-products and artificial preservatives from the meat" in their "entire line of hot dogs."


Watch this giant squid latch onto a guy's paddleboard

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:06:47 +0000


Hell to the no. As evidenced by this video shot off the coast of West Africa, a large squid wrapped his tentacles around a guy's paddleboard.

The paddleboarder, a man named James Taylor, discovered the ailing squid while "walking down the beach for a paddle," he told Earth Touch.

"I thought it was a big piece of kelp, then I thought it was a piece of plastic, but that also didn't look right. It was only when I got closer that I saw it was a squid of some sort."

Once he got into the water, he realized enormous sea creature was sick. He noticed it was not only lethargic but missing tentacles and covered in bite marks. He says, "I wanted to try get it to the beach for research purposes before it got more damaged by seals in the area."

As you'll see in the footage, he does get it to shore. At around the 2:09 mark, it's obvious the squid has died. That's when Taylor gets help dragging it to the beach. At the end of the video, the beast is shown ejaculating spermatophores, packets of sperm and protein, leading some to believe it died during "violent sex."

Mike Vecchione, a research zoologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History believes the animal is a giant squid (genus Architeuthis), not a Humboldt squid as some have claimed, stating, "The footage on the beach looks like a giant squid to me."

Whatever the poor thing is and however it died, I'm going to be having nightmares for weeks. (reddit)

Easy-to-make frozen bananas for Fourth of July

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:06:40 +0000


A frozen Independence Day treat that’s a whole lot healthier than a Bomb Pop.


Avoid these 9 charisma-killing mistakes

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:06:20 +0000


Introduce yourself, introduce your friends, and make sure you don’t talk about things that only interest you.

Bank of International Settlements warns of global economic crash, "with a vengeance"

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:49:58 +0000


The Bank of International Settlements -- the "central bank for central bankers" -- has released its latest annual report, warning that the looming debt crises in China, Hong Kong and Thailand could precipitate an abrupt collapse, or, as BIS monetary and economic department head Claudio Borio put it, "That end may come to resemble more closely a financial boom gone wrong, just as the latest recession showed, with a vengeance." (more…)

How an obscure law allowed white, rich developers to steal African-Americans' land for a century

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:44:04 +0000


After the civil war, formerly enslaved people bought about 15 million acres across the US (mostly in the south), but those landowners lacked clear legal title and also often did not have access to legal advice for estate planning -- combine that with lending discrimination (redlining) and the diasporas that scattered families across the country and that land has become easy pickings for crooked property developers and their crooked lawyers. (more…)

$70 Hackintosh matches MacBook Pro

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:30:42 +0000


Snazzy Labs built a startlingly powerful Mac with only $70—editing the video above on it to prove it! A big part of it is being armed with knowledge and some technical chops: the donor PC (from institutional surplus) was a real beast in its day, they repaired a broken SSD (!), and found a miraculously appropriate bus-powered video card on Craiglist. All of which means you're not likely to replicate the "Crapintosh" in a $100 visit to Goodwill.

All the same, though, I still think this shows something interesting. Not that MacBooks are underpowered, but rather that traditional desktop PCs, unfashionable as they are, are a cheap way to serious computing power if you're happy with an enormous noisy box under your desk. You might know this, but processors and video cards alike have long been marketed to obscure the performance differences between mobile and desktop parts, and they are often substantial! So educate your thrifty friends.

Become a polyglot in your spare time with uTalk

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:19:54 +0000


Learning a new language will give your resume an upgrade, sure, but it will also provide a huge cognitive boost for mental tasks outside of translation and conversation. Bilingual brains have been shown to be better at handling multiple concurrent tasks, and gaining fluency in a new tongue is an amazing way to improve memory, and stave off dementia later in life.

uTalk is a mobile application for studying foreign languages. Instead of grilling you on complex grammar rules, this app focuses on building a practical vocabulary so you actually communicate with people. You’ll grow your language skills naturally with input from native speakers, and build confidence with interactive speaking games. This app syncs your progress across all of your devices and is compatible with most mobile and desktop platforms.

This package from uTalk includes American English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Latin American Spanish. You can get lifetime access to resources for these six languages for $29.99 in the Boing Boing Store.

Scot Nery’s Boobie Trap is Moving to King King!

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:07:21 +0000


For those of you who don’t know, my pancake juggling friend Scot Nery has been putting on a circus & variety show in L.A. for last 111 weeks. Rain or shine, he has introduced a ridiculous amount of energy and the best talent from around the world.


