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    Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
    1:05 am
    Monday, August 3rd, 2015
    11:08 pm
    Unrequested tour poster for Paul McCartney


    My friend, the artist Mitch O'Connell, wrote, "I decided to stop waiting for Sir Paul to give me a ring requesting that I design his tour poster, and just went ahead and whipped one up. So if you know the second cousin to Paul's lighting guy, someone who works at the dry cleaner where Paul drops off his shirts, or have 3rd row tickets to an upcoming concert, please pass along my art! Who knows, not that he'll like it, but with your help, he might actually see it- so please pass it along!

    "I was happy that, out of the 27,876,542 Paul McCartney illustrations that exist, I actually came up with something new (I think)! I combined about 50 references in the drawing, a few obvious ones being the walking pose from Abbey Road, the profile from Relvolver, the garb of Sgt. Pepper, the lettering from Magical Mystery Tour, and on and on and on, all rendered with a nod to Yellow Submarine. If I ever get the time, I can easily see matching John, George and Ringo pieces in the future!"

    9:42 pm
    Red hot nickel ball on floral foam - best reaction so far

    The red hot nickel ball (RHNB) has been tested on a variety of materials. This video, which shows the RHNB causing a weird reaction in floral foam (which, incidentally, is a lot of fun to jab with your thumb), is the best RHNB video yet. rhnb

    9:51 pm
    Creepy 1975 commercial sexualizes babies

    "There's one person nobody can resist and that's a baby." loves-baby-soft

    9:03 pm
    Apple teaches a lesson to neodymium bullies


    "The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain."  Aristotle

    8:59 pm
    Police issue scary looking pizza tickets to people they catch doing good things

    Does it sound like fun to be stopped by police for doing a good deed so they can issue you a scary looking $10 off coupon for shitty pizza? And also be recorded on video? Then head over to Denver and start behaving like a model citizen for your reward.


    7:44 pm
    Americans destroy hitchhiking robot


    In refusing to bow to our new robot overlords, Americans have accomplished what Canadians and Europeans could not: we stopped the automaton cold.

    Nerdist shares the details:

    After a successful traversal of Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands, hitchBOT, a creation of Dr. David Smith of McMaster University and Dr. Frauke Zeller of Ryerson University, started its journey across the US two weeks ago. The intrepid robot set out on July 17th from Salem, Massachusetts with the hopes of seeing Time Squares bright lights, the Grand Canyons breathtaking (circuit-scrambling?) view, and Disney Worlds candy-colored castles. Equipped with GPS and a chatbot program, hitchBOT was going to make friends and catalog a storied journey via social media.

    Unfortunately, hitchBOT didnt make it very far.

    Garbage men in Philly, or a proactive strike by the Tech-Com resistance? "There is no fate but what we make for ourselves."

    7:00 pm
    Windows 10 defaults to keylogging, harvesting browser history, purchases, and covert listening

    By default, Microsoft gets to see your location, keystrokes and browser history -- and listen to your microphone, and some of that stuff is shared with "trusted [by Microsoft, not by you] partners."

    You can turn this all off, of course, by digging through screen after screen of "privacy" dashboards, navigating the welter of tickboxes that serve the same purposes as all those clean, ration-seeming lines on the craps table: to complexify the proposition so you can't figure out if the odds are in your favor.

    Oh, and if you've already chosen to use Firefox as your default browser, Microsoft overrides your decision when you "upgrade" and switches you to the latest incarnation of the immortal undead monster formerly known as Internet Explorer.

    Under "Personalization," the first setting tailors your "speech, typing and inking input" to the way you talk, type and write ... "by sending contacts and calendar details, along with other associated input data to Microsoft." The next setting sends typing and inking data to Microsoft to "improve the recognition and suggestion platform."

    Some people may be comfortable with this usage; after all, third-party smartphone keyboards like SwiftKey improve their autocorrect functionality by learning how you type. But for others, sharing "contacts and calendar details" may be a bridge too far.

    Next is a rather nebulous entry: "Let apps use your advertising ID for experiences across apps." What this sentence doesn't quite explain is that Windows 10 generates a unique advertising ID for each user. If this option is enabled, it allows app developers and ad networks to profile you using that ID and serve you ads based on how you use your PC.

