Matthew Borgatti, purveyor of such Boing Boing favorites as the Guy Fawkes Bandanna, the War Boy Bandanna, and the Lockpick Earrings, offers you your choice of his wares at at 20% discount, with the coupon code "jackhammerjill." (more…)
Martin Shkreli, the hedge-fund douche-bro who hiked the price of an off-patent drug used by AIDS and cancer patients from $13.50 to $750, then promised to lower the prices after becoming the Most Hated Man on the Internet did no such thing, because he is a liar. (more…)
The Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle writes, "We founded a credit union to build a new path after the banking debacle of 2008 and it's been crushed by federal regulators. The regulators close 200-300 credit unions every year, and have been since their founding of the NCUA in 1970. Only a couple are allowed to start each year. We were one of four in our year." (more…)
Nick Sousanis, who delivered his doctoral dissertation in comic book form, has a new comic in the current Nature magazine, explaining the last 25 years' worth of climate talks, as a primer in advance of the Paris climate talks next week. (more…)
Disasterpeace's wonderful soundtrack for Polytron's seminal game Fez has just been released on mouth-watering, lucent pollen-colored vinyl sheathed in a gold-embossed gatefold jacket. It looks as beautiful as it is certain to sound.
It comes along with a digital version (FLAC or MP3 format); you can order it now from the Polyshop for $39.99.
At the same time, Polytron also announced an exclusive limited edition physical version of Fez a year in the making, hidden inside a beautiful red and gold adventure notebook.
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They're calling Jasbir Singh Bharaj the "Worst ever" air rage passenger. He was given 11 months in prison for his drunken tantrum on a flight from Dubai to Birmingham, UK.
The judge who handed down the sentence spared no harsh words for Mr. Bharaj: "On the Emirates flight you drank vodka mixed with wine and then proceeded to abuse cabin staff.
"You demanded more alcohol and swore repeatedly even though there were four young children behind you who had to listen to your tirade.
"You told a female member of cabin crew that if she were on the ground you would punch her in the face. And in a particularly grotesque piece of behaviour you dipped your fingers in your glass of wine and rubbed them on your private parts.
"The air hostess felt abused and disgusted after seeing you touch yourself in such a sexually explicit way.
"You shouted 'fucking Muslims - send them back to where they came from' and 'fucking ISIS'.
"When you landed you were abusive to police and bit PC Ingram on the arm.
"People need to know that if you get drunk on an airplane, upset other passengers and cause cabin crew to have a difficult job then custodial sentences apply.
"You have many previous convictions and it seems you will not learn your lesson."
Mr. Bharaj certainly behaved in a more shameful manner than the daughter of a Korean Air exec who exploded with rage when she was served nuts in a manner not to her liking and ordered the plane turned around. Cho Hyun-ah received a year in prison for her stunt.
But I don't think Mr. Bharaj deserves to be called the "Worst ever" air rage passenger. That honor belongs to Gerard B. Finneran. In 1995 Finneran, the 58-year-old head of an investment-banking firm, was seated in the first-class cabin on a United Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to New York. Taking advantage of the free liquor being served in that section of the plane, Finneran proceeded to get very, very drunk. When a concerned flight attendant refused to give him another glass of wine, Finneran took charge of the situation and began serving himself drinks from the beverage cart. When informed that it was against regulations for passengers to get their own drinks, an infuriated Finneran told the flight attendant that he was going to “bust [his] ass.”
When the threat failed to achieve Finneran’s desired result, he resorted to plan B: going berserk, terrifying passengers, knocking over crew members, and then grabbing drinks and pouring them over his body. He topped off the show with an educational demonstration of primate dominance, by clambering onto the beverage cart that had been placed off-limits to him and evacuating his bowels on it, using the first-class linen napkins (and his fingers) to wipe his hindquarters. According to the criminal complaint filed against him, this captain of industry then proceeded to clean his fingers by walking up and down the aisles, “track[ing] feces throughout the aircraft.”
In court, Finneran, pleaded guilty as charged, but his legal team claimed that the entire incident was a misunderstanding. Their client, they explained, had contracted a severe case of traveler’s diarrhea, but couldn’t use the first-class lavatories because they had been barricaded by assistants to the president of Portugal, who was also on the flight. In this situation, they argued, what choice did Finneran have but to defecate on the beverage cart?
