Baby eats ice cream off own foot

    I scream, you scream, we all scream when babies eat ice cream off their own foot!

    I don't have any information on who this little person is but if you talk to them, tell'em I approve.

    (Rock 95)

    Thanks, Andy! Read the rest

    FAA approves tests of new design for middle seats that are more comfortable and speed boarding

    The S1 (AKA the "Slip-Slide Seat") is a radical rethink of airline middle seats from Colorado's Molon Labe Designs; it sits a little back of the seats to either side of it, is slightly wider, and has slightly lower arm-rests -- and in some configurations, it allows the aisle seat to be slid over it, temporarily widening the aisles and speeding boarding and unloading. Read the rest

    Coming to Burning Man? Join our "Assassination Army" game!

    This year for Burning Man, my lovely campmates and I at Liminal Labs are running a big, playa-wide squirt-gun game called Assassination Army: come and get a gifted squirter from us (or bring your own!), don a brightly colored wristband, undergo our rigorous strategy-and-tactics training, and then go and soak other players out in the world, collecting trophies when you zap 'em! Read the rest

    Because Internet: the new linguistics of informal English

    Conversational language is not the same as formal language: chatter over the dinner table does not follow the same rules as a speech from a podium. Informal language follows its own fluid, fast-moving rules, and most of what we know about historic informal language has been gleaned from written fragments, like old letters and diaries -- but now, the internet has produced a wealth of linguistic data on informal language, which is explored in Canadian linguist Gretchen McCulloch's new book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. Read the rest

    Small but meaningful progress towards a federal Right to Repair rule

    The Right to Repair movement has introduced dozens of state-level laws that would force companies to support independent repairs by making manuals, parts and diagnostic codes available, and by ending the illegal practice of voiding warranties for customers who use independent repair services, but these bills keep getting killed by overwhelming shows of lobbying force from members of the highly concentrated manufacturing sector, particularly Apple, whose CEO, Tim Cook, warned investors in January that the number one threat to Iphone sales is that customers are choosing to repair, rather than replace, their mobile devices. Read the rest

    J Michael Straczynski's "Becoming Superman": a memoir of horrific abuse, war crimes, perseverance, trauma, triumph and doing what's right

    J Michael Straczynski (previously) is known for many things: creating Babylon 5, spectacular runs on flagship comics from Spiderman to Superman, incredibly innovative and weird kids' TV shows like The Real Ghostbusters, and megahits like Sense8; in the industry he's known as a writing machine, the kind of guy who can write and produce 22 hours of TV in a single season, and he's also known as a mensch, whose online outreach to fans during the Babylon 5 years set the bar for how creators and audiences can work together to convince studios to take real chances. But in JMS's new memoir, Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood, we get a look at a real-life history that is by turns horrific and terrifying, and a first-person account of superhuman perseverance and commitment to the right thing that, incredibly, leads to triumph Read the rest

    Nebraska Weather Service commemorates climate emergency by baking biscuits inside a hot car

    Ten years ago, we showed you a method for baking cookies on your car dashboard on hot days while you're at work, filling your car with delicious baking smells and a tray of warm cookies for the commute home. Read the rest

    Paul Krassner, RIP (1932 – 2019)

    [Update: Check out Jesse Walker's Reason interview with Paul]

    Author, activist, and self-described "investigative satirist" Paul Krassner died at the age of 87 today in Desert Hot Springs, California. He was a personal friend and an early supporter of Boing Boing when it was a zine. Here are a few highlights of his long, active life:

    He wrote for MAD magazine in the 1950s. He launched a political satire/non-fiction zine called The Realist in 1958, which ran some of Robert Anton Wilson's first published work, and which was a big inspiration for Boing Boing. Paul kindly swapped subscriptions once Carla and I got Boing Boing off the ground. He edited Lenny Bruce's autobiography, How To Talk Dirty and Influence People. In the early 1960s he started an abortion referral service when abortions were illegal. When he moved to San Francisco, he became a roommate with Whole Earth Catalog editor Stewart Brand. Today, Brand tweeted "Farewell to my early role model and later roommate, Paul Krassner. 87. I remember that whenever he encountered a loose thumbtack, he reflexively turned it point-side-down." In 1967 he memorialized Walt Disney's death by commissioning a Realist illustration by famous cartoonist Wally Wood called "Disneyland Memorial Orgy," which featured famous Disney characters having sex with each other and taking drugs. He co-founded the Youth International Party (Yippies) in the 1960s with Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, and entered a pig as the Yippie Party presidential candidate in the 1968 election. He was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Chicago Seven trial. Read the rest