    The final part of the first settings page concerns location. Your computer may not have a GPS radio in it like your smartphone does, but if you're connected to the internet, your location can be tracked through your IP address. With this option enabled, you're allowing Windows and apps to request your location, including your location history. That's useful for location-based services like, say, telling a retailer's website where you are so it can give you the address of the nearest store.

    Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do  heres how to opt out [Zach Epstein/BGR]

    7:00 pm
    Hong Kong protesters take to the street in bras: "breasts aren't weapons"

    The latest anti-corruption mass-uprising symbol in Hong Kong is a bra: it protests the jailing of a female protester who was convicted of "assaulting a police officer" with her boob.

    The judge who convicted her said that her claims of sexual assault against the officer who grabbed her breast were "trumped up" and had harmed the officer's reputation.

    During her trial, Ng pleaded not guilty, saying she cried "indecent assault" when the police officer's hand landed on her breast, according to the South China Morning Post.

    But a local magistrate rejected the claim and accused her of lying.

    "You used your female identity to trump up the allegation that the officer had molested you. This is a malicious act," said deputy magistrate Chan Pik-kiu, adding Ng had harmed the officer's reputation with her accusation.

    'Breasts are not weapons,' say Hong Kong protesters [Wilfred Chan/CNN]

    6:14 pm
    Kirk/Spock/Delft china pattern tote

    This beautiful, reversible Kirk/Spock tote reminds me of Delft china patterns (see below): it's $22 from April in Sacramento. (via Geeky Merch)

    The Bob D says: "It's Toile de Jouy fabric, not Delft China. Delft didn't usually feature figures enjoying the countryside."

    6:16 pm
    SF cyclists protest by obeying the law


    A San Francisco Police Captain wanted cyclists to obey the law, so they did. Traffic was immediately snarled.

    Via SF Weekly:

    "The thing you say you want  every cyclist to stop at every stop sign  you really don't want that," Morgan Fitzgibbons, one of the protest's organizers, told SF Weekly. "You're going to destroy traffic in every neighborhood that has a heavy dose of cyclists."

    The protest, flanked by an army of TV cameras and amused onlookers, was in response to a directive from SFPD Park Station Captain John Sanford, who ordered his officers to punish cyclists for "zipping past" cars and supposedly endangering people. According to Hoodline, Sanford told a community meeting last month that increased enforcement was aimed at "the protection of life" in his district and that cyclists "present a hazard for many people."

    6:00 pm
    NSA conducted commercial espionage against Japanese government and businesses

    New leaked documents published by Wikileaks show that the US spy agency conducted surveillance operations against Japan's top government officials, prioritizing finance and trade ministers, as well as the Japanese central bank and two private-sector energy companies.

    There's no conceivable connection between this long-term surveillance -- which included wiretaps -- and national security.

    Wikileaks timed the release to coincide with last weekend's round of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations; TPP is a top-secret trade deal being negotiated between the USA, Japan and ten other Pacific rim nations. The negotiations went badly.

    One of the reports, from 2009, purports to show that the NSA intercepted talking points drafted for the agriculture minister to present at World Trade Organization negotiations with the U.S. trade representative.

    The minister could also address the need to ensure that the results of the WTO agriculture negotiations do not curtail agriculture in the member countries, and Japans anticipation of an early appointment by the USTR of a chief agricultural negotiator, the report says. Fisheries subsidies, and tariffs on forestry and fishery products, might also come up, it said.

    Other parts of the leak deal with climate-change negotiations and a feud between the United States and Japan over cherries, but the trade component will probably be most controversial.

    Japan has an entrenched agriculture lobby, and farm products have been one of the most difficult parts of the TPP negotiations between the United States and Japan, by far the two biggest economies in the proposed 12-nation pact.

    Target Tokyo [Wikileaks]

    WikiLeaks says U.S. spied on another ally  this time, Japan [Anna Fifield/Washington Post]

    6:03 pm
    America's National Parks are for sale

    Muir Beach, GGNRA

    A point of American pride, our national park system, is sadly underfunded and lost. The Seattle Times shares one piece of the story, corporate sponsorship.