The judge didn’t buy it. Finneran was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and presented with a cleaning bill for $50,000. “I promise Your Honor,” Finneran told him, “you will never hear of me doing anything like this again.”
There's still time to run down to the supermarket and buy this cake for the coprophages joining you for Thanksgiving dinner.
Check out more unusual Thanksgiving treats in the gallery here.
[My friend Peter Sheridan is a Los Angeles-based correspondent for British national newspapers. He has covered revolutions, civil wars, riots, wildfires, and Hollywood celebrity misdeeds for longer than he cares to remember. As part of his job, he must read all the weekly tabloids. For the past couple of years, he's been posting terrific weekly tabloid recaps on Facebook and has graciously given us permission to run them on Boing Boing. Enjoy! - Mark]
Once upon a time, clock towers were a sort of public utility, a shared temporal reference point that synchronized communities where personal timepieces were often a rarity. Although we hardly need the reminder in the modern age of smartphones, there's something about these buildings still capture the imagination, not just as striking aesthetic objects, but as physical metaphors for either moving through time, or running out it.
In the game Tick Tock Isle, you play as a "confident young horologist" (read: clock man) who has been summoned to a mysterious island to fix a broken clock tower, which should be your first clue that things are about to get weird. Naturally, you end up traveling back in time to the days when the now empty island was a bustling community, and have to figure out how and why it got abandoned by talking to townspeople and solving puzzles.
If you're a fan of adventure games, it's definitely worth the hour or so it takes to play what developer Squiddershins calls "a very short, very silly adventure."
Tick Tock Isle is also described as a "spiritual successor" to Cat Poke, the developer's earlier puzzle game about a little girl annoying her pets on a rainy day. Although it doesn't have nearly as many cats, Tick Tock Isle manages to pack a lot more story (and mystery and humor) into a game that is just as short, sweet, and charming.
You can download the demo for free, or buy the full game for $2.99. Sorry Mac users—it's Windows only. https://youtu.be/_r-nHWKI06g
This organic cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil is less than half the price of Trader Joe's coconut oil (and probably one third the price of coconut oil sold at Whole Foods). I have a subscribe-and-save order for it on Amazon so the price is $13.59 for a 54 ounce jar. I spread it on toast, make unsweetened cocoa with it, and use it to roast potatoes, especially sweet potatoes. I never get sick of the taste or smell of coconut oil - it makes me happy.
Apparently I’ve had crummy doorbells for the past 45 years and didn’t even know it. It took visiting a good friend’s home to find out what I was missing. When I got there, I was greeted by what looked like a mini-HAL.
The creepy thing was that I didn’t even touch the device before hearing my friend's voice come through it. He was a hundred feet away and knew I was there because of a built in motion detector. When I began walking up his driveway, the RING detected me and pinged Juan on his phone. He then had the option of ignoring me, simply viewing my actions or talking to me.
Though I couldn’t see him, we were having a full conversation as if we were talking on a speakerphone. But the fact that Juan could have been anywhere in the world and know that I was approaching his home, makes this so much more than a speakerphone or intercom.
When Juan FINALLY opened his front door, he showed me the recorded video of me walking up and talking into the device. I have to say I was amazed by how good I looked.
The RING’s video is HD and is recorded at 720p at 30 FPS. The field of view is 180 degrees and the RING has night-vision! My awesome iPhone 6 doesn’t have night vision!
One of the first things you'll do when you get your Ring device is set the sensitivity of the motion sensor. This is so that if you have kids playing in your yard, the RING doesn’t keep pinging you over and over.
All you need for the simple installation is a Wi-Fi connection and a drill.
There are a few other tools that you’ll need, but they're equipped in the well-designed packaging.
To power it, you could either tie into your existing doorbell system or you can set it up with the supplied wall mount in any part of your home or office. The battery in the RING device is USB rechargeable and holds its charge for a full year!
Since it connects to your phone through the WiFi connection in your home, the RING doesn’t have to even be mounted outside - or at all for that matter.
