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Sunday April 21, 2019. 06:29 PM
The Notre Dame fire is a global tragedy, and it's also raising complicated questions about our present moment, including trenchant inquiries into which church fires merit global outpourings and whose sacred sites get mourned when they are destroyed. In France, the...
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Believe it or not, PDF files have been the go-to format for contracts and forms of any type since 1993. And sure, they're easily shareable - but that's about it. When you need to edit or sign a document - and you will - that's when frustration can set in. Luckily, there are...
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Saturday April 20, 2019. 05:12 PM
During the bitter debate over the EU's Copyright Directive, with its mandate for copyright filters that would automatically censor anything that anyone claimed to be infringing, opponents repeatedly warned that these filters would be trivial to abuse. That's because...
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Amy Goodman from Democracy Now interviewed linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky and asked him to explain Donald Trump; in a mere 10 minutes, Chomsky explains where Trump came from, what he says about the GOP, and what the best response to Russiagate is. Chomsky ...
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It's 4/20! Smoke 'em if you got 'em - and if you haven't got 'em, check out this roundup of deep discounts on pipes and other accessories. They're all on sale, but you can take an extra discount off the final price courtesy of the Boing Boing store by using the online code...
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Ever wonder if you're cleaning your teeth well enough? If your last dentist visit has you getting a little more thorough about oral care, it might be time to save yourself some guesswork. A lot of electric toothbrushes promise deep cleaning, but there's a Platinum Sonic...
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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is the first 2020 presidential candidate to call for Donald Trump's impeachment as a result of the findings in the redacted Mueller Report released yesterday. The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign...
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First AOC gave a great speech about how the Green New Deal was good for workers, including coal workers; then she accepted GOP Rep Andy Barr's invite to visit the coal-miners in his Kentucky Appalachian district; then Barr disinvited him, citing her 'incivility' in her...
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GB Studio is a 'free and easy to use retro adventure game creator for your favourite handheld video game system.' Use a modern visual scripting interface to create Zelda-style 2D role-playing games that run on the Nintendo Game Boy or standalone on the web. · Visual game...
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Friday April 19, 2019. 10:02 PM
I'm coming to Halifax to give the closing keynote on day one of Atlseccon on April 24th: it's only my second-ever visit to the city and the first time I've given a talk there, so I really hope you can make it! From there, I'm headed to Toronto, where I'm giving a keynote...
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Black women have long complained that they get flagged for secondary screening at TSA checkpoints after passing through a full-body scanner; after years of complaints, the TSA has admitted that its scanners struggle to with curled hair, and are prone to flagging anyone...
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Earlier this week, Kentucky Republican Congressman Andy Barr withdrew his invitation for Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to visit a coalmine in his district (made after AOC defended the Green New Deal as being better for working people, including coal...
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Guess used Burger King grease is the new copper wires nowadays. The Associated Press social media editor who composed this little beauty below deserves some kind of a prize today. A whopper of a haul: Police say a Virginia man stole hundreds of gallons of used cooking...
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Millions of patient records for drug and alcohol rehab were leaked, in a data breach that affects an estimated 150,000 individuals, CNET reports. “Records for potentially tens of thousands of patients seeking treatment at several addiction rehabilitation centers were...
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“A right-wing militia group operating in southern New Mexico has begun stopping groups of migrant families and detaining them at gunpoint before handing them over to Border Patrol agents, raising tension over the tactics of armed vigilantes along the border between the...
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New York City's just-passed Climate Mobilization Act rolls up six climate-mitigation laws that comprehensively remake the city's approach to climate change (it's colloquially known as the Green New York Deal). 70% of the city's carbon footprint is generated by heating and...
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In 1969, Herbie Hancock found the funk for a collection of music he composed for 'Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert,' a TV special that eventually led to the long-running cartoon 'Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.' Hancock collected those tracks on Fat Albert Rotunda, the band...
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Tom Angell of Marijuana Moment says, “The Trump administration just issued a memo saying that marijuana use or working in the cannabis industry—even if it is legal under state law—makes immigrants ineligible for citizenship because it means they don’t have 'good...
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Hell has frozen over.
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Remember UC Berkeley researcher Pieter Abbeel's fantastic towel-folding robot? Now, Abbeel and his team have prototyped a new kind of robot arm design meant for the home and other human environments. Compared to robot arms common in factories, this manipulator, called Blue,...
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