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Monday February 4, 2019. 09:28 PM
“I have been deeply moved by the tragic stories that have come to light this past month of Molly Russell and other families affected by suicide and self-harm,” wrote Instagram chief executive Adam Mosseri in a Telegraph op-ed today. “Even as a parent, I cannot begin to ...
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I've written about the 11foot8 bridge (aka the Can-Opener) quite a few times here on Boing Boing.  Located in Durham, North Carolina, it's a 79-year-old railroad bridge that has a lower clearance than the height of many common commercial trucks. It's scraped the top off...
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The chief executive of cryptocurrency company Quadriga CX has died, and he's apparently the only one with the ability to unlock all his customers' coins. Without their digital keys, his clients lose access to their funds. The company's board of directors said last week it...
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According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is a leading cause of death for men in the US. Men who have benign prostatic hyperplasia, which causes their prostate to grow, often take medication or get surgery to reduce the size of it. But a new study reveals...
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On the 15th anniversary of Facebook's launch, Mark Zuckerberg says his company will spend more on safety and security in 2019 than the total amount of revenue his company had on hand at the date of its IPO. In a Facebook post today, Zuckerberg takes a swipe at America's...
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I love the book Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level, by Ron and Marty Hale-Evans. One of the tips is how to generate pseudorandom numbers in your head. Say you want to flip a coin, but you don't have one. Just think of a short word, and ...
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I've been reading a 1978 book called The Art of Problem Solving, by Russell L. Ackoff. (Used copies sell for $7 including shipping on Amazon). At the beginning of the book, Ackoff tells about the time his school-age daughter came home with a familiar puzzle. On a piece of...
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Louis CK is in disgrace in so many ways, and while comedians have often found humor in shocking and sorrowful current events, the combination of CK's lack of credibility and the extraordinary tastelessness of his jokes about the activism of the survivors of the Parkland high ...
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The federal appeals court in the DC circuit has overturned the FCC's decision to make it effectively impossible for people on tribal lands to make use of the federal 'Lifeline} program that provides cheap broadband access to poor communities. The order to freeze Native...
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African artist Laetitia Ky, 22, transforms her hair into fantastic sculptures as a hirsute form of socially-conscious art and, sometimes, just for fun. From CNN: In the Ivory Coast of her childhood, 'the norm was to straighten your hair. So when I found the natural...
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Huffington Post got four reporters on the record (albeit anonymously) to say their editors replace terms like 'racist' and 'racism' with euphemisms. I was at a media organization that wouldn’t allow me to use “racist” or “bigot” when referring to derogatory...
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Many of us have anecdotes by which we recall shedding bigoted beliefs or otherwise evolving beyond the shortcomings of youthful unreason. Liam Neeson's is, to put it mildly, in-character. 'I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black...
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Genius! A serving fork would be useful for taller frames. (Creative Ideas via Kottke)
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They don't kill roaches, but they do cover everything in your house with a film of poison. In a study, bug bombs did nothing useful, at least when it comes to roaches. Scientists set off four kinds of bombs and placed two kinds of baits in 30 infested homes in Raleigh....
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Punk legend and Boing Boing pal Bob Mould's new album Sunshine Rock is out this Friday, February 8. To tide you over, enjoy Bob's funny-'cause-it's-true music video for the track 'Lost Faith.' 'There's a hint of migration, a dash of border security and a whisper of...
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Having noted that you can get tactical pens, tactical cutlery and tactical pants, I wondered if I might also get a pair of tactical slippers and searched the term at Amazon. Behold the Teva Men's M Ember MOC Slipper. * Rubber sole * Rib knit collar with webbing detail *...
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MrConsumer specializes in spotting packaging tricks such as mouse print: small, low-contrast or otherwise obscured text designed to fool the consumer into thinking a product is something it is not. He spotted this very bland, normal looking bottle of olive oil available at...
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Ascii World isn't a 3D shader, nor is it is a graphical toy. It's a complete 'isometric'-style game, like Monument Valley, that uses basic ASCII characters to draw (and define) all its forms and geometries. It's startlingly fresh, yet makes you wonder how much of it could be ...
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PNG, the classiest just-works web image format, offers unique opportunities for glitch art—all flowing from the fine details of its specification. PNG is a very simple format compared to JPEG or other new image formats. The filter algorithms are like toys, and its...
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Bob Goldstein, a professor of cell biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is also a talented graphic designer who creates fantastic 'Gig Posters for Scientists' who lecture at the university. These days, Bob and his son do their own screenprinting too!...
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