    The corporatization process started with co-branding agreements, rationalized by Park Service officials as aligning the economic and historical legacies of parks with advertisers. In other words, theyre selling the Park Services proud public brand  as well as its soul.

    First in line was Coca-Cola. In 2007, the multibillion-dollar colossus became a proud partner with the Park Service by donating a mere $2.5 million (tax-deductible, meaning we taxpayers subsidized the deal) to the Park Service fundraising arm. In return, not only did Coke get exclusive rights to use park logos in its ads, but it was allowed to veto a Park Service plan to ban sales of bottled water in the Grand Canyon National Park. Disposable plastic bottles are that parks biggest source of trash, but Coke owns Dasani, the top-selling water, so bye-bye ban. Public outrage forced officials to reverse this crass move, but the Park Services integrity has yet to recover.

    I am fortunate to live in one of the few private residences surrounded by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is an amazing opportunity, and fraught with frustration, as the Park Service struggles to find its way. With government funding disappearing the Park Service is more and more steered by the desires of its largest donors. Long term health of the parks is less a concern than immediate revenue demands.

    5:06 pm
    Where it all went wrong for the fedora

    Gentlemen! Never let children wear your hats. Jamie Peck explores the history of the fedora, an excellent garment born in female empowerment that became "a widely recognized symbol of douchebaggery" thanks to horrid young men.

    As the hat grew more prevalent among both men and women, its status as a women's rights symbol faded. As Robert Rath writes in the gaming magazine The Escapist, "the hat went from being a symbol of co-opted masculinity, to one simply considered masculine." Journalists, mobsters, hardboiled detectives, and politicians alike wore them as they went about their business& It's widely accepted that President John F. Kennedy singlehandedly killed the hat industry by declining to wear one during his 1961 inauguration.

    The event horizon, though, was it becoming a signifier of failed or inappropriate masculine affectation in the last decade or so: think "pickup artists" and Hot Topic. Many, Peck warns, now "are walking around in fedoras unwittingly." To which one might well add that many of those who think they are wearing fedoras are, in fact, not.

    Previously: Why the fedora grosses out geekdom

    5:15 pm
    What happens when you try to take Trump seriously?

    Andy Kroll tried, and emerged with a darkly humorous account of its essential impossibility: beyond soundbites about Mexicans and business, there is virtually nothing to see.

    Political reporters are programmed to cover presidential candidates in a rigidly specific way. Present them with a purple-state governor or an ambitious young U.S. senator, and they can perform admirably. Drop in an aberration like Donald Trumpa sort of pseudo-candidate who defiantly knows nothing about the very issues he's running on and who openly mocks the accepted customs and niceties of American campaignsand they don't know how to react, how to recalibrate.

    Plenty of people do, though. See that GIF? I eat out on that GIF.

    5:26 pm
    Music: "Rock Me Gently," Andy Kim (1974)

    "Don't you know, that I have never been loved like this before."

    5:31 pm
    London pub owner jailed for 7 years after killing rich American who looked "homeless"


    Rostam Notarki is being sentenced to seven years in prison for shoving a shabby-looking man out of his pub with an ironing board. The man was then hit and killed by an oncoming van. Apparently, Notarki, owner of The Cardinal Wolsey pub in south-west London, didn't take kindly to the man, who came into his pub carrying blue plastic bags and talking to his two toy mice. When the man, 53-year-old Charles Hickox, who happened to be a wealthy American gambler and drifter, ordered three bottles of expensive Italian wine, Notarki served him cheaper bottles. He then kicked Hickox out of the pub without returning his credit card.

    Hickox became irate.

    When the victim realised the Visa card he used to pay for the wine was missing, he went back with a tennis racquet in each hand to demand it back, having told his companions he might have to crack some ribs to get it.

    The victim pushed the landlord using one of the racquets and then ran off, pursued by Notarki carrying an ironing board, and his son Kian wielding an iron bar.

    Once outside, Hickox was "jabbed" with the ironing board, which pushed him into the traffic.

    For more details click here.