    Come to my #SDCC2019 signing and giveaway this morning at 10AM at the Tor Booth, 2701

    I'm headed back to San Diego for Comic-Con today for a signing and giveaway for Radicalized, Tor Booth, #2701. I hope to see you there! Read the rest

    The snail cosmology of medieval manuscripts

    We're no strangers to the delights of the rude drawings that monks doodled in the margins of medieval manuscripts around here (1, 2, 3), but University of Bonn medievialist Erik Wade's epic Twitter thread on the astonishing variety of snail-doodles is genuinely next-level. Read the rest

    A 3D papercraft Haunted Mansion board game to print and assemble

    Escape from the Haunted Mansion is a massive, ambitious free papercraft project to download, print, mount on coreboard, cut out, assemble and play. I have no idea if the gameplay is any good, but the model is freaking gorgeous. It's from the good folks at Disney Experience, who have a wealth of papercraft Disney projects and other fan media for you to play with. (via Metafilter) Read the rest

    A free, accessible, hyperlinked version of the Mueller Report

    The Internet Archive, the Digital Public Library of America and Muckrock have released a version of the Mueller Report as an Epub with 747 live footnotes, fully compliant with both Web and EPUB accessibility requirements. Read the rest

    Boing Boing's own Rob Beschizza interviewed on the Cool Tools podcast

    Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Boing Boing's Rob Beschizza for the Cool Tools podcast. Rob is a fascinating person, as you probably already know from the thousands of posts he's written here. He is an excellent artist, designer, coder, and writer, and has a delightful sense of humor. Rob is also the founder of, an effectively invisible publishing platform and low-key internet cult. It's always a huge treat to be able to chat with him.

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    Show notes:

    Vortexgear Tab 75 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard "Mechanical keyboards -- the appeal is in the old-fashioned key switches which have a more tactile, more clicky feel to them, and there's all sorts of different types that you can get depending on your preferences. It's just great for people who type a lot who just don't like modern keyboards or who are getting sick of butterfly keyboards from Apple. I think for anyone who listens to a tech podcast or is familiar with the cult of mechanical keyboards, a big part of the appeal is you can swap out the keys, so there's a cottage industry of key caps and sorts of different color schemes and styles. You can have a keyboard that looks like an old typewriter or one that looks like a very specific 8-bit computer that you had 30 years ago, or that looks like a nuclear missile launch silo console. Read the rest

    Using university syllabi to map the connections between every scholarly and scientific discipline

    Joe Karganis writes, "This is the 'Co-Assignment Galaxy' created by David McClure. It maps the top 160K titles in the new Open Syllabus 2.0 dataset, based on the frequency with which those texts are assigned (reflected in the size of the dot) and assigned together (reflected in the location and clustering of the dots). It's US centric given the composition of the syllabus collection, but also a unique representation of human knowledge as a collective, connected project. Read the rest

    SAMBA versus SMB: Adversarial interoperability is judo for network effects

    Before there was Big Tech, there was "adversarial interoperability": when someone decides to compete with a dominant company by creating a product or service that "interoperates" (works with) its offerings. Read the rest

    How F Scott Fitzgerald conjugated the verb "To cocktail"

    F Scott Fitzgerald, in a 1928 letter to Blanche Knopf: "As ‘cocktail,’ so I gather, has become a verb, it ought to be conjugated at least once." (via JWZ) Read the rest

    How To: play Vlad Taltos in an RPG

    Vlad Taltos is the (anti)hero of Steven Brust's stupendous, longrunning fantasy series (which is nearly complete, a generation after it was begun!); Issue 220 of Dragon magazine (August 1995) included a feature by Ed Stark explaining how to play the human assassin and witch who lives amidst a race of nearly immortal elves, against whom he bears a serious grudge. I just love that there's a stats-sheet for Vlad! The only thing that would make me happier would be the next goddamned book. Read the rest

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