Because this device is so versatile, I’ve been using it for tasks other than what it was designed for.
- My wife was sick in bed last weekend so I unhooked the RING from it’s outside harness and laid it on our nightstand. Whenever Gina needed something, she was able to instantly connect and communicate with me. Sure she could have used her cell phone but with only one button to push, this made things simpler.
- My cats love to hang out on our kitchen table when my wife and I aren’t around. We have just 1 house rule and they break it whenever we aren't looking! I was able to set up the Ring device so that it sits on the table and gets a perfect view. Because there’s night vision built into the RING, and I’ve set the sensitivity pretty low, I’m alerted only when they’re on the table. When I accept the alert, I can see their actions and more importantly I’m able to shoo the cats away.
- My friends and I play a heck of a lot of pool in my converted garage and when we order pizzas I normally have to keep popping my head out the door to make sure we aren’t missing the delivery guy. I become a hungry, paranoid mess! Now, with the RING, I get the alert as soon as he shows up.
- If someone in your family is suffering from dementia, the RING, could automatically ping you as they leave their home. This could offer you great peace of mind while you're shopping for groceries or at work.
Ok. Those those are pretty cool uses for the RING, but the designers intended for people to actually mount the device onto their home. What I've just described are scenarios where I merely place in in different spots.
By using the RING as intended, you can give the appearance of being home even when you aren't. Being able to converse with someone at your door, when you aren’t there is a great theft deterrent.
Even if you're in a meeting and can’t make it to your phone when alerted, the RING takes a video of who was at your door and timestamps it. You can then check out a back-log of all the videos its ever taken.
There are some pretty great movies that users have uploaded about how the RING saved their day and you can check them out here.
My favorite is #6 where a moving truck driver is busted because he put giant ruts in a client’s lawn. He was caught red-handed and had to pay for damages. Pretty awesome!
The Ring is pretty stylish and there are different colors to match your home.
There’s even a sister product you can pick up called the CHIME which works with the RING. This device alerts you when the RING is pressed in case your phone battery is drained. Since it just plugs into a wall outlet, you can move it anywhere around your house.
I found that I needed tech support’s help with this part of the installation but that was pretty seamless.
I think the RING product is pretty darned fun and if I didn’t get to play with it myself, I wouldn’t have known I needed one.
The RING is $199.00 but for all that it does, I think it’s well worth it.
Our cats may never jump on the kitchen table again.
I use a Wacom Intuos Pro graphics tablet, but don't want to. Because I'm used to the quality of this product, though, I can't even use the toys that pass as art styluses for iOS an Android tablets. I've been thinking of switching to the Microsoft Surface Pro to avoid having to own a graphics tablet in the first place, but it turns out the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the bee's knees.
Gus Mueller, creator of the popular Acorn image editor, is in the same boat as me. He's smitten: It feels absolutely right. Super low latency, palm rejection, and … it just works.
Is it the same as drawing in my sketchbook? No. Of course not. I'm rubbing a plastic tip across a glass screen.
It's still God Damn Amazing though. … I find that when using the HB Pencil in Procreate, I get something that is very, very close to what I feel when I'm drawing in my sketchbooks. But of course now I've got layers and many colors and a perfect eraser to work with. And endless pages. I love it. I'm drawn to it. It's wonderful. You should absolutely try one if you haven't already.
The problem, of course, is that you're likely looking at a $1000 or so price tag for the cheapest iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, Apps and tax.
The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE was the company's latest answer to Apple's dominating entry into the market. But it died fast, pulled off the shelves within a week due to an unspecified problem with the display.
Ron Amadeo writes that they "are not in a position to communicate the specifics of the issue that led to this decision." LG is being as diplomatic as possible to not burn a bridge with its suppliers, but it's hard to interpret "image quality" as anything other than a finger pointed squarely at the display. The display would also fit the description of a "new advanced component" that had "never been used in an LG wearable device before." The Urbane 2 was the first smartwatch to hit a 480×480 resolution, bringing the round, 1.3-inch P-OLED display to 490 PPI.
Failed quality assurance at this level is just bizarre. What a train wreck.
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