    4:43 pm
    New Fujifilm camera senses in infrared too

    Infrared photography (see Fortherock's hummingbird above) is beautiful. But Wired knows what its arrival in mainstream digital cameras means for The Internet: "Sooooo Fujifilms New Camera Sees Through Some Clothes."

    Infrared photography can create some very artful pictures. It captures trippy, dreamlike images of landscapes. In broad daylight and the thick of summer, trees and grass look like theyre dusted with snow. At high noon, a light-blue sky takes on a dark-purple hue.

    But one odd side effect of infrared photography is that, in some cases, it can see right through clothing. Not always, and the clothes have to be pretty thin in the first place.

    4:15 pm
    Quick strategy game: Eight Minute Empire: Legends

    To address the obvious, strategy games are notorious for taking exhaustive amounts of time to play, but Eight Minute Empire: Legends ($20) streamlines traditional rules to such an extent that it is possible to complete a game in just eight minutes. Or so one would hope. Some degree of agonizing over choices will still slow a game down, but it is entirely possible to complete the game relatively quickly. To the original game Eight Minute Empire, the “Legends” subtitle introduces a pretty standard fantasy setting and artwork. However, we are spared unnecessary lore and backstory. It also adds additional rules to vary game-play while still sticking to the time-sensitive nature suggested in the game’s name.

    Setup of the game consists of laying out four island gameboard pieces in any scheme the players desire and player armies occupy the same regions at the outset of the game. Actual combat is minimal and the impetus instead is on maneuvering around regions and islands so as to outnumber opponents at endgame. Each player turn begins with a card being chosen from six which lay face-up and have a scaled price attached to them. Players have limited funds, which do not replenish. As one card is chosen, all cards of higher price slide down the scale and a new card is flipped up to occupy the highest price-point. Players can pay the high price or gamble on cards still being available for a lower price when their next turn comes around. Cards are all unique and give an immediate action and a lasting ability. Actions serve to allow movement, add armies, build a new city, or eliminate an enemy army in a contested region. Abilities continue for the remainder of the game and can increase movement, provide bonus armies, give immunity to attack, or in some way increase endgame victory points. The cards are themed around fantastical creatures and sublime landscape-realms. And all the artwork is exceedingly pretty.

    No two games will be alike as there are many upon many slight variations and additional content that can be added to a game, from portals to dragon quests. And, thankfully, this content is included with the base game. The modular game board tile configurations vary the arena and each of the four tiles is two-sided with a different island realm on the reverse. Additionally, if you're anything like me, you can make up some house rules to slightly alter your gaming experience and even if you develop a poor house rule the game will be over in eight minutes. It is as good playing head-to-head as with three or four players. It is a simple game to learn and every beginner should easily become a legendary emperor at least once in less than an hour. Much as I sometimes prefer those more complex and risky board games, the straightforward play of Eight Minute Empires: Legends allows for replay, experimentation and many chances to win. – Stephen Webb

    Eight Minute Empire: Legends
    by Red Raven Games
    Ages 13 and up, 2-4 players
    $20 Buy a copy on Amazon

    See more photos at Wink Fun.

    3:42 pm
    Brazen forgery was art world's "most brilliant" con


    To make sure he couldn't be caught, Ely Sakhai bought the original firsta Rembrandt of enormous value. This "incredibly brazen" con almost worked, writes Anthony M. Amore.

    The authenticity of his Rembrandt, The Apostle James, was not questioned. Nor was the fact that it was purchased by Ely Sakhai from a reputable source. So when he would offer what he purported to be the painting for sale, it didnt raise questions about authenticity, if only because those interested in the painting perhaps failed to imagine the nefarious scheme of the seller. Thanks in large measure to his travels in the Far East with his wife, Sakhai made it his mission to establish a steady clientele in Tokyo and Taiwan too. and in June 1997, he sold his Rembrandt to the Japanese businessman and art collector Yoichi Takeuchi.

    A key thing is that the forgeries--and those sold to Sakhai's later victims--were immediately debunked when inspected by experts. It's easy to get fooled and get wise again. For forgers, the message is still the medium, but only the forger knows which medium.
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