The show is called Scot Nery’s Boobie Trap and there is nothing else like it. Really! You’ve got to see this show!


The format is unique in that it features fifteen 4-minute acts that are peppered with Scot’s frenzied hosting personality and his awesome house band Fire Leopard.  


The show is eccentric and the entertainers rotate every week so you never know what you’re going to get. In the past we’ve seen:

  • Guinness-Record-holding hula-hoopers
  • World champion knife throwers
  • Cirque de Soleil aerialists
  • Amazing Ventriloquists
  • Standup comedians
  • Sword swallowers
  • Contortionists
  • Magicians
  • Musicians
  • Jugglers


And now, each and every Wednesday, Scott and his talented army have a brand new home at King King in Hollywood - 6555 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $25 at the door and $17 if you buy them in advance.


Here’s how the 1980s got its colorful look

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:05:37 +0000


It turns out a lot of the aesthetics of the 1980s can be traced back to an Italian design collective. As Vox explains in this new video created by Dion Lee:

[The] Memphis Design movement dominated the '80s with their crazy patterns and vibrant colors. Many designers and architects from all around the world contributed to the movement in order to escape from the strict rules of modernism. Although their designs didn't end up in people's homes, they inspired many designers working in different mediums. After their first show in Milan in 1981, everything from fashion to music videos became influenced by their visual vocabulary.

[via The A.V. Club]

Learn how to do a Wonder Woman braid

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:05:21 +0000


Recreate Diana’s iconic fishtail braid with this tutorial. Be warned, however, you might need arms of steel (or a friend) to make it happen.

Tattoo artists snark on celebrity tattoos

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:05:14 +0000


In this GQ-produced video, the hosts of Spike TV show Ink Master, Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck, rip on some imprudent celebrity tats, tearing them all apart. Well ok, they didn't tear them all apart, just most of them. Only Angelina Jolie, Steve-O, and Nick Cannon escape their wrath.

But, seriously, don't famous folks have friends that stop them from getting bad ink? (Apparently not!)


Blog exposes fake GoFundMe campaigns

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:05:04 +0000


I've long thought that online crowdfunding campaigns were ripe for fraudulent activity. Drum up a decent sob story (or rip one off from the headlines) and you too can have strangers sending you money you don't deserve.

Well, for just over a year now, Adrienne Gonzalez of Richmond, Virginia has been tracking GoFundMe scams on her site, GoFraudMe. Check out her site and learn how shameless some people can be, from faking cancer for cash to raising funds for cats who fake died in a fire (and more). Eeesh.

(Super Punch)

Ozzy Osbourne's favorite metal albums

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:42:25 +0000


Rolling Stone magazine asked the Prince of Darkness to list his ten favorite metal albums. Here are five of Ozzy's sure-shots:

AC/DC, 'Highway to Hell' (1979)

"I love Brian Johnson but to me my good friend, the late Bon Scott, was the best singer AC/DC ever had. This album was like an addiction to me."

Guns N' Roses, 'Appetite for Destruction' (1987)

"One of the greatest debut albums of all time. There's not a weak song in the bunch. I never get tired of hearing it."

Led Zeppelin, 'Led Zeppelin IV' (1971)

"I've always been a huge Led Zeppelin fan. All of their studio albums are classics but this is one of my all-time favorites."

Metallica, 'Master of Puppets' (1986)

"I took Metallica on tour with me after the release of Master of Puppets. The album was a milestone for the band and for heavy metal."

Motörhead, 'Ace of Spades' (1980)

"The album that put Motörhead over the top. The title track "Ace of Spades" is Motörhead's "Paranoid." It's one of the great metal anthems and, to me, a band hasn't made it until they have their own anthem. This is theirs."

Ozzy Osbourne: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums (Rolling Stone)

Stuck horn on a tugboat keeps Everett, WA up all night

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:03:16 +0000


My sister couldn't sleep last night. started received messages early this morning about super loud horn or siren that was keeping folks awake on the hottest night of the year. The sound was thought to be coming somewhere from the waterfront.

We checked with the Port of Everett this morning and they issued the following apology…


We apologize for the prolonged horn noise at the Port last night. One of our customers has been doing some finishing work on a new ocean-going tug boat, and the horn malfunctioned. Our customer has assured us they have remedied the issue.

Please accept our sincere apologies on the noise, the time it took to figure out how to turn off the horn and the fact that it happened on the hottest day of the year so far.


Les Reardanz

CEO Port of Everett

So there is your answer. Glad we could help. Were gonna go take a nap now.

Via MyEverettNews

Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki's favorite books for young people

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:57:39 +0000


The following are pioneering animator and Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki's (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, etc.) top ten favorite books for young people:

1. The Borrowers -- Mary Norton

2. The Little Prince -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

3. Children of Noisy Village -- Astrid Lindgren

4. When Marnie Was There -- Joan G. Robinson

5. Swallows and Amazons -- Arthur Ransome

6. The Flying Classroom -- Erich Kästner

7. There Were Five of Us -- Karel Poláček

8. What the Neighbours Did, and Other Stories -- Ann Philippa Pearce

9. Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates -- Mary Mapes Dodge

10. The Secret Garden -- Frances Hodgson Burnett

"Hayao Miyazaki Picks His 50 Favorite Children’s Books" (via Kottke)

Norwegians fundraise to re-erect phallic rock formation

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:41:01 +0000


Concerned citizens are hoping to raise enough money to repair the phallic Trollpikken rock formation in southern Norway after suspected vandals apparently sliced off the head. Police are seeking tips on who chopped the tip. From The Guardian:

By Sunday more than 500 people had donated nearly 90,000 Norwegian kroner (£8,400) to fix the formation which is in Eigersund, south of Stavanger.

Kjetil Bentsen, an activist, told the public broadcaster NRK that he was convinced the Trollpikken would be rebuilt with donated money.

Scientists discover transparent frog

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:32:12 +0000


Scientists discovered this new species of "glass frog" in Ecuador's Amazon lowlands. Hyalinobatrachium yaku's belly is so transparent that you can clearly see its kidneys, bladder, and beating heart. From Science News:

Yaku means “water” in Kichwa, a language spoken in Ecuador and parts of Peru where H. yaku may also live. Glass frogs, like most amphibians, depend on streams. Egg clutches dangle on the underside of leaves, then hatch, and the tadpoles drop into the water below. But the frogs are threatened by pollution and habitat destruction, the researchers write. Oil extraction, which occurs in about 70 percent of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, and expanding mining activities are both concerns.

"A marvelous new glassfrog (Centrolenidae, Hyalinobatrachium) from Amazonian Ecuador" (ZooKeys)

This indistinct blob is supermassive star Betelgeuse

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:05:08 +0000


Imaged by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), this is the most detailed depiction yet of the enormous supergiant Betelgeuse, 600 light-years off in the constellation Orion and 1400 times the size of the sun.

The star is just about eight million years old, but is already on the verge of becoming a supernova. When that happens, the resulting explosion will be visible from Earth, even in broad daylight.

The star has been observed in many other wavelengths, particularly in the visible, infrared, and ultraviolet. Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope astronomers discovered a vast plume of gas almost as large as our Solar System. Astronomers have also found a gigantic bubble that boils away on Betelgeuse’s surface. These features help to explain how the star is shedding gas and dust at tremendous rates (eso0927, eso1121). In this picture, ALMA observes the hot gas of the lower chromosphere of Betelgeuse at sub-millimeter wavelengths — where localised increased temperatures explain why it is not symmetric. Scientifically, ALMA can help us to understand the extended atmospheres of these hot, blazing stars.

Nintendo's SNES Classic will cost $80, comes with 21 games

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:00:38 +0000


Coming on September 29, the Super Nintendo Classic. It will cost $80 and include 21 built-in games, including Super Mario World, Earthbound, Final Fantasy III, Link to the Past, Secret of Mana, Donkey Kong Country, and Super Mario Kart.

From Ars Technica:

Unlike the NES Classic, which sold $10 controllers on top of the $60 base package, the SNES Classic comes packaged with two controllers. Even so, only five of the included titles include true simultaneous multiplayer gameplay, with a handful of others allowing for two players to alternate play. The Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro designed for the Wii and Wii U will also work on the SNES Classic Edition, much like its predecessor.

Of the 21 included titles, a full 14 were published by Nintendo itself. Three games from Capcom, two from Konami, and two from Square Enix round out the package.


Enjoy the pogo-ing mandolin player of The Stoneman Family (1960s)

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:49:34 +0000


The Stoneman Family was a lively, talented bluegrass-polka-surf band. "The combination of Donna Stoneman pogo-ing while playing the mandolin, and Ronnie Stoneman's generally dour expression while plucking the banjo, makes for a bizarro mix," says Paul of Weird Universe.

Watch a freak wave launch a body boarder 20 feet into the air

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:44:37 +0000


Jack Baker was bodyboarding at Sydney Australia's Cape Solander when a big backwash wave launched him into the sky. Fortunately, he suffered only from a burst lung and is now recovering.

"I even said to the photographer who was in the water: 'this backwash is going to kill someone.' As this wave came towards me, I took off and as I got in it was real deep, I was already going too fast, I attempted to eject hoping it would send me back through the wave," he told SurferToday.

"Instead of ejecting, I got smashed by the wave, and suddenly I was in the air just falling. I had already got kicked about so hard in the waves so as I came back down I was dizzy and I didn’t know whether I was in the water or up in the air. But when I hit the water that woke me up."


The classic 'Electronic Football' re-issue

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:37:24 +0000


Electronic Football is the only sportsball I've ever liked! This remake is pretty great!

The sounds, controls and rinky-dink electronic screen are back! I am sure I remember there being some kind of passing game in the original, but this running game kept me busy for an hour or so.

Relive the virtual excitement!

Classic Football Electronic Game via Amazon

Joni Mitchell sings “Both Sides Now” on the Mama Cass TV Show (1969)

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:31:37 +0000

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I didn't know Mama Cass Elliot had her own TV show. The first (and last episode) aired in 1969. One of her guests, Joni Mitchell, performed a wonderful version of her song “Both Sides Now.”

From Open Culture:

The Internet was an undreamable little dream in 1969, when the sole episode of The Mama Cass Television Show aired. The former singer of the Mamas and the Papas died five years later, presumably unaware that future generations would have knowledge of, let alone access to, her failed pilot. She may have described her variety show as “low key” to the Fremont, California Argus, but the guest list was padded with high wattage friends, including comedian Buddy Hackett, and singers Mary Travers and John Sebastian. Joni Mitchell, above, delivered an above-reproach performance of “Both Sides Now.”

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Killer funky synth-pop and slow burners from Death Cab for Cutie's Dave Depper

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:28:12 +0000


Last time I saw Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Dave Depper, we were at our dear friends' wedding dancing in a huge sweaty group and singing along to 1980s anthems by New Order and Pet Shop Boys. I mention that because Dave just released his stunning first solo album and there's a bit of that vintage synthpop vibe flowing through the record, titled "Emotional Freedom Technique." Not that this is a retro play; it's not. The record is a wholly contemporary affair even as Dave freely allows his influences, from 80s dancefloor jams to Prince's funky rhythms, ebb and flow through his songwriting. Emotional Freedom Technique blends nu-disco ass-shakers with lovely emo mix tape material and afterparty ambience. You'll dig it. Listen below and order here.

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Still my favorite way to smash garlic into little juicy bits

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:18:31 +0000


I've yet to find a hinged garlic press that I love. The ones I've tried are inefficient, fragile (especially the hinge, which inevitably fails), and not that easy to clean. I end up having to peel the unused garlic from the inside of the press, and my fingers stink for days. Everyone has their opinion about crushing garlic - my top choice is Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher, Press, and Mincer ($12). I've had it for over two years and I use it almost daily. (more…)

Yep, the SNES Classic is real and it is coming in September

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:56:57 +0000


When Nintendo suddenly canceled the NES Classic, the surprise hit toy of last Christmas, the roar of anguish and outrage matched any the Internet had seen. Insane! Idiocy! There was only one smart take on the matter: the company must have a SNES Classic up its sleeve, playing even more and better classic games. And that was of course the case, as that exact product was today officially announced.

The SNES Classic will hit store shelves in September, Nintendo says, and include 21 games—including the unreleased and legendary Star Fox 2. In Nintendo tradition, it will be sold out in about four minutes and then be available only on eBay from dodgy importers for many times the normal price.

Here's the game list:


What, no Pilotwings? Outrageous!

Twist off your zip ties, don't cut them

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:33:29 +0000


If you cut a zip-tie tail with scissors, it leaves a sharp-edged stub. In this video, you'll learn how to use pliers to twist of the tail, which creates a stub without a sharp tail.

I just tried it (above photo) and it works. On the left is twist method. On the right is the scissors method (cutting as flush to the catch as possible). The tail on the twisted zip tie feels like a smooth, melted lump of plastic. Very cool!

[via Make's Tips of the Week]